Terra Mauricia Ltd (TERA.mu) listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius under the Agricultural sector has released it’s 2014 interim results for the third quarter.For more information about Terra Mauricia Ltd (TERA.mu) reports, abridged reports, interim earnings results and earnings presentations, visit the Terra Mauricia Ltd (TERA.mu) company page on AfricanFinancials.Document: Terra Mauricia Ltd (TERA.mu) 2014 interim results for the third quarter.Company ProfileTerra Mauricia Limited is an investment holdings conglomerate that is engaged in the production and distribution of alcoholic products, such as wine and spirits, and cane spirits, as well as sale of various consumable goods, production and sale of electricity from coal and bagasse. The company also manufactures and sells hollow concrete blocks, aggregates, rock sand products, rents properties and engages in the property development and promotion activities that include, site identification and surveying, project conception, market survey, administration, project management, as well as marketing and sale. Terra Mauricia Limited operates within the segments of sugar, commercial and alcohol production, and energy. The company is based in Mauritius. Terra Mauricia Limited is listed on the Stock Exchange of Mauritius.
Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest The Church Investment Group Commends the Taskforce on the Theology of Money on its report, The Theology of Money and Investing as Doing Theology Church Investment Group Rector Pittsburgh, PA Missioner for Disaster Resilience Sacramento, CA Rector Bath, NC Director of Music Morristown, NJ TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Refugees Migration & Resettlement Rector Hopkinsville, KY Submit an Event Listing Associate Rector Columbus, GA An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Canon for Family Ministry Jackson, MS Rector Collierville, TN Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Youth Minister Lorton, VA Press Release Service Associate Rector for Family Ministries Anchorage, AK Curate Diocese of Nebraska Rector/Priest in Charge (PT) Lisbon, ME Bishop Diocesan Springfield, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem New Berrigan Book With Episcopal Roots Cascade Books Rector Belleville, IL By David PaulsenPosted Jun 27, 2019 Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Faith & Politics, Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Submit a Job Listing Tags Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Rector Washington, DC Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Assistant/Associate Priest Scottsdale, AZ This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Political tensions in Washington over immigration policy fuel Episcopal advocacy, outreach Rector and Chaplain Eugene, OR Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Immigration, Curate (Associate & Priest-in-Charge) Traverse City, MI Featured Events Cathedral Dean Boise, ID Featured Jobs & Calls Rector Albany, NY Rector Knoxville, TN Inaugural Diocesan Feast Day Celebrating Juneteenth San Francisco, CA (and livestream) June 19 @ 2 p.m. PT Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Priest-in-Charge Lebanon, OH Rector Tampa, FL Rector Smithfield, NC The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Submit a Press Release Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC Assistant/Associate Rector Morristown, NJ Rector Shreveport, LA Migrants walk toward a U.S. Border Patrol officer after crossing illegally into El Paso, Texas, as seen from Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, on May 31. Photo: Reuters[Episcopal News Service] The Episcopal Church is stepping up its advocacy and outreach on immigration issues as political tensions grow in Washington over looming deportation raids, pending plans for humanitarian aid on the border and the treatment of migrant children held in U.S. detention centers.The federal raids reportedly were scheduled to take place in 10 cities on June 23 but were postponed at the last minute. One of the cities said to be targeted is Chicago, where Diocese of Chicago Bishop Jeffrey Lee issued a statement June 21 expressing solidarity with immigrants living in fear.“This news of new raids and mass deportations threatens to make these fears real, as families are torn apart and members of our communities and congregations are wrenched away from lives they have labored for years to build,” Lee said. “The threat of these raids makes it difficult not to conclude that our immigration system is failing to operate with common humanity or to embody the highest values of our country or its people.”Bishop David Reed in West Texas issued a statement on June 20, World Refugee Day, calling on his diocese to support immigration ministries. He asked that Episcopalians set aside political differences to care for all in need, as Jesus taught.“We can and should, and desperately need to, have informed, respectful debate on our country’s immigration laws and policies. But the time for that is not when a weary, confused, and hungry person stands before you,” Reed said, whether that person is an asylum-seeker or a Border Patrol agent.pic.twitter.com/AxNkctubL4— EMM (@EMMRefugees) June 20, 2019Reed’s diocese, which includes the borderlands from Del Rio, Texas, to the Gulf of Mexico, hosted a “Walk in Love” border tour in May that featured outreach to both migrants living in tents on the Mexico side of the border and law enforcement officials in the United States.Arizona Bishop Jennifer Reddall sent a letter June 25 to Arizona’s two U.S. senators and representatives from two of its congregational districts, expressing her opposition to “the holding of migrant children in filthy conditions” and requesting “immediate action.”Reddall was responding specifically to a New York Times report of squalid conditions at a border station in Clint, Texas, where migrant children as young as 7 years old are being held. Conditions reportedly are similar at other border facilities overwhelmed by the influx of migrant families.“The lack of sanitation, supervision, and humane treatment is appalling, and far from what any citizen should expect of its government,” Reddall said. “All children, regardless of their country of origin, warrant the most basic elements of care: a toothbrush, a bed, a blanket, and an adult to see to their medical, psychological, and social needs.”And on June 29, the seven bishops in the six Episcopal dioceses in California issued a joint statement calling for justice for migrant children being held by the U.S. government, including those at the Texas facility.“We who follow Jesus Christ know that he showed a special love for children,” the bishops said. “Jesus reminds us that children are to be welcomed, nourished, and cherished. As Christians, we honor the image of God in all human beings. The inhumane treatment of these children violates our most basic Christian values.”Those comments followed a joint statement issued June 6 by ecumenical leaders, including Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, addressing the issue of children in detention more broadly.“As U.S. religious leaders representing diverse faith perspectives, we are united in our concern for the well-being of vulnerable migrants who cross our borders fleeing from danger and threats to their lives,” the religious leaders said, singling out the cases of six young migrants who have died in U.S. custody since September.“Our houses of worship and agencies have welcomed, engaged and served many migrant families that have recently arrived in the U.S.,” the statement reads. “These migrants have left their communities to provide safety for their children and protect them from harm. … We urge the Administration to maintain its commitment to international law and defend human rights by implementing safeguards to ensure the safety and health of all of those seeking protection in our land, especially those children who fall under our care.”The potentially dangerous path followed by many migrant families seeking safety, opportunity and stability in the United States was brought into graphic detail this week by a photo of a Salvadoran father and his toddler lying dead in the Rio Grande. The image, captured by a Mexican journalist, has prompted international outcry and evoked comparisons to the 2015 image of a dead Syrian refugee boy washed up on a beach in Turkey.Ten Actions You Can Take to Accompany Undocumented Immigrantshttps://t.co/eIJ9UNnApe #EpiscopalAdvocacy pic.twitter.com/TRY4hCfAsI— The EPPN (@TheEPPN) June 26, 2019Even before the recent escalation of the political and humanitarian crisis on the border, The Episcopal Church has been outspoken on immigration issues. In July 2018, during General Convention in Austin, Texas, more than a thousand Episcopalians gathered at a prayer service outside an immigrant detention center in a nearby city. The spirit of that event, in support of immigrant parents and children who had been separated, carried through to the church’s legislative activity, with General Convention passing three resolutions related to immigration. One of the resolutions took a forceful stand against family separation and unjust treatment of immigrant parents and children.Another resolution emphasized respecting the dignity of immigrants, while the third encouraged Episcopalians to seek ways to offer sanctuary or support to immigrants. Some Episcopal churches have committed to providing physical sanctuary, if needed, for immigrants inside church walls, such as St. Mark’s Episcopal Cathedral in Seattle, which in March began housing a Mexico-born man who faces deportation.More recently, the Rev. Michael Kinman, rector of All Saints Episcopal Church in Pasadena, California, wrote a letter June 22 for Pasadena News Now in which he offered his church as sanctuary to any immigrants who might be targeted by looming federal deportation actions.President Donald Trump had recently announced on Twitter that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, planned to “begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States.”ICE reportedly would be going after about 2,000 immigrants who had received deportation orders in select cities, including Los Angeles. Kinman condemned those plans and said he had the support of his parish’s wardens and parishioners in offering the church as a place of sanctuary.“We have always stood for love over fear, reconciliation over division and restoration over retribution,” Kinman wrote. “As such, we call on President Trump, as president of a nation largely populated by immigrants and descendants of immigrants like himself, to stand down these raids.”Trump said June 22 on Twitter he had put the raids on hold for two weeks, to allow Congress time to reach a “solution to the Asylum and Loophole problems at the Southern Border. If not, Deportations start!”With roots in the 1980s sanctuary movement that offered refuge to Central Americans fleeing war, the new sanctuary movement has been growing in recent years in response to rising animosity toward immigrants and the anti-immigration policies of the Trump administration.Most asylum-seekers come from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras, typically fleeing violence or persecution. Episcopal churches in the border region are responding to the crisis in a variety of ways.Churches are considered “sensitive locations” that traditionally are not targeted for immigration enforcement. In one case, at St. Barnabas’ Episcopal Church in Greensboro, North Carolina, the congregation has for more than two years provided refuge for a Guatemalan woman ordered to return home.The Diocese of the Rio Grande, which includes parts of New Mexico and Texas, has identified asylum-seekers as a key focus for its outreach efforts on the border, particularly in the El Paso, Texas, area. In December, the diocese hosted a pilgrimage to the city, welcoming about 30 people representing large urban and suburban congregations, so they could learn firsthand about the circumstances facing asylum-seekers.“We would like … to join together in fellowship by soliciting, gathering, and delivering critically needed items to the El Paso area where shelters are currently overwhelmed, with refugees being released at times by the hundreds on a daily basis,” the diocese says on a webpage listing resources for assisting asylum-seekers.The diocese also recently began providing bus transportation for some of the asylum-seekers.“All through this involvement in immigration ministry, we’ve always had the sense that, when the knock came on the door, it was Jesus who was knocking, and it certainly has been our experience that opening the door to the migrants has been letting him into our lives, and it’s been very powerful,” the Rev. Joe Britton, rector of St. Michael and All Angels Church in Albuquerque, New Mexico, said in an online video about his congregation’s and the diocese’s work.Rio Grande Bishop Michael Hunn is scheduled to speak about immigration issues during a July 2 webinar organized by Episcopal Migration Ministries. Registration for the webinar is still open.The Episcopal Church’s Office of Government Relations, based in Washington, D.C., also offers a range of resources for Episcopalians interested in advocating for the church’s positions on these issues.“The Episcopal Church, through General Convention policy, calls for an immediate end to the inhumane practice of family detention, calls for the immediate release of detained asylum seekers … and upholds the sanctity of the asylum process and urges strong support for the protection of vulnerable individuals,” the agency says in an online summary.In April, The Episcopal Church signed a letter to Congress drafted by the Interfaith Immigration Coalition asking lawmakers to prioritize human needs rather than immigration enforcement.“We believe that our nation’s budget and the decisions made by Congress in the coming weeks should be treated as a moral roadmap toward a world where every child of God is clothed, fed, safe, loved, and free,” the letter said. It was signed by more than 30 interreligious groups and denominations. “As people of faith, our various traditions command us to love our neighbors and welcome guests as we would welcome God.”On June 25, the House voted to approve $4.5 billion in humanitarian aid to ease the crisis on the border, though the bill’s restrictions on how that money can be spent – not to bolster ICE raids on immigrants – are at odds with a parallel bill that the Senate approved on June 26, The New York Times reported. The White House has threatened to veto the House’s bill.– David Paulsen is an editor and reporter for the Episcopal News Service. He can be reached at [email protected] Rector Martinsville, VA
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EPA Expected to Have RFS Waiver Decision Soon Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitter SHARE Home Energy EPA Expected to Have RFS Waiver Decision Soon Previous articleSkillman Relinquishes Reins of OCRANext articleIndiana CCA Conference to Cover Drought and 2013 Gary Truitt By Gary Truitt – Nov 14, 2012 Source: NAFB News Service The Environmental Protection Agency missed the deadline for making a decision on the request to waive the Renewable Fuel Standard. But EPA said this week that it is completing its review and analysis of the RFS waiver requests and will have a decision shortly. The National Pork Producers Council is one group that says the EPA should grant a waiver of the federal requirement for the production of corn ethanol. In comments submitted to the EPA – the group said the mandate – coupled with the summer drought – is causing severe economic harm to pork producers. Growth Energy – however – said there is no justification for an RFS waiver. Growth Energy CEO Tom Buis said those pushing the waiver failed to show severe economic harm directly attributable to the RFS. Buis also stated that granting the waiver requests would come at a great cost to the U.S.Seven governors asked the EPA to temporarily waive the mandate on ethanol during the summer when the drought drove corn prices higher. A similar request from Texas in 2008 was denied – and ethanol trade groups expect the same outcome this time.
Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to U.S. Agricultural Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 By USDA Communications – May 4, 2020 U.S. Department of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue today applauded the announcement that agricultural producers, for the first time, are now eligible for the Small Business Administration (SBA)’s Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) and EIDL Advance programs.“America’s farmers, ranchers, and producers need the same help that other American businesses need during this unprecedented time,” said Secretary Perdue. “This significant new authority signed by President Trump will make a tremendous difference for America’s agricultural community.”SBA’s EIDL portal has been closed since April 15. However, the Agency is able to reopen the portal today, in a limited capacity, as a result of funding authorized by Congress through the Paycheck Protection Program and Healthcare Enhancement Act. The legislation, which was signed into law by the President one week ago, provided additional critical funding for farmers and ranchers affected by the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic.In order to help facilitate this important change to EIDL Loan and EIDL Advance assistance eligibility, SBA is re-opening the Loan and Advance application portal to agricultural enterprises only. For agricultural producers that submitted an EIDL loan application through the streamlined application portal prior to the legislative change, SBA will move forward and process these applications without the need for re-applying. All other EIDL loan applications that were submitted prior to April 15 will be processed on a first-in, first-out basis.For more information, please visit: www.sba.gov/Disaster. Facebook Twitter Home Indiana Agriculture News Economic Injury Disaster Loans Available to U.S. Agricultural Businesses Impacted by COVID-19 Previous articleKeeping Up With Mental Health in Rural Indiana and Dry Weather Today on the HAT Monday Morning EditionNext articleCorn, Soybean Plantings Ahead of the Five-Year Average USDA Communications SHARE SHARE Facebook Twitter
Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Business News Make a comment Subscribe Top of the News Education High Point Academy Earns Congressional Recognition for Recycling, Composting Achievements Story and Photography By BRANDON VILLALOVOS Published on Friday, April 22, 2016 | 2:31 pm Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy First Heatwave Expected Next Week Community News 4 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Pasadena’s High Point Academy (HPA) received certificates of congressional recognition for its achievements in recycling and composting at a campus ceremony Friday morning. Congresswoman Judy Chu, State Senator Carol Liu, and Pasadena Councilmember Gene Masuda’s field representative, Noreen Sullivan, were the distinguished guests in attendance for the celebration.In 2009, HPA joined the green school revolution by being the first school in the San Gabriel Valley to partner with zero waste consulting company, Wasteless Living, to improve the health and quality of the environment. The school has seen a multitude of progress and achievements in these practices, in which it has diverted upwards of 87 percent of HPA’s solid waste from landfills, surpassing the city’s goal of 85 percent and earning them congressional recognition.“We know that there is so much waste, particularly food waste and that means that there is a big problem. You’re so young and involved in fighting climate change and making a more productive use of our waste and I want to thank you for protecting our planet,” Congresswoman Judy Chu said as the ceremony kicked off.Senator Carol Lu also presented a certificate to HPA following Chu.“I applaud everyone at HPA for inspiring everyone here and in our community on techniques and the value of recycling and composting,” Lu said.Headmaster Gary Stern explained the reasons why HPA has excelled in green practices in recent years.“At High Point, we believe that a better future environment for our children starts today. What’s really important for our children to understand is that when they compost at school and it goes to the facility and comes back to enrich our soil on campus, that’s when the learning really happens,” Stern said.Wasteless Living is a zero waste consulting company hired in 2009 by a parent who wanted to use their services for private school events. Within two years, that relationship led to integrating composting into the school’s curriculum. Students are trained starting in Kindergarten to separate and correctly dispose of their lunch materials appropriately between recycling, compost and landfill bins located all over campus.“There was kind of a ‘buzz factor’ amongst parents and faculty which evolved into the development of a curriculum and the school itself started adopting more initiatives and demos within the classroom,” explained Christine Lenches-Hinkel, owner of Wasteless Living.HPA started planning the compost study in 2011 and applied it in 2012. Students are actively involved with daily participation in discarding waste, studying the compost that comes back from the composting facility in Fontana and conducting reports and database entry of the information.“The kids are actually seeing that what we do everyday at lunch has bigger global benefits,” said science teacher Krista Huezo.In fact, this process goes much further than simply recycling and composting by having students work with environmental industry experts, develop analytical skills, apply real world math and science knowledge and to engage with the community and peers frequently.The ceremony was followed by three student presentations involving the zero waste-focused Organics Recovery Process (ORP) findings and the school’s progress this past year. There is a strong support system between students, parents and faculty that is propelling the practice of composting at HPA.Mojgan Maher, a mother of two daughters that attend HPA is thrilled with the initiative the school has taken and the impact it has brought in to her home.“It’s wonderful. Ever since they (HPA) have done this we have been very careful with what we pack in their lunches. I definitely want to start doing composting at home,” Maher said.HPA aims to extend inspiration to other schools and organizations to get on board with composting at the level and frequency they have established. The initiative extends the boundaries of the classroom into a real world application and practices that can be used for a lifetime.“The school has invested heavily in this program over the years because of what the students are getting out of it. Not only is it just an academic boost in their analytical and problem solving skills, but also a very real advancement towards environmental mindfulness,” Lenches-Hinkel explained.HPA’s recycling and composting measures are certainly a mainstay practice within the school and do not seem to be slowing down. Today’s ceremony recognizing the efforts of everyone involved is another certificate to tack on the wall of achievements that will continue to grow over the years.In addition to the accomplishment of diverting 87 percent of solid waste, HPA has a few other awards under its belt. Since the program’s inception, the school has composted over 25 tons of organic material, reduced GHG emissions by 148 percent, received the City of Pasadena Outstanding Recycler Award in 2010 and has been awarded $10,000 from Lexus for their zero waste efforts.“We hope all of our guests today are inspired by our students’ efforts and will consider using some of our sustainability measures in your homes and in your workplaces. We believe that a better future environment for our children starts today,” Stern concluded.For more information and updates on HPA’s composting program and how to get involved, visit www.highpointacademy.org and www.wastelessliving.com. Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website HerbeautyHe Swears He’s Ready For Another Relationship. 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Comments are closed. Well versed in nonsenseOn 18 Mar 2003 in Personnel Today Previous Article Next Article There is a concerted campaign to empty words of their meaning and HR is oneof the worst culpritsHumpty Dumpty was not quite right when he said: “Words should meananything I say them to mean.” It is a useful enough dictum for realpolitikand organisational skulduggery, with phrases such as ‘unwillingness to change’becoming a devastating put-down, when it might just as easily refer to ‘takinga principled stand’. But it does not quite capture what is taking place. The trend in the workplace seems to be to use words to avoid having tocommunicate. Saying something definite spells trouble down the line – from atransgression-hungry press, or pedants who will pop up at awkward moments torecall what you said before. So it has become better not to say things. Betterjust to waft vague thoughtlets, emptied of precise meaning, that are designedto slip unnoticed into the ether leaving only a faint whiff of somethingdynamic. There was a fine example last week when the Chartered Institute of Personneland Development and the Employers’ Forum on Age called for ‘a new vision’ forthe planned Single Equality Body (SEB). Unfortunately, they didn’t specify whatvision they wanted to see. Most people would judge a vision on its content, notmerely on its existence. A ‘new vision’ They then concluded a long and conceptually void press release with theremark: “The Government needs to work with employers to ensure we createan SEB that really delivers on equality and diversity in the future.”Deliver what exactly? Maybe total equality among humankind. That would be nice,but a mite ambitious. Do they mean they hope the SEB is powerful? Because power in public policyis largely about budgets, so if they do, they need to call for an expansion ofthe funding of the previously existing equality commissions. Then the SEB mightbe able to sponsor lots of discrimination cases against recalcitrant employersand properly investigate structural inequality at work. Maybe that is not whatthey had in mind. A ‘new vision’, you see, is tame – a harmless, but indisputably go-aheadthing to call for. ‘Delivery’, meanwhile, has become the frenzied catechism ofWhitehall managers trying to reform public services, so it sounds official andin-tune with the predominant Blairite cant. So it has been with ‘modernisation’, which has been used to impressiveeffect during the firefighters’ dispute. The Government accused the FireBrigades Union of being opposed to ‘modernisation’, even though the union hadproduced its own blueprint for modernising the service long before the currentstrikes. The less ‘modernisation’ means, the more potent it is as a weapon forattacking strikers. Those naive critics who enjoy cruel sport with HR departments about theirmission, values and outside-the-box ‘isms’ miss the point. The aim is notreally differentiation of organisations, or getting employees to ‘buy in toculture change’. The aim is safety. Increasingly, there is a list of things organisations need to be seen totake seriously and over recent years that list has suffered inflation. It is nolonger enough to produce goods and services – you’ve got to have a mission. Itdoes not matter if the mission wraps you up in paradoxes: many organisationsare now trying to think globally and act locally, to have determined leaderswho are big on teamwork, to have strong cultures that are also consensual. The only way to survive in this sound-bitten environment is to dispose ofthe significance of language and replace it with the new killer blandness. Corporate communication has become rather like those attempts bymathematicians to do away with speech altogether because of its impreciseness,and instead just hold up placards with symbols on them representingcollectively agreed thoughts. Fuzzy-edged vagueness This is not the usual whinge about business jargon – itself just as much ofa cliché as the language it affects to despise. Jargon may be ugly andcontagious, but all professions generate it. There seems as much point in singling out business managers as in believingAmericans to be uniquely bombastic. Philosophers can no more do without the apriori than chartered surveyors can live without ‘portfolio mapping’. Jargon isabout inclusion and exclusion from specified communities. Using it is a badgeof belonging, but to be confused by it, or to pick someone else up on it, is toannounce in a graceless way that you are separate and remote. Saying ‘whatbox?’ or ‘did you really say emotional buy-in?’ are, in truth, statements ofdeliberate ignorance. What is happening now is different. Clarity has become a manifestlydangerous phenomenon. Fuzzy-edged vagueness, however, is a lithe and malleablesubstance that will not come back to haunt you at inconvenient occasions – atool for not saying what you mean. That is why it has become an organisationalno-no ever to concede the existence of ‘a problem’: it is too specific comparedwith the infinitely preferable ‘issue’. In the modern world of work, thevictory of perception over reality is nearly complete. Esse est percipi, theancients said – to be is to be perceived. Related posts:No related photos.
A three-dimensional ocean general circulation model is used to study the response of idealized ice shelves to a series of ocean-warming scenarios. The model predicts that the total ice shelf basal melt increases quadratically as the ocean offshore of the ice front warms. This occurs because the melt rate is proportional to the product of ocean flow speed and temperature in the mixed layer directly beneath the ice shelf, both of which are found to increase linearly with ocean warming. The behavior of this complex primitive equation model can be described surprisingly well with recourse to an idealized reduced system of equations, and it is shown that this system supports a melt rate response to warming that is generally quadratic in nature. This study confirms and unifies several previous examinations of the relation between melt rate and ocean temperature but disagrees with other results, particularly the claim that a single melt rate sensitivity to warming is universally valid. The hypothesized warming does not necessarily require a heat input to the ocean, as warmer waters (or larger volumes of “warm” water) may reach ice shelves purely through a shift in ocean circulation. Since ice shelves link the Antarctic Ice Sheet to the climate of the Southern Ocean, this finding of an above-linear rise in ice shelf mass loss as the ocean steadily warms is of significant importance to understanding ice sheet evolution and sea level rise.
Opponents of the Spanish monarchy marched through Oxford on Monday in protest against the installation of a new Spanish king, following the abdication of Juan Carlos I in favour of his son, Felipe.Some 35 protesters, among them Oxford students, marched from the Radcliffe Camera to Cornmarket Street calling for a referendum on the continuation of the monarchy. The protest’s organisers expressed their approval at the size of the crowd, given they had only four hours’ notice. Protesters chanted, “One, two, three, republic once again”, referencing the two former Spanish republics of 1873 and 1931.Arturo Zoffman Rodriguez, who organised the protest, told Cherwell, “The king has been the visible head of a system that has taken Spain to crisis and brought misery to millions, while a few parasites line their pockets. Those same parasites orchestrated the repressionof our grandparents in 1936, were at the helm under Franco, and are still calling the shots nowadays.”He continued, “The Spanish youth and workers are starting to re-evaluate all the institutions that have been in charge of society; the traditional parties, big business, the church, and, of course, the monarchy. We don’t want to see a new king being imposed upon us as Juan Carlos was imposed upon our parents. We want to have a say and take our fate into our own hands, and the first step to do this is to have a referendum on the monarchy.”Juan Carlos I became king of Spain in 1975, having been named the next head of state by dictator Francisco Franco. He presided over Spain’s transition to democracy, and played a major role in preventing a military coup in 1981.The king announced his abdication on Monday, stating in a televised address that it was time for a new generation to take on the burdensof reform.Several republican protests have since taken place across Europe in the wake of the king’s abdication, in cities including Paris, Amsterdam,London and Berlin. Juan Carlos’ successor, Felipe, is due to be crowned on 18th June.