Sahtu region of Northwest Territories has new grand chief

Posted On Oct 14 2019 by

first_imgAPTN National NewsA long standing chief has stepped aside to let someone younger take his place.Afater 17 years, the Sahtu region of the Northwest Territories has a new grand chief.APTN’s Iman Kassam has the story.last_img


Libraries closed this weekend

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, TCI, October 12, 2016 – The TCI public libraries will be closed this Friday and Saturday due to a workshop and staff meeting being held.  Libraries will reopen on Monday at 8am. Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Related Items:last_img


Salute to Education awards college scholarships to high school students

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: May 3, 2018 May 3, 2018 Mark Mathis, Mark Mathis Hundreds of high school students were awarded scholarships Thursday during San Diego County’s Salute to Education Announcement Ceremony.The event is intended to encourage students to seek higher education after high school.KUSI’s Mark Mathis was LIVE with the story. ‘Salute to Education’ awards college scholarships to high school studentslast_img read more


SANDAG to host public meeting on future of San Diego transportation

Posted On Sep 17 2019 by

first_img SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – The San Diego Association of Governments will host a community meeting at 6 p.m. Wednesday to continue discussions on the future of San Diego County’s transportation network.The meeting is part of a series of events put on by SANDAG in October to gather feedback on an eventual transportation network plan that will go in the agency’s 2019-2050 regional plan. SANDAG currently has three concepts that it will use to draft an eventual plan. The concepts — titled Shared Mobility, Connected Corridors and Policy Possibilities — take into account priorities such as traffic congestion reduction, community health and climate change consideration.“This is a key first step in the process of deciding what types of projects, programs, and technologies we will invest in now and in the future,” said SANDAG Chair and Del Mar City Councilman Terry Sinnott. “Now is the time to take part in the conversation about how we will get around in the future — so come to the open house, join a community conversation with local elected officials, take our survey, and give us your input.”In addition to the community meeting, SANDAG members will give an update on the concepts to the San Diego City Council’s Smart Growth and Land Use Committee during its 2 p.m. meeting Wednesday.City Councilwoman Myrtle Cole will host the community meeting at the Jacobs Center Community Room. City Councilwoman Georgette Gomez, who also serves as Chair on the Smart Growth and Land Use Committee, is expected to attend the meeting as well. Posted: October 17, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, October 17, 2018 SANDAG to host public meeting on future of San Diego transportation KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


Gibson Guitars Names Slash Global Brand Ambassador

Posted On Sep 12 2019 by

first_imgNews Gibson Guitars Taps Slash For Brand Role gibson-guitars-names-slash-global-brand-ambassador Facebook Email Twitter Gibson Guitars Names Slash Global Brand Ambassador The Les Paul-wielding GRAMMY winner will represent the iconic guitar company in a new capacityTim McPhateGRAMMYs Aug 16, 2017 – 1:14 pm GRAMMY.comWhen pressed for word association on Slash, the lead guitarist for Guns N’ Roses, his top hat and shades come immediately to mind. Next on the list would have to be his trusty Gibson Les Paul, which is his weapon of choice to crank out the slithery riffs on classics like “Welcome To The Jungle,” “Paradise City” and “Sweet Child O Mine.”Fittingly, the iconic guitarist has been tapped to represent perhaps the most iconic guitar manufacturer of all time, Gibson Guitars, as the company’s first-ever global brand ambassador.In his role, the GRAMMY winner will help Gibson develop a range of new products across three of its brands: Gibson Custom, Gibson and Epiphone. Details of the new products are expected to be announced later this month.”Slash embodies the characteristics of creativity, passion and excellence that are so closely aligned with Gibson and we are very proud of the friendship and mutual success we have shared together for over 30 years,” said Henry Juszkiewicz, chairman and CEO of Gibson Brands. “We are also very excited about the future products we will be announcing soon.”In June The Washington Post published an eye-opening article spotlighting the declining state of the guitar industry. According to data collected by author Geoff Edgers, over the past decade electric guitar sales have plummeted from annual sales of 1.5 million sold annually to just more than 1 million. Meanwhile, in the last three years, Gibson and one its major competitors, Fender, have seen a dip in annual revenue.Gibson’s new partnership with guitar hero Slash would seem to be part of Juskiewicz’s master plan to keep the company a step ahead.”Everything we do is about music,” Juszkiewicz told Edgers for The Washington Post. “It doesn’t matter whether it’s the making of music with instruments or the listening of music with a player. To me, we’re a music company. That’s what I want to be. And I want to be number one.”Guns N’ Roses Among Top Mid-Year ToursRead morelast_img read more


Lego reveals a 1000brick Batcave to celebrate Batmans 80th anniversary

Posted On Sep 10 2019 by

first_imgLego Lego has revealed a 1,037-piece Batcave Friday in celebration of Batman’s 80th anniversary, which is stacked with both Batman villains and allies.The Batcave Clayface Invasion set depicts a tense invasion of the hero’s headquarters. When the set is fully assembled, you’ll be able to transform a Bruce Wayne minifigure into Batman in order to fend off minifigures of Clayface, Two-Face and Catwoman. Robin and Batwoman minifigures also join the fight in this set.Clayface is a posable minifigure, big enough to grip another character with his hands.lego-batcave-figuresThe Batcave looks fairly extensive, and the Clayface minifigure is larger than all th e others. Lego Builders should be ready to assemble a lot of different rooms of the Batcave, including a Batcomputer zone, hi-tech zone, workout zone, weapons room, trophy room, a transformation tower, jail modules and a Bat-Tank. The Batcave set is set for an Aug. 1 release and will sell for $100 (roughly converting to £75 or AU$140).The Lego set is one of several announced Friday for the 80th anniversary, which also include a 200-piece Mr. Freeze Batcycle Battle for $20, a 342-piece Batmobile for $30, a 489-piece Batwing and The Riddler Heist set for $50, a 59-piece Batman vs. The Riddler Robbery set for $10 and a 171-piece Batman and the Joker Escape set for $40. All of these sets are also set for an Aug. 1 release, with the Mr. Freeze Batcycle Battle coming exclusively to Walmart one month earlier on July 1.Batman’s official 80th anniversary date will be this Saturday. Share your voice Batman Lego The DC Comic-Con experience lets you channel Harley Quinn-levels… Every Batman that matters, ranked 0 2:27center_img Post a comment Now playing: Watch this: Tags 17 Photos Toys and Tabletop Games TV and Movieslast_img read more


Robots to dominate Chinese labor

Posted On Sep 5 2019 by

first_imgRobots to dominate Chinese labor1.2K viewsRobots to dominate Chinese labor1.2K views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Robots to dominate Chinese labor1.2K viewsBusinessRobots taking over China’s factory floors. And by 2017, there will be more in production plants here than in any other country in the world. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS REPORTER, JANE LANHEE LEE,Ventuno Web Player 4.50Robots taking over China’s factory floors. And by 2017, there will be more in production plants here than in any other country in the world. (SOUNDBITE) (English) REUTERS REPORTER, JANE LANHEE LEE,last_img read more


Intl wildlife smuggling syndicate active in Bangladesh

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by
first_imgDetectives rescued zebras from Jessore`s Sharsha area on 8 May. Photo: Prothom AloAn international smuggling ring has been using Bangladesh as a route for poaching wild animals, according to officials engaged in investigating recent cases of wildlife smuggling.Some of these animals such as zebras and horses are believed to carry dangerous diseases.Some 50 people from Bangladesh, India, Pakistan, Thailand, the Philippines and Malaysia are members of such a syndicate that recently brought nine zebras to Jashore to send on to India, the officials said.India is considered the largest market of smuggled wild animals.In a US state department report published in November last year, Bangladesh was named as a source as well as safe route of wild animal smuggling.The same smuggling group allegedly brought in lion and tiger cubs earlier.A few officials of police, customs and forest departments are involved in the smuggling, the officials concerned said.However, the law enforcement authorities have removed names of kingpins of the gang from cases several times.The police has provided detailed information of the international gang of poachers to INTERPOL, police headquarters’ additional deputy inspector general (intelligence) M Moniruzzaman told Prothom Alo.Zebras rescued in JashoreA team of detective branch of police rescued nine African zebras, including a dead one, from a certain Tutu Mia’s enclosure in Satmail Bazar of Sharsha upazila in Jashore in the night of 8 May.Already sent to Bangabandhu Safari Park in Gazipur, the zebras were brought to Tutu Mia’s enclosure on the evening, said a trader in Shahrsha’s Satmail Bazar, Monirul Islam.Satmail Bazar is largely known as a market of cattle smuggled in from India. A local leader of ruling Awami League is a member of the syndicate that controls the cattle market, local sources said.The police sued Tutu Mia, Rana Bhuiyan from Bakulnagar village in Palash upazila of Narsingdi, Kamruzzaman Babu from Bashikora Chakpara village in Bogura’s Adamdighi upazila and Md Mukti from Putkhali of Sharsha upazila under wildlife conservation and security act. Local AL leader Idris Ali, Rana from Uttara of Dhaka and Yasin, son of one Zakir Hossain from Bhola were named as their associates.Rana Bhuiyan, Kamruzzaman, Mukti and Yasin are accused in another case filed on 13 November 2017 in connection with the rescue of a leopard and four cubs of lion from a Prado car at Chanchra check post in Jashore.The police, however, did not include the name of the owner of Prado car, Khwaja Moinuddin, a recruiting agent and owner of Star Gold International.Investigation officer of the case Abdul Qayyum Munshi remained silent about his exclusion from the case.The cages of zebras were brought in by Turkish Airlines, said the police.Turkish Airlines’ assistant manager Nafis Imran said, “Biman Bangladesh Airlines carries our cargo in Dhaka.”The cargo services department of Biman said to Prothom Alo that the Turkish Airlines jet TK-6472 brought 10 zebras in Dhaka on 7 May and the importing organisation, Bay Mother Shrimp, had paid duty and taken them away on that day.Cox’s Bazar fish food trading company Bay Mother Shrimp’s owner Shahed Ali said he knows nothing about the zebras.Dhaka Customs House commissioner Prakash Dewan said the zebras were brought with legal documents.Another customs official, on anonymity, said the zebras were imported by showing forged documents. Of the 10 zebras, one might have died earlier and another one died after those were sent to the border area, he suspects.About poaching, fisheries and livestock minister Narayan Chandra Chanda told Prothom Alo that the ministry does not give permission or no objection certificate (NOC) for import of wild animals.That is the duty of the forest department, he pointed out.Forest conservator (wildlife) Md Zahidul Karim said they have not given permission to any private organisation other than the government zoos.Terming all the documents of recent consignment of zebras as forged ones, he said an international gang imported the animals. The forest department will form a committee to investigate the matter.The plaintiff of the zebra poaching case, Jashore detective branch police inspector Murad Hossain said the gang which was involved in the smuggling of leopards and lion cubs, is also involved in the zebra poaching.* This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Shameem Reza.last_img

Additional IGPs wife dies of dengue

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgAn aedes mosquito. File PhotoThe wife of Additional Inspector General of Police Shahabuddin Quraishi died of dengue at a city hospital on Sunday, reports UNB.Sayeda Akhter, 54, passed away around 11:30am, said Shahin, a staff of the Anti-Terrorism Unit chief.The dengue victim was undergoing treatment at the Square Hospital.Sayeda Akhter was first admitted to Samorita Hospital on 30 July and then shifted to Square Hospital on Saturday.The government on Saturday said 18 dengue patients died in the capital city since the beginning of this year. But unofficial estimates suggest the death toll is higher.The government said 22,919 people were hospitalised with dengue since 1 January.last_img read more


Bishop Will Willimon on why no plan can unite United Methodists

Posted On Sep 3 2019 by

first_imgYonat Shimron YonatShimron As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 Share This! TagsDuke Divinity School General Conference homepage featured LGBTQ One Church Plan St. Louis UMCGC United Methodist Church Will Willimon,You may also like News • Photos of the Week Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts Share This! News By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Share This! Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Catholicism Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email By: Yonat Shimron YonatShimron Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,(RNS) — Will Willimon, a prominent theologian and a retired bishop of the United Methodist Church’s North Alabama Conference, has some choice words for a denomination in disarray over its views on sexuality.Willimon, like other bishops, couldn’t vote on any of the plans presented this week at the special denominational session in St. Louis — one that would continue to restrict church leaders from ordaining or marrying LGBT people, and another that would allow local congregations to make their own decisions. Church rules don’t give bishops a voice or a vote. The session’s 864 delegates are made up of clergy and lay people from around the world.But as a lifelong Methodist, he said, he saw an unmistakable change in the attitudes of the delegates at the special session in St. Louis. People on either side of the issue talked of breaking away from the 12 million-member global denomination. Willimon, who now teaches at Duke Divinity School in Durham, N.C., left St. Louis on Tuesday (Feb. 26) before the final vote.RELATED: United Methodists pass Traditional Plan, keep ban on LGBTQ clergy, same-sex marriageHe talked to Religion News Service by cellphone from St. Louis. This interview has been edited for length and clarity.What are you seeing and hearing from the delegates?It occurred to me there are people in the auditorium who don’t care what plan passes or how it passes. They’re withdrawing. Once you’ve made that decision, what difference does it make what plan you’ve got? Someone was saying, “Unless the Traditional Plan passes exactly as it is, unamended, we’re leaving.” That’s kind of like announcing, “We’re leaving.” Imagine having a meeting in a local church where people say “Hey, before we have the discussion and all, if this vote in session doesn’t go my way, I’m leaving.”Delegates attend the first day of the special session of the United Methodist Church General Conference in St. Louis, Mo. on Feb. 24, 2019. RNS photo by Kit DoyleTraditionalists organized the Wesleyan Covenant Association and made clear their intention to separate from the denomination if the rules regarding LGBTQ people are changed. Are progressives also organized?The traditionalists did a bang-up job of political organizing and counting the votes. The progressives were all busy talking about unity and community and listening and loving. The conservatives were on the floor getting the votes.Do you expect some bishops to leave, too?I’d be surprised, but I don’t know. If we’ve shown one thing, it’s that what bishops do — or don’t do — is almost irrelevant. The bishops labored for two years and came up with these three plans and backed the One Church Plan (which would allow local congregations to decide about LGBTQ ordination and marriage) and pushed that. But the General Conference seems united: We don’t trust bishops. I tried to advocate for the One Church Plan and found out that many progressives felt it didn’t go far enough in providing affirmation and protection for LGBTQ people. On the other hand, traditionalists said, “This is a power play by the bishops to throw this on us even though we’ve demonstrated through many votes we don’t want it.”Is division necessarily a bad thing?We need to remind ourselves that what’s passed for church unity for the last 40 years in the Methodist Church is a kind of bureaucratic, rule-driven, top-down, corporate-America type unity. If that unity is disrupted, that puts us back to where we’ve always been: That’s a gathering by Christ of all kinds of people that make up the church. I say to my seminarians, “Remember, the General Conference as it is now, the Book of Discipline as it is now and our notions of unity and connection — that’s only 40, 50 years old.” When we started the Book of Discipline it grew by a third with additional rules and regulations. If that’s being dismantled, I don’t know that that’s a bad thing.Some United Methodist delegates gather together to pray before a key vote on church policies about homosexuality on Feb. 26, 2019, during the special session of the UMC General Conference in St. Louis, Mo. RNS photo by Kit DoyleWould a split take place over time, rather than in one fell swoop?That’s my guess. But I’ve been wrong before. If the Traditional Plan passes, will it be constitutional? I don’t think it will be.  There are a number of problems with it, particularly in its punitive parts. However, I don’t know that it will make a lot of difference. There are people, left and right, progressive and conservative, who just say, “This is it. We’ve waited. We’ve watched. We’ve tried. And now we can’t stay.”To me, that’s the story, more than which plan passes.That’s kind of new. We spent time yesterday openly discussing, “Now, how much do we have to pay to have to leave? Is a third of a property assessment OK?” It was just weird hearing us talk that way. That’s not the way we’ve talked previously.  If you talk that way, it means the debate is almost moot. This may be a bad analogy, but as a pastor, when a couple comes to me and says, “We’re talking about getting a divorce. We’d like to hear your views on our marriage,” I say, “If you’ve gotten this far, you’re going to divorce. What do you want from me?” I kind of feel that way here.What will the 93 affiliated colleges and universities do?I think there are going to be stresses — not only because we could violate many colleges’ statements of inclusion and affirmation by our actions here. Just as important for me, I think, is that we’re turning away everyone under 40. The average Methodist is 61 years old. What we ought to be talking about is “What in the world can we do to reach the generations we’ve lost?” Our colleges are going to say, “We still feel called to be connected to and in ministry with 19-year-olds. You appear to have no interest in that. We’re going to have to evaluate where we are with you.”If we have congregations leaving, we’re going to have huge financial stresses and they won’t be felt in clergy salaries. They’ll be felt by the institutions and the money we give them, which has been shrinking rapidly. It will shrink even further, thus aggravating that situation.Where do you find hope?The hope is that Jesus Christ is Lord. There is a God, and our God is a redemptive God. I can’t decide if the Lord is saying now, “You created the structure and polity of the United Methodist Church. I didn’t. You wrote the Book of Discipline. I didn’t. If that’s being dismantled, that’s OK.”I teach at Duke Divinity School and God is still calling some great people to lead the Methodist Church. My message to students is, “If you ever wonder why God calls people like you in the ministry, look at the General Conference. God has called you to save us, redeem us, lead us. Now step up and lead.”I’m hoping that is our hope. Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Share This! 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Harveys Impact Extends As Far As Some Coral Reefs

Posted On Sep 2 2019 by

first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen 00:00 /01:08 Share NASARunoff from Harvey as seen by satellite imaging.If you’re a salt water organism like those on the reef at the Flower Garden Banks National Marine Sanctuary an influx of freshwater, and the resulting drop in salinity, can kill you.Scientists noticed a mass deaths among sea life at the Flower Garden Banks after freshwater runoff from flooding on the Gulf Coast hit the reef in 2016. So far, runoff from Hurricane Harvey has not caused the same devastation, although some of the reef has shown signs of stress, researchers said. “Coral reefs like ocean water, they’re very sensitive ecosystems and they like stable conditions,” said Kathryn Shamberger, a researcher at Texas A&M University. Runoff can introduce pollutants to the reef and also affect salinity, pH and light levels.“The reef is basically a city where the corals are apartment buildings and there are all sorts of diverse animals and plants living in those apartments,” said Adrienne Correa, a researcher Rice University. When one part of the reef, or apartment, is stressed, so too are others. High stress on the reef can lead to mass die-offs like the one in 2016.Correa said that in 2016 the water was hazy and green, the reef turned pale with pieces its organisms floating around. Right now, there are just small signs of stress. But Correa said researchers are still keeping an eye on the reef.“We might understand as we have more frequent and intense storms, given climate change, how at risk our coral reef ecosystems are going to be when there’s all this freshwater input,” Correa said.Correa said her team will be visiting the reef again in April to observe Harvey’s long term effects on the ecosystem. Xlast_img read more


Inside MPDs Efforts to Teach Cops Black History

Posted On Sep 1 2019 by

first_imgBy Lenore T. Adkins, Special to the AFROWords matter and are not to be taken lightly, University of the District of Columbia Professor Bernard “Bernie” Demczuk told nearly two dozen Metropolitan Police Department (MPD) recruits on their mandatory Black History tour along U Street April 20.In his opinion when people say “riot,” they’re talking about Black people violently reacting to tragedy. That’s why Demczuk instead calls the unrest along U Street following Martin Luther King Jr.’s assassination in 1968 an uprising or rebellion.Bernie Demczuk speaks to officers during the U Street tour. (Photo by Lenore Adkins )“Thug means Black, middle-class means White,” said Demczuk, who is White and teaches African-American history and culture at the University of the District of Columbia. “Urban means Black, riot means Black. I don’t have time to give you a long history lesson on how much there was White rioting against Black people over the last 250 years. Do they call them riots? No, they don’t call them riots.”The police department has partnered with UDC to deploy a training program for D.C.’s roughly 3,800 police officers and 660 civilian personnel to help them understand the city’s rich African American history and the historic racial tension between Black communities and law enforcement.While violent crimes have fallen in the District, according to Mayor Muriel Bowser, negative interactions between Black residents and police officers continue to be a point of contention — a larger issue when considering African Americans comprise 47.7 percent of the District according to the 2016 U.S. Census.Meanwhile, demographic data from D.C. police shows Blacks represent 52.12 percent of the force, while 35.1 percent are White, nearly 9 percent identify as Hispanic, 3.61 percent are Asian, and the rest are either Native American or biracial.The one day program requires several hours of lectures led by Demczuk and professor Sharita Thompson, as well as tours of the Smithsonian African-American Museum of History and Culture and the U Street Corridor. Training started in January and 550 officers have gone through it as of April 20, Demczuk said.On the tour, Demczuk took the recruits along a vibrant five-block stretch of U Street that was once home to “Black Broadway,” and formed in response to segregation on New York City’s Broadway. With its jazz clubs, Black businesses, famous residents and its proximity to Howard University, U Street was ground zero for Black life, society and culture.Today, tension simmers in the rapidly gentrifying corridor between long-time Black residents who saw the neighborhood through its tough times and the new, young White residents moving in, Demczuk said. It’s a something he said police need to know and understand when it comes to doing their job.The two-hour tour led officers through alleys to see vibrant murals, including the one near the landmark Ben’s Chili Bowl (where Demczuk serves as its historian), past Lee’s Flower and Card Shop and Industrial Bank, two other longtime Black businesses, to the African American Civil War Memorial and other historic points of interest.Many people on the street stopped in their tracks, curious about why so many cops were walking up and down U Street — several others joined the tour for short stints. Along the way, Demczak introduced the officers to some of the people who make U Street tick, including Tony, a homeless man who implored the cops not to arrest him if they’re ever walking the beat and Shun Pittman, owner of Corps d’Elite hair salon.“I am so amazed and grateful for this program that Bernie is doing and I hope it takes off nationwide because it’s something that’s needed,” Pittman told the AFRO. “Education is the key for everything, you know? It brings people together.”The police department isn’t relying on data or evidence to show the program works, public affairs specialist Karimah Bilal told the AFRO. It instead acts as an initiative that offers insight into the culture and background of the Black communities D.C. police serve, while drilling down on the historic mistrust between law enforcement and Blacks.Through the training, veteran officer Sarah Snapko learned there’s a reason D.C. doesn’t have vagrancy laws on the books — because they were often used to target Blacks who were hanging out when it was too hot in their homes.She’s hopeful that her fellow officers don’t close their mind to learning something new and wishes she had this training when she joined the force 15 years ago.“A citizen looks to you as the person who can solve the problem for them and yet there’s so much more you don’t realize, you don’t know especially when you’re coming from an outside city and you’re growing up in a different culture,” said Snapko, who is White and is from suburban Cleveland. “Here, it’s a culture shock and to have this type of training and to serve that community, it’s a benefit.”last_img read more


Health and Retirement study indicates people wildly underestimate how long they will

Posted On Aug 31 2019 by

first_img(Phys.org) —The University of Michigan conducted a poll back in 1992, asking 26,000 men and women over the age of 50 and living in the U.S. what they thought about their chances of living to age 75, was it 10 percent, 50, 100? It was all part of a Health and Retirement survey conducted to shed some light on what people were doing about saving for retirement in light of news that social security might not be the safety net many people have been hoping for. Now, 22 years later, researchers with the Brookings Institute have revisited the answers given by respondents and compared those numbers to how long those people actually did live—to see how well the people back then were able to guess how long they would live. As it turns out, most were wildly pessimistic. Explore further © 2014 Phys.org Credit: Peter Griffin/public domain Citation: Health and Retirement study indicates people wildly underestimate how long they will live (2014, November 13) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-11-health-people-wildly-underestimate.html More information: Better Financial Security in Retirement? Realizing the Promise of Longevity Annuities, www.brookings.edu/research/pap … ities-abraham-harrisAbstractThe shift in the U.S. retirement system away from company pensions and towards individual retirement accounts has placed greater responsibility on workers for ensuring the adequacy of their saving and managing those savings. Absent ready availability of or familiarity with suitable financial instruments, retirees increasingly are self-insuring against a variety of retirement risks, especially the risk of outliving their assets. One alternative to self-insuring against extended longevity is an insurance product known as a “longevity annuity.” The essence of a longevity annuity is a fixed stream of payments that begins with a substantial delay from the time the contract is purchased—a longevity annuity purchased at age 60 or 65, for example, might begin payments at age 75, 80 or 85. The current market for longevity annuities faces many barriers, ranging from consumer decision making that does not account adequately for longevity risk to the fiduciary concerns of employers to incomplete markets for the hedging of risk by insurance companies. In this paper, we highlight how recent trends have precipitated a need for products that offer protection against longevity risk, consider whether longevity annuities can improve retirement security, highlight barriers to more widespread take-up of longevity annuities, and offer a menu of potential reforms to bolster this fledgling market. Survey: Working longer—older Americans’ attitudes on work and retirement In looking at the data, the researchers found that the most pessimistic of them all, those who believed they had zero chance of living to 75, were wrong in almost half the cases. On the other end of the extreme, those who were absolutely certain they would live to 75, were good predictors, a little over 78 percent of them were right. The rest fell somewhere in-between.Such numbers are important because people are living longer and the population has shifted to the point where there is not enough young people paying into the social security pot to pay for all the retirees at the other end. Thus, people are having to save money on their own, and some, such as the folks at the Brookings Institute are afraid that if people are pessimistic about how long they’ll live, they won’t save enough should they outlive their expectations. But, they also offer a possible solution.Their idea is convince people to buy a longevity annuity—it’s a type of investment that pays a certain amount back over a certain number of years, which, as it turns out, is very similar to how social security works—only in this case, it’s all private and is based entirely on how much an investor puts in initially. They point out how quickly an investment can grow and how important it is that people take their retirement more seriously. Of course for that to happen, some means will have to be found for convincing people that their chances for living into their old age, is a lot higher than they think. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only.last_img read more


Woman issues cry for help after losing boyfriend at Epcot

Posted On Aug 19 2019 by

first_imgTags: Disney World, Epcot Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Woman issues cry for help after losing boyfriend at Epcotcenter_img Tuesday, March 19, 2019 Share ORLANDO — You would probably find a wide assortment of items at the Lost & Found at Walt Disney World. Keys, phones, wallets, umbrellas and… boyfriends?That’s what one woman was probably hoping to retrieve during a recent visit to the park. According to People, Brittany Blake and her boyfriend Regory Turco became separated at Epcot while on a couple’s vacation. To make matters worse, Turco’s cell phone ran out of battery, making it impossible for the pair to contact one another.So, rather than wait all day at Lost & Found for someone to deliver her boyfriend (we kid, we kid), Blake took matters into her own hands and posted a cry for help in the Disney Annual Passholders Facebook group.“Weird post but lost my boyfriend in Epcot today and haven’t been able to find him for hours because his phone is dead. If anyone sees him can they tell him to meet us at the Mexican pavilion?”More news:  Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Blake also ended the note with: “P.S. I’m the one who’s nervous here because I hate being alone lmao. He’s probably off drinking.”She included a photo of Turco taken earlier that day, wearing a bright red Hawaiian shirt, in hopes that someone – anyone – would recognize him.Well, as you can imagine, Facebook responded in full, with over 1,300 comments in just two hours. One commenter was quick to point out to Turco’s shirt resembled that of Stitch from Lilo & Stitch, and went so far as to post a photo of Stitch to prove it.“I did not see him but Stitch has a similar shirt on,” the commenter wrote.Other people left very ‘helpful’ suggestions as to where Turco could possibly be, including “napping on spaceship earth”, “drunk in Mexico” and “in line for Frozen”.And then, there were commenters who urged Blake to take advantage of her newfound ‘freedom’ and start living it up at the park.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the team“At some point you need to give up and take the gift that’s in front of you. You’re now a single rider and that’s almost like having a Fast Pass. His loss,” one commenter wrote.Nearly three hours after she first posted her message, Blake reported on Facebook that she eventually found her boyfriend. So where was he?Sure enough. Turco was spotted in line for Frozen!Blake, who also noted that her boyfriend was “drinking all day” while looking for her, made sure to thank everyone for their “nice comments”. We hope she wasn’t all that mad at Turco and was able to just ‘let it go’.last_img read more