Nobel ties in physics

first_imgThe two winners of this year’s Nobel Prize in physics, who were announced today, have more than quantum optics in common. They have early ties to Harvard University.David J. Wineland of the University of Colorado, Boulder, earned an A.M. in 1966 and a Ph.D. in physics at Harvard in 1970.Serge Haroche, a professor at Collège de France in Paris, was a Loeb Lecturer at Harvard in 1980 and a visiting professor in 1981. He last visited Harvard on Feb. 27 for a colloquium sponsored by the Department of Physics. His lecture was titled “Juggling with Photons in a Box to Explore the Quantum World.”Wineland’s doctoral adviser was Norman F. Ramsey Jr., the 1989 winner of the Nobel in physics. (Harvard’s Physics Department has 10 Nobel Prize winners.) Ramsey, who died in 2011, conducted the research that provided the theoretical underpinnings for the atomic clock.Atomic clocks based on the radioactive element cesium remain the world standard for measuring time. But Wineland and his team in Boulder have built a clock based on electrically charged atoms — ions — that are trapped by electric fields at extremely low temperatures. The resulting optical clock — called that because it is based on the building blocks of visible light — is a hundred times more precise.Scientists estimate that if an optical clock had started measuring time at the Big Bang 14 billion years ago, it would be off today by only about 5 seconds.Haroche has connections to other American universities, as well. He was a visiting scholar at Stanford University three times during the 1970s, a visiting scientist at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1979, and a part-time professor at Yale University from 1984 to 1993.After leaving Harvard in 1970, Wineland did postdoctoral work at the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1975, he joined the National Bureau of Standards, now known as the National Institute of Standards and Technology.last_img read more

Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP award for third time

first_imgTAMPA, Fla. (AP) — Green Bay Packers quarterback Aaron Rodgers wins NFL MVP award for third time.last_img

College bookstore holds fashion show

first_imgSaint Mary’s Shaheen Bookstore held a fashion show Friday in the student center atrium to promote the College’s new spring clothing line, featuring different types of apparel including sweatpants, T-shirts and shorts. “We hold the fashion show to promote all the new clothes and get the student body involved,” freshman Katie Gutrich, merchandise and fashion show director, said.Gutrich, junior Sarah Schuchman and senior Lillian Reeves all served as merchandise and fashion show directors for the event.The three students were responsible for designing the line, finding models and advertising the event to students around campus.Gutrich said organizing the event was an undertaking for all involved.“We’ve been working on the line since fall semester,” Gutrich said. “We’ve advertised around campus using flyers and television.”Reeves said the new line features many bright colors for the spring and the clothes were chosen with the student body in mind.Around 100 new items of clothing were shown in the show, and organizers estimated around 100 members of the College community were in attendance.There were 60 models in the show, including Saint Mary’s students, faculty and College President Carol Mooney.Onlookers appreciated the exhibition of the new College apparel.“The show was really fun,” freshman Dani Haydell, a student model, said. “All the girls were friendly and outgoing. I had a blast.”Models were able to keep the merchandise they modeled.The clothing items went on sale right after the show. All of the new clothing was 25 percent off over the weekend.“We hold the show to promote all of the new clothes and get the student body involved,” Gutrich said. “We just hope our efforts were rewarded.”last_img read more

Shumlin announces $1.8 million in downtown tax credits

first_imgGovernor Peter Shumlin announced today the allocation $1.8 million in tax credits to downtowns across the state to support nearly $30 million in building improvements.  The credits, competitively awarded by the Downtown Development Board, went to 15 projects ranging in size from a small community group’s efforts to open the shuttered village store in Guilford to more substantial private investments like the conversion of Winooski’s Champlain Mill into a hub for rapidly growing technology firms like MyWebGrocer.  Other projects include the preservation of 37 affordable housing units at the Wharf Lane apartments in Burlington and 41 senior housing units at the former Hotel Rockingham in Bellows Falls.   A complete list of tax credit projects is included below. The tax credit is one of the primary benefits of Downtown and Village Center Designation and assist hard-to-finance building revitalizations seen in community centers across the state.   Most of the funding supports state-mandated code retrofits — like elevators and sprinklers systems — that are cost prohibitive to most commercial building owners.  ‘This program has an impressive track record.  A recent study showed that every dollar of tax credits leverages $16 more in outside investment, and every $1 million in tax credits resulted in 109 jobs,’ said Gov. Shumlin.  ‘I know of few other state programs that provide such a substantial return on public investment to our communities and economy.’ Noelle Mackay, Commissioner of the Department of Economic, Housing, and Community Development and Chair of the Downtown Board, agreed, adding, ‘To improve Vermont’s quality of life and economy we must make investments to make communities strong and vital. This program does that and I’m enthusiastic about its potential to tackle the Governor’s priorities   ‘ stimulating much-needed local economic activity and job creation, promoting housing choices, and improving the state’s infrastructure in a sustainable way .’ The Downtown Program is a training and incentive effort to help maintain Vermont’s compact development pattern by targeting state resources to promote the efficient use of land, infrastructure, and resources.  Over 100 of Vermont’s Downtowns and Village Centers are designated and these communities receive priority for consideration for state funding, increased Act 250 thresholds, and tax credits to promote vital communities.       2010 Downtown and Village Center State Tax Credits ProjectAllocation Total CostEligible WorkBrattleboro / 151 Main Street (Renaissance Fine Jewelry)$               95,834  $             580,000 sprinkler/codeBarre / 159 North Main Street (Former Homer Fitts)$               53,075  $             210,900 sprinkler/lift/code/façadeBarre / 210 North Main Street (Quarry Grill & Tavern)$               17,176  $             240,000 elevator/sprinkler/rehabBellows Falls / 45 Rockingham Street (Hotel Rockingham)$             162,502  $          2,203,575 sprinkler/code/façadeBurlington / 57 Maple Street (Wharf Lane)$             277,228  $          8,761,000 elevator/sprinkler/code/rehabCavendish / 1589 Main Street (Glimmerstone)$             112,740  $          1,142,793 sprinkler/code/rehabEssex Junction / 8 Railroad Avenue$               48,750  $             400,000 sprinkler/code/façadeGuilford / 475 Coolidge Highway (Village Store)$               13,018  $             993,393 sprinklerHardwick / 71 Wolcott Street (Riverview Building)$             193,200  $          1,114,000 sprinkler/code/rehabMorrisville  / 82 Portland Street $             102,500  $             650,000 elevator/sprinkler/code/rehabSaxtons River / 35 Main Street (Main Street Arts)$               83,050  $             533,473 elevator/sprinkler/codeSt. Albans / 18-20 Lake Street$               99,300  $             393,000 sprinkler/code/rehabSt. Albans / 58-60 Lake Street (St. Albans House)$             174,725  $          1,104,500 elevator/sprinkler/code/rehabSt. Johnsbury / 1302 Main Street (Fairbanks Museum)$               50,000  $             278,191 sprinkler/code/rehabWinooski  / One Main Street (Champlain Mill )$             341,902  $       11,156,837 rehab $      1,825,000  $    29,761,662last_img read more

Pressure From Institutional Investors for Better Climate-Risk Metrics

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享SNL:Major asset managers are actively assessing environmental, social and governance risk factors in their portfolios to satisfy the demands of institutional clients, putting momentum behind the adoption of sustainable accounting standards by larger corporate entities.The lingering question behind initiatives to integrate these environmental, social and governance, or ESG, standards in investment portfolios centers around an absence of what can be defined as ESG material risks to a company’s performance and how such risks should be disclosed to shareholders in securities filings.While the broader universe of public companies have been resistant to making additional disclosures, a growing number of institutional investors and asset managers are taking it upon themselves to advocate for ESG factors from the buy-side as a starting point, putting pressure on corporate issuers to accommodate their demands, panelists observed Nov. 30 at the Sustainability Accounting Standards Board, or SASB, symposium in New York.“In 2017, the conversations have really changed, where there is a lot of interest in true ESG integration at the portfolio level,” State Street Global Advisors Executive Vice President and Chief Investment Officer of Global Equity Beta Solutions Lynn Blake said, speaking at the SASB forum. “There are certain regions around the world where ESG integration is table stakes … and the U.S. is probably the laggard in these conversations.”SASB, which released its “State of Disclosure” report at the event, aims for its framework to give specific sectors guidelines for which ESG factors could be considered material risks. The report highlights the existing disclosures made by major public companies, despite the lack of a standardized framework, and advocates for uniform standards.Similar efforts have begun cropping up in certain industries, with PPL Corp.’s Vice President for Public Affairs Christine Martin noting at the SASB forum that it is among the companies contributing to a forthcoming effort by the Edison Electric Institute to standardize disclosures related to greenhouse gas emissions and climate risks across the regulated utilities industry.Though what constitutes ESG risk factors for a company may not always be clear initially, a push to develop more consistent metrics across different industries appears to be emerging.More ($): Fund managers assess ESG risks, pressuring corporations for greater disclosure Pressure From Institutional Investors for Better Climate-Risk Metricslast_img read more

Data-driven dialogues will define successful organizations

first_img 2SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Greg Crandell Greg Crandell provides strategy, market planning, business development, and management consulting to financial technology firms and their clients – Credit Unions and Banks. For more years than he wishes to admit, … Web: queryconsultinggroup.com Details Digital disruption requires transformation – what’s your organization’s path to greater success?Thirty years ago, managers spoke of the need to address both “high-tech” and “high-touch” challenges to compete successfully. Today, with “tech” taking center stage in a massive disruption of “business as usual,” data-driven technology is defining how we understand and serve our customers. Since data is driving our understanding of the market and our management decision-making, and with new technologies defining new delivery channels, we must incorporate data and the use of digital information into all discussions within our organizations. Data-driven dialogues must become the new normal for our leaders, our workforce, and our interactions with customers. Digital transformation is the buzz phrase of the moment, and data analytics is the typical answer to most questions regarding how best to build the foundation for change. Why is this so? Well, our path down the technology trail has brought many of us to a place where digital interactions driven by activated data promise to deliver the highly-desired goal of individualized promotion, unique sales terms, and highly customized customer service. In addition, organizational leaders are attracted by the less publicized but equally desirable financial goals of cost reduction and profit margin improvement. Using fewer people to deliver better service, reducing risk, and providing greater personalization to the customer, at a lower per-transaction cost is the 21st century’s holy grail. The focus is mistakenly placed on technology rather than people when chasing change. You’d think we would learn, finally, that people create change through active thinking, planning and implementing. It’s not the forces around us that drive change; it’s us. We may be responding to our environment, but in the end, we make it happen. Strategic, proactive thought and action, done by people focused on evaluating technological change and opportunity, is the most effective way to drive organizational transformation. And the best people will make sure that their transformations are real, relevant and intentional. Technologists and data gurus are showing us how to use data to understand our organizations, our markets and ourselves. They are bringing us the tools to transform our shops and better serve our customers. But we must now take the lead in defining what we want to be, and do, with the aid of these resources. We must decide what it means to “get an A,” and what we must learn and accomplish to earn it.Data-driven dialogues are how we can get there. Instead of opining on best path, best practice, and least cost, or copying the work of others, we need to collect the data we have (and can acquire) and share it among all areas of our organizations to create appropriate plans, realistic paths forward. To achieve the ultimate organizational success, strategic and tactical planning must incorporate regular, structured dialogues among leadership, within the workforce, and with customers.It’s about more than the customer experience.We talk about using data to learn from and understand our customers so we can better satisfy the wants they express and the needs we discern from captured data. But to make this optimally successful, we need to gain more than the trendy objective of a “better customer experience.” We need to use these interactions and this captured “reality” to drive thought and action, and to alter how we do business across the organization, including transforming operational processes and business models. This may even mean changing the lines of business, delivery channels, measures of success and other parameters within which we currently operate. The bottom line is this; we can no longer avoid talking to each other, nor can we side-step our responsibility to think, plan and act. We mustn’t rely on software applications to proscribe answers. We can’t foist this work on our technologists with the narrow rationale that it is their data and therefore their responsibility. Business leaders must do the work managers have always been called to do, defining objectives, defining the path forward, and implementing change throughout the organization. Today that work must be based on informed, data-rich discussions with key stakeholders. Managers must engage across the organization in the change cycle of “observation, orientation, decision-making and action.” And they need to teach and empower employees to do the same with their work and with their co-workers. Using the real data available to the organization to drive this effort will mitigate the human desire to act on accepted wisdom rather than evidence.It’s time to develop thinking employees, not reactive ones. It’s time to truly empower employees at all levels to take the right actions. It’s time to transform your organization’s approach to change. It’s time to achieve lasting success from evidence-based analyses.last_img read more

Proposal of the law on unappreciated land sent to the second parliamentary reading

first_imgThe Government of the Republic of Croatia sent the Draft Law on Unrated Construction Land to the second parliamentary reading. It is also regulated that the content of the lease agreement in the camp on the tourist land will be prescribed by a decree, and the procedure for the implementation of the study, which has been simplified, is more precisely prescribed. With an important change, the Minister also pointed out that it is unequivocally prescribed that in the case of further construction in that camp, a building permit can be obtained for the area of ​​the existing camp and in the case when the spatial plan in that area envisages some other purpose. to obtain building permits for the camp. “We are actively working despite the situation with the coronavirus. The draft law on unrated construction land was sent to the second parliamentary reading. This law is absolutely necessary and will be enforceable, high quality, fair and reform. We analyzed all the proposals made in the first reading and held a series of meetings. We put the emphasis on the concepts of tourist resort and buildings and hotel building plots. The law will resolve long-standing property and legal relations and regulate the status of land that is exempt from conversion and privatization and that tourist companies have used for 20 years free of charge.”Banožić pointed out. Banožić singled out a better definition of the terms of the building plot of a hotel, tourist resort and buildings, which are of great importance for the regulation of property relations and law enforcement, and the final proposal extended the deadline for the preparation of geodetic studies.center_img In the case of an administrative dispute, the administrative court has jurisdiction to independently determine the facts and other procedures, and companies that have missed the deadline for submitting applications for concessions for tourist land under the old law are allowed to initiate proceedings to resolve property relations under the new the law. Minister of State Property Mario Banožić emphasized its importance for investment activity, especially in tourism and camps, and reminded that there are 76 camps in Croatia today, with an area of ​​more than 14 million square meters. These camps were subject to the transformation of social enterprises during which the facilities were estimated, but not more than 6 million square meters of tourist land around them. Source: Ministry of State Propertylast_img read more

The World Skål Congress 2022 will be held in Opatija and Rijeka

first_imgThe repeated demanding candidacy of Kvarner, Opatija and Rijeka was presented at today’s session of the General Assembly by dr.sc. Irena Peršić Živadinov (president of Skål Club Kvarner for two terms and director of the Kvarner Tourist Board) and Kvarner was unanimously and with the great support of colleagues from around the world entrusted with hosting this event which is of immeasurable importance for tourism destinations and the whole of Croatia.  Skål Club Kvarner is celebrating 10 years of operation this year, and was founded thanks to Katica Hauptfeld, owner of the famous travel agency Katarina line, which soon gathered around some of the most influential tourist workers in Kvarner and who together, projects and ideas quickly became noticed in Skål International circles internationally. So both this candidacy and getting the congressional hosting in 2020 and again in 2022 is largely to her credit. At the online session of the General Assembly of the Skål International Association, the Skål Club Kvarner unanimously confirmed the hosting of the World Skål Congress, which will be held from 13 to 18 October 2022. It is expected that during this prestigious international event in 2022, Kvarner will have about 1.000 participants, including many owners of influential travel agencies and tour operators who will have the opportunity to show the tourist potential of the region and thus offer even more success in the future. our tourism facilities to their clients.center_img As, unfortunately, due to the Covid-19 virus pandemic, the Skål Congress, which was to be held in Opatija and Rijeka these days, was canceled under the motto “SKÅL CONGRESS IN THE EUROPEAN CAPITAL OF CULTURE 2020”, tourism workers from Kvarner did not give up opportunities to present their region to representatives of the world’s largest association of tourism professionals. SKÅL International, is an international organization of tourism managers with about 14.000 members gathered in over 340 clubs in more than 100 countries around the world and is the largest in the tourism sector. Members of SKÅL Club Kvarner are professionals in Kvarner tourism (hoteliers, agencies, tourist boards, representatives of the academic community and others). Skål clubs Zagreb, Dubrovnik and Split still operate in Croatia.last_img read more

El Dorado maybe in sight at last

first_img Tweet 46 Views   no discussions Share Share The construction industry is booming across the country in housing, factories and office buildings.In turn, construction is spinning-off other growth areas in the supply of materials, transportation, and also in the spending by the work force on consumption – food, rent, clothing and so on.Guyana’s debt to GDP ratio is now around 60 per cent, considerably lower than many Caricom countries whose ratios are more than 100 per cent, and its foreign reserves represent five months of its import requirements.This is remarkable not only because many Caricom countries are seeing their foreign reserves dwindling, but also because of the years of cutting back on imports that Guyana suffered because of insufficient foreign earnings.Helping the communitiesA striking development in social terms is the steady increase in government expenditure directed at old age pensioners and other vulnerable communities.US$20 million is now dedicated to these communities, again with a mutiplyer effect in the economy since these funds are spent on consumption.In the current budget, the government has also allocated US$300 million to building roads, bridges, schools and hospitals; a sum twice as large as it was five years ago and which provides much needed pubic goods as well as employment, consumer spending and workers’ savings in banks.Information Technology boostA significant development in Guyana has been the use of Information Technology.More than 2,000 computer literate Guyanese young people, mostly women, are employed in call centres providing services to companies located in countries as distant as Australia.Experts suggest that the sector could employ as many as 6,000 people by 2013 given the fact that Guyana is English-speaking and its telecommunications infrastructure is improving to provide faster broadband service. The salvation of Guyana has been in its natural resources, and the diversification of its productive base to exploit these resources more effectively.Twenty years ago, Guyana depended almost entirely on export earnings from sugar, rice and bauxite. Today, while these three commodities remain important, the agricultural sector has been diversified and Guyana is now a net exporter of agricultural products.Natural resourcesBut, it is its other resources, especially gold, that has made a difference in recent years, and will catapult the country’s economic growth in the future.For instance, last year the country earned US$346.4 million from gold, almost three times the sum it earned from bauxite (US$114.6 m), sugar (US$104 m) and rice (US$154.6 m).Singh is confident that –as early as this year – the country’s gold sector is set for “catalytic investment” on an unprecedented scale that will earn the country even greater revenues while introducing new technology that conforms to the high environmental standards that Guyana has set as part of its policy to employ a low carbon development strategy.And then there is oil. Studies done by the United States indicate that the basin off-shore Guyana contains rich reserves of oil.This possibility is now being explored by several oil companies, large and small, and there is even on shore exploration. It is almost a creed amongst Guyanese that it is only a matter of time before oil starts to flow.Measured by its rich natural resources, its recent economic performance, and the investments set to be made in gold and oil, Guyana’s economic prospects and the contribution it can make to Caricom look healthy and heartening.Election year2011 is an election year in Guyana. So far, there is no sign of anything but a peaceful process. The political parties are each engaged in trying to identify a candidate for the nation’s Presidency.There are five known candidates in the ruling Peoples Progressive Party and a similar number in the main opposition Peoples National Congress.By mid-March both parties would have chosen their candidate in processes which have been internally rancorous but have shown no sign of erupting into national strife.There are smaller political parties including the Alliance for Change which has a settled candidate.Elections have to be held by November, and the campaigning season will start in earnest by April.Whichever party wins the Presidency and forms the government, it will inherit an economy that is stronger than it has ever been with every indicator for greater growth.For Guyana – the fabled land of “El Dorado” may be in sight at last if this election is conducted by mature democratic standards and the new government uses the country’s resources for the benefit of all, especially its disadvantaged. Share NewsRegional El Dorado maybe in sight at last by: – February 22, 2011 Since the late 1970’s and until recently, the economy of Guyana has been the sick man of the Caribbean falling second only to Haiti as the poorest country in the region. Much of that has changed, and the economy looks set to change for the better even more.The improvement in Guyana’s economic circumstances will have several beneficial effects.Among them will be a reversal of the migration of people from Guyana to others parts of the Caribbean and, indeed, the world.This trend has already begun to happen, particularly from Caribbean countries.More than 80 per cent of Guyana’s tertiary educated people live outside of Guyana; a return of a fraction of them would help to accelerate economic activity and the rate of growth.Apart from the remigration of Guyanese to Guyana, if the economy continues on its upward trajectory, the country could also become a magnet for nationals of other Caribbean countries, fulfilling its promise as the land of the future for the Caribbean Community and Common Market (Caricom).Good for CaricomA richer Guyana would be good for Caricom as a whole in other ways.Already, the share of Guyana’s imports from Caricom countries has increased and, as the economy expands and advances creating a better-off population, that share will increase still further helping to sustain employment and revenues throughout the regional grouping.Between 2006 and 2010, Guyana enjoyed average economic growth of 4 per cent – an enviable achievement among Caricom countries, the majority of whose economies have contracted especially since the global financial crisis that started in late 2008.Economic growthThe Guyana Finance Minister, Ashni Singh, attributes the growth in the economy to several factors, among them being the diversification of the productive sector; studied government policy decisions to generate activities that have a mutliplyer effect in the economy; and the creation of a stable environment for doing business.In terms of the business environment, Singh emphasizes that Guyana enjoys exchange rate stability, low and declining interest rates, and a low rate of inflation.These factors give existing and new investors a platform of predictability for planning their businesses.In his January budget, Singh also lowered corporate taxes by 5 per cent to 40 per cent for commercial companies and 30 per cent for manufacturing firms.There is certainly clear evidence of investment in the economy. Efforts have been made towards saving the natural resources The construction industry is booming across Guyana BBC Caribbean Sharing is caring!last_img read more

Patricia Ashcraft

first_imgPatricia Ashcraft, 79 of Milan, passed away Monday November 7, 2016 at the Waters of Dillsboro. Patricia was born Monday January 18, 1937 in Cincinnati, Ohio the daughter of Arthur and Marie (Lawson) Bauer. She married Billy Curtis Ashcraft November 16, 2002 and he preceded her in death August 29, 2006.Patricia was a homemaker. She loved taking care of the garden, flowers, cooking, making quilts, and she enjoyed painting, ceramics and spending time with her family.Patricia is survived by Son: Richard Eads of Milan; Daughter: Melissa (Doug) Proffitt of Cincinnati; brother: Arthur “Bill” Bauer of Cincinnati; Sisters: Ruth Creech and Alice Joseph both of Ohio.  14 Grandchildren, 14 Great-Grandchildren.  She was preceded in death by her parents, husband, and one son: David Eads, two daughters: Patricia Eads and Brenda Sandlin, and brother Hubert Bauer.Funeral service will be 12 PM Friday November 11, 2016 at Laws-Carr-Moore funeral home.  Burial will follow in New Craven Cemetery. Visitation will be 10AM-12PM Friday also at the funeral home.  Memorials may be given to the American Cancer Society.  Laws-Carr-Moore Funeral Home entrusted with arrangements, Box 243, 707 South Main Street Milan, IN 47031; (812)654-2141.  Go to www.lawscarrmoore.com to leave an online condolence message for the family.last_img read more