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Congo: Men with Guns

first_imgResearchers from the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative have been working in the Democratic Republic of the Congo for several years examining the roots of the violence against women that has plagued this war-torn region.last_img

Sociology professor dies at 70

first_imgObserver Staff Report C. Lincoln Johnson, associate professor of sociology emeritus at the University of Notre Dame, died Thursday. He was 70 years old. Johnson specialized in statistical methods and social psychology, pursuing a particular interest in the effects of globalization on the world food supply. In addition to teaching a popular course titled, “Global Food Systems: the Sociology of Food,” he applied this interest to local needs by serving on the board of the Northeast Neighborhood Center Food Pantry in South Bend and actively served the community. A native of Valparaiso, Chile, Johnson joined the Notre Dame faculty in 1971 after earning master’s degrees from the New School of Social Research and the University of Kansas in 1966 and 1968, respectively, according to a University press release. He earned his doctoral degree from the University of Kansas in 1974, graduated from the University of Arkansas in 1963 and earned a bachelor’s degree in divinity from Southern Methodist University in 1966. Johnson, who directed Notre Dame’s Laboratory for Social Research for 14 years, once said his many interests helped him better understand himself and his place in society. “I have a wide range of interests, but each area of study usually comes down to focusing on that interesting intersection between self and society: How one understands a sense of self in a rapidly changing world, and how the social structure tends to shape and mold the ways we think and act,” he said. Contributions in Johnson’s memory may be sent to the Center for Social Concerns, Relief for World Hunger, Geddes Hall, Notre Dame, IN 46556.last_img read more

Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s extend benefits to same-sex spouses of employees

first_imgNotre Dame and Saint Mary’s will extend benefits to all legally married spouses of employees, including same-sex spouses, now that same-sex marriage is recognized under Indiana law.The Office of Human Resources sent an email announcing the change to benefit-eligible faculty and staff Wednesday.“On Monday, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear appeals from decisions striking down bans on same-sex marriage in several states, including Indiana,” the email stated. “This means that the law in Indiana now recognizes same-sex marriages and the University will extend benefits to all legally married spouses, including same-sex spouses.“Notre Dame is a Catholic university and endorses a Catholic view of marriage. However, it will follow the relevant civil law and begin to implement this change immediately.”Saint Mary’s Director of Media Relations Gwen O’Brien said in an email Thursday: “ Same-sex marriage is legal in Indiana. Saint Mary’s College will follow the law.”Notre Dame Vice President for Public Affairs and Communications Paul Browne said the number of employee families that will be covered under the expanded policy won’t be known until employees begin signing up for the benefits, according to a South Bend Tribune report Thursday.Tags: employee benefits, Indiana Gay marriage, same-sex marriage, Supreme Courtlast_img read more

Lecture on society and abortion opens Respect Life Week

first_imgOn Monday in LaFortune Student Center, Professor Helen Alvaré of George Mason University delivered a lecture exploring the concept of women’s liberation in the context of abortion and the right to life movement. The lecture, titled “Women’s Liberation: Authentic Feminine Freedom in a post-Roe Era,” was the opening event for ND Right to Life’s annual Respect Life Week.As well as teaching family law, law and religion and property law, Alvaré writes articles about religious freedom and the First Amendment. She is also a chair of the Catholic Women’s Forum.During her talk, Alvaré examined common arguments by pro-choice advocates, which she claims have no evidence.“The arguments, the verbiage, the statements from interest groups and the legislature, they sound very much like the formulas coming out of the Supreme Court,” she said. “They’ve got this language, the Supreme Court opinion, that says, ‘This is what the Constitution says,’ and they tend to repeat them.”The first pro-choice argument Alvaré addressed was that abortion saves women’s lives. She said the rhetoric of life-saving has no “empirical evidence” to back it up, citing numbers from a pro-choice, non-government organization, the Guttmacher Institute.“Guttmacher acknowledges that over 90% of abortions women say are for social, personal, familial — not health — reasons,” she said. “Only 3 to 4% of all abortion patients list health as their primary reason.”Alvaré also challenged claims that late-term abortions are safer than childbirth, instead saying the leading cause for late-term abortions was unawareness of pregnancy.“The idea that abortion is primarily a matter of health, it just isn’t there,” she said.Alvaré said the numbers of medical complications from abortions are often incorrectly reported. One reason she highlighted is that further medical treatment is covered by hospitals, not the clinics themselves.“They do abortions. They don’t do the aftermath,” she said.Alvaré then shifted her focus to mental health and abortion. She said abortion does not alleviate stress associated with an unwanted pregnancy, contrary to the research of the American Psychological Association.“Those who perform [abortions] seem to have a drastic lack of curiosity about whether it hurts or helps women,” Alvaré said. “Shouldn’t everybody be interested in the question of the effects on women of a surgery performed 3,000 times a day?”Alvaré said the 1992 Supreme Court Case Casey vs. Planned Parenthood established a link between abortion and female empowerment, a claim which she says has no evidence.“There was absolutely no relationship that you could draw between women’s resort to abortion and their position in the educational and economic labor market,” Alvaré said. “You couldn’t even draw a graph of correlation, never mind causation.”Overall, Alvaré stressed the importance of understanding evidence in fierce political battlegrounds such as this one. She advised students and professors alike in the audience to check sources, check footnotes and always substantiate arguments with facts. Her parting advice: “Be the most educated person in the room on this topic.”Tags: Abortion, Pro-choice, Pro-life, Respect Life Weeklast_img read more

Tix Now Available for Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star

first_imgReady for this new tuner to shine? Tickets are now on sale to see Steve Martin and Edie Brickell’s Bright Star on Broadway. Directed by Tony winner Walter Bobbie, the production will begin previews on February 25, 2016 at the Cort Theatre. Opening night is scheduled for March 24.The cast will include Carmen Cusack, A.J. Shively, Michael Mulheren, Stephen Bogardus, Dee Hoty, Jeff Blumenkrantz, Paul Alexander Nolan, Hannah Elless, Stephen Lee Anderson and Emily Padgett.Bright Star, which features music by Martin and Brickell, lyrics by Brickell and a book by Martin, is set in the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina and travels between 1945 and 1923. Billy Cane (Shively), a young soldier just home from World War II, meets Alice Murphy (Cusack), the brilliant editor of a southern literary journal. Together they discover a powerful secret that alters their lives.The tuner previously played a limited engagement at San Diego’s Old Globe and is set to run at D.C.’s Kennedy Center over the holiday season from December 2. The Cort is currently playing host to Sylvia, which will close on January 24. View Comments Related Shows Bright Star Star Files Show Closed This production ended its run on June 26, 2016 Carmen Cusacklast_img read more

U.S. solar prices fall to record low on Arizona deal

first_imgU.S. solar prices fall to record low on Arizona deal FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Greentech Media:Records don’t last long in the cleantech business.Just days ago, we were reporting that the Central Arizona Project (CAP) had secured the lowest confirmed solar price in the U.S., when it approved a 20-year power-purchase agreement at $24.99 per megawatt-hour. That’s setting aside an Austin Energy PPA from December that could be lower, but has more ambiguous terms.That Arizona record is already under threat from projects that utility NV Energy selected as part of its integrated resource planning. The portfolio of 1,001 megawatts of solar capacity and 100 megawatts/400 megawatt-hours of energy storage still needs approval from Nevada’s utility regulators. If that happens, the lowest confirmed U.S. solar price would be Sempra Renewables’ Copper Mountain Solar 5 project at $21.55 per megawatt-hour. That 250-megawatt project, though, has a 2.5 percent annual escalation as part of its 25-year contract, so the low upfront price wouldn’t last.Instead, we can turn to 8minutenergy’s 300-megawatt Eagle Shadow Mountain Solar Farm, which clocks in at a flat rate of $23.76 per megawatt-hour throughout its 25-year PPA term. That comfortably beats the CAP project on pricing, while delivering 10 times the capacity. It also marks a substantial improvement on the $29.50 per megawatt-hour median pricing for standalone solar PV in Xcel’s famous solicitation six months ago.The groundbreaking pricing was achieved through sophisticated design and engineering, but also reflects how far solar equipment and installation practices have come, 8minutenergy CEO and founder Martin Hermann wrote in an email. “Eagle Shadow Mountain is unique because it’s located in an area of great solar irradiance and with remarkable access to transmission assets,” he said. “We are able to benefit from low interconnection costs, for example, by utilizing transmission assets that had previously been allocated for the Reid Gardner coal plant, ensuring that those assets are not stranded.”More: Nevada’s 2.3-cent bid beats Arizona’s record-low solar PPA pricelast_img read more

U.S. Energy Department aims for 90% reduction in long-duration battery storage costs by 2030

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享S&P Global Market Intelligence ($):With U.S. energy storage additions on pace to smash records in 2020 and 2021, despite delays related to the COVID-19 pandemic, the U.S. Energy Department on Dec. 21 released its first comprehensive storage strategy.The DOE road map aims to scale-up America’s domestic manufacturing industry to meet all of the country’s demand for energy storage by 2030. Given Asia’s early dominant position in producing lithium-ion batteries, however, the United States faces a challenging game of catch-up.The DOE’s strategy appeared the same day Congress passed a $900 billion coronavirus economic relief package that contains $1 billion in investments for energy storage research, development and demonstration as well as extended tax incentives for energy storage systems coupled with solar arrays.As part of its overarching ambition to stimulate domestic energy storage manufacturing, initially announced in January, the DOE is betting on the need for long-duration storage to balance electric grids that increasingly rely on variable renewable energy resources. The agency set a goal for the levelized cost of energy from such resources, which it defines as capable of providing more than 10 hours of storage, to plummet to 5 cents/kWh by 2030, an estimated 90% reduction.Levelized premiums for recent solar-plus-storage contracts in the U.S. Southwest, including mostly four-hour lithium-ion battery systems, have ranged from roughly 0.3 to 1.8 cents per kWh, according to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, depending on battery system size. The DOE is also exploring alternative technologies to lithium-ion batteries, including pumped hydroelectric storage, zinc-based batteries, flow batteries and green hydrogen.“Achieving this levelized cost target would facilitate commercial viability for storage across a wide range of uses,” the DOE said. That includes meeting peak demand, preparing the grid for electric-vehicle fast charging, ensuring system reliability, boosting the flexibility of individual systems and facilitating “the transformation of the power system,” the agency said.[Garrett Hering]More ($): U.S. energy storage strategy targets domestic manufacturing boom U.S. Energy Department aims for 90% reduction in long-duration battery storage costs by 2030last_img read more

First Measures by the New Colombian Minister of National Defense

first_imgBy Dialogo September 08, 2011 In his first act as Minister of National Defense, Juan Carlos Pinzón announced a series of measures directed toward strengthening the Armed Forces, improving citizen security, and guaranteeing the electoral process on October 30. The minister announced that the first measure consists in creating a mission model that can enable each branch of the Armed Forces to maximize its capabilities, for the purpose of improving its efficiency and effectiveness. “We’ve decided, together with the commandants, to create a group taken from inside the Armed Forces, with several of the most distinguished men, to conduct a process of strategic review.” Pinzón explained that, with the contributions and experience of uniformed personnel in active service and honorably retired, and taking some international examples as a point of reference, the group will seek to formulate a mission model that can enable the strengthening of Colombian Government forces. The defense minister also announced that, following a detailed analysis of the Democracy Plan, it was decided to implement special security measures for the 67 municipalities at critical electoral risk, starting this week. “The elections are our priority; it’s an issue that’s less than two months distant, and we have to guarantee that this happens.” And he added, “Yesterday in Putumayo, a message appeared saying that the armed groups are not going to permit the elections there, that they’re causing terror, but I want to tell them that it’s our duty to guarantee these elections, and that as a consequence, there will be elections in Putumayo.” The high-ranking official also revealed the creation of an international mission, sponsored by the Inter-American Development Bank, which will have the function of advising the minister on strengthening citizen security. “We’re going to set to work on that front very quickly. We’re going to seek the knowledge of our police, who are an example to the world, but we’re also going to seek the knowledge of mayors and governors, who have to live with that problem on an ongoing basis.” Finally, Defense Minister Juan Carlos Pinzón affirmed that resources coming from property taxes will be increased, in order to be able to guarantee the increase in National Police personnel, in mobility and intelligence capabilities, and in the Consolidation Plan.last_img read more

Lawyers can’t promise results in ads

first_img Lawyers can’t promise results in ads January 15, 2006 Regular News The Bar Board of Governors is tightening up regulation of language in lawyer ads that appears to promise results to potential clients.The board approved the recommendation of the Board Review Committee on Professional Ethics that an ad promised results when it said the advertising lawyer had more than 45 years of experience helping clients and a potential client could “get the money damages that you are entitled to.”Although not part of the original appeal from the Standing Committee on Advertising, the BRC recommended and the board agreed that the language also improperly referred to past results of the lawyer.In addition, the board agreed that the ad violated the rules because while the female spokesperson in the TV ad identified herself as a spokesperson, she did not specify she was a nonlawyer spokesperson, as required by Bar rules.Noting there had been some conflicting rulings on similar language on promising results, board member Steve Chaykin asked the board if it wanted to pass a resolution expressing its intent to the advertising committee. But board members said that wasn’t necessary.“The board’s action sends a message. . . without any further board action,” board member Gary Leppla said.center_img Lawyers can’t promise results in adslast_img read more

Netflix to shift $100 million in cash into black-owned financial institutions

first_img continue reading » Netflix Inc. will shift as much as $100 million to lenders that serve the Black community, making it the largest company yet to pledge cash to historically underfunded financial institutions.The online TV giant will start by shifting $25 million into the Black Economic Development Initiative, a new fund that will invest in Black-owned financial institutions serving low-income communities, and $10 million to Hope Credit Union. Going forward, the company will steer 2% of its cash on hand, which currently amounts to about $5 billion, to financial organizations that directly support African-American communities.News of Netflix’s commitment sent shares of Black-owned banks soaring Tuesday. Carver Bancorp Inc. jumped as much as 173% in New York trading and Broadway Financial Corp. gained as much as 83%.Large U.S. companies have rushed to show support for African Americans following the death of George Floyd, one of several Black people killed by police in the past few months. Many businesses and rich individuals have pledged money to civil rights causes, including Netflix Chief Executive Officer Reed Hastings, who earmarked $120 million of his personal fortune to historically Black colleges and universities. But his company wanted to propose a solution that addresses more systemic causes of inequality. 48SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more