Saturday, September 29, 2018

Notations On Our World (Special Edition): Out & About in Our World as #GlobalCitizenFestival is About to Go Live!!!

“Fight if you must, work hard, give your best but never quit in the face of difficulty.” -Sanchita Pandey
As We bid farewell to the third quarter and gear up for the 4th quarter,  we are privileged to join in helping to spread the Word about Global Citizen Festival throughout all our virtual properties as we hereby present guidance from the team at Global Citizen on this--as we also send a shoutout to the team at The Mission for the fabulous graphic & admonition!!
Please enjoy as we join in saying--Onward to the 4th Quarter with all its possibilities....
Watch live coverage of the Global Citizen Festival on MSNBC and this Saturday, Sept. 29, beginning at 3 p.m. ET.  
YouTube, presented by Johnson & Johnson
Stream the full festival live on YouTube, thanks to Johnson & Johnson, starting at 3 p.m. ET on Sept. 29. Visit our channel to set a reminder. (YouTube will send you a notification when we go live.) We'll also be posting performances, speakers, and clips of world leaders making crucial commitments on our channel throughout the night, so you can go back and watch your favorite moments over and over again.
Twitter, presented by Johnson & Johnson
Stream the full festival live on Twitter, also thanks to Johnson & Johnson, starting at 3 p.m. ET on Sept. 29. Visit our livestream page to set a reminder. (Twitter will send you a notification when we go live.) We’ll also be tweeting live coverage of the festival, so make sure give us a follow. Join the conversation yourself with #GlobalCitizen and #BeTheGeneration.
Listen to the festival live on Global Citizen Festival Radio on iHeartRadio, starting at 4 p.m. ET on Sept. 29. You can also stream directly on the iHeartRadio app by searching “Global Citizen Festival.”
Don’t go anywhere! We’ll be streaming the festival live on our website at the New York City festival page, starting at 3 p.m. ET on Sept. 29.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Notations On Our World (Special Quarter-End Edition): Out & About.....

Our World was witness yet again to change this week as we were witness to an iconic American Brand of Journalism, Time Magazine, being bought by the Co-Founder of SalesForce.Com.   We also were witness to Comcast (The parent of NBCUniversal), buy out Sky of theUK.    Our team has featured the SkyNews live broadcast in our Live Broadcast POD in our Visions and Education Property and we hope that Comcast will continue its' commitment to maintain Sky's independence.  

Beyond the changing media landscape, we have also been on the prowl assessing the on-going political scene.    The reporting by the New York Times on the Deputy Attorney General along with the controversy over the Supreme Court Nomination has been making the headlines in the United States.   However, what is going on in Europe with Brexit (as Britain will leave the Union in less than 200 days), is what happened in Salzsburg.   The European Union rejected the British Prime Minister Plan and British Papers had a field day over this:

What the President of France noted was telling:  Those who were in favor of Brexit were liars.  It is interesting that a second referendum continues to be rejected as the British Prime Minister gears up for his Conservative Party Conference with potential leadership challenges--including her former Foreign Secretary and a leading Brexit Campaigner, Boris Johnson, who is apparently waiting in the wings in this regard.

As Europe continues to deal with Brexit and on-going Immigration issues, there is the Iran.    Iran was witness to a terrorist attack by an Iranian Arab Separatist Organization--although ISIS (also known as Daesh in the Middle East) claimed responsibility during a military parade which saw a number of civilians including children lose their lives.      The Government promised a crushing response:

The Iranian President, Hassan Rouhani, is due to arrive in New York for the upcoming UN General Assembly Session that is slated to start this week.   An Iranian Human Rights Organization organized a Street Campaign to remind all of the Human Rights Record of the current Government in Tehran as a number of leading defenders of Human Rights including Nasrin Soutodeh (currently on hunger strike as we went to press with this final edition of Notations), Mr. Shoulesadri (a former Presidential Candidate, Member of Parliament and Attorney) and other continue to be detained:

Profound challenging times indeed as a new Quarter dawns.....

Notations On Our World (Special W-End Edition): On Disasters, #Florence & Being Prepared

As the weekend looms, our team chose these two thoughts to underscore some of the key philosophies that has driven us throughout our tenure as we celebrate our latest anniversary of service.   We are grateful for the continued opportunity to serve!!

Please note this courtesy of the team at FEMA as the Carolinas continue to grapple with the aftermath of Hurricane Florence--the need to be prepared is every so critical as we wish all the very best of weekends:


u s d h s f e m a
September 20, 2018

In this issue:

National Test of the Emergency Alert System Rescheduled for October 3, 2018

Due to the ongoing response to Hurricane Florence, the nationwide test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and Wireless Emergency Alerts (WEA) will now be conducted on the backup date of October 3, 2018.

October 3 was the previously scheduled back-up date for the test, which was originally set for Thursday, September 20. A backup date is always planned in case of widespread severe weather or other significant events on the primary test date. The WEA portion of the test will start at 2:18 p.m. EDT on October 3, and the EAS portion will follow at 2:20 p.m. EDT. The test, being held in coordination with the Federal Communications Commission, will assess the operational readiness of the infrastructure for distribution of a national message and determine whether technological improvements are needed.

For further information on the test, go to

Save For an Emergency During National Preparedness Month

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Can your finances weather an emergency?

The final week of National Preparedness Month (NPM) 2018 begins on Sunday, September 23. Each week NPM focuses on a different action.

The theme for September 23-30 is, “Save For an Emergency.” 40 percent of all Americans do not have $400 in savings according to the Federal Reserve. Become financially prepared for an emergency by following these steps from the Ready Campaign:

Take action to prepare this September! You can find resources, including the NPM social media toolkit, at

Steps for Cleaning Up After a Hurricane

Coming Home After a Flood
After a hurricane, it is important to know how to clean up safely.

Listen to local authorities to determine when it is safe for you to return home. Do not return home until local officials indicate it is safe to do so. Stay vigilant and monitor radio or TV stations for local emergency management officials’ guidance.

Ensure water is safe to drink, cook, or clean with after flooding. Often local officials put a boil water order in place following a flood or hurricane.
Remember, never run a generator inside your home, and keep it away from windows, doors, and vents.

Tips from FEMA for clean-up after returning home:
  • Always wear protective clothing including long-sleeved shirts, long pants, rubber or plastic gloves and waterproof boots or shoes.
  • Before entering your home, look outside for damaged power lines, gas lines, and other exterior damage.
  • Take photos of your damage before you begin to clean up and save repair receipts.
  • Get rid of mold. Mold may have contaminated your home, which raises the health risk for those with asthma, allergies, and breathing conditions.
  • Open doors and windows so your house can air out before spending any length of time inside.
  • Turn off main electrical power and water systems and do not use gas appliances until a professional can ensure they are safe.
  • Check all ceilings and floors for signs of sagging or other potentially dangerous structural damage.
  • Throw out all foods, beverages, and medicines exposed to flood waters or mud, including canned goods and containers with food or liquid.
  • Throw out any items that absorb water and you cannot clean or disinfect (i.e. mattresses, carpeting, stuffed animals, etc.).
  • Beware of snakes, insects, and other animals that may be on your property or in your home.
  • Remove all drywall and insulation that has been in contact with floodwaters.
  • Clean all hard surfaces (flooring, countertops, appliances, sinks, etc.) thoroughly with hot water and soap or detergent.

To learn more about what to do after a flood or a hurricane, visit, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - Flood Water After an Emergency or Disaster.

If you experienced a flood or other damages due to recent hurricane activity, please visit to register for federal assistance. 

Emergency Planning Curriculum for Elementary Schools

Teach emergency preparedness in your grade school with Student Tools for Emergency Planning (STEP).

STEP provides a ready-to-teach classroom-based course for fourth- and fifth-graders. The students will study disasters. They will learn how to build a supply kit and how to create a family emergency communication plan

STEP materials include:

You can order the STEP materials for free. Visit to learn more.

Important Dates to Remember

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Wednesday, September 19, 2018

Notations On Our World (Weekly Edition): On Breaking the Silence

For this week, our team chose this we received from a very courageous group of individuals who have tried to truly "Break the Silence".    We salute them:

Dear friends,
We are writing to update you about events that took place over the weekend during our tour of the South Hebron Hills.

This past Friday, we conducted an educational tour of the South Hebron Hills. The aim of the tour was, as always, to see the reality of the occupation and learn about it, as well as to show our support for the Taayush activists who were violently attacked by settlers in the outpost of Mitzpe Yair, the previous weekend. About 120 people from all over Israel joined the tour, and dozens of organizations, public figures, and Members of Knesset all lent their voices of support to it. The tour, however, was cut short when security forces blocked us from our regular lookout point next to the Mitzpe Yair outpost. They also arrested and detained Avner Gvaryahu, our Executive Director; Achiya Schatz, our Director of Communications; and Michael Sfard, our legal advisor and a renowned human right lawyer, for three hours. 
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'Watch the arrest of Breaking the Silence's activists
So what happened exactly?
As we made our way to the Hebron area, we were stopped by security forces, who issued a “reduction order” (that is, an official order whose goal is to decrease the number of people in a given area), intended to prevent our tours from taking place. We soon realized that the order applied not only to our buses traveling to the South Hebron Hills. It also affected another one of our buses heading to a tour in the city of Hebron (which was coordinated, as always, with the necessary authorities) and an additional bus of another organization, All That’s Left, which was on its way to Umm il-Kheir. Because of this, and since this type of order is incredibly rare, we are left to assume that the order was meant to reduce the movement and presence of leftists alone.

After we spoke with the security forces and convinced them that there was no justification for issuing such an order, each bus was permitted to proceed, and the tour to Hebron continued as planned. The tour to the South Hebron Hills continued on to a visit in Susya with Nasser Nawaj'a, a resident of the village, and from there we headed to the lookout point next near Mitzpe Yair - the same spot where activists from Taayush were violently attacked the previous week. This lookout point has been a regular feature of our tours for many years, and since we had been in touch with the brigade and had not been told at any stage that our route needed to be changed, we continued in that direction as part of our usual path.

As we drove up the road leading to the outpost, we were blocked by a Border Police jeep. Within minutes, we were presented with a “closed military zone” order, signed by the brigade commander. We were given one minute to evacuate a group of 120 participants, some of whom weren't so young. When we asked for more time to get everyone on the buses, the arrests started. 
MK Mossi Raz: “It was sad to see the army working for the settlers, and it was sad to accompany my friends who were arrested until their release a few hours later. It was sad to realize that in the territories there are three legal systems: one for settlers, a different one for Palestinians, and a third for leftists. It is sad to see individual liberties shrinking, freedom of thought disappearing, and our democracy destroyed. What started in the occupied territories will surely end up seeping into Israel.”
Former Attorney General Michael Ben-Yair: "Two people from Breaking the Silence and Attorney Michael Sfard have been detained. The lieutenant colonel refuses to release them and won’t speak with me. [...] This is not the Israel Defense Forces. This is the Settlements Defense Forces. And all of this - from our tax money. It is very interesting that the army and the Border Police did not demonstrate such efficiency last weekend in defending the members of Taayush, who were severely beaten by the “innocent people” of Mitzpe Yair, in the presence of the army.”

As was reported in the media, the arrests were aimed at the leaders of the tour, which reinforced our suspicion that they were innitially meant to sabotage the tour. Despite this all, the tour did not stop. The participants wanted to stay and hear more about the reality of the occupation in the South Hebron Hills. While waiting for the detainees, they had the opportunity to hear from Taayush activist Dr. Amiel Vardi, who shared his knowledge of the area and also spoke about the attack he experienced the previous weekend. Later, as an expression of solidarity and support for the detainees, many of the participants came along with us to pick them up from the police station. Upon arriving at the police station, Avner, Achiya, and Michael had been told that they were in fact not arrested but rather detained, and that there was no immediate need for investigations or arrests. They were then told to return in a month and a half for further investigation. 
We would like to thank J StreetT'ruahYachadINN, and other organizations and individuals that support us. 
As Avner Gvaryahu stated, we have no intention to give up, and we will continue to hold our tours in the South Hebron Hills and expose the public to the reality of the occupation. Unlike the Hebron brigade commander, we refuse to cave in to settler violence and to surrender to their intimidation, incitement, and violence directed against those who oppose the immoral reality of the occupied territories.