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Major climate conference to be hosted by UMD in 2016


On Saturday, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced Climate Action 2016, a global climate implementation summit to be held on May 5 and 6 at the University of Maryland and downtown Washington D.C.

Courtesy of the UN News Centre: UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon announced Climate Action 2016.

According to UMD Right Now, Climate Action 2016 will focus on six key areas to “establish a sustained path towards global climate implementation.” These areas include:

  • City and sub-national implementation
  • Implementing resilience/adaptation
  • Energy
  • Climate-smart land use
  • Transport
  • Analysis and tools to support decision-making

This climate implementation summit will be structured as a follow-up of the 21st Conference of Parties (COP21) that is wrapping up right now in Paris. Continue reading Major climate conference to be hosted by UMD in 2016

Maryland Football Hires D.J. Durkin to be Next Head Coach


After nearly two months of speculation, the wait is over. D.J. Durkin has been hired to be the next head football coach, Director of Athletics Kevin Anderson announced Wednesday.

“We began this search looking for a candidate with qualities that aligned with our vision for the football program, and throughout the process it became clear D.J. was the perfect fit. He has had success at some of the nation’s most preeminent football programs, is recognized as one of the top recruiters in the country and is widely respected as one the top young coaches across the college football landscape,” Anderson said in a statement Wednesday. Continue reading Maryland Football Hires D.J. Durkin to be Next Head Coach

Hundreds of Thousands to Participate in Global Climate March


This weekend, hundreds of thousands of people are marching all over the world to represent a movement for climate justice.

On Nov. 29, the eve of the UN Climate Summit in Paris, groups will gather in major cities across the globe to participate in the People’s Climate March.

The UN conference is expected to be the largest and most crucial global climate summit of this decade. During the two-week meeting, leaders hope to reach a deal on how to prevent global warming.

Despite the recent tragedies in Paris, city officials insisted the attacks would not impact the conference itself, which more than 140 major world leaders are expected to attend.

“What powerful rebuke to the terrorists it will be when the world stands as one and shows that we will not be deterred from building a better future for our children,” President Obama said at a joint White House news conference with French president Francois Hollande.

However, French authorities have banned the portion of the march to take place in Paris, citing concerns stemming from heightened security measures taking place throughout the city.

Environmentalists were preparing for more than 200,000 activists to participate in the Paris march. Some of those participants are preparing to defy the ban, according to the Sydney Morning Herald.

The organizers of the Paris march have spoken out about the necessity of the ban and urged global participants to march “on behalf of those who can’t”.

In last year’s People’s Climate March, 700,000 people worldwide took to the streets to advocate for swift action in response to climate change. This year, the number of people involved is expected to exceed that number.

In fact, an organized march will take place Sunday afternoon in Prince George’s County.

Organizers expressed a desire to show solidarity with the global movement, while acknowledging the enormous task at hand.

“We have this huge world problem. It’s a metaphysical problem as much as it is a very physical problem, and people don’t necessarily know what activities they can do both small and large to have a measurable impact,” said organizer Kyrke Gaudreau in an interview with the Prince George Citizen.

The participants will march in union with more than 2,400 other marches being conducted this weekend.

“Regardless of what the politicians decide in Paris, this year we, the people, are driving the urgency for action everywhere,” the Global Climate March website states.

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Multiple People Dead in Shooting at Colorado Planned Parenthood Clinic


Two individuals and a police officer were killed in a shooting that occurred Friday at a Planned Parenthood in Colorado, according to The New York Times.

The shooting was in Colorado Springs and injured 9 other people. It started at about 1:30 p.m. ET and lasted around six hours in a standoff with police.

People in the nearby buildings were on lockdown for hours, including in a shopping center close by. Police told them to take shelter wherever they were located during the shooting.

The suspect is in custody has been identified as 59-year-old Robert Lewis Dear. His motives are unclear at this time and it is unknown if the clinic was his intended target.

Police are now investigating several objects that the suspect brought into the clinic to see if they are explosives. His car is also being examined.

The police officer killed was identified as Garrett Swasey, who worked on the University of Colorado police force for the past six years.

This event has come soon after a controversy from Planned Parenthood that involved videos of officials from the organization discussing the use of fetal organs for research.

The controversy has led to a bill in Congress that will defund Planned Parenthood for at least the next year. This bill, according to the text, can be cited as the “Defund Planned Parenthood Act of 2015.” It passed The U.S. House of Representatives with a vote of 241 representatives supporting the bill on September 18 of this year. If the bill passes the Senate vote and is signed by the president, it becomes law.

At the moment, police do not know of any connection between the controversy and the shooting.

Click here to see graphics by The New York Times involving the shooting.

Multiple Tragedies Occurred the Day of the Paris Attacks


On the night of Friday, Nov. 13, multiple coordinated attacks occurred in Paris. There were hostages at a concert, suicide bombers near the local soccer stadium and mass shootings at restaurants. However, the Paris attacks overshadowed many other events that occurred on that Friday, and the day before, as well.

In Baghdad there was a funeral bombing the same day of the Paris attacks. It killed at least 18 people and injured 41 others. The funeral was for a pro-government Shi’ite Muslim Fighter, part of the Hashid Shaabi group that helps to fight against the Islamic State, who claimed the attack as one of their own.

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How to stay safe while studying abroad


After the recent terrorist attacks in Paris, France where at least 128 civilians were killed, some students may wonder about safety concerns while studying abroad.

According to their website, the Education Abroad office at the University of Maryland has set as its mission the empowerment of UMD students with the knowledge, skills, and perspectives to become mindful and engaged global citizens. With this in mind, executive director of Education Abroad Dr. Moira Rogers has shared with PulseFeedz her list of precautionary tips to follow while studying abroad: Continue reading How to stay safe while studying abroad

UMD SGA President Accuses Cornerstone Bar of Discrimination


The Cornerstone Grill and Loft is under scrutiny after being accused of maintaining a discriminatory dress code by the University of Maryland’s student government President late Thursday night.

Patrick Ronk, who was recently re-elected for a second term, said in a Facebook status that he noticed a sign condemning the sports bar’s patrons from wearing “do-rags, basketball jerseys, sagging pants, or ‘urban wear’ of any kind.” When Ronk approached a security guard inquiring about the sign, he was allegedly told “you’re not black, dude. You don’t have to worry about this.”

No photographic or video evidence to validate Ronk’s claims have been released. Ronk tells Pulsefeedz that taking pictures or video didn’t really cross his mind.

“I didn’t plan this as a stunt at all. This was a totally spur of the moment thing.”

Ronk’s Facebook status has drawn the ire of some African-American students and alumni on social media. Continue reading UMD SGA President Accuses Cornerstone Bar of Discrimination

Three New York Inmates Beat Harvard Debate Team, Show that Education in Prisons is Beneficial


Three prisoners at the Eastern New York Correctional Facility in Napanoch, New York surprisingly defeated the nationally ranked Harvard debate team back three weeks ago.

The prisoners, Carl Snyder, Dyjuan Tatro and Carlos Polanco, are part of the Bard Prison Initiative where inmates at six New York prisons can enroll in a college program offered by Bard College.

This program is highly selective, in part because the inmates who are chosen to take part in the program receive an actual degree from Bard, which is hard enough to achieve without being in prison. 10 inmates apply for each spot available. The program is also lucrative because it is free for the inmates (the cost is covered by private donors), and professors from Bard actually go to the prisons and teach the inmates in 60 courses that are offered by the college.

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Why Is Europe’s Refugee Crisis Happening?


The refugee crisis in Europe has been dominating headlines in recent weeks after the following picture went viral.

Courtesy of The Independent

Yet, what exactly is the refugee crisis?

A refugee is a person who is forced from their home country due to a bounty of reasons including persecution. According to Vox, there are 19 million people in the world who are currently refugees. Since these people have been forced to leave everything that they know, they have nowhere to go. Continue reading Why Is Europe’s Refugee Crisis Happening?

Update on Nepal’s Devastating Earthquake


On April 25, a shattering earthquake hit Nepal, with the epicenter located near Kathmandu Valley. The magnitude was recorded as being 7.8 in the United States, although other countries reported it to be 7.9. It was one of the most destructive earthquakes in Nepal’s history.

As of Saturday, “the death toll is 7,250 and the number of people injured by the earthquake is 14,122,” CNN quoted from the National Emergency Operation Center. Continue reading Update on Nepal’s Devastating Earthquake