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Huntington Hospital Employees “Go Red” for Heart Month

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The ‘diversity problem’ in science

first_imgOpportunities for women and people of color to pursue careers in science have improved in recent years, but still lag behind those of white men, Harvard College Dean Evelynn M. Hammonds told a crowd at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) Jan. 27. Much work remains to be done, she said, to ensure that students from all backgrounds have an equal opportunity to enter and succeed in fields like engineering and technology.The remarks were part of the keynote address delivered by Hammonds at MIT’s Institute Diversity Summit. The annual conference provides an opportunity for students, faculty, and staff to learn about and discuss ways to promote excellence and diversity at the school.Hammonds, the Barbara Gutmann Rosenkrantz Professor of the History of Science and of African and African American studies, said that women and people of color had demonstrated time and again their interest in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), as well as their ability to succeed in these fields. Scientists agree that race and gender should not determine whether a student pursues a career in STEM. So why, she asked rhetorically, do women, Latinos, African-Americans, and Native Americans continue to be underrepresented in these areas of study?To shed light on the question, Hammonds called on the work of the African-American intellectual, scholar, and activist W.E.B. Du Bois. Du Bois, she said, was the first to name and identify the ‘diversity problem’ in science in his 1939 essay “The Negro Scientist.” The piece was a response to the statements by a prominent white American scientist who had publicly noted how few African-Americans had made their mark in science.“The scientist had stated that Negroes — the preferred term of the period — had made their mark in music, literature and on the stage but not in the exact sciences,” she said. “Du Bois’ response called the man’s attention to the fact that it was not easy for an American Negro to pursue science.  Though the man publicly agreed with Du Bois’ point, privately he expressed to him ‘… that the exact and intensive habit of mind, the rigorous mathematical logic demanded of those who would be scientists [was] not natural to the Negro race.’”To disprove this opinion, Du Bois discussed the careers of the 12 African-American male scholars listed in American Men of Science. Although the men had been educated at some of the most prestigious schools in the country — including Harvard, Yale, Brown, Bowdoin, the University of Chicago, and Williams — their careers had been curtailed because of “color prejudice,” or racism.“In each instance, Du Bois described men who were well-educated, serious scholars and researchers,” Hammonds said. “They published in the leading journals in their fields and strived to attain positions in major institutions. Yet, in each case they were denied permanent positions for which they were qualified.  In many instances, their work was well regarded, and on that basis alone these men were sometimes offered prominent positions in the academy — only to be denied employment when ‘it was learned by correspondence or interview that they were colored.’”Du Bois also gave examples of discriminatory treatment toward graduate students, Hammonds said, including that of an African-American student who was denied a fellowship because his teacher believed that he would not be able to find work after studying science. Others were denied doctorates only on the basis of their color even after passing their general examinations. Young African-American scientists could sometimes find work in the historically black colleges and universities (HBCU), but these institutions typically had no laboratories, no museums, and no scientific collections.“Here in 1939, on the eve of World War II, Du Bois offered a powerful analysis of the ‘diversity problem’ in science,” Hammonds said. “He located that problem in the social context of the United States where legalized segregation constrained the opportunities of African-Americans who had the desire, the ability, and the education to do science.  More importantly, he asserted that the prejudice of white scientists was connected to the pervasive view that ‘the exact and intensive habit of mind, the rigorous mathematical logic demanded of those who would be scientists is not natural to the Negro race.’”African-American women faced even greater barriers to participation in science than their male counterparts, Hammonds said. Before World War II, there were only eight African-American women with Ph.D.s in science in the United States, compared with nearly 20,000 white men. All secured positions at historically black colleges, but, in addition to the lack of resources that plagued their male counterparts, the women encountered negative attitudes about gender roles that limited their advancement even within those institutions. Hammonds, who received a master’s degree in physics from MIT, commended the institution as one of the few in the country with a history of educating African-American women scientists. Even so, she said, the opportunities were few and far between.“The first African-American female graduated from MIT in 1902,” she said. “The second was in the 1950s; during the late 1960s MIT admitted only one or two African-American women a year. Significant numbers of women from this group were not admitted until the 1970s. The first African-American woman was appointed to the faculty in the 1970s; the first one tenured through the ranks in 1998; and the first African-American female faculty in the school of engineering was tenured just this year. As you can see, the barriers within science have persisted for minority women even as they changed for white women and minority men.”Hammonds made a plea for continued study of the issue of diversity in science and engineering. It is critical to better understand how scientific communities work and how talent is recognized, valued, and assessed, she said. To illustrate why, Hammonds closed her talk with a final quote from Du Bois.“One may say in answer to all this: so what?  After all, there are plenty of white men who can be trained as scientists.  Why crowd the field with Negroes who certainly can find other socially necessary work?  But the point is that ability and genius are strangely catholic in their tastes, regard no color line or racial inheritance.  They occur here, there, everywhere, without rule or reason.  The nation suffers that disregards them.  There is ability in the Negro race — a great deal of unusual and extraordinary ability, undiscovered, unused and unappreciated.  And in no line of work is ability so much needed today as in science.”last_img read more

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March 15, 2005 On the Move

first_imgOn the Move Michael Holt and Brian Baggot were recently named as partners with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell. Holt works in the Miami office and has been an associate with the firm since 2000. He practices in the areas of commercial and consumer litigation, general liability defense, and pest control litigation. Baggot works in the Tampa office and practices in the areas of civil trial defense, including commercial litigation, insurance defense, and pest control litigation. Before joining the firm, he served for six years as a United States Army judge advocate. (Editor’s Note: In the March 1 News , we mistakenly reported that Francis H. Sheppard had been named a partner with Rumberger, Kirk & Caldwell, when in actuality he has been with the firm for 20 years, having joined the firm after graduating law school in 1984. He has served as managing partner with the firm since May 2004.) Andrew J. Fruit, Jennifer G. Roeper and Sally T. Woodward joined Fowler White Boggs Banker in Tampa as associates. Fruit practices in the firm’s corporate, securities, and finance practice group. Roeper concentrates on immigration and naturalization. Woodward concentrates in the area of general business, corporations, limited liability companies, and transactional work. R. Gene Aldridge also joined the firm in Jacksonville and concentrates in the area of real estate. Evan B. Plotka announces the formation of his firm with offices at 7771 W. Oakland Park Blvd., Atrium West, Suite 122, Sunrise 33351; phone (954) 334-7600; fax (954) 334-7755. The firm concentrates in the areas of construction litigation, commercial litigation, and probate and guardianships. William Banks and Astrid Guardado joined Becker & Poliakoff in Tampa Bay. Banks focuses on business immigration. Guardado focuses on multi-party civil litigation with an emphasis on construction, real estate, commercial and employment law litigation, and insurance defense. Additionally, Jennifer Perelman, Laurel Wiley, and Georg Ketelhohn joined the firm in Ft. Lauderdale and West Palm Beach. Perelman joined the commercial litigation practice group; Wiley joined the commercial litigation and community association groups; Ketelhohn joined the construction law group. Gregory P. Borgognoni, Nicolas J. Gutierrez, Jr., and Hugo Arza announce the formation of Borgognoni, Gutierrez & Arza in Miami. The firm concentrates in the areas of complex commercial litigation, health care, intellectual property, government relations, real estate, and business. The office is located at 2665 S. Biscayne Dr., Suite 701, Miami 33133. Alan H. Baseman was named partner in the Palm Beach Gardens firm Comiter & Singer. Nancy S. Paikoff was named shareholder in Macfarlane, Ferguson & McMullen in Clearwater. Paikoff practices in the areas of health care, medical malpractice defense, and business and corporate. Luis Martinez-Monfort was elected shareholder of Mills Paskert Divers in Tampa. Martinez-Monfort is chair of the firm’s bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group. David S. Johnson and Matthew J. Moore were made partners of Shook, Hardy & Bacon in Tampa. Johnson concentrates in defending errors and omissions claims against insurance and real estate agents and profession liability claims against attorneys. Moore is member of the pharmaceutical and medical device litigation group. Jonathan M. Streisfeld was named a partner in Brinkley, McNerney, Morgan, Solomon & Tatum in Ft. Lauderdale. Streisfeld concentrates in the area of business litigation. Thomas F. Asbury and Douglas E. Myers III joined Tritt & Franson in Jacksonville. Asbury concentrates on real estate law and Myers concentrates on commercial litigation. Julia M Cook joined the Law Offices of John C. Bovay in Gainesville. Stewart Fried joined Kilpatrick Stockton in Washington D.C. Fried concentrates in the areas litigation and dispute resolution matters. Jon L. Mills joined Upchurch, Watson, White & Max in Daytona Beach as a mediator. Richard Kuper joined the Miami-Dade League of Cities as executive director. The Merlin Law Group was recently formed and will concentrate on representing insurance claimants with insurance disputes and claims. Formerly Gunn-Merlin, The Merlin Law group will continue to maintain its offices on Harbour Island in Tampa. Andrea J. Christle joined Jupiter Law Center in Jupiter. Christle handles matters including wills and estates, real estate, divorce, bankruptcy, personal injury, criminal law, and litigation. Kenneth J. McKenna and William E. Ruffier were made partners in Dellecker, Wilson & King in Orlando. David Bond was made a partner in White & Case in Miami. Bond heads the firm’s international trade practice group. John J. Fumero of Lewis, Longman & Walker was made a shareholder in the firm. Fumero practices in the areas of environmental, land use, and governmental law. Won-Young Jung joined Akerman Senterfitt in Ft. Lauderdale as a legal consultant in the corporate practice group. Additionally, Vitauts Gulbis joined the firm in Tampa as of counsel in the tax group. David E. Menet was named a partner in Salter, Feiber, Murphy, Hutson & Menet in Gainesville. Menet focuses on real estate and business law. Monique Edwards was appointed to serve as executive counsel to the secretary of the Department of Natural Resources by Louisiana Gov. Kathleen Blanco. Alan S. Grunspan, Niall T. McLachlan, David J. Smith, and Jason R. Alderman joined Carlton Fields in Miami. Richard Celler announces the opening of The Celler Legal Group. The firm concentrates in helping employees recover unpaid overtime, final paychecks, and other wages. The firm can be reached at (954) 243-4295 or www.floridaovertimelawyer.com. Jackson & Hardwick and Morris & Schneider announced a merger and will be called Morris Hardwick Schneider. Michael Keller joined Lott & Friedland in Ft. Lauderdale and will head the firm’s chemical, pharmaceutical, biomedical, and medical devices patent practice group. Natalie J. Carlos was named a partner of Adorno & Yoss. Carlos concentrates in the areas of commercial litigation and appellate practice. Elizabeth A. Martialay joined Shutts & Bowen in Miami as a partner in the firm’s financial services industry practice group. Mark Casteel, Jack B. Tuter, Jr., and Bill Wichmann were made partners in Conrad & Scherer. The firm has opened a new office in Tallahassee and concentrates in malpractice defense and corporate law. Additionally, David E. Irwin, Sara Walters, Albert “Chip” Hutzler, and Jacqueline A. Taylor joined the firm as associates. Carlos Fernandez joined Abadin, Jaramillo, Cook & Heffernan in Miami. Fernandez focuses in complex commercial litigation, professional liability litigation, medical negligence, and insurance defense. Jeanne A. Liebegott has joined Katz Barron in Miami as an associate. Liebegott practices in the areas of land use and zoning, real estate, and business and corporate matters. Craig V. Rasile of Hunton & Williams in Miami was chosen to lead the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights practice group. Carrie Freeman Weintraub joined the Professional Recruiting Division of Sterling Management Resources, Inc. Weintraub recruits attorneys at all levels for law firms and corporations in Florida. Mary Lou Powell joined Investors Title Insurance Company in South Carolina as vice president of underwriting operations and marketing. Brian H. Pollock opened the Law Office of Brian H. Pollock at 3550 Biscayne Blvd., Suite 400, Miami 33139. The firm practices civil litigation, and provides personalized legal representation, advice and counseling to individuals and growing businesses. Pollock can be reached by phone (305) 807-5377, and by fax (605) 675-8260. Brett J. Schneider joined Akerman Senterfitt in Ft. Lauderdale as a labor and employment associate in the litigation department. March 15, 2005 On the Move March 15, 2005 On the Movelast_img read more

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Will 49ers visit to Denver help reverse travel nightmares?

first_imgThe 49ers’ month ahead is jam packed with business trips to start hawking their football worth.Business needs to pick up.Not only did they go 0-8 away from Levi’s Stadium last season, the 49ers have lost every away game before December in each season since 2014.SANTA CLARA, CA – AUGUST 17: A general view during a preseason game between the San Francisco 49ers and Denver Broncos at Levi’s Stadium on August 17, 2014 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)They landed …last_img read more

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Air Leaks in Homes Insulated With Spray Foam

first_imgUsing spray foam for a deep-energy retrofitThis story-and-a-half house had uninsulated solid masonry walls (3-inch concrete block on the inside and 3-inch decorative brick on the exterior). On the second floor, the masonry walls extended up about 4 feet from the subfloor, as in a typical Cape. The home had wood-framed kneewall partitions that created a narrow 2-foot-wide space between the kneewalls and the exterior masonry walls. The gable walls on the second floor had the same masonry construction as the first-floor walls. This construction is typical for homes of its age in Toronto. The homeowner wanted to upgrade the house for a new century from the inside, so a computer energy simulation was performed to guide the decision-making process, based on the potential energy savings from a variety of possible upgrades.Unfortunately, as in almost all renovations, the orientation of the home conspired against any improvements in solar heat gain. Obstacles to producing a continuous air barrier included structural penetrations through the planned spray foam.The scope of work included the following measures:The attic floor was vacuumed clean and spray foam was applied to the back of the plasterboard ceiling.The sloped roof assemblies between the tops of the second-floor kneewalls and the attic above the second floor were unchanged, as they were already insulated with dense-packed with cellulose.The space behind the wood-framed second-floor kneewalls (formerly outside the conditioned envelope of the house) was brought within the conditioned envelope by spraying the underside of the roof sheathing and the interior of the exterior walls with spray foam.On both the main floor and the second floor, the ¾-inch diagonal tongue-and-groove pine subfloor (which originally extended to the exterior concrete block wall) was cut back 3 inches at the perimeter of the building to create a gap for the spray foam.New studs were installed on the main floor and in the basement; these were made of engineered lumber and were spaced about 2 inches off the concrete-block wall to provide room for a continuous monolithic layer of spray foam, reducing air leakage and thermal bridging at the studs. The engineered studs required less bracing to combat the tendency of expanding spray foam to cause studs to bow inward or to bow into themselves at inside corners.The gravel on the basement floor was covered with spray foam, and a new concrete slab was poured on top of the cured foam. The foam was brought up the wall to break the slab from the wall.The foundation walls were insulated on the exterior with 2 inches of XPS (R-10), from the footing to the mudsill. (Exterior foundation insulation was preferable to interior insulation because masonry partitions in the basement created hard-to-detail T junctions.) Greg Labbé is co-owner of BlueGreen Consulting Group, a high-performance home consulting firm that works with architects, builders, and homeowners to optimize the energy performance of new and existing homes through detailed energy modeling and site testing. RELATED ARTICLES Spray Foam Insulation Is Not a Cure-AllSpray Foam Insulation Is Not a Magic BulletSpray Foam in Cold ClimatesGetting Spray Foam RightInsulating Old Brick Buildings So what happened at the house?After the spray foam was installed, we performed a pre-drywall blower-door test. The test showed an air leakage rate of 10.8 air changes per hour at 50 Pascals (10.8 ach50), with an equivalent leakage area (ELA) of 340 square inches.This massive rate of air leakage would make the house uncomfortable and more expensive to condition; it could also lead to condensation problems. For purposes of reference, an Energy Star home should test at or below 2 ach50. At the Toronto house, the heat loss attributable to air leakage would have exceeded the conductive heat loss through the entire ceiling and above-grade wall area.With the blower door running we were able to locate the air leaks in the foam, and the spray foam contractor came back to touch up the leaks. The smaller leak locations were caulked or touched up with canned foam.After this work was performed, a second test showed that the air leakage rate had been cut in half to 5.4 ach50 with an ELA of 177 square inches (see Image #10, below). This was a significant drop in heat loss and condensation liabilities, and should result in improved occupant comfort.As the project moves forward and the final two windows and doors are installed, we expect the air leakage rate to be halved again. What is the ideal substrate?Spray foam sticks really well to clean wood or masonry, as long as it’s dry and not frozen. It doesn’t stick well to dirt, oil, or water. The person spraying foam needs to understand these facts, and also needs to know where to apply the spray foam, and how the best location to apply the foam continuously changes as a spray-foam installer moves from the basement to the rim joist to the roof.The ideal substrate for spray foam is scrupulously clean, openly accessible, and free of wires, cross bracing, 6-mil poly, plumbing, cables, or ducts — you get the picture. Ideally, there would be nothing in the stud cavities and the foam could be uniformly applied, producing a good air seal. Unfortunately, the reality is that stud cavities are busy places and spraying in them for a perfect air seal is really hard to do.Spray foam is shot from a distance of 3 feet, and all the stuff in the stud cavity can create unfoamed “shadows” on the back substrate (just like the shadows created by a flashlight beam). Those shadows create voids or open blisters that can leak air. With each pass of foam, the substrate’s surface transfers its increasingly distorted shape to the next layer of foam.The situation can be improved by training electricians to run wires on the back of the wall. Don’t move the plumbing pipes to the back of the wall, though, even if it would make things easier for the foam installers. Plumbing pipes need to be on the warm side of the insulation to keep them from freezing. The trouble with spray foamThe trouble with spray foam is that it has to be sprayed onto a surface, and often we can’t choose the surface, as the situation forces our hand.For the sake of discussion, let’s imagine that on this retrofit project, we wanted to use drywall as our air barrier, following the Airtight Drywall Approach. To apply spray foam to the air barrier, we’d have to spray the drywall from the back side — an approach that would be ideal but impossible. So we apply spray foam from inside the house, adhering the foam to the concrete block and hoping for an airtight result. Avoiding voids in our building assembliesThe advantage of bonding foam to the air barrier is that it eliminates air movement between the two. If there is a gap between the back of the drywall and the interior face of the spray foam, the gap becomes a highway that connects all the small leaks from the foam’s imperfections and unfoamed penetrations. When a difference in pressure exists, voilà! For leakage to happen, you need only a difference in pressure and a hole. We can’t stop physics from producing pressure differences, but we can seal holes.To be effective, spray foam should be sprayed onto an exterior air barrier like wood sheathing. If you are renovating an old house, the usual method is to coat the inside surfaces of the exterior walls with spray foam insulation or a liquid-applied membrane like StoGuard Gold Coat. (The latter approach was described in a recent Fine Homebuilding article).By the way, if a liquid-applied membrane is used as an air barrier, it still needs to be tested for airtightness before spray foam is applied. The purported advantages of liquid-applied membranes lie in their flexibility and strong adhesion which provide long-term performance.For any deep-energy retrofit, the air barrier needs to be tested, whether the air barrier includes spray foam, polyethylene, a liquid-applied membrane, plywood, foam sheathing, Tyvek, Typar, or drywall.It’s common on other job sites to see drywall hung as soon as the spray foam is installed. However, we suspect that for retrofits where foam is applied directly onto solid masonry, finding and sealing leaks with the help of a blower door will ensure significantly better performance.On this project, the homeowner understood the value of performing a blower-door test to check the spray foam for leaks before the drywall went up. The spray foam was intended as an all-in-one solution that provided high R-value insulation and an air barrier. Had the drywall been installed over the air leaks, the gap between the cured skin and the back of the drywall would have short-circuited the insulation. If you’re retrofitting a vintage brick building without an air barrier, don’t count on the spray foam to create a perfect air seal. If you plan to use the spray foam as your air barrier, it’s important to test your work before you cover it with drywall so you can seal any air leaks.I recently had the pleasure of working with a forward-thinking design/build firm in Toronto, Argyris & Clinkard Fine Homes. The company’s objective was to complete a deep-energy retrofit of a 50-year-old solid masonry home in Toronto. As with all high-performance homes, a fully ducted HRV was installed.The goal was to make the house as airtight as possible. Medium-density (2 pounds per cubic foot) closed-cell spray foam was sprayed on the interior of of the concrete block walls. Studs were spaced off the wall to reduce thermal bridging and to ensure that there was a monolithic uninterrupted coat of foam against the concrete blocks.Builders Paul Clinkard and Liam Argyris called us in to perform a blower-door test before the drywall went up. The results were an eye-opener, showing why we can’t rely on foam alone for a good air seal in solid masonry home retrofits, unless we include blower-door-directed air sealing after the foam is installed.last_img read more

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Asian Games: India men make it to hockey finals after 12 years

first_imgIndia’s Gurbaj Singh (right) battles for the ball with South Korea’s Lee Nam-yong during the semifinal match at the 17th Asian Games in Incheon, South Korea, on Tuesday, September 30, 2014. Photo: APThe Indian men’s hockey team has made it to the finals of the Asian Games after 12 years by defeating South Korea at Incheon on Tuesday.The sole deciding goal of the match came from Akashdeep Singh in the third quarter, which will now see India fighting it out for the gold medal game at the Seonhak Hockey Stadium.South Korea tried its best for the equalising goal but the solid Indian defense led by Ramandeep Singh didn’t allow any plausible chances.Akashdeep’s goal, which gave India the slim margin of 1-0, came in the dying minutes of the 3rd quarter.The road to the semi-final, however, hasn’t been too easy for the Indian men. The Sardar Singh-led side came back well after losing a tense third Pool B game against Pakistan 1-2 to put it across China 2-0 in their fourth and last league match to qualify for the last-four at the Seonhak hockey stadium.India, who last won a gold in the 1998 Bangkok edition under Dhanraj Pillay’s captaincy, are once again looking for a top finish and gain a direct entry into the 2016 Rio Olympics.last_img read more

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TIFF left grappling with Harvey Weinsteins legacy

first_img“It can’t be all that they do,” she Tova says. “It can’t be all that we focus on.”Tova isn’t sure what the next steps are for the actors’ union and other players like TIFF, but all are invited to the table.“We’re inviting our industry partners to a discussion in many ways over the next week or two, and we’ll start figuring out what our objectives are industry-wide, identifying the gaps in the policies,” she says. “We need to educate, and we need to create regulations and protections.”READ MORE The small photo was a symbol of the man’s sizeable stature that now triggers an entirely new reaction as film institutions like TIFF grapple with the disgraced producer’s legacy. The industry faces tough questions. How deeply ingrained is the “casting couch” culture of sexual advances by powerful men? As actress Molly Ringwald put it in a Tuesday New Yorker essay, how many “Other Harveys” are there?Theresa Tova, president of ACTRA’s Toronto chapter, says removing the photo is just the beginning of the conversation. Login/Register With: Advertisement Up until this week, Harvey Weinstein’s double-chinned mug was still grinning amid a collage of celebrity faces on the walls at Toronto’s TIFF Bell Lightbox.He was one of many beaming big shots in the second floor hall-of-fame corridor documenting decades of industry power at the Toronto International Film Festival. The 1993 photo (also featuring Blade Runner star Edward James Olmos) was plastered on a stretch of wall boasting a who’s who of the ’90s, from Brad Pitt to Kirstie Alley.It’s a decade that marked major growth for TIFF. It was also a decade when many of Weinstein’s alleged assaults, revealed in explosive reports this month, occurred — some at Toronto locations during the festival — and when his former company Miramax Films wielded tremendous influence in Hollywood. Advertisementlast_img read more

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Retired TD Bank CEO Ed Clark to head up agency that will

first_imgTORONTO – Ontario has called in its top business guru to head the agency that will handle the complicated task of selling and distributing recreational marijuana once pot is legalized this summer.Former TD Bank CEO Ed Clark, who has served as Premier Kathleen Wynne’s business adviser since 2015, was nominated Thursday by Finance Minister Charles Sousa to chair the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s board of directors.Clark, who also is working on the province’s bid to land the new Amazon headquarters, will oversee the agency as it creates a subsidiary that will run stand-alone stores to sell legal weed.Clark described himself as a “conservative on the cannabis file” and said safety is top of mind for him.“I think we have to be quite careful,” he said. “I think it’s good to get the drug out of the hands of drug dealers. I think having people buy what is a drug, that hasn’t been tested … and buy it from bad guys, is not a good thing. We’re not here to promote marijuana. We’re here to make sure that we cut the drug dealers out of marijuana trade.”The LCBO subsidiary must put in place good quality control measures that provide consumers with a safe product, he said.“We have to make sure that we have a system, as we do with the LCBO, that we’re not selling to people that shouldn’t be buying this,” he said.Clark noted that in his 2015 review of Ontario’s assets he recommended maintaining public ownership of the LCBO and expanding access to wine and beer, two ideas the Liberal government has accepted.“I like the LCBO but it doesn’t mean there isn’t more that it can do,” he said. “I’m a retailer at heart. It will be fun to try to say, OK, how can we serve the consumer better?”The process is likely to be fraught with challenges from municipal pushback to concerns about lack of supply, but Sousa said Clark’s experience makes him the ideal person for the job.“He’s a retailer by his nature,” Sousa said. “But he’s also a policy mind. He’s successful. He has the ability to deal very effectively with leaders around the world and we’ve engaged him to do just that on our behalf.”Clark’s appointment as LCBO chairman was discussed by Ontario’s cabinet Thursday morning and will now be finalized after a review by a committee at Queen’s Park.The province announced last fall that it plans to create a subsidiary of the Liquor Control Board of Ontario that will run the legal weed stores. The agency itself will oversee the planning process to establish its retail locations.The province plans to set up approximately 150 standalone cannabis stores by 2020 with the first wave of 40 stores opening this summer.Clark has handled a number of difficult files for Ontario’s Liberal government in recent years, leading a controversial government asset review in 2014 which recommended the partial selloff of Hydro One. In 2015, Clark advised the province on the restructuring of U.S. Steel Canada in Hamilton. In 2016, he conducted a review of the province’s digital health records system.For his work, Clark has taken a salary of one dollar per year, something that Sousa joked won’t change.“As you know he’s been advising and providing some support for the government on a number files and he has been getting his dollar,” Sousa said. “I don’t intend to give him a raise.”Ontario NDP finance critic John Vanthof panned Clark’s hiring saying it sends the signal that the LCBO could be privatized. He urged the premier to cancel Clark’s nomination to the board.“By appointing Clark to the top post at the LCBO, Wynne is sending strong signals that she won’t stop with the selloff of Hydro One,” Vanthof said in a statement. “Ontarians overwhelmingly opposed that short-sighted move, but Wynne went ahead with her plan anyway, and Ontario families are literally paying the price.”Ontario Public Service Employees Union President Warren (Smokey) Thomas also called on Wynne to rescind Clark’s appointment.“Ed Clark has always put profits before people,” Thomas said in a statement. “Giving him the keys to the LCBO will be a huge boon for Bay Street, but it’s going to cause real harm on Main Street.”Sousa denied Clark’s hiring signals a move to privatize the Crown corporation. Clark himself recommended hanging onto the LCBO in his review of government assets, he said.“There is no intent on selling LCBO,” he said. “It’s a very efficient, very productive, well-run organization. It’s valuation is tremendous.”Meanwhile, the provincial government announced Thursday it was accepting public comment on a number of possible further regulations of legal cannabis.The proposals, which would add further detail to provincial pot laws passed in the fall, were posted on a government website. The proposed rules include clarifying where cannabis can be used with exemptions for hotel rooms and vehicles like boats which are used as primary residences. The regulations would also allow pot to be consumed in private residences which are also workplaces.The regulatory changes also appear to open the door to permitting licensed and regulated cannabis consumption lounges and venues.last_img read more

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Battle formation

first_imgSoon after the elections were announced, West Bengal’s Trinamool Congress unveiled its list of candidates for the upcoming Lok Sabha polls on Tuesday. New faces and significant ommissions featured in the list as TMC gears up for the battle to ‘save democracy’ – as reiterated by their chief Mamata Banerjee who is focussed on ousting NDA from power. A list merely announced the representatives of a party that will be instrumental in getting votes for the party. From the micro outlook of elections, it is these representatives and their credibility which will be pivotal besides the party popularity and ideology. Of course, TMC’s credibility is well-known in West Bengal but even then, a reinforced approach in choosing the right person for the right place has been followed by the party to ensure the 42 seats of the state. Each name, new or old, has been chosen for its respective constituency with the collective objective of ensuring victory – as should be the case. But Mamata has done the shuffling to ensure victory all the more in a strong attempt to not let BJP grab those seats. The party objective is crystal clear down to the last fragment. Their representation features a 41 per cent representation to women, higher than 35 per cent in 2014, with 7 candidates from the Muslim community and 12 from the Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes. The concoction that Mamata has prepared for BJP in her bastion is no less than a formidable fort’s strong defence line. Mamata expressed her disappointment at the polling schedule which has pitted West Bengal’s polling across all seven phases of the mandate. Her expected criticism was directed towards the saffron party for playing vendetta politics by allegedly influencing the election schedule to disturb the state. She stated the peculiarity of conducting polls in West Bengal with 42 seats in all seven phases but keeping Tamil Nadu’s mandate with 39 seats in just one phase. The Election Commission’s autonomy certainly cannot be questioned, however, the facts definitely tinker curiosity. Not just West Bengal, Mamata’s list fields candidates in other states ensuing from Mamata’s improvised ploy and her efforts in uniting opposition parties against BJP prior to the announcement of elections. Targetting seats in other states where usually other regional parties are supposedly stronger is either a desperate move to maximise outreach or aid allies in their battle. With TMC’s precise objective, evident through the United India rally and pre-poll mutual agenda of dethroning Modi, Mamata has exercised every inch of her arsenal in giving BJP a tight competition besides her bastion – whichever way possible. TMC has declared candidates for three seats in Jharkhand, six in Assam, two in both Bihar & Odisha as well as a solitary seat of Andaman & Nicobar islands. Mamata has ensured that her efforts in these states do not hurt the regional parties by noting that her party will contest the polls in those states in consultation with allies. Politics might be a civil affair but it involves experienced strategising to ensure that the desired outcome is achieved – much like Military affairs. While it is true that public opinion shapes the outcome graph, still there are additional factors which influence polls and both BJP and TMC will certainly look to utilise it to their advantage. Mamata wants to ensure that BJP does not take advantage of TMC’s candidates in the fray since usually multiple candidates by multiple parties only aid fragmentation of votes – a scenario where BJP can capitalise. TMC’s representation of time tested politicos along with the support extended to aid parties in other states devises a perfect plot to ensure that BJP is unable to garner votes. Mamata reiterated that her party would not ally with anybody before the election and urged the strong regional parties to take on BJP on their turfs. A post-poll alliance is on the cards for which not just TMC but all the parties will fix their bargaining power in the formation of a coalition government that the united opposition parties desire. It is the common aim to oust BJP that has demanded them to sideline individual differences and unite. It is not very different from what a general military tactic would be in a foreign land where advantage rests with the regional forces. In this context, TMC has assumed the battle formation, all set to fight!last_img read more

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Egypt back to square one as army returns to politics

first_imgCAIRO – Three years after a popular uprising forced out ex-general Hosni Mubarak, Egypt’s army is again pushing a commander to stand for president after he ousted the first civilian head of state.On Monday, the army endorsed its Field Marshall Abdel Fattah al-Sisi’s candidacy for an election he is expected to win amid a strong nationalist fervour since he overthrew president Mohamed Morsi.In just over six months, Sisi has managed to win accolades from a vast section of Egyptians for leading the ouster of Morsi and crushing the Muslim Brotherhood movement to which the Islamist belongs. Morsi was toppled after one turbulent year in office following mass street protests amid allegations of grabbing power and ruining an already deteriorating economy.Announcing its backing for Sisi, the Supreme Council of the Armed Forces said that “the people’s trust in Sisi is a call that must be heeded as the free choice of the people”.Sisi is soon expected to resign as army chief and announce his candidacy in a presidential election scheduled to be held by mid-April.A victory for the 59-year-old would keep alive a tradition of Egyptian presidents being drawn from the armed forces.Mubarak and all of his predecessors came from the military, starting with the charismatic colonel Gamal Abdel Nasser, who ruled Egypt between 1954 and 1970.And after Mubarak’s ouster, it was Field Marshal Hussein Tantawi who ruled Egypt until the election of Morsi in June 2012. But Tantawi’s tenure was marred by deadly street protests before Morsi was elected.Sisi is riding a wave of nationalist fervour, however, amid a heavy handed crackdown on Morsi’s supporters, which according to Amnesty International has left at least 1,400 people dead.To Sisi’s supporters, he is the best option for ending three years of political instability following the 2011 uprising that ended Mubarak’s reign.And to his critics and experts it is the military’s decades-old iron grip on Egypt that has once again brought an army man to the forefront after civilian leaders blew their shot at power.“There is definitely a political vacuum with no civilian parties able to throw up a good leadership,” said Mohamed Ghorab, an activist from a group that campaigns against military trials of civilians.“We saw this with the Muslim Brotherhood, (and) they failed. We hoped that another liberal party would come up and fill the vacuum, but that didn’t happen.“Hence given the backing from a section of the society, the military is now filling the vacuum,” he said in his personal capacity.‘Old demons of repression’ returningSince Morsi’s ouster, Sisi has emerged as a nationalist icon, but simultaneously Egypt is also witnessing the return of the feared security services which were widely hated under Mubarak.In recent months a deadly crackdown that began against Morsi’s Brotherhood has widened, with activists who spearheaded the anti-Mubarak revolt finding themselves behind bars.Top anti-Mubarak campaigners Ahmed Douma, Ahmed Maher, Mohamed Adel and Alaa Abdel Fattah have been detained for organising protests the military-installed authorities say were illegal.The authorities had defended the removal of Morsi on the back of mass street protests against his rule.“Their current policies are a betrayal of all the aspirations of bread, freedom and social justice” of the anti-Mubarak revolution, said Hassiba Hadj Sahraoui of Amnesty International in a statement marking the third anniversary of the 2011 revolt.She charged the security forces had also not been held to account for using “excessive” force in dealing with protests staged by Morsi’s supporters who continue to demand his reinstatement.Analysts say the repressive old regime of Mubarak is returning to the fold, but that it is unleashing even more force on dissent than before, now that the military is clearly at the helm.“Even if the military authorities try to maintain a democratic face, it is now clear that Egypt is being overtaken by old demons of repression, authoritarianism and personal power,” said Karim Bittar of the Institute of International Strategic Relations.“The hopes aroused by the revolution of January 25, 2011 among the liberals and progressive (people of Egypt) are about to go up in smoke.”last_img read more

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