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Sunday’s Lunar Eclipse Has Got It All

By on August 24, 2021

first_imgScience & TechSunday’s Lunar Eclipse Has Got It AllSeptember 25, 2015 by Scott Neuman, NPR News Share:An Oct. 8, 2014, photo shows the blood moon, created by the full moon passing into the shadow of Earth during a total lunar eclipse, as seen from Monterey Park, Calif. Sky-watchers will get a chance to see another “blood moon” eclipse on Sunday.Nick Ut/APMaybe you’ve become inured to all the superlatives that get attached to sky-watching events. But the one on Sunday really is worth a look — it’s the first total eclipse that’s also a supermoon and a blood moon in more than three decades.As Space.com explains: “Supermoons occur when the moon reaches its full phase at or near the satellite’s closest approach to Earth, and appears abnormally large and bright as a result. The Sept. 27 event is quite special; the last supermoon eclipse occurred in 1982, and the next won’t take place until 2033.”The total eclipse will also feature a blood moon, a phenomenon caused by a refraction of moonlight in the Earth’s atmosphere known asRayleigh scattering.Update at 1:55 p.m. ET: A small correction from Sky & Telescopesenior editor Kelly Beatty, who sent us an email to explain: “Rayleigh scattering is what makes sunsets red, caused by our atmosphere’s preferential scattering (not refraction) of blue light. That’s where the redness comes from. But refraction (not Rayleigh scattering) is the reason that any light reaches the Moon during totality. So, it’s really both things.” You can also hear Beatty interviewed today on WBUR’s Here & Now.Sunday’s event is also the culmination of a “tetrad” — the last of four successive lunar eclipses that started with the April 15, 2014, eclipse, followed by one on Oct. 8, 2014, and again on April 4 of this year.As Sky & Telescope writes: “Observers in the eastern half of North America can watch every stage of the eclipse, from beginning to end of the partial phases (3 1⁄3 hours in all) during convenient hours of late twilight or darkness with the Moon mostly high in the sky. If you’re in the Far West, the first partial stage of the eclipse is already in progress when the Moon rises (due east) around the time of sunset. Those in Europe and Africa see the eclipse on the local morning of the 28th.”Totality (when the moon is completely in Earth’s shadow) arrives at 10:11 p.m. ET for those in the country’s East, or 9:11 p.m. CT for those in the Midwest.To get the exact time of the eclipse for your location, the U.S. Naval Observatory’s page has a handy calculator.Copyright 2015 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.Read Original Article – Published SEPTEMBER 25, 2015 9:55 AM ETSunday’s Lunar Eclipse Has Got It AllShare this story:last_img read more

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Tlingit poet and scholar Nora Marks Dauenhauer, 90, was culture bearer

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first_imgAlaska Native Arts & Culture | Community | Juneau | SoutheastTlingit poet and scholar Nora Marks Dauenhauer, 90, was culture bearerSeptember 25, 2017 by Scott Burton, KTOO Share:Nora Dauenhauer won an Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award in 2011. (Creative Commons photo by Sam Beebe)Tlingit poet, scholar and culture bearer Nora Marks Dauenhauer has passed away at age 90.A fluent Tlingit speaker, Dauenhauer made countless contributions to the study and preservation of the language and oral tradition.In 2012, she was the Alaska State Writer Laureate, and is the winner of an American Book Award among other honors.Here is a selection of Dauenhauer reading from her poem “Salmon Egg Puller” in 2012, courtesy of Dixie Hutchinson at Sealaska Corp.And here is Dauenhauer in “Lineage: Tlingit Art Across Generations,” a recent documentary by KTOO Public Media and 360 North.Services information was not immediately available.Share this story:last_img read more

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Filing period to run for local office in Juneau’s vote-by-mail election begins Friday

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first_img2020 Juneau Municipal Election | Election Coverage | Juneau | Local GovernmentFiling period to run for local office in Juneau’s vote-by-mail election begins FridayJuly 16, 2020 by Adelyn Baxter, KTOO Share:A voter enters an election both at Northern Light United Church during Municipal Elections on October 1, 2019, in Juneau, Alaska. (Photo by Rashah McChesney/KTOO)The filing period to run for local office in Juneau’s municipal election starts Friday. Three Juneau Assembly seats and two school board positions are up for grabs in the local election on Oct. 6. The open Assembly seats include Rob Edwardson’s District 2 seat, Maria Gladziszewski’s areawide seat and Alicia Hughes-Skandijs’s District 1 seat. Assembly members serve three-year terms. The city will host a virtual “How to Run for Local Office” workshop at 9 a.m. on Saturday. It’s open to anyone curious about running. Participants must register in advance. Candidates have until 4:30 p.m. on Monday, July 27, to submit their applications.The assembly voted to allow this year’s election to take place by-mail because of the COVID-19 pandemic. That means most polling places won’t be open on Election Day, but in-person voting will still take place at City Hall from Sept. 21 to Oct. 6. The clerk’s office says it hopes to also have another voting location in the Mendenhall Valley available during that time, but details are still being worked out. Any registered voter whose address has changed should update their mailing address by Sept. 6 to make sure they get their ballot. Voters can also request a ballot at a temporary address if they notify the city by Sept. 6.General information about the upcoming municipal election can be found on the city website.This post has been updated. Share this story:last_img read more

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EU migrant crisis: This is how the chancellor plans to pay for thousands of incoming refugees

By on July 13, 2021

first_imgGeorge Osborne plans to pay for thousands of incoming refugees by dipping into the UK’s £12bn international aid budget.  In an interview on the BBC’s Andrew Marr show today, the chancellor said he would use some of this money to help local councils house the refugees: The foreign aid budget can provide the support in the first year for these refugees, could help the local councils with things like housing costs. We will deploy the foreign aid budget to help with the costs of these refugees. Read more: EU migrant crisis: Labour leadership candidates Andy Burnham and Jeremy Corbyn say they will share their homes with Syrian refugees He also said the UK would “approach this crisis with a head as well as a heart”, and that it would focus on bringing Syrian orphans into the country. “In the short term we are going to take more refugees, but not in a way that encourages them on to these dangerous boats. In the longer term we need a fundamental rethink of our aid policy,” he said.  Prime Minister David Cameron has promised to accept at least 10,000 more refugees from camps on the Syrian border, but has not confirmed the exact number. Tomorrow, he will brief MPs on more definite plans. whatsapp Tags: EU migrant crisis George Osborne People Sunday 6 September 2015 4:07 pm EU migrant crisis: This is how the chancellor plans to pay for thousands of incoming refugees More From Our Partners Astounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.org‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgInstitutional Investors Turn To Options to Bet Against AMCvaluewalk.comWhite House Again Downplays Fourth Possible Coronvirus Checkvaluewalk.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.com Sarah Spickernell whatsapp Show Comments ▼ Sharelast_img read more

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News / The real cost of ocean freight out of Asia is hitting ‘unbelievable’ heights

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first_img© Xuejingwen By Mike Wackett 18/12/2020 Notwithstanding further rate spikes this week, the Shanghai Containerized Freight Index (SCFI) is still understating the prices shippers are paying carriers, according to a senior analyst.“It should be noted that the market is at a point where the SCFI is, in some cases, significantly underestimating actual rates paid,” said SeaIntelligence’s Lars Jensen.However, the SCFI’s comprehensive index, reading 2,411.82, is 167% higher than a year ago, reflecting huge spot rate increases across all export trades from Asia.For example, rates to the South American east coast are recorded at some 200% higher than 12 months ago, while intra-Asia spots are 450% more expensive.But the SCFI this week recorded only a modest 6% uplift for rates to North Europe, to $3,124 per teu. And although this rate is 230% higher than a year ago, it is well below the whopping price increases shippers are said to be encountering on the route.It appears from reports by shippers to The Loadstar this week that 40ft FAK rates to North Europe for 15 January are in the range of $10,000 to $16,000.Mr Jensen said today he was “somewhat lost for words in describing container rate developments this week”, and shippers accuse the container lines of “making a bad situation worse”.CEO of UK-based specialist logistics firm JAG-UFS Gary Wilcox took to LinkedIn yesterday to vent his anger, saying he had been in the logistics industry for 35 years and had seen fluctuations in ocean rates before, but never to this extent.“Today I have seen container rates from China to the UK at the highest level I have ever witnessed,” he said, adding that the shipping lines’ justification of hiding behind the pandemic was “just not acceptable”.“There is congestion at ports, there is an imbalance of equipment and a huge demand for space, but there is no justification for an increase of over 800%!” he said.Meanwhile, the SCFI recorded a $150 per teu increase for Mediterranean rates, to $3,223, which is 194% higher than a year ago.On the transpacific, rates  have remained stable, at an inflated level, for several weeks since the intervention of Chinese regulators and the investigation into carrier practices by the US Federal Maritime Commission.The US west coast component of the SCFI actually edged down, by $48 per 40ft to $3,900 this week, albeit that the rate is still 190% higher than a year ago. For the east coast, the SCFI ticked up $69, to $4,874 per 40ft, which is just under 100% above the level of 12 months ago.But Jon Monroe, of Washington state-based Jon Monroe Consulting, said the actual rates paid by shippers, taking into account premium container and space guarantee fees, was closer to $6,000 for the west coast and $7,000 + for east coast ports.“Today I heard of some companies buying rates at $8,000-plus for the west coast. It seems unbelievable to me,” said Mr Monroe.He reported that import orders “remain strong, with retailers ordering spring and summer merchandise early to avoid delays.“With the surge of imports continuing through January, BCOs will continue to be reliant on NVOCCs for extra space beyond their contract,” added Mr Monroe.last_img read more

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Slideshow: How insurance advisors have rated their firms this decade

By on June 18, 2021

first_img Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive How insurance advisors have rated their firms this decade Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive View this slideshow to take a closer look at how advisors have rated their managing general agency (MGA), dedicated agencies and personal producing general agencies (PPGA) during the past eight years. Freedom 55 Financial Freedom 55 Financial’s IE rating has remained well below the Report Card average since 2010. During that time, advisors have often bemoaned the state of Freedom 55’s technology, whether it’s in terms of “technology tools and advisor desktop” or “back office support for new business (application processing).” As such, Freedom 55’s IE rating has remained stuck between 7.1 and 7.8 during this time. × Hub Financial Hub Financial’s IE rating has typically run close to, or slightly below, the Report Card average since 2010. Furthermore, the MGA also has the widest spreads in its IE rating of any firm included on the main table, ranging from a low of 7.7 in 2014 to a high of 8.6 in 2016. This year, however, Hub saw its IE rating drop to 8.0 after its advisors ranked the MGA significantly lower by half a point or more in eight categories. RBC Life Insurance RBC Life Insurance has one of the steadiest IE ratings in this Report Card. In fact, with the exception of the past two years, RBC Life has posted an IE rating of 7.7 or 7.8 rating since 2010. However, 2016 proved to be a breakout year for the bank-owned insurance agency as it earned an IE rating of 8.4 after advisors rated the dedicated sales agency higher by a half a point or more in 17 categories. Financial Horizons Financial Horizons is the most recent addition to this Report Card, having made its début in 2013. During this time, the MGA’s IE rating has generally exceeded the Report Card average. However, this year was the exception as Financial Horizons’ IE rating hit a low of 8.1, just below the Report Card average of 8.2. In part, this decline was due to advisors’ uncertainty around the MGA’s sale to Winnipeg-based Great-West Lifeco. Inc. in May, which is when the research for this year’s Report Card was being conducted. Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive How insurance advisors have rated their firms this decade Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive Room for improvement on CMS How insurance advisors have rated their firms this decade How insurance advisors have rated their firms this decade Advisors in need of more support A look at the average IE rating that each insurance agency received in Investment Executive‘s Insurance Advisors’ Report Card reveals that although advisors may have differing opinions about their respective agencies, on the whole, they feel well supported in their businesses.The fact advisors feel so well supported by their firms is clear from the steady and strong IE ratings their insurance agencies have posted this decade. In fact, from 2010 to 2017 the average IE rating in this Report Card has remained between 8.2 and 8.5. (The IE rating is the average of all the categories for which an insurance company is rated by its advisors.) Big shifts in four firms’ ratings How insurance advisors have rated their firms this decade Insurance Advisors’ Report Card 2017: Editors discuss resultscenter_img PPI Solutions Since PPI Solutions first appeared in this Report Card in 2010, the MGA has posted a steady stream of above average IE ratings. Even when PPI Solutions ratings declined, as was the case in 2014 and 2017, its overall performance remained strong as the firm delivered in the areas that mattered most to advisors: “freedom to make objective product choices for clients,” “firm’s/MGA’s ethics” and “firm’s/MGA’s stability.” Slideshow: Unique differences among insurance firms’ advisors Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive Facebook LinkedIn Twitter How insurance advisors have rated their firms this decade How insurance advisors have rated their firms this decade Great-West Life Assurance Great-West Life Assurance’s (GWL) IE rating has consistently ranked below the Report Card average since 2010. During that time, GWL’s ratings have been mixed, but more often than not, advisors gave the PPGA significantly lower ratings of half a point or more in several categories, including “ongoing training,” “support for developing a financial plan for clients” and tech tools. Much like their counterparts at sister firm Freedom 55 Financial, the rocky rollout of the New Business Now application was a particularly sore spot for GWL advisors. Related news How insurance advisors have rated their firms this decade Sun Life Financial (Canada) Sun Life Financial (Canada)’s IE ratings have typically remained close to the Report Card average during the past eight years — with two exceptions,. Sun Life’s ratings experienced a somewhat steep decline between 2014 and 2016 as the dedicated sales agency posted its highest IE rating of 8.6 and its lowest of 8.0 within those three years. This year marked a slight comeback for Sun Life, as its IE rating rose to 8.3 after receiving significantly higher scores of half a point or more in 11 categories. Author: Fiona Collie Source: Investment Executive Research Copyright: Investment Executive How insurance advisors have rated their firms this decade Fiona Collie PPI Advisory PPI Advisory is another firm that has enjoyed consistently high IE ratings during the past eight years. Although 2010 marked a high point for PPI Advisory, its ratings have not fallen below 8.5 as it has continued to meet advisor expectations in several categories including “quality of firm’s product offering” and “firm’s/MGA’s marketing support for advisors’ practice.” How insurance advisors have rated their firms this decade IDC WIN IDC Worldsource Insurance Network (IDC WIN) has posted strong IE ratings since 2010. As a result, it has consistently beaten the Report Card average. Its lowest IE rating during this time — of 8.5 in 2012 — took place as the firm dealt with hiccups following the 2011 merger between IDC Financial and Worldsource Insurance Network, which led to the insurance agency’s current structure. IDC WIN’s rating jumped back up in 2015 to 9.2, an average it has maintained since as advisors praised the MGA in several categories, including tech tools and back-office support. Keywords Insurance Advisors’ Report Card Share this article and your comments with peers on social media last_img read more

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Generation gap evident in how Canadians spend and save

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first_imgOverall, Canadians are more likely to classify themselves as savers (58%) than spenders (37%). Savers are considerably more likely (45%) to prioritize paying down debt compared to spenders (26%), but a generational divide is less apparent. Gen Z (those aged 18-24), millennials, and gen X all cited paying down debt as their most important short-term financial priority (at 37%, 40%, and 37%, respectively). Boomers prioritized maintaining their lifestyle (37%). Where the generational divide is most apparent is in how Canadians choose to spend their income. Millennials (58%) and boomers (57%) are most likely to spend their money on experiences, such as dinners, concerts and vacations, while gen Z said they would rather spend their savings on material items, namely clothes and electronics. Almost half of boomers (47%) said they do not have any financial worries, compared to 77% of gen X who said they do. Younger Canadians prefer to invest their money in TFSAs, with 43% of gen Z and millennials saying they invest in a TFSA, compared to 31.3% in an RRSP. Retirement saving increases with age, with 48% of those aged 35 to 44 and 59% of those aged 45 to 54 saying they invest in an RRSP. Edward Jones conducted two surveys using Leger’s online panel (with 1,526 and 1,587 Canadians, respectively). The surveys were completed Dec. 13-16, 2019 and Jan. 17-20, 2020. Online surveys cannot be assigned a margin of error because they do not randomly sample the population. Generational differences are apparent when it comes to Canadians’ spending and saving habits, according to a study from Edward Jones. The study, released on Tuesday, found that boomers (those aged 55-75) are most likely to identify as savers (62%), while millennials (aged 25-39) are more likely to self-identify as spenders (42%).  Maddie Johnson Facebook LinkedIn Twitter Share this article and your comments with peers on social media Keywords GenerationsCompanies Edward Jones Three generation of women on a sofa last_img read more

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Court grants pandemic relief to debtors

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first_img Virtual meetings to continue post-pandemic in B.C. The court-ordered relief includes allowing debtors to miss an additional three payments under consumer proposals between March 13 and Dec. 31, 2020, before they are considered in default.The Office of the Superintendent of Bankruptcy (OSB) said that applications for similar relief are scheduled to be heard by courts in other provinces and territories in the next couple of days.The ruling follows the recent announcement that the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) won’t force debtors that are facing financial hardship due to the pandemic into bankruptcy. Businessman drowning in the sea and asks for help 123RF Finance Department reports preliminary deficit of $314B for last fiscal year Keywords Pandemics,  Debt,  Bankruptcy Related news Share this article and your comments with peers on social media James Langton Consumer debt driven by new mortgages, but credit card debt at six-year low An Ontario court has granted a motion from the federal Superintendent of Bankruptcy to provide debtors with greater flexibility to meet their repayment obligations under insolvency proposals.Following a motion from the superintendent, the Ontario Superior Court of Justice issued an order that will give residents of Ontario who have filed for insolvency more latitude to meet their repayment requirements during the Covid-19 pandemic. Facebook LinkedIn Twitterlast_img read more

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Loose tire on Toronto highway splits through woman’s car

By on June 15, 2021

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MTN Nigeria mulls IPO

By on June 4, 2021

first_img AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInLinkedInShare to TwitterTwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookFacebookShare to MoreAddThisMore 29 NOV 2016 MTN Nigeria Previous ArticleAxiata’s revenue rebounds but profit continues to slideNext ArticleOfcom proceeding with Openreach split Saleha Riaz Author HomeLatest Stories MTN Nigeria mulls IPO Latest Stories center_img Operator MTN met with Nigeria’s Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) to discuss an initial public offering in 2017 and the possibility of issuing three different classes of shares.SEC director general Mounir Gwarzo told Reuters the commission will support the move as long as it is within local laws and has advised MTN to ensure retail investors are protected.A formal application for the share sale has not yet been submitted. The listing will be subject to market conditions and is part of an agreement with the government.Back in June, when MTN Nigeria finally settled a high-stakes row with the government, it also said it would “take immediate steps” to ensure the listing of its shares on the Nigerian Stock Exchange as soon as possible after the date of execution of the agreement and will “always ensure full compliance with its license terms and conditions”.MTN Nigeria appointed Stanbic IBTC Capital, Standard Bank of South Africa and Standard Advisory London, and Citigroup Global Markets, as joint transaction advisors and global coordinators, with Stanbic acting as lead issuer, the Reuters report said.Last month it was reported that MTN Nigeria faces a parliamentary investigation into whether it unlawfully repatriated $14 billion in funds between 2006 and 2016, an allegation it said it “continues to refute”. MTN Nigeria edges closer to 2017 stock market listing Saleha joined Mobile World Live in October 2014 as a reporter and works across all e-newsletters – creating content, writing blogs and reports as well as conducting feature interviews…More Read more Tags Relatedlast_img read more

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