Starbucks to sell instant coffee

first_imgStarbucks has launched packeted instant coffee in a bid to give consumers a caffeine hit of its high-street brand at home.Via Ready Brew hits stores in Seattle and Chicago early next month and goes on sale in London Starbucks stores from 25 March before rolling out in the autumn. Retail price has been set at £1.20 (three servings) and £3.95 (12 servings).The company aims to win over new instant coffee users and to steal market share from established brands.Darcy Willson-Rymer, managing director, Starbucks UK & Ireland, said: “I believe this is a great opportunity for Starbucks and I can’t wait for consumers to be able to enjoy it.”The coffee chain said it had spent almost 20 years developing the instant coffee so that it tasted the same as the beverage brewed in its 12,000 cafes worldwide.Starbucks’ growth in the US has slowed as the recession has worsened, and Starbucks recently announced plans to shut 1,000 cafes worldwide.last_img read more

HAA honors outstanding alumni

first_imgThe Harvard Alumni Association (HAA) Awards were established in 1990 to recognize outstanding service to Harvard University through alumni activities. This year’s awards ceremony will take place during the fall HAA board of directors meeting on Oct. 13.Michael A. Cooper ’57, L.L.B. ’60, of New York, has a long history of service to Harvard. He is a member of the Board of Overseers Visiting Committee to the Law School (HLS) and was chair of the Harvard Law School Fund and president of the Harvard Law School Association of New York City. For several years he was a member of the Harvard Law School Association Executive Committee, and now serves as vice president-at-large. He is co-chair of the HLS Senior Advisory Network, a special interest group formed to address the needs and concerns of senior alumni. Additionally, he was co-chair of his HLS 50th Reunion Gift Committee and vice-chair of the Harvard Class of ’57 50th Reunion Gift Committee.He is retired as litigation partner at the law firm of Sullivan & Cromwell and has long been active in legal services organizations. He has three children, including son Jeffrey ’86.Judith A. Dollenmayer ’63, of Washington, D.C., has been one of the HAA’s most loyal and active alumnae. She was the first woman president of the Harvard Club of Washington and has long served as a Schools and Scholarships Committee interviewer.  A former HAA elected director, she co-chaired the HAA Engagement & Marketing Committee, was a member of the HAA Awards Committee, and served on the Public Service Task Force, including traveling on the 2010 and 2011 HAA service trips to New Orleans. She is active in the Alumnae and Friends of Radcliffe College Shared Interest Group and serves as secretary for the Radcliffe Class of ’63.She is founder and principal of Dollenmayer Communications, a publication and editorial consultancy in Washington, D.C., and is a literary agent for Barrett Books Inc. of New York. She is the proud aunt of Katherine Dollenmayer ’97.Philip C. Haughey ’57, of Newton, Mass., is a true Harvard citizen. He has been chair of both the HAA Committee to Nominate Overseers and Directors and the Harvard Committee on Shareholder Responsibility, and was director of Harvard Magazine. President of the Harvard Club of Boston from 2007-2010, he currently serves as chair of the Club’s Officer Nominating Committee. Additionally, he is Chair of Friends of Harvard Celtic Studies, and is a member of the Real Estate Academic Initiative, an interfaculty, interdisciplinary program focused on real estate research and education. A longtime class agent and Reunion Gift Steering Committee member, he served as chair of the 30th Reunion Committee.  He has dedicated countless hours and energy as chair of the Friends of Harvard Football and the Friends of Harvard Baseball, as president and chair of the Harvard Varsity Club, and as chair of Harvard’s Visiting Committee on Athletics.He is president of the Haughey Company Inc., a family real estate investment, development, and management firm. He and his wife, Peggy, have four children, including son Philip Jr. ’84, M.B.A. ’94, and granddaughter Christin ’14.Thomas G. McKinley ’74, of San Francisco, has demonstrated endless loyalty to Harvard. A longtime class secretary, he has been vice chair of the Class Gift Committee since his 20th reunion and is a director of the Harvard Club of San Francisco. He is chair of the John Harvard Society Leadership Committee, was an elected director of the HAA, former vice-chair of the HAA Schools and Scholarships Committee, and past chair of the HAA Committee on Continuing Education.  He is a new member of the HAA Alumni Awards Committee. Over the years, he has been supportive of Harvard Women’s Volleyball and many initiatives at Harvard, including the I3 Harvard College Innovation Challenge, a program designed to promote, guide, and incubate entrepreneurship, and summer entrepreneurial and community projects for undergraduates.He is a West Coast partner at Cardinal Partners. He and his wife, Janet, have three children, including daughters Kathryn ’09 and Sara ’03, M.B.A. ’07.Walter H. Morris Jr. ’73, M.B.A. ’75, of Potomac, Md., has dedicated countless hours and energy in support of Harvard and the HAA. As president of the HAA from 2008 to 2009, he focused on “moving the dial” by making small but observable steps to advance the work and mission of the HAA. He was an HAA elected director from 2000 to 2003, and was chair of the HAA Alumni Awards and HAA Graduate Schools Committees.  He is currently a member of the HAA Executive Committee.  He is also an active member of the Harvard Black Alumni Society and has been a member of several Harvard Clubs, including the Harvard Club of New York City, the Harvard Club of Los Angeles, the Harvard Business School Club of Washington, D.C., and the Harvard Club of Washington, D.C., where he served as director from 2004 to 2007.He is a retired principal at Ernst & Young LLP.  He and his wife, Cynthia, have two children, son Walter III and daughter Anne ’04.June Storey, of North Reading, Mass., dedicated more than three decades of distinguished service to Harvard and was, as one colleague noted upon her retirement, “An institution at Harvard whose legend will most definitely stand the test of time.” She began in 1976 as a staff assistant and rose through the ranks, eventually becoming director of events for Alumni Affairs and Development in 1993. Under her watch, the events department became known for its attention to detail and outstanding customer service. Over the years, she was intricately involved in the planning of a myriad of festive gatherings and special events, including Harvard’s 350th anniversary, the Mandela state visit, the convocation for Edward M. Kennedy, and the inaugurations of Neil L. Rudenstine, Lawrence H. Summers, and Drew G. Faust, as well as campaign kick-offs and celebrations, building dedications, recognition dinners, annual fundraising meetings and dinners, the annual honorary degree dinner and chief marshal luncheon, and the HAA Global Series events.She was known for being generous with her time and advice, providing endless guidance and collegiality, and was considered the best at what she did.last_img read more

Safety cited in decision to close Chimney Point historic site for season

first_imgCiting safety concerns caused by the reconstruction of the adjacent Champlain Bridge, Vermont state officials have announced the immediate closure of the Chimney Point State Historic Site in Addison.Commissioner of Economic, Housing and Community Development Tayt Brooks said the combination of construction activity and limited road access to the area led to the decision to close the site for the season. The Chimney Point site and the construction area share a single road, and are literally right next to each other, Brooks said. We had hoped to keep the site open, but in practical terms we can t place the public at risk by having them in such close proximity to a working construction area.The Champlain Bridge, which was built to span Lake Champlain and connect Vermont and New York in 1929, was closed due to safety concerns in October 2009 and was demolished using explosives on December 28, 2009.A new modified network tied arch bridge is being built in nearly the exact location, and a temporary ferry is carrying passengers across Lake Champlain while the bridge is being rebuilt.Brooks said the Division for Historic Preservation part of his department and officials from the Agency of Transportation had worked together to try to keep the site operating despite the noise, dust, odor, and delays that were inevitable as a result of the construction.But as the staging area for materials and equipment was selected and expanded adjacent to the site, the risk of an accident involving visitors had become too great. We tried, but VTrans officials recommended and I agreed that the site should be closed for this season, and possibly next, Brooks said. We will re-evaluate before next spring after we see where the construction stands.The site had 2,962 visitors last year on the 99 days it was open, Brooks said, or an average of about 29 per day. It has generated roughly $3,000 in admissions and $9,000 in gift shop revenues in the current fiscal year, which began on July 1, 2009.Before last week, the site had seen only 73 visitors in the 8 days it had been open, he said, adding that the Agency of Transportation will reimburse the Division for Historic Preservation for the lost revenue while the site is closed.The state will examine whether some special events scheduled at the site such as the Northeastern Atlatl Championship, part of the Festival of Nations in September can be re-located, Brooks said.For more information about the state historic sites, visit is external) or visit the sites on Facebook at!/pages/Montpelier-VT/Vermont-State-Historic-Si…(link is external)Source: State of Vermont. 6.14.2010 -30-last_img read more

Wood Mackenzie sees $1 trillion renewable energy investment opportunity in Asia to 2030

first_imgWood Mackenzie sees $1 trillion renewable energy investment opportunity in Asia to 2030 FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Windpower Monthly:Wind and solar PV could attract more investment than any other power generation source in the Asia Pacific region in the next decade as the two technologies become cost-competitive with coal by 2030, according to new analysis.Consultancy Wood Mackenzie believes the region’s power generation sector could attract investments worth $1.5 trillion through to 2030. It forecasts wind and solar will account for 66% of this ($1 trillion), with fossil fuels – mainly coal and gas – taking the remaining €500 billion.The analysts forecast more than 170GW of new power capacity will be added every year until 2030.Senior analyst Rishab Shrestha said: “Traditionally, energy security and availability of low-cost coal are key drivers of coal investment in Asia. However, investment sentiment towards coal is waning as economies strive for a more sustainable and greener future.”While Wood Mackenzie believe wind and solar PV will be cost-competitive with coal by 2030, this is already the case in many other markets.The analysts forecast that wind and solar’s combined share of generation in Asia Pacific will more than double to 17% by 2030, with more than 50 regional markets out of the 81 modelled exceeding a 10% share.[Craig Richard]More: ‘Wind and solar a $1 trillion investment opportunity in Asia Pacific’last_img read more

U.S. Targets Traffickers Linked to Sinaloa Cartel

first_imgBy Dialogo February 25, 2011 The United States on 23 February levied sanctions on more than 70 individuals and entities in six countries linked to Mexico’s notorious Sinaloa cocaine cartel. The Treasury Department targeted a supply group — headed by Colombia’s Jorge Cifuentes Villa — on allegations of drug trafficking and money laundering activities spanning Colombia, Mexico, Ecuador, Panama, Spain and the United States. The group was chiefly accused of supplying cocaine for the Sinaloa gang, which controls many of the drug routes from Mexico’s Pacific coast into the United States — the world’s largest market for cocaine. The Mexican cartel is led by the elusive Joaquin “El Chapo” (“Shorty”) Guzman, who made the Forbes list of the world’s billionaires in 2010 for his allegedly illicitly earned fortune. Guzman gained notoriety in Mexico after escaping from prison in a laundry truck 10 years ago. He is the subject of a $5 million bounty for help to nab him. Drug Enforcement Administration officials have long reported deep ties between Mexican traffickers and their Colombian counterparts. While Colombian groups were at the forefront of the international cocaine trade in the 1980s, they gradually shed their high profile role, in favor of outsourcing much of legwork to increasingly violent Mexican groups. Wednesday’s move revealed anew the extent of those connections, with everything from a Colombian scuba-diving school to a Panamanian childrens’ clothing company to an Ecuadorian airline linked to the drugs trade. “Targeting the corporate empires of narcotics traffickers is at the core of our efforts to degrade these dangerous organizations,” said the Treasury Department’s Adam Szubin. “Cifuentes Villa will no longer be able to masquerade as a legitimate businessman while supplying cocaine to the Sinaloa cartel.” The entities and individuals will have their assets in the United States frozen and Americans will be barred from doing business with them.last_img read more

Can New Look Knicks Put Pathetic Season Behind Them?

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York View image | gettyimages.comAs the Milwaukee Bucks took a quick 11-4 lead in the first quarter of the Knicks’ season opener Wednesday, if you listened closely, you could hear tortured Knicks fans across the Big Apple letting out a collective groan. Missed shots, poor ball movement and unabated drives to the basket by the opposition were sure to be the portent of bad things to come for a long 82-game season.That’s life as a Knicks fan—always dreading the worst, embracing mediocrity, and forever bowing in disappointment, or disgust. It’s our burden, and we begrudgingly carry it around until the day MSG can shake off the last decade of futility, both on and off the court.In last year’s disastrous campaign the lowly Knicks managed only 17 victories—their worst record ever—but they did win more than the terrible Timberwolves, so even the smallest signs of improvement may be enough to provide fans with a tinge of hope, however fleeting it is.Phil Jackson went ahead and gutted almost the entire roster and basically started anew, save for a few players, including star forward Carmelo Anthony. For their ineptitude on the hardwood, the Knicks were awarded the fourth overall selection, which they used to draft rail-thin 20-year-old Kristaps Porzingis from Latvia, who, we’re told, boasted a deft touch despite his lanky 7-foot-3 frame. Later in the first round Jackson took Notre Dame senior point guard Jerian Grant, an athletic ball handler. Jackson then used James Dolan’s money to sign big man Robin Lopez and a slew of other bodies just to fill out the roster for the upcoming season, or so it seemed. He famously missed out on all-star LaMarcus Aldridge and failed to convince free agent center Greg Monroe to bring his many talents to the Garden. Now Knicks fans are already dreaming of Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant’s impending free agency, even though history has not been kind to the Knicks when it comes to signing MVP-caliber players on the open market.So the franchise was left with one top 15 player in Anthony and a potpourri of role players with little star power. And the selection of Porzingis, who was booed vociferously on draft night by the Knicks faithful, did little to appease a fanbase yet to wash away the stench that wafted through the Garden last season and stunk up the joint.Knicks fans can’t be criticized for sitting down and viewing Wednesday’s opener against the Bucks with hefty skepticism. Afterall, the franchise has done little to reciprocate the loyalty demonstrated by its steadfast supporters over the last dozen years. So when the Bucks took a quick seven-point lead in the first quarter, we collectively cringed.Surprisingly, the team fought back. Knicks head coach Derek Fisher replaced a number of lethargic starters with spirited reserves, who were aggressive on defense and were flying to the basket. Former second overall pick Derrick Williams, who played well in the preseason, continued to impress with a team-leading 24-point outburst. The bench, led by Williams, point guard Langston Galloway, and power forward Kyle O’Quinn, who grabbed 12 rebounds, opened up a double-digit lead that the Knicks never relinquished. Imagine that!The reserves appeared to be all over the court. They crowded passing lanes, gambled defensively to force turnovers, and swarmed to the ball.Even Porzingis contributed with 16 points and five rebounds. Porzingis, who is blessed with a lethal stroke from the perimeter but has a frail frame, showed some guts by battling in the post and frequently attacking the rim, which is encouraging to watch. But how long his body can sustain the abuse of a grueling NBA season remains to be seen.Not everyone enjoyed a fruitful night. Anthony missed 12 of 16 shots, perhaps due to constant double teams, and point guard Jose Calderon came up empty on a number of occasions.But for one night, the Knicks did display encouraging signs. But let’s not forget it was only the first game in a long season, so not even success-starved Knicks fans will let Wednesday’s 122-97 victory go to their heads. Our skepticism is too entrenched for that.A quick trip to the past would also be helpful. Last season, the Knicks opened the year by defeating LeBron James and his Cleveland Cavaliers. After that, the Knicks only captured 16 more victories.On the surface, this doesn’t look like an NBA team destined for the basement of its division. So, maybe looking back is meaningless. This is an entirely different team. But these are still the Knicks we’re talking about, and they never fail to surprise us. Or disappoint.last_img read more

Hispanic businesses are ‘first and foremost’ American businesses

first_imgEntrepreneurialism and a solid work ethic are strong tenets of the Hispanic culture. Given these characteristics, it’s no surprise the number of Hispanic-owned businesses in the U.S. has expanded as rapidly as it has. Since 2007, these firms have grown an astounding 57 percent to more than 4 million.Like most small businesspeople, Hispanic leaders need strong guidance, both financial and otherwise, to achieve and maintain success. The potential to increase business revenues is seen in the fact Hispanic-owned businesses have a tendency to generate average annual incomes well below the average in the U.S. (even below the average for minority-owned businesses).Credit unions, particularly those focused on the growth of their Hispanic memberships, are well-positioned to provide this guidance. That’s because many of the cooperatives that are planning – maybe even executing – strategies to attract Hispanic consumers are already on track to serve the community’s business owners.Hispanics account for one out of every five new entrepreneurs in the U.S. Entrepreneurs rely heavily on financial services. Yet, credit unions will do well to consider creating programs that go beyond business loans and other financial products to help business owners optimize operations and grow their firms. Consider solutions that reduce business expenses, such as payroll costs, for example. Offering the employees of Hispanic businesses payroll direct deposit to checking accounts or to prepaid reloadable cards will help the owner eliminate payroll check printing and will provide employees more access to their money. This type of a program can be mutually beneficial, as the business saves time and money while the credit union establishes potentially long-term relationships with its employees. continue reading » 5SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

The home with its own beach

first_imgLot 7 East BedarraA nearby bay offers boat moorings, but potential buyers will need to bring their own boat for convenient access to the mainland. The island is about 20 minutes from the town of Mission Beach via boat. Lot 7 East BedarraLot 7 East Bedarra was listed for sale recently and its listing describes it as a place where you can “unwind, unplug and disappear on palm fringed beaches with soft white sand, crystal blue water and your own private luxury home”. Lot 7 East BedarraInside the property there is three recently renovated pavilions which can accommodate eight guests comfortably. The beautiful sights of the ocean are visible from the its expansive timber decks with the open design ensuring that the ocean views are never far away. Lot 7 East BedarraMore from news02:37Purchasers snap up every residence in the $40 million Siarn Palm Beach Northless than 1 hour agoNew apartments released at idyllic retirement community Samford Grove Presented by The lot is situated on Bedarra Island, a small private island near Townsville and Cairns in North Queensland. The property offers exclusive access to a private oasis called Doorila Bay, where white sands meet the blue oceans without any interruptions from the outside world. center_img Lot 7 East BedarraGoing to the local beach is a popular pastime as the temperature heats up, but sharing the sands with the summer crowds can be a challenge.This property could be the answer for beach lovers wanting some seclusion with the promise of private access to an exclusive island beach. Lot 7 East BedarraAs well as the area’s natural beauty it is also historically significant as the former home of Australian painter Noel Wood who lived on the island for 60 years. Sales manager from Ray White — Port Douglass Mark Flinn said it was one of the most unique properties he had seen in his time in the industry.“This is next level in terms of privacy,” Mr Flinn said. “It could appeal to someone that is quite wealthy and can afford to have their own hideaway.”Of the handful of properties on the island, he said that this was “definitely the best house” of all of them.last_img read more

How your sun sign affects the way you fall in love.

first_img Sharing is caring! Share LifestyleRelationships How your sun sign affects the way you fall in love. by: – July 19, 2011 48 Views   no discussions Sharecenter_img Share Tweet Have you ever known in a blinding flash that you’ve met the person you’ll be with for the rest of your life? Every astrological sign makes its amorous advances at a different pace — read on to discover your natural tendencies when it comes to true love!Aries dives in with a thunderbolt of passion, and they won’t be slowed down for an instant. They’ll jump in with both feet, declare their undying love and let the chips fall where they may. Hopefully they’ll have picked a lover who likes being swept off their feet!Taurus never moves fast. These folks like to take their time, so their neon-lit moment may take a while to catch fire. But once they’ve decided, they won’t be put off by any resistance or coyness from the apple of their eye — they’ll stick around until they get what they want.Gemini often hears bells and whistles, but they’re familiar with their own fickleness and may hold back until they’re sure it’s not just another passing whim. In the interim, they’ll chat so entertainingly that their potential lover will become smitten before long.Cancer is definitely driven by their feelings … but they’re also highly self-protective. They’ll approach their beloved cautiously and in the best crab-like fashion: sideways! This means that they’ll test the waters by introducing their new love interest to their family for approval before declaring their singular devotion.Leo wears their heart on their sleeve. They certainly don’t like being rebuffed, but amid all their enthusiasm, they probably won’t consider that a possibility! They’ll shower their newfound love with compliments, expensive dinners and objets d’amour — and expect a commitment within the week.Virgo doesn’t go in for impulse decisions when it comes to love; rather, they’ll review their prospect with a somewhat detached eye as they try to spot any flaws. They’ll then likely persuade themselves that imperfections are a part of life and need to be accepted. And if the physical attraction is strong enough at the start, they’ll surely tumble head over heels.Libra is known for their cool demeanor and indecisiveness, so they can often talk themselves out of love. They’ll weigh the pluses and minuses and think through all possible options — and if their choice is still there after all this careful consideration, they might just allow themselves to fall hard.Despite being a fixed sign, Scorpio can instantly go off the deep end when it comes to love. They’re quite intuitive and are rarely wrong about a prospective partner’s reactions. Conversely, they’re also very self-protective and insist on receiving positive feedback before laying their heart on the line.Sagittarius is fiery to the point of recklessness, and rarely hesitates right out of the gate in a new relationship. In fact, it seems as if they have a guardian angel on their shoulder to make love happen the way they want. The Archer is also remarkably resilient, and always remembers that if this one doesn’t work out, the next one will.Capricorn can be surprisingly sensual, but they’re also socially ambitious. Because of this, they may experience inner conflict about whether the object of their desire will be right for their lifestyle — now and in the future. They’re not known to move quickly, and will instead give the relationship time to develop naturally.Intimacy makes Aquarius nervous, so the prospect of a lifelong mate is daunting. The first thing they’ll probably do is introduce their new love interest to their social circle to see how they fit in; they’ll also flaunt their independence to see whether possessiveness will be an issue. Only then will they allow the relationship to grow — and even then, gradually.Pisces will know immediately when their dream of romance is standing right in front of them. But being forthcoming is not a Piscean strength, so like a true Water sign, they’ll do all they can to protect their insecurities. They’ll dance around and be elusive, and only when they feel secure will they make their feelings known.By: Marjorie Orr for astrology.comYahoo Shinelast_img read more

Norwich youngster Harry Toffolo signs new deal at Carrow Road

first_img “After a strong year with Swindon last season and a pre-season with the first-team here, it proves that if you work hard you get given opportunities. “Norwich is my club. I joined at a young age, moving away from home but this is my home now. My long-term goal is to do the best that I can at Norwich City.” Alex Neil’s side renew their Barclays Premier League campaign at home to Bournemouth on Saturday, when Congo forward Dieumerci Mbokani, signed on loan from Dynamo Kiev, could make his debut in English football. Toffolo, 20, spent last season on loan at Swindon, who reached the Sky Bet League One play-off final, and made his senior debut for the Canaries in last month’s Capital One Cup victory over Rotherham. “It’s really good to have put-to-paper with Norwich, it shows that the club is backing me,” Toffolo said on the club’s official website Norwich defender Harry Toffolo has signed a new two-year deal, extending his Carrow Road stay until at least the summer of 2017.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more