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Eyes on the future

first_imgTo Leila Fawaz, Harvard isn’t just where she launched her academic career in Middle Eastern studies; it’s also where she learned to swim in the waters of Blodgett Pool under the eye of a Harvard Swim Team member.To Robert Shapiro, Harvard isn’t just the source of his bachelor and law degrees; it’s a place where he experienced the turmoil of the Vietnam War era as an undergraduate and where, through his continued involvement as an alumnus in very different times, he has never really left.Fawaz and Shapiro today are decades removed from their student days, but they remain important members of the Harvard community. The two are among the 30 alumni elected to sit on the Board of Overseers, one of Harvard’s two governing boards. Fawaz, Fares Professor of Lebanese and Eastern Mediterranean Studies at Tufts University and a recent Carnegie Scholar, is the board’s current president. Shapiro, a lawyer at the Boston-based international law firm Ropes & Gray, is vice chair of its executive committee.Unlike many universities led by a single board of trustees, Harvard’s governing structure, dating to the University’s early days nearly four centuries ago, consists of two boards. The smaller of the two is the President and Fellows of Harvard College, also known as the Harvard Corporation. The larger — and slightly older — body is the Board of Overseers, whose membership is selected by graduates of Harvard’s Schools.Over their six-year terms, Overseers contribute significantly to Harvard, exerting broad influence over the University’s strategic directions, counseling University leaders on priorities and plans, and exercising the power of consent to certain actions of the Corporation, such as the election of Corporation members (including the president). Board members also watch over the external review of the University’s Schools, departments, and selected other programs through more than 50 visiting committees that bring together Overseers with experts from elsewhere.Serving as an Overseer, Fawaz said, is exciting to her because of Harvard’s place in history and its impact on the wider world.“As a historian, I’m fascinated to be part of a board that has been in existence since the earliest days of the Massachusetts Bay Colony,” Fawaz said. “As a Harvard graduate, I’m honored to be part of a board that brings together such an extraordinary mix of people and that aims to be a continuing force for assuring academic excellence and supporting thoughtful change. It’s an experience that combines the opportunity to explore intriguing issues with the sense of helping guide an institution that means a great deal to all of us, and to the world.”Three of Harvard’s newest Overseers attend a recent board meeting at Loeb House: (from left), Richard Fisher, president and CEO of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Nicole Parent, co-founder and managing partner of Vertical Research Partners, and Kenji Yoshino, Chief Justice Earl Warren Professor of Constitutional Law at New York University.Being an Overseer demands both time and travel. Five times a year, including four weekends and Commencement week, Overseers gather in Cambridge. Additional trips are needed to attend visiting committee meetings. Time is required to prepare reports, read background material, participate in conference calls, and pursue other activities. On a typical Overseers weekend, the board’s executive committee meets Saturday afternoon, and the full board then has dinner and participates in a panel discussion on a topic of importance to the University. Sunday sees more committee meetings in the morning, followed by a plenary session at which Corporation members are welcome. These sessions touch on topics that range from innovation in teaching to interfaculty collaboration to campaign planning to international strategy. Joint Overseer-Corporation committees meet Sunday after the plenary session.Current members of the board are accomplished in many fields, including academia, health and medicine, the arts, government, business and finance, law, even the exploration of space.Past Overseers have included an array of prominent people, including John F. Kennedy, Al Gore, Gov. Deval Patrick, former Labor Secretary and Sen. Elizabeth Dole, actor John Lithgow, authors Michael Crichton and Frances FitzGerald, former National Institutes of Health Director Bernadine Healy, Nobel laureate scientists Michael Bishop and Torsten Wiesel, current Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, and current Food and Drug Administrator Margaret Hamburg.“I love Overseer service,” said Diana Nelson, director of Carlson Companies, who received a bachelor’s degree from Harvard in 1984. “The diversity of perspective is remarkable and I am very energized by the opportunity to work with a broader group of people than I otherwise do.”Pictured at a session of the governing boards’ Joint Committee on Alumni Affairs and Development (from left) former Overseer and current Corporation member Susan Graham, Pehong Chen Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Emerita, University of California, Berkeley, Karen Nelson Moore, judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit, Flavia Almeida, head of the Sao Paulo office of the Monitor Group, and Walter Clair, medical director of cardiac electrophysiology at Vanderbilt University Medical Center.Board members’ diverse backgrounds, experiences, and expertise are best leveraged through the counsel given to the president and the Corporation, according to Shapiro, also a former president of the Harvard Alumni Association.“At our best, we’re a group — neither vast nor tiny — committed to bringing a great range of insight and experience to the president and the Corporation. [We are] first a sounding board for the president and Corporation, and work in close colleagueship with them,” Shapiro said. “It doesn’t always break down neatly to specific tasks and duties, but it’s a tremendously important role.”That role has been enhanced in recent years by a growing collaboration between the Corporation and the Board of Overseers. The two bodies have made significant efforts to work together more closely, with Corporation members attending and participating in the Overseers’ plenary sessions, with occasional joint dinners, and with more informal interactions.In 2010, this enhanced relationship was strengthened through a new joint committee of the two boards, focusing on alumni affairs and development, bringing the total of joint Corporation-Overseers committees to four: inspection (audit), alumni affairs and development, appointments, and honorary degrees.One of the Overseers’ most vital and distinctive roles is that of visitation, the term used for the periodic, in-depth reviews of Harvard’s Schools and departments.The visits are conducted regularly by committees of experts in relevant fields. The visiting committees usually include Overseers and are sometimes headed by them. Committee members typically spend two days talking to deans, department heads, faculty members, and students. The goal is not only to ensure the department or School is functioning properly, but to assess teaching and research, morale, emerging priorities, and how Harvard’s efforts compare in quality and scope with those of peer institutions.“It’s an intense experience and an intellectually exciting one,” said Fawaz, who has served on six visiting committees. “It’s both an education for us and a chance to make a difference for Harvard.”Walter Clair, medical director of cardiac electrophysiology and an assistant professor at Vanderbilt University Medical School, has been an Overseer since 2009 and serves on the visiting committees for the Psychology Department, the Medical and Dental Schools, and the School of Public Health. Clair said he has been impressed by the commitment of visiting committee members, even those from competing institutions.Violinist Lynn Chang (from left) and New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof talk during a break at a recent meeting of the University’s Board of Overseers.“People on those committees really want Harvard to succeed, even those who are competitive with us,” Clair said. “They really genuinely put an effort into our institutions.”To Clair, the visiting process may well be the most interesting part of the job.“Visitation is a deep dive into what the Schools are doing, what the departments are doing,” Clair said. “We get beyond the headlines when you visit a School or department and get into what you have to do to strengthen the academic mission.”Other Overseers echoed Clair’s belief in the benefit of the regular visits and his enthusiasm for the experience of visiting a School or department.Nelson said the recent visit to the Harvard Graduate School of Education was “a fantastic experience” and that Dean Kathleen McCartney embraced the review as a way to help push the School into the future.“Dean Kathy McCartney views us as important thought partners.  It was a very interesting group to be part of,” Nelson said. “There is a sense that Dean McCartney is looking to build the most effective education school of the 21st century. She fully embraced the experience of the visiting committee.”Eight candidates for the Board of Overseers are nominated by the Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) each year. Five are elected in a vote by Harvard alumni and serve six-year terms. HAA Executive Director John Reardon said that the candidates are selected by a 15-member HAA nominating committee that includes three sitting or recent Overseers. Candidates can also petition to be on the Overseers ballot.Though Overseers are lending their skills to improve Harvard for tomorrow, many have taken note of the changes from yesterday. Overseers who graduated decades ago say they are struck by how diverse the institution has become, how the number of women and minority students has grown. Others say Harvard is a much more international institution than before, both in student representation and in the outward-looking stance the University takes in its research and teaching.Others have seen changes that have resulted from the efforts of Overseers, like actor John Lithgow’s emphasis on Harvard’s arts community and his leadership in founding one of Harvard’s rites of spring, the annual Arts First celebration.Overseers also reach out to the Harvard community and the greater community beyond. For instance, Overseer Walter Isaacson, head of the Aspen Institute and biographer of Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, and Steve Jobs, recently co-led a January “Wintersession” offering for undergraduate writers, for which one of the guest speakers was Overseer Anne Fadiman, an author and Francis Writer-in-Residence at Yale University. Fadiman and Isaacson are also taking part in the Boston and Cambridge library lecture series created to mark Harvard’s 375th anniversary, the John Harvard Book Celebration, which will also include two Overseer colleagues, Linda Greenhouse, former Supreme Court correspondent for the New York Times, and Nicholas Kristof, a Times columnist.“The library series is a great idea. What a wonderful way to integrate us into the community,” Fadiman said. “I said yes on the very day I was invited.”When asked why they’ve chosen to dedicate significant time to Harvard in their already busy lives, Overseers talk about the institution’s leadership role in higher education, about the cutting-edge research being conducted, and about the students being educated as global citizens and future leaders.“I like to think that Harvard is and will remain an enormously important institution in setting the standard for education in the United States,” said Overseer Richard Meserve, president of the Carnegie Institution for Science, who graduated from Harvard Law School in 1975. “There are a lot of initiatives under way that show that Harvard is not just a stodgy institution that does things because they’ve always been done that way. It’s changing, and it has its eye on the future.”Overseer Paul Finnegan, co-CEO of Madison Dearborn Partners and a graduate of the College and the Business School, talks about his admiration for how the University has weathered difficult financial times and about the growing excitement in playing a role that will help Harvard choose new directions for the years ahead.“We’re at an inflection point,” Finnegan said. “Harvard is in a position to really move forward.”last_img read more

Beer Blog: Whiskey Wednesdays

first_imgWinters are tough around here. The days are short. There’s too much rain and not enough snow. Mountain bike rides are choked with mud. Road rides are freezing. Runs are lonely and cold. It’s a bleak time if you live for the outdoors. Sure, you can still look forward to those infrequent, but epic days when the snow piles up in the backcountry–the days that are so cherry, you call in sick to work and spend hours touring pillowy snow over trails and slopes, eating jerky and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches while giggling to yourself because you were fortunate enough to be able to catch the storm in the sweet spot.But those routine adventures–the regular ride or group run that gets you through the middle of the week—are tough to find during winter. Enter “Whiskey Wednesdays,” quite possibly the best idea my buddies and I have had since the Great Bunny Hop Contest of 2008. Picture four dudes filling up flasks with booze, piling into a mini van, and heading for the tiny ski resort outside of town. The goal is to ski as many laps as we can, drink just enough to keep us warm, and shake off some of the stress from the work week.The terrain at our home resort isn’t outstanding. It’s probably best known for a mild vertical drop and questionable grooming practices. You spend most of your time skiing through snow guns at night. It’s not high adventure by any means, but the whiskey helps; little nips of Roundstone Rye (one of Virginia’s finest) on the slow chairlift to the top of the mountain. We always take it easy on the first run, getting our legs under us, but soon we’re racing, trying to see who can barrel down the mountain fastest lap after lap. It’s mid-week and late, so there’s no one else on the hill, which means we can let it out. There’s some light pushing and the occasional full tackle (Chinese Downhill rules are in effect).After the skiing, there are beers and pizza and maybe a screening of something classic, like Hot Dog: The Movie, if we have enough energy. As the season progresses, the skiing will get better. The mountain’s base will get deeper, they’ll open more terrain and some of us might even have the balls to enter the terrain park. But Whiskey Wednesdays are only a little bit about the skiing. Mostly, it’s about making the most of a situation, and maintaining a semblance of adventure to help battle Winter-induced ennui. Okay, mainly it’s about the whiskey.last_img read more

Unified Military Humanitarian Assistance

first_img Diálogo had the opportunity to discuss regional humanitarian and disaster coordination with six chiefs of defense in attendance at the conference. BOLIVIA “Assist, aid, cooperate with a country facing natural disasters—I think there is no thinking twice about helping. We have to take immediate action. We [Bolivia] have also made attempts to cooperate. It is not only about receiving [aid], but also about providing it.” Admiral Armando Pacheco Gutiérrez, commander in chief of the Bolivian Armed Forces “Deploying the Chilean Army during disaster situations is capacity-based. It is not based on the use of military force for action during a catastrophe, but rather to utilize and select a group of capabilities for the situation at hand in a given place. Since Chile is a country where all types of natural disasters occur, our military has vast experience in this respect, and it is very good to be able to share this experience with the rest of the countries in the region.” Army Major General Hernán Mardones Ríos, chief of the Chilean Joint Staff Command ECUADOR “Ecuador provides humanitarian assistance through the presence of military troops in many countries, including Haiti, Liberia, Sudan and Ivory Coast. Nationally, we [the Ecuadorean Armed Forces] are the main support mechanism in case of disasters. Ecuador believes that all the countries in the region should have specialized military units to heed and provide humanitarian assistance, meaning dedicated units that are organized, equipped and trained — specially and technically — for this type of contingency. The sum of all these units will allow us to better manage these risks.” BRAZIL “Brazil is one more partner in this area [humanitarian assistance]. We have many countries in South America that are in very advanced stages of preparedness and deployment of military forces in case of natural disasters and humanitarian response. The conference proved that we have many possibilities and options for joint participation in situations of extreme need. The consensus is that we are missing a process that will enable the interaction of all those options. And this will be achieved in the near future.” Air Force Major General Marco Aurélio Gonçalves Mendes, chief of strategic affairs of the Brazilian Ministry of Defense CHILE URUGUAY “Historically, Uruguay has had a strong calling for humanitarian assistance. Despite the country’s size, we have the best resource to offer others, the human resource. For example, after the earthquake in Chile in 2010, we were the first country to arrive with aid. We have also been present in Japan, Haiti and at many other humanitarian assistance missions. We have to be prepared because it is less costly and the only way to take immediate action when the forces of nature speak.” Air Force General José Bonilla, chief of the Uruguayan Defense General Staff During the opening address, Chilean Defense Minister Andrés Allamand said that Latin America has a high risk of natural disasters. Similar to the majority of countries present at the conference, the Chilean Armed Forces mission includes a role in humanitarian assistance and disaster mitigation operations. Minister Allamand described a recent example of joint rescue humanitarian assistance operations, which Chile has participated in for many years. “A Chilean Army patrol unit marched for miles in the snow to rescue 37 foreigners trapped in a bus due to a strong snowstorm in the northern region of Colchane, on the border with Bolivia.” Minister Allamand also took stock of lessons learned after the February 2010 earthquake. In his opinion, the communications system must improve as a whole in the country, as must the mass alert systems and logistics capabilities. The country must work with risk and likely demand scenarios as well. Likewise, among Chile’s strengths, Minister Allamand highlighted the multiple functions of the country’s rescue units, its organizational capacity, the military commanders’ leadership and the Chileans’ civic commitment. One of the conclusions reached was the need to create an organization to centralize all regional activities related to humanitarian assistance. center_img By Dialogo October 01, 2011 Army General Luis Ernesto González Villarreal, chief of the Joint Command of the Ecuadorean Armed Forces PARAGUAY “We have been carrying out many humanitarian assistance activities, mainly within our country and with the help of SOUTHCOM. We are capable of offering assistance in case of natural disasters, which in our countries are generally cyclical, and thus virtually programmable, so that gives us time to prepare. The creation of a regional humanitarian assistance organization would allow for the standardization of procedures that would be helpful in providing aid, especially to the neighboring countries.” Army Brigadier General Jorge Francisco Ramírez Gómez, interim chief of the Paraguayan Joint Staff Command Immediately following the earthquake that rattled southern Haiti on January 12, 2010, hundreds of organizations from around the globe traveled to the Caribbean nation to offer humanitarian assistance. The biggest challenge in the first few hours and days after the tragedy included organizing all the help coming in. Just a few weeks later, an 8.8-magnitude earthquake shook central Chile on February 27, 2010. The Chilean government requested the support of the military, but it also encountered logistical conflicts in administering all the welcomed aid coming in from around the globe. “It’s worthless to have tons of tomato sauce if the spaghetti never comes,” said chief of the Chilean Joint Staff Command, Major General Hernán Mardones Ríos, while illustrating the problem at the 3rd South America Defense Conference (SOUTHDEC) in Santiago, Chile. The conference, which took place August 31 to September 2, 2011, was co-hosted by the Chilean Armed Forces and the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM). It brought together chiefs of Defense from Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Ecuador, Mexico, Panama, Paraguay, Peru and Uruguay. SOUTHDEC covered military support to humanitarian assistance and response to natural disasters, but mainly focused on the search for a joint effort among the countries of the region. “Each of our militaries brings a wealth of experience to provide the immediate and extensive response of our hemisphere to help the thousands of victims who are affected by natural disasters,” said General Douglas Fraser, SOUTHCOM commander. “This demonstrates the importance of being prepared to work together to support these missions, because unorganized assistance can counter the desired result.” last_img read more

Military’s Duty to Protect Human Rights Discussed at SOUTHCOM

first_img This story includes extracts from the U. S. Southern Command Public Affairs Office press release. Military and civilian human rights experts from 15 Western Hemisphere nations met at the headquarters of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) Aug. 26-28 to discuss the military’s duty to protect human rights in the region. “If you are in this room, and if you are in uniform, you [generally speaking] understand human rights better than most people,” said United States Southern Command Commander, U. S. Marine Corps General John F. Kelly when he addressed the participants on the second day of the event. The conference, titled “The Human Rights Initiative (HRI) Officers’ Workshop,” included the participation of defense, government, academic, and non-governmental organization representatives from Belize, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Panama, Peru, Paraguay, the United States and Uruguay. “The countries were extremely willing to participate, in particular the ones that are participating actively in the human rights initiative. They are eager to show everybody else what they are doing,” explained Leana Bresnahan, Chief of the Human Rights Office at U.S. Southern Command, department responsible for organizing the conference. A common topic discussed among the participants was a possible punishment for those who are a part of any military branch in the region that violate human rights. Most countries have mechanisms to guarantee the individual will see some form of repercussions for their acts. Colonel Juan Perez Richiez, Deputy Director of Research and Postgraduate from the Graduate School of Human Rights and International Humanitarian Rights of the Ministry of Defense of the Dominican Republic, explained that in his country, “The Attorney General of the Armed Forces transfer what are consider to be the common offences to the civil jurisdiction. Everything that is outside the military jurisdiction, if required by the civil justice, this person in uniform is put at the disposal of civil justice and the process takes its normal course.” During his presentation, the Lieutenant Coronel Juan Carlos Méndez Menjívar, Advisor to the director of Legal Affairs of the Ministry of the National Defense for Human Rights and International Humanitarian Rights in El Salvador introduced the CETAC software, developed by the Salvadoran Armed Forces and the local Government and, according to him, it is only in the Central American and Caribbean region, “CETAC software was designed to carry out exercises of international humanitarian law and we are always updating it with facts and occurrences that may breach human rights.” HRI is a program initiated by SOUTHCOM in 1997 that seeks to bring together representatives of military, security forces, civilian government and civil society to develop a model human rights program for military forces focusing on four areas: doctrine, education and training, internal control systems, and cooperation with civilian authorities. SOUTHCOM’s Human Rights Office supports, or has supported in the past, the efforts of 10 countries-Bolivia, Colombia, Costa Rica, Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Panama, Peru, and Uruguay, and one regional organization, the Conference of Central American Armed Forces (CFAC). All of which have made a formal commitment to implement HRI within their armed forces. The discussion regarding human rights which was promoted at SOUTHCOM´s headquarters establishes a magnificent event for the Americas. Undoubtedly, it is an iniciative that should be done in other regions, once Africa and Asia are embarassing examples where the Armed Forces lack doutrinary education and a more humanly training to perceive, understand and attend the social needs of poverty-stricken populations. I congratulate Admiral John F. Kelly for the opportunity and success of the meeting which stregthens the friendship among the Americas defense forces. Ney de Araripe Sucupira – Vice-Deputy of the War College Graduates Association (Associação dos Diplomados da Escola Superior de Guerra) – São Paulo, Brazil I do agree that these countries should comply with everything agreed upon, particularly Colombia, because I am a victim of the National Police in the Department of Sucre, in a matter of extortion and threats against my person. It is very interestingcenter_img By Dialogo August 29, 2014last_img read more

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Why punish the regions to save Sydney?

first_imgIs negative gearing a negative or positive for our local market?This is the question I’m being asked regularly, but surprisingly I am being asked that question mostly by other real estate agents and journalists, not buyers.As an overview, negative gearing in real estate is the tax break given to investors that allows them to deduct their related property expenses off their taxable income. This then means they can ‘claim’ their expenses, for example, interest, rates, maintenance and so on, on their tax return. Ray White New Farm auctioneer Haesley Cush in action. (AAP image, John Gass)So the question is how will removing ‘negative gearing’ affect the property market?I have read a number of theories and thought I’d share my responses to what the ‘experts’ are claiming will be the impact.A major concern is a fall in house prices due to the removal of investors from the market. This fall in the number of investors will be largely due to them having to pay the entire costs associated with the property with either rental income or their after tax money. This will make owning an investment property unviable for many people. This means that prices will need to be low so properties are closer to ‘positively geared’. This could lead to fewer investors in the market, meaning less competition and ultimately a downward pressure on prices. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus13 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market13 hours agoLabor leader Bill Shorten has reaffirmed his commitment to curb negative gearing. Picture: ABC.I believe this is a likely outcome — that prices will drop, and where prices are already under pressure, in my opinion, this could be catastrophic for many people across the country.There is also the concern about increased rents. There has been a suggestion that removing negative gearing will put pressure on owners to put up rents. In my experience, it’s just not that easy. Brisbane has seen a decline or flat rental market for the last couple of years. The supply versus demand ratio is too out of whack to see rents rise quickly. You would need to take a significant number of properties out of the market or see interest rates rise to see the market accept higher rents. So I think rents are safe, for now.From what I can see the driver to remove negative gearing is to put downward pressure on house prices. The question is why? I understand that Sydney and Melbourne were previously skyrocketing but now they are not. But either way, this change will have a national effect and Perth, Darwin and huge parts of region Australia, just to name a few, have had years of negative or no price increase. Punishing those markets to soften Sydney prices seems callous, extreme and unnecessary given the recent market corrections.last_img read more

Principal ‘grilled and grilled and grilled’ after restraining child

first_imgRadio NZ News 9 October 2018Family First Comment: And this is why teachers are leaving the profession and schools can’t replace them… “the principal removed the boy – believed to be 8-years-old – from a class where he was being disruptive. The mother, though, laid a charge of assault against the principal…assaulting her child when he restrained him and brought him over to the office. The principal was then taken to the local police station and interviewed. He said he was grilled and grilled and grilled.” #chaosPolice are defending their four-month investigation into a principal who physically restrained a child in his class and stopped him running away from the school.The principal was investigated between August and December last year but the police determined there was insufficient evidence for criminal prosecution.RNZ has agreed not to identify the principal.Tai Tokerau Principals’ Association president Pat Newman, who spoke to RNZ on behalf of the principal, said the investigation was harrowing and took a severe toll on him.In August last year, the principal removed the boy – believed to be 8-years-old – from a class where he was being disruptive, Mr Newman said.“The mother, though, laid a charge of assault against the principal…assaulting her child when he restrained him and brought him over to the office.”The principal was then taken to the local police station and interviewed.“He said he was grilled and grilled and grilled,” Mr Newman said.More than half of the interview was conducted in the absence of the man’s lawyer, who had left the station, believing there was no basis for an assault charge.READ MORE: https://www.radionz.co.nz/news/national/368239/principal-grilled-and-grilled-and-grilled-after-restraining-childlast_img read more

Roseau South Constituency visits Eggleston in response to prime minister’s call

first_imgLocalNews Roseau South Constituency visits Eggleston in response to prime minister’s call by: – June 11, 2012 13 Views   one comment Share Roseau South delegates at the DLP’s Delegate’s Conference on May 20th, 2012 in St. Joseph.The Roseau South Labour Party Constituency Association Management Office has described its recent visit to the community of Eggleston as a fruitful one.On Thursday members of the Association visited that community where they met with a number of residents and engaged them in discussions on matters “affecting the area” as well as “a way forward” towards promoting and alleviating the standard of life in the community on a whole.Chairman of the Association Felix Thomas said among matters discussed were issues relating to “housing, roads, sanitation and land access for the expansion of the community”.He said the visit included an “open discussion” and it is his hope that “the matters discussed” would be taken to the various ministers under the various portfolios.Thomas said following statements made by Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit at the Labour Party’s Delegates Conference in St. Joseph the Association will “continue on its drive in ensuring that party operatives are really bringing about the service of Labour to the people of the various constituencies that Labour serves as well as the county on a whole”.According to Thomas, the Association has received the “blessings” of the Parliamentary Representative for Eggleston, Ambrose George who was out of state.“We have received his blessings to go ahead and deal with matters within the constituency on a whole in his absence and that will be reported and relayed to him for further action”.He said Minister of Health Julius Timothy recently visited the Newtown Health Clinic and discussed matters affecting that institution and many recommendations were made to advance the standard of service given at the institution.Thomas said the Association is to visit another community, hopefully Bath Estate next Thursday.Dominica Vibes News Sharecenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Tweetlast_img read more

(Video) La Liga kicks off FIFA challenge amid Covid-19 shutdown

first_img Read Also: Video:Braithwaite mocks shameful moment during Barca unveiling Injured Real Madrid midfielder Marco Asensio will represent Zinedine Zidane’s side, with Sergi Roberto and Marcos Llorente in for Barcelona and Atletico Madrid respectively in the coming days. All game are streamed live on Twitter via https://www.twitch.tv/ibai FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted ContentFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Top 10 Most Romantic Nations In The WorldWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?Here Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!The Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoRihanna Is Getting Her Own Museum In Barbados7 Reasons It’s Better To Be A VeganEver Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable Way5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parks Each club has nominated a player to represent them in the competition, which aims to fill the void left by live La Liga action due to the Covid-19 suspension. Relegation battling Leganes have opened the competition, with striker Aitor Ruibal beating Real Valladolid midfielder Pedro Porro 5-3. Loading… center_img Players from each La Liga club have kicked off the #LaLigaSantanderChallenge, by facing each other in a tournament of FIFA 20 clashes. Followed by bottom of the table Espanyol facing Eibar in the final game of March 20, with Adri Embarba up against Edu Expositio. The competition is a straight knockout format, with the the rest of La Liga entering the competition tomorrow, as the battle begin to hot up.last_img read more

Rebel killed in Miag-ao clash

first_img“The encounter site was a mountainous area and really rebel-infested. It was about 25 kilometers away from the town proper of Miag-ao. The fatality has yet to be identified kasi malayo talaga at walang signal ang tao natin sa doon,” Batara said. Last week, at least 12 rebels in Antique surrendered to the 61IB and the Antique Police Provincial Office after long years of armed struggle. Batara told Panay News he received information from the community last week about armed men in the towns of San Joaquin, Miag-ao and some villages in Antique province. “We will continue to hunt them,” said Batara. He said rebels were recruiting new members in the 1st District, targeting mostly youngsters in mountainous areas. They claimed hunger and deception forced them to surrender and they wanted to avail themselves of the government’s reintegration program./PN The clash happened at around 11:10 a.m. There were around 30 rebels believed belonging to the Suyak Platoon of NPA Panay’s Southern Front Committee.The firefight lasted for some 15 minutes. The rebels withdrew to the mountains and left their dead comrade. ILOILO City – A suspected New People’s Army (NPA) rebel was killed in an encounter with government troops yesterday morning in a remote village of Miag-ao, Iloilo. The body of the still unidentified rebel was recovered at the clash site in Sitio Lay, Barangay Daleji, Miag-ao, said Lieutenant Colonel Joel Benedict Batara, commander of the Philippine Army’s 61st Infantry Battalion (61IB). Soldiers also recovered flags and an M16 armalite rifle.The 61IB deployed reinforcements for a follow-up and clearing operations. last_img read more