In the daily grind, inspiration

first_imgOften it seems that apathy reigns supreme among millennials, the 20-somethings who in poll after poll show their distrust of elected leaders, political institutions, and the courts.But the Director’s Internship Program at Harvard’s Institute of Politics (IOP) is proving that not all millennials doubt that government and politics can be used for good. This year, competition was stiff — about 700 students applied for 105 three-month placements.“Our mission is to get students engaged in politics and to get as many as possible to go into politics or political careers,” said Trey Grayson ’94, the IOP’s director. “We’ve discovered internships are gateways into careers in politics.”Among the examples: Sietse Goffard ’15 and Eliza Pan ’15, who recently completed the program.Goffard, 20, earned a posting in the Newton office of U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III.Goffard said he “helped work on the front lines,” answering “calls and emails” from constituents needing assistance navigating dense government bureaucracies. He learned a lot about federal law as he sought to help people across the 4th District with problems critical to their everyday lives.“Their concerns were sobering,” said Goffard. “Quite often, the congressman is the first one they turn to when they’re having a government-related problem.”Goffard, who hopes someday to work for the United Nations or the World Bank, said there is a popular misconception that government employees don’t work hard, which feeds skepticism among young people. More involvement might be an eye-opener, he said.“The answer is more engagement. To counter indifference or skepticism, it helps to witness what goes on inside behind scenes. When you realize how dedicated and hard-working elected officials and their staffers are every day, you come to view their work in a very admirable light.”Pan, 20, was dispatched to London and paired with Rachel Reeves of the Labor Party. As part of the so-called Shadow Cabinet, Reeves follows the moves of counterparts in the Conservative Party.Pan handled constituent duties such as answering correspondence and emails and researching issues of the day. She also helped the shadow minister with what’s called the government’s regular spending round, when agencies search for fat to trim and MPs fight to protect their constituents’ interests.Pan handled constituent duties such as answering correspondence and emails and researching issues of the day. She also helped the shadow minister with what’s called the government’s regular spending round, when agencies search for fat to trim and MPs fight to protect their constituents’ interests.Pan, who wants to remain in politics, sees more engagement through internships as a way to decrease distrust among her peers.“I saw potential for mobilization of our generation,” Pan said. “People can be disengaged, but this is a way to be brought back.”The Harvard students’ optimism counters grim statistics from many polls, including one conducted in April by the IOP. That poll reported that Americans aged 18–29 deeply distrust U.S. institutions. Among the findings:28 percent said political involvement rarely has any tangible results;48 percent said their vote doesn’t count;81 percent felt they could trust Congress to do the “right thing” only sometimes or never.“This is a generation that doesn’t have a lot of faith in institutions of government and service,” Grayson said. “A lot comes from own observations during their own lifetime.”Millennials’ experiences have been marked by political dysfunction and economic anxiety, he said.“Washington doesn’t work well. There’s a lot of bipartisan bickering and breakdown, not a lot of successful legislation crossing party lines, and an economy where even the recovery was one of the worst in post-war America.”Yet, there remains an instinct to help.“This is a generation that believes in community service but believes political institutions are not working well,” Grayson said. “So when you ask them if they believe that electoral politics is the right way to go, they’ll say, ‘serve your country, community.’ Their attitudes toward electoral politics are not as strong. There’s a disconnect.”Like his interns, Grayson thinks programs such as the IOP’s show a young person the good that government can do, and may lead to a career in politics. As a Harvard student in the 1990s, he interned in the Kentucky Secretary of State’s office.“We know the value of internships,” he said. “If the kid gets in there and sees people who try and do the right things, that’s going to rub off. When they come back to college, even if their roommate isn’t interested in politics, they’ll tell their roommate about their summer experience. If we do this, we think we can make a little bit of dent in their cynicism.”last_img read more

Spring semester to begin Jan. 25

first_imgSpring classes will begin on Jan. 25, 2021 and end April 28, as previously announced, FAS Edgerley Family Dean Claudine Gay confirmed today in a message to faculty and staff. But spring break will be reimagined in a continued effort to minimize student travel off campus to help control COVID-19. It will be replaced, instead, with five separate days off on a biweekly basis.“(W)e anticipate that public health considerations will require us to minimize travel for our community in residence in order to manage the transmission of the virus on campus and protect our academic enterprise from disruption. This schedule supports that approach, while still recognizing the need for downtime (and time away from a screen) during the term,” Gay said.Plans about which cohort(s) of undergraduate students will be invited to campus for the spring semester will be announced in early December when additional information about move-in and -out options will also be shared. Gay also acknowledged that departments are scenario planning for disruptions to lab research should the pandemic continue to surge in Massachusetts.“Our spring decision must include robust contingency planning that enables us to respond quickly to changing conditions in order to protect the health and safety of our community and limit disruption to our academic activities,” Gay said.last_img read more

Troubled Musical Rebecca Now Eyeing Winter Premiere on the Great White Way

first_img View Comments The Rebecca creative team will feature musical staging by Graciela Daniele, scenic design by Peter J. Davidson, costumes by Jane Greenwood, lighting design by Mark McCullough, sound by Peter Fitzgerald and musical direction by Kevin Stites. The now notoriously troubled musical Rebecca may finally be heading to the Main Stem. After a series of delays reported to be the result of fraud by a producer no longer associated with the production, it has been announced that the show is expected to make a Broadway bow winter 2014. The new musical features a book and lyrics by Michael Kunze, music by Sylvester Levay, English book adaptation by Christopher Hampton and English lyrics by Hampton and Kunze. Rebecca is set to be directed by Michael Blakemore and Francesca Zambello. Based on Daphne du Maurier’s classic novel, Rebecca is a romantic thriller that follows Maxim de Winter, who brings his new wife (“I”) home to his estate of Manderley. There she meets the threatening housekeeper Mrs. Danvers, who had a very special relationship with Maxim’s first wife, Rebecca, who died a year earlier in a boating accident. The young woman discovers Manderley is a house of secrets, and the mystery of Rebecca may be the greatest of them all as she finds the strength to challenge Mrs. Danvers and save her marriage.last_img read more

Broadway Grosses: The Color Purple Pushes Da Box Office Button

first_img View Comments While usual suspects like Wicked, The Lion King and Hamilton secured the top spots at the box office, two new productions made sizable, if not placing, debuts on the boards. The revival of The Color Purple, led by Cynthia Erivo, Jennifer Hudson and Danielle Brooks, played its first six preview performances at 98.10% capacity and grossed 89% of its potential at $690,820. School of Rock, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Glenn Slater and Julian Fellowes’ new musical that’s set up class at the massive Winter Garden Theatre, was just shy of reaching the top five, earning $928,596 over eight performances. We’ll keep an eye on both shows as buzz continues to develop. Meanwhile, while the underdogs consisted mostly of limited runs and shows already set to close, Dames at Sea took the bottom spot in grosses. While its home, the Helen Hayes Theatre, is the smallest on Broadway, the musical took in only 35% of its potential, and the approaching winter will make for choppy waters.Here’s a look at who was on top—and who was not—for the week ending November 15:FRONTRUNNERS (By Gross)1. Wicked ($1,646,787)2. The Lion King ($1,633,344)3. Hamilton ($1,596,311)4. The Book of Mormon ($1,487,214)5. Aladdin ($1,467,772)UNDERDOGS (By Gross)5. The Gin Game ($391,114)*4. Sylvia ($364,084)3. Fool for Love ($351,306)2. Hand to God ($221,229)1. Dames at Sea ($201,412)FRONTRUNNERS (By Capacity)1. The Book of Mormon (102.35%)2. Hamilton (101.61%)3. The Lion King (100.03%)4. Wicked (99.00%)5. Beautiful: The Carole King Musical (98.39%)UNDERDOGS (By Capacity)5. Spring Awakening (63.80%)4. Sylvia (59.87%)3. Dames at Sea (59.54%)2. Hand to God (53.55%)1. Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games (52.36%)* Number based on seven regular performancesSource: The Broadway Leaguelast_img read more

NU, Muhammadiyah advise public to skip ‘mudik’ in time of coronavirus

first_imgTwo of Indonesia’s largest mass Muslim organizations, Nahdlatul Ulama and Muhammadiyah, have advised people against participating in the annual Idul Fitri mudik (exodus) in May, arguing it would exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 throughout the country.Muhammadiyah chairman Haedar Nashir said that although mudik was an otherwise positive tradition under normal circumstances, returning to one’s home region was simply not advisable during the pandemic.“Religious activities have been limited in accordance with the established religious laws. So, of course, mudik, as a social activity, should also be stopped,” Haedar said in a statement on Sunday. He went on to urge Muslims to refrain from carrying out activities that might put themselves and others, including their loved ones, in danger during these challenging times.“Now is the time for us to [postpone] all kinds of activities including mudik. It may be postponed until after the disaster has abated,” Haedar said.The organization hoped the government would also issue a more stringent restriction to clear up any confusion among the public as to whether mudik was advisable during the pandemic, he said.“We wouldn’t want it to be a case where mass organizations and religious figures are instructed to advise the public against going on mudik, whereas the government refuses to [impose any restrictions],” Haedar added. Read also: COVID-19: Muhammadiyah advises Muslims to not perform mass ‘tarawih’, Idul Fitri prayersNahdlatul Ulama chairman Robikin Emhas, who also is also an expert staff member to Vice President Ma’ruf Amin, has also urged Muslims to refrain from participating in mudik this year.“The current state of emergency requires careful consideration. Therefore, let’s break the chain of COVID-19 infection by not participating in mudik during this Idul Fitri holiday,” Robikin said on March 28.He called on Muslims to remain in touch with their relatives through alternative channels of communication instead, such as video calls.“We should still keep in touch [with our family members] on Idul Fitri. We can do so online, by making video calls from our own homes,” Robikin said.Scientists have predicted that the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country could rise to over 70,000 during the Idul Fitri break if holidaymakers are still allowed to travel across the country.President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo previously said the government would not ban people from leaving Jakarta, the epicenter of the coronavirus outbreak in the country, for Idul Fitri, instead asking community heads in the other regions to enforce quarantines and cater to the needs of the vacationers soon after their arrival.It is unclear how many people are expected to participate in the annual mudik this year. In 2019, as many as 19.5 million people across Indonesia returned to their hometowns during the exodus.Indonesia had recorded a total of 2,491 confirmed COVID-19 cases and 209 deaths as of Monday afternoon.Topics :last_img read more

Indonesia to carry out large-scale trials of blood plasma therapy for COVID-19 patients

first_imgPresident also added that trials on stem cells to endogenously treat COVID-19 patients with severe pneumonia would also be done alongside the blood plasma trials.He also lauded the advancement in genome sequencing by Eijkman Institute for Molecular Biology’s laboratory as part of the initial stage for vaccine development.“I urge all sectors to fully support these research and innovation programs. Licensing should be done faster and integrated,” he said.A team of researchers from Eijkman Institute and Pharmaceutical holding company PT Bio Farma, alongside a number of international partners, has been working to develop convalescent plasma that contains antibodies at Cipto Mangunkusumo Hospital.  Topics : Indonesia is gearing up for a large-scale trial on convalescent plasma treatment for COVID-19 patients amid a global rally to find a cure for the fast-spreading novel coronavirus, President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has said.The blood plasma, extracted from recovered patients, would be donated to severely ill COVID-19 patients to give their immune systems a boost. Researchers have claimed the method effective in treating COVID-19 patients since the convalescent plasma from the novel coronavirus survivors produced antibodies that could combat the virus.“I have seen significant progress in blood plasma treatment trials. The treatment would be clinically tested within a large scale in several hospitals,” President Jokowi said in a virtual limited meeting on Monday.center_img Doctors have been using convalescent plasma transfusions to help patients fight diseases since the 1918 Spanish Flu and recently the procedures also worked on patients with SARS, Ebola, and H1N1. The Jakarta administration also plans to provide hospitals with supplies of the plasma in the capital city, with the Indonesian Red Cross (PMI) in charge of distribution. Researchers have urged COVID-19 survivors who are symptom free for 28 days to donate their blood plasma to help the those who are severely ill. (trn)last_img read more

701 Kg of Cocaine Seized aboard Boxship in Algeria

first_imgAlgerian authorities seized 701 kilograms of cocaine on board a containership berthed at the Port of Oran on May 29.The cocaine was hidden in a container of frozen red meat on board the Liberian-flagged ship Vega Mercury.The vessel was coming from Brazil through the Port of Valencia, Algerian defense ministry said in a statement.Algerian coast guard received information of a suspicious shipment and ordered the vessel entering the country’s territorial waters to moor at the port. After a thorough search operation, the coast guard, in cooperation with police and customs units, discovered and seized the drugs.The inspection of all containers on board the boxship is still ongoing, the ministry added.Built in 2009, the 1,118 TEU Vega Mercury is operated by Germany-based Salamon AG, VesselsValue’s data shows.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

30,000 sign petition to stop New Zealand schools teaching ‘gender diversity’

first_imgNewsHub 27 February 2019Family First Comment: It’s over 32,000 now Sign the petition here than 30,000 people have signed a Parliamentary petition urging the Ministry of Education to scrap references to gender diversity in the New Zealand teaching curriculum.‘Stop transgender teaching in New Zealand schools’ was published on January 29, and has garnered 31,190 signatures as of Wednesday evening.Its purpose is to persuade the House of Representatives to urge the Ministry of Education to “remove learning intentions for teaching gender diversity in the sexuality education guide”.The petition also demands the removal of gender diversity teaching resources on the Te Kete Ipurangi (TKI) website, which provides schools with education materials.TKI currently provides multiple learning resources aimed at educating students about different gender identities, including ‘Making schools safer for trans and gender diverse youth’ and a video series about Rainbow Pasifika youth.In 2015, the Ministry of Education developed guidelines for how schools should teach sexual education, and in 2017 the ‘Inclusive Education Guide for supporting LGBTIQA+ students’ was released.Education Minister Chris Hipkins told Newshub while no changes have been made since 2015, “the Ministry of Education plans to work with the sector to update the guide this year to ensure it reflects further societal changes”.“I believe that teachers are already required to create a safe environment for all students regardless of race, religion, language, disability, and sexuality,” the petition reads.“They do not have a separate requirement to teach the content of minority groups in the curriculum… I believe that endorsing gender discordance as normal via public education and legal policies will confuse children and parents.”READ MORE: up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

Man stabs co-worker in drinking binge

first_imgHis co-worker Michael Ybanez, 45, of SanEnrique, Iloilo was tagged as suspect, police said. Ybanez was detained in the lockup cellof the Jaro police station. Charges for frustrated homicide will be filedagainst him./PN ILOILO City – A 36-year-old man landedin a hospital after he got stabbed by his co-worker in Barangay Tacas, Jarodistrict. According to police investigation,Baroro and Ybanez were having a drinking binge around 9 p.m. on Oct 2.center_img Baroro was about to go to the comfortroom when Ybanez stabbed him without provocation. It was not immediately establishedwhat was the motive in the incident. Nilo Baroro of Barangay Calaparan,Arevalo district, a construction worker, sustained a stab wound on the body. Hereceived treatment at the Western Visayas Medical Center in Mandurriaodistrict. last_img read more

Shopko Foundation tops $1 million with charity golf outing

first_imgGreen Bay, WI.—  Shopko and the Shopko Foundation recently hosted their 39th annual Shopko Foundation Golf Classic on July 11 presented by American Greetings, Kimberly-Clark, and Newell Brands and raised $1,175,500 to support local schools and nonprofits focused on health and education in Shopko communities across the country.“The Shopko Foundation Golf Classic is our most successful fundraiser each year, and because we’ve been so fortunate to have the support of our vendors and business partners, we can continue to strengthen our communities,” said Michelle Hansen, Shopko Foundation manager. “The funds raised this year will support charitable groups and programs that matter to the people who live and work in every community we serve.”More than 300 national Shopko vendors and business partners, as well as former Green Bay Packers, LeRoy Butler, Dorsey Levens, and William Henderson, participated in the event. The Golf Classic teed off at courses throughout northeast Wisconsin: Thornberry Creek Golf Course in Green Bay, Brown County Golf Course in Oneida, and Royal St. Patrick’s Golf Links in Wrightstown. Tim Gorton, president of Families of Children with Cancer, and Cole Stoffel, founder of Cole’s Cancer Crusade and former Shopko Kick-off Kid, were featured speakers at the reception held in the Lambeau Field Atrium.“The generosity and enthusiasm surrounding the Golf Classic speaks volumes to the respect our vendors and business partners have for the Shopko Foundation and the numerous organizations we support,” said Hansen. “Year after year we have an incredible opportunity to make a difference in our Shopko communities.”Through the support of vendors and business partners, Shopko and the Shopko Foundation have raised more than $35 million to support worthy causes and organizations in Shopko communities through the Foundation’s Community Charitable Grant, Teammate Charitable Service Challenge, Green Bay Area Community Grant, and Teammate and Family Scholarship programs.last_img read more