Fossil Free ND presents divestment, renewable energy petition to University President’s office

first_imgKatie Galioto | The Observer Led by sophomore Adam Wiechman, students in Fossil Free ND march in a protest in October of this year.Currently, 4 percent of the University’s endowment funds are invested in fossil fuel companies. Jenkins has said there are no plans to change that number in the near future. On Sept. 20, Jenkins announced the University’s five-year sustainability plan, which included eliminating coal usage on campus by 2020 and providing at least 25 percent of the University’s energy from renewable resources by 2050.  “A few weeks ago, 47 developing countries committed to going 100 percent renewable,” senior Sophia Chau said. “I feel like if they’re able to do that, we — as the world’s leading Catholic university — should be able to set a more ambitious goal than just 25 percent renewable by 2050. “I hope this will bring attention to the disappointment regarding Notre Dame’s sustainability goals on campus, and I hope that the administration will be more willing to engage in meaningful and fruitful dialogue with students and faculty.” Before the petition was delivered, the students gathered in front of the steps of Main Building for a brief prayer service. Senior Luke Hamel said the prayer was written in seven sections, one for each Catholic social teaching. “Each section starts off with a description of that Catholic social teaching and then a personal story of someone around the world who’s been affected personally by climate change,” he said. “Climate change is affecting real people; it’s affecting them now, and we want to share that through prayer and make sure the whole message that Catholics have to protect the most poor and vulnerable is clear.”During the service, students held up painted cardboard signs, reading statements like “planet over profit,” “climate justice is social justice” and “the climate is a common good.” The signatures for the petition were gathered in the last month since Fossil Free ND’s last rally Oct. 27, former student body president Ricketts said. He said the administration’s response to the earlier rally was promising. “We were able — the week after — to sit down with [University executive vice president] John Affleck-Graves and talked through some of the concerns that students have expressed and tried to find some common ground on the technical issues we were facing,” he said. “ … We’re looking forward to seeing the recommendations [the sustainability committee] puts forward in the coming semester or year.”Weekly meetings for Fossil Free ND are held Mondays at 9 p.m. in the basement of Geddes Hall and are open to the public. The planning session for next semester, however, will start at 8 p.m. this Monday, Ricketts said.While the student-led organization will be planning for the near future, Ricketts said the long term goals of progress in sustainability and increased student awareness never change. “We, as students, know the world we want to grow up in and want to create — and it’s one that’s a just place and a sustainable place,” he said. “I think we feel those are more under threat than they have been before, but that’s not going to stop us from trying to have an impact where we can — in the place we call home.” Tags: Climate change, Fossil Free ND, fossil fuel, petition, sustainability A month after their last demonstration, more than 20 students involved with Fossil Free ND presented a petition with 1,183 signatures to University President Fr. John Jenkins’ office Thursday afternoon. “We’re asking that Notre Dame live up to the mandates of our Catholic faith and fully divest from the top 200 fossil fuel companies and set a target of 100 percent renewable energy on campus by 2050, which we think are reasonable goals and goals that other universities have done. We’re asking Notre Dame to step up to the plate as well,” fifth-year student Bryan Ricketts said. Jenkins was not in his office, but the petition was delivered to his chief of staff, Ann Firth.last_img read more

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Pac-Man Game Turns 40

first_imgJAMESTOWN – Pac-Man turns 40 today.It debuted in a Tokyo arcade on May 22, 1980 and became a game-changer in the video game world.It went on to become the most successful arcade game of all time. It led to all kinds of merchandise and became an icon of 1980’s pop culture.Pac-Man’s official website says it’s one of the most recognized images on the planet, with 90 percent brand recognition around the world. It all started with a young game designer named Toru Iwatani, who created the game for the Japanese games firm Namco.He says he never thought it would be loved and played so widely throughout the world. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img

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Blueberry Pest Field Day

first_imgWith spring approaching, blueberry farmers focus on maximizing their 2018 yields, which means finding new ways to deal with pests like gall midge and spotted wing drosophila.To help these growers stay on top of potential pest problems, University of Georgia integrated pest management (IPM) researchers hosted a spring field day in Alma, Georgia, on Feb 21. Over 70 regional farmers from several southwestern Georgia counties, such as Bacon, Clinch, Appling and Pierce, attended the half-day event.Attendees ranged from experienced growers to new farmers.“We’ve only been in business for five years, and I feel like I have to take advantage of any opportunity to learn,” said Elizabeth McQuaig McIntyre, a farm manager in Abbeville, Georgia.The field day included presentations about pest risks and management strategies by UGA IPM coordinator Ash Sial and his blueberry research team. Following the presentations, attendees rotated through three stations: a sponsored lecture by AirScout, a pest identification station and a sprayer calibration demonstration.UGA entomology professor Glen Rains demonstrated sprayer calibration on various types of equipment.“Properly calibrated, maintained and adjusted sprayers are important to efficient pest management,” said Rains. “Calibration can be overwhelming if you are a novice or even a seasoned veteran. These field days equip farmers with the knowledge to better care for their crops.”The pest identification station included a microscopic viewing of pest specimens and damage, and management strategies by Sial and his team. Andy Wilkes, a novice blueberry farmer, found this station particularly beneficial.“All the information is extremely helpful, but there is something to be said about walking in the fields, learning what and how to identify, and seeing everything that is against us,” said Wilkes. “Every field day event we attend, we learn something new.”All attendees received Pesticide Applicator license credits.For more information on IPM, including upcoming field days, please visit the UGA Extension IPM website at www.ipm.uga.edu. For more information about the UGA Extension Blueberry Team, visit https://site.caes.uga.edu/blueberry/.last_img read more

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Adventure and Beer: Where to Unwind After a Day on the Trails in Southwest Virginia

first_imgA craft beer on a warm summer day tastes great. But after a day spent slaying singletrack with buddies, swapping out leads with a climbing partner, or hiking with the family, that beer tastes even better. Long ago, some brilliant outdoor enthusiasts paired beer with outdoor adventure and ever since it’s been a marriage made in heaven. In fact, the same thing could be said about food. Towns like Abingdon, VA have capitalized on this après-adventure market, growing their microbrewery and restaurant profile dramatically. Here is your guide to the best trail-to-tavern pairings in the region.Jay YoungVirginia Creeper Trail, Wolf Hills Brewery  Established in 2009 and named after Daniel Boone’s original name for the surrounding area that became Abingdon, Wolf Hills Brewery has turned into the place to visit for craft beers and live music after a long day pedaling the Virginia Creeper Trail, the renowned 34-mile bike trail with its western terminus in Abingdon. Wolf Hills’ Creeper Trail Pale Ale is a perfect post-ride brew that will have you reliving the highlights of the day and sharing stories and laughs with fellow adventurers in the region.Appalachian Trail, Damascus BreweryDamascus is known as Trail Town USA thanks to its proximity to the Appalachian Trail, the Virginia Creeper Trail, the Iron Mountain Trail, and the Trans American National Bicycle Trail. It’s also the gateway town for the Mount Rogers National Recreation Area, which features the highest peak in the state. Hikers and cyclists in the know head to Damascus Brewery to sample the small-batch craft beers after a long day in the woods. Damascus Brewery’s, D-town Brown Ale, and Backbone Bock have helped to soothe many sore legs and ignited future adventures in the region.Hidden Valley Climbing, Heartwood Artisan CenterJoe DeGaetanoHeartwood, Southwest Virginia’s artisan center located in Abingdon, makes the perfect stop after trashing yourself climbing on the newly opened sandstone crag, Hidden Valley. Hidden Valley Lake, located about halfway between Abingdon and Bristol, hosts more than 200 routes on bullet sandstone. The climbing runs the gamut from overhanging thuggery to thin delicate crimp work. Regardless of what and how much you climb, a local craft beer is sure to soothe those worked tendons and back muscles. Heartwood offers an unparalleled collection of #SWVA craft brews, with happy hour specials every Saturday. You’ll soon be hatching future plans to send that one route that shut you down.Hiking the Channels Trail, Harvest TableHarvest Table RestaurantWhile hiking and navigating through the rock corridors and labyrinth-like maze of boulders on the 6.6-mile, out-and- back Channels Trail, one will build up a hearty appetite. Luckily for you, the neo-Appalachian inspired, farm-to-table Harvest Table in nearby in Meadowview, Virginia, can help you refuel after your backcountry adventure. Harvest Table sources its food by working with local farmers, breweries and wineries. It tries to keep its carbon footprint as low as possible and chooses seasonal foods to highlight in the ever-changing menu. For more information, go to visitabingdonvirginia.comlast_img read more

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Mexico’s President-Elect Tours Latin America

first_img Enrique Pena Nieto, Mexico’s president-elect, initiated a tour to six Latin American countries, from September 17 to 24, with an agenda stressing security, trade and immigration. Pena Nieto’s schedule includes Guatemala, Colombia, Brazil, Chile, Argentina and Peru. By heading first to Central America, the new leader aims to assure those impoverished countries – a source of many migrants heading north in search of a better life, and sometimes preyed on by drug cartels for kidnappings – “they will be a priority in practice, and not just in words,” said Rafael Fernandez de Castro, head of international studies at the Autonomous Technological Institute of Mexico. “There are two chronic problems: abuse of migrants in transit and developing our southern border so it will stop being a no man’s land,” Fernandez de Castro added. Pena Nieto, a 46-year-old attorney and an ex-governor of populous Mexico state, hails from the Institutional Revolutionary Party, which ruled for 71 years with a mix of patronage, repression and corruption before losing the presidency in 2000. He is to take office December 1 and has pledged, among other things, to quell the drug-related violence ravaging the country. By Dialogo September 18, 2012last_img read more

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Chenango Valley cheer team hosts fundraiser for national competition

first_imgMembers of the team told 12 News the squad is one of the first in school history to have an opportunity to compete at the national stage, which is set at Disney World in Orlando, Fla,. this year. PORT DICKINSON (WBNG) — The Chenango Valley cheer team held their holiday party at the elementary school Saturday, hoping to raise money to fund a trip to nationals in February. “I love it. I think it’s a great way for everyone to come together and not only buy Christmas presents for the holidays, but also support the sports at Chenango Valley so that we can raise for our goal of nationals,” Aswad said. Cheer captains Madison Aswad and Natalie Gillette said the party gives a chance to shine the light on the school’s sports.center_img Local vendors were invited to sell items in time for the holiday, and kids were treated to arts and crafts as well as a chance to interact with Santa Claus himself. The team is actively looking for donations and sponsorships. To participate, the team asks you contact the through a Facebook or Instagram message.last_img read more

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Arcadia plans to offload redundant stores

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Four homes up for sale in leafy Cycas St, Kamerunga

first_imgYOU’D be forgiven for thinking you were out of the loop if you lived in Cycas St.Four of the leafy lane’s rainforest-surrounded properties are up for sale and even hosted open homes at the same day and time over the weekend.In the sought-after suburb of Kamerunga, 4, 5, 6 and 10 Cycas St are all on the market, but agents have warned potential buyers against assuming they’re all the same.“There are four very unique properties,” said LJ Hooker Cairns Edge Hill agent Nadine Edwards. SUBSCRIPTION OFFER: $5 A MONTH FOR THE FIRST THREE MONTHS She said the timber homes, which featured high ceilings, polished timber floors and verandas were a contrast to the rendered block masonry of other suburbs.Agent Ms Ferguson said she expected to continue to get good interest in number 6.“It’s a great time for buyers to have their pick of the street,” she said. 4 Cycas Cl, Kamerunga“It’s just pure coincidence they’re all for sale. All the listings came about by different changes in the owners’ lives.“You can’t compare and contrast them, they are all different.”Ms Edwards colleagues Kim Ryan and Clare Ferguson have also been tasked with selling some of the homes.On Saturday, the properties attracted plenty of attention with 12 couples visiting numbers 4 and 10 and 17 through number 6.Number 5, which hasn’t even been listed online yet, welcomed through five parties. 5 Cycas Cl, KamerungaMore from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms2 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns2 days ago“The lure of Kamerunga is for those who want to live in a tropical setting and be walking distance to swimming holes and great walking tracks,” Ms Edwards said. “They will appeal to people who want to have those lifestyle pursuits. It is also very convenient to the CBD and the northern beaches.“There are also two major shopping centre, Redlynch and Smithfield, so you’re not really giving anything up by living in Kamerunga, you’re still close to all the amenities you need.” 6 Cycas Cl, Kamerunga 10 Cycas Cl, Kamerunga“All the owners are friendly with each other, they couldn’t see any harm in all selling at once so it’s a good opportunity for buyers to see what the Rainforest Estate has to offer.“It’s like matchmaking at the moment.”Kamerunga is going ahead with five blocks at the new 6ha hillside property along Douglas Track Rd, called Sanctuary on Stoney’s, about to be developed.last_img read more

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Hinoba-an local nabbed for ‘rape’

first_imgBACOLOD City – A rape suspect wasarrested in Barangay 2 Poblacion, Kabankalan City, Negros Occidental. Judge Rodney Magbanua of the RegionalTrial Court Branch 61 in Kabankalan City issued the warrant dated Oct. 26,2019. No bail bond was recommended forBardoc’s temporary liberty./PN The 45-year-old laborer Danilo Bardocof Barangay Daug, Hinobaan, Negros Occidental was caught on the strength of anarrest warrant around 2:20 p.m. on Monday, a police report showed. The suspect was detained in the lockupfacility of the Kabankalan City police station.last_img

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Pam Shively

first_imgYesterday I did an article on the practice of hiring men to officiate high school games over women even when the woman would be equal or better than the man.  This is the case for Pam Shively of East Central who is in much better condition and ability to referee high school boys games than many of her male counterparts.  I recently had a conversation with Pam, and she related the reluctance of most schools to give her the opportunity  to referee boys games.Pam not only referees basketball games, but she also is an accomplished official for volleyball.  She is a starter for both cross country and track meets.  When Pam is hired to do any of these events, you can bet that she is as prepared as any official can be.  Because of age and physical condition, many of her male counterparts cannot keep up with the pace of today’s basketball games.  Pam is able to do this because she is still very active as a physical education teacher and participant in adult sports.I hope Pam is given the opportunity to do boys games before she gets discouraged and does not keep up her license to officiate men’s contests.  Pam is also an accomplished collegiate official.  Keep it up, Pam!last_img read more

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