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Monitoring the Atlantic Circumpolar Current in the Drake Passage: oceanography in the Drake Passage: wherefrom, whereto and what in between?

first_imgThe Antarctic Circumpolar Current (ACC), the world’s largest oceanic flow (∼135 million cubic meters per second), is an important component of the ocean climate, as it connects the three major oceanic basins. Deep Atlantic water upwells between the ACC and Antarctica and returns to the Atlantic, thus contributing to the closure of the global overturning circulation. The Drake Passage, between the southern tip of South America and Antarctica, is the region where the ACC is most constricted by landmasses and, owing to its narrowness, is the most convenient place to monitor the ACC. The Drake Passage also has considerable oceanographic interest because it lies along the cold, returning route of the global overturning circulation and is a region of strong deepwater mixinglast_img

Downtown Evansville  Economic Improvement District Priorities for 2020

first_imgThey are seeking the input of our property owners and the broader community regarding our efforts in 2020. During this short survey, you can share how you feel our resources should be applied. This survey, with feedback from our board and the guidance of the Master Plan, will focus our 2020 goals and work plan. Our work generally occurs in an area bound by the Ohio River, Fulton, Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. and Walnut. Properties on Main Street are assessed at a higher level for the increased amount of benefit provided.If you’d like more information, visit their website at or follow us on all social media platforms as “Downtown Evansville Indiana.” Downtown Evansville  Economic Improvement District Priorities for 2020The Downtown Evansville Economic Improvement District uses a special assessment on Downtown properties to provide services beyond those the City provides to these assessed properties. They are seeking the input of our property owners and the broader community regarding our efforts in 2020. During this short survey, you can share how you feel our resources should be applied. This survey, with feedback from our board and the guidance of the Master Plan, will focus our 2020 goals and work plan. Our work generally occurs in an area bound by the Ohio River, Fulton, Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. and Walnut. Properties on Main Street are assessed at a higher level for the increased amount of benefit provided.If you’d like more information, visit their website at or follow us on all social media platforms as “Downtown Evansville Indiana.” FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare,Their efforts are managed by a Board of Directors made up of multiple assessed property owners, Downtown businesses and non-profits, and Downtown residents. We created the fifth such district in Indiana, and there are over 1,000 similar districts across the US.First funded in 2018, our efforts have included alley activation and beautification, litter cleanup, landscape enhancements, developer and business recruitment, investor development for Downtown projects, holiday décor, banners, support for large community-wide events, advertising, relaunching the farmers market, producing 20 DowntownEvansville events annually, providing additional patrols by off-duty police officers, supporting efforts to increase the hours of services available at the United Caring Services homeless shelter, and supporting the City through maintaining amenities such as painting the arch or repairing electrical outlets on Riverside Drive.center_img Their efforts are managed by a Board of Directors made up of multiple assessed property owners, Downtown businesses and non-profits, and Downtown residents. We created the fifth such district in Indiana, and there are over 1,000 similar districts across the US.First funded in 2018, our efforts have included alley activation and beautification, litter cleanup, landscape enhancements, developer and business recruitment, investor development for Downtown projects, holiday décor, banners, support for large community-wide events, advertising, relaunching the farmers market, producing 20 DowntownEvansville events annually, providing additional patrols by off-duty police officers, supporting efforts to increase the hours of services available at the United Caring Services homeless shelter, and supporting the City through maintaining amenities such as painting the arch or repairing electrical outlets on Riverside Drive. last_img read more

Dr. Bucshon’s Statement on Paris Agreement

first_imgFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare (WASHINGTON, D.C.) – Congressman Larry Bucshon, M.D. released the following statement applauding President Donald Trump’s decision to pull the United States out of the Paris climate agreement:“While we can all agree that we should continually work to minimize our impact on the environment through innovation and technology, this flawed deal is unfair to American workers and puts our country at an economic disadvantage to the benefit of countries like China, Iran, and India. Estimates show the agreement could cost 6.5 million American jobs and devastate areas like Southern Indiana where families rely on the coal industry. Not to mention, we were committed to this agreement – what should be considered a treaty – unilaterally by President Obama, without the advice and consent of the Senate,” said Bucshon. “The American people should decide the direction of our domestic energy policy, not foreign nations. I’m happy the President took a strong stand today to ensure they do.”Bucshon was an original cosponsor of a resolution expressing the sense of Congress that the United States should withdraw from the Paris Agreement after it was adopted in December 2015.BACKGROUND (courtesy Senate Republican Policy Committee):A Decision on Paris • President Obama entered into the Paris climate agreement on his own – he never sought the Senate’s advice and consent.The agreement treats countries differently, with the U.S. cutting emissions more than Russia, China, Iran, and India. • The disparity puts U.S. businesses at a competitive disadvantage and raises energy costs for Americans.  The Paris climate agreement was a vital part of President Obama’s attempts to build his legacy. The Trump administration is expected to decide the deal’s fate before the president attends the G-7 summit on May 26.unknown.pngDISPARITY AMONG COUNTRIESThe United States pledged to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 20 percent between 2015 and 2025. Meanwhile, Russia is allowed to increase its emissions up to 50 percent – and China refused to set any emissions limit at all until 2030.After the agreement was signed, many nations indicated that they would only take action if they got a significant amount of foreign aid. Developing nations have requested at least $5.4 trillion in assistance. India requested $2.5 trillion, and South Africa asked for $909 billion. Iran made its commitments contingent on the removal of all sanctions and receiving $840 billion. President Obama transferred $1 billion from the State Department to the United Nations to implement the Paris agreement.THE SENATE NEVER APPROVED THE AGREEMENTPresident Obama knew that Congress would never approve such a flawed deal, so he refused to seek the Senate’s advice and consent. Instead, he labeled it an “executive agreement” and unilaterally pledged U.S. support. President Obama’s actions violated U.S. policy set during the Clinton administration requiring Senate approval for any international effort to set “targets and timetables” for emissions reductions.POTENTIAL IMPACT ON AMERICAN JOBSMany of America’s global competitors are unaffected by the Paris agreement, while the United States will incur significant implementation costs. President Obama pledged to cut annual greenhouse gas emissions by about 1.1 billion tons from 2015 to 2025. That’s on top of the more than 820 million tons the U.S. has already cut from annual emissions over the last decade. According to a March 2017 study by NERA Economic Consulting, the Paris agreement will cost America $3 trillion and eliminate 6.5 million jobs by 2040. Every sector of the economy will be affected, especially the U.S. industrial base.Decline in U.S. Industrial Output Due to Paris Agreement in 2025unknown_1.pngSource: NERA Economic ConsultingINCREASING U.S. OBLIGATIONSThe United States’ obligations under the Paris agreement increase over time. Under the agreement, the U.S. is required to update its emission-reduction targets every five years. The plain language of the agreement states that we can only pledge to do more – not less – as time goes on.IMPACT ON THE ENVIRONMENTDespite the high costs, the agreement does not solve the environmental challenges it was meant to address. China is the world’s largest producer of greenhouse gases. While U.S. emissions decline, those from developing nations like India continue to rise. That’s one reason why researchers at MIT estimate that the agreement will have a negligible impact on the environment.More here: read more

Free flu vaccine clinics set in Goshen for uninsured and under-insured

first_img (U.S. Air Force photo by Senior Airman Areca T. Wilson/Released) As flu season approaches, the Center for Healing & Hope is joining Americares and Walgreens to host free on-site flu vaccinations for people who are uninsured, under-insured, or who are at or below the federal poverty line.The CDC recommends getting the flu shot as soon as the vaccine is available and before the flu is widespread.The flu vaccine clinics will be on Saturday, September 19, Saturday, October 10, and Saturday, November 14 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the parking lot on the east side of Plymouth United Church of Christ at 902 S. Main Street in Goshen.Patients with insurance will need to bring their insurance cards to the clinic event, and in the rare instance that the insurance does not cover the vaccine, Walgreens will pay the cost. Free flu vaccine clinics set in Goshen for uninsured and under-insured By 95.3 MNC – September 18, 2020 0 314 WhatsApp Previous articleGrant program to help fund organizations aimed at reducing violenceNext articleSenator Mike Braun introduces legislation to crack down on animal cruelty 95.3 MNCNews/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel is your breaking news and weather station for northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan. Pinterest IndianaLocalNews Facebook Facebook Google+ Google+ Pinterest WhatsApp Twitter Twitterlast_img read more

Speech: Foreign Secretary Speech: Uniting for a Great Brexit

first_img The noisier the contest became during the early 1990s, the heavier the silent gloating that accompanied it, from the class that knew it commanded every operational forum from the ante-chambers of Whitehall to the boardrooms of big business, from Brussels committee rooms where a thousand lobbyists thronged, to the outposts of the Commission. The most corrupted trait I kept encountering was the sense – so prevalent among the Euro-elite, that having won the decision they had won the argument. Many exhibited the unmistakable opinion not only that the battle was over but that the other side, however loud it shouted, had simply lost and should now shut up. Well the boot is now on the other foot, at least in theory. For all their power and influence – every major political party, the CBI, Barack Obama and so on – those voices did not prevail.But is this the time now for the referendum winners to gloat? Should we sit back in silent self-satisfaction? I don’t think we should.It is not good enough to say to remainers – you lost, get over it; because we must accept that the vast majority are actuated by entirely noble sentiments, a real sense of solidarity with our European neighbours and a desire for the UK to succeed.All I am saying is that by going for Brexit we can gratify those sentiments – and more.So let me take the 3 anxieties in turn.Security: a strong Britain and a strong EUTo all who worry about our strategic position and the supposed loss of Britain to European security I can offer this same vital reassurance that the Prime Minister has made so many times and that I believe is welcomed by our partners.Our commitment to the defence of Europe is unconditional and immoveable. It is made real by the 800 British troops from 5th Battalion The Rifles I saw recently at Tapa in Estonia, who have since been relieved by 1st Battalion The Royal Welsh.Already this country is the single biggest spender in the EU both on aid and defence. Although we represent only 13% of the EU’s population, we contribute 20% of defence spending – and the RAF’s giant C17 transport aircraft represent 100% of the heavy lift capacity of the whole of Europe – as well as 25% of the overseas aid budget.It makes sense for us to continue to be intimately involved in European foreign and security policy. It would be illogical not to discuss such matters as sanctions together, bearing in mind that the UK expertise provides more than half of all EU sanctions listings.We will continue to be Europeans both practically and psychologically, because our status as one of the great contributors to European culture and civilisation – and our status as one of the great guarantors of the security of Europe – is simply not dependent on the Treaty of Rome as amended at Maastricht or Amsterdam or Lisbon.Spiritually British, European and globalSo let us next tackle the suggestion that we are somehow going to become more insular. It just flies in the face of the evidence. It was my Labour predecessor Ernie Bevin who said, “my foreign policy is to go down to Victoria station and go anywhere I damn well please.”That is pretty much what the British people already do. We have a bigger diaspora than any other rich nation – 6 million points of light scattered across an intermittently darkening globe.There are more British people living in Australia than in the whole of the EU, more in the US and Canada. As I have just discovered we have more than a million people who go to Thailand every year, where our superb consular services deal with some of the things that they get up to there.The statistical trajectory suggests that this wanderlust is most unlikely to abate. In 2016 the British people paid 71 million visits to other countries – and that is a 70% increase since the mid-1990s, and now more than one foreign trip per person per year.If we get the right deal on aviation and on visa-free travel – both of which are in our mutual interest – this expansion of UK tourism will continue, not just beyond the EU, but within the EU itself; and we will continue to go on cheapo flights to stag parties in ancient cities where we will, I’m sure, receive a warm welcome and meet interesting people, fall in love, struggle amiably to learn the European languages – knowledge of which, by the way, has suffered a paradoxical decline during our membership of the EU.There is no sensible reason why we should not be able to retire to Spain or indeed anywhere else (as indeed we did long before Spain joined what was then called the common market). We can continue the whirl of academic exchanges that have been a feature of European cultural life since the middle ages, and whose speed of cross-pollination has been accelerated by the internet as well as by schemes like Horizon or Erasmus – all of which we can continue to support, and whose participating scholars are certainly not confined to the EU.For those who really want to make Britain less insular, and we all want to make Britain less insular don’t we – the answer is not to submit forever to the EU legal order, but to think about how we can undo the physical separation that took place at the end of the Ice Age.Fly over the Channel at Dover and you see how narrow it is, the ferries plying back and forth like buses in Oxford street, and as you measure the blue straits with your fingers you can see that this moat is really an overgrown prehistoric river that once flowed down from the mountains of Norway and was fed by its tributaries, the Thames and the Seine and the Rhine. Indeed Britain and Holland used to be joined in the old days by a territory known as Doggerland.In 1986 Margaret Thatcher and Francois Mitterrand had the vision to heal the rupture with a first dry crossing; and it is notable that Eurotunnel is now calling for both sides of the Channel to prepare for a second fixed link. It does indeed seem incredible to me that the fifth and sixth most powerful economies in the world, separated by barely 21 miles of water, should be connected by only one railway line.I accept that the solution is still a few years off – though the need will be upon us fast – but I say all this to signal something about the attitudes that should inform Brexit.It’s not about shutting ourselves off; it’s about going global.It’s not about returning to some autarkic 1950s menu of spam and cabbage and liver. It’s about continuing the astonishing revolution in tastes and styles – in the arts, music, restaurants, sports – that has taken place in this country, in my lifetime, not so much because of our EU membership (that is to commit the fallacy known in the FCO as post hoc ergo propter hoc) but as a result of our history and global links, our openness to people and ideas that has brought 300 languages on to the streets of London, probably the most diverse capital on earth.In that sense Brexit is about re-engaging this country with its global identity, and all the energy that can flow from that.And I absolutely refuse to accept the suggestion that it is some un-British spasm of bad manners. It’s not some great V-sign from the cliffs of Dover.It is the expression of a legitimate and natural desire for self-government of the people, by the people, for the people.[political content removed]It is to fulfil the liberal idealism of John Stuart Mill himself, who recognised that it is only the nation – as he put it, “united among themselves by common sympathies which do not exist between themselves and others”. Only the nation could legitimate the activities of the state.It was only if people had this common sympathy that they would consent to be governed as a unit, because this feeling of national solidarity would “make them cooperate more willingly than with other people, desire to be under the same government, and desire it should be government by themselves or a portion of themselves exclusively.”And there is good reason for insisting on this national solidarity, or common sympathy, because government involves tremendous impositions, by which we collectively agree to taxation that pre-empts half our income, and obedience to laws not all of which we think are necessarily sensible.If we are going to accept laws, then we need to know who is making them, and with what motives, and we need to be able to interrogate them in our own language, and we must know how they came to be in authority over us and how we can remove them.And the trouble with the EU is that for all its idealism, which I acknowledge, and for all the good intentions of those who run the EU institutions, there is no demos – or at least we have never felt part of such a demos – however others in the EU may feel.The British people have plenty of common sympathies with the people of France, of course we do – but it is hard to deny that they also share common sympathies with plenty of non-EU people – the Americans, the Swiss, the Canadians, the Pakistanis; Thais, and that is one of the reasons why we in the UK have had such difficulty in adapting to the whole concept of EU integration.To understand why EU regulation is not always suited to the economic needs of the UK, it is vital to understand that EU law is a special type of law, unlike anything else on earth. It is not just about business convenience. It is expressly teleological. It is there to achieve a political goal.The aim is to create an overarching European state as the basis for a new sense of European political identity. British politicians, Labour and Tory, have always found that ambition very difficult. It is hard to make it cohere with our particular traditions of independent parliamentary and legal systems that go back centuries.And in spite of many sheep-like coughs of protest from the UK, the process of integration has deepened, and the corpus of EU law has grown ever vaster and more intricate, and ever more powers and competences were handed to EU institutions, culminating in the Treaty of Lisbon.We now have arrangements of such complexity and obscurity that I ask even my most diehard of remainer friends if they can explain their Spitzenkandidaten process – which has genuinely delighted the MEPs in Strasbourg but has mystified us in the UK; or the exact relationship between the EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights, justiciable in Luxembourg, and the European Convention on Human Rights whose court sits in Strasbourg.Starter for ten: how many people in this room actually know the answer to those questions – I think very few. I think the answer to the second one is unknowable. How many know the name of their Euro-MPs?And that is the point I sometimes make when I get the chance to throw the ball back over the net, to those who hail me in the street with cheery 4-letter epithets.That’s the point, isn’t it. At least they know roughly who I am and roughly what I do, generally speaking.If we wanted to find the person responsible for drafting the next phase of EU integration – in which Tony Blair and others would presumably like us to take part – we wouldn’t know where to find them, who they are, let alone how to remove them from office.That is why people voted Leave – not because they were hostile to European culture and civilisation, but because they wanted to take back control.That is why it is so vital that we don’t treat Brexit as a plague of boils or a murrain on our cattle, but as an opportunity, and above all as an economic opportunity.The Brexit economic opportunityWhich brings me to the last crucial reassurances that my side of the argument must give.We would be mad to go through this process of extrication from the EU, and not to take advantage of the economic freedoms it will bring.We will stop paying huge sums to the EU every year and as the PM herself has said, this will leave us with more to spend on our domestic priorities, including, yes, the NHS.We will be able to take back control of our borders – not because I am hostile to immigrants or immigration. Far from it. We need talented people to come and make their lives in this country – doctors, scientists, the coders and programmers who are so crucial to Britain’s booming tech economy.It was my proudest boast as Mayor of London that we had 400,000 French men and women in the British capital – high-earning and high-spending types – while only about 20,000 UK nationals went the other way and were living in Paris. And we must stay that way, we must remain a magnet for ambition and drive.But we also need to ask ourselves some hard questions about the impact of 20 years of uncontrolled immigration by low-skilled, low-wage workers – and what many see as the consequent suppression of wages and failure to invest properly in the skills of indigenous young people.We do not want to haul up the drawbridge; and we certainly don’t want to minimise the wonderful contribution they have made and certainly don’t want to deter the international students who make such a vital contribution to our HE economy, with 155,000 Chinese students alone.But we want to exercise control; and if we are going to move from a low-wage, low-productivity economy to a high-wage, high productivity economy – as we must – then Brexit gives us back at least one of the levers we need.[political content removed]And the contrast in this country is very striking with some of the other countries and the Schengen countries, where no such control is possible, and where the far right is alas on the rise.And as the PM has repeatedly said, we must take back control of our laws. And it would obviously be absurd, as Theresa May said in her Lancaster House and Florence speeches – which now have the lapidary status of the codes of Hammurabi or Moses – it would be absurd if we were obliged to obey laws over which we have no say and no vote.As the PM said at Lancaster House remaining within the single market “would to all intents and purposes mean not leaving the EU at all.”The British people should not have new laws affecting their everyday lives imposed from abroad, when they have no power to elect or remove those who make those laws. And there is no need for us to find ourselves in any such position.To those who worry about coming out of the customs union or the single market – please bear in mind that the economic benefits of membership are nothing like as conspicuous or irrefutable as is sometimes claimed.In the last few years there have been plenty of non-EU countries who have seen far more rapid growth in their exports to the EU than we have – even though we pay a handsome membership fee, as I have mentioned many times.In spite of being outside the stockade, the US has been able to increase its exports twice as fast. I think there are 36 countries around the world that have done better than us in exporting into the EU, even though they are not members.And for those of us within the stockade, the cost of EU regulation was estimated at 4% of GDP by Peter Mandelson and 7% by Gordon Brown. Authorities which for the purposes of this argument I do not propose to dispute.It is only by taking back control of our laws that UK firms and entrepreneurs will have the freedom to innovate, without the risk of having to comply with some directive devised by Brussels, at the urgings of some lobby group, with the specific aim of holding back a UK competitor. That would be intolerable, undemocratic, and would make it all but impossible for us to do serious free trade deals.It is only by taking back control of our regulatory framework and our tariff schedules that we can do these deals, and exploit the changes in the world economy.It is a striking fact that our exports to the EU have grown by only 10% since 2010, while our sales to the US are up 41%, to China 60%, to Saudi Arabia 41, New Zealand 40, Japan 60, South Korea 100%. Those figures reflect the broader story that the lion’s share of the growth is taking place outside the EU, and especially in the Asia-Pacific region.In a world that demands flexibility and agility, we should be thinking not of EU standards but of global standards, and a regulatory framework to suit the particular needs of the UK, a country that already exports a higher share of its GDP outside the EU than any other EU country.We already boast an amazing economy, diverse and very different from rest of EU. We are the nation that has moved highest and furthest up the value chain of the 21st century economy.We are a nation of inventors, designers, scientists, architects, lawyers, insurers, water slide testers – I met one in my constituency, toblerone cabinet makers – all the toblerone cabinets in Saudi Arabian airports are made in Uxbridge I am glad to tell you. There are some sectors, such as AI or bulk data where we really excel, we are streets ahead and in the future we may want to do things differently.Of course we will need to comply with EU regulation in so far as we are exporting to the EU. (though we should realise that the single market is not quite the Eden of uniformity that it is cracked up to be: you try becoming a ski instructor in France, not that I have tried myself; and I discovered the other day that we have totally different standards in this country for flame retardant sofas, to say nothing of plugs).But in a global marketplace, where we are trading in products that hadn’t been conceived even 5 years ago, serving markets that were poverty stricken 20 years ago, it seems extraordinary that the UK should remain lashed to the minute prescriptions of a regional trade bloc comprising only 6% of humanity wonderful as it may be – when it is not possible for us or any EU country to change those rules on our own.In so far as we turn increasingly to the rest of the world – as we are – then we will be able to do our own thing.We will be able, if we so choose, to fish our own fish, to ban the traffic in live animals, end payments to some of the richest landowners in Britain while supporting the rural economy; and we will be able to cut VAT on domestic fuel and other products.We can simplify planning, and speed up public procurement, and perhaps we would then be faster in building the homes young people need; and we might decide that it was indeed absolutely necessary for every environmental impact assessment to monitor 2 life cycles of the snail or to build special swimming pools for newts – not all of which they use in my experience – but it would at least be our decision to do that.Freed from EU regimes, we will not only be able to spend some of our Brexit bonus on the NHS; but as we develop new stem cell technology – in which this country has long been in the lead – it may be that we will need a new regulatory framework, scrupulous and moral, but not afraid to be different. The same point can be made of innovative financial services instruments, where the FCA already leads the way.We will decide on laws not according to whether they help to build a united states of Europe, noble goal that that may be, but because we want to create the best platform for the economy to grow and to help people to live their livesAnd the crucial thing is that when we are running ourselves – when all these freedoms open before us – we will no longer be able to blame Brussels for our woes, because our problems will be our responsibility and no-one else’s.And indeed no one should think that Brexit is some economic panacea, any more than it is right to treat it as an economic pandemic. On the contrary, the success of Brexit will depend on what we make of itAnd a success is what we will make of it – together.And that very success will be the best thing for the whole of continental Europe – a powerful adjacent economy buying more Italian cars and German wine than ever before. I never tire of telling you we are the single biggest consumers not just of champagne but of prosecco as well and we want to go on in that role.And so I say to my remaining Remainer friends – actually quite a numerous bunch – more people voted Brexit than have ever voted for anything in the history of this country.And I say in all candour that if there were to be a second vote I think it would be another year of turmoil and wrangling and feuding in which the whole country would be the loser. So let’s not go there.So let’s instead unite about what we all believe in – an outward-looking liberal global future for a confident United Kingdom. Because so much of this is about confidence and self-belief.We love to run ourselves down – in fact we are Olympic gold medal winners in the sport of national self-deprecation.And in the current bout of Brexchosis we are missing the truth: that it is our collective job to ensure that when the history books come to be written Brexit will be seen as just the latest way in which the British bucked the trend, took the initiative – and did something that responds to the real needs and opportunities that we face in the world today. That we had the courage to break free from an idea – however noble its origins – that had become outdated, at least for us.Konrad Adenauer said that every nation had its genius, and that the genius of the British people was for democratic politics. He was right, but perhaps he didn’t go far enough.Yes, it was the British people who saw that it was not good enough for Kings and princes to have absolute power and who began the tradition of parliamentary democracy in a model that is followed on every continent.It was also Britain that led the industrial revolution and destroyed slavery and the British people who had the wit to see through the bogus attractions of protectionism and who campaigned for free trade that has become the single biggest engine of prosperity and progress.And so I say to my constituent – don’t go to Canada, or anywhere else, lovely though Canada is.This, the UK, is the country that is once again taking the lead in shaping the modern world. And it is our stubborn attachment to running ourselves that will end up making our society fairer and more prosperous.In its insistence upon democracy, in its openness, its belief in the rights of the individual, in its protection of our legal system; its scepticism about excessive regulation; its potential for devolving power downwards; and in its fundamental refusal to discriminate between all the other peoples of the earth. And in its central distinction between a political loyalty and obedience to the EU institutions, and our eternal love for European culture, and values, and civilisation.Brexit is not just the great liberal project of the age, but a project that over time can unite this whole country. So let’s do it with confidence together.Thank you very much. And he went on to say: The other day a woman pitched up in my surgery in a state of indignation. The ostensible cause was broadband trouble but it was soon clear – as so often in a constituency surgery – that the real problem was something else.No one was trying to understand her feelings about Brexit. No one was trying to bring her along. She felt so downcast, she said, that she was thinking of leaving the country – to Canada. It wasn’t so much that she wanted to be in the EU; she just didn’t want to be in a Britain that was not in the EU.And I recognised that feeling of grief, and alienation, because in the last 18 months I have heard the same sentiments so often – from friends, from family, from people hailing me abusively in the street – as is their right.In many cases I believe the feelings are abating with time, as some of the fears about Brexit do not materialise. In some cases, alas, I detect a hardening of the mood, a deepening of the anger.I fear that some people are becoming ever more determined to stop Brexit, to reverse the referendum vote of June 23 2016, and to frustrate the will of the people. I believe that would be a disastrous mistake that would lead to permanent and ineradicable feelings of betrayal. We cannot and will not let it happen.But if we are to carry this project through to national success – as we must – then we must also reach out to those who still have anxieties.I want to today to anatomise at least some of the fears and to show to the best of my ability that these fears can be allayed, and that the very opposite is true: that Brexit can be grounds for much more hope than fear.There are essentially 3 types of concern about the momentous choice the nation has made.StrategicThe first is that this is simply a strategic or geo-strategic mistake. On this view Britain is an offshore island comprising fewer than 1% of humanity, and we need to be bound up in the European Union for protection – partly for our protection, and partly so that Britain can fulfil its historic role of providing protection for the other countries of the European continent. I come across quite a few people who think that Brexit has cast us adrift – made our geostrategic position somehow more vulnerable, while weakening the security of the whole of Europe.SpiritualThe second anxiety is essentially spiritual and aesthetic – that by voting to leave the EU we have sundered ourselves from the glories of European civilisation. People believe that we have thrown up a figurative drawbridge, made it less easy to live, study, work abroad; and decided to sacrifice the Europeanness in our identities. They fear that the Brexit vote was a vote for nationalism and small-mindedness and xenophobia. They think it was illiberal, reactionary and the British have shown the worst of their character to the world; indeed that it was in some sense un-British.EconomicAnd the third objection is the one that occupies most of the debate – the economic fear that we have voted to make ourselves less prosperous; that membership of the EU is vital for UK business and investment, and that the panoply of EU legislation has helped to make life easier for companies and for citizens. People fear the disruption they associate with change, and that our friends and partners in the EU may make life difficult for us. Sometimes these economic anxieties are intensified by the other fears – about identity or security – so that hitherto recondite concepts like the single market or the customs union acquire unexpected emotive power.Well I believe that whatever the superficial attractions of these points, they can be turned on their head.I want to show you today that Brexit need not be nationalist but can be internationalist; not an economic threat but a considerable opportunity; not un-British but a manifestation of this country’s historic national genius.And I can see obviously that I’m running the risk in making this case of simply causing further irritation. But I must take that risk because it is this government’s duty to advocate and explain the mission on which we are now engaged; and it has become absolutely clear to me that we cannot take the argument for granted.We cannot expect the case to make itself. That was the mistake of the pro-EU elite in this country when they won the last referendum in 1975.As the Guardian journalist the late Hugo Young points out in his book, This Blessed Plot:last_img read more

A moving experience

first_img 8Auden Laurence `16 (from left) talks with her parents, Linda and Tom Kazukyas, outside Matthews Hall. 5Keyanna Wigglesworth `16 talks with her father Kyle, while her brother, Sirvon, rests before beginning the heavy haul into Harvard. The family woke up at 1 a.m. to drive to Cambridge from their home in New Jersey. 10Jameson McShea `16 (from left), Paul Stanton `16, Harvard President Drew Faust, Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, Dean of Freshmen Thomas Dingman, Esther Ojogho, and her son, Dennis, talk during Move-In Day. 9Esther Ojogho and son Dennis confer during Move-In Day. 3Sgt. Dominic Sardo greets families at Harvard Stadium as they line up to enter Harvard Yard 2Ajalorin Davin (left) helps her mother, Tania David (far right), move Kani David `16 into Harvard. More than 1,600 undergraduates took the first step yesterday to making Harvard their home for the next four years, as they began arriving early in the morning for the ritual of freshman move-in day.The Class of 2016 will occupy 13 freshman dorms in the Old Yard, and four dorms on the edge of its iron gates.As students and parents worked to unload cars brimming with clothing, furniture, and supplies, Harvard President Drew Faust and Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American Studies, made their way through the Yard to welcome students, and to calm nervous parents.“I think that’s amazing, to meet the president of the University on my first day here,” said Matt Barber ’16, of Orinda, Calif., after moving into Grays Hall.“It is one of my great pleasures and privileges to welcome students and parents to Harvard each fall,” said Faust, as she visited with freshman students and their families. “With the arrival of every new class of students, I look forward to seeing young people grow and thrive — often in ways they don’t yet imagine — as they take advantage of the wealth of opportunities that await them here.”Faust and Hammonds chatted with dozens of students, many from faraway. The administrators spoke with a family from Melbourne, Australia, and welcomed a mother whose son had turned down offers from the Air Force and Navy academies to attend Harvard.“This is an exciting time of year, not just for students taking their first steps into a new, more independent life, but for the Harvard community as well,” Hammonds said. “I look forward to the next four years, and to helping the Class of 2016 reach their fullest potential.”Between lugging bags and boxes into the dorms, many parents offered sentiments similar to those of Esther Ojogho. “I’m very, very proud of him today,” said Ojogho, who emigrated from Nigeria to Boyle Heights, a neighborhood in East Los Angeles. “I told [my son] the only thing that can bring you from here to here is education.”“I never thought that, coming from Boyle Heights, that I’d be able to make it to this point,” said Dennis Ojogho after moving into Lionel Hall. “But I had faith that with hard work and education, you can achieve anything you want. Right now, it’s just overwhelming to be here.”“This was something she set her mind to three years ago, and she worked very hard to make it a reality,” Cinzia Cozzolino said of her daughter, Nina Hooper, who moved into Matthews Hall. “I think it’s great to see the president and the dean out walking around and greeting people. They’re very personable. And just being here, you realize what an amazing place this is.”It was a day filled with nervous anticipation for parents and students who have been feverishly packing and preparing for separation anxiety. But Harvard administrators and officials were eager and excited too, ready to welcome the next generation to campus and ensure a smooth transition.Proctors and peer-advising fellows greeted students in their dorms and answered questions. Members of Harvard’s Crimson Key Society, a welcoming committee, helped to direct traffic in the Yard and make freshmen feel at home. Under a white tent, Harvard officials checked students in through laptop computers, and handed them keys and information about Harvard and the whirl of activities scheduled in the coming week.“It’s just an amazing collaborative effort,” said Carina Myteveli, an administrative operations officer who has helped to manage move-in day for the past five years.The work involves everything from prepping the grounds and coordinating parking, to preparing keys and packets for incoming students, to making sure the electronic cables are in place for the computers used to check students, said Myteveli. Other University departments are also involved.“We meet for months beforehand to iron out all of the details and make sure we are ready to go,” said Myteveli.Move-in day operates as a well-oiled machine, thanks in part to Anthony Pacillo and his team. Pacillo, the senior manager of Harvard Yard and freshman dormitories, and his staff members help students to register and move in, but the staff’s labors began months earlier.Much of their work began when the previous freshman class departed in the spring. The student-run Dorm Crew moved in to ready the rooms to host Harvard’s 25th reunion class, which stayed on campus during Commencement week. After the reunion class left, the crew cleaned and repaired the dorms for the Harvard Summer School students. When those classes ended, the crews readied the dorms for student pre-orientation programs. As soon as those visitors left, the crew prepped the dorms for the new freshmen.“It’s kind of a never-ending cycle,” said Pacillo. But the work is key to making the freshmen feel comfortable. “We take it very, very, very seriously.”He also takes driving in the Yard seriously. During move-in day, a parade of cars enters Harvard’s gates to drop off students. Parents have 20 minutes to unload before they are asked to move to free parking in a garage nearby.Early in the day, at a staging area across the Charles River adjacent to Harvard Stadium, hundreds of parents and students began driving onto the grassy field at 6 a.m. to queue up according to dorm. Members of the Harvard University Police Department, city of Cambridge police, and the Massachusetts State Police, along with representatives from the Crimson Key Society, helped to keep order, directing traffic and guiding cars on a circuitous route to the Yard.Among them was Sgt. Dominic Sardo of the Harvard Police. For 12 years, Sardo has helped to reassure arriving parents that their children will be in good hands, and has injected humor into an often-stressful day.Directing traffic in the field, Sardo greeted some of the earliest arrivals with the quip: “You’re here for the move-in for Yale?”The Wigglesworth family started its six-hour trip from Burlington, N.J., at 1 a.m. With her mother, father, younger brother, and older sister in tow, freshman Keyanna Wigglesworth waited in her parents’ minivan, eager to get settled. She had been on campus for the past week as part of Dorm Crew, working in Matthews Hall. “It gave me a chance to get to know everyone and get oriented with the campus,” said Wigglesworth, who won’t live in her namesake dorm, but instead in Thayer Hall.She is happy to be living in Thayer with its “really spacious common room” and “bigger-than-expected closets.”“That’s good because I brought a lot of clothes,” she said.Fighting back tears, her excited mother, Zina, recalled bringing her daughter to the stadium to compete in track and field meets while she was in high school. “Who knew that we would be coming here [for college]? I am just so proud of her.”Freshman Kani David and his mother and sister didn’t have so far to travel. They drove from nearby Roxbury to Cambridge and sat in their Ford Explorer, packed to capacity, mostly with clothes, as they waited to be admitted to the Yard.“Nothing like the fashionable Harvard man,” joked his mother, Tonya, who was  behind the wheel.Kani David said he has been anticipating move-in day since he was accepted to Harvard in December, and he was eager to move into Wigglesworth, where he will live with four roommates.“That’s going to be an adventure,” he said.To ease his mother’s nerves, he reassured her that he would be living just around the corner. But an anxious Tonya David had her mind firmly set. “I am going to call him,” she said, “right after we leave.”While there are “lots of different moving parts” to move-in day, Pacillo said, the operation largely “works like clockwork.”That doesn’t mean there aren’t minor adjustments from year to year. In the past, move-in day typically took place on the weekend. But since Harvard revised its academic calendar, arrival now is often during the week, which can mean navigating rush-hour traffic.This year, there also was the complication of construction on the John F. Kennedy Memorial Bridge, the main thoroughfare into Harvard Square from the stadium, and to the Science Center Plaza, through which the cars usually exit the Yard, forcing officials to reconfigure the departure route.Pacillo, who was president of his dorm at Salem State University, said that was the perfect preparation for his current role. “Nothing,” he said, “surprises me.”“It’s a day that’s just ripe with possibility,” said Zachary Gingo, Harvard’s senior director of facilities operations, who helped to oversee move-in day from 2001 to 2006 as manager of administrative operations. Gingo praised the staff and volunteers and recalled his own first day as a freshman in 1994.“I was so excited to be here and was thrilled to see that same enthusiasm from my fellow students,” he said. “There is an incredible energy and enthusiasm that the students bring to campus … it’s contagious; they really breathe life into this place.”As he moved into Weld Hall, Miles Graham said he came to Harvard because it “seems more like a test run for the real world than some of the smaller colleges I was looking at.”Rachel Moon, who moved into Matthews Hall, said she is looking forward to connecting with the diverse student body.“I grew up in Korea, and I didn’t meet many people from different countries, so I am really looking forward to meeting people from different nations.”“Thanks to scores of dedicated administrators across the College and throughout Harvard, move-in day went off without a hitch yet again,” Hammonds said. “They all deserve a lot of credit for making one of the most important days for students and their families go off seamlessly year after year.”Kate Brea and Peter Reuell contributed to this report. 7Packed bags? Check. Guitar? Check. Dan Rittenhouse `16 transports his belongings into his new home. 1Kevin Hernandez `13 greets Jack Huang `16 (left) at Harvard Stadium as cars line up to enter Harvard Yard for the annual tradition of Move-In Day. 6Michael Caldwell `23 (far left), Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds, Harvaard President Drew Faust, and Maria Dieci `13 chat in a smaller group before welcoming Class of `16 newcomers. 4What would John Harvard think of it all? Not even balloons can break his permanently stoic face. 11Members of the Class of `16 work together to carry a bed into Harvard Yard. Rest easy, freshmen! 12Keyanna Wigglesworth ’16 talks with her father, Kyle, while her brother, Sirvon, rests before beginning the heavy haul into Harvard. The family woke up at 1 a.m. to drive to Cambridge from their home in New Jersey.last_img

Harvard, collaborators receive $64.7 million NIH grant to build a detailed brain map

first_img Read Full Story Researchers from Harvard will be part of an ambitious new initiative to develop a better understanding of the brain. Neuroscientists have dreamed for years of understanding the role that each individual brain cells plays, and how the cells differ, connect and function. But the number of cells has been simply too massive to study or map all of them on an individual level.Now, thanks to advances in technology, the neuroscientists’ dream is closer to being realized than ever before. In a project of unprecedented scale, the National Institutes of Health has awarded an international consortium of laboratories $64.7 million over the next five years to begin to build a detailed mouse brain atlas that will catalog and map the cells in a mouse brain. The project aims to identify all of the different cell types in the brain, determine what set of genes each type uses, and map their physical locations.In addition, the consortium will examine the forebrain, the part of the brain involved in most forms of cognition, emotion, and sensorimotor processing, in more detail, aiming to also determine the size and shape of each of the major types of neuron, and trace the connections they make to other regions of the brain. Part of the NIH Brain Research through Advancing Innovative Neurotechnologies (BRAIN) Initiative, this project complements efforts by other BRAIN Initiative consortia to map the brains of humans and non-human primates.The mouse brain cell atlas project is led by Paola Arlotta, Harvard Department of Stem Cell and Regenerative Biology and the Eli & Edythe Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Josh Huang, Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory, and it brings together a diverse array of co-investigators from many institutions.A comprehensive catalog of the different types of brain cells, mapped to their physical locations in the brain, will ultimately improve researchers’ understanding of how the brain develops, connects and works—and what can go wrong with it in disease.“In order to solve medical problems, you really need this foundational knowledge of what cell types there are, where in the brain they are, and where they connect to,” Arlotta says. “And much of this information has been missing in the field, because we were not able, technology-wise, to gather it across the whole brain.”The labs will use several cutting edge techniques to build molecular profiles of each cell. Then they will match these profiles to a “brain atlas,” a 3D virtual map of the brain, connecting each cell’s molecular level data to a physical location.A wide variety of research projects will be facilitated by the atlas, from basic neuroscience to disease modeling.The grant reported in this publication was awarded by the National Institute Of Mental Health of the National Institutes of Health under Award Number U19MH114821.—Written by Greta Friarlast_img read more

Group allocates funds to athletic department

first_imgSaint Mary’s Student Government Association (SGA) voted Wednesday to set aside $1,000 of its capital budget to repair or replace fitness equipment for student use. Athletics Commissioner Christine Brown approached the board the first meeting of the semester with a request from the Athletics Department asking for a full or partial reimbursement of funds that were used to replace two backboards. SGA discussed the request at its last meeting and decided it needed more information from the Athletics Department. Saint Mary’s Athletic Director Julie Schroeder-Biek was present at the beginning of Wednesday’s meeting to discuss the reimbursement request and answer questions. Schroeder-Biek said the Athletic Department requested the reimbursement because the money it spent on the backboards cut into its funds for the Angela Athletic facility, which students use. The Athletic Department replaced the backboards to fulfill new NCAA equipment regulations. According to a new NCAA mandate, “starting with the 2010-2011 season, a red light placed behind each backboard or LED lights placed around the backboard shall be required.” The Athletic Department was informed of the change in regulations two years ago and anticipated the cost; however, problems arose when the LED lights did not fit the backboards. “The backboards were so outdated that the LED lights did not fit,” Schroeder-Biek said. “The additional costs to replace the backboards were unexpected.” Schroeder-Biek said the money spent on the new backboards was pulled from the portion of the fundraising money student athletes earn from football parking in the fall semester. She said the Athletic Department has a set budget and no funds to request new equipment, which led to using general funds for the Angela Athletic facility. “As you know, the backboards are used not only by the basketball team, but also by intramural basketball,” Schroeder-Biek said. “There are over 1,000 people a week using the fitness center. “We put in this reimbursement request because the cost of the new backboards [$3,380] cut into the funds for updating the facility,” Schroeder-Biek said. “That’s where the [reimbursement] money would go — back into the fitness center.” Schroeder-Biek thanked the board for extending the opportunity to clarify the issue and left. The board discussed the issue with a pro and con list. Those who supported giving funds to the Athletics Department focused on the point that the money would be going to support the athletic facility and eventually it would benefit the entire student body. “It may open a can of worms, but there are 1,100 girls that go to the gym every week,” senior Julie Laemmle said. “Not only will students use it, but prospective students touring the campus would be more attracted to equipment more recent than the 1970s.” SGA also debated the effect that granting this request to the Athletics Department, which is outside of SGA’s usual jurisdiction, would have in setting a precedent for future requests. “If we give money to one department, we open ourselves to other departments, including academic departments that we don’t fund,” Student Diversity Board President Morgan Gay said. “It would be setting the wrong precedent; SGA traditionally gives money to student clubs and organizations.” After an extended discussion and a motion with several amendments, it was decided that SGA will set aside $1,000 of the remaining $3,218.96 available of the capital budget for repairs and equipment replacement to the Angela Athletic facility.last_img read more

“So You Think You Can Sync?“ benefits Hannah’s House

first_imgPasquerilla East Hall will hold their annual event, “So You Think You Can Sync?” battle at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in Washington Hall.  The production, modeled on Jimmy Fallon’s lip sync battles, will include a wide variety of performers and styles.Samantha Scheuler, a senior assistant rector from Pasquerilla East Hall, emphasized the community building aspect of the event. “It will just be a great time for our community to get together and show the rest of campus what Pasquerilla East is all about,” Scheuler said.Performances will include mash-ups, classic rock and Britney Spears songs, as well as selections from “High School Musical” and “Annie.”Performance styles will be as diverse as the song selections, Schueler said.“Some are really choreographed, and some go the traditional route of really imitating the performer that sings the song,” she said.The proceeds from this event will benefit Hannah’s House, an organization providing shelter, emotional support and programming to pregnant women of all ages.  All of Pasquerilla East’s signature events support this charity.Schuler said she hopes students will take this opportunity to assist an important cause while watching a great performance.“Who doesn’t like a talent show?  Who doesn’t like people being vulnerable, putting themselves out there, getting a little goofy?” she said.The committee that planned the event has been working hard since August to put together a professional production, Scheuler explained.“It’s been a lot of planning and a lot of work at times over the last month, so I’m really hoping it just feels like a celebration,” Scheuler said.  “I really hope that the five girls who have helped me plan this really enjoy it and can relax a little bit afterwards.”Pasquerilla East junior, committee member, and event stage manager Maggie Marino said she has enjoyed her work on the committee.“It’s definitely been a nice experience, doing things that I haven’t really done before,” she said.Marino said that as stage manager, she has worked closely with the sports marketing department in order to learn how to oversee the logistical minutiae of the event.   “Basically in sports marketing one of the main things when you’re on the floor is just telling people when they can go on … and making sure they’re off at the right time … so that everything goes smoothly, so that’s basically what stage managing is,” Marino said.The committee is trying to take advantage of all of the facilities available to them in Washington Hall, Scheuler said.“A lot of the groups when they came to dress rehearsal weren’t expecting us to be as prepared — like with a stage manager, a lights person and a person on audio — as we were,” Scheuler said. “It was kind of cool to show them how prepared we were and how serious we were about the event.”Freshman Clarissa Younkle, another member of the planning committee, said she was similarly surprised by the technical features involved in the preparation for the event.“I didn’t expect it to be that involved a performance,” she said.Younkle said that the event was originally scheduled to take place last spring, but it was postponed because many performers dropped out.  “So this year, when we wanted to do it again, we really had to make sure that we had people that were committed and that wanted to do it.” she said.The dress rehearsal, which took place Sunday, was an important part of the preparation for the event, Scheuler said.“We were at Washington Hall all day figuring out lights, sound, stage cues and props, and making sure the groups really felt comfortable on stage with their choreography and overall performance,” Scheuler said.Next week is Pasquerilla East Hall’s spirit week, and Scheuler said this event will fuel dorm festivities.“Dorm spirit is kind of at an all-time high right now” she said.Similarly, Marino said that the event builds a stronger dorm community.“It definitely brings people together,” she said.Tickets are $5, and they can be purchased either at the box office in LaFortune Student Center or at the door.Younkle said that all Notre Dame students can have a great time at this event.  “You can get extreme comical relief from a very stressful week in a short amount of time and support a charity, so why not?” she said.Tags: Hannah’s House, Pasquerilla East, So You Think You Can Sync, Washington Halllast_img read more

Nominations sought for 2011 VRA Retailer of the Year awards

first_imgThe Vermont Retail Association (VRA) is pleased to announce the third annual Vermont Retailer of the Year Awards. Membership in VRA is not required for eligibility. All Vermont businesses engaged in retail operations may be nominated and considered. Nominations may be submitted using the Retailer of the Year nomination form on the association’s website, is external).  Nominations will be accepted through December 31, 2011. The awards will be presented in 2012 at a gala celebration and ceremony. Three separate awards are presented each year:Retailer of the Year: Honoring a Vermont retailer for overall excellenceGreentailer of the Year: Honoring a Vermont retailer for environmental excellenceCommunity Gem: Honoring a Vermont retailer who has made unique and valuable contributions to its community.According to VRA Executive Director Tasha Wallis, ‘It is impossible to overstate the importance of Vermont’s retail industry. Retailers employ more Vermonters than any other business sector except health care. More than 40,000 Vermonters work in retail, approximately 16% of the entire work force. Given the retail sector’s tremendous benefit to Vermont, it is only appropriate that the ‘best of the best’ be recognized annually.’last_img read more