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Scandal at the Union

first_imgThe former Secretary-designate of the Oxford Union, Cai Wilshaw, has been accused of attempted computer hacking, as well as sexism against a fellow Standing Committee member who felt “personally victimised” by “sexism” and “misogyny”. The allegations come after emails were leaked to senior members of the Union committee.A total of nine emails, distributed in the form of printed and annotated screenshots, were given to senior members of the Union, understood to include the Treasurer-elect and Librarian-elect. The emails contain alleged evidence of Wilshaw’s intent to hack the computers of his election competitors, as well as the distribution of memes that have been described as “sexist” by the Standing Committee member depicted in them.In the emails, Wilshaw, who stood down from his position on Tuesday 11th June just three days after his election, appears to solicit advice on how to “assert a degree of surveillance over the actions of [his] coworkers”. In email exchanges with two unknown correspondents, Wilshaw directly enquires about “HOW do I get the files of people with Macs?”, and receives a detailed response from a person identified only as ‘A.J.’. Wilshaw was unavailable for comment about any of the allegations.It is unknown whether Wilshaw applied the knowledge gained from this correspondence, although he signs off one email “I’ll give it a try”. A member of a Union committee who wished to remain anonymous told Cherwell, “Someone attempted to break into at least one person’s computer over the vac.” The computer belonged to Roberto Weeden-Sanz, who, at the time, was on Secretary’s committee, but subsequently topped the Standing committee election and was promoted to Secretary following Wilshaw’s resignation.The committee member continued, “It was put on our little union group that someone had attempted to log into Roberto’s laptop so many times that it had locked him out and he only managed to get back into it because he had the receipt for his laptop and he took it back and got it unlocked.” Weeden-Sanz was unavailable for comment on these claims. Wilshaw’s mailbox, which has access to an account called [email protected], also received a copy of an email sent to Cherwell, and other student journalists, on the 20th of May. The email stated, “A nice hack-hating front page is fun to publish once in a while. The best thing is it could even go national. Remember Maddie Grant?” and signed off with “Disciplinary proceedings taking place at the Union at 2pm today, Tuesday the 21st”. The anonymous message pertained to the charges brought against Standing Committee member Mayank Banerjee, who was reprimanded and fined £100. A Union committee member told Cherwell that they believed the emails to be “sent from an account that clearly was [Wilshaw’s].” Banerjee declined to comment.In a separate email sent from Wilshaw to a senior Union officer, Wilshaw writes, “Caiford invites you to view these spectacular memes”, followed by three links. The ‘memes’ depict Librarian candidate Amelia Hamer and are accompanied by the phrases “Only girl – comes 4th”, “‘Vote Amelia’ – tribbed”, and ‘Gets sponsorship – Prize: BJ”. Amelia Hamer confirmed to Cherwell that she believes the memes were “created by ‘Caiford’, the pseudonym used by Cai Wilshaw”. [mm-hide-text]%%IMG_ORIGINAL%%7857%%[/mm-hide-text]Hamer, who finished runner-up in this term’s Librarian election, told Cherwell that she “felt personally victimised by the sexist and misogynistic nature of the memes, especially as one of the few women on standing committee at the time. It saddens me that Mr Wilshaw felt that such behaviour was appropriate, but I appreciate that sexist humour may have been a temping last resort after failing to master higher forms of wit. Still, perhaps he would do better to keep his misogyny more under wraps in the future.”In a statement to Cherwell, Becky Howe, who resigned from Secretary’s Committee last week after the elections, said that the distribution of the memes “not only demeans Amelia and her many achievements, but also invokes ideas about women having to use their sexuality to gain success”. However, she went on to say, “At the heart of my decision [to resign] was my disgust at the personal conduct of some of the candidates. The memes were only a small part of this… I resigned because it made me feel sick that I had known so little about what was going on until after the election. I resigned because I don’t want to be associated with such behaviour. I resigned because – frankly – the outright victimisation of candidates brought shame upon the Union, and made me ashamed that my name was even on the ballot paper.”Not all students have reacted angrily to the revelations. A former member of Secretary’s Committee commented, “he’s paid the price by resigning and that ought to be enough. I reckon these things happen all the time across Oxford; people just love to hate the Union in particular.”In response to these claims, Union President Joey D’Urso emailed all committee members stating, “If anyone is contacted by the press, please forward me the email but do not reply, not even to say that you don’t have a comment. Thanks.” Union rules stipulate that no current committee members may speak to the press “concerning the Society’s Elections, any Election Tribunal or any Appellate Board”, although the issue of sexism between members falls outside of this jurisdiction. Wilshaw subsequently sent an open letter to Cherwell, which is published in full here.last_img read more

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TODAYS VANDERBURGH COUNTY COUNCIL AGENDA

first_img(A) SHERIFF(B) ASSESSOR(C) AREA PLAN(D) BURDETTE PARK APPROPRIATION ORDINANCE: (A) COMMISSIONERS (2)(B) COMMISSIONERS CCD (2) (C) HIGHWAY (2)(D) PLAT BOOKREPEAL:(A) COMMISSIONERS (B) COUNTY COUNCILTRANSFERS: (A) SHERIFFOLD BUSINESS: (A) PERSONNEL AND FINANCE MEETING JANUARY 31, 20183:30 P.M.ROOM 301 FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare civic center AGENDA Of VANDERBURGH COUNTY COUNCIL  3:30 P.M. IN ROOM 301OPENING OF MEETINGATTENDANCE ROLL CALLPLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCEINVOCATIONAPPROVAL OF MINUTES – December 6, 2017, & January 3, 2018PERSONNEL REQUESTS:(A)  SURVEYOR/Request to reclassify and retitle Associate Engineering Technician(B)  SHERIFF/Request to change Court Screener to Deputy Sheriff and fill vacancy(C)  ASSESSOR/Request to fill vacancy for First Deputy/Business Personal Property(D)  AREA PLAN/Request to retitle and reclassify Chief Draftsman as recommended by Personnel Administration Committee(E)  BURDETTE PARK/Request to raise part-time salaries for all Lifeguards and EMTs(F)  COUNTY ENGINEER/Request to retitle and reclassify Administrative Assistant as recommended by Personnel Administration Committee and move position from Cum Bridge to County Highway Fund(G)  HEALTH DEPARTMENT-SAFETY PIN GRANT/Request to change title and classification of Community Health Worker to Public Health Nurse and delete a Community Health Worker PUBLIC COMMENTREMINDER NEXT MEETING DATE/TIME: February 28, 2018 @ 3:30 p.m.ADJOURNMENT (E) TOURISM CAPITAL IMPROVEMENT (F) RIVERBOAT(G) GENERAL FUND RESERVE(H) COMMISSIONERS COIT(C) COUNTY COUNCIL CCD (D) COUNTY COUNCIL COIT(B) SUPERIOR COURT (E) HEALTH DEPT- SAFETY PIN GRANT (F) HIGHWAY (2)(G) PLAT BOOK 11. NEW BUSINESS:(A) BOARD APPOINTMENTS/Convention & Visitors Bureau Commission and ITAC(B) SHERIFF/DISCUSSION ON CONFINEMENT OFFICER STAFFING 12. AMENDMENTS TO SALARY ORDINANCE: Red denotes Personnel and Finance meetingBlue denotes County Council meetinglast_img read more

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News story: UK signs Eastern and Southern Africa trade continuity agreement

first_imgA continuity agreement will see British businesses and consumers benefitting from continued trade with Eastern and Southern Africa after we leave the European Union. Trade Minister George Hollingbery signed the UK-Eastern and Southern Africa agreement in London today (Thursday 31 January) with a number of representative governments.The news has been welcomed by businesses including Princes Tuna, who say it will help to support over 4000 jobs and ensure they can keep trading without disruption.This continuity agreement has been agreed as we prepare to leave the EU on 29 March. It replicates the effects of the existing EU Economic Partnership Agreement with Eastern and Southern Africa.It will allow continued tariff-free imports from Eastern and Southern Africa, and removes the majority of tariffs on British exports to these countries over the coming years.The agreement ensures that there will be no disruption to our trading relationship with Eastern and Southern Africa as we leave the leave the EU.Trading on these preferential terms rather than on World Trade Organization terms will deliver significant savings and help to support British jobs.This will help to further strengthen the trading relationship between the UK and these countries, which was worth £1.5 billion in 2017.Based on current trade flows, meat and fish exporters in Eastern and Southern Africa could save £30 million a year in tariff charges that could apply if the agreement wasn’t in place, while clothing exporters could save more than £10m and sugar exporters could save around £8m.Consumers in the UK will continue to benefit from more choice and lower prices for products as clothes and tuna from Mauritius.These agreements are part of the UK government’s commitment to supporting developing countries to reduce poverty through trade. It will help to them to grow their economies, create jobs, increase incomes and reduce reliance on overseas aid in the long-term.Trade Minister George Hollingbery said: HM Trade Commissioner for Africa, Emma Wade-Smith said: Today’s agreement will help to keep trade between the UK and nations in Eastern and Southern Africa well on track, providing continuity for businesses, consumers and exporters as the UK prepares to leave the EU. This deal forms part of the UK government’s wider commitment to supporting developing nations and emerging economies worldwide and across Africa. Providing continuity of the trading arrangements with our trading partners will help sustain jobs and further strengthen trade and investment ties between the UK and nations of Eastern and Southern Africa. The continuity agreement, signed today, marks our commitment to help developing countries increase trade and boost economies both across Africa and the UK. The agreement will allow businesses in Eastern and Southern Africa to continue trading with the UK without any tariffs and lays the foundations for our ambitious trade for development agenda. Africa’s long-term success matters to the UK which is why we are investing in, and partnering with African nations for our mutual benefit. Princes Tuna Mauritius warmly welcomes this agreement as the UK is the largest market for the tuna products that we manufacture. Ensuring there is frictionless trade is critical to our long-term business success and to supporting over 4,000 direct jobs in our two factories as well as many other Mauritian businesses that provide us with goods and services. The new UK-ESA agreement replicates the effects of existing trading arrangements as far as possible. It will come into effect as soon as the implementation period ends in January 2021, or on 29 March 2019 if the UK leaves the EU without a deal. Abdulla Elahee Doomun, Managing Director, Princes Tuna (Mauritius) Limited said:last_img read more

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Scientists hit on universal theory of bubbles

first_imgBubbles don’t just disappear when they pop but deflate in a rapid cascade of ever-smaller “daughter” bubbles, scientistsreported on Wednesday.There was an element of serendipity in the discovery, according to lead researcher James Bird, a graduate student at the Harvard School of Engineering and Applied Sciences…last_img

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Saint Mary’s alumnae return to campus to perform comedy showcase

first_imgFive comedians from Chicago will perform a stand-up comedy showcase at Saint Mary’s in Little Theatre at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.The showcase, “Belle-Y-Laughs,” will feature two Saint Mary’s alumnae: Colleen Brennan of the class of 1991 and Elyse Nylin of the class of 2010. Brennan is a pediatric speech language pathologist who graduated from the Conservatory Program at The Second City in 2001 then later received training in stand-up comedy at The Second City and Feminine Comique. Nylin is the host and producer of “You Joke Like a Girl,” a monthly all-women’s open-mic and showcase at Volumes Bookcafe in Chicago, and her sets usually contain material that is often women-focused and LGBT-friendly.Brennan said she and Nylin contacted the College to pitch the show. “After realizing that both Elyse and I were Saint Mary’s alums, we thought it would be great to produce a stand-up comedy show at our alma mater,” she said in an email. “Once we determined what we wanted to do, we contacted Saint Mary’s and pitched our show. The College thought our idea would work well with the fall calendar of events, so we were off and running.”Nylin said she was passionate about returning to Saint Mary’s to perform.“We both loved our experiences at Saint Mary’s and thought it would be an awesome way to combine our passion for comedy with the school that gave us confidence to do it,” she said in an email.   Richard Baxter, director of campus and community events, said the timing for the event could not be better, as many students are stressed at this point in the semester.“This falls around midterms, so it’s the perfect tension reliever,” he said. “[Students] can get a break from studying and also see what kind of paths are open to them after Saint Mary’s.”Students, professors, South Bend residents, parents and grandparents are all welcome at Belle-Y Laughs, Brennan said.“There is something for everyone in this show,” she said. “The age span and diverse backgrounds of the performers offer a wide comedic perspective.”Nylin said the comedians can set an example for the audience.“Each comic is unique in [his or her] perspective of the world and [his or her] struggles and triumphs in it,” she said. “Plus, it will be nice for the students to be able to see us as alums, and the other women succeeding in something we are passionate about.”Brennan is excited to return to campus, she said, because it will feel like coming home. “I always love coming back to Saint Mary’s,” she said. “Not only did I leave Saint Mary’s with an amazing educational experience, but also a bundle of great memories and a tight-knit group of friends who are like my sisters to this day. I come from a four-generation Notre Dame [and] Saint Mary’s family, so whenever I am back on campus, it feels like coming home.”Nylin formed many close relationships at Saint Mary’s, she said.“I loved the community that I formed [at the College] and the close relationships that I still hold dear today,” she said. “I’m actually bringing two of my best friends that are Saint Mary’s alums to the show, and meeting up with a few old professors while I’m on campus as well. Saint Mary’s was an amazing stepping stone into the world.” Brennan said she has always been involved in the arts, and this passion has transferred to her stand-up performances. “I have been involved in theater and music my whole life — I even sang with the Saint Mary’s Women’s Choir for two years,” she said. “Stand-up comedy allows me the unique opportunity to perform regularly while being a wife and working mother. Producing shows allows me to create opportunities for myself and other performers.”Nylin’s love of comedy began with her father’s love of comedy, she said, and grew as she started becoming involved in the arts and eventually began working in Chicago. “I was drawn [to] ‘Saturday Night Live’ at a young age, and my childhood was always filled with comedy,” she said. “As I got older, I was in performance arts my whole life, mostly in the forms of band [and] choir, including at Saint Mary’s. When I graduated from Saint Mary’s and moved to Chicago, I completed the improv program at Second City, and performed improv for a couple of years.”  Nylin said she took a series of improv classes as well as stand-up comedy courses with Kelsie Huff — who will also be performing at Belle-Y-Laughs. After the courses, Nylin said, she decided to host and produce her own show. “Stand-up comedy is much different than improv with a team,” she said. “In stand-up, it’s just you up there. It was fun playing other characters in the improv setting, but I found myself just wanting to be me. Since completion of those classes, I now host and produce my own monthly show called ‘You Joke Like a Girl.’ It’s an all-female-identifying open mic, followed by a comedy showcase. I host the show at Volumes Bookcafe which is owned and operated by two amazing sisters, Kimberly and Rebecca George. I love being able to give a space for women to say things that are important to them in a microphone, in a place owned by women.”Baxter said this event is important because everyone should take the time to laugh.“This is a really rough time in the country’s history, and we need to laugh,” he said.Life is too short not to laugh, Nylin said. “[Laughter] brings people together, it lets us process all the stuff in life, even the hard things,” she said. “I think everything needs to be laughed about. Life’s too short to be serious about everything.”Tickets are $4 and can be purchased at the Saint Mary’s box office. Tags: Alumnae, Comedy, stand-up comedylast_img read more

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Siemens Gamesa begins test of thermal storage technology

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renewable Energy Magazine:Siemens Gamesa Renewable Energy (SGRE) has launched an electric thermal energy storage system (ETES) which makes it possible to store large quantities of energy cost-effectively.The heat storage facility utilises around 1,000 tonnes of volcanic rock as an energy storage medium and is fed with electrical energy converted into hot air by means of a resistance heater and blower. When demand peaks, the facility uses a steam turbine for the reelectrification of the stored energy. The pilot plant can thus store up to 130 MWh of thermal energy for a week, the capacity remaining constant throughout the charging cycles.The aim of the pilot plant is to demonstrate the system on the grid and to test the heat storage facility extensively. Siemens Gamesa is planning to use the storage technology in commercial projects and to scale up the capacity and power. The goal is to store energy in the range of several gigawatt hours (GWh) in the near future.Markus Tacke, CEO Siemens Gamesa, added that with the commissioning of the ETES pilot plant, the company has reached an important milestone on the way to introducing high-performance energy storage systems. The technology makes it possible to store electricity for a great many households at low cost, reducing costs for larger storage capacities to a fraction of the usual level for battery storage.The Institute for Engineering Thermodynamics at Hamburg University of Technology and the local utility company Hamburg Energy are partners in the Future Energy Solutions project, which is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Economics and Energy. Hamburg University is carrying out research into the thermodynamic fundamentals of the technology. By using standard components, it is possible to convert decommissioned conventional power plants into green storage facilities. Hamburg Energy is marketing the stored energy on the electricity market and is developing highly flexible digital control system platforms for virtual power plants.More: Siemens Gamesa inaugurates innovative electro thermal energy storage system Siemens Gamesa begins test of thermal storage technologylast_img read more

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Shutdown begins at 2,400MW Navajo Generating Station in Arizona, Unit 3 taken out of service

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg Environment:The largest coal plant in the West has shut down one of its three units, marking another step in the plant’s now nearly certain demise.“Unit 3 is indeed offline and will likely remain so unless absolutely needed,” said Scott Harelson, a spokesman for the Salt River Project, which operates the 2,400-megawatt Navajo Generating Station in northeastern Arizona. “This allows us to focus maintenance efforts on the remaining two units while we work to use the remaining coal reserves before we close all the units,” Harelson told Bloomberg Environment.Unit 3, the youngest of NGS’ three units, has been burning coal since it was built in 1976. All three of the plant’s units are the same size, 803 megawatts.The closure on Sept. 19 wasn’t a surprise. Peabody Energy Corp.’s nearby Kayenta Mine sent its last trainload of coal to NGS in late August, according to the company.With no buyers interested in taking over the plant, it is now virtually certain to shut down by Dec. 22, when the current operating lease expires. SRP said in May it wouldn’t entertain any more bids, and it already has begun decommissioning.The plant sits on Navajo land, and the Navajo Nation’s current leadership supports a transition to renewable energy. The tribe announced Sept. 20 the completion of the second phase of its Kayenta Solar generating facility, which pumps out 28 megawatts. Phase one of the plant creates 27.3 megawatts.More: Biggest coal plant in the West closes one of three units Shutdown begins at 2,400MW Navajo Generating Station in Arizona, Unit 3 taken out of servicelast_img read more

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Guatemala Warns Country Has Become Cocaine Producer

first_imgBy Herbert Zepeda / Voice of America (VOA) October 08, 2019 “Following the discovery of coca plantations, Guatemala has become a cocaine producing country, leaving us in a completely different regional security situation,” said the official at a press conference.“This puts Guatemala in a completely different situation. We are not only a drug transit country […], but now Guatemala has become a cocaine producer,” he said.The minister said Guatemala is working on a strategy with anti-narcotics authorities in the United States to counter this scourge.He said the United States had delivered five helicopters that were repaired and will be used to counter narcotrafficking in the Central American country.In the past, U.S. personnel would fly the aircraft, but the Guatemalan Police will now operate them after obtaining a U.S. certification.With support from the Ministry of Defense, Degenhart said that authorities dismantled three drug laboratories and destroyed coca leaf plantations, the latest in a town on the Caribbean coast, on September 12. The operation took place during a state of siege declared in 22 municipalities, after alleged narcotraffickers executed three service members on September 3.The coca plantations were found in a mountainous area of El Estor municipality, Izabal department.International cartels that smuggle drugs and launder money through Guatemala and countries of Central America, with the help of local kingpins, increase crime rates in the region.last_img read more

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Blame Canada: Arctic Front to Plunge Long Island into Deep Freeze

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Get ready for another deep freeze, Long Island.An arctic front passing through the region is bringing cold air from Canada—yes, you can blame our friends up north—resulting in single-digit temperatures Thursday evening and wind chill values between zero and 5 degrees, according to the National Weather Service.The brutal cold will hang around through Friday morning, meaning temperatures will be in the single digits before the mercury rises to a high of 23, forecasters said.It’ll be cold, but not record-breaking cold, said David Stark, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service office in Upton. The previous record for Feb. 5 was in 1996, when the thermometer dipped to a bone-chilling 1 degree.The weather service is warning drivers that patchy black ice is possible as temperatures take a dramatic dive Thursday.As for Thursday morning’s flurries, Stark said the Island saw less than an inch of snow in most areas.Forecasters are keeping their eye on a potential storm beginning Saturday night and lasting through Tuesday. The weather service said, as of right now, the potential exists for 8 or more inches of snow.Stay tuned, folks. And stay warm.last_img read more

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Stop lumping X & Y together

first_img continue reading » Everyone is different and every generation is different. Marketers certainly know that. There is a seismic gap between the Mature Generation and the Millenials. Even Baby Boomers and Generation X have their fundamental differences.                        However, too often we tend to lump Generation X and Generation Y together. Even their names (X & Y) are too similar. Smart marketers (and executives and boards) are wise to recognize that you must fundamentally reach these two key demographics in radically unique ways. Strauss & Howe, the leading demographers, define Generation Y as those born between 1961 and 1981 (currently between the ages of 33 and 53). Generation Y are those born between 1982 and 2003 (between ages 11 and 32). Consider these key points: Generation X is growing up, raising families and living their careers—Repeat after me: “Generation X are no longer the kids.” They are raising the kids (yes, that is a scary thought!). Gen. X live incredibly busy lives. They are the soccer moms and the entrepreneurs (and sometimes both). Generation X can actually have kids from diapers to college.Generation Y is family oriented—“We are seeing a closer relationship between generations than we have since World War II,” says Jeffery Arnet, an expert on emerging adulthood. He goes on to say, “These young people genuinely like and respect their parents.” Guess what, mom and dad? They come back! While Generation X celebrated their independence and uniqueness, Gen. Y is closer to their parents. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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