David Fitzsimmons / Arizona Daily StarBy Tom Purcell“I wanted to go to the beach, but the wife tells me we barely have the funds to go miniature golfing!”“Ah, yes, you speak of a common experience for many Americans in recent summers. According to a 2014 Google Trends report, there has been a 10 percent increase in online searches for ‘staycations,’ getaways that are close to home.”“A vacation to me is going to a beach and staying in a nice condo and forgetting all of our worries for a week or more — not driving 45 minutes to stay in some dinky motel at a lake!”“There is a reason so many families are short on funds. According to The Wall Street Journal, the economy is only growing at an average of 2.2 percent a year since 2009, when the recession ended. It is the slowest economic recovery in more than 70 years. The growth rate is more than a full percentage point lower than in the second worst recovery, which occurred from 2001 through 2007.”“But wasn’t President Obama just on the Jon Stewart show, claiming that every metric under his presidency is better than when he took office?”“That is correct, but the Tampa Bay Times’ PolitiFact took exception to some of his claims. Here’s what they said about real weekly median earnings under Obama: ‘Between the first quarter of 2009 and the first quarter of 2015, inflation-adjusted weekly earnings for full-time wage and salary workers fell from $348 to $344, a decline of about 1 percent. Comparing the second quarter of 2009 and the second quarter of 2015, weekly earnings fell from $342 to $337, a decline of about 1.4 percent.’”“That doesn’t sound so good.”“Median income is not doing so well under Obama, either. PolitiFact says that ‘inflation-adjusted median household income, according to the U.S. Census Bureau, fell from $54,059 in 2009 to $51,939 in 2013 — a decline of about 4 percent.’”“No wonder the wife and I are so broke.”“It gets worse. Says PolitiFact: ‘The data show that 13.2 percent of Americans were living in poverty in March 2009. By March 2014, that percentage had risen to 14.5 percent. That was down slightly from what it was in the previous three years, but not enough to match the 2009 level.’”“The wife and I are headed to the poorhouse if things don’t improve. The government is telling us there is low inflation, but making ends meet is getting harder every month. Have you seen the cost of milk, meat and produce? Costs keep going up as our income keeps going down!”“The big picture could be worse, however. GDP is up, the number of employed Americans is up, and the unemployment rate, by and large, has improved since 2009, but the fact is a measly 2.2-percent growth rate is not going to cut it. Until that is corrected, many families will lack the growth opportunities they need in their careers to put money in the bank to have the funds they need to enjoy a decent summer vacation.”“You mean like the mid-1990s?”“Yes. The National Bureau of Economic Research says the 1990s was the longest economic expansion in U.S. history. The growth rate was double what it is now. The expansion lasted 10 years, from March 1991 to March 2001.”“In the ’90s, the wife and I toured Europe and every year, we flew down to the Salesbbean. Now we get to go miniature golfing. Yippee!”“It’s very simple. Until our government gets back to pro-growth policies, staycations will be staying with us a while.”FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
Share Share 85 Views one comment BusinessLifestyleNewsRegional BVI Government to Distribute Land for Marijuana Production by: – January 16, 2020 Tweet Share Sharing is caring! (LoopTT) The British Virgin Islands has taken a somewhat unconventional approach to action its medicinal marijuana initiative.Premier Andrew Fahie said his government will distribute half-acre lots of land to approximately 100 citizens, for the cultivation and production of medicinal marijuana.During a recent interview on the Honestly Speaking radio show, hosted by Claude Skelton Cline, Premier Fahie said the government hopes to have the marijuana programme fully on-stream by May of this year.We’re looking at Paraquita Bay for 50 acres of land, to empower 100 Virgin Islanders, 100 Belongers and we are doing it by districts. The Territorial members will also be able to include some youngsters, so at least the minimum of 10 persons per district for each of the nine districts,” he said.Premier Fahie said this land distribution exercise will empower the lucky recipients, allowing them to captain their own ship and eventually secure their financial independence.He said the government is working on incentives that would attract potential investors. The aim he said, is to have at least one investor set up shop in the BVI.He said “We have other areas that we are looking at in terms of how do we get more major companies to bring their established companies — or one of them — in here to function. We have some of them we are already speaking to, to bring in their innovation, and that is going to open up the BVI tremendously.”During the Premier’s First District Annual Report and New Year’s Party which was held recently, he asked those against the marijuana initiative to consider all the positive opportunities the new venture will bring to the territory.“I would understand people who object to the medicinal marijuana, but while we are here fighting to see if we should move forward, others are getting ahead of us. But that wouldn’t happen under this government,” he said.Premier Fahie who is also the Minister of Finance, believes this initiative will pave a path for additional career opportunities for the people of the British Virgin Islands.He said opportunities for product development, processing, marketing and research are currently being explored.
A 53-year-old Florida woman has been banned from Disney for life after she reportedly attacked a cab driver who denied her a cigarette while she was at the resort.Ellen McMillion of Brandon, Florida was arrested Thursday of last week, just outside of Disney’s Hollywood Studios.According to the report, McMillion asked the taxi driver for a cigarette and when he said he did not have one, she began slapping the driver. A deputy witnessed the incident and intervened, however, McMillion began kicking him.Deputies also reported that McMillion was slurring her words, and they detected a strong odor of alcohol. She has since been arrested and is facing charges of battery on an officer and disorderly intoxication. As of Monday, McMillion did not have legal representation despite records showing she requested a public defender.
Golf Express – which promotes 9-hole golf to inspire busy people to play more often – is being rolled out nationally by England Golf.The launch coincides with this week’s BMW PGA Championship at Wentworth and follows a successful eight-month trial in Staffordshire when over 4600 9-hole rounds were played.Now clubs across the country are invited to join the campaign and promote 9-hole green fees and offers to players on the website.Justin Rose, an England Golf ambassador, often plays 9 holes in practice and describes Golf Express as:“A great way to play all the game in half the time.”On average, a 9-hole round can be played in just two hours, which can fit into a busy lifestyle, and it offers all the health and social benefits of the full game. In a 9-hole round a player will walk two to three miles, take over 5000 steps and burn over 450 calories.The appeal of the 9-hole game, which is compatible with the Rules of Golf and the handicap system, has also prompted the R&A to launch a new 9-hole championship for amateurs and Scottish Golf is also promoting the shorter format.To mark the national launch of Golf Express, England Golf has re-imagined the results of the Major championships of the past five years to find out how they would differ if played over 9 holes.If the Majors had been played over the front 9, Tiger Woods would have won two more titles – an Open and a Masters. If they’d been played over the back 9, Lee Westwood would have won a Masters and Justin Rose would have added another Major to his 2013 US Open title.England Golf’s Club Services and Development Director Richard Flint said: “This research shines a light on the 9-hole game and I hope it encourages more people to get into golf.”Golf Express offers places to play across the country through its online directory which also features special offers. 25 May 2016 Golf Express 9-hole campaign goes national
Embed from Getty ImagesMany QPR fans on Twitter took exception to Neil Warnock’s comments about their team’s style of play following Saturday’s win against his Cardiff side.Warnock labelled Rangers a long ball side after the game at Loftus Road, where he was given a warm welcome on his return.His remarks did not go down with many fans, some of whom pointed out that QPR often relied on direct tactics during his time as manager.Others pointed to Rangers’ slick move in the build up to Yeni Ngbakoto equalising against the Bluebirds.Sore Loser Alert 🚨 https://t.co/iNLAsPsuHT— Colin Clarke (@QprColin) March 5, [email protected] Pot Kettle comes to mind! 😳— neil flynn (@neilflynn61) March 5, [email protected] mmmm, that’s some sour grapes right there— Allan Pike (@AlllanPike) March 5, [email protected] @QPRReport #QPRCAR #QPR6667 Sour grapes Warnock. You lost to a better team. Try and be magnanimous for once.— AshdownRanger (@Ashdown_Ranger) March 5, [email protected] what were his side doing then to only have 44% possession if we were just hitting long balls? Sour grapes much? pic.twitter.com/rdR1ehOR1P— Rob QPR (@qprob) March 5, [email protected] Perhaps he should take a look at our first goal again! 😄😄— malcolm jacobus (@maljacqpr) March 5, [email protected] @QPRReport guess he mist have missed the move that set up Yeni’s goal then #QPR— (((Terry Plimmer))) (@TerryPlimmer) March 5, 2017However, others admitted, somewhat reluctantly, that Warnock might have a point. To be fair.. he isn’t wrong👀👀 https://t.co/S8BZKfbAkj— Kris Love (@KrisLove5) March 5, [email protected] He’s right to be fair. Super Hoofs.— Mark Coughlan (@MarkCoughlan) March 5, [email protected] annoying thing is I agree with Warnock.— Ross Norville (@rosserthe) March 5, 2017 Ads by Revcontent Trending Articles Urologists: Men, Forget the Blue Pill! This “Destroys” ED x ‘Genius Pill’ Used By Rich Americans Now Available In Netherlands! x What She Did to Lose Weight Stuns Doctors: Do This Daily Before Bed! x Men, You Don’t Need the Blue Pill if You Do This x One Cup of This (Before Bed) Burns Belly Fat Like Crazy! x Drink This Before Bed, Watch Your Body Fat Melt Like Crazy x Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
Today’s transit of Venus, in which our sister planet appears to cross the disk of the sun, will be the last till 2117. As observatories and millions of people watch the rare planetary alignment, few may know the stories of astronomers who predicted them and explorers who risked life and limb to observe them.Watching the 7-hour event live on the internet (see Space.com) is a privilege that was unavailable the last time the paired events occurred (they come in pairs 8 years apart, separated by a more than a century). Because some parts of Earth are in darkness when they occur, Europeans often had to travel far to get to places where they could watch. Only 4 pairs of transits have been observed by humans since Johannes Kepler predicted them: the pair of 1631-1639, the pair in 1761-1769, the pair of 1874-1882 (for which John Philip Sousa composed a special march), and this pair in 2004-2012.Science Daily described how 18th century explorers had a much tougher time when they realized that important measurements could be made about the size of the solar system by observing the transit of Venus:The idea galvanized scientists who set off on expeditions around the world to view a pair of transits in the 1760s. The great explorer James Cook himself was dispatched to observe one from Tahiti, a place as alien to 18th-century Europeans as the Moon or Mars might seem to us now. Some historians have called the international effort the “the Apollo program of the 18th century.”Bolton Davidheiser, in his 1971 book Science and the Bible (Baker Book House, out of print) told a couple of lesser-known anecdotes about some of the observers of the previous pair of transits in the 17th century: The great astronomer John [Johannes] Kepler had predicted mathematically that on December 6, 1631, the planet Venus would pass in front of the sun. Kepler himself did not live to see this day, but a Frenchman named Pierre Gassendi, prepared to observe the phenomenon. He watched in vain, for Venus made its transit across the face of the sun after the sun had set in Europe.According to Kepler, a transit would not occur again for over a hundred years. But an English boy in his teens, Jeremiah Horrocks, did some figuring of his own and found that Venus should repeat its performance in just a few years. Going over his calculations, he found that indeed it was so and that Venus again should pass in front of the sun on December 4, 1639. He was too timid to mention this to anyone except his best friend, William Crabtree.Modem astronomers can tell at what time of day such a phenomenon will be visible at any place on earth where it can be seen, but the calculations of Jeremiah Horrocks told him only the day, and it was to be a Sunday. If he saw this transit he would be the first to do so, for no one ever before had observed Venus move across the disk of the sun. After this day no one on earth would have an opportunity to see it for a hundred twenty-one years. Besides the rarity of the event it had important theoretical implications in the science of astronomy.But the transit was due to occur on a Sunday and “the inward voice seemed to tell him that the Creator Himself is more worthy of worship than the phenomena He has instituted for admiration.” He watched the sun without interruption from sunrise until it was time to go to church. He went to church. When he returned he hastened to his telescope. The transit had just begun! Where his friend Crabtree was watching, the sky was cloudy but it cleared long enough for him to see it also and to confirm the observation of Horrocks.It is interesting to note, in contrast to this, the experience of a Frenchman named Legentil who went to India to observe the next transit of Venus a hundred twenty-one years later. Because a war was in progress his ship was delayed and he did not reach land until after the transit was over. As the following transit was to occur only eight years later, he decided to remain in India and wait. When the day of the transit arrived the sky was cloudy and he saw nothing of it. After being shipwrecked twice on his way home, he arrived in France to find his heirs preparing to divide his possessions.Between that time and the present, Venus has crossed the face of the sun twice. The next transit will occur on June 8, 2004. It is indeed remarkable that a boy in his teens could make a calculation of greater exactitude than the great Kepler. It also is remarkable that he would risk missing such an event instead of missing church one Sunday.See our biography of Johannes Kepler, the first astronomer to predict transits of Venus.If you missed the 2004 transit, don’t miss this one–it will be the last in your lifetime. Live Science tells how to observe it safely (do NOT look at the sun directly). Share the experience with children if you can; it will be a nice memory and a teachable moment about the clockwork regularity of the heavens, and how our Privileged Planet gives us an ideal platform for making scientific discoveries.Exercise: Watch The Privileged Planet after the transit, and discuss what factors apply to making the event observable from Earth. Discuss the discoveries made using transits of Venus (see Astrobio.net for ideas), and then discuss what today’s scientists hope to learn by today’s transit (see Space.com and JPL). (Visited 22 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
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Share Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest As American family farmers and ranchers navigate the most severe economic downturn since the 1980s farm crisis, the National Farmers Union (NFU) Board of Directors is urging the U.S. Congress to allocate more money to the farm safety net to make it work for family agriculture.Family farmers and ranchers provide an essential service in growing high quality food, fiber, feed and fuel for the country; and agriculture serves as the backbone of America’s rural economy, the board noted in a recently passed resolution. However, it continues to be put on the chopping block.“The productivity of America’s family farmers and ranchers provides our country with national security, renewable wealth, and vibrant rural communities,” noted the NFU Board. “The farm bill is to provide the nation with a safe, affordable food system for its citizens. We should increase the dollars in the agricultural budget to make effective farm legislation.”The Board noted that the dialogue around the consideration of the 2018 Farm Bill has once again shifted to budget savings, rather than what is needed to make farm programs effective. Agriculture has already contributed $130 billion to budget savings through the 2014 Farm Bill.“The circumstances in farm country threaten the next generation of agriculture,” the NFU Board noted. “Young and beginning farmers who have lower levels of equity are quickly faltering under these economic conditions.”The board pointed to several indicators of rural economic health that suggest urgent action is needed. Median net farm income is forecast to decline for the fourth consecutive year and expected to be negative, representing a 50% decline in four years. Grain commodity prices have dropped by half and are below the cost of production. The 2017 debt-to asset ratio is the worst the agriculture industry has seen in three decades. And farm lending has dropped by 40% from just one year ago.“Unfortunately, American family farmers and ranchers are in the midst of a farm crisis and there is no end in sight,” said the NFU Board. “These are the very circumstances that farm programs were created to address. The farm safety net is failing to address these very dire farm economics.”The Board pointed to the dairy industry, where dairy farmers are suffering greatly and lack a sufficient safety net. Milk prices dropped by one third from 2014 to 2016, and they remain significantly below the cost of production. Cash receipts have dropped 31% in the same time period.The current dairy farm safety net, the Dairy Margin Protection Program, has failed to provide dairy farmers with meaningful support. “Reform efforts are underway,” the NFU Board said. “However, enactment of a meaningful dairy safety net must include farmer-led supply management to balance production with consumer demand.”“National Farmers Union urges Congress to act quickly to allocate additional resources to the safety net for all of America’s family farms and ranches,” the resolution concluded.
This month is PTSD Awareness Month, and organizations and institutions across the nation are raising awareness concerning this invisible injury by providing information and assistance for those struggling with the condition and those that continue to provide care to them.According to the Military Health System (MHS), since 2008 an estimated 39,300 patients have been diagnosed with posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) (National Defense Authorization Act, 2008). As service members continue to return home from combat, the number of individuals experiencing PTSD may increase.PTSD is a debilitating condition that is common in service member who have been exposed to traumatic events while performing their military duties. PTSD is considered a silent, invisible injury that can cause sleep disturbance, unwanted thoughts or memories, excessive anger or irritability, and the use of large amounts of alcohol.If you are a service member struggling with PTSD or know someone that is, it may be helpful for you to take a closer look at what the Department of Veterans Affairs, National Center for PTSD has to offer.How can you provide proper care for wounded warrior with PTSD?