Daniela Ocampo

UNC Awarded $4.8 Million to Research Energy Poverty in Sub-Saharan Africa

A $4.8 million grant was awarded to UNC by the National Science Foundation to help research ways to alleviate energy poverty in Southern Africa. The project is an NSF Partnership for International Research and Education, or PIRE, a program that promotes international collaboration among scientists to address complex, real-world problems. The five-year grant is titled “Confronting Energy Poverty: Building an Interdisciplinary Evidence Base, Network, and Capacity for Transformative Change.” The project is led by associate professor of UNC’s Public Policy department Pam Jagger. “Energy poverty is basically a situation where people are lacking access to modern and clean energy...

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UNC President Monitoring Review of Title IX College Campus Sexual Assault Guidelines

Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos announced earlier this month in a speech that the Department of Education will review and possibly replace Obama-era guidance on college campus sexual assault cases. In the speech, given at George Mason University, DeVos calls a 2011 Obama Administration letter titled “Dear Colleague Letter” a “failed system” under Title IX but said that the previous administration had “helped elevate this issue in American public life.” Title IX requires schools that receive federal funds not to discriminate on the basis of sex. “The truth is that the system established by the prior administration has failed...

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Carrboro DACA Recipients May Receive Funds from the Town to Assist with DACA Fees

The Carrboro Board of Alderman unanimously passed a resolution on Tuesday asking the town manager to identify funds and possibly funding partners to support El Centro Hispano in its work to assist Carrboro DACA recipients. Earlier this month, the administration of President Donald Trump announced plans to terminate DACA, a program implemented by former President Barack Obama that gave 800,000 young undocumented immigrants two-year renewable permits to stay and work in the country legally. The Department of Homeland Security is no longer accepting initial requests for DACA and DACA renewal requests are only being accepted until October 5 of...

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UNC President Margaret Spellings Signs Letter to Congress in Support of DACA Recipients

Earlier this month, the Trump Administration announced plans to terminate DACA, an Obama program that gave 800,000 young undocumented immigrants permits to stay in the US legally. UNC President Margaret Spellings, former Secretary of Education to George W. Bush, has come out in support of DACA recipients. “I joined with a bipartisan group of former secretaries of education to urge congress to act quickly. I do think there is uncertainty here with the six-month clock ticking,” said Spellings. The letter states that contributions from DACA recipients has already made the country stronger by, “sharpening their minds in school, accelerating...

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Chapel Hill Mayor Calls Trump’s Decision to Rescind DACA ‘Really Disheartening’

The United States Attorney General made the announcement last week that the Trump Administration plans to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The program created by former President Barack Obama gives undocumented immigrants who were brought to the country as children permits to remain in the country legally to work or attend school. Chapel Hill Mayor Pam Hemminger calls the announcement really disheartening and says she urges Americans to contact their elected officials, specifically North Carolina Republican Senators Richard Burr and Thom Tillis, to voice their support of DACA and pieces of legislation aimed at helping those...

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Arthur Minnis Road Bridge Replacement Underway Until December

The North Carolina Department of Transportation is working on replacing the Arthur Minnis Road Bridge that crosses New Hope Creek in Hillsborough. Local traffic will still have access to locations on both sides of the bridge, however a portion of the road near the work zone will be closed until the bridge is completed in mid-December. Detours around the closure are possible using Borland Road, Dodsons Crossroads, Dairyland Road and Rocky Ridge. The replacement of the bridge is part of the NCDOT’s overall bridge program to improve the condition of the state’s bridges and ensure the safety of drivers...

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Municipalities Team Up To Support Living Wage Businesses This September

A non-profit that certifies Orange County businesses that pay their employees a livable wage, Orange County Living Wage, has teamed up with Carrboro and other nearby municipalities to show support to these businesses. At the end of August, Carrboro Mayor Lydia Lavelle signed a proclamation proclaiming Labor Day as “Living Wage Day”. Chair of the steering committee for OCLW, Susan Romain, said the holiday served as a kick-off for a month-long campaign in September to encourage customers to support living wage certifies businesses. “I’m thrilled with the leadership with the Town of Carrboro, the town of Chapel Hill, the...

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Construction on Eubanks Road to Cause Lane Closure for September

Construction on the Waste and Recycling Center on Eubanks Road will cause lane closure on part of the road for approximately four weeks beginning on Monday. The portion of Eubanks road affected will be just west of Millhouse Road and east of the Orange County Solid Waste Administration office. Construction crews will widen the road and add a turning lane for the Waste and Recycling Center. The grand opening of the new Eubanks Road Waste and Recycling Center is projected for January 2018. For more traffic news visit the town’s website. Photo via Google...

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Panelists Host Silent Sam Discussion at Chapel Hill Library

You may not have been able to find parking if you were at the Chapel Hill Public Library last Wednesday night. Around 200 Chapel Hill residents met to discuss the recent controversy surrounding Silent Sam and other Confederate monuments. The discussion panel entitled “Beyond the Headlines: Confederate Monuments, Historical Memory & Free Speech,” was hosted by six panelists. The meeting was moderated by UNC history professor and director of Carolina Public Humanities, Lloyd Kramer. The panelists were Chapel Hill Police Chief Chris Blue, UNC assistant professor of english Danielle Christmas, UNC assistant professor of history William Sturkey, UNC distinguished...

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Chatham County Commissioners Approve Moncure Megasite Public Option

Chatham County Board of Commissioners is one step closer to developing the Moncure megasite, which could bring many job and business opportunities to the area. The Chatham County Board of Commissioners took a vote on Monday and approved the Public Option Agreement for the Moncure Megasite. This approval gives Chatham County the option to purchase the 987 acre megasite from Moncure Holdings LLC and authorizes the county manager and county attorney to make minor changes to the option before it is finalized. County manager Renee Paschal says the option was made to insure infrastructure for the megasite. “The option...

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