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Caltech Helps Launch International Alliance of Universities Addressing Climate Change

first_imgEducation Caltech Helps Launch International Alliance of Universities Addressing Climate Change By CALTECH Published on Friday, April 10, 2020 | 12:30 pm AThompson Ocean Water Research. Photo courtesy CaltechCaltech has joined dozens of universities around the globe in launching the International Universities Climate Alliance (IUCA), which aims to provide a new voice for engaging in international and national policy discussions around climate change.Fostered by the University of New South Wales (UNSW) Sydney in Australia, the alliance is a network of 40 universities in 18 countries, each with different strengths in analyzing and addressing climate change. The group plans to communicate research insights to policymakers and the public about how best to tackle this existential threat.“Today, we are seeing the importance of having clear scientific input about issues and challenges facing society. The IUCA hopes to be a resource to governments and other stakeholders that provides an independent and respected international voice on matters related to climate science, impacts, mitigation, and adaptation,” says Andrew Thompson, professor of environmental science and engineering, and Caltech’s point of contact for the IUCA.Despite the coronavirus pandemic’s dominance in the public’s mind right now, the member universities of the Alliance made the decision to push forward with the formation of the group due to the urgent need to address climate change.“Of course, in the current situation turning our attention to fighting the COVID-19 pandemic must be a priority, which has already led to major shifts in research projects and resources. However, over the past month, we have been witnessing the same contentious discussions surrounding the importance of scientific input on policy making that have characterized the climate debate for decades,” Thompson says.“Eventually, addressing climate change may require fundamental changes in how society functions. It is more clear than ever that making these decisions from an informed position based on the collective understanding of the climate science community is essential for the stewardship of both national and international interests,” he adds.With the recent $750 million gift from Stewart and Lynda Resnick to support cutting-edge research into the most pressing challenges in environmental sustainability, Caltech is positioned to be a leading voice on climate change, he says—a voice that is urgently needed now.More information about the alliance can be found on its website, https://www.universitiesforclimate.org. Community News HerbeautyBaby Boom: The Stars Are Getting Busy In QuarantineHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty9 Of The Best Family Friendly Dog BreedsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyCreative Ways To Burn Calories That Require Little EffortHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeauty CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS More Cool Stuff 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. STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy center_img Community News Make a comment Subscribe 56 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Business News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,PCC – EducationVirtual Schools PasadenaDarrell Done EducationHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Top of the News Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more

Argentina and Chile Strengthen Disaster Response

first_imgBy Juan Delgado/Diálogo January 07, 2019 In mid-November 2018, the Argentine and Chilean armed forces conducted two joint and combined humanitarian assistance exercises. The tabletop exercises took place simultaneously in both countries, November 12-16. Exercise Solidarity 2018 was conducted at the Chilean War Academy’s Tactical Operational Training Center (CEOTAC, in Spanish) in Santiago. Exercise Southern Patagonia 1 was conducted at the Argentine Army’s Rospentek Military Garrison, in Río Gallegos, a city in the Argentine Patagonia. A total of 90 service members gathered for Solidarity 2018, under the coordination of the joint chiefs of staff of Argentina and Chile. In addition, 80 elements of the neighboring countries’ armies took part in Southern Patagonia 1. The objective of both exercises was to check on staff’s preparation in case of emergencies or natural disasters. Through the exercises, the forces seek to reinforce coordination and interoperability among their troops. “I think the exchange between the branches of the Chilean and Argentine armed forces with all the support institutions of each country—not only police, but also governmental institutions—is very important for help in case of disaster,” said Chilean Navy Vice Admiral Rodrigo Álvarez Aguirre, head of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. “This is why we are very excited.” Exercise Solidarity 2018 Solidarity 2018 sought to check on existing doctrinal plans and procedures between Argentina and Chile, as well as their integration in the civil protection systems of both nations. On this occasion, the military conducted a natural disaster simulation featuring a magnitude 8.9 earthquake on the Richter scale and a subsequent tsunami in the city of Concepción, in the Chilean coastal Biobío region. Participants planned troop and equipment deployment in the area to evacuate the population and conduct search-and-rescue operations in collapsed structures, among other activities. They also planned civil institutions’ assistance to provide first aid and basic supplies. “Based on the protocols, a country affected by a disaster can ask their counterpart for assistance,” Argentine Army Colonel Lucilo López Meyer, head of Assistance and Emergency at the Armed Forces’ Joint Chiefs of Staff, told Diálogo. “This activates the whole system in which the affected country prepares the resources needed to complement the capabilities of the host nation.” The exercise that began in 2001 is conducted in three-year cycles that include planning, tabletop exercise, and execution on the ground—to be conducted in 2019. Countries alternate as hosts. The exercise with troops, with dates yet to be determined, will be conducted in Concepción, with the support of land, air, and naval resources of both countries. Participants will put to the test what was devised during the tabletop exercise with evacuation operations, rescues, and underwater searches, among others. Southern Patagonia 1 Elements of the Argentine Army’s 11th Mechanized Brigade and the Chilean Army’s 5th Division carried out the first edition of Exercise Southern Patagonia. Representatives of the Argentine Air Force and the Gendarmerie, as well as police forces of Santa Cruz, an Argentine province that shares borders with Chile, also participated. According to the scenario, a series of natural disasters—a strong earthquake, the eruption of a volcano, and heavy snow—resulted in a large number of victims and severe property damage in the border area between Puerto Natales, Chile, and Río Turbio, Argentina. To respond to the emergency, the armies of both countries formed the Combined Specific Command that planned joint and combined rescue and civil protection operations with other institutions, as well as governmental and non-governmental organizations. “Southern Patagonia 1 had errors and successes,” said Argentine Army Brigadier General Fernando Mauricio Ros, commander of the 11th Mechanized Brigade. “The experience exchange will help improve the combined planning process that, in the long term, will make decision-making more efficient in the face of natural disasters.” Argentina and Chile share a border of more than 5,000 kilometers along the Andes mountain range, which is part of the Pacific Ring of Fire, the most volcanic- and seismic-prone area worldwide. The countries signed several cooperation agreements and bilateral treaties to act in case of a disaster in the border region. “As part of the treaties, both countries’ joint chiefs of staff formulated the Rules [for the operation of the Chilean-Argentine Mixed Commission] for Cooperation in Case of Disaster,” Col. López said. “That’s why joint and combined cooperation exercises are conducted, dealing with different themes related to emergencies and natural disasters.” According to Col. López, the exercises were a success and strengthened both armed forces’ cooperation capabilities. Carrying out the exercises in a joint and combined way also allowed participants to take note of weaker points in need of more work. “Mutual knowledge is necessary to ensure operations are executed efficiently, no matter what kind they are,” said Col. López. “Knowing the people we work with makes us all more efficient. It mutually boosts our capabilities, which strengthens us individually and as a group.”last_img read more

FSB taskforce proposes ‘ambitious but practical’ climate disclosures

first_imgThe Financial Stability Board (FSB) Task Force on Climate-related Financial Disclosures (TCFD) today announced what it says are “ambitious but also practical” recommendations for reporting by organisations – companies and investors – on financial aspects of climate change, although the “bite” of the voluntary disclosures has been questioned.Established in December 2015, the industry-led task force today officially announced its full set of recommendations for information that financial and non-financial “organisations” should disclose to improve understanding of the potential financial implications of climate change and the transition to a “lower-carbon” economy.A consultation on the draft recommendations runs until 12 February.The recommended disclosures are intended to “elicit decision-useful, forward-looking information” on climate-related financial impacts to help “investors, lenders and insurance underwriters to appropriately assess and price climate-related risks and opportunities”. As already foreshadowed, the task force has made recommendations for disclosure structured around four thematic areas: governance, strategy, risk management and metrics and targets.The four overarching recommendations are supported by more specific recommended disclosures that build out the framework, and the task force has also developed supporting guidance.One of the key recommendations, according to the task force, is that organisations conduct forward-looking scenario analysis to assess and illustrate the potential impact on their business.The idea is that the recommended disclosures can be adopted by companies of all types and should be included in mainstream financial filings.  It referred to its recommendations as “a foundation” for improved reporting that “aim to be ambitious but also practical for near-term adoption”.Reporting will evolve and mature over time, it said.Speaking about the draft recommendations, FSB chair Mark Carney said: “The disclosure recommendations will give financial markets the information they need to manage risks, and seize opportunities, stemming from climate change. As a private sector solution to a market issue, the Task Force has focused on the practical, material disclosures investors want and that all capital-raising companies can compile.”Many supportive comments from task force member firms and NGOs were compiled in connection with the report’s recommendation today.Eloy Lindeijer, CIO at major Dutch pension investor PGGM, said: “Once implemented, the recommendations will greatly improve transparency and support more informed asset allocation decisions. Institutional investors need this to play a stronger role in financing the energy transition.”Stephanie Pfeifer, chief executive at the Institutional Investors Group on Climate Change (IIGCC), said the group welcomed the TCFD’s recommendations, as they would ultimately help investors to “better assess, price and manage the risks and opportunities of transition to a sustainable, low-carbon, global economy.“Material climate disclosures must become a routine part of annual reporting practice if institutional investors are to make robust decisions that accurately reflect physical risks posed by climate change and transition risks arising from swift adoption of clean and efficient technologies.”Some critical points were raised, too, however, with Mark Wilson, chief executive at Aviva, suggesting that the disclosure will lack “real bite” by being voluntary.“I am calling to go one step further,” he said. “We should give the disclosure real bite by making these recommendations mandatory, not voluntary. Only then will climate risk become integral to corporate governance and how we all do business.”Speaking at the IPE conference in Berlin earlier this month, Russell Picot, special adviser to the taskforce, said there was merit in “allow[ing] the marketplace to experiment first” before hard-coding requirements. Developing disclosures that are voluntary was in the task force’s mandate from the FSB from the very beginning.Law firm ClientEarth, meanwhile, warned that regulators and companies may use the TCFD recommendations on climate risk disclosure to avoid compliance with, and enforcement of, existing laws.Senior lawyer Alice Garton said: “These recommendations should set the standard for compliance with these existing laws. It shouldn’t be an ‘either/or’ choice, but there’s a very real danger some companies and regulators will treat it as such.”The task force arguably appears to pre-empt this point.In its report, it said companies in most G20 jurisdictions were already required to disclose material risks in their financial filings and that the recommended reporting framework “should be useful to organisations in complying more effectively with existing disclosure obligations”.last_img read more

Trojans’ new leadership core takes shape

first_imgThere’s a scene from the classic football film Friday Night Lights that perfectly captures what USC head coach Lane Kiffin and his team are going through.Lead by example · USC redshirt junior linebacker Hayes Pullard, one of the most experienced players on the team, lets his play do the talking. – Daily Trojan File Photo Follow Nick Selbe on Twitter @NickSelbe The season for the Permian Panthers has just ended in bitter disappointment, and Permian head coach Gary Gaines is taking down the nameplates of departing players from the team’s depth chart on the wall. At the same time, the camera pans over those same players walking out of the stadium.The weight of the scene is not in Gaines’ concern about replacing the on-field production of those players. The poignancy actually comes from his realization that the leadership, the heart and soul of his team, is gone, and it’s his job now to find new players to pick up the pieces.The Trojans find themselves in a similar predicament for the fall season.All four team captains from last season have moved onto the NFL: quarterback Matt Barkley to the Eagles, center Khaled Holmes to the Colts, safety T.J. McDonald to the Rams and cornerback Nickell Robey to the Bills. These players made up the core of the team’s leadership, along with fellow departures Robert Woods and Jawanza Starling, leaving Kiffin with the tough task of developing replacements.Though the head coach of a football team bears most of the burden of leadership, it takes more than that for a team to be successful. It’s imperative that the players themselves be accountable for their actions, something that is not overlooked by this year’s group.“You have to get on guys and tell them to keep pushing,” junior wide receiver Marqise Lee said. “And you have to do it without the coaches. [Doing it] with the coaches is good, but I feel as if players can really bond when it’s just the players.”With the leadership among the team in a transitional phase, the simple question that remains is this: Which players can step up and lead this team?The Trojans have plenty of potential leaders to choose from. Though they lost great players and great leaders from a season ago, the process of developing new ones is not an unfamiliar task.“Every year is different,” Kiffin said. “We’re facing that with losing a lot of really good players from last year and really good leaders. As we move into fall, it’s our job to make sure developing those guys as great leaders is prominent.”Redshirt senior defensive end Devon Kennard could possibly fill part of the leadership void. Kennard missed all of last season with a torn pectoral muscle, but remained a vocal part of the team throughout its many on-field struggles.“He was a leader already last year, and we still look up to him as a leader,” said redshirt junior linebacker Hayes Pullard, one of the more experienced and vocal players on the team. “He‘s one of the main guys I look up to. Just having him back is a relief. He’s been through the ups and downs throughout the seasons and he knows how this tradition is supposed to be run.”Kennard said he isn’t putting any added pressure on himself to step into McDonald and Robey’s shoes.“I’m not T.J. I’m not Nickell,” Kennard said. “I’m just going to be the best Devon Kennard I can be, and I think my teammates respect that. We’ve got a great chemistry on the defensive side of the ball.”On the offensive side, senior tailback Silas Redd finds himself in a unique position. One year ago, he was forced to adapt quickly to his new surroundings, having transferred to USC from Penn State in the wake of NCAA sanctions placed upon the Nittany Lions. Now, he’s about to embark on his final college season, a veteran among an offense filled with more than just a few newcomers.“The thing about Silas is he’s a leader,” Kiffin said. “He’s very confident, very emotional. Now that he’s had an offseason around the guys, even though he’s battled some injuries, I think he’ll have a bigger leadership role, and also he’ll have a more successful season if he can stay healthy.”Though Redd is expected to get the bulk of the carries this season, he also has the luxury of relying on a deep stable of backs behind him, most of whom have little to no game experience. That casts Redd in the suitable role of mentor.“Whatever those guys need, [my teammates] can come to me,” Redd said. “I know my stuff really well and I have experience to answer questions some of the younger guys might have. Anything that I can do to help them, I’m going to do.”Redd’s role in the offense is a crucial one. He’s battle-tested and reliable, two traits that cannot yet be said of whomever USC’s starting quarterback ends up being. One of the leading candidates, redshirt sophomore Cody Kessler, is fully aware of what is expected of him should he win the job.“It’s definitely a big loss when you lose [team leaders] like that, but at the same time, it gives opportunities for new guys to step up,” Kessler said. “We don’t have a lot of game experience like Matt [Barkley] did, but we don’t have a choice. When you’re the quarterback, guys are going to look to you when things go wrong, so you’re going to get thrown into that spot.”With Redd, Pullard, Kennard and company in tow, it appears as if a new regime is already starting to take shape. Despite the great players who have departed, a changing of the guard might be just what this team needs to shake off the bitter feelings of the season that has come to be known simply as “7-6.”The motto the team adopted at the onset of that ill-fated year, “Prep, not hype,” never quite stuck. The play of the 2012 Trojans never came close to reaching its enormous preseason hype.This year’s rallying cry, “Don’t talk about it. Be about it,” though, seems to hold more water. When asked if wearing the captain’s “C” on his jersey was a goal, Pullard responded firmly.“The ‘C’ doesn’t mean anything,” Pullard said. “You have to show that on the field. All that is leading by example. A leader is shown by his actions. Whether I’m wearing the ‘C’ or not, I’m just trying to go out and show the guys the Trojan way.”last_img read more

Ground Broken for Sorrel Plant in Westmoreland

first_imgMinister of Agriculture and Fisheries, Hon. Roger Clarke, on Tuesday, June 4, officially broke ground for the establishment of a $24.8 million sorrel processing plant in Bethel Town, Westmoreland.Work on the 204-square metre modern facility, which will consist of production area, dry and cold storage, and sorting area, as well as office and bathroom conveniences, is already well underway, and is expected to be completed within three months.It will process sorrel to make jams, jellies and juices in addition to other value-added products, while significantly reducing the need for further imports for the Jamaican market.The processing facility, which will be operated by the Bethel Town Agricultural Co-operative Society, is being constructed by the Jamaica Social Investment Fund (JSIF) under its World Bank-funded Rural Economic Development Initiative (REDI).Minister Clarke, in welcoming the project, said it symbolises Government’s intention to “seriously deal” with import substitution.“This is yet another expression that this Government intends, in a very, very serious way, to deal with import substitution and to grow the agricultural sector. Why is it we have to import sorrel concentrate into this country to make drink, when sorrel can be grown almost anywhere in Jamaica?” he queried.He informed that the Ministry is working with the Mexican Government to train persons in the use of machinery to make the harvesting of sorrel easier.He noted that farmers in Central Westmoreland are already preparing lands to plant sorrel “so you had better hurry with the construction”.General Manager at JSIF, Loy Malcolm, informed that project will “transform over 120 acres of sorrel into value-added products”.“We at JSIF are happy to be a part of this and wish you all every success in this project,” she noted.Minister of State in the Office of the Prime Minister, and Member of Parliament for Eastern Westmoreland, Hon. Luther Buchanan, in his remarks, said the ground breaking exercise “means a brighter future for agricultural development in the parish of Westmoreland”.The agro-processing facility is expected to realise a 400 per cent increase in revenue for farmers, while generating employment opportunities for community members.Contact: Glenis A. Roselast_img read more

Moodys Downgrades CMA CGM due to Weakened Liquidity

first_imgzoomImage by Navingo The corporate family rating of French shipping major CMA CGM was downgraded to B2 from B1 amid the company’s weakened liquidity profile, according to rating agency Moody’s.Additionally, CMA CGM’s probability default rating was set to B2-PD from B1-PD, senior unsecured ratings were downgraded to Caa1 from B3, while the outlook was changed to stable from negative.“Today’s rating action reflects that CMA CGM’s liquidity profile has weakened materially in the last 12 months as a consequence of the acquisition of CEVA Logistics AG, although expected by Moody’s to improve somewhat in 2020,” Daniel Harlid, Assistant Vice President — Analyst and lead analyst for CMA CGM, said.The downgrade of CMA CGM’s rating follows the acquisition of CEVA Logistics, that together with the a large capex programme and difficult, albeit stable, market environment has and will continue to put pressure on the company’s liquidity profile.Given Moody’s base case, where the free cash flow generation of the company leaves very limited room for debt reduction, Moody’s now expects adjusted debt/EBITDA to be sustained above 5x and adjusted FFO Interest coverage to be sustained below 3x during the next 12-18 months.Moody’s notes that CMA GCM has historically shown “good access to capital and that there is some optionality when it comes to delay capex which would improve the current liquidity profile.”Also, Moody’s understands the company is planning to sell a minority stake in Ceva and divest terminals, both of which would improve liquidity.Nevertheless, the rating action reflects that available liquidity has decreased substantially since June 2018, when the company had USD 1.6 billion of cash on balance sheet and USD 1.2 billion of undrawn RCFs. This is in stark contrast with the liquidity position in June 2019, consisting of USD 1.5 billion (of which USD 270 million is at a Ceva level) and only around USD 280 million in undrawn RCFs.As Moody’s currently have a stable outlook on the container shipping sector, expectations on CMA CGM’s operating performance for the next 12-18 months reflects volumes growing with low single digits coupled with some further improvements in operating expenses per TEU (excluding bunker costs).This translates to a Moody’s-adjusted EBIT margin in the range of 3.5%-4.0% and Moody’s-adjusted debt/EBITDA of 5.6x-5.1x. The stable outlook is also based on a successful divestment of terminals for a total amount of at least USD 500 million.last_img read more

Closing arguments at Winnipeg trial for suspect in death of woman in

first_imgWINNIPEG — Lawyers are to present their closing arguments today at the Winnipeg trial of a man accused of killing a woman whose body was found in a barrel.Perez Cleveland, who is 46, has pleaded not guilty in the 2016 death of 42-year-old Jennifer Barrett.Court has heard that Cleveland shared a house with his adult daughter and five women who were described by one of them as “sister wives.”Four of the women testified that they experienced extreme physical abuse, surveillance and manipulation in the home.The Crown has said that Cleveland became convinced Barrett was cheating, so he tortured her for days before she was killed.The defence argued that one of the other women was jealous of Cleveland and Barrett’s relationship and acted violently towards Barrett.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Were going to keep fighting

first_imgAPTN National NewsPolice swooped in Wednesday morning on a protest outside of Hamilton at an Enbridge pumping terminal.The arrests followed an injunction issued Tuesday morning against the group which is fighting the energy firm’s plans to reverse the flow of their Line 9 pipeline to bring Alberta tar sands oil east.Police arrested about 20 people, including a Six Nations member and an Anishinabe protestor.APTN’s Donna Sound visited the site on Tuesday and filed this report.last_img

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Tuesday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,330.67, up 79.92 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Down 58 cents, or 9.8 per cent, to $5.34 on 12.8 million shares.Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Aerospace, rail equipment. Up 15 cents or 3.31 per cent, to $4.68 on 9.4 million shares.Aphria Inc. (TSX:APH). Healthcare. Down 92 cents, or 9.54 per cent, to $8.72 on 5.69 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down $2.89, or 8.25 per cent, to $32.15 on 5.08 million shares.Cenovus Energy Inc. (TSX:CVE). Oil and gas. Down 50 cents, or 3.85 per cent, to $12.50 on 4.62 million shares.Baytex Energy Corp. (TSX:BTE). Oil and gas. Down 15 cents, or 3.85 per cent, to $3.75 on 4.13 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Hydro One Ltd. (TSX:H). Utilities. Up 23 cents, or 1.2 per cent, to $19.33 on 2.43 million shares. The partially privatized utility named the 10 new members of its board, just over a month after the previous 14-member board resigned en masse following pressure from the newly-elected Ontario provincial government. Former CIBC executive Tom Woods will serve as the interim board chair until the position can be filled permanently.last_img read more

Site C workforce broke the 2100 mark in March

first_imgThere were 22 additional B.C. residents employed on Site C as contractors, making up 83 percent of contractors and bringing the total to 1,331. The number of Peace River Regional District resident contractors dropped from 642 to 598. The percentage of PRRD resident contractors dropped from 41 percent to 37 percent during the month.According to the rest of the statistics, there were only three temporary foreign workers employed at Site C during the month. There were also 22 apprentices, along with 256 women and 213 Indigenous workers. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — BC Hydro has released the employment statistics for the Site C dam during the month of March, which shows the dam’s workforce did increase during the third month of this year, though not nearly as much as it did in February.In March, there were 2,124 workers directly employed on the Site C project in some capacity. The number of contractors on site jumped by 54 compared to February to 1,611, while the number of engineers and project team members fell by 16. Photo by BC Hydro Photo by BC Hydro Photo by BC Hydro Photo by BC Hydro last_img read more