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Confronting despair with hope

first_imgIn Eve Ensler’s latest play, “O.P.C.,” the protagonist struggles to define a new way of living by confronting what she sees as society’s obsession with overconsumption. The young woman, named Romi, is driven by her belief that society is losing time in which to address the mounting ecological crisis. It is this sense of urgency that people immersed in the science around climate change can’t help but live with, said Naomi Klein, an author and syndicated columnist.In her latest book, “This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. the Climate,” Klein writes that “we lack the collective spaces in which to confront the raw terror of ecocide.” Speaking after a Wednesday matinee performance at the American Repertory Theater (A.R.T.), Klein noted that Ensler’s play is one space where people are forced to confront that raw terror, and she hopes it will spark conversation on how to chart a path forward.At several points in the play, Romi challenges her mother, a successful politician, by rejecting the conventional expectation that people must “do” to contribute and find success. On the same day on which New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced his state would ban fracking due to public health concerns, Klein responded to Romi’s struggle by saying she felt today “the idea of ‘doing’ is good … let’s do stuff.”Klein noted how important it is for environmental groups to become “the solutions movement” by not only fighting against what they don’t want, but for they do want. For example, the anti-fracking movement recently shifted toward mapping solutions, Klein noted, by showing how New York could power the state entirely with renewables, based on research from Stanford University that showed the technology exists to achieve that shift completely by 2030.The A.R.T.’s post-performance discussions are aimed at leveraging Harvard’s intellectual resources by working with scholars, activists, and artists to provide audiences with the opportunity to participate in extended dialogues about the questions raised by work presented on the theater’s stages. “The A.R.T. was honored to include journalist and author Naomi Klein in our ‘O.P.C.’ post-performance discussion series,” said Ryan McKittrick., the A.R.T.’s director of artistic programs. “Her talk allowed our audience, including many students, to connect this play with events that were unfolding that very morning in the news.”The discussion with Klein explored the ways in which many environmental activists struggle to find meaningful engagement. Klein spoke about how the environmental movement historically has focused on individual consumption, on “making your own life this piece of low-carbon performance art,” as opposed to collective action. Despite the triumph of this model that sees people as consumers, there is a recent resurgence in the belief in collective action as seen through the environmental justice and divestment movements, she said.The balancing act between individual and collective action is one both Klein and Ensler asked the audience to consider. “It is not that what we do individually doesn’t matter,” Klein noted. “We all have to strive to bring our actions in line with our values and our beliefs. But the truth is we can be perfect people and the system will still bring us over the cliff. Neither of these two poles represents the pathway.“If you don’t believe it is possible for large groups of disenfranchised people to occasionally grab the wheel of history and turn it, then you will feel incredible despair in this moment,” she said. But there is a path out of the climate crisis, and as long as it is physically possible to prevent catastrophic warming, even though it may be incredibly hard, then there is an ethical responsibility to try to improve the chances, rather than spread despair.Klein pointed to the excitement she feels experiencing the creativity with which people, whether artists or scientists, are figuring out what they can do based on their skill sets. The key thing, she noted, is to “get over this idea that any of us can do it on our own.”“I really have to believe there is a way we can share this planet and live more gently and equitably on it,” Klein said, “… and if we do it with justice at the center I think people’s lives can be better.”last_img read more

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El Gobernador Wolf toma medidas para abordar la reforma de las fuerzas del orden público y la rendición de cuentas

first_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitter El Gobernador Wolf toma medidas para abordar la reforma de las fuerzas del orden público y la rendición de cuentas Español,  Press Release,  Public Safety Luego de reunirse con líderes en Philadelphia y Harrisburg, el Gobernador Tom Wolf anunció varias medidas para mejorar las relaciones de las fuerzas del orden público con la comunidad y fortalecer la capacitación y la rendición de cuentas.“Hoy estoy tomando medidas para abordar las inquietudes sobre las relaciones de la comunidad con las fuerzas del orden público al igual que para fortalecer la rendición de cuentas de nuestros organismos”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Este esfuerzo comenzará de inmediato”.El Gobernador Wolf describió múltiples medidas dirigidas a realizar reformas significativas, muchas de ellas basadas en el Grupo de trabajo sobre Vigilancia del siglo XXI, creado en 2015 durante el gobierno del Presidente Obama en respuesta a la muerte en Ferguson, Missouri, del adolescente negro Michael Brown que desencadenó semanas de protestas.Los puntos destacados de las recomendaciones incluyen:La creación de un Inspector General Adjunto dentro de la Oficina del Inspector General del Estado de Pennsylvania (OSIG, por sus siglas en inglés) se centró en disuadir, detectar, prevenir y erradicar el fraude, el despilfarro, la mala conducta y el abuso entre los organismos de las fuerzas del orden público bajo la jurisdicción del Gobernador.La creación de una Comisión Asesora sobre las fuerzas del orden público del Estado de Pennsylvania que revisa las acusaciones de mala conducta del personal de las fuerzas del orden público en la jurisdicción del Gobernador.Brindar asistencia técnica a los municipios por parte de la Comisión de Pennsylvania contra el Crimen y la Delincuencia (PCCD, por sus siglas en inglés) para alentar la creación de comités asesores integrados por ciudadanos locales.La creación de un Subcomité sobre disparidades raciales y étnicas bajo el Comité Asesor de Justicia Criminal (CJAC) en la PCCD.Revisión de la capacitación y la educación de los oficiales. Todas las academias de entrenamiento de las fuerzas del orden público deben revisar las normas actuales de entrenamiento respecto del uso de la fuerza para el orden público y formar un grupo de trabajo para desarrollar normas de entrenamiento modelo con el fin de garantizar que todos los oficiales reciban la mejor instrucción sobre sus interacciones con el público. Los departamentos deben esforzarse por obtener una acreditación estatal y/o nacional. La acreditación es un componente clave para ayudar a los departamentos a evaluar y mejorar sus normas y prácticas.Mejorar la seguridad y el bienestar de los oficiales. Mejorar las iniciativas actuales en materia de salud mental y ofrecer a los oficiales apoyos específicos para la salud mental para que puedan lidiar con el trauma y reducir el estigma que implica recibir ayuda.Apoyo de las reformas legislativas. El gobernador trabajará con la legislatura sobre las reformas, incluida la legislación propuesta que ofrece un mejor acceso a los videos policiales, una junta de supervisión para la capacitación y la educación continua de los oficiales, un fiscal especial para casos de fuerza mortal, la reforma de contratación de las fuerzas del orden público interdepartamentales y la evaluación del PTSD (trastorno de estrés postraumático) para los oficiales de policía.A principios de esta semana, los miembros del Grupo de Trabajo de Reforma Policial, que incluye a funcionarios electos estatales y locales, el defensor principal de la Asociación de Defensores de Philadelphia, así como varios abogados, presentaron propuestas para abordar la creciente frustración respecto del racismo, la opresión y la erradicación de la mala conducta de las fuerzas del orden público.“Hemos abordado la reforma de la justicia penal sobre una base bipartita, y eso es lo que necesitaremos para solucionar estas desigualdades de larga data”, dijo el Gobernador Wolf. “Y a medida que avanzamos, necesitamos abordar las inminentes fallas sistémicas que han creado esta situación”.El Gobernador también se comprometió a abordar las desigualdades de larga data contra las personas de color.“Voy a continuar luchando por más fondos para la educación y para brindar ayuda a las empresas de propiedad de minorías. Estas peleas no tienen un punto final, y no sabremos cuándo hemos ganado, pero tenemos que continuar para que nuestra comunidad sea más justa y equitativa para todos”.center_img June 04, 2020last_img read more

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Chamber of Commerce Reintroduces ‘Monthly Business Luncheon Renaissance’

first_imgMr. J. Wendell Addy, President of the Liberia Chamber of CommerceThe newly elected leadership of the Liberia Chamber of Commerce (LCC) has announced the reintroduction of the Chamber’s “Monthly Business Luncheon Renaissance,” to be held on Oct. 4 in Monrovia.According to a press release issued by the LCC, the Monthly Business Luncheon is a forum where policy and decision makers will exchange views on trending economic issues, business experiences, and the LCC will showcase and gives information on the Chamber’s program activities as it relates to trade policy, advocacy and advice to the private sector.In fulfillment of this initiative there will be four key economic policy decision makers/experts who will serve as speakers and panelists on several topics with a central theme: “De-risking the Private Sector for Economic Expansion, Growth and Sustainability.”The speakers are Samuel D. Tweah, Minister of Finance and Development Planning; Wilson K. Tarpeh, Minister of Commerce and Industry, Nathaniel Patray, Governor of the Center Bank of Liberia, and Geoffrey Oestreicher, Country Director of International Monetary Fund.Some of the topics to be highlighted by the speakers include: the functions and roles of their respective entities and other stakeholders in de-risking the private sector for economic expansion, growth and sustainability; program agenda for the business community; the consultative decision making process in the formulation of policies, regulations and laws affecting businesses and the economy across line ministries, agencies and international institutions where applicable; the challenges, and prospects of private sector business environment, etc.The release said the program will start at 11:45 a.m. and ends at 2:p.m. at a resort in Monrovia. During the luncheon, the exchange of views on ways of developing and enhancing the economy to attract domestic and foreign investments for jobs and wealth creation, and the overall economic development of Liberia in support of the Pro-poor Agenda will be highlighted.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Exxon makes 15th oil discovery offshore Guyana

first_img…pushes Stabroek Block beyond 6B barrelsBy Jarryl BryanFresh on the heels of first oil, ExxonMobil announced on Monday that it had made its 15th oil find off the coast of Guyana and the fifth for this year, this time striking oil in its Mako-1 well southeast of the Liza Field.Exxon Senior Vice President Mike CousinsIn a statement, Exxon explained that the discovery added to the more than six billion oil equivalent barrels estimated for the Block. According to Exxon, the drill ship encountered 164 feet of high-quality oil-bearing reservoirs.The Mako-1 well was drilled in 5315 feet of water and is just 10 kilometres southeast of the Liza Field. This is Exxon’s fifth oil find for the year, with the last oil find being the Tripletail discovery in September.In his comments accompanying the statement, Exxon’s Senior Vice President in charge of exploration and new ventures, Mike Cousins, gave credit to its full-wave seismic technology for the rapid development of the Block.“New discoveries in this world-class basin have the potential to support additional developments. Our proprietary full-wave seismic inversion technology continues to help us better define our discovered resource and move rapidly to the development phase,” Cousins said.In a Ministry of the Presidency statement, Energy Department head, Dr Mark Bynoe called this a historic moment. He also noted that his department would continue to strengthen its capacity and put in place a legislative framework.Diagram of the Stabroek Block showing some of the previous discoveries“This discovery by ExxonMobil and its partners comes on the heels of the start of oil production. The Cooperative Republic of Guyana is experiencing a truly historic moment that has all the ingredients to facilitate a paradigm shift towards sustained economic transformation,” Dr Bynoe was quoted as saying.Meanwhile, Exxon continues its drilling activities with four drill ships to further explore and appraise new resources. The company also noted that pending Government approvals and project sanctioning of a third development, production from the Payara field north of the Liza discoveries could start as early as 2023, with oil production reaching an estimated 220,000 barrels per day.Top producerIt was only a few months ago that Guyana was ranked second in the world, after only Russia, for most oil finds this year. This was revealed in a report by Norwegian research company Rystad Energy, which compiled all the discoveries of oil around the world and came up with a list of the top 10 countries.At the time, Russia was followed closely by Guyana, where oil was found in the Liza 1 field in the Stabroek Block by the US-based ExxonMobil and in the Orinduik Block by British oil firm Tullow.A distant third was Cyprus. They were followed by South Africa, Malaysia, Norway, Angola and Indonesia. The United Kingdom (UK) and the US were in the cellar on the top 10 oil finds list.Commenting on the steep rise in oil drilling in the Caribbean, the report had noted that in 2013, only seven offshore wells were drilled in the Region. Now, the report noted, 23 new exploration wells are expected for 2019.“Rystad Energy expects the Guyana-Suriname basin will continue to occupy headlines with a few planned wells in both Guyana and Suriname. The basin is pinned as one of the most prospective, underexplored basins in the world and will definitely get a facelift from its current assigned volumes if hydrocarbons are established towards the east,” a statement from the company had said.So far, Esso Exploration & Production Guyana Limited (EEPGL) – Exxon’s local subsidiary – has now made 15 oil finds in the Stabroek Block over 100 miles offshore Guyana.Last year, the company made five discoveries. These discoveries have pushed the total estimated recoverable barrels of oil equivalent to over six billion. In addition, Exxon is moving ahead with its Liza phase two project, which will contain approximately 30 wells.The Liza Destiny, Guyana’s first Floating Production Storage and Offloading (FPSO) vessel, arrived in local waters at the end of August. The vessel will play a key role in oil production.It was only on Friday that first oil officially started flowing in the Liza field, which has the capacity to produce 120,000 barrels of oil per day. While the news has been greeted with optimism in some quarters, others have not shared this sunny outlook. There has been criticism that critical policies such as a local content policy is not in place.last_img read more

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