Protestors call for divestment at Clarendon Building rally

first_imgStudents gathered at the Clarendon Building this afternoon to pressure the University and its colleges to divest from fossil fuels.The rally was the latest action organised by the Oxford Climate Justice Campaign (OCJC). Over 50 protestors brought banners and megaphones to rally for changes to University policy.The 170th letter to Oxford Vice Chancellor Louise Richardson calling for divestment, published exclusively by Cherwell, was delivered today. In May, OCJC delivered 169 earlier letters to Professor Richardson.Representatives of divestment initiatives addressed the crowd on the progress their respective colleges had made towards divestment.The rally comes following OCJC’s efforts in overseeing 25 colleges-based plans to divest from fossil fuels, with 13 common rooms passing motions petitioning their colleges to divest.It also comes after Hertford College MCR and JCR, and New College JCR recently passed motions calling for their colleges to divest from fossil fuels. The Hertford motion also pledges JCR and MCR support for the OCJC’s efforts.Principal of Hertford College, Will Hutton, told Cherwell: “Hertford had already begun a review of the ethical principles informing the investment of its endowment before the motions passed by our JCR and MCR, of which investment in the fossil fuel industry is part.“We intend to complete the review next term and implement its findings over 2019.”The Hertford motions mandate relevant members of the JCR and MCR Committee to lobby for the divestment of the college’s endowment from the fossil fuel industry. The members will also lobby college to encourage replacing these investments with ones in green funds and to use its influence to discuss with its investment partners the idea of wider divestment.Hertford JCR and MCR Presidents, Jude Lewis and Liisa Parts respectively, told Cherwell: “The Hertford student community believes that the College should ensure its investments are ethically in line with its charitable standards and hopes to see a change in future that incorporates a larger proportion of alternative clean energy or green funds.”OCJC member and St Catz student, Harry Holmes, told Cherwell: “[The University] has a moral and economic duty to divest both directly and indirectly from fossil fuels.”While he acknowledged that progress has been made, he added: “Colleges still need to do a lot more to show they believe in sustainable investment.”The University of Oxford and New College have been contacted for comment.last_img read more

OCBP Then and Now: Ocean City Masters Swim

first_imgOcean City Beach Patrol’s Paul Mangen was the fastest swimmer in South Jersey in 2003. He won every swim event held during the summer, including his third straight T. John Carey Masters Swim.Mangen will be inducted into the OCBP Hall of Fame at the Lifeguard Reunion Party, Saturday evening, August 15 at Sandi Pointe Coastal Bistro, 908 Shore Road in Somers Point. For more reunion information go the Ocean City Rowing & Athletic Association’s website or call Fred Miller 609-398-5811.The 36th annual T. John Carey Masters One-Mile Open Swim, hosted by the Ocean City Lifeguard Association, will be held 10 a.m. Saturday, July 18. Registration will begin at 8:00 a.m. at the 34th Street OCBP headquarters. Anyone can enter the ocean swim. The age groups go from 15-and-under to 65-and-over.For more information about the race, visit or call 609-525-9200.Former Ocean City lifeguard Bob Pugh won this event last summer.last_img read more

Saffron cake

first_imgSaffron cakes have traditionally been made in Devon and Cornwall, especially around Easter when they are eaten with clotted cream on Good Friday.This tradition is said to have started more than 2,000 years ago when traders from the Middle East exchanged saffron for Cornish tin. Saffron is the world’s most expensive spice by weight and, nowadays, it is often replaced with egg colour but, because a little saffron goes a long way, it is not as expensive as you might think. The spice also brings a subtle astringent flavour and the orange filaments look good in the finished cake.The recipe below comes from Elizabeth Craig’s 1936 book, Cookery Illustrated and Household Management. The recipe uses a very old-fashioned technique, taking a piece of dough, and adding fruit, sugar butter and spices to make a cake. The saffron water makes the dough very wet and the original recipe does not add any extra flour but, depending on how slack your original dough is, you will probably want to add some. Tested by Nick Anderson, the baker at Redbournberry Mill, the final cake has a close texture and a rich spicy taste. Makes approximately 20 x 1lb/450g loaves 200 strands/about 10 good pinches of saffron9 floz/240ml boiling water10 lb/4.5kg white bread doughApproximately 2½lb/1.2kg strong white flour2½lb/1.2kg caster sugar2 ½lb/1.2kg mixed peel1/6oz 5g ground allspice2 ½lb/1.2kg currants2 ½ lb/1.2kg butter1. Put the saffron in boiling water and stand in a warm place for at least 15 minutes until the water is dark yellow.2. Mix the saffron water and strands into the dough.3. Work the currants, peel, and allspice into the dough.4. Add the extra flour now to make a workable dough.5. Melt the butter and work in.6. Shape the dough and let it prove for 30 minutes. It will not rise very much.7. Bake for 30 minutes at 375?F/190?C.8. Glaze as they come out of the oven. —-=== Did you know? ===? Saffron comes from the stigma of the saffron crocus (Crocus Sativus) and each flower produces just three threads of saffron, which are gathered by hand? Saffron can be grown in Britain but most saffron now comes from Iran, Greece, Morocco, Spain and Kashmir? The town of Saffron Walden in Essex owes its name to the spicelast_img read more

Taura uses ancient grains

first_imgTaura Natural Ingredients has introduced a range of ingredients combining ancient grains and 100% pure concentrated fruit and vegetables.The Ultra Rapid Concentrated (URC) Inclusions range uses grains such as quinoa, amaranth and chia, alongside fruit and vegetable accompaniments. It is suitable for applications in the snack, bakery, breakfast cereal and confectionery categories.The range can also incorporate crisped rice and cereals for a crunchy texture, sweet treats like chocolate for more indulgent product concepts, and is ideal for functional ingredients such as probiotics and prebiotics.Mattias van Uffelen, head of European sales at Taura, said: “Ancient grains are set to be one of the top food industry trends for 2012. Now, thanks to URC Inclusions, we can offer companies a great way to benefit from this by creating innovative products that not only look and taste superb, but also tap into consumer demand for healthy and delicious products.”last_img read more

Pipeline Race Suggests Overbuilding in Virginia

first_imgPipeline Race Suggests Overbuilding in Virginia FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Brian Carlton for the (Waynesboro) News Virginian:While there is a need for natural gas in some parts of Virginia, too many companies are building pipelines to try and fill that void. This in turn could lead to overbuilding, creating pipelines that force legal battles and lengthy construction, but ultimately sit empty or at least are not used to maximum capacity. That was the argument presented in a new report from the Institute for Energy Economics on Wednesday.The company’s report argued that federal officials need to examine a larger picture when approving projects, such as the Atlantic Coast and Mountain Valley pipelines. All of these projects, the report said, are built on the idea that natural gas prices will remain cheap across the region containing the Marcellus shale. Natural gas often is contained in shale, a marine sedimentary rock. The Marcellus formation, which runs from Pennsylvania through western Maryland and into West Virginia, is one of the largest shale fields in the world, formed almost 400 million years ago as layers of dead plants and animals built up.Utility companies, the report stated, want to build pipelines to move that cheap natural gas to areas where they can charge higher prices, because of the demand for growth and construction.“An individual pipeline company acquires a competitive advantage if it can build a well-connected pipeline network that offers more flexibility and storage to customers,” the report states. “Thus, pipeline companies [are] competing to see who can build out the best networks the quickest. This is likely to result in more pipelines being proposed than are actually needed to meet demand in those higher-priced markets.”An October 2014 study by Moody’s Investors Service showed that pipelines currently being developed, if constructed, will deliver an estimated 27 billion cubic feet of natural gas per day from the Marcellus and Utica region. By comparison, currently 18 billion cubic feet are being piped out. It’s similar in some ways to the race between railroad companies in the 19th century to be the first to cross the nation. There is a need, with multiple companies competing to fill that need. The problem, the study asks, is what happens if all of the companies get approved for their projects and only one is needed to meet demand? What happens to the rest of that approved material?The cost of construction: Study questions if pipelines are neededlast_img read more

Backpacking and Playing the Game

first_imgWith the fall weather outside and all the colors it brings there is no better time to pack your gear, lace up those hiking boots, and discover why backpacking in the Blue Ridge Mountains is heaven on earth. To remind you of the joys of backpacking, here is a repost from the summer detailing why backpacking is good for the soul, body, and mind:One of the most rewarding activities out on the trail is one of the most basic, and perhaps to those who have yet to experience it, the most misunderstood. Backpacking – the art of walking while carrying a bunch of stuff. It seems simple enough, but not until you put on a 50 lb. pack and start ascending steeper then staircase hills, does one realize the difficulty in carrying one’s living supplies.When backpacking, the basic gear weighing you down includes shelter, food, water, and perhaps a clean pair of underwear. All the basic amenities taken for granted in our modern running water and electricity driven world. Add into the pack a stove, flashlight, sleeping bag, and a notebook and suddenly the difference between necessities and obscenities becomes clear.So where does the fun come in, the reward, and the reason for people of this fast-paced world to still seek this primitive method of traveling? Perhaps it is the escape from the said fast-paced world, for it is impossible to carry a cell phone or computer in the wild including with it all the weighty connections it holds. Perhaps it is the journey between A and B that people seek. The adventure that happens between the destinations. For me however, it is all about not losing the Game.The Game, as introduced to me by some of my younger campers, is a simple practice. The goal of the Game is to not think about the Game. As soon as your mind flickers light on the game that you’re trying to forget you’re playing, you must announce annoyingly to the group “I just lost the Game.” In response, typically anyone privy to the game will then also shrug in frustration and make a similar announcement due to their remembrance and recognition of the same Game. Simple, of course. Childish, maybe. But perhaps a deeper understanding of the world we live in can come out of these simple rules.Wide LoadThe Game, in backpacking terms, is to simply not think about the fact that you’re backpacking. To not think of how heavy your backpack is, of how early you’ve woken that morning, or of how much farther is left to go on the map. If you think of these things as your trekking along, you have lost the game. The key instead is to let your mind wander to wherever your thoughts may take you. Personally I like to think of where I’ve been and where I’m going with my life, new thoughts and bright ideas, lost loves and missed opportunities, and friends new and old. Some may call it meditation, others say it’s zoning out (or in), but I would say it’s all about not losing the Game of backpacking. For a watched pot never boils, and a hiker whose is never lost fails to find anything new.IntrospectiveThe question now stands, how does the Game apply to everyday life outside of backpacking? For it is this author’s belief that every lesson learned within every recreational pursuit can be applied to everyday life. So perhaps in the pursuit of love, wealth, and happiness the key may be letting your instincts and ambitions do the work, let your feet keep moving without acknowledging the everyday weight that can sometimes pull us down. To keep your mind away from the struggle and trust yourself, trust that as long as you don’t think about the game all too much, that you’ll surely win.-Over and OutBDLFor more adventures during the summer, check out the original blog at www.adventurethirsty.blogspot.comlast_img read more

Virtual Threats in the Digital Age

first_img The new technologies that emerged in the 1990s with the advent of the internet are undoubtedly wonderful tools that inaugurated a world without limits, where time and distance vanish amid global interconnectivity. However, like the greatest inventions, they also created a universe of possibilities for individuals, groups, and governments to unleash secret wars in the form of cyberattacks and virtual threats. In this context, we face a new form of asymmetric warfare, with a secret enemy, without armies, ships, armored vehicles, or airplanes, but equally lethal, where hackers and crackers simultaneously perform the functions of generals and soldiers and make use of special characteristics arising from these technologies, such as the rapid or even instant diffusion of their projects, whether a virus or false information about any subject. Besides, these actions are facilitated and even incited by their reach, invisibility, low cost, difficult detection, and lack of regulation by the majority of countries and international organizations, including the UN. Among the most well-known forms of cyberattack is cyberterrorism, defined as a virtual attack executed via the Internet, through a virus, with the purpose of causing damage to systems and equipment, and one that has been widely used. Another form is cyberwar, the method of which is based on crashing government sites or forcing them offline, causing great harm to the affected countries, especially economic harm, since these attacks are against stock markets and banking systems. As far as personal injury and property damage are concerned, the attacks can paralyze a range of services provided to the population, including those considered essential, which in the majority of large cities in the world are interconnected by electronic systems, such as electricity and communications. These modalities are also used as tools for espionage in fields like military and industrial technologies and in matters considered state secrets. It goes without saying that this entire process has already happened and is happening somewhere on the planet to a greater or lesser extent, even if it has not succeeded in creating chaos on an international level. Terrorism and organized crime have also been widely utilizing these technologies, due to the same special characteristics mentioned above. Aside from recruiting new jihadists, the approximately 6,000 sites linked to international terrorist groups teach how to make homemade bombs, carry out kidnappings, destroy buildings, use several types of weapons, and forge documents, among other criminal acts. They end up providing free access to any internet user, supplying training that is normally given to elite groups in military schools or police academies, in addition to the possibility of exchanging information. With regards to social networks such as Orkut, Twitter, Facebook, and MSN, they are explored with the objective of confusing and disorienting people by providing and spreading false information. Two recent instances illustrate this statement very well: the first has to do with false rumors disseminated about various places that were supposedly the targets of gang attacks, arson, and weapons fire. This happened during the Comando Vermelho [Red Command] attacks in Rio de Janeiro, which encouraged the population to stay off the streets, something that contributed to creating a greater feeling of fear and insecurity and exaggerating the criminal actions. The second instance is related to the hundreds of messages with distorted and misleading information on the level of radiation in some Japanese cities after the leak at the Fukushima power plant. Some messages advised the Japanese to immediately leave the country due to the high levels of nuclear radiation, causing panic and terror in an already chaotic environment. Still with regard to social networks, there is also monitoring performed by criminal organizations to identify and track probable targets, since an Internet user has vast amounts of updated personal information available, often more complete than what exists in the files of government agencies such as the Police and the Traffic Department. As a result, data about someone’s family, places they normally go to, where they live and go to school, tastes and habits, and photos are valuable for the creation of a profile for future kidnappings or even for an approach aimed at the commission of other crimes. This is one of the aspects of concern of these new digital technologies, which are growing worldwide and against which few preventive systems exist. *André Luís Woloszyn is a strategic-affairs analyst, specialized in terrorism, with a diploma from the Brazilian Army War College By Dialogo June 14, 2012last_img read more

Croatia in Switzerland on the list of safe countries

first_img“The inclusion of Croatia on the list of safe countries for the realization of travel on the Swiss market is a confirmation that in some countries we are still perceived as a stable and safe tourist destination. However, the final decisions of the countries, apart from the epidemiological situation, are also influenced by the economic interests of each individual country. “, said the director of the Croatian Tourist Board Kristjan Staničić, emphasizing that further compliance with the measures is necessary in order to successfully realize tourist traffic from foreign markets during September and the postseason. Namely, Swiss Ministry of Health has updated the list of high-risk countries, so that from 18 August, Albania, Andorra, Aruba, Belgium, Belize, Färòer, Gibraltar, Guam, India, Malta, Monaco, Namibia and Spain, including the Balearics, are on the list of high-risk countries. According to the latest assessment of the German Federal Office of Foreign Affairs, Croatia is one of the safe countries for vacation travel. German TV station RTL released an updated map on August 17th on which it is Croatia marked in green. Croatia is included in the list of safe countries for the realization of travel in Switzerland, he reported Branimir Tončinić, director of the CNTB Representation in Austria, which also covers the Swiss market. center_img Let us add that according to the eVisitor system in Croatia, about 140.000 overnight stays were realized in the Swiss market so far in August, which is 82 percent of last year’s result in the same period, while about 510.000 overnight stays were realized from this market in this part of the year. the same period. Swiss tourists spent the most nights in Istria, Primorje-Gorski Kotar and Split-Dalmatia counties.   last_img read more

No lockdown for Indonesia, Jokowi insists as COVID-19 cases continue to rise

first_imgPresident Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has reiterated that he will not impose a nationwide lockdown, despite the growing number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country and has cautioned regional heads who seek to impose stricter movement restrictions in their respective regions.The President said Indonesian people’s cultural characteristics and discipline were the two main reasons why the government had ruled out a lockdown, adding that the decision was also made after evaluating policies enacted by other countries during the pandemic.“I have gathered data about countries that have imposed lockdowns and after analyzing them, I don’t think we should go that way,” Jokowi said during  a limited meeting at the Presidential Palace on Tuesday. Instead of imposing a lockdown, he reiterated his call for people to stay home and maintain physical distance from each other to curb the spread of the disease.He cited news reports showing that Indonesians had not been complying with calls for social distancing, including a news report claiming that a person who was supposed to be isolated had gone out to purchase groceries and had even bought a smartphone along the way.“The policy of physical distancing can halt the spread of the disease if people really comply with it,” he said.Jokowi also urged regional administrations that sought to impose stricter movement restrictions, such as closing down offices and stores, to prepare a social safety net mechanism for people who were directly affected by the policy.“If regional administrations want to [impose restrictions], they need to thoroughly assess the impact of such policy. They should analyze the number of businesses that would not be able to operate during the lockdown and give financial assistance to people who depend on informal economic activities,” he said.As of Tuesday morning, Indonesia has reported 579 confirmed cases of COVID-19,with 49 deaths. The disease has spread to 22 of the country’s 34 provinces. (glh)Topics :last_img read more

Sarana Menara Nusantara to expand fiber-optic cable network amid high demand

first_imgPublicly listed telecommunication tower operator PT Sarana Menara Nusantara plans to expand its network of fiber-optic cables a total of 47,000 kilometers by the end of the year to boost 4G connectivity, amid the country’s high data demand accelerated by the pandemic.Vice president-director Adam Gifari said the company would add more than 12,000 km of fiber-optic cables to its existing infrastructure of 34,200 km.“I think the 4G technology still has a few more years to develop as the government prepares for 5G,” he said during a press briefing on Wednesday. He added that he believed the country could increase the 4G penetration rate, which currently stood at 70 percent of the country’s 174 million users. Most of them accessed the 4G network through mobile phones, the company noted.Adam said the pandemic had also led to an acceleration of digitalization for everyday needs, including video-conferencing and online shopping, resulting in higher traffic and demand for data on mobile devices.Communications and Information Minister Johnny G. Plate stated on Aug. 22 that the government would establish and extend the geographic coverage of 4G services nationwide by 2022 at the latest, as it strove to accelerate a so-called national digital transformation.Meanwhile, Indonesia’s digital economy is on track to dominate Southeast Asia, as its market value is projected to triple to US$130 billion by 2025 from $40 billion in 2019, according to the latest e-Conomy Southeast Asia study. In its presentation, the company also stated that surging data demand in Indonesia would require more towers and that Sarana Menara Nusantara would focus on Java, Bali and Sumatra for its tower network.Adam said the company’s number of towers had grown to 21,271 in the second quarter from around 18,000 a year earlier. Over the same time, it saw the number of tenants grow to 38,122 from around 29,000 tenants.According to an announcement by the company published by Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) in June, the company has continued the process for the acquisition of 1,723 towers from telecommunication firm PT XL Axiata through its subsidiary PT Profesional Telekomunikasi Indonesia (Protelindo). For the first handover of 1,399 towers from XL in April, Sarana Menara Nusantara spent Rp 1.9 trillion ($129.6 million).“Our strategy to grow this year is to increase colocation with lower capital expenditure,” Adam said, referring to the practice of locating two or more pieces of transmission equipment on the same cellular antenna tower.Sarana Menara Nusantara business development director Indra Gunawan stated that the company still saw growth potential in internet services in Indonesia.“Internet penetration in Indonesia still has potential to continue developing, supported by the demographic composition of Indonesia, which is dominated by young people. And with the rising usage, users keep demanding better internet services,” Indra said.Sarana Menara Nusantara booked a 21.8 percent year-on-year (yoy) revenue increase to Rp 3.68 trillion in the first half of the year, which it attributed to tower acquisition and colocation.Meanwhile, its profit jumped by 31.3 percent yoy to Rp 1.3 trillion in the first half.In the second quarter of the year, Sarana Menara Nusantara secured long-term contracts amounting to Rp 53.1 trillion, which will last until 2033, the company’s data show.The company also announced on its website on Aug. 17 that it would buy back 84.9 million of its shares with a total value of approximately Rp 90 billion.The telecommunication tower operator’s shares have gained 27.95 percent so far this year. TOWR was trading at Rp 1,030, up about 0.5 percent, early in the afternoon trading session on Thursday.center_img Topics :last_img read more