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01
Mar
2021

Faculty author series at Widener

first_imgHow will this generation shape issues of race in society? What can the retina tells us about brain functions? What’s the meaning of life?These are some of the questions Professors John Dowling, Jennifer Hochschild, and Jill Lepore have investigated, if not answered, in their books, questions they will further explore, and raise with students, through a series of book talks to be held in the Widener Library rotunda beginning this week.Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds is sponsoring the series, in conjunction with the Undergraduate Council (UC) and Harvard College Library (HCL).“Working with the UC and HCL, I wanted to create additional opportunities outside the classroom for undergraduates to hear directly from — and to engage with — Harvard faculty members about their research and scholarship,” said Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies.Hochschild, the Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and professor of African and African-American studies, will present the first book talk on Wednesday, beginning at 6 p.m. The talk is open to anyone with a Harvard ID; seating is first come, first served.“When I was a student, I liked seeing my faculty and interacting with them in a different context. I think there is something very interesting about that,” said Hochschild. “And for me, this is a setting where I can be a little less professorial, and maybe ask different questions and give the students, the audience, a little more room to think about the possible answers.”Hochschild will discuss her book “Creating a New Racial Order: How Immigration, Multiracialism, Genomics, and the Young Can Remake Race in America,” which she co-authored with Vesla Weaver and Traci Burch. The book analyzes changes in the U.S. racial order since the late 20th century.“I wanted to create additional opportunities outside the classroom for undergraduates to hear directly from — and to engage with — Harvard faculty members about their research and scholarship,” said College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, who is sponsoring the series in conjunction with the Undergraduate Council and Harvard College Library. File photo by Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerToday’s young people are not witnesses to or participants in civil rights struggles such as those of the 1950s and ’60s, as their parents and grandparents were. However, that does not mean they live in a post-racial society, she said.“The crucial question is, if we are not in that [civil rights] era, which we profoundly are not, and we are not in a post-racial society, then where are we?” she asked. “Race continues to matter, inequality persists, and while the old forms of inequality have been wiped out, if you had to describe what would the racial order look like in the next decade, what are the most salient characteristics? The book tries to look at that through immigration, multiracialism, genomics, and the young generation.”Lepore, the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, Harvard College professor, and chair of Harvard’s history and literature program, has followed the echo of the age-old question: What is the meaning of life?“Most questions about life and death have no answers: What does it mean? What happens when we die?” Lepore, author of “The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death,” said. “No one has ever answered these questions and no one ever will, but people try.”Her “Mansion” talk April 10 at Widener will include a discussion of the various changes to the board game The Game of Life over the years and how those changes reflect societal currents.Variations of The Game of Life date to the 18th century. Milton Bradley, a Harvard dropout, popularized the Checkered Game of Life in the U.S. in 1860. Then the game was about vice, virtue, and the pursuit of happiness, Lepore said. But by the time the centennial version of the game was released, its focus had changed dramatically.“The centennial version of the game bore almost no resemblance to the original. It was about paychecks, retirement homes, and medical bills, and if you are lucky you retire at Millionaire Acres while the rest of us go to the poorhouse,” Lepore said. “Games are little time capsules, and the history of games tells a story about the history of ideas about life and death, about questions people have asked and answers they have come up with. What really strikes me is how secularized the game has become over the years.”Lepore said the book talk gives her a chance to discuss her own interests and research, something she wouldn’t normally do in a classroom.“I’m not going to say to a class, ‘Read my book.’ But this gives us as professors a chance to discuss specific areas that are of interest to us.”Dowling, the Llura and Gordon Gund Professor of Neuroscience and professor of ophthalmology, has spent his career studying the retina and will discuss his latest research on diseases of the eye and the impact on vision on March 5.“In science, on the cellular and molecular side of things, there have not been many books written, and I have been trying to change that a bit,” said Dowling, who recently published a revision of his 1987 book, “The Retina: An Approachable Part of the Brain.” “When I first started writing, I thought how could I write a book that is hundreds of pages long. But I find writing quite gratifying, especially as it pertains to my research, and that is something I want to share.”last_img read more

17
Jan
2021

CRP Sign-up.

first_img The program protects millions of acres of U.S. topsoil from erosion. By reducing water runoff and sedimentation, it also protects groundwater and helps improve lakes, rivers, ponds and streams. The CRP is designed to improve the nation’s natural resource base. Participants enroll environmentally sensitive land in long-term contracts with the USDA. They get annual rental payments and a single, up-front payment of up to half the cost of establishing conservation practices. But landowners can avoid the highly competitive EBI under the general sign-up, said Bill Thomas, an economist with the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. They can enroll the most environmentally sensitive land under CRP’s continuous sign-up program. About 400,000 acres are subject to CRP contracts that will expire on Sept. 30, 2000. The contracts awarded will become effective Oct. 1, 2000. The Farm Service Agency is authorized to maintain CRP enrollment up to 36.4 million acres. About 31.5 million acres were enrolled in CRP contracts as of Oct. 1, 1999. “They can lock in a multiyear payment based on local rental rates,” Glickman said. “Participants with contracts expiring this fall can also make new contract offers.” For more information, visit your USDA service center. Or ask your county Extension Service agent. Environmental Benefits Index Acreage enrolled in the CRP is planted to resource-conserving covers (like trees or grass). This greatly increases wildlife populations in many parts of the country. The Conservation Reserve Program (CRP) general sign-up began Jan. 18 and will run through Feb. 11 in local U.S. Department of Agriculture service centers. Continuous Sign-up Program The USDA will evaluate and rank eligible CRP offers using an Environmental Benefits Index. The EBI is based on the potential environmental benefits gained from enrolling the land in the CRP. Decisions on the EBI cutoff will be made after sign-up ends. Improving Natural Resources “Under the continuous sign-up, relatively small amounts of land can be enrolled at any time if they protect much larger areas, such as filter strips, riparian buffers and grass waterways,” Thomas said. “This is an opportunity for farmers and landowners to participate in a cost-effective, voluntary program to improve their land, water and wildlife resources,” said Dan Glickman, U.S. secretary of agriculture.last_img read more

17
Jan
2021

11 Tasty apples

first_imgYou can grow apples in most of Georgia, though the best varieties will differ within the state. Local growers, gardeners or nurseries, or your county University of Georgia Extension Service office, can tell you the best variety for your yard.Varieties with disease resistance are best.Size and spacing important considerationsThe size of a mature apple tree depends on several factors, including variety and rootstock. Varieties such as spur Arkansas Black or spur-type Red Delicious tend to be compact trees, while Mutsu (Crispin) and Jonagold are quite vigorous.Within the same variety, the rootstock can vary the size from full size to “semidwarf” (half to three-quarter size) to “dwarf” (25 percent to 40 percent of full size).Whatever you plant, most apple trees need to be cross-pollinated by a different variety. So unless you already have apple trees within about 50 feet, plant at least three varieties to make sure you get good cross-pollination.Consider yieldYou may be tempted to plant several trees when just a few may yield more apples than you’ll need. With good care and accommodating weather, a mature dwarf tree can easily produce more than a bushel of apples. A semidwarf tree can produce 3 to 5 bushels, and a standard-size tree can yield more than 10 bushels.Dwarf trees start to bear fruit earlier than either semidwarf or standard trees. The fruit quality will be better, too, and more uniform throughout the tree. Tree support and irrigation, though, are essential for dwarf trees.Site selection and purchasingSelecting a good site to plant apple trees is crucial to their success. Frost damage and disease pressure is greater in low areas. Apple trees need full sun to do their best.The soil should be deep (at least 24 to 30 inches of rooting depth), well-drained and moderately fertile. Avoid drought-prone areas.Buy trees from a reputable nursery. There are several excellent nurseries in the Southeast, but trees don’t need to be locally grown to be adaptable to Georgia growing conditions.Planting considerationsBefore planting, protect the tree’s root system from freezing, overheating or drying out. The best time to plant bare-root fruit trees is late winter to early spring, several weeks before it will start growing.Dig a hole deep enough to allow the tree to be set as deep or slightly deeper than it was in the nursery. The bud union, which separates the variety from the rootstock, should be 1 to 2 inches above the ground.Prune long roots so they will fit in the hole instead of bending them to fit. Don’t put any fertilizer in the planting hole. This could burn the roots.Cover the root system with soil, working the soil around and under the roots to avoid leaving air pockets. Water the tree well, and then fill the hole to a point slightly higher than the surrounding ground.Prune new trees when you plant them. The ideal tree to buy is a whip 4 to 6 feet tall. Bigger trees aren’t better trees. After you plant it, cut the tree off 6 to 8 inches above the height you want for the bottom limbs — usually about 2 feet above the ground.Depending on the variety and rootstock, a dwarf tree may produce its first crop in the second or third year after you plant it. A semidwarf tree should begin bearing within three to four years. A standard tree may not bear any fruit for its first five to seven years.You can get more information on fruit tree care at your county UGA Extension office. By David W. Lockwood University of Georgia Volume XXVIII Number 1 Page 11last_img read more

01
Jan
2021

Stratton Resort teams with state to host Vermont Solutions Festival

first_imgStratton Mountain Resort is proud to announce the first Vermont Solutions Festival, August 27 and 28, held in collaboration with the state of Vermont to celebrate sustainability, sport and wellness.”The Vermont Department of Tourism & Marketing is excited to be a partner in the new development of the Vermont Solutions Festival,” said Steve Cook, Deputy Commissioner of the Vermont Department of Tourism. “This event will showcase the Southern Vermont region, Stratton Mountain Resort and its long-time commitment to sustainability and it will also exhibit Vermont’s efforts in developing global solutions with global impacts.”Those events marry education with entertainment, collecting ideas, inspiration and movement from diverse events, including a keynote address from Vermont author Bill McKibben, a real-world display of bicycle practicality at the Embrocation Cycling Journal Farm Stand Ride, a workshop on sustainability-outreach for students from the Race to Replace coalition, a panel discussion including environmentalist and NHL Hall of Famer Mike Richter and live music from the Del McCoury Band. Both nonprofits and local businesses will partake in this first of a kind Solutions Festival Exposition.“It is no accident that the biggest global climate moment out there (350.org) had its roots in Vermont for a very long time,” McKibben said. “The Green Mountain State has been helping set the green pace for the whole world.”Stratton is no stranger to sustainable solutions, having won five Silver Eagle awards for ‘excellence in energy conservation’ and a pair of Vermont Governor’s Awards for its efforts. The Stratton Green Team works year-round to bring about improvements in sustainable measures from recycling initiatives to cleaning products, efficiency measures to greener purchasing, all themes within the events of the festival, a zero waste event.“I’m excited to see an event of this magnitude, that aligns with so many of our causes, come together,” said Sky Foulkes, President and CEO of Stratton Mountain Resort. “I think the different events are going to appeal to a lot of folks on a number of levels.” General admission is free to the festival; however, tickets are required for Friday’s Local Gourmet Dinner and for the Del McCoury Band on Saturday Night.Source: www.stratton.com(link is external)last_img read more

01
Jan
2021

Dealer.com increases sales 60 percent for 2010

first_imgDealer.com,Dealer.com (www.dealer.com(link is external)), the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, today announced that it delivered another year of substantial growth in 2010, as revenues reached $85 million, an increase of over 60 percent from 2009 ‘ and more than triple the 2008 level. In addition to its continued strong financial performance, Dealer.com extended its technology and service leadership with an increase of more than 100 percent in research and development (R&D) spending ‘ for the second consecutive year ‘ as well as expanded industry partnerships and a variety of prestigious awards and accolades.”Our remarkable track record is attributable to the technical expertise of our employees and their unwavering commitment to the satisfaction and overall success of our clients across the automotive industry,” said Mark Bonfigli, Dealer.com’s CEO. “In addition, a key underlying factor is our unique culture supporting the health, well-being and career development of our employees, which helps us attract highly motivated people who want to work hard and make a difference. With the substantial investments we made in both technology and people in 2010, Dealer.com remains well-positioned to drive future growth.”Dealer.com hired and successfully integrated over 180 new employees in 2010, bringing its headcount at year-end to more than 430. To help manage this growth and bolster its management structure, the company named five new vice presidents and a new CFO, David Stetson. In addition, Chief Technology Officer Rick Gibbs was named President. Construction also started on a major expansion of Dealer.com’s headquarters in Burlington, which will more than double its existing space and support a number of significant enhancements in its employee wellness programs.During 2010, Dealer.com further strengthened its comprehensive online marketing platform with the launch of a number of new or improved products and services. These include CarFlix HumanVoice Videos for online vehicle inventories; upgrades to its TotalControl DOMINATORâ ¢ paid search solution; and a new Service Marketing Package to help dealers attract and retain service customers.In addition, Dealer.com expanded its partnerships with OEMs last year, and now supports solutions for Subaru of New England and American Suzuki Motor Corporation. Partnerships with the nation’s top automotive dealer groups, as ranked by Automotive News, also increased. According to the annual ranking, 80 percent of the leading dealer groups now choose Dealer.com’s online marketing services ‘ up from 70 percent a year earlier. Specific dealer group clients added in 2010 include Fletcher Jones Automotive Group, which features the largest Mercedes Benz dealership in the U.S., as well as Gurley Leep Automotive Group and Napleton Automotive Group.”We have been thrilled to begin work with hundreds of new clients over the past year, including some of the largest and most innovative auto retailers in North America,” said Rick Gibbs, President and Chief Technology Officer at Dealer.com. “It’s gratifying that so many dealers clearly appreciate our track record of technology and service leadership, which continues to far outpace even our closest competitors.”Several independent national research reports also confirmed Dealer.com’s industry leadership, including comprehensive organic and paid search studies from Sorgenfrei, LLC and The Pasch Consulting Group. The company’s industry-leading products and services and unique corporate culture were also recognized through the following awards and rankings in 2010:Inc. magazine’s Top Small Company Workplace Award ‘ named one of the 20 best small to mid-sized businesses in North America.DrivingSales.com Vendor Ratings ‘ three separate awards, as top-ranked website provider, lead management provider, and SEO provider.Auto Dealer Monthly’s Dealers’ Choice Awards ‘ received Diamond Award in the Best Web Site Provider/Design category (fourth consecutive year); and Platinum Award for Internet Training.Vermont Business magazine ‘ named the fastest-growing company in Vermont over the last five years, with revenue growth of 1,270 percent.Inc. 5000 Rankings ‘ ranked 1,056th overall, and 106th among the nation’s fastest-growing private advertising and marketing companies (fourth consecutive year of placement).Automotive Website Awards ‘ won the Pinnacle Platform Award for superior search marketing architecture; TotalControl DOMINATOR also was named Best Online Advertising Tool.Summit International Emerging Media Awards ‘ Leader Award for the Checkered Flag and Silver Star Montreal websites (third consecutive year of placement).Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500â ¢ ‘ ranked number 150 (up from 214 last year) among fastest-growing companies in North America.About Dealer.com ( www.dealer.com(link is external) )Dealer.com is the global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry, providing award winning e-marketing solutions to automotive manufacturers, auto dealers and multi vertical media companies.  The company’s innovative websites and integrated online tools, lowest cost advertising alternatives that significantly lower the cost of customer acquisition, enhancing dealers’ efficiency and profitability. More dealerships use the Dealer.com platform than any other platform in the world.Recent national and international accolades include: Inc. magazine’s 2010 Top Small Company Workplaces and Inc. 5000, the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year, top ranking in The Net Promoter® Score Survey of customer satisfaction, Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 and the Web Marketing Association’s Automobile Standard of Excellence. In addition, Dealer.com was the 2009 Top Rated Website Provider on DrivingSales.com, and won the 2010 Dealers’ Choice Diamond Award for Best Website Solution and the 2009 Most Comprehensive Search Marketing Platform Award from the Automotive Search Marketing Association. For more information visit: http://www.dealer.com/promo/look-inside.htm(link is external).BURLINGTON, Vt., Jan. 26, 2011 /PRNewswire/ —last_img read more

20
Dec
2020

Brazilian Navy to Incorporate HMS Ocean Helicopter Carrier

first_imgBy Taciana Moury/Diálogo July 05, 2018 Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) service members traveled to England for the incorporation of the HMS Ocean, a helicopter carrier of the Royal Navy of the United Kingdom. MB designated its newly acquired ship as the Multipurpose Helicopter Carrier (PHM, in Portuguese) Atlântico, raising the Brazilian flag aboard for the first time during a ceremony presenting arms on June 29, 2018, in the United Kingdom. More than 300 MB service members participated in the transfer and transit process of PHM Atlântico to Brazil. The Royal Navy Training Center will provide operational exercises to train the Brazilian crew to man the ship efficiently. The ship is expected to arrive at São Pedro da Aldeia Naval Base in Rio de Janeiro on August 25th. According to Vice Admiral Petronio Augusto Siqueira de Aguiar, MB Program Management director, the transition process began in Brazil, with the training of military personnel in specific courses for onboard personnel and air operations. “In the United Kingdom they took part in training and classes from the British Navy and the manufacturers of the ship’s main systems and equipment,” said Vice Adm. Petronio. The helicopter carrier will also undergo an inspection before incorporating the Brazilian naval fleet. Maintenance services began in February to ensure the ship is fully operational. “A multidisciplinary group, consisting of 11 service members from the technical board and the Brazilian Navy training center, supervises these services, as well as training and classes,” said Vice Adm. Petronio. MB’s operational capacity PHM Atlântico will enhance MB’s projection of power on land, sea, and air, as well as in its command and control of maritime areas. The new ship will be the largest in the Brazilian Navy and can transport up to 632 service members. The 203-meter-long vessel sails at a speed of 15 knots, about 30 kilometers per hour, with a range of 8,000 nautical miles, about 15,000 km. The vessel allows for vertical launching and landing of as many as 18 helicopters, with simultaneous operation of up to seven. “MB’s entire helicopter model fleet, SH-16 Seahawk; UH-15 Cougar, UH-15A, and AH-15B; AH-11B lynx; UH-12 and UH-13 Esquilo; and IH-6B Bell Jet Ranger III will be able to operate from the helicopter carrier,” said Vice Adm. Petronio. “The ship’s operational characteristics ensure a substantial increase in the training and work of the military, especially in carrier air and amphibious operations,” said Vice Adm. Petronio. “The Brazilian Navy will employ them based on the context of the mission, preparation, and the use of naval power.” Rear Admiral André Novis Montenegro, deputy chief of Strategy of MB’s General Staff, addressed the ship’s potential for humanitarian missions. “It can be used in strategic logistics missions and to transport service members, ammunition, and equipment,” he said, highlighting the ship’s capabilities for health services, providing support to a naval force in the event of war, humanitarian, or personnel evacuation operations. Making a difference in the region Brazil will be the only country in Latin America to have an active helicopter carrier. “We will be a benchmark in international operations, humanitarian missions, natural disaster aid, and peacekeeping operations, since we will count on a ship suited for these missions,” Rear Adm. Montenegro said. MB Captain Giovani Corrêa will command the new ship. Rear Admiral Montenegro said the number of crew members to staff the vessel would soon be determined. “At the moment, the ship has a reduced crew known as the receiving group,” he said. Once incorporated, PHM Atlântico will be MB’s fleet flagship, transporting naval leaders and its General Staff, who will command and control naval operations. The São Paulo aircraft carrier, decommissioned in February 2017, previously held this role. According to Rear Admiral Luiz Roberto Cavalcanti Valicente, director of MB’s Public Affairs Office, the construction of a new aircraft carrier was MB’s third priority, after the Submarine Development Program and the construction program of Tamandaré class corvettes. The officer indicated that fixed-wing aircraft would continue to operate from land bases.last_img read more

20
Dec
2020

Dominican Republic Joins Regional Security Efforts

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo February 03, 2019 Combined and joint work to achieve regional security is important, said Dominican Army Major General Braulio Alcántara López, vice minister of Defense for Military Affairs of the Dominican Republic, during the 2018 Caribbean Nations Security Conference (CANSEC), held in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, December 4-6, 2018. Maj. Gen. Alcántara spoke with Diálogo about the armed forces’ responsibility in hemispheric security, national support for initiatives to combat transnational crime, and humanitarian assistance in natural disasters, among other topics. Diálogo: What’s the importance of the Dominican Republic’s participation in CANSEC? Dominican Army Major General Braulio Alcántara López, vice minister of Defense for Military Affairs of the Dominican Republic: CANSEC allows us to integrate to seek combined action between armies of the region, and to commit to a common effort to counter threats and provide operational standards to successfully confront the crises that natural phenomena, which occur frequently in the Caribbean, create. CANSEC also paves the way for the professionalization of noncommissioned officers, which we’ve worked on since its introduction in the Dominican Republic’s Organic Armed Forces Law No. 139-13. Diálogo: One of CANSEC’s main topics is the combined work to confront regional security threats. What’s your country’s contribution to the regional effort to achieve this objective? Maj. Gen. Alcántara: Our contribution is combined and coordinated work experience, particularly in the face of natural disasters. The integration of government agencies to work along with military forces in cases of natural disaster yielded very good results. Diálogo: Why is it important for the armed forces to conduct combined and joint work not only at the national level, but also with their partner nation counterparts to confront common threats? Maj. Gen. Alcántara: With joint and combined work we can achieve better results, due to the harmony and fraternity that exists between the countries of the region. The environment of interoperability, joint, and combined operations at the national and international levels provides the opportunity to achieve the necessary synergy to obtain positive results and confront common threats more efficiently. Diálogo: The Dominican Army led Task Force Border Fence kicked off in September 2018. What’s the objective of that interagency task force? Maj. Gen. Alcántara: The goal is to strengthen security in the border area to increase controls already in place and have a greater number of detentions and seizures of foreigners trying to enter the country illegally, or of unlawful weapons, drugs, or other goods coming in. Special forces units and government agencies that interact at the border make up this task force. Diálogo: Members of the Ministry of Defense met with representatives of U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) in September 2018, to coordinate Exercise Humanitarian Allied Forces 2019 (FAHUM 2019, in Spanish). What’s the importance of your country hosting FAHUM 2019? Maj. Gen. Alcántara: FAHUM 2019 will allow us to project our force’s capabilities and carry out multinational humanitarian assistance operations in a multidisciplinary and international environment, along with SOUTHCOM and guest nations, where participants will plan and organize a rapid response to a disaster within 72 hours of its occurrence. FAHUM allows the Armed Forces to act in coordination with other countries and gain experience in procedures and lessons learned on humanitarian assistance operations. Diálogo: The Ministry of Defense’s Counterterrorism Special Command offers the Special Tactical Operations in Urban Areas course to international forces. What’s the importance of this international reach? Maj. Gen. Alcántara: We would like partner nations to get closer and interact more with the Dominican Republic through these exercises. Our counterterrorist unit was founded more than 20 years ago and has the capability and experience to teach this type of course. It also received intensive training from SOUTHCOM. We would like to share this unit’s capabilities with international students to strengthen bonds of friendship with our sister nations in the region. Diálogo: Through the International Humanitarian Law and Human Rights Graduate School (EGDH-DIH, in Spanish), the Ministry of Defense facilitated the graduation of hundreds of members of the armed forces and police, as well as civilians from the Dominican Republic and other Central American countries. What’s EGDH-DIH’s contribution in promoting respect for human rights in Central America? Maj. Gen. Alcántara: EGDH-DIH was the first institution of its kind in the region. Since its creation, human rights in the Dominican Republic started to be addressed differently, especially in the military environment. Today, the Armed Forces act under the premise of respect for human rights. Through EGDH-DIH’s programs, we train representatives of Central American countries in a field vital to all the nations that come together under the Human Rights Enforcement Mechanisms of the United Nations and the Organization of American States’ Inter-American Human Rights System. Diálogo: What are the most significant advances in the professionalization of Dominican noncommissioned officers? Maj. Gen. Alcántara: The main initiative was the creation of the Noncommissioned Officers Training School at the Army’s General Directorate of Military Education, Instruction, and Training, which is the main basis for the successful development of this new command role within the Dominican Armed Forces. Law No. 139-13 established the noncommissioned officers career and we now have the ranks of second lieutenant I, second lieutenant II, and second lieutenant III. Diálogo: The Unified Joint Command of the Dominican Armed Forces is part of the Internal and Civil Security Plan in Support of the National Police. How do the forces operate under this plan? Maj. Gen. Alcántara: The Unified Joint Command was created to achieve better coordination between the Armed Forces and the National Police. It’s a unit that responds to support requests from the National Police for civil security and any other aspect. This experience enabled the Armed Forces to collaborate and provide support to other operations with several government agencies that relate to national security. Diálogo: What’s your message to the commanders of military and security forces of Central America and the Caribbean about combined work for regional security? Maj. Gen. Alcántara: We need to support the initiatives that foster collaboration and cooperation among partner nations armed forces, contribute to regional stability, and help counter transnational crime. CANSEC proves that we can sit down together, identify threats, and look for solutions.last_img read more

20
Oct
2020

Writer owes apology for insulting women

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, Opinion Newspaper editors must dream of letters such as the hate-filled, misogynistic diatribe from Jim Schaefer in the Jan. 14 Gazette. He laments the #MeToo movement in which women are, finally, uniting to demand equal pay and the right not to be attacked. Poor Jimmy. Why is he so threatened?His lumping of Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand with Gloria Alred and Megyn Kelly amplifies his stunning ignorance. A congresswoman’s words constitute a “righteous rant?” If he wants a rant, he need only look to the president’s absurd and insulting tweets and words. I’ll leave it to others to dissect the clichés and arrogance displayed in the letter.Mr. Schaefer, I’m a geneticist and author. I’m not a stripper or a gold digger. Get over your stereotypes. I believe you owe an apology to many Gazette readers.  Ricki LewisScotiaMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesSchenectady teens accused of Scotia auto theft, chase; Ended in Clifton Park crash, Saratoga Sheriff…last_img read more

16
Oct
2020

PA.gov That Works: Updating Our Pilot (and Joining Social Media!)

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitter PA.gov That Works: Updating Our Pilot (and Joining Social Media!) By: Kate Landis, Digital Strategist   SHARE  TWEET Efficiency,  Government That Works,  Innovation,  PA.gov That Works,  The Blog PA.gov That Works is a series of blog posts dedicated to Pennsylvania digital initiatives. In this post, we’re talking about PA.gov pilot updates and the launch of the official Pennsylvania government social media accounts.Here at the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, we’re dedicated to building a Government That Works — and that includes developing new ways to serve you better digitally. Last June, we launched a new PA.gov “pilot” site to test out improvements to accessing government services and information online.We asked you to help us with this pilot by giving us feedback on our new look. We’ve read through thousands of responses, and today we’re announcing several big changes we’ve made to PA.gov, thanks to your feedback.Translation Feature“It would be way more useful to more people if you could add a translation option for non-English speakers.”You asked for PA.gov to be accessible to non-English speakers. We’re proud of Pennsylvania’s diversity and we want to make it easier for all Pennsylvanians to access government services online. Now with the help of Google Translate, users can translate the entire PA.gov website into over 100 languages.Agency Directory“The main page should provide a simple way to get to every agency’s MAIN website.”You asked for an easier way to connect with Pennsylvania’s state agencies online. Now, you can find the social media, website, contact information, and news releases for each Pennsylvania agency right on the homepage.Want to connect with one of Pennsylvania’s commissions, boards, or other entities online? You can find the social media, website, contact information, and news hubs for official state entities on the Media page, organized by related areas.Connecting on Social MediaIn case you haven’t heard, we’re on social media! Last month, we launched the official Pennsylvania government Facebook and Twitter accounts.Our mission with these accounts is to make government work better for Pennsylvanians by serving as a hub for information and services from Pennsylvania’s state agencies and celebrate the stories that make us #PAproud.We’re continuing to test better ways to connect Pennsylvanians with government service online.Have any suggestions for how we can improve PA.gov? Check out the pilot site and take the feedback survey — your suggestion might just appear in the next PA.gov pilot update! June 06, 2017last_img read more