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From the Ed Portal to Dana-Farber

first_imgWhen he arrived in Allston from Honduras a decade ago, Allston resident Jose Mendoza’s parents wasted no time in signing him up to take part in the mentoring program at the Harvard Ed Portal. In the beginning, the then 10-year-old came twice a week to learn about everything from life sciences to mathematics. He continued coming throughout his time in middle and high school. Upon high school graduation, he found himself returning to the Ed Portal with his two younger sisters who were also taking part in the mentoring program. His Ed Portal relationship eventually turned into a part-time job with Harvard’s Public School Partnerships (PSP) team, allowing him to work closely with students and teachers within the Boston Public Schools and Cambridge Public Schools, as well as with education experts from Harvard’s Graduate School of Education.Today, Mendoza, a rising junior at Lesley University and the incoming Student Body President, is tackling a new challenge. He’s currently enrolled in the Health Career Connection (HCC) program, which partners with the Harvard T.H Chan School of Public Health, Dana-Farber, and more. HCC is a prestigious national nonprofit working to empower underrepresented students who want to pursue healthcare and public heath careers. Mendoza first learned about the program through his Success Boston College Coach, a college completion initiative program for Boston Public Schools graduates, as well as through the Boston Foundation Student Leadership Council, where he is a member and an ambassador.The Gazette checked in with him recently, and asked him about his new internship and his future plans.GAZETTE: Last we heard from you, you were knee deep in running educational enrichment programs for Allston-Brighton students at the Ed Portal. Today, you’re enrolled in an impressive healthcare internship at Dana-Farber. Was this always part of the plan?MENDOZA: I have always been, and always will be, committed to advancing educational opportunities — especially to first-generation students like myself. My time spent with Harvard’s Public School Partnerships team, which is entrenched and making a difference with the local schools, and at my various activities at Lesley, has only solidified that passion and that commitment.But I have also always been interested in the healthcare industry. One of my goals has always been to intern in a hospital that played a big role within the community, had a strong mission and values, as well as strong partnerships with other hospitals and institutions. Dana-Farber fit all of this perfectly. It has incredibly strong partnerships and affiliations with Harvard, with the Boston Red Sox, with Brigham and Women’s Hospital and more. And it’s making a difference in the lives of countless people with cancer. When I learned about the opportunity to intern at a comprehensive cancer treatment and research center in Boston, there was never any question — I knew I had to apply.last_img read more

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Top Chinese diplomat urges closer ties with US under Biden

first_imgBEIJING (AP) — China’s top foreign policy adviser is urging closer ties with the U.S. under the Biden administration, while saying Washington must “effectively respect China’s position and concerns on the Taiwan issue.” Yang Jiechi said the sides will have their differences but should not allow them to derail relations. In remarks to the influential U.S. National Committee on United States-China Relations, Yang continued the positive tone China is taking toward the new U.S. administration. Under former President Donald Trump, ties sunk to a new low over differences on trade, human rights and Taiwan, the self-governing democracy that China claims as its own territory and threatens to bring under its control by military force.last_img read more

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Ex-Arsenal striker offered to Premier League strugglers

first_img Dean Smith’s side are currently mired in a relegation battle, hovering just above the drop zone in 17th place. Read Also: Chelsea want Villa to pay Drinkwater’s weekly wagesVilla could shop in the Championship, with goalscoring machine Aleksandar Mitrovic and Hull City’s Jarrod Bowen believed to be on the shopping list. Any deal for the former may be tricky as Fulham are mounting a promotion bid of their own.A goalkeeper is also in demand with number one choice Tom Heaton ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury. Joe Hart and Jack Butland are targets, but again those deals may be scuppered by financial restrictions.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Aston Villa have been linked with a shock move for Emmanuel Adebayor as the former Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur striker is offered to the Premier League strugglers.Advertisement Villa have struggled for goals this campaign, having relied on star man Jack Grealish with £22million signing Wesley underwhelming. The Brazilian has been ruled out for the rest of the season with a knee injury, leaving Smith short of strikers.But having splashed plenty of cash in the summer, the West Midlands club will have to be thrifty in order to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations. And in Adebayor, Villa may have the chance to bring in an affordable front man.According to The Sun, the 36-year-old’s camp have identified Villa as a possible destination for the free agent, who left Turkish side Kayserispor last month.Adebayor’s Premier League experience may make him a favourable option for the Villa hierarchy, who, despite their numerous acquisitions in the summer, are lacking experienced heads throughout the squad.With the former Arsenal and Spurs man coming in on a free, Villa may be able to land a second striker on a loan deal, adding to Smith’s options for the latter half of the campaign.Birmingham-born striker Daniel Sturridge, who currently plies his trade with Trabzonspor, is a target, although there are major concerns regarding his fitness and wage demands. Loading…last_img read more

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Moores Hill man arrested during traffic stop

first_imgDEARBORN COUNTY, Ind. — A Moores Hill man has been arrested after police say he carried a handgun without a permit.According to police, Kenneth J. Rodmaker, 36, was wanted for a probation violation in Dearborn County.Rodmaker was taken into custody during a traffic stop.Police found a loaded handgun, stun gun, multiple hunting knives, digital scales, and substances believed to be marijuana, methamphetamine, and psychedelic mushrooms.Rodmaker was arrested on the charge of carrying a handgun without a license with a prior conviction.last_img read more

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Reward Increased to Find Orphaned Baby Andrew

first_imgInvestigators have increased the reward for the safe return of a missing baby from South Florida to $8,000.Andrew Caballeiro has been missing since Jan. 28 when he entire family was shot and killed.Baby Andrew vanished after a triple murder at a home in Miami-Dade last month.Police believe the father of the 12-day-old boy, Ernesto Caballeiro, kidnapped the infant and killed his mother, grandmother and great grandmother.Police found Mr. Caballeiro dead from a self-inflicted gunshot one day after the kidnapping.#UPDATE: Thanks to assistance from the @FLSheriffs Criminal Apprehension Assistance Program and @CrimeStopper305, the reward on this case has increased to up to $8,000. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is requested to call 9-1-1 or (305) 471-8477 IMMEDIATELY. pic.twitter.com/Fj3btAM2Qx— Miami-Dade Police (@MiamiDadePD) February 19, 2020last_img read more

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The Latest: Alabama veterans preach caution to teammates

first_img“We’re not in the position today to guarantee it will happen, but we can promise to make every effort to get there. We owe that to our student-athletes, our athletic departments and our institutions,” ASUN Commissioner Ted Gumbart said in a statement.League schools may continue with such activities like training and practice in accordance with NCAA, local and state guidelines.The nine-team league operates mostly in the Southeast and does not play football. It is formally known as the Atlantic Sun Conference. ___More AP sports: https://apnews.com/apf-sports and https://twitter.com/AP_Sports He was removed on Friday and took part in his first practice.Crosby is being counted on to contribute much more after recording 10 sacks as a rookie. He is slated to be a starting defensive end and is the top pass rusher on a team that has struggled to generate consistent pressure in recent years.___The ASUN Conference says it is postponing all fall sports because of the coronavirus pandemic.The announcement from the ASUN’s Presidents’ Council on Friday also says that providing a spring season for men’s and women’s cross country, men’s and women’s soccer and volleyball is a priority. Associated Press Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditThe Latest on the effects of the coronavirus outbreak on sports around the world:___Alabama running back Najee Harris is hoping he and his teammates can deal with 12 weeks “of just really trying to be safe.” The Crimson Tide star and other veterans have preached caution to teammates while also remaining steadfast on wanting to play this season amid the pandemic.“We try to tell them don’t go to parties, but like it’s kind of hard to tell somebody not to go to a party in college,” Harris said during a Zoom call. “We understand it, but we’re kind of just telling them, ‘If you do go to a party, like make sure you guys are overly safe.’”That means wearing a mask, keeping distance from others and not picking up items after others, “because what you do plays a part in what happens to the whole team.”Alabama and other Southeastern Conference team open preseason camps on Monday ahead of a season that has already been pushed back to Sept. 26. They’re set to only play league games.“Every day we take risks, and it might be a little risky,” Tide quarterback Mac Jones said. “But we feel comfortable and we feel safe.” But the coronavirus pandemic scuttled those plans and hit the Hall so hard that it eliminated several full-time positions and cut senior management pay in the 25-40% range.Hall of Fame President and CEO John Doleva says the rescheduled enshrinement festivities, the diminished museum visitation and the uncertainty regarding the Hall’s college and high school basketball events this fall “has forced us to make these very difficult decisions.” Mohegan Sun is a long-time partner of the Hall. Doleva says it can a operate a “near-bubble” to provide a secure environment for guests.___Charleston Southern is suspending its 2020 football season. The school is part of the Division I Big South Conference and competes in the Football Championship Subdivision. August 14, 2020center_img Marshall and East Carolina have moved their football game from Aug. 29 to Sept. 12. Both teams had Sept. 12 as an open date after earlier opponents changed their schedules. Marshall was supposed to host Atlantic Coast Conference opponent Pittsburgh that day while East Carolina was traveling to play South Carolina of the Southeastern Conference. The game will be held at East Carolina’s Dowdy-Ficklen Stadium. No time for the game has been determined.___North Carolina State has administered 1,360 tests for COVID-19 to athletes, coaches and athletic staff with just eight people testing positive. The Latest: Alabama veterans preach caution to teammates The update came Friday with the school saying that out of the last 765 tests administered since it last released results, only one person has come up positive for the coronavirus.___Kobe Bryant and the rest of this year’s Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame class won’t be inducted in 2020 — or at the birthplace of basketball.The Hall announced Friday that the enshrinement ceremony will be held May 13-15, 2021, and the entire festivities will be moved to Mohegan Sun Casino in Connecticut.This year was to be a highlight for the Hall of Fame, located in Springfield, Massachusetts. Bryant, killed in January in a helicopter crash, headlined a decorated class featuring Tim Duncan and Kevin Garnett that would have been enshrined in the recently renovated museum. The Big South and the NCAA have canceled its plans for a fall championship, although the league did let member institutions play non-conference games if they wanted in the fall.Charleston Southern said in it statement Friday the environment with COVID-19 was too “uncertain” to go forward in the fall. The school said the decision will let the football team prepare for games in the spring.___The Las Vegas Raiders have taken edge rusher Maxx Crosby off the reserve/COVID-19 list.Crosby was placed on the list last week. The list was created for players who either test positive for COVID-19 or have been in close contact with an infected person. ___The Houston Texans won’t have fans at their home opener on Sept. 20 against the Baltimore Ravens.The Texans added on Friday they have yet to decide if fans will be allowed to attend games later in the season. The Texans say a decision on fans attending games this season will be dictated by the COVID-19 pandemic in the Houston area, which is currently a hotspot.___last_img read more