Four CU-Boulder Profs Honored By College Of Arts And Sciences

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Four University of Colorado at Boulder professors have been named College Professor of Distinction by the College of Arts and Sciences in recognition of their exceptional service, teaching and research or creative work. Professors Mark Ablowitz of applied mathematics, Robert Schulzinger of history and international affairs, Michael Tooley of philosophy and Thomas Veblen of geography received the new honorary title. The professors will hold the title during the remainder of their careers in CU-Boulder’s College of Arts and Sciences. “These four professors are highly accomplished scholars with many books, articles and awards among them,” said Todd Gleeson, dean of the College of Arts and Sciences. “They are also superb teachers and mentors to young scholars pursuing their own studies, and the college is pleased to publicly honor them.” Ablowitz is considered a pioneer in the field of applied mathematics, and his work in the field is among the most highly cited in the world. He is best known for his landmark contributions to the “inverse scattering transform,” or IST, a method used to solve nonlinear wave equations. Mathematicians and physicists have used the IST to gain a better understanding of phenomena such as water waves. Ablowitz joined the CU-Boulder faculty in 1989. Schulzinger, who directs CU-Boulder’s International Affairs program, is an expert on U.S. foreign policy and diplomacy and contemporary U.S. politics. He is the former president of the Society for Historians of American Foreign Relations. He is author or co-author of 12 books, including the award-winning “A Time for War: The United States and Vietnam, 1941-1975.” A sequel, “A Time for Peace: The Legacy of the Vietnam War” will be published later this summer by Oxford University Press. He joined the CU-Boulder faculty in 1977. Tooley’s current research is mainly in the areas of metaphysics and philosophy of religion, where he has worked on questions about the nature of scientific laws, the nature of time and the existence of God. The author of six books and dozens of articles, Tooley has written about the moral issues raised by abortion, euthanasia and cloning. He joined the CU-Boulder faculty in 1992. Veblen studies forest ecosystems in Argentina, Chile and Colorado, including the effects of fires and insect outbreaks on Colorado forests. He is an expert on the history of wildfires and fire ecology in the western United States and South America, using tree rings to understand the relationships between climate variation and wildfires. The National Science Foundation, U.S. Geological Survey and the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Forest Service support his work. He joined the CU-Boulder faculty in 1981. Published: June 7, 2006 last_img read more

Jamaica Benefiting From PetroCaribe Agreement

first_imgJamaica Benefiting From PetroCaribe Agreement EnergySeptember 14, 2010 RelatedJamaica Benefiting From PetroCaribe Agreement Story HighlightsA total of US$1.2 billion in concessional financing has been provided to Jamaica in the form of long-term loans, based on oil purchases from Venezuela under the PetroCaribe Energy Co-operation Agreement.The multifaceted arrangement, which commenced in 2005, seeks to promote energy security in the region, by guaranteeing supplies of petroleum products from Venezuela through an innovative repayment system, which allows for payments to be made over 23 years, and using goods and services.Member countries are allowed to retain part of their payment in the form of a low interest loan. A total of US$1.2 billion in concessional financing has been provided to Jamaica in the form of long-term loans, based on oil purchases from Venezuela under the PetroCaribe Energy Co-operation Agreement.The multifaceted arrangement, which commenced in 2005, seeks to promote energy security in the region, by guaranteeing supplies of petroleum products from Venezuela through an innovative repayment system, which allows for payments to be made over 23 years, and using goods and services.Member countries are allowed to retain part of their payment in the form of a low interest loan.Manager of the PetroCaribe Development Fund, which was established to manage the proceeds from the arrangement, Sharon Weber, tells JIS News that five years on, Jamaica has benefitted significantly and will continue to make maximum use of the benefits available to support its economic and social stability.“The financial resources received so far have been invested primarily in improving the country’s physical infrastructure (including mining infrastructure), financing the productive sector (through public sector development financing institutions), investing in renewable energy resources (wind energy, including the Wigton Wind Farm project in Manchester) and to support the operations of certain public entities which provide critical services to the economy,” she informs.Specific projects include the expansion and upgrade of the country’s road network (Marcus Garvey Drive); upgrading of the Norman Manley International Airport; and expansion of the port infrastructure.Resources have also been allocated for the refinancing of domestic public sector debt, which a significant factor in preventing job losses and keeping key entities afloat; to support the public transportation system including the Jamaican Urban Transit Company (JUTC) and projects designed to stimulate economic expansion as in the case of the Petrojam Refinery Upgrade Project.Within the ambit of the agreement, Venezuela purchased 49 per cent of the shares in the Petrojam Refinery in 2008, and since then has been instrumental in efforts aimed at expanding and upgrading the processing capacity at the Marcus Garvey Drive facility.The refinery upgrade will lift the capacity of the 40-year-old facility from 35,000 barrels to 50,000 barrels a day and result in numerous benefits for Jamaica, including savings of approximately US$100 million in foreign exchange.Additionally, the improvement will ensure the viability of the refinery for the long-term and allow for the installation of treatment facilities to meet new environmental specifications for diesel oil and gasoline.Meanwhile, Mrs. Weber states that going forward, Jamaicans can rest assured that “financing, including resources derived from initiatives undertaken by Venezuela, such as through its joint venture activities, will continue to support the most critical development priorities within the context of achieving the objectives of Vision 2030 (National Development Plan, which aims to make ‘Jamaica, the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business’ by the year 2030).”On August 23, 2005 Jamaica and Venezuela signed the historic and development-driven PetroCaribe Energy Co-operation Agreement.The bilateral agreement followed the signing of a multilateral agreement between Venezuela and 13 Caribbean countries on July 29, 2005 which created the PetroCaribe Initiative. Subsequently the membership was increased, bringing the total to 18 countries.The brainchild of Venezuelan President, Hugo Chavez, the objective of the initiative is to alleviate the burden of rising oil prices and its negative impact on Caribbean countries. It seeks to contribute to their energy security, foster regional integration, and promote the social and economic development of the region.A key aim is to strengthen food security throughout the region through the creation of a special fund from oil proceeds when prices exceed US$100 per barrel. The fund will support member countries in expanding agriculture.Even with the numerous benefits from the undertaking, there have been concerns with respect to debt servicing that could result in modifications being made to the arrangement.“Given concerns about the indebtedness of beneficiaries, Venezuela is exploring other mechanisms to manage the financed portion of the oil bill. It is understood that discussions are taking place internally on a proposed mechanism, which will be presented in due course to beneficiaries,” Mrs. Weber explains.Mrs. Weber however assures that Jamaica has been servicing its debt on time in accordance with the arrangement.“We commenced debt servicing to Venezuela in 2008 and have made provision to continue to meet Jamaica’s obligations under the agreement as they fall due,” she says. RelatedJamaica Benefiting From PetroCaribe Agreementcenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail RelatedJamaica Benefiting From PetroCaribe Agreement Advertisementslast_img read more

Secret Service laptop with Trump Tower floor plans, details on Clinton email probe stolen

first_img Related DigitalVision/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — A laptop computer containing floor plans for Trump Tower and other national security information was stolen from a Secret Service agent’s vehicle in New York City on Thursday, a law enforcement official told ABC News.The agency confirmed that an agency-issued laptop was stolen, but it did not offer details on its contents. The Secret Service did say the stolen laptop itself could not have contained classified material but could have been used to access such material on a server.In addition to the laptop, the thief made off with official Secret Service lapel pins, according to law enforcement sources with knowledge of the matter.“The U.S. Secret Service can confirm that an employee was the victim of a criminal act in which our Agency issued laptop computer was stolen,” the agency said in a statement on Friday.“Secret Service-issued laptops contain multiple layers of security including full disk encryption and are not permitted to contain classified information,” the statement continued.The agency said an investigation is ongoing and that it would withhold further comment “until the facts are gathered.”Authorities are still searching for the laptop, according to law enforcement sources. Police expect to quickly identify the suspect from video evidence, the sources said.The computer is encrypted and authorities are able to wipe the hard drive remotely if needed.The device, which belonged to a female Secret Service agent, was stolen during a break-in in Brooklyn, New York, law enforcement sources said. The burglary happened Thursday morning at 8:40 a.m. in the Bath Beach section of Brooklyn.Police are still working to identify the perpetrator.Editor’s note: This story originally stated that the stolen laptop contained details of the investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server, per law enforcement officials. A law enforcement official has since told ABC News that the Secret Service did not investigate Clinton’s emails and there would have been no reason for such information to be on a Secret Service laptop. This story has been updated accordingly.Copyright © 2017, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.Powered by WPeMaticolast_img read more

Top 10 Festival of Holidays Food Items at Disney California Adventure

first_imgShare This!If you’re visiting Disneyland Resort November 8, 2019, through January 6, 2020 then you’ll definitely want to check out Festival of Holidays at Disney California Adventure. One of the best things about this seasonal celebration is the many unique food items that are only available during this time of year. There’s a ton of new items and a handful of returning favorites from previous years, so to help you out here’s our top 10 Festival of Holidays Food Items at Disney California Adventure.Reimagined Beef Wellington – A Twist on Tradition – $8.50The beef wellington is not only the best item of this year’s Festival of Holidays, but it’s the best item of any of the DCA’s seasonal festivals so far. It has a generous portion of beef, wonderfully flaky pastry, table service quality ingredients, and it’s Mickey shaped. What more could you want?Shepherd’s Upside-down Pie (Plant-Based) – Grandma’s Recipes – $7.75For a vegetarian entree this item was surprisingly hearty. The “meat” being plant-based was unnoticeable and I would have never known if I didn’t read the entree name before I ordered. Like the previously mentioned beef wellington, the Mickey-shaped pastry here is also flaky and tasty.Non-Alcoholic House-made Horchata – Merry Mashups – $6.50 ($13.00 for alcoholic version)The “House-made” Horchata (should we consider something being “house-made” when it’s coming from an industrial kitchen at theme park, made in portions that serve hundreds of thousands of people?) is sinfully creamy with just the right amount of cinnamon and a gigantic helping of whipped cream. I enjoyed getting this drink first and taking it with me to the other booths while I ate some of the more salty items.Churros Yule Log – Merry Mashups – $6.00Perfect for all those churro fans out there is this Churros Yule Log. The name doesn’t lie, it tastes like a churro!Churro Toffee Cold Brew (Non-Alcoholic) – Holiday Duets – $6.50You really can’t go wrong mixing toffee and churro flavoring in anything. I feel like some people will find this drink too sweet, but if you can handle the other desserts on this list you wont have a problem. Also the Churro Toffee Cold Brew is over $1 more than the cold brew drinks found at the Starbucks on Buena Vista Street, but at least you get some interesting ingredients here that aren’t available otherwise.Caramelized Apple Cake – With Crème Anglaise and Salted Caramel Sauce – Making Spirits Bright – $5.00Why do warm apples covered in salted caramel taste so good? Can we get some scientists to investigate that? Anyway, this is a perfect dessert for those chilly nights during the holiday season. Holiday Stuffing Mac & Cheese – Favorite Things – $7.75The rich and creamy mac & cheese blend perfectly with the stuffing, which has a wonderfully pleasant crunch to it.Turkey & Stuffing Tamale with Cranberry Relish – Merry Mashups – $7.75Tamales are one of my favorite food items. I’ve probably had thousands of them in my 36 years on this earth, and surprisingly this was up there in terms of taste. It was like a Thanksgiving dinner, but in a tamale. The turkey was perfectly cooked, the sauce on top was not too thick or rich, and the tamale itself was just right (not dry at all). Shockingly, the price for this item did not go up this year.“Hot Cocoa” Marshmallow Macaron – Making Spirits Bright – $5.50First of all, take a look at the presentation on this thing. I really like that it looks like a campfire. Second, the taste is very very good. It really does taste like a cup of hot cocoa with marshmallows. This item is very sweet, which may turn some people off. Those people are crazy. Thank them for not wanting any of your precious macaron and eat it all on your own.Chorizo Queso Fundido – with house-made tortilla chips – Brews & Bites – $6.50Chorizo is sinfully good. Thankfully, calories don’t count when you’re in a Disney theme park. Yes, these are pretty much fancy nachos. But hey, they’re delicious and easily shareable with a group of people.If you want to try multiple items you should definitely consider getting the Sip and Savor Pass, which is available at multiple kiosks and shops throughout the park. It allows you to pay one price, and then try eight items of your choosing. The DCA Festival of Holidays Sip and Savor Pass is $54 (or $51 if you’re an annual passholder). Remember to use the pass on high-value items, not the cheaper desserts. If you use your pass to get eight items that cost $7.75 each, the total if you paid cash would be $62. But if you use your Sip and Savor pass to get eight desserts that cost $5.50 each, your total in cash would be $44. Be sure to do the math on what you want to buy to make sure the Sip and Savor Pass is a good value for you.Let us know what you think about our top 10 Festival of Holidays Food Items at Disney California Adventure. Let us know about any items that you think should be on this list.last_img read more

PHOTOS: Stroll Through the Gorgeous Grounds of Disney’s Riviera Resort

first_imgShare This!Pardon us while we pick our jaws up off the floor – the grounds of Disney’s Riviera Resort are gorgeous. This brand-new Disney Vacation Club resort takes a European theme and gives it a romantic Disney twist. The Disney details are everywhere, from the beautiful mosaics that you’ll pass to and from the Disney Skyliner station to the Fantasia themed water playground – adorably named S’il Vous Play. As with most Disney Vacation Club resorts, there are a lot of recreational options, including a bocce ball court complete with instructions.Riviera Resort MosaicRiviera Resort MosaicRiviera Resort MosaicRiviera Resort MosaicRiviera Resort MosaicRiviera Resort MosaicRiviera Resort GroundsRiviera Resort GroundsRiviera Resort PoolRiviera Resort GroundsRiviera Resort GroundsRiviera Resort Feature PoolRiviera Resort Pool DeckRiviera Resort Water PlaygroundRiviera Resort Water PlaygroundRiviera Resort GroundsRiviera Resort GroundsRiviera Resort GroundsRiviera Resort GroundsWhat do you think? Personally, I am yearning to book a stay before my son gets too big, because that water playground looks fantastic!last_img read more

Fruit SA in ‘world first’ ethical standard

first_img29 October 2012Fruit South Africa has finalised an ethical standard and audit process for the industry that will ensure that South African fruit is produced in line with internationally accepted labour and environmental standards.In a statement earlier this month, Fruit South Africa said the standard was aligned to South African law, was internationally recognised, and had the benefit promoting a single standard and audit to replace the numerous standards and audits with which producers must comply.The umbrella body for SA’s fruit producers’ assocations said the new standard was “a world first with regards to enabling mutual recognition of audits among international and local retailers”.Global Social Compliance ProgrammeIn order to achieve this, Fruit SA engaged with the Global Social Compliance Programme (GSCP), an organisation which aims to harmonise ethical requirements and avoid duplication of audits while ensuring that global standards are adhered to.Fruit SA used the GSCP reference code as the basis for the development of its own standard, and aligned this to South African law. The standard was then submitted to the GSCP “to undergo a process of equivalence validated by an independent international panel of experts”.According to Fruit SA, the GSCP is supported by various global retailers, including Tesco, M&S, Walmart, Ahold, Migros, COOP Switzerland, Delhaise, Carrefour, and South African retailer Pick n Pay.South Africa exports a large proportion of its fruit. According to Business Day, SA’s industry employs nearly half-million people, and sold its fruit to 70 countries in 2011, earning the country in the region of R12-billion.Sustainability Initiative of South AfricaThe Sustainability Initiative of South Africa (Siza) – incorporating Fruit SA’s ethical trade programme – will be the custodian of the new standard.Fruit SA said that Siza was a “multi-stakeholder platform”, with membership open to producers, exporters and stakeholders across the supply chain, that could in time be expanded beyond the fruit sector to represent the broader agricultural industry.“While the programme has been driven by the fruit industry, it is open to all agricultural industries in South Africa, and will look to work with the WWF (World Wide Fund for Nature) in the future in providing the framework for a harmonised environmental standard with the same international recognition afforded by the GSCP.”Fruit SA stressed that Siza was “development-led rather than audit-led”, aiming to provide growers with the tools to be self-regulated.“As a locally developed, managed and funded programme that is aligned to international requirements, the Siza programme is recognised as a world first of its kind.”SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

Moneyball For The Consumer Web

first_imgRelated Posts Lee noted that it’s really hard to tell, just from looking at the dresses online, which of those dresses are the most popular amongst its users. Instead, she said, “you have to rely on the data.”Another of Kleiner’s online retail startups, One Kings Lane, has reduced customer acquisition costs by 30%, “just by playing Moneyball.”Two other themes that Kleiner Perkins has noticed: First, big data by itself is not enough – it also has to be real-time. Second, it’s not just startup employees who should tap into and use this data. The every day consumer should be able to self-serve and use the data too. Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting One of the more interesting presentations this morning at Web 2.0 Summitwas Moneyball for the Consumer Web, from Aileen Lee of the VC firm Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. Lee used the Michael Lewis book, Moneyball, as inspiration for how to improve a consumer Web startup. Moneyball is the real-life story of Billy Beane, current Oakland A’s GM, who got “radical with data” and successfully built a data-obsessed culture in a pro baseball team.Lee referenced a startup called RentTheRunway, which rents designer dresses. She showed how this startup used data in order to vastly improve its service to consumers.It’s no surprise that utilizing large amounts of customer data leads to an improved product – that was as true in the offline world of retail as it is in the online retail market. What’s perhaps less well known is how much emphasis Web companies are putting into data science nowadays.What does Web 2.0 mean to you? Comment for a chance to win a $500 home office upgrade. Brought to you by HP Input/Output. As Lee put it, building a data driven culture is “happening at the smartest online companies these days.” As an example, she referred to LinkedIn, which hired DJ Patilas its Chief Scientist. Patil built up a team of 200 people – including data scientists, product engineers and more. One of the products to come out of that group was the ‘people you may know’ feature.RentTheRunway (“love. wear. return.”) implemented a data culture too. After analyzing how customers rented dresses online, it concluded that there are 19 variables that are important. Those include color, designer name, dress length, time of year, occasion/purpose, age of renter, body type, neckline, model wearing dress, price. A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Tags:#conferences#e-commerce#web#Web 2.0 Summit 2011 richard macmanus Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Hawaii Increases Tax on Tourist Rental Cars

first_imgHawaii is increasing the tax on rental cars for tourists to $5 a day. Tour vehicle operators will also see tax increases.Effective January 1, 2019, Hawaii increases:the rental motor vehicle surcharge tax, if renters do not have a Hawaii driver’s license; andthe tour vehicle surcharge tax for all categories of tour vehicles.Rental Motor Vehicle Surcharge TaxThe rental motor vehicle surcharge tax increases from $3 to $5 a day for rentals to drivers without a valid Hawaii driver’s license. Hawaii imposes this tax on the lessors of the motor vehicles.Tour Vehicle Surcharge TaxThe tour vehicle surcharge tax increases:from $65 to $66 for each tour vehicle used during the month with over 25 passenger seats; andfrom $15 to $16 for each tour vehicle used during the month with 8 to 25 passenger seats.Hawaii imposes this tax on the tour vehicle operators.Act. 215 (H.B. 2601), Laws 2018, effective as noted aboveLogin to read more tax news on CCH® AnswerConnect or CCH® Intelliconnect®.Not a subscriber? Sign up for a free trial or contact us for a representative.last_img read more

Check Out Philly’s Six James Beard Award-Nominated Restaurants

first_imgThe Philly food scene is on fire — and there’s no greater proof than the city’s recent batch of James Beard Award nominations.Six Philly restaurants and chefs are in the running for the prestigious culinary honor, which celebrates America’s delicious, diverse and sustainable food culture. Fine dining options like Zahav and Vetri Cucina are on the list, alongside Mexican hot spot South Philly Barbacoa.Philadelphia’s 2019 nominees were selected from an impressive pool of semifinalists across 21 award categories, including outstanding restaurant, best chef and best new restaurant.Standouts like Essen Bakery in Queen Village and Suraya in Fishtown were part of the semifinalist round, which 600 judges from around the country worked to cull into the list of more than 100 nominees.Of course, Philly is no stranger to the James Beard Awards. Recent winners include Zahav, Starr Restaurants and Vernick.Check out the list of Philadelphia’s 2019 nominees below. Winners will be announced on Monday, May 6.last_img read more