A positive trend in western Antarctic Peninsula precipitation over the last 50 years reflecting regional and Antarctic-wide atmospheric circulation changes

first_imgIn situ observations of precipitation days (days when snow or rain was reported in routine synoptic observations) from Faraday/Vernadsky station on the western side of the Antarctic Peninsula, and fields from the 40 year European Centre for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts re-analysis (ERA-40) project are used to investigate precipitation and atmospheric circulation changes around the Antarctic Peninsula. It is shown that the number of precipitation days is a good proxy for mean sea-level pressure (MSLP) over the Amundsen-Bellingshausen Sea. The annual total of precipitation days at the station has been increasing at a statistically significant rate of +12.4 days decade−1 since the early 1950s, with the greatest increase taking place during the summer and autumn. This is the time of year when the Southern Annular Mode (SAM) has experienced its greatest shift to a positive phase, with MSLP values decreasing in the Antarctic coastal zone. The lower pressures in the circumpolar trough have resulted in greater ascent and increased precipitation at Faraday/Vernadsky.last_img read more

USS Bunker Hill to Return to San Diego

first_img Training & Education USS Bunker Hill to Return to San Diego View post tag: News by topic May 23, 2012 The Ticonderoga-class guided-missile cruiser USS Bunker Hill (CG 52) is scheduled to return to San Diego, May 23, after a deployment to the 5th and 7th Fleet areas of responsibility.Bunker Hill, along with USS Carl Vinson (CVN 70) and USS Halsey (DDG 97), got underway on Nov. 30, 2011, for a deployment to the Western Pacific and Middle East. “The Bunker Hill team is excited to return home to San Diego after completing a very successful deployment. The crew executed a broad spectrum of missions over the last six months while serving as Air Defense Commander for Carrier Strike Group (CSG) 1,” said Capt. Michael Ford, commanding officer of Bunker Hill. “During the course of our six-month deployment, we supported Operation Enduring Freedom, participated in multi-national exercises with key strategic partners, and supported theater security cooperation efforts in multiple areas.”After a transit through the Pacific Ocean, conducting training and patrols, Bunker Hill arrived in the North Arabian Sea for three months of operations in support of Operation Enduring Freedom. During that time the strike group provided air support to coalition ground troops deployed to Afghanistan.In April, after completing its time in the Middle East, Bunker Hill participated in Malabar 2012, an annual exercise with the Indian Navy. In preparation for the at-sea portion of the exercise, Bunker Hill conducted a port visit to the city of Chennai, the fourth largest city in India. During the visit, Commander, Carrier Strike Group 1, Rear Adm. T. K. Shannon, hosted a reception aboard Bunker Hill. The event brought together distinguished visitors from the Indian navy and Chennai society, along with U.S. Navy and U.S. government officials, for an evening of goodwill and cooperation.The Indian navy and strike group then spent a week operating at sea conducting maneuvering drills and joint boarding team operations, as well as air, surface and sub-surface interoperability training.Bunker Hill also made port visits to a variety of other locations during the course of the deployment including Guam; Hong Kong; Jebel Ali, United Arab Emirates; Fremantle, Australia and Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. During these visits, Bunker Hill Sailors took part in a wide variety of community relations projects ranging from structure preservation and sporting events to interaction with learning-disabled students. “Community relations projects gave Bunker Hill Sailors an opportunity to interact with the local people at each port of call while volunteering their time,” said Lt. James Dewey, Bunker Hill’s chaplain.This was Bunker Hill’s second Western Pacific/Arabian Gulf deployment in the last 18 months, having served as the primary escort for USS Carl Vinson since 2010.[mappress]Naval Today Staff , May 23, 2012 View post tag: Bunker Share this article View post tag: Navy View post tag: Diego View post tag: Naval View post tag: San View post tag: Return View post tag: Hill View post tag: USS Back to overview,Home naval-today USS Bunker Hill to Return to San Diego last_img read more


first_img IS IT TRUE we are waiting for the 2015 City Audit conducted by the State Board of Accounts to be made public any day now?  …this audit shall prove if past City Councilmen and Finance Chairmen John Friend, CPA was correct about the City having a $6 million dollar deficit in 2015?IS IT TRUE in case you haven’t been paying attention we would like to point out that Vanderburgh County Sheriff Dave Wedding is doing one heck of a job?  …Sheriff Wedding is considered to be a blue collar and hands on Sheriff?  …he is extremely well thought of by the rank and file of the Sheriffs Office?  …we also are very pleased with the professional way the men and women of the Vanderburgh County Sheriff Office conduct themselves?IS IT TRUE the city razed a house in the 1200 block of South Bedford?  …that several of the neighboring residents made a special effort to thank “Let’s Fix That” proprietor George Lumley in his arm-twisting effort to get this house taken out?  … Mr. Lumley attributed the success to the Evansville Citizen Concern mobile app?  … by generating multiple concerns on the app to the mayor’s office has proven to be an effective Blight Fighting tool?IS IT TRUE it was suggested that Mr. Lumley thank the city for taking this house out?  …that he should apologize for giving the city a hard time about the methods they use to address blight?  ..  Mr. Lumley responded that he thought an apology was indeed in order?  …that every city official should apologize to each and every resident living in a neighborhood containing one of these Zombie Houses that has not yet been taken out or otherwise remediated?IS IT TRUE that Michelle Peterlin has been painting at her Kasson Studio with Acrylic on Canvas and using local models?  …her printings are titled “Spirit Within Conflict”?  …today we had the honor to get a sneak preview of her masterful work?  …its with pleasure that we proudly announce that Michelle Peterlin has agreed to share her paintings with the CCO readers in the near future?  …we guarantee that you shall be extremely impressed with her outstandings paintings once you view them?IS IT TRUE that today “READERS POLL” ask; Do you feel that John Friend CPA statement that the 2015 City Budget had a $6 million deficit is accurate?Copyright 2015 City County Observer. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Bakers’ Fair North West 2007

first_imgClick here to download the floorplan and choose your preferred location Sunday October 14thThe UK’s only autumn exhibition for the progressive and professional independent baker, held in the modern and spacious environment of the Bolton Arena. Timed especially to aid pre-Christmas planning.last_img

Beyond the bean

first_imgWhen your customers are rushing to catch the 06.59 from Reading to Paddington, there is no time to get your product offering wrong. That’s why, even after 15 years of running coffee kiosks at major UK stations and airports, AMT Coffee regards quick service and using exceptional ingredients, such as 100% Fairtrade coffee and organic milk, as key. It also holds customer loyalty very dear, and even today, despite around 80% of customers repeat purchasing up to five times a week, the managing director reads every single customer comment.For the bakery goods on sale throughout AMT Coffee’s 44 kiosks, the standards are no less stringent. The latest additions to the food range, for example, use free-range eggs wherever possible. The chicken and ham used in its new sandwich and panini range is all British-reared, and only whole-muscle hams and mature cheese are considered.With bakery sales exceeding £1 million, AMT is naturally keen to capitalise on opportunities to take the company “beyond the bean”, so careful buying that succeeds in tempting the core coffee-drinking consumer into buying something to eat as well, is paramount.Retailing from small kiosks and catering for the ’grab and go’ consumer, there is little time and space for anything but the most basic on-site food preparation, with equipment limited to microwaves or panini grills, points out product manager Kate Bibbey, so products are mostly bought as finished goods.Products also have to be supplied at a competitive price. With so many direct and indirect competitors springing up both on high streets and in station concourses the country over, customers are very price-conscious, she says. For this reason, product price rises are an ongoing concern, and whether it’s because of cold winters in South Africa affecting orange harvests or soaring worldwide wheat prices, sorting out avoidable from unavoidable price rises is a time-consuming job.For these reasons, perhaps, would-be suppliers rarely get an immediate ’yes’ out of Bibbey. Suppliers who have met her would, she hopes, describe her as someone who is open and flexible, but who also knows what makes a really excellent new AMT bakery product. Finding a solution that benefits both parties may mean a frank, but collaborative discussion, she says, about work involving recipe reformulation – to ensure that only the very best ingredients are used – and involving product dimensions, so that new products fit well within existing ranges and can be displayed properly, given the space constraints within the AMT bars.About new suppliers, she says: “I love coming across suppliers who are genuinely passionate about what they’re making. Those that combine fantastic products – both ’old favourites’ and new innovations with commercial acumen – are really important in making sure that our partnerships with suppliers are fruitful.”With so many bars nationwide and weekly deliveries, shelf-life is also a consideration. However, even on this very crucial point, AMT can be flexible. Muffins from a new supplier offered such a powerful visual, taste and freshness appeal that Bibbey was prepared to take on their four-day shelf-life. The chain has also enjoyed success recently with a new sandwich range, which has a two-day rather than three-day shelf-life. The new range, which includes bespoke sandwiches, wraps and paninis, has surpassed even Bibbey’s expectations, as there has been a six-fold increase in sales of this category since the range was rolled out nationally in December.AMT finds its suppliers from the usual shows, as well as from keeping an eye on current events in the bakery world. Bibbey particularly likes to keep an eye on the latest winners of ’Great Taste Awards’ as they “often reveal the smaller suppliers who don’t necessarily have a marketing budget but who are making delicious, beautifully packaged products”. Kiosk managers also get to have a say.Recently, though, the company advertised for new business in trade titles, including British Baker, which proved particularly effective in reaching smaller, unknown suppliers. Three- quarters of respondents came from this sector, which has significantly added to the company’s potential repertoire. She adds: “Finding a supplier with a ’can-do’ attitude and passion about their products makes working together a pleasure. Some small suppliers don’t understand the importance of good packaging to sell products in the grab-and-go environment, so when I come across those with great products and flexibility regarding the packaging, I know I’m on to a good thing.”As a rule, Bibbey looks to add one new product a month, but may trial two or three, so sup- pliers have around a 30% chance of making it on to AMT’s shelves. Quality, presentation and logistics aside, the deciding factor on whether a product is stocked is how well it sells during the trial. A good example of a recent new listing is the Toffee Waffle, a delicious melt-in-the-mouth recipe from a small supplier in Wales, that uses only free-range eggs and gooey toffee. “These are especially nice when the toffee is melted by resting the waffle on top of your hot drink,” Bibbey notes, with the tone of some hands-on experience. At the end of the day, AMT’s mainstream business is serving its customers delicious coffee and providing products that match that quality. As Bibbey says: “No matter how great a product tastes, if it doesn’t look good, we’ll be disappointed with sales.”—-=== Kate Bibbey at a glance ===Job history: Languages and Economics student from The University of Edinburgh, who became passionate about Fairtrade and the effect of our consumption habits on the developing world after living for a number of years in South America. This passion fuelled her decision to take the job at AMT Coffee.Bibbey has worked for AMT Coffee for one-and-a-half years.Top tip to new suppliers: “Do your research before you contact us, so that you can tailor what you can offer to our needs.”Favourite product: Sweet Oaties Scottish biscuits, made by hand in Edinburgh.Outside interests: “After sampling lots of goodies I like to run it off at the on-site gym. I’m also keen on singing and I like eating out in interesting restaurants. As in my work, I am always keen to try something different!”—-=== Potted history ===AMT was created in 1992 by the three McCallum brothers. The youngest, Alistair, had arrived in Oxford from Seattle and noticed that decent coffee was hard to come by. He asked his two brothers to join him in a new venture, selling real coffee from street carts in Oxford. The carts were quickly followed by kiosks in train stations and airports. AMT, which is a small, private company, became the first in the UK to offer 100% Fairtrade coffee and 100% organic milk. Its bars are built in the UK and the installation process is managed internally. No franchises are offered. More information is available at [http://www.amtcoffee.co.uk]last_img read more

Hobbs House to use Rofco oven for video tutorials

first_imgBrook Food has supplied Hobbs House Bakery with a Rofco B40 oven to create video tutorials during the coronavirus outbreak.The Rofco B40 oven is designed to bake quality bread using commercial and scalable methods.With many people across the globe in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, and reduced access to bakeries and items such as bread, it was time to increase the scale of the Hobbs House Cookery School, said the company.Hobbs House has been running a cookery school for six years, with a focus on baking all-year round.“We believe that good bread should be shared, so we have always openly shared recipes and helped people to bake. Once people have tasted real handmade bread, there is no going back,” said Anna Herbert, marketing director at Hobbs House.The bakery is using its skills and knowledge to help bring real bread to people within the comfort of their own homes, it added.Hobbs House has multiple social platforms, including Twitter, Facebook and Instagram, 18,000 newsletter subscribers and a Sourdough Nation forum with more than 5,000 members.last_img read more

Top Gazette stories of 2020

first_imgThe danger of ‘misinformation, disinformation, delusions, and deceit’By Alvin PowellCommencement speaker Martin Baron, editor of The Washington Post, sends along the Class of 2020 with the message that facts and the truth matter and are worth fighting for.,An enduring bondBy Rose Lincoln, with photos by Jon Chase, Rose Lincoln, Stephanie Mitchell, and Kris SnibbeStudents we interviewed in 2017, now seniors, reflect on the friendships forged with their first-year roommates.Lessons for decision-makers The fire this timeBy Christina PazzaneseLawrence D. Bobo, dean of social science and the W.E.B. Du Bois Professor of the Social Sciences, dissects police killings of Black men and the history and cognitive forces behind racial bigotry and violence, and why he sees signs of hope.,Why America can’t escape its racist rootsBy Liz MineoOrlando Patterson, the John Cowles Professor of Sociology, says there’s been progress, but the nation needs to reject white supremacist ideology, bigotry in policing, and segregation.A high-stakes election,After a hard election, the real work beginsBy Harvard StaffScholars from a range of fields look for hints of future prospects in the past and predict what lies ahead in economy, health care, equity, and more.How might the election change the nation’s place on world stage?By Christina PazzaneseExperts and analysts from the Harvard Kennedy School and Davis Center for Russian and Eurasian Studies examine possibilities in foreign policy, intelligence, and defense.Brighter days for arts forecast in Biden administrationBy Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite and Colleen WalshExperts say cultural resources may help heal battered nation after brutal 2020.Health & Medicine Feel like kids, spouse, work giving you gray hair? They may beBy Jessica LauNew findings involving nervous system and stem cells suggest just how stress may trigger the change.What we know and don’t know about potBy Alvin PowellKevin Hill, associate professor of psychiatry, talks about fearmongering and rosy myths, safe use and addiction.,How caffeine changed the worldBy Colleen WalshAuthor Michael Pollan discusses his latest work on the world’s most-used psychoactive substance.Science & Technology The Gazette ran its first story on the coronavirus outbreak on Jan. 30, a Q&A with the Chan School’s Marc Lipsitch outlining what experts knew (and didn’t) about the disease at the time. The picture sharpened in the following weeks. And the deadly pandemic dominated our coverage, touching as it did every part of our lives and shining a harsh spotlight on social, political, and economic inequities. It also had a major role in the two other big stories of the year: the national reckoning over race and the high-stakes presidential election. In addition to all that, there were scientific discoveries, achievements in the arts, academic milestones, and a virtual celebration honoring the Class of 2020. But the larger theme running throughout felt familiar: members of the community rising to challenges and striving to make things better, both on campus and in the wider world, with thoughtfulness and creativity. Here’s a look back at an extraordinary year through a sampling of some of our most-read stories.COVID-19 hits home A new threat to beesBy Juan SiliezarBut murder hornets are nothing compared with pesticides, climate change, Harvard experts say.,When a bird brain tops Harvard students on a testBy Juan Siliezar with video by Justin SaglioExperiment tests human vs. parrot memory in a complex shell game.State of the nation Do justices really set aside personal beliefs? Nope, legal scholar saysBy Liz MineoMichael Klarman, an authority on constitutional law and history and Kirkland & Ellis Professor of Law at Harvard Law School, sees trouble ahead in large conservative majority on Supreme Court.Two-parent homes aren’t the key for allBy Manisha Aggarwal-SchifelliteWhy single-parent homes don’t affect Black children as negatively as white kids.Earth Day turns 50,How Earth Day gave birth to environmental movementBy Christina PazzaneseDenis Hayes, one of the event’s founders, recalls the first and how its influence spread.Harvard endowment to go greenhouse gas-neutral by 2050By Colleen WalshUniversity’s efforts to eliminate carbon footprint extend to investment portfolio.Photography,Life along the Charles from sunrise to sunsetBy Rose Lincoln with photos by Rose Lincoln and Stephanie MitchellGazette photographers record the life that teems along the waterway.,History in a snap … or twoBy Anna Burgess with photos by Stephanie MitchellNine Harvard buildings, two photographers, 88 years apart.center_img ‘I thought: This is going to be interesting’By Colleen WalshPresident Bacow shares his own experience having COVID-19.,‘Unsteady,’ ‘lucky,’ and ‘overwhelmed’By Manisha Aggarwal-Schifellite and Jill RadskenIn March, students reflect on the shift to online classes and unplanned move home.A day in the life of an ER docBy Colleen WalshThird-year resident Anita Chary describes the personal and professional trials brought by the pandemic.Emotional toll of pandemic Feeling more anxious and stressed? You’re not aloneBy Alvin PowellChan School’s Karestan Koenen, professor of psychiatric epidemiology, discusses rising mental health concerns in the coronavirus era.,What pandemic dreams may comeBy Colleen WalshHarvard researcher Deirdre Barrett, assistant professor of psychology, says many are having nights full of bugs, masks, and natural disasters.Staying connected,Harbingers of Housing DayBy Juan Siliezar with photos by Stephanie MitchellA Who’s Who of the Big 12 — mascots, that is.Creating community in the virtual classroomBy Manisha Aggarwal-SchifelliteFaculty adapt their courses to bring students together.Postcards from hereHarvard undergrads tell us about the changes brought by the pandemic back home and how they’re keeping in touch with friends from the College.Honoring the Class of 2020 Time to fix American education with race-for-space resolveBy Liz MineoPaul Reville, former secretary of education for Massachusetts, says COVID-19 school closures have turned a spotlight on inequities and other shortcomings.How COVID turned a spotlight on weak worker rightsBy Liz MineoSharon Block, executive director of the Labor and Worklife Program, and Benjamin Sachs, the Kestnbaum Professor of Labor and Industry, point to flaws in the social safety net, an indifferent OSHA, and a system that favors employers over employees.A brave new world,What will the new post-pandemic normal look like?By Alvin PowellOutbreak forced changes big and small, some of which are here to stay.What might COVID cost the U.S.? Try $16 trillionBy Alvin PowellDavid Cutler, the Otto Eckstein Professor of Applied Economics, and Lawrence Summers, the Charles W. Eliot University Professor and former U.S. Treasury secretary, say national testing, contact tracing could make huge difference in saving costs.Quest for racial justice The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.last_img read more

Toppling the myth of meritocracy

first_img Will coronavirus change college admissions? Harvard releases statement from 300 admissions deans about what they expect from applicants during pandemic Anthony A. Jack sees the ability to reach out as just another tool in a successful professional’s kit If Harvard were to reopen today, who should be allowed to return? Paradoxically, this is the gift the cheating parents wanted to give their kids. If all they really cared about was enabling their children to live in affluence, they could have given them trust funds. But they wanted something else — the meritocratic cachet that admission to elite colleges confers, one that is itself illusory.As we discussed, it cannot really be said that even students who win admission through the front door did so solely on their own. What about the parents and teachers who helped them on their way? What about talents and gifts not wholly of their making? What about the good fortune to live in a society that cultivates and rewards the talents they happen to have?Those who prevail in a competitive meritocracy are indebted in ways the competition obscures. As the meritocracy intensifies, the striving so absorbs us that our indebtedness recedes from view. In this way, even a fair meritocracy, one without cheating or bribery or special privileges for the wealthy, induces the mistaken impression that we have made it on our own.Besides being self-deluding, such thinking is also corrosive of civic sensibilities. For the more we think of ourselves as self-made and self-sufficient, the harder it is to learn gratitude and humility. And without these sentiments, it is hard to care for the common good.College admission is not the only occasion for arguments about merit.Debates about who deserves what abound in contemporary politics. On the surface, these debates are about fairness: Does everyone have a truly equal opportunity to compete for desirable goods and social positions? Excerpted from “Tyranny of Merit: What’s Become of the Common Good?” by Michael J. Sandel (Farrar, Straus and Giroux) In March 2019, as high school students awaited the results of their college applications, federal prosecutors made a stunning announcement. They charged 33 wealthy parents with engaging in an elaborate cheating scheme to get their children admitted to elite universities including Yale, Stanford, Georgetown, and the University of Southern California.At the heart of the scam was an unscrupulous consultant named William Singer, who ran a business that catered to anxious, affluent parents. Singer’s company specialized in gaming the intensely competitive college admissions system that had in recent decades become the primary gateway to prosperity and prestige. For students lacking the stellar academic credentials top colleges required, Singer devised corrupt workarounds.For instance, the chairman of a prestigious law firm paid $75,000 for his daughter to take a college entrance exam at a test center supervised by a proctor paid by Singer to ensure the student received the score she needed. Television actress Lori Loughlin and her husband, fashion designer Mossimo Giannulli, paid Singer $500,000 to get their two daughters admitted to USC as bogus recruits to the crew team. Another celebrity, the actress Felicity Huffman, known for her role in the television series “Desperate Housewives,” somehow got a bargain rate; for only $15,000, Singer put in the fix for her daughter’s SAT. In all, Singer took in $25 million over eight years.The scandal provoked universal outrage. In a polarized time, when Americans could scarcely agree on anything, it drew massive coverage and condemnation across the political spectrum — on Fox News and MSNBC, in The Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Everyone agreed that bribing and cheating to gain admission to elite colleges was reprehensible. But the outrage expressed something deeper. In ways that people struggled to articulate, it was an emblematic scandal, one that raised larger questions about who gets ahead, and why.In describing his scam, Singer noted that some try to ensure entrance for marginally qualified applicants through the “back door,” giving a college a major gift. But he noted that strategy offered no guarantee of admission. He referred to his own technique of bribes and faked test scores as a surer “side door” approach.From the standpoint of fairness, however, it is hard to distinguish between the “back door” and the “side door.” Both give an edge to children of wealthy parents who are admitted instead of better-qualified applicants. Both allow money to override merit. Admission based on merit defines entry through the “front door.” As Singer put it, the front door “means you get in on your own.” It represents what most people consider fair.In practice, of course, it is not that simple. Money hovers over the front door as well as the back. Measures of merit are hard to disentangle from economic advantage. Standardized tests such as the SAT purport to measure merit. In practice, however, SAT scores closely track family income. The richer a student’s family, the higher the score he or she is likely to receive.Not only do wealthy parents enroll their children in SAT prep courses, they hire private admissions counselors to burnish their applications, enroll them in dance and music lessons, train them in elite sports such as fencing, squash, golf, tennis, crew, lacrosse, and sailing, the better to qualify for recruitment to college teams, and send them off to perform good works in distant places to demonstrate concern for the downtrodden. And don’t forget the potential benefits of legacy admission and donor appreciation.Then there is tuition. At all but the handful of colleges wealthy enough to admit students without regard for their ability to pay, those who do not need financial aid are more likely than their needy counterparts to get in.Critics point to these inequalities as evidence that higher education is not the meritocracy it claims to be. From this point of view, the admissions scandal is an egregious instance of the broader, pervasive unfairness that prevents higher education from living up to the meritocratic principle it professes.Despite their disagreements, those who consider the cheating scandal a shocking departure from standard admissions practices and those who consider it an extreme example of tendencies already prevalent in college admissions share a common premise: Students should be admitted to college based on merit. They also agree, implicitly at least, that those who get in based on merit have earned their admission and deserve the benefits that flow from it.If this familiar view is right, then the problem with meritocracy is not with the principle but with our failure to live up to it. Political argument between conservatives and liberals bears this out. Our public debates are not about meritocracy itself but about how to achieve it. Conservatives argue, for example, that affirmative action policies that consider race and ethnicity as factors in admission amount to a betrayal of merit-based admission; liberals defend affirmative action as a way of remedying persisting unfairness and argue that a true meritocracy can be achieved only by leveling the playing field between the privileged and the disadvantaged.But this debate overlooks the possibility that the problem with meritocracy runs deeper.Consider again the admissions scandal. Most of the outrage focused on the cheating and the unfairness. Equally troubling, however, are the attitudes that fueled the cheating. Lying in the background was the assumption, now so familiar that it is scarcely noticed, that admission to an elite university is a highly sought prize. The scandal was attention-grabbing not only because it implicated celebrities and the wealthy but also because the access they tried to buy was so widely and ardently desired.Why is this so? Why has admission to prestigious universities become so fiercely sought that privileged parents commit fraud to get their kids in? Or turn their high school years into a stress-strewn gantlet of AP classes, résumé building, and pressure-packed striving? Why has admission to elite colleges come to loom so large in our society that the FBI would devote massive law enforcement resources to ferreting out the scam, and that news of the scandal would command headlines and public attention for months?The obsession has its origins in the growing inequality of recent decades. It reflects the fact that more is at stake in who gets in where. As the wealthiest 10 percent pulled away from the rest, the stakes of attending a prestigious college increased. Fifty years ago, applying to college was less fraught. Fewer than one in five Americans went to a four-year college, and those who did tended to enroll in places close to home. College rankings mattered less than they do today.But economic anxiety is not the whole story. More than a hedge against downward mobility, Singer’s clients were buying something else, something less tangible but more valuable. They were, in fact, buying the borrowed luster of merit. In an unequal society, those who land on top want to believe their success is morally justified. In a meritocratic society, this means the winners must believe they have earned their success through their talent and hard work. “As the meritocracy intensifies, the striving so absorbs us that our indebtedness recedes from view. In this way, even a fair meritocracy, one without cheating or bribery or special privileges for the wealthy, induces the mistaken impression that we have made it on our own.”center_img Advice to students: Don’t be afraid to ask for help Related Michael Sandel poses a series of questions at a community event on ethics and the pandemic response But our disagreements about merit are not only about fairness. They are also about how we define success and failure, winning and losing — and about the attitudes the winners should hold toward those less successful than themselves. These are highly charged questions, and we try to avoid them until they force themselves upon us.Finding our way beyond the polarized politics of our time requires a reckoning with merit. How has its meaning been recast in recent decades, in ways that erode the dignity of work and leave many people feeling that elites look down on them? Are the winners of globalization justified in the belief that they have earned and therefore deserve their success, or is this a matter of meritocratic hubris?At a time when anger against elites has brought democracy to the brink, the question of merit takes on a special urgency. We need to ask whether the solution to our fractious politics is to live more faithfully by the principle of merit, or to seek a common good beyond the sorting and the striving.Copyright © 2020 by Michael J. Sandel. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Jamestown Businesses Encouraged To Partake In St. Patrick’s Day Festivities

first_imgImage by Justin Gould/WNYNewsNow.JAMESTOWN – The Jamestown Community Chamber of Commerce is encouraging local businesses to partake in this year’s St. Patrick’s Day festivities in Downtown Jamestown.The Chamber of Commerce says they will once again turn the Chadakoin River green for St. Patrick’s Day on Saturday, March 14 at 11 a.m. at the Riverwalk in Brooklyn Square.The business group is asking local shops to participate in the day’s activities by offering holiday deals to customers.Businesses interested in participating are asked to contact Joanna Dahlbeck, the Jamestown Community Chamber Coordinator, at [email protected] or call the chamber at 484-1101. The chamber says they are trying to move foot traffic from Brooklyn Square into local businesses for shopping, brunch, or lunch on the day of the event.The event is sponsored by the Chautauqua County Visitors Bureau and M&T Bank. Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

New Musical Comedy Disenchanted! Begins Previews Off-Broadway

first_img View Comments Related Shows Featuring a book, music and lyrics by Dennis T. Giacino and directed by Fiely A. Matias, the tuner features your typical “princess posse” in a show that’s anything-but-typical. Show White, Cinderella, Belle and more toss off the tiaras and get real in a not-for-kids musical where fairy tales will never be the same. The show premiered at Orlando’s International Fringe Festival in 2011 and has been licensed nationwide since. Disenchanted The cast of Disenchanted! includes Michelle Knight as Snow White, Becky Gulsvig as Cinderella, Jen Bechter as Sleeping Beauty, Lulu Picart as Hua Mulan/Pocahontas/Princess Badroulbadour, Alison Burns as Belle/The Little Mermaid/Rapunzel and Soara-Joye Ross as The Princess Who Kissed the Frog. Show Closed This production ended its run on June 14, 2015 Happily never after? Fairy tale musical lampoon Disenchanted! begins off-Broadway performances on November 26. The comedy is playing a nine-week limited engagement at the Theatre at St. Clement’s and will officially open on December 4.last_img read more