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first_imgAiming at facilitating discussion on issues related to gender and race, the fourth biennial international Gender Studies Program Conference titled “Intersectional Inquiries and Collaborative Action: Gender and Race” is set to take place in McKenna Hall starting Thursday afternoon.Organized by faculty and students associated with the Gender Studies Program, the three-day event will feature a multitude of guest speakers, artists and activists from across the nation and world who specialize in a variety of disciplines.“The conference is bringing together some of the best and brightest people in intersectionality studies, but we are gathering not just to discuss research but also to strategize solutions for our world’s ongoing problems regarding race and gender,” Gender Studies Program director Mary Celeste Kearney said.The conference will consist of roundtables, creative presentations, papers, two plenary sessions and a keynote address, all of which will feature an array of perspectives on topics related to the conference’s theme: intersections of race and gender.“I think this conference may have more of an impact on our campus community than previous Gender Studies conferences, since it is not just focused on scholarship, but also art work and activism,” Kearney said. “The issues we’ll be discussing impact everyone, not just academics.”According to the conference program, some of the topics that will be addressed at the conference are pay equity, equitable representation in the media, asylum seekers, the Black Lives Matter movement, feminist teaching and learning in secondary schools, sexual violence across a continuum of institutional systems, and women in active combat roles and in the government.Students, faculty and staff can freely attend any session, but will not be given a name tag, program or food unless they register on-site for all three days.“We have over 60 Notre Dame faculty, staff [and] students registered for the conference, which is far more than normal for Gender Studies’ conferences,” Kearney said.The keynote address, titled “Sharpening Intersectionality’s Cutting Edge,” will be conducted by Professor Patricia Hill Collins, a professor of sociology at the University of Maryland, College Park. According to Kearney, Collins is “one of the most respected scholars on intersectionality today.”As the only Notre Dame professor speaking at a plenary session, Atalia Omer, associate professor of religion, conflict, and peace studies in the Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies and the sociology department, said she decided to participate in the conference because she is especially fascinated with the “intellectual insights of intersectionality” and how it has informed various social justice movements.“Intersectionality should be a central component of our discussions at the [Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies],” Omer said. “It has not been and so my own engagement with this academic and activist sets of discourses is motivated partly by this failure of peace studies to more centrally integrate feminist modes of analysis and scholarship.”Omer will be presenting on “Biopolitics and Borders: Intersectional Bodies and the Globalizing of Nation” through the perspective of a cultural sociologist of religion.Many other Notre Dame professors, as well as scholars from universities in South Africa, Canada, Texas, Colorado, Maryland and plenty of other locations across the United States will also be presenting at the conference.“It would be hard for me to compare this group of scholars to those who have come to other [Gender Studies] conferences, since the topics of each conference has been very different,” Kearney said. “But, given the conference theme, my guess is that we will have a far more racially diverse group than in previous years, and it’s likely that women of color will be in the majority.”Tags: Gender Studies, gender studies conference, intersectionality, Marylandlast_img read more

first_imgMost parents plan on seeing their child’s teacher only a few times a year at parent-teacher conferences. But building a relationship with your child’s teacher can improve your child’s performance during the school year. Parents who have a working relationship with their children’s teachers can tackle problems with the child’s academic performance or behavior earlier and more effectively. “That relationship with a teacher is important, especially when a child is young,” said Diane Bales, a child development specialist with the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences. “The teachers are sometimes the first people to see when a child is having difficulty and can alert parents to any problems.” One key to building an open conversation with your child’s teacher is to start talking at the beginning of the school year before any problems arise. When a teacher has to tell a child’s parent that their child is misbehaving or falling behind, tensions can run high. That’s not the best time to start a relationship with your child’s teacher. “Don’t wait until something goes wrong to talk to your child’s teacher,” Bales said. She suggests meeting the teacher in person at the beginning of the year and then touching base regularly through a quick email or with a phone call. If you feel your child is facing a hurdle in class or you have other serious concerns, set up an appointment to meet with the teacher. You don’t have to wait for the parent-teacher conference at the end of the grading period to have a conversation about your child. When parent-teacher conference time does come around, make the most of it. Write down any questions or concerns you want to address and use that to guide the conversation. Be prepared to share information about any life changes that you or your child are going through during the school year — a move, a new sibling or a change in parents’ relationship can impact a child’s classroom performance. “You don’t have to tell your whole life story, but give the basics about why your child might be upset so the teacher knows what’s going on,” Bales said. Above all, don’t be defensive if your child’s teacher reaches out to you about a behavior problem or your child’s difficulties in class. Teachers sometimes have insight into children’s behaviors and academic performance that parents don’t. They also can help find your child the extra help or interventions they need to get back on track. “A parent is the expert on their child, but teachers know, on average, what children are like and may spot problems before parents,” Bales said. “Parents may not notice that something is unusual; they are not around as many different children as teachers.”last_img read more

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Utility Dive:Colorado is preparing to boost its use of energy storage, especially since Xcel revamped its energy plan, committing to completely eliminate carbon emissions by 2050, and regulators are beginning to lay out rules to ensure batteries are included in utility planning processes when they acquire supply-side resources. The order approved this week by the PUC codifies the intent of legislation passed earlier in the year.The new rules “establish requirements for a coordinated electric planning process that is to be conducted on a comprehensive, transparent, statewide basis.” The PUC noted in its order that the commission “does not currently treat all electric facilities alike from the perspective of planning or procurement.” The Energy Storage Association in a statement celebrated the PUC’s move, saying the new rules “raise the bar for including energy storage in utility planning.” Following the passage of the underlying legislation, ESA said the commission “took its own momentous step toward leveling the playing field for energy storage and other flexible technologies.” Requiring consideration of energy storage in utility planning processes will be a “critical ingredient to ensuring the greatest savings for ratepayers,” the group said.A previous bill passed by lawmakers directed the PUC to adopt rules governing the installation, interconnection and use of customer-sited energy storage systems, setting some parameters for interconnection reviews.Colorado’s legislature “has made it clear that storage must be considered as an option for cost-effective electric service,” ESA said in a statement.More: Colorado adopts rule to include storage in utility planning Colorado to require utilities to consider storage in long-range resource planslast_img read more

first_imgThe U.S. Forest Service is planning five prescribed burns on the Pisgah Ranger District in the coming months to reduce the risk of wildfires. The low- to medium-intensity burns also create healthier, more diverse, and more resilient forests that can better support wildlife. The dates for the burns and the actual number of units burned will depend upon weather conditions. Burning days are changeable because the proper conditions are needed; wind and relative humidity are key factors in fire behavior, safety, and smoke control. Prescribed burning will only occur when environmental conditions permit. During the burns, proper personnel and equipment will be on-site and some roads and trails may be closed to ensure safety. Prescribed burns planned on the Pisgah Ranger District to reduce wildfire risk and improve forest health CountyBurn UnitSize (acres)HaywoodBalds550HaywoodSams Knob200Transylvania and HendersonPink Beds2000TransylvaniaBear Pen1500BuncombeBent Creek117 All prescribed burns are thoroughly planned and analyzed by a team of specialists to ensure that wildlife, fisheries, rare plants, and historic sites are not harmed. Habitat for a variety of wildlife can be improved through carefully-planned and executed prescribed burns. Regular burns promote the growth of plants that provide food for wildlife including important game animals such as deer and turkey. Prescribed burning is an important and versatile forest management tool that can mimic natural fire disturbances and reduce underbrush and flammable vegetation, which is key to limiting wildfire growth.For more information contact the Pisgah Ranger District at 828-877-3265. Photo: Controlled burn from Getty Imageslast_img read more

first_imgBy Kay Valle/Diálogo August 25, 2017 Honduras’s National Interagency Security Force (FUSINA, per its Spanish acronym) continues to conduct operations to build itself up as the most successful government task force in the fight against crime. “This institution’s work has been reinforced through joint interagency operations,” Honduran Military Justice Lieutenant Colonel Santos Nolasco, a spokesman for FUSINA, told Diálogo. “Also, new legislation was passed to support these operations, and that will make the application of justice more effective.” One of the most recent achievements was the destruction of coca and marijuana plantations in July, in which special anti-narcotics units identified, secured, and destroyed drug manufacturing centers. “That operation located one four-hectare coca plantation and a 24-hectare marijuana plantation in the department of Colón. Both have already been destroyed,” Lt. Col. Nolasco reported. “Twenty hectares [planted] with marijuana were also secured in the department of Olancho.” “Organized groups devoted to the distribution and sale of narcotics will always be continually evolving and willing to expand their illegal enterprises,” said Edgardo Mejía, a security analyst and professor at the National University of the Honduran Police. “Drug trafficking has expanded the kinds of operations that are conducted in Honduran territory. This territory has become a transfer point and a place for money laundering, as it is seen as a geographical area for drug production.” Training and equipment The acquisition of arms and high-tech material is a clear example of the effort that this Central American nation is making in the fight against organized crime and drug trafficking. “Little by little, Honduras is acquiring new technology to strengthen its Armed Forces,” Lt. Col. Nolasco said. “This technology is deployed in our land shield, in our naval shield, and in our air shield, in order to combat drug trafficking and all petty crime and organized crime activities.” According to the U.S. State Department’s 2016 International Narcotics Control Strategy Report, the vast majority of cocaine that transits through Honduras arrives by sea. “The Caribbean region of Honduras continues to be a primary landing zone for maritime transport in drug trafficking and for non-commercial flights,” according to the report. That is why, with cooperation from partner nations, specialists from the Honduran Armed Forces have undergone training within the framework of Operation Morazán. An example of this occurred in June, at the Naval Training Center located in Trujillo Bay, where a group of 255 Honduran officers and noncommissioned officers received elite training from qualified instructors from the U.S., Colombia, and Chile. “The goal of the training, in addition to training naval personnel in combating drug trafficking and other illegal activities and raising the level of operational readiness, will be to bolster and equip the Marine Corps and create a new force that is comparable to Army Special Forces,” Captain Héctor Manuel Tercero López, chief of the Joint Staff of the Honduran Navy, told Diálogo. “Navy Special Forces will be the new force to bolster our maritime shield, and it is expected to be up and running at full capacity by the end of 2017.” As with other nations, it will act as a certified professional force that will combat new threats. “The most important thing is that these officers will have a multiplying effect,” Capt. Tercero stated. “From what they have learned, they will train other [elite] service members in order to strengthen the maritime shield implemented along the coasts.” Forecasting the future “There are clear objectives in the strategic combat plan against drug, arms, and human trafficking and the criminal acts of the maras and gangs, among others,” Lt. Col. Nolasco said as he forecasted FUSINA’s future. “However, the short-term goal is to achieve a considerable reduction in the rate of homicides per 100,000 residents in 2017.” For his part, Mejía acknowledges that social progress is just the starting point for more meaningful achievements that will benefit the citizenry. “At one time, Honduras was considered the most violent country in the world. That has changed. We’ve achieved a reduction in violence as well as of the homicide rate, showing that our teamwork strategy is working,” he said. Mejía added that FUSINA’s evolution as a joint interagency task force will be based on not losing continuity with training and specialization programs and that they must not stop recruiting personnel to grow the force. “All of the elements that work with and make up FUSINA — the Honduran Armed Forces, the Office of the Attorney General, the National Police, the Supreme Court, and Immigration — receive ongoing training,” Lt. Col. Nolasco concluded. “This has allowed us to be unified and specialized in fighting the domestic and transnational crime that impacts Honduran society.”last_img read more

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York CHAPTER I:AROUND THE WORLDHere are some things everyone should know about global warming (all reports guaranteed true):In Europe, the bears are confused. It’s too warm to hibernate at their normal time, and all the berries are gone. Where the bears will find food, and what they’ll do with their spare time if warm weather persists, is anybody’s guess.Butterflies are moving north, from Italy all the way to Finland. If you happen to live in Helsinki and have just spent a fortune on down vests and large quantities of alcoholic beverages for a long, dark winter, butterflies can be quite disconcerting.The flowers are also bewildered—many blooming during Europe’s increasingly warm winters (which seem like early spring to them). Forsythia is blooming several months early in alpine valleys in Austria.In the Rockies, ski resorts are making contingency plans to move to higher elevations, where there’s actually some dependable snow. Some resorts have already lobbied the U.S. government for new leases on federal land at higher altitudes.On a positive note, global warming is nothing but good news for cockroaches! They thrive in warmer weather, so we can expect them to reproduce more frequently during the year, and more of them will survive the new, shorter winters. (Same goes for fleas and ticks, by the way.)CHAPTER II:IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOODIs global warming coming to your neighborhood? Look for possible clues:A. While walking your dog in January you start to sneeze and your eyes begin to itch. Is that really a field of ragweed your dog is peeing in?B. Your local NFL team has shed its hot helmets and pads and is now wearing shorts and T-shirts and playing in the brand new NTFL: the National Touch Football League. Their stadium has been completely air-conditioned.C. Canadian travel ads appear in your local newspaper, offering “Yukon Ice-Skating Vacations”—a tour of the last three naturally frozen ponds in North America.CHAPTER III:TAKE ACTION!Here’s what you can do about global warming:Politically:Write a letter expressing your concerns to President Obama, your senator and your congressman. This will make you feel better, but will accomplish absolutely nothing.Ironically, some say our only hope may be Texas, an epicenter of global warming. If Texas has six months of 110-degree heat and its low-lying cities (i.e. Galveston and Corpus Christi) vanish into the Gulf of Mexico, that may get some attention from Texas Gov. Rick Perry. Then again, maybe not.Personally:1. Build a large wooden boat. Collect a male and a female of your favorite species.2. Buy retirement property in the “New Sun Belt” while prices are still low. (This includes North Dakota, Montana, parts of Idaho, Alaska and northern Maine.)3. Check out emerging investment opportunities: Roach Motel is clearly one product poised to set new sales records. And Wall Street is excited about earnings from companies that make SPF 400 sunscreen products, as well as the rumor that Warren Buffett has bought the two remaining companies in America that still make large hats.4. Start a branch of the GWDC (Global Warming Defense Corps) on your block. You’ll learn basic survival skills, like “Xtreme grilling”—including recipes for simple meals to cook on the hood of your car or on concrete sidewalks.Note: Experts will also teach you which strategies and weapons are effective against hordes of hungry, confused European bears.Global warming is here. It’s time for all of us to adapt and evolve.last_img read more

first_img The FDA has extended the public comment period on the prior notice interim final rule through July 13, Dr. Lester M. Crawford, acting FDA commissioner, told the health subcommittee Jun 25. The final rule will be published in March 2005. Historically, the FDA inspected less than 1% of imports. That percentage has doubled. FDA inspectors conducted 78,659 examinations of imported food shipments in fiscal year 2003, according to Herndon. The number far exceeded the agency’s goal of 48,000 field inspections for the year and was more than six times the 12,000 inspections conducted in fiscal 2001. Food importers give the new rules mixed reviews. “What we initially thought was 450,000, we’re thinking is more likely 250,000,” Herndon said. It’s also likely that some companies aren’t aware they need to register or that they don’t believe the rules apply to them. The notices allow agency officials to judge which shipments need inspection. The food security rules are jointly enforced by the FDA and the Bureau of Customs and Border Protection. Despite increased inspections, few shipments have been detained. Since the prior-notice law took effect in December 2003, FDA and customs inspectors have detained 12 shipments because of concerns about food contamination or filth. None of the shipments was found to be a threat to people or animals, Herndon said. Importers must register with the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and provide 2 to 8 hours’ notice of food shipments. The FDA has been receiving advance notice of about 150,000 shipments each week, according to the agency’s compliance summary information. About 99.3% of those notices are completed on time, a marked improvement from earlier this year, Michael Herndon, a public affairs specialist with the FDA’s Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition, told CIDRAP News yesterday. “We’re going back now and examining to make sure the prior-notice information is accurate,” Herndon added. Stout also asked that the FDA eliminate requirements that food and beverage companies track lot or production codes for each retail product. If the food supply is threatened, Stout said, companies and retailers remove all the suspect products from shelves. The new system has led to more targeted inspections and prompted some criticism from the food industry. But as with a student’s homework assignment, filling in the blanks doesn’t always mean giving a right answer. Although most notices are complete, the information isn’t always accurate. “While FDA made many improvements to the proposed regulations, there is still room for more, especially with concern to prior notice and record keeping,” said Susan Stout, vice president of federal affairs for the Grocery Manufacturers of America, in congressional testimony Jun 25. Addressing the Health Subcommittee of the House Energy and Commerce Committee, she requested that the FDA provide feedback on incomplete notices. Registration remains a stumbling block. By Jun 24, only 208,277 foreign and domestic companies had registered with the FDA. By some FDA estimates, twice that many businesses need to register; others say the estimates have been adjusted. Herndon said Jun 29 that the FDA continues to work with importers to educate them about registration and completing the prior-notice forms. The FDA went gently into the new rules by emphasizing education. Now regulators are moving toward the enforcement end of the spectrum. Jun 30 (CIDRAP News) – As federal agencies near the Aug 12 deadline for full enforcement of the food security provisions of the 2002 Bioterrorism Act, authorities say the food industry is getting better at following the new rules. Inspectors also have more sophisticated tools to target suspect imports. When companies notify the FDA that a shipment is arriving, agency employees can run that information through up to 100 checks, looking for red flags such as easily contaminated foods, specific countries of origin, or a product that matches other intelligence information, an FDA spokesman said. “Even though the bigger picture is to protect Americans from bioterrorism, we’re still not in the business of impeding commerce,” he said. Amy Becker is a full-time reporter at the St. Paul Pioneer Press and a freelance reporter for CIDRAP. She will enter the University of Minnesota’s graduate program in public health administration and policy in fall 2004.last_img read more

first_imgThe latest headline figure was modestly better than market consensus of an 8.0 percent contraction, but it is the worst figure for Japan since comparable data became available in 1980, beyond the brutal impact of the 2008 global financial crisis.Separate data released by the internal affairs ministry Tuesday showed Japan’s household spending in July dropped 7.6 percent on-year, also underlining the impact of the coronavirus on the economy.The 7.6 percent drop was the 10th consecutive monthly decline and comes after a 1.2 percent slide in June and 16.2 percent dive in May.The figure came in much worse than economist expectations of a 3.7 percent decline, Bloomberg said. Japan’s economy was in recession even before the coronavirus hit due to damage from a powerful typhoon last year, and a sale tax hike in October.The country has seen a smaller coronavirus outbreak compared to some of the worst-hit places, with about 71,800 infections and fewer than 1,400 deaths.A nationwide state of emergency was imposed as cases spiked in April, but the restrictions were significantly looser than in many countries, with no enforcement mechanism to shutter businesses or keep people at home. The emergency was lifted in June, and the government has been reluctant to reintroduce measures, even as infections rise again.Topics : Japan’s economy shrank slightly more than initially thought in the April-June quarter, official data released Tuesday showed, deepening a contraction that was already the worst in the nation’s modern history.The world’s third-largest economy shrank 7.9 percent in the second quarter of this year from the previous quarter, more than the initial 7.8 percent in the preliminary data, the Cabinet Office said.The downward revision comes with corporate investment weaker than in the preliminary data released last month, as the coronavirus deepens the country’s economic woes.last_img read more

first_imgBrisbane was one of only two capital cities where median property prices rose in June.BRISBANE was one of only two capital cities to experience property price growth in the past month.New figures reveal that in the month to date property values in Brisbane have increased slightly – 0.1 per cent.The only other capital city to experience price growth was Adelaide where values went up 0.3 per cent in the first 27 days of June. EVERYTHING YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT PROPERTY FROM JULY 1 In the remainder of capital cities values are now lower than they were just a month ago.Nationally CoreLogic figures showed that values had dropped 0.3 per cent.This will be the ninth consecutive fall in dwelling values across combined capital cities, making them 2.7 per cent lower than the peak in September.Sydney and Melbourne values went down 0.3 per cent and Perth values had the biggest drop of 0.5 per cent.CoreLogic analyst Cameron Kusher said the results for the month to date were pretty much what they had expected to happen.More from newsNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by Parks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus18 hours ago Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:30Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:30 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels288p288p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenBeautiful Brisbane00:30 “I guess early this year we have seen larger monthly falls but that seems to have slowed a little bit, but not at a particularly rapid rate at this stage.He said the national falls were driven by Sydney and Melbourne, which both experienced minor falls this month so far.“It was really more of the same in both of those cities, values declining at not a rapid pace, but certainly continuing to trend lower.’’“Brisbane is slightly up slightly over the month so Brisbane which is kind of in line with the trend that we have been seeing, very similar in Adelaide as well, not shooting the lights out not falling but just kind of kicking along slowly.’’Mr Kusher said the Perth market was still unstable with values up one month and down the next.“At the moment I think it is pretty close to the bottom of the market in Perth but you are seeing the volatility month on month.The full set of indices figures will be released on Monday July 2.last_img read more

first_img Share Share Tweet LocalNews Grenadian national involved in road traffic accident in Tarreau by: – January 26, 2012 Sharing is caring!center_img Share Bedford Truck in Thursday’s accident. A Grenadian national and four Dominicans have sustained injuries as a result of a road traffic accident “under the cliff” in the village of Tarreau.Dominica Vibes News can report that about 4pm on Thursday a Suzuki Jeep registration number PK 992 driven by the Grenadian national and a Bedford truck registration number TB 878 with four Dominican passengers which were both travelling in a northerly direction collided.Suzuki Jeep involved in Thursday’s accidentAccording to an eye witness report; “both vehicles were travelling north when the driver of the jeep attempted to overtake and the truck followed his lead. The truck ended up hitting the jeep in the rear which caused the jeep to spin out of control. The truck then collided into the cliff”.All four were seriously injured and unconfirmed reports indicate that one of the men sustained serious injuries to his legs, while the Grenadian national sustained minor bruises to the head.Dominica Vibes News will provide confirmed report from the police as soon as it becomes available.Orange truck involved in minor accident in Canefield.Meanwhile, there was a minor accident in the Canefield area in the vicinity of Miniya’s 7-11 on Thursday afternoon which involved an orange truck and a Chinese national.The Chinese national supposedly parked the truck adjacent to Miniya’s 7-11 in Canefield but the truck began moving slowly indicating that the handbrakes may not have been fully engaged.The truck entered into a ditch and damaged a section of the Canefield Airport’s fence. Dominica Vibes News 76 Views   2 commentslast_img read more