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Macron: Europe can’t depend on US for security

first_imgPARIS — Emmanuel Macron on Monday called for greater European defense cooperation, and warned that the U.S. can no longer be relied upon for the Continent’s security.He told French ambassadors that “Europe can no longer entrust its security to the United States alone. It’s up to us to guarantee our security.”Macron was speaking at the Elysée Palace at the opening of the Conference of Ambassadors, an annual gathering of French diplomats from around the world, and outlined his plans for French diplomacy over the coming year. He said his objectives include preserving the Iranian nuclear deal “with newer, more exigent negotiations,” creating a new global environmental pact, and leaning on Russia and Turkey to secure a peaceful outcome in Syria.Letting Syrian President Bashar al-Assad stay in power would be a “fateful error,” Macron warned.He also stressed the need to engage with Russia and Turkey on multiple issues, saying: “The history of these peoples is made with Europe. We must accept that there will be a large Europe — larger even than the European Union.”last_img read more

TV On The Radio Release Video For ‘Happy Idiot’ Through Funny Or Die

first_imgEarlier this month, TV on the Radio announced the November 18th release of Seeds, their first studio album since 2011. At that time, they also released the leading single for the album, a tune called “Happy Idiot.” That accompanying video only included song lyrics, but now, the full video for the song has been released through Funny or Die.The video features Paul Reubens (Pee-Wee Herman) and Karen Gillan, and takes a Japanese anime-type approach with a title character named Racer Steven. The amusing clip includes TV on the Radio on the sidelines of the race track, with Gillan (from Doctor Who) distracting Reubens throughout. Watch below:You can pre-order Seeds through iTunes, which comes with a free download of “Seeds.”last_img read more

How One Man Skipped College to Become a Fire-Breathing, Stilt-Walking Billionaire

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreWhat is the number one piece of advice parents give young people for being successful later in life? “Go to college!”But a young man named Guy ignored all the of conventional wisdom on how to get ahead and instead decided to hitchhike around Europe, playing the accordion for tips, and hang around jugglers and stilt-walkers. All with zero plans for college.One of the great business success stories in the history of entertainment industry was off and running, and Laliberté never looked back, later becoming a fixture on the Forbes list of world billionaires.(READ the inspiring story from Forbes)AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

We’ve Made Massive Progress Educating Girls Around the World in the Last 25 Years, Says Report

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreOver the last 25 years, the proportion of girls being educated around the world has risen to 89%—a 16% increase since 1995.Photo by UNESCOA UNESCO report released last month shows that 180 million more girls have enrolled in primary and secondary education compared to a generation agoAdditionally, three times more women are now enrolled in universities. The Global Education Monitoring Report entitled, A New Generation: 25 years of efforts for gender equality in education evaluated the progress in girls’ education over the last two and a half decades since the Beijing Declaration and Platform for Action, a landmark commitment by 189 countries to advance the rights of girls and women.RELATED: In Just 20 Years, Over 220 Million Children Have Been Saved From Marriage, Labor, and Violence“We all know that education is the cornerstone of equality – and the education of girls and women is the first step towards a more gender-equal world,” said the UN group in a press release.Since 1995, the global enrollment rate for girls increased from 73% to 89%, with the biggest improvements seen in sub-Saharan Africa, Southern Asia, and especially in India.CHECK Out: 370 Schools Are Now Teaching Mindfulness in Massive Mental Health Research TrialSignificant progress has been made in primary schools in 23 countries including Bhutan, Djibouti and Nepal, where gender parity has been achieved compared to 1995 when fewer than 80 girls for every 100 boys attended school.Three times more women are also now enrolled in universities than two decades ago, with particular progress seen in Northern Africa and Western Asia. In Morocco, parity was achieved in 2018, compared to just 3 women enrolled for every 10 men in the early 1990s.AMPLIFY The Positive Trend By Spreading the Good News on Social Media…AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more

COR dissolves, transfers some members to Senate

first_imgThe Council of Representatives (COR), a diverse advisory group to student body president Pat McCormick, focused its discussions this semester on three primary goals outlined by McCormick in his “State of the Student Union” address. “The first pillar is uniting the Student Union to make it a more effective advocate, the second, delivering on constituent services and … [third,] dramatically extending student government’s ability to work on issues of consequence,” McCormick said. This semester was the group’s last as the COR’s last and most significant topic of debate resulted in its consolidation with the Student Senate. “There was something of a contradiction in COR,” McCormick said. “There was the sense that these members of the Student Union should advise the president on student policy and programming. But while we allow them to advise on policy, there was no architecture within student government to let them engage in policy terms.” McCormick said the group’s debates focused on how to expand representativeness in student government. “We tried to think through whether there might be a way to accomplish two objectives,” he said. “First, to cut through the red tape in student government that had increasingly come to be extraneous to the work of the Student Union itself, and secondly, to see whether there might be a way in doing so to unite the Student Union once and for all.” Following several months of revisions to the constitution led by COR member and Internal Affairs chair Ben Noe, the Council debated the merger for two weeks before holding a trial meeting with Senate. The senators approved the reform at that meeting last week. Before the merger, the Council did also address the second pillar, which McCormick refers to as “issues of convenience.” Council debate resulted in clarifying policies regarding student use of local taxi services, McCormick said. “We were excited to have the opportunity to discuss taxi reform and to get people’s feedback on transportation in general,” he said. “Providing more effective transportation to and from campus is routine, but important.” McCormick said the group’s conversations often centered on enhancing school spirit, and Notre Dame leprechaun Mike George even attended one meeting. “I extended that invitation [to George] in order to bring stakeholders together to talk about focusing on both student safety and school spirit,” he said. “We used COR to talk about stadium modernization and things like canned music.” McCormick said the group was helpful in his efforts to gauge student sentiment on the controversial game day updates. “COR serves as a sounding board to get a feel about where students stand,” he said. The Council’s final area of focus this semester, McCormick said, were “issues of consequence” relating to both University and external policy matters. “We talked about the education Forum, to discuss what worked in past years and how the Forum can be improved,” he said. “We talked about immigration reform in COR before Cardinal Mahoney came to speak at Senate, where we had the opportunity to bring in ideas from COR.” One of the most tangible results of dialogue in COR, McCormick said, was the passage of a comprehensive sustainability strategy by the University. “We had the chance to talk about sustainability, which contributed to my own approach toward working for a sustainability strategy at Senate, which resulted in our fourth resolution,” he said. “That was followed up with a report to the Board of Trustees, and now we have, for the first time in Notre Dame history, a public commitment to sustainability.” McCormick said the group’s greatest purpose this semester was to advance students’ role in policy change. “[The representatives] embody why the argument is so important, that students can be part of the project of building a Notre Dame consistent with the size of our hopes for the University,” he said.last_img read more

Motiva computers to bolster local students’ education

first_img “I’m excited about this,” she said. “This will help me.” Comp-U-Dopt and Save the Children, assisted by Motiva volunteers, combined efforts Friday at DeQueen and Tyrrell Elementary schools, distributing desktop computers for home use to about 250 families at each school.DeQueen principal Jerry Gloston said Port Arthur Independent School District’s administration called her about a week ago to put her in touch with Comp-U-Dopt, whose primary work is distributing computers to needy districts. Comp-U-Dopt’s goal this year is to distribute 1,000 computers to Harvey victims.She said the computers are loaded with math and reading programs that will prove helpful to the children’s education. Students were trained to use the computers this week. Two years of free tech support accompanies the computers. By Ken [email protected] Texas non-profits have refashioned some 500 Motiva computers, redistributing them to students from two Port Arthur elementary schools hit hard by Hurricane and Tropical Storm Harvey.center_img “There was an overwhelming level of interest from parents and from students,” Gloston said. “Every day the students have been asking, ‘When am I going to get my computer?’“We are thankful and grateful to Comp-U-Dopt, Save the Children and Motiva for making this possible for Port Arthur students,” she said. In many cases, she said, students lost their home computers during the flood.Students awaited the distribution in two lines between 4-6 p.m.DeQueen student Ny’Arie Ned said she was eager to try some educational programs at home.last_img read more

Beth Robinson to deliver Vermont Law School commencement address

first_imgVermont Supreme Court Justice Beth Robinson, widely regarded for her work on LGBT civil rights, will deliver the 39th Commencement address at Vermont Law School on Saturday, May 17, President and Dean Marc Mihaly announced today. In addition to honoring Robinson, VLS will confer honorary degrees upon U.S. Rep. Peter Welch, NextGen Climate founder Tom Steyer, former VLS Dean Geoffrey Shields, and artist and writer Genie Shields.“I am pleased to announce our 2014 commencement speaker and honorary degree recipients,” Mihaly(link is external) said. “Justice Robinson is nationally recognized for her work related to civil rights and same-sex marriage. We look forward to honoring her as well as Congressman Welch for his public service, Tom Steyer for his commitment to the environment, and Geoffrey and Genie Shields for their enduring commitment to Vermont Law School. These individuals bring passion and unwavering dedication to their causes, and are an inspiration to our students and to the greater Vermont Law community.”This year’s honorees are:Justice Beth Robinson serves on the Vermont Supreme Court. She has a long career in public service(link is external), and her work on LGBT civil rights is widely recognized. She was co-counsel in the case of Baker v. State, the landmark 1999 decision that led to Vermont becoming the first state to enact a civil union law, and was a leader in the subsequent advocacy that culminated in Vermont’s legislature being the first in the country to, on its own, pass a statute allowing same-sex couples to legally marry. Robinson clerked on the D.C. Circuit, worked at the law firm of Langrock Sperry and Wool for 18 years, and served as counsel to Gov. Peter Shumlin before being appointed to the Vermont Supreme Court in November 2011. She is a graduate of Dartmouth College and received her JD from the University of Chicago Law School.U.S. Rep. Peter Welch has served in the U.S. House of Representatives(link is external) since 2006, following a distinguished career as a state legislator. After graduation from College of the Holy Cross in 1969, he was selected as one of the first Robert F. Kennedy Fellows, working in Chicago to fight housing discrimination. Welch is a 1973 graduate of University of California Berkley, Boalt Hall. After graduating from law school, he settled in White River Junction and worked as a public defender before establishing a small law practice. He also served as an adjunct professor at Vermont Law School during this time. Welch serves on the Committee on Energy and Commerce and the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform.Tom Steyer is an investor, philanthropist and advanced energy advocate. He is the founder of NextGen Climate(link is external), an organization that acts politically to avert climate disaster and preserve American prosperity. Steyer works to promote economic development and environmental protection in California, and serves on the board at Stanford University, where he founded two renewable energy research institutions. Last year, the Environmental Law Institute(link is external) presented Steyer with its Environment Achievement Award in recognition of his leadership in clean energy and climate change policy. Steyer shared the award with George Schultz, former secretary of the treasury and secretary of state, with whom he created a bipartisan coalition to defeat California’s Proposition 23, an effort by out-of-state oil companies to dismantle California’s groundbreaking clean energy law. He and his wife, Kat Taylor, joined Warren Buffett, Bill and Melinda Gates, and other high-wealth Americans in the “Giving Pledge,” a promise to donate the majority of their wealth to charitable and nonprofit activities during their lifetimes. Steyer graduated summa cum laude and Phi Beta Kappa from Yale and received his MBA from Stanford’s Graduate School of Business.Geoffrey Shields is a former Vermont Law School dean(link is external) and longtime supporter. He became the school’s seventh dean in August 2004 after serving as a partner at the Chicago law firm of Gardner Carton & Douglas, where he was nationally recognized for his expertise in not-for-profit law, corporate law, health care law and international trade law. He received his BA in economics, magna cum laude, from Harvard College in 1967 and his JD from Yale Law School in 1972. During Shields’ tenure, VLS solidified its position as the nation’s premier environmental law program(link is external) and also expanded the school’s international focus. He helped establish the school’s Institute for Energy and the Environment(link is external), U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law(link is external), Distance Learning master’s programs, and Land Use Clinic. Additionally, he began two major building projects, the Center for Legal Services and the fitness center, which are now utilized and admired by students and the South Royalton community.Genie Shields is an accomplished artist and writer, and is the co-author of “Fairie-ality: The Ellwant Collection.”(link is external) She was influential in creating the Partners Group, a networking and social group for partners of VLS students. She worked closely with students, regularly attending their events and conferences, including the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day celebration, and curated many of the art displays across campus. Genie Shields continues to leave an indelible mark on the Vermont Law School community through her generosity and advocacy.The 39th Commencement ceremony at Vermont Law School will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 17, on the South Royalton Village Green. About 300 candidates will be presented for juris doctor, master of laws, and master’s degrees. In addition to Saturday’s ceremony, Tom Steyer will deliver an honorary degree lecture(link is external), titled “Climate Solutions—Building a Clean Energy Future,” at 3:30 p.m. Friday, May 16. This event is free and open to the public.For more information about commencement, visit vermontlaw.edu/commencement(link is external).Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, has the top-ranked environmental law program and one of the top-ranked clinical training programs in the nation, according to U.S. News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor curriculum that emphasizes public service; two Master’s Degrees (Master of Environmental Law and Policy, and Master of Energy Regulation and Law), and three post-JD degrees — LLM in American Legal Studies (for foreign-trained lawyers), LLM in Energy Law, and LLM in Environmental Law. The school features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center, the South Royalton Legal Clinic, and the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu(link is external), find us on Facebook(link is external), and follow us on Twitter(link is external).SOUTH ROYALTON, Vt., April 30, 2014––VLSlast_img read more

Five school districts support consolidation at Town Meeting

first_imgVermont Business Magazine School districts in Orange, Addison, Rutland, and Franklin Counties voted to consolidate district governance on Town Meeting Day. The districts are Addison Northwest, Addison Central, Franklin Central, Orange Southwest, and Rutland South, all by comfortable margins. Governor Peter Shumlin has pushed for school district consolidation under Act 46 as a means to reduce educational costs and increase academic opportunity. Shumlin issued the following statement following the Town Meeting Day results.“I’m proud of these communities and their school boards for their hard work to chart a course that will lead to a higher quality public education system,” Shumlin said. “These larger districts will be able to provide more stability and support for their small, local schools. Under Act 46 to date, 35 communities, representing 40 school districts, have voted to streamline themselves into nine unified districts so that they can enhance educational quality and reduce administrative costs. With about 70 percent of all Vermont students living in a community that is either moving forward with a merger or having conversation about doing so, it is clear that Act 46 is working.“One year ago these important conversations were not happening. Today they are because of Act 46, not despite it. The law has sparked communities around Vermont to have conversations about the future of their kids’ education and how to make it better. Those conversations are necessary because Vermont has over 20,000 fewer students than we did ten years ago. Until now solutions to that problem have been elusive. I am proud that Vermont is moving forward with reforming our education system so it reflects the reality of our student count and meets the needs of our kids.”last_img read more

Blue Cross rates up 7.3 percent, MVP up 3.7 percent for VHC

first_imgVermont Business Magazine Rates for Blue Cross Blue Shield of Vermont will be going up 7.3 percent next year and rates for MVP will be going up 3.7 percent. The Green Mountain Care Board (GMCB) Tuesday announced its decisions on 2017 rate increase requests for health insurance plans offered on Vermont Health Connect (VHC), Vermont’s online health benefit exchange. The rates were filed by insurers on May 11, 2016 and were subject to a 90 – day technical analysis and review by the GMCB.  The review process included two days of rate hearings open to the public and public comment from almost 150 Vermonters. BCBSVT, which insures more than 77,500 Vermonters through VHC, requested an 8.2 percent average annual rate increase, later amended to an 8.6 percent, for its health plans offered on VHC with coverage beginning January 1, 2017. MVP Health Plan Inc, which insures approximately 6,600 Vermont lives through VHC, requested an 8.8 percent average annual rate increase for plans offered on VHC beginning on January 1, 2017. Based on the review of the record, and the testimony and evidence provided at the hearings, the GMCB reduced each proposed rate increase, approving a 7.3 percent average annual rate increase for BCBSVT plans and a 3.7 percent average annual rate increase for MVP.Because these rate increases represent averages across different benefit plans with varying levels of cost sharing, Vermonters enrolled in VHC may see higher or lower increases in their premiums than the rates approved today. In addition, the GMCB encourages Vermonters to find out if they are eligible for subsidies that will offset the cost of their premiums. For more information about how the GMCB reviews health insurance rates and to read the BCBSVT and MVP Vermont Health Connect rate decisions, see the rate review website:http://ratereview.vermont.gov/(link is external).   Source: GMBC 8.9.2016last_img read more