WalletHub Ranks Indiana Among Most Energy-Expensive States

first_imgCommentsFacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailShare WalletHub Ranks Indiana Among Most Energy-Expensive States JULY 13TH, 2018 TYRONE MORRIS ILLINOIS, INDIANA, KENTUCKYA WalletHub report finds the Hoosier state ranks in the top ten for most energy-expensive states. Indiana ranks 7th according to the personal-finance website. TwitterFacebook WalletHub compared the average monthly energy bills in each of the 50 states and the District of Columbia.The formula accounted for several different types of residential energy including electricity, natural gas, and home heating oil.Kentucky was ranked 25th and Illinois came in at 46th.last_img

’This is not just bread’

first_imgPicture a black backdrop and a lushly spotlighted loaf. Fleetwood Mac plays softly in the background, while a sexy voice says: “This is not just a French stick. This is a hand-crafted baguette made using the best French flour, stone baked to crusty, golden perfection by artisan bakers.”Marks & Spencer is yet to feature bread in its television advertising campaign, but if it did it would probably sound something like this. Beneath the marketing hype, ads such as these demonstrate a tangible shift in shoppers’ perceptions, which is something that bakers and ingredients suppliers are responding to with gusto. Graham Dunton, chef patissier at Unifine Food & Bake Ingredients, says that more and more UK bakers are seeing the value in a traditional bread offering, using simple, well-sourced and trustworthy ingredients. “There is a huge move in America and Australia towards artisanal-type breads – natural fermentation and breads that don’t look perfect, with character, that are interesting to eat,” he says.This was the message given at the Flour and Ingredients in Action event, organised by Unifine and miller FWP Matthews. Also at the event was French miller Moul-bie, a division of Grands Moulins de Paris, which is supplied in the UK by FWP Matthews. Craft bakers from across the country were invited to witness Moul-bie’s bakery technician Claude Jacopin give a master class in hand moulding at Unifine’s new base in Milton Keynes.Plats, boules, pain d’Aix (a double mounded bread), baguettes, batards (a large rustic loaf) and tricorn-shaped breads were dashed off with a few dextrous flicks of the wrist and a hint of Gallic nonchalance. Mr Jacopin’s skill comes after seven years on the road as a travelling baker in France, but his message was simple: a few basic techniques, once mastered, can produce delicious, wonderful-looking loaves to inspire shoppers to pay more for their breads.Open textureThe doughs were made with a high water content and mixed slowly before hand moulding. Moul-bie’s flours, such as Campaillette Grand Siecle, were used to create authentic breads with an open texture and a thick, chewy, rustic looking crust – a common sight in France’s plentiful boulangeries. But whereas there are around 35,000 French craft bakeries, the UK has seen numbers dwindle to a tenth of that figure. Flour mills are also more prevalent across the Channel. Of course, a helping hand from the government in the shape of minimum pricing has helped keep baking traditions alive, but even French bakers have had to dig their heels in against the onslaught of the supermarkets. “Bakers in France are protected a bit more and the minimum price of a baguette in France is governed,” says Graham Emberson, general sales manager for Moul-bie (UK). “They are under huge pressure as supermarkets are becoming bigger, but they are still holding the line. In France the big move is towards ‘baguette de tradition’, using water, flour, yeast and salt and nothing else. It’s carrying a premium – the average baguette in France is about 32 cents but the baguette de tradition is about 59-65 cents.”Moul-bie is keen to promote the artisanal method to the UK’s bakers and this year recruited Mr Jacopin and the highly skilled French baker Gregory Moutry, as bakery sales manager, to bolster its British operation. This technical expertise is available to assist craft bakers in their bakeries who want to tap into the artisanal resurgence. “We have English-speaking French technicians who are highly skilled and will come into the bakery and work alongside bakers,” says Mr Emberson. Clean label, traceable ingredients – the company’s stock trade – are proving a pull for bakers, he adds. “We only mill French grain and in most cases it’s our grain. We have full traceability.”Turbo separationGrands Moulins de Paris uses a turbo separation method of milling. For instance, a traditional T55 baguette flour at 10.5% protein has undergone centrifugal force to separate the molecules. This splits the flour into three levels of particle size carrying different protein levels: 7% protein (with larger molecules carrying more of the starch), which is suitable for wafer biscuits; a 10.5% protein flour; and a particle with a protein level up to 19%. The latter is then put back into a mother flour to create specific functional flours, such as puff pastry flour.“We can take a very poor quality wheat and create a puff pastry flour that will not shrink by subjecting it to turbo separation, with no chemicals added. We don’t use anything artificial at all – we use the wheat for its special characteristic, we then mill it – that’s it. We have clean label flours,” says Mr Emberson.This nothing-added ethic is seeing a surge in demand across the bakery market, as we report from Unifine’s Ingredients in Action day next week.last_img read more

When love and science double date

first_imgAll this busy-ness has affected non-romantic relationships too, which has a ripple effect on the romantic ones, Olds said. A respected national social survey has shown that in recent years people have gone from having three close friends to two, with one of those their romantic partner.“Often when you scratch the surface … the second [friend] lives 3,000 miles away, and you can’t talk to them on the phone because they’re on a different time schedule,” Olds said. “There is too much pressure, from my point of view, on what a romantic partner should be. They should be your best friend, they should be your lover, they should be your closest relative, they should be your work partner, they should be the co-parent, your athletic partner. There’s just so much pressure on the role of spouse that of course everybody isn’t able to quite live up to it.”Since the rising challenges of modern life aren’t going to change soon, Schwartz and Olds said couples should try to adopt ways to fortify their relationships for life’s long haul. For instance, couples benefit from shared goals and activities, which will help pull them along a shared life path, Schwartz said.“You’re not going to get to 40 years by gazing into each other’s eyes,” Schwartz said. “I think the fact that we’ve worked on things together has woven us together more, in good ways.”Maintain curiosity about your partnerAlso important is retaining a genuine sense of curiosity about your partner, fostered both by time apart to have separate experiences, and by time together, just as a couple, to share those experiences. Schwartz cited a study by Robert Waldinger, clinical professor of psychiatry at MGH and HMS, in which couples watched videos of themselves arguing. Afterwards, each person was asked what the partner was thinking. The longer they had been together, the worse they actually were at guessing, in part because they thought they already knew.“What keeps love alive is being able to recognize that you don’t really know your partner perfectly and still being curious and still be exploring,” Schwartz said. “Which means, in addition to being sure you have enough time and involvement with each other — that that time isn’t stolen — making sure you have enough separateness that you can be an object of curiosity for the other person.” Love in the crosshairs “I have learned much more from doing couples therapy, and being in a couple’s relationship” than from science, Olds said. “But every now and again, something like the fMRI or chemical studies can help you make the point better. If you say to somebody, ‘I think you’re doing this, and it’s terrible for a relationship,’ they may not pay attention. If you say, ‘It’s corrosive, and it’s causing your cortisol to go way up,’ then they really sit up and listen.”A side benefit is that examining other couples’ trials and tribulations has helped their own relationship over the inevitable rocky bumps, Olds said.“To some extent, being a psychiatrist allows you a privileged window into other people’s triumphs and mistakes,” Olds said. “And because you get to learn from them as they learn from you, when you work with somebody 10 years older than you, you learn what mistakes 10 years down the line might be.”People have written for centuries about love shifting from passionate to companionate, something Schwartz called “both a good and a sad thing.” Different couples experience that shift differently. While the passion fades for some, others keep its flames burning, while still others are able to rekindle the fires.“You have a tidal-like motion of closeness and drifting apart, closeness and drifting apart,” Olds said. “And you have to have one person have a ‘distance alarm’ to notice the drifting apart so there can be a reconnection … One could say that in the couples who are most successful at keeping their relationship alive over the years, there’s an element of companionate love and an element of passionate love. And those each get reawakened in that drifting back and forth, the ebb and flow of lasting relationships.”Children as the biggest stressorChildren remain the biggest stressor on relationships, Olds said, adding that it seems a particular problem these days. Young parents feel pressure to raise kids perfectly, even at the risk of their own relationships. Kids are a constant presence for parents. The days when child care consisted of the instruction “Go play outside” while mom and dad reconnected over cocktails are largely gone.When not hovering over children, America’s workaholic culture, coupled with technology’s 24/7 intrusiveness, can make it hard for partners to pay attention to each other in the evenings and even on weekends. It is a problem that Olds sees even in environments that ought to know better, such as psychiatry residency programs.“There are all these sweet young doctors who are trying to have families while they’re in residency,” Olds said. “And the residencies work them so hard there’s barely time for their relationship or having children or taking care of children. So, we’re always trying to balance the fact that, in psychiatry, we stand for psychological good health, but [in] the residency we run, sometimes we don’t practice everything we preach.” “There is too much pressure … on what a romantic partner should be. They should be your best friend, they should be your lover, they should be your closest relative, they should be your work partner, they should be the co-parent, your athletic partner. … Of course everybody isn’t able to quite live up to it.” —Jacqueline Olds, associate professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Related Husband and wife Ph.D. students seek treatment for her fatal disease Harvard study, almost 80 years old, has proved that embracing community helps us live longer, and be happier Good genes are nice, but joy is bettercenter_img Strength in love, hope in science “They gave each other a smile with a future in it.” —Ring LardnerLove’s warm squishiness seems a thing far removed from the cold, hard reality of science. Yet the two do meet, whether in lab tests for surging hormones or in austere chambers where MRI scanners noisily thunk and peer into brains that ignite at glimpses of their soulmates.When it comes to thinking deeply about love, poets, philosophers, and even high school boys gazing dreamily at girls two rows over have a significant head start on science. But the field is gamely racing to catch up.One database of scientific publications turns up more than 6,600 pages of results in a search for the word “love.” The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is conducting 18 clinical trials on it (though, like love itself, NIH’s “love” can have layered meanings, including as an acronym for a study of Crohn’s disease). Though not normally considered an intestinal ailment, love is often described as an illness, and the smitten as lovesick. Comedian George Burns once described love as something like a backache: “It doesn’t show up on X-rays, but you know it’s there.” Richard Schwartz, associate professor of psychiatry at Harvard Medical School (HMS) and a consultant to McLean and Massachusetts General (MGH) hospitals, says it’s never been proven that love makes you physically sick, though it does raise levels of cortisol, a stress hormone that has been shown to suppress immune function.Love also turns on the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is known to stimulate the brain’s pleasure centers. Couple that with a drop in levels of serotonin — which adds a dash of obsession — and you have the crazy, pleasing, stupefied, urgent love of infatuation.It’s also true, Schwartz said, that like the moon — a trigger of its own legendary form of madness — love has its phases.“It’s fairly complex, and we only know a little about it,” Schwartz said. “There are different phases and moods of love. The early phase of love is quite different” from later phases.During the first love-year, serotonin levels gradually return to normal, and the “stupid” and “obsessive” aspects of the condition moderate. That period is followed by increases in the hormone oxytocin, a neurotransmitter associated with a calmer, more mature form of love. The oxytocin helps cement bonds, raise immune function, and begin to confer the health benefits found in married couples, who tend to live longer, have fewer strokes and heart attacks, be less depressed, and have higher survival rates from major surgery and cancer.Schwartz has built a career around studying the love, hate, indifference, and other emotions that mark our complex relationships. And, though science is learning more in the lab than ever before, he said he still has learned far more counseling couples. His wife and sometime collaborator, Jacqueline Olds, also an associate professor of psychiatry at HMS and a consultant to McLean and MGH, agrees. The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news.,More knowledge, but struggling to understand“I think we know a lot more scientifically about love and the brain than we did a couple of decades ago, but I don’t think it tells us very much that we didn’t already know about love,” Schwartz said. “It’s kind of interesting, it’s kind of fun [to study]. But do we think that makes us better at love, or helping people with love? Probably not much.”Love and companionship have made indelible marks on Schwartz and Olds. Though they have separate careers, they’re separate together, working from discrete offices across the hall from each other in their stately Cambridge home. Each has a professional practice and independently trains psychiatry students, but they’ve also collaborated on two books about loneliness and one on marriage. Their own union has lasted 39 years, and they raised two children. “I think we know a lot more scientifically about love and the brain than we did a couple of decades ago … But do we think that makes us better at love, or helping people with love? Probably not much.” —Richard Schwartz, associate professor of psychiatry, Harvard Medical School Listen much, criticize little, share money, experts advise ahead of Valentine’s Day last_img read more

Rising to the challenge

first_img The Daily Gazette Sign up for daily emails to get the latest Harvard news. This is the first in a series of profiles showcasing some of Harvard’s stellar graduates.From a rural town in the south of Ghana to his time at Harvard University, one thing has been a constant for MacLean “Mac” Sarbah: a willingness to help others succeed, especially the young.His approach has been education. In Ghana, he volunteered as a middle and high school teacher in Mepe, where his parents were born. When he came to the U.S., he helped raise funds for an internet facility for students in Mepe. During his time at Harvard, he’s run a pro bono advisory service that has helped students from Ghana and other countries apply to universities around the world.And in May, after Sarbah graduates with a master’s degree in design studies from the Graduate School of Design (GSD), he hopes to continue that work by helping young people in different parts of the world reach their education goals and follow their entrepreneurship goals. One of these initiatives is a plan to set up an education foundation. Another is a business plan for a potential fellowship focusing on entrepreneurship.If he can secure funding, Sarbah, who left Ghana in 2006 after winning the Diversity Visa lottery, hopes to help solve one of his country’s biggest social problems: youth unemployment. Through the program, which would be an entrepreneurial education program for Ghanaian youth, he hopes to help spark an “innovation ecosystem” in the country, where, according to a 2016 World Bank report on jobs, 48 percent of youth between 15 and 24 are unemployed. The topic is pressing not only in Ghana but all over Africa, which contains the 10 countries with the youngest populations in the world.“It’s a troubling issue,” Sarbah said. “When you think about that in terms of repercussions — mass migrations, violence, young people who don’t have jobs — it looks apocalyptic.”Along with classmate Francisco Colom, M.A. ’19, Sarbah hopes to create a support system that provides young Ghanaians with the requisite skills and knowledge to enter the workforce. One component the pair is currently focusing on is creating a fellowship focused on entrepreneurship for college-aged students. If successful, the program will educate and train students to start their own businesses.“For me, it’s just an accumulation of a lot of things I’ve done,” Sarbah said. “I want to help young people in Ghana by giving them the tools to see social problems as entrepreneurial opportunities. Even if they don’t end up becoming entrepreneurs there’s a belief that they would have acquired leadership skills that are very central to the job market, like communication, teamwork, and things of the sort. In a way it’s a two-pronged approach.”Sarbah calls it Ghana’s Global Youth Entrepreneurship Fellowship. The program would take about 100 university students six months to a year from graduation and connect them with experts — through lectures, workshops, and one-on-one meetings — on how to identify social problems, develop holistic strategies to address them, and design a business to carry out their strategies.,Sarbah was partly inspired by a course he took last year, “Contemporary Developing Countries: Entrepreneurial Solutions to Intractable Problems,” with Harvard Business School Professor Tarun Khanna. In it, Sarbah and Colom developed the initial business plan for their venture, bringing together an interdisciplinary mix of Harvard students to think about economic and social problems in developing countries and identify potential solutions.“The class tried to see social problems from different lenses,” Sarbah said. “One week we would have a module on how would [an urban] planner look at  problem. Another week we would have a module on how a scientist or engineer would look at this problem. That really helped me understand the issue — not only from my perspective as a Ghanaian, but all these other perspectives.”Sarbah and Colom are currently refining their business plan, discussing partnerships with universities in Ghana and overseas, and seeking funding. If the venture takes off, they expect to live in the U.S. and Ghana, but do a lot of traveling back and forth between Ghana and the U.S., taking advantage of networking opportunities in both countries.Sarbah’s journey to Harvard from Yeji, the rural town in Ghana’s Bono East region where he was born, was a long one. Growing up, he shared a home with seven other family members but no electricity. For drinking and bathing water, he walked three miles to Lake Volta. Sarbah one of a few students from his high school to attend the University of Ghana. He remembers long nights studying by kerosene lamps. “Sometimes the smoke from that would make your eyes red and teary,” he said. But he persisted, and through education he’s been able to traverse the globe, earning degrees from the University of Ghana, Columbia University, and the University of Cambridge.But home and helping others like himself have always held his heart and interest. One of the most satisfying ways he’s nourished that calling has been through EdAcme, the advisory service he runs that provides mentorship, coaching, admissions advice, and leadership and professional training to students from developing countries. Students he’s worked with have been accepted to a number of schools, including Columbia University, the University of Cambridge, and the University of Tokyo. Sarbah plans to continue that work as he attempts to launch his new venture. He also plans to continue speaking engagements and serving as an adviser or consultant to institutions and governments on social innovation and entrepreneurship, policy, and business issues.“In many ways,” he said, “my satisfaction comes from helping people, especially young people, maximize their potentials. I think we all have a purpose for being on this planet. It’s important that we spend our energies on making the world better.”last_img read more

Azure Stack IaaS – When to Bet the Farm on It

first_imgI sat down with a customer and one of Microsoft’s Azure Stack program managers at Microsoft’s yearly partner conference (Inspire). The Microsoft PM said something that you will hear over and over from Microsoft, as well as anyone “in the know” about Azure Stack:“Azure Stack is not a virtual machine dispenser.”ShareBy which he meant that Azure Stack is not really intended to be used primarily for Infrastructure as a Service. What did he mean by that? Doesn’t he want to sell Azure Stack? How broken must Azure Stack’s IaaS offering be in order to cause someone employed by Microsoft to discourage its use? The quick answer: There’s nothing wrong with Azure Stack’s IaaS component. It’s not broken. You can get a wide variety of virtual machines out of Azure Stack, and you can manage them via the web portal or call them up via the well-known Azure Resource Manager API. That aspect of it (using the Azure APIs to provision and manage virtual machines) is actually tremendously cool.What we (and Microsoft) really mean here is that if all you’re doing is IaaS, you have no strategic necessity for that IaaS to be consistent with public Azure, and you have no plans to leverage the rich PaaS offerings in Azure Stack, then there are probably more efficient options out there today. Like a diesel F350 in New York City- it’ll get you where you’re going, but there are better choices out there for every-day drivers in Manhattan.To break this down a bit, consider the following:The IaaS market is robust.  People have been engineered IaaS offerings using VxRail, Nutanix, Simplivity, and others. Roll your own architectures abound across the industry, including Dell EMC’s ready bundles.  There’s no shortage of options if all you want are virtual machines, and don’t want to leverage Azure services.These IaaS offerings are feature rich and mature. A functional comparison of offerings in market will uncover features that enterprises come to expect like infrastructure-level replication with automated failover, snapshots, tightly integrated tenant backup, quality of service controls, tunable parameters for performance and capacity, to name a few.  Azure Stack’s IaaS offering will be reliable, but less robust in terms of enterprise features.  You will be able to achieve some of that functionality with Azure Stack through guest-level integrations, and some of the vendors (included Dell EMC) are working hard to add these enterprise features to Azure Stack, but they won’t be there at GA.Pure-play IaaS is available at a lower price point than Azure Stack. A customer can get started with a 4 node IaaS stack using one of these solutions for well under $100k street price. Azure Stack is close, but with the integrated networking inherent in Azure Stack, it will take some time to meet those price points.To reiterate, there’s nothing wrong with the Azure Stack IaaS.  If you understand the design criteria for Azure Stack, then by all means you are set up to enjoy your experience.  IaaS is just not the end game.Then, what is the end game?  Why should customers be looking at the Dell EMC Azure Stack.  To sum it up:Azure Stack is the only way to deliver Azure-consistent services on-premises. And in fact, if your strategy includes Azure-consistent IaaS, then Azure Stack is the way to goDell EMC Cloud for Microsoft Azure Stack is the best way to experience Azure StackI’d love to hear your thoughts and questions.  Comment below – what do you think?last_img read more

Staff Picks – November 2013

first_imgSPENCER’S PICKRICHTERS APPLE CIDERNo apple cider I’ve ever had quenches my thirst like Richters. It’s the perfect blend of sweetness and tartness with just the right proportion of liquid so that every sip has a crisp hint of autumn. The apple groves are up on a rolling hillside off Pulaski Road in Northport and the mill is in a barn to the side. When my sons were very little, I used to drive up there to enjoy the view of eastern Suffolk while they napped in their car seats and I munched on a fresh-picked Macoun and washed it down with a swig of cool cider. Now that’s bliss you can taste. #TOMOTHY’S PICKKEURIG MY K-CUP REUSABLE COFFEE FILTERLike many caffeine junkies, Keurig’s single-serve coffee machines eventually found their way into my heart. Shopping for K-Cups became routine. It seemed there was an endless supply of roasts from around the globe to try. But, at some point, the cost began to add up and the selection was exhausted. And short of replacing the Keurig with a traditional coffeemaker, there’s no way to leave the K-Cup club once a member. That’s where the My K-Cup Reusable Coffee Filter came in. The options are limitless once again. Found some must-try, fresh-ground beans to brew at home? No need to break out the old coffee machine and make a whole pot, just fill up the reusable K-Cup, hit brew and slurp down some wake-up juice. Amazing this simple device is not more widely known. Sign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York CHRIS’ PICKBOB DYLAN COMPLETE ALBUM COLLECTION VOL. ONE (COLUMBIA/LEGACY RECORDINGS)Imagine waking up one morning to discover every single Bob Dylan album ever recorded sitting there, waiting for you, at the foot of your bed. Which would you rock out to first? His 1962 self-titled debut? A lil’ Freewheelin’ action, perhaps? Some Blonde on Blonde? Containing every full-length studio and live release in Dylan’s official Columbia Records canon, including two discs of non-album singles, B-sides and assorted other rarities—spanning more than 50 years—this is the mother lode, my dear friends, the must-have, definitive set. This beast drops as a CD box set and limited-number edition harmonica-shaped USB Nov. 5 and sets the table for Vol. Two, slated for release next year. That monster will include the entire Bootleg Series! This is a real-life “Bob Dylan’s Dream”-come true. (Leopard-skin pill-box hat not included, unfortunately.) RASHED’S PICKNETFLIX ORIGINALSThose with an unhealthy television obsession like myself undoubtedly know about the gains Netflix has made since bursting upon the scene several years ago. Netflix no longer relies on just deals with TV and movie studios to populate its streaming service. It is now investing in its own original content, the most notable being Emmy-nominated House of Cards, starring Kevin Spacey as Rep. Francis Underwood, a conniving lawmaker with a thirst for power. Netflix quickly found success with another original, too, Orange is the New Black, chronicling the life of a married-woman-to-be whose past relationship with her drug-dealing girlfriend got her a 15-month prison sentence. Sucks for her, but great news for the rest of us. We feel like we’re locked in the slammer with her, trying to lift her spirits along the way. Like the rest of Netflix Originals’ lineup, this dramedy is worth binging on. last_img read more

Where will CO-OP’s security roadmap take us in 2017?

first_imgFighting fraud is one of the biggest challenges credit unions face right now. CO-OP has developed a four-part roadmap for 2017 to help clients mitigate fraud and reduce false positives.“Throughout this year, we are introducing new tools in a layered approach,” says Stephanie Pike, senior product manager for CO-OP. Because fraud is such a complex, rapidly-changing threat today, this means using a variety of tools and approaches. “Sometimes clients will ask why there have to be so many mechanisms in place,” Pike says. “Fraud is changing so rapidly, you can’t just rely on one tool or technology.”It’s equally important to balance security against member experience. While members want greater security, they do not want to sacrifice effortless transactions to achieve it. “Right now, we’re seeing this dynamic at work with fallback transactions. Some issuers are being overzealous and blocking all transactions,” Pike says. “The vast majority of these are legitimate, so issuers have to find a way to balance security against the members’ need to complete transactions successfully.”Sharper tools and support from CO-OP can help. The four key elements to CO-OP’s security roadmap are: continue reading » 8SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Jade Roper Shares 1st Photo of Her, Tanner Tolbert’s Baby Boy

first_imgTolbert, for his part, told fans via Roper’s Instagram Story in May that he was “content” with two children and expanding their family was “not planned” at the time they discovered they were expecting. “But now this happens, so we’re gonna have three,” he shared. “I’m like, ‘What’s the difference between three and four?’”Listen to Here For the Right Reasons to get inside scoop about the Bachelor franchise and exclusive interviews from contestants Another little Tolbert! Jade Roper introduced the world to her and husband Tanner Tolbert’s third child together just hours after his arrival.“He’s here and he’s perfect,” the Bachelor alum, 33, captioned an Instagram photo of herself holding the baby boy on Saturday, November 14. The couple, who are also parents of daughter Emerson, 3, and son Brooks, 15 months, have yet to announce the newborn’s name.- Advertisement – Tolbert, 33, revealed via his Instagram Story on Saturday that Roper gave birth earlier that morning. “5:33 AM,” he wrote after sharing videos of the reality star in labor. “Mama and Baby Boy doing great!” She appeared to deliver the baby at home, as fans saw her sitting in an inflatable pool in the pair’s bedroom prior to the birth. (She notably had an emergency home birth with their second child in July 2019.)Roper hinted that her third child’s arrival was imminent on Thursday, November 12. “I’ll be 39 weeks pregnant on Sunday, and I have to say I’m so proud of my body for carrying this far!” she explained on Instagram. “I was so much more intentional this pregnancy with taking care of myself, and I feel like it paid off, because this is the most pregnant I’ve ever been! I’m full of so many different emotions as each night I wonder if we will be meeting our baby. Last night Emmy reached up, grabbed my belly and sweetly said, ‘It’s time to come out, baby.’ #soon #babywatch.”The duo, who wed in January 2016, announced their pregnancy news in May. She divulged via Instagram in June that she expects baby No. 3 to be their “last,” noting: “[I want] to soak up every moment (laughing at myself when I say this cuz our kids keep us crazy busy lol) and document everything since it’ll be the last of the firsts.”- Advertisement – – Advertisement – – Advertisement –last_img read more

Slovenia generated 20 million euros in tourist spending through tourist vouchers

first_imgVaučeri su svakako odlična potez, jer se direktno stvara domaća potrošnja te time i pokreće ekonomija. Ono što je za kraj važno istaknuti, kako su turističke bonove pratila odlična i intezivna kampanja “Now is the time. My Slovenia“. Više o kampanji saznajte u prilogu. In the first month of using tourist vouchers, from June 19 to July 19, slightly less than 150.000 vouchers worth a total of 20,5m euros were used, according to the Slovenian government. All adult citizens of Slovenia received tourist vouchers in the amount of 200 euros, children in the amount of 50 euros, which can be used by the end of the year at the latest. Which means that a family of four has tourist vouchers in the equivalent of 500 euros. Vouchers can be used for bed or bed and breakfast, and the state pays the money to the account of the accommodation facility within eight days. So far, 44 percent of vouchers have been used for hotel accommodation, 20 percent for apartments and 10 percent for campsites. Most vouchers are used for accommodation for up to seven days, and most are used for two to four nights.Also, this year there is an increased interest in lesser-known tourist destinations in Slovenia, which the Slovenian government considers to be the greatest and invaluable added value of tourist vouchers. Generated tourist spending of as much as 20 million euros In the first month of use, 150.000 vouchers were used, and an additional 25.000 vouchers were reserved. This move by the Slovenian government is direct generated 20 million euros in tourist spending, i to u domaćem turizmu. U spomenuti iznos nije uračunata dodatna turistička potrošnja, jer se bonovi mogu iskoristiti samo za noćenje. Prema analizama očekuje se kako će uz taj oblik domaće turističke potrošnje, uz 345 milijuna bonova koje poklanja država, građani potrošiti dodatnih 172 milijuna eura za ugostiteljske i druge usluge te tako imati pozitivan učinak na šire gospodarstvo. Znamo kako turizam horizontal i vertikalno veže razne druge industrije. Osobno smatram kako će dodatna potrošnja građana biti puno veća.center_img Naime, kako bi potaknula lokalnu ekonomiju i potrošnju, Slovenija je odlučila uvesti vaučere za domaće turiste. Takozvani turistički bonovi dio su novog paketa pomoći Vlade kao reakcija na ekonomsku krizu izazvanu epidemijom koronavirusa. The most used and reserved vouchers are in Portorož, Izola, Moravske toplice, Kranjska Gora and Podčetrtek, and the most popular accommodation hotels are the hotels Histrion in Bernardin, Sotelia in Podčetrtek and Delfin in Izola. “NOW IS THE TIME. MY SLOVENIA ”OR HOW SLOVENIA WORKS ON ACTIVATING A DOMESTIC GUEST Upotreba vaučera povećava se iz dana u dan, a u prosjeku se dnevni iznos kreće od 5 do 11 tisuća otkupljenih vaučera – ističu iz slovenske vlade te dodaju kako se vaučeri najviše koristi nedjeljom.last_img read more

24 Tips to Stay Safe and Healthy this Winter

first_imgLike Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf 24 Tips to Stay Safe and Healthy this Winter By: Beth Melena, Deputy Press Secretary PSA,  Public Safety,  The Blog,  Weather Safety As temperatures drop and snow starts to fall, the Wolf Administration wants to make sure all Pennsylvanians are safe and healthy. State agencies have developed the following 24 tips for a successful winter season:For Your HealthTo stay healthy this winter:Get a flu shot.Stay warm. Exposure to cold temperatures, whether indoors or outdoors, can cause serious or life-threatening health problems such as frostbite and hypothermia.Check on infants and older Pennsylvanians frequently, as they are at greater risk of developing serious cold-related health problems.If you are going outdoors, be sure to cover all exposed skin with hats, scarves, gloves, etc.Prevent snow removal injuries, and if you or your loved ones have chest pain, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of a heart attack while shoveling snow, call 911 immediately.When possible, push snow instead of lifting it. If you must lift, bend your legs and not your back. Also avoid twisting motions that can stress your back.Follow all safety instructions when using a snow blower.Never use an electric generator, camp stove, or similar device indoors, near windows, or vents since they produce carbon monoxide – an odorless, colorless gas that builds up in closed spaces and is deadly.On the RoadWhen traveling in winter weather:Get the most current and relevant Pennsylvania traffic information on your smart phone by downloading the 511PA mobile app here.Slow down gradually and drive at a speed that suits the conditions.Turn on your headlights.Stay in your lane.Increase your following distance.Stay alert, keep looking as far ahead as possible and be patient.Reduce in-car distractions since your full attention is required.Use defroster and wipers.Keep windows and mirrors free of snow and ice.During whiteouts, come to a complete stop only when you can safely get as far off the road as possible or when there is a safe area to do so.Do not stop in the flow of traffic since this could create a chain-reaction collision.Do not pass a vehicle moving slowly or speed up to get away from a vehicle that is following too closely.Always buckle up and never drink and drive.In Case of EmergencyTo be prepared for an emergency you should:Always keep at least three days’ worth of water and non-perishable food in your home for your family, including pets. Keep in mind any special dietary needs, such as infant formula or baby food.Double-check your family’s emergency supply kit before winter approaches and add the following supplies in preparation for winter weather: rock salt to melt ice on walkways, sand to improve traction, snow shovels and other snow removal equipment, portable or hand-cranked cellphone charger, battery-operated or hand-crank lights and radios in the event power goes out, and adequate clothing and blankets to keep you and your family warm.Make an emergency plan for your family, and review it with all family members. SHARE Email Facebook Twitter December 16, 2016 SHARE TWEETlast_img read more