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Concerns mount on pension issue

first_img 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORERose Parade grand marshal Rita Moreno talks New Year’s Day outfit and ‘West Side Story’ remake Critics say the current pension benefits are too expensive and politically irresponsible, unfairly punishing taxpayers. They say cities and states should follow the lead of many private employers and switch from traditional pensions to plans similar to 401(k) plans. Defenders, though, say the problems with pensions are overstated, and they caution that pensions are essential for attracting and holding on to public employees. – Associated Press NEW YORK – Tensions over government pensions, like those that triggered New York’s transit strike, aren’t going away. After a three-day walkout, the nation’s largest bus and subway system and the union representing its workers reached a deal this week that tiptoed around the contentious pension issue. But similar tensions will likely surface in other cities and states, as more governments wrangle with fast-rising retirement costs, experts say. Lawmakers and public officials across the country are increasing their scrutiny of pension plans for state and local workers. The pressure comes as many governments – including some that went for years without making any contributions to worker retirement plans – now find themselves having to double or triple payments to underfunded plans. At the same time, worries are growing about new rules that will require governments to account for the fast-rising costs of retired employees’ health care. last_img read more

Breaking: Thousands without power as West Donegal hit by major fault

first_imgMore than 2,300 homes are without power in West Donegal tonight following a major fault.The fault has occurred in the Derrybeg area in the past hour.The ESB say they are working to restoring power to the area as soon as possible.    Breaking: Thousands without power as West Donegal hit by major fault was last modified: August 22nd, 2019 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:derrybegdonegalelectricityESBfaultPowerlast_img read more

CattleWomen’s Corner: Beef stroganoff recipe offered

first_imgThis recipe for beef stroganoff comes from Sunset Cook Book of Favorite Recipes, 1969.2 1/2 lbs round steak, cut in strips 1/2 inch thick1/4 cup salad oilSalt, recipe called for 1 tablespoon 1/2 teaspoon pepper1/4 cup dry red wine1 cup small whole onions, peeled, or 1 large onion, sliced2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms1/4 cup tomato paste 3 tablespoons flour1 can (10 1/2 oz) beef broth1 bay leaf, crumbled1 clove garlic, mashed or minced1/2 cup sour creamHot …last_img

Jean Barton: Local women honored at Common Threads banquet

first_imgCommon Threads North is a collaborative effort between the California Agricultural Leadership Foundation, CA Foundation for Ag in Classroom, CSU-Chico, CA Women for Agriculture, Farm Bureaus, Center for Land-Based Learning, Resource Conservation Districts, and UC Davis.The program was designed to recognize Northern California’s extraordinary women who have deep roots in agriculture and who have chosen to make a difference in their communities through their contribution of time, talent and …last_img

Former Oakland Coliseum exec wanted $50,000 for handling naming rights deal, now he’s charged with felony conflict of interest

first_imgOAKLAND — Alameda County prosecutors have filed criminal charges against former Coliseum Authority Executive Director Scott McKibben for allegedly violating state conflict-of-interest laws by seeking a $50,000 fee for helping negotiate a stadium naming rights deal at the home of the A’s and Raiders.As the head of a public agency negotiating a $3 million deal with RingCentral, McKibben allegedly committed a felony by violating Government Code 1090, which prohibits public officials from having a …last_img

Mma’ Mary is a leading light

first_imgMary Raletoone is a firm believer in a community coming together to helt itself. (Image: Mary Facebook)How does a woman in a disadvantaged area provide opportunities to over 500 people?Social entrepreneur Mary Raletooane, known locally as Mma’ Mary, has accomplished some amazing things with her business, Itekeng Basadi Setsoto.Her garden projects, river-cleaning and sewing business has created work and employment for more than 500 people.“The biggest thing I learned is that if we are together we can do more,” she told Redbull Amaphiko. “Just come forward and share what you’re thinking with other people so that we can have a better life.”She also runs a centre for disabled children, which has dispelled local superstitions about being disabled. “They thought it was a curse,” she said.Raletooane went door to door, talking to residents, to bring greater awareness and understanding of the issue to people.Watch as she explains her work and its impact on her community:PLAY YOUR PARTAre you playing your part to help improve the lives of the people around you or the environment? Do you know of anyone who has gone out of their way to help improve South Africa and its people?If so, submit your story or video to our website and let us know what you are doing to improve the country for all.last_img read more

Moresoo 1 Bundle Silky Straight Hair Weft 66 cm Dark brown – 24″ and 2 of the 26″ The hair is amazing and the perfect colour

first_imgReviews from purchasers : 24″ and 2 of the 26″ The hair is amazing and the perfect colour 24′ and two of the 26′ the hair is remarkable and the ideal color. I bought three bundles of the 24′ and 2 of the 26’the hair is awesome and the best colour. I will not be buying elsewhere anymore. My orders was shipped just before estimated delivery day aswell.24′ and two of the 26′ the hair is remarkable and the ideal color. I bought three bundles of the 24′ and 2 of the 26’the hair is awesome and the best colour. I will not be buying elsewhere anymore. My orders was shipped just before estimated delivery day aswell.Here are the specifications for the Moresoo 1 Bundle Silky Straight Hair Weft 66 cm Dark brown:Enjoy the standard shipment from Amazon Prime service.When you choose Standard default made from seller will take 7 – 12 working days to reach you.Improper return within 30 days if you are not going to hair after received. Any thing we can do, do not hesitate to contact us, we will reply you ASAP.Made from 100% Real Brazilian Remy Human Hair. Please extend the hair when the measure. Can be and crushed or as you like. Please not the style so hectic.Approximately 100 g per bundle.We recommend you to buy 2 – 3 full beams to make thick, 3 – 4 Packages are needed if your hair is more than 22 Inch.moresoo hair is a well known brand throughout the world. We have our Fatory, it is also a wholesale supplier of many salons or home. We supply wholesale discount on. chiedaci for discount when order more than 5 Bundle at one time.last_img read more

A little progress, more frustration with planting

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Dylan Baer – Wood CountyAs of right now we are a little over half done with spraying pre-emerge on soybeans. All of it has been done with our ATV sprayer. We have a nice Apache Sprayer in the barn and we haven’t used it. There are farmers in the area that don’t have any spraying done and it is starting to show. We’re thankful to be able to go out and get what we can get while we can get it. Other than that we have been mowing like crazy.Between our house and McComb there is a field of beans planted up on a ridge. I don’t know when that happened but I saw it the other day. Other than that field, there really hasn’t even been any groundwork done. I think we have over half of our acres that go to corn that still need field cultivated. We just haven’t been able to do anything.The wheat is turning around here. May 8 was our topdress date for the wheat, which is the latest we have ever done that. It is getting a dark green color and starting to shoot some heads. Within the next 7 to 14 days we will be looking to do a Prosaro application on top of trying to get everything else done. We are big fans of Prosaro for head scab and we’ll be keeping an eye on that.As seed dealers we are getting concerned about the planting season. We have already done some exchanges for 112-day corn for 101-day corn. We are getting questions about returning corn and switching to beans.There is the dreaded phrase of prevented planting being thrown around and we are wondering how that will all play out. Everyone has their own opinion on what to do. We have some faith in the corn market, so I think we are going to try our best to get corn in the ground. I think there will be an opportunity there. Then, of course, there is talk about the FSA money and that all depends on the decisions we are making now.We have had 2 to 3 inches of rain in the last two weeks. The last couple of rains have been storms where we don’t get a lot of rain but we get a little every other day. We’ll get a half inch one time and then a quarter inch the next. And the days it has not rained have been cloudy and 55.The ground is getting firm. The water adds up in weight when it is in the ground and our soil really gets affected by compaction like that and it is starting to show.We are stunned at how large the affected area is. We’ll do what we can and get what we get. Lamar Liming – Trumbull/ Mahoning CountyFriday started drying out and Saturday it got hot and sunny and the wind was blowing. We started working ground and kept on going. We started planting on Monday. We planted Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday and then got rained out. Hopefully we’ll be planting again today. I got half my corn in but I haven’t started any beans and I haven’t mowed any hay.I hope maybe the next window I get I can mow some hay to chop. I thought I’d come through the winter pretty well, but after getting out in it I definitely lost more alfalfa than I’d thought. The alfalfa didn’t get through winter very well in some places. I am lucky I have more acres than I need so I can mow some more acres for haylage.Everybody I’ve talked to in this area has been able to run this past week. To the north, some people got started earlier the week before and south of me they got seven tenths yesterday so they will be down longer. But, I’d say generally everybody got going. I think we are luckier here than some areas. It is supposed to rain tomorrow afternoon and I’m hoping to get some more planted before that.Last year we were planting corn, planting beans and chopping hay all at the same time. You just hurry up and do some of one thing and then go to the other. It is a pain and a challenge. It used to be you’d get done planting and go to hay. It doesn’t seem to work that way any more.Luckily I’m good on my forage for our dairy herd but I have heard about several people running out of feed or corn silage earlier than normal. I have been lucky to stay ahead on manure too. Different people in the area have gotten behind but some of that is getting caught up now too. Andrew Armstrong – Clark CountyWe have made progress. We got to work a day and kind of half a day after that to do some planting and that was about it. We had the bean planter in the ground and the corn planter going and went as much as we could until the rain came in. We let it dry for a couple of days and hit it again as more rain was coming in. We were anticipating hitting some farms today but we got a shower last night about 8:30. That dampened our hopes of getting back in the field again today.Last Thursday we were able to run pretty well in some of the best conditions we have had since April. We got a couple hundred acres of corn and beans in that day. It hasn’t been perfect conditions, but at this point we are just looking for adequate conditions where we can get the planter across the field without making too much of a mess.The April corn is up and it looks good. We got the sidedresser ready to do just that corn. We got 300 acres of corn planted in May, and that was just done this past week, and we maybe got 300 acres of beans in this week. That is all of the progress we have.There are a lot of guys getting frustrated. I have heard a lot of guys talking about prevented planting and what the options are. We have called our insurance agent to see what needs to be done to qualify. Our sentiment right now is to do what we can when we can and just go from there.Regionally we are all about the same. The Thursday we were able to run, the dust was flying around here. I was coming home with the planter about 10:30 at night and I met more planters, tractors and spreaders on the road than cars. This last Monday we were able to run a little. It was questionable, but there were other people out and about. We are not looking at whole areas getting ready to plant. We are going field by field, even if it is 20 minutes out of the way, and if it is ready we are going to hit it. Nathan Brown – Highland CountyWe have approximately 120 acres of corn planted and 150 acres of soybeans in the ground. We started planting beans last Sunday and things were pretty heavy so we pulled out of there. We got more rain then started back in on Tuesday. All of the corn has basically been planted since Sunday and most of the beans have been planted in the last 3 days. We missed one or two showers at the beginning of the week but then we caught some the last 2 days. Yesterday morning we got 2 tenths and then about 6 last night we had a pretty good shower come through. We got 3 tenths but I have heard guys around the neighborhood got up to 7 tenths and there was some half to three-quarter inch hail. So we are wet again.We have beans coming up in our cereal rye and we need to get that terminated with the crimper. We will try to get that rolled soon. I have a trial where I burnt down some cereal rye and left some grow. It was 6 feet tall the other day when I planted it. I crimped and we’ll see which is better, terminating it early or letting it grow.It has been heavy and we are pushing the envelope. Our ground never really has dried out but the calendar is winding down and we are pushing the envelope harder than we normally would. Looking at the Midwest, we are pretty fortunate in this part of the country if we can get some corn planted.last_img read more

Warner Dams Up Free Music Stream, But Pandora Will Flow [Update]

first_img9 Books That Make Perfect Gifts for Industry Ex… Tags:#music#news#web 4 Keys to a Kid-Safe App The BBC reports this morning that record label Warner Music has announced it will no longer license its music to free streaming sites like Last.fm, Spotify or Pandora.The news comes on the heels of an announcement yesterday by Warner Music that digital revenue, at $184 million, accounts for 20% of total revenue.The BBC quotes Warner chief executive Edgar Bronfman Jr as saying that “free streaming services are clearly not net positive for the industry and as far as Warner Music is concerned will not be licensed. In January, we wrote about a report by analyst firm Forrester that predicted that music industry revenues would continue their slide before evening out in 2013, with digital music sales taking up most of the slack.“On a constant-currency basis, digital revenue grew 4% sequentially and was up 5% from the prior-year quarter,” reads yesterday’s report from Warner.The BBC doesn’t say when or how this will affect the average person, but when our favorite artists start disappearing from streaming music sites, we’ll surely notice.Update:We got in touch with Tom Conrad, the CTO of Pandora, who had this to say regarding the effect this would have on the company. He writes:This all started with Edgar Bronfman’s comment on the Warner conference call where he was addressing free on-demand services such as Spotify that are directly licensed. Pandora operates under a different licensing structure and won’t be impacted by Warner’s apparent decision with respect to free, on-demand services. 5 Outdoor Activities for Beating Office Burnoutcenter_img mike melanson Related Posts 12 Unique Gifts for the Hard-to-Shop-for People…last_img read more

Users’ Advantages of Big Data and IoT in E-Commerce

first_imgIf it’s true that “IoT is the senses and big data is the fuel” of a smart connected world, then what’s the role of big data and IoT in today’s ever-evolving e-commerce industry?  First of all, IoT is about the deployment of smart devices that use data and connectivity. The real value of the Internet of Things for businesses and, e-commerce platforms, in particular, is the delivery of intelligent insights that can provide new business outcomes. As more devices get connected, the inflow of various types of data gathered grows exponentially. This can bring multiple advantages to any e-commerce businesses willing to harness the power of big data for providing their users with an improved online shopping experience. In fact, gathering big data can have an enriching effect on users’ ability to find the things they need in an easy, quick, and personalized way. Here are some of the most crucial advantages that big data and IoT can bring to e-commerce businesses:Source: Pexels.comA More Personalized Shopping ExperienceHarnessing big data for improving users’ online shopping experience, is a practice every e-commerce business should be constantly relying on. When a user searches for a specific product or service, every e-commerce site should have access to as much data on the user’s internet habits as possible, in order to provide him with personalized search results. If on the one hand, this process benefits customers because it allows for an easier and faster research, on the other hand, it contributes to increasing customers’ engagement which, translated, mean increased revenues for businesses.Data analytics can be incredibly accurate in providing users with targeted search results on e-commerce platforms. Amazon, leading platform for online purchases, is a great example of how big data should be used for products’ recommendations. When looking at a specific product on Amazon, users are being presented with other “similar products” they might be interested in, based on purchases made by previous customers. A countless number of e-commerce platforms have taken advantage of the outstanding power of big data for products recommendations and other targeted marketing purposes. Seasonal personalization, for example, is another really powerful targeted marketing strategy. The idea behind it is, again, the analysis of customers’ browsing history and past behavior, but this time the seasonal element comes into play. Seasons and holidays are taken into account by the recommendation algorithms in order to maximize the effectiveness of these recommendations. Customers behavior changes during specific times of the year and well-tuned algorithms can recognize these changes. During the winter holiday season, for example, users tend to buy gifts for other people, rather than purchasing products for themselves – recommendations are thus shifted to feature products that are popular during the holiday season. Data is also key when it comes to taking products recommendations a step further. This means that users historical shopping habits don’t simply allow e-commerce platforms to recommend similar products but also provide them with the ability to make predictive offers for what online shoppers might want and need. The Shopify App Store, for example, enables retailers to predict customer behavior by recommending the most convenient products for their users. The predictive model for each online retailer is defined based on its products, users, and sales forecasts.Even though most e-commerce businesses are already aware of the power of harnessing big data for products recommendations and predictions, what’s the role of IoT and connected devices in personalizing users’ shopping experiences?Data from IoT connected devices will be increasingly used to receive insight into users lifestyle habits and to build targeted marketing campaigns. Possibilities for e-commerce businesses are endless, starting from the central role that IoT plays in predicting users’ needs and delivering a solution even before the problem occurs. Connected objects use data in an even more efficient way because they provide insights on exclusive information such as brand preferences, products conditions, and environmental factors. Is there a more personalized shopping experience than one that sends a product replacement even before the user realizes the current object is outdated? Once again, Amazon has proven to be one of the first players enhancing the power of IoT in the e-commerce arena. The introduction of Dashbuttons, Wi-Fi-connected devices, has allowed consumers to order their favorite products with the press of a simple button. Each Dash Button is paired with a product of choice, which is selected during the setup process. More than providing users with considerable time savings, Amazon is thus able to gather a lot of data regarding consumption patterns for each brand and each product.Source: Amazon.comImproved Clients’ Satisfaction and EngagementQualitative feedback from customers is one of the most powerful tools e-commerce businesses have to increase clients’ satisfaction and engagement. In this case, the human insights can play a really central role in a data-driven business strategy because they can give businesses a qualitative glimpse into a customers opinion about their products and services. That’s why so many e-commerce sites encourage customers to provide detailed feedback on their purchases, even if that means highlight potentially negative aspects about their experience, as this represents a hard evidence to make necessary changes. Once customers have shared their thoughts and insights, businesses can combine this valuable qualitative feedback with analytics to make necessary changes and thus, improve client’s satisfaction and engagement. In the long run, providing an honest feedback is in the users’ best interest as it can prevent other users from buying questionable products. There are many online resources to draw from when it comes to gathering and analyzing reviews, for both businesses and users. Product Review Monitoring, for example, is a platform that automates customer reviews research, analytics and provides intelligent answers to the most important questions around products’ performance.Customers, at the same time, can tap into products’ reviews sites such as Best Reviews Guide, for making wise decisions about which products to buy, based on plenty of other users insights and suggestions. However, there’s more to customers’ engagement than just reviews. IoT enables e-commerce businesses to analyze customers buying patterns and behavior in order to understand their level of satisfaction. For example, Walmart uses IoT to learn about their most popular products social media. IoT allows retailers to deliver a comprehensive shopping experience, based on consumers’ preferences, for improved clients’ satisfaction and engagement. This has positive effects on customer service too, as it enables businesses to anticipate possible complaints, leading to easy and prompt resolution and a smoother customer experience.Source: Pexels.comMore Accessible Inventory Management and Faster DeliveriesThe use of RFID chips, tags that can exchange data with a reader using radio frequency signals, and IoT sensors have drastically lowered the hours required to track inventories, and provided businesses with more accurate results. RFID chips can also assist warehouse workers in finding the correct items and detecting when they’re running low on a product while automatically ordering more. In this case, IoT plays a crucial role in drastically reducing the workload associated with managing a stock and the risk of losing potential customers. In fact, when an item on an e-commerce site is sold out, chances are that customers will start looking for it elsewhere. A more accessible inventory management, for e-commerce companies, means more time to focus on other key aspects of the business. At the same time, RFID and GPS can help e-commerce businesses in tracking and monitoring deliveries in real time. Not only it provides businesses with a precise estimate of when the delivery will reach the destination but it also puts an end to the issue of losing shipments or misplacing them. Real-time delivery tracking has been possible for a while now, but the use of RFID can finally add the capability of managing bigger issues such as the route and speed that logistics crew are allowed to handle.Source: Pixabay.com 4 Ways You Can Make Your Workplace an Engine of… Roberta Rottigni To sum up, e-commerce is expected to become the future of retail, as more and more customers understand the benefits of shifting to the digital shopping arena. As this happens, online retailers will necessarily need to adapt their sales strategies and methods to the ever-evolving technological landscape. Big data and IoT undoubtedly play a central role in this ongoing technological disruption. At the same time, users shouldn’t underestimate the essential impact of their data contribution, as this can benefit them in the first place, by allowing for an enhanced, customized shopping experience. Related Posts CEOs in Troubled Waters (with Myriam Joire from… A Review of Instagram Marketing by Matthew Lucas Roberta Rottigni is a tech blogger. Born in Italy but adopted by Israel, she loves writing, traveling, and learning about innovative, tech-related trends. She doesn’t leave the house without a good book in her bag! Uber vs Lyft: Battling for Supremacylast_img read more