Norm J. Jones, who has had a long and distinguished career in academic diversity, compliance, and inclusion, has been appointed the associate chief diversity officer and deputy director in the Office of the Assistant to the President for Institutional Diversity and Equity. Jones will begin his appointment on Tuesday.In this newly created position at Harvard, Jones will work closely with human resources and diversity officers across the Schools to administer and foster diversity and inclusion, equal opportunity, and access programs, as well as training and workshops across the University. He will also deliver presentations and workshops, and partner with other colleagues and community members.Jones has been involved in nearly every aspect of diversity, affirmative action, inclusion, and compliance. In his current role as associate vice president of student development and dean of institutional diversity at Dickinson College in Pennsylvania, in addition to serving as the college’s chief diversity officer, he supervises the Women’s Center, offices of LGBTQ Services, Jewish Life, Community Services, and Student Conduct. He has also designed and implemented Title IX compliance training and education programs.“I am delighted that Norm will join our diversity and equity team,” said Lisa Coleman, chief diversity officer and special assistant to the president. “His expertise on all areas pertinent to diversity and inclusion, as well as his skills in leadership development, strategic planning, program management, and community outreach will enable him to partner and collaborate with colleagues from across the university. At Dickinson, he has provided strong strategic leadership and direction in advancing the college’s diversity and inclusion efforts. He will be a valuable asset to the entire Harvard community,” she concluded.Jones, who joined Dickinson College in 2001, has also served as assistant to the president and as associate dean of students. In these positions, he implemented a variety of student, faculty, and staff initiatives, including responsibility for the on-campus dimension of the college’s community college partnership program. He also founded an academic enrichment/leadership development program for men of color on Dickinson’s campus.Jones has served on several boards and community organizations including the Carlisle Area Health and Wellness Foundation, the United Way of Carlisle and Cumberland County, the Holistic Hands Community Development Corp., the Pennsylvania Historical and Museum Commission, and the Art Association of Harrisburg. He currently serves on the board of trustees of the Organization Development Network and co-chairs its Culture, Diversity, and Inclusion Committee.Jones holds a Ph.D. in workforce education and development, a master’s of public administration from Pennsylvania State University, and a B.A. degree in English and linguistics from Morehouse College in Atlanta. His hobbies include running, swimming, reading African-American autobiographies, and woodwork.
Insects’ mounds provide useful lessons in ventilation How termites ventilate Related Ingenious design in insect mounds, researchers find Termites as architects Researchers from the Harvard John A. Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS) are engaged in fieldwork across the globe, advancing our knowledge of the natural world and developing solutions to global challenges. From the Midwest to the Middle East, the deep sea to the stratosphere, SEAS students and faculty push the frontiers of technology and discovery. This series highlights SEAS fieldwork and the global impact of Harvard Engineering.In Namibia, SEAS researchers — led by L. Mahadevan — are studying how African termites use solar energy to heat, cool and ventilate their massive colonies.To read more about its fieldwork, visit the SEAS website.
Related Despite distrust in coronavirus leadership, public confident they can keep themselves safe Harvard coronavirus survey: How’re we doing? Not bad so far This is part of our Coronavirus Update series in which Harvard specialists in epidemiology, infectious disease, economics, politics, and other disciplines offer insights into what the latest developments in the COVID-19 outbreak may bring.With more than 50,000 patients admitted annually and millions of outpatient visits each year, Massachusetts General Hospital (MGH), one of the nation’s premier hospitals and biomedical research facilities, is an extremely busy place.Adding the new coronavirus pandemic to the mix is expected to exponentially increase patient demand at the Harvard Medical School (HMS) affiliate, and officials at Mass General and other HMS affiliated hospitals have been working diligently to prepare for an expected influx of patients with COVID-19.“We don’t know what’s coming, so we need to prepare for the absolute worst,” said Alberto Puig, HMS associate professor of medicine and the associate dean for undergraduate medical education at Mass General.To help in that effort, within days of the escalation of infections in Massachusetts, hundreds of HMS medical students began mobilizing to provide voluntary support to clinicians.“It’s incredibly inspiring,” said HMS Dean for Medical Education Edward Hundert. “We have a huge number of students who said, ‘Let me know what I can do.’ And they can make a huge contribution.”Upon learning that their clinical clerkships would be temporarily suspended on March 15, the students quickly formed a COVID-19 virus medical student response team. Within five days, the team was organized into four committees that are focused on education and activism: medical education for the student community; educational information for the broader community; medical support to assist frontline clinical responders; and nonclinical support for the broader health care community, as well as for vulnerable populations within Boston, such as the homeless and elderly.Some of the work they’ll be taking on includes tasks such as fielding regular, scheduled OB/GYN telephone calls with prenatal patients, translating vital information about the new coronavirus from English into other languages, and screening low-risk patients arriving at hospitals for routine, but necessary, procedures.“We’re the first medical school to develop this sort of organizational structure,” said one of the team’s lead organizers, Derek Soled, an M.D.-M.B.A. candidate, who added that HMS students are now sharing what they’ve developed with 32 other medical schools across the country that are also looking for ways to get their own efforts off the ground.“As long as someone is helped, then medical student involvement will be worth it,” said Soled. “We’re trying to explore all areas of need in which a medical student can be involved. Right now, it’s our job to mobilize and be ready to respond.”The medical students themselves will not be working directly with any known COVID-19 patients, Hundert said. The team’s primary goal is to relieve pressure from frontline health care providers — such as physicians or residents — who will be caring for patients suffering from the virus.Overall, the team’s aim is to create and streamline connections, linking M.D. students with requests for help, augmenting student-led initiatives to better respond to the emerging public health crisis, and efficiently mobilizing the medical student body.“As our clinical expectations suddenly changed, we all felt a growing sense that we can’t just be idle,” said fourth-year M.D. student Kirstin Woody-Scott, one of the team’s lead organizers who is completing her clinical capstone course this month.“It was clear that many students wanted to be part of the response and do something about this, so we asked, ‘How can we organize people quickly to optimize our impact?’” she said.Following the first call for help to the student body, group leaders received an immediate response from more than 150 students.By March 19, a group of students began volunteering at Brigham and Women’s Hospital from 6:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. each day, according to Erik Alexander, HMS professor of medicine and associate dean for undergraduate medical education at Brigham and Women’s.The students have been helping to screen patients and patient families who are visiting the hospital for reasons not related to COVID-19, and they are also helping distribute personal protective equipment to hospital staffers.“I think every step and every piece helps tremendously, because there are so many needs during a time of crisis,” Alexander said, adding that the students’ volunteer duties in the hospital will serve as valuable learning opportunities for them.Brand new curriculumAlso, within a week of the first call to action, the students’ committee on medical education had generated a COVID-19 virus curriculum for HMS students. The work was led by fourth-year student Michael Kochis, with the support of Wolfram Goessling, advisory dean for the London Society and co-director of the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology.The medical education committee, composed of 35 HMS student volunteers, worked around the clock, meeting regularly via teleconferences and phone calls, to create a new, four-module COVID-19 virus curriculum. As of March 20, the curriculum was made available to all HMS students online through a school learning management portal. Labs donate protective equipment to health care workers Health officials expect coronavirus to spread worldwide Attempts to contain cases in China have proved ineffective As University facilities have shut down, faculty and staff gathered gear to pass along amid a nationwide shortage The curriculum has been extensively peer- and faculty-reviewed. It covers topics such as virology, epidemiology, the current health care response and communicating information to nonmedical audiences. The curriculum is now being shared with medical schools around the world.The other three committees, led by Danika Barry, Parsa Erfani, Shivangi Goel, Nicholas Joseph, Nishant Uppal, David Velasquez, and Kruti Vora, have worked to produce a wide array of deliverables related to the COVID19 response, including generating content on Twitter and Instagram (@FutureMDvsCOVID) and producing infographics that address common questions about the virus and promote social distancing. Students also produced a video promoting social distancing.Other teams have translated COVID-19 virus content on the HMS website into more than 31 languages and have developed pediatric-appropriate educational materials. One project has involved connecting students with more than 150 outside health care resources in the Boston community, such as housing advocacy programs that focus on providing care to vulnerable populations such as the homeless and elderly.Goel, one of the team’s lead organizers who is also 2021 class council president, co-leads a committee with classmate Barry. Their team is focused on providing clinical support for frontline health care workers by assisting in clinical research for questions related to the COVID19 virus. They are also gathering and distributing personal protective equipment for health care providers and helping to coordinate deployment of medical students into clinical settings.The latter effort could, for example, involve having some medical students assist residents in cardiology clinics, providing patients who do not have COVID-19 with lab results and reducing the overall burden on the frontline health care workers.Students may also help staff coronavirus telephone hotlines, which would also free nurses and residents to care for ill patients.At Brigham and Women’s, some students have been assisting with the screening of low-risk visitors who arrive to see loved ones who are in the hospital but not affected by COVID-19.Part of Goel’s role is to gather student volunteer offers, providing information to hospitals on the help that’s available, so that hospital officials can match volunteers with the current hospital needs and clinical opportunities.One advantage to working with MD students who’ve completed much of their training, and who already have various hospital clearances, is that they are well prepared to help in many capacities, said Hundert.“Everyone here is ready to contribute during this global health crisis, because this is what we signed up to do when we came to medical school,” said Goel. “This is our chance to really help.”Puig said Boston hospitals are fortunate to have a wealth of MD student volunteers willing to relieve some of the burden of clinical staff.Woody-Scott, who last week learned that she matched for an emergency medicine residency at the University of Michigan, said she never could have imagined medical school might end this way for her, but the response she’s seen from her fellow students, she said, has been heartening and affirming.“This will change us all,” she said.Medical students interested in volunteering for or participating in this initiative may contact [email protected] for more information.
Lawrence D. Bobo dissects police killings of Black men and the history and cognitive forces behind racial bigotry and violence, and why he sees signs of hope Related The continuing nationwide demonstrations launched after the killing of George Floyd have sparked a debate among minority groups and leaders, activists, academics, and public officials over how best to convert the energy of this moment into meaningful and lasting change. Some have called for overhauling laws that shield police officers from accountability or allow practices that have tended to lead to excessive force disproportionately used against African Americans. Others want to shrink the ranks of officers and shift the funding to increase social services, thereby reducing the need for enforcers. But for many, racial violence is just one manifestation of wider systemic disparities facing African Americans in arenas such as health, education, employment, economy, and housing that also must be addressed. The Gazette asked faculty members across the University to share their views on this question: What actions would you most like to see taken next to begin building a more just society?David J. Harris, Ph.D. ’92Managing Director, Charles Hamilton Houston Institute for Race & Justice, Harvard Law SchoolFirst, and essentially, we must reckon with what our history has wrought. As difficult as such a reckoning will be to define, indicators will reveal the extent to which we have succeeded. In order to facilitate the process, we must acknowledge a foundational point: “We the People” has never included all of us. That cannot be subject to debate.Once we acknowledge this defining exclusion, we can trace the myriad ways in which having denied large groups of people, notably African Americans and Native Americans, the most basic rights of membership and participation — the qualities of citizenship — has diminished life chances for individuals and communities. Understanding the real, ongoing harm from policies and practices that have differentially distributed access and opportunity, state violence, and deprivation will open our eyes to avenues for repair and restoration.We must rethink our notions of justice, as well. Our current coupling of criminality and justice locks us into a fixation on punishment in lieu of a system of justice. I understand justice as being made whole, which promotes practices that center on health and well-being of all residents, and whole communities, as the hallmarks of safety.Another more tangible indicator of our progress on the pathway to reckoning will be whether we not only hear and empathize with what people who have suffered for decades are saying, but act in truly responsive ways. As people are taking to the streets at great risk to themselves to decry the institutionalized racial violence perpetuated by policing, promoting legislation that bans chokeholds is tone deaf. New York had such a prohibition in place when Eric Garner was murdered. People are not asking for more humane policing, but for a direct reckoning with the culture and institution of policing, including its defunding.All of our institutions, from government to industry, the academy to the press, must listen more attentively and respond more directly. In reckoning of the horror we have wrought, let us overcome our fear of the word reparations and begin the extensive repair we need.Brandon Terry ’05Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies and Social Studies, Harvard University,We are in a moment of intense reckoning with America’s history of white supremacy. Millions of Americans appear to be growing more aware of the existential threat that our persistent accommodations to racial domination pose to the future of American democracy. I support a number of the demands of the Movement for Black Lives, including rapid decarceration, billions of dollars of reparative investment in black and Native communities, and shifting economic expenditure from policing and military toward radically reimagined forms of education, health and child care, housing, and public safety. My hope, however, is that we remember that the history of progressive politics in America teaches us that if we do not empower ordinary citizens, especially the most vulnerable, to advocate for and protect such gains, then it is difficult for our achievements to survive beyond moments of intense passion and attention. Such demands should be situated within the call for a strengthened democratic society.We need, for example, a new Voting Rights Act to resist the Supreme Court’s dismantling of the most effective enforcement provisions of the 1965 act and sustained efforts by Republicans and foreign subversives to suppress voting among working-class, poor, and minoritized racial citizens. The act would subject gerrymandering to nonpartisan review, extend the right to vote to presently and formerly incarcerated persons, radically alter or abolish the Electoral College, grant Washington, D.C., statehood, and study ways to incentivize metropolitan areas (through block grants and other measures) to pursue political integration. We also need legislation that would, in pursuit of economic democracy, dramatically enhance the ability of, and increase protections for, workers to organize, strike, collectively bargain, and pursue reparative action in cases of discrimination. It would also, as Elizabeth Warren has proposed, compel large corporations to have substantial worker representation on their boards, increase antitrust enforcement against growing tech monopolies, and curtail the private domination of public infrastructure (e.g., the internet).Alan Jenkins ’85, J.D. ’89Professor of Practice, Harvard Law SchoolI believe it’s time for a Third Reconstruction: a fundamental reconsideration of our Constitution, systems, institutions, and practices to uphold human rights and ensure equal opportunity for all. Regarding our criminal justice system, for example, this would mean a foundational re-envisioning of what we need to keep all communities safe, prevent harm, and uphold the values of fairness, equal justice, and accountability. We are seeing hints of this, as cities like Minneapolis endeavor to reinvent their public safety systems in the wake of the police killing of George Floyd and ensuing protests. But history shows that real Reconstruction also requires national resolve and federal leadership to enforce and implement substantial, positive change. That seems out of reach in this current moment, but perhaps we can get there together.Linda D. Chavers, Ph.D. ’13Lecturer, Department of African and African American Studies, Harvard University; Allston Burr Resident Dean of Winthrop House and Assistant Dean of Harvard College,I would love to see policy change on a broad level. I would be happy to hear nothing but silence and see structural changes made in real time. A just society is one that listens to the marginalized more than talks about them — something Harvard does all too well. I’d like to see Harvard add the word “retention” in its language around diversity, inclusion, and belonging. Without that very intentional word the language is just that — language. There is nothing actionable; it only tells us that “we are thinking of you; we are committed to you.” I’m committed to losing 10 pounds, but have I retained that weight loss? Retention means accountability. A just society holds itself accountable to its language. If Harvard included that word policy would have to follow, and we’d be that much closer to enacting real change. “Diversity, inclusion, and belonging” tells us “we want to bring you here.” “Retention” actively says “we will keep you here.” Imagine a world where black folk feel so wanted that Harvard makes sure we want to stay.Cornell William BrooksHauser Professor of the Practice of Nonprofit Organizations; Professor of the Practice of Public Leadership and Social Justice, Harvard Kennedy School,My answer centers on the moral specificity of the question, in terms of hashtags, and the stolen humanity of black people in this moment. And that to me means three things, the first of which is defunding policing that does not work and investing in public safety and community health that does work. And there are public policy examples, moral exemplars, around the country where we have defunded carceral responses to community challenges in favor of community solutions. For example, in the state of Massachusetts, we largely defunded children’s prisons in favor of group homes. Number two: Addressing systemic racism, including police brutality, with a deadline. What I mean by that is when it came to peaceful protestors in the streets, they were given a deadline on protest that we call a curfew. But with respect to the injustice that drove them to the streets, there is not yet a deadline. There are those who are talking about addressing police brutality as an inevitability, like the weather, when we should be addressing this with moral urgency — eliminating police brutality by a certain date. It is intolerable and unconscionable that you can have 1,000 people a year die at the hands of the police; one out of every 1,000 black men expects to be killed by police. The sixth-leading cause of death is police brutality. And so, in the same way we impose a deadline on ourselves to develop a vaccine for the COVID-19 pandemic, we should impose a deadline on ourselves to address and solve the pandemic of police brutality. Third, we must appreciate that justice is not merely the absence of injustice, but the presence of an insatiable thirst for justice. Unless we thirst, desire, commit ourselves to seeking justice, injustice is always a threat. Metaphor: Military generals do not assume the presence of peace means the obsolescence of the military. Quite often, we assume the absence of protest means the presence of justice. We assume acquiescence in the streets should mean more quiet with respect to our conscience. And so, I would simply say, as curfews are ending, as National Guardsmen and -women are withdrawn, as protests are becoming more peaceful, this is the time to intensify, to double down, to commit ourselves more fervently to bringing about justice in this country — with a deadline.Zoe MarksLecturer, Harvard Kennedy SchoolFollow black women leaders. Listen to their wisdom and experience, in the U.S. and globally. Credit and reward their undaunted efforts to achieve collective liberation. In the struggle against oppression, bell hooks teaches us to center those who have been marginalized in society and work against what Kimberlé Crenshaw theorizes as intersectional oppression. Centering black women actually opens our imaginations and focuses our attention on the ways black women have been instrumental in achieving every major step toward freedom in the U.S.’s evolving democracy. They were pivotal in the fight for women’s suffrage, but discriminated against by the movement’s white leaders. They organized the Civil Rights Movement, but have few statues or boulevards immortalizing their efforts. They launched gay liberation, but were marginalized in the push for marriage equality. They made up the majority of the Black Panthers, but their newspapers, community education, and nutrition programs were overshadowed by self-defense units. Throughout American history, others — white women, black men, and white cis gay men and women — have largely gotten credit for the risks black women and queer people took and the expanded rights they achieved for all of us. Like their predecessors, black women leaders in the streets and those heading national organizations in the Movement for Black Lives are articulating ideas that sound radical to those at the center of power. But they make perfect sense if we move to the margins, the intersections, and the communities our current system is designed to suppress. When they say “abolition,” “shut it down,” and “defund,” the concrete action I would like to see others take is to seriously listen to what they tell us is possible. If everyone in our society dedicated just one week of our lives to imagining what structures and services could meaningfully replace institutions that depend on violence and coercion, our moral imaginations would be infinitely sharper. Our willingness and commitment to learning from and celebrating the work of black women would be stronger. And, to invoke Kimberley Latrice Jones, our social contract in turn could become equitable and just.Mary Travis BassettFrançois-Xavier Bagnoud Professor of the Practice of Health and Human Rights; Director, François-Xavier Bagnoud Center for Health and Human Rights, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health,While the continued disregard for the lives and basic human rights of black people is embedded in America’s DNA, it is even more difficult to endure this during a pandemic that has disproportionately killed black and Latino people in the U.S. Outrage is not only understandable, it is appropriate. Now more than ever, we must acknowledge the realities of being black in America and stand in solidarity with the black community to drive urgent, systemic changes.It is long past time for our country to affirm the values of racial equity, justice, and nonviolence. Now is a time to give credence to ideas that no longer should seem far-fetched. The radical idea to defund, dismantle, and reimagine what public safety means deserves our full attention and support. Why would four police officers show up for one counterfeit $20 bill? And there are immediate steps — banning chokeholds, permitting access to police disciplinary records, among them. As ever, we also need better data on police violence, which are not required to be reported to the public.As a public health expert, I know that where you live determines a whole host of health outcomes. We should defund police departments and reinvest that funding to improve communities of color, where bad policies have driven generations of deprivation.It’s also important to look to ourselves and take up the call for institutions, including Harvard, to move beyond the rhetoric of “diversity and inclusion” and become anti-racist. Look at how we spend our money, determine our research priorities, our leadership teams, and our hiring practices, and ask ourselves if we are reinforcing structural racism. Then, we need to do the challenging — but possible — work of dismantling these structures within our own institutions.Interviews have been lightly edited for clarity and length. 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Summer is finally beginning to take hold here in the Blue Ridge and that means one thing, the open road. The kids are out of school by now and if you have not already signed them up for one of those 2 month summer camps, you’ll probably be tearing your hair out in a matter of weeks. There is a cure, however, and it’s a good one: the Road Trip.Our July issue will feature five of the best weekend road trips in the Blue Ridge, from epic mountain biking to fishing to climbing, we can help you get your summer plans dialed. Below is a smattering of images from the “research” I did while on assignment as a little teaser of what’s to come.Road Tripping from Summit Publishing on Vimeo.And now a little history.When I was a kid, my parents packed my four siblings and me into a 1986 Chevy Beauville 12 passenger van and took us across the country not once, but twice in a period of 5 years. I was too young to be involved in the planning or execution of these trips, but I do have vague memories of lines on maps and hushed talk of “scheduled stops” and things of that nature. My parents were very into letting things do what they do and not interfere too much. They were certainly not headband wearing hippies, not at the time at least, but you could definitely see that side of them.When we went to the Grand Canyon on the first trip, my parents let my 15 year-old brother lead my 14-year-old sister and 11-year-old me on an overnight hike down into the canyon. We slept with no tent on top of a picnic table because we were scared of scorpions.The whole family took a 10 mile hike from the rim to the base of the canyon, on a quest to find a cool waterfall my dad had heard about. It turned out to be this, regarded as one of the most beautiful in the world and the coolest place I have ever been to. We then proceeded to climb up and impress even the local tribe with our brave teenage rock jumping prowess.We camped every night, ate lunch from a cooler at rest stops or random small towns, and played silly word games during the long stretches of straight highway. Of course, this wasn’t some 12-seat utopia; we bickered and whined just like normal kids, but we also treated each mass van exodus like we were bursting onto a new playground, a place we had never seen or experienced before that was ours for the taking.This youthful exuberance is had to rebottle once we know the stresses adulthood, but that’s the beauty of a road trip. You’re mobile, away from normal life, experiencing new and exciting things you may have never experienced before. Who has time to worry about whatever it is you usually worry about? You can leave your cares and worries behind because this is supposed to be fun, damnit.So let us help you plan a road trip this summer. Keep a lookout for the feature in our July issue.
By Dialogo July 23, 2011 The sport isn’t very popular and the site for the event is more than 40 miles from Rio de Janeiro. However, at least a thousand people have attended to watch the dressage, jumping and eventing for the 5th Military World Games at the National Equestrian Center in General Eloy Menezes Equestrian Park. The jumping competitions are attracting the most viewers. The audience reaction ranges from minutes of silence, in order to not disturb the athletes to waves of emotion similar to that of a sound when someone scores a goal in soccer. When Captain Claudio Gogga finished his first race on Friday, July 22, fans greeted him with an explosion of joy: the Brazilians rose from the seats, raised their arms, waved their flags and joyously applauded the Captain’s performance. “I was hoarse from supporting the swim team on Monday. Now I’m going to leave here without a voice,” said Ivone de Carvalho Reinold, a housewife of 50 years. Ivone took advantage of her children’s vacation to bring them to these Games. During the dressage category, fans remain quiet as the competitors exhibit their skills to the sounds of classical music. But at the end of each show, the fans let their voices be heard. The language that prevails, however, is Spanish. Of the 20 athletes competing in the Equestrian event, four are Brazilians, while the rest of the riders are from Argentina, Colombia, Chile and Uruguay (four each). Wearing a shirt of Uruguay, Major Mauro Sathler Gripp, 40, seems to be one of the Uruguayan fans. “I’m a fan of teams riding horses. That is the spirit of the Games of Peace: a Brazilian with a shirt of Uruguay,” he explains. Accompanied by his wife, Rita Lauren, and his sons, Peter and Bruno, 12 and 9 years respectively, Gripp came from afar to support Brazil and neighboring Uruguay. The Major serves in the Army in Três Corações, a city in Minas Gerais. “We took the kids on vacation and came to watch this important event,” said Rita.
By Dialogo August 14, 2012 A Peruvian Army sergeant was killed Aug. 12, during a clash with a column of Shining Path guerrillas in Junín Department (east), informed the Joint Command of the Armed Forces. The clash occurred near the town of Mazángaro in the jungle of Junín, which is located in the Apurimac and Ene rivers valley (VRAE), a coca-growing area where drug traffickers operate. The military command did not say whether the soldiers were injured or if there were casualties among the members of the Shining Path movement. According to Peruvian authorities, the Army patrols roamed the areas where Shining Path bases were operating in alliance with drug gangs. The military Joint Command attributed the attack to retaliation for the capture of a member of this group on Aug. 11, by soldiers in the same area. In May, a soldier was killed during a terrorist act against a military base in Junín Department, and earlier, on April 27, three soldiers died in a clash in the Cusco Region (southeast). The Shining Path, which dismembered around the mid-1990’s, unleashed an internal war between 1980 and 2000, leaving 69,000 people dead or missing, according to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. According to authorities, its top leaders are imprisoned and carrying out long sentences, but a remainder of at least 200 men is still in existence.
World Council of Credit Unions President/CEO Brian Branch addresses the audience at this year’s World Credit Union Conference. (World Council photo) World Council of Credit Unions President/CEO Brian Branch channeled 6th-century BC Chinese Philosopher Lao-Tzu for his “State of the Movement” presentation during Monday morning’s general session at the 2019 World Credit Union Conference.“The key to growth is the introduction of higher dimensions of consciousness into our awareness,” said Branch, using language from Tao Te Ching—Lao Tzu’s classic text—to introduce the concept of how technological disruption is ushering in a digital future.“People have become accustomed to getting their information, getting their news, doing their social networking with their mobile phones and, of course, their payment services and commerce with their mobile phones. And therefore, it’s only natural they’re going to expect to access their financial services via their mobile phones,” said Branch.He explained that is why World Council’s goal for 2025 is the global digitization of the credit union system—and why cooperatives provide the perfect model for accomplishing that goal. continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
Classifieds data Crozilla.com they showed that during June, apartment prices fell precisely in the cities where “squares” are the most expensive. Thus, June prices recorded an increase in value of 0,1 percent on a monthly basis and 3,2 percent on an annual basis, and only some cities on the sea recorded a decline in prices.The largest monthly decline in apartment prices during June was recorded in Opatija. Prices there fell by 2,2 percent, and an average of 2885 euros was demanded for one square meter. According to Crozilla.com, a drop of 1,6 percent was recorded in Dubrovnik, where apartment prices dropped to 3875 euros per “square meter”. The price of apartments in the Umag area fell by 1,3 percent on a monthly basis, and in June it amounted to 1954 euros per square meter. A monthly decline of 0,6 percent was recorded in Poreč, where an average of 1724 euros were demanded for a “square” apartment, and Senj, where the average asking price per square meter was 1205 euros. In Split, the June price dropped to 2275 euros, which is 0,4 percent lower than a month earlier.The largest monthly increase in apartment prices during June was recorded in Šibenik, where prices per square meter rose by 2,7 percent and rose to 1564 euros. In Pula, apartment prices rose by 1,7 percent on a monthly basis, averaging 1365 euros per “square meter” in June. An analysis of Crozilla.com data showed that a monthly increase in apartment prices of 0,4 percent was recorded in Rijeka – where the average asking price was 1383 euros per square meter, and Zadar, where an average of 1879 euros was demanded for a “square”.Rural House Kod Slapa, Bogatic / Booking.comRising prices for apartments in the interior The data showed that monthly prices of housing prices in the continental area were recorded in June, but despite that they were still lower in most of the cities there than in the same month last year.The price of “square meters” for Zagreb and Osijek apartments increased by 0,2 percent on a monthly basis, and in June in Zagreb it amounted to EUR 1675, and in Osijek to EUR 955. Prices of apartments in Slavonski Brod increased by 1 percent, and amounted to 873 euros per square meter, while Sisak recorded an increase of 1,3 percent and an average price of “square meters” of 751 euros. The biggest annual drop in prices during June was recorded in Bjelovar, where apartments were 5,8 percent cheaper than in the same month last year. On a monthly basis, the prices of apartments there are still rising, so the price per square meter was 796 euros, which is 0,6 percent more than a month earlier.Apartments are most in demand in Zagreb, Zadar and SplitThe analysis of Crozilla.com advertisement data showed that during June, the offer of apartments sold in the area of Zagreb, Zadar, Split, Pula and Osijek was the most searched. When it comes to potential foreign buyers, they showed the greatest interest in apartments in Zagreb, Split, Makarska, Porec and Pula, and most often came from BiH, Germany, Austria, Switzerland and Slovenia.
The number of daily new cases in Bogor regency increased sharply in early October, with a record number of additional cases ranging from 20 to 60 people a day.Read also: Government to periodically evaluate COVID-19 swab test price capAde expressed concern that the delay in PCR testing would increase the spread of COVID-19 in districts categorized as “red zones”. “There is a delay in information about whether the residents are confirmed to be positive or not,” he said.According to Ade, the regency has conducted PCR tests on 21,986 samples during the pandemic, far from the target of 60,000 samples, or 1 percent of the population of nearly 6 million people in Bogor regency.Ade said the regency was currently testing 200 samples a day, below the target of 300 to 400 samples a day.Bogor regency has six PCR testing machines, but four are reportedly unusable.The working PCR machines are located in public hospitals in Ciawi, Cibinong, Cileungsi and Leuwiliang. Meanwhile, the other two units are in the Cibinong Labkesda and a mobile Biosafety Level-2 laboratory. (syk)Topics : Some 1,000 unexamined COVID-19 swab samples have piled up at the regional health laboratory (Labkesda) in Bogor regency, West Java, as the number of cases in the regency continues to increase.Bogor Regent Ade Yasin said the samples had begun piling up toward the end of September because of the laboratory’s limited polymerase chain reaction (PCR) examination tools, urging the Bogor Health Agency to accelerate its handling of the samples.“The health agency must explain how many PCR kits are available now and immediately activate the Labkesda,” said Ade in a performance evaluation letter on Wednesday, as quoted by kompas.com.