Cooperation and inclusiveness were the main messages Ahmet Davutoglu, minister of foreign affairs of the Republic of Turkey, delivered Tuesday night (Sept. 28) at a packed Harvard Kennedy School forum.Davutoglu, who holds a doctorate in political science, spoke as part of the Kokkalis Program on Southeastern and East-Central Europe. He has been credited with helping to transform his country into a major player on the international stage and an increasingly important bridge between East and West.He began by recalling Francis Fukuyama’s famous prediction that the end of the Cold War was “the end of history.”“History will find its own way,” said Davutoglu, adding that the Cold War was an aberration and that we are now entering a period of the “normalization of history” — and the first time the world is experiencing globalization, while still contending with strong regional forces. “Each of us, we are representing humanity here,” he said, “not individual nationalities.”He outlined the six principles he declared in 2004 as critical to the future of Turkey.First, he said, there must be a balance between security and freedom.Second, the country must seek to have “zero problems with our neighbors.”“I know it is impossible to have zero problems, even with brothers and sisters,” he conceded. But positing the concept will help to alter the vision of Turkey that most of its people grew up with. “In school I was told we have the sea on three sides and enemies on four sides,” he said. “Psychologically healthy people … cannot function” believing that everyone is the enemy.Third, Turkey has lifted its borders and is now allowing free movement of its citizens — along with those of its neighbors — back and forth between countries. “It’s [the] best way to peace,” said Davutoglu.Fourth, “we cannot identify Turkey with one geographical region,” he said. Whatever happens in neighboring countries affects Turkey, not only geopolitically but domestically as well, since it has become a nation of immigrants. “We need to use our soft power,” he said, “because it’s directly related to our domestic interest.”Fifth, the country seeks to develop strategic alliances with the United States, Europe, and Russia, and become more active in international organizations.Finally, he said, in the future Turkey will “be [a] dynamic force in trans-Atlantic alliance,” rather than just a “passive follower.”During the question-and-answer period, Davutoglu fielded a query about how domestic public opinion shapes his views of foreign policy: “This is the result of democracy,” he said. “We have to accept sometimes positive, sometimes negative public opinion.” He also answered how his country is dealing with Armenia, with which it has traditionally had strained relations: He proposed a “new Caucasia based on mutual respect, integrity, and coexistence,” and vowed that Turkey is “ready to discuss” and listen. The two nations started a negotiation process in Switzerland in 2007, he said, adding that “Armenian-Turkish ties are settled in the world, in Boston, California, Paris, and elsewhere where Armenians and Turks live side by side.”Davutoglu’s most impassioned moments of the evening came when he was asked about Israeli-Palestinian relations. “We can work with anybody if that party is willing to accept a vision of peace,” he said. “Palestinians have suffered enough. Today in Gaza 1.5 million people are living in an open prison. People are living in a concentrated manner and you are attacking from the air. This is not acceptable. We need solidarity of the international community. … If we think some countries have more rights than others, then it is difficult to achieve peace.”
The student senate, led by Sophomore Class Council president Sam Cannova and Junior Class Council president Laksumi Sivanandan, convened for their weekly meeting Monday to discuss the Student Safety Summit and the University Honor Code, among other topics.The first item of business was a briefing from sophomore senator Jack Usher of St. Edward’s Hall and sophomore senator Weston Dell of Carroll Hall about the Student Safety Summit, which will take place Oct. 9 in the LaFortune Ballroom. “We are partnering with NDSP and local police forces around the area, the South Bend Police Force and the Mishawaka Police Force, to bring police figures and safety figures [from] around the area to talk about safety issues on campus,” Dell said. “We are hosting this discussion time for students to ask questions of these higher-up officials, and just try to get some answers, maybe try and make some ground on working towards solutions on these problems.”Senior and student body president Gates McGavick and senior chief of staff Briana Tucker also facilitated a discussion of changes to the University Honor Code.“Dean Hugh Page, the Dean of the First Year of Studies, has started the process that began this year to update the Honor Code with the general intention of making it more of a document you can interact with over the course of your four years here,” McGavick said.The main changes being discussed are standardizing the Honor Code across all classes, instituting a mandatory waiting period of several days before students accused of violating the Honor Code can be disciplined and finding a way to develop a distinction between cheating and collaborating.“[Page] wants to make sure that kids feel comfortable helping each other but not cheating, finding the line between being there for your fellow classmates and friends, not cheating but not being scared to help someone with their homework for fear of violating the Honor Code,” McGavick said.Tucker said the administration is hoping to implement these changes as soon as next semester.Teach for America’s on-campus ambassador, senior Jamie Campbell, presented to the senators about opportunities within the organization. Campbell asked each person at the meeting to think of their favorite teacher before explaining the organization’s purpose.“What most people say when they think of this teacher is not, ‘Oh, they had a great lesson plan. I really thought that they were so good at explaining this one concept,’” Campbell said. “It’s just normally that they are people that care about you and that value you, and that is the kind of teacher that we believe all kids across America deserve to have.”Teach for America participants teach in an underprivileged school for two years. Campbell said Teach for America seeks college students with strong leadership skills who want to continue developing these skills in service.She said the next online application deadline for Teach for America is Oct. 17. The four senate committees met in their smaller groups to discuss project ideas for their committees.The Residence Life committee chairman, junior senator Zachary Spitzer of Dunne Hall, said the committee plans to request information on the dorm renovation schedule and investigating the University’s housing waiver policy.Sophomore senator Megan Metersky of Flaherty Hall, filling in as the chairperson of the Sustainability Committee, said some of the group’s concerns include the community garden that was discarded last year and the fact that Grotto candles cannot be recycled if there is still wax inside of them. Metersky also said the committee wants to learn more about the green roofing on top of the Joyce Center and Duncan Student Center.The chairwoman of the Student Safety and Wellness Committee, Cavanaugh Hall’s sophomore senator Bailey Baumbick, said the committee hopes to take advantage of events such as the Student Safety Summit.“Our committee will definitely have a large presence at the Student Safety Summit,” Baumbick said. “We’re going to come prepared with some questions to ask all the police chiefs, and that will hopefully determine where we want to go in terms of our committee.”Sophomore senator Andrew Seketa of Zahm House, chairperson of the Student Finances committee, said the group aims to research student finances. Seketa said the committee hopes to send out surveys about what resources and topics students want to learn about, as well as provide students with information about Notre Dame’s financial aid. “We’d like to do some more individual research with the Office of Financial Aid, with respect to transparency with the statistics, average financial aid packages … student employment and average financial aid contribution,” Seketa said. “Once we have some findings there, we can apply some resolutions on how to re-evaluate a few ways to calculate these certain statistics and concepts as a whole.”Editor‘s note: A previous version of this article misspelled Briana Tucker‘s last name on second reference.Tags: committees, Honor Code, nd safety summit, ND student senate, teach for america
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Valamar has started work on the new Valamar Collection Marea Suites 5 * hotel in the Borik area of Poreč, which will welcome the 2019 season with 5 * level facilities. Valamar thus continues to develop the Borik zone through accommodation and the offer of more added value, and with this investment it plans to create 100 new jobs. The future Valamar Collection Marea Suites 5 * is designed for families with children and this investment will expand the offer of family vacations in Porec where guests will be able to enjoy V level services, luxury suites with sea views, more than 200 m2 attractive swimming pools, beaches, restaurants, sports facilities and Maro offer for children of all ages.Construction works have begun with the preparation of the construction site and the demolition of existing buildings, and part of the promenade along the beach will be fenced off from November 1, followed by construction and additional arrangement of the beach. Valamar points out that special care will be paid to arranging horticulture and planting new trees, plants and ornamental plants that are indigenous to the Istrian climate.The works have started according to plan, Valamar points out and emphasizes that they once again thank their fellow citizens for their understanding due to the limited access to this part of the promenade during the works during this autumn and winter. “Since 2017, HRK 4,6 million has already been invested in the beach in front of Valamar Pinia, in the arrangement of a sandy beach for families with small children, additional stairs to the sea, reconstruction of the protective embankment along the breakwater (schoolchildren), public lighting and showers, locker rooms , umbrellas, deck chairs and other equipment. Almost one million kuna was invested in Trattoria La Pentol in Borik, while 2,4 million kuna was invested in arranging the beach in front of the Pical hotel”They pointed out from Valamar. In 2019, Valamar Riviera continues with a strong investment cycle In 2019, Valamar Riviera continues with a strong investment cycle in the amount of HRK 752 million, which is a continuation of the company’s investment strategy in repositioning its portfolio towards high value-added offers and services.One of the major investments this year is certainly the repositioning of the current Istra Sunny Camping 2 * in Funtana in Poreč. This camp is entering the second phase of the investment to become a 5 * camping resort next season called Istra Premium Camping Resort and with the ambition to become one of the better camps in Europe.