New York Times columnist Frank Rich to address Harvard Kennedy School Forum

Posted On Mar 1 2021 by

first_imgFrank Rich, op-ed page columnist for The New York Times, will address an audience of students, faculty, journalists, and members of the public on Monday, March 7, at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. The program begins at 6 p.m. in the John F. Kennedy Jr. Forum, 79 JFK Street, Cambridge.Rich will receive the Goldsmith Career Award for Excellence in Journalism as part of the annual Goldsmith Awards Ceremony. The Goldsmith Awards are sponsored annually by the Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press, Politics and Public Policy, based at Harvard Kennedy School.Rich’s career at The New York Times began in 1980 when he was named chief theater critic. Beginning in 1994, he became an op-ed columnist, and in 1999 he became the first Times columnist to write a regular double-length column for the op-ed page. Rich’s weekly essay on the intersection of culture and news draws on his background as a theater critic and observer of art, entertainment and politics.In addition to his work at the Times, Rich has written about culture and politics for many other publications. His childhood memoir, “Ghost Light,” was published in 2000 by Random House. His book, “The Greatest Story Ever Sold: The Decline and Fall of Truth from 9/11 to Katrina,” was published in 2006.Before joining the Times, Rich was a film and television critic at Time magazine. Earlier, he had been film critic for the New York Post and film critic and senior editor of New Times magazine. He was a founding editor of the Richmond (Va.) Mercury, a weekly newspaper, in the early 1970s.Past recipients of the Goldsmith Career Award include Christiane Amanpour, Seymour Hersh, Peter Jennings, Gwen Ifill, David Fanning, and Daniel Schorr. The Goldsmith Awards also include a major prize for investigative reporting and a book prize.last_img read more


Writing as discovery

Posted On Mar 1 2021 by

first_imgWhen Jill Lepore receives an assignment, she rarely ever follows it. This may seem off for a Harvard professor who routinely doles out assignments to students. But Lepore, an accomplished author of several books and a writer for The New Yorker, explained that she doesn’t simply disregard the assignment, it’s just that her natural curiosity and research expertise often leads her in other directions.“No matter what I am asked to write about, I try to find an original story to tell that hasn’t been told before, and that involves, for me, the fun of archival discovery,” said Lepore. “And it is also kind of a point of professional pride, thinking that there has to be something in there that no one has ever found before.”Lepore spoke to a packed house in the Widener Library rotunda, delivering the third and final installment in Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds’ Book Talk Series. The series was developed in coordination with the Undergraduate Council to allow students to further engage with faculty outside of the classroom and other traditional academic settings.“This is such a beautiful space here in Widener Library and such an extraordinary place to have these kinds of discussions that bring together students and staff to talk with members of our distinguished faculty,” said Hammonds, who is the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies.Lepore’s latest book, “The Mansion of Happiness: A History of Life and Death” is a collection of essays that examine society’s ideas about the subject. In an essay called “The Lion and the Mouse,” Lepore explores the history of the attempt to ban E.B. White’s “Stuart Little.” The start of that idea came when Lepore was asked to review a book about the history of children’s literature. In reading the book, Lepore said she came across a “throwaway remark” about the banning of “Stuart Little.”“That just stopped me in my tracks. Why was ‘Stuart Little’ banned. He’s this little mouse that drives a little car?” Lepore said. “Then it dawned on me that the author of this book that I was supposed to be reviewing had no idea ‘Stuart Little’ was banned, and I became obsessed with finding out why ‘Stuart Little’ was so controversial.”Lepore told the 60 students that she searched archives and libraries looking for the answer. When she found it, the result was an essay discussing White and Anne Carroll Moore, who founded the children’s reading room in the New York Public Library, and their differing views on children’s literature. (Moore believed that children should be sheltered and White believed that children can handle more than adults give them credit for.)“One way to read ‘Stuart Little’ is as an indictment of both the childishness of children’s literature and the juvenilization of American culture,” Lepore said.Those in attendance appreciated Lepore’s insights.“I am so glad to have the opportunity to engage with a faculty member like this outside of the classroom,” said Jonathan Jeffrey ’16, as he waited his turn to ask a question. “And I really enjoyed the way she presented the material in a light manner, which you may not typically find in a classroom setting.”Previous series speakers were Jennifer Hochschild, Henry LaBarre Jayne Professor of Government and professor of African and African American studies, and John Dowling, the Llura and Gordon Gund Professor of Neuroscience and professor of ophthalmology. In addition to the book talks, Hammonds has opened her home to undergraduates for a series of fireside chats, again developed with the Undergraduate Council, featuring professors Henry Lewis Gates Jr. and Matthew Nock.last_img read more


Notre Dame 2018 class council reviews

Posted On Jan 26 2021 by

first_imgDominique DeMoe | The Observer Tags: 2018 Student Government Insider, Class Councils, freshman class council, junior class council, senior class council, sophomore class council Junior Class CouncilJunior Class Council (JCC) kicked off the semester with “Jump into Fall” on South Quad, which featured an inflatable joust arena and free pizza. To promote class unity, JCC also hosted a letter-writing event in September encouraging students to reach out to friends studying abroad.“Junior year is a little hard because half of our grade is abroad, so I think it’s nice to make sure people who are abroad feel included even if it’s something small like a letter,” JCC president Laksumi Sivanandan said. “Having something tangible is a nice touch.”After fall break, JCC presented “Oktoberfest,” providing soft pretzels, German chocolate cake, apple cider and root beer in front of South Dining Hall. The council has organized Oktoberfest for the past two years, and Sivanandan said JCC hopes to make the event a class tradition.In November, JCC sponsored “Thanks a Latte,” a Thanksgiving event where students could buy $5 Starbucks gift cards from JCC and send them to students or faculty. In time for the holidays, JCC hosted “Christmas Cheer and JCC Gear” in LaFortune Student Center, which included free treats and apparel for sale.Looking toward next semester, JCC plans to host a junior class formal in February. It will also be organizing another letter-writing event for students studying abroad and game watches for Notre Dame spring sports.“We’re really open to new ideas,” Sivanandan said. “We love hearing [students’] feedback, and we want to run with our ideas to serve [students] and to help students get the most out of their Notre Dame experience.” Sophomore Class CouncilSophomore Class Council (SCC) started the semester with a cookout on South Quad, welcoming sophomores back to campus with burgers, hot dogs and lawn games like Spikeball and cornhole. Before fall break, SCC hosted a fall carnival in LaFortune Student Center featuring a hugging booth and free fall snacks like kettle corn, pumpkin pie and apple cider.SCC partnered with JCC, the Student Government Department of Student Life and the Notre Dame Athletics Marketing Department to host a Shamrock Series game watch in Duncan Student Center, which drew about 550 people.In November, SCC hosted a Christmas trivia event in Duncan Student Center where it offered prizes including a $100 gift card to Chipotle and a $50 gift card to Starbucks. In preparation for the holidays, SCC held its class mass in the Basilica of the Sacred Heart, followed by cookies and hot chocolate in LaFortune Student Center. It also hosted an event to write letters and cards for Notre Dame alumni currently serving in the military.SCC plans to kick off next semester with the Gatsby Dance in the Dahnke Ballroom of Duncan Student Center, an SCC tradition passed down each year.“To me, class council has been a super connective experience both with other people on the [Sophomore Class] Council and with others in class council in years above and below me,” SCC president Sam Cannova said. “But moreover, it’s about connecting the entire class across campus, growing a network and realizing the Notre Dame community that’s so highly graced.” Senior Class CouncilSenior Class Council (SCC) began the semester with a few class meetings to allow seniors to reconvene and review their last year on campus. In October, SCC’s social committee led “Tailgate on the Terrace” at the Morris Inn, while SCC’s special event committee organized a class gathering at Legends the next week.“We really want to do a nice blend of active and passive events, active events being where you have people — especially people that are off-campus — interacting with their fellow classmates, and then passive events, which are our giveaways,” SCC president Michael Conlon said.In November, SCC hosted a scarf giveaway, coordinated by its faith and service committee, where it accepted non-perishable food items and monetary donations to benefit the Food Bank of Northern Indiana in exchange for free scarves.This year, SCC started Senior Sundays, held monthly in the Dahnke Ballroom and led by the Senior Week committee. Lasting most of the afternoon, Senior Sundays serve as a space for seniors to hang out, do homework and de-stress before the upcoming week while enjoying free food. The event usually attracts about 200 people throughout the day.Next semester, SCC plans to continue Senior Sundays and will also be hosting the annual 100 Days Dance, which marks 100 days until graduation. SCC will also plan Senior Week, a celebration held the week before graduation commemorating the class’s time at Notre Dame.“We’re really lucky we have a great group of seniors that have stayed really engaged this year,” Conlon said. “Everyone recognizes how special this year is.” Freshman Class CouncilFreshman Class Council (FCC) started its year with a Halloween costume dance in the Dahnke Ballroom of Duncan Student Center, complete with free Chick-fil-A.“It was our first main event, so there was definitely a learning curve. But overall it went really well,” FCC president Jordan Theriault said.In November, FCC hosted a concession stand for the Florida State vs. Notre Dame game on South Quad to raise money.FCC hosted a variety of Christmas-themed events to celebrate the holiday season. FCC held a class Christmas sweater Mass in the Basilica followed by a walkover to North Dining Hall in addition to a class ornament and Welcome Weekend photo sale. To close out the semester, FCC held a Christmas movie marathon where it played “Elf” and “Home Alone” in the LaFortune Student Center Ballroom, providing free hot chocolate and cookies.While plans are still tentative, FCC has discussed hosting a service fair along with other social events in the spring. This year, FCC chose to split into four committees — social events, fundraising, advertising/outreach and spiritual life/service committees — in order to efficiently brainstorm ideas for events and organize them.“Being on [FCC] has been a really great experience,” Theriault said. “Meeting new people who want to contribute to fostering a better sense of community at ND, and taking on a leadership role for the purpose of uniting the class is super special.”last_img read more


Wood Mackenzie: Global wind turbine orders soared to almost 100GW in 2019

Posted On Dec 31 2020 by

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Wind developers ordered up nearly 100 gigawatts of turbines last year, an unprecedented flood of demand that comes amid deepening uncertainty over the impact the coronavirus outbreak will have on global supply chains and economies.Last year’s orders crushed previous records in the wind industry and represented 65 percent growth over 2018, according to new figures from market researcher Wood Mackenzie Power & Renewables.A number of key markets put up stellar growth figures, including the U.S., which is in the middle of its own historic wind boom. But 2019’s real story was China, where a nearly unbelievable 50 gigawatts of wind turbine orders were placed as developers moved to lock in equipment ahead of an expiring feed-in tariff and to take advantage of new transmission lines.The entire global wind market has been installing somewhere between 50 and 60 gigawatts annually in recent years.Still, the rush of orders bodes well for the global wind market, which faces growing competition from solar energy. All told, last year’s turbine orders were worth $78 billion, WoodMac says.Another big story last year was the rapid rise of the offshore market, now a significant part of both annual wind additions globally and turbine orders for future projects. Offshore turbine orders reached 17 gigawatts last year, driven once again by China, WoodMac says.[Karl-Erik Stromsta]More: WoodMac: Wind developers ordered a record-smashing 100GW of turbines in 2019 Wood Mackenzie: Global wind turbine orders soared to almost 100GW in 2019last_img read more


House Justice Council moves last say bill

Posted On Dec 19 2020 by

first_imgGary Blankenship Senior Editor Prosecutors supporting HB 147 say they are trying to do criminal defense attorneys a favor. Defense attorneys opposed to the measure, which cleared the House Justice Council on March 22, say they are trying to save the state money and promote efficiency.When the dust settled the council voted with only two dissents to approve the bill that will give the prosecution the final argument in all criminal cases and repeal Florida Rule of Criminal Procedure 3.250. That rule allows the defense the first closing argument and a closing rebuttal after prosecutors if the defense presents no other evidence or witnesses other than the testimony of the defendant.That procedure has been in place in Florida for well over 100 years.In other cases the prosecution gets the first closing argument and then a rebuttal after the defense makes its closing statement.“If the state has the burden of proof, then the state should have the last shot at the jury,” said Rep. Dick Kravitz, R-Orange Park, sponsor of the bill. He said 46 states, the District of Columbia, and the federal government always give the prosecution the last say, and it’s time for Florida to stop being different.Kravitz read a letter from Seventh Circuit State Attorney John Tanner supporting the bill, and several other prosecutors testified, including Second Circuit State Attorney Willie Meggs, 11th Circuit Assistant State Attorney Abe Laesser (who testified via DVD), and Statewide Prosecutor Pete Williams.They argued that the rule encourages defense attorneys not to call witnesses who might have vital information, in order to get the final rebuttal argument. They also said that practice leads to appeals when the defendant believes that important evidence wound up not being presented, and in some cases appellate courts order new trials.Williams cited one recent case involving an armed robbery charge — a life felony — where the attorney originally exercised the option under Rule 3.250. That resulted in a hung jury with five voting for conviction and one for acquittal. At the retrial, the defense attorney called a witness who had been left out of the first trial and who basically, Williams said, shredded the prosecution’s case. The result was a jury acquittal in 30 minutes.But opponents, including representatives from the Florida Public Defender Association and the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, said those problems were exaggerated. They said defense attorneys make competent decisions in the best interests of their clients, and the rule promotes efficient trying of cases since it discourages defense lawyers from calling marginal or unnecessary witnesses.“We do reward cases where the defense does not. . . call all conceivable witnesses and seek to drag things out,” said Ninth Circuit Public Defender Robert Wesley. If the rule is repealed, “there’s no reason for any defendant in Florida not to put on a defense. . . and gin up a case.”“There will be significant costs to this bill. There will be no reason for a defense attorney not to put a witness on,” said David Fussell, a past president of the FACDL. “It will cause in increase in state attorneys, an increase in public defenders, and an increase in all staffers related to the court.”Council member Rep. Mark Mahon, R-Jacksonville, said he was persuaded that the bill would reduce appeals and address defendants’ concerns that they may have not gotten a fair trial.But council member Rep. Arthenia Joyner, D-Tampa, said she hadn’t seen any empirical data that showed there was a problem serious enough to overturn more than 100 years of Florida legal custom.“The state has the burden of proving guilt,” she argued. “If we give the prosecution the last word, then you have lightened that burden and that is not fair.. . . We need to do what is right. What is wrong with the defendant having the last word?”The council, however, approved HB 147 8-2 which goes to the House floor next. An identical measure in the Senate, SB 658, passed the upper chamber’s Criminal Justice Committee and was pending in the Judiciary Committee as this News went to press.Rule 3.250, according to Bar records, has been in the criminal procedural rules since they were initially drafted in the late 1960s. It was included in the rules because the provision was in state statutes at the time, as it had been since at least the late 1800s. The Supreme Court has never been asked to amend the rule. The Bar’s Criminal Procedure Rules Committee looked at the issue several years ago, but decided not to recommend a change.Statewide Prosecutor Williams, a member of the rules committee, told the council that the committee is again looking at that issue. April 15, 2006 Regular News House Justice Council moves last say bill Measure gives the prosecution the final argument in all criminal cases and repeals a procedural rule House Justice Council moves last say bill last_img read more


New attraction for Croatian diving tourism: A sunken Roman ship discovered near Pag

Posted On Nov 18 2020 by

first_imgA sunken Roman ship with hundreds of Roman amphorae was discovered near Pag.The site has yet to be further explored, but it is already certain that it is a new attractive location for diving tourism, which with about 180 diving centers is growing. The program of underwater activities in parts of the sea where cultural property is located is adopted by the Ministry of Culture. for the period from 2014 to 2018 includes 31 protected areas. A new program for a five-year period is expected soon, and the Diving Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce is cooperating with the Ministry of Culture on future conditions and treatment of these areas in order to improve the competitiveness of diving tourism. “The latest archaeological find in the Croatian submarine has been understood by the Ministry of Culture, that the protection is made in cooperation with diving centers through the installation of video surveillance, other technical protection measures and the application of new methods of presentation and tourist promotion. With a specialized form of tourist and cultural offer, diving enthusiasts are the first on the line in terms of environmental protection of the sea and are extremely aware of the importance of sustainable tourism, ” said the President of the Diving Tourism Association of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce, Vedran Dorušić, during a tourist dive, participated in the discovery of the wreck of a Roman ship near the island of Pag, which is believed to date from the beginning of the first century BC.In Croatia, there is a deliberate sinking of boats that serve as a diving attraction. The practice is better known as scuttling, and the first ship to be sunk in this way in Croatia is Vis, the flagship of the Yugoslav Navy, located in the Istrian bay of Polje. “Over the last year, there has been better regulation of the profession in Croatia, so any new attraction is more than welcome. Tourist diving has been singled out as a special form of tourism in the new Law on the Provision of Services in Tourism, and providers of tourist diving services have been defined, which has reduced the space for unfair competition. By the end of the year, the adoption of the Ordinance on diving safety is expected, on which we are working intensively with the Ministry of the Sea, Transport and Infrastructure,”Said Dorusic, adding that the collection of data on diving centers is underway with the aim of promotion on the central page of the CNTB.Dorušić points out that the problem of qualified workforce is still present among the remaining issues of the profession, since in addition to professional qualifications and international certificates, knowledge of foreign languages ​​is also required. Therefore, the Community is considering the development of the concept of simple education of diving leaders, especially for foreign labor, but also to strengthen the popularity of diving among young people in Croatia.  According to the research Tomas Summer 2017 of the Institute of Tourism, diving is a motive for coming to Croatia for more than 6% of respondents, while when choosing activities during their stay, 16,3% of guests choose diving. Most of them are in the group up to the age of 29, 20% of them. According to one of the world’s leading diving organizations, Padi, over 20 new divers have been certified each year for the past 900 years.One of the leading diving destinations in the world is Egypt, to which the diving attraction and wreck of the sunken ship SS Thistlegorm brings more revenue than the pyramids at Giza. RELATED NEWS:Published results of the research “Attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia – TOMAS Summer 2017.”Download the complete survey Attitudes and consumption of tourists in Croatia – TOMAS Summer 2017last_img read more


Statoil Makes Minor Gas Find in Barents Sea

Posted On Sep 28 2020 by

first_imgStatoil and partners OMV and Petoro have made a small gas discovery in the Gemini North well, northeast of the Wisting discovery in the Barents Sea. The well also proved oil.The well was drilled in license PL 855. This is the first well drilled in the acreage awarded in Norway’s 23rd licensing round.“The well was drilled with the ambition of proving up additional oil resources in the vicinity of the Wisting discovery, but like the previous Blåmann well, we discovered gas,” says Jez Averty, senior vice president for exploration in Norway and the UK. “While this well proved a non-commercial gas discovery, the results provide grounds for cautious optimism for additional potential both within this license and the Hoop Area.”“We have over time secured a significant portfolio in the Hoop-area and what we have learned from this well will be important when we plan to test some of that acreage in 2018,” Averty points out.The discovery is in the Hoop area, approximately 30 kilometers northeast of the Wisting discovery. Recoverable volumes are estimated at 0.4-1 billion standard cubic meters (BCM), approximately 2-6 million barrels of oil equivalent (BOE). In addition, there was proved oil, amounting to approximately 0,5-2 million barrels of recoverable oil.This is the third discovery in Statoil’s 2017 Barents Sea exploration campaign, following the Kayak oil discovery announced on 3 July and the Blåmann gas discovery announced on 17 July.The well was drilled by the Songa Enabler semisubmersible drilling rig, which will now move to the Korpfjell prospect in license PL859 in the Barents Sea southeast.last_img read more


School tells 13y/o’s can have sex choose gender (US)

Posted On Sep 27 2020 by

first_imgFox News 10 December 2014Students at one northern California high school are learning more than just the birds and the bees. Along with local area groups, some parents are irate that their children’s sex ed class at Acalanes High School in Lafayette is being taught by employees of Planned Parenthood without their prior knowledge. They are also fuming over the methods and materials being used, including a checklist that asks students if they are “ready for sex” and another worksheet that describes how to give and obtain consent, as well as a diagram that uses a “genderbread” person for lessons in gender identity.Included in the materials provided to students were documents and worksheets that included a checklist entitled, “Sex Check! Are You Ready For Sex?” in which the 13 and 14-year-old students are asked questions such as if they have water–based lubricants and condoms and if they could handle a possible infection or pregnancy. Another worksheet reads like a how-to on obtaining consent from a possible sexual partner and offers possible statements like “Do you want to go back to my place?” and “Is it OK if I take my pants off?”  They were also taught about gender identity with the “Genderbread Person,” a play on the name of the holiday cookie, to teach them on how to identify themselves as either, “agender,” “bigender,” and “two spirit” to name a few.http://www.foxnews.com/us/2014/12/10/parents-angry-after-school-tells-13-year-olds-can-have-sex-choose-gender/?intcmp=latestnewslast_img read more


Manchester United not in for Ozil

Posted On Sep 21 2020 by

first_img Press Association The odds on Ozil joining United plummeted on Monday morning amid speculation the Germany midfielder would prefer to join the Red Devils rather than Arsenal, who it is reported have agreed a fee with Real Madrid. But Press Association Sport understands Red Devils chief David Moyes has not identified Ozil as a target and has no intention of hijacking any deal Arsenal may be working on. The news will doubtless disappoint some United fans, but Moyes is evidently looking to strengthen his squad. Everton duo Marouane Fellaini and Leighton Baines remain on his shopping list, although there is a strong possibility that of the two, only the Belgian midfielder will eventually arrive at Old Trafford. There has been speculation Fellaini would hand in a transfer request in a bid to force through a deal. However, this is thought unlikely as it would be unnecessary under the circumstances. Due to sheer geography, that transfer could happen quite late, with the deadline falling at 11pm. The same is not true of Athletic Bilbao’s Ander Herrera, who has been heavily linked with an Old Trafford move in recent days. Left out of the starting line-up for Sunday’s defeat at Real Madrid, Herrera would presumably have to fly to England to complete a medical should terms be agreed, which would put an obvious time limit on the transfer getting a significant push forward. Moyes was giving little away following his side’s 1-0 defeat at Liverpool, when United failed to score in successive Premier League matches for the first time since May 2007. “There’s a bit of all sorts of things going on,” said Moyes. “Maybe in the next how many hours we will get a chance, but I can’t give you a heads up. “It’s not too long before we will know.” center_img Manchester United’s deadline-day recruitment drive will not include a pursuit of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid.last_img read more


Broward Doctor: People are Dying at Home due to fear of Contracting COVID-19 at ER

Posted On Sep 20 2020 by

first_imgBroward County emergency room doctor says too many people are not presenting for care at the ER with heart attack or stroke symptoms because they fear contracting the coronavirus.Dr. Randy Katz is the Medical Director of Emergency Services at Memorial Regional Hospital in Broward County. He told the South Florida Morning Show that the emergency room is a safe environment for patients who have COVID-19 and for people with other ailments to access care as well. There is now reason to stay away from a hospital in South Florida, all patients can be safely treated and lives saved.A survey of nine major hospitals last month showed the number of severe heart attacks being treated in U.S hospitals had dropped by nearly 40% since the novel coronavirus took hold in March, leaving cardiologists worried about a second wave of deaths caused indirectly by Covid-19: patients so afraid to enter hospitals that they are dying at home or waiting so long to seek care that they’re going to suffer massive damage to their hearts or brains. Some call it “a virus of fear.”Listen to Jen and Bill’s full interview with Dr. Randy Katz here.https://www.850wftl.com/wp-content/uploads/2020/05/Dr-Randy-Katz-5-18-20.mp3last_img read more