The Refugee Crisis

servethecity

I just can’t take this feeling of someone out there starving, maybe changing diapers in the freezing cold with a little one. It’s unbelievable how goverments are turning away people.

For awhile I’ve been receiving posts on FB about the refugee crisis from two groups, France & Beyond: Refugee Aid and Entraides Citoyennes (through “Soutien aux exilés de Paris). Not a day goes by that I’m not saddened and left feeling helpless about the overwhelmingly heartbreaking stories of people freezing, children dying or near death, deportations, and detenttions. I finally decided to do something about it and took to the streets to distribute food with Serve the City. There were four of us ladies wandering around Paris on a cold Wednesday morning for over an hour, giving what we could. But I want to do more, and I’m still looking into other things to do.

Here’s a list of charities, if you’d like to help out, whether you live in France or not. I hope you do!

Links for France-based folks (en français) – Enter your code postal and choose how you want to help, put together by Libération

Entraides Citoyennes (en français) – Paris location: give clothing, money, or your time

Association Terre d’Errance (en français) – Based in Calais: give clothing or money. Also loads of informative links to other helpful websites

Citoyen(ne)s solidaires avec les migrants (en français) – Paris location: give money, or join their facebook page to see what other opportunities are available

Migreurop et Coordination Française pour le Droit d’Asile CFDA (en français) – Educate yourself on the rights of refugees with these websites

Links for English speakers – a nice article by the Independent with loads of suggestions for how to help, separated into 5 categories.

France and Beyond (English) – Based in France. Give clothing, money, or your time

Socks for Refugees (English) – All they do is collect socks. You can even include a message in your donation to give a personal, human touch!

Refugees Welcome (English) – Want to house a refugee? This site might be able to help you out!

I’ll update this post as I can, to keep track of what’s going on as the situation changes from moment to moment. Here’s hoping for some semblance of humanity to appear in our goverments across the globe!

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Notes with sphinx

Notes from conferences, minutes from a teleconf, ideas, etc.

Set up docs directory and conf.py (see other post).

Add math support, to array ‘extension’ in conf.py, e.g. ‘sphinx.ext.pngmath’. Looks like

extensions = [
‘sphinx.ext.autodoc’,
‘sphinx.ext.viewcode’,
‘sphinx.ext.pngmath’
]

Edit index.rst.

E.g.

***********
Conferences
***********

XXL

.. toctree::
:maxdepth: 4

Mljet 2015

Euclid

.. toctree::
:maxdepth: 4

Lausanne 2015

One rst file for each meeting. E.g. euclid-lausanne-2015.rst:

*****
Talks
*****

Tuesday
=======

Jarle Brinchmann, legacy
————————

WGs

Large number of WG (Milky Way, AGN, local Universe, extra-solar planets,
strong lensing, theory, cosmological simulations, SN + transients, galaxy
clusters, primeval universe)

**********
References
**********

.. bibliography:: astro.bib
:cited:
:style: mystyle
:encoding: utf

astro.bib is bibtex file
:cited: only display cited references (other option :all:)
:style: see conf.py
encoding: utf, do not interpolate any latex special characters. Necessary if ‘%’ in url links, but
annoying for math mode in titles, LaTeX accents in names etc.

Need to add missing abbreviations to bibtex file, e.g.:

@string{apjs = “APJS”}

Further problems:
– missing title
– missing booktitle
– missing journal
pages = {3-}, needs to be {3-+} [error message does not show line in bibtex file!]

make html or make latexpdf
can take a long time for long (several hundred) bib entries.

conf.py:

# pybtex code following:
# http://bazaar.launchpad.net/~pybtex-devs/pybtex/trunk/view/head:/pybtex/style/formatting/unsrt.py
# and
# http://sphinxcontrib-bibtex.readthedocs.org/en/latest/usage.html

from pybtex.style.formatting.unsrt import Style
# Other styles: alpha, plain, unsrtalpha
from pybtex.style.template import (
join, field, optional, sentence, href )
from pybtex.plugin import register_plugin

class MyStyle(Style):

def format_web_refs(self, e):
# based on urlbst output.web.refs
# Adds adsurl with link
return sentence(capfirst=False) [
optional [ self.format_url(e) ],
optional [ self.format_adsurl(e) ],
optional [ self.format_eprint(e) ],
optional [ self.format_pubmed(e) ],
optional [ self.format_doi(e) ],
]

def format_url(self, e):
# based on urlbst format.url
return href [
field(‘url’),
‘url’
]

def format_adsurl(self, e):
# based on urlbst format.url
return href [
field(‘adsurl’),
‘ads link’
]

register_plugin(‘pybtex.style.formatting’, ‘mystyle’, MyStyle)

‘sphinxcontrib.bibtex’,