Watch The String Cheese Incident’s Jason Hann Sit In With SunSquabi In Texas

first_img***Tickets Are On Sale Now!***Brooklyn Comes Alive is now offering single day tickets, as well as a ticket payment plan for as low as $30/month. When checking out, just select “Monthly payments with Affirm” as your payment method. To find out more about ticketing, VIP options, and lodging, head to the festival website. Throughout the Spring of 2017, Boulder, CO-based trio SunSquabi has brought their “electronic hydro-funk” across the country as they tour behind their new album, Deluxe, released earlier this month. Last Saturday, April 15th, SunSquabi rolled into Austin’s Empire Control Room for a String Cheese Incident after-party with Cloudchord.Fresh off his performance with String Cheese earlier in the evening at storied venue Stubb’s, String Cheese percussionist Jason Hann joined band members Chris Anderson (drums), Josh Fairman (bass/synth), and Kevin Donohue (guitar/keys/production) to add rhythmic texture to a two-song set-closing segment that saw the band flow from “Sticky” (from their 2016 EP Odyssey) into “Wizard” (from their 2014 release Thunder).You can enjoy a pro-shot recap video of the performance and the Jason Hann sit-in below, courtesy of SunSquabi’s Facebook:SETLIST: Sunsquabi | Empire Control Room | Austin, TX | 4/15/17Set: Dexter, Anytime, Odyssey, Pygmy Up, Bubs, Pablito, Zapp, After the RainSticky* > Wizard*Encore: Deluxe, Tequila Mockingbird, SquabCatNOTES: *w/ Jason Hann[Cover photo via Jason Siegel]You can watch SunSquabi and Jason Hann get after it together once again at the upcoming Brooklyn Comes Alive. Inspired by the vibrant musical communities of Brooklyn and New Orleans, Brooklyn Comes Alive is set to take place across three venues in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (Brooklyn Bowl, Schimanski, Music Hall of Williamsburg) on September 23rd and 24th. The unique homegrown event puts the focus on the musicians, curating dream team collaborations, tributes, and artist passion projects for two full days of incredible music both new and old.The 2017 lineup is set to include hand-selected band lineups featuring all-star musicians like John Scofield, George Porter Jr. (The Meters), Vinnie Amico and Al Schnier (moe.), Bernard Purdie, Kofi Burbridge (Tedeschi Trucks Band), Joel Cummins, Ryan Stasik, and Kris Myers (Umphrey’s McGee), Aron Magner and Marc Brownstein (The Disco Biscuits), Mike Greenfield and Jesse Miller (Lotus), Jason Hann (String Cheese Incident), Alan Evans (Soulive), Cyril Neville (Neville Brothers), Henry Butler, Jon Cleary, Reed Mathis (Electric Beethoven), Michael League, Nate Werth, Chris Bullock, Robert “Sput” Searight, and Bob Lanzetti (Snarky Puppy), Jennifer Hartswick and Natalie Cressman (Trey Anastasio Band), and scores of others!last_img read more

Chile and Peru Minimize Border Conflict and Bet on the Economy

first_imgBy Dialogo January 21, 2011 bueno yo quiero decirles, que es mejor estar en paz y armonia , por que somos como hermanos para estar en una discordia . yo les felicito como tomaron el problema, pensando en las personas que nos rodean y es bueno lo que hacen eso ….. Chilean President Sebastián Piñera and his Peruvian counterpart Alan García reaffirmed on Tuesday that they are opting to leave to one side the border lawsuit in which they are opponents at the International Court of Justice in The Hague and to bet on economic integration between the two countries. In 2008, Peru filed a suit in The Hague claiming a presence in an area of around 95,000 km2 in the Pacific Ocean controlled by Chile on the basis of agreements made in 1952 and 1954. Chile considers those agreements to be border treaties, while for Peru they only regulate fishing activities. Unlike the position taken by the previous Chilean president, Michelle Bachelet, who froze relations between the two countries as a result of the suit, Piñera has opted to strengthen the bilateral relationship with Peru, focusing it above all on increasing and accelerating economic growth. “2010 was the year with the highest volume of commercial exchange in Chilean and Peruvian history, reaching a figure of nearly three billion dollars, almost 50% more than the figures we had achieved in previous years,” the president said. “Chile has become Peru’s third-largest trading partner, after the U.S. and China, and Peru’s chief trading partner in Latin America. Exchanges of investment have continued increasing, and in both directions,” he added at a press conference. According to the Chilean president, the option of “ignoring” Peru following the suit is a “mistaken path,” because “it would have made us lose a lot of time in moving forward on issues that interest us” and because “it would have made it more difficult for us to absorb the day that the Court rules on this dispute.” For Alan García, who was on his third trip to Santiago this year and who openly displays his good relationship with Piñera, “a neighboring country that is growing is a country that can make more investments in its neighbor and can buy many more products from its neighbor, if they have a policy of integration.” “The geopolitics of envy and of destroying one’s neighbor in order to grow is a suicidal, absurd, and clumsy policy,” added García, who urged Peru’s next president – he is leaving office in July – to maintain the same level of relations with Chile. Piñera and García stressed projects of energy integration, business cooperation, free movement of individuals and the flow of workers, customs management, and discussion of joint policies on fishing quotas as possible measures to be implemented in the future. Piñera also highlighted the project of integrating the Pacific Rim countries with those of Asia. “The four biggest powers in the world, the U.S., China, Japan, and India, are going to be and already are in the Pacific,” the president asserted. Between Peru and Chile, “we have thousands of kilometers that connect us to the Pacific, which is the world of the future,” he added. Sectors of the opposition and even sectors within his own party have criticized Piñera’s approach. According to the president of the Senate, opposition member Jorge Pizarro, “Chile cannot have fully normal relations with Peru to the extent that we are being put on trial in The Hague.” According to Pizarro, “we can come to an understanding on the other things, we can seek the necessary agreements,” but the lawsuit “is an unfriendly act.” During the meeting between the two presidents, agreements were signed to establish an integrated vigilance system intended to enable speedier bureaucratic procedures at border crossings, as well as a memorandum of cooperation on the educational level to prevent drug use. García will meet with representatives of the Chilean Congress on Wednesday and with the judicial community on Thursday. In addition to a volume of commercial exchange that has multiplied tenfold in the last decade and rose to over 3 billion dollars last year, Chile has investments in Peru worth more than 7.2 billion dollars, while Lima’s investments in Santiago approach 1 billion dollars.last_img read more

Chilean Navy and Non-Profit Provide Medical Care to Thousands

first_imgBy Dialogo February 12, 2015 An ongoing cooperative effort The cooperative effort is helping address a need for heath care throughout the country. There are about 1.8 million people in need of outpatient care, in need of services ranging from medical exams to surgery, according to Papel Digital. This type of cooperation is not new. In recent years, the Chilean Navy and Fundación Acrux have carried out more than 50 such operations, which provided 1,800 surgical procedures in various regions of the country. In 2014 alone, the Navy and the non-profit foundation cooperated on eight medical relief operations which provided health care to 18,000 patients. Plans call for 123 physicians with various specialties to arrive at the port in early May to provide free medical consultations to as many as 10,000 people. In 2015, Fundación Acrux and the Navy are scheduled carry out eight social and medical relief operations. The first one was carried out from January 21-25 in Puerto Aysén, in southern Chile. The one in Arica is the second relief operation in their list. The other relief operations will take place in Puerto Edén, Puerto Natales, Porvenir, Punta Arenas, Antofagasta, Tocopilla, Mejillones, Constitución, Cauquenes, Chiloé, Aysén, Coyhaique and the Juan Fernández Islands. They will provide nearly 36,000 medical consultations, including about 1,000 surgical procedures, according to Chilean daily Papel Digital. Chilean Navy provides logistical support “These health services are the result of joint efforts between the Chilean Navy, Fundación Acrux, the Ministry of Health and various entrepreneurs,” said Levín. “The operation aims to eliminate 90 percent of the patient waiting lists in Arica.” “The medical exams will benefit the people of Arica who have been waiting for medical care for months or years,” said Roberto Levín, Executive Director of Fundación Acrux and lieutenant commander in Chile’s Naval Reserves. In the cooperative effort, the Navy will also provide logistical resources and infrastructure for the mission, according to Fundación Acrux, a Chilean non-profit organization dedicated to undertaking social and medical operations along the country. The doctors will diagnose patients, provide treatment, and dispense medication if needed. The Navy’s large floating hospital is 168 meters long, with a capacity to transport 450 people, though it can accommodate up to 700 people for short trips. This military vessel’s main feature is its internal well deck, which covers three quarters of the entire length of the ship. Medical treatment will be provided aboard the Sargento Aldea and ashore at Juan Noé Hospital. During the intense six-day medical relief operation, cardiologists, dermatologists, neurologists, nephrologists, pediatricians, urologists, radiologists, endocrinologists, ophthalmologists, and other leading specialists will provide care to the community, which is also known as the “City of Eternal Spring”. Addressing a need among the civilian population for health care Fundación Acrux keeps track of the demand on public health systems through the Undersecretary of Health Care Networks and Regional Health Services. The Sargento Aldea has two operating rooms, a recovery room with four beds, a hospitalization room with 51 beds, an X-ray room, a laboratory, a sterilization room, a dental clinic, and other modern facilities. The Chilean Navy is playing a key role in the medical relief effort. It will transport the health professionals –a combination of retired Navy doctors and civilian physicians– to the different areas where they will treat patients, and also provide transportation for patients who need such assistance. In the cooperative effort, the Navy will also provide logistical resources and infrastructure for the mission, according to Fundación Acrux, a Chilean non-profit organization dedicated to undertaking social and medical operations along the country. The medical relief operation in Arica will be part of the Chilean Navy’s activities for their annual “Mes del Mar” (Month of the Sea) celebrations, which promote patriotism, the Navy, and the important role it has played in the country’s history. The event recognizes how the country’s economic, social, and cultural history is directly related to its more than 5,000-kilometer coastline. The Chilean Navy signed a cooperation agreement with Fundación Acrux, which is responsible for coordinating health services provided by Navy physicians, former Navy officers and civilian physicians in locations where public health systems require greater support. Addressing a need among the civilian population for health care From April 28 to May 3, the Chilean Naval ship LSDH-91 Sargento Aldea will be at the port of Arica, 2,070 kilometers north of Santiago. The medical personnel who will carry out the relief operation will be based on the ship, according to a January 10 press statement from the Administrative Office of the Arica and Parinacota Region. During the intense six-day medical relief operation, cardiologists, dermatologists, neurologists, nephrologists, pediatricians, urologists, radiologists, endocrinologists, ophthalmologists, and other leading specialists will provide care to the community, which is also known as the “City of Eternal Spring”. From April 28 to May 3, the Chilean Naval ship LSDH-91 Sargento Aldea will be at the port of Arica, 2,070 kilometers north of Santiago. The medical personnel who will carry out the relief operation will be based on the ship, according to a January 10 press statement from the Administrative Office of the Arica and Parinacota Region. The Chilean Navy and non-profit organization Fundación Acrux are working in cooperation to carry out a medical relief operation in the country’s northern region of Arica in the spring. This military vessel’s main feature is its internal well deck, which covers three quarters of the entire length of the ship. Plans call for 123 physicians with various specialties to arrive at the port in early May to provide free medical consultations to as many as 10,000 people. By cooperating with Fundación Acrux, the Chilean Navy is contributing to the social well-being of the country. The Chilean Navy is playing a key role in the medical relief effort. It will transport the health professionals –a combination of retired Navy doctors and civilian physicians– to the different areas where they will treat patients, and also provide transportation for patients who need such assistance. The mission is part of an ongoing collaboration to provide health care to the civilian population throughout the country. The Chilean Navy signed a cooperation agreement with Fundación Acrux, which is responsible for coordinating health services provided by Navy physicians, former Navy officers and civilian physicians in locations where public health systems require greater support. The agreement “seals the commitment and willingness of the Chilean Navy and medical specialists of the Naval Reserves to thousands of fellow citizens in isolated areas who have been in need of permanent healthcare support,” Secretary of the Navy Vice Admiral Leonel Muñoz, told the magazine Nuestro in August 2014. The mission is not an isolated event, but part of a broad, ongoing, collaborative effort by the Chilean Navy and the non-profit organization to provide health care to the civilian population throughout the country. Some of the people live in areas where there are no roads, so in emergency situations, the Navy will transport patients by helicopter. “We must all be part of the solution,” to provide healthcare, Levín said. The mission is not an isolated event, but part of a broad, ongoing, collaborative effort by the Chilean Navy and the non-profit organization to provide health care to the civilian population throughout the country. Some of the people live in areas where there are no roads, so in emergency situations, the Navy will transport patients by helicopter. “This option has never been seen before in the region; it will be a big step for health care,” according to Emilio Rodríguez, representative for the Arica and Parinacota Region. The Navy’s large floating hospital is 168 meters long, with a capacity to transport 450 people, though it can accommodate up to 700 people for short trips. Medical treatment will be provided aboard the Sargento Aldea and ashore at Juan Noé Hospital. Chilean Navy provides logistical support The Chilean Navy and non-profit organization Fundación Acrux are working in cooperation to carry out a medical relief operation in the country’s northern region of Arica in the spring. The mission is part of an ongoing collaboration to provide health care to the civilian population throughout the country. “The medical exams will benefit the people of Arica who have been waiting for medical care for months or years,” said Roberto Levín, Executive Director of Fundación Acrux and lieutenant commander in Chile’s Naval Reserves. The doctors will diagnose patients, provide treatment, and dispense medication if needed. An ongoing cooperative effort “This option has never been seen before in the region; it will be a big step for health care,” according to Emilio Rodríguez, representative for the Arica and Parinacota Region. “These health services are the result of joint efforts between the Chilean Navy, Fundación Acrux, the Ministry of Health and various entrepreneurs,” said Levín. “The operation aims to eliminate 90 percent of the patient waiting lists in Arica.” The other relief operations will take place in Puerto Edén, Puerto Natales, Porvenir, Punta Arenas, Antofagasta, Tocopilla, Mejillones, Constitución, Cauquenes, Chiloé, Aysén, Coyhaique and the Juan Fernández Islands. They will provide nearly 36,000 medical consultations, including about 1,000 surgical procedures, according to Chilean daily Papel Digital. The agreement “seals the commitment and willingness of the Chilean Navy and medical specialists of the Naval Reserves to thousands of fellow citizens in isolated areas who have been in need of permanent healthcare support,” Secretary of the Navy Vice Admiral Leonel Muñoz, told the magazine Nuestro in August 2014. This type of cooperation is not new. In recent years, the Chilean Navy and Fundación Acrux have carried out more than 50 such operations, which provided 1,800 surgical procedures in various regions of the country. In 2014 alone, the Navy and the non-profit foundation cooperated on eight medical relief operations which provided health care to 18,000 patients. In 2015, Fundación Acrux and the Navy are scheduled carry out eight social and medical relief operations. The first one was carried out from January 21-25 in Puerto Aysén, in southern Chile. The one in Arica is the second relief operation in their list. The Sargento Aldea has two operating rooms, a recovery room with four beds, a hospitalization room with 51 beds, an X-ray room, a laboratory, a sterilization room, a dental clinic, and other modern facilities. “The Navy is receiving attention and support because they are using their capabilities to provide medical care, even in communities that otherwise can’t be reached,” Levín said. “Medical help is very welcome. The smiles on people’s faces is our payment. Upon leaving, after receiving care, patients tell us, ‘God bless you sailors’. Every life that we save in each of the relief operations is a major achievement.” “The Navy is receiving attention and support because they are using their capabilities to provide medical care, even in communities that otherwise can’t be reached,” Levín said. “Medical help is very welcome. The smiles on people’s faces is our payment. Upon leaving, after receiving care, patients tell us, ‘God bless you sailors’. Every life that we save in each of the relief operations is a major achievement.” Fundación Acrux keeps track of the demand on public health systems through the Undersecretary of Health Care Networks and Regional Health Services. The cooperative effort is helping address a need for heath care throughout the country. There are about 1.8 million people in need of outpatient care, in need of services ranging from medical exams to surgery, according to Papel Digital. By cooperating with Fundación Acrux, the Chilean Navy is contributing to the social well-being of the country. The medical relief operation in Arica will be part of the Chilean Navy’s activities for their annual “Mes del Mar” (Month of the Sea) celebrations, which promote patriotism, the Navy, and the important role it has played in the country’s history. The event recognizes how the country’s economic, social, and cultural history is directly related to its more than 5,000-kilometer coastline. “We must all be part of the solution,” to provide healthcare, Levín said.last_img read more

Board to make appointments in December

first_img October 1, 2005 Regular News Board to make appointments in December The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its December 16 meeting: Florida Rural Legal Services, Inc., Board of Directors: One attorney to serve a three-year term on its 19-member board of directors. Other appointments are made by the ACLU, NAACP, several housing authorities, and various other small groups. The main purpose of Florida Rural Legal Services is to help migrant farm workers and the rural poor in civil (not criminal) cases. Florida Realtor-Attorney Joint Committee: Five attorneys, one from each state appellate district, for two-year terms. The Florida Bar president receives the recommendations of the Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Section for consideration. The committee is composed of 10 lawyers appointed by TFB and 10 Realtors appointed by the Florida Association of Realtors. The committee promotes cordial relations between Realtors and attorneys and presents educational seminars. 11th Circuit Judicial Conference: One delegate to represent the Northern District of Florida for a four-year term. The biennial conference consists of educational opportunities and meetings (by state) on matters of mutual concern. The Bar’s three delegates contribute to planning and organizing a reception during the conference in every odd numbered year. Greater Orlando Area Legal Services, Inc. Board of Governors: One attorney to serve a two-year term on this 11-member board which sets policy and manages the affairs of GOALS.All terms for the foregoing appointments are set to commence January 1, 2006.Persons interested in applying for any of these vacancies may download the Special Appointment application from the Bar’s Web site at floridabar.org, or call Bar headquarters at (850) 561-5757, to obtain an application form. Completed applications must be submitted to the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than close of business, Monday, November 7. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of an application.center_img Board to make appointments in Decemberlast_img read more

Board to make June appointments

first_imgBoard to make June appointments Board to make June appointments The Board of Governors is seeking applicants for the following vacancies to be filled during its June 2 meeting: ABA House of Delegates: Three lawyers (one under 35 delegate) to serve two-year terms commencing in August at the conclusion of the ABA Annual Meeting. Applicants must also be ABA members. Florida Legal Services, Inc., Board of Directors: Five lawyers to serve two-year terms commencing July 1. This is a 21-member board that provides civil legal assistance to indigent persons. Florida Lawyers Assistance, Inc., Board of Directors: Five lawyers to serve three-year terms commencing July 1. This 15-member board assists the legal community in securing counseling and treatment for emotional and chemical dependency problems for lawyers. Florida Medical Malpractice Joint Underwriting Association Board of Governors: One lawyer to serve a two-year term commencing July 1. This is a nine-member board of governors that develops a means of obtaining loss and expense experience in medical malpractice issues. Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism: Three lawyers to serve on this 23-member commission commencing July 1. Two are four-year terms and one is the remainder of a four-year term that expires June 30, 2008. The commission acts as a steering and long-range planning commission for the creation and implementation of programs promoting the ideals and goals of professionalism, oversees the development of judicial professionalism programs and the teaching of professionalism in law schools. In addition, it establishes the policies of the Bar’s Center for Professionalism and acts as the center’s governing board. Supreme Court’s Judicial Ethics Advisory Committee: One attorney to serve a four-year term commencing July 1. This is a 12-member committee that renders written advisory opinions to inquiring judges concerning the propriety of contemplated judicial and nonjudicial conduct.Persons interested in applying for any of these vacancies may download the Application for Special Appointment from the Bar’s Web site at www.floridabar.org, or should call Bar headquarters at(850) 561-5600, ext. 5757, to obtain the application form. Completed applications must be received by the Executive Director, The Florida Bar, 651 East Jefferson Street, Tallahassee 32399-2300 no later than 5:30 p.m. Friday, May 5. Resumes will not be accepted in lieu of the required application. The Board of Governors will review all applications and may request telephone or personal interviews.center_img April 30, 2006 Regular Newslast_img read more

East Hampton Landlord Accused of Spying on Residents

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York An East Hampton landlord has been indicted on charges of secretly filming his tenants with cameras hidden throughout the house.Donald Torr pleaded not guilty Wednesday at Suffolk County court to charges of unlawful surveillance and endangering the welfare of a child.Prosecutors said the 69-year-old suspect taped 13 adults and nine children in the home without their knowledge, according to NBC News.Torr’s attorney, Bruce Barket, told reporters that the cameras were there to ensure the house wasn’t vandalized when it was vacant, not spy on residents.One of the victims’ families has reportedly filed a lawsuit against Torr as well.Bail for Torr was set at $100,000 cash or $300,000 bond. He is due back in court July 11.last_img read more

Trump’s Actions Raise Fears About Access to Government Data

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By Stuart Leavenworth and Adam Ashton Wondering who is visiting the White House? The web-based search has gone dark. Curious about climate change? Some government sites have been softened or taken down. Worried about racial discrimination in housing? Laws have been introduced to bar federal mapping of such disparities. Federal rules protecting whistleblowers? At least one has been put on hold.Since taking office, the Trump administration has made a series of moves that have alarmed groups with a stake in public access to information — historians, librarians, journalists, climate scientists, internet activists, to name a few. Some are so concerned they have thrown themselves into “data rescue” sessions nationwide, where they spend their weekends downloading and archiving federal databases they fear could soon be taken down or obscured.Previous presidential transitions have triggered fears about access to government data, but not on this scope.“What is unprecedented is the scale of networking and connectivity of groups working on this, and the degree it is being driven by librarians and scientists and professors,” said Alex Howard, deputy director of the Sunlight Foundation, a group that tracks transparency in government.The White House declined to comment, but Trump’s supporters say the administration’s detractors are overreacting. Trump is committed to open government, said Ben Marchi, a Trump supporter and Republican operative. In a recent interview with McClatchy, Marchi noted how, prior to announcing the selection of Neil Gorsuch to serve on the Supreme Court, the White House released a list of 21 candidates under consideration.Yet moves by the Trump administration have helped stoke the fears. In February, the U.S. Department of Agriculture removed animal cruelty data from its website, prompting protests from animal welfare advocates, including the Humane Society, which has filed a lawsuit against the USDA. Some Democrats in Congress also have protested.Also in February, the Trump administration suspended an Obama regulation aimed at protecting whistleblowers who work for Department of Energy contractors. The regulation would have permitted civil penalties against contractors that retaliate against whistleblowers. Supporters of the rule say that its rescission will make it harder for contract workers, including those working at the federal government’s nuclear facilities, to come forward with complaints of waste, abuse and safety concerns.“Is this reaction overblown?” asked Howard, in response to a question about the pushback by open government groups.Trump, he said, has made clear he will seek to prosecute leakers and labeled the media an “enemy of the people.” He’s dismissed climate change science and raised questions about the use of vaccines.“The reaction we are seeing is driven by concerns unique to this administration,” he said. “It’s because of the antipathy this president has shown toward government statistics and scientific knowledge.”During his eight years in office, President Barack Obama was hardly a darling of open government advocates. His Justice Department prosecuted nine cases against whistleblowers and leakers, compared to three by all other previous administrations. In one of those investigations, the government secretly seized records for telephone lines and switchboards that more than 100 reporters for The Associated Press used in their Washington bureau and elsewhere.But Obama also took some steps to increase transparency, including establishing a web-based log of visitors to the White House. That log allowed journalists and others to track lobbying at the White House, including links between the Obama administration and the pharmaceutical industry.But easy access to the log disappeared after Trump was sworn in and the National Archives and Records Administration stopped paying a contractor to maintain an embedded web application for the Obama-era visitation records. They are still available at the Obama White House archive, but only on zip files that are difficult to download and analyze.As of last week, the Trump administration had not built a web page with information about recent visitors to the White House, although it has said it will post such records “on an ongoing basis, once they become available.”Other information of interest has also disappeared. The phone book for employees at the U.S. Department of Energy has been removed from DOE’s website. Several federal websites have been altered to eliminate or tone down evidence linking human activities to global climate change, according to the Environmental Data and Governance Initiative, a group that has been tracking changes in federal and state websites.One of these websites is “Energy Kids,” which the Energy Information Administration launched nearly 20 years ago to help teach school children about the sources of energy. Since Trump took office, the educational website has been altered, including the removal of two pie charts reporting the link between coal and greenhouse gas emissions, according to ProPublica, which based its report on tracking by the data and governance initiative.All incoming administrations put their ideological stamp on federal websites and accessibility of government data. When George W. Bush was president, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency attempted to close several of its public research libraries, triggering a blowback from environmental groups and Congress.Yet Trump’s election, like no other, has set off alarm bells for those who want to keep public information public. Fearing that federal data could soon be rendered inaccessible, librarians, scientists and other professionals started networking on how to salvage what they could.“We started thinking, how could we organize a bucket brigade that could draw attention to the ways that data is vulnerable?” said Bethany Wiggin, founding director of the environmental humanities program at the University of Pennsylvania.Wiggin and others started organizing dozens of “data rescue” sessions nationwide, in which net activists were invited to bring their laptops and ideas for federal data sets deemed vulnerable. Over the last two weeks of February, organizers held data rescues in New Hampshire, Pennsylvania, Massachusetts, Colorado, Washington, D.C., Minnesota, Connecticut, Texas and Wisconsin. Two more were scheduled this weekend in Chicago and Los Angeles.Even before these coalitions started organizing, scientists threw themselves into the task of archiving data of professional interest.For several decades, Dr. Garen Wintemute has been preparing reports on gun violence and the workings of the gun industry. An emergency room doctor, he grew interested in gun violence prevention in the early 1980s, when he treated gunshot victims at a Cambodian refugee camp in Thailand.On the day Trump was inaugurated, Wintemute got a call from a colleague, who reported that the White House had removed a climate change page from its website. Fearing that federal data on gun violence might soon similarly vanish under a president with close ties to the National Rifle Association, Wintemute called together his partners at the UC Davis Violence Prevention Research Program. He then ticked off the records he wanted to archive.Within minutes, the team was downloading a crime victimization survey from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. They scoured the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, gathering data on retail gun sales. They preserved mortality records from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which includes a field for deaths caused by firearms.Wintemute said he could imagine a scenario in which either Congress or the White House ordered that data stricken.“I don’t think the CDC would do that of their own volition, but they might be directed to,” said Wintemute, whose team in a single day archived all the key federal records they deemed vulnerable. They are now stored on a secure server at UC Davis.Access to existing federal records is one concern of data rescuers. The other is whether a Trump-led federal government will continue to collect information as the government has in the past.Earlier this year, a group of Republicans that included U.S. Sen Mike Lee of Utah, Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida and U.S. Rep. Paul Gosar of Arizona introduced legislation to undo a 2015 Obama regulation aimed at reducing past patterns of housing segregation. The “Local Zoning Decisions Protection Act of 2017” includes a provision that bars federal funding to “design, build, maintain, utilize, or provide access to a federal database of geospatial information on community racial disparities or disparities in access to affordable housing.”Open government groups see this bill as a blatant effort to limit federal research and a precursor of things to come. Rubio, however, said the legislation is squarely aimed at stopping the federal government from dictating zoning decisions to local governments.“Top-down, one-size-fits-all regulations by Washington bureaucrats won’t help make affordable housing more accessible to those who need it,” Rubio said in a statement to McClatchy.How Trump may approach access to federal data is not entirely known, but one upcoming appointment will provide a signal. In coming weeks, the administration will appoint a director to the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs. The office is a powerful but little-known agency. Part of the Office of Management and Budget, it is charged with guiding federal policy on information technology, information policy, privacy and statistics.At a recent data rescue event in Washington, D.C., a Georgetown University professor urged those in attendance to pay attention to Trump’s appointment.“That is going to be a key position in the federal collection of data going forward,” said Raphael Calel, an assistant professor in Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy. “If you have congressmen to call, senators to call, that is one to keep an eye on.”last_img read more

Beleaguered Dutch scheme PME weighing additional recovery measures

first_imgAccording to the pension fund, it returned 18.7% on its 31% equity allocation, but lost 3.1% on its fixed income investments, which account for 61% of assets.Property and alternatives generated annual returns of 1.3% and -4.8%, respectively.It added that it lost 2% on the 55% interest hedge on its liabilities, as a consequence of rising interest rates.Meanwhile, the €48.3% metal scheme PMT, which had to cut pension rights by 6.3% last year, said it would not apply a rights discount again.It based its decision on its current funding surplus of 0.2 percentage points, following an increase in its coverage ratio of 0.6 percentage points to 104.4% during January.PMT reported an annual return of 1%.The €38.5bn industry-wide scheme for the building industry, BpfBouw, did not publish its annual return but said its funding increased to 111.6% at year-end.However, the pension fund stressed that it remained cautious and had decided to refrain from indexation.“We have opted for a balance in dividing up the financial burden between current and future generations of pensioners,” the board said. The board of €30.6bn metal scheme PME said it was still assessing options for additional recovery measures after reporting a funding shortfall of 0.9 percentage points at year-end.“A rights cut would be the ultimate emergency measure,” it said in an explanation of its fourth-quarter report, adding that it would clarify its position further at the end of February.Last year, PME had to discount pensions rights by 5.1% to stay on course for recovery to the required minimum funding of 104.3%.The scheme attributed its annual result of 0.9% to its low-risk investment policy, adopted due its relatively weak financial position.last_img read more

Offshore workers stage strike on Statoil’s Mariner platform

first_imgOffshore workers on Statoil-operated Mariner platform located in the UK sector of the North Sea staged an unofficial strike over the weekend.Mariner is one of the largest projects currently under development in the UK continental shelf.BBC reported on Saturday that the workers had staged the unofficial industrial action over alleged poor working conditions.According to UK Telegraph’s report on Sunday, the workers downed tools over the weekend and threatened to ­escalate action unless their demands are met.Telegraph also reported that the four-hour sit-in happened on Saturday morning and again on Saturday evening, claiming that as many as 200 workers from Aker Solutions as well as 50 workers from Stork participated in it.In an e-mail to Offshore Energy Today, a spokesperson for Aker Solutions said: “Aker Solutions is aware that some workers based at the Mariner field chose not to work for a few hours on Saturday. The company was not informed of this unofficial activity and has reached out to relevant unions and employee representatives to gain a better understanding of the situation.”Offshore Energy Today has also reached out to Statoil but the Norwegian giant has not provided any further comment aside from referring us to Aker Solutions for comments on the action at Mariner “as this relates to their workers and suppliers.”Namely, Aker Solutions is handling the Mariner maintenance and modification services contract and Stork Technical Services is in charge of offshore services contract.The Mariner heavy oil field is located about 150 kilometers east of the Shetland Islands. The field’s recoverable reserves were estimated at 250 million barrels of oil. The final investment decision for the Mariner development was taken in December 2012, entailing a gross investment of more than £4.5 billion.The concept chosen includes a production, drilling and quarters (PDQ) platform based on a steel jacket, Mariner A, with a floating storage unit (FSU), Mariner B.Statoil started production drilling on the Mariner field in December 2016 using the Noble Lloyd Noble jack-up rig. Production is expected to start in 2018.Offshore Energy Today Stafflast_img read more

Stoned learner driver who killed motorist is jailed

first_imgNZ Herald 31 March 2017Family First Comment: When they try and tell you that cannabis is just a mellow substance that never harmed or killed anyone, remind them of this tragedy – just one of many. #saynopetodopeA learner driver under the influence of cannabis who killed a car enthusiast, father and grandfather asked to be sent to jail this afternoon.And Judge Kevin Phillips obliged.But he made it clear to the victim Stuart Ernest Windle’s family that his hands were tied by the charges the police laid – in this case careless driving causing death and five of causing injury.Warrick Delaney Taylor (23) was sentenced to five months imprisonment at the Dunedin District Court this afternoon.Judge Phillips told the family three months was the maximum he could impose on each charge.Taylor had smoked cannabis before and while driving his friend from Oamaru to Dunedin.He was a learner driver in an unlicensed and unregistered vehicle and was making the return leg when tragedy struck.“A tragedy you manufactured,” the judge said.READ MORE: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11829623last_img read more