SUU Softball To Hold Tryouts For Walk-on Positions

May 8, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgSeptember 5, 2018 /Sports News – Local SUU Softball To Hold Tryouts For Walk-on Positions Tags: Kathryn Berg Field/Kylee Wolf/SUU Softball FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailCEDAR CITY, Utah-Wednesday, the Southern Utah University softball team announced tryouts for walk-on positions for the 2019 season September 10 and 11.The tryouts are September 10 at 3:00 p.m. at Kathryn Berg Field. There will be a second day of tryouts Tuesday September 11 at 4:00 p.m.As of September 12, participants can expect to be told if they made the cut or not.Students seeking to participate must bring a copy of a completed physical and their health insurance card (front and back) prior to the first session of Monday tryouts. Without any of this information, students will not be allowed to try out.Any questions or concerns can be sent to assistant coach Kylee Wolf by email at [email protected] Brad James Written bylast_img read more

Petaluma Music Festival Announces 2019 Lineup: ALO, David Nelson Band, Hot Buttered Rum, More

March 2, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgThe 12th annual Petaluma Music Festival will return to Petaluma, CA’s Sonoma Marin Fairground on August 3rd.The one-day event will feature headlining performances from ALO and David Nelson Band. Other scheduled performers include The Mother Hips, Hot Buttered Rum, Royal Jelly Live, Blame Sally, New Monsoon, Moonalice, The Grain, The Soul Section, Magic In The Other, The Dictators Tots, and Domenic Bianco and The Soulshake. The event page notes that more artists will be announced in the coming months.Petaluma Music Festival will donate their proceeds to Petaluma’s public elementary and secondary schools to provide funding for their music programs.Tickets for the Petaluma Music Festival are currently on sale now here.Head to the festival’s website for more information.last_img read more

Tracking the pollution amid the remote

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

first_img In for landing Flying around weather systems as the crew prepared to make the final landing of HIPPO-4 in Colorado, after four weeks and 30,000 miles of travel. Photo by Jasna Pittman Sunset Sunset over the subtropical Pacific while flying from Saipan to Midway Atoll in July 2011. Photo by Bruce Daube Volcanic Flying over volcanoes in the Aleutian Islands of Alaska in July 2011. Photo by Bruce Daube Fractured Fractured sea ice just 70 degrees north of the Alaskan coast in June 2011. Photo by Jasna Pittman Leaving on a jet plane Sunset over the equatorial Pacific while flying from Kona, Hawaii, to Rarotonga, Cook Islands, in June 2011. Photo by Bruce Daube A new day Sunrise over the subtropical Pacific as the crew flew from Midway Atoll to Anchorage, Alaska, in July 2011. Photo by Jasna Pittman HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations In September, a multi-institution team led by Harvard Professor Steven Wofsy completed a three-year effort to fill in the gaps of our knowledge about the atmosphere by measuring chemicals and particles during a series of pole to pole flights. Photo by Kris Snibbe/Harvard Staff Photographer Coal factory Sampling of emissions from anthropogenic activity over the western U.S. Photo by Jasna Pittman Polar express Arctic waters Jasna Pittman examining real-time measurements of various chemical species while the aircraft was flying over Arctic waters in March 2010. Photo by Bruce Daube Photos by Bruce Daube, Jasna Pittman, and Kris Snibbe Jasna Pittman expected to be surprised by new findings as she traveled around the world measuring gases and particles in a three-year effort to understand how the atmosphere works.She didn’t expect to be shocked by what she already knew.“Alaska is incredible, absolutely breathtaking. We were there in the wintertime, so you could see all the mountains covered in snow, beautiful blue skies,” said Pittman, a research associate in atmospheric sciences at Harvard. “You look out far away, and you see this layer of haze.”It has long been known that pollution is blown into Alaska’s skies from Europe and Asia, but Pittman and other scientists who participated in a three-year project to gather data on the Earth’s atmosphere said their prior knowledge didn’t lessen the impact of seeing the pollution firsthand.“It looked like Los Angeles,” said Steven Wofsy, the project’s principal investigator and the Abbott Lawrence Rotch Professor of Atmospheric and Environmental Science at Harvard. “It was a smoggy haze, thick enough that you couldn’t see features on the ground. People knew it was there, but it was much bigger than we thought.”Wofsy’s team, which included Pittman, engineer Bruce Daube, postdoctoral fellow Eric Kort, and graduate student Gregory Santoni, conducted five globe-spanning flights in a small jet crammed with high-tech instruments. Along the way, they measured gases and particles from pole to pole on roller-coaster flights that rose from just above sea level to 48,000 feet. Their project, called HIPPO, which stands for HIAPER Pole-to-Pole Observations, was run under the auspices of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and included scientists from the University of Miami, Princeton University, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, and Scripps Institution of Oceanography.Wofsy described the project as something of a dream come true. Although scientists routinely measure the atmosphere’s composition from ground-based stations and peek at it from orbiting satellites, they have to infer from those measurements what is going on high in the atmosphere.The last time a similar atmospheric sampling operation was conducted was in 1977 and 1978, Wofsy said. With the climate change crisis prompting government action to fight global warming, the computer models on which climate predictions rely need data like this to ensure their accuracy.HIPPO scientists measured 80 chemicals, including the greenhouse gases carbon dioxide, methane, and nitrous oxide, as well as the byproducts of industrial burning, carbon monoxide and particles of black carbon. The latter two were present in surprisingly high levels far from human habitation over the Arctic.“You’re flying and looking at data in real time. … You look at concentrations of carbon monoxide; they just spike.  It was really mind-boggling. There shouldn’t be this much carbon monoxide, certainly not over Alaska and certainly not at 20,000 feet,” Pittman said. “It was almost sad to see. It’s this pristine environment. It’s so white, it’s so clear, so beautiful.”HIPPO scientists flew in a converted Gulfstream V, stuffed with instruments and owned by the National Science Foundation. Though most of the instrument setup and data download occurred before and after the flight, Kort and Santoni were called on to repair malfunctioning equipment in midflight to avoid missing key data.The five HIPPO flight series had a different mix of personnel from Wofsy’s group and those of other scientists involved. Each series of flights took off from the plane’s home base in Colorado, flew up to Alaska, and over the top of the world. It traversed the Pacific to a turnaround in New Zealand before taking a different path back. The three-week flights were timed so that samples were taken during different seasons to give scientists information on how the atmosphere changes as the Earth cycles through its annual rhythms.In between preparing for each day’s flying and handling the enormous amount of data generated afterward, researchers witnessed the Earth’s moods, watching sunsets and moonrises, sunny skies and storms, manmade pollution and even the occasional rainbow — all ample reward for the epic jet lag that came with the territory.At times, nature provided a dramatic show of the physical effects they were studying. Wofsy recalled one flight over the Beaufort Sea, which was clear of ice. The researchers flew near a robotic boat that was recording water temperatures warm enough that steam was flowing into the cold air.“You could see the heat and water vapor being transferred into the atmosphere,” Wofsy said. “You didn’t need a model to see it.”The last flight landed in September, and research groups are already inquiring about the data: 40 measurements every second, combined with aircraft information such as location, altitude, and outside air temperature.Several aspects stood out to Wofsy even as the raw numbers were arriving. The data raised questions about the Southern Ocean’s ability to remove and store atmospheric carbon and also showed the presence of large amounts of nitrous oxide — a potent greenhouse gas — in the air above the tropics. That indicates not only that there are more greenhouse gases there than expected, but also that scientists don’t really understand how the tropical atmosphere works.Another finding involves the release of methane as the Arctic warms. Scientists have been concerned that the region’s frozen ground, called permafrost, will melt with higher temperatures and release methane when previously frozen organic material decomposes. Methane, like carbon dioxide, is a greenhouse gas, so significant releases will exacerbate the globe’s warming.The project measured that theorized methane emission, but Wofsy said the source was not always the permafrost. Instead, flights detected significant emissions from the ice-free Arctic Ocean. While the emissions’ source remains unclear — both surface waters and sediments are suspect — what is known is that current models don’t account for these emissions.“This is in direct relation to sea ice cover,” Wofsy said. “With continuous ice cover, you don’t see this.” Gygis alba One of many white terns (Gygis alba) spotted during a 30-hour visit to Midway Atoll in the northern central Pacific in July 2011. Photo by Jasna Pittman Working hard Eric Kort (top left) and Bruce Daube connecting the inlet that provides ambient air to one of the Harvard instruments that measures carbon dioxide. Photo by Jasna Pittman What a view Typical view from the window of the Gulfstream-V while traversing the equatorial Pacific. Photo by Jasna Pittmanlast_img read more

‘Breaking Boundaries’ at Arts @ 29 Garden

March 1, 2021 0 Comments

first_imgIn 2007, Harvard President Drew Faust called for “an ambitious rethinking of the place of arts practice at Harvard.” On Friday afternoon, she saw it in “Breaking Boundaries: Arts, Creativity and the Harvard Curriculum” at Arts @ 29 Garden.Arts @ 29 Garden is an interdisciplinary space where Harvard faculty, students, and visiting artists come together to make art that enhances, embodies, and re-imagines learning. In “Breaking Boundaries,” Harvard showcased its latest collaborative art-making projects, presentations, and performances from students led by faculty who received grants from the Elson Family Arts Initiative.During the event, Faust toured the art-making facility’s spacious two floors of screening rooms, performance stages, discussion rooms, and exhibit spaces. She also viewed, and quietly discussed, the arts projects students and faculty have worked on as part of Harvard’s effort to embed creating art into the general curriculum.For example, Assistant Professor of Anthropology Matthew J. Liebmann and Associate Professor of Anthropology Rowan K. Flad introduced pottery making into the undergraduate course Anthropology 1010, “Fundamentals of Archaeological Methods and Reasoning.” The class, part of the College’s General Education curriculum, is a collaboration between the Office for the Arts and Department of Anthropology and focuses on teaching undergraduates the basic principles of anthropology and archaeology. The 110 students made and designed pottery using traditional materials and techniques, giving them a literally hands-on understanding of how ancient peoples used tools and lived their daily lives.Speaking in front of a live demonstration of pottery making, Liebmann said, “Nothing is more useful to archaeologists than clay.” Flad noted that “pottery can tell us what [ancient] people ate, where they moved, and who they traded with.”The pottery making embedded into Anthropology 1010, in addition to deepening students’ understanding of how ancient peoples lived, turned into its own reward, according to Liebmann: “What we heard from many students was that this was their favorite class of the whole semester. Many of our students enjoyed pottery making so much that they decided to pursue it independently through other venues.”Meanwhile, on the first floor of Arts @ 29 Garden, Professor of Organismic and Evolutionary Biology Elena Kramer sat in front of a computer monitor as a plant moved fluidly, almost balletlike, on a large screen. Kramer helped students of OEB 52, “Biology of Plants,” create stop-motion videos and films — which were being shown in the nearby screening room — to illustrate how plants are continually in motion, evolving. These two-dimensional, dynamic displays, even more than scientific texts, viscerally communicate the dynamic processes of plant life, according to Kramer.This artistically creative approach to plant biology enabled by Arts @ 29 Garden “gets students more fully engaged, even if they’re without a strong scientific background,” said Kramer, allowing students to actually “see” the lives of plants.Lila Strominger ’13, standing a short distance from Kramer and her dancing plants display, made art in CS171, “Visualization” (working with Professor Hanspeter Pfister), “to learn both coding and design principles,” she said.Strominger worked with visiting graphic designers at Arts @ 29 Garden in order to create interactive graphics that would be both dynamic and user-friendly. She displayed a wonderfully clear, interactive visualization that shows users their average earning potential according to their education level, age, and other factors. Not only was this visualization constructed atop breathtaking volumes of data, it’s also an easy-to-use tool for displaying social science research to non-specialists.Funded by the Elson Family Arts Initiative and with the support of Diana Sorensen, dean of arts and humanities, and Robin Kelsey, chair of Harvard University’s Committee on the Arts, the art-making initiative at Arts @ 29 Garden has included a series of  events that have enabled students to better understand music theory through performance, literature by staging plays, Islamic culture through calligraphy, and much more.President Drew Faust looks over a book with Robin Kelsey, chair of Harvard University’s Committee on the Arts.last_img read more

Tankleff Wins $3.4M Settlement for Wrongful Imprisonment

December 18, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State is paying $3.4 million to settle a lawsuit filed by a Long Island man who served 17 years in prison upstate after being wrongfully convicted of murdering his parents.Martin Tankleff, whose double murder conviction was overturned in 2008, still has a separate federal civil rights lawsuit pending against Suffolk County, ex-Homicide Squad Det. K. James McCready and others.“I hope to expose the misconduct that caused my wrongful conviction so that it does not happen to anyone else,” Tankleff, who has been attending law school since his release, said in a statement in which he thanked those who stood by him over the past 25 years.Tankleff had been convicted of fatally stabbing his parents, Arlene and Seymour Tankleff, in their Belle Terre home in 1988 when he was 17.He was released from prison in 2007 after an appellate court vacated his conviction and all charges were dropped a year later. Prosecutors declined to retry the case.A legal team representing Tankleff, now 42, has said that his confession was coerced and that the real killer is one of his father’s business associates who denied responsibility and who authorities have not charged in connection with the deaths.Tankleff and his team have said McCready tricked Tankleff into signing a false confession by lying to Tankleff. They said the detective told Tankleff that his father had told detectives that the then-teenager was the killer.“We have developed powerful new forensic evidence demonstrating Marty’s innocence and showing that his parents were murdered by assailants who acted with efficiency and brutality,” said one of Tankleff’s attorneys, Barry Scheck of Manhattan-based Neufeld Scheck & Brustin.Another member of Tankleff’s legal team, Bruce Barket of Garden City-based Barket, Marion, Epstein & Kearon, said the new evidence confirms that his client is innocent.“This settlement is one more step in the long road to right a terrible injustice,” he said. “The next step will be a full public trial in federal court exposing the wrongdoing by law enforcement and making sure it does not happen to anyone else.”last_img read more

Work out at work

September 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgStart your own exercise club at work!Work and family commitments can make fitting regular exercise into your life a challenge, so an innovative solution is to start up your very own ‘workout at work’ club, which can combine on-site convenience with the opportunity to exercise with friends and colleagues, saving traveling time and also injecting some regular fun and fitness into your day!Whether your club convenes for an early morning session, a lunchtime energiser, or an end-of-day rejuvenator, it makes real sense to workout at work. In this article, we guide you through the process, covering the whys, hows and wheres, and give you a multitude of tips to help you get started and make your ‘workout at work’ club a success. Our guide includes information and tips on:• The benefits of working out at work• How to get the concept of working out in the workplace off the ground• How to keep the work workout club going• Why work out at work? Workout at work: The employer’s and employee’s views about work workouts Countless studies have identified that fit, healthy and happy workers are more productive, enjoy their work more, and importantly take far fewer days off due to sickness. So for an employer, it makes sense to promote exercise and a healthy lifestyle in the workplace, as this will attract a better calibre of employee, encourage staff commitment, and reduce staff turnover. From the employee’s point of view, an employer who provides additional benefits such as the chance to work out is an employer that everyone would like to work for — and so it follows that successfully appointed staff are likely to enjoy their work and working environment more.Workout at work: The health and fitness view about work workoutsFrequently, by the time you arrive home, either family demands on your time or simply that ‘end-of-the-day feeling’ can mean that your planned trip to the gym, exercise class or running club just doesn’t happen. Exercise is a proven energiser, which means that at the end of a workout you will actually have more energy, and you’ll be invigorated and feel a million miles away from that desire to slump in a chair at the end of the day. With your ‘work out at work club’, you can also include a variety of workout timing options to fit in with your schedule — which can bring extra benefits such as saving travelling time to the gym, missing the bulk of the rush hour traffic, and helping your post-lunchtime work focus so that you are more efficient.Workout at work: How to start your ‘work out at work’ club To begin with, you have to garner interest and support from as many people as possible at your workplace and importantly, at every level of the organisation. You’re not just looking for people to train with — you’re also looking for higher level support, which could manifest itself in terms of start-up funding for equipment, installation of showers, extended opening times to allow staff members to use existing facilities, or even flexible working arrangements to allow staff to participate in sessions.Try initiating the following six-point plan to get your ‘work out at work’ club off the ground:Getting started — how to make your ‘work out at work’ idea happenWorkout at work: Plan your workout club Before you ‘go public’ with your idea, you need to ensure that there is some substance behind the concept, so forward planning is essential. Your ideas don’t have to blueprinted, funded and set in concrete, but your work colleagues will want to have some idea of several key points — including:• How often will the club meet or be available for?• Where will the club meet?• How much will it cost?• Who will be responsible for organisation?Workout at work: Get your workout ideas rightSketch out your basic ideas so that everyone can see you’re serious, and then field queries confidently so that you generate some interest.Workout at work: Promote your workout club ideaNext up from the planning stage is contacting everyone. You’ll need to present the idea to the whole company. For large organisations, email or the intranet is an ideal medium — but you could also consider staff bulletins, meetings and face to face contact so that no one is excluded. For smaller companies, the staff canteen or simply the office is ideal, as even a few posters on notice boards will raise awareness.Workout at work: Get help from work colleaguesDuring the contact stage, if you’ve done your homework and have presented the concept well, there will be interest. At this stage it is key to harness the interest so that tasks and responsibilities are shared equally. You won’t want all the organisation to continually fall to you!Workout at work: Firm up your workout club plansNow it’s time to begin putting your concept in place. Logistics, general organisation, fees (if any) and any special arrangements such as late locking up times and showering facilities all need to be finalised.Workout at work: Test drive your workout sessions It’s a good idea to do a couple of dry runs for your ‘work out at work’ sessions and use them to iron out any teething problems, so that everything is running smoothly by the time you’re ready for the full launch. Run some sessions solely for the organising team, as this way you can all get together afterwards to discuss any areas for improvement.Workout at work: Full launch of workout at workBy this stage you should be ready for the full launch. Key information to communicate will include:• ‘Work out at work’ club meeting times.• Types of training offered — for example, running, gym, studio, circuits, aerobics, sports or outdoor workouts.• General arrangements and logistics.And then you’re ready to go!Workout at work: Keeping the momentum going in your work out clubOnce you’ve got your fledgling ‘workout at work’ club off the ground, it’s important to maintain the momentum and keep everyone interested. Again, the day-to-day organisational duties need to be shared, which is why it is important that there is a group to manage all the tasks, rather than just yourself. Newsletters, bulletin boards, emails, or even a club webpage won’t be too difficult to organise. What you don’t want to happen is for the initial enthusiasm to dry up — so the focus needs to be wider than simply managing the weekly training sessions. If you can crack that then you’re likely to find the club growing and your work colleagues will keep on coming back for more!Workout at work: Work can be fun Clearly, getting a workout at work club off the ground requires time and effort, but with so many benefits — from time saving and improving work performance to keeping fit and healthy– working out at work will be a real bonus. When the blood is pumping round after your workout, it’s a proven fact that your thought processes improve and so the combination of more energy and fun at work is extremely attractive!Real Buzz HealthLifestyle Work out at work by: – October 4, 2012 Share Share 12 Views   no discussionscenter_img Tweet Share Sharing is caring!last_img read more

New solar energy system connected to Cuba’s national grid

September 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_img 59 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! NewsRegional New solar energy system connected to Cuba’s national grid by: – February 18, 2012 Tweet Sharecenter_img Share Share Cuban flag. Photo credit: flags.netSANTIAGO DE CUBA, Cuba (ACN) — A micro photovoltaic system has been connected to Cuba’s national power grid in the eastern city of Santiago de Cuba, with a view to evaluating the technology under tropical weather conditions and leading feasibility studies before it is expanded to the rest of the country.The director of the Center for Solar Energy Research (CIES) – a pilot institution — told local media that the new system, made up of 30 solar panels, will feed 7.5 kilowatts into the grid.During the course of this year, the system’s power is expected to be doubled and generate about 70 kilowatts a day, he added.Ruben Ramos said a monitoring system had also been implemented for the further training of the staff in other institutions exploring the new technology that has been endorsed due to its effectiveness by Germany, United States, China, Japan and Spain, among other countries. Because of its climate, Ramos explained, Cuba has a great solar energy potential that would enable the development of technological solutions to replace the use of traditional fossil fuel which could bring about savings to the national economy and greater benefits for the environment.Though no previous studies had been carried out in the island, the CIES is equipped with the required monitoring technology, including automatic systems for the recording of data measuring the performance of the modules, among others, that will make it possible, for example, to determine the amount of CO2 that is prevented from being released into the atmosphere. According to Ramos, they will be able to assess the advantages of the alternative energy source, and master the technology in order to certify it and be able to implement it in the rest of the country.Caribbean News Nowlast_img read more

Coronavirus: Ronaldo sends message to fans as he remains in quarantine

September 26, 2020 0 Comments

first_img “It is important we all follow the advice of WHO (World Health Organization) and the governing bodies on how we handle this current situation. “Protecting human life must come above any other interests. Read Also: Ronaldo does not have coronavirus, says Portuguese health chief “I would like to send my thoughts to everyone who has lost someone close to them, my solidarity to those who are fighting the virus, like my teammate Daniele Rugani, and my continued support to the amazing health professionals putting their own live at risk to help save others.” Rugani was the first Serie A player to have contracted coronavirus earlier this week. He most-recently played in the 2-1 win over SPAL on February 22 but was in the dressing room with Ronaldo and his teammates for the win over Inter Milan at the Allianz Stadium last Sunday. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Cristiano Ronaldo has posted a heartfelt message to everyone suffering with coronavirus all around the world. And the Juventus superstar called for everyone to heed the advice of the experts in this time of difficulty. Cristiano Ronaldo has sent a coronavirus message to fans from Portugal Ronaldo is currently in quarantine in his native Madeira but is not believed to have contracted the virus. He has his family with him in Portugal and insists he will not be returning to Italy any time soon. But he took to social media on Friday to reach out to those affected, including his Juve teammate Daniele Rugani, who has coronavirus. He wrote: “The world is going through a very difficult moment which demands the utmost care and attention from all of us. “I speak to you today not as a football player, but as a son, father, a human being concerned with the latest developments that is affecting the whole world.Advertisement Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The Universe8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its Growth11 Most Immersive Game To Play On Your Table Top10 Risky Jobs Some Women DoFantastic-Looking (and Probably Delicious) Bread ArtYou’ve Only Seen Such Colorful Hairdos In A Handful Of Anime7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better9 Facts You Should Know Before Getting A TattooThe Funniest Prankster Grandma And Her Grandson7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend Better2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest Pocket Loading… last_img read more

Longer term sought for barangay execs

September 25, 2020 0 Comments

first_imgRecto said in a statement over the weekend that his proposed Senate measure has its “pros and cons,” but he stressed the “habit” of scrapping barangay polls must be scrapped. “The important thing is that we should now begin looking into a longer term for barangay officials, in the hope that its length would serve as a deterrent to schemes to postpone elections,” he added. “We have postponed the barangay elections six times since 1988. The proposed scrapping of the one scheduled in May 2020 will be the 7th. If it pushes through, it will be the 3rd under the Duterte administration, and the first three-peat of its kind in history,” Recto said. MANILA – To prevent the repeatedpostponement of barangay and Sangguniang Kabataan (SK) elections, SenatePresident Pro Temporate Ralph Recto has proposed a longer term for barangayofficials. Recto also pointed out that if not for his proposal, the next presidents after President Rodrigo Duterte could possibly “succumb to the national bad habit of scrapping barangay polls.”center_img Recto made the call as the  Senateis set to pass on third and final reading a bill postponing the barangay and SKpolls from May next year to Dec. 5, 2022. “Admittedly, this proposal has its pros and cons; the bottom line is that in governance, whatever the office, a shorter term for a bad official is too long, while a longer term for a good official is too short,” Recto said. “That was the refrain in 1988, 1989, 2002, 2005, 2016, and 2017. Ang never again naging let me try again,” he added. “The result is an elastic term of office for our barangay officials, longer than what they should get.”/PNlast_img read more

Drilon seeks higher payment of damages for wrongful death

September 25, 2020 0 Comments

Under the same bill, Drilon also soughtto set the minimum amount for moral and exemplary damages at P200,000. Drilon cited as an example the recentdecision on the Maguindanao Massacre where the court only granted compensationpayout of P100,000 for death indemnity, P100,000 for moral damages, andP100,000 for exemplary damages. “We are proposing these amendmentsto emphasize that the amounts provided in the law are only the minimum and thatthe courts are empowered to use their discretion in granting a higher amount,based on the rate of inflation and circumstances unique to the case,” hesaid. “It has been lamented that the gruesomenature of deaths subject of recently decided cases would have warranted ahigher award but that courts have been hesitant to depart from the amountsfixed by jurisprudence,” he added. “While it is clear from the wording ofthe law and the decisions rendered by the Supreme Court that the amountprovided is only the minimum, it has become common practice for our courts toaward death indemnity as well as moral and exemplary damages only within theminimum amount,” Drilon said. Senate Minority Leader Franklin Drilon MANILA – Senate Minority Leader FranklinDrilon has proposed an increase in the minimum amount of damages that the courtmay grant for the wrongful death of a person caused by a crime or negligence. In his Senate Bill No. 1276, the Ilonggosenator aims to amend the Civil Code by increasing the minimum amount for deathindemnity, whether caused by crime or quasi-delict (negligence) to P300,000from P3,000. Drilon said that while the old CivilCode, which was enacted in 1949, set the amount for death indemnity to P3,000,the amount has increased in jurisprudence over time to P50,000 in 1990. Theamount remained stagnant, however, at P50,000 until 2013 when the SupremeCourt, in People v. Gambao, raised the minimum amount to P100,000. “Article 2216 of the Civil Code does notprovide a minimum amount for moral and exemplary damages and leaves it entirelyto the discretion of the courts. Jurisprudence similarly pegs the amount atP100,000,” he said./PN read more