Eric Krasno Band Welcomes All Of The London Souls At Night Lights Fest [Watch]

first_imgLast weekend, some funky bands descended on the Night Lights Music Festival in Sherman, NY. The festival included performances from The London Souls and Eric Krasno Band, keeping the grooves flowing for a great musical celebration. As Krasno was involved with producing The London Souls’ new album, the guitarist called on his musical friends to accompany him for a funk-filled encore.Watch as Eric Krasno Band welcomes the full London Souls lineup for some serious jamming, thanks to read more

Tickets available for HILT conference May 8

first_imgThe Harvard Initiative for Learning and Teaching (HILT) will host its second annual conference on May 8. The theme for this year’s event is “Essentials,” drawing on the framing question, “In this time of disruption and innovation for universities, what are the essentials of good teaching and learning?”Ticket applications for this University-wide event are being accepted until May 2. Faculty, students, and staff from all Harvard schools are welcome to apply.Short keynote responses to the “Essentials” framing question will be offered by Harvard faculty and a outside scholars organized around the themes “The Science of Learning,” “The Art of Teaching,” “Innovation, Adaptation, Preservation.” The event will also highlight first-round Hauser Grant activities and January Academy Projects during an innovation fair.“Our goal is to create space for the Harvard community to actively discuss with one another what we know and believe about the essentials of excellent, transformative learning and teaching,” said HILT Director Erin Driver-Linn. “The boundaries and expectations of education are changing rapidly, and Harvard has added significantly in the past two years to experimental work in pedagogy with HILT and HarvardX — t is a perfect time to come together around the fundamentals, in light of this new work.”Launched last year with a generous gift from Rita E. and Gustave M. Hauser (read here and here), HILT’s mission is to catalyze innovation and excellence in learning and teaching at Harvard.Individuals interested in attending the conference can apply for tickets at trailerlast_img read more

Governor announces 14 climate change grants

first_imgGovernor Jim Douglas today announced that another 14 energy efficiency projects have been selected to receive almost $150,000 in funding from the Vermont Community Climate Change Grant Program. All told, these projects will reduce about 100 tons of greenhouse emissions – the equivalent of taking 16 cars off the road or not burning more than 10,000 galloons of gas, the Governor said.“It’s inspiring to see such strong grass-roots interest in energy efficiency and for doing Vermont’s part to combat climate change,” the Governor said.  “From Shrewsbury to Strafford, Vermonters are making improvements that will not only keep CO2 out of the air, but will also save individuals and taxpayers money.”In one project, Harwood Union High School is teaming up with Freeaire Refrigeration Systems of Warren to significantly reduce the cost and energy needed for the cafeteria’s refrigerators.Freeaire taps into the greatest source of refrigeration ever created: winter.  It uses cold outside air to cool a space, simply by using what nature has so kindly made available, to give the entire compressor system a winter vacation.  The high school expects to reduce CO2 emissions by 10.5 tons per year.Other projects include:Village of Essex Junction: $11,000 for a methane gas recapture system for the wastewater facility, which will provide heat and hot water for the facility. Annual emissions reduction – 9.5 tons.Town of Shrewsbury: $10,832 to upgrade and weatherize the town office and emergency shelter. Annual emissions reduction – 7 tons.Town of South Hero: $9,684 to replace the heating system, upgrade lighting and replace exterior doors at the town office building. Annual emissions reduction – 6.5 tons.Town of Underhill: $12,000 seal and insulate the town hall. Annual emissions reduction – 11.5 tons.Plainfield Fire & Rescue: $12,000 to weatherize the 1854 squad building. Annual emissions reduction – 10 tons.Lamoille Union School District: $12,000 to install photovoltaic panels to power the storage garage for the cross country trails.  Career center students will build the structure and net metering will generate credits for the campus. Annual emissions reduction – 2 tons.Richford Town School District: $12,000 to replace lighting at the high school gym. Annual emissions reduction – 16 tons.Yestermorrow Design/Build School of Warren: $11,850 to install a solar hot water system and create a demonstration project. Annual emissions reduction – 3 tons.Leicester School District: $8204 for lighting upgrades. Annual emissions reduction – 4 tons.Town of Moretown: $12,000 for weatherization and lighting upgrades at the town hall. Annual emissions reduction – 6 tons.Town of Waitsfield: $6515 to insulate and weatherize the Joslin Library. Annual emissions reduction – 6.5 tons.Worcester Historical Society: $9753 to weatherize and insulate the building. Annual emissions reduction – 2.5 tons.United Church of Strafford: $11,810 to install energy efficient lighting and weatherize the parish hall, including “the Ark,” an outdoor playground structure which doubles as a mini-stage for performances. Annual emissions reduction – 4.5 tons. Source: Governor’s office. 9/4/2009last_img read more

Brazilian Joint Center for Peacekeeping Operations Trains Military Personnel and Civilians

first_imgBy Eduardo Szklarz/Diálogo July 17, 2017 After seven years in operation, the Brazilian Joint Center for Peacekeeping Operations (CCOPAB, per its Portuguese acronym) is today an international model for training service members and civilians operating under the direction of the United Nations. Also known as the Sérgio Vieira de Mello Center in homage to the Brazilian diplomat who died while serving in Iraq in 2003, the center has trained more than 3,500 people, including service members from partner nations such as Argentina, Canada, Chile, France, and the United States. “CCOPAB is sought after by various nations, whether for visits, for sending instructors, or for receiving students,” the center’s press office reported to Diálogo. “We might say that we are considered a model center.” Participants may receive different kinds of training, from the Training Internship for Unit and Platoon Commanders to the Military Translators and Interpreters Internship. There is an ever increasing demand and the annual number of students has jumped from 433 in 2010 to 611 in 2016, including contingents from Brazil (the Brazilian Army, Navy, and Air Force, civilians, police, and firefighters) and from abroad. “The reason why CCOPAB has become a benchmark is because of the integrated work that has been done in the presence of service members from the three military branches as well as the participation of military police and civilians in planning and giving the courses,” said Brazilian Army Major Anderson Félix Geraldo, an engineering officer who is a CCOPAB instructor and coordinator of the Training Internship for Journalists and Press Advisers in Conflict Areas. “That integration allows for the development of comprehensive and multidisciplinary Academic Subject Plans that align the hands-on experiences gleaned during the mission (i.e., lessons learned) with the theory taught in the classroom,” Maj. Felix explained, “As a result of that, CCOPAB has obtained certification from the UN Department of Peacekeeping Operations for the Joint Staff of Peacekeeping Missions Internship, the Military Observer Internship, and the UN Police Training Internship.” Courses and internships Brazilians and foreigners take the same course at CCOPAB’s headquarters in Rio de Janeiro. “UN training is the same throughout the world. So, be they service members, police, or civilians, they all acquire the same knowledge,” CCOPAB said, “We have courses given in English, Spanish, and Portuguese.” Among the main courses, the following stand out: Training Internship for Joint Staff and Commanders of Military Organizations: Marks the beginning of training for conducting activities related to the use of a troop contingent in a peacekeeping operation. For one week students learn how the UN operates and learn about specific issues for the mission where the troops will be deployed. Training Internship for Unit and Platoon Commanders: Trains service members for specific duties as unit and platoon commanders during peacekeeping operations, while also qualifying them as instructors. It includes the tactics, techniques, and procedures used during missions, as well as the rules of engagement and training modules standardized by the UN. Preparedness for Peacekeeping Missions Internship: Trains interns to act as Joint Staff officers, military observers in peacekeeping missions, or as United Nations police on peacekeeping missions, all in a multicultural environment. Course on Humanitarian Demining: Expands the training of engineering officers, warrant officers, noncommissioned officers, and sergeants to perform the role of international monitor or supervisor during humanitarian demining missions. Military-Civilian Coordination Internship: Taught in English, the course trains service members who will perform duties related to military-civilian coordination, officers of partner nations who will participate in peacekeeping missions, and members of civilian partner agencies. CCOPAB also offers the Military Translator and Interpreter Internship, which trains volunteer service members to perform the duties of translator and interpreter while on peacekeeping missions. “They develop linguistic competency in English, French, or in the native language of the host country in order to carry out the duties of a translator and interpreter,” the center said. And, as part of the Logistics and Reimbursement during Peacekeeping Operations Internship, the center trains officers and noncommissioned officers from Brazil and partner nations to perform duties related to the Administration and Logistics of Peacekeeping Operations. “In addition to that, CCOPAB trains journalists on how to operate in conflict zones,” Maj. Felix said. “This year we trained 38 press professionals from every region of Brazil.” The reporters learn about human rights, international humanitarian law, first aid, firefighting, what to do in collapsed structures, reacting to mines and explosive war debris, communication and negotiation, risk analysis and mitigation in journalistic coverage, and moving through at-risk areas. “We also have lectures by professionals who pass along their experiences,” he concluded. CCOPAB’s trajectory Created in 2010, CCOPAB evolved from other agencies. The first of these was the Brazilian Army’s Center of Preparation and Evaluation for Peace Missions, founded in 2001 within the Land Operations Command’s Division of Peacekeeping Missions. Its purpose was to direct the training of all Brazilian service members designated for peacekeeping missions. “In 2005, the Brazilian Army created the Peace Operations Training Center (CIOpPaz, per its Portuguese acronym), which trained what was then the Haiti Brigade, 3rd Contingent, comprising the School Units Group, 9th Infantry Brigade,” according to the center. Since then, these contingents have been used pursuant to Chapter VI of the United Nations Charter, which covers operations related to threats to peace, breakdowns in peace, and acts of aggression. On June 15, 2010, a Brazilian Ministry of Defense decree assigned CIOpPaz to train Brazilian and partner nation military members and civilians to serve on peacekeeping missions. The decree also changed the organization’s name from CIOpPaz to CCOPAB. The challenges of peacekeeping missions Today, the training for peacekeeping missions involves significant challenges. “Peacekeeping operations are multidimensional and have immense cultural diversity. Communication, respect for diversity, different cultures, and languages, and respect for all genders are concepts that must be very well conveyed,” CCOPAB said. “In this respect, we have already acquired a sound methodological basis.” In the coming years, the center will attempt to further consolidate and expand its experiences in this field. “CCOPAB has the goal of becoming a center of excellence in areas related to military, civilian, and police training for peacekeeping and humanitarian demining missions,” the center said. In addition to contributing to the training of international contingents, Brazil has historically participated in peacekeeping missions. Brazil has sent more than 50,000 service members on nearly 50 UN missions. In 2014, the country assumed the coordination and military command duties in the operations of the United Nations Stabilization Mission in Haiti (MINUSTAH, per its French acronym), and the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL), in 2011. “MINUSTAH highlighted just how essential our participation was for achieving political stability in Haiti,” the Ministry of Defense said in a press release. “And UNIFIL already stands out for putting Brazil in a leadership role over the only naval force operated by the UN in the world.”last_img read more

Colombian Navy, Unrelenting Against Narcotrafficking in the Pacific and the Caribbean

first_imgBy Yolima Dussán/Diálogo November 27, 2020 The Colombian Navy seized 3.8 tons of narcotics in its territorial waters and shared information with partner nations to intercept 5 tons of drugs, in five operations carried out in the Pacific Ocean and the Caribbean Sea, September 22-30.Units of the Buenaventura Coast Guard Station reported on September 30 that after several minutes of pursuit they caught up with a speedboat in Punta Ají, Valle del Cauca, with a Colombian and a Costa Rican national on board.Service members from Colombia’s Buenaventura Coast Guard Station seized a speedboat carrying 1,142 kg of marijuana and 150 kg of cocaine, on September 30, 2020. (Photo: Colombian Navy)“The bags, the vessel, and the individuals were transferred to the station pier, where [authorities] conducted the relevant test, yielding a positive result for 1,326 kilograms of marijuana,” official sources reported.The Coast Guard office also reported on that same day intercepting another vessel, this one in Bocas de Cajambre, Valle del Cauca, where authorities found 1,142 kg of marijuana and 150 kg of cocaine.Colombian Navy Lieutenant Commander Moisés Felipe Portilla, commander of the Buenaventura Coast Guard Station, told Diálogo that Central Americans are increasingly involved in maritime narcotrafficking.“They leave from estuaries with Colombian people, who know how to get out, and with foreign people who know how to arrive at the destination,” Lt. Cmdr. Portilla said. “They arrive in the boats, enter the river’s mouth, get the cargo, and leave the same way. They do not enter the country legally.”The Cartagena Coast Guard station reported on September 28 intercepting a speedboat in the Caribbean Sea, near Tierrabomba Island. Under pressure from the authorities, the crew crashed on the beach and abandoned the boat with 1,248 kg of cocaine hydrochloride on board.International cooperationDuring combined operations of cooperation against narcotrafficking, the Colombian Navy shared naval intelligence with the Costa Rican, Panamanian, and Mexican coast guards on September 22, which led to the detention of three vessels and one aircraft and the seizure of more than 5 tons of cocaine.“The motorboats were intercepted in Quintana Roo [Mexico], Punta Mona, and Corcovado [both in Costa Rica]. In the boats, 3,710 kg of cocaine were found, and 10 individuals were captured,” Colombian authorities said in a statement. Also on September 22, a Colombian maritime patrol boat detected a suspicious aircraft flying over the Caribbean Sea. “[The crew] immediately activated the protocols and coordination with the Mexican authorities, who managed to locate and intercept the aircraft in Chiapas, Mexico. A Mexican and a Guatemalan national were flying the aircraft, which carried 1,358 kg of narcotics,” the Colombian Navy reported.The operational results of the Buenaventura Coast Guard station show that the amount of seized marijuana is increasing. “The reason is that marijuana is much easier to produce, it doesn’t need as many inputs, and with the pandemic, movements [to produce cocaine] are much more restricted,” Lt. Cmdr. Portilla said. “What we have seen on the vessels is mixed cargo. Most of it, 90 percent, can be marijuana and 10 percent cocaine hydrochloride.”last_img read more

Six ways to protect your employees when stay-at-home orders lift

first_imgAs the COVID-19 pandemic continues, the question we’re getting asked most is “how can we keep our employees safe when they come back to work?” We’ve put together a checklist breaking down a number of things that you can do right now as well as going forward, but we’d also like to share a list of six things that credit unions can do immediately to make your workplace a safer place for employees in the short term. Replace the filters in your HVAC system You may be six feet away from your desk mate, but in a building with poorly-filtered recirculated air, you are just as likely to be infected by someone in a different room as the person sitting next to you. Luckily, there are a number of readily available filters for HVAC systems that are able to remove most virus particles from circulation. We recommend using filters rated MERV 13. Add signage and visual cues to reinforce social distancing policies We’re still adjusting to social distancing protocols and it can be difficult to carry the behaviors that we’ve learned for safely navigating our neighborhoods and grocery stores into the working environment. Adding signage, floor stickers, and visible guidelines to show your employees how to move around the office can help them stay safe. Remove at least half of the seats from common areas Reducing density is critical to reducing the transmission of this disease. Removing furniture from shared areas such as lobbies and meeting rooms will provide a visual and physical reinforcement of your social distancing policies, not only reducing the usage of your common areas but prompting staff to reconsider whether their next meeting could be an email or videoconferencing session instead. Consider reconfiguring these areas to support a few dedicated workstations to reduce density elsewhere. Promote email and videoconferencing in place of in-person meetings There are many advantages to meeting in-person, but in the current time those advantages do not outweigh the risk of getting sick. Upgrade online meeting platforms to support unlimited communication between your employees and make it clear that email and videoconferencing should be strongly considered before scheduling an in-person meeting. Provide cleaning supplies for employees Common areas can spread the transmission of COVID-19, but they are generally only cleaned at night by janitorial staff. Protect your employees by providing them with cleaning supplies, particularly disinfecting wipes, that they can use to wipe down the common areas that they use throughout the day. Build more robust work-from-home policies and stagger shifts The safest thing employees can do right now is stay home, but we also recognize that some work must be done in the office. The thing you can do most to help these employees is to ensure that those who can work from home do so to reduce the number of people in the office. Consider staggering shifts so that workers coming into the office to perform tasks can do so at different times or on different days.We believe that credit unions are resilient and will come out of this pandemic even stronger than they went in, and we applaud the efforts that all of you have made to flatten the curve and get us through this as quickly as possible. And if you’d like the read the full checklist, it’s available for download without signup or registration on our website. 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Jay Speidell Jay Speidell is the Marketing Manager at Momentum, a strategic design-build partner that takes a people centric approach to helping credit unions across the nation thrive. Web: Detailslast_img read more

Embracing inclusive marketing

first_img continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr As credit unions look to better serve their communities, many are attempting to be more inclusive, reaching out to more diverse groups of potential members.With their people-first focus, credit unions are particularly well-positioned to connect with those who have felt excluded by financial institutions based on their diverse backgrounds, defined by the National Credit Union Administration as “race, skin color, ethnicity, national origin, gender, age, religion, language, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, socioeconomic status, family structure, geographic differences, diversity of thought, life experiences and more.”An inclusive marketing strategy is a proactive way for credit unions to reach out to members and potential members, letting them know that they are seen, understood and welcomed.According to the Alliance for Inclusive and Multicultural Marketing, “the collective purchasing power of multicultural and LGBTQ consumers today is equivalent to the third largest economy in the world.”last_img read more

Swiss pension fund tenders $1.5bn commodity swap mandate

first_imgFurther, they should have at least $5bn invested in commodity swaps and a minimum of $20bn in assets under management as a whole.The investor also calls for a minimum three-year track record. Interested parties have until 29 September to apply.Performance figures should be stated net of fees and up until 30 June.The news team is unable to answer any further questions about IPE-Quest tender notices to protect the interests of clients conducting the search. To obtain information direct from IPE-Quest, please contact Jayna Vishram on +44 (0) 20 7261 4630 or email A Swiss pension fund with more than CHF20bn (€16.5bn) in assets has tendered a $700m-1.5bn (€580m-1.2bn) enhanced commodity swap mandate using IPE-Quest.According to search QN1452, the pension fund is looking for swaps under the categories F2, CM and MB.The fund said it preferred a passive enhanced management style.Managers should employ the Bloomberg Commodity ex Agriculture Index, or sub indexes, with a maximum tracking error of 0.2%.last_img read more

Singapore Shipping Association Elects Its 1st Female President

first_imgThe Council of the Singapore Shipping Association (SSA), the industry voice of Singapore’s maritime community, has nominated the association’s first-ever female president since its founding in 1985.At SSA’s 23rd Annual General Meeting (AGM) held on June 26, 2019, the 2019/2021 council elected Caroline Yang, CEO of Hong Lam Marine, as the association’s president.Yang started her career with Hong Lam Marine as their in-house counsel in 1991 and has more than 25 years’ experience in the shipping industry.As President of SSA, Yang will be supported by two vice presidents and the SSA Secretariat headed by Michael Phoon. The two vice presidents nominated by the 2019/2021 council are Katie Men, Managing Director of Iseaco Investment and Rene Piil Pedersen, Managing Director of A.P. Moller Singapore.Ms. Caroline Yang is the first female President elected in #SSA’s 34 years’ history. She will be supported by Vice Presidents Ms. Katie Men & Mr. Rene Piil Pederson, as well as the #SSA Secretariat headed by Mr. Michael Phoon. Full media release at— SSA (@ssa_office) June 26, 2019Commenting on her nomination, Yang said, “I am honoured by the trust the council has placed in me by electing me as SSA president for the 2019/2021 term. The shipping community in Singapore has much to be proud of.”“This year, Singapore bagged the ‘Best Seaport in Asia’ for 31st time and also the ‘Best Green Seaport’ at the 2019 Asia Freight, Logistics and Supply Chain Awards. We were also recognised as the ‘Top Leading Maritime Capital of the World’ for the fourth consecutive time in a report issued by Menon Economics and DNV GL. Notwithstanding, the industry continues to face challenging conditions and digital disruptions. As we navigate into the future together, the task of the council is to work with all stakeholders to champion Maritime Singapore, to keep SSA relevant and responsive to our members, and to encourage participation by our members in our shared goal.” “I would also like to place on record the council’s deep appreciation to immediate-past president Mr. Esben Poulsson, who has been a tireless champion of the Singapore shipping industry. His term is marked by the move of SSA Secretariat into digitalization, and expansion of membership, and by preparing the industry for sweeping changes such as the sulphur oxides cap that goes into effect in January 2020,” Yang added.At the 23rd AGM, the council also named S. S. Teo, Executive Chairman and Managing Director of Pacific International Lines, an honorary member in recognition of his immense contributions to Singapore’s shipping industry, including as a long-serving councilor and president of SSA from 2003 to 2011.last_img read more

Rwandans prepare for a referendum on third presidential term

first_imgSupporters of the petition said Mr Kagame was the right person to lead the country of 11.8 million for another term.President Kagame has been in power since 2000 after he led a rebel army that ended the 1994 Rwandan genocide in which about 800,000 people were killed.Kagame himself hasn’t said whether he’ll stand if deemed eligible for elections scheduled for 2017.However he has said he is open to persuasion that the two-term limit in the constitution needs to be changed, and a petition to that effect has collected 3.8 million signatures.MPs  voted unanimously on Tuesday to back the petition, adding that a referendum would be called on whether to amend the constitution. Some MP’s say they have already started the referendum process.The opposition has expressed it’s displeasure over the call for the referendum to change the constitution in favor of President Kagame.Kagame’s government is credited with turning around Rwanda’s economy in the years since the genocide, but critics say he is an authoritarian ruler who does not tolerate opposition.Many of his former comrades have fled the country, saying their lives are threatened.If term limits are removed and Kagame runs again, he would join a growing list of regional leaders whose governments have jettisoned presidential term limits.In 2005, Ugandan lawmakers removed term limits from the constitution, allowing President Yoweri Museveni to seek re-election in 2006 and 2011. He is expected to run again in 2016. Rwanda is now preparing for a referendum on a proposed constitutional amendment to scrap presidential term limits and consequently allow President Paul Kagame to seek a third term.This follows its parliament’s approval on Tuesday, of a petition filed by over 3 million citizens.The petition urged for the change in the country’s constitution, to remove the article that limits the presidential tenure to two terms. Paul Kagamelast_img read more