first_imgThis past Sunday, Phish completed their historic 13-night Baker’s Dozen run, cementing their place in the history books of both Madison Square Garden and live music as a whole. Throughout the run, voter registration and political activism non-profit HeadCount teamed up with Vermont ice cream purveyors Ben & Jerry‘s to encourage the hordes of fans passing through the Garden to get involved in their local political processes.Ben & Jerry’s Announces “Freezer Reprise” Ice Cream To Honor Phish’s Baker’s DozenThe HeadCount team set up shop in the concourse outside section 110 for each of the thirteen shows, inviting attendees to take a picture in front of their Baker’s Dozen photo backdrop with various props including cutouts of Jon Fishman and Mike Gordon holding #VoteLocal signs, an Electrolux vacuum, and a Languedoc Guitar. According to HeadCount’s numbers, an estimated 5,000 fans took photos at the booth, including Phish songwriter Steve “The Dude of Life” Pollak, renowned poster artist Jim Pollock, and musicians like Matisyahu, The Disco Biscuits’ Marc Brownstein, and teenage guitar prodigy Brandon “Taz” Niederauer. As added incentive to get fans registered and involved, Ben & Jerry’s is awarding one lucky fan with free ice cream for a year. To enter to win, post your photo from HeadCount’s and Ben & Jerry’s Baker’s Dozen photo activation on Instagram with the hashtag “#VoteLocal” and follow HeadCount so they can contact you if you’re the lucky winner. As of publication time, hundreds of fans have posted their HeadCount #VoteLocal photos to help spread the word and throw their name into consideration for a year’s worth of free ice cream.INTERVIEW: HeadCount Co-Founders Marc Brownstein & Andy Bernstein Discuss Effecting Change, One Show At A TimeIn addition to the hundreds of contest entries, 424 fans also registered to vote or signed up for TurboVote, which provides mobile alerts about upcoming local elections. Roughly 50 total volunteers helped run the HeadCount photo booth over the course of the 13 nights, and an original Betsy Ross 13-star American flag hung over the table throughout the residency, with a new limited-edition donut pin replacing a star on each successive show. HeadCount was a guest of the WaterWheel Foundation, Phish’s non-profit. They also joined WaterWheel in a big opening-night party outside MSG for the debut of Ben & Jerry’s special “Freezer Reprise.” The Baker’s Dozen run also marked WaterWheel’s 20th anniversary, which they celebrated with pre-show festivities, an off-night party featuring Greensky Bluegrass and Marco Benevento on the Coney Island Boardwalk, and more.Thank you to HeadCount, Ben & Jerry’s, WaterWheel, and everyone who helps to make Phish shows the socially active and politically conscious gatherings we know and love…and don’t forget to Instagram your photo from the HeadCount/Ben & Jerry’s Baker’s Dozen photo booth with the hashtag #Vote Local, follow @HeadCountOrg, and set your profile to “public” for your chance to win free Ben & Jerry’s ice cream for a year! The winner will be selected next Tuesday.last_img read more

first_imgAMES — The Iowa Transportation Commission today approved a Revitalize Iowa’s Sound Economy grant of up to $926,000 to assist in bringing a company specializing in rail-car renovation and manufacturing to Butler County.Dallas Texas-based TrinityRail is planning to build its largest location on 230 acres west of an ethanol plant on State Highway 3 near Clarksville. The plant will start with 263 jobs with the company planning to grow to 500 total employees, most being welders and painters.The Transportation Commission approved the RISE grant to assist in the paving of about a mile of Union Avenue to provide improved access to the proposed site. The project is anticipated to be completed by October 2020.last_img read more

first_img13 July 2010 As Fifa president Sepp Blatter gave South Africa a near-perfect 9 out of 10 for its hosting of the 2010 Fifa World Cup, analysts said the spin-offs of improved perceptions abroad could have a long-lasting impact not only on South Africa and its development but on the continent as a whole. “You have shown the world that you can achieve anything and its time now that you show the rest of Africa that it can achieve anything,” Blatter told South Africa at a post-tournament press conference in Johannesburg on Monday. “There were many pessimists in the beginning, but as I always said it is a question of trust and confidence, and we trusted South Africa and they have delivered. “South Africa has not only managed to stage a incident-free world cup, it has left a good impression to the people of the world, and you can be proud of that; the compliments should go to you, not to Fifa.” Despite the elimination of Bafana Bafana in the first round of the tournament, the ambience and excitement of the competition continued among South Africans, who made the event a resounding success, Blatter said.Viewership, attendance Several records were achieved during the 30-day event, including never-seen-before television viewership figures. The number of people who attended the 64 matches at stadiums stood at just over 3.1-million, the 3rd highest in the history of the World Cup. It has been estimated that the tournament created up to 695 000 jobs and had a gross impact of R94-billion on South Africa’s economy. More than 500 000 tourists are confirmed to have visited the country to watch or to be part of the tournament, higher than the initial estimation of about 450 000 expected visitors. The country now plans to bid for the 2020 Olympic Games, and the success of the World Cup is said to have bolstered these plans.Shifting perceptions Analysts say the indirect spin-offs from improved perceptions abroad could have an even greater, longer-lasting impact, not only on South Africa and its development but on the continent as a whole. The successful World Cup could help shift the perceptions that a large number of foreign investors have held of Africa, while the infrastructure that has been created as a result of the World Cup is expected to assist the country’s long- and short-term development goals. “It is infrastructure like Soccer City that will tell many people that this World Cup for us has really been an investment more than anything else,” said Local Organising Committee Chairperson Irvin Khoza. He said that having this infrastructure and the success of the World Cup would end the perception that in Africa “you cannot get things done”. “What this World Cup has done is to eliminate all the [mis]perceptions the world had of us, and the iconic nature of our infrastructure, not only the stadiums but also transport, will send a message to the [world’s] sporting bodies that they can rely on this country for any future sporting event,” Khoza said. Source: BuaNewslast_img read more

first_img27 March 2013 South African state oil company PetroSA and China’s Sinopec Group took another step towards creating Africa’s largest oil refinery after the two firms signed an agreement in Pretoria on Tuesday. The US$10-billion Mthombo refinery project is planned for the Coega Industrial Development Zone outside Port Elizabeth in the Eastern Cape. The agreement, signed during a meeting between President Jacob Zuma and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Pretoria on Tuesday, will create opportunities for oil and gas exploration. Jinping is in South Africa for the 5th BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) summit, which got under way in Durban on Tuesday. “The framework agreement enables the two companies to move forward this global-scale crude oil refinery project,” the two chairmen, PetroSA’s Benny Mokaba and Sinopec’s Fu Chengyu, said in a statement. According to Business Day, the refinery would pump approximately 360 000 barrels per day, while creating 27 500 direct and indirect jobs during construction and 18 000 jobs when it started operating. The agreement follows the signing of a study agreement between the two companies in May last year. Mokaba described the agreement as an important building block in bringing the project to fruition. “[It] gives PetroSA the opportunity to extend a mutually beneficial relationship with a major national oil company,” he said. “This strategic relationship can and will be leveraged to benefit PetroSA’s sustainability and growth programmes.” As part of their growth plans, the companies agreed to include the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) in the next phase of the project’s development. Downstream opportunities in southern Africa will also be explored, as will the development of storage and logistical infrastructure. “South Africa is politically stable and economically developed,” Fu said. “Sinopec pays close attention to its business growth in South Africa, and wishes to contribute to local economic and social development.” SAinfo reporterlast_img read more

first_img This article is only available to GBA Prime Members Exterior wall insulation? That usually means rigid foam and furring strips — although occasionally, it means mineral wool insulation and furring strips.But there are other options. Two new products offer builders new ways to keep their wall sheathing warm.InSoFast panels — rectangles of expanded polystyrene (EPS) foam with embedded plastic “studs” that hold drywall screws — have been around for years. The product was developed as a quick and convenient way for homeowners to insulate the interior of basement walls. The company’s original product (the InSoFast UX 2.0 panel) is 2 inches thick and rated at R-8.5.InSoFast is now promoting a thicker panel, the InSoFast EX 2.5 panel, for use on the exterior of wall sheathing. (In many ways, the InSoFast EX 2.5 panels resemble the Quad-Lock R-etro system. For more on Quad-Lock R-etro, see my review in the fourth issue of GBA’s Insider magazine. GBA also lists the Quad-Lock R-etro system in our Green Products Guide.)Each InSoFast EX 2.5 panel measures 24 inches by 48 inches by 2 1/2 inches thick. The EPS has a density of 1.25 pounds per cubic foot. The panels have tongue-and-groove joints around the perimeter that are described as “self-flashing.” While these joints are designed to shed water, the foam panels have not been approved for use as a water-resistive barrier (WRB), so builders will still need to install a layer of housewrap or asphalt felt to protect the wall sheathing.The new 2 1/2-inch-thick panels have several features that differ from the original 2-inch panels designed for interior use:While the interior panels only have to support gypsum drywall, the new exterior panels have to be strong enough to support siding. According to InSoFast president Ed Scherrer, the plastic “studs” are strong enough for this purpose, and are capable of supporting fiber-cement siding or even stone veneer.Anyone who intends to… Sign up for a free trial and get instant access to this article as well as GBA’s complete library of premium articles and construction details.center_img Start Free Trial Already a member? Log inlast_img read more

first_imgMOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Warriors erase double-digit deficit to beat Pelicans Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The deal, which has already been agreed upon by both sides, will hand the Beermen the top selection in the 2017 PBA Rookie Draft set next Sunday.However, the trade is still subject to approval by league commissioner Chito Narvasa and a decision won’t be made until Monday when the PBA Office resumes its operations.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThis is the second time in three years that the Picanto have sent their first round draft pick after trading away Troy Rosario, who was their second overall pick in the 2015 PBA Draft, to TNT.Fil-German forward Christian Standhardinger is the consensus top pick in this year’s rookie class, but the 28-year-old won’t be going to the PBA until after he finishes his obligations with the Hong Kong Eastern Long Lions in the ASEAN Basketball League. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 2017 PLAY LIST 03:46Lacson: PH lost about P161.5B tax revenue from big trading partners in 201700:50Trending Articles01:17DTI to cemetery goers: Buy candles and bottled waters in grocery stores, supermarkets01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Gamescenter_img View comments QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Christian Standhardinger, the consensus No. 1 overall pick in this year’s PBA Rookie Draft, could join June Mar Fajardo at San Miguel. Photo from Fiba.comThe rich are about to get richer.San Miguel is set to acquire Kia’s top overall pick in exchange for JayR Reyes, Rashawn McCarthy, Keith Agovida, a future first rounder, and cash considerations, sources told INQUIRER on Saturday.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP Read Next But if there’s one team that could afford to wait for Standhardinger, it’s definitely San Miguel, which has four-time MVP June Mar Fajardo and Mythical Team members Arwind Santos, Alex Cabagnot and Chris Ross.last_img read more

first_imgBournemouth defender Nathan Ake on Leicester radarby Paul Vegas2 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City are seeking a new central defender for the January transfer window.The Foxes could use some of the money generated from the sale of England international Harry Maguire to Manchester United over the summer.The Telegraph says Leicester are expected to reignite their interest in Bournemouth’s Nathan Ake and Burnley’s James Tarkowski in the new year.City made a late run for Tarkowski in the summer window but could not convince Burnley to sell their star defender.Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers is apparently keen to bring in more cover at centre-half to add competition for places, along with Wes Morgan. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

first_img — Regards, Justin Spittler Delray Beach, Florida March 17, 2016 We want to hear from you. If you have a question or comment, please send it to [email protected] We read every email that comes in, and we’ll publish comments, questions, and answers that we think other readers will find useful. Recommended Links The Secret to Investing in Gold Like Doug Casey After the longest bear market in gold stocks in 40 years…Doug Casey just revealed how he plans to make a killing on gold’s massive rebound…and why 99% of investors don’t have what it takes to try this gold strategy. See more here. Gold had a HUGE day yesterday. The price of gold jumped 2.5% to $1,263/oz. Gold is this year’s top-performing asset. With a 19% gain since January, it’s off to its best start to a year since 1974, according to Bloomberg Business. • Casey Research founder Doug Casey thinks this is just the beginning… In case you missed it yesterday, Doug explained why gold is set to rise at least 200%…and possibly even 400% or 500%. It’s a “must-read” essay, especially if you’re worried about the fragile stock market, slowing economy, or reckless governments. In short, Doug believes the government has set us up for a crisis that “will in many ways dwarf the Great Depression.” And Doug expects the coming economic disaster to ignite a historic gold bull market. When people wake up and realize that most banks and governments are bankrupt, they’ll flock to gold…just as they’ve done for centuries. Gold will rise multiples of its current value. I expect a 200% rise from current levels, at the minimum. There are many reasons, which we don’t have room to cover here, why gold could see a 400% or 500% gain. • Gold stocks will soar even higher… Longtime readers know gold stocks offer leverage to the price of gold. A 200% jump in the price of gold could cause gold stocks to spike 400%…600%…or more. The Market Vectors Gold Miners ETF (GDX), which tracks large gold miners, has soared 52% this year. Yesterday, it closed at its highest level since February 2015. • But gold stocks are still extremely cheap… Doug is loading up on gold stocks right now. Right now gold stocks are near a historic low. I’m buying them aggressively. At this point, it’s possible that the shares of a quality exploration company or a quality development company (i.e., one that has found a deposit and is advancing it toward production) could still go down 10, 20, 30, or even 50 percent. But there’s an excellent chance that the same stock will go up by 10, 50, or even 100 times. If you’re interested in multiplying your money by 5x or 10x in the coming gold “mania,” now is the time to take a position in gold stocks. The window of opportunity won’t stay open long. As Doug said, gold stocks will skyrocket once people realize the financial system is doomed. Because this window of opportunity is small, we’re currently running a special $500 discount on our service that recommends gold stocks, International Speculator. Click here to learn more. • Oil is also soaring… As Dispatch readers know, there’s been nothing but bad news in the oil sector for nearly two years. The price of oil crashed 75%. Two months ago, it hit its lowest price since 2003. But since then, oil has climbed 36%. It jumped 5.1% yesterday. Why the big reversal? We’ll get to that in a second. First, let’s recap the recent disaster in the oil industry. • The world has too much oil… From 1998 to 2008, the price of oil surged more than 1,200%. Last year, U.S. oil production surged to the highest level since the 1970s. Global output also reached record highs. High prices encouraged innovation. Oil companies developed new methods, like “fracking.” This unlocked billions of barrels of oil that were once impossible to extract from shale regions. Today, the global economy produces more oil than it consumes. Each day, oil companies produce about 1.9 million more barrels than the world needs. • Oil companies have slashed spending to cope with low prices… They’ve sold assets…abandoned billion-dollar projects…cut their dividends…and laid off more than 250,000 workers since June 2014. According to investment bank Barclays, oil and gas producers cut spending by 23% last year. Barclays expects spending to fall another 15% in 2016. This would be the first time in two decades the industry has cut spending two years in a row. Last week, the number of U.S. rigs actively pumping oil and natural gas plummeted to its lowest level in 70 years. • With oil prices rising, many U.S. companies can’t bring rigs back online fast enough… They don’t have enough workers or equipment after all the spending cuts. The Wall Street Journal reports: Some of the largest U.S. oilfield-services firms have laid off 110,000 people in the past year, Evercore ISI analysts estimate, and many of those workers have no plans to return to the industry. Close to 60% of the fracking equipment in the U.S. has been idled during the downturn, according to IHS Energy, which estimates it would take two months for some of that equipment to return. The Wall Street Journal continues: Still, even if prices return to levels where shale drillers can make money again, many companies are vowing to be cautious. Some are tempered by what occurred last spring, when producers jumped back into drilling new wells after oil prices briefly hit $60 a barrel, inadvertently worsening a supply glut that ultimately made prices worse.center_img A Strategy That Pays Double Your Social Security Benefits The average person collects $1,180 per month in Social Security benefits. We’ve recently uncovered a strategy that pays double that … and potentially much, much more … Like David Williams, who used this strategy to collect $6,560 in a day … And Wesley McCrea, who skyrocketed his monthly income to over $5,000 using a twist on this strategy. Click here to see how to supersize your income with the click of a button in the next 60 seconds. • This is a dramatic shift in thinking by the industry… Oil companies had been pumping near-record amounts of oil for almost two years, despite low prices. Many companies had no choice. When all your revenue comes from selling oil, you have to keep pumping and selling oil. Companies could either sell oil for cheap or go out of business. • With fewer rigs pumping oil today, oil prices are climbing… Still, the oil crisis is far from over. Even with the recent rally, the price of oil is 65% below its 2014 high. It’s trading around $38 a barrel. Many companies won’t earn a profit unless oil gets back to $50. According to The Wall Street Journal, one-third of U.S. oil producers could go bankrupt this year. A wave of bankruptcies would likely trigger another leg down in oil stocks. • The oil market is highly cyclical… It goes through big booms and busts. Today, the industry is going through its worst bust in decades. It will boom again…but not until the world works off its massive oversupply of oil. According to the International Energy Agency, the oil surplus could last into 2017. • Last month, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Qatar, and Venezuela agreed to cap oil output… Saudi Arabia and Russia are two of the world’s three largest oil-producing countries. Qatar and Venezuela are also major oil producers. These countries agreed to “freeze” their oil production at January levels. They quickly broke the agreement. On Monday, CNN Money reported that Saudi Arabia and Russia actually boosted output last month. Both countries are pumping record amounts of oil. They don’t have much choice. Oil makes up 80% of Saudi Arabia’s exports. It accounts for 52% of Russia’s exports. • Nick Giambruno, editor of Crisis Investing, doesn’t think Saudi Arabia will survive the crisis… But he says the U.S. shale industry will survive. By keeping the market saturated with oil, the Saudis are driving down the price. They hope to drive it down low enough and long enough to bankrupt the shale industry…since shale oil costs more than Saudi oil to produce. The U.S. shale industry is a major source of competition. In the 1990s, the U.S. imported close to 25% of its oil from Saudi Arabia. Today—because of high U.S. shale oil production—the U.S. imports only 5%. The Saudis are having some success. In the past year, at least 67 U.S. oil companies have filed for bankruptcy. Analysts estimate as many as 150 could follow. The shale oil industry is in ‘survival mode.’ The Saudis have damaged the U.S. shale oil industry. And they’ll continue to cause more damage. But they won’t bankrupt every producer. The shale industry has more staying power than Saudi Arabia. Some producers now say they’re profitable with $40 oil. And their pace of innovation will drive that even lower. The industry will survive. The Saudis are playing a dangerous game. If the Saudis don’t stop flooding the market—and there are no signs they will—they won’t be shooting themselves in the foot…but in the head. Saudi Arabia will either collapse or surrender—and stop flooding the market. Either way, oil will eventually go a lot higher. Shale oil stocks are a train wreck right now. Occidental Petroleum Corporation (OXY), the largest shale oil producer, is down 30% since June 2014. EOG Resources Inc. (EOG), the second-largest shale oil producer, is down 35%. Nick sees huge opportunity here. He often reminds readers that a crisis is the only time you can buy a dollar’s worth of assets for a dime or less. And shale oil stocks are in a major crisis right now. Nick has already picked out a “best of breed” U.S. shale oil company. But before pulling the trigger, Nick is waiting for the Saudi government to show signs of cracking. The point of maximum pessimism will present a “once-in-a-generation opportunity” to pick up this shale company at an absurdly cheap price. You can get in on this opportunity by signing up for Crisis Investing. Click here to begin your 90-day risk-free trial. Chart of the Day Oil is still near its lowest level in years. As we mentioned earlier, oil has rallied 36% over the past few weeks. That’s a big jump in a short period. But oil isn’t in the clear yet… Today’s chart shows the performance of oil since 2014. You can see that the price of oil is still well below its 2014 high. It’s trading at prices last seen during the last financial crisis. Many oil companies can’t survive with current oil prices. Some will go out of business. And a wave of bankruptcies will likely spark another leg down in oil stocks. We recommend avoiding oil stocks for now. –last_img read more