Michael Blake Greenwald has been named a fellow at Harvard Kennedy School’s Belfer Center for Science and International Affairs.While at the Kennedy School, Greenwald, who has served the U.S. government in several senior diplomatic roles, will lecture, conduct research, and engage with students on a range of issues including economic sanctions, illicit finance, national security, intelligence, and global finance.“From the Treasury Department to the intelligence community to serving as a senior Treasury diplomat in the Middle East, Michael has done critically important work to limit the ability of America’s enemies to fund terrorist attacks,” said former Secretary of Defense and current Belfer Center Director Ash Carter. “We are honored to have him join our community of researchers committed to a more secure, peaceful world.”“I am honored to join the incredible team at the Belfer Center, which has led the way in advancing the conversation in international security and diplomatic issues facing the United States and around the world,” said Greenwald. “At such a critical juncture and moment in our nation’s history, I am looking forward to working with the deep bench of leaders and scholars at the Belfer Center to tackle the threat posed by illicit financing, the changing nature of financial warfare, and the economic sanctions landscape.”Greenwald served as a financial diplomat in Africa, Europe, and the Middle East, spanning the tenures of U.S. Treasury Secretaries Timothy Geithner, Jacob Lew, and Steven Mnuchin. Most recently, he served as the first United States Treasury Attaché appointed to Qatar and Kuwait and opened the Treasury Department’s office in Doha, Qatar in August 2015. Read Full Story
Notre Dame’s decision to evacuate the students was in response to a U.S. State Department recommendation. Twelve Notre Dame students are participating in Notre Dame’s study abroad program at the American University of Cairo (AUC). The students in Cairo had no access to Internet or mobile phone connections last week, but Notre Dame’s Office of International Studies (OIS) received a Friday voicemail when AUC officials allowed students to make one-minute phone calls from landlines. The students arrived in Cairo Jan. 20 to begin their semester of study at AUC. U.S. government-arranged transportation from Cairo to safe haven locations in Europe is scheduled to begin Monday, according to a notice from the U.S. Embassy in Cairo. “OIS has received a voicemail from one of our Cairo students, calling on behalf of all of them,” the note stated. “They are all safe at the student residence in Zamalek. … They are obeying the curfew and, as instructed, have not ventured from their residences nor in anyway been involved in any of the protests. There are AUC officials in residence at Zamalek that are there to act as advisors to our students.” In a Jan. 29 emergency website announcement, AUC stated that, “due to the circumstances in Egypt,” classes and activities were cancelled until at least Feb. 2. “Notre Dame is collaborating with AUC and U.S. officials to have the students transported with other American citizens as soon as possible on government-arranged transport to safe havens in Europe, from where they will be assisted by Notre Dame to locations in which they will be able to safely continue their studies,” the press release stated. In a website update directed toward parents of students in Cairo, OIS said the students were safe in their residences. Notre Dame students also placed short phone calls Sunday when they learned they were leaving Cairo. The University will evacuate Notre Dame students from Cairo due to ongoing protests and violence in Egypt, according to a University press release.
Menken, Slater and Fogelman teamed up previously for the Emmy-nominated musical episode of The Neighbors. Menken and Slater are long-term collaborators, having penned music and lyrics, respectively, for Broadway’s Leap of Faith, Sister Act and The Little Mermaid. Menken has won eight Oscars and was awarded a Tony for Newsies. Look out, Frozen, because there’s a new fairytale musical comedy that we can’t wait to obsess over. According to Deadline, ABC has picked up Galavant for a series order. As previously reported, the show comes from the minds of Alan Menken, currently celebrating a Tony nomination for Aladdin, as well as lyricist Glenn Slater and Dan Fogelman. Galavant is a single-camera comedy that follows a handsome prince who embarks on a quest for revenge on the king who stole his one true love. View Comments
Kanemasu Global Engagement AwardThis award recognizes a student who goes above and beyond in internationalizing his/her academic program at UGA.Jillian Gordon, master’s degree candidate in agricultural and environmental education CAES Global Citizen AwardThis award recognizes an undergraduate student in the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences who has embraced global citizenship through participation, promotion and leadership of international initiatives during his/her collegiate career.Lynae Bresser, pursuing a bachelor’s degree in environmental economics and managementAg Abroad Photo ContestThis contest is open to all CAES students and encourages them to share images of agriculture from around the world.First place, Martina Buchholz, Indian Mustard Field — IndiaSecond place, Ali Halalipour, Paddy Field Goes Beyond All Restrictions — IranThird place, Amanda Miller, Passion, It’s Universal — UruguayTo view all of the photos in the contest please visit tinyurl.com/internationalAGphotos16.For more information about the CAES Office of Global Programs www.global.uga.edu For all the photos from this year’s reception visit tiny.cc/caesglobal16. From rice fields in western Africa to sheep pastures in Uruguay, students in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental sciences travel the world each year to learn how to build a more food-secure future. This international engagement not only builds their understanding of global agricultural systems, but also helps students make connections between their classroom education and the global goal of doubling the world’s food supply by 2050. Sam Pardue, dean and director of CAES, challenged the students gathered at the college’s International Agriculture Reception to finish the job started during the green revolution in the 1960s and 1970s. Because of improved crop varieties and planting practices, farmers reduced the percentage the of the world population who suffer hunger from one-third of the human population to one-tenth of the population between the 1970s and the 1990s. “I’m excited by many of you in this room who will be a part of the next green revolution,” Pardue said. “And one day, just like we’ve eradicated diseases, we will be able to eradicate hunger from this world. It’s a mission that we all can embrace, and I am looking forward to seeing what the next 20 or 30 years of your efforts will bring.” CAES faculty, students and administrators gathered Tuesday to celebrate the college’s international mission and accomplishments at the sixth annual International Agriculture Day reception. Keynote speaker Ann M. Steensland, deputy director of the Global Harvest Initiative, told students and faculty that successful solutions for feeding the world’s hungry have to be created in concert with the farmers and community members on the ground in developing countries and in our own backyard. “As we’re looking at meeting the challenge of 2050, we need to think locally as well as globally,” Steensland said. “We need think creatively. We need to be flexible and we need to listen as much as we talk. And if we do that, and we really work with and respect the people we’re working with in the field, I think we have a real chance to meet this challenge and to bring a lot of people along with us.” The students and faculty members gathered at Tuesday’s event exemplified this idea of global citizenship and cooperation. The CAES Office of Global Programs, which hosts the International Agriculture Day Reception each spring, honored some of the college’s most globally minded students with travel grants, scholarships and awards. Students who will graduate this year with UGA’s International Agriculture Certificate were also recognized.Students honored Tuesday include:International Agriculture Certificate International Agriculture Certificate students expand their global perspective by participating in internationally focused coursework, language study and a hands-on international internship aligned with their academic and career goals.Brock Boleman, master’s degree in agricultural and applied economicsErin Burnett, bachelor’s degree in agricultural communicationChris Reynolds, bachelor’s degree in agribusinessEmily Urban, master’s degree in agricultural and environmental educationRachel Wigington, master’s degree in agricultural leadershipJessica Wolf, bachelor’s degree in geography William A. Corbett Purpose and Passion ScholarshipThis award is given by Jean Corbett Fowler in memory of her father, William A. Corbett, and supports graduate student participation in international education, internship or research experience.Alexander Morán Chávez, master’s degree candidate in agricultural and environmental education Graduate International Travel Awards These awards will be used to fund an international activity that supports the student’s interest in international collaboration and in global issues. The award covers round-trip air fair to an international conference or research site.Diego Barcellos, doctoral degree candidate in soil scienceAlexandra Bentz, doctoral degree candidate in poultry scienceEmily Urban, master’s degree candidate in agricultural and environmental education
August 1, 2002 Regular News New justice active in Bar work New justice active in Bar work Raoul G. Cantero III will bring a strong Florida Bar link with him in his new duties as a justice of the Florida Supreme Court. Cantero is vice chair of the Appellate Law Section and is the immediate past secretary. He has also served as treasurer and as a member of the Executive Council, and he is also an immediate past vice chair of the Appellate Court Rules Committee.A grandson of Cuban dictator Fulgencio Batista, Cantero was born in Spain and emigrated with his family to Miami in 1961. He graduated summa cum laude from Florida State University with a B.A. in English and business in 1982. He went on to Harvard Law School, where he graduated cum laude in 1985.He clerked for Judge Edward B. Davis in the Southern Florida U.S. District Court, and then joined Adorno & Zeder in 1988. At the time of his appointment to the court, he was a partner at the firm and headed the appellate department.Cantero served for eight years on the Coral Gables Planning and Zoning Board, and belongs to the Dade County, Cuban, and Coral Gables bar associations.And, until his appointment to the court, he served on the 11th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission.
Sections rally to support disabled lawyer February 15, 2006 Regular News Sections rally to support disabled lawyer ‘I just want to work and pursue a career, and I will not stop until that is a reality’ Jan Pudlow Senior Editor The plight of Aaron Bates, the young lawyer with muscular dystrophy featured on the front page of the January 15 News, caught the attention of many attending the Bar Midyear Meeting in Miami who want to help.His dilemma: The personal care attendant — to help him dress and bathe and get in and out of his motorized wheelchair — was provided by the state Division of Vocational Rehabilitation throughout his education, but stopped once he landed a job as an assistant state attorney in the Fifth Judicial Circuit. Therefore, even though 25-year-old Bates wants to work, he could not accept the $40,000-a-year job and had to return home to live with his parents in Alabama.“This strikes me as absurd,” Tony Musto, a Hallandale attorney, told executive council members of both the Criminal Law Section and Government Lawyer Section. “The Bar should not stand by and let this happen.”Florida Supreme Court Clerk Thomas Hall, chair of the Appellate Law Section, added his support.“I definitely agree with Tony that the Government Lawyer Section should take the lead. Here is a guy who wants to be a public servant and he is prohibited from doing so.”Musto wants to raise money to help Bates hire the personal care attendant, estimated at $35,000 a year, while efforts are made to change legislation to make him eligible for benefits, so that he can go to work.David Rothman, a member of the Bar Board of Governors, called the idea “a great thing to do,” and offered to help bring the issue before the board at its February 17 meeting in Tallahassee.Matt Dietz, who specializes in disability law, also put out a plea in an e-mail to members of Bar leadership and fellow Equal Opportunities Law Section members, saying, “This is wrong on so many different levels, and we need to do something about it. On a human level, we, as a society, made a promise to this young man that if he did the work and received the education, and got the job, he would be able to live like everybody else, and not be condemned to institutionalization and poverty solely because of his disability.”On an economic level, Dietz said, it is much less expensive to provide a personal care attendant “than to pay all the benefits of a nonproductive, unemployed person with significant health needs. In the long run, he will eventually make enough money to become self-sufficient, and he will contribute to society as a whole.”At both the Criminal Law and Government Lawyer executive council meetings, most lawyers were sympathetic, but several expressed concern about setting a precedent and wondered how they would help the next similarly situated individual.“I think it’s a real injustice,” said George Tragos of the Criminal Law Section Executive Council. “But I’m opposed to us becoming a social services agency.”He said he supported any help that could be given to Bates’ cause, “short of giving money,” and members voted to send a letter to the Board of Governors.In the meantime, Bar staff members are monitoring legislative efforts in both the House and Senate Health Care committees to amend F.S. §413.402 to allow individuals such as Bates to qualify for personal care attendants, a benefit currently available only for those who suffered a spinal cord injury.Bates, who has been very involved with legislative staff on drafting a change in the law, said he is grateful for the Bar’s efforts to help.“Being attorneys, people naturally assume that if anyone’s rights are being dutifully protected, an attorney’s rights are. In my case, however, you see that certain social barriers trump even the brightest minds or renowned professions,” Bates said.“It is important that the legal system, and society in general, reward hard work and perseverance. I was always led to believe that it did, but have found that it does not necessarily pay dividends immediately. I am hopeful that with the influence and reputation of The Florida Bar, and help of fellow attorneys, the illogical barrier I ran into can be removed. Whatever the solution may be, I just want to work and pursue a career, and I will not stop until that is a reality.”
24SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Derik Krauss Derik is a cofounder of BloomCU, an award-winning website design agency for credit unions. His agency’s design work has received recognition from CUNA (Diamond Award), TheFinancialBrand.com, and others. He … Web: bloomCU.com Details This guide is for the credit union marketer or executive who wants a beautiful, new website design. Following the principles in this guide will produce a gorgeous credit union website, guaranteed. To see a real-world application of these principles, check out this case study: Credit Union Website Design, A Case Study With Meridia Community Credit Union.How to BeginA credit union website design project should always start with discovery. Start by asking questions to understand your current situation and talk about must-haves for your new credit union website. The first question we usually ask is, “What do you like about your current website?” Next we ask, “What do you not like?” Then, “What would you like to see happen?” These simple questions reveal the website’s current situation and hopes for the new website. With careful consideration, answers to these questions will guide the redesign project.You can also do a User Experience Review of your website. Journey through your website like you’re a user who has a specific purpose. As you journey through your site, think about the user experience. This exercise is helpful to determine what’s good, ok, and ugly about your current website. Those determinations can guide the development of your new credit union website.This page shows several examples of User Experience Reviews: UX Reviews4 Principles to Make a Credit Union Website Design BeautifulApplying the four principles below produces beautiful credit union websites, like this one:Caption: BoxElderCU.com won a 2016 CUNA Diamond Award for its mobile design.Caption: The design principles in this guide also produced an elegant desktop website for Box Elder.Later, I’ll show you a couple more gorgeous credit union website designs that were made by applying these principles.Principle 1: Start with Content, Not DesignSurprisingly, a great credit union website design actually starts with content, not design. A website’s purpose is to persuade action. Content is what you say and design is how you say it. First, outline the content of your website, then use design to communicate your message with simplicity and emotion. If you launch straight into design instead of starting with content, you’re bound to get poor messaging or an ugly website. Therefore, begin the redesign by constructing your website’s navigation and outlining page contents.Traverse Website NavigationFinding information on your websites should be easy. Simple website navigation, therefore, is vital to a pleasant user experience. Ask yourselves, “Why do people visit our credit union website? What information do our website visitors need?” List your responses, discuss them, and group them by topic. After grouping the list items, you’ll have a well-organized navigation structure and sitemap. Ta-da!Caption: This a navigation and sitemap example from Credit Union Website Design, A Case Study With Meridia Community Credit Union.Outline Page Content, Create Page TypesAfter outlining the navigation and sitemap, you have an inventory of all the pages your website needs. Next, outline the content of each page. Group pages into Types, each Type having a set of unique content elements. For example, all service pages should have the same content elements, while a news page will probably have different elements; therefore, Services and News are different Page Types. Page Types may include Locations, Contact, Rates, Search, News, Products & Services, and the Homepage. Organizing pages into Types creates consistency and simplicity for website users.Now, outline the content for each Page Type using communication strategies designed to persuade action. For example, all product and service pages should have Position (Branding), Benefit (how people benefit), Evidence, and Call to Action elements.Caption: This a content outline example from Credit Union Website Design, A Case Study With Meridia Community Credit Union.Principle 2: Discover Design Style and Role ModelsWith navigation and page outlines complete, it’s time to talk about style guides and role models.Style GuideA style guide defines the guidelines of a brand’s colors, fonts, and imagery. We recommend making a style guide before doing a credit union website design project because it will make the design process more effective and efficient. If you don’t have a style guide, get one 🙂 Lots of design agencies can help you create one.Choosing Role ModelsHumans choose roles models to help them make choices. For example, if you want to be an awesome quarterback, then you might imitate Joe Montana. Similarly, Christians imitate Jesus by asking, “What would Jesus do?”Roles models are also helpful for credit union website design. Look at other organization’s websites–they don’t necessarily have to be credit unions–and find sites you like. Keep a list of what you like and don’t like about websites you see.Principle 3: Practice Iterative DesignIf you’ve followed this guide, you haven’t touched a design tool yet, but now it’s time to go to the whiteboard, open Photoshop (or Illustrator, etc.), and turn imaginations into realities.Designing gorgeous credit union websites requires collaboration and iteration. Collaborate and iterate during every design step explained below.Whiteboard SketchesStart with whiteboard sketches of each Page Type to transform ideas into layout concepts, then discuss and rapidly iterate.WireframesRefine your whiteboard sketches by designing simple wireframes in Illustrator, Photoshop, or a similar software. Wireframes should not include colors, font styles, or images. The purpose of the wireframes is to depict the layout of each Page Type. Collaborate and iterate on the wireframes.Caption: These are wireframes from Credit Union Website Design, A Case Study With Meridia Community Credit Union.DesignsAfter you feel good about the wireframes, use your style guide to apply colors, images, graphics, and font styles to each Page Type. Share the designs with all decision makers to get feedback. Go through several iterations until you love the design. When the designing is done you should feel you’re getting one of the best credit union websites in the world. If you’re not in love with the design, you aren’t done yet.PrototypeOnce all the page types and navigation elements are designed, link all the designs together to make a clickable prototype. A prototype shows how the final website will look and function after launch, which gives everyone a lot of confidence in the designs–or shows where improvements need to be made. (InVision is a great tool for prototyping.)Do It All Again for MobileMake sure you do all of these steps for both the desktop and mobile version of your website. Again, collaborate and iterate until you love the mobile design.Principle 4: You Gotta Have Design SkillsYou could follow all the principles above and still get an ugly website if you don’t have design skills. Design skills are your Hand of Midas. You need a designer who knows how to push buttons in Illustrator and make golden credit union website designs. (I’m not saying this because my company does credit union website design; it’s just the truth.)The Result: A Beautiful Credit Union Website DesignIf you follow the principles explained above, you’ll get beautiful credit union website designs like these:Caption: Launched April 2016, MeridiaCU.com has a great chance of winning a 2017 CUNA Diamond Award.Caption: Amucu.org shows off an unconventional, beautiful design.Follow the principles in this guide and you’ll get one of the best credit union websites in the world, guaranteed.
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The World Bank, the Tanoto Foundation and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation are working closely with the Indonesian government to reduce the high stunting rate in the country by donating US$4 million through the Multi Donor Trust Fund for Indonesia Human Capital Acceleration.A statement issued by the World Bank and obtained by The Jakarta Post on Wednesday said the trust fund would operate, from 2020 to 2024, under the guidance of a steering committee consisting of representatives from the Indonesian government, the World Bank and both foundations.Hari Menon, the South and Southeast Asia lead for the Bill Gates Foundation, hoped the fund would strengthen support for the Indonesian government in accelerating the reduction of stunting and “giving millions of children the opportunity to have a bright future”.World Bank program leader for human development Camilla Holmemo said stunting prevention would play a significant role in improving the country’s human capital.Read also: Collaborative efforts key in reducing stunting: ObserversTanoto Foundation CEO Satrijo Tanudjojo echoed Holmemo’s statement.”[The trust fund] is one of the several initiatives the foundation undertakes for human capital development, as a contribution to the government of Indonesia in achieving its sustainable development goals,” Satrijo said.According to data from the 2018 National Health Survey (Riskesdas), Indonesia performed poorly on stunting prevention, as three out of 10 children under the age of 5 experienced stunting in the country. The figure is quite high considering that the World Health Organization has set a maximum limit for stunting tolerance at 20 percent, or one-fifth of all existing toddlers.To overcome the challenge, the country has become “one of the early adopter countries of the World Bank’s Human Capital Project” to develop various programs including the National Strategy to Accelerate Stunting Prevention, in which it delivered a multi-sectoral package of priority nutrition interventions, said the statement.Topics :
Image courtesy of ShellHarvey Gulf International Marine, the New Orleans-based LNG-fueled PSV owner and LNG bunkering pioneer, has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in Houston. The marine transportation company that specializes in providing offshore supply and multi-purpose support vessels for deepwater operations in the U.S. Gulf of Mexico, has listed some $1.2 billion in debt.The action taken by the company is regarded as the sign of an oil-drilling activity slowdown and a direct result of a drop in oil prices.The company’s court filing under Chapter 11, includes a plan to restructure the debt which would see creditors receive equity in the company once it exits the bankruptcy.According to the filing, “the primary objective of the plan is the deleveraging of the debtors’ balance sheet through the consensual equitization of approximately 70% of the Debtors’ approximately $1.2 billion in secured debt under the credit agreement.”The company aims ‘right-size’ the balance sheet would eliminate amortization payments and reduce interest expense by $47 million per year.The filing lists between 200 and 999 creditors and assets with assets worth from $100 million to $500 million.Improved cash flow would enable the company to maintain and expand its fleet that as of late includes five liquefied natural gas (LNG) fueled platform supply vessels.The company also owns and operates, what it claims to be, the first marine LNG fueling terminal in North America at its operation base in Port Fourchon, Louisiana. The facility, with a total on-site storage of approximately 270,000 gallons contained in three tanks was opened in February 2016.