SUNDAY, SEPT. 20A few of the 475 Corvettes that participated in the Ocean City, NJ Corvette Show in 2014 drive onto the Boardwalk for the annual event.The 25th Annual Corvette Show: More than 350 cars on display featuring models from every year the Corvette was manufactured. One of the largest exhibitions of its kind in the country. Corvettes will be displayed on the Boardwalk from 6th to 14th Sts. from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Partial proceeds benefit local charities. For information, visit www.boardwalkcorvettes.com or call (609) 457-0081.OC Pops Twisted Strings: Alex DuPue and Miguel de Hoyas, a fiery violin and guitar duo, present an exciting program with the Pops. These virtuosos combine Latin and Rock with a classically contagious blend. Hughes Performing Arts Center, 6th and Atlantic Ave. Sponsored by Dr. Matt Hamilton, Beach Buddies Animal Hospital, 7:30 p.m., tickets $20. For information, call (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248 or access www.ocnj.us/boxoffice. The annual Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show starts at 1 p.m. Sunday (Sept. 13) over the beach and boardwalk in Ocean City between Sixth and 14th streets. SATURDAY, SEPT. 12Radio-controlled model planes gave flight demonstrations and competed in a people’s choice contest during the 2014 Ocean City Air Festival .Air Festival: The first of two free city air festivals is set for the Ocean City Municipal Airport, 26th Street and Bay Avenue, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. It will feature ground displays of a B-25J Mitchell Bomber and World War II Grumman TBM Avenger. There will be air demonstrations, a paper airplane contest for children, face painting and food vendors.There will be ground displays of a variety of aircraft plus military vehicles and antique cars. The NJ Pine Barons RC Club will present exciting model airplane demonstrations with miniature jets soaring at 100 miles per hour. Helicopter and airplane rides will be available for purchase. There will be shuttle service from the Shelter Road lot (off Tennessee Avenue). For information, call (609) 525-9223 or visit www.oceancityvacation.com.Street Rod Exhibition: This popular show features modified, classic cars on display. The one-day exhibition will be featured on the Tabernacle Grounds, 550 Wesley Ave. from 8 a.m. until noon, and then shown on the Boardwalk until 4 p.m. Call (609) 399-6111 for information.The Fabulous Grease Band: The rock ‘n’ roll party band performs hits from five decades at the Ocean City Music Pier at 8 p.m. Tickets are $25. Call (609) 525-9248 or (609) 399-6111 or www.ocnj.us/boxoffice. The traditional summer season is over, but September’s great weather remains, and that sets the stage for some of Ocean City’s most popular events of the year.Here’s a look at what’s on tap for the month, highlighted by the Air Festival and the Aerobatic Air Show on Saturday and Sunday (Sept. 12 and 13): SATURDAY, SEPT. 26Walk for the Wounded: A three-mile walk on the boardwalk to raise money for wounded soldiers returning from overseas. A ceremony will be held just prior to the walk to honor our military heroes. Registration begins 8 a.m. in front of the Music Pier, Boardwalk and Moorlyn Terrace. For information, call (609) 399-0012 ext. 1106 or visit www.ochome.com. SUNDAY, SEPT. 13The free Ocean City Aerobatic Air Show is scheduled for 1 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 13, over the beach and boardwalk between Sixth and 14th streets in Ocean City, NJ.The Boardwalk Aerobatic Air Show: Stunt planes highlight an exciting show over the beach and boardwalk in Ocean City that starts 1 p.m. with daring flights and maneuvers. View show from the beach or boards between Sixth Street and 14th Street. Thrill to the skills of the best stunt pilots in the world. Featuring the Redline 2-ship, RV8, Red Star and Dragon, Warbird Flights, USCG Search and Rescue Demonstration and lots more. For information, call (609) 399-6111 or visit www.oceancityvacation.com. This event is sponsored by the Ocean City Tourism Development and Ocean City Hospitality Associations. Show coordination and operation provided by David Shultz Air Shows, LLC.Ocean City Pops — A Night in Old Vienna: The best of Johann Strauss Jr. with talented singers and award winning violinist, Robin Bolinger, 7:30 p.m. Sponsored by Manco and Manco in memory of the great POPS Conductor and Bassoonist Frank Ruggieri. Tickets $20/15. Call (609) 399-6111 or (609) 525-9248 or visit www.ocnj.us/boxoffice. WEDNESDAY, SEPT. 16Michael Hartman Roast: The Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce roasts Michael Hartman, founder and director of the Greater Ocean City Theatre Company. Michael has brought Broadway quality shows to Ocean City. His company also offers theatre camps and theatrical training to youth and gives them the opportunity to perform in productions at the Music Pier and Bill and Nancy Hughes Performing Arts Center. Michael frequently teams with the Ocean City Pops to stage Broadway Shows.The Roast will be held at the Flanders hotel with a 6 p.m. social and dinner at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $55. RSVP by September 11th to the Ocean City Regional Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 1706, Ocean City, N.J. 08226, call (609) 399-1412 or access [email protected] SATURDAY, SEPT. 19Ocean City Board … Walk to Defeat ALS: Join this two-mile walk on the boardwalk to raise funds to support patient research in finding a cure for ALS. Registration 9 a.m. at the 6th Street Practice Field. Walk begins 10 a.m. For information, call (609) 399-6111 or visit www.alsphiladelphia.org. SATURDAY, SEPT. 27OCNJ Half Marathon, 5K and 10-Mile Walk/Run: Half Marathon Registration $60 Sept. 1-23, $70 Sept. 24-27. NO RACE DAY registration. For information, call (609) 399-6111 or www.ocnj.us/Race-Events.
Last night at BB King Blues Club & Grill in New York City, Conan bandleader Jimmy Vivino hosted the inaugural NYC Blues Revue – An All Star Fundraiser For The Blues Foundation. The event was put together by producer Greg Williamson, and enlisted a serious “who’s-who” list of musicians, including Shemekia Copeland, John Sebastian, Joe Louis Walker, Eric Krasno, Marcus King, Scott Sharrard, Tash Neal, Sam Moore, and many more, the biggest surprise of the night came when Vivino called out another special guest from backstage. The crowd quickly realized who he was signaling to, as Gary Clark Jr. (also known as “The Chosen One”) came to join the band on stage.Gary Clark Jr. (who is in town to open for Eric Clapton at Madison Square Garden Thursday and Friday night) acquiesced, and with Vivino handing over his axe to the Austin, TX-based guitarist, commanded the stage for a few minutes alongside Grammy Award winner and soul singing legend William Bell. The two are no strangers to one another, as they performed Bell’s “Born Under a Bad Sign” together at the Grammy’s earlier this year. Check out video of the sit-in below, courtesy of Jon Hammer:
A plea for mercy GAZETTE: What can individuals do to help prevent climate change?SIKKINK: We know that 50 percent of global carbon lifestyle emissions are produced by the 10 percent who are the wealthiest people in the world, and that includes not only businessmen who fly to London every week, but also myself and virtually all of my colleagues. According to certain sources, you need something like $100,000 of assets to be considered among the 10 percent wealthiest people in the world. Because privileged people create more emissions, and they have more responsibility in helping to reduce emissions. An excellent scientific study by Seth Wynes and Kimberly Nicholas tried to figure out the most effective actions people can take to reduce their carbon footprint. That study suggested that the first thing is to have one fewer child, but there is a big debate about that. The second thing is to live car-free. The third is to avoid one international airplane flight. The fourth thing is to sign up for green energy to make sure your energy comes from green sources. The fifth is to eat a plant-based diet. A fellow who was my colleague at the Radcliffe Institute, Gidon Eshel, a geophysicist who studies the climate impact of food choices, told me that for people like me who can’t give up meat completely yet, the one thing we can do is to give up beef because it has the worst impact on climate change. Personally, I’m working on that, but it’s quite hard. I’m also trying to reduce my travel by one international plane trip per year. We, at Harvard, need to think about the impact that our travel is having on global emissions.GAZETTE: Your book also argues that this approach can be applied to voting.SIKKINK: Here is an example: We know that eligible Harvard students often don’t vote. Instead of focusing on who’s to blame, there is a lot we can do together as a community to help our students vote. Harvard students and the administration have really stepped forward and worked together to take on this ethical and political responsibility. We have good data about student voting. In the midterm elections in 2014, approximately 22 percent of eligible Harvard students voted. In the 2018 midterm elections, almost 49 percent of eligible Harvard students voted. In political terms, that is a huge jump. Harvard added a voter-registration window into the mandatory online check-in for all students. When President Bacow first met with the freshman class two years ago, he said to them, “I’m going to give you your first homework assignment.” He said, “Register to vote,” and that was huge. The Harvard story is not unique; similar changes are happening in other institutions around the country, from community colleges to large public universities to private institutions.GAZETTE: This new politics of responsibilities can also be applied to areas such as digital privacy, freedom of speech, and others. Where does this framework come from? SIKKINK: I drew on the work of political theorist Iris Marion Young, especially her posthumous book, “Responsibility for Justice.” She calls for a “social-connection model of responsibility,” not a liability model, not who’s to blame. She says that “everyone who is socially connected to a structural injustice and able to act needs to step forward and act.” And that’s the argument I was making about climate change. It’s too late to just point your finger at who’s to blame. With climate change, all of us are socially connected to the problem and able to act, need to act in order to address this crisis. Same thing with the digital-privacy issue. After the Cambridge Analytica scandal, everyone was blaming Facebook but not thinking of the ways we make it easy for Facebook and other corporations to violate our privacy. In the business model of these corporations, our data is the product, and they will not change without concerted pressure from consumers and governments. In other words, the approach of ethics of responsibilities can be applied for every issue. You can start by asking what are the rights at stake and what do we have to do to take ethical and political responsibility.GAZETTE: You said you wrote this book for people who are willing to act but are too busy to do it. What do you hope your readers will gain from reading the book? What weighed on us in 2019? ‘Climate emergency’ Flight from reason In her new book, legal scholar Martha Minow advocates for the power of forgiveness Harvard faculty members consider the Oxford Dictionaries’ ‘word of the year’ Related Thomas Patterson looks at the threat to Democracy in ‘How America Lost Its Mind’ SIKKINK: I know there will be lots of critiques to the book. I know that people will say, “This ignores the deep structural power that leads to some of the problems in the world today.” But the reason I wrote this book is that I’m a scholar of norms movements in the world. I study how new norms start and gain traction and where they succeed. I’ve written books and done research on everything from anti-slavery to women’s suffrage campaigns in the world to the anti-foot-binding campaigns in China to campaigns about female genital cutting and other human-rights issues. And what I can tell you is that all normative change in the world begins with a group of deeply committed individuals. If we’re going to start focusing on people taking seriously their individual responsibilities for climate change, that has to be a norm movement. It has to be people starting to think about their personal carbon footprint and the things they can do to reduce it. It has to start with a movement of what I call “norm entrepreneurs,” people who take their ethical responsibilities seriously to act to fulfill their rights.This interview has been edited and condensed for length and clarity. After years of writing about human rights, Kathryn Sikkink has decided to focus on responsibilities. It is what lies at the heart of her new book, “The Hidden Face of Rights: Toward a Politics of Responsibilities.” The Gazette sat down with the Ryan Family Professor of Human Rights Policy at the Harvard Kennedy School to talk about her call for a new “ethics of responsibilities” and the role of individuals in dealing with climate change, voting, digital privacy, and other pressing issues.Q&AKathryn SikkinkGAZETTE: You have written many books about human rights, but your new book focuses on obligations rather than rights. Why is there a need to talk about what you call “a politics and ethics of responsibilities,” and what does it involve?SIKKINK: The main point I want to underscore is that this book is about rights and responsibilities, not about responsibilities instead of rights. The important word here is “and.”Human rights are incredibly important, but to advance human rights and implement them, it’s just not enough for everyone to only talk about their rights. To implement rights, we have to talk about the responsibilities of many actors that make it possible for people to enjoy their rights. We, human-rights theorists and activists, have known for a long time that for every right there has to be an actor with a corresponding responsibility to make sure that right can be exercised. But sometimes, human-rights activists only want to talk about states’ responsibilities and not about the responsibilities of other actors. States’ responsibilities are incredibly important, but responsibility can’t only rest with the state.GAZETTE: Some people might think this approach of the “ethics of responsibilities” is naïve and overstates the impact individuals can have. What is necessary to make this more than a symbolic statement?SIKKINK: Many human-rights activists are lawyers, and they think about rights in terms of the liability model: Who’s to blame? Who can we sue? Who can we put in jail? That’s a good model for implementing some rights, but it doesn’t get far enough with most rights. I’ve written a book about responses to mass atrocities, and it’s all about how we need to prosecute state officials for mass atrocities. I believe in the liability model for some rights. But there are other rights such as the right to vote, in which actors’ responsibilities can really make a difference. In some parts of our country today, voter suppression by state actors is a conscious policy. Citizens can’t just wait for the state to do its job. We have to be conscious of what other actors can do to take responsibility to circumvent voter suppression and support voter turnout.GAZETTE: You talk in your book how the ethics of responsibilities can be applied to climate change. How so?SIKKINK: There’s been a move underway to talk about a right to a clean environment and a right to a stable climate. I’m not opposed to the idea, but in order to move ahead, we have to talk about the responsibilities of all actors, including the states. Now that our federal government has abdicated its responsibilities entirely with regard to climate change, we can’t just twiddle our thumbs and wait for another election in the hope it will bring a government to office that cares about climate change. There are many other actors that can step forward. They don’t have legal responsibility, but they do have an ethical and political responsibility. I’m talking about corporations that are interested in working on climate-change issues, but also about state and municipal governments. For example, Massachusetts offers subsidies for solar panels, and Cambridge has a terrific recycling program and a brand-new curbside composting program. “All normative change in the world begins with a group of deeply committed individuals.”
IEEFA Energy Finance 2016: Rampal Project in Sundarbans Forest of Bangladesh: High-Priced Electricity and Foreign Subsidies FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享A controversial coal-fired power plant in southern Bangladesh would produce overpriced electricity and require massive public subsidies from neighboring India, according to an initial analyses by IEEFA.The proposed Rampal power plant, which has drawn attention for its potential impact on the Sundarbans forest, would generate power that would probably cost ratepayers US 9.5 cents per unit, or 32 percent above average electricity prices in the region, IEEFA energy analyst Jai Sharda said during a Monday presentation at Energy Finance 2016.“It would require massive subsidies,” said Sharda, including hundreds of millions of dollars from the Export Import Bank of India, which is backing the project with long-duration loans at well below-market interest rates. The capital cost of the 1.3GW plant has already blown out from US$1.5 billion toward a likely US$2 billion, and the proposed planned and construction timeline is already several years behind schedule, with full commissioning unlikely before 2020.“While Bangladesh’s need to diversify and expand its power generation sources is entirely justified, adding high risk and high-cost imported-coal-based power production capacity, like the Rampal project, is not an economically feasible solution,” Sharda said.“Solar and wind power provide attractive options for Bangladesh, making strategic sense by de-risking power generation from fuel-price and currency devaluation risks and diversifying and expanding the generation base,” he said.The site of the proposed plant lies in close proximity to the Sundarbans, a Unesco World Heritage site that straddles the borderlands between Bangladesh and India and is home to Bangladesh’s last population of tigers.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Renew Economy:Australia’s federal government, urged on by the gas lobby, has sought to make a big deal about the need to promote gas as a transition fuel for the switch from coal to renewables and storage.It’s [a] view that has been hotly contested by environmentalists, who say gas is not much cleaner than coal because of its methane emission, who point out that it is really expensive, and now again by the engineers responsible for keeping the lights on, who cite both the reasons above and who say there are likely cheaper, smarter and cleaner alternatives.The Australian Energy Market Operator, in its 2020 Integrated System Plan – a 20 year blueprint to ready Australia for what it describes as the world’s “fastest energy transition” recognises that gas can provide the synchronous generation needed to balance variable renewable supply, i.e. wind and solar, and be a potential complement to storage.Under no scenario does the amount of gas burned for electricity in Australia’s main grid increase over the coming decade. It is more likely to fall significantly. Ultimately, however, it will come down to price, and while current costs favour existing gas plants, the case for new gas generators is less likely because the cost of battery storage is falling rapidly, and gas may not pass muster when it comes to considering the all-important carbon budgets.Gas currently has two roles in the electricity grid – as a provider of baseload and intermediate generation, with more flexibility than coal, and as a source of “peaking” generation that can rapidly respond to sudden changes in supply and demand. But AEMO’s forecasts suggest a fall in gas capacity, even in the central “business as usual” scenario.The outlook for the former is not good, simply because gas is expensive to extract, and even at the prices promised by the gas lobby – on condition that they receive big new subsidies from the government – won’t be able to compete with wind and solar for bulk generation. Many of these plants are old and are due to retire. They won’t be replaced like for like. Some young generators will remain in case of wind and solar “droughts”.That leaves its role as a “fast-start dispatchable” source where the need for something makes price less important. “Gas has a cost advantage over batteries at current gas and battery costs,” [the AEMO ISP notes.] “However, in the 2030s when significant investment in new dispatchable capacity is needed, this advantage could shift to batteries, especially to provide dispatchable supply during 2 and 4-hour periods. Based on the cost assumptions in the ISP, new batteries are more cost-effective than gas in the 2030s. Future climate policies may also impact the investment case for new gas.”[Giles Parkinson]More: AEMO says batteries will be cheaper and cleaner than new gas plants Australian electric market operator sees no need for new gas in renewable energy transition
Coal India moving forward with plans to install 3GW of solar capacity by 2024 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享ETEnergyworld.com:State-owned Coal India on Monday said it plans to set up 14 rooftop and ground-mounted solar power projects of 3,000 MW capacity by 2023-24 which will entail an investment of Rs 5,650 crore. Coal India (CIL) is mandated by the coal ministry to become a net zero carbon company. Solar power initiative is a part of CIL’s diversification plans, the PSU said in a filing to BSE.The likely investment would be around Rs 5,650 crore, it said. While Rs 3,650 crore is planned to be invested through CIL’s capex, till 2023-24, the rest would be met through joint venture models that the company intends to pursue for this initiative.Synergising their efforts, CIL and NLC India Ltd have floated a joint venture entity ‘Coal Lignite Urja Vikas Private Ltd’ to develop 1,000 MW solar power projects.CIL has also tied up a JV with NTPC and an MoU with Solar Energy Corporation of India for solar projects of 1,000 MW each, the progress of which is being worked out individually.Additionally, the solar power initiative helps CIL reduce its whopping annual power consumption expense, which was around Rs 3,400 crore ending FY2020, accounting for around 4.4 per cent of the revenue expense for the year. Any saving under the power bill would also bolster the bottom line of the company to that extent, the PSU said.Besides establishing solar projects, CIL is in discussions with NTPC Ltd for purchase of 140 MW solar power under the Centre’s CPSE scheme. Cumulatively, it adds up to little over 3,000 MW by FY2024.More: CIL to set up 3 GW solar power projects of Rs 5,650 cr
The forces occupying the Alemão Complex in northern Rio de Janeiro will remain in the community indefinitely, and the Armed Forces will have command of the operation. The announcement was made by Defense Minister Nelson Jobim and by the governor of Rio de Janeiro, Sérgio Cabral (Brazilian Democratic Movement Party, PMDB), after a meeting evaluating the operations. “Command belongs to the Army, while state, civilian, and military personnel will have their own intermediate commanders,” Jobim said at a press conference. Until now, according to Jobim, the Army has been providing perimeter security. Patrol and occupation of the area were the responsibility of state authorities. This will now change. “The fundamental change is that they are going inside the slum,” the minister summarized. With the support of the Armed Forces and the Federal Police, the Civil and Military Police of the state of Rio de Janeiro occupied the Alemão Complex last week. The period of time that the forces will remain in the community has not been determined. “The need is what determines their presence, and not a set date,” Jobim said. By Dialogo December 07, 2010
5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The exclusive General Motors credit union member discount program that generated 400,000 credit union loans worth $9.2 billion will hit the end of the road in less than a month.“GM, after almost seven years on this program that many thought would last only six months, decided not to extend the contract,” Dave Adams, president/CEO of the Michigan Credit Union League & Affiliates, said Monday. “We’re disappointed. We would have liked the program to go on forever. But we understand the realities of the automotive industry as well.”The program will be suspended on Oct. 1. continue reading »
The region’s Superintendent of Police, Ramesh Angral, said the four men and the driver travelled more than 160 kilometers in the ambulance, passing many checkpoints using a fake death certificate from the hospital.”The ambulance was stopped at the last checkpoint before they could reach home,” Angral told AFP.”A policeman there immediately figured out that the man lying covered inside the ambulance could not be dead.”The men were arrested and quarantined separately, Angral said, adding that they faced charges of “cheating and defying the government’s prohibitory orders”. A Kashmiri villager faked his death and travelled more than a hundred miles in an ambulance with four others in a desperate bid to circumvent India’s virus lockdown and return home, police said Wednesday.Hakim Din was being treated for a minor head injury at a hospital in Jammu when an ambulance driver suggested the 70-year-old fake his death to get past checkpoints, police said.Din and three other men wanted to return to Poonch, a far-flung region in Indian-administered Kashmir close to the de facto border with Pakistan. There are no known coronavirus cases in the Poonch region.India imposed a 21-day nationwide lockdown from last Wednesday to fight the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.There are more than 1,600 cases, including 38 deaths, in the vast nation of 1.3 billion people, according to the government.The nationwide lockdown comes in the wake of a long-running curfew in Kashmir, imposed as New Delhi scrapped the restive region’s semi-autonomous status on August 5.Some aspects of the curfew were gradually eased in the following months, allowing Kashmiris to travel outside their homes and villages.But some Kashmiris have been left stranded in cities and unable to return home to their villages after the sudden nationwide lockdown announcement.Internet access, which was cut in the earlier lockdown, has remained severely restricted with only 2G access.Many mobile phone users have also been unable to access the internet on their devices. Topics :
Swiss private bank Pictet has published a financial report for the first time in more than 200 years.According to the half-year financial statement, the banking group generates 85% of its operating income from service income relating to wealth and asset management.Assets under management (AUM) at Pictet Asset Management amounted to CHF144bn (€117bn) after the first six months.Pictet, founded in 1805, began to operate as an institutional asset manager in 1967, when it became the founding member of the first independent investment foundation in Switzerland. As of the end of June, assets under management or custody in the whole banking group totalled CHF404bn, excluding double counting, which is CHF13bn more than at year-end 2013.“Taking double counting into account, amounts are split between wealth management (34%), asset management (33%) and asset servicing (33%),” the bank said.For previous years, the banking group reported assets under management or custody of CHF391bn for 2013, CHF374bn for 2012 and CHF337bn for 2011.The consolidated profit in the group for the first six months of 2014 stood at CHF203m. The banking group was forced to disclose its financial status publicly for the first time as – in line with other Swiss private banks – as it changed its legal status as of January 2014.Both Pictet and Lombard Odier have changed to partnerships limited by shares according to Swiss law (“Kommanditgesellschaft auf Aktien nach Schweizer Recht”).This step was taken to limit the liability of owners in the event of losses or claims for damages.The eight partners in the Pictet Kommanditgesellschaft, as well as their eight counterparts at Lombard Odier, keep control over the banking groups as shareholders, and all operating business are now run as listed stock companies.As of the end of June, Lombard Odier, founded in 1796, managed CHF47.8bn for asset management clients.For the first six months of 2014, it reported CHF62.5m in consolidated net profit.