Journalists investigated

first_imgThe two student journalists who exposed insecurities in the University computer network are facing a police investigation into their activities in obtaining the story. Proctors of the University have told the Deputy Editor and Sports Editor of The Oxford Student, Patrick Foster and Roger Waite, that a police investigation has been initiated at their request, although the journalists have yet to be contacted themselves by Thames Valley Police. In the article, published on Thursday 27 May, Foster and Waite (the named authors of the piece) admit that the methods used to highlight the lack of security “fall foul of both the law and OUCS guidelines”. The Computer Misuse Act 1990, which prevents the use of computers to access personal information such as passwords, and private conversations, carries a custodial sentence of up to six months. Senior sources at The OxStu have informed Cherwell that the Proctors became aware of the article even before it went to press. “A lot of college IT officers were contacted,” they said, “and one of those must have passed on the details of the article. Once the Proctors had contacted us, we passed full details of the article to them straight away.” Within a matter of hours of receiving this information Foster had his Webmail account withdrawn and it is believed the contents are being investigated. Waite’s was removed on Tuesday. This is a matter of some concern for the students, who both have exams at the end of term. Foster has also been denied Ethernet connection to his room at Keble College. The University and their respective colleges are yet to take any action beyond this, although Foster, already on full academic probation, has expressed public fear that he may face a “three-term rustication”. It is unclear how much detail OUSU, the publishers of The OxStu, knew of the matter before they went to press. But our source was adamant that “other than the journalists concerned, neither OUSU, its employees or Editor Mary Morgan knew anything about it until the day of publication.” Waite and Foster, in a statement issued to Cherwell, stood “100 per cent” behind the story. “We are both aware that we consciously breached the law, University statutes and college regulations through our actions. However we feel we were justified in doing so to bring to the attention of the University and its students the very real dangers posed by network insecurities. “We are co-operating fully with the inquiries of the Proctors and our respective colleges. We have nothing to hide, and are both looking forward to meeting the Senior Proctor to make our respective cases.”ARCHIVE: 5th week TT 2004last_img read more

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Ohio: ‘Wind Is Our Shale’

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Midwest Energy News:Two bills in the Ohio Senate aim to ease restrictions in a 2014 law that have effectively blocked the development of new commercial wind farms in the state.“We have stopped further development of wind projects in the state of Ohio while everyone else around the country seems to be progressing,” said Cliff Hite (R-Findlay), who introduced Senate Bill 188 on September 14. “Unless we do something, we’re not going to compete with these other states.Hite’s bill is similar to a budget amendment that the Ohio Senate passed in June, but which was rejected by the Ohio House of Representatives in conference committee negotiations. Under Hite’s bill, the property line setback would be 120 percent of the turbine’s height, which is still more than the pre-2014 law required.The other bill, SB 184, would restore the pre-2014 property line setback of 110 percent of the turbine height. Michael Skindell (D-Lakewood) introduced that bill on August 31.Between them, SB 184 and 188 have 20 co-sponsors, which is more than a majority of the 33 lawmakers elected to the state senate. “I think we’ll get it done in the Senate,” Hite said. “Then we’ll see what happens in the House.”Before the law changed in 2014, the minimum setbacks for commercial wind farm turbines were about 1,300 feet from the nearest habitable building and 1.1 times the turbine height from the property line.At a minimum, that meant that a turbine would be about a quarter mile from any home, explained Andrew Gohn at the American Wind Energy Association. And if a turbine fell down, it still wouldn’t land on an adjoining property.Any arguments that the residence setback should apply to the property line for health and safety reasons are “specious,” said Gohn. The current requirements are “essentially a de facto zoning from the legislature, which is certainly something that that’s not welcomed by a lot of communities that want to host wind projects.”Those communities have been “the real losers here,” said Peter Kelley, also at the American Wind Energy Association. Although some companies have been unable to move forward with projects in Ohio, most usually go elsewhere, he continued. “So really, who’s missing out here are the communities in Ohio that would like to have this option for their economic development.”The benefits of that development can be huge. According to a May 2017 study by the Wind Energy Foundation, the current law acts as a market barrier and has blocked over $4.2 billion in lifetime economic benefits for Ohio.Among other things, those benefits would include “millions for your county that will be invested into your schools and your local county government,” Hite explained.For example, he noted, Van Wert County has already received millions of dollars for its schools and other needs. Another project in Hardin County should bring in about $17 million for the local government and schools over a 20-year period, he added.“Wind is our shale,” Hite stressed. Other revenues and jobs may be at stake as well.Amazon, Facebook, General Motors and other companies have announced goals of sourcing their electricity needs from 100 percent renewable energy. For example, on September 19, Starwood Energy Group Global announced a deal in which General Motors agreed to buy all the electricity to be produced by a commercial wind farm in northwest Ohio.That project is the last grandfathered project that was permitted under the prior law, noted Trish Demeter at the Ohio Environmental Council. If Ohio’s lawmakers don’t see the opportunities from wind energy and fix the law, “Ohio will be left in the dust in the clean energy era,” she said.Indeed, cities and states often compete with each other to attract new facilities that will add jobs. “Those opportunities are not going to wait around forever,” Kelley said.“Farmers love this because it’s a cash crop they can rely on when commodity prices go south or when there’s a drought,” Kelley continued. “When it becomes difficult to make the family farm work, having turbines on their land can be a huge boon to a way of life that was disappearing. And yet their property rights are negated by this overzealous setback rule.”Hite says he wants “a compromise between protecting the property rights of people who don’t want [turbines on their land], but also protecting the rights of people who do want them. And I think this bill does that.”“I just think it is right for a state to use the resources that it has to try to help make the state better,” Hite continued. “Where we live, we’ve got wind and we want to harvest it and use it.”“And,” he added, “I don’t have a problem reducing the carbon footprint in the state of Ohio for my granddaughters.”More: Ohio bills would ease restrictive setbacks for new wind farms Ohio: ‘Wind Is Our Shale’last_img read more

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Rowing : Macpherson overcomes 2 leg surgeries to row for 5th year

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Chelsea Macpherson still remembers the feeling like it was yesterday. She was racing indoors in the fall of her sophomore year when she suddenly felt a numbness shooting down her leg. She kept feeling popping and clicking in her leg. The pain was unavoidable. She doesn’t forget it.Macpherson has been with the SU women’s rowing team since 2006. That injury, a torn labrum, occurred in 2007. Since then, Macpherson has battled through multiple injuries to come back for a fifth year. Now in the twilight of her career, she has persevered for one reason: a passion for the sport.‘Rowing is the type of sport you can do forever,’ Macpherson said. ‘I’m completely in love with it.’Macpherson underwent hip surgery twice after tearing both labrums. One surgery came after that sophomore year. The second followed her junior year. Sometimes she rowed through the pain, but eventually she learned when to take a break. Macpherson remains a constant presence in the water for the Orange despite the setbacks. She is the longest-tenured member on the Orange.Macpherson’s commitment to the program is even more impressive considering the potential she showed coming into college. Her freshman year, she was rowing on a varsity boat. When she suffered her first hip injury, she was rowing for the Canadian national team.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textMacpherson’s progress was rapid, but the pain evolved to the point where she had no choice but to take a break.‘My dreams were right there,’ Macpherson said. ‘I could almost taste them. But the pain would get worse every time I rowed.’Macpherson decided that if she wanted to continue rowing, she needed to make sacrifices. She missed the entire 2009-10 season after her second surgery. But Macpherson remained with the Orange after being persuaded by her teammates to come back for a final season.Aside from rowing as the No. 6 seat in a varsity boat, an essential spot in supporting the rhythm of the boat, Macpherson contributes to the team in both tangible and intangible ways, first-year SU head coach Justin Moore said. As the oldest member of such a young team, Macpherson leads by example, Moore said.‘She knows rowing shouldn’t be taken for granted,’ Moore said. ‘She’s just happy to be there.’Macpherson’s parents understand her commitment to the sport. Holly and Iain Macpherson have attended all their daughter’s races this season, including three trips to Boston. Since they are from southern Ontario, that’s no easy feat. Even though the team has struggled this season, finishing last in many of its races this spring, Holly feels the adversity has strengthened the team in preparation for the future.‘Losing, even losing badly, creates character and determination,’ Holly said. ‘We don’t come to see results. We come to see the courage.’And courage is what Macpherson has demonstrated repeatedly throughout her career. Aside from this courage, she brings a true commitment to Syracuse and her team, demonstrated by her decision to come back for a fifth year despite a coaching change and a daunting rebuilding process.‘A lot of the girls that she knew had graduated, but she was devoted to her crew,’ Holly said. ‘Syracuse was good to her, and she wanted to show loyalty.’Despite the grueling surgeries, the five trips to Colorado to see a hip surgeon and the eight-month recovery from each surgery, Macpherson remained. After college, she would like to continue rowing, but she knows she has to be careful about her health.She said even though she loves the sport so much, she must be smart when the pain reoccurs to avoid continued injury.Macpherson vows to stay in touch with the program after she moves onto graduate school at Columbia, and she is ultimately comfortable with the direction the program is heading in as she prepares to depart. Under Moore, Macpherson thinks the program could be ranked in the top 20 nationally within two or three years.Moore said this potential for growth can be attributed in large part to Macpherson, whose actions and attitudes have helped shape the mentality of his young team.‘She has a tremendous appreciation for being able to row, period,’ Moore said. ‘She’s not going to complain when it’s cold or rainy or windy. And it seeps to other members (of the team).’[email protected] Published on April 27, 2011 at 12:00 pm Contact Kevin: [email protected]center_img Commentslast_img read more

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