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FARC announces unilateral cease

This initiative from the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC-EP) was announced from Havana, Cuba, where peace talks have been taking place between representatives of the revolutionary forces and the government of Colombia.The FARC-EP communicate to all our Blocks, Fronts, Columns, Companies and other political military structures, as well as the Bolivarian and popular militias and subordinate structures, that starting at 00:00 a.m. on July 20, the order is to cease all offensive actions against the armed forces of the State and of public and private infrastructure.The said order follows the call of the guarantor countries, Cuba and Norway, and accompanying countries Venezuela and Chile, of the peace talks underway in Havana, and of the avalanche of public petitions, letters and messages through social networks addressed to our Peace Delegation by countless personalities and social and political organizations, churches, community action boards and popular movements in general; therefore it constitutes a serious commitment of our organization, for whose strict fulfillment are responsible each of the leaders and members of the FARC-EP.This practical measure, of a humanitarian character, constitutes a new gesture on our part with the intention of reaching a pact with the national government on more and more effective formulae of de-escalation of the conflict. We trust therefore that it is regarded and valued in all its dimensions, so that there is no unfortunate repetition of events that only harm the peace and reconciliation purposes.No unit of the FARC-EP is forced to let itself be struck by enemy forces and has every right to exercise self-defense in case of attack.We call on all the personalities, institutions, political movements, popular and social forces that have raised this truly national outcry, to present themselves in an active away in the defense of this new hope that we initiate today in Colombia. No one can steal [from] Colombians their right to live in peace, so it is urgent to close the path to sectors clamoring for war, for bloody solutions, for repression and persecution of the popular movement and its leadership.The Broad Front for Peace, the Constituent Process, churches and other organizations and interested forces in the oversight of the ceasefire have our trust and collaboration. We believe that the national Government must surround with full guarantees the exercise of this patriotic function, and at the same time advance with greater conviction toward genuine national harmony, based both in the definitive prohibition of violence as in social justice, democracy and sovereignty.National Secretariat Of FARC-EPHavana, July 19, 2015FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare this read more

Man impersonates dead deputy to scam money from residents

first_imgAbortion access threatened as restrictive bills make their way through Texas Legislature Twitter Linkedin + posts Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ printWhen Nina Martin received a call from an unknown Cleburne number telling her she had missed jury duty, her first feeling was panic.“I thought I had screwed up,” she said.Martin said she received a message from a deputy at the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department. He asked her for money to pay off a fine for missing an appearance in court.Martin, a TCU dance professor, had been away for nine months on ‎sabbatical. She said she figured that because of her changing addresses she had simply missed the notification from the jury and that she was at fault.“I was gone for nine months, so somewhere in my mind I was thinking I had messed up,” Martin said.The man on the phone told Martin that there was a system for residents who had missed their jury duty to buy Visa cards from Kroger as a “bond card.” He told Martin to load $1,496 on two cards.Martin went to Kroger with the intent of buying the cards. She said she was stopped by a worker at the store who told her she was being scammed.“I went back to my office and called a [Fort Worth] sheriff and they said that the name of [the man who called] had been buried that week.”That person, Executive Chief Deputy Alan Dennis, had his memorial service on Wednesday. He died at age 54 from an “aggressive” form of cancer.“I was at his funeral 48 hours ago,” said Terry Grisham, the Media and Public Relations officer at the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Department. “He was a personal friend of mine and we’re grieving. We feel almost like a co-victim.”Grisham said that cases like this are very common. He added that last year another officer in their department died and his name had been used for a similar scam.“People need to know: We never collect fines over the telephone,” Grisham said. “There’s nothing about it that’s authentic; it’s wrong on every level.”Grisham said there are variations of the scam but that it happens constantly. He said some scammers will tell their victims to meet them outside of the sheriff’s office to collect the money in order to help them out by “avoiding parking.”“I would give anything if someone would just tell us to arrest whoever is showing up outside the sheriff’s department,” Grisham said.Martin said she had picked up on multiple red flags from the calls, but she didn’t pay much attention to them before attempting to buy the two Visa cards.“I live a very complicated life,” she said. “Things definitely can fall through the cracks.”Grisham said that anyone who receives a similar call or request from someone who says they are a police officer or sheriff should always reach out to the department first.“This is a common scam,” Grisham said. “They sit there and do hundreds and hundreds of these every day. The victims are just endless.”Martin said that most of all she was thankful that she realized it was a scam before it was too late.Grisham added that people should always be aware of scams and use common sense if something doesn’t feel right.“I don’t know how you can teach common sense,” Grisham said. “The criminals would all be out of business.” Grains to grocery: One bread maker brings together farmers and artisans at locally-sourced store Twitter Update: Suspect arrested in connection with death of TCC student Facebook Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ Fort Worth set to elect first new mayor in 10 years Saturday Kristen Weaver Kristen Weaver is a junior journalism and Spanish major from Plano, Texas, and a managing editor for the109. She is addicted to taking pictures of her food and petting any and every cat she can find. Alum appearing on survival-style reality show ‘Stranded With a Million Dollars’ Previous articleResidents find furrier Valentines to loveNext articleFrogs fall in season opener 5-3 Kristen Weaver RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR It’s official: Caylin Moore is a Rhodes Scholar Facebook Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/ Starting the conversation about eating disorders on campus ReddIt Linkedin ReddIt TAGSFort Worth PoliceScam Kristen Weaverhttps://www.tcu360.com/author/kristen-weaver/last_img read more

Release Maryam Al-Khawaja and end clampdown on civil society in Bahrain

first_img BahrainMiddle East – North Africa News Follow the news on Bahrain German spyware company FinFisher searched by public prosecutors March 17, 2021 Find out more October 14, 2020 Find out more Help by sharing this information September 18, 2014 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Release Maryam Al-Khawaja and end clampdown on civil society in Bahrain RSF_en Organisation News HM Shaikh Hamad bin Isa Al Khalifa Office of His Majesty the KingRifa’a Palace, Al-Manama, Bahrain We, the undersigned 155 civil society organisations based in over 60 countries write to you united in our condemnation of the politically motivated arrest of human rights defender and co-director of the Gulf Centre for Human Rights, Maryam Al-Khawaja at Manama airport on 30 August 2014. We urge that Maryam is immediately and unconditionally released.We believe that Maryam Al-Khawaja is being persecuted for exercising her legitimate rights to freedom of expression and association in the defence of fundamental freedoms including her co-operation with international institutions and her important role in documenting human rights violations in Bahrain. We stand in solidarity with Maryam and all other human rights defenders wrongly imprisoned by your government for their work and beliefs.We remind you that the harassment, intimidation or stigmatization of a human rights defender, including arrest, detention, trial or imprisonment for reasons of the opinions they may hold, constitute a serious violation of Bahrain’s obligations under international law.We remain concerned that since the pro-democracy protests intensified in February 2011 your government has deliberately subverted democratic freedoms using a combination of legal and extra-legal measures involving politically motivated prosecutions, brutal crackdowns on protests and silencing expressions of dissent in the print and online media. Many have raised the concern about the arbitrary detention of hundreds of pro-democracy activists and their being subjected to torture and ill-treatment in detention centres across Bahrain.At the UN Human Rights Council, during Bahrain’s Universal Periodic Review (UPR) in 2012 your government agreed to protect human rights defenders and allow them to conduct their work without hindrance, intimidation or harassment. On 5 September 2014, a group of United Nations independent human rights experts also demanded Maryam Al-Khawaja’s release, and urged you to follow through on your commitments made during the UPR to end the persecution of all human rights defenders in Bahrain. We support Maryam’s courage and strength for advocating for democratic change.center_img Coronavirus “information heroes” – journalism that saves lives 1. African Life Center – USA2. African Women’s Active Nonviolence Initiatives for Social Change(AWANICh) – Democratic Republic of the Congo3. Aithria Agro-Environmental Research and Action Team – Greece4. Ain o Salish Kendra (ASK) – Bangladesh5. Aman Network for Rehabilitation & Defending Human Rights – UnitedKingdom6. Americans for Democracy & Human Rights in Bahrain (ADHRB) – USA7. Andalus institute for tolerance & Anti-violence studies – Egypt8. Arab Network for Democratic Elections – Lebanon9. Arab NGO Network for Development (ANND) – Lebanon10. Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) – Egypt11. ARTICLE 19 – UK12. Asian Human Rights Commission – Hong Kong13. Asian Press Institute – Sri Lanka14. Association Dea Dia from Serbia – Serbia15. Association for Progressive Communications – South Africa16. Association for Women’s Rights in Development (AWID) -Canada17. Association Transparence et Développement (ATED) – Mauritania18. Avocats Sans Frontières Network – France19. Bahrain Centre for Human Rights (BCHR) – Bahrain20. Bahrain Human Rights Observatory (BHRO) – Bahrain21. Bahrain Institute for Rights and Democracy (BIRD) – United Kingdom22. Bahrain Rehabilitation & Anti Violence Organization (BRAVO) – Bahrain23. Bahrain Salam for Human Rights – United Kingdom24. Baidarie Pakistan – Pakistan25. Belgrade Center for Human Rights – Serbia26. Bishkek Feminist Collective SQ – Krygzistan27. Building More Future Opportunities and Capacities (BMFOCA) – Nigeria28. Burundi Child Rights Coalition (BCRC)– Burundi29. Bytes for All – Pakistan30. Cairo Institute for Human Rights Studies (CIHRS) – Egypt31. Campaign Against Ignorance & Illiteracy (CAII) – Nigeria32. Cambodia Center for Human Rights (CCHR) – Cambodia33. Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) – Canada34. Center for Peace Education – USA35. Center for National and International Studies (CNIS) – Azerbaijan36. Center International Training for Human Rights and Development –Democratic Republic of the Congo37. Center of studies on Justice and Resolution of 1325 – Democratic Republic ofthe Congo38. Charity and Security Network – USA39. Citizens for Democratic Rights in Eritrea – United Kingdom40. Civic Initiatives – Serbia41. CIVICUS: World Alliance for Citizen Participation – South Africa42. Civil Rights Defenders – Sweden43. Coalition pour le Development et la Rehabiniltation Social (CODR UBUNTU)– Burundi44. Community Empowerment for Progress Organization (CEPO) – South Sudan45. Concertation Nationale de la Société Civile du Togo (CNSC Togo) – Togo46. Corporación de Investigación y Acción Social y Económica (CIASE) –Colombia47. Counseling Center for Transgender People Association – Turkey48. Danish PEN – Denmark49. Development Alternatives with Women for a New Era (DAWN) – Philippines50. Democracy Monitor – Azerbaijan51. Diverse Voices and Action for Equality – Fiji52. East and Horn of African Human Rights Defenders Project – Uganda53. Egyptian Commission for Rights and Freedoms – Egypt54. Egyptian Organization for Human Rights (EOHR) – Egypt55. Elma7rosa Network for Advocacy Media& Arts – Egypt56. English PEN – UK57. Ethiopian Human Rights Project – Ethiopia58. European-Bahraini Organisation for Human Rights (EBOHR) – Switzerland59. European Women’s Lobby – Belgium60. European Saudi Organizations for Human Rights – Germany61. Federation of African Muslim Women in America (FAMWA) – USA62. Families of Desaparecidos for Justice – Philippines63. Foundation of The Victims Of Abduction And Forced Disappearance (FVAFD)– Egypt64. Fontaine-ISOKO for Good Governance and Integrated Development- Burundi65. Freedom International – Ghana66. FIDH, within the framework of the Observatory for the Protection of HumanRights Defenders, France67. Freedom House – USA68. Freddom Now – USA69. Frontline Defenders – Ireland70. Ghanaian Centre of PEN International – Ghana71. Global Network of Women Peacebuilders (GNWP) –USA72. Groupe des Experts Nationaux – Madagascar73. Gulf Civil Society Association Forum – Kuwait74. Gulf Centre for Human Rights (GCHR) – Lebanon75. Helsinki Citizen’s Assembly – Turkey76. Human Rights Center “Viasna” – Belarus77. Human Rights Concern Eritrea – United Kingdom78. Humanist Institute for Development Cooperation (HIVOS) – Netherlands79. International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran – USA80. International Centre for supporting Rights and Freedoms (ICSRF) – Egypt81. International Commission of Jurists – Switzerland82. International Pen, San Miguel Chapter – Mexico83. International Service for Human Rights – Switzerland84. International Solidarity Network Women Living Under Muslim Laws – USA85. International Youth Human Rights Movement – Russia86. Islamic Human Rights Commission (IHRC) – UK87. Lualua Centre for Human Rights(LCHR) – Lebanon88. Justice for Iran (JFI) – United Kingdom89. KAOS GL – Turkey90. Karapatan Alliance – Philippines91. Khiam Rehabilitation Center For Victims of Torture – Lebanon92. Kitgum Women Peace Initiative (KIWEPI) – Uganda93. Lawyers Committee for Human Rights (YUCOM) – Serbia94. Ligue des Droits de la personne dans la région des Grands Lacs (LDGL) –Democratic Republic of Congo95. Ligue Algerienne Pour la Defense des Droits de l (LADDH) – Algeria96. Maharat Foundation – Lebanon97. Martin Ennals Foundation – Switzerland98. MENA Monitoring Group – Tunisia99. Middle East Democracy (POMED) – USA100. Mpalabanda – Associacao Civica de Cabinda – Angola101. Movimiento Amplio de Mujeres de Puerto Rico – USA102. Monitoring of Human Rights in Saudi Arabia – Saudi Arabia103. Muslim Women’s Research and Action Forum – Sri Lanka104. Nasra for Feminist Studies – Egypt105. New Bakkah Foundation – Switzerland106. National Lawyers Guild – USA107. National Organization for Defending Rights and Freedoms – Yemen108. National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) – Somalia109. No Peace Without Justice – Italy110. World Organisation Against Torture, within the framework of theObservatory for the Protection of Human Rights Defenders – Switzerland111. Pacific Feminist SRHR Coalition – Australia112. Palestinian Conflict Resolution / Transformation Center – Palestine113. PEN Center – Nicaragua114. PEN American Center – USA115. PEN International – USA116. PEN International Women Writers Committee – Egypt117. Policy Center – Serbia118. Pusat Komas – Malaysia119. Reporters sans frontières (RSF) – France120. Réseau des Défenseurs des Droits Humains en Afrique Centrale (REDHAC)– Cameroon121. Right Defenders Lawyers & Consultants (RDLC) – Pakistan122. Red Umbrella Sexual Health and Human Rights Association – Turkey123. Shia Rights Watch – USA124. Social And Human Development Consultative Groups (SAHDCG) – Sudan125. South African Centre of PEN International –South Africa126. Synergie des Femmes pour les Victimes de Violences Sexuelle –Democratic Republic of the Congo127. Secularism Is a Women’s Issue – UK128. Society of Former Political Prisoners Against Arrest and Detention in thePhilippines – Philippines129. South Sudan Law Society (SSLS) – South Sudan130. Synergie des Associations Feminines du Congo – Democratic Republic ofthe Congo131. Swiss Italian PEN – Switzerland132. Tanzania Human rights Defenders Coalition (THRDC) – Tanzania 133. Teso Women Peace Activists (TEWPA) – Uganda134. The Training Nest – Sri Lanka135. Three Cities Foundation – Malta136. Trans-der – Turkey137. Transparency International – Bangladesh138. Ucan Supurge Women’s Association – Turkey139. Treatment Advocacy and Literacy Campaign (TALC) – Zambia 140. Urgent Action Fund for Women’s Human Rights – USA141. Un Ponte Per- Italy142. Union Nacional de Instituciones para el trabajo de accion Socilal – Bolivia143. Vivarta – UK144. West African Human Rights Defenders Network (WAHRDN) – Togo145. Women NGO Secretariat of Liberia (WONGOSOL) – Liberia146. Women Peace Initiatives-Uganda (WOPI-U) – Uganda147. Women and Allies Peace Builders Network – Burundi148. Women’s Global Network for Reproductive Rights (WGNRR) – Philippines149. Women’s Resource Center – Pakistan150. Women’s Solidarity Fund – UK151. World Movement for Democracy – USA152. Zambia Council for Social Development (ZCSD) – Zambia153. Zeugmadi LGBT- Turkey154. Zimbabwe Human Rights NGO Forum – Zimbabwe155. 1325 Policy Group – Sweden Dear King Hamad, Tenth anniversary of Bahraini blogger’s arrest Receive email alerts News to go further We urge your government to recognise the legitimate demands of the Bahraini people for their rights and end the cycle of protest and repression. We thus call upon you to begin a process of democratic reform, healing and reconciliation in Bahrain. Key steps towards achieving the above would be to release all detained human rights defenders and prisoners of conscience and cease the oppression of human rights defenders, journalists and civil society organizations.Sincerely, BahrainMiddle East – North Africa News June 15, 2020 Find out morelast_img read more

“City centre needs urgent action”

first_imgNewsLocal News“City centre needs urgent action”By admin – September 3, 2010 407 Facebook WhatsApp Twitter Advertisement Printcenter_img Chamber supports recommendation of Limerick Local Government Committee President of Limerick Chamber Kieran Mac Sweeny said: “The Chamber’s number one priority was that any changes to the local government structure would deliver a City of sufficient scale that will allow it to reach its full potential so that it would become a driver of growth and development throughout the entire region.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up   We believe the report delivers this.”“The report highlighted that €20million in savings could be achieved as a result of their recommendations. The Chamber in their submission looked for any savings to be ring fenced and used to bring down commercial rates in the City and on City Centre public realm improvements.  We are delighted to see this in the report.  Limerick city has the highest commercial rates in the state and one of the highest rates of unemployment.  We need lower rates to protect existing businesses and to attract investment and jobs to our city.” “The report correctly highlights the seriousness of the situation in Limerick City and the need for immediate action which was the core of the Chamber submission” Mr. Mac Sweeny continued.   “We were concerned that the combining both authorities would require primary legislation and the process might take years, however we have been assured that this could happen very quickly if it gets the support of the people of the region and the key stakeholders.”“While a period of consultation is the correct way forward we in the Chamber will be ensuring that the key critical recommendations are not diluted or compromised.  It is now critical that we come together and support the recommendations of the Limerick Local Government Committee and ensure they are adopted as soon as possible.  We must rise above individual needs and look at what is best for the people of Limerick and the region.  We believe that under a more productive and focused local government structure, the city and region has the potential to offer a quality of life to its citizens that is unparalleled in the country.”  Mr. Mac Sweeney concluded. Email Linkedin Previous articleAnglo hangover – Limerick Post EditorialNext articleLimerick ladies reach All Ireland final adminlast_img read more

How REO Sales Impact Home Prices

first_img Previous: Barclays Settles RMBS Suit Next: HUD’s Carson: Proud to “Move Others up the Ladder”  Print This Post Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Foreclosure, Journal, Market Studies, News, REO With markets across the country suffering from pronounced inventory shortages, it would seem that anything that puts more homes on the market would be a good thing. A new report by Pro Teck Valuation Services found delved into that thesis, with an influx of foreclosed properties and REO sales causing very different results in two studied markets.The latest installment of Pro Teck’s Home Value Forecast (HVF) examined the state of the market in both Newark and Jersey City, New Jersey. Citing a recent Wall Street Journal piece entitled “Why New Jersey’s Soaring Foreclosures Are Good for the Housing Market,” Pro Teck set out to test the WSJ’s thesis that New Jersey’s skyrocketing foreclosure rate would help offset the Garden State’s housing inventory shortages and generally be good for the state’s housing market.For Newark, Pro Tech’s study found that the local market would not see much benefit from the high foreclosure rates. Foreclosures in Newark are at an all-time high, surpassing the 2010 volume. Pro Teck’s report explains that “In times of a ‘hot’ market, like in 2006 and 2012, the difference in price between REO and Regular sales begins to tighten, as the REO discount shrinks.” However, the REO discount has been on the upswing in recent years in Newark, which is depressing local home sale prices.In contrast, Pro Teck found that Jersey City, while also seeing increases in REO sales in recent years, REO sales have averaged less than 10 percent of total sales, thus having less of an impact on Jersey City’s home sale values. In fact, Pro Teck notes that Jersey City’s home prices surpassed the local pre-crash highs more than three years ago.According to a 2017 CoreLogic report entitled “United States Residential Foreclosure Crisis: Ten Years Later,” foreclosure inventory in New Jersey peaked at 89,000 in September 2012. Between 2007-2016, CoreLogic reported that New Jersey ranked third among the ten states with the highest peak foreclosure rate, coming in behind Florida and Nevada, respectively. Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago April 2, 2018 3,766 Views Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days agocenter_img How REO Sales Impact Home Prices Home / Daily Dose / How REO Sales Impact Home Prices Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save Tagged with: Foreclosure Pro Teck Pro Teck Valuation Services REO sales David Wharton, Managing Editor at the Five Star Institute, is a graduate of the University of Texas at Arlington, where he received his B.A. in English and minored in Journalism. Wharton has over 16 years’ experience in journalism and previously worked at Thomson Reuters, a multinational mass media and information firm, as Associate Content Editor, focusing on producing media content related to tax and accounting principles and government rules and regulations for accounting professionals. Wharton has an extensive and diversified portfolio of freelance material, with published contributions in both online and print media publications. Wharton and his family currently reside in Arlington, Texas. He can be reached at [email protected] About Author: David Wharton Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Foreclosure Pro Teck Pro Teck Valuation Services REO sales 2018-04-02 David Wharton Subscribelast_img read more

Derry police attacked by youths as they answer shots fired call

first_img Derry police attacked by youths as they answer shots fired call By News Highland – April 13, 2014 Twitter 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Twitter Google+ Pinterest A police investigation continues after a car was damaged in a gun attack in Derry.At around 4am yesterday morning a car parked in Southend Park was hit by three gunshots.It is claimed that as police removed the vehicle for examination they had bottles thrown at them by a number of youths – no one was injured.Police have appealed for anyone with information to contact them. WhatsApp Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ Facebookcenter_img Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook Pinterest News WhatsApp Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Previous articleDonegal Deputy concerned over reported harrasement of garda whistleblowerNext articleEducation Minister accused of being on a personal crusade on new Junior Cycle News Highland 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North last_img read more

Dietary variation in chick-feeding and self-provisioning Cape Petrel Daption capense and Snow Petrel Pagodroma nivea at Signy Island, South Orkney Islands, Antarctica

first_imgFood web knowledge is a prerequisite for adequate resource management in the Antarctic ecosystem. Accurate dietary specifications for the major consumers within the Antarctic ecosystem are needed. Procellariid species are the most numerous avian species in Antarctica and account for 20% to 40% of the overall consumption by seabirds in the area. Diet composition of two important procellariids, Cape andSnow Petrels, was studied at Signy Island during the breeding season 2005–2006. Food samples were obtained by stomach flushing of both chick-feeding birds and self-provisioning birds. Original prey mass was reconstructed from identifiable remains in the stomach samples.Significantly different diet compositions were found between chick-feeding and self-provisioning Cape Petrels based on reconstructed weight(chick-feeders 39:61:0:0, fish:crustacean:squid:other; self-provisioning birds 28:65:7:1, F:C:S:O). By contrast, no significant differences were found between chick-feeding Snow Petrels (66:34:0:0, F:C:S:O) and self-provisioning birds (68:32:0:0, F:C:S:O). Dominant prey items were Antarctic Krill Euphausia superba and the myctophid fish Electrona antarctica. Compared with findings undertaken at other locations, Cape Petrels at Signy Island had higher dietary fractions of crustaceans. Similarly, this study shows higher fractions of krill and lower fractions of fish in Snow Petrels at Signy Island than at other locations. A reasonable explanation for the high crustacean fraction inboth seabird species might be the local high abundance of Antarctic Krill. This emphasises that local differences in diets need to be taken into account in modelling studies. Also, fish is an abundant prey item in both species, showing that, even in a strongly krill-dominated region,fish may remain an important part of the diet of Antarctic petrel species. The differences in diet between chick-feeding and self-provisioning Cape Petrels also show the importance of studying both groups in overall dietary research.last_img read more

Professor and Head and Endowed Chair

first_imgPosition Function:The position functions as the department head and a full professorfor the Department of Mechanical Engineering. The Department Head,who reports to the Dean of Bagley College of Engineering, isresponsible for the overall administration of the department, andis expected to be a dynamic and collaborative leader workingclosely with the Dean, faculty, and staff to promote the departmentand the college missions. This position also holds the PACCARendowed chair in Mechanical Engineering.Salary Grade : UCPlease see Staff Compensation Structure orSkilled Crafts and ServiceMaintenance Compensation Schedule for salary ranges. For salarygrade UC, these positions are “Unclassified” and salary ranges aredetermined by the hiring department.Department Profile:The Department of Mechanical Engineering is one of eight academicdepartments in the Bagley College of Engineering. The Departmentoffers an ABET-accredited undergraduate program in mechanicalengineering, as well as graduate studies leading to MS and PhDdegrees. The Department is composed of 979 undergraduates, 122graduate students, 18 tenure-track faculty members, 4 ClinicalFaculty, 2 instructors, and 5 staff members. Faculty members havedeveloped a strong research program in the areas of computationalengineering, energy systems, materials, and solid mechanics andplay a vital role in several college and university researchcenters (http://www.me.msstate.edu/). The Department is located inthe historic Carpenter Engineering Building and has excellentclassroom and laboratory facilities.Area of Specialization:Mechanical EngineeringAnticipated Appointment Date:July 1, 2021Tenure Track Status:TenuredEssential Duties and Responsibilities:1. Provides vision and leadership for nationally recognizededucation and research programs.2. Provides leadership and mentoring to all faculty, staff, andstudents.3. Responsible for overall administration of faculty and supportstaff activities.4. Responsible for recruitment of a diverse community of students,faculty, and support staff.5. Maintains and participates actively in ongoing departmentalresearch program and seeks new areas of research funding.6. Conducts research leading to scholarly publications.7. Participates in fundraising activities, including solicitationof gifts for scholarships, professorships, chairs, etc.8. Works with the Dean of the Bagley College of Engineering anduniversity administration in establishing goals and objectives forthe college, department, and in meeting the university missions ofteaching, research, and service.9. Serves as a liaison with faculty, administrators, alumni,students, and community.10. Academic responsibilities include planning, reviewing, andupdating the curriculum, academic programs, and coursecontent.11. Personnel responsibilities include promotion and tenure,performance evaluation, and workload management.12. Fiscal responsibilities include preparing and overseeingdepartmental budget and other budgets for research funding.Minimum Qualifications:The successful candidate must possess an earned doctorate inmechanical engineering or a closely related field, must have earnednational recognition by a distinguished record of accomplishmentsin mechanical engineering education and research, and must qualifyfor the rank of professor. A record of scholarly publications inarchival literature and funded research is required. Significantteaching experience is expected, and direct industrial interactionis preferred. Demonstrated success and leadership in obtaining andexecuting government and industrial research grants and contractsare expected. In addition, a baccalaureate in engineering isdesirable.ABDs or degree pending considered (all but DISS):NoKnowledge, Skills, and Abilities:The successful Department Head will provide:1. Vision and leadership for nationally recognized education andresearch programs,2. Exceptional academic and administrative skills,3. A strong commitment to faculty recruitment and development,and4. A strong commitment to promoting diversity.Instructions for Applying:Link to apply: http://explore.msujobs.msstate.edu/ Applicants must apply online at www.msujobs.msstate.edu bysubmitting a cover letter outlining your experience and vision forthis position, a curriculum vitae, and the names and contactinformation of at least three professional references. Screening ofcandidates will begin December 1, 2020, and will continue until theposition is filled. Inquiries and nominations should be directed toDr. Bill Elmore, Director of Swalm School of Chemical Engineeringand Search Committee Chair ([email protected] or662-325-2480).Equal Employment Opportunity Statement:MSU is an equal opportunity employer, and all qualified applicantswill receive consideration for employment without regard to race,color, ethnicity, sex, religion, national origin, disability, age,sexual orientation, genetic information, pregnancy, genderidentity, status as a U.S. veteran, and/or any other statusprotected by applicable law. We always welcome nominations andapplications from women, members of any minority group, and otherswho share our passion for building a diverse community thatreflects the diversity in our student population.last_img read more

Why is the rainbow flag a gay pride symbol?

first_imgIt’s perhaps understandable that there are a lot of symbols that are used to indicate gay pride. The whole concept of being closeted seems to indicate a need for a code, a covert way of indicating we’re-here-and-we’re-queer, whether or not that symbol will register in wider society. But if there’s a gay pride symbol that everyone in the western world knows, regardless of their own orientation, it’s the rainbow flag. Seen hanging out of pubs, clubs, bars and bookshops, it’s an unashamed proclamation – this is a place where queer people are welcome.With that in mind, it’s probably unsurprising that the first time a rainbow flag was used as an unambiguous symbol of gay pride was in San Francisco. In 1978, local artist Gilbert Baker designed the first version of what would become the rainbow flag. The initial version had eight stripes, hand-dyed, with hot pink and turquoise in addition to the commonly-seen six colours. Later in the year, the city responded to the murder of its first openly gay supervisor, Harvey Milk, by draping that year’s Pride Parade with a modified version of Baker’s flag. This new version, a symbol of the city’s defiance, was modified to enhance its symmetry, and the subsequent six-striped flag became the one most often seen today. As for why rainbow stripes were used at all – history seems a little reticent on that point. But it seems clear that the bright colours have taken root in queer cultural consciousness since. So much so that the self-proclaimed “queer nation”, the Gay and Lesbian Kingdom of the Coral Sea Islands – which claims to be a country in its own right, having seceded from Australia, complete with its own mail service, currency and national anthem – has, perhaps inevitably, claimed the six-striped rainbow as its official flag. There are other pride symbols – notably, the pink triangle, originally used by the Nazis as a symbol to be worn by homosexuals in concentration camps, and reclaimed as a queer symbol afterwards, and the black triangle, used for lesbians specifically. There are other flags, too, denoting bisexual pride, transgender pride, family pride, even leather pride – but the rainbow flag did it first. There is no permanent settlement on the Gay and Lesbian Islands, so no embassies or ships fly it, but do they need to? It’s bright, it’s eye-catching, and it’s already flying in hundreds of places all over the world.  By Iona Sharmalast_img read more

Making math more Lego-like

first_imgGalileo called mathematics the “language with which God wrote the universe.” He described a picture-language, and now that language has a new dimension.The Harvard trio of Arthur Jaffe, the Landon T. Clay Professor of Mathematics and Theoretical Science, postdoctoral fellow Zhengwei Liu, and researcher Alex Wozniakowski has developed a 3-D picture-language for mathematics with potential as a tool across a range of topics, from pure math to physics.Though not the first pictorial language of mathematics, the new one, called quon, holds promise for being able to transmit not only complex concepts, but also vast amounts of detail in relatively simple images. The language is described in a February 2017 paper published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.“It’s a big deal,” said Jacob Biamonte of the Quantum Complexity Science Initiative after reading the research. “The paper will set a new foundation for a vast topic.”“This paper is the result of work we’ve been doing for the past year and a half, and we regard this as the start of something new and exciting,” Jaffe said. “It seems to be the tip of an iceberg. We invented our language to solve a problem in quantum information, but we have already found that this language led us to the discovery of new mathematical results in other areas of mathematics. We expect that it will also have interesting applications in physics.”When it comes to the “language” of mathematics, humans start with the basics — by learning their numbers. As we get older, however, things become more complex. “We learn to use algebra, and we use letters to represent variables or other values that might be altered,” Liu said. “Now, when we look at research work, we see fewer numbers and more letters and formulas. One of our aims is to replace ‘symbol proof’ by ‘picture proof.’”The new language relies on images to convey the same information that is found in traditional algebraic equations — and in some cases, even more.“An image can contain information that is very hard to describe algebraically,” Liu said. “It is very easy to transmit meaning through an image, and easy for people to understand what they see in an image, so we visualize these concepts and instead of words or letters can communicate via pictures.”“So this pictorial language for mathematics can give you insights and a way of thinking that you don’t see in the usual, algebraic way of approaching mathematics,” Jaffe said. “For centuries there has been a great deal of interaction between mathematics and physics because people were thinking about the same things, but from different points of view. When we put the two subjects together, we found many new insights, and this new language can take that into another dimension.”In their most recent work, the researchers moved their language into a more literal realm, creating 3-D images that, when manipulated, can trigger mathematical insights.“Where before we had been working in two dimensions, we now see that it’s valuable to have a language that’s Lego-like, and in three dimensions,” Jaffe said. “By pushing these pictures around, or working with them like an object you can deform, the images can have different mathematical meanings, and in that way we can create equations.”Among their pictorial feats, Jaffe said, are the complex equations used to describe quantum teleportation. The researchers have pictures for the Pauli matrices, which are fundamental components of quantum information protocols. This shows that the standard protocols are topological, and also leads to discovery of new protocols.“It turns out one picture is worth 1,000 symbols,” Jaffe said.“We could describe this algebraically, and it might require an entire page of equations,” Liu added. “But we can do that in one picture, so it can capture a lot of information.”Having found a fit with quantum information, the researchers are now exploring how their language might also be useful in a number of other subjects in mathematics and physics.“We don’t want to make claims at this point,” Jaffe said, “but we believe and are thinking about quite a few other areas where this picture-language could be important.” Advance in high-pressure physics Harvard scientists announce they’ve created metallic hydrogen, which has been just a theory Relatedlast_img read more