Snarky Puppy’s Nate Werth To Join Turkuaz For 15+ Upcoming Dates Nationwide

first_imgTurkuaz is a complete force to be reckoned with. While the funk powerhouse stands strong on their own, they of course get stronger with numbers. Percussionist Nate Werth of Snarky Puppy will be joining the 9-piece “Powerfunk” outfit from now until December 4th. Currently on tour with The New Mastersounds, the nation sweeping tour will make stops at The Fillmore in San Francisco, Park West in Chicago, the 9:30 Club in Washington DC, Terminal 5 in New York City, and beyond.It’s safe to assume these shows will sell out quickly, so we recommend you get your tickets on the fly!last_img read more

The rights of women

first_imgThe question put to Irina Bokova caught the director-general of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) off guard, not because the question was difficult but because it was breathtakingly simple and direct.Bokova, a former minister in Bulgaria who last year was elected UNESCO’s first female director-general, had just outlined at the Harvard Kennedy School (HKS), in measured if sweeping terms, her vision for the world organization.In a talk on Wednesday (Nov. 3) sponsored by the Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe, Bokova had discussed the need to improve education and end extreme poverty, noting that “our byword should be respect for diversity.” She had talked about UNESCO’s “groundbreaking” agreement with the Smithsonian Institution to promote aspects of “intangible” culture. She emphasized that the designation of a location as a World Heritage Site was not only a source of cultural pride for a country but built wealth and employment as well. Culture “is the ultimate renewable energy … but it needs support,” she said.Bokova praised the U.N.’s eight Millennium Development Goals for 2015, approved by more than 190 countries, that target poverty, child mortality rates, and health issues. Only five years away from the deadline, “progress has been made, but we’re not there yet,” she said. Gender equality is needed throughout the world, she told the audience, citing disparities in regions like sub-Saharan Africa, where as many as 12 million girls may never attend school.“It is a common wisdom that women’s rights are human rights … but we believe that empowering girls and women is almost the most powerful way to reach the Millennium Development Goals,” she said.But during the question-and-answer period, Maria Ivanova, assistant professor of global governance at University of Massachusetts, Boston, and a fellow Bulgarian, asked Bokova: “Given this ambitious vision that you set out for what a new world should look like … how do you characterize the obstacles that prevent us from reaching that vision? … How can we help you in overcoming those obstacles?”“A very difficult question,” Bokova said after a slight pause. “That’s my job,” Ivanova replied. “I am happy I am not one of your students,” Bokova said as Ivanova smiled.Bokova, who attended the Government Executive Program in Leadership and Economic
 Development at HKS in 1999, struggled to find the right words. The question is difficult, in part because the world is rapidly transforming, she explained.“Whenever you look at the economy, the environment, you take any area, everything is being transformed — it is in a state of dynamics,” she said. “How [do] we channel this dynamism and energy to work for the public good?”Perhaps the world is not more dangerous today, but 20 years ago “it was clearer. There were political divisions, East, West, nuclear warheads. Things seemed to be kind of simpler in terms of who was doing what.”People have become fearful because they no longer feel protected by boundaries; consider the rise of xenophobia in Europe, she said. “People fear change, the other.”Diversity is an important goal, but it is difficult because many of us have multiple identities, she said, a theme that struck a chord with her audience, a largely international crowd.“We shouldn’t put people in front of impossible choices — to choose between this or this identity. And to tell them, no, no, no, you’re not an Arab, you’re French. And you’re not a Turk, you’re a German. The biggest challenge is how to manage this diversity and how to make it work for the benefit of all.”The audience burst into applause.Can Soylu ’14 pressed Bokova on how to improve education for girls in areas with cultural attitudes and religious beliefs that frown on sending girls to school.“It depends on the circumstances. In some cases, we work with religious leaders and local leaders, and we convince them,” she said. “And then we work with many governments, and we convince them to put the right type of legislation and policies” in place.This might include raising the legal age for marriage, since girls who marry usually drop out of school, she said.Bokova acknowledged that UNESCO has had its difficulties, particularly when it was “torn by ideological debate.” But her goal is to “bring back moral and intellectual leadership in a different age.”UNESCO Director-General Irina Bokova (right) met with Harvard President Drew Faust (left) in Massachusetts Hall prior to her talk at the Harvard Kennedy School on Nov. 3. Photo by Rose Lincoln/Harvard Staff Photographerlast_img read more

Harvard sweeps Yale with 6-4 and 4-3 wins

first_imgThe Crimson had to come from behind twice last Friday night, including scoring three goals in the final period, to defeat a determined Yale squad by a score of 6-4 at Bright-Landry Hockey Center.Harvard went on to beat Yale again Saturday night, 4-3. With Saturday’s victory, Harvard advances to the ECAC semifinals at Lake Placid, N.Y., where they play Quinnipiac this Friday.Crimson goalie Merrick Madsen ’18 is upended by Yale’s Chris Izmirlian. Harvard went on to win Friday’s game 6-4. On Saturday, Harvard and Yale met again on the ice, with the Crimson beating Yale 4-3. Jon Chase/Harvard Staff PhotographerIn last Friday’s game, the all-senior line of Sean Malone, Tyler Moy, and Luke Esposito combined for nine points, with Esposito scoring twice and Malone registering a goal and three assists. Moy tied the game in the third period, with Alexander Kerfoot ’17 potting the game-winner midway through the period. This was a best-of-three series, which the Crimson concluded the next night with Saturday’s 4-3 score.Though ranked No. 1 in the ECAC, the Crimson (24-5-2) will have to be at their best on Friday, having split regular season games with Quinnipiac. If the high-flying team, currently No. 2 in the country, can win at Lake Placid, they will automatically advance to the Division I Men’s Hockey Championship. Short of winning, Harvard can still advance if they are among the 10 teams chosen by a committee vote, in addition to the six conference winners.Freshman defenseman Adam Fox was named a finalist for the ECAC Hockey Rookie of the Year award, the conference office announced Friday.For more information about Harvard men’s ice hockey, visit the Harvard Athletics website.Harvard photographer Jon Chase contributed to this story.last_img read more

James McCarthy recognized for climate change insights

first_imgJames McCarthy, a professor of biological oceanography and the Alexander Agassiz Professor of Biological Oceanography in the Museum of Comparative Zoology, whose pioneering work on marine nutrient cycles has led to greater understanding of how human activity is influencing climate, has been named a recipient of the Tyler Prize for Environmental Achievement. The other 2018 winner is Paul Falkowski of Rutgers University.“We are recognizing these two great scientists for their enormous contributions to fighting climate change through increasing our scientific understanding of how Earth’s climate works, as well as bringing together that knowledge for the purpose of policy change,” said Julia Marton- Lefèvre, chair of the Tyler Prize committee. “This is a great message for the world today — that U.S. scientists are leading some of the most promising research into Earth’s climate, and helping to turn that knowledge into policy change.”The award came just days after Harvard President Drew Faust announced a plan to make the University fossil fuel-free by 2050. The initiative builds on Harvard’s previous 10-year climate goal, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 30 percent, including growth. That goal was reached in 2016. McCarthy shared his response to the award, as well as warnings and some hope for a world facing increasingly visible climate change.Q&AJames McCarthyGAZETTE: Can you describe your feelings when you received the news?McCARTHY: I had a phone message from a friend whom I’d worked with years ago, so when I returned the call, my thought was that she was probably coming to town, and I was looking forward to a visit. She said, “I’ve got some good news,” and it was a good thing I was sitting down, because I was flabbergasted.GAZETTE: You are a biological oceanographer. Can you describe that field and how it connects with our understanding of climate change?McCARTHY: It has always been known that the biotic processes in the ocean are important in a variety of ways, such as for the fish harvest that many people depend upon. But the important roles of marine organisms in climate, such as contributing to the storage of carbon in the sea, were only vaguely appreciated until a few decades ago. Moreover, the amount of biological production by single-cell plant plankton in the ocean is comparable on an annual basis to that for plants on land, but most people typically think of terrestrial production as being much greater.Our ability to make these types of comparisons and to study these processes in the ocean, on land, and in the atmosphere has only come in the last 30 years or so, with the advent of satellite sensors. Working on research ships, we can cover the ocean only sporadically … but satellites gave us the ability to see a much larger field. We can see what is happening in the ocean when ships are not there, but we can also better understand how much the area we’re studying aboard ships is representative of the wider ocean.GAZETTE: How serious are the threats from climate change to the world’s oceans? Will it be possible to reverse the damage we’re already seeing, or should we only be thinking of how to mitigate the impacts?McCARTHY: There was a period of optimism in 2016 after leaders of the nations that are contributing most to this problem, joined by all other nations, established the Paris climate agreement. But over the past year we’ve seen the U.S. government retreat from a serious commitment to slow the rate of climate change.From satellite data we know the oceans are warming everywhere, but what is not really appreciated by the public is that most — more than 90 percent — of the temperature change we see globally has been in the ocean. This tells you how important the ocean is in buffering climate change. Think about how much warmer it would be on land if the oceans weren’t absorbing so much of this heat.A warmer ocean leads to more evaporation, with a greater potential to energize storms. If we look at the trajectory of storms over the last few decades we can see this effect. Hurricane Katrina crossed Florida as a Category 1 storm, but then unusually warm water in the Gulf of Mexico caused it to ramp up to Category 5. Superstorm Sandy escaped the tropics, and near-record temperatures in the Gulf Stream allowed it to intensify before it made landfall in New Jersey. As the ocean continues to warm, we can expect more intense storms.Another important manifestation of the warming of the ocean is the rise in sea level. The best estimates are that in the early 1900s, sea level was rising about one millimeter per year. By the late 1900s, it was about two millimeters, and it’s now about three millimeters.GAZETTE: How does that warming impact ocean life?McCARTHY: Most people understand the relationship between a warmer atmosphere and a warmer ocean, but a lot of people don’t appreciate that as the ocean absorbs CO2 that humans are releasing to the atmosphere, it becomes more acidic.Already in areas like the Pacific Northwest this change in ocean chemistry is affecting the ability of larval oysters to form shells. The larva of a marine organism has a limited amount of resources — it’s got to make it to a critical stage of development with those resources. For an oyster and other organisms that live on the bottom of the ocean, this includes making its first shell. If it can’t, because a lower pH makes shell formation more difficult, then reproduction fails. Changes in ocean pH will also have additional effects on many species.People have talked about solutions to climate change like shading the Earth to keep it cooler or putting reflective material in the upper atmosphere, but if we are not doing anything to slow the release of CO2, we’re not addressing this other very serious challenge for marine organisms.GAZETTE: Will we be able to turn back the clock on these challenges, or should we be thinking about how to mitigate the fallout from climate change?McCARTHY: Turning back the clock is not in the cards — we cannot go back to the climate of 1950. What we can do is slow the rate of change.The last dramatic change in Earth’s climate was about 18,000 years ago, when we came out of the most recent Ice Age. Over a period of about 8,000 years, an ice sheet a mile thick right here in Cambridge retreated north. But the change occurring now is 100 times faster. In other words, in the next 100 years we could see change equivalent to what happened earlier over a period 100 times longer, 10,000 years. If we can slow climate change, we will have a better chance of adapting to the consequences of warming, including sea level rise. In short, we need to do much more than we are doing now to be prepared for future change.A lot of what needs to be done can’t be done without concerted government action. We need to have policies in place that recognize the costs of inaction. Right now we put our waste CO2 into the atmosphere and pay no penalty for the climate change that it will cause. We recognize the importance of proper disposal with sewage and many industrial wastes. The same should be true for CO2.Presently the U.S. government isn’t committed to addressing this problem. Fortunately, other nations and the governments of many cities and states in our country are. There’s a growing sense that until we have a change in Washington, a lot can be done on the local level where people can see that reducing greenhouse gas emissions is possible at little or no cost.GAZETTE: Are you ultimately optimistic that the world will be able to come together and step up to the challenges of climate change?McCARTHY: I am optimistic. I think the alliance that President Obama helped to form — for the first time ever having the U.S., China, and India at the negotiating table — along with every other nation agreeing on a strategy for reducing greenhouse gas emissions — was a terrific accomplishment.But I would say what makes me more optimistic than anything else are the young people I interact with here every day. They understand this problem in a way earlier generations at the same age didn’t. No matter where they go — into the business world or public service or academia — they carry this understanding with them. The realization that the leaders of tomorrow are leaving Harvard University knowing that their generation can and will address this problem, I think, is a great reason for optimism.Interview was edited for clarity and length. Related To sample climate concerns, look at nature HUBweek panel says recent past helps to show where action is needed, including in Boston When government ponders helpful policies, Harvard faculty members are front and center Advising on climate changelast_img read more

January General Fund Revenues Positive; Transportation Fund Revenues again fall below projections

first_imgFY05 YTD General Fund January-05 January-06 Monthly Personal Income Taxreceipts, which are reported Net-of-Personal Income Tax refunds, exceededtarget by $3.61 million (or 4.6 %) in January.    Personal Income Tax Receipts, by far thelargest single state revenue source, were up 22.0% from January 2005.  Secretary Smith also noted that the CorporateIncome Tax performed well during January. The Corporate Income Tax exceeded target for the month (+$0.32 million, +12.6%).  PRESS RELEASE RHofmann State of Vermont 2 1 2005-02-08T20:28:00Z 2006-02-10T18:54:00Z 2006-02-10T18:54:00Z 1 777 4432 State of Vermont 36 10 5199 10.2625 Print MicrosoftInternetExplorer4st1\:*{behavior:url(#ieooui) } /* Style Definitions */ table.MsoNormalTable {mso-style-name:”Table Normal”; mso-tstyle-rowband-size:0; mso-tstyle-colband-size:0; mso-style-noshow:yes; mso-style-parent:””; mso-padding-alt:0in 5.4pt 0in 5.4pt; mso-para-margin:0in; mso-para-margin-bottom:.0001pt; mso-pagination:widow-orphan; font-size:10.0pt; font-family:”Times New Roman”;}February 10, 2006 General Fund By Major Element (In Millions) Tax Component Among the other General Fundrevenue categories, Estate Tax receipts performed above the latest targets,finishing $1.68 million ahead of projections in January. FY06 YTD % Change Montpelier, VT – Secretary ofAdministration Michael K. Smith Announces January 2006 Revenue Results For TheState Of Vermont: January General Fund Revenues Positive; Transportation Fund Revenuesagain fall below projections.  Secretary of Administration MichaelK. Smith today released General Fund revenue results for the month of January,the seventh month of fiscal year 2006. General Fund revenues totaled $135.20 million for January 2006, $5.66million or 4.4% more than the $129.49 million consensus revenue target for themonth.  January results were also $16.26million (or +13.7%) higher than the solid General Fund revenues in January 2005.  Year to date, General Fund revenues totaled $656.64million.  Secretary Smith noted, We wererelieved to once again exceed our newly revised General Fund target for themonth.  It is important to note that the higherthan anticipated revenues in January were largely due to above target receiptsin both Personal and Corporate Income Tax revenues.  The monthly targets reflect the most recentfiscal year 2006 Consensus Revenue Forecast that was agreed to by the EmergencyBoard on January 11, 2006.  The States Consensus Revenue Forecast isupdated two times per year in January and July.  The Sales and Use Tax surpassedprojections for January (+$0.70 million or +2.6%).  Receipts in the Rooms and Meals Tax wereslightly above expectations as well (+$0.40 million or +0.4%).  Both figures reflect actual purchases inDecember, indicating a good holiday retailing season for the state, commentedSmith. % Changelast_img read more

Second annual Dan Bonfigli Woody Classic serves-off on August 11

first_imgDealer.com,Next Thursday (August 11th) Burlington’s Dealer.com will be hosting the second annual Woody Classic ‘ a local tennis match and celebration open to the public. As a neat throw-back to the 70’s and 80’s, competitors are required to use wooden racquets and dress in retro-style athletic gear. In addition, the event will culminate with a ‘Sunday Bash’ where families are encouraged to attend and enjoy the food and free activities while cheering on the finalists (who are competing for prizes valued at more than $4,500).  WHAT:                 Tennis athletes and fans are invited to dust-off their headbands and travel back to the era of John McEnroe and Bjorn Borg’s classic rivalry by participating in the second annual Dan Bonfigli Woody Classic ‘ a local tennis competition requiring athletes to use wooden racquets and show off their retro-style sportswear in honor of the heyday of 1970’s and 1980’s tennis.                                 The four-day competitive tennis match will culminate with a ‘Sunday Bash,’ where food, beverages and family activities will be available for athletes and spectators throughout the day as finalists compete. During the bash, more than $4,500 in prizes will be awarded to top competitors ‘ and additional awards will be given to best male and female athlete who replicate the “Classic White” tennis outfits from the 70’s and 80’s. Athletes can register for singles and doubles categories for both men and women.  Spectators are encouraged to cheer-on athletes throughout the competition – cow bells and noise makers will be provided! For more information, and to register by midnight on August 8th, visit www.woodyclassic.com(link is external). WHO:                   The 2nd Annual Dan Bonfigli Woody Classic is sponsored by the Burlington Tennis Club and Dealer.com, the Burlington-based global leader in online marketing solutions for the automotive industry WHEN:                 Registration: Now until August 8thCompetition: August 11 ‘ 14, 2011 (visit www.woodyclassic.com(link is external) for info)Sunday Bash, semi and final matches: August 14 (all day)Awards Ceremony: August 14 (all day) WHERE:               Burlington Tennis Club12 East TerraceSouth Burlington, VT 05403(802) 863-3439                                Click for Map WHY:                    The event is hosted by Dealer.com in memory of Dan Bonfigli, a local tennis athlete whose unrealized dream was to create a competition like the Woody Classic ‘ where retro-era tennis was celebrated in a fun and friendly competition. ‘Last year was so much fun, we just had to do it again,’ said Mark Bonfigli, CEO and founder of Dealer.com, and brother of Dan Bonfigli. ‘We’re all looking forward to another year of friendly competition, family fun and outrageous throwbacks to the 70’s and 80’s era of tennis.’last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims increase for second week

first_imgThere were 882 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week. This is an increase of 130 from the week before, as new claims increased again following a decline in the aftermath of  Tropical Storm Irene. In looking at the table below, you will see that the summer’s historically low claims came to an abrupt end with the storm. While the numbers are considerably lower than the Irene spike numbers, they have been, for the last couple of weeks, nearly double the initial claims observed in July and August. Altogether 5,946 new and continuing claims were filed, an increase of 50 from a week ago, but 2,112 fewer than a year ago. The Department also processed 1,494 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 66 more than a week ago. In addition, there were 701 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is 12 more than the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)  Vermont’s unemployment rate fell one-tenth in September to 5.8 percent. See story HERE.    See Table and graphs below weekly data.Vermont Labor Force StatisticsSeasonally Adjusted Change to         September 2011 from    September  2011 August  2011 September  2010 August  2011 September  2010 center_img Total Labor Force362,100359,800360,1002,3002,000  Employment340,900338,800338,8002,1002,100  Unemployment21,10021,10021,3000-200  Rate5.8%5.9%5.9%-0.1-0.1last_img read more

How To: Get Over the Fear of Climbing

first_imgThis could be you.Dear Mountain Mama,I recently moved to a small mountain town and everyone my age seems to spend the weekend climbing. A few acquaintances have invited me to join them, but I’m petrified. I spend my weekends twiddling my thumbs and haven’t been able to meet friends. How do I get over my fear of climbing?Thanks, Grounded by FearDear Grounded by Fear,The first time I climbed outside of a gym was Half Dome. Rising 5,000 feet from the Yosemite floor, the climb is clean and exposed granite. The guy who asked me to round out the crew of five seasoned climbers assured me that the route we’d be taking, Snake Dike, is as easy as it gets in terms of technical climbing. He knew I had just completed a triathlon and thought the six-mile hike to the base, the eight pitches of climbing, and the nine-mile descent to Yosemite Valley would be challenging but doable.We left our car at six a.m. I carried half the gear, weighing in around twenty pounds. We hiked in the back country, past two beautiful waterfalls and an isolated lake. We got lost, forcing us to boulder hop the last hour until we reached the southwest toe of Half Dome. By that time, we’d been hiking for nearly four hours.My partner gave me a quick tutorial on how to belay him on lead before we started climbing. The first three pitches went smoothly. But I had gotten about four feet into the fourth pitch when the granite face turned completely smooth and slippery. I could only find vertical cracks to wedge one foot and then the other, makings fists with my hands and turning them sideways to pull myself up a few inches at a time.It took forty minutes to finally pull myself over the final overhang of that fourth pitch, making eye contact with my climbing partner. An expression of elation and relief passed over his face, and he congratulated me on climbing so well. Later over beers he would explain that he had mistakenly led us off route and that pitch was much tougher than anything he expected me to be able to climb.We summited with two hours left of sunlight. The descent down was on the other side, where cables provide day hikers the opportunity to enjoy the views of the High Sierras that the peak offers. We carefully negotiated the cables, and once we were back on the trail, we jogged all the way to Yosemite Valley, motivating each other with promises of pizza and pitchers of beer. Our headlamps helped us see the trail for the last couple of miles.I felt many things that day — exhilarated, excited, amazed, awed, stunned, pushed, hungry, thirsty, dirty, and exhausted. But not once did I feel afraid. Looking back, it was a very ambitious first climb and some might speculate that anyone who agrees to climb Snake Dike the first time they climb outside is too stupid to be afraid. But I disagree. I think the reason I wasn’t afraid was because I didn’t have time to be afraid. I was too busy climbing.I tell you this story, Grounded, because I have a hunch that you’re not afraid of climbing. Climbing is all about feeling adrenaline and accomplishment, experiencing breathtaking views, and getting to hang out with really cool folks.You’re afraid of falling and all the disaster scenarios you’ve told yourself might happen. Fearing failure can be good. That kind of fear spurs you to take adequate safety precautions. That fear helps make you pause and ask just how experienced your climbing partner is and just how many falls have abused the rope you’ll be using. And that fear might motivate you to spend some time in the local climbing gym, making sure you’ve got some basic skills before going.Grounded, once you’ve taken all the right precautions, you can replace your fears with trust and confidence. When you fall, you’ll be in the capable hands of your belay partner, falling on a strong rope that is properly anchored to a system that can support your fall.And if that pesky loop of what-ifs creeps its way back into your thought process, immerse yourself in the present moment. Start by taking a few deep breathes. Pay attention to the length of each inhale and exhale. Next, focus on your surroundings. Feel the sun shining on your back. Describe the texture of the rock. Notice the color of the rope. Paint an image of that beautiful mountain onto the canvas of your brain, right on top of any still-lurking doubts. And with that, Grounded, double check your harness and climb on!Do you need to hear it one more time Grounded? Climb on! Find each hold with intention and be present to feel yourself ascend the fear. It will rock your world.Yours,Mountain Mamalast_img read more

Ecuador’s “Amazonas” Train With U.S. Military To Become “River Rats”

first_imgBy Dialogo November 30, 2009 Dense jungle surrounds the Payamino River, an important water-way in Ecuador. This river, along with countless others in the eastern provinces of Ecuador, is a lifeline for local communities, the Ecuadorian military and illegal armed groups. Recognizing the importance of Riverine operations, the U.S. Military Group in Ecuador, in partnership with the Ecuadorian Army, began training together in October to enhance the capabilities of jungle units to control the rivers in their zones. “In the dense jungle environment the rivers serve as lines of communication for groups like the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC) to conduct logistical support and illicit trafficking,” said Maj. Michael L. Burgoyne, a Foreign Area Officer with U.S. Military Group Ecuador. At the request of the Ecuadorian government, the Ecuadorian Army and the U.S. Military Group have been working together since 2007 to create, train and deploy small boat units in jungle terrain and along the border with Colombia. In a recent three week course, held in Coca, soldiers from the Ecuadorian 4th Division “Amazonas” mastered formations, Riverine patrolling, insertions, extractions and battle drills. During the course, the term “River Rats” was used to describe the Ecuadorian soldiers who will take their knowledge to the northern border with Colombia and the deepest reaches of the Ecuadorian Amazon. The training received enhanced the ability of the Ecuadorian Army to deploy their contingency of more than 40 boats and three Riverine battalions consisting of more than 550 personnel. These soldiers will be able to access remote outposts often only accessible by boat or helicopter, thereby preventing FARC units from establishing camps in Ecuador and preventing the flow of illegal drugs through the border. The relationships built and sustained with multinational partners in the Central and South American region through exercises, professional and military exchanges help tremendously in preserving peace and stability in the region. Since the Ecuadorian soldiers understand the U.S. commitment to the region, the two-year program has been successful in turning Soldiers into “River Rats.” “A big watch and cool knife get you only so far. Once they´re convinced you’re serious about their concerns (social, environmental and political) they take you seriously,” said Mr. Marty Martinez, a retired U.S. Navy Special Boat Unit member and Navy Small Craft Instruction and Technical Training School instructor. But the learning was a two-way street. “I was able to learn a great deal about how the Ecuadorians maintain remote jungle outposts and patrol in a very unforgiving environment,” said Burgoyne. These types of training exercises are a major component of the U.S. Army’s regional engagement efforts and afford the opportunity to train ser-vice members while providing needed services to communities throughout the region. In conjunction with Vector Watercraft, a U.S.-based company, the U.S. Military Group also provided equipment upgrades to the Ecuadorian Army Riverine Program. As part of the program, the Ecuadorians have received numerous new and refitted patrol boats. These boats are equipped with water-jet engines and do not have the limitations of the outboard motors currently in use. With these new craft, the Ecuadorians can work in even the shallowest rivers to accomplish their mission. Besides creating an opportunity for the armed forces of Ecuador and U.S. Army counterparts to work side by side and learn from one another, this training also offered the opportunity for the Ecuadorian Army to share this training to all their units along their numerous waterways. “We’re very excited about the Riverine program,” said Lt. Col. Paul Lemke, U.S. Army Section Chief in Ecuador. “This is a great opportunity to work with our Ecuadorian partners to enhance their ability to secure their own territory and promote regional stability.last_img read more

Longtime credit union employee pleads guilty to embezzlement

first_img continue reading » 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr A 62-year-old Missouri woman, who worked for nearly three decades at the $30.1 million Shelter Insurance Federal Credit Union, pleaded guilty Thursday to embezzling more than $230,000 in U.S. District Court.Debra L. Wenger of Columbia, Mo., worked as a teller and administrative assistant, and assumed all of the accounting responsibilities at the credit union, according to Missouri federal prosecutors.In February 2016, an external auditor detected the misappropriation of funds after finding a discrepancy when comparing the general ledger teller cash to the cash-balancing sheet.When Wenger was questioned by Columbia Police Department investigators, she admitted to taking the cash from her teller drawer and depositing the funds into her personal account, according to federal prosecutors.last_img read more