Kenya Re-Insurance Corporation Limited (KNRE.ke) listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange under the Insurance sector has released it’s 2017 interim results for the half year.For more information about Kenya Re-Insurance Corporation Limited (KNRE.ke) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Kenya Re-Insurance Corporation Limited (KNRE.ke) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Kenya Re-Insurance Corporation Limited (KNRE.ke) 2017 interim results for the half year.Company ProfileKenya Re-Insurance Corporation Limited is a reinsurance company underwriting various classes of reinsurance for companies in Africa, the Middle East and Asia. The company covers reinsurance for the short-term and long-term business sectors. Its short-term business division offers motor, marine, aviation, fire and accident reinsurance products. Its long-term business division offers individual and group life reinsurance products. Kenya Re-Insurance Corporation Limited also has interests in property acquisition and management; including office buildings for rent and the development of office properties and housing projects. The company was founded in 1970 and its head office is in Nairobi, Kenya. Kenya Re-Insurance Corporation Limited is listed on the Nairobi Securities Exchange
Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (ZANACO.zm) listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange under the Banking sector has released it’s 2020 interim results for the second quarter.For more information about Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (ZANACO.zm) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (ZANACO.zm) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Zambia National Commercial Bank Plc (ZANACO.zm) 2020 interim results for the second quarter.Company ProfileZambia National Commercial Bank, commonly known as Zanaco, listed on the Lusaka Securities Exchange, serves retail customers, large corporations, agri-business and public sector clients. The bank has evolved into a leading financial institution in Zambia. With the aid of Arise B.V., a leading African Investment Company, Zanaco benefits from technical assistance, international networks and best practices in various areas of banking.
News IranMiddle East – North Africa News March 18, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Iran Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists to go further Help by sharing this information Iran is stepping up pressure on journalists, including foreign journalists, in run-up to election RSF_en News News Receive email alerts June 11, 2021 Find out more April 25, 2009 – Updated on January 20, 2016 American-Iranian journalist Roxana Saberi on hunger strike for past five days IranMiddle East – North Africa Roxana Saberi, the young American-Iranian journalist who was sentenced to eight years in prison on a spying charge in Tehran on 18 April, has been on hunger strike for the past five days, her father has told Reporters Without Borders. He said she called him today from prison to tell him this. She is “determined and ready to go all the way,” Reza Saberi said, adding that he was “very worried.”“We voice our complete solidarity with Roxana Saberi, who was unjustly arrested and convicted in a trial lacking any transparency,” Reporters Without Borders said. “Her decision to go on hunger strike, a last-ditch form of protest, is an act of rebellion against a fundamental injustice.”The press freedom organisation added : “Saberi must know that she is not alone. Reporters Without Borders, the Committee to Protect Journalists and 35 other press freedom organisations, as well as Iranian human rights activists and journalists, are all supporting her and demanding her release. We will not abandon her.”Saberi’s lawyer was not allowed to speak at her trial, held behind closed doors on 13 April, five days before the verdict was issued. He has filed an appeal against her conviction. She will be 32 tomorrow.Saberi was arrested at the start of February although her arrest was not revealed until the start of the following month. The daughter of an Iranian father who lives in the United States and who acquired US citizenship, Saberi moved to Iran six years ago and worked for various international news media including the BBC, Fox News and the US public radio network NPR.She was initially accused of working illegally as a journalist but was finally tried for “spying” for the United States, a charge that the Iranian authorities often use to silence outspoken journalists. Several American-Iranian journalists have been arrested in Iran in recent years but Saberi is the first one to be tried and given a jail sentence.Seven journalists are currently imprisoned in Iran, which was ranked 166th out of 173 countries in the latest Reporters Without Borders press freedom index. President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Predators of Press Freedom.”Read 24 April’s press release “International support for Roxana Saberi ahead for her birthday” Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 June 9, 2021 Find out more Organisation
Help by sharing this information Receive email alerts Follow the news on Afghanistan “The impunity and opaqueness surrounding the murders of journalists are a major scourge in Afghanistan, but a godsend for all those seeking to destroy press freedom in this country,” said Reza Moini, the head of RSF’s Iran-Afghanistan desk. “It is vital that the Afghan authorities guarantee and reinforce the safety of media personnel. At the same time, RSF is exploring all possible international remedies for ending the spiral of violence.” RSF_en The other media victims of the past two months are Mohammad Aliyas Dayee of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty’s Pashto-language service, murdered in Lashkargah on 12 November, Malalai Maiwand, a TV presenter and representative of the Centre for the Protection of Afghan Women Journalists (CPAWJ), and her driver Taher Khan, who were murdered in Jalalabad on 10 December, and Rahmatollah Nekzad, a reporter for international media, who was gunned down in Ghazni on 21 December. Besmellah Adel Imaq, the director of the Voice of Ghor radio station, was gunned down as he was returning home in Firoz Koh, the capital of the central province of Ghor, on the afternoon of 1 January, becoming the first Afghan journalist to be murdered in 2021 and the fifth media worker to be killed in the past two months. Imaq had been the target of two prior murder attempts, the latest in November, and had reported the threats against him to the authorities. After they took no steps to protect him, he filed complaints with journalists’ associations. June 2, 2021 Find out more The National Directorate of Security (NDS) and the police say that eight individuals linked to the Taliban have been arrested as suspects in these four murders. When reached by RSF a few hours after Imaq’s murder, Taliban spokesman Zabiholah Mojahed said the Taliban had “no interest in killing journalists.” to go further AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists JihadismWomenImpunityPredators Situation getting more critical for Afghan women journalists, report says News AfghanistanAsia – Pacific Condemning abusesProtecting journalists JihadismWomenImpunityPredators In a 31 December communiqué, the NDS said it had thwarted three attacks against journalists in the provinces de Khost, Kabul and Ghazni. Threats and violence against journalists and media have surged in Afghanistan in recent months, although a respite might have been expected because of the peace talks between the Taliban and the Afghan government. Nearly 100 political and civil society actors, including five media workers, have been the targets of attacks in the past two years. Afghanistan is ranked 122nd out of 180 countries in RSF’s 2020 World Press Freedom Index. After yet another journalist’s murder, the first in 2021, in what is one of the world’s deadliest countries for the media, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) urges Afghanistan’s authorities to make every effort to protect media personnel and says it is exploring all possible ways to help end the spiral of violence in this country. Organisation RSF asks International Criminal Court to investigate murders of journalists in Afghanistan January 7, 2021 Afghanistan must “end spiral of violence” after another journalist murdered News Afghanistan : “No just and lasting peace in Afghanistan without guarantees for press freedom” News News May 3, 2021 Find out more March 11, 2021 Find out more
International news …in briefOn 29 Jun 2004 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Internationalnews …in briefEU’sfemale-focused online health and safety guideAlist of online resources has been compiled by the European Agency for Safetyand Health at Work (EASHW) to advise employers on improving workplace healthand safety for female workers. It includes examples of practical guidelines andrelevant legislation, as well as best practice notes and research from EuropeanUnion (EU) member countries and elsewhere. There is also a list of links, bycountry, to the websites of relevant organisations. Meanwhile, the latestadvice has been issued by the agency in its 2004 construction industrycampaign. A new fact sheet highlights the role of careful planning in reducingnoise by taking it into consideration at the design stage. During construction,there should be a continual assessment of noise, said the EASHW. http://europe.osha.eu.int/good_practice/person/gender/intro.php http://agency.osha.eu.int/publications/factsheets/50/en/index.htmFishinghealth and safety standards to be updatedTheInternational Labour Organisation (ILO) has started updating global health andsafety standards for the fishing industry, which have not been changed since1966 – with some dating back to 1920. ILO’s committee on work in the fishingsector has now concluded preliminary discussions on revising the guidelines totake into account working conditions in the whole sector, from smaller coastalvessels to larger deep-sea ships. This would increase the proportion offishermen covered by the standards, up from the current 10 per cent to 90 percent. The standards, said the ILO, will “have the flexibility to ensurewide-scale ratification and implementation; [and] would also include newprovisions on compliance and enforcement of the standards, strengthening therole of both flag states and port states”. The ILO said the fishing industrywas among the most dangerous in the world, with fatality rates ranging from 150to 180 per 100,000 workers. Resourcesroadmap to drive training across Europe Oneof the largest EU co-operative research projects has started work to create acomputerised resource centre helping companies improve their in-house stafftraining programmes. The ProLearn Network of Excellence intends to“revolutionise the way that individuals learn, both in the workplace and in auniversity context”. It involves 160 business, education and governmentorganisations and is part of the EU’s European Research Area scheme which istrying to unite expertise across the 25 member countries. The EuropeanCommission said that as well as writing a ‘roadmap’ for boosting professionallearning involving high technology, and pinpointing areas for further research,the project will set up a ‘virtual competence centre’. This would “spreadexcellence to company-driven competence centres, chambers of commerce,employment centres and trade and industry associations”. A key aim would behelping companies develop tailor-made training for their employees. www.prolearn-project.org Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article
* Are you Board Certified in Internal Medicine and BoardCertified or Board Eligible in Pulmonary and Critical CareMedicine?YesNo Position NumberF67000 Interested candidates should apply online athttps://www.vcujobs.com.For additional information, please contact Shannon Sekerak,Division Administrator – Pulmonary Disease and Critical CareMedicine | [email protected] a preeminent national, urban, public research university andacademic health center, Virginia Commonwealth University iscommitted to organizational diversity, equity and inclusion – anenvironment where all can thrive in their pursuit ofexcellence.Applicants are requested to submit a Statement of Contributions toDiversity, Equity, and Inclusion (typically between 150-300 words)providing your career aspirations and contributions towardpromoting diversity, equity, and inclusion. Through this statement,you can share how your lived experiences; and past, present, andfuture academic and professional activities have or will contributeto VCU’s mission of promoting equity and inclusion.Note: Examples include working with others to further thegoals of equity and inclusion; leading in any capacity thattangibly promotes an environment where diversity is welcomed,fostered, and celebrated; creative activity, research andscholarship that promotes equity and parity; teaching and mentoringstudents, and/or engaging with faculty and/or staff fromtraditionally underrepresented groups to create a positive andsuccessful organizational experience. Open Until FilledYes Diversity Statement InformationFor more information on diversity statements, includingguidelines, please click here . * Do you have dedicated fellowship training in transplantpulmonology?YesNo Tenure StatusOpen DepartmentInternal Medicine Number of Months12 Position TypeTeaching and Research Faculty Proposed Hire Date07/01/2021 Required Qualifications Is this employee on a H1B Visa? Position Responsibilities * Do you have an MD degree or equivalent?YesNo Preferred Qualifications Mission or Goal of Unit Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). • Possess an MD degree or equivalent• Board certified in Internal Medicine• Board certified or Board eligible in Pulmonary and Critical CareMedicine by appointment start date• Meet the qualifications and requirements of national accreditingagencies for this position ( UNOS )• Strong interpersonal skills and excellence in patient care andteaching are expected• Demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diversefaculty, staff, and student environment as a faculty member atVCU Working TitleMedical Director – Lung Transplant Program Clinical• Provide exemplary care in the areas of Pulmonary Disease andCritical Care Medicine• Provide exemplary in the care and treatment of Lung Transplantpatients• Provide care on inpatient services including the MRICU, CriticalCare Consult service and Outpatient clinicsAdministrative• Serve as the Medical Director of the Lung Transplantprogram-building the clinical, educational and administrativesections of the programTeaching• Provide teaching service to learners, including medical students,interns and residents• Use contemporary adult learning methods to promote evidence-basedpractice• Demonstrate effective teaching skills and continually develop asa teacher for learners at all levels• Complete required evaluations of learners in a timely manner –including but not limited to written and verbal feedback• Participate in other learning activities such as foundations ofclinical medicine, morning report, core conference, and otherformal educational programs for undergraduate and post-graduatelearnersService• Work with institutional staff and administration to attain thestrategic objectives of VCU Medical Center, including patientsafety, patient and other customer satisfaction, maintenance andenhancement of public perception, and fiscal health• Serve on institutional committees, study sections, review groups,as a journal editor, or editorial boards Posted Salary The Department of Internal Medicine, Division of Pulmonary Diseaseand Critical Care Medicine is seeking candidates for our MedicalDirector of Lung Transplant. The successful candidate will lead amulti-disciplinary team in providing comprehensive care andmanagement of patients before and after lung transplant. TheMedical Director is responsible for providing administrativeleadership to the lung transplant program; develop policies andpractice guideline to assure compliance with governing agencies;participate in various outreach activities with multipleconstituencies both within and outside the Hospital and Universityand the broader clinical community; guide performance improvementguidelines, policies and protocols. Date Posted01/12/2021 Application Process/Additional Information Type of SearchNational Quick Linkhttps://www.vcujobs.com/postings/102695 Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission orgoal Posting DetailsEmployees hired into Administrative and Professional positionsposted on or after July 1, 2017, will be governed by and, ifemployed on July 1, 2018 will move into the new University HumanResources System. For additional information, go tohttp://greatplace.vcu.edu. Dedicated fellowship training in transplant pulmonology is stronglypreferred The Pulmonary Disease and Critical Care Medicine Division is amulti-faceted Division with full time faculty who provide care forall forms of acute or chronic lung disease or criticalillness.The mission of the Pulmonary Medicine and Critical Care MedicineDivision is to provide the best clinical care available forpatients with lung disease and associated medical illnesses in theCommonwealth of Virginia. We feel that this care can best bedelivered within the VCU Health System. Our mission is further toprovide the best teaching of lung disease and associated disordersto future physicians. Finally, we strive to further ourunderstanding for the pathogenesis of lung diseases and criticalillness through multidisciplinary translational research. 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He attended Hudson Catholic High School for almost three years, but still, Pat Strzala was not happy.“I wasn’t having fun,” Strzala said of his time at Hudson Catholic. “I wasn’t comfortable there. I always wanted to play for Bayonne, in the town where I grew up, with my friends.” So last February, Strzala made the tough decision to leave the Hudson County basketball powerhouse and return home to Bayonne. He wasn’t able to play right away for the Bees. In fact, the 30 days he had to sit out because of the NJSIAA’s transfer rules carried over to this season and Strzala had to miss the first three games of his senior year.It was a costly gamble, for sure, but one that Strzala felt was the right one to make.“I felt like I wasn’t getting any better as a player,” Strzala said. “I knew it was going to be tough, but it was one of the decisions I felt like I had to make.”Strzala spent the summer working hard on his game to insure that he would make a major impact on his new team.The head coach at Bayonne, Mickell Taylor, knew that Strzala wasn’t happy at Hudson Catholic.“I would see him at Bayonne games,” Taylor said. “I wondered what he was doing here. I thought, ‘He has a game tonight. Why is he here?’ One of his friends then told me that he was transferring to Bayonne. I just said, ‘Well, we’ll wait to see.’ The next day, he was transferring into Bayonne. I knew he was going to have to sit, but to have a player of his caliber come into your program is pretty exciting.”Taylor knew that Strzala had the ability to put the ball in the basket.“I knew he could score,” Taylor said. “I knew he was going to bring a different dimension to our team, especially the way he shoots from outside. He shoots the 3 [point field goal] like most people shoot layups. His teammates were excited, because they knew he was going to make them better.”Taylor liked the way Strzala blended in with the new surroundings.“He knew he couldn’t play, but he fit in well with the underclassmen,” Taylor said. “He practiced with the second unit, but he made those kids around him better. By the end of the month, the second unit was beating the first unit [in practice scrimmages]. He didn’t come in with a chip on his shoulder and acting like he was something special. He came in hungry and humble and more of a team player than anyone expected.”Strzala didn’t want to ruffle feathers in his new school.“I just wanted to come in and make the team better,” Strzala said. “I worked hard in the summer and that hard work is beginning to pay off now.”That’s an understatement.Because over the last two weeks, Strzala has been like nothing Bayonne has ever seen – and has become the kind of scorer Hudson County hasn’t seen in decades.Strzala scored 37 points and had seven rebounds in a win over Columbia on Jan. 16. One day later, in a win over Ferris, Strzala exploded for 40 points and grabbed 10 rebounds. Two days later, Strzala was at it again, popping in 41 points in a win over Dickinson to improve the Bees’ record to 8-6.It’s a three-game scoring spree that no one in Hudson County has come close to touching in ages. Maybe all-time county scoring leader Rick Apodaca came close in his days with North Bergen in 1998. Twenty years before that, another Bruin scoring machine named Danny Callandrillo was lighting up Hudson County scoreboards, averaging more than 30 a game, including games of 64 and 48 points, before heading off to Seton Hall.But there is no one in Bayonne history to achieve that consecutive stretch of scoring and no one in recent Hudson County history.That’s why Strzala has been named The Hudson Reporter Athlete of the Week for the past week. He’s the first such honoree from Bayonne High School since the Reporter chain purchased the Bayonne Community News over a decade ago.Strzala was asked if he could have expected such an offensive explosion.“Honestly, no,” Strzala said. “Coming into the season, Coach Mickell just told me to play my game, to shoot the ball when you have to. That’s why I’ve been practicing on my own, getting extra shots up. But to have this stretch? I can’t believe it, no.”“It’s an incredible run,” Taylor said. “He has unbelievable range. I just tell him to shoot and he does it. He pulls up from 25, 28 feet and thinks nothing of it. He’s going to make more 3’s than he misses. We’ve had some decent shooters over the years, but nothing like this. This kid can really shoot the ball and it all comes from within the flow of the game.”Strzala made nine 3-pointers against Dickinson and seven against Columbia.“Without question, he’s made the team better,” Taylor said. “He makes everyone on the floor better. They want to play for him. It’s incredible to see.”Strzala can’t believe he scored 40 or more in consecutive games.“I honestly didn’t feel like I scored 40,” Strzala said. “I was just doing my job. I never worry about scoring. After the game, I ask the stat guy how many rebounds I had or assists. I never ask about points. I know it’s going to get tougher now. I’m not looking to score 40 a game. I’m just focused on getting Bayonne some wins.”Strzala is being recruited by a handful of schools with Manhattan as the frontrunner.“I definitely want to play at a higher level,” said Strzala, who will graduate from Bayonne in June. “There are a couple of schools that have called me, but there’s nothing serious. The recruiting is wide open. But honestly, I’m very happy. A lot of people told me that I would regret it [the transfer]. But I don’t. I’m the one who put in all the work and the results are staggering.”And it’s safe to say that his confidence is sky high right now.“There’s no problem with my confidence,” Strzala said. “My confidence is going through the roof right now. No one can guard me. No one can stop me.”So Hudson Catholic’s loss has turned into Bayonne’s major gain.“I guess you can say that,” Strzala said.A lot of other people in Bayonne would have to agree. – Jim HagueJim Hague can be reached via e-mail at [email protected] ×EXPLOSIVE SCORER — Bayonne sharpshooter Pat Strzala enjoys the Bayonne night lights, especially after scoring 40 or more in consecutive games, leading to the Reporter Athlete of the Week honors, the first honoree from Bayonne High. EXPLOSIVE SCORER — Bayonne sharpshooter Pat Strzala enjoys the Bayonne night lights, especially after scoring 40 or more in consecutive games, leading to the Reporter Athlete of the Week honors, the first honoree from Bayonne High.
The Stainton Senior Center is located inside the Ocean City Community Center. The Ocean City Aquatic and Fitness Center will offer a fall schedule of outdoor group exercise and indoor water exercise classes to members starting on Monday, Sept. 14.All group exercise classes will be held on the 18th Street turf tennis courts. Members are asked to bring a mask, mat, towel and water. The water exercise classes will be held indoors at the Aquatic and Fitness Center pool.Two special events will be free and open to members and guests:Outdoors Zumba Dance Party – Sept. 18 at 5:30 p.m. (90-minute class with multiple instructors).Full Moon Yoga – Oct. 2 at 5:30 p.m. (90-minute class with multiple instructors).Registration opens Sunday and closes one hour prior to each class. Call 609-398-6900.
Forget Chinese, Russian, or German. Until classes begin, why not learn how to speak Cheese?A dozen students took up the challenge Jan. 18 in the first of four classes this week that explored the comforting universe of food. First there was cheese, then soup and bread (Jan. 19), chocolate (Jan. 20), and finally coffee and dessert (Jan. 21).The four classes — wait-listed and $15 each — were organized by Dara Olmsted ’00, coordinator of the Food Literacy Project at Harvard University Hospitality and Dining Services. “We wanted to do something in-depth over the span of a few days,” she said of the sessions, which included tours, videos, and hands-on kitchen work. “There’s a huge interest in food. You can learn a lot and have fun doing it.”The food literacy classes were among many offerings during Optional Winter Activities Week (Jan. 16-23), sponsored by the Harvard Undergraduate Council. While 12 students a day looked into the joy of calories, others made films, practiced martial arts, ice-skated, studied hip-hop, or went target shooting.With time on her hands before classes begin, Dana Modzelewski ’13, a chemistry concentrator, chose to look into the world of cheese, that ancient food renowned for its portability, long life, and caloric density.She and her one-day classmates started their afternoon in a logical place: Formaggio Kitchen, the iconic Huron Village shop known for its artisan foods. It was the first U.S. retail operation to have its own cheese cave — in this case, a former office in the shop’s stone-lined basement where cheeses are aged in massive uncut wheels. (Julia Child attended the cheese cave’s 1996 opening.)While the students waited to tour the cave in small groups, there was plenty to marvel at in the store itself: fruits, coffees, pastries, cured meats, bread, blocks of stacked cheese, olives, jams, and shelves of wine. There were displays of kaffir limes (squeeze one over an avocado) and yuzu lemons (best for the zest); pastries to ogle (chocolate malt cake anyone?); and of course dishes of cheese to sample — nutty Morbier, mild and mushroomy Brie Mon Père, and pungent Époisses de Bougogne: “stinky,” a note card read, “and delicious.”Bilal Siddiqui ’11, who is headed to medical school in the fall, peered at a wedge of Cabot clothbound cheddar. “Savory, grassy, and tangy,” he read from a note card. “Sounds about right.”What about the cholesterol count? “We’ll pretend it doesn’t exist today,” he said.To get to the cheese cave, students descended steep stairs and crouch-walked along a narrow corridor. It was lined with pendant balls of caciocavallo and shelves stacked with wheels of cheese, some hand-rubbed by artisans with pepper, walnuts, olive oil, or tomato paste.“We don’t try to create luxury,” said Formaggio co-owner Ihsan Gurdal, ducking in the corridor. “We created function.”Function means letting the cave’s moist, cool air do its work, aging cheeses until they are ready for the knife. (Formaggio keeps 300 to 400 varieties of cheese in stock.)The world of cheese is a world of craftsmanship, said Gurdal. His staff scours the world not only for fine cheese, but specialty honey, salt, jam, and other artisan products.The students got another view of artisan cheese in the basement of Kirkland House, where Olmsted screened an episode from the DVD series “Cheese Slices.”Making cheese an art, and the result is subtly different each time, experts said — a function of the milk, weather, heat, and other factors. “There’s a right person for each one of these cheeses,” said the episode’s Quinlan Steele, who stood by a rack of wheels in his shop on the west coast of Ireland.Then came work: The 12 students assembled in a Harvard kitchen on JFK Street to make mozzarella and ricotta — good places to start for beginners. All you need is milk, a source of heat, and rennet, an enzyme that causes coagulation. (The mozzarella requires citric acid too, to give the cheese its “stretch.”)Harvard sous chef Matthew Pierce guided students through the process. “It’s like any cooking,” he said. “It’s not an exact science.”Emily Groopman ’14, a lifelong vegan until entering college, squeezed heated curds into a rough cube and dropped it into water to cool and set. “You usually don’t have a connection like this with your food,” she said.Victor Wong ’11, who aspires to a political career in his native New York City, wasn’t a big fan of cheese to start with, but now, he said, “I have a greater appreciation for it.”Matthew Miller ’11 — once a coffee buyer during a leave of absence — took a break from writing his thesis to look in on two of this week’s classes. His postgraduate plan: Look for a job in the artisan food business out West. “Some of the most interesting people I met,” said Miller of his time off from school, “are out there doing it.”An hour into a Jan. 19 class on winter soups and unleavened breads, Miller was wrist-deep in cornbread batter.“If everyone can learn one thing out of this, it’s a good day,” said instructor Brian Corcoran, the Harvard executive sous chef in the Culinary Support Group.First, students teamed up to make Irish soda bread. They learned to sift flour, tap it in cups for accurate measurements, and “incorporate” — mix — dry and wet ingredients completely. Soon, pans of soda bread were baking in the kitchen’s vault-size Lucks oven.The students also learned a cooking secret: play. Corcoran substituted extra flour for bran, honey for some of the sugar, and added extra eggs to the corn bread for moisture. And he described these simple breads as vehicles for experimentation. Add currants or raisins to the soda bread, or cheddar to the corn bread.The wide table in the Harvard bakery was also arrayed with everything that goes into two hearty soups, vegetarian split pea and cream of wild mushroom.If there is one theme to the week of food classes, it is the comfort of wintertime food. Pierce will lead a session on apple pie today (Jan. 21), and Acton, Mass., coffee guru George Howell (Terroir Select Coffee) will talk about making the perfect brew.But chocolate — the food class on Thursday (Jan. 20) — might be the thematic outlier. (Students made chocolate truffles, and toured Taza Chocolate of Somerville.)Still, said Olmsted, with a foodie’s gleam in her eye, “chocolate can be anytime.”Ihsan Gurdal, co-owner of Formaggio Kitchen, shows Harvard students the cheese cave. It was the first U.S. retail operation to have its own cheese cave — in this case, a former office in the shop’s stone-lined basement where cheeses are aged in massive uncut wheels.