Wealthy in war with science, middle class

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionRespected climate scientists, U.S. government agencies, meteorological societies and over 190 nations have all come to the conclusion that global warming is real and caused by human activity.My son evaluates climate data at a major university and I have two degrees in chemistry. We both have an in-depth understanding of the science of global warming. The recent cold weather only proves that air coming from the North Pole is cold. Nothing more.I have found that having a fact- based dialog with climate deniers is a waste of time. The deniers’ advantage is that they revert to lies and half-truths to present their case and ignore the real science.There are two groups of climate deniers. Both tend to brand themselves conservative to advance their propaganda to their target audience, a very powerful persuasion tool.  The first group knowingly lies for political and economic reasons. In reality, they are on the side of profit and greed. The second group is made up of trusting conservative pawns of the first.My message to the first group that knows the truth and the wealthy that finances this false propaganda: It will be your children and grandchildren that will be cursing you for doing nothing just to gain more profit.Warren Buffett is a billionaire and has no reason to lie when he said, “There’s class warfare, all right. But it’s my class, the rich class, that’s making war, and we’re winning.” This fact is becoming more evident every day with legislation primarily designed to increase the wealth of the wealthy with more to come. As deficits increase, next on their list will be spending cuts that will directly affect the middle class, low-income families and elderly.John DworakRotterdamMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Find a way to get family members into nursing homesCar hits garage in Rotterdam Sunday morning; Garage, car burnEDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsRotterdam convenience store operator feels results of having Stewart’s as new neighborEDITORIAL: Beware of voter intimidationlast_img read more

The cost of renovating revealed: how much did you spend?

first_imgMore from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus22 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market22 hours agoSome banks noticed loans for renovations increased in 2017.CommSec senior economist Ryan Felsman agreed that rather than trading up and incurring stamp duty costs, homeowners may be encouraged to renovate Australia’s ageing stock of houses and units. Cooling home prices may be another reason for owner-occupiers to stay put.Real Estate Buyers Agents Association of Australia president Rich Harvey said buyers should to look at renovations and value adding strategies to manufacture equity rather than wait for long-term capital growth as prices softened and flatlined in several key markets in 2018.According to the Housing Industry Association, homes from the ‘1980s club’ will become increasingly ripe for renovation work in the coming years. TREE HOUSE WITH A TWIST A survey has found people spend more money on renovating the kitchen than any other room in the house.But it’s the swimming pool that hurt the hip pocket the most, with owners splashing out more than $21,000 on the backyard addition.The majority of people surveyed (71 per cent) dipped into their savings to fund their renovations, while one in eight used the equity in their mortgage.The remaining 1 per cent hit up family and friends to borrow the money. QUEENSLAND’S RENTAL RETURN CAPITAL REVEALED ME Bank head of home loans Patrick Nolan said the bank noticed a substantial increase in renovation loan applications in 2017 — a trend that was likely to continue this year as it became more expensive to move.“Upgraders are avoiding exorbitant moving costs such as stamp duty,” he said.“We’re seeing some more top-ups as people take advantage of lower interest rates and leverage the extra equity in their property in order to finance renovations.” A new survey has found 1 in 3 homeowners have renovated.ONE in three Queenslanders have jumped on the renovation bandwagon as cooling property prices, moving costs and low interest rates encourage owner-occupiers to stay put.New research shows more than three million homes nationally have had a makeover, with homeowners spending an average of $17,000 on their kitchens — more than on any other room in the house.According to a survey of more than 2000 people by comparison website finder.com.au, the kitchen is the most valuable room in the house. GET THE LATEST REAL ESTATE NEWS DIRECT TO YOUR INBOX HERE center_img A Queenslander style house in Brisbane in need of renovation.HOW MUCH IS SPENT ON RENOVATING?Room Average costKitchen $16,883Bathroom $12,460Floors $9,738Outdoors/garden $11,446New deck $12,392New pool $21,429(Source: finder.com.au)last_img read more

UK formally launches cost disclosure templates

first_img“The LGPS Advisory Board continues to be fully supportive of investment cost transparency initiatives as demonstrated by the introduction of its own Code of Transparency which now covers some £180bn of scheme assets.“The board is delighted to be part of taking the work forward to the wider institutional space which will enable trustees to make fully informed, value led investment decisions and further trust in the sector by embedding clarity and openness in a previously opaque market.” A collaboration of investor organisations has finalised a series of cost disclosure templates for UK institutional investors.The Cost Transparency Initiative was launched today by the UK trade bodies for asset managers (Investment Association) and pension funds (PLSA), along with the Local Government Pension Scheme (LGPS) Advisory Board.It follows more than a year of work by industry representatives in the Institutional Disclosure Working Group (IDWG), set up by the UK financial regulator as part of its work to improve competition in and investor outcomes from the asset management industry.Mel Duffield, pensions strategy executive at the Universities Superannuation Scheme, has been appointed the first chair of the Cost Transparency Initiative. She said: “It hasn’t always been possible for trustees to compare costs between different services because of a lack of clarity and consistency. “By introducing a robust way to define and measure the full cost of investing, we have a golden opportunity to make a real difference across the institutional investment market.The group has published a series of example templates designed to help asset managers report the many layers of costs and charges incurred during the investment process, including those related to transactions, brokerage, custody, legal services and performance fees.The templates published today cover listed equity, private equity, and real assets. They are the result of the IDWG’s work and build on templates already in use by the LGPS.After recruiting more members to its board, the Cost Transparency Initiative will launch a series of trials with UK pension schemes and asset managers to test the models.Christopher Woolard, executive director of strategy and competition at the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), said: “We welcome the launch of the Cost Transparency Initiative and have passed on the IDWG’s report and draft templates in full.“The initiative has the right experience, resources and market coverage, and will represent a broad and balanced range of suppliers and clients of the institutional asset management industry to deliver results in the market and continue to build on the momentum created by the IDWG.”Woolard added that the FCA had been invited to join the Cost Transparency Initiative as an observer.A spokesperson for The Pensions Regulator reiterated its support for the initiative, saying: “We look forward to working with the Cost Transparency Initiative to raise awareness of the cost transparency templates with pension schemes. This will enable trustees to scrutinise and challenge costs, and to assist them with ensuring that their members have a clear understanding of the costs they face.”Reaction from Cost Transparency Initiative supporterscenter_img Julian Mund, chief executive, PLSA:“The PLSA is committed to taking forward the work of the IDWG and is pleased to be playing a key role in support of its successor body.“This is a step forward for cost transparency where both schemes and providers benefit from one common, standardised way of assessing and providing costs.”Chris Cummings, chief executive, Investment Association:“We welcome the launch of the Cost Transparency Initiative. Our industry is fully committed to transparency of costs and charges for all investors.“We look forward to working closely with the PLSA and LGPS Advisory Board to build on the progress of the IDWG, to deliver a template which will enable costs and charges to be reported in a clear and comparable manner for institutional investors.”Cllr Roger Philips, chair, LGPS Advisory Board: last_img read more

Shell still expects to launch Prelude FLNG production this year

first_imgPrelude FLNG (Image courtesy of Shell)Shell’s giant Prelude floating liquefied natural gas (FLNG) facility located offshore Western Australia is still expected to produce its first cargo by the end of this year.“We continue to progress Prelude towards operations with safety and quality being our main focus. We expect to see production around the end of the year,” a Shell spokesperson said via email on Thursday.To remind, the FLNG – which is the largest of its kind with 488m in length and 74m in width – received its first cargo in June that was used to test processes and systems before the subsea wells were opened and before the start-up. Prelude FLNG also received its second cargo in October.The FLNG facility is expected to stay moored at the Prelude gas field offshore Western Australia for 25 years. It is designed to produce 3.6 mtpa of LNG, 1.3 mtpa of condensate and 0.4 mtpa of LPG for export.Once operational, Prelude FLNG will become the third FLNG unit in operation following Petronas’ PFLNG Satu and Golar’s converted FLNG Hilli Episeyo. By Mirza Duranlast_img read more

Bold Tern Installs Turbine 53 at Hornsea One

first_imgFred. Olsen Windcarrier’s jack-up vessel Bold Tern has completed the installation of 53 turbines at the Hornsea Project One offshore wind farm in the UK.Credits to Cord Wichmann (Fred. Olsen Windcarrier)Bold Tern is in charge of installing 88 out of the project’s total 174 turbines, with A2SEA’s Sea Challenger responsible for installing the remaining 86 units.According to Fred. Olsen Windcarrier, the vessel recently left Hull with its 14th turbine loadout for the 1.2GW wind farm.Hornsea Project One reached the halfway turbine installation point in mid-June as the 87th of 174 turbines had been installed at the project site some 120km off Yorkshire.The wind farm, due to become the world’s largest offshore wind farm once fully online in 2020, saw the first turbine installed in February.last_img read more

Temperatures To Exceed 90 On Tues., Wed.

first_imgThe warmest weather of the year so far will arrive across the region Tuesday and Wednesday.Temperatures will reach the lower 90’s during the afternoon hours. While there is a chance of severe weather for Northern Indiana and Chicago, there is no rain possibility for our area Tuesday.For those working outside this week, the National Weather Service recommends taking plenty of breaks and staying hydrated.The next chance for rain in Southeast Indiana is Wednesday night with the likelihood at 20 percent. Showers and storms are possible each day through Saturday with temperatures reaching the upper 80’s.last_img read more

Cattle producers report Black Vulture attacks

first_imgBatesville, In. — Cattle producers in four Midwestern states have reported a spike of Black Vulture attacks on herds. The federally protected black birds have reported swooping into herds and peck newborn animals to death.Some farmers have reported the loss of multiple calves, lambs, goats, foals and other animals.Experts say Black Vultures differ from Turkey Vultures who dine exclusively on the carcasses of dead animals. Experts have referred to vultures as “nature’s cleanup crew.”The black vulture is native to South America but made its way into the southeastern United States and recently has been reported in the Midwest states.Because the birds are protected by the Migratory Bird Treaty Act, farmers can eradicate them but only with a permit.Experts say one nonlethal way to ward off attacks is to hang a replica of a black vulture in effigy near where the calves and other animals congregate. Farmers also are encouraged to remove calf afterbirth quickly since black vultures are attracted to it.last_img read more

5 Plantation Blast Victims Plan to Sue as Probe Continues

first_imgAs an investigation into Saturday’s massive explosion that left 23 people injured at a Plantation shopping center continues, five victims, have retained a local law firm to file suit against “those found accountable for the blast.”Attorney William Lewis held a press conference Tuesday confirming that the Plantation-based Morgan & Morgan law firm will be representing five blast victims.“In the end, it’s an issue of fundamental public safety because this could have been any of us,” Lewis said. “Our job here is to determine who is accountable for the explosion and to hold those folks accountable.”Watch the full press conference below.An official cause of the blast has not been established.However, investigators believe that the explosion resulted from a gas leak after a broken mane was found at a former Plantation restaurant in The Market on University Plaza.Lewis said Tuesday his firm will launch a separate investigation into the explosion calling into question what authorities believe happened.“Gas lines don’t just rupture,” said Lewis. “We need to determine why it happened.”The attorney did not identify his clients, the extent of their injuries, or whether they were hospitalized.At this time it is unclear who is considered liable for the blast.last_img read more

DEFY gymnasts compete in State warm-up meet

first_img Bio Latest Posts Real Estate Transfers Week of Sept. 17 – September 18, 2020 Latest posts by (see all) Donald Trump Jr. to host Holden campaign event – September 18, 2020 Drive-thru flu shot clinics scheduled – September 18, 2020 ELLSWORTH — Twenty five gymnasts representing the Down East Family YMCA traveled to Old Town on Feb. 21 to compete against all the teams in the YMCA league in a State meet warm-up.“This is the first year the league has tried this, and we were fortunate that the Old Town YMCA was gracious enough to host the two day competition,” Coach Doug Springer said. “This gave us all an opportunity to compete against everyone else in the state, which gives us an opportunity to see where we are.”Weather forced Springer’s team to cancel a meet in February, so the girls had not competed since Jan. 3.“That’s a long time in between meets, and we were really pleased how everyone did with such a stretch between competitions,” Springer said. “The girls from the DEFY team did a fantastic job representing Ellsworth and had continued success from their last meet.”This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textThree gymnasts took top honors in their respective divisions: Lily James was 1st All Around for Level 4 Age 9; Molly Jennings was 1st AA for Level 4, Age 11+; Rachel Whitmore was 1st AA for Excel Silver, Age 12-14.Eight gymnasts won individual first place awards: Level 3 – Molly Jennings – 1st VT, UB, and FX, Age 11+; Nina Roseff – 1st VT, Age 10B; Kaela Springer 1st VT, Age 9B;  Level 4 Mercedes Ulichny – 1st BB, Lily James 1st FX; Excel Silver Rachel Whitmore – 1st UB, and BB; Paige Butler 1st VT; Excel Platinum Mary Lou Ross 1st VT and BB.Fifteen gymnasts obtained an All Around score high enough to qualify them for the 2015 Northeast Regional Championship in May this year: Level 3 Violet Davis, Ashly Emerson, Molly Jennings, Kaela Springer, and Aliyah Washburn; Level 4 Lily James, Genevieve Muise and Elena Springer; Level 5 Syra Gutow; Level 7 Gilly Rice, Excel Silvers Paige Butler, Brooke Davis, Grace Morey, and Rachel Whitmore; and Excel Platinum Mary Lou Ross.“This was also a great opportunity for our newer gymnasts to experience a big meet,” Springer said. “For many of them, this was their first away meet, and to have it in such a big venue can be a little nerve racking, but the girls all answered the call in great fashion.”The girls will next host the Old Town Orono team in a dual meet held at Springers Gymnastics Center on March 8.Meet results:Level 3Age 8Eliza Levin – 5th VT, 5th BB, 7th AAAge 9AAliyah Washburn – 4th VT, 5th UB, 6th BB, 5th FX, 5th AAAge 9BKaela Springer – 1st VT, 2nd UB, 4th BB, 5th AAViolet Davis, 3rd VT, 3rd BB, 7th AAAge 9BAshly Emerson – 4th VT, 2nd UB, 3rd BB, 5th FX, 2nd AAJolie Deal – 6th VT, 11th AAAge 10BNina Rozeff – 1st VT, 8th AAAge 11+Molly Jennings – 1st VT, 1st UB, 4th BB, 1st FX, 1st AAKasey Jordan – 6th VT, 8th AALevel 4Age 9Lily James – 2nd VT, 2nd UB, 2nd BB, 1st FX, 1st AAGenevieve Muise – 7th UB, 7th BB, 4th FX, 8th AAMercedes Ulichny – 1st BB, 10th AAKiera Springer – 11th AAAge 11Elena Springer – 3rd VT, 7th UB, 8th BB, 5th FX, 6th AAMegynn Lord – 7th VT, 4th BB, 4th FX, 8th AALevel 5Syra Gutow – 6th VT, 2nd UB, 3rd FX, 7th AALevel 7Gilly Rice – 3rd VT, 3rd UB, 2nd BB, 2nd FX, 3rd AAExcel BronzeMontana DeJulio – 4th VT, 4th UB, 2nd BB, 5th AAExcel SilverAge 11Grace Morey – 2nd VT, 7th UB, 3rd BB, 7th FX, 6th AAPaige Butler – 1st VT, 6th UB, 5th BB, 7th AAAge 12-14Rachel Whitmore – 2nd VT, 1t UB, 1st BB, 3rd FX, 1st AABrooke Davis – 3rd VT, 5th UB, 4th FX, 7th AAExcel GoldAge 12Jialan Deal – 5th VT, 2nd UBAge 13-14Chloe Politte – 9th AAExcel PlatinumMary Lou Ross – 1st VT, 4th UB, 1st BB, 4th FX, 4th AAlast_img read more

Mount Desert Island boys, girls claim Hancock County track titles

first_imgELLSWORTH — The Mount Desert Island track and field teams both earned first-place finishes at the Hancock County championship meet Friday in Ellsworth.On the boys’ side, MDI won 13 of 19 events to finish 181 points ahead of second-place George Stevens Academy. Griffin Maristany won the 200- and 400-meter dashes for the Trojans, who also won all three jump events.Cameron Gordon won the 800-meter run for the GSA boys’ team and also claimed second place in the 100- and 400-meter dashes. For Deer Isle-Stonington, junior Brendan Penfold won the 3,200-meter run and was second in the 1,600-meter run.The MDI girls won 12 events and the team event to finish first with 171 points. Ashley Anderson and Tia Tardy both won a pair of individual events for the Trojans.George Stevens Academy’s Mary Richardson runs with a baton during a relay race at the Hancock County track championships May 18 in Ellsworth. ELLSWORTH AMERICAN PHOTOS BY MIKE MANDELLThis is placeholder textThis is placeholder textGSA’s girls’ team took second. Eliza Broughton won the 100- and 300-meter hurdles for GSA, and Ava Sealander won the pole vault and 1,600-meter race walk. Ellsworth finished third.Below is a list of the top-three individual finishers and all team scores for both the boys’ and girls’ events.Boys’ 100-meter dashColby Lee, Mount Desert Island, 11.82 secondsCameron Gordon, George Stevens Academy, 11.97Noah Hutchinson, MDI, 12.02Boys’ 200-meter dashGriffin Maristany, MDI, 23.94Colby Lee, MDI, 24.65Owen Mild, MDI, 24.98Boys’ 400-meter dashGriffin Maristany, MDI, 52.51Cameron Gordon, GSA, 52.83Liam Higgins, MDI, 54.85Boys’ 800-meter runCameron Gordon, GSA, 2:10.98Oliver Johnston, MDI, 2:11.21Meredith Bradshaw Thomas, GSA, 2:13.63Boys’ 1,600-meter runNicholas Reznik, MDI, 4:47.35Brendan Penfold, Deer Isle-Stonington, 4:58.90Matt Shea, Ellsworth, 4:59.97Boys’ 3,200-meter runBrendan Penfold, DI-S, 10:52.75Matt Shea, Ellsworth, 10:56.12Calvin Partin, MDI, 11:08.55Boys’ 110-meter hurdlesElijah Joyce, MDI, 17.42Alex Taylor-Lash, GSA, 17.94Nicholas Kimball, Sumner, 19.76Boys’ 300-meter hurdlesJosh Bloom, MDI, 43.22Elijah Joyce, MDI, 44.07Jack Sandone, Ellsworth, 52.63Boys’ 4-by-100 relayMDI, 46.82GSA, 49.81Ellsworth, 50.64Boys’ 4-by-400 relayMDI, 3:42.54GSA, 3:53.40Sumner, 4:14.80Boys’ 4-by-800 relayGSA, 9:08.78Ellsworth, 9:26.78MDI, 9:57.04Boys’ 1,600-meter race walkErik Taylor-Lash, GSA, 7:13.85Boys’ high jumpNoah Hutchinson, MDI, 6 feet, 2 inchesMax Mattson, GSA, 6-0Drew Rich, MDI, 5-10Boys’ long jumpChris Farnsworth, MDI, 19-11 1/2Danny Bunker, Bucksport, 19-0 1/4Drew Rich, MDI, 18-11 1/4Boys’ triple jumpGiovanni McKenzie, MDI, 42-5 1/4Drew Rich, MDI, 40-8Danny Bunker, Bucksport, 40-2 3/4Boys’ shot putCroix Albee, MDI, 46-9Micah Hallett, MDI, 41-6 1/2Samuel Hoff, MDI, 40-3 1/2Boys’ discus throwSamuel Hoff, MDI, 144-2Micah Hallett, MDI, 115-0Gilbert Isaacs, MDI, 108-10Boys’ javelin throwJoe Norwood, GSA, 136-2Chris Farnsworth, MDI, 135-1Micah Hallett, MDI, 126-4Boys’ pole vaultAlex Taylor-Lash, GSA, 10-6Jose Chumbe, MDI, 9-6Erik Taylor-Lash, GSA, 9-6Boys’ team scoresMDI, 302GSA, 121Ellsworth, 72(4T) Bucksport, 18(4T) DI-S, 18(4T) Sumner, 18Girls’ 100-meter dashAdriana Novella, MDI, 13.47Lily Turner, MDI, 14.00Allyson Bender, MDI, 14.19Girls’ 200-meter dashAshley Anderson, MDI, 25.99Hanna Jordan, GSA, 29.25Lily Turner, MDI, 29.84Girls’ 400-meter dashAshley Anderson, MDI, 1:02.05Mary Brenna Catus, GSA, 1:06.58Meaghan Goodine, Bucksport, 1:08.80Girls’ 800-meter runTia Tardy, MDI, 2:15.53Lydia DaCorte, MDI, 2:34.33Zoe Olson, MDI, 2:35.43Girls’ 1,600-meter runZoe Olson, MDI, 5:41:55Caitlin MacPherson, Ellsworth, 6:01.60Chelsea Lounder, Ellsworth, 7:14.86Girls’ 3,200-meter runTia Tardy, MDI, 11:44.39Louise Chaplin, MDI, 13:51.90Bella Cimeno, GSA, 14:45.86Girls’ 100-meter hurdlesEliza Broughton, GSA, 17.63Bella Cimeno, GSA, 17.86Mazie Smallidge, GSA, 19.25Girls’ 300-meter hurdlesEliza Broughton, GSA, 49.03Bella Cimeno, GSA, 51.16Kiona Osterlin, Ellsworth, 53.16Girls’ 4-by-100 relayMDI, 53.25GSA, 55.54Ellsworth, 59.24Girls’ 4-by-400 relayMDI, 4:21.55GSA, 4:30.78Bucksport, 4:55.53Girls’ 4-by-800 relayGSA, 11:02.07Ellsworth, 11:31.66MDI, 11:44.22Girls’ 1,600-meter race walkAva Sealander, GSA, 10:02.98Cecelia Zeamer, Ellsworth, 10:12.8Emma Larson-Whittaker, GSA, 11:20.05Girls’ high jumpErin White, MDI, 4-8Ivy Manner-Wheelden, GSA, 4-8Emma McKechnie, Ellsworth, 4-6Girls’ long jumpCeileigh Weaver, MDI, 14-5 1/2Ivy Manner-Wheelden, GSA, 14-4Kayla Agaman, Ellsworth, 13-2Girls’ triple jumpSyra Gutow, GSA, 30-8 3/4Cassidy Lee, Sumner, 27-8 1/4Erin White, MDI, 27-8Girls’ shot putDorothy LeMoine, MDI, 32-11Mackenzie Hanna, MDI, 30-9 1/2Alicia Norberg, MDI, 30-8Girls’ discus throwMackenzie Hanna, MDI, 96-4Morgan Dauk, GSA, 85-2Kristina Cloutier, Bucksport, 81-6Girls’ javelin throwMorgan Dauk, GSA, 111-1Megan Moore, MDI, 89-2Mackenzie Hanna, MDI, 86-2Girls’ pole vaultAva Sealander, GSA, 7-0Girls’ team scoresMDI, 171GSA, 129Ellsworth, 48Bucksport, 16Sumner, 8last_img read more