‘Developed Countries Should Pay For Disasters Linked To Climate…

first_img Oct 7, 2020 Greater Focus on Regional Agriculture Bahamas PM warns region at great risk of climate changeNASSAU, The Bahamas, Dec 5, CMC – The 10th Caribbean Conference on Comprehensive Disaster Management (CDM) has begun here with Prime Minister Dr. Hubert Minnis noting that small-island developing states in the region are at great risk of climate change. The conference, which ends on Saturday, is being held under the…December 5, 2017In “Anguilla”UN Secretary General Visits The Bahamas to Assess Damage from Hurricane Dorian(The Bahamas Government Information Service) NASSAU, The Bahamas – United Nations Secretary General  expressed the solidarity of the United Nations and the international community with the government and people of The Bahamas after the unrelenting onslaught of Hurricane Dorian. “I bring our deepest condolences to those who have lost loved…September 16, 2019In “CCCCC”PM Minnis urges ACP countries to intensify response to climate emergency(Bahamas Information Service) , BRUSSELS, Belgium – Vulnerable areas in the Africa Caribbean and Pacific (ACP) Group of States must collectively and urgently intensify its response to the climate emergency Prime Minister the Most Hon. Dr. Hubert Minnis told ACP Ambassadors today. The Prime Minister made the plea while addressing…November 15, 2019In “Agriculture”Share this on WhatsApp Sep 29, 2020 CDB to Lend US$70M to The Bahamas and Saint Lucia,… (Bahamas Tribune)  PRIME Minister Dr Hubert Minnis said he urged stakeholders of developed countries during meetings in New York last week to establish a fund to aid developing countries who suffer climate change-related natural disasters. Speaking during a press conference he held on Saturday upon his return home, Dr Minnis recounted telling leaders this country faces threats from “three hurricanes”: literal storms, ever-changing demands from bodies like the Organisation of Economic Cooperation and Development and illegal immigration. “We must deal with all three hurricanes or The Bahamas we see today will be completely different tomorrow,” he said. Sep 4, 2020center_img ‘Step In our Shoes’ – Dr. Carla Barnett Make COVID Recovery ‘a true turning point’ for people and… Sep 10, 2020 “We will deal with the migratory hurricane very aggressively; however we will respect the humanitarian rules of the international sector. We pointed out that The Bahamas and other Third World countries are being treated unfairly. They look at our GDP per capita and therefore we do not qualify for any grants for assistance. We are a poor nation. We are not a rich, wealthy nation. Yes we have wealthy people, but we have a high incidence of poverty, 12 percent within our country which is very high. “Because of our financial outlook, we don’t qualify and therefore when we borrow money that affects our debt-to-GDP and therefore the UN must look at it more differently in that the war that we’re fighting in terms of hurricanes, is not our war, it’s a war caused by climate change as a result of first world nations. We make very little contribution to the climate change as we see it but we’re the ones who feel all the effects. We’re the ones that is attacked by a war that was not created by us and therefore it was pointed out to them that because it was their war that’s attacking us then the time has come that they should provide an independent funding that would deal with our infrastructure that is damaged by the hurricanes so it would have no impact on the debt-to-GDP ratio and our borrowing. That loan grant, borrowing would be treated completely differently from our debt-to-GDP ratio so that is not affected and that is something we’re going to look at.” Recounting details of a meeting he had in New York, Dr Minnis said: “I would’ve discussed the problems that we face. Climate change is a big problem that all small island states face, Caribbean inclusive. We were concerned with the strength of the hurricanes today as opposed to yesterday and the damages they inflict on Caribbean nations. Most importantly what was discussed both at the UN level and at the Bloomberg forum where many banking representatives were in agreement with me and in agreement with the representative of the CARICOM is we both spoke with the same voices, at least we have the same views moving forward and that is, The Bahamas, I explained to them that in The Bahamas we face three hurricanes. “The world is familiar with Hurricane Irma, Hurricane Andrew etc, that’s hurricane we can see, you can make preparation for, that’s the hurricanes which cause overt and extensive damage to your infrastructure resulting in monies being moved from your consolidated fund to repair your infrastructure, resulting in less monies to repair your educational system, your national security, your health system, etc and obviously a deterioration in the quality of like. That’s one of the hurricanes we see. “The other hurricane we face is the OECD and the blacklisting and the goalpost being changed repeatedly so we were in overt discussions with seeing how we can deal with that. But the third hurricane no one thinks about is the hurricane of migration, all the illegals that we face and they are causing repeated, increased cost to our healthcare system that we cannot keep up with, increased cost to our educational system, increased cost to our social system, increased cost to our security system and increased cost to our country at large so when you combine those three hurricanes The Bahamas is under great assault and we pointed those out and we seek some assistance moving forward. It was pointed out to them that under no circumstance would we relent on our immigration policy. That hurricane we can deal with and we will aggressively pursue. With the first two we get hit every six months, but with migration it’s a year-round threat and will devastate us.” Dr Minnis also said he met the CEO of Airbnb, an online accommodation booking service, last week as well and two discussed a business opportunity related to the hospitality service. “We face challenges,” he said, “especially in the Family Islands with second home residences renting their facilities and the tourist product is changing. As opposed to hotel rooms you have bed and breakfast and rental facilities. Unless we take charge of that arena now we will lose the Family Islands. Therefore I had a very interesting and productive discussion with the CEO of Airbnb and discussed the challenges that we face and he offered that what they would do for us is they would keep a register of all rental facilities within The Bahamas and if at any point we introduce any taxation so that we could have some type of funds generated from these rental facilities, then they would do the collection for us, after which they would repatriate the necessary funds to The Bahamas and the minister for Grand Bahama was also in attendance in that meeting and he would follow that through.” Nonetheless, the government has already been engaged with Airbnb to accomplish what Dr Minnis discussed with that company’s CEO. Last year, the Ministry of Tourism and Airbnb signed a memorandum of understanding to regularise vacation home rentals. Areas the two sides hope to cooperate on include “sharing of aggregate Airbnb Bahamas data, provision of information to Airbnb on Bahamas industry-related laws and exploration of Airbnb’s collection and remittance of any applicable taxes,” according to a press release last year from Bahamas Information Services. Last week, Dr Minnis and a delegation attended the 2018 Bloomberg Global Business Forum hosted by Michael Bloomberg in New York. Dr Minnis also gave an address to the United Nations General Assembly while in New York. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… You may be interested in…last_img read more

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Jamaica’s Atkinson wins 50m breaststroke gold in Beijing

first_img CARPHA Partners with, PAHO to Ensure Caribbean States’… Jamaican Alia Atkinson Breaks Own Record At Swimming World CupPresident of the Aquatic Sports Association of Jamaica Martin Lyn says that Alia Atkinson’s new world record effort shows that she is dedicated to greatness. Atkinson lowered her 50 metres breaststroke world record to 28.56 seconds, shaving .08 of a second off the previous mark at the FINA (Short Course)…October 7, 2018In “Jamaica”Jamaica’s Atkinson continues World Cup Swimming dominanceJamaica’s swim star Alia Atkinson on Sunday stamped her dominance on the 50 Short Course Meters (SCM) Breaststroke event in Tokyo winning another gold medal for her country at the FINA Swimming World Cup. Recording a blistering 28.95 seconds she again finished ahead of the Russian Champion Yuliya Efimova (29.56)…November 11, 2018In “Jamaica”Late birthday gold for Jamaica’s Swimming champion Alia AtkinsonSHANGHAI, China (AFP) via Observer — Jamaican star Alia Atkinson celebrated turning 30 by finally winning 50m breaststroke gold at the short course World Swimming Championships on Wednesday. Atkinson’s landmark birthday was on Tuesday but she had to wait a day to really mark the occasion in imperious style in…December 12, 2018In “Jamaica”Share this on WhatsApp Oct 15, 2020 Oct 16, 2020 Atkinson, the world record holder in the event, got off to fast start before pulling away from the rest of the field to touch the wall first in 29.16.  The Jamaican was just half a second off the world record she set last month.In second place was her Russian rival Yulia Efimova who touched next with a time of 29.63.  Efimova had earlier claimed the other two breaststroke events.  Australia’s Emily Seebohm was a surprise third-place finisher in 30.35, after heading right back into the water after claiming the silver medal in the 200m backstroke.The final two meets of the World Cup will take place in Tokyo, Japan from November 9 to 11 and Singapore from November 15 to 17.  Atkinson is currently seventh in the women’s standings, which is currently led by Sweden’s Sarah Sjöström.Report from Sportsmax; photos/video via FINA Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Six Eastern Caribbean countries deemed safe for travel – CDC Jamaican Olympian Alia Atkinson was comfortably first in the women’s 50m breaststroke, adding yet another gold medal to her collection, at the 2018 FINA World Cup, in Beijing on Sunday.center_img Oct 16, 2020 CMO says Saint Lucia at critical stage of COVID-19 outbreak You may be interested in… Barbados releases new COVID-19 Travel Protocols Oct 16, 2020last_img read more

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WTO Approves Extension of Waiver of Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act

first_img Pamela Coke-Hamilton Named New Head of International Trade… Caribbean Trade Legislation Passes United States Senate – On… You may be interested in… Heeding PM Mottley’s Clarion Call for Vulnerability Index CARICOM/US Relations: Overlooking Our Connections Oct 1, 2020 Jun 10, 2020center_img Jul 27, 2020 (Guyana Ministry of Foreign Affairs Press Release) On Wednesday October 16,  the World Trade Organisation’s General Council approved the extension of the Waiver of the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA), which allows for continued duty-free access to the United States market for eligible Caribbean products, up to September 30, 2025. Through CBERA, 17 countries including the Co-operative Republic of Guyana, are beneficiaries of preferential tariff treatment intended to support the development of regional economies. The trade programme was set to expire at the end of the year. In a statement today to the World Trade Organisation (WTO), the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) noted that, “The CARICOM Region values its trading relationship with the United States and, through initiatives such as the CBERA, views it as a partner in pursuance of export diversification, spurring foreign direct investment, building competitiveness, and the economic resilience of the region.” US/CARICOM Relations: WTO CBI waiver secured, but …By Elizabeth Morgan The US request for the Most Favoured Nation (MFN) waiver for the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) was approved at the General Council Meeting of the World Trade Organization (WTO) held October 15-16. The CBI comprises the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and the Caribbean Basin Trade…October 30, 2019In “Business”CARICOM/USA Relations: What of CBI?By Elizabeth Morgan, Specialist in International Trade Policy and International Politics You will recall from previous articles that the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) comprises the Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBPTA). CBERA’s duration is indefinite, but CBPTA, which amends provisions of CBERA,…June 7, 2019In “CARICOM”US/CARICOM Trade: Caribbean support required for Bill to extend Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI)By Elizabeth Morgan Countries of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) continue to export goods to the USA under the Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) comprising the 1983/1990 Caribbean Basin Economic Recovery Act (CBERA) and the 2000 Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act (CBTPA), which grant duty free access to the US market for…February 20, 2019In “Featured”Share this on WhatsApp In 2018, CARICOM exports to the United States accounted for 32 percent of its global exports while imports from the United States into CARICOM amounted to 36 percent of CARICOM’s imports from all sources. Among products eligible under this act are textiles and apparel, energy-related products (e.g. petroleum and methanol), agricultural produce and processed foods. The Caribbean Basin Initiative (CBI) was launched in 1983 through CBERA and further expanded in 2000 under the Caribbean Basin Trade Partnership Act. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… May 13, 2020last_img read more

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Lund International Promotes Mitch Fogle to GM, Deflecta-Shield Accessories Division

first_imgANOKA, MN — Lund International has promoted Mitch Fogle to general manager of the company’s Deflecta-Shield Accessories Division (DAD). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement Fogle has been with Lund International and DAD since 2003. Prior to his promotion, he held the position of plant manager and has been directing efforts associated with improving operational efficiency, restructuring inventory levels and providing superior product availability to customers. Under the mentoring of Jerry Schomaker, former site vice president at DAD and now site vice president at Ventshade, and Harry Samp, site vice president at Belmor and Deflecta-Shield, Fogle is poised to take over daily operations at DAD. _______________________________________ Click here to view the rest of today’s headlines.,Lubrication Specialties Inc. (LSI), manufacturer of Hot Shot’s Secret brand of performance additives and oils, recently announced the expansion of senior leadership. Steve deMoulpied joins LSI as the company’s chief operating officer (COO). AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement DeMoulpied has a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the United States Air Force Academy and a Master of Business Administration degree from the University of Dayton in Marketing and International Business. He served six years with the USAF overseeing the development of technology used on fighter aircraft and the E-3 Surveillance aircraft, finishing his career honorably as Captain. LSI President Brett Tennar says, “Steve’s success in developing operational strategies that improves the bottom line, builds teamwork, reduces waste and ensures quality product development and distribution checks many of the boxes of what we were looking for in a COO. This, coupled with his career in the Air Force working with highly technical systems and his in-depth understanding of Lean Six Sigma and Business Process Management sealed our offer. As our tagline states, our products are Powered by Science. This data driven approach is one reason why our company has grown exponentially as we employ the most advanced technology to product development. I am confident that Steve is the right person to drive operational strategy for our diverse and growing brands.” Advertisement DeMoulpied comes to LSI from the Private Client Services practice of Ernst & Young where he managed strategy & operations improvement engagements for privately held client businesses. Some of his prior roles include VP of strategic development, director of strategic initiatives, and Lean Six Sigma Master Black Belt at OptumHealth, UnitedHealth Group’s health services business, as well as Lean Six Sigma Black Belt at General Electric, where he applied operations improvement principles to customer service, supply chain and product development. A successful entrepreneur, deMoulpied is also the founder of PrestoFresh, a Cleveland-based e-commerce food/grocery business.  With more than 20 years of experience across multiple industries and functional areas, deMoulpied has particular expertise in organizations with complex technical products. Combined, his prior positions have required a spectrum of skills in corporate strategy, operations improvement, product quality, and revenue cycle management. He has an impressive history of utilizing data driven problem solving (Lean Six Sigma) and project management (PMP and CSM) to achieve strategic goals surrounding customer satisfaction, operational efficiency and improved profit. last_img read more

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Mort Schwartz Named to RepairPal Advisory Board

first_imgEMERYVILLE, Calif. — RepairPal has announced the addition of Mort Schwartz to its advisory board. Schwartz, an accomplished executive and leader in the automotive industry, was recently inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame last month in Dearborn, Mich.AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement RepairPal is a free online auto resource that provides accurate and complete auto maintenance and repair information to consumers. RepairPal’s service provides consumers with fair service price estimates, a comprehensive auto shop directory with user reviews and expert insights from ASE-certified mechanics. RepairPal’s unique, patent-pending system relies on multiple sources of proprietary data to provide accurate repair price estimates for most major and minor repairs on 98 percent of passenger vehicles in the U.S. Other RepairPal advisors include Hal Logan, senior vice president of strategic planning and industry relations for Manheim Inc.; Christopher Michel, founder and former CEO of Affinity Labs and Military.com; James Currier, founder and former CEO of Tickle.com and co-founder of Ooga Labs; Stan Chudnovsky, former CEO of Tickle.com and co-founder of Ooga Labs; and David Potts, principal of Cascade 10, an industry veteran and strategic consultant to the online automotive industry. Schwartz’s 40-year career includes directorships and chairmanships of several major industry organizations including the Automotive Parts and Accessories Association, the Automotive Warehouse Distributors Association and the California Automotive Wholesalers Association. He is a founder of the Global Automotive Aftermarket Symposium. Schwartz currently serves on the board of directors of WORLDPAC, a major aftermarket parts distributor, is a consultant to General Parts Inc., and serves as a Trustee of the University of the Aftermarket Foundation. Advertisement Schwartz served as a Captain in the U.S. Army and taught at Rutgers University. He earned his bachelors and masters degrees in industrial engineering from New York University. He was the recipient of a doctor of laws honoris causa from Northwood University in 2007.last_img read more

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Cone Zone: Week Of July 8, 2019

first_imgCOUNTY News:The Public Works/Traffic Division provides the latest updates on the following projects:Manhole Repairs – Ponderosa Estates in Los Alamos:Crews continue adjusting manholes in Ponderosa Estates along Aspen Drive, Sumac Lane and Maple Drive. Work is scheduled to continue through the end of July. The concrete being used is a high strength mix and requires a cure time; therefore, residents are urged to avoid driving over these manholes for the first few days after they are poured. Traffic control will be set up daily in several locations along the project route and residents are urged to use caution when driving through and walking near these work zones. Work hours are 80 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday.Road Striping in White Rock:Traffic and Streets Division crews are wrapping up striping local roadways in White Rock to replace faded markings for traffic safety. No traffic delays. Please slow down and use caution when crews are working in these areas.Questions on the above projects? Email [email protected], or call 505.662.8150.Other road construction projects:N.M. 502 Roundabout and Road Reconstruction (NMDOT project) No change to traffic pattern for last week. The contractor continues working on common trench for utilities 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. Expect delays. The speed limit is reduced to 25 mph. N.M. 502 (Trinity Drive) east-bound traffic is being detoured to 4th Street and Central Avenue. After a full stop, motorists should turn right (east) and travel through the construction zone to continue east-bound out of Los Alamos on N.M. 502. West-bound N.M. 502 traffic entering Los Alamos and approaching the roundabout construction zone is being detoured onto Central Avenue; continue west to Knecht Street (or alternatively, continue to the traffic light at 15th Street) then turn left to return to Trinity Drive. There is only one lane of traffic in each direction on Central Avenue. Please slow down, use caution and expect delays in this area, especially during peak commute times.Traffic advisories from NMDOT are available on www.nmroads.com and motorists are asked to check the site for updates on this project as it proceeds.Manhattan Loop (Near the N.M. 502 Roundabout Project) – Cable Repairs (Cablecom project):Beginning Monday, Cablecom will be repairing cable behind the sidewalk requiring a full sidewalk closure at 48 Manhattan loop; work continues through Wednesday at the intersection of Canyon and Manhattan loop. Because of the proximity to the N. M 502 project, pedestrians and motorists are urged to use extra caution in this already congested work zone.TA-21 Clean Up Project – DP Road (N3B project):No change in truck traffic on DP Road from last week’s report. Clean-up work on the LANL TA-21 Site at the far eastern end of DP Road continues. Large trucks carrying away demolition debris containers will be exiting DP Road at an average of approximately three trucks per day. Motorists are asked to be alert for trucks exiting; use caution when entering or exiting DP Road, as this area is near the NM502 Road Reconstruction project.Utility/Road Construction Longview Drive in White Rock (Dig It Excavating project):A portion of Longview Drive will be closed for utility work requiring an asphalt cut, between 117 Longview to 123 Longview, beginning Monday and continuing through Friday. Detour signs will be posted.last_img read more

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Ledoux: Exploring Mysteries Of Living … Behavior And Contingencies

first_imgBy STEPHEN F. LEDOUXA Los Alamos member ofThe International Behaviorology InstituteSince the causes of behavior are cast in terms of “contingencies,” the time has come to make some sense of the term “contingency.”This term stands in generically for the range of “causes” of behavior the way other terms cannot, such as “stars” in astrology, or “selves” in psychology.In a contingency, as an if-then relationship, if one variable happens, then the other variable happens. Each contingent relationship involves a dependency between variables. One variable “causes” behavior while the other variable is the behavior, the effect of the cause.A dependency exists between the effect and the cause. The occurrence of the effect depends on the occurrence of the cause. While gradually getting used to the term “contingency” substituting “dependency” for it sometimes helps.Of course, science generally avoids words like “cause” and “effect” because they come with various bits of philosophical baggage. We can, however, still employ them to get things started. But science enhances accuracy by using the terms “independent variable” and “dependent variable” with the dependent variable occurring as a function of the independent variable.For example, some electric stoves have 10 buttons for each element, with each button tied to a different amount of electrical energy passing through and thereby heating the element. These buttons therefore constitute the values of the heat independent variable, and we manipulate the heat when we push different buttons. The word “manipulation” gets some bad press, sometimes deserved, but here in science it has a quite neutral meaning.By manipulating the heat, we control the speed at which the water in our teapot boils. That speed can be a dependent variable, but the button pushing is the behavior dependent variable of our concern. Contingencies involving guests getting impatient for tea compel pushing the button that provides the most energy to the stove element, making the water heat quickly. In contingency terms, the fastest water heating is contingent on (that is, “depends on”) pushing the highest energy button, which is contingent on (that is, “depends on”) guests getting noisy for tea.Alternatively, conditions might be such that we cannot use the hot water for several minutes anyway. Perhaps we are preparing the crumpets or scones that accompany the tea. Then, pushing a button that provides less energy to the stove element makes the water heat more slowly.As usual, that example is more complex in a couple of ways. The whole situation actually intertwines both physical variables (amount of energy and speed of water heating) and behavioral variables (conditions controlling pushing one button rather than a different button, with appropriate results). All this anticipates our initial coverage of behavior independent variables and dependent variables shortly.Also, we actually only observe the repeatable sequence of these events in time, that is, one seems always to follow the other (“seems,” because observing every possible repetition—past, present, and future—is not possible). Enough such repetitions breed a certain confidence that the sequences are not occurring by coincidence.We may then begin using the overused (and possibly misused) term “cause” to describe the sequence, saying that the occurrence of a certain independent variable causes the occurrence of a certain dependent variable. We may even reach the point where the relationship is so well established, with such a high confidence level, that we begin calling it a “law” (like gravity).We find different scientific disciplines connecting with different kinds of dependent variables as their particular subject matter. Generally, dependent variables involving energy constitute the basic subject matter of physics, while chemistry deals with matter as its dependent–variable subject matter. And dependent variables involving life forms constitute the basic subject matter of biology, while behaviorology deals with life functions, behavior, as its dependent–variable subject matter.Behaviorology is interested in the functional relations that pertain to behavior, especially human behavior. With behavior in general, and changes in behavior in particular, as our dependent variables, consider just a general view of the independent variables that control behavior.Note that the word “control,” with respect to behavior, does not refer to “coercion,” something that pre–scientific cultural notions make us suspect. Scientifically, “control” merely refers to behavior being a function of independent variables.An easy, although only temporarily helpful, initial view of behavior and its “causes” takes a very simplified form that we call the “ABCs of behaviorology.” This is actually a double contingency. Here the “A” stands for “antecedent controls,” while the “B” stands for behaviors, and the “C” stands for consequent controls.” Expanding a little, this formula reads “antecedent events functionally control behaviors, while behaviors functionally control consequences.”As contingencies, that formula says that the behavior is contingent on the antecedents and the consequences are contingent on the behavior. Later, as the complexity increases, we will come to understand that the effectiveness of the antecedents is actually contingent on the consequences.That formula indicates the most common kinds of variables surrounding behavior. A variety of stimulus variables comprise the antecedents of behavior. A variety of considerations surround behavior responses. And a variety of stimulus variables comprise the consequences, or “postcedents,” of behavior (of which “consequences” are only one type).Stimuli occur in the environment, some of which exists inside the skin, because the laws of the universe affect what is inside the skin as much as they affect what is outside the skin. Thus, stimuli are the vast range of real events in the internal and external behavior–controlling environments.More specifically stimuli are various kinds, qualities, and intensities of energy changes at nervous–system receptor cells. They produce structural changes in the nervous system that result in the occurrence of behavior (or affect behavior in some other way) and we describe this interaction as the neural mediation of behavior under those environmental controls. Note that nerves mediate behavior only after stimulation occurs. Nerves do not initiate behavior. This all occurs entirely naturally.Internal and external environmental stimulus energies, some that evoke behavior and others that consequate behavior, work by affecting the brain and nervous system, which thus neither originate nor initiate the occurrence of behavior. Instead, brains and nervous systems only mediate behavior as part of the physiology that is ever present and operating when behavior occurs. Topics in later columns will fill in some details.Essentially then, physiology is the locus at which internal and external environmental independent variables and behavioral dependent variables interact. Similarly, the processes and outcomes that the terms in our behavior formula imply need no participation from spontaneously acting or mystical inner agents.For a more fun to read, general–audience primer on the topics of these columns, one that is less comprehensive but also less technical than my 2014 textbook, see my 2017 book, What Causes Human Behavior—Stars, Selves, or Contingencies? that BehaveTech Publishing, in Ottawa, Canada, published. You can find it fully described on the books page of www.behaviorology.org.Writing these columns occurs separately from membership in The International Behaviorology Institute (TIBI, at www.behaviorology.org where you can always find more information and resources). The author is not speaking for TIBI, and the author and TIBI need not be in agreement. TIBI welcomes feedback, members, and donations (501.c.3). Write the author through this paper’s editor. Find previously published columns on this paper’s website. This is column 3 of 72. 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FBI To Hold Diversity Recruiting Event In Albuquerque

first_imgIn particular, the FBI is looking for applicants who are fluent in a second language; have the ability to think critically; and come from a science/computer/technological background.  The Albuquerque FBI Division will hold a recruiting event next month to encourage members of underrepresented communities – especially women and minorities – to consider becoming Special Agents. FBI News: Pre-registration is required at: https://www.fbijobs.gov/career-paths/special-agents/diversity-agent-recruitment-program With the evolving threats that the United States faces, the Bureau has prioritized the need to hire those who are both highly skilled and representative of the wider community.  Attendees will travel at their own expense. Those unable to attend this event are encourage to apply for a special agent position by going to https://fbijobs.gov The FBI’s DAR event will allow potential applicants the opportunity to talk to special agents to learn more about job opportunities inside the Bureau. They will have the opportunity to hear about and ask questions related to: Life as a new agent (including training at the FBI Academy); Balancing a high-energy job with family; Typical day in the life of an FBI Special Agent (hint: there isn’t one!);Working cases that make a difference in your community; andOpportunities to travel the world. Although this event highlights diversity, all eligible candidates are welcome to attend. Special Agent applicants must be between the ages of 23-36; hold a minimum of a Bachelor’s Degree; have a minimum of two years of work experience (one year with a Master’s Degree) and be a U.S. citizen. The Diversity Agent Recruiting (DAR) event is 6-9 p.m., Aug. 20 in Albuquerque. “The FBI is stronger when it better represents the communities it serves,” said James Langenberg, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in New Mexico. “America looks to FBI Special Agents to protect them every day, and we want our Special Agents to look like America.”last_img read more

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CB FOX Celebrates 40 Years Of Business In Los Alamos!

first_imgBy CAROL A. CLARKLos Alamos Daily [email protected] FOX is celebrating 40 years of business in Los Alamos with a big party, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 3 and the entire community is invited to attend.The celebration will include free hot dogs and brats “as long as they last”, cotton candy of which donations support Chamisa athletes, henna tattoos, and music by Trouble Cliff Jazz Ensemble led by Joey Farish and William Finn of Los Alamos. The community also is invited to stop by the roulette wheel for a chance at 10, 15, and 20 percent discounts of furniture. There will be $200 coupons for men’s and women’s Kuhl clothing and opportunities to test rest $1,800 Beautyrest mattresses for a chance to win one. “Over the last 40 years we’ve done our utmost to support the community and they’ve paid us back in spades,” co-owner Andy Fox said during an interview, together with his parents and co-owners Dave and Anne Fox, Tuesday at the Los Alamos Daily Post. “We want to take this opportunity to thank the community.”In reminiscing about the last four decades, the Fox family recalled many generous gestures they received from community members.“One time we ran a ‘We’re not going out of business … we just need cash!’ advertisement. Betty Souder saw it and wanted to be sure we were okay, so she came in and purchased $1,500 worth of gift certificates to give us some cash,” Dave recalled fondly. “While we are remembering the great people we’ve met over the years, we want to salute Bill Enloe and LANB for all their years of support.”They also spoke about the importance of the support small businesses give to the local community.“It matters,” Andy said. “So many of our local small businesses contribute, I don’t know how many hundreds of thousands of dollars. We have been contributors of nonprofits and organizations that support youth for years … it’s so important.”Anne told the story of how they finally took the plunge 40 years ago to own their own business.“Dave was always saying he wanted to own his own business and one time my sister got tired of hearing him say it and told him to just do it … and he finally did,” she said laughing.Following is a chronological history Dave has compiled of the family’s journey over the last four decades:CB FOX HISTORY Written by Dave Fox, Jan. 1, 2011.Modified with addition of mission statement, July 16, 2015Updated July 2019.We came to Los Alamos from St. Louis, MO, 40 years ago as of this writing – my wife, Anne, our three children and me. That we got here was a “collision” of more coincidences than we could ignore, all of which lead to our purchasing our predecessor, the Clement & Benner Department Store … despite the fact that we’d really been trying to buy a hardware store in the then-obscure town of Eagle, Colo.But the coincidences we encountered commanded our attention, such as: our young daughter being best friend to the daughter of Mr. Clement’s son, Buck Clement, who lived within a block of us in St. Louis while his father lived within a mile of us – and had for 40 years, although we hadn’t the remotest idea he owned a Los Alamos store. And coincidences such as the Clement girl’s other grandparents being our next door neighbors!At any rate, before we even knew of Clement & Benner, we’d gotten our sights set on a hardware store in Eagle, Colo. – a rough-at-the edges place with what looked like a good future, thanks to the expensive Beaver Creek development being built just to the east. But making a decision to move to Eagle, a grease spot in the road at that time, was not easy, and by the time we convinced ourselves that Eagle would work out for a young family, a call to the Eagle bank that was to finance the deal, resulted in the devastating news they – the bank – had just snatched the rug out from under us and bought the place for their own purposes. A bank robbery in reverse! Definitely not nice.That dastardly deed got me pretty warm. So, to cool down, I simply began some yard work, when down my driveway came this Buck Clement (He’d come to pick up my daughter for a slumber party with his daughter). Buck knew about “Eagle”, asked how the deal was going, quickly sympathized that it had collapsed, picked up my daughter, and drove away … but no sooner got home than he phoned me, asking, “Would you be interested in my dad’s department store in Los Alamos, NM?”Well, coincidentally (again!), I’d been to Los Alamos exactly 30 days before, because a hardware chain executive for New Mexico had been showing me potential sites for stores in Santa Fe, and in the process, on my visit to New Mexico, he and I made a swing up to Los Alamos so the folks at a hardware store there could give me general encouragement about business in northern New Mexico. That store was/is Metzger’s – so we could have hit our future with a snowball then and there, had we known where the future would lead.There was just so much coincidence involved, that despite not being superstitious (at the time, anyway!), we visited the store within a week of Buck Clement’s question. But still being employed in St. Louis meant we had only a Saturday to scope out Clement & Benner and only half a Sunday to find a house we thought maybe we could afford after we made a down payment on the store! By Saturday evening, we agreed with Dick Clement to purchase the store, and by noon Sunday, we identified the one and only house that seemed maybe affordable with whatever money might be left over after the store was bought for an as yet unknown price! The house was only partly built – just sticks with a roof frame and standing in two feet of snow. Seemed breathless then. And it was. Seems breathless now. And it still is.What we didn’t have, oddly, was any retail experience whatsoever. None.What we did have was crucial: a robust customer-orientation, thanks to 17 prior years in marketing positions that inculcated the One Really Big Idea That Counts: customers’ needs and wants actually do come first. That’s if you actually want to succeed.Some Los Alamosans still call us Clement & Benner, which is okay by us, since the “CB” in CB FOX pays tribute to our Clement & Benner-past and especially to George Benner, individually.Speaking of George Benner, we wish he still lived in Los Alamos. He was the soul of good business sense and had a streak of generosity as wide as the Ohio River at full flood … next to which he moved (and now lies) in Evansville, Indiana.Milestones:July 1979: CB FOX buys Clement & Benner Department Store’s merchandise, fixtures and equipment (but not the building).November 1982: Dave Fox dons Santa suit, pretends to be him for next 38 years (so far), creating a permanent Holiday Season draw of traffic to the store and appreciation from several hundred parents annually, judging from the “patient” wait in the “Santa Claus line”.July 1987: create a special-order mattress section in just 100 square feet of space. Leads to full-scale mattress operations later on.December 1988: CB FOX buys building from Clement & Benner Dept. Store. (Note: Built to be a movie theater by AEC in ’52-’53, AEC later converts it to a department store by ’56 and sells it. It operates about a year as Hubbard’s Dept. Store, then becomes Spears Dept. Store for a couple years. In 1959 it’s bought by Richard Clement of St. Louis, Mo. Clement hires George Benner of Evansville, IN to run Clement & Benner Dept. Store.August 1989: expanded Shoe and Furniture Depts. (Shoe storage structure is built right on top of a sidewalk that had skirted east side of building.) Furniture Dept expanded into area that had been the projection room for the movie theater, a space that overlooks the atrium that rises from the Women’s Dept.)October 1992: expanded and upgraded entire store in response to adoption of the then-new Downtown Plan. In fact, CB FOX was determined to set an example during that very cautious time. And so, space was increased by 20%, selection was increased 40%, the Furniture Dept grew to include half of what had been rented offices on the third floor. It didn’t stop there: new departments were created for infants & children’s wear and toys, chocolates and candies of all kinds, New Mexico food specialties and giftware, soaps, lotions and gels. Total cost of construction, new fixtures, and new merchandise: $700,000.December 1992: Began the CB FOX Holiday Open House which featured our purchasing gift certificates from all the home-owned retail stores in Los Alamos, supplementing them with some $2000 in CB FOX gift certificates, and then holding a drawing for the winners immediately before the holding of the Mainstreet “Electric Light Parade” on Central Avenue, directly in front of the store.Aug. 1994: Andy Fox joins CB FOX after several years as sales rep for footwear companies. His experience immediately felt in much increased Shoe Dept. selections, sales, inventory management. Andy’s presence gives Dave time to address expansion plans, and the County Council’s impact on the town’s business environment.April 1995: Opened Pajarito Greenhouse as a “division” of CB FOX which had been started by the person from whom Dave and Anne Fox had purchased their Pajarito Acres home, i.e. the greenhouse stood just 50 feet from our house, ‘twas small at just 336 sq. ft. and spring of ’95 was its original season of operation.April 1998: Greenhouse is very successful, so “exploded” the greenhouse area from 336 sq. ft to 3,600 sq. ft.Aug. 1999: Expanded to Albuquerque, opening our own mattress stores (branded MattreSmart,) because that market appeared to be ripe two ways: (1) there were too few mattress stores; (2) existing stores predominately sold by misinformation and/or outright lies about competitive products and businesses. Our strategy: Actually, help customers by identifying sleep problem(s), and then providing straight-forward information so customer could genuinely compare mattresses on basis of their advantages and benefits across a range of choices. In other words, use the same approach that had worked so well for customers in Los Alamos. But we’d misjudged acceptance of the idea; but quickly we learned that not enough of that market’s population valued truthful selling of products.January 2000: began routine use of Comcast cable television to extend our advertising reach. The message: MattresSmart’s advantage for the customer plus Beautyrest sleep systems. Los Alamos understood, responded well. Albuquerque continued to not understand. The end of MattreSmart had begun. Fast!March 2000: Stock market’s “tech bubble” pops, recession ensues. Los Alamos sales not harmed. In Albuquerque, though, we hang on for a year then exit with financial tails between our legs, sub-leasing one location on Menaul Blvd at a loss from 2000 through 2007. Still, all the advertising we’d done enhanced our reputation among Los Alamosans, and so sales here continued to grow, whereas they had not done so prior to our failed Albuquerque venture. Serendipity: alive and well.May 2000: Cerro Grande Fire destroys or severely damages 354 Los Alamos homes and burns to the ground 47,650 acres across the eastern face of the Pajarito Plateau, burns 28 percent of LANL’s lands, destroys 112 of LANL’s small buildings, causes evacuation of 18,000 Los Alamos residents, shuts down commerce in town and in White Rock. CB FOX makes deep price cuts for all who lost homes, possessions, especially on the expensive things, notably mattresses and bed linens. Price cuts result in major red ink. But we’d calculated we could survive that. And anyway at the time, with fire and smoke everywhere from May through June and smoke far into the fall, it very simply felt like the right thing to do. The Beautyrest factory in Denver charitably lessened the blow, making Beautyrest mattresses available to us at its own “Cerro Grande discount”. Years later we realized that very good goodwill was the very long-term result.July 2003: expand Furniture Department to entire third floor, eliminating spaces previously rented as office space.January 2004: begin sponsorship on PBS TV of BBC World News. Customers volunteered their surprisingly appreciative approval of this action.March 2004: Andy Fox establishes CB FOX KidZ store next door in the 1731 Central Ave. portion of CB FOX building, an instantly successful move. Reasons why: mom’s/kids now have “their own place” and because we now make space for a whole new category that had not existed since the voluntary closure after years of operation of The Hobby Bench: toys! Footnote: The Hobby Bench was the creation of Natalie Ownings, daughter of the Ownings of Skidmore Ownings & Merrill, NYC, architects of skyscrapers that changed the face of much of New York City in the “60’s and onward. Also, that cleared space for the next change below:June-September 2004: Andy expands Furniture Department again, displays new furniture lines (Simply Amish hardwood furniture, Omnia contemporary sofas, both made-in-America lines) in main floor space previously occupied by “KidZ” department. Now furniture gets full exposure through 60’ wide display window that’s virtually on Central Avenue sidewalk. Again, sales respond at rapid rate.August 2006: begin furniture advertising in “Pasatiempo” weekly magazine in New Mexican newspaper. Original purpose: use Pasatiempo’s high-quality graphics appeal to persuade simply those Los Alamosans who read the publication to think of us as a valid source for well-designed and made furniture. Success flows fast from sales traceable to Pasatiempo ads; includes unexpected significant sales to Taos, Santa Fe, on top of the Los Alamos surge.Recession of 2007-2010: sales grow every year of the recession at 8% average annual rate. We’re surprised, believe growth in recession means secular shift in customer perception of store’s value to the community.Spring-Fall 2010: New lines added: Carhartt workwear/safety footwear, North Face outerwear/sportswear, UnderArmour athletic wear, and trail-running footwear.September 2010: Repurchase all CB FOX shares from Jim McMillan. Jim was the first “outside” CB FOX stockholder: Jim/Dave together since grade school in Webster Groves, MO, same school Dave’s father/Jim’s mother went to. Jim owns Rolling Ridge Nursery in “Webster”, has been in that business 51 years by this time. Jim/Dave continue weekly phone contact as Jim remains on CB FOX Board of Directors. Conversations benefit both as by tacit agreement they’re designed to destroy “bigshot” notions of selves before they can get started. Mode of destruction: ego-pricking, generous-hearted, raucous good humor. Jim is radio voice of gardening in St. Louis, MO (KSTR-AM). Jim mentored Dave’s creation of Pajarito Greenhouse for hours by phone (at 1995-96 AT&T long distance land line rates!) The greenhouse became known as the place to buy many of the xeric varieties of perennial flowering plants, trees and shrubs that previously could be found only in Santa Fe.2017: is the final year for operation of the greenhouse when 79-year-old Dave decided that was a good run, which genuinely pleased a great number of very good Los Alamos gardeners. But CB FOX visibly offers its support to Petree’s Nursery when in the following year they open at the top of the Main Hill Road.Aug. 3, 2019: CB FOX celebrates its 40th Anniversary with a “full town’s” worth of great customers.CB FOX Mission Statement:Fine-tune our selection continually to the ways that Los Alamos actually works, plays, travels and lives.Emphasize comfort and casualness, good taste, durability, high functionality.Provide better quality at scrupulously competitive prices at all times, and do it on a brand-to-brand, item-for-item, strictly first-quality to first-quality basis.Support as many local organizations as possible, with consideration first and foremost for teams and other organizations created for children and youth.Conduct ourselves with the highest levels of good humor, openness, courtesy and helpfulness that we can muster every day. During a visit Tuesday at the Los Alamos Daily Post, from left, Andy Fox and his parents Anne and Dave Fox reminisce about the 40-year history of CB FOX. Photo by Carol A. Clark/ladailypost.comlast_img read more

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AGU: US Infrastructure Unprepared For Increasing Frequency Of Extreme Storms

first_img“We really need to get the word out about just how far behind our design standards are from there they should be,” Wright said. “The take-home message is that infrastructure in most parts of the country is no longer performing at the level that it’s supposed to, because of the big changes that we’ve seen in extreme rainfall,” said Daniel Wright, a hydrologist at the University of Wisconsin-Madison and lead author of the new study. “Design engineers at cities, consulting companies, and counties use this for different purposes, like infrastructure design management, infrastructure risk assessment and so forth. It has a lot of engineering applications,” said Amir Aghakouchak, a hydrologist at the University of California, Irvine who was not involved with the new study. Extreme weather events are on the rise, but U.S. water management systems use outdated design guidelines. New research, published in the AGU journal Geophysical Research Letters, analyzed data from multiple regions throughout the U.S. and found the rising number of extreme storms combined with outdated building criteria could overwhelm hydrologic structures like stormwater systems. Written by Abigail Eisenstadt, AGU public information intern. By comparing the number of storms that actually happened against the number predicted by IDF curves, the researchers also showed the potential consequences for U.S. infrastructure. In some regions, for example, infrastructure designed to withstand extreme rainstorms could face these storms every 40 years instead of every 100 years. But climate change is causing extreme rainfall events to occur more often in many regions of the world, something IDF curves don’t take into account. One measure of extreme rainfall is the 100-year storm, a storm that has a one percent chance of happening in a given year, or a statistical likelihood of happening once in 100 years on average. Engineers often use statistical estimates called IDF curves to describe the intensity, duration, and frequency of rainfall in each area. The curves, published by the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), are created using statistical methods that assume weather patterns remain static over time. WASHINGTON, D.C. ― Current design standards for United States hydrologic infrastructure are unprepared for the increasing frequency and severity of extreme rainstorms, meaning structures like retention ponds and dams will face more frequent and severe flooding, according to a new study.center_img Wright and his colleagues wanted to know how existing IDF curves compare with recent changes in extreme rainfall. They analyzed records from more than 900 weather stations across the U.S. from 1950 to 2017 and recorded the number of times extreme storms, like 100-year storms, exceeded design standards. AGU News: The scientists found that in most of the country the growing number of extreme rainstorms can be linked to warming temperatures from climate change, although natural events, such as El Niño, also occasionally affect the Southeast’s climate. For example, in the eastern United States, extreme rainstorm events are happening 85 percent more often in 2017, than they did in 1950. In the western U.S., these storms are appearing 51 percent more often now than they once did. “Infrastructure that has been designed to these commonly-used standards is likely to be overwhelmed more often than it is supposed to be,” Wright said.The researchers hope the findings will encourage climate scientists, hydrologists, and engineers to collaborate and improve U.S. hydrologic infrastructure guidelines. The new study is particularly timely in light of recent storms and flash floods along the East Coast. Hurricane Florence’s unprecedented rainfall caused extensive damage to infrastructure in North and South Carolina after it made landfall in fall of 2018. Courtesy/U.S. Air Forces Central Commandlast_img read more

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