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.
Supreme Court fast-tracks pipeline permitting… but not for Keystone XL A recent survey from the digital guide booking platform 57hours, which connects outdoor enthusiasts with certified mountain guides, shows that the pandemic has had a devastating effect on the guiding industry. The survey asked more than 100 independent mountain guides worldwide how COVID-19 has impacted their livelihood. Their answers paint a bleak picture. WNC receives two USDA Forest Service grants The Keystone XL pipeline is the fourth phase of the Keystone Pipeline System that moves oil from Western Canada to refineries in the United States. The Keystone XL pipeline has attracted strong opposition from environmental groups and has become a symbol for the flight to stop climate change and end dependency on fossil fuels. New survey shows guiding industry faces a tough road Over 56% of respondents said guiding is their only source of income and 0% said they were still taking customers out on guided trips. Respondents also reported that 78% of their future trip bookings have been cancelled with no plans to reschedule. Most said they’ve lost 75-100% of their guiding income. The Eastern Band of the Cherokee Indians will use their grant to expand and connect the Hall Mountain Community Forest to the Little Tennessee River. Foothills Conservancy will use their grant to help purchase the remaining 321 acres of Oak Hill Community Park and Forest in Burke County, the news release said. The USDA Forest Service has awarded grants to the Eastern Band of Cherokee Indians and Foothills Conservancy of North Carolina, the agency said in a news release. The grants are a part of the Community Forest Program, which supports working forests that provide benefits like clean water, wildlife habitat, educational opportunities and public access for recreation. The Supreme Court on Monday reinstated the use of a permit that fast-tracks pipeline construction but excluded the controversial Keystone XL pipeline from their ruling. The decision is considered a partial win for the Trump administration, though the exclusion of the Keystone XL pipeline is a major setback for the project.
16SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Myriam DiGiovanni After writing for Credit Union Times and The Financial Brand, Myriam DiGiovanni covers financial literacy for FinancialFeed. She is also a storytelling expert and works with credit unions to help … Web: www.financialfeed.com Details Nothing strikes fear like receiving a notice in the mail from the IRS or your state tax revenue agency that you are being audited.A NerdWallet.com 2018 Tax Study found 89% of Americans surveyed were worried about making a mistake in filing their income taxes. The top two concerns included being audited and having to pay more after filing.When it comes to being audited, the good news is that for most Americans, the odds are against it. It is estimated that less than 1% of tax returns are audited.That doesn’t ease the anxiety.To help stay under the radar, ConsumerReports.org shared the most common moves that can trigger a closer look by the IRS.Mistakes: This includes any typos. The IRS estimates people are 20 times more likely to make a mistake on a handwritten form so consider electronic filing. The IRS doesn’t care who made the error, the taxpayer is held accountable. Take the time to double check everything. If you have any questions or doubts regarding your taxes don’t hesitate to tap into free online or local resources at your financial institution or reach out to a reputable professional.Embellished deductions/credits: Be careful of getting creative with your deductions without having the proof to back it up. The IRS is well aware of the tendency to exaggerate certain credits or common deductions, so understand eligibility requirements and play by the rules. If you list something, have the supporting documentation ready.Business expenses: Running a small business out of your home? Before taking advantage of the many small business tax credits and deductions, double check it meets the IRS classification of a small business. For example, if your side gig has been losing money for three consecutive years, the IRS may consider it a hobby. A hobby doesn’t qualify for small business tax breaks. Keep good records of any business expenses claimed. Also be sure to report all the income from your side hustle. While thegeneral rule is any income earned over $600 requires a 1099 be filed by each payer, any and all income is subject to US taxation.
Nathaniel Asamoah took his season goal tally to twelve (12) as he helped his Medeama side to secure a 3-1 victory over BA United in the match played at the T&A Park.Asamoah scored the opener for Medeama and added his second after Kwame Boahene’s goal. Moses Owusu however pulled one back for the away side in the 41st minute.BA United who are bottom of the League log will now end the first round of the season with 13 points after 15 matches.Medeama on the other hand have now moved into the top four despite being level on points with Berekum Chelsea and Liberty Professionals.At the Accra Stadium, Great Olympics and New Edubiase played an entertaining game which ended 2-2 in their Week 15 tie.Veteran defender Dan Quaye failed to convert a penalty to bring Olympics level in the first half after Bernard Ofori scored the opener for Edubiase. Emmanuel Amartey finally got the equalizer for the “Wonder club” before Alhassan Nuhu took the away side into the lead again.The lead was however short lived as Kwame Boateng brought the game back on level terms to see the match end 2-2.This third consecutive draw for Great Olympics has seen them at the 13th position on the League table whiles New Edubiase are now just above bottom placed BA United.FCPPL WEEK 15 FULL TIME SCORES ”ªFt: KOTOKO 4-0 LIONSAhmed TourePrince BaffoeLatif AmaduEmmanuel Asante Ft: ASHGOLD 1-1 HEARTSDidier Kore (AshGold)Sabahn Laryea (Hearts)Ft: MEDEAMA 3-1 BA UNITEDNathaniel Asamoah 2 (Med)Kwe Boahene (Med)Moses Owusu (BA)Ft: LIBERTY 1-0 ADUANA STARSCharles Dwamena (Lib)Ft: BECHEM UNITED 2-0 HASAACASYaw Andoh x2 (B. Utd)Ft: CHELSEA 2-1 INTER ALLIESKofi Owusu (Che)Richard Adjei (Che)Naire Benogo (Inter Allies) Ft: OLYMPICS 2-2 NEW EDUBIASEBernard Ofori (N. Edu)Al hassan Nuhu (N. Edu)Emmanuel Amartey (Oly)Kwame Boateng (Oly)Ft: WAFA 0-0 WA ALL STARS–
by Tracy McCue, Sumner Newscow â€” Despite being under the weather and the threat of stormy weather, the Logan Mize concert went off without a hitch in downtown Wellington at the Thursday night concert at the 2015 Kansas Wheat Festival.Estimates vary on the number of people in attendance, but it ranged anywhere from 1,000 to 2,500 people, who were either inside the paid ticket area or roaming outside the gate (pictures of the concert can be found here).As expected, Mize provided an epic show. The Clearwater native even brought his wife on stage for a song afterwards.“I figured now that I got the kids to bed I can come on stage sing and have a few beers,” said Jill Martin, who is a mother of two and a country singer song writer as well.The concert marked the end of the first half of the Wheat Festival, with more fun-filled activities in store for the next three days. That includes two more street dances including “The Banned” a rock group from Wichita, and Kinsey Sandler, a rising country star out of Oklahoma.â€œWeâ€™ve sold out of buttons,â€ said Annarose White, Wellington Area Chamber of Commerce Director. â€œWe are going with wristbands the rest of the day.â€Â So those with buttons may want to hold to them as much as possible.The crowd went wild for Logan Mize.Tonight’s street dance includes “The Banned.”The Banned will be in Wellington tonight at 9 p.m.â€œThe Bannedâ€ will be bringing a different sound to the downtown stage than with Mize.The Banned is a four-man group out of Wichita with a rock and roll sound.Then on Saturday night, Kinsey Sadler comes to the stage at the Kansas Wheat Festival.Sadler is becoming one of the most liked and busiest female country artist performing in the Midwest region. She is under the management team of Johnny Morris Production/Evergreen Records of Nashville; TN. Sadlerâ€™s vocal strength has been compared to artist such as Miranda Lambert and Gretchen Wilson.Kinseyâ€™s music is listed in several publications, including All Access Country, Cool Music, Only Lyrics, Got Country Magazine, and Nashville industry publication Music Row. Currently her music is playing on several stations around the United States and Europe. Her first single “Sometimes I Forget” charted on Nashville’s Music Row at number 53. On Only Lyrics, Top 100 Songs of the week, â€œSometimes I Forgotâ€ charted at number 15. Kinseyâ€™s single fell just behind Brad Paisley number 13, Kenny Chesney number 14, and in front of Billy Currington number 16, Lady Antebellum number 17. â€œSometimes I Forgetâ€ took the number 2 spot for the most requested lyrics to a song.The title track from her debut CD “The Young And The Reckless”, released this past fall and is currently receiving air time nationally and in Europe. Writing contributions to Kinsey’s CD include platinum and gold song writers Heidi Newfield and Don Goodman. Heidi Newfield was the former lead of Trick Pony with top 5 billboard hits “Pour Me” and as a soloist “Johnny and June”; and Don Goodman has written several charted songs most notable Blake Shelton’s “Olâ€™ Red” and Alabama’s “Angels Among Us”. Kinsey is currently working with Mr. Goodman on other projects for the future. Musical contributions were made by, Academy of Country Music Drummer of the Year award winner, Eddie Bayers, and Kenny Chesney’s guitarist Jon Conley. Sound production was done by the legendary Billy Sherrill at Nashville’s Sound Emporium.â€œIâ€™m an Oklahoma girl, but Iâ€™ve been traveling since I was little so being on the road is nothing new. I love every venue I have played from big to small it doesnâ€™t matter; as long as I get to share my music with the world Iâ€™ll be satisfied.â€ So if you havenâ€™t seen Kinsey Sadler yet, go catch her performance this Saturday night at the Kansas Wheat Festival.Â Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. 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4 Aug 2017 Moore knocks out defending champion Meanwhile, Alex Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire) won his game against Conor White (Bridgnorth, Shropshire) 8/6. Meanwhile, Alex Fitzpatrick (Hallamshire, Yorkshire) won his game against Conor White (Bridgnorth, Shropshire) 8/6. Scott Gregory (Corhampton, Hampshire) won another match between two England internationals, beating French open champion Josh Hilleard (Farrington Park, Somerset) 3/2. Defending champion Dan Brown is out of the English amateur after losing 3/2 to fellow England player Bradley Moore in a low-scoring match at The Berkshire this morning. “It was a good match but the breaks came for me at the end,” said Moore, from Kedleston Park, Derbyshire, who is now into the last 16 (image © Leaderboard Photography). Poppleton charged away, getting to six-under after seven holes, with four birdies and an eagle taking him to five up. He won on the 13th, where Dyer’s ball was declared lost after a five-minute search – only to fall out of a tree just as the players shook hands. “It was so weird,” said Poppleton. By contrast, four matches went into extra time with Jay Beisser (Rayleigh, Essex), Tom Forster (Oundle, Northamptonshire) and Gian-Marco Petrozzi (Trentham Staffordshire) winning on the 19th while Jack Gaunt (Drayton Park, Staffordshire) went to the 21st to secure his place in the last 16. Among the other big wins of the morning was Andrew Wilson’s 7/6 success over last year’s runner-up George Bloor (Cavendish, Derbyshire). Wilson (Wynyard, Durham), lost the first hole but quickly got ahead and was seven under for the holes played, helped by a chip-in eagle on the 9th and birdies on 11 and 12. “I played quite nicely and put the pressure on when I need to,” he said. He will meet Yorkshire’s Nick Poppleton (Wath), who beat the top seed yesterday and followed up with a 6/5 win over Jack Dyer (Rochford Hundred, Essex). Meanwhile, Scott Gregory (Corhampton, Hampshire) defeated fellow England international Josh Hilleard (Farrington Park, Somerset) 3/2. He will meet Yorkshire’s Nick Poppleton (Wath), who beat the top seed yesterday and followed up with a 6/5 win over Jack Dyer (Rochford Hundred, Essex). Click here for full results and this afternoon’s draw. Poppleton charged away, getting to six-under after seven holes, with four birdies and an eagle taking him to five up. He won on the 13th, where Dyer’s ball was declared lost after a five-minute search – only to fall out of a tree just as the players shook hands. “It was so weird,” said Poppleton. “It was a good match but the breaks came for me at the end,” said Moore, from Kedleston Park, Derbyshire, who is now into the last 16 (image © Leaderboard Photography). The pair threw birdies and eagles at each other, with a crucial break coming for Moore on the long 15th. His drive went right, but he got a drop off a cart path and was able to hit a five-iron to 4ft from 197 yards. He duly sank the eagle putt to get to 2up and booked his place in the afternoon round with a par three on 16. Moore knocks out defending champion Among the other big wins of the morning was Andrew Wilson’s 7/6 success over last year’s runner-up George Bloor (Cavendish, Derbyshire). Defending champion Dan Brown is out of the English amateur after losing 3/2 to fellow England player Bradley Moore in a low-scoring match at The Berkshire this morning. The pair threw birdies and eagles at each other, with a crucial break coming for Moore on the long 15th. His drive went right, but he got a drop off a cart path and was able to hit a five-iron to 4ft from 197 yards. He duly sank the eagle putt to get to 2up and booked his place in the afternoon round with a par three on 16. Click here for full results and this afternoon’s draw. Wilson (Wynyard, Durham), lost the first hole but quickly got ahead and was seven under for the holes played, helped by a chip-in eagle on the 9th and birdies on 11 and 12. “I played quite nicely and put the pressure on when I need to,” he said.
Facebook151Tweet0Pin0Submitted by South Sound Partners for PhilanthropyPhilanthropists, including a local volunteer who helps more than a dozen organizations, will be honored during the annual luncheon of South Sound Partners for Philanthropy. The event will take place on National Philanthropy Day, Tuesday, Nov. 15, at the Hotel RL. The luncheon will begin at noon; registration opens at 11:30a.m. The public is invited to the event.This year’s honorees are:Spencer and Ben Rex invest time, research and care into every item they sell on eBay.Next Generation Philanthropists: Spencer and Ben Rex. For the last several years, the brothers have scoured local garage and other sales for unique items that they sell for a profit on eBay. Ten percent of their profit then goes to local charities. Among those benefiting are Seattle Children’s Hospital, Wounded Warriors, Community Youth Services and Pear Blossom Place. Ben, 14, and Spencer, 16, go to Capital High School. Both are active in band and sports. They also have volunteered the last two summers at the City of Olympia’s Olywahoo summer day camp.Leadership in Personal Philanthropy: Ted and Tanya Jernigan. The Jernigans, who have lived here for about 10 years, have been instrumental in local giving through The Jernigan Foundation, which focuses on global and local concerns, including human trafficking, Boys and Girls Clubs, CareNet Pregnancy Centers, Salvation Army, Washington Engage and the Evergreen Christian School.Leadership in Business Philanthropy: Phillips Burgess PLLC. This local law firm gives extensively in both time and talent to United Way of Thurston County, Washington Center for the Performing Arts, Capitol Land Trust, the Thurston County Food Bank and other groups.Leadership in Philanthropy – Community Organization: First United Methodist Church of Olympia. This church has served the community for more than 160 years and been instrumental through its Warm Hearts Fund and its Help Us Move In fund (now an independent foundation) in helping local families in need. FUMCO is also being honored for helping to get Camp Quixote started, for providing meeting space for non-profits for free or at a reduced rate and for its members volunteering and giving at a wide range of local non-profits, including the Family Support Center, the YWCA, Homes First and Community Youth Services.Paul Grudis Inspirational Award: Carole Jones. Local volunteer Carole Jones has clocked in thousands of hours since the early 1990s, helping more than a dozen local non-profit organizations. Carole helps with the Providence St. Peter Foundation’s No One Dies Alone program, the VFW Ladies Auxiliary No. 318, The Washington Center for the Performing Arts and the United Way of Thurston County, which honored her as Volunteer of the Year in 2013.South Sound Partners for Philanthropy, founded in 2000, is a consortium of more than 30 local non-profit organizations. To attend the luncheon, register online at www.celebrategiving.org