Nine Inch Nails Expand 2018 North American Tour

first_imgNine Inch Nails have expanded their 2018 North American fall tour. After selling out two nights at Radio City Music Hall in mere minutes, Nine Inch Nails have added two shows at Kings Theatre in Brooklyn, taking place October 16th and 17th. Nine Inch Nails will also extend their sold-out runs in New Orleans and Los Angeles, and add a second show in San Francisco.The Jesus and Mary Chain will provide direct support on the fall tour. Opening acts will vary as the tour moves across the country, and include TOBACCO, Kite Base, Daniel Avery, Gabe Gurnsey (Factory Floor), Death in Vegas, HMLTD, and Soft Moon. A Trent Reznor-curated playlist featuring the music of each opening act can be heard here.Tickets for the newly added shows will go on sale online and by phone on Friday, June 15th, at 10 am local time. Visit the band’s website for additional information and links to purchase.Tonight, Nine Inch Nails kick off their summer headline tour with the first of three sold-out shows at The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. From there, the band will bring their incendiary live concert experience to the UK and Europe, beginning with a pair of shows in London, including a sold-out performance at the historic Royal Albert Hall.Bad Witch, the final volume in the trilogy that began with 2016’s Not The Actual Events and 2017’s ADD VIOLENCE, is set for release on June 22. Fans who pre-order the record in digital format, or from the band’s website, will instantly receive the track “God Break Down the Door.”COLD AND BLACK AND INFINITE NORTH AMERICA 2018WITH THE JESUS AND MARY CHAIN09/13 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre TOBACCO09/14 Phoenix, AZ Comerica Theatre TOBACCO09/18 Morrison, CO Red Rocks TOBACCO09/19 Morrison, CO Red Rocks TOBACCO09/24 Memphis, TN Orpheum Theater TOBACCO SOLD OUT09/26 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre TOBACCO09/27 Atlanta, GA Fox Theatre TOBACCO09/29 Nashville, TN Ascend Amphitheater TOBACCO10/09 Washington, DC The Anthem Kite Base10/10 Washington, DC The Anthem Kite Base10/13 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall Kite Base SOLD OUT10/14 New York, NY Radio City Music Hall Daniel Avery SOLD OUT10/16 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre Daniel Avery10/17 Brooklyn, NY Kings Theatre Daniel Avery10/19 Boston, MA Boch Center Daniel Avery SOLD OUT10/20 Boston, MA Boch Center Death in Vegas SOLD OUT10/22 Detroit, MI Fox Theater Gabe Gurnsey (Factory Floor)10/23 Detroit, MI Fox Theater Gabe Gurnsey (Factory Floor)10/25 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom Gabe Gurnsey (Factory Floor) SOLD OUT10/26 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom Death in Vegas SOLD OUT10/27 Chicago, IL Aragon Ballroom Death in Vegas SOLD OUT11/23 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre Kite Base SOLD OUT11/24 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre Kite Base SOLD OUT11/25 New Orleans, LA Saenger Theatre Daniel Avery11/27 Irving, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory Daniel Avery11/28 Irving, TX The Pavilion at Toyota Music Factory Daniel Avery12/03 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium HMLTD12/04 San Francisco, CA Bill Graham Civic Auditorium HMLTD12/07 Los Angeles, CA Palladium Death in Vegas SOLD OUT12/08 Los Angeles, CA Palladium Death in Vegas SOLD OUT12/11 Los Angeles, CA Palladium HMLTD SOLD OUT12/12 Los Angeles, CA Palladium HMLTD SOLD OUT12/14 Los Angeles, CA Palladium Soft Moon12/15 Los Angeles, CA Palladium Soft MoonNINE INCH NAILS 2018 TOUR DATES* headline shows06/13 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino *SOLD OUT06/15 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino *SOLD OUT06/16 Las Vegas, NV The Joint at Hard Rock Hotel & Casino *SOLD OUT06/22 London Meltdown Festival *SOLD OUT06/24 London Royal Albert Hall *SOLD OUT06/25 Paris Olympia *SOLD OUT06/27 Amsterdam AFAS *SOLD OUT06/29 St Gallen Open Air Fest06/30 Prague Aerodrome Festival07/02 Berlin Zitadelle *SOLD OUT07/04 Roskilde DK Roskilde Festival07/06 Belfort Eurokennes Festival07/08 Werchter Rock Werchter Festival07/09 Montreux Montreux Jazz Festival07/12 Lisbon NOS Alive Festival07/14 Madrid Mad Cool Festival08/14 Bangkok Moonstar Studio08/17 Tokyo Sonic Mania Festival08/19 Osaka Summer Sonic Festival09/22 San Antonio, TX River City Rockfest09/30 Louisville, KY Louder Than Life Festival11/17-18 Mexico City, MX Corona Capital FestivalView All Tour Dateslast_img read more

In full regalia, and ready to regale

first_imgBefore their degrees are formally conferred at Morning Exercises, three Harvard men still have one test left to pass. Each will speak for their class before a crowd of thousands in Tercentenary Theatre, an honor given to three graduating students each year.Once a series of thesis defenses, often presented in Latin, Greek, or Hebrew, Harvard’s Commencement orations have evolved into succinct five-minute speeches. Each spring, the Harvard Commencement Office hosts a competition to select an undergraduate student, a graduate student, and an undergraduate speaking in Latin for the occasion.Here, the Class of 2012 orators share their stories — and a glimpse at the words of wisdom they plan to offer.Michael Velchik, Latin orationLatin has long been a part of Michael Velchik’s life. A native of Oakton, Va., he studied the ancient tongue at St. Albans School in Washington, D.C., competing in Junior Classical League competitions throughout his teenage years.“One thing led to another, and now I’m addressing 6,000 soon-to-be alumni,” Velchik said. “It’s quite a curious quirk, this tradition that Harvard’s preserved, and one I’ve certainly embraced.”That’s something of an understatement: Velchik’s submission to the orations committee contained footnotes (“entirely excessive and gratuitous, perhaps pompous”) that ran longer than the speech itself. His address is bookended by the inscription on Dexter Gate — “Enter to grow in wisdom/Depart to serve better thy country and thy kind” — and modeled on the rhetoric and style of his favorite authors and orators, including Caesar, Isocrates, and Cicero.“The speech certainly repays a learned listener,” the Dunster House senior said.At Harvard, Velchik, 22, has embraced the polymathic scholar-athlete label with tongue firmly in cheek. Though he concentrated in the classics and served as editor of Persephone, the undergraduate-produced classics journal, math and science came more naturally to him than the humanities. “I always hated papers,” he said. He picked up a secondary field in astrophysics, which he chose for its mix of the theoretical and the hands-on.“As long as you have a telescope and some gung-ho spirit, you can get something accomplished,” he said.As a freshman, Velchik tried crew on a lark and ended up rowing with the varsity lightweights all four years. “It’s a fun way to incorporate the ‘mens sana in corpore sano’ maxim: ‘a sound mind in a sound body,’” he said.This summer, he’ll travel to Greece and Italy on an Alex G. Booth ’30 Fund Fellowship, an award for graduating seniors, to further his studies in Greek. For now, he’s not too worried about the long-term future — or the immediate one.“I’m giving a speech in Latin!” he said, incredulous at the suggestion that he might be nervous. “If I mess up, who would know?”Anthony Hernandez, undergraduate orationHernandez was among the last undergraduates to take the late Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes’ course “A History of Harvard and Its Presidents” before his death in 2011. The lessons of that class — and of Gomes’ life — form the basis of the speech Hernandez plans to give his fellow graduates at Commencement. Photo by Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerComing from Austin, Minn. — otherwise known as “Spamtown, U.S.A.,” for its claim to processed-meat fame — Anthony Hernandez can recall well the worries of a typical Harvard freshman.“We all have this conception of what we think a Harvard student ought to be,” said Hernandez, 21, the first graduate of his small-town high school to attend the University since 1952. “We think there’s some type of mold that we need to fit.”Like many before him, Hernandez found comfort and perspective in the late Rev. Professor Peter J. Gomes, the longtime Pusey Minister in the Memorial Church and a walking collection of clashing labels. A gay, black, Republican-friendly Catholic-turned-Baptist preacher, Gomes was “a man of contradictions,” Hernandez said. “And he fit in at Harvard as well as anyone.”Hernandez was among the last undergraduates to take Gomes’ course “A History of Harvard and Its Presidents” before his death in 2011. The lessons of that class — and of Gomes’ life — form the basis of the speech Hernandez plans to give his fellow graduates at Commencement.“We all have these contradictions in our history, and we need to embrace them,” the Kirkland House senior said.While at Harvard, Hernandez juggled his own conflicting interests in education policy and Chinese government and politics, both of which he studied at the College as a government concentrator with a secondary field in East Asian studies. “Unfortunately, they’re mutually exclusive,” he said.Ultimately, education won out. His passion for school reform, honed during internships with U.S. Rep. Tim Walz of Minnesota and at a KIPP charter school in Minneapolis, helped land him a prestigious Truman Scholarship last year. This fall, he’ll start as a first-grade teacher at a Washington, D.C., charter school run by KIPP.“Spending a summer working in an urban charter school wasn’t that common, and for me it was only possible because of Harvard,” Hernandez said. “The experience was incredible and challenging. It really convinced me I wanted to work in schools in an urban setting.”Jonathan Service, graduate orationJonathan Service, a student of Japanese history in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, will draw upon his love for all things Japan in his graduate address. But, he also admits, “The first thing I thought was how happy it would make my mom and dad.” Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff PhotographerJonathan Service, a student of Japanese history in the Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, has long admired a haiku by the Japanese poet Matsuo Bashō on the bittersweetness of farewell. But to be perfectly honest, he said, that haunting poem wasn’t what initially inspired him to pen his address to the Class of 2012.“The first thing I thought was how happy it would make my mom and dad,” he said with a laugh.A native of Vancouver, Canada, Service moved to Japan in 2000 on a whim and stayed for four years, picking up “hick Japanese” in the countryside and then moving to Tokyo to polish his accent.“I just fell in love with the place and the language,” he said. “People in Japan have told me really late at night, ‘You must have lived here in a former life.’”After earning a master’s degree at the University of London’s School of Oriental and African Studies, Service matriculated at Harvard as a doctoral student in East Asian Languages and Civilizations. His dissertation, which he submitted earlier this month, drew on his long-standing interest in music theory, detailing the effects of Japan’s 19th- and 20th-century modernization efforts on the country’s music and culture.“They decided on this slogan of ‘Japanese spirit, Western technology,’ but the line wasn’t as clear-cut as it seemed,” Service said. “Looking at music is an interesting way of gauging the changes Japan went through. Music speaks to our souls; it’s one of the most intimate arts there is. But it’s really mathematical, too.”Post-Commencement, Service, 36, will pack up and head to London (his husband’s hometown), where he intends to pursue a career in academia. After six years at Harvard, he’s trying to strike a balance between “celebrating the greatness and the bigness of the event, but also making time to say good-bye properly.”“It is a bit sad to think this will all be left behind,” he said, lamenting his soon-to-expire library privileges. “There’s a great deal of happiness and a feeling of accomplishment, but there is a sense of sadness and nostalgia, too.”last_img read more

Tell Hector I Miss Him Extends Off-Broadway

first_img Related Shows Tell Hector I Miss Him Dascha Polanco(Photo courtesy of Boneau/Bryan-Brown) The world premiere of Paola Lázaro’s Tell Hector I Miss Him has extended its off-Broadway run. The new play, starring Orange Is the New Black’s Dascha Polanco and Selenis Leyva, will now run through February 19 (instead of the previously announced February 12). Performances began on January 11 at Atlantic Stage 2; opening night is set for January 23.Directed by David Mendizábal and set in Puerto Rico, Tell Hector I Miss Him explores a community repeatedly washed away that lies underneath the tourism-filled streets and behind the fort walls of Old San Juan.In addition to Polanco and Leyva, the cast features Victor Almanzar, Sean Carvajal, Alexander Flores, Yadira Guevara-Prip, Juan Carlos Hernández, Talene Monahon, Flaco Navaja, Lisa Ramirez, Luis Vega and Analisa Velez.center_img View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 19, 2017last_img read more

Salvadoran Government Sends Soldiers to the Border to Combat Insecurity

first_img The government of El Salvador deployed a total of one thousand soldiers Monday to guard sixty-two “identified” illegal crossing points along the country’s borders, in order to combat the passage of drugs and arms and prevent the entry of criminal organizations, an official source announced. The soldiers will not only combat trafficking in drugs and arms, but will also try to deter the entry of undocumented migrants. Beginning last week, 1,500 soldiers have been deployed to the country’s prisons in order to strengthen security and try to prevent imprisoned gang members from continuing to order crimes from behind bars. The authorities are blocking cellphone signals inside jails in order to prevent communication with persons on the outside. These thousand soldiers are part of a contingent of 7,170 who are reinforcing the police in their public-safety responsibilities on the street and in prisons, by order of the president, in order to try to deter the criminal activity that is leading to an average of thirteen murders every day. “The orders are to intercept drugs and arms entering the country along the border; there are locations that we’ve identified that are used by drug traffickers or criminal organizations to bring in arms, and this is what we’re going to combat,” Salvadoran defense minister Gen. David Munguía explained. “This is all part of the actions that the president (of the Republic, Mauricio Funes) has ordered in order to attack crime and criminal organizations; we’re not going to give crime room to flourish,” Munguía maintained. By Dialogo June 30, 2010 The authorities decided to keep secret the locations the soldiers will be patrolling, in order not to “alert” the criminals. last_img read more

Relationships Matter

first_imgBy Dialogo July 01, 2010 Medical capacity restoration. Shelter, food and water distribution. Integration with MINUSTAH and NGOs. Support to Haitians. The earthquake prompted an immediate international re- sponse from governments, nongovernmental organizations, and private foundations offering to send aid and assistance in vari- ous forms. The need for manpower on the ground to orches- trate the relief effort brought together military forces from all over the world including the U.S., which stood up Joint Task Force-Haiti, or JTF-H. The combined effort of MINUSTAH and JTF-H in providing humanitarian assistance to the people of Haiti demonstrates the importance of developing strong relationships, both institutional and personal, with partner nation armies. 14. Ibid. 23. Reuters website, www.reuters.com/assets/print?aid=USTRE60G0CO20100117, “Gangs Return to Haiti Slum after Quake Prison Break”; March 10, 2010. LT. GEN. KEN KEEN – U.S. ARMY MAJ. GEN. FLORIANO PEIXOTO VIEIRA NETO – BRAZILIAN ARMY LT. COL. CHARLES W. NOLAN – U.S. ARMY LT. COL. JENNIFER L. KIMMEY – U.S. ARMY CMDR. JOSEPH ALTHOUSE – U.S. COAST GUARD At 16:53 local time on January 12, 2010, a catastrophic magnitude 7.0 earthquake struck Haiti, killing more than 230,000 people, injuring thousands of others and leaving more than a million homeless.1 The earthquake caused major damage to the capital and other cities in the region and severely damaged or destroyed notable landmarks, including the presidential palace and the Port-au-Prince cathedral. The quake destroyed 14 of the 16 government ministries, killing numerous government employees inside. The headquarters of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti, or MINUSTAH, col- lapsed, killing 101 U.N. workers, including Head of Mission Hédi Annabi from Tunisia and his principal deputy, Luiz Carlos da Costa from Brazil.2 In less than a minute, the way of life in Haiti drastically changed. 13. U.N. website; March 22, 2010. Partnering on the ground With transparency and coordination already established at the operational level between Floriano Peixoto and Keen, and roles clearly defined between MINUSTAH and JTF-H, conditions were set to coordinate at the tactical level. As units from the 82nd Airborne Division arrived in Port-au-Prince, commanders at the battalion and company level linked up with their MINUSTAH counterparts. Each MINUSTAH unit was at a different stage in deployment, but its knowledge of the area and experience on the ground put it in a position to greatly assist the newly arrived paratroopers. MINUSTAH units helped the paratroopers quickly understand their operating environment and gain situational awareness by conducting combined patrols to learn their sectors. In one example, U.S. Soldiers patrolling with their Brazilian counterparts to recon their sector came across a crowd that had stacked piles of stones in the streets. The paratroopers with experience in Iraq and Afghanistan interpreted this as a roadblock and quickly responded by stopping the vehicles and pushing out security. The Brazilian Soldiers, who knew the earthquake had displaced these people and they were simply using the rocks to carve out a space to live in the street, quickly explained to the paratroopers what was going on and assured them that there was no immediate threat. One of the best examples of coordination and cooperation began on January 31 when MINUSTAH and JTF-H troops initiated a combined operation to deliver food and water to the population of Port-au-Prince. The World Food Programme in partnership with USAID, the International Organization for Migration, the U.N. Children’s Fund and numerous NGOs led this 14-day food drive with 16 distribution points shared by MINUSTAH and U.S. forces. Soldiers from various nations worked together, learned from each other and demonstrated to the people of Haiti that the relief effort was truly an international mission. During the first food surge, the food drive delivered more than 10,000 tons of food to more than 2.2 million people, an impossible task without multiple countries working together. On January 12, more than 3,000 prisoners escaped from prisons damaged by the earthquake and fled to Cité Soleil.25 A troop from 1-73 Cavalry shared Cité Soleil with a Brazilian platoon, increasing troop presence by a factor of four. In addition to increasing the sense of security for the local Haitians, this allowed the Brazilian platoon to focus its efforts on capturing the escaped prisoners while 1-73 focused on humanitarian assistance and supported the Brazilian platoon with information sharing. MINUSTAH and JTF-H clearly defined their roles for the operation. MINUSTAH was responsible for security. On any given day, MINUSTAH conducted, on average, more than 600 security operations involving over 4,500 troops. MINUSTAH also planned and conducted relief operations. The JTF-H focus was on saving lives, mitigating near-term human suffering and accelerating relief efforts. As aforementioned, security operations conducted by JTF-H were in direct support of humanitarian assistance missions such as securing food distribution points, relief convoys and rubble removal. When JTF-H identified a security issue not linked to a humanitarian assistance mission, the task force coordinated with MINUSTAH through established relationships and responded accordingly. Relationships make a difference The international military cooperation witnessed during the Haiti relief effort was a unique experience. Two factors had a major influence in the success of the mission. First, MINUSTAH was already in Haiti conducting security operations since 2004.26 Having a professional, multinational force already on the ground with experience and situational awareness facilitated the response of MINUSTAH and other countries that assisted. MINUSTAH’s existing working relationships with the government also helped accelerate and expedite the processes of disaster relief. While the U.N. does not have an established presence in every country where the U.S. will conduct operations in the future, combined exercises with partner nations around the world provide an important opportunity to learn about each other and how each army operates. Working together during exercises enhances interoperability and facilitates combined efforts when real-world events bring us together. Second, Floriano Peixoto and Keen’s 26-year-long personal relationship with its solid base of trust, confidence and friendship provided clear evidence of the effectiveness of our International Military Education Training, or IMET, program and exchanges. Finding two foreign general officers with this pre-existing relationship is definitely not the norm, but this case highlights the importance of providing officers and NCOs with opportunities to meet Soldiers from other countries, learn about their culture and language, and come to understand another world perspective. Doing so facilitates future combined operations by developing faster relationships of trust and understanding. Two months into the relief operation, Floriano Peixoto and Keen reflected on what they thought made a difference during the combined operation. Floriano Peixoto commented that clearly defining and understanding the role that each partner was to play in the relief effort was key. When asked what made this possible, he responded, “trust.” Based on the relationship they had shared, neither needed a signed document that articulated each partner’s role. A statement of principles was later developed but only to provide organizations outside the participating military forces an explanation of how MINUSTAH and JTF-H worked together. Keen commented that the combined military presence on the streets of Port-au-Prince made a difference: “Seeing U.S. Army Soldiers standing side by side with MINUSTAH Soldiers at food distribution points during the first few weeks sent a strong message to the Haitian people: partnership and unity of effort. It paved the way for all we would do.” Floriano Peixoto added that another contributing factor was coordination. Keen met Floriano Peixoto the same day he arrived in Haiti, and they immediately decided both organizations would be completely open and transparent with no classified briefs. When asked why relationships matter, Floriano Peixoto responded: “Relationships are a force multiplier. They are essential if you want substantive results. You increase the speed of achieving results by facilitating, forming and reinforcing relationships. You need to build these associations at all levels of the organization.” Keen said: “Fundamentally, in peace or war we need to trust one another. We learn to trust each other through building a strong relationship, personal and professional. That is the key to building an effective team that works toward a common purpose. In Haiti, this proved to be the case within our own military and with our interagency partners, nongovernmental organizations, and foreign partners. When tough issues were encountered, their strong relationships broke down the barriers.” Keen added: “If our government had one more dollar to spend on security assistance, I would recommend it be spent on the IMET program, not hardware.” The success of the multinational military contribution to the Haiti relief effort proves that relationships matter — both at the institutional and personal level. This article is reprinted with the permission of Military Review. It was originally published in the May-June 2010 issue. 1. USAID Fact Sheet #46, “Haiti — Earthquake”; March 18, 2010. 5. Fort Bragg website, www.bragg.army.mil/history/HistoryPage/powerpack/PowerPack.htm; March 15, 2010. 3. Ibid. 19. Brazil Institute website, brazilportal.wordpress.com/2007/01/14, “Devastation in Haiti brings Brazil and US Closer”; March 10, 2010. 10. National Defense University website, www.ndu.edu/inss/strforum/SF_78/forum78.html; March 17, 2010. 7. U.S. Department of State website, www.state.gov/r/pa/ei/bgn/1982/htm; March 17, 2010. 15. Ambassador Susan Rice at U.N. Security Council on Haiti, “U.S. Salutes the Work, Bravery of U.N. Stabilization Mission in Haiti,” U.N. Press Release; April 6, 2009. 11. U.N. website; March 12, 2010. 24. U.N. website; March 22, 2010. 9. Fort Bragg website, www.bragg.army.mil/1bct/history_gulfwar.html; March 15, 2010. Critical tasks included opening both the airport and seaport so that humanitarian aid could get into the country. Phase II (relief) began on February 5. After addressing emergency needs in phase I, it was time to transition to a more deliberate plan. As the government got on its feet and more nongovernmental organizations established themselves in the country, the focus became transitioning JTF-H responsibilities to them. Early on, JTF-H established a humanitarian assistance coordination cell to administer its efforts with the U.N. Phase II priorities shifted to: center_img 4. U.S. Command and General Staff Thesis, Lt. Col. Carlos Jose Asumpcao Penteado, “The Brazilian Participation in World War II,” 2006. Eighteen contributing nations make up the military component of the U.N. mission.3 These nations are Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Ecuador, France, Guatemala, India, Jordan, Nepal, Paraguay, Peru, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Sri Lanka, the United States and Uruguay. The U.S. has a long and distinguished history of partnership and cooperation, con- ducting full-spectrum operations with various partner nations. Three notable examples include offensive operations during the Italian Campaign in World War II, humanitarian assistance during the 1965 civil war in the Dominican Republic, and peacekeeping operations in Ecuador and Peru in 1995. Brazil was the only South American country to send troops to fight in World War II, a 25,000-man Brazilian Expeditionary Force, or FEB, made up of Army, Air Force and Navy personnel led by Gen. Mascarenhas de Moraes. The FEB’s 1st Division, under Gen. Zenóbio da Costa, consisted of three regimental combat teams that fought alongside the U.S. Fifth Army under the command of Lt. Gen. Mark Clark in the Italian Campaign. 12. U.S. State Department website; March 17, 2010. A history of cooperation The highlight of Brazil-U.S. cooperation came in February 1945 when Brazil’s 1st Division and the U.S. 10th Mountain Division fought side by side in the Battle of Monte Castelo against the German Army under extremely adverse winter con- ditions. The 10th Mountain Division, supported by Brazilian artillery and the FEB’s 1st Fighter Squadron, captured German defenses surrounding Monte Castelo, allowing the Brazil 1st Division to attack the German forces on higher ground and successfully take control of Monte Castelo itself. Later in the campaign, the FEB also distinguished itself by capturing more than 20,000 German and Italian prisoners to help end hostili- ties in Italy. By the end of the war, more than 900 FEB Soldiers had made the ultimate sacrifice with their lives. The 1965 civil war in the Dominican Republic led to another cooperative effort between the U.S. and several Latin American countries. The XVIII Airborne Corps headquarters was activated on April 26, 1965, and three battalions from the 3rd Brigade, 82nd Airborne Division deployed on April 30 and landed at San Isidro Airfield. After intense fighting that day, a cease-fire was established and the paratroopers soon transitioned to peacekeeping and stabilization efforts distributing food, water and medicine to the residents of San Isidro. A fourth battalion from the 82nd’s 1st Brigade joined the other three on May 3. That month, the forces present saw the transition to an Inter-American Peace Force. The IAPF consisted of troops from Honduras, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Nicaragua and Brazil, with Brazil providing the largest contingent — a full, reinforced infantry battalion. Brazilian Army Gen. Hugo Panasco Alvim assumed command of the Inter-American Peace Force with U.S. Army Lt. Gen. Bruce Palmer serving as his deputy from May 23, 1965, to January 17, 1966. During this time, U.S. paratroopers worked in unison with the Organization of American States, or OAS, forces in the area of civil affairs, providing humanitarian aid to the people of San Isidro. More recently, the U.S. worked with Argentina, Brazil and Chile on a smaller scale in Operation Safe Border. In early 1995, Peru and Ecuador engaged in sustained combat in a remote jungle area where they had not fully demarcated the border. Dozens were killed, hundreds wounded, and escalation of the conflict to population centers was feared. As guarantors of the 1942 Rio Protocol of Peace, Friendship, and Boundaries, which ended the 1941 Ecuador-Peru war and defined the border, Argentina, Brazil, Chile and the United States worked for a comprehensive settlement by establishing the Military Observer Mission Ecuador-Peru, or MOMEP. Brazil offered to provide a general officer to lead the observer mission, and the other participating nations agreed to define this role as “coordinator” rather than “commander” to preserve an equal status. Each nation contributed up to 10 officers as observers, led by a colonel. The U.S. also provided an element consisting of aviation, operations, intelligence, communications and logistical support. The Brazilian general, Lt. Gen. Candido Vargas de Freire, held operational control over the observers of all four nations while the colonels retained command for administrative and disciplinary purposes. In February 1995, Ecuador and Peru agreed to seek a peaceful solution. By October 1995, MOMEP observers organized the withdrawal of some 5,000 troops from the Cenepa valley and supervised the demobilization of 140,000 troops on both sides. The combat zone was demilitarized, and Ecuador and Peru began to contribute officers to the observer mission. In October 1998, Peru and Ecuador signed a comprehensive peace accord establishing the framework for ending the border dispute. This led to the formal demarcation of the border in May 1999. Both nations approved the peace agreement, and the national legislatures of both nations ratified it. The MOMEP mission withdrew in June 1999. The U.S. continues to engage in security cooperation activities with countries from all over the world. These engagements take the form of bilateral staff talks, multinational exercises, and personnel and unit exchanges to improve relationships, capabilities and interoperability. Personal relationships matter In addition to cultivating institutional relationships between partner nations, one cannot overlook the importance of developing personal relationships as well. The better we understand each other in terms of culture, language and operability, the better we will be able to work together. Understanding this dynamic, the U.S. Army has sought to develop a corps of officers and noncommissioned officers who have an in-depth understanding of the culture, language and military organization of other nations, all toward enhancing interoperability. The relationship between Maj. Gen. Floriano Peixoto, the MINUSTAH force commander, and Lt. Gen. Ken Keen, the JTF-H commander, exemplifies this goal. In October 1984, then Capt. Keen, Battalion S3 operations officer for 1st Battalion, 325th Airborne Infantry Regiment, participated in a one-month airborne exchange program with the Brazil Airborne Brigade in Rio de Janeiro. During the exchange, Keen met then Capt. Floriano Peixoto, assigned to the Airborne Brigade as a Pathfinder instructor. The two initiated what would become a long-standing relationship with several parachute jumps and dismounted patrols. Little did either junior officer know that 26 years later they would be general officers working together to provide relief and assistance to the earthquake-stricken country of Haiti. In 1987, then Maj. Keen attended Brazil’s Command and General Staff Course in Rio de Janeiro. The experience gave Keen a greater appreciation and understanding of Brazil along with its culture and language, something that would serve him well in future assignments. In 1988, then Capt. Floriano Peixoto attended the U.S. Army Infantry Officer Advance Course at Fort Benning, Georgia. At the time, then Maj. Keen worked in the Directorate of Plans, Training, and Mobilization for the U.S. Army Infantry School, and the two continued the friendship they established four years earlier. Almost a decade later, then Lt. Col. Floriano Peixoto taught Portuguese in the Department of Foreign Languages at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, New York. Floriano Peixoto and Keen maintained contact via e-mail, letters and phone calls, but they would not see each other for another decade. From 2006 to 2007, as the commander of U.S. Army South, then Brig. Gen. Keen worked once again with then Col. Floriano Peixoto, who was assigned to the Brazilian Army Staff G5 International Affairs Directorate. Based on the previous interaction and personal relationship, the first thing Maj. Gen. Floriano Peixoto and Lt. Gen. Keen did when they were once again brought together by events in Haiti was sit down and develop a combined concept for working through the challenge together. The U.N. in Haiti To understand the international partnering that took place during the Haiti humanitarian relief effort, it is essential to know the history that led up to MINUSTAH’s establishment and its accomplishments prior to the earthquake. The 30-year dictatorship of the Duvalier family in Haiti ended in 1986. Between 1986 and 1990, a series of provisional governments ruled Haiti, and in December 1990, Jean-Bertrand Aristide won 67 percent of the vote to become the first democratically elected president in Haiti’s history. Aristide took office in February 1991 but was overthrown by dissatisfied elements of the army and was forced to leave the country in September of the same year. A provisional government was established, but the true power remained with the Haitian military. The U.N. established a mandate in September 1993 to assist in the effort to democratize the government, professionalize the armed forces, create and train a separate police force, and establish an environment conducive to free and fair elections. The U.N. effort focused on advising, training and providing the necessary support to achieve the goals set by the mandate. After a series of incidents, the U.N. and other international agencies left Haiti in October 1993 due to the instability created by the transitional government and the inability to move forward with the U.N. goals of reinstituting democracy. The situation in Haiti continued to decline; diplomacy and economic sanctions had no effect. The U.S. saw no other option than to initiate military action to reinstate President Aristide. It began Operation Uphold Democracy on September 19, 1994, with the alert of U.S. and allied forces for a forced entry into Haiti. U.S. Navy and Air Force elements deployed for staging to Puerto Rico and southern Florida. An airborne invasion was planned, spearheaded by elements of U.S. Special Operations Command and the 82nd Airborne Division. As these forces prepared to invade, a diplomatic team (led by former President Jimmy Carter, retired U.S. Sen. Sam Nunn and retired Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Gen. Colin Powell) persuaded the leaders of Haiti to step down and allow Aristide to return to power. This effort was successful partly because the U.S. delegation was able to point to the massed forces poised to enter the country. At that point, the military mission changed from a combat operation to a peacekeeping and nation-building operation with the deployment of a U.S.-led multinational force in Haiti. On October 15, 1994, Aristide returned to Haiti to complete his term in office. Aristide disbanded the Haitian army and established a civilian police force. Operation Uphold Democracy officially ended on March 31, 1995, when the U.N. Mission in Haiti, or UNMIH, replaced it. The U.N. remained in Haiti, through a series of mandates, until 2004 to maintain a secure and stable environment and promote the rule of law. There were a number of positive developments during this period, including the growth of a multifaceted civil society, a political culture based on democratic values and the first peaceful handover of power between two democratically elected presidents in 1996. However, in February 2004, during Aristide’s second inconsecutive term as president, a violent rebellion broke out that led to Aristide’s removal from office once again. Haiti again threatened international peace and security in the region, and the U.N. passed resolution 1542 on April 30, 2004, effectively establishing MINUSTAH on June 1, 2004. Its mandate to date is to support a secure and stable transitional government, the development of a political process focused on the principles of democracy, and the defense of human rights. The U.N. originally authorized MINUSTAH up to 6,700 military personnel, 1,622 police, 548 international civilian personnel, 154 volunteers and 995 local civilian staff. On October 13, 2009, in an effort to curb illegal armed groups, accelerate their disarmament and support the upcoming elections, the U.N. increased MINUSTAH’s authorized strength to 6,940 military personnel and 2,211 police. Eighteen countries currently provide military personnel, and 41 countries provide police officers. MINUSTAH is under the civilian leadership of a special representative to the secretary-general, with two deputies who oversee different aspects of the U.N. mission. The principal deputy is primarily responsible for the U.N. civilian police, human rights, justice, civil affairs and electoral issues. The other deputy is responsible for humanitarian efforts on behalf of gender equality, children’s rights, disarmament, demobilization, and reintegration, HIV/AIDS issues, and other U.N. agencies. The military force commander is also under the special representative’s control. The military force consists of 10 infantry battalions, two infantry companies and eight specialized detachments (military police, engineers, aviation, medical and logistics). Since 2004, MINUSTAH has created an environment of security and stability that has allowed the political transition to unfold. Haiti reminds us that security and development are inextricably linked and should not be viewed as separate spheres because the absence of one will undermine progress in the other. To that end, Haiti’s professionalization of its National Police is close to reaching its goal of having 14,000 officers in its ranks by 2011. By mid 2009, over 9,000 police had been trained. Another measure of success has been the drastic decrease in the gang-related activity that threatened political stability. In Cité Soleil, the most infamous slum district in Haiti, MINUSTAH troops took over the main gang’s operations center and transformed it into a health clinic, which now offers free services to the community. This new level of security established in 2007 allows agencies and nongovernmental organizations to approach, assess and provide assistance without the threat of gang violence. The senate elections in April 2009 mark another step in Haiti’s democratic development. MINUSTAH is credited for its continued support to Haiti’s electoral process and assisting the government of Haiti in intensifying its efforts to promote a political dialogue in which all voices can speak and be heard. Haiti postponed legislative elections set for February 2010 due to the disastrous effects of the earthquake and has scheduled presidential elections for November 2010. President Rene Préval, who was elected a second time in 2006, said he would not seek office again after his term expires in February 2011, as he has already served two five-year terms, the limit set by Haitian law. While all the troop-contributing countries to MINUSTAH have been a part of this effort to secure a lasting democracy, Brazil’s leadership role in the U.N. mission demonstrates the nation’s emergence as a leader in the region. Earthquake and international response When the earthquake hit on January 12, it immediately affected a third of the population of Haiti, including those serving in MINUSTAH.20 Immediately after the quake, hundreds of local citizens flocked to the MINUSTAH headquarters compound in the old Christopher Hotel. The main part of the building had collapsed, killing numerous U.N. staff members and trapping several others. Staff members who had escaped injury immediately engaged in the search and rescue of colleagues and provided triage and medical care to the walking wounded. Although MINUSTAH suffered enormous loss, MINUSTAH troops quickly took on new tasks such as search and rescue, clearing and opening of streets, providing immediate humanitarian assistance, and preparing mass graves following International Red Cross protocols — all while maintaining focus on their primary security mission. Lt. Gen. Keen was in Haiti on a planned visit on January 12. Minutes before the earthquake struck, he was with U.S. Ambassador to Haiti Ken Merten on the back porch of his residence overlooking the city of Port-au-Prince. The ambassador’s residence withstood the quake and quickly became an assembly point for embassy personnel and Haitian government ministers as well as Keen’s link back to U.S. Southern Command in Miami. Within hours of the quake, the government of Haiti issued a disaster declaration and requested humanitarian assistance from both the U.S. and the international community at large. That night, the U.S. Agency for International Development, or USAID, Office of U.S. Foreign Disaster Assistance activated a response management team to coordinate and lead the federal government’s effort.21 The next morning, Keen surveyed the effects of the quake. Rubble from collapsed buildings choked the streets and cut people off from food, water and medical supplies. The earthquake had destroyed the control tower at the international airport, making it impossible to fly in assistance. The people of Haiti had to rely on their own devices to survive. Having MINUSTAH already on the ground was a huge benefit, but with the destruction of the U.N. headquarters and the loss of its senior civilian leadership, the response required was greater than any one organization or country could shoulder on its own. Seeing that the situation demanded a rapid and robust response, Gen. Keen requested the deployment of U.S. military forces to Haiti. Early on, the U.S. decided not to create a combined joint task force. With the U.N. already on the ground, a robust multinational force was already organized. In addition, MINUSTAH countries contributing additional resources and personnel already had links to their local U.N. representatives. Creating a combined joint task force would have conflicted with those efforts. Instead, Joint Task Force-Haiti deployed to conduct humanitarian assistance and disaster response operations. The purpose of Joint Task Force-Haiti was to support U.S. efforts in Haiti to mitigate near-term human suffering and accelerate relief efforts to facilitate transition to the government of Haiti, the U.N. and USAID. The military possesses significant capabilities that are useful in emergencies, but the long-term plans for relief and reconstruction are best left to government agencies. Maj. Gen. Floriano Peixoto was out of the country when the earthquake hit. Upon learning of the disaster, he quickly returned to Haiti on January 13. He took immediate action to reconstitute command and control by establishing an emergency operations center at the MINUSTAH logistics base at the Port-au- Prince Airport. He redistributed his forces by bringing troops from less affected or unaffected parts of the country into the capital region and downtown Port-au-Prince. The next day, Keen went to see Floriano Peixoto at his temporary headquarters to exchange information on the relief efforts and the pending arrival of U.S. forces in Haiti. Dropping in unannounced was against normal protocol, but it seemed necessary at the time. As Keen walked into the headquarters, he learned from a Brazilian colonel that Brazilian Minister of Defense Nelson Jobim was assembled with his Brazil service commanders and the MINUSTAH staff. Not wanting to interrupt, Keen was about to leave when the Brazilian colonel insisted he join Jobim, Floriano Peixoto and the Brazilian contingent. The meeting became a unique opportunity as the Brazilian commander of MINUSTAH provided a detailed report of ongoing humanitarian assistance efforts and the loss of 18 Brazilian Soldiers, the biggest loss of life for its armed forces since World War II.22 Jobim asked Keen what forces the U.S. military might deploy. The discussion then centered on how MINUSTAH and U.S. forces might work together and coordinate their efforts. Both leaders knew it was imperative to clearly identify the role of each partner to avoid confusion and duplicated effort. MINUSTAH’s mission of providing security and stability in Haiti would remain as it was. JTF-H would provide humanitarian assistance with U.S. forces executing security tasks only while carrying out such operations. From this beginning, it was clear that U.S. forces would operate within the envelope of a “safe and secure” environment provided by the U.N. forces whose mission was to provide security. This was a permissive environment at a very uncertain time with the chaos following the earthquake, the lack of Haiti National Police presence on the streets and the escape of over 3,000 prisoners from local prisons. Floriano Peixoto and Keen later agreed that the most effective way to operate would be combined whenever possible. This early dialogue set the stage for the combined operations that followed. They coordinated shared sectors, administered distribution points for food and provided other humanitarian assistance. To increase communication between their staffs, Floriano Peixoto and Keen established liaison officers in each headquarters. Both organizations also exchanged phone numbers and e-mail addresses of all their branch and section chiefs, senior aides and advisors. To increase understanding and ensure transparency, both organizations conducted staff briefings for the other during the first week on the ground. Immediate offers for assistance continued to come in from around the world. Many troop-contributing countries offered additional troops. Japan, the Republic of Korea and the Caribbean Community offered to join in the U.N. effort. Bilateral contributions came from France, Italy, Spain, Canada and the Netherlands. On January 19, exactly one week after the earthquake, the U.N. Security Council unanimously adopted Resolution 1908. The resolution authorized an increase of 3,500 peacekeepers (2,000 military and 1,500 police) due to additional security risks created by the local government’s incapacitated state and the 20 percent decrease in the effectiveness of the local police.24 It took time to deploy these additional troops and engineers, but the rapid deployment of U.S. forces helped fill the time gap. The U.S. first deployed Special Operations Air Force personnel to open the airfield and manage the huge influx of aid delivered by air. The JTF-H quickly established its headquarters with members of the Southern Command Standing Joint Headquarters and the XVIII Airborne Corps staff. A brigade from the 82nd Airborne Division deployed to Port-au-Prince, and the 22nd and 24th Marine Expeditionary Units deployed to provide assistance to the west and north of the capital. Ships and aircraft from the U.S. Navy and Coast Guard, including the USNS Comfort hospital ship, also deployed. Joint Task Force-Haiti established a “port opening” task force to get the port ready for the humanitarian assistance arriving by sea. By the end of January, the U.S. had deployed more than 22,000 civilian and military personnel, about 7,000 on land and the rest afloat at sea; 16 ships; and 58 aircraft. A robust Joint Logistics Command also supported the entire effort. JTF-H organization The Department of Defense designated the effort as Operation Unified Response. With MINUSTAH responsible for security, JTF-H focused on saving lives and mitigating human suffering. The operation had two primary phases with different priorities for each. Phase I (initial response) lasted from January 14 to February 4. The priorities were: 25. Reuters website. 21. USAID Fact Sheet #12, “Haiti—Earthquake”; January 24, 2010. 17. U.N. website, www.un.org/apps/new/printnewsAR.asp?nid=30627; March 10, 2010. 18. Jacqueline Charles and Jim Wyss, “Haitian President Postpones February Elections, Appeals for Tents, Jobs,” Miami Herald; January 27, 2010. 22. The Economist website, www.economist.com/world/americas/displaystory.cfm?story_id=15330781, “A Massive Relief Effort Limps into Gear”; March 23, 2010. 6. Joint Forces Quarterly, “Operation Safe Border: The Ecuador-Peru Crisis,” Col. Glenn R. Weidner, Spring 1996. 16. Argentinean Joint Peacekeeping Training Center, “Assessment on MINUSTAH — A South American Style of Peacekeeping”; www.haitiargentina.org/content/download/218/907/file/109/pdf; March 17, 2010. 8. U.N. website, www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/past/unmih.htm; March 12, 2010. Support efforts to provide shelter, establish settlements and conduct debris removal. Transition JTF-H humanitarian assistance and disaster relief efforts to capable partners when ready. Plan, coordinate and prepare to execute a phased transition to smaller but longer-term force structure and operations. 20. USAID Fact Sheet #46. 2. U.N. website, www.un.org/en/peacekeeping/missions/minustah; March 22, 2010. 26. U.N. website; March 22, 2010.last_img read more

Avoiding quarantine will inflict greater economic harm, says survey

first_imgEconomists in the survey agreed that the government should take more comprehensive measures to slow down the spread of COVID-19 and invest more in the healthcare system, recognizing that the economy would take a significant hit in the short-term.“Public health intervention such as large-scale social distancing, health quarantine and regional quarantine need to be a policy priority for the government to consider,” the scholars wrote in the survey findings. “The majority of the economists view a social safety net as the most-needed policy if the government implements large-scale social restrictions or regional quarantine.”Few vehicles are seen on the usually busy Sudirman street as the government called on people to stay home amid the COVID-19 coronavirus outbreak in Jakarta on March 31, 2020. – Indonesian leader Joko Widodo declared a state of emergency March 31 as coronavirus deaths in the world’s fourth most populous country jumped again, but he resisted calls for a nationwide lockdown. (AFP/Adek Berry)The survey involved economists from various backgrounds including researchers, professors and state officials.The survey’s findings were in line with a new study titled “Pandemics depress the economy, public health interventions do not: Evidence from the 1918 flu”, which found that, while pandemics depress economies, aggressive public health interventions could bounce back the economies faster.“We find that cities that intervened earlier and more aggressively do not perform worse and, if anything, grow faster after the pandemic is over. Our findings thus indicate that NPIs not only lower mortality; they also mitigate the adverse economic consequences of a pandemic,” the study concludes, referring to non-pharmaceutical interventions (NPIs) such as physical distancing.Timely and aggressive NPIs can limit the most disruptive economic effects while also contributing to “flattening the economic curve” beyond more traditional economic policy interventions, according to the study.Read also: Moody’s lauds Indonesia’s economic response but virus containment efforts lag“Altogether, our findings suggest that pandemics can have substantial economic costs, and NPIs can have economic merits, beyond lowering mortality,” reads the study, conducted by US Fed economists Sergio Correia and Stephan Luck and Massachusetts Institute of Technology scholar Emil Verner.The Indonesian government projects Indonesia’s economic growth to slow to 2.3 percent this year, the lowest in 21 years, from 5.02 percent in 2019. In a worst-case scenario, the economy could contract 0.4 percent this year, according to Finance Ministry presentation material.To prevent an economic meltdown, the government announced Rp 405.1 trillion (US$24.6 billion) in additional state spending on health care, a social safety net and a business rescue program, including tax incentives and liquidity support.To fund the effort, the state budget deficit has been allowed to widen beyond the previous legal limit of 3 percent of GDP. Also, Bank Indonesia (BI) would be allowed to buy government bonds directly, throwing a lifeline to the state budget.World Bank East Asia Pacific chief economist Aaditya Mattoo said the pandemic required drastic action such as strong social distancing and travel restrictions. The effectiveness of such measures would depend on the level of preparedness in the country, he said.“A lockdown will inflict significant economic pain on those least stable to take care of themselves,” Mattoo said in a conference media briefing on March 30. “The [government’s] priority has to be to find a way to soften the pain both for households and informal workers.”Read also: World Bank calls for safety net, drastic action in Indonesia’s fight to contain COVID-19Mattoo explained that the government could devise a new paid leave arrangement: “It serves a double benefit: They soften the pain while also encouraging workers to stay at home.”The government also needed to try and think of credit liquidity transfers to firms and tax payment exemptions for them, he added.“These are the complementary economic measures that, in the short run, when people can neither work nor consume as freely as they would have, are absolutely essential to minimize the economic pain and prevent short-term economic shocks.”Topics : “We see that the government’s public health policy has yet to be as thorough as what public health experts have suggested. Therefore, we see economic policy as maybe being flat if the spread of the virus continues,” Halley Yudhistira, an economist from the University of Indonesia, told The Jakarta Post.Read also: 70 million informal workers most vulnerable during pandemicPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo declared a public health emergency on March 31 and imposed large-scale social restrictions. He ruled out a lockdown option despite calls from health experts and regional leaders to implement local quarantine measures to slow down the infection and fatality rates, as 2,092 cases were reported with 191 dead, among the highest death rates in the world.“We want economic activities to carry on, but our people should keep their distance from each other. Social distancing, physical distancing, that’s the most important point,” the President said. Jakarta Governor Anies Baswedan had requested for Jakarta to implement regional quarantine measures to no avail, as Jakarta, the nation’s epicenter of the virus, accounts for half of COVID-19 cases and deaths in Indonesia. The government’s decision to avoid imposing regional quarantine measures to contain the COVID-19 pandemic is expected to inflict greater economic harm than if any such policy was imposed to slow down infection, a survey of 145 economists has found.Around 90 percent of the economists were in agreement that avoiding quarantine will result in greater economic damage. The survey was conducted by seven economic scholars from the University of Indonesia, Gadjah Mada University, Leiden University in the Netherlands and UC Davis University in the United States.The survey, supported by the Indonesian Regional Science Association (IRSA), saw 54 percent of the 145 economists respond with “strongly agree” that avoiding quarantine will result in considerable harm, while 36 percent “agree”.last_img read more

Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Leads Nation in Combating Sexual Assault on Campus

first_img July 08, 2019 It’s On Us PA, Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Celebrating the first major state laws to combat campus sexual assault in recent memory, Governor Tom Wolf held a ceremonial bill signing of legislation encouraging more students to report sexual violence. The governor was joined by bipartisan legislators and state and national leaders of It’s On Us, a movement fighting against sexual assault on college campuses for both men and women.“I launched It’s On Us PA over three years ago as the nation’s first statewide campaign to address the crisis of sexual assault on campuses,” said Governor Wolf. “I commend the students and education leaders who embraced the need to change campus culture. Their tremendous efforts created the momentum for these new reforms to protect students.”Two campus safety initiatives proposed by the governor were enacted as part of the new state budget package. One proposal, championed by Sen. Lisa Baker and Rep. Dan Frankel, requires post-secondary institutions to offer online, anonymous options for students to report sexual assaults. The other proposal, championed by Sen. Judy Schwank, protects students reporting sexual assault from being disciplined for violating school drug, alcohol, or other policies.“This bipartisan effort gives a voice to survivors and witnesses to report sexual assaults and break the silence that’s too often part of campus culture,” said Governor Wolf. “Sexual assault must never be tolerated and the reforms in these new laws create a path for more legislative progress in the future.”“We have to do everything in our power to keep students across Pennsylvania safe from sexual harassment and assault,” said Sen. Schwank. “With five colleges in my district, this issue truly hits close to home and I’m grateful to First Lady Frances Wolf and Gov. Wolf for their support.”“The reluctance of assault victims to report these acts to authorities blocks their chances for justice and helps understate the scope and severity of the problem,” said Sen. Lisa Baker. “The requirement for colleges and universities to offer accessible and confidential avenues of reporting is a crucial beginning step in creating a safer campus environment.”“Sexual violence knows no political affiliation,” said Tracey E. Vitchers, executive director of It’s On Us. “It does not discriminate. It affects each and every one of us – whether we ourselves are survivors or we know and love a survivor. This is why I am grateful for the bipartisan support both bills have had, and am thankful for the leadership demonstrated by Senator Baker and Senator Schwank in championing this legislation.”Governor Wolf also secured $1 million in the state budget to continue awarding It’s On Us grants to public and private 2-year and 4-year institutions. This will be the fourth consecutive year the Wolf administration will provide grants for programs to change campus culture.”The governor also invited Pennsylvanians to join the thousands of people, including superintendents and university and college presidents, who have signed the “It’s On Us” Pledge, which encourages everyone to help end sexual assault. The It’s On Us PA website has more information about the campaign and pre-written tweets users can share on Twitter to encourage others to take the pledge. Gov. Wolf: Pennsylvania Leads Nation in Combating Sexual Assault on Campuscenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Agents ‘go live’ to help Thailand

first_imgPlace Graceville director Brad Robson.“I’ve been out of training for a little while and this was the perfect excuse to get me back on the bike and back training again.” The 2018 bike ride delivered more than $25,000 to Hands Across the Water in Thailand.“To help bridge this gap, I created Digital Live, a six month coaching program that includes a full day workshop at Queensland University of Technology with some of Australia’s most knowledgeable digital coaches,” he said.“In 2018 over $30,000 was raised for our charity partner Hands Across The Water which helps disadvantaged children with their education.“I will be riding with 20 real estate agents 500kms across Thailand to deliver this money, plus an additional $100,000 of sponsorship donations.”Mr Carroll said he expected more than 200 real estate professionals to sign up for the program and all profits would be donated and delivered to the charity in Thailand in May next year. The home that will save lives The first two riders to sign up included Lauren Hampson, a sales administrator from Ray White Noosa, and the director of Place Graceville Brad Robson. In 2019, Digital Live founder and REA industry relations director Steve Carroll will expand the concept across the country, and ride 500km through Thailand in an effort to quadruple the funds raised for the charity. Mr Carroll said many Queensland real estate agents and property managers missed out on the huge opportunity that social media and digital marketing offered. Fearful tenants living in pest-infested squalor Hands Across the Water founder Peter Baines will join the ride, and Mr Robson said the chance to spend a week with such an inspirational man, as well as many other great leaders was a once in a lifetime opportunity.“More than that, I get the opportunity to raise money for an exceptional cause,” he said. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus15 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market15 hours agoRay White Noosa sales administrator Lauren Hampson is participating in the Digital Live Bike Ride in 2019.This will be the first time Ms Hampson has attempted a ride like this before, and said she was doing it to provide Thai children and communities with the same support Australians had in achieving their goals. >>FOLLOW EMILY BLACK ON FACEBOOK<<center_img Developer pays it forward Place Graceville director Brad Robson will participate in the 2019 Digital Live Bike Ride.For Mr Robson, who only first picked up a road bike in 2016, he loved the concept and jumped on board straight away.“I picked up a road bike for the first time in February 2016, trained hard for 12 months to compete in the Taupo Ironman and I haven’t picked up the bike since,” he said. Some of the action from the 2018 bike ride.In 2018, Digital Live raised more than $25,000 for charity Hands Across the Water to support the ongoing education of disadvantaged children and their communities in Thailand. Northside dominates most affordable and liveable list RELATED: Ray White Noosa sales administrator Lauren Hampson.“This could be anything from living in a safe home, making more friends, going to school, getting a job, or even graduating university — a small portion of the opportunities Hands Across the Water have managed to provide the Thai community over the past 13 years,” she said.While this will be the first time Ms Hampson would attempt a ride like this, she said she wasn’t a stranger to the sport.“My parents were triathletes growing up and we travelled a lot to participate in a variety of events, including the Noosa Triathlon, WA Ironman, New York Marathon, and Cairns to Karumba, which involved cycling 780km over seven days,” she said. MORE:last_img read more

Fashion Powerhouse Elizabeth O’Connor-Cowley loves Ashgrove

first_imgElizabeth O’Connor-Cowley bought her first unit in Auchenflower in 1994 for $183,000. Now her family live in Ashgrove, and it’s ‘boy heaven’. Picture: supplied.ELIZABETH O’Connor-Cowley is the powerhouse behind the brilliant children’s luxe fashion label eeni meeni miini moh. When she’s not outfitting discerning grown-up shoppers with her latest luxe handbag and accessory collection, article:® at her pop up store at 48 James St, Fortitude Valley, she’s living it up in Ashgrove where cricket is played on the street and neighbours look out for each other. What would you change about your home? Elizabeth O’Connor-Cowley is releasing a new range of pochettes and handbags in her pop-up store in Fortitude Valley. Picture: supplied.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus14 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market14 hours ago What was the best piece of property advice you were given? Definitely the outdoors, it’s where our kids spend a lot of their time. We’re on a 825sq m corner block in a double cul-de-sac. Ashgrove is a leafy suburb full of families, which we love. My studio is my favourite hang out space. It’s where I spend a lot of time but it makes me happy. I have everything I need in this space from my painting easel and trolley to a large layout bench, a sewing table and of course my computer workspace. Storage is in abundance in this room so everything is on hand behind the sliding doors. What do you love about your home? If money was no option, what would be your fantasy home and where? What is the best thing about your suburb?center_img We live in Ashgrove. We moved here from Auchenflower once our eldest son commenced Year 5 at Marist College Ashgrove. It just made sense to live close to the school that we were going to be involved with for the next 12 years until our youngest son graduates. Building a contemporary art gallery (GOMA-style) space with very high ceilings using a combination of juxtaposing materials (concrete, timber, aluminium etc) and be full of mid-20th century classic furniture and abstract art. As for the location, somewhere with direct access to our private beach and docked yacht/luxury cruiser in summer and in wintertime it would the mountains with ski-in/ski-out facilities. Ashgrove is leafy and full of families. We love that. Where do you live and why? We are yet to renovate our interior so that is the next thing on our agenda when time permits. We can’t wait to knock out a few walls and open up the living areas which will create a feeling of space. We can then bring back my favourite classic chair collection, which is currently in storage. Our best advice was to get into the property market as soon as we could. We bought our first piece of property when we were first married (23). Most of our single friends were off overseas blowing their cash but we did it the other way around.last_img read more

Seyboth Wild emulates Nadal with ‘Golden Swing’ title

first_img Read Also: Ligue 1: Marseille lose unbeaten run after Nantes defeat “He proved that he deserved his wild card and took very good care of his opportunity,” Ruud told atptour.com. “Even though I’m not that experienced myself, I can see that he’ll be around for many more years. Hopefully we can play many more finals together in the future.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… Promoted ContentThe Highest Paid Football Players In The World10 Risky Jobs Some Women Do7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterTop 10 TV Characters Meant To Be Iconic6 Most Breathtaking Bridges In The WorldWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?7 Universities Where Getting An Education Costs A Hefty Penny8 Amazing Movies You Need To Watch On Amazon PrimeBirds Enjoy Living In A Gallery Space Created For Themcenter_img Brazilian teenager Thiago Seyboth Wild on Sunday became the youngest champion on Latin America’s clay court ‘Golden Swing’ since Rafael Nadal in 2005 when he captured the Santiago title. Just like Rafa! Brazil’s Thiago Seyboth Wild holds the Santiago trophy The 19-year-old defeated second-seeded Casper Ruud of Norway 7-5, 4-6, 6-3 in the final to also become Brazil’s youngest ever champion at an ATP event. Nadal was 18 when he triumphed at Acapulco in 2005 when the Mexican event was still played on clay. Seyboth Wild will now rise from 182 in the world to 113 when the new rankings are released on Monday. Ruud, the world number 38, had arrived in Chile two weeks after winning the Buenos Aires tournament, becoming Norway’s first ever ATP champion.Advertisementlast_img read more