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Warren Buffett loves cheap stocks. The HP purchase is proof of that.

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Warren Buffett.

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Warren Buffett is first and foremost a value investor.


Berkshire Hathaway
it is

recent investment activity, including the purchase of over $4 billion worth of HP stock, illustrates this.

Over the years, much has been made of Buffett’s transformation from a high-value investor in the mold of his mentor Benjamin Graham to one who recognized the value of great franchises like


Coca Cola

(ticker: KO), and would pay them. “It’s much better to buy a great business at a fair price than a fair business at a great price,” Buffett said.

But when it comes to actually investing, Buffett generally likes to buy things cheap.

HP (HPQ) is a fair trade company with a cheap price. Berkshire Hathaway (BRK.A, BRK.B) paid about nine times its expected 2022 earnings per share for its 11% stake in the maker of personal computers, printers and printing supplies.

News of the Berkshire purchase, which emerged Wednesday night, sent HP shares up 15% on Thursday to $40.08. HP shares fell 3.6% to $38.63 on Friday, while Berkshire Class A shares were down 1.8% to $529,000.

What did Buffett see in HP?

Part of the appeal could be that the company generates abundant free cash flow and returns it entirely to shareholders via an aggressive share buyback program, along with a dividend of almost 3%. HP has repurchased more than 25% of its stock since October 2019, the end of its 2019 fiscal year. Buffett likes companies that can comfortably fund large buyouts, as purchases increase Berkshire’s ownership percentage.

HP has a low valuation as investors view the PC sector as cyclical and printers as age-old challenges. But the printer business, which generates half of HP’s profits, has held firm in recent quarters.

It should be noted that Berkshire did not spend $4 billion on a stake in


Alphabet

(GOOGL) or


Amazon.co.uk

(AMZN), higher quality tech franchises with higher valuations, despite Buffett’s admiration for them. These actions could have fallen into the “wonderful company at a fair price” category.

It’s possible the HP purchase was orchestrated in whole or in part by Buffett’s lieutenants Todd Combs and Ted Weschler, so the deal may not be a pure reflection of his investment ideas. . The pair manage a total of 10% of Berkshire’s $350 billion portfolio. Still, a $4 billion buy would be very large compared to what they’re managing, making Buffett the likely buyer.

Buffett could not immediately be reached for comment.


western oil

(OXY), in which Berkshire recently bought an $8 billion stake, is another example of a reasonably good company trading cheaply. It is a well-run, US-focused energy company, but its profits are dependent on oil and gas prices. It is trading at less than 10 times estimated 2022 earnings.

Buffett even managed to strike a deal to buy an insurer


Alleghenia

(Y) at a bargain price, paying $11.6 billion, or about 1.25 times book value and 12 times projected 2022 earnings. Remove the estimated value of Alleghany’s valuable non-insurance operations and the price is closer to 1.1 times the book, a steal given the price of other insurance contracts and Alleghany’s strong deductible.

The low price could open the door to other bidders in an ongoing go-shop period.

Other Berkshire stock purchases in recent years, including


Verizon Communications

(VZ) and


Chevron

(CVX), also show the value of Buffett. Even Berkshire’s biggest stock buy in the last 10 years,


Apple

(AAPL), was bought at a mid-to-high multiple of its 2016-2018 earnings, barely a rich price.

Other notable Berkshire stock purchases over the past decade include


Bank of America

(BAC), airline stocks (since sold), Japanese trading companies like


Itoch

you and


IBM

(also sold), were also valuable situations.

Berkshire paid a higher price – around 20 times earnings – when it bought Precision Castparts for around $32 billion in 2016. That deal was poor: Berkshire took a writedown of around $10 billion in the aircraft parts manufacturer after the pandemic. the aerospace industry.

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Colgate Cruisers experiencing staff shortage – The Colgate Maroon-News

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Colgate Cruiser services, operated by third-party provider First Transit, experienced staff shortages this semester. These shortages have impacted Cruiser service operations, as well as the students who use them.

Purchasing Director Molly Ogden described the causes of staff shortages within First Transit and how the Cruiser service has adapted to these changes. According to Ogden, tColgate Cruiser’s staffing shortages are the result of a national shortage of drivers with commercial driver’s licenses. With the resignation of one driver and the cases of several sick drivers in recent weeks, the impact of staffing shortages has been greater on Cruiser’s operations.

“The risks surrounding the national labor shortage have been the focus of the University’s attention throughout the academic year,” Ogden said. “The challenges First Transit is facing due to the national labor shortage in conjunction with the pandemic have been consistent with the market…Unfortunately, last week when multiple drivers were sick at once, there are had a service interruption.

The Colgate Maroon-News was in contact with a cruiser driver regarding the lack of available drivers. However, following an email from First Transit refusing interviews on behalf of its drivers, the driver subsequently refused to go and record.

“Our drivers are focused on operations and we are unable to arrange a driver interview,” First Transit responded.

In order to maintain operations in light of staffing shortages, First Transit proposed to merge the Bookstore and Day Apartment routes, which took full effect on April 4, 2022.

Staffing and hiring processes are the responsibility of First Transit, not Colgate, Ogden noted, and additionally explained the steps First Transit is taking to address staffing shortages.

“As First Transit representatives communicated to us, they have been doing community outreach on local sites as well as national job boards such as Indeed,” Ogden said.

The TransLoc app is an extension of the cruise system and is used to show arrival times and provides a live tracking feed of cruisers in operation for all cruise itineraries. Junior Yinuo Ding discussed how staffing shortages affected his experience using Colgate Cruiser services this semester as it relates to the TransLoc app.

“You never know if it’s going to arrive on time, even if the time appears in the app, sometimes they [Cruisers] do not arrive. I don’t know why, but there are also cases where no GPS position can be found for cruisers,” Ding said. “I feel like that [the TransLoc app] doesn’t make sense if we can’t see the actual location of the cruiser, because we don’t know if it’s coming.

Ding also outlined what the University could do to improve the Colgate Cruiser experience on campus.

“I want better communication and a more reasonable schedule [would help] … I think it would be better if the cruisers arrived just before class … like five to ten minutes before class,” Ding said.

Junior Aiden Huang commented on the quality of the University’s communication to students regarding the Cruiser staffing shortage and further described his experience using the TransLoc app.

“I haven’t heard any communication from school officials, the only source of information I’ve had is from the Cruiser drivers themselves,” Huang said. “I used to use TransLoc the first year, but the third year it was useless. It doesn’t show anything of value, and especially in the morning it doesn’t show any cruisers on the app.

Huang also gave his thoughts on Cruiser drivers amid staffing shortages, adding “They are coping with the situation to the best of their abilities, but I don’t think that’s enough.”

In addition to merging the Bookstore and Apartment routes on April 4, the University will continue to work to communicate with First Transit as hiring procedures progress.

On this day in 1860, the human voice was recorded for the first time in human history

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When French inventor Édouard-Léon Scott de Martinville sang a nursery rhyme into his phonograph on April 9, 1860, he had no intention of playing this recording again. Precursor of the wax cylinder, the phonautograph (device allowing to record visual sounds without being able to reproduce them) took inputs for the study of sound waves but could not be transformed into an output device. Over 160 years later, Scott’s voice can now be heard in what is believed to be the first-ever recording of human sound.

The human voice recorded by Guinness World Records is a ten-second fragment of the French nursery rhyme “Au Clair de la Lune”. Discovered in 2008 by researchers in Paris, the clip was created on paper using a phonautograph.

Scientists from Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory (USA) analyzed the paper recording and used optical imaging as a “virtual pen”, allowing the clip to be played back for the first time.

According to educational outlet Open Culture, Scott had been interested in the invention of photography and wondered if he could do something similar with sound waves, focused as he was on improving shorthand. . The phonautograph picked up sound vibrations through a diaphragm, which moved a stylus against a rotating cylinder covered in lampblack. What remained was a wavy line in a concentric circle.

However, he didn’t know how to replay them. Scott’s invention never worked and he returned to the bookstore. His creation and some of the paper cylinders were sent to museums.

Scribbles discovered in 2008

In 2008, American audio historians found the squiggles and turned to the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory and software called IRENE, designed to extract sounds from wax cylinders without touching the delicate surfaces. The first pass revealed what they first thought was a child or young woman singing “Au Clair de la lune”, the French nursery rhyme (not Debussy’s piano work).

However, closer examination of the inventor’s notes revealed that the recording was at a significantly slower speed and was a baritone voice, probably Scott, singing the lullaby.

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Cameroonian-born writer joins Los Angeles Times Festival of Books

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, April 9, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Boade Mandeng’s Rise from the Blue revolves around the story of John Nobola as an immigrant of color in the still polarizing political climate of the United States of ‘America. Boade’s work will be among the Bookmarc Alliance featured books for the Los Angeles Times Festival of Books scheduled for April 23-24 on the University of Southern California campus.

With all the political unrest and social violence, John Nobola’s change of heart for a certain political party was inevitable. His migration to the United States, once seen as promising, now looks like something grim – all within the span of a few years. Despite the current political and social trajectory of the country, Nobola remains hopeful for a better future.

Boade Mandeng is an American citizen born in Cameroon, Africa. Her parent knew very little about Western education, or English and French, the country’s two official European languages. Yet they believed and encouraged him to understand that going to school is the best way to a better future. Boade is now a registered nurse, husband and father of 4 children. For him, being connected to current social and political events is a way to keep his instinct for civic participation alive.

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Romance author Coweta to publish 26th book

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Coweta resident Danielle Thorne started writing as a hobby in 2008, and 14 years later is about to release her 26th book.

Her next novel “A promise for her daughter” will be published on April 26.

Thorne’s books are largely romance novels – some are historical and some are contemporary – but she also has a few non-fiction books.

She wrote in her free time and late at night after her children went to bed.

“If there’s anything I learned, it’s that I wasn’t happy if I didn’t write, even if it was just a paragraph a day. It filled me up” , she said.

Thorne said most of her books have been published by independent publishers and as e-books, but recently she started writing romance novels for Harlequin’s Love Inspired.

Her novel falls into the inspirational romantic genre, she said, which emphasizes faith in stories. She added that she feels drawn to stories that have a happy sequel.

Newer contemporary stores here focus on small-town southern living. Although the locations in her books are fictional, she has stated that she was inspired by Newnan and Coweta County when creating the setting.

Newnan’s town square, train depot and surrounding houses all make appearances, but with different names, she said.

Thorne has described herself as an introvert, and with her work initially published online, she found herself connecting with other like-minded authors in online communities.

Online writing groups have allowed for a wider range of perspectives for critiquing work, Thorne said.

“You have a bigger pool of people to connect with. There (are) review groups and online courses,” she said. “That’s where my target audience is and where my peers are, so you exchange information and advice, and the advice on the industry goes back and forth… It usually splits up by genre – groups of romance and sci-fi bands. I think it’s a great supportive community, and it’s a bigger pool of people to work with until you find your tribe.”

Lately, she said, she’s been trying to get involved in more local writing groups, and she’ll appear on a writers’ panel at the Sharpsburg Library on Saturday, April 30 at 1 p.m.

Thorne said one of his upcoming works of fiction is quite different from his previous work.

It will be a work of women’s fiction inspired by observations Thorne made while living in the South.

She said she felt Southern women put immense pressure on themselves, which affects marriages and families, until they fell apart.

Throne said she wanted this novel to address that observation.

“I don’t think a lot of women allow themselves to be real. Their families have to be perfect, they have to be in church on Sundays, and I think that’s something we don’t talk about a lot,” he said. she added. mentioned. “I think my generation needs to stop sacrificing everything and playing martyr through a cultural expectation of ‘You have to be this and be that. “”

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Based in California Nvidia is the world leader in visual computing technologies and the inventor of the graphics processing unit. The stock has an expected earnings growth rate of 25% for the fiscal year (ending January 2023) and generated an average four-quarter earnings surprise of 7.04%.

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Based in New York Payment is a leading provider of integrated human capital management solutions for payroll, human resources, pension and insurance services for small and medium-sized businesses. The stock has seen a strong earnings estimate revision of 11 cents for the fiscal year (ending May 2022) over the past 30 days and has an expected earnings growth rate of 23.36%.

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Based in California McKesson is a healthcare services and information technology company. The stock has an expected earnings growth rate of 39% for the fiscal year (ending March 2022) and generated an average four-quarter earnings surprise of 20.6%.

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Penn State and State College offer inclusive meeting places for the LGBTQ community | University Park Campus News

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With college being a student’s home away from home, it’s important for members of the LGBTQ community to find their safe spaces, both on and off campus.

Here is a list of some inclusive hangouts on the Penn State campus and at State College for the LGBTQ community.

Jeffrey A. Conrad Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity

Open 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. late Wednesday night, the Jeffrey A. Conrad Center for Sexual and Gender Diversity is located on the ground floor of the HUB-Robeson Center, directly across from the student library. .

Its goal is to “create and sustain an open, safer, and inclusive environment that respects gender and sexual diversity,” according to its website.

The center offers relaxation spaces, resources, discussion groups and workshops, as well as individual support services with its staff.

Room 008 in the HUB

A lounge that recently reopened in the fall of 2021 in the HUB, room 008 was closed for approximately two years due to renovations.

From now on, the lounge is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week except during organizational reservations. Located near the entrance to the Panda Express, there are a few dining options surrounding it, as well as an indoor stage for the shows.

allied house

Ally House is a vibrant learning community in the West Halls for students who identify as part of the LGBTQ community.

According to its OrgCentral page, it “provides an open, safe, and inclusive living environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and allied students, and others beyond sexuality and gender binary.”

Ally House offers student programs and college programs for the LGBTQ community.

Spiritual and Ethical Development Center at Penn State

Located in the Pasquerilla Spiritual Center, Penn State’s Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development provides an inclusive venue for students from the LGBTQ community who are navigating a religious or faith-based journey.

The Pasquerilla Spiritual Center is open from 8:00 a.m. to 10:30 p.m. Monday through Sunday. There, students can explore a variety of religions ranging from Bahá’í to Pagan, or opt for spiritual meditation.

According to its website, a staff member from the Center for Spiritual and Ethical Development will be in the building during these hours Monday through Friday and 3 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.






Webster’s Bookstore Cafe on Saturday, January 15, 2022 in State College, Pennsylvania.




Webster’s Bookstore Cafe

According to its website, Webster’s Bookstore Cafe, located in downtown State College, advertises itself as a “full-service vegan/vegetarian cafe/second-hand bookstore.”

The store and cafe are open 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday.

“Our staff and regular customers share a commitment to creating a welcoming, safe and inclusive environment for all who enter,” according to its website. “Webster’s has a long history of supporting local community groups by providing free meeting space.”

3 points downtown

3 Dots Downtown is an event space near the Sheetz in downtown State College that is open to the public from noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday. In the evenings, 3 Dots hosts a variety of local events.

The space is frequently used by Penn State’s Drag Ambassadors, Opulence. It is also used every Friday for the Center LGBTQA Support Network Free Clothing Closet event from 1-4 p.m.

The LGBTQA Support Network Free Clothing Closet Center provides free gender-affirming clothing to those in need.

In addition to its regular daytime schedule, 3 Points also hosts Tuesdays on the terrace from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Chumley’s

For 21+ Penn State students, Chumley’s Cocktail Bar is another place to meet new people in the LGBTQ community. Chumley’s is Happy Valley’s gay bar located on West College Avenue.

Open from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. daily, the bar first opened in 1984, according to its website.

“Over the decades, amid seismic shifts, Chumley’s has been home,” according to its website. “Our customers have made it that way and help us maintain it.”

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Seven of the Best Bookstores to Buy Used Books Around Boston

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Need a reading? From second-hand novels to slightly broken paperbacks, these seven used bookstores prove that new isn’t always better.


A beautifully filled shelf is something to admire, but it takes a lot of work to achieve. And for anyone who likes owning books rather than checking them out at the library, a trip to a second-hand bookstore can be a way to fill those lovely shelves without spending too much.

But a good used bookstore is also usually a great repository for oddities and rarities. Sure, you might find a copy of a recent bestseller that someone has already read and thrown away, but at best, second-hand bookstores offer the perfect opportunity to browse and discover the treasure you have. didn’t know you needed.

From nonprofits to diversity-focused vendors and bargain cellars, these second-hand bookstores around Boston are paving the way for voracious readers to have the book collections of their dreams.

Books Wonder’s collection of miscellaneous titles. / Photo courtesy of Book Wonder

wonder of the book

Don’t be fooled by the small appearance of this bookseller (it occupies a corner of Medford’s 4GoodVibes gift shop). Its collection of graphic novels and books for all ages is powerful. Book Wonder’s selection focuses on stories that shine a light on underrepresented communities, including people of color, members of the LGBTQ+ community, and people with disabilities, to name a few, books from children’s images to young adult fiction. All sales help fund her Little Free Diverse Library in downtown Medford, as well as donations to local classrooms and libraries.

4GoodVibes, 392 Main St., Medford, 617-312-2660, facebook.com/bebookwonder.

Inexpensive book carts from Brattle Book Shop in downtown Boston. / Photo by Alex Gagne

Brattle Bookstore

Probably Boston’s most photographed bookstore, the Brattle’s exterior carts filled with assorted used books are instantly recognizable. In hot weather, there’s no reason not to spend an hour or more scouring the tomes for a hidden gem. If you want a little more organization, inside the three-story shop you can find everything from fiction to history, cookbooks to biographies, and a rare book room filled with first editions, collectibles, and more. There are also maps, prints and postcards, if you prefer pictures over words.

9 West St., Boston, 617-542-0210, brattlebookshop.com.

Brookline Bookstore

If you’re up for a scavenger hunt, head to Brookline Booksmith. You might not even realize there’s a treasure trove of leftovers (or publisher surplus books), children’s books and more right under your feet – in the used book cellar, for to be more precise. Affordable finds range from recently released popular reads to classics, essay collections, feminist literature, graphic novels, memoirs – we could go on and on. Browse the stacks (or their website, if you don’t want to leave home) and be sure to check back often for new arrivals.

279 Harvard St., Brookline, 617-566-6660, brooklinebooksmith.com.

The shelves of Commonwealth Books. / Photo by @amyidiggs on Instagram

Commonwealth Books

A wide selection of antique prints and maps is another reason to visit Commonwealth Books. The first reason is the collection of more than 40,000 titles, ranging from mysteries to architecture, arts and philosophy, to medieval manuscript pages (yes, you read that right). You probably won’t find many modern romance novels here, as they lean towards the classics. But who knows, there might be a few bestsellers hidden away on the shelves. But you’re more likely to find a few leather-bound Charlotte Brontë novels, children’s books, vintage magazines and comics, or niche history and reference books that you didn’t know you wanted to put on. your to-read list.

9 Spring Ln., Boston, 617-338-6328, commonwealthbooks.com.

Harvard Bookstore

A basement of books with deep discounts on everything from tutorials and science fiction to self-help and psychology? Count on us. The aisles of this Harvard Square store are always bustling, but claim your right to the shelves and scan the thorns at your leisure. A few times a year, the Harvard Bookstore also holds a big extra sale at its Somerville warehouse, so be on the lookout for an invitation to buy its carefully curated selection of books at low prices, including overstock tomes in like new condition.

1256 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge, 617-661-1515, harvard.com.

Raven Used Books in Cambridge. / Photo by @jkgabrielle on Instagram

Raven Used Books

Just beyond the hub of Harvard Square activity is a literary oasis. Walk down Church Street and find a red awning storefront just waiting for you to sift through its shelves for shelves of novels, poetry and an entire wall dedicated to art books (if you’re looking for a almost mint coffee table book at a reasonable price). There are also plenty of leftover and surplus books — which, for non-bibliophiles, are almost new excess inventory from publishers. Your literary snobs friends will be none the wiser when you add a few to your shelves.

23 Church St., Cambridge, 617-441-6999, ravencambridge.com.

More than words in the South End. / Photo by @tazisbooked on Instagram

more than words

What’s better than slightly used books? Those who give. More Than Words is a nonprofit organization that employs Boston youth to run its online, retail, and wholesale book programs. It allows people who are homeless, in the foster care system or involved in the courts to gain work experience and even benefit from a career services program once their work at More Than Words is over. Every purchase, whether it’s a second-hand classic purchased from the organization’s website or a best-seller from their South End or Waltham storefront, benefits the organization’s mission to purpose non-profit. Plus, their bright space is filled with plush desks and armchairs perfect for a quick read.

242 East Berkeley Street, Boston; 56 Felton Street, Waltham; 781-788-0035, mtwyouth.org.


Amadeus IT SA: Malaysia Airlines Extends Technology and Distribution Agreement with Amadeus

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Malaysia Airlines Berhad is pleased to expand its partnership with Amadeus to enhance the experience of its customers, including corporate and travel retailers over the next few years.

The multi-year agreement will see the Malaysian national airline adopt Altéa NDC, Reference Experience, Dynamic Intelligence Hub and renew its Amadeus Altéa Passenger Service System contract.

In addition, the airline has also renewed and extended its multi-year aerial content distribution partnership. Through Altéa NDC’s seamless integration with the Amadeus travel platform, travel retailers will soon be able to access Malaysia Airlines’ full range of NDC-enabled content with full service functionality.

The New Distribution Capability (NDC) is a travel industry-backed program by the International Air Transport Association (IATA) aimed at modernizing the way air products are retailed to travel agents, corporations and to travellers.

Malaysia Airlines Group Chief Executive, Izham Ismail, said: “Malaysia Airlines has taken a step in the right direction by adopting NDC, as modernizing airline retail is essential for the entire airline community. business travel. We are delighted to deepen our partnership after having an incredible journey with Amadeus, supporting our transformation goals which is an important part of our long-term business plan. We believe that with Amadeus’ new technology solutions beyond the passenger service system, we can deliver relevant and richer shopping experiences by enabling customers to personalize their journeys to an unprecedented level, realizing ultimately our aspirations to become Asia’s leading travel and aviation services group. »

Glen Oliveiro, Senior Vice President, Greater China & Southeast Asia, Amadeus said, “We are delighted that Malaysia Airlines is using Amadeus technology to support its digital transformation. the engine powering the recovery, and we are at the forefront of these technologies in the travel industry. We are very pleased to collaborate with Malaysia Airlines to create smoother travel for its customers through innovative technology.

Amadeus Altéa NDC offers modern retail capabilities and a more convenient and direct way to book flights. Other features include dynamic pricing and customization, access to richer content, the ability to select seats all of which will be implemented gradually.

The Amadeus Altéa suite, a key element of the partnership, includes passenger service, online booking, merchandising and data management solutions. The benefits of using Altéa PSS also extend to Amadeus travel sellers. They have the advantage of working on the same technology platform used by airlines, giving them unparalleled access to real-time data and better service to their customers.

Additionally, Malaysia Airlines will leverage Reference Experience, an open platform that will enable the airline to be more agile and user-friendly in the digital space while increasing conversion that leads to improved revenue. Amadeus’ Dynamic Intelligence Hub (DIH), a real-time data engineering platform, will centralize Malaysia Airlines data, integrate systems and automate business processes using artificial intelligence (AI).

Uma Exports shares are quoted at more than 10% premium. Should you hold, sell or buy?

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Shares of Uma Exports are listed today on NSE and BSE, offering a premium of around 11% to its beneficiaries. On NSE, Uma Exports shares debuted at 75 levels each and continued to rise to its intraday high of 79.80 per share. On the BSE, the stock hit its intraday high of 84 per share, offering a premium of around 20% to the beneficiaries who hold the share after listing.

According to stock market experts, the Uma Exports action made a positive start, offering up to 20% premium to its beneficiaries. Therefore, those who got the allocated stock during the stock allotment are expected to profit and exit as the stock has been listed in the “T” category where a strong downward movement can be seen after the triggering of profit reservation. They also said to avoid taking new positions in the stock at current levels.

Advising investors to make profits on Uma Exports shares; Avinash Gorakshkar, head of research at Profitmart Securities, said: “The stock is trading around 84 levels on the ESB, which means a bounty of around 20% is available to lucky recipients. Therefore, one has to account for the profits in the stock because there was very little margin available for investors.”

Why reserve profits in the stock and avoid taking a new position at the counter; Astha Jain, senior research analyst at Hem Securities, said: “The stock has been listed in the ‘T’ category and there may be a sharp downward move once profit booking triggers in the scrip. So my advice to beneficiaries is to reserve profits immediately and those who failed to obtain Uma Exports shares at allocation should avoid taking a new counter position.”

Ravi Singh, Vice President and Head of Research, Share India, said: “Given the high debt in its portfolio and low margin profile, we recommend investors avoid Uma Exports shares at current levels. Beneficiaries are advised to book profits and exit as expensive valuations of the business do not offer much value to investors.”

Shares of Uma Exports have been listed in the “T” category and will be transferred from the Trade for Trade segment (T group) to the Rolling segment effective Monday, April 25, 2022.

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Governor Greg Abbott orders Texas to inspect vehicles at the border and charter buses to ship migrants to DC

AUSTIN — Texas will begin busing migrants to the steps of the U.S. Capitol and screening vehicles arriving from Mexico, Gov. Greg Abbott announced Wednesday in what he called an “unprecedented” response to the ‘illegal immigration.

Plan details, such as cost and logistics, are slim.

Abbott acknowledged that the additional inspections – intended to weed out smugglers bringing drugs, immigrants and other “illegal cargo” through international ports of entry – will “significantly slow down” traffic from Mexico, which is the the state’s largest trading partner.

State officials also said they would charter “as many buses as needed” to transport migrants for nearly 28 hours between the border and Washington, D.C. Texas will also offer flights for migrants wishing to leave the state, said the governor.

Abbott, a Republican who is seeking re-election this year and has made border security his campaign priority, said the federal government is already providing transportation for migrants to San Antonio.

“Let’s continue the journey to Washington, DC,” he told a news conference in Weslaco in the Rio Grande Valley.

For several days, Abbott has been saying the state is anticipating a huge surge in migrant numbers next month, when the federal government lifts a public health order known as Title 42 that was used to quickly deport migrants to the US-Mexico border.

The latest measures escalate Abbott’s clash with President Joe Biden over how to handle illegal immigration. Already, Abbott has sent thousands of state police and Texas National Guard troops to the border to arrest migrants accused of trespassing. The governor also committed $1 billion to erect a barrier along the state’s border with Mexico after Biden issued an order to halt construction of a wall started by former President Donald Trump.

These actions have drawn criticism from civil rights groups and Democrats, who complain that migrants are left in jail without access to lawyers for long periods of time, and even complaints from some Guard soldiers. that their conditions were bad and that the mission had no purpose.

Beto O’Rourke, Abbott’s Democratic opponent in this year’s gubernatorial race, called the incumbent’s latest moves “stunts.”

“If Abbott focused on solutions rather than stunts, then Texas could have made real progress on this issue over the past seven years,” O’Rourke said in a written statement.

‘Inanimate Objects’

Denise Gilman, co-director of the University of Texas Immigration Clinic at Austin Law School, said the bus proposal disrespects people coming to the United States seeking protection.

“He treats them like inanimate objects to be moved around and used for political purposes,” she said.

There are also serious legal issues, Gilman said. Although Abbott called the initiative voluntary, if migrants are forced or coerced into traveling, it could violate their rights and trigger legal action, she said.

Abbott, however, defended his actions. And he warned of a massive influx of migrants due to what he called Biden’s misguided policies.

“The Biden administration’s open-border policies have paved the way for the influx of dangerous cartels and deadly drugs into the United States, and this crisis will only get worse by ending Title 42 deportations.” , warned the governor.

Immigration

Is the end near for Title 42, the pandemic-related ordinance that is rapidly deporting many migrants?

Pressure is mounting to end the pandemic-related health order that has been used more than 1.7 million times to rapidly deport migrants at the US-Mexico border. Immigration advocates, medical groups and prominent congressional Democrats are among those pushing the Biden administration to lift the public health order known as Title 42. They say its use won’t stop. applies only to migrants and not to other travelers and puts migrants at risk through rapid deportations to dangerous places. border towns.

For the state’s current two-year budget cycle, Texas appears to have already committed nearly $4 billion to erecting the border fence, mobilizing thousands of Guard troops and state police officers into the region and create detention centers and judicial capacities to prosecute migrants. charged with trespassing and other state offenses.

The potential effects of Abbott’s latest moves are unclear. On Wednesday, he said “enhanced security inspections” of vehicles would help Texas catch migrant smugglers and the synthetic opioid fentanyl.

Although Abbott did not say whether the Department of Public Safety would stop all traffic at border bridges or just commercial vehicles, Abbott spokeswoman Nan Tolson confirmed the effort would be limited to vehicles. utilities.

At Laredo, the busiest land port on the Texas border, about 2.4 million trucks passed through in the pre-pandemic year of 2019, according to data kept by the U.S. Bureau of Transportation. At the five largest crossings in the Rio Grande Valley, a cumulative total of more than one million trucks passed in 2019. At Eagle Pass, approximately 180,000 trucks passed in 2019.

In 2021, truck traffic increased to 2.6 million in Laredo, 1.1 million in the Rio Grande Valley, and 200,000 in Eagle Pass.

Free ‘voluntary’ transportation

Regarding the bus transport of migrants to Washington, Abbott said Texas emergency management officials would begin chartering the vehicles immediately.

When asked how many buses would be chartered, Nim Kidd, head of the Texas Division of Emergency Management, said the state had purchased as many as 900 in previous natural disaster responses, such as Category 5 hurricanes.

The buses “will send these illegal immigrants who were dropped off by the Biden administration to Washington, DC. We send them to the US Capitol,” Abbott said.

In a letter asking Kidd to coordinate the effort, Abbott said the program would be voluntary. It will provide transportation “to Washington, D.C. and other locations outside of the state of Texas” for migrants the US Department of Homeland Security releases from custody in Texas cities, he said. declared.

“Mayors and county judges should promptly notify TDEM of any DHS filings that may require dispatching a bus, plane, or other means to evacuate these migrants from our state,” Abbott wrote.

Vehicle inspections and offers of free transportation will be supplemented by “mass migration rehearsals” by the state National Guard, Abbott said. The rehearsals will include boat blockades, ship container blockades and the erection of barbed wire at low crossings and high traffic areas, said Governor and Maj. Gen. Thomas M. Suelzer, the adjutant general of the state recently appointed by Abbott.

Abbott said the National Guard will begin preparation Thursday. Select Guard soldiers and state police officers patrolling the border region will be equipped with equipment to combat potential violence, the governor also said.

“All soldiers and the specially trained National Guard will be equipped with riot gear in case of potential violence from the caravans,” he said.

The three actions are Texas’ first response to the expected influx of migrants after the Biden administration lifted a Title 42 order imposed by Trump following the coronavirus outbreak, Abbott said.

“Texas will continue to assess the threats posed by the [Biden] the administration’s open border policies and these unprecedented illegal border crossings,” he said.

Further steps will be announced next week, Abbott said as he concluded the press conference.

Dallas writer Dianne Solis contributed to this report.

Late last month, top Republican leaders in Texas transferred $486 million from three laws...

Highlighted Hangouts in Hammond – The Lion’s Roar

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Students often struggle to find a meeting place on or off campus to study and/or do schoolwork due to distance, transportation, noise level, money, time, or convenience.

There are a few places in Hammond that just might be “the place”. Luma Coffee, Isabella’s Pizzeria, and the area above the on-campus bookstore were rated by students as the best places for students.

Rebecca Mercante, a junior with a major in integrative biology, said Luma Coffee was her favorite.

Luma Coffee is a cafe in downtown Hammond, about a five-minute drive from campus. There is also a student printer available upstairs.

Mercante said, “I love studying or just going on cute coffee dates with my boyfriend. It’s the perfect place to prepare for a chemistry test or just enjoy a Sunday evening.

Luma Coffee has open houses to welcome students and customers. (Hydee Holsapple)

Besides being a quiet place to study, it is said to have an aesthetic feel.

Mercante said, “It’s my favorite hangout because it has my dream aesthetic. It’s so warm and I love how the people there are so kind.

She also shared that when she’s there to hang out with her friends, her all-time favorite place is on the sofa, but she prefers to sit on one of the chairs to the left of the door when she studied.

The chairs on the left are the ones Mercante will sit on if she is studying or doing schoolwork. The printer is on the second floor just after the stairs. (Hydee Holsapple)

If homework is done and a break is needed, head to another student’s favorite spot: Isabella’s Pizzeria. This restaurant is about an eight-minute drive from campus.

Joseph Overstreet, a second-year computer science student, said he enjoys going to Isabella’s to eat with friends and play games at the game room, Safari Quest Family Fun Center, next door. He recommends this place because it has good food and it’s nice to play games with friends afterwards.

The main entrance to Pizzeria Isabella welcomes customers. This is Joseph Overstreet’s favorite meeting place. (Hydee Holsapple)

If there is no transport, no money and no time, go to the area above the bookstore. It has two sides, one near OSE and the other above Pizza Hut.

The room above the honors is cleared waiting for the students to arrive. This area is Magri’s favorite meeting place on campus. (Hydee Holsapple)

This is Miss Southeastern Megan Magri’s favorite place. She said it is in the central part of the campus which gives easy access to food, the library for printing, the friendship circle and all the buildings are about equal distance.

“I really like it here because there are a few tables, the chairs are comfortable and I can’t study in a quiet place, but the union is too loud. There is enough traffic not to distract me, but stay within the zoning,” Magri said.

She also mentioned that she likes the direct view of OSE – where she works – and the breezeway.

Whether it’s a study break, downtime or a fun time, consider heading to some of Hammond’s best hangouts: Isabella’s Pizzeria, above the bookstore or Luma Coffee.

Spider-Gwen’s Iron Man ‘Iron Gwen Variant’ Revealed by Marvel Comics

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Spider-Gwen’s new variant gets the Iron Man armor as Iron Gwen is featured in a stunning new variant cover by David Nakayama.

Warning! Spoiler for Spider-Gwen: Gwen-Verse #4 by Marvel Comics

The Gwen-Verse expands as a new cover reveals the Spider-Gwen variant with his Iron Man armor. In a new cover for Spider-Gwen: Gwen-Verse #4 in Marvel Comics by talented artist David Nakayama, Iron Gwen debuts as a variant version of Gwen Stacy in a new reality sports iron armor as a different type of hero in her Marvel Universe.

Spider-Gwen is the most popular variant of Gwen Stacy and, in modern comics, more popular than the original version of the character. First appearance during the Edge of Spider-Verse crossover event, Spider-Gwen has become one of the most important web-slingers in the Marvel Universe. The hero’s popularity led to the character becoming a hero in the Earth-616 universe while co-starring in the animated film Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse and the next Spider-Man: Across The Spider-Verse, Part One. Spider-Gwen’s current comic adventures see her travel through the Gwen-Verse, where an upcoming issue will have her encounter Iron Gwen, the Iron Man version of Gwen Stacy, from a new reality.

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Artist David Nakayama showcased a new variant of Gwen Stacy coming in the miniseries on the cover of the upcoming Spider-Gwen: Gwen-Verse #4 by Tim Seeley and Jodi Nishijima. He shared a cover featuring Iron Gwen alongside Spider-Gwen on her Twitter account, as the new variant gives the multiverse version of the hero his very own Iron Man armor. Iron Gwen has a transparent mask with her long hair flowing down her back, while her armor mixes the colors of Spider-Gwen and Iron Man. All in all a fun design for the new hero.


More details are revealed in the request for Spider-Gwen: Gwen-Verse #4 about his variant of Iron Man. Iron Gwen will team up with Ghost-Spider, as the “quirky” genius operates in 1989. The hero duo will face off against Night-Gwen, the series’ main antagonist. The preview suggests that Iron Gwen will come with some serious firepower, but begs the question, “will that be enough to take on Night-Gwen?”

As youhe handful of new variants revealed in the series so far, Iron Gwen seems like a welcome addition to the growing collection of heroes from across the Gwen-Verse. With his Iron Man armor, Iron Gwen should be a good addition to help Spider-Gwen stop Night-Gwen in their multiversal adventures. Spider-Gwen: Gwen-Verse #4 from Marvel Comics hits comic book stores and online retailers on June 29, 2022.


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How Game Theory Explains “Irrational” Behavior

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Game theory is often used to explain how rational people handle tense negotiations and high-stakes decisions. But what does that have to do with unconscious human behavior, like which wines people enjoy or why they donate to certain charities?

In their new book “Hidden Games: The Surprising Power of Game Theory to Explain Irrational Behavior,” MIT Sloan Research Associate Erez Yoeli and Associate Researcher Moshe Hoffman explore the less obvious ways game theory explains behavior. human, from the ways athletes and scientists grow and pursue passions why people enjoy certain works of art, eat certain foods, or donate to GoFundMe campaigns instead of high-impact charities.

Yoeli is a lecturer at Harvard University and director of the Applied Cooperation team at MIT, where he studies altruism and how to encourage people to behave better. Hoffman is a researcher at the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Biology and a lecturer at Harvard University. It studies the motives that shape social behavior, preferences and ideologies.

Yoeli and Hoffman argue that people are bad at optimizing when they rely on their conscious mind to do so. But when people subconsciously rely on learned tastes and beliefs, they behave more optimally. The authors apply their argument, with mathematical models, to explain everything from why people like expensive watches to sex ratios in animals.

In the following excerpt, Yoeli and Hoffman explain how they use game theory to address the puzzling quirks of human and animal behavior.

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What tricks do cable news channels use to misinform? Why does motivated reasoning work the way it does? Internalized racism? Why is modesty a virtue? Where does our sense of entitlement come from? Why couldn’t the Hatfields and McCoys bury their hatchets?

In short: why are human preferences and ideologies the way they are? Why do they work the way they do?

People tend to respond to questions like these with immediate answers, for example: Tannic wines are exceptional because they are more interesting. People develop a passion for craftsmanship because they find it satisfying to work on low-key projects with a finite timeline, where they can quickly see end results, or they develop a passion for research because they enjoy the freedom to engage in long, detailed explorations of a particular topic and truly become subject matter experts. We give out of empathy for the recipient and do so inefficiently because empathy itself is a blunt tool that is not so responsive to efficacy.

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While such answers are often interesting, helpful, and valid, they aren’t really answers, at least not in the sense we’re looking for in this book. Sure, tannic wines are more interesting, but what counts as interesting? And why do we even care if they are interesting? Of course, some people only develop a passion when they quickly see the results of their work while others are only excited by longer and more in-depth projects, but we always wonder why some are drawn in one direction while that others are drawn to the opposite, as well as why someone develops a passion at all. Of course, empathy is a blunt tool, but why? Each of these answers raises at least as many questions as at the start!

Rather, we will attempt to give answers that are, in some sense, more ultimate. In doing so, the key tool we will use is, of course, game theory.

Game theory is a mathematical toolkit designed to help us understand how people, businesses, countries, etc. behave in interactive environments – when it matters not only what they do but also what others do. The toolkit has been successfully deployed to help companies design and bid at auctions (where how each bidder must bid depends on the bids of the others). It is also a cornerstone of federal antitrust regulation.

At the Federal Trade Commission and the United States Department of Justice, armies of economists spend their days evaluating proposed mergers and acquisitions using a game-theoretic model called Cournot competition (which helps predict price developments, taking into account that all companies in the market will react to what the merged company does and vice versa). A few blocks away, at the US State Department, game theory has influenced the thinking of generations of diplomats. For example, the US Cold War strategy of mutual destruction and nuclear precariousness was reinforced by Thomas Schelling’s game-theoretic analyzes (which took into account that the number of nuclear weapons the US States should manufacture depended on how many the USSR had and vice versa).

People don’t try to optimize when they get excited about the game of chess, develop new art movements, or donate to charity. They do these things based on intuition or feeling or. . . it just kind of happens without them even realizing it at all. It’s nothing like the ruthless calculation involved in boardroom and situation room decision-making.

Moreover, you might also think that game theory traditionally relies on a key assumption that is, shall we say, debatable: the assumption that people behave optimally. That we are rational. That we have all the relevant information and use it like a computer to maximize its benefits – performing complex calculations in the process. Maybe that assumption is correct for the boardroom team, strategizing their radio spectrum offering, but for the rest of us going about our daily lives? There has been not one but two Nobel Prize winners in economics for having categorically overturned this hypothesis (that of Daniel Kahneman in 2002 and that of Richard Thaler in 2017).

Even some of our motivational puzzles – dying voluntarily for a cause, donating to ineffective charities when effective ones are ready – seem like strong evidence in favor of Danny and Dick.

We will use these two arguments to cancel each other out. Yes, people are quite often pretty bad at optimizing when they rely on their conscious mind to do the optimization. But when they don’t consciously optimize, and it’s learning and evolution that does the optimization – as we’ll see, that’s often the case with likes and beliefs – things start to go wrong. look much more promising.

When it comes to evolution, the logic is probably already familiar. People’s tastes have evolved to motivate us to act in ways that benefit us. We developed a taste for fatty, salty, and sweet foods because it motivated us to seek out foods high in fat, salt, and calories in an environment where these were scarce. We developed an attraction to symmetrical faces, chiseled jaws and wide hips, as this motivated us to seek out healthier, more successful and more fertile partners.

But it’s not like rap fans evolved from caveman ancestors who sat around the fire exchanging rhymes while modern art fan ancestors spent their free time painting. abstract rock (“This is not a woolly mammoth”). Most of the tastes and beliefs that interest us are not biologically rooted in us. They are learned.

Excerpt from “Hidden Games: The Surprising Power of Game Theory to Explain Irrational Human Behavior” by Moshe Hoffman and Erez Yoeli. Copyright © 2022. Available from Basic Books, an imprint of Hachette Book Group, Inc.

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Andrew Cuomo’s $5.1 million anger tantrum: The disgraced former governor claims that an order from the New York State Commission to refund his COVID book payout is “political hypocrisy at its worst.”

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Andrew Cuomo’s $5.1 million anger tantrum: The disgraced former governor claims that an order from the New York State Commission to refund his COVID book payout is “political hypocrisy at its worst.”

Andrew Cuomo, the former governor of New York, was ordered on Tuesday to pay over all revenues from his pandemic book contract to the state attorney general’s office within 30 days.

The decision comes after the Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) announced a re-evaluation of its approval of the 2020 tell-all film.

On Tuesday, the ethics agency commission voted 12-1 to order the former governor to pay the proceeds from his memoir to the state Attorney General’s office.

Cuomo used state resources to develop and promote the book, which was written during the pandemic, according to multiple inquiries by the state watchdog body.

Cuomo was given permission to write the book on the condition that it did not consume any state funds.

Despite being embroiled in a scandal over nursing facility deaths in New York, Cuomo portrayed himself as a hero in the book for his management of the pandemic.

Cuomo’s spokesman denounced the decision on Tuesday evening, calling it “political hypocrisy.”

Cuomo’s early management of the Covid-19 outbreak in New York was the focus of the book, which was released in October 2020.

Andrew Cuomo has slammed a decision by an ethics tribunal to require him to repay $5.1 million for his 2020 book, calling it “political hypocrisy and duplicity at its worst.”

Following an investigation by a state ethics tribunal, the former New York governor, 64, was ordered on Tuesday to turn over the revenues to the state Attorney General’s office within the next 30 days.

Cuomo’s profits from his 2020 book, “American Crisis: Leadership Lessons from the COVID-19 Pandemic,” were called into doubt in October when the state’s Joint Commission on Public Ethics (JCOPE) revealed that it was conducting an internal investigation concerning its initial approval of the book.

According to Quick Loans – PaydayNow, “After repeated investigations determined Cuomo used public resources to produce and advertise his tell-all book, the ethics agency commission voted 12-1 on Tuesday to force the former governor to pay the earnings from his biography to the state Attorney General’s office.

‘Gov. Cuomo is not legally permitted to retain pay… for any sort of outside action relating to the book,’ said David McNamara, a Senate Republican appointee and the commissioner.

Rich Azzopardi, Cuomo’s spokesperson, denounced the decision, calling it “vengeance” coordinated by Cuomo’s political foes.

In a statement, Azzopardi said, “This is political hypocrisy and duplicity at its worst.”

Following an investigation by a state ethics tribunal, former New York Governor Andrew Cuomo was ordered Tuesday to turn over the revenues from his pandemic book contract, believed to be worth $5.1 million, to the state Attorney General’s office within the next 30 days.

Cuomo’s spokesman, Rich Azzopardi, has slammed the decision to make the former governor to hand over the revenues from his 2020 book to the state.

‘Governor Cuomo received a JCOPE opinion and legal advice stating that government resources could not be used – and they were not – and that any staffer who assisted in this endeavor did so on their own time, as evidenced by their timesheets.’

Azzopardi pointed out that the commission was now loaded with members who had been chosen by his political opponents.

‘If Speaker Heastie, Majority Leader Stewart-Cousins, and Governor Hochul’s JCOPE appointees have established a new standard under which government employees cannot volunteer their own time for non-governmental purposes, they should all be held to the same standard and forced to repay the state for volunteer work on their re-election campaigns,’ Azzopardi added.

After her office’s investigative report into a plethora of sexual harassment charges levied against the then-governor by many current and former staffers drove the disgraced Democrat to quit over the summer, the ruling places state Attorney General Letitia James in the hot seat.

Now James must decide how the proceeds from the book will be distributed, whether to the state, the publisher, or another entity

Cuomo has already put $1 million of the book’s revenues in a trust for his three daughters and given another $500,000 to charity, making the matter even more difficult.

James had announced her intention to run for governor, but then called off her campaign, stating that she will seek re-election as Attorney General and continue her current duties.

The decision is the latest setback for the Cuomo family, following newscaster Chris Cuomo’s highly publicized dismissal from his $6 million-per-year CNN job earlier this month for assisting his brother Andrew in his fight against sexual harassment claims.

Cuomo’s attorney indicated moments before the decision on Tuesday that his office would file a legal challenge to the panel’s mandate that his client return the revenues from the book.

Despite being embroiled in a scandal over New York’s nursing home deaths related to COVID – a figure that his government understated, according to reports – Cuomo portrayed himself as a hero in respect to his management of the pandemic.

Cuomo celebrated his 64th birthday on December 6 with daughter Michaela Kennedy-Cuomo by his side, despite being at the center of multiple scandals. His other children and ex-wife were visibly absent.

On Thanksgiving, Cuomo shared a photo of his three daughters, Cara, Mariah, and Michaela, as well as his mother, Matilda.

After reviewing Cuomo’s techniques for preparing the memoir, the ethics commission voted to withdraw the governor’s prior approval of the book, which permitted him to profit from its sales while in office.

They decided that Cuomo broke promises not to use state resources or government employees in the development of the report.

After JCOPE revoked its initial clearance last month, Cuomo now ‘lacked the legal authorization to engage in outside action and accept pay in connection to the book,’ according to Tuesday’s resolution, authored by McNamara.

‘It is ordered that Governor Cuomo hand over to the Attorney General of the State of New York a sum equal to the money paid to him for his outside activities relating to the book by no later than 30 days from the date of this resolution,’ the panel’s resolution adds.

Cuomo’s lawyers have pledged to appeal the decision in court.

‘JCOPE’s actions today are unlawful, exceed its own jurisdiction, and appear to be motivated by political interests rather than facts and law,’ said attorney Jim McGuire ahead of the verdict to The New York Times.

16 highly anticipated new books coming out this week. ‹ Literary Center

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April 5, 2022, 4:55 a.m.

It’s a BIG WEEK, folks! New titles from Emily St. John Mandel, Douglas Stuart, Jennifer Egan, Ocean Vuong, Samantha Hunt and more hit shelves today. Prepare your minds, your hearts and your wallets.

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Emily St. John Mandel, Sea of ​​Tranquility

Emily St. John Mandel, sea ​​of ​​tranquility
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“In sea ​​of ​​tranquility, Mandel delivers one of his finest novels and one of his most satisfying forays into the arena of speculative fiction to date, but it is his ability to convincingly inhabit the ordinary and his ability to project an enduring recognition of the beauty that sets the novel apart. ”
–The New York Times book review

Douglas Stuart, Young Mungo

Douglas Stuart, Young Mungo
(grove press)

Young Mungo, like its predecessor, is a nuanced and beautiful heartbreaker of a novel. Reading it is like peeking into the flat of another broken family whose Glasgow building might be down the road from Shuggie Bain.
-NPR

Jennifer Egan, The Candy House

Jennifer Egan, The candy house
(Scriber)

“Egan has a knack for combining the outrageous and the plausible without ejecting us from the narrative… It’s all wrapped up together; almost everyone is connected in some way. It’s too much, except it’s not… She knows where she’s going and what polyphonic effects she wants, and she gets them.
-The New York Times

Ocean Vuong, time is a mother
(PenguinPress)

“Vuong’s mighty sequel to Night sky with exit wounds does more than demonstrate poetic growth: it deepens and extends an overall project with 27 new poems that consider loss and impermanence.
–Publisher Weekly

Samantha Hunt, The Unwritten Book

Samantha Hunt, The unwritten book
(FSG)

“Hunt plumbs the depths of human experience in this assemblage of reflections on the sweet mystery of life… A vulnerable, vast, and at times deeply moving patchwork of ruminations on the unknown.”
–Kirkus

Jenny Tinghui Zhang, Four Treasures of Heaven

Jenny Tingui Zhang, Four Treasures of Heaven
(Iron)

“The resonance and immediacy of these barbaric 19th-century events testify to Zhang’s storytelling powers and should be a wake-up call to us all.”
–The New York Times book review

Chelsea Bieker, Heartbroke: Stories

Chelsea Bieker, Broken Heart
(Catapult)

“Bieker flexes a giveaway for the short-form in his scorching debut collection. Each story draws readers in, entices them to love Bieker’s crusty characters before ending just in time to satisfy them.
-List of books

Sara Novic, True Biz

Sara Novic, True Biz
(Random House)

“Tender, beautiful and radiantly outraged… True Biz is moving, fast and spirited – we have direct access to all the points of view of the main characters – but also skillfully educational.
–The New York Times book review

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Audrey Schulman, The House of Dolphins
(Europe)

“The woman and the dolphins come to life in this riveting and beautifully realized novel.”
–Kirkus

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Ben McGrath, Riverman
(Knopf)

“The captivating story of an inveterate wanderer who marked the many people he met on his travels before suddenly disappearing… A hymn to eccentricity and endurance and a study of a life that changed the columnist’s own perceptions.”
–Kirkus

Amina Ahmad, The return of Faraz Ali
(River)

“…quietly breathtaking…stunning not only because of the writer’s talent, of which there are clearly many, but also in his humanity, in the way a book so inflexible in its depiction of the injustice of class and institutional can still feel so tender.”
–The New York Times book review

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Katia Kazbek, The little foxes took matches
(Tin House)

“A rich and moving look at a child in the midst of self-discovery. As dark as a Grimm fairy tale and as magical.
–Kirkus

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Elizabeth Alexander, The Trayvon Generation
(Large central)

“[A] deep and lyrical meditation on race, class, justice and their intersections with art… As much as this magnificent book is anything else, it is a commitment to this generous and crucial life’s work.
–The New York Times book review

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Lawrence Rankin, body on the line
(Counterpoint)

body on the line tells the stories of communities that have come together with the opposite goal in mind: to provide patients with comfort and protection.
–The New York Times book review

Via PRH

Richard Overy, Blood and ruins
(Viking)

Blood and ruins is a monumental work; it is hard to imagine that a fuller study of World War II could be contained between two covers. Richard Overy has given us a powerful reminder of the horror of war and the threat posed by dictators who dream of empire.
-The Wall Street Journal

Jeff Deutsch, In Praise of Good Bookstores

Jeff Deutsch, Tribute to good bookstores
(Princeton University Press)

“Deutsch, director of the Seminary Co-op bookstores in Chicago, reflects on the importance of book sales in its stirring beginnings…A resonant elegy for an evolving business, it will appeal to literature lovers.”
–Publisher Weekly

From bookstore to brewery, DL Economic Development Summit showcased new business openings in 2022 – Detroit Lakes Tribune

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DETROIT LAKES — Emerging businesses and programs for small businesses were highlighted at the 2022 Economic Development Summit, hosted by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce on April 1.

The event, held at the Holiday Inn Lakefront in Detroit Lakes, featured speakers from local cities, new businesses and SCORE, a nonprofit resource for small businesses that works in cooperation with US Small Business. Administration.

“We’re trying to move that, and the Holiday Inn, of course, is being renovated, so what a great time to showcase what they’re doing,” said local chamber president Carrie Johnston.

The theme for the event was “What’s New in 22” and it promoted four businesses that were slated to open in Detroit Lakes this year.

“We’re focused on a lot of different businesses and entrepreneurship, and just growing in the region,” Johnston said. “We have SCORE here. We have new SCORE advisors here who are going to be able to help businesses here… (It’s a) free service coming to Detroit Lakes.”

One of the new businesses coming to town is Bluebird Books, slated to open on Washington Avenue next month.

Amy Erickson, owner of Bluebird Books, a new bookstore opening in Detroit Lakes, speaks to business leaders at the 2022 Economic Development Summit, hosted by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, at the Holiday Inn Lakefront in Detroit Lakes on April 1, 2022.

Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

“It’s my life’s dream, and if I don’t do it now, when will I?” said Amy Erickson, owner of Bluebird Books. “Detroit Lakes is the perfect place for that because we lost our only bookstore seven or eight years ago and, quite honestly, it was hard for me to imagine living in a town that didn’t have a bookstore. “

Erickson said she plans to have a cozy reading area for her customers, and while she doesn’t plan to offer coffee at the store, there are three cafes on the same block as her new store. .

Sanford Health plans to open a Sanford Health Equip location this summer in the former Snap Fitness in Detroit Lakes. The store will stock all the medical accessories a patient might need, including prostheses, hospital beds and accessories, breast pumps and supplies, and other health-related accessories.

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Jennifer Taves, marketing at Sanford Health, speaks with business leaders about Sanford Health Equip, a health accessories store coming to Detroit Lakes this summer, at the Economic Development Summit 2022, hosted by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, at the Holiday Inn Lakefront in the Detroit Lakes on April 1, 2022.

Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

Jennifer Taves, marketing professional for Sanford Health, said the new initiative is a push by the healthcare provider to meet patients where they are, which may eliminate the need for Detroit Lakes patients to travel 45 minutes to Fargo for health care supplies.

“We really try to make it practical,” Taves said. “It’s not all walkers and wheelchairs, although we have plenty of them, everything you need to age comfortably in your home. We know healthcare is definitely going in that direction, which we want to do of our homes a place where we can stay longer, so we have all these supplies that make that possible.”

Bucks Mill Brewing plans to open its location on Washington Avenue this summer in Detroit Lakes. At the event, the four founders of the brewery promoted their desired partnerships with local businesses. Brewery co-founder Henry Vanoffelen said they plan to be a family-friendly venue that offers a variety of drinks, including non-alcoholic options.

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Chuck Fritz, co-founder of Bucks Mill Brewing, addresses local business leaders at the 2022 Economic Development Summit, hosted by the Detroit Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce, at the Holiday Inn Lakefront in Detroit Lakes on May 1 April 2022.

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“Once we get started, we want to be a real community asset,” Vanoffelen said. “We are really committed to quality. We have Maltwerks (Malting Company & Premium Ingredients) in town. There is a local maltster in the industrial park who will be a major supplier for us.”

The brewery also tries to recruit local businesses to create their own branded beer through the brewery through a series of partnerships, and encourage membership in its Founders Club, which offers a lifetime of different benefits to the brewery.

The Detroit Lakes amateur baseball program was also discussed at the summit, which returns to Washington Avenue Ballpark this summer. Brandon Johnson, manager of the local amateur baseball club, said the club will donate season profits to Detroit Lakes Youth Baseball at the end of each season.

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Brandon Johnson, manager of the new Detroit Lakes Amateur Baseball Club, speaks to business leaders about the team’s upcoming season and sponsorship opportunities at the 2022 Economic Development Summit hosted by the Lakes Regional Chamber of Commerce from Detroit, at the Holiday Inn Lakefront in Detroit Lakes on April 1, 2022.

Michael Achterling / Detroit Lakes Tribune

“Our mission is to use this nation’s hobby to actively engage our community,” Johnson said. “Off the pitch we look to volunteer and engage our community at events, but also on the pitch we will play hard and have fun and hopefully be an example of sportsmanship, teamwork and work ethic.”

SCORE, a nonprofit small business resource affiliate, also presented at the event. The organization offers free business mentoring, workshops and seminars, and various business tools and models for small businesses. Del Carver, mentor and co-chair of SCORE Mentors Fargo, said their volunteer mentors have more than 600 different areas of expertise to help small business owners answer any questions or concerns they may have during the various stages of business ownership.

“We are a national network of 250 chapters and we serve approximately 1,500 communities across the United States, and we have more than 10,000 volunteers who donate their time to help small businesses,” Carver said. “Our mission is to foster vibrant small business communities through mentorship and education, and our vision is to ensure that everyone has the support they need to become a successful small business.”

In addition to the businesses and resource programs showcased at the summit, leaders from the cities of Frazee and Detroit Lakes also spoke, highlighting upcoming projects each city is working on, including road projects, availability of commercial spaces and updates on facilities projects to be completed. in the years to come.

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Choose your own adventure with Ukraine

Chooseco, Waitsfield, publisher of the Choose Your Own Adventure (CYOA) gamebooks, has announced that it is donating 100% of book sales from its online store to two humanitarian groups helping Ukrainians on the front lines of their invasion by Russia.

Starting March 1, 2022, all profits from books purchased on www.CYOA.com (less shipping) will be split between Jose Andres’ World Central Kitchen and Razom For Ukraine. World Central Kitchen provides tens of thousands of meals daily to Ukrainian refugees in more than 30 mobile kitchens. Razom For Ukraine, founded during the Maidan revolution in 2014, provides critical medical supplies to the front lines of conflict and also works to amplify the voices of Ukrainians defending their country.

“This is Putin’s war of choice and it’s awful,” said CYOA editor Shannon Gilligan. “We sincerely hope that his next choices will be more sensible. Slava Ukraine.



New MRV Arts Board Members

Mad River Valley Arts has two new board members and a new vice president. Larissa Koch, Waitsfield, and Lori Klein, Warren, joined the board. Jean Sharry, Warren, was elected vice-president and Koch, secretary. An art student from Harwood will serve as a summer intern throughout the summer.

Koch and her husband moved to The Valley in 2019, purchased the Stowell Farm and began restoration of the barn, the first of several outbuildings they plan to convert and use for arts pursuits. She had a long connection with dance and worked for the Dance Program, Office of the Arts at Harvard University during and after her studies and graduation there.

Lori Klein returns for a third stint on the board. She came to The Valley with her parents to ski as a child and met her late husband Rick Klein here in 1980, moved here and ran Jackie Rose’s The Store until 1984 and had daughters Alixandra (39) and Diviner (37). She began making jewelry in 1990, which led to the creation of the Artisans’ Gallery partnership in 1995. She has just retired after 15 years as a shop shopper in the upstairs store at the Warren Store, leaving more time to be a “helpful grandmother,” the Mad River Valley Gallery and Arts.

Jean Sharry has created a new event, Earth and Fire, for the Festival Gallery later this summer to celebrate The Valley’s many skilled potters.

First cast of Lawson’s Double Sunshine Ruby Red Grapefruit

Lawson’s Finest Liquids welcomes spring with a first release of its most sought after specialty beer – Double Sunshine with Ruby Red Grapefruit. The dual IPA with Ruby Red Grapefruit flavor and aroma will be available for a limited time at retailers in Lawson’s Finest Liquids nine-state distribution area (VT, CT, MA, ME, NH, NJ, NY, PA and RI ) starting this week. .

Double Sunshine with Ruby Red Grapefruit was first dreamed up during a trip to Florida where company owners Sean and Karen Lawson fell in love with the refreshing, citrus-infused flavors of several IPAs they sipped along the way. Since the trip, they have never looked back and have brewed this iconic version of Double Sunshine every year.

The release of Double Sunshine with Ruby Red Grapefruit follows Hopzilla and Super Session #3 with Comet distribution. These beers are part of Lawson’s 2022 Finest Liquids specialty limited release schedule in the Northeast.

Announcement of Mad River Valley Rotary Meeting and Speaker Schedule

Mad River Valley Rotary invites non-members to attend meetings during the month of April.

On Wednesday, April 13, a 7 a.m. breakfast at Waitsfield United Church of Christ, hosted by Toast and Eggs, will feature Rebecca Baruzzi speaking about Mad River Valley Community Fund efforts from March 2020 to March 2022.

The club meets on Wednesday, April 20 at 5 p.m. on Zoom and the speaker will be new member Rob Perry.

On Wednesday, April 27, at a 7 a.m. breakfast at Waitsfield United Church of Christ, hosted by Toast and Eggs, the speaker will be new member Mike Bridgewater.



One of the makers of Osborn’s Massachusetts collection.

Warren photographer Lynn Obsorn, creator of Front Porch Portraits, photos of local families on their front porches during the COVID-19 pandemic, creates a new project featuring local makers. “I’ve had a great experience meeting all of the people I’ve taken portraits of during the pandemic, on their porches, alone or with family, friends and pets, including many of you. May -maybe you’ve seen them on the cinderblock walls of Meuhron or among the donuts of Entemann at the Village Grocery.” she says.

“I’m embarking on a new photo project, based on a project I did in Massachusetts (see attached https://lynnosborn.smugmug.com/Art-Application/). I know the Mad River Valley will have an incredible variety of manufacturers. Maybe not the population density to support a Zipper hospital like in my other hometown, but a lot more manufacturing and variety. If you or someone you know wants to be included in this group of people who mostly support each other using their hands, elbow grease included, let me know and I’ll start scheduling visits.Among other things, I think it’s important to both document and celebrate the older, practical work that is how things are built, made and repaired,” she said.

To suggest a local fabricator or volunteer to photograph, contact Obsorn at This email address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Mad River Valley Rotary launches annual sponsorship campaign

Mad River Valley Rotary Club’s annual sponsorship program assists corporations with donations to support 30-40 organizations and projects. Every penny of every donation goes to a wide range of non-profit organization projects, primarily in the Valley. Funds are distributed to scholarships for Harwood students as well as support for seniors, Meals On Wheels, the local community food pantry, Mad River Path, Mad River Valley Ambulance, Scrag Mountain Music, the local libraries, Waitsfield Childrens Center, NOW and many other organizations. . Contact Bonnie Barnes at This email address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.or Tom Emory at This email address is protected from spam. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit https://MRVRotary.org for more information.

WDEV adds ‘Eye on the World’ to its weekly schedule

The WDEV-Vermont news station launched the CBS program “Eye on the World” with host John Batchelor. This late-night news magazine will air weeknights from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Guests will include experts in the fields of global politics, science, literature, economics and outer space
“We are very pleased to add ‘Eye on the World’ to our lineup. With ‘Eye on the World’, WDEV extends its commitment to news well into the evening hours,” said CEO Steve Cormier.

WDEV is independently owned and operated by the Radio Vermont Group. He can be heard on AM 550 and FM 96.1, 96.5, 98.3 and 101.9. As well as streaming on wdevradio.com.





The Stats Guy: Australia’s trading economy in turbulent times

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Demographer Simon Kuestenmacher looks at how rising food prices caused by natural disasters and global geopolitical unrest will affect Australia’s economy.

Let us not shy away from the horrors of war and the obvious humanitarian disaster that rising global food prices will create in the developing world, but try to understand how global developments might impact Australia economically.

Exports and imports are generally divided into goods (things you can touch) and services (things like tourism or education). We will only look at goods for today’s analysis since they make up the lion’s share of our domestic exports and imports. We will also only be looking at pre-pandemic data from 2019 to see how Australia’s usual business model is impacted.

Australia exports US$1.44 trillion worth of products while it imports only US$1.16 trillion.

The difference between these numbers is our trade surplus. Australia is a business that makes a handsome profit of US$280 billion.

What do we sell to the rest of the world? Mostly things that we extract from the ground (mining) or grow in the ground (farming). Our exports are quite simple to produce.

The mining industry, for example, employs only around a quarter of a million workers (or 1.9% of our 13 million workers) but produces 12% of our GDP. How do we manage such a thriving mining sector?

Small nation, lots of land

Easy – we are a small nation on a big piece of land. We are 25 million people at the head of the resources of an entire continent. The profit we make from mining depends less on the quality of work of each individual worker in the industry than on world prices.

Our exports pass through a limited number of ports because it is relatively expensive to ship to destination ports: a ship full of coal is worth much less than a ship full of electronics. Transporting our heavy ores and minerals by sea is expensive, but it is the only way. This means that we depend on the high seas trade routes to get our exports to a few destination ports.

Our maritime security is entirely dependent on the United States Navy, which keeps international waters secure and enables an uninterrupted flow of trade – Peter Zeihan has written an excellent book on this. If the United States were to become an enemy and so inclined to do so, it could easily disrupt most of the inward and outward trade of our most important trading partners. From a security perspective, we are completely dependent on the United States for our economic prosperity.

Who buys our products? We do not have a varied clientele. The top three countries buying from us are China (39%), Japan (15%) and South Korea (7%). No less than 83% of goods exported by Australia are destined for Asia. From a business perspective, we are clearly an Asian nation.

The good news about our exports is that geopolitical and trade experts predict that the United States will continue to ensure global maritime security and that demand across Asia for our exports remains strong (see animated map of Asia from my previous column). The prices of the limited range of products we sell are subject to increase in the short term.

Ukraine and Russia export a lot of things that Australia also exports. Agricultural and industrial production will not return soon in war-torn Ukraine, and sanctions exclude Russian exports from world trade. Rising prices for our exports may sound great, but we better take a quick look at Australian imports before popping the champagne.

Unlike our exports, our imports are dominated by complex goods such as machinery, household appliances, vehicles, electrical equipment and pharmaceuticals, among other products. Even a quick glance at the import tree map shows the diversity of products we source from overseas. This does not only include the items that we consume as individuals, but also the machines, spare parts, computers that companies use to increase our GDP.

We will have to prepare for everyday life at home and at work to become more expensive. Both Russia and Ukraine are major rare earth metal powerhouses. These are important elements in the semiconductor industry, which means that the global production of everything with computer chips will become more expensive and the total production volume could also decrease.

What to do when costs rise

The risk of skyrocketing trade prices is that there is less trade and the benefits of globalization are reduced. Without our global free trade system running like a well-oiled machine, global fertilizer prices are rising. Australia can easily withstand rising food prices since we locally produce wheat, meat and dairy products. However, the poorest developing countries will find it difficult to feed their populations. Expect terrible news about this in the second half of this year.

I don’t think belt-tightening is the right approach. Less global trade is not a good thing. It will not reduce global emissions or allow us to live in a self-contained ecological paradise. Around the world, nations and peoples depend on global trade networks for the essentials of life.

We need to make sure we invest in sustainable products when buying anything from toys and building materials to machinery and clothing. Whenever possible, choose the durable and best quality product.

In a world where trade continues to flow, where companies continue to invest despite high prices, Australia has everything to gain (or at the very least maintain its high quality of life).

This story first appeared in our sister publication The new daily.

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Peso May Weaker Against Dollar Ahead Of CPI And Trade Data

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THE PESO could weaken this week due toflthe expectations of the population and a probably wider tradeIfcit.

The local unit ended trading at 51.67 pesos to the dollar on Friday, gaining seven centavos from its close of 51.74 pesos on Thursday, based on data from the Philippine Bankers Association.

He also strengthened by 46 centavos compared to his P52.13 Ifend a week earlier.

The peso opened at 51.79 pesos to the dollar on Friday. Its weakest display was at P51.81, while its intraday best was at P51.55 against the greenback.

Traded dollars rose to $1.33 billion on Friday from $1.047 billion on Thursday.

The peso rose on market optimism following improving manufacturing data, the chief economist at Rizal Commercial Banking Corp said. Michael L. Ricafort.

The Philippine Purchasing Managers’ Index reached 53.2 in March, according to a report released Friday by S&P Global Ratings. This is its highest level since reading 54.2 in November 2018. A reading above 50 indicates expansion while below signifies contraction in activity.

S&P said manufacturing activity in the Philippines rose for the second month in a row as businesses continued to reopen amid looser restrictions, allowing output to continue to grow. New orders also piled up amid increased customer demand, he added.

Meanwhile, UnionBank of the Philippines, Inc. Chief Economist Ruben Carlo O. Asuncion said the market priced in progress in talks between Russia and Ukraine, which caused a decline world oil prices during the week.

Bloomberg reported that oil prices posted their biggest weekly drop on Friday.

During the week, representatives from Ukraine and Russia met in Turkey for their peace talks. Market players were also appeased when US President Joseph R. Biden launched his plan to release 1 million barrels of oil a day for six months from their strategic reserves to ease supply problems during the war. .

West Texas Intermediate fell more than $14 on Friday from the previous week, which was the highest since 2011.

Looking ahead to the week, Asuncion said the market will look at trade data due out this week as a wider deficit could weaken the peso.

February trade data will be released on April 8. The country’s trade gap widened to $4.696 billion in January from $2.878 billion inIfcited a year earlier.

Meanwhile, Mr. Ricafort said that the market will also take into account the development of inflation in March. This will be reported by the Philippine Statistics Authority on April 5.

A Business world A poll of 18 analysts gave a median estimate of 4% for last month’s consumer price index (CPI), closer to the upper end of the 3.3% to 4.1% projection. the central bank. If realized, this would be faster than the 3% CPI in February and is on the upper end of the Bangko Sentral ng Pilipinas’ 2-4% target.

Analysts said the massive rise in oil prices likely caused food and transportation costs to rise faster.

For this week, Ricafort gave a forecast range of P51.40 to P51.90 against the dollar, while Asuncion expects the local unit to move between P51.50 and P52. — Noble LWT with Bloomberg

Forced to buy textbooks in some stores, Ambala’s parents say : The Tribune India

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Tribune press service

Ambala, April 2

As the new academic session began, complaints about rising fees, withholding of results, and the use of expensive books by private publishers began to come in against private schools.

Parents say they are forced to buy books from particular stores.

Ravi Kumar, a parent, said, “Schools prescribe books from private publishers which are not readily available in the market and are only available in certain stores which cooperate with schools and also give heavy commission to schools.

The culprits will be punished

If schools force parents to buy books from private publishers and also force them to buy them from a particular store, action will be taken. —Suresh Kumar, DEO, Ambala

Another parent alleged, “A 61-page Mathematics first level book has an MRP of Rs 365 and no discount is offered at the shop set up by the school. Although school authorities claim that they have nothing to do with prices and have outsourced the task of selling books to vendors, the fact is that in some cases school staff have been delegate in temporary stores to sell books.

Ajay Gupta, President of Parents Welfare Association, Ambala, said: “Schools have increased fees every year unjustifiably. There are complaints about the results withheld by schools. The government failed to control the schools and they manipulated the data to increase the fees. There should be a mechanism to check whether the fees charged are justified or not.

Prashant Munjal, vice president of the Haryana Progressive Schools Conference, said, “People have misconceptions about the fees being increased. Previously, parents paid the annual fee separately, but this year the monthly fee, annual fee and all other funds have been merged. Also, the schools did not increase fees by more than 10.13%. If a school has increased it by more than 10.13%, then it is wrong.

“It is unrealistic to only recommend NCERT books. Content quality is the main reason why private schools use books from private publishers. The content provided is the only reason behind the higher prices. The government can formulate any policy and set book prices. We will have no objection to that.

Meanwhile, DEO Suresh Kumar said, “There have been complaints against two schools over the results. We spoke to management and they assured that the results would not be held. »

Europe’s first retail park bookshop and its famous faces

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Ellesmere Port Borders made history when it opened in March 2000 and became ‘a local sensation’

It was in March 2000 that Ellesmere Port became home to Europe’s first retail park bookstore. And for nearly 10 years, Borders has proven to be a hugely popular destination for people of all ages, whether browsing the huge range of books and CDs on offer or enjoying a hot drink at the cafe.

During this period, the store based at The Coliseum shopping park – now occupied by Next – was also a destination for many famous faces promoting their latest literary work. Among those who visited Borders to sign copies of their new releases were US TV star David Hasselhoff, former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott, footballer Michael Owen and food writer Nigella Lawson.

Renowned authors such as Terry Pratchett and Jacqueline Wilson also graced the store in its heyday. Borders closed in 2009 – just three days before Christmas – after administrators failed to find a buyer for the struggling bookstore chain.

READ: 18 photos that give a glimpse of life in Blacon two decades ago

It marked the end of an era. For so many book lovers, Borders was the place to go. Former CEO Philip Downers even took to social media to pay tribute to the success of the Ellesmere Port store on the 20th anniversary of its opening.

In a series of tweets from March 30, 2020, he said: “20 years ago today we opened the Borders 400 store, Cheshire Oaks. Actually next to the mall in the Coliseum Retail Park in ‘Ellesmere Port. It was Europe’s first shopping park bookstore.

“Borders and Barnes & Noble had a handful of downtown American flagships, but had built their American empires out of town. Could we do the same? Cheshire Oaks was a 20,000 square foot one-story store. News and magazines inside the front door with CD and video beyond, adult books in the center, and children and coffee to the left.

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“It was a resounding success. Sales north of £6m a year, net profit over £1m. Glasgow Buchanan St was equally profitable, but needed nearly double the sales to get there. And Cheshire Oaks was a local sensation – no one had ever seen anything like it.

“It was a book and media lover’s dream, and a real family day out. It was high tide for Borders UK. It was a fantastic store. So today let’s salute the Oaks – the Europe’s first, largest, busiest and most profitable bookstore in the park.”

CheshireLive has dug into its archives to look back at some of the famous people who have graced the store that is fondly remembered. Take a look at the photographs and see if you remember any of the book signings. Maybe you were there?

How Harper Levine Became a Global Under-the-Radar Art Powerhouse

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Harper Levine did not expect it. Now 54, he has spent most of his working life as a rare book seller, building a business in St. Paul, Minnesota, and, since 2010, the Hamptons. Over the years, artists such as Richard Prince and Eddie Martinez would come for advice on building their libraries or to buy books on obscure Japanese photography or Beat literature. Some have become his friends.

It was at their request that Levine began to organize exhibitions at Harper’s Books in East Hampton. In 2014, when an artist canceled, he texted Prince asking for suggestions on filling the spot. “Figgis,” was the reply. Prince had recently discovered Genieve Figgis on Twitter and had fallen in love with her feathery, macabre paintings. Levine took Prince’s advice and the show sold out. “That’s when I really started to think a career as a gallery owner was possible,” says Levine.

The painting “Horse Jumper” by Marcus Brutus is part of the inaugural exhibition of the new Manhattan outpost of Harper’s Gallery.

Courtesy of Harper’s, New York

In March, Harper’s Gallery opened a 4,000 square foot location on West 22nd Street in Manhattan, on the same block as heavyweights like Hauser & Wirth. It’s Levine’s sixth branch — its footprint has tripled in the past two years — and it now has outposts in East Hampton, Manhattan and Los Angeles. It represents 16 artists and employs 12 people. “I had a vision,” Levine says. “I decided what I wanted to do with the rest of my life was operate a bigger gallery.”

Many are surprised by Levine’s rise, and Levine shares the sentiment. Originally from New York, he wanted to be a writer, but dropped out of an MFA program at St. Paul’s Hamline University in 2001 and went into bookstore. “All the previous years, the time spent as a bookseller and a writer, only led to this conclusion that I was supposed to be a gallerist,” says Levine.

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‘Dolphin Dance’ by Marcus Brutus, on view at Harper’s Gallery. Other artists Levine has shown include Genieve Figgis, Jennifer Guidi and Joel Mesler.

Courtesy of Harper’s, New York

In 2016, he opened Harper’s Apartment, a pied-à-terre turned exhibition space on East 74th Street, his first foothold in New York. It was a domestic affair, with shows from up-and-coming artists like Jennifer Guidi and Joel Mesler, and after openings Levine sometimes slept on the sofa bed. Today, its operation is larger, but its low-key vibe still attracts artists and collectors. “People are excited about his program,” says art adviser Benjamin Godsill, who has purchased works from the gallery. “It feels very of the moment.”

Levine also had the chance to ride the wave of the contemporary art market. Take Figgis, whose jewel-toned rococo ghouls inspired Marc Jacobs’ Spring 2019 collection. As his audience grew, his paintings sparked bidding wars at auction, selling for as much as $638,692, a far cry from his 2014 solo debut at Harper’s, where prices started. at $6,000. “Harper is a guy who always looks ahead,” says Marcus Brutus, the painter whose work opened the new gallery. (In May, Harper’s two Chelsea spaces will feature works by the late abstract painter Young-Il Ahn.)

Artists want to show with Levine, says Godsill, because they feel he understands them. Even though his gallery is young, Levine has spent decades looking at and thinking about art from a different perspective than most of the top players in the field. “He’s a special art dealer,” says Godsill. “A calm, gentle and evolved soul.” Of course, nice guys don’t have to finish last.

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How Civil War History Explains Memestocks

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Stock prices crashed and the biggest fanatics moved from r/WallStreetBets to a new subreddit, r/Superstonk, and started posting multi-thousand word essays they called “dds”, short for “due diligence”, to explain what had happened. come.

They were apparently research reports, modeled, perhaps, on the publications of professional financial analysts. They baselessly claimed that securities regulators, brokerage houses and people in charge of the day-to-day running of the market got together and agreed to create fake shares of stocks, which they secretly passed on to hedge funds preparing to short sell them again.

To combat this alleged scheme, Redditors pledged to buy as many shares of GameStop and AMC as possible to cause the “mother of all short cuts,” or MOASS for short, when short sellers would have to pay anything. price the Redditors have asked for — possibly even $1 million per share — to hedge their bets.

Back to reality: there is no giant conspiracy, there are no false actions; there will be no MOASS. The short January 2021 squeeze caused stock market breakdowns, the most dramatic of which occurred at brokerage firms that eventually halted trading in these stocks, not on the basis of moral authority, but because that they were about to run out of money to cover failed transactions.

But the Redditors have achieved something real. Like Jay Cooke, who pointed out how difficult it was for most people to access investment products in 1861, the Reddit crowd pointed to structural problems in the stock market and pushed regulators to try to solve them. The Securities and Exchange Commission has since proposed several changes to stock trading that would make them more visible and easier to understand and faster.

Wall Street has long boasted that its great-great-great-grandfathers saved the Union during the darkest period of the Civil War by generously lending money to the Lincoln administration. This claim, which financial titans repeat to imply that their work is morally good and descended from opponents of slavery, is now getting a facelift.

In “Bonds of War,” Mr. Thomson describes how, after securing an initial loan of $50 million in early 1861, elite financiers in New York, Boston and Philadelphia essentially told Lincoln’s Secretary of the Treasury , an Ohioan named Salmon P. Chase, that they wished him good luck. They felt it was too risky to continue buying US debt, especially since individual states had regularly defaulted on their debt during the pre-war period.

High Value Metal Fraud: Illegal Means Conspiracy | White & Case srl

In recent years, forged warehouse receipts have proven to be a breeding ground for commodity finance disputes. In Natixis SA against Marex Financial and Access World Logistics (Singapore) Pte Ltd1 the Commercial Court rendered a judgment with broad implications for the financing and storage of commodities, in particular with regard to sale and repurchase (or “repo”) transactions governed by English law.

The Commercial Court issued another commodity finance judgment in ED&F Man Capital Markets Limited v Come Harvest Holdings Limited.2 At first glance, the judgment is analogous to that of Natixis: both relate to the use of forged nickel storage receipts in the context of repurchase transactions. However, ED&F stands out because the plaintiff in this case had purported to terminate the purchase contracts. If effective, cancellation would mean that contractual remedies were not available to the plaintiff. Accordingly, Plaintiff’s claims have been brought primarily in tort and equity, engaging causes of action that can often arise in the context of fraud claims, including (i) the tort of deception; (ii) unlawful means conspiracy; (iii) knowing receipt; (iv) equitable property rights; and (v) unjust enrichment.

These causes of action are fully addressed in Justice Calver’s 164-page judgment. In this alert, we focus on one particular cause of action, the economic tort of conspiracy by unlawful means.

context

The plaintiff was ED & F Man Capital Markets Limited (“MCM“), a global financial brokerage firm. Between May and October 2016, the first defendant, Come Harvest Holdings Limited (“Come harvest“), and the second defendant, Mega Wealth International Trading Limited (“Mega wealth“), sought to raise funds by entering into various nickel purchase agreements with MCM (the “Purchase contractsEach of the purchase agreements was intended to be the first step in a repurchase transaction whereby Come Harvest or Mega Wealth would repurchase the nickel at a higher price at a later date.

Under the purchase agreements, Come Harvest and Mega Wealth provided MCM with 92 purported original warehouse receipts (the “Deemed receipts“) issued by the warehouse storing the nickel. 83 of these were transferred as consideration for the purchase contracts. The remaining nine receipts were retained by MCM as collateral for margin payments. In exchange for the purported receipts, MCM provided funding (including coverage) to Come Harvest and Mega Wealth totaling over $284 million. This funding was in turn funded by MCM selling 83 of the purported receipts to a third party.

In January 2017, MCM discovered that some resold warehouse receipts had failed to authenticate with logistics warehousing provider Access World. After verification, the nine alleged receipts kept by MCM also failed the authentication process. In each case, the nickel in question had already been sold by Come Harvest and Mega Wealth to another defendant, Straits (Singapore) Pte Ltd (“DetroitThe purported receipts provided by Come Harvest and Mega Wealth to MCM were in fact color scanned copies of the original warehouse receipts with forged signatures.

On June 21, 2017, MCM served notice of rescission on Come Harvest and Mega Wealth regarding the purchase agreements. Therefore, MCM’s position was that the Purchase Agreements were void and that the parties should be restored to the position they were in before the Purchase Agreements were entered into.

On this basis, MCM brought a tort action for conspiracy to harm against Come Harvest, Mega Wealth, their agent and advisor Genesis Resources Inc. and its sole director and shareholder, Mr. Steven Kao (“Mr Kao“), and Straits. In addition, MCM brought actions against various defendants for knowledge of receipt of funds, equitable ownership interest, unjust enrichment, breach of contract (in the alternative ) and the tort of causing a breach of contract.

Illegal means conspiracy3

Straits was the only defendant to appear at trial. Accordingly, the unlawful means section of the judgment concerning conspiracy is primarily concerned with Straits.

MCM alleged there was “a deal, combination or conspiracy”4 between Straits and Mr. Kao (acting on behalf of some of the Defendants) to, among other things: (i) provide color scanned copies of the original warehouse receipts, (ii) provide “PMA letters” suggesting that Straits was free to release the nickel, and (iii) to enter into contracts which, on the face of it, were supposed to be repurchase agreements, but were in fact not repurchase agreements. This allowed some defendants to pretend to sell nickel to MCM which was in fact owned by Straits.

Elements of the offense

In his judgment, Justice Calver adopted the key elements of the conspiracy of unlawful means used in FM Capital Partners Ltd v. Marina:5

(i) “A combination, arrangement or understanding between two or more persons”;

(ii) “Intent to injure another natural person or separate legal entity, although this need not be the sole or predominant intent”;

(iii) “Use of Illegal Means in the Concerted Action”; and

(iv) “Loss caused to target of conspiracy.

As is often the case with claims of conspiracy by unlawful means, the second and third elements were the most contentious – in particular, (ii) the nature of the intent to harm that is required; and (iii) whether an unlawful act is the means by which harm is inflicted.

(ii) Intent to injure

The intention to injure has already been described as the “mental element” of the tort. On this requirement, the Court relied on the usual test established in OBG v Allan.6 The statements of Lord Hoffmann and Lord Nicholls of OBG against Allan were summarized in the judgment as distinguishing between “ends”, “means” and “consequences”:7

(I) “Ends: If the prejudice caused to the plaintiff is to finish wanted by the defendant […] then the required intent is established.”

(ii)”Means: If the prejudice caused to the plaintiff is means whereby the defendant seeks to secure his end […] then the required intent is established (even if the defendant would have preferred to secure the end without causing loss to the plaintiff […]”; and

(iii)”Consequences: If the damage is neither the end nor the means but simply a foreseeable consequence, the required intent is do not made from […] “recklessness” will not be enough […]”.

A key dispute between the parties was whether the tort — in addition to the three elements set out by the Supreme Court in OBG v. Allan — required a defendant to “target” the plaintiff. Straits argued that the test was not established “whether the defendant intended to harm a third party or class of persons; rather, the defendant must have directed his actions towards the specific applicant […]” (emphasis added).8

The Court referred to Lord Hoffmann’s dicta in OBG v Allan: if the injury to the plaintiff “is neither an end in itself nor a means to an end, but merely a foreseeable consequence […] it cannot be said that it was intended for this purpose.”9 Therefore, the “targeting” or “face” of an intent to injure is “merely a repetition of the criterion of intent […] that the damage caused to the plaintiff must be to finish requested by the defendant or the means whereby the defendant seeks to secure his end rather than a mere predictable consequence of his actions”.ten Therefore, it is not necessary that the prejudice be directed against a “specific” plaintiff.11

The judge concluded that Straits had therefore satisfied the mens rea of ​​the tort: ​​it had sought to advance its own interests by using means that would necessarily be prejudicial to MCM and other financiers similar to MCM.

(iii) Illegal Means

The parties agreed that the wrongful act in question was capable of founding liability for the purposes of the tort. What was in dispute was “[w]’an unlawful act is, in effect, the “means” by which harm is inflicted on the plaintiff by virtue of the conspiracy”.12 Straits argued that there were two subcomponents to the illegal means:

(a) causation (i.e. the unlawful means were “in fact the means” by which the harm is inflicted); and

(b) intent (intent to injure the plaintiff by illegal means which caused the plaintiff’s loss).13

Straits argued that “every defendant must also have had knowledge of illegal means in order to intend them” (although Straits accepted that blind acquaintance suffices).14

The Court rejected Straits’ argument, holding that there was no intent requirement with respect to the unlawful means element of the tort, which was a matter of causation. Intent to injure is a separate part of the tort, as noted above. Therefore, the illegal means – forgery and deception – are indeed the means that caused the damage suffered by MCM.

In addition, the Court found that Straits had knowledge of the “specific means” used by Come Harvest and Mega Wealth in all cases: deception as well as infringement.15

Comment

This decision is a useful reminder of the Commercial Court’s approach to legal action for criminal association. Potential third party defendants should beware. As this case shows, it is not enough to plead ignorance of the precise method of unlawful means or Nelsonian (i.e. blind) knowledge.

1 [2019] EWHC 2549 (Comm).
2 [2022] EWHC 229 (Comm).
3 ED&F Man Capital Markets Limited, [457] for [553].
4 Ibid., [58].
5 [2018] EWHC 1768 (Comm), to [94] (which was in turn adopted by Butcher J in Iranian Offshore Engineering and Construction Co v Dean Investment Holdings SA [2019] EWHC 472 (Comm)).
6 OBG vs. Allan [2008] 1 AC 1. ED & F Man Capital Markets Limited, at [484].
7 ED & F Man Capital Markets Limited, at [487].
8 Same, [479].
9 OBG vs. Allan [2008] 1 AC 1, to [43].
10 ED & F Man Capital Markets Limited, at [495].
11 Same, [495].
12 Ibid., [533].
13 Ibid., [535].
14 Same, [538].
15 Ibid., [543], [548].

James Brook (Trainee Solicitor, White & Case, London) and Ashwini Mohan (Trainee Solicitor, White & Case, London) contributed to the development of this publication.

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Bookstore opens new world to autistic painter – Xinhua

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Kang Rui (front) organizes books at the Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) bookstore in Beijing, capital of China, April 2, 2021. (Xinhua/Ren Chao)

by Xinhua writers Yuan Quan and Yin Pingping

BEIJING, April 1 (Xinhua) — Customers of Beijing’s FLTRP Bookstore receive a free bookmark when buying a coffee there, but few are aware of the challenges the bookmark artist has overcome.

Kang Rui, 23, has worked at the bookstore since 2018, hand-painting posters, postcards and bookmarks.

Kang has autism and his unusual behavior and impaired conversation bother some people, but his art can enchant them and it’s a major attraction for the bookstore.

Autism in China has an incidence of 0.7% and more than 2 million children under the age of 12 have autism. This figure increases by about 200,000 each year.

As World Autism Awareness Day approaches on April 2, Kang’s story has been in the spotlight as he is one of the lucky few to find a job they love and support to their needs.

Kang can paint landscapes, still lifes, cartoon characters and self-portraits. His work is exhibited in neighboring schools as well as at the bookstore. He created a set of winter sports themed paintings for the Beijing Winter Olympics and they were displayed in the organizing committee building.

Kang Rui (L), with his mother, shows a painting he drew at the bookstore in Beijing on March 25, 2021. (Xinhua/Ren Chao)

Working as a bookseller brings him joy and a sense of accomplishment. Many see him as a genius, but fail to see the sacrifices behind the scenes.

Like most Chinese parents, Kang’s mother and father were determined that their son would receive the best education.

After Kang was diagnosed with autism at age 5, his mother quit her job to care for him and his father was solely responsible for earning money. The couple did not have a second child so they could focus on Kang.

Children with autism have difficulty communicating because they often do not recognize or understand the emotions or feelings of others. Kang’s parents tried to send him to a regular kindergarten, but he found it difficult to interact with the other children and his eccentric behavior earned him taunts.

Kang had no formal schooling. He began painting at age 12 in classes at the Beijing Golden Wings Art Rehabilitation Service Center for Disabled Children, where he discovered his gift.

Today his work has been widely acclaimed and has been exhibited in galleries around the world.

Kang Rui presents his posters at the bookstore. (Xinhua/Yin Pingping)

Fu Shuai, manager of the bookstore, saw Kang’s work in a national children’s art competition and thought the bright colors and vivid characters could add warmth to his store.

However, when Fu first offered the job to Kang, his mother refused, fearing that her son would get away with it.

Fu persisted and convinced the family that Kang would receive care and support. The bookstore offered Kang a special room as a studio, and Kang was allowed to work from home or be accompanied by his mother in the store.

Kang Rui (L) organizes books with his colleague (C) at the FLTRP bookstore in Beijing on March 25, 2021. (Xinhua/Ren Chao)

Fu said he never feared the special staff member’s behavior would hurt the business and he believed his customers would understand.

He says the job gives Kang a connection to society and allows society to connect with him and understand autism.

“A bookstore is a window to civilization. A civilized society should provide opportunities for the underprivileged,” Fu said.

What is the release date of Fragrant Story?

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Fragrant Story is an upcoming strategy role-playing game coming to 3DS (yes in 2022) from William Kage and his studio Squire Games. The game was announced on Kage’s YouTube channel and is set to release on April 21.

Alongside his team, Vagrant Story, Final Fantasy Tactics and Final Fantasy XII composer Hitoshi Sakimoto helped with the music for Fragrant Story, coyly named after the PlayStation classic.

Fragrant Story will indeed have a physical version when it launches next month, but it will be in limited quantities and only available on the game’s official website. There are three different physical versions available. The standard version retails for $35 and includes the game plus the soundtrack CD and digital download code. The Collector’s Edition includes the game, soundtrack, keychain, tarot cards, stat pins, poster, air freshener, and art book for $70. Finally, the Signed Collector’s Edition is exactly the same as the normal Collector’s Edition, except it’s signed by director William Kage and retails for $120.

Fragrant Story will also be available to download from the Nintendo eShop (while you can) for just $4. It’s unclear whether or not the price was decided based on the length of the game or because the eShop is closing soon and Kage wanted as many people as possible to buy it. Kage and his team at Squire Games plan to release more 3DS games in the future, including a Chrono Trigger-inspired game called Cosmo Break and SixEngine which is inspired by Final Fantasy VI.

The author reveals incredible information about the universe

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A Wish Granted: Journal of Galactic Romance and Global Evolution, by Joy Elaine

“Bring your eyes up to the night sky and watch the beautiful boundaries between universes blur. Watch the stars, moons, and worlds of each universe accelerate toward their moments of completion. “-“

– Extract from book 3 of the chronicles of joy

LONDON, UK, March 31, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Open your mind and heart to the endless possibilities that exist for each of us as we step beyond the scope of what we have been taught to believe on Earth and which lies beyond the stars. Author Joy Elaine has released A Wish Granted, her third book in The Joy Chronicles series. The third book continues to delight the senses and open the heart.

With each turn of the page, we fall even more in love with the characters. You are mesmerized by the very first fairy wedding and the happy antics of the Swizzlers. You have the opportunity to embrace new levels of personal expansion when you imbibe the timeless wisdom and teachings of Buddha Siddhartha. As you ride the waves of this narrative, galactic warfare, assassination, and other intrigues set the stage for challenges that change the scope of your understanding of the universe.

“I have enjoyed reading all three Joy Chronicles so much! They are lively and entertaining yet offer an enormous amount of helpful information about the earth, our universe and beyond, and the countless magnificent beings dedicated to serving us. as we evolve from life as we know it into the higher dimensions.! Hooray!” – Amazon customer review.

“Joy Elaine never disappoints with the way she creates an engaging, moving and intriguing journey. As Book III of the Joy Chronicles series unfolds, we walk with her to discover incredible insights into our land, the past, our connections to her and the future. The characters jump off the page as they are portrayed in beautiful detail, and the book is saturated with female empowerment, love, and growth. For readers looking for a timeless adventure, you won’t regret reading this.” – Amazon Customer Review.

Joy Elaine has a master’s degree in music and is a professional violinist living in Bloomington, Indiana. She grows orchids as a hobby, enjoys walking in the woods and playing and listening to classical music. The adventures of The Joy Chronicles are a daily experience for Joy, as she lives and breathes her sacred service in these times of transition. Her passion and dedication pave the way for each reader to seize the waves of change that the councils sponsor and gracefully accompany them with Gaia toward a new tomorrow that is bigger and better than any dreamer can imagine. www.joyelaine.com

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Editorial: Exchanging money for screens | Editorial

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While there isn’t the urgency of pressing issues like mental health care or public education, the Commonwealth’s approach to attracting film production deserves more attention from lawmakers – in taking into account strategic improvements in tax relief and other incentives.

Film production can be a real economic stimulus, generating expenditure and investment outside the state. It also creates good jobs, many of which are filled by locals. Movies or TV shows shot in a particular location can boost the lucrative tourism industry.

Virginia has had some recent film successes. The Hulu series “Dopesick,” based on the nonfiction book and starring Michael Keaton, was filmed largely in Richmond and Clifton Forge. Production started in December 2020 and continued into 2021. More than 150 people have been involved in the project, in all kinds of supporting jobs. Many of them were Virginians.

A few years earlier, all four seasons of the AMC Revolutionary War drama “Turn” were shot in the Commonwealth, primarily in the Richmond and Williamsburg areas. This series, on the Culper Ring, made good use of Virginia’s cultural assets, as scenes were filmed in locations such as Colonial Williamsburg, Yorktown, the historic campus of the College of William and Mary, and the plantations of Shirley and Scotchtown.

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In reality, the spy ring operated in Setauket on Long Island in New York. But Virginia was able to earn that production thanks to our scenic locations and some state incentives.

As part of the deal, AMC, a cable television network, aired more than 80 commercials promoting Virginia as a tourist destination.

The Commonwealth was also on the losing side. The 2017 Oscar-nominated film ‘Hidden Figures’, based on the non-fiction book, told the true story of three black women who worked as mathematicians at NASA’s Langley Research Center in Hampton in the 1960s , preparing for astronaut John Glenn’s pioneering orbit around Earth. . The inspiring film depicts both women’s historic contributions and their struggles against racial segregation, even at work.

This one was not filmed in Hampton Roads, where the events happened. The film was made in Georgia, which offers much more generous tax incentives for such productions than Virginia.

This affront to Virginia prompted Pharrell Williams, the film’s co-producer, to raise the intriguing idea of ​​creating a film and sound campus here. Williams spoke aspirationally about what it could mean for her hometown of Virginia Beach and the greater Hampton Roads area, and made a video in 2018 that was widely shared in Richmond that argued the merits of investing in the film and television industries.

None of this is to say that Virginia should throw caution to the winds. The jury is still out on how much states actually get on their investments in tax breaks for filmmakers.

Virginia is one of 34 states offering film and television incentives. Attracting such productions is a very different game than building a new factory or a new distribution center here. If a filmmaker sees more benefits elsewhere, it’s fairly easy to move production to another state. Film and television companies can and do play one state against another.

The bidding war could spiral out of control. Even California has lost production to more generous states. Leading the pack is Georgia, which has no annual limit on movies and tax credits and gave away $1.2 billion last year.

But Virginia’s current $6.5 million cap on tax credits, supplemented by a grant program, is too far at the other extreme, far behind those of its neighbors. North Carolina, for example, has a cap of $31 million, and Maryland and Tennessee both offer more than Virginia.

Virginia’s cap on movie tax breaks expires this year. Lawmakers should find creative ways to make the incentives offered by the state more competitive with others in the region without being excessive. We need a smart approach, designed to attract more film productions here in a way that will truly benefit Virginia.

– Virginian-Pilot & Daily Press Editorial Board

The QSE falls below the 13,600 level amid a course correction

The Qatar Stock Exchange fell below 13,600 levels on Wednesday despite strong buying interest in consumer goods, telecommunications and transport meters.
Industrials and real estate counters witnessed above-average selling pressure, with Qatar’s 20-stock index losing 82 points or 0.6% to 13,557 points, although it reached an intraday high of 13,648 points.
Local retail investors were increasingly net sellers in the market, with year-to-date gains of 16.61%.
The Islamic Index fell faster than other indexes in the exchange, whose capitalization fell by around QR 8 billion or 1% to QR 762.9 billion, mainly driven by the mid-cap segments.
Net purchases by foreign and Gulf institutions weakened significantly in the market, where the consumer goods, industrials and banking sectors together accounted for more than 80% of trading volume.
National institutions continued to be net sellers, but with less intensity in the market, which saw a total of 50,412 exchange-traded funds (sponsored by Masraf Al Rayan and Doha Bank) valued at 682,318 QR changed of hands across 17 trades.
Arab individuals also continued to be net profit takers, but with less vigor in the stock market, which saw no sovereign bond trading.
Total trading turnover and volumes were down in the market, which saw no trading in Treasuries.
The Total Return Index fell 0.6% to 27,660.68 points, the All Share Index fell 0.37% to 4,340.83 points and the Al Rayan Islamic Index (Price) fell 0.74% to 2 924.95 points.
The index of industrial sectors lost 1.54%, real estate (0.95%) and banks and financial services (0.23%); while consumer goods and services gained 1.51%, telecoms (0.66%), transport (0.62%) and insurance (0.08%).
More than 57% of constituents traded on the main market were in the red, including Qamco, Qatar General Insurance and Reinsurance, Mesaieed Petrochemical Holding, Gulf International Services, Qatar Industries, Masraf Al Rayan, Baladna, Qatar Insurance, Barwa and Vodafone Qatar. .
Nevertheless, Al Khaleej Takaful, Zad Holding, Inma Holding, Commercial Bank, Qatar Cinema and Film Distribution, Milaha, Salam International Investment, Qatar Islamic Insurance and Ooredoo were among the winners in the main market, while Al Faleh Educational Holding and Mekdam Holding have seen their shares rise in value in the venture capital market.
Qatari Individual Net Profit bookings increased significantly to QR 61.89 million from QR 13.45 million on March 29.
Net purchases of foreign funds decreased significantly to QR 97.97 million from QR 115.35 million the previous day.
Net purchases by Gulf institutions weakened significantly to QR 6.23 million from QR 20.56 million on Tuesday.
Net purchases by foreign individuals decreased significantly to QR 3.56 million from QR 6.67 million on March 29.
However, individuals in the Gulf were net buyers at QR 0.56 million compared to net sellers of QR 0.64 million the previous day.
The net sale of domestic funds decreased significantly to QR 41.69 million from QR 119.28 million on Tuesday.
The Arab Individual Net Profit booking weakened markedly to QR 4.74 million from QR 9.01 million on March 29.
Arab institutions had no major net exposure compared to net sellers of QR 0.2 million the previous day.
Total trading volume on the main market fell 19% to 204.7 million shares, value fell 18% to QR 661.97 million, and trades fell 12% to 16,104.
The market saw a 42% drop in industrial sector trading volume to 39.81 million shares, 32% in value to 130.45 million QR and 32% in trades to 3,215.
The trading volume of the banking and financial services sector fell by 34% to 39.37 million shares, the value by 17% to 296.99 million QR and transactions by 10% to 7,480.
There was an 8% contraction in trading volume of the consumer goods and services sector to 84.78 million shares, 33% in value to 125.59 million QR and 1% in trades to 2,180.
However, the insurance industry’s trading volume more than doubled to 6.11 million shares and the value nearly tripled to QR 19.98 million on an 83% increase in trades to 583.
Telecom sector trading volume more than doubled to 5.44 million shares and value jumped 73% to QR 16.43 million; while transactions fell 19% to 700.
The real estate sector reported a 12% increase in trading volume to 23.68 million shares, 16% in value to 34.37 million QR and 14% in transactions to 1,218.
The transport sector’s trading volume increased by 4% to 5.51 million shares and the value by 74% to 38.16n QR; while transactions were flat at 728.
The venture capital market saw trading volumes more than quadruple to 0.68 million shares and value also more than quadruple to QR 5.24 million on a more than six-fold increase in deals to 357.

Dark Horse looks past Uranus with organisms from an ancient cosmos

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bone tomahawk director S. Craig Zahler will bring the original graphic novel Orgasms from an ancient cosmos to Dark Horse Comics later this year. Sweet! It’s time we got a decent space erotica comic. I mean, when was the last time that… what is this? This is Organizationsdo not Orgasms? Well, what fun is that? ! OK very good. Announced in a press release, Organisms of an ancient cosmos will be written and illustrated by Zahler, who will also likely produce a soundtrack for the graphic novel, direct its film adaptation, and bake cookies to hand out at its signings.

“My first artistic interest was illustration, and after writing eight novels, recording nine albums, and directing three films, it was a pleasure to draw once again,” Zahler said in the press release. “In this graphic novel, which is my second, I explore morally complex characters, intimate human drama, large-scale world-building, and speculative science. I started working on the piece at the very beginning lockdown and I was done over a year later when I received my first vaccine. Creating “Organisms from an Ancient Cosmos” has been an incredibly rewarding experience, and I’m thrilled to have it published by Dark Horse Comics, whose books I’ve been reading since the 80s.”

Here is the synopsis of Organisms of an ancient cosmos:

A city-sized alien spacecraft materializes over the Pacific Ocean and the nations of the world jointly forcefully engage this enigmatic and incommunicable visitor. This battle results in large-scale destruction on both sides, but answers none of the questions that will haunt humanity: what are these utterly inhuman creatures? Where do they come from? Why did they choose to visit our planet? And . . . Most important. . . are more forces on the way? For bereaved billionaire Carlton Land, renowned biologist Aimee O’Donnell, and brilliant but outspoken USAAF Chief Scientist Kenneth Yamazaki, these questions must be answered in order to safeguard the future of the human race.

Organisms from an Ancient Cosmos collects the original graphic novel published in an oversized hardcover format written and illustrated by S. Craig Zahler. It will be available wherever the books are sold on October 18, 2022. It’s available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and your local comic book store and bookstore. Organisms from an ancient cosmos will cost $29.99.

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Petworth Bookshop joins the online community

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Seni Glaister, Founder of Litalist, said: “The charming independent bookstore in Petworth has just joined the Litalist platform as a pioneer, bringing its storefront to a digital audience and bringing click and collect to the local catchment area.

“Petworth is our local bookstore and I have always admired Steve’s integrity and passion for his work. Local bookstores are cultural goldmines and local residents are very lucky if they have a good bookstore nearby.

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“I wanted to use Petworth as a case study so we could build the best possible solution and tailor it to the needs of the bookstore.”

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Seni, lives in Billingshurst and previously co-founded the Book People.

She said: “The independent bookstores on Litalist retain their own identity but, more importantly, they retain their customers.

“There are other marketplace solutions, but when we designed the Litalist platform, we wanted to make it as easy as possible for booksellers to do their business online, but we also wanted to make sure that booksellers could keep their customers, while expanding their market by building relationships with new customers, too.

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“We designed the platform to be accessible to tech-savvy users as well as tech-savvy users, so Litalist can be used as a first step towards selling books online or as a service complementary to an existing online offer.”

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When Gas Prices Rise, Politicians Become Predictable

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What is it about oil price spikes that confuse politicians?

This is especially true for Democrats, but Republicans too have had their moments of confusion over oil.

In fact, Republican President Richard Nixon was very confused when it came to energy. Most notably, he failed to realize that his own policies were responsible for many of the bad things that happened during the energy “crisis” of 1973-74.

That he also learned nothing from the crisis is clear, but he was not alone. As I explain in my 2013 book “US Energy Policy and the Pursuit of Failure,” most politicians and bureaucrats have learned nothing or, worse, the wrong lessons.

The underlying story they adopted was wrong: we weren’t running out of oil and gas; OPEC was not about to take over the world; and we didn’t need a “moonshot” for alternative energy (something just about every politician starting with Nixon has claimed at one point or another).

The 1970s are best remembered for the lines at gas stations as people waited for a few gallons of gas. But we also remember huge price increases. Since we haven’t had gas lines since 1980, the allegation of an energy crisis usually involves price spikes (or longer price spikes) of oil and especially gasoline. Here’s what Democrats did when prices soared at the pumps in the 1970s:

  • Blame the oil companies.
  • Investigations required of the petroleum industry.
  • Call for a ‘windfall profits’ tax against energy producers.
  • And called for laws against “price gouging”.

Unfortunately, much of what was proposed at the time to deal with the crisis continued to be advocated. The scenario of 1973-74 and 1979-80 was repeated in 1990, 1996 and from about 2000 to 2008. Now it’s happening again.

The script played poorly. The oil industry has been investigated, but to the chagrin of many politicians, each investigation has found nothing illegal.

In 1980 Congress passed a windfall tax and this experience should suggest why anyone else would be foolhardy.

Such a tax is based on a government determination of what the price of oil should be. Any legislation based on government determination of the price of a product is a bad idea.

These prices are never “correct”; actual market prices for any commodity will change from minute to minute. Even if the government succeeds today (which is unlikely), it may take months for the legislation to pass, which will undoubtedly lead to grossly mispricing. The result is probably a shortage one day, a glut the next.

In the meantime, the windfall tax does nothing to help consumers. It is more likely to harm them because the tax should be considered a cost of production. As these costs increase, sellers will produce less.

When it comes to predatory pricing laws, there are two main problems: First, no one can really define what constitutes predatory pricing. Some legislators have tried, but the choices for gouging thresholds are always arbitrary.

Second, anti-gouging laws can have serious consequences. Most of these laws deal with price increases in an emergency. But the result of the anti-gouging law is not stable prices, but rather shortages at the worst times. Those who need the products the most will find empty shelves (or gas pumps) because the product is too cheap and the price does not account for an extreme increase in demand. The existence of such laws can also lead retailers to close in an emergency for fear of being labeled as “gougers”.

Despite Past Failures, President Biden Calls For Oil Industry Investigation; members of Congress are calling for a new windfall tax; and several anti-gouging bills have been introduced in Congress.

Don’t expect anything positive to come out of it. But anticipate that when oil prices fall (which they will), the same politicians will take credit.


Peter Z. Grossman is the author of several books on energy including “US Energy Policy and the Pursuit of Failure” (2013). This column was provided by InsideSources.

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Aeris Environmental (ASX:AEI) appoints Andrew Just as CEO – The Market Herald

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  • Aeris Environmental (AEI) appoints Andrew Just as CEO, effective immediately
  • Mr Just will succeed Peter Bush who will continue to advise the company over the next three months
  • Mr. Just has 30 years of global experience delivering growth and scale skills with Fortune 500 companies such as GE Healthcare, Cochlear and Roche
  • He has also held several senior management positions and has particular expertise in sales and marketing, business transactions, investor relations and performance management.
  • Aeris is up 10.9% in the market with shares trading at 7.1 cents

Aeris Environmental (AEI) has appointed Andrew Just as CEO, effective immediately.

Mr. Just will succeed Peter Bush who will continue to advise the company over the next three months.

Mr. Just has 30 years of global experience delivering growth and scale skills with Fortune 500 companies such as GE Healthcare, Cochlear and Roche.

He has also held several senior management positions and has particular expertise in sales and marketing, business transactions, investor relations and performance management.

Currently, Mr. Just is a Non-Executive Director of Singular Health (SHG).

“I am very pleased to be working with the Aeris Board and team to execute a strategy that will allow us to unlock the obvious market opportunities for the company’s products,” Mr. Just said.

“I am attracted to the significant potential to drive positive business results and create value for customers, team and shareholders, while driving a program to contribute to the environment and durability.”

President Maurie Stang welcomed Mr. Just to the company and said he was a perfect fit for Aeris.

“The board is delighted to have attracted someone of Andrew’s background and experience to join Aeris as the new CEO,” he said.

“Andrew’s proven track record in building B2B and direct selling platforms, and strategy
customer engagement across Asia will be immediately applied to advance the business relationships Aeris has developed, including in China across the
the company’s wholly foreign-controlled entity.

“Andrew will also focus on reinvigorating the domestic market for Aeris’ products and strengthening the company’s global sales strategy.”

Aeris was up 10.9% in the market with shares trading at 7.1 cents at 2:19 p.m. AEDT.

K-State Insect Management Publications Updated for 2022

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By STACY CAMPBELL
Cottonwood Expansion District

Several K-State Research and Extension publications related to insect management in Kansas have recently been updated and are publicly available.

These publications have been prepared to help growers manage insect populations with the best available methods proven under Kansas conditions. They are reviewed annually and intended for use during the current calendar year. The user should be aware that pesticide label directions and restrictions are subject to change, and some may have changed since the date of publication.

Each fact sheet is available online using the links provided below, or by stopping by your local extension office for a hard copy. Also, most of the time if you know the title of the post or if you can even walk up to it and type in your internet browser “KSU Wheat Insect Management” it should show up.

MF742 – Sorghum insect pest control – https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF742.pdf

MF743 – Control of soybean insect pests – https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF743.pdf

MF745 – Wheat Insect Pest Control – https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF745.pdf

MF809 – Alfalfa Insect Pest Control – https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF809.pdf

MF810 – Maize Insect Pest Control – https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF810.pdf

MF814 – Sunflower Insect Pest Control – https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF814.pdf

MF2674 – Cotton Insect Pest Control – https://bookstore.ksre.ksu.edu/pubs/MF2674.pdf

The economics of control must be considered in any pest control decision. Because costs vary widely over time and are influenced by factors beyond the scope of this publication, product cost is not a consideration for including or omitting specific insecticide products from these recommendations. Producers must compare product price, safety and availability when making treatment decisions. Growers should also consider the impacts of insecticides on non-target organisms such as pollinators and natural enemies. Rotating insecticide groups can help tackle insecticide resistance problems by taking advantage of different modes of action. The user bears the ultimate responsibility for the correct use of pesticides. For proper use, always read label instructions carefully before applying pesticides. Remember that it is illegal to use a pesticide in a way that is off-label.

More information on the pests covered in these publications is available HERE.

Stacy Campbell is a Crop Production Extension Officer in the Cottonwood District (which includes Barton and Ellis counties) for K-State Research and Extension. You can contact him by email at [email protected] or by calling 785-628-9430.

Japan’s Book and Bed Tokyo is a bookstore where you can spend the night

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Imagine staying in a hotel that doubles as a library or, for that matter, a bookstore. No wonder such a thing is lip smacking for diehard book lovers and the good thing about it is that it’s not something that’s pulled from a fantasy world. On the contrary, such a concept really exists in Japan where you literally sleep on the shelves themselves. In general, its cabins, typical of this country, are carved into the shelves. No wonder, the place is aptly named Book and Bed Tokyo where people are encouraged to spend the night at the hotel and while there they can always check out the available books.

The Book and Bed Tokyo is not a huge establishment, however, given that it can accommodate a dozen guests at a time. Prices range from $32 to $50 depending on cabin size. There is also a common reading area where you can read and socialize with other reading enthusiasts. Then there is also a range of cabins that can accommodate another 18 guests. The owners of the property said the cabins were comfortable, but surely lacked any of the luxurious amenities one would expect from a 5 star hotel. The biggest perk here is of course the ability to browse any of the approximately 4000 books the hotel has on offer, all of which are available free of charge.

The hotel also said all the books are on sale and guests can still buy some if they want. The hotel currently has the capacity to house 5,000 books and efforts are already underway to provide more books. Most are in English, although there are also some in the local dialect. That’s not all because the establishment also offers e-books and guests can enjoy them through the free Wi-Fi connection that the hotel makes available to its guests. The hotel also takes pride in the food and drink they offer, which they claim to be the most delicious. The coffee beans are from ‘Coffee Supreme’ which should be another reason to be there, aside from the books of course.

Brilliant Flowers: Author and Expert Share a Clever Way to Grow Roses

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Roses have a reputation for being difficult to grow and prone to disease. But who is really to blame?

We are, said Peter E. Kukielski, a rosary and the author of “Rosa: The Story of the Rose,” a new book about the place of the flower in human cultural history. After the genus Rosa survived some 35 million years on the planet, it took us less than a century to make it less resilient than it would have had to be to stay that long.

“It must be a tough plant to go through all the weather changes and everything it went through before we started hybridizing roses,” Kukielski said, referring to human interventions to change the shape of the flower into what became the hybrid tea, achieved at the expense of disease resistance.

So “give them credit,” he said. And give them great companions, too: flowering perennials, annuals, and bulbs that promote a healthier rose garden without chemical intervention. Like the one he designed three years ago for the Royal Botanical Gardens of Ontario — a chemical-free province — which he proudly describes as “3,000 roses and 18,000 perennials chosen as insect-attracting companions.” .

He added: “Bad bugs don’t bother me. As long as we have the right insects, we will have balance.

It’s no surprise that Kukielski doesn’t recommend a regimen of synthetic fertilizers, or supporting roses with pesticides and fungicides if spider mites or black spot threaten. As a curator at the New York Botanical Garden, he gained attention for his work from 2008 to 2014 on the Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden – an approach that involved planting and testing roses for disease resistance, using less of chemicals.

This experience served as research for her first book, “Chemical-Free Roses: 150 Disease-Free Varieties That Will Change the Way You Grow Roses.”

“When I first did the garden redesign,” he said, “the choices for disease-resistant roses were pretty limited.”

But now there are many more roses being grown with that intention, he said: “The rose world has woken up to the idea that gardeners don’t want to rely on chemicals to grow their roses. favorite flowers.

Match roses to regions

That pink rose on the back cover of the catalog looks delicious, but wait: how would it perform where you garden, compared to similar-looking varieties?

“A rose is a rose is a rose…not,” Kukielski said. “Choosing the right one for your climatic region can make an instant hit. But the wrong rose will be constantly diminished and the home gardener may give up.

Fortunately, he said, more and more companies are now telling their customers which regions a variety is best suited to: “It’s definitely a step up from where we were five years.

Breeders (on their wholesale websites) and retailers (on their consumer-facing sites) often filter varieties based on regional adaptability and disease resistance. So gardeners who buy roses take note and do their homework.

And the winner is …

There’s no better proof of a plant’s durability than having data on what happens when it’s put through its paces in multi-year garden trials in various regions. One program currently underway is the American Rose Trials for Sustainability, co-founded by Kukielski.

Trials are taking place at Longwood Gardens, Swarthmore College’s Scott Arboretum, Tucson Botanicals Gardens, and university cooperative extension sites across the country, where the roses are challenged in spray-free environments and offer no using pesticides and fungicides.

For local information, try asking garden centers with landscaping companies, where employees may be able to recommend varieties that work well for customers near you.

Or talk to the local rose society, Kukielski suggested, and gardening neighbors: “If the person down the street is growing Queen Elizabeth and she looks great, take that as a signal.”

Feed the soil, not the plants

Think healthy soil, not bagged fertilizer, Kukielski advised. “When I stopped feeding my roses and started feeding the soil,” he said, “the rose garden became much easier.”

He was inspired by the Earth-Kind methods promoted by Texas A&M AgriLife Extension. The inspiration for the soil management practice: “Think of the forest floor, where no one fertilizes but the leaves fall, which then decay and nourish the plants.”

To mimic this process, he lays down three inches of mulch, of which perhaps an inch has decomposed into humus by the end of the season, which benefits soil health and fertility. “Just add the mulch back next spring – but don’t disturb the soil,” he said. “Once we started doing this at NYBG, you could just tell the plants were happier. There was a big difference in 3rd grade.

The next challenge: Rosette disease

Today, rose researchers and breeders face a formidable adversary. Rosette disease, a naturally occurring virus, is spread by a tiny wind-blown mite that has used the invasive multiflora rose as a host to spread over an ever-widening territory.

Early symptoms of infection include abnormal growth: excessive spines, red pigmentation and general disfigurement – even so-called witches’ broom, growth that resembles birds’ nests.

Industry and university experts have created a website about the disease and ongoing efforts to combat it. But for the moment, only vigilance – including the eradication of nearby multiflora roses – and drastic measures are prescribed.

“If the gardener discovers it in the garden, the plant should be removed and destroyed, roots and all,” Kukielski said.

Growing Roses in San Diego

The San Diego Rose Society has lots of information on how to grow roses in the region’s Mediterranean climate, including the best places to plant them, how to prepare the soil, when to prune, how to prevent pests and diseases and which varieties grow well in San Diego.

Some of their choices by color categories include:

Red: “Mister Lincoln”, a hybrid tea rose that was named an All-America Rose Selections winner in 1965

Pink: ‘Flower Girl’, a medium, saucer-shaped rose that does well in full sun

Apricot: “Marilyn Monroe”, a hybrid tea rose with voluptuous flowers. Heat tolerant.

White: “Iceberg”, one of the most popular roses in the world, known to produce abundant flowers throughout the year

Yellow: ‘Gold Medal’, a robust rose with large flowers often tinged with copper and producing a pleasant fruity fragrance

For more information visit sandiegorosesociety.com

Margaret Roach writes for The New York Times.

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Before Monday, March 22, 2022, the NHL trade deadline, there was a lot of back and forth over whether or not the Carolina Hurricanes were going to make moves. General manager Don Waddell had said not to expect any moves, but fans still expected something, no matter how small.

As the 3:00 p.m. EST deadline approached, it looked like Waddell might not be making any trades. Within the last hour, rumors started circulating that Columbus Blue Jackets forward Max Domi was heading to Carolina. When the closing bell rang, the news became official Domi was now a Hurricane in what would be a three-way trade with the Florida Panthers that included a 2021 draft pick, an NCAA player and a forward. of the Continental Hockey League (KHL).

Getting to Know Max Domi (The Hockey Writers)

Domi arrived in Carolina on Tuesday and saw some familiar faces from his days with the Arizona Coyotes in Jordan Martinook, Antti Raanta, Derek Stepan, Tony DeAngelo and former Montreal Canadiens teammate Jesperi Kotkaniemi. For fans, however, they don’t know Domi as well as his former teammates. In light of his first game with his new team, let’s dive into the new guy.

Early years in hockey

Max Domi was born in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada to Leanne and Tie Domi while his father was playing for the Winnipeg Jets. About a month after young Domi was born, Tie was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs where he would spend the rest of his career and where Max would spend his childhood.

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Domi started skating at the age of two and a half after seeing his older sister, Carlin, on the ice. He took up skating early and Domi knew from an early age that he wanted to play hockey. While his dad was on the ice at Maple Leaf Gardens playing, young Domi was in the back of the family room playing mini sticks with the other kids. When he wasn’t playing mini-sticks, he gorged on the gambler’s sugar cookies that were provided in the family room. His favorite was Mats Sundin, his godfather and a player he always looked up to, so much so that once he started playing hockey, he wore Sundin’s number 13.

At age eight, Domi began playing AAA hockey with the Toronto Jr. Canadians of the Greater Toronto Hockey League. The following year, he changed organization and joined the Toronto Marlboros where he played with Jordan Subban.

Life Changing Moments

In the summer of 2007, Domi was invited to attend a camp organized by the Detroit HoneyBaked Hockey Club. It was an intense three days, but he went to great lengths to get the most out of the experience. Coming home would take Domi’s life in a direction he never expected. During the nearly four-hour drive home, Domi went from feeling like he’d swallowed a desert to feeling like he’d held his bladder for hours.

Upon their return to Toronto, his mother immediately took him to the family doctor who soon discovered that the twelve-year-old boy had type 1 diabetes. Domi’s world fell apart. What did that mean for his hockey career?

Her doctor told her about Bobby Clarke, who was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes around the same age as Domi. It would change the young boy’s life, allowing him to see that his dreams were still alive and, in turn, teaching him responsibility and how to take care of himself.

Max Domi with the London Knights (Terry Wilson/OHL Images)

It was a long road filled with ups and downs as Domi documents in his book No Days Off: My Life with Type 1 Diabetes and Journey to the NHL. Fortunately, when learning about this new life, the family had neighbors with two sons with diabetes. Being around people who understood diabetes, how to manage it and how to respond to emergencies was a blessing for the family. It was uncharted waters for them, but through the strength and guidance of those around them, Domi learned to manage his diabetes and pursue his NHL dreams.

About two years after the initial diagnosis of type 1 diabetes, he still had problems regulating his blood sugar. An endoscopy came back showing the fourteen-year-old also had celiac disease. It’s common for people with type 1 diabetes to also be celiac, but that meant the teenager had to become even more restrictive about what they could eat. Again, these were new waters the family had to learn to navigate, but they did it together.

When it was time to start considering his future, Domi considered several options including playing for the University of Michigan in the NCAA and the USA Hockey League before finally deciding to follow in his father’s footsteps. and to go in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL) route. While drafted by the Kingston Frontenacs in May 2011, a summer trade sent him to the London Knights and a foster family who, like his childhood neighbors, had a child with diabetes from type 1 and who could take care of Max while he was living with them.

Two years later, the Domi’s would be sitting at the Prudential Center waiting to see which team Max would go to. He had grown up playing with Darnell Nurse and Bo Horvat, who would only be drafted a few picks ahead of Domi. He waited nervously for his name, and eventually, with the twelfth pick in the 2013 NHL Draft, the then Phoenix Coyotes drafted the Canadian forward.

Life in the NHL

Although Domi passed training camp in that first year, he was sent back to London to get stronger and work on his game. He was picked up by Coyotes general manager Don Maloney in second year. also. During his final year with the Knights, Domi would have the honor of being named captain and participating in the 2015 World Junior Championship where he and Team Canada would win gold.

By September 2015, Domi had won gold with Team Canada and spent a year as captain in London, and he’s become stronger than Don Maloney wanted to see. With this new experience, Domi finally cracked the list. In this first game of the regular season, Domi scored his first goal and made an assist against Jonathan Quick. Domi will spend three seasons with the Coyotes, playing alongside current Carolina Hurricanes Jordan Martinook, Antti Raanta, Derek Stepan and Tony DeAngelo. In three seasons, he registered 54 goals and 99 assists.

It wasn’t all fun and games in Phoenix, as Domi learned in December 2015 when he suffered not one but two injuries, courtesy of Martinook. The first injury came during the first period when Domi’s toe touched and fell flat on a defender’s stick. He initially thought he had a broken nose, but realized the injury wasn’t enough to stop him playing. During the second period, he was in net when Martinook brought out his stick to send the puck into the net and instead of hitting the puck, his blade hit Domi in the face. His face went numb and his eyes closed, but he heard his father’s voice in his head telling him to get up, and he managed to skate to the bench. Two injuries in one game still didn’t stop Domi, and he finished the game on the bench along with the rest of the team.

After three seasons in Phoenix, Domi was traded in June 2018 to the Montreal Canadiens, a trade that sent Alex Galchenyuk to Phoenix. There, he signed a two-year extension with the team. His first season in Montreal was his best in the NHL so far. In 82 games, he scored 28 goals and 44 assists. The following season would see him score 17 goals and 27 assists. In the 2020 NHL Draft, Domi and A were traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets for Josh Anderson. The next day, he would sign a two-year extension. Over the two seasons, he scored nine goals.

Related: Hurricanes bolster forward depth with Domi and Kotkaniemi deals

On March 21, 2022, Domi was part of a three-way trade that brought Domi and NCAA defenseman Tyler Inamoto to the Hurricanes in exchange for 94and selected in the 2021 NHL Draft, Aidan Hreschuk who went to Columbus, and Continental Hockey League forward Ego Korshkov who will go to the Florida Panthers. This allowed the Hurricanes to stay below the salary cap. Columbus will keep half of Domi’s salary for the remainder of the season.

outside of hockey

Outside of hockey, Max works with the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. He has served on panels to discuss childhood diabetes and even spoke with members of the House of Representatives and Senate to approve funding.

He has a diabetes alert dog, Orion, he is there to keep Domi safe and will alert if his blood sugar drops or gets too high. In 2019, he wrote a book called “No Days Off” about his life with type 1 diabetes and his journey to the NHL. One thing he wants people to know, especially those with diabetes, is that there is nothing to be afraid of. It made him stronger as a person and made him the person and player he is today. That hasn’t stopped him from pursuing his goals, nor does it want to hold anyone else back.

Going to the Hurricanes is going to be a new experience for Domi. The day after the trade, his dad posted a story on Instagram of him going to the NHL store in New York and stocking up on new yarn to represent his son. One thing is certain, he is going to a strong team that is in playoff contention. Familiarity with some guys on the roster may work in Domi’s favor as he tries to fit into the new team. He got his first skate at the PNC Arena on Wednesday, March 23, and Thursday’s game against the Dallas Stars will be his first in the red jersey, and it’ll be exciting to see how he fits into the roster.

Dom’s book No days off, is available at most major book retailers in the US and Canada, including Amazon. To donate or learn more about the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, visit their website to find more information.



26 unique bookstores to visit in London

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London is a reader’s dream – and a buyer’s dream too. However, the exact number of bookstores in London is a bit of a mystery. According to an online map, there are 112 independent bookshops in the British capital. But from my own knowledge there are many more, mostly small second-hand shops tucked away in corners of town. Then there are non-independent stores, regional chains, and global powerhouses. Add kiosks at stations, museums and general-purpose stores, and the number of book-selling establishments must grow to nearly 1,000. That’s great news if you’re a reader like me!

Travis & Emery and Watkins bookshops in Covent Garden (Photo credit: Pack-Shot / Shutterstock.com)

Some of these shops are more than just a place to buy a book or two. They are legends in their own right, acting as community centers and welcoming tourists as if they were locals. Here are a few to put on your travel bucket list, starting with generalist establishments and ending with specialty shops.

1. Bookstore (Brixton)

One of London’s best bookstores was founded by an American, Patrick Kelly. Devoted Book Mongers fans love the cramped but well-organized shelves of the used bookstore. Keep an eye out for Popeye, the store cat, and don’t forget to ask for “Popeye’s Picks” when browsing the books.

2. Broadway Bookstore (London Fields)

You’ll likely spend a lot more time at Broadway Bookshop than you imagine, as there’s an entire basement you can’t see from the street, filled with fiction, local history, and children’s books. They also have a small exhibition space where the art changes every 3 months or so.

the Hampstead Daunt Books branch.
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3. Daunt Books (Marylebone)

Although Daunt Books has multiple locations, the Marylebone address is clearly the place to be. This wonderful shop is in an Edwardian building and has stained glass windows. The books are organized by country rather than genre, making it a fun (and sometimes confusing) browsing experience.

Eclectic 100 year old Foyles Bookshop in Charing Cross Road, Soho, London, UK.
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4. Foyles (Charing Cross)

The world’s leading specialist bookshop, Foyles covers every subject imaginable and also offers gifts, stationery, music and magazines. This multi-level space in the heart of London has more than four miles of bookshelves over four floors, as well as a café, auditorium and gallery.

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5. Hatchards (Picadilly)

The oldest bookshop in the UK, shopping at Hatchards is an elegant and refined experience, with just a hint of whimsy – head to the second floor children’s section to see for yourself. During the annual Christmas Customer Night, the authors are on hand to mingle with shoppers.

6. Heywood Hill (Mayfair)

Sophisticated and understated, Heywood Hill is set in a Georgian townhouse. Well known for its antiquarian and children’s books, the store has held a Royal Warrant since 2011. Literature buffs will be delighted to know that novelist Nancy Mitford worked in the store during World War II.

Shop window displays the Hurlingham Books store near Putney Bridge underground station in London.  Fulham High Road.
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7. Hurlingham Books (Fulham)

If you consider book shopping to be a quest, Hurlingham Books is your kind of place. It’s positively stacked from floor to ceiling, left to right, and what you see is just the tip of the iceberg. Over a million books are in their nearby warehouse.

8. Books by John Sandoe (King’s Road)

John Sandoe fans often describe him as stepping into a Dickens novel. From the original small store established in 1957, the store has taken over two adjacent stores and is now stocked with over 30,000 titles covering all surfaces, including chairs!

9. Kirkdale Bookstore (Sydenham)

Both a neighborhood bookstore and a cultural hub, Kirkdale hosts art and music events. It offers a mix of new and used books, prioritizing authors of color and LGBTQIA+ authors.

10. Liberia (Spitalfields)

In this bookstore founded by a tech entrepreneur, the atmosphere is resolutely analog. Cell phones are prohibited! Still, Liberia’s design is very futuristic, with bright yellow shelves organized by theme to “maximize serendipity”.

By the window of the London Review Cake Shop.
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11. London Review Bookstore (Bloomsbury)

The London Review of Books is a literary periodical, but it also runs a cozy bookshop focusing on classic fiction as well as novelty. They also operate a patisserie, which is absolutely delicious (and perhaps why this bookstore is so popular with writers).

12. Lutyens & Rubinstein (Notting Hill)

Chic, uncluttered and well laid out, Lutyens & Rubinstein is both a bookstore and a literary agency. They built their initial stock after surveying hundreds of readers (adults and children) and as such, each book here is essentially a personal recommendation.

13. Nomadic Books (Fulham)

This laid-back, cozy space with spongy couches is a favorite of writers and celebrities and has a strong community vibe with an excellent kids’ section. Nomad Books also has a good selection of titles in French.

A second-hand book store on Regent's Park Road, a pretty shopping street at the bottom of Primrose Hill, London.
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14. Primrose Hill Books (Primrose Hill)

Very cozy, Primrose Hill Books is a family-run bookstore selling new and used titles and occasionally hosts small literary events with big names. It’s a good place to go to find works by local writers – some from their own neighborhood – and signed copies.

15. Examination Library (Peckham)

Review has perhaps the bragging rights of being London’s most dog-friendly bookshop. Puppies are welcome, the bookstore hosts a dog-themed reading list, and you can even submit a photo of your pooch to be featured on their website.

16. Waterstones Piccadilly (Piccadilly)

Granted, Waterstones Piccadilly is about as far from a cozy independent bookshop as you’ll find. Waterstones is a big chain and its location in Piccadilly is reputed to be the biggest bookshop in Europe. But what it lacks in intimate charm it makes up for in amenities and titles. Located in central London, it’s the perfect place to hide out for a few hours when the rain hits.

Word on the Water: The Bookbarge Bookshop in London.
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17. Word on the Water (King’s Cross)

If you want to find time for just one London bookshop, Word On The Water should be it. This new and used bookstore is actually a ‘book barge’, a 100-year-old Dutch houseboat moored on Regent’s Canal. It’s quirky and fun and has real literary chops, hosting musical performances and poetry slams.

18. Alice Through the Looking Glass (Covent Garden)

Alice Through the Looking Glass is perhaps the most special of all London’s specialist booksellers. As the name suggests, this is the home of all things Alice, from expensive first editions to modern novelties. Browsers will also find a mini-museum and first editions of other childhood classics like the Harry Potter series. Located on Cecil Court, this store is part of ‘Bookseller’s Row’, the perfect place to browse rare titles.

19. Arthur Probsthain (Bloomsbury)

This family-run bookstore has been in business for over 100 years and specializes in titles related to global culture, particularly Africa, Asia and the Middle East. Their on-site tea room, Tea and Tattle, serves afternoon tea with scones and cakes and is also a great stop for an affordable lunch.

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20. Books for Cooks (Notting Hill)

As the name suggests, Books for Cooks sells thousands of culinary arts-related titles, from classic cookbooks to biographies. More than just booksellers, they have a small test kitchen where they put their inventory to the test. Nicknamed “the shop that smells best in the world”, you can even have lunch there.

21. Gay’s The Word (Bloomsbury)

The UK’s oldest LGBT bookstore sells new and used titles ranging from fiction to relationships and parenting. They’re also a center for community activities, hosting discussion groups (including one that’s been around for 40 years!) and literary events.

My God !  Comic shop in Covent Garden.
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22. My God! (Soho)

This amazing shop is dedicated to comics and graphic novels. It has titles for children and adults, including everything from mainstream selections to more obscure works by small-press editors. They also stock rare used titles, signed books and gifts.

23. Persephone (Bloomsbury)

Specializing in 20th century female writers, Persephone only stores what they themselves have printed. As such, they breathe new life into exhausted writers. The books are as fun to collect as they are to read, as they feature gray covers, glossy liners, and previews by famous authors.

24. Stanfords (Covent Garden)

One of the best travel bookstores in the world, Stanfords is full of travel guides, maps, literary adventures, cool gifts and essential travel gear. Founded in 1853, past patrons include Florence Nightingale and Captain Robert Scott.

woman sitting outside Notting Hill's famous bookshop, located at 13 Blenheim Crescent.
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25. Notting Hill Bookstore (Notting Hill)

Made famous by the 1999 film Notting Hillthis iconic bookshop with its bright blue sign does indeed specialize in travel books, although today The Notting Hill Bookshop has expanded to include general interest titles (as well as magnets with quotes from its eponymous movie).

26. Travis and Emery (Covent Garden)

Another Cecil Court gem, Travis & Emery specializes in music, including rare, used and collectible books, as well as sheet music, posters, photographs and prints. Music lovers will also be seduced by the fact that Mozart lived in this same building.

Nikola Stock soars as production begins on battery electric truck

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rose sharply in premarket trading on Thursday after the company confirmed production had begun on its battery-electric commercial truck, the Tre, ahead of its investor event later Thursday.

Nikola stock (ticker: NKLA) rose more than 18% to $10.82 in premarket trading.


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The company said production began this week at its factory in Coolidge, Arizona. The Tre is an all-electric truck with an estimated range per charge of around 350 miles. This range means the Tre is best suited to local applications, such as drayage. Later, Nikola plans to produce a truck powered by hydrogen gas and hydrogen fuel cells that will be able to compete in the long-haul trucking markets.

The company plans to build 300 to 500 trucks in 2022. Tre deliveries are expected to begin in the United States in the second quarter. European deliveries will follow in the third quarter.

This is Nikola’s first major product. Wall Street expects the company to generate about $117 million in sales in 2022, compared to no reported sales in 2021.

Nikola said in late February, alongside the release of its fourth-quarter results, that it plans “to begin serial production of the Tre BEV on March 21.” It seems that the company has achieved this goal.

“We are focused on delivering vehicles and generating revenue as the global leader in zero-emissions transportation and energy infrastructure solutions,” a spokesperson told MarketWatch.

The company made the announcement during a presentation to analysts on Wednesday. Nikola is scheduled to hold an investor presentation Thursday afternoon beginning at 4:15 p.m. Eastern Time.

The premarket move will put Nikola’s stock in the black for the year. Shares closed 2021 at $9.87 apiece. At the start of Thursday’s session, Nikola shares were down about 7% year-to-date. The shares are down about 53% from their 52-week high of $19.52 in June and are down about 90% from their all-time high of $93.99 per share.

Write to Joe Woelfel at [email protected] and Al Root at [email protected]

PIC Group appoints Michael Cox Vice Chairman

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–PIC Group, today announced the appointment of Michael Cox as Vice President to lead the Operations and Maintenance Development Group.

Mr. Cox joins PIC Group from Worley, where he most recently served as General Manager of Operations and Maintenance (O&M) Services. In this role, he retained P&L responsibility for a growing and diverse global business unit supporting global fleet projects and leading project development. Michael brings over 35 years of commercial experience in the power generation and power industry with his power generation experience spanning over 30 years of increasing levels of responsibility. Michael brings expertise in understanding the solutions and services that clients are looking for, as well as a successful track record of developing strong client relationships and exceeding strategic year-over-year growth targets.

“We are leveraging our core strengths as an advantage to continue growing in our traditional markets and accelerating our entry into new markets. I am confident that Michael is the right leader to take on this critical role and take us to the next level of our expansion,” said Frank Avery, CEO and President of PIC Group.

In his new role, Cox will oversee PIC Group’s global sales and O&M teams, leading the company’s efforts to foster innovative sales approaches that expand PIC Group’s business opportunities and deepen relationships with customers worldwide. .

About PIC Group

Founded in 1988, PIC Group, Inc. is dedicated to creating value by providing global energy services to facilities on four continents – North America, South America, Asia and Africa. PIC provides O&M (maintenance, custody and control), commissioning and start-up, documentation and training and staffing services and serves the industries of power generation, oil and gas, petrochemicals, pulp and paper and manufacturing.

PIC Group, Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Marubeni Corporation, a Fortune Global 500 company. Marubeni is a leading Japanese sogo shosha (international trading company) and the third largest Independent Power Producer (IPP) in the world.

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About Marubeni

Marubeni Corporation and its consolidated subsidiaries use their extensive business networks, both in Japan and abroad, to conduct imports and exports (including trade with third countries), as well as domestic activities, encompassing a wide range of businesses, including consumer products, food, agriculture, chemicals, energy and metals, and electrical machinery and infrastructure.

Here’s how you can prepare for AU graduation in 2022

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With the month of May fast approaching, the Daily Wildcat has compiled information University of Arizona seniors should know to prepare for graduation.

UA Libraries GradFest 2022

UA BookStores will host GradFest 2022 to meet all student graduation needs. According to their website, students will be able to collect “Graduation badges, degree frames, graduation announcements, and more.” at the bookstore for three days in March.

Graduation badges include navy blue cap and gown, pom pom, stoles and more. Regalia can be ordered online at these two links:

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The event will take place at the UA Bookstore, 1209 E. University Blvd. Badge pick-up dates and times are:

  • Tuesday, March 22, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
  • Wednesday March 23, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
  • Thursday, March 24, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

For more information, visit the UA Bookstore website.

Entry into office and convocations

The start will be in person on Friday, May 13 at 7:30 p.m. at Arizona Stadium, 1 N. National Championship Dr.

The ceremony will include a series of speakers congratulating the graduates and videos showcasing their achievements over the past four years, according to Marissa Simental, student assistant at AU’s Launch Office. Guests will not be permitted, but a live recording of the ceremony is available on the AU launch website.

“The RSVP should be open around mid-March. The registration deadline is not fixed yet, but once it is, you must respect it, otherwise you will not be allowed to participate in the opening ceremony,” said Simental.

Students must bring their CatCard or government-issued ID to attend the ceremony.

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To ensure eligibility for graduation, AU students must visit this complete graduation checklist on commencement website.

The convocations are hosted by individual colleges and will allow AU graduates to walk through the graduation stage in front of their friends and families, according to the AU Launch Office.

These individual ceremonies will take place throughout the month of May, starting Thursday, May 5 and ending on Monday, May 16. website.

Graduation Pictures

Students are encouraged to reserve graduation photos leading up to graduation. Graduation photos are “a great way to celebrate a milestone in people’s lives that they can capture and have forever,” said acclaimed UA graduation photographer Jimmy Song.

Typically, students take photos at iconic UA locations, such as “Old Main, on the mall, and in front of their respective college building,” Song said.

“Some people take photos by themselves, and some people do a group shoot with friends. Usually group photos are better because they are more candid,” Song said.

Song recommends booking a photographer as early as possible, as graduation is fast approaching and photographers’ schedules are filling up fast.


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The Bookseller – News – Smith joins The Bookseller as paperback previewer

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Bookseller and academic Will Smith joins The bookstore as a paperback previewer.

Smith, who replaces Alison Flood in the role, has worked at Sam Read in Grasmere, Ambleside, for 10 years. Previously, he worked at the Blackwell Branch of the University of Nottingham while completing his PhD in Canadian Literature. He has combined his career as a bookseller with that of an academic and currently teaches publishing studies at the University of Stirling.

He said: “I’m really excited to explore the full breadth and depth of what’s coming out and to be able to champion some exciting new paperbacks. I’m going to do the kind of championing that a bookseller does with new paperbacks for other booksellers, pointing out the kind of books we’re going to shout about while discovering new voices too.

Editor Alice O’Keeffe added: ‘I am delighted that Will is joining the ranks of The bookstore book previewers. His in-depth knowledge of pocket book combined with his expertise as a bookseller, he is perfectly placed to select the books that our readers really need to know.

Smith’s first preview will cover July and air in the April 29 issue, for which editors should submit ASAP. He can be contacted at [email protected]

Pop-Tarts Unveils New Snickerdoodle Flavor

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Pop-Tarts adds another new flavor to the lineup, this time giving cookie fans a new way to enjoy a beloved classic, just in Pop-Tart form. On Tuesday, Kellogg’s announced that this spring Snickerdoodle Pop-Tarts will join the line as the latest flavor. The new Snickerdoodle Pop-Tarts join an ever-expanding line that includes Cookies & Creme, Chocolate Chip Pop-Tarts, and more.

According to the brand, Snickerdoodle Pop-Tarts are a tribute to the iconic bakery staple and will satisfy the sweet tooth of any cookie lover. The cookie-baking hybrid combines a snickerdoodle-flavored filling with a crunchy cinnamon sugar filling to create that familiar melt-in-your-mouth moment.

“We know our fans love a ‘breakfast dessert’ moment, so Pop-Tarts continues to deliver crazy flavors that capitalize on this trend with our lines of pies, donuts and cakes already on shelves,” David Greci, Senior Brand Manager, Pop-Tarts, said. “This spring, we’ll be rounding out the cookie trio with this delicious new flavor of Snickerdoodle. Plus, who needs a cookie jar when you’ve got a toaster and a box of Pop-Tarts?”

The new Snickerdoodle Pop-Tarts will hit store shelves in May. They will be available in a box of 8 units with a suggested retail price of $3.19 at retailers nationwide. Over the past few years, Pop-Tart has launched a number of new flavors including Eggo Frosted Maple Syrup Pop-Tarts and Pretzel Pop-Tarts in 2020.

Are you going to check out Snickerdoodle Pop-Tarts or is there another cookie flavor you’d rather see get the Pop-Tart treatment? What’s your favorite flavor of Pop-Tarts? Let us know your thoughts in the comments section!

Jason Tartick on whether group negotiations would work for ‘BiP’

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Jason TarticThe upcoming book has career advice for everyone, including fellow Bachelor Nation members.

The restart roadmap, these are stories from the days of The Bachelor. I’m talking about negotiation — I’m going to tease this a bit — but I’m talking about negotiation for The single person and in a way that Colton Underwood got us past negotiations and sales,” the 33-year-old author said on the Tuesday, March 22 episode of the “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast. “It was a tactic I will always remember. I think whatever the baccalaureate would have been, but it was a good learning lesson for me.

Jason Tartick at the IHG suite at the US Open at the USTA National Tennis Center in Flushing Meadows, New York on September 9, 2021.

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Jason appeared on Becca Kufrinof season 14 of The bachelorette. He previously revealed on his “Trading Secrets” podcast in May 2021 that he, Colton and Blake Horstman was offered $100,000 in separate licensing deals before the former footballer landed the job. During the same podcast, Jason and Dean Unglert talked about the daily rates for Bachelor in paradise.

“These are two stories worth reading in the book, but I’m going to give you high-level tips for trading in general – and they correlate with the stories – you need to know what determines objective success in the person you’re negotiating for,” Jason said. We on Tuesday’s podcast. “And you have to make sure that the value that you put on the table that establishes your value is tied to what that person needs to do every day objectively to be successful. That’s huge. And I think personalizing your approach is a important task and getting market insights is an important task, that’s why I’m so keen on talking about how much money you make – whether it’s good or bad – because it gives you more information to negotiate.

When asked if he thought the potential Bachelor in Paradise the contestants could increase their respective salaries if they approached the contract process as a group, Jason admitted, “It might get me in trouble, but yeah.”

The former banker continued: “That’s kind of the point of the whole process here – use market insights to make sure you get the value and the value you bring to the table. Yes. So whether paradise or your next annual checkup, bring all your information and go get what you deserve.

For more on Jason, pre-order The restart roadmapavailable April 5, and listen We Weeklyfrom the “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast.

Student sells first-ever verified NFTs of real-world digitized properties – Show House

Pupil, the spatial data company that uses AI to create hyper-accurate digital twins of physical real estate, has successfully launched a new class of non-fungible tokens (NFTs) by achieving the world’s first sales of verified digital representations of physical properties.

This is the first time in the world that verified documentation of a real-world property has been sold in the form of an NFT, creating a new market that brings together physical and digital, or “phygital” real estate. This unique offering opens up a new opportunity for property owners to purchase a verified and accurate digital representation and record of their property via an NFT. A bespoke artwork in the form of an individual QR code will be produced for each NFT purchased, which can be displayed in the physical property. The QR code will allow access to the scanned property.

Pupil confirmed today, March 21, 2022, the sale of tens of thousands of dollars worth of NFT through the OpenSea marketplace. This includes the company’s residential property mapping product, Spec, which has sold residential NFTs to a range of buyers. The first UK sale was made by Chestertons estate agent and London landlord, Charlie Syson, who is now in possession of his verified ‘phygital’ property NFT. Other sales range from owners of villas and apartments in Dubai to a family home in the Hamptons, Long Island, USA. At the same time, Pupil’s commercial property equivalent, Stak, mapped an entire portfolio for a leading commercial property company in the UK. Again, Spec and Stak outputs are guaranteed and assured to be 99% accurate through their respective brands verified.

Beyond real estate NFTs being a speculative or theoretical investment for niche collectors, Pupil’s sales pipeline for phygital real estate NFTs already includes orders worth hundreds of thousands of dollars, proving that these assets have a much larger market than NFT art collectors or trophies. for the super-rich.

So far, Pupil has sold NFTs in all of the geographic markets it operates in, including Europe, the Middle East, and North America. Interest comes from individual homeowners of all income brackets as well as some of the largest real estate developers and commercial real estate companies in the world. This growing market suggests that there is a growing consumer appetite for new ways to digitally interact with physical real estate via NFTs.

Significantly, NFTs can play a key role in revolutionizing the way we interact with real estate. For example, NFTs will be essential in facilitating the commerce of verified digital representations of physical property in the metaverse. These digital assets could also facilitate blockchain transactions for physical properties, speeding up the entire buying process through the use of verified property data sets to back up transactions.

The student is in discussions with land departments and regulators around the world to incorporate verified NFT floor plans into compliance documents to be added to the records of a property recognized by the relevant authorities.

Future Pupil NFTs will include 3D digital twins backed by precise measurements, enabling more immersive digital explorations of physical real estate through the purchase of the token, as well as ownership of a digital version of a physical property whose accuracy is guaranteed. . The launch of this “Home in Your Pocket” brand concept will fundamentally change the way people interact with real estate, the industry that holds two-thirds of the world’s wealth.

James D. Marshall, Founder and CEO of Pupil, said, “No one else in the world can produce a Spec or Stak verified NFT of a physical property. We are able to offer our clients a unique proposition, combining the physical and digital elements of real estate to give them the opportunity to own an NFT that is verified for accuracy and authenticity. Coupled with our truly revolutionary “house in your pocket”, we are changing the real estate landscape globally and adding a new dimension to a $327 billion market.

Our sales demonstrate an important step towards digitizing the built world, a process that could transform the way we interact with real estate. Transacting with the use of a verified NFT of a physical property via blockchain could prevent fraud, increase accuracy, and save a lot of time and stress when buying and selling real estate, while that the possibilities for using NFTs to trade and explore exact digital replicas of real-world spaces online are endless.

Oliver Breach, Founder and Chairman of Pupil, added: “We are responding to an ever-increasing demand from owners all the way to the world’s largest asset managers to acquire a Spec or Stack Verified NFT of the properties they own. This market is much larger and more diverse than many realize. As a result, Pupil continues to invest in the development of this transformative new product.

“Our technology facilitates the transition to a reality where the real-world spaces we know and love can be digitally replicated with verified accuracy. This, in turn, brings us closer to the revolutionary applications of this technology, including trading or renting a hyper-accurate digital version of your property and the ability to trade real physical assets securely and instantly via the blockchain on a much bigger escalate.”

Pupil combines proprietary AI and industrial-grade LiDAR scanning hardware to capture millions of measurement points to document a physical property. This hyper-precise data (which forms a cloud of points, as seen in the latest James Bond movie) is processed by AI to create the floor plan/digital twin, then converted to NFT. This provides the ideal gateway to the NFT market for those less familiar with blockchain and cryptocurrency trades, but also meets the strong demand from experienced NFT and digital real estate investors.

Founded by James D. Marshall and Oliver Breach, Pupil has created next-generation technology through a $45 million investment and five-year R&D program. Through its products, Spec and Stak, Pupil captures residential and commercial real estate, producing digital twins of spaces. Spec Verified and Stak Verified, its trademarks, add an essential layer of verification that underpins the floor plans and NFTs it produces. Using Spec, Pupil has digitized over 40,000 residential properties in London alone, worth over $40 billion.

Pupil’s technology is setting new standards in property measurement accuracy worldwide. With support from the UK government’s Innovate UK agency, Pupil has developed breakthrough artificial intelligence and proprietary software to deliver a growing range of verified spatial data products to a global audience.

The student targets four key initial poles of the city. It was founded in London and has expanded to Dubai and New York with a launch in Singapore scheduled for March 2022. It will be followed by a global expansion into 64 additional cities, delivering Pupil’s technology products to the world’s largest real estate markets. most influential in the world.

Charlie Syson, a Chesterton estate agent from London, has purchased a digital representation of his one-bedroom flat in Battersea in the form of a Spec Verified NFT. This purchase makes him the first UK property owner to purchase one of these NFTs and among the first group of commercial property owners and investors worldwide to own this new class of NFT.

The transaction gives Charlie access to a unique NFT record of his home, as well as a 99% accurate digital representation of the property. In addition to the NFT, Charlie will receive a unique QR code artwork which can be scanned to view scanned plans of the property in NFT format.

Charlie said: “This new class of NFT provides a unique record of my home and an accurate digital representation of the apartment that is far more durable and secure than paper records. It’s a really exciting digital asset for someone who loves NFT property and artwork, but it’s much more valuable and practical than that. I think as technology advances, we will be buying and selling things through blockchain and online exchanges much more often, using cryptocurrency as well as traditional money. This will be the case for all sales, including real estate.

“These NFTs will become incredibly valuable due to their ability to facilitate faster and more secure online sales and purchases. And, as the metaverse expands, there are so many possibilities for how this type of NFT could allow me to explore, share and trade the digital twin of my property. It’s exciting to be at the start of a trend that I believe will change the way we all physically and digitally interact with the property.

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Zag Shop set to sell Sweet 16 merch starting Wednesday

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The Gonzaga men’s basketball team is looking forward to the Sweet 16. To celebrate the road to the championship, the Zag store is releasing new March Madness gear.

SPOKANE, Wash. — Gonzaga’s campus bookstore is stocked with shirts, socks, hats and everything GU-related.

Starting Wednesday, college students and basketball fans will be able to purchase March Madness Sweet 16 merchandise ahead of the men’s game against Arkansas.

This is the store’s first set of March Madness clothing, but as the team continues to move forward, store operations manager LuAnn Charon says more merchandise will be available.

Every win, we get more and more, so we’re celebrating the Sweet 16 right now,” Charon said.

Sweet 16 shirts are available for pre-order on the The Zag Shop website now.

In addition to new merchandise, fans can also represent the name and number of their five favorite starting players for the first time during March Madness.

Charon said the store began selling NIL t-shirts and jerseys in fall 2021.

NIL rules secure part of the proceeds for players each time their names or numbers are purchased.

Charon said March is a great time of year for the university and the Zag Shop.

“This not only sets up the university for recruiting academics and our basketball teams, but our shop is doing incredibly well,” Charon said.

According to Charon, Final Four t-shirt designs are already in the works and will be available if the men’s basketball team gets that far.

Deep Waters – Media Play News

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Rated “R” for sexual content, nudity, language and some violence.
With Ben Affleck, Ana de Armas, Tracy Letts, Grace Jenkins, Rachel Blanchard, Kristen Connolly, Jacob Elordi, Lil Rel Howery, Brendan Miller, Finn Wittrock.

Adrian Lyne’s first directorial effort since 2002 Unfaithful follows a similar tact to his previous film by adapting the 1957 novel deep waters.

Aside from some erotic overtones and major changes at the end, Lyne deep waters is mostly faithful to the main story points of the book. Vic and Melinda Van Allen (Ben Affleck and Ana de Armas) are a couple in a small rural town who seem to have an open marriage, in that she has a number of close friendships with other men than all of their friends assume to be her lovers. The book is a little more explicit on this point, that they have an arrangement that allows him to go out as long as they avoid a divorce for the sake of their daughter.

However, Melinda’s constant display of her sexuality in front of other men actually makes Vic boil inside, and he scares off one of his future love interests into pretending to have murdered his previous one. This gives him some reputation among the town for his dark sense of humor, but intrigues newcomer screenwriter Don Wilson (Tracy Letts) with a flair for conspiracies.

Vic’s jealousy really boils over when he meets Melinda’s next potential lover, a local musician named Charlie (Jacob Elordi) who gives her piano lessons. When Charlie ends up drowning in a pool at a local party, Melinda immediately accuses Vic of murdering him, prompting Don to investigate further.

Despite her doubts about her husband’s innocence, Melinda is always ready to tempt fate with another boyfriend, Tony (Finn Wittrock), who just might inspire her to run away to Brazil.

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deep waters is mostly a dry arrangement of passive-aggressive character interactions that sometimes result in a fatalistic plot. The film is rather ambiguous at first about what Vic is capable of before any doubt is cleared up by the final act. The story primarily forces Affleck to stare angrily at the people around him, an acting technique not far from his usual range. To offset the slowly simmering plot tensions, Lyne ups the erotica with a very sultry performance from de Armas, which, thankfully, is also well suited to the task.

The best thing about the movie is little Grace Jenkins as Vic and Melinda’s adorable daughter, Trixie, who steals just about every scene she’s in. The filmmakers know this too, which is why the end credits are just an extended snippet of a scene of her getting into a car while singing the ’70s hit “You Make Me Feel Like Dancing.”

Who founded Barnes & Noble?

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THE beloved Barnes & Noble bookseller is recognized nationwide – with the largest number of outlets in the United States.

Since 1873, Barnes & Noble continues to serve more than 600 communities in all 50 states.

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Barnes & Noble operates 614 stores nationwideCredit: Alamy

Who founded Barnes & Noble?

Barnes & Noble began when Charles M Barnes started a book business from his home in Wheaton, Illinois in 1873.

In 1886 Gilbert Clifford Noble was hired to work at a newly established bookstore called Arthur Hinds & Company in New York as a clerk.

This bookstore became known as Hinds & Noble.

In 1917, Noble bought Hinds and joined forces with William Barnes, son of his old friend Charles.

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The store name was soon changed to Barnes & Noble.

William divested himself of his stake in his father’s business shortly before his partnership with Noble.

His father’s business would become the Follett Corporation – the educational bookstore.

In 1930 Noble sold his share of the business to William’s son, John Wilcox Barnes.

Noble died in 1936, aged 72.

In 1932, at the height of the Great Depression, what would later become the flagship Barnes & Noble store was opened on Fifth Avenue at 18th Street in New York City.

In 1940, the store was one of the first businesses to feature Muzak – background music – and it underwent a major renovation the following year.

During this decade, the company opened stores in Brooklyn and Chicago.

William died in 1945, aged 78, and his son John Wilcox Barnes took full control.

After John’s death in 1964, in 1971 bookseller Leonard Riggio acquired the trading name and flagship bookstore Barnes & Noble in Manhattan, merging it with his own successful bookstore business.

Within a few years, he had transformed the Barnes & Noble store on New York’s Fifth Avenue into “the largest bookstore in the world”, with 150,000 textbooks and trade titles.

Throughout the 1970s and 1980s, Barnes & Noble made numerous acquisitions, adding new bookstores across the country.

In 1987, the company made its biggest acquisition – 797 retail bookstores – when it bought B. Dalton Bookseller, making Barnes & Noble a national overnight retailer and the second-largest bookseller in America.

Barnes & Noble became a publicly traded company in 1993 and continued to grow throughout the 1990s, adding an e-commerce website and publishing capabilities.

In August 2019, Barnes & Noble was acquired by Elliott Advisors (UK) Limited (“Elliott”) and taken private.

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Elliott’s acquisition of Barnes & Noble follows its June 2018 acquisition of Waterstones, the UK’s largest retail bookseller.

As of 2020, the company operates 614 retail stores.

Forget Hugh Jackman. The current Broadway star is the trombonist in the orchestra pit.

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Broadway, which is looking to regain its pre-pandemic audience, is relying on bold names such as Hugh Jackman, Daniel Craig, Sarah Jessica Parker… and Mike Boschen.

Mr. Boschen is part of the current cover of “The Music Man”. He’s a trombonist, and they’re having a moment.

In “Hadestown”, trombonist Brian Drye appears on stage and interacts with the cast. (As one theater watcher noted on Twitter: “Phenomenal cast and all, but the trombone is the real star.”) In “Chicago,” trombonists Bruce Bonvissuto and James Burton III coveted spots on stage with the rest of the orchestra. “We can feel the energy coming from the audience very viscerally,” says Bonvissuto.

Then there’s Mr. Boschen in “The Music Man.” “It’s probably the coolest trombone part I’ve ever played” on Broadway, says the 48-year-old companion, who has performed with about 40 productions in a career that includes shows both familiar (“Cats “) and forgotten. (a musical adaptation of “The Frogs” by Aristophanes).

“The Music Man,” featuring Mr. Jackman, a beloved take on midwestern life circa the early 1900s, is all about the band. Its key numbers include a tribute to all things brass, namely “Seventy-Six Trombones”.

The production actually includes two trombonists – Mr. Boschen, who plays the common tenor version, often simply referred to as trombone, and Jack Schatz, who plays the bass version. Mr. Boschen jokes: “We are 74 paperclips short, but we are doing our best to make up for that.

Other tracks let him play in a jazzy or more romantic vein. He remains in the pit, but his presence is constantly felt.

Typically, trombonists played supporting roles “like an offensive lineman,” says Mike Davis, a trombonist at the “Moulin Rouge!” Musical comedy.

Producers reduced the size of Broadway orchestras as a cost-saving measure. The days of the Golden Age are long gone, when 25-piece ensembles were the norm, anchored by sizable string sections. Now, some shows can have 10 or fewer musicians, with instruments and digital tools often used to replicate reality.

But it’s hard to replicate a trombone, or “bone” as it’s known in industry parlance, with its characteristic slippery sound. Also, the trombone is an instrument that adapts particularly well to many genres. “It’s good for so many things,” says veteran Broadway orchestrator Jonathan Tunick.

Mr. Boschen, a Philadelphia-area native, has been married to his trombone since he learned the instrument in third grade — it was either that or the cello, since both suited his height. He then studied with trombonists of the Philadelphia Orchestra, then trained at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester, NY, and the Juilliard School in New York.

He could have sought a full-time job in a symphony orchestra, but decided he liked the varied life of a New York freelancer, where gigs can range from playing jazz standards at a cocktail party to produce with classic sets, sometimes within the space of a day. A job on Broadway is a coveted base, especially if it’s a show that has potential for a decent run.

Mr. Boschen got his first shot as a substitute on “Cats” in 1997 and his first full-time job on “The Full Monty” in 2000.

Last July, while teaching one of his trombone students at his home near Peekskill, New York, he received a text message telling him to call about “The Music Man.” . He phoned and was told he had the job.

“He knows how to turn something into a comic moment or turn it into a jazz moment. It’s an art of what he does,” says Patrick Vaccariello, musical director and conductor of “The Music Man,” who has worked with Mr. Boschen on previous shows.

Like many Broadway musicians, Mr. Boschen is willing to play other instruments, if needed. Over the years he has doubled bass trombone and euphonium in shows, although he claims to have a strict “no tuba” policy. “I’d rather be really good with less than decent with more,” he says.

At “The Music Man,” Mr. Boschen shares an area the size of a modest suburban living room with a dozen other brass and woodwind players (the string players are in a separate location). He is always aware of where he is aiming his slide. At another show, he feared to knock over the conductor’s podium.

“It would have been a showstopper in a different sense,” he says.

Mr. Jackman calls Mr. Boschen a “spectacular trombonist.” The actor, best known for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men film franchise, said that despite studying the violin in high school, he couldn’t understand the skills required to perform in the pit. Mr. Jackman buys scratch-off lottery tickets from musicians every week in recognition of the valuable role they play. Mr. Boschen says he has earned a few dollars so far.

‘I have nothing to do there but deliver lottery tickets,’ says Mr Jackman, although he adds: ‘If there’s a role for a triangle player, I’m leaving.”

Pit musicians have to deal with long periods of performance where there is nothing to do. Some are texting their phones or doing crossword puzzles during downtime.

On a recent Saturday morning, Boschen got busy reading a book on stock trading. He says he became interested in investing during the pandemic, when Broadway theaters were closed for months.

There is always the risk of missing a cue to start playing again. Boschen says he internalizes the score, which rarely happens. The only time he did it on “The Music Man,” he says, was when he was caught off guard when he heard Sutton Foster, who plays Mr. Jackman’s romantic interest in the show, snuggle up. work your way through “Goodnight My Someone”.

“I got lost in the beauty of singing,” he says.

Mr. Boschen has never seen this production of “The Music Man” from the public – and he has no intention of doing so. This is almost common practice among Broadway musicians, who view their work as strictly score-oriented, not production-oriented in general.

“I have my own version of the story that plays like a movie in my head. I see it by hearing it,” he says.

Write to Charles Passy at [email protected]

Commercial Bank of Ceylon wants to develop SME activities in Bangladesh

Sri Lanka-based Commercial Bank of Ceylon PLC (CBC) wants to expand lending to SMEs (small and medium-sized enterprises) in Bangladesh with the aim of migrating small businesses to corporate status. The bank which has focused on trade and finance will now strengthen retail banking amid rising consumer purchasing power.

CBC Bangladesh started its activities in 2003 by taking over Banque Crédit Agricole Indosuez. At that time, it had only four operational units in Bangladesh, catering to large corporations and multinationals. At present, the bank has expanded its business horizon to all areas of banking and is doing very well in the country by catering to customers from all walks of life. It maintains less than 1% loan defaults, which helps it maintain a low cost of lending.

Najith Meewanagemanaging director of CBC Bangladesh, shared his bank’s business plan in an interview with The commercial standard recently. Meewanage sees huge business potential in Bangladesh as many Sri Lankan entrepreneurs come here to experience the business environment in different sectors. His bank allows them to develop Sri Lankan businesses in Bangladesh. Yet more than 90% of the bank’s customers are Bangladeshis.

Tell us about CBC’s financial performance in Bangladesh.

2021 is a testament to the bank’s resilience and progress in challenging circumstances. The bank performed well by maintaining its sustainable growth plans reflecting the effectiveness of its strategies.

In all key business areas, the bank performed well and achieved the objectives set out in the business plan while maintaining the expected growth levels.

The size of the bank’s total balance sheet has increased by Tk 1,372 crore registering growth of over 15% in 2021 to reach the asset base of Tk 10,000 crore. Its total operating income has also seen reasonable growth. On the other hand, operating expenses were effectively controlled. The bank recorded a profit of Tk 167.3 crore after tax. Most likely, the bank has the lowest non-performance rate in the industry and it stood at just 0.48% in December 2021. The bank has managed to continue to keep bad debts well below industry norms despite various pandemic-induced challenges. over the past two years.

What is the bank’s business plan for the next five years?

Although the future holds many challenges for us, we are convinced of our ability to make sound judgments on our orientations and essentially on the way forward.

Mandatory strict rules related to Covid have led to significant transformations in the banking sector, with FinTech encroaching on the areas of payments and settlements of conventional banking.

With our customers drawn to the simplicity and convenience of digital platforms, we have embraced the ethos of customer centricity to deliver increased value to all of our stakeholders. Given the importance of the SME sector, we have a strong focus on building a strong SME portfolio which our retail banking sector is keen to develop. Our intention is to gradually migrate these SMEs to corporate status as they grow.

We are looking to strengthen our retail and SME banking presence in Bangladesh, in addition to our presence as one of the leading diplomatic and corporate services banks. Our treasury is also focused on increasing trading activities to make a significant contribution as in previous years.

What are the challenges foreign banks face in banking in Bangladesh in terms of customer service and regulatory rules?

The financial services industry has seen the entry of new players, many of whom bring with them the technology needed to disrupt the conventional industry. CBC Bangladesh, being a foreign bank, is determined to keep abreast of these challenges by embracing innovation and operational excellence.

There is greater complexity in the global risk environment with significant geopolitical dynamics as well as concerns about the risk of the financial sector to finance terrorism and money laundering. Bangladesh Bank is providing commendable support through structural banking regulatory initiatives.

Loan default is a serious problem in Bangladesh. What is your observation on the cause of delinquent loans and what action should be taken?

It has always been true that the credit operations and performance of a foreign bank always takes precedence over that of local private commercial banks and state banks.

Effective use of technology, prudent credit management through internal credit policies filter and deter defaults and reduce the effect on a bank’s financial performance. The culture of the institution plays a central role.

What is your observation on the banking culture in Bangladesh?

Bangladesh has a lot to do, most businesses are family owned, as is the banking sector. The soundness of management differentiates them from the systematic understanding of credit risk and ultimately the dynamic measurement and management of credit risk for the stability of the country’s financial system.

What challenges do you see for Bangladesh’s banking sector following the normalization of monetary policy in the post-pandemic era?

Higher aggregate demand for goods and services translates into private credit growth and higher inflation. Higher aggregate demands necessitate a greater allocation of resources from the wealth-generating sector which is usually distributed in foreign currencies. We strongly hope that Bangladesh Bank will deploy the right countermeasures to stop this environment, as it has proven by maintaining a stable dollar-taka exchange rate since 2013 to 2020, providing greater confidence to entrepreneurs to achieve a phenomenal GDP growth.

What prospect do you see in Bangladesh for foreign banks to develop?

Every foreign bank wants to own its part of the growth story here in this great nation. What foreign banks generally introduce to every financial market is dynamic efficiency. Foreign banks contribute to reducing transaction costs and increasing the quality of human capital in the respective banking sector. Moreover, they are better in handling external shocks. As a result, foreign banks in Bangladesh can be expected to systematically play more roles in improving returns for all stakeholders.

Tell us about your bank’s recent accomplishments.

CBC was named “Bangladesh’s Most Sustainable Bank” at the end of 2021 by Dubai-based International Business Magazine, which honored the best achievements of organizations in various fields related to international business and finance. The title recognizes the sustainable and stable growth that Commercial Bank of Ceylon Bangladesh has demonstrated over the years.

In 2021, CBC Bangladesh also received top awards from two UK-based institutions – Global Business Outlook (GBO) magazine and Global Economics, financial publications that recognize top performance in various financial sectors around the world.

These two publications crowned CBC Bangladesh “Best Foreign Bank in Bangladesh” – a title that recognizes the bank’s resilience in the face of competition from local and international banks, its service excellence and its dedication to serving customers.

The bank’s prowess in 2021 was also highlighted by its “AAA” (Triple A) credit rating from Credit Rating Information and Services Ltd (CRISL). This is the 11th consecutive year that Commercial Bank Bangladesh has been awarded a “AAA” long-term credit rating, which is the highest credit rating given to a financial institution in Bangladesh by CRISL.

The latest rating is the result of an in-depth analysis of the Bank’s operational and financial performance as well as an assessment of relevant quantitative and qualitative factors.

As a responsible company, CBC has extended its activities to the SME sector as well as the retail sector, which is in line with the bank’s strategy to reduce the concentration on only large entities.

As a foreign bank, we have reached 100% in providing stimulus packages to borrowers affected by Covid-19 that show our commitments, especially in times of need. Our efforts were duly recognized by the Bangladesh Bank and, as the only foreign bank, CBC received a “Certificate of Appreciation” from the central bank.

Always remember to seek the helpers in life

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Every day you can find the helpers if you seek.

As always, though, before I venture down that path, allow me to share some of my week as Mayor of America’s Best Small Town.

Do you think you might be pregnant and don’t know where to turn for help? I sat down recently and searched “pregnancy help Seymour, Indiana” to see what is available in our area. When I passed the ads at the top (most of which were not located in Seymour), one name kept popping up: Clarity Pregnancy Services.

Recently I was lucky enough to attend the Clarity banquet and get a refresher on the services they offer. These services are available for both women and men and range from pregnancy services to testing for sexually transmitted infections to support groups for those who have had abortions or sexual abuse.

Clarity is supported by many area businesses, churches and individuals and relies on this support to provide its services not only to the Seymour community, but to six other Indiana communities. If I have piqued your curiosity to learn more or if you need their services, learn more at clearcares.org.

The Jackson County Sertoma Club recently announced the winners of the National Heritage Essay competition. The competition asks students to answer the question “What does freedom mean to me?” »

After hearing the winning essay read at the banquet, I do not envy those who had to select the winner from so many excellent entries. Congratulations to winner Gabby Cornn and finalists Gabbie Sarver, Kinsey Reed and Annabelle Mathena. I believe Miss Cornn was right when she wrote, “Everyday freedom is taken for granted. I think anyone could be accused of this any day. Freedom is so much more than the average American knows.

Hope you were lucky enough to enjoy the cool, gusty winds during Seymour Main Street’s first downtown shopping of 2022. As my family and I ventured into 10 of our local businesses, we have had a great time checking out all the options we sometimes take for granted that make up the fabric of our beautiful downtown.

I didn’t know you could buy barbecue casseroles at My Hoosier Hearth on South Chestnut Street. As we had lunch and laughed at 1852 Cafe on West Second Street, we listened to the owner share new menu items with customers as they arrived. We hung out with Indie the bookstore cat at The Magic of Books Bookstore.

We enjoyed our tours with our community members at every stop along the way. If you haven’t had the chance to walk around downtown lately, you should. With an occupancy rate of 86% on the ground floor and several buildings under construction, we are in a good position with our city centre.

Recently our community experienced a major fire at Sycamore Springs Apartments. As I toured the scene, I couldn’t help but notice that the assistants were all doing their part.

As I approached, I noticed several of our firefighters from Seymour not on duty at the scene in case they were needed. I noticed the huge amount of volunteer firefighters who gave up what they were doing to serve our community in times of need. I noticed some clergy in our area visiting residents who were watching their homes burn. I’ve seen good news spread about the rescue of some pets that we thought were probably gone.

Each has played a major role in their own way and each is a help to our community.

In the same way, we have many who are helpers in less stressful times. They are the ones who work alongside nonprofits and charities, friends and neighbors to make our little part of the world as amazing as it is today.

Today I leave you with a quote from Fred Rogers: “When I was a boy and saw scary things in the news, my mother used to tell me: ‘Seek helpers. You will always find people who will help you. .’”

I hope you can find yourself helping out when you can, and when you can’t, I hope you don’t forget to look for helpers.

Matt Nicholson is the mayor of Seymour. Send feedback to [email protected]

Barnes & Noble embraces BookTok

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BookTok is a hashtag where avid readers share all about their favorite books on the TikTok social media platform. This trend is taking the publishing industry by storm. BookTok members tag videos of themselves, often in the aisles of the bookstore, raving about their favorite books. BookTok is for anyone who loves to read, but most of the popular content creators are teenagers. so there are a lot of good recommendations for Young adult fictionas well as other genres.

Some of the videos on BookTok have gone viral with millions of views, creating a whole new class of influencers who have made books and series that have remained on shelves unread for years into bestsellers.

Barnes & Noble is embracing this exciting new trend and redesigning its stores to make “Booktookers” feel more welcoming with colorful shelves and tables filled with popular BookTok titles. On May 3, the company will launch its limited edition of AF Steadman’s “Skandar and the Unicorn Thief,” and that launch will include items for the BookTok community.

According to an interview with Bloomberg.com, Barnes & Noble Books Director Shannon Devito shared that 2022 sales are off to a strong start and will likely surpass previous years. “The first two titles that jumped on my radar were Adam Silvera’s ‘They Both Die at the End’ and Madeline Miller’s ‘Le Chant d’Achilles’. Suddenly, we were selling tens of thousands of copies every two to three weeks,” she told Bloomberg.com, “Now we have hundreds of trending titles.

According to research on the TikTok iOS app, the BookTok hashtag has been viewed over 43 billion times! By following this hashtag, you can find some amazing book recommendations, as well as some pretty fun and creative content. People are very passionate and imaginative when it comes to sharing their love of reading.

Mother’s Day 2022: The best fun gifts to make mom smile, from wacky presents to hilarious souvenir photos

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Maisie Bovingdon




Mothers’ Day gifts are often a box of chocolates, flowers, or sentimental in nature, but fun gifts that will make your mom or relative smile, laugh, or cry (laugh) are a winning option.


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Hilarious photos taken together, or photo albums filled with memories that you can all look back on fondly, are huge hits.


But for those who like pranks or rude jokes, they can also hit the town with plenty of hilarious goodies available from high street retailers.


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For kids, or even partners who want to spoil the mother of their children, there are fun and ironic purchases to invest in.


From quirky wine glasses to emergency nap tools to a glass holder so you never lose your glasses when you put them down – or leave them on top of your head, there are plenty of fun gifts to buy before Mother’s Sunday March 27.


1. Photo album filled with fun moments


Although a photo album can be considered a gift that you can give to anyone, at any time and for any occasion, an album filled with happy memories and fun times you cherish with your mother whom she can watch reminisce and laugh, it’s a simple but thoughtful gift.



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The Mini, £20, Paper


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2. Funny Quotes Book


We love nothing more than a quote at Hello! HQ, but this book of riddles and sayings has a witty twist.


Whether your parent likes a drink or a witty one-liner, this gift will tick both boxes.



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Winefulness Quotes Mini Book, £7.99, Oliver Bonas


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3. Glasses holder


“Now where did I put my glasses?” “On your head mum…”


A common conversation we often have with our parents, which can now be easily solved thanks to this helpful, slightly mocking, but absolutely hilarious creation.



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Personalized glasses holder for her, £29.95, not high street


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4. Fun handmade book


Toddlers looking to please their mom this Mother’s Sunday can channel their inner author with this gift.


Parents and their children have a special time to bond during their bedtime story, and this book will make that time even more fun.



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My Mum the Superhero, £24.99, Wonderbly


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5. Funny Mug


Young siblings love nothing more than to annoy their parents and see them squirm when asked who their parents’ favorite child is, now you can do it everyday.


This jokey mug is guaranteed to bring a laugh this Mother’s Day.




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Funny Mum Mug Gift, £4.99, Etsy


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6. Memory Book


Similar to a photo album, a keepsake book is always a great gift idea. While some take the opportunity to fill this book with sentimental memories, others may prefer to remind their moms of embarrassing moments and recount hilarious moments together.



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Mum, I wrote a book about you, £9.23, Amazon


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7. Mom from A to Z


We love our moms, and they know it, so having a little banter with them is welcome.


This A to Z book of your mom can let you get creative and indulge in all the fun things you think of when you think of your parent. Our best advice – don’t hold back and just watch her reaction.



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A to Z Book of You, £20.95, Not High Street


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8. Funny Family Portrait


A family portrait – but not as you know it.


This tongue-in-cheek portrait, which depicts the whole family through glass, is our favorite.



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Personalized family print, £20, not high street


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9. Comedy night


What better way to spend Mother’s Day than at a comedy show, where you can all laugh.


After all, they say that experiences make the best memories.



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Comedy Night Experience for two, £34.99, get personal


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10. Wine glasses


A mum will always appreciate a bottle of bubbly, or her favorite wine, no matter the occasion, and for those who love to drink, will appreciate these unique glasses to gulp down your vino.



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Wine Sippers, £12.99, get personal


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11. Jigsaw


What parent… let’s rephrase this, what adult doesn’t appreciate a puzzle on a rainy day or a family game night on the weekend?


Really put their puzzle skills to the test with this hilarious gift. We laugh just thinking about their faces when they open it.



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1,000,000 piece jigsaw puzzle, £4.99, Etsy


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12. Scratch Card


The playful mom will appreciate this fun scratch card gift, which might just give them the chance to skip the chores they’re tired of.



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Mums scratch card, £2.65, Etsy


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13. Nap Feeding


Have you ever discovered you were in the middle of a gripping ITV drama with your mum, only to look over to see she had dozed off? U.S. too.


For the parent who falls asleep as soon as they stop doing all the shopping, this is the gift for them. This kit comes with an inflatable pillow, so your mom can get her 40 winks anywhere and anytime.



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Emergency Nap, £7.99, Amazon


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14. Custom carpet


Is your parent company proud? For those who love an occasional glass of bubbly or can pull a prank, this mat is the gift you didn’t know it would bring a smile to your face.


This personalized doormat can even surprise guests and be a prank in its own right even after being given to your mom.



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Personalized outdoor doormat, £26.99, gets personal


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15. Fun Coloring Book


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Suncor: From Sunset Sailing to Brightest Shine (NYSE: SU)

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Investment thesis

The year was 2020, COVID emerged and caused a global pandemic which created a massive demand shock in the global energy market. During this period, oil futures turned negative and Suncor (NYSE:SU) was trading at around $11 per share. Additionally, electric vehicle and green energy stocks had found a new level of commercialization, as I heard predictions that solar and wind power would almost entirely replace oil and gas as early as 2025. That being said, two years have passed, and oil is near $100 a barrel and Suncor Energy is doing 4% at $30 a share, and I hear less about green energy in the media these days. Between a global supply shock in the oil market and an increase in geopolitical tensions, Suncor and the rest of the North American energy sector have moved from the background to the fore. Although Suncor is up nearly 200% from its March 2020 lows, there is still room for upside as I suspect the US and Canada will begin to support their oil and gas sector more in order to curb commodity inflation. Additionally, ongoing geopolitical tensions as well as a lingering oil supply shock leave plenty of catalysts for Suncor to hit my price target of $35-40. All in all, Suncor is a great addition to your portfolio considering the potential turbulent market ahead, the attractive valuation and the fact that the Canadian oil sector could be a backup and a grace for oil prices north -American.

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Financial improvement after a difficult 2020

After a challenging 2020 due to improving energy market conditions, Suncor’s 2021 has been a major rebound year. The company increased annual revenue by 60% and cash flow from operations by 343%. Additionally, the company returned nearly $4 billion to shareholders through dividends and share buybacks, and reduced its debt ratio to near-2019 levels.

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Looking at Suncor’s financial situation today, one could barely tell that they had a very difficult 2020 as they recouped much of the financial damage caused by the pandemic. Additionally, investors will have more to look forward to as it looks like current conditions are creating an even more favorable environment for Suncor in 2022 and perhaps beyond.

Signs indicating a shift towards a more positive environment for the North American oil and gas sector

As North Americans begin to pay the highest prices for gasoline in 7 years, with inflation currently at a 30-year high and the United States banning imports of Russian oil, one would have to assume that ESG and political pressures to pursue only sustainable energy investments should temporarily ease. In America right now there is digital evidence to support that people are becoming more and more supportive of North America’s oil and gas industry. According to a public opinion poll, 64% of Americans favor importing more oil from Canada to replace Russian oil imports, while many respondents also expressed support for restarting the Keystone pipeline. In addition to this poll, US Energy Secretary and even Tesla (TSLA) CEO Elon Musk are both surprisingly calling for increased oil and gas production. The reason this is so important to Suncor is that as more North Americans come forward and support their oil and gas sector, there could be a positive shift in the North American oil and gas landscape. . We might see policy shifts such as lower emissions targets, we might see more institutional support for the oil and gas space, and we might also see a reduction in ESG activist investments, which were turning big oil into investments in renewable energies with low IRR. To show how investments in green energy dampen the return on investment of energy companies, take for example the Norwegian oil producer Equinor (NYSE:EQNR), which claimed that its green energy projects are expected to yield an IRR of 4 to 8% against more than 30% for their oil and gas investments. The reduction in activist investment caused by the desire to increase oil and gas production will therefore benefit Suncor in the short term. Combine this with the fact that the United States is expected to be more dependent on oil from Canada and that Suncor has the upstream reserves and ability to meet the possible influx of new demand provides adequate growth engines for Suncor in the future. to come up.

The paradox of demand destruction and persistently high oil prices

One of the most common arguments I hear from oil bears is that high oil prices will eventually come down due to demand destruction. However, when looking at the evidence supporting this claim, it appears that demand destruction does not exist, at least in terms of current oil prices. According to the Federal Reserve, oil and gas have a short-term elasticity of demand of -0.1, making it one of the most inelastic goods/services in the world. Additionally, oil prices in 2022 are trading above $80 per barrel, and according to the EIA, we are expected to consume 200,000 more barrels of oil per day than in 2019. This current oil rally is tied to a lack of supply, which looks unlikely to recover anytime soon between oil majors choosing dividends over capital spending and OPEC’s lack of spare capacity. For real demand destruction to occur in the oil market, we would likely need an extended period of over $150 a barrel of oil, or else a major recession would have to occur. For this reason, I expect oil to trade above $80 a barrel for the rest of 2022.

SU valuation

Suncor Energy is cheap relative to its peers when it comes to the company’s price-to-book ratio. I like to use the price-to-book ratio for oil and gas companies because most of their assets are made up of fixed assets, plant and equipment, and have a small proportion of intangible assets. When you look at the price-to-book multiple of Suncor and its peers, you notice that Suncor is doing quite well.

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Based on the price-to-book multiple, my consensus is that Suncor’s stock is undervalued when considering peer companies and future growth catalysts.

Parabolic increases in oil prices could create a recession that poses a risk to Suncor and the rest of the oil market

Punitive oil prices could ultimately lead to a recession if the supply situation is not brought under control in time. Historically speaking, whenever oil goes above 50%, a recession tends to follow.

History suggests oil shock increases likelihood of U.S. recession, Pictet says - Bloomberg

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This, of course, poses a risk not just to Suncor and the oil market, but to all global financial markets. It looks like North America has a decision to make, either we try to increase oil and gas production or we risk the possibility of a recession. Hopefully we go with the first and not the second.

Conclusion

Considering the turbulent market, growth stocks becoming less attractive and abnormally high oil prices, Suncor appears to be a favorable player in this market environment. The company has several growth drivers in 2022 and beyond, such as North Americans once again supporting their oil and gas companies, the United States’ new increased reliance on Canadian oil, and declining activist investments due to the necessary production of oil and gas. For these reasons, I think a target price range of $35-40 for 2022 is entirely achievable.

Here’s Who’s Coming to Dallas This Week: March 15-18

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Kenny G.

March 18-20, 7:30 p.m. | Lower performance hall

Who doesn’t love Kenny G? The Grammy Award-winning saxophonist has been sampled by 2 Chainz, Bun B, Big KRIT, Babyface, Mariah Carey and Timbaland. He has collaborated with Kanye West, The Weeknd and many others. Although his style of smooth jazz was somewhat controversial at the time of his debut, his music has spent the past several decades inspiring musicians across many genres. Last year, the legendary saxophonist was scheduled to perform alongside the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra for his Pops series, but the performance was postponed to this weekend due to COVID concerns. The saxophonist will perform a selection of his Grammy-winning hits with the classical music ensemble until its final performance on March 20 at 2 p.m. Buy seats.

No days off

March 18, 9 p.m. | Mr.X Cocktail Lounge inside XOXO Dining Room

It’s not a function for people to stand, look cute and stare at their phone. Leave the dating apps alone and spend a night dancing to back-to-back sets from a trio of the city’s top DJs. DJ Chrissy Yella, DJ Ursa Minor, DJ DRNRDX and an unannounced surprise DJ will provide the tunes for the first night of No Days Off in Dallas. A few weeks ago, I attended Femme Friday, a women-only DJ party hosted by DJs Christy Ray and Ursa Minor. The music was so good that several tables left their chili cheese plates and drinks to dance and, may I say, twerk in front of the DJ booth. Trust me when I say you’ll have the best Friday night with these three DJs in charge.

South through honey

March 19, 7 p.m.. | 211, rue N. Ervay, 9th floor

Milan Merlo has done it again. Last year, Merlo spoke to Magazine D about The Honey, “a hyper-local music platform aimed at uplifting Dallas-Fort Worth musicians.” This year, the agency will host a showcase curated with artists from Southern and California. This event will feature free drinks from Austin Eastciders, Deep Ellum Brewing Co. and Topo Chico. While drinks are restricted to attendees 21 and older, all ages are welcome at the event. To buy tickets.

Bookstore Nightclub

March 19, 8 p.m. | The Wild Detectives

Looking for a little reggaeton and cumbia? On Saturday, DJ Tayhana transforms the Bishop Arts bookstore and bar into a rhythmic, bass-driven dance experience. DJ Tayhana, described as “one of the most powerful musical forces on South and Central American dance floorswill bring his worldwide Latin hits, signature distorted sound and vibrant energy to Oak Cliff’s bookstore and backyard bar. She is known for her advocacy efforts for creating inclusive nightlife spaces for LGBTQ people. Before hitting the stage, Oak Cliff’s favorite DJ, Alaska, will open up the crowd with her mix of 2000s emo-pop, 80s synth-pop and plenty of old school jams that pay homage to lowrider cruising. from the neighborhood on Jefferson Blvd. To buy tickets.

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Wu-Tang Clan’s RZA Compares Hip-Hop Generations Before Comic Release

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Robert Diggs, better known as RZA, is a man of many talents.

An esteemed rapper, producer, filmmaker and author, the de facto leader of the Wu-Tang Clan has spent time in every creative corner and found success at almost every turn.

Earlier this month, nearly 30 years after the 1993 release of the Wu-Tang Clan’s debut album, Enter the Wu-Tang (36 rooms), RZA teamed up with Brooklyn producer DJ Scratch for his latest album: Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater.

During a podcast appearance on Jalen Rose: Renaissance ManHosted by former NBA star and current ESPN analyst Jalen Rose, the 52-year-old hip-hop icon opened up about how his latest album came together and how it resonates with rap fans new and old.

“I was the host and [DJ Scratch] did the production,” RZA told Rose. “It’s just a moment. A moment that we had [when] we ran to our crèches on Saturday afternoons. We shot a movie before we had to go back to our concrete jungle.”

“This album should be able to do that for you, whether you’re driving, working out in the morning, or sitting there,” he continued. “That’s it, you know. Lyrically, musically, it’s fresh.”

Consisting of seven tracks pitting RZA against his longtime alter ego Bobby Digital, Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater is introspective, thoughtful and “a battle deeper than rap,” according to the record’s synopsis on Apple Music.

This kind of introspection and reflection, however, is largely absent from the modern hip-hop landscape, according to the man himself.

NEW YORK, NEW YORK – JANUARY 30: RZA performs at Loud Records 25th Anniversary Concert at Radio City Music Hall on January 30, 2020 in New York City.
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In a recent interview with NPR‘s Jay Williams, RZA offered his thoughts on the current state of rap music and how it has evolved over the past three decades.

“I think there’s a lack of that particular substance. Hip-hop is more awash in you, you know, money chasing, drug fun, sex fun, gang,” RZA told Williams. “And that’s understandable…but what hip-hop was in the original…it was a way of expressing violence without being physical. It wasn’t something to gain popularity. ‘money. It was something, for me, to entertain use because of lack of money.’

Commenting on the effect he was hoping for Saturday Afternoon Kung Fu Theater had on rappers today, RZA remained optimistic that the record could serve as inspiration.

“So that I can even release music, which is what I’m doing here…I really give it away in a way of saying, like, yo, go ahead and have a spoonful of that,” he said. “And the best I could wish for is for a hip-hop artist to hear it, get inspired by it, and start bringing that stuff back.”

Despite RZA’s status as one of hip-hop’s greatest architects, music is far from his only creative pursuit.

Wu-Tang: an American saga, a Hulu drama series chronicling the rise of Wu-Tang throughout the 1990s, is set to return for its third and final season this fall. And earlier today, RZA announced another project coming in the near future, tweeting a video preview of the pages of his upcoming graphic novel, titled RZA Presents: Bobby Digital and The Pit of Snakes.

Produced in collaboration with Z2 Comics, the graphic novel is written by RZA and Ryan O’Sullivan, and features Bobby Digital “embracing his identity, his ego and his superego”. [as] he embarks on a quest to understand the nature of his reality and of himself,” according to an exclusive first look provided by Screen Rant.

Synchronized with music that will “melt your mind”, RZA Presents: Bobby Digital and the Snake Pit will arrive in comic shops and online retailers in May 2022.

High School Sports: Go with the boilers to chug-a-chug and win the “dance” (03/15/22)

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Come on, who wouldn’t love to see the Saint Peter Peacocks hit mighty Kentucky and send slick coach John Calipari into another rambling blither this week.

Wait a second! Rambling blither is what we do here at the Sports Gazette pages. We can’t have that upset, sorry Peacock fans all over the McCook area!

Longwood brings a new presence to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament with those beautiful first four days that inspired Round Belly Headley to take a vacation from his usual gaffes all week.

“Longwood on SEC Tennessee Tournament Champion? Now that could be intriguing,” Rumblin Bumblin’ proclaimed.

Don’t blame RB’s rage against the Tennessee belle. He took a job selling books from home in Johnson City, Tennessee as a summer job many years ago.

“On day one, I’m getting ready to approach a potential client and have Tennessee bird droppings on my head,” RB recalled. “True story. I ended up sleeping behind a trash can in Memphis and wandering the streets of downtown St. Louis all night while returning to a much safer job in good old Nebraska.

Anyhoo, no upset from Peacock or Longwood because RB thinks Tennessee could be a Final Four team.

“Yeah, I see Tennessee and Arizona in the Sweet 16, Arizona being my real Final Four favorite,” Rarely Brilliant observed. “I take the top-tier Wildcats, although I admire volunteers like Steve Towery who take the time to work on my car.”

RB’s back four: Arizona, Purdue, the mighty Rock Chalk Kansas Jayhawks and UGHH…Duke.

No, not Duke? RB despises everything about Duke. His favorite moment was the impressive Carolina Tar Heels spoiling that farewell at Coach K’s house.

“I just think the road is set for Duke, who has already beaten Gonzaga this year and the Zags are their main regional roadblock,” Really Bad-Dancer explained. “Duke missed both the ACC final and this home final. They have to do something right in March or Coach K will cry even more. Nobody wants to have to see that.

But RB says Big Ten’s PURDUE is dropping Duke and ARIZONA over Kansas.

“I ride with the Boilermakers to ride at the right time on Arizona,” RB concluded.

Stupid picks, of course, because it’s RB expecting a Super Bowl title from the Minnesota Vikings for the 46th straight year.

His top five “dormant” Final Four teams are:

1. Iowa Hawkeye;

2.Texas Tech Red Raiders;

3. UCLA Bruins;

4. Illinois Fighting Illini;

5. NORTH CAROLINA TAR HEELS!!!

Sorry, I had to throw them in there.

Her top five upset special ideas:

1. No. 13 South Dakota State over No. 4 Providence;

2. Another 13-seeded Vermont over No. 4 Arkansas;

3. UAB #12 on Houston #5 – a 12 always drops 5 somewhere;

4. No. 14 Montana St. on No. 3 Texas Tech;

5. No. 14 Colgate on No. 3 Wisconsin. Any team losing to Nebraska is vulnerable.

RB also sees or wants Colorado State’s No. 6 to eliminate Michigan’s No. 11, a team that many believe shouldn’t have made the 68 team. Watch out for handshakes that turn into punches from Michigan coach Juwan Howard.

Most likely 15 seeds on a No. 2?

RB says Jacksonville State could test the Auburn War Eagle.

Sancus announces £10.3m loss in 2021 trade update

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Sancus announced an expected net operating loss of £10.3 million for 2021 in its unaudited financial results.

It will be an improvement on the £14.5million loss recorded in 2020 and follows new CEO Rory Mepham’s aim to make the lender profitable again.

Sancus is an alternative finance provider that offers bespoke bridging and development finance.

It generated revenue of £9 million for the year to December 31, 2021, down from £10.9 million the previous year, which was below its expectations .

Sancus attributed the reduction in revenue to a shrinking loan portfolio and the impact of Covid on new loans taken out, which delayed the closing of loans and therefore led to lower transaction costs.

His loan book value fell 17% to £141million a year. This has happened mainly at its offshore bases in Jersey, Guernsey and Gibraltar where management teams have been restructured.

An assessment of the group’s loan portfolio was completed upon Mepham’s appointment in January 2021. Particular emphasis was placed on reviewing historical loans that were past due or in default.

As a result, the group expects to report an increase in its provisions for credit losses of £6.5m for 2021, from £4.7m the previous year.

Almost all of these provisions were made in relation to legacy loans taken out in 2018 or earlier. The new management team has established deliverable strategies for these loan positions, which are currently underway, the group said.

Part of Mepham’s plans to make the lender profitable is to rely on growth in loans under management. To achieve this, it will expand its presence in the UK and Ireland and rebuild its loans under management in its offshore markets.

Sancus made several appointments last year, increasing its workforce to 35 at the end of 2021, from 25 at the end of 2020.

This resulted in an increase in operating expenses to £6.2m from £5.6m the previous year. This investment should support its growth over the next few years.

Maruti records sales milestone of 10 lakh units in CNG range vehicles

Automobile giant Maruti Suzuki reached a new commercial milestone on Tuesday as sales of CNG range vehicles reached a cumulative 10 million units. In the personal and business segment, Maruti has a portfolio of nine “S-CNG” vehicles such as Alto, S-Presso, WagonR, Celerio, Dzire, Ertiga, Eeco, Super Carry and Tour-S.

Investors cheered for Maruti shares during today’s trading session amid new selling numbers. Maruti stock ignored the bearish tone of the broader markets.

“As a company, our goal is to provide our customers with safe, reliable, clean, technologically advanced and environmentally friendly vehicles. Our S-CNG range is specifically designed, developed and manufactured in our facilities for s ‘adapt to Indian driving conditions,'” Maruti Suzuki India Ltd (MSIL) Managing Director and CEO Kenichi Ayukawa said in a statement reported by PTI.

The Managing Director and CEO of Maruti further stated that with the government’s target of reaching 10,000 CNG stations across the country in the next few years, the company expects the demand for CNG vehicles to remain robust.

Ayukawa added in the report saying, “As a technology, CNG will play a more important and significant role in reducing carbon emissions from a large number of passenger vehicles.”

There are already 3,700 CNG stations currently available across India, making CNG more accessible to customers.

On BSE today, Maruti stock has so far gained more than 4% with an intraday high of Rs7495.60 each. At around 1:11 p.m., Maruti is trading at Rs7495.60 each, rising by Rs181.10 or 2.48% on the exchange.

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Fox Elementary teachers replenish classroom libraries with thousands of donated books

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RICHMOND, Va. (WWBT) — Teachers have begun rebuilding their classroom libraries with donations from a book drive following the devastating Fox Elementary School fire.

About 80 volunteers have spent more than two weeks transforming the thousands of donated books into a comprehensive bookstore for teachers to shop from Monday at Saint James’s Episcopal Church.

“The response has been tremendous, we are so grateful,” said Fox PTA reserve member Clare Tilton.

Thanks to the drive to First Baptist Church along Monument Avenue on Saturday, nearly every book that caught fire weeks ago will be replaced.

“It is incredibly gratifying to see how volunteers, parents, family and friends from across the city will come out and help all of our schools, especially Fox after such a horrific loss,” said Sarah Gross, member of the PTA.

PTA co-chair Wendy Martin was overwhelmed by the response as community members dropped books into the full trunk.

“The cars unload, we take a quick picture with them to thank them…it was really emotional, we see a lot of love for the school today.”

The drive yielded more books than any of the volunteers could have imagined.

Almost all books that have burned will be replaced.(NBC12)

“I would say tens of thousands of books today and the quality of the books I’ve seen have been outstanding, there’s a lot of former teachers coming through, a lot of former educators, we brought in a woman of Roanoke. Fredericksburg, all over this area,” Martin said.

Parents of older kids who graduated from Fox years ago have even come out of retirement to lend a hand.

“Fox is just an anchor for the community, whether you have kids there or not,” Tilton said.

The turnout is just proof enough that the Fox community continues to go the extra mile for concerned students, families, and teachers.

“Anyone who loved this school, this school needs you now,” Martin said. If you’ve been here, if you’ve taught here, if you’ve attended here, now is the time to come to this school.

For anyone who missed the ride, the PTA still has resources for those who still want to help. here.

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the most popular articles on retail technology from the past week — Retail Technology Innovation Hub

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Carrefour uses AiFi technology for its new Flash 10/10 convenience store

Carrefour has opened a Flash 10/10 concept store in Paris.

The convenience store – developed in collaboration with the American startup AiFi – is presented as the first of its kind in France and is located at 11 avenue Parmentier, in the 11th arrondissement of the capital.

Flash 10/10 (“10 seconds to buy and 10 seconds to pay”) offers a purchase journey that does not involve scanning products and quick payment.

Customers do not need to take items out of their bags. They can enter and leave the store without having to go through a walkway. There is no need to download an app or register first. And they can see their total spend in real time.

Argos partners with Pinterest to launch The Argos Mood Hotel

UK retailer Argos and social media platform Pinterest have announced The Argos Mood Hotel.

Located in Bethnal Green, London, it was curated using interior design products from Argos, based on the hottest interior trends emerging from Pinterest Predicts.

Rooms are open to the public April 2-4, with five suites available to book online for free nights.

Registration opens at 6 a.m. on March 7 and closes on Friday April 1. Click here for more details.

American Eagle Set to Debut on Roblox for Members Always Campaign

American Eagle is set to debut on Roblox to promote a Members Always spring collection that takes inspiration from vintage and prep styles and pushes messages of inclusivity.

Headlining the campaign images and video are tennis player Coco Gauff, actor and musician Joshua Bassett, actors Madelyn Cline, Maitreyi Ramakrishnan and Michael Evans Behling, and multi-hyphenated mxmtoon .

The retailer has teamed up with Livetopia, a role-playing game on Roblox, to create a virtual AE Members Always club that users can explore while shopping for clothing based on the aforementioned collection.

Ten Retail Tech Funding Cycles You Need to Know About

RTIH brings together retail technology companies that have made waves with major investments, including tabby, Captain Fresh, Swiftly, Serve Robotics and Nomitri.

Amazon Fresh brings Just Walk Out technology to Kensington, London

Amazon has opened an Amazon Fresh store in Kensington, London, powered by its Just Walk Out technology.

Located at 138 Kensington High Street, it is the 17th such location in the UK, lining up alongside Southwark, Camden, Ealing, White City Canary Wharf and Holborn Chancery Lane.

To shop, customers scan their Amazon app’s QR code, buy what they need, and walk out.

Last week’s biggest retail tech deals at a glance

With American Eagle, Boots UK, Walmart, Amazon, Carrefour UAE, Asos, Farmstead and Circle K.

Amazon buys Veeqo, the British retail technology company

Amazon has acquired Veeqo, a Swansea, UK-based company that offers inventory and fulfillment tools for e-commerce sellers.

The terms of the contract are not disclosed.

It builds on Amazon’s acquisition of Selz last year, which raised the profile of competing more directly with Shopify in providing e-commerce services, whether sales take place on Amazon.com or elsewhere.

Federal Signal Co. (NYSE:FSS) Receives Average “Buy” Recommendation From Brokerages

Federal Signal Co. (NYSE: FSS – Get a rating) received an average “Buy” recommendation from the seven rating agencies that currently cover the stock, reports MarketBeat.com. One research analyst rated the stock with a sell recommendation, two gave the company a hold recommendation, three gave the company a buy recommendation and one gave the company a strong buy recommendation. The average 1-year target price among brokerages that have covered the stock over the past year is $47.75.

A number of equity analysts have weighed in on FSS shares recently. Raymond James lowered his price target on Federal Signal from $52.00 to $46.00 and set a “strong buy” rating on the stock in a Wednesday, March 2 research note. Zacks Investment Research downgraded Federal Signal shares from a “hold” rating to a “sell” rating in a Monday, Jan. 17 research report. KeyCorp lowered its price target on Federal Signal shares from $55.00 to $48.00 and set an “overweight” rating for the company in a Wednesday, March 2 research note. Ultimately, StockNews.com downgraded Federal Signal shares from a “buy” rating to a “hold” rating in a Wednesday, March 2 research note.

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In other news, CEO Jennifer L. Sherman acquired 2,800 shares of Federal Signal in a deal that took place on Thursday, March 3. The shares were purchased at an average price of $34.60 per share, with a total value of $96,880.00. The transaction was disclosed in a document filed with the Securities & Exchange Commission, available at this hyperlink. Insiders of the company own 4.00% of the shares of the company.

Large investors have recently changed their stock holdings. National Bank of Canada FI acquired a new stake in Federal Signal in Q4 worth approximately $40,000. Eaton Vance Management increased its stake in Federal Signal shares by 12.6% in the fourth quarter. Eaton Vance Management now owns 3,462 shares of the conglomerate worth $83,000 after buying 388 more shares in the last quarter. Eagle Bay Advisors LLC increased its holdings of Federal Signal stock by 91.5% in Q3. Eagle Bay Advisors LLC now owns 3,600 shares of the conglomerate worth $140,000 after purchasing an additional 1,720 shares during the period. Texas Capital Bank Wealth Management Services Inc. acquired a new position in Federal Signal in Q3 worth $201,000. Finally, MML Investors Services LLC bought a new position in Federal Signal in Q3 worth $207,000. Hedge funds and other institutional investors own 90.56% of the company’s shares.

Federal Signal stock traded at $0.54 in Friday’s midday session, hitting $33.63. The company’s stock had a trading volume of 169,706 shares, compared to an average volume of 283,650. Federal Signal has a 12-month low of $33.23 and a 12-month high of $48.88. The company has a quick ratio of 1.18, a current ratio of 2.53 and a debt ratio of 0.36. The stock’s 50-day moving average price is $38.21 and its 200-day moving average price is $40.77. The company has a market capitalization of $2.05 billion, a PE ratio of 20.63 and a beta of 1.08.

Federal signal (NYSE: FSS – Get a rating) last reported quarterly earnings data on Tuesday, March 1. The conglomerate reported earnings per share (EPS) of $0.40 for the quarter, beating Thomson Reuters consensus estimate of $0.38 by $0.02. The company posted revenue of $301.40 million for the quarter, compared to $301.64 million expected by analysts. Federal Signal had a net margin of 8.29% and a return on equity of 14.38%. The company’s revenues increased by 2.2% compared to the same quarter last year. In the same quarter a year earlier, the company posted EPS of $0.44. As a group, stock analysts expect Federal Signal to post EPS of 1.89 for the current year.

The company also recently announced a quarterly dividend, which will be paid on Friday, April 1. Shareholders of record on Friday, March 18 will receive a dividend of $0.09. The ex-dividend date is Thursday, March 17. This represents an annualized dividend of $0.36 and a yield of 1.07%. Federal Signal’s dividend payout ratio is currently 22.09%.

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Federal Signal Corp. engages in the design and manufacture of integrated products and solutions for municipal, government, industrial and commercial customers. It operates through the segments of Environmental Solutions Group and Safety and Security Systems Group. The Environment Solutions Group segment is involved in the manufacture and supply of street sweepers, sewer cleaners, vacuum trucks, hydro excavation trucks and wet stripping equipment.

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A ‘rambling’ shopper denounced the IRA during an explosion at the Fife bookstore

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Capturing time, one frame at a time

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On March 13, 1882, pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge gave a lecture at the Royal Institution in London. Muybridge used the zoopraxiscope, a device of his own making to project moving images, to display photographs on screen during this conference. ASGanesh takes a look at the man and his work, now considered an innovation both in photography and in the science of movement…

On March 13, 1882, pioneering photographer Eadweard Muybridge gave a lecture at the Royal Institution in London. Muybridge used the zoopraxiscope, a device of his own making to project moving images, to display photographs on screen during this conference. AS Ganesh takes a look at the man and his work, now considered an innovation both in photography and in the science of movement…

What’s your favorite GIF? Is it a purring cat, a baby making funny faces or a sequence from a popular movie? GIFs have become extremely popular in an age dominated by instant messaging.

Part of the charm of using GIFs is that they reveal the world as we see it, providing a window into actions and emotions as they unfold. More than a century before the advent of GIFs, photography pioneer Eadweard Muybridge gave a taste of what was to come by studying movement using photography and also working on film projection. .

Born in 1830, Edward James Muggeridge adopted the name Eadweard Muybridge, as he believed it to be the original Anglo-Saxon form of his name. At the age of 20, he left England for the United States, where he began a career in publishing and bookstore.

The bookseller becomes a photographer

During one of his trips to pick up books in the early 1860s, Muybridge was involved in a stagecoach accident in which he suffered serious head injuries. He spent about six years recovering in England and his doctor recommended that he choose a vocation that would allow him to spend more time outdoors.

So when he returned to San Francisco in 1866, he was a photographer. However, Muybridge was not just any photographer, but someone who mastered the techniques and artistry involved in photography, as evidenced by his work in Yosemite Valley.

The bet

His images caught the attention of Leland Stanford, a businessman and racehorse owner (he became the founder of Stanford University with his wife Jane in 1885). Stanford had bet that when a horse trots, there is a particular moment when all four of the horse’s legs are in the air. As this went against popular opinion, Stanford decided to hire Muybridge to settle the bet.

Eadweard Muybridge.

Eadweard Muybridge.

Muybridge didn’t have the best of starts. As his camera did not have a fast shutter, his early efforts were unsuccessful. Problems in his personal life further delayed the project. It was in 1877 that he resumed these experiments in movement photography.

Muybridge’s design for a sequential camera along with improvements in shutter technology allowed them to prove that a horse does indeed have all four legs off the ground at a particular instant while trotting. Muybridge, however, was not entirely satisfied. He wanted to cut out the moments that make these movements, then reconstitute them using his photos.

Invented the zoopraxiscope

Muybridge invented the zoopraxiscope to meet this need. This device used its images, which were printed on a rotating glass disc, and projected them onto a screen in rapid succession.

Using his zoopraxiscope, Muybridge lectured on animal locomotion throughout the United States and Europe. On March 13, 1882, one such lecture was held before a sold-out audience at the Royal Institution in London. Among the crowd were members of the royal family, including the future King Edward VII.

An original record from Muybridge's zoopraxiscope.

An original record from Muybridge’s zoopraxiscope. | Photo credit: Eadweard Muybridge

Even though Muybridge had a fallout with Stanford, he retained his interest in photographing movement and studying it. One of his lectures at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts in 1883 earned him the trust of a group of Philadelphians.

With support from the University of Pennsylvania, Muybridge made significant photographic studies of movement during the three years from 1884 to 1887. With over 100,000 images of animals and humans, he created a compendium of photographs, selections of which were published in 1887 through a subscription portfolio.

Muybridge worked until 1900, when he retired to his hometown in England, where he eventually died in 1984. Despite his eccentric nature and personal character flaws, there is no denying the fact that Muybridge’s work was an innovation in both photography and the science of movement. His zoopraxiscope, which creates the illusion of moving images, turns out to be an important precursor to modern cinema.

Ascent Cyber ​​Edition Announced, Includes Art Book and SteelBook

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Publisher Curve Games and developer Neon Giant have announced a new the ascent Cyber ​​Edition for retail.

New the ascent Cyber ​​Edition is available for pre-order at retail, like our friends at Play-Asia (Xbox, PS4, PS5) or other participating retailers (Editor’s Note: Niche Gamer is supported by its audience. When you purchase items through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission. Learn more).

the ascent is available on Windows PC (via Steam), Xbox One, and Xbox Series X|S and is coming to PS4 and PS5 on March 24, 2022. If you missed it, you can find our review here (we recommend it!).

You can find a preview of the original version:

The Ascent is a single-player and co-op action-shooter RPG set on Veles, a crowded cyberpunk world.

Welcome to the arcology of The Ascent Group, a corporate-run metropolis that stretches high into the sky and filled with creatures from across the galaxy. You play as a worker, enslaved by the company that owns you and all the other inhabitants of your neighborhood. One day, you are suddenly caught in a whirlwind of catastrophic events: The Ascent Group is closing its doors for unknown reasons and the survival of your neighborhood is threatened. You must take up arms and embark on a new mission to find out what started it all.

You belong to society. Can you survive without it?

  • SOLO OR COOPERATION – Play the whole game alone or work with up to three friends in local or online co-op.
  • EXPLOSIVE SHOOTER – Aim low or high, swap weapons and equip deadly gadgets, take cover and use destructible environments to your advantage, and keep adjusting your tactics against new enemies.
  • RPG ELEMENTS – Customize your character with cyberware to suit your playstyle. Allocate new skill points as you level up and try out various boosts to take down your enemies in creative new ways.
  • A VIBRANT CYBERPUNK WORLD – Meet new allies and enemies and find loot as you explore the overflowing world of The Ascent and its wide array of neighborhoods, from deep slums to the highest spheres of luxury.

Flyers still struggling with Chris Pronger injury

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The Flyers acquired the Hall of Fame defenseman in the summer of 2009. Chris Pronger, 34 at the time, was a Stanley Cup champion, former Hart Trophy winner, Norris Trophy winner and entering his sixteenth season in the NHL. After the trade, Pronger was signed by Paul Holmgren to a seven-year contract extension a few days later.

Pronger massively bolstered the Flyers’ defense and helped the team reach the Stanley Cup Final in its first season. The Flyers lost to the Blackhawks in six games in the 2010 Finals, but the future looked very bright for the Orange et Noir. A team loaded with young talent and a veteran presence on the blue line, it looked like the Flyers were entering a new era.

The 2010-2011 season

With expectations high after a appearance in the Stanley Cup Finals the previous season, the Flyers went 47-23-12 in the regular season to finish first in the Atlantic Division. Pronger only played fifty games that season due to a number of injuries.

In the playoffs, the Flyers eliminated the Sabers in seven games in the first round, but were then demolished by the Bruins in the second round. The Bruins had been on a revenge mission since the 2010 series. The Flyers were outscored 20-7 in the series and swept in four games.

The playoffs were obviously a huge disappointment, but the team still had a very talented young core. Everyone would be back next year, right? Law?! Wrong.

Off-season 2011

Paul Holmgren blew up the Flyers in the summer of 2011. He traded Mike Richards to the Kings for Brayden Schenn, Wayne Simmonds and a second-round pick in 2012. Jeff Carter was then traded to the Blue Jackets for Jakub Voracek and two picks in the 2011 draft. One of those picks ended up being eventual Selke winner Sean Couturier. Those trades were just one of many moves Holmgren made that summer.

The 2011 offseason was one of the biggest in recent Flyers history. A whole new core of players and Pronger was the new captain. Expectations for the next season were once again high.

The Flyers were clearly in “win-now” mode.

The Pronger Injury

On October 24, 2011, Pronger took a stick to the eye of Mikhail Grabovski. Pronger would miss the next six games, but return to play five games after. After a game against the Jets on November 19, the Flyers announced that Pronger would be out indefinitely due to concussion-like symptoms.

Pronger would never play in the NHL again and the Flyers would never be the same again.

Playoffs 2012

The Flyers finished the regular season with a 47-26-9 record and 3rd in the Atlantic Division. It looked like another exciting post-season.

To try to fill the void left by Pronger on defense, Holmgren acquired Nicklas Grossmann from the Stars and Pavel Kubina from the Lightning before the 2012 trade deadline. Both players helped the Flyers defense but failed to fill the Pronger gap.

The Flyers would eliminate the Penguins in six games in the first round, but would be eliminated in five games against the Devils in the second round. The Devils have completely outplayed the Flyers in this series, and they exposed the weak Pronger-less defense the Flyers had.

The Devils would then defeat the Rangers in the Eastern Conference Finals to advance to the Stanley Cup Finals. Guess who the Devils played in the final? You guessed it! The Los Angeles Kings led by Mike Richards and Jeff Carter. Simon Gagné was also part of the team, because of course.

The Kings beat the Devils in six games to win their first-ever Stanley Cup. A year after being dealt, Richards and Carter were Stanley Cup champions, and the Flyers were on a downward spiral.

Doubtful decisions

The summer of 2012 was when Paul Holmgren started making some questionable decisions. Still desperately trying to fill the Pronger void, Holmgren attempted to sign Shea Weber from the Predators. Holmgren offered Weber a huge deal, a 14-year deal worth $110 million. Weber accepted the offer sheet, but the Predators would match him.

After losing Weber, Holmgren traded James van Riemsdyk for Luke Schenn. A very questionable move, but Holmgren was desperate to improve the defense.

Holmgren was still trying to keep the Flyers in a “win now” mode, but time was running out.

What if?

What if Pronger never goes down with a career-ending injury? There are a lot of different things that could have happened in this alternate universe.

The Flyers would have been a favorite for the Stanley Cup in 2012. The Flyers have always played extremely better when Pronger was in the lineup. With a healthy Pronger in the playoffs for the Flyers, they would have been in a much better position to beat the Devils in the second round and a matchup with the Rangers in the conference finals could have gone either way.

The Flyers lost all six games to Rangers in the 2011-12 season, but imagine if a healthy Pronger was available for just a few of those games and the impact he would have had? It would have been a completely different result. A Flyers versus Rangers conference final would have been a thriller, and imagine if the Flyers won and faced the Kings in the Stanley Cup Final. Facing Richards and Carter for the cup in their first season in Philadelphia would have been the Flyers’ biggest thing.

The Flyers probably wouldn’t have made the trades for Grossman and Kubina in 2012 either. JVR’s trade for Luke Schenn probably wouldn’t have happened either had the Flyers gone further into the playoffs.

Shea Weber’s offer sheet certainly wouldn’t have happened. This offer sheet ended up causing many other GMs to be reluctant to make deals with Holmgren, which ultimately led to the hiring of Ron Hextall in 2014.

Maybe the Flyers win a cup with a healthy Pronger, or maybe not. The only thing that is known is that they would have been a much better team and a serious threat in the 2012 playoffs and for years to come. You could write an entire book about the “what ifs” of Pronger’s injury, as well as many other things that have happened throughout the franchise’s history.

Where are the leaflets

Since Pronger’s absence, the Flyers haven’t come close to being a contender. They’ve only made the playoffs four times since 2012 and have only made it past the first round once. The Flyers set the pace of making the playoffs one year and missing the next.

The Flyers entered the Claude Giroux era after 2012, when he was named captain in January 2013 and has been the face of the franchise ever since.

After Hextall became general manager in 2014, his focus was on rebuilding the defence, which was sorely lacking following Pronger’s departure. Under Hextall, the Flyers drafted notable defensemen like Ivan Provorov and Travis Sanheim. Much like with Holmgren, Hextall also made some controversial draft picks and other decisions that you might also dive deep into. Hextall was let go in 2019 and was replaced by Chuck Fletcher.

It goes without saying that Mikhail Grabovski’s Chris Pronger eye injury changed the course of the Flyers over the past decade. A team that was an annual contender, has turned into a team with a lost identity and an uncertain future. The Flyers are still recovering from the effects of Pronger’s injury today and also from the many decisions that were made afterwards.

(Mandatory Credit: Icon Sportswire)

Parkland Corporation Announces March 2022 Dividend

CALGARY, Alta., March 11, 2022 /PRNewswire/ – Parkland Corporation (“Parkland”) (TSX: KPI) announces that a dividend of $0.1083 per share will be paid on April 14, 2022 to shareholders of record on March 22, 2022. The dividend will be an “eligible dividend” for Canadian income tax purposes. The ex-dividend date is March 21, 2022.

Enhanced Dividend Reinvestment Plan
Parkland’s Enhanced Dividend Reinvestment Plan (“Enhanced DRIP”) allows shareholders to reinvest their cash dividends to purchase additional Parkland shares at a 2% discount per share from the daily weighted average trading price. volume during the pricing period. For more details on the Enhanced DRIP and pricing period, please visit www.parkland.ca/en/investors/dividends.

Shareholders wishing to enroll in the Enhanced DRIP must do so prior to the March 21, 2022 ex-dividend date to reinvest this month’s dividend in Parkland shares at a discount.

Use of funds
The Enhanced DRIP allows Parkland to retain amounts that would otherwise be paid out to shareholders as cash dividends, thereby incrementally increasing equity that can be used by Parkland to, among other things, fund its capital program, fund acquisitions , building new locations and upgrading existing locations: all of which contribute to Parkland’s growth and ability to execute on its strategy.

Registration
Shareholders who hold their shares through a brokerage and wish to participate in the Enhanced DRIP should ensure they are registered by visiting their online brokerage portal or calling their investment advisor.

Shareholders holding certificates in their own name (registered shareholders) who wish to enroll may contact Computershare by calling 1-800-564-6253.

Copies of the plan and registration form are also available on the Parkland website at http://www.parkland.ca/en/investors/dividends/.

The brokerage rights and securities operations departments are encouraged to ensure that they have correctly selected from Clearing and Depository Services Inc. (“CDS”) the stocks that should participate in the enhanced dividend reinvestment plan.

Forward-looking statements
Certain statements contained in this press release constitute forward-looking information and statements (collectively, “forward-looking statements”). When used in this press release, the words “expect”, “will”, “could”, “would”, “well positioned”, “will pursue” and similar expressions are intended to identify before In particular , this press release contains forward-looking statements regarding, among other things, Parkland’s uses of the amount of cash dividends that are reinvested by shareholders in the Enhanced DRIP.

These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks, uncertainties and other factors that may cause actual results or events to differ materially from those anticipated in such forward-looking statements. No guarantee can be given that such expectations will prove to be correct and undue reliance should not be placed on any forward-looking statements included in this press release. These forward-looking statements speak only as of the date of this press release. Parkland undertakes no obligation to publicly update or revise any forward-looking statements, except as required by securities laws. Actual results could differ materially from those anticipated in these forward-looking statements due to numerous risks and uncertainties, including, but not limited to: failure to realize the anticipated benefits of acquisitions, general economic conditions, market and business conditions, industry capacity, competition, actions taken by other companies, refining and marketing margins, ability of suppliers to meet their commitments, actions taken by governmental authorities and others regulators, including tax increases, changes and developments in environmental and other regulations, and other factors, many of which are beyond Park’s control. See also the risks and uncertainties described under the headings “Caution Regarding Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” in Parkland’s current Annual Information Form, and under the headings “Forward-Looking Information” and “Risk Factors” in the report. management of Parkland. and analysis for the most recently completed financial period, each as filed on SEDAR and available on Parkland’s website at www.parkland.ca.

About Parkland Corporation
Parkland’s goal is to power travel and energize communities. Through our portfolio of trusted and locally relevant food, convenience, retail, commercial and wholesale brands, we serve more than one million customers daily across Canada, United Statesthe Caribbean region and center and South America. In addition to leveraging our supply and storage capabilities to provide the essential fuels our diverse customers rely on, we are a leader in renewable energy and are building an electric vehicle (“EV”) charging network. to meet the growing demand for convenient charging from electric vehicles. engines in certain markets and decarbonization through the manufacture of renewable fuels, compliance and the marketing and trading of carbon offsets.

Parkland’s proven strategy is centered on organic growth, realizing a supply advantage, prudent acquisition and successful integration. We are positioned to lead the energy transition and are focused on growing our existing business in resilient markets, further diversifying our retail business into food, convenience and renewable energy solutions (including charging electric vehicles) and helping our commercial customers decarbonize their operations. Our strategy is enabled and supported by our people, as well as our values ​​of safety, integrity, community and respect, which are deeply embedded in our organization.

SOURCE Parkland Corporation

Taitung Bookstore reinvents itself as a mental health center

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  • By Kayleigh Madjar / Editor, with CNA

A bookstore in the city of Taitung has reinvented itself as a hub for arts, culture and – in a new approach to community service – as a center for mental health counseling and fellowship.

As online vendors shut down physical stores, San Sheng Tang (三省堂書局) on Gengsheng Road in Taitung has nearly joined their ranks after 30 years in business.

However, the bookstore has recovered thanks to a new collaboration with the Friends of Rehabilitation Association of Taitung County.

Photo: ANC

It is now the first bookstore in the country to offer mental health counseling and support services, catering to nearly 2,000 mentally ill people and their families in Taitung County.

The association’s general manager, Chu Fang-hsien (朱芳嫻), said the group has been offering these services for a long time, but thanks to its collaboration with San Sheng Tang, it can now offer counseling and educational events in an environment More comfortable.

People who visit “From the Heart Service Center” can freely read, learn and create, all in the comfortable environment of a bookstore, she said.

In addition, visitors can receive answers to their own questions or those of their family members, and receive comfort and support for their mental and physical ailments, she added.

With this goal in mind, members of the association and their families have created the space in hopes of ensuring that others never have to suffer due to a lack of knowledge or someone to answer their questions, Chu said.

Lin Chih-yuan (林知遠), a psychiatrist at a branch of Taipei Veterans General Hospital in Yuli Township in Taitung (玉里), said this kind of direct community service could alleviate hesitation to discuss mental health. .

The crafts people in the bookstore create could also allow them to interact more with the community and connect them to job opportunities, Lin added.

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Comic books, action figures, sports cards as investments?

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(WJET/WFXP/YourErie.com) — “For the first few years, people thought I was crazy,” says Patrick Short, owner of ACTIONTOYMAN.

The Erie company deals in action figures, comics and other collectibles. Along the many shelves on more than one floor of the building at West 26and Street are thousands of action figures and other toys – He-Man, GI Joes, Teenaged Mutant Ninja Turtles, Lego Minifigs – spanning decades.

“When I first opened people were looking at me like, ‘I’ve got this in a toy box somewhere,'” Short said. “I’ve waited until this. Now people see a He-Man for $60 or $65, and they’re like, ‘Does he have all the accessories? and they don’t even hesitate to ask. buy it.

ACTIONTOYMAN owner Patrick Short poses for a photo with a life-size Deadpool at his Erie store.

It’s a trend that started with the pandemic and has continued and grown with inflation. Short attributes it to psychology.

“I always had an idea of ​​what I liked about action figures and why I put things on a shelf. I asked other people what they liked about it, and they told me they like hunting, talking to different people who like the same thing, and going to conventions,” Short says. “Then the pandemic comes along and everyone is in it.”

He noted that a new He-Man show came out during the pandemic (“Masters of the Universe: Revelation” was released by Netflix in 2021). This sparked renewed interest in He-Man action figures.

“Everyone remembers He-Man toys, and then they try to find them,” Short said. “There is a nostalgia factor. When you get goosebumps from longing, it’s addictive. And it’s better than a bar stool.

During the pandemic, people were laid off or laid off entirely. People have been isolated to protect themselves and loved ones from COVID-19. Theater plays and movies have been cancelled. Shops have been closed for months.

“How do you fill that? How do you get that serotonin and bring up those feelings? said short. “We want the old maps, toys and video games that we used to play with. They made us feel good, and we want that to come back. People pick up what they pick up, and it makes them feel good again.

Elsewhere in Erie, at Kinem’s Sports Cards on Maple Street, owner Mike Brown has noticed an increase in traffic and interest. Brown also attributes the renewed interest in sports cards to the pandemic.

“When they took sports out in general, people were like, ‘What do I do now?'” Brown said. “You know when the football game is coming, or the next basketball game, and that’s what you’re looking forward to.”

These factors, coupled with rising inflation over the past year, provided a good excuse to buy trading cards — a hobby that Brown considers an investment.

“Gold and silver – that’s what people always say to buy, but I always thought sports cards were the best investment,” he said. “I’m biased though.”

Mike Brown, owner of Kinem’s Sports Cards.

He noted some changes to specific player cards and how enthusiasts who returned to their collections during COVID found gems in their collections.

“A customer during COVID came back in there, and he found some Tom Brady cards he bought for $2 or $3 that are worth over $1,000 now,” Brown said.

Interest has grown. Before the pandemic, Brown hosted a local card show every few weeks. During the card shows, he saw about 100 people enter each day. Now each card show sees over 300 people every day.

“And there are also a lot of new faces. Tons of new faces,” he said.

Short went through similar changes.

“People pulled out of the stock market and put it in comic books. The percentage is pretty incredible,” Short said. “You take a good raw comic, send it to a rating company, and it goes from a $5 book to a $55 book, just like that.”

During an interview for the story, a client came up with graded comics. (A rated comic is a comic that has been sent to one of the few companies that determine the quality and value of the comic and issue a letter grade.)

The customer handed his stack of comics to Short. Short flipped through the books and said, “These are going to be out of my price range. You’re going to have to end up doing a Facebook auction to get what they’re worth. Short made a low offer and the customer declined.

“The value of that was $600 in my book. I’m not going to be able to give him that. I could list him for consignment, but he wasn’t interested,” Short explained after the client left. “I’m ridiculously honest with people, and if it works, it works.”

Books Galore of Erie store manager Cole Schenley poses for a photo in front of the new comic books.

At Books Galore on Peach Street, store manager Cole Schenley said they don’t often sell collectibles, so the value of the product they sell has remained about the same throughout. of the pandemic, but customer interest has changed.

“The interesting thing about comic books is that everyone has the same story of how their parents or grandparents threw away their old comic book collection and if they had saved them they would have been worth 1 million dollars,” Schenley said. “In recent years, the market has changed. There’s a lot of short-term speculation, mostly fueled by YouTube and the internet.

New comics come out on Wednesdays. Over the weekend, Schenley says, a YouTube influencer will announce that an upcoming issue has a new character and speculate that issue of the comic will be valuable. Or maybe the character will be scheduled to appear in the next feature film about this comic.

“If people hear there’s a new Spider-man with a new character, the comic starts going up in value. Even just a rumor about a new character,” Schenley said. now $20 on eBay. It’s a very wild market.

Books Galore is not a department store. It doesn’t work on a large retailer’s budget. This wild market can present challenges.

“Trying to keep up with demand is always tricky,” Schenley said. “It’s not like the comic companies tell retailers that – they like it to surprise us too.”

Generally, the biggest change is the increase in speculative buying.

“It’s a lot of short-term money flipping stuff week to week,” Schenley said. “They’re hoping the first appearance will be the next Baby Yoda. People think comic book collectors make $500 or $1,000 every time they sell, but the reality is that the diehards who do that make $8 or $12, and they still need to pay the shipping cost.

“There is a market. The market is hot. But it’s different from what people might imagine.

As the owner of a store selling collectibles and a collector himself, Short is well aware of the short-term market.

“People are spending $300 to clear Wal-Mart’s pegs,” Short said. “The fact that there’s even scalping on this stuff already shows that there’s money in the secondary market. I’m like, ‘How is there money in the secondary market? secondary market for new toys?’ But there is.”

And that’s frustrating for Short as a longtime collector.

“Guys like me look at stuff for collections, and we look at these guys (ridding pegs at Wal-Mart)…it gets frustrating,” he said. “Yeah, I sell stuff, but I try to be reasonable about it. I’m a collector first.

Short said he doesn’t know when the heightened interest will wane. He hopes the increased interest has influenced the next generation.

“I’m 42 and my son is 15. I have shelves at home with action figures. My son’s room has shelves with GI Joe. He liked GI Joe and he watched all the cartoons. Now he collects what people would consider collectible adult GI Joes,” Short said. “I see 12, 13 and 14 year olds coming now to buy collectibles. It’s good.”

In the meantime, he’s also trying to glean some of that value for himself and his business.

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“It’s going to be about adapting to what it is,” he said. “I have an $80 Pokemon card in the case that I spent 10 cents on. There is money to be made, but it all depends on what you do.

Print book sales fell 16% last week

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Print book unit sales fell 16.2% last week compared to the week ended March 6, 2021, at outlets that report to NPD BookScan. The most significant factor in the decline was the sharp increase in demand for Dr. Seuss titles a year ago, following the decision by Dr. Seuss Enterprises to halt publication of six older Seuss books because they contained racist and insensitive imagery.

The children’s fiction category saw the biggest decline, with sales down 27%. A year ago, nine Seuss titles made the top 10 bestsellers in the category, selling a total of around 460,000 copies. Book #1 was Green eggs and ham, which sold over 105,000 copies. Last week, Seuss’s books topped the category’s bestseller list again thanks to Penguin Random House’s annual promotion, but Green eggs only sold a relatively low 28,000 copies.

Sales in the children’s non-fiction category fell 19.6%. Seuss’ surge played a small part here, as two editions of seuss-ims sold 24,000 copies last year. The #1 seller in the category last year was Tish Rabe’s There’s no place like space which sold nearly 19,000 copies. The best title of the last week was Oh Say Can you say Di-No-Saur? by Bonnie Worth, which sold over 8,000 copies.

The popular adult novel category also had a weak week, with sales down 4.4%. Four new books were among the top 10 bestsellers in the category, led by Kohei Horikoshi My Hero Academia, Vol. 30, which sold nearly 29,000 copies, placing it at the top of the category list. In fourth place, Tessa Bailey’s Hook, line and sinker, which sold over 20,000 copies.

Adult non-fiction sales were down 12.1% from 2021, when Jordan Peterson Beyond the command was #1 selling over 68,000 copies. Last week Atomic Habits by James Clear was No. 1, selling nearly 29,000 copies; Whole Body Reset by Stephen Perrine was the best-selling new book in the category, selling over 26,000 copies.

Opinion: Don’t trust the next fierce S&P 500 rally

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The stock market remains in a bearish mode. The S&P 500 SPX,
-1.56%
chart is in a well-defined downtrend, highlighted by lower highs and lower lows. This alone justifies maintaining a “basic” bearish position, which we recommend.

SPX made a new closing low this week. There is still support in the 4100-4200 area as the market appears to be oversold enough to rebound on each dip.

Oversold rallies in bear markets are fierce and usually have the appearance of “bottom is in”. But that’s not the case – not until the downtrend lines in the attached chart have been broken with a breakout to the upside.

Laurent McMillan


If this support gives way, there should be support at around the 4000 level, which was last visited about a year ago.

Oversold rallies can reach the descending 20-day moving average, or slightly above it, before running out of steam. This MA is currently at 4350. Above there, the 200-day moving average, which continues to rise slightly, offers further resistance at around 4460. 200 trading days ago, it was the end of May 2021. Above these levels, the double resistance on the chart is at 4600.

For now, we would need to see SPX rise above 4600 to change our bearish stance.

Equity-only put-call ratios have started to rise again, jeopardizing their recent buy signals. In fact, the computer programs we use to analyze these charts said the weighted ratio has returned to a sell signal. As can be seen on the attached chart, it is almost back to the highs reached a few weeks ago.

The standard ratio still clings to its buy signal.

Both ratios are very high on their charts, meaning they are in oversold territory, but that alone is not a buy signal.

Laurent McMillan


Laurent McMillan


Market width has improved this week, and the NYSE width oscillator has generated a buy signal (the “equities-only” width oscillator has yet to do the same, but one more day of positive width would move it to a buy signal as well).

These oscillator buy signals are highly influenced by short-term market activity and are therefore often prone to missteps. This is what happened to the oscillator’s last two buy signals – they were quickly reversed. I would wait for the buy signal to last at least three days before acting.

New 52-week lows continue to dominate new 52-week highs, especially in terms of NASDAQ and “stocks only” measures. Even on the NYSE, however, the number of new highs is miniscule. Many of these internal market indicators (width, new lows, etc.) have been positively influenced by commodity stocks, while non-commodity stocks continue to be beaten.

For the most part, VIX and its derivatives paint a negative picture of stocks.

Yes, there has been a VIX “spike” buy signal in place since February 24, and it was followed by an overlapping buy signal on March 9. We do not trade overlapping signals; only the original one. It would be stopped by a VIX close above 37.99.

Countering the positive nature of this buy signal is the trend of VIX VIX,
+0.86%.
The VIX is trending up, which is bearish for stocks. As long as VIX stays above its 200-day moving average, which is currently slowly rising and near 20, this uptrend will remain in effect.

Laurent McMillan


Additionally, the volatility derivatives structure has been in a negative state for equities since February 17, when the term structure of VIX futures began to decline. The entire VIX futures term structure is currently down.

The last trading day for March VIX futures contracts of the month before is March 14 and April will become the month before March 15. Either way, as long as the month before is trading higher than the second month, it is negative for the stock.

The term structure of the CBOE Volatility Index has a very slight upward slope this morning, so it is not negative for stocks at this time.

Overall, we want to maintain a “middle” bearish stance, although we will cut our spreads lower if the short strike is hit. Around this we will be trading confirmed oversold buy signals, but these have been rather fleeting so far.

New Recommendation: Bed Bath & Beyond

Volume option in Bed Bath & Beyond BBBY,
-8.21%
accelerated to a high after it was announced on March 7 that Ryan Cohen (co-founder of Chewy, chairman of GME), through his company RC Ventures, had taken a 9.8% stake in the company and would push for a more streamlined strategy or a sale.

The inventory volume models are very strong. There is support at 19.

It is one of the “meme” stocks that had previously benefited from traders exploiting a large short interest. This makes it very volatile and speculative. Call options are relatively expensive, but at least one has limited risk (the cost of the call) when purchasing them.

Buy 2 April BBBYs (8and) parity calls

In tune with the market.

BBBY: April 21.46 (8and) 21 call: 3.50 bid, offered at 4.00

Stop on a fence below 18.

Laurent McMillan


New Recommendation: Oracle

Oracle ORCL’s weighted put-call ratio chart,
-1.37%
gave a double buy signal. However, we are going to want confirmation of the stock price itself before attempting to go long here. We want to see this downtrend line (red line on the attached chart) broken to the upside.

Purchase of conditional call in ORCL:

IF ORCL closes above 78,

THEN buy 2 ORCL May (20and) 77.5 calls.

ORCL: 75.68

Laurent McMillan


Follow-up measures

All stops are mental closing stops unless otherwise stated.

Long 700 FTK: Flotek Industries FTK,
-7.10%
continue to be strong. We took partial profit on 300 shares last week. Raise the closing stop to 1.40.

Long 1 SPY March (18and) 448 call and short 1 SPY Mar (18and) Call 463: This position was taken in line with MVB’s buy signal. This signal will remain in effect unless SPX closes below its “modified Bollinger Band” (mBB) of -4σ. The stop was not triggered last week, and we are not setting specific stop prices at this time.

Long FUN April (14and) 60 calls: We’ll be holding on tight as these takeover rumors unfold.

Long 6 March RDN (18and) 24 calls: Hold on tight as these rumors unfold.

Long 1 SPY April (14and) 450 put and short 1 SPY April (14and) 420 puts, longest 1 SPY Apr (14and) 440 putts and shorts 1 SPY April (14and) 410 put options: This is our “basic” bearish position. Roll the gap 450-420 down 30 points on either side of the gap, staying within the April (14and) expiration. We will use the VIX trend to set a stop for this trade: stop if the VIX and its 20-day moving average close below the 200-day MA VIX. On a weekly basis, we will also be watching the SPX trend, but it is easier for readers to follow the VIX indicators between release dates.

Long 3 Walk CNR (18and) 20 calls: Cornerstone Building Brands CNR,
+0.04%
received a tender offer of 24.65 per share and appears to have accepted it. So sell your calls now. Make sure you get at least parity for calls.

Long 1 SPY March (25and) 428 call and short 1 SPY Mar (25and) Call 443: This was bought on February 24, in line with the VIX “spike” buy signal that occurred that day. Stop if VIX closes above 37.79.

Long 2 ZEN April (14and) 125 calls and courts April 2 (14and) 140 calls: Hold continuously while militant activity is in progress.

Long 0 AAPL April (14and) 170 calls: We bought these calls last week, but were discontinued on March 8, when Apple AAPL,
-3.76%
closed below 158.

Send your questions to: [email protected]

Lawrence G. McMillan is President of McMillan Analysis, a registered commodity trading and investment adviser. McMillan may hold positions in securities recommended in this report, both personally and in client accounts. He is an experienced trader and fund manager and is the author of the bestselling book “Options as a Strategic Investment”.

Warning: ©McMillan Analysis Corp. is registered with the SEC as an investment adviser and with the CFTC as a commodity trading adviser. The information in this newsletter has been carefully compiled from sources believed to be reliable, but its accuracy and completeness are not guaranteed. Officers or directors of McMillan Analysis Corp., or accounts managed by such persons, may hold positions in the securities recommended in the advisory.

New US investment and revised management agreement at Gore Street

New US investment and revised management agreement at Gore Street – Gore Street Energy Storage buys a wallet of eight Texas energy storage assets of Perfect Power Solutions Texas, LLC. The portfolio consists of eight 9.9 MW storage projects totaling 79.2 MW. Three of the projects – which are each 2 hour / 20 MWh systems – have been operational since September 2021 and the other five are expected to come into service within twelve months, providing a total planned portfolio of approximately 160 MWh. Following the acquisition, the company will have 262 MW of operating assets and a total portfolio of 708 MW, including the 28 MWh German acquisition announced last week.

This is Gore Street’s first U.S. investment, further diversifying the company’s revenue streams and geographic exposure. The assets participate in the Electric Reliability Council of Texas (ERCOT) which supplies electricity to most of the state and is one of the four major grid interconnections in North America. Texas has dramatically increased the deployment of intermittent renewables (wind and solar) while basic load thermal generation (mostly coal) is being phased out statewide. The assets help balance ERCOT’s network by providing ancillary services, primarily through the Response Reserve Service (RRS) marketplace. Additionally, assets can participate in Day Ahead/Real Time Trading to capture the entire market and system volatility.

All three operational sites use LG Energy Solutions lithium-ion batteries. The modular design of the operational projects and the unused land on site may present future expansion opportunities to extend the assets in terms of electrical and energy capacity.

New management agreement

Gore Street is also revising its commercial management agreement.

Since 2020, Gore Street Operational Management has provided services relating to the company’s construction projects and business operations and Gore Street Capital has, under its investment management agreement, provided accounting and administrative services.

  • Construction services include, but are not limited to, single-point supervision and management of EPC tenders and selection, leasing, commissioning and other construction-related matters.
  • Operational services include single-point monitoring and management of assets, operations, maintenance, and revenue optimization, among others.
  • The administrative services include, among others, the sole supervision of the audit and accrual accounting services as well as the commercial management of the company’s service contracts.

the Read our guide to Boards and Directors

" class="glossary_term">plank wants to ensure that the business has the ability and capacity to manage its future growth.

Gore Street Operational Management will take on the work of administrative services and the scope of work will be expanded to include ESG administration and will provide oversight (with the prior consent of the board) of other matters, including treasury, taxes and secretarial services. It will also allow for the expansion of services as the company continues to move into jurisdictions outside of the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

The cost of the services detailed above will be calculated at the lower of: (a) the cost of the Operations Manager’s service plus a 15% mark-up, and (b) 1% of the NAV. Details of all operational management fees will be disclosed in the annual financial statements.

Construction and operating services will be incurred at the underlying VSP (special purpose vehicle – holding companies for energy storage projects) while the majority of administrative services will be delivered to the parent company.

Based on the amounts at stake, the agreements constitute a transaction with a smaller related party, as described in Listing Rule 11.1.10R. That means shareholders no need to vote to approve the change.

GSF: New US investment and revised management agreement at Gore Street

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Bookworms find cozy spots at Carbondale Bookstore – The Sopris Sun

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Yes, you read that right. Carbondale has a bookstore again. White River Books is located on Second Street, between Main Street and the Rio Grande Trail.

Owner Izzy Stringham said since welcoming her first customers on March 3, “almost everyone is thrilled there’s a bookstore in town.” Carbondale hasn’t had an independent bookstore since Novel-Tea, formerly located in the Dinkel Building, closed in 2010.

Stringham acknowledges that opening a bookstore is “a risky business” and that selling books is not a big source of income. But she sees a movement away from big-box bookstores and e-books. “People put down their Kindles and want paper books. They appreciate that their town has a bookstore and they need to go there and buy books. I think people are ready to do it now,” she said.

Stringham, a self-proclaimed introvert, added with a laugh, “I can talk to you, but I like my quiet time.” She grew up on a small organic farm in Oregon, “with a hippie family that didn’t have a television until 1992.”

The farm was “tons of mud, work and animal care”. As a child, she devoted her free time to reading. She remembers fondly: “Every Thursday, my mother would take us to the library and I would bring home this huge pile.”

She attended the Denver Publishing Institute and has a bachelor’s degree in literature from the University of Portland in Oregon, and has worked in physical and online bookstores.

In 2002, Stringham moved to the Roaring Fork Valley to work as an intern for Challenge Aspen, where she taught adaptive skiing.

The business is a family affair. Her husband, Lars, works as a snowboard instructor for Aspen Skiing Company and as a contractor. He used his carpentry skills to build the bookshelves for the library and install the floors. Now he’s back to work at Snowmass, but once the season is over, he’ll help out at the store.

Their daughters, Nicola, in the ninth grade at Roaring Fork High School, and Brynn, in the seventh grade at Carbondale Middle School, unpacked boxes of books and arranged them alphabetically on shelves. They also gave Mom information on book titles for the college and young adult sections, based on what they and their friends are reading. The girls often come after school to hang out at the store.

Stringham said the limits of the 550 square foot storefront factor into the decisions. “You don’t realize it until you’re faced with a pile of books and your square footage,” she said.

Books for sale include a wide selection of new bestsellers and titles on the price lists, such as Booker Prize and National Book Award winners. Stringham offers articles from The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, and reviews from Kirkus Reviews, as well as titles from independent lists and the American Booksellers Association.

However, as she repeated, “I have access to millions of titles that I can special order”, which takes about a week for delivery.

The space is aesthetically pleasing, with large windows that create a feeling of openness and provide warm, welcoming light. A handful of chairs invite you to browse the merchandise in greater depth. “I don’t mind if people want to come in and sit down and look at a book before deciding to buy.” His only request is that you “read them slowly”.

The used book selection represents approximately 10% of the inventory, with most titles having been published within the past two years. His philosophy on used books is twofold: “If you don’t buy new, the author doesn’t make any money. And I am convinced that authors should be paid for their work. And, to me, it’s a balance between offering a smaller section, with pricing for people who maybe can’t afford a $30 hardcover right now.

There are also journals, puzzles, games, greeting cards and a small selection of markers and pens for the journal writers and doodlers among us. Activity and coloring books for children are on order.

Talking about the tactile sensation of turning pages and the characteristic luscious smell of paper, Stringham shared a story about his father, who passed away eight years ago. “He’s the reason I read. I still have books he gave me when I was a teenager. He always wrote in front, and it’s really special to have them now, with his writing on them. It’s so personal. »

A first week surprise was a 12 year old asking for a job. Stringfield told him, “Not yet, but bring me your resume for when you’re older.”

The Blue-Collar Bookseller’s Critique: Getting Boys to Read | Comments

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The more you read,

the more things you will know.

The more you learn,

the more places you go

~Dr. Seuss

The sun comes through my window. I sip a cup of strong black coffee and read the results of the latest scientific study: Experts studying the impact of gender on learning have found that boys and girls are inherently different and learn from different ways.

Yes, it’s true. Boys are different from girls, and if you want to get boys to read, you have to recognize the things that make boys different.

Boys’ brains are wired differently than girls’. They learn differently. Classrooms and libraries are quiet and orderly, just the way women and girls like them. Boys often need more stimuli to run their brains – noise, color and movement. As a boy, I struggled to sit still in class and had never had a male teacher until I was in fifth grade.

As a child, I loved to read, and I still love to read, but I haven’t always read the so-called classics. Often I was directed to books that my teachers thought I would like. I loved reading, but not because of the choices the school system gave me, but despite those choices.

Boys must have a lot of options. Boys tend to choose stories full of action, crude stuff, and silly humor, because that’s what boys like. What do most boys think of the award-winning books? Booooring.

The first way to get a boy to read is not to force him to read. Offer a well-edited selection of books after asking her about her interests. The worst mistake is to assume that all the boys will pick up the same book. There isn’t just one book, and that’s the challenge. Every boy is different. Let him feel like it’s his decision.

Boys tend to find non-fiction more interesting than fiction. Growing up, I loved books about nature and animals, especially dinosaurs, as well as science fiction.

I also loved comic books, the predecessors to graphic novels. Boys love to collect facts about topics they are passionate about. It can be about cars, sports or gross facts. Using this passion is a great way to fuel a love of reading.

Boys love stories, but if your boy is acting like a book is a weird object, you might try slipping in an audiobook on your next road trip. Your boy may just want to stay in the car until the story is over.

Boys also love funny stories. You can get them joke books or humorous stories. You can try “Dav Pilkey’s Dog Man Series*, a hilarious series of graphic novels made into cartoons, or try “The Totally Ninja Raccoon Joke Book” written by Kevin Coolidge. I have tested these jokes myself and will even use my pirate voice to tell the pirate jokes.

It is important not to criticize the choice of the boy. Reading almost anything is better than reading nothing. He may feel like he’s choosing books that are too easy, but reading at any level is valuable practice, and success helps build self-confidence as well as reading skills.

Don’t set unrealistic goals, but instead look for small signs of progress. Don’t expect a reluctant reader to finish a book overnight, but maybe within the next week with a little encouragement.

The boys will read. We just have to give them the books they want to read. If you let a boy read what he loves, he’ll be so addicted to reading that he can read that classic book his grandma bought, or better yet, become a man who loves to read.

*I share fans with Dav Pilkey, but I’m not as well known. He sold millions of books more than me. I might however take Dav to arm wrestle

Back-to-work tip: Maybe it’s been a while since you’ve been in the making? If you are preparing mentally, don’t forget the physical. A fitness program can ease the transition.






Kevin Coolidge is currently a full-time factory worker and part-time bookseller at From My Shelf Books & Gifts in Wellsboro, PA. When he is not working, he writes. He is also a children’s author and creator of The Totally Ninja Raccoons, a children’s series aimed at reluctant readers. Visit his author site at kevincoolidge.org


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Ten Retail Technology Funding Cycles You Need to Know About – Retail Technology Innovation Hub

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3. tabby

UAE-based Tabby has raised $54m led by Sequoia Capital India and STV, with additional participation from existing investors Arbor Ventures, Mubadala Investment Capital and Global Founders Capital.

It’s an extension of his Series B round announced last year when he pocketed $50 million. This brings Tabby’s total funding to $180 million in debt and equity.

The investment will be used to support its international expansion and expand its consumer product offering.

tabby has over 1,100,000 active buyers in Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates, works with over 3,000 brands, and generates over three million clicks to its partners every month.

4. Nomitry

Berlin-based artificial intelligence startup Nomitri has closed a €2.5 million funding round led by FoodLabs.

The company helps brick-and-mortar retailers create a personalized, data-driven shopping experience.

Its mobile shopping assistant serves as a self-service checkout solution, including fraud prevention and customer behavior insights.

Built-in AI technology enables deep learning algorithms to run directly on endpoints.

Among its customers is the German supermarket chain Edeka Lüning.

5. Pop Chew

Popchew, a New York-based startup that harnesses the rails for people to create, launch and grow digital native food brands across the United States in weeks, has raised $3.6 million in seed funding.

Long Journey Ventures led the round with participation from Jake Paul’s Anti Fund, Flybridge, WndrCo, the Uber Alumni Syndicate and angel investors including HQ Trivia and Vine’s Rus Yusupov, Cameo’s Steven Galanis, Complex Media’s Rich Antionello, Scott Belsky, Anthony ‘Pomp’ Pompliano and Matteo Franceschetti.

The company was founded in 2021 and in its first six months launched two brands, Bitcoin Pizza with Pompliano and Wing SZN in partnership with YouTuber Zias.

These are available for delivery through third-party apps and the Popchew website.

6. Cool Captain

Indian start-up Captain Fresh, a retail farm platform for animal protein, more than doubled its valuation to $500 million in three months.

Existing backers Prosus Ventures and Tiger Global co-led its $50 million Series C funding round.

The company, which has raised more than $100 million to date and was valued at around $200 million in its disclosed Series B round in December, is in talks to complete up to an additional $10 million in the new cycle.

High desert gas prices follow rest of US to save territory amid upheaval in Ukraine, AAA says

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Bend’s price tops $4.64 a gallon – only Medford is higher

PORTLAND, Ore. (KTVZ) — Russia’s unprovoked and violent invasion of Ukraine sent crude oil prices skyrocketing above $120 a barrel, the highest price since July 2008. The Soaring oil prices have pushed gas prices to new highs, breaking records set in 2008, AAA Oregon-Idaho said in Tuesday’s weekly update.

All 50 states are experiencing dramatic increases in gasoline prices. For the week, the national average steady jumps 54 cents to $4.17 a gallon. The Oregon average climbs 55 cents to $4.59.

AAA

These prices eclipse old records set in 2008 when the national average peaked at $4.11 on July 17 and the Oregon average peaked at $4.29 on July 3.

Today, President Biden announced a US ban on Russian oil imports. The president said it has strong bipartisan support in Congress as Americans come together to support the people of Ukraine, and that this sanction and others have wreaked havoc on the Russian economy. But President Biden says there will also be costs here in the United States, including even higher gas prices that are hurting American families.

The UK has also announced that it will phase out imports of Russian oil by the end of the year. The European Union has also presented a plan to stop using Russian energy.

About 8% of the oil used in the United States last year came from Russia, while about 25% of European oil is imported from Russia. The United States is the largest oil producer in the world. The other main producers are Saudi Arabia and Russia.

Last week, the International Energy Agency (IEA) announced a coordinated release of crude oil from the strategic reserves of its 31 member countries, including the United States, Germany, Canada, South Korea and Mexico, to help offset the impact of rising crude prices. On Friday, the IEA said member states had pledged to release a total of 61.7 million barrels of their strategic reserves to reassure markets reeling from the fallout from Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. This amount, half of which is expected to come from the United States, is the largest coordinated release since the creation of the IEA in 1974.

“Drivers are having trouble at the pumps and it’s impossible to predict how high prices could go as a war rages in Europe. Besides the tragic human toll, the Russian invasion of Ukraine has consequences here and around the world,” said Marie Dodds, director of public affairs for AAA Oregon/Idaho.

Traditionally, gasoline prices rise in March and April as the shift to summer fuel blends occurs and the spring and summer travel seasons warm up.

US gasoline demand increased slightly from 8.66 million bpd to 8.74 million bpd. Total national gasoline inventories fell by 500,000 barrels to 246 million barrels last week, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration (EIA). Rising gas demand and a reduction in total supply are contributing to higher prices at the pump. But the main driver is rising oil prices. Consumers can expect gasoline prices to continue to rise as long as crude prices rise.

Quick Stats

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have significant increases for the week. Virginia (+66 cents) has the largest weekly increase. Hawaii (+15 cents) has the smallest. Oregon (+55 cents) has the 27and– the largest increase in the country.

California ($5.44) is the most expensive state in the country and the first state to average over $5 per gallon. There are 28 states and the District of Columbia with an average at or above $4 per gallon.

The cheapest gas in the country is in Oklahoma ($3.72) and Missouri ($3.73). This week, no state has averages below $3 a gallon, like a week ago. For the 61st week in a row, no state averages less than $2 a gallon.

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have higher prices now than a month ago. The national average is 72 cents higher and the Oregon average is 65 cents higher than a month ago. It’s the 33rd– the largest monthly increase in the country. Delaware (+83 cents) had the largest month-over-month increase. Hawaii (+30 cents) has the smallest.

All 50 states and the District of Columbia have higher prices than a year ago, and all have a current average a dollar or more higher than a year ago. The national average is $1.40 higher and the Oregon average is $1.57 higher than a year ago. This is the third highest annual increase in the country. California (+$1.69) has the highest annual increase. Nebraska (+1.04 cents) had the smallest year-over-year increase.

Western coast

The West Coast region continues to have the most expensive pump prices in the country, with every state except Arizona in the top 10.

California is the most expensive state in the 59and straight week with Hawaii, Nevada, Oregon, Washington and Alaska rounding out the top six. Arizona is 12 years oldand. Oregon is fourth for the second straight week.

Like the rest of the country, all seven states have weekly increases: Nevada (+64 cents) has the largest in the region, while Hawaii (+15 cents) has the lowest week-to-week increase. other from the region and the country.

Refinery utilization on the West Coast is relatively stable, dropping from 79.9% to 79.5% for the week ending February 25. The rate has fluctuated between approximately 76% and 88% over the past year.

According to the latest weekly report from the EIA, total gas inventories in the region increased slightly to 29.88 million barrels. at 29.99 million barrels.

Oil market dynamics

Crude prices continue to climb in response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. As the conflict continues, oil markets will likely react this week by raising the price of crude oil to reflect a greater risk of disruption to global oil supplies. Additionally, the EIA reported that total domestic crude inventories fell by 2.6 million barrels last week to 413.4 million barrels. Current inventory levels are around 15% lower than at the end of February 2021, contributing to pressure on domestic crude prices.

At the close of Friday’s official trading session, WTI was up $8.01 to settle at $115.68. During Monday’s official trading session, WTI rose $3.72 to close at $119.40. Today, crude is trading around $127, down from $103 a week ago. Crude prices are about $61 higher than a year ago.

Drivers can find current gas prices along their route with the free AAA Mobile app for iPhone, iPad and Android. The app can also be used to plot a route, find discounts, book a hotel, and access AAA roadside assistance. Learn more at AAA.com/mobile.

Comparison of national gas prices 3-7-22

Diesel

For the week, the national average climbed 74 cents to $4.76 a gallon. The Oregon average jumps 55 cents to $4.59. A year ago, the national average for diesel was $3.01 and the Oregon average was $3.05.

Find current fuel prices at GasPrices.AAA.com.

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Airtel Africa Completes Early Redemption of $505 Million Senior Secured Notes

“The settlement includes all unpaid accrued interest up to the redemption date of March 7, 2022. One-time costs of $17.6 million for the applicable premium will be recorded in finance charges, while the Group will save a total of $26.5 million on redemption interest payments,” said part of the corporate disclosure by Airtel Africa.

Airtel Africa had issued the 5.125% Senior Secured Notes to raise capital for operational purposes. He did not explain why he chose to redeem it earlier than the scheduled maturity date.

The company, however, explained that it was committed to strengthening its balance sheet by deleveraging and reducing its exposure to dollar debt. The telecommunications company further explained that it has so far managed to reduce its HoldCo (USD) debt by $1.7 billion and improve its leverage ratio.

Additionally, following the prepayment of the senior secured loans, Airtel Africa has only $1 billion of obligations remaining to be repaid. The remaining bonds will mature in May 2024.

Investopedia defines senior secure ratings as “bonds that must be repaid before most other debts, in the event of the issuer’s bankruptcy.”

Note that Airtel Africa Plc is one of the largest telecommunications service providers in Africa. The company has a presence in 14 African countries, including Nigeria, where it launched an initial public offering (IPO) in June 2019, becoming the second telecommunications company to do so on the Nigerian stock exchange.

On January 31, 2022, Business Insider Africa reported that the company had become the most capitalized company in Nigeria, overtaking Dangote Cement Plc, majority owned by Africa’s richest man, Aliko Dangote.

Airtel Africa closed today’s trading on the Nigerian Stock Exchange with a share price of $3.03 (N1,260) per share.

New Friends of the Oceanside Public Library Bookstore: Used Books by Jane and Evie

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Photo courtesy of Oceanside Public Library

Want a good read?

Friends of the Oceanside Public Library have announced the March 7 opening of Jane and Evie’s Used Books, a showcase destination selling gently used books, DVDs, CDs and puzzles.

The store’s initial hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Saturday at 323 N. Coast Highway, across from the Civic Center Library.

Chris Wilson, Chair of Friends of the Oceanside Public Library, said, “Friends have been made aware of an incredible showcase option on the Coastal Road which would serve two purposes: to honor long-time friends Jane Cheadle and Evie Magaña and provide another opportunity for the community to support the Library. .

“The name of the store is both to honor Jane’s memory and to recognize Jane and Evie’s contributions as friends of the library and the community. We think the store is a perfect fit for the diversity of Oceanside California Cultural Districtand that buyers will have fun and Friendly experience while supporting library programs, all-ages events, and the purchase of books and other items.

The mission of the Friends of the Oceanside Public Library is to support and promote the services and resources of the Oceanside Public Library through community involvement, volunteer activities and fundraising.

For more information on Friends, please visit oplfriends.org or call (760) 435-5560.







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Hero Digital’s Owen Frivold: Retail will begin to focus less on in-store interpersonal interactions and more on the convenience of the customer experience

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As the world becomes increasingly digital and e-commerce is often more convenient than going to the store, how should physical experiences evolve?

I recently spoke with Owen Frivold, executive vice president of strategy at Hero Digital — a company whose work is described on its website as “building experiences for transformational growth.” We talked about how physical stores can use technology in the future to provide a competitive advantage.

Technology can bridge the gap between home and store

With a clear demand for omnichannel retail, Frivold suggests brands should invest wisely, focusing on “technology and platforms that enable a seamless CX experience on all fronts.”

“Some of these examples include enabling WiFi in physical stores to improve personalization, mobile capability with in-store maps for inventory locations, and AI chatbots that speed up customer service requests across all customer service channels. communications,” he said. At the same time, Frivold emphasizes the need for interactive, data-driven technologies.

“For example, brands can invest in digital in-store platforms that allow customers to compare two products at once without having to rely on their smartphone. This gives consumers the benefits of shopping online while enjoying the in-person experience. »

But it’s not a one-size-fits-all case, of course. Different retailers will want to create different experiences and achieve different goals through technology.

“For example, a furniture store can leverage e-commerce capabilities to increase basket size, build customer loyalty, or expand audience reach, while a healthcare provider can use its capabilities e-commerce platform to publicize vital information and ensure information is presented to the right people,” Frivold suggests.

Ultimately, brands should always focus on the key factors customers look for when shopping. “With furniture and home design, consumers tend to care more about layout and comfort level and would prefer to try or test items before buying,” he says. “Technology can bridge the gap between their in-store and home experience by allowing them to quickly draw and project their home settings into the showroom where furniture is set up with a projector or VR set and board interactive. This allows customers to see the furniture in a real scenario. »

Personalization and time saving are paramount

Frivold believes personalization is the key to creating better in-store experiences – a move away from the “generic information and advertisements that modern consumers are inundated with”.

Going deeper, he proposes that time-saving features become increasingly important. “Customers tend to get discouraged if the space is crowded with other customers,” he says. “By giving customers the option to queue digitally or book appointments in advance, customers will experience that feeling of speed they get when shopping online, maximizing the time customers spend shopping. shop instead of waiting in line.”

Additionally, Frivold says, “optimizing the testing and ‘exhibition’ phase can’t be ignored,” that is, how stores best present selections to customers.

“For a clothing store, a smart mirror that allows customers to contact a stylist or support and browse potential Pinterest-inspired outfits in the dressing room can go a long way. Another successful experience I’ve seen is that of in-store interactive gaming stations to engage non-shoppers.”

Finally, Frivold says investing in the fundamentals of physical retail, such as the purchase and return process, can go a long way. “A quick and easy return process across all platforms can speed up purchases and ensure safety in physical retail. This can be accomplished using return kiosks in different areas where stores are not easily accessible. or using Starship robots for deliveries and returns,” he says.

Sephora and IKEA set the bar for in-store experience

When it comes to the most impressive retail experiences, Frivold cites Sephora’s Virtual Artist, which leveraged technology from Modiface (now owned by L’Oréal), as the gold standard for virtual try-ons. .

“It’s a great example of personalization that appeals to the consumer. By providing the ability to virtually try on makeup, customers can imagine what products will look like and increase their chances of purchase, while simultaneously decreasing the risk that the product will not meet their expectations,” he says.

Frivold also cites IKEA and its app (which allows customers to furnish a specific space in their home through 3D room measurements) as another particularly impressive example.

“It’s the future of home design – being able to design your home in an app and automatically put products on hold in store,” he says. “The level of visualization these two experiences provide is what consumers expect from retailers today. By taking advantage of these different virtual trials, brands can truly immerse the customer in their products. »

Nuanced and personalized interactions generate true loyalty

Finally, with many other brands entering the “metaverse” (however you want to define it), including Gucci and Estee Lauder, Frivold says this trend is likely to shape the future of retail, “using technology not only to further immerse customers throughout the buying process, but also by increasing personalization based on customer data.

He continues, “Companies will likely dig into the data and use that information to identify promotions and offers for each individual consumer.

Ultimately, Frivold thinks, “this shift will force businesses and consumers to adopt digital wallets and currencies to transact, which can lead to major changes in the retail market with respect to payments and lending.” ‘currency acceptance’.

As for other upcoming industry developments, Frivold says that, overall, CX will become more sophisticated with the use of automated AI and predictive customer models.

“2022 will bring more customer-centric, digitally-focused CX that works both in-store and in online channels,” he explains. “With the intensification of labor shortages and the persistence of Covid, brands need to rethink their CX strategy. Even in stores, interpersonal interaction may no longer be the main source of contact with the customer. “

Again, Frivold brings the subject back to data, with “brands able to effectively leverage customer data able to drive huge CX gains as customers expect a more nuanced and personalized interaction with brands.”

“Thus, stores will begin to focus less on interpersonal in-store interactions and more on hands-on CX and building real customer relationships through personalized loyalty programs.”

Join us on April 27, in London or virtually, for Econsultancy Live: CX2022where we’ll hear from a range of speakers, including from retail, and discuss the latest trends via panel discussions with peers.

The small local bookstore is in the running for the national award

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A TINY West Kilbride bookshop has been shortlisted for a national award.

Timberbooks has been chosen as one of Scotland’s top six independent bookstores at the 2022 British Book Awards.

It will compete with 62 others from across the UK for the independent bookstore of the year award.

Owner Michèle Oldham says she is delighted to be up for the honor after a difficult few years.

She said: “We are extremely proud that Timberbooks has been chosen as one of Scotland’s top independent bookshops.

“These two years have been the most challenging for us as a business since we opened a bookshop in West Kilbride 14 years ago.

“We had to work very hard to survive and thrive.

“Receiving this recognition within our industry, considering the incredible work of all our peers, is a huge honor.”

Michele hailed the community of West Kilbride for their support and feels the bookstore has become an integral part of the fabric of the village.

She explained: “If Timberbooks were to win it would show the rest of the UK how wonderful it is to own a business in North Ayrshire.

“Every time we move our business forward, we enjoy a level of community support that is hard to find – and without which it would be nearly impossible to succeed.

“Running a successful independent bookstore is always about more than selling books – we’re a source of local information, help organize events and support local authors.

“We would like to believe that we are contributing to the success of our high street in West Kilbride in this way.”

Michèle revealed that book sales continue to grow after a boom in popularity during the pandemic.

She said: ‘There was good news for booksellers as it was reported that the print market was still going strong.

“Following 2021’s 5% growth, the first six weeks of 2022 saw printing record its highest weekly sales since the pre-digital revolution of 2011.

“We are so optimistic that as we emerge from pandemic restrictions, Timberbooks has a healthy future and it won’t be long before we know if this year will be a winner for us as well.”

Nifty halts update amid market turmoil; Investors complain about NSE technical issue

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Sensex and Nifty – the domestic stock market took a huge dip on Monday as the price of crude oil hit $139 a barrel amid the Russian-Ukrainian war. As the United States and its allies continued to impose sanctions on Russia, Brent crude rose to its highest level since 2008. Amid this market turmoil, stock prices stopped updating at the National Stock Exchange or NSE in the morning. Several traders and investors took to social media platforms to report issues that were preventing them from trading.

A nifty frozen stock market index, minute before the stock market opens on March 7th. Rates stopped updating around 9:17 a.m., traders said. Zerodha, the country’s largest brokerage platform, informed its customers on social media that the exchange is facing problems. “There is a problem with the data feeds for the NSE shares of the exchange between all members. Please check the market depth 20 before placing orders or placing orders on the BSE,” he wrote.

At 9:53 a.m., ICICI Direct mentioned on its social media page on Twitter that Nifty had started working again. “NSE feeds are working well now. Orders are being executed in both exchanges,” the popular brokerage firm wrote.

For investors, ICICI Direct said, “You can check the depth of the order book and the last trading hour on the exchange before placing orders.”

Zerodha also wrote around the same time: “We started receiving live data from NSE. To confirm, you can check the Last Traded Time (LTT) in Market Watch before placing orders.”

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This was the second time that NSE stopped working during intraday trading. On February 24, 2021, the National Stock Exchange of India halted trading after a technical glitch in the index price feed. “NSE has multiple telecom links with two service providers to provide redundancy. We have received communications from both telecommunications service providers indicating that there are issues with their links due to which there is an impact on the NSE system,” NSE said in a statement.

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The expanding light commercial vehicle market

According to market participants, the light commercial vehicle (LCV) market is steadily growing due to the growing number of small and medium enterprises and young entrepreneurs running businesses across Bangladesh.

The LCV market size reached around Tk 1,200 crore in 2021 with average annual sales of 11,000 units over the past three years.

LCVs control an average of 42% of the commercial vehicle market, but in 2021 the segment’s market share reached 45% thanks to a 6% growth in sales, according to industry analysts.

“The demand for LCVs is increasing as the number of SMEs and online businesses in the country have increased alongside the receding pandemic situation,” said Humayun Rashid, executive director of Energypac, the automaker’s sole local distributor. Chinese JAC Motors.

Additionally, a number of expats who have returned home amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic are purchasing light commercial vehicles, such as small covered vans and pickup trucks, to use for business purposes.

“This has led to increased demand for these vehicles,” Rashid added.

Light commercial vehicles are primarily used by businesses to pick up or deliver small shipments, but they also serve as human carriers.

Rashid went on to say that with the expansion of poultry and agro-industrial businesses in the northern part of Bangladesh, many entrepreneurs are engaged in either shipping their products across the country or supplying food. for animals and other inputs.

In both cases, contractors use utility vehicles to pick up or make deliveries. Energypac’s assembly plant produces approximately 1,000 pickup trucks and 1,500 small covered pickup trucks per year.

Rashid says JAC Motors makes cheaper and more fuel-efficient vehicles through the use of modern engines built by Japanese brand Isuzu Motors. Thus, customers prefer these vehicles for their superior performance and commercial viability.

“The younger generation is doing business with new ideas for different sectors, such as e-commerce and agricultural products, which are growing rapidly,” said Abdul Matlub Ahmad, Chairman of Nitol-Niloy Group.

“For this reason, they buy utility vehicles like one- to three-ton trucks to deliver products.”

Nitol-Niloy Group, the sole distributor of Tata Motors in India, leads the domestic commercial vehicle segment with a market share of 31%.

Ahmad went on to say that most brands are doing well in the commercial vehicle segment as there is an emerging commercial class in both urban and rural areas.

“This business class is buying light duty vehicles across Bangladesh.”

Subrata Ranjan Das, chief executive of ACI Motors, which distributes Chinese commercial vehicle brand Foton in Bangladesh, said demand for LCVs was growing rapidly thanks to growing small businesses and emerging traders, alongside steady economic growth.

On the future of LCVs in Bangladesh, he said the gradual development of four and six lane highways will lead to increased sales.

For example, the completion of the Padma Multipurpose Bridge will connect the southwestern districts of the country with the northern and eastern regions.

“It will help the LCV market grow,” Das said, adding that the new auto policy is expected to support the industry by setting different rules on emissions, standards, importing reconditioned vehicles, and more.

Indian automakers such as Tata, Mahindra, Ashok Leyland and Chinese brands such as JAC and Foton cover 83% of the domestic LCV market, while other brands take care of the rest.

However, the presence of Japanese and Chinese truck manufacturers is very insignificant as Indian companies gained a foothold in Bangladesh when entering the market in the 1980s and have since gradually overtaken their Asian and European counterparts.

Most of the demand for commercial vehicles comes from the country’s garment industry, which uses a large number of trucks and other light cargo carriers to transport goods.

The growing cement, steel and shipbuilding sectors are also increasingly contributing to the commercial vehicle industry, as they have to transport heavy raw materials. Additionally, the booming e-commerce industry is fueling the sales of vehicles as they have to transport goods across the country.

According to Hafizur Rahman Khan, President of Runner Group, Bangladesh is a potential market for commercial vehicles as its economy is booming.

There are 14 to 16 major automotive retailers in the country. Among them, five or six have assembly plants while the others are the sole distributors or importers of certain international brands.

Ifad Autos, Aftab Automobiles, Navana, Rangs, Rancon Motors, Nitol Motors, Runner Motors, ACI Motors and Energypac are the main commercial vehicle distributors.

Shuswap Bookstore Releases Surveillance Video Following Repeated Thefts – Okanagan

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A Shuswap bookstore is asking for the public’s help after saying it has been the victim of repeated thefts in recent months.

On his Facebook page, Bookingham Palace at Salmon Arm released a security video of someone suspected of stealing Marvel and DC graphic novels. Graphic novels are illustrated – like comic books

According to the outlet, the posted video was recorded on Thursday, March 3 at 11:43 a.m., and eight graphic novels were stolen that day.

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However, a store manager said around 40 of them had been stolen in the past few months. However, there was no video surveillance until recently.

“We installed a camera a month ago and finally caught them in the act this morning,” read the store’s Facebook post. “They come in and out of our store in less than a minute. They are wearing a mask so it is difficult to identify them, does anyone recognize this person?

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The manager told Global News it was strange to see so much material missing from one section of the store.


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The bookstore contacted the Salmon Arm RCMP regarding the thefts.

In an email to Global News, Salmon Arm RCMP said “any information we receive from the public helps us recover property like this and keep our community safe.”


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