Saying no to the Dakota Access Pipeline

first_imgThe Standing Rock Sioux tribe’s recent protests against building the Dakota Access Pipeline under their lands marked another chapter in the long history of struggles Native Americans have faced to protect their property, resources, and way of life, speakers told a Harvard audience Friday.The panel at the Science Center emphasized the importance of bringing historical perspective to the fight over the pipeline in North Dakota, which is to go under an area that provides drinking water, and of linking the protests to such broader themes as national sovereignty, oppression of people, and destruction of the natural environment.“What was clear was that this was about … protecting water supplies, but it was far more about history, about a very long and deep history,” said moderator Lisa McGirr, a Harvard professor of history.McGirr said that during a visit she made this past fall to the main protest camp, Oceti Sakowin, she saw firsthand “the incredible devotion, dedication, passion, sacrifice, and spirit” of the protesters.Sponsored by the Charles Warren Center for Studies in American History and the Harvard University Native American Program, the forum came a month after the camp was cleared by authorities, effectively ending the protest. The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers earlier that month had approved the project.Supported by other opponents, the Standing Rock Sioux contend that the pipeline, which is being built under the Missouri River near the tribe’s reservation, endangers the drinking water supply and would pass through some of its sacred lands.Jeffrey Ostler, professor of Northwest and Pacific History at the University of Oregon, said he was struck by the way the Standing Rock episode echoes “an earlier history of settler colonialism in the 19th century.”Ostler cited an 1874 military expedition led by Gen. George Armstrong Custer that confirmed rumors of gold on sacred Lakota land in the Black Hills of South Dakota, and a subsequent expedition led by Col. Richard Dodge. He said Dodge’s report on his mission was a “bundle of lies,” falsely claiming that the land had never been a permanent home for Indians and that the Lakotas did not want it.A poster advertising the event alludes to the anticipated polluting of the Missouri River by the Dakota Access Pipeline. Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer“When I hear accounts of pipeline proponents dismissing the water protectors’ claims that the pipeline’s construction has damaged graves and other sacred sites and that it threatens a sacred resource, water … I can’t help but place them in a long history of settler colonial claims,” he said.Chase Iron Eyes, a member of the Standing Rock Sioux and South Dakota counsel for the Lakota People’s Law Project, said the centuries of mistreatment of Native Americans are part of a wider historical story of the oppressive effects of colonization.“For me, colonization not only represents what happened to us but what happened to you,” he said, “to those of you who are of Anglo descent who were separated from your food source … whose minds were separated from their spirits.”The peaceful protesters were “trying to exercise and protect their inherent right, but also every American’s constitutional rights,” Chase Iron Eyes said.Nick Estes, a member of the Lower Brule Sioux, also sought to put the pipeline episode in the broader context of the impact of racism, colonialism, and capitalism, topics he explores in a forthcoming book.“In the 1870s, capital wanted the gold in the Black Hills. In the 1890s, capital wanted more land for white settlers in South Dakota,” he said. And in the 1950s, he said, the need for water to meet irrigation and public drinking supply needs led to the creation of dams on the Missouri River that flooded more than 300,000 acres of mostly Sioux land.“Over 1,000 indigenous families were forcefully dislocated from the reservation territories,” said Estes, adding that the dams “personified” settler colonialism and capitalism. Now, “We have oil pipelines saving the economy at the expense of indigenous peoples. The oils themselves personify capitalism because they solidify settler states’ control over indigenous lands.”“Self-defense sometimes means putting your body between settlers and their money,” he said. He praised the water protectors “for reminding us of that.”Jace Cuney DeCory, a member of the Cheyenne River Sioux and assistant professor of history and American Indian studies at Black Hills State University, said her family was among those displaced by the Missouri River dam project.“My grandmother was saddened because their lands were flooded,” she said. “And we talk about flooding lands now with oil and gas pipelines. It seems like history repeats itself.”But she sounded a note of optimism.“We’ve survived as a people because our ancestors did not give up,” DeCory said. “We are resilient. We’re strong. We’re spiritual people. Our voices are being heard, finally.”last_img read more

Rolfs Athletics Hall dedicated as men’s, women’s basketball practice facility

first_imgThe newly renovated Rolfs Athletics Hall, which will serve as the practice facility for both the Notre Dame men’s and women’s basketball teams, was dedicated this past weekend, the University announced in a press release Wednesday. The release said the renovation was made possible with a “foundational gift” from Karen and Kevin Keyes. In addition, further “lead gifts” were made by Andrew and Kirsten Braccia and Ryan and Jen Sweeney — who both graduated in the class of 1999. The projected benefited from the support of other benefactors, including more than 330 former men‘s and women‘s basketball players.When Rolfs Sports Recreation Center originally opened in 1998, it served as the principal fitness facility for the campus community until the Smith Center for Recreational Sports opened in Duncan Student Center in January 2018, the release said. The original building was made possible by a financial gift from the late brothers Thomas J. and Robert T. Rolfs — graduates of the Notre Dame classes of 1944 and 1950, respectively. Renovation of the facility began in January of 2018. “What a tremendous boost and opportunity for our program,” Muffet McGraw, head coach for the Notre Dame women’s basketball team, said in the release. “It is so important to our players to have access to a first-class facility that allows them to spend time working on their game. As one of the largest collegiate basketball practice facilities in the country, it will give our student-athletes everything they need to achieve their goals and for our program to continue to be at an elite level. We are so grateful to Karen and Kevin Keyes for their incredible generosity.”The 77,000-square-foot new Rolfs Athletics Hall, which opened in November, boasts video, team and locker rooms for both basketball programs. The building also includes two practice gyms, a strength and conditioning center, office suites and other amenities, according to the release.“I’ve been looking forward to the opening of our practice facility since I arrived at Notre Dame, and it couldn’t have been made without the generosity and support of our alumni and so many other key donors,” Mike Brey, head coach for the Notre Dame men’s basketball team, said in the release. “With the NCAA’s renewed focus on student-athlete time commitment, our ability to schedule practice, athletic training, rest and recovery separate from a multi-use facility that was forced to serve three programs will pay immediate dividends to the well-being of our student-athletes and coaches.”Benefactor Karen Keyes, classes of 1991 and 1995, graduated with a bachelor‘s degree in American Studies and a master’s in business, respectively. She was a member and captain of the Notre Dame women’s basketball team during her time at the University. Currently, Keyes also serves as the chair of Notre Dame‘s Advisory Council for the Student-Athlete. Kevin Keyes received bachelor’s degrees in economics and business administration from the University in 1990. He also played on the varsity tennis team during his time at Notre Dame. Currently, the couple resides in Ridgewood, New Jersey, and have previously supported Notre Dame through another “gift to endow the women’s head basketball coach position, the Joyce Grant-in-Aid Program, President’s Circle and Sorin Society,” the release said.“We are honored and privileged to support the strong tradition of Notre Dame basketball,” Karen and Kevin Keyes said in the release. “The newly renovated Rolfs Athletics Hall uniquely serves the women’s and men’s programs, which are both deserving of the best practice facility in the nation. Muffet McGraw and Mike Brey, their coaching staffs and players are the definition of class, and we are excited to contribute to their continued success.”Tags: Men’s Basketball, Mike Brey, Muffet McGraw, Rolfs Athletics Hall, women’s basketballlast_img read more

Deepening Drought.

first_img`Blame Long Drought on La Niña´ But the summer is expected to be hotter than normal. For the northern third of the state, the temperature probabilities are 41 percent above normal, 34 percent normal and 25 percent below normal. For the rest of the state, it’s worse: 48 percent above normal, 34 percent normal and 18 percent below normal. There, the outlook is for a slightly greater chance of below-normal precipitation. CPC’s long-lead March temperature outlook is for a 48-percent chance of above-normal, 34-percent chance of normal and 19-percent chance of below-normal temperatures. Long-term Outlooks Major Concern The La Niña pattern most affects our current climate. This pattern is marked by abnormally cold surfaces in the equatorial Pacific Ocean. The current La Niña is in a mature stage. But CPC computer models and statistical predictors expect it to slowly weaken over the next several months. For June through August precipitation, the outlook is a climatology forecast. This means the chances of normal, above- and below-normal precipitation are about equal. For March, the CPC outlook is for equal chances of above-normal, normal and below-normal precipitation in all but the southern quarter of the state. An outlook only slightly below normal is still a concern in south Georgia because of the long dry period and the winter’s low soil-moisture recharge. During these times of soil-moisture deficits, plants depend on the reserves that collected during the winter. But this winter built up few reserves. The outlook from the federal Climate Prediction Center is for an increased probability of below-normal precipitation and above-normal temperatures statewide for March through July. Since Jan. 1, the southern half of the state is more than 3 inches below normal. Some places along the Florida border have had a soil-moisture deficit all year. Soil-moisture Deficits The March-through-May precipitation outlook is for a 23-percent chance of above-normal, 34-percent chance of normal and 43-percent chance of below-normal precipitation across all but the extreme north Georgia mountains. There, the outlook is slightly better. South Georgia Outlook Worrisome The temperature outlook for March through May is for a 41-percent chance of above-normal, 34-percent chance of normal and 25-percent chance of below-normal temperatures statewide. CPC reports that the subsurface temperature pattern in the equatorial Pacific is starting to evolve into the buildup stage for an El Niño (abnormally warm Pacific surfaces) pattern. The buildup usually takes one to two years. Recent rains have helped the soil moisture across parts of the state. However, Georgia is entering the prime growing season with little soil-moisture reserve. Even with recent rains, stream flows across the state remain well below normal. Hotter Summer Means Drier, Too The drought that started in May 1998 is expected to continue and worsen in Georgia through at least early summer. Even with normal weather, Georgia normally loses more soil moisture through evaporation and transpiration than it gains through precipitation during the peak of the summer growing season. Warmer-than-normal weather will increase soil moisture losses to evapotranspiration. And with above-normal evapotranspiration, plants depend even more on the already-low soil-moisture reserve. This change in the ocean temperature pattern is the first sign that the drought’s end may be in sight. However, we can’t expect much of a chance of relief before late summer.last_img

14 Long Island Stereotypes Through The Eyes Of A Queens Chick

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Danielle EspositoI’ll preface this article by saying I’m a chick from Queens who loves Long Island. I’m partial to Queens, we are a very loyal breed, and to this day I still feel pretty bad ass when I say I have grown up in the best, most culturally diverse and food-centric borough (sorry, L.I., but our pizza and bagel joints will win in any food duel), but I’ll admit that I’ve enjoyed a long love affair with the Island.As a Queens native, I’ve definitely viewed Long Island in all sorts of ways growing up—and as a lot of my family currently lives on the Island (shout out Wantagh), I can resoundingly say that a lot of these remain true, at least in the eyes of us Queens folk, and in a totally loving way.Without further ado, here are my (and some fellow Queens friends’) 14 Long Island Stereotypes:1. Long Islanders can’t parallel park.Truth be told I can’t blame most of you. I’ve heard on more than one occasion that “I haven’t had to parallel park since my road test” from my L.I. friends and family, but it still makes me laugh when a Long Island friend comes to visit me and I get that frantic phone call that they need help parking their car on my block—and rest assured, I’ll get it right—on the first try.2. White BMWs! White BMWs everywhere!As I know this to only be a half-truth now, growing up we did always picture Long Island as a sparkly alien land where all teenaged girls received white bimmers on their sixteenth birthdays. Although this might not reign true for everybody, I bet you still know someone who got one!3. Speaking of sixteenth birthdays, what’s up with Sweet Sixteens?Personally I feel that Long Island invented this crazy ritual of overly extravagant Sweet Sixteens. Or was it that terrible MTV show? Regardless, having a mini-wedding for your sixteenth birthday still makes no sense — although I will admit I did attend approximately 678 of them in high school, back when reggae music was a thing.4. Long Islanders really like to hang out in malls.Like after school, or when they’re cutting school, or on the weekends, and especially in the summer. Mainly in the food court. Sometimes whilst walking around with an iced Starbucks Frappuccino (extra whip, extra caramel, no coffee).5. Lacrosse.I still don’t get lacrosse, but Long Islanders sure do.6. Long Islanders are scared of coming to Queens (and NEVER wear jewelry on the subway!).This one makes me sad, but I’ve definitely heard it on way more than one occasion. If you come to visit me, don’t worry, you’re safe. We actually have trees, and sidewalks, and really cute puppies. Subways are a means of transportation and it’s definitely a faster way to get from neighborhood to neighborhood. You shouldn’t be scared of them. In fact, I’ve participated in some amazingly fun dance parties on subways before—seriously, a band was playing music on the 3 train on New Year’s Eve 2013 and IT. WAS. AWESOME.7. If a group of 10 Long Island girls goes out on the town, at least three will end up crying (and they really like to yell “WOOOO!”).I’ve seen a lot of crying drunk Long Island girls before. Don’t get me wrong, I’ve seen a lot of crying drunk Queens girls before, too. But the ratio is like 264:3. I don’t think I have to describe the latter; you guys are just really excitable—not necessarily a bad thing.8. Long Island bars are always in strip malls.You guys really do have a lot of strip malls. They’re cool and all—but why are there so many? And isn’t it weird drinking while squeezed between a vet’s office and a nail salon?9. Brunch.“Yaaaaaassss. Put on your best 6-inch heels, Kelly, we are going to BRUNCH!”10. Shorts and slippers and polo shirts, bro.A Long Island man’s casual outfit of choice.11. Long Islanders have very unique beer pong abilities.We’ll give you that—but your house rules tend to be unnecessarily intricate.12. Everybody is some percentage of Italian.You can also get into heated debates on whether that red stuff on meatballs is called sauce or gravy. Pick your battles? This one is worth it. And don’t forget, “We eat pizza on Fridays.”13. Long Islanders love diners.No argument here.Work from Home with InteleTravel14. Long Islanders have so much room.Seriously. Or maybe I’ve just lived in the confines of New York City for too long—regardless, whenever we come here we can’t believe how much room you have. You guys also have actual backyards—and POOLS. Your Queens friends will be coming over all summer. We’ll bring meat for the barbeque.Listen, I love Long Island. In fact, I very happily and consciously pursued finding a career on the Island. Trekking into the city (The City = Manhattan) was just not something I wanted to do any more, and I’ve found the people who reside on this Island aren’t so alien after all. I’ll keep my roots planted in my borough, but I do love heading out here each day. And even though I still feel a slight separation in the way Long Islanders do things (or maybe I’ve just had too many 40 oz on stoops in my time), I find the differences endearing.At the end of the day, Queens and Long Island are really just like two arch enemies who secretly both love each other deep down. Frenemies, if you will.I’ll make fun of you all day but don’t worry, I’ve got your back when Jersey butts in.last_img read more

Coram Home Invasion Victim Pistol-whipped

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Coram last week in which the victim was pistol-whipped, authorities said.Two men armed with handguns forced their way into an Idaho Court home, demanded money from the victim, who they forced onto the floor and hit in the back of the head with the gun at 12:25 p.m. Sunday, April 30, police said.The gunmen fled with cash and the victim was treated for his injury at Stony Brook University Hospital.There were neither any arrests nor descriptions of the suspects. Detectives are continuing the investigation.last_img

Togo confirms H5N1 caused poultry outbreak

first_imgSep 17, 2008 (CIDRAP News) – Agriculture officials in Togo today confirmed that the H5N1 avian influenza virus was responsible for suspicious poultry deaths that had recently been reported in a village in the southern part of the country.Kossi Messan Ewovor, Togo’s agriculture and livestock minister, said in a statement that tests in Ghana on samples from the birds were positive for the H5N1 virus, according to a report from Reuters.The outbreak was initially reported by media outlets on Sep 9. The outbreak site is a poultry farm in the village of Agbata, near Lome, the capital, according to previous reports. The farm reportedly had about 4,800 birds.The minister’s statement said about 4,000 poultry died, but it’s not clear if animal health officials culled any of the birds.Togo’s last H5N1 outbreaks occurred in June 2007 at poultry farms in the southern part of the country, according to reports from the World Organization for Animal Health (OIE). Those outbreaks were the first to be confirmed in Togo.In other developments, agriculture authorities in New Zealand said today that low-pathogenic avian influenza has been detected in wild mallard ducks, according to a report from the New Zealand Press Association (NZPA). The H5 strain was identified during surveillance of healthy birds at seven sites in New Zealand, the story said . The surveillance took place in February and involved sampling 1,241 birds.Andre van Halderen, an official with New Zealand’s agriculture and forestry ministry, said the virus that was identified in the ducks is closely related to viruses that have been found in the past and aren’t new to the country.Since 1975 more than 5,000 wild birds have been sampled in New Zealand, of which a small number tested positive for low-pathogenic H5 or H7 subtypes, the NZPA report said.New Zealand has never reported a case of highly pathogenic avian influenza in birds, according to the report.Findings in New Zealand’s wild birds are similar to those in the United States. An update today from the Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza Early Detection Data System (HEDDS), representing wild-bird surveillance by federal and state agencies, says 27,231 birds have been sampled this year. Eight samples tested positive for presumed low-pathogenic avian influenza. Confirmatory tests revealed that one of the eight viruses was H2N9; testing is underway to confirm the subtype of the seven others.See also:OIE reports on 2007 Togo outbreaksOIE reports on 2008 Togo outbreaksHEDDS national avian influenza surveillance information Web sitelast_img read more

Pleasures of food and sex ‘simply divine’, says Pope Francis

first_imgFrancis — born Jorge Bergoglio in Argentina — said that there was no place for an “overzealous morality” that denies pleasure, something he admitted existed in the Church in the past but insisted is “a wrong interpretation of the Christian message”.”The pleasure of eating is there to keep you healthy by eating, just like sexual pleasure is there to make love more beautiful and guarantee the perpetuation of the species,” the pope said.Opposing views “have caused enormous harm, which can still be felt strongly today in some cases,” he added.”The pleasure of eating and sexual pleasure come from God.” The pleasures of a well-cooked meal or loving sexual intercourse are “divine” and have unjustly fallen victim to “overzealousness” on the part of the Church in the past, Pope Francis says in a book of interviews published Wednesday.”Pleasure arrives directly from God, it is neither Catholic, nor Christian, nor anything else, it is simply divine,” Francis told Italian writer and gourmet Carlo Petrini.”The Church has condemned inhuman, brutish, vulgar pleasure, but has on the other hand always accepted human, simple, moral pleasure,” he added. Francis, the spiritual leader of 1.3 billion Catholics around the world, singled out a 1987 Danish film called “Babette’s Feast” as reflecting his message on pleasure.Set in the 19th Century, it tells the story of a lottery-winning chef who invites a group of ultra-puritan Protestant worshippers to a sumptuous banquet.The film is “a hymn to Christian charity, to love,” the pope said.Wednesday’s book, “TerraFutura, conversations with Pope Francis on integral ecology” was written by Petrini, the founder of the global “slow food” movement created in the 1980s in opposition to “fast food”.The interviews focus on the pope’s vision of environmentalism with a social face, outlined in his 2015 encyclical “Laudato Si”.center_img Topics :last_img read more

Cargo Ship Carrying Broken Glass Refloated at Margate

first_imgA cargo vessel was refloated after it dragged anchor and ran aground off the Kent coast, the UK, on October 8, the country’s Maritime and Coastguard Agency (MCA) informed.The incident occurred near Margate Harbour between 30 and 50 meters from shore at around 3:00 a.m. local time.At 2.20 p.m. the same day, the agency reported that the 2,400 dwt Islay Trader was refloated at high water with the aid of a tug, and towed to deeper water.“The vessel will now conduct a survey to assess its suitability for onward passage to Belgium, where it will offload its cargo and then enter a dry dock in order to conduct a full inspection,” MCA said in a statement.The Barbados-flagged, 75-meter-long general cargo vessel is operated by Faversham Ships, according to data provided by VesselsValue. With six crew on board, the 1992-built vessel has been carrying a cargo of broken glass.As explained, there is no pollution or damage to fuel tanks, and the risk of pollution is assessed to be very low.last_img read more

UTEC Inks Saudi Arabia Pact with Zamil Offshore

first_imgZamil Offshore Services and UTEC, an Acteon company, have formed a strategic partnership where both companies will work together exclusively to execute offshore survey projects in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia. UTEC has up-scaled its operations in the Middle East since establishing a presence in the region 18 months ago. The company has invested in growth and now employs 20 onshore and offshore personnel from its office in Abu Dhabi. UTEC has been working in Saudi Arabia, providing positioning equipment and construction support for pipelay and jacket installation operations, since March 2017.Zamil Offshore is a fully integrated offshore and marine services company which owns and operates one of the largest support vessel fleets in the Middle East.Stuart Cameron, UTEC Chief Executive Officer, said, “We’ve experienced rapid growth since moving into the region last year and with our new office in Abu Dhabi we are set up to increase support to our clients’ survey requirements. The partnership with Zamil makes perfect sense; both companies bring their own unique strengths to create a strong client proposition. We have seen an increase in potential work opportunities in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and we expect this to continue going forward. The partnership is the first step in our strategy to increase our presence and contribution in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.”Sufyan Al Zamil, Zamil Offshore President, said, “The partnership is strategic to Zamil Offshore as we continue to diversify our service offerings to our clients. Surveying services adds a competitive edge to Zamil Offshore and is a sensible continuation of our current services in the marine and offshore construction segments, where synergies will be apparent. We foresee a great opportunity in this growing market and we plan on investing in its localisation.”last_img read more

Area Girls & Boys Basketball Scores (1-30)

first_imgWRBI Area High School Basketball Scores.Girls Scores  (1-30)East Central  55     Connersville  16South Dearborn  63     Franklin County  29Jac-Cen-Del  56     Southeastern Hanover  36Switzerland County  53     South Ripley  40Rising Sun  46     Shawe Memorial  45Heritage Christian  50     Rushville  41Knightstown  71     Hauser  50Morristown  59     Indy Lutheran  52Southwestern Shelby  59      Greenwood Christian  37Trinity Lutheran  76     Edinburgh  43Tri  46     Eastern Hancock  43Boys Scores  (1-30)Greensburg  68     Lawrenceburg  29Union County  44     Centerville  30last_img