Rhodes selects six Harvard students

first_imgSix Harvard undergraduates are among the 32 American men and women chosen as Rhodes Scholars today. They will begin their studies at the University of Oxford in October 2013.Aidan C. de B. Daly, Julian B. Gewirtz, Allan J. Hsiao, Benjamin B.H. Wilcox, Nina M. Yancy, and Phillip Z. Yao, all members of the Class of 2013, were selected as Harvard’s newest Rhodes scholars.Arguably the most famous academic award available to American college students and graduates, Rhodes scholarships every year attract hundreds of top students. The 2013 American Rhodes Scholars faced competition from 838 students nominated by 302 colleges and universities nationwide. This year’s awards bring the ranks of Harvard’s Rhodes Scholars to 342. Created in 1902 by the will of British philanthropist Cecil Rhodes, the scholarships cover all costs for two or three years of study at Oxford. Winners are selected on the basis of high academic achievement, personal integrity, leadership potential, and physical vigor, among other attributes.last_img read more

Hogwash on the House Floor: N.C. Bill Will Shield Big Ag from Air and Water Quality Issues

first_imgOn Thursday, the North Carolina Legislature speedily passed House Bill 467, “Agriculture and Forestry Nuisance Remedies.” The legislation will regulate North Carolina residents’ right to sue agricultural giants over damages to their health, income, and more.Though worded broadly, the law is predominately regarding Eastern North Carolina’s industrial hog industry. Over the last two decades, Smithfield Foods, the Chinese-owned pork goliath, has dominated the state’s pork production — North Carolina is now the United States’ second-largest producer of pork.In recent years, Smithfield Foods and its subsidiaries have dealt with countless lawsuits over the industry’s massive amount of hog waste and its negative effect on surrounding communities. From water and air pollution, to health concerns and income loss, residents of these rural communities (who are also disproportionately low-income and/or minority populations) have stood their ground against Smithfield and its cohorts.Indeed, Murphy-Brown, a hog producing subsidiary of Smithfield Foods, is currently facing 26 nuisance lawsuits on behalf of over North Carolina 500 residents.Yet House Bill 467 will cap the amount of money residents can collect from nuisance lawsuits to his/her current property value. Because the hog industry’s expansion in Eastern North Carolina has exponentially lowered property values in the area, this cap on compensation will be staggeringly low.Critics of the legislation believe the North Carolina Legislature is putting the profits of foreign-owned Smithfield Foods above the democratic rights and long-term health of Eastern North Carolina residents. They believe the law is calculated, designed to keep the people who deal with the region’s tainted air and water quality, from receiving full and rightful compensation for their hardships and health concerns.Dan Crawford, Director of Governmental Relations for the North Carolina League of Conservation Voters, wrote “It’s despicable that the bill sponsors attempt to equate the long-term suffering of their constituents to a ‘nuisance’ that can be silenced by a foreign entity.”Critics are also suspicious of the way House Bill 467 was brought to vote. On Thursday, House Speaker Tim Moore (R-NC) deviated from the legislative calendar, skipping ahead dozens of bills to vote on the legislation without recognizing the bill’s sponsor or calling for discussion.Representative Jimmy Dixon (R-NC), a retired farmer, supported the legislation because he understands how much money farmers are forced to spend on such legal battles. Indeed, proponents believe the law will help North Carolina farmers by providing clarity on damage and nuisance lawsuits.Andy Curliss, CEO of the North Carolina Pork Council, said “we would rather work with our neighbors to address problems instead of defending ourselves against frivolous nuisance complaints.” SIGN THE PETITION: People, not foreign profits, deserve legal protection in North Carolina!last_img read more

Solving the mobile payments enigma

first_imgOn April 14th, MPD CEO Karen Webster kicked off an engaging digital discussion on the future of mobile payments with Srinivas Nidugondi, SVP at Mahindra Comviva, in the following way …“Mobile payments and its future success is like a riddle wrapped up in an enigma surrounded by mystery. It’s something the payments ecosystem has been pursuing for over a decade – but ignition, wide scale adoption, has been largely elusive. Of course, within the realm of mobile payments, the industry has seen pockets of success in both developed and developing economies as consumers are increasingly presented with new ways to use their mobile devices.”And away they went.So what, Webster asked, is happening now to create the environment for mobile payments success? Are the stars aligning now that new players with new capabilities and existing players with new value propositions have entered the mobile payments arena, she asked? Or will this be the payments equivalent of Groundhog Day, where the excitement and enthusiasm gives way to old habits and entrenched technologies and we continue to plod along?Srinivas Nidugondi, SVP at Mahindra Comviva, then jumped into the discussion to explain that there is movement forward – for example, 22 percent of the U.S. population has done some sort of mobile payment over the last year or so. But what is key is to look at what’s working in those specific pockets of success that Webster mentioned. For one, in emerging markets, mobile payments has become the only way digital payments can move forward. But when it comes to proximity-based, over-the-counter payments, Nidugondi admitted that the ecosystem is “far from even scratching the surface.” continue reading » 10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Public call for the use of the Quality Character Label has been published

first_imgThe right to use the Mark is granted to products that possess above-average quality and which are produced in the area of ​​the destination Lika in accordance with all legal regulations. The system currently has 98 products in 10 categories. As in previous years, a joint point of sale of Lika Quality products will be established in the Plitvice Lakes National Park this year, in cooperation with the Lika Coop Agricultural Cooperative. In addition, the products will be represented in other national parks in the destination. Also, after product certification, the certification of restaurants that will offer Lika Quality products will begin. Let us remind you, “Lika Quality” is part of a five-year project of integrated development of Lika and the sub-Velebit coast called “INTEGRA LIKA 2020”, implemented by LAG Lika and Cluster Lika Destination. The “Lika Quality” mark is registered with the State Intellectual Property Office of the Republic of Croatia as a guarantee trademark, is the holder of the Lika LAG, and the system is implemented by the Lika Destination Cluster. The application process is described in detail HERE. Source / photo: Lika Destination The goal is to connect local producers from the area of ​​Lika with each other and with catering facilities and thus enable them to market products and increase production, ie expand the market for local producers, and enable tourists to try local traditional foods.  The “Lika Quality” system is guided by the philosophy of sustainable development, encourages a larger volume of local production and consumption and thus preserves the jobs of the local population and family farms. The system guarantees quality and local production based on tradition, and local producers are involved in tourism development. In addition to creating a market for local producers, the destination of Lika will deservedly become an unavoidable gastro-destination. As announced, the Lika Destination Cluster has issued a new public call inviting producers of food and souvenirs produced in the Lika destination area to join the system. Due to numerous inquiries about the steps of applying for and obtaining a license to use the “Lika Quality” Label, the Lika Destination Cluster, in cooperation with the Lika LAG and the Frankopan LAG, held lectures in Rakovica, Udbina, Otočac, Senj and Gospić in March at which are present to get acquainted with the system “Lika Quality”.last_img read more

PREMIUMMajor flood paralyzes Jakarta, forces thousands to evacuate

first_imgLinkedin LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Google Log in with your social account Topics : Forgot Password ? Facebook Heavy rains that battered Jakarta two days in a row caused citywide flooding on Tuesday, throwing the capital city into disarray and inhibiting transportation.Several commuter line trains, Transjakarta buses and Jak Lingko (public minivan) routes serving Greater Jakarta had already been disrupted for two consecutive days. Tuesday’s flooding made the disruptions worse.Commuter Line trains serving the Bekasi to Kota, Bogor to Kota and Bogor/Depok to Angke/Jatinegara routes had to stop at Manggarai Station, while trains serving the Bekasi to Kota route stopped at Pasar Senen Station.The electricity supply to 20 Transjakarta bus stops was cut on Tuesday morning, disabling electric ticket readers. Twenty-two Transjakarta bus routes and 14 Jak Lingko routes were suspended, while 12 other routes were diverted on Tuesday morning. The majority of Transjakarta bus routes had resume… Jakarta-flood flood inundation flood-mitigation transjakarta commuter-line commuter-trains Transportation school power-cutlast_img read more

Govt expects GDP growth near 5% in 2021 as pandemic still haunts economy

first_imgThe government expects Indonesia’s economy to grow between 4.5 percent and 5.5 percent in 2021 as it assumes the COVID-19 pandemic will still cast a shadow over business activity, according to the macroeconomic assumption for the 2021 state budget plan.Finance Minister Sri Mulyani Indrawati said on Tuesday that the 2021 state budget would be mainly used to support economic recovery, including a rebound in the manufacturing industry, tourism and investment, as well as to improve the national healthcare system and social safety net.“This is expected to revive the national economic contributors that are currently facing challenges from the COVID-19 [pandemic],” Sri Mulyani said in a House of Representatives plenary meeting on Tuesday. The government had projected spending of Rp 2.54 quadrillion, or around 15 percent of the GDP, in the original 2020 state budget, while collecting Rp 2.23 quadrillion in revenue, resulting in a projected deficit at Rp 307.2 trillion or 1.76 percent of the GDP.However, as the coronavirus pandemic hit the economy, the government now expects state revenue collection to drop by 10 percent, forcing the budget deficit to widen to 5.07 percent of GDP or Rp 852.9 trillion as the government set aside Rp 436.1 trillion in extra spending to cope with COVID-19 impacts.The government also projected Tuesday that the rupiah exchange rate would move in the range of Rp 14,900 to Rp 15,300 a dollar next year and the yield of the benchmark 10-year bond would be within a range of 6.67 percent to 9.56 percent. The government expects inflation to hover at 2 percent to 4 percent.Oil lifting in 2021 is expected at 677,000 to 737,000 barrels per day, while gas lifting is seen at 1.08 million to 1.17 million barrels of oil equivalent per day.”The government is indicating that the economy would turn to normal by 2021 even though the outbreak is hard to predict,” Josua Pardede, an economist at Bank Permata said. “We think this is too optimistic, as next year’s target is almost the same as this year’s projection.”The initial 2020 state budget plan assumed economic growth at 5.3 percent, higher than the 5.02 percent achieved last year. However, the government has lowered its target to 2.3 percent for this year under the baseline scenario, and to a contraction of 0.4 percent under the worst-case scenario, as the pandemic has disrupted business activity.Topics : The macroeconomic assumption is proposed to the House as the first step for the state budget drafting and deliberation.In the macroeconomic assumption, the government proposed a budget deficit of between 3.21 percent and 4.17 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) in 2021 to support the economic recovery after the coronavirus pandemic. The deficit would be lower than the 5.07 percent of GDP projected for this year.State spending is expected to reach 13.11 percent to 15.17 percent of GDP, while tax revenue is expected to reach 8.25 percent to 8.63 percent of GDP and nontax income 1.6 percent to 2.3 percent of GDP.“With a focus on economic recovery and the challenges ahead, the reforms will be directed at healthcare, social security, education and direct transfers to regional administrations,” Sri Mulyani said, adding that the government would work to expand its tax base and boost income from excise.last_img read more

House bill criminalizing COVID-related discrimination passed on 2nd reading

first_imgHouse Bill 6817, or the proposed “COVID-19-Related Anti-Discrimination Act was passed on second reading on Wednesday in the vote of ayes and nays, just a day after it was approved by the Defeat COVID-19 Committee. Any person who commits harassment or assault against covered persons may be penalized by one to 10 years in prison or slapped with a fine of P200,000 to P1 million at the discretion of the court. The bill aims to grant full protection from and deems unlawful acts of prejudice and discrimination against those who have contracted and recovered from the disease, and against those who provide them with medical, logistical and service support. A medical worker in protective gear (right) tends to a patient at an intensive care unit for coronavirus COVID-19 cases. A special panel in the House of Representatives approved the substitute bill to the measure seeking to prohibit discrimination against confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease patients. AFP Discrimination was defined in the measure as “any act of unjust distinction, exclusion, or restriction which has the effect of impairing or nullifying the recognition, enjoyment, and exercise on an equal footing of human rights and fundamental freedoms in the political, economic, social, cultural, civil, or any field of the public life of the person.”center_img Those who fails to give assistance, stigmatizes, or refuses to honor valid and existing contracts involving persons covered by the measure may be imprisoned for six months to five years or be fined with P50,000 to P500,000 or both./PN Also covered in the protection are stranded individuals traveling from one local government unit to another, service workers, repatriated overseas Filipino workers, whether land or sea-based, registered or otherwise, and the families and members of the households of the persons covered. MANILA – The House of Representatives has approved on second reading a measure criminalizing acts of discrimination against confirmed or suspected coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) patients, with violators facing jail term of up to 10 years and heavy fines.last_img read more

January 8, 2018 Police Blotter

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Two arrested for alleged auto theft and drug charges

first_imgNorth Vernon, IN—Late Monday evening, the Jennings County Sheriff’s Office received a report from Aurora Police Department in reference to a stolen 2000 blue Jeep Grand Cherokee that may be in Jennings County. Around midnight, an officer located a vehicle matching that description near Country Manor and Walnut Grove Lane in Country Squire Lakes.As the officer turned around to get behind the blue Jeep, it pulled into a driveway at a nearby residence. The officer pulled behind the vehicle to confirm that it was the stolen Jeep, and witnessed a male subject exited the Jeep and walked up to the door of the residence where he started knocking on the front door.After the Jeep was confirmed to be stolen, the officer gave verbal commands to the male and the male refused to comply. He then advised the male subject that he needed to comply or he was going to release his canine. The male subject then complied with the officer’s orders and he was taken into custody without further incident. The male was later identified as Jarede Bonds, 32,  of Lawrenceburg.Further investigation led Deputies to allegedly locate methamphetamine and marijuana inside the vehicle. Bonds was also discovered to be currently on parole through Indiana. A female passenger, Mikayla B. Cameron, 26, of North Vernon was also taken into custody. During the course of the investigation, it was learned that Cameron had left her three children with a family member that was unable to provide necessary care for the children.Jarede Bonds was charged on allegations of Possession of Methamphetamine and Auto Theft. Mikayla Cameron was charged on allegations of Auto Theft, Possession of Marijuana, and Neglect of a Dependent.last_img read more

Gymnasium undergoes “face-lift”

first_img-“not just for IGG” says Director of SportWith the Inter Guiana Goodwill Games beginning on Friday, the National Gymnasium on Mandela Avenue is undergoing some upgrades. The upgrades are similar to the ones the Cliff Anderson Sports Hall underwent when Guyana hosted the U-16 Caribbean Basketball Championships in July of this year. When asked about the upgrades, Director of Sport,Christopher Jones,commented that they were not just for the upcoming games but extended far beyond the one event.“I am opening the space outside and making it more user friendly even if it’s for persons to go around trot, walk around or just exercise in the space and we’re opening up the space too.”Jones also said that it was(his hope)that the works served as a reminder to the Administration that he submitted a proposal to them for the remodeling of the Gymnasium space.“We could do a lot more with the space and after the administration sees the work that has been done I hope there could be an allocation in the budget next year for more work to be done.”The works,however,have sparked questions centered on if the upgrades are just for show. Jones was quick to answer those questions,stating that a protocol for maintenance was being drawn up.“We would have established a protocol in terms of the administration of the facilities, one was done during the CBC games for the sportshall and one is being done for the Gymnasium.”The works on the Gymnasium will also tie into the Government’s initiative to incorporate sport in schools. According to Jones, “There are several schools within Georgetown which do not have sufficient space for P.E, so by cleaning and opening up the Gymanisium, it provides that space for schools within the catchment area to utilize for their P.E programs.”The first games on the schedule to be played at The National Gymnasium are male and female Volleyball,to be played on Friday from 13:00 to 17:00hrs.last_img read more