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Series to reconcile creation and Lent

first_imgThe Center for Spirituality and Campus Ministry will co-sponsor the Lenten Film Series, “Reconciliation with Creation,” which focuses on ecological creation and conversion and will be shown throughout March and April.Director of the Center for Spirituality Elizabeth Groppe said Lent is a time of self-scrutiny, penitential discipline and conversion in our relationship to God and others.“This film series concerns one dimension of that conversion ⎯ conversion in our relation to creation,” Groppe said.She said the series will provide education on different dimensions of ecological degradation.The first film shown on March 3, “Dirt!,” addressed soil erosion and degradation. As we prepare to receive Lenten ashes accompanied by the Biblical words, “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return,” the film was particularly relevant for Ash Wednesday, Groppe said.On March 24, the film “Mountain Mourning” will be shown. The film documents the consequences of mountain-top removal coal mining for the Appalachian mountain region and the people who live there.Other films in the series include “Living Downstream” and “A Sea Change: Imagine a World without Fish.”In “Living Downstream,” ecologist Sandra Steingraber explores the connections between the toxins humans have introduced into the environment and human health as she wages her own battle with cancer. “A Sea Change: Imagine a World without Fish” is an award-winning documentary about carbon emissions and ocean acidification.Groppe said the film series will conclude on April 24 with “The Student, the Nun, and the Amazon,” which follows British students James Newton and Sam Clemens in their journey over sea and land to meet Sr. Dorothy Stang, who gave her life to protect the Amazon rainforest and the people who live there.The films will be shown at 6:30 p.m. in Vander Vennet Theatre on Monday evenings, followed by a discussion and Lenten prayer.Although most of the films are not explicitly theological, the realities they document indicate the drama of sin and death, and how grace and freedom involve all of creation.  This idea promotes Saint Paul’s message to the Romans that all of creation is “in bondage to decay,” Groppe said.When she first saw the films, Grope said she felt grief at the scope of the degradation that we inflicted upon creation, which, Saint Bonaventure wrote, is like a mirror that reflects the power, wisdom and goodness of God.“Ecological degradation fractures this mirror and hinders our potential to know God through the created order,” she said. “It is also closely correlated with human suffering, for degraded ecosystems cannot support human life and flourishing.”Senior Hannah Olsen said she was glad that she took the time in the midst of a busy week to watch the film [“Dirt!”] and participate in the discussion afterwards.Olsen said she didn’t feel overwhelmed with the issues that stem from disregard for sustainability, most likely because the end of the film was about small-scale efforts that have changed whole communities, even if they only touch one community at a time.“I think the call to action, even if a person can only cause a small-scale change, is very important to hear and discuss,” Olsen said. “It didn’t make environmental issues seem like problems that could only be addressed if you have a lot of power or influence.“There was an African story about a hummingbird trying to put out a forest fire while the other animals just stood and watched. The bigger animals, which could carry a lot more water, told the hummingbird that its actions would never make a difference, but it told them, ‘I’m doing all I can.’ This film, and having a discussion afterward, encouraged me to do all I can. It is better than doing nothing.”Olsen said the prayer at the end drew a great connection between spirituality and the state of the world, ending with the line, “our indifference changes the world.”Tags: creation and lent, Film series, Lent, SMC, smc campus ministrylast_img read more

Consulting firm predicts wind power will supply 30% of global electricity by 2050

first_imgConsulting firm predicts wind power will supply 30% of global electricity by 2050 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Windpower Engineering & Development:Wind energy is rapidly becoming the new norm for power generation and will deliver 30% of all global electricity production by 2050, with 12% from offshore wind and 18% from onshore wind. In 2019, mega wind projects achieved a new UK record low of £39.65 (US$51.05) per MWh – a 30% price drop on 2017 prices. New projects such as the 252-MW Liuheng (Guodian Zhoushan Putuo) offshore wind farm in China and the 30-MW Block Island wind farm in Rhode Island will help to expand the potential of global offshore wind.These are just some of the forecasts by DNV GL in a new report, Offshore wind: The power to progress. The report delves into 12 key factors which influence the adoption of offshore wind and focuses on the successes, challenges and lessons learned. It provides an insight into the future of offshore wind and how expansion can be accelerated.When looking at the future of offshore wind energy, two mega-trends are very clear. Firstly, the relentless drive to reduce the levelized cost of energy (LCoE). Secondly, as a result of the first trend, turbines and wind farms will continue to get bigger.As wind technology progresses, the reports outlines an increased use of robotics and artificial intelligence. In construction, robots will initially supplement human capabilities, for example, in heavy lifts and underwater work. They will go on to handle an increasing amount of offshore wind farm construction, especially for wind farms located in remote and hazardous environments. On the operations and maintenance side, robots will take on activities, such as on-site repairs and inspections inside, outside (by drones and crawlers) and below the surface (by remotely operated vehicles).More: DNV GL predicts wind power to deliver 30% of global electricity production by 2050last_img read more

House urged to stop controversial omnibus bill deliberation, prioritize COVID-19

first_imgCivil society groups have urged the House of Representatives to halt the deliberation of a controversial omnibus bill and focus on the handling of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country during its current sitting session, which was opened on Monday.”We demand the House stop deliberating the bill, which particularly endangers poor families, during the COVID-19 pandemic,” the Indonesian Legal Aid Institute (YLBHI) said in an Instagram post on Sunday.The omnibus bill, which is aimed at amending 73 existing laws and consist of 15 chapters and 174 articles, has gained criticism from activists who argue that the bill will harm the interests of workers. Read also: Guide to omnibus bill on job creation: 1,028 pages in 10 minutesSimilarly, the Indonesian Forum for the Environment (Walhi) also urged the House to stop deliberating the bill, saying that lawmakers should focus on demanding that the government ensure supplies of basic needs for the public during the outbreak.”This includes ensuring food supplies, access to clean water, sanitation and financial assistance for poor people,” Walhi campaign coordinator Edo Rakhman said.The House opened the new sitting period on Monday after having been in recess for a month since Feb. 28 amid the government’s policy of physical distancing to curb the spread of the coronavirus.House Speaker Puan Maharani previously said that all House activities would be directed to the handling of COVID-19 during the health crisis.As of Monday, Indonesia had reported 1,414 coronavirus infections in the country, with 122 cases that have turned fatal.Topics : The Federation of Independent Workers Unions said the bill would significantly relax outsourcing restrictions and eventually make employees “contract workers during their whole lives.”The YLBHI also urged the House to keep watch on the government’s measures to handle the rapidly escalating health crisis as to avoid further social, economic and health impacts.”The House, together with the government, should reallocate state funds for COVID-19 relief,” the YLBHI said, adding that among spending that could be reallocated included salaries of the House members and government officials.The legislature should also assure that the public get fast, accurate and reliable information from the government regarding the pandemic.last_img read more

‘Millionaires’ row’ mansion sells for mega price after nearly two years on the market

first_img“Appassionata” at 109 Herron Rd, Pullenvale, has sold.Despite their Greek heritage, the owners annually travelled to Italy which, is where they sourced a plaque for “Appassionata”.It’s set in one of two stone pillars framing the entrance gates.Pullenvale is 15km from Brisbane’s CBD and has a median house price of $1.1375 million. The outlook from the home at 109 Herron Rd, Pullenvale.It is the third highest sale price for a residential property in the suburb, according to CoreLogic, with the home next door at 105 Herron Road holding the record at $6.7 million.The suburb is known for its secluded acreage properties and big houses, which often draw seven-figure sale prices.Selling agent Scott Gemmell of LJ Hooker New Farm recently took over the listing of 109 Herrod Rd from another agency and soon ended up with three offers, before continuing negotiations with the buyer. The impressive design inside 109 Herron Rd, Pullenvale. Big bucks for luxury lifestyle Middle ring units cheaper than land Construction juggernaut not slowing Every room has been created using the finest granite, limestone and marble with rich antique furnishings.There’s an abundance of crystal chandeliers, including one that lights up an opulent foyer dominated by twin French wrought-iron staircases and lined with blackbutt parquetry flooring.The property also features a media room, library, wine cellar, open fireplace, airconditioning and ducted vacuum system, and includes a nearby summer house. This mansion at 109 Herron Rd, Pullenvale, has sold after being on the market for two years.AN extravagant mansion in the ‘millionaires’ row’ of Brisbane’s western suburbs has sold for close to $4.8 million after nearly two years on the market.The luxury acreage home at 109 Herron Road, Pullenvale, was first advertised for sale in October 2015, but has finally changed hands after lengthy negotiations.The 1.21ha property, known as “Appassionata”, sold to a local Brisbane family looking for the lifestyle Pullenvale offers.center_img The opulent furnishings inside 109 Herron Rd, Pullenvale. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE Mr Gemmell said Pullenvale still provided some good buying opportunities.More from newsMould, age, not enough to stop 17 bidders fighting for this home2 hours agoBuyers ‘crazy’ not to take govt freebies, says 28-yr-old investor2 hours ago“There are homes in Pullenvale now that you’d be able to buy for less than you can create, taking into account land value and cost of construction,” he said.Property records show the owners, Demetri and Marina Ghikas, bought the land in 2002 for $175,000. The rear view of 109 Herron Rd, Pullenvale, and its summer house.They built the home soon after, drawing inspiration for the European design from fashion designer Oscar de la Renta’s famous French provincial villa.Mrs Ghikas reportedly came upon a picture of de la Renta’s property and told her husband; “this is what I want you to build”.The house itself spans 1000 sqm and offers six bedrooms and six bathrooms, surrounded by manicured gardens.last_img read more

Denmark’s LD awards equity mandates to Carnegie AM, Impax AM

first_imgDanish pension fund Lønmodtagernes Dyrtidsfond (LD) has appointed Carnegie Asset Management and Impax Asset Management to take on two investment mandates.Carnegie Asset Management won a Danish equities mandate that was being tendered by the DKK53.3bn (€7.14bn) fund, and UK firm Impax Asset Management won an environment and climate mandate, LD said.The two new contracts are expected to be in place by 1 April 1.LD said there was stiff competition between investment managers to win the two mandates. Factors such as the quality of investment process, managers’ investment competence and the ability to achieve a good return had carried a heavy weight in the selection process, LD said.Risk management and administrative processes were also important in the eventual choice.Managers’ fee levels had also been important, it said, but it added that price in itself had not been a crucial selection criterion.Bente Anderskouv, head of equities at LD, said: “The mandates we sent out to open competition were attractive ones, so we knew in advance we would be offered reasonable prices.”She said it was satisfying to find that LD had been able to find a couple of managers that were not just good at their job but also suited the way LD liked to work.LD did not disclose the value or duration of the mandates awarded.last_img read more

Ghana: Bumi Armada in FPSO JV

first_imgMalaysia’s Bumi Armada and India’s Shapoorji Pallonji Oil & Gas have established a joint venture company in Ghana.The Joint Venture named Bumi Armada Shapoorji Pallonji Ghana Limited (“BASPG”), was established on June 5, 2017, in Ghana, and it received the certificate of incorporation June 10, 2017.The two companies have joined forces hoping to combine their respective capabilities and expertise in „with the intention of ultimately securing the award of a floating, production, storage and offloading (“FPSO”) project in Ghana.”“The JV arrangement will enable the Bumi Armada Group to expand and carry out its business, as well as mitigate its financial and project risk exposure in respect of any FPSO project awarded, by leveraging on the parties’ strong history and experience in fabrication and construction related activities and the local experience,” Bumi Armada said.last_img read more

The problem of unisex bathrooms and male perverts

first_imgThe Federalist 9 February 2017Voyeurism is an enormous monster that lives in the shadows of our culture, continually nourished by advancing technology, pervasive pornography, and increasing opportunity.It Happens More Than You ThinkInherent in the question “How can we get men to stop doing this?” is the question of prevalence. Is voyeurism widespread, or limited to a few scattered predators? A look at the literature and studies on voyeurism reveals surprisingly little. In a day and age where every topic has seemingly been studied in minute detail, there is a glaring paucity of good information on the subject.But the data that does exist is eye-opening. Templeman (1991) found that no less than 42 percent of college men in a rural sample reported that they had engaged in voyeurism. Bradford et al. (1992) reported that “of 443 adult males studied, 115 admitted to voyeurism” (cited from Krueger, 2016). Rye & Meaney (2007) found that 61 percent of the men in their university sample would engage in voyeurism if the likelihood of getting caught was 25 percent (cited from Krueger, 2016).These enormous percentages suggest that voyeurism is far more prevalent than commonly thought. It’s not only because of the amount of men who are voyeurs or express voyeuristic desire, but also because of the amount of acts committed by those who are recognized as paraphilic (anomalous or deviant in their sexual behavior). Langstrom & Seto (2006) cite a 1988 study of sexual deviants by Abel, “Exhibitionistic and voyeuristic acts occurred up to 150 times more often than official police arrest statistics indicated.”We see this not only in the literature, but also in the news. In May 2016, David Walker (archived) was convicted of voyeuristic activities, including filming “hundreds of women in swimming pool changing rooms,” most of which probably occurred in unisex facilities, a common layout in public pools in the United Kingdom.In December 2015, George Thomas was convicted of voyeurism after police found personally filmed voyeuristic videos of more than 3,500 people in his possession. Yes, that number is correct. These were recorded over a six-year period. Thomas was finally discovered when a female colleague found a recording device in the unisex staff shower room.Voyeurism Seems to Be On the RiseSome of these cases have had high visibility, but are incidents actually on the rise? As Krueger explains in “Noncontact Paraphilic Sexual Offenses” (2016), it has been difficult to track historically because of how it is criminally categorized in different countries, including the United States. In Great Britain, however, they do have a criminal offense for voyeurism.We did a search at The Law Pages, and found a significant rise in voyeurism convictions. In the years 2006-2009 there were only 2.25 convictions per year. A significant rise was noted in 2010-2012 where the average rose to six convictions per year. However, over the last four years, 2013-2016, this number has exploded even higher, up to an average of 16 convictions per year.These scary statistics on voyeurism prevalence, incidents per perpetrator, and the exponential rise of convictions have a significant bearing on “bathroom bills” and allowing access of biologic males into women’s safe spaces. At WOMAN Means Something, we oppose trans-advocacy policies and bills like Canada’s Bill C-16 which, although well-intentioned, put many women at risk of sexual violence.On January 14, 2017 we released a set of data, with original sources, that documents no fewer than 140 incidents in North America and the United Kingdom of sexual violence to women by biologic males in safe spaces like washrooms and change-rooms. Seventy-six of these recorded incidents took place in 2015 and 2016. To our knowledge this is the most comprehensive database on these kinds of incidents available. The vast majority of these were of non-transgender males who took advantage of unisex spaces to perpetrate voyeuristic activities against women.Given the statistics found in the literature, it is highly likely that these incidents represent the tip of the proverbial iceberg. Policy makers and politicians need to understand that the push to open women’s spaces is taking place in the middle of a voyeurism epidemic. Rights and freedoms don’t live in a vacuum. In this case the rights of one group (trans individuals) dramatically affects the rights of another (females).STATISTICS: http://womanmeanssomething.com/violencedatabase/http://thefederalist.com/2017/02/09/data-suggests-unisex-bathrooms-bonanza-male-perverts/?utm_source=The+Federalist+List&utm_campaign=1f5a3d1bb2-RSS_The_Federalist_Daily_Updates_w_Transom&utm_medium=email&utm_term=0_cfcb868ceb-1f5a3d1bb2-83919629last_img read more

Government still awaits LIAT’s scheduled night flights

first_img Sharing is caring! Share 11 Views   no discussions Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Photo credit: GIS NewsLIAT has still not announced scheduled night flights into the Melville Hall Airport despite indications that they will commence in July.Civil Aviation Minister Rayburn Blackmoore says while the issue has not materialized in the manner in which government would have liked, it is to no fault of government.He says however, LIAT has been flying into Dominica at nights however the flights are not scheduled.“Notwithstanding the fact that we have not had any schedule program, from LIAT, it still remains the biggest regional carrier in the region. It is to our benefit to have LIAT having schedule programs. LIAT Chief Executive Officer has written to me in July and had indicated that the airline will have a schedule flight from July 7th into Melville Hall. That has not materialized and that’s not our fault. I can say however that LIAT is the airline that has been coming to the airport the latest,” he said.He said LIAT is using an irregular approach but “that is still good for Dominica.”Dominica Vibes News LocalNews Government still awaits LIAT’s scheduled night flights by: – August 27, 2011last_img read more

Bailey: ‘The sheriff’ should remain in charge for at least 2 weeks

first_img Published on September 1, 2013 at 7:35 pm Facebook Twitter Google+ EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Drew Allen swung his fist in frustration again and again. Another chance wasted. Another opportunity for Penn State to extend its lead given.Syracuse was trailing Penn State 23-10 with 11 minutes left — seemingly its last reasonable chance to come back for a signature season-opening victory — when on a second-and-12 from the Syracuse 33-yard line, Allen flung a 12-yard out route for Jarrod West.But the ball sailed through no-man’s land and out of bounds. West ran a corner route.Allen stared him down across the field, gaping irefully, before turning and whizzing his right arm around four times.“There were times when we showed a lot of great things on offense, and then there were times that it wasn’t so great,” Allen said. “And I felt like in those times it wasn’t so great, our communication kind of broke apart.”AdvertisementThis is placeholder textWhile Allen was mediocre in his Orange debut, let’s remember what he’s working with: a first-year head coach and an inexperienced wide receiving corps. Even the offensive line, a group that struggled to handle an aggressive Nittany Lions front seven, has two new starters. So let’s hold back on the calls for Terrel Hunt, at least for another two weeks.Yes, Allen’s 43.2-percent completion rate was off-putting. And yes, his first interception, thrown right to Stephen Obeng-Agyapong at the end of the third quarter, was egregious and inexcusable.But one game doesn’t tell the whole story. Especially with the unit he’s working with, and especially against an above-average Penn State defense.Remember, this is a guy who hasn’t started a football game in five years, who only began getting the majority of first-team reps 10 days before the season opener and who’s used to throwing to bigger, faster Big-12 targets.Had he remained at Oklahoma his cast would’ve consisted of senior 1,000-yard receiver Jalen Saunders, standout sophomore Sterling Shepard and 6-foot-3 senior Lacoltan Bester — not the No. 2-playing-No. 1 receiver West, unproven senior Adrian Flemming and still-learning slot man Ashton Broyld.Expecting immediate greatness and heroic bravado from him this quickly is unrealistic.Quarterbacks coach Tim Lester agreed that communication in particular is where Allen and the offense need to improve the most.“Those things he’ll continue to get better at because that’s hard to do,” Lester said. “It takes a lot of time to get comfortable.”Allen’s blunder with West was just one example of that lack of chemistry. Later on the same drive, Obeng-Agyapong blitzed around the left side untouched, de-cleated the 6-foot-5 Allen and slammed him downward into the MetLife Stadium turf.Was it Allen who missed the blitz pickup, or did right tackle Ivan Foy, in his first season as a starter, just whiff on the block?Either way, these are problems that take time to work out — and who’s to say Hunt would be any better?Allen’s poise and talent were apparent at moments on Saturday. The 55-yard, over-the-top connection with Jeremiah Kobena was a glimpse at what he can do when the offense is flowing properly.It was a reminder that Allen could have been starting for the Sooners this year. His competition under center would have consisted of Blake Bell, the powerful runner aptly nicknamed “Belldozer” with the inability to throw for distance or precision, and redshirt freshman Trevor Knight, who started OU’s first game of the season.After the game SU head coach Scott Shafer said Allen will be a great football player. Lester echoed the sentiment that the job is his for the immediate future, and running back Jerome Smith called him “the sheriff.”So give Allen a chance. Northwestern and Wagner offer two more opportunities for Allen to improve before the coaching staff should decide to either stick with him until SU loses bowl eligibility, or go with Hunt.If Allen is unable to pick apart a lesser Seahawks defense in the Carrier Dome on Sept. 14, by all means go ahead and give Hunt a chance. He’d have time for a tuneup game against Tulane and a bye week to prepare for Clemson. But the next two weeks should be Allen’s regardless of his performance against PSU.With 14 days’ worth of time and repetitions as the unquestioned starter, he’ll have every chance to prove the job should be his.Stephen Bailey is an asst. sports editor at The Daily Orange whose column appears occasionally. He can be reached at sebail01@syr.edu or on Twitter at @Stephen_Bailey1. Commentslast_img read more

University announces new safety policies for spring semester

first_imgThe Dept. of Public Safety, along with Student Affairs, plans to implement new security measures related to entering the University Park Campus and residential halls, effective the beginning of the 2013 spring semester.Though the Halloween shooting on campus that left four people injured sped up the implementation of these new measures, the departments had previously considered revising their security system. The university also implemented some new security measures in the week following the shooting.Beginning in the spring semester, students living in residential housing will be able to scan with their fingerprint into all other on-campus housing without using a guest pass.The campus will also be closed from 9 p.m. to 6 a.m. and, of the 27 openings on campus only, eight of them will be accessible. Those eight entrances will have checkpoints that require students and faculty to present ID to security ambassadors to enter campus.[Correction: A previous version of this post said that campus will be closed from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. ]There will be two checkpoints at the entrance on Jefferson Boulevard and Trousdale Parkway, two at the end of Trousdale Parkway and Exposition Boulevard, two on Figueroa Street and one at the Vermont Avenue entrance. Fencing will be constructed at the openings on Jefferson and Exposition boulevards. Construction for these temporary fences is slated to start next week and be fully in place by early January.The new system will require an on-campus resident to register their guests after 9 p.m. at visitor.usc.edu and have each guest present a government-issued ID when entering campus. The license plate for every vehicle entering campus will also be read and checked against a database of stolen cars.DPS Chief Capt. Carey Drayton said he believes students will react positively to these new security checkpoints, while faculty and staff will have the largest adjustment period.“I don’t think students will have a problem. [The security will be] like going to Gate 28 for football games. That’s just how you go to the game,” Drayton said. “However, faculty and staff aren’t used to having to show their ID’s to get on campus. That’s just going to be a different process for them.”DPS plans to add 38 security cameras internally on campus, in addition to the 72 cameras already installed around the perimeter of campus.Drayton emphasized that adjustments to the security measures will be made as needed.The already-implemented measures to tight campus security after the Halloween shooting appear to have reduced thefts on campus for the time being. DPS has seen a decrease in theft in the month that the stricter security policies have been in place.“Since implementing the fingerprint system, only one incident of property theft has occurred in three weeks,” Drayton said. “Before there used to be 25 to 30 incidents in that same three-week span.”Drayton also emphasized that the security measures were not trying to serve as an additional hassle to students, but meant to minimize that threats from the outside.“We are creating a process where it looks like and feels like people not affiliated with the school are not welcome,” Drayton said. “We are trying to balance inconvenience and the safety issues and this is the most effective way we can go about doing it.”Vice President of Student Affairs Michael L. Jackson views the new measures as primarily beneficial to the university community.“We’re doing this because we really care about the security and safety of students, faculty, and staff,” Jackson said.The university officials stressed that ties to the community and local elementary schools will be maintained despite the new policies. Exceptions will be made for these organizations, and they can receive special guest passes to enter campus for their events.“We will still be a welcoming place. That’s the goal,” Jackson said.last_img read more