Average US price of gas up 10 cents a gallon to $2.45

first_imgCAMARILLO, Calif. (AP) — The average U.S. price of regular-grade gasoline jumped 10 cents a gallon over the past two weeks to $2.45. Industry analyst Trilby Lundberg of the Lundberg Survey said Sunday that a rise in crude oil prices since November is behind the increase. The price at the pump is 15 cents less than it was a year ago. The highest average price in the nation is $3.46 a gallon in the San Francisco Bay Area. The lowest average is $2.07 in Houston. The average price of diesel went up 5 cents over the same period to $2.70.last_img

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Musical group earns award

first_imgArt changes lives. The success of Venezuelan conductor Jose Antonio Abreu and his children’s musical group El Sistema in demonstrating this principle has earned him this year’s Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America from the Kellogg Institute for International Studies. Founded 37 years ago, El Sistema’s nationwide network of orchestras and education centers within Venezuela provides children with the self-esteem and character needed to break out of the cycle of poverty, according to a press release from the Kellogg Institute. Although he emerged from University with an economics degree, Abreu stated in the release his artistic interests and national concerns inspired him to develop the organization, an alternative means for rescuing his community. In the release, Abreau cited music’s unique capacity for uniting unstable, struggling communities. “Music is an agent of social development in the highest sense, because it transmits the highest values – solidarity, harmony, mutual compassion. It has the ability to unite an entire community,” Abreu stated in the press prelease. Steve Reifenberg, Executive Director of the Kellogg Institute, said Abreu’s unique approach to social stabilization was a significant reason for recognizing his contributions in Venezuela. “It’s really a movement that’s making its way across the globe. I teach international development, so these types of stories, where someone approaches development from a different angle rather than economic or educational development, stand out as truly transformative,” Reifenberg said. “I think it’s such an absolutely inspiring and compelling project.” The Kellogg Institute said El Sistema has benefited individual participants in the program and the greater Venezuelan society, a fact demonstrated by the ongoing support of eight successive governments. Currently, 300,000 children across the country currently participate in Abreu’s arts education programs, and his model has spread to 25 other nations. While the Kellogg Institute’s annual award has typically recognized distinguished individuals serving Latin America through political, economic, educational or religious actions, Reifenberg said Abreu’s unique approach deserves recognition. “We hope that even more people will learn about Maestro Abreu and his project by giving him the award,” Reifenberg said. Every year, the Institute solicits hundreds of people for nominations, ultimately narrowing the group to 40 or 50 individuals, Reifenberg said. “I think if you look at the past recipients, it’s a really remarkable group of people,” Reifenberg said. The award consists of a $15,000 cash prize and a matching amount donated to a charitable organization recommended by the winner. It is funded by a grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation. Rodrigo Calderon, Kellogg Advisory Board member and president of the Coca-Cola Foundation Mexico stated in the press release that the award is a great honor. “The Notre Dame Prize for Distinguished Public Service in Latin America is recognized as the most prestigious prize in its category,” Calderon stated. “The University of Notre Dame is to be commended for leading this effort which is both a distinction for these outstanding individuals and an inspiration for the younger generation. Reifenberg said Maestro Abreu will officially receive the award this upcoming spring at a ceremony in Caracas, Venezuela, during which one of the El Sistema youth orchestras will perform.last_img read more

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Beef tips

first_img• Breeding new and improved Georgia forages. University of GeorgiaAnyone with hundreds of cattle or just a few is sure to benefit from the University of Georgia’s annual Mountain Beef Cattle Field Day April 18.The field day will start with 9 a.m. registration and end at 3:30 p.m. at the Georgia Mountain Research and Education Center in Blairsville, Ga.John Queen III, president of the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association, will serve as the luncheon speaker. UGA scientists and industry experts will provide up-to-date, research-based information. This year’s topics include:• Fire ant biology and control in mountain pastures. • A pesticide calibration display. • Hay and pasture herbicides. • Using ultrasound data in cattle selection. • Visual selection of beef herd sires.center_img • Pesticide update for beef producers. • Cool-season grasses and clover evaluations. • UGA stocker research update. There is no charge for the field day, and lunch and refreshments will be provided. The field day is sponsored in part by DuPont Crop Protection and AgGeorgia Farm Credit. For more information, call (706) 745-2655.last_img read more

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A Fool Proof Guide to the Best Summer Ever

first_imgAt this point in the year, I’ve abandoned all hope of fulfilling my New Year’s Resolutions. I’m honestly not even sure what they are. Maybe eat more hot dogs? I don’t know. I’m not even the same person I was six months ago, so you can’t hold me to the promises I made at that time in my life. My interests have shifted (hot dogs are so last year) and now I’m focused on summer. Today is the last day of school for my kids which means beginning tomorrow, I become a full-time dad without the ability to lean on the public school system for childcare, discipline, and nutrition. It’s all on me. Every day. For the next three months.A lesser parent would shy away from the situation, but I welcome the challenge. In fact, I’m determined to make this the Best Summer Ever. In order to set the tone for the Best Summer Ever, I’m establishing some new Half-Year’s Resolutions. They are completely unrealistic and there’s no way I can stick to them, but it’s important to aim high, right? Visualize success. Be the ball.1. Ride bikes every dayDoesn’t matter if it’s an epic all day mission through Dupont State Forest or just a spin around the cul-de-sac, I want to ride with my kids daily. I want them to get so used to riding their bikes, that when it comes time to run an errand, they automatically put their helmets on because the bike is the default mode of transportation.2. Camp moreI say this at the beginning of every summer, but this time I mean it. This is the summer we camp more. Car camping, backpacking, festival camping, backyard camping…3. Spend more time at the lake houseThe trouble here is I don’t have a lake house, so maybe I should revise that to say “buy a lake house.”4. Early morning road ridesBecause my wife works and I have the kids all day, my only window to get any sort of adventure or workout is between 5 a.m. and 8 a.m. I think the sun is up at that time, but honestly, I don’t know. I’m going to find a bunch of retirees to hang out and join their dawn patrol group rides so I can stay motivated.5. Day drink moreThis one pretty much takes care of itself (see full-time parent, above).6. Become a river ratWe took the kids whitewater rafting for the first time last summer on the Tuckasegee. It’s the perfect intro to whitewater, but this year I want to step it up. Nantahala, Section 9 of the French Broad, Nolichucky…7. Tube moreIt’s shameful how little tubing we did last year. The French Broad runs a mile from my house and has no less than 36 bars with river-front access. I should be there every day (see day drinking, above).So, there you have it. My plan for the Best Summer Ever. To all of my editors, I might be late on a few deadlines over the next few months (see resolution 1-7, above). School’s out. Summer is here. God help us all.last_img read more

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Heavy Security Presence along Colombia’s Pacific Coast

first_imgBy Dialogo July 08, 2011 Nearly eight thousand men from the Pacific Naval Force, distributed across psychological and surveillance checkpoints, are welcoming visitors who have chosen Gorgona Island, the beaches of Juanchaco and Ladrilleros, Buenaventura Bay, Tumaco, and Solano Bay as tourist destinations for this vacation season. Air, river, maritime, and land units are in charge of implementing patrols to enable transit and residence in a safe environment for locals and visitors during the tourist season. Sailors from the Pacific Naval Force are implementing security measures at various checkpoints in the urban area of the port of Buenaventura. Stationed at strategic sites such as HidroPacífico, Tecnoborda, Culture House (Casa de la Cultura), and major roads, the members of the Urban Special Forces Group (AFEUR), accompanied by men from the Buenaventura Military Unified Action Group for Personal Liberty (Gaula), National Police personnel, and Pacific Naval Reserve personnel, use brief welcome chats to deliver information that can enable the strengthening of community security. At sea, Coast Guard units and river combat elements are conducting ongoing patrols and surveillance, guaranteeing secure transit through Colombian Pacific waters. In the municipalities of Solano Bay and Tumaco, Pacific Coast Guard units and Marines have deployed their men to the town centers, beaches, and tourist sites, with the aim of strengthening security at these sites with a large influx of visitors during the vacation season. The Pacific Naval Force will continue implementing operations enabling it to keep watch over the security of the region’s inhabitants, at the same time that they invite the community to take the necessary security measures to avoid putting the integrity of all at risk.last_img read more

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A 3-year roadmap to better business intelligence

first_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr CAP COM Federal Credit Union($1.8B, Albany, NY) has embarked on a data aggregation and analytics journey, using a three-year roadmap to align staff and systems to better understand what it knows about members and how to maximize those relationships.The Empire State cooperative is using OnApproach for its in-house data lake and Microsoft Power BI for data visualization and reporting. For reports that don’t require visualization, the credit union is using SQL Server Reporting Services.Johanna Robbins, CAP COM’s senior vice president of finance and business intelligence, established the credit union’s initial, high-level roadmap in 2017. Robbins and business intelligence analyst Mike Wiseman fleshed it out through 2018. continue reading »last_img read more

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CFPB seeks recommendations for taskforce

first_imgThe CFPB Friday issued a request for information (RFI) to inform the efforts of its Taskforce on Federal Consumer Financial Law. The bureau launched the taskforce last year to find ways to improve and strengthen consumer financial laws and regulations.To meet its objective, the bureau said the taskforce “will produce new research and legal analysis of consumer financial laws in the United States, focusing specifically on harmonizing, modernizing, and updating the federal consumer financial laws – including their implementing regulations – and identifying gaps in knowledge that should be addressed through research, ways to improve consumer access to and understanding of markets and products, and potential conflicts or inconsistencies in existing regulations and guidance.”Through the RFI, the bureau is seeking comments on:expanding access to consumer financial products and services;protection and use of consumer data; continue reading » ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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BLOG: Early Detection Helped Tom and Could Make the Difference for You, Too

first_imgBLOG: Early Detection Helped Tom and Could Make the Difference for You, Too Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf February 24, 2016 First Lady Frances Wolf,  The Blog Tom and I announced this morning that Tom has been diagnosed with a treatable form of prostate cancer.Tom’s doctors made the diagnosis after a regular checkup revealed abnormalities.We are very thankful that Tom’s doctors caught this cancer quickly and have worked to plan a treatment schedule that will address his medical issues and allow him to serve the people of Pennsylvania.You can learn more about prostate cancer and early detection from the Department of Health, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Cancer Institute.Prostate cancer is the most common cancer in men. Early detection is important and promising research shows accurate screening tests and preventive measures should help reduce the risk of death from prostate cancer.The American Cancer Society recommends that starting at age 50, men should talk to a healthcare provider about the pros and cons of testing so they can decide if testing is the right choice for them.But early detection can help make other types of cancer and many diseases much more manageable for you and your family. Learn more about early detection of all types of cancer from the American Cancer Society.We encourage everyone in Pennsylvania to make sure you schedule regular checkups with their doctors and be aware of screening guidelines so early detection and treatment can be possible.Take a moment today to schedule a checkup with your doctor. It made a huge difference for our family – it could for you too.center_img By: First Lady Frances Wolf SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

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Swiss pension funding levels recover after falling below 100%

first_imgThe study differentiates between public pension funds with funding ratios under 100%, and private funds with funding levels of around 107.5%.“The coronavirus crisis leads to uncertainty, to problems for the financial market and to negative returns,” said Jürgen Rothmund, investment analyst and author of the report.This year Complementa expects different performance levels from pension funds, which will depend on their reaction to the crisis. “There will be funds with less strong negative returns and funds with very strong negative returns,” he added.Returns reached -3.9% at the end of April compared to 10.6% in 2019. Higher returns were only recorded in 2005 with 11%.“The coronavirus crisis leads to uncertainty, to problems for the financial market and to negative returns”Jürgen Rothmund, investment analyst at ComplementaIn the last decade, between 2011 and 2020, funds achieved average returns of 3.6%, according to the analysis. “This is a high figure if you think how low the interest rate is,” Rothmund said.Swiss pension funds have invested the returns of 2019 to build up their funding ratio (49%), while 19% was spent on interest payments, 1% on administration, 6% on administration of losses, and 25% on adjustment of technical parameters, including technical interest rate, the report disclosed.The study compared the impact on investments caused by the COVID-19 crisis to other crises in the past, including the financial downturn of 2008, and found similarities with the consequences brought by the collapse of the Long-Term Capital Management (LTCM) hedge fund in the 1990s.“Pension funds will have to continue to fight against low interest rates” when the coronavirus crisis will eventually ease, Rothmund added.The interest rate on employees’ savings was 2.2% in 2019, relatively high in relation to a minimum interest rate for occupational pensions of 1%, and for the fist time since 2002 over the technical interest rate, the analysis showed.“It is certain that the technical interest rate will continue to drop, we estimate from 1.9% in 2019 to 1.8% this year,” Rothmund said.The Umwandlungssatz (UWS), the conversion rate used to calculate pension payouts from accrued assets upon retirement, will decrease in 2020 to 5.53%, and in the next five years even further, to 5.26%.“It is very far away from the established 6.8% and from the correct actuarial conversion rate of 4.48% we calculated, but the difference will decrease in the next five years,” Rothmund said.In the study, Complementa asked pension funds whether the Swiss second pillar pension system was fit for the future – 80% of respondents found it reasonable to increase the retirement age to make it sustainable, but only 25% believe the measure will be executed.Complementa said pension funds must generate a return of at least 2.2% in order to maintain a stable funding ratio.To read the digital edition of IPE’s latest magazine click here. The funding ratio of Swiss Pensionskassen bounced back to 103% in April after declining to 99.8% for a short time at the end of March, according to Complementa’s latest “risk check-up” analysis report.Central banks have sent a clear message through a series of interventions to say they “stand by” the equity market “whatever it costs”, Thomas Breitenmoser, head of investment consulting at Complementa, told IPE during a conference call.The funding ratio of Swiss pension schemes will depend on the future of equity markets, he said, adding that it should not drop further as long as national banks keep their current policies in place.The analysis focuses on 158 Pensionskassen with total assets of CHF396bn (€371), and it is based on previous year’s data of 437 pension funds with assets worth CHF650bn, which represents 70% of the Swiss occupational pension system.last_img read more

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Nurses Assc President Zooms in on Nurse Attrition

first_imgNew president of the Dominica Nurses Association, Mignon Rolle-Shillingford, is acknowledging that there is an ongoing reduction in the nurse workforce and has an idea of how to begin to address the problem.“I want to know why. Why are they leaving?” she says.“This is not new to Dominica. I was trained in 1996-1999 and in that period, 30 of us trained and about five years later, eight or nine of my colleagues migrated. Nurse migration is not something new but recently, it has accelerated. The number of nurses leaving has increased and it’s not just a Dominica thing but a regional thing. Many of our sister islands are having that same experience.”Shillingford says her approach to the matter will be fact-based.“I believe in numbers and statistics. I don’t like to assume” she says because research presents factors previously unconsidered. “Within our own association, I want to conduct a survey and identify why nurses are leaving.”Shillingford says money is not the only issue. She listed that some nurses feel unappreciated or are treated badly by their colleagues or want better benefits.“I’m not going to assume and go by what people say because some people speak loudly and some don’t speak at all but could speak in a survey.”She says she also plans to get an update on the status of a Nurses Bill which is currently under review.Shillingford says she will ensure that the details and terms important to nurses are enshrined in the Bill. LifestyleLocalNews Nurses Assc President Zooms in on Nurse Attrition by: – January 2, 2020 85 Views   no discussions Share Tweetcenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Sharelast_img read more

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