Labour shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna calls for inquiry into collapse of City Link

first_imgFriday 9 January 2015 6:07 am Jessica Morris Tags: Chuka Umunna People Labour’s shadow business secretary has urged the government to initiate an inquiry into the controversial collapse of delivery giant City Link.Chuka Umunna piled pressure on the government, asking for a “full and proper inquiry” and adding “those who have lost their jobs and contractors who are owed money deserve nothing less”. Business secretary Vince Cable said an inquiry could take place, but this hinges on the outcome of an auditor’s report due in six months’ time.”Depending on what that says, we may want to initiate an investigation, but let us wait and see the findings of that,” he said.City Link announced it was making 2,300 workers redundant on New Year’s Eve after running into difficulties. Workers initially learnt their jobs were at risk through media reports on Christmas Eve.The company was initially bought by its biggest shareholder, Better Capital, for just £1 back in 2013. Nonetheless, according to auditors, their subsequent £40m investment wasn’t enough to turn it around. whatsapp Share whatsapp Labour shadow business secretary Chuka Umunna calls for inquiry into collapse of City Link Read This NextRicky Schroder Calls Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl ‘Ignorant Punk’ forThe Wrap’Drake & Josh’ Star Drake Bell Arrested in Ohio on Attempted ChildThe WrapCNN’s Brian Stelter Draws Criticism for Asking Jen Psaki: ‘What Does theThe WrapDid Donald Trump Wear His Pants Backwards? Kriss Kross Memes Have AlreadyThe WrapHarvey Weinstein to Be Extradited to California to Face Sexual AssaultThe Wrap’The View’: Meghan McCain Calls VP Kamala Harris a ‘Moron’ for BorderThe WrapPink Floyd’s Roger Waters Denies Zuckerberg’s Request to Use Song in Ad:The WrapKatt Williams Explains Why He Believes There ‘Is No Cancel Culture’ inThe Wrap’Black Widow’ First Reactions: ‘This Is Like the MCU’s Bond Movie’The Wrap Show Comments ▼last_img read more

News / 2M cancels another Asia-North Europe sailing as demand gets even softer

first_imgBy Mike Wackett 18/02/2019 Maersk Line and MSC have been obliged to blank a further Asia-North Europe 2M loop at the beginning of next month due to weaker-than-expected demand prospects.The 14,500 teu Estelle Maersk (pictured above), deployed on the 2M’s AE2/Swan service, was scheduled to begin its westbound loading programme at Qingdao, China, on 2 March, but will now be held at anchor.And after announcing their Chinese New Year blanking programme, the 2M partners took an eleventh-hour decision to withdraw the sailing of the 19,437 teu MSC Eloane last week, suggesting that the recovery of bookings after the CNY was proving especially challenging.Maersk said today it had “endeavoured to balance our network to match reduced demand”.“This is an additional blank sailing,” said the carrier, “we aim to minimise the impact to our customers by securing alternative routings wherever possible.”The Ocean and THE alliances are expected to announce similar radical action, voiding more sailings to support spot rates which fell by almost 6% to North Europe in the first week after the CNY holiday shutdown.One carrier told The Loadstar last week its forward bookings from Asia to North Europe were “particularly disappointing”, and that he “feared a bloodbath” on rates.Indeed, according to January’s edition of the Global Port Tracker, the prospect of a recession in parts of North Europe will have a negative impact on headhaul carryings in the coming months, as consumers decide to defer non-essential purchases and retailers respond with lower inventories.The Tracker said that, although it was “not predicting a full-blown recession” in North Europe, it did expect to see stagnation, “leading to a mild downturn”.But even a “mild downturn” in demand could be a disaster for carriers on the route, given that they are collectively planning to inject 28,000 teu of extra capacity a week from April, to hit a combined offering from the three alliances of around 300,000 teu.The capacity growth comes mainly from Ocean Alliance members who will launch an additional seventh Asia-North Europe string from April, prompted by the delivery of 12 newbuild ULCVs to Cosco.The Ocean is also upsizing another of its loops with larger vessels, while THE Alliance is planning to upsize its FE5 string next month from 10,000 teu to 14,000 teu ships.On a much smaller scale, HMM is planning to replace the current fleet of 12 panamax 4,700-5,100 teu vessels on its standalone Asia-North Europe service with vessels in the 6,300-6,800 teu range from May. The South Korean carrier, which last week announced a loss of $720m for 2018, also plans to introduce 12 23,000 teu newbuild ships on the tradelane from the second quarter of next year.Maersk subsidiary Hamburg Süd, which also had containers booked on the 2M blanked sailings, has been “advised” of the latest sailing cancellation, but slot charter HMM has apparently yet to be officially told.last_img read more

News / Ambitious SpiceXpress set to expand operations with additional freighter

first_imgBy Gavin van Marle 30/09/2019 Indian air cargo operator SpiceXpress could be being lined up for initial public offering (IPO) as it adds another freighter to its fleet.According to an interview with Ajay Singh, chairman and MD of SpiceXpress parent SpiceJet, with Bloomberg last week, the cargo operation could be spun-off within a year as the carrier seeks to take advantage of India’s fast-growing adoption of e-commerce retail.E-commerce sales in India may more than double, to $72bn, by 2022 from $32.7bn last year, according to research firm eMarketer.SpiceXpress has nine scheduled departures, six days a week, to Hong Kong from Delhi, Kolkata and Guwahati, and one domestic rotation connecting Hyderabad, Delhi, Mumbai, Bengaluru and Chennai. It has also operated a number of charter services to international destinations, such as Sharjah, Ras Al Khaimah, Teheran, Somalia and Somaliland, as well as helped transport relief material to Bhubaneshwar during Cyclone Fani.It services are likely to further expand after last week’s conclusion of a lease agreement for a B737-800 converted freighter from NGF Alpha, a division of Spectre Cargo Solutions.“We are expanding the markets we currently serve, particularly in the Middle East, Hong Kong and Bangladesh, and the 737-800BCF’s reliability and versatility is helping enable our strategic direction,” Mr Singh explained.The The 737-800BCF offers lower operating costs per payload tonne than older standard-body freighters and carries up to 24 tonnes of payload, opening new markets with its long-range capability.Boeing senior vice president Ihssane Mounir said: “We are excited that SpiceJet has chosen to expand its SpiceXpress operation. This converted freighter gives operators just the right size, operating economics and capabilities to succeed in busy domestic and regional routes.”Boeing said the 737-800BCF orderbook had grown to 120 orders and commitments, and added that it had ramped up production, with output set to more than double to 17 units this year to meet customer demand.last_img read more

FWC officials share tips to stay safe during snakebite season

first_imgAdvertisementA Pygmy rattlesnake was hanging off of his arm. “It got me right here in the right forearm here. As you can see I still have some dry stuff but it hurts so bad that to be able to clean it off it hurts. It hurts really bad,” Varela said. The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission said being bitten by a venomous snake is rare. AdvertisementDC Young Fly knocks out heckler (video) – Rolling OutRead more6 comments’Mortal Kombat’ Exceeded Expectations Says WarnerMedia ExecutiveRead more2 commentsDo You Remember Bob’s Big Boy?Read more1 commentsKISS Front Man Paul Stanley Reveals This Is The End Of KISS As A Touring Band, For RealRead more1 comments AdvertisementTags: Rattlesnake AdvertisementRecommended ArticlesBrie Larson Reportedly Replacing Robert Downey Jr. As The Face Of The MCURead more81 commentsGal Gadot Reportedly Being Recast As Wonder Woman For The FlashRead more29 comments Advertisement Rattlesnake seen slithering around Babcock Ranch neighborhood December 14, 2020 Advertisement “So number one is try to remain calm, and call for help immediately. You don’t want to accelerate your heart rate, that will just draw the blood to spread that venom further into your bloodstream,” advised FWC spoke-person Adam Brown, in case you are bit. Pygmies and other venomous snakes can be found all over Florida. Brown said they usually make their homes in wooded areas. It’s best to avoid them if possible. “Most of the time that snake is going to go ahead and move away from you, move on. It does not want confrontation with people, that’s the natural behavior,” Brown said. The pigmy rattlesnake is one of six venomous snakes in Florida. FWC advises if you are bitten, you should get medical attention immediately. Big snake spotted slithering across Corkscrew road November 14, 2020 While you might be on the lookout for snakes outside, you never expect to see one in your own car. Sammie Varela was digging through for a tool when he felt a sting. “Well initially you don’t feel it right away. It takes about a minute or so then you feel like a burn, a real hot burn,” he said. “Then all of the sudden blood started coming out of my arm and what not. I just couldn’t believe it.  RELATEDTOPICSlast_img read more

Public consultation on Climate Change Act Review

first_imgPublic consultation on Climate Change Act Review Peter Gutwein,Premier and Minister for Climate ChangeTasmania has achieved our target of net zero emissions by 2050 four years in a row, confirming our status as a leader in climate action.Public consultation has now started on a review of the Climate Change (State Action) Act 2008, with community workshops to be held in the first week of March, followed by an opportunity for written submissions from mid-March to mid-April.The review is being undertaken by consulting firm Jacobs, who will also be collecting feedback during the consultation to inform the development of Tasmania’s next Climate Change Action Plan.The Action Plan will be finalised later this year following further development and consultation, and will guide Tasmania’s approach to climate action over the next five years.The Review of the Act will also consider Tasmania’s net zero emissions target to examine the opportunities and challenges for industry and jobs of a more ambitious target and to ensure it is evidence-based and informed by both science and economics.I encourage all interested parties to take part in the consultation and have their say, and I look forward to the outcomes of the independent Review.Online community workshops will be held during the week commencing 1 March 2021. Registrations to attend can be made at https://www.eventbrite.com.au/e/independent-review-of-tasmanias-climate-change-state-action-act-2008-tickets-142191724275.The workshop times are:Tuesday 2 March 2021: 4:30 pm – 6:00 pmWednesday 3 March 2021: 1:00 pm – 2:30 pmThursday 4 March 2021: 1:30 pm – 3:00 pm /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:AusPol, Australia, climate, climate change, community, Government, industry, Internet, jobs, Minister, online, outcomes, Premier, public consultation, science, TAS, Tasmania, Tassie, zero-emissionlast_img read more

White House, SpaceX veteran Larson joining CU Boulder

first_imgPublished: Jan. 25, 2017 The University of Colorado Boulder’s College of Engineering and Applied Science Dean Bobby Braun is announcing the appointment of Phil Larson as assistant dean for strategy, planning, and communications, where he will lead strategic relations for the college.Larson – who was senior advisor for space and innovation at the White House, where he served from 2009 to 2014 – will join CU Boulder in February. Most recently, Larson was part of Elon Musk’s SpaceX team, supporting communications efforts as well as managing corporate projects.Larson’s appointment concludes a national search carried out by a College of Engineering and Applied Science search committee.”I could not be more excited for Phil to join the Boulder team,” said Braun. “He has the passion, experience and know-how to help move the college forward as a leader in engineering education.”During his time at the White House, Larson worked closely with Dr. John P. Holdren, President Obama’s science and technology advisor, on the nation’s science, technology and innovation priorities. Larson coordinated strategic communications across multiple federal agencies, including the Environmental Protection Agency, Federal Aviation Administration, NASA, National Institutes of Health, National Science Foundation, and Departments of Commerce, Defense, Education, and Energy. He also spent time in the White House Office of Management and Budget helping to craft NASA’s budget and policy priorities.”Phil brought energy, intellect, and insight to the White House’s space, science, and technology portfolio,” Dr. John P. Holdren, Assistant to former President Obama for Science and Technology, said. “I’m confident he’ll have real and lasting impact at CU Boulder.”At SpaceX, Larson was part of the company’s strategic communications efforts and led the overall digital strategy. He led major communications rollouts, including a university student STEM competition, and a first-of-its-kind Mars partnership with NASA. He also collaborated with the FAA, NASA, Department of Defense, U.S. industry and foreign entities on SpaceX launch campaigns.At CU Boulder, Larson will lead overall strategy and planning for the college. He’ll also oversee engineering communications efforts internal to the College, across campus, and with external stakeholders.”I’m excited to join Dr. Braun and share the lessons I learned at the White House and SpaceX with the incredible team of faculty, staff, and students at CU Boulder,” Larson said. “CU Engineering is a national treasure, and I’m looking forward to helping articulate the story of its impact on our country’s economy, security, and quality of life.”Larson is a member of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University’s Commercial Space Operations advisory board, as well as the Science and Entertainment Exchange at the National Academy of Sciences. He received a bachelor of science degree in aerospace studies, with minors in space studies, psychology, human factors and communications, from Embry-Riddle. He completed graduate coursework in science and technology policy from The George Washington University before taking a job in the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy in 2009. Categories:Faculty Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via E-maillast_img read more

Upward Bound program prepares Native American students for college experience

first_img Published: Aug. 1, 2017 • By Connor Craven Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Only around 1 percent of bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate degrees nationwide are awarded to Native American students. But in an effort to change that bleak statistic, the CU Boulder Upward Bound program works with high school students from eight different reservations across the country to prepare them for the college experience.Since 1981, students from reservations across the country have come to CU Boulder during the summer for six weeks between mid-June and late July. The 2017 cohort just wrapped up weeks of taking classes, having fun together outdoors, meeting students from different communities and tribes and generally getting an idea of what college is like. Students also take science and math classes as well as journalism, creative writing and American Sign Language.Richard Locklear, a high school senior from the Lumbee reservation in Pembroke, North Carolina, has participated in the program for three straight summers. He has treasured his experiences in the program, like meeting new peers from other tribes, particularly his first year when he met his roommate Dave McBride, a Lakota from the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota.Promising resultsThe program has yielded results for the high school students involved. Between 50 and 83 percent of students participating in CU Upward Bound continue on to a college career, CU Boulder Upward Bound Director Tanaya Winder said.Following the 2015–16 school year, 65 percent of students enrolled in postsecondary institutions. Winder credits this in part to the high retention rate of high school students who return to the program year after year, which is usually above 90 percent.While some students deal with homesickness, they also enjoy their time at camp and feel bittersweet about leaving.“I met some really awesome people while I was here in Boulder for the past three summers,” said Locklear. “I would never have traded this experience for anything in the world.”But Upward Bound assists with more than just college preparation and guidance. Winder works with her staff to make sure the students feel they are a part of a family.Upward Bound programs exist across the country, helping low income and first-generation students feel capable in pursuing a college degree and succeeding in doing so. Involvement with the program can begin as early as a student’s freshman year of high school, and students continue to receive support for five years after high school graduation.CU’s program focuses specifically on Native American students, building up a long history of community involvement that has helped students find out about the program through word of mouth.“These students have such incredible resiliency, and they are brilliant, wonderful, and are going to be doing such amazing things in the future,” said Assistant Director Héctor Ramírez.                                                                                                                Categories:Education & OutreachNews Headlineslast_img read more

Mind really matters at Chambers

first_imgUNIVERSITY PLACE, Wash. – Surveying the landscape at Chambers Bay, it is clear that the USGA has arrived at the far end of the world. Browned-out fairways. Dusty walking paths cutting through undulating dunes. Nearly 8,000 yards of beastly golf carved out of a seaside crater, with ashen bunkers that recall its gravelly origins. Oakmont or Winged Foot, this ain’t. As one player described it while walking off the range Tuesday, Chambers Bay is like playing golf on the moon. The U.S. Open is traditionally an examination in endurance, a 72-hole sweatbox that tests players as much mentally as physically. This week that notion is amplified, as players prepare to embark on a journey that will be part golf, part pinball. Want to get at the pin tucked left on the par-3 third hole? According to Phil Mickelson, the best play is to bank it off the hill to the right of the green. Miss the target left on No. 1? Expect the ball to roll some 60 yards back down the fairway. “You’re going to see some different things this week than you have probably any other major championship that we play,” Tiger Woods said. Ah, the unknown. The greatest enemy of a player, even more so on a major stage. Players tend to embrace the familiar and run from change, whether in pre-shot routine or crafting schedules around friendly venues. This week that playbook is out the window, as the fescue fairways and quirky greens of Chambers Bay offer plenty of variables. With potential setbacks lurking around every corner, will the trophy go to the player with the most imaginative short game? Perhaps the biggest bomber off the tee? Try the guy who remains the strongest between the ears. “You have to understand that there will be some bounces that may not go your way,” Rickie Fowler said. “So as much as it tests your game, it tests you mentally even more so.” This championship has always been part golf and part chess, with players required to plot and puzzle their way around various layouts. This week it’s more like a game of minesweeper, a ginger attempt to tiptoe through four rounds without causing a total detonation. There are certainly traits that will prove beneficial toward that end, but Jack Nicklaus recently took the notion of “horses for courses” and flipped it on its head when it comes to this championship, one that he won four times. “It’s not supposed to suit your game,” Nicklaus said earlier this month. “You’re supposed to suit your game to the golf course.” Those words were echoed this week by Rory McIlroy, whose U.S. Open win in 2011 came on a soggy and lush layout at Congressional – the polar opposite of the course he will try to tame this week. “I’d like to say that I can adapt my game to all different types of courses and conditions,” McIlroy said. “I feel like I’ve won enough in different conditions that my game is adaptable to wherever you go.” The edict of adaptation seems simple coming from the lips of an 18-time major champ or the world No. 1, but it’s easier said than done. No player wants to come to a major championship searching for his game, let alone trying to invent new shots and trajectories for a four-day trial run. But the stubborn players will be easily swept aside this week at Chambers Bay, as will those who bristle at good shots inevitably punished by a bad hop or carom. “At times it may not be fair, if you look at it that way,” Fowler said. “But understanding links golf and what can happen, you kind of have to be ready for anything, and you have to be able to take the punches when they come, accept it and move forward.” Woods highlighted the sprinkler heads that line the greens as potential obstacles, circular discs that could provide an inadvertent launching pad for approach shots like the wicker-basket flagsticks did two years ago at Merion. “It will be interesting to see how many guys hit it, or how many guys just roll the ball off the green and they’re on the steps or up against the steps (in a bunker), take a ruling, have to drop it in the bunker and have it buried,” he said. “Now you’re going to have a lot of fun.” Indeed, once a ball hits the ground at Chambers Bay, the fun has just begun. It then will journey through swales and dips and over crests, sometimes rolling toward the target but often finding less desirable destinations. The USGA’s newest toy features plenty of ups and downs in terms of elevation, but the true test will be putting aside any preconceptions and enduring the emotional roller coaster that will indelibly mark this tournament. “Let me put it this way. It really makes little difference what remarks have been made about Chambers Bay,” Nicklaus said. “You’re going to play the tournament there, and somebody’s name is going to be on the trophy at the end of the week.” Golf’s first lunar championship is upon us. May the strongest mind win.last_img read more

Kisner fights instinct, sticks to game plan at PGA

first_imgUpdated, 7:45 p.m. ET CHARLOTTE, N.C. – Kevin Kisner is a statistical anomaly, a ShotLink unicorn who for two rounds has defied all that we thought we knew about the new and improved Quail Hollow Club. At 5-foot-10, 165 pounds he’s done what the hard swinging likes of Rory McIlroy, Dustin Johnson and Bubba Watson could not – post consecutive rounds in the 60s and move into a share of the lead with Hideki Matsuyama at the PGA Championship. The PGA Quail Hollow was supposed to be a bomber’s utopia where the game’s biggest and brightest would have an overwhelming advantage. Kisner had other plans. The 127th-longest driver on the PGA Tour, that’s out of 202 players for those keeping track, made the two-hour drive from his home in South Carolina to Quail Hollow last month for a scouting trip and came away with a common impression. “It was raining and wet, and I said, ‘Man, this place is going to be so long; I don’t know how they are going to compete,’” he said on Friday following his second-consecutive 67. Turns out there is a plan for Kisner to play the sprawling North Carolina gem; it just took a little research and a monsoon of patience – which has not always been among the 33-year-old’s strengths. PGA Championship: Scores | Live blog: Day 2 | Full coverage Because of Quail Hollow’s length – roughly 7,600 yards the first two days – and a new set of Bermuda grass greens that McIlroy opined automatically made the layout at least two strokes more difficult than when it usually hosts the Wells Fargo Championship in May, Kisner figured he had four legitimate birdie holes – Nos. 7, 8, 14 and 15. “Those are my holes to score well. If I play them 3 under in the next two days, take that,” he said with a dash of southern simplicity. On Thursday he added birdies at Nos. 6 and 18, to take a share of the Day 1 lead; and on Friday he made an eagle at the par-5 seventh. But lack of length is not what makes Kisner the ultimate statistical outlier this week; although it’s worth pointing out he’s had five drives of 300 yards or more thus far. Where the son of Aiken, S.C., broke the mold is what he’s done with an iron (normally of the mid- to long-iron variety) in his hand. Kisner leads the field in greens in regulation, going 30-for-36 through two rounds, despite having an average approach shot of 186 yards. “It speaks to how well he’s hitting it,” figured Kisner’s swing coach, John Tillery. At least part of that proficiency is a credit to Kisner’s driving accuracy – 21 of 28 fairways hit – but mostly it’s been his ability to temper an admittedly aggressive instinct. “We talked about it and there are holes where he needs to aim away from the flag when he’s got a 6-iron in his hand,” Tillery said. “It used to just drive him crazy to do that, but it’s been a big attitude change at the majors.” There will be those who will wonder if Kisner has the staying power to finish off a major, even after such a strong start. In 11 previous major appearances his best finish is a tie for 18th at the 2016 PGA, a run of events that includes a tie for 58th earlier this year at the U.S. Open. But it was at Erin Hills where the seeds of his new subtle approach took hold. It was following a third-round 76 that Tillery and Kisner’s caddie, Duane “Dewey” Bock, addressed what could best be described as competitive overzealousness. “We talked about his mind set, he was in good form but wasn’t playing well,” Tillery said. “If anything he tends to be too aggressive, so a course like [Quail Hollow] forces him to dial it back.” For Kisner, that means picking your birdie holes and avoiding the kind of miscues that separate majors from your run-of-the-mill events, even if that means aiming 30 feet away from the hole. There’s also something to be said for Kisner’s ability at overcoming the obvious at Quail Hollow. This is where bombers come to play, nearly 4 and ½ miles of winding rough and rugged edges, particularly after a wet summer. Kisner could have lamented his fate, grumbled about course set up and 524-yard par 4s, but instead he devised a plan and for two days has executed that blueprint to perfection. “In years past, he probably would have been that way and we wouldn’t be in the spot we’re in,” Tillery said. “He’s matured a ton.” Call it maturity, call it a major mentality, for Kisner he knows this is the way you win major championships and after a lifetime of professional trial and error he’s ready to take that next step. “I’ve been upset with how I’ve played in the majors so far in my career. I feel like I have the game to compete in majors and tons of 30th- to 40th-, 50th-place finishes,” he said. “That’s kind of been our goal for the year. We haven’t played well in them yet this year but every year you learn more about the majors and how to approach them.” After two days we’ve all learned, thanks to Kisner’s performance, that what we thought we knew about statistics can be wildly misleading.last_img read more

Colorado River Gives Up on Lawsuit

first_img Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Tags”person”Colorado RiverColorado Springs GazettecourtsCynthia Coffmanfrivolous lawsuitlawlawsuitnature rightsradicalsriver rights,Trending “A Summary of the Evidence for Intelligent Design”: The Study Guide Requesting a (Partial) Retraction from Darrel Falk and BioLogos Email Print Google+ Linkedin Twitter Share Origin of Life: Brian Miller Distills a Debate Between Dave Farina and James Tour Jane Goodall Meets the God Hypothesis Congratulations to Science Magazine for an Honest Portrayal of Darwin’s Descent of Man The lawsuit to declare the Colorado River a “person” entitled to human-type rights has been dropped. It isn’t that the environmental radicals who brought the case realized that geological phenomena should never be considered rights-bearing entities.Instead, for once, the defendants threatened the radicals with real pain for pursuing the case. From the story in the Colorado Springs Gazette:Last week, [Attorney General Cynthia] Coffman’s office announced she would seek federal sanctions against Flores-Williams for filing a frivolous lawsuit.Yes! Make them pay for this nonsense.Too often radicals — such as these plaintiffs and animal rights types seeking to have animals declared to be persons — are allowed to abuse the court system with ridiculous cases and treated with deference and respect. This is precisely the way to stop such cases going forward.In other words, stop coddling the radicals who are abusing our courts!Photo: Colorado River, by Paul Hermans (Own work) [GFDL or CC BY-SA 3.0], via Wikimedia Commons.Cross-posted at The Corner. A Physician Describes How Behe Changed His MindLife’s Origin — A “Mystery” Made AccessibleCodes Are Not Products of PhysicsIxnay on the Ambriancay PlosionexhayDesign Triangulation: My Thanksgiving Gift to All Culture & Ethics Colorado River Gives Up on LawsuitWesley J. SmithDecember 9, 2017, 1:27 AM Recommended Wesley J. SmithChair and Senior Fellow, Center on Human ExceptionalismWesley J. Smith is Chair and Senior Fellow at the Discovery Institute’s Center on Human Exceptionalism. Wesley is a contributor to National Review and is the author of 14 books, in recent years focusing on human dignity, liberty, and equality. Wesley has been recognized as one of America’s premier public intellectuals on bioethics by National Journal and has been honored by the Human Life Foundation as a “Great Defender of Life” for his work against suicide and euthanasia. Wesley’s most recent book is Culture of Death: The Age of “Do Harm” Medicine, a warning about the dangers to patients of the modern bioethics movement.Follow WesleyProfileTwitterFacebook Sharelast_img read more