David Geffen sells “Billionaires Row” dev site for $34M

first_imgShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare on LinkedinShare via Email Share via Shortlink Tagsdavid geffenKurt RappaportLA luxury real estate Share via Shortlinkcenter_img David Geffen and 1169 N. Hillcrest Road (Getty, Google Maps)Billionaire entertainment mogul David Geffen sold a development site in Beverly Hills for $33.8 million, more than a year after he bought the mansion-ready property, The Real Deal has learned.The buyer of the 1-acre parcel at 1169 North Hillcrest Road is a Santa Barbara investor, who sources declined to identify. The sale closed Nov. 20.Geffen paid $30 million for the property in what’s considered “Billionaires Row” in July 2019. It includes plans for a 24,500-square-foot mansion designed by architectural firm Shubin Donaldson. According to PropertyShark, the property has changed hands six times since 2013, with no owner holding onto the land long enough to develop it.The sale is the latest in what has been a prolific year of real estate deals for the founder of Geffen Records and former DreamWorks executive and co-creator. Geffen set a record in February for the priciest single-family home deal in California when he sold a Beverly Hills estate to Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos for $165 million.ADVERTISEMENTWestside Estate Agency co-founder and CEO Kurt Rappaport represented Geffen in the Hillcrest Road sale, and in his $68 million purchase of Casey Wasserman’s Beverly Hills mansion in June.Rappaport declined to comment. A message left with a Geffen representative Monday was not returned.last_img read more

South Africa: Gas alliance speaks out on the updated IRP

first_imgHe noted: “Alongthe eastern coast, Mozambique has roughly 170tcf of gas reserves while on thewestern Atlantic coast we have numerous gas-producing countries, includingAngola. There is no reason why the geology should stop at our politicalborders, but the challenge remains policy certainty. Read more on: South Africa’s IRP makes provision for gas-to-power projects Low carbon, solar future could increase jobs in the future – SAPVIA “Despite Coega being the preferred port of entry, Richards Bay has indicated a viability study is under way and Saldanha may still want to import LNG independently, meaning we could still have several ports importing LNG. “But, for now, the focus is Coega; my view is that LNG to power won’t be imported under the 2016 bundled terms and a more organic model could be preferred.” The Executive Director of the South African Oil and Gas Alliance (SAOGA), Niall Kramer, has stated that Alliance cautiously welcomes the certainty and direction provided by the recently released Integrated Resource Plan (IRP). TAGSenergy mixGas-to-powerIRPLNGSouth Africa Previous articleOp-Ed: building an energy efficient house, let the sunshine inNext articleENGIE partnership unveils AI-powered solution—‘Smart Institutions’ Babalwa BunganeBabalwa Bungane is the content producer for ESI Africa – Clarion Events Africa. Babalwa has been writing for the publication for over five years. She also contributes to sister publications; Smart Energy International and Power Engineering International. Babalwa is a social media enthusiast. BRICS “What we will see is the conversion of theexisting peaking plants at Saldanha, Mossel Bay, Durban and Coega, all of whichwill have lower gas utilisation,” said Kramer. AFD and Eskom commit to a competitive electricity sector “With this focus we can develop especially the Eastern Seaboard into an exciting energy hub for the future.” Generation Strong interest in LNG market RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Kramer concluded: “The IRP has provided a certain amount of certainty for gas and the next stage, for both LNG to power, and for on and offshore exploration, must be for South Africa to be ready in terms of business capacity, skills development, infrastructure development, readiness and harmonised regulation.  During arecent CNBC Africa interview, Kramer indicated that Southern Africa is home tosignificant energy reserves.center_img Finance and Policy “The bigprize to catalyse exploration investment remains a fiscally attractive stablebill which we think is on the way in the form of the petroleum development billthrough its various iterations. The recent discovery by French multinationalTotal and their partners off Mossel Bay and close to Coega gives us good reasonto be optimistic.” “Coega has been identified as the first port for LNG import infrastructure and a gas-to-power plant programme, and we will need to see how LNG will be moved from Coega – probably in virtual tankers or by ship,” he stated. Sign up for the ESI Africa newsletter The IRP sees gas providing 3GW of newcapacity with 1GW coming online in 2023 and another 2GW in 2027 as LNG. Most pressing in respect of LNG will be theprocurement model and related details, he stated. LNG imports remain crucially important, especially given South Africa’s urgent need for more power and for industrial applications. SAOGA underlined that while this could have a catalytic effect on the ports of entry, the large-scale build-up of infrastructure at these ports remains unlikely. Kramer pointed out that some of the gas sources are expressly anticipated as accelerated exploration and production. While thetentative scale and economics seem uncertain, some power investors and SouthAfrican value chain suppliers remain interested. Scale is a big factor andfleshed-out certainty is needed especially for the Coega region on other keyfactors such as timelines and sovereign guarantees to mitigate the risk. He said: “This we welcome. But the now more cautious role for LNG (liquified natural gas) is surprising,” adding that, until the document has been fully digested and a clearer common understanding prevails amongst players, it is important to note “the devil remains in the detail.” However, SAOGA has taken note of the lowerthan the expected role of gas in South Africa’s envisaged energy mix. Featured image: Stock UNDP China, CCIEE launch report to facilitate low-carbon developmentlast_img read more

Major winter storm bringing dangerous snow, ice, rain to rush hour commutes

first_imgABC News(NEW YORK) — A major winter storm is barreling through the Northeast Tuesday, bringing dangerous snow, ice and rain during the morning and evening commutes. Over 1,500 Tuesday flights had been canceled as of the morning. The hardest hit airport was LaGuardia in New York City with over 400 flights canceled. The Tuesday morning commute “will be nasty in New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio warned Monday. The forecast calls for “two to four inches potentially of snow right during the rush hour and we’re very, very concerned,” the mayor said. “That’s a really bad time of day for that all to be hitting.” He urged residents to avoid driving Tuesday if possible. But classes are in session in New York City public schools. New Jersey Gov. Phil Murphy has declared a state of emergency. The snow falling in New York City Tuesday morning is forecast to continue through the early afternoon before changing to sleet and rain. In Boston, the snow begins in the afternoon and will be heavy at times — the worst timing for the evening commute. Public schools in Worcester, Massachusetts, are among those closed. The snow will eventually change to rain for all the Northeast coastal cities, but inland, it’s a different story. In Pennsylvania, New York state and New England, some areas may see up to 1 foot of snow. Washington, D.C., should see rain exclusively from the big storm. Philadelphia is forecast to get 1 to 2 inches of snow and sleet New York City is expected to get 2 to 3 inches of snow before getting sleet and freezing rain Boston is forecast for 4 to 5 inches of snow as well as sleet and freezing rain. The storm moves out on Wednesday. Meanwhile, in the Midwest, a major ice storm struck overnight in Chicago, coating power lines and the city’s airports. Wisconsin and Michigan may be in for 1 foot of snow with ice expected from Chicago to Detroit. And on the West Coast, Seattle is buried under record-breaking snow. Seattle was hit on Monday with its fourth snowstorm in one week. With more than 20 inches from the storms, the city is experiencing its snowiest February on record and snowiest overall month in 50 years. That storm is now headed for California, which should see significant rainfall in San Francisco and then Los Angeles. The heaviest rainfall will be in Northern California, where residents could see more than 4 inches of rain.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Capitol police officer dies from injuries suffered during riots

first_imgwellesenterprises/iStockBy JACK DATE and MARK OSBORNE, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. Capitol Police officer has died following injuries suffered in the violent siege on the building Wednesday, according to a press release from the department.The death is the fifth connected to the riots, which saw swarms of pro-Donald Trump protesters overwhelm police barricades, surge into the Capitol and force lawmakers to go into hiding.The officer, identified as Brian D. Sicknick, died at 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening, police said.“Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters,” USCP said in a statement. “He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The death of Officer Sicknick will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the USCP, and our federal partners.”Sicknick had been with the department, most recently as part of the first responder unit, since 2008.Three people died of medical emergencies, while a 35-year-old woman, Ashli Babbitt, was shot and killed by Capitol police while trying to enter a broken window into the House Chamber.Law enforcement said more than 50 Capitol police and Metropolitan police officers suffered injuries in the rioting, and “several USCP officers have been hospitalized with serious injuries.”“These individuals actively attacked United States Capitol Police Officers and other uniformed law enforcement officers with metal pipes, discharged chemical irritants, and took up other weapons against our officers,” the USCP said in a statement. “They were determined to enter into the Capitol Building by causing great damage.”Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund resigned on Thursday afternoon in the wake of the riots. Several prominent people had called for him to step down, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the head of the police union.Capitol Police Union Chairman Gus Papathanasiou said in a statement Thursday that officers were “frustrated and demoralized by the lack of leadership.”“We have several protesters dead, multiple officers injured and the symbol of our Democracy, the U.S. Capitol, desecrated. This never should have happened,” Papathanasiou said in a statement.Sicknick’s brother also spoke out in a statement sent to ABC News Thursday night.“After a day of fighting for his life, he passed away a hero,” he said. “I would like to thank all of his brothers and sisters in law enforcement for the incredible compassion and support they have shown my family. My family and I hope that our privacy can be respected as we grieve. Thank you.”Various lawmakers have since reacted to Sicknick’s death, including Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, who tweeted: “On behalf of the residents of the District of Columbia, our thoughts & prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick. May he Rest In Peace, and we work tirelessly to honor his service to the Congress and our nation.”Sen. Ted Cruz, who has been criticized for his attempt to overturn the 2020 election, wrote on Twitter: “Devastating. Heidi and I are lifting up in prayer the family of the U.S. Capitol Police officer who tragically lost his life keeping us safe. He was a true hero. Yesterday’s terrorist attack was a horrific assault on our democracy. Every terrorist needs to be fully prosecuted.”Sen. Marsha Blackburn tweeted: “I am truly devastated to learn that a Capitol Police officer has died as a result of yesterday’s violence at the Capitol. My heart goes out to the officer, their family, and all of our front line law enforcement that put their lives on the line each day to protect this nation.”Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan said his heart is broken over the loss and added that Sicknick’s death should serve as a “reminder of the bravery of the law enforcement who protect us every day.”Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, wrote: “I am devastated to hear about the passing of U.S. @CapitolPolice Officer Brian Sicknick and extend my deepest sympathy to his family. My staff and I cannot say enough to express our appreciation for his sacrifice to keep us safe.”“My sincerest condolences to the Sicknick family,” tweeted Rep. Veronica Escobar. “I’m grateful for Officer Sicknick’s service to our country and his work to protect everyone who worked at the Capitol. My heart goes out to his loved ones.”Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., tweeted: “Devastating news. Please join me in praying for our fallen Capitol Police officer’s family during this heartbreaking time.”Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, New York Rep. Paul Tonko, California Rep. Jimmy Panetta and Virginia Rep. Jennifer Wexton also voiced their condolences on Twitter.“As members, staff and reporters sheltered from terrorists attacking the Capitol, countless officers risked their lives to uphold their duty to protect us,” Rep. Lori Trahan, D-Mass., tweeted. “I’m deeply grateful for their bravery and devastated to learn that one of those heroes, Officer Brian D. Sicknick, has died.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

President

first_imgFor more information, please visit Scripps College home page atwww.scrippscollege.edu.Scripps College is an EqualOpportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis ofrace, color, creed, gender, religion, marital status, registereddomestic partner status, age, national origin or ancestry, sexualorientation, gender identity, physical or mental disability,medical condition including genetic characteristics, or any otherconsideration made unlawful by federal, state, or locallaw. PRESIDENTScripps College invites nominations and applications for theposition of President.Widely recognized as a highly selective women’s liberal artscollege, Scripps offers its 1,082 undergraduates a rigorousinterdisciplinary curriculum, a robust intellectual community, acommitment to diversity, equity, inclusion, and racial justice, anda rich residential experience designed to shape the next generationof leaders. Scripps College is a member of The Claremont Colleges,which consists of Claremont McKenna, Harvey Mudd, Pitzer, andPomona Colleges, and two graduate institutions, Claremont GraduateUniversity and Keck Graduate Institute. Scripps is a keyparticipant in this unique intellectual ecosystem, located within aone-square-mile footprint in the greater Los Angeles region, whichallows Scripps students to participate in an array of academic,social, and co-curricular activities while maintaining the intimatescale of a small college.Scripps College seeks a President who appreciates the uniqueadvantages of a residential liberal arts environment and values thebenefits of a women’s education. The ideal candidate will bring apassion for innovative leadership, a record of administrativeaccomplishments and broad managerial oversight, an ability toleverage the resources of the consortium further, experiencegrowing resources broadly and through fundraising specifically, andan unwavering commitment to inclusion, diversity, equity, andaccess.For best consideration, please send all nominations andapplications to:Shelly Weiss Storbeck, Managing PartnerAnne Koellhoffer, Senior [email protected]last_img read more

Veselin Vujovic: “Three goals is not unreachable, we can beat Magdeburg”

first_imgLeave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Bundesliga (Round 15): Lubbecke defeats Goppingen Blazenko Lackovic undergoes surgery – out for 6 months! EHF CL: Vardar and RNL overtake TOP of Group B Click to comment ShareTweetShareShareEmail ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsHuge optimism is present in RK Vardar ahead of the game of the season for them. The team lost by three goals in Magdeburg, and now in the return game everybody is convinced that the team has the quality needed to overcome the strong German team’s three goal lead.“I expect 100% from all the players. Three goals is a big lead, but not unreachable. I wish that we play with patience this time, something that has not been our virtue recently. One goal more than Magdeburg every 20 minutes and the victory should come. Magdeburg is a strong team, so must stay calm and patient. My wish is that in the 58th minute we have four goals lead and an attack, and not too early to make a big lead after which Magdeburg will start playing as if they had nothing to lose” – said Vujovic.Good news for Vardar is that Stojance Stoilov is back in the team after issuing an apology to the coach and players. However, Rakovic and Petric are injured and are likely to miss the game. Karacic and Rajkovic have slight injuries, but they expressed their will to play and give everything for the win. Recommended for you Related Items:carstens, karacic, Magdeburg, petric, rajkovic, rakovic, Vardarlast_img read more

Borut Mackovsek to Qatar!

first_imgShareTweetShareShareEmail Russia VS Qatar for President Cup, Angola against Japan to avoid bottom ShareTweetShareShareEmailCommentsSlovenian left back Borut Mackovsek (21) has played the last match for RK Celje Pivovarna Lasko last weekend against Trimo Trebnje 30:28. The “Cat” will play next month in Qatari Al Sadd before his transfer to German TSV Hannover Burgdorf for the upcoming season. Recommended for you Borut Mackovsek about “Slovenian plan”: Tattoos are ready if we win the gold! Mackovsek before Veszprem-Vardar clash: I expect our win Related Items:Borut Mackovsek, Qatari handball Click to comment Leave a Reply Cancel replyYour email address will not be published.Comment Name Email Website Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Automakers: UK car industry will stall without Brexit deal

first_imgHawes added British-based manufacturers faced a “big, big challenge” if tariffs were imposed because they would not be able to absorb the blow to competitiveness as easily as EU producers.The reason for this disparity was obvious from the numbers. Hawes noted that seven out of 10 new cars sold in the U.K. came from the EU27 countries. This meant that the EU producers have a dominant market position and would be able to pass tariff costs onto consumers. He predicted that the cost of importing a vehicle to the U.K. from any of the hundreds of plants across the EU would add at least £1,500 to the price tag.On the other hand, cars exported from the U.K. to the EU would have nowhere near the same market power, with just 6.3 percent of cars sold in the EU27 made in Britain, according to data from IHS.”You’re exporting into a market where you’re not the dominant market player, so you couldn’t pass that cost on to the consumer. So you would have to absorb that cost, which would immediately make you 10 percent less competitive,” he said.Premium productivityHawes suggested it would be difficult to offset these problems through productivity gains. He argued Britain was “already one of the most competitive” places to build a car. “So how would you recoup that cost?”To avert that risk, Hawes called for “another system which mirrors the customs union.” His association hopes that leaders will find a way to juggle the numbers.“There are some ways around it. You have diagonal accumulation, where parts produced in other countries count for European content. Now, we’re looking for some arrangement where EU content would count as British content and vice versa to ensure you could overcome those obstacles that are intentionally there,” he said.About two-thirds of the non-local content is made of up of EU parts, Hawes said. Each vehicle is typically made of 30,000 parts.The EU’s automotive industry association also says it has a lot riding on how talks pan out over the next two years.“Our industry is unique in that it has a business model based on a full integrated supply chain that has developed across Europe,” said Erik Jonnaert, the secretary general of European automotive industry association ACEA. “Whatever we do over Brexit will cause pain.”Pulling out of the single market and the customs union makes Europe’s biggest automotive country nervous. Britain’s car industry has issued a stark warning that it will struggle to compete if Prime Minister Theresa May delivers on a threat to walk away from an EU deal.The nightmare scenario for British industry is that the U.K. will crash out of the EU without a trade deal in 2019 and move on to tit-for-tat tariff arrangements. In the case of the carmakers, the EU’s external duties are high, with tariffs of 10 percent on cars and about 4 percent on car parts.”The prime minister said that no deal is better than a bad deal. It’s hard to envisage a deal that would be worse than [no deal],” the chief executive of the U.K.’s Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, Mike Hawes, said in an interview with POLITICO. EU leaders are due to meet on Saturday to formulate a starting position in Brexit talks, while U.K. Prime Minister Theresa May has been clear she will wave goodbye to the single market. Cars represent a huge strategic consideration for the U.K. because the country is a production center for Japanese carmakers, such as Nissan and Toyota, which have stressed the importance of Britain’s terms of trade to continued investment in the country.The U.K. is the second-biggest passenger car market in Europe after Germany | Carl Court/Getty ImagesHigh two-way duties are probably only a risk if Brexit negotiations collapse over citizens’ rights and the U.K.’s multibillion-euro divorce settlement. EU officials have said that a more likely option is some kind of tariff-free arrangement on goods that would squeeze Britain harder on services, particularly banking and aviation.Rules of originHowever, even the tariff-free arrangement would not get around the thorny issue of “rules of origin.”According to Hawes, some 41 percent of the parts in U.K. cars are British, while the majority come from abroad.The percentage of foreign content will be key in determining whether a car is covered by a trade deal with the EU. Even without tariffs, British carmakers are at risk of regulatory extra costs in proving that balance of components is in line with EU requirements.“If you look at most free-trade agreements, they generally set the bar at about 55 percent local content for rules of origin. We’re at 41 percent, there’s a big gap,” said Hawes. The U.K. is the second-biggest passenger car market in Europe after Germany, with around 2.7 million registrations last year. Imports made up 86 percent of that and while local production is growing, some 80 percent of British production in 2016 was exported, with over half of that going to EU markets.Pulling out of the single market and the customs union makes Europe’s biggest automotive country nervous too. Even though BMW puts together the iconic Mini at a plant in Oxford, some components are assembled in Munich before being shipped to the U.K. and parts are also imported from elsewhere in Europe.“The EU needs Britain, and Britain needs the EU,” said Matthias Wissmann, president of Germany’s powerful Association of the Automotive Industry. “There is no doubt that a ‘hard Brexit’ would also damage the British automotive industry, and would be both difficult and expensive. The consequence would be a long phase of uncertainty.”Car giants with plants in the U.K. like Nissan, Toyota or BMW plan their operations years ahead as they decide on new models and where to base production, Jonnaert said. The uncertainty over Brexit steers investment choices for the mid-2020s.“The consequence would be a long phase of uncertainty. It will take years before new treaties are concluded. Prospects like that deter investors,” said Wissman. Also On POLITICO ‘Tolls are coming’ to Germany’s autobahns By Janosch Delcker Interim EU trade deal to hit UK services hard By Hans von der Burchard How to stop trucks from being turned into weapons By Joshua Posanerlast_img read more

Common aquatic animals show resistance to radiation

first_imgScientists at Harvard University have found that a common class of freshwater invertebrate animals called bdelloid rotifers are extraordinarily resistant to ionizing radiation, surviving and continuing to reproduce after doses of gamma radiation much greater than that tolerated by any other animal species studied to date.Because free radicals such as those generated by radiation have been implicated in inflammation, cancer, and aging in higher organisms, the findings — published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences by Harvard’s Matthew Meselson and graduate student Eugene Gladyshev — could stimulate new lines of research into these medically important problems.“Bdelloid rotifers are far more resistant to ionizing radiation than any of the hundreds of other animal species for which radiation resistance has been examined,” says Meselson, Thomas Dudley Cabot Professor of the Natural Sciences in Harvard’s Faculty of Arts and Sciences. “They are able to recover and resume normal reproduction after receiving a dose of radiation that shatters their genomes, causing hundreds of DNA double-strand breaks which they are nevertheless able to repair.”Meselson and Gladyshev found that the bdelloid rotifers Adineta vaga and Philodina roseola remained reproductively viable after doses of radiation roughly five times greater than other classes of rotifers and other animals could endure.Such radiation resistance appears not to be the result of any special protection of DNA itself against breakage, the researchers say, but instead reflects bdelloid rotifers’ extraordinary ability to protect their DNA-repairing machinery from radiation damage.Roughly a half-millimeter in size and commonly observed under microscopes in high school biology classes, bdelloid rotifers are highly unusual in several regards: They appear to be exclusively asexual, have relatively few transposable genes, and can survive and reproduce after complete desiccation at any stage of their life cycle. Meselson and Gladyshev hypothesize that it’s this last property that explains bdelloids’ apparently unique resistance to radiation.Bdelloid rotifers have been widely studied since at least 1702, when the renowned Dutch scientist and microscopy pioneer Anton van Leeuwenhoek added water to dust retrieved from a rain gutter on his house and observed the organisms in the resulting fluid. He subsequently described the creatures in a letter to Britain’s Royal Society, which still counts an envelope of van Leeuwenhoek’s rain-gutter dust among its holdings.Meselson and Gladyshev’s work is supported by the National Science Foundation’s Eukaryotic Genetics [email protected]last_img read more

Refugee Doctor ‘Making a Difference’ for Thousands in Burma

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMoreThousands of people flee Burma each year, escaping poverty, oppression, and civil war.The nearest escape for most is Thailand, where they experience both despair and hope. Burmese refugee, Dr. Cynthia Maung, runs a small, modest public health clinic near the border in Thailand, and is making a difference in her community by providing essential services not available to most residents of the poor region.Mothers line up with children, waiting for immunizations. In another line, couples with newborns wait for documents certifying their children were born in Thailand. The documents take the place of birth certificates Thailand refuses to issue.These people are refugees, and in the eyes of Thailand’s authorities, they do not exist.But to Dr. Cynthia Maung, they do matter. Dr. Cynthia is a Burmese physician and a refugee herself. She makes a difference for thousands of her fellow refugees in Thailand and for many more inside Burma. For example, the Burmese physician founded the Mae Tao Clinic, a safe haven where miracles happen every day.Dr. Cynthia fled Burma in 1988 following an army crackdown on those who demonstrated for democracy and justice.“I joined with the demonstration group and then when the military seized power, people started disappearing, or missing, or fled to the border. I myself also decided to come to the border to continue struggling or working for political change,” she says.In a two-room shack, she started doing amputations and delivering babies using instruments sterilized in a rice cooker. Young volunteer medics trained by Dr. Cynthia treat everything from landmine injuries to gastroenteritis.With donations from NGO’s and foreign governments, including the United States, Dr. Cynthia’s work has a reputation for a making a little money go a long way.One hundred 50 thousand people come here for treatment each year. Those who can, pay under a dollar.Dr. Cynthia lives in modest quarters next to the clinic. She could have immigrated to the West and be making a huge salary. But for Dr. Cynthia, this is a greater calling.“When we live here, we are not only treating illnesses, we can also educate young people who can go back and work in their community and who are very willing to promote the health activities in their village. So it is a very good opportunity for young people to give education and to give more hope,” she says.The clinic trains volunteer medics who fan out into the ethnic Karen and other isolated areas of Burma. Some of the volunteers are former patients who, once desperate for help, are now the ones helping. It is they who embody Dr. Cynthia’s vision.The Burmese physician says young people should be taught “not to feel as victims.” Instead, she says, they should see themselves as “people who can change or improve the situation.”Dr. Cynthia is reviled by Burma’s military government. To the generals, she is a terrorist and an insurgent. To the thousands she treats and trains, she is a saint.Part of VOA’s new Making a Difference series. Each week, VOA introduces a different individual – famous or lesser-known – working to help others. See the video to this story on VOA’s website. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailEmailShare to RedditRedditRedditShare to MoreAddThisMorelast_img read more