Espotting donates £20,000 after online vote

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 19 January 2005 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. Online advertising company Espotting has donated £20,000 to four international charities instead of sending Christmas cards. The amounts given depended on an online vote by clients and other site visitors in the run-up to Christmas.Save the Children received 42% of the vote so was given £8,400. The Association for International Cancer Research (AICR) received 24% so got £4,800. Amnesty International received 20% of the vote so was given £4,000; and UNAIDS received 14% so was given £2,800.It is not clear if any of the beneficiary charities managed to marshal their supporters to vote for them before the Christmas deadline. But, if your charity is ever listed in a beauty parade like this, it would certainly make sense to send an email alert to supporters encouraging them to vote and maximise your charity’s share of the donation. Advertisement Espotting donates £20,000 after online vote  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Tagged with: Digital Research / statistics Tradinglast_img read more

Young radio journalist tortured and killed in Helmand

first_img RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan News Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says June 2, 2021 Find out more AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Afghanistan News News RSF_en January 24, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Young radio journalist tortured and killed in Helmand Receive email alertscenter_img Organisation May 3, 2021 Find out more to go further Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” News Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders is saddened to learn that Noor Ahmad Noori, a journalist who worked for local radio Bost, was killed yesterday in Lashkar Gah, the capital of the southern province of Helmand.“We extend our condolences to Noori’s family and colleagues and we ask the Afghan government to ensure that the investigation promised by Helmand’s governor is effective and leads quickly to the identification of this murder’s perpetrators and instigators,” Reporters Without Borders said.Noori’s blood-covered body was found in a plastic bag in a Lashkar Gah suburb yesterday evening, after he went missing earlier in the day. A forensic doctor at Lashkar Gah hospital, where the body was taken, said he was tortured before being killed. His death was caused by at least two knife blows to the head and probably strangulation with a scarf.Provincial governor Mohammad Naim went to the hospital, where he told journalists that he had ordered a “serious investigation” with the aim of catching those responsible.Radio Bost manager Abdul Salam Zahid told Reporters Without Borders: “He had not been threatened or at least not recently. He was a decent person and his programmes caused no problem. His voice was known to everyone throughout the province. He also hosted special programmes during religious festivities.”Noori’s family nonetheless insisted that he had received telephone threats.Aged 26, Noori had been hosting a daily and a weekly religious programme for the past three years. Launched in 2007, Bost broadcasts 17 hours a day and has around 20 employees, most of them unpaid volunteers.Helmand is one of the country’s most dangerous regions for journalists. At a press conference last month, many Helmand journalists said they felt “powerless against the threats” to which they are exposed and unable to “work properly.”Abdul Samad Rohani, a BBC reporter, was shot dead by Taliban in Helmand in 2008. The year before that, Adjmal Nasqhbandi, a journalist working as Italian reporter Daniele Mastrogiacomo’s guide and fixer, and Sayed Agha, Mastrogiacomo’s driver, were both murdered by Taliban. AfghanistanAsia – Pacific March 11, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Pasadena City College Participates in New Ken Burns Documentary “Jackie Robinson”

first_img First Heatwave Expected Next Week 3 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Herbeauty10 Most Influential Women In HistoryHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyIs It Bad To Give Your Boyfriend An Ultimatum?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyKate Beckinsale Was Shamed For Being “Too Old” To Wear A BikiniHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeauty Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * More Cool Stuff Top of the News Pasadena City College recently participated in the production of “Jackie Robinson,” a documentary from acclaimed filmmaker Ken Burns on the life and times of PCC’s most famous alumnus.Slated for release April 2016 on PBS, the two-part series chronicles Robinson’s life – from his hardscrabble upbringing in rural Georgia to April 15, 1947, the day he broke professional baseball’s infamous color line by becoming the first African-American to play for the major leagues in the modern era.The latter part of the documentary focuses on Robinson’s post-baseball days, when he continued his fight against racial discrimination as an advocate for the civil rights movement. Robinson passed away in 1972.Currently, Burns and his company, Florentine Films, are in post-production for “Jackie Robinson.” PCC supplied images – scanned from archival yearbooks – of Robinson during his days as a student at Pasadena Junior College (PJC in 1954 would change its name to Pasadena City College).From 1937 to 1939, Robinson was a four-sport star athlete at PJC and was elected to the All-Southland Junior College Team as a baseball player. After graduating in 1939, Robinson transferred to UCLA, where he became the university’s first athlete to letter in four sports: baseball, basketball, football, and track.“We’ve collected almost 10,000 archival photographs for our documentary, but it hasn’t been easy finding images of Jackie Robinson before he became famous as a star at UCLA,” said Sarah Burns, co-director/writer of the film and Burns’ daughter. “So we’re grateful that Pasadena City College was able to provide us with images from Jackie’s junior college yearbook to use in the film.”Perhaps the most acclaimed documentarian in America, Ken Burns has directed 25 films, some of which have garnered him four Emmy Awards and numerous Academy-Award nominations. His 11-hour, 1990 film “The Civil War” is widely considered one of the best American documentaries ever produced.“Jackie Robinson” is directed by Ken Burns, Sarah Burns, and David McMahon; and written by McMahon and Sarah Burns.center_img Education Pasadena City College Participates in New Ken Burns Documentary “Jackie Robinson” By Gilbert Rivera, Publications Supervisor Published on Wednesday, September 16, 2015 | 11:15 am Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Make a comment Community News Business News Subscribe Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community Newslast_img read more

Brush Arbor singing kicks off Peanut Butter Festival

first_img Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Latest Stories Book Nook to reopen Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits By The Penny Hoarder Skip “What better way to get the Peanut Butter Festival off to a great start than to bring the community together for a time of worshipful singing,” said Jimmy Ramage, FNB board chairman.Brush Arbor Singings are one form of Alabama’s wellspring of traditional gospel music.The congregational singings developed, in part, by early traveling evangelists who sang and accompanied themselves and their congregations with instrumental music at outdoor brush arbor meetings. Brush Arbor singing kicks off Peanut Butter Festival Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Print Article Email the author “We believe that’s the way it should be,” he said. “The Brush Arbor Singing is a worship service of songs.”The 24th Annual Peanut Butter Festival is set for Saturday, Oct. 31. The festival will get underway with the 5K Peanut Butter Run at 8 a.m. at Green’s Antiques and, on the festival grounds at the historic Bass House, at 9 a.m.The Peanut Butter Festival will feature old-time demonstrations, non-satop music, arts and crafts, food booths, games and contests and a nutty parade.The Nutter Butter Parade will be the featured attraction at 1 p.m. on Main Street. It’s an anything goes parade. Pre-registration (334-735-2351) is welcomed but not required. Just come, get in line along Veterans Blvd. north of the Piggly Wiggly and parade on down. The 24th Annual Peanut Butter Festival in Brundidge will kickoff Wednesday night with the Brush Arbor Singing at the Knox Ryals Pavilion on the grounds of the historic Bass House/City Hall.The singing will get underway at 6 p.m. with the Pike County Choral Group in concert and the Brush Arbor singing will begin at 6:30 p.m.The singing is sponsored annually by First National Bank. Everyone is invited to come early and enjoy complimentary apple cider and salted peanuts prior to the Brush Arbor Singing. You Might Like Old Barn Restaurant wins Best Steak MESSENGER PHOTO/JAINE TREADWELLThe Alabama State Cattlemen Association was in Goshen Friday afternoon to present the Alabama Cattlemen’s Association Best Steak… read more By Jaine Treadwell Although the Brush Arbor Singing will not be held under a brush arbor, Ramage said the spirit of the singing will be the same as in the early days of brush arbor singings.“Bleachers will be set up but those who would prefer lawn chairs are welcome to bring them,” Ramage said. “We’ll have song sheets but the songs we’ll sing are the old familiar hymns that most people know.“The Brush Arbor Singing is a very popular event and a great way to get the Peanut Butter Festival underway. Those of us at the bank always look forward to it and I know that many people in the community do, too.”Ramage said each Brush Arbor Singing opens and closes with prayer. Sponsored Content Published 3:00 am Saturday, October 24, 2015 Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthTop 4 Methods to Get Fortnite SkinsTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

Holidays on display

first_img “I’ve always liked to draw but I had to learn to paint,” she said. “Here in Alabama, I’ve done more seasonal windows —  fall, Halloween, Thanksgiving and, of course, Christmas. I can paint anything from folk art to impressionism, from signs to walls. Anything except portraits.”Black has some rather large projects on the drawing board so she will be busily happy in the coming days here in Alabama. By Jaine Treadwell Troy Head Football Coach Chip Lindsey Tests Positive for COVID-19; Trojans to Play Saturday Troy head football coach Chip Lindsey has tested positive for COVID-19, the second-year head coach announced Friday. Troy’s game against… read more “This all started by accident,” Black said. “Twelve years ago, we were living in Atlanta and I painted my son’s wall. My husband said I should do more painting. So, I put some of my artwork on Facebook and on my website and it just took off.  When my husband was transferred to Alabama, we moved to Georgianna. Here, I’ve been painting, mainly windows but I can do all kinds of painting and I love to do it all.Black’s “A Color Affair” has taken off from Georgiana just as it did from the big city of Atlanta.And the talent was there all the time.Black comes from an artistically talented family from her grandmother, to her mother to her and to her kids. Book Nook to reopen Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Who did that?People around Troy are asking and the answer was not readily forthcoming.However, the tourism office in Troy had the answer. Sponsored Content Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Holidays on display By The Penny Hoarder Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson Latest Stories Published 6:28 pm Friday, November 20, 2020 Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Patriot Health ZoneHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential Health32-second Stretch Ends Back Pain & Sciatica (Watch)Healthier LivingThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel Print Article You Might Like Next UpSheila Jackson, tourism director, was the first to “discover” Georgiana artist Michelle Black, who painted a colorful Thanksgiving design on the window of the tourism office.“Michelle did great work and now the windows that she painted around the square in downtown Troy are attracting a lot of attention,” Jackson said. “She is a very good artist.”And, it’s not just in Troy that Black’s artwork is attracting attention. Email the author Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Daylast_img read more

Decadal period external magnetic field variations determined via eigenanalysis

first_imgWe perform a reanalysis of hourly mean magnetic data from ground-based observatories spanning 1997-2009 inclusive, in order to isolate (after removal of core and crustal field estimates) the spatiotemporal morphology of the external fields important to mantle induction, on (long) periods of months to a full solar cycle. Our analysis focuses on geomagnetically quiet days, and mid- to low-latitudes. We use the climatological eigenanalysis technique called Empirical Orthogonal Functions (EOFs), which allows us to identify discrete spatiotemporal patterns with no a priori specification of their geometry – the form of the decomposition is controlled by the data. We apply a spherical harmonic analysis (SHA) to the EOF outputs in a joint inversion for internal and external coefficients. The results justify our assumption that the EOF procedure responds primarily to the long-period external inducing field contributions. Though we cannot determine uniquely the contributory source regions of these inducing fields, we find that they have distinct temporal characteristics which enable some inference of sources. An identified annual-period pattern appears to stem from a north-south seasonal motion of the background mean external field distribution. Separate patterns of semi-annual and solar-cycle-length periods appear to stem from the amplitude modulations of spatially fixed background fields.last_img read more

Lincoln’s Ticklebelly to open bakery shop and tea house

first_imgLincoln-based Ticklebelly Lane Bakery is to open a bakery shop and tea house later this week. The bakery and tea house will open on Guildhall Street, serving up freshly-baked artisan breads and cakes from Ticklebelly’s menu, which includes bakewell slices and chocolate brownies. Sweet and savoury pastries also appear, such as giant choux buns, apple and caramel pie, beef pasties and Lincolnshire sausage rolls.Ticklebelly’s new site will also offer baking experience days such as the Christmas baking experience, artisan bread baking and bake and date nights for couples.The existing bakehouse on Doddington Road, Ticklebelly’s original site which opened in 2014, will remain to supply the shop and tea house.“The original plan was to stay and grow for five years and then see what direction to go in. However, the business grew faster than expected and after just two years it is time once again to expand,” said owner James Cook on Ticklebelly’s website.“What started as nothing more than an idea and just £40 one rainy day back in 2011 has now become a company that will continue to grow and shine.”last_img read more

Led Zeppelin Kicks Off 50-Year Anniversary With New Vinyl Single For Record Store Day

first_imgLed Zeppelin isn’t letting a little thing like breaking up almost forty years ago keep them continuing their sales dominance. In fact, the one-time “Biggest Band In The World” is releasing their first entry for the annual Record Store Day event. The release—a new single of tunes handpicked by Jimmy Page—is coming on yellow vinyl featuring “Rock And Roll” on side A and “Friends” on side B. While longtime fans might be amazed at Zeppelin’s choosing to go the single route after all those years of disdain for the form, nothing should surprise them about the band wanting to control the way their music is released.Though the 45 doesn’t contain new material, that won’t stop the fervent collectors from snapping up the limited release as fast as they’re put on shelves, which shouldn’t surprise anyone familiar with Zeppelin’s history. Some estimates place Led Zeppelin’s lifetime sales at somewhere in the neighborhood of 300 million records sold. Those numbers are even more impressive when you take into account that even their biggest hit, and arguably one of the greatest songs of all times, “Stairway To Heaven”, didn’t get its own single release.The members of Led Zeppelin have always worked to control how they release their music to the world, wanting to take away the preconceptions and biases that were being heaped upon them early in their career. In fact, they released their fourth and fifth albums—Led Zeppelin IV, though known to many as”Zoso” for the runic symbols on the covers, and Houses Of The Holy—untitled and unattributed on the outside packaging. While most bands and record labels would never even consider such a vague marketing strategy, Zeppelin laughed all the way to the bank with nearly 25 million copies sold to date.Robert Plant, the golden-tressed concept of a rock star come to life, was far more than just a lyric belting banshee—he was also a savvy businessman. He and his partners, guitarist Jimmy Page, bassist John Paul Jones, and the late drummer John Bonham knew that their deal with Atlantic Records was fair, but they wanted to have full control of their product. In 1974, the band, along with manager Peter Grant, formed Swan Song Records, an imprint whose material would be distributed by Atlantic.Led Zeppelin had spent the five years leading up to the founding of Swan Song making themselves the highest-grossing rock act in the world. Their mixture of incredible musicianship, unrelenting adoration by their fans around the world, and their drive to try and help other acts reach the same level positioned them perfectly to build a label that would work for the bands, instead of the other way around. With the example of The Beatles woes in attempting the same thing with their own imprint, Apple Records, Zeppelin strove to recruit bands they felt were as close to ready for stardom as possible.Peter Grant and the band always intended for the label’s stable to stay small with no more than four or five acts including Zeppelin. Though their first recruit, Scottish singer Maggie Bell didn’t generate much in the way of sales their second act, Bad Company, gave the label its first chart toppers outside of their founders. With Paul Rodgers leaving Free to front this new collaboration of heavy-hitters, including members of King Crimson and Mott The Hoople, Swan Song gained instant credibility.Swan Song filled out their stable with bands and artists like The Pretty Things, Dave Edmunds, Mirabai, Detective, and Sad Café. The Pretty Things managed to give the label their second-straight number-one release with the album Silk Torpedo, though the group has since fallen into obscurity. With the new release by Zeppelin the following year, Physical Graffiti, also hitting number one, it looked like Zeppelin had indeed learned the lessons taught by the late Apple Records. Unfortunately, as the 70s drew to a close, Led Zeppelin was worn down from the rock-and-roll lifestyle, and their participation and interest in the label followed suit. The passing of John Bonham in 1980 was not just the death knell for Led Zeppelin, but Swan Song as well.The label’s founders had much to be proud of though. Over the decade it existed, Swan Song released twenty-seven albums, including solo records from Page and Plant following the dissolution of Zep. In the following years, the band’s surviving members have worked with a plethora of young artists in a variety of capacities. Jones, in particular, has done great work producing albums by artists ranging from Paul McCartney to the Butthole Surfers, while Plant has regularly searched and embraced new talent in his backing bands for his headlining shows and tours.This new single, a call back to the glorious era when Led Zeppelin ruled the charts and concert stages of the world, isn’t going to change the music world, though it just might help connect fans with their local music sellers. For devotees of vinyl and the ritualistic manner in which they consume music, bringing home this new Zeppelin 45 will be a blast from the past and a rarity at the same time. As the opening salvo to what is sure to be a memorabilia-laden 50th-anniversary, Led Zeppelin is still breaking ground and likely returning to the place they know best: the top of the charts.If you love Led Zeppelin and will be down in New Orleans for Jazz Fest, don’t miss Z-Funk: A Tribute To Led Zeppelin & Parliament Funkadelic featuring Michelangelo Carubba & Shira Elias (Turkuaz), Roosevelt Collier, Brandon “Taz” Niederauer, Steve Swatkins (Allen Stone), Rob Walker (The Main Squeeze), Chris Bullock & Mike “Maz” Maher (Snarky Puppy) at The Maison in New Orleans on Sunday, April 29th. For more info, click here; to purchase tickets, click here<; and for our full guide to Jazz Fest late nights, click here.last_img read more

Tedeschi Trucks Band Returns To D.C. For Warner Theatre Finale [Full-Show Audio]

first_imgOn Saturday, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned to Washington, D.C.’s Warner Theatre for their final show of the week. Between the D.C. weekend affairs, the 12-piece celebrated their album release in Brooklyn, New York with a phenomenal performance at Brooklyn Music Academy, which took an emotional turn just days after the loss of their own Kofi Burbridge. Following a scorcher of a show on Friday night, the band returned on Saturday with another mind-bending two-set performance.Tedeschi Trucks Band kicked off their first set with a cover of Dr. John’s “I Walk On Guilded Splinters” before working through two cuts off of 2013’s Made Up Mind with “Do I Look Worried” and “Part Of Me”. Up next was a well executed pair of newcomers with “When Will I Begin” and “Walk Through This Life”, followed up by covers of Bob Dylan’s “Down In The Flood” and Four Tops’ “Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever”. Tedeschi Trucks Band brought their first set to a close with “Strengthen What Remains” and a 17-minute rendition of “Idle Wind”.For their second set, Tedeschi Trucks Band returned with “They Don’t Shine, their third SIGNS tune of the night, followed up by “High & Mighty”. The band then let their Allman Brothers Band roots show with their rendition of “Dreams”, allowing Derek Trucks to dazzle the crowd with some scorching guitar work. The band continued with a fan-favorite cover of Spooner Oldham’s “Sweet Inspiration”, highlighted by some beautiful vocal harmonizing between Susan Tedeschi and Mike Mattison. The 12-piece kept on chugging with originals “Made Up Mind”, “Shame”, and “Midnight In Harlem”, followed by a horn-heavy cover of “I Pity The Fool” and a set-closing high-energy take on “Bound For Glory”.A lone encore of The Beatles’ “With A Little Help From My Friends” brought the rocking two-set performance to a close.Listen to full-show audio of last night’s show below:Tedeschi Trucks Band – 2/23/2019 (Full-Show Audio)[Audio: Alex Leary]Tedeschi Trucks Band continues their tour with performances at The Met in Philadelphia, PA; Birmingham, AL; Augusta, GA; and Asheville, NC ahead of their European tour this spring. For a full list of upcoming dates, please head over to the band’s official website.Setlist: Tedeschi Trucks Band | Warner Theatre | Washington, D.C. | 2/23/2019Set One: I Walk On Guilded Splinters, Do I Look Worried, Part Of Me, When Will I Begin, Walk Through This Life, Down In The Flood, Loving You Is Sweeter Than Ever, Strengthen What Remains, Idle WindSet Two: They Don’t Shine, High & Mighty, Dreams, Sweet Inspiration, Made Up Mind, Shame, Midnight In Harlem, I Pity The Fool, Bound For GloryEncore: With A Little Help From My Friendslast_img read more

‘Destruction across the city’

first_imgLara Phillips, an instructor in emergency medicine at Harvard Medical School and an emergency physician at Harvard-affiliated Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), was high in the Himalaya Mountains when the deadly, 7.8-magnitude earthquake struck Nepal on April 25.A wilderness medicine fellow with the Himalayan Rescue Association Nepal, Phillips said the initial damage was light in the rural Annapurna region where she worked. She and her colleagues decided to close the organization’s high-mountain clinic and offer help in areas of greater need. They planned to travel through the badly damaged capital of Kathmandu and on to another hard-hit region, Sindhupalchok.The Gazette reached Phillips via email over the weekend while she was in Kathmandu preparing for the trip to Sindhupalchok, and asked about her experiences.GAZETTE: Where were you, and what were you doing when the quake struck? What did you see around you at that time?PHILLIPS: During the earthquake, I was on a day hike. I was stationed at Thorong Phedi, working in a satellite clinic through the Himalayan Rescue Association and going for a day hike to high camp about 30 minutes away, [at] around 16,000 feet.I heard a deep rumble, and the ground shook. I looked around to make sure I was not in the way of an avalanche. I had never been in an earthquake before and assumed it was an avalanche on the other side of the mountain. I stopped in a teahouse at high camp when a second quake occurred, and there was no mistaking that this was an earthquake, as everything in the teahouse was rumbling. Everyone ran outside.Fortunately, no one was injured. By the time I hiked back to Thorong Phedi, all communication was cut off. The Internet, phones, even our satellite phone was not working for over 24 hours. It wasn’t until later that we heard the extent of damage and tragedy. The following day, when the satellite phone was working, I called my husband and parents. We then passed it around to the Nepali staff that had family and friends in Kathmandu who were anxiously awaiting to hear from their loved ones.GAZETTE: What have you been doing since then?PHILLIPS: A day after the earthquake, we were able to get in contact with our colleagues at the Himalayan Rescue Association (HRA). Communication was still difficult even with the satellite phone. Therefore, we descended to Manang … over the next two days, where our main clinic is located. Discussions were under way as we made a difficult decision on whether or not to close the HRA clinic.The clinic in Manang serves the local Nepali community in addition to trekkers traveling through the Annapurna circuit. While the volume of trekkers declined after the earthquake, we still had a responsibility to the local community. Fortunately, Manang was largely unharmed by the earthquake. The volunteer doctors also felt a responsibility to assist in areas that were devastated by the earthquake. And ultimately, after discussion with the HRA, a decision was made to close the clinic for the season and send support to those villages in need. We mobilized medical supplies and departed for Sindhupalchok, a three-day journey from Manang.GAZETTE: Why are you in Nepal in the first place?PHILLIPS: I am a Wilderness Medicine Fellow at Massachusetts General Hospital. As part of the fellowship, I am honored to have the opportunity to volunteer through the Himalayan Rescue Association in a high-altitude clinic in Nepal. I was stationed at Manang, 11,600 feet, and Thorong Phedi, 15,000 feet, for three months.GAZETTE: How are conditions in Kathmandu? It’s been a week since the quake; are there signs of recovery? What is the state of mind of people there?PHILLIPS: One week after the earthquake, there is evidence of destruction across the city. Some areas have remained unharmed, while others are devastated. Many Nepalis sleep in tents, either because they lost their homes or for fear of staying in their homes during an aftershock.Trekkers [who were] roaming through the streets are now replaced by volunteers seeking to help this country. Amidst the heartbreaking tragedy, it is inspirational to see that so many people want to help. Different voluntary organizations have been working tirelessly [launching] rescue teams, [on] delivery of supplies, and setting up field hospitals. I spoke with some people in Nepal [who] describe the state of mind of the people there as “traumatized, fearful, and frustrated.” They are grateful for the international support.GAZETTE: What about your plans to head to Sindhupalchok? Why go there?PHILLIPS: We plan to head to Sindhupalchok, as the area suffered massive losses of human life, housing, and livestock. The area is reported to be devastated, with 80 percent to 90 percent of buildings rendered uninhabitable. We are planning about a five-day visit to assess medical needs and provide medical outreach. We will be in communication with the HRA by satellite phone and may extend the trip or move to another location in need.GAZETTE: A week after the quake, what do you think it’s important for the Harvard community to know?PHILLIPS: I want the people at Harvard to know that they are a part of an incredible community. Yesterday, a team from MGH arrived to help with relief efforts. It also took less than 24 hours for the doctors in the emergency medicine department to cover each others’ shifts, making it possible for others to deploy to Nepal. It’s a horrible tragedy, but inspirational to witness the selfless actions of others.The Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health will conduct a live webcast from 12:30 to 1:30 p.m. Thursday. “Humanitarian Response to the Crisis in Nepal” will offer insight as experts discuss what was predicted to occur in Kathmandu in the event of a major earthquake — even before one occurred. Post your questions in advance at [email protected], or online during the event via Twitter using the #HarvardNepal hashtag.last_img read more