Author, professor and activist Dr. Angela Davis was the keynote speaker at the 27th Annual Hesburgh Lecture in Ethics and Public Policy Tuesday, which honors former University President and founder of the Kroc Institute Rev. Theodore M. Hesburgh. During the virtual lecture, Davis discussed the struggles of economic, racial and gender justice.The panel included moderator Dr. David Hooker, associate professor of peace studies, junior Duncan Donahue, Lenai Johnson, a first-year in the masters of global affairs program and Amaryst Parks-King, a second-year doctoral student in peace studies and sociology. Mia Moran | The Observer Dr. Angela Davis spoke to panelists from the University and answered audience questions on racial, gender and economic struggles.The lecture began with Hooker acknowledging Indigenous Peoples Day, which was Monday, and moved on to introduce the panelists and then Davis as a distinguished professor emerita of history of consciousness — an interdisciplinary Ph.D. program — and of feminist studies at the University of California Santa Cruz. Davis is also a well-known author, penning 10 books.Davis said social movements such as the ones for racial justice and gender equality are fundamentally intertwined, and must be recognized as intersectional.“Gender is race and race is gender,” Davis said.Davis further emphasized the importance of intersectionality in environmental justice, saying that fighting climate change is the foundation for addressing other social issues.“Environmental justice is the ground zero of all social movements,” Davis said.Parks-King said Davis’ words are especially important during a year that the United States has been reckoning with racial injustice and systemic racism, in addition to a global pandemic that has disproportionally affected Black Americans.“There has been so many unprecedented and precedented things that have been exacerbated by COVID and by anti-Blackness and racial injustice that this is a critical moment to engage with Angela Davis,” Parks-King said. “I hope that people are able to hear what she has to say … especially right now.”The lecture also entertained some audience questions, such as the value in the educational system and the carceral state in Palestine. Johnson said the heightened social consciousness to issues such as these is crucial in moving forward to fight racial inequality.“People are starting to engage more with world events and recognizing the interconnectedness of movements and struggles for freedom and recognizing how there is a shared colonial legacy along a lot of countries,” Johnson said. “In order to combat that, working together in these social movements and recognizing those similarities [becomes] essential.”Toward the end of the lecture, Davis brought up capitalism and its contributions in cementing systemic racism in the United States and around the world. In order to talk about how capitalism has affected people of color, Davis said that we, as a society, need to learn how to talk about slavery.“Colonialism and slavery were the foundations of capitalism,” Davis said.Davis said abolition is important because simply placing diversity programs within firms is only an “invitation for minorities to participate in oppressive institutions,” rather than a solution to the structural oppression capitalism inherently presents.The lecture ended with Hooker recognizing that we all subconsciously or consciously understand that the “carceral system is obsolete,” or the system of prisons that is part of the perpetuation of systemic racism and oppression in the United States. Americans, he said, need to proceed to “disentangle our minds and hearts from [that] system.”Donahue said he hopes the lecture “help[s] bring more of these conversations that Angela Davis has been propagating her entire life to the campus community.”Tags: Angela Davis, capitalism, hesburgh lecture in ethics and public policy, racial justice
Around the world, female farmers produce 20 to 30 percent less than their male counterparts, and experts believe that overcoming that gender gap will be key to feeding the world’s growing population. Students and faculty at the University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences will turn their attention to strategies to combat agriculture’s gender gap at the 2018 CAES International Agriculture Lecture and Awards program from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. on April 2 at the Georgia Museum of Art. Helga Recke, a Visiting Fellow at Cornell University’s College for Agriculture and Life Sciences’s AWARE (Advancing Women in Agriculture through Research and Education) program, will give the keynote address.The lecture and reception are open to the public.Recke has spent her career on the forefront of global agricultural development, studying the ways that gender impacts agricultural development and working to support education and professional development for female agricultural scientists across the developing world.Recke’s lecture, “Efforts to Narrow the Gender Gap in Agriculture: One Woman’s Journey,” will discuss the ways that traditional and transitional gender roles impact agricultural development and how her own understanding of gender dynamics has evolved over the years.“Helga has spent most of her career working to empower female farmers and agricultural scientists to become more self sufficient, produce more and build a more food-secure future for their families and communities,” said Amrit Bart, director for the CAES Office of Global Programs. “The wisdom she’s accumulated during those years is vital for our students and faculty who want to work in agricultural development or want to understand the dynamics of global food security.”Some of the gender gap in farm production can be explained by women’s lack of access to credit and education, according to the U.N. Food and Agriculture Organization.Helping women access the credit they need to invest in technology and fertilizers to help close the gender gap in agricultural production could help feed an additional 130 million people worldwide.Recke joined the Consultative Group for International Agricultural Research (CGIAR) Gender and Diversity Program in 2004, working to secure funding and implement fellowship programs to fast-track the careers of African women agricultural scientists. Recke also co-founded African Women in Agricultural Research and Development (AWARD), which acts as a career development program for top African women scientists. She served most recently as its science coordinator and senior advisor.Recke’s talk at UGA will address the ways gender impacts agricultural economies around the world. She will share some of her own experiences and stories of successful collaborative efforts to close the gender gap.The talk is intended to challenge faculty and students to think about gender’s role in agriculture, how it applies to them and how we need to move forward to build gender-responsive agricultural policies.Each year, the CAES Office of Global Programs hosts the International Agriculture Day Lecture and Awards to encourage those engaged in international scholarship, research and outreach to build networks and recognize the college’s most globally minded students.It’s also a chance to celebrate students who are graduating with International Agriculture Certificates. All students and faculty who are interested in international agriculture and international development are welcome to attend.For more information about AWARD, visit awardfellowships.org. For more information about the CAES Office of Global Programs or the International Agriculture Day Lecture and Awards, visit global.uga.edu.
On the Blogs: Trump’s Fake News on Coal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Wamsted on Energy:John Adams, our second president, generally gets credit for this wonderful aphorism, but regardless of who was the first to say it, the observation itself is what matters: You simply cannot wish away facts. This came to mind earlier this week when I looked at the Energy Information Administration’s monthly electric power overview (which can be found here); it’s a publication that only the geekiest of energy wonks would ever read, particularly on a regular basis. However, dry as it may be, it does one thing exceedingly well: It presents facts, just as they are—not as people may want them to be.One of the many such facts that caught my eye this month concerns electricity generation from coal, that shiny black rock that seems to be the moving force behind all the Trump administration’s energy and environmental policies. ‘The war on coal is over,’ his minions mouth repeatedly. ‘We are going to bring the jobs back,’ the president assures miners at every opportunity.Problem is, facts are stubborn things. In the EIA review, which covers the first nine months of 2017, coal-fired electricity generation fell compared to the comparable year-earlier period. To be fair, it didn’t drop by much, sliding 1.5 percent to 919,805 thousand megawatt-hours from 934,267 thousand mwh a year ago. However, if the war is over and the jobs are coming back, then there should have been no slide at all; indeed, there should have been an increase.The slide in coal-fired generation also pushed coal production for the sector, which accounts for the vast majority of U.S. coal consumption, down during the first nine months. Overall, just over 504 million tons of coal were used to generate electricity, down from 509 million in 2016—which was the lowest production year for the industry since 1979. Hardly the turnaround the Trump administration repeatedly trumpets.What the administration definitely doesn’t trumpet in its incessant tweets and coal-dominated decision-making, is that during this same nine-month period, generation from non-emitting wind and solar jumped 13.6 percent, climbing to 284,584 mwh from 250,482 mwh in 2016. Combined with hydro, renewables generated just over 525,000 mwh of electricity annually for the first nine months of the year, within hailing distance of the nation’s nuclear sector, which has generated just under 600,000 mwh so far this year.And while the administration clearly is not a fan of renewables, more growth in this sector is just around the corner. The American Wind Energy Association says 84,000 MW of wind capacity are installed across the United States, with another 25,000 MW under construction. Similarly, the Solar Energy Industries Association reports that 47,000 MW of solar capacity has been installed in the U.S., with another 21,000 MW of utility-scale solar generation currently in the construction pipeline.As much as Trump and his backers like to blame renewables and the environmental community for the downfall of coal, the stubborn little fact is that the war, such as it was, against coal was waged, and won, by natural gas. From an expensive afterthought used largely just as a peaking resource during periods of high demand in the early 2000s, natural gas has taken ever-larger chunks of the electric generation market since then. From less than 20 percent of the total in 2001 (when coal’s share was roughly 50 percent), natural gas’ share of the market has climbed steadily, reaching 34 percent in 2016 and topping coal as the largest single source of electricity in the United States.More: The Facts Tell The Story: Coal Comeback Is Nothing But A Trump Delusion
Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Taking a trip to The End? Here’s a short list of items to bring with you: an empty stomach, plenty of suntan lotion, a camera for when you reach the top of the Montauk Lighthouse—or for that much-anticipated Montauk Monster sighting—and most importantly, plenty of cash.Like a briefcase’s worth.Montauk is known for many things—the aforementioned lighthouse, the mysterious radar tower that juts above the surrounding forests, its quaint downtown and beautiful beaches—but now the popular hamlet has something else to boast about: It is New York State’s most expensive summer destination.Montauk’s average nightly rate is estimated at $342, slightly edging out East Hampton, which came in second place at $332, according to NewYorkHotels.org, which conducted a recent survey of the state’s most popular tourist spots.Two other summer hot spots on Long Island cracking the top 10 are Southampton, in fourth ($295), and Greenport, in fifth ($264).The survey only took into account lodging. So it’s unclear how other activities—the cost of eating, beaching, drinking—contributes to the overall cost of vacationing in these burn-a-hole-through-your-pocket summer destinations.Other notable tourist-heavy locations that found their way into the top 20 include: Niagara Falls (seventh), New York City (eighth), Lake George (11th), Lake Placid (19th).Watertown, a city many Long Islanders may not be familiar with, but is apparently a hoppin’ good time, according to some Press staffers (#tomothy), came in at No. 20.Here’s the full list:1. Montauk $3422. East Hampton $3323. Saratoga Springs $3124. Southampton $2955. Greenport $2646. Cooperstown $1847. Niagara Falls $1638. New York City $1539. Geneva $14310. Ithaca $14211. Lake George $14112. Buffalo $13713. Oneonta $13614. Rochester $13415. Syracuse $12816. Alexandria Bay $12717. Long Island City $11618. Oswega $10319. Lake Placid $10220. Watertown $92
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Sep 26, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – An Institute of Medicine (IOM) committee that studied issues concerning personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare workers in an influenza pandemic is calling for renewed efforts to learn how influenza viruses spread, promote proper use of PPE, and improve the equipment itself.The 12-member panel met in Washington, DC, in February and May to hear comments from stakeholders such as medical experts, manufacturers, and government agencies on masks, gowns, respirators, and related items. The group’s mission was to recommend research directions, government agency roles, and policy changes, but not to issue guidelines about PPE use during a pandemic.The group’s 192-page peer-reviewed report was released Sep 18. It says the study was requested by the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health (NIOSH) and the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).More than 13 million US workers are employed in healthcare, according to the report, and public health officials worry that in a pandemic, medical staff won’t report to work if they don’t feel they’re adequately protected.Divided into three main parts, the report explores what is known and where research gaps exist concerning influenza transmission, use of PPE among healthcare workers, and PPE design, testing, and certification.Flu transmission studies badly neededMost studies on influenza transmission were conducted before 1970, and the report says more research should be done to build on earlier findings and apply new technologies, which include airborne-particle size analyzers and polymerase chain reaction (PCR) assays. Advances in fields such as aerobiology and mathematical modeling could also contribute to the study of seasonal and avian influenza, the group reported.The group recommends that the US Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), in collaboration with other US and global partners, lead a focused research effort to better understand the transmission and prevention of seasonal and avian influenza. The global research network would:Identify and rank research questions, as well as suggest potential study designsPrioritize funding for short-term (1 to 3 years) laboratory and clinical studies on seasonal influenza transmission and prevention, focusing on the efficacy of different PPE itemsDevelop evidence-based research protocols and implementation plans for clinical studies during an influenza pandemicStrategies to promote routine PPE useIn analyzing PPE utilization by healthcare workers, the group noted that despite recommendations and high-risk settings, many employees don’t wear the gear when they should. Healthcare institutions should do more to promote a “culture of safety” regarding PPE use by their employees, the report says.”Employees should feel uncomfortable when not wearing PPE during appropriate situations, and supervisors should reinforce the importance of PPE and enforce policies so that noncompliance is the rare exception and not the rule,” the authors state.Recommendations for boosting PPE use in healthcare workers include:Emphasizing appropriate PPE use in patient care settings as well as in healthcare management, accreditation, and trainingIdentifying and sharing best practices for improving PPE compliance; the authors recommend that the CDC and Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) support and evaluate demonstration projects on improving PPE adherenceResearching the human factors and behavioral issues related to PPE use, an effort that could be supported by agencies such as NIOSH, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and AHRQRaising the bar for PPE design and testingSeveral of the group’s recommendations focus on improving PPE design, testing, and certification. More rigorous premarket testing is needed to ensure that PPE products work well in clinical settings, the authors assert. Evidence-based standards and comparison ratings should be developed for PPE items, they said.In a letter prefacing the report, Lewis Goldfrank, MD, chair of the committee and chair of emergency medicine at New York University School of Medicine, wrote that the Food and Drug Administration’s (FDA’s) standards for evaluating and approving PPE are not as high as for the drugs or vaccines it regulates.”It is our belief that healthcare workers will feel secure only when the PPE that they are asked to wear is as safe and as effective as the vaccines and medications they are asked to take,” he wrote.Several federal agencies have important roles in supporting effective use of PPE, and more coordinated efforts are needed to harmonize requirements and expedite all the development and implementation steps, the IOM committee says. “NIOSH, though the NPPTL [National Personal Protective Technology Laboratory], is well suited to ensuring this integrated approach,” they note.Though the committee wasn’t asked to consider PPE for family members and others who will provide home care or want to protect themselves during a pandemic, the report points out some difficulties in that area. For example, new respirator designs that minimize or remove the need for fit testing would be beneficial, and PPE sold in retail stores is subject to limited regulation.The committee asserts that addressing its recommendations in the next 6 to 12 months would significantly improve the nation’s pandemic readiness.See also:Sep 18 IOM statementIOM report on PPE for healthcare workershttp://www.nap.edu/catalog.php?record_id=11980Mar 1 CIDRAP News story “IOM studying protective garb for health workers”
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R4 Stubley Street Wavell Heights has achieved the suburb’s best sale price for a sub-700 sq m homesite in the past 12-months. Picture: realestate.com.auThis home at 4 Stubley St Wavell Height is one stunning construction and it’s weekend auction has achieved the suburb’s highest price for a residence on a sub-700 sq m block in the past 12 months. Alan & Jacquie Speirs outside their new home on Stubley Street in Wavell Heights. Pictures: Jack Tran Crowds gathered early for what would prove to be a very exciting result. Pictures: Jack TranMore from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this homeless than 1 hour agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor7 hours agoAn opening bid of $950,000 got the ball rolling but competition between three bidders saw the number rise to $1.125 million in minutes.After some short discussion, the property was declared on the market with a new offer of $1.25 million on the table … and that’s where is stayed until the hammer dropped and the winning bidder, Jacquie Spiers, celebrated with a fist-pump and a smile.“I’m a little bit competitive,” Mrs Spiers said.She and husband Alan had been searching for some time for just the right property and were over the moon with the result.“It’s been a while but it’s a window of opportunity for us and it’s all about timing. It came up at the right time and in the right area,” Mr Spiers said.“We’ve got an eye for detail and I think the lines particularly with this house struck us.“It’s got a lot of street appeal which is important, but I think it just ticked a lot of boxes as well. I race cars so a three-car garage is perfect,” he said.Mrs Spiers said celebrations would involve sitting out on the deck with a few friends and a bottle of champagne.She said their daughter knew they’d own the house well before the auction.“We’ve got a seven year old and we’ve been looking for several months I’d say, and this is the first house that she loves. She’s psychic,” Mrs Spiers added. 4 Stubley Street Wavell Heights has achieved a benchmark price. Picture: realestate.com.auThe property takes contemporary suburban living to the next level with polished concrete floors finishing a suspended slab to the upper level, an internal courtyard with pool, and a three-car garage.Eight registered bidders were in the starting blocks and the 60-strong crowd was full of locals keen to see how this architectural marvel faired.Auctioneer Haesley Cush employed his nimble wit, machine gun dialogue and trademark rolling “r”s to keep the crowd on its toes — his calling style would not be out of place at a cattle sale on the Darling Downs.
Indiana’s unemployment rate continued to drop in March, to its lowest point since July 2008. According to the Indiana Department of Workforce Development, it has declined by 2 percent over the past year to its current 5.9 percent.The labor force has increased by more than 25,000 in the first quarter of 2014.The Hoosier State added 3,200 private sector jobs in March. Indiana ranks eighth in the nation in total private sector job growth since July, 2009, the low point of employment in the state. During that time, Indiana has grown 215,500 private sector jobs.Over the past year, Indiana’s manufacturing job growth of 12,700 leads the nation, solidifying its position as the state with the largest percentage of manufacturing jobs as a portion of the private sector in the country.“Indiana’s unemployment rate is now below six percent for the first time since July of 2008,” said Scott B. Sanders, Commissioner of the Indiana Department of Workforce Development. “Our rate has dropped by two percentage points in one year, which is the third largest decline in the nation. The Hoosier labor force has grown by more than 25,000 in the first quarter of 2014 alone, which is also remarkable.”Sanders also noted claims for state unemployment insurance in March were nearly 10,000 below March 2013 levels and are at their lowest since 2007. Initial claims for unemployment insurance are at their lowest levels since 2000.
Sellersburg, In. — Indiana State Police in Sellersburg have arrested a Clark County man on voter fraud charges after an investigation which began in mid-April.During the investigation, police learned in November of 2018, John David Croucher, 60, 7115 Bethany Rd, Charlestown, Indiana, went to the Bureau of Motor Vehicles (BMV) in Sellersburg, Indiana and changed his legal address to 835 Park Street in Charlestown, Indiana. 835 Park Street is the address of a coin-operated laundromat owned by Croucher.While at the BMV, Croucher also registered to vote under the Park Street address which resides within the city limits of Charlestown.Croucher’s Bethany Road address does not lie within city limits and is therefore not eligible for voting in Charlestown municipal elections.The investigation further revealed that on April 10, 2019, John Croucher went to the Clark County Courthouse and used his newly gained driver’s license to obtain an absentee ballot. John Croucher then participated in early voting in the Charlestown municipal election.The investigation was handed over to the Clark County Prosecutor’s Office and a warrant was subsequently issued. John Croucher was arrested fro perjury, ineligible voter and voting outside precinct residence.