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USS Newport News Commander Relieved

first_imgBack to overview,Home naval-today USS Newport News Commander Relieved Cmdr. Christopher Tarsa was relieved of command by Capt. Paul Snodgrass due to a loss of confidence in his ability to serve effectively as commanding officer.The Navy holds those in positions of command to very high standards and holds them accountable when those standards are not met.Tarsa assumed command of Newport News Aug. 2, 2013. He has been administratively reassigned to the staff of commander, Submarine Force Atlantic.Cmdr. Roger Meyer, deputy commander at Submarine Squadron 6, has assumed command of Newport News until a permanent replacement is named. Meyer previously commanded USS Miami (SSN 755).[mappress]Press Release, August 18, 2014; Image: US Navy View post tag: USS Newport News August 18, 2014 View post tag: Naval The commanding officer of Los Angeles-class attack submarine USS Newport News (SSN 750) was relieved of duty Aug. 15 by the commander of Submarine Squadron 6 at Naval Station Norfolk, Virginia. View post tag: americas View post tag: Commandercenter_img Authorities USS Newport News Commander Relieved View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Relieved View post tag: Navy Share this articlelast_img read more

Spring Events Lineup for Ocean City: Mr. Mature, Easter Egg Hunts, Doo Dah Parade,…

first_imgSunday, April 5EASTER SUNRISE SERVICE: The annual service sponsored by the Ministerium and Ecumenical Council is set for the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace, at 6:30 a.m. Easter Sunday. The speaker will be Rev. Dr. Anthony Campolo. The Glory of Easter Music will be celebrated with trumpets, congregational singing, students of Nancy Fox and pianist Jeff Seals. An offering will benefit the Food Cupboard and Clothes Closet. Parking is free at 8th, 9th St. and other city lots.EASTER FASHION PROMENADE: Starts in front of the Ocean City Music Pier, judging at 1 p.m. Prizes for the best dressed participants. Take photos with the Easter Bunny, who will have chocolate bunnies for the children. For information, call (609) 399-6111. Friday and Saturday, April 10 and 1130TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE DOO DAH PARADE: The event is set for Sat., April 11th starting noon at 6th and Asbury Ave. The Parade goes through the center of town to 12th St., turns to the Boardwalk and ends at the Music Pier.There will be an awards ceremony at the Music Pier followed by the PieAsco, our annual tribute to the late, great comedian Soupy Sales. Folks sit in grand stands and when the signal is given smoosh each other with shaving cream pies, the kind Soupy used in his syndicated TV Shows.This year’s Parade will honor the memory of Joe Franklin, legendary New Yorker, whose radio and TV shows were broadcast for many years. Joe was a former grand marshal of the parade. He was responsible for helping us secure many celebrities to appear in the parade. These included Carol Channing, Larry Storch and Soupy Sales. Other notables who have appeared in Ocean City for Doo Dah include Bill Dana, Meadowlark Lemon, Edie Adams, Shelly Berman, Frank Gorshin, Dr. Irwin Cory and many more.The parade was started as a celebration of humor and to honor legendary comedians. It features comic brigades, clowns, humorous individuals, bands and floats. A huge addition to the parade occurred ten years ago when the Tri-State Basset Hound Rescue League asked to be included in the event.League members parade about 500 of their pets in Doo Dah to raise funds for the work of the League which is to find homes for neglected and homeless Bassets. Many of the floppy eared doggies appear in costumes and ride in decorated wagons. If you’ve never seen a group of 500 bassets loping in one direction before, this parade is for you.On Friday, April 10th at 1 p.m., the League holds its annual Basset Hound Olympics at the Tabernacle Grounds, 6th and Asbury Ave. This is an athletic event for the most un-athletic doggies in Pooch Dom. They are asked to jump over hurdles, many merely walk around them. They are asked to sprint through tunnels, some do and some don’t. They are greeted by great applause at the finish line, most ignore this and flop down for a nap. If you are free at 1 p.m. on April 10th this is a “must see” event, bring your camera.Entry in the Doo Dah Parade is free. To register for the Parade and receive line-up information, call Public Relations (609) 399-6111, Ext. 9300 or email [email protected] Saturday, April 4GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT: The second of two egg hunts on the beach takes place at 2:30 p.m. April 4 at the beaches between 11th Street and 14th Street. Five age-groups: 0-2 years, 3-4 years, 5 years, 6 years, and 7 years. 100,000 eggs, 5, 000 prizes. Be prompt as the event goes quickly. Rain date is April 5.WOOF ‘N PAWS PET FASHION SHOW: Starts at 11 a.m. at Carey Stadium, 6th St. off Boardwalk. Categories include Best Dressed Dog, Cat and Other Pet, Best Bonnet, Intelligent Pet Tricks, Owner Pet Look Alike, Swim Suit Division, and Best of Show award AKA Dean Schofield Woof ‘N Paws Plaque for perfection. $5 Entry Fee benefits the Ocean City Humane Society, an award winning, no kill shelter. Event is open to any pet that will not eat another pet. March 22 to April 4BREAKFAST WITH THE EASTER BUNNY: From 8 a.m. till noon at the following dates and downtown locations. Call (609) 399-1412 for information.Sunday, March 22: Ready’s Coffee Shop and RestaurantSaturday, March 28: Yianni’s CaféSunday, March 29: Arlene’s on Asbury. Also on March 29: Yoasis, Yogurt with the Easter Bunny, 2-4 p.m.Saturday, April 4: Jon and Patty’s Coffee Bar and Bistrocenter_img Two massive Easter Egg Hunts take place on the beach between 11th and 14th streets in Ocean City, NJ, on March 28 and April 4, 2015.The family fun in Ocean City, NJ is about to kick into high gear with a lineup of traditional early-season events.Here are some of the highlights: Saturday, March 28GREAT EASTER EGG HUNT: The first of two egg hunts on the beach takes place at 2:30 p.m. March 28 at the beaches between 11th Street and 14th Street. Five age-groups: 0-2 years, 3-4 years, 5 years, 6 years, and 7 years. 100,000 eggs, 5, 000 prizes. Be prompt as the event goes quickly. Rain date is March 29.MR. MATURE AMERICA PAGEANT: The Mr. Mature Pageant honors the talents and achievements of men 55 and older. It is the only event of its kind in the world. Mr. Mature America debuted to an enthusiastic audience last year. The second annual edition is set for 7 p.m., Saturday, March 28 at the Ocean City Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. Contestants will perform a talent, talk about their favorite “Memories” and be judged for an on-stage question. To enter the pageant, call (609) 399-6111, ext. 9300 or email [email protected]  Pageant tickets ($10) are now on sale at the information center on the ground floor of City Hall, 9th Street and Asbury Avenue, or online at www.ocnj.us/boxoffice. Tickets will also be available at the door.Special guests include Rock ‘n Roll Hall of Fame drummer Dick Richards of Bill Haley’s Comets and his band playing “Shake, Rattle and Roll,” famed blues performer Bubba Mac and Ms. Senior New Jersey America Diane Beebe.Al proceeds benefit the Ocean City Ecumenical Council Community Food Cupboard.last_img read more

Making poetry sing

first_imgTsitsi Jaji, the Mary I. Bunting Institute Fellow at Radcliffe, is fascinated by what songs can teach literary specialists about how to read poetry. She calls art songs — vocal compositions typically arranged for one voice with piano accompaniment — “the perfect texts to explore the dynamic relationship between music and poetry in my new Radcliffe project.”That project, titled “Classic Black: Art Songs and Poetry in the Black Atlantic,” examines the work of 19th- and 20th-century composers of African descent from Britain, Nigeria, South Africa, and the United States who set poetry to music, and how things like harmony, cadence, tempo, and rhythm alter the meaning of the words.Jaji will sing the art songs she analyzes as poetic commentaries during a presentation today at 4 p.m. in the Radcliffe Gymnasium. For the classically trained pianist, singing instead of sitting at the keyboard helped her learn not only how hard the songs are to sing but also to “pay attention to the vowels … it’s a different perspective on the actual substance and sound and diction of language.” (Cansu Çolakoğlu ’16, one of Jaji’s two Radcliffe researchers, will accompany her on the piano. Her second assistant, Adela Kim ’16, helped her transcribe the music she worked with into Sibelius, the computer musical notation program.)Soundbytes: Tsitsi Jaji | A Corn Song Tsitsi Jaji, a 2012-13 Radcliffe Institute Fellow, performs “A Corn Song” by Samuel Coleridge-Taylor.In addition to performing musical works by Ignatius Sancho, Samuel Coleridge-Taylor, and Shirley Graham Du Bois, whose compositions she found next door to her office in Radcliffe’s Arthur and Elizabeth Schlesinger Library on the History of Women in America, Jaji set her own work to a poem titled “Jonah” by Lucille Clifton, the former poet laureate of Maryland. Jaji, now an assistant professor of English at the University of Pennsylvania, called Clifton “an amazing master of packing immense punch into a handful of lines.”The biblical reference in “Jonah” evokes “a body of oral culture, including spirituals and black vernacular preaching styles,” said Jaji, who used the melody from one of her own favorite spirituals, “Sometimes I Feel Like a Motherless Child,” in the piano part of her composition to evoke something much darker.“The use of that melody allows me to show that I see the reference to Jonah’s whale as actually referring to the belly of a slave ship,” she said, “rather than the biblical leviathan.”Jaji added: “The last few lines of the song are quiet, as if the warning to the brothers is delivered in hushed tones, and then there is a sudden crescendo on the final word ‘ocean.’ I can only imagine the terror that kidnapped men, women, and children from the interior in West Africa must have felt when the saw and heard the ocean for the first time on the eve of their transport in the Middle Passage … and how, retrospectively, that terror must have grown even more acute.”While Jaji said she could have chosen to set a work by Walt Whitman to music, like she has done in the past, using the words of the African-American Clifton allowed her to claim an artistic lineage that has become vital to her.“That for me is a pan-African move, because I could just claim relationship to my Shona identity from Zimbabwe, but as a person who has lived in the United States now for 20 years, I am a black American and this is part of that larger black Atlantic tradition that I see myself very much needing, and celebrating my connection to.”Jaji said another fellow at Radcliffe, visual artist Zoe Beloff, who tries to make “esoteric knowledge available to everyone,” influenced her work.To Jaji, “Performing these songs is kind of the same thing. … If you have access to privilege, which surely at Harvard we do, what can you do to open up that privilege to a wider sector of your world?”Born in Zimbabwe, Jaji left Africa to attend Oberlin, where she studied both comparative literature and piano performance. After college she considered an advanced degree in music, but her interest in comparative literature (and a better financial package) prompted her to pursue a Ph.D. in that subject at Cornell University.In upstate New York, she merged both worlds, studying literature, but also keeping up with her music. Her dissertation blended the two, examining the influence of black American music on the expressive cultures of Ghana, South Africa, and Senegal.She wrote about “music in literature and film, and the way that black American experience was … articulating resistance to white supremacy.”Her research became the basis for her forthcoming book from Oxford University Press, “Africa in Stereo: Music, Modernism and pan-African Solidarity,” which she finished at Radcliffe earlier this year. Her work on the book led her to her current project. It included a look at the influence of music on the first Pan-African national conference in 1900 in London. There, as part of the program, Afro-British composer Coleridge-Taylor set a poem to music — “A Corn Song” by African-American poet and Ohio native Paul Laurence Dunbar.“Coleridge-Taylor’s harmonic and rhythmic choices shifted the way that Dunbar’s poetry registered meaning, affect, and imagery for me,” Jaji wrote in April. “Here was a composer teaching me to read differently.”last_img read more

Scholars greet Paris exit as multifaceted mistake

first_imgThough other nations appear to be standing firm on their climate commitments, and U.S. states, cities, and business leaders have reaffirmed pledges to climate goals, action by the federal government is hard to replace when it comes to such a sweeping problem, Harvard scholars say.With a week to assess the fallout from President Trump’s decision to pull the U.S. from the Paris climate agreement, faculty members were quick to note that the withdrawal isn’t immediate — it will take years to carry out. But U.S. momentum toward a solution will be lost, along with the expertise of scientists who turn their careers to other questions.In the days after the president’s announcement, leaders in higher education made their voices heard on the decision. A dozen research institutions issued the “Affirmation of Leading Research Universities’ Commitment to Progress on Climate Change,” which restated a commitment made prior to the 2015 Paris climate talks, when 318 institutions signed the “American Campuses Act on Climate Pledge.”The new statement, signed by Harvard President Drew Faust as well as the presidents of MIT, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, Stanford, Yale, and the University of Pennsylvania, says that the transition to a low-carbon future is becoming increasingly urgent and that the schools will work toward that transition, both through sustainable operations on campus and broadly in society.The broader picture was on the minds of Harvard faculty members in a series of conversations following the decision.Robert Stavins, the Kennedy School’s Albert Pratt Professor of Business and Government, discussed the impact of the decision on the agreement itself and on the future commitment of signatory nations:With the United States out of the Paris agreement, it loses the ability to pressure other countries, such as the large, emerging economies, to do more.Worse yet, the announced departure may encourage some countries to do less than they had planned. In the worst possible outcome, the U.S. announcement might eventually even lead to the broad Paris coalition unraveling. However, initial indications from the EU, China, India, and other key parties to the agreement are that they will maintain their targets, and some may even make them more aggressive because of Trump’s shortsighted action. But only time will tell.As President Barack Obama’s science adviser and director of the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, John Holdren was in the thick of climate change policy efforts. We asked Holdren, the Teresa and John Heinz Professor of Environmental Policy at HKS, about how the withdrawal might affect the federal government.Under the terms of the Paris agreement, a country announcing its intention to withdraw nonetheless officially remains a party for a further three-plus years. Thus, despite President Trump’s announcement of June 1, the United States will be a party to the agreement until late 2020.What is most significant operationally is his statement that the United States would cease implementing the agreement effective immediately. That intention was already evident in President Trump’s multiple executive orders undoing President Obama’s climate-change initiatives, and in his proposed budget cuts for the Environmental Protection Agency, the Department of Energy, and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, among others.The Paris agreement does not specify any penalties for failure to implement, but penalties there will be, starting with a huge loss of momentum in the federal government’s work to address the climate change challenge. That work has included, crucially, basic and early stage applied research underpinning the development of cleaner energy-supply technologies; higher-energy-efficiency vehicles, buildings, and manufacturing processes; and a smarter, more flexible, more resilient electricity grid. It has included initiatives to build preparedness for, resilience against, and adaptation to the changes in climate that are ongoing and destined to grow for decades to come in spite of whatever efforts are mustered globally to reduce emissions. It has included collaborations with and assistance for developing countries, in order to speed their progress on emissions reductions and preparedness, resilience, and adaptation. And it has included climate change monitoring and analysis to increase understanding of what is happening, what is coming, and how best to cope.Slashing these efforts will mean many capable civil servants in all these domains will leave government, making it challenging to resurrect such efforts when more sensible leadership in the White House materializes. It will also mean climate change and clean energy researchers and analysts in national labs, universities, businesses, and independent research centers who have been supported by government funds will need to find alternative sources of support or find other things to do.Clearly, the penalties we will all pay will include not only a slower pace of U.S. emissions reductions and resilience building — despite all efforts by states, cities, businesses, civil society, and individuals to compensate for the federal government’s dereliction — than would have been the case if the Trump administration had stayed the course, but also slower progress in developing countries that lose U.S. assistance. All this, in turn, will mean bigger changes in climate and bigger impacts on human well-being resulting from those changes, here and around the world, than needed to happen.In addition, as many have already pointed out since the Trump announcement, the penalties paid by the United States in consequence of President Trump’s misguided decisions about climate policy, culminating in his renunciation of the Paris agreement, will include ceding moral — as well as, probably, technological — leadership on the climate-change issue to other countries. This ceding of leadership is a huge blow to U.S. standing in the world, not to mention the likely ultimate loss of competitiveness in technologies for cost-effectively meeting the climate-change challenge. One must wonder, finally, how President Trump’s unilateral withdrawal from one of the most consequential and universal international agreements in history will affect the willingness of other countries to cooperate with us on the international stage when we need them.Edward Glaeser, the Fred and Eleanor Glimp Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences and former director of the Kennedy School’s Taubman Center for State and Local Government, assessed the potential for cities and states to play a bigger role.The ability of cities and states to take meaningful action on climate change is typically limited. The best strategies would [combine] the right, ideally global, carbon tax with enough investment in research and development. Few localities have the ability to fund significant research, and local controls on energy use can easily backfire by inducing the most energy-intensive industries to move elsewhere.California is, however, something of an exception because of its large size, economic strength, and inherent natural amenities. California’s actions do carry weight, although they are failing in their largest environmental task: allowing more construction. Per-household carbon emissions are much lower in coastal California than in other parts of the country, primarily because of warm Januaries and relatively cool Julys.If California environmentalists really wanted to reduce carbon emissions, they should stop opposing construction in greater San Francisco and Los Angeles. When environmentalists stop construction in coastal California, the builders and the households move elsewhere — to Atlanta, to Dallas, to Phoenix — where tougher climates lead to far more carbon emissions.William Hogan, the Raymond Plank Professor of Global Energy Policy at HKS, is an expert on a key industry in the climate debate: electricity. We asked Hogan about consequences for the power system.Litigation surrounding the Clean Power Plan, before the election of President Trump, created near-term uncertainty about the evolution of the power system. The additional uncertainty created by the Trump decision over the Paris agreement is relatively small, and depends on the actions of state and local governments.The importance of the Paris agreement has to do with the symbolism and the implications for the long-term evolution of climate-related policies. A carbon tax would be a better approach than the Clean Power Plan. A strong case can and has been made for a carbon tax as part of overall fiscal reform.Michael McElroy, the Gilbert Butler Professor of Environmental Studies at the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences and director of the Harvard-China Project, has long worked on environmental issues in China. We asked for his thoughts on the idea that the U.S. withdrawal provides an opening for China to assume leadership on climate change.The first problem is the danger that there’s going to be, in the short term, a lack of support for climate-related science in the United States. For example, U.S. scientists have had a major influence on the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change. Many of the scientists come from government institutions — NOAA, NASA, and so on. Their travel and expenses associated with actually attending those meetings are supported by the U.S. government. I would be concerned that this administration will cut off that kind of support and so, in that way, leadership is going to be ceded to other countries, including China.That this action was taken to protect U.S. jobs is absurd. There is no implication for U.S. jobs in the Paris agreement. Is this going to provide more jobs for the coal industry? I don’t think so. The coal industry has been on its way down for 50 years, in terms of employment. Another question is whether we’re going to see a lack of support for renewable energy at the federal level. Renewable energy is a growing market and, as many people have pointed out, the investment in renewable energy in the United States has created more jobs than essentially anything else in the last few years. Are we going to see the new energy economy dominated by companies that have larger level of support in their home countries than in the United States?China, it seems to me, will view this as another example of inexperienced leadership at the presidential level in Washington, a recognition that this is not the way it was in the past, when you had professional leadership with an understanding of international issues. And maybe that this administration, at the highest levels, is not particularly reliable.In terms of climate change, I would think there would be no particular change in Chinese policy. Three factors drive Chinese policy. One is dealing with the air-pollution problem. Second is energy security. China does not have unlimited supplies of coal and is a major importer of natural gas and oil. Third is climate change, and they all come together in some sense.The incentive is to diversify the energy economy, to move away from reliance on fossil fuels. China is investing in nuclear, investing in wind, investing in solar, investing in hydro, and doing it at a breakneck pace and is going to continue to do that.It also has important foreign-policy implications because China is becoming a major investor in nuclear power in other parts of the world. It’s using its domestic expertise, which it largely got from Westinghouse, to build an international market for the Chinese nuclear industry, as it did before with solar.In the near term, we need to encourage expanded private-sector involvement in these issues. It also places a serious responsibility on us in terms of education. We need to really make sure we’re providing an honest, broad, scientific analysis of what the challenges are and what the problems are and what the opportunities are.last_img read more

A day in the life

first_imgThe clouds are dark outside the East Boston apartment complex where Ana Osorio has lived for more than a decade with her daughter, Stefani, when the cellphone alarm goes off at 6:10 a.m.After a quick shower, Osorio gets dressed, puts on some makeup, and runs to the kitchen to prepare oatmeal for the two of them. When she has time, she makes eggs with beans, a nod to her Honduran upbringing and a favorite of her daughter. But on this day, they’re sleepy. A fire alarm had rung at 4 a.m. and disrupted their sleep.“Are you ready, Stefani?” calls Osorio in English from the kitchen as she pours the oatmeal mix into portable travel mugs.“Yeah,” says Stefani, a stylish 18-year-old with a ready smile, as she comes out of her room, a rose gold cellphone in her hand.Osorio has to drop Stefani at high school in Charlestown by 7:30 before heading to the Harvard Business School (HBS), where she has worked as a custodian for the past 3½ years. When they climb into their white Subaru, Stefani smiles and starts taking selfies with her phone. Sometimes she turns off the radio station her mother favors, Kiss 108 FM, to listen to the playlist on her phone, which includes Ariana Grande, Camila Cabello, and Halsey.“Don’t forget to take the oatmeal with you,” Osorio reminds her.“What’s for dinner, mom?” Stefani asks.“Tonight, I’ll be home late, mami,” says Osorio, using a Spanish term of endearment. “Have a cheese sandwich or a quesadilla.”On this chilly morning, the car cruises along Route 1A and leaves Revere and Chelsea behind. The Boston skyline emerges as the clouds lift.,It’s 7:20 when Osorio arrives at Charlestown High School, where Stefani, a special-needs student with schizencephaly, a rare congenital condition that causes developmental delays, is in 12th grade. To help Stefani develop her language skills when growing up, Osorio spoke mostly English, but she peppers her speech with Spanish words. After Stefani climbs out of the car and walks to her school, Osorio realizes her daughter had forgotten her oatmeal.“No quiere comer,” says Osorio, worry in her voice. “She doesn’t want to eat.”A savvy Boston driver, Osorio reaches the Business School’s garage on Memorial Drive in less than 30 minutes. She’s early for her 9 a.m.-to-4:30 p.m. shift, but is ready to start. She won’t be home until 8 p.m. “Today is a long day,” she says. After her day at the Business School, she will head to Somerville, where she cleans a four-story building, a side job so she can save money for rainy days.In spring, her days were even longer when she interned as an administrative assistant with The Bridge program, which helps University workers advance their careers.,With her ID card, Osorio checks in at the back entrance of Tata Hall, the sleek, glass-and-stone building on the banks of the Charles River on the sprawling Allston campus. She changes her blue lace top, black pants, and boots with high heels for blue scrubs, plastic gloves, and black sneakers.She then walks to the Chao Center, a modern building with an imposing brick veneer and glass wall, where she cleans the bathrooms on the first floor and makes sure the chairs and tables in the dining hall are clean and orderly. Every hour or so, she checks the bathrooms to make sure they’re in good shape.Osorio spends most of her workday at McArthur Hall, one of three buildings that serve as residence and education centers for the HBS Executive Education Program, which attracts more than 10,000 business leaders each year.A Georgian-style building six stories high, McArthur Hall features 160 bedrooms and 20 communal areas called “living groups,” main rooms with kitchen areas, which function as classrooms and gathering places. Osorio’s job is to clean the living groups, located in the building’s north and south areas.As she enters the laundry area on the first floor, she notices a candy wrapper on the floor, picks it up, and puts it in her pocket. Pushing a cart filled with cleaning tools from trash bags to microfiber cloths, glass and disinfectant cleaners to a Hoky sweeper, Osorio enters the first living group of the day.“It’s never the same,” she says, wearing light blue plastic gloves and holding wet microfiber cloths in both hands. “Something is always in a different place.”,With fast movements, Osorio cleans walls, doors, tables, and whiteboards, as well as the microwave and counter in the kitchen area. She dusts lamps, couches, and chairs, sweeps, and mops the kitchen floor. She pats cushions and sits them straight on the sofas. If the room is extra-messy, she takes pictures to show to her supervisors. She collects used foam cups, yogurt containers, and plastic bottles and puts them in the recycling bin, and takes the trash out and puts it in the cart.After a sweeping look, she declares the room done. Cleaning a living group can take as few as 10 minutes or as many as 30. She is a subcontractor, like many University custodians, and Harvard oversees their work.“I don’t mind cleaning up,” says Osorio. “I like everything to be clean and orderly.”More than two hours after eating a turkey sandwich on her lunch break, Osorio cleans the 20th living group of the day and is ready to put her scrubs away. She says that when she wears the custodian’s uniform, some people assume that she doesn’t speak English or can’t do other types of work. In her former life, she worked in an office. She learned English when she came to the U.S., almost 17 years ago, to join her mother, who had immigrated to the Boston area.During a stint as an intern at the Department of Anthropology at the Peabody Museum of Archaeology & Ethnology, under the Bridge program, Osorio sampled a different life. She worked on updating the department’s alumni database, using Excel skills she learned in a previous job, and relished dealing with people and expanding her horizons.“I don’t want to stay in the same job for 30 years,” Osorio says. “I have always wanted to make my life better for me and my daughter.”,Three times a week, Osorio cleans the Somerville office building after her shift at HBS. She mops the stairs and the floors of the hallways and common areas, cleans the bathrooms, and puts out the trash and the recycling. When she leaves, around 7 p.m., the streets are buzzing with people heading home or going out to eat out at the bars and restaurants in nearby Davis Square.“The work is physically exhausting,” said Osorio, “but I need the extra money to put it away for the difficult days ahead. There is so much uncertainty surrounding immigration.”A Honduran citizen, Osorio has a permit to live and work in this country through a Temporary Protected Status (TPS) visa, which was given by the U.S. government to Hondurans who were fleeing humanitarian disasters in their home country in the late 1990s. In May, the Trump administration announced the program will end in 2020, and Osorio is concerned. Nearly 57,000 Hondurans living in the U.S. are here under the TPS program.“I’m worried more than ever,” Osorio says. “I don’t know what’s going to happen.”It’s dark by the time Osorio gets home. She skips dinner because it’s late. Sometimes, she makes shrimp with pasta, steak with mashed potatoes, or chicken with vegetables. Most of the time, she prepares chimol, a salsa of tomatoes, cilantro, radishes, and lemon juice. Often, she and her daughter have fruit or a licuado, a milkshake. Stefani loves her mother’s food. She asks, “Why don’t you open a restaurant, Mom?”Before going to sleep, Osorio says good night to Stefani but keeps her concerns to herself. When she was pregnant, she dreamed of a bright future for her daughter. Despite the uncertainties, Osorio is still hopeful.“My dream is that my daughter has the most normal life she can have, and my goal is to be there for her for, whatever life holds for her,” Osorio says. “Sometimes I think of becoming a physical therapist to help my daughter, and sometimes I think about going to college. For now, my dream of going to college is a bit distant, but it hasn’t disappeared.”Tonight, Osorio knows for sure she’ll have a good night’s sleep.“I’m always tired,” she says. “I sleep well.”last_img read more

Progressive Party Says NY Making It Harder To Stay On Ballot

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now File Image.ALBANY — The head of a progressive political party in New York is urging voters to cast votes on the party’s line at a time when a new state law is jeopardizing the future of minor parties.Political parties must now receive 2% of the vote — or 130,000 votes — in the previous presidential or gubernatorial election to qualify as a party and get on the ballot. A political party’s status will now be reviewed every other year starting in November.The state’s new ballot qualification requirements are set to take effect under a federal judge’s Tuesday decision, meaning that minor parties could lose their spot on the ballot in future elections if they don’t get enough votes in November.Minor political parties could also lose other benefits, including the ability to appear on voter registration forms and receive unlimited contributions from donors to cover administrative costs. New York Working Families Party State Director Sochie Nnaemeka criticized New York’s new law, which her party has tried to block in an ongoing legal battle.“The state has no business making it harder for progressive New Yorkers to vote their values,” Nnaemeka said in a statement to The Associated Press.Previously, political parties had to requalify every four years by receiving over 50,000 votes in the gubernatorial election.In New York, minor political parties can form coalitions with other parties and endorse major party candidates under a practice known as “fusion voting,” which is banned by most states.The unique practice means that candidates can appear multiple times on a ballot under different party lines.For example, the Working Families Party is hoping that New York voters will vote for Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris on the minor party’s own line in November.Leaders of minor parties have long argued their cross-nominations signal a candidate’s commitment to the party’s own ideological or policy agenda.Nnaemeka’s party and other critics sued in a lawsuit claiming New York’s new law was a flagrant and unjustified attempt to quash minor parties and limit ballot access ahead of a new $100 million public campaign funding system set to launch in New York in 2024.Critics of the new law have also charged that the state’s Democratic party is trying to silence progressives in particular. Democratic Party Chair Jay Jacobs has called some minor parties besides the Working Families Party “shams” and defended the ballot qualification rules as protecting taxpayer dollars while also impacting minor conservative parties.And a state judge ruled in March that lawmakers improperly delegated authority to a politically appointed commission whose recommendations for the new ballot qualification threshold became state law.But a federal judge said Tuesday the minor political parties who sued over New York’s new law failed to show the law would harm constitutional rights, and said the commission’s requirements are “not severe.”The Working Families Party met the new 130,000-vote threshold in the 2004, 2008, 2012 and 2016 presidential elections and also received the 2% threshold in two of those elections, the judge noted.The commission’s recommendations said the new ballot qualification rules would increase voter participation and ensure parties have “sufficient political support” from voters. The previous ballot qualification threshold dated back to 1935.“Voters will now be less confused by complicated ballots with multiple lines for parties that may not have any unique ideological standard,” reads the commission’s report.last_img read more

Central Islip Shootings Leave 1 Dead, 1 Critical

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating two shootings in two days that left one man dead and another man critically wounded a mile apart in their hometown of Central Islip over the weekend.In the first case, officers responded to a 911 call reporting shots fired on Wilson Boulevard where they found 21-year-old Derrick Mayes lying in the street with a gunshot wound to the abdomen at 11:35 p.m. Sunday, police said.The victim was pronounced dead at the scene.In the second case, 911 callers reported multiple gunshots on Acorn Avenue, 14 blocks from the first shooting, where responding officers found Keenan Russell, also 21, lying in the street with a gunshot wound to his abdomen at 12:30 a.m. Tuesday, police said.Russell was taken to Southside Hospital in Bay Shore where he was admitted in critical condition.Homicide Squad detectives are continuing the investigation and ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-852-6392 or call anonymously to Crime Stoppers at 1-800-220-TIPS.  All calls will be kept confidential.last_img read more

Tempus Fugit: Katrina, Ichabod, Mills & The Decapitation of Ben Franklin

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A lil late on this blurb, sure, I’ll take that, but my love for the show compels me (See what I did there?) to weigh in on Sleepy Hollow’s Season Two Finale, “Tempus Fugit”—Latin for “Time Flies.” First off, say what you will about Katrina. You love her, you hate her, you think her character sucks, she’s inconsistent, a supernatural flip-flopper, whatever. I dig her. The show would most likely never have made it past pilot without her, and tell you the truth I don’t think she’s actually “dead,” but sort of reunited in a different realm with Jeremy. Perhaps that was her pseudo-demon son’s plan all along in the previous “Awakening” episode. Perhaps they will return. What’s certain is that she’s obviously gone over to the dark side. What she did to that colonel in the makeshift hospital was simply sinister. Yes, I know what that dude tried to do to Mills, but damn, man.Diehard fans, you know Katrina’s significance: Ichabod’s wife, a witch that is a force of good, Jeremy’s mother, etc. The truth is that it’s her magic and her spell and her love of Crane that made the entire show (and secret war) possible to begin with. Had she not chosen Crane, protected him in that living tomb after his and the horseman’s blood mixed on the battlefield, we wouldn’t even be squawklin’ about any of this right now, and the world as we know it in the Sleepy Hollow realm would most likely have been handed over on a silver platter to the forces of darkness, if not way back in Colonial times, then most definitely in the modern-day. I can say this because I think there’s a case to be made that it was at least partially Crane’s love for Katrina and the prospect of a future with her that enabled him to conjure (See what I did there, again? Oh, you’re a sly one, Mister Tirana. Indeed.) the strength required to behead the horseman in that infamous battle scene. Which brings me to the season finale. Amazing. Killer. Absolutely fantastic. Love the time-travel sequence. Love the historical figures and references. Love the potential of an alternate future. The latter scares the living shttt out of me, and sort of messed with my head just a wee lil as the scene went down, but wow, Holy Avocado, Batman, what great television!I’m going to make a wild and potentially controversial statement here, but I’ve got to believe that for history fiends, like myself, the episode was no doubt by far one of the best, at least most memorable of the entire series thus far. I know, I know. There you go, Tirana. Speaking for all us history freaks. You have no clue about us, Tirana. We are good people. Yes we prefer to live in the past, and okay, maybe, just maybe we have a way too unhealthy addiction to Civil War re-enactments. But who the hell are you to speak for us? Who the hell is Zachary B. fkn Tirana the Third or whoever to even consider representing all of us?!Don’t crucify me. Not yet. This is technically my first post for the hallowed Squawkler. Rather, rejoice in my participatory communication. Spoiler: Benjamin Franklin gets decapitated by the Headless Horseman of Death in the “Sleepy Hollow” Season Two Finale “Tempus Fugit.”Dare I say the time-travel Colonial scenes were spectacular? That we all want more of them? That I second a random television blogger’s suggestion that entire seasons could be based in such a period and we’d eat up every single souvlaki-slathered nanosecond of them? There he goes again! Who the hell is this guy?! Damn it damn it damn it! And what the hell does he mean tucking a poorly veiled chicken souvlaki reference into a serious television column such as The Squawkler!?!? Dear readers, merely a student and a great admirer, I assure you. Merely a student of history and reveler in the imagination who does not possess cable, Internet or even a TV, but yet who loves to watch it and will feast upon the food of his brother and wife’s apartment not far from his own and glom, glom, glom the set, sputtering a healthy litany of expletives throughout (especially the disturbing shows, such as Criminal Minds, Stalker and, of course, The Following, among others) and loves every bloody second of it. More on this perhaps, in a future squawk. The bottom line is that with Crane and Mills as guides, the ability to revisit Colonial America and meet some of the Founding Fathers—well it’s just awesome. For me, at least, one of the most shocking, fascinating and defining scenes of this season’s closer was the Horseman’s decapitation (!!) of Benjamin Franklin (!!!!). Still thinking about that horrific moment, some two weeks out. His portrayal in the minutes leading up to that slaying was equally gripping—Franklin’s near-immediate acceptance of Mills’ revelations of the future.Loved it, loved it, loved it. On some level, it scared the living shtt out of me at the same time. His loss made me revisit yet again a discussion myself and another Squawkler have engaged on a number of occasions: the sheer, undeniable magic of this period and the almost divine, against-all-odds realities which had to coincide in just the right cosmic order for its success. Franklin, the Adamses, hell, Washington, Hamilton, Revere, or any of the lot of them all could have been slaughtered a million times over, at any time. The fact they persevered—and somehow existed at all at this exact pivotal, monumental moment in all of human existence—is just absolutely beyond mind-bending. Miraculous, really. That’s one of the things I love so much about this show. That beyond all the insanely infectious adventures into the paranormal and spiritual realms and undeniably magnetic anchor of Crane and Mills & Co.’s bond, pseudo-science fiction bleeds into pseudo-history. Of course, hope and love underpin it all—two themes intensifying on another one of my favorite shows, The Blacklist.But that’s a future Squawkler.last_img read more

Communicate early with credit union staff on EMV

first_img 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr “Staff appreciate having a chance to vet new products first,” says CUES member Nicole Heffelfinger, VP/operations at $900 million/73,000-member IBM Southeast Employees’ Federal Credit Union, Delray Beach, Fla. “But with EMV, it’s wise to develop an implementation plan early, collaborating with marketing, card services, compliance and training.”For IBM Southeast EFCU, the process covered many months, beginning with the formation of a project team. Heffelfinger also recommends tailoring staff education and training based on position. “For us, training card services employees in the liability shift and EMV technology was much different from member service or teller training.” Her CU also used monthly touch points to keep managers and their departments in the loop on EMV certification and its impact on members; weekly team meetings were held based on relevance or need.While it’s probably too much for most members, selected staff should have an understanding of the EMV certification process and complexity of aligning merchants, card issuers and partners. “It’s not fluid, nor will it be consistent,” continues Heffelfinger. Some merchants and markets will be chip-enabled right away, others will lag, including some financial institutions and retailers. But if key staff understand the process, they can better articulate to members why not all merchants are chip-enabled.” continue reading »last_img read more

Whitney Point School District wants to know if your child needs a bus

first_imgWHITNEY POINT (WBNG) — The Whitney Point School District says it needs help identifying students who will need a bus for the upcoming school year. The responses are non-binding. The district says due to COVID-19 health and safety precautions put in place by the New York State Department of Health, the number of students who can ride a bus will be limited in an effort to slow the spread of the virus. The state health department is also requesting students wear mask and maintain social distance on the bus. Parents are asked to take this survey regarding how they expect their children will get to school before July 17.last_img