UNITED NATIONS (AP) — The United Nations is launching an animated film and game aimed at engaging Gen Z teenagers on the importance of protecting the ozone layer. The project, called “Reset Earth,” was produced by the U.N. Environment Program’s Ozone Secretariat. The ozone layer is a thin part of the atmosphere which protects the Earth from harmful levels of ultraviolet radiation. The secretariat said the film and game, launched Sunday, explore the story of efforts starting in the 1980s to reverse damage to the ozone layer and restrict or ban use of ozone-depleting substances used for refrigeration, in air conditioners and aerosol sprays.
ATLANTA (AP) — The Hammer made one last trip to the spot where he hit No. 715. Hank Aaron’s funeral service in Atlanta featured two former presidents and baseball’s longtime commissioner. Afterward, the hearse detoured on its way to the cemetery to swing through the site of the old Atlanta-Fulton County Stadium. That’s where Aaron broke one of America’s most iconic records when he passed Babe Ruth on April 8, 1974. The stadium is long gone, but a modest marker remains in what is now a parking lot. The police-escorted procession passed through the lot on its way to historic South-View Cemetery.
Although the Campus Life Council (CLC) did not begin meeting until October, student body president Pat McCormick said he hopes this year’s group can make meaningful recommendations on how to improve the University. “CLC is a group that actually meets at the request of the Board of Trustees and in some ways, it is slightly distinct from the work we do as an administration,” McCormick said. “It’s an opportunity for a forum, where students can come together with rectors and faculty members to discus ways to tangibly improve campus life.” CLC did not begin meeting until October because the group did not receive rector recommendations from Vice President for Student Affairs Fr. Tom Doyle until that time. Once the student and rector representatives were able to convene, McCormick said the group identified three main areas that they would like to work on — student safety, expanding inclusion and student activities. CLC members have divided into three subcommittees based on these priorities. The subcommittees meet bi-weekly. The subcommittee on student safety hopes to bring together experts to discuss how to improve campus safety, McCormick said. “The major thing we’re recommending right now is more lighting on campus,” McCormick said. “Especially in places like Mod Quad, where there maybe isn’t as much [lighting] as there could be.” McCormick said the goal of the subcommittee on expanding inclusion is to enable all students “to serve as partners in the project at Notre Dame.” “Students have a unique role in charting the course for Notre Dame,” he said. “They are ready and willing to serve as partners, but that requires mutual respect from both staff and other students.” The expanding inclusion subcommittee has identified specific areas its members would like to address, McCormick said. “One area they’re looking at is underrepresented students and their faith traditions,” he said. “Another is lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) students and how we can further include them in the life of the University.” McCormick said the student activities subcommittee would make recommendations on both the process and the quality of student activities at Notre Dame, including improvements to SAO online and pep rallies, as well as the modernization of the football stadium. McCormick said the hope for the year is to produce a report to the Board of Trustees and the vice president for Student Affairs detailing CLC’s recommendations on improving these areas of life at Notre Dame.
The Hesburgh Center for International Studies hosted the event “Dinner and Discussion: The Crisis in Ukraine,” a discussion that focused on Russia, Ukraine and the political and ideological motivations that encompassed them on Tuesday evening.The discussion was led by Russian scholar Alexander Martin and leading international relations scholar Dan Lindley, who are both fellows of the Nanovic Institute for European Studies. The pair attempted to explain the historical, political and ideological relationship Russia has with Ukraine, Europe and NATO.Martin said while there are similarities between the crisis in Crimea and the Cold War, there exists a failure to understand the Russian political system.“Russia is not a dictatorship in the sense that you might assume,” Martin said. “The Russian government is a political machine. It’s a system in which multiple groups have to work together, but that is dominated by a small number of people, particularly Vladimir Putin”.Martin said Russia’s political system is largely influenced by people who occupy positions in the military, police and other occupations relating to defense and security, which is influential in international relations.“The people who dominate the Russian political system are people whose careers have mostly been spent in what Russians call the ‘power ministry,’ [where the] people’s number one concern has been national security. That leads them to view international affairs in terms of threats,” he said.Russia’s history and ideological viewpoint is crucial to understanding the events in Crimea, Martin said, for Russia is not just a nation, but a multinational empire.”[Russia] is a state with a unique purpose and a unique destiny,” Martin said. “Russians see themselves as having a special role or mission that is reflected in Russian orthodoxy and Soviet socialism.”Lindley mainly discussed the relationship between Russia and NATO. NATO created part of the problematic relationship between the U.S and Russia, Lindley said, due to its role in the fall of the Soviet Union.“The U.S looks at events in Crimea and the Ukraine from two main perspectives: liberal internationalism and conservative primacy,” Lindley said.Lindley defined liberal internationalism as an ideology centered on spreading western values and democracy to other countries, while conservative primacy places more importance on America’s relative position of power in the world. Both views support NATO expansion in countries bordering Russia, yet fail to understand the implications, he said.“Both are wrong and both are dangerous in their approach and explanations to what’s going on.” Lindley said. Tags: alexander martin, Cold War, Crimea, dan lindley, dinner and discussion, Hesburgh Center for International Studies, nanovic institute fellows, nato, power ministry, Russia, russian political system, the crisis in ukraine, Ukraine
The Justice Friday series continued at Saint Mary’s on Sept. 4, with a talk on sustainability by sophomore Kristhel Torre. The discussion, titled “How SMC Students Contribute to Environmental Problems and What We Can Do About It,” focused on minimizing trash output and practicing a sustainable lifestyle.Torre said the problem resulted from an excess amount of trash being produced. In response, the consumers need to find alternative ways of disposal, she said.“The problem is we’re entirely producing way too much waste, very unnecessary waste in the world from food waste, containers, things that we don’t take into consideration that we can reuse or give away to someone else instead of just throwing it away in the trash,” Torre said.“I was looking through the trash cans around school and was looking at what was in it, if people were putting stuff in there that could be recycled or could have been used in a different way,” Torre said. “I saw a lot of cardboard and papers and water bottles that could have easily been put towards the recycling and not contributing towards the landfills.”Torre said the average American produces more than four pounds of waste per day. In a three-person household, 90 pounds of trash are produced per week, not including recycling.“I’m really passionate about this and saw this as a problem,” she said. “Especially in the United States because we are producing all this stuff but we aren’t really consuming everything. … We don’t take it into consideration how we could reuse it or find other ways to use it.”Trash not only affects lakes and rivers but also animals, Torre said. She gave the example of the penguin Lovelace from the movie “Happy Feet” and how a plastic six-pack ring was fastened around his neck.“Some people find that humorous, he is a cartoon, but once you take that into perspective, you see real life events where that is happening all the time, where, for example, an animal is caught in a plastic bag,” Torre said.“For our trash to affect all these animals, not just our animals but our environment … it just puts it into perspective,” she said. “All of this trash that we are putting out there, we could minimize that. We have to be a little more cautious about the stuff that we are using. … Our trash is not just going in the landfills … it’s affecting more than we think.”Torre asked the audience why Saint Mary’s students don’t recycle when there are recycle bins on every floor of the dormitories.“People know cardboard can be recycled and water bottles can be recycled, why are they not doing that?,” Torre said. “We have recycle bins on every floor. Is it because it’s far from your room?”Junior Maranda Pennington said a reason students don’t recycle might be that they don’t have to deal with the direct consequences.“When people don’t have to deal with the direct consequences right then, and they can live in their happy state and not realize what they are doing affects other people and the environment … they don’t take an initiative or care,” Pennington said.Torre defined sustainability as taking what is needed now without jeopardizing the potential for future generations.“Landfills keep filling up and we keep manufacturing more and more,” Torre said. “Let’s take an initiative … making sure we know where our trash is going.”The Justice Friday series takes place every Friday from 12-12:50 p.m. in the Student Center.Tags: animals, Justice Fridays, recycling, saint mary’s, sustainability
Bringing a new perspective to an ever-present conversation, Indian novelist Amitav Ghosh spoke Tuesday afternoon in the Mendoza College of Business about aspects of climate change much of the world neglects. The first topic Ghosh tackled was wealth and desire — using the value of cloves hundreds of years ago as an example.“What made cloves desirable was the phenomenon that Rene Girard identifies as mimetic desire, which in his definition is rooted not in basic appetites, but in the crossing of gazes with others,” he said.We do not, therefore, desire things because we need them, Ghosh said — we desire things because others desire them.“Ultimately [mimetic desire] would bring into being our own era of globalization — a homogenization of desire on a scale never before seen, extending across the planet and into the deepest reaches of the human soul,” Ghosh said.Despite the rise in the global standard of living and the increasing accessibility of these desired goods Ghosh said the world has not attained some sort of utopic state of harmony and prosperity.“The intimate nature of the connection forged by these commodities has not led to greater cooperation or sympathy,” he said. “On the contrary, it has only intensified and deepened the resentment, anger and envy.”These sentiments, Ghosh said, are rooted in the imperialistic treatment of nations, their people and their resources. These tendencies began hundreds of years ago but continues to today. The disregard for the land itself established a precedent not easily shaken.“The right to consume and pollute is established and justified by the fact of it having happened elsewhere, in rich countries,” Ghosh said of developing countries’ attitude toward economic progress.The problem is that the image of perfect, universal prosperity as we understand it is simply unattainable, Ghosh said. No political leader, Ghosh said, can tell the blunt truth — the planet cannot sustain a world population that lives according to American standards of living. Either the poor must continue in poverty or the wealthy must drastically change their lifestyles.Ghosh also delved into some of the more hidden aspects of climate change. Capitalism and industry are not, Ghosh said, the sole cause of climate change. Power has become inextricably linked with fossil fuels, creating what Ghosh called an “energy regime.”“Today’s status quo, globally speaking, rests not just on the use of fossil fuels, but also on their flow in both the physical and financial senses,” he said. “During the last century, Anglo-American global strategy came to be focused on the nodal points through which oil is distributed around the world.” The military is both the foundation and the life force of such a power structure, and maintaining a powerful military requires enormous amounts of energy, more than most of the countries of the world combined, Ghosh said. Looking at climate change through this lens, Ghosh said, is more difficult than through an economic or technological lens.“We are happy to make sacrifices in order to solarize our houses and shrink our carbon footprint, but would we be equally willing to sacrifice our place within the power structures of the world?” he said.Part of the issue is the concealment of the reliance of all major nations on their militaries, Ghosh said. Civilians like to believe they are in control, that they are more than parts of an institution. The truth, however, is that in enjoying our position of power on the backs of the weak, we bear a responsibility for our military’s actions and energy use he said.When asked how we can change the trajectory our planet is on, Ghosh responded with support for the one leader whom he sees as challenging the status quo — Pope Francis.“I think the only really effective thing we can do is to support Pope Francis,” he said. “He is the only global leader who has provided any kind of alternative framework for viewing climate change … his is the only one that looks at climate in terms of genuine justice, not in terms of a mimetic justice.” Tags: Amitav Ghosh, Climate change, Pope Francis
Committee members:FacultyGeorges Enderle, Department of Management, Mendoza College of BusinessDaniel Graff, Department of Sociology, College of Arts and LettersLionel Jensen, Department of Asian Languages & Literature, College of Arts and LettersGerry Powers, Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies, Keough School of Global StudiesEric Sims, Department of Economics, College of Arts and Letters (faculty senate nominee)StudentsJackie Brebeck, seniorVictoria Erdel, seniorHannah O’Brien, seniorCraig Iffland, graduate student, Department of TheologyAnn Marie Thornburg, graduate student, Department of AnthropologyAdministrationTim Flanagan, Office of General CounselTomi Gerhold, Licensing DepartmentDavid Harr, Auxiliary OperationsFr. Gerry Olinger, C.S.C., Office of Mission Engagement and Church AffairsJohn Affleck-Graves, Office of the Executive Vice PresidentAlumniAlex Coccia, class of ’14Armani Porter, class of ’18Tags: Committee on Trademark Licensing and Human Rights, Licensing University President Fr. John Jenkins has created a standing committee to review Notre Dame’s guidelines about creating licensed Notre Dame products, according to an email sent Wednesday to University students, faculty and staff.Jenkins formed the committee in response to a May report by an ad-hoc committee on worker participation, he said in the email.“While recognizing the important steps that have been accomplished so far, the committee determined that the effort to make lasting improvements to workers’ rights in factories around the world is never truly complete,” Jenkins said in the email. “Among its recommendations, the committee called for the creation of a standing committee to monitor the University’s licensing activities and oversee the implementation of various strategic initiatives.”Jenkins said he appointed executive vice president John Affleck-Graves to chair the standing committee, titled the Committee on Trademark Licensing and Human Rights.The committee consists of five faculty members, three undergraduate students, two graduate students, five members of the University administration and two alumni, listed below.Jenkins also encouraged everyone to reach out to committee members with ideas.“As we continue this effort, I invite the campus community to contact John Affleck-Graves or any other members of the committee with any specific issues you would like the committee to discuss,” he said in the email.
Photo: Derek Seifert / U.S. Air ForceALBANY — State Senator George Borrello and Chautauqua County District Attorney Patrick Swanson are speaking out against the New York Senate’s recent repeal of the 50-A Statute in the state’s Civil Rights Law.The 50-A statute previously allowed police departments to shield disciplinary records of officers.Borrello this week critiqued the repeal after he said the Town of Cuba was recently issued a Freedom of Information Act request by an organization named MuckRock stating that they were seeking to obtain copies of all police personnel files dating back to the 1970’s.During an interview with WNYNewsNow, Borrello said that the repealing was a “knee-jerk reaction” that was politically motivated in the New York State Legislature. “Not only are these records unnecessary to be harvested in this manner, it’s going to create a huge financial burden for these already strained municipalities,” Borrello said. “You’re going to be asking for the records of, in many cases, police officers that may have been deceased for decades.”“This is just an unnecessary burden that ultimately is going to create fertile ground for frivolous lawsuits, ultimately at the tax papers expense and will do absolutely nothing, and I mean nothing, to change the current situation when it comes to transparency and justice.”Swanson, in a separate interview with WNYNewsNow, said he “is not sure what it (the repealing) solves.”“What you have in police personnel files is the number of complaints, many of them unfounded, some of them substantiated,” Swanson said. “Releasing the contents of a personnel file with a bunch of complaints that were frivolous and not supported by facts, really doesn’t accomplish much.”“What are we accomplishing with this legislation other than smearing officers with unjust claims?”Borrello was unable to provide specific projections on the costs that he cited because of what he says is the “poor manor that the legislation was rushed through.” The Senator, however, says that municipalities could still face legal ramifications should parts of their records be missing even if they provide as much information as possible in a “good faith effort.”“Now, you’re going to have these unscrupulous trial attorneys that are going to look for these municipalities that have records that are missing and they’re going to say, ‘Yes, we realize that you don’t have them but we are still going to take you to court and sue you,’” Borrello said. “In this case, even though the municipality is doing what it’s supposed to do and rightly so, it’s costly to defend themselves.” He adds that municipalities will end up paying a heavy settlement to prevent further court litigation.WNYNewsNow also asked Swanson if the repealing could have an affect on the prosecution in future cases. He says there wouldn’t “necessarily” be one.“If there’s an unsubstantiated claim that’s maybe in an officer’s background, it shouldn’t be information a jury ever hears because there’s no truth to that claim,” Swanson said. “When you’re questioning a witness about their credibility, and an officer shouldn’t be treated any differently than everything else, if somebody made some claim that’s proven to be false in the past, that information isn’t something the jury should hear.”Swanson says his office could potentially need to file motions blocking juries from hearing unsubstantiated claims, but his “hope is that defense counsel wouldn’t seek to use unsubstantiated claims.”“I don’t see (a wide sweeping affect),” Swanson said. Swanson says Chautauqua County has a “good group of local police officers.”Citizens have criticized Borrello’s stance on multiple social media platforms, stating that the Sunset Bay native and others will similar viewpoints on the 50a Statute are promoting a lack of accountability and transparency from law enforcement. Borrello, however, says that is not the case.“I know that is the talking point for people. The reality is that there is no other profession where unsubstantiated claims remain in your file,” Borrello said. “This is true for teachers, doctors, lawyers, and so on, but this isn’t true for law enforcement and our first responders. We have the right to due process, and we have the basic Constitutional right that you’re innocent until proven guilty, and in fact, that right has been the subject of many of the other criminal justice reforms when it comes to bail and so forth…”“With all of that being said, we are not able to give justice to people if we are releasing these records that have false and unsubstantiated claims still in them.”Borrello says he and other members of the Senate challenged the repeal during a debate, asking why the legislative body didn’t chose to expunge or redact unsubstantiated claims from the record.“The answer was, ‘Just because it was unsubstantiated, doesn’t mean it didn’t happen,’” Borrello said. “My God, that’s a basic and fundamental right that you’re throwing out the window. We’re saying we don’t care if it wasn’t proven, we are going to allow this record to be used against someone and tarnish them, which is outrageous. It’s a basic violation of our fundamental rights as Americans.”Borrello adds that those with lengthy criminal arrest records can’t have them used against them in court when they’re charged with another crime.“We protect the criminals of society with that same basic Constitutional right that we are taking away from our law enforcement officers,” Borrello said. “It’s wrong, it’s unjust, and that’s why I stand firmly on my position.” Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) Pexels Stock Image.HARRISBURG — A weekend computer glitch that caused service issues in several Pennsylvania Commonwealth agencies, including on-line voter registration, has been resolved, according to officials.Multiple commonwealth agencies were impacted by the outage that was due to an equipment failure at a data center managed by Unisys for the commonwealth, officials said.Voters can once again go online to votesPA.com to register to vote, apply for a mail ballot, or check their voter registration, among other services.The Department of State’s professional licensing services are among the applications that are still affected. The Commonwealth Office of Information Technology and Unisys are working to restore those functions as quickly as possible. Online services for the departments of Revenue and Human Services and the Pennsylvania Liquor Control Board also are affected.Officials stressed the problem was equipment failure and there was no sign of criminal activity.The issue began at approximately 5:30 p.m. on Saturday. Technicians identified the cause as an equipment failure at a data center managed for the commonwealth by Unisys and immediately began to work on plans for recovery. There is no indication at this time of any malicious physical or cyber activity, or that any loss of data has occurred.
Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window) WNY News Now / MGN Online GraphicJAMESTOWN – The number of crimes increased more than 30 percent in the City of Jamestown last year.That’s according to data in the Jamestown Police Department’s 2020 report released on Friday.In the last year the estimated number of total crimes increased 31.4 percent from the year before. However, property crimes dropped 1.9 percent.The number of violent crimes increased from 191 in 2019 to 251 in 2020; while the amount of property crimes decreased from 1,142 in 2019 to 1,120 in 2020. “I am proud of our police officers and staff working to ensure the safety of city residents,” said Chief of Police Tim Jackson in a statement from the city. “Any increase in crime, especially violent crime, is concerning, but also in line with what the rest of the country saw during the COVID-19 crisis.”Jackson says going into the new year, his department will focus on connecting with the community more; by establishing a citizen’s police academy and youth mentoring program.“The Jamestown Police Department will continue in its efforts to be more open, transparent, and honest with the community,” he said. “With a number of different programs that we have begun in 2020 and starting in 2021, I am looking forward to continuing the outreach that is necessary to build up trust between the community and police force.”The force is also working with city leaders to complete the Governor’s Police Reform Initiative.“In the most difficult of years, I am extremely proud by the work and service our police officers and staff provided to the City and its residents,” said Mayor Eddie Sundquist. “I am excited about the community outreach initiatives that Chief Jackson has promoted to help foster a better and more connected relationship between the public and the police force.”Among accomplishments the department’s touts in 2020, was an increased focus on community engagement, a return to the ‘beat’ with 400-foot patrols conducted throughout the year, and increased collaboration between the Chautauqua County Sherriff’s Office and the Jamestown Metro Drug Task Force.Viewers can read the full report posted below:Failed to fetch Error: URL to the PDF file must be on exactly the same domain as the current web page. Click here for more info