first_imgIn 1994, Richard Lazarus was named to the Environmental Protection Agency’s newly created federal advisory committee on environmental justice. Among its responsibilities: helping implement President Bill Clinton’s executive order on environmental justice. But the task force’s first act, recalled the Howard and Katherine Aibel Professor of Law, amounted to a coup.Then-EPA chief Carol Browner????s decision to have the head of a state agency lead the group was “a major misstep” said Lazarus, and the committee promptly rejected her choice. “You don’t put the head of a state agency in charge of anything to do with environmental justice.”The rebuff highlighted a glaring disconnect within the environmental justice movement at the time, Lazarus said. “The whole problem was that mainstream environmental groups and agencies had not been paying attention to the needs and distinct interests, from the environmental protection perspective, of low-income communities and communities of color in the United States.”When the student-led Harvard Environmental Law Society (HELS) hosts the 26th annual National Association of Environmental Law Societies Conference Friday and Saturday at HLS, decision-makers representing a range of sectors in the environmental justice movement will be part of the discussion. In recognition of the 20th anniversary of Clinton’s executive order, the two-day event will explore the current environmental justice landscape, as well as strategies to uphold environmental law as a national priority.“Unlike the EPA back in the 1990s, the students got it,” said Lazarus who praised the conference planners for bringing together community organizers with “people who have been major players and inspirational leaders in this area from all walks.”“This is not just something where there are going to be a bunch of national leaders who run the show. It is all about community empowerment.”In preparing to bid for the national conference, a team of students led by HELS co-presidents Genevieve Parshalle ’15 and Cecilia Segal ’15 considered a framework built around a hot-button issue such as climate change or hydraulic fracking. They opted instead for a subject they think has received less attention, but could “gain traction” with other students.“Environmental justice is more interdisciplinary and touches on things like social justice, civil rights,” said Segal. “A lot of people are passionate about those topics and we realized we would get a much broader appeal with a topic like this; this is actually more about humans affected on a daily basis.”Among the roughly 200 attendees will be social scientists, lawyers, community organizers, representatives from state and federal agencies, grass-roots activists, and students.“I am thrilled to be attending Harvard Law School’s Environmental Justice Conference,” said Curt Spalding, regional administrator for EPA New England. “Environmental justice is such an important topic, one that is in fact critical to EPA’s mission.”The first day of the conference will explore the roots of the environmental justice movement and include a talk by Texas Southern University’s Robert Bullard, whom many consider the father of the environmental justice movement. Lisa Jackson, former EPA head and now vice president of environmental initiatives at Apple, will also speak.On Saturday, the discussion will turn to specific issues of food justice, urban environmental justice, and access to clean energy. The event will conclude with a series of informal discussion sessions with Spalding and representatives from other federal agencies. Organizers plan to blog about the conference for the EPA’s website.“I think it is just an amazing opportunity to see what happens when you get all these people together with the express purpose of thinking about what’s worked, what hasn’t worked, and how can we move forward on this topic,” said Parshalle. “It will be really exciting to see what suggestions come out of it, and to see if we can really help move the conversation forward.”Harvard is emerging as a national presence in environmental law, said Lazarus. In 2005, the School hired Jody Freeman, a leading scholar in administrative and environmental law, to launch its environmental law program. Today the program includes a clinic and the Environmental Policy Initiative, a resource for federal and state officials.“It would have been unimaginable anytime before now since 1970 to have Harvard host this meeting,” said Lazarus. “But the fact we are really is a statement about where the program has come.”Both the Law School’s commitment to the issue and the students involved in the environmental program were critical in securing the conference, he added.“The students are extraordinary. They put in the bid. They came up with the environmental justice theme. They did it. … It’s a wonderfully, sensitively constructed program.”Asked about the status of environmental justice 20 years after Clinton’s order, Lazarus said, “In the mid-’90s there was a tremendous sense that we were going to see a sea change in the ways that environmental laws were administered and enforced. I think that those very optimistic sentiments have been realized, but only in part.”To learn more about the conference, visit the NAELS 2014 website.last_img read more

first_imgThe clearing of the streets complies with the Department of theInterior and Local Government Memorandum Circular 2019-121 issued by Interior secretaryEduardo Año. BACOLOD City – Sidewalk vendorsin the downtown area affected by road clearing operations will receivefinancial assistance of P5,000 each from the city government. “It is still our desire to help them to the maximum extent possible. Weare prepared to assist them on a short, medium and long-term basis,” he added. Vendors at Libertad South Market who occupied the Amelia-MercedesStreets for many years returned to their spaces in the Libertad Market Annex. Mayor Evelio Leonardia said on Thursday the vendors have been relocatedfrom the downtown area to the Vendors Plaza and the city hopes to provideassistance as they transition to another place of business.   Initially, around 400 vendors were moved from the downtown area to themarket at the reclamation area, but Leonardia said he has asked for an officiallist to determine who can receive the financial assistance.      CLEARING OF CANALS. Men from the Department of Public Services, City Legal Office-Enforcement Team, and City Disaster Risk Reduction and Management Office conduct the de-clogging of canals and drainage systems at the Vendors Plaza in Bacolod City on Wednesday (September 12, 2019). Hundreds of vendors affected by the road clearing in the downtown area are being moved to the market facility in the reclamation area. Bacolod City PIO Last month, nearly 170 vendors occupying Burgos and Daniel RamosStreets have been removed and transferred inside the Burgos North Public Marketwhile 95 fish vendors selling on Ballesteros Street in the downtown area were movedto the Central Market. Aside from this, City Administrator Juan Orola Jr. also coordinatedwith the Department of Labor and Employment to identify which of the agency’sprogram can be availed by affected sidewalk vendors. The city government will use fund from its Philippine CharitySweepstakes Office share, he added.  In his order dated July 29, Año gave mayors 60 days “to exercise theirpowers essential to reclaim public roads which are being used for private ends,and in the process rid them of illegal structures and constructions.”(With areport from PNA/PN)last_img read more

first_img24 April 2007Language is no longer a barrier to using a computer in South Africa, thanks to a non-profit organisation that has translated a range of computer software into the country’s 11 official languages – and created the first all-South African language keyboard.Translate.org.za, which focuses on the localisation of open source software, has released the popular word-processing, spreadsheet and presentation software OpenOffice.org, web browser Mozilla Firefox and e-mail programme Mozilla Thunderbird in all 11 official languages.“This is the first Africans-helping-Africans, no strings attached free software,” Translate.org.za founder Dwayne Bailey said in November after the organisation won the African ICT Achiever 2006 Award for bridging the digital divide in Africa.Overcoming the language barrier, Bailey said, meant that the more than 20% of South Africans who did not speak fluent English could now use a computer in their own language.“When you use a word processing application, it is not about the product but about the document you wish to create,” Bailey told the Daily Mail. “When you send e-mail you simply want to communicate.“It is much simpler to teach a computer to speak isiZulu than to teach someone to speak English.”The South African keyboardAccording to Bailey, Translate.org.za intervenes “whenever technology becomes a barrier to language”.For example – as the organisation’s own translators found – Venda, one of South Africa’s official languages of South Africa, cannot be accurately typed on a computer.Tshivenda has five additional characters which are not used by any other language. These characters use diacritic marks which, on a standard keyboard, can only be inserted in a tedious, roundabout way – but which change the meanings of words if they are left out.The same applies, to a lesser extent, to three other South African languages, namely Afrikaans, Sepedi and Setswana.Translate.org.za’s “South African keyboard” overcomes this problem. Released as open source software, it can be downloaded from the Translate.org.za website and installed on any number of keyboards without affecting their normal functioning.Impact on language prideThe shortcoming in standard keyboards was more than just a practical barrier, says Bailey; it also lowered Venda’s standing as one of the country’s official languages.“Our work has a parallel impact on language pride in that people now see their languages as modern and relevant.”Translate.org.za has also developed spell checkers for all official South African languages.“Although English is a universal language and is used largely to conduct business in South Africa, people still underestimate the power of indigenous languages,” Bailey told the Daily Mail.“By removing the language barrier the computer, and the information it provides access to, becomes accessible.”Translate.org.za is also a founding partner of the WordForge Foundation, an international organisation dedicated to helping “digitally endangered languages”, and has been working – along with other WordForge partners – on a translation management system that will enable others to start localisation projects in their own countries.SouthAfrica.info reporter Want to use this article in your publication or on your website?See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

first_imgAs a section of the Congress is against any move to support the Shiv Sena to form a government in Maharashtra if its help is sought, past instances show that though the two parties have never shared power, they have helped each other on several occasions. Sena was among the few political parties to support the Emergency declared by Indira Gandhi in 1975. The then party chief, the late Bal Thackeray, had said the move was in the interest of the country. Two years later, when the Emergency was called off, neither the Congress nor the Sena could win a majority in the Mumbai municipal polls, with the Janata Party winning more seats. Thackeray had then lent support to the late Murli Deora to become the mayor of Mumbai. To justify this decision, the Sena had said the Congress leader was married to a Marathi woman and was the son-in-law of the Marathi community. In 1980, the Congress again received the Sena’s help in the Assembly elections as a result of the personal bond between Thackeray and senior Congress leader Abdul Rehman Antulay, the then chief minister. Senior journalist and political commentator Abhay Deshpande said there have been many instances where both the Congress and Sena made moves benefiting each other. “They have never shared power. But there is a history of both helping each other out,” he said.The Sena rarely extended open support to the Congress after joining hands with the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in late 1980s and turning to hardcore Hindutva ideology. In 2007, however, it went against the BJP by supporting the United Progressive Alliance’s (UPA) candidate, Pratibha Patil, in the presidential election. The Sena had played the Marathi card then too, saying it couldn’t oppose a Maharashtrian. Five years later, the party again backed the UPA candidate, Pranab Mukherjee, for the President’s post. This time, Mr. Mukherjee’s personal visit to Matoshree, the Thackeray family residence, did the trick. Despite being political opponents all their lives, Thackeray had also sided with Nationalist Congress Party (NCP) chief Sharad Pawar, who was with the Congress before forming the NCP in 1999. The Sena founder had gone to the extent of saying that his party would support Mr. Pawar if he were to become prime minister.last_img read more

first_imgThe Indian government on Tuesday cleared the Pakistani team’s much-anticipated short tour of India for three One-day Internationals and two Twenty20 Internationals in December-January.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) president Muhammad Zaka Ashraf immediately welcomed the decision with warmth, and disclosed that over 300 VIPs, besides thousands of fans, could travel to India to watch the matches.An India-Pakistan bilateral series hasn’t taken place for almost five years, due to political tension following the Mumbai terror attacks in 2008. The last time the two countries played a Test match was in December 2007 in Chennai and an ODI a month before that.The tour was cleared at a meeting between a four-member delegation of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and a high-level team of the home ministry and the Intelligence Bureau here.”Present at the meeting were Union Home secretary RK Singh, joint secretary, director of the Intelligence Bureau, and other key officials,” a top source told Mail Today. “The cricket body was represented by BCCI chief administrative officer Ratnakar Shetty, Kashi Vishwanathan (secretary of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association) who was representing BCCI president N Srinivasan, IPL chairman Rajeev Shukla and IPL COO Sundar Raman.” Shukla, who holds dual responsibilities as a Union Minister of State for Parliamentary Affairs and Planning, is believed to have played a key role in the resumption of the series.The source said that the PCB would be informed about the official tour clearance most probably on Wednesday.Mail Today was the first to report, on May 19, that the resumption of the bilateral series was “imminent”, based on what Srinivasan had said at a marketing committee meeting.Ashraf said Pakistani fans are already excited about the series. “More than 300 VIPs, comprising politicians and non-resident Pakistanis, could visit India to watch the matches,” Ashraf told Mail Today from Pakistan.”I have got calls from Pakistanis living in United Arab Emirates, USA, Britain and some other countries, saying that they want to go to India for the matches. They’re mostly technical people, like engineers and doctors, besides top businessmen.”Ashraf said he had a good meeting with Srinivasan in Sri Lanka during the World T20 in September-October. “He told me that the BCCI would hold a press conference to announce the itinerary and also formally inform us about it. Once that’s done, the PCB executive will meet and welcome the clearance as a positive one,” he said.”The resumption of the series is a good step, in the right direction. Cricket relations between the two countries should flourish and fans should not be deprived of matches between the two great teams.”Srinivasan on Tuesday gave credit to the entire BCCI for the resumption of bilateral cricket. “The working committee earlier approved it. It’s a collective decision; it’s a feather in every body’s cap… everybody in BCCI. It’s good that the tour is starting. I think it’ll be very interesting and good for cricket,” Srinivasan told Mail Today.He struck a personal rapport with Ashraf after inviting him to watch the IPL final in May. The bond between them grew stronger when Ashraf visited Srinivasan in hospital after he was admitted following exhaustion during the final match. “I don’t take all these things personally. I think it’s a great success of the BCCI. Cricket fans in India love to see India-Pakistan cricket, and I’m very happy that it’s going to take place,” said Srinivasan. The BCCI chief said that the government would take good care of the Pakistani team’s security. “India is a secure country. I don’t think there are any issues in providing security. It’s not an issue,” he averred.Srinivasan said that the itinerary would be announced soon, though the dates and venues are now known. The T20 Internationals are expected to be played in Bangalore on Dec 25 and in Ahmedabad on December 27 while the ODIs are scheduled to be staged in Chennai on Dec 30, in Kolkata on Jan 3 and in Delhi on Jan 6.Asked if top Pakistani and Indian politicians would witness the matches, Srinivasan said he didn’t have any information at the moment.advertisementlast_img read more

You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news.2-1The semifinal game between England and Japan ended in heartbreak for Britons, with an own-goal in stoppage time ending the Lionesses’ run. [ESPN FC] 600 feetComet 67P, where the European Space Agency sent the Rosetta probe and harpooned a lander, is littered with massive sinkholes 600 feet deep. I’m pretty sure this renders the “drillers have to become astronauts to dig 800 feet into an asteroid” plot of “Armageddon” effectively moot. Finally, science standing up to a Michael Bay movie. [The Los Angeles Times]$45 millionThe campaign of Hillary Clinton raised about $45 million since its launch, which is a stack of dough the size of an incumbent president’s. At press time, Iowa local TV news station owners were presumably checking if a shiny new Doppler radar is eligible for Amazon Prime. [ABC News]$935 millionOne side effect of all those comic book movies we keep seeing is that comic book sales are bananas again. Last year they hit mid-1990s sales levels, after adjusting for inflation. About $835 million came from physical sales of comic books and graphic novels and another $100 million from digital sales. [Comichron]$1.9 billionPuerto Rico paid the $1.9 billion debt service payment it owed Wednesday, averting a deeper fiscal crisis in the U.S. territory that owes $73 billion total. [CNBC] 5.3 percent“Magic Mike XXL” is out in theaters, and you should see it both because Channing Tatum has abs that can probably open jars, and because “Magic Mike” was actually a pretty accurate look into a crucial sector of the American economy. The strip club industry derives 5.3 percent of its revenue from women. [FiveThirtyEight]44 yearsSonia Manzano has played Maria on Sesame Street for 44 years, but that tenure is coming to an end. She announced that she’s going to retire from the beloved children’s television program after this season. [The AV Club] 250 studentsSweet Briar University, a private all-women’s college in Virginia, was saved from closing after a dedicated alumni campaign. Still, the premature closing announcement meant that only 250 students will be returning to campus this fall, down from 561 students last year. [Bloomberg] Saturday is Independence Day in the U.S. and tomorrow is a company holiday, so we’re off and you’re without a newsletter. Have a good holiday weekend everybody, be cool around the fireworks and don’t do anything too stupid. See you on Monday. If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news. 54 yearsThe U.S. is going to have an embassy in Cuba again, and vice versa, after 54 years of no diplomatic ties. [USA Today]67 percent It’s the United States versus Japan in the final of the FIFA Women’s World Cup this Sunday. According to our model, the United States is favored to win the match and the tournament with a 67 percent chance of victory. Still, don’t get too cocky: Japan should still win this game one out of three times. If you want a primer on the team, definitely check out Allison McCann talking to current members of the squad from earlier in the tournament. [FiveThirtyEight] If you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me, @WaltHickey. read more

first_imgScotland national team have called up Jack Hendry to replace Michael Devlin.The Aberdeen defender pulled out of the latest squad for the matches against Albania and Israel due to injury.Hendry, who plays his club football for Scottish Premiership champions, Celtic, has been called up as a replacement by national team head coach Alex McLeish, according to Stv.Devlin has struggled with an injury he sustained during Aberdeen’s league win over Hibs on Friday night and had been rated as a doubt for Albania clash on Saturday evening.However, the decision was made to release him back to his club after further assessment of his injury.The injury is the latest blow to hit the Scottish national team, as they prepare for two matches that could offer a route into the playoffs of the next UEFA European Championships in 2020.Celtic goalkeeper, Craig Gordon along with Charlie Mulgrew, Stephen O’Donnell and Kevin McDonald have all withdrawn from the original squad, which was already missing the attacking duo of Steven Naismith and Leigh Griffiths among others.Scott Bain, Scott McTominay, David Bates and Ryan Jack were all called up to the national team as replacements for the absentees, only for Jack to pull out after struggling with an injury.last_img read more

first_imgThis area gets busy during the height of sockeye season, but you can still find all fish species native to the Kenai River, according to Refuge officials. This area is unique because it is one of a very few places where anglers can fish for sockeye without having to be in the water. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge has announced the opening of the Upper Moose Range Meadows fishing boardwalk for fishing starting yesterday, July 18. The Refuge is advising anglers to “Please be careful as the high water is a bit hazardous.” The Upper Moose Range Meadows is located down Redoubt Ave. (and behind the Fred Meyer) in Soldotna. The boardwalk sits roughly 5 to 10 feet  above the water so anglers will need to use a heavier weight to ensure their fly reaches the right depth quickly enough, and will not be able to use a very long leader.last_img read more

first_imgThe Division plans to release approximately seven million fish annually into the waters of Alaska over the next five years. The plan outlines the locations, numbers, and size or life stage for each species of fish that are planned for stocking. Starting on January 1 through January 30 interested individuals can submit their comments. You can submit public comments to Andrew Garry by email [email protected] or by mail:William Jack Hernandez Sport Fish Hatcheryc/o Andrew Garry941 North Reeve BoulevardAnchorage, Alaska, 99501The public comment deadline is Wednesday, January 30, 2019. Only fish reared from the Division’s hatchery facilities and from private non-profit hatcheries that work in cooperation with ADF&G to improve sport fisheries are included in this plan. Statewide Stocking Coordinator Andrew Garry: “Receiving public input is extremely important to the Division as we finalize the Statewide Stocking Plan for 2019. The Division commits a significant portion of their annual budget towards stocking fish throughout the state, and hearing from anglers is a critical piece of the fisheries management process.” The Statewide Stocking Plan is available for review on the Division’s webpage. Hard copies are also available for review at local ADF&G offices. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game will be accepting public comments for the 2019 Statewide Stocking Plan for Sport Fisheries.last_img read more

first_img Sleek new MIT solar car heads to the races E-Quickie New wireless charging technologies are appearing regularly these days, such as a wireless charging mat for charging electric cars while they are parked (see the PhysOrg article), but the new car takes its energy wirelessly from the road.Mechanical engineering and mechatronics students from the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences (HsKA) built the experimental car to test the practicality of the wireless technology. The car is propelled by an electrical hub drive, with energy drawn from conducting tracks on the ground via electrical induction. The receivers are fitted to the underside of the car, and there are small onboard batteries, which serve as a buffer for times when the car leaves the electrical conductor tracks.The conducting track was supplied by the company SEW-Eurodrive, based in Bruchsal. The components of the car were designed and built by the 14 students using carbon fiber for the vehicle body and high-tech materials for the chassis and braking and steering systems. The design was fully tested and optimized by computer in a “virtual wind channel” before the car was actually built. More information: Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences: www.hs-karlsruhe.de/servlet/PB … html?pbanker=car#car Explore further E-Quickie This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.center_img © 2010 PhysOrg.com (PhysOrg.com) — Students in Germany have built the “E-Quickie,” a three-wheeled electric car that draws energy wirelessly from electric conducting paths on the ground. The car resembles a reclining bicycle with the driver inside a capsule. It weighs only 60 kg, but the team hopes to reduce the weight to 40 kg in future. Head of the project, Professor Jürgen Walter, of the Mechanical Engineering and Mechatronics faculty at the university, said the team were aiming for a driver:vehicle weight ratio of 2:1, while for most vehicles the ratio is between 1:10 and 1:15.The lightweight design means the car can reach 50 km/h, even with its 2 kW motor. The car has successfully completed 40 laps on a 222-meter-long conductor track at the university, and the team plans to continue using the track to optimize the E-Quickie. They are also planning test drives from the university to the nearby castle and another university campus in the town.Professor Walter said the principle used by the car is not really new, but it could be used much more widely than it is at present. Industry could operate internal transport vehicles in this way for example, he said, but the students also wanted to demonstrate that wireless transfer of energy is also suitable for mass transit applications. Citation: Demonstration electric car draws energy from the road (2010, September 14) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2010-09-electric-car-energy-road.html E-Quickielast_img read more

first_img State Rep. Brandt Iden this week secured final legislative approval for $500,000 to support the Seita Scholars Program at Western Michigan University – an initiative allowing more foster care youth to attend college.The program provides scholarships for students with foster care backgrounds to attend WMU. The $500,000 in state aid would cover costs for an additional 50 students. This is the first time the program has received state support, Iden said.“It’s a great program for individuals who have gone through the foster care system, and this funding will create an opportunity for even more kids to participate,” said Iden, of Oshtemo Township. “The Seita Scholars initiative opens doors to a better future for kids from across the state. I’ve personally met some of these students and they’re phenomenal. I’m a big believer in the program and am proud to advocate for all the good it does.”Iden employed a Seita Scholars alum in his legislative office during his first term in the Michigan House.“Unfortunately, national statistics show not many kids from the foster care system get college degrees. Programs like Seita Scholars will turn that around,” Iden said. “It changes lives for the better, one kid at a time.”The budget bills are headed to Gov. Rick Snyder for his consideration. 13Jun Rep. Iden secures funding to create opportunities for students with foster care backgrounds at WMU Categories: Iden News,Newslast_img read more