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  • Club emphasizes green initiatives

    first_imgAs Kermit the Frog famously said, it’s not easy being green.Nevertheless, a new group is working to push Notre Dame toward a green, sustainable future.Juniors Katie Otterbeck and Garrett Blad started the “We Are 9” campaign in the fall with the overall goal of making Notre Dame a fossil fuel-free campus, Otterbeck said.Otterbeck said the idea grew out of their shared involvement in the sustainability club GreeND and desire to do even more.“We wanted to bring a more goal-oriented campaign to campus,” Otterbeck said.Blad said the name “We Are 9” is drawn from United Nations projections about the global population in 2050 and the need to protect the environment for the people of that future.“We’re trying to emphasize the human element and show the connection between the issues of justice and climate change,” he said. “We stand in solidarity with the nine billion people that will be on Earth by 2050.”Under the overarching goal of a fossil fuel-free campus, the group is emphasizing fossil fuel divestment and carbon neutrality, Blad said. The group is currently focusing their efforts on achieving carbon neutrality.Blad said the campaign is currently circulating a petition on their website that asks University President Fr. John Jenkins to sign the American College and University Presidents’ Climate Commitment, which has already been signed by more than 650 college and university presidents nationwide. Otterbeck said the online petition also presents the goals of the campaign and represents student support for those goals.The group hopes to be able to submit the petition to the Office of the President by the end of the semester as a sign of student support for moving the campus toward carbon neutrality, Blad said.Blad said another “We Are 9” project was a promotional video for the new group featuring 15 professors and student leaders from around campus. He said the group filmed in the fall and screened the video at their official campaign launch Feb. 7 in the LaFortune Student Center.Otterbeck said the majority of the campaign’s efforts thus far have been devoted to bringing together various groups and individuals in the Notre Dame community concerned about sustainability.“We’re gaining momentum all the time,” she said.The “We Are 9” campaign has identified three “standpoints” that they use in their appeals to the University and members of the campus community, Otterbeck said. Preventing climate change is compelled by human compassion, Catholic identity and competition with other top-tier institutions, she said.Otterbeck said her personal involvement stems from service work she performed in Africa while in high school, which involved teaching the students and teachers how to compost and recycle.“My experience [in Africa] made me realize my passion for sustainability and environmental concerns,” she said. “I am involved in sustainability issues because I recognize the enormity of climate change as a problem around the world, a humanitarian issue.”Catholic Social Teaching calls members of the Church and Catholic institutions like Notre Dame to protect the natural environment as a gift from God, Otterbeck said.Notre Dame has fallen behind most other high-profile universities in terms of sustainability and environmentally conscious efforts, Otterbeck said. She said implementing the measures advocated by “We Are 9” would eliminate that disparity.Blad said carbon neutrality is a realistic goal for any university of Notre Dame’s caliber.“[Carbon neutrality] is relatively feasible on a college campus with the endowment we have, but we still burn coal on campus,” he said. “It is not a priority, so students should make it a priority.”Blad said the next “We Are 9” event would be a screening of the documentary “Chasing Ice” on Feb. 27 in the Andrews Auditorium of Geddes Hall.Otterbeck said more information and the online petition could be found on the group’s website: carbon neutrality, fossil fuel, GreeND, sustainability, We Are Ninelast_img read more

  • Mitsubishi buys into off-grid solar company BBOXX

    first_imgMitsubishi buys into off-grid solar company BBOXX FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Guardian:A British energy firm lighting up homes in Africa with pay-as-you-go solar power has secured £40m to extend its reach to Asia with the help of Japan’s Mitsubishi. The conglomerate has taken a stake in off-grid solar company BBOXX through the start-up’s latest funding round, which will power the Africa-focused company deeper into Asia.The funds will also help BBOXX, which operates in Rwanda, Kenya, Togo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, to break into new African markets, where an estimated one in three people live without reliable access to electricity.BBOXX is one of a growing number of energy companies to plug into the demand for energy across Africa and south Asia. The falling cost of solar technology and the strength of mobile banking across Africa have encouraged major investments from global energy companies including US giant General Electric and France’s EDF and Engie.BBOXX and its rivals use mobile money to charge customers a monthly fee for the use of mini solar panels and ultra-efficient lighting strips. The fixed-period contracts usually run for about two years, until the equipment is paid off. Customers can then choose to keep their existing kit and use the electricity for free, or upgrade their system to include more panels and extra appliances under a new contract.Earlier this year, BBOXX sold a 50% stake in its Togo-based business to EDF Energy in return for funding to help grow the company.It operates about 270,000 solar systems, of which 200,000 are monitored remotely by software that uses machine learning to track customers’ energy use and payments. In time, BBOXX hopes to broaden its reach beyond energy to include gas, water, internet and loans. The company’s largest rival, Fenix International, supplies 500,000 homes and was snapped up by Engie in late 2017.More: Mitsubishi invests in UK company to bring off-grid solar to Asialast_img read more

  • Weekly Festival Ticket Giveaway

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  • Prep and landing for the next recession

    first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr We have no crystal ball. Any good economist will tell you they can’t predict the future either. They are really good at explaining what has happened, which is why we turn to them for the best forecast for what may come next.What we do know is the last recession ended in 2009, and the timing between the past three recessions have been between seven and 10 years. It’s now 2019.Before you batten down the hatches, this is not a time to cut advertising. Now, hear us out. We realize we’re in the marketing biz, but there’s some cold, hard truth here. During an economic downturn, people hunger for information. They are confused, angry and frustrated. Your brand’s tone and positioning – including the lack thereof – will influence consumer behavior.You’ve worked hard to establish your mission, values and fundamental goals of service. Do you want a reputation of abandoning your principles when the going gets tough? Of course not. It pays to maintain open communication. Uncertain consumers are looking for reassurance. continue reading »last_img read more

  • Letters to the Editor for Sunday, August 11

    first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionSkin color should not shield from criticismI have a question for Dennis Quinn (“We must condemn racist attacks”, August 3) and others who keep “pulling the race card” every time there is criticism of politicians who are people of color.The question is this: Does their being people of color make them right? Does their being people of color make them immune to criticism or protect them in some way?Way back (eons ago in 2009) when President Obama announced his Cash for Clunkers and Stimulus Package, the Tea Party rallies were also called racist, not for criticizing the necessity or financial wisdom of spending so much money, but because Obama was black.No amount of cogent discussion of their opinions against Obama’s policies stopped the call of racism, and I thought to myself that Obama was, then, somehow protected from any criticism simply because of his race.So, here we are with four women of color who had snide and disrespectful comments made about “going back” to their respective towns and cities, and suddenly it’s “racist” simply because they happen to be minorities. Shouldn’t they be judged based on “the content of their character” rather than the content of their melanin — an aspect of their persons over which they have no control, of which they had no decision, and by which they should gain no protection? Trump has been equally nasty toward others who are not minorities, and it should be taken only for what it is, criticism, without imputing racist motivations that are speculative.Dave HartLathamTrump should revel in God-like popularityYour editorial cartoon in the August 5 Daily Gazette on page C6, showing President Trump declaring himself “the most popular president since God,” reminded me of something that happened many years ago.In March 1966, a lad by the name of John Lennon stated in an interview something to the effect that the Beatles, a four-man British rock band at the time, were mentioned a lot more frequently than Jesus.Though this was quite true at that point in history, poor John got a lot of people annoyed at him by saying this.There are people who have told me that I appear to them to enjoy annoying people. I guess that is true. To keep up my reputation, I need to share my take on how things are nowadays, now in your time:Trump has taken the place of the Beatles in this. Trump is now mentioned a lot more frequently than Jesus. Almost a half of the United States talks about how great Trump is. Most of the rest talk about how very not great he is. If I were advertising and recruiting for Trump, I would be enjoying this, because there is no such thing as bad publicity. Alas, I work for someone different, a guy I have also mentioned in this. Guess who.Have I annoyed you yet? Actually, I do hope that this has brought a smile to your face instead.Joel NelsonSchenectadyRotterdam water deal threatens pipesYour news story on August 4 (“Rotterdam and Guilderland reach water agreement”) left out some very important information.As you may not know, the town of Rotterdam has a problem with water pipe breaks. The old pipes cannot handle the increased pressure without breaking.In order for Rotterdam to pump water to Guilderland, it will have to increase the pressure in these lines.The original resolution passed two years ago called for only emergency water to Guilderland.A very serious issue is that in the months of June, July and August, Rotterdam can’t keep up with the demands for water for its residents. That’s why we have water restrictions for those months.We don’t have the capacity to keep our water tanks full, even by drilling another well. The outlet pipes from the pumping station can only pump so many gallons a minute. A study completed by Clark Collins, former water supervisor, supports this. If you try to force too much water through the water lines, you will increase pressure and rupture them.By not keeping the water tanks full for these summer months, you will jeopardize the pressure on the water hydrants to fight fires, which is a real public safety concern.They should have just provided emergency water to Guilderland.No matter how many wells or pumps you put in, you still have to increase the pressure in water lines that are over 50 years old. It’s a recipe for disaster.Bob GodlewskiSchenectadyThe writer is a former town councilman.More from The Daily Gazette:Foss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusEDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationGov. Andrew Cuomo’s press conference for Sunday, Oct. 18last_img read more

  • Germany urges WHO to hasten review of its handling of pandemic

    first_imgGermany’s health minister urged the World Health Organization (WHO) to speed up its review of how it handled the pandemic, apparently signaling Europe’s tougher line on the United Nations body.Berlin, which holds the rotating presidency of the European Union, has so far largely shielded the organization from the most intense criticism by Washington, which wants to leave the WHO because of its alleged excessive closeness to China.But now Germany seems to be taking a more assertive position. Tedros has said the panel will provide an interim report to an annual meeting of health ministers in November and present a “substantive report” next May.Spahn said the review was important now, even if the pandemic is still raging across the world, because “we can already draw conclusions.”This could lead to quick actions over the body’s governance and to improve “cooperation between the political and the scientific level” of the organization, Spahn added.EU governments have said the review should be followed by a reform of the organization, a possibility already being discussed with the United States and other members of the G7 group of rich countries, officials told Reuters.One official had said the aim was to ensure WHO’s independence.Topics : Spahn told reporters he had discussed the review of the WHO’s management of the crisis with its chief Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus twice over the last 20 days.”In both conversations I encouraged him very clearly to launch this independent commission of experts and to expedite its launch,” Spahn said.The WHO said last week it was setting up an independent panel to review its handling of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response by governments.US President Donald Trump has accused the WHO of being too close to China and not doing enough to question Beijing’s actions at the start of the crisis. Tedros has dismissed the suggestions and said his agency kept the world informed.last_img read more

  • Batesville Girls Soccer Team Win Over Greenwood

    first_imgThe Batesville Lady Bulldogs broke a 3 game losing streak on Saturday with a 5-0 win against the Greenwood Woodmen.Morgan Puente got the scoring started only 2 minutes into the contest. Emily Rose was able to beat a couple of Woodmen defenders as she made her way across the 18 yard box and was able to assist Morgan Puente on the goal. Rose was able to find the back of the net for the Lady Bulldogs 2nd goal. Sylvia Phillips crossed the ball into the box where Puente was able to settle it and lay it off to Rose who finished the play. Taylor Rowlett was able to extend the lead by adding 2 goals of her own off assists from fellow freshman Baylee Rohlfing. Puente ended the scoring with her second of the match off an assist from Phillips.“Overall, this was a much-needed game for us to regain our confidence and come away with a win. We had a lot of players step up for us today and fill vacancies in our lineup due to injuries. Our defense was excellent today. They shut down #13 for Greenwood who has 21 goals in her freshman year already. She is a very talented player and our defense made it their goal to shut her down and they succeeded all game long.” Batesville Coach Kyle Laker.The Lady Bulldogs are back in action on Thursday as they face East Central.Courtesy of Bulldogs Coach Kyle Laker.last_img read more

  • Ighalo would like to finish the season with Man Utd

    first_imgNigeria’s striker, Odion Ighalo, has said he would like to play out the season with Manchester United. Ighalo has impressed at Old Trafford The striker is on-loan from Shanghai Shanghai – with the original agreement running out next month. “I would like to finish the season if it’s possible,” Ighalo told the BBC World Service. “I was in good form, good shape, scoring goals and now we’ve stopped for over a month. I’ve given it my best and hopefully, we’ll come back to play.Advertisement Promoted Content6 Interesting Ways To Make Money With A DroneThe Models Of Paintings Whom The Artists Were Madly In Love WithHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme ParksWorld’s Most Delicious FoodsWhich Country Is The Most Romantic In The World?Ever Thought Of Sleeping Next To Celebs? This Guy Will Show YouThe Highest Paid Football Players In The WorldWho Is The Most Powerful Woman On Earth?6 Mysterious Things You Do Not Know About China “The team had good momentum before the pandemic started. At the moment I’m on loan, and this will cut short my time at the club. read also:Man Utd make surprise decision over Ighalo’s permanent deal “The club, myself, every footballer is going through a lot because we can’t do what we love and what we know how to do best, so we’re just thinking about that for now and to finish the season before we start thinking about the contract.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Loading… last_img read more

  • Lavonne M. (Shasky) Scheffler

    first_imgLavonne M. (Shasky) Scheffler 62, of Aurora, Indiana, passed away Sunday May 5, 2019 in Lawrenceburg, Indiana.She was born October 18, 1956 in Mansfield, OH, daughter of Kenneth and Hannah (Hildebrand) Shasky. Lavonne worked at SIEOC as assistant teacher for 5 years and was at Walmart for 12 years prior. She enjoyed yard sales, crafting, collecting dolphin figurines and baking, (she was known for her Christmas platters and Easter baskets) Lavonne was an avid Green Bay Packer fan. Her time with family was her greatest joy and she will be missed by family and friends.Lavonne is survived by her loving spouse of 43 years Robert “Bob” E. Scheffler, sons, Robert D. (Summer) Scheffler of Rising Sun, IN, Ryan (Beth) Scheffler of Aurora, IN; grandchildren, Mathew & Jonathan Funk, Joshua Scheffler; sisters, Michele Shasky of Mansfield, OH, Annette Watkins of Galion, OH; .Friends will be received Thursday, May 9, 2019, 5:00 pm – 7:00 pm at the Rullman Hunger Funeral Home, 219 Mechanic Street, Aurora, Indiana.Services will be held at the Funeral Home, Thursday at 7:00 pm.Contributions may be made to the American Diabetes Association. If unable to attend services, please call the funeral home office at (812) 926-1450 and we will notify the family of your donation with a card.Visit: www.rullmans.comlast_img read more

  • Ward-Prowse fractures foot

    first_img Press Association Southampton midfielder James Ward-Prowse has been sidelined for 10 weeks with a fractured foot. However, scans have shown the midfielder has a fracture in his foot which will sideline him for the next 10 weeks, meaning he will be missing for Saints and the England Under-21s in the upcoming European Championship play-off with Croatia. “We’re very disappointed about that, but that’s football and that can happen,” Koeman said. “It’s unlucky but okay. “The boy has to keep going and it’s difficult because he had a great start to the season, but it’s part of the football and he will come back.” center_img Tuesday’s 2-1 win at Arsenal in the Capital One Cup was the first Saints match the 19-year-old academy graduate has missed this season. Ward-Prowse was taken off on a stretcher 69 minutes into Saturday’s win at Swansea, although manager Ronald Koeman was hopeful he would be fit for the return to Barclays Premier League action against QPR. last_img read more