Contract award for subsea vessels in Brazil

first_img Contract award for subsea vessels in Brazil. (Credit: Solstad Offshore ASA.) Solstad Offshore ASA is pleased to announce that the current contract of RSV Far Saga with PETROBRAS has been extended for a period of 1 year starting on Oct 30th, 2020. Far Saga has been operating in Brazilian water since 2014.In addition, PETROBRAS has confirmed the replacement of Far Saga by Normand Poseidon on a new RSV contract for a period of 3 years firm (ref announcement dated 11th May 2020). Commencement of the Contract will take place during 1Q 2021.Both vessels will sail under Brazilian flag and will support exploration and production activities in Brazilian continental shelf Source: Company Press Release PETROBRAS has confirmed the replacement of Far Saga by Normand Poseidon on a new RSV contract for a period of 3 years firmlast_img read more

Former Purplebricks CEO spells out challenges for UK estate agency

first_imgHome » News » Agencies & People » Former Purplebricks CEO spells out challenges for UK estate agency previous nextAgencies & PeopleFormer Purplebricks CEO spells out challenges for UK estate agencyLee Wainwright, who led Purplebricks in the UK for 15 months but now works for industry supplier FocalAgent, spells out how he sees the industry’s future.Nigel Lewis11th February 202002,858 Views Former UK Purplebricks CEO Lee Wainwright has revealed that he backs the government’s attempts to regulate the industry and that technology will disrupt the industry however much some agents pretend it isn’t happening.These comments were made by the 46-year-old just months after he left Purplebricks after leading the company for 15 months and, prior to that, being its Chief Operating Officer.Recorded then but only released now, Wainwright made the remarks prior to his appointment as CEO of floorplan and photography supplier FocalAgent, which was created two years ago when AudioAgent and KeyAGENT merged.“The overall challenge that our industry faces at the moment is in this transition from one of being quite comfortable with how we do business to feeling disrupted by the online presence,” he says.Winds of changeWainwright says that estate agents must wake up to the facts that technology is changing how so many other industries and companies do business, and estate agency is facing the same winds of change.During the interview with Chris Watkins, Wainwright also denies that high street agents are resting on their laurels because so many online agents have faltered over the past two years.“That is being said by some, but they are a minority,” he says, going on to suggest that technology instead needs to be used by agents to better present their service and products to consumers and better understand the customer journey.Prior to joining Purplebricks, Wainwright worked on the high street for 27 years including senior management roles both at regional and brand level at Countrywide including at two off its brands, Bairstow Eves and Dixons.Watch the videoLee Wainwright Purplebricks FocalAgent February 11, 2020Nigel LewisWhat’s your opinion? Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment.Please note: This is a site for professional discussion. Comments will carry your full name and company.This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.Related articles BREAKING: Evictions paperwork must now include ‘breathing space’ scheme details30th April 2021 City dwellers most satisfied with where they live30th April 2021 Hong Kong remains most expensive city to rent with London in 4th place30th April 2021last_img read more

Environmental Technology: Water/Wastewater Management Adjunct Assistant Professor

first_imgPosting Details AboutThe Los Rios Community College District is the second largest,two-year public college district in California, servingapproximately 75,000 students in the greater Sacramento region. Thedistrict’s 2,400 square mile service area includes Sacramento andEl Dorado counties and parts of Yolo, Placer, and Solano countiesand is comprised of four uniquely diverse colleges – AmericanRiver, Cosumnes River, Folsom Lake and Sacramento City colleges. Inaddition to each college’s main campus, the district offerseducational centers in Placerville, Davis, West Sacramento, ElkGrove, Natomas and Rancho Cordova.The Los Rios district office is centrally located in the heart ofthe Sacramento valley. The growing Capital Region has strongcommunities and emergent arts and dining scenes, and is nearby someof the most celebrated tourist destinations in the country – LakeTahoe, Napa Valley and San Francisco. The Sacramento area is agreat place to live and work!StrengthsThe district has approximately 6,000 employees throughout our fourcolleges and district office complex. The District office iscentrally located between all four colleges and provides welcoming,inclusive, and equitable environments for Los Rios students,employees and our community partners. Our departments strive forthe highest quality in all programs, services, and activities, andare focused on advancing the learning of our diverse studentpopulation through improved academic and social outcomes.Our VisionOur colleges offer equity-minded, academically rigorous, studentsuccess centered education. Our objective is to help our studentssuccessfully achieve their academic goals, whether they want totransfer to a four-year college or university, earn an associate’sdegree, or obtain one of more than 100 certificates in high demandcareer fields.The Los Rios Community College District’s Human ResourcesDepartment is committed to diversity, equity, and to ensuring aninclusive, thriving environment for all of its employees, students,and surrounding communities. To that end, the Human ResourcesDepartment is intentional in recruiting, hiring, and retainingdiverse employees, to reflect the diversity of our colleges’student populations. * Considering this specific position that you are applying to –where/how did you learn about this position?College DepartmentCareerBuilderChronicle of Higher Ed (Vitea.com)Community College Registry Job Fair: OaklandCommunity College Registry Job Fair: Los AngelesCommunity College Registry Online Job BoardCommunity Outreach (ex. Festivals, etc.)CommunityCollegeJobsComunidadCraigslistDiverse: Issues in Higher EducationD’Primeramano MagazineEdJoinFacebook (Campaign)Facebook (Los Rios Page)GlassdoorGreater Sacramento Urban LeagueHandshake (CSU, UC Job Boards)HigheredJobsIndeedInstagramJob SitesJob JournalLatina Leadership Network of the California CommunityCollegesLinkedInLos Rios Community College District EmployeeLos Rios Community College District Human Resources EmailLos Rios Community College District WebsiteLRCCD Resource Group – API (Asian Pacific Islander Legacy)LRCCD Resource Group – Black Faculty & Staff Association(BFSA)LRCCD Resource Group Native American Collaborative (NAC)LRCCD Resource Group – Spectrum (LGBTQIA+)Professional NetworksSacramento Black Chamber of CommerceSacramento Asian Chamber of CommerceSacramento Builders ExchangeSacramento Hispanic Chamber of CommerceSacramento Rainbow Chamber of CommerceSacramentoWorksThe HUBTwitterYouTubeZipRecruiter Position Summary Closing Date Total Hrs per Week/Day * Can you perform the essential functions of this position?YesNo Special Requirements The Institution Minimum Qualifications Work Schedule General Responsibilities:The adjunct faculty member shall be responsible for the following:teaching assigned classes under the supervision of the area dean;helping students fulfill their maximum potential in masteringcourse content; assessing student learning outcomes; maintaining athorough and up-to-date knowledge in his/her regular teachingfield; continuing professional development; utilizing currenttechnology in the performance of job duties; maintaining standardsof professional conduct and ethics appropriate to the professionalposition; assisting with articulation and curriculum developmentand review; serving on college committees and participating infaculty governance including accreditation and studentco-curricular activities; assuming other responsibilities asassigned by the area dean; fulfilling other duties andresponsibilities of an adjunct faculty member as outlined in thecollege faculty handbook. How and where to apply Additional Salary InformationNo additional salary information to note Applicants applying to this Los Rios Community College DistrictFaculty1. A completed Los Rios Community College District ClassifiedApplication (required).2. Resume (recommended).3. Unofficial transcripts of college/university work (indicatingcompleted or conferred date) (required if using education to meetthe Minimum Qualifications of this position). * (“graduate advisingdocuments and grade reports” will not be accepted as unofficialtranscripts) (Required). NOTE : Los Rios employees are alsorequired to submit unofficial copies of transcripts.4. Two (2) letters of recommendation (recommended).5. Letter of Interest (recommended).6. Certification and/or Licenses ( NOTE : list requirement withpositions with additional accreditation MQ)NOTES :● Applications submitted without all required documents, listedabove, will be disqualified. Applicants indicating “see resume” onthe online application will be disqualified.● Graduate advising documents and grade reports will not beaccepted as official transcripts.● It is the responsibility of Los Rios Community College Districtemployees to also provide official transcripts, if required in theminimum qualification for the position. (Within 60 days of the timeof hire, employees are required to submit official transcripts, ifrequired in the minimum qualification for the position).● Individuals who have completed college or university course workat an institution in a country other than the United States mustobtain a complete evaluation of foreign transcripts, degrees andother relevant documents.● A foreign transcript evaluation is required any time foreigncourse work is used to meet minimum qualifications and/or salaryplacement even if the foreign transcript has been accepted by acollege or university in the United States.● Foreign transcript evaluations are ONLY accepted from AICE(Association of International Credential Evaluations, Inc.) orNACES (The National Association of Credential Evaluation Services)agencies or evaluators. Foreign Degree Transcript Evaluations click hereDo not submit additional materials that are not requested. * Please indicate how you meet the minimum qualifications forthis position. Select the appropriate answer.I possess the minimum qualifications for this discipline aslisted on the job announcement. (Attach unofficial transcripts froman accredited college/university and/or evidence of jobexperience.)I possess a valid California Community College Credential forthis discipline. (Attach a copy of appropriate credential withapplication.)I possess qualifications equivalent to those listed and haveattached evidence. (To review Equivalency Process.)I have previously been granted equivalency to teach thisdiscipline by the Los Rios Community College District. (Attach theEquivalency Determination Form P-38 and transcripts.) Folsom Lake College’s Environmental Technology program offers acertificate in Water/Wastewater Management. The program is designedto meet competency areas for students interested in entering thefield of Water and Wastewater Management, and to enhance theknowledge and abilities of an individual already employed in thefield. Graduates may be employed by businesses and governmentalagencies.The Los Rios Community College District is seeking a pool ofqualified applicants for possible temporary part-time facultyteaching assignments. These positions are filled on an as neededbasis and are on-going recruitment efforts.Adjunct pools are open continuously and applicants arecontacted/hired year round for assignments based on collegeneeds.Teaching assignments may include day, evening, on-line, hybrid,weekend, and/or off campus classes. Posting Date12/19/2016 Offers of employment are contingent upon the successful clearancefrom a criminal background check, freedom from tuberculosis, andproof of identity and eligibility to work in the United Statesprior to the first day of work. The District may select additionalqualified candidates should unexpected vacancies or needs occurduring this recruitment/selection process. When education is arequirement for the position, official academic transcripts fromthe accredited college/university must be submitted within 60 daysof hire. Physical Demandscenter_img Supplemental QuestionsRequired fields are indicated with an asterisk (*). SalaryPlease See LRCCD Salary Schedules Conditions 1. Have a bachelor’s degree AND two years of occupational and/orprofessional experience directly related to the assignment beingtaught OR have an associate’s degree AND six years of occupationaland/or professional experience directly related to the assignmentbeing taught OR the equivalent* OR hold a California CommunityCollege Instructor’s Credential in the discipline area.* Alldegrees must be from an accredited institution.2.Have an equity-minded focus, responsiveness, and sensitivity toand understanding of the diverse academic, socioeconomic, cultural,disability, gender identity, sexual orientation, and ethnicbackgrounds of community college students, including those withphysical or learning disabilities as it relates to differences inlearning styles; and successfully foster and support an inclusiveeducational and employment environment.*NOTES:● Applicants applying under the “equivalent” provision must attachdetails and explain how their academic preparation and/orprofessional experience is the equivalent of the degrees listedabove.● If your degree title differs from the minimum qualificationslisted above, you are requested to submit this equivalencystatement. Part-time, Assistant Professor Position. Adjunct pools are opencontinuously and applicants are contacted/hired year round forassignments based on college needs. Beginning and/or Ending Dates Open ContinuouslyYes Job Posting TitleEnvironmental Technology: Water/Wastewater Management AdjunctAssistant Professor Work YearN/A Assignment Responsibilities Application Instructions Department Location Quicklinkhttps://jobs.losrios.edu/postings/2594 Applicant DocumentsRequired DocumentsUnofficial Transcript 1Optional DocumentsResume/Curriculum VitaeLetter of InterestLetter of Recommendation 1Equivalency Determination Letter (P-38 or Equivalency RequestStatement)P-881 Report of Arrests Which Led To Convictions For CrimeDocumentLetter of Recommendation 2Unofficial Transcript 2 Posting NumberF00059P Please visit our Frequently Asked Questions for completeinformation on how to apply online with our District. If you needassistance with any phase of the application process, please call(916) 568-3112 during regular business hours Monday through Friday8:00 AM to 5:00 PM.After hours inquiries should be emailed to [email protected] of applications are by 11:59 p.m. of the posting closingdate. LocationLos Rios Community College District (District Office) * Criminal History Verification and Release: I acknowledge andagree that I understand that by answering the question below, Icertify that the information provided by me is true, correct andcomplete to the best of my knowledge and belief. I authorizeinvestigation of all statements contained herein, and on the P-881(if applicable and submitted), and I release from liability allpersons and organizations furnishing such information. I understandthat any misstatements, omissions or misrepresentation of facts onthis form, my application, and, if applicable, the P-881 orattachment(s) may be cause for disqualification or dismissal. Ifyou have ever been convicted of an offense other than a minortraffic violation you are required to complete the form ‘ArrestsWhich Led to Convictions for Crime’, P-881 (you must discloseconvictions that have been dismissed pursuant to Penal Code Section1203.4; Ed. Code 87008). Please copy and paste the provided URL forthe form -https://losrios.edu/docs/lrccd/employees/hr/forms/p-881.pdf – andattach the completed form to your application.Yes, I acknowledge and agreeNo, I do not acknowledge or agreelast_img read more

Assistant Professor, Associate Professor, or Professor

first_imgPosition Function:Faculty member in the Department of Electrical and ComputerEngineering conducting education, research, and serviceprograms.Areas of particular focus of this search include:Wireless communications (included but not limited tomillimeter-wave (mmWave), microwave, terahertz (THz), radiofrequency (RF), free space optical, transmitter/receiver designs,and antennae.)Candidates at the rank of associate or full professor may also beconsidered for the Paul B. Jacob Chair. Exceptional candidates inareas closely augmenting wireless communications systems will alsobe considered, such as cyber-physical systems, embedded systems,robotics, security, and edge intelligence.Salary Grade : UCPlease see Staff Compensation Structure orSkilled Crafts and ServiceMaintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges. For salarygrade UC, these positions are “Unclassified” and salary ranges aredetermined by the hiring department.Department Profile:The Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering atMississippi State University consists of 23 faculty members(including 7 endowed professors), 3 clinical faculty, 10professional and support staff, and over 700 undergraduate andgraduate students with approximately 88 being at the Ph.D. level.With research expenditure of the department in excess of $10M, thedepartment houses the largest High Voltage Laboratory among NorthAmerican Universities. The university is in Starkville, a vibrantcommunity located in northeast Mississippi. For more detailedinformation on the department please visit our websitewww.ece.msstate.edu.Area of Specialization:Wireless communications (included but not limited tomillimeter-wave (mmWave), microwave, terahertz (THz), radiofrequency (RF), free space optical, transmitter/receiver designs,and antennae.)Essential Duties and Responsibilities:Research: performs and publishes research in the areas of interestand advances state of the art; obtains research grants/contractswith federal government and private industry; keeps other facultymembers and students informed of advances in the areas ofinterest.Teaching: teaches courses in the areas of interest at theundergraduate and graduate level; advises undergraduate students;guides graduate students in thesis and dissertations in the areasof interest.(Scope of activity and level of responsibility depends upon facultyrank.)Minimum Qualifications:Candidates for the position are expected to hold a Ph.D. inelectrical engineering or computer engineering or closely relatedfield (ABDs may be considered but only for the rank of AssistantProfessor.) Rank will be commensurate with experience andqualifications.ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):YesPreferred Qualifications:Recent graduates with exceptional academic credentials areencouraged to apply. However, preference will be given toindividuals with a record of teaching at both undergraduate andgraduate levels, and research experience, a substantial record ofpeer-reviewed publications, and demonstrated ability to secureexternal funding.Instructions for Applying:All applicants must apply onlinehttp://explore.msujobs.msstate.eduDossiers must include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, names andcontact information for at least three professional references, anda statement (limited to three pages) that describes research andeducational interests.Any social number included on requested transcripts should beredacted prior to submitting online.Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicantswill receive consideration for employment without regard to race,color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age,sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, genderidentity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other statusprotected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations andapplications from women, members of any minority group, and otherswho share our passion for building a diverse community thatreflects the diversity in our student population.last_img read more

Dave Matthews Band Responds To Boyd Tinsley Sexual Misconduct Allegations

first_imgDave Matthews Band has responded to allegations that longtime violinist Boyd Tinsley used his industry clout to sexually assault, harass, and groom a young musician. Originally published by Consequence of Sound on Thursday, the allegations were leveled by James Frost-Winn, a 28-year-old Seattle-based trumpet player who formerly worked with Tinsley in the band Crystal Garden in 2015 and 2016. Frost-Winn filed a lawsuit against Tinsley in Washington State on May 17th seeking $9 million in damages and alleging that Tinsley created a “hostile work environment” in which sex-based demands were intertwined with the band’s success.Responding Thursday’s news, Dave Matthews Band told Consequence of Sound that Tinsley is “no longer a member of the band”. They added that they were “shocked by these disturbing allegations and we were not previously aware of them.”Thursday’s report detailed Frost-Winn’s disturbing accusations, which go as far back as 2009. The story describes Tinsley’s attempts to groom Frost-Winn over many years by developing a friendship and working relationship with the young trumpeter. Frost-Winn also detailed numerous instances in which Tinsley sent him sexually suggestive and explicit text messages as well as one instance in which Frost-Winn allegedly woke up to find Tinsley masturbating next to him while grabbing his butt. (You can read the full report here).As previously reported, Tinsley announced a hiatus from Dave Matthews Band on February 2nd of this year (which turns out to be the same day that Frost-Winn issued his first demand letter to settle his assault and harassment claims against Tinsley outside of court). At the time, the 54-year-old violinist tweeted, “I need to take a break from the band & touring 2 focus on my family & my health 4 a while”.Dave Matthews first commented on Boyd Tinsley’s departure earlier this week—before the sexual assault and harassment allegations came to light—in an interview with Vulture. The Dave Matthews Band frontman explained, “I have a deep love for Boyd, and he has to deal with his stuff. In many ways I’m sure it would’ve been a lot easier for him to just say, ‘I’m good. Let’s go play.’ But you can’t just throw yourself away, your wellness away, because you play violin in a band. It doesn’t make any sense to do that.” Matthews also added that he didn’t know if Tinsley would be rejoining the lineup at a later date, though it now appears that the violinist has been officially removed from the band.last_img read more

EXPLAINER: How Russia has tried to stem pro-Navalny protests

first_imgMOSCOW (AP) — A prison sentence for Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny and a sweeping crackdown on protesters demanding his release reflect the Kremlin’s steely determination to fend off threats to its political monopoly at any cost. Russia has seen mass protests before, and it has used various tactics to confront them, ranging from offering concessions to violently cracking down. The current wave of demonstrations has spread across Russia’s 11-time zones, unlike previous protests that centered on Moscow. In response, Russian authorities have pulled out all the stops: threatening tough penalties for people who attend, peeling protesters off from the crowds and arresting them violently, putting opposition leaders in house arrest and using state media to try to discredit the demonstrators.last_img read more

Andrea McArdle & Kip Gilman Enlisted for 2 Across

first_imgThe sun’ll come out soon for Annie star Andrea McArdle and Kip Gilman off-Broadway! The pair have been tapped for Jerry Mayer’s new comedy, 2 Across. Directed by Evelyn Rudie, the production will begin previews on November 14 at St. Luke’s Theatre. The open-ended engagement is scheduled to officially open on December 9.McArdle originated the title role in Annie, becoming the youngest performer nominated for a Tony as Best Lead Actress in a Musical. Additional Great White Way credits include Jerry’s Girls, Starlight Express, State Fair, Les Miserables and Disney’s Beauty and the Beast.Gilman’s stage credits include The Odd Couple, Aspirins & Elephants, Catskill Sonata, Adam Baum and the Jew Movie, Mutually Assured Destruction and Stuff Happens. Screen credits include Studio 5B, CSI Miami and Bones.Two strangers, a psychologist (McArdle) and an unemployed ad man (Gilman) find themselves alone on a San Francisco commuter train at 4 a.m., each doing their New York Times crossword puzzles.  But before their crosswords are solved, they find that they may have solved the puzzles of their own lives. 2 Across View Comments Related Shows Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 7, 2016last_img read more

Gloria Estefan to Co-Host Broadway Barks with Bernadette Peters

first_img The self-proclaimed doganizer is back to spread canine love to the Great White Way, and this time, she’ll been joined by the queen of conga. Gloria Estefan will co-host the 18th annual Broadway Barks celebration alongside founder Bernadette Peters on July 30. The adoption event, produced by Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS, will take place at Shubert Alley beginning at 3 PM.A roster of Broadway favorites are on tap to showcase the pups up for adoption. The lineup includes Broadway animal trainer Bill Berloni, Reed Birney, Sierra Boggess, Sophia Anne Caruso, Allison Case, Michael Cerveris, Leanne Cope, Alma Cuervo, Drew Gehling, Rick Holmes, Jayne Houdyshell, Judy Kaye, Beth Malon, Willow McCarthy, Judy McLane, Brian Stokes Mitchell, Bebe Neuwirth, Brad Oscar, Jill Paice, Gabriella Pizzolo, Emily Skeggs, Peter Scolari, Carrie St. Louis, Max von Essen, Aviva Winick, Amra-Faye Wright and Jessica Keeenan Wynn.Broadway Barks helps shelter animals find permanent homes. Every year, the Broadway community comes together to introduce dogs and cats to New Yorkers and encourage adopting from the 27 participating animal rescue groups. Bernadette Peters & Gloria Estefan(Photos courtesy of Katz PR) View Commentslast_img read more

Asiatic soybean rust

first_imgBy Brad HaireUniversity of GeorgiaGeorgia farmers knew that a new deadly soybean disease was poised to attack their crop this year. But they were ready. The disease wasn’t as bad as they expected. But they will likely have to deal with it annually, says a University of Georgia expert.Asiatic soybean rust has damaged soybeans in Asia, Australia and Africa. It annually costs Brazilian farmers about $1 billion in damage and control measures, said Bob Kemerait, a plant pathologist with the UGA Cooperative Extension.“If left untreated, it can cause near 100 percent damage to soybean fields in Brazil,” Kemerait said.The disease was first reported in the United States in November 2004 in Louisiana. Tropical storms that fall are believed to have carried it from South America to Gulf Coast states. It arrived too late to cause damage to the ‘04 crop. In Georgia, soybeans are planted in April and May and harvested in October.Freezing temperatures kill this tropical disease. In addition to soybean, kudzu, a notorious Southern weed, is a good host. It was learned this year that Florida beggar weed, a plant as common as kudzu, is also a host, Kemerait said.“We knew that it would probably overwinter in the warm regions of Florida,” he said, “and that it would likely be reintroduced into the state this year.”The disease was detected in Seminole County in southwest Georgia in April. By July, it had spread to other southwest Georgia counties. By November, 35 counties across the state had reported the disease.Asiatic soybean rust can be devastating. But it wasn’t in Georgia this year. It showed up later and traveled much slower than expected, moving an estimated 60 miles per week, Kemerait said. The disease is reported to move as fast as 300 miles per day in Brazil. Also, about 60 percent to 70 percent of Georgia farmers sprayed fungicides to combat the disease this year. They usually don’t spray because doing so costs about $12 per acre. Farmers in Midwest states like Iowa, where about 10 million acres are grown and the crop is higher-valued, routinely spray. Georgia farmers this year planted about 170,000 acres, about 100,000 acres less than last year, according to the Georgia Agricultural Statistics Service.It isn’t certain now what damage the disease caused farmers this year.Research at the UGA Attapulgus Research and Education Center in Decatur County, near the Florida line, showed that fungicide sprays helped soybeans there.Infected plots sprayed with fungicides yielded about 57 bushels per acre. Untreated infected plots yielded 38 bushels.The disease was detected in other Gulf Coast states like Mississippi, Texas and Alabama, too. It traveled as far north as Kentucky and the Carolinas before winter freezes stopped it.Farmers in Georgia and other Southeastern states will likely see Asiatic Soybean Rust again next year. And Georgia could likely see it first.Scientists from across the country will focus on Georgia this winter and next spring because of its boundary with Florida, Kemerait said. The time of year it shows up in Georgia will give experts a better idea of when or if the disease could reach Midwest fields to the north.last_img read more

Mountain Mama Sits Down with Anna Levesque and Melina Coogan

first_imgTwo of Western North Carolina’s finest outdoorswomen, Anna Levesque who has dedicated her life to empowering women on and off the water and Melina Coogan who is a photographer and adventure writer, teamed up to organize travel logistics from Asheville to the DC for the Women’s March this coming Saturday. Women and men are gathering to stand together in solidarity, believing that the strength of our country comes from our vibrant and diverse communities.When one of us succeeds, we all rise. That was the spirit of the gathering at a café in Asheville to make signs for the Women’s March in DC, to listen to a presentation about civil disobedience and to receive information about the march.I had the opportunity to sit down with Anna and Melina and was so inspired by their words that I want to share them here with you:Were you politically active before the election?Melina: Until recently, I was mostly all talk. I’ve always cared deeply about the environment and social issues, but it wasn’t until last October when I started seeing more Trump than Hillary signs that I was moved to take action. I kept thinking that I haven’t done anything to stop this. I’ll have to tell the kids that I haven’t yet had that I stood by and watched. Anna: In college I studied international studies and spent a semester in Chile, focusing on liberation theology in Latin America. I interviewed people who were exiled, men and women who had been tortured. I saw first-hand what it was like to live under a dictatorship, to hear the stories of people who had been silenced by their government.My life took a detour and I have focused on empowering women through kayaking. When I started seeing more ego-centered leaders use extreme rhetoric, I had to do something. I felt that if I remained silent, I’d be contributing to the problem. I don’t want to look back in twenty years and wish that I had taken action.How did you become involved? Melina:  I volunteered with the Hillary campaign during the last three weeks of the election. I made phone calls and greeted people at the polls handing out the democratic ticket. The first thirty-six hours after the election I was in a state of horror and when that lifted I realized that it would be a new world for me, for everyone. I got in touch with Anna and we talked about organizing the Asheville contingency of the Women’s March in DC.  We started brainstorming how we can move forward after the march with connecting women throughout Western North Carolina. Anna, I know you’ve spent decades empowering women on the water. How has your work leading kayaking trips overlapped with organizing logistics to travel to DC?Anna: Organizing kayaking trips involves a lot of the same skills including group management, communication, risk management, and organizing transportation. Now I’ve taken on that same role as trip leader in a different setting. Helping with the march logistics has gotten me outside my bubble and connected me to women I might not have met otherwise. This project challenged me to do something different while still using my same skill set. Stepping outside my comfort zone has been incredibly rewarding. I’ve met so many great women in our community. How have you incorporated political activism into your lifestyle?Melina: Up until I was twenty-nine, I lived a dreamy outdoor existence – every weekend I was either rock climbing or kayaking. Then I got sick with lymes disease. I stayed at home for an entire year. I couldn’t go outside. There were days when I couldn’t even read.I asked, “Why is this happening to me?”All of my outdoor friends were healthy and going on new adventures, while I was battling for my life.The more I got involved with chronic illness community I started answering my question of why not me. I’m not entitled to good health more than any other person. Spending so much time outdoors probably put me at a greater risk for getting lymes disease.Now when there’s an opportunity to affect positive change, my mantra has become “why not me.” We would all rather go outside and play, but if nobody shows up then our voices go unheard.Has it been intimidating to become involved with activists projects?Anna: Calling representatives is like paddling a scary rapid. I really want to do it but at the same time would rather not. All the same worries pop up. Making calls can be intimidating, but then it’s just a matter of picking up the phone and communicating my opinion about a particular policy. Just like paddling hard rapids, the more I do it, the easier it becomes, and I always feel good after I make calls to representatives. What tips do you have for others who might want to get involved but don’t know where to start?Anna:  Get involved in a group on Facebook. At first you can just read the posts and private message people.Share your interest with friends and family, start with a safe circle and ask them questions. Share your own actions and story.Melina: Speaking from the perspective of someone who is new to activism, it’s simpler than you think. Show up to something because just like anything, it’s all about momentum and inertia. The hardest meeting or march or rally is going to be the first one. Give yourself permission to go late and leave early if that what it takes, just leave the house and go. It’s easy to get caught in the self-talk that you’re just one person, but if we all did that we’d be sitting home drinking coffee. So far it’s been a real warm and positive experience connecting with others. I feel an immediate bond with anyone going to the march. We all need to fight the panic, grief, and dread and I don’t think we should face that alone. We are so much stronger together.last_img read more