Your mission this week, should you chose to accept it, is to attend a conference at Harvard on Friday that will include (academically speaking) war, diplomacy, and heroism, along with enough political intrigue to fill a hundred novels.You guessed right: The gathering of historians is all about the Congress of Vienna, which turns 200 this year. The bicentennial will occasion at least three other events worldwide — two in Vienna and one in Amsterdam. But Harvard’s, called “The Power of Peace,” is the first. (It comes with an explanatory essay.)There is reason to pay attention to a diplomatic gathering from two centuries ago. The congress created, by some measures, a century of relative peace among European nations — until the carnage of World War I. It also anticipated political structures that underlie peace and cooperation today (where it is to be had), including the European Union and the United Nations. And it stands as a transformative political moment for the significant contributions of women.Vienna was at the heart of the Austrian Empire, which along with Russia, Prussia, Great Britain, and defeated France had come to the table to hammer out a peace. Peace was welcome. Europe had been riven by decades of conflict — the French Revolution and its war and then the wars created by Napoleon and his imperial ambitions.Representatives from 200 European states and political entities, great and small, met from September of 1814 to June of 1815. A postwar treaty was not their only objective. “After great conflicts, Europeans were more prone to discuss the madness of war,” said conference co-organizer Stella Ghervas, a visiting scholar at Harvard’s Minda de Gunzburg Center for European Studies, which will host the event. But the assembled leaders also intended “to avoid war in the future,” she said, by setting up the “Congress System.” The planned series of periodic diplomatic conferences in European cities was designed to establish the political machinery for lasting peace.Co-organizer David Armitage, the Lloyd C. Blankfein Professor of History and chair of the Department of History, called the Congress of Vienna a “systematic attempt to restore balance” — the kind of “conclusive conference” that prefigured those that would follow World War I, in Versailles, and World War II, at Yalta. “The very foundations of our international systems,” he said, “come out of the Congress of Vienna. They were thinking on a potentially global scale.”Europe was finally awakening to a spirit of accord that before had only been imagined by thinkers dismissed as utopian visionaries. One was Charles-Irénée Castel de Saint-Pierre, a French abbot whose 1713 “Plan of Perpetual Peace” anticipated the reformist liberality of the Enlightenment. (Both Immanuel Kant and Jean-Jaques Rousseau, inspired by Saint-Pierre, made the point that that industry and trade could create lasting peace better than war.) Saint-Pierre also used the term “European Union” for the first time, prefiguring the work of the congress.The abbot’s ideas inspired Tsar Alexander I of Russia, who in turn formulated the “Holy Alliance,” a peace covenant among the great powers for maintaining a war-free Europe “He was inspired by the plan of perpetual peace,” said Ghervas.But at the same time, the Congress was also attended by hard-headed diplomats like France’s Charles-Maurice de Talleyrand and Austrian diplomat Klemens von Metternich, who rejected the Tsar’s proposal for a common European army. (Ghervas has seen Metternich’s deletions in a manuscript she examined for her 2008 book “Réinventer la Tradition: Alexandre Stourdza et l’Europe de la Sainte-Alliance.”)In all, the congress represented a rare historical confluence of visionaries and pragmatists, making it possible, Armitage said, for “ideas and action to come together.” Metternich and Talleyrand are well remembered, but perhaps not the mercurial Alexander I. In his day he was considered, by princes and peoples alike, the liberator of Europe for pushing Napoleon back from Moscow all the way to the Champs-Élysées. In the years immediately after the congress, he also became a pacifist icon.There are others deserving of revived reputations, including the largely forgotten women of the congress. They are the subject of one of the papers being presented Friday.Glenda Sluga of Sydney University will present, via videoconference, “Sexual Congress: Women, Intimacy and ‘International’ Politics in Vienna, 1814-1815.” The female counterparts of male diplomats are often squeezed into just one view of the congress, she will argue — the “dancing congress” of formal balls, inimate salons, and other facets of “an entertainingly salacious tale” that hardly tells the whole story.Mark Jarrett, author of “The Congress of Vienna and its Legacy,” will deliver a paper applying a modern idea — the influence of hard and soft power — to a moment during the congress itself, when war loomed over how to divide Poland in the wake of Napoleon’s defeat. The issue set Russia and Prussia against Austria, Great Britain, and France. Only a secret treaty averted war.Brian Vick of Emory University will touch on matters that make the Congress of Vienna seem modern and global in the way it went beyond the Continent. The congress took on international issues in a way that foreshadowed humanitarian gestures of diplomacy as practiced today, confronting, for example, the African slave trade and the issue of sea piracy as practiced by privateers from ports in North Africa. His paper: “From London to Lübeck to Geneva and Algiers: Abolition of the Slave Trade and Barbary Captivity at the Congress of Vienna.”The idea of the congress as a template for modern peacemaking does come with a caveat, Ghervas said. “The current international organizations and venues for peace tend to represent the interests of the most powerful countries, and may be in need of reform.”That replicates the story of the Congress of Vienna, which started with liberal impulses and the Tsar’s vision of a united Europe, but came to represent a directorate, Ghervas said — “a select club of great powers who made the decisions for all the others,” and ignored the opinions of a restless public. (Starting in the 1820s, the congress was followed by decades of popular uprisings.)“The risk for the European Union today is that it could evolve toward a directorate,” she said.While entities like the EU are facing popular unrest, events in the Crimea echo the Congress’s failure to maintain peace, said Ghervas, who is also writing a transnational history of the Black Sea region. She recalled the recent words of President Obama — that Russia is acting out of weakness in the Crimea. “Russia has been emerging from a situation of disarray since the end of the Cold War,” said Ghervas. “The position of Vladimir Putin today is not as comfortable as that of Tsar Alexander I in Vienna. He had had the prestige of having just defeated Napoleon and liberated Europe.”So what is the lesson? “Leaders who already are in a strong position find it easier to find a peaceful solution to international issues than to use war,” said Ghervas. “All it requires to slide into war is to lose patience. That’s what happened in World War I.”There is a powerful message for today from a diplomatic congress held 200 years ago. “Peace is for the strong,” said Ghervas, echoing the title of the paper she will deliver Friday. “War is for the weak.”For more information on Friday’s conference.
A group of Vermont colleges, universities, and high schools has signed an agreement with a Chinese group to promote the schools to Chinese students seeking to study abroad, as well as opportunities for Vermonters to study there.Last week, Education Vermont USA, Shanghai Overseas Affairs Service Center, and North American High-Tech Center, signed an International Memorandum of Understanding at the Equatorial Hotel in Shanghai to jointly promote Sino-US cooperation and investment.“This agreement opens the door for the parties to begin discussing and developing new mutually beneficial projects that link education to economic development in China and Vermont,” said Ali Sarafzade, Director of International Trade at the Vermont Department of Economic, Housing and Community Development.This event was part of the trade mission from the State of Vermont led by Governor Jim Douglas. Douglas attended the signing ceremony in support of this initiative to promote educational exchange, investment and business cooperation between China and Vermont.“It is an honor for me to be here today to participate in this groundbreaking event,” Douglas told the participants. “I wish you well and look forward to supporting your efforts to create opportunities that benefit our respective students, states and countries.” Education Vermont USA is a consortium of more than 20 colleges, universities and high schools from the State of Vermont. The schools are among the best in United States and offer many options for Chinese students from liberal arts to professional studies at the undergraduate and graduate levels.The institutions have a shared vision to promote global citizenship and sustainable economic development through international education.The three-party Sino-US IMOU is intended to promote Vermont’s educational institutions to Chinese students interested in high quality education combined with the opportunity to live and study in a State that values environmentally sustainable economic development. The IMOU is also intended promote opportunities for students at Vermont institutions to study Chinese language, culture, business in China.Shanghai Overseas Affairs Service Center, a leading overseas affairs company with more than 20 years experience in overseas study and investment, will be aggressively promoting the student exchange.North American High-Tech Center in both the United States and China can use its influence with American and Chinese industry to promote synergies between industry, academia, research and investment. It will better supplement the traditional knowledge delivery by academic institutions.“This initiative is a truly unique partnership that promotes both inbound and outbound mobility, includes secondary and postsecondary students, private and public institutions and partners with government and business to support innovation and economic development,” said Education Vermont USA President James Cross, who is also Associate Provost for Education Abroad and Senior International Officer at Champlain College.Chairman of Shanghai Overseas Affairs Service Center, Mr. Jieming Wang said that the tri-party cooperation between the two countries will increase the demand for U.S. education and investment.“We will work with our partners, making efforts to promote Vermont’s secondary and higher education,” said Ms. Ying Zhao, Education Promotion Representative from North American High-Tech Center. “Only by encouraging more students to go out and come in, becoming more aware of each other’s culture, society and history, will we help students from both countries know each other better.”The tri-party partners agreed to provide students with better services and to develop more skills for the global economy.Education Vermont USA is a consortium of secondary and postsecondary schools, state government, and businesses committed to expanding international education collaboration that helps prepare students to become actively engaged global citizens and leaders.Member schools are Bennington College; Burlington College; Castleton State College; Community College of Vermont; Champlain College; Green Mountain College; Johnson State College; Lyndon State College; Marlboro College; Middlebury College; New England Culinary Institute Norwich University; St. Michaels College; Sterling College; Southern Vermont College; Vermont Technical College; Vermont Law School; St. Johnsbury Academy; Lyndon Institute; Vermont Academy; The Putney School and the University of Vermont.Source: State of Vermont. 10.27.2010.
Most viewers recall Carrey’s unforgettable performance as the grumpy, green Whoville outcast, but he’s not the only big name to appear in the festive flick. Christine Baranski, Molly Shannon, Bryce Dallas Howard and more round out the comedy’s all-star cast. During a 2016 interview at the Toronto Film Festival, Howard reflected on the early days of her career and dished on secrets from the Grinch set.“I was getting to hang around sets when I was a kid, a lot,” the daughter of director Ron Howard said at the time. “My first job, which isn’t really a job, is that I got to squeeze orange juice for everyone [on set] in the morning.”- Advertisement – “You’re a mean one, Mr. Grinch!” The live-action version of How the Grinch Stole Christmas has become a modern holiday favorite — but many of its stars often go unnoticed.Jim Carrey steals the show as the titular character of the classic Dr. Seuss tale, which hit theaters in November 2000. The movie grossed more than $345 million worldwide, becoming the second highest-grossing holiday movie of all-time next to 1990’s Home Alone. Though it was initially met with mixed reviews, How the Grinch Stole Christmas scored nominations for Best Art Direction and Best Costume Design at the 2001 Academy Awards — and took home the win for Best Makeup.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Rocketman actress eventually worked her way up to helping out behind the scenes of some of her dad’s projects, and after sometimes wandering into the background of scenes, Bryce was given an official role.“I got to be an extra, which is really a supporting artist, and I got to be paid for that,” she recalled. “You know what, it was as a Who in The Grinch.”Baranski and Shannon each received ample screen time as Martha May Whovier and Betty Lou Who, respectively. However, there’s one iconic actor who’s never seen but is heard in the adaptation of the children’s book. Anthony Hopkins, known for his haunting portrayal of Hannibal Lecter in 1991’s The Silence of the Lambs, lends his voice as Whoville’s narrator.- Advertisement – Scroll down to see more stars you might have forgotten were in How the Grinch Stole Christmas.
Highlights of the Week 10 matchup between the Buccaneers and the Panthers Kyler Murray would definitely deserve a mention here, but Tom Brady got back on track with a massive performance in Tampa Bay’s 46-23 win over the Carolina Panthers. A week after suffering the heaviest defeat of his career, Brady threw for 341 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for another score. Tampa flexed their offensive muscle with Mike Evans, Chris Godwin, Antonio Brown, Rob Gronkowski and Cameron Brate making big plays in the passing game. Add in a 98-yard touchdown run from Ronald Jones and it was a good day at the office for the Bucs.Play of the Week 2:01 Watch Neil Reynolds, Vince Young and Shaun Gayle’s reaction to Kyler Murray’s sensational Hail Mary touchdown pass to DeAndre Hopkins 4:00 6:49 Peter King thinks that the New Orleans Saints will face disciplinary action after footage emerged of the team celebrating last week’s victory without masks – Advertisement –
Press Release, Public Health, Results, Substance Use Disorder Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced several additional steps the commonwealth is taking to help combat the opioid addiction crisis. These steps will help tighten the rules under which medication such as buprenorphine can be prescribed under the Medicaid program.“Success in the fight against opioid crisis requires that we address the issue from all angles,” said Governor Wolf. “Not only must we make sure that quality treatment options are available from Pennsylvanians suffering from an opioid use disorder, we must also make sure that we are doing everything we can to make sure treatment is appropriate and that we keep unscrupulous individuals from taking advantage of those who are fighting the disease of addiction.”In order to help make sure that medication is used appropriately, the Department of Human Services (DHS) will take the following actions for Medicaid providers:Require all ordering, prescribing or referring providers who are identified on claims be enrolled in the Medicaid program. This will prevent current cash providers who are not enrolled in the Medicaid program from having their prescriptions filled at the pharmacy;Work with the Department of Drug and Alcohol Programs (DDAP) to cease allowing providers to accept cash payments from Medicaid recipients;Audit and potentially un-enroll providers who prescribe medication such as buprenorphine without an office visit;Encourage Medicaid Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) to terminate poor providers that do not meet certain quality metrics;Implement standardized prior authorization guidelines similar to those most recently implemented for the Medicaid Fee-For-Service Program; andRefer high-volume providers with poor quality records to DHS Bureau of Program Integrity for review and action.“We are tightening the medication rules to ensure that the Medicaid providers writing these prescriptions are thoroughly treating the individual, coordinating care, and getting folks the counseling services they need while going through this treatment,” said DHS Secretary Ted Dallas. “Our physical health, behavioral health, and pharmaceutical providers need to work together to provide the best care possible.”“If you, or someone you love, is receiving treatment from an Medicaid-enrolled provider, you should not pay out of pocket for that treatment. We ask that you refer the provider to DHS’ tip line at 1-844-DHS-TIPS,” said Governor Wolf.In addition to the latest actions, the commonwealth has:Strengthening the Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) so that doctors are required and able to check the system each time they prescribe opioids;Developed nine new prescribing guidelines to help doctors who provide opioid prescriptions to their patients;Created the warm handoff clinical pathway to facilitate referrals from the emergency department to substance abuse treatment;Established a new law limiting the amount of opioids that can be prescribed to a minor to seven days; andDesignated 45 Centers of Excellence, central hubs that provide navigators to assist those with opioid use disorders with behavioral and physical health care, along with medication-assisted treatment, as needed.New investments in battling the opioid epidemic in the 2017-2018 budget include:$10 million to expand access to naloxone for first responders through competitive grant funds will be awarded through the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD).$3.4 million to expand specialty drug courts in PCCD to expand treatment strategies to divert offenders into more meaningful treatment and recovery.$26.5 million in federal Cures Act funds beginning in 2017-18 that will be used to expand access to treatment services, particularly for individuals who are uninsured or underinsured.Continued investments in battling the opioid epidemic in the 2017-2018 budget include:$20.4 to continue the 45 Centers of Excellence throughout Pennsylvania which will help coordinate holistic treatment for people suffering from substance use disorder.$45 million to continue to fund services to address heroin and opioid addition through the Single County Authorities.Over $3 million for PDMP, which allows medical practitioners to see what their patients are being prescribed, and to make sure that, what they are prescribing is not at odds with that person’s health. It will also allow a medical practitioner help a person get into treatment if they believe they have identified a patient suffering from a substance use disorder.If an individual needs treatment for substance use disorder, and they are on Medicaid, they should call their MCO to determine a provider that is in their network. If the person is in the fee-for-service program, they can call DHS at 800-692-7462 for assistance in locating a provider.For more information, visit www.pa.gov. Pennsylvania Tightens Medication Rules to Help Combat Opioid Crisis March 06, 2017 SHARE Email Facebook Twitter
Hannoversche Kassen, a German occupational pensions provider for the non-profit sector, is calling for investment restrictions to be reviewed to expand investors’ portfolios with additional, and more specific, asset classes such as green infrastructure, Silke Stremlau, a member of the managing board, told IPE.The catalogue of investments, which is part of the Investment Ordinance Anlageverordnung, sets a detailed framework for the mix and diversification of investments of guaranteed assets of company pension schemes, in particular Pensionskassen, Sterbekassen and small insurance companies.“The investment catalogue should include additional asset classes, for example green infrastructure, and define higher thresholds for those types of investments [in green infrastructure], for example to up to 5%,” Stremlau said.The threshold for investing in additional asset classes should reflect their degree of risk “even more strongly,” she added. Pensionskassen can invest a maximum 1% of security assets in a renewable energy fund classified as a special alternative investment fund (AIF), she said.“Certainly understandable for security reasons, but a range of 1-5% would definitely be more helpful,” she noted.Italian government bonds, on the other hand, can make up 30% of total security assets. “From our point of view, this is much more risky than 1.5% in a special AIF,” she said.The catalogue does not include new forms of investment particularly relevant in the context of financing the transition to a green economy, including allocations in infrastructure, as standalone asset classes, but “as mixed share based on the investment vehicle chosen, and regardless of their character or degree of risk,” Stremlau explained.“The risk of loss is lower, especially when political programmes such as the Green New Deal support infrastructures projects,” she said.With a review of the investment ordinance, Stremlau continued, a higher number of Pensionskassen could invest in segments that lead to a transition to a sustainable economy, supporting public spending.Hannoversche Kassen considers the limit of up to 5% of the guaranteed assets for registered bonds (NSV) and promissory note loans (SSD) of non-listed companies “too strict”.“A range of 7.5-10% would make more sense,” she said, noting that the restriction has liquidity reasons, because registered bonds of non-listed companies would not be easy to sell if necessary.On the other hand, however, it may limit future participation of investors in a firm’s new environmental, social, and corporate governance (ESG) bond issuances if the share of allocation is exhausted.In the case of bearer bonds issued by listed companies, Hannoversche is “surprised” that the quota reaches a “generous” 50% of the guaranteed assets in total and 5% per issuer.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here.
Elvira F. Timke, age 89 of Batesville, died Sunday, December 10, 2017 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati. Born December 10, 1928 in Franklin County Indiana, she is the daughter of Mary (Nee: Risselman) and Alois Pulskamp. She married Clifford Timke July 8, 1950 at St. Mary’s of the Rock Church in St. Mary’s, Indiana and he preceded her in death August 9, 2002. She was a homemaker and a member of St. Louis Church and the Batesville V.F.W. Ladies Auxiliary.Elvira enjoyed many interests. In addition to following the Reds as well as I.U. and Purdue basketball, she also crocheted and worked the daily crossword puzzle. She loved cards too. For years the kids remember her playing solitaire on a board which was just big enough to fit the seven rows of cards. Several years back she went digital when they bought her an iPad to play on. Elvira also played 500, Solo and Euchre. And while she made the best apple pie, the memory that stands out the most to her family is she was the anchor of the family. If you needed guidance or a second opinion, you went to her. She offered sound advice that was unbiased and non-judgmental.She is survived by her daughters Joan (Benny) Thompson of Shelbyville, Indiana, Jean (Bill) Linkel of Batesville, Carol Livers of Independence, Kentucky, Patricia (Patrick) Leffingwell of Brookville, Indiana, Joyce (Rick) Gauck of Greensburg, Indiana, Mary (John) Vogelsang of Batesville; sons James Timke of San Diego, California, Mark (Julie) Timke of Indianapolis, Indiana, David (Cathleen) Timke of Cincinnati, Ohio; sister Shirley Laker of Batesville; 15 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. In addition to her husband and parents, she is also preceded in death by brothers Willard and Harold Pulskamp.Visitation is Wednesday, December 13th, from 4 – 7 p.m. at the Weigel Funeral Home, with a rosary service at 4 p.m. Funeral services are noon Thursday, December 14th, at St. Louis Church with Rev. Stan Pondo officiating. Burial will follow in the church cemetery. The family requests memorials to the Batesville V.F.W. Post #3183 or Margaret Mary Health Foundation Hospice.
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The 27-year-old made three appearances for the Saints, scoring in the 4-1 Capital One Cup win at Stevenage in August, but has yet to feature in the Barclays Premier League. Lee, who has seen his progress hampered by injury, will return to the J-League when their season starts next month, subject to international clearance, while Southampton hope the striker will return for pre-season in the summer. Southampton’s Japanese international Tadanari Lee has joined former club FC Tokyo on loan until the end of June. Press Association
BRITAIN’S IBF world heavyweight champion Anthony Joshua believes beating Wladimir Klitschko at Wembley stadium in April would raise his status to the level of a “legend”.“This is a fight that can change (me) from champion to legend overnight,” he told a news conference yesterday, to promote the April 29 bout.“It’s the fight that will get the masses out and draw massive attention and they’re the type of fights that can change the way that people view you in your industry,” added the 27-year-old.The 2012 Olympic super-heavyweight champion has won all of his 18 professional fights well inside the distance and stopped American Eric Molina in Manchester last Saturday in the third round.Another knockout, he said, would be the “cherry on top”. The April fight between Joshua and the Ukrainian former champion, who will be 41 by then, has been officially sanctioned by the WBA for that vacant title while the Briton’s IBF belt will also be on the line.Klitschko lost the WBA, WBO, IBF and IBO belts to Britain’s Tyson Fury in November 2015. Before that bout, he had not been beaten in 11 years and had a career record of 64 wins and three defeats.Fury vacated the WBA, WBO and IBO belts last October after having his licence suspended pending investigation of anti-doping and medical issues.He had already been stripped of the IBF belt for not fighting a mandatory challenger.Klitschko, who was ringside for the Molina fight in Manchester, has said he is “obsessed” with getting the belts back and had been training hard in the past year for fights that never happened.He recognised his last fight against Fury had not been good but said the break of nearly a year and a half could work in his favour.My motivation is as high as the sky,” said the Ukrainian. “I have to wake up. It was just a wake-up call before the big event. This is definitely a signature fight for Anthony and myself.“If Anthony wins this fight, I will congratulate him,” he said. “When I win this fight, I will help him to come back.”