In 1987, on her first day at her new job in Washington, D.C., Carol Steiker was handed two giant notebooks by her predecessor and was told, “The boss really cares a lot about this.”Her new boss was U.S. Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, and what he cared passionately about was opposing the death penalty. As a result, Steiker, his new clerk, became well-versed in issues related to capital punishment, and in the intervening years has come to care deeply about the topic herself.A group of graduating Harvard Law School (HLS) students listened to parting advice on Wednesday (April 21) from Steiker, who has made studying and teaching classes on capital punishment a large part of her life’s work. The professor took part in the last of four discussion sessions sponsored by the School’s 3L class marshals that let HLS scholars offer the departing class some final words of wisdom.“I promise you, there is nothing more satisfying than to work on something … that you care passionately about,” said Steiker, who delivered a talk she titled “Why I Am Against the Death Penalty, and Why You Should Be Against Something Too.” The Howard J. and Katherine W. Aibel Professor of Law described her opposition to the penalty in both procedural and moral terms, and encouraged audience members to “find their inner indignation and harness it for good.”In the procedural realm, recalling the campaign of former presidential hopeful Michael Dukakis, she noted that capital punishment has become a “hot-button political issue,” and that intense pressure is put on elected officials to support it. Steiker said that many observers felt Dukakis’ presidential hopes were dashed when he famously remarked during a 1988 debate that he wouldn’t back the death penalty even if his wife were murdered.“It’s hard to overstate how the death penalty has played such a potent role in politics.”Steiker also called funding for capital defense in the United States “horribly inadequate,” and said there “is just simply no will to correct this.”Governments face major demands on their budgets in areas such as health care and education, so passing appropriation or tax bills for lawyers to defend hardened criminals is not a priority for state and local officials, said Steiker.Additionally, recent legal changes have drastically limited the review of state death penalty convictions at the federal level, essentially eliminating an important backstop, she said.On moral grounds, Steiker, who frequently debates death penalty proponents, worried in part that extreme punishments done in the name of the “public” and “justice” would have a “wearing effect on certain crucial aspects of human nature,” including “the ability to identify — have compassion with — other people, especially people who are different from the way we view ourselves. … We need to protect [these] sensibilities and capacities that are central to moral agency.”But turning the audience into death penalty abolitionists wasn’t the goal of her talk, said Steiker. Her aim, she said, was to convince listeners to find their own passion, and to use their “enormous talents, energies, and excellent educations” in pursuing it.There is tremendous suffering and injustice in the world, said Steiker, and “you are among the people in the world most equipped to make a difference.”
Global growth pushes profits at offshore wind major Ørsted, beyond forecasts FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Recharge:Profits at Ørsted rose last year as the Danish offshore wind champion ramped up new wind farms both on land as well as at sea.“2019 was a great year for Ørsted with continued strategic progress and global expansion. We achieved a very satisfactory operating profit (Ebitda), and the green share of our heat and power generation increased to a new high of 86%,” chief executive Henrik Poulsen said.The company’s earnings before interest, taxes, depreciation and amortisation (Ebitda) – excluding new partnerships – rose 17% to DKr17.5bn ($2.58bn) last year when compared to 2018, exceeding the most recent guidance of DKr16-17bn. Ebitda just in onshore and offshore wind jumped by 30% to DKr14.8bn in 2019.Last year was a breakthrough overseas for the Danish company.“We reached significant milestones by winning two large-scale offshore projects in the US. We were awarded 1,100MW with our Ocean Wind project in New Jersey and 880MW with our Sunrise Wind project in New York. With these awards, we have secured a US offshore wind portfolio with a total capacity of 2.9GW to be completed towards 2024,” Poulsen stressed.Ørsted in 2019 also commissioned Hornsea 1, the world’s largest offshore wind farm, with a capacity of 1.2GW, and decided to build the 900MW Greater Changhua 1&2a array off Taiwan.[Bernd Radowitz]More: Ørsted 2019 profit beats forecasts as global growth soars
On a day when representatives of the outdoor industry filed into Washington, D.C. to lobby members of Congress about the importance of, among other things, preserving and protecting America’s public lands, President Trump signed an executive order that seeks to challenge the status of some 100,000 acres of America’s national monuments.According to the Wilderness Society, a national monument is a “land or historic area that has been given permanent protection by Congress or by the president through the use of the Antiquities Act.”As many as two dozen national monuments are under siege after Trump’s latest order. That encompasses all or part of every designated national monument dating back to 1996.“We’re going to free it up, which is what should have happened in the first place. … And tremendously positive things are going to happen on that incredible land, the likes of which there is nothing more beautiful anywhere in the world.”—President Trump on national monumentsTrump called the Antiquities Act, which was put into place in 1906 and is used to designate national monuments, an “egregious use of government power”, going on to say, “we’re going to free it up, which is what should have happened in the first place. … And tremendously positive things are going to happen on that incredible land, the likes of which there is nothing more beautiful anywhere in the world.”Just yesterday, while speaking to representatives of the outdoor industry, Trump’s Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke attempted to quell fears about the possible transfer of prized public lands to the states.“Nobody loves public lands more than me,” he said at an Outdoor Industry Association event. “You can love it as much, but you can’t love it more than me. And part of the reason why I got the job is I’m adamantly opposed to the sale or transfer of public lands. And so is my boss.”Cedar Mesa Monument in Bears Ears National Monument, Wikimedia CommonsIn statement released after the order was signed, Patagonia CEO Rose Marcario said that the president does not have the authority to rescind a National Monument.“Less than 24 hours after joining with our industry to celebrate the economic power of outdoor recreation, in a hypocritical move, the Trump administration took unprecedented steps that could result in the removal of protections for treasured public lands,” the statement reads. “We take this as a sign that Trump and his team prefer to cater to fossil fuel interests and state land grabs for unsustainable development, rather than preserve a vital part of our nation’s heritage for future generations by protecting federal lands owned by every citizen.”Below is the list of national monuments Trump is seeking to challenge. It was released by the White House earlier today.► Grand Staircase-Escalante National Monument in Utah, proclaimed by President Clinton in 1996. (1.7 million acres).► Grand Canyon-Parashant National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (1 million acres).► Giant Sequoia National Monument in California, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (327,769 acres).► Vermilion Cliffs National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (279,568 acres).► Hanford Reach National Monument in Washington, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (194,450 acres).► Canyons of the Ancients National Monument in Colorado, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (175,160 acres).► Ironwood Forest National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2000 (128,917 acres).► Sonoran Desert National Monument in Arizona, proclaimed by Clinton in 2001 (486,149 acres).► Upper Missouri River Breaks National Monument in Montana, proclaimed by Clinton in 2001 (377,346 acres).► Carrizo Plain National Monument in California, proclaimed by Clinton in 2001 (204,107 acres).► Papahanaumokuakea Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean, proclaimed by President George W. Bush in 2006 and expanded by President Barack Obama in 2016, (89.6 million acres).► World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument in California, Hawaii and Alaska, proclaimed by Bush in 2008 (4 million acres).► Marianas Trench Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean, proclaimed by Bush in 2009 (60.9 million acres).► Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument in the Pacific Ocean, proclaimed by Bush in 2009 and enlarged by Obama in 2014. (55.6 million acres).► Rose Atoll Marine National Monument in American Samoa, proclaimed by Bush in 2009 (8.6 million acres).► Rio Grande del Norte National Monument in New Mexico, proclaimed by Obama in 2013. (242,555 acres).► Organ Mountains-Desert Peaks National Monument in New Mexico, proclaimed by Obama in 2014 (496,330 acres).► Basin and Range National Monument in Nevada, proclaimed by Obama in 2015 (703,585 acres).► Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, proclaimed by Obama in 2015 (330,780 acres).► Northeast Canyons & Seamounts Marine National Monument in the Atlantic Ocean, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (3.1 million acres).► Mojave Trails National Monument in California, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (1.6 million acres).► Bears Ears National Monument in Utah, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (1.4 million acres).► Gold Butte National Monument in Nevada, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (296,937 acres).► Sand to Snow National Monument in California, proclaimed by Obama in 2016 (154,000 acres).
The Shire of Murray, situated in the center of the Peel Region, Western Australia, has engaged CGC Dredge Contractors to undertake a maintenance dredge of the Yunderup Channel as it approaches the Yunderup Canals residential development area.According to the news release, the works will employ a cutter suction dredge operation with in-estuary disposal and are scheduled to take approximately 15 weeks to complete – subject to favorable weather conditions.The works will have no impact on vessels entering the Yunderup canals, however recreational boater need to respect the presence of the dredgers, ans stay clear of the operations, the Shire of Murray said.A Dredge Management Plan was prepared to support the works approval process and timing of the works have been targeted to:Avoid the December to March period when migrating seabirds and shore birds are at their greatest diversity and abundance;Avoid summer months being peak period for seagrass growth;Avoid summer months being a peak recreational use period;Consultants RPS Group were engaged to undertake the environmental assessment.The Yunderup Channel is 3000 meters in length and is designed to accommodate vessels of up to 8.0m in length with a 0.8m draught below water level.The maintenance dredge program is typically required every 10 years to maintain a suitable channel depth to accommodate vessels accessing the canals. Previous dredging project removed around 30,000 cubic meters of dredged material from the area.
Share St. Kitts flag. Image via: cia.govBASSETERRE, St Kitts (SKNIS) — Young people from around the Caribbean region have convened in St Kitts and Nevis to formulate strategies to reduce violent conflicts amongst their peers.On Wednesday evening, director of Youth Empowerment, Geoffrey Hanley, welcomed the delegates and participants to the Cana-Caribe: Peace-building and Leadership Training Meeting, which is scheduled to run from September 21 to 25. The event is sponsored by the Commonwealth Youth Programme, Commonwealth Secretariat and is attended by participants from Antigua and Barbuda, The Bahamas, Belize, Guyana, Jamaica, Trinidad and Tobago and host St Kitts and Nevis. Cana-Caribe chairperson Crystal Alexander explained that the timing of the project was strategic, given the upsurge of antisocial activity over the last two years. Commonwealth studies have identified youth as the primary perpetrators and/or victims. She congratulated the participants for standing up to “lead the charge in creating a more peaceful, just and prosperous society” by undertaking the peace building and leadership courses of the sessions. Acting regional director of the Commonwealth Youth Programme Caribbean Center (CYPCC) Dwynette Eversley explained that the entity is very proud of this initiative.“This programme calls for the young people who are participating to develop Action Plans which are national but community based, and which feeds into a Regional Plan,” she stated. “I can indicate at the level of the CYPCC that we are going to be prepared to continue to support the development of a pilot, into a sustainable project over a three year period.”St Kitts and Nevis Minister of Youth Empowerment Glenn Phillip stressed that the federal government was pleased to be associated with this programme given its commitment to provide positive alternatives for persons involved in social vices. “This fire of Cana-Caribe 2011 will be ignited here in Basseterre to provide the light of information and warmth of inclusion not only for the communities of St Kitts and Nevis but … for the farer reaches of our region and our hemisphere,” he stressed. Phillip wished the delegates well and said that he would eagerly await the report of outcomes. Caribbean News Now Share NewsRegional Regional youth meeting in St Kitts formulates strategies to reduce violent conflicts by: – September 23, 2011 Share 7 Views no discussions Sharing is caring! Tweet
Swift’s Team Sky team-mate Lars Petter Nordhaug emerged from the chaos to win the first stage of the inaugural Tour de Yorkshire in front of huge crowds on the Scarborough seafront, but behind him several others were picking up the pieces. Almost a year on from the county hosting the Grand Depart of the Tour de France, the 174km stage again saw thousands lining the roads but the day’s racing was defined by a huge crash after a brief shower created a slippery descent as the peloton approached Grosmont, high in the North Yorkshire Moors. There was a warning when Topsport Vlaanderen-Baloise’s Tim Declercq, one of two riders in a breakaway, went straight on at a corner and landed in a hedge before remounting. But with no race radio, the peloton approached unaware and chaos followed as several riders hit the deck, led by Swift and his team-mate Ian Boswell. “It was just really slippy,” said Swift’s team-mate Philip Deignan. “Normally the roads here are quite abrasive but that was real shiny. It just came on really quickly, the shower, just as we were coming in and it’s a 20 per cent descent so it was probably the worst moment for it to happen.” As Swift headed off to hospital, his remaining team-mates tried to regroup amid the confusion and Deignan and Nordhaug managed to get themselves into a five-man break which got away on the final climb of the day out of Robin Hood’s Bay. It came down to a sprint on the seafront, with Nordhaug beating Europcar’s Thomas Voeckler and Stephane Rossetto of Cofidis. “It’s great to take the victory,” the Norwegian said. “With all the spectators here it’s massive and I feel like I’m riding at home riding for Sky. This is really great. “The team were so strong today, riding all day to make it hard. We were riding for Ben Swift but he crashed pretty hard which is a shame. Then I had to try and do something.” After time bonuses were applied, Nordhaug led the general classification by four seconds from Voeckler. Deignan finished fifth to sit 10 seconds down. “This is cycling, the highs and lows,” said Team Sky sporting director Rod Ellingworth. “The thing is we always said from the beginning if we lose Ben, Lars is the guy, he’s next in line so for Team Sky it’s worked out but it’s sad for Ben, his home race and he was well up for it.” The same crash which accounted for Swift also did for NFTO’s Eddie Dunbar, at 18 the youngest rider in the field. The Irishman, who had been first over the biggest climb of the day at Rosedale Abbey, was taken to hospital with a suspected broken clavicle. The attrition had begun when Giant-Alpecin’s Kittel, who won the opening stage of the Tour de France in Harrogate last year, climbed off midway through the stage having fallen more than six minutes off the pace. The 26-year-old was racing for the first time in two months after a virus and his lack of training was no match for the rolling roads, which seemed to catch out many riders as the peloton splintered. Sir Bradley Wiggins, competing for the first time for his eponymous development team, elected to ride conservatively and stay safe with his attempt at the Hour record scheduled for June. He eventually crossed the line in 96th, almost 15 minutes behind the winners. Saturday sees the peloton take on a 174km route from Selby to York, where a bunch sprint is anticipated, before a tough 167km stage full of climbing between Wakefield and Leeds coincides with a wet weather forecast on Sunday. “Tomorrow should be pretty straight forward with a bunch sprint but the third day, from what I hear, is pretty brutal,” Deignan said when asked if Team Sky can defend their lead. “Lars is obviously in good form so I don’t think we need to be afraid of anyone.” Swift injured his right shoulder in the crash, but Team Sky later confirmed he had not suffered any broken bones. “I’m devastated that I’ve had to withdraw from the race,” Swift said on the team’s website. “I fell heavily on my shoulder and knew straight away that I couldn’t continue. Thankfully nothing is broken so hopefully it won’t keep me off the bike for long. “Congratulations to Lars Petter and the team on the great win. The Yorkshire crowd were absolutely brilliant today and really spurred us on, so a big thank you to everyone who cheered us on.” Cycling’s much-anticipated return to Yorkshire proved a brutal one as race favourite Ben Swift and star sprinter Marcel Kittel were among several casualties on the road from Bridlington to Scarborough. Press Association