Agencies Announce Partial Opening Of Recreation Areas and River

first_imgThe U.S Fish and Wildlife Service Kenai National Wildlife Refuge is opening the following areas to limited use: Jim’s Landing for day use of the boat launch, the overflow parking lot north of the Sterling Highway at the Visitor Contact Station, and Lower Skilak Boat Launch for boat launch access. The Kenai River remains closed beyond Jim’s Landing to Skilak Lake for public safety and in support of firefighting efforts. All boats must exit the river at Jim’s Landing. On the west side of SkilakWildlife Recreation Area, Lower Skilak campground and day use facility remains closed to public use. Skilak Lake Road from the west entrance at mp 75.2 of Sterling Highway will be opened to allow access to the Lower Skilak boat launch but all lands off the road, trailheads including Marsh Lake and Day Use facilities including Bottenintnin Lake remain closed. More information, detailed maps, and public safety information can be found online atkpboem.com or by visiting the official website for Chugach National Forest(https://www.fs.usda.gov/chugach/) and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge (kenai.fws.gov). For statewide fire information, visit the AICC website at https://fire.ak.blm.gov/ or http://www.akfireinfo.com. The previous daytime limitation on this river use has also been removed, allowing for 24 hour publicuse. Additionally all refuge lands that have been burned are closed to public access. Consult the attached closure order for more details.center_img The U.S. Forest Service Chugach National Forest is opening the Russian River Campground, Russian Lake Trail, Russian River Falls, Barber Cabin, and the K’Beq Day Use Area for public use. This opening will occur at the same time as the Kenai River reopening. Although this area has not been directly affected by fire, stay aware of the firefighting personnel and equipment still active on roads and lands nearby. Visit the Chugach National Forest website https://www.fs.usda.gov/main/chugach/home fordetails. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Agencies open areas to the public for recreation access effective at 12:01am on Tuesday.  This reopening of some portions of the Kenai River, Chugach National Forest and Kenai National Wildlife Refuge includes some areas that were burned by the Swan Lake Fire. Hazards exist in these burned areas that can be hard to see.Alaska Department of Natural Resources Division of State Parks announces the reopening of a portion of the Upper Kenai River previously closed to support firefighting operations. The Kenai River between the state boat launch at the Cooper Landing bridge and Jim’s Landing will reopen to public use with the exception of the continued closure of a channel on the south side of the river from approximately River Mile 69.5 to River Mile 71.5 will also be closed to support firefighting activity.last_img read more

Healey Demands Answers From Columbia Gas On Safe Restoration of Gas Service

first_imgBOSTON, MA — Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey today sent a letter to Columbia Gas demanding answers about the company’s plans for the safe and expeditious restoration of gas and fair compensation for affected residents in the Merrimack Valley following the devastating fires and explosions earlier this month.“In the wake of this tragedy, I have heard from many residents and businesses who have suffered significant losses yet remain in the dark about Columbia Gas’ claims process and the plans for restoring gas service,” said AG Healey. “I am demanding information from Columbia Gas about their specific plans because these people need and deserve answers and clarity as they rebuild their lives and communities.”In her letter, AG Healey notes that the failure of the Columbia Gas distribution system resulted in death, serious injury, the loss of homes and small businesses, and disruption of gas services for heating, hot water and cooking for thousands of residents in the company’s Merrimack Valley territory.As the state’s ratepayer advocate and chief law enforcement officer, AG Healey is committed to ensuring that Columbia Gas lays out their plan for implementing the recovery process, including gas restoration and compensation for those affected, and that ratepayers do not bear any of the costs associated with those efforts.The letter requests a meeting with Columbia Gas executives next week to discuss how they plan to implement the recovery effort, specifically:Ensuring that pipes are replaced in a safe manner and that the new pipes will result in a safe gas distribution service going forward.Ensuring the safety of all its Massachusetts territories while working on recovery efforts in its Merrimack Valley territory.Making sure that customers are receiving timely and complete information regarding the company’s restoration plan, including considering a text-messaging or similar real-time communications system (with an opt-out provision) that would reach all affected customers.Developing a plan for paying the electric bills of its customers who are forced to rely on electric space heaters and hot plates.Accommodating customers who choose to make alternative housing arrangements.Clarifying how the company intends to pay customers for losses incurred related to this disaster.Providing the AG’s Office with copies of the company’s internal claims procedure and any claims form it intends to use.Ensuring affected customers can easily obtain alternative heating sources for their homes and, if they choose, permanently transition to energy efficient, clean technologies without any additional costs.Addressing how work will be completed if a property owner is not present to authorize repairs.Clarifying in a written statement its plan to not bill affected customers for any gas service until service is restored.Confirming and ensuring that customers will not pay for any part of this disaster through the regulatory ratemaking process.Earlier this week, AG Healey sent Columbia Gas and NiSource orders to preserve documents for a potential state investigation.AG Healey has also issued two advisories offering guidance and resources in her office to support Merrimack Valley residents and businesses recovering from this tragedy. The AG’s Office issued an advisory about giving wisely to charities and knowing your consumer rights and this week announced a new hotline for residents and business owners with questions and concerns to connect with specialists in the office. The AG’s Office also provided guidance about legal representation and home improvement scams. The AG’s Office has been and will continue to send staff to assist individuals at the claims center in Lawrence.For more information or assistance, contact the Attorney General’s dedicated hotline for Merrimack Valley residents at (617) 573-5370. It is open Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. – 4 p.m. Consumers can also obtain guidance and resources at the AG’s dedicated webpage at mass.gov/ago/merrimackvalley.(NOTE: The above press release is from the Massachusetts Attorney General’s Office.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedAttorney General Files Comments with FERC Urging Caution on Kinder Morgan PipelineIn “Government”Lender To Cancel $1.6 Million In Loans Made To Former ITT Tech Students At Wilmington & Norwood CampusesIn “Government”Attorney General Awards Middlesex Sheriff’s Office A Healthy Summer Youth Jobs GrantIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Senate passes bill drawing from Permanent Fund

first_imgSen. Anna MacKinnon, R-Anchorage, on the Senate Floor during debate about a bill that would draw money from the Permanent Fund. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)The state Senate passed a bill Wednesday that would draw money from the Alaska Permanent Fund to pay for the state government’s budget. The bill also would limit Permanent Fund dividends, as well as overall amount the state can spend.Listen nowTwelve senators voted for Senate Bill 26, while eight voted against the measure, introduced by Governor Bill Walker. It’s similar to legislation the Senate passed last year. But that bill died in the House.Eleven Republicans and one Democrat supported the bill, while three Republicans and five Democrats opposed it. Juneau Democrat Dennis Egan changed his vote from favoring the bill to opposing it after the initial vote.Eagle River Republican Sen. Anna MacKinnon said it’s a challenge to close the state’s budget gap in a way that receives support from both legislative chambers and Walker. She said she would like to cut state government further before making changes to the Permanent Fund. But she said the state is limited in how much more it can cut.“The services in Alaska are more expensive than most places in the U.S. certainly, but even in other parts of the world,” MacKinnon said.The bill would draw 5.25 percent annually from the fund, with a quarter of that money going to dividends.Dividends would be set at $1,000 for the next three years – similar to their amount last year, after Walker vetoed half of dividend funding.Under the bill, dividends are projected to go up slightly after the first three years.Bill supporters say it’s necessary to help close the $2.7 billion gap between the amount the state spends and the amount it raises in oil royalties, taxes and fees.Kodiak Republican Sen. Gary Stevens noted the original ballot question that created the Permanent Fund said that after oil could no longer pay for government, the Permanent Fund would.“No one relishes making tough decisions that are also unpopular with many, many people in Alaska,” Stevens said. “But it is time to vote for what we as individuals, as elected responsible representatives believe is best for our districts and for Alaska. It’s time to support the governor’s bill.”Eleven Republicans and two Democrats supported the bill, while three Republicans and four Democrats opposed it.Sen. Bill Wielechowski, D-Anchorage, during a Senate Minority Press Availability, March 15, 2017. (Photo by Skip Gray/360 North)Anchorage Democrat Sen. Bill Wielechowski opposed the bill. He said the Alaskans’ ownership of the state’s natural resources under the Statehood Act means the Legislature shouldn’t cut PFDs.“We have a unique constitution in that regard, and a unique obligation to ensure that that money is disbursed fairly and equitably to all Alaskans,” Wielechowski said.Wasilla Republican Sen. Mike Dunleavy said he’d like to see deeper cuts to government and that the Permanent Fund draw in the bill is too large.“In the end, who do we want to win here: government or the people?” Dunleavy asked.It’s not clear whether the House and Senate will agree on changes to the Permanent Fund.Unlike last year, the House has been debating its own Permanent Fund bill. But the House bill includes an income tax, which many senators oppose.In a separate bill as part of the annual state budget, the House has proposed drawing more than $4 billion from the Permanent Fund this year – much more than the Senate bill would draw.This would allow the House majority to avoid negotiating concessions with the House minority over drawing money from the Constitutional Budget Reserve.The House Finance Committee is scheduled to debate its Permanent Fund bill, House Bill 115, on Friday.Update: This story has been updated to reflect that Juneau Democrat Dennis Egan changed his vote of support for the bill to a vote against it.last_img read more

Yo Yo Honey Singhs Gur nalo ishq mitha trends at number 1

first_imgYo Yo Honey SinghYouTube ScreenshotJust 2 days since Yo Yo Honey Singh released his new track ‘Gur nalo ishq mitha’ in collaboration with Punjabi Bhangra singer Malkit Singh, the track has already struck the right chord with the audience and is trending at number 1 on YouTube. It has crossed 13 million views in hardly any time and Honey Singh fans are swooning over it, the world over!’Gur nalo ishq mitha’ is the perfect amalgamation of beats, rhythm, and bhangra, all of which are extremely popular with the audience not just in India but globally. The song is a recreation of an old Punjabi classic, which is made in Yo Yo Honey Singh style and the song is already being deemed as the next Bhangra song, guaranteed to burn the dance floors.As promised by fans before the release of the song, they have already started dancing to the tunes of the songs and making their own choreographies. The song is super colorful and gives a very cool vibe which will get you grooving on hearing it. The original song is choreographed by the very famous Bhangra crew B Funk and is definitely another chartbuster that has got the excitement soaring with its release.Creating so much excitement amongst the fans before the release of each and every song, it is all the more proof that Honey Singh is one of the most popular singers, not just among the youth but also among all the demographics.The year, 2018 has been a rocking year for Yo Yo Honey Singh as he has delivered many chartbusters namely, Dil Chori and Chote Chote Peg, This Party Is Over Now, Rangtaari to Shahid Kapoor-Kiara Advani, featuring single Urvashi Rautela. Yo Yo Honey Singh has conquered the Indian music industry with his exceptional music and inimitable style. The singing sensation has cast his magic spell all over again on the hearts of his fans and the fans are eagerly awaiting the release of his next with even 2019 being a year if hits and glitz.Yo Yo Honey Singh has many projects lined up along with his new track and with this new track coming back, the audience is even more excited for his upcoming rhythmic line-up. From movies to singles, Yo Yo’s each number goes on to be a chart buster of all times and the fans cannot wait.last_img read more

Marvel actress Elizabeth Olsen gets engaged to Milo Greene frontman Robbie Arnett

first_imgMarvel’s Wanda is all set to tie the knot! Actress Elizabeth Olsen, who has been dating Milo Greene frontman Robbie Arnett for three years, is now engaged to him.The first time that the two made an appearance as a couple was back in September 2017 when they attended the Gersh pre-Emmys party and were photographed together. However, that was one of the few moments when they stepped out at the red carpet together.Olsen has been extremely guarded about her personal life, but the engagement does not come as a surprise to many. The two have been seen together on numerous occasions. Not to mention how they even took some time off of New York City to go on a vacation in Mexico.Before Robbie, the actress was linked to Narcos actor Boyd Holbrook. In fact, they also got engaged after dating for about three years. However, they called off the engagement later. Elizabeth Olsen and Robbie ArnettTwitterIt is not the only Olsen who has been making headlines for taking the next step in a relationship. Sister Ashley Olsen was also seen donning a ring as she stepped out with her boyfriend Louis Eisner.The couple was spotted in Pacific Palisades, California, and set the rumour mills abuzz with possible news of being engaged. Although they have not confirmed the reports yet, we know for sure that one Olsen sister will be tying the knot soon! Elizabeth Olsen and Robbie ArnettTwitterOn a professional front, Elizabeth Olsen will be seen in the fourth phase of MCU films as she will star in WandaVision, a venture of Disney+ and in Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness. Directed by Scott Derrickson, the film will bring back MCU’s Sorcerer Supreme, Doctor Strange, Benedict Cumberbatch. He will be donning his Cloak of Levitation again and will reunite with his Avengers: Endgame co-star.last_img read more

Bank credit growth highest in five years does that negate lurking credit

first_imgReserve Bank of IndiaReutersThe banking sector has been reeling under the pressure of bad debt and the recent default of Infrastructure lending and Financial Services (IL&FS) has further fuelled liquidity concerns in the economy.But the data released by the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) shows that credit offtake has grown 14.88 percent to Rs. 91.11 trillion for the fortnight ended November 9. The growth registered by the banks is really encouraging with the fact that RBI has put 11 public sector banks under the prompt corrective action (PCA) framework.Loan disbursed by the banks during the same period last year stood at Rs 79.3 trillion. The RBI releases the credit amount on the fortnight basis and deposits with scheduled banks jumped by 9.13 percent to Rs 118.25 trillion for the fortnight ended November 9 as against last year where it was Rs 108.35 trillion.As on November 9, loans, cash credits and overdrafts increased to Rs 88.9 trillion, as compared to Rs 77.2 trillion in the year 2017. Similarly, bank loans from the RBI also witnessed an uptake with Rs 1.06 trillion as of November 9, as against around Rs 247 billion a year ago.The RBI data also shows that banks took around Rs 1.33 trillion worth of loans from the central bank for the fortnight ended October 26. Moreover, the data for the previous fortnight ended October 26 showed that bank credit had risen by 14.57 percent to Rs 90.37 trillion, whereas deposits jumped by 9.01 percent to Rs 117.71 trillion.The numbers are really are in stark contrast with the market sentiments which firmly believes of cash crunch due to the IL&FS crisis. Speaking to Business Standard, one of the senior public sector bank executives said that “Retail demand is holding on till now and the working capital demand from corporates is on the rise in the busy season. Plus, space will be available in retail as finance and housing finance companies moderate their pace of loan disbursal.”India’s largest lender, State Bank of India also expects an increase of 10 percent in its credit growth by the end of current financial yearlast_img read more

Fears of Gentrification Shadow Northeast Community Development

first_imgSondra Phillips-Gilbert is a second term commissioner for the Rosedale Community,A new housing developments being built in Northeast, D.C. is raising concerns for members of the community, according an advisory neighborhood commissioner for Ward 6.Sondra Phillips-Gilbert is a second term commissioner for the Rosedale community that is located east of the H Street Corridor and northeast of Capitol Hill.“The fear of the community is we are being pushed out,” she told the AFRO, explaining that new construction in the community, specifically the Benning Road apartment building that will take the place of Trinidad Baptist Church, will displace several residents.  “A lot of people are going to be uprooted.”According to Phillips-Gilbert, Trinidad Baptist Church, which is across the street from Hechinger Mall, sold the building and now Valor Development is building a 10-story apartment complex in its place.The development date is scheduled for 2018 for what Valor Development has named The Valvaere. According to the company’s website, the Benning Road building will have 285 units.The major concern for current residents is whether the new development will include affordable housing that can apply with their budgets. The subsidized housing being offered is too expensive for current neighbors, according to Phillips-Gilbert, who said many low income people will be forced to move because they won’t be able to afford to live in the area anymore.She said she met with the developers at multiple ANC meetings, and asked if Valor Development would consider reducing the cost so current community members could afford to live at Valvaere.According to Felipe Serpa, a development manager from Valor Development, the company bases their rates off of the affordable housing numbers that the city council produces and regulates.Out of the projected 285 units, Serpa told the AFRO April 18 that they plan to make 20 to 23 units inclusionary zoning, which is based off of the area’s median income that is used to calculate subsidiary rents for future occupants.As of now, people making less than half of the area’s median income would have to pay $1,024 for a one bedroom unit and $1,229 for a two bedroom unit. Future occupants making around 80 percent of the area’s median income would have to pay $1,638 for a one bedroom unit and would pay $1,966 for a two bedroom, according to city guidelines.Serpa said the prices are subject to change because the company is three years out from actual developing the residence. The remaining units will be priced at market rent, he said.“The truth of the matter is development is going on all over the city,” Phillips-Gilbert said. “The areas where you find a lot of low income people are gold mines for developers.”“Money talks andpeople look up and they don’t have homes,” she said. Philips-Gilbert said a solution to the problem would be for the government to create laws that lower the affordable housing rates and ensure that businesses and developers follow the rates appropriately.“Somebody has to lookout for the little person because a lot of times no one cares about the poor,” she said.last_img read more

Govt to seek relaxation from SC over supply of burnt mobil in

first_imgKolkata: The state government will seek some sort of relaxation from the Supreme Court which, on Monday, restrained the government from processing tenders issued by it for the supply of burnt mobil oil to keep herds of elephants away by using fire torches.”We are examining the order of the apex court. A meeting will be conducted consisting of senior officials and legal experts. Our Chief Wildlife Warden is currently in North Bengal. We have been using such fire torches to scare the elephants in order to avoid the jumbos’ conflict with man. Now, if there is a restriction we have to look for alternative means,” state Forest minister Binay Krishna Burman said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeNK Pandey, the principal chief conservator of forests of the state and the head of forest force said some foreign countries use alternative techniques like taking some heavy lights to scare the pachyderms. “It is difficult for our guards to carry such heavy lights. There are hamlets inside forests, the road is not congenial for taking such lights and it is difficult to have those type of lights here. We have been asked to file an affidavit within two weeks in which we will point out the difficulties,” Pandey said. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedA senior Forest official said we are continuously taking awareness drives among people to minimise man animal conflict. “We do not inflict torture on the jumbos by throwing fire torches we only use these to scare them away. When they enter villages and create havoc to farmlands, they flee if shown such torches. There has not been a single case of inflicting torture on elephants by throwing torches,” a senior official of the Forest department said. The bench has also asked the Bengal government to file affidavit stating the name and designation of the person who will be responsible in each forest division in the event of a mishap due to fire. The bench has also directed the Odisha government to file an affidavit in this regard. It may be mentioned that the Centre through Additional Solicitor General ANS Nadkarni, assured the bench that a meeting is scheduled on December 1 for forming a task force or a steering committee to assist the Centre and the states to formulate and implement measures to deal with conflicts with elephants. The bench was hearing a writ petition filed by Prerna Singh Bindra, a well-known conservationist and author, seeking the formation of such a task force in different parts of the country to prevent the elephants from being subjected to violence.last_img read more

House mental health task force to host next meeting in Kent County

first_img             The Michigan House mental health task force will hold its next meeting on Thursday, Aug. 17 at Hope Network in Grand Rapids, announced state Reps. Klint Kesto and Hank Vaupel, the task force co-chairs.            The bipartisan House C.A.R.E.S. task force is comprised of seven Republicans and seven Democrats seeking to explore ways to enable Michigan residents facing mental health challenges to live happier, healthier and independent lives. This comprehensive approach seeks to address the hurdles people face each day, including veterans with post-traumatic stress injury, victims whose lives are altered by traumatic crimes or prisoners who struggle with underlying mental health disorders.            Information gathered will help legislators develop reforms that result in more consistency in mental health services statewide, better support for veterans, attention to substance abuse, enhanced training for law enforcement and more.Hope Network offers a variety of services for those suffering from mental illnesses. Since 1960, Hope Network has helped more than 26,000 people overcome their disabilities through their programs.            “What the Hope Network has done for over 20,000 people is incredible,” said Rep. Vaupel, of Fowlerville. “There are top-tier mental health outreach organizations in Grand Rapids and I look forward to learning from them in order to develop better mental health services statewide.”            State Rep. Kesto, of Commerce Township said: “Grand Rapids is becoming a national leader in mental health services. We made sure Grand Rapids was one of our visits. After hearing about the services Hope Network provides, we are truly excited to be able to learn from them to make Michigan’s mental health services better than ever before.”            The public is invited to attend the meeting, scheduled for 10 a.m. at Hope Network, located at 775 36th St. SE in Grand Rapids. The public can submit written suggestions regarding mental health care in Michigan at www.house.mi.gov/CARES.### Categories: Kesto News 02Aug House mental health task force to host next meeting in Kent Countylast_img read more

Czech DTH operator Skylink has added Sonys males

first_imgCzech DTH operator Skylink has added Sony’s male-skewed channel AXN to its line-up.The channel, which airs programmes including CSI: New York and NCIS, is available in Skylink’s Mini, Multi, Kombi, Multi HD, Komplet and Flexi 7 packages.The operator has also added music channel Retro Music Television to its Digital package. The channel broadcasts music from the 1960s to the 1990s.last_img

Admission to the performance is free but donations

first_imgAdmission to the performance is free but donations are welcome to the Mayor’s Charity, Foyle Search and Rescue. Looking ahead to the event Mayor Boyle encouraged as many members of the public as possible to get involved.“I am delighted and proud to have the opportunity to host and celebrate the outstanding jazz talent in our locality in the stunning surroundings of the Guildhall’s Main Hall,” he said.“What better way to get yourself in the mood for the weekend by starting your Jazz and Big Band Festival experience in the company of some genuine local jazz legends? BISHOP’S GATE HOTELCITY OF DERRY JAZZ FESTIVALDerry and Strabane CouncilDERRY JAZZ FESTIVALMayor John BoyleMayor’s opening Jazz event to celebrate the best of local talentThe Swinging Starlets The Swingtime Starlets will be performing at the Bishop’s Gate hotel in The Northern Counties Ballroom on Sunday 5th MayMAYOR of Derry City and Strabane District Council, Councillor John Boyle, will mark the start of the 2019 City of Derry Jazz and Big Band Festival by hosting a special gathering of the cream of local jazz musicians in the Guildhall’s Main Hall on Thursday, May 2.The event will feature Derry jazz legend Gay McIntyre with the Paul McIntyre trio and a selection of performances from Derry jazz artists including George Hasson, John and Fiona Trotter, Jim Whiteside, Jim McDermott, Joe Quigley and Johnny Quigley. “Over the years we have welcomed some of the biggest names in world jazz to the city over the May Bank Holiday weekend but the festival programme has always had a strong local element who have proved equally popular with the public.”The City of Derry Jazz Festival takes place from Thursday 2nd – Monday 6th May 2019 with over 200 artists performing across 70 venues.The popular Jazz Hubs return this year to Bennigans Bar, The Playhouse and The Great Hall in Magee where you can relax, unwind and enjoy the authentic jazz experience.The Swingtime Starlets will be performing Bishiop’s Gat hotel in The Northern Counties Ballroom on Sunday, May 5. Tickets priced £12.Headline acts include Marc Almond, George Colligan, Kitty LaRoar, Ryan Quigley and Michael Janisch’s Trilateral, full details at www.cityofderryjazzfestival.comMayor’s opening Jazz event to celebrate the best of local talent was last modified: April 3rd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweetlast_img read more

We all hear this advice with setyourclock regula

first_imgWe all hear this advice with set-your-clock regularity: “Follow the smart money.” But who or what is this so-called smart money? Why is it smart? How do we find it—let alone try to determine where it’s headed? And how can we take advantage of it? Taking it from the top, what is “smart money”? It’s money put into companies by the top tier of experienced investors, hedge fund managers, and/or institutions. The opposite of it is “dumb money”—the cash that pours in once the investment gets touted front and center in the financial press as “the latest hot secret” for the naïve millions to read—commonly followed by the investing herd stampeding into the sector and driving prices up into a bubble that bursts and leaves heavy losses in its wake. Obviously we want to follow the smart money and avoid getting swept away with the dumb money. But what makes the smart money smart? It’s simple, really. 1. Those in the know have better access to information—and access to better information. If your job were to find the best investments and manage millions, perhaps billions, of dollars, wouldn’t you try to take every advantage the law allows (and maybe even exploit some of the legal gray areas)? This could mean gaining access to policymakers, personally getting to know company management and technical experts, or just immersing yourself in how the market is moving and why. Honestly put, the smart money may know important news hours or even days before it hits the newswires, due to a level of access unavailable to the average retail investor. Using this information, the smart money is able to make better-informed decisions, and make them faster. Sticking with the buy low/sell high mantra is easier when you’re in that position. 2. Serially successful people tend to continue to be successful. The Pareto Principle posits that 80% of an event’s effects often arise from 20% of its causes—or in financial terms, 20% of the people working in a given sector generate 80% of the wins. Being a math guy, I’ll take it one step further. If the top 20% of that group again generates roughly 80% of the wins, this means the top 4% of entrepreneurs generate 64% of the wins. Those who have previously demonstrated that they have what it takes are the ones most likely to do it again. I call it the “4-64” rule. Pay attention to what these folks are doing. 3. They don’t allow the herd to trample them. When you hear about the latest investment fad in the news, you can be pretty sure that idea has passed through hundreds of thousands of hands on its way to you. By the time it hits the airwaves, it’s usually too late: The real money, based on the company’s real value, has already been made. Herd investing is one of the most dangerous threats to your net worth. As the dumb money flows in and the share price begins to climb, it’s easy to get complacent and think that the shares will keep going higher. But that’s when the smart money strikes, pulling out their investment at the expense of the dumb money, taking its profits and leaving the field. Sooner or later, the price takes a nosedive under the selling pressure. It’s the herd that always ends up holding the bag. How to take advantage? Well, let’s take Warren Buffett for example. I have no hesitation labeling him and his group of companies and funds as very smart money. It’s also no secret that Buffett has a cult following, and after it becomes public that he owns a stock, that the “not so smart” money rushes in and pushes that stock even higher. So, the ideal is to get into an investment before the smart money… or at least at the same time. Then, when the involvement of someone like Warren Buffett gets noticed, the herd will drive the price upward, and you will reap the rewards. Of course, you also want to get out before the inevitable decline arrives, which may mean you exit a little early. No problem. You want to preserve your winnings, and no one ever lost money by taking profits. The nice thing is, if it’s basically a sound company, you can ride this cycle multiple times. That’s exactly what we did with ExxonMobil. We got in low, booked our gains, and moved on. It’s now pulled back enough once again that we saw another good entry point, and we jumped back into the stock. But what about our final question? How do you figure out where the smart money is headed next, so that you can get in with or—better yet—just ahead of them? Answer: you do a lot of hard work. There are no shortcuts. You have to ferret out the small number of solid companies that are selling at a discount—and discard all the rest. History is also your guide. It shows that energy stocks move in cycles. We’re somewhere in the trough of a long down cycle, which is exactly the time to go bargain hunting. To maximize our chances of finding the most compelling buys, we’ve now completed a major analysis of the best oil producers and service companies in North America. We’ve locked in our gains before the market selloff on many of the producers, and we believe now is the time to start buying and start building your position in the right companies, during market pullbacks and market weakness. Oil has dropped $15 per barrel in the last year, and majors are sale. Fortune favors the bold, and the key to buying is to do so when others are fearful. This is as true in the oil sector as any other. Buy before the smart money becomes comfortable to stake out major positions. Way before the herd takes notice. And that time is now, in my opinion. Readers who want to make money as the energy sector turns higher—and who want to understand, hedge against, and even profit from the ensuing decline of the petrodollar—are advised to sign up for my Casey Energy Report. For most readers, this is literally a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. Test my newsletter for the next 3 months, and if you don’t like it or don’t make any money, just cancel within that time for a full and prompt refund. Upon signing up, you’ll receive the September issue of the Casey Energy Report, which will provide you with an in-depth analysis of my favorite companies, including dividend-paying and small-cap companies ready to profit from the Russia/US confrontation that I’ve termed “the Colder War.” So if you want to get behind the real winners, be a part of the “smarter money,” and book some serious profits from the inevitable coming bull market in oil, click here to get started now.last_img read more

The shelter is prepared to serve up to 1000 peopl

first_imgThe shelter is prepared to serve up to 1,000 people. Red Cross team leader Jaici Murcia urges residents to stay vigilant and to remember that recovery could be a long road. “Not only is there the immediate disaster, but sometimes in heavily impacted communities, there’s the disaster after the disaster, which is the economic impact.”Murcia says she’s not sure how long the shelter site will be open. The Red Cross has access to the Joel Coliseum until September 26th because of the local fair that’s held on the grounds. If needed, Murcia says they will find another location in the area to help those impacted by the storm.To find the nearest American Red Cross shelter click here.*Follow WFDD’s Keri Brown on Twitter @kerib_news As Florence batters the Carolina coast, thousands of residents have fled the region for shelters farther inland, including here in the Triad.On Friday morning, the Lawrence Joel Veterans Memorial Coliseum in Winston-Salem was home to about 60 evacuees, with Red Cross staff and volunteers providing food, water, medical staff and shower facilities. That number increased to nearly 80 by 2 p.m.Robert Talbot from Wilmington came to seek shelter since a lot of those in his area are full. His family took a bus to get to Winston-Salem. Friends and family say they’re seeing flooding in Wilmington, so his mind is also there.“Some are staying at the shelter, and they are full down there and are sleeping on the floor, and I hear that some places are flooded,” Talbot says. “My vehicle is up there and I don’t know what will happen.”William Mingo from Mooresville was able to get a ride to the shelter. “I left my apartment. Some people went to other shelters and others stayed behind. It concerns me because I have stuff that I’m renting. I have a system and TV, so I’m hoping they will be alright when I get home.”The Red Cross is encouraging volunteers at the Joel Coliseum Shelter to register online. The coliseum is located at 2825 University Parkway in Winston-Salem. KERI BROWN/WFDDHundreds of thousands of people in North Carolina are already without power from Hurricane Florence.Some residents in the Triad anticipate it will happen here too, and they’re not taking any chances. Carrie Russell from Winston-Salem is staying with a family member at the shelter.“My sister is on oxygen 24/7 and we were afraid that if we had a power outage her concentrator wouldn’t give her oxygen and she doesn’t have enough containers to last her one day, so we just want to make sure we have a place to stay and food to eat – and safe.”Officials at the shelter are anticipating the number of evacuees to climb due to the threat of flooding. Sherry Thompson and Cristien Farrior from Winston-Salem came to get shelter for their children.“The power, the flooding, also being able to stay away from the windows and stuff, that’s why I came here,” says Thompson. Farrior adds, “And also, their little needs and stuff. They are going to be hungry and you can’t cook without the power, so it’s best to be here.”Walmart, Krispy Kreme, Deweys and other local businesses have donated food and supplies to the shelter. The Red Cross says it welcomes volunteers and monetary donations. The organization says those who are interested in volunteering their time should register on their website, instead of coming down in person.The organization says anyone who wants to donate clothing or other items should drop them off at the Goodwill located beside the Joel Coliseum on University Parkway and specify that they are for the shelter.Red Cross officials say the Winston-Salem site is also pet-friendly.last_img read more

One of the countrys most influential disabled cam

first_imgOne of the country’s most influential disabled campaigners is to take control of BBC Radio’s flagship news programme for its first show of 2016.Baroness [Jane] Campbell (pictured) has been chosen as one of six guest editors who will each take over the Today programme on Radio Four for one day between 28 December and 2 January.For her slot on New Year’s Day, the BBC has said she will examine reform of the House of Lords by asking a new SNP MP to “find out whether working peers can justify their existence”, while also going “head-to-head with Times columnist Matthew Parris on the right to die”.In its announcement of her guest slot, the BBC referred to Baroness Campbell’s background of activism, which helped lead to the Disability Discrimination Act 20 years ago.But Baroness Campbell is also a patron of the National Disability Arts Collection and Archive, and was a co-founder of the National Centre for Independent Living, and has campaigned on independent living issues for most of her adult life, so there are hopes that these subjects could also be aired in the programme.Baroness Campbell told Disability News Service that being a Today guest editor was “a huge privilege and one that carries great responsibility because choosing five or six features, when I have so much to say about the world, was much harder than choosing my Desert Island discs”.She said she could not comment on what issues she had chosen to cover, apart from the two mentioned by the BBC, but added: “I hope listeners (whoever is awake at that time, besides our Labrador, at 6am on New Year’s Day) will appreciate the mix.”Parris has already been interviewed by Baroness Campbell for the 1 January programme about his views, originally expressed in a column in The Spectator, in which he put forward the “Darwinian” argument that “tribes that handicap themselves will not prosper”.He argued in the column in September that “as medical science advances, the cost of prolonging human life way past human usefulness will impose an ever heavier burden on the community for an ever longer proportion of its members’ lives”, and that eventually it will be thought “selfish” to “want to carry on” when life is “fruitless”.Parris wrote about his interview with Baroness Campbell in his Times column this week, admitting that when she asked him if “people like me should be exterminated” his defence was that “we can’t all be in the House of Lords and have vastly expensive help and technology to sustain us”.Other guest editors chosen for the week are cyclist Sir Bradley Wiggins; architect David Adjaye; Lord [John] Browne, former chief executive of BP; actor Michael Sheen; and lawyer Miriam González Durántez.last_img read more

Tesla Stops Selling 35000 Model 3 Online

first_img Senior Editor –shares Matthew Humphries Tesla Tesla Stops Selling $35,000 Model 3 Online 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Tesla has been streamlining its vehicle options of late in a bid to make things simpler for consumers and optimized for production. More changes happened this week and it’s now no longer possible to buy the $35,000 Model 3 online.We’ve already lost the standard range Model S and the Model 3 Mid Range battery option got dropped. Prices have also gone up. Yesterday, further updates were introduced as detailed on the Tesla blog.Autopilot is now a standard feature on all vehicles, but importantly, it’s being added for a lower cost than the Autopilot option use to command. For example, Autopilot used to cost $3,000 when added to the $37,500 Model 3 Stand Plus, but now it comes as standard for $39,500.As to why Autopilot is now a standard feature, Tesla explains that, “our data strongly indicates that the chance of an accident is much lower when Autopilot is enabled. Autopilot also dramatically improves the quality of the driving experience, especially in heavy traffic, as thousands of our customers frequently describe online”As for the $35,000 Model 3. It can no longer be purchased online, but that doesn’t mean it isn’t available. Tesla explains that the now $39,500 Model 3 Standard Plus “has sold at more than six times the rate of Standard,” so the decision was made to simplify production and focus on the Standard Plus. It means the $35,000 Standard Model 3 will now be sold as a software-limited version of the Standard Plus. Ordering one requires a call or visit to a Tesla store.A software-limited Standard Plus means the range is reduced by 10 percent and onboard music streaming service, navigation with live traffic visualization, and heated seats features are disabled. However, they can be enabled with an upgrade if the owner so wishes. You can also do the opposite and downgrade a Standard Plus to Standard features and receive a refund on the price difference, which is a welcome offer and a nice touch. A call or visit to a Tesla store is also required if you want the Model 3 Long Range Rear-Wheel Drive configuration.Finally, Tesla is introducing leasing for the Model 3 in the US. There will be 10,000, 12,000, and 15,000 annual mileage plans with a “small down payment and competitive monthly payments.” Interestingly, Tesla says anyone who leases a Model 3 won’t be able to purchase the vehicle at the end of the lease because Tesla intends to use them as part of a ride-hailing network when full-autonomy becomes a realistic option. Add to Queue Next Article center_img This story originally appeared on PCMag The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. The vehicle lineup Tesla offers has been given an overhaul. April 12, 2019 3 min read Image credit: via PC Mag Apply Now »last_img read more

JPMorgan Hack Exposed Data of 83 Million Homes and Small Businesses

first_img October 3, 2014 Data Breach Add to Queue 3 min read Reuters Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Names, addresses, phone numbers and email addresses of the holders of some 83 million households and small business accounts were exposed when computer systems at JPMorgan Chase & Co were recently compromised by hackers, making it one of the biggest data breaches in history.The bank revealed the scope of the previously disclosed breach on Thursday, saying that there was no evidence that account numbers, passwords, user IDs, birth dates or Social Security numbers had been stolen.It added that it has not seen “unusual customer fraud” related to the attack which exposed contact information for 76 million households and 7 million small businesses.The people affected are mostly account holders, but may also include former account holders and others who entered their contact information at the bank’s online and mobile sites, according to a bank spokeswoman.Security experts outside of the bank warned that the breach could result in an increase in crime as scammers will likely attempt to use the stolen information to engage in various types of fraud.The bank’s customers should be on heightened alert for fraud, said Mark Rasch, a former federal cyber crimes prosecutor.”All of this data is useful to hackers and identity thieves,” he said. “The kind of information that was stolen is not sensitive itself, but is frequently used to validate people’s identities.”Tal Klein, vice president with the cybersecurity firm Adallom, said that the breach could undermine confidence in the security of banks and other companies that people assume are well protected from hackers.”Criminals could literally take on the identities of these 83 million businesses and people. That’s the biggest concern,” he said.”Until now the assumption has been that the companies that get breached are the ones that have poor security practices, but we know that JPMorgan had a good security program and that they invest heavily in this area,” he said. “So what we are waking up to is that the fundamental nature of security is broken.”Still, JPMorgan advised customers on its website that it does not believe they need to change their passwords or account information.Company spokeswoman Patricia Wexler said that the bank is not offering credit monitoring to its customers because no financial information, account data or personally identifiable information was compromised.At the end of August, JPMorgan said it was working with U.S. law enforcement authorities to investigate a possible cyber attack. As with home break-ins, it can take victims of data attacks months to discover what, if anything, is missing.(Reporting by Tanya Agrawal in Bangalore, David Henry in New York and Jim Finkle in Boston.; Editing by Ted Kerr and Bernard Orr) JPMorgan Hack Exposed Data of 83 Million Homes and Small Businesses This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article Register Now » –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.last_img read more

Staples Office Depot in Advanced Talks to Merge

first_img Add to Queue Office-supply chains Staples Inc and Office Depot Inc are in advanced talks to merge, the Wall Street Journal reported, citing people familiar with the matter.The price and structure of the proposed deal couldn’t be learned and there is no guarantee a deal will be reached, the newspaper reported.Staples has a market value of about $11 billion, while Office Depot has a market value of about $4.1 billion.Last month, activist investor Starboard Value LP called for the two companies to merge, saying a combined entity would lead to greater savings.A merger would help fend off intense competition from online retailers such as Amazon.com Inc and big-box chains such as Wal-Mart Stores Inc that sell the same core office supplies, such as paper and ink toner, for less.The combination of the two would likely get a close look from antitrust regulators, the Journal said.Office Depot and Staples were not immediately available for comment outside regular U.S. business hours.Regulators nixed Staples’ attempt to buy Office Depot in 1997, citing antitrust concerns.The FTC approved Office Depot’s $976 million acquisition of OfficeMax in 2013 without the need to close stores, citing increased competition in the office supply industry.(Reporting by Supriya Kurane in Bengaluru; Editing by Gopakumar Warrier) Reuters –shares Mergers Register Now » Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business This story originally appeared on Reuters February 3, 2015 Staples, Office Depot in Advanced Talks to Merge 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel.last_img read more

Study investigates if remote ischemic preconditioning could be beneficial to the brain

first_imgReviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)May 30 2019What if wearing a blood pressure cuff could help prevent stroke? In a new study, people who restricted their blood flow by wearing inflated blood pressure cuffs on an arm and leg showed signs of more controlled blood flow to their brain, a process that could be protective if blood flow is more severely restricted in the event of a stroke, according at a study published in the May 29, 2019, online issue of Neurology®, the medical journal of the American Academy of Neurology.The process is called remote ischemic preconditioning. Previous studies have shown that remote ischemic preconditioning, using compression on the extremities to repeatedly restrict blood flow and the oxygen it carries, is beneficial to internal organs like the heart, making them more resilient and resistant to changes in blood flow and the serious damage that can occur during a heart attack when tissue is first deprived of oxygen and then damaged when oxygen is restored. Since previous studies have shown benefits to the heart, we wanted to determine if remote ischemic preconditioning could also be beneficial to the brain. Our study found such preconditioning temporarily improved dynamic cerebral autoregulation, which is the brain’s ability to regulate and ensure adequate blood flow to the brain despite blood pressure changes. We also found an increase in biomarkers in the blood that can be protective to the nervous system and brain.”Study author Yi Yang, MD, PhD, of the First Hospital of Jilin University in Changchun, China The study involved 50 people with an average age of 35 who were all in good health. Each person was monitored twice, for 24 hours each time, first without preconditioning and then with preconditioning.Each participant went through the preconditioning process once, with blood pressure cuffs placed on one upper arm and one thigh. The cuffs were inflated for five minutes and then deflated for five minutes. This process to reduce blood flow was repeated four times.Researchers measured each participant’s brain blood flow regulation by measuring blood pressure and also using ultrasound to measure blood flow within two main arteries in the brain. Measurements were taken at the start of each day and then at six additional time points throughout each 24-hour time period.Related StoriesResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionNeural pathways explain the relationship between imagination and willingness to helpWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskThey found that after preconditioning, participants had improved brain blood flow regulation starting six hours after preconditioning that was sustained for at least 24 hours.Researchers also measured biomarkers in the blood one hour after preconditioning and found that after preconditioning, participants had an increase in two biomarkers known to protect the nervous system, as well as an increase in four biomarkers involved in the inflammatory process in the immune system. They also found lower levels of a biomarker that responds to inflammation.”Our results showed an increase in one biomarker called glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor that has been previously shown to provide protection not only against diseases such as stroke, but also against other nerve-related diseases like Parkinson’s disease and epilepsy,” said Yang. “Therefore, our results suggest that remote ischemic preconditioning may increase such protective biomarkers and may be beneficial in preventing a number of neurological diseases.”Glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor increased from an average of 0.289 picograms per milliliter (pg/ml) to an average of 0.789 pg/ml one hour after preconditioning.Yang said: While our results are exciting, obviously we can’t know when someone will have a stroke and when this could be beneficial. We hope to use these results to help develop a new medication or treatment that will help all people better resist stroke or other neurological diseases. It’s important to emphasize that people should not try to restrict blood flow on their own because, unless under the care of a physician, they could cause themselves harm. In addition, our study was small and much more research needs to be done to confirm our findings before recommendations can be made to physicians to use such preconditioning as a therapy.” One limitation of the study is that blood samples were taken only once. Another limitation is that participants were healthy, so the results may be different in people who have risk factors for stroke or other diseases.Source: American Academy of Neurologylast_img read more

Simple modification to the grooming pattern could improve skier safety

first_imgDr Harrison then investigated alternate grooming patterns that could counteract the issue and potentially improve snow sport safety.By using computer modeling, he was able to predict how well the brain could process groomed snow at the standard viewing distance of 10 meters.”I determined a combination of differently sized groom patterns would possibly improve visibility, and therefore safety, of groomed snow in cloudy conditions,” he said.”I’ve shown a minor modification to the grooming pattern could improve safety in theory, now I’m keen to work with engineers to trial it.” Source:University of QueenslandJournal reference:Harrison, W.J. (2019) The (In)visibility of Groomed Ski Runs. i-Perception. doi.org/10.1177/204166951984289. Snow at ski resorts is compacted and smoothed in a process called grooming, which has been shown to reduce accidents.Grooming results in a pattern of parallel lines in the snow, and researchers know a lot about how the brain processes these patterns.I was interested to test if the particular groom pattern at the ski resort I was skiing at made it more difficult to see the snow.After analyzing the sensitivity of central vision under different lighting conditions, I found on overcast days the ability to see the standard grooming pattern was severely reduced.This is due to the lack of contrast which makes it difficult for the brain to process narrowly-spaced lines.”Dr Will Harrison, UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 18 2019A spectacular stack on a ski slope in Canada has led to a University of Queensland researcher determining a simple modification that could improve skier safety on the snow.UQ’s Queensland Brain Institute researcher Dr Will Harrison studied visual perception under different lighting conditions to identify a better method for grooming ski runs.last_img read more