'Terror Versus Freedom'To Be Addressed At CU-Boulder Graduate School Symposium

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Sept. 24, 2003 A public symposium on “Terror Versus Freedom: Can Homeland Security Coexist With Civil Liberties?” will be presented Oct. 8 by the University of Colorado at Boulder Graduate School. The event begins at 7 p.m. in University Memorial Center room 235 and will feature talks by four outstanding members of the CU-Boulder graduate faculty. “This symposium provides an important opportunity for members of the Boulder campus and the community in general to hear from and to interact with experts on the Graduate School faculty on the issues of the day,” said Tony Barker, associate vice chancellor for research. The program will be as follows: * “Societal Impacts of 9-11” by Dennis Mileti, professor of sociology. * “Our Civil Liberties and the Need for a Public Understanding of Religion” by Frederick Denny, professor of religious studies. * “The Politics of Pre-emption” by Roger Pielke Jr., professor of environmental science. * “Information Technology: How Can Something So Good Be So Bad?” by Alexander Wolf, professor of computer science. The four talks will be followed by a panel discussion. The symposium will begin with remarks by Carol Lynch, vice chancellor for research and dean of the Graduate School. For more information call (303) 492-2889.last_img read more

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Gov’t to Undertake Feasibility Study for South Coast Highway Project

first_imgGov’t to Undertake Feasibility Study for South Coast Highway Project TransportJuly 29, 2012 RelatedGov’t to Undertake Feasibility Study for South Coast Highway Project RelatedGov’t to Undertake Feasibility Study for South Coast Highway Project Advertisementscenter_img FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail The Government has signed a US$2.7 million contract with American company, Stanley Consultants Inc., for the implementation of a feasibility study and preliminary design for the Southern Coastal Highway Improvement Project. The study, which is being funded by the Inter-American Development Bank (IDB), is expected to be completed in one year. It will assess and design the preferred alignment of the proposed South Coast highway from Port Antonio to Habour View (Phase I) and Mandeville to Negril (Phase II). Speaking at the contract signing ceremony held on Friday (July 27) at the Whispering Bamboo Cove Resorts in St. Thomas, Minister of Transport, Works and Housing, Dr. the Hon. Omar Davies said the government is committed to making the highway a reality. “This leg of the highway, from Port Antonio to Kingston as well as one from Negril to Mandeville, represents the last two legs of the project and although (at this point) it’s listed as a feasibility study, let me assure you it will be done,” he stated. Dr. Davis pledged that “even as we carry out this study we’ll be seeking the financing to carry out the job… as what we are aiming at doing is to provide a highway that is of similar standard to the North Coast Highway, which will open up a range of possibilities.” He noted that the project will also include the mapping of Hope River from Gordon Town to Harbour View. “That is very important because the developments in that river bed can have a significant impact in terms of cutting off Kingston from this side of the country,” he remarked. The Transport and Works Minister said the road works represent tremendous development potential for the eastern parishes, noting that often “those parishes seem to be neglected”. “The potential is amazing in terms of the …development of a wide range of economic sectors, including agriculture, mining and tourism,” he stated. In the meantime, Minister Davies said the government will ensure that all companies contracted to do business in Jamaica recruit young local professionals as part of their operations. He stated that, “whilst I recognise the international reputation of Stanley Consultants, it’s imperative that they systematically bring young Jamaicans into their hierarchy, because we need to build our capacity.” He noted that this has become increasingly important because we “need to encourage young Jamaicans, who are professionally trained, to remain in our country”. For his part, Member of Parliament for Eastern St. Thomas, Dr. Fenton Ferguson said he is “very happy” for the proposed infrastructural development in the eastern parish. “We have waited a long time for this to happen… because I believe that the road to development is the development of roads,” he said. Dr. Ferguson said the proposed road works provide a grand opportunity for the development of a number of industries “that have been sleeping… we also see opportunity for development within the context of tourism, and heritage tourism.” President, Stanley Consultants Inc., Gayle Roberts, gave the assurance that the company will ensure that local engineers and other Jamaican professionals are incorporated into the project. “We will be bringing in local Jamaican staff as part of the studies and engineering work that we will be doing. We will also be associating with other Jamaican engineering firms because we really want this to be a project that you are all proud of,” she remarked. RelatedGov’t to Undertake Feasibility Study for South Coast Highway Projectlast_img read more

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Vestager targets McDonald’s tax deal

first_imgIn October, the Commission ordered Luxembourg and the Netherlands, respectively, to recoup between €20 million and €30 million of extra tax from local subsidiaries of Fiat and Starbucks.While Vestager also is examining Belgian tax pacts with dozens of firms, including beer maker ABInbev and HSBC, the focus on U.S. icons has drawn ire from across the Atlantic.On Tuesday, Bob Stack, a U.S. deputy assistant secretary for international tax affairs, said the Commission’s tax investigations were generating uncertainty and interfering in U.S. tax treaties with individual EU countries.At the heart of the probe into McDonald’s are concerns over the company’s franchise system.McDonalds’ franchises and its own restaurants pay royalties for using the company’s intellectual property, namely its brand and operating system. The royalties are paid to McDonald’s office in Luxembourg and taxed at a favorable rate.The probe could further embarrass European Commission President Jean-Claude Juncker, who as Luxembourg’s prime minister for almost 20 years is credited as the architect of the Grand Duchy’s tax system. A report published in January by a coalition of European and U.S. trade unions accused McDonald’s of using loopholes in Luxembourg’s tax system to avoid paying as much as €1 billion between 2009 and 2013.The company said Wednesday it complies with all tax laws in Europe and shelled out $2.1 billion in the EU from 2010-2014, with an average tax rate of almost 27 percent.“While we have not been notified by the European Commission, we are confident that should an inquiry occur, it would be resolved favorably,” McDonald’s said in a statement.The Commission declined to comment Wednesday.The company would be the fourth American multinational singled out by Margrethe Vestager, European commissioner for competition.She has already ruled against Starbucks, and continues to examine Amazon’s deal with Luxembourg and Apple’s arrangement with Ireland. Decisions in those two cases are expected early next year. McDonald’s will be the next target for European investigators as part of a wide-reaching probe into tax dodging, according to a person familiar with the case.The announcement of an in-depth state aid investigation into the fast food giant’s 2008 deal with the Luxembourg government could come as soon as Thursday, according to the person involved in the case, who requested anonymity because the details are confidential.The Commission has been looking into McDonald’s tax affairs since a coalition of trade unions and anti-poverty campaigners denounced the U.S. company earlier this year.center_img Also On POLITICO MARGRETHE VESTAGER By Etienne Bauvirlast_img read more

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Minnesota measles outbreak to cost state $1 million

first_imgYesterday Minnesota Health Commissioner Ed Ehlinger, MD, MSPH, asked state lawmakers for $5 million to address growing infectious disease crises, including the current measles outbreak in Minnesota’s Somali-American population that is projected to cost the state at least $1 million.When it began last month, public health officials knew this outbreak could be large and ongoing, because many Somali-Americans have been refusing the measles, mumps, and rubella (MMR) vaccine for years over unfounded rumors that the childhood immunization, whose first dose is routinely given to babies at 12 to 15 months, causes autism.At this point, the state has identified 51 cases of measles, all but 3 involving children, with at least 7,000 additional exposures.But convincing the “hearts and minds” of a community is proving to be much more expensive and complicated than making the MMR vaccine more widely available.Initial costs are tip of iceberg”This is not an access question,” said Kristen Ehresmann, RN, MPH, director for infectious diseases at the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH). “It’s an issue of being misinformed about the risk. Doing community outreach and engagement is much more labor intensive, because it’s not about just offering more clinics and opportunities to get the vaccine.”Ehresmann said that staffing costs for the current measles outbreak, which includes the communication office, are an extra $207,096 for the state per 21-day period. But Ehresmann said the $200,000 number is just the “tip of the iceberg.””We’re already into the second month of this outbreak, and we haven’t plateaued yet,” she said. Ehresmann said the costs incur from several different departments: $165,000 for staffing infectious disease and communication departments; $9,600 for having staff on call 24/7; $14,000 for materials, testing supplies, translations, and shipping.”We’re projecting another 3 months out at this point; it’s going to be expensive,” said Ehresmann.”If the measles outbreak lasts 3 months,” said Kate Awsumb, MA, MPH, “the back-of-the-envelope costs are approaching $1 million.” She is the assistant director of communications with the MDH.And those are just the MDH costs. Hennepin County, the epicenter of the outbreak, has to date incurred $79,000 on the outbreak, according to Lori Imsdahl, a communications specialist with the county.But that cost does not include staffing and payroll, information that won’t be calculated until May 19, Imsdahl said. On that date, the county will be able to estimate an average weekly cost for the outbreak.Other costs of ‘unnecessary’ outbreak”This is an unnecessary outbreak,” said Ehresmann. “The fact that we have to spend so many public health resources is challenging. And we just have to suck it up; there’s no special emergency fund for this sort of thing.”The costs provided by the MDH and Hennepin County do not include the money healthcare facilities spend on post-exposure prophylaxis, nor the economic costs spent by the state’s departments of education or human services.”No one thinks about the cost of this sort of thing,” said Ehresmann. “We think about health and human costs, of course, but dollars and cents are the other thing.”See also:MDH most current outbreak numberslast_img read more

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The unspeakable truth

first_imgGet your free guest access  SIGN UP TODAY To continue enjoying Building.co.uk, sign up for free guest accessExisting subscriber? LOGIN Stay at the forefront of thought leadership with news and analysis from award-winning journalists. Enjoy company features, CEO interviews, architectural reviews, technical project know-how and the latest innovations.Limited access to building.co.ukBreaking industry news as it happensBreaking, daily and weekly e-newsletters Subscribe to Building today and you will benefit from:Unlimited access to all stories including expert analysis and comment from industry leadersOur league tables, cost models and economics dataOur online archive of over 10,000 articlesBuilding magazine digital editionsBuilding magazine print editionsPrinted/digital supplementsSubscribe now for unlimited access.View our subscription options and join our community Subscribe now for unlimited accesslast_img read more

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Free Get Fit Fest in Farmington Hills promotes sports involvement

first_imgThe Practice Zone, which opened this year at 24164 Haggerty Rd. in Farmington Hills, will host a free 2018 Get Fit Fest from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. on Sunday, August 19.The event promotes the importance of sports involvement, sports safety and team participation. Activities featured will include:KnockerballDance demosFull court pressBall TossFitness demosHeart monitoringYouth Basketball challengeAdult lightning ballJump ropeThere will also be food, face painting, inflatables, and prizes. Learn more at tpzmichigan.com or on Facebook. Reported by admin Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)last_img read more

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Governor Dunleavy Calls $1,606 Dividend A ‘Partial PFD’

first_imgFacebookTwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Governor Mike Dunleavy’s administration announced Friday that nearly every Alaskan will receive $1,606 for this years Permanent Fund Dividend. Beginning Thursday, October 3, an estimated 631,000 Alaskans will receive their 2019 Permanent Fund Dividend in the amount of $1,606. The total distribution for this year’s dividend is approximately $1,013,000,000. During an online press conference the governor referred to this amount as a ‘partial PFD’: “We are still looking at a special session to complete that dividend, because right now we are looking at this as a partial dividend.”  Alaskans who filed for the dividend online and chose direct deposit will see the funds in their bank accounts on or shortly after October 3. Alaskans who applied with a paper application and/or chose a paper check will receive payment starting on October 24. Dunleavy:“This has been an ongoing discussion all year long as to what that amount would be. My office believes, as well as many Alaskans, that that amount should reflect the statues on the books. That statute would have determined a dividend of approximately $2,910, but the legislature only appropriated enough for a $1,606 dividend. This left $1,304 on the table.”  Alaskans are encouraged to use the state’s website MyPFD to check the status of their PFD application. Under Governor Dunleavy’s PFD proposal, and the statutory formula passed by the Alaska Legislature into law in 1982, the 2019 dividend should be $2,910.00, according to a release from the Department of Revenue.last_img read more

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Jason Dietrich not the right fit for Mississippi State

first_imgJohn Cohen's search for a replacement for Butch Thompson continues.John Cohen’s search for a replacement for Butch Thompson continues.STARKVILLE — Jason Dietrich is no longer a candidate to replace former Mississippi State pitching coach Butch Thompson, the Clarion-Ledger confirmed on Monday.Sources told the Clarion-Ledger that the two parties held conversations Monday morning regarding the MSU’s vacant pitching coach opening. After the talks, Mississippi State and Dietrich decided the partnership wouldn’t have been the best fit.Dietrich, Cal State Fullerton’s pitching coach, flew into Starkville on Friday. He departed without signing a deal.Multiple media outlets reported last week that Dietrich and Mississippi State had to agreed to terms. The Clarion-Ledger could only confirm that Dietrich was MSU’s top choice to fill the void at pitching coach.Dietrich spent the last three seasons at Call State Fullerton. The Titans advanced to the College World Series last year built on a staff ERA of 2.89, which was the worse during his three-year tenure.Dietrich built his career on the west coast. Prior to Cal State Fullerton, he worked as the pitching coach for UC Irvine. He coached the Anteaters for five seasons. Prior to his stint in Irvine, Dietrich was the recruiting coordinator for UC Los Angeles, a Division II school. He also coached in the junior college ranks at Los Angeles City College.His only experience outside of the west coast came in 2004 and 2005 with the Hyannis Mets in the Cape Cod League.Thompson took the head coaching job at Auburn last week after spending the last seven years at Mississippi State.Contact Michael Bonner at [email protected] Follow @MikeBBonner on Twitter.last_img read more

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Facebook Unveils Ad Strategy – Users Become Marketers

first_imgA Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Business pages – Businesses can build profile pages on Facebook that users can interact with. I’m not sure what the benefit is here over the Facebook sponsored groups that businesses have been paying large fees to have for months. 100,000 business pages supposedly launched today, though.Social Ads and Beacon – Ads targeted by user profile data — everything from favorite music to relationship status, and the ability for people to publish product interactions from third-party sites to their news feed (Beacon works more or less as rumored).Insight – Marketing and usage metrics for advertisers about who is clicking on their ads and how to better target them.Obviously the most compelling part of what Facebook announced is Social Ads and Beacon, both of which operate in basically the ways we have been expecting. The reactions across the blogosophere have ranged from lauditory, to fearful, to bored.There are those who agree with Zuckerberg that Facebook’s new strategy is a winner — highly targeted ads and consumers acting as marketers. There are those who think the whole idea reeks of privacy violations — ads based on the personal information about yourself you intended only to share with friends? There are those who were hoping for something bigger — the next AdSense. There are those who wonder if the whole thing will work — who wants to promote products anyway?On that last point, the answer is probably a whole lot of people. While people are unlikely to trumpet prewritten marketing messages to their friends, we already do a lot of marketing in our lives. We wear t-shirts with logos on them, we talk to our friends about things we’ve purchased, and directly on Facebook we provide numerous lists of our favorite things (music, TV shows, movies, books, sports teams — we’re acting as marketers for all of those things). It’s not quite a big leap to suspect that people might want to interact with their favorite brands on a more personal level and share those interactions with their friends. In some respects, that’s already been happening on Facebook for a long time — the Apple Students group, for example, has over 420,000 users participating in one giant commerical. josh catone 1 Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting There are certainly some legitimate privacy concerns, but I’m not sure ad targeting based on explicit data is much different than targeting based on implicit data (i.e., data you knowingly enter vs. data gathered based on the things you look at or interact with). Further, I’m not sure how Facebook ads based on your list of favorite bands are much different than ads targeted by the Google search you made for a medical condition. Both could theoretically be tied to you (though in each case the company serving the ads promises they aren’t) and both are based on potentially private information that you may only want a select group of people to know about. Would there have been any privacy concerns voiced if contextual text ads (like Microsoft’s adCenter product) were being used on Facebook — essentially doing the same thing and targetting ads based on keywords you’d entered into you profile? I tend to doubt it.ConclusionIn all, I suspect that if Facebook provides opt-out tools on par with the ones they provide for the news and mini feeds and if the ads themselves aren’t too annoying, there won’t be much of a backlash from users over these ads. I was among the early Facebook users who was uncomfortable when the news feed first debuted. In time, most users adjusted and now rely on it to keep in the loop with their friends. In my personal view, ads served by a robot scanning my profile for keywords is less invasive than a news ticker that displays my every move to all my contacts. If Facebook users can get used to that, I don’t think they’ll have much trouble accepting this. But what do you think? Leave your thoughts about Facebook Ads in the comments below. At long last, Facebook today finally unveiled its much hyped advertising strategy at an invite-only event in New York. Their three pronged attack has already been reported on ad nauseum, so beyond a quick overview, I won’t get into the reporting side much.The company’s approach to advertising boils down to an attempt at conversational marketing, where users become product promoters and are encouraged to spread the word about things they buy and use among their group of friends and contacts. “Facebook Ads represent a completely new way of advertising online,” said Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg to a small crowd of a few hundred ad execs and press, with his usual Jobsian hyperbole in full effect. “For the last hundred years media has been pushed out to people, but now marketers are going to be a part of the conversation. And they‚Äôre going to do this by using the social graph in the same way our users do.”Facebook’s ad strategy has three main components:center_img Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Tags:#news#web last_img read more

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Big Data: More Data Points that Document the Speed of the Data Deluge

first_imgThe total amount of information available in the world, or the ‘digital universe’, is expected to double every two years from now until 2020, according to IDC research sponsored by EMC.  In 2020, there will be more than five terabytes of information stored for every person on the earth, for a total of more than 40,000 exabytes of data.QMee recently put together an Infographic that measures and compares the speed and volumes at which some major data services are enabling users to create, search and consume data.Online in 60 Seconds [Infographic] is an infographic that was produced by Qmeelast_img read more

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