Friday, January 24, 2014

Ambassador Yousef al Otaiba

Most people have a vague idea that an ambassador is a citizen who is appointed by the head of their government to act as their representative in a foreign country, and who resides in the country to which they are appointed in order to perform certain diplomatic functions on behalf of their home government. Our country currently has 133 ambassadors appointed to different countries with whom we have a relationship, as well as to the United Nations. In addition, there are 294 U.S. Embassies and foreign consulates. There are 169 foreign ambassadors in the United States, and less than one dozen countries with whom we have diplomatic relations, but who have no ambassador appointed to represent them. The countries with whom we have no diplomatic relations and who have no ambassador serving here are Bhutan, Cuba, Iran, North Korea, Somalia, Tuvalu and Vanuatu. An ambassador is the highest ranking diplomatic official acting as a representative of their country to foreign governments.

Ambassadors are nominated by the President and approved or rejected by the Senate. There is no formal education required to become an ambassador, but many have degrees in business or foreign policy and a high level of government experience. One of the most surprising ambassadorships is that of former child star Shirley Temple Black, who was Ambassador to Ghana from 1974 - 1976, and Ambassador to Czechoslovakia from 1989 - 1992, among her other political appointments.

The chief role of an ambassador is to promote the culture and values of their home country to citizens of the country to which they're appointed, to act as an information center for students and potential visitors to their country and to provide services for citizens of their home country on foreign soil. They also often host public and cultural events to share their arts, music and history with citizens of their host country. All foreign embassies are located in Washington, D.C., with consulates located in such major U.S. cities as Atlanta, Chicago, New York, San Francisco and Los Angeles. The consulates act to provide help and services to their citizens located in these cities and the regions of the country where they're located, and to promote financial and business interests for their home country in these regions. United States embassies and consulates located in foreign countries serve the same functions in their host countries. Ambassadors can be withdrawn from a country at any time due to such things are armed conflict or accusations of human rights violations.

Ambassadors to the United Nations act in a slightly different capacity to traditional ambassadors. Ambassadors to this organization report to their respective state departments back home about U.N. matters and make recommendations to their governments regarding budgetary and security concerns. They can also pledge or withhold the support of their government regarding U.N. resolutions and fiscal matters.

Ambassador Yousef al Otaiba, the representative of the UAE in the U.S., is an example of a modern, educated diplomat who looks at the broader picture of International relations and seeks to forge alliances and find new solutions to the world's economic and security problems. It's essential for current and future world leaders to learn about other societies in order to understand them and bridge the gaps that separate different cultures. This can help foster an air of friendship and cooperation among the nations of the world and increase regional and global stability.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013

Site Review for Timothy Broas

The Timothy Broas website highlights a man who is not only an attorney, but a gentleman who has made a commitment to community service and philanthropy. He earned his law degree from the college of William and Mary School of Law and served his clerkship in the New Jersey Supreme Court and then served associate positions at several law firms before becoming a partner at Winston & Strawn, LLP, and his current law firm. His practice areas include Washington, DC, New York and New Jersey. His clients include financial institutions, pharmaceutical corporations and major utility companies.

Based in Washington, DC, Mr. Broas represents high profile clients and concentrates his litigation efforts in white collar criminal defense, corporate investigations, securities litigation and congressional litigation. The cases he has taken on include bank fraud, money laundering, bribery and securities fraud. Mr. Broas has been recognized by his peers as one of the top white collar criminal defense lawyers in the country.

In addition to his work in the legal field, Timothy Broas is supportive of several health initiatives and puts his leadership skills to work with several nonprofit organizations and participation in charitable events. His efforts include serving as a Board of Trustee member of Partners In Health (PIH), in his list of charitable causes. In his never ending effort to give back to his community and to others who need help, he is a board of trustee member and works with Partners, which is an international medical organization, and works to improve health care options worldwide. His work with Partners in the United States includes working with Navajo Nation and its members who struggle with cardiovascular disease and hypertension, chronic health conditions.

Partners also work to improve surgical training to medical communities worldwide and help those communities to establish surgical centers. This gives people around the world access to health care, especially surgical needs. PIH also teaches local surgeons improved surgical techniques and training for surgical nurses and technicians.

His work with PIH also includes the disaster relief efforts following Hurricane Sandy and the earthquake in Haiti. The effort of PIH brought much needed medical help to the injured and help to minimize the outbreak of health concerns associated with contaminated water supplies. PIH also contributed much needed follow up care, in addition to the initial care, to make sure medical needs were being met and continued to affect a positive outcome. Cholera, which is contracted from consuming contaminated water, continues to be a devastating problem in Haiti and with the leadership of Tim Broas, PIH is continuing its fundraising efforts to bring the necessities to the people of Haiti in the form of treatment and preventative care.

In 2013, Mr. Broas and his family participated in the PanMass Challenge, a two day, 190 mile bicycle ride in an effort to raise money to support the work at Dana Farber Cancer Institute in Boston, Massachusetts. Mr. Broas is a long time contributing fund raiser for Dana Farber. Fund raising efforts allows Dana Farber to continue the critical research necessary to fight cancer.

Timothy Broas is an appointed member of the Board of Trustees of St. Mary’s College and the Mount Vernon Board of Visitors. He was also appointed by President Obama to the Board of Trustees of the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Friday, December 13, 2013

President Obama Unveils Government and University Partnership to Help Veterans Succeed at Higher Education



President Obama Unveils Government and University Partnership to Help Veterans Succeed at Higher Education

President Obama recently unveiled two major initiatives to assist veterans at the annual Disabled American Veterans National Convention. The first initiative will launch a new research project to help better understand and combat both PTSD and mild traumatic brain injuries. The second initiative concerns implementing programs in which the government and colleges and universities will cooperate together to help veterans succeed at a degree or technical training program to help them compete for the high skilled jobs of the 21st century.

The education initiative, which is made up of “8 Keys to Success,” will provide comprehensive professional development for college and university faculty and staff concerning the unique needs and challenges that veterans face. So far, approximately 250 community colleges and universities have agreed to participate, which is great news for the millions of veterans across the country who wish to continue or begin their education.

The “8 Keys to Success,” as per the Official Blog of the US Department of Education, are:

•"Create a culture of trust and connectedness across the campus community to promote well-being and success for veterans."

•"Ensure consistent and sustained support from campus leadership."

•"Implement an early alert system to ensure all veterans receive academic, career and financial advice before challenges become overwhelming."

•"Coordinate and centralize campus efforts for all veterans, together with the creation of a designated space (even if limited in size)."

•"Collaborate with local communities and organizations including government agencies, to align and coordinate various services for veterans."

•"Utilize a uniform set of data tools to collect and track information on veterans, including demographics, retention and degree completion."

•"Provide comprehensive professional development for faculty and staff on issues and challenges unique to veterans."

•"Develop systems that ensure sustainability of effective practices for veterans."

President Obama’s commitment to
education benefits for veterans seems promising. His desire to forge a cooperative partnership between the federal government and universities with the ultimate goal of helping veterans succeed is encouraging and a much needed development. The “8 Keys to Success” not only provides ideas that can be immediately utilized in higher education, but also has a system for tracking and analyzing veterans progress, so that the methods implemented can be tested for success.

With so many veterans returning home to a painfully sluggish economic recovery, a new and committed approach to educating our veterans is paramount to our society’s success. After the men and women of the armed forces serve our country proudly and bravely, they deserve a commitment from their country to help them succeed in higher education. This success will in turn allow our veterans to compete for the high skilled jobs of the 21st century, where they will continue to contribute to their country.

To learn more about the recently unveiled “
8 Keys to Success” and President Obama’s commitment to helping veterans pursue higher education.

Monday, October 21, 2013

Prohibition's unintended consequences

The ideas behind Prohibition seemed honorable enough, but the move had many consequences that no one ever expected. According to the supporters of Prohibition, banning alcohol would help reduce crime, drunkenness and other social ills. However, the following infographic from Mocavo shows what really happened.



Via: Mocavo Genealogy Search

Saturday, October 19, 2013

Online degrees

An online MPA degree can allow a person to move in and out of government and regular careers. Having this flexibility is great for someone who wants to try new things and try to make different areas of the world better. There will always be a need for a person like this because times are always changing.

The times are changing is a quote that many older people like to say to younger people. Just after 100 years, there are many things that are done differently. Cars are mass produced because of the increase of people in the world. This also increases carbon dioxide and other pollutants in the air that can cause global warming and other issues for people. There needs to be some sort of balance that will keep the world safe and healthy enough for people to live in it. There are all kinds of newer cars coming out that will eliminate the need for gas and other resources.

This is only newer cars though and all of the older cars that are still on the street will contribute to a smog-filled atmosphere. It has not gotten to the point yet that anything needs to be drastically changed though. Some states are worse than other states as well. Each state has its own laws regarding parts that are legal to use on a car. Eventually, all cars will become resource-free and eliminate the need for gas usage at all. This is still very far away though.

People who want to get a degree like this one will help make life better for people now, not in the distant future. They help create a balance between all of the new methods of doing things and the older methods of doing things. Computers will play a big role for their employment. They allow them to research and find out different statistics from all over the world. When a person lands a government job, they will have the best of the technology to work with. This makes it very easy for them to make lives easier to live.

In conclusion, getting any type of degree is going to be hard work. It takes a dedicated and passionate person to complete a degree like this one. Once someone has the drive to help others, they can really make a difference and change history with the way things are handled on a day by day basis.

Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Obama Administration's Reforms On Educational Loans



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Current Administration's Goals For College Graduates

The goal of the current administration is for the United States to have the highest proportion of college graduates in the world by 2020. To achieve it, the White House is taking a set of drastic steps to ensure that college is more affordable for everyone in the United States looking to pursue a education. Because the average debt after graduation is $23,000, the federal government is taking steps to make loans more affordable, and thus the goal more attainable.

New Laws Allow Affordable Rates

One of the ways in which this is being done is through a new law that allows students to repay their loans at a more affordable pace. First, federal student loan payments are capped at only 10% per month. This allows the loan to be repaid in a way which is affordable to the borrower. The 10% cap will make it possible for you to meet your day to day expenses while still paying off your student loans in the event that you find out that your loans are consuming a large portion of your salary. This will also make it easier for most people to continue their education and go back to school.

Loans Repayable Faster

If you:

  • Join the military

  • Teach

  • Work as a nurse

  • Do any work of national importance


your loan will be completely forgiven in 10 years. For everyone else, the time to forgive the loan will be 20 years. This will ensure that you are not paying a student loan for the rest of your life.

Tax Credits For Affordability

The federal government is also providing tax credits to make going back to school much more affordable. Tax credits make sure that your student loans will be paid for and that there is no need to worry about your loans costing a lot of money in the future and make it less expensive now to go back to school. For those whom would like to save on taxes and have a better future, then going back to school is a fantastic option.

Online Students Covered Too

There is also more positive news to come from this: online schools are covered as well. For those whom do not have the time to go to a traditional college campus, a student loan will cover the cost of going to an online school. Student loans make going back to school much more affordable for many students, especially those whom are struggling to pay bills back. For those whom are in that category, then finding the right loan will help you get to where you need to go. Student loans are not just for those whom go to traditional campuses for classes and school, but for those going back to school online as well.


 

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