first_imgSource: VLS. 10.2.2009. SOUTH ROYALTON, VT- Vermont Law School has been awarded $3 million by the US Agency for International Development to expand its work on the US-China Partnership for Environmental Law over the next three years, VLS President and Dean Geoffrey Shields announced today. This award, which is an extension of a $1.8 million USAID funding agreement that US Senator Patrick Leahy was instrumental in helping to secure for Vermont Law School in 2006, will enable VLS to continue to build on its successes in helping China develop its next generation of environmental advocates to strengthen the development and enforcement of China’s environmental and energy law.”We thank USAID and the American people for their continued support for and recognition of the importance and effectiveness of this program,” said Dean Shields. “The U.S. and China share a deep interest in reversing environmental degradation. Vermont Law School has proven to be an effective bridge in those efforts. VLS is now the leader among academic institutions in furthering efforts to support China as it strengthens its legal environmental framework.”Leahy, who chairs the Subcommittee on the State Department and Foreign Operations of the Senate Appropriations Committee, played a key role in promoting USAID’s sponsorship of the partnership. He said, “This partnership is a superb fit, tapping VLS’s strengths in environmental law to help build the legal expertise and advocacy skills Chinese lawyers and civil society groups need to help meet the daunting environmental, energy and development challenges China is facing.  It’s a partnership as timely as today’s headlines.”In 2006, with funding from USAID, VLS in collaboration with Sun Yat-sen University (SYSU), located in the capital of Guangdong province in southern China, launched the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law in response to the critical lack of knowledge, skills, and academic infrastructure needed to begin to address environmental and energy challenges in China through the rule of law. It has provided a broad range of trained attorneys, legal educators, law students, lawmakers, judges, regulators, and other advocates in Guangdong Province and in Beijing.In addition to significantly strengthening SYSU’s environmental law program and creating a Juris Master’s degree program specializing in environmental law at SYSU, the program has established a strong, active network of environmental law professionals in the province. It has also expanded the collaborative effort to other influential educational institutions on the national level, such as the China University of Political Science and Law (CUPL), Center of Legal Assistance for Pollution Victims (CLAPV), and Tsinghua University as well as key Chinese government agencies, such as the State Electricity Regulatory Commission, which is the U.S. Federal Energy Regulatory Commission counterpart, and the training center for the National Development and Reform Commission, China’s primary macroeconomic planning and management agency under the State Council that is responsible for developing China’s climate change policies.Professor Tseming Yang, who has been the director of the program since 2007, said, “Our work over the past three years has put us in a unique position to further advance environmental governance in China. The USAID support will enable us to develop greater capacity in China for citizens, organizations, and institutions to influence the development of environmental law through enhanced participation in government.”China’s rapid growth in manufacturing has resulted in severe environmental problems, including the production of greenhouse gas emissions that contribute to global warming and pollution worldwide. According to a recent report, China has now overtaken the U.S. in total carbon emissions-years earlier than recently predicted. Two thirds of China’s energy derives from coal, and rising industrialization has the country mining and burning more than ever, as well as shopping for other countries’ oil and gas. Yet while China approaches parity in the economic sphere, it lags far behind in the legal structures and mechanisms that underpin American environmental law and policy. Developing well-trained legal professionals, law professors, and effective regulatory policies and laws is a critical part of China’s pursuit of sustainable development.With the $3 million in additional funding, the program will continue to carry out its primary objectives of: (1) strengthening the capacity of the Chinese educational, governmental, nonprofit, and business sectors to become effective environmental and energy problem solvers; (2) improving China’s policies, systems, laws, and regulations to advance the development and enforcement of environmental and energy law and to help develop the rule of law; and (3) enhancing municipal, provincial, national, and international networks in China to advance best practices in environmental protection and energy regulation.The program will provide training to Chinese legal educators, attorneys, lawmakers, utility analysts, and regulators on environmental law, with a particular emphasis on energy law. It will continue to support the development, strengthening, and expansion of institutions, associations, and networks that advance environmental law in China. Furthermore, in collaboration with VLS’s implementing partners, the program will foster a variety of research and policy development projects. Priority areas for research include environmental impact assessment, policy options for reducing China’s environmental footprint globally, energy law, environmental enforcement and governance, and climate change.VLS’s key partners in this program include SYSU, CLAPV at China University of Political Science and Law, Regulatory Assistance Project (RAP), and the China Environment Forum (CEF) at the Woodrow Wilson Training Center. SYSU, a leading Chinese educational institution located in Guangzhou, established one of the first environmental law clinics in China and now has developed a juris master program in environmental law. CLAPV is the leading environmental public interest litigation center in China. Its director, Professor Wang Canfa, one of China’s most respected environmental leaders, is an honorary distinguished lecturer in environmental law at VLS, and heads the CUPL environmental law program. RAP, a Vermont-based nonprofit, advises policymakers in the U.S. and around the world on economically and environmentally sustainable energy policies, particularly as they relate to the electricity sector. With extensive networks of energy and environmental practitioners in the government, business, NGOs, and research sectors in the U.S. and China, the CEF will contribute important outreach resources.USAID’s history goes back to the Marshall Plan reconstruction of Europe after World War Two and the Truman Administration’s Point Four Program. In 1961, the Foreign Assistance Act was signed into law and USAID was created by executive order. Since that time, USAID has been the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.In addition to its work under the USAID grant, VLS is leading a U.S.-China exchange program for young professionals. The program provides leadership training opportunities to nine Chinese and nine American women and men, particularly members of minority groups, who are active in environmental justice efforts. Participants in the program will jointly examine the environmental burdens, including climate change impacts, on minority communities and low-income populations in the U.S. and China and will propose ways to advance environmental justice for those communities. This exchange program is funded by the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs of the U.S. Department of State.# # #Vermont Law School-a private, independent institution-is ranked #1 in environmental law by U.S.News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor (JD) curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree for lawyers and nonlawyers, and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws (LLM)  in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for international students). The school also features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit is external).last_img read more

first_imgI first met Stephen Murray six or seven years ago when he and his band, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, rolled into Bristol, Tenn., for a performance.  Murray and friends were blending Dixieland jazz with Beatles-era psychedelic rock and putting on one of the most energetic live shows I had seen in a long, long while.Along with being banjo player, guitar picker, and singer for Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Murray can now add solo artist to his resume.  Last month he released The Backlot Sessions, his first solo effort.  A collection of nine tunes he recorded with an ensemble called The Backlot Collective, The Backlot Sessions is an absolutely dandy of a record.  Just check out “Sweet Stephanie,” which is featured on this month’s Trail Mix.Trail Mix recently caught up with Stephen Murray to chat about guitars, the North Country, and songwriting.Blue Ride Outdoors  – You are no stranger to recording, but this is your first record without your mates in Holy Ghost Tent Revival.  How was this experience different from recording with the band?Stephen Murray – I had nine songs in mind and I wanted to release them as soon as possible.  With the band, we let songs build up over time and cultivate them and take turns arranging and writing parts.  We can let a song sit for months before we think it’s ready for the studio.  This project was all of the same, just warped into a two month period.  The group I worked with, called The Backlot Collective, followed the structure of the tunes but changed them into what they are now simply by bringing their ideas to the table.  We never really discussed who should play what or if a part wasn’t right.  We just let the process unfold organically.BRO – We are featuring “Sweet Stephanie” on this month’s Trail Mix.  What’s the story behind the song?SM – It’s a song I wrote years ago about my wife.  Originally, it was a ragtime tune with a two-beat feel.  My wife called me one day and said, “I keep hearing this song as a rock & roll number with big horns and heavy drums.”  Since I already had a ragtime tune, “Cabin, Captain, Cabin,” worked out for the record, I thought this was a good move.  Lyrically, it’s a simple song.  There’s a line that starts, “Oh, the coast of Carolina,” which was originally about time I spent with my wife at her family’s beach house, which ended up being where we got married.BRO – What’s the most listened to track on your iPod right now?SM – I don’t have an iPod, and I just now got a working phone, but I’ve got Willie Nelson’s Redheaded Stranger on my turntable right now.BRO – You originally hail from Canada.  Favorite band from your homeland?SM – The Band.  Even though they are thought of as an American rock band, there were four members from up north.  They’re my favorite.BRO – Tell me about your favorite guitar.SM – It’s a 1976 Rickenbacker 360.  It’s the guitar I normally play with Holy Ghost Tent Revival and mainly what I am playing on this record.  Mmmmmmm . . . . . it’s beautiful.BRO – If you weren’t making music, what would you be doing?SM – I really don’t know.  I think about that a lot, but I can’t imagine myself doing anything else.  Sometimes I daydream about having a farmhouse with a studio, but that’s still making music.  I used to be an actor, so maybe I’d try to get back into that.BRO – Best place to grab a beer in Greensboro?SM – My house.  We’ll have you over and play cards.Stephen, you might want to be careful with those invites.  I just might show up.  In the meantime, I am going to keep spinning The Backlot Sessions, and I highly recommend that all of you out there grab your own copy.You can download the record right now at or send in an order for a copy of the disc at  Also, keep your eyes peeled for when Stephen drops by your town for a solo show or a gig with Holy Ghost Tent Revival.  You’ll want to be there.last_img read more

first_imgDear Shenandoah National Park friends, advocates, and allies,At the Shenandoah National Park Trust, we are thinking about you and want to offer you our support.First, we encourage you to follow the Centers for Disease Control, the World Health Organization and your state health department’s guidelines when it comes to protecting yourself and others to stop the spread of Coronavirus disease (COVID-19).As of March 18, Shenandoah National Park is open. According to the National Park Service, the park and Skyline Drive are open. Entrance fees are waived until further notice. Other facilities are still closed for the season.  We are social creatures. Yet the best way we can help slow this spread of coronavirus is to engage in “social distancing.” That means, for the time being, we encourage you to abide by any Special Alerts from SNP. It’s great to spend time outdoors, but please keep social distancing in mind.As of yesterday, the Trust team is working remotely as we continue our work to support the park. Here are a few ways you can continue to be a part of the SNPT family over the coming weeks and months:– Write postcards to your local Park Rangers who need your support more than ever. Please address your envelope to:Sally Hurlbert, Shenandoah National Park, 3655 US Highway 211 East, Luray, VA 22835– Support the work of the Shenandoah National Park Trust. We are still moving forward!– Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for updates. – Keep informed on upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, and park updates on our Blog.We appreciate you always being there for the Shenandoah National Park Trust. And we know we can count on you to support the park through these uncertain times. This is when we get to choose how to act. So let us choose to stick together for public lands and our community.center_img Thank you.– The staff and board of the Shenandoah National Park Trustlast_img read more

first_imgBy DVIDS/Edited by Diálogo Staff October 30, 2020 Joint Task Force Bravo (JTF-Bravo), a task force under U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) and the oldest standing task force in U.S. military history, hosts approximately 500 U.S. military personnel — a relatively small team but a strong, qualified, and competent force that has left a long-lasting footprint in a rapidly changing and vulnerable region.During a visit to Honduras, Guatemala, El Salvador, and Costa Rica U.S. Navy Admiral Craig S. Faller, SOUTHCOM commander, spoke with the men and women of JTF-Bravo and reminded them why their presence in this region matters.“Strong partnerships and strong teamwork, like the one we are trying to foster here, is what wins. Relationships, teamwork — it wins,” said Adm. Faller. “This has been an important strategic location for more than 30 years and that provides stability. What we have seen is that our presence — our physical presence — knowing that we are here, is reassuring.”SOUTHCOM works with five other regional combatant commands and is the single entity to work military-to-military relations in Latin America and the Caribbean, spanning over 31 countries. JTF-Bravo is its forward element, providing air movement capabilities, rapid on site assessment in the event of a crisis, and is strategically positioned at the center of the Americas, allowing the task force to rapidly deploy wherever needed in the area of operations within hours notice.JTF-Bravo is here as the physical manifestation of U.S. presence and support in the region, deterring malign state influence through partnership engagements and living up to the shared values of freedom, democracy, respect for human rights, and the rule of law.“Key to fighting those threats are strong teams,” said Adm. Faller. “We have to remain the best morally, mentally, and physically ready, and at the top of our game to remain the partner of choice. We have to be the best trained and equipped and you [JTF-Bravo] are making a difference; it starts with you.”COVID-19 has hit the region particularly hard, but JTF-Bravo and SOUTHCOM answered the call through the Humanitarian Assistance Program, providing more than $18 million in donations, including mobile hospitals and personal protective equipment throughout the area of operations. Overall, the U.S. has provided $220 million of assistance in Latin America and the Caribbean, and JTF-Bravo has been a part of it, assisting regional partners since the early stages of the pandemic.“We are all dealing with this COVID environment together. Millions of dollars just from SOUTHCOM are facilitated by our teams to help partners stay strong, because together we’re stronger,” said Adm. Faller. “Know that while the mission aspects may have changed, what JTF-Bravo is doing here is making a difference.”“We want JTF-Bravo to be more expeditionary, to be able to move to where it might be needed, to respond rapidly; we want our team to leave here more ready than when they arrived,” said Adm. Faller. “Your presence and your engagements with partners improve their readiness — to build those lasting relationships so that when the next big fight comes we are ready to do it together. Rapid response readiness is core to the mission, and I couldn’t be more proud of the great work JTF-Bravo does day in and day out.”last_img read more

first_imgThe financial services industry has seen a 31% year-over-year growth in social media usage, far exceeding most other industries. But it’s not enough to simply “check a box” by launching a lackluster Facebook page. Financial marketers must actively manage, maintain and monitor the platforms on which their institution has a presence. That’s why you should consider a concentrated social media strategy supported by monthly marketing campaigns.How can a financial institution effectively engage its online community via social media? Once you’ve got your key stakeholders, content team, monitoring tools, third-party platforms and social media policies all aligned, you need to integrate monthly campaigns to sustain interest and keep your brand fresh in the lives of financial consumers.Crafting a Successful Social Media CampaignTo really connect with today’s younger consumers, it’s all about making financial services more fun. Banking is boring, but it doesn’t need to be. Entertaining and educational monthly social media campaigns can help financial marketers focus on creating content weeks in advance of publishing, while also engaging consumers with a set of consistent messages according to a predefined schedule. continue reading » 42SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

first_imgThe three-day program ends on Saturday, Sept. 22 at 11 a.m., with the opening of the exhibition “Architects of Defense: Profiles of the authors of the 16th and 17th century Šibenik fortifications”, organized and performed by the Department for Cultural and Historical Heritage of the Fortress of Culture. The exhibition will be set in the museum room of the Fortress of St. Mihovil, and will present 11 military experts in the Venetian service during the early modern century who contributed to the construction of the Šibenik fortification system. On the same day, an educational program for children through a workshop will be held at the Barone Fortress, starting at 10 am  “Forgotten weapon” where small and cheerful participants will meet, see, touch and try out the typical weapons used in Šibenik fortresses through different historical epochs.  Immediately after follows “Portrait of old Šibenik” , a workshop that will show the award-winning documentary Barone with the theme of everyday life in Šibenik in the 17th century and turbulent events in the city during the Candian War, after which the youngest participate in a knowledge quiz.The workshops are suitable for ages 6 to 12, and the number of participants is limited. You can apply by email at the last day of the program, visitors will have free entrance to the Šibenik fortresses. As part of the celebration of the European Fortress Day, which is being held this year at the Šibenik fortresses of St. Michael and the Baron, representatives of the organizers of the Public Institution Fortress of Culture Šibenik presented the publication “Šibenik: Fortress City” and thus announced the beginning of a rich three-day program conducted under the auspices of the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Croatia, and held from September 20-22, 2018.Fortress of Culture has joined the initiative to mark the European Fortress Day, launched by the European Network of Fortified Cities and Defense Fortifications EFFORTS, within which the Institution is a member. Launched on the occasion of the European Year of Cultural Heritage, the initiative in its first edition aims to present fortifications across Europe as a place to promote the diversity of cultural heritage to the general public.The publication “Šibenik: City of Fortress”, published by the Fortress of Culture Šibenik, was explained in more detail by Josip Pavić, expert associate of the Department of Cultural and Historical Heritage, emphasizing that it is a guide for the general public. early modern age.”In the last few years, for obvious reasons, fortresses have been in focus again, and as a result, a lot of archaeological, historical and conservation research has been carried out, not only in Šibenik but also in its surroundings. This short edition summarizes what we currently know, but does not represent the final point because we will, of course, continue our research intensively. ” said Josip Pavic.The central part of the program, International Conference “Audience Development and Cultural Management: New Concepts for New Models”, will be held on Friday, September 21 at the Fortress of St. Mihovila. The importance of the topic of audience development, cultural management and contemporary trends was emphasized by the director of the Fortress of Culture, Gorana Barišić Bačelić, with an emphasis on the Club of Friends of Šibenik Fortress as an example of good practice.”We are extremely pleased to have joined the initiative to mark the European Fortress Day, which includes an International Conference with a significant number of registered participants. Audience development, as one of the most current topics of management in culture,  one of our long-term goals by which we want to continue to develop professional and public dialogue on the development of cultural audiences by organizing similar public gatherings, programs and projects. This is just one step in everything we plan in the coming years.”Pointed out Gorana Barišić BačelićExperts in the field of cultural management, museology and communication, including EFFORTS board member Andrea Bonifacio, will present contemporary trends in audience development and best practices for incorporating monumental heritage into the daily lives of local communities. After the presentation, participants and exhibitors will have the opportunity to participate in an interactive panel discussion.Program of the International Conference “Audience Development and Cultural Management: New Concepts for New Models”last_img read more

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first_imgStuff 1 April 2015Child, Youth and Family (CYF) is set for a major overhaul, with Social Development Minister Anne Tolley admitting that the department charged with protecting New Zealand’s most vulnerable citizens “must do better”.Tolley has announced the formation of a high-powered panel to lead the restructure, headed by senior public servant Paula Rebstock and joined by Police Commissioner Mike Bush.Also on the panel are chief science adviser to the Ministry of Social Development Richie Poulton, former Maori Party chief of staff Helen Leahy and Duncan Dunlop, chief executive of Who Cares? Scotland, an independent advocacy charity for young people.The panel will oversee the development and implementation of an operating model to modernise CYF and enhance its governance. It is expected to have a wide-ranging brief to consider all aspects of CYF operations.“For the sake of vulnerable children, we must do better, and we need a very clear strategy that focuses on the needs of children, rather than the needs of the system,” Tolley said.“New Zealand used to be a world leader in the field of child protection, but I believe we are now eight to 10 years behind in our thinking in some important areas, such as how we support children in state care. read more

first_imgBBC News 20 October 2015An attempt by UN officials to get countries to decriminalise the possession and use of all drugs has been foiled, the BBC can reveal.A paper from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) has been withdrawn after pressure from at least one country.The document, which was leaked, recommends that UN members consider “decriminalising drug and possession for personal consumption”.It argued “arrest and incarceration are disproportionate measures”.The document was drawn up by Dr Monica Beg, chief of the HIV/AIDs section of the UNODC in Vienna. It was prepared for an international harm reduction conference currently being held in Kuala Lumpur.The UNODC oversees international drugs conventions and offers guidance on compliance.Sources within the UNODC have told the BBC the document was never sanctioned by the organisation as policy. One senior figure within the agency described Dr Beg as “a middle-ranking official” who was offering a professional viewpoint. read more