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Kenai Elks Lodge Works To Reinstate Or Renew Its Liquor License

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first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享At the Alcohol and Marijuana Control Board meeting on January 18, the board denied the renewal of the liquor license for the Kenai Elks Lodge. The Kenai City Council will introduce a resolution at their bi-weekly council meeting this evening requesting the board work with the Kenai Elks Lodge in order to reinstate the license. The resolution is on the agenda for this evenings council meeting at 6 p.m., at Kenai City Hall. The Kenai Elks Lodge was established in 1970 and is registered as a non-profit in the City of Kenai. The resolution went onto to state that the ‘Kenai Elks utilized their best efforts as a volunteer organization to apply for reinstatement/renewal of its liquor license with the State of Alaska.’ Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-on-Kenai-Elks-.mp3VmJennifer-on-Kenai-Elks-.mp300:00RPd In the resolution it states;  the denial of the reinstatement or renewal occurred prior to the Kenai Peninsula Borough and City of Kenai issuance of a non-objection to the reinstatement or renewal onFebruary 14 and 21, 2018 respectively, wich deprived the City and Borough of a meaningful opportunity to respond.  In a letter from Jackson she stated: “For my part, as a ROW (retired old woman) I intend to pursue this, in the public’s interest. I have held numerous political and civic positions during my 45-year tenure in Alaska and have considerable familiarity with Boards and Commissions. I have zero expectation of relief by the State for my Lodge but believe I have a personal obligation to attend to this so other entities are not faced with the same problems.” Mary Jackson, the Chair of the Board of Directors and President of the Non-Profit Corporation, flew to Juneau from Kenai to attend the meeting on behalf of the Kenai Elks Lodge. If passed by the council copies of the resolution will be forwarded to Governor Bill Walker, Senator PeterMicciche (R-K-Pen), Representative Mike Chenault (R-K-Pen), Representative Paul Seaton (R-Homer), Representative Gary Knopp (R-K-Pen), Commissioner of Commerce, Community, and Economic Development Mike Navarre, ABC Chair Bob Klein, ABC Member Rex Leath, ABC Member Robert Evans, ABC Member Thomas Manning and the AMCO Director Erika McConnell.last_img read more

Tis The Season For Harvesting Christmas Trees On Public Lands

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first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Cutting an Alaska-grown Christmas tree is an annual tradition that many residents enjoy. It’s free, it’s fun and it’s an excuse to tromp around in the woods enjoying the stark beauty of Alaska in winter. Residents may cut Christmas trees on state lands designated as open for cutting. No permit or fee is required. The maximum tree height is 15 feet and the limit is one tree per household. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources released a list of guidelines to follow for safe, legal cutting of Christmas trees on public lands:Properly identify land ownership where you intend to cut your tree. If you have any questions regarding land ownership, consult your Division of Forestry area office.Cut trees as low to the ground as possible.Cutting trees in all state parks and experimental forests is prohibitedThe Division of Forestry does not maintain forest roads. Anyone traveling on forest roads should have appropriate gear and equipment in the event they get stuck. This includes tire chains, a shovel, tow strap and warm clothing.Christmas trees cut on state land are for personal use only and may not be sold.Do not litter and be courteous to other tree cutters and/or residents who live in the area.center_img The Kenai National Wildlife Refuge opened on Thursday for Christmas tree cutting. Trees may be taken anywhere on the Refuge with hand tools, except within 150 feet of a road, lake, stream, trail, campground, or picnic area.last_img read more

NASA InSights marsquake detector is ready to listen to Mars heartbeat

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first_img NASA turns 60: The space agency has taken humanity farther than anyone else, and it has plans to go further.Taking It to Extremes: Mix insane situations — erupting volcanoes, nuclear meltdowns, 30-foot waves — with everyday tech. Here’s what happens. Whew – winding down after a long day, but I’ve done it: I’ve placed my seismometer on the surface of Mars! With SEIS, I’ll be able to listen in for marsquakes and help reveal the heartbeat of #Mars. https://t.co/GYNO4txPPi pic.twitter.com/18eQHXOfiO— NASA InSight (@NASAInSight) December 20, 2018 Now playing: Watch this: “Seismometer deployment is as important as landing InSight on Mars,” said InSight Principal Investigator Bruce Banerdt. “The seismometer is the highest-priority instrument on InSight: We need it in order to complete about three-quarters of our science objectives.”Because this isn’t NASA’s first rodeo, a team of scientists has been practising the deployment of instruments with an exact replica of the lander (known as ForeSight) on a fake Mars set back here on Earth. (Fun fact: the fake Martian dust is made from crushed up garnet stones). And the practice has paid off. “InSight’s timetable of activities on Mars has gone better than we hoped,” said InSight Project Manager Tom Hoffman. “Getting the seismometer safely on the ground is an awesome Christmas present.” Sci-Tech Share your voice NASA Space NASA’s InSight lander has perfectly deployed its seismometer on the surface of Mars, ready to listen for marsquakes. NASA/JPL-Caltech NASA’s InSight mission is going from strength to strength with news that the Mars lander has successfully positioned its seismometer, ready to listen for marsquakes. NASA announced the news late on Wednesday, tweeting out a GIF of the instrument being placed on the red dust of Mars. According to the space agency, it’s the first time a scientific instrument has ever been placed on the surface of another planet. The InSight lander touched down on Mars in late November, ready for a seven-year mission that will see the spacecraft drill deeper into the planet than ever before. It will measure how the planet wobbles on its axis as it orbits the sun and ultimately study the composition of Mars’ core. Alongside all that science, InSight will also study seismic activity on Mars — just like Earth gets earthquakes, NASA is looking for ground motion, or “marsquakes,” beneath the Martian surface. But to do all that, NASA had to position InSight’s seismometer just right, which is no easy feat when you’re remotely operating a spacecraft on another planet with an eight-minute communications delay.  0 NASA’s InSight landing and the crazy odds behind getting… 5:54 Tags Post a commentlast_img read more

Captain Americas beard shows up at Apple event ahead of Endgame

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first_img Shouldn’t Captain America be out there dealing with the Endgame instead of being at the #AppleEvent ?? My family has been missing for some time now and I’m thinking he should step up the search.— Lily Zaldivar (@CoolCatLilyZ) March 25, 2019 Captain America is at the event and he honestly looked super bored. #AppleEvent— Daniel Gibson (@DanielGibson_) March 25, 2019 It’s showtime for Apple’s streaming service 97 Photos That slow, polite clap from Captain America is like an easter egg for Avengers: Endgame… #AppleEvent— michael t. colorge (@CAM2Go) March 25, 2019 What is Cap doing at the #AppleEvent ?#CaptainAmerica #AvengersEndgame— Market Avenger (@AvengerofMarket) March 25, 2019 0 Share your voice That Captain America dude was on the audience , guess he didnt like the aquaman promos. LOL. and also not impressed by TV+ . #Apple #AppleEvent $AAPL— Bubble “No Collusion” Boy (@lazygetter) March 25, 2019 Livestream • Apple Event Aug 30 • Apple will launch iPhone 11 on Sept. 10 in Cupertino Didnt know Captain America was a fan of Apple products, always struck me as a Samsung kinda guy #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/HPz8K9AqLx— KING (@Kingz677) March 25, 2019 Aug 26 • Every Apple TV Plus show announced so far Aug 30 • iPhone 11, 11 Pro, 11R and 11 Max: Price, specs and features we expect on Sept. 10 Post a comment Holy shit they have some big guns at this event. Captain America is there! @ChrisEvans #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/TN7VAMnZQT— O’s fan, Machado stan (@W_R_R) March 25, 2019 Tags See All TV and Movies Online Apple Event Aug 29 • New iPhones, Apple Watch and more: Apple’s September event preview reading • Captain America’s beard shows up at Apple event ahead of Endgame Captain America’s face at the #AppleEvent pic.twitter.com/vmYJ3X7Ea5— Kavehpd (@Kavehpd) March 25, 2019 If you’re into all things Apple, you probably know the company unveiled a series of new services on Monday, including an enhanced news subscription service, a credit card and a gaming subscription service. But some observant viewers watching along with the livestream may have noticed a certain superhero in the audience —  Captain America himself, Chris Evans. And his beard is back, which makes us wonder if we might see it again in Avengers: Endgame even though he’s clean-shaven in all the trailers so far. And fans on Twitter reacted accordingly. Captain America Apple The Avengerslast_img read more

Will Ranbir Kapoor overshadow Ranveer Singh in coming days or vice versa

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first_imgRanbir Kapoor, Ranveer SinghReuters/ Varinder ChawlaRanbir Kapoor and Ranveer Singh are two contemporaries, who are having a gala time as far as their career is concerned. Both the actors have delivered blockbusters in the form of their last movies, and now are ready with some highly anticipated upcoming movies.Ranbir broke several box office records with his last film Sanju. While he was having a dull phase in his career, Sanju brought him back on track. On the other side, Ranveer has been giving back to back hit movies with critically acclaimed performances.After Padmaavat, Ranveer maintained his box office dominance with Simmba and Gully Boy. He is currently one of the most successful stars of this generation.Now, both the two stars have a couple of movies in their kitty, making each other highly competitive for each other. To talk about Ranbir, he has two confirmed upcoming movies – Brahmastra and Shamshera.Both the films will present the actor in never-seen-before avatars. While Brahmastra is a super-hero film, Ranbir will be seen playing the character of a dacoit. Both the films are likely to have a great deal of VFX, and strong storyline. Hence, the two flicks are expected to create more box office records. Ranbir Kapoor, Ranveer SinghMeanwhile, Ranveer also has two forthcoming films in his kitty – 83 and Takht. Based on India’s first Cricket World Cup victory in 1983, the movie 83 will present him playing the role of Kapil Dev. The film is highly awaited and is likely to create a storm at the box office. Similar is the case with multi-starrer Takht as it is also expected to become one of the biggest hits of Bollywood.With such movies in pipeline, it is difficult to predict if Ranbir will overshadow Ranveer in coming days or vice versa.last_img read more

CSK vs KKR Dream 11 and MPL Fantasy tips live stream preview

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first_imgIt is the blockbuster clash, the top of the table duel that has everyone excited, Chennai Super Kings take on Kolkata Knight Riders. Both the teams have dominated, and yet both sides are inherently flawed. Despite the drubbing handed to Kings XI Punjab, CSK coach Stephen Fleming conceded that there are flaws in his side that they have to try hard to hide.Dinesh Karthik has one Andre Russell up his sleeve, look away from him and there are problems galore. The middle order keeps getting stuck and the pace bowling contingent is not sharp. Yes, Harry Gurney looked good in his first IPL outing, but the Indian contingent has to be sharper.Predicted XI for both the sides: File photo of KKR captain Dinesh Karthik.IANSCSK Probable XI: Faf du Plessis, Shane Watson, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c, wk), Kedar Jadhav, Ravindra Jadeja, Deepak Chahar, Scott Kuggeleijn, Harbhajan Singh, Imran TahirKKR Probable XI: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (c, wk), Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Harry Gurney, Prasidh KrishnaFantasy tips and suggestions:Wicket-keeper: The toss up is between two skippers, both of whom will bat in the middle order, both of whom are in good form. However, Karthik can walk out to bat at number 4 too, which means he will have more balls to face and solely for this reason, he should be picked over MS Dhoni. Batsmen: Chris Lynn has found his groove, and has started to warm up to proceedings. 93 runs in the last two matches at a strike rate of 147 bodes well for KKR and hence, he is an automatic pick ahead of Shane Watson, who has slipped below the radar so far this season. This season, he has scored 88 runs in 5 matches so far at a strike rate of 111.39 which is his second lowest in a season after 91.02 in 2017.Suresh Raina and Robin Uthappa both get in as both are consistent performers for their side. Nitish Rana, who has been a rock for KKR gets in ahead of Ambati Rayudu, who has struggled to get going and could well be playing for his spot in this match.  Andre RussellIPLAll-rounders: Andre Russell, the beast, will absolutely stroll in the playing XI and while we are amazed with his power, we have forgotten about his pedigree with the ball. He bowls in the death and more often than not, gets the job done for his side. For CSK, Ravindra Jadeja has been decent with the ball, but leaves a lot to be desired with the bat and now needs to take up more responsibility with the bat.Bowlers: Deepak Chahar showed he can handle pressure in the death overs and hence, Dhoni could use his overs in back end too. Also, Harry Gurney, after his man of the match performance against Rajasthan Royals, becomes an automatic attack.Imran Tahir pips Kuldeep Yadav as the spinner as his numbers are better. His economy rate is 5.39 as compared to Yadav’s economy of 8.61.Also, Harbhajan Singh should get the nod ahead of Sunil Narine, primarily because of his control and wickets.last_img read more

Vodafone to Launch PanIndia Mobile Number Portability on 3 July

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first_imgVodafone India, one of the country’s leading telecommunications service providers, on Thursday announced the launch of National Mobile Number Portability (NMNP), aligning with the government’s mandate to roll out pan-India Mobile Number Portability services from 3 July, 2015.The National Mobile Number Portability service facilitates customers to carry their existing mobile number from one telecom circle to another across India and choose the operator of their choice. NMNP is applicable to all pre-paid and post-paid customers.”Customers will be the biggest gainers of the National MNP service as it allows them to carry their existing number across India and also choose the operator of their choice. Vodafone has benefited from the intra-circle MNP that was rolled out in 2011 and we look forward to a similar response this time,” said Vodafone India Chief Commercial Officer Vivek Mathur.Customers looking for the convenience of retaining their existing number at the new location can avail the benefits of National MNP service.Vodafone India has a pan India base of over 184 million customers serviced through a network of over 130,000 sites, of which over 35,000 are 3G sites.This makes Vodafone India, the fifth largest network in the world. Vodafone also has the largest retail footprint with over 9,800 exclusive retail stores across India.last_img read more

India lifts gay sex ban

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first_imgIndian members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community hold placards outside the Supreme Court building as crowds gathered to celebrate the decision to strike down the colonial-era ban on gay sex in New Delhi on 6 September 2018. Photo: AFPIndia’s Supreme Court on Thursday struck down a ban on gay sex after a decades-old campaign against a colonial-era law used to hold back LGBT rights.Members of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender groups held tearful celebrations in cities across the South Asian nation of 1.25 billion people as the historic verdict was read out.“The law had become a weapon for harassment for the LGBT community,” said chief justice Dipak Misra as he quashed the cornerstone of Section 377, a law introduced by British rulers in 1861.“Any discrimination on the basis of sexuality amounts to a violation of fundamental rights,” he added in the ruling, which added India to a list of more than 120 countries where homosexuality is decriminalised.While India’s law only legalises sexual acts between adults, gay activists have hailed the verdict as a major boost in the deeply conservative country where religious groups have fiercely opposed any liberalisation of sexual morality.Activists had been fighting the ban since the 1990s, suffering several court reverses before Thursday’s verdict.The Delhi High Court decriminalised gay sex in 2009, but the Supreme Court reinstated the ban in 2014 after an appeal by religious leaders.According to official data, 2,187 cases under Section 377 were registered in 2016 under the category of “unnatural offences”. Seven people were convicted and 16 acquitted.“It was a law that propagated homophobia,” said Keshav Suri, one of the petitioners against Section 377, who organised a dance show at his family’s luxury Delhi hotel to celebrate the court victory.“In rural areas it is a harassment tool, used by cops, used by authorities for extortion for glorifying rape and molestation,” Suri told AFP in an interview ahead of the verdict.Many Indian gay professionals have moved to Canada and Europe where they are more accepted, added the businessman who married his partner in Paris this year.India’s conservative government had opposed ending Section 377 but said ahead of the hearing that it would leave the decision to the “wisdom” of the Supreme Court.It had warned, however, that judges should not change other aspects of Indian law, such as the right to marriage.‘Long battle’Indian members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender (LGBT) community celebrate outside the Supreme Court after the decision to strike down the colonial-era ban on gay sex in New Delhi on 6 September 2018. Photo: AFPMembers of the LGBT community hugged each other and cried outside the Supreme Court in New Delhi as news of the verdict spread.“I am speechless! It’s taken a long time to come but finally I can say I am free and I have equal rights as others,” said Rama Vij, a college student in Kolkata who gathered with others watching on television.Despite the pressure on the LGBT community, India has quietly made some strides in sexual rights in recent years.A transgender judge, Joyita Mondal Mahi, presides over courts in West Bengal state, Indian passports now state whether a holder is “male”, “female” or “other”, and the city of Raigarh, with 139,000 people, has a transgender mayor.Suri’s hotels are known for their gay-friendly discos and more professionals are coming out to challenge the Indian establishment.Many say that gay marriage and equal rights in inheritance and other areas must be the ultimate prize, but they acknowledge that change will not be swift.“This is the first step of the history of a lot of other countries that first decriminalised gay sex, allowed civil unions and then marriage,” said Suri.“It is a long battle to equal rights but I am sure we will get there eventually.”New Delhi choreographer Mandeep Raikhy, who has used the performances of his dance troupe to highlight the experience of gays, was even more cautious.“I don’t want to sound pessimistic but I don’t think we will see gay marriage in my lifetime,” he said.last_img read more

Does Racism Raise Your Blood Pressure

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first_imgEncountering racism is stressful, but did you know that even the fear of discrimination can cause high blood pressure?A report funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the nation’s largest philanthropy dedicated to health and health care, found that hyper-vigilance—the tension and anxiety people feel when they fear they will experience discrimination—contributes to higher rates of hypertension among Blacks.In cases where racism-related vigilance is low or absent, Blacks and Whites have similar levels of hypertension. But when people report chronic vigilance, the rates in Blacks rise significantly. Disparities in hypertension are considered a significant contributor to health disparities overall in the United States.Related Report: Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Hypertension Prevalencelast_img read more

BlackWomenandGirlsLivesMatter Rally

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first_imgRekia’s Rally march and protest will happen on June 20 at Cathedral and West Franklin Streets, Baltimore, Maryland at 3:30 pm and conclude at Natasha’s Jubilee at 5:30 pm at the lot across from 2011 N. Charles Street. Spectators can expect an outdoor celebration with free food, open mic, music, vendors and more…For more information contact 443-642-8181 or email baltimoresayhername@gmail.comlast_img

Tonight AFROs First Edition with Sean Yoes Thursday January 7

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first_imgListen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uLegal analysis of the Caesar Goodson trial, the second of the officers tried in the death of Freddie Gray in April. Attorneys for William Porter (whose trial ended with a hung jury) are fighting to keep their client from being forced to testify against his colleagues going forward. We’ll sort through the judicial machinations with our legal experts. Plus, we’ll open the phone lines to get reactions and insights from our listeners.These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.last_img read more

Get 20 off Amazon Prime Membership for Today Only

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first_img Entrepreneur has affiliate partnership with TechBargains so we may get a share of the revenue from your purchase.This is the last weekend before Black Friday and the deals are beginning to heat up. Samsung has begun its annual Black Friday markdowns on their TVs, Amazon has discounted Prime (something has only happened a few times), and we are starting to see retailers pull the trigger on discounts early on everything from TVs, PCs, electronics and more. 20% off Amazon Prime 2-Day Shipping Membership for $79 (Orig $99)For one day only, users new to Amazon Prime can get a discounted price on their membership. This is a rare deal they have only offered a few times and is perfect timing for Black Friday and Holiday Shopping. Prime not only gets you 2-day shipping and access to Prime Now same day delivery, you can also share it with a family member, get free premium movies & shows on Prime Video, free music streaming on Prime Music, free unlimited photo storage and Prime exclusive discounts and early access to limited time Amazon Lightning Deals. Prime offers a ton of perks and we think it’s well worth the cost. We’ve saved money compared to buying from big box stores and gotten high quality items thanks to Amazon’s massive selection of hard to find items from office supplies, electronics and more.$10 Bonus Credit on a $50 Amazon Gift Card For you new users out there who have never bought an Amazon gift card, you are eligible to get a bonus $10 Amazon credit when you buy a $50 Amazon gift card. This is basically free money to spend at Amazon just for buying a gift card. Typically Amazon only offers this deal on Black Friday (and it always sells out early). If you are a new Amazon gift card buyer or new Prime member this is an easy win.49″ Samsung 4K Curved LED HDTV for $549.99 (Orig $1,099.99)Don’t get fooled by buying a Black Friday TV. They are cheap for a reason and clearly no sane retailer would try to lose money on a single item. For only $550 you can get this very nice 2016 Samsung TV with all the newest bells and whistles: 4K, curved display and HDR support. Bose Soundtrue II Around the Ear headphones for $99 (Orig $179.95)Bose deals are a perennial Black Friday favorite and this year it looks to have gotten discounted early. These are designed to be comfortable and portable without sacrificing sound quality. We suggest you act fast as these Bose deals always sell out.55″ Samsung SUHD 4K 120Hz LED HDTV (UN55KS8000) with Quantum Dot Technology for $999.99 (Orig $2,199.99)Going high end on Black Friday is a great choice as in previous years we’ve seen the best deals on premium TVs happen only on Black Friday. This 55″ TV is one of Samsung’s upper tier SUHD TVs that is currently the lowest price all year. It has a 4K resolution and native 120Hz panel with an actual 120Hz refresh rate (not the fake number manufacturers love to make up). It gets solid reviews, has a sleek design and great picture quality that will outshine most of the junk TVs you find on Black Friday. Amazon Fire HD6 6″ 8GB WiFi Tablet for $49.99 (Orig $99.99)Use coupon code: FIREHD6. This is the Black Friday tablet deal to beat. At $50 you won’t get a better tablet than this well reviewed HD Fire 6. It has a powerful quad-core processor, a sharp 252ppi screen and if you have Prime it’s an excellent option to watch videos offline when you travel. In fact at $50 it’s a no brainer travel tablet because of its price point and its durable design. A $50 tablet is great for many things: a digital photo frame, a tablet for the kids, or even as a eBook reader. It has specialized filters for comfortable night time reading and specialized blue color filters on the screen to help you sleep at night.DropBox Pro 1-Year Subscription + $25 Dell Gift Card for $59.99 (Orig $99)This is the best deal we’ve seen on DropBox and one of the only ways we know how to get a discount on the Pro version. You get a 40% discount on one year of service as well as a bonus $25 Dell gift card to spend on electronics, games, and of course computers. 24″ Dell 1920×1080 LED Monitor for $89.99 (Orig $189.99)Use code: SAVE52. Typically speaking we expect to see a 24″ monitor on sale for around $120. Getting it $30 below a sale price is a fantastic deal and it’s a Dell. They are one of the bigger names in monitors and make some of the best around.Doorbuster Deal – Dell Optiplex 3040 Micro Intel Core i3-6100T Dual-Core Desktop w/ 3yr Warranty for $399 (Orig $727)Use code: DT399. If you wanted a desktop but hate the space they take up this is the deal for you. This micro desktop has the same sized footprint as an iPad and has the power of a desktop. It takes up very little room on a desk and can be mounted behind a monitor, underneath a desk or anywhere else. It is a business class desktop and made for security, ease of maintenance and best of all has almost no junk software that PC manufacturers love to include. McAfee Total Protection (Unlimited PC & Mobile Devices) for $9.99 (Orig $49.99)This is the lowest price we’ve seen and at $10 it’s far cheaper than any anti-virus program we’ve seen. This protects your computer, tablets and smartphones from viruses. It will also manage your passwords, encrypt your files, and can be installed on every device you own. For $10 this gives you a ton of features beyond any anti-virus.55″ Sony XBR-55X700D 4K LED HDTV + Bonus PlayStation 4 Pro TV for $999.99 (Orig $1,297.99)The PlayStation 4 Pro costs about $400 and the TV sells for $900 on most stores online so you are really getting an excellent bundle here. This TV supports HDR and 4K, both technologies the PS4 Pro was designed to handle for gaming. You effectively future proof both your TV and your gaming system for a few years to come. Amazon Paperwhite eReader w/ Backlight (Amazon Certified Refurbished 1-Year Warranty) $79.99 (Orig $109) This is the Kindle of choice for readers and is the lowest price we’ve seen (usually $100 on sale new). It has a high resolution 300ppi display for sharp text and has a built-in light so that you can read in the dark. There is no screen glare so you can enjoy it while reading outside in the sunlight. If you read a book a month and take your Kindle around a few times a year this is a good choice for youAmazon Kindle Voyager 6″ eReader w/ Adaptive Light (Amazon Certified Refurbished w/ 1-Year Warranty) $119.99 (Orig $199.99)The Kindle voyager is thinner, lighter and has a more premium feel than the Paperwhite. It has a magnesium backing and has a sleeker design. It’s definitely the Kindle of choice if you read and travel a lot as its micro-etched display has better contrast, its better material is more durable and has a better adaptive light, as well as PagePress buttons that will make this a pleasure for avid readers.Disclosure: This is brought to you by the Entrepreneur Partner Studio. Our goal is to feature products and services that we think you’ll find interesting and useful. If you purchase them, we may get a small share of the revenue from the sale from our commerce partners.Have a deal you want to promote? Contact us here. November 18, 2016 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now Enroll Now for Free Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 7 min readlast_img read more

Tax information returns extension deadline ends next week

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first_imgThe deadline for filing informative tax returns has been extended from Nov. 30 to Dec. 5, and theFinance Ministry is advising taxpayers to do it on time to avoid fines and other problems.The ministry’s Tax Administration extended the deadline, usually the end of November, due to delays caused by the national emergency for the passage in the country of Hurricane Otto. The government last week declared a national emergency and ordered the closure of most public agencies on Nov. 25 and 25.“This situation made it impossible to address many people’s inquires related to the filing of electronic forms D-150, D-151, and D-158,” the ministry reported in a news release.Taxpayers must file their informative returns using the Tax Administration’s Declar@7 software. The program can be downloaded for free from the Finance Ministry’s website.Those who fail to submit informative returns before the deadline are exposed to fines ranging from 10 to 100 base salaries, equivalent to ₡4.2-₡42 million ($7,475-74,750).The informative returns do not involve payments. The Tax Administration uses the data to cross-check taxpayers’ information.Here’s a list of returns due on Monday, Dec. 5.D-150:Mandatory for individuals or corporations that hire services from foreign companies with representation in the country, including transportation, communications, insurance, films, international news or other services.D-151:Any person or corporation engaged in the buying or selling of goods or services in the annual amount of more than ₡2.5 million (some $4,477) must file this information return to the Tax Administration. People who offer professional services, landlords or those who receive dividends from savings or commissions exceeding ₡50,000 ($90) per year must also file this form.Francisco Ovares, president of the Costa Rican Public Accountants Association, said that taxpayers only are required to report basic details of the individuals or corporations with whom they had transactions during the fiscal year.“Basically they should report the individual’s or corporation’s ID number — cédula — and the amounts paid or received,” Ovares said.D-158:This form is an informational return for people, private businesses and corporations that host or organize auctions in the agricultural sector. These companies are responsible for providing a report of buyers and sellers participating in such auctions. Related posts:New tax brackets for the new tax year Vehicle insurance costs to go up in November Finance Ministry issues warning ahead of shopping season Government tables draft bills aimed at approving fiscal reforms These are the other tax deadlines coming up in December and January: D-101:This return must report all income and expenses recorded between Oct. 1, 2015 and Sept. 30, 2016. The sanction for not filing the Income Tax return on time is half a base salary, or ₡212,100 ($377).The information should be submitted online through the Virtual Tax Administration (ATV) online platform on the Finance Ministry’s website.The deadline for filing and paying the Income Tax is Thursday, Dec. 15.D-152:Individuals or corporations that collect Income Tax from their employees must file this informative return by Jan. 15, 2016. Facebook Commentslast_img read more

NAFCU CEO CFPB Should Not Regulate Credit Unions

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first_img Is there a downside to compromise?  Dan Berger, president and CEO of the National Association of Federal Credit Unions thinks so.  In an editorial published in the association’s newsletter on February 24, he discussed his regrets that the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) has the authority to regulate credit unions.He said that sometimes the surest way to log a “win” is to strike a compromise, but the compromise worked out concerning the enactment of the Dodd-Frank Act and creation of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau has not been favorable to NAFCU and its customers. NAFCU and its board vehemently opposed the CFPB having any rulemaking authority over credit unions, while other groups folded.Over time, the association has held to these views. In 2015, then-SRP FCU President and CEO Ed Templeton said, “As expected, the breadth and pace of CFPB rulemaking is troublesome, and the unprecedented new compliance burden placed on credit unions has been immense. Many smaller institutions simply cannot keep up with the new regulatory tide and have had to merge out of business or be taken over.”Berger feels that this is one compromise that hasn’t worked out well. The CFPB’s reach is ever expanding and CUs are forced to deal with the growing compliance burden.Case in point: compliance deadlines for the amendments to the mortgage servicing rules, the new Home Mortgage Disclosure Act rules and the Bureau’s final rule on prepaid accounts all converge this fall.“This is not to say that NAFCU and its members don’t support the CFPB’s goal of protecting consumers–we do,” Berger said. “However, credit unions did not participate in the activities that led to the 2008 financial crisis that the Bureau was created to address.”All these current and pending rules explain why NAFCU has been locked in a fight with the CFPB over how it should not be regulating the credit union industry. “NAFCU always serves in the best interests of the association’s members and the industry as a whole. That will not change,” he wrote.Berger and others, no doubt, are hoping for a miracle on May 24 when the U.S. Court of Appeals of the D.C. Circuit will review a ruling that struck down the CFPB. This action sets the stage for a legal fight that carries significant implications for the future of the agency in the Trump administration. It also gives the CFPB another chance to defend itself as Republicans in Congress, push to roll back the agency’s authority.Berger explained that the credit union industry is in need of regulatory relief, and one easy way to accomplish that “would be to pull credit unions out from under the regulatory authority of the CFPB–or, at the very least, limit the number of rules from the bureau that would apply to credit unions.”“No one–especially not a government bureau–knows the individual financial needs of members better than the credit unions that serve them,” he wrote. “NAFCU will continue this fight–with no compromise–so credit unions can continue to operate in the upright manner they always have for their 106 million members.” in Featured, Headlines, Media, News CFPB Dodd-Frank NAFCU CEO themreport 2017-02-27 Staff Writer February 27, 2017 594 Views center_img NAFCU CEO: CFPB Should Not Regulate Credit Unions Sharelast_img read more

In This Issue   Gold flipflops all day   I

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first_imgIn This Issue. *  Gold flip-flops all day. *  It’s all about the Debt Ceiling. *  ESM issues a bond! *  Switching to the so-called Safe Havens. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Money For Nothing Good day.  And a Marvelous Monday to you! The autumn chill returned to our area this past weekend, football weather is here, time for a bonfire and flannels! My beloved Cardinals are in deep dookie and are in danger of being blown out of the playoffs in the first round! UGH! But the rest of the weekend, sports wise was good, so I’ve got that going for me! It’s day 7 on the partial shutdown (PS), and the autumn chill that has returned to the Midwest, is also making things frigid in Washington D.C. as more and more warnings are being shouted from the rooftops that the U.S. could default and the results would be catastrophic. I say, well, if someone would have stopped to think about where all the deficit spending was getting us while it was going on for the past decade, that maybe, just maybe, we would not be having to wring our hands in fear of a default right now!  Hey! You can’t blame me! For I have been warning anyone that would listen to me for so long, that when I began warning about the deficit spending, I used to be mistaken for a young Bruce Willis! HA! The bond market doesn’t seem to be worried though. They know, just like me, that in the end, we won’t default, and the debt ceiling can will get kicked down the road once again. And ever since the initial move in the dollar (down), the currencies have been in a very tight trading range. The bias to sell dollars remains, but no one is paying attention to it right now. So, what I think we have here is the bond and currency markets waiting for the next shoe to drop. That shoe could be the next time the Fed Heads meet, and announce that they are not beginning to taper. One time, surprise me, second time is a trend.  Or. most likely, it is the Debt Ceiling expiration that’s coming quickly upon us.. This morning, the currencies are mixed, with the euro up a bit, but below 1.36, the Japanese yen stronger on thoughts of a U.S. default, but the Antipodean currencies are weaker.  A story on the Bloomberg this morning caught my eye. The title read: “Dollar Rebound Predicted by Most-Accurate Forecaster”.  So, you know I just had to check it out to see why the “Mr. Most-Accurate Forecaster” thinks the dollar will rebound. I’m not saying it can’t, I just want to know his reason. And that reason turns out to be, that he believes the U.S. economy is strong, and will outperform economic growth of the Eurozone, and Japan. So, at this point, I’ve got to think that “Mr. Most-Accurate Forecaster” has been eating the same fortified with 8 essential vitamins, cereal that the Fed Heads were eating, for this sounds like a lot of the Fed Heads, to which, and you can check this in the archives, I’m on record saying months ago that the Fed Heads were being overly optimistic about the economy when they began talking about tapering. That’s all I’ll say about this, for what do I know? I mean, “Mr. Most-Accurate Forecaster” probably has a research team the size of the population of Rhode Island! But. so do the Fed Heads. Friday morning, I received a notice from a currency dealer that said “The First ESM Benchmark Syndication is Expected for Next Week.”   And my eye lit up! And here’s why! The ESM is the European Stability Mechanism.  I explained months ago what this was all about, but to make a long story short, the ESM is a bill funding program that’s been in place for about a year, that’s used to provide liquidity and long-term funding to the countries that need it. The difference between what was being done for the last year, and now is the ESM is going to issue a bond in syndication. In other words, take requests. RFP   request for proposal, as many contract salespeople know all about, and me with my city governance background. Understand this process.    But the biggest thing is the ability to do long term funding with the aim to establish a benchmark curve and a liquid secondary market over time. The first issue will be used to cover the Cypriot bailout and refinance bills for the Spanish banking recapitalization program.  This is all good for the euro going forward, folks.. At least that’s my opinion, of which I could be wrong! So. in the biggest display of “why was that done?” . You know the 800,000 government workers that were sent home last week? Well, the House passed a bill on Friday to pay these furloughed workers retroactive pay. So. what the 800,000 Government workers are getting right now, is a paid holiday. Paid for by taxpayers of course! You know, the people that go to work every day, produce something, generate wages, and pay taxes. So, why did we send those workers home, knowing that it wasn’t going to save us money in the first place?  Reminds me of the Dire Straits song: Money for nothing. The Pentagon ordered furloughed employees back to work this past weekend. Yes, we do have a couple of wars going on, and I would think that if there were people that are needed to be at their jobs it would be these people, that is as long as we feel we have to fight wars in other countries. Wanna save some big bucks for the country and make a whole lot of people happy, happy, happy? End the wars. And don’t stop with the wars overseas, how about here at home? The war of drugs, poverty, and so on. We’ve not made any headway on any of these over the years, so why continue? There are more people considered to be in Poverty Levels now than ever, so, great job fighting that war! The U.S. Debt stuff has taken over as what’s on the minds of the market participants. Tapering, Schapering. The Debt Ceiling is what it’s all about now.  One would think that any country that’s not experiencing a possible default would have a currency that’s gaining against the dollar right now, but that’s not the case. It’s all a bunch of “wait-n-see” Right now, it seems that the Usual Suspects when it comes to what the markets call “safe havens” are in play here. Japanese yen, Swiss francs and to a lesser degree, euros seem to be the only real winners, as we begin Day 7 of the PS, and draw one day closer to the Debt Ceiling expiration of Rocktober 17th. Japan has a greater Gov’t Debt than the U.S. but, they aren’t running into the possibility of a default. And Swiss francs? Some old habits just don’t die. The Markets’ participants have viewed francs as a safe haven for so long now that even with the franc tied to the euro, they still go there.  Hey! I’ve always told you that the markets are fickle. and at times have a very different viewpoint than logic would say. The Antipodean currencies of Australia and New Zealand are both seeing some selling this morning, but the moves are small in nature (less than 1/4-cent). There’s not much going on in this region of the world this week. Australia will report their September labor numbers later in the week, and that’s it.. (at least as far as I can see).  These two currencies have really bounced around a lot lately. You have to be patient here. Gold spent another day on Friday, flip-flopping around, going from positive to negative and back to positive, but remaining above $1,300. This morning, Gold is up $2, but we all know that a small gain like that is vulnerable to the whims of the NY traders. I read a note from the author of the book on “Greenspan’s Bubbles” Bill Fleckenstein this past weekend, where he was talking about Gold. Let’s listen in to Bill Fleckenstein. “At some point there will be big move to the upside (in gold), and we will play catch-up for some of the monetary crimes that have been committed in the last couple of years … My belief is that we saw the lows and that gold is going to work its way higher from here, and at some point it will accelerate. … It’s just mind boggling to me that people in America are so comfortable with the inflation that we have, and they act as though it’s deflation.  It’s rather stunning to me, the particular strategy now amongst people when they raise prices is they shrink the size of what they give you and they don’t call it a price hike.” Chuck again. I like what Bill Fleckenstein usually has to say, and have for a long time. He’s a very logical thinking person, and you can’t beat that! The U.S. Data Cupboard is still being adjusted because of the PS. We’ll begin to get some data this week though. in fact I’m told that the Jobs Jamboree will take place tomorrow. But don’t hold me to that, we are talking about Gov’t schedules! And before I go to the Big Finish. Man. did I ever just blow by the American priced currencies on Friday, UGH! I meant to type: American Style: A$ .9445, kiwi .8340, C$ .9705, euro 1.3605, sterling 1.6075, Swiss $1.1075 I have no idea what happened, just goes to show you that even though you do something 5-days a week for over 20 years, you can still mess up! For What It’s Worth. I saw this come through the email from MarketWatch on Friday, and thought it to be interesting. The article is about how the writer believes that the panic in Gold is over, and he can tell by watching the flows into the ETFs. Here’s a snippet.. “Gold outflows have been steadily declining since peaking in April 2013, said Nick Brooks, head of global research and investment strategy at ETF Securities. Outflows that month were at $8.7 billion. He said the main reason for that reduction is that the “bulk of shorter-term tactical money that went into gold over 2011 and 2012 has now been cleared” and gold ETP holdings are now back at 2010 levels. After record outflows from gold-backed exchange-traded products in the second quarter, outflows slowed down significantly in the third quarter. Investors were quitting their gold funds, just not with the urgency they showed in prior months.” Chuck again. You know me. I’m not a fan of the ETF’s. I’m a “physical ownership” kind of guy. But I think this information is good to know, given that the masses opt for the ETF’s, so flows are important. To recap. The markets seem to be in wait-n-see mode. In one corner we have the question of when the Fed will begin to taper if ever. And in the other corner we have the PS and the looming problem of the Debt Ceiling expiration growing closer, and the warnings of catastrophe should we default hanging over the markets like the Sword of Damocles. The bias to sell dollars remains in place, but the trading ranges are very tight. And Gold keeps flip-flopping, like a fish that jumps off the hook while in the boat! Currencies today 10/7/13. American Style: A$ .9420, kiwi .8295, C$.9690, euro 1.3580, sterling 1.6080, Swiss $1.1070, . European Style: rand 10.0270, krone 5.9860, SEK 6.4450, forint 218.25, zloty 3.0920, koruna 18.7930, RUB 32.26, yen 96.90, sing 1.2475, HKD 7.7545, INR 61.89, China 6.1480, pesos 13.14, BRL 2.2110, Dollar Index 79.98, Oil $102.66, 10-year 2.62%, Silver $21.92, Platinum $1,388.75, Palladium  $699.80, and Gold $1,316.97 That’s it for today. I had a great time at my H.S. reunion Friday night, my old football teammate Dean Collins was in attendance and I hadn’t seen him in 40 years! WOW! Lots of people I hadn’t seen in awhile. Then Saturday night, we had a get together with some clients and I got to meet a few clients and get a couple of them to sign up for the Pfennig!  My beloved Missouri Tigers won big at Vanderbilt, and have started the season 5-0, but have a tough row to hoe this weekend when they travel to Georgia. Blues blast Florida 7-0 Saturday night, and our Rams beat Jacksonville, although I don’t think you can hang your hat on beating them this year. Well, I’ve got people living with me all watching Duck Dynasty with me. They used to laugh at me, but looks who’s watching it now! And on that note. Thank you for reading the Pfennig, and I hope you have a Marvelous Monday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

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first_img Recommended Link By E.B. Tucker, editor, The Casey Report Donald Trump is flipping one of the most important U.S. industries on its head. If you understand what’s happening, you can save your portfolio from huge losses in the coming years. You can even profit from this new trend. I’m talking about the massive transformation happening in the oil industry right now. Let me explain… Trump Is Good for the Oil Business…but Bad for the Oil Price Obama was just the opposite. He and the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) barely let the ink dry on regulations before churning out the next batch. In fact, under Obama, the EPA created 3,900 regulations. That and other factors meant U.S. crude oil traded for over $100 per barrel in four of Obama’s eight years running the country. In late 2014, the price started falling. Today, two-and-a-half years later, a barrel costs $47. All of That Means More Supply…and Lower Prices Trump installed the former CEO of Exxon to run the State Department. He placed Rick Perry, the governor of Texas, as energy secretary. His EPA administrator has environmentalists seething. It’s obvious that Donald Trump’s agenda is good for U.S. energy producers and consumers. Energy analytics firm Rystad agrees with our take. Recently it came out and said $35 per barrel is the new breakeven price for U.S. shale production (that means, even with low production prices, U.S. energy companies can profit handsomely). That’s down from $80 per barrel in 2013. With oil trading at $47 today, producers have plenty of incentive to keep pumping. If energy companies can make money producing oil as cheap as $35 per barrel, the price isn’t going up anytime soon. In fact, we bet the oil market will get flooded and stay that way for a few years. Eight year old girl survives bombing, runs for President When she was eight, a terrorist bomb blasted through the wall of her apartment, raining down glass shards and sharp rubble. She survived and now she’s running for President of France. On May 7, she’ll take on the entire continent of Europe – and she wants to rip apart the European Union itself. Here’s her story, and why you need to pay attention if you have even $1 in the stock market…​ — — America’s Third Bull Market Since the Great Depression, there have been only two long-term bull markets in America. During the last bull one, some investors made 30 times their money or more. One indicator predicted the start of both bull markets. And now it says America’s third bull market is beginning.center_img Recommended Link There’s an old saying in the commodity business: “The cure for high prices is high prices.” It means that when the price of a commodity keeps rising, companies rush out looking for more. The profit incentive is sky-high. Before long, fresh new supplies of the commodity hit the market. Eventually, too much supply hits the market. That’s when prices fall. And that’s the case with oil today. The supply of oil increased much faster than the demand for it. And it all happened during Obama’s time in office. We’re likely to see less regulation for energy companies over the next four years—not more. We’ll see the government pave the way for U.S. energy production instead of standing in its way. Doug Casey: I agree, and am neutral to bearish on oil. Two reasons. First, technology is constantly working to make its use more efficient, so it takes less to accomplish a given amount of work. And finding ways to produce more at lower real costs. But also, after a couple generations of hope and improvement, various types of “green” energy (primarily solar, but also wind, and others) are finally economic. They’re going to make big dents in oil use, more every year. Second, the looming Greater Depression will significantly reduce most people’s standard of living. And oil usage along with it. On the other hand, much higher oil prices will materialize overnight if there’s a revolution in Saudi Arabia (inevitable, and growing imminent) or a serious war (not just some sport wars, as at present) in the Mid-East. This is why commodity trading is not easy… every market has bulls and bears for good reasons. The Coming Flood of Oil Has to Go Somewhere Trump knows how to take advantage of incentives. We think he’ll instruct his energy-friendly cabinet to extend tax incentives for the U.S. energy business. That’s on top of lower regulation, lower taxes, and a generally more business-friendly environment. All of that is going to be bad for the price of oil…but good for the top energy infrastructure companies in the country. This is a massive shift from what we’ve seen over the past few years. To profit from this trend, you can consider shorting (betting against) oil using the United States Oil Fund (USO), which tracks the daily price movements of oil. But the best way to profit from this transformation is to invest in the leading energy infrastructure firms. The leader in this space is Kinder Morgan (KMI). Kinder is a traditional operating company that can take full advantage of a Trump energy infrastructure stimulus program. We expect shares to do very well in the coming years. Regards, E.B. Tucker Editor, The Casey Report P.S. We recently recommended Kinder Morgan in my Casey Report newsletter. But there’s another energy company with even more upside potential right now. And you can even use this company to earn an “energy rebate” check every month, starting June 15. Depending on your financial circumstances, it could amount to an extra $10,000 to $40,000 over the next three years. You can learn more in this brand-new video presentation.last_img read more

More than a million gallons of untreated wastewate

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first_imgMore than a million gallons of untreated wastewater was discharged into a Greensboro creek due to heavy rains from Florence, among the largest such incidents in modern memory.According to the City of Greensboro, roughly 1.3 million gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed into local waters on September 17. The discharge happened over the span of about 23 hours.When the remnants of Hurricane Florence dropped significant rainfall on the region, rising waters from Middle Reedy Fork Creek flooded the wastewater treatment facility there, shutting down the pumps and paralyzing the facility. That’s what ultimately led to the discharge.Greensboro officials say the area downstream, which is a tributary of the Cape Fear River basin, has been thoroughly tested, with no impact being found.This is the third such Florence-related incident reported by the city this week.On Monday, 625,000 gallons of wastewater discharged from a manhole on Battleground Ave. And on Sunday, about 63,000 gallons of untreated wastewater overflowed into North Buffalo Creek.last_img read more

A nurse failed to mention a disabled womans near

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first_imgA nurse failed to mention a disabled woman’s near-fatal asthma attacks, accidental overdoses and repeated blackouts, in one of the clearest examples yet of a dishonest benefits assessment report, secret recordings have revealed.A video recording of the assessment also shows that the nurse lied about the way disabled activist Catherine Scarlett made her way from a stairlift to a reclining chair to begin the assessment.Scarlett had been so distrustful of the personal independence payment (PIP) system that she made both video and audio recordings of her face-to-face assessment, which was carried out at her home in Yorkshire in May.She says the recordings and assessment report prove she was right to do so.They show how the nurse – employed by the government contractor Atos Healthcare – repeatedly downplayed the seriousness of what she was told by Scarlett.This allowed the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) to lower her entitlement from the enhanced rate to just the standard rate for the daily living element of PIP, although she was allowed to stay on the enhanced rate for mobility.At one point, Scarlett is heard on the recording telling the nurse that on several occasions she had accidentally double-dosed the powerful opioid pain medication Tramadol, but the nurse translates that in her written report as “occasionally forgets to take her medication”.Scarlett also tells the nurse that she cannot read for long periods “because I black out”, but this ends up in the report as “she can read although she doesn’t read for long due to concentration”.When Scarlett describes how she has previously experienced “near-fatal asthma attacks”, the nurse writes this up in her report as episodes of being “wheezy and short of breath”, which “comes and goes”.And when the nurse asks her if she has ever thought of taking her own life, Scarlett tells her that she has felt like ending her life “lots of times” and that she experiences “impulsive urges to commit suicide and things like that”.This is translated as “she has had thoughts of not wanting to be here”.Scarlett is also furious that the nurse suggested that she did not need to carry out a physical examination if that meant she would be “wiped out for the week”.When Scarlett agreed and said she was “not really” keen on having the examination, the nurse was able to use her decision to decline the physical tests to justify relying instead on an inaccurate description of how she claimed she saw Scarlett “grip and operate a crutch in each hand” as she was walking from a chairlift to her seat, in order to play down her need for support for bathing and dressing.DWP later admitted – when it eventually overturned its original findings – that she lacked the necessary grip and strength in her right hand and arm “to be able to dress yourself reliably and in a timely manner”.The video clearly shows Scarlett walking with a stooped posture, leaning heavily on the crutches, and flopping into the chair, but not touching its arms.But the nurse writes this up as: “She walked from the bottom of the stairs to her specialist reclining chair using a crutch in each hand. She walked very slowly with normal posture.“She lowered herself into the chair by putting her hands on the chair and lowered herself into it.”Scarlett believes that her case, and many others she has been passed by other disabled people through social media, show that DWP is “colluding” with Atos in order to cut people’s support.She said: “I have been shocked at the effect on my mental health and the thoughts it has brought up for me and can understand why it pushes so many people completely over the edge.“I’m lucky to have strong family, friends and professional support that keeps me going but so many people aren’t as lucky and so are very vulnerable to devastating mental health deterioration and the consequences of that.“The whole system needs fully investigating and changing to protect those people.”Following the decision to reduce her support, a mandatory reconsideration (MR) – DWP’s own internal review process – endorsed that decision, although the department finally agreed last month to return her daily living to the enhanced rate when she appealed against the MR decision.In that decision, DWP accepted that Scarlett did after all need help to dress and take a bath.For technical reasons, DNS was not able to share the video recording with Atos and DWP, but the audio recording was shared with their press offices.DNS originally agreed to omit the allegations connected with the video recording so that DWP would comment on the evidence provided solely by the audio recording.But this morning, after agreeing to this and asking for extra time to produce a response – the audio recording was originally sent to DWP and Atos on Tuesday afternoon – a DWP spokeswoman failed to comment on any of the evidence contained in the audio recording.Instead, she merely pointed out that Scarlett’s PIP entitlement was eventually restored, after she appealed, to the daily living enhanced rate.She also repeated previous DWP statements about the “strict quality standards” required of assessment providers, and the “on-going quality audits” that assessors are subjected to, as well as mentioning the complaints procedures available to PIP claimants.An Atos spokesman refused to comment on the evidence at all.He said: “We’re informed we won’t have access to the video which accompanies the audio without which the points raised cannot be looked into as verification is simply not possible.”Scarlett’s case is one of 22 that have been passed to Labour MP Neil Coyle (see separate story), who has pledged to take up concerns about allegations of dishonest assessment reports when parliament returns from its summer recess next month.Disability News Service (DNS) has been investigating since last November claims that healthcare professionals working for Atos and Capita have been lying in their assessment reports.DNS has now compiled more than 200 cases in which PIP claimants say their assessors produced dishonest reports.The investigation shows that assessors – most of them nurses – have repeatedly lied, ignored written evidence and dishonestly reported the results of physical examinations.But DWP, Capita and Atos have all refused to launch inquiries into the claims of widespread dishonesty.Picture: Scarlett flops into her seat at the start of the assessment, watched by her husbandlast_img read more

New Data Shows Medical Marijuana Consumers Far Outspend Recreational Users

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first_img Download Our Free Android App Free Green Entrepreneur App –shares 3 min read Next Article Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Add to Queue dispensaries.com Cannabis Easy Search. Quality Finds. Your partner and digital portal for the cannabis community. May 4, 2017 Guest Writer New Data Shows Medical Marijuana Consumers Far Outspend Recreational Users Image credit: scott_craig | Getty Images In a data-driven business environment, everyone is waiting on the latest statistical reports to show what directions consumer spending — an obvious clear indication of consumer attitudes — is heading. As a relatively new industry, the legalized marijuana sector still is working on how to best serve consumers and discern trends to sort out the hype from the reality.That’s created a whole new side business in marijuana: data analytics.A company that has stepped to the forefront in this area is New Frontier Data. The company has partnered with Baker Technologies, which provides customer relationship management and marketing automaton platforms to cannabis businesses, for access to an immense database of legal marijuana transactions.In April, based on this data, the company released its annual “The Cannabis Industry Report: 2017 Legal Marijuana Outlook.” They uncovered some interesting trends.Related: Researchers Amazed by Cases of Cannabis Helping Children Failed by Conventional MedicineMedical marijuana dominates the market.Recreational marijuana — or adult-use marijuana — has been the focus of much of the recent media attention, partially because of its reflection of wholesale change in how millions of Americans view marijuana. Voter have now made recreational marijuana legal in eight states: Alaska, California, Colorado, Maine, Massachusetts, Nevada, Oregon and Washington, as well as the District of Columbia.However, the report found that consumers of medical marijuana — legal in more than half the states — buy much more frequently and spend more than recreational users. The report included the following findings:In 2016, recreational users shopped for cannabis, on average, every 14 days and spent $49 per transaction.That same year, medical marijuana users shopped every 10 days and spent $136 per transaction.In 2017, medical marijuana sales are expected to total $5.3 billion, with a projection to reach $13.2 billion annually by 2025.In 2017, recreational marijuana sales are expected to reach $2.6 billion, with a projection to reach $10.9 billion by 2025.The numbers provide needed insight for entrepreneurs looking to enter the retail cannabis business, New Frontier Data CEO Giadha Aguirre De Carcer said in a news release.“Given the size of the market, knowing who your customers are, how and when they shop, and what they buy are fundamental building blocks of developing any effective retail strategy,” he said.Related: Nation’s First Cannabis Drive-Through Opens In Colorado as Cannabis Sales BoomFlower power on the decline.The report also found that cannabis consumers are increasingly turning away from the traditional way of consuming marijuana – smoking dried marijuana, known as the flower.The report found consumers purchase of flower dropped dramatically in 2016. In January, flower sales made up 85 percent of adult-use sales, but that number fell to 64 percent by December, according to New Frontier Data.Medical marijuana sales mirrored the trend, with flower sales falling from 87 percent of the market to 65 percent between January and December. The inference is that consumers are moving in large numbers toward other ways of using marijuana, including edibles and vaping.New Frontier Data is headquartered in Washington, D.C., with an office in Denver. The company uses advanced analytics to crunch the numbers of millions of marijuana sales transactions. A copy of the full report can be purchased on the company’s website.To stay up to date on the latest marijuana related news make sure to like dispensaries.com on Facebook Keep up with the latest trends and news in the cannabis industry with our free articles and videos, plus subscribe to the digital edition of Green Entrepreneur magazine. Patients using marijuana as medicine purchase more cannabis more often than recreational users.last_img read more

What You Can Learn From British Airwayss IT Meltdown That Left Passengers

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first_img Invest in systems you need and keep your customers informed. British Airways had a rough weekend.Due to a power surge early Saturday morning and a backup that failed to work, the airline’s computer systems broke down. The crash prompted British Airways to cancel all departing flights from Heathrow and Gatwick airports, effectively stranding 75,000 people. And once the passengers arrived at their destinations, there was no guarantee that their luggage would be waiting for them.It was a chaotic and ultimately expensive mishap for British Airways. The market value of IAG, the airline’s parent company, dropped by about $643,550,000. Not only that, but The Guardian reports that customers inconvenienced by the IT issues had to pay up to $2,059 in additional travel costs, leaving the company with a hefty compensation $192 million compensation bill.Related: These 10 Countries Will See the Most Business Travelers in the Next DecadeIf you’re sleeping on the floor of an airport terminal, of course you aren’t going to have a ton of understanding for the organization that put you in that position. But it wasn’t just disgruntled passengers — the response from rival airline, Ireland’s Ryanair was particularly merciless.Breaking news: BA appoints new head of IT…. #ShouldHaveFlownRyanair pic.twitter.com/pR5lwJmr95— Ryanair (@Ryanair) May 28, 2017A peek into the company’s Tweets & Replies tab on Twitter shows a raft of customer service messages with a heavy use of the words “sorry” and “apologise.” CEO Alex Cruz also made a video apology.Related: 5 Ways to De-Stress Your Business Travel“We absolutely, profusely apologize for these events,” Cruz said. “We are absolutely committed to making sure that we fulfill our obligations, particularly from a passenger compensation point of view. … We are now focusing on making sure that everyone’s needs are addressed. We will make an in-depth investigation to make sure we get to the bottom of exactly why this happened and we will react. This will not happen again at British Airways.”Our Chairman and CEO, Alex Cruz, apologises for the disruption caused by the recent IT system issues and… https://t.co/DRqwuM3SvF— British Airways (@British_Airways) May 29, 2017Cruz is saying all the right things, and it would seem that his team is working tirelessly to make sure that each customer is taken care of. But what the experience of British Airways teaches us is that we need to think carefully about where resources can best be utilized. Think about the systems and structures that you can’t do without and always make sure that they are up to date. If you can have the most current technology, an investment now could save you a major headache later.Better that the glitch never happened at all — but if your company is faced with a snafu of this magnitude, the best move is to be honest, admit what went wrong and keep your customers informed. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Add to Queue Business Travel Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 3 min read Next Article center_img –shares Image credit: Bloomberg | Getty Images Nina Zipkin Entrepreneur Staff What You Can Learn From British Airways’s IT Meltdown That Left Passengers Stranded May 30, 2017 Register Now »last_img read more