Indonesia, front and center

first_imgThis is the second in a series about Harvard’s deep connections with Asia.In May 1998, widespread food shortages and stubbornly high unemployment led to massive riots across Indonesia. More than 1,000 people were killed, and longtime ruler Suharto was driven from office.The violence eventually ushered in a new era for one of the world’s most populous and complex nations, which spans more than 17,000 islands and is home to hundreds of ethnic and language groups that provide the kind of natural divisions that have brought other countries to civil war.Fifteen years later, Indonesia appears to have skirted those centrifugal forces. Instead, its 242 million people have forged the world’s most populous Muslim-majority democracy.Interest in their progress led to the creation in 2010 of Harvard Kennedy School’s  (HKS) Indonesia Program, nestled within the Rajawali Foundation Institute for Asia, which itself is within HKS’ Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.“They have made a remarkably peaceful transition from dictatorship for 32 years to contested electoral politics,” said Jay Rosengard, lecturer in public policy at HKS and faculty chair of the HKS Indonesia Program. “The problem now is creating the institutional capacity to deliver the goods.”The program is taking a multifaceted approach to engaging with Indonesia. Affiliated faculty members, including Ash Center director Anthony Saich, the Daewoo Professor of International Affairs, have produced several reports on aspects of Indonesian democracy, studies that Rosengard said seek to be “constructively provocative.”The reports are distributed free in Indonesia in collaboration with a publisher there. The findings are shared with Indonesian officials and are the subject of conferences and meetings with key leaders. Important chapters are redrafted into policy briefs that leaders can read and digest quickly.“Our goal is not to produce a report that goes on the shelf” without being read and influencing policy, Rosengard said.In addition to the work conducted at Harvard, the program supports Indonesian researchers in their own studies. The program supports visiting fellows from Indonesia, some of whom are completing doctoral research at Harvard, and some of whom are senior practitioners studying significant issue.In more direct support for Indonesian democracy and good governance, the HKS program has designed a leadership offshoot, called “Transformasi” or “Leadership Transformation in Indonesia,” for elected local government officials, such as mayors and local district heads. Participants in the program, which provides an intensive look at good government practices, spend one week in the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and three weeks in Cambridge.“It’s a completely special program geared toward the needs of local leaders in Indonesia,” Rosengard said.Indonesia faces many challenges, but if it can get right its governance, which Rosengard referred to as “soft infrastructure,” then improvements in “hard infrastructure” – the roads, power plants, and communication technology that tangibly improve people’s lives – will follow.In addition to its focus on Indonesian government and institutions, the HKS program is also fostering a new generation of researchers interested in the multifaceted island nation. Each year, the program supports about a dozen students with grants and logistical help for research.In January, Tara Grillos was among four doctoral and masters students who traveled to Indonesia for field work, supported by a term grant from the HKS program. Grillos was conducting preliminary research in preparation for her doctoral work on participatory governance, exploring the possibility of using Indonesia as a case study.Over three weeks, Grillos met with 16 officials and attended various public meetings. She paid specific attention to a popular and effective program supported by the World Bank and a second program implemented by the Indonesian government. She said she felt welcomed by the officials she met and by ordinary Indonesians whom she met through the Internet site Couchsurfing, which connects travelers and locals all over the world.For Grillos, couch-surfing turned a long layover on a flight to Jakarta into an opportunity to meet three young Indonesians, who took her to a roadside café in Yogyakarta to drink kopi joos — coffee with burning charcoal dropped in — and tape, a green drink made of fermented cassava.“We chatted about our studies and our future plans,” Grillos said. “These are experiences that were completely unrelated to my research in some ways, but quite relevant in others. The social culture in Indonesia cannot help but affect the way that people perceive and interact with participatory institutions such as the one I am studying.”The experience of Grillos and other students, coupled with the outreach to Indonesian officials and the research conducted at Harvard, add up to a program that organizers say should enrich both Harvard and Indonesia.“We think Indonesia is one of the least well-known and least-understood countries in the world. It’s the fourth most populous, but most Americans can’t find it on a map,” Rosengard said. “We’re excited about Harvard’s engagement in Indonesia. Harvard can learn a lot, and Indonesia can benefit too.”To read more Asia coverage, visit Global Harvard.last_img read more

Club collects feminine products for patients

first_imgNotre Dames is asking students to help pad boxes with feminine hygiene products for the next two weeks in an initiative — the Code Red Collection — to donate the products to patients at the Sister Maura Brannick, C.S.C., Health Center who cannot afford these items.Senior Alison Leddy, founder and president of Notre Dames, said this is the group’s second service project of the year.“Something new this year is we’ve been trying to do a lot more service, so this Code Red Collection is our service event for this semester,” Leddy said. “Last semester, we did an event called Blankets for Breast Cancer, so we tied fleece blankets, and we donated them to women who were recently diagnosed at the Moreau Breast Cure Center.”While many people cannot fathom being unable to afford feminine hygiene products, it is a widespread societal issue that deserves attention, Leddy said.“I had been to a presentation by a Notre Dame alumna, and she started an organization called SHE, which is Sustainable Health Enterprises, which focuses on helping women and girls in Rwanda and Kenya being able to manufacture and use their own feminine products,” she said. “Sitting there, realizing that that’s such a form of privilege that I had never really known, or acknowledged in the past, I think that to me it was kind of jarring. … We kind of want Notre Dame to pause and to think about that.”Senior Brianna Prusakowski, vice president of Notre Dames, said the group has taken steps to allow people off campus or those who might feel uncomfortable donating feminine products to contribute to the cause.“We currently have a Facebook event up that includes a link to our student shop for people that would prefer to donate money, or [for] people that aren’t here,” Prusakowski said. “We’re reaching out to ND Women Connect so that they can reach out to their local chapters. … If those groups want to mail us products, or if they want to donate money, we’re open to that.”Prusakowski said Notre Dames hopes people who do not need to use feminine products understand the significance of the issue and choose to assist the group in its efforts in some way.“I think the vision with this, as well as with Dames in general, is that a lot of the things we talk about, this in particular, is not restricted to a women’s issue — it’s a health issue,” she said. “We want to be open and inclusive to all people who care about [this], which we would hope would be everyone. … It’s important, and we need a lot of help on this because we can donate all we want, but we need on a larger scale.”Leddy said she would like this event to open up greater discussion on the topic of menstruation. She also encouraged students to attend the group’s weekly meetings on Tuesday nights to learn more about why this problem exists.“That fact that there is such a stigma on even saying the word ‘period,’ then we lose a chance or an opportunity to really talk about the issues that come with that and thinking about policy-related things,” Leddy said. “People are welcome to come to our Talk it Out Tuesday discussion [in the Dooley Room at LaFortune] to learn a little bit more about this as sort of a broader, societal issue, and also, just talk about the stigma and about the realities of menstruation, which we don’t really talk enough about — but they exist.”Notre Dames will be taking donations Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. outside the Dooley Room and Thursdays from 2 to 4 p.m. in the elevator lobby of LaFortune.Tags: Code Red, feminine hygiene, Notre Dameslast_img read more

Starbucks Introduces New Summer-Inspired Menu

first_imgShare:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Image via Starbucks.WEST ELLICOTT – As Starbucks locations continue to reopen, and the season changes from spring to summer, the coffee giant is out with new summer-inspired menu items.New items include the Iced Guava Passion-Fruit drink, the Unicorn Cake Pop, and the grilled chicken and hummus protein box.Returning to the menu, the S’mores Frappuccino Blended Beverage.Starbucks is also promoting its cold brew concentrate and bottled Frappuccino chilled coffee drink, available at various retail locations. Additionally, the company says the Starbucks delivery service is now available in 48 states where both Starbucks and Uber Eats operate.Starbucks says it aims to exceed CDC standards for public health and safety.last_img read more

Weekly unemployment claims edge down

first_imgThere were 818 new regular benefit claims for Unemployment Insurance last week, a decrease of 61 from the week before, as the data has smoothed since its volatility in January and has been under 1,000 claims the last four weeks. Altogether 12,486 new and continuing claims were filed, a decrease of 192 from a week ago and 2,340 fewer than a year earlier. The Department also processed 2,143 First Tier claims for benefits under Emergency Unemployment Compensation, 2008 (EUC08), 57 fewer than a week ago. In addition, there were 929 Second Tier claims for benefits processed under the EUC08 program, which is an increase of 21 from the week before. The Unemployment Weekly Report can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/(link is external). Previously released Unemployment Weekly Reports and other UI reports can be found at: http://www.vtlmi.info/lmipub.htm#uc(link is external)last_img read more

Denmark Lauds U.S. Policy Shift on Offshore Wind Power Cooperation

first_imgDenmark Lauds U.S. Policy Shift on Offshore Wind Power Cooperation FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Reuters:The United States signed a deal with Denmark on Thursday to expand cooperation on offshore wind power, giving a boost Europe’s biggest green energy players.Danish companies DONG Energy and Vestas had feared the nascent U.S. offshore wind sector would be stymied after President Trump vowed to revive the coal industry, challenged climate-change science and blasted renewable energy as expensive and dependent on government subsidies.But both companies now say the Trump administration is increasingly looking at Europe’s experience as it seeks to kick-start the sector.“We see some positive initiatives coming out of the administration in Washington,” the head of DONG’s U.S. business, Thomas Brostroem, told Reuters. He pointed to measures being taken on a federal level to streamline and speed up the process to obtain permits to build offshore wind farms.“They’ve been really receptive to talk to European countries and developers to get know-how from the past decades,” he said.The U.S. offshore wind sector, which has lagged behind Europe, is at a critical juncture, with the first large-scale offshore wind auction in Massachusetts coming up in December.But to gain traction, industry executives and experts say the United States will need to replicate the dramatic cost cuts which Europe has implemented.“Something that is important for the new administration is jobs, jobs, jobs and that is something that will come from the supply chain around the turbines,” Adam Thomsen, head of U.S. growth implementation at MHI Vestas, told Reuters, but declined to quantify any numbers.MHI Vestas is a joint venture between Vestas and Mitsubishi Heavy Industries, which makes offshore wind turbines and whose rivals include Siemens Gamesa and General Electrics.Vestas already produces onshore turbines at four factories in the United States, but large offshore turbine parts like the nacelles, towers and rotors would be made at existing facilities in Europe, said Thomsen.“We need a much more stable market development before we can talk factories.”“It is a huge scoop that we now get a formal cooperation with the Trump administration on offshore wind,” Danish climate and energy minister Lars Chr Lilleholt told Reuters.More: U.S. wind concerns ease as Trump cabinet calls on Denmark to help boost offshore outputlast_img read more

US 4th Fleet and Ecuador Navy Prepare for UNITAS 2020

first_imgBy DVIDS/Edited by Diálogo Staff October 22, 2020 Maritime planners from U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet and the Ecuadorean Navy conducted a virtual Final Planning Conference (FPC) September 22-25 in support of the upcoming UNITAS LXI exercise, scheduled to occur November 2-11, 2020 in Ecuador.Ecuadorean Navy Rear Admiral Daniel Ginéz, commander of Naval Operations and First Naval Zone, and Rear Admiral Don Gabrielson, commander of U.S. Naval Forces Southern Command/U.S. Fourth Fleet, opened the conference on September 22, thanking participants for their commitment to building a successful proposed schedule of events.More than 60 planners from 11 partner nations, including representatives from the U.S. Navy, U.S. Marine Corps, U.S. Coast Guard and U.S. Army participated in this  conference. The virtual conference finalized the UNITAS LXI concept of operations, completed the tentative schedule of events, and finalized assigned roles and responsibilities.UNITAS LXI is scheduled to have multiple underway events to include maneuvering exercises advancing to coordinated warfare events and culminating with a multi-threat, multi-day scenario that allows participants to work together as a multinational force. Additionally, several live-fire events are scheduled for UNITAS LXI, to include a sinking exercise (SINKEX).“This is the team that will come together and we will celebrate our friendship and our partnership in a meaningful way to demonstrate our commitment to the world in working together […]. I’m grateful for all of the hard work of every person, of every partner, of every leader and every country to come to this point,” said Rear Adm. Gabrielson.UNITAS, Latin for “unity,” is the longest-running, multinational maritime exercise in the world. Conceived in 1959, UNITAS I took place in 1960. UNITAS LXI will focus on interoperability at sea with warfighting exercises, to include live-fire events, that work up to a multi-day scenario phase where participating forces come together to operate as a multinational force.last_img read more

Compliance: What’s next for DOL’s fiduciary rule?

first_img 21SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr US Department of Labor With the Department of Labor (DOL) announcing a “phased implementation” of its fiduciary rule through Jan. 1, what is required between the June 9 effective date and then? CUNA’s compliance staff examined what’s next for the rule in a recent CompBlog post.Starting June 9, the rule’s amended definition of “fiduciary investment advice” will apply, and the Best Interest Contract (BIC) exemption and Principal Transactions Exemption will become available to fiduciary advisers.However, for a transition period extending until Jan. 1, 2018, fewer conditions will apply to financial institutions and advisers that want to rely upon the exemptions.During the transition period, financial institutions and advisers must comply with the “impartial conduct standards,” consumer protection standards that ensure that advisers adhere to fiduciary norms and basic standards of fair dealing.center_img continue reading »last_img read more

CIS Controls, the building blocks of organizational cybersecurity

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr continue reading » The list of this century’s biggest data breaches, which have exposed more than 4.99 billion records, reads like a corporate who’s who: Yahoo, eBay, Equifax, Heartland Payment Systems, Target, TJX Companies and JPMorgan Chase all made the top ten. Equally disturbing is the fact that eight of the top 10 occurred within the last five years.This begs the question: are we getting any better at protecting our organizations from cyberattacks? HelpNetSecurity answers with a resounding “no”: “Organizations are not where they need to be when it comes to protecting their online ecosystems against attacks and the reality of the situation is troubling.”But there is good news; it is possible to significantly reduce your risk of cyberattack. Using the Center for Internet Security (CIS) Controls as a framework, organizations can build and maintain a strong cybersecurity posture, even with budget and resource limitations. These controls, considered the gold standard, are purposefully designed to be both user—and budget—friendly.last_img read more

The two reasons Laurent Koscielny is annoyed with Arsenal and Unai Emery

first_imgLaurent Koscielny suffered a career threatening Achilles injury in May 2018 (Picture: Getty)According to Ornstein, however, Koscielny’s ire dates back to last season, believing he was overworked and his schedule mismanaged upon his return from a career threatening Achilles injury suffered in May 2018.The former Lorient centre-half made his return to first team action on December 13 against FK Qarabag and was forced to play again three days later at Southampton, a game in which he made several costly errors during a 3-2 defeat.Koscielny was subsequently asked on five other occasions to play twice within three days and put his body on the line in an attempt to help secure Champions League qualification.Talks were held before the end of last season over a contract extension as it appeared almost certain that Arsenal would return to Europe’s elite club competition, but a dismal end to the campaign, culminating in a 4-1 defeat to Chelsea in Baku, has dramatically changed the landscape for club and player alike.Ornstein claims Koscielny is dismayed at the direction the club is headed in with only one signing having been made during the close season.Arsenal announced the arrival of Brazilian teenager Gabriel Martinelli last week, but hopes of signing Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace remain remote, while a deal for Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney appears to have stalled.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisement Laurent Koscielny has refused to take part in Arsenal’s pre-season tour of America (Picture: Getty)Laurent Koscielny’s dissatisfaction with Arsenal extends beyond his desire to return to France after nine years in north London.The 33-year-old has 12 months remaining on his current contract but is said to believe an agreement was in place that would allow him to leave this summer following Arsenal’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.Koscielny believes Arsenal have reneged on that promise and is reportedly considering the option of buying out the remainder of his current £90,000-a-week deal and engineer a return to his homeland where the likes of Lyon and Bordeaux are interested in his services.AdvertisementAdvertisementAn ugly situation came to a head on Wednesday morning when, according to BBC reporter David Ornstein, via the Arseblog podcast, Koscielny informed Unai Emery he would not travel with the rest of the squad to America for the club’s pre-season tour.ADVERTISEMENT The two reasons Laurent Koscielny is annoyed with Arsenal and Unai Emery Advertisement 1 min. story 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 CityEmery was said to be furious with the club captain’s conduct and immediately informed head of football Raul Sanllehi, who took the decision to issue a statement condemning the player’s actions.It read: ‘We are very disappointed by Laurent’s actions, which are against our clear instructions.‘Laurent Koscielny has refused to travel to the US for our pre-season tour. We hope to resolve this matter and will not be providing any further comment at this time.’ Full Screen Metro Sport ReporterFriday 12 Jul 2019 8:36 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link580Shares Video Settings About Connatix V67539 PLAY Commentlast_img read more

ESG roundup: French award, AXA exits tobacco, German trends

first_imgThe French government has launched an award to promote and recognise best practice in climate-related disclosure by investors under new mandatory reporting requirements.The ministry of the environment is partnering with the 2° Investing Initiative (2°ii), a French multi-stakeholder think tank, on the award initiative.Its main purpose, according to a statement, is “to foster the emergence of best practices on climate change reporting, consequently providing food for thought for existing international initiatives on climate-related disclosures for investors, and setting the bar for French investors”.The criteria for the award have yet to be decided, but they will be based around the reporting requirements introduced by Article 173 of France’s “loi sur la transition énergétique pour la croissance verte” (LTE), the law on the energy transition for green growth. The law is believed to be the first to introduce mandatory disclosure on climate change by institutional investors, and the launch of the award seems in keeping with the French government’s apparent efforts to maintain, if not intensify, the momentum behind the COP21 climate agreement reached in Paris in December.The award will be presented at a ceremony in November, to be hosted by Ségolène Royal, the environment minister.In other news, French insurer AXA Group has announced that it will no longer invest in tobacco and will be selling all of its “tobacco industry assets”, currently valued at some €1.8bn.The insurer will offload immediately all of its equity holdings in tobacco companies, worth around €200m, and refrain from making any new investments in bonds issued by tobacco industry companies.It will hold on to the bonds, valued at around €1.6bn, it is already invested in until they mature.In a statement, Thomas Buberl, who will become chief executive at AXA in September, said the decision to divest “has a cost for us, but the case for divestment is clear. The human cost of tobacco is tragic – its economic cost is huge.” In divesting from tobacco, AXA follows in the footsteps of other institutional investors that have to one degree or another turned their back on the industry – large ones such as the Norwegian oil fund and smaller ones such as the pension fund of the London Borough of Croydon.In a contrasting move, however, CalPERS, one of the world’s largest pension funds, is reconsidering whether it should invest in tobacco again after research estimated it missed out on up to $3bn (€2.6bn) of returns. In Germany, meanwhile, 42% of institutional investors surveyed by asset manager Union Investment do not expect the global climate agreement reached at the December UN conference in Paris (COP21) to have notable consequences on the capital markets. Alexander Schindler, responsible for institutional business at Union, said “this result is surprising” given that tougher climate change mitigation requirements have valuation and risk-management implications for investors that “cannot be underestimated”. However, the majority of surveyed investors – 203, with around €3.5bn in assets under management – expect the political drive to reduce greenhouse gases to influence the capital markets. The sustainable investment survey, carried out between February and April, found that 21% of German institutional investors take climate change into account in their investment policies.Of those that don’t, 24% said they planned to do so over the next five years.last_img read more