Buying Versus Renting

first_imgThe decision to buy or rent is the most important step in your relocation process. Purchasing a home entails a long-term financial and emotional commitment with various pluses and minuses. Advantages include the possibility of building equity and the freedom to design and decorate your property or landscape. And don’t forget the tax benefits. Disadvantages include upkeep, property taxes and fluctuating property values.Renting, on the other hand, makes moving easier and someone else maintains the property. Amenities such as laundry rooms, exercise rooms, swimming pools and tennis courts vary from one rental complex to another. The main disadvantage is a loss of control over the residence. Some complexes, for example, restrict or prohibit pets and personal touches such as painting. And the landlord or property managers can also raise the rent with proper notice.To determine your best choice, account for all of your needs, review your financial situation and research your options thoroughly.last_img read more

See the Creative Ways the Cast of Stomp Keeps the Rhythm Going in Quarantine

first_img from $49.50 View Comments Related Shows Stomp The off-Broadway sensation Stomp has been running at the Orpheum Theatre for over 25 years. Though New York City’s theatrical venues are closed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, that doesn’t mean Stomp’s cast members are done finding creative ways to make some noise. Six performers from the show joined together virtually to record a special performance on CBS Sunday Morning. Whether they’re at the park or in their kitchen at home, these talents have no problem finding the beat. Watch the incredible performance below!last_img read more

LCC Seeking Volunteers to monitor the lake

first_img-2:30 PM – Lake Champlain Basin Program Office54 West Shore Road, Grand Isle, VT The Lake Champlain Committee(link is external) (LCC) is looking for citizens interested in monitoring shoreline locations for blue-green algae blooms. Since 2003 LCC has coordinated an award-winning volunteer blue-green algae monitoring program(link is external) along the lake’s shoreline working in collaboration with Vermont and New York environmental and health agencies. Volunteer monitors assess water conditions from over 50 sites around the lake.”Involving citizens in a scientifically-based monitoring program greatly expands the data set beyond what state and federal agencies could gather on their own,” said LCC Executive Director Lori Fisher. “It also gives people an opportunity to play an active role on an issue great public interest and concern.”Volunteers monitor a specific location once per week through the summer season (mid-June through Labor Day) and report results via LCC’s online form(link is external). LCC is looking for volunteers with weekly access to the lake near areas where recreation and water contact occurs. Weekly monitoring generally takes between 15  to 30 excluding transit with more time required during suspected or actual blooms.From June 9 through June 13 LCC will host ten information and training sessions on blue-green algae. Anyone interested in learning more about the lake or becoming a monitor for the 2014 season is encouraged to attend. RSVP to LCC online(link is external) or by phone at (802) 658-1414.  Upcoming LCC Blue-green Algae Monitor Training SessionsMonday, June 9 Tuesday, June 10 -10:00 AM – Point Au Roche Nature Center19 Camp Red Cloud Road, Plattsburgh, NY-12:00 PM – Clinton County Health Department133 Margaret St, Plattsburgh, NY-3:30 PM – Shelburne Town Hall5420 Shelburne Road, Shelburne, VTWednesday, June 11-10:00 AM – Lake Champlain Committee Office208 Flynn Ave, Studio 3F, Burlington, VT-4:00 PM – Crete CenterCrete Center Road, Plattsburgh, NY-7:00 PM – Folsom School75 South Street, South Hero, VTThursday, June 12-9:00 AM – Kingsland Bay State ParkNorth Ferrisburgh, VT-6:00 PM – Lake Champlain Committee Office208 Flynn Ave, Studio 3F, Burlington, VTpizza provided at this training sessionFriday, June 13-9:30 AM – Norton LaTourelle’s StudioRoute 73, Shoreham, VTVolunteer Monitoring Training & RequirementsLCC will train monitors to assess and categorize water conditions and differentiate blue-green algae from other lake phenomena. Trainings will also cover the risks posed by blue-green algae, what triggers blooms, and actions everyone can take to reduce bloom frequency. Monitors observe water conditions at the same location generally on the same day of the week between 10 AM and 3 PM. During those hours algae have a chance to rise from lower in the water column, but cells are less likely to have ruptured from the heat of mid-day. Weekly reports are submitted to LCC via an online form(link is external). If a blue-green algae bloom is seen or suspected, volunteers submit digital photo documentation by email. All reports are reviewed by LCC and observations received by Wednesday at noon will populate the Lake Champlain blue-green algae tracking map(link is external) housed at the Vermont Department of Health. The data are also provided weekly to beach managers, public health and environmental agencies, volunteer monitors, and interested citizens. Contact LCC at (802) 658-1414 or is external) to receive weekly reports, become a monitor, or learn more about the issue.last_img read more

World Polio Day: Wild poliovirus type 3 declared eradicated

first_imgWild poliovirus type 3 (WPV3) has been eradicated worldwide, according to an independent commission of experts. The news comes today—World Polio Day—and means two of the three wild poliovirus strains are now eradicated.The last case of WPV3 was detected in northern Nigeria in 2012. In 2015, wild poliovirus type 2 was declared eradicated from the world”The achievement of polio eradication will be a milestone for global health. Commitment from partners and countries, coupled with innovation, means of the three wild polio serotypes, only type one remains,” said Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, PhD, director-general of the World Health Organization (WHO) and chair of the Global Polio Eradication Initiative (GPEI) polio oversight board, according to a WHO story. “We remain fully committed to ensuring that all necessary resources are made available to eradicate all poliovirus strains.”According to the WHO, no WPV3 exists anywhere in the world, apart from specimens locked in secure containment.Eradication would save billions, officials say”This is a significant achievement that should reinvigorate the eradication process and provides motivation for the final step—the eradication of wild poliovirus type 1 [WPV1], ” said David Salisbury, MD, the chair of the independent Global Commission for the Certification of Poliomyelitis Eradication. “This virus remains in circulation in just two countries: Afghanistan and Pakistan.” Salisbury made the remarks during a World Polio Day celebration in Geneva today.Salisbury also said no WPV1 has been detected anywhere on the African continent since 2016. Several African nations, however, are still reporting cases of circulating vaccine-derived polioviruses.Today the GPEI also presented the 2019-2023 Investment Case, which argues that a sustained polio-free world will generate $14 billion in savings by 2050, compared with the cost countries would incur for controlling the virus indefinitely, the WHO story noted.The GPEI said eradication efforts have already produced a savings of more than $27 billion in health costs since 1988.New WPV1 cases in Afghanistan, PakistanAccording to the latest update from the GPEI today, Afghanistan has two new WPV1 cases this week, and Pakistan has 4 new WPV1 cases. To date, there have been 94 wild poliovirus cases reported in 2019, compared to 33 in all of 2018.In addition, several African nations reported single cases of vaccine-derived polio: Chad, Benin, the Democratic Republic of the Congo, Ghana, Ethiopia, Togo, and Zambia. Many of these cases are linked to the Jigawa outbreak in Nigeria.In 2019 so far, officials have reported 102 cases of vaccine-derived polio. Last year saw 104 cases.See also:Oct 24 WHO news storyOct 24 GPEI updatelast_img read more

ASE Board Announces Staff Changes

first_imgLEESBURG, VA – The Board of Directors of the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) has announced several staff changes within the organization. The board has named COO/CFO Tim Zilke to succeed Ron Weiner, ASE’s president and CEO, effective Jan. 1, 2008. Weiner has served as ASE’s president and CEO for 25 years. Zilke is a 15-year veteran of ASE. AdvertisementClick Here to Read MoreAdvertisement “This transition period will ensure that the company has a smooth transfer of leadership, and Ron will continue in a consulting role for a time beyond 2008,” said ASE Board of Directors Chairman Stan Elmore. Zilke joined ASE in 1991 as VP CFO and has been a key member of the ASE management team since then. He was promoted to Senior VP/CFO 1997, and named COO/CFO in 2003. He holds a BBA from Cleary University in Ypsilanti, MI; an MBA from Marymount University in Arlington, VA, and is an experienced leader with experience in HR, operations, finance, customer service and IT.   “In addition to Tim’s knowledge and experience, he will inherit a strong senior management team, which includes Trish Serratore, Mike Coley, Chuck Kunce and Tony Molla,” Elmore noted. “I feel very positive about the future and feel the timing is right to begin a transition,” said Weiner, who has been involved with ASE most of his professional life. “Over the last 30 years, Ron’s contribution to the organization has been enormous,” said Elmore. “While a Denver shop owner, he served two terms on the founding ASE Board of Directors and has served as ASE President since l982. Under Ron’s leadership, ASE has enjoyed tremendous growth and earned a prestigious reputation within the occupational testing industry. Ron has developed a great team that will step up to fill his shoes and drive ASE into the future without missing a beat. He has agreed to remain available to assist ASE as a consultant.” Advertisement Other changes within the organization include the promotion of Trish Serratore to senior vice president and the extension of Bill Kersten’s tenure as president of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation. Originally set to retire in 2008, Kersten has agreed to remain in his position to continue the work he began in 2005. Serratore is an 18-year veteran of ASE and works with the various segments of the automotive industry including vehicle manufacturers, parts companies, trade associations and other groups to enhance industry support for ASE’s entire voluntary technician and parts specialist testing certification programs. She also coordinates special industry projects and activities and can be seen at the industry’s numerous shows and events. She received the Automotive Hall of Fame’s Young Leadership and Excellence Award in 1994 and Akzo Nobel selected her as one of the most influential women in the collision repair industry in 2000. She is a member of the International Motor Press Association, the Certification Network Group and Association of Women in Communications. Kersten was appointed president of the National Automotive Technicians Education Foundation (NATEF) in October 2005. Prior to his appointment as NATEF president, Kersten was the senior vice-president, operations with ASE. Kersten has been with ASE since June 1979 and in that time oversaw ASE’s growth from 16 exams to 47 tests in 10 different service areas. In addition, he facilitated the development of the task lists and standards for program certification through the NATEF evaluation process. Kersten served as the 2005 chairman of the board of directors for the National Organization for Competency Assurance (NOCA) and is a member of SAE and ASAE. He has been an ASE-certified Master Automobile Technician since 1978. For more information about ASE, visit: read more

Status strengthening sought in electronics industry

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BOC and CSIRO collaborate on Austrialian H2 project

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GasLog: Shareholders Elect Nine Directors at Annual General Meeting

first_imgGasLog, an international owner, operator and manager of LNG carriers, announced the election of nine directors at the company’s annual general meeting of shareholders held in Monaco on Tuesday.The elected directors are Peter G. Livanos, Philip Radziwill, Bruce L. Blythe, Paul J. Collins, William M. Friedrich, Dennis M. Houston, Julian Metherell, Anthony S. Papadimitriou and Robert D. Somerville.Each director was elected to hold office until the next annual general meeting of shareholders or until his successor has been duly elected and qualified.Shareholders also approved the appointment of Deloitte as the company’s independent auditors for the fiscal year ending December 31, 2014 and until the conclusion of the next annual general meeting, and authorized the company’s board of directors, acting through the audit and risk committee, to determine the independent auditor fee.[mappress]Press Release, May 14, 2014; Image: GasLoglast_img read more

The future is (almost) here

first_imgLast week I wrote about the role that automation could play in delivering legal services to the public, using products that firms of all sizes could buy in. Wills and employment were the two areas that I mentioned, relating arguments that, although margins in this area might fall as automation increases, these basic services could ultimately still provide firms with a good return, as they were an opportunity to offer a product at reduced cost, enhancements on the core offering, and the chance to market other services to these clients. Since then I’ve seen the demonstration of one of these products – one aimed at smaller firms that should soon be generally available. The cost looks reasonable, the software seems flexible, and crucially it has the capture of client data, and follow-up steps with clients, built into it. I can’t be sure it is the answer, but any workable solution should do all these things. The top four main types of instruction this automation can handle are wills, employment, partnership agreements and share transactions. The cost for using each of these types is mostly around £300 per product per month, plus £50 per practitioner who uses it per month. That seems accessible for most practices. The demonstration I saw showed how a practitioner can vary the programme to add their own preferred clauses, and also showed how the process saved time. The solicitor wasn’t absent from the process, but could both supervise it and concentrate on client service. The programme also forced the solicitor taking the enquiry to record client contact, and pushed them to follow up that contact to secure the instruction, or ask how else the firm might help the client. Such products deserve the attention of law firms as they come to market. I’m not sure ‘commoditised’ is the right word for the product I saw demonstrated – although a large part of it could be described as ‘industrialised’; it was definitely a tool for a traditional lawyer to deploy, rather than a substitute for that lawyer. Visit the Gazette’s blogs page for more In Business blogslast_img read more

Third Earthquake Rattles Jamaica

first_imgKINGSTON, Jamaica – Jamaica was rattled by a 5.1 magnitude earthquake that struck 114 kilometres north, northwest of the Hanover parish capital Lucea, Wednesday morning according to the United States Geological Survey (USGS).The temblor had a depth of 10 km and was felt in the western end of the island, including downtown Montego Bay.It was the second aftershock to rattle parts of the island following Tuesday’s big 7.7 quake that was felt far beyond the country’s shores. The USGS reported Tuesday that a second earthquake hit near Jamaica. The 4.7 quake struck at 2.39 pm and was located at 124km northwest of Lucea.This was minutes after the powerful 7.7 temblor sent Jamaicans rushing from buildings. That quake struck at 2.10 pm and was located 125 km north, northwest of Lucea.The quake was felt in most of the 14 parishes and as far away as Miami, Florida. It was also felt in The Bahamas, Cuba, Cayman Islands, Haiti and Honduras.Experts have said that aftershocks usually follow a big quake.last_img read more