Campgrounds begin reopening on Blue Ridge Parkway

first_imgArlington, Va named “Fittest City’ in ranking of top 100 cities A 7-year-old German shepherd named Buddy, the first dog in the U.S. to test positive for COVID-19, has died, National Geographic reports. Buddy lived in New York and was believed to have been infected by his owner, who also tested positive for the virus. Medical records indicate Buddy also likely had lymphoma, though it’s unclear whether the cancer made him more susceptible to the virus.  First dog to test positive for COVID-19 in U.S. has died The park service says they are “working with federal, state, and local public health authorities to closely monitor the COVID-19 pandemic and using a phased approach to increase access on a park-by-park basis.” Reservations for the campgrounds are now available through www.recreation.gov with dates beginning July 31.  In a news release, researchers said that Arlington’s balance of healthy behaviors and community infrastructure earned it the #1 overall rank. Arlington ranked in the top 10 cities for 19 of the 33 indicators, including #1 in lowest rate of adults with obesity and highest rate of residents meeting aerobic and strength activity guidelines. This is the third consecutive year Arlington has held the title of fittest city.  The pandemic shut down campgrounds along the Blue Ridge Parkway back in the spring, but some campgrounds are beginning to open again, the National Park Service said in a news release. Four campgrounds will reopen beginning July 31—Julian Price Park Campground and Linville Falls Campground in North Carolina and the Peaks of Otter Campground and Rocky Knob Campground in Virginia. center_img Blue Ridge Parkway landscapes twin tunnel early morning – Photo courtesy of Getty Images by digidreamgrafix Campgrounds begin reopening on Blue Ridge Parkway Buddy’s family, the Mahoney’s, told National Geographic that Buddy developed thick mucus in his nose and started breathing heavily back in April. The dog then lost his appetite, began losing weight, and became lethargic. A month after he began having trouble breathing, the dog tested positive to COVID. Before his death, Buddy had blood in his urine and urinated uncontrollably, continued to have labored breathing, and had trouble walking. When he began throwing up clotted blood, his family decided to euthanize him.  Arlington, Va has been named “America’s Fittest City in the annual American Fitness Index rankings published by ACSM American Fitness Index. The science-based fitness index analyzed America’s 100 largest cities using 33 health behaviors, chronic diseases and community infrastructure indicators to settle on Arlington as the fittest city in the nation.last_img read more

5 ways to successfully climb the career ladder

first_imgIt takes more than hard work and expertise to advance in a career and achieve personal satisfaction. Sherrie Campbell of Entrepreneur magazine cited integrity, authenticity and patience as traits that will promote a successful career path.Barry Maher, speaker, consultant and author, offered up this hands-on approach: “Hitch your wagon to a star. Find a mentor who’s moving up and help that mentor get wherever it is he or she wants to go.”If you’re looking to climb the career ladder faster, consider these practical strategies.1. Improve Your Leadership SkillsNot everyone is a born leader. However, most people have some trait or skill from which others could benefit. Knowing how to share that skill will increase your value to an organization. For example, if you know the capabilities and peculiarities of a particular software, volunteer to be the “go-to” person for those using that software and develop your own personal niche.“Research has shown that leaders are made through the development of core leadership competencies such as strategic planning, critical thinking, problem solving and team building,” said Dr. Artika Tyner, an author, speaker and leadership and public policy professor. She cited a study by the University of Illinois that examined whether leaders are born or made. “The study supports the idea that … leadership development follows a specific progression.” continue reading » 59SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Kewarra Beach ticks all the boxes for beach side property lovers

first_imgBeaches re-open on weekend after being closed due to jellyfish. Ainslie Woodman with her two daughters Amber, 9, and Jaden, 5, of Caravonica swimming at Kewarra Beach. Picture: Marc McCormackPART of the joys of living in regional Australia is the chance to settle down in a suburb others only dream about getting the chance to discover while on holidays away from the big smoke. Kewarra Beach, 20 minutes north of Cairns on the Captain Cook Highway, is one of those suburbs which make citysiders green with envy.The gorgeous stretch of sand south of Palm Cove and Clifton Beach does not regularly attract tourists ensuring a quiet haven for locals.The beach is completely protected from the south-easterly swell by a rocky headland and a large shallow sandbank fills most of the bay. The water is still deep enough for a swim and it is a popular place to bring up a young family. More from newsCairns home ticks popular internet search terms3 days agoTen auction results from ‘active’ weekend in Cairns3 days agoPicnic tables, play equipment and public toilets on site mean the area is well used on weekends and weekday afternoons.Trinity Anglican School principal Paul Sjogren said Kewarra Beach was a “lovely, peaceful beachside suburb in Cairns’ northern suburbs”. “Trinity Anglican School established a junior school campus at Kewarra Beach in response to demand from the local community for an opportunity for their children to attend a highly regarded independent school, based on Christian values,” he said. “The campus at Kewarra Beach takes advantage of this beautiful slice of paradise nestled among native flora where students are provided with the opportunity to connect with nature as part of their education.”The Paradise Palms golf course and resort calls the suburb home and is awaiting new owners to take the sprawling property with its 18-hole championship golf course and three sizeable development blocks of land to the next level for domestic as well as international visitors.Kewarra Beach’s location in Tropical North Queensland cannot be denied after a curious crocodile was spotted in December 2017 resting on the stretch of sand just metres from a group of up to 100 people.Apart from reptiles, birds and colourful insects are regularly seen in this picturesque part of Cairns, as well as all over the city.last_img read more

​ATP sees no pensions correlation between high fees and high returns

first_imgUsing data from the Danish FSA and its own calculations based on company annual reports, ATP created a graph showing that annual costs levied by pension providers in Denmark – including ATP itself – ranged from 0.32% to 1.81%, with ATP being the cheapest.The other pension firms were not named.Plotted against this were annual returns according to the FSA’s key N1 figure for average-rate pensions, revealing that over the latest five and 10-year periods, returns had a tendency to be lower from those pension providers with higher costs – with the lowest returns of all coming from the anonymous firm charging 1.81% in costs.ATP clearly stands out in the graph as the provider with the highest N1 returns. Denmark’s DKK889bn (€119bn) statutory pension fund ATP has published an analysis of pension provider costs in Denmark, which it said shows there is no correlation between those that charge higher costs and higher comparative returns.In a three-page report, the pension fund – which manages the country’s overarching labour-market supplementary pension scheme – also said fees that are too high can end up costing a third of an individual’s entire pension.ATP said its analysis showed: “If you compare someone’s pension assets after a full working life with the highest and lowest cost levels for 2019, respectively, the wealth can be expected to be about a third less in the scheme with the highest costs compared to the scheme with the lowest costs.”In a world of ever-lower return expectations, the pension fund said costs were becoming more important when it came to creating good pensions. Note: The figure shows the APR for all Danish life insurance and pension companies incl. ATP in the year 2019. APR is calculated by dividing the sum of all the company’s annual costs in kroner by the company’s total assets. The return figures are derived from the Danish FSA’s key figures for Danish life insurance and pension companies for average-rate products (N1) and market-rate products. Market-rate data is only available from 2016.Source: The Danish FSA and own calculations based on data from the companies’ annual reports and descriptions of methodology for calculating annual return in kroner and APR for 2019.Martin Præstegaard, deputy chief executive officer and chief financial officer of ATP, said interest rates had been falling over a long period, and that as a result of that, expectations of future returns on investment had also been declining – which had been reflected in dwindling returns in the societal assumptions used to project pensions.“The falling return expectations mean that it will be even more important to keep costs down so that good pensions can be created for pension savers in the future,” he said.ATP, which occupies a unique position in the Danish pensions system, went on to explain why its costs were particularly low compared to other providers, and its N1 return had been so high.The cost level was so low, it said, partly because of the economies of scale ATP could realise as a compulsory scheme with a single product and a large number of pension savers.Explaining its high returns in the data behind the analysis, ATP said: “The fact that ATP has outperformed the rest of the Danish pension sector is mainly due to the overweight of bonds and interest rate swaps in ATP’s hedging portfolio, which – due to sustained low interest rates – have yielded a significant excess return compared to the rest of the sector.”Looking for IPE’s latest magazine? Read the digital edition here.last_img read more

How coronavirus has affected the Queensland property market

first_img Virtual inspections boom in Queensland Small block home sells in 10 days Ana Garcia (and partner Geoff) have not let Covid-19 hold them back from buying a home and becoming landlords. Photo: Lyndon MechielsenOWNER-occupiers and first-home buyers are keeping the Queensland property market alive as investors disappear in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic. Although those hoping for a bargain may be disappointed after a shortage of new property listings has kept house prices from dropping, and government stimulus packages for the rental market have stemmed a flood of distressed sales to the market.MORE: Houses prices defy COVID-19 downturn Ana Garcia and her husband Geoff Allen were living in the US for two years before deciding to return to Australia to buy a family home and settle down in the middle of the coronavius pandemic. The couple bought a house at auction in Albion in Brisbane’s north in March and are now working from home, paying off their mortgage. The couple are also seeking to put the apartment they own in Clayfield, and lived in before going to the US, on the rental market; a daunting prospect at a time when thousands of Queenslanders have lost their jobs and many are struggling to pay their rent. Yet the couple are undeterred by the situation and are happy to rent it at a reduced rate.“Our rental agency is doing more background checks and being more careful about who they are going to rent the unit out to because obviously we are all in a difficult situation. We have bought a house now, so if the tenant is in trouble, we are in trouble,” Ms Garcia said. Emergency laws were passed in state parliament last week to protect tenants struggling to pay rent, and tenants and landlords are required to negotiate new rental rates if tenants are in financial hardship. Ms Garcia, who is a wellness coach, said all the uncertainty is put into context when she contacts her parents, who are doctors in Spain, for a daily update. “When I talk to my parents and they tell me what is going on in the hospitals there, you know what, if my apartment is rented for $410 or $430, what does that really matter?” Ms Garcia said. “If we have to get rid of the (rental) apartment, it is just money, it is not a life.”A family member looked after the two-bedroom apartment at 7/4 Bonney Ave, Clayfield for the couple before they listed it for rent through Ray White Clayfield last week. “This has given me a different perspective. At the end of the day the economy has always fluctuated and will continue to do so. “I don’t want to live with a constant fear of what happens next. We will make decisions as they are needed … we are okay, we are very well.” volume, compared with Sydney and Melbourne, where auctions represent around 25 per cent of sales activity, that has largely protected it from the impact of a national auction downturn.“With such a low proportion of properties taken to auction there has been less disruption as vendors and agents ensure their auctions proceed,” Mr Lawless said.CoreLogic data also shows that new property listings are 25 per cent down on where they were a year ago. Real Estate Institute of Queensland CEO Antonia Mercorella said:“Even before coronavirus we were seeing listings on the decline.” Yet it is the lack of housing stock that industry experts believe has helped to stop Queensland house prices from plummeting during COVID-19.“Consumer sentiment has crashed during April, which makes it extremely hard for households to make high commitment decisions such as buying or selling a home,” Mr Lawless said.“Chances are we will see buyers and sellers moving onto the sidelines until sentiment starts to lift in line with improved economic conditions. CoreLogic head of research Tim Lawless:.“The good news is that this won’t last forever. As the economy improves we should see selling conditions improve.”“The good news is that this won’t last forever. As the economy improves we should see selling conditions improve as buyers emerge while advertised stock levels are low.”Lenient lending conditions for distressed borrowers and record-low interest rates are also expected to shore-up house values by stemming the flow of distressed property sales.More from newsParks and wildlife the new lust-haves post coronavirus9 hours agoNoosa’s best beachfront penthouse is about to hit the market9 hours agoStrong interstate migration to Queensland will also help cushion the property market from the drop in overseas migration if international border closures remain the last restrictions to be lifted.In the rental market, a downturn in tourism is pushing fully-furnished Airbnb properties on to the long-term rental market with the Ray White Group recording a 10 per cent increase in rental properties in some areas. The move could put downward pressure on rental rates and comes as the Palaszczuk Government passed residential emergency laws in state parliament last week to protect renters from eviction if they were unable to pay rent due to a loss of income during the pandemic.“The virus curve has been flattening at a faster rate than anyone expected, prompting calls for an earlier lifting of some social policy measures,” Mr Lawless said.“As policies are relaxed, potentially sooner than anticipated, we should see economic conditions improve, however its likely there will be some hangover in higher unemployment, ongoing international travel restrictions and a legacy of social distancing that could impact on housing activity.”Ms Mercorella said the Queensland spirit would play a big part in the COVID-19 recovery. “The Queensland property market has proven itself to be resilient time and gain,” Ms Mercorella said. “It’s the number one natural disaster state in Australia. We are an extraordinary group of people, a no-nonsense community and we get through things.” Ana Garcia (and partner Geoff) have happily upgraded from an apartment to a house in the middle of the coronavirus pandemic. Photo: Lyndon Mechielsen “I don’t want to live with a constant fear of what happens next” Online listing sites recorded a 12 per cent increase in first-homebuyer activity in March compared with the same time last year, despite the shutdown of onsite auctions, public open home inspections and a 31 per cent drop in new home listings over the past two months. And as Queenslanders take their first small step out of coronavirus hibernation today, property experts say a strong property market at the start of the year and the industry’s swift move to a 100 per cent online sales model, have been key factors in maintaining property values and REA chief economist Nerida Conisbee: “First-home buyers are the biggest players in the Queensland housing market at the moment.”sales activity throughout the coronavirus crisis and will continue to do so post-COVID-19.Brisbane house values rose 0.3 per cent in April to a median house price of $507,982 following a 0.6 per cent rise in March, CoreLogic’s Hedonic Home Value Index released yesterday.While preliminary figures from property website realestate.com.au was showing higher growth on the Gold and Sunshine coasts.Realestate.com.au chief economist Nerida Conisbee said: “It’s not roaring ahead but it’s not bad considering what happened. “First-home buyers are the biggest players in the Queensland housing market at the moment, while investors are the buyer group that has dropped off the most.”Coronavirus hit Queensland at a time when the Brisbane property market was recording its strongest start to the year in five years. Ray White New Farm sold Cintra House at Bowen Hills, which sold for $7.5 million during the COVID-19 crisis.Auction volumes were up more than 50 per cent on the same time last year and two thirds of those houses were selling under the hammer, according to data from CoreLogic, a data analyst. In the inner city of Brisbane, prestige property continues to change hands, with estate agency Ray White New Farm recording almost $90 million in sales during the first two months of the year. This included Cintra House at Bowen Hills, which sold for a lucrative $7.5 million.By February the year looked like recovering much of the ground it had lost after the Banking Royal Commission enforced stricter lending rules leading to fewer mortgage approvals.The investor market, while not at its previous high of 40 per cent of market share, was climbing through 28 per cent, and auctions, which historically made up only 5 per cent of the Queensland market, were gaining popularity. Within two weeks in March, Australian society all but shut down when COVID-19 was declared a pandemic and strict measures were introduced to stop it spreading in Australia. REIQ chief executive Antonia Mercorella: “Even before coronavirus we were seeing listings on the decline.”Onsite auctions and public open homes were suspended with just over 24 hours’ notice, and the industry scrambled to adopt a 100 per cent online model of business, with virtual open homes, live streamed auction events and agents working from home.In the weeks since, the number of auctions has dropped by more than 50 per cent, although clearance rates have been higher than before the shutdown.“It’s a bold way of selling in this environment but the clearance is actually higher now than it was when we were holding on site auctions,” a Ray White spokeswoman said.“There’s a lot less stock but there’s still a lot of buyers.”Tim Lawless, Asia Pacific head of research at CoreLogic, said it was Brisbane’s low auction Video Player is loading.Play VideoPlayNext playlist itemMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration 3:31Loaded: 0%Stream Type LIVESeek to live, currently playing liveLIVERemaining Time -3:31 Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedCaptionscaptions settings, opens captions settings dialogcaptions off, selectedQuality Levels540p540p360p360p270p270pAutoA, selectedAudio Tracken (Main), selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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Sonardyne Upgrades Indian Tsunami Detection Network

first_imgSonardyne International has provided a major refurbishment of a network of deep water acoustic sensors which for the past decade have provided coastal communities around India with early detection of tsunami waves.Deployed at key locations in the Bay of Bengal and Arabian Sea, the Sonardyne bottom pressure recorders (BPRs) detect the characteristic changes in water pressure caused by an earthquake in the deep ocean. If a tsunami wave is detected, an alert message is transmitted up to a satellite buoy on the surface, from where it is relayed to the tsunami warning centre onshore for comparison with recent seismic activity. If validated, a wide scale alarm is raised to alert vulnerable communities, the company explained.The detection system is owned and operated by India’s National Institute of Ocean Technology (NIOT) based in Chennai, and was conceived following the deadly Boxing Day tsunami of 2004.Each BPR is a customized version of Sonardyne’s Compatt transponder – a subsea instrument that has a wide range of autonomous monitoring and measuring applications within offshore energy, survey and ocean science.In reaching the 10 year anniversary, the decision was made by NIOT to recover the BPRs one at a time and return them to Sonardyne’s main service centre in the UK for refurbishment and re-certification.The work included replacing acoustic transducers, calibrating pressure sensors, replacing consumables and updating PCB firmware to the latest specification. All BPRs have now been returned to the field, the company noted.last_img read more

Opposition Leader defends decision to boycott Parliament

first_img Share 14 Views   no discussions Share Share Opposition Leader Hon. Hector JohnLeader of the Opposition Hector John says his party cannot attend Parliament sittings as this would legitimize the government.“We’re not going to parliament because it is legitimizing what is going on from inception we have the problem since Nomination Day we have that problem the illegal maneuvering or stealing of the election, high jacking of the election and we have been speaking about it.”Mr. John also explained that the decision to boycott Parliament is in fact getting the message across and that they will remain focused.Click here to listen to audio: “We will continue to get the message across be it peaceful and continue to remain focused as Dominicans, as responsible citizens to ensure that we have electoral reform and that we have electoral reform that will benefit every Dominican not disenfranchise anyone. And that is what we are looking at, that is why we are remaining on course to ensure that we have electoral reform that will not disenfranchise any single Dominican.”Dominica Vibes Newscenter_img Tweet Sharing is caring! LocalNewsPolitics Opposition Leader defends decision to boycott Parliament by: – June 29, 2011last_img read more

World’s largest iceberg heads towards open water

first_imgA68 is about 150 km long but only 200 m or so thick. It has the profile akin to a few sheets of A4 paper stacked on top of each other. Rough seas should break it apart. JOHN SONNTAG/NASA While they keep an eye on A68,scientists are also watching for two other, soon-to-birth bergs. Objects this big have to be constantlymonitored because they pose a risk to shipping. When it pops above the tip of thepeninsula, the massive block should be swept northwards towards the Atlantic – apath researchers refer to as “Iceberg Alley.” One is about to come off the front ofPine Island Glacier in the West Antarctic. This will be a little over 300 sq.km. when it calves. The block is already riven with many cracks. Precisely when, no-one can say. “Therift is widening, but only at a steady rate, and the rift tip is hardly advancing,”Luckman said. (BBC) The other imminent large berg is formingin eastern Antarctica, on the edge of the Brunt Ice Shelf. A68 barely moved after calving, but this year has suddenly raced northwards. A. LUCKMAN/NASA/AQUA/MODIS One of its last remnants, now measuring“just” 200 sq. km., is halfway to the South Sandwich Islands, east of SouthGeorgia. The iceberg, currently at 63 degreesSouth latitude, is following a very predictable course. The berg will calve when a big rift,dubbed Chasm 1, finally slices through a section of ice measuring less than 10 kmin length. This should be about 1,500 sq. km. – roughlythe area of Greater London. When it calved, the berg had an areaclose to 6,000 sq. km. (2,300 sq. mi.) and has lost very little of its bulkover the past two and a half years. The biggest ever recorded iceberg in themodern era was the 11,000-sq-km block called B15, which calved from the RossIce Shelf in 2000. A68, a colossus that broke free from theAntarctic in 2017, has pushed so far north it is now at the limit of thecontinent’s perennial sea-ice. THE world’s biggest iceberg is about toenter the open ocean. “With a thickness to length ratio akinto five sheets of A4, I am astonished that the ocean waves haven’t already madeice cubes out of A68,” said Prof.Adrian Luckman from Swansea University, United Kingdom.“If it survives for long as one piece when it moves beyond the edge of the sea-ice,I will be very surprised.” But the prevailing winds and currentseventually began to push it northwards along the eastern coast of the AntarcticPeninsula, and during this summer season the drift has undergone a rapidacceleration. A68 split from the Larsen C Ice Shelf inJuly 2017. For a year, it hardly moved, its keel apparently grounded on theseafloor. But scientists say A68 will struggle tomaintain its integrity when it reaches the Southern Ocean’s rougher waters. The putative berg has garnered a lot ofattention because Britain’sHalley research station had to be moved to make sure it wasn’t inharm’s way. “I expect that the new iceberg willbreak into many pieces soon after it calves,” said Luckman. Many of Antarctica’s greatest bergs evenmake it as far – and beyond – the British Overseas Territory of South Georgiaat roughly 54 degrees South.last_img read more

Virgil Hicks, age 72

first_imgVirgil Hicks, age 72 passed away Saturday, November 19, 2016, surrounded by his family and loved ones, at his home in Batesville, IN. The US Navy veteran served during Vietnam, was a member of the Dearborn Baptist Church near Manchester.Virgil was born in Manchester, Kentucky on January 9, 1944. He worked at Hill-Rom for 37 years. He enjoyed fishing and hunting. He loved to sing and play his guitar. He always liked to make everyone laugh at the jokes he would share. He loved the Lord and enjoyed sharing his faith with others. Virgil was a great man and will be missed by his family and friends.He married Beatrice Kay Hoegeman on Dec. 23, 1967 in Kentucky and she survives. In addition to his wife, Beatrice Kay Hicks, he is also survived by his daughter Phyllis Kay Meredith, son John Edward Hicks (wife Michelle Hicks); grandchildren Dalton Allen Peterson, Benjamin Lee Meredith, Cameron Ray Hicks (wife Kristina Hicks), Andrew James Bishop, and Kaila Marie Hicks; Great grandchildren Kayleigh Hicks and Makenzie Hicks; sister Phyllis Horstman (husband Steve Horstman); 5 step grandchildren and all his nieces and nephews He is preceded in death by his mother Ruby Robinson Hicks, father Voyd Hicks, and brother Curtis Hicks.Visitation will be Saturday, November 26, 2016 from 1pm until time of services at 3 pm all at Meyers Funeral Home, Batesville, IN with Darrell Sparks officiating. Military Honors will follow services at the funeral home. Memorials are suggested to American Heart Assoc. or Diabetes Assoc. c/o Meyers Funeral Home, P.O. Box 202, Batesville, IN 47006. Online condolences at meyersfuneralhomes.comlast_img read more

East Central student accused of making threat

first_imgSunman, In. — Sunman-Dearborn Community Schools administrators and law enforcement are investigating a threat of violence made at East Central High School. An unnamed student is being questioned by officials after admitting to the threat.Sunman-Dearborn superintendent Andrew Jackson wants parents to talk children about the importance letting adults know when they don’t feel safe, or know of, or hear a threat. Reports can be made confidentially by using the SafeSchool Alert System 812-717-4533 or email 1207@alert1.us .last_img read more