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Ukrainian Navy Commander Visits Commander in Chief of PLAN of China

first_img View post tag: Commander View post tag: visits February 15, 2012 Share this article View post tag: china View post tag: Ukrainian Authorities View post tag: plan View post tag: chief View post tag: News by topic Commander in Chief of the People’s Liberation Army Navy (PLAN) of the People’s Republic of China ADM Wu Shengli on Feb 14 met with his Ukrainian counterpart ADM Viktor Maksimov who is visiting Beijing.As for Wu Shengli, China pays great attention to development of bilateral relations between Chinese and Ukrainian navies and is open for businesslike cooperation in different areas. Viktor Maksimov expressed hope for further strengthening of contacts and exchanges between the two navies.Ukrainian Navy’s delegation headed by ADM V. Maksimov visits China since Feb 14 till Feb 18. It will pay a visit to North Sea Fleet’s HQ and PLAN naval base Qingdao.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , February 15, 2012; Image: navy Back to overview,Home naval-today Ukrainian Navy Commander Visits Commander in Chief of PLAN of China Ukrainian Navy Commander Visits Commander in Chief of PLAN of China View post tag: Navy View post tag: Navallast_img read more

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“IS IT TRUE” DECEMBER 23, 2019

first_imgWe hope that today’s “IS IT TRUE” will provoke honest and open dialogue concerning issues that we, as responsible citizens of this community, need to address in a rational and responsible way?IS IT TRUE that some of our local elementary schools continue to post F grades while our extremely well paid  EVSC Administrators create new slogans and workshops in anattempt to attack this unacceptable problem without measurable results?IS IT TRUE that GuideStar is a publication that collects legal information on all of the non-profit organizations in the United States?…GuideStar collects financial, organizational, performance, and management information on all of the non-profits nationwide?…based on the information that is public plus information that is voluntarily submitted to GuideStar by the non-profits, each organization is assigned a transparency grade from Nothing, to Bronze, to Silver, to Gold, and only the best of the best or 0.5% of the non-profits nationwide get the coveted Platinum rating?…of the 345 non-profits registered in Evansville, Indiana only 1 has been awarded a Platinum ranking for transparency?…most have no rating at all which means they are not submitting information to the GuideStar public database?IS IT TRUE we recently read an article in the Evansville Courier and Press about the Downtown Evansville Economic Improvement District (EID) with interest?…unfortunately, Downtown EID has no rating at all on GuideStar and none of the typical public documents like Form 990 that shows where the funding comes from and what the expenses are just not available? …the only numbers available on GuideStar concerning the Downtown EID are their revenue is $615,982 and they have assets of $192,086? …its also been reported in the Courier and Press that the salaries of Armstrong and two other full-time staff members add up to $257,000 per year or about 37 percent of the EID yearly budget? … it’s been alledged by several sources that the EID Board Of Directors may have just approved giving Mr, Armstrong a $9,000 to $10,000 raise increase? …we hope that this information is inaccurate and that his salary increase for the year was in the $900 to $1,000 range? …in fact, it’s reasonable to believe that someone made a mistake by adding an extra zero to his alleged salary increase?IS IT TRUE in an article written by Courier and Press John Martin stated “that property owners within the EID boundary pay an additional tax levy, which is .0021 percent of assessed valuation on commercial properties. For residential properties, the cost is a flat fee of $150 for those on Main Street and $100 for those off Main Street?” …we are also told that there are several downtown merchants who are assessed to fund this organization and are somewhat disappointed with the overall results of the EID so far?IS IT TRUE that the EID maintains an office in the Innovation Pointe Building on the 4th floor with the Chamber of Commerce of SW Indiana and the Economic Development Coalition?…the article published in the Courier and Press about the Evansville Economic Improvement District (EID) sound very much like a group that was once inside of GAGE called Downtown Evansville Incorporated?IS IT TRUE we are told that the EID President made a few claims about what his group has accomplished over the last two (2) years may have been a little overzealous? …the reality of people taking credit for things that they only marginally had anything to do with happens all at the time?IS IT TRUE that Mayor Winnecke, the Chamber of Commerce, the Economic Development Coalition, officials at GAGE, ERC and DMD and members of the Evansville City Council are responsible for the successful development of Downtown Evansville over the last eight (8) years?IS IT TRUE the Vanderburgh County Assessor website shows that the park located at 400 Main St. is now owned by the Evansville City Water & Sewer Utility Department?  …they paid whooping $$450,000 for this property? …in an announcement made by the Mayor he stated that “The park property was acquired from a private owner by the Evansville Water & Sewer Utility as part of a land exchange with the Evansville Department of Parks and Recreation for Sunrise Park on Water Works Road. Sunrise Park, where Kids Kingdom playground is located, is adjacent to the East Side Waste Water Treatment facility on land that is needed to comply with federally mandated sewer infrastructure improvement”?  …we wonder how the 4th and Main Park increased in value by $346,000 in just 7 Years?IS IT TRUE during the last several years the Evansville DMD has been purchasing vacant lots and dilapidated property on North Main way over assessed value? IS IT TRUE that the Evansville DMD also has given hundreds of thousands of our tax dollars of  “Facade Grants” to area businesses over the last 12 years like it was Halloween candy? Today’s “Readers Poll” question is:  Who’s the most effective State Representative in our area?If you would like to advertise on the CCO please contact us at City-County [email protected]: City-County Observer Comment Policy. Be kind to people. No personal attacks or harassment will not be tolerated and shall be removed from our site.We understand that sometimes people don’t always agree and discussions may become a little heated.  The use of offensive language, insults against commenters will not be tolerated and will be removed from our site. Any comments posted in this column do not represent the views or opinions of the City-County Observer or our advertisers.center_img IS IT TRUE that Evansville, Indiana has always been accepting of a practice known as “political patronage” when it comes to jobs that are financed fully or partially by public dollars?…it has been so entrenched that a former Evansville Mayor whom we shall not name has been quoted as saying “I get all of the credit and they take all of the blame” to justify appointing his political supporters to jobs under his control?IS IT TRUE that “political patronage” came about at about the same time that the Tammany Hall shakedown tactics in New York City were being used to drain the public coffers to enrich the politically connected?… the one thing that “political patronage“ staffing never seems to require is any expertise at all with respect to the job that one is being appointed to?  …”political patronage” staffing is a dangerous artifact of the past and has no reason to exist in the present?…the need for competence as opposed to loyalty will someday drive ‘political patronage” staffing from local government, but until then shenanigans like putting campaign managers and workers into well-paid positions that are out of their league will continue?IS IT TRUE we wonder if you feel that its time that our elected officials become “Good Stewards of the Public Trust?IS IT TRUE that Tropicana-Evansville threw one heck of a party for their patrons at last year’s New Year’s Eve party?  …we were overwhelmed with the many thousands of people that celebrated their New Year at Tropicana-Evansville? …last year’s Tropicana-Evansville New Year’s Eve party event was a big economic boost to our local economic development?  …we expect that corporate citizen Tropicana-Evansville will do similar?IS IT TRUE when the people fear the Government we have Tyranny!  When the Government fears the people we have Liberty! 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New Baker & Spice Brighton opening

first_imgPatisserie Holdings-owned Baker & Spice opens first out-of-London outlet in Brighton.Baker & Spice serves fresh baked morning goods at the Brighton store, which are made in its onsite bakery.There is also a range of celebration cakes, which can be ordered online or in store, and the café/deli caters for 50 covers. The opening has created 30 new jobs.Baker & Spice has four café/delis in London, including a concession in department store, Selfridges.last_img

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Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean & More Top The Primavera Sound Festival Lineup

first_imgThe beloved Primavera Sound Festival never fails to bring an exciting blend of artists to Barcelona, and this year’s lineup is no exception. The festival will take place from May 31st through June 4th, and will see headlining sets from Arcade Fire, Bon Iver, Frank Ocean, The xx, Aphex Twin, Grace Jones, Slayer, Solange, and Van Morrison.The full lineup includes Mac DeMarco, Run The Jewels, Skepta, Miguel, Metronomy, Flying Lotus, The Magnetic Fields, Death Grips, Descendents, Angel Olsen, The Make-Up, Teenage Fanclub, Seu Jorge, Broken Social Scene, King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard, and SO many more!You can scope the lineup below, and head to the festival’s website for more details.last_img read more

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Umphrey’s McGee Shares Pro-Shot Video Of Horn-Heavy “Bad Friday” From Brooklyn [Watch]

first_imgOver the weekend, Umphrey’s McGee treated Brooklyn, NY’s Brooklyn Steel to a three-night run of high-octane performances as part of their ongoing Wax On, Wax Off tour.On Friday, as a special treat for NYC fans, Umphrey’s revived the horn-enhanced version of their cover of INXS‘s “What You Need”, which was originally debuted on New Year’s Eve at The Tabernacle in Atlanta, Georgia. For the set-closing cover, Umphrey’s welcomed out trumpeter Mike “Maz” Maher (Snarky Puppy), trombonist Chris Ott (Huntertones), and saxophonist Dan White (Huntertones). The horn section returned in the second set for versions of Little Feat‘s “Fat Man In The Bathtub”, which was also debuted on NYE, and their own “Bad Friday”.Umphrey’s McGee has now shared pro-shot video of their horn-heavy Brooklyn take on “Bad Friday”, which you can watch below:Umphrey’s McGee ft. Mike Maher, Chris Ott, & Dan White – “Bad Friday”[Video: Umphrey’s McGee]Next up for Umphrey’s McGee is a three-night jaunt throughout the midwest, with a performance at Ft. Wayne, IN’s Clyde Theater on Thursday (2/21), followed by a two-night stand at The Fillmore in Detroit, MI on Friday and Saturday (2/22 & 2/23).For ticketing information and a full list of Umphrey’s McGee’s upcoming tour dates, head to the band’s website.Setlist: Umphrey’s McGee | Brooklyn Steel | Brooklyn, NY | 2/15/2019Set One: Maybe Someday > Push & Pull, Red Tape, Example 1 > Night Nurse > Little Gift, Wife Soup, What You Need[1]Set Two: Plunger > Turn & Dub, Fat Man in the Bathtub[1], Bad Friday[1], August[2]Encore: Much Obliged[3] > Kula[1] with Mike Maher on trumpet, Chris Ott on trombone, and Dan White on tenor saxophone[2] with Human Nature (Michael Jackson) intro from Ryan; with Isaac Teel and Jake on percussion[3] unfinishedlast_img read more

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Ernst Badian, professor of history emeritus, 85

first_imgProfessor Ernst Badian, John Moors Cabot Professor of History Emeritus, died on Feb. 1.After teaching in the universities of Sheffield, Durham, and Leeds in Britain, and at the State University of New York, Buffalo, he was appointed to Harvard’s Department of History in 1971, and was cross-appointed to the Department of the Classics in 1973. He became emeritus in 1998.Badian was one of the great historians of Greece and Rome of the 20th century. He was born in Vienna in 1925. In 1938, in view of the growing persecution of Jews in Austria and Germany, he moved with his parents to New Zealand. There he attended Canterbury University College, Christchurch, and received a B.A. with first-class honors in 1945, and an M.A. in 1946. He then transferred to Oxford University, in England, where he received another B.A., again with first-class honors, and went on to write his doctoral dissertation under Sir Ronald Syme; he later edited two of the seven volumes of Syme’s “Roman Papers.” His dissertation formed the basis of his first book, which remains his magnum opus, his “Foreign Clientelae” of 1958. This fundamental study of Roman imperialism in a period of crucial growth and transformation is still an unreplaced classic. Roman imperialism continued to be one of Badian’s major interests, and “Foreign Clientelae” was followed by “Roman Imperialism in the Late Republic” and “Publicans and Sinners.”Unusually for someone whose main field was Roman history, Badian was also a major force in Greek history. In particular, beginning with an article on the city of Alexandria published in 1960, he brought about a revolution in modern understanding of one of the main figures in the tapestry of ancient history: Alexander III of Macedon, often called “the Great.” Reacting against the hero worship that was still offered to Alexander in the mid-20th century, Badian forced historians to look again at the contradictory and confusing texts on which most knowledge rests, and to realize that Alexander was as ruthless as any of the Roman generals that march through the pages of “Foreign Clientelae.” Allied to Badian’s deep historical sense was an acute philological ear, especially in his mastery of Latin, and he was a superb stylist in his second language of English.Badian’s large output comprises well over 200 items, including six books and many notices for a basic tool of classical scholarship, the Oxford Classical Dictionary. He was also a formidable and sometimes devastating reviewer. Active in the historical profession in both the United Kingdom and the United States, he helped found the Association of Ancient Historians (1974) and the American Journal of Ancient History (1978). In 1999 he received the Austrian Cross of Honor for Science and Art.Badian leaves behind a wife, Nathlie; two children, Hugh and Rosemary; and several grandchildren and great-grandchildren.A memorial service will be held on March 22, at 1 p.m., at Harvard Hillel, 52 Mt. Auburn St.last_img read more

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Classroom to courtroom

first_img“When I first started, hardly anybody was going into immigration, but now I would say at least half our students want to go into it, if not more,” said Deborah Anker, director of the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program at Harvard Law School. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff PhotographerHIRC students work on all these matters with supervision. They also work on litigation and Circuit Court of Appeals cases, often filing amicus, or “friend of the court,” briefs, working side-by-side with the instructors.“They have done extraordinary work, especially with women refugees and with children,” Anker said.The last two decades have seen a tremendous increase in the numbers of immigrants being jailed, often for minor criminal offenses, Anker said. Because of their legal troubles, they face deportation to native countries they may barely know, often without the benefits of relatives who are long since gone.“The deportation policies in this country, the grounds for deportation, have expanded exponentially over the last 20 years,” Anker said. “I would say especially since 1996.”HIRC celebrated its 30th anniversary in June, marking the occasion with what Anker called an extraordinary conference that drew major national and international practitioners and scholars.Carrera, who has worked with co-director Nancy Kelly and HIRC for 30 years, said the cases are often so protracted that students who start a case end up handing it off to other students who will see it through to the end.HLS students can also join the clinic’s Harvard Immigration Project (HIP). Students run HIP with supervision and guidance from lecturer Phil Torrey, who also teaches a course on “crimmigration,” and works with students on clinical projects.The Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program has enjoyed a couple of major victories in recent months. In July, the First Circuit Court of Appeals overturned a Board of Immigration Appeals decision denying asylum to a Guatemalan Mayan Quiche Indian. The man had been a victim of racial and ethnic persecution by the Guatemalan military. And in August, the Board of Immigration Appeals recognized domestic violence as grounds for seeking asylum in the United States.“We have been trying to get them to formalize the law, include women fairly within asylum law, and recognize gender-based violence for over 20 years now,” Anker said.The program gives second- and third-year students great freedom to work on immigration cases, develop affidavits, and argue in court, Anker said.“We provide a lot of support and guidance, so they are not really stranded on their own, which is not appropriate from our point of view,” she said. “Because they get the intense supervision, they have an experience very different than when they start working at firms and NGOs [non-governmental organizations]. Our main goal is to educate the students.”In addition to learning the law, the students learn how to acquire and present evidence, work with interpreters, obtain documents and other evidence from foreign countries, interview, and work with experts.“When I first started, hardly anybody was going into immigration, but now I would say at least half our students want to go into it, if not more,” Anker said.The skills the students learn in the program are increasingly relevant to other areas of law as well, she said.Through the HIP project, first-year students have the opportunity for practical work in the immigration field, even though they can’t formally join the for-credit clinic at the law school until their second year.Some of the work the first-year students do includes bond hearings and helping eligible immigrants and refugees apply for permanent residence.HIRC gets hundreds of requests for representation every year so it can’t accept them all, Anker said. Greater Boston Legal Services gets several hundred more and takes more cases than Anker’s staff at HLS, because it has a broader mandate.“We take cases that are going to raise new issues of law,” Anker said. Harvard Law School students with the Harvard Immigration and Refugee Clinical Program (HIRC) were working with Greater Boston Legal Services on a case involving a Guatemalan man in the summer of 2013 when they collectively had an “aha” moment.The pressure was high, and everybody was working on two sets of legal briefs that were due before the court. “We were having a meeting here, and all of a sudden everybody understood what was on the table, and the writing was very powerful,” said John Willshire Carrera, co-director of the HIRC site at Greater Boston Legal Services.The HIRC program trains students to represent refugees seeking asylum in the United States, as well as other immigrants, said Deborah Anker, the program’s director and a clinical professor of law.“We represent a lot of women and children, LGBITA [lesbian, gay, bisexual, intersex, transgender, and asexual] cases, and cases where people face persecution under what people may regard as the classic ground of political opinion,” Anker said. “Recently, we’ve been representing a lot of people who are fleeing the warfare — it’s called gang violence but it’s really warfare — in Central America.”last_img read more

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Understanding Turkey

first_imgTurkey appears to be moving away from the path toward reforms that helped fuel an economic resurgence there in the early 2000s, a leading economist told a Harvard audience on Monday. Daron Acemoğlu, a native of Turkey who is the Elizabeth and James Killian Professor of Economics at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, said the likelihood of Turkey’s politics and economy becoming more open in the near future has faded.“I was guardedly optimistic as recently as a year ago that once you have the institutional reforms, civil society becomes sufficiently well-mobilized that wholesale reversals may not be feasible. I must say my guarded optimism is less pronounced,” said Acemoğlu,Acemoğlu offered his remarks as the keynote speaker in the inaugural event of the Özyeğin Speaker Series at Harvard’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies.The series is part of the Özyeğin Forum on Modern Turkey, initiated by the center this year to deepen understanding of Turkey and its relationship with Europe. The forum, which will include an annual lecture, was established through a gift from the family of Hüsnü Özyeğin, a leading Turkish entrepreneur and philanthropist, and a Harvard Business School alumnus, M.B.A. ’69.Acemoğlu has achieved international prominence for his work, particularly for his recent research into the causes of disparities in economic development across societies. His 2012 best-selling book, “Why Nations Fail,” written with James A. Robinson, Harvard’s Wilbur A. Cowett Professor of Government, argued that political and economic institutions that are accountable, efficient, and inclusive provide the underpinning needed for economies to succeed over the long term.In his talk, “Turkey: Growing Pains Under the Long Shadow of History,” Acemoğlu gave an overview of that theory and how it may help explain the challenges that his native country, which straddles Europe and Asia, has faced since the waning days of the Ottoman Empire. Acemoğlu said that the Ottomans had what he termed “extractive political institutions,” in which power was concentrated in a small group, and that left the nation ill-equipped for economic and social growth.He said that model was largely maintained by the reformers who took power as the Ottomans faded and by the leaders of the Turkish Republic after its formation in 1923. Although the shift brought some positive changes, “The Turkish Republic … is very continuous with the Ottoman Empire,” Acemoğlu said, citing a persistent concentration of power and economic activity.Acemoğlu said the striking economic growth Turkey underwent in the early 2000s was the result of reforms instituted by the current ruling party, the Justice and Development Party (AKP), along with other reforms mandated by the World Bank following Turkey’s 2001 economic crisis. But he said that with the weakening or reversal of many reforms, the pace of economic growth has slowed and political freedoms have diminished.Responding to a question later from the center’s director, Professor of Government Grzegorz Ekiert, Acemoğlu said that pressures from Europe — including for changes that could help Turkey pursue its bid to join the European Union — were “part of the ensemble of checks” that helped push reforms. But he added that Europe’s “turning its back on Turkey” likely accentuated its move away from reforms, even though he said internal forces were the larger cause.Acemoğlu said there are some grounds for hope, since the brief period of reform showed that even modest institutional changes could be “transformative” for the Turkish economy and society. “But I’m not sure at the moment whether it’s politically feasible.”last_img read more

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Zimbra undergoes changes

first_imgSince spring break, Saint Mary’s students, faculty and staff have encountered more Zimbra outages, as the service experienced sporadic shortages and dysfunction. Similar shortages and minor outages have plagued the College since February. A major shortage occurred last month when Zimbra functioned unreliably for several days in a row. Once the email system began functioning properly again, the Department of Information Technology sent emails to students and faculty with advice on how to combat slow servers. Recommendations included emptying trash and junk folders regularly, limiting the number of attachments sent in emails and sending messages through Blackboard instead of Zimbra. Chief Information Officer [CIO] Michael Boehm said working through technical difficulties requires cooperation from everyone. “We can all do our part by lightening the load on the email server, which can only help with service,” he said. However, unresponsive servers continue to disrupt communication between students, professors and the College. Junior Annie Root said she recognizes the problems are not easy fixes, but she is frustrated with frequent technical difficulties. “I understand that Information Technology is working as diligently as possible to fix the problems, but it’s so frustrating to have Zimbra constantly out of service,” she said. “I rely on email to work on group projects and talk with my professors and for work. It’s aggravating to have Zimbra not work and slows my productivity.” Junior Meghan Feasel said Zimbra use is essential for everyday tasks, especially her job as an employee of the Alumnae Relations office. “We stay in contact with alumnae through emails. Therefore, our office runs mainly on Zimbra,” she said. “Lately, we haven’t been able to receive any emails. It’s not just frustrating, it’s detrimental.” In order to address these issues, Boehm said plans are in the works for improving Zimbra service in the immediate future. “In the short term, Information Technology has contracted with a Zimbra business partner for support, which will include an update to the software and remote monitoring and support,” he said. “This should resolve some of the issues that Zimbra continues to experience.” Some students have questioned whether Saint Mary’s should switch to another service provider. “I understand it isn’t an easy fix and the process is probably complicated, but I wish we would get rid of Zimbra and switch to [Google’s email service] Gmail,” Root said. “I think it would significantly improve things.” Although no email service change has been confirmed, Boehm said a switch could occur sometime in the future. While some students may support the implementation of Gmail, Information Technology is considering other options as part of its long-term goals to improve email services. “The College is investigating long-term solutions to improve email communication, which includes looking at a vendor other than Zimbra,” Boehm said. “As the CIO, I will lead the evaluation of the email system and the resolution efforts. Gmail is certainly an option.  We are looking at a number of products and vendors.”last_img read more

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Mexico calls for common front against organized crime

first_imgBy Dialogo March 02, 2012 MEXICO CITY – Mexico’s president on March 1 called on regional prosecutors at a meeting in Mexico City to present a common front against “the major challenge” of organized crime. “Transnational organized crime is the major challenge…in the world at the moment, particularly on our suffering continent,” President Felipe Calderón said at the start of a two-day meeting held with the Organization of American States (OAS). “All countries must show a common front to put a stop to this enemy, which doesn’t recognize borders,” Calderón said. OAS Chief José Miguel Insulza said organized crime groups were the main perpetrators of drugs, weapons and arms trafficking, and had become “a complete threat to democratic governability,” in an interview with El Universal daily. Spanish and Italian and U.S. justice officials were taking part in the meeting, which comes amid a surge of drug-related violence in Mexico, Central America and parts of South America. Criminal groups are also a threat to the region’s elections and even impose candidates, said Adam Blackwell, an OAS security official, without citing specific cases. Economic activities such as agriculture and tourism also were being affected, Blackwell said. [AFP (Mexico), 01/03/2012; Proceso.com.mx (Mexico), 01/03/2012]last_img read more

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