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To understand Vladimir Putin, we must see the world through his eyes

first_imgPutin is a culturally organic Russian archetype, the good Tsar determined to restore the country’s imperiled status after the feckless and weak Tsar (in this narrative Boris Yeltsin) let the Russian elite as well as foreign powers run amok.  Dr John C. Hulsman is senior columnist at City A.M., a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and president of John C. Hulsman Enterprises. He can be reached for corporate speaking and private briefings at Opinion whatsapp Putin in 2004 (AFP via Getty Images) The Kremlin sees western European NGOs’ new-found concern for preserving the universal rights of those living in Ukraine and Belarus – countries that until recently many of them could not have accurately found on a map – not as legitimate concerns.  (Getty Images) Putin is more than enough of a geostrategist to understand that his country – given its sclerotic economy, dire demographics, and pervasive corruption – simply has no chance of retaining its formerly-prized Cold War status as a superpower.  Show Comments ▼ Instead, the wary Russian leader sees them merely as pretext for the west to enlarge its sphere of influence ever further eastwards, this time amalgamating traditional Russian allies under their domination right up to the doorstep of mother Russia itself.  One of the most valuable analytical lessons of all was explained to me succinctly by my foreign policy tutor during my happy days at St. Andrews.  As he put it, the key to political risk analysis is not to imagine what you would do if you were in Fidel Castro’s shoes, but rather to empathize enough to understand what Castro would do. The goal is not to think of yourself, but to understand someone else. whatsapp City A.M.’s opinion pages are a place for thought-provoking views and debate. These views are not necessarily shared by City A.M. Let me be clear: to understand is not to condone. One does not have to share Putin’s hyper-Machiavellian worldview but one has to understand it. Realist thinking, the highest form of political risk analysis, dictates that in order to best an enemy, first he must be deeply comprehended.  But for its all-too-real weaknesses, Russia has more than enough strengths – a capable military, energy riches, and a shrewd and tough leader capable of ruthlessly wielding power – for the country to fight its way back to great power status.  So when western leaders wonder why Russian President Vladimir Putin behaves in such a dastardly fashion, not in the least like a western European Wilsonian, the obvious but vital answer is simply: he is not a western European Wilsonian. John HulsmanDr John C. Hulsman is senior columnist at City A.M., a life member of the Council on Foreign Relations, and president of John C. Hulsman Enterprises. He can be reached for corporate speaking and private briefings at For Putin, then, talk of western Europe suddenly worrying about the democratic and human rights of those living in Ukraine and Belarus only illustrates the west’s ever expansive agenda, designed to malevolently halt Russia from fulfilling its great power destiny.  Putin’s formative experience was as a rising KGB officer in both East Germany and then Russia itself. There he helplessly watched the Soviet Union fall apart all around him, and particularly Russia morph from feared superpower into an international mendicant.  For the Russian President this struggle for power in his own backyard is simply critical for the Kremlin to win, both to maintain his country’s sphere of influence as well as Russia’s great power status. To do so, and for all these specific and historical reasons, he will play a very rough game in order to emerge triumphant.  This is the ultimate realist challenge – to intimately understand the interests and goals of a strategic opponent. It is hard to do; but the analytical payoff is immense.  Monday 14 September 2020 2:33 am Instead of naively wondering why the Russian President does not believe in universal rights, eschews the use of force in the international system, and has no qualms about the erosion of Russian state sovereignty (as any good western European Wilsonian would do), perhaps a better analytical line of reasoning to take is to focus on what unique and specific historical forces have driven Putin to see the world as he does. For as Heraclitus put it: “Character is destiny.” (Getty Images) Also Read: To understand Russian President Vladimir Putin, we must see the world through his eyes For him, unlike western European Wilsonians, nothing has changed in how the international system works over the centuries. As a realist, Putin believes to his core that system remains ultimately dependent on power politics and spheres of influence as has been true since the time of the ancient Greeks.  Share To understand Russian President Vladimir Putin, we must see the world through his eyes A great deal of the reason for the Russian President’s enduring popularity – so baffling to second-rate analysts – is that Putin’s deep desire to right Russia’s geostrategic slide, “To make Russia Great Again,” is widely shared by the Russian people as a whole. This is Vladimir Putin’s worldview, right and wrong, good and bad. To learn from it amounts to the first step in besting him.  (Getty Images) Also Read: To understand Russian President Vladimir Putin, we must see the world through his eyes Tags: Vladimir Putinlast_img read more


Juneau Montessori School in Douglas closed after staff member tested positive for COVID-19

first_imgCoronavirus | Education | JuneauJuneau Montessori School in Douglas closed after staff member tested positive for COVID-19October 30, 2020 by Rashah McChesney, KTOO Share:Juneau Montessori is a private, tuition-based toddler, preschool and kindergarten program in Douglas. (Photo by Lisa Phu/KTOO)Juneau Montessori School in Douglas is closed after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19.According to an email to parents, all staff are getting tested over the weekend and school officials are recommending that families get tested as well. School officials are also consulting with Juneau’s public health department to figure out what to do next.The school could be closed for up to two weeks, according to the email.Share this story:last_img read more


Culture Shot: VICE’s Lady Fiction Issue Spurs Controversy

first_imgBooksCulture Shot: VICE’s Lady Fiction Issue Spurs ControversyWhat’s everyone up in arms about this time?By Elina Shatkin – June 24, 2013550ShareEmailFacebookTwitterPinterestReddItWHAT: VICE magazine’s latest Fiction Issue is entirely devoted to female writers. Note VICE didn’t call it the “Women’s Fiction Issue” or the “Writers With A Vagina Issue”–just the Fiction Issue. (In the year 2013 that’s still semi-revolutionary.) Even cooler, stories by lauded authors like Mary Gaitskill and Joyce Carol Oates are thrown in with work by first-timers like Hannah H. Kim and Anna Noyes.The issue also includes “Last Words,” a photo spread with models reenacting the suicides of well-known writers including Virginia Woolf (filled her pockets with stones and waded into the River Ouse), Sylvia Plath (head in an oven), and Iris Chang (gun). After much outcry, VICE apologized and pulled the images from its website. VERDICT: Is the photo spread in bad taste? Yes. Is it offensive? Undoubtedly. Is it bad art? No.Using suicide to sell anything (the photos are helpfully captioned with the name of the designers and the prices of the clothes) is dreadful. But good art is sometimes dreadful. Art should not bound by convention or morality. It should be impolite, confrontational, shocking, repulsive. It should make you uncomfortable. We glamorize death in millions of ways in this culture. Why not be honest about that and exploit the macabre romanticism associated with the literary life?On a side-note: The dirty little secret about VICE isn’t that it serves up the young male demographic that advertisers drool over (that’s obvious), it’s that the indie-bro lifestyle brand churns out some of the boldest and most grownup journalism around. TAGSWritersVirginia WoolfViceSunsetSuicideMagazineL.A. CultureFictionPrevious articleBaume & Mercier EventNext articleMusic Video Monday: Irish Waltz Cover of Daft Punk’s “Get Lucky”Elina Shatkin RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR8 New Novels You’ll Find Us Curling Up with This FallFollow in Pee-wee Herman’s Footsteps Across L.A.What Defines a Successful Immigrant?last_img read more


Ukraine crisis: US mulls more sanctions for Russia

first_img whatsapp whatsapp Jessica Morris Tags: NULL Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe WrapTig Notaro Never Looks Right in ‘Army of the Dead’The Wrap The United States has said it’s in talks with Europe over levying more sanctions against Moscow, due to its “brazen” violations of a  recent ceasefire agreement between pro-Russian separatists and Ukrainian forces.U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry, speaking after meetings with his British counterpart Philip Hammond in London, said President Obama was weighing whether or not to ramp up sanctions on Russia. The current sanctions against Russia are designed to squeeze the political elite, and have a minimal impact on its citizens. But Kerry warned new measures would have a broader societal effect, piling pressure onto Putin.”If this failure continues, make no mistake, there will be further consequences, including consequences that will put added strains on Russia’s already troubled economy,” he said. “We are not going to sit back and allow this kind of cynical, craven behaviour to continue at the expense of the sovereignty of another nation.”The ceasefire, which ended the 10-month conflict when it came into force of February 15, was broken within hours. And it’s been shaken further by the capture of Debaltseve, a railway junction in eastern Ukraine, yesterday. This forced a retreat by thousands of Ukrainian troops in which at least 20 Ukrainian soldiers were killed. Share Show Comments ▼ Sunday 22 February 2015 4:56 am Ukraine crisis: US mulls more sanctions for Russia last_img read more


Poor countries must not be forgotten in the Covid-19 battle, Unitaid director warns

first_img A laboratory technicians attends to a patient seeking a Covid-19 test in Kenya. Brian Inganga/AP By Ed Silverman April 22, 2020 Reprints About the Author Reprints Pharmalot Columnist, Senior Writer Ed covers the pharmaceutical industry. Please enter a valid email address. A vaccine may be a medium- or long-term solution, but we need to recognize it won’t be the only solution. We need to think about treatments, new treatments and not just vaccines. Unfortunately, most of the trials are being conducted in developed countries. This may not be conducive or easy to use in the [the southern hemisphere], because you don’t have intensive care units and there are two phases of the disease — respiratory issues and immunologic responses — that cause death.So we need to push for solutions that work in the south. We need to look at a way to repurpose drugs and there are several drugs that can be looked at. And we believe we can contribute and address that. But we never work alone. We always look for end-to-end solutions and partners … We are trying to connect the innovation with the people who need access.Pharmalot: OK, but how is the $30 million to be used?Duneton: There are three things. The first is to make sure we rely on existing interventions in a country [and] work out where we can bring added value. One example is to access to PCR tests (which detect genetic material in a virus). Over the last eight years, we’ve tried to push tests for TB and measuring viral load at point-of-care. This is the way we can detect active infections among patients. We’re negotiating with the Clinton Health Access Initiative and UNICEF for the first batch of these sorts of tests for Africa.The second is to establish the kind of impact that Covid-19 may have on people living with HIV… We don’t know the effect will be, but we want to know whether certain HIV drugs may have an effect. We already have a network of facilities and researchers in place in countries in Africa and active, ready to work on this. And the third is to increase access to oxygen for people with severe cases of pneumonia. The immediate response will be based on what we already have on the ground.Pharmalot: Let’s talk about the voluntary pool proposal and why you support that.Duneton: The pool could be supported by the Medicines Patent Pool, which we created and funded over the last 10 years. I think it’s an important part of the discussion, but has to be articulated with other tools. But we need large-scale production and incentives to increase the speed of access. So it is a question of how to produce and the ability to do so in volumes. We also need to recognize it’s not only the subject of the WHO or the MPP, and that it’s not just linked with intellectual property. There are other elements. And intellectual property, by the way, is not part of the problem, but part of the solution. What we need to achieve is getting the right product. But we need public funds. That’s the first thing. Leave this field empty if you’re human: The second thing is if we can have a product, it has to be available for potentially all the people who need it… If governments around the world will put money into R&D and to potentially protect their own populations, there will be benefits. But they need first to have a way to do this rapidly and have an idea about capacity. No single manufacturing company has the strength to produce at scale to cover all the needs of the world… I believe more and more people agree on that. So it is not a debate about IP. If we want to make it happen, there is a need to participate, so if a product demonstrates efficacy, the solution can be done without delay.Pharmalot: Why do you think this can work?Duneton: If you believe there is this need, yes, it can work. And by the way it has worked before. As a reference, we have demonstrated we can decrease some pandemics – HIV, malaria and TB – with combinations of testing and treatments, more or less, for people in the South. Through the work we have been doing with the MPP, we have worked with generic and brand companies and have increased volume and price and competition and access… For HIV, we now have a product that had cost $10,000 a year but now costs less than $70 a year for millions of people in Africa. We need to do the same for Covid-19. The volumes are different and the speed we need to work is different, but the basic principles are the same.Pharmalot: What is that Unitaid can do then to make a difference? The NIH, for instance, is gathering drug companies to coordinate research.Duneton: The issue is that we particularly do is look at need of the vulnerable people in the south. The NIH partnership is looking at the north and doesn’t take into account the needs of people in the south, where there are specific needs. This is a global problem and we need a global response. And the solution has to be easy for all the people who need it. It has to be easy enough to produce and to take. In the north, you can more readily increase the access. That’s not the case everywhere. [email protected] Founded more than a dozen years ago, Unitaid has received more than $3 billion in donations for its work to research and identify solutions to such tenacious diseases as HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, and malaria.Philippe Duneton, interim executive director of Unitaid. Courtesy Oliver O’Hanlon/UnitaidThe global organization, which is hosted by the World Health Organization, has helped lower prices and to widen access to various medicines to vulnerable populations through its work with the Medicines Patent Pool, which licenses treatments from drug makers. In keeping with that mission, Unitaid recently endorsed the idea of having the WHO create a voluntary pool to collect intellectual property, which would gather patents, regulatory test data and other information to ensure “equitable access” to vaccines, treatments, and other medical products for combating Covid-19.We spoke with Philippe Duneton, the interim executive director, about Unitaid efforts to combat the pandemic and why widening access to medical products must be a global priority. This conversation has been lightly edited for clarity.advertisementcenter_img @Pharmalot Privacy Policy Pharmalot: Unitaid approved up to $30 million for work against Covid-19. What exactly is Unitaid doing?Duneton: The issue is that we need to start at the beginning and recognize the unprecedented situation we’re facing. The world hasn’t faced a pandemic like this before. Nobody knows this virus. It is having an impact on the whole global health system and we don’t know yet what will be the damage or how long it will stay.advertisement PharmalotPoor countries must not be forgotten in the Covid-19 battle, Unitaid director warns Ed Silverman Tags Coronaviruspublic health Newsletters Sign up for Daily Recap A roundup of STAT’s top stories of the day.last_img read more


Derby winner ‘Medina Spirit’ fails drug test, officials say

first_imgAdvertisement LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Owner of Kentucky Derby winner ‘Medina Spirit’ is fighting back after being told the horse failed a drug test. Bob Baffert’s frustration was apparent as he tried to digest the latest positive drug test involving one of his prized thoroughbreds.Medina Spirit is Baffert’s fifth horse to fail a drug test in a year, which the Hall of Famer vowed to fight “tooth and nail” in the latest doping scandal for horse racing and arguably the sport’s premier trainer, AP reports.Flanked by his attorney Craig Robertson in a morning news conference at Churchill Downs on Sunday, Baffert said his barn was told that Medina Spirit was found to have 21 picograms of the steroid betamethasone, double the legal threshold in Kentucky racing, in a postrace sample. AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments AdvertisementTags: Kentucky DerbyMedina Spirit Rombauer wins the 2021 Preakness Stakes May 16, 2021 (AP Photo/Jeff Roberson) RELATEDTOPICS Here’s what you need to know before the 2021 Preakness Stakes kicks off May 16, 2021center_img “I don’t feel embarrassed, I feel like I was wronged,” said Baffert, adding that he was going to be transparent with the Kentucky Horse Racing Commission.“We’re going to show them everything. One thing about it in California, everything is documented every day what the horse gets. This horse was never treated with that. He’s a great horse, he doesn’t deserve this. He ran a gallant race.”Baffert said his camp received the word of the positive test from Kentucky officials on Saturday. Baffert said Medina Spirit has not been officially disqualified from the Kentucky Derby, though that still could happen after other tests and processes are completed. Advertisement AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments Essential Quality wins the 153rd Belmont Stakes June 7, 2021 What to know before the 153rd Belmont Stakes kicks off June 7, 2021 Advertisement“I got the biggest gut-punch in racing, for something I didn’t do,” he said.Betamethasone is the same drug that was found in the system of Gamine, another Baffert-trained horse who finished third in the Kentucky Oaks last September.Baffert denied any wrongdoing and said he did not know how Medina Spirit could have tested positive. He said Medina Spirit has never been treated with betamethasone and called it “a complete injustice.”last_img read more


Covid-19 cripples demand for oil

first_imgOil pump jacks at sunset sky background. bashta/123RF Michelle Schriver Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Covid vaccine-sharing discussions to dominate G7 summit talks Oil prices moved into negative territory on Monday, with West Texas Intermediate (WTI) closing at less than -US$37 per barrel — a day-over-day change of -306%. While negative prices aren’t expected to last, oil’s outlook remains challenging.In a commodity note on Tuesday, Scotiabank Economics said the price drop largely reflected the idiosyncrasies of pricing contracts, but also spoke to the “grim” conditions in global oil markets because of the pandemic. “Covid-19 and efforts to contain its spread have crippled petroleum demand,” the Scotiabank note said.The International Energy Agency forecasts that global crude consumption will drop by 30% in the second quarter versus year-earlier levels.The deteriorating demand combined with heightened fears about storage capacity as WTI futures contracts for May delivery were set to expire on Tuesday. Scotiabank described the situation as a “unique coincidence of timing” that put additional pressure on sellers holding May contracts on Monday, driving prices further south.Monday’s drop is expected to reverse: June forward contracts are trading at a level that’s more likely near term, the Scotiabank report said.Still, “While the Monday drop was a product of market idiosyncrasies, it reflects the severity of the current crisis and would not have taken place otherwise,” Scotiabank said.In commentary on Monday, TD Economics said the price drop served as a reminder of near-term imbalances and storage capacity in oil markets.“[D]emand destruction in the near term is likely to far outweigh the agreed-upon supply reductions from OPEC+ and market-driven reductions from North American producers,” the TD commentary said.An imbalance of at least 10 million barrels per day is expected over Q2, TD said, despite agreed production cuts — an estimate based on a return to normal demand starting in late May, which is uncertain.While U.S. storage capacity isn’t yet exhausted, the downward trend in demand could push inventories close to their maximum in the summer, TD said.“We are far from the other side when it comes to the demand picture,” TD warned. “[A] repeat of this episode is possible if no signs of demand normalization emerge.”As it stands, TD forecasted WTI to average US$20 per barrel overall in Q2.Western Canadian producers may be particularly hard hit, with the main destination of oil from Alberta and Saskatchewan being U.S. Gulf Coast refineries.“We as Canadians send virtually all of our barrels to the U.S., with no other dance partner,” said Michael Tran, RBC Capital Markets’ energy strategist, in audio commentary on Monday. Until Canada has expanded pipelines in place, “we’re hitched along for the ride with the U.S.,” he said.Tracking data show just how low oil demand is. U.S. vehicle congestion is down 83% from normal, while flight activity is down 71% across major U.S. hubs, Tran said.However, an increase in demand in China provides a positive glimpse for the future. Tracking data from China’s top five ports show activity has bounced back to pre-Covid-19 levels, he said.China’s weekday traffic in some urban centres is also starting to reach pre-virus levels, as workers return to offices, Tran said, though low weekend traffic levels persist.With North American demand so low, Canadian producers will be forced to reduce production to a large degree if the oil market is to balance in the near term, he said.For full details, read the reports from Scotiabank Economics and TD Economics, and listen to the audio commentary from RBC Economics. Digital shift cushioned blow to post-pandemic growth outlook, BoC deputy says Related news Group of large oilsands operators commit to become net zero emitters by 2050 Keywords Oil,  Coronavirus,  Economy Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more


Santa Clothes brings compassion and generosity to the start of the Holidays

first_img Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). Name*Email*Website I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree guestLabel guestLabelcenter_img Name*Email*Website 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments Santa Clothes brings compassion and generosity to the start of the HolidaysPosted by Jacob GrannemanDate: Thursday, December 5, 2019in: Youthshare 0 140 children receive clothes and shoes through beloved Rotary program VANCOUVER — Nearly 140 children received the blessing of new clothes and shoes this holiday season through the beloved Santa Clothes program with JCPenney at the Vancouver Mall.“It’s the smile on the kid’s face,” said Henri Moreau, from the Vancouver Rotary. “You bring in the spirit of Christmas and the holidays, and it makes all of the pre-planning that we’ve done, it makes it all worthwhile.” Roger Martin (left) helps Vinnie Castiglione find new shoes during the 2019 Santa Clothes event at JC Penny in the Vancouver Mall. Photo by Jacob Granneman Roger Martin (left) helps Vinnie Castiglione find new shoes during the 2019 Santa Clothes event at JCPenney in the Vancouver Mall. Photo by Jacob Granneman A sea of small faces filed into the store, Wednesday morning; some had never set foot in a such a store much less ever been given the resources to buy such clothes. One by one, each child was paired up with a generous volunteer and given their list of needs; each one soon to be fulfilled through the magic of compassion. No more shoes with holes in the rain. No more frayed coats in the cold. In place of unmet needs, there would be favor and fulfillment. Many of the children come from the foster care system, and more still live each day below the heavy line of poverty. Through connections between local children’s organization and the donations of Clark County businesses they will feel less of a burden this Christmas.    “For some of the kids that are coming through this program, this is the very first time that they have been able to pick out something brand new for themselves,” said Jennifer Miltenberger, of the Vancouver Rotary. “They feel that is part of their style that they can go back to school and feel like they’re wearing something that they’re proud of.” Nathan Campbell helps his new friend Jaxon Melton find new clothes on his list during Santa Clothes at JC Penny. Photo by Jacob Granneman Nathan Campbell helps his new friend Jaxon Melton find new clothes on his list during Santa Clothes at JCPenney. Photo by Jacob Granneman In partnership with JCPenney and the Greater Clark Rotary Club, the Rotary Club of Vancouver hosted the 2019 Santa Clothes event, after founding it some eight years ago. This year, they increased the number of children helped by 75 percent from their first year. Several area organizations and non-profits also engage with the community to bolster the event, including the Boys and Girls Club, the Salvation Army, the Hough Foundation, Share Vancouver, and Bridge the Gap. “The favorite part is seeing the connection that they’re making with the actual volunteer that they’ve never met before, and how they get that first new outfit to wear to their Christmas programs,” said Deanna Hansen, the general manager of Vancouver Mall’s JCPenney. “You’ll see a lot of times they’ll choose like a Nike sweatshirt or a Nike shoe that they wouldn’t have normally got to have. They’re just glowing.” For this year, JCPenney applied for two grants with the state of Washington; one for each of their locations in the area. Each grant for $1,200 was awarded and the $2,400 was then used for the Santa Clothes program. The Vancouver Rotary, which will celebrate its 100th birthday in 2020, also helps raise funds for the event. Altogether, some $20,000 is spent on the children at the store.  Nearly 140 children were helped by the Santa Clothes program this year. Each received money to buy new coats, clothes and shoes. Photo by Jacob Granneman Nearly 140 children were helped by the Santa Clothes program this year. Each received money to buy new coats, clothes and shoes. Photo by Jacob Granneman A man by the name of Bob McBrian founded the Santa Clothes program with the Rotary after moving to Vancouver from Las Vegas. Back in Nevada, McBrian, who has since passed away, founded another Santa Clothes, and served 300 children with the help of the University of Nevada. “One of the projects that we’d like to do is expand Santa Clothes to include both of the JCPenney’s locations,” Miltenberger said. “So getting more corporate sponsors to help us add children, and the ability to serve more children from our community is something that we would really be interested in talking with anyone who would like to be a corporate sponsor with us.”Santa Clothes is made possible through over 150 volunteers who sign up for the event ahead of time. For more information on future opportunities to volunteer with any of the organizations mentioned, visit them on Facebook or online through the links on their names above.Tracy Pate helps her paired child, Evan find new shirts during the 2019 Santa Clothes event at the Vancouver Mall. Photo by Jacob Granneman Tracy Pate helps her paired child, Evan, find new shirts during the 2019 Santa Clothes event at the Vancouver Mall. Photo by Jacob Granneman AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyLatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : Vancouver City Council to consider development agreement with HP Next : Plane goes off the runway at Grove Field in CamasAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more


Confirmed cases of COVID-19 climb to 130 in Clark County

first_imgConfirmed cases of COVID-19 climb to 130 in Clark CountyPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Wednesday, April 1, 2020in: Newsshare 0 The governor may also announce an extension of the Stay Home, Stay Safe order soon CLARK COUNTY — The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Clark County rose again on Wednesday, adding 14 more to bring the total number of cases to 130 since the outbreak began.The death toll remains at six, according to a release from Clark County Public Health.The demographic breakdown of cases continues to show the majority in people between 40 and 70 years old.Age CasesDeaths19 and younger2020-29 years12030-39 years13040-49 years32050-59 years27060-69 years23070-79 years12180 and older95In Clark County, 79 of the confirmed cases have been women, with 51 men testing positive. Four of the six deaths, however, have been men.The public health Novel Coronavirus website shows 879 tests have been negative for infection, however that number has not been updated since March 28, due to ongoing issues with the state’s reporting system.On Wednesday, Gov. Jay Inslee said via Twitter that National Guard troops will likely be deployed soon in the state, largely to help with making sure food banks remain stocked. They may also assist with logistics in areas that are heavily impacted by the outbreak.The governor is also expected, sometime tomorrow, to announce more details on potentially extending the Stay Home, Stay Safe order, and adjusting some of the businesses deemed essential or non-essential.This evening at 5:30 p.m., Congresswoman Jaime Herrera Beutler of the 3rd Congressional District will hold a telephone town hall, along with public health and economic assistance experts.Event:Jaime Herrera Beutler telephone town hall with special guests, Clark County Public Health Officer, Dr. Alan Melnick; President of the Columbia River Economic Development Council, Jennifer Baker; and CEO of Workforce Southwest Washington, Kevin Perkey. Date & Time:Wed., April 1, 5:30–7 p.m. How to participate:Residents can join the telephone town hall by calling 1-877-229-8493 and using the passcode 116365 at any point during the event.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyCovid-19LatestVancouvershare 0 Previous : VIDEO: A ‘Thank You’ to our medical workers across Clark County and beyond Next : Safe Parking Zone opened for people living in vehicles during COVID-19 responseAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more


Canadian Forces Assist Jamaica’s Hurricane Efforts

first_img By ALECIA SMITH, JIS Reporter Canadian Forces Assist Jamaica’s Hurricane Efforts EnvironmentAugust 24, 2011 RelatedCanadian Forces Assist Jamaica’s Hurricane Efforts RelatedCanadian Forces Assist Jamaica’s Hurricane Efforts FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail KINGSTON — The Jamaica Defence Force’s (JDF) search and rescue (SAR) efforts will be enhanced during the current hurricane season with the support of Operation JAGUAR, under which a Canadian military team will provide assistance. Launched on Tuesday August 23 at a flag raising ceremony at the JDF Air Wing in Kingston, Operation JAGUAR resulted from a request by the Prime Minister, the Hon. Bruce Golding, for aviation support from the Canadian Forces (CF) for the 2011 hurricane season. The task force comprising a crew of over 65 aviation personnel and three Griffon Tactical Utility helicopters, in the event of a hurricane, will provide critical casualty and medical evacuation, search and rescue humanitarian operations and disaster relief and emergency medical care support for the Government of Jamaica and the JDF. Commanding Officer of Operation JAGUAR, Lieutenant Colonel Christian Lalande, said the initiative marked the first time Canada has deployed its Griffon helicopters, with air crew and support personnel, to hold a search and rescue posture with combat support and primary SAR resources outside of Canada. “This action demonstrates not only the deployable and capable nature of Canada’s SAR assets, but also the importance of Canada’s support to Jamaica and, in particular, to the JDF,” he said. Lt. Col. Lalande said the task force was honoured to be able to help the Government of Jamaica and the JDF, in saving lives and providing humanitarian aid during the hurricane season.  Canadian High Commissioner to Jamaica, His Excellency Stephen Hallihan, said that the operation represented the “long standing and rich relationship” existing between the Canadian Forces and the JDF, which has been beneficial to both parties. “Even since I have been here, that relationship has been tested and hardened and developed in both battle and humanitarian assistance through, for example, the great partnership that the CF and the JDF had in the aftermath of the Haiti disaster, and in Afghanistan where we had JDF  combat engineering officers serving with us,” he noted. Lauding the Canadian Forces search and rescue skills, he thanked the team for committing to protect residents of Jamaica in “perhaps, the most technical and demanding of all military operations”. The JDF’s Deputy Chief of Defence Staff, Brigadier Rocky Meade, said the venture was indicative of “the way we like to do business – capacity building and mutually beneficial support”. “I am sure that we will continue to work this way in the future on other projects, as we seek to build our countries, together,” he said. He added that, while in Jamaica, the Canadian team will have an opportunity to fine-tune their search and rescue skills in an unfamiliar environment. RelatedCanadian Forces Assist Jamaica’s Hurricane Efforts Advertisementslast_img read more