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‘Waiting for Superman’ stirs education debate at Harvard Kennedy School

first_imgAn advance screening of the education reform film Waiting for ‘Superman’ played to a packed house Wednesday evening followed by a panel discussion that sparked a vigorous debate mirrored the controversy the documentary has touched off across the nation.Directed by Davis Guggenheim, Waiting for ‘Superman’ follows families across the nation in their quests to find better schools for their children. In so doing, the film promotes reforms closely associated with charter schools such as Harlem Children’s Zone, SEED and KIPP. Geoffrey Canada, Harvard Graduate School of Education graduate and Harlem Children’s Zone founder, and Michelle Rhee, M.P.P. ’97, chancellor of the District of Columbia Public Schools, both figure prominently in the film as part discussion about how to transform failing schools.Discussing the screening, Linda Nathan, the founding headmaster of the Boston Arts Academy, said she worried the film would feed into the misconception that reform requires a superhuman leader. “I really worry about that message—that innovation means you have to be a missionary or a hero,” she said.Jim Berk, CEO of Participant Media (which funded and produced the documentary), was also on the panel and defended his company’s work, saying the its focus was on individuals and good storytelling.“This film was not made for education experts,” he emphasized. “It was made to inspire an audience that doesn’t have a vested interest in the schools… The first [step] is to become inspired. Then we have a chance of sparking a movement.”The panel was moderated by David Ager, co-director of undergraduate studies and lecturer on sociology at Harvard College. Second-year HKS student Thackston Lundy, M.P.P. ’11, former director of operations at the Williamsburg Collegiate Charter School in Brooklyn, NY, appears in the movie and also participated on the panel.The Waiting for ‘Superman’ screening was hosted by the Center for Public Leadership at Harvard Kennedy School, and was a follow-on to CPL’s Gleitsman Social Change Film Forum, which brought movie industry professionals and students interested in social entrepreneurship together this past April to examine the power of film as a vehicle to catalyze social action.last_img read more

Clinton To Make New Latin America Trip

first_imgBy Dialogo June 02, 2010 US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will leave Washington this month for a Latin America and Caribbean tour, with stops in Peru, Ecuador, Colombia and Barbados, an official said Friday. The chief US diplomat will travel June 6 to Peru for the general assembly of the Organization of American States (OAS), before heading to Ecuador on June 8, State Department spokesman Philip Crowley told reporters. She will visit Colombia to meet with leaders and then visit Barbados on June 9 for talks with leaders from Barbados and other Caribbean nations. Clinton made a tour of Latin America in early March, visiting Uruguay, Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Costa Rica and Guatemala.last_img read more

Drug Trafficking in Central America

first_imgBy Dialogo August 16, 2011 Ninety-five percent of the drugs that reach North America from South America do so by way of Central America, with the consequence that the Central Americans need to work with Colombia and Mexico to fight against narcotics shipments, U.S. Assistant Secretary of State for the Bureau of International Narcotics and Law Enforcement Affairs William Brownfield said. At the same time, he warned that the governments of the region are the ones who should lead the effort to eradicate the illegal trade in drugs, since the U.S. Congress is probably not going to appropriate significant amounts for foreign aid now that its priority is cutting spending. According to the UN, the region is the most violent in the world, outside of war zones. “There is no silver-bullet solution. … It took us many, many years to get into this mess, and it is going to take years to get out of it,” the diplomatic official said at an event held at the Council of the Americas, a Washington think tank. “Our challenge … is to reach common agreement and understanding on the basic elements of the (anti-drug) strategy,” Brownfield said. “We’re pretty close to being there.” The official announced that in two weeks, the authorities of the Central American Integration System (SICA) will meet to set a timeline for its anti-drug strategy. This strategy was launched in June, with U.S. support, to combat and prevent drug trafficking and arms trafficking, strengthen border security, and defeat gangs. It seems to me, a personal opinion, if the United States lowers the pressure on Central America and South America, and if better conditions improve the quality of life, the topic of drugs has to die down a lot. All those people do what they do out of a terrible need, and to improve their quality of life, and by the way, they work full time and with hunger, tight in all extortion forms, they rape their women and children as a form of torture, I’m not saying that there aren’t people who do it because of other conditions, this topic is really difficult, by the way this is only my personal opinion.last_img read more

London government calls on LPFA to divest fossil fuels

first_imgThe report said: “[The LPFA should look] at the options for managed divestment and responsible reinvestment of its funds from, at least, those companies for which a significant proportion of their business consists of fossil fuels.”The 25-seat Assembly, which has 12 Labour members to the Conservative’s nine, said it hoped the LPFA would find reinvestments that delivered appropriate returns.However, the report did acknowledge analysis showing that, while a trend is building behind fossil fuel divestment, the value of assets held in stocks cannot all be accommodated in renewable energy or green projects. The conservative mayor of London, Boris Johnson, has also pushed back against the Assembly earlier this year, suggesting he had no control over the LPFA’s investments, and that it was not possible for the fund to offer a “fossil-fuel-free scheme”.The LPFA is accountable to the mayor, but the scheme’s governing board makes investment decisions.A spokesman for the LPFA said it took all recommendations into consideration when devising a strategy but that it still had a fiduciary duty to prioritise investment return.“Our key aim must be to ensure we can continue to pay pensions as they fall due,” he said.“Thus, the obligation of the LPFA board is to make investments that provide the appropriate risk/return trade-offs.“Screening out stocks for investment or divestment on ethical grounds only is in conflict with the fiduciary duty if the decision risks significant financial detriment to the fund.”The pressure on London’s local government pension scheme (LGPS) comes after its counterpart in Edinburgh  rejected similar calls for divestment from its council.The £5.1bn Lothian Pension Fund said the cost of divestment was too high – as much as £2.5m from around £150m in fossil fuel investments.Other LGPS, such as the Environment Agency Pension Fund, a renewable energy advocate, have called for engagement over divesting, suggesting it would achieve better results.Norway’s sovereign wealth fund, however, was recently ordered to divest fossil fuel stocks, a decision that could lead to €6bn in equity sales. The London Assembly has recommended the London Pensions Fund Authority (LPFA) divest from coal as part of a wider push to protect the city’s economy from climate change.The Assembly, which forms part of the Greater London Authority (GLA) and scrutinises decisions made by the mayor, said the city’s leader should shift fossil fuel investments to more responsible positions.It called on the £3.8bn (€5.4bn) LPFA, the pensions body spun out of the GLA, to explain how it would support London’s plans to diversify from coal and invest in the “green economy”.In a report looking at the impact of climate change on London’s economy, the Assembly said governing bodies were doing too little to prepare for the impact of climate change.last_img read more

Gold Coast home’s industrial coastal style makes it stand out

first_img The owners have blended luxe-industrial and coastal styles to give it it’s special look. An extensive renovation transformed the house into what it is today.They did most of the work themselves to ensure it lived up to the vision they had.“When you’re doing it yourself, you can stop and start and have a look around at the end of the day and move things,” Mrs Anderson said.“I didn’t want that sterile industrial look, I wanted that industrial luxury but still really homey.“It’s got a little slice of our hearts, that’s for sure.”The six-bedroom residence in Claymore Crescent is on a 809sq m waterfront block and spans two levels.The entertainment deck is a standout feature, with highlights including a kitchen servery and a miniature water slide into the pool.“Everyone that comes here is just crazy about the water slide,” Mrs Anderson said.There is also a second deck on the waterfront with access to a pontoon. It was a dated, single-level house before the renovation.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa8 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag1 day ago The makeover was a labour of love for the family.Mrs Anderson had two favourite spots in the house.“The kitchen is where we hang because it’s quite open – that’s the life of the home,” she said.“Apart from that, I just love escaping to the master retreat.”She said it was time for them to sell as it was much too big now their children were starting to move out.“While it’s been perfect, it’s just too big for us now,” she said.“It was really our dream family home. We just need to duplicate it smaller.” MORE NEWS: Looking to buy or sell at auction? Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:40Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:40 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenOpen for inspection etiquette for buyers00:41center_img The Sorrento property at 48 Claymore Cres has a unique style.BLENDING different designs can be a risky move when styling a home but it has paid off for a Gold Coast family.Jen and Rod Anderson have added coastal touches to their luxury industrial-style Sorrento property, which is on the market with a $1.849 million asking price.The couple moved into what was a single-level house almost four years ago before undertaking an extensive renovation to make it more comfortable for their large family.“We’ve got four kids so we needed more bedrooms,” Mrs Anderson said.“We moved here in 2016 and lived in it a year, then we renovated it.” MORE NEWS: Coast’s most popular house sellslast_img read more

Peter Karam has resigned from the Board of DBS

first_imgLocalNews Peter Karam has resigned from the Board of DBS by: – June 4, 2011 Share Share Mr. Peter Karam. Photo credit: FacebookMr. Peter Karam who until May 31, 2011 has served as a Director on the board of the Dominica Broadcasting Co-operation has resigned two months before his two year contract would have expired.In a letter addressed to the Minister for Information Honourable Ambrose George, Mr. Karam cited political pressure and inability to work with some members of the board and staff of DBS as his reasons for resigning. Mr. Karam was re-appointed as Director of the Board via a letter dated August 28th, 2009 which took effect from August 1, 2009. The letter indicated a two year contract which would have ended on 31st July, 2011.Dominica Vibes News Tweetcenter_img 68 Views   no discussions Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

FA Cup: Arteta delighted in Arsenal match-winner

first_img Nelson broke the deadlock with a scruffy finish from Alex Lacazette’s deflected pass, and Arteta says our matchwinner is heading in the right direction.Advertisement Arsenal boss, Mikel Arteta, was delighted with matchwinner Reiss Nelson after their FA Cup triumph over Leeds United. Promoted Content8 Shows You Didn’t Want To Watch At The EndCouples Who Celebrated Their Union In A Unique, Unforgettable WayThe Best Geek Movies Of All Time5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?20 Amazing Facts About The Daenerys Of The House Of Targaryen8 Ways Drones Will Automate Our FutureA Hurricane Can Be As Powerful As 10 Atomic BombsCan Playing Too Many Video Games Hurt Your Body?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Thailand’s 10 Most Iconic Landmarks “I am very pleased with him, how he’s training, how he’s reacting, how willing he is to learn,” he said. “He’s asking the right questions, I know about his ability, I’ve known him since I was here and I coached him when he was 16. I know his potential and now he needs to put things away. “I am really, really pleased with Reiss, I think he needed that goal as well for his confidence, I think he needs to improve his end-product a little bit in the final third, but he’s doing all the right things.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Loading… last_img read more

Twitter staff told to work from home over virus fears

first_imgThe outbreak has spread across the worldsince emerging in central China late last year, killing more than 3,100 people,infecting over 90,000, and prompting a wave of travel restrictions. The social media platform’s decision toask its staff to avoid the office follows similar requests by governments invirus hotspots. (AFP) NEW YORK – Twitter staff across theworld were asked to work from home starting Monday in an effort to stop thespread of the deadly new coronavirus epidemic.last_img