10 Outdoor Novels for the Budding Adventurer in Your Life

first_imgSouth Sea Tales by Jack London– In 1906 Jack London built his own boat and set off on a year-and-a-half voyage through the South Pacific. London navigated Hawaii, Bora Bora, Samoa, Fiji, and the Solomons before most Americans had ever heard of these places. London surfed with kings, dodged headhunters, and fought off disease. The voyage inspired eight short stories replete with menacing sharks, unworldly pearls, deadly typhoons, cannibals and missionaries, heroes and scoundrels. The South Sea Tales include some of London’s best portraits: the fearless missionary John Starhurst, the cruel German slave-trader Max Bunster, and the noble Otoo of Bora Bora. Upright men and rough-house villains struggle in a palm-fringed world of hardship and violence. Such worlds are signature Jack London. South Sea Tales is a faster Call of the Wild, sharp as a reef-ringed atoll.education The Education of Little Tree by Forrest Carter – Forrest Carter, author of The Outlaw Josey Wales, scandalized legions of fans when his true identify came out in the early 1990s. For decades Carter won the hearts of readers who felt disillusioned with the relentless march of modernity. When Carter’s personal history revealed that he had actually been a card-carrying white supremacist, many, including Oprah Winfrey, pulled The Education of Little Tree from their shelves.  Perhaps it is impossible for this poignant Cherokee coming-of-age story to exist apart from its author. Or, perhaps Little Tree’s education in the ways of his ancestors, the cycles of nature, and the power of compassion will ultimately teach us something markedly different than what the real-life Carter stood for.513wGK37C9LNavigating Early by Claire Vanderpool – When Jack Baker’s mother suddenly dies, and with his father away at WWII, the 13-year-old finds himself at a military boarding school in the woods of Maine. Baker forms an unlikely friendship with an eccentric outcast named Auden Early. Early is a genius mathematician, whose unique ability to interpret the number PI (3.14) inspires an epic journey. The pair hunt for clues along the Appalachian Trail, learn to fly-fish, and search for the Great Bear, a mysterious creature who may hold the answers to the tragic personal losses that both boys have experienced.landIlostThe Land I Lost by Huynh Quang Nhuong – Imbued with boyhood majesty and rich culture, Nhuong recollects his youthful escapades around his mountain village in central Vietnam. Nhuong’s stories captive young readers as his daily encounters with the animal kingdom both tantalize and frighten. Misty tales revolve around hungry crocodiles, the deadly horse snake, and a trusty pet water buffalo named Tank. The story also shares the warmth of family and community. Nhuong’s world is indeed rich, and sadly one that would be jeopardized.julieoftheWolvesJulie of the Wolves by Jean Craighead George – In 1972, George and her son Luke travelled to Barrow, Alaska to research wolves for a magazine article. Luke George’s newfound love for the Alaskan wilderness, and the wolves’ remarkable ability to communicate with scientists inspired George to write this Newberry Medal-winning novel. Miyax, a young Eskimo girl, rebels against her traditional upbringing and attempts to run away. She soon finds herself lost and fighting to survive. The experience puts Miyax in the company of wolves and forces her to rely on her indigenous skills.stormStorm Warriors by Elisa Carbone – On the Outer Banks of North Carolina an all-black lifesaving station stood apart as the best in the Coast Guard. Tasked with patrolling the Graveyard of the Atlantic, the Pea Island Lifesaving Station saved innumerable lives, a thankless job during southern reconstruction. A native of the southeast, Carbone tells the story of an African American boy who dreams of becoming a surfman in the treacherous waters of racism and hurricanes. Nathan, who moved to the Outer Banks to escape the KKK, aspires to join the Pea Island crew. He shadows the surfmen, who teach him to bodysurf and mend wounds; yet, Nathan has much more to learn on an island that never sits still.ISOBDIsland of Blue Dolphins by Scott O’Dell – In 1853 a boat captain from Tennessee discovered a native woman on one of California’s Channel Islands. The Lost Woman of San Nicholas had lived on the island for 18 solitary years. This real-life story inspired historical fiction writer Scott O’Dell to craft a Crusoe-esque masterpiece. As O’Dell tells it, a skirmish between greedy Russian fur traders and the native islanders of Ghalas-at leads the tribe’s search for a new home. Karana, seeing her brother missing, swims back to shore. The pair are now stranded on the Island of the Blue Dolphins. With resiliency, compassion, and respect for the earth, Karana hacks out an existent and even forms some surprising friendships.[divider]About the Author[/divider]Since boyhood Phil Morgan has loved maps, adventure, travel, culture, history, and good stories. He studied the liberal arts at Hillsdale College and has since worked as an ocean lifeguard, a staff writer for Eastern Surf Magazine, a newspaper editor, and a raft guide. He currently lives in Hendersonville, North Carolina, where he teaches English, writes, and explores the surrounding wilderness. His favorite authors are Jon Krakeur, Jack London, Mark Twain, Paul Theroux, and William Shakespeare. In my early teens the family television broke, and I spent the summer reading books about mystical journeys through India and harrowing expeditions up the Congo. My life changed forever. C.S. Lewis once wrote that adventure stories have a vital role in saving kids from “the slumber of cold vulgarity.” Thanks to IPhones, YouTube, etc., cold slumbers are common. Imaginations die-off, and indifference rules the day.For parents who want to take their kids exploring, this is especially frustrating. As a middle school English teacher, my students constantly remind me of the truth in Lewis’s words. Kids who fall in love with tales of adventure begin to yearn for adventures. They see themselves in the story and want a piece of the action; a mountain to climb, a wave to charge, a cause to fight for. These 10 soul-stirring novels are powerful testimonies to the challenges, thrills, and wonder in coming of age in the outdoors.takemetotheriverTake me to the River by Will Hobbs – Young dirtbags will love Will Hobbs. Rafting, mountain biking, climbing, and fool-hardy expeditions fill the pages of the Colorado author’s 19 young adult novels. In Take Me to the River, Dylan, a boy from Asheville, North Carolina, unites with his river-rat cousin for a wild raft trip down the Rio Grande. An encroaching hurricane delivers big water, and misadventures in Mexico lead to a run-in with a mysterious fugitive. Hobbs’s books are edgy yet cautionary, imparting on the reader that adventure is not about an end point but the challenges along the way.theCayThe Cay by Theodore Taylor – After German U-Boats sink a passenger liner, Phillip Enright finds himself with an old, black West Indian man drifting on a raft somewhere off the coast of Panama. Timothy and Phillip beach on a deserted island, and so begins the boy’s crash course in survival. When sudden blindness threatens Phillip’s self-worth, Timothy cunningly teaches him skills and self-reliance. Thanks to the sacrificial leadership of Timothy, Phillip ultimately learns the tremendous power of things you cannot see but only feel; namely, wisdom, friendship, and love. Theodore Taylor, a native of North Carolina, dedicated the book to Martin Luther King Jr.HatchetHatchet by Gary Paulsen – In 2007, a 12-year-old Boy Scout survived four lonely nights in the mountains of North Carolina. The boy said he applied the lessons he learned in Hatchet throughout the ordeal. Paulsen, alongside Jack London, is the lead dog in the world of YA outdoor literature. His stories sober youth to the harsh realities of the wilderness and tempt them to seek out challenges that test their mettle. In Hatchet, protagonist Brian Robeson spends 54 gut-wrenching days in the Canadian wilderness. With a hatchet as his only means of survival, Brian must summon his courage and attune to nature if he wants to live. Brian’s transformative experience mirrors Paulsen’s, who amidst a troubled childhood found solace in both nature and in books.SouthSeaTaleslast_img read more

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Brazil and Peru Sign Cooperation Agreements for Military Technology

first_img Brazil and Peru will amplify their technological cooperation in the aerospace and naval sectors. The countries’ Defense Ministers, Celso Amorim from Brazil, and Juan Alberto Otárola from Peru, met on February 14 in Brasilia to discuss the issue. The meeting concluded with the signature of two memoranda to establish a partnership between companies from both countries for the development of industrial programs. “We talked about a broad technological partnership in the aerospace and naval sectors of our two countries,” highlighted Minister Celso Amorim. “Brazil and Peru deepened their long-time strategic alliance within the framework established by [Brazilian] President Dilma Rousseff and [Peruvian] President Ollanta Humala,” he concluded. Aerospacial Developments After signing the agreements, the Peruvian delegation visited the Annapolis Air Base in the state of Goiás, to see the AT-29 Super Tucano light attack aircraft, the E-99 early alert aircraft (equipped with aerial surveillance systems) and the R-99 (remote sensing aircraft), all manufactured by Brazilian Embraer. The Brazilian Air Force also made a modernized T-27 Tucano training aircraft available. Peru operates a fleet of these attack aircraft in their fight against narcotrafficking and during anti-guerrilla operations. According to the memorandum of aerial cooperation, the Peruvian Air Force’s Maintenance Service will be responsible for the final modernization of the remaining fleet of Tucanos, and will receive equipment and technology from Embraer to manufacture the structural components of the aircraft. During the meeting, the Peruvian delegation showed interest in the joint development of an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), an area in which Brazil is already developing projects. At the conclusion of the meeting, Brazilian Minister Amorim announced that the Peruvian Air Force is considering purchasing ten Super Tucano aircraft. Naval Projects The second memorandum of cooperation signed by Brazil and Peru deals with the exchange of technology in the naval construction sector. In Central and South America and the Caribbean, only Brazil has the technological capacity to cut and solder submarine helmets, the so-called half-life cuts, which facilitate the maintenance work of motors and the introduction of modern equipment in the units. Peru owns six class IKL 209-1200 submarines, which it plans to update. Through its Managerial Company of Naval Projects (Emgepron), Brazil would give this technology to the Industrial Services conglomerate of the Peruvian Navy (Sima), located in the city of Callao. Borders At the meeting, both South American countries also highlighted the need for creating a bi-national border commission to fight transnational crime. Both Brazil and Peru already have similar withstanding agreements with Colombia, with whom they soon plan to hold a meeting at the triple frontier, the area located in Tabatinga, Amazonas state. The continuity in the exchange of information obtained by the Amazon Protection System with a network of Peruvian radars was also hailed during the meeting. By Dialogo February 17, 2012last_img read more

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West Hempstead Man Gets Probation for Dogfighting

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A West Hempstead was sentenced Tuesday to probation, community service and will not be allowed to own any pets for five years after he admitted to participating in dogfighting.Hector Hernandez had pleaded guilty in August at Nassau County court to animal cruelty and animal fighting.Prosecutors said the 27-year-old man had dogfighting equipment—including chains, a treadmill and dog tether—on his property, where investigators acting on a tip found numerous pit-bull dogs caged in a shed, multiple chickens and one rabbit in January.Two of the dogs, Roja and Nana, had fresh bite marks on their front sides while the other six dogs were found in poor living conditions, authorities said.Judge Sharon Gianelli also sentenced Hernandez to $1,200 in fines and ordered Hernandez to sign a spot-check agreement to ensure compliance with the pet ownership ban.Hernandez will additionally be required to sign up for county’s new Animal Crimes Registry, which shelters and pet stores are required to check before allowing an applicant to adopt a pet.last_img read more

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Arguments in appellate-level ADA case against CU start Oct. 30

first_imgThe Fourth Circuit of Appeals will hear arguments Oct. 30 in an appeal by Department of Labor (DOL) FCU in a frivolous lawsuit alleging website noncompliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The lawsuit is just one of many around the country facing credit unions due to uncertainty about how the ADA applies to websites.CUNA filed a brief in Griffin v. DOL FCU in June, its first in such cases at the appellate level. A decision in this case will provide binding precedent for the Fourth Circuit.CUNA’s primary arguments on behalf of DOL FCU were:The district court correctly found that the appellant lacks standing, and had not suffered concrete and particularized harm because he does not meet the eligibility requirements to become a member of DOL FCU; continue reading » 1SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Possible H5N1 family cluster probed in Pakistan

first_imgDec 17, 2007 (CIDRAP News) – The World Health Organization (WHO) has sent a team to Pakistan to investigate at least eight suspected human cases of H5N1 avian influenza in the same general area, including cases in four brothers and two of their cousins, according to news services.WHO spokesman Gregory Hartl said limited human-to-human transmission in the cases is possible, according to an Associated Press (AP) report published yesterday. However, he told Nature that 40 contacts of the suspected case-patients have tested negative.If confirmed, the cases will mark the first human H5N1 infections in Pakistan. They also appear to constitute the largest cluster of related infections since eight cases (seven confirmed, one probable) occurred among relatives in North Sumatra in May 2006. Transmission of the disease from a 10-year-old boy to his father was confirmed by laboratory testing in that episode.In a Dec 15 statement, the WHO said Pakistan’s ministry of health had reported eight suspected cases in the Peshawar area, in the wake of culling operations to control poultry outbreaks there. Peshawar is in the country’s North-West Frontier province, near the Afghan border, where most of the country’s poultry outbreaks have occurred.Samples from the patients tested positive in Pakistan’s national laboratory and were being sent to a WHO reference lab for confirmation and further analysis, the WHO said.Doctors from the WHO in Geneva and Cairo and others from US Navy Medical Research Unit 3 in Cairo were on their way to Pakistan yesterday to help investigate the cases and combat the disease, according to a Dec 16 Bloomberg news report. The team planned to track down, treat, and test contacts of the suspected case-patients, according to the Nature report.Details of the suspected cases remained somewhat hazy today, as news reports varied in some respects.According to the AP, Hartl said the illnesses involved four brothers, two of whom died, and two cousins, all from Abbotabad, a city about 30 miles north of Islamabad. Specimens were never collected from one of the deceased brothers. The two men who died had been students at an agricultural college in Peshawar; they were not involved in culling poultry, but they visited another brother when he was hospitalized, the story said.Also among the suspected cases were a man and his niece from the Abbotabad area and a person who slaughtered poultry in Mansehra, 15 miles away, Hartl told the AP. He said some of the patients had had only mild symptoms and were never hospitalized.The Bloomberg News report, also based on information from Hartl, concurred that the suspected case-patients included four brothers. The first case was in an agriculture official who fell ill after culling poultry in the Abbotabad area in late October. He was cared for by two of his brothers, both of whom subsequently died, one about a month ago and the other on Nov 29. A third brother of the first man also got sick, was hospitalized, and recovered, the story said.The suspected cases also included two of the four brothers’ cousins, who had only mild symptoms, plus a man and his niece who were involved in culling poultry in the area, Bloomberg reported. (It was not clear if the cousins were involved in culling.) Another case was in a male farm worker from Mansehra.Still another brother of the first man to fall ill lives in New York state but flew to Pakistan to attend the funeral of one of his deceased brothers, according to Bloomberg. On his return, he told his physician that he might have been exposed to avian flu and quarantined himself at home, after which his son experienced flu-like symptoms. Samples from both father and son tested negative in state and federal laboratories last week, the story said.Hartl told Bloomberg it was too early to tell whether the cases all spread from birds or involved limited person-to-person spread. He said some of the patients kept chickens and quail, and it was unclear what kind of protective equipment they used during culling.The Nature report said Pakistan was slow to inform the WHO of the possible cases, boding ill for the agency’s hope of detecting any person-to-person transmission early and quickly providing antiviral treatment to stop a potential pandemic. The story said the first cases occurred in mid-November at the latest, but Pakistan didn’t officially inform the WHO until Dec 12.See also: Dec 15 WHO statementhttp://www.who.int/csr/don/2007_12_15/en/index.htmlJun 23, 2006, CIDRAP News story on human-to-human transmission in North Sumatra caseshttp://www.cidrap.umn.edu/cidrap/content/influenza/panflu/news/jun2306cluster.htmllast_img read more

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Expert analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the value of hotel real estate and the transaction market in Croatia

first_imgTransactions are mainly concentrated in prominent “sea” destinations such as Dubrovnik, Split, Opatija, Istria and the capital Zagreb; more than 80% relate to portfolios, with a limited number of cross-border investments. Cover photo: Photo by Eunice Stahl on Unsplash To investigate the potential range and degree of impact of the current recession on hotel values, Hotelis has created a specific model depending on the recovery of the tourism industry during 2020/2021 and the likelihood of hotels to realize high season business in 2020. In this sense, the analysis presents the case of a resort type hotel (4 *, 200 keys) with the assumption that it is the subject of interest of the international investment market. In 2019, the average achieved hotel price per key was EUR 101,000. The potential range and degree of impact of the current recession on hotel values ​​is conceptualized on baseline scenario and three alternative scenarios. The COVID-19 pandemic and imposed travel restrictions along with redefining social contacts have a strong negative impact on the hospitality and hospitality industry. It is precisely the topic of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the value of hotel real estate and the transaction market in Croatia that she addressed through expert analysis. Silvija Ilišković Balagović MRICS, hotel consultant and business owner Hotels, independent consulting houses specializing in investments in the field of hospitality and tourism.  Assessing the value of assets is particularly problematic in conditions of market uncertainty. The valuation of commercial real estate is based on their ability to generate a monetary return, which also applies to hotels. The approach to the valuation of hotels that is the standard of the profession includes projections of future cash flows for a certain period at the end of which the terminal value of the property is estimated and everything is discounted to the present value. The parameters used depend on the specific market framework and the prospects of the hotel market movement, which are identified at that time as the most expected.  As one of the conclusions, Ilišković Balagović points out that currently the decline in the value of hotel real estate in Croatia is up to 40%, depending on the dynamics of the recovery of the tourism industry, while the value is expected to recover. But the main question is when and under what circumstances? More information will bring more certainty and opportunities to draw reliable conclusions. Scenarios and evaluation The model shows a baseline scenario and three alternative scenarios. BASIC SCENARIO – reflects the expected value of the hotel over time based on a stable market framework; this case assumes that the capital and market conditions of the hotel from January 2020 remain unchanged.  Additional assumptions for each individual scenario are summarized as follows: As the hotel industry as well as the entire tourism industry is “on break” and EBITDA is expected to fall sharply, where the worst-case scenarios include the possibility of negative EBITDA in the medium term, lenders have stopped new financing and lower LTV ratios and increased interest rates are expected. rate. HOTEL VALUES AND TRANSACTION ACTIVITY IN 2020 The analysis is done from the perspective of a professional participant in the transaction market, and is based on the standard hotel valuation methodology (DCF method). Most of the realized transactions were made among local players, while pension funds became more active as customers, especially in cooperation with operators / hotel companies. Only part of the transactions can be characterized as “market-based”, while other cases are related to privatization, real estate in the banks’ portfolio, and the sale of obsolete and / or obsolete real estate, etc. The COVID-19 pandemic affects all aspects of our lives, both personally and in business. Tourism, and especially the hotel industry, is affected globally, which has a strong impact on the hotel real estate market.  The hotel market in Croatia, compared to other Mediterranean destinations, is relatively small and of limited growth, emphasizes Ilišković Balagović. And to illustrate, according to the list of categorized facilities (MINT) at the end of 2019, Croatia had about 780 hotels with about 62 rooms, with a growth of only 000% in the number of hotel rooms over the past three years, while, for example, Italy has more than 6 30 hotels with over a million rooms. Furthermore, the hotel market in Croatia is characterized by a high level of spatial and ownership consolidation, seasonal operations and challenges related to the formation and management of products and the offer of destinations.  Key issues and challenges related to the real estate aspect of the hotel business:center_img BEST SCENARIO – Restrictions are expected to be lifted and hotels will benefit from the main season of 2020. This case assumes that hotels will open on July 1 and operate normally until the end of the year with an additional 20% revenue reduction with a recovery by 2023.  Attachment: Silvija Ilišković Balagović, Hotel: The Impact of COVID-19 on Hotel Values ​​and Transactions – Croatia Case  THE WORST SCENARIO – Revenues are not expected in 2020 with a modest recovery from 2021, and normalization in 2025.  All stakeholders in the industry are united in their efforts to better understand the impact of the crisis and find new innovative solutions and business models to apply to enable business conditions and job retention and ultimately mitigate the negative impact on operating cash flow (EBITDA).  THE MOST LIKELY SCENARIO – It is assumed that during the months of the high 2020 season, restrictions will continue to apply and that hotels will open in the last quarter of 2020 with an additional 20% overall reduction. EBITDA is estimated to be negative in 2020, and a full recovery in revenue is projected in 2025.  During the period from 2017 to 2019, 16 transactions were realized, which refers to 10.600 rooms, with a total transaction value of about 856 million Euros. TRevPAR (total revenue per available room): 32.000 EUREBITDA margin 35%Fixed cost share: 40%Allocation for investment maintenance: 3% of total revenues Assumptions for performing the baseline scenario: THE CASE OF CROATIA – POTENTIAL IMPACT ON HOTEL VALUE Market price versus the cost of building a new hotel – given the significant increase in construction costs in the last 4 years (up to 35%)The expected increase in value in the medium term will attract institutional investors with a greater risk appetite in the hotel industry.Property condition and capex requirements in the medium term – if the property is regularly maintained and it is possible to operate for the next 3 years without major investments, it will be more interesting to buyersBusiness model – it is assumed that brands will gain in importance due to the increased need for high health and hygiene standards, which is easier to introduce into an already standardized business, with the psychological effect of trust in hoteliers as a prerequisite for using accommodation. Additional aspects are the possibility of revising the contract terms and the quality of the owner / brand relationship.Availability of working capital for at least 12-18 months – a financial factor that affects the increase in indebtedness or reduction of internal reserves if the hotelier wants to keep ownership.Production and spatial concept of real estate – the ability to maintain a competitive position in the market, the relevance of the product and compliance with the product of the destination and the needs of modern touristsLocation, landmark status and other features that affect valuesAbility to overcome “operational issues” by changing standards, automating procedures and digitization, and business revitalization. Although there are different levels of impact on the value of hotel real estate, depending on the dynamics of recovery in the short and medium term, it in the worst case scenario falls by up to 37%.  To investigate the potential range and degree of impact of the current recession on hotel values, Hotelis has created a specific model depending on the recovery of the tourism industry during 2020/2021 and the likelihood of hotels to realize high season business in 2020. It is expected that transaction activity will slow down in 2020, because values ​​are falling, and owners are not inclined to sell property at a discount unless forced to do so, Ilišković Balagović points out, and asks key questions about the real estate aspect of the hotel business in the next challenging period.  The following illustration shows the results of the model while the specific impact on a particular property depends on its physical characteristics, quality of management, market position and location. The high season generates 40% of the total annual revenue of the hotel (in July and August), while during the 4 months (from June to September) it generates about 70% of the total annual revenue in a typical seasonal 4 * hotel. “Many operational procedures must be invented to shape the new “rules of the game.” The manner and intensity of use of hotel public spaces will be redefined, which will also affect value. But hotels are expected to remain a desirable asset and a tool for diversifying their investment portfolio. ” emphasizes Ilišković Balagović and concludes that the next few years will be very exciting in the hotel industry. Hypothetically typical hotel The entire analysis of the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on the value of hotel real estate and the transaction market in Croatia, in the expert analysis of a consulting company specializing in investments in the field of hospitality and tourism Hotelis.com read in the attachment.  The decline in value ranges, depending on the speed of recovery, from 17% in the best to 37% in the worst case scenario. Travel and hospitality as well as values ​​are expected to fully recover by 2025. No one knows exactly in which direction the situation will develop and how the recovery will proceed, but one thing is for sure: hotel values ​​are declining as the availability of funding and the ability to work decreases.last_img read more

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US risks ‘permanent damage’ from extended shutdown: Mnuchin

first_imgThe US economy risks suffering “permanent damage” the longer the lockdown to contain the COVID-19 pandemic drags on, US Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Tuesday.American families and businesses are feeling the pain amid the nationwide shutdowns, Mnuchin told a Senate committee, but reopening the economy will need to be done with caution.With the US death tally now over 90,000, some states have begun to reopen after two months of widespread closures, but the fear is many businesses may not survive. Government data show more than 30 million jobs have been destroyed by the lockdowns, at least temporarily, even though Congress rushed to approve nearly $3 trillion in relief, including expanded unemployment benefits “If a lockdown and shutdown continues indefinitely … there is the risk of permanent damage,” Mnuchin said, adding that “we’re conscious of the health issues” involved with reopening “and we want to do this in a balanced and safe way.”He appeared remotely before the Senate Banking Committee in an unusual joint appearance with Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell to review how officials are using the over $2 trillion CARES act that Congress approved in late March.Powell also has been sounding the alarm about the pandemic’s long-term impact both on ability of workers to return to the labor force as well as on small- and medium-sized businesses, which he called “the jobs machine of our great economy.” Is it enough? While the steps taken so far were quick and massive — including slashing the benchmark interest rate to zero and pumping trillions of dollars into the financial system — the Fed chief in recent days has repeatedly suggested that more will be needed.”This is the biggest shock we’ve seen in living memory and the question looms in the air of ‘Is it enough?'”Powell was careful not to stray into recommending more spending — the purview of Congress —  but he noted, “We’re going to be getting a lot of information fairly quickly here, in terms of what may be needed” as businesses reopen.Some lawmakers have complained that aid programs have been drained mostly by large corporations rather than the small businesses they were intended to help.Mnuchin said the government is willing to take risks with the funds it has put up to help the economy withstand the unprecedented hit from the coronavirus pandemic.Democrats in the House of Representatives have approved another $3 trillion aid program, but Republicans senators argue more time should be given for existing relief measures to make their way through the economy.Asked if the administration would favor a middle class tax cut, the Treasury secretary said, “I think that is something that should be seriously considered.” Topics : The pandemic erased all the jobs created in the previous 10 years, making “the scope and speed of this downturn … without modern precedent.””If we allow unnecessary, avoidable insolvencies, because of effectively a natural disaster, that too, will destroy the work of many families and generations. It’ll weigh on the economy,” Powell said. last_img read more

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Judo founder’s hometown hoping for Olympic spotlight

first_imgTopics : Jigoro Kano’s picture hangs in dojos worldwide, but the Japanese founder of judo is sometimes overlooked in his own home town of Kobe — something fans are hoping the Tokyo Olympics will change.Kano was born about 160 years ago in Mikage, an upper-class residential neighborhood of the western city, to a family that has run sake breweries for generations.Some of his descendants still live in the town, brewing the traditional Japanese tipple, and are looking forward to their ancestor getting a bit more local name recognition when judo features in the 2020 Games, now postponed until 2021 over coronavirus. His black-and-white portrait hangs in dojos or training halls in many countries, following the practice at the Kodokan, judo’s headquarters in Tokyo, which attracts pilgrims from around the world. ‘Mutual prosperity’ He also founded the nation’s first physical education college programme, started the forerunner to the Japan Sports Association, and helped establish one of Japan’s best high schools — the Nada School in Kobe.”Kano is known as the founder of judo but is not mentioned as an educator a lot,” the school’s headmaster Magohiro Wada told AFP.Yusaku Yoneda, a 15-year-old student, admitted he didn’t even know who Kano was when he first joined the elite private school.”At first I wondered who on earth this old man was,” he said of Kano’s statue, displayed at the school gate.”Now I respect him,” he added, saying he identified with the judo founder’s philosophy of “Jita-Kyoei” — promoting mutual prosperity for one’s self and others — which is also the school’s motto.”Many of us students here try to live according to his teachings,” he said.While Kano spent most of his life in Tokyo, he often returned to his hometown, making speeches, promoting judo and supporting local education. He died at 79 while on his way back from an IOC meeting in Cairo and though his ashes were buried near Tokyo, there is a museum in Kobe that commemorates his life. In Mikage, there is no trace of his childhood home, which has long been demolished, and no plaque to mark his birthplace.Instead, in its place, there is a convenience store.center_img Drawing a blankBut his name sometimes draws blank stares on the streets of Mikage.”Who?” said Yuya Goto, a 28-year-old construction worker in Kobe, when asked if he was familiar with Kano.”I practiced judo in junior high school but I didn’t really care about who founded it,” Goto told AFP.Ryohei Takashima, a 74-year-old local resident, says younger Kobe natives in particular are often clueless about the hometown hero.”The Tokyo Olympics is a window of opportunity to enhance local people’s awareness of his name,” he told AFP.Hoping to capitalize, Kobe this year distributed a new book on Kano’s life to all the city’s elementary schools.”We hope to help enhance students’ awareness of our local hero at a time when the Olympics are expected to shed fresh light on his accomplishments,” a city official said.Local authorities are also considering making a promotional video to showcase his links to the city, though similar projects have had to be scrapped over budget cuts linked to the coronavirus crisis.Kano is seen as a trailblazer for sports in Japan more generally: he was the first Asian member of the International Olympic Committee in 1909 and travelled internationally to demonstrate judo.He was a keen campaigner for Japan to host the Olympics and for judo to be included in the program — efforts that bore fruit after his death when the 1964 Games were held in Tokyo, with Kano’s sport included for the first time. “Of course, we are proud of him,” said Taketo Kano, part of Kano’s extended family and chairman of major brewer Kiku-Masamune.”He was the biggest success in our family. He was a great man,” the 76-year-old told AFP at his brewery, with the sweet scent of rice-derived sake hanging in the air.Kano left the waterfront town for Tokyo as a child, and later established judo by combining different forms of jujutsu martial arts with ideas including spiritual discipline.His judo techniques and teachings are popular around the world, and for some judoka, Kano holds almost semi-divine status.last_img read more

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Ellicott Equipment for Malawi

first_imgThe U.S. Embassy in Malawi said in its latest announcement that Ellicott Dredges LLC, of Baltimore, MD, recently won a $7 million contract to supply dredging equipment to the Kapichira Hydropower Plant.The main goal of this project, conducted by the Millennium Challenge Account of Malawi (MCA-M), is to improve its power generation by reducing the sediment in the reservoir and therefore, increasing the amount of reservoir water volume and hydropower efficiencies.MCC is working with the Government of Malawi to strengthen a foundation on which the nation’s power system can grow, including infrastructure and enabling policies that encourage accountability and private sector involvement, the U.S. Embassy in Malawi said in its release.The five-year compact, which will conclude in September, consists of three projects designed to take a complementary approach to improving the sector.Infrastructure investments and energy sector reform are complemented by a $31.5 million effort to support hydro-power generation through improved environmental practices in the Shire River watershed.[mappress mapid=”24883″]last_img read more

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Pupils not secluded, but put in a calming space, principals say

first_imgTimaru Herald 1 December 2016Family First Comment: So here’s the real facts – not the political or media spin…..“Highfield School principal Shayne Gallagher said the school had a “quiet space within a teaching space”, or a time out room, it used when pupils lost control. It would be “far more traumatic for police to see and take away [a student] than to sit in a quiet room”, Gallagher said. “We weren’t secluding them – we were putting them in a space to calm down.” The time out was the last resort for schools and pupils were debriefed and reintegrated back into class when they were calmer, he said.”South Canterbury principals say the proposal to ban seclusion in school may force them to call the police in extreme cases.Education Minister Hekia Parata proposed the practice of seclusion and seclusion rooms should be banned from schools.The Ministry of Education reported three South Canterbury schools – Waimate Main School, Highfield School and Timaru South School – have used seclusion in 2016, but have since ceased the practice.Highfield School principal Shayne Gallagher said the school had a “quiet space within a teaching space”, or a time out room, it used when pupils lost control.It would be “far more traumatic for police to see and take away [a student] than to sit in a quiet room”, Gallagher said.“We weren’t secluding them – we were putting them in a space to calm down.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/87075228/pupils-not-secluded-but-put-in-a-calming-space-principals-sayKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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