Danielle Gram ’11 was asleep in her Currier House dorm room on the morning of Nov. 18, 2009, when her father phoned to say that he had awful news. Her brother had been murdered in Annapolis, Md., where he was visiting on vacation. The police had no suspects or even a motive for the slaying, since Kenneth Gram still had his wallet and cellphone when he was found.“At first, I couldn’t respond,” Danielle Gram remembered. “I thought it might be some twisted dream. I couldn’t believe it was my brother. I started sobbing into the phone.”In the months that followed, Gram’s response to her brother’s death was shaped by — and emblematic of — the fact that she had already devoted a quarter of her life to working for global peace. At 16, Gram co-founded the nonprofit Kids for Peace (KFP), an organization that “works with children ages 3 to 10 to empower them to lead the way to a more tolerant, nonviolent society.” The group, which began in Gram’s hometown of Carlsbad, Calif., grew largely by word of mouth, and today has touched the lives of 25,000 children around the world. After her brother was murdered, Gram looked to this work — and the ideals at its foundation — to create meaning from a senseless act of brutality.“Violence, war, and murder were issues I had cared deeply about for many years,” she explained, “but it wasn’t until my only sibling was killed and left to die alone that I really understood the value of one life and the absence felt for each loss to violence. Since then, my work as a peace advocate has gained new meaning. The healing process has accompanied an increased conviction to share my experiences and my children’s programming with people living in the areas of the world most intimately impacted by violence.”Gram has shaped her time at Harvard College around her commitment to peace. A dual concentrator in religion and sociology, she says her academic focus has been on “violence and human security.” The topic of her junior paper was the role of Christian institutions in the Rwandan and Yugoslavian genocides, and in the Pinochet regime in Chile. Her senior thesis was on child witchcraft accusations in the Democratic Republic of Congo, a topic that allowed Gram to explore the religion’s influence on social stability and study the ways that children become targets when communities break down.Outside of the classroom, Gram has leveraged resources such as a David Rockefeller International Experience Grant to bring KFP programming to children in Bolivia. She has also interned with the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative (HHI), an experience she called “transformational.”“HHI introduced to me how science can be applied to humanitarian response,” she said. “We look at what works and what doesn’t in the way we respond to crises like the earthquake in Haiti, then come up with lessons for the future. HHI changed the way I thought about effectiveness of humanitarian intervention.”Gram will continue studying the impact of war and working for peace after graduation, when she will spend a year studying post-genocide reconciliation and working with Congolese refugee children in Rwanda. She said that the trip, which is supported by a Frederick Sheldon Traveling Fellowship, will allow her to extend the work she has done in college and with Kids for Peace.“After my brother’s murder, I began envisioning how Kids for Peace programs could transform communities in areas with ongoing conflict and crisis,” she said. “With funding from the fellowship, I will have the chance to explore issues related to children’s education and human security and learn about the role that children played in the social rebirth of post-genocide Rwandan society.”Gram said that both her study and personal experience of violence have led her to see profound suffering as a teacher, which she says can reveal “the potential of each moment to transform life itself.”“Loss has compelled me forward and forced me to stand up and speak out even louder about the issues that are important to me,” she said. “I want to make the world a more peaceful place, one child at a time.”
Whether you kayak it, canoe it, swim it, fish it, ski it, hike it, or fly over it like Ron Lowery, the Tennessee River is a beautiful natural asset too often taken for granted by those closest to it. Lowery, Tennessee-based photographer and pilot, captures nature’s artistry in this fascinating coffee-table gift book, Tennessee River: Sparkling Gem of the South.His amazing aerial photographs of the path of the river, its lakes and tributaries, and local the cityscapes and landscapes all pay tribute to this “sparkling gem of the South” in all four seasons. Lowery loves the chance to show others how the river looks from his unique view. With his own plane, he can virtually live in the sky and capture just the right time of day or special weather event.With its embossed copper foiled cover and 144 pages of maps, rich photos and poetic narrative, Tennessee River will make an ideal gift for: nature and photography enthusiasts; boaters, paddlers, hikers and lake lovers; conservationists interested in preserving our natural resources; and southerners showing off the beauty of their part of the country.The book is available online at www.ronlowery.com and at all major book retailers for $39.
By Andréa Barretto/Diálogo June 13, 2019 The Brazilian Navy (MB, in Portuguese) participated in the multinational exercise Obangame Express, on the African Coast, for the sixth time. Since 2010, the training gathers naval forces from Africa, Europe, and the Americas. The objective is to boost regional cooperation and promote maritime domain awareness. The African Coast faces issues such as drug, arms, and human trafficking; illegal fishing, and piracy. During the two-week exercise, Obangame also develops information sharing standards and vessel interdiction expertise, to counter illegal activities at sea. “The majority of the region’s economic activities rely on the safe and lawful use of West African coastal waters, which is why Obangame Express is such an important exercise,” said U.S. Navy Captain Eric Conzen, commodore of U.S. Military Sealift Command Europe and Africa and director of Obangame 2019. “That skillful participation reinforces the fact that maritime security is a collective effort.” Obangame is divided in two phases. The first, known as Command Post Exercise, takes place on the ground, with ships docked at port. The objective is to prepare service members for the next phase, the Field Training Exercise, which takes place at sea. This year, Senegal and Angola developed all the activities. For training purposes, the entire region is divided into seven zones. In this edition, as well as in the 2018 and 2017 sessions, MB led activities conducted in zone A, an operational area that includes the Democratic Republic of the Congo, the Republic of the Congo, and Angola. Ground activities in zone A took place in Luanda, the capital of Angola. “Our main focus was to prepare Angolan Navy service members for the upcoming exercises, during the at-sea phase,” said MB Lieutenant Commander Eduardo Fagundes Costa, responsible for the surface and submarine resources section of MB. “A U.S. officer was put in charge of completing a schedule of activities,” Lt. Cmdr. Eduardo said. Among the activities, the officer highlighted the revision of standard operating procedures, a case study, and details about scenarios created as background for the at-sea phase of the mission. Additionally, an MB service member gave a lecture on international law, while a U.S. specialist led a talk on maritime domain awareness training. Service members also participated in live demonstrations, and classes on board the Araguari oceanic patrol vessel, the Brazilian ship deployed for Obangame Express 2019. The knowledge was applied to hands-on tasks during the second phase of the multinational exercise. As service members went out to sea, they sought to solve issues MB officers presented within their area of operation — zone A. Participants carried out several activities, planning and executing operations to respond to illegal fuel storage, civilian kidnapping, fuel spills, piracy, armed robbery, contraband, illegal fishing, and protection of an oil platform, among others. At the end of each day, Brazilian officers met to evaluate participants’ performance, identifying service members’ strengths and weaknesses. “These reports were distributed to the army general command, under the U.S. Navy’s responsibility, located this year in Lagos, Nigeria,” said Lt. Cmdr. Eduardo. Unification of forces Obangame Express was carried out for the first time as an initiative of U.S. Naval Forces Europe-Africa, a naval component of the U.S. Navy, with activities in Europe and Africa. Since then, the training is carried out annually. In 2019, 33 nations participated, deploying 95 vessels and 12 aircraft, between March 10-22. The 2019 edition of Obangame included the Senior Leaders Seminar, carried out for the first time in 2018. The 2019 event gathered more experienced officers from participating navies. The three-day symposium occurred in tandem with other Obangame activities. Topics discussed covered the main concerns for naval forces that operate in the Gulf of Guinea. The seminar also promoted discussions on how to handle these challenges together to improve the response time to certain events at sea. According to Lt. Cmdr. Eduardo, MB participation in Obangame is an opportunity to learn and share experiences. “Tasked with Exercise Control Group command in Zone A, MB played a role in learning about leadership during combined operations. It was also an opportunity to strengthen friendship and respect toward the other participating countries,” he said.
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 30-year-old man was fatally struck by a van while walking across a street in his hometown of New Cassel.Nassau County police said Reynaldo Flores-Grande was walking westbound across State Street in the crosswalk when he was hit by an eastbound Ford Econonline that was turning left from Prospect Avenue at 11:33 p.m. Saturday.The pedestrian was taken to Nassau University Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead.Homicide Squad detectives tested the van’s brakes, which were functioning.
“Like” Jacob Seus on Facebook and “Follow” him on Twitter. She was supposed to be getting them off this Spring. Avery said she hasn’t been told when her own orthodontist might reopen and Dr. Robinson isn’t so sure either. “No practice in the state is allowed to reopen until May 28,” Dr. Robinson says. Dr. Robinson said since dentists are a medical profession they are not included in the phases and have their own date to reopen. “I think we are headed in the right direction and will be well prepared when we are able to,” he says. Olivia Avery is wrapping up her sophomore year at Seton Catholic High School and has had her braces on for a year and a half. So the question still stands, when will the dentist be able to reopen? “It’s pretty disappointing, I just want to get them off, I am excited to get them off., Avery told 12 news. He says the move has protected people at the facility. Dr. Nolan Robinson, with Vestal Dental Associates said the limited hours have kept them ready to go for when they can fully reopen. He they are ready to go whenever they are given the green light. VESTAL (WBNG) – Since March 23, Dentists and orthodontists in the region have either been shut down or are operating under an emergency only basis. Dr. Robinson says the reopening date has been pushed back several times.
Cooper Energy has said that the offshore activities to undertake the repair and testing of the Sole subsea pipeline offshore Australia have been completed.The Cooper-operated Sole gas field is located in the eastern part of the Gippsland Basin, approximately 40km offshore Victoria, Australia.The field is poised to become south-east Australia’s newest source of gas supply when it starts production on completion of the Orbost Gas Plant upgrade currently being undertaken by APA Group.The offshore component of the Sole Gas Project is forecast to be within the budget cost of $355 million, Cooper said on Monday announcing the completion of pipeline repair and testing activities.Cooper Energy completed the construction of the offshore development of the Sole gas field in March 2019.The repairs on the damaged pipe section, which was discovered in November last year by Cooper’s subsea contractor Subsea 7, started with the arrival of the construction and dive vessel in mid-May. The operation was managed by Subsea 7.Cooper added on Monday that the work on the onshore element of the project by APA to upgrade the Orbost Gas Plant to process gas from Sole is advancing. APA has advised Cooper Energy that the plant will be ready to receive and process the first Sole gas in the September quarter 2019.“APA and Cooper Energy continue to work closely to ensure the safe and reliable completion of the Sole Gas Project,” Cooper concluded.In related news, Cooper Energy in early June signed new gas supply agreements with AGL Energy from its Sole (Gippsland Basin) and Casino Henry (Otway Basin) gas operations, located offshore Australia.Offshore Energy Today StaffSpotted a typo? Have something more to add to the story? Maybe a nice photo? Contact our editorial team via email. Offshore Energy Today, established in 2010, is read by over 10,000 industry professionals daily. We had nearly 9 million page views in 2018, with 2.4 million new users. This makes us one of the world’s most attractive online platforms in the space of offshore oil and gas and allows our partners to get maximum exposure for their online campaigns. If you’re interested in showcasing your company, product or technology on Offshore Energy Today contact our marketing manager Mirza Duran for advertising options.
Inter Milan are considering pulling out of the race to sign Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud this month, according to Sky in Italy.Advertisement Following the arrival of Christian Eriksen on Tuesday, the Italian side are concerned their squad will be too big if they bring in Giroud as well. Read Also: Chelsea, Man Utd on transfer collision course for Ajax starInter have been on the hunt for a back-up striker to Lautaro Martinez and former Manchester United striker Romelu Lukaku and they had already agreed personal terms with Giroud in a two-and-a-half-year deal.Despite cooling their interest this month, Antonio Conte is still keen for the Frenchman to commit to signing for them in the summer when his contract at Chelsea expires.FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Striker Sebastiano Esposito and midfielder Matias Vecino were linked with moves away from Inter this month, with Everton interested in signing Vecino.Their departures would have trimmed Inter’s squad size down to create space for Giroud – but now both look set to stay at the San Siro until the end of the season at least.Inter were keen on Giroud after a loan deal for Napoli and former Tottenham striker Fernando Llorente fell through when Napoli decided to block his exit to provide back-up cover to Belgium striker Dries Mertens, who remains sidelined with a thigh injury. Loading…
GREENSBURG, Ind. – Greensburg High School is hosting a unique event Friday in an effort to stress the importance of the Pledge of Allegiance.History teacher John Pratt reached out to 60 speakers that will recite the Pledge of Allegiance in person or by video message.Those scheduled to make an appearance at the high school auditorium include Greensburg Mayor Gary Herbert, State Representative Randy Frye and Greensburg graduate Alex Meyer, who is a top rated pitcher in the Minnesota Twins organization.Nationally known personalities that will deliver the Pledge via online video include former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, former White House Press Secretary Ari Fleischer, “Garfield” creator Jim Davis, and actress Florence Henderson who appeared on “Brady Brunch.”Other celebrities making an appearance via Skype include Mike Durant “Black Hawk Down,” Jimmy Olander from “Diamond Rio,” Kerry Kennedy, Gene Kranz (“Apollo Mission Control” Director) and four Olympic gold medalists.A representative from each of the four major religions will recite the Pledge as well, according to the Greensburg Daily News.The goal of the program is to increase awareness and appreciation of the words students recite at the start of school every morning.The event this Friday is free and open to the general public lasting from 9:30 to 11:15 a.m.
MONTREAL (AP) — Henri Richard (ahn-REE’ ree-SHAHRD’), the speedy center who won a record 11 Stanley Cups with the Montreal Canadiens, has died. He was 84.His death Friday was announced by the team. Richard had Alzheimer’s disease.Richard was captain of the Canadiens from 1971 to his retirement in 1975, succeeding the legendary Jean Beliveau, with whom he shares the record of playing 20 seasons for the NHL club. He was better known as the younger brother of superstar Maurice “Rocket” Richard and was nicknamed the Pocket Rocket for his 5-foot-7, 160-pound frame.Henri Richard played 1,256 regular-season games, another Canadiens record. He scored 358 goals and had 1,046 points, third in team history behind Guy Lafleur and Beliveau. He added 129 points in 180 playoff games.UNIVERSITY OF MICHIGAN-DOCTOR Update on the latest sports March 6, 2020 Organizing committee President Yoshiro Mori also said that 140 children will not be sent to Greece to give the flame a send-off on March 19. The Olympic torch will be lighted on March 12 in a ceremony in Greece and then flown to Japan to arrive on March 20. It is to arrive in Miyagi in northern Japan at a Japan Air Self-Defense base.The International Olympic Committee and local organizers have repeated over and over that the Olympics will open as scheduled, and the Paralympics are set to begin on Aug. 25. Virologists, however, say it’s impossible to tell if the spreading virus will allow that to happen, and a cancellation or a postponement are possible. Twelve deaths in Japan have been attributed to the virus. China is reporting more than 3,000 deaths from the virus. Outbreaks are surging in Italy, Iran, and South Korea.Despite the spreading virus, Tokyo Olympic organizers finally held a test event Friday, after postponing several. A sport climbing event was allowed to go ahead, with a few restrictions: no fans and no top athletes. Instead they used amateurs to test the climbing facility.Almost all sports events and large gatherings have been shut down in Japan.VIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTS Associated Press Williams, the Jets’ first-round draft pick last season, was arrested at LaGuardia on Thursday night on a charge of criminal possession of a weapon.The Port Authority Police Department, which patrols the airport, said Williams has a permit in his home state of Alabama for the Glock 19 pistol he was carrying onto the flight but does not have a gun permit in New York. The gun was not loaded, they said.Williams was drafted with the No. 3 overall pick last year out of the University of Alabama. He played in 13 games as a rookie, including nine starts, and had 31 tackles with 2 1/2 sacks and a fumble recovery for the Jets.NHL-OBIT-HENRI RICHARDHenri Richard, winner of 11 Cups with Canadiens, dies at 84 Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-JETS-WILLIAMS ARRESTEDCourt date for Jets’ Quinnen Williams after airport gun bustNEW YORK (AP) — Authorities say New York Jets defensive lineman Quinnen Williams has been ticketed and given a court date after trying to board a plane a New York’s LaGuardia Airport while carrying a gun. The 28-year-old Fujimori — who finished fourth at the 2016 Olympics in the 200-meter medley, won by Michael Phelps — has been banned through Dec. 31, 2020.The two-year ban could have been cut had he been able to prove why the substance was present.VIRUS OUTBREAK-OLYMPICSTokyo organizers scale back arrival ceremony for Olympic torchTOKYO (AP) — The head of the Tokyo Olympics on Friday said organizers are downsizing the arrival ceremony in Japan for the Olympic torch on March 20 because of the spreading coronavirus. More sporting events affected by spreading virusMILAN (AP) — More cycling races were canceled Friday and more soccer matches will be played in empty stadiums because of the virus outbreak spreading around the world.RCS Sport, which organizes cycling events in Italy, canceled the Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo races as well as the Giro di Sicilia. On Thursday, the Strade Bianche men’s and women’s races were canceled.Tirreno-Adriatico and Milan-San Remo were scheduled for this month, while the Giro di Sicilia was due to take place from April 1-4.The canceled races will have implications as riders prepare for the year’s biggest events, such as the Giro d’Italia (May 9-31) and the Tour de France (June 27-July 19). The Tour is slated to start a week earlier this year to avoid conflict with the Tokyo Olympics. The Italian government issued a decree on Wednesday that all sporting events in the country must take place without spectators until April 3. That includes Serie A, Italy’s top soccer league.Many sporting events in other countries have also been canceled, postponed or held in empty stadiums. University of Michigan won’t change investigation into abuseANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan said Friday that it will not change the way it is handling the investigation into allegations of sexual abuse by a late doctor at the University of Michigan.The university said in a statement from President Mark Schlissel and the board of regents: “We have met with, and sought counsel from, survivors, doctors and mental health experts and believe we are overseeing a process that will ultimately serve as the best course of action for the survivors and University community.”The statement came in response to calls by accusers and their lawyers for Michigan Attorney General Dana Nessel to investigate. Nessel said Thursday she would welcome a request from the university to investigate but first asked for a commitment of full cooperation, including waiving all privilege over documents and other information. She also said the Legislature should commit to funding an investigation.Numerous men have alleged that Dr. Robert Anderson sexually assaulted them while they were members of the football, hockey and wrestling teams in the 1980s. The university revealed last month that it was investigating multiple allegations of abuse against Anderson, who died in 2008. Last week, it said it had received more than 100 complaints. DOPING-FUJIMORIJapanese swimmer banned from Tokyo Olympics in doping caseLAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — Japanese swimmer Hiromasa Fujimori lost his appeal Friday against a two-year doping ban and will miss the Tokyo Olympics.The Court of Arbitration for Sport said Fujimori “failed to establish a plausible source” for the stimulant in a sample taken at the short-course world championships in December 2018.Fujimori was disqualified from a bronze-medal place in the 100-meter medley, but retained the 200 medley bronze won three days earlier when his doping control tested negative.
— Youth sports leagues are bracing for even bigger financial losses with no end in sight for the shutdown of activity because of the outbreak. Communities with sprawling, empty fields and arenas are losing millions of dollars with lucrative tournaments canceled or postponed. Team sports participation dipped after the 2008 recession, so officials wonder what youth sports will look like when kids begin to return to fields and courts. — An online petition addressed to Tokyo Olympic organizers and the city government has drawn tens of thousands of signatures for permission to occupy the massive Athletes Village going up alongside Tokyo Bay. The village was to be home to 11,000 Olympic athletes and 4,400 Paralympic athletes. It is largely complete and empty with the Olympic opening postponed by the virus outbreak until July 23, 2021.NFL-FALCONS-HILLRB Brian Hill signs fifth-round tender to stay with FalconsFLOWERY BRANCH, Ga. (AP) — Running back Brian Hill has signed his $2.1 million tender offer to remain with the Atlanta Falcons. The Chicago Sky center announced the news in a video that aired Friday night during ESPN’s broadcast of the WNBA draft. She said her entire family tested positive, but that only her mother became seriously ill. She says her mother was admitted to the hospital but is back home and healthy again.Los Angeles Sparks guard Sydney Wiese (wees) is the only other WNBA player to test positive for the virus.In other developments related to the coronavirus pandemic:— West Ham chief executive Karren Brady says she believes the timescale for an English Premier League return is no clearer than when the coronavirus lockdown started almost a month ago. Brady feels that complex questions still need to be answered over player training, the presence of police at matches, virus testing, hygiene and medical protocols. The EPL stated after talks with the 20 clubs on Friday that its objective remains to complete the season but added that all dates are tentative while the impact of COVID-19 develops.— The mayor of Madrid says soccer matches and other sports events in Spain will take place in empty venues at least until the end of the summer. He says the coronavirus pandemic likely “won’t be under control” in time for events with big crowds to resume normally. The Spanish league is not expecting to resume at least until the end of May. It is working on several scenarios, including playing without fans through the fall. April 18, 2020 Update on the latest sports Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditVIRUS OUTBREAK-SPORTSChicago Sky’s Dolson tests positiveUNDATED (AP) — Stefanie Dolson is the first known Chicago professional athlete known to have contracted COVID-19, and the second from the WNBA. — Major League Soccer is putting on a five-week video game tournament starting Sunday that will be televised nationally. Each of the MLS teams involved picked a player to participate. The tournament will benefit Feeding America and Food Banks Canada.— Top-ranked men’s tennis player Novak Djokovic (JOH’-koh-vihch) says he spoke with Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal about working with the ATP to set up a fund to help lower-ranked tennis players financially affected by the pandemic. Djokovic described what he called a long conversation with Federer and Nadal about “how we can contribute and how we can help lower-ranked guys who obviously are struggling the most.” Djokovic talked about trying to amass somewhere around $3 million to $4.5 million to distribute, perhaps to players ranked from around 200th or 250th to around 700th.— Serena Williams’ coach says he is starting an independent tennis league to have professionals play matches without spectators starting in May at his academy in Nice, France. Patrick Mouratoglou says the plan is to live-stream 10 matches per weekend for five weekends in May and June. The ATP and WTA professional tours have been on hold since March and are suspended at least until mid-July.— The San Diego Junior Golf Association has canceled the 53rd annual IMG Academy Junior World Championships set for July 4-10. The event annually attracts more than 1,250 golfers from more than 50 countries to Torrey Pines and other San Diego golf courses. Many PGA and LPGA players faced their initial international competition at the Junior Worlds.— Socially distanced crews in New York and California are keeping horse racing on television in the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic. Horse racing is one of the few sports ongoing, albeit in a limited capacity at a handful of empty tracks. But its TV presence has expanded because of the dearth of other options. The New York Racing Association helps produce “America’s Day at the Races” on Fox Sports, TVG has partnered with NBC Sports for a dozen hours of coverage each week and the hope is that the fledgling industry can stay afloat and gain more exposure. Associated Press The restricted free agent received an original-round tender last month, giving the team a right to match any offer Hill received from another team or accept a fifth-round draft pick as compensation.Hill played in 12 games with two starts in 2019, rushing 78 times for 323 yards and two touchdowns along with 10 catches for 69 yards and one TD.INDYCAR-iRACINGPagenaud wins simulated IndyCar raceCHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) — Reigning Indianapolis 500 winner Simon Pagenaud (PA’-zheh-noh) competed in his firesuit and captured IndyCar’s race on a simulated Twin Ring Motegi in Japan. Pagenaud took advantage of a frantic final 10 laps to get the victory. Penske drivers Will Power and Scott McLaughlin were racing each other for the lead and a likely victory when they came upon the lapped car of Oliver Askew, causing Power to touch McLaughlin’s car. McLaughlin was livid and actively trying to calm himself on his simulator in Brisbane when he was spun into the wall and out of contention.Pagenaud then raced Power wheel-to-wheel and the cars appeared to touch before Pagenaud took the lead. He still had to hold off Scott Dixon’s last-lap attempt to pass him for the win.,Tampa Bay Lightning advance to face Dallas Stars in Stanley Cup finals, beating New York Islanders 2-1 in OT in Game 6