Professor analyzes Libyan shooting

first_imgIn the wake of the Tuesday assassination of Christopher Stevens, the American ambassador to Libya, and three of his staff members during a terrorist attack on a U.S. diplomatic mission in the city of Benghazi, Americans may be wondering what this act of violence means for their presence in countries embroiled in Arab Spring. Though tragic and unexpected, the Islamist militant-driven attack “wasn’t altogether surprising,” according to political science professor Sebastian Rosato. “It was a tragic event, especially given the circumstances. This is a guy who had worked hard to help Libyans overthrow [Col. Moammar] Gadhafi and clearly cared about the Libyan people,” Rosato said. “It was surprising that it was the ambassador … but it was completely unsurprising that an American representative was targeted and, in this case, killed by someone.” According to reports, fighters involved in the Benghazi attack said it was provoked by the release of an American-made film that depicted the Prophet Muhammad, the founder of Islam, as a “villainous, homosexual and child-molesting buffoon.” The Benghazi attack also occurred just hours after an unarmed mob stormed the U.S. Embassy in Cairo in protest of the same video. Such actions on the part of Americans do not go without provoking potentially serious consequences, Rosato said. “In this situation, people have started riots in reaction to a filmmaker who has made a crazy film. They’re upset and protesting and targeting Americans, but why is anybody surprised?” he said. “The United States is not a country that people like in the Middle East.” The strong American presence abroad, especially in the Middle East, combined with the extreme actions of a few individuals can create tense situations, Rosato said. “If you have a presence in other countries and Americans do crazy stuff like come out with movies like this, people are going to retaliate,” he said. “You don’t expect that they’re going to target and kill the ambassador, but things are going to happen.” Rosato said the extreme response to the American-made film in Benghazi is somewhat analogous to American treatment of Muslims after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, using last month’s shooting at a Wisconsin Sikh temple as an example. “My understanding is that [the shooting] was done by someone who mistook Sikhs for Muslims,” he said. “The parallels are quite interesting: An extreme act by a small proportion of Muslims has led to people being killed on American soil, but the same thing happened when an extreme act by an American filmmaker has led to Americans being killed abroad.” While Americans may be quick to generalize about Libyans and their attitude toward the United States in the wake of Stevens’ death, Rosato said the attack has more to do with the mentality of a very small group of people than the collective national perception of Americans. “Just as Americans would get upset if someone in another country did something that violated their beliefs, people got upset in Libya,” he said. “But just because some people in Libya killed an American doesn’t mean all Libyans want to kill Americans. Was this a small fringe group that took advantage of a mass disturbance? My guess is yes.” Despite the tragedy of losing the first U.S. ambassador in the line of duty since 1979, Rosato said deaths of Americans abroad are not unusual. “There’s a huge human tragedy here … but there always have been and always will be attacks on American nationals abroad,” he said. “The reason we’re paying attention to this one is because [Stevens] was so high-profile, but in terms of international politics, this is not a big event.” In reality, most Americans killed in other countries do not receive the heightened media attention given to prominent figures like Stevens, Rosato said. “I think the result tends to blow the event out of proportion. Americans get killed all the time in Iraq and Afghanistan, but we call that war,” he said. “This somehow seems worse because it happened to a civilian diplomat, but it goes on all the time.”last_img read more

Hot Shot! Mike Tyson Goes Backstage at Broadway’s After Midnight

first_img View Comments Star Files Related Shows After Midnight Show Closed This production ended its run on June 29, 2014 Fantasia Barrino We know Mike Tyson is a Broadway fan—he brought his solo show, Undisputed Truth, to the Great White Way in 2012—but it was still a fun surprise to see him tapping his toes in the audience of Broadway’s After Midnight! The jazzy revue features Dule Hill, Tony nominee Adriane Lenox and special guest star Fantasia Barrino singing the songs of Duke Ellington alongside a company of talented singers and dancers. After the show, Tyson headed backstage to greet Barrino in her dressing room. Check out these snapshots of the former heavyweight champion’s visit, then head to the Brooks Atkinson Theatre to see After Midnight!last_img read more

Tickets Now Available for Chairs & a Long Table & Livin’ La Vida Imelda

first_img Related Shows Livin’ La Vida Imelda explores cultural sensation that has surrounded the life of Imelda Marcos, the former First Lady of the Philippines. Celdran has performed the solo show at site-specific locations across the Philippines over the years. The production is directed by Ralph B. Peña. View Comments In Chairs and a Long Table, a group of Asian American Actors prepare to attend a conference in Los Angeles addressing racial discrimination after a classic Chinese play is cast with two non-Asian actors as the leads. The cast includes Ron Domingo, Julie Fitzpatrick, Julienne Kim, Moses Villarama and Jeena Yi. Linsay Firman will direct. Tickets are now on sale for Chairs and a Long Table and Livin’ La Vida Imelda, two shows set to play in repertory off-Broadway this fall. Both productions, presented by Ma-Yi Theater Company, will play the Clurman Theater at Theatre Row. The world premiere of Han Ong’s Chairs and a Long Table will begin on October 28 and open on November 7, while Livin’ La Vida Imelda, written and performed by Carlos Celdran, will kick off on October 31 and open on November 5. Chairs and a Long Table Show Closed This production ended its run on Nov. 22, 2014last_img read more

Pecan Day.

first_img At 10:30, the group will leave for a tour of nearby pecan orchards. They’ll see a number of scientific trials of great interest to pecan growers before stopping for lunch at Blackshank Farm. The event will start at 8:30 a.m. at the Rural Development Center in Tifton. It’s sponsored by the University of Georgia Extension Service, Coastal Plain Experiment Station and the Georgia Pecan Growers Association. The field day will adjourn after lunch, although an optional tour will continue into the afternoon. Photo: Scott Bauer, USDA-ARS Money may not grow on trees, but Georgia pecan growers have a lot of it tied up in their orchards. And they can learn how to get the most money out of their fall crops during the Georgia Pecan Growers Fall Field Day Sept. 8 in Tifton, Ga.center_img To learn more about the field day, contact the county Extension Service office. Or call Tom Crocker at (912) 386-3410. Among the topics in the morning sessions will be farm water issues, insect management and an update on the Food Quality and Safety Act. Request full-size imagelast_img read more

Sierra Nevada Summerfest Lager: Nostalgia in a Can

first_imgLet’s set the scene. It’s 1992, or 1982, or whenever. It’s a long time ago. You’re young, that’s the point. Like, 17. You’re in a car that someone borrowed from their mom headed down a dirt road to a swimming hole on a river where you’re hoping to see Jennifer Barksdale in a bikini. The car is packed beyond manufacturer recommended capacity, nobody’s wearing seatbelts, and there’s a cooler of beer sitting in the floorboards. You’re disregarding safety standards left and right. In that cooler of beer is a six pack of Zima (for Jennifer Barksdale) and a twelve of Budweiser, or Coors Light, or MGD in the can. Remember that feeling? That summertime mix of irresponsibility and anticipation underscored by can after can of easy-drinking beer?Sierra Nevada wants to put you back in that station wagon headed down that dirt road thinking about Jennifer Barksdale in a bikini with their latest release: a limited run of Summerfest lager in the can.I salute Sierra Nevada for giving us a lager, a style of beer that is typically the territory of macrobreweries. The craft beer industry rose in the ‘90s in part because Americans were tired of drinking lagers. We wanted beers with a bit of a bite. The typical American Pale Ales that have become the staple of craft brewers across the country are the antithesis of the easy-drinking (sometimes tasteless) lager.Here’s how Sierra Nevada describes its Summerfest: “crisp, golden, dry.” They’re practically tapping the Rockies with that verbiage.So, why not just buy a Budweiser for half the price? Because Sierra Nevada isn’t just recreating the canned beer that was there when you lost your virginity in high school (sadly, not to Jennifer Barksdale, but to her slightly more homely friend Margaret Grossman. Hey Maggie!). This beer is more complex than the Silver Bullets of your youth. It has a slight malty sweetness and the faintest hint of spicy hops, giving Summerfest a balanced integrity you just don’t find from Bud or Miller. It is a lager, yes, it is easy drinking, yes, but it is not tasteless.Does that mean hop-heads will fall all over themselves for this beer? Probably not. There’s still a strong anti-lager streak amongst craft beer snobs. I get it. It wasn’t too long ago when you couldn’t get anything but a lager in the South. But now that the variety of beer has reached record level at your local Stab ‘n’ Grab, I say it’s okay to reach for this mild beer again, and relive the glory days of high school. Stock a cooler with Summerfest and head to that swimming hole. Better add a few Zima too, just in case Jennifer Barksdale is there and also feeling nostalgic.Look for Summerfest at your favorite beer store starting Memorial Day.Follow Graham Averill’s adventures in drinking and Dad-hood at daddy-drinks.comlast_img read more

The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC present the 5th annual Get in Gear Festival

first_imgAsheville, NC (February 18, 2019) – The Outdoor Gear Builders are kicking off the start of Spring with the 5th Annual Get In Gear Fest. The Annual Get in Gear Fest is the go-to Spring event for gathering the outdoor community that is the heart of Asheville and the surrounding region. Held at the Salvage Station in Asheville, NC on March 23rd, the festival will feature regional outdoor brands showcasing their newest gear for the upcoming season! The Get in Gear Fest is a family-friendly, free event that has something for everyone, from distance hiker to outdoor glamper, and every adventurer in between. It will also boast a climbing wall courtesy of Camp Cedar Cliff, field games, a silent auction featuring prize packages from local favorites like Watershed Drybags, Diamond Brand Gear, Tsuga, Rightline Gear and much more. Plus, the first 100 attendees to sign up as “Friends of the OGB” will claim a goodie bag filled with coupon codes from member companies. The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC, a collaboration of Western North Carolina outdoor brands, will hold their fifth annual Get in Gear Fest on March 23rd from noon to 5pm at Salvage Station in Asheville, NC. The festival will feature regional outdoor brands showcasing their newest gear for the upcoming season. The Get in Gear Fest is a family-friendly, free event that has something for everyone. It will have a climbing wall, field games, a silent auction featuring prize packages from local gear makers, and opportunities to demo, explore, and buy outdoor gear. The first 100 attendees to sign up as “Friends of the OGB” will claim a goodie bag filled with coupon codes from member companies. The festival runs from 12 noon to 5 pm at the Salvage Station on Riverside Drive, with opportunities to demo, explore, and buy outdoor gear. Come meet the makers of your favorite gear and start making plans for a summer full of adventures! At this year’s festival, Brevard-based SylvanSport will be debuting a new line of outdoor gear, and Hendersonville-based Liquidlogic will have its new Ventura Kayak on display. You can check out Astral’s new line of hemp footwear and Recover Brands new performance fleece made entirely in North Carolina with 100% recycled materials. And, you can stop by the Bellyak booth to check out the world’s first lay-on-top kayak, designed and made right here in Asheville NC! With so many great gear makers to meet and gear to demo you will want to take a break at the ENO Hammock Relaxation Station and enjoy a local brew from the Salvage Station taps. “The outdoor gear manufactures based here in Western North Carolina continue to make industry leading gear for outdoor adventurers,” said Kyle Mundt, vice-chairman of OGB. “The Get in Gear Fest is always a great place to celebrate with the local community and showcase the amazing gear being designed and created right in our backyard.” The full list of participating brands includes Astral, Blue Ridge Chair Works, boatgirl, ENO, SylvanSport, The Outdoor Gear Builders of WNC are Western North Carolina-based companies collaborating to share talents, encourage new ideas and inspire each other. Our member brands are dedicated to creating exceptional outdoor gear with a focus on responsible manufacturing, cutting edge innovation and economic growth in our region. Our motto is: “Extraordinary Gear Made Here.” Learn more at or join the conversation on Rightline Gear, Watershed Drybags, Fifth Element Camping, Bellyak, Rockgeist, Diamond Brand Gear, Tsuga, Recover Brands, Mount Inspiration, Lucky Sheep, Native Watercraft, Liquidlogic, LightHeart Gear, and Alpine Towers. ABOUT THE OGB last_img read more

World Council: LEIs could have value, shouldn’t be mandatory

first_img continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr While World Council of Credit Unions does not support a requirement for credit unions to obtain “Legal Entity Identifiers” (LEIs) it sees some potential value in encouraging increased use of this system, the World Council wrote to the Financial Stability Board (FSB).The World Council’s letter was sent in response to a thematic peer review on implementation of LEIs. The FSB first established the LEI system in 2012. The World Council previously engaged with the FSB on LEIs in 2012, urging the board not to mandate use of the system for credit unions.Since then credit unions have only been required to obtain an LEI if it engaged in derivatives trades such as interest rate swaps and caps. The board has now proposed to potentially expand the use of LEIs to other areas such as payments, Bank Secrecy Act customer due diligence, and credit reporting.last_img read more

Ravel: Make music with members

first_img continue reading » The 2018 CUNA Lending Council Conference ended on a high note with a “keynote concert” by Grammy-nominated musician Freddie Ravel Wednesday in Anaheim, Calif.,Music has the power to move people from desperation to inspiration, he says. In fact, “the structure of music is the structure of success.”Music and business share several attributes, he says, including:Melody, or the leadership role.Harmony, the act of collaboration to support the melody.Rhythm, which synchronizes all of the elements. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

COVID-19: Government to distribute 100,000 protective equipment to medical workers

first_imgAccording to the National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB), the government has distributed around 40,000 protective equipment to the Jakarta administration.Read also: COVID-19: As Jakarta braces for lockdown, Bali reports zero local transmissions Around 25,000 will be sent to Semarang in Central Java, Surabaya in East Java and Bali on Monday. Central Java, East Java and Bali have recorded 15, 41 and three cases, respectively. Another 25,000 will be distributed to Banten, Bogor and other areas in West Java as the closest regions to Jakarta. Banten and West Java have recorded 47 and 59 cases, respectively.“[Meanwhile], 10,000 units will be stored as backup,” BNPB spokesperson Agus Wibowo said in a statement on Monday. “Each Regional Military Command, as the Regional Task Force [for COVID-19] will receive the protective gear and distribute them,” he added.A shortage of protective gear has affected hospitals across the country as they struggle to handle a rapidly increasing number of COVID-19 patients and suspects, with some resorting to donations. (mfp)Topics : The government will distribute 100,000 personal protective equipment such as masks, gloves and hazmat suits to medical workers treating COVID-19 patients to better safeguard them against the disease,The death toll from COVID-19 in Indonesia has risen to 48, with 10 more deaths among the 514 cases reported nationwide, Health Ministry disease control and prevention director general Achmad Yurianto announced on Sunday.Jakarta medical personnel will be prioritized and the first to receive the protective gear, having recorded the biggest increase in infections and deaths. Six new fatalities on Sunday brings the total number of related deaths in the capital to 29.last_img read more

Wolf Administration to Use 21st Century Cures Grant Funding to Further Expand Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT)

first_imgWolf Administration to Use 21st Century Cures Grant Funding to Further Expand Access to Medication-Assisted Treatment (MAT) SHARE Email Facebook Twitter August 15, 2017center_img Press Release,  Public Health,  Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – The Wolf Administration today announced that medical institutions and organizations are now able to apply for one of four $1 million grants to further combat the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania. These grants will establish the Pennsylvania Coordinated Medication-Assisted Treatment (PacMAT) program.“Currently, only one in 10 individuals with substance use disorder who need treatment receive treatment; I am committed to changing that,” said Governor Tom Wolf. “PacMAT will allow us to expand access to Medication-Assisted Treatment to uninsured, underinsured, and privately insured patients who are suffering from the disease of addiction.”Working together, the departments of Health, Human Services, and Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) will award the grants chosen for the PacMAT program. The grants are funded through the 21st Century Cures grant, a $26.5M federal grant received by the Wolf Administration to combat the heroin and opioid epidemic by increasing access to treatment, reducing unmet treatment need, and reducing opioid overdose-related deaths through the provision of prevention, treatment, and recovery activities for opioid use disorder (OUD).Through PacMAT, organizations and institutions will create a hub-and-spoke network of health care providers to provide access to MAT for patients who are suffering from opioid use disorder. The Wolf Administration implemented a similar concept in 2016 called Centers of Excellence. These centers expand access to treatment for the Medicaid population and are responsible for both the behavioral and physical health needs, as well as the social support needs of the patient, and must expand access to MAT.“Substance use disorder does not discriminate based on income, race, gender, age, or where you live,” said Acting Secretary and Physician General Dr. Rachel Levine. “Every Pennsylvanian knows and loves someone that is battling addiction. The Wolf Administration is attacking this epidemic from all angles, and these grants are another tool in our arsenal.”The hub is defined as a centralized addiction specialist physician-lead team who will provide support and other services to the spokes, which are defined as the primary care providers who will provide treatment to patients in their community. Patients will receive consistent addiction counseling from drug and alcohol providers in their community identified and coordinated by the hub.“Families continue to be ravaged by the disease of addiction and we must stop the momentum of this epidemic,” said Jennifer Smith, acting secretary of DDAP. “This new grant funding for PacMAT will help us better meet the outpatient treatment needs of those individuals with substance use disorders.”The Wolf Administration holds the fight against heroin and prescription opioids as a top priority. To continue the battle against the opioid epidemic in Pennsylvania, Governor Wolf, working with the General Assembly, has included the following in the 2017-18 budget:Expanding access to life-saving naloxone by providing $5 million through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency to first responders, law enforcement, and other public entities across the commonwealth;Maximizing federal 21st Century Cures Act funding, which includes $26.2 million in each of the next two years for Pennsylvania, to expand access to treatment services, particularly for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured; andProviding $2 million to expand specialty drug courts to expand treatment strategies that divert offenders into more meaningful treatment and recovery.Some of the administration’s other initiatives to fight the opioid epidemic include:Working with the legislature to establish a new law limiting the number of opioids that can be prescribed to a minor and to individuals discharged from emergency rooms to seven days;Strengthening the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) through the legislative process so that doctors are required and able to check the system each time they prescribe opioids and benzodiazepines;Increasing the number by 25 of rural Medicaid providers who are able to prescribe MAT through funding from a federal grant;Forming new prescribing guidelines to help doctors who provide opioid prescriptions to their patients, including guidelines specific to orthopedics and sports medicine;Creating the warm handoff guideline to facilitate referrals from the emergency department to substance abuse treatment;Teaming with the legislature to establish education curriculum on safe prescribing for medical schools;Educating and encouraging patients to properly use, store and dispose of unused prescription medications through drug take-back initiatives, and expanding the number of drug take-back locations to more than 600; andIncreasing the availability of naloxone.To apply for the grant and for more information on PacMAT, visit this link.last_img read more