Mark R. Reimet, CFP®CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™Jodie BoothFinancial Advisor,Mark R. Reimet, CFP®CERTIFIED FINANCIAL PLANNER™Jodie BoothFinancial Advisor Congress is on recess for another week, returning to Washington next Monday 7 /20/20. Lawmakers have likely heard from their anxious constituents, many of whom are among the 17.8 million unemployed Americans as of 6/30/20. There is Congressional support for what would be the third round of “Paycheck Protection Program” (PPP) loans for small businesses, on top of the $659 billion already allocated to be loaned at 1 % for two years. Policymakers are also thinking “out-of-the box,” considering other plans to stimulate consumer spending as it relates to travel, vacations and dining out (source: Congress).Millions of Americans are on the move because of the COVID-19 pandemic, and not just because of job losses. For some, being quarantined in a big-city apartment has pushed them to move back to their home state to be closer to aging parents. For others, the “work-from-home” requirement has caused employees to realize that as long as they have an internet connection, they don’t have to live in expensive major cities on either coast. Remarkably, home purchase applications for the week ending 7 /03/20 were +33% higher than the same period a year earlier (source: Mortgage Bankers Association).In late April 2020, the Congressional Budget Office forecasted a budget deficit for fiscal year 2020 of $3.7 trillion or 18.1 % of our $20.4 trillion economy. The “deficit dollar amount” record in the U.S.A. is $1.41 trillion from fiscal year 2009. The “deficit as a percentage of GDP” record in the U.S.A. is 29 .6% from fiscal year 1943 (source: CBO). Notable Numbers for the Week:TAKE IT AND SPEND IT – The CARES Act authorized non-taxable distributions of $1,200 per individual and $500 per child (under the age of 17). 159 million electronic payments and checks totaling $267 billion were paid to income-eligible Americans (source: CARES Act).DEATHS – The first American death from the COVID-19 pandemic occurred on 2/06/20. As of 9am ET on7/06/20, i.e., five months later, 130,937 Americans had died from the pandemic. 93% of the American death total has occurred in the last three months, i.e., since 4/06/20 (source: NBC News, Meet the Press: First Read).JUST IN CASE – 45% of Americans surveyed in May 2020 have living wills in place. Living wills document an individual’s “end of life” medical care wishes in case he/she loses the ability to communicate (source: Gallup Poll).HOW LONG? – 37% of 1,000 American voters interviewed during the last week of June 2020 anticipate that the U.S. economy will “fully recover” within a year from now, i.e., 63% of those interviewed believe it will take at least another year for the U.S. economy to come all the way back (source: Financial Times-Peter G. Peterson Foundation).
The NATION’S LARGEST WIND FARM is planned offshore in New Jersey – from Long Beach Island to Cape May with over 200 turbines 15 miles offshore. (Photo Credit: Save Our Shoreline Facebook) By Tricia ConteI represent Save our Shoreline NJ, a group of nearly 4000 concerned businesses, homeowners, residents, fishing community members, and New Jersey shore vacationers.The view of the industrialization of our ocean by these giant wind farms is the least of our concerns. At first I was concerned about the view, which will be a horrible blight upon our beautiful Jersey Shore, but now I know that other issues are of greatersignificance. One major environmental concern is for the severely endangered Atlantic Right Whale and other juvenile whales that regularly visit the Jersey Shore. There are currently only 360 Atlantic Right Whales in the entire world. The loss of these whales will contribute to the ecological collapse of the Jersey Shore. Whales play a significant part in the ecosystem of the ocean.As you know, President Biden canceled offshore industrial wind farm projects in New York because of local political opposition. We at Save Our Shoreline NJ are organizing local political opposition to Governor Murphy’s poorly considered plan of industrializing our ocean which is bad for our environment, bad for our economy andbad for the future of NJ.That is why we are supporting and we have an ally in Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton and we are asking Cape May County residents, homeowners, and businesses to attend our peaceful demonstration on Tuesday, April 27, at 4:30 at William E. Sturm Jr Admin Building, 4 Moore Road, Cape May Courthouse, NJ. Martha Oldach proudly displays her sign at her Ocean City home.I also urge people to send emails to each county commissioner asking them to support Commissioner Director Gerald M. Thornton in opposition of offshore wind farms.Cape May County Commissioners:● Gerald M. Thornton – Commissioner [email protected]● Leonard C. Desiderio – Commissioner Vice Director –[email protected]● E. Marie Hayes – Commissioner – [email protected]● Will Morey – Commissioner – [email protected]● Jeffrey L. Pierson – Commissioner – [email protected] major economic concern is for the likely increases in our electric bills, which will cripple our New Jersey economy just as we begin recovering from the recession caused by the COVID lockdowns.A major environmental and economic concern is for the fluke fishery because studies in Europe show that similar fish will not cross the electromagnetic fields created by miles of buried cables.” Fluke is important for the commercial industry and is arecreational fishing draw. The negative effects of the fluke not crossing the electromagnetic fields will affect not only the fishing community, but also have a significant negative impact on tourism in our coastal communities – which rely on tourism to survive.I’ve provided the information above to exemplify just a few reasons of why offshore wind is bad for the environment, bad for the economy and bad for the future of the future of NJ.People who want to learn more about the serious dangers posed by the industrial monster wind farms should go to our website www.saveourshorelinenj.com and follow us on Facebook at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/saveourshorelinenj/ and Instagram.Join our campaign to “Save the Whales and the Jersey Shore!”Tricia Conte Save Our Shoreline NJ
Twitter IndianaLocalNews Food Bank of Northern Indiana mobile food distribution schedule Pinterest Google+ (Photo supplied/Food Bank of Northern Indiana) The following is the schedule of mobile food distributions for the Food Bank of Northern Indiana: February 22 – 26, 2021Monday, February 22, 2021 – LaPorte County10 a.m. – Noon, CTWHERE: Marquette Mall, 201 W. U.S. 20 (outside of J.C. Penney), Michigan City, IN 46360*This distribution is provided through COVID-19 response funding through United Way of LaPorte County and will serve up to 300 households.Wednesday, February 24, 2021 – Kosciusko County10 a.m. – Noon, ETWHERE: Warsaw Community Church, 1855 S. County Farm Road, Warsaw, IN 46580*This distribution is provided through COVID-19 grant funding through Feeding America and will serve up to 400 households.Thursday, February 25, 2021 – St. Joseph County – Meijer Frozen Turkey Distribution11 a.m. – 3 p.m. ETWHERE: Four Winds Field – Parking Lot B, 501 W. South Street, South Bend, IN 46601 – Vehicles must approach Lot B by traveling westbound on South Street and turning north onto Taylor Street. Vehicles will exit Lot B traveling northbound from Taylor Street to Western Avenue.*This distribution will provide turkeys for up to 2,000 households. In addition, the first 1,000 households will receive a perishable food box, while supplies last for those in need of food assistance. One per household; maximum of four households per vehicle. Due to safety regulations, you must be in a vehicle to receive the turkey, no exceptions, no walk ups. Please clear the trunk of your vehicle before coming to the distribution. This turkey distribution is sponsored by Meijer in cooperation with the South Bend Cubs.Friday, February 26, 2021 – Marshall County10 a.m. – Noon, ETWHERE: Indiana National Guard Armory, 1220 W. Madison Street, Plymouth, IN 46563*This distribution is sponsored by United Way of Marshall County, Marshall Country Community Foundation and the Marshall County Commissioners and Council and will serve up to 400 household.Assorted food items are offered free of charge. All items are pre-boxed and pre-bagged. First come, first served, while supplies last for those in need of food assistance. One box per household.Distributions are drive-thru. Please remain in your vehicle and open your trunk to receive items. An area will be available for self-loading if your trunk does not open. WhatsApp Previous articleElkhart man, 45, killled in snowmobile crash in Cass CountyNext articleIndiana’s COVID vaccination age qualification could be lowered this week Jon ZimneyJon Zimney is the News and Programming Director for News/Talk 95.3 Michiana’s News Channel and host of the Fries With That podcast. Follow him on Twitter @jzimney. By Jon Zimney – February 21, 2021 1 355 Facebook Twitter Google+ Pinterest Facebook WhatsApp
Cornwall-based Etherington’s Farm Shop has received a new health standard accreditation for its pasties.It has been awarded SALSA accreditation, which is a highly endorsed food-safety standard written by experts to reflect both legal requirements and the best practice food expectations of professional buyers.Etherington’s Farm Shop is an award winning bakery, butchery academy and conference room which sells locally sourced Cornish produce including sausage rolls, jams and biscuits.Mark Etherington, managing director, says: “I am incredibly proud of the team here at Etherington’s. SALSA is an additional award to our five star “Scores on the Doors” status issued by the Food Standards Agency. Our pasty is going from strength to strength with a significant increase in sales since the turn of the New Year. The certificate on the wall is recognition of hard work, dedication and excellent standards of practice.“I believe that the more accreditation that we can achieve the better it is for our company. SALSA is not only a measure of success, but an added resource to help us grow and compete in the national marketplace.”
The eyes of several children went wide as Amy Gunzelmann, education specialist at the Harvard Museum of Natural History (HMNH), carried a loosely wrapped bundle to the floor of the Valente Branch of the Cambridge Public Library.“We might need to clear some space,” Gunzelmann said. “Because the snake that shed this skin was really long.”As she slowly unrolled the 12-foot skin on the library floor, kids jumped out of their chairs to run their fingers over the scales. One boy shrieked and jerked his hand away — and then immediately lunged back to touch the skin again.Gunzelmann presented a treasure trove of HMNH resources to parents and kids, challenging the standing-room-only crowd to think about the different classifications of zoology, as part of the John Harvard Book Celebration program. Celebrating Harvard’s 375th anniversary and its close ties to the Boston and Cambridge communities, the John Harvard Book Celebration has included the donation of more than 400 books to libraries, 17 lectures by Harvard faculty and members of the University’s Board of Overseers at local libraries, and 18 programs for children and youth. This particular youth-based programming reached more than 200 children in the Greater Boston area this spring, concluding with this last event in late April.“The John Harvard Book Celebration has broadened the boundaries of our campus to include all of Boston and Cambridge by reaching into every public library in those communities,” said Christine Heenan, vice president of Public Affairs & Communications. “Harvard faculty, students, and alumni welcomed the chance to share their expertise and ideas with parents and children. That kind of dialogue, which happens regularly in Harvard’s community programs, creates ties that enrich the University and cities we call home.”For Gunzelmann, who also brought fish bones, owl and turkey feathers, shark teeth, animal furs, and vertebrae replicas from HMNH to the library for the kids to examine, the program was “really kind of special.”“A lot of students come to the museum with their school classes,” said Gunzelmann. “But this brings us right into their neighborhood, right to their own backyard. What really gets students engaged is working with the real specimens up close, so that we can discuss it after they take a close look at it. We even concluded today’s programming by talking about how kids can explore the insects and animals in their own backyard, and how they can use the classification systems we learned today to better understand those animals.”For Julia Konrad ’13, vice president of the Student Advisory Committee at the Institute of Politics (IOP), participating in the John Harvard Book Celebration was a way to put her focus on politics and citizenship into real practice in the community. “We created a workshop on citizenship, which we held at the West Roxbury Branch [of the Boston Public Library],” Konrad said. “We based it on the U.S. citizenship exam questions. It was great to see these third- and fourth-graders puzzling through really challenging questions of citizenship and government, talking about freedom of speech, freedom of assembly, what qualities are important in people who are members of a president’s cabinet, and so on.”As Harvard undergraduates, Konrad said, the library workshop “was an invaluable experience. As students, we very rarely leave Cambridge, let alone Harvard Square, and it can be easy to lose sight of what’s going on outside of school — what we’re really arguing, studying, and writing about. In asking these kids questions and challenging them, it felt like we were not only inspiring a love of American politics, but also that we were helping to instill real passion in them for learning, challenging, and staking your claim in the world.”Wendy Derjue-Holzer, education director at the HMNH, said that bringing Harvard resources, researchers, and students into the libraries showed the community that Harvard is part of their lives in a way they hadn’t previously considered. “When they see us in their library, in their neighborhood, it broadens their perspective,” she said. “It gives them new and different connections. It shows that Harvard fits into their lives in another way, not just in the classroom. It’s great to be part of that bridge between the community and other parts of Harvard.”In addition to books, college readiness, and politics, the John Harvard Book Celebration’s children and youth programming also provided opportunities for cultural and artistic performances by Harvard students, including a concert performed by Mariachi Veritas de Harvard at the Boston Public Library’s Connolly Branch in Jamaica Plain. “It was a real family-oriented event,” said George Zuo ’13. “It was great to see all the kids getting excited about our sound. Some members of the audience really appreciated that we were bringing our music to the community, others liked the diversity of our group, and others enjoyed the energy of our sound, but it was great to have an experience where Harvard students and families in the Boston community all got together to celebrate culture and books.”More than 40 students volunteered as part of the program, including representatives from Harvard College Stories for Orphans, Harvard College Class Clowns, Harvard Story-Time Players, the Institute of Politics, and the Harvard Graduate School of Education’s Language and Literacy Masters program.For Konrad, the greatest impact of change may not have been experienced by the kids, but by the students who helped bring the programming to the community. “We can forget that it’s a privilege to go to Harvard,” she said. “Hanging out with those kids in the library was an extension of that privilege. It was a valuable experience for the kids and for us — maybe more for us, because we got a chance to present what we cared about, and then got to see them respond to that and see them get excited about the same things, too. I felt really lucky to be part of it.”
A perfectly tailored suit is an investment. It’s worth it to pay for the perfect fit, high-quality material appropriate for the occasion, and a color that makes your eyes pop.So why, when it comes to mission-critical technology solutions, are government agencies expected to buy off-the-rack?As federal agencies expand nascent AI capabilities, deploy IoT technologies, and collect infinitely more data, their missions require a customized, nuanced approach to transform edge capabilities.To combat the data deluge resulting from AI and IoT advances, the Federal Data Strategy’s first-year action plan was released in late December. It urges the launch of a federal CDO Council, establishment of a Federal Data Policy Committee, and identification of priority data assets for open data – all by the end of January 2020. These are just the first steps to prepare for what’s already underway; government’s mass migration to the edge and the resulting proliferation of data. In just five years, Gartner projects 75 percent of all enterprise-generated data will be processed outside of a traditional data center or cloud.As we work to manage, analyze, and secure data collected at the edge, we need to evaluate the solutions with the same standards we apply in our data center or cloud. To enable insights at the edge, federal teams need the same (or better) function: high compute, speed, power, storage, security, but now in a durable, portable form. This may require equipment to tolerate a higher level of vibration, withstand extreme thermal ranges, fit precise dimensions, or incorporate specialized security requirements.Partnering with Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions enables Federal SIs and agencies to integrate trusted Tier 1 infrastructure into solutions built for their specific mission requirements, or for those of their end users. For instance, working with our team, you might re-brand Dell Technologies hardware as part of your solution, leveraging specialized OEM-ready designs like our XR2 Rugged Server and Extended Life (XL) option. We also offer turnkey solutions designed by our customers and delivered through Dell Technologies, which allows us to further serve what we know are your very specific use cases.As an example, our customer Tracewell Systems worked with Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions to customize the Dell EMC PowerEdge FX architecture, creating a family of products that meets the needs of their federal customer’s server sled field dimensions. Because Tracewell’s T-FX2 solution is still interoperable with standard Dell EMC server sleds, the end customer can now plug and play powerful Dell EMC compute and storage products from the field to the data center, cutting processing time from 14 to two days.Feds at the edge need the right solution, and need that solution delivered quickly and securely. Agencies and federal systems integrators need a trusted partner that can help them compress time-to-market while ensuring regulatory compliance and providing a secure supply chain. While conducting a search for an OEM partner, agencies and systems integrators should consider vendors that will embrace challenges and engage in a deep, collaborative relationship. Moreover, dig beyond the design of the technology and ask:Does the vendor have the buying power to guarantee production consistency, so the product can continue to be delivered as designed? If necessary, consider looking for a partner that will guarantee a long-life solution.Are there lifecycle support services from problem identification, to customized design, to build and integration, to delivery, to experience?Can the potential partner supply program management to handle all regulation and compliance complications?Does the vendor have a broad portfolio for easy integration of solutions from edge to core to cloud?Does the vender have a deep focus on security – from the chip level through to delivery and support?These critical aspects will help you design those faster, smaller, smarter solutions, and get them in the field more quickly.With 900+ dedicated team members, the Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions group has embraced challenges for 20 years, creating more than 10,000 unique project designs. Read our latest issue brief, detailing how our capabilities can provide you with the tactical advantage.Read the full issue brief here.Learn more about our work in military & defense at Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions.Follow us on Twitter @delltechoem and @RonAtDell.Join our LinkedIn Dell Technologies OEM | Embedded & Edge Solutions Showcase page
The student senate gathered Thursday evening to provide updates on planning for the spring semester and winter break and to swear in a new senator.Chief of staff, senior Aaron Benavides announced the Student Advisory Group for Campus Reopening convened Wednesday evening. The group met with University President Fr. John Jenkins to discuss his appearance at the White House for the announcement of Notre Dame law professor Amy Coney Barrett’s nomination to the Supreme Court. Benavides said the discussion focused on rebuilding trust with Jenkins following his release from isolation after his diagnosis of COVID-19. “We will be continuing conversations with him as we work to rebuild trust and get on the right path again with the administration,” Benavides said. The Student Advisory Group for Campus Reopening also met with vice president of the Graduate School Dr. Laura Carlson, vice president and associate provost for undergraduate affairs Fr. Hugh Page and provost Marie Lynn Miranda to discuss the possibility of amending the spring semester to provide a break for students and faculty and to receive updates regarding programming for winter break. Ryan Peters | The Observer Chief of staff, senior Aaron Benavides addresses the student senate Thursday. The meeting touched on updates regarding spring semester and the 10 week winter break.The advisory group sent out a survey Tuesday evening to gain student feedback about how to incorporate an academic reprieve into the spring schedule. Benavides said the group received over 800 responses to the survey in fewer than 24 hours.“We’re so happy to see people filling that out, and we are so grateful to get students’ perspectives on how difficult this semester has been,” he said.The survey feedback was sent to Miranda, who is hoping to finalize her plans for the schedule for next semester by the end of the month, according to Benavides.Benavides added that Page said the courses and programming that will be offered during the winter session are expected to be finalized and sent out by the end of the month.Following Benavides’ announcement, Rachel Ingal, senior student body president, announced that the Campus Life Council (CLC) held its first meeting Thursday morning. Ingal, who serves as chair of the CLC, said the council had a productive dialogue about student behavior and the need for an academic break in the spring.“We talked about weekend behavior and heard from the rector as to what they saw going on on campus and in the residence halls and … just how they think their residents are feeling. And [the rector was] taught from a student perspective as to kind of why we’re backsliding a little bit in terms of our behavior,” Ingal said.Ingal said the meeting served as a unique opportunity to provide updates from the student perspective directly to Student Affairs about the stress students are experiencing from a semester with no breaks. After the executive announcements, Dan Law took an oath of office to be instated as Dillion Hall senator. Law was sworn in following the resignation of senior Michael Dugan. (Editor’s Note: Dugan is a former News Writer and Systems Administrator at The Observer.) Dugan resigned following controversy surrounding a Letter to the Editor he and other Dillon officials submitted in September. Tags: Campus Life Council, campus reopening, Rose garden, student senate
The Federal Reserve Federal Reserve Gov. Lael Brainard warned against raising the federal funds target rate “prematurely” during a speech at a National Association for Business Economics conference in Washington.“There is a risk that the intensification of international cross currents could weigh more heavily on U.S. demand directly, or that the anticipation of a sharper divergence in U.S. policy could impose restraint through additional tightening of financial conditions,” Brainard said.She continued, “For these reasons, I view the risks to the economic outlook as tilted to the downside. The downside risks make a strong case for continuing to carefully nurture the U.S. recovery – and argue against prematurely taking away the support that has been so critical to its vitality.”Instead, Brainard said she is arguing in favor of “watching and waiting.” She also noted that she does not consider improvement in the labor market “a sufficient statistic” for judging inflation. continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr
“In setting the standard price, we don’t want private laboratories to experience losses, but we also don’t want the public to spend that much for PCR tests. So, we will also involve the BPKP [Development Finance Comptroller] in doing this,” Doni said.He went on to say that the BNPB had distributed millions of reagents for PCR tests across the country so that they could provide swab testing for free. “We’ve provided free tests to 51 percent of the people who have taken swab tests,” he said.As of Sept. 9, Indonesia has tested a total of 2.5 million swab samples from 1.4 million people. The country has recorded 203,342 confirmed COVID-19 cases, with 8,336 deaths so far.Topics : “It’s very expensive in private laboratories because they are commercial and they have set their margins too high. We’re currently preparing a standard price. The BNPB head will recommend the maximum price to the Health Minister,” Dody told lawmakers in the hearing.Dody said the BNPB would recommend that private laboratories and hospitals follow the agency’s baseline price of below Rp 500,000 and add it to a reasonable profit margin.National COVID-19 task force chief Doni Monardo, who also chairs the BNPB, said during a hearing with the commission on Sept. 3 that several hospitals charged more than Rp 2.5 million for PCR tests. Therefore, he said, it was important to set a price ceiling for such tests. The National Disaster Mitigation Agency (BNPB) will assist the Health Ministry in setting a price ceiling for COVID-19 swab tests following numerous complaints over the high prices set for the tests in many private facilities.BNPB acting deputy for emergency response Dody Ruswandi said on Wednesday that private health facilities had set considerably high prices to profit from polymerase chain reaction (PCR) tests.The price for the agency’s PCR tests has been set at a maximum Rp 500,000 (US$ 33.7) in some 300 state-owned laboratories, Dody said in a hearing with the House of Representatives Commission VIII overseeing disasters and social affairs.
The sprawling and densely populated working-class neighborhoods of Mexico City have been among the hardest hit in the region by the virus and the ensuing economic pain.Alejandro Castillo, 68, never stopped selling colorful women’s leggings at his stall in Mexico City’s outdoor Tepito market during the pandemic, but sales have dropped to a third of what he is used to.”It’s like a nightmare, because you can’t see when it’s going to end,” Castillo said.Still, Castillo considers himself lucky. One fellow vendor and his son recently tested positive for COVID-19, two weeks after a nephew died of the disease. Another nephew of his colleague was so weakened by the virus that he can barely speak. Latin America remains the epicenter of the coronavirus pandemic, even as infections spike again in Europe and the global death toll is likely to surpass 1 million this weekend.In Mexico, numbers have remained stubbornly high for months even after coming off summer peaks, as the government prioritized increasing hospital capacity over tests and contact tracing.The confirmed coronavirus caseload rose to 710,049 on Wednesday, according to updated data from the health ministry, along with a reported death toll of 74,949.With the testing rate far below most other large countries, Mexican officials recognize the true numbers are much higher.President Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador on Thursday reiterated that infections and deaths were declining.”In Mexico we haven’t had – knock on wood – a new outbreak, we’re trending downwards in general,” he said in his morning news conference.But for stall-holder Castillo the danger still feels uncomfortably present.”Cases have been growing closer recently. And there’s still not really a policy to deal with the pandemic, at least that’s what we see,” Castillo said. Topics : Mexico was set to surpass 75,000 confirmed coronavirus deaths on Thursday, as the pandemic ravages Latin American nations with large informal economies where workers have grappled with the twin threats of hunger and contagion.Mexico has the world’s fourth-highest coronavirus death toll, according to a Reuters tally, behind the United States, Brazil, and India. Despite closing schools and offices six months ago, the Mexican government has struggled to contain the virus’ spread.More than half of Latin America’s active population have informal jobs in areas such as street commerce and domestic labor. In Mexico, working from home or strict social distancing measures can mean no income, since the welfare safety net is small.