Penn stuns Harvard, 55-54

first_imgThe Harvard men’s basketball team controlled much of the second half, but Ivy League rival Penn scored 15 of the last 20 points to stun the Crimson, 55-54, in front of a sold-out crowd at Lavietes Pavilion on Senior Night Saturday. The Quakers’ Zack Rosen hit two free throws with 23.2 seconds left to give Penn a one-point advantage, which Penn held in the final moments.Kyle Casey scored 12 points for Harvard and Wesley Saunders added 10. Penn (17-11, 9-2 Ivy) was led offensively by Rosen, who had 20 points on 6-of-14 shooting. Harvard shot 16-of-36 (.444) for the game and concludes the regular season 11-1 at home, as the Crimson’s 28-game home win streak was snapped.The Crimson remain in first place of the Ivy League, a half game ahead of Penn. The Quakers have three games remaining on its schedule, while Harvard has two. The Crimson will visit Columbia March 2 at 7 p.m., before facing Cornell March 3 in Ithaca, N.Y. Penn hosts Brown and Yale next weekend and finishes its Ivy slate March 6 at Princeton.To read the full story, visit read more

Tickets Now On Sale for the World Premiere of Will Eno’s Off-Broadway Play The Open House

first_img Star Files Ever enigmatic Pulitzer Prize finalist Eno’s new play is described as follows: “Playwrights have been trying to write Family Plays for a long time. And typically these plays try to answer endlessly complicated questions of blood and duty and inheritance and responsibility. They try to answer the question, ‘Can things really change?’ People have been trying nobly for years and years to have plays solve in two hours what hasn’t been solved in many lifetimes. This has to stop.” Eno is a Guggenheim Fellow, a Helen Merrill Playwriting Fellow, and a Fellow of the Edward F. Albee Foundation. His play The Flu Season premiered at The Gate Theatre in London and then opened in New York where it won the Oppenheimer Award for best debut by an American playwright. His play Thom Pain (based on nothing) was a finalist for the 2005 Pulitzer Prize in Drama. His other works include Title and Deed, Gnit, Oh, The Humanity and other good intentions, Tragedy: a tragedy and an upcoming Broadway production of his new play The Realistic Joneses starring Michael C. Hall, Toni Collette, Marisa Tomei and Tracy Letts. It’s time to put on your thinking caps. Tickets are now available for the world premiere of Will Eno’s new off-Broadway play The Open House at The Pershing Square Signature Center. Directed by Oliver Butler, the show will run from February 11 through March 23, with opening night set for March 3 at The Romulus Linney Courtyard. View Comments Show Closed This production ended its run on March 30, 2014 Related Shows Casting and the remainder of the creative team for The Open House have yet to be announced. The Open House Tracy Lettslast_img read more

Dry Start.

first_img Another concern is the rise in forest fires. In March and April alone, Georgia had more than 3,700 forest fires, burning more than 26,000 acres. In the same months last year, Georgia had 1,300 fires, burning 6,000 acres. “Usually by late April, when things green up, we are out of danger,” said Fred Allen, director of the Georgia Forestry Commission. “That hasn’t happened lately.” One of the big problems facing Georgia’s forests is the lack of prescribed burning. “That releases the fuel buildup,” Allen said. “Not doing it just adds fuel to the fire.” Incidentally, the worst forest fire in Georgia history was in the Okefenokee Swamp during the drought of 1954. May, June and July predictions show a 38 percent chance south Georgia will be wetter than normal, a 33 percent chance it will be normal and a 28 percent chance it will be drier than normal. The soil is losing moisture at one-fifth to one-quarter inch per day through evaporation and transpiration from plants. Georgia temperatures have mostly held to the 70s and low 80s with calm winds. When temperatures move into the 90s, the evapotranspiration rate increases to about one-third inch per day, adding to the need for more rain. It’s dry. Very dry. Georgia’s state climatologist David Stooksbury said May 4 that conditions are much worse than this time last year.”Last year we were coming off an El Nino winter. We were actually very wet for the planting season,” said Stooksbury, a professor of engineering in the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.”This year,” he said, “we didn’t get the winter rains we needed to replenish the soilmoisture. So we are in the major planting season with below-average soil moisture.”In 1998, the Palmer Drought Severity Index showed excessive soil moisture during springplanting. This year the PDSI shows the southern third and northeast corner of the state insevere drought. The rest of the state is in moderate drought, except the northwest corner,which is in an early drought stage.For many Georgia farmers, who have faced several years of bad weather, this could be themake-it-or-break-it year.Droughts Take Time Forest Fire Danger Greater Stooksbury said we are entering a La Nina summer, which usually brings more tropical activity in the Atlantic Ocean and Gulf of Mexico. The rain from a tropical storm could help break the drought. “In some areas, we need 11 inches of rainfall to get back to normal,” he said. “Cooler temperatures and low winds have helped by keeping down the evapotranspiration rate.” “Drought isn’t a situation you can see like a hurricane or a thunderstorm,” Stooksbury said. “It develops over time. And it takes time to come out of it.” Droughts aren’t strangers in Georgia. “We suffered through major droughts in 1998, ’86 and ’54,” he said. “Drought is a normal part of our climate. But it’s something we have to plan for.” Over the past nine months, Georgia has faced rainfall deficits of 5 to 15 inches, Stooksbury said. “In the critical three-month recharge period this winter,” he said, “rainfall levels were 5 to 8 inches below normal.” Putting the drought into historical perspective, Stooksbury said that in 98 out of 100 years, the October-through-March precipitation in west-central Georgia could be expected to be greater than it has been this year. In 95 of 100 years, it could be expected to be greater in southwest and south-central Georgia than this year’s totals.Much Rainfall Needed “May will be our critical month,” Stooksbury said. “We aren’t in a disaster situation yet. If we get rain in May we can make a crop.” Needs Greatest in South Napoleon Caldwell, a Water Resources Management unit spokesman for the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, says water supply hasn’t become a critical issue yet. “A dry year equals more irrigation and water use,” Caldwell said. “Our aquifers didn’t get recharged over the winter, so the ground water can affect surface water flows.” The greatest anticipated effect will be in the Flint River basin, where most of the state’s irrigated farmland lies. Major metropolitan areas depend on surface waters from reservoirs for their water and aren’t facing shortages. “The reservoirs are fairly high,” he said. “We expect some problems later in the summer, but not as severe as the problems in south Georgia.” Caldwell said the most prevalent problems in metro areas isn’t the supply but the infrastructure that delivers the water. “When daylight savings time begins, more people begin gardening and outdoor watering,” he said. “That causes water pressure to dip to unacceptable levels.”last_img read more

Yo Soy: A Program to Protect Minors against Illegal Armed Groups and Criminal Gangs

first_imgBy Dialogo November 09, 2012 War has raged against the weak; women and children are still the main group of victims affected by any sort of armed action. Today, after 50 years of confrontation, Colombia is still in the spotlight of international organizations, such as the U.N. Security Council, the Inter-American Court of Human Rights, and several NGOs, due to the ongoing indications of the likelihood for war crimes to happen, such as the recruitment and use of minors by illegal armed groups, as well as criminal gangs that collaborate with drug traffickers. Several reports have been written by some of these institutions and social researchers interested in helping to measure these kinds of war crimes, the nature of the perpetrators, the methods used to commit this serious crime, even to establish the geographical coordinates of this problem. With the involvement of several Colombian government institutions, CONPES 3673 was created in 2010, a written document that laid the foundation for a comprehensive policy to prevent the recruitment and use of children and adolescents. However, there is more that can be done to improve the institutional synergy processes, like implementing preventative protocols, especially direct contact in vulnerable sectors of the population through channels which would allow early identification of risk, as well as reporting and detaining people and illegal structures linked to this serious crime. Part of the challenge of addressing the problem of forced recruitment, is to recognize that the solution is not behind just one person or institution. That is how “‘Yo Soy’: Hope, Love, and Family” was born, an initiative which seeks to reflect the basic background on which minors can set the foundations of their physical and psychological development within society within their own families. But, what should be done when that family does not exist, or does not fit traditional patterns? The answer can be found in the inter-institutional coordination of efforts and approaches to the problem. The Trust Factor One of the most common criticisms against the State is related to the lack of coherent and anticipated response in the event of any social contingency. In the case of forced recruitment, the magnitude of these demands is even more dramatic. Depending on the source, recruitment figures in Colombia fluctuate between 5,000 and 18,000 underage combatants. The main goal of the “Yo Soy” (I Am) initiative is to generate necessary conditions to promote the empowerment and participation of the community, and to promote the institutional presence and coordination within the framework of the National Consolidation Plan and the National Development Plan “Prosperity for All,” aiming at diminishing underage combatants’ recruitment in illegal armed groups or criminal organizations. The “Yo Soy” initiative interacts with communities, national and regional authorities, educators, social organizations, child services, and of course, with children and adolescents. It shows minors the persuasion and deceitful tactics used by illegal armed groups and criminal gangs, as a way of portraying how these groups recruit minors. The person responsible for implementing the program applies a methodology focused on life projects and strengthening of values, seeking to reduce the possibility that membership to an illegal armed group is considered a viable way of life or an alternative option. The methodology also includes voluntary training for teachers, parents, local authorities, and interested parties with educational material to be used inside the classroom as a practical guide for teaching values and, of course, with the vision of helping to strengthen the protective surroundings for children and teenagers; in other words, to facilitate the use of operations which reflect the topic of prevention from a perspective of integrated efforts and sustainable actions. “Yo Soy” began implementation in March 2012, in the southern region of Tolima, where necessary coordination started with the district government, as well as with municipalities in the south of the district. This region successfully reached 4,022 children and adolescents, about 20% of the student population of the four municipalities in question. After the experience in Tolima, the project was transferred to the Meta region, where local authorities headed by the district governor were also present, reaching over 4,200 children and teenagers. The Results “Yo Soy” has contributed to generating the necessary conditions for interagency coordination at a regional level. This project has been carried out in coordination with the Territorial Consolidation Administrative Unit (UAECT), the national and regional ICBF, child services, governors, mayors, Military Forces, and other regional entities where the program has been implemented. To continue confronting this situation in the future it is necessary tp continue gathering efforts in which the defense sector can contribute to promoting solutions that will remain in the territory and will be explicit within the State’s offer. A single program does not have the answers to educational or developmental needs for children and teenagers to find alternatives to violence. The Colombian government’s commitment aims to continue supporting these action trends: – Engage governors, mayors and institutions in a common agenda to define responsibilities and work together to face the problem. – Create an inter-institutional divisional action plan with the allocation of financial and human resources to engage the government and the community to reach common goals. – Create a regional reference point that allows measuring, evaluating, analyzing, and proposing real solutions to the problems of forced recruitment through a tracking and monitoring system designed for this purpose.last_img read more

Guatemala Designates Hezbollah as Terrorist Organization

first_imgBy Lorena Baires/Diálogo November 06, 2020 The Islamic group Hezbollah is now considered a terrorist organization in Guatemala, joining Argentina, Colombia, Honduras, and Paraguay to become the fifth country in Latin America, since July of  2019,  to make this declaration in the fight against the impact and advance of transnational criminal groups in the region. Guatemalan President Alejandro Giammattei made the announcement during the presentation of a new regulatory framework to combat money laundering and terrorist financing, on October 12, 2020.“At the Technical Security Council, we have just declared Hezbollah as a terrorist group, but not only do we need to designate it as a terrorist group, which already has a presence in Latin America, but we also need a regulatory framework that ensures that there won’t be any money for them to finance themselves from this country so as to harm other countries,” the president said at a press conference. “Consequently, its prevention and repression are justified.”“The United States continues to call on its partners to designate Hezbollah in its entirety, and to recognize that there is no distinction between its so-called ‘military’ and ‘political’ wings,” U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo said in a press release on October 24. “We urge all countries to take whatever action they can to prevent Hezbollah operatives, recruiters, and financiers from operating in their territories. This important step will help cut off Hezbollah’s ability to plot terrorist attacks and to raise money around the world, including in the Western Hemisphere.”Joseph Humire, executive director at the Center for a Secure Free Society, a Washington-based nongovernmental organization that promotes peace, free enterprise, and global security, told Diálogo that the Guatemalan designation “is an important step, because Hezbollah sees communities as targets for infiltrating tools for money laundering […] in addition to its connection to transnational organized crime […], the greatest continental threat; like in Central America, where drug cartels manage many resources that are distorting their countries’ politics and corrupting the systems and institutions.”last_img read more

Cuomo Declares State of Emergency on Long Island

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo Wednesday morning declared a state of emergency for Long Island and the entire state amid another winter storm pounding the region.The declaration gives officials more flexibility in dealing with the storm, and allows the government to waive regulations that will expedite salt delivery, Cuomo said.Several municipalities across Long Island have depleted their salt supply and were forced to request additional supply from the state, officials said.The governor said in a conference call with reporters Wednesday that “there’s more than enough of a supply now to help localities that have a dire situation,” singling out Long Island and New York City.The “shortage of salt is a complicating factor,” he added.The state has made available 400 tons of salt for areas of LI in short supply.Cuomo also advised drivers to avoid traveling and to use “obvious diligence.”The biggest factor complicating travel on LI is a mixture of freezing rain and sleet that started falling around 6:30 a.m. The dangerous combination followed several hours of moderate snowfall.The storm has also knocked out power to more than 5,000 PSEG Long Island customers, with the towns of Oyster Bay, Hempstead and North Hempstead experiencing the most outages.“The bad news is there’s snow and ice,” Cuomo said, “the good news is that we’ve been dealing with so many storms with such frequency that we’ve developed quite the expertise in storm management.”Mother Nature’s repeated visits this winter has been more costly than anticipated, Cuomo admitted.But he described the situation as “manageable” despite spending more on equipment and overtime than expected.last_img read more

3 Dead, 1 Injured in Wyandanch Shooting, Cops Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police Homicide Squad detectives are searching for a shooter who killed three people inside a parked car in Wyandanch late Wednesday night and injured a fourth victim. Police identified the three victims Thursday afternoon as 25-year-old William Madrey of Wyandanch, 23-year-old Stephanie Almedina Rivera of Bay Shore, and 23-year-old Ciara Smith of Deer Park. A fourth female injured in the shooting was not identified. Bullets rang out on Davidson Street just before midnight, police said. The suspect, who is still at large and hasn’t been identified, walked up to a vehicle and fired several shots, killing all but one of the car’s occupants, police said. First Precinct officers responding to 911 calls reporting gunshots arrived at the scene at around 11:50 p.m. and discovered the victims inside the vehicle. Madrey, Rivera, and Smith were pronounced dead at the scene, police said. The surviving victim suffered non-life-threatening gunshot wounds, police said. Madley “is a previously self-admitted gang member,” police said in a news release. Investigators are trying to determine whether gang affiliation played a role in the slayings. Police are asking anyone with information about the homicides to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS. Crime Stoppers is offering a $3,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the shooter.last_img read more

Giving back has ROI, too

first_imgDoes your credit union give back? That’s a silly question. But does your community support program intricately tie in with member engagement?A friend of mine used to work for the local chapter of the American Heart Association. After a few years there, she started her own company. It brings non-profits together with companies whose mission aligned with theirs. Essentially, she is a charity to a corporate matchmaker.At first glance, this seems pretty simple. Find company with money (usually through a foundation), bring together with non-profit which needs money. Now, pay me a small consultant fee. Not so fast. It turns out, companies started looking at their give back campaigns differently. Instead of just “doing a good thing”, they wanted said good thing to do more. If we’re spending money, the thought process goes, why not have it improve employee satisfaction? Or serve as cause-based marketing to our current and prospective clientele? And charities began to have the same thoughts.Just as two random single people are not necessarily a good match, the same goes between companies and charities. My friend learns about the core mission and motivations of every client before recommending a pairing. That way, everyone is more engaged, supportive, and excited about the alignment.Take your credit union. Say you offer a need-based mortgage assistance program. Partnering with a pet rescue charity is fine. Woof. Meow. But imagine if you aligned with a non-profit which helps place struggling and displaced families into low-cost and subsidized housing? Their mission and that of your credit union are the same. You’re a match. And it shows with staff who are excited to volunteer and talk about it to their members (who are then encouraged to help where they can). Heck, some of those members might even be beneficiaries of the charity. Think of the legen-wait for it-dary social media campaign you could set up. So much good can be done for so many, and your credit union can grow in the process. I think it’s safe to say all the families helped by the charity would become members of your credit union. And based on how you treat them like family, they’re not likely to leave. In fact, they’ll probably tell their friends and family about you.When you get out of the daily grind and remember why you exist, these types of alliances seem so obvious. And it can give your entire team the motivation to serve at their peak abilities. Giving back really does have an ROI.Since this post is already too long, a future one will dive into some stories of credit unions following this path. Spoiler: Their staff and members love it. So does the bottom line. 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Joe Winn What do you get when you mix auto loan programs with a desire to help others? Well, approaches that make a difference, of course. So what do you get when … Web: Detailslast_img read more

BLOG: We Asked PA Families How They Would Be Impacted by Medical Marijuana Legalization

first_img Medical Marijuana,  The Blog Yesterday, the Pennsylvania House passed SB3, answering the Governor Wolf’s call to send the medical marijuana legalization bill to his desk. The Governor is proud to sign this bill, which will provide long overdue medical relief to patients and families who could benefit from this treatment.Members of both parties in the House and Senate have at last come together to help patients who have run out of medical options and thousands of advocates have fought tirelessly for this cause.As Governor Wolf prepares to sign this historic legislation into law, take a look at what some Pennsylvania families had to say about how medical marijuana could impact them.Jackson’s StoryBy: Cara Salemme, Jackson’s Mother“Jackson was born a healthy kid and with a twin brother. When he was 5 years old, Jackson woke up with a headache and had a seizure. He was rushed to the hospital, but continued to have seizures for three months straight. Jackson was later diagnosed with Intractable-Epilepsy: chronic uncontrolled seizures despite doctor prescribed medication. We want a better life for our child, but the medications available now aren’t helping enough and have harmful side effects. Before this legislation, we couldn’t even talk to Jackson’s doctors about the possibility of using medical marijuana. When you are fighting for your life you deserve every option available, and this legislation will finally allow us to have an open discussion, a true dialogue with Jackson’s medical team. I’ve always hoped medical marijuana would change Jackson’s life but, even if it doesn’t, I hope it will change the lives of other suffering Pennsylvanians.”Diana’s StoryBy: Louanne Speece, Diana’s Mother“I have been an advocate for medical marijuana for sometime now because I know it can change my daughter’s life. It’s not a miracle drug, but it can give her a better quality of life. I believe this process has taken so long because of fear, but soon everyone will realize medical marijuana should have legalized long ago. In other states, medical marijuana has been proven to alleviate a patient’s suffering. If medical marijuana became law today, I would be optimistic that Diana would finally receive the additional support from doctors she always needed.”Hannah’s StoryBy: Heather Shuker, Hannah’s Mother“Our brave Hannah just turned 13 — her doctors thought she wouldn’t live long after birth. Hannah frequently experiences severe seizures and doctors haven’t been able to diagnose her condition. What we do know is that her seizure medications don’t control them completely and have drastic side effects. The side effects from these medications have physically and mentally changed our Hannah, taking away her beautiful smile and causing her to have severe depression. We know that medical marijuana is the only treatment for her without side effects. We are hoping, with new legislation in place, that with the right doctor recommended ratio of THC and CBD Hannah would be released from her depression and she could regain her strength to once again run as she joyfully used to. So far, my conversations with physicians on this subject have been on vague terms, but I hope this new law could soon open the doors to a full dialogue with Hannah’s doctors and finally provide us the professional support we have needed for a long time.” Read more posts about legalizing medical marijuana.Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: By: Darwin Paz, Digital Assistant April 14, 2016center_img BLOG: We Asked PA Families How They Would Be Impacted by Medical Marijuana Legalization SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Gold Coast mega-mansion changes hands for multi-million dollar figure

first_img201-205 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters has changed hands for a multi-million dollar figure.ONE of the Gold Coast’s biggest mansions, which had a price tag of $12.5 million, has sold in just three weeks.It is understood the property, at 201-205 Monaco St in Broadbeach Waters, changed hands in a cash sale.The deal involving a Taiwanese buyer was negotiated by Christopher Jones and Lisa Halpin of Savills Residential Gold Coast, who declined to confirm the contract price. “The Taiwanese buyer was looking for a home to suit his needs on the Gold Coast and, while the home will have a fulltime caretaker, it has been bought as a holiday home for his family,” Mr Jones said. “Monaco St has always been popular among buyers of this calibre and it’s always known to be tightly held.” 201-205 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters. More from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach North11 hours ago02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa1 day ago201-205 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.Fitch Retail Investments boss David Fitch, head of one of South Australia’s most successful family business groups, bought the home with his wife Rachel in 2015. A grand foyer with sweeping staircases and chandeliers is a showpiece greeting visitors to the three-level waterfront residence.Poised on a 4001sq m block with a sweeping driveway, the luxury six-bedroom, eight-bathroom mansion includes a tennis court, pool, sports bar, games room, home theatre and office. The sale was prompted by Mr Fitch’s off-market purchase of Villa Cantarocco at 255 Monaco St.He reportedly paid a record $11 million for the purchase, which was negotiated by Kollosche Prestige Agents principal Michael Kollosche. 201-205 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters. 201-205 Monaco St, Broadbeach Waters.last_img read more