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Is the new global rugby calendar as good as it sounds?

first_imgWorld Rugby have announced a new rugby calendar for 2020-32 – Rugby World looks at what it means On the move: South Africa and Ireland played three Tests last June but that window will move to July in 2020. Photo: Getty Images A global rugby season has been at the heart of many a discussion since the game went professional 20 years ago and last week World Rugby announced a new ‘optimised’ international calendar for the period 2020-32.It’s not quite the ‘global season’ many envisaged, where everyone around the world would start and end their seasons at the same time. Still, some of the top-line changes should lead to the growth and development of the game worldwide.But is this new calendar really as good as it sounds? And is player welfare, World Rugby’s “number one priority”, truly at the heart of the changes? Rugby World looks at a few of the key points…A new July Test windowThere are a few changes to the international windows. The November window will move forward one week, so Tests will be played in the first three weeks of the month, and the World Cup window will also be cemented in the calendar but from 2023 will start one week earlier, in the second week of September.Set schedule: From 2023 World Cups will start in the second week of September. Photo: Getty ImagesThe biggest change, however, is that the current June window will be moved to July. This means Super Rugby can be completed before the SANZAAR countries host northern hemisphere teams in a Test series. These will comprise of three Tests in the first three weeks of the month, apart from in the years after a World Cup when just two Tests will be played. The other benefit of the switch, according to World Rugby, is to promote “optimal preparation time”.Premiership Rugby have confirmed that there will be two weeks between their final – now to be played at the end of June – and the first Test of England’s tour. An improvement on previous situations where the England players involved in the final had to hop on a long-haul flight a day or two after the domestic season’s climax ahead of a Test the following weekend. For example, in 2014, England’s first Test against New Zealand was seven days after the Premiership final.It’s good that the impact of a World Cup on players has been recognised with the reduction of the subsequent tours reduced from three Tests to two, although removing them from the calendar altogether might have been better, and it’s right that the club competitions were involved in these discussions and that the new schedule is looking to support their growth – but has player welfare really been the top priority?Player welfare at heart of the decision-making processThis was one of the key points made by World Rugby when they announced the new calendar and the International Rugby Players’ Association (IRPA) were involved in the discussions in San Francisco in January. They talk about “prioritising rest periods”. Yet drilling down into the detail, it’s not clear where these fit in.Let’s look at the European leagues. Premiership Rugby’s plan is to start in September and finish at the end of June. It is likely that the Pro12 follow a similar schedule for they will need to be in line when it comes to determining when European games will be played. The Top 14 tends to start a little earlier, in late August, (they have four more fixtures to play) and finish at the end of June.Hotting up: The Premiership final will be moved to the end of June. Photo: Getty ImagesSo if we take an England international, this is how their year would look: Start playing league rugby in September, three Tests in November, Six Nations in February-March, Premiership final last weekend of June, three Tests in southern hemisphere in July, five-week rest period, back in training towards the end of August.Players would still be limited to 32 games a campaign and it is compulsory that they have five weeks of rest before returning for pre-season training, but it’s still an 11-month season.Yet if they’re not returning to training with their clubs until the last couple of weeks in August, they could only have a two- or three-week pre-season. Okay, clubs will use individual management programmes for their international players and might hold them back until, say, October so they can fit a longer conditioning period in, but what if they endure a terrible start to the season or are hit by injuries in a certain position? This isn’t an ideal world, it’s reality. Circumstance could conspire to mean that some international players need to turn out in that first league game.Even if they don’t, will they still have a long enough pre-season? There have been endless interviews with players when they extolled the virtues of having a full pre-season. It’s the chance to get over any niggles and develop the fitness base needed to play elite rugby, as well as a mental break from the pressure and even the ‘grind’ of professional sport. Will the curtailing of this pre-season period lead to more injuries and/or drops in performance?When talking to Rugby World last year about the sheer volume of rugby being played, IRPA executive director Rob Nichol said: “The key to this is being able to firstly ensure players get a period of rest, followed by a period of conditioning where they get adequate time to prepare for a competition and playing season. We feel between 12-14 weeks, possibly more, is required to achieve this.”Hard graft: Auckland Blues at Bethells Beach sand dunes during pre-season training. Photo: Getty ImagesWell, this structure doesn’t seem to get close to this for international players while even those not playing Tests or other international competitions – they could be back in club training three or four weeks earlier – would fall short.It’s clear why Premiership Rugby want to extend the season to the end of June. It means there are less overlaps between league games and Test matches. At the moment games are played both in November and during the Six Nations. Reducing the clashes means those clubs who provide the most international players should be able to pick their strongest team more often, rather than losing players en masse for Test periods when they might also have key league fixtures. The rankings after World Cups will also be used to determine which Tier Two nations are included in the schedule to ensure the top emerging teams are given Tier One fixtures on merit. For example, if Germany continue to make strides – and no doubt rugby’s powerbrokers would love to see that happen given the commercial opportunities in the country – we could see them playing at Twickenham or the Stade de France before 2032.In all, this is a hugely positive move for the continued growth of the game worldwide.Mooted Six Nations and Lions changesIt has been reported in The Daily Telegraph that the Six Nations is set to be reduced to six weeks when this new calendar is introduced, with one of the fallow weeks removed. Again, has player welfare been properly considered?Yes, teams play more games in a shorter period in a World Cup, but they have been building up to that tournament for months in terms of their fitness programmes and rest periods so they are in peak condition.The Six Nations is played in the middle of the northern hemisphere season when players’ bodies are already feeling the effects of a gruelling fixtures schedule. Take Scotland’s injury list during this campaign. After the France game in Paris, not only were Josh Strauss and Greig Laidlaw ruled out of the tournament but around half the 23-man squad weren’t fit enough to attend the post-match function. If there hadn’t been a fallow week following that game, they would probably have been without even more players for the Wales fixture.Injuries will always have an impact on the championship but halving the fallow weeks is likely to make that impact even bigger.Body blow: Greig Laidlaw suffered an ankle injury against France. Photo: Getty ImagesIt has also been suggested that future British & Irish Lions tours will be reduced to eight games from the current ten. This comes down to balancing tradition, and the very essence of Lions tours, with player welfare. Ten games is already considered a short tour when you are trying to combine players from four nations into one team to take on the best Test sides in the world. If rugby’s powerbrokers want the Lions to have a realistic chance of winning Test series, they need ten-game tours; otherwise there simply isn’t enough time to hit upon the best combinations before the first Test.However, such a tour at the end of a long season is a huge strain on players. Would it work to shorten the club season and scrap the Anglo-Welsh Cup (or equivalent) in Lions years, perhaps playing the finals in early June and allowing the touring squad time to prepare? Then starting the following season a couple of weeks later so players get adequate rest/pre-season time? And then ensuring all Lions players have a longer mandatory rest period upon their return? TAGS: Highlight center_img LATEST RUGBY WORLD MAGAZINE SUBSCRIPTION DEALS Lengthening the season also means players can be rested at different points of the campaign – a weekend off here and there – but the question of how players can complete an effective pre-season is the one looming over this new calendar.A 39% increase in Tier One v Tier Two fixturesThere will be a minimum of 110 Tier One v Tier Two matches played between 2020 and 2032 – a huge increase. The aim is to provide more “meaningful fixtures” for emerging nations and this should help those countries to become more competitive. As Warren Gatland has so often pointed out: You only get better by playing the best.Take Georgia. They have enjoyed a lot of success in the top Rugby Europe competition for a while, so last year World Rugby helped to arrange a tour to the Pacific Islands, where they were unbeaten, and they also played Scotland in the November window. Those Tests against different and/or better opposition will no doubt have aided their development. Japan, too, could only progress so far when they were thrashing all-comers in the Asian 5 Nations, so more competitive fixtures for these teams is key.The SANZAAR unions are committed to hosting Tier Two nations in the new July window and the Six Nations unions will host a guaranteed six Tier Two fixtures each November (basically one each). Georgia and Romania will host matches against Six Nations unions in July, the USA, Canada and Japan will also host tours, and France and England are among those countries who will tour the Pacific Islands in this 12-year period. It’s a tricky problem to solve in the modern era with crowded schedules, but with all of this player welfare should be the leading factor in making any of these decisions.For the latest Rugby World subscription offers, click here.last_img read more

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How talented kids from low-income families become America’s ‘Lost Einsteins’

first_img Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment. Please enter your name here Reply Please enter your comment! Florida gas prices jump 12 cents; most expensive since 2014 Christine Moore January 25, 2018 at 12:58 pm 1 COMMENT UF/IFAS in Apopka will temporarily house District staff; saves almost $400,000 center_img Previous articleHarmon wins Apopka Police Department 2017 Supervisor of the YearNext articleOfficer Kristin Cintron wins Apopka Police Department rookie of the year Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Apopka once boasted many patents developed by prominent residents in the field of agriculture. Editor’s Note: This story was first published on theconversation.comInnovation is widely viewed as the engine of economic growth.To maximize innovation and growth, all of our brightest youth should have the opportunity to become inventors. But a study we recently conducted, jointly with Neviana Petkova of the U.S. Treasury paints a very different picture. We found that a child’s potential for future innovation seems to have as much to do with the circumstances of his or her family background as it does with his or her talent.We concluded that there are many “Lost Einsteins” in America – children who had the ability to innovate, but whose socioeconomic class or gender greatly reduced their ability to tap into the social networks and resources necessary to become inventors. Our analysis sheds light on how increasing these young people’s exposure to innovators may be an important way to reduce these disparities and increase the number of inventors.Academic gaps widen with timeOur first finding is that there are large differences in innovation rates by socioeconomic class, race and gender. Using new de-identified data that allows us to track 1.2 million inventors from birth to adulthood, we found that children born to parents in the top 1 percent of the income distribution are 10 times as likely to become inventors as those born to parents in the bottom half. Similarly, white children are three times as likely to become inventors as are black children. Only 18 percent of the youngest generation of inventors are female. Although the gender gap narrows somewhat each year, at the current rate of convergence, we won’t see gender balance until next century.This is not to say that talent doesn’t play some role in determining who invents in America. In fact, math test scores for students even as young as third grade tell us a great deal about who will innovate. Unsurprisingly, inventors are typically found in the top tiers of math test scores. More concerning is that while high-achieving youth from privileged backgrounds go on to invent at high rates, many comparably talented children from more modest backgrounds do not. Even among the most talented kids, family background is still an important determinant of who grows up to invent.The relative importance of privilege and skills changes as kids get older. And it does so in a way that suggests that differences in educational environment contribute to disparities in patent rates. Near the start of elementary school, we can identify many high-achieving students from less privileged backgrounds. But as these students get older, the difference in test scores between rich and poor become much more pronounced. By high school, youth from less privileged backgrounds who appeared to hold promise as future inventors when they were younger have fallen behind academically. Other recent research suggests that differences in schools and neighborhoods play a large role in this socioeconomic divergence in skills.If we could somehow get all kids to grow up to invent at the same rate as white boys from America’s wealthiest families – that is, families with an income of $100,000 or more – we would have four times as many inventors in America. So what can be done to keep these “Lost Einsteins” in the pipeline to become innovators?Cities full of inventors spawn more innovationWe found that increasing exposure to innovation may be a powerful tool to increase the number of inventors in America, particularly among women, minorities and children from low-income families. To test the importance of exposure, we first counted the number of inventors that lived in each child’s city when the child was young. We use this measure as a proxy for exposure to innovation. After all, a child’s chances of coming into contact with inventors increase when there are more inventors around. We found that growing up in a city with more inventors substantially increases the likelihood that a child will become an inventor as an adult. This is true even when we took kids who were the children of inventors out of the analysis. This suggests that it’s not just children of inventors who are likely to become inventors themselves.As time goes on, less privileged kids who had the talent to become inventors fall behind their more well-off peers academically. ShutterstockWe also found that kids who go on to become inventors tend to invent the same kinds of things as the inventors in the city where they grew up. For instance, among current Boston residents, those who grew up in Silicon Valley around computer innovators are most likely to invent computer-related technologies. On the other hand, Boston residents who grew up in Minneapolis – a hub for medical device companies – are more likely to invent new medical devices. These detailed patterns suggest that there is something specific about interactions with inventors during childhood that causes kids to follow in their footsteps.The effects of growing up around inventors are large. Our estimates suggest that moving a child from an area at the 25th percentile of exposure to inventors, such as New Orleans, to one at the 75th percentile, such as Austin, Texas, would increase the child’s chances of growing up to invent a new technology by as much as 50 percent.These effects are stronger when children are exposed to inventors with similar backgrounds. Girls who grow up in a city with more female inventors are more likely to invent, but growing up around adult male inventors has no effect on girls’ future innovation rates. Similarly, boys’ future innovation is influenced by the number of male rather than female inventors around them during childhood.Chicago students participate in an invention workshop meant to encourage more American students to become engineers and inventors. AP/Peter BarrerasSince underrepresented groups are likely to have fewer interactions with inventors through their families and neighborhoods, differences in exposure play a large role in these disparities. Indeed, our findings suggest that if young girls were exposed to female innovators at the same rate as boys are to male innovators, half of the gender gap in innovation would be erased.Together, our findings call for greater focus on policies and programs to tap into our country’s underutilized talents by increasing exposure to innovation for girls and kids from underprivileged backgrounds. It may be particularly beneficial to focus on children who do well in math and science at early ages.Such policies could include mentoring programs, internships or even interventions through social networks. At a more personal level, those in positions to be mentors might give more thought to making sure students from underprivileged backgrounds have the guidance needed to follow them in their career paths. The more each of us does to help boys and girls from different backgrounds achieve their innovative potential, the more it will spur innovation and economic growth for us all. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Gov. DeSantis says new moment-of-silence law in public schools protects religious freedom LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replylast_img read more

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Huge hit by Tonga in Pacific Nations Cup draw with Samoa

first_imgTuesday Jun 10, 2014 Huge hit by Tonga in Pacific Nations Cup draw with Samoa The Midyear Tours are currently on the go but the Pacific Nations Cup is also under way, and featured a dramatic 18-18 draw between Samoa and Tonga in the opening game on Saturday. In the first half there was this huge hit, by a fullback on a prop. Tonga scored through Otulea Katoa before Josh Afu helped them to a 12-5 lead at halftime, with Samoa’s first half try coming through Fautua Otto. Northampton Saints star Kahn Fotuali’i came on after the restart, and while there were errors on both sides, things opened up late in the game.Flyer David Lemi scored a try for Samoa on 65 minutes, which Tusi Pisi converted for a 15-12 lead. Tonga held their nerve though and Fetu’u Vainikolo beat a few defenders before Samoa killed the ball and replacement prop Census Johnston was yellow carded.The kick was slotted and the scores were tied at 15-15 before another Pisi penalty looked like they were on track for a hard-fought 18-15 victory.On fulltime a lineout infrigement left Wayne Barnes with no choice but to award a penalty, which  replacement Fangatapu Apikotoa stepped up and slotted for a well-deserved 18-18 draw. Samoa attacked the line but Tonga held out, and looked the happier of the two sides at the final whistle.We’ve got highlights of the match on page two of this post, but the featured clip here is of a massive hit by fullback Tevita (David) Halaifonua on big prop Sakaria Taulafo. The tackle was penalised by referee Barnes, and some might say Halaifonua was lucky to only get a talking to.View the match highlightsADVERTISEMENT Posted By: rugbydump Share Send Thanks Sorry there has been an error Big Hits & Dirty Play Related Articles 25 WEEKS AGO Suspensions handed down after testicle grabbing… 26 WEEKS AGO The ‘double ruffle’ splits opinion with fans… 26 WEEKS AGO WATCH: The nastiest and most brutal moments… From the WebThis Video Will Soon Be Banned. Watch Before It’s DeletedSecrets RevealedUrologists Stunned: Forget the Blue Pill, This “Fixes” Your EDSmart Life ReportsYou Won’t Believe What the World’s Most Beautiful Girl Looks Like TodayNueeyIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingDoctors Stunned: She Removes Her Wrinkles With This Inexpensive TipSmart Life Reports10 Types of Women You Should Never MarryNueeyThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancellast_img read more

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The Eyelid House / Fiona Winzar Architects

first_img Text description provided by the architects. Context and Core Ideas Turning this tight and difficult inner city site into a home for a family of five is an important contribution to contemporary and sustainable design practice, where issues of energy efficiency and waste loom large in society. The starting point for this project was a typical single fronted Victorian terrace, pokey and dark. Transforming it into a generous, light-filled open plan, three-bedroom, two-bathroom house was the challenge. Save this picture!Recommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesIsland Exterior FabricatorsCurtain Wall Facade SystemsAn important aspect of the design is how it responds to the difficult site conditions, in particular: • The heritage overlay • A super-tight site with restricted access • A domineering three storey apartment block on one side • A three storey hotel at the rear Clearly, the lack of space and privacy were major issues. To resolve them, a key feature of the design is the roof form of the extension. Its shape has been manipulated like an eyelid, to screen off the three-storey neighbouring giant, and to provide shade and weather protection to the rear glass façade. The unusual internal spaces that result are emphasised with tessellated plywood panelling and translucent materials. Program and Client Needs Save this picture!The clients’ lack of pretension and relaxed lifestyle meant that a pristine white box with designer furniture was not something that would work for them. With young children, they wanted spaces to be informal, warm and functional. The design used a layering of ideas to respond to the brief, but mainly the result was achieved by: Save this picture!• Stitching the original part of the house to the new with a smooth flowing transition that maximised the available space • Combining rough and smooth materials with random and ordered elements for informality and definition of spaces • Creating a sense of the familiar by imbuing the work with the clients’ memories of special places, for example, memories of a family house in the country with its great, functional kitchen, and memories of a sister’s house at Byron Bay Save this picture!• Incorporating decorative elements, including contemporary designs for stained glass and routed ply screens, that complement the collection of old Turkish rugs and rustic furniture Save this picture!The resultant design is contemporary, but one that simultaneously creates an ambiance of romance and the rustic. Sustainability and Cost effectiveness Save this picture!Generally energy usage is reduced by passive design features, including: • Deep roof overhangs • Fenestrations that minimise heat gain during summer and facilitate natural cooling and ventilation with cross-breezes • Gas boosted solar hot water and gas heating • Timbers and veneers from renewable forests • The option to collect water from the old roof of the house • Toilets and shower heads that have water saving functions Save this picture!• Keeping the palette of materials consistent • Using Australian made products • Repeating wall and ceiling panelling details with standard colours • Maximising energy efficiency and minimising the use of air conditioning • Using mid-range fittings and fixtures from a single supplier (Reece)Project gallerySee allShow lessHouse in Romeirão / ARX PortugalSelected ProjectsYehiam Memorial / SO ArchitectureSelected Projects Share CopyAbout this officeFiona Winzar ArchitectsOfficeFollowProductsWoodGlassSteel#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSouth YarraHousesAustraliaPublished on September 23, 2008Cite: “The Eyelid House / Fiona Winzar Architects” 23 Sep 2008. 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Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard “COPY” Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily Save this picture!+ 14 Share 2007 “COPY” Architects: Fiona Winzar Architects Year Completion year of this architecture project The Eyelid House / Fiona Winzar ArchitectsSave this projectSaveThe Eyelid House / Fiona Winzar Architects Year:  Projects The Eyelid House / Fiona Winzar Architects CopyHouses•South Yarra, Australia Australialast_img read more

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Dropbox announces global foundation to support human rights work

first_img  274 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis32 Melanie May | 16 February 2018 | News Dropbox has launched the Dropbox Foundation: a global charitable foundation to support organisations that defend human rights.The Dropbox Foundation will be working with four charities as its initial group of partners for 2018, and the first UK charity partner will be War Child.  As well as War Child UK, the foundation will be supporting Dublin-based GOAL, Larkin Street Youth Services, based in San Francisco, and Brooklyn’s WITNESS. Tagged with: Technology trusts and foundations AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis32 “As Dropbox continues to grow, we want to do more — especially for organisations that are fighting for equal opportunity, basic freedoms, and fundamental necessities for people around the world.“These partners were selected because of their commitment, optimism, and creative problem-solving. Between them they have more than a hundred years of combined experience defending human rights. We hope to help these partners expand their impact and learn from them along the way.”  273 total views,  1 views today About Melanie May Melanie May is a journalist and copywriter specialising in writing both for and about the charity and marketing services sectors since 2001. She can be reached via The support will be in the form of:Flexible, unrestricted grants that recipients can use in the way they feel is most usefulDropbox employee volunteers with skills that match the organisation’s needs, such as financial modelling or improving data securityThe Foundation is jointly funded by Dropbox CEO Drew Houston and co-founder Arash Ferdowsi, and Dropbox, with an initial endowment of approximately $20 million that is expected to grow over time. It will be overseen by a board that includes Dropbox executives Dennis Woodside (COO), Bart Volkmer (General Counsel), and Amber Cottle (VP of Policy), as well as four independent directors from Silicon Valley Community Foundation. In a blog post announcing the Foundation’s launch, Drew Houston and Arash Ferdowsi said: Advertisement Dropbox announces global foundation to support human rights worklast_img read more

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Milwaukee protesters: ‘Charge killer cop!’

first_imgMilwaukee protest, Oct. 10.Photo: Joe BruskyProtests continue in Milwaukee to demand justice for Dontre Hamilton, a 31-year-old African-American man shot 14 times and killed by police officer Christopher Manney on April 30. After five months and repeated protests by the Hamilton family, their attorney and community supporters, Manney has still not been charged with any crime by Milwaukee County District Attorney John Chisholm.On Oct. 10, the Coalition for Justice sponsored another rally and march beginning at Red Arrow Park, the location where Hamilton was killed by Manney. Protesters demanded DA Chisholm charge Manney with at least homicide. The coalition sponsored a call-in day to Chisholm’s office Oct. 6, and is asking supporters of justice to continue contacting the DA’s office: call 414-278-4646 and/or email [email protected] more information and updates about the struggle for justice for Dontre Hamilton and other victims of police terror, go to and thisFacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmailPrintMoreShare thislast_img read more

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USDA Approves $1.2 Billion in Food Purchases to Help America’s Needy

first_imgThe American Farm Bureau Federation and Feeding America, the country’s largest hunger relief organization, sent a letter to the USDA requesting a nimble approach to quickly and effectively get food from America’s farms to the nation’s food banks and others addressing food insecurity. “The American Farm Bureau and Feeding America were among the first to call for a quick solution that links farmers with the nation’s food banks. USDA’s responsiveness and the early success of the food box program give hope to those in need and to farmers who have food ready to be harvested.” “We applaud the USDA for its quick action and flexibility in finding a way to get food from America’s farms to the dinner tables of those who need it most,” said American Farm Bureau Federation President Zippy Duvall. “These food purchases will help the hungry while providing income to farmers and ranchers who have seen some markets for their food disappear during the COVID-19 pandemic. Previous articleChina Purchases US CornNext articleCommentary: Americans Rediscover Cooking During Covid-19 Quarantine American Farm Bureau Federation The USDA approved $1.2 billion in contracts for the Farmers to Families Food Box Program designed to connect excess meat, dairy and produce on farms with families facing food insecurity. The funding far exceeds the $100 million per month the department initially planned for the program, due to high interest and need. The program will purchase $461 million in fresh fruits and vegetables, $317 million in dairy, $258 million in meat and $175 million in a combination box of fresh produce, dairy or meat products. SHARE By American Farm Bureau Federation – May 10, 2020 Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Approves $1.2 Billion in Food Purchases to Help America’s Needycenter_img The USDA is authorized to spend up to $3 billion through the Coronavirus Food Assistance Program (CFAP).These initial contracts will distribute food from May 15 through June 30, 2020.Learn more about CFAP here. USDA Approves $1.2 Billion in Food Purchases to Help America’s Needy Facebook Twitter SHARE Background: Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Five Acres Appoints David Graft as Chief Financial Officer

first_img David L. Graft, CFO 5acresDavid L. Graft has been appointed Chief Financial Officer of Five Acres effective December 19, 2016. CEO Chanel Boutakidis, along with Five Acres Board of Directors has hired Graft to oversee, among other things, all financial and business matters including setting financial policy and direction, audits compliance and recognition for government contracts and private grants and to assist with and drive the Agency’s overall strategy.Prior to joining Five Acres, Graft spent ten years at OneLegacy, Affiliates & Foundations, the nation’s largest human organ and tissue recovery agency, based in Los Angeles. Before that, David was Chairman & CEO of Creance Capital, Inc for eight years, a private start up where he provided executive leadership and management to help the company grow and increase shareholder value.“I am delighted to join Chanel, the Board and the leadership team as CFO of Five Acres. I am impressed with the vision, purpose and mission of Five Acres and the deep commitment of the Board and Staff. I look forward to working with the team and making meaningful contributions to Five Acres’ mission of caring for children and families.” – David GraftAbout Five AcresFive Acres is a child welfare agency ensuring every child has a safe, healthy and permanent family solution through advocacy, prevention and evidenced-based services. Established as an orphanage in 1888, today Five Acres offers an array of services including community – based mental health and deaf services, wrap around, therapeutic behavioral services, residential care, foster care, adoption and a nonpublic therapeutic school. In 2015 Five Acres served over 8,500 children and their families across five counties, including Los Angeles. 2 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Community News Top of the News Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Community News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Herbeauty6 Lies You Should Stop Telling Yourself Right NowHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThese Are 15 Great Style Tips From Asian WomenHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Questions To Start Conversation Way Better Than ‘How U Doing?’HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWhat’s Your Zodiac Flower Sign?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyShort On Time? 10-Minute Workouts Are Just What You NeedHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Most Startling Movie Moments We Didn’t Realize Were InsensitiveHerbeautyHerbeauty Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *center_img People Five Acres Appoints David Graft as Chief Financial Officer From STAFF REPORTS Published on Tuesday, January 17, 2017 | 2:10 pm faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes More Cool Stuff First Heatwave Expected Next Week Business News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Make a comment EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Subscribelast_img read more

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ELAM: WTIC cracks $60 to the downside

first_img Pinterest ELAM: WTIC cracks $60 to the downside Pinterest Previous articleTxDOT traffic alerts for May 23, 2019Next articleVatican City is ancient wonderlandMarvel at the art, history of the area Digital AIM Web Support Local NewsIn the Pipeline Twitter WhatsApp Dennis Elam is an assistant professor at Texas A&M San Antonio and a 1966 graduate of Andrews High School and blogs at Thursday US oil futures tanked 5.7%, the biggest percentage loss of the year. The DJIA recouped some of its losses in the final hour after falling 451 points earlier. Chip-makers have been hard hit.Wall Street Journal Friday, markets hit As Trade Tow EscalatesWe have warned for months in this column that the weakness in the Energy Service XES was flashing danger signals for oil prices. XES is already trading under its 2009 low of $12.50. And our prediction that the Trade War would not be easy to win is certainly coming true. China is surely watching the pain of soybean farmers, bicycle sales, and the 25% tariff on LNG shipments. Dorian LNG dropped 16.48% on Thursday. As previously noted, this will negatively impact the billion dollar investments in LNG export terminals along the Gulf Coast of Texas. Couple that with the Democrat call for impeachment. Indeed I suspect China, if not Canada and Mexico, as well, have decided to wait it out till the 2020 election before committing to anything.Trump gets his wish for cheaper energy. Unleaded gasoline futures dropped 3.89% to $1.89. That and the drop in oil prices reflect inventory builds and the culmination of the 50% rally from $42 to $66 since December. The world is settling in for a protracted trade war.  US Companies are not necessarily coming back to the US. Instead they are moving out of tariff bound China to other locales like Viet Nam or Mexico.The big drop in stock prices Thursday suggests a short term low. If the DJIA does not fall under 25,222 today (now 25,490 and up over 100 points this morning) congestion will probably continue for another week or two.Negative mood is quickly spreading to markets worldwide. Prime Minister May looks to get ousted over Brexit woes. The German economy continues to slow. It is doubtful sanctions will oust regimes in Venezuela or Iran. India just re-elected Modi in on bright capitalistic move.Instead of telling fellow Democrats to read the Mueller report, get over it, and accomplish something, Pelosi went for a compromise. Don’t impeach just insult. But that won’t satisfy the hard left. And if it comes to pass, the not so left Democrats may have to vote on impeachment. That will make for a tough sell to independents as a Republican Senate won’t confirm. Republicans need only to regain 18 seats to re-take the House. And now Trump has drooped infrastructure unless the Democrats back off. Expect conflict and impasse to continue.Overall look for low stock and energy prices into Fall 2019.center_img By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Facebook Facebook WhatsApp TAGS  Twitterlast_img read more

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Where Renting is More Appealing Than Homeownership

first_imgHome / Daily Dose / Where Renting is More Appealing Than Homeownership Sign up for DS News Daily Share Save Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Related Articles Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Where Renting is More Appealing Than Homeownership The discrepancy between homeownership costs and renting costs are increasing across the United States, according to the latest national index by professors at Florida Atlantic and Florida International universities. That gap is widening most in parts of the Southeast, Midwest, and Pacific Northwest.The Beracha, Hardin & Johnson Buy vs. Rent Index “determines whether consumers will create wealth faster in buying a home and building equity or renting the same property and reinvesting the money they would have spent on ownership, such as taxes, insurance, and maintenance.” The index takes into account the full U.S. housing market but narrows its focus by targeting 23 key metropolitan areas, “factoring in home prices, rents, mortgage rates, investment returns, property taxes, insurance and home maintenance costs.”The quarterly numbers show that Atlanta, Dallas, Denver, Houston, Kansas City, Miami, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Seattle and Portland, Oregon, are all significantly above their long-term fundamental home price levels. That means renting clearly is the better option in those areas, according to Ken H. Johnson, Ph.D., a real estate economist within FAU’s College of Business.”These metro areas are the most at risk for home price declines, including any future negative impacts to housing values brought about by COVID-19,” he said. “We’re still waiting to see how the pandemic will affect the housing market.”Renters who would not invest the money they would have spent on ownership are still better off buying a home, according to Eli Beracha, Ph.D., an assistant professor in the Hollo School of Real Estate at FIU.”Homeownership doesn’t necessarily generate attractive rates of return, but it does force consumers to be more mindful of their expenses,” he said. “Renters should be honest with themselves. If they aren’t going to put their extra money into the stock market, then the safer option over the long run would be to own.” in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News June 18, 2020 1,670 Views Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer. Subscribe The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agocenter_img Ownership Rent 2020-06-18 Seth Welborn Previous: HUD’s Dr. Benjamin Carson Delivers Opportunity Zone Update Next: Protecting Homeowners From Fraud Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago  Print This Post Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago About Author: Seth Welborn Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Tagged with: Ownership Rentlast_img read more

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