In addition to this talk, the nature center will play the full-dome film “Incoming!” at 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26. Narrated by George Takei, this planetarium show explores asteroids, comets and the hard-hitting stories of our cosmic origins. Audience members will embark on a journey back in time and across the Solar System, following the paths of asteroids and comets that have collided with Earth — and those that roam far from home. PEEC was founded in 2000 to serve the community of Los Alamos. It offers people of all ages a way to enrich their lives by strengthening their connections to our canyons, mesas, mountains, and skies. PEEC operates the Los Alamos Nature Center at 2600 Canyon Road, holds regular programs and events, and hosts a number of interest groups from birding to hiking to butterfly watching. PEEC activities are open to everyone; however, members receive exclusive benefits such as discounts on programs and merchandise. Annual memberships start at $35. To learn more, visit www.peecnature.org. This talk will begin at 7 p.m. and highlight the planets, star patterns and constellations that may be readily observed at the Pajarito Astronomers’ Dark Night program the following evening. This program is perfect for beginner stargazers who want to learn more before heading outside to look at the stars. Seating is limited for the Dark Night preview and the full-dome film, so please call the nature center at 505.662.0460 or stop by to reserve your tickets. Admission to both programs is $6 for adults and $4 for children. Events in the planetarium are not recommended for children under age 4. The full-dome film ‘Incoming!’ is 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 26 in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC The Pajarito Astronomers’ Dark Night starts at 6:15 p.m., Saturday, Oct 26, at Overlook Park. The group will gather at Spirio Soccer Field to observe the night sky. Viewing will end by 1 a.m. and Mercury, Venus, Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus and Neptune all may be visible during the event. For more information about this and other PEEC programs, visit www.peecnature.org, email email@example.com or call (505).662.0460. Join Steve Becker for an interactive tour of the heavens this Friday, Oct. 25 in the Los Alamos Nature Center’s planetarium. PEEC News: Join Steve Becker for a preview of the Pajarito Astronomers’ Dark Night program at 7 p.m. today, Oct. 25 in the Los Alamos Nature Center planetarium. Courtesy/PEEC
By SHELLY A. WIEMANNFounder, Wiemann Wealth Strategies, LLCFinancial Advisor, Raymond JamesThough it may not feel like it, the S&P 500 index just experienced its strongest 16-day period since 1938.Each day brings more news – some of it encouraging, some of it not – about efforts to curtail the spread of COVID-19 and reopen the U.S. economy. Lawmakers at the federal, state and local levels are trying to find the appropriate time to reopen the economy, as well as ways to support people whose lives and livelihoods have been affected by the coronavirus pandemic.While it may seem odd, the S&P 500 index just experienced its strongest 16-day period since 1938, according to Chief Investment Officer Larry Adam. From the market lows that brought an end to the bull market in late March, Adam sees two forces driving the rally: unprecedented monetary and fiscal support from policymakers, plus signs the health crisis is improving and discussions of re-opening the economy are forthcoming.“Further actions from the U.S. Federal Reserve and Congress are likely to continue to support the economy,” Adam said. “However, we believe the next up-leg in the equity rally will require more favorable news on the potential for a therapeutic, antibody or vaccine.”Data released earlier this week shed some light on the effect stay-at-home orders to curtail the spread of the virus are having on the economy. Notably, unemployment claims over the four-week period ending April 11 indicate much of the job creation since the 2008 financial crisis has been erased, Chief Economist Scott Brown said.“While economic activity is expected to contract sharply in the second quarter of 2020, the recovery outlook is uncertain,” Brown said. “It’s dependent on the virus; the development of treatments, medicines and a vaccine; and the unwinding of social distancing. The economy will rebound, but a full economic recovery is expected to take time, and there will be long-lasting changes in consumer behavior and global trade.”A key to reopening the economy, according to healthcare policy analyst Chris Meekins, is an increased capacity to test for the virus as a means to help combat spread.“We continue to emphasize that American testing capacity and surveillance measures are not where they need to be to institute a test-and-isolate strategy that could ease our transition back to normal,” Meekins said. “As we approach another probable round of stimulus relief, we anticipate more funding for state and local governments to spur contact tracing and surveillance.”Investors continue to commit cash to “risk-off” assets in the fixed income market, such as Treasuries, according to Chief Fixed Income Strategist Kevin Giddis. The yield on the 10-year Treasury note is once again close to the 0.54% low reached on March 9.“And I would rather not test that if we can help it, because it would mean the confidence level is dropping and the fear leveling is increasing,” Giddis said.While the recent market bounce has been impressive, uncertainty remains. There likely will be plenty of potential market-moving information to come in the days and weeks ahead.“Just as the 35% collapse in 26 days was too far, too fast, the rally has been, as well, in our view,” said Joey Madere, a senior portfolio strategist with the Equity Portfolio & Technical Strategy group.“In assessing previous recessionary bear markets, it would be highly unusual for the S&P 500 to just glide back to the previous highs,” Madere said. “On the other hand, it is very common for exhaustive selloffs to be followed by sharp bounces, and then a grind-it-out pattern with potential retests as more information surrounding the issues of the day is gained. We would use pullbacks as opportunities to accumulate stocks for the long term.”As we all gain our bearings, your advisor will continue to provide relevant and timely information. Please reach out with any questions you may have about your unique financial circumstances.The S&P 500 is an unmanaged index of 500 widely held stocks that is generally considered representative of the U.S. stock market. Keep in mind that individuals cannot invest directly in any index, and index performance does not include transaction costs or other fees, which will affect actual investment performance. Individual investor’s results will vary. Investing involves risk, and investors may incur a profit or a loss. All expressions of opinion reflect the judgment of Raymond James and are subject to change. There is no assurance that any of the forecasts mentioned will occur. Economic and market conditions are subject to change.
Keep a close eye on cable price hikes So if it will take a trillion dollars to upgrade our infrastructure, where do we get the money? Here’s a thought. If we rolled back the GOP tax cut to 28 percent (Remember it was cut from 35 to 21 percent), we would get back half a trillion dollars. Further, if we changed the tax law and require a minimum tax payment (after all normal taxes are paid and deductions are taken) by corporations like Amazon, which had a $12 billion profit last year and will get a $129 million refund this year, we could generate hundreds of billions of dollars more. Then to make up the rest of the needed funding, the feds could increase gasoline taxes by 10 or 20 cents per gallon, since gas is so cheap and we should start weening ourselves off fossil fuels to help with combating climate change. There would likely be excess revenue generated and available to reduce the deficit.Raymond HarrisScotia Categories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionFind the money to fix infrastructureThe GOP is already pushing back on spending a trillion dollars on improving our infrastructure (repairing roads, bridges, airports, etc.) due to the GOP $1.0 trillion deficit. “It will cost too much; we cannot afford it,” GOP congressmen are saying. Isn’t that “rich.” This is the same group that thought nothing about giving away $1.5 trillion mostly to corporations and the rich that has not been used to benefit anyone but themselves. Evaluate Trump’s policies by his egoSo, to be clear, mystifyingly, our president unilaterally withdrew from an agreement with Iran and our European allies, though his own intelligence agencies agreed that Iran has been in compliance, which is in line with what those same European allies reported. That agreement was a promise with Iran and our allies, an agreement on behalf of the American people, our word to the world.Yet, with North Korea, which actually has and tested nuclear weapons, even threatened the United States, he tells us that he “is in no rush” for denuclearization. He even asked Japan to nominate him for a Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts with North Korea.I believe that focusing on Trump the man, or any of the personalities of politicians for that matter, is ultimately divisive and a waste of time. In looking at how our president is making policy, it seems that it’s all about ego. Iran was done by President Obama, and Trump’s goal has been to undo President Obama’s accomplishments, while pursuing his own ideas, regardless of whether it’s good policy, even as defined by his own departments.James CiminoSchenectady Watch your cable bill closely. Our January bill was $193, and our February bill is $282, an increase of $89. Never did I receive a phone call, email or written notification that my bill was increasing by $89.My January bill had a note stating “Your promotion is ending, but your savings will continue. As a valued customer, we have automatically extended you a new preferred rate.” What kind of preferred rate is an increase of $89 in one month? Five years ago, our rate was $99 a month for TV, internet and phone. Within 5 years, that rate rose to $193 and then to $282. What is going on? The only explanation I was given was that the Time Warner pricing is no longer valid, and the $282 rate was the Spectrum pricing. You can call it what you like, but I call it robbery, I believe this is an illegal practice and have contacted state and federal representatives and organizations. We have changed services and our rate is back in the $190 range, which is still too much.Robert M. JonesHadley Go back further on black unemploymentI’m writing in response to the op-ed article in The Gazette by John M. Crisp about black vs. white employment rates.I believe Mr. Crisp is misrepresenting the history by looking back only to 1969. His column claims that black unemployment has been, for the last 50 years, significantly higher than white unemployment, which may be true for that period. I suggest your readers take a look on the internet at articles by economist and author Walter E. Williams, who has written extensively on this subject. One of his articles entitled, “Black Progression and Retrogression,” discusses the decline of the black family and black employment and cites the welfare state and various labor laws hurting black progress, starting around 1950 as the cause. I quote the following from the article: “Every census from 1890 to 1950 showed black participation rates [in the economy] higher than those of whites.” Black vs. white unemployment increased greatly after 1964-5 when LBJ started the “Great Society,” which he claimed would end poverty in America. Still waiting? Donald DavisCharltonMore from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsFoss: Schenectady homeless assistance program Street Soldiers dealing with surge in needEDITORIAL: Urgent: Today is the last day to complete the censusHIGH NOTES: PPEs, fighting hunger, backpacks and supplies for kidsEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now.
Continuing a trend first reported in October, reported crime, and arrests of all kinds, were down significantly in the Town of East Hampton in 2018, according to the annual report released recently by East Hampton Town Police Chief Michael Sarlo.In the category classified as events, once called by the department “complaints,” the total number logged in was 1926 less than in 2017, dropping from 20,005 to 18,079, or just under 10 percent. It is the lowest number since 2013. Arrests were down an even higher percentage, 16.5 percent, with the total dropping from 970 to 809. It is the lowest number of arrests by the department since 2015’s 672.Arrests on driving while intoxicated charges came in at least a 14-year low: the 140 recorded by town police is one less than the 141 racked up in 2004, which is as far back as The Independent’s records go. In 2017, there were 214 DWI-charged arrests.In October, Chief Sarlo commented on that decrease, citing as a possible reason, in part, the growth of rider share services in East Hampton Town.One figure that, unfortunately, stayed flat from 2017 was the number of drug overdose cases in East Hampton. There were 10 overdoses recorded, with three being fatal.The chief reported that town police continue to train in the use of NARCAN to reverse overdoses.If there was less crime in East Hampton for officers to battle, they were still busy on the roads: parking summonses were up to 8382, a 23 percent increase for the town.The number of domestic violence reports, at 265, exceeded the number of such reports over each of the past two years, and matched the 265 from 2015.Another number that dropped significantly in the past year is the number of vehicular accidents, down from 954 to 878, the lowest since 2013. That number begs the question, are the roads safer, or are they simply less travelled?The decrease in crime is across the board, reflecting fewer reports. Complaints of burglary, larceny, and criminal mischief, all of which are either misdemeanors or felonies, as well as harassment, which can be charged as a crime or as a simple violation, have all been dropping over the past few years in East Hampton. There were 25 complaints of burglary last year, for example. There were 36 in 2017, 40 in 2016, and 55 in 2015. The other categories mimic those numbers, percentage wise.Another welcomed decrease is in the number of noise complaints called into the police in the town. The total number of residential and commercial noise complaints was at 613, a major drop from the 728 from 2017, and almost half of the 1132 noise complaints registered in 2015.Chief Sarlo listed four objectives for 2019 for the department in the report, which he will be sharing with the East Hampton Town Board in an upcoming session. The chief cites the drop in DWI arrests, saying the department “must remain focused on deterring citizens from drinking or taking drugs, then driving.”The other three objectives for the year include expanding the police presence in the town’s schools, increasing community outreach concerning the national epidemic of opioid use, and completing the town-wide radio system emergency communications upgrade.The number of complaints or incidents recorded by the department had been rising steadily over the years, cresting at 2017’s 20,005, perhaps reflecting the growing summer nightlife in the town over that period. The decrease in 2018 may augur well for a slightly more peaceful summer season in 2019. The decrease in crime in East Hampton is consistent with a like decrease across the East End, and across the nation, according to FBI statistics. firstname.lastname@example.org Share
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HNLMS Groningen left the port of Den Helder, on April 28th, bound for the Caribbean, where the patrol vessel will operate as guard ship.On the way there, the crew of HNLMS Groningen will carry out a strenuous exercise programme.In Lisbon, HNLMS Groningen will train with other countries that take part in the Maritime Analysis and Operations Centre-Narcotics (MAOC-N). This alliance of 7 European countries (France, Ireland, Italy, the Netherlands, Portugal, Spain and the United Kingdom) combats drugs transports along the coasts of Europe and West Africa.The navy vessel will then set sail for Cape Verde, where the crew, also in a MAOC-N setting, will exercise boarding of suspect vessels. This exercise will also include the local coast guards. Cape Verde is in a strategic position on a well-known drugs smuggling route from South America to Africa, which runs along the tenth parallel and is therefore known as Highway 10.HNLMS Groningen is one of four new flexibly deployable ocean-going patrol vessels of the Royal Netherlands Navy. The patrol vessel has an overall length of 108 metres and can be deployed anywhere in the world for a wide range of tasks. HNLMS Groningen is expected to arrive in the port of Curaçao on 19 May.
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Mega Passion has a length of 203 m, breadth of 63 m and a maximum load out capacity of 54,000 tonnes at a speed of 12 knots.According to TPI Mega Line, this will make the vessel the largest semi-submersible ship in Asia and second largest in the world. The ship has the capacity to transport drilling rigs, various offshore equipment and platforms as she can be submerged down to a depth of 22 m.Until now the “Big Three” Korean shipbuilders have depended on overseas companies to transport heavy offshore plants and equipment ex South Korea.HLPFI understands that Mega Passion will be followed by Mega Caravan and Mega Caravan 2 in 2011.
The consignment included six 40′ (12.12 m) long cargoes items. TEL, with the assistance of Kagayaku, was responsible for packaging the cargoes; pick-up in Shanghai and trucking to Shanghai port; sea freight to Port Klang; and oncarriage to the final jobsite in Selangor.www.projectcargonetwork.comwww.tel-group.comwww.kagayakulogistics.com
Payment by results will be the norm for government departments in the future, the justice secretary said today as he explained his ‘vision’ to reduce the ‘endless spiral of reoffending’. Speaking at a conference on rehabilitation, organised by the thinktank Policy Exchange, Chris Grayling said his department is analysing responses to a consultation on transforming the rehabilitation of offenders. However he said that ‘before too long’ the government will bring forward initiatives involving collaboration between the public, private and charitable sectors – and with participants paid by results. He said he expects to bring about an ‘incremental year-on-year reduction in reoffending over the next decade’. Payment by results is ‘not rocket science’, he said, but rather it is paying for a service that is delivered and giving organisations the chance to ‘innovate and compete’. ‘It will be the norm for most government departments in the future’ he said and is a commonsense move that will deliver value for money and real social change. Citing the Work Programme, which he led at the Department for Work and Pensions, Grayling said he and the government had recent experience in large-scale payment-by-results contracts. However he attempted to allay fears by saying that payment by results would not mean easy contracts for outsiders with money but no experience. ‘It is not an opportunity for any big private company from the left-field to get a contract,’ he said, stressing that ‘quality’ will be a large part of the assessment of any tenders. Grayling said he is determined to change the way people are rehabilitated and to cut reoffending, which he said costs between £9.5bn and £13bn a year. Half of those sent to prison reoffend within a year of being released and one in three is classified as a prolific offender, meaning that they have 15 or more convictions or cautions, he said. But he said the ‘scariest’ statistic, is that one in four people in prison have been in care as children. ‘They therefore do not know how to get their lives together and need support to do so,’ he said.