A student at Notre Dame Stadium flashed a disputed hand gesture. A debate about campus rhetoric ensued

first_imgMinutes before the start of the Sept. 28 Virginia-Notre Dame football game, an NBC camera zoomed in on the announcers reporting from the student section. Many students were cheering. One was not.This student stuck out his arm, his thumb and forefinger touching to form an upside down OK sign out to his right side. The gesture was fleeting and may have gone unnoticed by many viewers. In a video of the incident, students nearby did not seem to see it. It is the universal symbol for OK, widely-used to signal understanding or approval and even appears as an emoji.But to others who saw it, the student’s gesture had a sinister cast. In recent years, the OK sign has been appropriated by white supremacists, according to the Anti-Defamation League (ADL). Observer File Photo In a file photo from 2016, the Notre Dame student section cheers on the football team with rally towels in hand.The student’s motives are unknown. Nevertheless, his gesture has become the latest flashpoint in ongoing conversations about the importance of tolerance, the boundaries for freedom of expression and the viral nature of hate speech.The incident also underscores tensions on campus in recent months, where divisiveness — centered around issues as varied as gay rights, pro-life and pro-choice movements — has heightened sensitivity surrounding both political and apolitical discourse.The student who made the gesture — editors at The Observer have chosen not to identify him by name — has been criticized online since the game. Through faculty in his program, the student, who denied multiple interview requests from The Observer, said the gesture was just an innocent way for him to show excitement about the game.What began as a mockery of liberals has stuck with the white power movement. In 2017, members of the discussion board 4chan began a hoax to convince liberals the symbol has racist connotations in the hopes they would take up the charge and face ridicule. However, white supremacists later began using the sign.The Christchurch mosque shooter, who killed 51 Muslims in New Zealand last March, flashed the gesture during a court hearing. President of white nationalist think tank the National Policy Institute, Richard Spencer, was photographed making the gesture outside the Trump International Hotel in Washington D.C. on the night of the 2016 presidential election.The ADL notes context is critical when evaluating the gesture’s intent, and uses of the OK symbol in many contexts is completely innocuous. In addition to being used to signal approval, the sign is also used in the “Circle Game,” in which a person attempts to trick another person into looking at an upside-down OK symbol made below the waist.Regardless of intent, public use of the symbol has sparked controversy and backlash.An individual who made an OK hand sign in May at Wrigley Field in Chicago was banned from the venue indefinitely. A high school near Chicago announced it would reprint more than 1,700 yearbooks after students making the sign were noticed in photographs.This is not the first time a hand sign has been co-opted by a group, effectively changing the sign’s meaning. The gang MS-13 uses a once-innocuous sign which originated in heavy metal culture — a fist with the forefinger and the pinky extended.Regarding the student in Notre Dame Stadium, Paul Browne, the vice president of public affairs and communications at Notre Dame, said, “I’m unaware of evidence that anyone at the game used a gesture knowing it had racist connotations.”The state on campusIn the 2018 Inclusive Campus Student Survey, 47% of students said they had experienced adverse treatment they felt was due to a personal characteristic. One in five students felt the adverse treatment was due to their political views. Among those students, 68% said it had a somewhat or very negative effect on their feeling of belonging on campus and 20% said the treatment had a somewhat or very negative effect on their feeling of safety on campus.In recent weeks, charged battles have played out in the Observer Viewpoint section, from the poem “There’s queer blood on homophobic hands” to “There’s innocent blood on pro-choice hands.”“We’ve kind of ripped off the facade of civility, so we’re really, really struggling,” linguistic anthropology professor Susan Blum said.Since the 2016 election, Blum said movements like #MeToo and Black Lives Matter have gained a more prominent voice, but also have been challenged and mocked more.Language use causes tension in partisan spheres. Despite what a word or symbol means to one group, others might understand it differently, Blum said. A Confederate flag, for example, dredges up character assumptions even if the person holding sees it to be nothing beyond a flag.“I think it’s important that intention is not the only thing to pay attention to in language and in signs in general, but how they are received,” Blum said. “The effect they have is just as important as some sort of claimed intention.”Anthropology professor and department chair Agustín Fuentes noted that at such a divisive time, people are hyper-attentive to potential instances of racism. According to Fuentes, the incident in the stadium is larger than just the student who made the hand sign. The issue lies in why people should care about the hand sign and what the response should be in instances of bigotry.“How do we make it so that everyone knows what that sign is and no one wants to see it?” Fuentes said. “How do we get to a place where people understand why these perspectives are problematic, why they’re antithetical to what we believe as a country?”To achieve that, Fuentes believes there should be more dialogue on campus dealing with issues like racism and white nationalism, and that Notre Dame has not yet done enough to address the increasing hate seen around the country. “Notre Dame should be leading in many more ways than we are. I have no trouble saying that,” Fuentes said. “We should be a beacon for an absolute stand against hate.”Among the student body, Student Government hopes to build more bipartisan understanding through their program, Converge, which pairs together people of differing political views to discuss their views amicably.Senior Alex Yom, director of community engagement and outreach, is leading Converge this year. In 2018, its first year, Converge had around 150 participants. This year, there are 209. After the 2016 election, Yom said he has seen polarization increase on campus. Yom said people struggle to talk about race, in particular.“If people say something that they might not want to come off as insensitive, but they genuinely made a mistake, I think it’s important not to immediately call them out and say that they’re crazy and rude,” he said. “We have to come to an understanding of being open to mistakes.”The reason behind the student’s gesture in Notre Dame Stadium remains uncertain. But it added to a conversation about free speech and the politicization of language on campus and beyond, Blum said.As seen with the man at Wrigley Stadium, gestures, however innocuous, can have consequences.“Kids joke around,” Blum said. “But joking around at this tense moment doesn’t feel very good to me.” Tags: Anti-Defamation League, OK Sign, OK Symbol, Racism, racist, White Power, White Supremacylast_img read more

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Fracking U.K.: Company plans ‘goodwill payments’ after earth tremors

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享BBC:Fracking has been suspended after it began in Little Plumpton in October 2018The energy firm Cuadrilla will make small “goodwill payments” to residents who claim their homes were damaged by an earthquake at its fracking site.Fracking, which extracts gas from shale rock, stopped at the Lancashire site after a 2.9-magnitude tremor in August.Cuadrilla boss Francis Egan said no “major damage” had been reported by locals near the Preston New Road site.But he said residents would get a few hundred pounds each to help with any redecorating.A number of earth tremors have happened at the site since fracking began in Little Plumpton in October 2018.On 26 August, residents reported being woken up by the 2.9 magnitude quake, which is more than 250 times bigger than the 0.5 limit placed by government rules.However, a report from the National Audit Office (NAO) found no evidence that prices would be lowered and said there was uncertainty over whether fracking could viably produce gas in meaningful quantities.Concerns have been expressed about risks to the environment and public health, and the adequacy of safety rules, the NAO said.Protests against fracking have been regularly held at the Little Plumpton site.Lancashire Constabulary reported that between 25 and 100 officers were directly involved in the policing of fracking sites every day between January 2017 and June 2019, at a cost of £11.8m.More: Fracking: Cuadrilla plans ‘goodwill payments’ after tremor Fracking U.K.: Company plans ‘goodwill payments’ after earth tremorslast_img read more

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Rounding Out the Gift List

first_imgGoLite’s Malpais Trinity Jacket and Tumalo Pertex Pant round out Habitual Hiker’s Holiday Gift Guide.GoLite's Malpais Trinity Jacket and Tumalo Pertex Pant round out Habitual Hiker's Holiday Gift Guide.Here’s a few more items I’ve used this past year that may help you round out your holiday gift list.Long time BRO readers know that I have gone through a number of sets of rain gear in the continuing quest to lighten my pack. I liked the performance and weight of the very lightest rain suits I could find, those made by Frogg Toggs and Rain Shield. However, they are both made of materials that are not very abrasion or tear resistant, so they’re great if you’re only going to be out for a weekend or so.With GoLite’s (www.golite.com; 888-546-5483) Malpais Trinity Jacket ($250) and Tumalo Pertex Pant ($100), I think I have finally found a fairly durable rain suit at a light weight. Only two ounces heavier than the suits I had been using, together the two items are a mere 13.3 ounces.Both have nylon exteriors for durability over time or during a long-distance hike. Waterproof-breathable membranes and fully taped seams keep you dry during inclement weather. The jacket has waterproof zippers, a fixed hood, hand pockets, and cuff closures. The pants have an elasticized waist, calf zips for easy on and off over boots, and ankle closures.If either item is beyond your budget, consider giving your hiking partner GoLite’s Dome Trekking Umbrella. It’s just $35 and weighs only 7 oz., yet with a canopy of 45 inches it provides coverage large enough to keep both hiker and pack dry.I’m sorry to say that this will be my last Habitual Hiker blog post for blueridgeoutdoors.com. About every year or so, the management brings in new bloggers to provide a different perspective on things. I’ve been privileged to be kept on board for almost three years. It’s been a great run. I’ve visited many and diverse places just so that I could write about them for you, and it’s been fun keeping up with hiking and related topics so that I could keep you informed of issues and items that may have a bearing on your times in the outdoors. I’d also like to thank those of you who took the time to write me with your comments, insights, and tips on places I should check out.However, I’m not going to stop hiking. In fact, with this break in writing responsibilities, Laurie and I are heading to New Zealand within the next few weeks to fulfill a nearly lifelong dream of traversing the Milford Track (billed as the “Finest Walk in the World”) and some other tramping opportunities on the South Island. You can always keep up with this and our other adventures by taking a look at my website, www.habitualhiker.com, to see where we are and what we are doing.Of course, the Blue Ridge and Appalachian Mountains are our home, so we’ll often be in the woods looking for new places and revisiting familiar and favorite haunts. I look forward to meeting many of you out there. Happy trails.last_img read more

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Guardiola embarrassed by treatment of black people

first_imgManchester City manager Pep Guardiola said he is “embarrassed and ashamed” at the historic treatment of black people as the Premier League’s return was marked by protests against racial injustice on Wednesday. Guardiola embarrassed by treatment of black people Players and coaches from all four sides in action took a knee prior to kick off to show their support for the Black Lives Matter campaign. The action came in response to worldwide protests after the killing of African American George Floyd while in police custody in Minneapolis. Black Lives Matter was also emblazoned on the back of shirts instead of player names. “We should send a thousand million messages for the black people. It’s more than 400 years we do what we do to these lovely people,” Guardiola told Sky Sports. “I’m embarrassed and ashamed of what the white people have done for the black people. “Just because you are born a different colour, how people can think they are different? All the gestures are good and positive. Everything we can do to make it conscious, it is not acceptable. “We have to do a lot of things for the black people which we have not done so far.” Read Also: Premier League restarts as players take knee in racism protest “The first 10 minutes it was getting used to the atmosphere and getting the cobwebs off,” said Sterling. “We’ve got to remain within all the safety tips, but all the boys have tested negative in the past few days and we celebrated in the right manner.” FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Raheem Sterling has been a leading campaigner in the fight against racism in football and the City winger backed the united front as a significant step forward. “I see it as a massive step for the Premier League to allow something like that to happen,” said Sterling. “It shows we are going in the right direction.” Sterling scored his first goal of 2020 to open the scoring as City restarted with a 3-0 win over Arsenal. The England international admitted his side took some time to get to grips with their new surroundings in front of an empty Etihad stadium and said he struggled to hold back from celebrating his goal too wildly with teammates.center_img Loading…last_img read more

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Kyle Kuzma scores career-high 38 to carry Lakers past league-best Rockets

first_imgPreviousLakers rookie Kyle Kuzma went toe to toe with Rockets guard James Harden on Wednesday, scoring a career-high 38 points in the Lakers’ 122-116 victory in Houston. Harden scored 51, but the Rockets lost for only the fifth time this season and had their 14-game winning streak snapped. (Photo by David Sherman, NBAE via Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer (3) drives around Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Los Angeles Lakers forward Kyle Kuzma (0) puts up a three point shot over Houston Rockets forward Tarik Black (28) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke) SoundThe gallery will resume insecondsLos Angeles Lakers forward Larry Nance Jr. (7) reaches for a rebound between Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) and guard Chris Paul (3) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Los Angeles Lakers forward Brandon Ingram (14) drives around Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2) passes over Houston Rockets forward PJ Tucker (4) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Houston Rockets forward Trevor Ariza (1) looks for a way around Los Angeles Lakers center Andrew Bogut (66) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) backs into Los Angeles Lakers guard Josh Hart (5) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Houston Rockets forward Tarik Black (28) gets a rebound in front of Los Angeles Lakers guard Lonzo Ball (2), Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) and forward Larry Nance Jr. (7) in the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)Lakers rookie Kyle Kuzma went toe to toe with Rockets guard James Harden on Wednesday, scoring a career-high 38 points in the Lakers’ 122-116 victory in Houston. Harden scored 51, but the Rockets lost for only the fifth time this season and had their 14-game winning streak snapped. (Photo by David Sherman, NBAE via Getty Images)Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer (3) drives around Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)NextShow Caption1 of 9Los Angeles Lakers forward Corey Brewer (3) drives around Houston Rockets guard James Harden (13) in the first half of an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Michael Wyke)ExpandHOUSTON — LeBron James was too strong, Golden State too deep. However, in the midst of the most daunting lab test from the diabolical minds behind the NBA schedule, the Lakers had managed not to humiliate themselves.But they hadn’t won. Then the scrappy group of upstarts arrived in Houston. Missing two starters and facing a Rockets team that boasted the league’s best record and had not lost since Nov. 14, the Lakers broke through.Kyle Kuzma countered a 51-point outburst by James Harden with a career-high 38 points and the Lakers – yes, the Lakers – beat the Rockets 122-116.“Our guys haven’t lost faith or work ethic in what we are doing,” Coach Luke Walton said, “even though we have been losing games.” Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREUCLA alum Kenny Clark signs four-year contract extension with PackersThe Lakers improved to 11-18 while Houston dropped to 25-5.With Brook Lopez sidelined for at least three weeks with a sprained ankle and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope restricted from leaving California due to a court order, Walton reshuffled his starting lineup, pairing Kuzma with veteran Andrew Bogut in the frontcourt and sending Larry Nance Jr. to the bench.What followed was Kuzma’s most remarkable performance of an unexpected rookie campaign. He did not miss until four minutes into the third quarter, making his first nine shots including six 3-pointers.He eclipsed his previous career high of 30 points, set last month in Phoenix.The 27th pick in June’s draft keeps resetting expectations that started reasonably low. Could he have ever imagined this kind of success?center_img “Why not?” he said flatly. “I scored (in the) 30s in Summer League.”But that … was Summer League. This was the prime time of the NBA, with Harden answering each of his baskets with one of his own.Kuzma finished 12 for 17 from the field, including 7 for 10 on 3-pointers, and 7 for 10 from the foul line. Harden finished 15 for 27 from the field and shot an eye-popping 21 free throws.“I mean, it was going to happen,” Kuzma said. “He’s James Harden, he’s probably going to win MVP this year.”If the rookie from Utah was ever wowed by his own early success or the stage he now plays on, he refuses to show it.“I’ve played like 30 games,” Kuzma said. “I’ve played LeBron James, so it can’t get much higher after that.”The forward who counts Kobe Bryant as a mentor has even started to talk like him.“I’ve got the same mentality every time I step on the court,” Kuzma said. “Play my hardest and just be locked in.”The Lakers were boosted by 21 points off the bench from former Rocket Corey Brewer, whose 3-pointer with 3:16 left not only put the Lakers firmly in control with a 113-104 lead, but gave fans one of the better celebrations of the year.In front of his former fans, Brewer extended his arms like a jet plane coming in for landing and tapped his feet in a celebratory shimmy.“He played here for a couple years,” Kuzma said, “and I guess they didn’t want him. Gave them a little revenge game and shoot, tore it up. That was one of the biggest reasons we won.”Rookie point guard Lonzo Ball added 16 points with nine rebounds and four assists.It was always going to be the toughest stretch of the Lakers’ season; a long, cold December with juggernauts lined up in succession: Cleveland, Golden State, the Rockets and Golden State one more time.The Lakers set the tone Wednesday by making their first three shots, all 3-pointers, to take a 9-0 lead. Versus a juggernaut like the Rockets, such an advantage feels tenuous and temporary. And it was, but not before the Lakers put one of their most impressive offensive stretches of the season.Kuzma buried back-to-back 3-pointers to kickstart a 13-0 run, their best of the season, and take a 36-20 advantage. Three minutes into the second period, the lead had grown to 22 points.Was the rout on?Never against Houston.“They have that ability to really blow a game out quickly,” Walton said before the game, “or if they’re down they have the ability to get back.”Harden checked back into the game and seemed to accept the challenge of Kuzma’s so-far perfect shooting night. The L.A. area native and perennial league MVP candidate made all eight of his shots in the period, maneuvering easily around the hapless Lakers in the pick and roll.Harden scored 24 of his 51 points in those nine minutes before halftime to pull the Rockets within four points at 63-59. They pulled ahead briefly in the third quarter, going ahead by three points.It did not last long, however. The Lakers rallied and this time they had more depth. They were stronger.last_img read more

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Record-setting meet for Trail Winter Club swimmers

first_imgTrail Winter Swim Club (TWSC) swimmers posted some impressive performances at the 2014 Swim BC Short Course AAA Age Group Championships recently in Kamloops.Dylan Kormendy set a new Provincial AAA meet record in the 11&U boys 800 meter freestyle with his sister, Eden Kormendy also setting a AAA meet record in the 12-13 girls 800 meter freestyle.The two gold medals for the Trail Swim Club swimmers was the onlyl club to have two wins in the distance events.Dylan finished off in the Provincial swim meet with first-place finishes in the 800m Free (10:31.33) and 400m IM (5:32.97), second in the 200 meter butterfly and 200 meter Individual medley (IM) and third in the 200 meter backstroke, 200 meter breaststroke and 100 meter butterfly. Eden, preparing for the Western Canadian Championships in February where she will be defending her spot for the Provincial Prospects Spring Training opportunity, brought home Gold in the 800 meter freestyle (9:30.24) and 400 meter IM (5:10.16), silver in 200 meter IM and bronze in the 100 meter breasstroke.Thirteen-year-old Aby Elwood saw her training payoff with a bronze medal finish in the 200 m butterfly (2:34.65) and several personal best and club record times shattered.Jackson Konkin, 13, as a first time swimmer in the AAA Championships placed fifth in the 400 meter freestyle and set several new personal and club best times.Martin Gonzalez, 15, set a new club record in the boys 50 meter and 400 meter freestyle.Samuel Matthew, 14, of Nelson broke personal and club records in the 200 meter IM, 50 and 100 meter breast stroke events over the four day elite competition.Coach Bill Park has been working diligently with the TWSC swimmers since September 2013 and is very pleased with their performances at the AAA’s as British Columbia has a very high level of talent. He is currently preparing the Trail Winter Swim Club swimmers for the Western Canadians, AA’s and Long Course meets, focusing on Long Term Athlete Development in the “Home of Champions”.For anyone interested in joining the Trail Winter Swim Club please email: [email protected]last_img read more

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MAPM continues protest against “illegal” parking meters

first_img…willing to end demonstrations if court rules in its favourAt yet another picket exercise on Thursday, several members and supporters of the Movement Against Parking Meters (MAPM) showed up to protest the reintroduction of what they described as an illegal initiative. It was related that they were willing to end this action, once the court ruled in their favour.One of the MAPM supporters said, “The legality of the contract is in the court and instead of the City Council waiting to see the results of that court case, they areA section of Thursday’s picketerstrying to go ahead and force us to accept the parking meters…if the court deems the parking meter [contract] is legal, that’s the end of our protest.”He added that there would be no need for the parking meters in Georgetown, if the Guyana Police Force did its job of enforcing the laws.Explaining why she believes the parking meter project is illegal was Renata Chuck-A-Sang. “The thing never went to tender even though the value of it is in excess of the required ceiling. We contend that the contract is illegal and, therefore, it should not be enforced…they have to go back to the drawing board, go through the process, do the feasibility study, you do the tender process and we start afresh and that wasn’t done,” she noted.Added to that, Chuck-A-Sang told Guyana Times that City Hall should take into consideration building a five to six-storey parking lot, which should minimise the massive build-up of traffic and at the same time generate an income.She posited that City Hall could have parking meters, but not everywhere in the city as that would make drivers feel like they were being penalised for being in the country’s capital city.Opposing that statement was Marcel Gaskin, yet another supporter of MAPM, who said that he would like to see the parking meter project scrapped in its entirety. He said he found the project to be “questionable” since no feasibility studies or impact assessments were done and lastly, the contract was awarded to a company named Smart City Solutions without first going to National Procurement and Tender Administration Board (NPTAB).A prominent businessman in Georgetown said, “The last time this (parking meter project) was enforced, business dropped like about 60 per cent, because people just didn’t want to pay for the parking and the entire street was empty.” The businessman, who is the manager of the Outdoor Store, said he tried to let his customers park on his bridge, but this effort was unable to float his business.The M&CC had entered into a contract with Smart City Solutions Inc on May 13, 2016, for parking meters to be implemented in Georgetown. The renegotiated contract with Smart City Solutions and the restructured fees come in light of a recent High Court ruling quashing the by-laws needed to activate the controversial project. The city, through its lawyers, has filed an appeal to the ruling.Drivers will be made to pay $150 per hour and $800 for eight hours of parking in the city, while residents of the city would be issued with a restricted residential pass for free parking from 17:00h-19:00h Monday to Friday with free parking on Saturdays, should the project be reintroduced.last_img read more

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Buncrana man found safe and well

first_imgThe family of an elderly Buncrana man have thanked everyone for their help in locating their elderly father.Barry Stevenson Snr went missing last night around 10.45pm.He went to buy cigarettes at the Apple Green store but had not been seen since leaving the store. The missing man’s family were understandably very upset and anxious and are desperate to locate their father.Mr Stevenson was driving a Toyota Verso car registration number 131 DL 233.The family have since revealed that Mr Stevenson has now been found safe and well.Buncrana man found safe and well was last modified: November 16th, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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UN funding for African ‘green’ projects

first_img8 March 2010The United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) has partnered with South Africa’s Standard Bank and the German government’s International Climate Initiative to develop a new carbon project as part of the fight against climate change.The Africa Carbon Asset Development (ACAD) is the first facility dedicated to boosting the African carbon market, and will support continental projects through a combination of technical assistance, grants and preferential access to corporate finance and transactional guidance.ACAD takes a new approach toward capacity and market development, sharing costs and risks with African banks such as Standard Bank to realise and replicate projects.“Huge investments, especially in Africa, will be needed if we are to minimize the effects of climate change,” Sylvie Lemmet, director of UNEP’s Paris-based Division of Technology, Industry and Economics, said in a statement last week.“Government investment alone will not be enough. ACAD is a good example of how we can attract much-needed private capital for investments that address climate change.”Removing investment barriersOne of the key challenges Africa faces is in removing investment barriers to low-carbon sustainable development. Combined with traditional debt or equity finance, carbon finance is a promising means of attracting funding for energy and infrastructure projects; and it is here that ACAD can help.The ACAD partnership couples UNEP’s longstanding capacity building expertise in environmental policy and finance with the financial know-how and regional reach of Standard Bank.“We are keen to bring our global experience on carbon finance back to our roots in Africa and to combine it with the leading technical expertise of UNEP and its Risoe Center,” said Standard Bank Carbon Sales and Trading head Geoff Sinclair.“Our objective is to collaborate with local companies and investors to bring Africa to the forefront of the carbon markets and we look forward to working with everyone to achieve this.”‘Green’ development projectsACAD has recently awarded its first grants to innovative “green” development projects in Kenya, Nigeria and South Africa. These include:The Lake Turkana Wind Power Project in Kenya, one of the largest renewable energy generation projects on the African continent to have achieved financial closure. ACAD will provide partial payment for validation costs under the Clean Development Mechanism – the UN carbon credit scheme;The Lagos Waste Management Authority in Nigeria which is developing several waste-to-energy sites. ACAD is supporting the costs of engineering and carbon auditing studies required to earn carbon credits; andThe Athi River Mining (ARM) Company, which operates a cement plant in Kenya and is attempting to reduce coal consumption in a cement plant by using locally available biomass resources.“As we are continuously working to improve our environmental footprint, Athi River Mining appreciates the technical and financial support provided by the new ACAD Facility to get this project off the ground,” said ARM managing director Pradeep Paunrana.“We will look to the lessons of this project for further energy and cost savings across the company.”SAinfo reporterWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo materiallast_img read more

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Olbermann Will Break His Silence Tonight, With a Tweet

first_imgTop Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#Analysis#web The media world is changing fast. The latest anecdotal evidence of that: TV star Keith Olbermann left his post at MSNBC this weekend with zero explanation, yet he hasn’t lost his access to the public’s ear. Olbermann just Tweeted to his 200,000 fans on Twitter. Specifically, he Tweeted that he’s going to Tweet. At 8 PM EST tonight. Presumably about why he left his show so abruptly. Was it because of the Comcast/NBC merger the day before? Was it not that at all, but rather longer-running tensions between the star and management? We’ll be able to hear it directly from the horse’s mouth in just over 5 hours. In 140 character chunks. In some ways this is a small thing. Like Rick Sanchez building an audience on Twitter as @RickSanchezCNN and then getting fired. Or numerous mainstream media publications starting Tumblr blogs of curated found content from around the web. Or SpongeBob SquarePants launching new episodes first on Facebook, before TV. None of these are huge news in and of themselves, but together they paint a picture of dramatic change. Change away from a past where huge audiences sat passively and consumed a small quantity of time-restricted, highly-produced streams of content, delivered through a limited number of distribution channels that were secured by conglomerates at great cost. The days in which there was just one media game in town are fading fast, pushed into history one Tweet at a time. 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic…center_img A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts marshall kirkpatricklast_img read more

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