Quote of the moment

"I have to tell it again and again: I have no doctrine. I only point out something. I point out reality, I point out something in reality which has not or too little been seen. I take him who listens to me at his hand and lead him to the window. I push open the window and point outside. I have no doctrine, I carry on a dialogue." Martin Buber

Saturday, October 29, 2011

FIRST NATIONWIDE TEST OF THE EMERGENCY ALERT SYSTEM: November 9th, at 2 p.m. ET

Test to Take Place November 9, 2011 at 2 p.m. ET
FEMA wants everyone to know about the upcoming Emergency Alert System (EAS) test and how it may impact them. Please share this message with your communities and through your social networks.

·       FEMA Administrator’s Message – In English

·       FEMA Administrator’s Message – In Spanish  


As part of our larger efforts to strengthen our nation’s preparedness and resiliency, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) will conduct the first nation-wide test of the Emergency Alert System on November 9th, at 2 p.m. ET. Testing the Emergency Alert System plays a key role in evaluating and improving the systems we need in place to ensure our nation is prepared for all hazards and that people within its borders are able to receive critical and vital information through the system, should it ever be needed. It’s important to keep in mind that this is not a pass or fail test of the Emergency Alert System, but an opportunity to improve the system on a national level.  Below we have provided a template for both a press release and/or a newsletter that you can use in your organizations to help inform your stakeholders, partners and continuances.

The national Emergency Alert System is an alert and warning system established to enable the President of the United States, if needed, to address the American public during emergencies.  It is another critical communications tool that can protect the public and strengthen our nation’s resiliency.  The National Weather Service, governors, and state and local authorities also use parts of the system to issue more localized emergency alerts.  The test is an important exercise in ensuring that the system is effective in communicating critical information to the public in the event of a real national emergency.

This national test will help federal partners and EAS participants determine the reliability of the system, as well as its effectiveness in notifying the public of emergencies and potential disasters both nationally and regionally.  The test will also provide the FCC and FEMA a chance to identify improvements that are needed to build a new, modernized, and fully accessible Emergency Alert System.

To help inform, and support the distribution of this information, FEMA has developed a toolkit of useful information which consists of the following examples and video links with additional information about the test.  

If you have questions please contact the FEMA Office of Disability Integration and Coordination at FEMA-Disibility-Integration-Coordination@dhs.gov

·       FEMA Press Release – http://www.fema.gov/news/newsrelease.fema?id=55722




F

Marcie Roth
Director
Office of Disability Integration and Coordination
Department of Homeland Security/ FEMA
202.212.1537 (office)
202.285.9231 (cell)


“FEMA’s mission is to support our citizens and first responders to ensure that as a nation we work together to build, sustain, and improve  our capacity to prepare for, protect against, respond to, recover from, and mitigate all hazards.”




Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Teleconference invitation: Process changes for petitioners residing overseas/Form I-130

As a member of the Democrats Abroad Chile I encourage you to sign up for membership  and then join us and other USA citizens on the teleconference to discuss  recently implemented process changes for the Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, when filed by petitioners residing overseas Friday, October 28 at 3:00PM (Eastern). Do not forget you are eligible to Vote From Abroad!

When: Friday, October 28th, 3:00PM (Eastern)

What: U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) invites you to participate in a teleconference to discuss recently implemented process changes for the  Form I-130, Petition for Alien Relative, when filed by petitioners residing overseas.

Effective August 15, 2011, petitioners residing in countries without USCIS offices are required to file Form I-130 with the USCIS Chicago Lockbox. Petitioners residing in a country with a USCIS office have the option of sending their Forms I-130 to the Chicago Lockbox or filing their Forms I-130 at the international USCIS office having jurisdiction over the area where they live.

In previous engagements, USCIS committed to monitor the progress of the new Form I-130 filing process. During this session, USCIS will provide updates on the implementation of the process changes and provide filing tips for petitioners filing with the Lockbox.

To Participate in the Teleconference

Please contact the Office of Public Engagement at public.engagement@dhs.gov and reference “I-130 engagement” in the subject line of your email. Please also include your full name and the organization you represent in the body of the email.

To Join the Call

On the day of the engagement, please use the information below to join the session by phone.

If you are calling from inside the United States please dial: 1-800-988-9529

If you are calling from outside the United States please dial: 001-212-547-0152
Passcode: 130

We encourage participants to call in 10-15 minutes prior to the start of the teleconference.

We look forward to engaging with you!

 Do not forget you are eligible to Vote From Abroad!






Thursday, October 20, 2011

Security Notice – Student Demonstrations in Chile

And so as these student demonstrations have been going nearly half a year, with my friends and employees living and working with the acrid perfume of teargas in their homes we now receive this memo.

Was it because the politicians started decking each other in the Senate and called the carabinero brought in to separate them a weón?



To: U.S. Citizens in Chile
From: Mark Leoni, Consul General
Date: October 20, 2011
Subject: Security Notice – Student Demonstrations

The U.S. Embassy in Santiago alerts U.S. citizens traveling to and residing in Chile of the likelihood of continuing disturbances in Santiago and other urban centers in connection with the student protest movement. The U.S. Embassy urges U.S. citizens to avoid the areas of demonstrations and to exercise caution if within the vicinity of any protests.

Since June, there have been mass demonstrations in Santiago and regional capitals calling for improvements in Chile’s educational system. While the majority of the protests have been peaceful, several have involved anarchists and delinquents, frequently clad in hoods (called encapuchados) that incite violence, throw rocks and Molotov cocktails, and engage in acts of vandalism. Several demonstrations have drawn over 100,000 supporters to the streets of central Santiago. The protests have closed a number of Chile's universities and high schools, but to date have had minimal impact on travel and business. Most of the protests have been well-publicized and announced several days in advance, but the potential for spontaneous demonstrations exists.

There are no indications that foreigners or U.S. citizens are being threatened or targeted. Nonetheless, U.S. citizens are advised to remain alert to local security developments and to be vigilant regarding their personal security by monitoring media, knowing the locations of police stations, hospitals, and the U.S. Embassy. The Department of State strongly urges U.S. citizens to avoid all demonstrations, as bystanders can quickly be caught up in unforeseen violence. If you are in immediate danger, call the police at 133.

Since the protests are ongoing and generally well-advertised, we will not send frequent Emergency Messages (unless the situation changes drastically), but will post updates on the Emergency Messages page of the U.S. Embassy Santiago Website.


Resources

Smart Travel Enrollment Program (STEP) – register with the U.S. Embassy

U.S. Embassy Santiago website and Emergency Messages page

U.S. Department of State travel website – contains Worldwide Caution, Travel Warnings, and Travel Alerts

Santiago Regional Government – notices of planned protests

Country Specific Information

A Safe Trip Abroad - security information for those residing and traveling abroad

Twitter @ Travel.gov

Twitter for Embassy Santiago

Facebook for Embassy Santiago

1-888-407-4747 -- State Department Travel Information – in U.S. and Canada
1-202-501-4444 – State Department Travel Information – outside U.S. and Canada

The U.S. Embassy in Chile is located at Avenida Andres Bello 2800, Las Condes, Santiago, Chile. U.S. citizens may contact the Consular Section at the U.S. Embassy via e-mail at SantiagoAmcit@state.gov or by calling (56) (2) 330-3000 (available 24 hours per day).


You say frutilla, I say fresa- Chilean Spanish for food and spices

As my husband's family is from Spain I quickly learned Spanish to impress my mother-in-law.  But I soon discovered my Spanish Spanish (or Castellaño) does not always hold up well here in Chile. While in the grocery store I asked the clerk for fresas  or  strawberries. She looked at me oddly as though I was speaking a foreign language. I attempted once again asking more slowly and a bit louder "¿Dónde están las fresas?" (Where are the strawberries). And once again she looked at me as though I were speaking Chinese. Thankfully my braincells kicked in and I remembered that in Chile strawberries are not fresas; they are frutillas. Same with avocado, known in Spain as aguacate, but here in Chile it is palta.

Below are a collection of food names and their translations in English to Chilean Spanish. If you have others to add please do so in the comments or contact me:



avocado
palta
bacon
tocino
baking powder (single action)
polvos de hornear
baking soda
sodio de bicarbonato (also at pharmacies)
beet
betarraga
bran
salvado
celery
apio
chocolate, unsweetened
chocolate amargo
condensed milk
leche condensada
cornstarch
maicena
cream
crema
garlic cloves
dientes de ajo
jam/marmalade
mermelada
jelly
jalea
leeks
puerros
mushrooms
champiñones
olives
aceitunas
peaches, nectarines
duraznos
peanuts
manis
peanut butter
mantequilla de mani
squash
zapallo
sour cream
crema acido
raisins
pasas
self-rising flour
harina con polvos de hornear
shortening
manteca
strawberries
frutillas
sugar, granulated
azucar granulado
sugar, powdered
azucar flor
brown sugar
azúcar rubia
whipped cream
crema batida
whole wheat flour
harina integral
yeast
levadura

Spices in English/Spanish:


allspice
anise
pimienta malagueta...deJamaica...inglesa
anis
basil
albahaca
bay leaf
hoja de laurel
caper
alcaparras
caraway
alcaravaca
cardamon
cardamono
chili powder
chile en polvo
cinnamon
canela
clove
clavo de olor
coriander
cilantro
cream of tartar
crema de tartaro
cumin
comino
dill
eneldo
fennel
hinojo
garlic
ajo
ginger
jengibre
horseradish
rabano picante
msg
glutamato monosodico
marjoram
mejorana
mint
menta
mustard
mostaza
nutmeg
nuez moscada
oregano
oregano
paprika
pimenton
parsley
perejil
pepper, black
pimienta negra
pepper, white
pimienta blanca
rosemary
romero
saffron
azafran
sesame seed
ajonjoli
sage
salvia
savory
ajedrea
tarragon
estragon
thyme
tomillo
turmeric
curcuma