Indiana and Michigan classrooms predicted to struggle with social distancing

first_img Facebook WhatsApp Indiana and Michigan classrooms predicted to struggle with social distancing IndianaLocalMichiganNews Pinterest Google+ WhatsApp By Brooklyne Beatty – July 17, 2020 1 449 (“old school” by alamosbasement, CC BY 2.0) Schools in both Indiana and Michigan are going to have trouble with social distancing this coming school year due to crowded classrooms.That is, according to a recent post by zippia.com, that ranked the top ten states that may have the hardest time keeping six feet between each student.6 Feet Apart? States with the Most Crowded ClassroomsIndiana ranked 9th overall, while Michigan ranked 3rd.According to the article, Indiana’s elementary school classes sizes of 23.6 students are lower than most other states on the list, but its secondary class size is much higher.With an average of 25.4 students in each secondary school class, Indiana may have to make use of space not typically used for classroom learning in order to properly social distance, such as the cafeteria.In Michigan, the average elementary class size is 24.2 children, while secondary class sizes average 29 students. The higher averages are what rank Michigan as number three on the list.center_img TAGSclassroomscoronavirusCOVID-19IndianaMichigansocial distancingstudentszippia Google+ Twitter Facebook Twitter Pinterest Previous articleFood Bank of Northern Indiana mobile food distribution schedule, July 20-24Next articlePorter County mom arrested after 5-year-old son was found alone Brooklyne Beattylast_img read more

Line-up announced for BSB conference

first_imgMembers and non-members are invited to the British Society of Baking (BSB) conference, taking place at Ardencote Manor hotel in Warwickshire on 2-3 October.Highlights, on 3 October, include Nick Tatum, category director for bakery at Tesco, who will talk about the retailer’s new in-store formats and its new wider range of sweet and savoury good.Nick Harris of BFP will introduce the new Bakers’ Marque, which looks at the five principles of Provenance, Production Process, Product, Staffing and Community, and how achieving the Marque could be a valuable aid in marketing your business.Former Baker of the Year at the Baking Industry Awards, Robin Jones of Village Bakery, Coedpoeth, will discuss the successful initiatives that helped him grow his business and achieve the top accolade.Alex Waugh of Nabim will look at the 2012 wheat harvest, including milling grists for bread flour, and Ian Robinson of ADM Milling will show how information is used to maintain consistent quality and supply for bakers in a cost-effective way.John Figgins of the BRC will discuss the first six months of issue 6 of the BRC Global Standard. And, on the training side, Louise Codling of the National Skills Academy will talk about funding and quality of future bakery courses, while Jane Houzer of South Bank University will discuss the advances in bakery education made by the National Bakery School and the degrees it offers.Reducing Hidden Sodium in Bakery Goods will be a topical paper presented by Dinnie Jordan of Kudos Blends who will show how a reduction of 50% of sodium in products aerated with baking powder can be achieved without affecting product quality of flavour.The conference kicks off the previous day, 2 October, with a workshop on Creative Leadership and Problem Solving by Shari Rife of Rich Products, who is flying in specially to demonstrate how each manager can become a better leader in bakery by driving growth, overcoming business challenges and identifying new opportunities.This workshop costs just £30. For conference rates including an option of dinner and/or bed, breakfast and lunch telephone the BSB secretary on 01869 247098/277094 or email [email protected] or go to the British Society of Baking’s website, select ‘conferences’ and choose your options from the dropdown menu.last_img read more

4 steps to getting a raise

first_imgResearch your valueYour value is your weapon in fighting for a raise. Do research by looking at salaries for comparable jobs in your field. If your job performance is top notch, show evidence of that and provide reasoning for why you’re among the best at what you do.Ask at the right timeFinding the right time to ask for a raise is essential. It’s always a good idea to find a time when your value is high and your superiors know it. Completing a big project or getting new responsibilities are evidence of your worth. Avoid high stress times, like when end of the year reviews are taking place.Practice negotiatingYou may think going over a few things in your head is enough, but it’s always a good idea to practice out loud and practice on someone who (like your boss) will probably debate you. This will help you see where your argument is weak, so you can improve your pitch and go in strong.Be positiveStart off by talking about how much you enjoy working with your company and the work that you’re doing every day. If your employer knows you like where you’re at, they may be more likely to invest in you. 53SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,John Pettit John Pettit is the Managing Editor for CUInsight.com. John manages the content on the site, including current news, editorial, press releases, jobs and events. He keeps the credit union … Web: www.cuinsight.com Detailslast_img read more

Criminalizing pipeline protests; David Koch seeks redemption

first_imgNAT’L FORESTS, PARKS, MONUMENTS & OTHER PUBLIC LANDSMeteor Blades writes—Biden will have options for quickly fixing Trump mess, including restoring monuments he shrank: “No shortage exists for actions political activists and others would like to see Joe Biden take on his first day as president in January. From protecting voting rights to launching prosecutions of wrongdoers in the Trump regime, from dealing with police violence to reinstating environmental regulations Trump rolled back, a bunch of people and groups have lists long enough to jam-pack not only Day One of the new administration but well past its first 100 days. Sadly, all too many of these items are simply repair and restoration work needed to address the wreckage of the past four years. Quite a number of these matters can be accomplished simply by executive orders, although that presents the risk, without Congress to back them up, that a future administration could re-reverse these decisions with new executive orders. A key arena is the environment. Eco writer Michael Grunwald notes some possible environmental moves that Biden could make right away before the echo of the oath of office has even faded away.”Username4242 writes—Exploring Utah’s most famous sandstone arch! Delicate Arch trail guide (Video): “Another in my series exploring the beauty of the American West.”Username4242 writes—Into the Devil’s Garden: Wandering the Beautiful Arches National Park (Video): “Another trail guide to Arches National park! Due to time constraints, didn’t see all 6 arches on the trail system, but still got to capture some incredible things.” – Advertisement – OceanDiver writes—The Daily Bucket – eagles are back: “Fall 2020. Pacific Northwest. Eagles are back to the islands after their stint on mainland rivers, where they feast on spawned out salmon during the fall. Not all of them, but the skies and treetop perches aren’t empty of them anymore since nesting season ended last summer. For our late bucket today, two encounters with eagles that refresh my familiarity with these glorious birds who make the PacificNorthwest their home. I was stopped at Otto’s Marsh to see the newly arrived Trumpeter swans. All of a sudden most of the hundreds of ducks there lifted off, calling in their mallard and wigeon cacophony. Looking up, I saw the eagle that had been perched on its regular treetop nearby a moment ago now swooping over the marsh. It didn’t catch any ducks this time, but the pair who live right here are back to keeping ducks on their toes.”Bald eagles chasing each other. funningforrest writes—The Daily Bucket. Woof! It’s COLD Out There. Frozen (Open) Thread: “Our sky is currently completely clear, as it was around 4:00 a.m. this morning when I went out to check the sky, and saw the crescent moon and the brilliant stars.  Figured it would be, given the 24f temp at the time. In ‘good’ winters here, meaning a heavy snow dump followed by clear sunshine and very cold temperatures, icicles off the roofs around town can reach all the way to the ground.  That isn’t the case today, but I have seen it. […] Some folks really don’t like the cold and I can understand that.  I grew up with it though and it’s pretty much a seasonal variant I’ve gotten used to.  As a kid I even wished for a good hard freeze because when it happened we’d get the chance to go ice skating on the ponds around here.  It was actually not that common an occurrence, so we reveled in it when it did happen.”First snowOut the author’s front door in Quincy, California. First snow of the 2020-21 winter season.funningforrest writes—The Daily Bucket. First Snow! Unexpected Bliss: “The internet weather forecast, both weather.com and accuweather, completely missed it. I was getting myself ready to head out for grocery shopping, happened to glance out the window, and was overjoyed to see this.”OceanDiver writes—Dawn Chorus: Open thread – Who was your Spark Bird? “Every birdwatcher’s passion for birds was sparked at some point. Our deep joy in watching and learning about these feathered free-spirited beings was likely inspired by an encounter with a particular kind of bird. In our last Dawn Chorus lineatus referred to a recent observation as an especially sweet moment because it was with her “spark bird”. Here’s what lineatus had to say: A super-special moment, because 33 years ago this month, a Townsend’s Warbler was my spark bird.  It’s not an exaggeration to say that they changed my life. I’d never heard the term before but I understood it immediately.”- Advertisement – Lenny Flank writes—Photo Diary: Some Florida Plants: “Some of the plants, native and non-native, I have seen recently during my daily walks in Florida. I’m mostly plant-illiterate, so I tried to pick species I could identify. Sorry if I boo-boo’d on any of them—please correct me if needed. For those who don’t know, I lived in a converted campervan and traveled around the country, posting photo diaries of places that I visited. But the pandemic has clipped my wings, and I am now holed up in Florida until I can begin traveling again.” CLIMATE CHAOSClimateDenierRoundup writes—When “Better” is Worse: Legates and Maue Hires Evidence Of When Politics Trumps Competence: “There’s a fun new study making the rounds, published recently in the American Economic Review showing, when it comes to hiring in political bureaucracies, political connections are often more important than actual competence to do the job. While the study looks at Brazilian public employees between 1997 and 2014, could it be possible that such an effect, of political convenience outweighing competence, can be seen in the United States as well? To be clear, there is a well-defined split between the career US government employees who serve the public through different administrations, and are generally highly qualified as a result of rigorous hiring processes, and the political appointees who are chosen to serve at the President’s discretion. Traditionally, high-ranking, science-adjacent political appointments positions go to qualified experts at the top of their fields, as few are capable of coordinating scientific efforts across vastly different disciplines. Traditionally. But with the eleventh-hour hires of deniers David Legates and Ryan Maue to key climate and science posts in the lame-duck months of the Trump administration, the inverse relationship between political patronage and competence is not just easily inferred. It is explicitly acknowledged by one of their most fervent supporters, CEI’s Myron Ebell.” ian douglas rushlau writes—Effects of climate change are before our eyes, and are measurable. President Biden needs to act: “Joe Biden could bring Paris climate goals ‘within striking distance’. Biden’s presidency could help reduce global heating by about 0.1C if plans fulfilled, say experts:  The election of Joe Biden as president of the US could reduce global heating by about 0.1C, bringing the goals of the Paris agreement ‘within striking distance,’ if his plans are fulfilled, according to a detailed analysis. Biden’s policy of a target to reach net zero carbon emissions by 2050, and plans for a $1.7tn investment in a green recovery from the Covid crisis, would reduce US emissions in the next 30 years by about 75 gigatonnes of carbon dioxide or its equivalents. Calculations by the Climate Action Tracker show that this reduction would be enough to avoid a temperature rise of about 0.1C by 2100. However, Biden is likely to face stiff opposition to many of his proposals, from the Republican party nationally and at state level, while his room for manoeuvre will be limited by the Democrats’ showing in the Senate. If legal challenges to his plans are brought, they will be decided by a heavily conservative supreme court.”Michael Brune writes—This Was a Climate Election: “Joe Biden ran on the strongest climate and environmental-justice platform of any major party nominee in history. And climate played a historically large role in his campaign: Biden brought up climate in debate after debate, and closed out his campaign with climate-focused ads. But the presidential race was far from the only one where climate was at play. Across the country, voters weighed in on environmental propositions and environmentally focused candidates. They expressed record levels of concern over the climate crisis: According to the Pew Research Center, 60 percent of adults now view climate change as a major threat to the country’s well-being. Polling from the radical left-wing outlet Fox News found that 72 percent of voters were concerned about climate change, and nearly the same percentage wanted the federal government to invest more heavily in clean energy. Thanks to this rising tide of concern, as well as the tireless work of volunteers from the Sierra Club and our movement allies, we managed to secure some victories even in epicenters of oil and gas production.” CANDIDATES, STATE AND DC ECO-RELATED POLITICSMomeraths writes—Even if We Don’t Take Back the Senate, We Should IMMEDIATELY Pass Some Clean Climate Bills: “I mostly lurk here, but in the aftermath of the election I’m seeing a whole ton of people essentially making the argument that any attempts at bipartisanship are impossible and will only result in the Republicans screwing us over. The consensus on here seems to be that our options for getting anything done are to either win those two Georgia seats or to spend the next two years grinding our teeth to nubs and sticking pins into our travel-sized Mitch McConnell effigies. But here I am with news: there is broad support on the Republican side of congress for more than one sensible piece of climate legislation. In the Senate, Mike Braun (R, Indiana), Debbie Stabenow (D, Michigan), Lindsey Graham (you know who), and Sheldon Whitehouse (D, Rhode Island) have co-sponsored a bill that will pay farmers for reducing their emissions. Bruce Westerman, a Republican rep from wildly MAGA-happy Arkansas, is sponsoring a bill to try to plant one trillion trees. Young Republicans like Benji Backer are plainly very over climate denial, and they’re pushing their elders to do something about it. We have an excellent shot here to hammer out a bunch of solid, clean climate bills which we can then tout as an accomplishment of the Biden administration to skeptical young people.”Diamondman writes—Put a Scientist at the Big Table: “We face two great crises with a world-wide pandemic and climate change that takes lives and livelihood away.  While these two events can be connected scientifically (here and here), they can also be connected through a failure to enact science-based policy that could have diminished the threats early. A primary point of failure is that it falls on the scientists, who are not typically trained for this, to convince politicians and policy makers that there is indeed a problem.  This at best slows the process and at worst, like the last four years, allows policy makers to outright ignore scientists and the science. President-elect Joe Biden (love typing that) declared while campaigning, over and over and over again, that we need to listen to our scientists.  Great! Wonderful! Then I respectfully ask you to sit them at the Big Table.  Nominate a scientist, one with noted policy background, to a cabinet level position to prove your seriousness.  The founding fathers had Benjamin Franklin, the colonies top scientist, at the table when drafting the Declaration of Independence.  We need our modern day Ben Franklins to be in the room where it happens.” poopdogcomedy writes—GA-Sen A: Climate Denier & Hypocrite David Perdue (R) Lives In Protected Beachfront Mansion: “From The Intercept: IF SEN. DAVID PERDUE wins reelection in Georgia’s runoff in January, the Republican Party will almost certainly maintain its Senate majority. Perdue, an outspoken climate denier, urged President Donald Trump to withdraw from the Paris Climate Accords; voted against a Senate resolution that affirmed that climate change is real and that human activities contribute to it; and dismissed the Green New Deal as a “socialist wish list.” The one-term senator, who is a first cousin of Agriculture Secretary Sonny Perdue and golfing buddy of Trump, also vowed to protect the coal industry and was endorsed by the Koch-affiliated Super PAC, Americans for Prosperity. If Perdue wins, the potential for the Biden administration to respond to the global climate crisis will be greatly diminished. But even while Perdue publicly rejects the scientific consensus about climate change, the Georgia senator and former CEO of Dollar General is part of a gated beachfront community that has taken the global phenomenon and its consequences extremely seriously.” ENERGYFossil Fuels & Emissions ControlsDan Bacher writes—AG Becerra, Governor protest federal oil lease sales as CA regulators increase oil drilling permits: “On November 9, California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, Governor Gavin Newsom and two state agencies filed a protest challenging the proposed sale of seven oil and gas leases in Kern County by the Federal Bureau of Land Management (BLM). The proposed December 2020 sale involves seven parcels totaling 4,133.58 acres of Federal public lands and mineral estate within the Bakersfield Field Office. Ironically, the protest against the BLM oil and gas lease sale takes place at a time when state oil and gas regulators under Governor Gavin Newsom have expanded oil and gas drilling in Kern County and other areas in California. Since January 2019, CalGEM, under the the Department of Conservation, has approved 7071 oil and gas drilling permits. Becerra pointed out that more than 95 percent of federal drilling in California already occurs in Kern County, ‘often in close proximity to California’s most vulnerable communities’.”peregrine kate writes—Great climate news from MI: Gov. Whitmer has revoked Enbridge’s easement for Line 5! “Fabulous climate news was announced today in Michigan, as Gov. Whitmer has finally taken a decisive step to shut down Line 5. A report by Keith Matheny just published in the Detroit Free Press provides the key details: Michigan Gov. Gretchen Whitmer and Michigan Department of Natural Resources Director Dan Eichinger on Friday notified Enbridge that a 1953 easement allowing it to operate dual pipelines in the Straits of Mackinac to transport petroleum and other products is being revoked and terminated. Whitmer and Eichinger also filed a lawsuit asking the Ingham County Circuit Court to recognize the validity of this action, citing violation of the public trust doctrine, given the unreasonable risk that continued operation of the dual pipelines poses to the Great Lakes. Enbridge now has 180 days to decommission the pipelines, and to appeal this decision.”Pakalolo writes—Whitmer orders shut down of oil pipeline that threatens the fresh water of the Great Lakes: “Fighting Democratic Governor Gretchen Whitmer of Michigan has ordered the shut down of an Enbridge petroleum pipeline located on the channel bed (linking Lake Michigan and Lake Huron) in the Straits of Mackinac. The legal action seeks to permanently shut down the Enbridge Line Five light oil and natural gas liquid pipeline. The company moves twenty-five percent of the oil produced in North America and transports twenty percent of the natural gas according to the Enbridge website. The pipeline easement was granted in 1953. This news is stirring up the white nationalist militias and other conservative groups in Michigan. The brave and principled Governor is the sort of fighting Dem this site has advocated for since Daily Kos first appeared. She is an inspiration on how to make a better world, managing pandemic, and fighting for a livable planet. We should have her back on any backlash she may receive.”Renewables, Efficiency, Energy Storage & ConservationTRANSPORTATION & INFRASTRUCTUREAssaf writes—China’s EV market has recovered, with a Surprise Star: “In early 2020, the EV revolution took setback after setback in its flagship country, China. 2019 ended there with a limp, after another round of incentive cuts took effect midyear. Overall 2019 sales were above 2018, but only thanks to a strong first half. And by the time 2020 rolled in, China became Covid Ground Zero. Under the pandemic China’s EV sales plummeted 50% in January, 65% in February, and 51% in March. […] Even though by April China had emerged from under Covid’s first wave, the West was now locking down, greatly impacting Asia’s export economies. With shaky family finances, reduced incentives, and EV makers struggling, will China’s EV segment recover? […] Tesla’s Giga Shanghai’s launch ramp coincided perfectly with the emergence from Covid, allowing the company to pump many thousands of eagerly awaited, locally produced Model 3s onto Chinese roads. By June nearly 50k Model 3s were delivered there, more than doubling the next-most-popular EV. But this was still not enough for China to go into positive territory.”AGRICULTURE​, FOOD & GARDENSrobctwo writes—Saturday Morning Garden Blogging vol 16.46, Portland Japanese Garden: “A couple weeks ago my wife went to the Japanese Garden with our daughter, her husband and daughters, and friends who invited them to the garden. My wife, equipped with an iPhone 7 is the photographer. she did a great job. I can’t narrate, I wasn’t there.” PortlandJapaneseGarden.jpg CRITTERS AND THE GREAT OUTDOORSHummingbird6412093 writes—The Daily Bucket—The Newest Hummingbird: “I toss in my sleep, grabbing for the water bottle. I have to push the straw deep for the last few drops of precious cool water. […] And in that moment between a memory and a dream, I was not sure if I was a hummingbird draining the bottom of a feeder, and dreaming I am human, or a human draining a water bottle, dreaming I am a hummingbird. Then the humming bird flew vertically at a million miles an hour.  I cannot do that, so I am a human. I am assuming the brightly colored hummers are male Annas Hummingbirds, and the greyer hummers are females. I’m in NW Oregon. within the Anna’s winter range.  There’s seven different types of hummers in Oregon. Five are rare or live east of the Cascades. Rufous and Anna’s are more common.  But there’s nothing common about any hummingbird’s flashing beauty.” – Advertisement – Mary Ronan Ojibwa writes—Lake Mary Ronan State Park: Doug Fir Trail West: “Located just seven miles west of Montana’s Flathead Lake is the Lake Mary Ronan State Park. The park has 120 acres nestled in a forest of Douglas Fir and Western Larch adjacent to a mountain lake. In addition to a boat launch area, there is a day use area, 25 campsites, a group camping area, and nature trails.” MISCELLANYClimateDenierRoundup writes—U.S. Chamber of Commerce Turns Over an Old Leaf, Attacks Plastic Policy in Canada: “One of the common conservative, climate-denier refrains whenever international climate efforts ramp up is that it would be unthinkably terrible for the United States of America to cede any sort of sovereignty to the (evil globalists at the) United Nations. Nothing, not even literally the fate of the planet, is apparently worth even the slightest acknowledgement that the US made a mess of the climate and should therefore help clean it up. That was a regular allegation against the Paris Agreement, for example, which the Biden Administration promises to re-enter on January 20. But that’s far from the only thing the U.S. might want to reconsider, in the eyes of those concerned with national sovereignty. Take a look at Trump’s replacement to the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA). Because as it turns out, it’s US industry that’s attacking national sovereignty, invoking a clause in the creatively-named United States–Mexico–Canada Agreement to try and prevent Canada from adopting new plastic pollution laws. Sovereignty for me, not for thee. (Naturally!)” Meteor Blades writes—Earth Matters: Dogs sniff out wildlife smugglers; Trump wants Arctic drilling leases auctioned now: “There was the pro-fracking Texans for Natural Gas urging voters to ‘thank a roughneck.’ There was the Arctic Energy Center pushing for drilling in offshore Alaska and the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge. There was the Main Street Investors Coalition that attacked climate activism, which it claimed doesn’t help small investors in the stock market. Hiroko Tabuchi reports that the three seemed to be separate groups promoting the views of rank-and-file people. Turns out they were part of a network of “influence campaigns” put together by FTI Consulting by some of the world’s giant oil and gas companies. Her investigation of FTI uncovered a concerted effort to influence public views while concealing industry’s role. Of course, that’s hardly new. Climate science denialism has for more than three decades been spurred by money from fossil fuel operations, including the notorious Koch Industries. In addition to its other efforts, FTI monitored environmental activists online, even creating a fake Facebook persona—‘an imaginary, middle-aged Texas woman with a dog — to help keep tabs on protesters.’ FTI staffed two websites—Energy In Depth and Western Wire—with people who wrote pro-industry articles on controversial matters like fracking. Former employees of Energy In Depth told Tabuchi that FTI client Exxon Mobil had directed some of that content.”PvtJarHead writes—Charles Koch: “Boy did we screw up! What a mess!” “No shit Sherlock! — Charles Koch is fishing for a do-over of his life’s work — The Wall Street Journal (paywall). Wichita billionaire and GOP mega-donor Charles Koch says his partisanship was a mistake, telling The Wall Street Journal that he believes it caused unneeded division. Well isn’t that special… The Kansas City Star. ’I congratulate Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on their victory,’ Koch told The Wall Street Journal in an email. “I look forward to finding ways to work with them to break down the barriers holding people back, whether in the economy, criminal justice, immigration, the COVID-19 pandemic, or anywhere else.’ […] Koch and his brother David, who died last year, were major players in the rise and shaping of the tea party. The brothers founded the conservative organization Americans for Prosperity in 2004. In her 2015 book “Dark Money,” the New Yorker writer Jane Mayer tracked how they used their fortunes to amass political influence and further a libertarian agenda. It’s just a complete coincidence that he’s trying to sell a new book coming out soon.” lostintheozarks writes—The Daily Bucket – A Love Story In My Own Back Yard! “Douglas County, Missouri. November 12, 2020.  Time got away from me these past couple of weeks. There was the family visit that was way too short. There were things we needed to do after they left that kept me from spending much time outdoors. And of course I spent way too much time obsessing about the election. And here I am with very few recent photos because our backyard critters are not showing up as regularly as they used to. So yesterday morning I wandered into the sunroom to see my husband shooting photos through the panes of glass in the door. ‘Shhh!’ he whispered. ‘There’s a good-sized buck out there stalking one of the females.’ I ran to get my camera, but by the time I got back the action was over. […] He hadn’t been able to get any photos of the doe because she was hidden among the trees, but the buck was definitely working his way in her direction with that dopey, open-mouth expression on his face.”Whitetail buck OceanDiver writes—The Daily Bucket – Cattle Point & ducks: “November 10, 2020. Salish Sea, PacificNorthwest. We ventured over to a neighboring island a few days ago for some necessary errands (for eye appointments, to pick up welding gas, and to visit the pot shop). With an hour to spare to catch the next ferry we took a jaunt down to the southern tip of San Juan Island to visit Cattle Point. It was a stormy day but not actually raining at the moment. Big layers of clouds and near nightfall….a classic winter’s day on the Salish Sea. Cattle Point lighthouse was built in 1935, now automated. The cattle that the point is named for date back to a Hudson’s Bay Company ranch here in the mid 1800s. This end of the island is now in protected status as Cattle Point Natural Resources Conservation Area (NRCA) and San Juan Island National Historical Park so it was saved from what otherwise have been a series of McMansions on private property, which is what much of the shoreline up here is like. As public land, people like us can visit to enjoy the scenery and birds. It’s a beautiful ‘big sky’ spot that is particularly dramatic in winter.”Eastern Tiger Swallowtail - Hodges#4176 (Papilio glaucus)Eastern Tiger Swallowtail, female (Papilio glaucus)foresterbob writes—The Daily Bucket – Backyard Butterflies in Georgia: “A long time ago, I learned that butterflies of many species are attracted to zinnias and purple coneflowers, which by good fortune are easy to grow at my place. The soil is dense clay which I’ve improved with mulch. There is abundant sunlight between my house and the street. 2020 will go down in history as a year with many dubious events. But one good happening was my first-ever sighting of a zebra longwing. There is a good chance that they had been visiting all along, but I never saw them because of my travels. This year, there have been near-daily sightings since late July. I saw one yesterday, even though the zinnias have nearly played out. The red morning glory flowers offer a Plan B for nectar-loving insects. With no further ado, here are some of the butterflies that posed for pictures this year. As always, I welcome any expert advice if any of my species calls are wrong.”- Advertisement –last_img read more

COVID-19: Indonesia bars people from hardest-hit regions in Iran, South Korea, Italy

first_imgPassengers entering Indonesia from the three countries — all of which have recorded thousands of COVID-19 cases, the most after China — are required to fill in a health alert card (HAC) issued by the Indonesian Health Ministry.Especially for Indonesian citizens, those who arrived in the archipelago from the aforementioned regions in Iran, South Korea and Italy, would be required to undergo additional medical examinations at the port of entry, Retno said. The policy will enter into force at midnight on Sunday, March 8, and will continue to be evaluated in accordance with global developments, Retno said.On Wednesday, the WHO recorded 2,223 new cases of COVID-19 infections worldwide and another 48 deaths outside China. The number of affected countries has reached 76, with Argentina, Chile, Poland and Ukraine having just reported their first cases of the virus.Topics : “Therefore, Indonesia is to temporarily impose a new policy for travelers from those countries,” she added. The policy will affect people who have a recent history of travel to Tehran, Qom and Gilan in Iran; Lombardi, Venetto, Emilia-Romagna, Marche and Piedmont regions in Italy; as well as Daegu and Gyeongsangbuk-do in South Korea.“Travelers from Iran, Italy and South Korea who come from outside of the aforementioned regions will need to provide a valid health certificate that is accredited and issued by the health authorities,” Retno said, adding that the document must be shown during check-in. “Without a health certificate, travelers will be denied entry or transit in Indonesia,” the minister went on. Indonesia announced on Thursday new travel restrictions for people with a history of travel from coronavirus-hit regions of Iran, South Korea and Italy in the wake of a significant surge of COVID-19 cases globally.The temporary ban, which will come into effect on Sunday, would prevent people who had visited certain regions in the three countries in the last 14 days from visiting or transiting in Indonesia, Foreign Minister Retno LP Marsudi said.“After reviewing a report from the World Health Organization [WHO], there has been an increase of cases outside China, especially in three countries: Iran, Italy and South Korea,” Retno told journalists in her office on Thursday. last_img read more

How to sell a tenanted property

first_imgREIQ regional director Damien Keyes. Picture: Evan MorganFROM time to time an investor may choose to sell their property while it is tenanted. This raises many questions about how the process can take place when the property is not vacant or easily accessible for open homes, agent appraisals, valuations, renovations, and so on. How do agents get access to a property that is someone else’s home? How do tradies carry out work while the property is being lived in? What rights do the tenants and owners have about granting or withholding access to the property?As agents we strive to respect everyone’s rights. After all, if the property is sold to an investor, in most instances a new landlord would welcome an existing tenancy carrying on rather than going to the expense of finding a new tenant. Good relations are important to almost every agent I know, whether they are dealing with a tenant (who may one day become a buyer then a seller!) or a buyer or seller. The legislation that governs this area of residential property is the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act 2008 and in most instances it is clear.More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020We are required by the legislation to give a minimum of 24 hours’ notice to a tenant that we are coming to do an appraisal or a valuation.Hosting an open home when the property is tenanted requires arranging suitable times with the tenants. The legislation requires we seek written permission from the tenant. The rights between tenants and landlords are carefully weighted under the current legislation and while it’s a popular opinion that tenants have few rights, in reality that’s not the case. For example, landlords cannot arrange entry on a Sunday or a public holiday. They cannot arrange entry before 8am or after 6pm, unless the tenant agrees to it. Under the Residential Tenancies and Rooming Accommodation Act (2008) if a landlord wants to terminate a fixed tenancy agreement, the landlord must inform the tenants 60 days before the lease termination date that the lease will not be renewed.If you are an investor and you’re thinking about selling your tenanted property it’s important to start planning early and to appoint an agent who has experience in this area. Often, the job will be made much easier if you wait until the tenancy has expired. Selling a vacant property is much more simple.last_img read more

Evening soirees and house parties made easy in Gold Coast pad

first_imgThe waterfront property at 26 Lakeview Boulevard, Mermaid Waters is an entertainer’s delight.WHETHER you’re planning a fancy cocktail party or casual backyard barbecue, entertaining is a breeze in this waterfront home.The two-storey Mermaid Waters house has an open floorplan and well-equipped entertainment area, making it easy to host large groups of guests. Hide the mess made while cooking in the stone kitchen’s butler’s pantry and rest assured there will be enough food for everyone with two Smeg ovens and two gas stoves to work with. MORE NEWS: Imagine owning a castle The perfect spot to relax with a book or a glass of wine once the party is over.More from news02:37International architect Desmond Brooks selling luxury beach villa11 hours ago02:37Gold Coast property: Sovereign Islands mega mansion hits market with $16m price tag2 days agoSliding glass doors open the kitchen, living and dining area out onto the alfresco area, which has an outdoor kitchen with built-in barbecue. The 11m saltwater pool, with gas heated spa, and canal offer a picturesque backdrop.But the living and entertaining spaces aren’t the only spacious areas in the house.Four of the six bedrooms have their own bathrooms while two bedrooms on the ground floor share another. The main bedroom not only has a walk-in wardrobe and ensuite but a covered balcony overlooking the water. MORE NEWS: V8 racer’s parents take another shot at selling Coast home Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:54Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:54 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels720p720pHD432p432p216p216p180p180pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.This is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.Close Modal DialogThis is a modal window. This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button.PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 0:00Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -0:00 Playback Rate1xFullscreenAndrew Winter: To sell or to renovate?00:55 The chef-style kitchen is one of the home’s best features. There is plenty of space to entertain guests inside and out. Marketing agent Jenni Wright, of Lucy Cole Prestige Properties, said the home was custom designed.“The owners have built it to their specifications,” she said. “It’s a well appointed home and only 18 months old.” It also has a rumpus room with balcony, study and upstairs living area as well as two crystal chandeliers.The property is listed under and expressions of interest campaign, which will close on May 6.last_img read more

Are Couples Getting Married too Young?.

first_img Share Share Sharing is caring! LifestyleRelationships Are Couples Getting Married too Young?. by: – May 7, 2011 677 Views   no discussionscenter_img Scarily-high divorce statistics show that nearly 50% of marriages end in divorce, and that 60% of all couples who marry between the age of 20 and 25 divorce. This leads to a few questions: Are we not taking marriage seriously enough? Are couples getting married too young?As we grow up, most of us are taught that marriage is a stable union between two people who are deeply committed to each other and to building a life together. It is a wonderful journey for two people to embark on – and this is true. Marriages should be full of love, companionship, trust, support and laughter.However, when we are young and developing is also the time to be free to develop fully as individuals – to pursue a career choice, to travel, to be independent. These are things which you can do in a couple, obviously, but will definitely be limited once you start a family. When we are younger and in our 20s, sometimes we don’t have a strong sense of who we are as an individual. This makes it easy sometimes to lose ourselves in our relationship. Most couples who marry young face divorce because of emotional immaturity and limited life experiences.A couple who started as 16-year-old high school sweethearts may feel that marriage is the next step in their early 20s. While this can work, it is also important to recognize that some issues may arise. For example, if you have not dated around because you have always been with the same person since high school, you may find yourself wanting to meet new people or to learn what it’s like to be with other people as you grow older. It is important to date around — that way, you can really appreciate your partner when you learn that the grass is not greener on the other side.It is also important to have financial security. Weddings can be expensive, and things like buying a home and starting a family require significant amounts of money. When we are younger, we can get around without spending much money, but once you are committed to being with someone else, it is important you are both financially stable. There is nothing worse than fighting about money, or living from paycheck to paycheck. It can build resentment or lead to stress and can cause a strain on relationships. As we get older, we learn how to budget and how to finance the personal lifestyle we’ve grown accustomed to, making it easier to manage money. As crass as it may sound, financial dependence can be a huge relationship strain on couples.If you look at what a commitment marriage is, you should never want to rush into it. Divorce is hard. All breakups are, but divorce can become a lot messier, especially if there are children involved. There should never be a rush to get married. Yes, it is a wonderful step, a declaration of love to and for each other, but it does not protect you from infidelity, it does not provide more security, and it cannot help salvage a relationship. It is a serious commitment and should not be entered into lightly. When we are still young and evolving so much as individuals, it may be better to save the next step of marriage until we are older, more mature and stable both financially and emotionally, both individually and as a couple.By Davina Dummer, BounceBack Editorial Staff Share Tweetlast_img read more

Man City May Activate Buy-Back Clause On Iheanacho

first_imgManchester City May Activate Buy-Back Clause On Kelechi Iheanacho- Brendan Rogers https://t.co/Ea98ivGL8r via @Main Street Journal— Sanda Lily (@mz_oddy) January 29, 2020 Leicester City manager, Brendan Rodgers, has expressed his feeling of uncertainty over the Super Eagles attacker, Kelechi Iheanacho, as a move to Manchester City seems likely should they decide to activate his buy-back clause. Kelechi Iheanacho Kelechi Iheanacho who has since enjoyed a good form under Rogers and has impressed for the foxes in his last few appearances. Rogers has had to answer questions about Iheanacho’s contract during a press briefing where the Irishman gave an update on the club’s transfer direction. Loading… Already in his third season, Iheanacho now has two years left in his five-year contract, which also includes a buy-back clause, hence, the prospect of a return to the Etihad looms if the Citizens decide to activate the clause. “I’m not totally sure, but these things usually last the course of the first deal he signs. Read Also:Iheanacho’s goal not enough as Trezeguet sends Villa into EFL Cup final “So, Iheanacho joined on a five-year contract in 2017, so leading to 2022. Even if he negotiates an extended deal in that time, I’d expect the buy-back clause to still be applicable until 2022. – Rogers told Leicestermercury.co.uk. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 Promoted Content7 Black Hole Facts That Will Change Your View Of The UniverseBear Cubs ‘Dancing’ In Forest Delight The Internet20 Facts That’ll Change Your Perception Of “The Big Bang Theory”10 Awesome TV Series That Got Cancelled Way Too SoonA Soviet Shot Put Thrower’s Record Hasn’t Been Beaten To This DayThe Very Last Bitcoin Will Be Mined Around 2140. Read More10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By Odeith7 Ways To Understand Your Girlfriend BetterA Lot More People Should See Hanna’s Fantastic Bread Masterpieces7 Facts About Black Holes That Will Blow Your MindWho Earns More Than Ronaldo?5 Of The World’s Most Unique Theme Parkslast_img read more

Marilyn E. Wilder, age 89

first_imgMarilyn E. Wilder, age 89, passed away Saturday, May 28, 2016 at her home in Batesville, IN. Born June 11, 1926 in Carlstadt, NJ she was the daughter of Charles & May (Hoffman) Prince.  She married Ford Wilder on November 27, 1948 in Wood-Ridge, NJ.Marilyn is survived by her husband Ford Wilder, her daughter Cathy Wilder of Kokomo, IN, and her sons Keith Wilder of Batesville, IN and Glenn Wilder of Edinburg, IN. She will also be missed by her 8 grandchildren and 9 great grandchildren.  In addition to her parents, she was preceded in death by her sons Gary & Craig Wilder and sisters Doris Fuller & Edna Ketschke.Private services were held at Meyers Funeral Home. Online condolences at www.meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img