Lotus Teams With Pigeons Playing Ping Pong In Grand Rapids [Gallery]

first_imgLoad remaining images Last night, jamtronica favorites Lotus cruised into The Intersection in Grand Rapids, MI, bringing along Pigeons Playing Ping Pong for the ride. Both bands brought their familiar brand of high energy jam-fueled music, with Pigeons’ getting in early for some funky rock before Lotus’s headlining set. The 1-2 punch of these two top notch bands was a great night that all could enjoy!Check out a full gallery of images from the show, courtesy of Phierce Photo.last_img read more

Summit celebrates Asian American ‘innovators, instigators, and inspirers’

first_img Douglas Chin ’88, M.D. ’93, M.M.Sc. ’94 Q&ADouglas Chin, Jeannie Park, Athena Lao, Anupam AgarwalGAZETTE: H4A held its inaugural summit in 2010, not long after the Shared Interest Groups (SIG) was formed. How did that event come together, and what did it mean to the SIG?park: There was a concern about our ability to pull something like this off given that the organization was really in its infancy. I literally woke up in a cold sweat every morning for nine months thinking nobody was going to show up, and in the end we had 400 people. It really kick-started the SIG. We realized that we had built this voice and that we could use it to speak out on issues that were important to us at the University. Sometimes you have to raise every voice you have in every corner in order to make sure that your concerns are heard.GAZETTE: The speakers at this year’s summit represent a broad array of backgrounds, beliefs, and disciplines, which seems to mirror the diversity of your membership. Why is that important to the summit’s success?lao: When people think of Asian Americans, there’s often this idea that we’re a monolithic group. We’re trying to combat negative stereotypes with positive storytelling by enthusiastically highlighting how much difference there is. I say this as a Filipino American who works in international education and studied classics at Harvard. If we can give people the courage to be their authentic selves, even if that looks very different than traditional models of success, then we can say we’ve done our job.park: One of the things that’s especially appealing about the SIG, and this summit in particular, is that it does bring together people from so many generations. We have registrants from the Class of 1958 all the way up to current students, and that’s been true of all of our summits. Meeting people across classes and across generations, you get a range of perspectives on being Asian American and on life in general.GAZETTE:What new topics have arisen as focal points of this year’s summit?lao: We want to emphasize the need to figure out what it means to have a collective and powerful voice, when that voice has so many diverse parts. A lot of our programming speaks to that. We have people who have worked in advocacy and organizing for important social causes. We have a panel on Asian American studies and how that field has changed. We’re having conversations on business and what it means to be Asian American and trying to break the “bamboo ceiling,” as it were. We’ll also have a series of “lightning talks” that feature six different people who have had unorthodox professional journeys speaking about how they’ve learned from failures to reach success.agarwal: I organized a session for the summit called “View from the C-Suite,” with four very accomplished panelists. It is well-documented that Asians have very low representation in C-Suites across all industries in the U.S. We will learn about barriers to entry, as well as what are important skills needed to move to the C-Suite. I actually got involved in the summit because I wanted to contribute to the Harvard community, and I thought I could help by connecting with my own professional network and by using my experience as an organizer of more than a dozen “CEO fireside chats” at the Harvard Club of San Francisco. Chin: Regardless of where one stands on the political spectrum, all would agree that we are in a peculiar moment in American history, and this year the summit draws a multitude of distinguished political leaders. They will address what some of the barriers have been to Asian American participation in government and what special opportunities this moment holds for having our voices heard in unprecedented ways.park: The admissions lawsuit is another area in which our voice has been important. It’s a very complicated and heated issue that has put more of a spotlight on our community, and our members have looked to us for guidance on how to approach it with a cool head. We’ve been very clear that we’re against discrimination against any racial or ethnic group, but we also believe that holistic, race-conscious admissions are necessary for diversity and opportunity and to reach under-resourced parts of our own community. That was the view we supported by signing the amicus brief with the other alumni and student groups.  A lot of info has emerged that we are still digesting. We’re going to discuss it at the summit, with speakers who have very different and nuanced views. I’m not sure there’s ever going to be complete clarity, but the summit is a chance for us to keep working through it together.GAZETTE: The theme of the summit is “innovators, instigators, and inspirers.” Why did you pick that theme and how is it carried through the weekend?lao: We chose those three words deliberately because we wanted to think about what it means to speak out and take action. We want people to innovate, but the word “innovate” on its own could be seen as cliché. We chose “instigate” because to instigate something is to take action in a way that does perhaps raise eyebrows or cause people to pay attention in a way they might not otherwise. And, of course, we chose “inspire” because we want people to be inspired and to aim to inspire after they leave the conference. So when we say “innovators, instigators, and inspirers,” we don’t just mean that the people in our sessions are going to play those roles; we want all of our participants to feel that they can embody those things. We don’t want them to just walk away from this. We want them to want to do something more afterward.Chin: We envision the summit as something that will inspire innovation and be a starting place for instigating local and global transformation. Each of us is uniquely empowered to make the world a better place in some special way. In my mind, that is what Harvard’s transformational education is all about. And that is what this summit is about. Athena Lao ’12 The 6,000 members of the Harvard Asian American Alumni Alliance (H4A) represent different ethnicities, live and work in different areas, and span different Harvard Schools and class years. But, like the members of all of the Harvard Alumni Association’s volunteer-run Shared Interest Groups (SIGs), what brings this diverse cross-section of alumni together is what they have in common — their shared experiences, passions, and bond with Harvard.H4A members will join hundreds of Asian and Asian American alumni, students, and faculty on campus for the group’s third global summit Friday through Sunday. Held every four years since 2010, the summit gives participants a chance to hear from alumni now working in a range of fields, discuss issues of the day, and connect with the University and one another. Highlights of this year’s event include remarks by Harvard President Larry Bacow and former U.S. Surgeon General Vivek Murthy ’98, a live podcast taping, a storytelling slam, a celebration of H4A’s 10th anniversary, and sessions on topics such as advocacy, technological disruption, and mental wellness.“This is not just a weekend gathering of alumni and thought leaders. It will be a transformational event that will inspire alumni to change the world and provide them with the energy, creativity, and connectedness to do so,” said Douglas Chin ’88, M.D. ’93, M.M.Sc. ’94, who is co-chairing the summit with Anupam Agarwal, M.P.H. ’05, and Athena Lao ’12.Chin, Lao, Agarwal, and H4A President Jeannie Park ’83 spoke with the Gazette about the role the SIG and the summit play in Harvard’s Asian American community today.center_img Jeannie Park ’83 Anupam Agarwal, M.P.H. ’05last_img read more

Political science professors discuss ‘politics of place’

first_imgKay Bontempo | The Observer During the question-and-answer segment of the talk, one student asked if there was any truth to the statement that southern suburbs were starting to vote according to northern patterns, while northern towns were beginning to follow southern voting habits.Kaplan said, “It’s a combination of demographic patterns; for example, people from the north moving to Arlington, Va. who don’t vote like southerners.”Of the phenomenon of northern towns voting like the South, Campbell said “to be rural is now associated with a particular brand of conservatism, almost a psychic bond with what you’d find in the South.”When asked what was most crucial for students to understand about the politics of place, Kaplan said understanding context is necessary to understanding trends.“The importance of putting a particular election result in context,” he said. “We tend to look at elections as a snapshot — who won, what happened? But to understand a particular election it helps to see it in the context of a tendency over time. Politics is always changing and we’re always trying to catch up, [but] to understand the direction of change, you have to look at trends over time.”Tags: election 2016, Election 2020, Pizza Pop and Politics, political science, Politics of Place, Racism ND Votes hosted a discussion on Wednesday which addressed an issue at the forefront of modern American politics — demographics and how one’s place of birth can influence voting habits. The event, held in the Geddes Hall Coffee House, was part of an ongoing monthly series called “Pizza, Pop and Politics,” sponsored by the Center for Social Concerns and designed to increase discourse among students on topics related to politics.This month’s discussion, titled “The Politics of Place,” featured presentations by Josh Kaplan, professor and director of undergraduate studies for the political science department, and David Campbell, professor and chairperson for the Department of Political Science.Kaplan said he first became interested in the politics of place while in graduate school.“I took a lot of history courses, and one of my teachers kept referring to a political scientist named V.O. Key,” Kaplan said. “I read Key’s work, and he wrote a very influential book on southern politics. And about 10 years ago I got the idea for a course on politics in the south. … [I realized the course was actually] about the demographics in politics.”Kaplan said demographic trend analysis has only become a standard way of understanding politics in the past decade.“It used to be something that political scientists, that campaigns talked about it, but now it’s become just one of the things that everybody talks about,” Kaplan said. “Hillary Clinton’s problems with young voters, Bernie Sanders’ problems with minority voters, Donald Trump’s affinity with uneducated voters … all these categories that we now use. So, I see this event as a way to look at the future of American politics by looking at what we can learn from demographics, and how we can think about the influence of demographic change on political change.”The presentations centered around two major demographic divides in American voting habits—north versus south, and urban versus rural.Professor Campbell opened the discussion with a question concerning the title of the event itself — why was it “Pizza, Pop and Politics” rather than “Pizza, Soda and Politics?”“Some of you grew up calling it ‘pop,’” he said, “but why?”Campbell then transitioned to a discussion of cultural differences across different regions of the United States, particularly the urban-rural split, and its implications for American politics.Campbell projected slides showing how the divide between urban and rural voting patterns in the United States was wider in 2016 than it was in 2012, though he said the phenomenon was present in both elections.“This is not a brand-new distinction,” Campbell said. “But it’s one that we’re talking about a little more than we had been.”Professor Kaplan followed with a discussion of northern voting habits versus southern, and their implications for the 2020 election. Informed by post-Civil War history, Kaplan said there is an important distinction between the “deep South” and the “peripheral South” in their levels of racial integration and urbanization at the time, and the lasting effects those differences had on political participation in the region.last_img read more

India’s Azure Power wins contract for 2GW of solar from SECI

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:Azure Power has lined up the latest solar contract of a string this year, securing the government’s backing for a major interstate transmission (ISTS) project. On Thursday, the developer said it has been picked by the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to deploy 2GW of solar across the country, backed by a power purchase agreement (PPA).The scheme, supported by the SECI’s new letter of award, will seek to deploy annual 500MW PV batches at yet-to-be decided locations all across India, Azure said in a statement.The firm expects all plants to be commissioned between 2022 and 2025. Their output has been contracted via a 25-year PPA with SECI, featuring tariffs of INR2.92/kWh (US$0.041/kWh). The tariff, said Azure CEO Ranjit Gupta, is 8% higher than the “last discovered” figure from SECI for ISTS projects. “This opportunity is attractive to us for many reasons,” Gupta remarked.The PPA with SECI will offer Azure protection against curtailment, a long-running issue for Indian renewables. The deal allows the developer to override ISTS transmission fees.In return for the long-term state backing to its 2GW push, Azure is required to support 500MW in domestic PV cell and module manufacturing capacity. The firm explained it has already signed a tentative deal with a “leading” Indian panel maker to take over a majority stake of the 500MW component. [José Rojo Martín]More: India’s Azure gets green light for 2GW ISTS solar project India’s Azure Power wins contract for 2GW of solar from SECIlast_img read more

Texas Guardsmen Graduate Chilean Mountain School

first_imgBy Texas Military Department September 14, 2016 Twenty-one Texas Guardsmen successfully completed the Chilean Mountain School short course from August 15-26 in Río Blanco. “The course was designed as a two-week synopsis of their four-month long mountain warfare course, which is similar to our Ranger school,” said 1st. Lt. Michael A. Affeldt, Texas Army National Guard, scout platoon leader of the 1st Battalion (Airborne) 143rd Infantry Regiment, and officer in charge of the Texas military exchange for the course. “So it’s a pretty prestigious course to go through in Chile.” The 21 guardsmen had to score at least a 290 on the Texas Army Physical Fitness Test, speak Spanish and have previous experience in cold weather and mountain terrain. The course consists of basic competencies on movement, maneuvering and life-saving techniques in spring and winter mountain terrain. “The course starts off in Río Blanco, which is at the base of the mountains. It was 30 degrees at night and 65 degrees during the day,” said Texas Army National Guard Cpl. Nicholas C. Graff, , fire team leader with the 143rd Infantry Regiment. The first phase focused on summer climbing techniques such as rock climbing, rappelling, ascending and water crossings. “We practiced pack animal training so we used mules,” said Cpl. Graff. “They use mules to carry gear where they can’t get vehicles. All the stuff that we did in the summer phase, led into a culminating event for the winter section.” The second phase consisted of winter operations such as cross-country skiing, downhill skiing, medevac and foreign weapons familiarization. “We also dug snow shelters that we slept in a couple nights. Digging ice caves was a lot of fun,” said Cpl. Graff. Texas’ coldest winters couldn’t hold up to the Chilean 7-degree mountain climate, but Lt. Affeldt said his Soldiers kept perseverance throughout the course. “Downhill skiing was a struggle in itself, then they threw in cross-country skiing, which is a little bit more difficult. So the first day everyone was kind of looking like Bambi, but by the end of the week we were able to climb up mountain and do a company exercise,” said Lt. Affeldt. Through these military exchanges, Soldiers are given the opportunity to experience new types of operations. “The ability to sit down with another army and to be able to hang out with people of a different culture and see the world through their eyes was incredible,” said Lt. Affeldt. Texas National Guard and Chile have been working together since 2009 though the National States’ partnership program. The program is managed by the National Guard Bureau, and is designed to link a state’s National Guard with a partner nation’s military forces and government agencies in a cooperative, mutually beneficial relationship. “The way it benefits the Texas Military Department is the ability for us to take Soldiers from across the division and entire state and send them to an environment to train in that we don’t have the ability to train in,” said Lt. Affeldt. “Now we have Soldiers coming back that understand how to do operations in cold weather climates, mountainous terrain and how to deal with adversity in different environments.” Although the training environment between Chile and Texas may differ slightly, military-to-military battle rhythms are quite similar. “The army values were a major part of the training,” said Lt. Affeldt. “It took large amounts of personal courage for some to overcome uncomfortable and new situations, but when it comes down to it, duty and honor wouldn’t let us fail.” Last year, the Texas Military Department conducted 14 military exchanges with Chilean partners that included engineering, medical and disaster response as well as the best warrior competition. “It’s crazy that the soldier mentality transfers that far,” said Cpl. Graff. “They like to train, they like to go hard, everyone seemed to get along really well. The best thing we did was build relationships down there and learning how to interact with them and who they are as people. I made some good friends.” The Texas Military Department is scheduled to host their Chilean partners this November to conduct search and rescue training at Camp Mabry in Austin, Texas.last_img read more

Sidney Police officer arrested on sexually-related charges involving minor

first_imgThe New York State Police Department says 27-year-old Brandon S. Parry of Sherburne, N.Y. was arrested and charged with disseminating indecent material to minors. He was also charged with endangering the welfare of a child, a misdemeanor. (WBNG) — State Police announced the arrest of an officer from the Village of Sidney Police Department on a felony sex charge Thursday afternoon. The police department says Parry is accused of sending indecent messages and pictures to a minor. The investigation is ongoing. State Police say Parry was arraigned in the Village of Sidney Court where he was released on his own recognizance. An order of protection was issued to the victim, police say.last_img read more

Number of West Nile virus cases surges

first_img In 2006 the number of WNV illnesses in the United States rose for the second year in a row, after a dramatic decline in 2004, suggesting that the virus will remain endemic, the CDC said in a Jun 8 MMWR report. “Our cities, towns, and Indian reservations are putting up a good fight against the Culex mosquito,” he said, adding that before 2002 few of the state’s communities had mosquito-control programs. “Now, nearly two thirds of our population lives in a community with some type of mosquito control program.” Jul 21, 2006, MMWR report on WNV activity from Jan 1–Jul 18, 2006http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5528a4.htm Of the total cases reported so far this year, 34% (42) were West Nile neuroinvasive disease (WNND) (meningitis, encephalitis, or acute flaccid paralysis). Another 58% (71) were West Nile fever, and 7% (9) were unspecified. The virus has caused three deaths. See also: Lyle Peterson, director of the CDC’s vector-borne infection division, said the high number of cases so far is a warning that individuals and communities should be extremely vigilant, according to a New York Times report today. South Dakota reported its first WNV death 2 days ago, according to a press release from the South Dakota Department of Health (SDDH). The death, which is not yet reflected in the CDC tally, occurred in a patient in the 80- to 89-year-old age-group in whom WNV encephalitis developed. Jun 8, 2007, MMWR wrap-up article on 2006 WNV seasonhttp://www.cdc.gov/mmwr/preview/mmwrhtml/mm5622a3.htm Jul 26, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The number of West Nile virus (WNV) cases reported so far this season has dramatically outpaced the number reported at about this time last summer, the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said today.center_img Lon Kightlinger, PhD, South Dakota’s state epidemiologist, told CIDRAP News that the Culex tarsalis mosquito, an efficient vector for the disease, is abundant in South Dakota, even in severe drought years. Ninety percent of WNV cases typically occur in August and early September, so it’s difficult to say if the trend will continue, he told the Times. The focus of the WNND and West Nile fever cases appears to be in California and the Dakotas. CDC. West Nile virus update—United States, January 1–July 24, 2007. MMWR Jul 27;56(29):740-1 [Full text] Jul 24 SDDH press releasehttp://www.state.sd.us/news/showDoc.aspx?i=8662 Despite the growth of control programs, personal precautions—such as wearing insect repellent, staying indoors during mosquito active periods, and eliminating standing water—are still vital for preventing WNV illnesses, Kightlinger said. The CDC, in tomorrow’s issue of Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), said 122 cases of WNV illness have been reported as of Jul 24. Last summer, the CDC had reported only 15 cases as of the middle of July.last_img read more

Indonesia to issue Rp 450 trillion in ‘pandemic bonds’ to finance COVID-19 fight

first_imgTopics : Indonesia will raise nearly Rp 450 trillion (US$27.21 billion) in “pandemic bonds” to finance the country’s efforts to combat the health crisis and economic turmoil caused by the COVID-19 pandemic as demand for government bonds has declined, an official document shows.The government will also increase its bond sales target by Rp 160.2 trillion to Rp 549.6 trillion to address the widening budget deficit, which could reach 5.07 percent of gross domestic product (GDP), according to the Finance Ministry document.“The government’s first line of financing will come from an endowment fund and accumulated cash surplus [SAL] but it will not be enough,” Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati told the House of Representatives Commission XI overseeing financial affairs in a video conference. President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has announced extra state spending worth Rp 405.1 trillion to finance Indonesia’s battle against the novel coronavirus pandemic, specifically for healthcare, social safety net and business recovery programs.Read also: Indonesia announces Rp 405 trillion COVID-19 budget, anticipates 5% deficit in historic move“Therefore, we need to issue government debt papers to look for the best financing sources. We will be very careful in navigating these uncharted waters,” she added. However, foreign investors have pulled out of the tradable government bond market, with a benchmark 10-year bond yield of 8.17 percent at 2:45 p.m. Monday, a 1.5-year high, indicating investors see increasing risk in Indonesian assets.At auction, the demand for Indonesia’s debt papers has also declined sharply in March from February, according to official documents. At a Feb. 18 auction, the government saw Rp 127 trillion in bids and absorbed Rp 19 trillion, while on March 31 it only saw Rp 34 trillion and absorbed Rp 22 trillion.center_img Under the new Government Regulation in Lieu of Law (Perppu) No. 1/2020 issued last week, Bank Indonesia (BI) is now permitted to buy government bonds at auction to anticipate if the market is unable to fulfil the government’s financing target. The regulation revokes a 1999 law on the central bank, which only allowed BI to buy government bonds in the secondary market.“We will be very transparent so as to maintain the credibility of our fiscal and monetary policies,” Sri Mulyani pledged in front of members of the House. The government is looking to BI to finance the budget deficit, as demand for government bonds declines.The central bank has purchased Rp 172.5 trillion in government bonds, including Rp 166.2 trillion from foreign investors in the secondary market.Indonesia’s financial markets have been hit by the coronavirus outbreak, with foreign investors having sold Rp 148.76 trillion in Indonesian assets, including Rp 135.08 trillion in government bonds and Rp 9.71 trillion in Indonesian shares, BI data shows.last_img read more

Cuba to send 20 nurses to Dominica

first_img Share Tweet 240 Views   no discussions Share HealthLifestyleLocalNews Cuba to send 20 nurses to Dominica by: – May 2, 2018center_img Sharing is caring! Share Acting Principal Nursing Officer, Terrilia RavalliereTwenty Cuban nurses will soon arrive in Dominica to complement the nursing staff as the Ministry of Health and Social Services.This pledge of assistance came from a meeting between Dominican and Cuban health professionals who met at the recently concluded International Public Health Convention held in Cuba.The Ministry of Health and Social Services has noted a shortage of staff in various departments at the Princess Margaret Hospital leaving the remaining staffed overworked, Dr Darroux informed and thus the Cuban nurses will help to alleviate their plight. Acting Principal Nursing Officer, Terrilia Ravalliere, who attended the International Public Health Convention, said it was “very, very beneficial and worthwhile”.“Most favorable for me was having the occasion, having the experience and being present when the discussion was held with the Minister of Health in Cuba, as well as the Central Unit Cooperation, whereby we discussed the nursing situation. We did receive promising news from Cuba, that they are overtly willing to assist us as it relates to the nursing services,” Ravalliere stated.As a result of these discussions, twenty nurses will be first deployed to Dominica. “We made a request for five midwives, five community health nurses, two intensive care nurses, two accident and emergency nurses, as well as six registered nurses,” Ravalliere indicated. “I am pleased and happy to know that we have this assurance that our nursing shortage, as it relates to the situation that we are presently experiencing, will be receiving an increase in numbers,” Ravalliere added.Meanwhile, Minister for Health and Social Services, Dr. Kenneth Darroux is hopeful that the arrival of these nurses will ease the high pressure situation at the hospital as one of the main complaints he has heard from the nurses was the high patient to nursing ratio. “They have complained about having too much patients which will cause a decrease in the quality of health care etc., so we are hoping that these twenty nurses, in the first instance that is, will help to alleviate that major problem,” Dr. Darroux stated.last_img read more

Member of Parliament of the National Assembly of Uganda pays one day visit to Dominica

first_imgLocalNews Member of Parliament of the National Assembly of Uganda pays one day visit to Dominica by: – June 13, 2011 Share Share 53 Views   no discussions Tweetcenter_img Share Sharing is caring! by Mervin MatthewGovernment Information ServiceHon. Okupa ElijahMember of Parliament of the National Assembly of Uganda Hon. Okupa Elijah left the island on Thursday after holding brief talks with Hon. Speaker of the House of Assembly, Alix Boyd Knights.The Uganda official who is also a member of the executive committee of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association discussed several matters with the Speaker of the house including plans for the upcoming CPA meeting in London next month.“The committee meeting in London is an annual conference that brings together all Commonwealth countries, the Commonwealth Parliamentarians. It is an annual event, the one that is coming up and will mark the one hundredth anniversary of the Commonwealth Parliamentary Association. The Commonwealth Parliamentary Association was founded in 1911. We are also going to have elections of the chairperson and treasurer. The position of treasurer is for three years. At the moment, it held by a Minister from Malaysia. “Hon. Speaker of the House of Assembly, Alix Boyd Knights, is no stranger to the CPA elections and will attend the London meeting next month.“Last year, I was privileged to have been elected Chairperson of the Commonwealth Women Parliamentarians Association and this year, is the turn of the general body to elect somebody. The CWP feels very strongly that this year, in as much as the theme for the entire conference is ‘Women as Agents for Change’, now is the time to elect a woman as chairperson. If either of the two women who are running are elected, that person would only be the second woman in one hundred years to be elected to that high position.”last_img read more