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Oriel to hold Coronavirus News solidarity dinner

first_img“The event is intended to bringthe College community togetherto show solidarity with all thoseimpacted. A spokesperson for Oriel Collegesaid: “The College recognises thatthe past few months have beenespecially worrying for some ofour overseas students, particularlythose from China and other regionsin Asia who will be unable to travelhome to see their families duringthe Easter vacation due to concernsover the rapid spread of coronavirus(COVID-19). “In addition to providing practical support by ensuring that affected students have accommodation over the vacation, along with appropriate welfare provisions, the College has organised a formal din- ner to which affected students have been invited to dine as guests of the College. Oriel College is hosting a “solidarity dinner” on the evening of Friday 6th March, intended to act in solidarity with students from countries affected by the coronavirus. They have been invited to the dinner “as guests of the college”. One Oriel student said of the dinner: “We recognise that Oriel means well, but the language used in the first email was really archaic and thoughtless, and has left a number of students worried that Oriel is substituting a nice black-tie formal with wine for actual meaningful help for struggling students.” Another Oriel student echoed these sentiments when they commented: “The formal feels incredibly tone deaf on Oriel’s part, and geared towards boosting formal attendance above anything else. Had the college tried to use the event to raise money for vaccine research, then perhaps it would be more understandable. But right now, to many students, this whole dinner seems misguided.” A further email described the menu for the dinner. It promised “exotic fruits” and “fortune cookies”. In an email announcing the dinner, Domestic Bursar Steven Marshall caused controversy by referring to affected countries as being in the “Far East” and saying that the dinner would feature an “Oriental-themed menu.” “The response to the event hasbeen positive and many of ourstudents and academic staff havesigned up to attend the dinner andshow their support. We are veryproud of the community spirit thathas been shown in response to thischallenging situation.”last_img read more

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How Keystone Set a Template for Pipeline Opposition Nationally

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Melissa Cronin for Grist:“Another Pipeline Rejected” is now the go-to headline for updates on new fossil fuel infrastructure in the United States. Does the growing file of scrapped pipeline plans forecast the “Keystone-ization” of our energy future? Yes — proposals for pipelines to transport oil and natural gas are being brought down by public protest so frequently, we now have a term for it.A quick review: On Friday, the New York Department of Environmental Conservation announced that it would not grant a necessary permit for the 124-mile Constitution Pipeline proposed to run through the northeastern United States. The Earth Day announcement came after backlash regarding potential safety issues from residents, as well as from Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), who said that the plan would be “catastrophic to our air and our climate.” The DEC ultimately refused to grant the permit after concluding that the pipeline would interfere with water resources in its path.This latest decision follows the rejection, just days prior, of a $3.1 billion natural gas plan proposed by Kinder Morgan. Before that, the 550-mile Atlantic Coast Pipeline, which would have run through Virginia and West Virginia, was delayed earlier this year. Georgia’s 360-mile Palmetto Pipeline and Oregon’s 232-mile Pacific Connector Pipeline were both thwarted in March. All that went down in 2016 alone.The mother of all these killed projects is, of course, the Keystone XL pipeline, a $7 billion undertaking that would have ferried 800,000 barrels of crude oil a day from Canada to the Gulf Coast — had President Barack Obama not vetoed it last November. Since that decision, the phrase “Keystone-ization” has come to connote the death of a proposed oil and gas pipeline — often due to public backlash.“Fifty years ago, people in the U.S. were much more accepting of new pipelines and new infrastructure,” Rob Jackson, a professor at the Stanford University’s Woods Institute for the Environment who studies energy use and climate change, told Grist. “Today, people don’t want new pipelines and nuclear power plants near their homes and schools. The failure of Keystone emboldened people to fight the next project.”“Keystone-ization” is the fossil fuel industry’s new nightmare How Keystone Set a Template for Pipeline Opposition Nationallylast_img read more

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Peruvian government adds resources to battle terrorism and drug trafficking

first_img Peruvian troops stationed at the Villa María, a military base in the Apurimac, Ene and Mantaro River Valleys (VRAEM), are about to get reinforcements in the battle against terrorist groups like the Shining Path and drug trafficking organizations. “I have come today to ratify the government’s commitment to continue providing logistical and economic assistance so you can fully meet the complicated task that you’ve been assigned,” Defense Minister Pedro Cateriano said during a recent visit to the base. Cateriano was referring to the four planes, eight helicopters and new radar system the government is planning to buy by March 2015 to bolster Peru’s fight against terrorists and drug traffickers. The government is also planning to build 10 military bases in the VRAEM – the world’s top coca-producing region – in 2015. “We are working – you are not alone and have our support. We’re confident the country will defeat terrorism and Shining Path eventually be defeated with a patriotic military action that all will appreciate,” the defense minister told the troops. Cateriano made his announcement days after Peruvian security forces concluded an operation that destroyed 54 clandestine landing strips used by drug traffickers, according to Vicente Romero Fernández, the head of the Directorate of the National Police of Perú (DIRANDRO). Most of the landing strips were in the VRAEM region. Cracking down on narco-flights is a key component of the Peruvian government’s fight against drug trafficking. Gathering intelligence is an important aspect of that effort. To improve intelligence gathering efforts, Peruvian and Bolivian officials recently agreed to share real-time information regarding suspicious planes traveling across the countries’ shared border. It’s a significant step considering about half of 450 tons of cocaine produced in Perú annually is flown to Bolivia by drug traffickers who then transport the drug to Central America, North America, Brazil, Mexico, Europe and Asia. As of late September, Peruvian security forces have confiscated 14 planes used by narco-traffickers to transport drugs. Drug traffickers who operate in Perú in recent years have been transporting larger amounts of drugs to Europe, where they can charge higher prices than they can in the United States, according to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC). Consequently, Peruvian security forces are indicting drug loads which were destined for Europe. For example, on August 27, security forces seized 7.6 tons of cocaine they found hidden inside a shipment of coal in a warehouse in the city of Trujillo, marking the largest confiscation in the country’s history, according to Interior Minister Daniel Urresti. Drug traffickers intended to transport the cocaine to Spain and Belgium. The cocaine was worth more than $300 million (USD). Peruvian police arrested six Peruvians and two Mexican nationals in connection with the cocaine seizure. Police identified the Mexican suspects as Rubén Larios Cabadas and Jhoseth Gutiérrez León, respectively. The two men are suspected members of the Sinaloa Cartel, a Mexican transnational criminal organization which operates in Perú and other Latin American countries. In 2012, criminal organizations cultivated more than 60,000 hectares of coca crops in Perú, according to the UNODC’s annual report, “Perú: Cocaine Cultivation Monitoring 2012.” Perú is home to 13-coca growing regions, with 60,400 hectares which are used for coca cultivation, according to the report. Ninety-three percent of the country’s coca – the main ingredient used to produce cocaine – is used for the drug trade, with the remaining plants used for traditional consumption and industrial use, according to Peru’s National Commission for a Drug-Free Life (DEVIDA). By Dialogo September 30, 2014last_img read more

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Are credit union branches becoming obsolete?

first_imgHave you visited a bank or credit union branch in the past six months? If your answer is “no,” you’re in good company: Bankrate reports that nearly four in ten Americans could say the same thing.In fact, the percentage of Americans who say they haven’t visited a branch in the previous six months is up 34% from 2014.Those that are visiting branches, aren’t doing so as often as they once did.Bankrate said that the propensity to have visited a branch in the past 30 days was fairly even across age groups, ranging from 41% for Millennials to 48% for those ages 50 to 64.What does this say about bank branches? Are they going the way of the Dodo Bird? It’s safe to say that the more we can get done remotely (via mobile and online banking), and the less we use cash for purchases, the less we need to visit branches. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Same Day ACH: Moving payments faster

first_imgToday, most ACH payments are settled on the next business day, but changes are coming that will enable ACH Originators the option of same-day processing to accounts at any receiving financial institution (RDFI). That day is right around the corner – is your Credit Union ready?Currently, the standard settlement period for ACH transactions is one or two business days after processing. According to the National Automated Clearinghouse Association (NACHA), the Same Day ACH: Moving Payments Faster Rule (Rule) will be implemented in three phases:Phase 1, effective September 23, 2016 (only credit entries with funds available at end of RDFI processing day);Phase 2, effective September 15, 2017 (credit and debit entries with funds available at end of RDFI processing day);Phase 3, effective March 16, 2018 (RDFIs will be required to provide funds availability for same-day credits no later than 5:00 p.m. at the RDFI’s local time.).Phase 1 starts with same-day credits. This is viewed by many as a good way to gain initial experience processing same-day ACH transactions. continue reading » 17SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more