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10SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr The New York Fed’s quarterly release of consumer lending data received more attention than usual this cycle thanks to a certain milestone. For the first time, overall U.S. consumer debt of $12.7 trillion exceeded the previous high established in late 2008, just as the extent of the Great Recession was becoming apparent.Even at a high level, this statistic provides an opportunity to separate the “glass half full” types from the Negative Nellies. Does it mean our economy has finally recovered—or that we’ve simply created a new bubble for ourselves?Probably neither, although a closer look at the data could provide pockets of support for either argument. If you like numbers nearly as much as I do, I encourage you to download the New York Fed’s deck and easy-to-navigate spreadsheet, both of which contain plenty of worthwhile nuggets.Here’s my take on the high points.Of the six underlying consumer debt categories, four remain well off their highs while two have grown—and one of those is a doozy. continue reading »
MONTROSE, PA (WBNG) — Susquehanna County Commissioners office announced the approval of funds to help emergency services agencies and small businesses. “I think we really want to see those businesses be able to survive this pandemic and help them out while they are on closure,” Hubbard said. Chief Clerk Rebekah Hubbard, says the county relies on small, local businesses. The county is partnering with Trehab Community Resources to help approve the businesses that are eligible. The county approved over $572,000 from a portion of the #3.6 million CARES Act Grant given to the county from the state. This money will be divided between local businesses and emergency services agencies, who lost funding during the pandemic.
Vaccines are still coming. Treatments are still coming. But the current rapidly rising curve isn’t going to be slowed by promises that are still months away.And dammit, I was going to write more about the study showing that areas that watch Fox News have greater rates of both infection and death, about hot spots resulting from Halloween parties that didn’t practice safety, and about the possibility of a fresh wave of cases in the next week after people ignored guidelines on Election Day. But nope. This is it. We may be in the middle of the worst thing that’s happened in our lifetimes, but at the moment we’re also in a moment of incredible relief. Go celebrate. Over 30 states hit new records in the past two weeks as the nation matched to unprecedented highs. It’s not just that the new peak has exceeded past records. It’s also that it shows no sign of stopping. It’s that it’s still accelerating. This is a steeper exponential curve than at previous points in the pandemic, and it shows exactly what happens when everything has been “opened” to the point where a highly contagious disease meets very little resistance.New cases of COVID-19, based on data from COVID-19 Tracking ProjectIt’s not as bad as it could be. COVID-19 has an R0 number that is currently estimated to be around 2.5. The curve we’re witnessing at the moment doesn’t match the horror that would result if a disease with that level of transmission and with no native immunity were spreading completely unchecked. That doesn’t mean it’s not extremely bad, or that rapid, firm, nationwide restrictions are not needed to prevent hospitals in multiple states from exceeding capacity and driving fatality rates back to what was seen in the early days of the pandemic.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – Unfortunately, we’re not about to get that action from Donald Trump or his team still in the White House. What we are going to get from that team is blatant examples of what happens when you ignore a dangerous disease and sneer at the need to use safety measures. Case in point: Mark Meadows. Donald Trump’s chief of staff, who frequently clashed with reporters over his refusal to don a mask and laughed off concerns about the virus, was reported to have tested positive on Friday. Since the announcement about Meadows, four five more White House staffers have tested positive, along with a member of Trump’s campaign team. And on Saturday morning it was also announced that Rep. Matt Gaetz—previously seen prancing around the House floor in a World War II vintage gas masks to make fun of those with coronavirus concerns, also had COVID-19. Gaetz has since tried to correct this, saying that he has the antibodies, not the disease.And hey, I was right this many sentences old when AP and NBC finally got off their butts and called Pennsylvania for Joe Biden. Wheeh! Now, back to the disaster in progress.In January, the nation should finally see some relief as Joe Biden brings in a respect for science that is likely to include a nationwide mask mandate and social distancing guidelines backed up by some teeth—such as cutting off funds to states that don’t do their best to protect their citizens. But three months’ worth of unchecked spread between now and then would turn everything that’s happened so far into a footnote. Pressure has to be applied at both a state and federal level to get some relief. Now. Unfortunately, the best bet for seeing that relief is that governors are starting to hear those calls again from local hospitals whose ICUs are full and whose regular beds are filling. – Advertisement –
When asked about the quality of Turopolje truffles, Ceroja added that this is a topic of expert discussion, but that there are 16 types of black truffles, and the quality depends primarily on how the truffle is treated when harvested and stored, so as not to lose quality. “Most importantly, there are 16 newly discovered types of truffles that have been analyzed, determined and authenticated by Professor Romano Božac. All these truffles, which until 2018 were not recorded anywhere in the world, can be seen today in the Mushroom Museum on the central Zagreb Square. One of them, the Turopolje truffle, is named after the extinct Turopolje cattle, Tuber prigmenius bos, and the other is named after its inventor – Tuber Kolić. There are also Tuber uncinatum, Tuber macrosporum, Tuber mesentericum, Tuber brumale… Said Nikola Tarandek, an experienced truffle grower from Istria. Although Istria is a synonym for truffles, black truffles can be found in Turopolje, ie in the area of Turopolje grove, even in Slavonia. With the aim of informing the public about truffles in the area of Turopolje grove as well as the promotion of the destination from the Zagreb County Tourist Board, they organized a hunt for black truffles for the needs of future promotional activities. How to experience the complete and authentic taste and smell of black truffles, restaurants of the Turopolje region, Mon Ami, Pivnica Turopolje and Bistro Babriga through the following period, they included dishes on the theme of black Turopolje truffles in their offer. As for the gastronomic offer, Ceronja points out that in his restaurant he will have a hot and cold appetizer, main course and black truffle dessert. “ From the cold appetizer, we will have a steak carpaccio with grated black truffles, and the warm appetizer will be combined with wide noodles with eggs, specific to the Turopolje region, with truffles. Pumpkin soup with truffles is also a great addition. For the main course, we plan to offer pork in cranberry and truffle sauce as well as duck breast. As for desserts, we will offer ice cream as well as chocolate mousse with truffles, to complete the whole gastro story. ” While some slept through the emergency, some were, despite everything, proactive. Thus, the Zagreb County Tourist Board began to work actively on the gastronomic promotion of Turopolje as well as the Zagreb County through the branding of truffles of the Turopolje grove. Mon Ami Restaurant Through additional promotion of the Zagreb County Tourist Board, the potential of this exclusive branch of mushroom growing has found its way to local menus and encouraged caterers to pair traditional dishes of the Turopolje region or discover new combinations. Bruno Ceronja, the owner of the Mon Ami restaurant, points out that the black truffle of Turopolje certainly has great potential for enriching the gastronomic offer, as well as for the motive for coming to Turopolje. “We used to use Istrian black truffle, and now we will proudly use our black truffle from Turopolje grove.”Ceronja points out. As Ceronja points out, apart from the gastronomic offer, active and rural tourism, Turopolje is also ideal for the development of cycling tourism. And that is proof of that, Ceronja points out, how often teams that hold trainings in Turopolje come to Turopolje because of the ideal conditions, thanks to the hilly and lowland environment. Black truffles are found in the indigenous pedunculate oak forest, they are very difficult to grow commercially, but people with specially trained dogs have to find and dig them up. Admittedly, there is commercial production of black truffles in which France, Italy and Spain are in the lead, as well as in consumption, while in the world there is no confirmed success in plantation cultivation of white truffles. There has been an attempt for a long time to develop the tourist story of Turopolje, which certainly has great potential for the development of active, gastro and rural tourism. Especially because of the proximity of Zagreb, where the entire Zagreb green ring is an ideal weekend destination for escape from the crowds and stress. The fact that there are black truffles in Turopolje is a great potential for our destination, points out Ivana Alilović, director of the Zagreb County Tourist Board, and adds: ” Zagreb County, Turopolje area makes a significant contribution to better gastronomic and thus tourist offer, mostly the offer of restaurants, farms and hotels located in the green ring of Zagreb. Inconspicuous in appearance, but irresistible in smell and taste, the underground mushroom is one of the most expensive and most appreciated foods in the world and represents an additional step forward and potential in the promotion and branding of the destination Turopolje. ” Therefore, four truffles, led by Mr. Mario Kolić, after whom one of the truffles of the Turopolje grove is named, TUBER KOLIĆ, went hunting for black truffles, and everything is documented for the promotion and branding of Turopolje as a gastro destination in whose restaurants will soon be be able to taste authentic dishes combined with Turopolje black truffle. Photo: Zagreb County Tourist Board “It is necessary to connect value chains, create new tourist products in the destination, only in these new times can we be an attractive destination for all of us ” emphasizes Alilović and adds that the emphasis is on sustainable, green and above all safe tourism in the green ring of Zagreb. ” First of all, discover the undiscovered from today, take home the unforgettable memory of truffle hunting”Concludes Alilović.
There are a few things every crazy sports fan of Wisconsin athletics should do before graduating.Witnessing in person a historic upset, waking up early for College Gameday even when you felt like Frankenstein’s monster from going out Friday night – these are just a few things every Badger fan should strive to accomplish.But can you say you’ve attended a sporting event at Goodman Diamond?Yes, one of Madison’s hidden gems lays tucked away on the edge of campus near Picnic Point. If you want to work on your farmer’s tan while spitting seeds and watching the Wisconsin softball team top its opponent, then Goodman Diamond is the place for you.Worried about transportation? Don’t be. If you feel up to it you can enjoy the nice long walk down beautiful Lakeshore Path. While the journey will test the endurance and strength of your legs, remember that your grandparents used to walk 10 miles to school and back everyday and both ways were uphill. If you choose to take the easy way out, the Route 80 bus will drop you off directly in front of the field.Like the vibe of the Lakeshore area? The view from Goodman Diamond is one of the best, if not the best, of any of the Badger sporting venues. Looking out past the outfield fences reveals Lake Mendota, as sail boats and rowing crews dot the watery blue waves in a perfect scene. You’re never quite sure what you’ll see either, as just last week I saw a dog pulling some sort of carriage down one of the bike paths.Maybe you think that softball is boring compared to baseball, and it’s only for girls. Think again, Macho Man.With a collective team batting average of .307, the second-best mark in the Big Ten and the 27th-best in the nation, chances are you’re going to see some offensive fireworks when you mozy on over to the Badgers home field. Think about that, as a team, the Badgers bat over .300. If you don’t care about hitting for average and just want to see balls fly over the fence like they do in your hometown rec softball league, fear not; the Badgers have six players in their lineup with multiple home runs.This team is no joke when it comes to bringing runs across the plate. Wisconsin scores on average more than five runs a game, ranking it in the top 30 in the nation. The Badgers head coach Yvette Healy likes to gamble for those runs as well, as the Badgers average 1.71 stolen bases per game, the 19th highest total in the country.The Badgers have the season storylines to draw you in as well. The Badgers currently sit tied with the Iowa Hawkeyes for fourth place in the conference but easily remain in striking distance of first place in the conference, as first-place Michigan sits ahead with just a single game lead in the conference. With five teams in the Big Ten separated by a single game or less, the Badgers are entering in crunch time with their fate hanging on their next six games.The Badgers will welcome first-place Michigan to Goodman Diamond on Saturday for a three game series. While I know it will be extremely difficult for any student to consider attending a game of the doubleheader with perhaps one of the final Mifflin’s in history occurring this weekend, the Badgers will host the final game of the series Sunday at noon. After you get sick of listening to the dubstep remixes to Dean of Students Lori Berquam’s “Don’t Go” video, do yourself a favor and go support the ladies in the cardinal and white.If Wisconsin hope to make its first NCAA tournament since 2005, the Badgers will need to take at least two of their three against the Wolverines. Michigan is a perennial tournament program and Big Ten title contender who has, for a long time, been one of the best in the conference. To be the best you have to beat the best, and the Badgers will have their chance to do exactly that this weekend. There isn’t much room for error either, as the team takes on second place Nebraska on the road just a week later. Whatever the case is, the Badgers season and tournament hopes will be decided this weekend.It’s been only two years, but Healy already has Wisconsin in the hunt for its first ever Big Ten title. For a team that won just 20 games two years ago, Wisconsin is just a few wins away from its highest season win total ever. With records flying out the window left and right – including an active 13-game winning streak at Goodman Diamond – this may just be the beginning of success for the softball team.So when it comes game time on Sunday, just go – to Goodman Diamond. It’s a smart decision for even smarter people.Nick is a senior majoring in English and history. Love the column, hate the column, let him know at [email protected]
Submitted to Sumner Newscow â€” Todayâ€™s Wellington High School bulletin for Thursday, Feb. 11, 2016:Thursday â€¢Wrestling at Circle, 6 p.m.Fridayâ€¢Pep rally, 2:30 p.m.â€¢Basketball at Wellington vs. Andale Homecoming.Saturdayâ€¢Wrestling at Remington, 9 a.m.Todayâ€™s lunch â€” Pancakes with Syrup, Sausage Links, Tri-Tater, Juice, Mixed Fruit, Fresh Veggies and Milk.Thursdayâ€™s lunch â€” Fish Sticks, Potato Wedges, Green Beans, Chocolate-Chocolate Chip Cookies, Pineapple, Hot Roll and Milk.Todayâ€™s News: *Forensics will be released at 1:15 today. They will be marked Activity.* Congratulations to the Greenhand FFA team for placing fourth in the Food Science Career Development Event yesterday. Also, congrats to Braiden Buresh for placing sixth place overall and Abby Lowe for 14th place. Wellington Chapter Team placed 12th out of 21 teams!*We need your help to win a $3000 grant for WHS.Â Please help donate gently worn jeans. There will be a box for each class in the commons and the class who donates the most will receive ice cream! Last day to donate is February 25th. Sponsored by Teaching as a Career.*If you are interested in playing golf this year, there will be a meeting in Coach Ginter’s room (room 207) TODAY immediately after school. If you have questions, please see Coach Ginter or Coach Smith.*Seniors- There will be a shortened schedule on Friday due to the pep assembly- Please plan accordingly.*Seniors: If you are enrolling in a Christian College or University, please either stop by the counselor’s office or go on the counselors website for the application for the Sibyl Wells Scholarship. The deadline for this scholarship is March 1st. You will turn in the completed application into the counselor’s office.*The Homecoming Coronation will take place following the boys basketball game on Friday, February 12th. The homecoming dance will be immediately afterward. You can pre-order tickets for the dance during lunch this week for $3, or pay $5 at the door.. You can sign-up out of town dates in the office by today!*Homecoming is this week. Spirit week days are:Friday- School Pride Friday*Just a reminder- Please remember to donate to the Eisenhower shoe drive. You can put new or gently used shoes in the big orange box in the commons.Guidance news:Thursday, Feb. 11, Fort Hays State.Wednesday, Feb. 24 – Wichita State.Thursday, Feb. 25 – Hesston College.Wednesday, April 20 – Butler Community Colleges.Today is Nationalâ€¦National Make a Friend DayNational Don’t Cry over Spilled Milk DayNational White Shirt DayNational Shut-In Visitation DayNational Peppermint Patty Day.Follow us on Twitter. Close Forgot password? Please put in your email: Send me my password! Close message Login This blog post All blog posts Subscribe to this blog post’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Subscribe to this blog’s comments through… RSS Feed Subscribe via email Subscribe Follow the discussion Comments Logging you in… Close Login to IntenseDebate Or create an account Username or Email: Password: Forgot login? Cancel Login Close WordPress.com Username or Email: Password: Lost your password? Cancel Login Dashboard | Edit profile | Logout Logged in as Admin Options Disable comments for this page Save Settings You are about to flag this comment as being inappropriate. Please explain why you are flagging this comment in the text box below and submit your report. The blog admin will be notified. Thank you for your input. There are no comments posted yet. Be the first one! Post a new comment Enter text right here! Comment as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments Comments by IntenseDebate Enter text right here! Reply as a Guest, or login: Login to IntenseDebate Login to WordPress.com Login to Twitter Go back Tweet this comment Connected as (Logout) Email (optional) Not displayed publicly. Name Email Website (optional) Displayed next to your comments. Not displayed publicly. If you have a website, link to it here. Posting anonymously. Tweet this comment Cancel Submit Comment Subscribe to None Replies All new comments
RED BANK – Barnabas Health and the Visiting Nurse Association (VNA) Health Group have announced a new partnership launched with the goal of improving the quality and efficiency of post-acute care, home care and hospice in the communities they serve.“Hospitals and home care providers must find new ways to collaborate and coordinate care to provide a more seamless patient experience, reduce unnecessary re-hospitalizations, and improve health outcomes for the patients and populations we serve,” said Barry H. Ostrowsky, president and chief executive officer, Barnabas Health. “This partnership will position our organizations to meet these emerging challenges, while maintaining focus on delivering the highest quality post-acute services.”Barnabas Health Home Care and Hospice has independently managed home health and hospice ser vices in Essex, Monmouth, and Ocean counties while VNA Health Group has independently operated home care and hospice services through the Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey in Monmouth, Middlesex, Essex, Hudson, and Burlington counties. The partnership will align the two organizations’ services in these areas.VNA Health Group will continue to independently manage Robert Wood Johnson Visiting Nurses, Englewood Visiting Nurse Association, Cape Visiting Nurse Association, and other Visiting Nurse Association of Central Jersey programs and services.“This partnership with Barnabas Health is an opportunity to grow as an independent community agency while closely collaborating with a leading health system,” said Steve Landers, MD, MPH, president and chief executive officer, VNA Health Group.Barnabas Health is one of the largest health care delivery systems in the region, with more than 2 million patient visits and delivery of more than 20,000 babies annually. The system includes seven acute care hospitals, two children’s hospitals, a trauma center, and a wide range of outpatient and community health services. As the second largest private employer in New Jersey, Barnabas Health includes more than 21,000 employees and over 5,000 physicians – or one-fifth of the actively practicing physicians in New Jersey. For more information, visit www.BarnabasHealth.org.VNA Health Group is one of the largest not-for-profit home care and community health organizations in the country, known for its broad range of safety-net public health services, nationally recognized innovative care coordination programs, and health system partnerships. The partnership with Barnabas Health expands VNA Health Group-managed programs by nearly 50 percent to include more than 2,300 employees and over 1,000,000 annual patient visits. For more information about VNA Health Group, visit www.vnahg.org.
SCOTTSDALE, Ariz.–Another day, another new player.So it goes in Giants camp, where new president of baseball Farhan Zaidi is working diligently to add quality depth while maintaining optimal roster flexibility.Thus far, none of the new players the Giants have acquired are 26-year-old superstar free agents. But a few are expected to help the club improve immediately, including Friday’s signee, switch-hitting infielder Yangervis Solarte.“To have not just a switch-hitter, but a guy who has …
Start Free Trial Already a member? Log in Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details. William Rose is fun to listen to. The author of a landmark book, Water in Buildings, Rose is a research architect at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a widely respected building scientist.Rose’s speaking style is discursive, meandering, hesitant, and occasionally poetic. He shares historical anecdotes that sometimes seem only remotely relevant to his topic. Eventually, however, he sews together a patchwork quilt with a unified theme.Rose gave the keynote address, “A Building Science To-Do List,” at a building envelope conference I recently attended in Florida (the Thermal Performance of the Exterior Envelopes of Whole Buildings XIII International Conference). Looking ahead to retirement, Rose was ready to bequeath his list to the younger building scientists in the audience.“I received a warm invitation from André Desjarlais to speak here,” said Rose. “He said something like, ‘Bill Rose, you’re old.’ It was a liberating and inspiring thing to hear. So I’ve been thinking about the things I wanted to get done in building science. I may not get these things done — I may have to pass these things on to you.” Studying building corners The first item on Rose’s list is simple: we need a better understanding of corners. Energy modeling is often one-dimensional — as, for example, when a scientist describes the temperature profile across an insulated wall. Some energy programs are capable of modeling convective loops, and are therefore two-dimensional. But any consideration of building corners requires a three-dimensional approach.“Corners are some of the most interesting parts of the building,” said Rose. “I did a survey of freeze-thaw damage on brick buildings. Not much damage shows up in the field of the brick except where the brick is… This article is only available to GBA Prime Members