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Daniel Ignacio smiled as he gazed across a sunlit Malkin Penthouse at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), cradling an empty wineglass. He was watching the catering staff smooth out some white tablecloths and stock the buffet table with arugula salad and seared salmon.The native of Brazil had seen that view many times before, but on Wednesday night, it looked very different. That night, for once, he wasn’t serving the guests — he was one.“I do this every day,” said Ignacio, 32, gesturing at his co-workers. “In seven years, it’s my first time having some wine” in this room. “I’m so happy to be here. I love working at Harvard — for me, I see my future here.”Ignacio was one of 15 people honored that evening at a dinner to celebrate Harvard employees who have newly become U.S. citizens with help from the Harvard Bridge Program. The program, which offers education and training to faculty and staff in career, language, and computer skills, pairs prospective citizens with student volunteer tutors from the Institute of Politics (IOP) at the Kennedy School. Since it began in 2003, 192 new citizens have completed the program.In her congratulatory remarks, Harvard President Drew Faust, a Civil War historian, spoke of the prominent role that the question of who is an American played during that era.“It was a very important time when the United States asked itself what it meant to be a democracy where citizens had equal access to the privileges of being part of that nation,” Faust said, noting the passage of the 13th, 14th, and 15th amendments and President Abraham Lincoln’s commitment to a “government of the people, by the people, for the people,” as articulated in his historic Gettysburg Address.“You inspire us to think about those obligations. You inspire us by your dedication to achieving the citizenship that we all share, and you remind us that governments that are about people are something that are too precious to … allow them to perish from the Earth,” she said.Israel Argueta, 40, came to the Boston area 22 years ago from Guatemala to join family members here. He has been working for nearly three years in the Department of Microbiology at Harvard Medical School as a laboratory technician, preparing media for researchers’ use.Argueta spent two years studying for the citizenship test on his own before teaming up with tutor Radhika Jain ’14, and passing the exam last year.“I’ve been waiting on this moment for a long time and finally it’s here,” he said, as his partner, Sulma, and four young children sat nearby. “I feel very excited, very happy.”Jain, now in her fourth year as a tutor, said that as the American-born daughter of parents who emigrated from India, she rarely thought about her own citizenship until she began helping others prepare for theirs.“That process of questioning knowledge and the civics system of which we are a part, for me was really humbling,” she told the group.“What I really admire most about all of our new citizens here is that you deliberately chose to become citizens. And I think that your citizenship is especially powerful, especially significant because you pursued it, you consciously embraced all of the responsibilities and privileges that citizenship confers. I never even had to do that, but the fact that you put the effort in has been really inspiring to me,” Jain said.As valuable as the tutoring experience is for staff, it’s just as cherished by student volunteers, said Jacob Moscona-Skolnik ’16, who coordinates the IOP tutors. More often than not, there are far more students eager to tutor than there are tutees available.“I think many people feel that it’s among the most meaningful experiences at Harvard,” he said. “We’re talking about citizenship, we’re talking about immigration, [and] these are really important policy issues, but the personal element is what I think really gets to people, that sense in which the program really brings together people who, on a normal day at Harvard, wouldn’t necessarily be at the same table or talk about these issues with one another.”
Taiwan’s military is well-trained and well-equipped with mostly US-made hardware, but China has a huge numerical superiority and is adding advanced equipment of its own.The weapons packages from Lockheed Martin Co, Boeing and General Atomics are moving their way through the export process, three people familiar with the status of the deals on Capitol Hill said, and a notification to Congress is expected within weeks.One industry source said President Donald Trump was slated to be briefed on the packages this week by Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. Some of the deals had been requested by Taiwan more than a year ago, but are only now being moved through the approval process. A State Department spokesman declined comment.A senior US official, citing Chinese assertiveness in the Taiwan Strait, said: “There is no equilibrium today. It is out of balance. And I think that is dangerous.”Trump’s White House has made an effort to export weapons to US allies trying to bolster their defenses, decrease dependence on US troops while boosting US companies and jobs.As he fights for re-election on Nov. 3, Trump and Republican supporters have ramped up their rhetoric against Beijing and sought to portray Democratic opponent Joe Biden as soft on China.Other factors include Taiwan’s bigger defense budget, and the fear in Taiwan that if Trump loses, Biden would be less willing to sell the US’s most advanced weapons to them.Taiwan’s interest in US weapons and equipment is not new. The island is bolstering its defenses in the face of what it sees as increasingly threatening moves by Beijing, such as regular Chinese air force and naval exercises near Taiwan.The senior US official said Taiwan’s increased defense spending was a good step, but it had to do more.”Taiwan, frankly, needs to do more in order to ensure that they indigenously have an ability to deter Chinese aggression,” the official said.DealsDrones that can see over the horizon for surveillance and targeting, coupled with advanced missiles and coastal defenses that include smart mines and anti-submarine capabilities to impede a sea invasion, have been discussed at the highest levels to make Taiwan more difficult to attack, like a “porcupine”, according to industry and congressional sources.A Lockheed Martin-made High Mobility Artillery Rocket System (HIMARS), essentially a truck-based rocket launcher, is among the weapons Taiwan wants, people familiar with the negotiations said. Taiwan also seeks to buy sophisticated anti-tank missiles.In early August, Reuters reported that Washington is negotiating the sale of at least four of its large sophisticated aerial drones to Taiwan for what could be about $600 million.Also under discussion are land-based Boeing-made Harpoon anti-ship missiles to serve as a coastal defense against cruise missiles.Other systems include “underwater sea mines and other capabilities to deter amphibious landing, or immediate attack,” Taiwan’s de facto ambassador to United States said in July. At the same time Taiwan’s desire to buy weapons increased after President Tsai Ing-wen was re-elected in January and has made strengthening Taiwan’s defenses a top priority.Taiwan is China’s most sensitive territorial issue. Beijing says it is a Chinese province, and has denounced the Trump administration’s support for the island.Washington has been eager to create a military counterbalance to Chinese forces, building on an effort known within the Pentagon as “Fortress Taiwan”, as Beijing’s military makes increasingly aggressive moves in the region.Taiwan’s Defense Ministry said the reported package was a “media assumption,” and that it handled weapons purchase talks and assessments in a low-key, confidential way, so could not offer public comment until there was a formal US notification of any sales to Congress. The United States plans to sell as many as seven major weapons systems, including mines, cruise missiles and drones to Taiwan, four people familiar with the discussions said, as the Trump administration ramps up pressure on China.Pursuing seven sales at once is a rare departure from years of precedent in which US military sales to the island were spaced out and carefully calibrated to minimize tensions with Beijing.But the Trump administration has become more aggressive with China in 2020 and the sales would land as relations between Beijing and Washington are at their lowest point in decades over accusations of spying, a lingering trade war and disputes about the spread of the novel coronavirus. Topics :
District officials said Saturday that the union’s concerns will “receive serious consideration,” although they added that they are surveying parents and their own employees to help with the decision.“It’s important to remember that final decisions that the District will make will be based on a variety of factors including financial, legal, health and other requirements that the District must meet in the best interests of all students, staff and community members,” the district said in a statement.District leaders are still developing school-reopening plans, but intend for students to have an option to learn completely from home or take in-person classes in some form.The school board’s longest serving member, Debra Robinson, has called for delaying the beginning of the school year.A majority of board members said they are open to exploring that proposal.While saying it is theoretically possible that new cases could decline significantly in the six weeks before classes resume, Katz expressed doubt that would happen with enough time to prepare teachers and students for in-person classes on the first day.“We seem to be back on the wrong side of the curve,” he said, referring to recent jumps in the number of coronavirus infections in Palm Beach County and statewide, “and worse off than before.” Palm Beach County’s teachers union is asking the school district to keep campuses closed to students when the academic year begins in August.They say that a return to in-person schooling is “a dangerous gamble” with coronavirus cases increasing here.In a letter to district leaders, teachers union President Justin Katz said on Friday that the recent spike in infections makes it nearly impossible to guarantee a safe return, despite social distancing measures.“The dangerous trajectory of COVID-19 cases in Florida has led us to believe that (in-person schooling) should still be offered, but not until a point in time when the on-campus option can be executed in a safe and responsible manner,” Katz wrote. “We no longer believe that is possible at this time.”Katz calls on the school board to “limit instruction to virtual means with no on-campus activity with students until such time that the medical and scientific community are able to convey that it is safe to do so.”The district has been planning to start school Aug. 10.However, the union represents 12,500 teachers, counselors and other educators. Many of those individuals are 60 or older, placing them at greater risk from COVID-19.
“Our new competitors really cleaned up in this category,” said Long. “Many of these girls will be moving into the higher competitive levels next season.”In the 8-9 year age-group, Olivia Bezaire won the gold All Around and a silver and bronze medal on events. Shelbi van Hellemond, took the silver All Around and a gold and silver medal on events. Eden Bellman won gold on Floor. Neve Hamilton claimed bronze on vault.In the 10 year age-group, Alexa Anast, won the gold All Around and two gold and a silver medal on events. Raven Sperling, won silver All Around and a gold and two silver event medals. Tehya Colbeck claimed the All Around bronze and one gold and 2 silver event medals. Kate May took home a gold, silver and bronze medals on events. Chloe Diote won 2 bronze event medals.In the 11-year age-group, Ashlynn D’Alessandris won 5 medals, Silver All Around, and 2 gold, and 2 bronze event medals. Suki Simington claimed two event medals, one gold, one silver.In the 12 year age-group, Lily Taylor won gold All Around, gold on three events and one event silver. Amanda Schacher was Silver All Around, and also won two silver and one gold event medal. Elisa Clark was the bronze All Around winner, and won silver on beam.Mercedes Majeski took home a bronze event medal.The Glacier coaching team is delighted with the performances of the new competitors the Zone 1 (JO Pre-Level 6) Glacier Team won the 1st Place Team Award by a landslide. “Their dedicated training has paid off for them,” says Long.The Glacier High School Girls Team also won the first Place Team Award.In the High School Level 1 category, Taila Lancaster won gold All Around and two gold and one silver event medal. Peyton Whitaker claimed the silver All Around and one silver and 2 bronze event medals. Erika Bennet won a gold and a bronze event medal. Allysa Penner also won two event medals, one silver and a bronze.Megan Poetsch, cleaned up in the High School Level 2 category, winning the gold All Around and two gold, a silver and bronze event medals.Nelson’s Trampoline gymnasts all won medals on each discipline, testing out new skills for the upcoming BC Trampoline Provincials in Port Moody May 15-17.In the Double-Mini Event, Matthew Bullen won gold in the boys event and Chris Lawrence-Jeffery was close behind winning the silver medal. Zoe Crisfield won gold in the girls Double-mini category. In the Trampoline Event, Chris Lawrence-Jeffery claimed the gold medal and Matthew Bullen won the bronze medal in the boys category. Zoe Crisfield also won the bronze medal in the girls event.Other personal accomplishments of the Glacier Team over the weekend occurred in the Perfomance Plus category.Glacier Gymnasts earning All Around Gold in the Gymnastics Performance Plus category: Erica Potkins, Nyah Hedstrom, Ella Taylor, Simone Hildebrand, Sarah Roberstson, Fiona Burkholder, Ally Nicholson, Elsa Sollid, Aida Hedstrom, Macy Weston, Aurora Dool, Ava Anast, Abby Ens.Earning an All Around Silver: Amelia Finley, Bella GrillEarning an All Around Bronze: Neeva Marechal.Glacier Trampoline Perfomance Plus accomplishments: Double Mini Trampoline Gold: Cam Bibby-Fox & Benji Westergreen. Trampoline Gold: Cam Bibby-Fox, Silver: Benji Westergreen. Age was not a factor during the zone gymnastics meet held at the Glacier Gym Club Saturday and Sunday.Nine-year-old Abby Majeski, 10-year-old Brianne Stefani and 13-year-old Olivia Kelly won the lion’s share of the medals to pace the host Glacier Club at the 2015 Kootenay Zone Gymnastics & Trampoline Championships this past weekend in Nelson.The trio of BC Provincial Champions paced the Glacier Team in medal count in the Junior Olympic (JO) categories. “All the girls are finishing off the season with very strong routine performances,” said Long. “It is a strong indicator of success for next season as some of the girls will be trying out for the BC Winter Games team.”The meet attracted more than 200 athletes from Nelson, Trail, Castlegar, Creston, Cranbrook, Kimberley, Penticton and Golden.Stefani claimed the All Around silver medal and another two gold, and one bronze for events in the JO Level 7 category competing against gymnasts 4-6 years older than her.Kelly repeated her Provincials performance in the JO Level 6, 13 &up category, winning Silver All Around and a medal on each event, two-silver, a gold and a bronze.Majeski also walked away with five medals in the JO Level 6, 9-10years category, silver All Around and two gold, a silver and bronze for events.Other Glacier Gymnasts winning JO event medals: Dafni van Hellemond (10-11yrs), silver on JO Level 6 vault. Maika Houde (13-and-up), bronze on JO Level 6 beam.Sarah Tolles (all ages), 2 silvers JO Level 7, vault and beam. Kylee Dyck (all ages), silver on JO Level 8 bars.The Glacier JO Level 6-8 team earned the second place Team Award coming in behind the Key City Gymnastics Team from Cranbrook.“Cranbrook has an older more experienced team,” said Long. “But our young girls are polished with excellent technique and held their own, missing out on 1st place by only three tenths of a point.” Long says that the girls are hard working, confident and consequently are raising the level of gymnastics being performed at the Nelson Club.“The up and coming beginner competitive Glacier Team looks to these girls for inspiration and role modeling and the effect was obvious in the results of the new competitors on the weekend.”The beginner competitors of Glacier Gymnastics won three out of the four All Around titles in the Zone 1 Competitive (JO Pre-Level 6) category.
The 4th Annual Santa Anita Winner’s Circle BBQ Championship (SAWC) announced a new Winner’s Circle KidsQ contest for 2015. Held in parallel with the State BBQ Championship on Saturday, March 21st, the KidsQ will be a head-to-head BBQ grill off in two age groups: 6-10 and 11-15.To make sure that this is truly a kids competition, officials stress that while each contestant will have one adult assistant, the child contestant must perform the majority of all work including: seasoning, marinating, tending, preparing, and turning in entries. The SAWC does encourage special needs children to enter and will make appropriate accommodations before the event begins.To encourage support from friends, there will be multiple kid-friendly activities available at Santa Anita Park including: bounce houses, face painting, and pony rides.This is a sanctioned Kansas City BBQ Society (KCBS) event and the judging of KidsQ entries will be on their standards and weighting factors for appearance, taste, and tenderness. For details on the judging and scoring system, visit the KCBS website.The event will provide meat as well as grills courtesy of The Virtual Weber Bullet contestants are free to keep – and expected to take home.The junior chefs of the top three entries for each age group will receive plaques.For full details, rules, and entry forms for the SAWC KidsQ visit http://www.santaanitabbq.com/kidsq/About The Virtual Weber Bullet & The Virtual Weber Bulletin BoardThe Virtual Weber Bullet is your best source for Weber Smokey Mountain Cooker information on the Web. Popular with competition barbecue teams, the WSM is an easy-to-use water smoker that’s equally at home in the backyard and is built with the same quality you expect from a Weber grill. Visit The Virtual Weber Bullet for 200+ articles about the WSM and its component parts, recipes, usage tips, modification ideas, and other BBQ-related resources. Not affiliated with Weber-Stephen Products LLC. www.virtualweberbullet.comThe Virtual Weber Bulletin Board is the premier online discussion forum for Weber charcoal grills, gas grills, smokers, portable grills, and accessories. Meet fellow Weber enthusiasts, ask questions, share recipes, troubleshoot problems, buy/sell grills, and so much more. Not affiliated with Weber-Stephen Products LLC. www.tvwbb.comFor Immediate Release Contact: Ric Gilbert – 408-219-1041 or [email protected]
Tags: AfroCANsilverbackstopZone V John Deng Geu is one of the players expected to start for the Silverbacks. (PHOTO/Agency)Zone 5 AfroCan/AfroBasket Opening Day FixtureEgypt Vs Kenya (W) – 1:00 pmEgypt Vs Rwanda (M) – 3:00 pmUganda Vs Rwanda (W) – 5:00 pmUganda Vs Kenya (M) – 7:00 pmLUGOGO – The Zone V Afro-Can (Men) and Afrobasket (Women) Qualifiers kick starts today, Wednesday 26 June 2019 at the Lugogo Indoor Stadium.The Silverbacks who are also the hosts for this tournament open there account with Kenya as their first opponents.With Tanzania arriving later in the day, the rest of the visitors like Rwanda, Egypt and Kenya are already in the Country and had a glimpse of the Stadium.Team Uganda has been training for nearly two weeks and played a couple of trial games with a select side and a game against Kenya presents an opportunity to start the journey to the July 19-28 FIBA AfroCan to be held in Bamako, Mali on a high.George Galanopoulos, the man in charge of the Silverbacks is likely to play a high-intensity game if the trial games are anything to go by.Captain Jimmy Enabu, Tony Drileba, Robinson Opong, Deng Geu, and Brandon Davis could start and set the tempo for the game.Other FixturesKenya’s women’s side will get the tournament underway against Egypt before the game of the day between favorites Egypt and Rwanda.Uganda’s women’s side, Gazelles, will battle Rwanda in the second last game of the day.Comments
Marching troops, bagpipes, lots of hard work in preparations, and high fashion on the red carpet: view a gallery of images from the opening of parliament and State of the Nation Address in Cape Town on 13 February 2014. All photos courtesy GCIS.Read more:Watch the State of the Nation AddressState of the Nation Address 2014: the full textBehind the scenes: State of the Nation Address 2014 On the red carpet: Mandla Mandela, the grandson of Nelson Mandela, in traditional Xhosa dress. At a lunch for special guests invited to attend the State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma helps Rebecca Kotane, wife of late ANC leader Moses Kotane, cut the cake celebrating her 102nd birthday. Workers making final preparations for the ceremony. A worker making final preparations for the ceremony. On the red carpet: Thapelo Chilwani. At a lunch for special guests invited to attend the State of the Nation Address, President Jacob Zuma congratulates Joseph Shabalala, leader of Ladysmith Black Mambazo, on the group winning, in January 2014, their fourth Grammy award. On the red carpet: Speaker of parliament Max Sisulu, Jacob Zuma’s wife Tobeka Zuma, and Mninwa Mahlangu, chair of the National Council of Provinces. South African President Jacob Zuma delivering his State of the Nation Address in parliament on 13 February 2014. On the red carpet: Rachel Tambo. On the red carpet: Rachel and Dali Tambo, the son of late African National Congress leader Oliver Tambo. South African National Defence Force troops rehearse for the ceremony. On the red carpet: Public Protector Thuli Madonsela. On the red carpet: Minister of Public Enterprises Malusi Gigaba. Rehearsals for the opening of parliament. On the red carpet: South African statistician-general Pali Lehohla. Rehearsals for the aerial flyby by the South African Airforce. On the red carpet: Khensani Kubayi and Nomalungelo Gina. On the red carpet: Faith Bikani. On the red carpet: Belinda Ngaju and Nomsa Ndaba. South African National Defence Force troops rehearse for the opening of parliament. South African National Defence Force troops rehearse for the opening of parliament on the morning of 13 February. Preparations underway for the opening of parliament and State of the Nation Address. Preparations underway for the opening of parliament and State of the Nation Address. Laying the red carpet.Gallery compiled by Mary Alexander
Lessons learned for next timeWere they to build again, Magwood said a few things would be handled differently. “We learned a lot!” he said in a followup email.Here’s how he summed it up:No full basement. The house has a full basement, mainly to accommodate a Clivus Multrum composting toilet. Since then, Magwood has discovered an alternate system called the Envirolet vacuum flush system that doesn’t require a full basement. Building on a slab or over a crawlspace would have saved roughly $25,000.More efficient duct work. “We couldn’t find anybody who would stand behind a design with the outlets in the central walls of the two floors, and ended up with old-school ducts under each window,” Magood writes. “We’ve since found a licensed heating designer who would have stood behind such a design, saving quite a bit of money and material.”Water storage outside. Instead of putting rainwater storage in the basement, it could have gone outside the house at a lower cost — another reason not to build a full basement.Make the house a duplex. A key change would have been to turn the single-family design into a duplex. “This would have made the slightly higher costs for the more efficient systems/materials a much easier sell from a financial point of view,” he said, “and also contributed more to urban density.”Construction costs were $398,000, or $173 per square foot. Rainwater collection, the composting toilet, and renewable energy systems accounted for $46,500 of the total. The construction budget also paid for 2.5 full-time instructors as well as professional trades.The house is expected to go on the market this spring. Students at the Endeavour Centre in Ontario, Canada, helped build a net-zero energy spec house a few years ago and called it “Canada’s Greenest Home” when they were finished. There is, of course, no way to prove that, but they can prove just how energy-efficient the building is.The school tracked energy consumption at the 2,300-square-foot two-story house between October 2013 and September 2014, logging the amount of power used every month against the amount produced by the home’s 5 kW photovoltaic system.Although total output was 2,792 kWh less than consumption, some months were so profitable under the province’s feed-in tariff system the house actually netted $2,000 by the end of the year. Unlike net-metering common to the U.S., under Ontario’s Micro-FIT system the house has two meters — one for outgoing power (which earns 38 cents per kWh) and another for power that’s purchased from the grid (11 cents per kWh), said Chris Magwood, project director and executive director of the school.Three adults, including Magwood, and a child lived in the house during the test period. Compared with averages for a 2,500-square-foot Ontario home, the Endeavour House used about 70% less energy, a total of 8,8678 kWh.Equipped with a rainwater collection system and a composting toilet, the house also used 71% less water than the provincial average, 66 liters per person per day vs. 225 liters (17.4 gallons vs. 59.4 gallons). Houses uses prefabricated straw panelsIn addition to building in energy and water efficiency, designers also tried to lessen the project’s environmental burden in other ways.Magwood wrote that 90% of the materials used in the house were sourced within 250 km. (155 miles) of the job site, and that construction waste was a total of 852 pounds, or roughly 10% of the typical amount of waste for a 2,000-square-foot house in the region.“It didn’t take government grants, corporate R&D or high-tech components to make the home,” Magwood wrote. “Every material and system used was an off-the-shelf item available to any builder, and the home was largely built by students in The Endeavour Centre’s Sustainable New Construction program.”The walls were assembled from prefabricated straw-bale panels 8 feet tall and 3 feet wide. The 16-inc- thick panels, finished with drywall and plaster on the inside and stucco on the outside, have a two-hour fire rating and an R-value of 35.Other features include a foundation made from insulated concrete forms, a composting toilet, an air-source heat pump, solar thermal collectors for hot water, and triple-glazed windows.The project was described in more detail in two earlier GBA articles (a 2012 article called “Teaching Deep Green by Building It” and a 2013 article called “Builders Complete ‘Canada’s Greenest Home’ ). More information on the house can also be found in a blog posted at the school’s website.
The term ‘caregiver’ can be defined as an individual that provides care, whether it is paid or unpaid, to someone with an impairment. However, when we hear the term ‘caregiver’ our thoughts are immediately drawn to the idea of caring for an aging adult. The term may be hard to accept, especially if you are caring for a younger adult…say from the military perhaps.As a military spouse or family member caring for your wounded service member, the term ‘caregiver’ may not even cross your mind. You assume as spouse or family member that it is just part of caring for the individual you love. In reality, we are all caregivers at some point in our life – caring for our children, parent, spouse or friend.In the video below Michael Roos, Military Family Life Counselor at Joint Base Lewis McChord, explains his thoughts on the term ‘caregiver.’ Listen to the video below and how his comments may relate to your personal experience.How do you define ‘caregiving?’ Do you consider yourself a caregiver?For military spouses, families or friends caring for wounded, ill and injured service members, it is important to understand that you are now taking on a new role as ‘Military Caregiver.’ While you may not see yourself as a caregiver, it is important to identify yourself in this role in order to understand specific education and information related to your service member’s injury or condition and how it may affect you.So I ask the question again – How do you define ‘caregiving?’ Do you consider yourself a caregiver?This post was published on the Military Families Learning Network blog on October 28, 2014.