Even in its twilight days, Trump regime is still sticking climate science deniers in sensitive posts

first_imgSaid Jane Lubchenco, a professor of marine biology at Oregon State University and head of NOAA under President Barack Obama: “He’s not just in left field—he’s not even near the ballpark.” And Michael Mann, climate scientist at State University, emailed to National Public Radio to say that Legates has, throughout his career “misrepresented the science of climate change, serving as an advocate for polluting interests as he dismisses and downplays the impacts of climate change.”- Advertisement – “I think [Legates] can make messes that the Biden people are going to have to clean up, especially with respect to personnel appointments and author nominations and assignments,” said a former scientist with the research program, who stressed that new leadership could reverse any changes implemented by Legates. The fifth such assessment is now in the works. The two volumes of the Fourth National Climate Assessment were released in 2017 and 2018. As I reported then, the assessment noted that climate change isn’t some far-in-the-future problem, but is already happening, inflicting “substantial damages” on communities, and it’s going to get worse. Denier-in-Chief Trump didn’t like the assessment, and claimed he didn’t believe it. The only surprise is that he didn’t move sooner to screw things up with the next assessment. The Post notes: The move [to appoint Legates] has rattled rank-and-file scientists at NOAA, the lead agency working on the climate assessment, according to people inside and outside the organization. For much of Trump’s tenure, there has been little political interference at NOAA, the notable exception being Trump’s hand-drawn alteration of an official hurricane forecast, an incident known as “Sharpiegate.”center_img Legates has signed the Oregon Petition, which caught a lot of well-deserved flak for trying to pretend it was something it was not—a peer-reviewed study. The petition states:“There is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gasses is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth’s atmosphere and disruption of the Earth’s climate. Moreover, there is substantial scientific evidence that increases in atmospheric carbon dioxide produce many beneficial effects upon the natural plant and animal environments of the Earth.”In testimony to Congress last year, Legates said, “Climate has always changed and weather is always variable, due to complex, powerful natural forces. No efforts to stabilize the climate can possibly be successful. […] The current emphasis on climate change abatement will do far more harm than good.”Legates is one of the many Trump appointments who ought to be out the door before the sun goes down Jan. 20. – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

The flat tax in Mali Lošinj remains the same

first_imgWith more than two million overnight stays in the past 2018, there were 3% more arrivals and 2% of overnight stays on Lošinj, which makes last year another record tourist year.  So it is today after Karlovac and Mali Lošinj made a decision that the flat tax will not change and will amount to HRK 300,00 as in all these years. RENTERS HAVE THE MOST BENEFITS FROM TOURISM?  WITH THE ENTRY IN THE NEW YEAR, THE RESIDENCE TAX WAS INCREASED  Lošinj’s original souvenirs The share of overnight stays at the Mali Lošinj Tourist Board in the total overnight stays of the Kvarner Tourist Board is thus 12,5% ​​in 2018. Thus, in 2018, 317.328 arrivals (+ 3%) and 2.372.329 overnight stays (+ 2%) were realized, and 86,3% of overnight stays were due to foreign tourists, while 13,7% were domestic. Lošinj is still the favorite destination of a large number of Slovenes, Germans, Italians and Austrians (68,8%), and yet a large increase was recorded in the French market (85%) and the Swedish (44%).  Every day more and more cities and municipalities make a decision on the amount of flat tax per bed or per accommodation unit in the camp. center_img The City of Mali Lošinj, as well as the Tourist Board of Mali Lošinj, hope that this amount of the flat tax will encourage private renters to continue the investment activities they are already carrying out with the City and the Tourist Board of Mali Lošinj. “Given the increases that have affected our fellow citizens regarding the new waste management system, for now we have estimated that we will not change the amount of the flat tax, ie we will not additionally burden our fellow citizens. It will remain 300 kuna as before. With this decision, we want to give an incentive to our private renters by not burdening them further financially, regardless of the fact that we are one of the most competitive destinations in Croatia. ”  pointed out the mayor of Mali Lošinj Ana Kučić. Cover photo: Hrvoje Serdar / Source: Lošinj Tourist Board A record tourist year on Lošinj PRIVATE RENTERS ON STRIKE: WHO PROFITS AND WHAT ARE THE CONSEQUENCES? RELATED NEWS: In the area of ​​the City of Mali Lošinj, there are 1.090 landlords, 2.214 accommodation units, 6.500 basic beds in apartments, rooms, holiday homes, which in 2018 realized 439.183 overnight stays out of a total of 2,372.329 overnight stays. Private accommodation still accounts for a significant share of total overnight stays and participates in total tourist traffic with a share of 18,5%.last_img read more

Bell’s sharp shooting sparks early Villanova lead, keeps Wildcats close late

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Following James Bell’s lead, Villanova raced out to a 25-7 advantage in front of 28,135 mostly dumbfounded Syracuse fans — the Carrier Dome’s largest crowd of the season.Just 27 seconds into the game Bell opened the scoring with a 3 from the top of the key over a lunging Tyler Ennis, then hit two more in succession four minutes later.“He has a quick release,” Ennis said. “They were setting a lot of screens for him and he was finding the open shots in the zone, and he was making them, too.”Those were the last jump shots Bell would hit until the second half, but his smooth stroke kept the Wildcats afloat for nearly 35 minutes until their upset hopes were extinguished late in the second half. In No. 8 Villanova’s (11-1) eventual 78-62 loss to No. 2 Syracuse (12-0), Bell scored a game-high 25 points while sinking 6-of-12 3-point attempts.Bell fouled out with 1:42 left and walked with his head down past Villanova head coach Jay Wright, and to the end of the Wildcats bench. At that point, his team trailed by nine, and without him, its chances at a comeback seemed bleak.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“A guy like Bell is the toughest type of player to cover in the 2-3,” Syracuse guard Trevor Cooney said. “He took advantage of us early but we forced him to take some tougher shots later on.”With perimeter threats in Darrun Hilliard, Ryan Arcidiacano and sixth man Josh Hart, Syracuse’s zone was busy closing out on shooters all afternoon. But when Bell caught the ball, especially after his quick start, Ennis, Cooney and the wings of SU’s zone desperately scrambled in front of him.Just over two minutes into the second half Bell caught the ball on the right wing. Both Ennis and forward Jerami Grant hurried to him, which left JayVaughn Pinkston wide open for three in the corner. Pinkston missed and the Orange succeeded in keeping the ball out of Bell’s hands.“He was really able to move and get open shots so it was tough to guard him,” Syracuse center Baye Moussa Keita said. “But I think we made good adjustments in the second half on him.”There still were moments that Bell went briefly unnoticed and was able to get off his shot. With 3:26 left in the game and the Wildcats trailing by eight, Bell hit a contested 3 that cut SU’s lead to 64-59.Even with little space, Bell used a small crack in the Syracuse defense to inch the Wildcats closer.But 1:44 later, Bell was walking with his head down, five fouls running through his head.Cooney, who knows how lethal a sharpshooter can be, admitted to being more comfortable without Bell on the floor.Said Cooney: “He was the one making all the shots and when a guy like that fouls out it definitely takes their team down a little bit.” Comments Published on December 28, 2013 at 8:40 pm Contact Jesse: jcdoug01@syr.edu | @dougherty_jesselast_img read more

Trojan Scholar Society hosts social entrepreneur Elizabeth Scharpf

first_imgGo girl · Social entrepreneur Elizabeth Scharpf shows an example of the sustainable menstrual pads she helped bring to women in Rwanda. – Beverly Pham | Daily TrojanThe founder of Sustainable Health Enterprises, an organization dedicated to creating business solutions for problems in the developing world, visited the USC Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab Wednesday afternoon to discuss her work in business with social impact.Elizabeth Scharpf worked for the Clinton Foundation and the World Bank before traveling to Rwanda with two students where she discovered an urgent problem. SHE’s first initiative, SHE28, focuses on developing a sustainable supply of menstrual pads for women in developing countries without relying on donations and charity.Without access to menstrual pads, Scharpf says women in developing countries are at a significant disadvantage in school and work. On average, 18 percent of women and girls in Rwanda miss 50 days of school or work per year because of a lack of menstrual protection.“I was shocked,” Scharpf said. “I worked at the crosshairs of international business for years, and I had never heard of this problem. The surprise and shock turned to outrage. The problem was being overlooked because of a taboo.”The issue was covered up in developing countries, Scharpf said, because of the sensitivity of the issue of menstruation. She said access to menstrual products will help develop women’s understanding of their own bodies. SHE developed the branding for the pads in collaboration with its customers. The logo says “go!” and is meant for working women and girls.“We talked to 500 girls and women in Rwanda,” Scharpf said. “I was fascinated. What people really wanted was information about their bodies and themselves. There was a need for advocacy. There is something like a 20 percent tax on menstrual products in Rwanda.”SHE is planning to roll out a franchise model in Rwanda that utilizes local and renewable raw materials, like banana fibers, to manufacture and distribute affordable menstrual pads through existing female social networks. Scharpf says this sustainable business model is of more use to women and the community as a whole in developing countries than a charitable approach.“We built a production site, and we’re there,” Scharpf said. “It’s been such a journey. We had to build a supply chain for banana fiber. We work with over a thousand farmers. This is the largest source of income for those farmers today.”Kyle Pham, a sophomore majoring in cognitive science and philosophy, politics and law, found Scharpf’s interactive community approach to business fascinating.“I thought it was really cool how the business model was structured to incorporate the community and ultimately impact the community. It’s really bidirectional,” Pham said. “I’m really interested in entrepreneurship and recently launched one of my own startups. Once I have more resources I would love to dive into social entrepreneurship.”The supply chain and production site make about 1,000 pads per day, and SHE is hoping to expand the program in the near future. The Harvard Business School, The New York Times and Bill Clinton, among others, have recognized SHE’s work for shaking up the status quo in the field of international development and aid. Student attendees were similarly inspired.“I think the company’s impact is really meaningful, particularly with the communities SHE has reached in Africa,” said Spencer Wix, a sophomore majoring in business administration. “It’s really exciting that SHE is planning to go global.”The event was co-sponsored by Global Brigades at Marshall, SoGal and the Trojan Scholar Society. It was moderated by Abby Fifer Mandell, the executive director of the USC Brittingham Social Enterprise Lab.“We are a center within the Marshall School of Business, but we serve students from all across the university,” Fifer Mandell said. “We give students opportunities to use what they learn in the classroom for good. We train our students to tackle the world’s biggest problems.”The lab will be hosting another forum in their Lunch and Learn series on Nov. 17th with the founder of Not Impossible, a company that creates tech-based solutions for vulnerable populations around the world.last_img read more

Wellington Heat still need host families, season starts May 25

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