Gish Jen has made a literary career in part from writing about the experiences of Chinese-Americans. During a lunchtime talk at Harvard Law School (HLS), she discussed her latest book, “The Girl at the Baggage Claim: Explaining the East-West Culture Gap,” making the case for the sociological and cultural patterns that influence many aspects of identity.Describing the Western reality as “pit self” (and showing a cartoon image of an avocado person) and Eastern thought as ‘flexi-self” (a bendable Gumby), Jen said Asians think of their identity as closely entwined with family and community, while Americans strive to be independent-minded. Using an image of a lion in the African Savannah to distill her argument, she said the pit self sees the lion while the flexi-self sees the savannah in relation to the lion.Jen got support for her theory during her March 29 talk from a small panel of speakers that included HLS Assistant Professor Mark Wu and Joseph William Singer, Bussey Professor of Law, who gave many pit-versus-flexi examples in business, mental health, and family.Singer, who is also an orchestral musician, recounted the joy in learning to play viola after years of playing first violin. “In the viola, it was much easier to hear all four parts (first and second violin, viola, and cello),” he said. “It gives me the feeling of being part of a group so much.”Panelists Mark Wu (from left), assistant professor of law, and Bussey Professor of Law Joseph William Singer give examples in support of Jen’s theory. Photo by Lorin Granger/Harvard Law SchoolJen even talked about East-West self in the context of plagiarism, citing parents who help their children write papers and assist them in the lab.“I’m not suggesting cheating isn’t cheating. It absolutely is,” she said. But “the boundary that means so much to us in the West simply doesn’t register to Chinese students the same way.”She offered the thought that “most people have both selves latent in them,” and got a laugh from the audience for her explanation of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who credits his team for his success.He is wrongly accused of “phoniness and false modesty,” Jen said, “when, of course, he’s just Asian.”
Egypt is still dealing with one legacy from the war…millions of landmines. Scattered across the country’s north-west, they have been hampering development for years. Clearing them takes a lot of time – and a lot of money. And hunting them safely also is not easy. CCTV’s Adel El Mahrouky has this report
Abe will consider lifting the state of emergency without waiting for its May 31 expiration if expert advisors decide that is possible based on detailed analysis of regional infection trends, he said at a meeting of the government’s coronavirus task force. He said his advisors said that Japan had not seen the explosive surge in infections seen in some countries overseas, but the number of new infection cases had not fallen enough and there were regions where the medical system was facing strains. (Reuters) Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe declares state of emergency during a meeting of the new coronavirus task force at the prime minister’s official residence in Tokyo, Japan, April 7, 2020. REUTERS TOKYO – Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe said on Monday he had decided to extend the country’s national state of emergency to May 31.
Manchester United have confirmed that veteran midfielder Michael Carrick has signed a one-year contract extension. United boss Jose Mourinho has described Carrick as a “very intelligent midfielder and a great reader of the game” and says that the player’s knowledge will be invaluable to him for the upcoming season.
A highly controversial dating website that was infiltrated by hackers has exposed almost 1,000 cheating spouses in Donegal.Ashley Madison is a dating website which encourages married men and women to cheat on their partners. The website has a tacky tagline which says ‘Life is short. Have an affair’.In Donegal, there is an incredible 942 users on the Ashley Madison dating site.The users exposed today come from towns across Donegal which include Letterkenny, Bundoran, Carrick, Glenties, Donegal Town, Lifford and Ballybofey.Ashley Madison charged around £12 for a service in which it promised to remove a user’s personal data from its servers but the leak exposed flaws in its data protection policies. That enabled a group of hackers called ‘The Impact Team’ to infiltrate their servers which contained all the personal data of users worldwide.There are 1.2million users in the UK alone, and there is 110,000 users based in Ireland.The details of the Irish users has been released by the hackers and that has enabled everyone to see how many users are in each county. ALMOST 1,000 CHEATING SPOUSES IN DONEGAL EXPOSED AFTER HACKERS LEAK DATA was last modified: August 22nd, 2015 by Mark ForkerShare 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) Tags:Featuresnews
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest This is the time to check the accuracy of your sprayer. One can determine if the chemicals are applied at the proper rate only by carefully calibrating the sprayer. While applying too little pesticide may result in ineffective pest control, too much pesticide wastes money, may damage the crop and increases the potential risk of contaminating ground water and environment. The primary goal with calibration is to determine the actual rate of application in gallons per acre, then to make adjustments if the difference between the actual rate and the intended rate is greater or less than 5% of the intended rate. This is a recommended guideline by USEPA and USDA.Before starting calibration, make sure you have a good set of nozzles on the sprayer. Nozzles wear off through extended use causing over application, or some nozzles are plugged. Clean all the plugged nozzles. Check the output of all the nozzles for a given length of time at a given spray pressure. Compare output from each nozzle’s output with the expected output shown in the nozzle catalog for that nozzle at the same pressure. Replace the nozzles showing an output error of more than 10% of the output of the new nozzle. Once you do this, now you are ready to calibrate your sprayer.There are several ways to calibrate a sprayer. Regardless of which method you choose, it usually doesn’t take more than 30 minutes, and only three things are needed: a timer (or watch or smart phones) showing seconds, a measuring tape, and a jar graduated in ounces. Here, I will describe perhaps the easiest of all the methods to determine the actual application rate of a sprayer for broadcast applications: Fill the sprayer tank (at least half full) with water.Calculate the average nozzle output by adding the individual outputs and then dividing by the number of nozzles tested. The final average nozzle output in ounces you get is equal to the application rate in gallons per acre. For example, if you catch 15 ounces from a set of nozzles, the actual application rate of the sprayer is equal to 15 gallons per acre.Run the sprayer, inspect it for leaks, and make sure all vital parts function properly.Measure the distance in inches between the nozzles.Measure an appropriate travel distance in the field based on this nozzle spacing. The appropriate distances for different nozzle spacing is as follows: 408 feet for a 10-inch spacing, 272 feet for a 15-inch spacing, 204 feet for 20-inch spacing, 136 feet for a 30-inch spacing, and 102 feet for a 40-inch spacing. (See extension publication FABE-520 for travel distances for other spacings, and for an explanation for selection of these specific travel distances for given nozzle spacing (http://ohioline.osu.edu/factsheet/fabe-520).Drive through the measured distance in the field at your normal spraying speed, and record the travel time in seconds. Repeat this procedure and average the two measurements.With the sprayer parked, run the sprayer at the same pressure level and catch the output from each nozzle in a measuring jar for the travel time required in step 5 above.Compare the actual application rate with the recommended or intended rate. If the actual rate is more than 5% higher or lower than the recommended or intended rate, you must make adjustments in either spray pressure or travel speed or in both. For example, to increase the flow rate you will need to either slow down, or increase the spray pressure. The opposite is true when you need to reduce application rate. As you make these changes stay within proper and safe operating condition of the sprayer. Remember increased pressure will result in increasing the number of small, drift-prone droplets. Using the trial-and error method to eventually reach the intended application rate takes some time. If you follow the equations given in Extension Publication FABE-520 on Calibration you can find optimum travel speed and pressure much faster.Recalibrate the sprayer (repeat steps 5-8 above) until the recommended application error within 5% or less is achieved.Don’t forget one very important thing while calibrating, and especially operating a sprayer: safety. Although clean water is used during calibration, you should still protect yourself from getting in contact with pesticides inside or outside sprayer equipment. Wear personal protective equipment, at least gloves and goggles. Happy spraying! Erdal Ozkan, Professor and Extension ag engineer, can be reached at 614-292-3006, or [email protected] This column is provided by the OSU Department of Food, Agricultural and Biological Engineering, OSU Extension, Ohio Agricultural Research & Development Center, and the College of Food, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences.
Noah Long is a senior attorney in the NRDC’s energy program. This blog, written in collaboration with Angus Duncan, was originally posted at NRDC Switchboard. Why the region will benefitAlthough one-third of Oregon’s electricity today comes from coal-fired plants, the only in-state facility was already slated to retire by 2020. However, the two affected utilities supply power to Oregon from coal facilities they own in Utah, Wyoming, and Montana. By ending Oregon’s investments, the market for dirty energy will shrink, which should speed the retirement of those aging plants.At the same time, the law doubles the amount of energy from new renewable resources that Pacific Power and Portland General Electric must provide to their Oregon customers. Therefore, the utilities will be obliged to look first to wind, solar, and other clean energy sources — and not new base-load natural gas turbines — to replace those aged coal plants. Coal Is No Boon for U.S. Treasury, Report SaysReport Warns That Climate Change Efforts Are Too SlowSierra Club’s Anti-Coal Campaign Hits a LandmarkCan Solar Power Solve the Coal Problem? Green Building in the Cheap Energy EraU.S. Wind Energy Prices Hit an All-Time LowThe End of Peak Oil? The historic clean energy law that passed Oregon’s Legislature with bipartisan support this month will have regional, national, and international implications.Oregon Governor Kate Brown’s ceremonial signing of the state’s pioneering Clean Electricity and Coal Transition Act at an elementary school that recently installed solar panels was both symbolic and appropriate. The new clean energy law helps address the greatest environmental threat of our time and protect future generations from the worst effects of climate change.Oregon becomes the first state in the nation to legislate an end to the use of coal-fired electricity, with a deadline of no later than 2035. 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California and New York, for example, have also mandated that half of their electricity come from renewables. Hawaii is requiring that all of its power comes from renewables by 2045.These advances reflect the growing concern that climate change poses an urgent threat to our health, environment and economy — and the recognition that clean energy offers new opportunities for clean air as well as reliable electricity service and new jobs. And it directs those utilities to speed the deployment of charging stations for emissions-free electric vehicles. Plugging electric vehicles into renewable energy will help cut emissions from the transportation sector, which is Oregon’s largest source of carbon pollution.When the requirements of SB 1547 are combined with Oregon’s legacy hydropower resources, the state’s electric sector will be 70 percent to 90 percent carbon-free by 2040. And that will give Oregon one of the cleanest energy portfolios in the country.This groundbreaking law is the result of a remarkable collaboration of utility, consumer, and environmental interests (including the National Resources Defense Council) that all worked together to ensure cleaner air and reliable, affordable electricity for Oregonians.According to a study by Oregon Global Warming Commission staff, the law will cut Oregon’s electric sector carbon emissions in half by 2030. Analyses by Pacific Power and Renewable Northwest find that achieving these dramatic reductions would raise electricity rates by no more than 1% — and, given the strong downward direction that wind and solar energy prices have taken over the last decade, could well reduce them.
Mr. Speaker thank you. Firstly, let me give thanks to the Almighty as it is through the sacrifice of His only begotten son, that we received the Comforter, who sustains us daily.It is not by our deeds we are here but by his grace.Let me also thank the Prime Minister for continued confidence in me.Mr. Speaker let me place on record my gratitude and appreciation to the staff of the Ministry of National Security. Their guidance is much appreciated. I also thank Senator Pearnel Charles Jnr; my colleagues Dr. Horace Chang and Rudy Spencer, who will continue working with the team there.Mr. Speaker, I wish them well and urge us all to be patient and supportive.To Minister Mike Henry, let me thank him for the way he ran his leg of the relay; he has left a solid foundation for me to build on.Mr. Speaker, the PS, Dr. Alwin Hales, and the Staff at the Ministry of Transport and Mining and their related agencies and departments, have all welcomed me to their areas of responsibility and together we will succeed.Let me acknowledge my personal staff and security detail. Over the few weeks, their job has become harder and more stressful, because of information received that some from the criminal underworld wish to do me harm.“Dutty Criminals”, Mr. Speaker, must never succeed. We in this house must not have any divide in that mission and all Jamaicans must unite and support Minister Chang and the security forces. Story Highlights Mr. Speaker thank you. Firstly, let me give thanks to the Almighty as it is through the sacrifice of His only begotten son, that we received the Comforter, who sustains us daily. Let me also thank the Prime Minister for continued confidence in me. It is not by our deeds we are here but by his grace.