Flow at ice-divide triple junctions: 1. Three-dimensional full-Stokes modeling

first_imgIce domes are either axisymmetric, high points along ridges, or ridge triple junctions. We model time-dependent isothermal flow near triple junctions, solving the full set of mechanical equations with a nonlinear power law rheology. Forcing is applied through the boundary conditions, which affect flow patterns at outlets. Where such forcing is purely axisymmetric, an axisymmetric dome is formed. If a threefold symmetry in the forcing is applied, the axisymmetric dome breaks up into three ridges subtending angles of 120 degrees. Sets of experiments where the forcing was not exactly threefold symmetric by angle or by amplitude caused the triple junction to migrate to a new steady state. Here, in steady state, the ridges join the triple junction at nearly 120 degrees, but one ridge curves to satisfy the boundary forcing. The slope pattern in the immediate dome vicinity depends only on a dimensionless parameter, which is a function of the ice consistency, the accumulation, and the rheological power law index. Attempts to replicate the topography around Summit, Greenland, obtained a good fit with n = 3. At a triple junction the dome is really distinct from the surrounding ridges, contrary to the highest point of a single ridge divide. As a consequence, the Raymond effect is at its strongest at the dome and weakens considerably over one ice thickness as one moves away from the flow center. Along the ridges leaving the dome, the Raymond effect is still present and decreases with the ratio of the flow across and along the ridge. In the vicinity of the dome, horizontal strain rates vary strongly from uniaxial to biaxial. Large-scale effects, represented in our model as fluxes at boundaries, seem to be the primary controls on dome position and shape.last_img read more

Amelia Hamer removed as Oxford Student Editor

first_imgEarlier this month, OUSU responded to the claims made against the article by announcing that they would send the two Oxford Student Editors on a media law training course worth nearly £200 each. In an article for The Tab, Fenton said, “Such a response is at best meek and at worst insulting”. Caitlin Tickell, from OUSU’s WomCam, stated, “It is right that Amelia Hamer has been sacked for the horrendous article written last term, which peddled rape myth after rape myth, and may well have compromised the anonymity of the women mentioned.”She added, “There is no place in our university for that kind of victim blaming and it is incredibly important that we work towards making safe spaces for victims of sexual assault and this action is a step in the right direction. I hope that all student journalists will think about how they report on issues of sexual violence, and that measures are put in place to ensure nothing so offensive happens on our campus again.” However, in an e-mail to her editorial team, Hamer responded to the accusations and her dismissal by stating, “I’ve been called all manner of things over the past three months – “rape apologist”, “slut shamer”, “victim blamer”. I can assure you that I am none of these things. What I am is someone who cares about the truth.”When answering why The Oxford Student chose to publish the article, Hamer stated that it was “not because we were attempting to “shame” a supposed rape victim or support Ben Sullivan, but because the information was in the public interest. There is little point to a newspaper if not to reveal information that people have a right to know.”She continued, “The copy was far from perfect, but it was not illegal and did not break the PCC’s Editor’s Code of Conduct.” In response to Fenton’s petition, Hamer wrote, “People demanded an apology: we largely didn’t issue an apology because the OxStu legal advisors advised against it.” She described OSSL’s actions as “unjust,” and said that “the OxStu as a legitimate, independent publication is dead”.Cherwell has contacted OUSU President Louis Trup for comment. Amelia Hamer has been removed as Editor of The Oxford Student following the publication of an online article in June. The decision was taken by the board of OUSU’s Oxford Student Services Limited (OSSL), which publishes The Oxford Student newspaper. In a statement made on their website, OSSL said that the decision to drop Hamer as Editor has been taken as the board has “lost confidence in her because of her handling of an article published (briefly) on The Oxford Student website on 29 June 2014”. They also stated, “Hamer is entitled to appeal the decision to OUSU Council”. The OSSL Board is made up of the OUSU President, Louis Trup, the Vice Presidents and an OUSU staff member.The article, published under ‘The OxStu News Team’ byline and entitled ‘Oxford Union ‘rape victim knew her claim was false”, featured messages between ex-Oxford Union President Ben Sullivan, who was accused of rape earlier this year, and his alleged victim. The article was subsequently accused of victim-blaming and compromising the identity of the victim in question, and removed. However, an identical article, also co-written by Hamer, remains published on The Telegraph website.Thames Valley Police and the Crown Prosecution Service decided against pursuing charges against Ben Sullivan in June; a week before Hamer’s article was published.In an online petition that currently has 316 signatures, Siobhan Fention, former Editor of The Oxford Tab, called for The Oxford Student to “issue a full apology acknowledging that the victim blaming in your article was wrong and irresponsible. Amelia Hamer, writer of the article and editor of the OxStu, must resign.” In light of Hamer’s dismissal, Fenton said, “I am relieved by the OSSL board’s decision to now remove Amelia Hamer as editor of the OxStu. I hope that the university strives to support its students, to engage in progressive discussions about rape myths and to send the message that no victim is ever responsible for their attack.”last_img read more

Oxford SU “angered and dismayed” by vice-chancellor homophobia comments

first_img“This is hardly the conduct one would expect in an individual, tasked with ensuring that all members of this University are able to thrive. These attitudes are a failure to recognise the very real impact of homophobic views on both academic success and personal well being, and we hope that she, and others, will consider the issue with more nuance in future.”The vice-chancellor’s comments have sparked considerable debate online, with many students and JCRs expressing outrage.In an open letter to the vice-chancellor, Wadham SU said her comments could “legitimise and normalise homophobia from academics and staff.”It added: “We believe such a comment sends a bad message to LGBTQ+ students, and all students who have faced harassment and discrimination.“Moreover, the comments made will discourage students from approaching their senior tutor in college when faced with discrimination from tutors, something that we already struggle to encourage students to do.“Of course we want to encourage free speech and open discussion but to put the burden of challenging homophobic viewpoints on LGBTQ+ students is unfair and dangerous to the mental well being of those students.”Hertford College JCR, in an open letter to Vice-Chancellor Richardson, said her comments were “of considerable concern to us, as we are of the view that homophobia has no place in Oxford or indeed our wider society.“Although we do agree with the right to free speech, and acknowledge and celebrate the diversity of views expressed by those at the University, we want to make it clear that we feel there is a point at which ‘uncomfortable’ comments become hateful language. Louise Richardson, the Oxford vice-chancellor, has come under fire from Oxford Students Union (SU) for comments regarding homophobia at the University.Richardson, who also attacked “tawdry politicians” for the handling of the dispute around her pay level, suggested that students cannot be offended on University campuses.Speaking at the Times Higher Education summit, Richardson said: “I’ve had many conversations with students who say they don’t feel comfortable because their professor has expressed views against homosexuality. They don’t feel comfortable being in class with someone with those views.“And I say, ‘I’m sorry, but my job isn’t to make you feel comfortable. Education is not about being comfortable. I’m interested in making you uncomfortable’.“If you don’t like his views, you challenge them, engage with them, and figure how a smart person can have views like that.“Work out how you can persuade him to change his mind. It is difficult, but it is absolutely what we have to do.”The Oxford SU LGBTQ+ Campaign has today criticised her comments saying that they were “angered and dismayed” by the remarks.Mentioning the high levels of discrimination that LGBTQ+ individuals can suffer at university, and within the country, they accused the vice-chancellor of “furthering an environment which makes LGBTQ+ people feel more unwelcome in Oxford.”They added that while they “recognise that individuals are entitled to personal views and opinions, we see no way in which these are relevant to an academic context, and believe that the expression of such views has detrimental effects which go far beyond making students feel ‘uncomfortable’. “We must therefore wholeheartedly reject any notion that views against homosexuality have acceptable grounds within academic conversation.”Oxford SU took a similar approach, offering advice to those who had been impacted by the comments.If you have been affected by comments today, please get in touch with an officer, @OUSU_LGBTQ_Cam or peer support: https://t.co/rmUVhAiO6B— Oxford SU (@OxfordStudents) September 4, 2017Student Union President, Kate Cole, was more explicit in her criticism of the statement.PS. It’s 2017. Homophobia is always, has always been and will always be wrong. Stop defending hate and start fighting against injustice.— Nikita Ma (@OxfordSU_Pres) September 4, 2017Richardson also drew criticism from those outside of Oxford with Dawn Foster, a Guardian columnist, and Charlotte L. Riley, a historian at the University of Southampton, both attacking the comments.Oxford VCs comments, as w/ similar comments on hate, rely on assumption hate can be ‘beaten by argument’ & so is valid intellectual position— Dawn Foster (@DawnHFoster) September 4, 2017I am SO angry about this. We all know academia can be a nasty, bigoted little world sometimes. But we’re supposed to be trying to change it.— Dr Charlotte Lydia Riley (@lottelydia) September 4, 2017An open letter addressed to the vice chancellor has been launched.last_img read more

The String Cheese Incident Releases Pro-Shot Video Of Red Rocks “The Big Reveal” [Watch]

first_imgIn July, The String Cheese Incident dazzled Red Rocks Amphitheater with a three-night run. The quintessential Red Rocks hometown throwdown concluded a seven-night Colorado run. The Barefoot Boys got things started off with two-nights at Telluride’s The Ride Festival before moving to two-midweek shows at the newly renovated and re-opened Dillon Amphitheater, in Dillion, Colorado, finally concluding with three creative masterpieces at Red Rocks.Earlier this summer, The String Cheese Incident released a new single, “The Big Reveal”, from their experimental Sound Lab. “The Big Reveal” is led by the band’s keyboardist Kyle Hollingsworth and was penned by Hollingsworth and bassist Keith Moseley. He shared these insights on the song with us in June:This was inspired by my early experiences at Grateful Dead shows. Keith and I co-wrote the lyrics together. It speaks of being young and finding how music can transform and expand your consciousness, allowing you to find your place in a bigger community. For me, some of those early Dead shows were my ‘ah ha’ moment. And to some degree lead me to become a musician. Musically, it’s based on a funky jam that we had improvised at Merriweather Post Pavilion in 2016 called ‘Crab Chips Jam.’ It’s fun to occasionally dive back into the SCI archives and find some unique gems to build songs around!“The Big Reveal” got some special treatment this past July at Red Rocks, appearing at the beginning of Saturday night’s second set, following “The Other Side” with special guest Ruby Chase, which served as the second set’s opener. Today, The String Cheese Incident has shared pro-shot video of “The Big Reveal” for everyone to relive from the comfort of their home. Check it out below:String Cheese Incident – “The Big Reveal – 7/21/2018 [Pro-Shot][Video: String Cheese Incident]Setlist: The String Cheese Incident | Red Rocks | Morrison, CO | 7/21/18Set One: Miss Brown’s Teahouse, Betray The Dark, Birdland > Fearless > Freight Train Boogie > Wheel Hoss > Birdland, Big Shoes, RosieSet Two: The Other Side [1], The Big Reveal, Joyful Sound > Rumble, Love Is Like A Train > Nothing But Flowers, Desert Dawn > Impressions > Desert DawnEncore: Kashmir [2]Notes: 1 with Ruby Chase, 2 with Ruby Chase and The Main SqueezeFor an upcoming list of the String Cheese Incident’s tour dates and ticketing information, head to their website.last_img read more

Fresh approaches in teaching

first_imgAs she maneuvered a small dish under a microscope, Anna Lea Albright watched a computer screen, carefully scanning the image until she found what she’d been looking for: a tiny, nearly transparent bulb branching from the filamentlike green strands of a plant sample.Called a bladder, the bulb was actually the “mouth” of utricularia, one of dozens of species of carnivorous plants described by famed naturalist Charles Darwin.As William “Ned” Friedman, director of the Arnold Arboretum and Arnold Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology, watched over her shoulder, Albright carefully focused on a single bladder, and used a digital camera to capture the image.“This is great. This is the bladder here, and these,” Friedman said, pointing toward several nearly transparent hairs sprouting from its edge, “these are the hairs that trigger it. That’s a carnivorous plant. Isn’t that beautiful?”“That’s amazing,” Alright said.For students in Friedman’s freshman seminar, “Getting to Know Charles Darwin,” the up-close-and-personal view of the plants was one of many varied classroom experiences designed to give students a hands-on sense of how Darwin developed his theories of natural selection and evolution. Along with reading excerpts of his published works and private correspondence, students make numerous field trips — to the Arboretum, the Museum of Comparative Zoology, and to a local pigeon fancier — where they see those concepts in action and recreate many of the naturalist’s observations.Incorporating hands-on, experiential learning with rigorous classroom study, it’s the sort of innovative approach that Harvard has striven to support in recent years, the sort that will play a central role in The Harvard Campaign for Arts and Sciences.Though Friedman could easily teach the class from a lecture hall in Cambridge, he said that traveling to the Arboretum and looking at the same sorts of organisms that Darwin studied serves to enhance the educational value in a way few other things can.“This is experiential, it’s the real thing,” he said. “For the students, it’s as though they’re there with [Darwin]. It’s completely unfiltered. They’re not reading a biography. We’re giving them the same items Darwin looked at, and then we’re reading his letters. It gives them a very direct connection with this material.“Having this teaching lab here in our greenhouse opened the door for these kinds of educational experiences,” Friedman added. “When we put this together with one of Harvard’s most prestigious and unique collections, it gives students a unique set of opportunities.”Other faculty members in disciplines from human evolutionary biology to entomology have brought classes to the Arboretum to use the collections and the classroom space.“From my perspective, it’s wonderful to have this FAS [Faculty of Arts and Sciences] lab here,” Friedman said. “It’s an ideal synergy between the students on campus and a part of Harvard that wasn’t as tightly integrated with teaching and education as it could or should be.”That educational opportunities like those at the Arboretum exist, Friedman said, is a credit to FAS Dean Michael D. Smith and FAS Dean of Science Jeremy Bloxham. Both have been vocal supporters of innovative teaching approaches in the classroom, and supported construction of the teaching lab at the Arboretum as a unique pedagogical space.“Originally, there hadn’t been a plan to have any undergraduate teaching here,” Friedman said of the Arboretum. “But one of the things I’m very interested in is integrating these 281 acres into the Cambridge campus. So I was able to work with Dean Smith and Dean Bloxham, and together they created a set of funds to build these unique learning labs. Everyone involved embraced the vision we had, of adding something special to Harvard undergraduate education.”Friedman’s class is an example of the unique learning opportunities that make a Harvard education special, and Smith said Harvard’s dedication to pedagogical innovation should not end at the Harvard Yard gates.“Teaching and learning are central to our mission, but this is also a particularly important time for Harvard’s voice to be heard on this subject,” Smith said. “There are a number of questions being raised about higher education’s place in the world today, and I absolutely think Harvard should be a leader in answering them.”Historically, Smith said, Harvard has been a laboratory for innovative thinking about education. For instance, the 1945 publication of “General Education in a Free Society” (also known as the “Red Book”) influenced high school and college curricula around the world for generations of students.That same spirit of creativity continues through the work of faculty members such as Jill Lepore, the David Woods Kemper ’41 Professor of American History, who often takes small groups of students on walks, or Associate Professor of Anthropology Matthew Liebmann, who gives students an idea of the challenges faced by early humans by giving them hands-on experience using ancient hunting weapons, or Jennifer Roberts, the Elizabeth Cary Agassiz Professor of the Humanities, who encourages her students to engage deeply with art objects by assigning a project that involves sitting in front of a single painting for three hours.To help other faculty members develop new approaches, Smith in recent years has strengthened the Bok Center for Teaching and Learning, which acts as a clearinghouse for the latest research into the science behind learning, as well as being a center to help train Harvard faculty and graduate students and hone their teaching skills.“You can think of it as a sandbox for innovation in teaching and learning,” said Robert A. Lue, the Richard L. Menschel Faculty Director of the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning and a professor of the practice of molecular and cellular biology. “Ultimately, it’s a place where faculty — junior and senior — as well as graduate students can come and develop new ideas that build on the foundation of what has been validated by research. We want to be a convening center that can create opportunities for faculty to dream big and push the envelope, but we also want to create an opportunity for them to assess whether they have met their goals.”“This is a rare moment, where our understanding of brain science and of how technology and the Internet are transforming classrooms have come together to give us a deeper understanding of how our students learn, and the most effective ways to teach them,” Smith said. “Our faculty have seized that opportunity, and are poised to revolutionize the way we think about higher education in the future.”As part of the Campaign for Arts and Sciences, which launched on Saturday, the FAS aims to raise $150 million to support Harvard’s efforts to continue leading in learning.  Harvard’s teaching strategy has three main components: direct investments in faculty activities, programs that support faculty innovation and share best practices, and infrastructure to help faculty teach in new ways.Funds raised through the campaign will augment the activities and research of the Bok Center, HarvardX, and the School of Engineering and Applied Sciences Learning Incubator.  Additionally, the campaign will provide support for the FAS community’s teaching and learning enterprise, including the development of courses and innovative teaching techniques, interdisciplinary collaboration, undergraduate research programs, classroom infrastructure, laboratories, and modern technology.For students like those in Friedman’s course, Harvard’s dedication to innovation in the classroom means one thing: better, more enjoyable classes.“This class is great in the sense that you feel like you’re placed in Darwin’s shoes,” said Ioana Dobre. “He was looking at these plants through microscopes, and now here we are looking at the same things and trying to make the same sort of observations. It feels like we’re taken back to the time period when Darwin was doing this, so we can feel how he would have felt.”“It’s really cool,” Albright added. “Last week we were here at the Arboretum studying twining plants like hops, and we were able to see how they grow in their environment, and rub them together in our hands and smell them. So we were actually using all our senses in a way.“This gives me a greater respect for Darwin, because in his book he said he measured these bladders to within 28 1/1,000ths of an inch. But when you’re reading that it doesn’t resonate with you in the same way it does when you’re observing it yourself. This is just really, really fun, and Professor Friedman is awesome. He has so much enthusiasm, you always leave his class happy.”last_img read more

Support that matters

first_imgFew students have traveled farther than Justus Uwayesu ’18 to reach a Harvard classroom.A native of Rwanda, Uwayesu lost both parents in the 1994 genocide, and at age 7 walked from his home village to the capital of Kigali, where he found himself living in a garbage dump. When a humanitarian visited and asked what she could do to help, Uwayesu told her he wanted to go to school.The educational journey he began that day will come to an end next year, when he receives his diploma from Harvard College.“When I was done with high school in Rwanda and deciding where to go to college, I chose Harvard,” said Uwayesu, a recipient of the Betsy and Alan Cohn Scholarship Fund. “I chose Harvard for its reputation for producing leaders dedicated to their country’s futures, but, frankly speaking, it was also one of the few colleges I could afford to attend.“In this very hall, I had the opportunity to meet and interact with freshmen from all over the world,” he added. “Even as a child, I knew that education was the way out of poverty … so I’m deeply grateful to be part of the Harvard community. I started my journey at Harvard with the expectation that my academic experience would equip me with the tools I need to make a positive change in my community back home, and I believe it has.”Uwayesu told his story during the Celebration of Scholarships dinner, which brought together students who benefit from financial aid and donors who support the program.“I chose Harvard for its reputation for producing leaders dedicated to their country’s futures,” said Justus Uwayesu, “but, frankly speaking, it was also one of the few colleges I could afford to attend.” Photo by Will HalseyHeld in Annenberg Hall, the 11th annual dinner was co-hosted by Financial Aid Campaign Committee co-chairs Tim Barakett ’87, M.B.A. ’93, and Michele Barakett, Lloyd C. Blankfein ’75, J.D. ’78, and Laura Blankfein P ’16, ’10, ’08; Ken Griffin ’89; and Jerry Jordan ’61, M.B.A. ’67, and Darlene Jordan. It featured comments from Edgerley Family Dean of the Faculty of Arts and Sciences Michael D. Smith and Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid William R. Fitzsimmons, both of whom extolled the financial aid program as being among Harvard’s most important.“What you do truly matters,” Smith told the donors and students. “We do an amazing number of things across the Faculty of Arts and Sciences, things that open my eyes, that excite and amaze me … but what you have done for the students here tonight and the students to come is truly exceptional. Thank you for your commitment to sustaining Harvard’s financial aid program, and thank you for everything you do for every one of our students across Harvard College who benefit from your generosity.”Among the donors who spoke was co-host Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs, and a financial aid recipient as an undergrad.“I started my experience with financial aid with a great sense of gratitude for having received aid,” he said. “And I know students today still feel that way, because just a few hours ago, I met with recipients [of Blankfein family scholarships] and they expressed their appreciation.“But what they don’t know is what I get out of it,” he added. “If I started out by feeling grateful that I was receiving aid, today I feel grateful that I give it, because I get to feel connected to these amazing students.”For the students who receive it, the impact of financial aid is incalculable.Harvard was always at the top of the list for Fitchburg resident Michael Richard ’17, a recipient of a Gerald Jordan Family Scholarship, but it initially seemed as though attending wasn’t in the financial cards.As the child of a single parent who’d been forced to retire from her job as a nurse following an injury, coming to Harvard wouldn’t have been possible without aid.“My mother said, ‘You can go to a small state school,’” he said. “I decided to apply to a lot of schools that had good financial aid programs … and Harvard was one of the last that I heard from. Not only did I get in, but when we saw the financial aid, we were floored. It was unbelievable. It felt like I’d just won the lottery.”It was an experience shared by junior Christina Zeina ’18.Though she’d visited the Boston area with her sister, who attended Boston College, the notion of attending Harvard herself was a “pipe dream,” said Zeina, who receives aid through the John Francis O’Brien Scholarship Fund.“I remember telling my dad, when I applied early, ‘Are you sure there’s no deadline for community college enrollment? Because this is definitely going to be a rejection,’” she said. “But when I read the email, I burst into tears. I called my sister and she said, ‘It’s OK, rejection is part of life,’ and I had to tell her I was crying happy tears.“When I saw the financial aid amount, it was a game-changer,” she continued. “I don’t think I would have gone here if it wasn’t for financial aid, and now I’ll likely graduate debt-free. I can’t thank Harvard enough for that. I would not be the person I am today if it weren’t for the financial aid program.”Following her graduation next year, Zeina hopes to attend medical school, a path that might not have been open to her were it not for financial aid.“I know some people don’t pursue what they wanted to because they have so much college debt,” she said. “Financial aid makes it possible for you to explore, find your passion, and follow it on your career path.”That same freedom also allowed Richard to pursue a degree in economics and find his passion in public service.“Harvard’s financial aid gives you more freedom than you realize,” he said. “If you graduate with loans and debt, that’s going to influence the choices you make after graduation. The amount of freedom Harvard provides, that was very special from the beginning.”last_img read more

Ricketts, Ruelas discuss plans for upcoming term

first_imgBryan Ricketts and Nidia Ruelas, who take office as president and vice president today, intend to leave their own unique mark on Notre Dame.Ricketts and Ruelas have waited nearly two months to assume their positions – the pair was elected Feb. 5 on a ticket that focused on student identity and well-being.The president and vice president hope to address campus sexual assault through programs that will especially emphasize the education of the freshman class, Ruelas said.The pair will also create an ad hoc department that addresses mental health at Notre Dame, Ricketts said. This new resource, combined with a confrontation of the climate that surrounds students struggling with mental illnesses on campus, aspires to increase the ease with which these students can pursue help.“We have to say, ok students with mental illness … are we in a climate where they feel comfortable seeking treatment and talking openly about it?” Ricketts said. “And students, when they recognize someone [struggling with mental illness], are they ready to respond? We don’t think we’re there yet. And that’s going to be our goal to make that a reality.”Ricketts said the team also plans to create an online forum which they hope will allow greater communication between students and campus administrators.“[The forum will] create a way to bridge the gap between students and administrators, so people know what’s going on and can appreciate the work that administrators are doing for the students, and students have a way to say, ‘These are our concerns,’ and know that they’re being heard,” Ricketts said.Ruelas said she and her partner are especially looking forward to talking to the students themselves. The team’s office is open “for whoever, whenever, all the time,” she said.“I think the question [of what will be most exciting] is always so overwhelming, because there are so many things to get excited about,” Ruelas said. “I’m really excited about Senate and chairing Senate – that’s one of my bigger responsibilities. And I’m really excited to get to meet all the representatives from the dorms. But in addition to that, just all the day-to-day things, like interacting with people — that’s really my passion, I think, and why I ran for this position.”Although the pair’s distinct vision for the next year in office separates them from outgoing student body president Lauren Vidal and vice president Matt Devine, Ricketts and Ruelas hope their term will have a similarly positive effect on campus, Ruelas said.“I feel that we have a very distinct vision, that’s the one we articulated throughout our campaign, and we firmly stand by that,” she said. “We want to carry that out through the entirety of our term. And in terms of meeting with Matt and Lauren, they’ve been great resources; they’re wonderful leaders. And we just hope that we can fill their shoes and hopefully come with new initiatives to student government and also have the same effect that they had.”Tags: Student government electionslast_img read more

Peabody Bankruptcy Filings Show Company Funded Dozens of Climate-Change Deniers

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Suzanne Goldenberg and Helena Bengtsson for The Guadrian:The company’s filings reveal funding for a range of organisations which have fought Barack Obama’s plans to cut greenhouse gas emissions, and denied the very existence of climate change.“These groups collectively are the heart and soul of climate denial,” said Kert Davies, founder of the Climate Investigation Center, who has spent 20 years tracking funding for climate denial. “It’s the broadest list I have seen of one company funding so many nodes in the denial machine.”Among Peabody’s beneficiaries, the Center for the Study of Carbon Dioxide and Global Change has insisted – wrongly – that carbon emissions are not a threat but “the elixir of life” while the American Legislative Exchange Council is trying to overturn Environmental Protection Agency rules cutting emissions from power plants. Meanwhile, Americans for Prosperity campaigns against carbon pricing. The Oklahoma chapter was on the list.Contrarian scientists such as Richard Lindzen and Willie Soon also feature on the bankruptcy list.So does the Washington lobbyist and industry strategist Richard Berman, whose firm has launched a welter of front groups attacking the EPA rules.The filings do not list amounts or dates. But the documents suggest Peabody supported dozens of groups engaged in blocking environmental regulations in addition to a number of contrarian scientists who together have obstructed US and global action on climate change.The support squares up with Peabody’s public position on climate change. The company went further than the fossil fuel companies and conservative groups that merely promoted doubt about the risks of climate change, asserting that rising carbon emissions were beneficial.Just last year, Peabody wrote to the White House Council on Environmental Quality describing carbon dioxide as “a benign gas that is essential for all life” and denying the dangers of global warming.Full article: Biggest US coal company funded dozens of groups questioning climate change Peabody Bankruptcy Filings Show Company Funded Dozens of Climate-Change Denierslast_img read more

New Ecuadorean Ambassador Will Promote Programs for Displaced Colombians

first_imgBy Dialogo January 04, 2011 Ecuador’s new ambassador in Bogotá, Raúl Vallejo, will promote programs in favor of the thousands of displaced Colombians in his country, the diplomat said in remarks made public by the government news agency Andes. “For us, what’s most important is the issue of the displaced people,” declared Vallejo, who is taking up his post following the complete reestablishment of bilateral ties, which were broken off by Quito for twenty-one months due to the Colombian military attack on the FARC in Ecuador on 1 March 2008. He added that “we’re going to give continuity to integration projects, such as the expansion of the Rumichaca (border) bridge, geothermal projects, and watershed projects, in addition to public health issues in the border area” for the displaced Colombians. The Ecuadorean authorities estimate that around 500,000 Colombians live in Ecuador, the great majority of them in irregular situations, and is demanding reciprocity from Bogotá to improve services for these displaced people. As of November 2010, Ecuador had granted refugee status to 54,000 people, 53,000 of them Colombians, according to the director of refugee affairs at the Ecuadorean foreign ministry, Alfonso Morales.last_img read more

Bell joins the Supreme Court

first_img Bell joins the Supreme Court March 1, 2003 Managing Editor Regular News Bell joins the Supreme Courtcenter_img Mark D. Killian Managing EditorA man of character, a man of integrity, a man of the law, and a man of faith whose “moral compass points true north.”That’s how friends and colleagues described Justice Kenneth B. Bell at the February 14 swearing-in ceremony at the Supreme Court in Tallahassee – a spirited occasion where revelers from Florida’s “Great Northwest” celebrated the investiture of the first Supreme Court justice appointment from west of Tallahassee in 100 years.The largely Panhandle crowd also was entertained by the Pensacola Children’s Chorus’ medley of patriotic songs and hymns. At times, the swearing-in ceremony took on the spiritual reverence of a church service.“I truly believe that Ken felt a calling for this job,” said First Circuit Chief Judge-elect Kim Skievaski.“Perhaps our remarks about Justice Bell’s faith and having a calling are a bit chancy, because it may be disconcerting to some to connect faith and God with government service, especially when the order of the day is separation of church and state. But I, for one, know what the separation of church and state means and, more importantly, Justice Bell knows what it means.”While Bell will be missed terribly in the First Circuit, Skievaski said, he is thankful for Justice Bell’s appointment “because he will never forget his obligation to work to assure civil and legal rights of all.”Remembering Bell as “just one of the guys” at law school, Skievaski said he will do a “superior job” as a justice, and knows Bell applied for the Supreme Court for unselfish reasons and not for the sake of ambition.“I just pledge before you that with God’s help I will support, protect, and defend the constitution and the government of this nation and this great state, and that I will fully devote myself to the duties of this office,” said Bell, 46, a Pensacola trial judge for the past 12 years who has handled more than 27,500 cases.“My bold vision is a Supreme Court that promotes an unassailable public confidence in the exercise of this judicial power. I commit to you that I will give my all to my oath to the dignity and to the people of the great state of Florida.”Gov. Jeb Bush said it was important to have a trial judge on the high court and said Bell brings to the job a proven commitment to principled, centered judicial philosophy and an extensive record of community involvement.“He also has worked extensively on juvenile delinquency issues, school violence prevention, and the establishment of drug rehabilitation programs in his circuit,” Bush said, adding that all three branches of government need to work to “make sure the lives of children are front and center in our lives.”Bell said he was honored to replace retired Justice Leander Shaw on the bench, calling him one of the “great pioneering jurists in this state.”Commenting on the Bible presented him by Florida Bar President Tod Aronovitz, Justice Bell said: “The Bible presents God as perfectly just, as one who hates partiality, and abhors bribes — who disdains uneven scales and demands the same justice for everyone, whether rich or poor, or strong or weak, popular or unpopular, friend or stranger.“The one great truth that echoes throughout history time and again is that liberty is God’s gift to everyone,” Justice Bell said. “It is our natural right. It was voiced by Lincoln at the time of this nation’s greatest peril when he called for a new birth of freedom under God. It is a thought that Jefferson penned with the elegant words of this nation’s creed – the Declaration of Independence. There it is said that our right to exist as a nation independent of ancient tyranny rests in the end with the laws of nature and of a just God. I consider the gift of knowing this God to be the greatest gift of all.”Bar President Aronovitz remarked that all Bell’s friends and colleagues he spoke to in preparation for the investiture spoke highly of his character and commitment to his community.“Two hundred years separate the constitutional framers’ understanding of judicial independence from ours,” said Aronovitz, who then read a definition of judicial independence from the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University: “Judicial independence is the freedom we give judges to act as principled decision-makers. The independence is intended to allow judges to consider the facts and the law of each case with an open mind and unbiased judgment. When truly independent, judges are not influenced by personal interests or relationships, the identity or status of the parties to a case, or external economic or political pressures.”During the ceremony, Bell presented gifts to his fellow justices representative of his community’s beach culture, including a beach bag and towels, t-shirts, and bottled water. He also presented each justice with an autographed picture of the Navy’s Blue Angels flight team, noting Pensacola is the birthplace of naval aviation. Margaret Stopp, president of the Escambia-Santa Rosa Bar Association, also presented the new justice with a garnet and gold robe, emblazoned with the Florida State University seal in honor of Bell being the first FSU law graduate to take a seat on the Supreme Court.Fighting back tears of joy, Sherman Robinson, Bell’s high school football coach, said: “This is one of my boys, one of my football players. God has chosen him specially for this moment.”Of his former hard-hitting linebacker, Coach Robinson said, “In high school, he portrayed extremely high qualities both in the classroom and on the football field. As kind as he was off the field, he was just as mean and tough on the field.. . . But as tough as he was, there was never any time any accusations were made that he took cheap shots.”Friend Edward P. Fleming called Bell’s appointment a victory for the state and asked Bell to always remember why the governor appointed him: because of his good academic and work experience; because of his demonstrated character and because his “moral compass points true north.”“You have a sacred duty to ensure that the will of the majority, as may be expressed through the legislature or even through the executive branch, does not trample on God-given rights that do not depend on majority votes and cannot be infringed, thereby,” Fleming said.Fleming also asked Bell to resist the “subtle temptation” to sometimes do what he thinks is the right thing, but for the wrong reasons, “and to trespass on territory granted exclusively to the executive and legislative branches of government.”Catina Wilson, a juvenile prosecutor, who has appeared before Bell many times, said the new justice brings “an air of peace and holiness each time he ascended to the bench. Not his holiness, but the holiness of the law and the peace that comes with allowing the law to become the strength and the champion together.”In juvenile court, Wilson said, judges, prosecutors, and defense attorneys are often tempted to look away from the law and “to fudge a little” to meet the needs of a child’s heart or to help a family in crisis – but not Bell.“If you want to anticipate how Judge Bell will rule — know the law,” Wilson said, adding that Bell also has long championed restorative justice.“He is the most faithful judge I have ever worked with in getting restitution for victims.“We citizens of Florida can expect that Justice Kenneth B. Bell’s addition to our beloved Florida Supreme Court will help secure the blessings of liberty envisioned by our forefathers and provided by Almighty God,” Wilson said.Chief Justice Harry Lee Anstead said the character of the court is determined by the character of its members “and Justice Bell, with the wonderful tribute that has been paid to your character by those who know you best in life, bodes well for the character of this court.”last_img read more