International Day of Tolerance 2016

International Day of Tolerance

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The International Day for Tolerance is an annual observance declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance.

The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. This imperative lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is more important than ever in this era of rising and violent extremism and widening conflicts that are characterized by a fundamental disregard for human life.

In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November. This action followed up on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.

For more:  http://www.un.org/en/events/toleranceday/

President Barack Obama participates in a literacy lesson with students while visiting a pre-kindergarten classroom at Moravia Elementary School in Baltimore, Md., May 17, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
President Barack Obama participates in a literacy lesson with students while visiting a pre-kindergarten classroom at Moravia Elementary School in Baltimore, Md., May 17, 2013. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

Primary school isn’t too soon to start breaking stereotypes. It’s the best time.

How do we break destructive stereotypes? Start early.

May 14, 2015 · 3:00 PM EDT By Marc Sollinger – pri.org

The key to challenging them may lie in early education, argues Claude Steele, the provost and executive vice chancellor at the University of California, Berkeley. He’s also the author of “Whistling Vivaldi: How Stereotypes Affect Us and What We Can Do,” and he studies stereotypes and the psychology behind them.

Steele recalls one study that had a group of adults watch a video of two children playing. The video stopped at different points, and observers had to record what they thought was happening: Were the boys were just horsing around? Were they being aggressive? Or violent?

“In the last frame, one boy shoves another boy, and the critical question is: How do you rate that behavior? When the boy who shoves is white, raters tend to rate that action as just fooling around. When the boy is African-American, they tend to rate that behavior as violent,” Steele says.

He points out that African-American raters are almost as likely to stereotype the boys as violent.

Steele’s research also touches on the huge role of stereotypes in education. Take feedback that a teacher might give to a student.

Steele says a white professor can give critical evaluations of an African-American student in way that doesn’t make the student think the critique is based on race — but the feedback must be offered in the right way. A study by Geoffrey Cohen of Stanford shows professors shouldn’t just deliver the criticism straight, nor should they simply give a positive bromide before launching into the feedback.

What works better, Steele argues, is a professor saying ‘”I’ve looked at your work, we really have high standards here. And though you need to improve those things, I really think you can meet those standards.’ That combination of using high standards signals you’re not just seeing them stereotypically.”

Because America has an extremely diverse student body, schools are melting pots where these sorts of issues have to be dealt with. But Steele actually sees this obligation as a source of hope.

For the entire article and audio interview: http://www.pri.org/stories/2015-05-14/primary-school-isnt-too-soon-start-breaking-stereotypes-its-best-time

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November 16, 2016
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  1. WH

    Wednesday, November 16, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    President Obama meets with US Embassyemployees and family members
    United States Embassy to Greece
    Athens, Greece

    4:00 AM
    4:25 AM
    President Obama tours the Acropolis
    Athens, Greece

    5:00 AM
    6:00 AM
    6:50 AM
    President Obama delivers remarks
    Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, Athens, Greece

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
    8:25 AM
    President Obama departs Greece en route to Germany

    9:00 AM
    9:35 AM
    President Obama arrives in Germany

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    Vice President Biden and Vice President-Elect Mike Pence

    2:00 PM
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  2. International Day of Tolerance

    The International Day for Tolerance is an annual observance declared by UNESCO in 1995 to generate public awareness of the dangers of intolerance.

    The United Nations is committed to strengthening tolerance by fostering mutual understanding among cultures and peoples. This imperative lies at the core of the United Nations Charter, as well as the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and is more important than ever in this era of rising and violent extremism and widening conflicts that are characterized by a fundamental disregard for human life.

    In 1996, the UN General Assembly (by resolution 51/95) invited UN Member States to observe the International Day for Tolerance on 16 November. This action followed up on the United Nations Year for Tolerance, 1995, proclaimed by the UN General Assembly in 1993 at the initiative of UNESCO, as outlined in the Declaration of Principles on Tolerance and Follow-up Plan of Action for the Year.

    For more: http://www.un.org/en/events/toleranceday/

  3. President Obama Travel Itinerary

    Wednesday, November 16
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    President Obama meets with US Embassy employees and family members
    United States Embassy to Greece
    Athens, Greece

    President Obama tours the Acropolis
    Athens, Greece

    President Obama delivers remarks
    Stavros Niarchos Cultural Center, Athens, Greece

    President Obama departs Greece en route to Germany

    President Obama arrives in Germany

    • November 16, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama at Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center in Athens, Greece

      Stavros Niarchos Foundation Cultural Center
      Athens, Greece

      2:03 P.M. EET

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Thank you so much. (Applause.) Thank you. Thank you very much. Please, please have a seat. Thank you. (Applause.)

      AUDIENCE MEMBER: Chicago!

      PRESIDENT OBAMA: Chicago — (laughter.)

      Hello, Greece! (Applause.) Yia sas! Kalispera! To the government and the people of Greece — including Prime Minister Tsipras, who I thank for his partnership and for being here, along with so many young people, the future of Greece — I want to thank you for your warm and generous welcome.

      As many of you know, this is my final trip overseas as President of the United States, and I was determined, on my last trip, to come to Greece — partly because I’ve heard about the legendary hospitality of the Greek people — your philoxenia. (Applause.) Partly because I had to see the Acropolis and the Parthenon. But also because I came here with gratitude for all that Greece — “this small, great world” — has given to humanity through the ages.

      Our hearts have been moved by the tragedies of Aeschylus and Euripides. Our minds have been opened by the histories of Herodotus and Thucydides. Our understanding of the world and our place in it has been expanded by Socrates and Aristotle.

      In the United States, we’re especially grateful for the friendship of so many proud Greek Americans. In my hometown of Chicago — (applause) — you can find them in Greektown, with their foustanellas. (Laughter.) And together, we’ve celebrated Greek Independence Day at the White House. We’ve had some spanakopita and some ouzo. (Laughter.) Greek Americans have worn the uniform to keep our country free. Greek Americans have marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. to make us more just. Greek or American, we’re all cheering for Giannis Antetokounmpo — (applause) — who seems to be getting better each year. And if anyone seeks an example of our shared spirit, our resilience, they need look no further than New York City, near Ground Zero, where the Greek Orthodox church of St. Nicholas, once in ruins, is now rising again.

      Most of all, we’re indebted to Greece for the most precious of gifts — the truth, the understanding that as individuals of free will, we have the right and the capacity to govern ourselves. (Applause.)

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/16/remarks-president-obama-stavros-niarchos-foundation-cultural-center

  4. U.S. Manufacturing Output Rose for a Second Month in October

    November 16, 2016 — 6:15 AM PST Updated on November 16, 2016 — 6:27 AM PST Sho Chandra

    Output at U.S. manufacturers rose for a second month in October, a sign the industry is gradually recovering from a prolonged period of weakness.

    Production at factories, which make up 75 percent of all output, climbed 0.2 percent for a second month, a Federal Reserve report showed Wednesday. The median forecast in a Bloomberg survey called for a 0.3 percent gain. Warmer temperatures led to a drop in utility use, resulting in little change to total industrial production, which also includes mining.

    Factories are benefiting from steady household spending growth at the same time the drag on industrial output from the oil sector wanes as prices recover and drillers employ more rigs. Nonetheless, a bigger boost to manufacturing is unlikely without stronger export markets and more domestic business investment.

    “The energy sector is stabilizing, and that takes away a negative,” said David Sloan, senior economist at 4CAST-RGE in New York. “People were worried that manufacturing is stalling out but it did get some modest growth. The outlook for manufacturing is getting better slowly.”

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-16/u-s-manufacturing-output-rose-for-a-second-month-in-october

  5. WH

    Thursday, November 17, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    5:00 AM
    White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest briefs the press

    6:00 AM
    7:00 AM
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    9:15 AM
    President Obama is greeted by German Chancellor Merkel in an official arrival ceremony
    German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

    9:25 AM
    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Merkel
    German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

    10:00 AM
    11:00 AM
    President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel hold a joint press conference
    German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

    12:00 PM
    1:00 PM
    1:05 PM
    President Obama attends a dinner with German Chancellor Merkel
    German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

    2:00 PM
    3:00 PM
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    10:00 PM

    President Obama overnights in Berlin

  6. President Obama Travel Itinerary

    Thursday, November 17
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    President Obama is greeted by German Chancellor Merkel in an official arrival ceremony
    German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

    President Obama holds a bilateral meeting with German Chancellor Merkel
    German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

    President Obama and German Chancellor Merkel hold a joint press conference
    German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

    President Obama attends a dinner with German Chancellor Merkel
    German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

    President Obama overnights in Berlin

    • November 17, 2016

      Remarks by President Obama and Chancellor Merkel of Germany in a Joint Press Conference

      German Chancellory
      Berlin, Germany

      5:33 P.M. CET

      CHANCELLOR MERKEL: (As interpreted.) Ladies and gentlemen, I’m delighted to be able to welcome today for the sixth time the President of the United States of America, Barack Obama, to Germany.

      In his capacity as President of the United States, let us remind ourselves — visiting us in his capacity as candidate here in Berlin; we then met in Baden-Baden. We then met in Dresden and Buchenwald. We saw each other when he gave a speech at the Brandenburg Gate. In Elmau, we met again at the G7. Then Hannover Faire comes to mind. And today he is again here in Berlin.

      So eight years are coming to a close. This is the last visit of Barack Obama to our country, to Germany. I am very glad that he chose Germany as one of the stopovers on this trip. And thank you very much. Thank you for the friendship you’ve always demonstrated. Thank you for the reliable friendship and partnership you demonstrated in very difficult hours of our relationship. So let me again pay tribute to what we’ve been able to achieve, to what we discussed, to what we were able to bring about in difficult hours.

      It comes to mind, as I said, of those that had a bearing on the cooperation of our intelligence services, and I’m very grateful that Barack Obama, as President, very much put protection of privacy on the agenda today. Due to the fact of Islamist terrorism all over the world and the threat of IS, we recognize how important the cooperation with intelligence services, first and foremost, also with the services of the United States is. We need this cooperation. And we say this from a German perspective very clearly and unequivocally.

      Our bilateral relations are very good, they’re very close. In the areas of business, of the economy, the United States of America last year were our most important trading partner. Both for Germany and the European Union, the European Union and the United States of America on the big, important economic areas for us, which is why I’ve always come out strongly in favor of concluding a trade agreement with the United States of America.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/17/remarks-president-obama-and-chancellor-merkel-germany-joint-press

  7. Jobless Claims in U.S. Decline to Lowest Level in Four Decades

    November 17, 2016 Patricia Laya – bloomberg

    The fewest Americans since 1973 filed for unemployment benefits last week, a sign that the U.S. labor market is getting tighter.

    Jobless claims dropped by 19,000 to 235,000 in the week ended Nov. 12, which included the Veterans Day holiday, a Labor Department report showed Thursday in Washington. The median estimate in a Bloomberg survey called for an increase to 257,000. Continuing claims fell below 2 million to a 16-year low.

    The biggest drop in initial claims since June suggests employers are loath to fire workers as the economy continues its modest expansion and the number of experienced applicants available for hiring remains limited. Filings for unemployment benefits have stayed below 300,000 for 89 straight weeks — the longest streak since 1970 and a level typical for a healthy labor market.

    For more: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/articles/2016-11-17/jobless-claims-in-u-s-decline-to-lowest-level-in-four-decades

  8. WH

    Friday, November 18, 2016

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    4:00 AM
    President Obam arrives at the German Chancellery
    German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

    4:15 AM
    President Obama meets with French President François Hollande, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
    German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

    5:00 AM
    6:00 AM
    6:30 AM
    President Obama departs Germany en route to Lima, Peru
    Tegel International Airport, Berlin, Germany

    7:00 AM
    8:00 AM
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    10:00 AM
    10:30 PM
    President Obama arrives Lima, Peru
    Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima, Peru

    11:00 AM
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    President Obama overnights in Lima

  9. President Obama Travel Itinerary

    Friday, November 18
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    President Obama meets with French President François Hollande, United Kingdom Prime Minister Theresa May, Spanish Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy and Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi
    German Chancellery, Berlin, Germany

    President Obama meets with US Embassy employees and family members
    Berlin, Germany

    President Obama the U.S. military service-members
    Berlin, Germany

    President Obama departs Germany en route to Lima, Peru
    Tegel International Airport, Berlin, Germany

    President Obama arrives Lima, Peru
    Jorge Chávez International Airport, Lima, Peru

    President Obama overnights in Lima

    • November 18, 2016

      Readout of President Obama’s Meeting in Berlin with the Leaders of Germany, France, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom

      President Obama met in Berlin this morning with Chancellor Merkel, President Hollande, Prime Minister Renzi, President Rajoy, and Prime Minister May to discuss common challenges facing the transatlantic community. The leaders agreed on the necessity of working collectively to move the transatlantic agenda forward, particularly on bringing stabilization to the Middle East and North Africa, as well as securing diplomatic resolution to the conflicts in Syria and eastern Ukraine. The leaders also affirmed the importance of continued cooperation through multilateral institutions, including NATO. President Obama expressed confidence that, even at a moment of great change, democratic values have done more to advance human freedom and progress than any other system in history, and will continue to do so going forward.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2016/11/18/readout-president-obamas-meeting-berlin-leaders-germany-france-italy

  10. Secretary Jewell Announces Offshore Oil and Gas Leasing Plan for 2017-2022

    Plan offers 70 percent of economically recoverable resources while ensuring protection of critical areas, including the Arctic

    11/18/2016 boem.gov

    WASHINGTON – After considering more than 3.3 million public comments and holding 36 public meetings, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Sally Jewell and Bureau of Ocean Energy Management (BOEM) Director Abigail Hopper today released the final plan to guide future energy development for the Nation’s Outer Continental Shelf (OCS) for 2017-2022. The plan takes a balanced approach to best meet the nation’s energy needs by including areas offshore with high resource potential and mature infrastructure while protecting regions with critical ecological resources.

    The Proposed Final Program offers 11 potential lease sales in four planning areas – 10 sales in the portions of three Gulf of Mexico Program Areas that are not under moratorium and one sale off the coast of Alaska in the Cook Inlet Program Area. After receiving extensive public input and analyzing the best available scientific data, the Beaufort and Chukchi Seas planning areas in the Arctic are not included in the Proposed Final Program. The Proposed Final Program makes available areas containing approximately 70 percent of the economically recoverable resources in the OCS.

    “The plan focuses lease sales in the best places – those with the highest resource potential, lowest conflict, and established infrastructure – and removes regions that are simply not right to lease,” said Secretary Jewell. “Given the unique and challenging Arctic environment and industry’s declining interest in the area, forgoing lease sales in the Arctic is the right path forward.”

    “The plan was informed by robust stakeholder engagement and the best available science,” said BOEM Director Hopper. “The proposal makes available more than 70% of the economically recoverable resources, which is ample opportunity for oil and gas development to meet the nation’s energy needs.”

    Release of the Proposed Final Program, along with the accompanying Final Programmatic Environmental Impact Statement, is one of the final steps in a multi-year process that was initiated in June 2014 to develop a final offshore leasing program for 2017-2022.

    For more: https://www.doi.gov/pressreleases/secretary-jewell-announces-offshore-oil-and-gas-leasing-plan-2017-2022

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