Fans of Lettuce should be very excited, as the space-funk powerhouse is embarking on their “Sounds Like A Party” fall tour this week. After slamming through festival slots at Bonnaroo, High Sierra, Lockn’, among several others, the band will be spacing out these next few months across the country with appearances at Catskill Chill, Bear Creek Bayou, Suwannee Hulaween, two nights at NYC’s PlayStation Theater, Dominican Holidaze, Jam Cruise, and more.Less than a year after releasing their latest record Crush, Lettuce is already cooking up some new flavors. The band is clearly ready to share some new material on the road, providing a taste of what’s to come in the video clip below. Check out the “brand new song” below:For fans of Lettuce, be sure to catch drummer Adam Deitch, bassist Jesus Coomes, guitarist Adam Smirnoff, keyboardist Neal Evans, trumpeter Eric Bloom, and saxophonist Ryan Zoidis at the second annual Brooklyn Comes Alive on October 22nd. With 50+ musicians from Dead & Co., The Disco Biscuits, Joe Russo’s Almost Dead, The String Cheese Incident, Dopapod, and more, fans will have the opportunity to see their favorite musicians play in completely new, unique collaborations alongside some of the greatest. More details here.Lettuce Tour Schedule:9.20 – New Haven, CT9.21 – Providence, RI9.22 – Buffalo, NY9.23 – Pittsburgh, PA9.24 – Lakewood, PA9.28 – Charlotte, NC9.29 – Birmingham, AL9.30 – New Orleans, LA10.1 – New Orleans, LA10.4 – Memphis, TN10.5 – Knoxville, TN10.6 – Columbia, SC10.7 – Corolla, NC10.8 – Wilmington, NC10.11 – Lafayette, IN10.12 – Urbana, IL10.13 – St. Louis, MO10.14 – Kansas City, MO10.15 – Denver, CO10.26 – Baltimore, MD10.27 – Charlottesville, VA10.28 – Asheville, NC10.29 – Live Oak, FL11.2 – San Antonio, TX11.3 – Houston, TX11.4 – Dallas, TX11.5 – Austin, TX11.6 – Tulsa, OK11.9 – Louisville, KY11.11 – New York, NY11.12 – New York, NY11.26 – San Francisco, CA12.1 – Pantanal, Dominican Republic12.30 – Portland, ME12.31 – Boston, MA
The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. On April 13, the Cambridge Police Department arrested a Harvard College student, a development that sparked concerns on campus and in the larger community. In the days that followed, then-President Drew Faust sent a message to the community expressing her concern, noting that the student was in obvious distress. She called for a better understanding of how that had happened and whether authorities could have interceded earlier and more effectively.To help ensure that the facts surrounding the arrest are clear and that recommendations are made for the future, a review committee was established, chaired by Annette Gordon-Reed, Charles Warren Professor of American Legal History at Harvard Law School and professor of history in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences. The committee worked through the summer and plans to issue a final report and recommendations this fall. The Gazette spoke with Gordon-Reed about the committee’s activities so far, and its next steps.Q&AAnnette Gordon-ReedGAZETTE: What was your reaction when you heard the news and saw the footage of the student arrest back in April?GORDON-REED: It was shocking. I know that area well from being a student, and as a professor at the Law School. With the advent of cellphone cameras, videos of police/citizen interactions have become all too familiar. I’ve seen so many videos of that nature, but this was happening in a place I know well. I was in California at the time, and one of my students at the Law School emailed me about what happened pretty soon afterward. I think President Faust was speaking for so many of us when she called the event “profoundly disturbing.”GAZETTE: Shortly after the arrest, a review committee was put together with you as chair. What can you tell us about the work the committee has been doing?GORDON-REED: It has been a really busy summer for us. We’ve had about seven meetings with the whole committee together, as well as additional subcommittee-type meetings to discuss specific issues. When the formation of the review committee was announced, we created an email address to get community input. Our first order of business was to read through the dozens of messages that came in. Then we gathered a lot of survey data and reports on topics that came up in the messages and in conversations in the immediate aftermath of the event. We got copies of the protocols that Harvard College, the Harvard University Police Department (HUPD), and Harvard University Health Services (HUHS) follow in emergency situations, and of documentation of what happened on the night of the incident. The Committee met with representatives from the College, HUHS, and HUPD, and spoke with students, including representatives of Black Students Organizing for Change. We also met with John Wilson, who is advising President Larry Bacow on, among other things, the implementation of the recommendations of the Task Force on Inclusion and Belonging. Unfortunately, given that they are currently undergoing an independent review of this incident, the Cambridge Police Department (CPD) was unable to meet with us.So overall it was a lot of information to take in, but necessary to what we are trying to accomplish. We see the scope of our review as looking at three distinct phases of activity: 1) the events leading up to the incident; 2) the circumstances of the incident itself; and 3) the community reaction to it. From all our discussions, one thing is clear: Everyone shares the goal of making sure our students are safe and have resources available to them when they need them.GAZETTE: Although you did not meet with them, are you also reviewing the actions of the CPD?GORDON-REED: At the end of the day, the protocols and practices of CPD are beyond the scope of our charge, and beyond the scope of our authority, actually. The review committee was asked to “identify opportunities for improvement across a range of institutional activities” at Harvard. Our overriding goal is to determine what actions we can take here at Harvard to address the concerns this incident has raised for our community.GAZETTE: What kind of concerns have you been hearing?GORDON-REED: Well, there have been some consistent themes in what people have been reporting to us. First, we heard many different understandings of what to expect from an emergency response. There was confusion on the part of some about why a call to HUHS would result in police coming to the scene, while others always assume the police will be involved as first responders to medical emergencies. And a lot of people talked about the three phone numbers on the back of the Harvard ID. It’s important for us all to understand how members of the community are choosing which number to call, and what assumptions are driving those choices.We’ve also heard that many would have liked HUPD to have been on the scene that night, even though the incident occurred off campus. What can we expect from HUPD in incidents that occur off campus? So it’s a combination of evaluating our current practices while at the same time trying to understand what the community’s expectations are. This is a challenge that takes on particular urgency as we expand our campus and think about students passing through multiple jurisdictions as they move from the Yard to new facilities in Allston.We also heard questions about whether our campus resources are serving all members of our community well. The community reaction to the April incident highlighted the need to better understand the concerns that members of our community who feel vulnerable have about their safety, and what they experience when they try to get access to health and other resources.And finally, there were real concerns expressed about the levels of dangerous drinking that occurred at the College’s Yardfest event. This year there were 18 medical transports, which is an eye-popping increase compared with past years. That clearly was a strain on first-responder resources.GAZETTE: What has surprised you most about this process so far?GORDON-REED: How many moving parts there are. So many different entities touch the lives of our students on a daily basis. I knew this, of course. But when something like this incident happens, something so out of the ordinary, you have to pause and go over every single relevant part of the system to see what worked and what could have worked better. It really hits you what a complicated mechanism this is. But we can’t let complexity keep us from progress. The most important thing is that we all learn from this event, and do everything we can to improve our collective practices, and hopefully our report will help us reach that goal.GAZETTE: So what’s next for the committee?GORDON-REED: Well, an important part of our charge was to carry out “broad levels of student engagement.” We see this as essential to our ability to get this right and make useful recommendations. Our targeted outreach over the summer was informative, but we need much more input than we could get when students were away from campus. So, we’re running focus groups at the start of the semester to get the input we need. The groups will largely consist of students, but we will also have a focus group for tutors and proctors, who live in the Houses and Yard dorms and have an important perspective on the undergraduate experience. Invitations to students to participate will be circulated by the deans of students at the Schools in the next few days.We also encourage people to write to us at [email protected] Once all this information has been collected, and we’ve been able to digest it, we’ll make recommendations to President Bacow. We had hoped to deliver recommendations before the start of the semester, but as we began to unpack all the questions inherent in this situation, it became very clear that more time was needed. It is more important to us that our recommendations reflect the insights of students and other members of the community. We look forward to learning from the focus-group conversations this fall.
Photo courtesy of Amy Ackerman The Notre Dame Dance Company will host its annual Spring Showcase on Thursday and Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Washington Hall.The show consists of 24 student-choreographed dances by 111 dancers from the Notre Dame and Saint Mary’s student body.Sophomore Maura Doré, the public relations executive officer of the Dance Company, said the rehearsals for the Spring Showcase began in February.“We kind of jump right into preparing through rehearsals once we get back from winter break,” she said. “We have many different rehearsal times and have about 10 official hours of rehearsal time allotted for our dancers each week, but then the choreographers can also choose to find more rehearsal time.”The showcase is unique because it is entirely student-run, Doré said.“All the students and the choreographers have a lot of power,” she said. “They get to decide how many people are in their dances and if they want to practice even more outside the allotted hour per week.”At the beginning of the semester, any member in the Dance Company who wants to choreograph a dance shows a little piece of their dance. The dancers then sign up for the dances of their choosing, Doré said.Doré named the burlesque piece, as well as a Beyoncé mix, as certain crowd pleasers.New to the Showcase this year is a dance performed only by the seniors, Doré said.“The seniors are all doing a little bit of their favorite style one last time,” Doré said.The annual showcases that occur once a semester are what the dancers prepare for all year, she said.“Throughout the year, the Dance Company participates in some smaller events, like the Dance-A-Thon, but the annual spring show is our time to shine,” she said. “We all just look forward to show week and to finally get on stage and put on stage everything that we have worked for.”Tickets are $5 and are sold at the door.Tags: ND dance company, spring showcase, Washington Hall
Caitlyn Jordan Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, left, converses with NBC news correspondent Anne Thompson, a member of the Notre Dame class of 1979, on Wednesday night in the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center.“We booked it over here … we got here at 5:15 or so, but we didn’t get tickets until 6:45,” she said. “There were more people behind me than there were in front of me. The line was all the way outside. There were hundreds, hundreds of people.”Those who were unable to get tickets in the Leighton Concert Hall, where Sotomayor spoke, had the opportunity to watch the event live streamed in the lobby and in Decio Theatre.Sophomore Cameron Engel, one of those who watched the event from the overflow area, said Sotomayor came out before the program and began to address the people unable to get seats.“She’s very open and very kind,” Engel said. “I liked the way she came up to us. … She came up to the overflow and shook peoples’ hands, and that’s just not normal for a speaker. Especially one of her importance, I would say.”Other students echoed this sentiment; Billion said she found herself impressed by Sotomayor’s ability to relate to her audience.“Everyone in the room feels as if she’s speaking directly to them,” she said. “Her speaking style and what she has to say is very intimate, but also universal, so it feels like she connects with everyone on a very personal level even when she’s speaking to a crowd of so many people.”Senior Elizabeth Anthony said she had not been particularly familiar with Sotomayor prior to going to the event, but she found great insight in what the Justice had to say.“I thought she was very articulate and gave really good advice,” she said. “I was really impressed just by how personable she was and how honest she was. I think my favorite part was her discussion of how personal views play into decisions and how it really is about the law, and I thought that was really awesome.”After barely getting her ticket, Schoenbauer said the experience was “incredible.”“The way that she articulated things that I had thought before and things that I knew I wanted to hear from somebody in the Supreme Court but that I had never heard somebody say before, she articulated that very well,” she said.While junior Rachel Ganson said she enjoyed what Sotomayor talked about, she stressed more broadly the importance of taking advantage of opportunities like this one on campus.“I just think it’s a really awesome experience for undergraduate students — even if you aren’t interested in law — to come hear someone as prestigious and influential as a Supreme Court Justice,” Ganson said. “I think no matter what your political views are, it’s really insightful to get to speak to someone and to hear what they have to say. And not hear it through various media sources, but to hear it from her directly.”Tags: debartolo performing arts center, Notre Dame Law School, Sonia Sotomayor, Sotomayor Braving this week’s heat wave, hundreds of students waited in a line that wrapped around the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center (DPAC) last night, hoping to be one of the few students who would secure a seat at an event featuring Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor when general admission tickets were released at 6 p.m.“We heard the line was going to be out the door by 3 p.m.,” junior Leah Billion said.Though perhaps slightly exaggerated, the prediction warranted some merit; junior John McCready said that by the time he arrived at 4:30 p.m. there were nearly 50 people in front of him in line.Sophomore Emmy Schoenbauer was the last person in the general admission line who was able to get a ticket.
On March 10, 2010, the Vermont Department of Education released the list of Vermont s ten persistently low-achieving schools as required by the US Department of Education (USED). Due to a calculation error at the Vermont department, that list was incorrect. Two schools that were classified have been removed, and two schools that were not on the March 10 list have now been added.A federal regulation from USED requires states to rank all schools identified for not making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) who received Title I funds in 2008 and all secondary schools eligible for but not receiving Title I funds in 2008. Once ranked, the lowest-achieving five schools in each category are eligible to receive federal funding as part of the Statewide Fiscal Stabilization Fund allocations under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).The two schools removed from this classification were Otter Valley Union High School and Bridport Elementary School. The two schools now eligible for increased federal aid are St. Johnsbury School and Lamoille Union High School.Commissioner Armando Vilaseca released the following statement: I sincerely apologize for this mistake. In making these complicated calculations to identify these schools, one element of a calculation was not included and therefore we mistakenly identified two schools. This was human error, nothing more. This error has caused both individuals and communities much concern and angst, and I take full responsibility for that. My department staff is incredibly hard working, dedicated to getting things right, and strained to meet the enormity of federal requirements like this one that are being placed on our already reduced team. The important thing is that we do everything we can to get this federal aid to the schools that need it the most. This is an incredible opportunity to support these schools in making big changes to help all their students succeed.The USED has allocated $8 million in additional school improvement funding for Vermont. Vermont s Department of Education identified these high-need schools using the 2008 New England Common Assessment Program (NECAP) scores for all students, and scores for those schools over the period that NECAP tests have been administered. An additional criterion for high schools was to identify any high school with graduation rates below 60 percent for two years or more. Vermont has no high schools (as of January 2010) in this category.The funds do come with conditions. For Vermont s 10 highest-need schools to receive funds, they must be willing to embrace one of four strictly defined models for school improvement as laid out by the USED. The four models include closing the school, closing the school and reopening the school under a Charter or Education Management entity, replacing the principal and 50 percent of the teachers, or implementing a comprehensive transformation model which would also necessitate replacing the principal (if they have been there longer than two years) while implementing systemic reform efforts in the coming years. Explanation of Process Used to Identify Tier I, II & III Schools in VermontIn response to receiving $77 million in education stimulus aid for schools as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Vermont was required to rank all Title I schools that have been identified by our school accountability system of Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP), and all schools that include the 9-12 grade span that are eligible but not receiving Title I funds on four indicators:1. Proficiency of all students on 2008 NECAP (state assessment) in mathematics2. Proficiency of all students on 2008 NECAP in reading3. Progress of all students on NECAP reading over at least two years4. Progress of all students on NECAP mathematics over at least two yearsThe department was required to calculate the sum of the four rankings for each school, and based on this combined ranking score was required to identify schools as falling into one of the following categories:1. Tier I – the five highest need (lowest achieving based on the combined ranking score) Title I schools who are identified by Vermont s school accountability system (AYP)2. Tier II the five highest need (lowest achieving based on the combined ranking score) secondary schools (defined as schools inclusive of 9-12 span) who are eligible for but not receiving Title I3. Tier III schools in need of improvement (the rest of the Title I receiving schools identified by the AYP system)All 68 schools identified as Tier I, II or III are eligible for additional school improvement funds and support from the department as part of the FY 2010/11 State School Improvement Grant Application once it is approved later this spring. First priority for funding and support will be given to participating Tier I & II schools.The complete list of ranked schools follows.Source: Vermont Department of Education. 3.16.2010
By Nastasia Barceló/Diálogo June 22, 2017 A course on VIP Close Protection was held at the Uruguayan School for Peacekeeping Operations (ENOPU, per its Spanish acronym), in May. ENOPU instructors and personnel from the U.S. Embassy in Montevideo coordinated and executed the event with the purpose of providing personnel with the knowledge, skills, and abilities needed to successfully protect VIPs on the ground in peacekeeping missions and in high-risk areas, when the duties to be carried out in a peacekeeping operation demand it. A total of 47 students participated in the course: 32 from the Uruguayan Army, 14 civil servants from the president’s security detail and the Ministry of Interior, and one participant from Mexico. Each course at ENOPU has up to six slots reserved for foreign students. The class content was divided into theory and practice and focused on the deactivation of improvised explosive devices and car bombs, and on putting protective measures into practice for vehicles and buildings in high-risk areas. Uruguayan Army Lieutenant Colonel Alejandro Martínez, the assistant director of ENOPU, explained that the topics developed in this course are geared toward training teams to protect VIPs, and on unit organization, the roles of each staff member tasked with protection duties, and their responsibilities and equipment. “Topics related to assessing the terrain, protecting people and residences, tactical communications, protective equipment, field medicine, and evasive driving were also developed,” Lt. Col. Martínez explained. Among the activities, two hands-on exercises were performed under the supervision of instructors from the 14th Parachute Infantry Battalion of the Uruguayan Army, staff from the U.S. Embassy, and ENOPU instructors. The exercises consisted of performing operational procedures for protecting VIPs in high-risk areas. “This was the most important part for the students, as they were able to partially apply the skills they had learned throughout the course, such as some of the resources of field medicine,” Lt. Col. Martínez emphasized. Uruguayan Army Colonel Niver Pereira, the director of ENOPU, explained to Diálogo that they have been promoting the VIP Protection course since 2013, which is not taught in consecutive years. “For example, in the 2018 academic offering, it’s not planned to be held. It’s just as important to underscore that over the years, we have accumulated knowledge and experience to be able to continue improving and modernizing these practice exercises according to new trends,” he explained. ENOPU ENOPU’s chief predecessor, founded in 2008, is the National Peacekeeping Operations School of the Uruguayan Army, in existence since 1998. Following the creation of ENOPU, personnel from the three branches of the Uruguayan Armed Forces were brought in, thereby making the school a dependency of the Ministry of Defense. ENOPU has 288 instructors charged with organizing all of the activities. ENOPU has a fixed series of courses taught year after year. “Their duration varies from one to four weeks. They are short courses focused on the needs that the armed forces, and other state and non-state actors have when they find themselves operating in a peacekeeping mission,” Col. Pereira added. According to Col. Pereira, the most sought-after courses for the Uruguayan Armed Forces and those from abroad, are Protection of Civilians, Contingents in Peacekeeping Operations, Press Correspondent, and Close Protection. “In the coming years, we hope to expand the number of training courses, and it is with that objective in mind that we are working jointly with various international organizations, such as the United Nations and other state agencies, such as the ministries of Interior, of Foreign Affairs, and of Defense,” Col. Pereira added. In addition to the courses, ENOPU offers a series of conferences and lectures. “This year, more than 10 lectures are planned on issues such as gender, threat identification, logistics, intelligence, and protecting socially vulnerable populations, among others,” Col. Pereira concluded.
To combat the potential long-term deleterious effects of the coronavirus on the American economy, U.S. lawmakers passed the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act in March 2020. The act established a $659 billion fund to provide business loans to cover staffing and other costs.On July 6, the Treasury Department released data about lenders as well as borrowers who participated in the Paycheck Protection Program. Callahan & Associates has published information about the number of jobs credit unions helped save through PPP lending — more than 11 million — as well as the top credit union PPP lenders by state and the top credit union PPP lenders by asset size.Callahan also hosted a panel discussion with five credit unions that have participate in PPP lending. These cooperatives of varying sizes and geographic regions discussed how the paycheck protection program helped strengthen their business relationships and how cooperatives can support small businesses moving forward.Now, lenders are turning their attention to the next big PPP hurdle: loan forgiveness. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading »
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Jun 8, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – A World Health Organization (WHO) official in Egypt today said a 10-year-old girl is being treated for H5N1 avian influenza and is in critical condition, according to news services.The girl is from Qena governorate in southern Egypt and was admitted to a hospital after developing flulike symptoms, health ministry spokesman Abdel-Rahman Shahin announced through MENA, Egypt’s news agency, according to the Chinese news agency Xinhua. If the girl’s case is confirmed by the WHO, she will be listed as Egypt’s 35th case-patient. Egypt has had 14 H5N1 deaths, according to the WHO.The girl has a history of contact with backyard birds, John Jabbour, the WHO official in Cairo, told Reuters today. MENA reported she is on a respirator, according to Reuters.Egypt reported 16 human H5N1 cases and 4 deaths in early 2007, most of them in children, but it has not had a WHO-confirmed case or fatality since Apr 11.In other developments, the WHO confirmed Indonesia’s latest human case 2 days ago. The patient, a 16-year-old girl from Central Java, fell ill on May 21, was hospitalized May 25, and died May 29. The initial investigation indicated the girl was exposed to dead poultry. She was Indonesia’s 99th case-patient and 79th fatality. Indonesia has the world’s highest toll of H5N1 cases and deaths.See also:Jun 6 WHO statementWHO avian flu case count
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