Mark your Calendars! The AGM is March 8th
We invite you to attend the next AGM on March 8th and help elect–and welcome in–a new NYLESA Steering Committee.
On March 8th, NYLESA will hold its Annual General Meeting. A new Steering Committee will be elected and we would like you to be part of it.
Date: Wednesday, March 8th, 2016
Location: Danny Kaye Visitors Center, UNICEF HOUSE
3 United Nations Plaza 44th Street (between 1st and 2nd Avenues)
Russia’s permanent representative to the UN, Vitaly Churkin, has died suddenly in New York
The foreign ministry in Moscow has confirmed that Vitaly Churkin, Russia’s ambassador to the United Nations for the past decade and leading international exponent of Vladimir Putin’s died suddenly in New York on Monday, Feb 20th. In the statement, the ministry said that Mr. Churkin died a day before his 65th birthday after experiencing a cardiac condition at his UN office.
Ambassador Churkin served as Russia's Permanent Representative to the United Nations from 2006 until his death in 2017. Prior to the UN post, he was Ambassador at Large at the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation (2003-2006), Ambassador to Canada (1998-2003), Ambassador to Belgium and Liaison Ambassador to NATO and WEU (1994-1998), Deputy Foreign Minister and Special Representative of the President of the Russian Federation to the talks on Former Yugoslavia (1992-1994), Director of the Information Department of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the USSR/Russian Federation (1990-1992).
A brief history of the Presidents’ Day holiday
This year, Monday, Feb 20th, is Presidents’ Day in the US, a holiday celebrated on the 3rd Monday in February. Originally established in 1885 in recognition of President George Washington, it is still officially called “Washington’s Birthday” by the federal government. Traditionally celebrated on February 22—Washington’s actual day of birth—the holiday became popularly known as Presidents’ Day after 1971 when it was moved to the 3rd Monday in February in an attempt to create more three-day weekends for the nation’s workers. While several states still have individual holidays honoring the birthdays of Washington, Lincoln and other figures, Presidents’ Day is now popularly viewed as a day to celebrate all U.S. presidents past and present with celebrations, reenactments and other patriotic events.
Given the heated political climate right now, this year's Presidents' Day holiday is guaranteed to be, if nothing else, "interesting". Certainly 2017 will be the first time since the demonstrations during Civil Rights and Vietnam eras that the holiday will be marked by numerous protests such as the "Not My President March" scheduled for NYC and several other cities across the country.