Conservatives want results

first_imgWith the Republican Party controlling the U.S. House, the Senate, and the White House, one might consider this the best of times for the conservative movement. Yet the consensus at Wednesday night’s Kennedy School forum “The Future of the Conservative Agenda” was often just the opposite.Moderated by Kristen Soltis Anderson, co-founder of Echelon Insights and a former Institute of Politics resident fellow, the panel asked how the traditional conservative agenda — health care reform, free trade, tax reform, a strong military — is likely to fare under President Trump. And the panelists not only expressed doubt on developments in those areas, but suggested there will be problems ahead.“Trump is not a conservative at all,” said April Ponnuru, senior adviser of the Conservative Reform Network and a former adviser to Jeb Bush’s presidential campaign. “The things we care most about, including social issues and the free market, are things that he barely tolerates. So we now have an agenda that doesn’t address the concerns of most Americans. College is still far too expensive, for example. He wants to do some big things — health care, tax reform, and building a wall — and those will all cost a lot of money. The one thing he’s been effective at doing is channeling peoples’ frustration. Congress could turn that into real policy, but frankly they haven’t done a great job so far.”The panelists named the Affordable Care Act reform as one case where conservative plans already seem to have dead-ended. As Oren Cass, a Manhattan Institute senior fellow and former Mitt Romney campaign adviser, noted, even President Barack Obama took a year to pass a health plan with the full support of his party.“He came in with a hyper-competent administration, and it took him that long to pass something that was a mess of a health care plan,” said Cass. “And now the idea that Republicans, without that kind of leadership, are going to get something passed in a couple of months … Well, that is certainly optimistic.”James Pethokoukis, columnist for American Enterprise Institute, expressed measured pessimism about Trump’s economic promises. “Trump has set the expectations so high for what he can do right now, and a lot of voters may be very disappointed.” Photo by Silvia MazzocchinTax reform, the panelists agreed, is looking like a long shot as well. “That’s frankly becoming as much of a mess as health care reform,” said James Pethokoukis, a columnist and blogger at the American Enterprise Institute. The Trump campaign “hinged a lot of their pro-growth agenda on tax reform. So not only do they need to pass it, but it has to have amazing results on the economy. If that doesn’t get done, this administration will be a complete and utter failure. But Trump has set the expectations so high for what he can do right now, and a lot of voters may be very disappointed. We may not get super-fast growth, and the way it gets distributed may not be much different than it has been in the past 10 years.”Pethokoukis was even less favorable on trade issues. “That will be another in the series of catastrophic repeats. If there is one thing consistent in Donald Trump, he thinks that America’s one economic problem is that we’ve been screwed by other countries on trade,” said Pethokoukis. “To him, that explains it all, and that will be the heart of his trade policy. So now [Trump trade adviser] Peter Navarro wants to cut all the global supply chains — the ones that have been sending us jets and iPhones.”Nor did the panelists find much relief in Anderson’s suggestion that a stronger border at least coincides with conservative goals. Ponnuru said that while Trump may build a wall with Mexico, he can’t make it economically feasible. “The numbers just don’t work. I expect that he will get a lot of the wall built, but it will crowd out a lot of other things,” he said.Pethokoukis added that the wall also could send the wrong message to the international business community. “There have always been people around the world who think that if they’re going to do something amazing, they want to do it in the United States,” he said. “But now if you’re a great foreign entrepreneur, you might think, ‘Forget it. That’s not the country that I thought it was. Maybe I’d rather stay in my home country.’”last_img read more

White House Recommends People Avoid Gatherings Of More Than 10 People

first_imgPool PhotoWASHINGTON – The White House has issued guidelines for Americans during the coronavirus pandemic.Titled “The President’s Coronavirus Guidelines for America: 15 days to slow the spread,” many of the guidelines are broad and have been what the administration and health officials have been saying from the start of the outbreak.Included in the guidelines: The guidelines also say states that have seen community spread should close bars, restaurants and other public places, though again, that is not a mandate. New York State has already issued the order for bars and restaurants to close as soon as this evening. People should avoid gathering in groups of more than 10People should stay away from bars restaurants and food courts, and to not travel if possible.center_img Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)last_img read more

Aaron Tveit, Male Model? The Graceland Star Gets Swanky

first_img Star Files Is that Aaron Tveit in that jaunty tangerine short-suit? Why yes, it is! The Graceland star is unleashing his tres chic side in Bello magazine, and we’re loving his dapper new look. Photographed by Aleksandar Tomovic, the Next to Normal, Hairspray and Catch Me If You Can alum is all over the new issue—feast your eyes on our favorite pics below, then check out the whole spread in Bello! View Commentscenter_img Aaron Tveitlast_img

Tix Now Available to See Bridget Everett in Rock Bottom

first_img Related Shows Rock Bottom previously ended a limited off-Broadway engagement on October 16, 2014. It features familiar songs heard in Everett’s monthly showcase with her band The Tender Moments at Joe’s Pub and new original songs written with Shaiman, Wittman, Ray and Horovitz. The complete company includes Celisse Henderson, Paul Iacono, and Chelsea Packard. Rock Bottom Directed by Wittman, Rock Bottom is the story of what happens when you’re too passionate to give up, and too big to fail. In it, Everett barrels through life tip-toeing toward disaster, wine bottle by wine bottle and man by man. However, instead of succumbing to a chardonnay-induced stupor, Everett embraces a series of revelations that lead her to redemption. View Comments Tickets are now on sale to see Bridget Everett rise from Rock Bottom. The off-Broadway show, created by Everett, Marc Shaiman, Scott Wittman, Adam “Ad-Rock” Horovitz and Matt Ray, will play through February 20 at Joe’s Pub. Show Closed This production ended its run on Feb. 20, 2015last_img read more

Winter gardening chores

first_imgGardeners who chose not to grow cool season crops may be getting restless as temperatures drop and the growing season comes to an end. Well, a gardener’s work is never done. Here are a few garden chores that can be accomplished over the next few months.Now is a great time to test the soil. Developing and maintaining productive soils begins with soil testing. Whether it is for your lawn, flowerbed or vegetable garden, University of Georgia soil test results will reveal the soil’s actual nutrient status. Follow the test’s recommendations for ideal soil in your spring garden.Compost leavesDo you have an abundance of leaves on your property? Chop them up and add them to your garden as a mulch, or work them in to improve the soil’s organic matter. Unchopped or shredded leaves can also be used, but they tend to mat down and will not breakdown as rapidly. Leaves can also be added to your compost pile to provide a carbon element.Speaking of compost piles, work off some of those delicious holiday desserts by grabbing a shovel or pick and giving your compost pile a thorough turn. This will speed the decomposition process and add needed air and circulation to the pile.Inspect and repair toolsWhile you have that shovel or pick handy, look at it closely. Does the handle appear to be rotting or cracking? If the handle is beginning to crack or turn gray, sand it down and apply a coat of marine or outdoor varnish to preserve the life of the handle. Is the shovelhead showing rust or wear? Take the time now to clean, sharpen and repair your garden tools and you will be glad when spring rolls back around. Remove caked on dirt with a wire brush and rinse and dry tools thoroughly.Apply lubricating oil to any working parts on pruning shears or saws, and sharpen the blades. To sharpen properly, place the tool in a vise and sharpen away from the tool’s head, on the push-stroke side only. Proper storage of gardening tools will extend their life. My worst nightmare is when my son “borrows” my lopping shears to clear a path in the back woods. Weeks later when I am looking for them to prune that overgrown Cleyera, I find them rusting in the dirt on that new path in the back woods. Don’t let this happen to your tools. Keep them out of the weather in a shed or garage in a neat and orderly fashion. This will not only save you a lot of frustration when it comes time to use them, but your storage space will be maximized –- making room for that latest and greatest gardening tools on your Christmas list.last_img read more

AzBar system for control and management of catering facilities, from now on on the Croatian market

first_imgOften in conversations when we talk about various ideas and projects, we come to the conclusion that something should be invented for cafes, because logically – there are thousands of them in Croatia, so the calculation and cost-effectiveness of the whole project is very attractive. Precisely through a conversation with a colleague, one such idea was on the “table”, and since it is a relatively unknown product in our market, I was even more interested in the whole idea and philosophy of the whole concept, so this story was created.Namely, it is an interesting product for the HoReCa channel, ie equipment and applications for monitoring and managing systems for dispensing alcoholic beverages and non-alcoholic beverages in hotels, restaurants and bars. It is applicable for almost all cafes, and especially for the tourism sector, from hotels, restaurants to larger clubs where there is a high frequency of demand for drinks, so it is an art and a challenge to get out as many drinks of the same quality as possible.”Smart solutions do not always come from Sweden“Saša Stanković, the company’s sales and marketing manager, starts our conversation with laughter SBC solutions from Zagreb, which has been the exclusive representative of the Canadian company AzBar Plus based in Quebec for 7 years.Although it is not about equipment produced in Croatia, domestic “smart” is an integral part of a success story that in one small but very important part, can help our tourism, which is to provide better service to guests, but also allows even more transparent business in a business environment in which caterers are often called out.The co-owners of SBC solutions, who have been successful caterers for many years, have successfully combined their knowledge and experience with AzBar innovative technologies and provided caterers with an efficient and effective means of controlling and managing business in catering facilities, Stanković points out and adds that SBC business solutions tailored to the needs of each individual caterer, regardless of the volume of business and the degree of complexity of serving drinks at the bar. “We approach each user with special care and advise him on choosing a business solution adapted for bars in bars and restaurants with easy serving of all types of alcoholic and soft drinks, beer and wine, all the way to hotel systems with multiple bars of different complexity of serving drinks, especially cocktails and mixes. In addition to increasing efficiency, reducing costs and effective control, our solutions allow caterers to fully dedicate themselves to their guests, who, in addition to faster and better service, can guarantee the prescribed standard and quality of spilled beverage at any time.”Says Stankovic.What every caterer will like is in fact the whole system of controlling the drained type and quantity of drinks and beverages can reduce losses by up to 27%, and through the possibility of central storage of beverages can further reduce procurement costs by up to 20% by buying more economical, larger packaging and savings. storage space. With the same number of employees and bars, and due to faster and better service, the increase in turnover and even earnings is unquestionable.The AzBar system has so far been installed in more than 16.000 locations worldwide, of which 50+ locations in Croatia”What we have paid special attention to are the increase in revenue and savings for caterers, while increasing the quality of service to guests. If there’s one thing restaurant and bar owners want, it’s to make their own business profitable. But it is almost impossible to manage and control every aspect of your business. This creates problems that you constantly have to deal with. You don’t necessarily have to always be aware of the cause maybe even the existence of the problem itself. Due to poor management and inadequate control in restaurants and bars, the door was left open for theft, omissions, waste, inaccurate tapping, inefficient service and poor inventory management. And our system is a simple and practical solution to all the listed challenges. “Stankovic points out and adds that the entire investment is included in the tax-deductible cost, which is certainly another important item.The entire system is manufactured exclusively in Canada, steel and pumps are imported from the USA, and AzBar systems have so far been installed in more than 16.000 locations worldwide, as well as in more than 50 locations in Croatia. ” We especially emphasize that the system is connected directly to the cash register or POS and allows quick and easy calculation, insight into the condition and quantity of spilled beverage (per piece and norm), individual price per item and finally the total price of spilled beverage, all without any possibility of manipulation, i.e. everything is automated and standardized”Concludes Stanković.A great solution, and so simple, that offers a solution to various challenges. From cost controls, increasing the efficiency and speed of dispensing and discharging drinks, everything is standardized and there is no room for manipulation, and thus the most important thing leads to an increase in earnings.More information about the AZ Bar system for bars, clubs and restaurants can be found herelast_img read more

Firms eager for older surveyors

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COVID-19 presents new challenges in forest fire control

first_imgExperts have said that Indonesia, which has struggled to curb land and forest fires in the past, might face a new challenge in mitigating fires: the COVID-19 epidemic.About 1.6 million hectares of land and forest across the country were burned last year, the second-highest in the last five years after the massive 2015 fires that burned roughly 2.6 million ha, according to Environment and Forestry Ministry data.Peatland ecosystems accounted for 44 percent of the total land burned last year, or 727,972 ha; and within that ecosystem, 54.71 percent of which were protected peatland areas (FLEGs) that were also burned in the fires. “In 2019, the fires indeed occurred both in relatively new areas and locations that had regularly been burned. But we have not yet finished our intervention projects there [in regular locations],” Myrna told The Jakarta Post.The interventions include building infrastructure, such as canals and wells, to keep peatland wet. Peatland soil stores a massive amount of carbon. When peatland is cleared and drained for a plantation, it degrades and is highly combustible.Last year, two of the provinces recording the largest area of burned land were South Sumatra with 336,798 ha and Central Kalimantan with 317,749 ha.Madani Foundation predicted five provinces would be prone to land and forest fires this year: Central Kalimantan, West Kalimantan, Papua, East Kalimantan and South Sumatra.“These provinces must pay attention to the prevention of land and forest fires this year,” Naufal said.Read also: Mass-scale farming on peatland detrimental to environment, experts warnBogor Agricultural University (IPB) forestry expert Bambang Hero Saharjo said the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic might divert the government’s attention away from mitigating forest fires.Several regions have already entered the dry season and hot spots are flaring up in Riau and Aceh. About 8,253 hectares of land and forests were burned between January and March, with Riau having the largest area burned at 2,765 ha.The environment ministry’s director for forest and land fire control, Basar Manullang, said the total area burned in 2019 was 37 percent less than in 2015 and that the fires last year were exacerbated by the prolonged dry season.He said fire control this year would be done alongside the pandemic response and in line with health protocols.“Prevention and mitigation efforts on the field will still be conducted with authorities applying health protocols requiring officers to wear personal protection equipment, practice physical distancing and avoid crowds,” Basar told the Post.Read also: On Earth Day, COVID-19 a ‘wake-up call’ to reinvigorate natureThe government is employing weather modification technology in Riau to reduce fire potential, particularly in drained peatland, and South Sumatra, Jambi and Kalimantan will follow suit.The Health Ministry’s communicable disease prevention and control director, Wiendra Waworuntu, said earlier that another issue with forest fires during the COVID-19 pandemic were the similar symptoms between the disease and acute respiratory infections (ISPA), which were caused by the smog. She said pollution from the fires could also exacerbate the condition of COVID-19 patients.“During forest fires, [ISPA] cases usually increase,” she said. “Do not take the situation lightly and do not forget that we are also in the middle of a pandemic.”Topics : “This shows that our peatland ecosystems are still prone to fires,” Madani Foundation’s geographic information systems (GIS) specialist, Fadli Ahmad Naufal, said in a recent online public discussion.More than 1 million hectares of land and forests burned last year, or 63 percent, in areas that had never or rarely been burned in the past and not necessarily peatland.Read also: Indonesia’s 2019 fire season not doomsday for forests, but ecological concerns remainPeatland Restoration Agency (BRG) official Myrna Safitri said some peatland restoration projects had yet to be completed, signaling that it might be a factor exacerbating fires in the highly combustible dry peatland last year.last_img read more

Divestment lobby ‘over-simplifying’ sale of fossil fuel assets, argues union

first_imgPrentis cautioned against a wholesale divestment before other assets were available.“Divesting of carbon assets without having found adequate alternative renewable investment returns would create huge economic uncertainty.”He argued that low-carbon investment opportunities in the UK remained limited and were often not of sufficient scale, with investors incurring “high fees and huge transaction costs”.Prentis also evoked cost as a concern when arguing against divestment, insisting that any moves would take several years and see the affected LGPS incur “considerable” costs.The Norwegian Government Pension Fund Global was ordered in May to sell its stake in companies that derived over 30% of their revenue from coal.It came weeks after the sovereign wealth fund said it had already halved its exposure to thermal coal, and was the result of a vote by Norway’s parliament.However, divestment has previously proven difficult for the UK’s LGPS, consisting of 101 schemes managed by local authorities, as legal advice instructed them they could only divest in cases where it did not risk “material financial detriment” to the schemes.The Lothian Pension Fund in July ruled out divestment, citing both cost concerns and uncertainty on how fossil fuel companies should be defined. Those calling for pension funds to divest their fossil fuel holdings do not understand the “huge task” facing the schemes in divesting carbon-intensive companies, the head of one of the UK’s largest unions has argued.Unison said efforts by campaign groups urging asset owners to divest fossil fuel holdings were “admirable”, but underestimated the cost and complexity of selling the stakes.Dave Prentis, the union’s general secretary, said: “We all want to live in a greener, cleaner world, but pulling local government pensions fund investments from firms with big carbon footprints, and putting them into environmentally-friendly investments instead, is no mean feat.”His comments came in response to NGOs including Friends of the Earth detailing the fossil fuel investments of local government pension schemes (LGPS) to coincide with a report that found over 400 asset owners worth $2.6trn (€2.3trn), ranging from foundations and pension schemes to sovereign wealth funds, had pledged to divest their holdings.last_img read more

Drinking water supply to be improved in Guyana’s second largest city

first_img Share 19 Views   no discussions Sharing is caring! Share Drinking water. Photo credit: topnews.inWASHINGTON, USA — The Inter-American Development Bank (IDB) has approved a $12 million loan to improve efficiency, quality and sustainability of the drinking water service in Linden, Guyana’s second largest city.The funds will help the city, located 100 kilometers inland from the Atlantic coast, to cut energy use; improve pressure, quality and continuity of the water supply system; reduce the level of revenue loss due to physical and commercial reasons; and strengthen the operation and maintenance performance of the country’s public utility, Guyana Water Incorporated (GWI).Specifically, the five-year program will help reduce GWI’s annual energy spending in Linden from $232,000 to $140,000, while building and rehabilitating 10 kilometers of mains, reducing non-revenue water (NRW) levels from 65 percent to less than 50 percent and bringing water pressure to adequate levels in all households.Works will include construction of two treatment plants to ensure good water quality and of two large reservoirs aimed at ensuring water supply continuity and better pressure in the distribution network.Activities to help reduce NRW include the development of a management plan to address, monitor and control physical and commercial losses, rehabilitation of part of the network, and support for a metering program currently under implementation by GWI.Additionally, the program will address the institutional strengthening needs of GWI in Linden through the preparation of manuals and training activities on operation and maintenance, standard operating procedures, environmental and social safeguards, water quality monitoring procedures, and data collection for monitoring purposes.Caribbean News Nowcenter_img Share Tweet NewsRegional Drinking water supply to be improved in Guyana’s second largest city by: – June 20, 2011last_img read more