FPSC kicks of 2012 Financial Planning Week Challenge

Keywords Financial Planning WeekCompanies Financial Planning Standards Council FPSC announces Financial Planning Week schedule of events FPSC recognizes outstanding achievements Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Last year, CFP professionals held more than 50 events across eight provinces. Twelve won the $500 challenge prize for ideas that brought Financial Planning Week (FPW) to various communities throughout Canada. The theme for this year’ challenge is “It’s About Time”. “Public outreach is a vital part of FPW. The FPW Challenge provides a focal point for planners to send the message to Canadians that now is the time to bring financial planning into their lives and to take action,” says Tamara Smith, VP, Marketing & Consumer Affairs, FPSC. FPSC is accepting submissions until September 14 and awarding the best 12 that represent various regions of Canada with $500 each. Challenge winners may use the money to fund their events or donate it to a local charity. To learn more about the FPW Challenge, click here. November is Financial Literacy Month Financial Planning Standards Council (FPSC) is kicking off its second annual Financial Planning Week Challenge. The contest calls on Certified Financial Planner (CFP) professionals to submit their best event ideas on how to promote financial planning in their communities during Financial Planning Week (November 19-25). IE Staff Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media read more

PIOJ/SDC Consult on Vision 2030 in St. Catherine

first_imgAdvertisements RelatedPIOJ/SDC Consult on Vision 2030 in St. Catherine The Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) held consultations with the St. Catherine Social Development Commission (SDC) on their roles and responsibilities in the implementation of Vision 2030, on Thursday (October 8), at the SDC’s parish office, Spanish Town.Social Sector Specialist at the PIOJ, Charles Clayton, said that the SDC will assist in strengthening the community based approach to mental health.“The Ministry of Health will be working out this particular policy action, but they will need the cooperation of a wide range of actors, and you are particularly positioned to do that,” Mr. Clayton said during his presentation.The SDC will also be required to assist in establishing a permanent institutional framework for identifying, promoting and reviewing national values and attitudes, and to equip families to embody their roles and responsibilities, as members of society.“Except we can change the way we think and do things, this plan will get nowhere. So, one of the critical things that we have to do, is to find away to see how we can roll out into the society, a change in the way we do things; that we develop a more civil society, a more positive society, that adopts values that are useful,” Mr. Clayton said.Other areas in which the SDC will have a role to play, include developing a framework for community development planning and integration with the national planning process; expanding and developing a community based research information system; strengthening democracy and governance in communities related to disaster response; building local capacity to manage sport activities; and undertaking storm surge hazard mapping for coastal communities.Vision 2030 Jamaica is a national long-term development plan created by a wide cross section of stakeholders, including the Government, Opposition, public and private sectors, non-governmental organizations, and community/interest groups.It is based on a vision to make Jamaica “the place of choice to live, work, raise families, and do business” by the year 2030, and is built on four strategic goals that are connected to 15 national outcomes driven by established national strategies.The four goals of the plan are to: empower Jamaicans to achieve their fullest potential; create a safe, cohesive and just society; achieve a prosperous economy; and ensure a healthy natural environment. Outcomes include world-class education and training; effective governance and security; internationally competitive industry structures; and sustainable management and use of environmental resources.The Vision 2030 Jamaica national development plan can be viewed at the PIOJ’s website at www.pioj.gov.jm. Story HighlightsThe Planning Institute of Jamaica (PIOJ) held consultations with the St. Catherine Social Development Commission (SDC) on their roles and responsibilities in the implementation of Vision 2030, on Thursday (October 8), at the SDC’s parish office, Spanish Town.Social Sector Specialist at the PIOJ, Charles Clayton, said that the SDC will assist in strengthening the community based approach to mental health.”The Ministry of Health will be working out this particular policy action, but they will need the cooperation of a wide range of actors, and you are particularly positioned to do that,” Mr. Clayton said during his presentation. RelatedPIOJ/SDC Consult on Vision 2030 in St. Catherinecenter_img PIOJ/SDC Consult on Vision 2030 in St. Catherine CommunityOctober 9, 2009 RelatedPIOJ/SDC Consult on Vision 2030 in St. Catherine FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail last_img read more

Princeton partners on $30 million grant to advance internet infrastructure

first_imgPrinceton partners on $30 million grant to advance internet infrastructure Princeton University researchers are partners on a major initiative to help shape the next generation of computer networks. The effort, known as Project Pronto, aims to build and test new types of flexible, programmable networks to advance network security, performance and innovation.Jennifer RexfordPhoto bySameer A. Khan/FotobuddyAs fifth-generation (5G) wireless networks connect a growing number of computers, phones, sensors and other devices, the ability to customize network infrastructure could improve both security against cyberattacks and the safety and performance of devices such as drones and autonomous vehicles.Project Pronto is supported by a three-year, $30 million grant from the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency. Leading the Princeton arm of the project is Jennifer Rexford, chair of the computer science department and an expert on network routing, measurement and management. The project also includes collaborators at Stanford University, Cornell University and the nonprofit Open Networking Foundation.The project is one of the largest U.S. government investments in networking since the creation of ARPANET, which launched in 1969 and was the precursor to the modern internet. “The scale of the project is noteworthy,” said Rexford, Princeton’s Gordon Y.S. Wu Professor in Engineering. “We want to move the needle on how the internet works.”The critical need for timely communication with systems that control drones and self-driving cars will put new pressures on wireless networks, said Rexford. Growth of these kinds of cyberphysical systems “forces us to grapple with every challenge amped up: more scale, more mobility, more need to react quickly,” she said.Currently, many aspects of computer networks are predetermined by their equipment and software, which network administrators have limited ability to adapt. Project Pronto aims to create new tools that allow administrators to tailor networks to their needs, as well as more nimbly detect and mitigate problems or potential attacks.“We want the owners of the network to have the ability to change how the network functions,” Rexford said. In building new 5G networks, “we think it’s important that we get it right before the door closes.”The three university campuses will serve as test beds for the project’s programmable networks. At Princeton, researchers will experiment with network hardware installed in the Friend Center.“Project Pronto envisions an innovative ‘campus as lab’ infrastructure that will demonstrate how to provide secure wireless communications between teams across multiple universities,” said Jay Dominick, Princeton’s vice president for information technology and chief information officer. “This research project will inform how the Office of Information Technology can creatively deploy a high-speed, campus-wide 5G network to meet Princeton University’s future wireless communications needs.”The project is “a way for us to dip our toes into what the future networking infrastructure might look like,” said Rexford, adding that programmable networks will be key to “the campus of the future,” which will likely include smart sensors and autonomous vehicles.Her group plans to collaborate with other Princeton researchers who focus on robotics and different aspects of wireless networking. “As we get this up and running, my hope is that we start to build a community of people who will be users of this infrastructure,” she said.Rexford is among the creators of a network programming language called P4, which will be used by Project Pronto researchers to program network devices and measure network activity. The programmable networks will also operate using the open-source platform Aether, developed by the Open Networking Foundation.The grant’s principal investigator is Nick McKeown of Stanford. Other partners include Nate Foster of Cornell and the Open Networking Foundation’s Guru Parulkar, Oguz Sunay and Larry Peterson. Peterson is the foundation’s chief technology officer and Princeton’s Robert E. Kahn Professor of Computer Science, Emeritus. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. 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Federal grant funds solar shade in CBD carpark

first_imgFederal grant funds solar shade in CBD carpark Lismore City Council will soon begin construction of a new solar shade structure in the Clyde Campbell Carpark funded through a Federal Government grant.The project features construction of a roof structure with a 99.9kW solar PV system over 40 public carparks in the Clyde Campbell Carpark as well as installation of an electric vehicle car-charging station.The project will provide much-needed shade for visitors to the CBD and the solar energy generated from the panels will be fed back to electricity grid with revenue funding ongoing maintenance costs.“The solar shade project for Clyde Campbell Carpark is a great example of local government showing leadership on climate change issues and working towards becoming a sustainable city that embraces renewable energy,” Deputy Mayor Neil Marks said.“Our community has consistently said they want Council to tackle the impacts of climate change, increase the use of renewable energy and provide more shade throughout the Lismore CBD for locals and visitors.This project delivers on all of that and will also provide an electric car-charging station for Lismore, which is exciting news and I’m sure the first of many to come.”The solar roof is funded through a $1 million grant provided by the Federal Government’s Drought Communities Program to 52 NSW councils to complete infrastructure and other drought-relief projects.In April, Council decided to spend $650,000 of the grant funding on the solar shade structure with the remainder allocated for measures to assist local landholders including training into Natural Sequence Farming, a new technique to retain water in farming landscapes during times of drought.A tender for the construction of the new solar shade structure will be released in February and construction is expected to begin sometime in April.Nearby businesses and the community will be advised when construction dates are scheduled. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:climate change, Clyde, electric car, electric vehicle, electricity, Federal, federal government, Government, infrastructure, leadership, Lismore, Lismore City Council, local council, NSW, renewable, renewable energy, sustainable, techniquelast_img read more

Homebuyers can now use their mobile phone to prove their identity

first_imgHomebuyers can now use their mobile phone to prove their identity HM Land Registry’s first Digital Identity Standard is launched today (Friday 12 March). It provides a step-by-step list of requirements for conveyancers’ use of digital services to verify their client’s identity securely and conveniently online.The new standard is optional. However, it offers a ‘Safe Harbour’ for those conveyancers who meet the requirements. HM Land Registry would not seek recourse against conveyancers who comply with the standard in the event their client was not who they claimed to be.This makes identity verification much more convenient as it can be done at any time, without the need to meet physically, for all clients whether residential or commercial. It also provides enhanced security by requiring the use of smartphones to extract encrypted information contained within the chips of documents such as passports.Mike Harlow, General Counsel, Deputy Chief Executive and Deputy Chief Land Registrar, comments:Proving your identity when buying or selling your property can be a pain. But of course, it is essential to the security of such high value transactions. This new standard for digital biometric identity checking marks an exciting milestone towards a truly digital conveyancing process.In a challenging year, we set up a cross-industry forum to support our conveyancing colleagues. First, we brought in electronic signatures to remove any need for paper in conveyancing. Now through this same collaboration we are able to bring a new digital identity standard to reduce the risk of fraud and make transactions a more digital, easier and faster experience.The release of this standard marks another key step toward the future of conveyancing. It provides a clear blueprint for technology providers to develop a range of secure and convenient options to support conveyancers better.HM Land Registry will continue to develop and tailor the standard by widening the scope to incorporate different legal entities and to explore the availability of more enhanced digital means of obtaining evidence to link the party to the transaction with the particular property. The Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) is currently developing an overarching ‘trust framework’ for digital identity use across the economy. HM Land Registry will continue to work closely with DCMS over the coming months to ensure alignment.A more detailed overview of the responses to the draft Digital Identity Standard, along with how we incorporated these suggestions, can be found in the latest blog from Robin Malpas and Abbie Purslow. The standard is available on our new Practice guide 81: encouraging the use of digital technology in identity verification. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:biometric, culture, digital, Economy, fraud, future, Government, identity, Internet, Media, meet, mobile, mobile phone, online, property, security, technology, UK, UK Governmentlast_img read more

Exploring subnational approaches to sustainable hydrogen in Netherlands

first_imgExploring subnational approaches to sustainable hydrogen in Netherlands The Climate GroupHydrogen has huge potential to empower the low carbon industry transition. It’s growing in popularity as an alternative to conventional fossil fuels because it can be used across a range of sectors and potentially created through renewable sources. But to realise the full scope of benefits that hydrogen offers, collaboration across regions is crucial.On Earth Day 2021, we were joined by regional governments from the Netherlands for a webinar hosted by the Industry Transition Platform – a joint project of the Climate Group and the German state government of North Rhine Westphalia, funded by Stiftung Mercator. The project works with governments from highly industrialised regions to develop strategies to cut industry emissions, while supporting growth, job creation and prosperity.During the webinar, representatives from the Provinces of Drenthe, Zuid-Holland and Groningen shared insights into their governments’ innovative hydrogen strategies and discussed how to overcome challenges associated with hydrogen. The hydrogen plans developed by the three provinces build on and support the Netherlands’ ambitious National Government Strategy on Hydrogen – highlighting the key role that hydrogen can play in decarbonising hard-to-abate economic sectors.For regions considering utilising hydrogen, setting out a vision is key – particularly to progress actions on the pathway to 2050 climate targets and the transition to low carbon industry. In the Northern Netherlands, for example, the focus is on creating a self-sustaining hydrogen value-chain that’s supported by both the private and public sector. In Zuid-Holland, they’re rapidly expanding their hydrogen bus fleet and piloting innovation projects as they work towards creating their own hydrogen market.As well as the benefits of hydrogen, the presentations covered some of the main challenges faced across regions, including around the storage and transportation of hydrogen, and how to involve key stakeholders in the process. The presentations also highlighted the policy and regulatory changes needed at EU and national levels to develop the hydrogen economy. The revision of existing EU legislation this year represents an important opportunity in that regard: the recast of the EU’s Renewable Energy Directive (REDII), the Emissions Trading System (EU ETS), state aid rules and other important sectoral legislation. Speakers underlined that the EU institutions should design a favourable policy and regulatory framework for hydrogen that enables public and private investments into this strategic technology.Speakers also noted that in order to move a hydrogen market forward, collaboration is needed within regions between their respective cities and businesses, but also on a national and international level. This is particularly important when considering large-scale hydrogen transportation, and the potential for hydrogen as a commodity to interconnect regions.Not forgetting the importance of public perception, raising awareness and acceptance among citizens about the use and co-benefits of hydrogen to achieve climate goals is crucial. In addition to public outreach for hydrogen’s role in achieving climate goals, the governments discussed how they considered ensuring the transition to low carbon industry is just, creates jobs, and protects livelihoods – an essential part of strategy implementation.‘Have big ambitions but start small’ was an important takeaway from the webinar. States and regions should first consider their unique selling points and build out a hydrogen strategy from there, working with a core group of stakeholders to set out stepping-stones to success. /Public Release. This material comes from the originating organization and may be of a point-in-time nature, edited for clarity, style and length. View in full here. Why?Well, unlike many news organisations, we have no sponsors, no corporate or ideological interests. We don’t put up a paywall – we believe in free access to information of public interest. Media ownership in Australia is one of the most concentrated in the world (Learn more). Since the trend of consolidation is and has historically been upward, fewer and fewer individuals or organizations control increasing shares of the mass media in our country. According to independent assessment, about 98% of the media sector is held by three conglomerates. This tendency is not only totally unacceptable, but also to a degree frightening). Learn more hereWe endeavour to provide the community with real-time access to true unfiltered news firsthand from primary sources. It is a bumpy road with all sorties of difficulties. We can only achieve this goal together. Our website is open to any citizen journalists and organizations who want to contribute, publish high-quality insights or send media releases to improve public access to impartial information. You and we have the right to know, learn, read, hear what and how we deem appropriate.Your support is greatly appreciated. All donations are kept completely private and confidential.Thank you in advance!Tags:carbon industry, climate change, Climate Group, Earth, EU, German, Government, hydrogen economy, industry, innovation, legislation, Netherlands, perception, renewable, renewable energy, sustainable, technologylast_img read more

BIA’s Remodeled Homes Tour award recipients revealed

first_img guestLabel Name*Email*Website I allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgree guestLabel Subscribe Connect with LoginI allow to create an accountWhen you login first time using a Social Login button, we collect your account public profile information shared by Social Login provider, based on your privacy settings. We also get your email address to automatically create an account for you in our website. Once your account is created, you’ll be logged-in to this account.DisagreeAgreeNotify of new follow-up comments new replies to my comments I allow to use my email address and send notification about new comments and replies (you can unsubscribe at any time). center_img 0 Comments Inline FeedbacksView all comments Name*Email*Website BIA’s Remodeled Homes Tour award recipients revealedPosted by ClarkCountyToday.comDate: Friday, November 8, 2019in: Business, Community Newsshare 0 The People’s Choice Awards were determined by the votes of those in attendance the weekend of the tour VANCOUVER — The Building Industry Association of Clark County (BIA) recently revealed the award recipients for the Columbia Credit Union Remodeled Homes Tour presented by DeWils Fine Cabinetry and Contract Furnishings Mart.Shown here are Michael Shanaberger (BIA president), Charlie Marvin & Aaron Marvin (A.C.T. Builders LLC), Michelle Thor (Columbia Credit Union), and Doug McCallum (Contract Furnishings Mart). A.C.T. Builders received a People’s Choice Award for its entry in the Remodeled Homes Tour. Photo courtesy of BIA of Clark CountyShown here are Michael Shanaberger (BIA president), Charlie Marvin & Aaron Marvin (A.C.T. Builders LLC), Michelle Thor (Columbia Credit Union), and Doug McCallum (Contract Furnishings Mart). A.C.T. Builders received a People’s Choice Award for its entry in the Remodeled Homes Tour. Photo courtesy of BIA of Clark CountyShown here are Michael Shanaberger (BIA president), Roger Gomez & Elizabeth Gomez (Bridge City Contracting), Michelle Thor (Columbia Credit Union) and Doug McCallum (Contract Furnishings Mart). Bridge City Contracting received two People’s Choice Awards for its entry in the Remodeled Homes Tour. Photo courtesy of BIA of Clark CountyShown here are Michael Shanaberger (BIA president), Roger Gomez & Elizabeth Gomez (Bridge City Contracting), Michelle Thor (Columbia Credit Union) and Doug McCallum (Contract Furnishings Mart). Bridge City Contracting received two People’s Choice Awards for its entry in the Remodeled Homes Tour. Photo courtesy of BIA of Clark CountyThis year’s tour included eight remodeled homes during the second weekend in October. The People’s Choice Awards were determined by the votes of those in attendance the weekend of the tour.People’s Choice Awards:Favorite Kitchen: “Functionality and Flow” by Bridge City ContractingFavorite Project: “Functionality and Flow” by Bridge City ContractingFavorite Transformation: “Accessible Retirement Dream” by A.C.T. Builders, LLCElizabeth Gomez, Bridge City Contracting and the 2019 Remodeled Homes Tour chair, reflecting on the tour this year stated, “the 2019 Columbia Credit Union Remodeled Homes Tour was a great success due in large part to all of our sponsors and entrants. We had a talented group of remodelers enter the tour this year, all of which exuded passion and craftsmanship within their unique projects. It is such an honor to work alongside quality remodelers. We at Bridge City Contracting are so thankful to be recipients of two show awards this year for ‘Favorite Kitchen’ and ‘Favorite Project’.”Information provided by Building Industry Association of Clark County.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textTags:Clark CountyVancouvershare 0 Previous : Ridgefield’s 3rd annual Turkey Trot Walk/Run set for Nov. 28 Next : South Ridge Elementary’s Crochet Club creates community connectionsAdvertisementThis is placeholder textlast_img read more

Ram trucks add new options and packages for 2020

first_img Trending Videos Buy It! Princess Diana’s humble little 1981 Ford Escort is up for auction An engagement gift from Prince Charles, the car is being sold by a Princess Di “superfan” Ram truck fans will have a few more choices for 2020, as the company has announced it’s bringing Night Edition and Rebel Black trims to the 1500, and offering new options and colours on the 1500 and Heavy Duty models.The Night Edition, available on the Laramie, includes a monochromatic design with 22-inch black wheels, black grille and badges, black exhaust tips and dark bezels on the headlamps and taillights.The Ram Rebel Black Appearance returns for 2020, adding Diamond Black Crystal Pearl Coat paint, 18-inch black wheels and black front spoiler, skid plate, badges, tow hooks and exhaust. LED headlamps with black bezels are standard, as is an all-black interior, with a black-and-red interior available as an option. Also available on the Rebel is a new safety package that adds adaptive cruise control with stop-and-go and hold, emergency front braking, lane-departure warning and automatic high-beam headlamps. advertisement PlayThe Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car everPlay3 common new car problems (and how to prevent them) | Maintenance Advice | Driving.caPlayFinal 5 Minivan Contenders | Driving.caPlay2021 Volvo XC90 Recharge | Ministry of Interior Affairs | Driving.caPlayThe 2022 Ford F-150 Lightning is a new take on Canada’s fave truck | Driving.caPlayBuying a used Toyota Tundra? Check these 5 things first | Used Truck Advice | Driving.caPlayCanada’s most efficient trucks in 2021 | Driving.caPlay3 ways to make night driving safer and more comfortable | Advice | Driving.caPlayDriving into the Future: Sustainability and Innovation in tomorrow’s cars | Driving.ca virtual panelPlayThese spy shots get us an early glimpse of some future models | Driving.ca First Drive: 2020 Ram 1500 EcoDiesel See More Videos Ram is bringing back the ‘Warlock’ factory customThe 2020 Ram Heavy Duty now offers lane-keeping assist and adaptive steering on all trim levels; blind-spot monitoring with trailer coverage as an option; optional trailer tire pressure monitoring system; connected service on all radio options; dual auxiliary camera capability; and Olive Green and Hydro Blue exterior paint, while the Ram Power Wagon comes with a black wheel option.Ram has already announced the return of the 3.0-L V6 EcoDiesel in the 1500, a third-generation version making 480 lb.-ft. of torque and with a top towing capacity of 12,560 lbs (5,697 kg). Its starting price is $49,395. COMMENTSSHARE YOUR THOUGHTS In the Ram 2500 and 3500 heavy-duty models, the optional Cummins inline-six turbodiesel engine makes up to 1,000 lb.-ft. of torque, currently the highest in the segment. Other new options include a comfort package of power tailgate release, wireless phone charging, rear heated seats and 12-way power driver’s seat on the Sport and Rebel; blind-spot monitoring on the Tradesman; new graphics on the Rebel; and available 22-inch two-tone wheels on the Longhorn.RELATED RELATED TAGSRamNon-LuxuryNew VehiclesNon-Luxury We encourage all readers to share their views on our articles using Facebook commenting Visit our FAQ page for more information. Trending in Canada Created with Raphaël 2.1.2Created with Raphaël 2.1.2 2020 Ram 1500 Night Edition  Ram The Rolls-Royce Boat Tail may be the most expensive new car ever ‹ Previous Next ›last_img read more

Warmer Climate Could Stifle Carbon Uptake by Trees, New CU-Boulder Study Says

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Jan. 7, 2010 Contrary to conventional belief, as the climate warms and growing seasons lengthen subalpine forests are likely to soak up less carbon dioxide, according to a new University of Colorado at Boulder study.As a result, more of the greenhouse gas will be left to concentrate in the atmosphere.”Our findings contradict studies of other ecosystems that conclude longer growing seasons actually increase plant carbon uptake,” said Jia Hu, who conducted the research as a graduate student in CU-Boulder’s ecology and evolutionary biology department in conjunction with the university’s Cooperative Institute for Research in Environmental Sciences, or CIRES.The study will be published in the February edition of the journal Global Change Biology.Working with ecology and evolutionary biology professor and CIRES Fellow Russell Monson, Hu found that while smaller spring snowpack tended to advance the onset of spring and extend the growing season, it also reduced the amount of water available to forests later in the summer and fall. The water-stressed trees were then less effective in converting CO2 into biomass. Summer rains were unable to make up the difference, Hu said.”Snow is much more effective than rain in delivering water to these forests,” said Monson. “If a warmer climate brings more rain, this won’t offset the carbon uptake potential being lost due to declining snowpacks.”Drier trees also are more susceptible to beetle infestations and wildfires, Monson said.The researchers found that even as late in the season as September and October, 60 percent of the water in stems and needles collected from subalpine trees along Colorado’s Front Range could be traced back to spring snowmelt. They were able to distinguish between spring snow and summer rain in plant matter by analyzing slight variations in hydrogen and oxygen atoms in the water molecules.The results suggest subalpine trees like lodgepole pine, subalpine fir and Englemann spruce depend largely on snowmelt, not just at the beginning of the summer, but throughout the growing season, according to the researchers.”As snowmelt in these high-elevation forests is predicted to decline, the rate of carbon uptake will likely follow suit,” said Hu.Subalpine forests currently make up an estimated 70 percent of the western United States’ carbon sink, or storage area. Their geographic range includes much of the Rocky Mountains, Sierra Nevada and high-elevation areas of the Pacific Northwest.Study co-authors included David Moore of King’s College London and Sean Burns of the National Center for Atmospheric Research and CU-Boulder.CIRES is a joint institute of CU-Boulder and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. For more information about CIRES visit cires.colorado.edu.center_img A surprising new CU-Boulder study indicates subalpine forests in the West will soak up less carbon dioxide as the climate warms and the growing seasons lengthen. Image courtesy Steve Miller, CIRES.last_img read more

Alternative Breaks now accepting applications

first_img Published: Nov. 5, 2013 Share Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail By the Volunteer Resource CenterHave you heard about Alternative Breaks? It’s an organization at CU-Boulder committed to creating an environment of active citizens, who put their community first. The program, which is part of the Volunteer Resource Center, sends students, faculty, staff and alumni on service-learning trips into various communities across the nation and internationally to focus on social and environmental justice issues. Many participants say it was one of their most memorable experiences because it had a profound and lasting effect. We would like to include you in this amazing experience.Alternative Breaks is centered around education, service and reflection. This is where you come in. To achieve the goal of active citizenship, we hope you will join us in educating ourselves on different issues, volunteering in communities to help alleviate those issues, and reflecting on the whole experience to learn how we can continue to be active citizens every day.  Applications for Winter Break 2014, Spring Break 2014 and Summer Break 2014 trips are now posted, and are accepted on a rolling basis with suggested deadlines.  Applicants may choose their three top preferences for trips, and should review the entire list to determine which social or environmental issue they are most interested in addressing.After applying, participants will be interviewed and assigned to one of their top trip choices. Once in their groups, participants will prepare for their trips through leadership training during the spring semester, unless participating in the Winter Break trip. We hope that participants will return from their Alternative Break and use the knowledge gained during the trip to positively affect their own communities.Winter Break 2014: Jan. 3 – 10 Understanding Fracking in Colorado (Western Slope & Weld County, Colorado)Spring Break 2014: March 22 – 29 Out of the Storm: Restoring Estes Park in the Aftermath of the Flood (Estes Park, Colorado) Bridging the Gap: HIV/AIDS and Youth Empowerment (Los Angeles) Where the Wild Things Are: Wildlife Rehabilitation in Coastal Carolina (Hubert, North Carolina) Open Your Eyes: Exploring Homelessness, Urban Poverty & Social Justice (Cincinnati) The Perfect Storm: Rebuilding Community Eight Years Post-Katrina (New Orleans) Science in the Sequoias: Educating Youth in Boulder Creek (Boulder Creek, California) Preventing the Destruction of America’s Most Beautiful Destination: Environmental Conservation in Catalina Island, CA (Catalina Island, California) Clownin’ Around: Bringing Fun, Friendship, and Joy Back into Healthcare (Hillboro, West Virginia) Beyond the Wall: Education on the Border & Personalizing the Impact (Tucson, Arizona)Summer Break 2014: May 14 – 28 Construir por la Futura: Urban & Rural Community Development in NicaraguaThe Alternative Breaks team looks forward to meeting everyone who is dedicated to making our world a better place through strong, direct service.  Any questions or concerns can be directed toward the Alternative Breaks staff through email: [email protected], phone: 303-492-7632, or by stopping by the Volunteer Resource Center office in UMC 358 on campus.last_img read more