Institute of Politics announces spring Resident Fellows

first_imgThe Institute of Politics (IOP) at Harvard Kennedy School Wednesday announced the appointment of six Resident Fellows who will join the institute for the spring semester. The incoming fellows bring diverse experiences in public service and expertise on contemporary issues and challenges in domestic and international politics.“At this important time in civic life we are pleased to welcome an extraordinary group of Resident Fellows from the highest levels of government to national security, foreign affairs, and electoral politics,” said IOP Director Mark D. Gearan ’78. “Our Resident Fellows are central to our mission of inspiring students to public service and model lives of consequences.”For over 50 years IOP Resident Fellows have provided Harvard students with the opportunity to learn from prominent public servants, engage in civil discourse, and acquire a more holistic and pragmatic view of our political world.Spring 2020 Resident Fellows:Tiffany Cross — Co-Founder and Managing Editor, The Beat DCLord Kim Darroch — British Ambassador to the United States (2016-2019)Mark Harvey — Special Assistant to the President and Senior Director for Resilience Policy, National Security Council (2018-2020)Rohini Kosoglu — Chief of Staff, Kamala Harris for the People Presidential Campaign and U.S. Sen. Kamala D. Harris (2017-2019)Tara Setmayer — CNN, ABC Political Commentator and GOP Congressional Communications Director (2006-2013)Gov. Bill Walker — Governor of Alaska, Independent (2014-2018)Each semester, Resident Fellows immerse themselves in the Harvard community by residing on campus, mentoring a cohort of undergraduate students, holding weekly office hours and leading an eight-week, not-for-credit study group. This spring, fellows will convene study groups on topics including representation in media, diplomacy, election infrastructure and security, leadership on Capitol Hill and the campaign trail, and bridging the partisan divide.“Given the importance of the 2020 election, Harvard students are eager to learn from and engage with this incoming class,” said Carine Hajjar ’22 and Eric Jjemba ’21, student co-chairs of the Fellows and Study Groups program at the Institute of Politics. “The relationships built among students and Resident Fellows help shape and inform our own pathway in politics and public service. We look forward to welcoming this cohort to campus this semester.”You can view the complete bios of our Resident Fellows at iop.harvard.edu/fellows Read Full Storylast_img read more

Continue to protect against “holiday scams” beyond the holiday season!

first_img continue reading » Consumer scams, transaction risks and loan application fraud attempts ramp up during this purchase-heavy time of year. However, these crimes are sure to continue long after the holidays.As the holiday season comes to a close and the New Year approaches, it is important your financial institution stays alert to these fraud threats, while continuing to put fraud education in front of your employees and account holders.Review and share the following holiday-related scam education, to keep the season merry and bright for you and your consumers – during the holidays and beyond! 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Booking.com: The focus is on eco-accommodation and sustainability

first_imgOn the occasion of Earth Day on April 22, Booking.com, published a new report with the results of its annual survey on sustainable travel. Applications in practice “As the world’s leading travel platform, we are constantly looking for ways to improve our platform – from accommodation and experiences to transportation, we are constantly exploring different ways to display information and support our clients in making sustainable decisions”They point out from Booking.com Difficulties with sustainable travel The results of the research also show that travelers would have a greater motivation to go on sustainable travel if there were some monetary incentives such as tax relief when choosing environmentally friendly accommodation (46%). In second place of the desired initiatives is the possibility of filtering sustainable and environmentally friendly accommodation on the website for booking accommodation (45%). The report also reveals what obstacles travelers often face when making sustainable travel decisions: 37% of global travelers agree with the statement that they do not know how to make their trip more sustainable34% of global travelers agree with the statement that although there is an offer of sustainable travel, other sui m options are still more attractive36% of global travelers cannot afford the additional costs of sustainable travel34% of global travelers claim that the plans they have prevent them from making sustainable decisions34% of global travelers think that destinations with sustainable travel are less attractive than others50% of global travelers know what they need to do to make sustainable travel decisions The survey shows that nearly three-quarters of travelers (72%) believe that people need to move now and make sustainable decisions to save the planet for future generations. Although the results are somewhat consistent among respondents of different ages, almost three-quarters of respondents between the ages of 46 and 55 (74%) are convinced that this is necessary, and the same opinion is shared by 71% of so-called millennials.  However, when it comes to recognizing environmentally friendly accommodation, almost three quarters (72%) of travelers worldwide said they were not familiar with the labels of sustainable accommodation, while slightly more than a third of passengers (37%) thought that the introduction of an international standard to identify environmentally friendly accommodation facilities encouraged more sustainable travel. Also, 62% of travelers would feel better on the trip if they knew their accommodation was environmentally friendly. When it comes to travel experiences, more than half of travelers around the world (52%) say they change their habits while traveling, making sustainable decisions like walking, biking and hiking whenever possible. Also, 68% of respondents want the money they spend during the trip to be returned to the local community. Nearly three-quarters of the world’s travelers (72%) are looking for authentic experiences that represent local cultures, while two-fifths of travelers (41%) want travel agencies to start giving advice on how to make sustainable travel decisions. On the other hand, 56% of respondents said they would be willing to reduce their carbon footprint when choosing accommodation when possible. So the focus is on eco-accommodation and sustainability, and it will booking.com stand out, while you will have a competitive advantage. The first opportunity for a great promotion is on the occasion of Earth Day on April 22, when you can highlight your examples of sustainability and invite your guests to your accommodation. Eco-accommodation Travelers believe that travel agencies play an important role: 71% of travelers believe that travel agencies should offer their clients more sustainable travel. On the other hand, almost half of travelers worldwide (46%) admit that it would be harder for them to make sustainable decisions on holiday than in everyday life. Nearly a third of travelers worldwide (31%) find that holidays are a special time and that they do not want to think about sustainability during their holidays. In line with travelers ’intentions to make more sustainable travel decisions, sustainable travel is becoming increasingly popular. Nearly three-quarters of the world’s passengers (73%) intend to stay in environmentally friendly accommodation facilities at least once this year. The number of such passengers in Booking.com’s survey has been on the rise for the fourth year in a row: 2016% in 62, 2017% in 65 and 2018% in 68. ** Also, 70% of passengers worldwide say that they are more likely to choose environmentally friendly accommodation, whether they are planning a sustainable trip or not. The views of travelers around the world come at the right time, taking into account special report published in 2018 by the UN Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), which emphasizes that we have just over a decade left to limit global warming to 1,5 ° C above pre-industrial levels. revolution. After that, the risk of floods, droughts and extreme heat will significantly increase.last_img read more

Ministry revises foreigner ban amid travel corridor discussion with Singapore

first_imgHe requested that authorities prepare sufficient health infrastructure for passenger coronavirus screening in airports and seaports, especially in Jakarta as well as Batam, Riau Islands, which directly borders Singapore.Read also: Indonesia doubles down on ASEAN travel corridor despite being slapped with bansThe ministry’s Immigration Directorate General will prepare an electronic visa service for the essential travelers looking to visit the country. The visa service is expected to be available starting Oct. 15.Yasonna claimed the arrangement would make way for economic recovery because it would allow easier mobility for businesspeople, investors and state officials.The discussion for the arrangement is still ongoing, as Indonesian Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi met with her Singaporean counterpart Vivian Balakrishnan in August.Indonesia so far has travel corridor arrangements with the United Arab Emirates, South Korea and China.Topics : The Law and Human Rights Ministry is revising its temporary ban on foreigners entering Indonesia as the government enters discussion with Singapore to form a travel corridor arrangement between the two countries for essential businesses.Minister Yasonna Laoly said the ministry was finalizing a revision to a ministerial regulation about temporary prohibition of foreigners entering Indonesia amid the COVID-19 outbreak, which had been effective since April 3.“We will finish the revision soon, so there won’t be any issue hindering TCA implementation,” Yasonna said in a statement on Thursday.last_img read more