No let-up in violence against journalists as radio host is wounded in shooting

first_img to go further January 8, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 No let-up in violence against journalists as radio host is wounded in shooting News News News Receive email alerts PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Help by sharing this information “Nothing seems able to stop the violence against journalists,” Reporters Without Borders said today after learning that radio commentator Eugene Paet was wounded in a shooting attack yesterday in a the northern province of Ilocos Sur.“After a nightmare 2009 culminating in the massacre of 30 journalists by a militia on Mindanao Island, one might have hoped that journalists would stop being the target of killings,” Reporters Without Borders said. “But this attempt to murder a radio presenter marks a deplorable start to 2010 that bodes ill for the rest of the year.”The press freedom organisation added: “The authorities must, as a matter of urgency, make 2010 the year of an offensive against impunity, and must act with courage and energy against those who bring disgrace on the Philippines by instigating his kind of violence.”The motive for the attempt to kill Paet is not yet clear but his family said it could be linked to criticism he has expressed on the air. Paet was shot twice very near Bantay police station as he was driving home after work. His assailants were two unidentified men on a motorcycle using a .45 revolver. He was rushed to a Vigan hospital where he was said to be in a stable condition.Paet hosts talk-shows on a local radio station, DWRS Commando Radio, in which he has often been very critical of corruption, the violence that plagues the Philippines and the culture of impunity. The National Union of Journalists of the Philippines (NUJP) said DWRS is owned by a local congressman, Ronald Singson.Last July, a grenade was thrown into the home of Steve Barriero, a columnist with the Ilocos Times, a regional weekly, after he criticised a local politician.Reporters Without Borders also urges the authorities to provide information about the murder of another radio presenter, Ismael Pasigma, on 24 December. According to the NUJP, he was gunned down while on his way to work in Labason, in Zamboanga del Norte province.Finally, the press freedom organisation welcomes the fact that the trial of Andal Ampatuan Jr. has begun. Ampatuan is the leading suspect in the massacre of 30 journalists on Mindanao Island on 23 November. RSF_en June 1, 2021 Find out morecenter_img Philippines: RSF and the #HoldTheLine Coalition welcome reprieve for Maria Ressa, demand all other charges and cases be dropped Organisation News Filipina journalist still held although court dismissed case eleven days ago Mass international solidarity campaign launched in support of Maria Ressa May 3, 2021 Find out more PhilippinesAsia – Pacific Follow the news on Philippines February 16, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Rolla Milton Tryon Jr.

first_imgRolla Milton Tryon Jr., Professor of Biology and curator of ferns in the Gray Herbarium, an authority on the taxonomy and geography of ferns and fern allies, died the 20th of August of 2001, six days before his 85th birthday.Tryon spent his life studying the Pteridophyta, ferns and fern allies. This group of vascular plants represents an early evolutionary branch in the land plants. They once dominated the vegetation of the planet, and their fossilized remains gave rise of much of the carbon deposits of the world. Outside of horticultural and ornamental importance ferns largely hold a place as organisms of interest in understanding the history of terrestrial vegetation and in understand the earth over time and space.He was born on August 26, 1916, in Chicago, where his father was a professor of American history and education at the University of Chicago. An A.A. degree in 1935 was followed by a B.S. in 1937, both from the University of Chicago. These were followed in quick succession by a Ph.M. from the University of Wisconsin in 1938, and an M.S. in 1940 and Ph.D. in 1941, both from Harvard. At Harvard he studied under the direction of Professor M. L. Fernald and Mr. Charles A. Weatherby at the Gray Herbarium. To say that Tryon spent his life studying ferns is perhaps an understatement. His first scientific paper, published in 1934 when he was 18 years old was on ferns that he had observed around his family’s summer cottage near the dunes in Chesterton, Indiana.As was the case with most of the Harvard botanists, he brought his botanical training to the war effort during WWII as a lab technician in the U. S. Chemical Warfare Service at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. It is said that his father suggested a second Ph.D. in chemistry – this in order to earn a living.He served briefly as an instructor at Dartmouth College and then at the University of Wisconsin. In 1945 he became an assistant professor at the University of Wisconsin. Here he met Alice Faber, who was his student and then his wife. Together they studied ferns; their interest in all aspects of ferns was limitless and extended to all aspects of their professional and private lives. Ferns were everywhere indoors, on the wall, and in the garden. From 1947 to 1957 Tryon was an associate professor of Botany at Washington University in Saint Louis and assistant curator in the herbarium of the Missouri Botanical Garden. There, the Tryons organized a symposium dedicated to topics in plant sciences; it became a yearly event that continues today.In 1957 the Tryons traveled to Peru and initiated a study of the rich fern flora of that country. With this Tryon began research on the fern flora of the American tropics and that interest would last the rest of his life. Of particular interest were the tree ferns and on this topic Tryon published extensively throughout his career. Following a year at the University of California Herbarium at Berkeley as a research associate, he was appointed, in 1958, Curator of Ferns at the Gray Herbarium at Harvard. There he remained until after his retirement in 1987. In 1972 he was appointed professor of biology in the Biology Department under the committee on Organismic and Evolutionary Biology and through that appointment he supervised several graduate students who were to become the leaders of the next generation of pteridologists.Tryon is recognized for his taxonomic research, particularly on American and tropical species of ferns. Best known are his book Ferns and Allied Plants: with Special Reference to Tropical America, coauthored with Alice F. Tryon (published in 1982) and his work on the ferns of Peru, Pteridophyta of Peru, completed in retirement and consisting of 28 contributions in 6 parts and 837 pages. Early books on the ferns of Minnesota and Wisconsin were standard works for regional floristic studies. He demonstrated in all of his work precision, encyclopedic knowledge of the world’s fern flora, and a firm grounding in botanical nomenclature in the tradition of his Harvard mentor Charles Weatherby.The deep evolutionary questions of fern relationships led him to the study of plant geography – how ferns in particular where distributed in space and time. He taught a course in biogeography and his last paper was on fern migration routes and the assemblage of the present day flora of the Serra Ricardo Franco in Brazil.Tryon showed attachment and loyalty to several institutions. He served various roles in the American Fern Society, a society to which he belonged for 69 years. He was president in 1974-1975 and was made an honorary member of the society in 1978. The New England Botanical Club, which is headquartered here at Harvard, also received his attention. He served as recording secretary (1964-1968), associate editor of the Society’s Journal Rhodora (1961-1977), editor-in-chief (1977-1981), vice-president (1984-1986) and president (1986-1988).Following his retirement from Harvard he became an adjunct professor at the University of South Florida in Tampa, where he continued work on ferns with his wife, Alice.Respectfully submitted,O. T. SolbrigDonald H. Pfister, Chairlast_img read more

Report warns that oil, gas pipeline boom poses serious financial risk for investors

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Engineering & Technology:A report published by Global Energy Monitor cautions that upbeat building spree of US oil and gas pipeline systems may stand on a frail financial fundament, which could see previous turmoil return while bearing considerable risk for investors’ rate-of-return as climate-change consciousness and regulation is expected to increase pressure on fossil fuels.North American overexpansion of oil and gas systems would bear “high leverage and unrealistic expectations,” the authors of the report say, warning that signs of increased risk are looming on the horizon of the present building boom systems.The pace of the global pipeline building is stated to have tripled since 1996. The US is one of the most aggressive builders of oil and gas pipelines systems and its pace appears unprecedented: worldwide it owns 51.5 per cent of all projects in pre-construction or construction stages. The report argues that investors in the booming expansion of oil and gas infrastructure would steer for a similar shock (as experienced some years earlier in the coal mining sector) as “boom-fueled optimism runs into climate realities and fiscal limits”.Ted Nace, co-author of the report and executive director at Global Energy Monitor points out that “enthusiasm [is] spilling out of the fracking boom [and] has fostered unrealistic expectations of expansion in midstream oil and gas infrastructure. Investors are setting themselves up for disappointment.”Three areas would be particularly vulnerable in the U.S. to present pipeline expansion concentration, including ‘Permian Basin of Texas and New Mexico’, ‘the Marcellus and Utica shale formations in Appalachia and the Midwest’, and the ‘Canadian tar sands of Alberta.’ The decision by the Canadian government last year, to commit C$5bn (£2.9bn) to acquire the Trans Mountain Pipeline would add extra fuel to the fire.More: North America’s oil and gas pipeline boom could signal meltdown Report warns that oil, gas pipeline boom poses serious financial risk for investorslast_img read more

Earth Talk: What are dirty fuels?

first_imgDear Earth Talk: What are “dirty fuels” and why are they so called?— Bill Green, Seattle, WAThe term “dirty fuels” refers to fuels derived from tar sands, oil shale or liquid coal. Just like their more conventional fossil fuel counterparts such as petroleum and coal, they can be turned into gasoline, diesel and other energy sources that can generate extreme amounts of particulate pollution, carbon emissions and ecosystem destruction during their lifecycles from production to consumption.“Because tar sands [have] more sulfur, nitrogen, and metals in [them] than conventional oil, upgrading and refining [them] causes a lot more air and water pollution and greenhouse gas emissions,” reports the Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC), a leading environmental non-profit. “On a lifecycle basis—that is, extraction all the way through combustion—tar sands cause about 20 percent more global warming pollution than conventional oil,” adds NRDC. “Oil shale and liquid coal are even worse, causing nearly 50 percent more global warming pollution and over double the lifecycle emissions of conventional oil…”In North America, the majority of such fuels come from Canada’s vast boreal forest, to where tens of millions of birds flock each spring to nest. “Tar sands oil development creates open pit mines, habitat fragmentation, toxic waste holding ponds, air and water pollution, upgraders and refineries, and pipelines spreading far beyond the Boreal forest,” reports NRDC. “This development is destroying habitat for waterfowl and songbirds that come from all over the Americas to nest in the Boreal.”Beyond impacts at the extraction sites, dirty fuels cause pollution problems all down the line. For this reason, environmental leaders are opposed to the proposed Keystone XL pipeline which, if approved and built, would transport tar sands fuels through the Midwestern U.S. to refineries in the Gulf of Mexico.“Refinery communities like Port Arthur, Texas…are already unable to comply with their air pollution regulations, so dirtier fuel is the last thing they need in their refineries,” adds NRDC.And while dirty fuels may reduce our reliance on foreign oil, they won’t help reduce gas prices as they are so expensive to produce that gas prices would have to be higher than they already are in order for them to be profitable. “They also can’t help with stabilizing gas prices in the case of a disruption to oil shipments because each new tar sands project requires huge infrastructure and capital investments, so it takes years for new tar sands projects to come on-line—it’s not as though there is loads of spare tar sands oil just waiting to be put through the pipelines,” says NRDC’s Elizabeth Shope.“The fact is, we don’t need these fuels,” she adds. “We can reduce oil consumption by increasing fuel efficiency standards, and greater use of hybrid cars, renewable energy and environmentally sustainable biofuels. What’s called ‘smart growth’—how we design our communities—is also a very important element in meeting our transportation needs.“North America stands at an energy crossroads [and] we now face a choice: to set a course for a more sustainable energy future of clean, renewable fuels, or to develop ever-dirtier sources of transportation fuel derived from fossil fuels—at an even greater cost to our health and environment.”For more information, contact nrdc.org.last_img read more

Directory corrections noted

first_imgDirectory corrections noted November 1, 2003 Regular News Directory corrections notedcenter_img A number of corrections to the 2003 Bar Journal directory have been noted to the editorial staff. To set the record straight: Judge Dedee S. Costello was omitted from the 14th Judicial Circuit Court listing on page 686. Her address is Bay County Courthouse, P.O. Box 1089, Panama City 32402-1089; phone number is 850/747-5341. Judge Israel Reyes, 11th Judicial Circuit, is assigned to the circuit juvenile division. His address is 3300 N.W. 27th Ave., Rm. 207, Miami 33142; phone number is 305/638-6238. (p. 685) Judge Shirlyon McWhorter is assigned to the Dade County criminal division. Her address is 1351 N.W. 12th St., Rm. 523, Miami 33125; phone number is 305/548-5201. (p. 691)Twelfth Circuit Chief Judge Robert B. Bennett’s phone number is 941/861-7942. (p. 685)Thirteenth Circuit Chief Judge Manuel Menendez, Jr.’s phone number is 813/272-5022. (p. 358)The phone number for Howard Forman, Clerk of Circuit and County Courts, 17th Judicial Circuit, is 954/831-5504. (p. 687) Michael F. Audie’s fax number is 305/670-7766. (p. 59) Carole Joy Barice’s phone number is 407/774-7662. (p. 65) Andrea Black’s address is 545 Delaney Ave., Ste. 5, Orlando 32801; phone number is 407/849-5256; fax number is 407/849-9022; and e-mail address is [email protected] (p. 81) Gary Frederic Canner’s address is U.S. Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit, 51 S.W. 1st Ave., Ste. 1304, Miami 33130; phone number is 305/714-1901; fax number is 305/714-1910; e-mail address is [email protected] (p. 111) Gregg Michael Casalino’s e-mail address is [email protected] (p. 116) Judge Eugene John Fierro’s phone number is 305/349-5723. (p. 188) Keith Fousek’s phone number is 954/761-8810. (p. 195) George E. Gelb, 6650 W. Indiantown Rd., Ste. 200, Jupiter 33458, should have been listed under the city of Jupiter on certified lawyers page 27, instead of under the city of Vero Beach on certified lawyers page 28. Darryl Joel Jacobs’s phone number is 772/231-6001. (p. 270) Timothy D. Kelly’s fax number is 612/349-6416. (p. 287) Michael J. Korn’s address is P.O. Box 550700, Jacksonville 32255-0700; e-mail address is [email protected] (p. 298) Roslyn Cynthia Lewin’s phone number is 954/749-9991. (p. 318) V. Frederic Lyon’s fax number is 407/647-7244. (p. 330) Kathleen McCarthy’s address is 1963 N.E. 6th St., Deerfield Beach 33441; phone number is 954/993-2836; fax number is 954/768-0114. (p. 347) Joe Gary McMakin’s phone number is 813/241-6101. (p. 354)The Law Offices of John C. Mullin, Jr., are located at 19 W. Flagler St., Ste. 210, Miami 33130-4406; phone number is 305/372-2727. (p. 376) Stephen C. Page’s fax number is 772/781-6886. (p. 395) Richard J. Potash’s fax number is 954/423-1107. (p. 415) William Leon Richey’s phone number is 305/372-8808; fax number is 305/372-3669. (p. 432) Barry Roderman’s e-mail address is [email protected] (p. 437) Jay Eli Schecter’s fax number is 305/443-0027. (p. 460) Steven M. Sherman’s e-mail address is [email protected] (p. 475) Pavel Straka ’s phone number in the Czech Republic is 011 420 222 512 843. (p. 612) William A. (Bill) Sutherland’s phone number is 902/445-2500. (p. 507) William R. Swindle’s e-mail address is [email protected] (p. 508) John R. Thomas’s e-mail address is [email protected] (p. 515) Anthony J. Titone’s e-mail address is [email protected] (p. 518) S. George Trager’s phone number is 305/868-4727. (p. 521) David F. Vedder, 1414 W. Granada Blvd., Ste. 2, Ormond Beach 32174, should have been listed under Ormond Beach, not Palm Coast, on certified lawyers page 24. Roy L. Weinfeld, P.A., is located at 2200 SunTrust International Center, One Southeast Third Ave., Miami 33131-1716. (p. 542) Jerry Zaslow, of Law & Zaslow, L.L.C., is located at 100 N. 17th St., 15th Fl., Philadelphia, Pa., 19103-2703; phone number 215/751-0500; fax number 215/751-0700; e-mail address is [email protected] (p. 564)last_img read more

Up to 5 Inches of Snow Hits LI as Arctic Freeze Continues

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Up to 5 inches of snow was recorded in the East End Wednesday as a coastal storm rolled across Long Island overnight.The storm mostly affected areas in eastern Suffolk County, with several areas measuring between 2 and 4 inches, while communities in Nassau and western Suffolk saw dustings of about an inch of snow, according to unofficial snowfall amounts posted by the Upton-based National Weather Service.“The South Fork from the Hampton Bays east, they were the winners,” said Tim Morrin, meteorologist at the National Weather Service. “It was truly a coastal event.”Long Island also woke up to another bitter-cold day, and the sunshine did little to warm up residents growing tired of the arctic blast continuing to freeze the region.The wind chill knocked the temperatures to near sub-zero levels Wednesday morning, with Farmingdale at 1 above, and areas across LI mostly in the single digits.Wednesday’s forecast calls for a high of 24 with winds up to 13 mph. But the wind chill will keep temperatures between 8 and 10 degrees during most of the day, and into the mid-single digits in the evening.Thursday will also bring bright sunshine, forecasters said. The weather service is calling for a high of 29 with the wind chill making it feel like 20.With the overnight snowfall taken into account, Long Island has seen around 25.1 inches in January, and 33.5 for the season, the weather service said.last_img read more

First Winter Storm of 2016 May Cause Blizzard-like Conditions, Forecasters Say

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The first major winter storm of 2016 remains likely to hit Long Island this weekend with forecasters warning snow and winds may create blizzard-like conditions with less than ¼ mile of visibility.There is a moderate potential for more than six inches of snow and a low potential for more than a foot of the white stuff when the storm arrives Friday night, possibly lingering as late as Sunday, according to meteorologists at the Upton office of the National Weather Service (NWS).“This storm could produce heavy snow…strong winds…and moderate coastal flooding,” the agency said in a hazardous weather outlook statement. But, as little as two-to-four inches is also possible in parts of LI, forecasters said.The same storm is also expected to impact states from Tennessee to Maine, although some areas may see more of a wintry mix depending upon the track of the system. It is expected to strengthen rapidly as it reaches the East Coast, NWS said. The Weather Channel dubbed the storm Jonas.Sustained winds of up to 40 mph with gusts up to 60 mph are expected in the New York Metro area. The storm may also cause moderate coastal flooding during high tide. In addition, there is potential for significant beach erosion and washovers at Atlantic Ocean beaches, NWS warned.The latest forecast suggest that the East End may see less snow than western LI and New York City, but Suffolk County police aren’t taking any chances. The department is pre-positioning military surplus Humvees at each of the seven precinct station houses to respond to emergency calls and to aid stranded motorists, police said.During the calm before the storm, skies are expected to remain sunny with temperatures in the 30s during the day dropping into the teens after sundown. NWS forecasters currently give the storm a 60-percent chance of hitting Friday night and 70-percent odds of lasting all day and night Saturday. As of this post, there was a 30-percent chance that it will still be snowing Sunday.last_img read more

S. Korea expects human trials of Celltrion’s potential COVID-19 treatment in Europe

first_img“It would be difficult to conduct clinical trials at home due to low number of new cases and we understand discussions are underway with European countries for trials,” Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) deputy director Kwon Jun-wook said on its daily briefing.Kwon said the process would pave the way for South Korea to secure sizable supplies of the treatment by the first half of next year.There is currently no treatments for COVID-19 and human trials of several existing antiviral drugs have yet to show full efficacy.Eli Lilly and Co said on Monday it had started an early-stage trial to test its potential COVID-19 treatment, in the world’s first study of an antibody treatment against the disease.US drugmaker Gilead Science Inc has reported promising early trial results for its treatment remdesivir, prompting emergency approval in the United States and Japan. South Korea also said last week it would request imports of remdesivir. South Korea expects clinical trials of Celltrion Inc’s experimental COVID-19 treatment to begin in Europe next month and aims to secure sizable supplies of the drug by the first half of next year, a senior health official said on Tuesday.Drugmakers worldwide are rushing to develop treatments for the flu-like illness caused by the new coronavirus that has killed more than 374,000 globally since it first emerged late last year in China.Celltrion said on Monday its experimental antibody COVID-19 treatment demonstrated an up to 100-fold reduction in viral load of the disease in animal testing, saying it aims to start human clinical trials in late July. Topics :last_img read more

AIE selects Höegh LNG’s FSRU for its Port Kembla import project

first_imgThe Australian-led consortium, Australian Industrial Energy signed a deal with Norway’s Höegh LNG for the supply of a floating storage and regasification unit (FSRU) for the proposed Port Kembla Gas Terminal (PKGT)The FSRU will be moored at Berth 101 in Port Kembla’s inner harbor and accept cargoes of liquefied natural gas from LNG carriers, store the LNG and convert it onboard from liquid back to gas, the company said in a statement.The gas will then be transferred onshore and be piped into the gas transmission network, AIE said.The facility, the first LNG import terminal in New South Wales, will have the capacity to supply in excess of 100PJ per annum, sufficient to meet over 70 percent of NSW’s total gas needs.Construction of the terminal is likely to require a capital investment of between $200m and $300 million, AIE said in an earlier statement.The consortium, comprising Australia’s Squadron Energy and Japan’s Marubeni and Jera, added the facility will provide increased certainty of gas supply to New South Wales.last_img read more

Just 9 games in, Syracuse players notice stronger midfield presence

first_imgThis year is just different for Eileen Finn. The senior defender senses something more about this year’s Syracuse women’s lacrosse team.The midfield is stronger. The defense is peskier. The attack has a multitude of scoring options.It all adds up to the fact that Finn feels the ninth-ranked Orange has a more balanced team than it has in years past.But even with all of that, Finn realizes something else. In her last go-round, if the Orange is to make a serious push for the final four, there is one more thing it has to do. Rather, one more thing it can’t do. Syracuse can’t afford to be stagnant on one side of the ball and expect to win.‘Everything has bumped up a notch this year,’ Finn said. ‘But definitely our defense in terms of communication has really taken it upon itself to talk to each other. And the attackers haven’t necessarily gotten better but have balanced out so that you can’t pinpoint one or two people on our attack anymore. All seven people are a threat to score every time.’AdvertisementThis is placeholder textThe Syracuse attack has been its clear-cut strength over the last several years. With ex-Syracuse star and current volunteer assistant Katie Rowan complimenting senior attack Halley Quillinan and senior midfielder Christina Dove, the Orange in the last few seasons were never hard-pressed to put goals on the board. But at times, the defense and midfield struggled, exposing weaknesses that ended SU’s seasons prematurely.Such weaknesses, despite the loss of senior defender Lindsay Rogers, seem to be less of an issue this season.‘To be honest I don’t think that our midfield has been what it is this year,’ Quillinan said. ‘Our midfield has been doing a great job off the draw controls and off the ground balls. We have improved in both of those categories. And I think defensively we are a more senior-led defense this year, which is rare in reference to years past. All over the field we’ve really stepped our game up, including the attack.’Much of Syracuse’s newfound balance, the team says, is attributed to personal dedication and a renewed sense of motivation.Despite three highly successful seasons, this current crop of seniors has endured three consecutive early exits in the NCAA tournament.Perhaps the most heartbreaking end to a season came in 2008, when the 18-2 Orange fell to No. 1 Northwestern in the final four.Realizing that it is the group’s last chance to achieve the highest level of NCAA glory, the upperclassmen say they trained harder in the offseason. They fine-tuned their games. After three seasons, these players are fully aware of what they need to do in order to become complete players.‘I think a lot of people coming into this season were obviously disappointed with the past few years and want to keep going further,’ Finn said. ‘So everyone took it upon themselves to improve their personal game in the offseason. They came back ready to go. So I think that each person individually raising their level has made us an all-around great team.’For Syracuse to be dangerous both offensively and defensively, it is imperative that the players take that extra step in their workout and practice regimens. Finn and the other seniors have attempted to ingrain that.But the seniors also acknowledge that it also takes more than that. It takes a certain kind of mentality – a core philosophy that must go beyond flashy passes and dynamic goals.‘We focus on all areas of the game,’ Gait said. ‘The difference is that we have a lot more seniors and upperclassmen playing on the defensive end of the field, and I think that’s really helped us.’[email protected] Comments Published on April 7, 2010 at 12:00 pmcenter_img Facebook Twitter Google+last_img read more