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Hillary Clinton to receive Radcliffe Medal

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first_imgThe Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study announced today that former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton will receive the prestigious Radcliffe Medal on May 25 during Harvard’s Commencement week.Awarded on Radcliffe Day, the annual gathering to celebrate the institute’s commitment to excellence and inquiry, the medal honors individuals whose lives and work have had a transformative impact on society.Radcliffe Dean Lizabeth Cohen called Clinton a “champion for human rights” and for the welfare of all, a “skilled legislator,” and “an advocate of American leadership to create a world in which states live up to their responsibilities.”A former first lady, Clinton served as a U.S. senator from New York from 2001 to 2009 before taking over as Secretary of State from 2009 to 2013. She was the Democratic Party’s nominee for president in 2016, the first woman candidate for that office from a major political party.“Hillary Clinton’s life and career are an inspiration to people around the world,” said Cohen, who is also the Howard Mumford Jones Professor of American Studies in Harvard’s Department of History. “We commend Secretary Clinton for her accomplishments in the public sphere as a champion for human rights and the welfare of all, as a skilled legislator, and as an advocate of American leadership to create a world in which states — to quote Secretary Clinton — ‘have clear incentives to cooperate and live up to their responsibilities, as well as strong disincentives to … sow discord and division.’ We salute her commitment to a life of public service and the resilience it takes to live and work in the public eye.”“Whether in Arkansas, Washington, D.C., New York state, or traveling around the globe as secretary of state,” Cohen said, “Secretary Clinton has provided a model of what it takes to transform society, often under scrutiny: tireless effort, toughness amid the political fray, and an enduring capacity to envision a better future.”Previous medalists include U.S. Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen, Supreme Court Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, former U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Dole, and former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright. Prominent Civil Rights leader and congressman will address Afternoon Program Related Radcliffe Day will feature a tribute to Clinton from Albright, a global affairs trailblazer, followed by a wide-ranging keynote conversation between Clinton and Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey ’92.The day’s program will open with a panel titled “Toward a New Global Architecture? America’s Role in a Changing World.” In 2009, Clinton outlined a vision for a global architecture with both incentives to cooperate and disincentives to cause friction. Nearly a decade later, the U.S. is still grappling with complex questions about its role in global affairs. Nicholas Burns, the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at Harvard Kennedy School and a former U.S. ambassador to NATO and undersecretary of state for political affairs, will moderate a discussion exploring these issues with the foreign-policy experts Michèle Flournoy, David Ignatius, Meghan O’Sullivan, and Anne-Marie Slaughter.The Radcliffe Institute is dedicated to creating and sharing transformative ideas across all disciplines. Each year, the Institute hosts 50 leading scholars, scientists, and artists from around the world in its residential fellowship program. Radcliffe fosters innovative research collaborations and offers hundreds of public lectures, exhibitions, performances, conferences, and other events annually.The institute also is home to the Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library, the nation’s foremost archive on the history of women, gender, and sexuality. Lewis named Harvard Commencement speakerlast_img read more

Harvard ramps up focus on Europe

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first_imgIn the wake of Europe’s devastation in World War II, the close-knit relationship between the democracies of Western Europe and the U.S. has been so resolute, so foundational, that it became the dominant narrative of the liberal world order. The partnership has had its ups and downs — such as over the Vietnam War, and conflicts in Iraq and Afghanistan — yet its importance and relevance was never in doubt.But now, as the U.S. and its allies prepare to meet in Brussels on July 11-12 for a summit of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO),  that bedrock bond seems increasingly shaky.Since President Trump took office, he has repeatedly questioned NATO’s value and spoken in lukewarm terms about U.S. defense obligations there. In recent weeks, he has threatened to impose stiff tariffs on European imports, saying the European Union (EU) was set up to “take advantage” of the U.S. President Trump reportedly urged French President Emmanuel Macron to pull France out of the union, dangling a favorable bilateral trade deal as incentive. He has spoken dismissively of German leader Angela Merkel, Europe’s most powerful head of state, while praising Russian President Vladimir Putin, viewed widely as an existential threat to Eastern Europe and NATO.“I think there’s a pervasive sense in Europe … that this administration is drifting away from this rock-solid alliance that we’ve had for seven decades,” said Nicholas Burns, the Roy and Barbara Goodman Family Professor of the Practice of Diplomacy and International Relations at Harvard Kennedy School (HKS). Cathryn Clüver Ashbrook, M.P.A. ’10, who is from Germany and has studied and worked in European politics, agrees. Europeans are “nervous and anxious in a way that I haven’t perceived since the Cold War, because the maneuvers of the administration in Washington are making Europeans’ heads spin, and it deprives Europeans of a sense of stability that allows them to do other work,” she said.To help ease these tensions and expand an area of teaching and research, Burns and Clüver Ashbrook are overseeing a new academic program designed to further students’ understanding of the U.S.-Europe relationship and encourage them to dive into practical public policy issues and challenges in that arena.The Project on Europe and the Transatlantic Relationship will dig into economics and trade issues; security policy, including cyber issues and threats; the challenges facing democracy, such as the surge of nationalist movements, terrorism, and transnational organized crime; and diplomacy as a tool for global problem-solving and peacekeeping. The program also will look at the role of regional players, including Russia, Ukraine, and former states of the Soviet Union.Students and faculty will focus on and try to work through big-picture questions about the vitality of democracy on both continents, taking on such concerns as what to do about immigration; Britain’s pending departure from the EU; the surge of well-financed populist political candidates; the viability of political, economic, and legal institutions in the EU and the U.S., including a free press and the internet; and how to address Putin’s relentless attacks on their democracies.“What is the West today; what does the West really mean; what is the life in what we define as our Western values — are we actually still talking about the same things? And what should define this relationship for the 21th century?” asked Clüver Ashbrook, the project’s executive director. She and Burns, its faculty director, will continue to run the popular Future of Diplomacy Project at HKS.The Europe project leadership team includes Karl Kaiser, co-chair of the European Union seminar at the Center for European Studies at Harvard and a former director of the German Council on Foreign Relations, and Manuel Muñiz, dean of the IE School of International Relations in Spain and senior associate of the Trans-Atlantic Relations Initiative at HKS.In early July, the project will co-host a three-day conference in Spain with the IE School to discuss the current concerns confronting the trans-Atlantic relationship. The conference, which will feature Harvard faculty along with European policymakers and practitioners, is planned to become an annual event.In the fall, the project will begin offering three courses on Europe each academic year. Once a permanent faculty chair dedicated to European teaching and research is established, the slate of courses will expand. Each semester, fellows will lead intensive study groups on challenges or issues, and former European public-service figures will visit to debrief students about their experiences and weigh in on critical debates.Next year, Burns and former NATO Ambassador Douglas Lute plan to conduct a study reimagining NATO to coincide with the alliance’s 70th anniversary and to organize conferences in Cambridge and Paris to mark the centennial of the Treaty of Versailles.With many senior officials having left the State Department since 2016, Burns, a former U.S. ambassador to NATO and Greece who spent 27 years as a diplomat, says there’s a necessary professional and intellectual “passing of the torch” from the Cold War to the post-Cold War generation going on at universities and think tanks.“We do want to train the next generation of Atlanticists. We want young millennials to feel as connected across the Atlantic as we did, because it’s still vital,” he said. “This is not yesterday’s story.”Burns said the project is not a response to Trump’s often-hostile attitude toward Europe. The need to return European public policymaking and U.S. relations to the front burner goes back years, he said.Between Japan’s economic rise in the 1980s and China’s ascendancy as a global power over the last two decades, much of U.S. foreign policy that hasn’t centered on the Middle East has shifted toward Asia. And though that focus is logical, the U.S. sometimes seems to have forgotten how important its relationship with Europe remains. The continent is America’s largest trading partner and the largest investor in its economy. And NATO contains a large block of U.S. allies, said Burns.With the University home to the country’s first school of government, “We want Harvard to play a role in … promoting further understanding of the value of the trans-Atlantic relationship. There’s so much here. We ought to be teaching more about this, [have] more fellows, more intellectual firepower by our students and faculty trained on these issues,” said Burns. “It’s an academic effort, but it’s being produced in part because the relationship needs help.”Europe is under a lot of pressure and in a “battle of ideas” against Russia and its supporters, who rail against the very notion of Western democracy, said Burns.“We need to remind ourselves, through academic research, study, fellowships, training, why this is important — the future of the free world,” he said.last_img read more

Southeast Asia nations launch $1 billion green development initiative

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first_imgSoutheast Asia nations launch $1 billion green development initiative FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the Asian Development Bank (ADB) and major financiers on Thursday launched a facility to spur more than $1 billion in green infrastructure investments across Southeast Asia.The facility offers loans and technical assistance for sovereign projects in areas such as sustainable transport and clean energy, the ADB said during the meetings of ASEAN’s finance ministers and central bank governors.“Through the ASEAN Catalytic Green Finance Facility, ADB will support ASEAN governments in developing green and climate-friendly infrastructure projects,” ADB President Takehiko Nakao said in a statement.It will mobilize a total of $1 billion, including $75 million from the ASEAN Infrastructure Fund (AIF), $300 million from the ADB, $336 million from KfW, 150 million euros from the European Investment Bank, and 150 million euros from Agence Francaise de Developpement.ASEAN groups Brunei, Cambodia, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.More: Southeast Asia launches $1-billion facility for green infrastructurelast_img read more

Ridley is merger’s first big casualty

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Cyclone leaves trail of devastation along coast of eastern India, Bangladesh

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first_img“I have never seen such a cyclone in my life. It seemed like the end of the world. All I could do was to pray… Almighty Allah saved us,” Azgar Ali, 49, a resident of Satkhira district in Bangladesh.Mohammad Asaduzzaman, a senior police official in the coastal district, described the destruction Amphan left in its wake.”Devastation is huge. Many villages are flooded. It tore off tin roofs, snapped power lines, and uprooted trees.”Designated a super cyclone, Amphan has weakened since making landfall. Moving inland through Bangladesh, it was downgraded to a cyclonic storm on Thursday by the Indian weather office. And the storm was expected to subside into a depression later. Authorities in both countries managed to evacuate more than three million people, moving them to storm shelters before Amphan struck. But the evacuation effort was focused on communities that lay directly in the cyclone’s path, leaving villages on the flanks still vulnerable.Read also: ‘Super cyclone’ bears down on Bangladesh, IndiaTelevision images showed upturned boats on the shore, people wading through knee-deep water and buses crashed into each other. The airport in Kolkata, West Bengal’s state capital, lay under water.Pradip Kumar Dalui, a official in the state’s South 24 Parganas area, said that storm waters breached river embankments in several places, flooding over half a dozen villages, that were home for more than 100,000 people.”Many mud houses have been destroyed because of the wind or fallen trees,” Dalui told Reuters by telephone. Electricity lines and phone connections were down in many places, but so far no deaths had been reported in this area, he said.The cyclone came at a time when the two countries are battling to stop the spread of the coronavirus, and some evacuees were initially reluctant to leave their homes for fear of possible infection in the packed storm shelters.Cyclones frequently batter parts of eastern India and Bangladesh between April and December, often forcing the evacuations of tens of thousands and causing widespread damage.While the evacuation again saved countless lives, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee dreaded the cost of repairing property and infrastructure wrecked by Amphan.”Area after area has been devastated. Communications are disrupted,” she said. “We do not know if the damages will run into thousands of millions of rupees, will take three, four days to fully assess the extent of damage.” Rescue teams searched for survivors in eastern India and Bangladesh a day after the most powerful cyclone in over a decade devastated coastal villages, destroying mud houses, ripping out electricity poles and washing away bridges.The full extent of the casualties and damage to property inflicted by Cyclone Amphan would only be known once communications were restored, officials said, but at least a dozen people died in the Indian state of West Bengal and eight in neighbouring Bangladesh.Most deaths were caused by trees uprooted by winds that gusted up to 185 km per hour, and a storm surge of around five metres that inundated low-lying coastal areas when the cyclone barrelled in from the Bay of Bengal on Wednesday.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Governor Wolf Statement on Shooting in Philadelphia

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first_img Statement Harrisburg, PA – Governor Tom Wolf released the following statement:“Our thoughts are with the officers and other victims of this horrifying violence. This is a reminder of the danger that those who seek to keep us safe face every day and we are thankful for the law enforcement personnel who put themselves in harms way to protect the people of our commonwealth.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf September 17, 2016 Governor Wolf Statement on Shooting in Philadelphiacenter_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img

A young couple got the prime run at the auction of a Kelvin Grove home

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first_img25 Broadhurst Street, Kelvin Grove.A LOCAL buyer has bought this six-bedroom, two-bathroom home at Pullenvale some 50 years after it was sold by Ray White’s sons, Alan and Max White.The acreage property at 38 Woodfield Road, Pullenvale, now a deceased estate, was sold by the children whose parents held the property for 50 years.Ray White Indooroopilly agent Michelle McLeod said the property sold for $970,000 under the hammer.There was a crowd of about 50 people and four registered bidders. FREE: Get the latest real estate news direct to your inbox here 65 Amy St, Hawthorne.A local family have bought a four-bedroom, two-bathroom home at Hawthorne for $1.6 million at auction.Ray White — Bulimba selling agent Gunther Behrendt said a crowd of 40 people watched as two bidders battled it out for 65 Amy St.The property was on a 465sq m elevated block and featured a solar heated saltwater in-ground swimming pool. Follow Reshni Ratnam on Twitter. The crowd watches on as the auction of 52 Trafalgar Street, Morningside takes place.Mr Hicks said he had seen more interest in the auction process from cash buyers who were keen to purchase under auction conditions.“Today we had five registered bidders, lots of activity and huge interest throughout the campaign, proving Morningside is continuing to grow in popularity,” Mr Hicks said. “We believe there was big interest because the home appealed to so many demographics. It offered the opportunity to move straight in, renovate, rent, or knock down and build your dream home.’The weatherboard home, on a 453sq m block is stylishly updated and set among prestige homes. 23 Campion Ave, Bardon.At 23 Campion Ave, Bardon this gem sold for $2 million under the hammer at 11.30amAnother sale for Ms O’Dea, the five-bedroom, four-bathroom home features three levels and was built in 2015.The property, on a 807sq m block, also has a swimming pool, perfect for the summer months. 52 Trafalgar Street, Morningside.About 35 people watched on a this three-bedroom, one-bathroom home sold under the hammer for $750,000.With five registered bidders showing interest in the property at 52 Trafalgar St, Morningside, Place — Bulimba selling agent Shane Hicks said it was a buyer’s agent bidding on behalf of an investor who bought the property. More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus1 day agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market1 day ago51 Moola Road, Ashgrove.A Melbourne buyer snapped up this five-bedroom, two-bathroom home at Ashgrove for $1.3 million.The 1922 character built home at 51 Moola Rd, features a private back deck, a swimming pool and a large backyard.SPACE Property Agents selling agent Judi O’Dea said the buyer was looking for an investment and plans to rent out the property.Ms O’Dea said there was a crowd of about 30 people at the auction and three registered bidders. 38 Woodfield Road, Pullenvale.center_img 8 Aruma St, Holland Park West.A five-bedroom home on a massive 974sq m block at Holland Park West sold at auction for $955,000.A young buyer bought the property, located at the end of a quiet cul-de-sac.With neighbours keen to check out the action, Ray White — Annerley selling agent Geoff Sellars said about 20 people watched on. 25 Broadhurst Street, Kelvin Grove.A young couple who plan to rent out 25 Broadhurst St, Kelvin Grove were the only bidders at Saturday’s 9am auction.The three-bedroom, one-bathroom property sold for $670,000. Inside 25 Broadhurst Street, Kelvin Grove.Place — Newmarket selling agent Mario Sultana said the buyers were keen to invest in the home despite the outdated decor.Mr Sultana said the property was on a quiet and elevated 521sq m block, with northerly district views.The property, about 4km from Brisbane’s CBD, was marketed as being able to renovate, raise or extend (subject to council approval). The spacious kitchen area at 8 Aruma St, Holland Park West.Mr Sellars said there were two registered bidders at the auction.Features of the property include two renovated bathrooms, a large storage area/man cave and massive yard with enough space for a swimming pool or additional shed. Inside the spacious 38 Woodfield Road, Pullenvale.Ms McLeod said the daughter remembered her mum saying a man named Alan White was the real estate agent who took her parents around to view acreage properties in 1967 and they settled on 38 Woodfield Road.Documents show the agent was Ray White Group chairman Brian White’s father Alan, and the original contract was signed by Brian’s uncle Max White. Tap here for a full list of Queensland auction results. last_img read more

Tourism Minister calls on public to embrace Dominica’s tourism product

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first_img Sharing is caring! Tweet 16 Views   no discussions Share Sharecenter_img LocalNews Tourism Minister calls on public to embrace Dominica’s tourism product by: – February 27, 2012 Share Tourism Minister Hon. Ian Douglas.Minister of Tourism Ian Douglas is urging Dominicans to embrace the island’s tourism product.Mr. Douglas, at a press conference last week Friday, highlighted the contribution which the tourism industry has been making on the island’s economy, noting that it is therefore the responsibility of every citizen to ensure that the sector flourishes and is not threatened in anyway.“The Tourism Industry really now is the goose that lays the golden egg; Tourism right now on average employs about 5000 people around Dominica, Tourism generated $243 million into our economy last year and that money filters right through our economy, everybody gets a little piece of the action.”The Minister also noted his concerns regarding recent acts of crime and violence against tourist; this he described as posing a “damaging image” on the sector and should be stopped immediately.“When we have visitors particularly from our source markets like Germany and France being attacked and acts of violence being perpetrated against them; when these people go back or even before they get back in this age of internet and Twitter and Facebook; these type of propaganda and bad publicity damages our destination and people will not want to come anymore.”He further explained that “those types of actions really hurt all of us in Dominica”.Mr. Douglas commended the efforts of the Portsmouth Association of Yacht Security who have organized a community policing imitative at the Prince Rupert Bay in Portsmouth.The Association has secured a boat from the Ministry of Tourism and employs security officers to police the waters between 6pm and 6pm to ensure that the visitors feel safe while at the harbor.He noted that the reviews from this initiative has been tremendous and encouraging increasing the tourist traffic in that area as well as the increased sales for the restaurants in that area.The Minister said; “we want to replicate that kind of example throughout Dominica in all communities” as it is his wish that Dominica’s tourism product can continue to thrive and develop.He admonished that there is a great need for “every single one of us in all our communities must be policemen in our various areas of Dominica” as tourism is indeed everybody’s business.Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Lady Bulldogs Fall Short Against Lady Mauraders

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first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs suffered their first loss of the season on Monday night to the Mr. Vernon Lady Marauders by a final score of 4-1. Mt. Vernon came out ready to play from the get go and had Batesville on their heels for the first 15 minutes.With 28 minutes to play in the half, the Lady Marauders attacked the right wing as the Batesville defense retreated. The ball was dropped to the top of the 18 as Stindle stepped into her shot and hit it past the outreached gloves of Olive Cerniglia. Batesville wouldn’t go down without a fight however. With 10 minutes to play in the half, Carlie Werner drew a foul deep in Mt. Vernon territory. Denise Davalos stepped up with a driven free kick that the goalkeeper had no chance to save. The 1-1 game didn’t last even a minute, as the Lady Marauders drove right down the field on the kickoff and netted their second goal of the game.In the second half, Batesville showed their toughness and played very well. They outshot Mt. Vernon 11-2 in the second half and 15-10 for the game, but it was Mt. Vernon’s shots that ended up on the scoreboard. With the game 2-1 for much of the second half,  the Lady Marauders would get two counterattack goals away from the run of much of the play in the half. The first one came with 30 minutes to play and the second came with 10 minutes to play.“I was pleased with our effort in the second half. We showed our toughness and didn’t get down on ourselves. We are battling a lot of injuries right now so the key to this week is getting healthy while still trying to compete at a high level. We will learn from this match and begin building our momentum back these next 2 weeks before sectionals.” Coach Laker commented on the match.The JV girls soccer team took on the Mt. Vernon Mauraders on Monday evening. With only 40 minutes to play the girls started with intensity and finished that way as well. With possession being about 60/40, with the Bulldogs in control, they had many opportunities to take. Unfortunately, the ladies were unable to finish a shot and scored no goals in the half. The Lady Mauraders on the other hand were able to finish one goal and maintain their lead. The ending score was 0-1.JV Writeup by Coach Griggslast_img read more

Arsenal victory over Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium

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first_imgLONDON: Substitute Alexandre Lacazette ended his goal drought as Arsenal secured their first English Premier League win since New Year’s Day with a 4-0 victory over Newcastle United at the Emirates Stadium on Sunday.Lacazette had gone nine games in all competitions without a goal before he found the target with a mis-hit shot in the final moments of the game.The win moves Arsenal up to the tenth position and will give them hope they can make a late push towards European qualification for next season.After a goalless first half, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang put the Gunners in front with a powerful header from a Nicolas Pepe cross.Pepe himself added the second, from close range after good work from the impressive Bukayo Saka.Mesut Ozil put the game beyond the Magpies with his first goal of the season with a tap-in after a flowing Arsenal move involving 35 passes and touches from all 11 players — the most passes for any goal in the league this season.Lacazette left on the bench with youngster Eddie Nketiah, finished off a smart move for Mikel Arteta’s side, who recorded just their second win since the Spaniard took over at the club. Agencies Also Read: Burnley rue missed chances in Arsenal stalemateAlso Watch: State BJP President Ranjeet Dass faces black flag protest in Titaborlast_img read more