Speaker will assess worldwide progress in reducing poverty & disease UN coordinator of $3.2 billion portfolio to speak at Saint Michael’s on UN Millennium Development Goals Dr. Bisrat Aklilu, executive coordinator of the United Nations Multi-Donor Trust Fund, will speak at Saint Michael’s College on Monday, April 28, at 3:30 p.m. in St. Edmund’s Hall Farrell Room (3rd floor). Dr. Bisrat, an economics professor at Boston University before joining the UN, will speak on the topicThe United Nations and the Millennium Development Goals: Challenges and Opportunities.Sponsored by the SMC economics department, the free public lecture marks the occasion of inducting students into the economics honor society Omicron Delta Epsilon. The Millennium Project was commissioned by the United Nations Secretary-General in 2002 to develop a concrete action plan for the world to reverse the grinding poverty, hunger and disease affecting billions of people.At the Millennium Summit in September 2000 the largest gathering of world leaders in history adopted the UN Millennium Declaration, committing their nations to a new global partnership to reduce extreme poverty and setting out a series of time-bound targets, with a deadline of 2015, www.unmillenniumproject.org(link is external)Dr. Aklilu administers the UN Trust Fund, which receives development funding from 47 countries and operates in 74 countries with a portfolio of $3.2 billion. An Ethiopian national, Bisrat Aklilu received his Ph.D. from Boston University in 1974 and received an appointment to the BU faculty, where he taught from 1974 to 1979, when he joined the UN as a development economist. Now Executive Director of the Trust Fund, Dr. Aklilu has also served as Acting Director of UN Operations. He was on the board and was chair of the African Sub-Committee of OXFAM America from 1981 to 1989.Saint Michael’s College, www.smcvt.edu(link is external), founded in 1904 by the Society of St. Edmund and headed by President John J. Neuhauser, is identified by the Princeton Review as one of the nation’s Best 366 Colleges. A liberal arts, residential, Catholic college, Saint Michael’s is located just outside of Burlington, Vermont, one of America’s top college towns, and less than two hours from Montreal. As one of only 270 institutions nationwide with a prestigious Phi Beta Kappa chapter on campus, Saint Michael’s has 2,000 full-time undergraduate students, some 500 graduate students and 200 international students.In recent years Saint Michael’s students and professors have received Rhodes, Woodrow Wilson, Guggenheim, Fulbright, National Science Foundation and other grants, and Saint Michaels professors have been named Vermont Professor of the Year in four of the last seven years. The college is currently listed as one of the nation’s Best Liberal Arts Colleges in the 2008 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
Surviving in Caatinga Every drop of dew counts when collecting water, Capt. Carlucio stressed. “We teach them to collect water from dew, plants, and soil, and we teach them how to filter this water… We teach the Soldiers how to use maps and identify animals that can serve as food, as well as how to select places to eat and sleep. We show the how to prepare a trap to capture these animals and we train them to fire hunting rifles.” In 1995, the Army, in an effort to prepare those who will serve in a CMNE unit, created the Caatinga Adaptation Traineeship and the Caatinga Adaptation and Operations Traineeship. Since then, seven training sessions have been held each year, with a total of 6,742 Soldiers having completed the course. The most recent traineeship, attended by 30 participants, occurred between May 14th-20th. Training for international operations The experience also includes teaching Soldiers how to identify venomous animals and reptiles as well as how to administer first aid. In addition to learning survival techniques, Soldiers are encouraged to develop more subjective skills, known as the “Attitudinal Content.” “This content is related to the Soldiers’ emotions, such as the development of self-confidence, courage, initiative, emotional balance, leadership, decision-making skills, persistence, and adaptability to restrictive situations,” Capt. Carlucio said. By Dialogo June 14, 2016 In extreme cases, Soldiers’ survival in the Caatinga depends on locating water and food sources, avoiding threatening animals, and seeking shelter from the sun using what the environment offers, which is no more than shrubs with a few leaves and cacti. The CIOpC plans seven days of training in the Adaptation Traineeship, which Soldiers do not start until they pass medical exams to determine if their bodies can handle the grueling challenge. The Soldiers reach a state of extreme fatigue, but the goal is to maintain their reasoning and complete a mission with minimal planning. “They receive a task, which begins one day and ends the next. One or two hours later, another mission begins, and so on, for a week,” Capt. Carlucio said. “The Adaptation Traineeship has a single phase, lasting a week, with the goal of having the Soldiers acquire the knowledge needed to survive in the harsh environment of the Caatinga,” explained Captain José Carlucio Gomes de Sousa Junior, head of the Caatinga Instruction and Operations Center’s (CIOpC) Education Division. Not coincidentally, the Adaptation and Operations Traineeships are not limited solely to the careers of the Soldiers who will serve in the Northeast Military Command. “Five years ago, the traineeships were also authorized for the cadets of the Agulhas Negras Military Academy, for students of the Combat Sergeant School, in addition to the students of the Reserve Officer Training Center,” Capt. Carlucio concluded. The CIOpC’s doctrine and research section developed a special uniform to facilitate the Soldiers’ actions in the Caatinga. In place of camouflage in shades of green, the uniform for the White Forest has camouflage in shades of brown. “It more closely resembles the color found in our vegetation,” said Captain Thyago Augusto Rabello Fermiano, head of the Center’s Doctrine and Research Section. “In addition, our uniform receives leather detailing, with several pieces sewn on top of the fabric to protect Soldiers’ bodies from contact with thorns, twigs, and stones.” The Caatinga, or “White Forest” in the native Tupi language, is a biome in Brazil with an average annual rainfall of 500 millimeters, similar to levels seen in deserts. Temperatures range between 25-27 degrees Celsius, while the hard, rocky soil can reach 60 degrees. Thirty-thousand Soldiers from the Brazilian Army’s Northeast Military Command (CMNE) serve in the region, which covers approximately 11 percent of the country. Soldiers in the Adaptation and Operations Traineeship complete the education stage in about a week before starting the operations stage, where they complete a series of training missions that are are based on real-life scenarios. “One of the missions might be, for example, confronting a drug-trafficking situation in which the responses by the public security organisms have already been exhausted,” Capt. Carlucio explained. In this phase, the participants are divided into teams, and each assumes a role. Once the mission is presented, the teams have to carry out the planning, prepare the necessary material, handle deployment within the Caatinga, and implement planned actions as they keep up with a rigorous schedule. The next six days of the training session take place outdoors, at the Tanque do Ferro Training Ground, 108 kilometers from Petrolina. “When we arrive, we have to prepare an overnight shelter with the material that we can find on site,” stated Major Leonardo Henrique Medeiros Rodrigues regarding his experience as a participant in the training session held in May. “That is when we really experience the difficulty of being in the Caatinga, an inhospitable environment, where we have to extract water from wherever possible.” In the first class, which is held at the 72nd Motorized Infantry Battalion’s headquarters in the city of Petrolina, in the state of Pernambuco, instructors focus on the region’s population and characteristics. Soldiers then proceed to the Zoo and Botanical Park within the Battalion’s compound, where they study the vegetation and animals commonly found in the White Forest region in northeastern Brazil. In the Adaptation and Operations Traineeship, as the name implies, the Soldiers complete the first instructional step and continue for another week with operational exercises. “The Northeast Military Command conducts Law and Order Assurance operations, which are operations that are intended to preserve public order,” Capt. Carlucio added. “The activities within it serve as context for the second stage of the traineeship.” The CIOpC training is important not only to prepare Soldiers who deployed in the Caatinga, but for those who are sent to areas with similar conditions. “The preparation of the Brazilian Army to operate in a semi-arid operational environment ensures that Brazil is capable of sending Troops to any region with similar climate,” Capt. Fermiano said. “We are very well trained.”
A 78-year-old man evacuated from the coronavirus-stricken Diamond Princess cruise liner in Japan died in a Perth hospital Sunday, becoming Australia’s first fatality from the disease, officials said.The man died in the early hours of Sunday morning, a spokeswoman for the Western Australian state health department told AFP.His 79-year-old wife was also infected with the disease during the cruise and remains in a Perth hospital.Topics :
School-Aged Only779$6,300$4,888,800 Category 10 Child Care Centers (serving 181-598)337$48,600$16,669,800 Gov. Wolf: PA to Distribute $117 Million in CARES Funding for Child Care Providers Category 7 Child Care Centers (serving 94-113)401$30,900$12,360,000 Category 8 Child Care Centers (serving 114-138)404$41,200$16,644,800 Category 2 Child Care Centers (serving 27-38)420$11,800$4,908,800 Group Child Care Homes660$5,600$3,696,000 Family Child Care Homes1,412$2,100$2,933,700 Category 1 Child Care Centers (serving 8 -26)410$6,800$2,747,200 Category 4 Child Care Centers (serving 50-62)423$19,300$8,086,700 Category 9 Child Care Centers (serving 139-180)402$43,600$17,483,600 Category 6 Child Care Centers (serving 78-93)409$28,300$11,574,7000 Economy, Press Release Governor Tom Wolf today announced his plan to distribute more than $117 million in CARES Act funding to child care providers across Pennsylvania – the third of three distributions to sustain an industry that builds healthy foundations for our children, facilitates employment and economic opportunity for working parents, and is the keystone for every other aspect of our economy.“Pennsylvania has made significant investments to preserve our child care sector to keep providers open and available to working families, but we know that child care providers remain vulnerable to the economic impacts of the COVID-19 crisis,” said Gov. Tom Wolf. “A strong child care industry is a requirement for a healthy economy. We must remember this as we move forward and continue support for child care providers as they care for young Pennsylvanians and allow parents to work so our communities and economy can thrive.”Earlier this summer, the Wolf Administration distributed about $104 million in CARES Act funding to child care providers licensed by the Department of Human Services’ Office of Child Development and Early Learning (OCDEL). The distribution method of this latest round of CARES funding is based on the findings of researchers at Penn State Harrisburg’s Institute of State and Regional Affairs, who studied the impact of COVID-19 on Pennsylvania’s child care industry. In total, $220 million has been allocated to support child care providers across Pennsylvania.Before the COVID-19 crisis, 7,017 licensed child care providers were operating in Pennsylvania. As of late July, more than 200 of those providers have indicated an intention to permanently close their doors. The third round of CARES funding will be distributed to 6,893 providers.The impact study analyzed the financial costs of the COVID-19 crisis to child care providers, the possibility of permanent closures as a result of the crisis and the level of investment needed to sustain the industry during a transitional period of low demand and after the crisis has subsided. Penn State researchers drew conclusions from both detailed surveys distributed to hundreds of child care providers throughout Pennsylvania and also a smaller number of personal interviews with child care providers and workers.Penn State’s study estimates about 1,000 additional providers are at risk of closure without financial assistance to offset ongoing costs of implementing COVID-19 guidelines and reduced enrollments. The study’s recommendations to guide distribution of about $117 million in federal CARES Act funding allocated for child care.In addition to $116M in CARES Act funding made available in the enacted budget, the Department is redistributing more than $1.7 million of funds from the June and July Child Care Development-CARES Act funding in this third round of payments. Funding award ranges for this round of funding are: Category 3 Child Care Centers (serving 39-49)421$15,900$6,678,000 Category 5 Child Care Centers (serving 63-77)415$22,100$9,171,500 Provider TypeProvider CountFunding Per ProviderTotal Funding by Provider Type August 28, 2020 Earlier this week, as part of his fall legislative agenda, Gov. Wolf proposed a $250 million investment to further support child care providers and working families needing child care. This proposal, which would be funded through remaining CARES Act funds, would support access to school-aged child care programs for families who need care due to blended or remote learning models, expand child care options in areas where few providers currently exist, and help providers serving school-aged children in low-income communities support children by providing grants to support health and safety updates and infrastructure necessary to ease remote learning in these settings.“This public health emergency is not over, and there will be challenges ahead that providers will rise to because of their dedication to the families they serve. Providers should not have to navigate these challenges alone, and we must support providers and working families in every way possible,” DHS Secretary Teresa Miller said. “This $220 million investment has helped providers resume operations and adapt to operations in this new world, and this additional $250 million will allow providers to continue to support needs of families affected by these challenging times.”For more information on child care providers operating during the COVID-19 public health crisis, visit www.dhs.pa.gov.Ver esta página en español. 6,893$117,843,600 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Share Share Tweet 67 Views no discussions LocalNews The Importance of Ownership of Our Tourism Industry. by: – May 7, 2011 Share Sharing is caring! The Month of May is Tourism Awareness Month and the Head of Marketing Ms. Elizabeth Wayland is reminding the public of the importance of ownership of the Tourism Industry for the survival of our economy.She is making that call keeping in mind that there will be no Cruise Ship calls for the summer.In an interview with Dominica Vibes News Ms. Wayland spoke of the impact of the loss of the ship Carnival and the effect it has on the hotels, vendors, tour operators, bus Drivers and taxi Drivers.Click here to listen to audio: News Reporter: Ms. Grace HendersonDominica Vibes News
Amanda Anisimova Anisimova had never won a match at Roland Garros before this year but is yet to drop a set on the way to her first Grand Slam semi-final.The world number 51 will face Australian eighth seed Ashleigh Barty, who beat American Madison Keys 6-3 7-5.Anisimova is the youngest player to reach a major semi-final since Nicole Vaidisova at the 2007 Australian Open.“This is honestly more than I could ever have asked for,” she said. “If I didn’t look nervous it’s because I wasn’t.”As well as winning her solitary Grand Slam title in Paris, former world number one Halep, 27, was runner-up at this tournament in 2017 and 2014.But her defeat means there are no Grand Slam champions left in the women’s draw.“I feel sad, because every time when I lose, I’m sad,” said Halep. “And I’m a little bit upset because I couldn’t make my game. I couldn’t move normally.”Anisimova is one of two teenagers in the last four as Czech 19-year-old Marketa Vondrousova will face Britain’s Johanna Konta in Friday’s other semi-final.The defeat of Halep is not Anisimova’s first upset at Roland Garros. She also beat 11th seed Aryna Sabalenka in straight sets in the second round.The American missed the entire 2018 clay season with a right foot injury but has made up for it this year, winning her first WTA title in Bogota two months ago.That made her the youngest American to win a tour title since Serena Williams did so aged 17 at Indian Wells in 1999.Anisimova’s previous longest run at a Grand Slam came at her maiden Australian Open earlier this year, where she reached the fourth round.If she goes on to win the title, she will become the first teenager to win a Grand Slam since Maria Sharapova won the 2006 US Open aged 19.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram FRENCH OPENAmerican teenager Amanda Anisimova reached the semi-finals of the French Open with a straight-set win over defending champion Simona Halep.Romanian third seed Halep, 27, lost 6-2 6-4 to the unseeded 17-year-old.
Cote d’Ivoire forced extra time after Aston Villa forward Jonathan Kodjia’s low finish but, after no further goals, the tie was decided by penalties.Algeria, seeking a first AFCON triumph since 1990 when they hosted and won will face the same Nigeria they defeated to win their lone title to date.Cote d’Ivoire had gone close to scoring when the game was goalless, Rais M’Bolhi pushing Max Gradel’s attempt on to the post.Crystal Palace forward Wilfried Zaha went into the quarter-final looking to increase his two-goal tally at the tournament.However, the Ivorian player was booked and fortunate to escape a red card after a confrontation with Ramy Bensebaini.Zaha and Algeria’s Riyad Mahrez had been replaced by the end of the 120 minutes and did not take part in the penalty shootout.Former Manchester City player Wilfried Bony had already had a penalty saved when team-mate Serey Die hit the post, earning Algeria victory.Share this:FacebookRedditTwitterPrintPinterestEmailWhatsAppSkypeLinkedInTumblrPocketTelegram Algeria defeated Elephants of Cote d’Ivoire 4-3 in penalty shoot out last night after regulation and extra time ended 1-1. The Desert Foxes are now primed to face three-time champions Nigeria in one of the semi finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cairo, Egypt.Algeria took the lead through ex-West Ham winger Sofiane Feghouli’s side-foot finish before they missed a penalty.Baghdad Bounedjah, who had been fouled by keeper Sylvain Gbohouo, hit the bar. Cote d’Ivoire’s Jonathan Kodja (second right) is challenged for ball control by Algerian defender Aissa Mandi during their quarter final clash in Cairo International Stadium last night
Wouldn’t you know it, the Clippers’ first game action this season comes against the purple and gold.No, not that purple and gold — the Kings. And, no, not those Kings.They’ll face the Sydney Kings, though that matters little. The main purpose of Sunday’s game at the University of Hawaii, which is the first of five exhibitions entering the 2018-19 season, will be self-reflection, an opportunity for the Clippers to step back and evaluate the Clippers.“It’s a work in progress obviously,” Coach Doc Rivers told reporters after practice Friday. “Overall, I’ve liked the way we played. I love our energy; we just need more game minutes. “Oh yeah, we have a huge fan base here, so we know that the gym is going to be packed for us,” said Gallinari, who was proud to report that he and rookie Jerome Robinson were the winners of the Clippers’ outrigger canoe-race Thursday, one of the team bonding activities the team has enjoyed. “So we want to give them a good show.”GALLO POWERS UPGallinari is expected to start at power forward this season, with Tobias Harris playing small forward, the 6-foot-10 Italian confirmed.Although he’s spent most of his NBA career playing small forward, Gallinari said he’s fine with filling the 4 spot.“I’ve been playing 3 my whole career, but with the team we’ve got, we’re gonna need for me to play the 4 and I’m OK with that,” he said, adding that he thinks he and Harris will prove effective together. “We have very good chemistry going on already, we talk a lot on the court, we know what we want and where we want to be on the court, so I like to play with him.”KINGS OF SYDNEYThe Kings are led by 7-footer Andrew Bogut, a former No. 1 draft pick who signed with the Kings in April, opting to finish his professional career in his homeland. American basketball fans will remember that Bogut was a key cog on the Golden State Warriors during their breakthrough championship season in 2015.The Kings are one of five teams representing Australia and New Zealand’s National Basketball League that will play seven preseason games against NBA teams this year. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error “Today we scrimmaged a lot, and you can see they need to play a lot more basketball just to get the timing, to get the timing of each other. Games get competitive, and your execution breaks down a little bit, but overall I like what I see.”Forward Danilo Gallinari said by phone Friday that he was eager to see how a week of practices translated when the Clippers team up and try to execute against another opponent.“We have a lot of work to do,” said Gallinari, who said he’s healthy after missing all but 21 games last season with hand and glute injuries. “And we’ve been doing a great job in practice. I’m really looking forward to seeing the results, and the improvement we’ve been making, in the first game.”As promised, defense has been a focus in training camp for the Clippers. They’re also working to implement a “read-react” type of offense while integrating their young talents with their established veterans (several of whom, such as Gallinari, hardly played last season on account of injuries).Whatever that looks like on the court Sunday, Gallinari expects the Honolulu crowd to be behind the Clippers, who are holding training camp in Hawaii for the second consecutive year.