Gilbert White To Give Distinguished Lecture At The National Academy Of Sciences On Nov. 5

first_imgShare Share via TwitterShare via FacebookShare via LinkedInShare via E-mail Published: Oct. 21, 1999 Gilbert White, distinguished professor emeritus of geography at the University of Colorado at Boulder, will present the ninth Abel Wolman Distinguished Lecture on Nov. 5 at the National Academy of Sciences in Washington, D.C. White will lecture on “Water Science and Technology: Some Lessons from the 20th Century,” in which he will discuss the future integration of environmental policy with water management policy. White, known as the “father of flood plain management,” is internationally prominent for his work on the management of natural resources and on human responses to environmental hazards. He also is a member of the National Academy of Sciences. The lecture was created by the National Research Council’s Water Science and Technology Board in honor of Abel Wolman, one of the giants of water resources research and management. The lecture is sponsored by the Federal Emergency Management Agency, the National Science Foundation, the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency and the U.S. Geological Survey.last_img read more

Capitol police officer dies from injuries suffered during riots

first_imgwellesenterprises/iStockBy JACK DATE and MARK OSBORNE, ABC News(WASHINGTON) — A U.S. Capitol Police officer has died following injuries suffered in the violent siege on the building Wednesday, according to a press release from the department.The death is the fifth connected to the riots, which saw swarms of pro-Donald Trump protesters overwhelm police barricades, surge into the Capitol and force lawmakers to go into hiding.The officer, identified as Brian D. Sicknick, died at 9:30 p.m. Thursday evening, police said.“Officer Sicknick was responding to the riots on Wednesday, January 6, 2021, at the U.S. Capitol and was injured while physically engaging with protesters,” USCP said in a statement. “He returned to his division office and collapsed. He was taken to a local hospital where he succumbed to his injuries. The death of Officer Sicknick will be investigated by the Metropolitan Police Department’s Homicide Branch, the USCP, and our federal partners.”Sicknick had been with the department, most recently as part of the first responder unit, since 2008.Three people died of medical emergencies, while a 35-year-old woman, Ashli Babbitt, was shot and killed by Capitol police while trying to enter a broken window into the House Chamber.Law enforcement said more than 50 Capitol police and Metropolitan police officers suffered injuries in the rioting, and “several USCP officers have been hospitalized with serious injuries.”“These individuals actively attacked United States Capitol Police Officers and other uniformed law enforcement officers with metal pipes, discharged chemical irritants, and took up other weapons against our officers,” the USCP said in a statement. “They were determined to enter into the Capitol Building by causing great damage.”Capitol Police Chief Steven Sund resigned on Thursday afternoon in the wake of the riots. Several prominent people had called for him to step down, including House Speaker Nancy Pelosi and the head of the police union.Capitol Police Union Chairman Gus Papathanasiou said in a statement Thursday that officers were “frustrated and demoralized by the lack of leadership.”“We have several protesters dead, multiple officers injured and the symbol of our Democracy, the U.S. Capitol, desecrated. This never should have happened,” Papathanasiou said in a statement.Sicknick’s brother also spoke out in a statement sent to ABC News Thursday night.“After a day of fighting for his life, he passed away a hero,” he said. “I would like to thank all of his brothers and sisters in law enforcement for the incredible compassion and support they have shown my family. My family and I hope that our privacy can be respected as we grieve. Thank you.”Various lawmakers have since reacted to Sicknick’s death, including Washington, D.C., Mayor Muriel Bowser, who tweeted: “On behalf of the residents of the District of Columbia, our thoughts & prayers are with the family, friends and colleagues of United States Capitol Police Officer Brian D. Sicknick. May he Rest In Peace, and we work tirelessly to honor his service to the Congress and our nation.”Sen. Ted Cruz, who has been criticized for his attempt to overturn the 2020 election, wrote on Twitter: “Devastating. Heidi and I are lifting up in prayer the family of the U.S. Capitol Police officer who tragically lost his life keeping us safe. He was a true hero. Yesterday’s terrorist attack was a horrific assault on our democracy. Every terrorist needs to be fully prosecuted.”Sen. Marsha Blackburn tweeted: “I am truly devastated to learn that a Capitol Police officer has died as a result of yesterday’s violence at the Capitol. My heart goes out to the officer, their family, and all of our front line law enforcement that put their lives on the line each day to protect this nation.”Ohio Rep. Tim Ryan said his heart is broken over the loss and added that Sicknick’s death should serve as a “reminder of the bravery of the law enforcement who protect us every day.”Rep. John Curtis, R-Utah, wrote: “I am devastated to hear about the passing of U.S. @CapitolPolice Officer Brian Sicknick and extend my deepest sympathy to his family. My staff and I cannot say enough to express our appreciation for his sacrifice to keep us safe.”“My sincerest condolences to the Sicknick family,” tweeted Rep. Veronica Escobar. “I’m grateful for Officer Sicknick’s service to our country and his work to protect everyone who worked at the Capitol. My heart goes out to his loved ones.”Rep. Steve Scalise, R-La., tweeted: “Devastating news. Please join me in praying for our fallen Capitol Police officer’s family during this heartbreaking time.”Connecticut Rep. Rosa DeLauro, New York Rep. Paul Tonko, California Rep. Jimmy Panetta and Virginia Rep. Jennifer Wexton also voiced their condolences on Twitter.“As members, staff and reporters sheltered from terrorists attacking the Capitol, countless officers risked their lives to uphold their duty to protect us,” Rep. Lori Trahan, D-Mass., tweeted. “I’m deeply grateful for their bravery and devastated to learn that one of those heroes, Officer Brian D. Sicknick, has died.”Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Flinging open a digital doorway to the courthouse

first_img March 15, 2017 Jan Pudlow Senior Editor Regular News Flinging open a digital doorway to the courthouse Flinging open a digital doorway to the courthouse Senior Editor Creating a “digital doorway to the courthouse.” Figuratively changing the Latin words at the top of the courthouse to “Welcome! How Can We Help?” That’s how Jim Kowalski, managing partner at Jacksonville Area Legal Aid, Inc., described the idea behind the Florida Legal Access Gateway (FLAG), as he recently gave a status report of a pilot project in Clay County to the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice. Chief Justice Jorge Labarga called it “one of the most promising initiatives to come from the commission’s work, the concept of a statewide triage gateway to guide litigants through the legal process.” And former Bar President Greg Coleman, serving as chair of the Executive Committee, called it the commission’s “primary accomplishment” so far — a collaboration between Kowalski; Dominic “Donny” MacKenzie, immediate past president of The Florida Bar Foundation; William Van Nortwick, and Florida Justice Technology Center Director Joyce Raby, and many others.FLAG Pilot “You will learn how significant this portal is going to be, I would suggest not just for the citizens of Clay County and the state of Florida, but ultimately, I think this is going to act as a national model that is going to be adopted and help hundreds of millions of Americans,” Coleman predicted. But right now, not so much. The pilot in one county needs more time for a useful evaluation before expanding statewide. The FLAG pilot — currently only dealing with evictions and simplified divorce cases — was extended another six months until June because, “we do not yet have sufficient data to support a comprehensive evaluation,” according to the FLAG evaluation report. One of the big lessons learned is people may find forms on a computer, but they still need to talk to a real person to help fill them out. “We have realized that the obstacles facing self-represented litigants are perhaps even more daunting than initially perceived,” Kowalski, MacKenzie, and Van Nortwick wrote in a January 31 letter to Chief Justice Labarga. “We applaud your decision to include self-represented litigants as an initial focus area for the permanent commission.” On February 3, at the commission’s meeting in Tallahassee, MacKenzie and Kowalski gave a demonstration of the pilot project, showing how a person can use the system anonymously and how there is a clearly marked notice to get immediate help if it’s an emergency, such as domestic violence. Because the goal of the Florida Commission on Access to Civil Justice is to not only bridge the justice gap for the poor but the working poor and middle class, MacKenzie explained the economic threshold to qualify for FLAG is 400 percent of federal poverty guidelines ($24,300 for a family of four) — or $97,200 for a family of four.Key Findings Among the key findings for the initial testing period from October 11, 2016, to November 30, 2016: • Out of all FLAG users, no one filed paperwork with the court. Not one FLAG user moved forward with litigation. • FLAG referred only one user to Jacksonville Legal Aid, but was from Duval County and could not be counted as a user within pilot parameters. • FLAG has made no referrals to Jacksonville Bar Lawyer Referral service. •, started by the Foundation and now run by the FJTC, received 135 users/visits from FLAG. • When FLAG directs users to DIY Forms, a document assembly, forms-builder program created in collaboration between the clerks and the Office of the State Courts Administrator, the “landing page” is too complicated and family law forms contain a notary jurat that deems the form not immediately e-file-able (the user must download the form, find a notary, have the form notarized, scan the form back into the system, and then e-file the form). “It’s almost as if. . . experienced lawyers are writing for a law student, and we’re not writing them for the firefighter and schoolteacher who need to get a divorce,” Kowalski said of complicated DIY forms. “I do think, as we move forward, we appreciate. . . the opportunity to take a step back and collaborate and look at whether these systems are duplicative. Are they complicated? How do we get the landing to be inviting and comforting?”Triage Interviews In the first six weeks of the pilot program, there were 1,262 triage interview sessions, an average of 25 a day, Kowalski said. About 20 percent of those triage interview sessions were referred to four “help destinations”: • and the DIY Forms program, self-help forms that sit on the E-filing Authority page, because they are intended to be immediately e-file-able once the forms are completed. • The clerk’s “low bono program,” offering face-to-face legal help for $1 a minute. • Three Rivers Legal Services, a Legal Services Corp.-funded entity; Jacksonville Legal Aid.$1 a minute One of the most exciting findings, Kowalski said, was the popularity of the low bono program hosted by Clay County Clerk of Court Tara Green, where lawyers from the Clay County Bar Association, primarily practicing in family law, give legal help for $1 a minute. “It worked as we expected. In large part, folks came in with forms partially completed, or in some cases all completed, or in some cases not completed, from the family law Supreme Court approved forms website,” Kowalski sad. “They needed the assistance of the lawyer to gain an understanding of whether they were completing the correct forms and whether, through that process, they were prepared to go to court to resolve their dissolution family law case.. . . “One of the major pieces that we heard over and over again from the user is they needed someone to talk to,” Kowalski said. “I think all of us who were involved in this project were significantly impressed with how hard it is to represent yourself in court and how much of an opportunity we have creating a digital doorway to the courthouse.” Clerk Green was summoned to the podium to answer a few questions. “What we have noticed from staff is that there is that gap when people come in and need another resource. We were very surprised at the success of low bono,” Green said. “I think one of our biggest hurdles that we are going to have to go over, and I think it’s one we can go over, is communicating this resource, that the FLAG system is out there and how to get it. Once we effectively do that, and we make it known as a resource, it will definitely get utilized. People will go that route.” Kowalski said he was struck with how hard it is to be a citizen with a legal problem trying to handle it without a lawyer, and that the commission needs a “strong focus on self-represented litigants as we move forward.” “How many times folks needing to file a family law case simply come to the clerk’s front window asking the most basic questions. And then they don’t file. They go back home, and they try to find something else about what they do next. And then they come back and ask a couple more questions of the clerk. And then they go home. And then they try to find what to do next,” Kowalski said. Pointing out the filing fee for a divorce is $400, MacKenzie said, “If you think the filing fee is intimidating, the paperwork you encounter when you step up to the counter at the clerk’s office is even more intimidating. What we found is. . . people simply turn away. It’s one thing to not be able to afford a filing fee. It’s another thing to not understand or try to fathom the paperwork. Then what people do is they go to the internet, and we’re hoping by going to the internet, they will find this FLAG triage, and it will be a little less daunting and a lot more accessible.” Lee County Clerk of Court Linda Doggett, who serves on the commission, said, “Clerks are not surprised at what you’ve learned. We’re very excited to have others learn what we have experienced every day, with both coming to the counter and not getting enough assistance to figure out how to represent themselves or how to move forward on a case. I think the idea is not to make decisions on their behalf but to just point them in the right direction so they can get where they need to be.”Self-Help Centers Calling the FLAG pilot “very exciting,” Doggett asked about the strategy going forward and whether they will consider other counties that already have low bono, self-help attorney consulting. “I mean, that’s the goal,” Kowalski said. “The goal is we’ve seen what are generally referred to as courthouse-based self-help centers.. . . In many states, those are structured through the court. In Florida, they are structured strongly through the clerks. That is absolutely a solution. Combining self-help centers with the build-out of the Florida Bar Referral Service, which obviously will be hugely informed by all the work here. Those two seem to be a strong component, along with taking that united step back and rethinking our forms process would be the three pieces to move forward on.” MacKenzie added: “We intend and hope to expand the subject matter well beyond the two subject matters. And we also hope that we expand statewide. In essence, what our plan is, this pilot has been extended until June, because we want to collect more data. Between now and June and next fall, we are going to be working internally on an RFP [request for proposals] for statewide application, so that should this thing be approved for statewide application, there will not be a lag or delay.. . . We’re going to assume we’re going to go statewide. One day we hope this will have hundreds of subject matters that people can get help for.” “We’ve already taken an exciting project that was birthed in another state [New Mexico],” Kowalski said. “We took their dream components and combined it with the clerks of court, and made it the example for the country. And we hope to continue to build.”last_img read more

Maroney’s talent doesn’t add up to wins

first_imgLast season against Iowa, Maroney ran for 156 yards and three touchdowns, but an anemic passing game doomed the Gophers to a 29-27 loss.Maroney ran for 145 yards, including an 80-yard touchdown, against Michigan last year. A final drive breakdown by the Minnesota defense spelled a 27-24 loss that Saturday.Two years ago, Maroney ran for 81 yards and two touchdowns against the Wolverines at the Metrodome, but a monumental fourth quarter collapse by the defense meant another Minnesota loss to Michigan.In total, that’s four career-defining games for Maroney, and four crushing Gophers defeats.He will likely leave Minnesota for the riches and stardom of the NFL after this, his junior season.And what will the Gophers have to show as a program after three years with one of the best Big Ten running backs of the past decade? Only three second-tier bowl games and plenty of wasted opportunities.Maroney could well be the best running back in school history. It’s just a shame for Maroney that the program couldn’t emerge from its own shadow of failure during his tenure.– Matt Anderson welcomes comments at [email protected] Maroney’s talent doesn’t add up to winsLaurence Maroney’s presence hasn’t yielded a program breakthrough.October 18, 2005Jump to CommentsShare on FacebookShare on TwitterShare via EmailPrintA little juke past a Wisconsin linebacker and he was gone. Laurence Maroney’s speed took him past the Badgers’ secondary into the end zone for a 93-yard touchdown run.It seemed that would be the key play for both Maroney and the Minnesota football team in what looked like it would be a huge home win Saturday.The end of Minnesota’s stunning 38-34 loss changed what the game will be remembered for, but Saturday also proved the perfect microcosm for the Maroney era in the Twin Cities.For all that Maroney has done for the team in his time at the University, the Gophers haven’t reciprocated much to the star back.He will leave campus as the best player in Minnesota’s recent history, which is precisely why this season and the past two have been such a pitiful waste for the football program.Maroney has provided excitement, talent and a reason to watch the Gophers through his time at Minnesota. But despite that, the program hasn’t done anything special.His first two years finished with disappointing records of 10-3 and 7-5. Though the team tallied 10 wins in 2003, the way it happened was disappointing. The Gophers beat four nonconference cupcakes and beat just two Big Ten teams that went to a bowl game.Whatever the final record this year, it will be at least as inadequate a season as the past two.That Minnesota let another superlative Maroney performance on Saturday go to waste – 258 yards and two touchdowns – should be a surprise to no one. It’s happened too many times before.last_img read more

Jamaica records near 30 per cent decline in murders from Jan…

first_imgJamaica has recorded a 29.7 percent reduction in murders during the first five weeks of this year, according to figures released by the Jamaica Constabulary Force (JCF).It said that there were 109 murders between January 1 and February 2 as compared with 155 for the same period last year.JCF also reported that a decline in other categories of major crimes during the same period this year, with the number of shootings totaling 112, a 17 per cent reduction when compared with last year.Decline in rapesThe police said that rapes declined significantly from 57 last year to 27 this year, while the number of aggravated assaults were reduced from 32 last year to 20 this year.RobberiesThe figures show that there was a 15.3 per cent reduction in robberies during the first five weeks of this year, while the number of break-ins and larceny declined by 29.6 per cent and 5.3 per cent, respectively.The overall reduction in murders is reflected in the statistics for all police divisions across the island, excepting Portland and Manchester. In Portland, two persons have been killed so far this year, compared with one during the same period last year.For Manchester, five persons have been murdered so far this year as compared with three last year.In 2018, more than 1, 200 people were killed in Jamaica.last_img read more

Prem bosses to watch action replays in dugout – but it’s far from VAR

first_img4 Fatih Terim, left, showed the fourth official a replay on his phone in a friendly between England and Turkey at the Etihad Stadium two years agoCredit: Bradley Ormesher – The TimesThis comes after a bizarre moment in a friendly between England and Turkey in 2016.After a Harry Kane goal was allowed to stand despite the Tottenham striker appearing to be offside, Turkey boss Fatih Terim approached the fourth official and showed him a replay on his phone.The International Football Association Board (Ifab), who govern the sport’s laws, said: “As it is impossible to prevent communication to/from the technical area and it is reasonable to have an exchange of information relating to coach/tactics or player welfare (but not match officials’ decisions), the focus will move to the behaviour resulting from the use of such equipment.”The FA confirmed it will allow bosses to use ‘small, mobile, handheld equipment’, including mobile phones, smart watches, tablets and laptops.4 Teams will be able to review replays but not challenge officials’ decisionsCredit: Getty Images – GettyLATEST FOOTBALL NEWSLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea news LIVE: Follow all the latest updates from Stamford BridgeLive BlogUNITED LIVEMan Utd news LIVE: All the latest updates and transfer gossip from Old TraffordLive BlogBLUES NEWSChelsea transfer news LIVE: Havertz deal LATEST, Willian move updatesLive BlogUNITED LATESTMan Utd transfer news LIVE: All the gossip and updates from Old TraffordLive Bloggunners newsArsenal transfer news LIVE – Latest updates from the EmiratesAZPI BETTERAzpilicueta reveals turning off phone saved his season after horror startART ATTACKInside Arsenal’s celebrations as Arteta is showered with champagne as he dancesLive BlogTRANSFER NEWS LIVEStones update, Sancho latest, Havertz to Chelsea newsExclusiveKEEP IT IN THE FAMILYMan Utd line up shock swoop for Kasper Schmeichel to replace De GeaExclusiveMAICA DECISIONLeeds captain Phillips approached by JAMAICA as Southgate monitors star4 Allardyce has long been a fan of the earpieceCredit: ReutersIn a separate move, managers will soon be able to use headsets to listen to analysts in the stands, akin to communication seen in the NFL.Bosses such Sam Allardyce have used headgear in the past to talk to coaches watching up above.Other US sports have used similar replay technology, with baseball clubs able to look at feeds in their dugouts as part of their decision review system.However, there do not appear to be any plans in place to allow Premier League managers to challenge decisions, at least until VAR is introduced to the competition.We take a look at every new football kit to debut at the Premier League this coming season PREMIER LEAGUE managers will be able to watch TV replays during games in the dugout under new rules in a move that could prove revolutionary for in-game tactics changes.Mobile phones and tablets can now be used to look at events and formation shapes, while controversial incidents can be looked at but not reviewed.4 Replays are set to revolutionise how managers adapt their tactics in-gameCredit: PA:Press AssociationThe league ruled it was impossible to prevent communication to and from the technical area and the stands about such incidents, and have implemented the change, as revealed by the Times.Previously managers could only review footage at half-time and then inform their players, but now they can replay during the match, allowing them to make tactical changes and substitutions accordingly.It has not been confirmed whether a live feed will be allowed in dugouts, while managers are not allowed to show replays to players while the game is going on.Any manager who confronts officials about controversial decisions or shows the footage to them will be punished under the new yellow and red card system, and they could have their equipment confiscated.Sign up for Dream Team 2018/19 nowDream Team is back and better than ever ahead of the new Premier League seasonCompletely free to play£400k jackpot up for grabs across the seasonREGISTER FOR DREAM TEAM 2018/19 HERElast_img read more

Nest Full of Cardinals for ESPN3 Primetime Clash

first_imgIn the men’s game, Lamar enters the game 11-11 overall and 5-5 in conference while UIW is 12-6 overall and 4-4 in conference. UIW returns to San Antonio after playing its two previous games on the road, where the Cardinals defeated Nicholls before falling to Texas A&M-Corpus Christi. Lamar has dropped three of its last four and is coming off a road loss at Sam Houston State. UIW is 6-1 on the year at the McDermott Center while Lamar is 2-10 on the road. UIW will lean heavily on its senior guard Denzel Livingston, who was recently named to the Lou Henson Watch List, an award presented annually to the mid-major player of the year. Livingston averages 21.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 3.2 assists, 2.3 steals and 1.1 blocks per game. In conference play, he averages 22.4 points, which tops the Southland. Freshman Jontrell Walker also provides an offensive spark for the Cardinals as he is second on the team with 17.3 points per game. As a team, the Cardinals are second in the league with 84.5 points per game thanks to their 51.1 field goal percentage. Lamar is averaging 11.7 more points than its Southland opponents in large part thanks to its tough defense, which forces 11.4 steals per game. Junior guard JaMeisha Edwards leads her team with 18.1 points per game while graduate student forward Dominique Edwards is not far behind with 12.3 points per game. UIW ranks third among Southland teams with 9.2 steals per conference game. Junior forward Yvonne Maosa is the team’s leadings scorer with 10.2 points per game while grabbing 5.9 boards per game in Southland action. Freshman guard Jazmine Holman leads the league with 3.8 steals and ranks third in league play with 4.8 assists per game. The Lamar-UIW meetings are part of a four-game Southland schedule on ESPN3 Saturday. Earlier, the New Orleans and Central Arkansas basketball teams will meet in Conway, starting with the women at noon, followed by the men at 2:30 p.m. In the women’s contest, UIW enters the game 5-15 overall and 2-7 in conference play while Lamar is 12-10 overall and 9-2 in league action. UIW is looking to snap a five-game losing streak, last winning on Jan. 17 in a 82-70 decision against Southeastern Louisiana. Lamar enters Saturday at the top of the Southland standings, winning seven of its last eight. This will be the first match up UIW and Lamar this season. ESPN3 is ESPN’s live multi-screen sports network, a destination that delivers thousands of exclusive sports events annually.  It is accessible online at, on smartphones and tablets via the WatchESPN app and streamed on televisions through Amazon Fire TV and Fire TV Stick, Apple TV, Chromecast, Roku, Xbox 360 and Xbox One.  Lamar is led by senior guard Anthony Holliday, who paces the Cardinals with 21.1 points and 3.9 assists per game in league play. On the boards, the Cardinals rely on senior forward Tyran de Lattibeaudiere, who pulls down 7.1 rebounds per game while blocking 1.6 shots per game on the defensive end. Lamar is led by first-year coach Tic Price, who has helped the Cardinals to 11 overall and five league wins so far this season, which is more than what the Cardinals accumulated the previous two seasons combined. David Saltzman will handle play-by-play duties. He will be joined courtside by color analyst and former Baylor men’s basketball coach Jim Haller. Chris Mycoskie is set to host the MidSouth Bank Halftime Report for both games. FRISCO, Texas – Saturday’s Lamar vs. UIW basketball games will be featured live on ESPN3 from the McDermott Convocation Center in San Antonio, Texas. This is the third of eight Southland Conference regular-season doubleheaders on the network. The women’s game is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. CST, followed by the men’s matchup at 7:30 p.m. The network is currently available to 95 million homes at no additional cost to fans who receive their high-speed Internet connection or video subscription from an affiliated service provider.  The network is also available at no cost to approximately 21 million U.S. college students and U.S.-based military personnel via computers, smartphones and tablets connected to on-campus educational and on-base military broadband and Wi-Fi networks.last_img read more

The Jaleo Experience is a Great Value, and Delicious Food

first_imgShare This!I recently tried the Jaleo Experience at Jaleo at Disney Springs and found it to be both delicious and a fantastic value for the amount and quality of food presented.My husband, Jeff, and I arrived at the restaurant overwhelmed and dehydrated after a flight from New York and a slog through the Orlando heat. (Narrator voice: They were cranky.) I immediately ordered an attitude adjustment cocktail: the “Cropping Rope,” created with Crop cucumber vodka, Lillet Blanc, green chartreuse, and lime ($14). Jeff stuck with Diet Coke and then water.Cropping Rope cocktailSlightly refreshed, but still a bit addled from travel, we scanned the dozens of menu items which all looked fantastic, but daunting to weed through, until I saw the “Chefs Tasting Menu.” To me, tasting menu means “someone else decides so you don’t have to,” which is always a good thing when you’re exhausted.We weren’t sure we were in a $110 per person mood (that takes stamina), so we skipped past the Jose’s Way, but asked our server about the $70 per person Jaleo Experience. She described it as, “Twelve of the most popular items on the menu – the ones that guests always rave about – with a balance of light and more substantial dishes.” Sold!Here’s what we got …Serrano ham and Manchego cheese.“Pan de Cristal con Tomate” – crispy bread brushed with fresh tomato.“Gazpacho Estilo Algeciras” – chilled Spanish soup with tomatoes, cucumbers and peppers“Manzanas con Hinojo y Queso Manchego” – Sliced apple and fennel salad with Manchego cheese, walnuts, and sherry dressing“Endivias con Queso de Cabra y Naranjas” – Endives, goat cheese, oranges, and almonds.“Pulpo a la Gallega” – boiled octopus with peewee potatoes, pimenton, and extra virgin olive oil“Espinacas a la Catalana” – Sauteed spinach, pine nuts, raisins, and apples“Croquetas de Pollo” – traditional chicken fritters“Butifarra Casera con Mongetes” – Grilled pork sausage with sauteed white beans and aioli“Gambas al Ajillo” – shrimp sauteed with garlic“Patatas Bravas” – fried potatoes with spicy tomato sauce and aioliCrusty bread to accompany the shrimp“Pan con Chocolate” – chocolate custard with caramelized bread, olive oil, and brioche ice cream“Flan al Estilo Tradicional de Mama Marisa con Espuma de Crema Catalana” – Flan with Catalan cream and orangesSo, we received 13 dishes instead of the promised twelve, plus the bread. If I’m doing the math right, these dishes would have cost over $160 if ordered on the menu individually, while ordered as the tasting menu it cost $140.But more importantly, the food was outstanding. Overall one of the tastiest meals I’ve had a Disney world in years. And even with the substantial quantity of food, I didn’t leave feeling bloated or sluggish from the meal, as has happened to me with the also incredible, but much heavier multi-course menu at Victoria & Albert’s. Since much of the meal was light, but flavorful veggies and seafood, we were not weighed down at the end.Highlights for me were the tomato bread which had a delightful crunch, concentrated fresh tomato flavor, and just the right amount of salty bite, and the endive salad, which tasted like summer in Spain. The only dish that didn’t sing to me was the octopus, but I don’t love octopus in general, so that’s not surprising.Jeff’s favorites were the lovely shrimp, the ham and cheese, and the octopus. (See, what do I know.)I wasn’t expecting to be wowed by dessert, but both of the end-of-meal sweets were truly spectacular. And the flan – oh that flan – is now in my top five WDW desserts of all time. So simple, but the cream and citrus work together perfectly. It’s like the Beyonce of Creamsicles. Sigh.Our meal, two Jaleo Experiences, a cocktail, and a diet Coke cost $168.27, plus tip. This is gourmet food in a casual atmosphere – well worth the price.Have you dined at Jaleo? What did you think? Would you order this tasting menu? Let us know in the comments.last_img read more

India can and must become a developed nation by 2020: Atal Bihari Vajpayee

first_imgAtal Bihari VajpayeeVision India: A.B. Vajpayee spells out the wordmap of progressAtal Bihari Vajpayee says that India can and must become a developed nation by 2020 and declares his resolve to secure a meaningful role for India in world affairs.The context of this event has enhanced its importance. Conclave 2004,Atal Bihari VajpayeeVision India: A.B. Vajpayee spells out the wordmap of progressAtal Bihari Vajpayee says that India can and must become a developed nation by 2020 and declares his resolve to secure a meaningful role for India in world affairs.The context of this event has enhanced its importance. Conclave 2004 has coincided with Election 2004. INDIA TODAY is talking about India Tomorrow. And the tomorrow it dreams of is the dream of Building an Indian Century.Now that’s a theme tailor made for those of us in this election battle who have a lot to say about our achievements today and, equally, a lot to say about our vision for tomorrow. We are ready for the debate. Indeed, the debate is already taking place all across the country-in homes and on streets, in teashops and on TV channels. One can say that India has become a conclave today, discussing the claims and counter-claims, arguments and counter-arguments of various contenders in the elections.As the world’s largest democracy, we can be proud that this electoral battle is taking place in a completely peaceful, tension-free atmosphere. I have no doubt that irrespective of who wins or loses in the elections and by whatever margin, our democracy will emerge victorious, stronger and more resilient than before.Every Indian, whether living in India or abroad, has always believed that India is a great nation and has wondered why the world has not acknowledged this obvious truth. Perhaps we have tended to judge ourselves by our potential, whereas others judge us by our performance. However, this gap between our potential and our performance is now getting bridged. India is changing, and changing very rapidly. The imprint of this change is becoming bolder and more attention-catching by the day.The world acknowledges our prowess in IT and in other sectors of the knowledge-based economy. Our growing markets and our rapidly expanding economy compel global recognition. Indian businesses have learnt from globalisation and the technology revolution the imperative of becoming globally competitive.advertisementToday “Made in India” or “Sourced from India” labels are becoming a matter of national pride. It cannot be anybody’s claim that India’s achievements belong only to the recent past.As an Indian, I am as proud as anyone else of India’s achievements under previous governments. I have never looked at them with jaundiced eyes and have never been sparing in giving credit where it was due.However, few would deny that the progress we made in the past did not measure up either to India’s potential or to her manifest needs. As a result, enormous developmental challenges continue to confront our country. The greatest of these challenges is to banish poverty which still grips nearly one-fourth of our population. We have a long way to go and an immense lot to accomplish.But we have decided to traverse this long journey in a short time. We have started to speed up everything that is essential for making India a stronger and more prosperous nation, one capable of meeting any emergency that the future may throw up. Towards this end we have begun to: speed up our GDP growth; speed up the reform of our economy and our institutions; speed up the expansion and modernisation of our infrastructure and speed up the expansion and improvement of our social infrastructure.Raising productivity and profitability in agriculture is central to our strategy of making rural India prosperous and vibrant. The Green Revolution helped India achieve self sufficiency in food production.Now, the country needs a second Green Revolution to create efficiency and capture value at every stage in the food chain linking the farmer to the consumer. We have initiated many efforts in this direction. Enlarging and intensifying them will be a priority for us in the coming years.There is much talk these days about unemployment. I recognise that it is a major concern for the youth. However, I would like to stress two salient aspects of this problem. Firstly, unemployment is not a recent creation. Secondly, the nature of employment generation is changing with the changing nature of the economy. Jobs in government and organised industry have shrunk not only in India but also all over the world. At the same time, new employment and self-employment opportunities have sprung up on a large scale in recent years. These are in housing, road construction and transportation, cottage industries, financial sector, tourism, services and enterprises in the informal sector, and IT.Our strategy for the future will be three-pronged: promote productive employment in all sectors of the economy, especially in agriculture and rural enterprises; enhance employability of the employment-seeking people through suitable training and skill development; and further strengthen social security schemes for those in the unorganised sector. Turning to India’s interaction with the international community in the years to come by mentioning only a few key issues. We are seeing increasingly that as India adjusts to globalisation, the globe is adjusting to a quiet “Indianisation”. Indians and people of Indian origin have earned recognition abroad as political leaders and heads of multinationals, as film directors and sports captains, as editors and authors. The most prestigious universities of the world have Indians in top faculty positions.There are some who do not like to describe all this as “India Shining”. They would at least have to admit that these facts testify to the vigour and vitality of India’s international profile today. Our economic growth and development have enhanced our international standing. Conversely, our network of international cooperation has also provided new opportunities for India’s growth and development. As the world seeks to fashion a new global order from the debris of the Cold War, India will creatively pursue her foreign policy to widen the web of friendly relations with all the countries in the world. Our aim will be to secure for India a meaningful role in world affairs.India does not believe that unipolarity is a state of equilibrium in today’s world. At the same time, we do not advocate a form of multipolarity that creates tension between the poles. We believe a stable equilibrium lies in a cooperative, multipolar world which accommodates the legitimate aspirations and interests of all its component poles and of the international community as a whole. This is the world which India is committed to working for.In Asia, regional economic cooperation has already changed the contours of our international engagement. The ASEAN-India relationship is gaining strength and maturity. We have recently given economic cooperation within SAARC a new impetus. Through BIMST-EC (Bangladesh-India-Myanmar-Sri Lanka-Thailand Economic Cooperation) we are trying to exploit the synergies of sub-regional cooperation in a way that will also promote the rapid economic development of our northeastern states. We have taken forward our relations with China by strengthening the underpinning of a vibrant economic cooperation.It is this language of cooperation, detente and dialogue that we have consistently used in our neighbourhood policy. The agreement that we reached with Pakistan in January flowed from our consistent stand that it is only bilateral dialogue that can solve our problems; that this dialogue cannot be pursued or sustained if terrorism continues; and that all problems, including Jammu and Kashmir, should be addressed in this dialogue.Throughout the recent difficult years, when we had to fashion responses appropriate to immediate challenges, we have consistently had this clarity of purpose. I have also frequently said that in this changing and fast-moving world, we cannot afford to remain shackled by history. We should be willing to look at innovative ideas for the resolution of our bilateral differences.Of course, it is public opinion in both countries that has to lead the politicians to pragmatic and acceptable solutions. That is why we have been advocating the intensification of trade, economic cooperation, cultural exchanges and sporting links so that public opinion in both the countries can be mobilised in support of the peace dividend.It is also our vision for the entire South Asian region that the economic stakes we develop in each other will eventually wipe away misunderstanding and suspicions and create a South Asian Economic Union which will promote progress and prosperity in a strongly interconnected subcontinent.The two defining security-related preoccupations of the 21st century are terrorism and proliferation. We in India know that international terrorism inspired by religious extremism did not start with 9/11. But it imprinted itself on the consciousness of the international community on that date. It enabled the world to put in better perspective India’s own experiences. We willingly joined the international coalition against terrorism, applauded the provisions of UN Security Council Resolutions 1373 and 1456, and called for a strict and universal application of all these provisions.This is a continuing struggle. We have to resist the temptation of short-term political goals diverting us from the long term objective. India is convinced that ultimately the battle against international terrorism can only be effectively won by the widest possible coalition of democracies acting in concert.It is an objective we will continue to pursue. We hear a lot these days about the indiscriminate proliferation of weapons of mass destruction feeding a black market of non-state actors.advertisementadvertisementWe have always maintained that the existing non-proliferation regimes are all grossly unequal and would not serve the purpose of military denuclearisation. They have restrained the responsible and rewarded the reckless.Let me declare unequivocally that India supports the objective of genuine non-proliferation. We have pursued it from our own perspectives and for our own good. India can contribute meaningfully and even add value to a multilateral cooperative framework for this.In the past few years, India has taken important measures to orient its economy to the demands of globalization. We have done so with deliberation and with sensitivity. Even at the risk of attracting the impatience of some, we have tried to ensure that our economic liberalization does not retard the objective of equitable development. We have warned the world of the dangers of headlong globalization seriously eroding political support for economic reform measures in developing countries.Together with other developing countries, we emphasized this at Cancun. Decisions on agriculture affect the livelihood of billions of farmers in the developing world which could not be sacrificed at the altar of globalization. We will continue to work with the developing and the developed world for win-win solutions to these issues. India is convinced that such solutions exist.While talking about globalization, I should mention the strange controversies that have been generated on what is called business process outsourcing. The very process of liberalization on which we have been lectured for so many years has created competitive skills which are available for utilization by businesses everywhere. Outsourcing is a natural consequence of this process.As economists around the world have been saying, outsourcing makes businesses more competitive, increases their exports and profits, and places more investible surpluses in their hands which can be deployed to create more jobs. The world has spent the past decade trying to make sensible economics prevail over the temptation of short-term political gains. We should not now drive a reverse process. Today, India stands at a unique point in her ascendant movement in history. I believe that there is a law of growth in the life of every nation. Understood and followed properly, it brings about national resurgence and takes the nation to strength, prosperity and greatness.The objective conditions, including the international situation, have never been more conducive for this law of growth to operate with full power in the case of India. Therefore, we must not let cynicism or negativism, despondency or disunity clog our veins and weaken our muscles.India faces a big challenge today. We will always remain a democracy, of course. That is an abiding source of India’s pride and strength. But the challenge is: Can our democracy create a common national purpose around the issue of development and deliver it on a scale that all of us dream of?Can we remove regional and social disparities and bridge the urban-rural divide fast enough? Can we speedily enlarge the basket of opportunities to match the growing aspirations of our predominantly youthful population?In short, can we make India a developed nation in a holistic way by 2020? Within the lifespan of a single generation? Yes, we can. We must. To work toward this goal has been the endeavor of my Government for the past five years. It is our resolve to accelerate this process over the next five years. And this is precisely why we are seeking a renewed mandate from the people of India in the hope and confidence that we will get it.Atal Bihari Vajpayee is the Prime Minister of India.last_img read more

2011 Australian Masters Games

first_imgTouch Football is just one of the 61 sports that will be contested at the Games. It is open to anyone aged 30 years and older with so many divisions on offer, including Men’s (30+, 35+, 40+, 45+, 50+, 55+), Women’s (30+, 35+, 40+) and Mixed (30+, 35+). Australian Masters Games Project Manager, Ian Fitzpatrick, said this is one of the largest sporting festivals in the country and Adelaide is gearing up for a great event. “We expect 14,000 participants will take part in the event, with more than 10,000 athletes competing,” Fitzpatrick said. “The Games are open to such a wide portion of the community to participate. You just need to meet the minimum age requirement for the sport, which is only 30 years old for Touch and most other sports.”“Among all the sporting events there will be so much to do and see throughout the Games. An athlete village will be built in central Adelaide that will be home to all the event activities, including the opening and closing ceremonies, registration and much more,” said Mr Fitzpatrick.The Australian Masters Games provides an occasion to make the wider community aware of the benefits of sport. Also, it encourages and engages the 30 plus age group in ongoing activity that is beneficial to their long term health and wellbeing. Nominations close on Sunday, 7 August. For more information and to register for the 2011 13th Australian Masters Games, please visit the event website: read more