Rose petals for the lost

first_img <a href=”https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a9SwaOCREkE” rel=”nofollow” target=”_blank”> <img src=”https://img.youtube.com/vi/a9SwaOCREkE/0.jpg” alt=”0″ title=”How To Choose The Correct Channel Type For Your Video Content ” /> </a> Mary Schneider Enriquez, the Houghton Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art at the Harvard Art Museums, discusses the upcoming special exhibition Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning (November 4, 2016–April 9, 2017). Narayan Khandekar, Harvard’s head art conservation scientist, thought he had seen, analyzed, and repaired just about everything, from ancient broken pottery to faded Impressionist masterpieces to indigenous Australian bark paintings to human hair woven into modernist works. Then came a fresh challenge.The Harvard Art Museums acquired the evocative “A Flor de Piel,” a room-size tapestry by contemporary Colombian artist Doris Salcedo, consisting of thousands of dyed rose petals stitched together to form a burial shroud.“I’ve never worked with anything like this,” said Khandekar, director of Harvard’s Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, as he donned gray rubber gloves to gently examine a sample swatch of the work that will go on display Nov. 4 as part of the museums’ special exhibit “Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning.” “It’s entirely outside the realms of what I’ve experienced before.”Khandekar’s frank admission doesn’t mean he and the museums’ staff aren’t ready to care for and conserve the delicate creation. In fact, Harvard’s well-respected conservation lab and staff of experts is a main reason the work’s new home is in Cambridge, said Mary Schneider Enriquez, the Houghton Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art and the driving force behind the acquisition of the 11-by-17-foot work.“If Narayan had been opposed to it and said ‘Mary, this is so chancy. I don’t know how we are going to handle it,’ I would not have pushed as hard in my commitment that we should own it,” Enriquez said. “We’re an institution in which that kind of cutting-edge research should occur because we have some extraordinary minds and people focused on preserving art, thinking about the future and the longevity of works.”Harvard’s rich conservation history dates back almost a century to one man’s fascination with using science to understand and study great artworks. Hailed as the father of art conservation in the United States, Edward Forbes, who was director of the Fogg Art Museum, founded the Department of Technical Research (later named the Straus Center) in 1928. Today, the center staff uses knowledge from the past along with the latest technology to restore, repair, and safeguard works for future generations.To ensure that her piece would stand the test of time, Salcedo also relied on modern science to stabilize “A Flor de Piel,” and she provided Khandekar and his Harvard team with explicit storage and upkeep instructions.Anyone who has tried to dry flowers knows that petals harden and crumble. Determined to preserve her petals in a suspended, supple state, Salcedo sought the help of scientists in Bogotá, where she and her team treated the flowers in her studio with a suite of chemicals, including turpentine, glycerin, and collagen, and flattened them between sheets of foam. When sewing the petals together they used waxed thread that allowed the fiber to pass through the petals without ripping them. Finally, they stitched the petals onto a thin sheet of biofilm, a flexible polymer that lends the work an extra layer of stability.Rose petals in Doris Salcedo’s “A Flor de Piel” were sewn onto a thin sheet of biofilm to give the piece an extra layer of stability. Stephanie Mitchell/Harvard Staff PhotographerThe piece is stored on a roller that features adjustable tension. It is protected on either side by several polymer sheets, and conservators carefully wind the work onto the device when preparing it for storage to avoid creating wrinkles that could expose its fragile surface to oxygen. “We are trying to be forward-thinking. Prevention is really the best thing,” said Khandekar.The museums’ storage facilities have state-of-the art temperature and humidity controls that will further protect the work. But if some petals ever do need to be replaced, Khandekar and his staff are ready, thanks to a fine art first-aid kit provided by Salcedo, complete with spare thread, the chemicals required to treat the petals, and specific sewing instructions. (Each stitch must pass through three petals, and no stems can ever touch.)“She’s given us an entire playbook,” said Khandekar, “and so we can keep it going for a very, very long time — I am sure well beyond my lifetime.”The concept of time is pivotal to Salcedo, who is considered one of the world’s most influential living contemporary artists. Making viewers pause to reflect on and honor life’s fragility and what has been lost by those who have been devastated by political and civil violence is the animating impulse behind her sculptures and installations.Recently, distraught by the Colombian government’s failure to reach a peace accord with the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC, Salcedo filled a public square in the capital with 7,000 meters of white fabric that had been covered with the names of those who were killed and went missing during the nation’s 52-year civil war.Like much of her work, “A Flor de Piel” is a subtle study in both beauty and horror. Instead of choosing graphic images or incorporating vivid words such as sadness, death, or murder, Salcedo uses her artistry, her painstaking attention to detail, and her choice of medium to draw viewers into the piece’s deeper meaning, said Enriquez.“It doesn’t say anything with an image that’s realistic and a narrative that’s specific. It is very much about using materials … and the skill of being able to put together an object that speaks to these important issues.”“A Flor de Piel” was inspired by the story of a Colombian nurse who was kidnapped and tortured to death after aiding those injured on both sides in the civil war. In that vein, the work represents a floral offering to the deceased. The evocative materials carry the emotional weight of the piece, said Enriquez. The white rose petals, dyed red, are redolent of dried blood, and the supporting armature enables the textile to fall in folds resembling a giant ruffled bedsheet.“She presents a trace of the absent body,” said Enriquez, “and with it a suggestion of what has occurred.”“Doris Salcedo: The Materiality of Mourning” will be on view from Nov. 4 through April 9, 2017, and will feature four installations, including a number of Salcedo’s works created between 2001 and now. An opening celebration on Nov. 2 at 6 p.m. will feature a discussion with Salcedo, Elaine Scarry, the Walter M. Cabot Professor of Aesthetics and General Theory of Value at Harvard, and Mary Schneider Enriquez, the exhibition’s curator and the museums’ Houghton Associate Curator of Modern and Contemporary Art.Curator Mary Schneider Enriquez discusses the works of Doris Salcedolast_img read more

Read More →

Berlin man caught directing flight traffic with radio

first_imgBERLIN (AP) — German police say a 32-year-old Berlin man has been arrested on allegations he made radio contact with aircraft, including police helicopters, and gave fake flight orders while impersonating an aviation official. Authorities said Friday that the man was arrested Thursday night in the German capital. Police were able to swoop in on his apartment after he made contact with a police helicopter that was dispatched to the neighborhood in the hope of flushing him out. During a search of his home, police found two radios that transmitted on the frequencies needed to make contact with aircraft.last_img read more

Read More →

The Evolution of Rocky, as Told By Sylvester Stallone

first_img Sly Wouldn’t Let Anyone Else Play Rocky “I told my wife that I’d rather bury [the script] in the backyard and let the caterpillars play Rocky. I would have hated myself for selling out, the way we hate most people for selling out. My wife agreed, and said she’d be willing to move to a trailer in the middle of a swamp if need be.” — The New York Times …And Still Works Out to “Eye of the Tiger” “I do every now and then, believe it or not. It does work. Even after 30 years it gets me going.” — TIME Susan Sarandon Almost Played Adrian “First it was Susan Sarandon, and then we thought, ‘Well, maybe she’s too sexy,’ at the time. And then it went to Cher. I thought that’d be kind of interesting. Then Bette Midler…” — The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance He Provided His Own Wardrobe “I still have [the clothes] at home. We didn’t have budget for wardrobe. I bought that coat when I was 19 and living in Philadelphia. I bought it at E. J. Korvette for like $32. It was half leather and half something from Korea.” — Shy magazine Apollo Creed Was Almost Jamaican “United Artists was worried about [Creed being too similar to Muhammad Ali], and before they’d accept the script, they asked me to rewrite the Creed part. I went home and did it overnight, and the next day, Apollo Creed came back as a Jamaican. As soon as they said, ‘OK, it’s a go,’ I put the Jamaican back on the plane and brought back my real Apollo Creed.” — Playboy Get out that boom box, blast “Eye of the Tiger” and put on your boxing gloves, because the new musical Rocky opens on Broadway March 13! Directed by Alex Timbers and featuring music by Stephen Flaherty, lyrics by Lynn Ahrens and a book by Thomas Meehan and original Rocky star and screenwriter Sylvester Stallone, the new ringside extravaganza is based on the Oscar-winning film that started it all. Since 1976, Rocky has become an international sensation, grossing over $225 million worldwide and paving the way for five sequels and counting. But before the world caught Rocky fever, Sylvester Stallone was the only guy in the world who believed in the small-time boxer with big-time dreams. Read below to find out how a struggling actor convinced movie execs to produce his screenplay, and in 28 days with a budget of under $1 million, Rocky made history. He Wrote the Script in 72 Hours (By Hand) “I wrote it in 3 1/2 days. I’d get up at 6 AM and write it by hand, with a Bic pen on lined notebook sheets of paper. Then my wife, Sasha, would type it. She kept saying, ‘You’ve gotta do it, you’ve gotta do it. Push it, Sly, go for broke.’” — The New York Times View Comments Charlie Chaplin & Elvis Sent Fan Mail “Chaplin said, ‘Rocky reminds me of a little character I used to play. We’d love for you to come to Switzerland and visit.’ And you know what? I never went. A few months later, he was dead. Same thing with Elvis.” — GQ Rocky Beat Taxi Driver at the Oscars “At the Oscars, I didn’t have a bow tie on. It had broken. Later I heard people thought I was disrespectful. I woulda tied a shoelace on—something—had I known.” — GQ Stallone Was Dirt Poor “On my 29th birthday, I had $106 in the bank. To cheer myself up, I took the last of my entertainment money and went to see the Ali-Wepner fight on closed circuit TV. Chuck Wepner, a battling, bruising club fighter who had never made the big time, was having his shot. It wasn’t at all regarded as a serious battle. But as the fight progressed, this miracle unfolded. He hung in there. People went absolutely crazy. That night, Rocky Balboa was born.” — TotalRocky.com Rocky Rocky Got Cocky “I abused power. I was an authority on everything. If you had a disease to cure I’d tell you. If you wanted the history of movies I’d tell you. I became insufferable! I look at some of my interviews now and I wish I could go back and punch myself in the face. The press turned against me. ” — An Evening with Sylvester Stallone Rocky Flew to Deutschland “I saw [Rocky das Musical] in Germany, which was amazing. I didn’t understand a word, and I’m getting all choked up. But I always thought that it would translate to a musical because it’s almost like West Side Story. It’s a love story, but it’s something a little bit bigger than that. The audience knows the story but they’ve never seen it laid out in such a romantic fashion.” — Stallone on the red carpet Andy Karl Won Sly Over Immediately “No matter how threatening [Andy Karl] may look, you’re going to like him, it just comes through. And that’s not so easy to find. Tough guys are a dime a dozen. But a sensitive tough guy? Pretty rare.” — Rocky press video Related Shows The World (Especially Philly) Went Crazy “In Philadelphia, there’s no delineation, they address me as Rocky, for real. They’ll say things like: ‘Rocky, do you like this coat?’ Or: ‘Rock, say hi to my sister.’ Or: ‘Yo Rock, I know a great restaurant.’ There’s no Sylvester. Even the Mayor goes: ‘It’s good to have Rocky here today.'” — IndieLondon.com Movie Execs Didn’t Trust Him “They put in all these clauses. ‘OK, we’ll give you a chance, but the movie’s gonna cost under a million dollars, you got 28 days to film it and if you do anything wrong, if you breathe wrong, if you smoke with the wrong hand, if you drop your fork when you’re eating, any excuse, we’re getting rid of you.’” — The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance Stallone Returned Home to NYC “I was born nine blocks from [the Winter Garden Theatre]. It only took 67 years to get here, which shows you how Rocky moves slowly. But we got here. And what’s more important is, this character, I had no idea when we wrote this how this would turn out and that [these actors] would bring these characters to life in a way that I could have never imagined. Yo, New York. I love you!” — First preview of Rocky on Broadway Joe Frazier Auditioned For Creed “He got in the ring with me and we started to move around, and truthfully in 11 seconds I had four stitches. A clash of heads—I went, ‘This is not gonna work. I need someone not as proficient at smashing skulls.’” — The Rocky Saga: Going the Distance Show Closed This production ended its run on Aug. 17, 2014last_img read more

Read More →

Leap Year 2008: 29 Reasons Vermont Is the Place to Spend that Extra Day

first_imgThis month’s gift of a tucked-away day only comes once every four years. Here are 29 things to do in Vermont this Friday! “Ring in the 29th and watch it go with the Leap Year Special overnight stay at the Mountaintop Inn & Resort in Chittenden (www.mountaintopinn.com(link is external)). “Browse 29 books by Vermont authors at the independent Flying Pig Bookstore in Shelburne (www.flyingpigbooks.com(link is external)). “Order 29 seed packets from the Vermont Wildflower Farm, and deliver spring to your doorstep (www.vermontwildflowerfarm.com(link is external)). “Experience 29 minutes of nostalgia at your local antique shop (www.vermontada.com(link is external)). “Play 29 holes of indoor mini golf at Pizza Putt in South Burlington (www.pizzaputt.com(link is external)). “Savor 29 types of artisanal cheese from the almost 200 varieties made in Vermont (www.vtcheese.com(link is external)). “Lather up 29 Citrus Sunrise bubbles with Vermont Soap (www.vermontsoap.com(link is external)). “Try 29 varieties of coffee at the historic Green Mountain Coffee Roasters Visitors Center in Waterbury (www.waterburystation.com(link is external)). “Ride 29 snowmobile trails into the Northeast Kingdom from Lyndonville’s Wildflower Inn (www.wildflowerinn.com(link is external)). “Gobble up 29 flavors of Ben & Jerry’s Ice Cream (www.benjerry.com(link is external)). “‘Upgrade’ your soft-wear with 29 wardrobe essentials from Fat Hat Clothing Company (www.fathat.com(link is external)). “Try 29 drops of maple syrup on buttermilk pancakes created from mixes at Sugarbush Farm in Woodstock (www.sugarbushfarm.com(link is external)). “Spy on 29 species of birds from the porch of your favorite B & B (www.vtchamber.com(link is external)). “Sample the food of 29 New England Culinary Institute chefs and their students at NECI locations around the state (www.neci.edu(link is external)). “Take home 29 cider doughnuts from the Cold Hollow Cider Mill in Waterbury (www.coldhollow.com(link is external)). “Catch your breath on a 29-minute sleighride on your local farm (www.vtfarms.org(link is external)). “Kick back with 29 bottles of wine on a wall from some of Vermont 14 wineries (www.vtchamber.com(link is external)). “Knit, purl, knit, purl, 29 times to make a scarf with Kaleidoscope Yarns in Essex Junction (www.kyarns.com(link is external)). “Choose from over 29 teddy bears personalities at the Vermont Teddy Bear Factory in Shelburne (www.vermontteddybear.com(link is external)). “Spend an extra 29 minutes learning a new trail at your favorite ski resort (www.skivermont.com(link is external)). “Say ‘I love you 29 ways with 29 truffles from Birnn Chocolates (www.birnn.com(link is external)). “Dodge the bloodsuckers 29 times at the Burlington ECHO Lake Aquarium and Science Center’s featured exhibit, ‘Attack of the Bloodsuckers (www.echovermont.org(link is external)). “Take in 29 Grandma Moses creations at the Bennington Museum (www.benningtonmuseum.org(link is external)). “Shop 29 designer stores at the Outlets of Manchester. “Plan a paddling tour of 29 miles of the 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail (www.northernforestcanoetrail.org(link is external)). “Choose a 29-letter name train from Maple Landmark in Middlebury (www.maplelandmark.com(link is external)). “Serve 29 dishes using recipes for Cabot Cheese products (www.cabotcheese.com(link is external)). “Stay at the Stoweflake in Stowe from February 29th to March 2 and enjoy the special Leap Day package (www.stoweflake.com(link is external)). … and the first thing to do in Vermont this Friday: Visit Vermont and play in your own backyard! The Vermont Hospitality Council is the largest division of the Vermont Chamber of Commerce, promoting travel to and within Vermont.last_img read more

Read More →

Rutland Regional Medical Center achieves the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence

first_imgVermont Council for Quality announced today that Rutland Regional Medical Center has achieved the 2009 Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence. Rutland Regional Medical Center will be honored at Vermont Council for Quality’s 12th Annual Recognition and Award Ceremony on May 21, 2010 at the Lake Morey Resort in Fairlee, Vermont.“Rutland Regional Medical Center is proud to have achieved the Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence. This displays the caliber of staff and commitment to provide quality patient care we have at our organization. Through all of our hard work and dedication we have reached another milestone in our Journey to Excellence.” Said Thomas W. Huebner, President, Rutland Regional Medical Center.The Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence recognizes organizations in Vermont that successfully achieve performance excellence within their management systems and operations. Award recipients are evaluated by an independent board of Vermont Performance Excellence Examiners in seven areas:  leadership; strategic planning; customer focus; measurement, analysis and knowledge management; workforce focus; process management; and results. The evaluation process includes approximately 1,000 hours of review and an on-site visit by a team of volunteer examiners to clarify questions and verify information in an organizational self-assessment application.“The Governor’s Award for Performance Excellence is the highest level of recognition for an organization that demonstrates outstanding performance, achievement, and results in Vermont. The Vermont Program for Performance Excellence is proud to honor Rutland Regional Medical Center for their role model status by continuously improving their processes and systems through the use the Performance Excellence Criteria. Rutland Regional Medical Center demonstrates that using a proven, systematic framework for excellence will help to ensure their sustainability and meet the challenges in health care. We are pleased to recognize their commitment and dedication to performance excellence,” states Laurie Emerson, President of Vermont Council for Quality.Founded in 1896, Rutland Regional Medical Center has grown from a 10-bed hospital on Nichols Street with eight attending physicians into Vermont’s second largest health care facility. Rutland Regional has 188 licensed beds and more than 120 physicians trained in 35 specialty areas. Rutland Regional Medical Center is fully accredited by the Joint Commission and is licensed by the State of Vermont. It is a member of the Vermont Association of Hospitals and Health Systems, the American Hospital Association and the Voluntary Hospitals of America-New England.Vermont Council for Quality was founded in 1996 as a non-profit corporation that serves as a resource for Vermont organizations and individuals to build and achieve performance excellence. VCQ is modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award Program and is one of 40 state and local award programs in the United States. VCQ provides continuous improvement education and training, organizational self-assessments, feedback reports, recognition and awards, networking opportunities, serves as a resource referral for information, knowledge, and sharing of best practices within and between Vermont organizations. For more information about Vermont Council for Quality, please contact Laurie Emerson, President at the organization’s Colchester office: at 802-655-1910 or visit our website at www.VermontQuality.org(link is external) to learn more.Source: Vermont Council for Quality. 4.28.2010last_img read more

Read More →

Backcountry Cuisine: A Minimalist, Car Camping Homestyle Dinner

first_imgIt’s hard to beat a delicious meal prepared over a glowing campfire after a full day of adventure in the Blue Ridge Mountains.I’m not talking about hot dogs on a stick or a can of pop-top baked beans; but a wholesome, flavorful, well-spiced meal that helps make all things right in the world when it’s been cooked over a hand-built fire.All of my best memories somehow involve eating outside, where food simply tastes better when kissed by the sun, under the peaceful glow of a starry sky, or eaten beside a softly crackling camp fire. During a meal, I’ve many times been lost without thought, my eyes closed, seeming as though I’m alone in that moment but with more taste buds than before. There’s a special appreciation for all those flavors that can now somehow be detected when we slow down long enough to find them. And of course that appreciation only elevates when there’s the obvious hunger pains, a sun quickly setting, and a stubborn camp fire to be maintained. Earning that warm meal after a long day trekking the green tunnels in the Blue Ridge is the only way to call it a good day. As a nutritionist, I regularly ‘prescribe’ cooking and eating in the great outdoors.  I love marrying the outdoors with fresh, minimally processed real food. But I also like to keep it simple so I can spend more time playing outside and less time cooking. I think of car camping as that fine and fun balance of packing just enough so it’s an enjoyable experience for all, while not pampering ourselves too much or hating all the work that goes into cooking outdoors so much that we only go once a year. Camping only once a year would be a sad, sad story.For those that don’t want to haul the kitchen sink outdoors, here’s a minimal, trusty hobo pack recipe template. It’s simple. It makes everyone happy, including vegetarians, meat eaters, and gluten-avoiders. It’s a lazy method if you will, and you really can’t screw it up.Fire-roasted, Spiced Sweet Potato + Black Bean Hobo Packs w/ Lamb Sweet potatoes, pre-chopped into rustic cubes (skin on)Black beans, canned, no need to drain or rinseFresh spinachGarlic cloves, peeled and smashedSpice blend of choice such a Mexican, adobo, Caribbean seasoning, plus sea saltHigh heat, refined oil such as safflower, sunflower, or grapeseed (*Do not use low heat, delicate oils like olive oil for this.)Grass-fed ground lamb, beef, or sausage (optional)Supplies needed:A camp fire, burned down to smoldering, glowing embersHeavy duty aluminum foilTongsCan openerA knifeSpoons and forksBowls or plates for servingDirections:Build a fire and let it burn down to smoldering embers, 45-60 minutesWhile that’s happening, lay out all ingredients on a picnic table, assembly-line style.Give each camper 2 12-14” pieces of aluminum foil to create a double-layered pack.Add potatoes, beans, spinach, garlic, and spices first and to your heart’s content. Drizzle a little oil and use a utensil to mix it together. If you like your spinach gently wilted, you can opt to toss it in right before serving and let the steam wilt it.If adding meat, scoot the vegetable blend over and add the meat on the bottom that will be closest to the fire, if you like it a little charred. Use a utensil to pile the vegetables on top of the meat. Fold the pack in half lengthwise and create two folds to seal the packet. Twist the ends so you finish with a boat shape. Do not overstuff it!Place packets directly on the embers for 20-30 minutes, turning half way in. Cook time depends on the amount of vegetables and how hot your embers are, so pull it out and carefully give it a check at 20 minutes to decide how much more time it needs. Allow the packets to rest for 5 minutes before serving and be ready for a puff of steam when opening. Enjoy!For extra protein and bulk, you can pre-cook brown rice or quinoa at home and have it packed and ready to add to the packets before serving.Recipe by Shelly Rose of Pure Roots Nutrition.last_img read more

Read More →

Red Cross Reverses Stance on Sandy Spending “Trade Secrets”

first_imgIn June we reported that the Red Cross was resisting our request that the New York attorney general’s office release information provided by the group on how it spent money after Superstorm Sandy, arguing that documents we sought contained “trade secrets.”The charity has now reversed itself, concluding that “with all of the disasters the American Red Cross responds to and the peak of hurricane season fast approaching, it simply isn’t worth our time and resources to continue these efforts over a year-old letter,” Red Cross spokeswoman Anne Marie Borrego said.The Red Cross provided ProPublica with a copy of a July 2013 letter that offers a bit more insight into how it used the more than $300 million it raised for storm relief, but stops short of detailing how it allocated resources geographically or the pace at which money was spent.In the weeks and months after the storm, the Red Cross faced criticism that it hadn’t provided aid quickly enough where it was most needed.In an additional note provided with the letter, the Red Cross said that as of June 30, 2014, it had spent $239 million on post-Sandy relief and made “firm commitments” to spend almost all of the rest of the $312 million raised. It also broke its expenditures into seven categories, a level of detail not given in its annual reports or tax filings.More than half the money spent, $129.6 million, went to financial assistance, food, and other relief items, the Red Cross said. The next-largest expenditures were $46.1 million for “deployment of staff and volunteers (e.g. air travel, rental vehicles, meals, lodging for volunteers)” and $30 million for “costs of permanent program resources included in Superstorm Sandy response.”The group said it spent smaller amounts to pay temporary disaster workers, to acquire or rent equipment, and on miscellaneous operational costs. Nearly $5 million went to professional and consulting services for events like telethons and direct mail fundraising.Ben Smilowitz, a Red Cross critic and the founder of the Disaster Accountability Project, said he is glad the Red Cross has released the new details. But he added the new information raised questions about the cost of cross-country volunteer deployments and the “slow pace of spending relief dollars, considering the significant outstanding needs that went unaddressed following the storm.”Smilowitz said the Red Cross could shed more light on its post-Sandy spending by detailing when and where volunteers were deployed, weekly expenditures in the aftermath of Sandy, and reports from local organizations that received money from the Red Cross that explain how grant funds were used.The letter to the New York attorney general was written for the Red Cross by Orin Snyder, a Gibson Dunn lawyer who is known for his aggressive representation of clients such as Apple, Mark Zuckerberg, and Starbucks.Doug White, a nonprofit expert who directs the fundraising management program at Columbia University, praised the Red Cross for dropping its objections to releasing the information on “trade secrets grounds.” “Regardless of how complicated the information is, it still belongs to the public,” he said.The full letter from the Red Cross on Sandy fundraising and spending can be read here.If you have experience with or information about the American Red Cross, including its operations after Sandy, email justin@propublica.org. To securely send us documents online, please visit our SecureDrop site. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York last_img read more

Read More →

Govt mulling evacuation of Indonesians from Diamond Princess: Muhadjir

first_imgThe government is considering the evacuation of the Indonesians on board the Diamond Princess cruise ship, Coordinating Human Development and Culture Minister Muhadjir Effendy said on Thursday.“I already delivered the options to the President, and he will come up with the decision within two days. I believe he will make a concise decision like when we evacuated our people from Wuhan,” Muhadjir said, referring to China’s epicenter of the COVID-19 outbreak. As for the evacuation plans for Indonesian citizens on the Diamond Princess, Muhadjir went on to say, that the government had to think of another approach since the situation was different from that in Wuhan. “We will not evacuate infected citizens because they have to undergo treatment in Japan. We will only evacuate the uninfected ones. However, it is important to note that this is different from Wuhan since they are on a ship,” he added.Muhadjir also explained that citizens who were not infected by the virus would still have to undergo a quarantine period.“[The quarantine will] probably be in Natuna [Riau Islands]. We’ve already offered several options to the President, and he may still consider it,” he said. A recent update from President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo stated that as many as four Indonesians aboard the Diamond Princess have tested positive for COVID-19, a disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The ship, which carried 3,711 people, has been quarantined in Yokohama, Japan, since last week following the discovery of an infected passenger who disembarked the ship in Hong Kong last month. There are 78 Indonesian crew members on board the vessel.“We are still discussing the possibility of an evacuation with the Japanese authorities,” President Jokowi said on Thursday. Topics :last_img read more

Read More →

Prince William and Kate visit Ireland

first_imgThe whole island of Ireland was under British rule until a bloody war for independence between crown forces and Irish republicans ended in 1921.A treaty split the territory between a British-run Northern Ireland and a “free state” which went on to become the modern Irish republic.Political background Royal visits were once impossible because of the terror threat from groups such as the IRA.In 1979, the paramilitaries assassinated William’s great-great uncle Louis Mountbatten, the last viceroy of British-ruled India, who had been a mentor to his father Prince Charles.The paramilitary group began to lay down its arms in 1997, ending three decades of bloodshed known as “The Troubles” and pledging to campaign for unification through peaceful means.That allowed the queen to make a state visit in 2011, which was the first by a British monarch in what is now the Republic of Ireland since her grandfather king George V a century earlier.It was hailed as a pivotal moment in healing historic unease between the two deeply-entwined nations.Heir to the throne Prince Charles and his wife, Camilla, have made five visits to Ireland in the last five years in a sign of closer Anglo-Irish relations.William and Kate’s visit is also significant because it comes at a unique time in Irish politics after Sinn Fein became the second-largest party in elections last month.None of the parties in Ireland won enough seats to form a majority government, and inter-party negotiations have stalled.But Sinn Fein leader Mary Lou McDonald has said she “may well be the next taoiseach [prime minister]”.If that happens, it would likely rekindle a constitutional battle over Northern Ireland as Sinn Fein wants a referendum on Irish unification to be held within five years.A separate border poll in Northern Ireland would also be required for it to happen, according to the terms of the 1998 peace accord.Having resigned following a stinging defeat which saw his center-right Fine Gael party slip to third place, Varadkar will be meeting the royal couple in a caretaker role. The couple’s visit also comes in the wake of Britain’s departure from the European Union on Jan. 31, where the border between Northern Ireland and the Republic was a major issue.On Tuesday, William and Kate — who officially hold the titles of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge — were due to meet Ireland’s President Michael D. Higgins and Prime Minister Leo Varadkar in Dublin.They will also lay a wreath at the Garden of Remembrance which commemorates those who died fighting for Irish independence — mostly at the hands of the British.The visit — made at the request of the Foreign Office in London and the couple’s first to Ireland — will also see them travel to Galway, on the country’s west coast. Topics :center_img Prince William and his wife Kate begin a tour of Ireland on Tuesday, in the latest high-profile trip by senior British royals since Queen Elizabeth II’s landmark state visit in 2011.Their three-day trip comes just weeks after a general election which saw a surge in support for nationalists Sinn Fein, whose flagship policy is Irish reunification.William’s grandmother is head of state in Northern Ireland. Sinn Fein was the political wing of the Irish Republican Army (IRA), which fought against British rule in the province for decades.last_img read more

Read More →

Van Avermaet wins ‘funny’ virtual Tour of Flanders from his attic

first_img“It was a funny feeling, you suffered without having the feeling of being in the races,” Avermaet, who was born in the region, said.”My girl, who couldn’t understand why her dad was busy racing at home, was very happy for me,” he added. Australian Michael Matthews failed to finish while seventh-placed Tim Wellens raced from his balcony in Monaco.”The effect of the wind was also replicated, the effort was much more difficult for the rider in front than those behind,” Lotto Soudal’s Wellens said after racing from his home on the Mediterranean coast. “I had without doubt a better view than Olivier Naesen who was pedaling in his basement in Belgium,” Wellens added.Earlier in the day race organizers said they could re-schedule the race itself for later in the cycling calendar.”The goal is to still organize ‘De Ronde’ later this year. Everyone has agreed on that. But for now, it’s just hypothetical discussions because we don’t know when the crisis will end,” organizer Tomas Van Den Spiegel told Flemish television channel VRT.Virtual champion Van Avermaet said he hoped it would take place which would give him a shot at going one better than his two second-placed finishes in 2014 and 2017.”I hope the real Tour of Flanders can take place in the autumn and I can really win it,” he said.The race was viewed more than 21,000 on YouTube and it was also shown on Belgian TV.This year’s week-long Tour of Switzerland, originally set for early June, has discussed the idea of holding an online version of its race also. Olympic road race champion Greg Van Avermaet said on Sunday winning the virtual edition of the Tour of Flanders, held instead of the real race due to the coronavirus pandemic, was “funny”.Avermaet, 35, was joined by 12 other cyclists in racing the final 32km of ‘De Ronde’, one of cycling’s five one-day ‘monuments’, which was broadcast online after being postponed due to the COVID-19 outbreak.Avermaet’s daughter was seen on screen with her father in their attic room as Team CCC’s Belgian finished 20 seconds ahead of compatriot Oliver Naesen and Ireland’s Nicolas Roche.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Read More →