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Dono, donare, donavi, donatum  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 11 August 1999 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Digital Donare.com is a new online fundraising service from the US. “Donare is Latin meaning “to give”,” they explain. The site aims to offer a single gateway for online giving to US non-profits. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis read more

£2.7 million from Big Lottery Fund for sport in schools in England

first_img£2.7 million from Big Lottery Fund for sport in schools in England The Big Lottery Fund has awarded more than £2.7 million in Lottery grants to improve the sporting life of schools and communities across England. The funding will support 20 new projects and comes from the £750 million New Opportunities for PE and Sport Programme, bringing the number of new facilities funded in England to more than 2228.London and the South West region are the prinicipal beneficiaries, with a share of more than £2 million of the awards. Advertisement  25 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 14 December 2005 | Newscenter_img About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Left forces lead protests in Moldova, face police repression

first_imgOn Feb. 15, seven anti-fascist political prisoners in Chisinau, the capital of the eastern European country of Moldova, were brutalized in court by armed riot police, while a three-judge panel looked on. The prisoners are leaders of a popular uprising against a pro-West, oligarch-backed regime.One of the prisoners, Grigory Petrenko, leader of the leftist Red Bloc party, had his wrists “cut to the bone” by his handcuffs as he was dragged from the courthouse, according to his spouse, Lilia Petrenko. (1News.md, Feb. 16)Another prisoner, Pavel Grigorchuk, youth leader and editor of the communist news site Grenada.md, was dragged headfirst down a flight of stairs. Others were dragged by their feet. Omega News Agency reports that the prisoners appealed for medical help after their return to Penitentiary No. 13.Outside, more than 1,000 protesters held an angry but peaceful demonstration, surrounding the courthouse and blocking traffic. Later, masked riot police, carrying shields and swinging billy clubs, attacked the action.  The protest continued late into the evening, with activists eventually marching from the courthouse to Chisinau’s central square. (MoldNews.md, Feb. 15)The political prisoners — including Petrenko, Grigorchuk, Mikhail Amerberg, Alexander Roshko, Andrei Druz, Oleg Buzni and Vladimir Zhurata — were violently arrested on Sept. 6, during a protest against the Western-backed government dominated by oligarch Vlad Plahotniuc. The prisoners, known collectively as the “Petrenko Group,” were denied release by the judicial panel on Feb. 15 — despite four leading European parliamentarians agreeing to serve as their guarantors, which under Moldovan law is sufficient for pretrial release.Omega also reported that for the first time, representatives of the U.S. and European embassies were present in the courtroom. So far it’s unknown why they chose to show up on this particular day, after months of entreaties from local activists to monitor the case.After the judges announced their decision, the political prisoners held a sit-down protest. Armed police in riot gear swept the media from the courtroom, pushing reporters, family members and friends of the prisoners down corridors and stairs. Then, they moved in to brutalize the prisoners and remove them by force. The attack in the courtroom was captured on a cellphone video.Despite the attack, the prisoners raised their fists outside and chanted in solidarity with the protesters as they were herded into a police van to be returned to jail.  Demonstrators surrounded the van, rocking it, until forced back by truncheon-wielding riot cops.Demonstration surrounds courthouse in Chisinau, Moldova, defends political prisoners.Photo: Alexander V. GutovskiPopular uprising against oligarchyMoldova, a former republic of the Soviet Union, is a small country of about 3.5 million people in eastern Europe. To its north and east is Ukraine, where a U.S.-backed coup powered by fascist gangs seized power two years ago, unleashing a war on Russia’s western border. To its south is Romania, a member of the NATO military alliance ruled by a U.S. puppet regime.Moldova is also in the throes of a popular uprising against oligarchy and neoliberal reforms. The movement sweeping Moldova has a fundamental difference from the right-wing, Euromaidan movement that seized power in Ukraine two years ago: It has a powerful left, anti-fascist and anti-imperialist wing. Because of this — and despite the country’s modest size — this movement threatens to upset the reactionary tide throughout the region, built up over decades by Washington/Wall Street and the Western Europe imperialist powers. On Jan. 20, dramatic footage was broadcast around the world of protesters entering and occupying the Parliament building in Chisinau, as a new government headed by Prime Minister Pavel Filip was sworn in two days after receiving the U.S. State Department’s blessing. U.S. and Western media provided no context for these seemingly chaotic images to a public kept largely unaware of Moldova’s existence, much less the economic and political plight of people suffering under International Monetary Fund-European Union “reforms,” including privatization and the cutoff of traditional trade with Russia and other former Soviet republics.The current wave of protests was sparked in 2015 with the revelation that leading politicians appointed by the country’s top oligarch and political kingmaker, Vlad Plahotniuc, had embezzled more than $1 billion from Moldova’s banking system. At first, in early 2015, the protests were dominated by pro-“Euro-integration” forces, including the ultraright that seeks the country’s merger with Romania. The movement seemed similar to the one in Ukraine, known as Euromaidan, that overthrew the government in February 2014.But in the summer of 2015, the recently formed Red Bloc party led a working-class campaign to turn back government-mandated utility-rate and fuel-price hikes. This party includes independent leftists and communists who had left or been expelled from the old Party of Communists of the Republic of Moldava.  Red Bloc leadership turns the tideThe Red Bloc campaign spread like wildfire. Pensioners, students and workers occupied city halls and held mass assemblies in towns and villages across the country. The regime was forced to step back and temporarily halt the rate hikes. In Chisinau, the Red Bloc erected a tent city outside Plahotniuc’s home and staged protests at his businesses and media holdings. At this time, Red Bloc leader Petrenko was cast as “Public Enemy No.1” by oligarch-controlled media.This mobilization of the working class, rooted in the anti-fascist traditions of Soviet times, began to shift the center of gravity in the protests. Instead of the pro-Western capitalist and middle-class opposition keeping the leadership, the protesters moved toward those who favor friendly relations and economic partnership with Russia. They also want to preserve the country’s agriculture and industry. They reject the NATO military alliance and oppose unification with pro-West Romania.The Red Bloc began to build a pole of attraction in the movement of the left, anti-fascist and anti-EU forces, including the Party of Socialists of the Republic of Moldova and Our Party, a party representing Russian-speaking Moldovans based in the city of Balti.When protests resumed in the autumn, there were two distinct wings in the movement — the “Euro-integration” forces of the Civic Platform “Dignity and Truth” (the DA Platform), which held a protest of tens of thousands in central Chisinau on Sept. 6, and the smaller but class-struggle-based movement headed by the Red Bloc, which held a demonstration of about 1,000 people the same day. It was at this protest where seven Red Bloc activists, including party leader Petrenko, were arrested.Since that time, the left pole, numerically dominated by the Party of Socialists, has overtaken the pro-Euro-integration forces. The left pole has been playing the leading role in the recent mass demonstrations against the new regime, which, as before, is dominated by protégés of Plahotniuc.The shift in momentum is clearly visible in the words and actions of the pro-Euro-integrationist DA Platform. Shortly after the Petrenko Group’s arrest, the political prisoners’ supporters were kept to the outskirts of DA Platform protests.  Some leftists who entered were attacked by fascist elements — similar to the Maidan protests in Ukraine in 2013-2014.Now, however, the DA Platform has had to adjust its actions in response to mass pressure, and has even joined with the leftists in the Civil Forum coalition calling for unconditional release of the political prisoners, along with early parliamentary elections. (Omega, Feb. 4)A poll taken after the January protests showed that if parliamentary elections were held soon, the Party of Socialists and Our Party would win a decisive victory, with the DA Platform coming in third. The current governing parties — the so-called Democrats, Liberal Democrats and Liberals — were far down the list.Next: What is the U.S. planning for Moldova? FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

Spyware exports in Turkey: RSF Germany denounces the German company FinFisher

first_img RSF Germany along with NGOs go after FinFisher for illegally selling spyware in Turkey and call for worldwide reinforcement of the regulations governing surveillance technology exports. Help by sharing this information Related documents rsf_germany_pressrelease_finfisher_spyware.pdfPDF – 57.97 KB News June 8, 2021 Find out more Organisation TurkeyGermanyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources Council of EuropeInternetFreedom of expression The Society for Civil Rights (GFF), Reporters Without Borders Germany (RSF Germany), the European Center for Constitutional and Human Rights (ECCHR) and the blog Netzpolitik.org have filed a criminal lawsuit against the German company FinFisher for exporting the spyware FinSpy to Turkey without export license.The public prosecution in Munich, where the FinFisher Company is based, has opened an investigation into the case. A FinSpy sample found on a Turkish website built the basis for this lawsuit. The Turkish government planted the spyware on a fake version of the Turkish oppositional website Adalet. While the original Adalet website was intended to help activists coordinate during the protest marches in summer 2017 against president Erdogan, the fake version of the Adalet website, offered users a networking application that, once installed, infected their devices with the FinSpy malware.”It is outrageous and unacceptable to see German spyware being used against journalists and oppositional voices in Turkey“, says Christian Mihr, Executive Director of Reporters without Borders Germany. “This, once again, illustrates the deficiencies of the European export regime of surveillance technology and the dire need for its reform”, he continues.When used and installed on a recipient’s mobile device, FinSpy enables government authorities access to telephone and VoIP conversations, data systems, screenshots and other photos, GPS data, microphones and connection data as well as to various applications. Consequently, it constitutes a great threat to activists and journalists as it fully exposes their communication with contacts and sources.Several independent analysts conducted a forensic examination of the malware sample found in Turkey and came to the conclusion that it is a new version of FinSpy. Moreover, time stamps in the code clearly show that this FinSpy malware could not have been coded nor exported before October 2016.Yet, since 2015, the European Dual-Use regulation as well as the German Foreign Trade and Payments Act require companies to obtain a licence when exporting surveillance technology outside of the EU. The German government has confirmed that it has not granted a single export license for intrusion software since 2015. In Germany, even maintenance and updates of software are subject to licensing. In exporting FinSpy to Turkey FinFisher was acting in clear violation of both German Law and EU regulations, thereby committing a criminal offense.To download the full text of RSF Germany, click hereFor more information, please contact Jennifer Schiementz at [email protected]  or under +49 30 609 895 33 55 to go further News September 5, 2019 – Updated on October 8, 2019 Spyware exports in Turkey: RSF Germany denounces the German company FinFisher Credit: alliance / chromorange “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Receive email alerts News June 7, 2021 Find out more June 4, 2021 Find out more Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan TurkeyGermanyEurope – Central Asia Condemning abusesProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsProtecting sources Council of EuropeInternetFreedom of expression News RSF_en Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF sayslast_img read more

Police appeal for info on Motorbike involved in Creggan Heights ‘hit and run’

first_img Facebook Pinterest By News Highland – June 11, 2013 Twitter 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Google+ Google+ Facebook Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Police in Foyle have issued a further appeal for information in relation to a hit and run incident in the Creggan Heights area on Friday, June 7th when a 7 year old girl was badly injured.Yesterday a 23 year-old local man appeared in court in connection with the incident.A 23-year-old  David Gerard McCloskey of 138 Creggan Heights in Derry appeared on five counts in relation to the incident on June 7.McCloskey was charged with causing injury by dangerous driving, failing to remain at the scene of an accident, failing to report an accident and failing to stop.McCloskey was also charged with having no insurance or driving licence on the same date and carrying an unauthorised person on a motorcycle.He was remanded in custody to appear again on July 4.Officers continue to investigating the incident and are keen to trace the blue motorcycle involved in the collision.Anyone with information about its current whereabouts is asked to contact police at Strand Road. Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORcenter_img Pinterest WhatsApp WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry News Previous articleTDs promise to fight for the retention of Donegal’s specialist pre-schoolsNext articleJill Meagher was her killer’s 22nd rape victim News Highland Police appeal for info on Motorbike involved in Creggan Heights ‘hit and run’ 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

What I remember about Christmas

first_img Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits You Might Like Finding the flaw in the Carrier deal President-elect Donald Trump recently announced a deal to preserve 800 jobs at one Carrier heating and cooling plant in Indiana. … read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day Plans underway for historic Pike County celebration Troy falls to No. 13 Clemson His nose was broken as was Mama’s heart. We weren’t going home to Alabama. But, was that my memory or just the hurting in my heart for Mama when she told the story? That’s the way it often is.  Memories are stories “laid” on the heart. The other day, I was thinking about Christmas and my thoughts drifted back to my memories of Christmas. My first memory of Christmas is a blue, plastic star. The star was crystal-clear and, when the sunlight danced through the window and settled on the little blue star, it was the prettiest thing I had ever seen. Daddy always went down across the pasture and cut a cedar tree for our Christmas tree. We wrapped a string of colored lights around the tree and hung colored glass balls on the branches that were strong enough to hold them. My blue star’s place was at the very top of the tree. Then we hung the icicles, one at a time, so they would look like the icicles that often formed on the eaves of the house.  The Christmas tree was always set up in the living room. There was no fireplace in that room and it was cold. So, every night, I would wrap a blanket around me and go sit by the tree. Sometimes, I would go outside and look at my Christmas tree through the window. It was so pretty that it would almost take my breath.  I don’t remember a lot about the presents that Santa Claus brought. I’d circle “one thing” that I wanted in the Sears Roebuck Christmas catalogue and most of the time Santa brought it to me. A Daisy BB gun, a Howdy Doody string puppet and a silver, plastic saxophone are memories that stand clear. But what I remember most is that, on Christmas Eve, Daddy would bring in a package that had come in the mail. I could hardly wait to see what kind of ski pajamas Daddy had ordered for me. Sometimes they had feet in them. Those were my favorites. But ski pajamas were always made out of the softest cloth with pictures of skiers or Christmas trees or woodland animals. If I had not gotten anything else for Christmas, my pajamas would have been enough. But I never told Santa Claus that. Daddy always brought Christmas in the back door. It would be in a paper sack from the City Market filled with apples, oranges, dried grapes on a stem and a log-size stick of rock-hard peppermint candy. Sponsored Content Print Article Email the author “Now, that’s the taste of Christmas,” Daddy would say. And, it was. That’s what I remember about Christmas. Book Nook to reopen Around the WebIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel What I remember about Christmas Published 11:26 pm Friday, December 16, 2016 The Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies… Skip Latest Stories By The Penny Hoarder Daddy would take the hammer and break the candy into pieces. He would open a box of soda crackers and we’d take a bite of peppermint candy and then a bite of soda cracker. The two tastes would swirl together. By Jaine Treadwell At the National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, Tennessee in October, the 12,000 of us who came to bask in the age-old art were challenged with recalling and recording our first memory.My first memory was of my mama unloading the car and crying all the while. Daddy was in the Army Air Corps and was stationed at Gore Field in Great Falls, Montana where I was born. At long last, Mama was going home. The car was packed and Daddy went to the airfield to take leave. On the way down the mountain, the car slid on ice and Daddy went off the mountainside.last_img read more

Odfjell’s rig sails towards South Africa to resume drilling at Block 11B/12B

first_imgAfrica Energy said that the Odfjell Deepsea Stavanger drilling rig has departed Bergen, Norway, and is headed towards Block 11B/12B, offshore South Africa Odfjell Deepsea Stavanger to carry out a multi-well drilling campaign at Block 11B/12B. (Credit: Odfjell Drilling Ltd.) Africa Energy and its partners are all set to begin a multi-well drilling campaign on Block 11B/12B in South African waters with the Odfjell Deepsea Stavanger semi-submersible rig in the coming few months.The Canadian oil and gas company said that the drilling rig has departed Bergen, Norway, and is headed towards South Africa.Block 11B/12B is located in the Outeniqua Basin nearly 175km off the southern coast of South Africa. It spans an area of 18,734km2 and is contained in water depths ranging from 200m-2,000m.Africa Energy has an effective interest of 4.9% in the exploration right for Block 11B/12B. The Canadian firm holds 49% of the shares in Main Street 1549 Proprietary, which has a 10% participating stake in the offshore South African block.French oil and gas major Total is the operator with a 45% stake in the block while Qatar Petroleum and CNRI, are the other partners with stakes of 25% and 20%, respectively.Block 11B/12B contains the Brulpadda oil and gas discoveryAfrica Energy president and CEO Garrett Soden said: “We are excited to begin the next phase of exploration drilling on Block 11B/12B offshore South Africa. The Odfjell rig is mobilizing from Norway to South Africa in order to spud the Luiperd-1 well by September.“Luiperd is the largest prospect in the Paddavissie Fairway and has been de-risked by the nearby Brulpadda discovery and subsequent 3D seismic work.”The Brulpadda oil and gas discovery was drilled by the Odfjell Deepsea Stavanger semi-submersible rig in February 2019. It is contained in the Paddavissie Fairway, located in the southwest corner of the block.The Brulpadda well intersected oil pay and a total of 57m of net gas condensate pay over two Middle to Lower Cretaceous high-quality reservoirs.Alongside Brulpadda, there are various large submarine fan prospects in the Paddavissie Fairway that have been de-risked considerably by the discovery and subsequent 3D seismic acquisition, said Africa Energy.last_img read more

Horror and Depp-ravity in the woods

first_imgJohnny Depp really should get himself a new agent. The man has worldwide adulation from female fans, and a talent as reliable as any Hollywood heavyweight. He’s probably one of the most bankable actors at work today. But judging from his track record, he chooses his scripts either blindfold or just blind drunk. For every classic he’s made ( Platoon, Donnie Brasco etc), there’s a clanger to match ( A Nightmare on Elm Street 6, enough said). These days, though, he seems to be resigned to carrying films singlehandedly. Pirates of the Caribbean would have been instantly forgettable without his swaggering brilliance as Captain Jack Sparrow. Hell, even the Academy had to swallow their usual stuffiness and hand him a Best Actor nomination for what was, basically, a pantomime performance. This week’s Secret Windowfinds him once again fighting a valiant battle against a mediocre script. A Stephen King adaptation, it gives him a chance to playfully undermine his sex-symbol status as a grubby, dishevelled novelist (Mort Rainey), holed-up alone in a log cabin following a split from his wife. Shuffling around in a mangy dressing gown, surviving on Doritos and cigarettes, Mort battles writer’s block in a lovesick stupour. Life isn’t exactly made any easier by the appearance of a wacko redneck (John Turturro), angrily claiming that Mort plagiarised a story of his. Rather than letting their lawyers settle it, he wants do things the good old-fashioned psycho way involving vendettas and imaginative intimidation. Of course, this being a psycho movie, Johnny stubbornly remains in his creepy cabin in the woods, even while all those other dispensable peripheral characters receive screwdrivers in their heads with quick succession. As terrifying as all this may sound, the film actually works much better as a light comedy than a thriller, thanks to Depp’s bumbling amiability as Mort and some beautifully deadpan one-liners. But as welcome as this light relief may be, it only succeeds in making the film strangely schizophrenic in tone; an uneasy marriage of humour and horror. Mind you, all this would still be forgivable if the finale didn’t feature a twist so ludicrous it makes The Sixth Senseseem one-dimensional. It’s one of those ones that doesn’t stagger you with its ingeniousness but just leaves you feeling cheated when the assumptions you’ve built up and interest you’ve invested in characters are left completely redundant. The unintentional irony of Mort’s remark, that “the only thing that matters is the ending. It’s the most important part of the story”, only adds salt to the audience’s wounds. You’re left wishing that Johnny had heeded his own warning. And fired his agent while he was at it.ARCHIVE: 1st week TT 2004last_img read more

An ocean of concern

first_imgClimate change may not have been as prominent in the headlines in the 1980s as it is today, but it was certainly on the minds of engineers designing a new sewage-treatment plant for Boston.Today, the massive Deer Island plant can boast of being one of the first major coastal projects that had a nearly 2-foot rise in sea level designed into its construction. That is good news to area residents because the plant — one of the nation’s largest — handles sewage from 61 Boston area municipalities and 2.5 million customers.Built to clean up Boston Harbor, partly in response to a major lawsuit, the plant was designed to withstand a 100-year storm, then was raised an additional 1.9 feet in anticipation of possible sea-level rise. Its outflow tunnel, which disperses treated wastewater into the ocean nine miles offshore, was made larger to account for changes to the dynamics of the gravity-powered system as the sea level rises.A group of students from Harvard and Brazil toured the plant and spoke to officials there about its design and operation. The Jan. 16 visit was part of a two-week, cooperative winter program sponsored by Harvard’s School of Engineering and Applied Sciences (SEAS), the David Rockefeller Center for Latin American Studies, and the University of São Paolo in Brazil.This year’s subject, “Urban Adaptation to Climate Change: Resilient Cities,” brought students to Deer Island and to New York, where they toured areas affected by 2012’s Superstorm Sandy, including the Red Hook section of Brooklyn and the South Ferry Station.The program is the latest in an annual series that began five years ago. The collaborative program between Harvard and one of Brazil’s most prestigious engineering schools alternates visits to Cambridge and Brazil, drawing roughly half of its 29 students from each institution.Patrick Ulrich, assistant director for undergraduate studies in environmental science and engineering at SEAS, said this year’s topic was selected as a natural sequel to last year’s program on energy and climate change, which was held in Brazil. This year’s program went well, Ulrich said, with students from different countries meshing and forming friendships.“They’ve been fantastic. The students are a really good group. They integrated … right off the bat,” he said.Lindsay Woodson, a master’s degree student at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, said she enjoyed getting to know the course’s Brazilian students and listening to the perspectives they brought. The New York excursion to view the recovery from Sandy was most interesting to her, she said, because her academic focus is on risk and resilience.Steven Wofsy, the Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science and one of the program’s core faculty members, said a main purpose of the effort is to give engineering students direct exposure to people in the field who work daily on issues the students are learning about.“I think it’s been spectacular,” Wofsy said. “It’s hard to decide which is the high point.”Students spent about an hour touring Deer Island, viewing the giant, egg-shaped digesters, flares for burning off excess gas, and primary and secondary treatment areas. The visit included a talk by Stephen Estes-Smargiassi, director of planning for the Metropolitan Water Resources Authority (MWRA), which runs the plant, and Dave Duest, manager of process control at the plant.Estes-Smargiassi gave a brief history of the plant and an overview of the MWRA system, which not only collects and processes wastewater, but also provides clean drinking water from its reservoirs. Deer Island, Estes-Smargiassi said, is in many ways a huge recycling plant because it treats and reuses much of the effluent it takes in.The egg-shaped digesters convert much of the waste into natural gas, which is harvested to provide 64 percent of the plant’s power. Much of the remaining solid matter is sent as sludge to a plant in Quincy, where it is dried and processed into fertilizer. Some 10 million gallons of treated wastewater are recycled through the plant, providing a source of water for tasks — such as tank cleaning — where non-potable water can be used. Of an average 260 tons of sludge that come into the plant each day, just 10 tons are released into the ocean as treated effluent, while 105 tons are made into fertilizer. The rest is digested and converted to gas.In addition to natural gas produced in the waste processing, the plant also uses renewable energy, provided by a solar array and two giant wind turbines.Though Boston was spared the worst effects of Superstorm Sandy, Estes-Smargiassi said that was partly because it passed through the area at low tide, while it hit the New York region at high tide. Projections, however, show that if it had been high tide in Boston, there would have been historic flooding, something that prompted the MWRA’s board of directors to embark on a new appraisal of the flood-vulnerability of the authority’s facilities.The analysis, Estes-Smargiassi said, evaluated the impact of both a 100-year flood and 2.5 feet of sea-level rise. He said the exercise showed that although a handful of facilities would not be affected, including Deer Island, quite a few would be — some significantly. By analyzing each facility’s purpose and whether it had redundancy within the system, the authority has begun prioritizing changes, seeking temporary mitigation measures, and designing more permanent changes as part of systemic upgrades across the authority’s system.That way, Estes-Smargiassi said, facilities across the system are gradually made better able to withstand flooding and storms so that, even if the 2.5-foot rise proves overly optimistic and is revised upward again, the system in the end would be better prepared.“If it looks like 2.5 feet isn’t good enough, we’ll pick a better benchmark,” he said. “That may mean some facilities are not as well-protected as the new ones, but we will be better off.”last_img read more

Domestic violence service promotes healing, awareness

first_imgThe Saint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office (BAVO) is raising awareness about violence against women, particularly domestic violence, as part of October’s Domestic Violence Awareness month.BAVO member and senior Payton Moore said the office held its first event Thursday, a prayer vigil to support victims and create awareness about domestic violence.Emilie Kefalas “We all know the statistics [that] one in four women are victims of sexual assault,” she said. “That one in four women are sexually assaulted in their college years … We at SMC want to show that one is too many.”BAVO and Campus Ministry co-hosted the vigil for those impacted by violence so that the community could come together to address and acknowledge the issue, Moore said.“The one-in-four statistic represents the fact that one in four women are victims of domestic violence, and one in four college-aged women are victims of sexual assault,” she said. “This was a vigil for both statistics.”Although scheduled to be held outside, the vigil was moved indoors due to weather conditions.“While I prefer the event being outside, the vigil still was nice indoors,” she said. “Having it indoors created a sense of intimacy.”BAVO also teamed up with the Saint Mary’s volleyball team for an awareness event Friday during one of the Belles’ home games.“We thought it would be a great way to come together to raise awareness for an important issue,” she said. “This year we decided to continue the effort.”Senior Paige DeRouin and Moore helped organize the coalition after BAVO and the team decided to plan an awareness event last year.“Paige DeRouin and myself are co-chairs on the Awareness and Outreach Committee for BAVO,” Moore said. “The domestic violence awareness volleyball game is an event listed under our committee. After seeing the turnout at the game, I say we did a pretty good job.”The entire game was a “purple out,” complete with purple desserts for those who donated and purple “one is too many” buttons for those who donated a dollar, Moore said. All of the proceeds will benefit the Young Women’s Christian Association.“The volleyball game is a fun way to create awareness and to help a local organization,” Moore said. “Purple is the color of domestic violence, so everything in the gym will be that color, from decorations to the desserts.”BAVO hopes to become a larger presence on social media including Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to further show students the resources and events it promotes.“Seeing a BAVO event happen is rewarding in every aspect,” Moore said. “We plan these events months ahead of time and pour a lot of hard work into them. Seeing students come to an event is rewarding in every way. It shows that our efforts reach the student body, and it shows that our students care about these issues.”By educating the Saint Mary’s student body, the awareness-month events have the potential to benefit students beyond their college careers, Moore said.“I would just like to reiterate to students that these issues will probably impact your life at some point, whether it be you, a friend or a family member who goes through it,” she said.  “Furthermore, in all likeliness, you probably already know someone who has gone through this experience, but you just don’t know about it. People tend to see this statistic and think it can’t happen to them or someone they know, but it can, and it does.”Tags: Awareness and Outreach Committee, BAVO, domestic violence, prayer vigil, Saint Mary’s Belles Against Violence Office, sexual assault, SMC volleyball teamlast_img read more