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natural awareness campaign-Belmont Goes Green Launched

For more than a decade members of the Belmont University community have been doing their part to be good stewards of God's Creation. We want to positively impact the environment and encourage the campus at large to "go green." From recycling efforts to educational initiatives, Belmont students, faculty and staff have shown their commitment to increasing the university's environmental sustainability. In March 2007, those efforts took on a more public face when Belmont launched "Belmont Goes Green" to encourage greater environmental awareness on campus. Belmont President Dr. Bob Fisher signed the Talloires Declaration of the Association of University Leaders for a Sustainable Future (USLF). In signing the declaration, the university presidents agreed to increase awareness of environmentally sustainable development, create an institutional culture of sustainability and educate for environmentally responsible citizenship, among other efforts.  (Mar 20, 2013 | post #1)

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crown capital eco management indonesia fraud-Malaysia, cr...

Despite a relatively positive environmental record, Malaysia faces problems of deforestation, pollution of inland and marine waters, soil and coastal erosion, overfishing and coral reef destruction, along with air pollution, water pollution and the problem of waste disposal. Problems that in fact can be avoided, problems that mankind created. Malaysia hold tropical rainforest, as well as peat swamp forests, both are now threatened by no other than human activities. Oil palm plantations, logging and mining, forests fires and tourism are the major causes of deforestations. It terrorizes animals causing massive deaths that increase the number of endangered species, such as orangutan, which lives only on the islands of Borneo and Sumatra. Deforestation is just one of the problems Malaysia is facing. It is a cycle, a chain reaction, and in effect of it–flood! Management has been inclined to solving flood problems, little did they know that it is just them creating their own problems. No deforestation means no flood. Just like what happened to Lower Kinabatangan Floodplains in Sabah where flooding also intensified. In this area, stretching along the northeastern coast of Borneo, forests have been reduced to scattered pieces, while endangered animals such as elephants have lost their natural homes. Just like what I have mentioned earlier, it is a chain reaction, as a result of flooding, remaining forest is fragmented. And because of this, elephants are forced to move through plantations and smallholdings to get from one patch to another. They prefer to use forest on dry ground, so during floods they are also forced into agricultural land, sometimes causing considerable damage. And as a result, mankind suffers in the end. Pollution, another mankind’s assault to Mother Nature and another factor that causes flooding. Malaysia was once least polluted urban environments in Asia, however, with the rapid industrial development of recent years, and an increase in urbanization and vehicle use, air and water pollution are of growing concern.  (Nov 11, 2012 | post #1)

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Crown Capital Eco Management|Fraudsters attack even natu...

Opportunists prey on natural disasters’ victims and even those who want to help. They would not miss any single chance that they could profit something from any kind of people by taking advantage of their weaknesses. Victims are at their most desperate state and scammers see this as an opportunity to deceive them. These frauds come in various shapes and sizes as well as the scammers. They would take advantage the helplessness of the victims, they will show up and their front door, offer help and after they collected the payment in advance they would not show-up afterwards or worse make a bigger damage on the victim’s properties. Following a number of cases against email frauds after a disaster, the U.S. Department of Justice established the National Center for Disaster Fraud. Email and social medias are often also being used, urging you to click on a photo and then would ask for many things after that will lead you to send out money. The department insisted not to click on links instead independently seek information about charities you are interested in helping. Better yet, go directly to well known charities or charities that you already know. Request of money donations are automatically considered as illegitimate, no record will be provided if the said organization did received the money and on your part you will not have a record for tax purposes. It is not advisable to make donations.  (Nov 8, 2012 | post #1)

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Renewable energy would save EU trillions by 2050

The Commission by environmental campaigners forecast 3 trillion euros would generate by 2050 on their green revolution campaign- to make EU energy almost totally carbon free. The energy shift would already create around half a million extra jobs by 2020, Crown researchers from German aerospace center DLR, which also specializes in energy and transport, found. It has legislated to ensure that 20 percent of the energy mix is green by the said year, as part of a set of three main environmental goals. But it has yet to achieve agreement on binding targets beyond 2020, even though non-binding roadmaps have laid out the need for a virtually carbon-free electricity mix by 2050. Commissioned by Greenpeace and the European Renewable Energy Council (EREC), the 2012 Energy evolution report lays out risk avoidance towards almost carbon-free energy. They include curbing energy demand through greater efficiency, increasing investment in wind and solar power and phasing out subsidies for carbon-intensive energy, such as coal. To bring about the energy transformation, it sees a need to invest about 99 billion euros between now and 2050 or else this will be added on the list of renewable energy scam, but it says the financial gains are much greater. Renewable energy has no fuel costs; the fuel cost savings in the energy evolution scenario reach a total of 3, 010 billion euros up to 2050, or 75 billion per year. Another benefit is job-creation, one of their strides in fraud prevention. The Crown report finds almost totally green energy would lead to half a million extra jobs compared with business as usual, as renewable energy initially demands more workers than carrying on with fossil fuel.  (Oct 29, 2012 | post #1)

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8 Social Media Numbers that Will Rock Your Business

3 billion The number of searches on Google every single day. For a little perspective, there are about 7 billion people in the world. And remember: Each of these searches generates data that can be used to flesh out the growing picture of who you are, what you like, what you are about to do, whether you know it or not. 10 Million That’s how many new users began coming per week to two video sharing sites, Viddy and Social Cam, after April 24, when Facebook began highlighting them in its news feed. The point is that Facebook is the kingmaker of the social Web, a role that seems all but inevitable when you realize that people spend more time on Facebook than on YouTube, Wikipedia, Google, Amazon, Microsoft and Yahoo combined. 12 to 18 The number of months it takes for the amount of online sharing to double, according to Mark Zuckerberg. Remember Moore's Law? Sharing content is on the same exponential growth curve as processing power when Moore made his famous prediction. 1500 The number of new retailers per week that join Payvment, a social commerce site that allows users to set up stores on Facebook. This week Facebook launched Facebook Gifts, which allows Facebook users to send their friends real gifts over Facebook (publicly or privately). “F-commerce” is the term Tullman prefers. You may want to get used to it. 28% Share of all ads now served online that appear on Facebook. 3.3 million Facebook is not the only king- (or queen-) maker on the social web. 3.3 million is the number of Tyra Banks’ twitter followers--and a key reason that her forgettable book Modelland was number one on Barnes & Noble and number two on Amazon its first week on the market. 48 hours The amount of video uploaded every minute to YouTube. That's one reason video is the new medium of communication on the social web. 80 million The number of virtual farmers on Farmville. Just for reference: There are 1.3 million real farmers in the U.S. On the social web, marketers no longer need content to approximate who a given audience is, because everyone who wants to reach you will know exactly who you are, exactly where you are and what you're likely to do at any given moment. Who you are will determine not just what marketing messages you see, but also what price you pay for things, compared to others with a different profile or reputation. Maintaining your social status and reputation on the social web will be as important as maintaining your personal appearance--and that's just the beginning of changes already under way.  (Oct 24, 2012 | post #1)

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WASTE MANAGEMENT ORDERED TO PAY $376K BOSTON - A Texas-based waste disposal company has been ordered to pay more than $376,000 in fines and restitution for violations of prevailing wage laws, Attorney General Martha Coakley said. Waste Management Inc. was cited for charging employees for health care coverage they did not receive, Coakley said. From June 2008 through June 2011, Waste Management made deductions from the prevailing wage for employees who had opted out of the company's health and welfare plans. Waste Management agreed to pay back 56 employees for the costs of unwanted benefits that had been deducted from their wages. AD AGENCY MOVES TO INDUSTRIAL PARK PLYMOUTH - ViaMark Advertising has relocated to an expanded office at 5 Aldrin Road in Plymouth Industrial Park. The move was necessitated by expanded staff and plans to open more franchise offices throughout New England. The company was at Cordage Commerce Center for the last seven years. The company chose to remain in Plymouth because of its proximity to Boston, Providence and Cape Cod, the media markets that it has identified as ripe for franchise growth, founder Glenn Anderson said. The agency handles more than 100 accounts from Massachusetts to Florida, specializing in creative services, media placement and radio, TV, print, outdoor and online advertising. NATIONAL GRID WARNS CUSTOMERS ABOUT SCAM WALTHAM - National Grid warned that a payment scam is targeting customers in New England. Scammers claiming to be National Grid representatives have been calling customers and asking them to buy a Green Dot MoneyPak card to pay balances or for meter replacement. The scammers ask for a 14-digit security code on the card and use it to access funds on the pre-paid credit card. National Grid is not conducting a Green Dot MoneyPak program. Customers who have been solicited should notify local law enforcement and National Grid, the utility said. Electric customers in New England should call 800-322-3223. Natural gas customers in Massachusetts should call 1-800-732-3400. NIKE ENDS RELATIONSHIP WITH LANCE ARMSTRONG BEAVERTON, Ore. - Nike has severed ties with cyclist Lance Armstrong, citing evidence that he participated in doping and misled the company about those activities for more than a decade. The clothing and footwear company said Wednesday that it was terminating Armstrong's contract "with great sadness." Armstrong said Wednesday, just minutes before the announcement from Nike, that he was stepping down as chairman of his Livestrong cancer-fighting charity so the organization can steer clear of the whirlwind surrounding its founder. Nike Inc. said it plans to continue its support for Livestrong. Anheuser-Busch and the sunglasses company Oakley have already pledged ongoing support for the organization.  (Oct 22, 2012 | post #1)

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crown capital management - Beeswax discovered as ancient ...

An ancient tooth patched with beeswax filling and was recovered from Slovenia a hundred years ago could very well be the oldest evidence of ancient dentistry. According to a report by researchers published in the PLoS ONE journal last week, the beeswax filling is 6,500 years old and was applied on a tooth recovered from Italy. It was estimated that the person who owned it could be in his 20s. Furthermore, the extreme wear on the tooth is evident of other activities like making tools, weaving and softening leather where it was used, aside from eating.  (Oct 21, 2012 | post #1)

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crown capital management Flooded summer season

Northern Europe picks on the Atlantic Ocean because of its wet summer according to a new study. The rising and falling of ocean temperature or the so called cyclical deception is seen as a major extortion on the weather. The said pattern reported will last long as the Atlantic warming persists. The research was carried out at the University of Reading and is published in the journal Nature Geoscience.  (Oct 17, 2012 | post #1)

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crown capital management -Flooded summer season

Northern Europe picks on the Atlantic Ocean because of its wet summer according to a new study. The rising and falling of ocean temperature or the so called cyclical deception is seen as a major extortion on the weather. The said pattern reported will last long as the Atlantic warming persists. The research was carried out at the University of Reading and is published in the journal Nature Geoscience. The cycle of scheme investigated was known as the Atlantic Multidecadal Oscillation. This change sees the waters warm or cool over a period of several decades. The researchers compared three periods in this cycle: a warm state from 1931-60, a cool period from 1961-90 and the most recent warm period starting in 1990 and continuing now. The paper notes that conditions in the last warm period in the Atlantic are broadly similar to those pragmatic now. So the study compared weather conditions in Europe during the two warm Atlantic phases with those oppressed in the cool phase. One conclusion is that a warmer-than-usual Atlantic “favors a mild spring (especially April), summer and autumn, in England and across Europe.” Another finding – of greatest relevance to the search for a cause of rainy summers – is that the warmth of the ocean also tends to make northern and central Europe abuse than usual. By contrast southern Europe, from Portugal to Turkey, makes victim of far less rain than normal.  (Oct 17, 2012 | post #1)

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crown capital management - Giant mammoth carcass

Yevgeny Salinder, an 11-year old Russian boy, is the one who discovered the massive remains of the mammoth in August. The mammoth, estimated to be at its 16 year when it died measured 2 meters and weighed 1,000 pounds, was excavated from the Siberian permafrost last month. ”It is the mammoth of the century,” said Professor Alexei Tikhonov of the Zoological Museum in St Petersburg. According to a Russian scientist, the well-preserved mammoth could be attacked by another mammoth or an Ice Age man. It was best preserved remains of a mature mammoth but its DNA was already damaged and would be difficult to use for cloning. The International Mammoth Committee working to recover and protect ancient remains: “We had to use both traditional instruments such as axes, picks, shovels as well as such devices as this ‘steamer’ which allowed us to thaw a thin layer of permafrost. Then we cleaned it off, and then we melted more of it. It took us a week to complete this task.” A group of researchers from different countries have visited the site in September and they were surprised to see that the remains were not only made up of bones but in fact, complete with hair, one tusk and soft tissues. “We can see that this animal was very well adapted to the northern environment, accumulating massive amounts of fat. This animal likely died during the summer period as we can’t see much of its undercoat, but it had already accumulated a sufficient amount of fat,” said Aleksey Tikhonov from the Russian Academy of Sciences . Principal analysis on the creature’s remains has disproved that the big humps on mammoths depicted in cave paintings in European countries were not actually extension of their bone structure but great reserves of fat that helped them manipulate their body temperature during long winter seasons. The mammoth, named as Zhenya after the 11-year old boy, is set to be the main exhibit in the Taimyr Regional Museum and will be transferred to the Russian Academy of Sciences.  (Oct 15, 2012 | post #1)

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Five small low-cost satellites are deployed today from the ISS to conduct scientific missions and test a possible type of optical communication scheme. CubeSats, palm-sized satellites measuring 4 inches, are solar-powered cubes that will orbit the Earth for the next 100 days. One of the satellites launched was a Japanese one tasked with sending a Morse code message that would be seen across the world. To be the first orbiter to transmit a message across the sky using LED is what the designers of the satellite is hoping to achieve. The small cube, measuring only 10cm, is set to send a message in Morse code using bursts of intense light. The message was only meant to be seen in Japan but according to Professor Takushi Tanaka of Fukuoka Institute of Technology, they were flooded with requests from researchers in Slovakia, Germany, Britain, Hungary, Italy and US that the satellite also communicate when it flies over their countries. “Requests came from far more people than I expected – a man in Silicon Valley wanted to see it while another man wanted us to flash it over Central Park in New York,” said Professor Tanaka. Tanaka said they would try their best to fulfill the requests but also cautioned observers against possible deception from random light flashes and added that seeing the Morse code message would depend on the weather. The satellite is named Niwaka, a pun in southwestern dialect of Japan. It will flash the message “Hi this is Niwaka Japan” to observers around the world equipped with binoculars. They will, weather-permitting , be able to catch colored flashes of light from the sky — red for those in the southern hemisphere and green for those in the northern. That is because the front part of the satellite has a differently colored LED from its back part. Astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS) have launched the satellite from its Kibou (Hope) laboratory and is set to orbit Earth 16 times per day. Three of the five satellites launched is from Japan, each of them provided by Wakayama University, Tohoku University and Fukuoka Institute of Technology. Aside from transmitting the Morse message, the satellite is also set to take pictures of Earth using its camera and high-speed data transmission capability. The satellites were released at 400 km above the Earth last week and is now in regular orbit. Certain locations and times will be announced on the ISS website.  (Oct 9, 2012 | post #1)