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HAA honors three

first_imgThe Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) announced today that Anand G. Mahindra ’77, M.B.A. ’81, J. Louis Newell ’57, and Emily Rauh Pulitzer, A.M. ’63 will receive the 2014 Harvard Medal.First awarded in 1981, the Harvard Medal recognizes extraordinary service to Harvard University. The service can range across diverse aspects of University life — from teaching, leadership, and innovation to fundraising, administration, and volunteerism. Harvard President Drew Faust, the Lincoln Professor of History, will present the medals at the Annual Meeting of the Harvard Alumni Association during Harvard’s 363rd Commencement Afternoon Program.2014 Harvard MedalistsAnand G. Mahindra’s dedication, generosity, and service to Harvard have been substantial. Co-founder of the Harvard Business School (HBS) Association of India, he is also a founding member of the University’s South Asia Institute (SAI), the HBS India Research Center, and the SAI field office in Mumbai, India. He is also a longtime member of the Asia Center Advisory Committee. He was invaluable to the HAA in the planning and execution of the Global Series conference in New Delhi in 2006. Mahindra is currently a member of the President’s Global Advisory Council, the Committee on University Resources (COUR), the HBS Board of Dean’s Advisors, and the SAI Founder’s Club. He is also very active with the Harvard College Fund and his class fundraising efforts. In 2010, Mahindra made a transformative gift of $10 million to the Humanities Center. The center was then renamed the Mahindra Humanities Center in honor of his mother, Indira Mahindra.Mahindra is the chairman and managing director of Mahindra & Mahindra. He has overseen the growth of the Indian company that his family founded in 1945 into a $16.7 billion federation of companies employing more than 180,000 people in over 100 countries. An influential leader in education and the arts, he started a national initiative to address the problem of illiteracy among underprivileged girls. He is trustee of the K.C. Mahindra Education Trust, providing scholarships to hundreds of Indian students; a governor of the Mahindra United World College of India; and a life trustee on the board of the Naandi Foundation, working to eradicate poverty in India.He and his wife, Anuradha, live in Mumbai.Over many years J. Louis Newell has demonstrated his devotion to the University. He has been a stalwart for the HAA, serving as chair and longtime member of the Committee for the Happy Observance of Commencement, leading an army of 400 volunteers in top hats every year at Commencement. In 2005, he earned the HAA Alumni Award, recognizing his longtime service and leadership to alumni and the HAA. He has also been active in the Harvard Club of Boston, serving as its vice president and director. He has been involved with the Harvard College Fund for nearly 50 years, including the Harvard College Fund Council, and has dutifully served as the Harvard College Fund participation chair for the past 25 years. In 1995, he received the Harvard College Fund’s Joseph R. Hamlen ’04 Award. As a former three-sport athlete, he served the Harvard Varsity Club in a number of capacities, including president and chair, and he earned the Varsity Club Award in 2008. He was the chair for the Annual Football Dinner for more than 35 years. He was a co-chair for his 50th Class Reunion.In addition to his service to Harvard, he has been involved in serving Greater Boston. He was a trustee of the Massachusetts Eye and Ear Infirmary; Charlesbank Homes, a philanthropic association for elderly housing; and the Noble and Greenough School. He is the former president of Third Sector New England and emeritus director and president of the Freedom Trail Foundation. He is currently the vice chair of the Miramichi Salmon Association. Newell is retired from Seaward Management Corp.He and his wife, Emily, live in Dedham, Mass.Emily Rauh Pulitzer has demonstrated a strong commitment to Harvard, helping the University sustain its museums and arts program. A former curator at Harvard’s Fogg Museum and the Saint Louis Art Museum, in Missouri, she currently chairs the Overseers’ Visiting Committee to the Harvard University Art Museums. As an Overseer, she was also a member of a number of other visiting committees, including those for the Department of History of Art and Architecture, the Department of Visual and Environmental Studies, and the Graduate School of Design, and she also served on the Standing Committee on Humanities and Arts and the Committee to Select Honorary Degree Recipients. She serves on the Harvard Art Museums’ Collections Committee and Director’s Advisory Council. She has also served on the President’s Advisory Committee on the Allston Initiative. She and her late husband, Joseph Pulitzer Jr. ’36, have been generous donors to the Harvard Art Museums, giving financial support and important works of modern and contemporary art to help in the renovation of the Fogg. Joseph Pulitzer Jr. was an Overseer from 1976 to 1982 and received the Harvard Medal in 1993.Pulitzer is founder and chair of The Pulitzer Foundation for the Arts, and she commissioned Tadao Ando to design the foundation’s building, which is located in a redevelopment area of St. Louis. She is a 2011 National Medal of Arts recipient. For 12 years, she served on the board of Pulitzer Inc. She chairs the board of the Pulitzer Center on Crisis Reporting; she serves on the boards of the St. Louis Symphony, the Contemporary Art Museum St. Louis, and Grand Center, the arts and entertainment district of St. Louis; and she is a life trustee of the Museum of Modern Art in New York and an honorary trustee of the Saint Louis Art Museum.She lives in St. Louis.last_img read more

‘He was fearless’

first_imgOn his very first day as editor, in 2001, Marty decided that the Spotlight Team should investigate whether the politically powerful leaders of the Catholic Church had long covered up and enabled the wholesale sexual abuse of thousands of children by scores of its priests. It was a risky undertaking in the most Catholic major city in the country. But for Marty, it was an easy call. He said, “The public has a right to know.” The resulting 900 articles he conceived, championed, oversaw, and edited thrust the worldwide Catholic Church into its gravest crisis since the Reformation.Early on at The Globe, one reporter cheekily described Marty’s approach as “the joyless pursuit of excellence.” To be sure, he was demanding of his editors and reporters. But when we put ourselves on the line for [him], the journalism was satisfaction enough. For anyone who’s worked for Marty, there’s joy in that.NANCY GIBBSDirector, Shorenstein Center on Media, Politics and Public Policy at Harvard Kennedy SchoolFormer editor-in-chief, Time magazineIt’s no accident that Marty Baron belongs to that very small club of newspaper editors who’ve been portrayed by Hollywood’s biggest stars (in the movie “Spotlight”). His leadership at The Boston Globe and now at The Washington Post has set the standard for excellence and fearlessness in journalism. With his sharp story sense and gift for spotting and inspiring talent, he is the editor great reporters want to work for. Even as our news cycle accelerates, he remains committed to the deep investigative reporting that is essential to public accountability … from revelations on the National Security Agency’s surveillance program to probes of President Trump’s charities, to the Afghanistan Papers, an extraordinary autopsy of an 18-year war. “With his sharp story sense and gift for spotting and inspiring talent, he is the editor great reporters want to work for.” — Nancy Gibbs, Shorenstein Center He has high ethical standards. He has an unwavering commitment to quality. That seems like a throwaway line, but it’s not. I think he comes in every day wanting to put out the best, highest-quality report that he can — which is hard. Each of us produces a couple hundred stories a day. I think he has a really strong work ethic. Marty works a lot. He works long hours. He looks at a lot of stories before they go into The Washington Post. He’s very much a hands-on journalist and, on top of that, he’s become a very powerful spokesman for the industry at a time when we need spokesmen who actually have done the work. There are a lot of people who have views about journalism who haven’t done the work.We like each other a lot. I want him to succeed, and he wants me to succeed, but day in and day out, we’re very competitive. If they beat us on a story, I hate it. And if I beat them on a story, I’m sure he hates it and reacts to it. We try to give each other credit when the other one wins on a story, but we’re very competitive with each other. Our institutions are competitive with each other. We want to beat the other. For both of us, it’s an important motivator. It’s good for journalism; it’s good for us; it makes us work harder. Nevertheless, Baron remains modest, a man who blushes at compliments. He is a reminder that a good journalist should not get infected with a big ego, should listen more than he or she talks, yet should retain a fierce resolve to treat journalism as a public calling.These interviews have been edited for clarity and length. But it is actually a different adage that speaks to Baron’s distinctive leadership in this unusual moment for the national press. When the president derides reporters as “crooked,” “dishonest,” “the enemy of the people,” and dismisses critical reporting as “Fake News,” he sets a trap that Baron conspicuously avoids. “We’re not at war. We’re at work,” Baron told an audience in 2017, and he has continued, in the face of fierce attacks, to champion journalism’s essential values: fairness, rigor, and deep curiosity about the forces shaping readers’ lives.KEN AULETTAMedia critic, The New YorkerIn an era when fewer journalistic entities have the resources to conduct expensive and lengthy investigations, or prefer frothy stories and clicks, Baron’s work reminds us why the press deserves to be called the Fourth Estate. When appointed editor of The Washington Post in 2013, the newspaper had lost luster. Under his reign, the paper is again seen as a worthy national rival to The New York Times. As Nixon cursed The Post and Ben Bradlee, today Trump curses The Post and Marty Baron. Under the private ownership of Amazon founder Jeff Bezos, Baron has had the dollars to expand his newsroom and to launch deep investigations of Trump’s finances and Russian interference in the 2016 presidential campaign, investigations that have merited Pulitzer Prizes and shout-outs to Baron. “Baron’s work reminds us why the press deserves to be called the Fourth Estate.” — Ken Auletta, The New Yorker ALBERTO IBARGÜENPresident and CEO, John S. and James L. Knight FoundationFormer publisher of the Miami Herald and El Nuevo HeraldJack Knight said that he wanted to be known as a guy who printed good newspapers, was open-minded, fair, and opinionated. And I think that just about sums up Marty Baron: He is open-minded; he’s fair; and he’s opinionated. He does not suffer fools. He’s open to argument. He considers it, and then he makes up his mind and moves on. It’s a classic, classic, classic editor’s kind of mind.Early in my tenure, I had the opportunity to name the new editor of the Herald. It took me about a year to finally settle on somebody. I thought, “This is the most important hire I’m ever going to make,” and I wanted to be passionately in favor of the person who came in. It had gotten to the point where the more I looked, the more convinced I was that I really needed to hold out for the right person. Then entered Marty. He came down [to Miami] after some discussions. In typical Marty Baron style, he came down here only after he told Joe Lelyveld, [then] executive editor at The New York Times, that he was coming down here to talk to me. He’s nothing but aboveboard. We had a terrific dinner. We really hit it off. And then I said something to him [about] a business-slash-editorial proposition that we had. Somebody was offering to pay us a bunch of money to put ads in places where we had never run ads. And Marty says, “This is about the worst idea in the world.” I was dropping him off at his hotel, and we sat there in my car and had about a half-hour knock-down, drag-out argument. Just argued the hell out of this thing. And as I drove home, I thought, “This is definitely the guy. I know he wants the job. But there are some things on which he will not budge.” It was just fantastic. “He’s open to argument. He considers it, and then he makes up his mind and moves on. It’s a classic, classic, classic editor’s kind of mind.” — Alberto Ibargüen, James L. Knight Foundation Washington Post editor, this year’s graduation speaker, answers questions instead of asking them I’ve seen editors who are collegial, who are really good writing coaches, and others who are just plain old SOBs. Marty was a field marshal. He would come out of that newsroom, and you’d have your assignment; I’d have my assignment; we’re ready to go work. [He] had a sense of the whole and help to shape it. But more than that, he also had such a good sense for the town and what was happening and how [racially] divided the town was. It was really a divided place, and so was the newsroom. There were major divisions there, and Marty didn’t shy away from those discussions.What is really characteristic, in my view, is his focus on the work, his focus on getting it right, his focus on publishing stuff that is verified and then having the courage and the intestinal fortitude to stick with it. And, on other stories, the tenacity to stay with it, to keep at a story and find out what is next.What made him just simply the best colleague was that I never walked away thinking, “He’s not telling me what he really thinks.” I always had a very clear sense of his position, his rationale, and I can’t tell you how valuable that is.TRACY GRANTManaging editor for staff development and standards, The Washington PostThe Washington Post can be a tough place to crack, even for people who have thrived at other large news organizations. It has a unique, quirky culture. But by the time Marty was at The Post for about three weeks in the early, pre-Bezos days of 2013, it felt like he had been here for 30 years.Marty seemed to know who we were even at a time when much of the newsroom felt lost, amid endless rounds of downsizing. Within a few months of his arrival, he was in my office and we were talking about low morale among the staff. He said to me, “Tracy, it’s the [expletive] Washington Post. It’s time we got our swagger back.” “Marty believed in us even when we didn’t know how to believe in ourselves anymore. And it was that hubris — or leadership — that transformed the newsroom.” — Tracy Grant, The Washington Postcenter_img Marty believed in us even when we didn’t know how to believe in ourselves anymore. And it was that hubris — or leadership — that transformed the newsroom. People forget that it was before Bezos that Marty decided to publish the Edward Snowden work.Marty [has] never lost his sense of vision and rigor: Every position had to advance the strategy of transforming The Post from a local news organization to a national and global behemoth. His discipline in holding the staff to high standards — and himself to even higher ones — fueled journalistic ambition and success that many could never have envisioned for The Post.Finally, Marty is one of the most humane editors any journalist could hope to encounter. He believes in the power of the organization but understands that the organization gets its power from the unique, idiosyncratic, curious, fearless journalists who comprise it.WALTER V. ROBINSONEditor at large, The Boston GlobeFormer Spotlight Team editorMany journalists I know would take a pay cut for the opportunity to have Marty Baron as their editor. He cares intensely about journalism’s mission to hold power to account, and he has done so in every newsroom he has led. That was no more true than in Boston.He was fearless. He played no favorites in pursuit of the truth. His unswerving loyalty was to journalism that makes a difference — and to the staff of editors and reporters who found his ideals infectious. At The Globe, he set standards for reporting, fairness, writing, and editing that seemed insurmountable, but under his guiding hand were not. He took on stories — and the powerful institutions behind them — that few editors would venture near. There were many such stories, but one so consequential that it became the most important story The Globe has done in its 148 years. “He took on stories — and the powerful institutions behind them — that few editors would venture near.” — Walter V. Robinson, The Boston Globe The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. Related Martin Baron, on his life, his calling, and the importance of shedding light In a deeply competitive business not known for magnanimity, top editors, publishers, and media critics explain why Washington Post executive editor Martin Baron is such an admired newsroom leader. Baron will deliver Harvard’s graduation address on Thursday.DEAN BAQUETExecutive editor, The New York TimesWhat makes these jobs really hard, but rewarding, is today there are only a handful of big news organizations that can play across a whole range of stories. The Post is one of them; The Times is, obviously, the other. And so, you’re talking about getting up in the morning and leading one of the great American news organizations’ coverage of the coronavirus, Donald Trump, the fight to succeed Donald Trump, the collapse of the stock market, and a possible peace deal in Afghanistan. Those are the five running stories of the moment [in late winter]. And if you’re Marty at The Post, you are running coverage of those five stories, and that doesn’t even count the whole next level of stories … You’re doing that at a time when the way people get their news is changing dramatically, from the era of print to the era of the phone, and you have to maintain one while also changing your newsroom to get ready for the other. If you add all that together, that makes for a job that’s really difficult, really rewarding and exciting, but really hard. “[Baron] has high ethical standards. He has an unwavering commitment to quality.” — Dean Baquet, The New York Timeslast_img read more

Professor details author’s legacy

first_imgSamuel C. Ramer, associate professor of history at Tulane University, presented his memories of Joseph Brodsky, Russian poet and essayist, in a lecture entitled “Writing a Memoir of Joseph Brodsky: Problems of Memory, Selection and Truth.”Ramer focused on his recent memoir entitled “Remembering Joseph Brodsky: The Genre of Commemorating a Person.”In the lecture sponsored by the Department of Russian and East European Studies, the Kellogg Institute of International Studies, the Department of German and Russian Languages and Literatures and the Nanovic Institute, Ramer said he was a friend of Brodsky.“He left a deep impression on me,” Ramer said. “It is a rare talent to be able to convey the importance of your subject.”Brodsky was born in Leningrad during the 1940’s. He emigrated to America during the 1970’s and became a resident poet at the University of Michigan, and later a visiting professor at universities such as Queens College, Columbia University and Smith College. He was also a Nobel laureate and later a Poet laureate for the U.S. Library of Congress.Ramer said Brodsky possessed a direct, self-reflective attitude that gave him a constant sense of improvement throughout his life and he also enjoyed recognizing others’ positive qualities.“He was very laconic,” Ramer said. “He had this recognition that no matter how hard you try to be a decent person, a great artist, there was a human term of recognition that there are many people a lot better than ourselves.”Ramer said the themes in Brodsky’s poetry drew mainly on ideas of moral questioning and guilt.“Somehow, his poetry suggested that we were all guilty of something,” Ramer said. “There was some sense that we all had to engage in some sort of moral introspection. There is some suggestion in his poetry that we are able to contemplate who we are and where we stand.”Ramer said Brodsky avoided dwelling on the political situation in Russia during the time, even though the Russian government exiled him.“He was averse to talk about his sentence in exile because he was afraid that this political interruption in his life would overshadow his literature,” he said.Ramer said Brodsky was highly appreciative of American poetry and especially admired Robert Frost, who later influenced Brodsky’s presentations on American literature.Ramer said the themes in Brodsky’s poetry drew mainly on ideas of moral questioning and guilt.“Somehow, his poetry suggested that we were all guilty of something. There was some sense that we all had to engage in some sort of moral introspection,” Ramer said. “There is some suggestion in his poetry that we are able to contemplate who we are and where we stand.”Brodsky’s poetry became prominent due to his ability to adapt well to American culture, despite the difficulty emigrant writers usually face when leaving their home country, Ramer said.“He made himself a fixture in American culture,” Ramer said. “There was about his writing a certain stoicism and an absolute refusal to consider himself a victim. There was a ferocious commitment to artistic freedom.” Tags: department of german and russian languages, Joseph Brodsky, Poetrylast_img read more

Refresh your pantry

first_imgBe sure to always read labels, follow storage information and look at recommended use-by dates for all ingredients.Remember that: White flour keeps six to 12 months when stored in an airtight container or freezer bag in a cool, dry place to keep moisture low. Moisture content can affect your recipe. For storage longer than a year, keep it in the refrigerator or freezer in an airtight container. All-purpose and bread flour will keep up to two years at 40 F in your refrigerator, according to the Wheat Foods Council. It can be stored indefinitely in the freezer. Allow the flour to come to room temperature before using it. Whole wheat flour keeps one to three months at room temperature. It becomes rancid if kept at room temperature for too long. For longer storage, put it in an airtight container or freezer bag in the refrigerator or freezer. It will maintain quality six months in the refrigerator and up to 12 months in the freezer. White granulated sugar keeps indefinitely if properly stored. However, rotate the supply every two years for ease of use and quality. Store it in an airtight container or a heavy moisture-proof plastic bag. To soften hardened sugar, put it in a sturdy food-quality bag and pound it with a hammer. Smash smaller pieces with a mortar and pestle or break in a spice grinder.Brown sugar keeps maximum freshness for four to six months. It’s important to store it in an airtight container to retain moisture and prevent hardening. Keep it in its original plastic bag, tightly closed, or transfer it to an airtight container or a moisture-proof plastic bag.To soften brown sugar, heat it in a 250-degree oven for a few minutes. Or, place it in a microwave-safe container and cover loosely with a white, damp paper towel. Microwave on high and check it every 30 seconds. Baking powder keeps 12 to 18 months and should be stored tightly covered in a dry place. Discard baking powder after its expiration date. Make sure to use dry utensils to dip baking powder or soda. To test baking powder for freshness, mix one teaspoon baking powder with one-third cup of hot water. If it foams vigorously, it still has rising power. Baking soda keeps 12 to 18 months and should be stored tightly covered in a dry place. Discard baking soda after its expiration date. To test its freshness, place one and a half teaspoons in a small bowl with one tablespoon of vinegar. If it fizzes, it will still leaven food. If it doesn’t, use it in the fridge to catch odors.Herbs and ground spices keep up to one year. Whole spices keep up to two years. Store them in a tightly covered container in a dark place. Air, light, moisture and heat speed their flavor and color loss. If you use a spice rack, place it away from light, heat and moisture. Avoid storing above or near the stove, dishwasher, microwave, refrigerator, sink or heating vent. Use a dry spoon to handle spices or herbs. Don’t sprinkle them directly from the container into a steaming pot.To check the potency of a ground spice, smell it. If its aroma is immediate, strong and spicy, it should still add flavor to your foods.To test herbs, crush a small amount in your hand and smell it. If the aroma is still fresh and pleasant, it can still flavor foods. If there’s no smell or an off smell, toss it. Following these tips should help your holiday baked goods taste as fresh as possible. If you don’t check your supplies before the holidays, make a resolution to do it early next year.(Elizabeth L. Andress is a University of Georgia Cooperative Extension food safety specialist with the UGA College of Family and Consumer Sciences.) By Elizabeth AndressUniversity of GeorgiaAs you start to prepare for the holidays, are you afraid to open your cupboard and look for those baking ingredients? Do you wonder if they are OK or should be thrown out? Do these items ever get too old? If seasonal baking is all you do, those leftover baking ingredients may be less than fresh. Even if you bake throughout the year, staple ingredients should be refreshed periodically. It’s a good time of year to take stock of your baking stock. Make sure those homemade holiday cookies and cakes look and taste the best they can.Dry ingredients like flours and spices are safe to use no matter how old they are. But they might not taste or perform as expected forever.last_img read more

Texas Solar Boom Rolls On

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Midland Reporter-Telegram:Unlike the oil industry and its cyclical swings, the sun is predictable: It rises in the morning, it sets at night, and you can expect it’ll do the same tomorrow, the day after that and onward. It’s in this area on the Edwards Plateau, known for its dry heat and cloudless skies, where companies are trying to cash in on the consistency.On Thursday, 174 Power Global broke ground on its $260 million Midway Solar project about 10 miles south of McCamey in Pecos County. More than 680,000 Hanwha Q Cells solar panels will be constructed on 1,500 acres and produce 236 megawatts of electricity. Every sun-fueled watt will be sold to Austin Energy to power more than 50,000 homes in the state capital.It’s slated to be the largest solar farm in Texas to date.Midway Solar isn’t the first utility-scale solar farm the region has seen. Just a few miles west is Alamo 6, a project on 1,250 acres producing 110.2 megawatts of electricity that powers about 25,000 homes in San Antonio. Built by OCI Solar Power, it was completed in March 2017 and was sold to Berkshire Hathaway Energy.Adjacent to Alamo 6 is the 50-megawatt Pearl project, also built by OCI and sold to Berkshire Hathaway.North of McCamey is Upton County Solar 2. Purchased by Vistra Energy in May 2017, the under-construction project will have 180 megawatts of installed capacity and power 56,700 residences when it’s completed this summer.Mayor Patty Jones said the influx of people brings “good and bad, of course,” but, “overall, it’s been a good thing. Our economy has benefitted. Our restaurants, stores and shops have seen an increase based on workers coming into town.”“We worked with the local taxation authorities to come to an agreement about how this project was going to be taxed,” said Jason Garewal, 174 Power Global’s director of project development. “We reached an agreement where over the next 35 years they’ll receive more than $40 million in tax revenue.”Irivine, California-based 174 Power Global is a subsidiary of Hanwha Energy, a division of South Korean conglomerate Hanwha Group, whose diverse portfolio includes energy, petrochemicals, explosives, banking, life insurance, hotels, resorts and more. In West Texas, it’s eyeing solar opportunities.Garewal said solar companies are looking to build utility-scale projects in the area because it has good transmission infrastructure that brings power to other parts of Texas on the ERCOT grid. More: Construction begins on largest utility-scale solar project in Texas Texas Solar Boom Rolls Onlast_img read more

Colombia and Panama Initiate Fifth Round of Negotiations on FTA

first_img The fifth round of negotiations on the signing of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Colombia and Panama began in the Panamanian capital on 25 October, official sources reported. “The fifth round began this morning at a hotel and will last until Friday [29 October],” an official source told AFP. In order to conclude the negotiations, both sides will have to resolve stumbling-blocks such as access to markets for agricultural and industrial products and the treatment of the Panamanian foreign-trade zone. “We don’t have to hurry or be in a rush; we should take steps with a view to the long term,” Manuel Fernández, president of the Panamanian Association of Exporters, said in the daily La Prensa. Panamanian producers of beef, pork, milk, and corn continue to take the position of asking for the exclusion of these sectors, while the Panamanian textile sector has also expressed its fear of an opening of the market, due to the asymmetries between the economies of the two countries. For its part, Colombian business believes that part of the smuggling that disadvantages its producers comes from the foreign-trade zone of the Panamanian city of Colón. Rules of origin, animal and plant health measures, and government purchases are other points that remain to be resolved before signing the agreement. Colombia and Panama began negotiations on the treaty at the beginning of 2010, with the expectation that it would require a maximum of four rounds. In 2009, Colombia exported 258.3 million dollars in goods to Panama, while imports from that country amounted to 15.7 million dollars. By Dialogo October 27, 2010last_img read more


first_imgErrata Errata Scherry Elson’s name was misspelled in an October 1 News story concerning the work of the Bar’s Special Committee to Study Paralegal Regulation. Elson, a committee member and paralegal for 20 years, has worked with Greenburg Traurig in Tallahassee for a little over a year and worked the bulk of her paralegal career with the Trenam, Kemker firm in Tampa. The News regrets the error. October 15, 2005 Erratalast_img

Long Island Off-Shore LNG Port Plan Debate Heats Up

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York City police officers broke up a heated argument Wednesday night during a public hearing on a proposed liquefied natural gas import facility being considered off the South Shore of Long Island.The spat briefly halted the hearing at the Hilton Garden Inn’s JFK Airport hotel in Queens, where most speakers voiced opposition to the plan during the otherwise civil, lone New York hearing on the proposal’s draft environmental impact statement. No arrests were made but tensions remained high.“The preferred proposed project location….is literally smack-dab in the middle of the proposed location for the Long Island-New York City Offshore Wind Project,” said Andrea Leshak, legal fellow with the Natural Resources Defense Council, to federal officials at the hearing. “It would be the height of irony—and a damaging energy policy—to privilege the construction of a fossil fuel import facility over a much-needed and overdue renewable offshore wind facility.”The U.S. Coast Guard and Maritime Administration will decide whether to approve the LNG deepwater import facility license application by Liberty Natural Gas, a company based in Jersey City, for the proposal known as Port Ambrose, which is named for the New York shipping channel. It would be anchored in water more than 100 feet deep about 20 miles south of Long Beach in the Atlantic Ocean.Critics include environmentalists opposed to fossil fuels, South Shore residents worried about potential accidents impacting their homes and fishing groups that don’t want to see their fishing grounds become off limits. Supporters are mostly unions seeking jobs for their members.Read More: Long Island’s Offshore LNG Port Proposal’s Critics Fear Fracking Exports on Horizon The company behind the proposal said that the port would not take away the proposed wind farm. “There is plenty of room for wind farm development to coexist with Port Ambrose,” Liberty Natural Gas said on their website promoting Port Ambrose.Critics also remain concerned that—if approved—Port Ambrose would seek regulatory approval to export from the facility, tying the issue into the debate over the controversial natural gas drilling practice known as fracking, which was recently banned in New York.Roger Whelan, Liberty’s CEO, has told the Press: “There is no truth to the claim.”But Sean Dixon, a former attorney for Clean Ocean Action, has said that federal law doesn’t always require hearings for deepwater port license amendments, making the switch from import to export easier than the current process.Federal officials overseeing the hearing—who repeatedly reminded the crowd that they have not already made up their minds on the application—have extended the written public comment period through Feb. 10. The public can submit comments here. If the process continues moving forward as planned, two more public hearings would occur later this year, officials said.New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie and New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo have the power to veto the proposal, but have yet to weigh in on the Port Ambrose plan.last_img read more

Credit union pitches Fed on pot payments solution

first_imgDenver-based, state-chartered Fourth Corner Credit Union has asked the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City for a master account to help social groups pushing for the legalization of marijuana. According to a report in CUInsight, the master account would enable the credit union (CU) to serve such social groups.In a civil complaint filed at the end of September, Fourth Corner Credit Union argued the federal law “unambiguously creates a non-discretionary statutory obligation” requiring the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City to issue a master account to all depository institutions. The lawsuit also contends the Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City has invoked an “illegal discriminatory procedure” by asking the CU for information that the government agency doesn’t obtain from any other depository institution seeking a master account.Fourth Corner Credit Union has requested that a Denver federal judge order the Fed to issue the master account immediately, noted the CUInsights report. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Water main line installation to limit street parking in town of Dickinson

first_imgTOWN OF DICKINSON (WBNG) — Officials with the town of Dickinson say a new water main line will be installed in the Brandywine Heights Community beginning April 13. They say cars that are not moved may be subject to towing at the owner’s expense. Town officials say there will be no street parking or through traffic Monday through Friday from 7 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. until further notice. This includes Old State Road where most of the work will be done. Officials are asking motorists to use other routes if needed. Additionally, they warn residents may experience dirty water or no water. Those with dirty water are asked to run their water until its clear.last_img