University President Fr. John Jenkins offered his condolences for the over 200 people killed and 450 injured in church and hotel bombings in Sri Lanka in a statement Sunday. “On behalf of the University of Notre Dame, I extend my deepest condolences to the families and friends of the victims in the Sri Lanka attacks,” Jenkins said in the statement. “As we, along with Christians around the world, gathered to celebrate the joyful Easter message of victory over sin and death, we were shocked and saddened to hear news of such cruel killings in Sri Lanka, some at Easter Masses.”Jenkins asked all Christians to join him in praying for the victims of the attacks and called for justice for those responsible.“We commend to God those killed, pray for those wounded and call for an impartial inquiry that will bring perpetrators to justice,” he said.Tags: Easter, Fr. John Jenkins, Sri Lanka, sri lankan bombings
Resorts, equipment manufacturers, and snowsports trade groups must get more political, Schendler says, and they must reject climate denialism and obstructionism from political leaders—and within their own ranks. “We have to shame leaders who have no substantive climate action plans,” Schendler says. The cryosphere, from polar ice to mountain glaciers and snowfields, is literally weeping. The ski industry has been constricting for decades, with the number of resorts in the United States declining to 460 from about 700 in the 1980s, and “lower elevation resorts are already challenged with more rain in winter and shorter seasons,” particularly in the Northeast and Midwest, Hagenstad says. The IPCC’s findings once again highlight the profound importance of implementing the goals of the Paris climate accords, according to Hagenstad, lead author of the 2018 report “The Economics of Snow in a Changing Climate” from the climate action group Protect Our Winters. The Paris agreement, which the Trump administration backed out of, calls for reaching carbon neutrality by 2050 with the goal of keeping global warming to 2 degrees Celsius. The snow sports industry faces uncertainty even if humanity succeeds in hitting that target, but Hagenstad thinks it could survive. Inaction, however, will be “disastrous.” Individual skiers and boarders must communicate with the resorts where they buy season passes and let management know they want the resorts to use their business clout to push for action, whether locally, at the state or federal level, Schendler says. “We all need to push a bit harder.” For Auden Schendler, senior VP of sustainability for Aspen Skiing Company and a leading voice for climate action within snowsports, the ski industry has a choice: Make climate change a top priority or begin planning to “wind down” resort operations. “The question I have is: When does this become the number one issue for the industry?” POW feels that it can make a big difference by turning out just a few thousand skiers and snowboarders and climate-activist voters in swing districts and swing states. The word cryosphere, from the Greek word krýos, refers to the Earth’s frozen zones. Used by scientists since the early 20th century, this previously little-used term is now entering the mainstream lexicon. Why? Climate change. Skiers worried about the cryosphere, and who live in hotly contested districts, could begin seeing POW Action Fund ads soon. Climate Jerrys beware. “The reality is that the IPCC report confirms what we already know,” says Lindsay Bourgoine, director of policy and advocacy for POW, whose 2018 report was cited by the IPCC. “This just ups the ante.” “Unviable” is the descriptor that should concern skiers and snowboarders who care about the future of their sport—and of mountain ecosystems in general. The report’s findings mean that skiers “may not be able to teach their grandchildren how to ski at their favorite resorts where they learned how to ski,” says economist Marca Hagenstad, a contributing author to the skiing section of the IPCC special report. Protect Our Winters strategized on its 2020 swing-state campaign during its annual meeting in Moab in October. “The 2020 elections are a major deal where skiers and the snowsports industry can with a few thousand voters get a climate-friendly candidate into office,” says Schendler. He pointed to U.S. Sen. Susan Collins of Maine as a candidate who has been “wishy washy on climate” who could be susceptible if the state’s large community of snowsports enthusiasts goes to the polls. Margins of victory can be even smaller in U.S. House races. For instance, Ben McAdams, who supports strong action on climate change, won Utah’s 4th Congressional District representing Salt Lake City by a razor-thin margin of about 700 votes. POW’s political action fund, a 501(c)4 organization, will target districts such as this that President Trump won or lost by 10 points or less. Examples include the Grand Rapids area of Michigan. “That is an area with colleges and outdoor industry brands and an active outdoors community where a small number of pro-climate voters can make a difference,” Bourgoine says. The latest major climate report claims that the future of skiing and snowboarding is “unviable.” Will this finally inspire the industry to get political and demand action? A study published in August in Geophysical Research Letters found that “snow droughts” in the mountains of the western United States will become more frequent. The authors defined snow droughts as two consecutive winters with less than a quarter of the historical snowfall. Snow droughts are currently rare, occurring only about seven percent of the time, but within a few decades they could occur about 42 percent of the time, says the study. Bourgoine recently traveled to Capitol Hill as part of POW’s annual climate lobbying day, when athletes and members of the snowsports community speak to members of Congress. She says this year marked a noted change. “Republicans are no longer denying climate change. They are looking for a way into the conversation. It’s a big dramatic shift. But while this change is heartening and exciting, we are up against a timeline.” Don’t Cry for the Cryosphere—Act Up Bleak future: During the winter of 2016-17 some resorts in Italy’s dolomites had as few as six snow days. As Snow droughts, or consecutive winters with less than one-quarter of the historical snowfall, become more prevalent across the planet due to climate change, ski areas will be forced to wind down operations. / Photo courtesy Protect our Winters. For skiers, the latest sobering news came with the release in late September of a major report from the Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, the “Special Report on the Ocean and Cryosphere in a Changing Climate.” While media coverage of the report largely focused on the decline of ocean ecosystems, rising sea levels, and unprecedented melting in the Arctic, a small subsection detailed the threats to mountain tourism, including skiing and snowboarding. In late September, public shaming and pressure from within the snowsports industry led the International Ski Federation, or FIS, the governing body for international competitions, to join the U.N. Sports for Climate Action Framework, which commits the group to not only reducing its own carbon footprint but more importantly advocating for climate action. The FIS announcement came seven months after Protect Our Winters, Burton snowboards, and Alterra Mountain Company called for the resignation of FIS President Gian Franco Kasper after Kasper appeared to deny climate science by referring to “so-called climate change.” The protest campaign generated 9,000 letters to the FIS and “shows the power of speaking up,” Schendler says. “At the end of the century,” if humans continue to emit greenhouse gases unabated, “snow reliability is projected to be unviable for most ski resorts under current operating practices in North America, the European Alps and Pyrenees, Scandinavia and Japan, with some exceptions at high elevation or high latitudes.” But politics is the most pressing issue. The big environmental improvements in American history have only come when government got involved and passed laws such as the Clean Air Act and Clean Water Act, before which rivers were open sewers and the air was unbreathable in some American cities. POW and its allies are now targeting the 2020 elections with the goal of getting members of the snowsports and outdoor recreation communities to go to the polls and vote for candidates that support climate action, such as carbon pricing. Bourgoine points to the 2018 victory of Democratic U.S. Sen. Jon Tester of Montana as an example of how a few thousand votes can get a pro-climate-action candidate into office. The Protect Our Winters Action Fund, POW’s political action arm, blitzed Montana with digital, radio, and print ads in 2018 in support of Tester’s climate stance. The ad blitz, including a social media video from climber Conrad Anker calling Tester’s opponent Matt Rosendale a “Jerry” who doesn’t care about climate or the mountains, generated more than 1.3 million impressions, according to POW. Tester won re-election by 15,000 votes. While it is impossible to quantify how many of those votes were generated by the POW ad campaign, the result shows that “we don’t need a lot of people to swing an election,” Bourgoine says. “We believe there are lots of passionate outdoor people who care about climate,” Bourgoine says, “and we are going to make sure they vote in 2020.” She cited a recent poll from Western Priorities which showed that members of the outdoor recreation community are an increasingly powerful voting bloc. Snowmaking is crucial to ski areas, allowing them to open before the important Christmas holiday period. But you can’t blow snow when it’s warm. “Within the next 20 years, the number of days at or below freezing in some of the most popular ski towns in the U.S. will decline by weeks or even a month,” says a Climate Impact Lab report. “If global greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise at the same pace that they did in the first decade of this century, ski resorts could see half as many sub-freezing days compared to historical averages by late century.” Snow Droughts and Worse The IPCC report adds to the drumbeat of studies that show the bleak future facing snowsports on a warming planet. Season lengths could shrink by half by 2050 and 80 percent by 2090 in the United States, according to the 2017 report “Projected Climate Change Impacts on Skiing and Snowmobiling: a case study of the United States,” published in Global Environmental Change. The study concluded that “limiting global greenhouse gas emissions could both delay and substantially reduce adverse impacts to the winter recreation industry.”
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By Taciana Moury/Diálogo December 11, 2020 The Brazilian Air Force (FAB, in Portuguese) is strengthening surveillance and monitoring capabilities to control trafficking along the Brazilian border with Paraguay and Bolivia with the installation of new radar stations in the cities of Corumbá, Porto Murtinho, and Ponta Porã, in Mato Grosso do Sul state.Launched on August 18, 2020, the Corumbá Radar Station was the first to become operational. The new equipment expands capabilities to identify the presence of unauthorized aircraft flying at low altitudes with illegal cargo in Brazilian territory.The radars capture any object within the coverage area. (Photo: Brazilian Air Force)According to a press release from FAB’s Public Affairs Office, the equipment provides air surveillance capabilities in a 450-kilometer radius, or about 635,000 square kilometers. “The functioning radars enable identification of all types of aircraft that circulate in the covered area. This way, the operational decisions related to control or air defense can be made very effectively,” the statement indicated.According to FAB General Heraldo Luiz Rodrigues, general director of the Department of Airspace Control (DECEA, in Portuguese), the new station considerably strengthens airspace control in the region. “With the installation of radars in Corumbá, DECEA will be able to identify any aircraft flying over Brazilian territory in this region coming from Bolivia or Paraguay and, if deemed illegal, they will be intercepted and suffer legal consequences per airspace regulations,” he said.According to the FAB, since early 2020, more than 3.5 tons of cocaine have been seized on clandestine flights from Bolivia to Brazil, through operations conducted by fighter jets.With support from the E-99 radar airplane, the A-29 Super Tucano aircraft conduct the majority of clandestine flight interceptions along the border.The installation of the Porto Murtinho radar station is close to completion, according to news site Porto Murtinho Notícias. The new radar station will monitor aircraft flying at low altitudes over the border region and will strengthen the ability to identify unauthorized flights, which is essential in combat operations against drug trafficking. The FAB estimates that the Porto Murtinho and Ponta Porã stations will be operational in the first half of 2021.
Florida Georgia Line is not the only act affected by the virus. Lee Brice dropped out of his duet with Carly Pearce after he contracted the illness, and Lady A canceled their performance to quarantine after exposure to a family member with COVID-19.Listen to Us Weekly’s Hot Hollywood as each week the editors of Us break down the hottest entertainment news stories! Moving forward? Brian Kelley reminisced on his past with Florida Georgia Line bandmate Tyler Hubbard amid the duo’s social media drama.Kelley, 35, shared a throwback photo with Hubbard, 33, via his Instagram Story on Wednesday, November 11, ahead of the 2020 Country Music Association Awards. The shot showed the musicians taking part in an interview after winning two trophies at the awards show in November 2013.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – The Florida native posted the sweet memory after the pair made headlines on Tuesday, November 10, when Hubbard and his wife, Hayley Hubbard, unfollowed Kelley on Instagram, sparking speculation about a falling out. “Does that mean FGL will be no more?” one Twitter user asked.Brian Kelley and Tyler Hubbard of Florida Georgia Line at The 61st Annual Grammy Awards on February 10, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. Chelsea Lauren/ShutterstockSome fans suggested that differing political views were to blame for the move. Tyler has spoken out against President Donald Trump in the past, and Hayley, 34, supported Vice President-elect Kamala Harris via Instagram on Sunday, November 8, after her historic win alongside President-elect Joe Biden. Meanwhile, Kelley corrected a fan who claimed that he voted for the former vice president, 77, commenting on Instagram, “Think again bub.”Kelley’s wife, Brittney Kelly, then shared a series of cryptic quotes to her Instagram Story on Tuesday, November 10. “Real friends don’t always agree with [you] but they do respect your right to have an opinion,” one post read.- Advertisement – A source close to Florida Georgia Line attempted to dispel the rumors, telling Us Weekly on Tuesday, “All is good with the FGL family. Tyler and Brian’s friendship is as strong as ever.” Tyler also refollowed Brian on Instagram after speculation of a feud spread.Regardless of the band’s status as colleagues and friends, they will not perform at the CMA Awards on Wednesday night after Tyler tested positive for coronavirus. “Some of y’all guessed it….. Got the Rona,” he confirmed via Instagram on Monday, November 9. “Asymptomatic. Quarantining on bus. Miss my family. Writing songs. Thankful.”- Advertisement –
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President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo has instructed his aides to assess the impact of the new coronavirus on the country’s economy, particularly on trade with China, following Indonesia’s move to impose a ban on travel and live animal imports from the East Asian country.“Please carefully calculate the impact of this policy on our economy,” Jokowi said as he opened a limited Cabinet meeting in Bogor Palace, West Java, on Tuesday.The government ban on all travel to and from China took effect on Monday. It is intended to prevent the spread of a deadly and highly contagious novel coronavirus. “The travel and import restrictions were necessary to protect all Indonesian nationals from the spread of the coronavirus,” Jokowi said.Indonesia’s moves were met with disappointment from the Chinese government.“The decision to impose a travel ban and import restrictions will be detrimental to our trade relations,” Chinese Ambassador to Indonesia Xiao Qian said. “Don’t overreact and cause a negative impact on investment and the economy.” (eyc) Topics : The ban prevents visitors who have stayed in China for 14 days or more from visiting or transiting in Indonesia. The government will suspend visa-free and visa on arrival provisions for Chinese citizens.The government has also announced a temporary ban on live animal imports from China. Trade Minister Agus Suparmanto said the measure would be put in place on Tuesday and would remain in place until the virus was contained.Indonesia imported US$44.5 billion of non-oil and gas products from China in 2019, representing almost 30 percent of such imports into Indonesia overall. Meanwhile, 1.9 million Chinese tourists visited Indonesia from January to November 2019, representing nearly 13 percent of overall foreign tourist visits, Statistics Indonesia data shows.Jokowi said the import restrictions could provide a chance for domestic industries to produce import-substituting goods and to export more products to other countries that used to import such products from China.
“We will keep coordinating with AirNav Indonesia, as well as stakeholders in the aviation sector to ensure that flights remain safe and normal,” Novie said.Volcanic ash from the eruption covered parts of the airport’s runway and apron, AirNav Indonesia spokesperson Yohanes Sirait said.At least six flights have been cancelled so far, he added.The volcano previously erupted on Feb. 13, spewing a 2,000-meter-high ash column.Mount Merapi is one of the most active volcanoes in Indonesia. An eruption in 2010 left more than 300 people dead and forced almost 400,000 people to take refuge.Authorities have raised Merapi’s alert level to waspada (caution), the second-highest level in the country’s four-tiered alert system. (rfa) Adi Soemarmo International Airport in Surakarta, Central Java, has been temporarily closed following the eruption of Mount Merapi, an official said on Tuesday.The volcano erupted in the early hours of Tuesday, spewing a 6,000-meter column of ash, according to the Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency (BMKG).State-owned air navigation firm AirNav Indonesia has since issued a warning on the latest volcanic activity to pilots passing through the affected areas. The Transportation Ministry’s air transportation director general, Novie Riyanto, said in a statement that the ministry would continue to monitor the activity of Mount Merapi to ensure aviation safety.“We will keep observing the latest developments. As for the impact on aviation, so far only [Adi Soemarmo International Airport] in Surakarta is affected; it has since been closed down for the time being. We have re-routed several flights to regions that have yet to be affected by the eruption,” Novie said in a statement on Tuesday.Adi Soemarmo International Airport will remain closed until 3:30 p.m., the ministry said.According to the warning issued by AirNav Indonesia, the latest eruption had a maximum amplitude of 75 mm and a duration of 450 seconds. Editor’s note: This article has been updated with the latest updates from the Transportation Ministry and AirNav Indonesia.Topics :
“Both sides agreed to peacefully resolve the situation in the border areas in accordance with various bilateral agreements,” the foreign ministry said in a statement.The ministry added that the commanders agreed an “early resolution” was “essential” for bilateral relations between the world’s two most-populous nations.”Accordingly, the two sides will continue the military and diplomatic engagements to resolve the situation and to ensure peace and tranquility in the border areas,” the statement said.There have been numerous face-offs and brawls between Chinese and Indian soldiers at the frontier, but they have become more frequent in recent years. India and China have agreed to “peacefully resolve” a latest border flare-up that has heightened tensions between the nuclear-armed neighbors, New Delhi said Sunday, after a high-level meeting between army commanders.Tensions have flared in recent weeks between the two regional powers over their 3,500-kilometer frontier, which has never been properly demarcated.Thousands of troops from both countries are involved in the face-off concentrated in India’s Ladakh region, just opposite Tibet. On May 9, several Indian and Chinese soldiers were injured in a high-altitude cross-border clash involving fists and stone-throwing in Sikkim state.Indian officials said that within days, Chinese troops encroached over the demarcation line in the Ladakh region, further to the west.India moved extra troops to positions opposite.The talks, which took place in the Chushul-Moldo region between the two commanders, is believed to be the highest-level meeting since the Sikkim exchange.India’s Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping have sought to ease the tensions at summits over the past two years when they agreed to boost border communications between their militaries. Topics :
Two North Sumatran fishermen were killed while another one was critically injured after being shot by unidentified assailants in the Sumeulue waters of Aceh last week.Sibolga water police unit head Adj. Comr. M. Sihombing said the shooters attacked two fishing boats identified as KM Tiur and KM Kasih Sayang, which belonged to the fishermen from North Sumatra’s Central Tapanuli regency, at around 3 a.m. on Friday.“The shooting happened when the two fishing boats heaved the anchors in Simeulue waters of Aceh. All of a sudden, the two fishing boats were shot by unidentified persons,” Sihombing told The Jakarta Post on Monday. KM Tiur crew member Putra, 30, and KM Kasih Sayang captain Aspuri, 33, died in the incident. Meanwhile, another victim identified as Irfan Nasution is receiving treatment at Adam Malik Hospital in Medan, North Sumatra.The other crew members of the boats escaped the shootings, Sihombing said, without detailing the number of survivors.“We will help the Aceh police investigate this shooting case. We have taken pictures of the shooting marks on the boats [as evidence],” he said, adding that the two fishing boats have docked at Sibolga Harbor in North Sumatra.The head of the Penjaring Salam fishermen community in Sibolga, Asrul Tanjung, demanded that security forces immediately arrest the perpetrators to find out the motives behind the fatal shootings.According to information Asrul obtained from several survivors and witnesses, the shooters came to attack on a large boat.“The shooters reportedly used a big boat with fish bomb gear on it. This kind of boat is now pervasively used by many [fishermen] and usually operate in Sinabang waters, Aceh,” he added. (trn)Topics :