Cooper Energy signs gas supply agreement with O-I

first_img Cooper Energy signs agreement with O-I. (Credit: FreeImages/outgunned21) Cooper Energy announces it has signed a new gas supply agreement with O-I for the supply of 1 PJ per annum for two years commencing 1 January 2021.The gas is to be supplied from the company’s equity share of production from its Casino Henry operations. (Cooper Energy 50% interest and Operator with the balance held by Mitsui E&P Australia and its associated entities). The agreement includes an option for an extension of a further 3 years.The contract is Cooper Energy’s third gas sales agreement with O-I, an industrial gas user which is Australia’s largest manufacturer of glass container products. O-I committed to the inaugural gas supply agreement for the Sole Gas Project (a life of field agreement for 1 PJ per annum) in 2015 and previously contracted gas supply from Casino Henry for the 2019 calendar year.Cooper Energy Managing Director David Maxwell said the company was very pleased to have secured an additional agreement with O-I.“O-I were our first gas customer and we are delighted at the opportunity this contract has presented to deepen our commercial relationship. It is also the first agreement for supply in 2021 from our offshore Otway operations, where we are investing to build our gas business further” said Mr Maxwell.Cooper Energy, together with Mitsui, recently acquired the idle Minerva Gas Plant to establish a low-cost gas processing hub for their existing offshore Otway gas production and new discoveries such as Annie.The plant is expected to receive its first gas from Casino Henry in the first half of calendar 2021.The gas sales agreement with O-I provides for flexibility in processing arrangements, and the provision of gas on a firm basis once supply from the Minerva Gas Plant is established. Prior to that date, processing of gas from Casino Henry will remain at the Iona Gas Plant.Mr Maxwell said the new contract was consistent with Cooper Energy’s gas contracting strategy.“We have chosen to focus our business on supply agreements with utility and blue-chip industrial customers that feature the right combination of price, term and load factor to deliver stable long-term cash flow and efficient production. This agreement is another example and we look forward to securing additional agreements in 2020” he said.The contracted volume is approximately 17% of Cooper Energy’s share of Casino Henry 2020 gas production of 6 petajoules. Cooper Energy expects to initiate marketing for other volumes of Casino Henry 2021 gas production prior to 30 June 2020. Source: Company Press Release The gas is to be supplied from the company’s equity share of production from its Casino Henry operationslast_img read more

Royal Navy’s Deputy Fleet Commander Visits UKHO

first_img View post tag: Naval View post tag: Commander View post tag: News by topic View post tag: Deputy View post tag: fleet The Royal Navy’s Deputy Fleet Commander, Vice Admiral Philip Jones CB, visited the United Kingdom Hydrographic Office (UKHO) last Wednesday, 18 July, to see at first hand the navigational services and charts that the organisation provides for the world’s mariners.A key UKHO objective is “To deliver the Hydrographic Services which enable the Royal Navy and other UK Defence forces to meet current and potential operational tasks”. This increasingly encompasses support to other National Security interests, an example of which has been recent UKHO products delivered in support of Olympic Games security. A significant part of the visit was therefore spent within the dedicated Defence section in the Office looking at operational and security work.Vice Admiral Jones’ visit also included briefing on the latest improvements to chart data processing and the development plans for digital services and products including the Admiralty e-Navigator service and the electronic chart service Admiralty Vector Chart Service (AVCS). A tour of the UKHO’s facilities enabled him to meet many of the skilled staff involved in all aspects of the production process of digital and paper charts.On completion of his visit, Vice Admiral Jones remarked: “Throughout my naval career I have relied completely upon Admiralty charts and publications for safe navigation. I am also grateful for the increasingly more detailed and specific defence related products and services that are central to the operational commander’s modern decision making tools. I have been particularly pleased to see that the voice of the seagoer for navigational safety and operational requirements is continually and consistently reflected in the plans and outputs of the UKHO. The Royal Navy is certainly being well served”.UK National Hydrographer, Rear Admiral Nick Lambert, said: “We are delighted to have our prime Defence user on site and to have his clear interest and support for our work in support of the mariner. This has been a great opportunity to brief on and to gain feedback about the use of our products and services in the Royal Navy’s global operations.”[mappress]Naval Today Staff, July 31, 2012; Image: UKHO Authorities Share this article View post tag: UKHO Royal Navy’s Deputy Fleet Commander Visits UKHO Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy’s Deputy Fleet Commander Visits UKHO View post tag: Navy View post tag: visits July 31, 2012 View post tag: Royallast_img read more

University pays living wage

first_imgThe University of Oxford this week agreed to pay all direct employees a living wage with immediate effect. This move means an increase in the salaries of all the Universities’ lowest paid direct employees, both casual and full-time, to £7.45 an hour.This decision represents a substantial victory for the Living Wage Campaign which has been in operation since 2006. The campaign has gained support from University staff and students as well as other universities up and down the country. The campaign has fought to increase the wages of those on the bottom rung of the University’s payroll.The figure of £7.45, which comprises the ‘living wage’, is calculated by taking into account the basic rate of living, which is higher than the current government-implemented minimum wage of £6.31. This figure rises to £8.55 for those employed in London.Daniel Turner, press officer for the Oxford University Labour Club, told Cherwell “We’re naturally very pleased that the University has agreed to pay all direct employees a living wage. OULC members have worked hard alongside the Living Wage Campaign, and we will continue to agitate for fairer pay for college staff and for those employed indirectly by the university.“The Labour-controlled City Council is a living wage employer, and Labour’s 2013 manifesto for Oxfordshire calls for the County Council to do the same. Our work is part of a broader movement in Labour Students to spread the living wage in Britain’s universities, with several major successes so far.”Sarah Santhosham, OUSU charities chair told Cherwell, “For many years the OUSU Living Wage Campaign has been pressing for staff employed by the University and its Colleges to be paid an amount that they can afford to live on, in collaboration with many student groups, community groups, the Council and most importantly the workers themselves.“It is a very welcome development that all directly employed staff are now being paid a Living but the problem of poverty pay still persists for the hundreds of contracted workers at the University and much remains to be done. The OUSU campaign will keep on fighting for these changes, while actively continuing to support campaigns run by studentsacross the Colleges.”The university’s recent decision does not affect those indirectly working for them, such as the employees of contractors. In a document published on the 15th March by the university’s personnel services it was stated that “The Personnel Committee has made no commitments relating to future increases in the Living Wage or to employees of contractors who are working on university premises. A working party will be set up to consider how to assist departments who wish to pay the Living Wage to the employees of university contractors.”The document went on to state that “A working group is being set up to consider how best to assist departments who wish to ensure that staff of contractors working on university premises are paid at the Living Wage. More information on this will be available in due course.”last_img read more

PHOTOS: 420 On The Block In Denver

first_imgLoad remaining images Over the weekend of April 20, celebrated as “4/20” in the marijuana culture, Denver’s Fox Street Compound hosted 420 On The Block, “The Mile High Block Party”. The three-day 4/20 music festival saw headlining performances from Break Science Live Band (featuring Borahm Lee, Adam Deitch, and Lettuce’s Adam Smirnoff, Jesus Coomes, and the Shady Horns), Action Bronson, and Matisyahu, as well as art galleries, live muralists, and a 420 Bazaar featuring over 75+ vendors.The complete lineup featured sets from the Pretty Lights Movement presents Michal Menert, Supervision, Chris Karns, Karl Denson’s Tiny Univers Presents: Eat A Bunch Of Peaches, and Mikey Thunder on Friday.Saturday saw sets from Washed Out, Evidence, Kitchen Dwellers, Tnertle, The Sweet Lillies, and Orka Odyssey, while Sunday was completed with sets from Protoje, RDGLGRN, Nattalie Rize, The Reminders, Wake Up And Live, and Jyemo Club.Photographer Andrew Rios was on the scene to capture the glory of Saturday (and some of Friday)’s shenanigans, as you can see in the photo gallery below.420 On The Block | Denver, CO | 2018last_img read more

‘There were just so many things that I was curious about’

first_imgLife stories from Annette Gordon-Reed, Martin Karplus, Steven Pinker, E.O. Wilson, and many more, in the Experience series.Though a farm boy at heart, talking politics and traveling to faraway places always fascinated Joseph Nye. When he graduated from Princeton in 1958, Nye figured he’d fulfill his military obligation in the Marines and then perhaps enter the Foreign Service. But a chance encounter with a professor in the college library led to a Rhodes scholarship at Oxford, where he studied philosophy, politics, and economics. Then it was on to Harvard for a Ph.D.More than 50 years later, Nye is one of the country’s most important scholars in American foreign policy and international relations, and among the Kennedy School’s most popular and respected teachers.Over that long career, Nye’s intellectual curiosity has taken him to East Africa during the independence movement in the 1960s, to weighing the ethics of nuclear weapons proliferation, to gauging the rise of Japan and China as economic and political players on the world stage. He is known for coining the term “soft power” to describe an alternative that leaders and nations can use to effect political outcomes, power that works by shaping preferences rather than using economic “carrots” or military “sticks.”Nye served in the Defense Department during the Clinton administration and in the State Department during the Carter administration. He was dean of the Kennedy School from 1995 to 2004. A Harvard University Distinguished Service Professor, Nye will retire from teaching in June.Q: Tell me little bit about your growing up.A: I grew up in a rural area in northern New Jersey, and that left me with a strong interest in outdoors and farming, and I still grow vegetables. I have three sisters. … I was the only male other than my father.Q: Did your sisters abuse their privilege?A: No, no. But it did give me a deep appreciation for women’s positions and women’s rights, and it’s been something that I’ve tried to think about in all the jobs I’ve held — to make sure that I provided opportunities worthy of my sisters. I think one of the things I’m proud of, when I was dean here, was starting the Women and Public Policy Program and increasing the number of women students and women faculty. So, having sisters made a difference.My father worked in Wall Street. He had never gone to college. He went to work as a messenger and worked his way up to having a seat on the Stock Exchange [as] senior partner of a company. He always used to joke with me about the fact that it took me 10 years to get through college by the time I finished all the degrees.Q: That world didn’t interest you?A: It did somewhat. He would take me in to Wall Street to see the canyons and to understand what was going on in the financial world, and that may have affected my interest in politics and economics. But I was always intrigued by the politics part of it as well. At times I was tempted to follow his footsteps and join in his company, but I wanted to follow my interests and my interests were this intersection of politics and economics. My mother had gone to Smith for a year and then dropped out for financial reasons in the Depression. She’d gone to work as a secretary and that’s how my mother and father [met].Q: What was their attitude toward education?A: They were pretty strict. My father ran and became chairman of the local school board because he felt strongly about education, having not had that much himself. And they obviously inculcated achievement orientation. But I think probably the most interesting thing was not the pressure to get grades in school as much as dinner table conversations. The family dinner was de rigueur. Dinner was always conversations — I mean arguments. My older sisters were coming back from college and they were repeating ideas that they had learned there and they were usually arguing with my father — arguing in the best sense of the word. They would make sure to bring me into the conversations and so a lot of being able to speak up and defend your ideas and being interested in ideas grew out of the family dinner table conversations. It was a Republican household. In those days, you didn’t get to meet many Democrats if you grew up in northern New Jersey in a rural area.Q: What kind of student were you?A: Well, I was younger. My mother put me in school — I’m a January baby, so she could either hold me back or put me in early. That meant that the other kids were better than I was at athletics by being a little bit larger and more experienced. I also lived in a rural area where there just weren’t other kids around, so a lot of my play wasn’t part of athletic teams because there weren’t enough kids to make a team. So a lot of it was doing things outdoors and working on the farm and things like that. When I went to high school — at Morristown-Beard School, it’s now called; it was then Morristown Prep — I sort of buckled down and did well in class and played on the football team. I was the center on the football team, the guy who hikes the ball and then gets knocked down [laughter].Q: Why there?A: There was no high school in the township. I think there were about 500 people in the township, so you either went to Morristown, which is about six miles away, or to a private school. My parents considered sending me to Andover, where my sister and brother-in-law were teaching, but I think they felt that it would be better for me to stay around home. So I went as a day student to Morristown Prep. It was small, and being small was probably good for me. It allowed me to be a big fish in a small pond, which allowed me to develop self-confidence.Q: Did you have any ideas about a career?A: I didn’t have very clear career plans. Believe it or not, at one point I thought of going into the ministry, though that didn’t last very long. Then I thought about maybe going into business, because that’s what my father did. I mean it wasn’t as though I had an early clear idea that I want to be a doctor or something like that. I was just curious and I was interested in travel. Our family took a trip to Europe and then a trip to Mexico and that got me interested in other areas.,Q: What brought you to Princeton?A: I applied to two colleges. Yale was my backup. My sister said you’ve got to apply to Harvard. I said no, I’m not interested in Harvard. If you lived in northern New Jersey, Princeton was a magnet. … Everybody around this northwestern New Jersey area wanted to go to Princeton. As it turned out, it was a very good choice, because Princeton, particularly in those days, spent a lot of resources on undergraduate education with the precept system, which meant you often had classes of six or seven students that were being taught by a full professor. So the quality of the teaching that Princeton offered — turned out that it was a good choice for me.Q: Was it there that you started to form an idea about what you wanted to do?A: I didn’t. In those days, you had to go to the military. There was a draft. I graduated in 1958, past Korea and before Vietnam. So I’m lucky in that sense. I was healthy, so I wasn’t going to get 4-F. I just knew that I was going to spend two years in the military. My plan was to join the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course because one of my now-wife’s cousins had done that and he seemed to like it. I was in the library one day and I bumped into a professor I’d had who said, “Nye, what are you going to do next year?” And I said, “I’m going to join the Marine Corps Platoon Leaders Course.” He said, “Oh, that’s crazy. You should apply for a Rhodes.” And I said, “Well, I guess I could do that.” And so I did and I won it. So I spent two years at Oxford instead of two years in the Marines.Q: Tell me about your time at Oxford. What was Exeter College like back then?A: Exeter is one of the oldest colleges, founded in 1314. It’s not one of the richest colleges. There are some that are much bigger. But it was a well-established old college. It didn’t have the posh, Etonian style of, let’s say, a college like Christ Church, which was started by Cardinal Wolsey and is one of the largest colleges and richest colleges. Exeter had a smaller community. It had its Etonians and British public school boys and so forth, but it also had more people who had come from working class backgrounds. In those days, a lot of them had been in the military — because the British also had a draft — so they would do military before they came to college.The rector of Exeter decided to put me in as a roommate in an old 18th-century building with a British public school boy, who is now a lord justice of the High Court of Justice, but at that time had just come back from being an officer in The Gambia. And he had the habits of a British schoolboy. Here I was, coming from the United States, freezing, and you had this little heater that you put a shilling in and the shilling would allow you to heat the room. And I’d sit in front of it, in a chair, with a blanket, trying to read. And my roommate would come in and say, “God, it’s stuffy in here,” and he’d throw open the windows. It didn’t cause a war; we became friends. But it was a different world. The difference between being a student at Princeton and Oxford is, [at] Princeton, I used to have a refrigerator where I would go out and buy milk and I’d bring it back and put it in the refrigerator. At Oxford, I had a servant — they were called scouts — and the servant would bring a bottle of milk to the door. But I had no refrigerator. And that was the difference between a labor-intensive and a capital-intensive economy.Q: Who were some of the people you knew and studied with back then?A: My main tutor was a man named Norman Hunt, who became Lord Crowther-Hunt. [He] became an important figure in the Labour Party and helped plan the devolution of government for Scotland and Wales, so he was a pretty well-known British constitutional political historian. I also had a philosophy don named William Kneale. I had not expected to enjoy philosophy, and it was, at that point, a required part of the PPE [Philosophy, Politics and Economics] degree. I was absolutely fascinated. Again, it was not because I sought it out. It’s because he would ask such interesting questions. Oxford philosophy then was going through a period of linguistic analysis. It was associated with A.J. Ayer and others — Gilbert Ryle — and I got quite intrigued by that. So intellectually, I became much more interested in philosophy than I expected. But I did philosophy, politics, and economics — all three.Q: Those were separate concentrations with different requirements?A: Yes. The PPE still exists at Oxford. You only have to do two of the three today, but in those days, you had to do two papers in each of the three fields. Among my friends was a fellow named Phillip Whitehead, who became president of the Oxford Union and went on to be a member of Parliament. I did a lot of traveling with some fellow American Rhodes scholars, like John Sewell, who became a major general in the Army, who was then a West Point Rhodes Scholar. We traveled to Russia in 1959, which was really early. When we would drive into a Soviet town, it was like being people from Mars. You might see somebody from Eastern Europe, I guess, but you were not going to see an American in Minsk or Smolensk or the other towns that we went to. It was a fascinating time to be there. We also traveled in North Africa and traveled throughout Eastern Europe, which was then all communist, as well as Western Europe. It developed my strong interest in international things. “What’s the difference between academics and government? It’s that feeling that you can change a policy. Here, I could write about it. There, I could actually do things that changed it.” Q: Did your academic interest in Africa start there?A: At Oxford, I made a good friend of a student from Ghana and we got into long discussions about the future of Africa. Was it going to create a new type of democracy, and what was going to happen? At that time, I thought I might go into the Foreign Service. That made me decide to come and do a Ph.D. at Harvard and to basically orient my Ph.D. work around Africa. I took a seminar in economic development from Ken Galbraith and Ed Mason. Mason had just come back from being the head of a World Bank mission to Uganda to advise them on what they should do for planning after independence. He said the big question is whether they were going to remain part of the East African Common Market with Kenya and Tanzania or not. He said he found that too hard for an economist to answer, and some political scientist would have to answer that. And I thought — bingo! — there’s my thesis topic. Because I knew I wanted to go to Africa, but I hadn’t quite zeroed in on a topic.But more seriously, it was a chance to pursue a strand of thinking that had fascinated me, which is the relationship between politics and economics. At Princeton, I had majored in the Woodrow Wilson School, which does politics and economics and history. And then at Oxford, I studied philosophy, politics, and economics. Then when I came back here as a graduate student in the Government Department, I wanted to still continue to think through this question of how people reconcile what’s rational in economic terms and what’s effective in political terms.So, I went to East Africa with a grant from the Ford Foundation and spent a year and a half [1962-64] studying the prospects for the East African Common Market. I got to interview leaders like Julius Nyerere and Milton Obote — Tom Mboya, who probably a year or two later would never have talked to a Harvard graduate student, but in these early days, you could get access. I got to see two countries become independent. I watched the independence ceremonies for both Uganda and Kenya. So it was an interesting time. But my prediction was that this was going to fall apart, which was too bad for the East African countries, but it was accurate analysis. I had hoped that it would succeed, but as an analyst, you had to call things as they looked and not as you preferred. So, I wrote my thesis on pan-Africanism and East African federation with a gloomy conclusion.While I was in Kampala, Uganda, [at] the East African Institute of Social Research, I got a letter from the Government Department at Harvard saying, “We voted to offer you an instructorship for the next three years.” At the magnificent salary, I think, of about $6,000. And I thought, well, I’ll try it for a little while. The “little while” stretched longer than expected. So from ’58 to ’64, I was in graduate school. That meant that I never did go into the military, because by then, I had passed the age of likely being drafted and we had our first child.,Q: What was it like for you when you first arrived at Harvard to work on your Ph.D.?A: I thought that I would probably do Africa, but it was that seminar with Galbraith and Mason that convinced me. When I came to Harvard, things were very much more informal in those days. They said, “We’ll give you a scholarship to come.” I did well in my first term, but I waited for my grades to come back. When I had all A’s, I thought, I’ll go into the Government Department and tell them that I’d like to renew my scholarship for next year. So I went in and I said, “I’ve got my grades finally, in February, and they’re good. Can I renew my scholarship?” And they said, oh no, the deadline was Jan. 19 or something like that. And I said, “But how could you possibly renew my scholarship? You didn’t know how I’d done in my first term.” They said it didn’t matter. It was a deadline just in terms of when we exhausted the budget, so there’s no money.So, I said, “Well, what do I do now?” And they said, we’ll help you arrange to be a research associate and we’ll allow you to teach before generals. So I was about to get married, and I had to tell my wife we had no scholarship money but that I was going to work as a research assistant for Robert Bowie, who was then head of the Center for International Affairs, and teach a sophomore tutorial, so I wouldn’t see much of her. And she was going to have to work [laughter].Q: How did that go over?A: Well, we’ve been married for 56 years, so it worked out. But it was a tough year. Bob Bowie, who had been assistant secretary of state in the Eisenhower administration and had come back to head the Center for International Affairs, was a very tough taskmaster — but a very good person to work for because he made you pay very careful attention to what you were doing. I worked a lot for Bowie. My thesis supervisor was Rupert Emerson, who was a very genial man who did things related to colonial history and nationalism, imperialism, and so forth, so he shepherded the people interested in Africa. The person I probably was most influenced by intellectually was Stanley Hoffmann. I didn’t take his courses, but I used to sit in his seminars because he was so interesting. In those days, the Government Department at Harvard had two big baronies. You either were in the Friedrich camp, Carl Friedrich, or the William Yandell Elliott camp. And these two great barons of the system were Aristotelian and Platonist. I didn’t want to fall into either one of those, so I worked on these other areas with other people. But it’s interesting to think back to how different the Government Department was in those days.Q: What were some of the political debates happening at that time?A: The big issue in the early 1960s I remember writing about for Bowie was the crisis of Berlin and how you stood up to the Soviets and was there going to be a war. This was when Kennedy was running for president, the fall of 1960. The issue was, was there a missile gap? Were the Soviets going to overtake us? I had become interested in that because of travel in the Soviet Union. So the tensions over Europe and Berlin and U.S.-Soviet relations were a major issue: Were we going to blow up the world? Another was the independence of Africa — decolonization — and the fact that there were new countries becoming independent. We didn’t know which side they would come down on in the Cold War and there was intense competition.Q: What was it like living and working in Africa at that moment?A: It was fascinating because the British had created in East Africa — in all their colonies but particularly in East Africa — very rigid class and caste systems. So you’d go to a party at the Entebbe Boat Club near Kampala in Uganda and notice that here you were in a newly independent Africa and almost all the people there were white. And you’d say, “Why are there no African members?” And the answer was, “They’re not interested in boating” or “They’re not interested in golf.” Or you’d walk into a store —which would be owned and run by somebody from India who’d come to East Africa maybe a generation or two earlier — you might walk in and there would be several Ugandans there waiting to be served and you came in as a white person. The Indian would have you come to the front of the line. And if you hesitated or said, “No, no, no, that’s all right,” they would insist. It was a very racist, imperialist system and very distasteful, so I found this hard to get along with.But what was interesting is that after the African leaders began to gain full control, instead of creating a new kind of democracy or inclusive liberal system, they began to expel people who disagreed with them. So if you were an Indian and you didn’t kowtow properly or if you were a former British civil servant who was there on contract and you said something critical, you’d be expelled from the country. I found that distasteful, as well.East Africa is a wonderful part of the world. We loved living there and made a number of good African friends. But the nature of the social system was just very hard to take. Of course, the United States wasn’t all that great either. Many of the new African diplomats who wanted to go from New York to Washington couldn’t stop on Route 40 and use the bathrooms because of segregation. So we had our problems as well.Q: Did you ever second-guess yourself about that course of study?A: I figured that the most important thing was to follow your curiosity. There were just so many things that I was curious about. The other thing was teaching, which I really enjoyed. Trying to help students see the world differently or to expand their horizons or to think about things. So I liked teaching. And I found the research was fascinating. So, yes, anxiety is normal. I don’t know what human doesn’t have a certain amount of anxiety. But I never had a crisis of confidence. It was always, as long as I’m following my curiosity and learning — why not?,Q: You taught in the Government Department early on. What were students interested in then?A: In the early ’70s, we had the disturbances that surrounded Vietnam. That involved a lot of students who were going through identity crises and political protests. Between civil rights and Vietnam War protests, the campus was in considerable turmoil. A bomb went off in my building, the Center for International Affairs, at 6 Divinity Ave. There was another invasion of a building in which the director of the fellows program was beaten up and had to be taken to the hospital. Another time, I remember being in my office, which had formerly been Henry Kissinger’s office. I had put a peace sign on the window … but it didn’t do any good because they threw bricks through the windows and took a pole and battered down the doors and came in and trashed the whole building, taking all my bookshelves and pulling them down and throwing typewriters through partitions and so forth.Q: Was this happening across campus or was your department specifically targeted?A: The student radical groups identified the Center for International Affairs with plotting of the Vietnam War because Kissinger had been there and because Sam Huntington had been there. It wasn’t true, but it became accepted wisdom. The Harvard Crimson at one point wrote an editorial urging students to burn down the center. It was a different period and people forget how radical that period was. The Government Department, as such, wasn’t targeted the same as was the CFIA. If you look at Niall Ferguson’s book on Kissinger, which came out last year, he has interesting descriptions of how Kissinger and Bowie didn’t get along but were regarded from the outside as co-conspirators in plotting this war.I started teaching in ’64. And from ’64 until ’68, when I went on leave in Geneva, there were some protests and so forth, but it really didn’t heat up until about ’68, ’69. You had the occupation of University Hall. Then, with the Nixon administration, the bombing of Cambodia led to Kent State, which led to sweeping protests. So yeah, there were issues. [Secretary of Defense Robert] McNamara came to visit and had to be escorted out of — I think it was Quincy House — through the steam tunnels, because students were protesting him. That would have been around ’67. So the Vietnam War was already creating some turmoil on campus, but it was after the occupation of University Hall and the bombing of Cambodia and Kent State that it really became extra nasty.Q: As a scholar, you’re sometimes described as a neoliberal or an acolyte of transnationalism. Do you see yourself that way?A: Wikipedia says that Robert Keohane and I were the originators of the theory of neoliberalism. And we did write a book called “Power and Interdependence” that has been seen as the origin of that theory. The book has stayed in print for over 40 years, which is rare in political science. But I’ve never thought of myself as — in my book “The Future of Power,” which was published in 2011, I call myself a liberal realist. I think pigeonholing of people in theoretical categories stops thinking rather than advances it. So I’ve never considered myself that.Q: How do you feel about being known as the creator of soft power? It’s clear that the term has been sometimes misunderstood or misused over the years. Do you think its original meaning remains clear or has it evolved into some other idea?A: Soft power to me was an analytical concept. I was trying to explain in 1989 why I didn’t think the United States was in decline. I looked at our military power and our economic power, and I said, there’s still something missing, which is the power to get what you want through attraction and persuasion rather than coercion or payment. And that I will call soft power. Gradually, the term got used more and more. I was in a meeting in China where I realized that they were using my term and that millions of people were using it, but it wasn’t the way I’d originally intended.Q: Do you consider that your most important achievement as a scholar? It’s certainly the one you’re most associated with.A: Well, it is the one that’s probably most associated with my name and I wish I had a nickel for every time it’s used. I think it’s important, but I also think that thinking through how power and interdependence related to each other and these changes of the growing role of economics and their relation to power in the ’70s — I think that work is just as important.,Q: It’s early, but is the U.S. in danger of ceding its soft power during the current presidential administration?A: I think so. I wrote an article during the campaign saying that Trump had hurt America’s soft power because of the low quality of the political discourse. So even before he was elected, whether he had been elected or Hillary had been elected, the nature of the 2016 campaign had done damage to the image of the United States and our attractiveness. I think that’s just been reinforced by the low quality, for example, of the inaugural address or the idea of a president tweeting. I was at the Munich Security Conference, which is an annual thing that happens in February, the day after Trump’s [first major] press conference [Feb. 16]. Everybody that I talked to was asking, “What the hell is happening in your country?” So I think definitely Trump has had a negative effect on American soft power.Q: You’ve been deeply involved in so many different intellectual areas. At one point, you worked on nuclear nonproliferation. Did you ever encounter any criticism from people who thought why don’t you just focus on one thing?A: You’ve got to resist [people] putting you in a box. When I came back from Africa, I would get invited as a young instructor or assistant professor to go and present at a conference on Africa. But I had already become interested in the question: Can other developing countries create common markets where the Africans couldn’t? But the temptation is you get prestige and publication by sticking in the box.Q: You spent time in the Carter and Clinton administrations. What did you learn from the transition between academia and government?A: The most important thing you realize when you go from academia to government is that in academia you’re your own person. You try to sort out an idea. Time is not crucial. It’s getting the idea just right. And in government, it’s just the opposite. You have to play on a team and time is crucial. If you get an A briefing memo for the president or the secretary of state, but it comes in just after he’s met with the foreign minister that you’re preparing the memo for, it’s an F. So, better to get him a B+ on time than an A with an incomplete or late. … You have to learn to work with a lot of people and, indeed, you have to use soft power. You have to attract others to want to work with you and help you. And it’s much narrower and deeper. You’re constrained by your tasks and you have to get down deeper. In intellectual life, you can be broader. You’re unconstrained. You can follow your curiosity. They’re both very interesting, but in very, very different ways.Q: Where did you feel you made the greatest difference?A: When you’re in government, you have your hands on levers of power and you can affect policies that matter. I think that when I was running the nonproliferation policy, we made a difference. I can see on particular things where decisions I made changed things. Similarly, when I was in the Pentagon in the Clinton administration, I steered a policy toward Asia which I think made a difference. You come back and you write about these things. You hope that somebody reads your article, but it’s more trickle-down rather than pulling the lever yourself.Q: You spent much of your late career studying Japan, China, and East Asia more broadly. What drew you to that part of the world?A: It grew out of government experience. When I was in the Carter administration, I went to Japan quite a lot because of a dispute that we had with the Japanese about nuclear reprocessing. But the stronger part was in the ’90s, for the Clinton administration, I was assistant secretary for international security. But I focused very heavily on China and Japan. That grew out of a feeling that a lot of people had in the late ’80s that Japan was overtaking the United States. There was even a book written about the “coming war with Japan.” I thought this was nonsense. I worked with Ezra Vogel and Susan Pharr. We had a faculty study group and said, “How should we think about Japan and think about the future of Asia?” So I got the intellectual capital for thinking about that here at Harvard. But then when I was in the government, I was able to actually do something about it.Q: You’re greeted like a head of state when you visit. Why do you think your work has resonated so deeply there?A: I got the Order of the Rising Sun from the [Japanese] emperor, which is fairly rare. I think they felt that I had taken seriously the problems of the change in the balance of power in East Asia. I had helped to reassure the U.S.-Japan alliance, which was under some threat in 1992-93, so I think the Japanese appreciated that. On the China side, I think they appreciated that I was trying to find an equitable balance in U.S.-China relations in which we didn’t vilify China — took a firm position by reaffirming our alliance with Japan, but also made clear that we were inviting China into the international system, that it wasn’t exclusionary. So I get treated well in China as well as in Japan.Clinton won the ’92 election on the phrase “It’s the economy, stupid.” When I first went into government, everybody was saying, “How can we now beat up on Japan?” And, based on this work I had done here at Harvard, I said that’s not the right way to think about Japan, and it’s not the right way to think about Asia. The rising country is China. We should be reaffirming our alliance with Japan, not thinking of Japan as a threat.I asked Ezra Vogel, who was then teaching in Arts and Sciences, to come down and work for me as the national intelligence officer for East Asia. We tried to reformulate the way the U.S. government was thinking about Japan and China. And it did have an effect. We were able to have an impact on policy. And that goes back to what you asked about earlier: What’s the difference between academics and government? It’s that feeling that you can change a policy. Here, I could write about it. There, I could actually do things that changed it. Henry Kissinger once said that in government, you spend intellectual capital; you have no time to build it. So essentially, outside of government is when you build intellectual capital or develop ideas. If you take that into government, you can use those ideas to refresh policies. That idea of in and outer — which is a term that Dick Neustadt, who was once on this faculty, developed — argues for people to transfer ideas into government and then to refresh ideas in the academy.Q: As someone who has spent a career studying and working on international relations, are you disheartened by the nationalist-driven threats to the European project and the potential shakeup of postwar world order?A: I do think there is a problem. The European Union was a very interesting experiment. Europe, which had torn itself apart in three wars from 1870 to 1939, was re-creating itself as a union in which the idea of another war or a fourth war between France and Germany was unthinkable. That’s a huge accomplishment. And now, that’s beginning to erode. [With] the rise of populist parties and with the Brexit vote, Europe has been damaged. And I think that’s unfortunate. I think it’s bad for Europe, it’s bad for world order, it’s bad for the U.S.Q: What are some of the most important things you’ve learned over the years — things that have shaped your life?A: The most important thing in shaping my life has been my marriage. I’ve been married for 56 years to a wonderful person and we’ve had three great sons and now have nine grandchildren, seven of them granddaughters. I think of life as having an inner core, and that inner core is the ability to have human love. The next round around that would be being at one with nature. That’s why I spend so much time outdoors — fishing, hiking, cross-country skiing. And then the next round around that is a wide core of friends, and that includes students that I’ve known and taught over the years. And then around that would be the ability to be creative in terms of writing, thinking, and developing ideas. And then finally, the outermost of the cores is the ability to have some power to effect change, to make some differences. The reason I describe it in these concentric circles is that, if somebody said you have to give them up one by one, I would drop the outer veils and I would hold on to that inner core most tightly.Q: You retire from teaching at the end of the academic year. What will be you be working on next?A: I’m going to transfer from a regular professor to research professor, which is a variant of emeritus, but it means I’ll stay around the Kennedy School. I’ll continue to write and I’ll continue to do research. But I won’t be meeting classes on a regular basis. I’ll still see students from time to time. I have no idea how many students I’ve taught — probably 10,000. But it’s a great satisfaction when they come back and you have a chance to catch up with them or see what they’re doing.I’ve been doing a lot of work on cyber, trying to understand cyber. I just joined a global commission on stability and cyberspace that was announced by the Dutch foreign minister at the Munich Security Conference. I’ll never be a cyber native, but I can translate between cyber technology and policy and international relations. I think we’re going to have to develop norms and rules for monitoring or governing and controlling conflict in cyberspace. I’ve just published an article in a refereed journal, International Security, on dissuasion and deterrence in cyberspace. I think I can bring accumulated knowledge to an area which is going to need [people who] understand how it fits in with things that have happened before.Q: So you’ll still be very connected to this place.A: Harvard is a wonderful place. It’s a great institution which has been at the center of my professional life, despite excursions. It’s hard to think of a place that has more good people and more interesting ideas, so I want to stick around here for a while.last_img read more

Teen Mauled to Death by Black Bear During Annual Alaskan Trail Race

first_imgA 16-year-old runner was pursued, mauled and ultimately killed by a black bear during a popular annual trail race outside of Anchorage, Alaska last week.The Robert Spurr Memorial Hill Climb was in its 29th year when the bear attack—which Race Director Brad Precoscky called “the worst thing that could happen”—happened.The runner, who was identified by local authorities as 16-year-old Patrick Cooper of Anchorage, texted his mother immediately after seeing the bear, but by the time rescuers made it to his location the teen had already been killed by the animal.“The mother was here with her family, her children,” Anchorage Police Dept. Sgt. Nathan Mitchell told local news affilate KTUU. “They were running the race.”The attack occurred just before 12:30 p.m. on Father’s Day, June 19.After receiving a cell phone call from her distressed son, who was being actively chased by the bear at the time of the call, Patrick Cooper’s family immediately alerted race organizers, and a search was quickly mobilized.Using GPS coordinates obtained via Cooper’s phone, searchers were able to pin-point the location where the young man was lying, but the presence of the bear that attacked him prevented the search and rescue team from immediately entering the vicinity.With more development and fewer forests, bears and people live together in increasingly crowded quarters. Can we all get along? Learn more in our in-depth digital feature, The Bear Truth.Eventually, a park ranger with the Chugach National Forest—the venue where the race took place—arrived and neutralized the bear with a shotgun. Cooper’s body was then life lighted from the scene.According to rangers, the black bear that attacked Patrick Cooper weighed approximately 250 lbs. It was wounded by a shotgun slug to the face but fled the scene immediately afterward. According the Alaska Daily News, Chugach National Forest rangers are still trying to locate and kill the wounded animal.last_img read more

Johnny ‘Cupcakes’ Earle: Strange is good

first_imgBranding guru/innovator Johnny “Cupcakes” Earle has had a multitude of jobs over the years, from selling whoopee cushions to performing magic shows to peddling soda on the beach.Ultimately, he learned an important lesson. “I realized I could make money doing something that made me happy and others happy, too,” Earle said Sunday during the CUNA Marketing & Business Development Council Conference in Anaheim, Calif.Earle’s latest venture is an exclusive t-shirt brand, Johnny Cupcakes, that started as a joke but grew to be a multi-million dollar operation. He regularly uses innovative marketing and social media to get hundreds of people to camp outside his mock bakeries, which sell cutting-edge t-shirts instead of cupcakes.“We did this just for fun,” he said, “But word-of-mouth spread like peanut butter and all of a sudden people started asking to buy the t-shirts.”While there’s no obvious connection between t-shirts and credit unions, Earle offers several lessons he has learned that credit union marketers can embrace: continue reading » 3SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Governor Wolf Announces All Sports America to Reshore Jobs to Northumberland County

first_imgGovernor Wolf Announces All Sports America to Reshore Jobs to Northumberland County April 13, 2017 Economy,  Jobs That Pay,  Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Today, Governor Tom Wolf announced that All Sports America, Ltd., a manufacturer of athletic uniforms, will expand its Storm Uniforms Division at its current facility in Point Township, Northumberland County. The company’s expansion will create 42 new jobs during the next three years and will reshore the manufacturing of products currently being produced overseas.“Anytime we are able to be involved in helping a company like All Sports America add new jobs and expand operations, it is a positive step for the region, as well as for the state as a whole,” said Governor Wolf. “This is even more meaningful in cases like this, where the project also involves products currently being produced overseas and bringing some of those operations back to America. This is a signal that Pennsylvania is not just competitive with our neighboring states but can also compete in the global economy.”All Sports America, Ltd. will invest more than $900,000 in the project to expand the cut and sew operation of its Storm Uniforms Division, which specializes in youth sports jerseys. Additionally, the company has upgraded its facility and purchased new sewing machines, heat presses, laser cutters, and printers. In addition to creating 42 jobs, another 21 existing jobs will be retained. The company will commence hiring during a two-day open house April 21-22.Earlier today, Department of Community and Economic Development Secretary Dennis Davin toured the facility, congratulating the company on the planned expansion.“All Sports America is very excited for this opportunity to be bringing jobs back to Pennsylvania,” said Richard Rock, President & CEO, All Sports America.All Sports America received a funding proposal from the Department of Community and Economic Development that includes a $40,000 Pennsylvania First Program grant and $42,000 in Job Creation Tax Credits to be distributed upon the creation of the new jobs. The company has also been encouraged to apply for a $400,000 low-interest loan through the Pennsylvania Industrial Development Authority (PIDA).The project was coordinated by the Governor’s Action Team, an experienced group of economic development professionals who report directly to the governor and work with businesses considering locating or expanding in Pennsylvania.“It is always great to hear that a local business is thriving and committed to growth and development in our community,” State Rep. Lynda Schlegel Culver (R-Northumberland/Snyder) said. “Through the expansions at the Point Township facility, more jobs will be created and new machines and technology will be incorporated in the processes. Congratulations to All Sports America, and I extend my best wishes for continued success.”All Sports America, Ltd. is one of the largest independent suppliers of youth football equipment and uniforms to youth sports programs in North America. The company specializes exclusively in products for youth teams and leagues ranging between the ages of 6 to 14. The company designs uniforms and equipment specifically for the needs of the children they provide to, which allows them to offer factory direct prices. The company separated its manufacturing arm of the company from the supply division in 2013 and does business as the Storm Uniforms Division; both companies are now located in Northumberland County.center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Amazing FNQ home with its own waterfall hits the market

first_imgThe home is near Babinda, south of CairnsANY lingering worries from a hard day’s work are forgotten by Rod Overell as he steps into his private waterfall oasis.“I invariably will get out of the car and go and jump into the creek,” Mr Overell, 56, said.“I wash the day off and never really feel like I’m caught in a grind.”For almost two decades the aircraft engineer has been the owner of a hidden Far North gem.In the shadow of Mt Bellenden Ker near Babinda, his 32ha property comprises a charming four-bedroom Queenslander set among tropical rainforest. Central to its magic is a dazzling waterfall, which Far North photographer and author Paul Curtis described as one of the region’s “most beautiful”.“The clarity and freshness of the water is second to none,” he wrote. “The pristine condition of the surrounding forest and streams belie its proximity to a major highway.”Enchanted by its “wow factor”, Mr Overell had his eyes on the property for several years until he finally bought it in 1998.“I saw it was for sale in 1992, but I couldn’t afford it at that time; it came back on the market and I grabbed it,” he said. “It is just a wonderful place – all you hear in the afternoon is the chorus of bird life.”More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoBuilt in 1948, the Queenslander-style house features mountain views from its front veranda. The home is set against Mt Bellenden KerOver the years Mr Overell said he had taken only 40 people to the waterfall which, despite being hidden away, was only a short walk from his house.“You can wander there, swim for an hour, and then walk home for a cup of tea,” he said. Intent on moving to Brisbane to pursue his martial arts passion, he has now decided to sell the property.“I’ve been a custodian of the property, but it was here a long time before my 18 years,” Mr Overell said.“I want to let it go to someone else who will be able to appreciate it.” The unique property is offered for $2 million and inspections are available by appointment only. Selling agent Cheyenne Morrison of LJ Hooker Cairns South said the property was one of the Far North’s most special. “Wooroonooran Falls has to be one of the most beautiful places I have ever had for sale,” Mr Morrison said.last_img read more

UK public pension pool names corporate bond managers

first_imgLGPS Central was set up to pool the assets of nine local government pension schemes based in the Midlands. They have around £44bn in assets under management collectively, with LGPS Central currently responsible for advising and managing around £20bn of this total. LGPS Central has selected Fidelity and Neuberger Berman from over 70 fund managers bidding to run a global investment grade corporate bond fund for the UK public pension pool.The two managers will be responsible for half of the mandate each. LGPS Central did not disclose the size of the total mandate, but in November it tendered for a £2bn (€2.2bn) fund.Gordon Ross, investment director for fixed income at LGPS Central, said it chose Fidelity and Neuberger Berman “because of their global reach as well as their strong presence in the UK”.“It’s clear they follow robust processes that are repeatable across all credit markets,” he added. “We’re certain they will help us to ensure our partner funds’ investment objectives are met.” “We’re certain [these managers] will help us to ensure our partner funds’ investment objectives are met”Gordon Ross, fixed income investment director, LGPS CentralLast month, the pool launched a private equity platform targeting £2bn. In January it named three emerging market equity managers for a £1.5bn mandate, and last year it launched a £2bn global active equity fund. Around a quarter of the £274.6bn assets held by local authority pension funds in the UK are now pooled in some form. A recent consultation paper from the government set out a new “deadline” for pooling of 2020, after which all new investments by individual pension funds must utilise one of the pools, with few exceptions. Further readingLGPS pooling: Funds under pressure to comply A consultation paper sent out by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government in January to LGPS funds has heightened tensions between policymakers and pension funds, reports Nick Reevelast_img read more