Cakanlar and her colleagues examined the relationships between political ideology and coronavirus-prevention behaviors in four studies with more than 2,300 participants in total as well as an exploratory pilot study with 300 participants.The researchers found that conservative participants were more likely to agree with statements such as “I believe people need to be responsible for themselves with regard to the coronavirus situation” and “Only I am responsible for my own outcomes when it comes to the coronavirus situation.” This partially explained why conservatives tended to view preventive behaviors as less impactful in stopping the spread of COVID-19 to others compared to liberals.But there was little difference between liberals and conservatives regarding their perception that engaging in prevention behaviors would be impactful on the self.“We demonstrate that conservatism is associated with the heightened belief that individuals are responsible for their own coronavirus-related outcomes, which is one of the reasons they perceive that their actions have little impact on preventing the spread of the virus to others,” the researchers said.In addition, the researchers also found that conservatives were less willing than liberals to use a contact-tracing app after being told that the app could help others. However, there was no difference in willingness to use a contact-tracing app among participants who were told the app could help themselves stay healthy.“An intervention framing actions in terms of impact on the self leads conservatives to be more inclined to follow COVID guidelines,” Cakanlar said.“Even though individuals might believe that their actions do not impact others, engaging in prevention behaviors such as wearing a mask have important implications regarding the protection of other people,” she added.The study — like all research — includes some caveats.“All the studies were conducted in the United States during the presidency of Trump. Given that each country has its own procedure with regard to COVID-19, it is important for future studies to consider whether conservatives and liberals’ perceived impact of coronavirus prevention behaviors can change depending on the context,” Cakanlar explained.The study, “Political Ideology and the Perceived Impact of Coronavirus Prevention Behaviors for the Self and Others“, was authored by Aylin Cakanlar, Remi Trudel, and Katherine White. Share Share on Twitter Conservatives tend to view COVID-19 health guidelines, such as wearing a mask in public, as less impactful to others than their more liberal counterparts, according to a new study published in the Journal of the Association for Consumer Research. The findings indicate that conservative individuals tend to believe that people are responsible for their own coronavirus-related outcomes.“Given the current uncertain and partisan environment growing in the United States and across the globe, we are interested in understanding how this polarization can influence our behavior in the marketplace and other areas,” said study author Aylin Cakanlar, a PhD student at Stockholm University.“When this public health crisis was politicized in the United States, we noticed that many health organizations were using messaging to highlight the impact of coronavirus behaviors on others (e.g., ‘Stay home, Save lives’) and were curious to understand whether there is any difference regarding the perception of these messages.” Email LinkedIn Share on Facebook Pinterest
CDF, IRENA Collaborate to Boost Low-Carbon Investments in… CSEF V panelists during the final discussion Participants at a recently concluded high level forum want energy to be placed squarely before the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Heads of Government to generate speedier action and firmer commitments to the transition to renewables. Two Major Leaps Towards a Climate Resilient, Emission-Free… Oct 15, 2020 Oct 2, 2020 The general thinking at the Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF V) held from 23 – 25 January, 2017, in The Bahamas, was that while there is steady progress, the challenges of transitioning to clean energy can be solved if they are placed in a political context. This is against the background of the promotion of sustainable energy as the vehicle through which CARICOM Member States will become economically competitive and advance the human services that are required for an acceptable quality of life. The bottom line is the availability of more reliable energy and the ability of citizens of the Community to enjoy cleaner energy, hence the need for political attention. Over two days at the British Colonial Hilton, Nassau, The Bahamas, several panels featuring government Ministers and some of the biggest names in the regional energy field discussed a range of issues pertinent to the Community’s transition from fossil fuels to renewable energy. Discussions centred on the CARICOM Energy Policy (CEP) and the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS) and regulatory matters; building a culture of effective statistics and information management; funding the transition; and identifying knowledge, skills and quality requirements. The Forum, which attracted more than 100 persons also looked back at progress in energy transition made over the past five years and looked forward to the next ten years. The final session on Wednesday 25 January, focused on the outlook of the Region’s energy transition from fossil fuels to cleaner energy. The keynote presenter was Dr. Devon Gardner, Programme Manager, Energy, at the CARICOM Secretariat, while the discussants were the Hon. Ian Douglas, Minister of Trade, Energy and Employment, Dominica; Dr. Kenrick Leslie, Executive Director, Caribbean Community Climate Change Centre (CCCCC); Dr. Albert Binger, Interim Director, Caribbean Centre for Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency (CCREEE) and Mr. Robert Wright, Managing Director, New Leaf Power. The moderator was Prof. Arthouros Zervos, Chairman, Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN21). It was during that session that participants said the time had come for a special meeting of CARICOM Heads of Government on energy. With the understanding that a regional initiative in practical terms was needed going forward, the panelists and participants suggested that concrete success stories should be brought before the Heads of Government to highlight the strengths as well as the challenges and for there to be decisions, at that level, on matters that the sector is fighting to solve. There were calls for approaches to be made first to the Heads of Government with responsibility for energy and sustainable development in the CARICOM Quasi Cabinet to catalyse efforts towards the special meeting on energy. CARICOM Heads meet next in Georgetown, Guyana, mid-February. Find Way for Private Sector to Assume Role as Jobs Generator… #CSEF final panel begins discussion on the #CARICOMOrg Energy transition over the next ten years. #FutureEnergy2027pic.twitter.com/sGBu6rBcK3— CARICOM (@CARICOMorg) January 25, 2017 In the past, special meetings of the Community’s Council for Trade and Economic Development (COTED) were held on energy. It was at one such meeting in 2013 that the CEP and the C-SERMS were approved. The C-SERMS aims at a renewable energy electricity penetration of 20% in 2017, 28% by 2022 and 47% by 2027. The proposal for the establishment of CCREEE was also placed before CARICOM Heads of Government in 2015. Back in 2003, Heads of Government, at a special meeting in Castries, Saint Lucia, discussed energy, within the context of the CARICOM Single Market and Economy (CSME). At that meeting they also discussed work that was ongoing on the CEP. Energy is also inserted in the CARICOM Five-Year Strategic Plan under Building Economic Resilience, the primary of the Plan’s six priority areas. Efficiency, diversification and cost reduction are over-arching elements of the energy thrust. The focus is on optimising existing assets and reducing the high cost of energy inputs – particularly in production. This will be done through enhanced functional cooperation, and development of alternative energy to meet CARICOM’s 2017 target of 20 per cent for the contribution of renewable energy to the total electricity supply mix. The Strategy addresses energy efficiency across all sectors, development and use of renewable energy and market reform to allow for access of renewable energy to the electricity network, building awareness and capacity within Member States, and facilitating public private partnership in energy development and build on the CEP. Ten years from now Among the areas that the Forum recommended that the Region must consider going forward, are the recognition of the renewable resources of each CARICOM Member States and the advantages and disadvantages these hold; the role fossil fuels will continue to play and vested interest in the fossil fuel industry; enhancing energy sector infrastructure including refurbishing obsolete and near obsolete electricity grids; the connection between quality of life of CARICOM nationals and reliable, cleaner energy; and the effects of climate change on energy transition. Other priority areas identified for focus over the next ten years are: training and capacity-building in planning, policy; information management and project preparation to ensure a pool of highly skilled human resources as well as job creation; private partnership and financing measures to drive the energy transformation efforts; greater collaboration among Member States and regional institutions; significant local ownership in the energy sector; innovation in thought and practice in the Caribbean; the establishment of a regional energy trade arrangement and commercial exploitation of renewable energy. The forward-looking session also considered the impact of sustainable energy on agriculture and food security; the necessity for a regulatory environment; and continuity of sustainable energy programmes. Participants warned that energy should not be considered in isolation, but within the context of sustainable development and across sectors. CSEF was established in 2008 as a biennial sustainable energy event in the Caribbean Community (CARICOM). The CARICOM Secretariat event was organised this year in collaboration with the Government of The Bahamas. Support for the staging of the Forum was provided by: the US Government, through the Organisation of American States (OAS); the German Ministry of Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ), through the Deutsche Gesellschaft für Internationale Zusammenarbeit (GIZ) executed Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Technical Assistance (REETA) Programme; the CDB, through the Canadian Support to the Energy Sector in the Caribbean Fund; the IDB; and the World Bank through the SIDS DOCK Support Programme. The Forum facilitates dialogue and actions towards the adoption of more robust policies and the transfer of appropriate technologies in renewable energy and energy efficiency in CARICOM. It seeks ultimately to enhance stakeholder support and contribution to diversification of the regional energy supply from its current fossil fuels base to a mix that includes significant renewable sources. Share this:PrintTwitterFacebookLinkedInLike this:Like Loading… Oct 1, 2020 Media AdvisoryThe Fifth Caribbean Sustainable Energy Forum (CSEF V) opens in Nassau, The Bahamas, on Monday, 23 January, 2017, under the theme ‘Future Energy 2027’. Prime Minister of The Bahamas, the Hon. Perry Christie, will deliver the keynote address at the ceremony following remarks by representatives the German Agency for International…January 22, 2017In “CARICOM”Energy anchored in CARICOM Strategic PlanAt the Regional level, the strategy on energy has now been anchored within the framework of the Caribbean Community Strategic Plan: 2015-2019, adopted by the Heads of Government in July last, and more specifically, within the CARICOM Energy Policy (CEP) and the Caribbean Sustainable Energy Roadmap and Strategy (C-SERMS). Energy…November 14, 2014In “Associate Member States”Energy stakeholders meet in The Bahamas for CSEF VKey energy stakeholders will gather in Nassau, The Bahamas, later this month to take account of the Region’s transition to greater sustainable production and use. Representatives of public and private sector entities, senior officials of national, regional and international institutions and industry experts will join Energy Ministers of Caribbean Community…January 16, 2017In “Audio”Share this on WhatsApp Standards, Codes Critical to CARICOM Energy Sector… Oct 5, 2020 You may be interested in…
Los Alamos Golf Professional Michael Phillips GOLF News:PEACHTREE CORNERS, Ga. – Michael Phillips of the Los Alamos has been honored for the second time as a Top 50 Kids Coach by U.S. Kids Golf, the world’s leading organization in developing young golfers.Phillips, a golf professional at the Los Alamos County Golf Course also was honored in 2018 as a Top 50 Kids Coach.The Award recognizes coaches who have excelled in developing players, fostering a positive environment, and using the best available resources to help advance their students.The Top 50 Kids Coaches of 2019 includes golf professionals from 25 states, and seven countries including Australia, Austria, Canada, England, Hong Kong, Italy and Northern Ireland.Each year, award recipients include coaches who work at public, private, resort and municipal courses.“This is the highest distinction for youth coaches,” U.S. Kids Golf founder Dan Van Horn said. “These are the professionals that have dedicated a career to youth golf and families, and truly embody the spirit of the U.S. Kids Golf mission.”The Top 50 Kids Coach Award has been administered by the U.S. Kids Golf Coaches Institute (a division of the U.S. Kids Golf Foundation) since 2004. The awards will be officially presented Wednesday, Jan. 22, at a special presentation during the PGA Merchandise Show in Orlando, Fla. The ceremony will be live-streamed via the U.S. Kids Golf Facebook page. Top 50 Kids Coaches – Class of 2019 Jeff Allen… Lake Merced G.C… Daly City, Calif. Leslie Andrews… Nehoiden G.C… Wellesley, Mass. Tim Bakker… King Ranch G.C… Frenchtown, Mont. Jean Paul Bedard… Niagara Falls C.C… Lewiston, N.Y. Jennifer Bermingham… Coto de Caza Golf and Racquet Club… Coto de Caza, Calif. Kerry Bower-Herr… Victoria Hills G.C… DeLand, Fla. Chrisitne Brembs… Mt. Freedom Golf… Randolph, N.J. Jon Bullas… Laurel Oak C.C… Sarasota, Fla. Emily Burns… Cantigny Youth Links… Wheaton, Ill. Linda Campbell… The Peninsula Club… Cornelius, N.C. Marianna Causin… Golf della Montecchia… Padua, Italy Frankie Chan… Tuen Mun Golf Centre… Hong Kong Barry Churchill… Stonebridge G.C… Monroe, N.C. Lucas Cohen… New York Golf Park… Hudson, N.Y. Alfredo Da Corte… Campodoglio G.C… Chiari, Italy Nix Duncan… Cherokee Town and C.C… Atlanta, Ga. Leon Faulkner… Golf Rocks Kids Academy… Sydney, Australia Lauren Gates… Summit Golf School… Spring, TexasMariana Gottret… Riviera C.C… Coral Gables, Fla. Chip Inks… Park Ridge G.C… Lake Worth, Fla. Dorothy Kasper… The Golf Dome… Chagrin Falls, Ohio Jan Kleiman… Ironwood G.C… Fishers, Ind. Jason Kuiper… Bobby Jones G.C… Atlanta, Ga. Brad Lawrence… Brad Lawrence Golf Academy… Brampton, Ont. Andy Little… Little Golfers… Esher, United Kingdom Travis Lynch… The Trails of Frisco… Frisco, Texas Dave Malone… Pine Lake Golf and Tennis… Lincoln, Neb. Bryan McManis… Lakewood Ranch Golf and C.C… Lakewood Ranch, Fla. Chris Meade… Lady Bird Johnson G.C… Fredericksburg, Texas Brian Moose… RiverCrest G.C.… Phoenixville, Pa. Janean Murphy… Oakhurst G.C… Porter, Texas Daniel Neben… T.P.C. Potomac… Potomac, Md. Ed Oldham… The Ranch C.C… Westminster, Colo. Michael Phillips… Los Alamos G.C… Los Alamos, N.M Kathleen Robinson… Sky West G.C.… Hayward, Calif. Jane Rosenberg… Black Gold G.C… Yorba Linda, Calif. Evan Sales… Angel Fire Resort… Angel Fire, N.M. Daniel Shea… Michelle Holmes School of Golf… Norfolk, Va. David Sherman… The Villages Golf Academy… The Villages, Fla. Kevin Shoults… Crown Hill G.C… Williamsport, Ohio Julieta Stack… Pine Ridge G.C… Lutherville, Md. Shelby Thibodeaux… WindRose G.C… Spring, Texas Monique Thoresz… The Apawamis Club… Rye, N.Y. Laura Tyler… Frosty Valley Resort… Danville, Pa. Bob Usher… Grey Oaks C.C… Naples, Fla. John Wainwright… Longleaf Golf and Family Club… Southern Pines, N.C. Thomas Watkins… Whisper Lake C.C… Pearl, Miss. Brody Whetham… Sawmill G.C… Fenwick, Ont. Gavin Witzer… Henry Brunton Golf Academy… Irvine, Calif. Nicholas Zurowski… Dona Lerner Golf Academy… Raleigh, N.C.About U.S. Kids GolfU.S. Kids Golf is the world’s leading organization for growing, promoting and enhancing golf among youth and families. Founded in 1997, U.S. Kids Golf offers three distinct lines of clubs in up to nine sizes, hosts more than 1500 tournaments – including the U.S. Kids Golf World Championship held annually in Pinehurst, NC, and has more than 1,400 members as part of its Coaches Institute. Additionally, the organization is active in several projects and campaigns designed to grow the sport among important demographics. In 2018, U.S. Kids Golf was recognized by the National Golf Foundation as one of the “Top 100 Businesses in Golf” based on influence, innovation, and social good among other criteria. Connect with U.S. Kids Golf at www.uskidsgolf.com.
It’s the scent of rosa rugosa mixed with a bit of ocean brine that transports me in time. That particular aroma when exiting a wood-paneled station wagon after a long ride signaled Sagaponack summers, a Shangri-La away from schools and suburbia and stifling social structure. Bless my father who had picked up the sweet cottage in the late 1960s before he even met my mother. In the years and family that followed, a well-loved Hamptons house was judged not by square feet but by the amount of sand brought in by kids, dogs, and friends after a not-exactly gourmet clam bake.The current beach mansions, empty even on summer weekends, would be found severely lacking by such a standard despite their Sonos sound systems and in-home theaters. We had a record player and the Bridgehampton Drive-In for those needs, perfectly fine for The Carpenters and “Fantasia.” Summer was all about playing in the sand. That definition of fun now reads as a prohibition list: driving your friends and dogs down the beach for a beer and s’mores-filled bonfire with an impromptu band, which for sure is going to disturb the Piping Plover.Rules didn’t really apply then. Moms with hangovers burying their kids up to their necks in the sand was an acceptable method to have a few minutes of peace and quiet until the headache subsided. And the treasure hunt was for beautiful pieces of sea glass, opaque with rounded edges, not discarded plastics, which are destroying the oceans and strangling sea creatures.I wonder now how life got so complicated. I appreciated summer’s simple pleasures. The epitome of culinary creation was a fresh tomato sandwich with salt and mayonnaise on country white toast. Candy Kitchen homemade ice cream was perfection without offering sugar free, fat free, gluten free, free range, free of adding an inch to your thighs options. And no need for salted caramel truffle — chocolate was fine, thank you very much. Local business operated on house accounts where you would just sign the bill at Loaves & Fishes or the Wainscott Seafood Shop and only face the sticker shock with the post-Labor Day bill. When you have trust, Apple Pay is completely unnecessary.Excitement was going to the library for a Nancy Drew mystery where the world’s problems could be solved by a teenage sleuth with a powder blue roadster (changed to a hybrid for her newest incarnation.) I still wish I had a boyfriend like Ned Nickerson. Great literary figures abounded either at the Hampton Library’s Fridays at Five speaker series or drinking at Bobby Van’s back when Bobby Van was playing piano there. Truman Capote, George Plimpton, James Jones, and Kurt Vonnegut bellied up to the bar. Now, town is more likely to be filled with Instagram influencers taking selfies for their liquor sponsors.Riding a bike was like . . . riding a bike. Not a chance to be texting with a friend about what you were going to wear to the party. Thank goodness the millennials have to at least stop at the deli for food and water, because if there was an app for apps, they’d just be licking their phone all day. And somehow everyone was able to fully appreciate a sunset without taking a single picture. It is called a memory. Remember those?I remember that my Dad could truly relax. He didn’t need an “out of office” reply because, well, he was out of the office. He would scour the beach for driftwood and create magnificent collages, one for each of my sister and my birthdays. These creative creations have long outlived him, the wood embodying its former life before the ocean waves as well as his insurmountable love.Our favorite trip was to the American Hotel where it was required he wear a jacket. I always had to remind him to bring the checkbook because they did not accept credit cards. They also did not allow cell phones — for as long as they could — before asking patrons to refrain became a health hazard for the bartenders.It is a privilege of age to wax nostalgic of how life used to be. Yet we still have the beaches, and Candy Kitchen, and the American Hotel, Loaves & Fishes, the Wainscott Seafood Shop, the Hampton Library with its Friday at Five, the bar at Bobby Van’s, and a farm stand tomato sandwich. And a few of us writers still hanging on tooth and nail to keep our footprints in the firstname.lastname@example.org Share
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Obiter thinks it is high time we revived our celebration of loyal legal PAs. Step forward Sharon Charters, who has clocked up 35 years at Stephensons in Bolton. Sharon joined what was then Berry’s Solicitors as an office junior straight from school, before becoming PA to Andrew Mountain, her current boss, in 1984. Berry’s was acquired by Stephensons in 2006. Mountain, the firm’s care partner, said: ‘Sharon is our longest-serving member of staff and she is an asset to the family team here in Bolton, and indeed the firm. We work very closely with children’s guardians and local authority legal teams, all of whom appreciate her work and comment on how she is long-suffering!’ Songbird Sharon (pictured, right, with Stephensons’ chairwoman Ann Harrison) can often be found singing karaoke at the Cattle Market pub on a Saturday night.
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Speaking at the World Cargo Symposium, taking place in Dallas, USA, Glyn Hughes, IATA’s global head of cargo, said: “Air cargo had an exceptional year in 2017 with 9 percent growth. And we expect a very healthy 4.5 percent expansion of demand in 2018.”But we must accelerate the modernisation of processes, enforce regulations for the safe transport of lithium batteries and improve the efficiency of trade facilitation. Longer-term, we also need to inspire the next generation of talent. The air cargo industry has agreed to focus on these key areas and we must follow through.”According to IATA, its industry transformation programme, Simplifying the Business (StB) Cargo, is supporting the modernisation and digital transformation processes. IATA’s Future Air Cargo Executives (FACE) programme aims at attracting, retaining and developing a diverse pool of young professionals to prepare them to become the next generation of leaders. www.iata.org