These Photographic Highlights Of Camp Bisco Will Make You Wish You Were There

first_imgLoad remaining images STS9Full Gallery (by B.a.D Photography): This year’s Camp Bisco was another one for the books, with a diverse lineup, high-energy crowd, waterpark adventures and more at the festival’s new(ish) site of Montage Mountain in Scranton, PA. With multiple nights of The Disco Biscuits as well as top-notch acts like STS9, Odesza, Big Grizmatik, Lotus, Zeds Dead, Lettuce, Anderson Paak, Dopapod, The New Deal, Papadosio, American Babies and so many more, Bisco’s 14th year may have been its best yet.Djivan Schapira was on the scene to capture all of the action. Check out some of our favorite shots, followed by a full gallery at the bottom.Anderson PaakDopapodSpace JesusSnailsLotusRuss LiquidLettuceDisco BiscuitsOdeszaDisco BiscuitsGRiZlast_img read more

Lessons of the Haiti quake

first_imgLeaders from government, military, and nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) gathered at Harvard to reflect on the response to last year’s devastating Haiti earthquake and begin the search for ways to improve future disaster response.A significant part of the discussion Wednesday and Thursday (March 23 and 24) revolved around the lack of coordination in the massive response that saw more than 350 organizations send personnel with a wide mix of skills to the quake area.The lack of coordination was exacerbated by the fact that the quake struck the island nation’s capital city, Port-au-Prince, and heavily damaged government facilities and equipment, affecting personnel too.“One of the findings was the need to support the government and government structures very early, provide space for them, generators, vehicles,” said Michael VanRooyen, director of the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative.Other sponsors of the closed-door roundtable included the Harvard Kennedy School’s Program on Crisis Leadership, Massachusetts General Hospital’s Center for Global Health, and the Harvard Global Health Institute.Arnold Howitt, co-director of the Program on Crisis Leadership, said participants detailed not just problems, but also things that worked well in the response. The work of the U.S. military, he said, was “exemplary,” and the organization was committed to humanitarian objectives. Some of the larger nongovernmental organizations also were praised. The group felt that the NGOs and the military got to know each other better during the crisis and perhaps dispelled some preconceived notions about each other.In some ways, the Haiti crisis was unique, VanRooyen said. The island’s needs and proximity to the United States meant there were pre-existing relationships between the two nations in thousands of small ways, through Haitian immigrants to the United States and through schools and church groups that had relationships with Haitian communities and sister churches there. When the quake hit, these relationships resulted in a massive wave that landed groups of people who set up mobile kitchens, supplied water, and even provided small comforts like toys for kids.“We were already engaged with Haiti. We had a long history of NGO activity, volunteer activity, church activity,” VanRooyen said. “When Pakistan floods, that’s not a place where you’re going to find 20 college or high school kids or kids from a community center who show up in matching T-shirts because they have a relationship.”VanRooyen said the response of U.S. civil society was a plus, but the veritable flood of organizations and people created chaos in the early days after the quake.Though 350 NGOs did register with the Haitian government, Howitt said, there were many more operating there that did not register. Participants also voiced concerns that organizations were operating outside their areas of expertise, a potentially dangerous situation if that involves medical procedures. Even after the Haitian government began to get back on its feet, Howitt said, some NGOs continued to go it alone, pursuing their own organizational goals with little concern for the government’s priorities.While not every disaster will strike at the heart of a nation’s government as the Haiti earthquake did, VanRooyen said many developing nations’ governments are resource-poor and will still need support to cope with a major disaster and coordinate the influx of help. There was some discussion of setting up a fund to help governments cope in such times.The fund could be used to help construct buildings, meet other needs related to a disaster, and help governments function amid the swarm of helping organizations. There was also discussion of the United Nations’ cluster system, Howitt said, which seeks to coordinate groups around different functional goals, such as health, and which did not uniformly function in Haiti as designed.One of the participants in the discussions was Haitian Minister of Health Alex Larsen. Responding to questions before the event began, Larsen said that the cholera epidemic that broke out in the weeks after the quake continues and will likely become an endemic disease in Haiti, with periodic outbreaks that must be dealt with by the health care infrastructure. In Port-au-Prince, the general hospital’s reconstruction is moving ahead, with contracts being signed and work to begin in the coming months.About 800,000 people remain in temporary camps, Larsen said, though some are moving to permanent homes. Those who remain have access to clean water and sanitation, he said.As to the future, extending primary medical care across the country remains a major governmental priority. As such, the ministry is moving ahead with plans to train more than 5,000 health care workers to function in the community and provide services, particularly to inaccessible rural parts of the country that remain without access to even basic medical care.“It’s very important to train these workers,” Larsen said.Howitt said the roundtable discussions should continue in the future. Organizers plan to write a summary of the sessions for publication on the web and hope to convene leaders in the field to continue to consider the broader issues raised and their general applications to such disasters.last_img read more

Canyon snaps up chance

first_img But it was a bittersweet result for the champion trainer as the much-anticipated debut of Allez Colombieres ended prematurely when he was pulled up early on by Ruby Walsh with what subsequently turned out to be a fatal pelvic injury. With the evens favourite out of the contest, former John Gosden-trained dual Listed winner Nichols Canyon (7-2) took full advantage, clearing away going to the final flight and winning by five lengths despite a clumsy leap. Willie Mullins added another Grade One prize to his collection when Nichols Canyon won the Bar One Racing Royal Bond Novice Hurdle at Fairyhouse in impressive style. Paul Townend rode the winner, who was following on from his jumps debut victory at Cork and was quoted at 12-1 for the Supreme Novices’ Hurdle by BetVictor, while Boylesports go 14-1 and Paddy Power 16-1. Townend said: “He did it nicely. No one likes to see a horse like Allez Colombieres pulling up, but he was a deserved winner. “He was a good Flat horse and stays well. On the whole he jumped better than he did in Cork. He’s learning and I think he has an engine as well.” Mullins said: “His jumping has improved as he was untidy the last day. Paul said there was plenty left in the tank if anything came to him. “He’ll go the normal two-mile route and will probably run next at Leopardstown after Christmas.” The trainer initially spoke of his hopes that the injury to Allez Colombieres might not be too serious, but that proved not to be the case. center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

APASS launches initiative

first_imgThe Asian Pacific American Student Services has launched a Pacific Islander-focused initiative on campus in an effort to encourage more unity on campus.The Promoting Unity, Liberation and Education initiative held its first panel event, We Are Leaders, last week. Pacific Islanders who are leaders in their own career fields spoke on the panel and discussed their experiences.“It was really exciting,” said Sumun Pendakur, director of Asian Pacific American Student Services. “There were architects, there were filmmakers and there were physicians. People who were breaking the glass ceilings in their own fields, but at the same time, every one of these people were doing something with the community at the same time.“Pendakur said the event targeted the goal of PULE: to create dialogue in the larger USC community around stereotypes held about Pacific Islanders, and encourage younger students to apply for higher education.“People really wanted to create this space,” Pendakur said. “I think we as educators need to think, ‘How do we help students, how do we critically adjust stereotypes and how do we tell the stories that are untold?’”Pendakur said she wants the program to help Pacific Islanders and students of all different ethnicities to come together and create a dialogue to help build community and break stereotypes.“Too often when people think of Pacific Islander, they think of hula, or you have these broad sort of stereotypical images like football, gang members or lazy islanders,” Pendakur said. “This was the opportunity to build a community-based program and kind of shatter some of these stereotypes at the same time.”Asian Pacific American Student Services is aimed at creating opportunities to help students with leadership development and mentoring, as well as expanding opportunities for cross-cultural involvement for students of different backgrounds.“A couple of years ago I was thinking that too often the Pacific Islander part of the Asian Pacific Americans gets lost in the mix,” Pendakur said. “Pacific Islander issues have real specificities, and I wanted to make sure that we were not only talking about the specificities, but also really attempting to build more of a community here for Pacific Islander students and students of non-specific Pacific Islander backgrounds.”Pendakur set up focus groups to gain input from both community-based leaders and activists as well as from Pacific Islander students at USC to gauge what they felt was missing from the university.“We have all of the research available, but we wanted to really understand the small community size and the alienation felt by many Pacific Islander students expressed at the focus groups,” she said.DannyBoy Naha-Ve’evalu, a sophomore majoring in cinema-television critical studies, is a project coordinator with PULE, and said USC needs more programs to help Pacific Islander students.“I am Samoan, Tahitian, Hawaiian and French. I grew up and I identify with Samoan, and it makes me feel like I’m here for a purpose,” Naha-Ve’evalu said. “I think it is high time for Pacific Islanders to leave a mark and have that stage at USC.”Naha-Ve’evalu said it was a difficult transition for him as a transfer student, since he did not have many people to identify with on campus.“I felt like a needle in a haystack, and that is part of the reason why I think this program is important,” Naha-Ve’evalu said. “It not only helps Pacific Islanders learn about their own identity, but they have an organization where they can talk about issues in their community.”Brittany Valdez, a graduate student studying social work who is also a project coordinator, said she would like to encourage more Pacific Islander students to apply to college.“When I worked as an assistant director with the USC Marshall Undergraduate Admissions Office, I would continuously see low numbers of Pacific Islander students and professors in higher education.” Valdez said. “I became concerned, wondering why these numbers are low — not just at USC, but in universities nationwide.”PULE’s next event is planned for Friday Nov. 12, when students will go to the Pacific Islander Ethnic Art Museum.In the spring, Pendakur said PULE will host a number of programs, including film screenings, film festivals and educational volunteer opportunities. There might also be a Pacific Islander cultural arts showcase, she said.Pendakur and the project coordinators said they are excited about the future of PULE.“Hopefully we can get something going on with the ethnic studies,” Valdez said. “We hope to see it continue to progress and to keep this dialogue open against stereotypes.”Pendakur plans to build a collaborative pipeline program with local area middle and high schools to increase Pacific Islander application and admission to USC in the future.last_img read more