Personal profile

first_imgPersonal profileOn 27 Jun 2000 in Personnel Today Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article Comments are closed. What is the most important lesson you have learnt in your career?To treat people fairly and as you would wish to be treated.What is the strangest situation you have had to deal with at work?Working in East Germany trying to restructure the business with no language skills and a new management team.Imagine being stranded on a desert island with enough food for only two people. Who would be your companion and why?My husband. We would have time to discuss all the things that get lost in the maelstrom of business and family lives. The other option would be Thomas More so I could debate Utopia with him.If you had three wishes to change your firm what would they be?1 A chance to reflect a little more before I make a decision. This is always difficult in a fast-moving business and industry when you are new to the company and the sector.2 To have everyone based in one building. We are currently spread over four sites in London and this makes logistics that much harder.3 Interoute is a company of young and dynamic individuals; the ability to harness these skills more effectively would be tremendous.What is the best thing about working in HR?The diversity of situations I deal with working on a pan-European basis.What is the worst?Trying to keep up with legislation.You have stumbled upon a time machine. What period would you visit and why?The court of Henry VIII. The times were fraught with danger politically, yet people made moral judgments that cost them their lives or undertook political intrigues that ended in a trip to the Tower. I would ask people why and see if the historians got it right.If you could adopt the management style of an historical character, whose would you adopt and why?Hatshepsut (1504-1482BC) – she was one of the only queens in Egypt who became a pharaoh in her own right. She brought prosperity and success through negotiation and trading.If you were to write a book, which subject would you choose?I would write a children’s story with beautiful illustrations.What is you greatest strength?Multitasking to enable me to fit most of the things I want to into my life and operate at different levels in the business to deliver the HR strategy.What is your least appealing characteristic?I am impatient.How do you deal with confronting people with difficult issues?I take a deep breath, get my facts straight and then talk to them honestly about the situation.last_img read more

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Councils set to face legal action over pay inequality

first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. Local authorities are to face a series of legal challenges over inequality between male and female pay.The move comes after unions lost patience with local authorities’ inability to address the issue by revising pay structures. Councils say they are unable to foot the massive cost of doing this.Three years ago, the GMB, the Transport and General Workers Union and Unison agreed to delay legal action to give councils time to come up with a solution.But a study published last week by employment analyst Industrial Relations Services shows just 7 per cent of councils have carried out a job evaluation exercise, the first concrete step to ensure male and female manual workers are paid the same for comparable jobs. Jack Dromey, national organiser for the TGWU, said not enough progress has been made. His union is preparing to take cases against four local authorities in the autumn. Unison has “half a dozen” lined up.Larger authorities claim that funding the changes, agreed between the councils and unions in July 1997, will cost them around £6m – a cost they are unable to finance. The changes, if implemented, would affect 1.2 million employees.Rita Sammons, head of personnel and training at Hampshire County Council, said large authorities like Hampshire simply cannot afford to fund the changes.Head of local government at Unison Malcolm Wing said, “We are not going to target those that really are making an effort, but some local authorities are simply playing games.” Earlier this year 351 speech therapists reached a deal expected to cost the NHS £12m following a test case. The speech therapists argued they were entitled to the same level of pay as pharmacists, which is traditionally a male-dominated profession.Cases have also been brought by groups of council employees including school dinner ladies and cooks. Previous Article Next Article Councils set to face legal action over pay inequalityOn 22 Aug 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. last_img read more

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“Are We There Yet?”: Interview with Rosie Whitehouse

first_imgI am interested in the conflict between motherhood and career to which Whitehouse alludes in her discussion of the book. “When you have a child,” she tells me, “you mutate – your child becomes the focus of your life. You’re torn in two.” As a foreign correspondent, finding a satisfactory work-life balance was particularly difficult. But when she was a full-time mum bringing up her children in the Balkans, she gained a new perspective on the things that people work in order to buy: “We don’t need half the rubbish people buy in the UK. Do you really need designer baby clothes?” However, she’s not advocating that women should forego career in favour of motherhood, and feels that the workplace battles her generation fought have prepared the ground for our generation to have a better work-life balance.  Whitehouse is a vocal critic of newsrooms, which she says “neglect” the families of the foreign correspondents they dispatch to dangerous situations. In 17 years of her husband’s career, only once has somebody from a newspaper – the Times – contacted her to check everything was all right. How could this be remedied? Firstly, she says, a journalist calling with news of her husband should “think before they open their mouth” – because ringing late at night, and leaving terse messages such as “Your husband isn’t dead”, are common occurrences that raise more concerns than they alleviate. She illustrates her assertion that journalists are often thoughtless by describing a recent visit to Warminster in Wiltshire, site of an army barracks. “Reporters were asking the Army wives how they’d feel if their husbands were killed!” Secondly, she suggests an Internet forum could be established for war reporters and their families. “Men need an outlet where they can talk about trauma,” Whitehouse says, “and there could be a closed forum where people could ask advice, and post bits of information and messages of support.”  Whitehouse hopes that, in the absence of such a forum, her book can offer some support to families in a similar position to her own. “No parenting guide I’ve ever seen tells you how to explain to your five-year-old why war has broken out, or what to say when your child asks if Daddy loves Iraqis more than he loves them.” In more ways than one, “Are We There Yet” is a first.Rosie Whitehouse will be speaking at QI on Tuesday, June 26th, at 7:30. Tickets will be £3 on the door. “Are We There Yet” can be bought from – it costs £8.99 and part of the proceeds go to the Rory Peck Trust, which helps the families of freelance newsgatherers who are killed, seriously wounded or imprisoned.  Rosie Whitehouse has a blog, which contains excerpts from her book: www.travelswithmyfrontlinefamily.blogspot.comBy Heather RyanCherwell 24 is not responsible for content of external links In Sarajevo, as the wife of a BBC war correspondent, Rosie Whitehouse and her five children “heard the firing of the shots that started a war”. Heather Ryan asks what else she had to juggle in the raising of a most unusual family.   “Family travel with bullets” is not a synopsis that could be applied to many books. But “Are We There Yet” is no ordinary travel memoir. Author Rosie Whitehouse and her war reporter husband, Tim Judah, brought up their children in Bucharest, Belgrade, Croatia and Bosnia during their most unstable years rather than separate their family. Her book not only describes the struggles of a wife and mother trying to create a stable home environment in the midst of war and social upheaval, but also examines the (positive) effect that a childhood spent following Daddy across Europe has had on her children’s identity and development.  Whitehouse is a journalist herself; indeed, she and Judah met while working on the student newspaper at the London School of Economics. She was News Editor, and he was Arts Editor; he caught her eye when he delivered his article to her office, and she managed to get him to ask her out by setting up an arts magazine, inviting him to contribute, and hoping he would take her on dates with the free tickets to cultural events that he received. Needless to say, it worked. Studying International History at undergraduate level, and then Russian government and politics at Master’s, Whitehouse’s university career was good preparation for her career in the BBC World Service.  It was as an ambitious editor of Newshour that Whitehouse “woke up one morning and felt sick”; she had fallen pregnant with her eldest son, Ben. In 1980s Britain, she tells me, “women were expected to look as poised and elegant as Princess Di, and hold down a full-time job as well – to have it all”. In spreading themselves so thinly, Whitehouse counters, women “ended up with nothing”. Finding it increasingly hard to go out to work and leave her son with a babysitter, she decided to become a full-time mum, a move which precipitated her husband – a freelance reporter – to approach the Times and ask for work. He was dispatched to cover Bucharest, not long after the fall of the Berlin Wall – revolution had swept over Romania and thousands of people were dying in street-fights. Despite the daunting political situation, Whitehouse was “delighted” with her husband’s assignation and there was no question that she and Ben would be accompanying him.   Did Rosie ever wonder whether she was doing the right thing? Of course, but although she concedes “perhaps I’m slightly crazy”, Whitehouse insists that her family’s experiences have enabled her children to “meet history head-on”. She is confident that their unusual upbringing has given her children an appreciation of history, politics and culture that conventional education can’t provide, and this is perhaps borne out by the fact that her firstborn Ben is now studying Modern History and Politics here at Oxford. Whitehouse had a somewhat unconventional childhood herself. Her father was a doctor – a “workaholic” who took his daughter along on his ward rounds on Christmas Day – and his work took him to Iraq under the rule of Saddam Hussein, and Poland in the grip of Communism. Family holidays consisted of accompanying her father on business trips abroad. However, she is adamant that her identity, as a child who travelled often but from a settled base in Britain, differs fundamentally from that of her children, two of whom had never lived in the UK before the family recently re-settled here. She uses the Troubles as an illustration. With an Irish Catholic mother, Whitehouse says that she “grew up with an Irish identity that fed my interest in politics”. In contrast, when she visited Ireland with her children, they “identified with the ethnic strife on the streets of Belfast” but do not self-define as Irish, taking instead “a worldwide approach”.  last_img read more

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CCO State House Editor Gail Reicken Comments On Legislative Fight Against Opioids

first_imgSen Merritt has announced his legislative goals on the fight against opioids.He says this year he wants the legislature to pass mandatory reporting to INSPECT , a statewide drug take back program, mandatory lockable vials and reports of Naloxone accessible to providers.Sen Merritt and Retired Sen Pat Miller have been leaders in drug issues for several years. But one drug issue that our State seems desperate for this same kind of energy is Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome (NAS).NAS occurs when a baby is born dependent on the opioid because mother was taking it. It is costly to attend to baby while in the hospital, baby can have lifelong complications and professionals have told stories of the horrific withdrawal infants suffer.There has been legislation to provide a structure for gathering data, coordinating efforts and presenting findings to the Commission on the Improvement of the Status of Children (CISC).CISC’s Child Safety and Services Committee has as one of its 2017 three year goals “ to coordinate snd communicate child safety efforts with Indiana Perinatal Quality Improvement Collaborative”.Let’s hope the CISC steps up efforts and joins in with Sen Merritt where productive to continue aggressive progress on lessoning NAS  in our infants. RieckenCity County Observer State House EditorFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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first_imgIS IT TRUE after noticing that the familiar president of The Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville (GAGE), Chris Kinnett was not in attendance at the ribbon cutting of the new downtown Doubletree Hotel, the City County Observer became curious about his absence?…what we have learned is that the revolving door at GAGE has swung again and Mr. Kinnett is no longer working there?  …would love for him to contact us to explain his reasons for leaving GAGE?  …the 5th person to hold the leadership position at GAGE in its less than 10 year history is listed on the website as Thom Endress?…Mr. Endress is listed as interim president so we guess there will be a 6th leader of this organization soon?…we wonder why the departure of Kris Kinnett was not covered by the local media as other departures have been?…it will be interesting who the next person to enter the meat grinder will turn out to be?IS IT TRUE it will be interesting to see what kind of job description the GAGE governing group will publish when looking for leader #6?…we wonder if some of the bullet points will be to serve as a sycophant for the Mayor of Evansville and provide photo-ops for him on a regular basis?IS IT TRUE that in the spring of 2010 the City County Observer uncovered the fact that GAGE had been used by then Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel to illegally funnel $40,000 per year to DMD Director Tom Barnett because the salary schedules for the City of Evansville were not sufficient to attract Barnett to town?…we also discovered and exposed that GAGE founding President and CEO Joe Wallace never signed Mr. Barnett bogus employment contract but then Gage Chairman of the Board and Mayor Jonathan Weinzapfel did?.  …after Wallace refused to sign the bogus employment contract Mayor Weinzapfel then took the pay request to Gages Executive Committee for approval?  …they approved his request?  …one of the members of the Gage Executive Committee was none other than Mayor Winnecke?IS IT TRUE not long after bogus employment contract issue Mr. Wallace was forced out as CEO and  President of Gage by Mayor Weinzapfel and went on to a very successful career in Palm Springs, CA ?  …its also common knowledge that Mr. Wallace was highly respected and did an outstanding President and CEO of Gage before he was forced? …he is a contributing author with the CCO and other publications?IS IT TRUE a couple people on the Gage Board, in local Government, past Gage clients and ordinary citizens urged Mr. Wallace to sue GAGE Board Chairman Mayor Weinzapfel for wrongful dismissal, interference with daily work activities and defamation of his character? …he decided not to sue and went on down to road to bigger and better things? …we hope one day that Mr. Wallace will come forward to tell us and our readers why he was really fired as the CEO of Gage?IS IT TRUE we are also curious about the silence of former Mayor turned Community College Chancellor Jonathan Weinzapfel regarding the non-relocation of the IVY Tech Nursing Tech students to the new downtown IU Medical School?   This decision happened at the same time when the taxpayers of Evansville were seemly being shaken down to support a $51 million bond issue that would help pay for the construction for the downtown IU Medical School?…it was portrayed to be a downtown success story with 1,500 Nursing Tech students moving downtown and now there will only be a small fraction of that in the expensive building?…if this was the plan all along they should have just sent the IU Medical and University of Evansville students to the campus of Southern Indiana University since it has new state of the art medical classroom facility too?.   …it looks like another bait and switch backroom political was just pulled off by our local and state elected officials?  …we wonder if the IU Medical School may turn out to be a bigger boondoggle than the Ford Center if nothing more than a couple of a hundred medical students use the building?…boondoggles in Evansville always seem to have the same set of fingerprints on them?IS IT TRUE it was stated during a Channel 25 TV news story that room rates will be  $139 to $250 a room at the new downtown Doubletree Hotel?  …looks like the owners are of the new downtown Hotel are about to find out what competition is all about?…equivalent rooms can be bought all over town in better locations for $89 or less?…we foresee some serious discounting on the horizon for the downtown Doubletree Hotel if they hope to have an occupancy rate of 65% like they said they would?FOOTNOTE:  Todays “READERS POLLS” question is: Do you feel that the new  downtown Doubletree Hotel will be successful?FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

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Members of Snarky Puppy & The Motet To Join Oteil & Krasno’s Daze Between Band In NOLA

first_imgFor both veterans and first-timers down at Jazz Fest in New Orleans, the “days between” (Monday through Thursday) can be equally exciting as the festival proper during the official weekends. With plenty of shows to choose from mid-week, including the 2nd annual NOLA Crawfish Festival with an all-star cast, fans get to see some of their favorite musicians collaborate with one another in various formats. One such show, dubbed the “Daze Between Band” (purchase tickets here) will feature Soulive/Lettuce guitarist Eric Krasno and Dead & Company bassist Oteil Burbridge leading serious who’s-who of artists at One Eyed Jacks on Wednesday, May 3rd. And the lineup just keeps getting better and better.The latest additions to the Daze Between Band include both Snarky Puppy percussionist Nate Werth and The Motet singer extraordinaire Lyle Divinsky, joining a cast that includes drummer Duane Trucks (Widespread Panic), keyboardist Danny Louis (Gov’t Mule), and guitarist Scott Metzger (Joe Russo’s Almost Dead). Opening this star-studded affair will be DJ Soul Sister, who will be spinning some classic grooves to get things started off on the right foot.Kraz and Oteil have played together many times over the years, including jamming together at the most recent Fool’s Paradise festival down in St. Augustine, FL. Whenever the two come together, you know that some magic is going to be created. With a surrounding cast such as this one, the Daze Between Band is a can’t miss show. The band also expects a few surprise guests to join them throughout the evening.For the full roundup of Live for Live Music Jazz Fest late nights, click here.– SHOW INFO –Artist: The Daze Between Band featuring Eric Krasno, Oteil Burbridge, Duane Trucks, Danny Louis & Scott MetzgerVenue: One Eyed Jacks – 615 Toulouse Street New Orleans, LA 70130Date: Wednesday, May 3rd, 2017Price: $35adv / $40dos (purchase tickets here)Time: Doors 11:00 PM / Show 12:00 AM (technically early AM 5/4)last_img read more

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Dyann Wirth honored by American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene

first_img Read Full Story Dyann Wirth was honored by the American Society of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (ASTMH) with the Joseph Augustin LePrince Medal for “outstanding work in the field of malariology.” Wirth, who is Richard Pearson Strong Professor of Infectious Diseases and chair of the Department of Immunology and Infectious Diseases at Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health, received the award at the ASTMH annual meeting on Oct. 25 in Philadelphia.Wirth is an international leader in malaria research and an expert in the molecular biology of tropical disease. She and the members of her lab leverage genomic tools and novel approaches to better understand the fundamental biology of the malaria parasite and mechanisms of drug resistance.last_img read more

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The war against colonial slavery

first_imgHistory typically is written by the victors. But in his new book, “Tacky’s Revolt: The Story of an Atlantic Slave War,” Vincent Brown gives this something of an ironic twist. The Charles Warren Professor of American History and Professor of African and African American Studies reads between the lines of the records and correspondence of colonial military leaders and plantation owners to get into the minds of those on the other side of the largest rebellion of enslaved people in the 18th-century British Empire. Over the course of about a year starting in 1760, more than 1,000 in Jamaica rose up in a series of insurrections that Brown views not as isolated acts, but as operations in a wider guerrilla war against colonial slavery. Using cartography and military analysis, he traces the revolt, its leaders, and its suppression from the Gold Coast of Africa to Jamaica. On Monday, Brown will discuss the book as part of the 1776 Salon series at the American Repertory Theater.Q&AVincent BrownGAZETTE: Why was Tacky’s Revolt an ideal focal point for your book?BROWN: Not many people outside Jamaica, who aren’t historians of the British Empire, know about this revolt. But those who do generally call it Tacky’s Revolt, named for one of its known leaders who came from somewhere in the area of West Africa that is now Ghana. Tacky was named in the first news accounts of the uprising, then identified as the mastermind of the entire event by the planter and historian Edward Long, who published a three-volume history of Jamaica in 1774. But in reading the sources produced during the insurrection, it was clear that there were many other leaders, and that Tacky was part of a much larger military campaign against colonial slave society by survivors of the slave trade from the Gold Coast.I knew I needed to connect what was happening in West African politics, state-building, and warfare to what was happening in Jamaica. On the Gold Coast, there were many African polities vying for power among each other. Their soldiers would be captured and sold to Europeans, and they would often regroup once they crossed the Atlantic because they spoke the same language or worshipped the same deities. Then, they staged revolts against plantation owners.I began to see as I mapped out the revolt in the Jamaican landscape that it was integrated with West African history and was a much larger, overall Coromantee [the name for the rebels] war that expanded across the Atlantic. That’s about a century of historical currents, which eddied into this revolt that took place over a year in Jamaica. “Even though I know it’s sometimes controversial to use the word ‘slave,’ the word needs to be opened up. I don’t use the word as if it were a fact.” GAZETTE: Was there a document or source that you found particularly surprising?BROWN: In the prologue I talk about the diary of Thomas Thistlewood. He was an English plantation overseer in Jamaica between 1750 and 1786. Most of his diary is a record of brutal exploitation of enslaved people, including rape of enslaved women. But he was also there during Tacky’s Revolt and one of the passages in his diary, from around the time when the revolt was pretty much suppressed, was especially interesting. Thistlewood wrote a fascinating story about one of the major rebels in his parish, Apongo [later renamed Wager]. Apongo had been a prominent person in West Africa, accustomed to trading with a man named John Cope Sr. Cope Sr. had been the chief agent of Cape Coast Castle, Britain’s trading fort on the Gold Coast. At some point, Cope Sr. bought a plantation in Jamaica. In those years, Apongo was sold into slavery and ended up in Jamaica, where he encountered Cope Sr. again. In the diary, Thistlewood writes that Cope Sr. laid out a table for him and treated him like a guest of honor on Sunday visits, and insinuated that he would one day be redeemed and sent home when his master, Royal Navy Capt. Arthur Forrest, had come back to the island. But before Forrest returned to Jamaica, Cope Sr. died, and Apongo became part of the largest slave revolt in the history of the 18th-century British Empire. I then did more research and found that Apongo had served on a Royal Navy warship and was put on Forrest’s plantation as a driver, a position for enslaved people who were promoted above other enslaved people.That is already a very different story of slave rebellion than we’re accustomed to telling, and that document kind of carried the whole project, because I was trying to trace the whole story based on what I knew of Apongo’s movement, and his relationships with Forrest and Cope through military and plantation records. I didn’t find an exact narrative of Apongo’s journey, but what I found was much more interesting: other rebels who also served in the Royal Navy and traded diplomatically with the British and other Europeans, or those who might have served as drivers, including Tacky. That added up to something more collective than simply one biography, a pattern that suggested a radically different story than we’re used to hearing about the enslaved.GAZETTE: You end your book talking about the American Revolution, and you’ll be speaking at a salon for the upcoming “1776” musical at the American Repertory Theater. How do these stories fit together?BROWN: This revolt anticipates the American Revolution by a decade and a half, but occurs during what we call the Age of Revolution. And yet, the insurrection is not well known as part of the Age of Revolution. One of the things the American education system doesn’t teach very well is that there were more than 13 British colonies in North America — there were 26. And by far, the ones that were most profitable, the most militarily significant, and best politically connected were the ones in the Caribbean. As Americans, we don’t often learn how prominent Jamaica was during colonization. Once we know that, we know more about what was important to the British when those rebels in the least-profitable colony, Massachusetts, began to rise up. It reframes our understanding of the context of the American Revolution. So I’m trying to get us to see the British-American colonial world a little bit differently.Interview was edited for clarity and length.For more information about the 1776 Salon series visit the A.R.T. website. GAZETTE: What prompted you to write this book now?BROWN: I first got the idea for this book around 2005. The United States was a year and a half into the latest version of the Iraq War. It was pretty clear that the insurgency was gaining strength, and while I wasn’t trying to draw a strict parallel or write an allegory of that war, I was thinking about how the strongest military force in the history of the world was already losing. I was already writing about the history of slave revolt, but this thinking about the terror wars that followed Sept. 11 [2001] gave this book a different kind of shape. That really reframed my thinking of slave revolt as perpetual, never-ending warfare between loose impromptu militias and powerful military forces.Looking back, a lot of those ideas come from the fact that I grew up in San Diego during the Cold War in the 1980s. The Navy and the Marines are big institutions in San Diego, and by the late 20th century, it was one of the largest military garrisons in the world. My father, uncles, and grandfather had all been in the military, and many of my friends joined as well, so thinking about the military was something I was interested in, and studying slavery and militancy as the geopolitics of warfare was a natural fit.GAZETTE: What were some of the challenges that you faced while researching and writing from this geopolitical perspective?BROWN: Once I reframed slave revolt as warfare, I began to see things in the sources that I might have overlooked before, because the rebels didn’t leave many sources. I had to read their actions and intentions through the sources of their enemies. What I knew came from the planter Edward Long, and another planter named Brian Edwards who wrote another account about 20 years after Long’s was published. We had some newspapers, diaries, and correspondence, and military records, but these histories were written by people who hated the rebellion and hated black people, and wanted to suppress their slaves forever.In order to get a sense of what actually happened, I had to get beneath the descriptions by the slave holders. I decided to plot everything I knew on a timeline, using every single source, and tried to locate it in time and space. I worked with a group called Axis Maps doing animated cartography online, and we made a map of the revolt. It was the first map that showed how the revolt played out, moment by moment, over time. And from that map, it was a little easier to discern what the rebels wanted to do and how they were responding to the insurgent forces. That gave me more insights into how the rebels saw and sought to use space, which isn’t obvious from looking at the textual sources alone.GAZETTE: How does a story like this help readers understand the personal histories of enslaved people?BROWN: An enslaved person is a human being no matter the ideology or the law, or how much violence is used on someone to make them a cypher, or a mere extension of a master’s will. There’s always something else there — experience, desires, a world, history — and when we begin to take those things seriously, this kind of story emerges. Even though I know it’s sometimes controversial to use the word “slave,” the word needs to be opened up. I don’t use the word as if it were a fact. All the slaves I see in my research are enslaved people. My challenge as a historian is to find out about them through all of the obfuscations and lies their masters told about them.There is also an idea most famously put forward by the philosopher Georg Wilhelm Friedrich Hegel that Africa forms “no historical part of the world.” That disregards the whole question of African history, and so many people think it doesn’t matter. Around three-quarters of the people who came to the Americas before 1800 were Africans. How can we ignore 75 percent of all the people who were there, and just act as if what they learned before they arrived didn’t matter, or what they wanted to accomplish? They can’t be ignored and they shouldn’t be — and they weren’t at the time of the revolt — despite the misleading things people said about them. “… there were more than 13 British colonies in North America — there were 26. And by far, the ones that were most profitable, the most militarily significant, and best politically connected were the ones in the Caribbean.”last_img read more

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We treated them the way we would treat ourselves’

first_imgAs the Blue Angels flew over Notre Dame Stadium and the final notes of the alma mater rang out, many students’ beliefs were confirmed: the atmosphere of the Notre Dame vs. Navy game would be unlike any other this season. Sophomore Kim Mai said hearing the stadium fall silent for the Navy alma mater and witnessing the friendly camaraderie between the teams was the first time she had seen Notre Dame fans go out of their way to honor their opponents. “We treated them the same way we would treat ourselves,” Mai said. Senior Billy Raseman said the teams’ unity during both alma maters after the Irish victory summed up the history and significance of the Notre Dame-Navy relationship. “I think it was pretty much embodied in the fact that we stopped and the whole stadium got quiet for their alma mater,” Raseman said. “There’s just a good deal of respect both ways in the fact that, yeah, Navy’s a football team but first they’re over there for their country.” Meadow Jackson, midshipman fourth class in the Notre Dame Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC) said she thought the ROTC midshipmen and Notre Dame student body respected the visitors because they understood that the game’s significance extended beyond the stadium. “We won’t boo the team,” Jackson said. “Whether we win or lose, they’re still our comrades in arms from a ROTC perspective. We know that footbal is not the main goal of these students, and we respect them even more because of that. “Football is just an extension of what [the Naval Academy midshipmen are] trying to do, which is develop themselves professionally to serve our country. We know that football is not the main goal of these students. The main goal is to protect and defend the people of the United States … we all have the common goal, just different ways of getting there.” Midshipman third class Liz Hart, a Saint Mary’s student, said she and her friends replaced the less-than-respectful phrase of one Notre Dame cheer and instead shouted “Nice try, Navy! Go Irish, go!” Hart said Notre Dame students invited midshipmen from the Naval Academy to stay in the dorms and experience a different collegiate environment. “All weekend I’ve seen [the Naval Academy midshipmen] walking around campus,” Hart said. “I saw them staying in the dorms, and I know that a lot of the Notre Dame community was really open to them.”We’re all in the Navy but our college experiences are so different.”The Blue Angels’ flyover during the “Star Spangled Banner” drew thunderous cheers from the student body and praise from game-watchers later. “That was the lowest flyover I think I’ve ever seen,” Raseman said. “It was sick.” Hart said the flyover stood out as an exciting start to the game and as another way of bringing Notre Dame and Navy together. “It was even more special because that was the first flyover since the sequester of the military and the government,” Hart said. “The fact that this was the first event that the Blue Angels came to was pretty awesome.” Jackson said the event highlighted the historic relationship between the two schools. “We know that the Blue Angels could be anywhere but I think they wanted to show the solidarity between Notre Dame and Navy and the tradition of this football game,” Jackson said. “During World War II, Navy pretty much kept Notre Dame alive … by a ROTC program that allowed us to keep the university open yet also allow men to serve,” she said. “I think the game between Navy and Notre Dame is kind of a thank you to the Navy and a show of respect to that.” Raseman, who is a member of the Notre Dame Glee Club, said he experienced the friendliness between Notre Dame and Navy three years ago when the group performed with the Naval Glee Club at a joint concert in New York. “When we sang with them, we actually exchanged cufflinks,” Raseman said. “A bunch of guys still have the Navy ones, and they still wear them.”last_img read more

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Ledyard National Bank concludes $30,000 charitable campaign

first_imgLedyard National Bank,Ledyard National Bank is pleased to announce the results of their recent charitable campaign. In celebration of Ledyard’s 20th anniversary, it recently donated $30,000 to five local non-profit organizations. The campaign was designed to provide increased exposure for the non-profits and positively affect community awareness of their missions and goals.  The campaign challenged community members to visit the Ledyard website and vote online for one of the five organizations that they felt was most deserving of Ledyard’s highest donation.  More than 53,000 votes were received in the 5 week campaign, and each community member was allowed to cast one vote per day. The Grafton County Senior Citizens Council garnered the most votes and received $10,000. Lake Sunapee Region VNA & Hospice, Listen Community Services, Upper Valley Haven and WISE each received $5,000. ‘These organizations represent just a fraction of the many non-profit groups that make a difference in our communities each and every day,’ said Jeff Marks, Ledyard’s Chief Marketing Officer. ‘We thank them all for their contributions and are proud to continue to lend our support.’                     Ledyard Financial Group, Inc., headquartered in Hanover, New Hampshire, is the holding company for Ledyard National Bank.  Ledyard National Bank, founded in 1991, is a full service community bank offering a broad range of banking, investment, tax and wealth management services in the Dartmouth-Lake Sunapee Region.  Ledyard National Bank has eight offices with locations in Hanover, Lebanon, Lyme, New London, and West Lebanon, New Hampshire and in Norwich, Vermont. Ledyard Financial Group, Inc. shares can be bought and sold through the NASD sanctioned ‘OTC Markets’ under the trading symbol LFGP.  Shares may be traded through an individual’s broker.  For more information, please refer to the ‘Investor Relations’ section of the bank’s website at is external) or contact the Company’s Chief Financial Officer, Gregory D. Steverson.last_img read more

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