Horstmann skippers Warriors in Sixways farewell

first_img Last hurrah for Rasmussen (above) and HortsmanLong-serving back row Kai Horstmann will captain Warriors in his final game for the club at Sixways Stadium as Worcester welcome London Irish in the Aviva Premiership on Saturday afternoon (kick-off 3pm).Horstmann will lead the side and his vice-captain will be hard running centre Dale Rasmussen who also plays his final game for Warriors at Sixways.Head Coach Richard Hill makes a total of five changes to the side narrowly lost out to Exeter Chiefs.A new-look back row sees Horstmann play at Number Eight while flankers Sam Betty and Jake Abbott win recalls. The other change in the pack comes in the front row where Ed Shervington will join forces with Matt Mullan and Tevita Taumoepeau.Scrum half Jonny Arr is the final change in a back division that will also see farewell games for wing duo Miles Benjamin and Marcel Garvey before they start new challenges in the summer. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS BATH, ENGLAND – MARCH 03: Dale Rasmussen of Worcester looks on during the Aviva Premiership match between Bath and Worcester Warriors at the Recreation Ground on March 3, 2012 in Bath, England. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images) “We need a good result and have plenty of incentive to perform against a dangerous London Irish team who I fully expect to play without pressure and with real ambition,” said Hill. “When we played them at the Madejski Stadium back in October we saw the clinical attacking threat they possess and so we must be strong defensively and look to build on an encouraging attacking display against Exeter Chiefs.“It is sad to see a number of Warriors play their final game for the club at Sixways. I hope we can give them a good send-off with our fans given the chance to show them their respect while they get the chance to say goodbye.” Starting XV:15 Chris Pennell14 Marcel Garvey13 Alex Grove12 Dale Rasmussen11 Miles Benjamin10 Andy Goode9 Jonny Arr1 Matt Mullan2 Ed Shervington3 Tevita Taumoepeau4 James Percival5 Craig Gillies6 Sam Betty7 Jake Abbott8 Kai Horstmann (c)Replacements:16 Aleki Lutui17 George Porter18 Bruce Douglas19 Ben Gulliver20 Matt Kvesic21 Shaun Perry22 Danny Gray23 Ravai Fatiakilast_img read more

Lions 2013: Who’s Hot Down Under?

first_imgNick Cummins probably enjoys it when his back against the wall, but while he and Sias Ebersohn (a South African fly-half) are doing their best to bail the Force out, it is proving hard to shine in Perth.So, when the likes of Hugh McMeniman and Richard Brown claim they want back in the Australian set-up they will only do so by grafting and hustling. Do Robbie Deans’ backroom team want players conditioned to slog it out? Maybe they do. Maybe they want players used to being on the front foot. LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Catch me if you can: Waratahs flanker Matt Hooper struggles to keep hold of the elusive Jesse MoggBy Alan DymockTHERE MAY just be one week of the RBS 6 Nations left but players are dropping like flies and suddenly we are reshuffling our pecking order of favourites for a summer tour.However, it is perhaps now time to start seriously looking at those impressing down under. This is not to say that after a handful of rounds in Super Rugby we will know which gold-clad team will oppose the Lions in the first test, but we all like to be kept abreast of the situation.HOTJesse MoggThe Brumbies full-back has been in exceptional form in the opening rounds. He has impressed with his lightning speed and his ability to run the length of the park, much like a Southern Hemisphere Stuart Hogg.Pouring on tries; taking interception; striding out of broken play like a cheetah in a china shop. Mogg is not quite the finished article, but if he keeps this up, his ability to hurt opponents from deep will be utilized by Robbie Deans.On the rise: Openside Liam GillLiam GillOh looky here, another Aussie openside with an impossibly low centre of gravity and the flexibility of a contortionist holding down three jobs.He is not quite the ingénue some Brits would have you believe but he is capable of going toe to toe with the best, and with Matt Hooper also performing a similar role for the Waratahs, Australia have a rich abundance of bloody nuisances on the flank.Hugh PyleAustralia want a lineout option. Pyle waddles over with the Rebels. Australia may have a lineout option.He still has a lot to prove – Robbie Deans will really, really hope his form remains and he proves himself to be hard enough for something other than digging out for a team losing more than it’s winning – and his inexperience may count against him. Ben TapuaiThe Reds centre is scoring tries. He is someone improving with time. However, he may fade while those more experienced players like Anthony Fainga’a may rise, and new flavour-of-the-month players like Christian Lealiifano may flourishFRAZZLEDDavid PocockThe immovable human tarp has finally been blown over, with fans of both the Lions and Wallabies saddened to hear he is out for a very long time, having damaged his knee (ACL) in the Brumbies win over the ‘Tahs.It is the great shame, as players want the best of the best up against them, but at least with Gill, Hooper and possibly even the evergreen (and gold) George Smith in the mix there is no chance openside will be a Wallaby weakness.Talent show: Digby Ioane has been banned for one gameDigby IoaneRumours swirl as police get involved and inquiries made about the wingers “conduct” in Melbourne. All we know is that he is banned by his union for the next game.Can he overcome this blip? Probably, such is his mercurial talent. However, it is hard enough keeping the reins on some of the countries most wayward young balers. Is 2013 the year the Australian hierarchy, much like the nations cricketers, put their foot down?Winless Western Forcers not for featured last_img read more

Swansea University becomes second largest Welsh charity

first_img  40 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Howard Lake | 18 October 2010 | News Swansea University becomes second largest Welsh charity Swansea University has just successfully registered as a charity, and instantly became the second largest registered charity in Wales. With an income of £150 million in 2009, the university is second only to Cardiff University which was registered in July 2010 with an income of over £400m.Established in 1920, the university is one of several Welsh educational institutions who have chosen to be registered by the Charity Commission following the implementation of the Charities Act 2006.Universities have always been charities but previously did not have to register with the Commission as they were accountable to their funder, HEFCW (Higher Education Funding Council for Wales). However, the Charities Act 2006 changed the way in which these charities are regulated with the aim of improving accountability across the sector.Photo: Swansea University Campus by ampersandyslexia on Flickr.comHarry Iles, Head of the Charity Commission’s Wales office said: “Following registration, the public will be able to access information about the Universities’ governance and accounts on our website in the same way as for all other registered charities and this is invaluable for promoting a better understanding of the work they do.He explained that adding Welsh universities to the Commission’s register will have a significant affect on the scale of the Welsh charity sector that the Commission regulates.“At present”, he said, “the income for the 9,000 plus registered charities in Wales is approximately £1 billion. Once all the Welsh universities are registered with the Commission, this figure will rise to £2.2 billion – more than double the current income.”As well as the universities in Wales, all the student unions with an income over £100,000 are now required to register with the Commission and, shortly, work will begin to register the Further Education Institutions.However, apart from a few, universities in England will not register with the Charity Commission and will continue to be regulated by HEFCE, the Higher Education Funding Council for England.www.charitycommission.gov.uk About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of GoodJobs.org.uk. Researching massive growth in giving. Tagged with: Charity Commission Law / policy Wales / Cymru AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Makai Mason’s Big 12-high 40 points drown Horned Frogs 90-64

first_imgFacebook Twitter Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ First TCU spring game since 2018 gets fans primed for a highly-anticipated fall printMakai Mason made nine three-pointers en route to a career-high 40 points against the Horned Frogs. Photo by Heesoo YangMakai Mason scored 40 points and the Bears shot 55.6 percent as a team in TCU’s 90-64 loss to Baylor. The loss drops the Horned Frogs to 0-5 on the road in Big 12 play.“It was their night. It wasn’t ours,” head coach Jamie Dixon said. “We’ve got to get better. We haven’t played well on the road.”TCU saw a much different Baylor team than the one they defeated 85-81 at home on Jan. 5.“When anybody makes 15 threes, it does something to you,” Dixon said.After TCU struck first with a layup from guard Alex Robinson, Baylor took over offensively. The Big 12’s leading team in scoring during conference play shot 52 percent in the first half, including 6-for-11 from deep. This scoring barrage was led by Mason, who had 13 points (3-for-4 from three) in the first half alone.“We knew he had been playing well coming into it,” guard Desmond Bane said. “We wanted to run him off the three-point line.”TCU struggled offensively against the Bears, shooting just 37 percent in the first half and 42 percent in the game. Photo by Heesoo YangMeanwhile, the Horned Frogs were never able to find rhythm on offense in the first half. TCU shot just 37 percent in the half, including 1-for-8 from beyond the arc. Bane, the Horned Frogs’ leading scorer (14.9 points per game) entered the second half 0-for-3 with zero points. This was his second-straight game to go scoreless in the opening half.Bane would finish the game with just five points. He said after the contest that he would look to be more aggressive in the upcoming games.One bright spot for TCU in the first half was the efficient play of Alex Robinson. The Fort Worth native finished the half 3-for-3 with nine points. This total gave him 1,000 points for his TCU career, becoming the 36th Horned Frog to reach that mark.Guard Alex Robinson finished with 16 points and became the 36th player to reach 1,000 points in TCU program history. Photo by Heesoo YangAny hope of a comeback in the second half was quickly shattered by Mason right out of the gate. The Yale grad-transfer caught fire, making his first eight shots (six threes) and scoring 22 of the Bears’ first 24 second-half points. He would finish 14-for-20, including nine made three pointers. Mason’s 40 points were not only a career high but also the highest total reached by a Big 12 player this season.“I just kind of locked in,” Mason said. “My teammates did a great job of finding me.”The Horned Frogs actually shot 48 percent in the second half (12 percent higher than the first half), but were greatly overshadowed by the Mason-led Bears, who shot 59.4 percent as a team. While TCU only turned the ball over nine times in the game, they were outrebounded 40-26 by Baylor, leading to 18 second-chance points for the Bears.Robinson, forward Kouat Noi, and forward JD Miller had combined for 48 points in the contest, while the rest of the Horned Frogs’ only produced 16. Robinson added six assists. He is now just three shy of Corey Santee’s program record (575) with 572 assists in his Horned Frog career.Kouat Noi made a three-point attempt for the 20th-straight game in the loss. Photo by Heesoo YangAfter the loss, the Horned Frogs are now 15-6 on the season and 3-5 in conference play.TCU will return home on Wednesday, Feb. 6, for their first matchup with Oklahoma State this season. Tipoff in Schollmaier Arena is set for 8 pm, and the game will be broadcast on ESPNU.“It’s one loss. It’s a big margin, but it still counts as one,” Dixon said. “We gotta go win at home.” Linkedin Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Another series win lands TCU Baseball in the top 5, earns Sikes conference award Taylor’s monster slam highlights big weekend for TCU Athletics Colin Post Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ TCU baseball finds their biggest fan just by saying hello Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/center_img + posts Colin Posthttps://www.tcu360.com/author/colin-post/ Despite series loss, TCU proved they belong against No. 8 Texas Tech Facebook ReddIt Linkedin Colin Post is a Sports Broadcasting and Journalism double-major from Houston, Texas. Along with sports writing, Colin hopes to work in sports announcing after he graduates. Twitter TCU rowing program strengthens after facing COVID-19 setbacks Previous articleBluebonnet Circle completion still posing problems for residents and shopsNext articleStudent accused of changing grades in three classes with professor’s login credentials Colin Post RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ReddItlast_img read more

Radio journalist and driver freed after being held for three days

first_img RSF_en Receive email alerts RSF requests urgent adoption of moratorium on arrests of journalists Help by sharing this information SomaliaAfrica Radio Shabelle reporter Mohammed Bashir Sheik Abdirahman and his driver Osman Qoryoley were released on 24 March after being held for three days, Reporters Without Borders has learned from their employer. Abdirahman told his station they were “treated well” and that the “government troops guarding them gave them all they needed.” They were arrested on 21 March after taking photos at Mogadishu international airport where the Prime Minister was supposed to give a news conference.———–21.03.2007 – Security forces arrest radio journalist and driverReporters Without Borders said it was baffled by the arrest of Radio Shabelle reporter Mohammed Bashir Sheik Abdirahman and his driver Osman Qoryoley this morning in Mogadishu and called on the transitional federal government to adhere to the undertakings to ensure respect for press freedom that it gave during a conference this week on media policy.“If the transitional government really wants to pursue a policy for the protection of the media, it must begin by getting the security forces to respect journalists,” the press freedom organisation said. “It is unacceptable that a journalist is roughed up and arrested just for doing his job. The emergence of a free and independent press requires a climate of trust between journalists and the authorities.”Abdirahman and his driver were arrested at Mogadishu international airport when they arrived for a news conference which Prime Minister Ali Mohammed Ghedi was supposed to give there. Muhiadin Omar Jimale, another radio journalist, was also stopped and would probably have been arrested, but he managed to escape.Local sources said Abdirahman was beaten by security agents before being placed in custody. The National Union of Somali Journalists (NUSOJ) called for the release of the two Radio Shabelle employees and condemned “the mistreatment of journalists who were just doing their job.”The incident comes on the heels of a three-day Conference on Media Development Policy held in Baidoa from 18 to 20 March. Reporters Without Borders commends the NUSOJ for organising the conference jointly with the information ministry. More than 50 representatives from the government, parliament, human rights groups and media organisations took part, discussing such issues as how to protect free speech and the safety of journalists, how to regulate the media and ensure their independence, and the creation of public media.Information minister Madobe Nunow Mohammed said the government “accepts all the recommendations that emerged from the conference and will use them as the basis for media legislation.” An 11-member team was created to monitor implementation of the decisions. The NUSOJ told Reporters Without Borders it was a major step forward for the media in Somalia. News to go further Follow the news on Somalia News Radio reporter gunned on city street in central Somaliacenter_img News March 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News RSF and NUSOJ call for release of a journalist held in Somalia’s Puntland region February 24, 2021 Find out more March 26, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio journalist and driver freed after being held for three days SomaliaAfrica January 8, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

Religious leaders condemned for fatwas declared against journalists

first_img News Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa Reporters Without Borders today voiced its deep concern about an upsurge in fatwas (religious decrees) calling for the murder of journalists in the Arab and Muslim world.In the latest case, a high-ranking Saudi official, Sheikh Saleh al-Luhidan, president of the superior council of jurisprudence, issued a fatwa on 12 September 2008 calling for the murder of owners of Arabic satellite television stations for spreading “depravity”. Help by sharing this information Follow the news on Saudi Arabia RSF joins Middle East and North Africa coalition to combat digital surveillance “From Nigeria to Pakistan, and via Saudi Arabia, many journalists have been targeted by religious officials in recent years after writing articles or broadcasting programmes viewed as “blasphemous” and “anti-Islamic”, the worldwide press freedom organisation said.“These fatwas constitute calls for murder that endanger the lives of journalists who are already working in conditions made more difficult by the delicate political context in which they have to operate. We urge religious officials to show moderation so that no irreparable steps are taken. The highest Islamic authorities should publicly condemn such fatwas”, it added.The religious dignitary in the Saudi case played down his comments a few days later, in the face of an outcry prompted by his statements, but still without backing down on the validity of his edict.“It is lawful to kill (…) the advocates of depravity (…) if their evil is not removed by simple sanctions. The situation is very serious (…), moral depravity being a form of perversion on earth”, Sheikh Saleh al-Luhidan said on a local Saudi radio. He was replying to a question from a listener about “immoral” programmes (variety and entertainment programmes) broadcast on satellite television during the month of Ramadan. Fatwas against journalists have become increasingly common in recent years. Two journalists were targeted by fatwas in 2003 after they condemned the backward nature of Islam practised in Afghanistan. An Iranian ayatollah called for two Azerbaijani journalists to be killed in December 2006 after they wrote an article about the superiority of European values. More recently, a Pakistani religious leader declared a fatwa in June 2007 against the editorial staff of fashion magazine Octane, based on a series of photos headlined “Adam and Eve, the apple of discord”.On the other hand, a fatwa issued by the Popular Resistance Committees, one of the highest religious authorities in the Palestinian territories, brought forward the release in 2007 of British journalist Alan Johnston, who was held hostage in the Gaza Strip. Saudi ArabiaMiddle East – North Africa to go further News June 8, 2021 Find out more NSO Group hasn’t kept its promises on human rights, RSF and other NGOs say September 16, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Religious leaders condemned for fatwas declared against journalists Saudi media silent on RSF complaint against MBS Organisation March 9, 2021 Find out more Receive email alerts April 28, 2021 Find out more RSF_en News Newslast_img read more

Centre Proposes Decriminalization Of Cheque Dishonour Under Sec 138 NI Act, Other Economic Offences; Seeks Public Comments

first_imgTop StoriesCentre Proposes Decriminalization Of Cheque Dishonour Under Sec 138 NI Act, Other Economic Offences; Seeks Public Comments LIVELAW NEWS NETWORK10 Jun 2020 2:02 AMShare This – xThe Ministry of Finance has proposed decriminalizaiton of several economic offences, including the offence of dishonour of cheque under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, and has invited comments from all stakeholders on this.The Ministry has said that this move is with the aim of “improving business sentiment and unclogging court processes” in the wake of economic crisis caused…Your free access to Live Law has expiredTo read the article, get a premium account.Your Subscription Supports Independent JournalismSubscription starts from ₹ 599+GST (For 6 Months)View PlansPremium account gives you:Unlimited access to Live Law Archives, Weekly/Monthly Digest, Exclusive Notifications, Comments.Reading experience of Ad Free Version, Petition Copies, Judgement/Order Copies.Subscribe NowAlready a subscriber?LoginThe Ministry of Finance has proposed decriminalizaiton of several economic offences, including the offence of dishonour of cheque under Section 138 of the Negotiable Instruments Act, and has invited comments from all stakeholders on this.The Ministry has said that this move is with the aim of “improving business sentiment and unclogging court processes” in the wake of economic crisis caused due to lockdown.The following offences are proposed to be decriminalized.Section 12, Insurance Act, 1938.Section 29, SARFAESI Act, 2002.Section 16(7), 32(1),PFRDA Act, 2013.Section 58B, RBI Act, 1934.Section 26(1),26(4), Payment and Settlement Systems Act,2007 .Section 56(1), NABARD Act, 1981.Section 49, NHB Act, 1987.Section 42, State Financial Corporations Act.1951.Section 23, Credit Information Companies (Regulation) Act, 2005Section 23, Factoring Regulation Act, 2011Section 37, Actuaries Act, 2006.Section 36AD(2), 46, Banking Regulation Act, 1949Section 30, General Insurance Business (Nationalization) Act, 1972.Section 40, LIC Act, 1956.Section 21, Banning of Unregulated Deposit Schemes Act, 2019.Section 76, Chit funds Act, 1982.Section 47, DICGC Act, 1961.Section 138, Negotiable Instruments Act, 1881.Section 4 &5, Prize Chits and Money Circulation Schemes (Banning) Act, 1978.Last month, Union Finance Minster, Nirmala Sitharaman, had announced the decision to decriminalize minor economic offences as a part of “Atmanirbhar economic package’A statement from the Ministry in this regard said :”Criminalizing procedural lapses and minor non-compliances increases burden on businesses and it is essential that one should re-look at provisions which are merely procedural in nature and do not impact national security or public interest at large. The following principles should be kept in mind when deciding on reclassification of criminal offences to compoundable offences: (i) Decrease the burden on businesses and inspire confidence amongst investors;(ii) Focus on economic growth, public interest and national security should remain paramount; (iii) Mens rea (malafide/ criminal intent) plays an important role in imposition of criminal liability, therefore, it is critical to evaluate nature of non-compliance, i.e. fraud as compared tonegligence or inadvertent omission; and (iv) The habitual nature of non-compliance”.Stakeholders can propose and submit their comments/ suggestions regarding decriminalisation of a particular Act or particular Sections of an Act, along with the rationale for the same. The comments/ suggestions may kindly be submitted to the Department at the email address [email protected] within 15 days, i.e., by 23rd June, 2020.Click here to download statement from Ministry of FinanceRead the statement of Ministry of FinanceNext Storylast_img read more

39 states show decreases in prison populations: Report

first_imgABC News, The Sentencing Project(NEW YORK) — The renewed interest in criminal justice reform is having an impact in a real way, experts say.A recent report shows that 39 states had decreases in their prison populations from 2009 to 2017, but there is still concern that those overhauls can be undone quickly.In addition to the decreases in 39 states, the total U.S. prison population also decreased by 7.3 percent since its peak in 2009.Nazgol Ghandnoosh, a senior research analyst and author of the report released by the nonprofit The Sentencing Project, told ABC News that while the sheer number of states effectively making reforms stands out as a positive takeaway, “the bad news” is that the rate of reform isn’t as significant as she believes it needs to be to counteract the decades of policies that led to the states’ respective highest points.“The overall impact of the reforms that they’ve implemented has been so modest,” Ghandnoosh said, pointing to the 7.3 percent decrease on the national level. For their part, federal prisons have decreased their prison populations by 15.7 percent since their peak in 2011.“This pace of decarceration can’t possibly undo the pace at which we created mass incarceration in the 40-year period before that,” she said.The prison population grew by 700 percent from 1972 to 2009, according to the report.The states with the highest percentage decrease of their prison populations were Alaska, New Jersey, Vermont, Connecticut and New York, respectively, ranging from 38.9 percent to 32.2 percent decreases.The report is based off the latest national data from the Bureau of Justice Statistics. However, since the most recent data is from 2017, the author noted that some of the states with the biggest decreases have since reversed course based on newer information ascertained at the state level.For instance, Alaska is the state listed as having achieved the biggest decrease in their prison population, dropping 38.9 percent since they had their peak prison population in 2006. But, in the past two years, state lawmakers have repealed laws that experts say helped contribute to that decrease, the report says.The report also notes that Alabama, a state where prisons are under intense scrutiny amid abuse accusations, had a 24.5 percent decrease in population since their peak in 2012. But monthly reports released by the state show that they had a 4 percent increase from September 2018 to June 2019.Charlotte Morrison, a senior attorney at the nonprofit Equal Justice Initiative, pointed to “de-politicizing decisions around mass incarceration” as a factor.“Where that effort has been successful, states have made a lot of progress,” Morrison said.“The fact that it wasn’t making the public safer and that it is so expensive has brought people together to work on ways to demarcate and reform criminal justice policy,” Morrison said, adding that “where that effort has been successful, states have made a lot of progress.”However, just as those issues were depoliticized, the pendulum can swing back the other way, and has in some instances, like in Alaska and Alabama. The report cites Alaska’s Senate Bill 91, passed in 2016, which toughened penalties for major crimes and softened them for minor ones.“A lot of the progress in recent years were undone by political decisions in those states,” Morrison said.The 11 states that saw increases in their populations all shared another factor in common: the peak year of their prison populations was in 2017. The data in the report suggests that as more time elapsed since a state’s peak prison population, more reforms took place. For instance, among the top 10 states with the biggest decreases, their peak prison populations occurred between 1999 and 2012.Those states with increases in their prison populations are largely in the south or west, including Arkansas, which had a 23.4 percent increase in their prison population from 2012 to 2017, Tennessee, Kentucky, Wyoming, Nevada, South Dakota, New Mexico and Washington. Midwestern states, like Missouri, Kansas and Wisconsin, were also among those with increased prison populations.Editor’s Note: This story has been updated to correct and clarify the different federal and national prison population level changes.Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Interactions of the carbon cycle, human activity, and the climate system: a research portfolio

first_imgThere has never been a greater need for delivering timely and policy-relevant information on the magnitude and evolution of the human-disturbed carbon cycle. In this paper, we present the main thematic areas of an ongoing global research agenda and prioritize future needs based on relevance for the evolution of the carbon climate human system. These include firstly, the delivery of routine updates of global and regional carbon budgets, including its attribution of variability and trends to underlying drivers; secondly, the assessment of the magnitude of the carbon climate feedback; and thirdly, the exploration of pathways to climate stabilization and their uncertainties. Underpinning much of this research is the optimal deployment of a global carbon monitoring system that includes biophysical and socio-economic components.last_img read more

Underwhelming

first_imgI want to bottle-fuck you slowly with my sunglasses on. Well, there’s something to try out next time you’re in Filth. Yum. These are words spoken by Eric Packer, the central figure in Don DeLillo’s new novel, Cosmopolis (Picador, £16.99), to one of his many women. The moral throughout the book is the corrupting power of capital: DeLillo creates a Capitalist nightmare/ dream in which he places a man utterly devoid of human sensation. His only forays into feeling consist of bestial urges, eating and screwing. And abusing drink receptacles too, apparently. Ultimately, the super-rich, superbright twenty-something dot com entrepreneur discovers that his only hope of escape from a dampened existence is in his own destruction at the hands of a rambling former-employee. DeLillo has been internationally lauded and won many awards for critically acclaimed best-sellers like Americana and more lately, Underworld. I haven’t read either. If I were to judge this author by this book, I wouldn’t bother. It’s never nice admitting publicly that you aren’t impressed by a book, especially one that seems to promise so much. Reading it, you can’t help but feel that it’s a bit of a cop-out – the half-fulfilment of an idea that could be fascinating, were it not something we are already aware of and familiar with. His prose is blunt with its own poetic concision, but is never quite as punchy as he might have hoped. There are brilliantly executed moments in the novel. For example, some of the most interesting passages in the book are those that depict Packer’s thoughts as he lies awake before starting his day. The theme of order against disorder, patterns in chaotic economy, is also effective and cleverly wrought, as is Packer’s unsettling indifference to almost everything around him. Overall, though, it’s somewhat disappointing. It’s not that this book lacks style or interest – DeLillo’s images of a bleak, looming city are effective, as is the fragmented, passionless progress of Packer’s day, giving form to the notion of the loss of human sentiment. Once you grasp the direction in which the novel’s headed, though, nothing spectacular happens; maybe DeLillo intended this, but it doesn’t bring anything to the narrative itself.The flaw of this book is that it reveals nothing particularly new. We have now all heard of Anti- Capitalist movements, and their arguments; we have all witnessed immense political and corporate ambition. Cosmopolis, then, presents a strong dystopian vision, and one that is, in itself, not impossible to foresee. Read it, by all means, and enjoy its many strengths but don’t hope for much more than a depiction of how a modern yuppy realises the vapidity of his existence.ARCHIVE: 4th week TT 2003last_img read more