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first_imgRegistration will open Sept. 7 for the Bureau of Study Counsel’s Harvard Course in Reading and Study Strategies.The reading course is designed for people overwhelmed by the prospect of reading more, and reading critically. The course helps students read strategically, selectively, and actively, and to develop reading strategies and other beneficial skills.The course will be held from Sept. 27 to Oct. 29 in two sessions. The morning session will meet Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, from 8 to 9 a.m.; the late afternoon session will meet on the same days, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Both sessions take place in Lecture Hall E at the Science Center, 1 Oxford St., Cambridge.The cost is $150 in general, and $25 for full-time Harvard College students and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences students. Registration is required; e-mail pdusossoit@bsc.harvard.edu and request instructions, or visit the bureau in person at 5 Linden St.For more information, visit the bureau’s website.last_img read more


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first_imgThis year’s World Economic Forum at Davos was a more sober, but also more optimistic affair than in recent years, which found political leaders preoccupied with the usual matters such as economic growth and environmental sustainability but also struggling to adjust to a world transformed by social media and communications.That was the consensus offered Feb. 1 by a panel of Harvard experts assembled for the annual Davos Debrief, an event organized by the Mossavar-Rahmani Center for Business and Government and hosted by Executive Dean John Haigh, co-director of the center.“The mood of the meeting was absolutely different from last year,” Felipe Calderon, the former president of Mexico and inaugural Angelopoulos Global Public Leaders Fellow at the Kennedy School. “It was very pessimistic in 2012 and today it is more positive.”Ricardo Hausmann, professor of the practice of economic development at Harvard Kennedy School and director of the Center for International Development, has been attending the Davos event for two decades. He commented on the increasing diversity of the conference, which has evolved from a meeting of businessmen and policy makers to one also involving academics, artists, scientists and many more.last_img read more


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first_img “It’s part of something we talked a lot about—this #OccupyBroadway thing,” Holler producer Eric Gold told Broadway.com, referencing the campaign’s chief tagline, “Hip hop has come to #OccupyBroadway.” The hashtag recalls a familiar plea from “the 99%” for social and economic equality.  One method of being “defensive” is the musical’s new positioning with a campaign designed to evolve and adapt Holler’s image. “Our early stuff [from theater advertising and marketing firm AKA], while pretty and meant to create awareness, didn’t really clarify what the show is or stay in theme with the edge of the show,” Gold said. “People feel that Broadway has become a one percent of the population experience. There was some feeling that some critics looked at it from a traditional sort of one percent viewpoint,” Gold explained. “There’s been a dichotomy between how some of the established Broadway reviewers have seen the show and how non-traditional Broadway, music-oriented, hip-hop and African-American press viewed the show.” Holler If Ya Hear Me Responding to reviews that call the show’s book cliché, producer Jessica Green said, “There’s a disconnect [between traditional media and] these actual communities. When you’re talking to people who live in these communities, they’re seeing themselves on stage. They’re not seeing their stories as already being told—especially on Broadway.” She added, “Some [critics] just don’t know how to evaluate it.” While AKA has a more traditional approach, Gold and Green are working with Cornerstone specifically to reach an urban and hip-hop crowd. The producers discovered the need for two types of outreach when they found contrary responses to their ad campaign: traditional Broadway theatergoers thought there was too much about Tupac, while hip-hop fans wanted more Tupac-related content. “We basically came right at Broadway first; now we’re pivoting and going at hip hop,” said Gold. “The idea is to have them work in parallel and then come together.” Cornerstone’s approach includes social media graphics that emphasize individual characters alongside Tupac’s words (seen below). Additionally, the agency is implementing grassroots marketing (such as street teams) and outdoor placements to spread buzz. OK, but are critics “scared” of Holler If Ya Hear Me? “I’m sure their criticisms of the show, from their point of view, are valid,” Gold said. “As a producer, you always want to be defensive about the show.”center_img Related Shows View Comments “It’s OK if you don’t like it,” Gold said about the show, “but come and see it first before you judge it.”  “Most critics are scared of this show…they should be,” reads one of Holler If Ya Hear Me’s newest promotional materials, which aims to get hip-hop fans into the seats of the Palace Theatre, where the new Tupac Shakur musical opened last month. The striking new campaign comes from Cornerstone Agency, a branding and strategy company that is better known in the music world than on Broadway. But will these fighting words help the hard-hitting show find the right audience? There is no denying that those “established Broadway reviewers” Gold mentioned don’t reflect the contemporary urban community seen on the Palace Theatre stage nightly. Of the 22 members of the 2013-14 New York Drama Critics’ Circle, only one is African American (Hilton Als of The New Yorker, who didn’t review the show).  Show Closed This production ended its run on July 20, 2014last_img read more


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first_imgLike what I’m wearing? Check out the jacket, long-sleeve, and short sleeve pieces on Eddie Bauer’s site. ### Sometimes, I think we get caught up in what the word “adventure” really means.Thanks to the ski porns and huck fest edits of today, our concept of adventure is a little skewed, usually including (but not limited to) epic landscapes, gorgeous-fit athletes, death-defying stunts, and all-in-all, an inspirational yet unattainable experience.Those videos have their place in our lives. There’s no question about that. If we didn’t have episodes of Demshitz or weekly releases of some sick Sweetgrass Productions flick, where would we be amid an insanely boring, post-adventure-weekend Monday at the office?But I can’t help but wonder sometimes if those cinematic works of wonder really help to inspire the weekend warrior to go outside and play. I can’t help but think that maybe, just maybe, some people may see Ingrid Backstrom soaring downhill in some remote Alaskan mountain range and become frustrated that they are either a) not as badass as Ingrid Backstrom or b) not in Alaska… or, if you’re like me, c) both.This inaugural year of the Live Outside and Play project has seen tremendous success, and it’s largely due to the support of our sponsors. When Eddie Bauer came on board, I was excited to work with a brand that catered not only to the core adventure athlete but also to the stay-at-home-moms-and-dads and the weekend warrior who holds a 9 to 5 and still crushes class V creeks on Saturdays. Their threads are functional and fashionable, looking equally at place on the trail as they do at the coffee shop. While Eddie Bauer certainly offers those core athletes a technical line of clothing, in all, the brand offers a little something for everyone and promotes, through its tagline “live your adventure,” a commitment to exploration, no matter the level.So live your adventure.Don’t compare yourself with the Ingrid Backstroms or the Eric Jacksons or the Alex Honnolds. Their life is our play. You may have jobs, kids, parents, school, goals, dreams, that don’t involve skiing every day. Or maybe they do. The point is, don’t get caught up in where you aren’t. Embrace where you are right now. If freesoloing El Cap is on that list of goals and dreams, take proactive steps toward attaining that, but don’t feel frustrated when you’re not looking up at its base a year from now.This is easily one of the biggest challenges I face on a daily basis, but it’s an important reminder for us all. Your adventure might not entail a monthlong trek into the Andes. It may be as simple as a morning jog in the woods outside your house, or a little 10-minute yoga session before you head into the office. Whatever it is that you can fit into your life, do it. Live your adventure and no one else’s.last_img read more


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first_imgBy Dialogo May 15, 2012 Military spending across South America has doubled in the past five years, although there is no noticeable arms race, a report published by a regional grouping said on May 11. And these figures mean “we cannot say there is an arms race or a militarization of the region. Total spending reached $126 billion over the five years, but as a percentage of gross domestic product (GDP), it remained “stable through the five-year period at an average of 0.91 percent,” the report said. “In this respect, South America is lower than other regions of the world.” From 2006 to 2010, annual spending went from $17.6 billion to $33.2 billion among the 12 members of the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR), the group said in its report. UNASUR groups Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Ecuador, Guyana, Suriname, Paraguay, Peru, Uruguay and Venezuela. However, military spending in Ecuador represents the largest slice of GDP across the region at 2.74 percent, and Colombia with 1.89 percent. Brazil, the region’s largest economy, spends less than one percent of its GDP on military spending, as do Argentina and Venezuela. Brazil has spent the most on defense, some 47 percent of the total, followed by Colombia with 17 percent, Venezuela (10.7 percent), Chile (nine percent), Argentina (8.3 percent), Ecuador (4.5 percent) and Peru (four percent). last_img read more


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By Dialogo December 18, 2013 I support the troops in Haiti, I congratulate you all and wish great holidays. I had this privilege, to be there more than one time, I know what it means to be a Brazilian peacekeeper. May God protect you all. Mission objective: Building up Haiti’s National Police “ Force to be cut to 5,021 peacekeepers by June 2014 Reviving Haitian Army an unlikely prospect Asked what she thinks of recent suggestions that Haiti reconstitute its armed forces — which were disbanded in the wake of Aristide’s overthrow — Honoré said she was not in a position to answer. But Schneider said most Haiti observers including himself are firmly against the idea. “I can’t think of a single policy proposal that is more unnecessary than reviving the Haitian Army,” he said. “Even if it were only to be seen in economic terms, you’d have to duplicate the administrative structure of managing and financing the army and the police. Given the level of scarcity in Haiti, the establishment of an army lacks any rationale.” The earthquake, measuring 7.0 on the Richter scale, hit Port-au-Prince and its environs on Jan. 10, 2010, killing an estimated 220,000 people, including 96 UN peacekeepers. Another 300,000 people were injured and 1.5 million left homeless by the quake, which destroyed the capital and sparked an outpouring of international charity. Some 300,000 Haitians are still living in refugee camps and tent cities spread throughout the Caribbean country. “The question of the withdrawal of MINUSTAH uniformed personnel has been an ongoing one,” Honoré said. “After the earthquake, there was a surge with respect to the support we were providing to the government. The withdrawal of those uniformed personnel will continue as security conditions on the ground permit, and as our work continues to strengthen and professionalize the Haitian National Police.” MINUSTAH currently has 6,270 peacekeeping troops, 2,425 police officers, 437 international government and civilian staffers, 1,302 Haitian staffers and 195 UN volunteers. Its peacekeepers come from 19 countries, mainly Latin America, and its police officers hail from 41 countries. The largest “blue helmet” contingent is represented by Brazil, which has 1,700 peacekeepers in Haiti. Other key contributors to the MINUSTAH mission are Uruguay, Argentina and Chile. The UN Security Council’s Resolution 2119 calls for cutting troop levels by 1,249 by June 2014. That means that within six months, MINUSTAH will be down to 5,021 soldiers, though the police component will remain unchanged. Likewise, its operational budget will fall from $648.4 million in 2012-13 to $576.6 million for 2013-14. Nearly four years after a massive earthquake struck Haiti, foreign peacekeeping troops continue to provide security by patrolling the streets of Port-au-Prince and other large cities under the command of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH). But MINUSTAH is exploring its options, with a report due next March by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon on “reconfiguring the mission,” agency chief Sandra Honoré said in a recent interview. The Trinidadian diplomat, whose official title is special representative of the secretary-general in Haiti, replaced former agency chief Mariano Fernández of Chile in July 2013. In October 2013, the 15-member United Nations Security Council voted unanimously to extend MINUSTAH’s mandate until mid-October 2014 — which would mark 10 years since its initial deployment. “The secretary general thinks it is time to consider whether a multifaceted peacekeeping operation is still the best way to continue supporting the government and people of Haiti,” Honoré said by phone from Port-au-Prince. ‘Reconfiguring’ MINUSTAH operations Before coming to Haiti, Honoré was Trinidad’s ambassador to Costa Rica. She also served as chief of protocol at Trinidad’s Foreign Ministry, and from 1995 to 1996 was assistant to the chief of the OAS Electoral Observation Mission to Haiti. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon is scheduled to present options for MINUSTAH’s “reconfiguration” by March 2014 “to explore the best way the UN can continue contributing to greater stability,” Honoré said. “He has spoken about replacing MINUSTAH with a smaller and more focused assistance mission by 2016.” The stability provided by MINUSTAH peacekeepers is crucial as Haiti develops its own police force, according to Carl Meacham, director of the Americas program at the Center for Strategic & International Studies (CSIS), a Washington, D.C. think tank. “(MINUSTAH) was formed in June 2004 to restore public order after the ouster of [former president] Jean-Bertrand Aristide, and played a key role in stabilizing Haiti following the earthquake. MINUSTAH’s main task continues to be maintaining order and the rule of law.” Meacham said. The reaction that we have from the government of Haiti to the work of MINUSTAH as a peacekeeping mission is favorable,” Honoré said, explaining that her mission — in keeping with the consolidation plan — is focusing on a specific number of core objectives. “One of them is police development,” she said. “The Haitian National Police now has 10,000 officers. With the support of our UN police, the performance of the HNP has been improving. This is critical for enduring stability in Haiti. It’s the only constituted body to provide law and order in the country.” By 2016, MINUSTAH hopes to boost the HNP’s force to 15,000 officers, compared to its current complement of 10,000 officers, Honoré said. “In the four months I’ve been here, what I have seen is appreciation for the work this mission is doing. There are, of course, people who feel the mission has been in the country for almost 10 years and that it should be winding down — which in fact it is,” said Honoré, the first woman ever to head MINUSTAH in its 10-year history. MINUSTAH has helped improve public safety in Haiti Uruguay may withdraw peacekeepers next year MINUSTAH has undoubtedly helped bring violence down in Haiti, Schneider said. The incidence of homicides in Haiti is by far the lowest in the Caribbean — 6.9 per 100,000 inhabitants in 2012, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). While MINUSTAH has helped improve public safety in Haiti, security forces must remain vigilant, Schneider said. “There’s no question that MINUSTAH’s presence has resulted in reduced gang activity in Haiti. Secondly, the violence that comes along with gang activity has dropped. By going after the gangs, you significantly reduce that,” Schneider said. On Oct. 28, 2013, Uruguayan President José Mujica told a group of lawmakers in Montevideo that he’s considering pulling his nation’s 850 peacekeepers from Haiti in early 2014. Uruguayans are now deployed in Fort Liberté and Morne Casse in Haiti’s northeast, as well as Hinche, Mirebalais and Belladére on the central plateau, Jacmel in the southeast and Les Cayes in the south. Uruguay traditionally provides more soldiers for UN peacekeeping operations than any country in the world on a per-capita basis. Uruguayan troops also serve in the UN’s peacekeeping mission, MONUSCO, in the Democratic Republic of Congo. The United Nations should take three specific actions, said Mark Schneider, senior vice-president and special adviser on Latin America at the Brussels-based International Crisis Group. The UN should develop a fully transparent, five-year transition strategy to define the shift from UN to Haitian responsibility for stability; narrow its focus on strengthening institutions responsible for the rule of law; and demonstrate its own commitment to the values enshrined in the UN charter. MINUSTAH “remains an essential contributor to stability and security in Haiti,” Schneider argued. “The pace in the downsizing of MINUSTAH’s military component and the handoff to the next administration has to be conditioned by realities on the ground.” read more


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first_img 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr I had the pleasure of meeting Brent Rempe through my CU Development Education (DE) experience in September of 2015.  After attending DE, Brent was inspired and motivated to jump right into his DE project upon his return to WEOKIE Credit Union in Oklahoma.  I thought his project was interesting, and decided to highlight it in a special “DE Project in Action” post.I first asked Brent about his DE experience, and how it inspired him:DE was one of the most meaningful professional experiences of my life.  It was similar to a transformational retreat where you experience significant changes in the way you view the world.  At DE, we learned about the Cooperative Principles, and to me this seemed like one of the best kept secrets in the credit union movement.  Not to say it is intentionally kept secret, it just isn’t widespread knowledge to all credit union staff.  Many employees may know about the principles, but do they really understand it?  When I started DE, I knew that we, as credit unions, were cooperative; but the concept didn’t truly resonate with me until DE.  My eyes were opened to how credit unions fit within the cooperative sector, and how many cooperatives there are all around us.  This is what inspired my DE project. continue reading »last_img read more


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first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The 2019-2020 Executive Committee of CUNA HR & Organizational Development Council was officially announced at the council’s annual conference in Anaheim, Calif. Lisa Baron, SVP human resources and talent management, Baxter CU, Vernon Hills, Ill., will be stepping down from her position on the executive committee after serving her full two terms including two years as Council chair.Cindy Swigert, VP human resources, UVA Community CU, Charlottesville, Va., will be serving as chair, Peter Stein, SVP human resources, Educators CU in Mount Pleasant, Wis. as vice chair, and Leigh Brady, EVP organizational development, State ECU, Raleigh, N.C. as 2nd vice chair.Nicole Colgan, chief people officer, TwinStar CU, Lacey, Wash. was elected to serve a three-year term. Peter Stein and Norma Stein, SVP human resources, Financial Partners CU, Downey, Calif. were both reelected to serve three-year terms. continue reading »center_img Back row (left to right): Peter Stein, Educators CU; Jennifer Huggard, Northwest Credit Union Association; Cindy Swigert, UVA Community CU; Leigh Brady, State ECU; Mark Millwood, director human resources, Eastman CU. Front row (left to right): Nicole Colgan, Twinstar CU; Jan Johnson, Royal CU; Michelle Greear, Patelco CU; Michelle Grabicki, Numerica CU; Norma Stein, Financial Partners CU.last_img read more


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first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Ana BorrutoHundreds of birds, more than 100 turtles, many lizards, skunks and a tortoise are just some of the animals that authorities removed from a Bellmore home on Tuesday, officials said.Nassau County Police blocked off Ocean Avenue while the Nassau County Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation conducted the investigation, which drew onlookers.Officers were seen putting animals into cages, where they were examined and tagged, then placed in trucks to be taken away. One large truck on the scene was used for up to 300 birds found, said Brendan Brosh, a spokesman for the Nassau County District Attorney. The most dangerous animal found in the home was an alligator turtle, which was put in the back of another vehicle.The Bellmore home was previously raided last August, when hundreds of animals were found, including a 200-pound snapping turtle and a 4-foot alligator. At that time, the owner was ordered to clean up the home within 24 hours or face arrest and charges for animal neglect. But the owner was allowed to keep most of the animals.Brosh said the latest raid had begun at 10 a.m. Tuesday and lasted throughout the day. He added that the resident of the home was not arrested. The investigation is continuing.last_img read more


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first_imgDec 27, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) today announced its first confirmation of a human case of H5N1 avian influenza in Pakistan, in a young man who was part of a family cluster of suspected cases and died of the disease.The man was one of several brothers who fell ill after caring for another brother—a veterinarian who had become ill after helping to cull chickens in the Peshawar area. The WHO’s announcement today thus signals not only Pakistan’s first confirmed human case, but also a rare instance of apparent human-to-human transmission. The WHO said the virus did not spread beyond the family.The WHO posted a brief statement today saying the agency’s H5 reference laboratory in Cairo and its Collaborating Center for Reference and Research on Influenza in London identified the H5N1 virus in samples from one member of the family group of patients. The agency said additional analysis, including gene sequencing, is under way.Citing information from Pakistan’s health ministry, John Rainford, a WHO spokesman in Geneva, identified the man as a 25-year-old from the Peshawar area who became ill on Nov 21, was hospitalized Nov 23, and died Nov 28.”He is the third of four brothers who developed proven or suspected pneumonia with illness onset dates between 29 October and 21 November,” Rainford told CIDRAP News. “The brothers provided care for one another and had close personal contact in both the home and hospital.”According to previous reports, the family group was among eight people in Pakistan’s North-West Frontier province, near the Afghan border, who were previously diagnosed with avian flu on the basis of preliminary tests in Pakistan. The eight included four brothers and a cousin from the same family, plus three other people. Another brother also had a flu-like illness but died without being tested.The other patients who tested positive have been described as a man and his niece who were involved in poultry culling, plus a male farm worker.The WHO said previously that limited person-to-person transmission might have occurred among close contacts in the Pakistan situation. Today the agency stated, “The preliminary risk assessment found no evidence of sustained or community human-to-human transmission.”All identified close contacts including the other members of the affected family and involved health care workers remain asymptomatic and have been removed from close medical observation,” the WHO added.Rainford today suggested the possibility that none of the other apparent cases in Pakistan will be confirmed by the WHO. “We’ve got a host of technical issues,” he said. “There are practicalities of samples breaking down over time in the transportation.”However, a lack of further confirmations would not change the assumption that person-to-person transmission probably occurred among close contacts, he added. “The clinical evidence is that they did match the case definition of H5N1, so the risk assessment is unchanged.”Rainford said the problems with sample quality could also affect the effort to further characterize the virus through genetic sequencing.Meanwhile, he said another suspected H5N1 case has been found in the same region of Pakistan as the recent cluster but with no known connection to it. The suspected case is in an 8-year-old who had contact with sick poultry before falling ill, he reported.”The new case is in the same region, but there’s no epidemiologic link to the other cases,” Rainford said, adding that he didn’t know the specific location.The WHO’s case confirmation came on the same day as the assassination of Pakistan’s former prime minister, Benazir Bhutto, which sparked unrest in the country. Rainford said he couldn’t speculate about how the assassination and related events might affect Pakistan’s response to the H5N1 threat.”There might be implications for investigations or movement of samples, but I really couldn’t say at this point,” he said. He said a special WHO team that helped investigate the human cases in Pakistan returned to Geneva “sometime ago.”Today’s WHO announcement makes Pakistan the 14th country with confirmed human H5N1 cases. The WHO’s global case count has reached 343 cases with 212 deaths.Meanwhile, Egypt’s health ministry reported two more human H5N1 cases in the country today, a day after the WHO confirmed Egypt’s 39th case, according to a Reuters report. Amr Kandeel, head of communicable disease control, said the patients were from Damietta and Menoufia and were both hospitalized, the story said.The state news agency, MENA, identified the Menoufia patient as 22-year-old Nora Aboul Abbas Mohamed but gave no details on the other patient, Reuters reported.The WHO has not yet recognized the two cases, which would bring Egypt’s total to 41, with 16 deaths.See also: Dec 27 WHO statement on Pakistan casehttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_12_27/en/index.htmllast_img read more