Friday, November 3, 2017



Data for Effective Policy Making
Take control of data and gain a better understanding of the tools used in public policy planning, management, and evaluation.
By the end of this course, you will be able to:
  • Understand the relationship between data analysis and decision-making in public management
  • Define the research problem, starting hypothesis, analysis variables and methods to test the hypotheses
  • Interpret and develop different types of visualizations, using concrete examples
  • Identify how to use data analysis to propose solutions to public policy problems, to explain the assessment of a policy, and to carry out policy planning
  • Browse the IDB’s Numbers for Development and Caribbean Data Portal and its different sections
In this course, students will strengthen their ability to use, understand and interpret data. Using the “Numbers for Development" and “Caribbean Data Portal” platforms developed by the IDB - which presents data and socioeconomic indicators from the Latin American and Caribbean region - students will be able to understand how to improve the decision-making process in public management.

At the end of the course, participants will have gained the tools to navigate data, perform and interpret visualizations, and understand the different types of data analysis according to the policy to be implemented.

Format: massive open online course (MOOC)
Start date: November 2, 2017
Duration: 6 weeks
Prerequisites: None
Cost:  Free
Certificate: If you want to obtain a certificate, the cost is US$ 25.00
Questions about this course? Click on this link for a guide to register for the course or email 


Keystone Pipeline. What's Next? American University Washington College of Law

Office of Special Events

What's Next in the Pipeline? A discussion of the Legal, Economic, and Societal Implications of The Keystone XL Pipeline

November 8, 2017

8:30 am - 3:00 pm

American University Washington College of Law
4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC, 20016
Warren Building - Terrace Level - Room NT01

Presented by American University Business Law Review
The American University Business Law Review (“AUBLR”) will host a discussion between leading energy, environmental law and policy professionals from major law firms, environmental groups and think tanks. The panelists will discuss the legal, economic, and societal implications of the controversial Keystone XL Pipeline project during their Fall 2017 Symposium on Wednesday, November 8, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. The program will be held in the Ceremonial Classroom (NT01), Warren Building, American University Washington College of Law, 4300 Nebraska Avenue, NW, Washington, DC.
Panel Overview

Panel I (9:30 am – 11:00 am)
Legal Challenges Preventing Construction of the Keystone Pipeline
Moderator: Mark Niles, Professor at AUWCL
1.    Wayne D’Angelo, Partner at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
2.    Doug Hayes, Senior Attorney at the Sierra Club Environmental Law Program
3.    William J. Snape, III, Senior Counsel for the Center for Biological Diversity; AUWCL Assistant Dean of Adjunct Faculty Affairs; Fellow in Environmental Law
4.    Benjamin Nussdorf, Senior Policy Advisor for the Office of Oil and Gas Global Security and Supply in the Office of Fossil Energy at the Department of Energy; AUWCL Oil and Gas Professor

Panel II (11:00 am – 12:30 pm)
Economic Effects of the Keystone Pipeline
Moderator: Jeffrey Lubbers, Professor at AUWCL
5.    Mark Anderson, Senior Government Relations Advisor at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
6.    Brian Jorde, Attorney at Domina Law Group, pc llo
7.    Fred Jauss, Partner at Dorsey & Whitney LLP
8.    Anthony Swift, Director of the Canada Project, International Program, at the Natural Resources Defense Council

Panel III (1:00 pm – 2:30 pm)
Societal Effects of the Keystone Pipeline
Moderator: Mark Niles, Professor at AUWCL
9.    Lee Terry, Senior Advisor at Kelley Drye & Warren LLP; Former U.S. Representative (R-Nebraska)
10.    Ezra Rosser, Professor at AUWCL
11.    Jane Kleeb, Chairperson of the Nebraska Democratic Party; President of the Bold Alliance
12.    Marlo Lewis, Senior Analyst at the Competitive Enterprise Institute 

Registration is free but required

CLE registration is $220. 4 CLE credits will be applied for.
For more details, please contact the Office of Special Events & Continuing Legal Education

Perspectives on Obama library. Community Agreement Needed.

November 2, 2017

Why the Obama library needs a community benefits agreement

Commentary by Jitu Brown | Despite Barack Obama’s verbal assurances that his presidential center will benefit the surrounding community, many residents want a written guarantee that black families won’t be pushed out. Read More >>

Closing South Chicago YMCA continues neighborhood divestment trend

Commentary by Curtis Black | Residents feel shut out of the decision that puts the future of senior housing, youth programs and other services at stake.

Once Again the World Stands with Cuba!

International Committee 
for Peace, Justice and Dignity

Once Again the  World  
Stands with Cuba!

The International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity congratulates the government and the Cuban people for their emphatic victory yesterday at the General Assembly of the United Nations in which 191 countries voted overwhelmingly for the 26 time, in favor of the Resolution "Necessity of ending the economic, commercial and financial embargo imposed by the United States against Cuba". Only two countries voted against it: the United States and its satellite Israel.

We reject the disrespectful and interventionist statement of Nikki Haley, U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations, that was cloaked in dishonesty and does not reflect the sentiments of the people of the U.S., the majority of whom support an end to the blockade. Her words were not only offensive to Cuba but  all member countries of the General Assembly. In her talk she insulted and mocked the great majority of the nations of the planet dismissing their overwhelming support for Cuba and calling the vote meaningless "political theater."

Her intervention not only revealed a new height of imperial arrogance and ignorance, but the absolute disdain for the entire international community. Large countries such as Russia, China, India to the small Jamaica, not only voted against the blockade but  had memorable interventions, that brought together the global political spectrum from the right, center and left, to express the need to end a failed policy that causes enormous suffering to the Cuban people and affects people  of the United States as well.

We denounce the arrogance and interference of the United States that pretends to have the right to decide about the life, the economy and the form of government of the small neighboring  Cuba that  forged its definitive independence on January 1, 1959. A historic act that the empire has never forgiven them for.

The United States lacks the moral character to talk about democracy and human rights, as it has emerged as the main violator. Its  endless wars of occupation has left millions dead, has destroyed a significant part of the heritage of humanity, and has caused hundreds of thousands of refugees, orphans and maimed. It possesses  the largest arsenal of nuclear weapons and is the main threat to peace. Behind each coup d'├ętat and targeted killing, behind the  torture and the prison camps, is the evil imprint of the United States.

While they are  busy filling the world with pain,  small, besieged and blocked Cuba for more than half a century, even under the most difficult circumstances, has constituted an example of dignity and international solidarity. Cuba has never occupied or threatened another country,  on the contrary it has helped them in their struggles for freedom including helping to put an end to the shameful regime of apartheid in Angola. Its medical and educational missions do not use lethal weapons, Cuba is synonymous with the love for humanity.

The cynicism and the interventionist appetite from the imperial representative mirrors an absence of dignity and honesty who, like her President, inspires a shadow of shame for the millions of people of the United States leaving the world in a stupor to witness in the most grotesque form  what the great US writer Gore Vidal once said,  "The United States is mired in its biggest political, ethical and moral crisis ". Never has the isolation and loneliness of the U.S. been greater.

Along with the government and the people of Cuba, and the millions of men and women of goodwill, represented in the 191 countries who said No More Blockade, we will continue denouncing, resisting and struggling for the end of a criminal and reactionary policy fueled by hate.

The blockade continues, the international solidarity must multiply now!

No to the Blockade! No to the occupation of Guantanamo! No to the regime change plans!

Cuba will be victorious!

Long Live a free, sovereign and Socialist  Cuba!

November 2, 2017

International Committee for Peace, Justice and Dignity

Donate to Rebuild Dominica

ReBuild Dominica 

Founded in 2015 in the wake of the devastation wrought by Tropical Storm Erika, ReBuild Dominica is now
raising funds and organising relief for the category five Hurricane Maria: the worst natural disaster in Dominica's history.


Business Opportunities. Complete Caribbean maximum of USD$400,000

Technical assistance provided to clusters of firms.
To increase global competitiveness and positioning of products and services sold by private sector firms in the Caribbean.
A minimum of three organisations, led by one private sector firm submitting the application.
Antigua & Barbuda; The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Jamaica; St. Kitts & Nevis; St. Lucia; St. Vincent & the Grenadines; Suriname; Trinidad & Tobago.
How much?
Compete Caribbean will grant selected cluster project(s) 80% of the total budget for the project proposed by the cluster, to a maximum of USD$400,000. The cluster must contribute a counterpart of 20% (minimum) of the total project cost, half of which can be provided in-kind. Professional consultants will also be available to support the project development process. Grant funds will cover consultancy services and minor goods related to improving the functioning of a cluster. Grants will be allocated on a competitive basis following an evaluation by an independent Investment Panel.
Download the official Project Concept Note format HERE. The lead firm must fill the concept note format and sign the application form and upload via THIS WEBLINK.
A cluster is 3 or more organisations collaborating to produce and sell a stream of new or better products/services at competitive costs on the regional or international market.    

Organisations actively involved in a cluster initiative benefit from:
  • Access to larger markets
  • Business development/branding
  • Cost sharing/saving
  • workforce development
  • Higher and more uniform quality standards
  • Supply chain or process improvements
  • better government support 

Call for Projects - November 15, 2017



Fund Raiser. CDEMA.. Caribbean American Heritage Awards. November 17, 2017

A portion of proceeds from this year's ceremony will go the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) 
to farmers and rural producers affected by the hurricanes in the Caribbean. 


Fund Raiser. Hurricane Relief Fund of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering of the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF).

Saturday, November 11, 2017 - 7PM

The Embassy of Barbados, in partnership with the Barbados Tourism Marketing, Inc. and the Barbados Association of Washington D.C. will culminate the year-long celebration of Barbados’ 50th Anniversary of Independence with the Spirit of Barbados Gala.

Organization of American States (OAS)
Attire: Black-tie

Proceeds from the event will go towards the Hurricane Relief Fund of the Caribbean Disaster Emergency Management Agency (CDEMA) and the Student Program for Innovation in Science and Engineering of the Caribbean Science Foundation (CSF).
For additional information, click HERE


Monday, Nov 13. 3:30-5:00pm. Discussion: 2018 Farm Bill: Ensuring U.S. Leadership in Agricultural Research and Development

The CSIS Global Food Security Project presents:


The 2018 Farm Bill:
Ensuring U.S. Leadership in
Agricultural Research and Development


Featuring opening remarks by:

Dan Glickman

Former U.S. Secretary of Agriculture & Executive Director,
the Aspen Institute Congressional Program


Followed by a panel discussion featuring:

Sonny Ramaswamy

Director, National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA),
U.S. Department of Agriculture


Sue Schram

Senior Partner, SP Consulting

Moderated by:

Kimberly Flowers

Director, Global Food Security Project and
The Humanitarian Agenda, CSIS


Monday, November 13, 2017

3:30 pm - 5:00 pm



The 2014 Farm Bill – a critical piece of legislation that authorizes a multitude of U.S. food and agricultural programs –  is up for renewal in 2018. Funding for agricultural research constitutes only a small fraction of the total Farm Bill budget. However, Farm Bill authorizations are the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s primary source of revenue for conducting agricultural science, extension, and education programming through both its own agencies and Land Grant institutions.

Despite high rates of return on investment, U.S. public spending on agricultural research and development (R&D) has remained flat while funding for other federal science agencies has soared.  Stagnant agricultural R&D investments in the United States increasingly fall behind the investments of our global partners and competitors. Chinese public spending on agricultural research has surpassed that of the U.S. since 2008.

Join us for a discussion on research funding and priorities in the next Farm Bill, and the implications of U.S. agricultural R&D for both the domestic agriculture sector and for global food security. How should we understand the nexus between U.S. agricultural innovation, global food production, and economic stability? How can we better facilitate the transfer of agricultural research and technologies to developing countries? How could the next Farm Bill allow and spur the U.S. scientific community to develop research and technologies with international applications? How does the Farm Bill relate to the U.S. Global Food Security Strategy?


This event will be live-webcast from the event page. Please note that you do not need to RSVP to watch the live-webcast.

November 2017. Delgado Certified Line Worker Training Program Info Sessions

Entergy We Power Life

Delgado Certified Line Worker Training Program Info Sessions

Delgado Certfied Line Worker Training Program Info Sessions

Entergy New Orleans donates $50,000 to kick off Certified Line Worker Training Program at Delgado Community College

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NEW ORLEANS - Entergy New Orleans, Inc. officials today (Oct. 23) presented a $50,000 check to Delgado Community College to support the start of the Certified Line Worker Training Program, which was developed through a partnership between the Louisiana Energy Workforce Consortium (LEWC) and the Louisiana Community and Technical College System (LCTCS).
Recognizing the upcoming need for skilled, trained line workers in the near future, electric utility companies, utility contractors and community and technical colleges from across Louisiana have come together to form the LEWC. Graduates of the 26-week evening studies program at Delgado Community College will obtain National Center for Construction Education and Research certification, be qualified for employment as a line helper and receive job-placement assistance. LEWC members were instrumental in developing the program's curriculum and designing the training facilities.
"This is a great example of the type of cooperation needed between industry and our educational system to develop the workforce of tomorrow," said Charles Rice, president and CEO of Entergy New Orleans. "We're pleased to support this program and look forward to helping its graduates start rewarding careers in a job that is, in many ways, the backbone of the electric utility industry. We're also glad to continue our support of Delgado's workforce development initiatives."

"The workforce of the Greater New Orleans region continues to be upwardly mobile thanks to job training partnerships like this one between Delgado Community College and Entergy New Orleans," said Joan Davis, chancellor of Delgado Community College. "We thank our partners at Entergy for their support, and we look forward to the day when this program's graduates are helping keep us comfortable, safe and productive inside all of our homes and businesses."

Delgado Community College and Fletcher Technical Community College will be the first Louisiana colleges to offer the Certified Line Worker Training Program beginning in January 2018. More information on the program is available at or by calling 504-671-6706.

LEWC utility partner companies include: Entergy, Chain Electric, CLECO, DEMCO, Diversified Services, SLECA, Terrebonne Parish Utilities, Lafayette Utilities System, T&D Solutions, Willbros T&D Services, Linetec Services, Utility Lines Construction Services and Southern Electric Corporation.

Delgado Community College is the largest, oldest and most diverse community college in Louisiana. More than 25,000 students are served by Delgado each semester. The college provides more than 100 degree, certificate and diploma programs as well as adult education and workforce development to residents of the Greater New Orleans region and a broad range of the Gulf South, other U.S. states and Latin America.

Entergy New Orleans, Inc. is an electric and gas utility that serves Louisiana's Orleans Parish. The company provides electricity to more than 198,000 customers and natural gas to more than 106,000 customers. Entergy New Orleans is a subsidiary of Entergy Corporation.