The annual Free Press Summer Fest is back with two days at Eleanor Tinsley Park in Houston, Texas. From June 3-4, 2017, the music festival will see headlining performances from Cage The Elephant, Lorde, Flume, and G-Eazy. Also performing will be Solange, The Shins, Tove Lo, Carnage, Post Malone, Grouplove, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Portugal. The Man, Rüfüs Du Sol, Cashmere Cat, Khruangbin, and many more.FPSP promises music all day long, the best bites around, and plenty to explore during their two-day musical celebration. Tickets are currently on sale. For more information, head to the event website. Check out the full lineup below:Get psyched:
Renowned human rights expert Martha Minow, the Carter Professor of General Jurisprudence at Harvard Law School and a Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, has been named a University Professor, Harvard’s highest faculty honor.Minow, who was dean of Harvard Law School from 2009 to 2017, will begin her appointment as the 300th Anniversary University Professor on July 1.Known for her wide-ranging intellectual curiosity and influential interdisciplinary scholarship, Minow has offered original ways to frame and reform the law’s treatment of racial and religious minorities as well as women, children, and persons with disabilities. She has taught and written about privatization, military justice, and ethnic and religious conflict, among other matters. Her work in constitutional law has addressed issues of equal protection, freedom of speech, the religion clauses, and federalism. Her current work focuses on whether and when legal systems and rules should promote forgiveness.“Martha Minow is a scholar of extraordinary scope, imagination, and impact, whose wide-ranging work is anchored in a deep commitment to justice,” said Harvard President Drew Faust. “Throughout her career, she has powerfully combined scholarship with service and education with inspiration. It is a special pleasure to recognize her with the 300th Anniversary University Professorship.”John F. Manning, Morgan and Helen Chu Dean and Professor of Law at Harvard Law School (HLS), noted that “Martha Minow has been a transformative scholar across multiple fields and disciplines, a devoted and influential teacher, an innovative and impactful dean, and a tireless advocate for those in need of legal services.“I am delighted that the University has recognized her extraordinary contributions to Harvard and to the world by appointing her the 300th Anniversary University Professor,” said Manning.Among Minow’s most influential works are two books, “Between Vengeance and Forgiveness,” which addresses legal and societal responses to mass violence, and “Making All the Difference,” which examines the legal treatment of group differences and identities in areas including race, gender, disability, and sexual orientation. She is frequently cited for her publications on the interpretation of rights, on the privatization of traditionally public services (such as prisons, schools, and police), on the influences of social history on family law, and on violence within families and between groups.“It is an honor to teach and study at this extraordinary University, as it was to serve as dean of the Law School under President Faust’s outstanding leadership,” said Minow, who also was a fellow last year at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study. “And now, this recognition moves me to work even harder to try to advance justice with every possible tool. This new appointment provides energizing encouragement as I return to the classroom after a wondrous, boundary-crossing year with generous colleagues at the Radcliffe Institute. I am particularly humbled to follow Laurel Ulrich and Derek Bok, whose works exemplify imagination, rigor, and conscience. I will work hard to be worthy of the great traditions and aspirations of Harvard and the project of using reason to advance understanding, opportunity, fairness, and peace.”A recipient of nine honorary degrees, Minow received her bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan (1975), a master’s degree in education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education (1976), and a law degree from Yale Law School (1979), where she was an editor (1977–78) and then the articles and book reviews editor (1978‒79) of the Yale Law Journal. Following law school, she was a clerk to Judge David Bazelon of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit (1979–80) and Associate Justice Thurgood Marshall of the U.S. Supreme Court (1980–81).A highly regarded and dedicated teacher who has taught more than 25 different courses, seminars, and reading groups at the Law School, she began her academic career there as an assistant professor of law in 1981. She was promoted to professor of law in 1986 and to a named professorship in 2003. She received HLS’ Sacks-Freund Award for Excellence in Teaching in 2005, and chaired the HLS curricular review from 2003 to 2007. She holds an appointment as lecturer on education in the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and is a longtime senior fellow in the Harvard Society of Fellows.As dean of the Faculty of Law from 2009 to 2017, she guided HLS through a time of strong faculty hiring, notable curricular and pedagogical innovation, significant expansion of the School’s clinical programs, growth in financial aid, emphasis on public service, enhancements of the physical plant, and careful financial management. She is past acting director of what is now the Safra Center for Ethics at Harvard, and was the inaugural chair of the Deans Steering Committee of the Association of American Law Schools from 2013 to 2015. She has delivered more than 75 major lectures in this nation and abroad on topics ranging from religion, medicine, and law to genocide and mass violence, from the legacy of Brown v. Board of Education to access to justice.Besides Minow’s scholarship, teaching, and service to Harvard, she is highly active in service to the legal profession and the broader community. Since 2010 she has been vice chair of the board of directors of the Legal Services Corporation, the largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans, and previously served on the Boston Bar Association Statewide Task Force to Expand Civil Legal Aid in Massachusetts. She serves on the boards or advisory councils of such diverse organizations as the Advantage Testing Foundation, the American Bar Association Center for Innovation, CBS, the MacArthur Foundation, the MIT Media Lab, the Russell Sage Foundation, and WGBH.The University Professorships were established in 1935 to recognize individuals whose work on the frontiers of knowledge crossed the traditional boundaries of academic disciplines. University Professors can teach and pursue research at any of Harvard’s Schools.Minow will occupy the University Professorship held since 2006 by the American historian Laurel Thatcher Ulrich, who will retire on June 30. Prior incumbents include President Emeritus Derek Bok.
FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Puget Sound Energy is officially moving closer to setting a retirement date for two controversial coal-fired power plants it co-owns in Montana. This is a welcome, overdue move.The utility, which serves swaths of Western Washington including Thurston County, went before the Utilities and Transportation Commission on Thursday and made an unusual request to delay a power rate adjustment hearing until January.The stated reason was PSE wants time to develop a plan for the future retirement of Colstrip 1 and 2 power plants. Importantly, PSE said it intends to provide “a narrow window of dates for the planned retirement of Units 1 and 2.”That appears to be the strongest statement to date of the Bellevue-based utility’s plans to cut back its use of coal, although PSE would continue to operate two other Montana coal-fired plants in which it has investments.Environmental groups such as the Sierra Club have been on PSE’s case for years, arguing that the power plants are heavy polluters, no longer cost effective and an unnecessary contributor of greenhouse gases that are blamed for global warming.Also, lower-cost natural gas is making coal fired power less competitive, creating what Doug Howell of the Sierra Club has described as an inevitable shutdown scenario.“PSE’s customers are moving there. The economics are there,” Howell said recently. “It’s moving from being inevitable to … being more imminent.’’Sierra Club, Earthjustice, and the Northwest Energy Coalition were among the co-petitioners who either support or do not object to PSE’s request for delays in its rate case. The utility had been expected to file its paperwork for a rate adjustment by April 1.Puget Sound Energy spokesmen did not respond to requests for comment. The company has diversified its source of electrical energy in recent years, investing more than $2 billion in wind power, but it owns a share in four Montana coal plants.Energy engineering consultant David Schlissel, who testified at the UTC this month and talked about his latest Colstrip study, says power from the coal plants is already more expensive than what PSE could obtain from the market.A step away from coal will carry costs for decommissioning the plants and cleaning up the filthy coal legacy. PSE faces environmental issues with coal ash ponds in Montana that are already the subject of lawsuits.In a move that supports PSE’s actions, the Legislature recently approved Senate Bill 6248 to let utilities put plant-retirement money into special accounts monitored by the UTC that can help pay for the eventual shutdowns.Puget Sound Energy deserves credit for this latest step to move away from highly polluting sources of energy. It echoes what TransAlta is doing with its planned phase-out of coal-fired power plants near Centralia.We look forward to seeing PSE’s plan.PSE gingerly steps toward future with less coal Editorial: Puget Sound Energy’s ‘Step Away From Coal’
continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr Credit union trade groups, longtime critics of the CFPB’s vague power to police financial industry “abusive” practices say they’re pleased the agency is going to take steps to define what those practices are.Under the Dodd-Frank Act, the CFPB has the power to take action when it finds evidence of Unfair, Deceptive or Abusive Acts or Practices. Federal law long has allowed agencies to take action when they find unfair or deceptive practices. However, Dodd-Frank expanded that to include abusive acts or practices.Critics say the agency, under the leadership of former Director Richard Cordray never codified what that meant, although in a 2013 bulletin, the agency said that “UDAAPs can cause significant financial injury to consumers, erode consumer confidence, and undermine fair competition in the financial marketplace.”The bulletin went on to say that an act is abusive when it takes unreasonable advantage of consumers’ lack of understanding, their inability to protect their interests or their “reasonable” reliance on someone to protect their interests.
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Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFind hope in others sharing my viewsI have come to realize that the pro and anti-Trumpers are well ensconced in their opinions and I try to respect that. For myself, who is practically daily in awe of the things he and his administration say and do (and I mean negative awe), it is hard to believe that society has evolved to this point.That being said, my purpose for writing it to thank other letter writers, columnists, cartoonists and late-night TV show hosts for helping me feel there are others out there who share my viewpoint.It gives me hope that America will continue to be as great as it always has been.Ethel RobinsonSchoharieGrateful for work on Niskayuna Co-opWe attended the Niskayuna Co-op membership meeting on Jan. 7 and have been co-op members for over 20 years. Despite challenges, it is clear that the co-op is moving in a positive direction. It is also clear that change is hard, especially for employees and customers who have been doing things the same way for decades.However, we believe that the changes create opportunities to grow the co-op brand to reach new audiences.We were impressed with the work of co-presidents Sarah Bilofsky and Sunny Lee, as well as the entire board, and left with the feeling the co-op is in good hands.They understand the role of the market and its importance to the community.The interim general manager has moved quickly to learn about us and make positive changes. The meeting allowed for a critical conversation with a broad audience and allowed everyone to feel heard.Thank you to the staff for making the Niskayuna Co-op the wonderful institution it is and thank you to the board for working so hard to keep it thriving for years to come.Bill and Jennifer WilkersonNiskayunaFEMA individual flood aid is limitedWhile I share The Gazette’s concerns for the victims of the 2019 Halloween flood (Jan. 8, “FEMA must help flood victims”), it is misleading to expect FEMA to make people whole again, even if individual assistance was approved. Readers should be aware that individual assistance grants are very limited in scope.The maximum amount of assistance is under $35,000. The average grant is less than $8,000.The program is meant to cover short-term rent and utilities and some uninsured damage. For people who do not have flood insurance, additional assistance from the federal government is only available in the form of a Small Business Association loan.The federal law establishing the individual assistance program was not designed to make people whole or to rebuild ruined houses. And typical homeowner’s insurance policies exclude damages from floods. Only a flood insurance policy, either through FEMA’s National Flood Insurance Program or through a private insurance company, will cover flood damages. Flood insurance is expensive, but much less expensive than rebuilding your home after a flood.Tax dollars should not be used to repair buildings, only to see them flooded again. Government assistance should instead be used to help elevate or buy out flood-prone homes so that damages are not repeated, and further taxpayer expenditures are not needed.Homeowners and renters must take responsibility for their own risk by purchasing a flood insurance policy.To find out if you are in or near a flood zone, google “FEMA Map Service Center.”William NechamenSchenectadyMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusFoss: Should main downtown branch of the Schenectady County Public Library reopen?EDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motorists
“Fundamental to the proposal to reform the system of AP funds, tabled at the start of the new millennium, was the principle that responsibility for the management of this buffer fund capital was to be strictly separated from the government,” she added.The managing director noted that the proposed National Pension Fund Board, would introduce “considerable risk” that management of the remaining three funds would be subject to political control, as government could decide matters of administration, while the board could set overall cost ceilings for asset management.Halvarsson is not the only AP fund head to come out against the reforms.Mats Andersson, managing director of AP4, previously warned the reforms could “destroy” the buffer fund system, and echoed concerns about political interference.The chair of the 2012 Buffer Fund Inquiry, Mats Langfensjö, also criticised the proposals, telling IPE they removed the system’s “strongest competitive advantage” as long-term investors and risked seeing the funds becoming index trackers.Halvarsson nonetheless said that she would spend “considerable effort” in responding to the government’s proposals.But she added: “Given the considerable professional competence and expertise possessed by the Second AP Fund, I am already sceptical as to whether the extensive, costly and risky changes proposed are really necessary to creating the best possible conditions for the future development of the national pension system. The head of AP2 has branded the proposed restructuring of Sweden’s buffer fund expensive and risky, questioning whether the reform will produce the desired outcome.Eva Halvarsson, managing director of the SEK306.5bn (€Xbn) fund, expressed surprise at a number of reform proposals announced by the government earlier this summer, when it confirmed the long-expected closure of AP6 and a second, yet-undecided buffer fund.Writing in the fund’s half yearly report, which saw AP2 return 5.2%, Halvarsson said she welcomed the admission that investment regulations should be relaxed and that at least one of the three remaining funds would be based in Gothenburg, but took issue with other elements of the proposal.“What worries me, however, is the proposed formation of a new AP Fund committee, raising the increased risk of political control over investment activities that this implies.
Seafarers’ rights to shore leave have been strengthened through amendments which entered into force globally on January 1, 2018, under the revised treaty.The amendment to the international standard on shore leave adds a new provision, on top of the requirement to allow crew ashore while the ship on which they arrive is in port. This new provision prohibits discrimination on grounds of nationality, race, colour, sex, religion, political opinion, or social origin. Shore leave should be granted, irrespective of the flag state of the ship.If any request is turned down, the relevant public authorities must provide an explanation to the crew member and the master, which the seafarer or master can request to be provided in writing.The amendments to the Convention on Facilitation of International Maritime Traffic (FAL Convention) also bring in a new requirement for national governments to introduce electronic information exchange, including electronic data interchange (EDI), to transmit information related to maritime transport.This should be in place by April 8, 2019, with provision for a transitional period of at least 12 months during which paper and electronic documents would be allowed.As explained by the IMO, the use of a “single window” for data is encouraged, to enable all the information required by public authorities in connection with the arrival, stay and departure of ships, persons and cargo, to be submitted via a single portal, without duplication.In addition, a number of standard forms, standards and recommended practices relating to stowaways have been updated.Security and stowawaysNational authorities are recommended to apply operational procedures equivalent to those in the IMO International Ship and Port Facility Security (ISPS) Code, to prevent stowaways accessing a ship.A new standard requires governments to incorporate legal grounds to allow prosecution of stowaways, attempted stowaways and any individual or company aiding a stowaway or an attempted stowaway with the intention to facilitate access to the port area, any ship, cargo or freight containers into their national legislation.New FAL FormsUpdated FAL forms are in effect from 1 January 2018, covering IMO General Declaration; Cargo Declaration; Ship’s Stores Declaration; Crew’s Effects Declaration; Crew List· Passenger List and Dangerous Goods.Three additional documents have been introduced for ships’ clearance that may be required by the shore authorities – security-related information required under SOLAS, advance electronic cargo information for customs risk assessment, and advanced notification form for waste delivery to port reception facilities.The FAL Convention, first adopted in 1965, aims to harmonize procedures for ship’s arrival, stay and departure from port. It includes mandatory “Standards” and “Recommended Practices” on formalities, documentary requirements and procedures which should be applied on arrival, stay and departure to the ship itself, and to its crew, passengers, baggage and cargo.The FAL Convention has 118 contracting states.
The Federalist 21 April 2016Isn’t it funny how we’re all supposed to be disgusted when men try to force abortion laws on us because “our body, our right,” but when they force their way into our bathrooms it’s just fine? This is just another example of men telling women what we are and aren’t willing to accept.Let’s get this straight: we’re not having this conversation about women in the men’s bathrooms, because that’s not how it’s ever going to go down. Also, while most men aren’t sexual predators, most sexual predators are men, so it’s natural this conversation would center around male actions.As it stands, not only are men trying to tell us women what a real woman is by suggesting it’s all in your head and not your totality of experience, now they’re trying to tell us to dull all our natural instincts for self-preservation.We’ve been hearing over and over about the “rape culture” of American campuses and American attitudes in general. Activists run seminars and awareness campaigns teaching women how to stay alert, protect themselves, identify danger. They chastise police, schools, and businesses for enabling a culture that shames a woman for coming forward with rape allegations.Then they turn around and ask my little girl to ignore all the things they just told her to pay attention to. If a strange man (not a man dressing and living as a woman, but an actual male DUDE man, which these bathroom bills allow for) walks into a place where she is accustomed to some measure of privacy, a place where she physically removes her clothing and is exposed in some manner (stall or no stall), she is supposed to ignore that voice screaming in her head if he feels dangerous. Not only that, she’s not even allowed to tell anyone she’s nervous.READ MORE: http://thefederalist.com/2016/04/21/trans-bathroom-bills-prove-feminism-has-failed-my-daughter/