Pharma-Deko Plc ( Q32016 Interim Report

first_imgPharma-Deko Plc ( listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchange under the Pharmaceuticals sector has released it’s 2016 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Pharma-Deko Plc ( reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Pharma-Deko Plc ( company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Pharma-Deko Plc (  2016 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfilePharma-Deko Plc manufactures, packages and markets a range of pharmaceutical and consumer products in Nigeria. Pharmaceutical products include Parkalin cough syrup, Revitone blood tonic, Salins liniment, Hexdene mouth wash, Brett mouth wash, Omepraz, Pharmadec drops and syrups, Phardol suppository and drops, Amycin dry powder and capsules, Anuproct suppositories, Vitacee drops and syrups, Antasil tablets, garlic tablets, Amoquin anti-malarial tablets and Parkprim suspension and tablets. The company also produces and sells a non-sugar cream soda; and manufactures and packages pharmaceutical and consumer products under contract. Established in 1962 and formerly known as Parke-Davis & Company (US), the company changed its name to Pharma-Deko Limited in 1990. It is now known as Pharma-Deko Plc. The company head office is in Ogun State, Nigeria. Pharma-Deko Plc is listed on the Nigerian Stock Exchangelast_img read more

Students paint bacteria in cross campus learning

first_imgStudent works on her artwork for Science Meets Art. (Connie Beltran) Lindsey Dunnagan, an adjunct instructor of art, said art can help people understand complex subjects such as microbiology.“We are surrounded by art in our daily lives, and it can be very impactful,” she said. “If art brings knowledge of things in science then, sometimes it can be more easily absorbed by layman.”For Bianca Hursh, first-year neuroscience major and studio art minor, this initiative represented an opportunity to incorporate her two areas of study into one project.Although she is a science major, this experience has allowed her to look at science in a different way, she said.“The subtleties and some of the things are more beautiful in science than I would’ve really noticed by just looking at them in a science class, in a scientific setting,” Hursh said.Science Meets Art is a part of the SciCom initiative which is intended to help science students communicate their work and research.“I really believe in a cross and multidisciplinary approach to education,” Jones said. “This was a perfect way to add another component of that, so I hope that compliments SciCom.”The students’ artwork will be entered for competition and displayed at the annual Student Research Symposium on April 8. Students debut performances of drag personas as part of unique new course ReddIt Facebook Students prepping for research symposium Previous articleTCUnderground holds auditions to prepare for its festival in AprilNext articleCharter election includes proposed term increase for council Connie Beltran RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Art, science departments to continue zoo enrichment course Connie Beltran Facebook Linkedin Boykin, Doctson among 14 football players graduating Saturday printThe Science Meets Art initiative aims to have art students learn about science, and science students learn about art while painting and drawing what they see in microbiology.Clark Jones,an instructor of biology, said students went out and collected swabs from different places where bacteria could be found and cultivated it, then examined it under a microscope.“They were able to see a world of small bacterial and fungal objects that they would not have been able to see with their naked eye alone,” he said.From their observations in the lab, they drew ideas for their artwork.“The students have a chance to see how science connects to their life,” Jones said, “but even more importantly, they found new inspirations for art.” Connie Beltran Connie Beltran + posts Connie Beltran is a senior at TCU majoring in journalism and minoring in French. She covers the College of Education and the College of Science and Engineering for TCU 360. Art students attend lab for Science Meets Art initiative. (Connie Beltran) Twitter Connie Beltran ReddIt Art students attend lab for Science Meets Art initiative. (Connie Beltran) Art students attend lab for Science Meets Art initiative. (Connie Beltran) Condensed semester, lost week to snowstorm adding to some students stress during finals week Connie Beltran Twitter Student works on her artwork for Science Meets Art. (Connie Beltran) Petri dish with bacteria. (Connie Beltran) Linkedin Art students attend lab for Science Meets Art initiative. (Connie Beltran) The College of Science and Engineering Dean, Phil Hartman, retires after 40 consecutive years McKinney Church hosts study day event Petri dish with bacteria. (Connie Beltran)last_img read more

What we’re reading: Presidential debate, COVID-19 deaths reach 1 million worldwide

first_imgWorkers adjust signage as preparations take place for the first Presidential debate in the Sheila and Eric Samson Pavilion, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Cleveland. The first debate between President Donald Trump and Democratic presidential candidate, former Vice President Joe Biden is scheduled to take place Tuesday, Sept. 29. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky) Previous articleTarrant County Elections administrator details Election Day during COVID-19Next articleHoroscope: September 29, 2020 Matthew Sgroi RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution What we’re reading: Final presidential debate, cold front coming to Fort Worth + posts Matthew Sgroi Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook Matthew Sgroi Twittercenter_img Linkedin ReddIt Linkedin TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Facebook printTonight marks the first presidential debate of 2020President Donald Trump and former Vice President Joe Biden are squaring off on the debate stage for the first time in 2020 tonight. The debate starts at 8 p.m. CST and is in Cleveland, Ohio. This year, it will not be held in front of the general public as in years past. Only 70 people will be admitted into the audience tonight.The candidates will have 90 minutes to debate on six different current issues, which were chosen by tonight’s moderator, Fox News’ Chris Wallace, and include the Supreme Court, the coronavirus, the economy, race and violence in cities and the integrity of the election, according to the New York Times.Wallace said he will not be fact-checking during the debate. “My job is to be as invisible as possible,” he said.Man who killed White Settlement church shooter cleared by grand juryJack Wilson has been cleared by a Grand Jury of his actions in the White Settlement church shooting, according to FOX 4.On Dec. 29, 2019, Keith Thomas Kinnunen fired a shotgun inside the West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement. Wilson, a firearms instructor and volunteer security guard, shot Kinnunen, ending the shooting and his life. Tim Rodgers, a prosecutor for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, told the Associated Press that Texas law allows for his freedom. COVID-19 deaths rise to 1 million worldwideThe death toll from the coronavirus pandemic has officially reached 1 million as many countries are still unable to keep the virus under control, according to the Wall Street Journal.The U.S. leads the world in confirmed cases and deaths. Over the past week, an average of 700 Americans have died each day from the coronavirus, adding on to the 205,000 total COVID-19 deaths in America. The U.S. accounts for a fifth of the total cases reported worldwide.The death rate is comparatively much lower than in other countries, however. Recently in Mexico, more than 10% of reported cases have ended in death. In Bolivia, France and Iran, about 5% of cases end in death. In America, less than 1% of cases end in death.Health experts say mask usage, universal testing and contact tracing are all necessary to slow down the spread and to avoid more lockdowns in the future. Fires continue to burn in California’s wine country Smoke rises over a vineyard as the Glass Fire burns, Monday, Sept. 28, 2020, in Calistoga, Calif. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)Wildfires have continued to rage on in Northern California, destroying parts of the state’s wine country. On Monday, more than 60,000 residents living in Sonoma and Napa counties were told to evacuate as a new wildfire threatened their homes and communities. The Glass Fire has already burned about 56 square miles, and firefighters are struggling to contain the blazes as heat and strong winds are fueling the fire.The Glass Fire isn’t the only major fire in California. Three people died in a different wildfire closer to the Oregon border.Cal Fire has announced that both of these fires are zero percent under control.Overall, this summer’s fire season has been devastating for California. Twenty-nine people have died due to the fires and a record 3 million acres have been destroyed. ReddIt Twitterlast_img read more

Ardnacrusha Power Station open for visitors

first_img Previous articleShannon Group moving to next phase of its journeyNext articleTeam Limerick Cleanup 5 statistics show litter trends changing Staff Reporter Shannon Airport braced for a devastating blow Email Print Facebook TAGSClareCommunityLimerick City and Countylocal newsNews RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Linkedin Advertisementcenter_img Limerick on Covid watch list Housing 37 Compulsory Purchase Orders issued as council takes action on derelict sites Local backlash over Aer Lingus threat Local schoolchildren at the Ardnacrusha Experience.THE ESB is once again opening the gates of the historic Ardnacrusha Power Station to schools and the general public for a unique insight into Ireland’s first national hydro-electric station.The decision to run the tours this summer is based on the continued popularity of the initiative which started in 2017 when the electricity supply company marked its 90th anniversary.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up School visits are being facilitated from May 23 to June 28, while public tours run from July 1 to September 13. The guided tours which operate from Monday to Friday, run for around 90 minutes and can accommodate groups of up to 30.Visitors are welcomed to the Ardnacrusha Experience at the recently refurbished visitors’ centre before going out on site to view the impressive headrace canal, locks and tailrace.Once inside the station, the Shannon Scheme is brought to life through a series of animations which celebrate the history and impact of this iconic project. Visitors are given access to the very heart of the station with unique views of the turbine hall and a visit to the original control room.Plant Manager Alan Bane said the Ardnacrusha Experience tells the story of the power of electricity and its transformative impact on Irish life.“It offers the opportunity for people to learn not just about the history of the plant dating back to its inception in the 1920s but also of ESB’s brighter future strategy which is leading the secure, affordable transition to a low-carbon energy future for Ireland.“All of us who work at the plant have been very proud to open our gates to the general public. We look forward to welcoming school groups and indeed, all those with an interest in engineering, history and heritage for pre-booked visits over the summer.”Bookings can be made at Twitter NewsCommunityLocal NewsArdnacrusha Power Station open for visitorsBy Staff Reporter – May 1, 2019 1920 TechPost | Episode 9 | Pay with Google, WAZE – the new Google Maps? and Speak don’t Type! Is Aer Lingus taking flight from Shannon?last_img read more

Three Donegal Greenway projects to share €340,000 in funding

first_img Facebook Homepage BannerNews WhatsApp Community Enhancement Programme open for applications RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Google+ Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Three Greenway projects in Donegal have been awarded funding as part of a €4.5m Government announcement today. The funding was allocated under the Carbon Tax Fund 2020 and provides support for feasibility, planning and design for Greenways around the country.Twenty-six projects have been successful nationally.The three Greenway projects in Donegal are to share €340,000.Inishowen Greenway is to receive €45,000 for route options selection on an 8km section from Muff to Quigley’s Point and another €180,000 for route options selection on a 32 km section from Buncrana to Carndonagh.While the Foyle Valley Greenway has been successful in obtaining €115, 000, again to select route options for a 28.5 km section of the Foyle from Carrigans to Castlefinn.In a statement, Transport Minister Eamon Ryan says that these greenways will encourage tourism in the future, and will also provide a safe, segregated space for people walking and cycling. Twitter News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Google+center_img Facebook Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA By News Highland – July 29, 2020 Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Previous articleTourish & McDaid among FAI Award shortlistsNext articleMajority of Donegal people show up for Covid-19 testing News Highland Pinterest Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Three Donegal Greenway projects to share €340,000 in funding Pinterestlast_img read more

Brundidge veteran remembers his role in protecting America

first_img Print Article Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Boutwell served first in England, then France and Belgium.“If we had not gone to England, that country would have been taken by the Germans,” he said.Boutwell said, at some point, a war is won or lost. It was won for the Allies on the beaches of Normandy.During the preparation for the invasion of France, Boutwell said there was no difference between 4 p.m. and 4 a.m.“There was as much activity in the early morning hours as there was in the afternoon,” he said. “Everything and everybody had to be ready.”Boutwell was not in the first waves that hit the beaches on June 6, 1944. His artillery until came later, but not so late that he was spared the horrors of the invasion.“We went in as a convoy with nine-ton guns,” he said. “At one place, about 20 acres was covered with the bodies of American soldiers. They were there to be buried. Mattress covers from the sleep cots had been taken off and used to cover the bodies. I’ll never forget what I saw that day. But, we knew by the outcome that the war would soon be over.”The Battle of the Bulge, December 1944 to mid-January 1945 was the most devastating battle of the war. The Americans lost 81,000 men.Too many lives lost on both sides, said Boutwell, a veteran of that battle. “But the war was coming to an end and we would finally be going home.”But first, Boutwell was ordered to the southern coast of France to guard prisoners of war.“We all had enough points to go home but we didn’t have a ride,” he said, with a smile.At long last, Boutwell’s “ride” arrived and he came home.“I was one of the lucky ones,” he said. “But I was like most all soldiers, I took pride in serving. Nobody owed me anything. If anything was owed, I owed my country.”A couple of years ago, Boutwell was privileged to go on an Honor Flight to Washington D.C. and have the opportunity to visit the World War II Memorial on the National Mall.“When we were standing there, somebody asked one of the veterans what he did in the war,” Boutwell said. “He said, ‘I didn’t do much but we did a lot.’ That’s the way I feel. I didn’t do much but we did a lot.” Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Latest Stories By The Penny Hoarder Skip Emmitt Boutwell shuffled through several, time-yellowed papers and separated one to the side.“Gen. Dwight D. Eisenhower. He signed it,” he said, pointing to the signature at the bottom of the page. “We all got this letter just before the invasion of France.”Emmitt Boutwell, 92, of Brundidge is a veteran of the Battle of the Bulge.The letter was a way of letting the soldiers, sailors and airmen of the Allied Expeditionary Force know that the “eyes of the world are upon you and the hopes and prayers of liberty-loving people everywhere march with you.” Email the author You Might Like Power pros share tips to saving money this summer Written by Trent Thompkins, intern with The Messenger It’s been a scorcher already this summer with temperatures rising into the… read more Book Nook to reopen Published 11:00 pm Wednesday, July 3, 2013 Boutwell, 92, sat in his Brundidge home Wednesday and remembered what it was like to take up the fight for freedom in a land so far from home.“It was 1942 and I was 22 years old,” he said. “I was like all the other soldiers. We understood our mission. We wanted to go over there, get it over, get back home and get on with our lives.”Boutwell was a member of the Army Coast Artillery, which had as its mission to protect airfields and to provide protection for the 9th Army Air Force.“We were to destroy enemy aircraft and to protect our positions,” he said. “Our mission was technical because we had to be able to identify every kind of plane even by its silhouette. We had to know the Allied planes and the enemy planes. We couldn’t make mistakes. If we did, lives would be lost.” By Jaine Treadwell Brundidge veteran remembers his role in protecting America Eisenhower cautioned the fighting forces that the task would not be easy – that the enemy “will fight savagely.”“Let us all beseech the blessing of Almighty God upon this great and noble undertaking,” he wrote.Boutwell said there are no words to describe his feelings upon receiving that letter – fierce pride in country and a tight knot in the pit of his stomach. 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Mom of teen allegedly killed by MS-13 fatally struck by SUV at daughter’s memorial

first_imgAlex Wong/Getty Images(NEW YORK) — A Long Island mother whose teenage daughter was allegedly killed by MS-13 gang members died after she was hit by a vehicle just before a memorial for her daughter.Evelyn Rodriguez was struck by an SUV about 4:10 p.m. Friday on Ray Court Street near Stahley Street in Brentwood, where her daughter Kayla Cuevas, 16, and her friend Nisa Mickens, 15, were found dead, according to the Suffolk County Police Department.Cuevas’ body was found beaten and slashed the same day two years ago.Before the incident, police said Rodriguez was involved in a dispute on Ray Court Street with a driver of a 2016 Nissan Rouge regarding the placement of a memorial dedicated to her daughter and her daughter’s friend, who were both killed near the location.During the argument, the driver, who has a relative who lives on Ray Court, attempted to leave the scene and her vehicle struck Rodriguez, police said.Rodriguez, 50, of Brentwood, was transported to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore, where she was pronounced dead, police said.Police have not revealed the identity of the driver, who has not been charged. The Nissan was impounded for a safety check.Law enforcement officials were still investigating the incident Saturday, though the driver’s motive was not immediately clear.Long Island has been increasingly plagued by gang violence. President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions on separate occasions have visited Long Island to discuss combatting gangs.Rodriguez became an advocate for crime prevention after Cuevas and Mickens were killed, allegedly by members of MS-13.Mickens’ body was spotted by a passing motorist on Stahley Street near in Brentwood in September 2016; Cuevas’ body was discovered the following day only a few hundred feet where Mickens’s body was found.More than a dozen members of MS-13 were arrested in March 2017 in New York on federal charge in connection to the brutal killing of the two girls.“The murders, particularly of these two girls, young ladies, were particularly heinous,” Robert Capers, the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of New York, said at a news conference at the time.Rodriguez got the attention of Trump, who invited her to his State of the Union address earlier this year.After Rodriguez’s death, Trump tweeted on Friday about her death.“My thoughts and prayers are with Evelyn Rodriguez this evening, along with her family and friends,” he tweeted. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo also released a statement offering condolences.“Tonight, the family of New York mourns the tragic loss of Evelyn Rodriguez – the brave mother of Kayla Cuevas who was senselessly slain by violent MS-13 gang members and found in Brentwood two years ago,” Cuomo said in the statement.“In the wake of the unspeakable tragedy of her daughter’s death, Evelyn showed tremendous courage by dedicating herself to the disruption of gang violence throughout her community,” Cuomo said. “As she stood by my side as we fought back against MS-13, I stand with her family tonight.”Suffolk County police detectives are asking for the public’s help to solve the crime. Cuomo said he has directed the state police to assist and provide resources to local police to investigate the case.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

“The Lorax” makes appearance in federal court ruling on Atlantic Coast Pipeline

first_imgssuaphoto/iStock(WASHINGTON) — A fuzzy orange creature famous for standing on a stump played a role in a legal decision on a major natural gas pipeline this week.A federal judge on the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals quoted Dr. Seuss’ beloved environmental warrior in a decision calling for the U.S. Forest Service to revisit its approval for a natural gas pipeline on the East Coast to go forward.“We trust the United States Forest Service to ‘speak for the trees, for the trees have no tongues,’” Judge Stephanie Thacker wrote, quoting Dr. Seuss’ 1971 book The Lorax.“A thorough review of the record leads to the necessary conclusion that the Forest Service abdicated its responsibility to preserve national forest resources. This conclusion is particularly informed by the Forest Service’s serious environmental concerns that were suddenly, and mysteriously, assuaged in time to meet a private pipeline company’s deadlines,” she wrote.The decision issued Thursday was the latest move in ongoing lawsuits seeking to block the Atlantic Coast Pipeline, a 600-mile underground natural gas pipeline through West Virginia, Virginia and North Carolina. The route for the pipeline would cross the Appalachian Trail and George Washington and Monongahela national forests, which environmental groups say could be threatened by the project.Environmental groups, like the Southern Environmental Law Center and the Sierra Club, have argued in this case that Dominion Energy, the company behind the pipeline, went around Forest Service officials who expressed concerns about the project and asked political appointees in the Trump administration to approve the project.Thacker and the two other judges on the panel agreed Thursday that the Forest Service permits should not have been approved because the company didn’t provide information to resolve the agency’s earlier concerns. The permits were vacated and are no longer valid.Greg Buppert, a senior attorney with the Southern Environmental Law Center, also said the decision found that no federal agency has the authority to allow a pipeline to cross the Appalachian Trail, essentially blocking the planned path for the project completely.Atlantic Coast Pipeline spokesman Aaron Ruby said they strongly disagree with the court’s ruling and plan to appeal immediately. He said other federal agencies have said the Forest Service does have the authority to approve pipelines across the Appalachian Trial.“We are confident we will prevail on appeal,” he said in a statement.A spokeswoman for the Forest Service said they will review the court opinion and look into their options before taking any further action.Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Naval Leaders Call for Innovation at NAVAIR Symposium

first_imgThe symposium focused on the theme “Supporting the Current and Future Capabilities of Naval Aviation” and provided a forum for leaders to share their insights with NAVAIR acquisition professionals, who are responsible for managing product and service procurements for the Department of the Navy — including the design and engineering of its major weapons systems.The event, held in the college’s gymnasium, attracted more than 750 people and featured the Navy’s Vice Chief of Naval Operations Adm. Michelle Howard; Assistant Secretary of the Navy for Research, Development and Acquisition Sean Stackley; Lt. Gen. Jon Davis, deputy commandant for Aviation, Headquarters Marine Corps; Vice Adm. David Dunaway, NAVAIR commander; and retired Vice Adm. Joseph Dyer, a former NAVAIR commander who, after retirement, served as chief operating officer of iRobot and now chairs the NASA Aerospace Safety Advisory Panel.“We must think and respond differently … create safe environments to innovate and experiment, while preserving airworthiness and safety of flight,” Dunaway said in his opening remarks to the audience. “We need leaders to provide context and boundaries to focus creative energy and inspire experimentation and risk taking. It takes good judgment to strike the proper balance between process and innovation.”He also highlighted some of the NAVAIR’s program success stories, which include the Navy’s newest maritime patrol aircraft’s, the P-8A Poseidon, return from its maiden operational deployment in July, the X-47B Unmanned Combat Air System’s ongoing sea trials and the multi-year procurement contract for 25 E-2D Advanced Hawkeye aircraft announced in June.Howard, who recently became the Navy’s first four-star woman admiral, presented “Leadership Challenges and Opportunities” via a history lesson on the evolution of naval aviation. She encouraged today’s leaders to think big and embrace technological change in order to maintain naval supremacy across multiple domains — maritime and subsurface, land, airborne and cyberspace.Former NAVAIR commander Dyer was a crowd favorite as he delivered his presentation with Southern charm and timeless wit. He reviewed his popular 2003 “Pillars of a Good Program” manifesto, which still adorns many office walls at the command. He also shared his “Career Accelerators,” a list of provocative nuggets, such as “Never waste a crisis,” “Safe is risky” and “Get into a little trouble.”[mappress]Press Release, August 20, 2014; Image: Navair View post tag: Symposium View post tag: americas August 20, 2014 Authorities View post tag: leaders View post tag: Navy View post tag: call View post tag: Innovationcenter_img Share this article View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Naval Naval Leaders Call for Innovation at NAVAIR Symposium Against a backdrop of escalating world conflicts, an all-star lineup of senior naval leaders called for increased innovation and shared the secrets of their success during Naval Air Systems Command’s (NAVAIR) fifth annual Acquisition Leadership Symposium held Aug. 14 at nearby St. Mary’s College of Maryland. View post tag: NAVAIR Back to overview,Home naval-today Naval Leaders Call for Innovation at NAVAIR Symposium last_img read more

Dear Harvard

first_img Related Their biggest challenge so far is ensuring that Dear Harvard doesn’t grow too big, too fast, Lou said.The project could be scaled up and spread to other institutions, but Lou and her peers want to first ensure they have a solid foundation and the right partners at Harvard to make it as successful as it can be.They are excited to watch the project evolve as more people share postcards. As someone who is passionate about using technology to build meaningful human experiences, Lou said working on Dear Harvard has been a gratifying way to give back during a lonely and stressful time.“We want to enable each person to contribute to something greater than themselves,” she said. “We hope this is something that is hopeful and positive, and makes people feel connected to Harvard and the broader Harvard community. While we’re not trying to prescribe any reactions or emotions, we hope this has some meaning or sentiment, and some power, for the people who participate.” In the days and weeks following Harvard University’s decision to send students home for the rest of the spring term, it seemed to Katherine Lou ’21 and her friends that nearly every email they received in their school inboxes contained another blow to their spirits. “We were really frustrated that the phrase, ‘dear members of the Harvard community,’ had almost become a preamble for bad news. It seemed like the only thing connecting people across Harvard were these bad news emails,” said Lou, a sociology concentrator pursuing a computer science secondary at the John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. “So we were really interested in finding innovative ways to build community right now, and in the future.” So Lou, government concentrator Lara Teich ’21, integrative biology concentrator Sophie Webster ’21, and applied math concentrator Vicky Xu ’20 launched Dear Harvard, a website that enables members of the Harvard community to create and share virtual postcards.To create a card, users either upload an image or browse the Dear Harvard photo library and then type a short message (500 characters or less) that is inscribed on the card’s back. They can also sign the postcard, add tags and social media links, and include their current location.Messages can take any form — an emotional reflection on pandemic life, a funny anecdote about social distancing, or words of gratitude for the essential workers who are taking on extra risks to keep everyone safe.,Users can browse the constantly expanding gallery of postcards on the Dear Harvard website (clicking on a card flips it over), but Lou and her peers also intend to use this project to bridge digital and physical Harvard spaces.  In collaboration with Harvard Common Spaces, they are planning to set up digital screens facing out from windows in some campus buildings so passersby can see the postcards and their messages of hope and encouragement. The students are also planning to print the postcards and create a physical display when students, faculty, and staff eventually return to campus.“We want people to imagine a future when this crisis is over. We want them to imagine being back in the Smith Campus Center and being with other people again,” Lou said. “And at that time, it will be powerful to have a physical reminder of when we were separated, not just immediately after the crisis, but also so in future years we can look back and remember this time.” “We hope this is something that is hopeful and positive, and makes people feel connected to Harvard and the broader Harvard community.” — Katherine Lou ’21 Wishing there’d been just a little more time to savor senior year on campuscenter_img Getting handwritten letters make friends feel less far away Feeling renewed connection to family and neighborslast_img read more