Heading for Congress

first_imgThe campaign’s over. Time to govern.The differences between the black-and-white rigors of an election campaign and the nuanced work of being an effective lawmaker were brought home to two dozen incoming congressmen this week, in the biennial Bipartisan Program for Newly Elected Members of Congress, held at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government.Sixteen Republicans and eight Democrats spent four days at Harvard, getting to know future colleagues and listening to authorities on a variety of key topics on which they’ll soon be drafting legislation, debating, and voting.Todd Young, a Republican who will represent Indiana’s 9th Congressional District, said he often attends conferences with the expectation that networking will be valuable but that little new will come from presentations. This time, he was pleasantly surprised not just at the quality of the discussions — often given by leaders in the fields — but also at the balance of perspectives, with conservative, moderate, and progressive viewpoints all in play.“I’ve been very impressed by the quality of our panelists,” Young said. “I’ve also been impressed by the diversity of opinions.”The conference, which began Tuesday (Nov. 30) and ran through Friday, was the 19th such session organized by Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP). Christian Flynn, one of the event’s organizers, said bipartisanship is a key element of the session, which provides a venue for cross-aisle relationships and communications that can be scarce in Washington, D.C.“This is the only place it happens,” Flynn said. “They don’t get that in Washington.”Flynn said the conference is intended to give incoming lawmakers some background on key subjects — the economy, education, and foreign policy among them — that they’ll be dealing with in the years ahead. The speakers included Eliot University Professor Lawrence Summers, the former Obama and Clinton administration economic adviser and Harvard president, who spoke about the fiscal issues, trade, and North Korea, and who also offered pointers on how to get along in Washington. Continuing on that theme were three former White House chiefs of staff, who discussed how to work with the White House; former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice, who discussed foreign policy; and an array of education experts, including former Bush Education Secretary Margaret Spellings, who talked about academic reform.The education reform discussion, which was the only session open to the media, featured a frank, lively airing of the problems facing elementary and secondary schools. The panel, led by Harvard Graduate School of Education Dean Kathleen McCartney, featured Spellings, who is an IOP fellow this fall, former Washington, D.C., schools Chancellor Michelle Rhee, who aggressively moved to install reforms, and New York University Professor Pedro Noguera.Much of the discussion centered on the national No Child Left Behind Act, passed in 2001. Despite the high-profile legislation’s emphasis on testing and improving underperforming schools, Rhee said that American education remains in crisis. U.S. students, she said, finish near the bottom of a list of 30 industrialized nations in academic achievement. Rhee identified the obstacles to getting rid of bad teachers as a key impediment to improving education.None of the speakers disagreed with Rhee’s harsh assessment, but Spellings cautioned against reopening debate on No Child Left Behind, saying it would put a wide array of topics on the table, not all of which would be helpful. Several panelists said that success stories are out there that could be used as examples on how to improve struggling schools.Billy Long, a Republican from Missouri’s 7th District, described the complexity of the problems highlighted in the sessions as “daunting.” He added that he wished more incoming legislators from his own party had attended. He said he has offered his services two years from now to spread the word among Republicans on the conference’s value.Harvard President Drew Faust also addressed the group, reaching back into the nation’s contentious early days for lessons from President Thomas Jefferson. At the time of Jefferson’s inauguration, his Democratic-Republican Party was at odds with Alexander Hamilton’s Federalists, but Jefferson made a point in his inaugural address to stress the importance of working together. Faust quoted Jefferson: “We have called by different names brethren of the same principle. We are all Republicans, we are all Federalists.”Faust said she hoped the legislators’ time at Harvard proves helpful as the new members seek common ground in addressing the major challenges the nation faces. Faust emphasized the role of higher education and university-based research in providing answers to many of the problems facing the world today, whether fighting illness, devising technological solutions for more efficient power, or providing expertise in dealing with other nations.“I am hard-pressed to think about a single challenge we face which scientific research and other university-based expertise can’t help address,” Faust said, “and I hope you will call on us, not only in these times of such extraordinary challenge and change, but throughout your career in public office.”Faust struck an optimistic note about the work of the incoming Congress, saying the new members’ presence at Harvard indicates their eagerness to learn, their openness to new ideas, and their willingness to listen to others.“Your presence here makes me optimistic about what the 112th Congress can accomplish, and I am grateful for your service,” Faust said.last_img read more

Many U.S. families considering pregnancy don’t know Zika facts

first_img Read Full Story Many people in U.S. households where someone is pregnant or considering getting pregnant in the next 12 months are not aware of key facts about Zika virus, according to a new poll by Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health researchers. The nationally representative poll of 1,275 adults, including 105 who live in households where someone is pregnant or considering getting pregnant in the next 12 months, was conducted March 2-8, 2016 in cooperation with the National Public Health Information Coalition (NPHIC), an organization serving state and local public health communications officers.Among people in households where someone is pregnant or considering getting pregnant, the researchers found:Approximately one in four (23%) are not aware of the association between Zika virus and the birth defect microcephaly.One in five (20%) believe, incorrectly, that there is a vaccine to protect against Zika virus.Approximately four in 10 (42%) do not realize Zika virus can be sexually transmitted.A quarter (25%) think individuals infected with Zika virus are “very likely” to show symptoms.Such results suggest this key segment of the population does not have the latest Zika virus information presented by public health officials.“We have a key window before the mosquito season gears up in communities within the United States mainland to correct misperceptions about Zika virus so that pregnant women and their partners may take appropriate measures to protect their families,” says Gillian SteelFisher, director of the poll and research scientist in the Department of Health Policy and Management at Harvard Chan School.last_img read more

Dates Set for Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

first_img Broadway’s spring season is shaping up oh so sweetly! Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, led by two-time Tony winner Christian Borle (after Falsettos), will begin performances on March 28, 2017 at the Lunt-Fontanne Theatre. Directed by Jack O’Brien and choreographed by Joshua Bergasse, the reworked transfer of London’s hit tuner is set to officially open on April 23.Featuring a book by David Greig with music by Marc Shaiman and lyrics by Shaiman and Scott Wittman, the musical is based on Roald Dahl’s 1964 children’s book, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. Willy Wonka, world famous inventor of the Everlasting Gobstopper, has just made an astonishing announcement. His marvelous—and mysterious—factory is opening its gates…to a lucky few. That includes young Charlie Bucket, whose life definitely needs sweetening. He and four other golden ticket winners will embark on a mesmerizing, life- changing journey through Wonka’s world of pure imagination. Get ready for chocolate waterfalls, exquisitely nutty squirrels and the great glass elevator, all to be revealed by Wonka’s army of curious Oompa-Loompas.Dahl’s book was first adapted to the big screen in 1971 under the title Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory, starring Gene Wilder. In 2005, Tim Burton directed a remake using the novel’s original title, with Johnny Depp playing Wonka.The West End staging officially opened at London’s Theatre Royal Drury Lane on July 25, 2013, starring Tony and Olivier winner Douglas Hodge as Willy Wonka and helmed by Sam Mendes. It is set to shutter on January 7, 2017. View Comments Christian Borle(Photo: Joan Marcus) Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 14, 2018center_img Charlie and the Chocolate Factory Related Showslast_img read more

‘Blueprint to Keep a U.S. Commonwealth Addicted to Imported Fuel’

first_img‘Blueprint to Keep a U.S. Commonwealth Addicted to Imported Fuel’ FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Arianna Skibell for E&E:An industry institute this week bashed the Puerto Rico Electric Power Authority’s new 20-year energy plan as a “deeply unimaginative blueprint to keep a U.S. Commonwealth addicted to imported fuel.”For the first time in its 75-year existence, the U.S. territory’s government-owned utility submitted a public integrated resource plan (IRP), a long-term strategy for electricity generation on the island.The Institute for Energy Economics and Financial Analysis this week issued a statement calling the IRP fundamentally flawed, as it does not envision a time when Puerto Rico would be free from imported fuel dependence.Puerto Rico today relies almost exclusively on expensive imported fossil fuels for electricity. PREPA is also the island’s largest single debtholder, with $9 billion of the $72 billion the government owes.“The only futures contemplated are those in which at least half a billion dollars is transferred out of the island every year to pay for fossil fuels,” Anna Sommer, president of Sommer Energy LLC, and Cathy Kunkel, energy analyst for IEEFA, wrote in their report submitted to PREPA.Under its “preferred scenario” in the IRP, PREPA would do little more than shift Puerto Rico from oil to natural gas, according to the report. While natural gas currently enjoys low prices, there is no guarantee of long-term affordability, it noted.Sommer and Kunkel say that instead of focusing time and resources on natural gas, PREPA should more aggressively pursue renewable development, which thus far the island hasn’t done with much success (Greenwire, May 2).“Our view is that PREPA can and should do better and that the agency should be promoting energy independence and affordability by aggressively pursuing energy-efficiency improvements and renewable-energy investments,” Sommer and Kunkel wrote.Full article ($): Group slams Puerto Rico’s plan to stick with fossil fuelslast_img read more

Argentine, Peruvian Officers Train to Save Lives

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo June 17, 2019 Pilots of the Peruvian Navy Aviation Force conducted training in submerged cabin escape in mid-April. The exercise, organized by the Argentine Navy, took place at the Argentine Navy’s 2nd Aeronaval Force Training Center (CIFA, in Spanish), located at Comandante Espora Aeronaval Base, in Buenos Aires. The five-day theoretical and hands-on training focused on emergency scenarios for flights over water, as well as pool exercises to test what had been learned. The goal of the exchange was to teach new knowledge and strengthen the Peruvian officers’ skills to respond to extreme water situations on board a helicopter. “The Peruvian Navy’s aeronaval pilots conducted training to escape a submerged cabin,” Argentine Navy Lieutenant Commander Ramiro Reyero, head of CIFA, told Diálogo. “This exercise helps increase survival chances for an air crew that had to make an emergency landing and needs to abandon its aircraft while it sinks.” Training stages Training was divided into three stages: one theoretical and two hands-on stages. During the first, CIFA instructors presented the history of the center, the work methodology, and the procedures and aspects to consider during an air emergency. The second stage consisted of exercises conducted in a pool, including swimming and controlled immersions of a cabin simulator. During that stage, officers practiced several techniques to escape the submerged cabin, taking into account underwater spatial disorientation. “When the two previous stages came to an end, the submerged cabin instructor explained and demonstrated water adaptation exercises to enable them to adjust to a safe position and to be able to plan evacuation and escape from there. These are carried out by the students later,” said Lt. Cdr. Reyero. “We learned theoretical and practical concepts related to escaping helicopters with inverted cabins, the use of self-contained breathing devices to be able to spend longer periods of time under water, how to rescue people in dangerous situations, and the necessary survival steps in a potentially risky situation,” said Peruvian Navy Lieutenant Commander Jorge Santa María Zagastizabal, second in command at Callao Aeronaval Base. Lt. Cdr. Reyero said the Argentine Navy provided personnel from its Search and Rescue Parachuting Group, as well as rescue swimmers from the Naval Aviation Command — all subject matter experts — for the training. For his part, Lt. Cdr. Zagastizabal said the training his Argentine counterparts received was very complete. “All CIFA personnel’s experience was offered to us,” the officer said. “This is something very valuable, as it enables us to complete our training not only individually, but also as a team.” Bonds of friendship The exchange not only served to share techniques that can save lives, but also to strengthen bonds of friendship between aeronaval pilots in the region and to standardize the procedures used when, for instance, multinational operations for disaster response are needed. “This kind of exercise enables us to pass down all the experience we’ve acquired throughout the years, so as to contribute to training Peruvian Naval Aviation personnel, as we reaffirm the fraternal bonds that unite us,” Lt. Cdr. Reyero said. “Being able to come here [to CIFA] was a very interesting experience. The relationship created with the Argentine Navy personnel has been very professional and educational,” Lt. Cdr. Zagastizabal said. “They treated us very well, and we’ve learned a lot from this experience.”last_img read more

Cops: $70k in Jewelry Stolen from Broadway Mall

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Police are asking for the public to help identify the two people they believe were involved in stealing $70,000 worth of jewelry from a story in Broadway Mall.Nassau County police is asking the public to help identify two people—a male and a female—that they believe stole $70,000 worth of jewelry from a store in Broadway Mall in Hicksville two months ago, police said.The two people pictured in the surveillance photo were in Ailin Jewelry Inc. just after 7 p.m. on March 13 and worked together to steal assorted gold jewelry items, police said.They were last seen fleeing the scene south toward Macy’s, police said.Anyone with information regarding the two people in the surveillance photo are asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-244-TIPS. All calls are anonymous.last_img read more

Newbury beckons for Global Citizen | Racing News

first_img– Advertisement – “He likes to flick his toe out and attack the fences and not sit in behind horses where he can’t do that.”Pauling has announced the retirement of 2019 Ballymore Novices’ Hurdle third Bright Forecast, who missed all of last season and has since suffered a second heart issue.He added: “His heart has gone out of rhythm twice, and we now feel it is going to be hard to keep it right.“He has gone back to his owners, we have to keep the horse’s interest at heart, and there is no point carrying on.“It is a desperate shame, there are no two ways about it, because in the short spell he had with us he was very exciting.” Pauling hopes Global Citizen can leave that effort behind in either the Get Your Ladbrokes £1 Free Bet Today Handicap Chase on November 27 or the Ladbrokes Handicap Chase, better known as the Jim Joel Memorial Trophy, 24 hours later.He said: “Global Citizen came out of the Exeter race fine, and the likelihood is that he will go to Newbury now at the end of the month.“He will either go for the two-mile-three handicap chase on the Friday or what is the Jim Joel Memorial Trophy.- Advertisement – “He should have dropped to a nice mark for a handicap like either of those.”With a decision to drop Global Citizen in behind the pace at Exeter failing to work, Pauling plans to switch him back to the front-running tactics which have served him well in the past.He added: “It was disappointing at Exeter, but we thought we would try different tactics and just drop him in. Some horses don’t enjoy being ridden like that, and he is one.- Advertisement – Ben Pauling is weighing up two handicap options at the Ladbrokes Winter Carnival at Newbury for multiple Grade Two winner Global Citizen.The eight-year-old failed to complete a race for the first time in his career when pulling up on his seasonal return in the Haldon Gold Cup at Exeter last week.- Advertisement –last_img read more

THP shuts door following sales

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Black Lives Matter, ACLU Sue Trump Administration Over Use of Force

first_imgBlack Lives Matter filed a lawsuit against President Trump and his administration on Thursday, arguing that their civil rights and First Amendment right were violated when peaceful protesters were forced out of Lafayette Square, near the White House, so he could take a photo in front of a church.Protesters demonstrating against police violence in the aftermath of the George Floyd killing were allegedly forced out of the square in Washington, D.C., on Monday by U.S. Park Police and the National Guard.Journalists also reported that the otherwise peaceful demonstration was cut short by authorities using horses, projectiles and gas to force them to leave.The president left the White House shortly thereafter and stopped at St. John’s Episcopal Church, where he posed for a photo with a Bible.The D.C. chapter of Black Lives Matter made the complaint in conjunction with the American Civil Liberties Union. They say the administration violated their First Amendment and Fourth rights, which protect the right to protest and protect against unreasonable search and seizure.According to the suit, authorities fired flash-bang shells, tear gas, smoke canisters, pepper balls, and rubber bullets into the crowd.However, U.S. Park Police has disputed claims that its officers used tear gas on protesters during the incident.When people take to the streets and organize socially and politically, things change. Across the nation, people have given voice to the pain and damage that police brutality has caused. It is time for America to listen. #InDefenseOfBlackLife #BlackLivesMatter— Black Lives Matter (@Blklivesmatter) June 3, 2020 The lawsuit also claims that the administration committed a conspiracy to deprive them of their civil rights and protections.“The conspiracy targeted Plaintiffs’ protected First Amendment activities because Defendants held animus towards Plaintiffs’ viewpoints,” the lawsuit said. “The violent actions of the conspirators directly and unlawfully interfered with these activities.”BLM and the ACLU are asking for a jury trial in the case, according to suit, which was filed in the U.S. District Court for Washington D.C.. They are also asking for a judge to grant relief by issuing an injunction to stop the administration from continued use of force against protesters.“Defendants’ actions to shut down the Lafayette Square demonstration is the manifestation of the very despotism against which the First Amendment was intended to protect,” the suit said.Attorney General William Barr, who is named in the lawsuit, defended the use of force on Thursday and alleged that the administration was provoked by increasing violence at the scene.“On Monday we were still facing very large demonstrations that were belligerent and throwing projectiles,” Barr said, adding that “it’s very important to use sufficient forces — law enforcement to establish law and order in a city when you have riots running. If you use insufficient resources, it’s dangerous for everybody.”last_img read more

English County Cricket – Spectacular batting collapse dents Somerset’s title hopes

first_img(REUTERS) – Somerset’s hopes of a first English County Championship title soared and then plummeted as a late batting collapse against Nottinghamshire undid their good early work on the first day of the final round of matches.A double-century stand between Chris Rogers and James Hildreth helped third-placed Somerset put immediate pressure on leaders Middlesex and second-placed Yorkshire, who are playing each other at Lord’s.The pair compiled a third-wicket partnership of 269 yesterday as they reached 302 for two.However, Rogers’ dismissal for 132 — one of six victims for England bowler Jake Ball — triggered a batting collapse.Hildreth followed six runs later for 135, and they finished day one at Taunton on 322 for nine, with little opportunity remaining to secure the maximum batting bonus points they will probably need to overhaul the top two.Middlesex, who could take the title with only a draw if Somerset fail to win, plodded to 208 for five against Yorkshire, thanks largely to an unbeaten century from opening batsman Nick Gubbins.In a day cut short by bad light, Jack Brooks took three Middlesex wickets to keep alive Yorkshire’s hopes of a third successive title.In one of the tightest finishes for years, Jason Gillespie’s side, who started the day a point ahead of Somerset, need not only to beat Middlesex but at least match Somerset’s points haul.At the other end of the table, Hampshire, needing a win to stand any chance of escaping relegation for a second successive season, had an excellent first day at Durham.Captain James Vince and opener Will Smith were both out in the 90s, and Jimmy Adams and Sean Ervine also hit half-centuries as Hampshire closed on 370 for six, earning them four batting bonus points.If they win, Warwickshire or Lancashire, who are playing at Edgbaston, could go down with Notts. The home side were bowled out for 219, and Lancashire finished day one on 14 without loss.last_img read more