The danger of ‘misinformation, disinformation, delusions, and deceit’

first_img“In the midst of this historic global pandemic, this message carries more weight than it ever has before: Use our powers for good, that by those deeds we might demonstrate that our gifts are not a solemn path to importance but a promise for another person,” he said. “Harvard will change you, but let it continue to change you. Let it make you keenly sensitive to injustice. Let it make you more empathetic to struggle. Let it embolden you to make change.”Raoof ’12, Ph.D. ’18, spoke of a lesson from her studies of evolution: from challenge comes change. She used Pellegrino University Professor Emeritus Edward Osborne Wilson as an example. A childhood fishing accident left Wilson with impaired vision in one eye, which led to his interest in studying small things up close and eventually to his becoming one of the world’s most eminent biologists. She spoke of her grandfather, who grew up orphaned and poor in India but gained freedom through education — including studies at Columbia University. He began a career teaching, then teaching teachers, and eventually became a director of UNESCO, the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization. While his education enabled his road through life, it wasn’t his education but his hardscrabble roots that drove him, Raoof said.“What Professor Wilson lost in sight, he gained in vision. My grandfather, powerless in youth, spent his life empowering others,” Raoof said. “We are once again at a challenging moment, but let us remember that challenges inspire evolution. … This pandemic has uncovered the world’s needs. How can we adapt to serve our communities for future generations?”,Serving communities with information and countering government abuse are key functions for news organizations. In his speech, Baron provided context that government and the press have been at odds from the start. He harkened back to 1690, when a Boston newspaper — the first in America — published its first edition. The next day, the governor and council of Massachusetts shut the paper down. The ensuing centuries were no less rocky, with high points of freedom of the press being enshrined in in the U.S. Constitution and the U.S. Supreme Court subsequently protecting that freedom. A free press, Baron said, has revealed many injustices and scandals that those in power would have liked to cover up, from abuse of children by Catholic priests — a story broken by The Boston Globe while Baron was editor — to Watergate, to modern day-slavery in the international fishing industry, to the mistreatment of veterans at Walter Reed Hospital, to the abuses that led to the #MeToo movement.That’s why the press is among the first targets of power-hungry leaders and under assault today as authoritarianism rises around the world, Baron said. By the end of last year, 250 journalists were in jail globally in nations such as Turkey, Hungary, China, the Philippines, and Myanmar. Saudi Arabia was implicated in the murder of a Washington Post columnist, and more journalists were killed last year in Mexico — five — than in any other country.Baron concluded by pointing out that Harvard and journalism share core values. “You seek the truth, with scholarship, teaching, and dialogue, knowing that it really matters. My profession shares with you that mission, the always-arduous, often-tortuous, and yet essential pursuit of truth,” he said. “It is the demand that democracy makes upon us. It is the work we must do. We will keep at it. You should, too. None of us should ever stop.”,Related Conan arrives, and the crowd goes wild! (Not really) The University’s history of upheaval in war and peace, contagions and contaminated puddings The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron offered a ringing defense of facts and the truth on Thursday, telling Harvard seniors who tuned in to an online graduation program for the Class of 2020 that the current coronavirus pandemic has not only underscored the value of accurate, authoritative information but has shown that lies and misinformation can be deadly.“Only a few months ago, I would have settled for emphasizing that our democracy depends on facts and truth, and it surely does,” Baron said. “But now, as we can plainly see, it is more elemental than that. Facts and truth are matters of life and death. Misinformation, disinformation, delusions, and deceit can kill.”Baron, who presented his remarks during an hourlong online morning ceremony, said that an independent press — “imperfect though [it] may be” — is key to ensuring that facts are presented and truth defended in society. This is true particularly now, he said, as leaders in much of the world are moving to quash the independent press, and “efforts in this country to demonize, delegitimize, and dehumanize the press give license to other governments to do the same — and to do far worse.”He also warned that judges, historians, scientists, medical professionals, and other trained experts, once viewed as independent arbiters of facts, are being “devalued, dismissed, and denied. The goal is clear: to undermine the very idea of objective fact, all in pursuit of political gain.”Baron was the principal speaker at the hourlong virtual celebration, called Honoring the Class of 2020. The event became the pandemic-era substitute for the traditional Commencement ceremonies, when Harvard President Larry Bacow in March postponed the annual in-person gathering until it is safe again to assemble in large numbers.,Harvard’s Commencement exercises typically occupy a full day amid a week of reunions, receptions, pomp, and ceremony. This celebration included remarks by Baron and Bacow, two student speakers, a performance by  cellist Yo-Yo Ma and singer Ashley LaLonde ’20, and greetings from Harvard Alumni Association President Alice Hill ’81, Ph.D. ’91, and Harvard Provost Alan Garber. Most meaningfully, the event included the presentation of degree candidates by the deans of the various Schools and conferring of degrees by Bacow.“I’m sure you’ve imagined this moment for quite some time. But let’s face it, it’s far different than any of us could have predicted when this semester began,” Bacow said. “Two months of pandemic cannot be allowed to overshadow your years of hard work, your many late nights and early mornings, your countless personal pep talks — and let’s face it, we all do them — that turn self-doubt into self-determination. Faced with obstacles, each of you gathered your courage, set your sights, and overcame the insurmountable.”Bacow told graduates that they should savor their achievements and “rest even for a day upon your laurels” but then to get to work, improving the world for others and ensuring that opportunity — like that given them four years earlier — is available broadly.“Humanity needs people willing to devote themselves to asking questions, hard questions, sometimes even uncomfortable questions, people who are willing to work hard to perfect this imperfect world that we inhabit, people who care more about others than themselves,” Bacow said. “You are those people.”The morning celebration, intended for a broader University audience as well as graduates and their families, was viewed by 20,000 as it occurred and 5,000 more during the day. Virtual ceremonies at Harvard’s individual Schools followed it, including speakers such as Conan O’Brien for Harvard College, astronaut Robert Satcher Jr. for Harvard Medical School and the Harvard School of Dental Medicine, and Equal Justice Initiative founder and director Bryan Stevenson for Harvard Law School.,Student speakers during the University-wide event delivered two of the three traditional orations, with the Latin Salutatory held for inclusion a later in-person ceremony. Graduating senior Michael Phillips delivered the Senior English Address, and Sana Raoof, who received her M.D. from the Medical School, delivered the Graduate English Address.Phillips, a sociology concentrator from Leverett House, recalled the anxieties and insecurities students felt as they found their way during their years at Harvard. He ultimately fell back on his mother’s exhortation, engraved onto three keys she left with him on his first day: believe, fearless, and inspire. He reflected on their meaning, saying that though Harvard graduates likely will be leaders, it remains to be seen what kind of leaders they will be. “We are once again at a challenging moment, but let us remember that challenges inspire evolution.” — Sana Raoof, Orator Students we interviewed in 2017, now seniors, reflect on the friendships forged with their first-year roommates Providing insight and inspiration An enduring bond Two orators chosen to address Class of 2020 Comedian joins Houses, departments in day honoring seniors The COVID-19 evacuation wasn’t Harvard’s firstlast_img read more

Champlain College exceeds campaign goal, creates first endowed chair

first_imgChamplain College trustees announced the creation of the College’s first endowed chair, naming it in honor of retiring President Roger Perry. The Board of Trustees voted to create this $1 million academic fund, The Doctor Roger H. Perry Endowed Chair, as part of the College’s successful Power of Three Capital Campaign.The news came at the Annual Meeting of the Board of Trustees on October 22, when Champlain College trustees announced the Power of Three campaign has already raised $15 million, exceeding its $12 million goal a full year before the official close of the campaign.The campaign supports the construction of three new facilities at the private, career-oriented college: The Main Street Suites & Conference Center, The S.D. Ireland Family Center for Global Business & Technology, and the Student Life Complex. The campaign, the most ambitious in the Colleges 126-year history, included the goal of growing endowment by at least $2 million.Trustees and friends of Champlain College have been quietly raising funds for this special honor for President Perry, and they surprised him with the news at the Annual Meeting. They have already funded $800,000 toward the $1 million goal for the endowed chair. “The Doctor Roger H. Perry Endowed Chair will help secure Champlains future of academic excellence, and it bestows an extraordinary honor on an extraordinary leader,” said Bill Post, chair of the Board of Trustees.Before retiring in June 2005, Perry will choose the academic focus of the endowed chair. Perry has served as president of Champlain College for nearly 13 years. He has been credited with steering the institution through a major transformation to include online education, overseas and graduate programs, enhanced co-curricular, recreational and extracurricular activities, new on-campus facilities, and cutting-edge academic offerings that respond to needs in the global marketplace.During Perry’s watch, a provost and program directors were hired to provide academic leadership. Faculty members have been developing student outcomes by academic program and course, developing assessment measures for the outcomes, increasing the writing required in each course, increasing the level of students critical thinking, and increasing international elements in Champlain courses.”Roger has inspired faculty, staff and trustees to think in the future, then act boldly to get us there,” Post said.The first endowed chair in the United States was established at Harvard University. Endowed chairs take many forms; some reflect the achievements and credentials of the person who holds the chair, while others reflect an area of study or field of practice. In some cases, the chair rotates among a series of academic disciplines.# # #last_img read more

NCUA Board sues HSBC

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr by: Nicholas BallasyThe NCUA board has filed a suit in federal court against HSBC Bank USA, claiming the bank violated state and federal law.The agency, suing in its capacity as liquidating agent for five failed corporate credit unions, alleged that the bank did not fulfill its duties as trustee for 37 residential mortgage-backed securities trusts.“As with the other trustees we have sued, HSBC failed to live up to its obligations under federal and state law, and we want the bank held accountable,” NCUA Board Chairman Debbie Matz said. “As our complaint states, instead of protecting the trusts and the certificate holders, HSBC sat by as the trusts wasted away. This failure caused significant harm to trust beneficiaries, including the corporate credit unions and ultimately consumer credit unions.” continue reading »last_img read more

Inaugural Queens Beer Festival Welcomes Long Island Breweries Oct. 15 & 16

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Three Long Island craft breweries will be among more than two dozen artisan brew producers from across the region taking part in the first annual Queens Beer Festival next month in Long Island City. New York is home to an exploding craft beer scene and now ranks within the top five nationally in both the number of breweries and economic impact. As for Long Island, there are more than 30 craft breweries dotting the region, and several others in the works. Long Island’s trio joins many of the top microbreweries from throughout the five boroughs on hand the weekend of Oct. 15 and 16 in Long Island City for the inaugural Queens Beer Festival. Attendees will have an opportunity to taste a wide selection of hand-crafted beers from breweries in Queens, along with a curated selection of brews from Long Island, Brooklyn, The Bronx and Staten Island.RELATED: Ultimate Long Island Craft Beer & Brewery Guide LI BreweriesThe three Long Island breweries on tap for unlimited tastings at the Queens Beer Festival include: 1) Garvies Point Brewery, located in Glen Cove, serving up such contemporary craft beers as Prybil Pale Ale, Port Service Porter, White Squall and Gold Coast, the latter of which celebrates the iconic history of the Long Island Gold Coast. 2) Greenport Harbor Brewing Co., located in a restored historical firehouse in Greenport, is the brainchild of college buddies determined to make great beer right on the North Fork of LI. 3) Blue Point Brewing Co., where the owners’ passion for the collision between the art and science of brewing led to award-winning beer with a Long Island sensibility. Toasted Lager, their first beer brewed, is its flagship. While sampling IPAs, an abundance of ales, savory lagers, and whatever else these creative brewers can come up with, revelers can enjoy views of Midtown Manhattan with live music and global food vendors representing the ethnic diversity in Queens.What You Need To KnowThe event will take place at the popular LIC Flea & Food Market, at the corner of 46th Avenue and 5th Street in Long Island City. Tickets start at just $29 for each session. Enter the “LIPRESS” discount code at checkout for 10 percent off admission!For more information, and to purchase tickets, visit read more

Why I live in Croatia: 30 incredible discoveries in 2019 alone

first_imgThere are many small companies in Croatia that deal with moving things, but I especially liked this very original chocolate souvenir from Dubrovnik, the exact length of Orlando’s elbow. I am never thrilled by the stories I hear about myself as a foreigner in Croatia. So many conspiracy theories, so many assumptions about me. And if I had more time, so I could dedicate myself to the intelligent wisdom of the Croatian army of keyboard warriors more than once a month, I’m sure I would learn more things about myself that I had no idea about until then. One of the most watched business stories of the year was the rebirth of Varaždin’s fashion giant, Varteks, under the dynamic leadership of Nenad Bakić. There are many aspects of this story that require attention, and we touched on just a few of them in this interview, which he gave us in his office at Varteks earlier this year. And it is far from the fact that you need millions to live here, it is possible to start a business with 100 euros, with an idea and determination, sitting in a cafe in Jelsa. So if I could, why wouldn’t you? I’m not going to pretend it’s easy, but what comes back to you makes everything worth the effort. And it always gets better every day when the international media takes a great story about Croatia from TCN and spreads it all over the world. So as much as you can have fun in Croatia in 12 months – here are my 30 best discoveries this year – well, most of them are from this year, but some of the items are older favorites that I recommend you try, at least once in your life. Vucedol. Simple – wow. One of the things you must see in Croatia. Too bad it is seen by really rare visitors. And then there are a lot of things I didn’t manage to write about – a fantastic performance of Orašar at the Croatian National Theater in Zagreb (thank you, Ankica Mamić – an unforgettable evening). We were thrilled as we received the award for best online reportage at the first edition of the Medical Travel Media Awards in Kuala Lumpur in August. But imagine, it works! Really interesting interview with the owner of the store on the island of Žut, and if you click on the link, you can also see a video of a great pull-out system, which works on the island without electricity. While Vukovar aroused strong sadness in me, I felt the strongest pride for Ognjen and Andreja in Berlin, earlier this month. I really follow medical tourism in Croatia closely, and I was honored to be one of only two other people from Croatia who testified when the Bagatin Clinic was named the best international cosmetic surgery clinic of the year, by 20 independent experts at the 2019 International Medical Travel Journal Awards. in Berlin. Congratulations on a well-deserved award. How to prevent your children from spending the whole day on their own gadgets and make them notice the world around them? Make them tour with Aunt Ivo from Secret Zagreb. Not only are these the most innovative tours on the market, but they are led by probably the most interesting and passionate guide, the creator of all Secret Zagreb tours, Iva Silla. Really great. You can find the original article on this one connectors The first international media award for TCN. In Malaysia! 9. Harvesting lavender on top of Paradise. 4. Baška, a Glagolitic masterpiece on Krk. If there is one thing I learned in Croatia, it is that Karin Mimica from Gastronaut organizes the best tours for Christmas trees. I went with Karin on various trips around Croatia and discovered many secret places in Croatia that I didn’t even know existed. This year, the highlight of the Gastronaut was a visit to the Krk Food Festival, and especially the Glagolitic magic of Baška. Successful Croatian companies sometimes appear in the most incredible locations. Imagine the idea of ​​opening a store on an island where no one lives all year round. One of the facts of everyday life in Croatia is that things rarely go according to plan, and very often a pleasant surprise and diversion appear along the way. Rent a van to pick up a kitchen table in the west of Zagreb, which you bought through Njuškalo – honestly, it doesn’t seem like a day that has the potential for a lot of fun, especially when the owner of the garage where the table is doesn’t show up at all. But when life gives you lemons, Croatia will sometimes find a way to make lemonade – in this case, a fantastic Lebanese restaurant just around the corner. Croatia, full of incredible discoveries. With so many people emigrating, this foreigner who lives here doubts he could live anywhere else. Read the list of 30 magical moments so far in 2019. Croatia is not just a country of tourism. There is a lively entrepreneurial scene in it, and it is one of the most positive evenings in the country that feeds on the negativity of dinners with the awarding of the EY Entrepreneur of the Year award, which takes place in Lauba in Zagreb. Infobip deservedly won in 2019. 14. Vučedol, unique in Croatia with a world class product. And if you haven’t had a chance to enjoy the hedonistic east of Croatia, why not put it on your list of things to do in 2020? And then I met him, Ribafisha. Simply, the hottest project on the Adriatic in 2019, and it will be again in 2020 and 2021. A wonderful man, a wonderful project, find out more about it.   Two recent comments really amused me though. The first is that I have never written anything positive about Croatia, and the second is that many people think that I am actually rich independently, and that I run TCN as a hobby. It is true that I started Total Hvar with approximately 100 euros in my pocket, and it does not seem that I have really gotten rich in the meantime. But that doesn’t stop me from exploring this beautiful country, down to the smallest detail every year, especially since I moved to Varaždin County after 13 years on Hvar. Another great year has passed, so I thought I could summarize some important moments in one article (with links to each individual article in the title of the section) to show that you should not just look for an escape from Croatia, because there is a rich and diverse life which you can enjoy exploring Croatia. And if I could do it, with a little determination, hard work and 100 euros in the bank, you can too. 5. For Križen, 6 processions protected by UNESCO in one fantastic night on Hvar. Među najvažnijim nevjerojatnim otkrićima u Hrvatskoj u 2019., pronašao sami birokraciju u Hrvatskoj koja funkcionira! MUP u Varaždinu ne samo da je uspioprodužiti moje ime iz “Paul David Raym” u “Paul DavidRaymond”, nakon što mi je ime godinama bilo skraćeno na službenimdokumentima, nego su mi uspjeli riješiti i dokumente za nakon Brexita za 18minuta, koliko je trebalo da dobijem novu vozačku dozvolu. 23. Victory over the Croatian bureaucracy, dedicated to all foreigners with long names. After giving an interview for the leading Croatian web portal about the state of Croatian tourism, and it has been read more than 100.000 times, I got the opportunity to write an occasional column for their site – a great opportunity to link to TCN. Thanks for that benefit! And when I solved the riddle of the red telephone booth in the oldest permanently inhabited city in Europe, the time came to discover the rest of Vinkovci, under the expert guidance of Goran Rihelj. Congratulations, sir! 12. Finding an English pub in a field, in the middle of nowhere in eastern Croatia. 18. The life force of Dalmatian life – olive harvest. Ti se poduzetnici sve više organiziraju i sve su glasniji. Konferencijagodine “Poduzetnički mindset” održana je u Zagrebu u rujnu. Rimac,Bakić, Mrvoš, Tedeschi, Bagatin i mnogi drugi superheroji iz poslovnog svijetaHrvatske podijelili su svoje priče – i svoje neuspjehe. Najimpresiviniji dio konferencije?U prvom redu nisu sjedili ministri, nego srednjoškolci – kakav sjajan način zainspirirati sljedeće generacije. The most incidental invention of the year. After finding the red telephone booth from the introductory photo in Vinkovci, a little research led me to a Briton who not only deserved it, but also opened an English pub in a field in the middle of nowhere, a few kilometers away. I set out to find him… 1. Upoznavanje uspješnog vlasnika dućana na otoku na kojem nema stalnih stanovnika – Žut. From the fight against stress to a state of heightened emotions. I always stayed away from Vukovar during the commemorations, because I felt that as a foreigner I had nothing to do there, but this year I decided to go there, to write something about that event in English, which no one has done so far. 15th Entrepreneurial Mindset Conference in Zagreb. 21. From a famous photographer to an organic farmer, the experience of OPG Mario Romulić. The first article for The Daily Telegraph. Remember when I mentioned a moment ago that days in Croatia never go the way you planned? How excited was I when I had to go visit the auto parts factory in Sesvete? Exactly. How wrong was I? Read on here.  Croatia is a 90% Catholic country, and neighboring Bosnia and Herzegovina hosts over a million tourists a year, although there is no Vatican recognition and there is really nothing to see. And what would it be like to tell you that in Croatia there is not only a miracle that the Vatican has recognized, but that you can also visit it, in the Croatian city of miracles? 19. Participation in the Parade of Remembrance in Vukovar. center_img Although I have been to the east of Croatia before, in 2019 I discovered a lot. One of my favorite things was that I met an old friend again on a new trip – Mario Romulić, a famous photographer, who became a producer of organic food. I warmly recommend staying at OPG Mario Romulić! 16. Revival of the Croatian fashion giant – visit to Nenad Bakić and Varteks. There are not many festivals of great food and wine that can be compared to the Spring Festival of Food and Wine of Korčula Pjatance – a really special time to visit a special island in late April and early May. 10. RokOtok, the warmest project on the Adriatic 2019. Croatia has great wines made by really talented and charismatic winemakers, but have you met a winemaker who makes wines in Split? In the shelter under the apartment building? 7. 5 Michelin-starred chefs on 1 uninhabited island – Days of the Yellow Feast. 6. Hope for Croatia: Award for EY Entrepreneur of the Year. 25. Innovative tours, interested guides, Secret Zagreb provides a masterclass of tourism. My beloved Hvar constantly invited me to return to him, and it is always a pleasure to visit one of the best islands in Croatia, especially to attend the official opening of the Palace Elisabeth Hotel, a hotel with tradition, the first 5 * hotel on the island. It was great fun, suitable for such a great hotel.  Luxury hotels aside, but life in Dalmatia comes down to simple things. I used to hate the olive harvest and the obligation to go to the family field, but now it has become something I look forward to – a natural fight against stress with liquid gold. So when people ask me – and they ask me, often – why I live in Croatia while everyone else is leaving it, my very honest answer is that I really couldn’t live anywhere else. Life and lifestyle in Croatia are simply beautiful, too absurd and addictive – why would I want to live elsewhere ?! Jeo sam u životu svakakvu hranu čudnih naziva, ali “poderanegaće”? Tako se zvalo predjelo koje sam u Iloku dobio uz čašu tramincaIločkih podruma, prije početka sjajnog obilaska koji je uključivao i posjetnajskupljem hrvatskom vinu na tržištu – možete ga dobiti za samo 7.400 eura zabutelju. Požurite, ima ih samo još 182! 3. Byblos, a Lebanese wonder on the slopes above Zagreb. 11. Fantastic Museum of Red History in Dubrovnik. Good bad evil. 22. Iločki Podrumi, a wine story that beats all other Croatian wine stories. 24. Surprising business story of the year – agility, fun and innovation in the Croatian auto parts industry in Sesvete. 26. Innovative souvenirs – Orlando’s chocolate elbow in Dubrovnik. Let’s go! 27. Pride of Berlin: Bagatin named the best international cosmetic surgery clinic of the year. Najposebnija večer godine na otoku Hvaru – Veliki Četvrtak. Pet stotinagodina tradicije procesije “Za Križen”, pod zaštitom UNESCO-a, odvijase istovremeno u šest sela na Hvaru, gdje bosonog križonoša predvodi procesijukroz 22 kružna kilometra tijekom noći. Ove sam godine uspio na videu uhvatitipočetak, kraj i prolazak svih 6 procesija u prolasku kroz glavni trgJelse.  8. Korculanske Pjatance, a spring food and wine festival worth mentioning. But these foreigners really belonged entirely to the gathering in Vukovar – a truly fantastic evening, again in an English pub, with a barbecue with some of the foreign veterans who fought on the Croatian side in the Homeland War. 29. Marked by Masters, masterclass in branding in Trogir. Dalmatia at the end of November is not the usual time of Lots of Life, but this was a special exception, worthy of attention. The days were Dalmatian sunny, Trogir shone bathed in the sun, and their new logo and branding of Trogir – Marked by Masters – was presented. And while 2019 was another year of incredible discoveries in Croatia, it pushed TCN into new territories and other directions. 30. HeadOnEast – Hedonist, magični Osijek iznenadio je hrvatski turistički svijet. 13. Wonderland, home to the only wonder recognized by the Vatican that you can visit. I managed to meet the aforementioned shop owner on Žut because I visited the Festivities Days on that island, one of the most culinary events of the year. And if you’re looking for a great story, here’s one: a family that owns land on an island without water, electricity or ferry connections decides to open a quality restaurant in 1993, during the war. How would you estimate the likelihood that it will succeed? Some 26 years later, even five top Michelin-starred chefs joined forces with the five best Croatian chefs to create a gourmet magic – I think the party exceeded expectations from 1993, right? But when it comes to special moments with aromatic authenticity, nothing can measure the early morning start at 4:30, at the beginning of July on Hvar – the lavender harvest with the celebrated photographer Jadran Lazić is part of my summer calendar from 2013, and this year it followed us a capella song by a local lavender collector. 17. Elitni turizam na Hvaru: otvorenje hotela s 5* – Palace Elisabeth. Just mentioning Tito or the red five-pointed star causes an immediate allergic reaction in many, so I was surprised that the Museum of Red History was opened in Dubrovnik, from all places. However you see the history, it is hard to deny that it is a part of Croatian history, and the two characters behind this project have gathered a fantastic exhibition of good, bad and evil from this most controversial era of the past. Although it seems to be a controversial topic, the museum quickly came to no. 1 of the best museums in Dubrovnik on TripAdvisor. 28. First visit to the oldest permanently inhabited city in Europe: 10 things you need to know about Vinkovci. And when the possibilities are already mentioned, the opportunity arose to connect with the University of Zagreb and start an internship program for young students from the Faculty of Political Science and Journalism. So far, the initial days of this program are passing, we are having a good time, and one of the interns’ articles will be published in London, a few weeks after the beginning of the cooperation with TCN. 20. Barbecue in an English pub in a field near Vinkovci with foreign volunteers of the Homeland War. But as he delighted Trogir, so did Osijek, when he hosted the most important people of Croatian tourism during the Day of Croatian Tourism. Even the local people were delighted with the magic of Osijek and the Fortress. Moj dječački san da postanem maneken konačno se ostvario u mojoj 50.godini, kada sam postao posljednje lice Varteksove kampanje “Nesavršenmuškarac u savršenom odijelu”. Ako mogu učiniti da ja izgledamprezentabilno, zamislite što tek mogu učiniti za vas… And his wines are fantastic. Meet Divina Vina. Check it out video. Yes, at least! Why emigrate? Where in the world will you find such incredible discoveries and lifestyles as I wrote outside of Croatia? 2.  Jedini vinar u Splitu, koji proizvodi vino u atomskom skloništu. Cover photo: Steve Gauntlast_img read more

Gael Clichy explains why he left Arsenal to join Manchester City

first_imgClichy became a villain to Arsenal fans (Picture: Getty)‘I didn’t feel that at the time. I’m not the only one, if you look around at the other players who left at the time that I left they would probably tell you the same and I think overall the decision was good for everybody. ‘It wasn’t linked to my injury, it wasn’t linked to anything but I could feel that the club was pushing towards something else.‘If you speak with my close friends, my family, there was a moment where I was dying to finish my career at Arsenal because I was loving every single moment of it. More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City‘But at the same time seeing how it was going, seeing that for those last few years where we hadn’t won anything, it was down to me as the player and I thought that maybe it was time to break the circle.‘They were trying to promote new players so I said to myself, “You know what? Let’s go and see something else”.’MORE: Emile Smith Rowe tells Mikel Arteta he wants No.10 role at ArsenalMORE: Contract rebel Ryan Fraser offered to Arsenal for free transferFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Gael Clichy explains why he left Arsenal to join Manchester City Clichy jumped ship in 2011 (Picture: Getty)Gael Clichy has explained he felt he was on the verge of being forced out at Arsenal when he decided to join Manchester City.Arsenal fans were furious when the left-back joined their Premier League rivals in 2011, but Clichy enjoyed an excellent spell at City winning the title and the league cup twice.Clichy would spend six years at City and the Frenchman explained he didn’t feel wanted at Arsenal.‘I remember clearly at that time the club was trying to promote more British players,’ Clichy told Arsenal’s In Lockdown podcast.ADVERTISEMENT‘There was a group of four or five players, they were putting them out there, they wanted to build the team around them and I was getting to a point where, not the injuries, but where you feel that the club is saying they [don’t] want to keep you.AdvertisementAdvertisement‘I don’t think they wanted me to leave but I didn’t feel at the time that they wanted me to stay. ‘I believe nowadays in football when you want a player to stay, you tell them you want them to stay and you make sure he stays. Advertisement Comment Coral BarryThursday 11 Jun 2020 1:25 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link195Shares Advertisementlast_img read more

Managers dropped as Local Pensions Partnership launches sub-fund

first_imgThe UK’s Local Pensions Partnership (LPP) has launched its first asset-class fund, with the pooling of its founding investors’ equity holdings resulting in the number of external managers being whittled down to three as four from Lancashire County Pension Fund’s side were dropped. The new fund is a £5bn (€5.5bn) global equity fund, which comprises the pooled holdings of its main clients the Lancashire County Pension Fund (LCPF) and the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA). The Royal County of Berkshire Pension Fund has not added its holdings to the equity pool, as it has not yet formally joined the LPP, a spokesman at the partnership told IPE.Berkshire is to do so early next year. Around 40% of the Global Equity Fund comprises equities managed internally, with the remainder being managed by MFS Investment Management, Robeco and Magellan, according to a statement from LPP.As at 31 March, the £6bn LCPF had five external public equity managers – Baillie Gifford, Natixis Global Asset Management (NGAM), MFS, Morgan Stanley and Robeco – and two UCITS funds managed by AGF Investments and Magellan Financial Group.The LPFA, in turn, had some £2bn of exposures to public equities as at the end of August this year, with MFS responsible for around half that.It brought the majority of its equity portfolio in-house in 2014; the in-house investments stood at £1bn before the pooling, IPE understands.This indicates that four external managers lost mandates as a result of the pooling, mainly from the LCPF’s side: Baillie Gifford, NGAM, Morgan Stanley and AGF.The LPFA brought the majority of its equity portfolio in-house in 2014. The LPP spokesman said: “We have dropped some existing managers and given larger mandates to the three on the release whom we feel share our investment philosophy.”First in a seriesIts global equity fund is the first in a series of asset class funds that LPP Investments (LPPI), the FCA-approved operator of the Authorised Contractual Scheme (ACS), intends to launch, according to LPP.The local government pension scheme organisation said it was planning to launch funds for fixed income, total return and property.Investments in more illiquid assets such as private equity, infrastructure and credit are being consolidated under special-purpose vehicles over the next six months, it added.The LPP said the new equities portfolio “provides a significant reduction in overall costs for each of the founding investors while also maintaining and improving expected investment outcomes”.The entry into force on 1 November of new UK investment regulations for local authority pension funds paved the way for the launch of the global equity fund, according to the LPP.Susan Martin, chief executive at the LPP, said: “Following our FCA and ACS approval, we have been waiting for the government to change the LGPS investment regulations. There are now no barriers to physically pooling our assets and launching the fund.”The LPP is one of the eight local government pension scheme pools that are at various stages of development in the UK.Like the London CIV, it pre-dates the government’s instruction for administering local authorities to pool pension scheme assets and is relatively far advanced.It obtained FCA approval in April 2016, at which point a spokesman had indicated to IPE that equities could be the first asset class where holdings would be pooled.The LPP sees itself as a pension services organisation and thus more than an asset pool.The venture also has a pensions administration company, LPP Administration.It does not yet have the £25bn in assets that the UK’s Department for Communities and Local Government has set out as a goal for the LGPS asset pools, but it is confident about being able to attract further clients.last_img read more

David Villa announces retirement plan

first_imgRelatedPosts Vissel Kobe lands Vermaelen Iniesta replaces Podolski as Kobe captain Iniesta key to Samper leaving Barca Former Barcelona and Spain striker David Villa has announced he will retire at the end of the year.The Vissel Kobe striker Villa will hang up his boots after the end of the J-League season in January, bringing an end to a glittering 19-year career.“After 19 years as a professional, I have decided to retire from playing football at the end of this season,” Villa wrote on Twitter.“Thank you to all the teams, coaches and teammates that have allowed me to enjoy this dreamed career.“My goal is to put the icing on it by winning the Emperor’s Cup on @visselkobe January 1. From then on, I will continue to enjoy all the projects we are working on with the DV7 Group. Thank you for all your love.”Villa, Spain’s record goal scorer with 59 in 98 appearances for his country, netted five times as they won the World Cup in 2010. He also won the Golden Boot as Spain won Euro 2008.The 37-year-old has enjoyed a fine career which includes two La Liga titles and the Champions League with Barcelona, and another league title at Atletico Madrid in 2014.Villa moved to New York City in 2014 and scored 80 in 124 MLS appearances.He has scored 12 in 26 league games for Vissel Kobe and the J-League side wrote on Twitter: “Thank you for an outstanding career.”On Tuesday, it was announced that an investment group including Villa had been granted a USL franchise in New York City.Queensboro FC will begin play in 2021 in the USL Championship, the second division of professional soccer in the United States.Tags: David VillaJ.LeagueVissel Kobelast_img read more

Deja vu for McIlroy

first_img Press Association Horschel carded a superb 67 to share the clubhouse lead in the 113th US Open at Merion with compatriot Phil Mickelson, but McIlroy’s rounds of 73 and 70 were enough to leave him just four shots off the pace. He and Horschel fell out at the Walker Cup in 2007, with the world number two turning on the American when the pair met on the final day at Royal County Down. “I was up against Horschel on the first day, too,” McIlroy recalled the following year. “I messed up the last hole and lost to him. I wasn’t happy.” Six years on from battling each other for one of amateur golf’s top prizes, Rory McIlroy and Billy Horschel are among those challenging for one of the professional game’s most coveted titles.center_img The Northern Irishman added: “Then I got him again, twice, on the Sunday. His antics were really p****** me off. For example, he had hit a bunker shot at the 14th in our morning foursome. It was a great shot and finished inches from the cup. But he came running down the hill hollering at the top of his voice. He was so loud and so obnoxious. “Anyway, that outburst of his was probably the worst thing he could have done. In the second singles, I set out to be as loud as he was. “On the first tee I ripped a drive up the middle, hit my 7-iron approach to maybe 15 feet – I was shouting ‘Be good! Be good!’ all the way – and holed the putt for an eagle. “When the ball went in, I gave it the loudest ‘Come on!’ you’ve ever heard. I think he got the point.” Those differences appeared to be a thing of the past when the pair played a practice round alongside Tiger Woods earlier this week, with Woods also alongside McIlroy on three over after matching rounds of 73 and 70. The knock-on effect of Thursday’s weather delays meant the second round had not been completed on Friday evening, with Horschel and Mickelson sharing the lead ahead of English pair Luke Donald and Justin Rose and veteran American Steve Stricker. Almost half the field had yet to complete their rounds, with Ian Poulter alongside Rose and Donald on level par with four holes to play. last_img read more

Experts, students analyze Obama presidency so far

first_imgThe same day a CNN public opinion poll announced that the president’s approval rating had dropped to 53 percent, the Jesse M. Unruh Institute of Politics held its first Students Talk Back forum of the semester, titled “Obama Overview: How’s he doing?”At the forum, held in the EVK Common Room Wednesday, students and faculty gathered with experts from the 2008 Democratic and Republican presidential campaigns to discuss the Obama presidency.Backtalk · Panelists Jon Carpenter, Craig Schirmer, Joseph Clark and Andrea Jones Rivera discuss the progress of the Obama presidency as a part of the Students Talk Back forum in the EVK Common Room. – Amaresh Sundaram Kuppuswamy | Daily Trojan“I think these forums and these debates are important so people can not only articulate their views, but strengthen them,” said Alexa Ekman, president of the USC College Republicans, who attended the event.Students convened with expert panelists Craig Schirmer, a senior advisor of the Obama/Biden campaign, and Andrea Jones Rivera, the California state director of the McCain/Palin campaign. Student panelists Jon Carpenter, former president of the USC College Democrats, and Joseph Clark, a representative from the USC College Republicans, also presented their political views at the event.Dan Schnur, director of the Unruh Institute, and Daily Trojan Managing Editor Dan Loeterman, moderated the lunch panel discussion.“Dan [Schnur] has an incredible ability to pull together people from across the political spectrum and help educate students on important issues to our country,” Rivera said.The forum covered the full gamut of issues on the president’s agenda, from the economic stimulus to health care reform and even the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.“The president has a lot of challenges ahead and he’s starting to meet them head-on,” Schirmer said during the forum.Rivera said she thought President Obama needs to balance which issues he wants to make an impact on with the issues that he needs to make an impact on. Rivera added that she thought Obama should have stayed in the United States for longer than he did after the election to make some progress on his agenda, before choosing to go overseas.“Obama has a larger-than-life personality, the likes of which we haven’t seen since JFK,” Rivera said.On health care reform, Rivera said she thought Obama started out on the right foot by meeting with senators and representatives from both sides of the aisle, but that he did not set the right tone for the specific items he wanted to see accomplished.The current backlash on health care reform is based on thewidespread view that the current administration has taken on too much, Rivera said.Obama was elected on the promise of change, according to Clark, but instead the country found itself with a growing deficit and an expansion of government into banking and the auto industry.Schirmer said it seemed Obama was starting the process of making changes.“[Obama]’s beginning to lay down the markers of changing Washington,” he said.He noted Obama expanded the national debt to prevent a full-fledged depression, and that health care reform seems to be close to fruition.The president plans to address both houses of Congress next week with his specific goals for health care reform.“He’s a guy that finds a way to get things done,” Schirmer said, adding that Obama will need to present a clear, compelling message to garner enough support to back the health care legislation.Despite the global financial crisis, conservatives are willing to spend money for the war on terror, as long as there is a clear vision in the ongoing fight, according to republicans Rivera and Clark.“President Obama is in a unique position in that he can reach out to other countries, especially in the Middle East,” Rivera said.The president is working with Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who commands US and NATO troops in Afghanistan, to devise a new strategy for the next year in the country, Schirmer said, with the hopes that progress would be made before liberals become disenchanted with the war.“The administration needs to bring political muscle this fall,” he said.After the panel discussion concluded, both the students and experts in attendance said they thought the event was a good way to spark discussion about important political issues.“The country is faced with great problems and it is always good to engage in political dialogue, no matter what your ideological perspective,” Schirmer said, following the forum.Rivera agreed, noting that it is particularly important to have students involved in discussions like the Students Talk Back forum.“This is the next generation of young leaders and it’s extremely important to help them get involved,” Rivera said. “It’s important to have a discussion about politics without throwing a table across the room.”Schnur said he was pleased by the high student turnout, especially since it was the first panel of the semester.“From the time we started these lunches last fall, I’ve been pleasantly surprised and tremendously encouraged by the level of student turnout and participation,” Schnur said. “The fact that we were able to start out today with such a strong turnout and such a valuable discussion bodes very well for the semester.”The Students Talk Back forums will continue every Wednesday until the end of the semester. The next two forum topics are health care reform and Afghanistan.last_img read more