Saving Money on Summer Expenses

first_imgBy Sarah Mammarella,  Family Resource Management N.C. Cooperative Extension AgentSummer is a great time to start saving money. Whether it is to beef up your savings account or stow money away for a special trip event or annual holiday expenses, saving money feels good. In order to save money we need to look at what summer expenses we can reduce.Perhaps the most obvious place to start during the hot summer months is with our electric bill. There are many different things that we can become more mindful about in our home that will help reduce our electric bill. Here are a few tips that help me save money on my electric bill every month:Shut off all lights and TVs in rooms that are unoccupied: This may seem like a no-brainer but this wasted energy use happens much more than you’d think.Turn your thermostat up in the summer when you are not home: There is no need to cool an empty home; I normally set mine to 79°. While you are at home, try keeping the thermostat between 76° and 78°, and using ceiling fans to keep cool. Remember to turn fans off in rooms that are unoccupied; their benefit is lost if you’re not underneath or near the fan.Don’t bother turning a thermostat down from 80° to 62° with the intention of cooling your home more quickly; this will only cause your heat pump to overwork and will not bring on cooler temperatures any quicker.Check the efficiency of your refrigerator and ensue the temperature of the fridge portion is between 37° and 40° and the freezer is between 0° and 5° to maintain food safety.Unplug anything that is pulling energy when you are not using it: Items such as cell phone chargers and laptops are constantly pulling energy when plugged in. You can save a lot of money just by unplugging these items.Use a power strip with an on/off switch for your television, DVD player, and other home entertainment items, and turn the switch off to the power strip when not in use: Much like the chargers, these items can still draw energy while not in use.Don’t forget to unplug televisions, lamps or alarm clocks that seldom get used in guest rooms.Weatherproof your home: Seal cracks around doors and windows where cool air may be escaping. You can do this with weather stripping or in some instances, caulk.Insulated drapes can help keep cold out during the winter and heat out during the summer. These can lower heating and cooling costs.Make sure that you change your central air filter every month: This can help your central air run more efficiently and even increase the life of the unit.Another summer savings opportunity is on food and convenience items. By being mindful of how and when we shop, we can possibly save hundreds every month. Here are a few tips that help me save money on food every month:Collect coupons: You can do this either by buying the Sunday paper and clipping them or going to various websites to print them off of the Internet.Match your coupons to the sale items: Look through sale fliers of your most frequented grocery and drug stores and match your coupons to the sale items so you are getting the best price possible.Find out when your grocery store is doing a double or triple coupon day: Most grocery stores will have specific days or weeks that they will double or triple your coupons. This may lead to getting many items completely free.Only buy sale or clearance items that you know you will use. Buying on sale is no bargain is you never use it. This can happen when buying clothes with the intention of losing weight or purchasing a kitchen gadget that you simply don’t have time to use.Buy in bulk: Even if you live by yourself, you can save money by buying certain foods in bulk and freezing individual portions in freezer bags.Although I believe that electricity and food are the easiest places to start, I do other small things to try to leave me more money in my pocket every month. A few extra tips to save include:Reduce drive time: Gas is expensive; so don’t make unnecessary trips. Car-pooling is always a great idea.Enjoy outdoor activities: Instead of paying to go enjoy your summer, try getting outside and taking advantage of free activities such as swimming, hiking and tennis. Here is a list of ideas for cheap summer fun for military families.Get your clothes at second-hand stores: I rarely buy new clothes. Although it may take some time, you can find used clothes that are in great shape at local Goodwill and consignment shops.Saving money can be satisfying because it means that we are attaining goals that we have set for ourselves. Recognizing that there is excess money being spent on such things as electric and groceries can empower us to reduce our spending by using common sense and mindfulness.What are your favorite money-saving strategies?Resources: KeepingCoolrevlast_img read more

Hyundai upgrades the Eon by adding a touchscreen

first_imgKorean carmaker Hyundai has silently updated the Eon for the Indian market by giving it a 6.2-inch touchscreen infotainment system, dubbing it the Sports edition.The Eon is available with a 0.8-litre petrol engine and a 1.0-litre petrol engine as well. However, the Sports edition of the car is only available with the smaller 0.8-litre engine and not the bigger 1.0-litre motor.Also Read:Hyundai rolls out 2017 model year Creta, adds a variantThe Sports edition of the car is available in the Era+ trim at a premium of about Rs 16,000 over the stock variant. It is also available with the Magna+ variant for a premium of about Rs 10,000 over the stock car. In the Sports edition of the Eon, Hyundai has made minimalistic changes. On the outside, the Eon gets sporty roof rails and graphics on the side body. On the inside, the only update is the touchscreen system which has phone link, USB, AUX and Bluetooth connectivity.Apart from these changes, the Eon remains the same as before.Also Read: Hyundai Elite i20 given mild updates and an increase in pricelast_img read more

Indian women’s hockey team draw 1-1 with Ireland in first friendly

first_imgDragflicker Gurjit Kaur scored in the first half to put the Indian women’s hockey team ahead before World cup silver medallists Ireland fought back to draw 1-1 in the opening friendly match here.After levelling the four-match series with hosts Spain, India put up a determined performance in the first match.The visitors will end their 10-day tour of Spain with the second and final friendly match against Ireland on Sunday.India got off to a good start as they made a first breakthrough in the fourth minute when they created a PC opportunity. But the chance went amiss with good defending shown by the Irish.In the second quarter though, India made up for the lost opportunity when they were awarded a PC for an infringement by an Irish defender.Gurjit, India’s dragflicker, made no mistake in putting the ball past the Irish goalkeeper Emma Buckley in the 18th minute.India’s 1-0 lead put the Irish on the backfoot. While India defended the lead well with a disciplined structure, the Irish pushed for an elusive goal.It was only in the 45th minute when Ireland struck a field goal through Sarah Hawkshaw that levelled the score to 1-1.While the final quarter saw both teams play at par with each other, India remained resolute in their defence.India’s goalkeeper Savita made a brilliant attempt to deny Ireland a goal off a PC minutes before the final hooter ending the match in a stalemate.Also Read | Spain tour a great opportunity for India ahead of Olympics qualifying: RaniAlso Read | Indian women’s hockey team beat Spain 5-2 in third matchAlso Read | Hockey players asked to shave heads after defeat? Probe orderedadvertisementlast_img read more

Photos: Syracuse Will Wear Awesome “Pearl” Warm-Up Shirts Tonight

first_imgPearl Washington shirts for Syracuse.SYRACUSE, NY – DECEMBER 17: General view of the back of a Syracuse Orange warm up shirt to honor former player Pearl Washington prior to the game against the Georgetown Hoyas at the Carrier Dome on December 17, 2016 in Syracuse, New York. (Photo by Rich Barnes/Getty Images)This week, Syracuse fans began raising money for former Orange star Pearl Washington, who is battling a brain tumor and needs significant, round-the-clock medical care. There’s also a website “Prayers for Pearl” where people can purchase shirts and donate to the cause. Tonight, Syracuse basketball is getting in on the act, and the team will be wearing special “Pearl” warm-up shirts before taking on Notre Dame. The shirts are very cool, featuring Pearl’s No. 31 and his name written in the same vintage script that appeared on the ‘Cuse jerseys in the 1980s. These are awesome. Kudos to Syracuse and our continued best wishes to Pearl.last_img read more

Robert Mugabe polarises Zimbabwe even after death

first_img Reuters HarareSeptember 11, 2019UPDATED: September 11, 2019 10:29 IST Robert Mugabe, the former leader of Zimbabwe, passed away on September 7 at 95. (Photo: Reuters)Zimbabwe’s founder Robert Mugabe is proving as polarising in death as he was in life, with a fight over where he will be buried threatening to embarrass his successor and deepen divisions in the ruling ZANU-PF party.President Emmerson Mnangagwa’s government wants Mugabe, who led Zimbabwe from independence in 1980 until the November 2017 coup that ousted him, buried at a national monument to heroes of the liberation war against the white minority Rhodesian regime.But some of Mugabe’s relatives have pushed back against that plan. They share Mugabe’s bitterness at the way former allies including Mnangagwa conspired to topple him and want him buried in his home village.Mnangagwa has taken the threat to snub a burial at National Heroes Acre sufficiently seriously that he has dispatched a delegation to Singapore, where Mugabe died in a hospital on Friday, to negotiate with the family, government sources said.The body is expected to arrive in Zimbabwe on Wednesday, adding time pressure to Mnangagwa, who is under fire over an economic crisis and clampdown on dissent that has drawn parallels with the worst excesses of the Mugabe era.Both men have blamed Western sanctions and accused the United States and Britain of driving opposition protests.”Mugabe has always been a controversial figure, in life as it is now in death,” said Eldred Masunungure, a politics professor at the University of Zimbabwe. “If the founding father of Zimbabwe wasn’t buried at National Heroes Acre, it would set a very bad precedent and tarnish the image of the head of state.”advertisementIn public, senior ZANU-PF officials express confidence that Mugabe will be buried at the monument on Sunday, after a state funeral in a sports stadium a day earlier. In private they say the feud with Mugabe’s family could have been handled better.One factor that could help Mnangagwa’s delegation, which is led by Vice President Kembo Mohadi, is that Mugabe’s family is divided over where the former president should be laid to rest.Leo Mugabe, Mugabe’s nephew, is leading a group of relatives who want the former president to buried in his home village of Kutama, some 85 km (52 miles) from Harare, two relatives who have attended planning meetings for Mugabe’s burial said.That group is also backed by some members of the faction within ZANU-PF that is closely aligned with Mugabe’s wife Grace and wants to get back at Mnangagwa.Other family members, including Mike Bimha, who is from Grace’s side of the family, think it would be best to mend ties with Mnangagwa by burying Mugabe at National Heroes Acre, the relatives said.On Tuesday, a tour guide at the monument said he was sure Mugabe would be buried there. A place has been left next to his first wife Sally’s grave within the grandiose structure, which North Korean architects helped design soon after independence.DIVIDED LANDMugabe left behind an economy wrecked by hyperinflation, dollarisation and deeply entrenched corruption, and a raging political rivalry between the country’s two largest political parties, ZANU-PF and the opposition MDC.But many Zimbabweans also remember Mugabe as their country’s liberator from white minority rule and for broadening people’s access to education and land.Mnangagwa, Mugabe’s former deputy whose power base mainly lies in the military and security sectors, has tried to associate himself with the successes of the Mugabe era and distance himself from his ruinous economic legacy.He used his powers as president to confer national hero status – Zimbabwe’s highest honour – on Mugabe within hours of his death, making him eligible to be buried at National Heroes Acre, which sits atop a ridge overlooking Harare.Mugabe wielded those same powers to bestow or deny that privilege to dozens of his former comrades, so it would be highly incongruous for his family to refuse to bury him there. The influential war veterans, who broke with Mugabe in 2016 and played a key role in bringing Mnangagwa to power, think it would be an affront to the liberation movement if Mugabe is not buried at the shrine.”If Mugabe identifies with the sacrifices of the Zimbabwean people for whom he was president, he should go there,” chairman of the Zimbabwe National Liberation War Veterans’ Association Chris Mutsvangwa told Reuters.’TROUBLED WATERS’Mnangagwa’s government has not yet released an official programme for Mugabe’s burial.But in a memo sent to embassies in Harare on Sunday it encouraged foreign heads of state to leave immediately after the funeral service wraps up on Saturday.Ibbo Mandaza, a political analyst who is writing a biography of Mugabe, said Mnangagwa was trying to avoid the possibility of a situation where heads of state would attend a burial service in Mugabe’s home district to which he was not invited.advertisement”That is the dilemma Mnangagwa faces, he can’t be sleeping well,” Mandaza said.A senior ZANU-PF politburo member, who requested anonymity to speak freely, said there were lessons to be learned.”Probably President Mnangagwa should have persuaded and cajoled comrade Mugabe’s family more to avoid this dispute spilling into the public and embarrassing him and the party,” the politburo member said. Mnangagwa’s spokesman George Charamba could not be reached for comment.Yet analysts are not expecting the country’s opposition parties to be able to capitalise on the row, noting that cracks in the ruling party had opened and closed again previously.If Mnangagwa persuades Mugabe’s family to bury him at National Heroes Acre, he will be able to use the occasion to cement his position as the country’s pre-eminent politician, politics professor Masunungure said.”If Mnangagwa plays his cards well the departure of Mugabe is likely to consolidate his control.”ALSO READ | Robert Mugabe, controversial former Zimbabwe leader, dies at 95ALSO READ | Robert Mugabe’s family pushes back against government burial planALSO WATCH | China warns Hong Kong protesters of harsh consequencesGet real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byNayanika Sengupta Tags :Follow Robert Mugabe Robert Mugabe polarises Zimbabwe even after deathRobert Mugabe’s relatives have pushed back against incumbent president’s plan to burry him at a national monument. They share Mugabe’s bitterness at the way former allies conspired to topple him and want him buried in his home village.advertisement Nextlast_img read more

Changes to School Calendar Support Canada Winter Games

first_imgSchools in Halifax Regional Municipality will close for two weeks in February 2011 in support of the Halifax 2011 Canada Winter Games. The province, today, Nov. 25, announced changes to the 2010-11 public school calendar that will have the spring break move to February, followed by a one week Canada Games break for students and staff in Halifax Regional School Board and the metro-area schools of the Conseil scolaire acadien provincial (CSAP). Schools will close from Feb. 14 to Feb. 25, inclusive. Moving the spring break to February and closing schools for an additional week follows the practice for previous winter games. The last three provinces and territories to host the games — New Brunswick in 2003, Yukon in 2007 and Newfoundland and Labrador in 1999 — moved March break and closed schools in the host region to accommodate the games. The Halifax Canada Games Society will use two Halifax schools as venues — Citadel High and Sackville High — and relying on volunteer support from more than 1,000 students, who will act as minor officials throughout the Games. “This move demonstrates continued support for the Canada Games,” said Chris Morrissey, Games CEO. “Through activities such as our torch relay and mascot program, we’ll touch communities across the province. This school calendar change will allow many students to really have an impact on the Games.” To ensure students in HRM do not lose valuable class time, the school year will start early and end late in 2010-11, running from Sept. 1 to June 30. Christmas break will also be shortened, and one teacher professional development day rescheduled. Students and staff outside HRM will share the same Sept. 1-June 30 calendar, but will enjoy the traditional March Break, as well as a longer Christmas holiday to compensate for the longer school year. Schools outside metro will remain open as usual through February 2011. Keeping the major adjustments in the school calendar confined to HRM schools minimizes disruption to students and staff elsewhere in the province, while ensuring Games organizers have access to the student volunteer support and school facilities they need to host a successful event. It will be the first time in 24 years that the province has hosted a Canada Games. Cape Breton was home to the Winter Games in 1987. The 2011 Canada Winter Games will be the largest multi-sport event in Halifax’s history and the city’s first Canada Winter Games. More than 2,700 athletes will compete in over 20 sports, attracting thousands of visitors, VIPs, officials and media. Beyond the impact on the sporting community, the Games are expected to create about $80 million in economic spinoffs for the local economy. Volunteers can apply online for Games-time roles starting the end of January 2010. Volunteers must be age 14 and older, to volunteer. Youth volunteers between the ages of 14 and 18 will require a parent or guardian’s consent to volunteer. More information on volunteering and minor officials can be found at www.canadagames2011.ca/volunteer . Key dates for the 2010-11 School Calendar will follow this release.last_img read more

Traffic Advisory Road Closure Summary

first_img Open Motorists should continue to use caution. Drivers should slow down and watch for damaged areas. -30- DIGBY COUNTYClosedMunicipality of Clare–D’entremont Road at Meteghan River including Ben Comeau Bridge –Detour for Meteghan River Bridge on Trunk 1 is Maxwelton Road LUNENBURG COUNTY:Closed SHELBURNE COUNTYClosed Tinkham Road Saunders Road Spinney Road Raynardton Road – gravel section from the Saunders Road to the Raynardton Bridge Chemin de la Pre (middle section is impassable) Hardwood Hills Road Trunk 3, intersection of Raynardton Road to intersection of Van Norden Road in Tusket Here is a summary of recent storm-related road closures and new openings. CUMBERLAND COUNTYClosed Trunk 3, temporary weight restriction of 12,000 kilograms Haines Road (Barss Corner) Open Branch LaHave Road (Wentzell Road) – from Trunk 10 to Sarty Road Veinot Road – between Trunk 10 and Osbourne Road Lower Branch Road – Closed from Osbourne Road to Trunk 10 Bridge at Slab Pile Brook in Charleston – temporary 5,000 kilograms weight restriction Westfield Road in Queens County Welshtown Road Mill Village East Road, between Hillsview Drive and Medway River Road Chapel Hill Drive closed at bridge about one kilometre north of Route 210 Rosette Road, between Harlow and Moose Pit Medway River Road, between Deans Brook and Charleston Mill Village – Pond Bridge Road YARMOUTH COUNTYClosed QUEENS COUNTYClosed Malagash Road (detour on Malagash Station Road)last_img read more

Ethics watchdog chides capital commission CEO for 12 violations of rules

first_imgOTTAWA — The federal ethics watchdog says the head of an agency overseeing important federal sites in and around Ottawa violated conflict-of-interest rules a dozen times.Mario Dion’s report today says Mark Kristmanson, CEO of the National Capital Commission, ran afoul of ethics standards when he accepted invitations to events from organizations with official business ties to the commission.The organizations that had Kristmanson and his wife to events include the National Arts Centre, the Canadian Museum of Nature, Via Rail and the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.Kristmanson was “personally involved” in decisions about construction projects at the arts centre and nature museum, the approval of Via Rail’s design for Ottawa’s train station, as well as the society’s lease of a prized federal property at 50 Sussex Dr., on the Ottawa River.Federal conflict-of-interest rules prohibit officeholders like Kristmanson from accepting gifts that might reasonably seen as a means to influence official decision-making.Dion says there was no evidence to suggest Kristmanson was asked to perform an official function at any of the events, which would have made the invitations exempt from ethics rules.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Survey finds minimal progress in militarys fight against sexual misconduct

first_imgOTTAWA — A new Statistics Canada survey of military personnel suggests the Canadian Forces has made minimal progress in eradicating serious sexual misconduct from the ranks despite years of effort.According to results released this morning, 1.6 per cent of regular-force members — or about 900 full-time military personnel — reported being the victim of a sexual assault over the previous 12 months.The rate among reservists was even higher, with 2.2 per cent — or about 300 part-time military personnel — reporting they were the victim of a sexual assault, which includes sexual attacks, unwanted sexual touching or sexual activity without consent.The numbers represent only a slight improvement from a similar survey conducted by Statistics Canada two years earlier, raising questions about the effectiveness of the military’s efforts to eliminate such behaviour.In a statement, the military’s second-in-command, Lt.-Gen. Paul Wynnyk, says the number of military personnel who continue to be affected by sexual misconduct is “completely unacceptable.”At the same time, Wynnyk says it is encouraging the vast majority of service members see such actions as unacceptable and have confidence in the military’s ability to deal with reports of misbehaviour.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Combating desertification could help tackle other global crises – UN official

29 October 2008While global attention is focused on crises ranging from energy to food security to climate change, a senior United Nations environmental expert today highlighted the “silent” crisis of desertification or land degradation, which, if tackled properly, can actually help address these other issues. “The land can be… an opportunity to solve most of the ongoing global crises,” Luc Gnacadja, Executive Secretary of the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), told a news conference in New York.The 2005 Convention aims to promote effective action through innovative local programmes and supportive international partnerships to combat desertification, which is the degradation of land in arid, semi-arid and dry sub-humid areas. Caused mainly by human activities and climatic variations, desertification puts at risk the health and well-being of 1.2 billion people in more than 100 countries.Mr. Gnacadja stressed that “the nexus between land degradation and climate change is clear.” Global warming is likely to lead to more extreme weather events, such as droughts and heavy rains, which could lead to soil erosion and loss of land cover.At the same time, land degradation releases carbon into the atmosphere, worsening global warming and climate change. “If we want to tackle climate change challenges, we must look to the untapped potential of the soil to sequester carbon,” said Mr. Gnacadja, calling it a “win-win” situation. “By doing that, we are improving biodiversity of the soil ecosystem and improving the productivity of the soil, therefore impacting the livelihoods of affected populations.”Improving land productivity will also boost the capacity to produce more food and therefore tackle the issue of food security. “We are also making the world much more able to produce more agro-fuels,” he added.“An ecosystem is like a bank account,” Mr. Gnacadja noted. “If we keep on withdrawing, and we don’t invest by feeding the soil and enabling it to regenerate, we are moving towards bankruptcy.”The Second Global Assessment of Land Degradation and Improvement, issued this year, found that an additional 24 per cent of global land had been degraded in the period from 1981-2003. However, what was really worrisome is that these lands are mainly in humid areas where rainfall is not an issue.The Assessment also found that 16 per cent of land had been improved, including some of the drylands in the Sahel, the Horn of Africa and Australia. “We know that drought and land degradation are predictable, and land degradation is reversible when the tipping point is not reached,” Mr. Gnacadja said, adding that the social and economic impacts on livelihoods are, therefore, to a large extent the result of “public and even global policy failure.” This includes the failure to scale up good practices, to spread available information and knowledge, and to mobilize the required resources. read more

Sri Lanka to tighten money laundering

“The new amendments will apply to any section of the previous laws that are considered to have loopholes,” Rambukwella remarked but refrained from mentioning if such points have been identified. (Xinhua) “This is in keeping with the recommendations of the Financial Action Task Force of the G7 countries to eliminate remaining deficiencies in law among the member countries,” he said. Sri Lanka brought in legislation to stamp out terrorist financing during its three decade war against the Liberation Tamil Tigers of Eelam (LTTE) that ended in 2009.Existing law gives broad powers to investigate non-Sri Lankans while they are domiciled in the country as well as for police to freeze or suspend terrorist funds and properties relating to terrorist financing or activities before indictment. He told a media conference that the Legal Draftsman has been instructed to draw out the necessary amendments, which will be presented to parliament for approval. Sri Lanka is to tighten laws against money laundering and terrorist financing to bring them in line with international standards, a government spokesman said on Thursday.Sri Lanka’s Cabinet on Wednesday approved a proposal made by External Affairs Minister G.L Peiris to amend its terrorist financing laws that were introduced in 2005, government spokesman and Media Minister Keheliya Rambukwella said. read more

Ravi and Mangala given key institutions by the President

Foreign Minister Ravi Karunanayake and Finance and Media Minister Mangala Samaraweera were given key Government institutions, as per an Extraordinary Gazette notice issued today.The Extraordinary Gazette signed by President Maithripala Sirisena allocates the Government institutions which will operate under the new cabinet Ministers appointed recently. The new Finance and Media Minister has been allocated 33 institutions including the General Treasury, Department of Fiscal Policy, Department of National Budget, Department of Public Enterprises, Department of Public Finance, Department of Treasury Operations, Department of Public Accounts, Department of Trade & Investment Policy, Department of Development Finance, Department of Information Technology Management, Department of Legal Affairs, Department of Inland Revenue, Department of Valuation, Department of Management Services, Sri Lanka Customs, Department of Excise, Insurance Board of Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka Accounting and Auditing Standards Monitoring Board, Public Service Mutual Provident Association, Lady Lochore Fund, Tax Appeals Commission, Sri Lanka Export Credit Insurance Corporation, Department of Information, Sri Lanka Press Council, Sri Lanka Broadcasting Corporation, Sri Lanka Rupavahini Corporation, Independent Television Network, Associated Newspapers of Ceylon Ltd., Lanka Puwath Ltd., Selacine Rupavahini Institute, Creative Helanka Ltd., Sri Lanka Television Training Institute and the Mahinda Rajapaksa National Tele-cinema Park (Ranmihithenna). Meanwhile, the Minister of Development Assignment has been given the Department of Project Management and Monitoring, Employees’ Trust Fund and Academy of Financial Studies (Miloda).The Minister of Lands and Parliamentary Reforms has been given the Department of Land Commissioner General, Land Reform Commission, Department of Land Settlement, Department of Surveyor General, Institute of Surveying and Mapping, Land Survey Council, Department of Land Use Policy Planning and Kantalai Sugar Company. (Colombo Gazette) Accordingly, the new Foreign Minister has been given Diplomatic Missions Abroad, the Lakshman KadirgamarInstitute for International Relations and Strategic Studies, National Oceanic Affairs Committee Secretariat, the National Lotteries Board and the Development Lotteries Board. Download (PDF, 148KB) read more

Oil drops amid worry over debtlimit talks falling gasoline demand

Oil drops amid worry over debt-limit talks, falling gasoline demand AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Jan 15, 2013 4:12 pm MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Oil fell the most in three weeks Tuesday as traders worried about another heated fiscal debate in Washington and slowing demand for gasoline in the United States.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude dropped 86 cents to finish at US$93.28 a barrel in New York. That’s the largest decline since Dec. 21.Brent crude, used to price international varieties of oil, dropped $1.58 to end at US$110.30 a barrel on the ICE Futures exchange in London.President Barack Obama and congressional Republicans are headed for another showdown over the debt ceiling. Oil investors fear a reprise of the standoff in the summer of 2011. Standard & Poor’s cut the U.S. credit rating that August and oil dropped about seven per cent for the month.Obama warned of dire consequences if Congress fails to increase the government’s borrowing authority. “Investors around the world will ask if the United States of America is in fact a safe bet. Markets could go haywire,” the president said.Traders also saw signs that gasoline demand is declining. Jim Ritterbusch, president of energy consultancy Ritterbusch and Associates, said the difference between what refiners pay for crude oil and what they charge for refined products — known in the industry as the crack spread — has been shrinking.It’s a sign “that gasoline demand is still falling appreciably short of prior expectations,” he wrote in a note to clients.In other energy futures trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange, wholesale gasoline fell five cents to finish at US$2.71 a U.S. gallon (3.79) litres, heating oil fell five cents to finish at US$3.01 a gallon and natural gas rose eight cents to end at $3.46 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS.UN), (TSX:CVE) read more

Stocks erase an early loss on Wall Street and end slightly higher

NEW YORK, N.Y. – The stock market is closing slightly higher after erasing an early loss.The Dow Jones industrial average rose 30 points, or 0.2 per cent, to close at 15,658 Friday. It had been down as much as 69.The Standard & Poor’s 500 rose three points, or 0.2 per cent, to 1,709. The Nasdaq rose 13, or 0.4 per cent, to 3,689.The Dow closed out its sixth straight weekly gain.A government report that hiring slowed last month stalled the market in early trading Friday, but indexes recovered throughout the day.The government reported that 162,000 jobs were created in July, fewer than economists expected and the least since March.Rising stocks slightly outnumbered falling ones on the New York Stock Exchange. Volume was lighter than average at 3.1 billion shares. Stocks erase an early loss on Wall Street and end slightly higher; Dow has sixth weekly gain AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email by The Associated Press Posted Aug 2, 2013 4:15 pm MDT read more

Stallworth Rice lead The Citadel past South Florida 8481

TAMPA, Fla. — Lew Stallworth tossed in 25 points and sophomore reserve Kaiden Rice scored 22 as The Citadel rallied to post an 87-81 victory over South Florida on Saturday.The Bulldogs trailed 38-35 at halftime and were down 79-75 with 2:39 remaining after LaQuincy Rideau scored six straight points for the Bulls (4-2). But Stallworth took over from there. The senior guard had a 3-point play and a layup to put The Citadel up 80-79 with 1:28 left. USF retook the lead on two free throws by David Collins, but Connor Kern scored on a layup to put the Bulldogs up by a point. Kern had a steal that led to two Stallworth free throws with 17 seconds remaining. Collins twice missed from long range in the final 7 seconds.Stallworth made 8 of 14 shots from the floor and added six rebounds, five assists and two steals. Rice knocked down 6 of 9 from distance and grabbed six boards. Matt Frierson added 15 points on 5-of-12 shooting from beyond the arc.Collins and Rideau paced USF with 21 points apiece, while Alexis Yetna pitched in with 15 points, seven rebounds and two blocked shots.The Associated Press read more

Werner and Mark Baller – innovators in bulk handling

first_imgWerner Baller and son Mark have been nominated to the International Technology Mining Hall of Fame in the Bulk Handling category for the WEBA Chute System. Werner is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the South-African based company. This leading global producer of customised bulk material transfer chutes serves hundreds of clients in more than 15 countries worldwide. Current Managing Director of WEBA Chute Systems is Mark who in his own right has over 20 years’ experience in the mining industry, in manufacturing and project management.The WEBA Chute System is based on the lined ‘super tube’ or cascade system, whereby much of the material runs on material always. The bottom layer of particles in the product stream moves in a tumbling motion and subsequently does not slide down the chute. This not only reduces the wear significantly, but in many cases the lip remains completely covered by material and never needs replacement.The WEBA Chute System takes this means of controlling material movement a step further by designing the internal angle of the transfer chute to match the product discharge velocity with the belt speed, which eliminates or greatly reduces spillage. Extensive experience and technical expertise, coupled with applications knowledge, has positioned WEBA Chute Systems as the leader in its field.Each WEBA Chute System is custom designed for a specific application, considering factors such as belt width, belt speed, material size and shape, as well as throughput. When applied to a greenfield project, this transfer system achieves the optimum design configuration for a specific application.The inductees to the International Mining Technology Hall of Fame will be announced later this year.last_img read more

Sprint HTC EVO Shift 4G Officially Released Available January 9

first_imgA lot of very hush-hush product news is floating around with the Consumer Electronic Showcase gearing to kick off in just two days from now. Fortunately, Sprint has released official news today that its HTC EVO Shift 4G smartphone will be available on Jan. 9, 2011 for $149.99 with a two-year contract. This is the third 4G smartphone for Sprint after the HTC EVO 4G and the Samsung Epic 4G, which both received PCMag’s Editors’ Choice. If the pattern can tell us anything, Sprint may be winning three out of three Editors’ Choice awards for its line of 4G smartphones. The EVO Shift has a much smaller screen than the original. It has a 3.6-inch WVGA touchscreen, runs Android 2.2, and has a 5-megapixel camera. Unlike the original EVO 4G on Sprint, the Shift has a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. Wirefly, a third-party phone retailer, got some hands-on time with the new phone. Check out the video after the jump!last_img read more

Trump orders end to separation of migrant children but says the border

first_img Jun 21st 2018, 7:34 AM I didn’t like the sight or the feeling of families being separated.At a later campaign-style rally of supporters in the northern state of Minnesota, he reiterated that the change does not mean a softening at the border.“We will keep families together, but the border is going to be just as tough,” he said.Trump then accused rival Democrats of putting “illegal immigrants before they put American citizens”.For weeks, Trump had insisted he was bound by law to split the children from their parents and that only Congress could resolve the problem – before he radically shifted gears.His daughter and advisor Ivanka had reportedly urged her father to end the separations, while First Lady Melania Trump made a rare political plea, saying the country needs to govern “with heart”.The order says the Department of Homeland Security – and not the Justice and Health and Human Services Departments, as under previous policy – would have continuing responsibility for the families.It also suggests the government intends to hold the families indefinitely by challenging an existing statute, the 1997 Flores Settlement, that places a 20-day limit on how long children, alone or with their parents, can be detained.That move could lead to new legal battles for the administration.“Over the last few weeks, we have seen an outcry from people around the world denouncing the cruel and unnecessary separation of more than 2,000 babies and children from their parents,” said Denise Bell, refugee and migrant rights researcher at Amnesty International USA.“In response, the Trump administration has now found another way to punish parents and children for seeking protection. Detaining families is not the solution to ending family separationMake no mistake—this executive order is a betrayal of families fleeing violence and persecution.Trump said there was a need to sustain his “zero tolerance” policy to prevent crime, which he blames illegal immigrants for.“We still have to maintain toughness, or our country will be overrun by people, by crime, by all of the things that we don’t stand for and we don’t want,” he said.Legal system swampedWith the legal system swamped, the Department of Defense yesterday said 21 military lawyers would be seconded to the Department of Justice for about six months to help prosecute “misdemeanour improper entry and felony illegal reentry cases”.Nearly all of the arriving families, and many others, have officially requested asylum, citing the incessant violence in their home countries.The policy, with mandatory separation of children from adults, was announced 7 May as a deterrent.The issue struck an emotional chord, with accounts of children screaming and crying in facilities prepared for them.Democrats and Republicans had at least two bills crafted yesterday to address broader immigration issues, but it was not clear if any had adequate support to pass.But Democrats and rights groups were immediately critical of the plan to change the Flores Settlement.“The Flores Settlement prohibits the indefinite detention of children – even with their families – and any order to undermine this critical protection will be immediately challenged in court,” said senior Democratic Senator Dick Durbin.The Trump Administration must reverse its policy of prosecuting vulnerable people fleeing three of the most dangerous countries on earth, who are attempting to seek safe haven in America.© – AFP 2018 Thursday 21 Jun 2018, 7:34 AM US President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally yesterday. https://jrnl.ie/4082883 83 Comments By AFP Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article US President Donald Trump speaks at a campaign rally yesterday. Image: Jim Mone/AP/Press Association Images Image: Jim Mone/AP/Press Association Images Trump orders end to separation of migrant children but says ‘the border is going to be just as tough’ Trump’s about-face comes after more than 2,300 children were separated from their parents and adult relatives. THE US HOUSE of Representatives is today set to vote on two immigration reform bills, but it’s not clear that either have enough support to pass.Yesterday, US president Donald Trump ordered an end to the separation of migrant children from their parents on the US border, reversing a tough policy under heavy pressure from his fellow Republicans, Democrats and the international community.The spectacular about-face comes after more than 2,300 children were stripped from their parents and adult relatives after illegally crossing the border since 5 May and placed in tent camps and other facilities, with no way to contact their relatives.Despite the order, there was no plan in place to reunite the thousands of children already separated from their families, according to multiple US media reports citing officials from the Health and Human Services Department (HHS).Those youngsters would remain separated while their parents were under federal custody during immigration proceedings, according to The New York Times, before officials backed off those comments late last night.“It is still very early and we are awaiting further guidance on the matter,” said Brian Marriott, senior director of communications at HHS’s Administration of Children and Families.“Reunification is always the ultimate goal,” he said.Pictures and accounts of the separations sparked outrage and a rebellion among Republicans in Trump’s own party, as well as international accusation that the US was committing human rights violations.“What we have done today is we are keeping families together,” Trump said as he signed the executive order. 10,899 Views Short URL Share98 Tweet Email last_img read more

Entrepreneurs

first_img Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagram If you want to take the pulse of the Aussie spirit, have a look at how we approach business. We love it – we have 2.5 million registered businesses in this country and one of the highest rates of business start-ups in the world, running at around 15 per cent of the business population each year. We’re a nation of entrepreneurs – a settler economy opened up by waves of migrants happy for stability and freedom and willing to work hard for a better life. Yet we don’t really tell ourselves this story in the way that Americans do. In my experience the entrepreneur’s journey starts with concepts such as change, difference and improvement. Entrepreneurs look at how they can bring a different approach or product to the market. Or they see a chance to improve on what’s being offered already or they see an opportunity to change the consumer’s experience. In many respects, the entrepreneur is the consumer’s friend. We see the world from what the buyer really wants, if only she were offered it. But an entrepreneur is not only an ‘ideas person’; you must also be a business builder. You need the intellectual curiosity and a dogged dedication to hard work. Entrepreneurs have to be up for a fight. You need that toughness because the most successful entrepreneurs are ‘disrupters’ – people who see industries protected by high barriers of entry and decide to take them on, with a point of difference. And these large industries – banking, airlines, phones companies etc. – will do what they can to stop newcomers competing with them. So some of the highest profile entrepreneurs are as famous for never giving up as they are for their business acumen. Think of Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin brand which took on music production and retailing, airlines and banking; or John Ilhan, the Australian who built Crazy John’s phone retailing and ended up in a long fight with Telstra. True entrepreneurs find it hard to give up. We don’t like being discouraged or intimidated. I founded both Wizard Home Loans and Yellow Brick Road on a point of difference: a mortgage at a better price and a full service financial services firm with advice at affordable rates. I’m involved in a company called TZ – it replaces existing technology with something smarter and more efficient. They all started with intellectual curiosity. But they were built by doing long days and staying focused when mistakes were made and major fights loomed. However, those who want to be an entrepreneur should not be confused between toughness and arrogance. Toughness allows you to keep going with a positive attitude. But arrogance is another form of delusion. Arrogance takes away your greatest tool as an entrepreneur: failure. All the best entrepreneurs have stumbled and fallen in their careers. But they don’t crumble: they use their mistakes to learn, to reorganise, to make a better mousetrap, to come back bigger and better than before. I have made many mistakes in my journey and all of them contributed to the successes. But arrogance will not let you see your mistakes. Lastly, fear. Everyone who tries to build a business will experience fear at some point. The stakes get high, and success or failure seems to hinge on a single decision. It can be gruelling. The worst thing about fear is that it either stuns you into doing nothing, or it clouds your judgement, making irrational actions seem acceptable. To avoid this, make yourself see fear objectively, as another obstacle but not an insurmountable one. Put it on your To Do list, as an item. But whatever you do, don’t let fear run the show. There is no template for being an entrepreneur: do your homework, have a plan, get good people around you. Everyone will tell you this. But the real test of the entrepreneur is that you want to build something and nothing will stop you.last_img read more