Discussion highlights conflict in Ukraine

first_imgThe Hesburgh Center for International Studies hosted the event “Dinner and Discussion: The Crisis in Ukraine,” a discussion that focused on Russia, Ukraine and the political and ideological motivations that encompassed them on Tuesday evening.The discussion was led by Russian scholar Alexander Martin and leading international relations scholar Dan Lindley, who are both fellows of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. The pair attempted to explain the historical, political and ideological relationship Russia has with Ukraine, Europe and NATO.Martin said while there are similarities between the crisis in Crimea and the Cold War, there exists a failure to understand the Russian political system.“Russia is not a dictatorship in the sense that you might assume,”  Martin said. “The Russian government is a political machine. It’s a system in which multiple groups have to work together, but that is dominated by a small number of people, particularly Vladimir Putin”.Martin said Russia’s political system is largely influenced by people who occupy positions in the military, police and other occupations relating to defense and security, which is influential in international relations.“The people who dominate the Russian political system are people whose careers have mostly been spent in what Russians call the ‘power ministry,’ [where the] people’s number one concern has been national security. That leads them to view international affairs in terms of threats,” he said.Russia’s history and ideological viewpoint is crucial to understanding the events in Crimea, Martin said, for Russia is not just a nation, but a multinational empire.”[Russia] is a state with a unique purpose and a unique destiny,” Martin said. “Russians see themselves as having a special role or mission that is reflected in Russian orthodoxy and Soviet socialism.”Lindley mainly discussed the relationship between Russia and NATO. NATO created part of the problematic relationship between the U.S and Russia, Lindley said, due to its role in the fall of the Soviet Union.“The U.S looks at events in Crimea and the Ukraine from two main perspectives: liberal internationalism and conservative primacy,” Lindley said.Lindley defined liberal internationalism as an ideology centered on spreading western values and democracy to other countries, while conservative primacy places more importance on America’s relative position of power in the world.  Both views support NATO expansion in countries bordering Russia, yet fail to understand the implications, he said.“Both are wrong and both are dangerous in their approach and explanations to what’s going on.” Lindley said. Tags: alexander martin, Cold War, Crimea, dan lindley, dinner and discussion, Hesburgh Center for International Studies, nanovic institute fellows, nato, power ministry, Russia, russian political system, the crisis in ukraine, Ukrainelast_img read more

Lessons of the Week! Idina Menzel, Jim Parsons & More

first_imgIt’s Friday, and you know what that means—time to buy eight more TiVos so you can make extra sure you record Idina Menzel singing “Let It Go” “Defying Gravity” the National Anthem at the Super Bowl! But wait, but before you hightail it to Best Buy, you’ve gotta check out the crazy things we learned this week about our favorite Broadway stars (yes, including Idina). Check ‘em out!Idina Menzel Is Going Balls to the WallYes, the If/Then star is singing at the Super Bowl on Sunday, so she’s spent her entire week hanging out with a ton of testosterone-fueled football players, getting down and dirty at the stadium and fielding questions about balls. “I’ve decided I’m not really qualified to comment on the weight of anyone’s balls,” the Tony winner said, making us wonder what qualifications one needs and where to sign up for said qualifications.Martin Short Has a Colonoscopy ClubWhen you’re a mega-star, everything is more glamorous…especially routine medical procedures! It’s Only a Play star Martin Short, Steve Martin and Tom Hanks apparently eat Jell-O and uh, get their colons checked together. Man, celebrities have all the fun.Jennifer Nettles Got Her First B’way ScarHer opening night isn’t until February 2, but the new Chicago star already has her first battle wound: A gash on her forehead. No, a chorus boy didn’t high-kick her in the face—she scratched herself while trying to do a Fosse pose. Don’t forget, Jennifer, Broadway is a contact sport. Just ask Idina Menzel.Don’t Call Matt Doyle, He’ll Call YouBrooklynite star Matt Doyle can perform in front of thousands of people without breaking a sweat, but when he had to make phone calls in his old gig as a “terrible” production assistant, he clammed up. Matt, you just keep singing and we’ll make all of your phone calls for you. Especially any you might need to make to your old Spring Awakening cohorts.Jonathan Groff Wants a Spring Three-WaySpeaking of “The Song of Purple Summer” (and when aren’t we?), Jonathan Groff revealed that there’s not one, but two Spring Awakening cast members he’d love to hook up with on his HBO series Looking: Gideon Glick and John Gallagher, Jr. At the same time. Like, a three-way. OMG, this is even better than that Spring Awakening fan fiction we wrote when we were 15.The Wicked Cast Knows What’s Goin’ OnThe cast of Wicked obviously knows about “Popular,” but there’s something else they’re well-versed in: Songs from the ’90s we thought (and hoped) we’d never hear again. Broadway.com vlogger Kara Lindsay walked in on her co-star Caroline Bowman seriously rocking out to “What’s Up” by the 4 Non Blondes. Now do Lisa Loeb!Jim Parsons Is Holier Than ThouMove over, Jesus Christ Superstar, there’s a new almighty dude on the Broadway scene: Jim Parsons! The Big Bang Theory star will answer all your deepest existential questions in An Act of God—like why the sky is blue, why dogs rule and cats drool, and why they took away the Tony Award for Best Sound Design.Hey, B’way Hopefuls! If You Can’t Sing, LieStarring on Broadway doesn’t always require years of intense vocal training with Liz Caplan. Instead, just catch the attention of a casting director, lie through your teeth when she asks you if you can sing, and fake it ‘til you make it! Hey, it worked for The Book of Mormon star John Christopher O’Neill.Sarah Brightman’s Mascara Is Space-ProofThe Phantom of the Opera favorite Sarah Brightman is almost ready for her long-awaited trip to space. She’s got her bags packed with everything she might need: $52 million? Check. Space helmet? Check. Perfectly coiffed hair? Check. Mascara? Check. Eye shadow? Check. Yep, she’s ready.We’re Hopelessly Devoted to Darren Criss…And so are Broadway.com readers, who voted Criss their top pick for Danny Zuko in Fox’s Grease: Live. We can see it now: Broadway.com riding shotgun while Darren Criss speeds to the drive-in, singing sweet nothings in our ear. Wait, what’s that you say? That Julianne Hough is Sandy, and besides, a website can’t play the romantic lead in a musical? Fine, whatever, we’ll be Doody. View Comments Star Filescenter_img Idina Menzellast_img read more

Heart Transplant Pioneer Dies in Chile

first_imgBy Dialogo April 15, 2009 Santiago de Chile, April 14 (EFE) – Chilean doctor Jorge Kaplan Meyer, a heart transplant pioneer in that country, died early this morning of heart failure, his family reported. He was 82 years old. He died at 04:10 am (08:10 GMT) at the Clínica Reñaca in the city of Viña del Mar, according to his daughter, journalist Marcela Kaplan. Medical sources indicated that Kaplan had been ill for some time. He suffered a heart attack last December, and in January he was hospitalized again for a pulmonary edema. The doctor became famous on June 28, 1968, when he led the team of surgeons at the Naval Hospital in Valparaíso who performed the first heart transplant in Chile. This was the third transplant in Latin America after others completed in Brazil and Argentina, and number 23 in the world. At that time, Kaplan operated on the young Maria Elena Peñaloza, age 24, who suffered congenital valvopathy with myocardial dilation. In an operation that lasted two hours and 49 minutes, she received the heart of 21-year-old Gabriel Veliz, who had died of a brain tumor. Kaplan was also a man committed to the restoration of democracy in Chile during the dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet (1973-1990) and participated actively in politics, being elected councilor of Viña del Mar in 1996 and serving as mayor between 2000 and 2004.last_img read more

New Federal Judicial Nominating Commission named

first_img May 1, 2001 Regular News New Federal Judicial Nominating Commission named New Federal Judicial Nominating Commission namedWith the advent of a Republican president and two Democratic U.S. senators in Florida, the state has a revised system for sifting through applicants for federal judgeships and U.S. attorney posts. U.S. Reps. C.W. “Bill” Young and Clay Shaw and Gov. Jeb Bush have appointed new members to Florida’s Federal Judicial Nominating Commission. The commission has three subcommittees, one each for the Northern, Middle, and Southern district courts in Florida, and will meet as a group to consider vacancies to the U.S. 11th Circuit Court of Appeals. The structure is modeled on the system used by U.S. Sen. Bob Graham, a Democrat, and former U.S. Sen. Connie Mack, a Republican, for the past several years. “This commission composed of distinguished Floridians from across the state will ensure that only the names of highly qualified individuals will be submitted to President Bush for his consideration,” Young and Shaw said in a prepared statement. Traditionally, the federal judgeship applicants are nominated by the senior senator from that state of the president’s party. Since Mack retired last year and was replaced by Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, the new system was created that has the governor and two senior GOP congressmen making the nominations. President Bush will make the final nomination to the U.S. Senate for confirmation. The overall commission will be chaired by former U.S. Attorney Roberto Martinez of Miami. Though the Miami Daily Business Review reported that the nominating commission for South Florida “reads like a who’s who of the top Republicans in the area,” Martinez told The Florida Bar News: “Certainly, I’m a Republican. But there is absolutely no litmus test on any candidate. People are not quizzed on social views. One’s views on whatever social issues is not germaine, and not something I would ask or condone the asking.” Martinez said he did not know how many Republicans served on the commissions, and he encouraged applicants to apply by the May 31 deadline for federal judgeships and U.S. Attorney positions, regardless of party affiliation. (See notice, here.) “A candidate’s party affiliation is not of importance to this process,” Martinez said. “We are looking for people who will be entrusted with substantial power and authority. Federal judges and U.S. attorneys need to be conscientious, experienced, and have an understanding of the system of justice. And it would be helpful to have a balanced temperament.” The Southern District Committee will be chaired by Karen Margulies of Hollywood. Members are JulieAnn Allison of West Palm Beach, Gonzalo Dorta of Miami, Bill Duke of Ft. Lauderdale, Charles Garcia of Boca Raton, Daphne Jones of Ft. Lauderdale, Robert Josefsberg of Miami, Manny Kadre of Miami, Barbara Lagoa of Miami, Edith Lederberg of Ft. Lauderdale, Dexter Lehtinen of Miami, Osmundo Martinez of Miami, Tom O’Donnell of Ft. Lauderdale, Doyle Rogers of West Palm Beach, Ed Scales of Key West, Tom Scott of Miami, Dr. Barry Silverman of Aventura, Don Stephens of West Palm Beach, Tom Tew of Miami, and Jason Under of Ft. Lauderdale. The Middle District committee will be chaired by Dr. Adam Herbert, former chair of the Florida Board of Regents. Members are David Brown of Orlando, James W. Carter of Sanford, William C. Cramer of St. Petersburg Beach, Marshall Criser of Jacksonville, David Deitrich of Bradenton, Robin Gibson of Lake Wales, Bill Jennings of Orlando, Diane Jensen of Ft. Myers, Suzanne Hill of Orlando, Harvey Klein of Ocala, Parkhill Mays of Lakeland, Kathleen Passidomo of Naples, Harlan Paul of DeLand, Richard Salem of Tampa, Myrue Spivey of Palm Bay, Carl M. Stewart of Jacksonville, Rebecca Walter of Tampa, David E. Ward, Jr., of Tampa, and Warren Wilson of Palm Harbor. Chair of the Northern District Committee is William Harrison of Panama City. Members are Jennifer Byrom of Milton, Donald R. Everett, Sr., of Perry, George E. “Cotton” Fletcher of Gainesville, Dynetta Griner of Chiefland, Julie Hilton of Panama City, Rev. R.B. Holmes of Tallahassee, Lillie Johnson of Lake City, Harold Knowles of Tallahassee, Dr. Stan Marshall of Tallahassee, Richard McFarlain of Tallahassee, Ed Moore of Pensacola, Van Poole of Tallahassee, and Tim Wells of DeFuniak Springs. All the terms began on April 3 and terminate on December 31, 2002. Committee rules, adopted by Bush, Young, and Shaw, provide that the public may submit written comments on applicants to the commission, that all commission meetings except deliberations will be open to the public, and that all records, except certain government information such as FBI background checks, will be public. The rules give this charge to the commission: “Only the most qualified, conscientious, and dedicated persons available should be proposed for nomination as U.S. attorneys and federal judges. The maintenance of a strong and viable federal judiciary and system of justice is essential to the protection of the rights and freedoms of all citizens of the United States. An independent judicary is indispensable to the preservation of the judicial branch as a co-equal branch of our government. It is essential that the members of the federal judiciary and U.S. attorneys be committed to dispensing equal justice under the law. This commission shall ensure that all individuals have equal opportunities to receive appointments.”last_img read more

Countdown: 2016 CUNA GAC to feature key policymakers, top keynoters

first_img 6SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit Union National Association (CUNA) President/CEO Jim Nussle will be welcoming thousands of credit union advocates to the 2016 CUNA Governmental Affairs Conference (GAC) in just six weeks, greeting them with a packed program of key policymakers and top keynote speakers.The conference is widely considered the credit union movement’s premier event for political impact. It gathers credit union professionals, supporters and activists in the nation’s capital to advance the credit union movement by discussing topics and practices that foster service excellence to credit union members.The CUNA GAC also provides credit union participants the opportunity to network with their peers, attend hot-issue educational sessions and meet with their members of Congress and top federal regulators about the issues facing credit unions.This year’s four-day conference kicks off Feb. 21 and concludes Feb. 25 with credit union visits to Capitol Hill. continue reading »last_img read more

RI hopes for investment from firms moving factories out of China

first_imgTopics : With the pandemic hindering efforts to attract new capital, the government is seeking to raise money from investment commitments made years ago for plans that have stalled for various reasons.The total value of the stalled investment is estimated at Rp 708 trillion ($49.8 billion), and the board has so far finished processing 58 percent of them. The biggest investment was to come from Russian oil firm Rosneft with a project valued at Rp 211.9 trillion.Bahlil said the investment plan had never been realized because the relevant ministry and the regional administration had yet to issue the permit, and the firms had not completed the land acquisition process. Some projects stalled five to six years ago.“The problem is there are still some difficulties related to permits in the regions,” said Bahlil. “But we are keeping up the effort so that we can finish processing it by August. If so, this can boost this year’s investment realization.”Red tape and unfavorable labor laws for businesses weigh down Indonesia’s appeal to foreign investors. The country’s ranking in the World Bank’s ease of doing business index has stagnated at 73rd of 190 for the past two years.Indonesia’s ranking in the World Economic Forum’s (WEF) global competitiveness index even fell five places to 50th of 141 in 2019.Bahlil was especially concerned about Indonesia’s uncompetitive land prices, wages and its annual growth rate.The average price of land in Indonesia is Rp 3.1 million per square meter (sqm), higher than land prices in Thailand, the Philippines, Malaysia and Vietnam, according to data compiled by the agency.Indonesia has the highest minimum wage at nearly Rp 4 million per month among the select countries. Its annual increase, determined by the economic growth rate plus the inflation rate, is also the highest at 8.7 percent per year.By comparison, Vietnam has a minimum wage of Rp 2.6 million per month, the lowest among the select countries, and raises it by only 3.64 percent every year.The problem with Indonesia’s regulatory climate is aggravated by a lack of policy consistency and of coordination between agencies and between the government and regional administrations, said Piter Abdullah, an economist at local think tank Center of Reform on Economics (CORE) Indonesia.“The obstacle lies in how the government realizes investment,” Piter told The Jakarta Post in a phone interview. “With regard to land, the problem stems not only from prices but also from the complexity of acquisition.”President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo is seeking to improve Indonesia’s regulatory climate by proposing the omnibus bill, which the government expects will be passed by the House in July.To attract more investment, the government is also developing industrial districts offering special regulations, with the latest being the Batang and Brebes industrial districts.The Brebes industrial district, to be operated by state-owned PT Kawasan Industri Wijayakusuma, covers 4,000 hectares of land.The Batang industrial district sits on land owned by state-owned plantation holding company PT Perkebunan Nusantara (PTPN) in Batang, an hour’s drive from the one in Brebes.Despite the ongoing efforts to attract more foreign capital, Bahlil said he would “definitely revise down” this year’s investment target, as the pandemic had yet to abate.In late April, the agency revised down its target by 7.8 percent from the initial target to Rp 817 trillion, assuming the pandemic would end by July. But with confirmed cases reaching 36,406, the pandemic is not even showing any signs of slowing down. Indonesia is expecting investment from American, Japanese and South Korean firms seeking to relocate their factories out of China and set up manufacturing, furniture and electronics businesses in the country as it begins reopening.The firms are looking to invest in either of two industrial estate under development in Central Java – one in Batang, the other in Brebes – according to Investment Coordinating Board (BKPM) spokeswoman Tina Talisa.The agency’s head, Bahlil Lahadalia, said Friday that a South Korean manufacturer would join the country’s battery industry with estimated investment of US$1.6 billion. He declined to name the company.center_img American firms would invest in the manufacturing sector, the furniture business and electronics industries. Japanese manufacturers would also invest in the electronics industry.Indonesia booked an annual decline of 9.2 percent in foreign direct investment (FDI) in the first quarter of 2020, propelled by the coronavirus pandemic that brought the global economy to a temporary halt.“We keep promoting [our country] to attract new investment,” Bahlil told reporters in a virtual press conference on Friday.last_img read more

RedDoorz optimistic about future in Indonesia despite Jakarta PSBB

first_img“The slow uptick was there, and it will continue,” he told The Jakarta Post in an interview on Monday. “However, I foresee that there will be a demand dip again in Jakarta for sure.”Saberwal also said he was optimistic the budget hotel industry would be among the first sectors to economically recover after the pandemic, fueled by demand from domestic tourists.He said the mid-segment market and high-end travel market were expected to pick up once international flights returned to normal.Such a trajectory, he added, had been seen in the domestic tourism and hospitality industries of China and South Korea. “I think Indonesia and other countries with high domestic travel demand have seen slight recoveries,” he said, adding that he predicted more of a recovery to be seen in the first quarter of next year as most governments would have flattened the COVID-19 infection curve by that time.Read also: Demand for staycations to surge as tourist destinations reopenIn May, the company reported that it would work on a zero-revenue assumption until next year. While Saberwal said the strategy was no longer in place, he said RedDoorz would remain conservative and aim to improve efficiency.“In the last three to five months we have been focusing more on being an efficient company. I didn’t want to expand our footprint to the point that we could not help our existing partners,” he said, referring to RedDoorz’ 1,500 hotel partners across the country.He also said the company had been focusing on automation, including in its refund system, to make the process more seamless and reduce human error.Recently, RedDoorz competitor OYO found itself in the spotlight when its customers flocked to social media to express their frustrations about the difficulties they had faced receiving refunds. Meanwhile, another budget hotel aggregator Airy closed down after failing to cope with the impacts of the pandemic.Topics : Budget hotel booking and management platform RedDoorz has said it is optimistic about its future in Indonesia, with the company expecting occupancy rates to increase despite the reimplementation of partial lockdown measures in the capital.RedDoorz CEO Amit Saberwal said that occupancy rates in Indonesia had risen to 30 to 40 percent during the relaxation of large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), which began in May.Although occupancy was “not optimal” compared to pre-COVID-19 levels of 60 to 70 percent, he said the rate had been slowly creeping up.last_img read more

Rose E. Butt

first_imgRose E. Butt, age 92 of Markle, Indiana and formerly of Batesville, died September 23, 2019 at the Ossian Health Community in Ossian, Indiana.  Born November 18, 1926 in Harrison, Ohio, she is the daughter of Ruth (Nee: Lyness) and Clem White.  She married Carl Butt July 14, 1945 in Harrison and he preceded her in death on July 26, 2015.A homemaker for much of her life, Rose was an avid I.U. basketball fan and kept abreast of local, national and world politics.  She is survived by her daughters Carla Lindemann of Jeffersonville, Indiana, Carol (Mike) Leeth of Markle, Indiana; sons David Butt, Alan (Jo Ann) Butt, both of Batesville; 12 grandchildren and 13 great grandchildren.  In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by sister Carolyn Gabbard and brother Eugene White.Visitation will be Friday, September 27th, from Noon until 2 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home.  A graveside service will follow at St. Mark’s Lutheran Cemetery in Batesville with Rev. Charles Flory officiating.  The family requests memorials to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital.last_img read more

Broward Man Baker Acted After Waving Gun at Drivers, SWAT Team

first_imgA Broward County man faces questions about his mental status, after using a weapon to scare a neighborhood.According to the police report, 25-year-old Merville Vaughn Jr. has been Baker Acted for allegedly waving a gun at people driving by and then starting a standoff with law enforcement.The SWAT Team arrived just before noon Wednesday at a home located on NW 7th Street in Fort Lauderdale, where Vaughn was armed and hiding inside.They announced to him via loud speaker, “We’re not going away. We’ll be here as long as you want to be here.”Neighbors joined officials in trying to convince him to surrender, which he eventually did.Police told Miami television station WFOR that Vaughn was also wearing a bulletproof vest.Vaughn was taken into custody before being admitted to a local hospital for a psychological evaluation under the Baker Act. Criminal charges against him are pending, and no one was injured during the tense standoff.last_img read more

USC hosts Chinese delegation

first_imgThe USC US-China Institute is set to contribute to the bilateral discourse between the United States and China by hosting a delegation of high-level Chinese government officials for a daylong Legal Exchange focusing on Chinese telecommunications and patent law, on campus Monday.The US-China Legal Exchange is an annual summit hosted in alternating years in the United States or China, that gives representatives from both countries an opportunity to clarify and discuss legal issues from their respective nations. This year, the USC US-China Institute will host the Los Angeles portion of the exchange at the Davidson Conference Center.“The most important part of the Legal Exchange is that it promotes dialogue and provides an opportunity for direct contact between legal and academic communities with foreign government officials,” said Joel Blank, senior attorney for the Office of the Chief Counsel for International Commerce, who is involved in organizing the exchange.The Chinese delegation, led by Vice Minister Zhang Qiong from China’s State Council Legislative Affairs Office, will use this year’s exchange to focus on amendments to the Chinese patent law and explain the details of the draft of the Chinese telecommunications law for American service providers and manufacturers who are interested in the Chinese market.“They are trying to structure this in a way they can attract foreign technology, investment, cooperation and build their own capacity for their domestic market,” said Clayton Dube, associate director of the USC US-China Institute.Dube added that the event was an opportunity for people from both countries to clarify and learn more about the legal technicalities of their individual legal systems, rather than approach the markets without any knowledge.“This is not intended to be a debate,” Dube said. “The reason the [Chinese] Ministry of Commerce and US Department of Commerce is putting to this together is because they want greater discussion and understanding.”The US Department of Commerce asked the institute to be a co-host for the Legal Exchange, in part because of its research which focus on trends that could affect the US-China relationship, rather than generally topical issues, according to Dube.“We invite people here, send people there, and that kind of back and forth is essential,” Dube said. “If you are only talking about other people, you can get a lot of things wrong. Talking [directly] with people can really help you understand them.”Blank added that he had identified the institute as an entity in the Los Angeles area with expertise in US-China relations that would also be a good place to hold an event like the Exchange.“They will help draw experts to the program that are in the academic and non-academic community,” Blank said.He added that the attendance by the institute’s faculty and students would be beneficial because they can bring their own expertise to the program as well.The event will feature a number of experts, ranging from lawyers, academic professors and even company representatives to comment on Chinese law and American involvement in the Chinese market, including USC professor Simon Wilkie, an expert on cable, Internet and wireless communications.According to Dube, the Exchange is just one of the ways the Institute adds to the national conversation about the bilateral relationship between the two countries, he said. Events like this offer students and faculty a different way of approaching their research.Ying Jia Huang, a senior majoring in international relations and history who is a student assistant at the Institute, said events like the Exchange provides an opportunity to learn much more about the two countries’ policies than she would have sitting in a classroom.“You get to meet people who put the policies together, wrote these books, write these articles we read on JSTOR,” Huang said. “The degree of relevance is much more significant than reading through textbooks.”Following the Exchange in Los Angeles, the Chinese delegation will travel to Chicago and New York City, where they will present more information on the Chinese legal system to local businesses and legal and academic communities.last_img read more