Churches in Selma lead unity walk

first_imgChurches in Selma lead unity walk Youth Minister Lorton, VA Episcopal Church releases new prayer book translations into Spanish and French, solicits feedback Episcopal Church Office of Public Affairs Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Rector Collierville, TN Advocacy Peace & Justice, Rector Pittsburgh, PA Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Curate Diocese of Nebraska March 5, 2015 at 7:05 pm I would love to be a part of Saturdays march. we still have a long way to go. with Gods help we will get there even with these devils trying there best to stop us. Mark Hatch says: March 8, 2015 at 6:02 pm Visit Selma on a quiet day, any day, its power does not diminish. And the stops along the walk route are equally moving and real. 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Tolliver says: Led in procession by a unity quilt, faith leaders and local leaders participate in a unity walk with some 2,000 Selma residents. Photo: Kate Wood[St. Paul’s Church, Selma] The image of a city can become frozen in time, and a single event can create an impression so deep that it never fades, according to the Rev. Jack Alvey, rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Selma, Alabama.Fifty years ago, state troopers attacked marchers on the Edmund Pettus Bridge in Selma, in one of the defining moments of the civil rights movement. Selma has been grappling with the legacy of that moment, and the events that led up to it, ever since.On March 1, a coalition of faith leaders, including Alvey, helped the city demonstrate the progress it has made. A racially integrated crowd of some 2,000 people took part in a unity walk that began on the south side of the famous bridge and ended with a prayer service in Songs of Selma Park.Participants walked the same Selma-to-Montgomery route as marchers did on Bloody Sunday in 1965, but in reverse, to symbolize the theme of the gathering, “One Selma: Coming Home United in Faith,” said organizer Juanda Maxwell, a lay leader at Brown Chapel African Methodist Episcopal Church.“I believe God wants Selma to be a reminder of the new story we are given through the good news of Jesus Christ,” Alvey told his parishioners in a sermon on March 1, ahead of the unity walk. “Our walk will give us permission to celebrate the bridge, to look at the bridge in a new way. We can look at the bridge and see people of all colors and stories walking in a faith that believes God is making us one.”The turnout for the walk was almost three times what organizers had anticipated, and rather that closing two lanes of the famous bridge, police closed all four. Participants included the Rev. F.D. Reese, who had invited Martin Luther King Jr. to Selma for the 1965 march, and local political leaders, including Democratic Representative Terri Sewell of Birmingham, who grew up in Selma.“It was beautiful to … see 2,000 people walking behind me for one purpose: to say we are united,” said the Rev. Jerry Light, pastor of First Baptist Church, another event organizer. “It was almost like a family reunion on the bridge. We stood there and I thought, ‘This is why God called me to Selma five years ago.’”Deborah Brown, quilt volunteer, and Jamie Alvey, quilt designer and maker, display unity quilt on Montgomery side of bridge as walkers prepare to come home in faith. Photo: Kate WoodThe walkers crossed the bridge behind an 11-foot wide unity quilt, composed of 176 squares contributed by individuals and congregations from across the city and coordinated by Alvey’s wife, Jamie, a quilter. Begun in January, the quilt became the focal point of the event. “Everybody wanted to come up and get their picture made with it,” Jamie Alvey said.“This is the Selma I know and love,” said Allen Bearden, a parishioner at St. Paul’s. “This is the Selma I want the world to know and love.”Maxwell said about half of those who participated in the march were black and half were white. “That’s almost unheard of,” she said. “And it was just beautiful, just like that patchwork quilt.“We wanted to celebrate those who marched in 1965, especially the martyrs,” she added. “But we also wanted to speak up for Selma as it is today because we are not downtrodden.”Maxwell said the coalition next plans to encourage members of the city’s predominantly black and predominantly white churches to invite one another to worship together on a specific Sunday during the coming year.“I was overwhelmed by how well it turned out,” Jack Alvey said. “The spirit was joyful. I heard someone say that this was like a wedding. It was like a wedding. But now we are ready for the marriage – a long-term commitment to come together as a community.” Rector Knoxville, TN Rector Smithfield, NC Tags March 3, 2015 at 9:58 pm It was so good to read about the Rev. Jack Alvey, Allen Bearden, and other members of St. Paul’s, Selma being leaders in the integrated Unity Walk in Selma, Alabama this past Sunday. People around the country have concentrated so much on “defining” Selma by “bloody Sunday” that they have a hard time taking another look. It’s past time to take another look to see a Selma that is ahead of many other parts of the nation. Submit a Job Listing By St. Paul’s staffPosted Mar 3, 2015 Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Submit a Press Release Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC last_img read more

JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon on Wells Fargo’s CEO Search

first_img Share Save JPMorgan Chase Wells Fargo Wells Fargo CEO 2019-05-28 Mike Albanese Previous: Industry Reacts: Home Price Appreciation Is Slowing Next: The Growth of Real Estate Investment Trusts Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles JPMorgan Chase and Co. CEO Jamie Dimon criticized Wells Fargo’s decision to announce their CEO Tim Sloan’s departure without a succession plan already in place, according to an article from Bloomberg.Allen Parker, Wells Fargo’s General Counsel, has served as interim CEO since March.Sloan’s departure came days after a congressional hearing and criticism from regulators over the lender’s scandals.“I’d be surprised if regulators wanted that to happen because it’s irresponsible,” Dimon said at a banking conference in New York. Dimon said he had no knowledge of what led to Sloan’s exit.Bloomberg said that a Wells Fargo representative had declined to comment.Succession plans have been a topic of interest at JPMorgan in recent months as well. In April, the bank shifted responsibilities for two of its top female executives—Marianne Lake and Jennifer Piepszak—positioning them to gain further experience that could one day help them succeed Dimon.“It’s important to move people around,” Dimon said Tuesday. “I think we have two stars,” he said, referring to Lake and Piepszak.A Bloomberg report earlier this month stated that Wells Fargo’s directors have asked senior executives for input, and some are lobbying for Parker to stay on as CEO, according to people familiar with the discussions.“Although I do not know Allen well personally, I do know that he’s very highly regarded both internally and externally, especially in legal and regulatory matters,” former Wells Fargo CEO and Chairman Richard Kovacevich said in an interview with Bloomberg.As Wells Fargo is allegedly considering outside candidates only, this eliminates current senior executive Mary Mack, Head of Consumer Banking, from consideration, according to Markets Insider. Among the female executives named as possible candidates by Markets Insider are Marianne Lake, CFO of JPMorgan/Chase; Thasunda Duckett, CEO of Chase Consumer Banking; Barbra Desoer, CEO of Citibank North America; Jane Fraser, CEO of Citigroup Latin America; and Karren Larrimer, Head of Retail Banking and Chief Customer Officer at PNC Financial Services Group. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon on Wells Fargo’s CEO Search Tagged with: JPMorgan Chase Wells Fargo Wells Fargo CEO  Print This Post May 28, 2019 2,013 Views Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago About Author: Mike Albanese Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days agocenter_img Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Home / Daily Dose / JPMorgan’s Jamie Dimon on Wells Fargo’s CEO Search Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, News Sign up for DS News Daily Mike Albanese is a reporter for DS News and MReport. He is a University of Alabama graduate with a degree in journalism and a minor in communications. He has worked for publications—both print and online—covering numerous beats. A Connecticut native, Albanese currently resides in Lewisville. Subscribelast_img read more

Man jailed for 3 months after driving through Garda checkpoint

first_img Google+ RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR WhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Homepage BannerNews Pinterest A Dunkineely man, who drove through a Garda checkpoint, narrowly missing an officer, has been jailed for 3 months for various motoring offences.39 year old Joseph Breslin of Castletown, Dunkineely told the court that he did not see the 4 Gardai in fluorescent jackets while they were conducting a mandatory checkpoint on September 15th last year at Fanaghans, Inver.Inspector Denis Joyce told Donegal Town District Court that Gardai were operating a checkpoint when the defendant failed to slow down on approach and a Garda had to be moved out of the way.After pursuing the defendant, he was arrested for drink driving after being found to be almost 7 times over the legal limit.The defendant, said that from his recollection, the light was fading and he did not see any Gardai and that if he had, he would have stopped.Judge Kevin Kilrane said the defendant had been given every chance and he was a danger on the road.Mr Breslin was jailed for 3 months, banned from driving for 6 years on charges of drink driving, dangerous driving, driving while banned and driving with no insurance.Leave to appeal was fixed at his own bond of €100 and an independent bond of €2100. Man jailed for 3 months after driving through Garda checkpointcenter_img Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Facebook Previous articleCabrera Bello joined by fellow Ryder Cup stars at BallyliffinNext articleRoad Safety a priority for Comórtas Peile na Gaeltachta 2018 in Downings. News Highland Pinterest Twitter Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic By News Highland – May 29, 2018 last_img read more

Hibiscus Petroleum to acquire stake in Eagle field in UK

first_imgEagle Field’s proximity to Anasuria facilities to facilitate a potential subsea tie back to the Anasuria FPSO The Eagle field is located around 6.4km to 15km from different Anasuria facilities.(Credit: C Morrison from Pixabay) Anasuria Hibiscus UK (AHUK), the indirect wholly-owned subsidiary of Hibiscus Petroleum Berhad, has agreed to purchase an 85% stake in Eagle field from EnQuest Heather.The companies have entered into a sale and purchase agreement on certain interests in the UK continental shelf petroleum production licence number P238 Block 21/19a, Eagle Pre‐Producing Area  or Eagle Field.The Eagle field is located around 6.4km to 15km from different Anasuria facilities. The proximity is said to facilitate a potential subsea tie back of the field to the Anasuria FPSO, which is expected to extend the latter’s economic life.Hibiscus Petroleum stated: “Under the terms of the SPA, the consideration for AHUK’s acquisition of 85% in the Eagle Field from EnQuest is a nominal USD1 due to EnQuest on SPA completion plus the the cost representing AHUK’s carry of EnQuest’s remaining 15% from completion of the SPA through to first oil.“Such costs of the carry is presently estimated to be approximately USD7.5 million.”The terms of the deal terms also consist of the transfer of the operatorship of the licence to AHUK.The completion of the transaction is subject to customary regulatory and third-party approvals.In October last year, Hibiscus Petroleum secured an approval for a joint venture with 3D Oil (TDO) for an exploration permit in Gippsland Basin, off the coast of Victoria, Australia.The 1,006 km² VIC/P74 permit is located on the southern side of the Gippsland Basin, which also includes the Omeo gas and condensate discovery.Based in Kuala Lumpur, Hibiscus Petroleum is an independent oil and gas exploration and production company, which has development and production assets in Malaysia, the UK and Australia.last_img read more

Santa Claus pays special visit to Oxford Children’s Hospital

first_imgChildren and staff alike gathered to watch his arrival with delight at around 10:45am. He landed in style on the helipad of John Radcliffe Hospital. Santa and his team of RAF helpers then made their way to various wards, handing out over 80 presents and leaving even more under the hospital’s Christmas tree. Children on Kamran’s, Melanie’s, Bellhouse-Drayson and Tom’s wards received gifts and visits. “Lots of children and staff came to watch Santa arrive by helicopter, including the children from the Pioneers nursery. This is a highlight around Christmas for them all. Erica Watson, a health play specialist at the hospital told the Oxford Mail: “It was lovely to welcome some of the squadron helping Santa to give out the presents to the children on the wards. It was a very special event for all the children and their families who really enjoyed watching Santa arrive by helicopter.” “We’re extremely grateful to RAF Benson and Father Christmas for their continued support and donations this Christmas.center_img Patients at Oxford Children’s Hospital received a very special visit from Father Christmas today. Arriving in a Puma HC2 helicopter rather than his usual sleigh, Santa himself brought with him bags of presents for the hospital’s young patients. Festive cheer was all around thanks to Santa and his friends at RAF Benson, who organised the trip. The visit has become an annual tradition, lifting the spirits of many young patients spending the festive season in hospital. It is one of a series of visits this year, following appearances from Oxford United players and the Sleigh2Give campaign on the wards.last_img read more

Man Arrested With Loaded Handgun Following Jamestown Traffic Stop

first_imgJAMESTOWN – A 23-year-old Buffalo man was arrested after police allegedly found drugs and a loaded handgun in his vehicle during a traffic stop on Friday morning.Jamestown Police say Dayrone Ferguson was pulled over in the Brooklyn Square Rite Aid Parking Lot around 4 a.m.Officers said inside Ferguson’s vehicle they allegedly found the loaded gun and a quantity of marijuana.Furthermore, officers said Ferguson did not have a New York State Pistol Permit. Police say he was taken into custody and charged with second-degree criminal possession of a weapon and second-degree unlawful possession of marijuana. He was also issued a traffic ticket for failure to maintain lane.Ferguson was taken to Jamestown City Jail pending arraignment in the case. Share: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)last_img read more

Fitch rates Vermont Muni Bond Bank’s $9.5 million Gen Res program bonds ‘AA’; outlook stable

first_imgFitch Ratings assigns an ‘AA’ rating to the following 2011 Vermont Municipal Bond Bank bonds, issued under the 1988 General Resolution:–$9,500,000 (federally taxable qualified school construction bonds) 2011 series 1.The bonds are expected to sell via negotiation on March 9, 2011. Bond proceeds will be loaned to two local school districts for capital improvements.In addition, Fitch affirms $516,930,000 in outstanding general resolution bonds at ‘AA’.The Rating Outlook is Stable.RATING RATIONALE:–The program’s pledged reserves and loan repayments, excluding federal subsidies, allow the bonds to withstand borrower defaults of up to 17.22% for four years without causing an interruption in bond payments. This is consistent with Fitch’s criteria for assigning an ‘AA’ rating given the loan pool’s borrowers’ credit quality, size and diversification.–The program, which consists of more than 260 borrowers, is diverse with low single-borrower concentration.–The program’s loan security is strong, with approximately 97% of all loans backed by a general obligation pledge and additional protection from borrower defaults through a state-aid intercept mechanism.KEY RATING DRIVERS:–The bond bank’s ability to balance future leveraging with program resources to maintain borrower default tolerance levels that pass Fitch’s ‘AA’ stress test scenarios is important to maintain the rating.–Credit quality of the bonds is also linked to repayment performance on the program’s loan portfolio.SECURITY:Program bonds are secured by borrower loan repayments and debt service reserve funds. A state moral obligation on the reserve fund and a state-aid intercept provision for borrowers provide additional credit enhancement.CREDIT SUMMARY:Established in 1970, The Vermont Municipal Bond Bank (VMBB) is a quasi-state agency. It is administered by a five-member board consisting of four gubernatorial appointees and the state treasurer. The bond bank issues bonds and uses the proceeds to make loans to local government borrowers throughout the state. Virtually all of Vermont’s eligible municipalities use the bond bank as their primary borrowing vehicle because it offers local government borrowers the lowest cost of capital.The loan pool consists of more than 260 borrowers from cities, towns, counties, school districts and other local governments throughout the state. Approximately 97% of all loans are backed by a general obligation pledge; the remaining are backed by utility pledges from five borrowers. About 52% of the loans are to school districts, which are further backed by an intercept mechanism that includes any state funds payable to borrowers. State aid is reportedly over 90% of school district debt service. The loan portfolio’s largest borrower, Springfield School District, comprises only 5% of the portfolio. The top 10 borrowers account for 32% of the total outstanding loan balance.Fitch analyzed the default tolerance of the VMBB loan pool using a stress test it also applies to state revolving funds and other municipal loan pools. The stress test considers loan quality, single risk concentration, reserve fund size, and debt service requirements. The program’s pledged reserves and loan repayments, excluding the federal subsidies, allow the bonds to withstand borrower defaults of up to 17.2% for four years without causing an interruption in bond payments. This is consistent with Fitch’s criteria for assigning an ‘AA’ rating given the loan pool’s borrowers’ credit quality, size and diversification (17.09%).With the 2011 -1 issue, VMBB offers its fourth series of federally subsidized bonds, Qualified School Construction and Recovery Zone Economic Development, which provide 0% and 45% in interest rate subsidies, respectively, offsetting the pool participants’ cost of borrowing. However, as the pool continues to leverage these issues, the program’s cash flow margins become tighter under Fitch’s stressed scenarios, which assume that no scheduled federal debt service subsidies are received. Per its report ‘Build America Bonds Broaden Municipal Market – Credit Considerations’ dated April 27, 2010, Fitch assesses the ability of the issuer to pay full interest on the BABs, regardless of the subsidy. While Fitch believes there could be offsets to some annual subsidy payments, it believes that VMBB management would take action to address the reasons for the offset and avoid multiple years with no subsidy, including the use of certain optional redemption provisions for its federally subsidized bonds. Nevertheless, the bond bank’s ability to balance future leveraging with program resources to maintain borrower default tolerance levels that pass Fitch’s ‘AA’ stress test scenarios is important to maintain the rating.The program’s debt service reserve fund, which is sized at the least of maximum annual debt service, 125% average annual debt service, or 10% of bond proceeds, is funded with bond proceeds and invested in U.S. treasury and agency securities. Pledged reserves, currently total $49.9 million, or 9.7% of bonds outstanding. In addition, the bank maintains approximately $10.9 million in unrestricted general fund reserves, which are not pledged to bondholders but may be used if a deficiency occurs. The bonds are also supported by a state moral obligation to replenish the debt service reserve fund if it falls below its minimum specified level. Neither the intercept nor the moral obligation has ever been utilized, because no borrower has defaulted on a loan repayment since the bond bank began operations in 1970.Loan payments are due 15 days before the bond payment dates. Under Vermont’s state intercept provision, if a borrower fails to make its scheduled loan repayment, the bond bank will certify the failure of that payment with the state treasurer. The state treasurer would then pay the defaulted loan amount to the bank’s trustee from amounts appropriated and payable by the state to the defaulted borrower, if available. If sufficient state aid is unavailable, it will be paid from subsequent interceptable state aid payments, with bond bank reserves covering the temporary shortfall. To date, this mechanism has not been tested as there have not been any loan defaults in the history of the program.Additional information is available at www.fitchratings.com(link is external).Applicable Criteria and Related Research:–‘Revenue-Supported Rating Criteria’ (Oct. 8, 2010);–‘State Revolving Fund and Municipal Loan Pool Rating Guidelines’ (April 28, 2008);–‘Build America Bonds Broaden Municipal Market – Credit Considerations’ (April 27, 2010).For information on Build America Bonds, visit www.fitchratings.com/BABs(link is external).Applicable Criteria and Related Research:Revenue-Supported Rating Criteriahttp://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=5…(link is external)State Revolving Fund and Municipal Loan Pool Rating Guidelineshttp://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=3…(link is external)Build America Bonds Broaden Municipal Market — Credit Considerationshttp://www.fitchratings.com/creditdesk/reports/report_frame.cfm?rpt_id=5…(link is external)  CHICAGO–(BUSINESS WIRE)–last_img read more

IAAFA, Bridge of the Americas

first_imgBy Geraldine Cook/Diálogo April 09, 2018 The Inter-American Air Forces Academy (IAAFA) offers a unique environment. Students receive an education focused on technical, operational, and professional instruction, while at the same time creating lasting alliances and strengthening solidarity among the U.S. Air Force and the air and security forces of partner nations in Latin America, the Caribbean. U.S. Air Force Colonel Isaac Davidson, IAAFA commandant, is proud of the welcoming academic environment at the institution and works to continue to develop that environment. As commandant of the school since August 2017, he is responsible for military and technical education offered yearly (mostly in Spanish) to more than 900 students from government agencies and air forces of 21 Latin American and Caribbean countries. IAAFA opened its doors in 1943 at the Albrook Air Force Station in Panama at the request of then Peruvian Air Force General Fernando Melgar, then Minister of Aviation. It was the first regional academic institution of the air forces to offer its members a shared forum to learn, debate, and plan. Since then, the number of students continues to increase. IAAFA put on its finest to celebrate its 75th anniversary. Col. Davidson spoke with Diálogo during the anniversary celebrations, which took place March 12th–16th in San Antonio, Texas. Among other events were the Third Western Hemisphere Exchange Symposium, a gala dinner, a flag parade, and an athletic competition for students. Col. Davidson talked about the importance of the symposium, the institution’s 75 years, and the benefits it brings to air forces of the region. Diálogo: The Third Western Hemisphere Exchange Symposium focused on four topics: humanitarian aid and natural disaster response; operations against drug trafficking; air space command and control; and aircraft upkeep and maintenance. What is the importance of these topics within the framework of IAAFA’s 75th anniversary celebration? U.S. Air Force Colonel Isaac Davidson, IAAFA commandant: We have a very big challenge in the region, for example, humanitarian aid, natural disaster response, and aircraft upkeep and maintenance. These challenges are shared throughout the Americas. It’s important to know how to respond to a natural disaster as a country and as an air force, how to cooperate not only among armed forces, but also with civilian and non-governmental organizations, and how to work with neighboring countries. This symposium was to go over the lessons learned of the different countries that experienced natural disasters, such as the earthquakes in Haiti, Ecuador, and Mexico in 2010, 2016, and 2017. Today, IAAFA plays an important role in handling these issues. The school provides a physical space and structure to learn. It’s an academic institution, and that’s what we do. The challenges change, and IAAFA responds to those challenges and changes. The point is not to meet the challenge, but to exceed the challenge. Diálogo: What is the added value that IAAFA offers Latin American and Caribbean air forces as it turns 75? Col. Davidson: By law, IAAFA offers training and education to military members throughout the Americas. However, it also offers education to other countries that are eligible to receive funding from the U.S. Department of State. The added value is that IAAFA fosters lasting friendships that allow opportunities for cooperation to be created. The impact that IAAFA has had in the past 75 years has been fundamental, especially because its students have forged lasting friendships. As a result of these friendships, it generated cooperation on security matters to the benefit of all the countries involved—the United States and the Americas in general. For example, there have been emergencies in different countries on multiple occasions, and the graduates and/or students find out that the person they need to contact in the other country was a graduate and/or a student at the same time. This completely changes the dynamic of the aid process, which, at the end of the day, benefits the countries themselves. This happens quite often with members of IAAFA. I am only repeating the words of generals and chiefs of the air forces, many of them IAAFA graduates, who say that the institution allowed them to have these friendships, along with the training and education they acquired, which create benefits and allow them to cooperate with each other whenever necessary. Diálogo: What does it mean for you to be at the helm of IAAFA’s 75th anniversary celebration? Col. Davidson: It’s a privilege that I truly do not deserve, but an opportunity that God has given me. With that in mind, I am a public servant just like the other members of IAAFA, since we are a great team. I am a public servant, and it comes from the heart. This is an opportunity that I wouldn’t miss for the world. I didn’t ask to come to IAAFA. Someone in the military hierarchy decided that, and I am very happy to be here today. Diálogo: What are IAAFA’s plans in the medium and long term? Col. Davidson: In the medium term, we want to formally connect in an effort to set budgets for what IAAFA needs to support the objectives of U.S. Northern Command, U.S. Southern Command, and U.S. Central Command. We also want to train our instructors more so they can strengthen their capacities. In the long term, we want to dramatically transform the way we teach so that it becomes a continuous learning process that’s much more dynamic, interactive, and successful. Diálogo: What kinds of educational changes are you referring to? Col. Davidson: Imagine you’re in a large room that has two interactive electronic panels, students have an electronic tablet, and all these devices can project images from the Internet or from any media, play a video, add notes, etc. All these means of information work at the same time. In the future, our education will be more virtual and will have a combination of online classes, in-person classes, and distance learning, and it will be continuous education. Traditionally, education was formatted so that teaching and learning happened in the classroom, and the lesson would begin at a specific time and end after an hour or two of class. This new learning model will be more continuous. Students will learn what they want to learn, when they want to, and where they want to. In other words, a student’s education won’t end when the course is over and the student graduates. On the contary, the student will continue to have access to class material and new academic materials. Diálogo: IAAFA has international instructors from partner nations. How is that exchange done? Col. Davidson: Partner nations have the opportunity to have instructors be a part of IAAFA. It’s a process that begins through the U.S. Embassy with the Office of Security Cooperation. The application eventually goes to IAAFA to be evaluated and for a decision to be made. We received commissioned and non-commissioned officer instructors from various countries who usually participate in the institution for a period of two years. It’s very valuable to have international instructors because they contribute to the institution’s mission. Diálogo: What are the benefits of having U.S. Air Force students interacting with those of partner nation air forces? Col. Davidson: There are many benefits because this interaction that happens at IAAFA means that we learn from each other—we learn from our partner nations, and they also learn from us. Founded on lasting friendships, IAAFA is a bridge to the Americas, and, for the Americas, IAAFA represents a bridge to the United States. IAAFA has been a bridge these past 75 years, as it has been for international security in the region. Diálogo: What is your message to the other air forces in the region? Col. Davidson: IAAFA is here for them, for our partner nations in the region. IAAFA’s name itself is proof of that. It’s a school that belongs to the Americas; it is the Inter-American Air Forces Academy. In this way, we are part of IAAFA, and each of our partner nations is part of IAAFA. This academy belongs to us so that we can educate ourselves, build our skills, and foster these fundamental long-term friendships.last_img read more

Bill would give legislators control of the Bar’s budget

first_img May 1, 2001 Regular News Bill would give legislators control of the Bar’s budget In a session filled with brushfires on judicial and Florida Bar independence, another blaze flared up in a technical bill on the state budget on April 17. The bill, PCB 01-67 by the House Fiscal Responsibility Council, would place both the budgets of The Florida Bar and the Florida Board of Bar Examiners under the Florida Legislature. The council passed the bill which mostly deals with technical budget issues but several members expressed reservations and said they expect the bill to be amended before final passage by the lower chamber. Rep. Timothy Ryan, D-Dania Beach, introduced an amendment to delete the Bar and the FBBE from the bill, but then withdrew it and two other amendments as committee members worked to move the technical budget bill quickly. Steve Metz, the Bar’s outside legislative advisor, spoke against the bill. He warned it raised separation of powers questions since the Florida Constitution delegates regulation of the legal profession to the Supreme Court. House Speaker Tom Feeney, however, was quoted in a St. Petersburg Times article as endorsing the changes, saying it was wrong to treat lawyers differently from other professions regulated by the state. The proposed bill amends Chapters 216 to define both the Bar and the FBBE as state agencies whose budgets are reviewed and approved by the legislature. At Bar News deadline, no Senate companion bill had been introduced. Bill would give legislators control of the Bar’s budgetlast_img read more

US to Send 450 More Troops to Iraq, Yet Congress Refuses to Authorize War

first_imgThe lack of a clear strategic end-game was crystallized by the administration’s decision to bolster the US troop presence in Iraq, just as ISIS has claimed more territory. In a conference call with reporters last week, a transcript of which was posted online, US officials asserted that the additional 450 troops would help train and “advise and assist” Iraqi security forces at Taqaddum military base in eastern Anbar Province. Troops will not be placed into ground combat, officials said. “The intent of the additional site is to provide personnel to assist with planning, integration, logistics, and support to the Iraqi security forces and tribal forces as they fight to retake Ramadi and Fallujah, and ultimately all throughout Anbar,” said Elissa Slotkin, Assistant Secretary of Defense for International Security Affairs.As more troops head overseas to assist the Iraqi army, US Congress remains non-committal with respect to authorizing the ISIS war. US troops and the American people are left to wait and see if its elected lawmakers act on their oath to discharge the duties of their office. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York [dropcap]I[/dropcap]t was more than three years ago when the last remaining US service members were withdrawn from Iraq, capping a devastating nine-year war that saw more than 4,000 Americans casualties and countless survivors suffering traumatic physical and psychological wounds. As a war-weary American public is all-too aware, US troops have returned to Iraq to assist a seemingly dysfunctional Iraq army in what has now become a 10-month battle against the so-called Islamic State, also known as ISIS or ISIL. The number of troops there grew last week when the Obama administration—following a request from Iraqi Prime Minister Haider al-Abadi—authorized the deployment of 450 US troops, bringing to 3,550 the total number of US soldiers in Iraq. The administration’s decision to bolster the number of troops in the war-torn country follows troubling advances by ISIS, most notably its recent takeover of Ramadi, the capital of western Anbar Province. This time last year, ISIS routed the Iraqi army and claimed Mosul, which Iraqi security forces have failed to retake.While troops were preparing to embark on another mission in Iraq, albeit in an advisory role, Congress was offered the opportunity to vote on an amendment added to a defense appropriations bill that would’ve forced lawmakers to authorize the war against ISIS. That amendment failed to pass. For the last 10 months, the US has been fighting a war that has yet to be authorized by Congress, the only branch of government with the power to approve war. The Obama administration has been relying on a pair of post-Sept. 11 war authorizations—the 2001 AUMF and 2002 AUMF—to justify its war on ISIS. The administration often evokes those versions to validate its borderless drone war and to explain why it had the authority to kill a US citizen-turned-radical cleric in Yemen. The 2001 AUMF, drafted in the days following Sept. 11, in particular has been blasted by civil liberty groups as overbroad. That version gave President George W. Bush the authority to defend the nation against the perpetrators of the terrorist attacks, meaning al Qaeda. ISIS didn’t exist then. And although it was born out of the terror network, al Qaeda has since disavowed the group, partly due to its brutality. After Congress decided not to act in the months preceding the mid-term elections, the Obama administration proposed its own AUMF, which would remain in effect for three years. Yet, as US Secretary of State John Kerry explained in one of the few debates on Obama’s war authorization, the administration doesn’t believe it needs Congress’ legal endorsement. The Obama AUMF is essentially a symbolic move to ostensibly show the international community that US lawmakers, the military, and the executive branch are united in the effort to “degrade and destroy” ISIS. One day after Obama authorized the troop build-up, Congress was in session, debating a defense appropriations bill. Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) proposed an amendment that would’ve required Congress to vote on war authorization by March 31, 2016. If Congress failed to do so, funding for the ISIS war would’ve halted immediately. The amendment failed by a 196-231 vote. Long Island’s Congressional delegation voted along party lines, with Rep. Kathleen Rice (D-Garden City), Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-St. Albans), and Rep. Steve Israel (D-Dix Hills) voting in favor of the amendment. LI’s GOP contingent, Rep. Peter King (R-Seaford) and Rep. Lee Zeldin (R-Shirley), voted no. “If this is worth fighting ISIS, and I believe it is, it’s worth having Congress do its job,” Schiff said during his floor speech. “If we’re going to ask our service members to risk their lives, we ought to have the courage ourselves to take a vote on this war.” Schiff accused Congress of being “derelict” and slammed his colleagues for abdicating their duties. “During the course of that war, we have put our pilots and other service members at considerable risk and we have suffered casualties,” Schiff said. “We’ve expended hundreds of millions, if not billions of dollars. And as yet there is no end in sight to this conflict.”last_img read more