17 quirky ways to save extra money this summer

first_img 28SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr With the hype around spring cleaning and beach ready bodies, it’s time to give our personal finances some seasonal love. With longer days, better weather and relaxed attitudes, summer is a great time to amp up the mindfulness and institute some savvy habits. Here are a few ways to beef up your bank account by September.1. Traveling internationally? Check your cards.Thanks to a strong dollar and low gas prices, international travel is cheaper than ever. And it seems that Americans are catching on. A new survey by Synchrony Financial  found that more Americans are planning on  traveling in 2016 because of lower gas prices.Take advantage of this perfect storm and book now. But before you go, make sure you have at least one credit card with no foreign transaction rates. With the variety of cards available that offer no fees, there is no need to be paying an extra 1 to 3 percent per transaction. continue reading »last_img read more

Governor Wolf Statement on Treatable Cancer Diagnosis

first_imgGovernor Wolf Statement on Treatable Cancer Diagnosis Press Release Harrisburg, PA – Governor Wolf recently learned he has a treatable form of prostate cancer. The governor released the following statement and he will hold a brief availability this morning.“Frances and I recently learned I have prostate cancer that was thankfully detected early. My doctors made the diagnosis after a regular checkup revealed abnormalities. In consultation with my doctors, I have a planned treatment schedule that will begin in the coming weeks. Those treatments will last the next several months, but they will present no impairment to my ability to perform my duties as governor. Prior to beginning treatment, I will take a brief time to spend with my family. I am very thankful that my doctors caught this cancer quickly and have worked with me to plan a treatment schedule that will address my medical issues and allow me to serve the people of Pennsylvania. I encourage everyone in Pennsylvania to make sure they schedule regular checkups with their doctors and be aware of screening guidelines so early detection and treatment can be possible.”Like Governor Tom Wolf on Facebook: Facebook.com/GovernorWolf February 24, 2016center_img SHARE Email Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Some Exoplanets May Be Exostars

first_imgA brown dwarf was measured with more precision, and was found to be more massive than expected.  Robert Roy Britt in Space.com says this may call into question some of the discoveries of bodies orbiting other stars that were assumed to be planets.  I. Neill Reid,1 writing in Nature where the measurement was announced,2 explained the implications:Clearly, this is only one datum point, for one particular age and one particular mass.  Nonetheless, there are wide potential ramifications.  If this is a fair reflection of the theoretical models, then analyses of the luminosity distribution of low-mass stars and brown dwarfs in young clusters may be systematically underestimating their masses.  In consequence, the turnover in the mass function would be exaggerated (that is, there would be more brown dwarfs than currently estimated), but a lower-mass cut-off might lie at higher masses, because the supposed objects of 1-2 Jupiter masses might in fact exceed 15�20 Jupiter masses (0.015�0.02 solar masses).   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)See also the report on EurekAlert.1I. Neill Reid, “Astronomy: Weighing the baby,” Nature 433, 207 – 208 (20 January 2005); doi:10.1038/433207a.2Close et al., “A dynamical calibration of the mass-luminosity relation at very low stellar masses and young ages,” Nature 433, 286 – 289 (20 January 2005); doi:10.1038/nature03225.There could well be planets around other stars, but it’s one thing to find an exoplanet.  It’s another thing to find a privileged exoplanet.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

Next Generation Microchips Inspired byNature’s Nanotech

first_imgAn article in ComputerWorld1 reports that Hewlett Packard, IBM, Fujitsu, and Texas Instruments are putting effort into developing nanotechnologies for chip manufacturing based on a principle found in nature: the tendency of matter to fall into predictable patterns as molecules assume low energy states. There aren’t many structures that can be built today, but researchers are finding new ways to manipulate molecules all the time. IBM has been using self-assembly in a capacitor, and HP Labs have self-assembled 10-atom wide conductive wires.Self-assembly—the tendency of certain structures to fall naturally into patterns—is one of nature’s most common occurrences. On a grand scale, for example, wind direction, temperature and moisture in the air result in predictable types of storms.Now think smaller—much smaller. Certain molecules combine without guidance in predictable ways.  “Some molecules recognize each other and find natural low-energy states,” says W. Grant McGimpsey, a biology professor and director of the Bioengineering Institute at Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts.   (Emphasis added in all quotes.)1 Steve Ulfelder,“Molecular Self-Assembly: Nanoscale circuits build themselves, breathing new life into Moore’s Law,” ComputerWorld, pg 28, 5 September, 2005.Certain molecules in nature recognize each other and combine into predictable patterns as they settle into low-energy states.  This fits very nicely with the Second Law of Thermodynamics and the formation of snowflakes, but is exactly the opposite of what evolutionists claim happened three or four billions of years ago on Earth at the origin of life.  Biological RNA and DNA are not mere crystals or repetitive patterns.  They are highly volatile and energetic, requiring cellular machinery to build and maintain.  Most important, they contain genetic information not derivable from the atoms of which they are composed nor from the laws of physics that describe how their parts interact.  In contrast, “Self-assembled materials form very simple patterns,” said one of the engineers.  Though ordered, these materials do not specify anything.  Though the article spoke of “natural self-assembly,” there was no mention of evolution – good, because evolution and engineering don’t logically mix.  Neo-Darwinian evolution is unguided and purposeless; the engineers here were harnessing natural processes toward intelligently-designed, functional ends.(Visited 13 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0last_img read more

‘Play it, Live it, Love it!’ – 2008 Masters Games

first_imgThe 6th Pan Pacific Masters Games will be held from 1 to 9 November 2008 on the magnificent Gold Coast.An anticipated 10,000 participants from all over the world will compete in the multi-sport event which has stamped itself on the calendar at the beginning of November every two years.In 2008, 34 sports will be on the program with team sports including softball, touch football, soccer, basketball and baseball to individual sports ranging from swimming, athletics, archery and tennis.No qualifying standards or times are required to enter the Masters Games. The only criteria is that participants meet the minimum age requirement for their respective sport, which for the majority is 30 years of age. Participants compete in their age group ensuring that the sport is played fairly, competitively and in tremendous spirit.The slogan of the Pan Pacific Masters Games is ‘Play it, Live it, Love it!’ which encapsulates its competitive, participatory and social environment.The Gold Coast Convention & Exhibition Centre will be the official Games Village for the 2008 Pan Pacific Masters Games. It will feature live nightly entertainment, a sport’s expo, fully catered hospitality and a venue for the Games sportspeople to socialise, meet up and enjoy the camaraderie the event is renowned for. The Gold Coast Convention and Exhibition Centre is an award winning multi-purpose venue that is close to accommodation, shopping, restaurants, nightlife, the beach and central to the Pan Pacific Masters Games sport’s venues.Pan Pacific Masters Games services including registration, timetables, photography and exhibitors featuring sporting products and event merchandise are all located within the Games Village.The Pan Pacific Masters Games began on the Gold Coast in 1996 as the Queensland Masters Games, before undergoing a transition in 1998 to become the larger Asia Pacific Masters Games. The Asia Pacific Masters Games were held three times on the Gold Coast in 1998, 2000 and 2002.With the growth of the event and increased interest from Asia, Japan, the Americas, Oceania and New Zealand, the Games were renamed in 2002 to the Pan Pacific Masters Games. The 2006 Pan Pacific Masters Games attracted almost 10,000 participants who enjoyed the week long festival of sport and social activities.The 2008 Pan Pacific Masters Games is another major event managed and presented by Queensland Events Gold Coast – a wholly owned subsidiary of Queensland Events.For more information about the 2008 Pan Pacific Masters Games:Visit www.mastersgames.com.auPhone +61 7 5564 8733, Fax +61 7 5564 9733 , Email: [email protected]last_img read more

Position Vacant – Competitions and Events Coordinator

first_imgAre you looking for a thrilling career in the sports industry?  Touch Football Australia is seeking suitably qualified applicants for two vacancies for the position of Competitions and Events Coordinator, based in our Victorian branch office, Melbourne and our ACT branch office, Canberra. Applications for this opportunity close at 5.00pm EST on Wednesday, 8 April 2015.To view the position description, please click on the attachment below. For further information or to lodge your application for this career opportunity, please email [email protected] Filespd_sops_cec_updated_format-pdfRelated LinksPosition Vacantlast_img

Gazprom Neft to Supply LowSulphur Marine Fuel to RCI Saga

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Gazprom Neft Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, part of Gazprom Neft, has concluded bunker supply agreements with cruise operators Royal Caribbean International and Saga Cruises.As informed, the company will be managing approximately 60 bunkering operations for Royal Caribbean and Saga Cruises’ ships at St Petersburg’s Marine Façade passenger port during the summer navigation season.Total sales of low-sulphur marine fuels under these contracts are expected to be around 55,000 tons.Cruise vessels will be supplied with marine and hybrid oil products with sulphur content of less than 0.1 percent, produced at Gazprom Neft’s Moscow and Omsk Refineries. These environmentally-friendly marine fuels are designed for use in SECA emission control zones, and are compliant with new requirements under the international MARPOL Convention, according to Gazpromneft Marine Bunker.“620,000 tourists visited the Northern Capital on cruise liners in 2018 alone. The trend in increasing passenger traffic shows the number of cruise liners visiting St Petersburg every year is only going to grow,” Andrei Vasiliev, CEO, Gazpromneft Marine Bunker, commented.“Terminal infrastructure and our own bunkering fleet mean Gazpromneft Marine Bunker can meet maritime companies’ growing demand for high-technology oil products,” Vasiliev added.Gazpromneft Marine Bunker sold approximately 800,000 tons of marine fuels in Q1 2019, a 25-percent increase year-on-year.In the North-West and Black Sea regions, the company has market shares of 30 and 23 percent, respectively.Sales of marine fuels at ports throughout Russia’s North-West Region reached 262,000 tons, an eight-percent increase year-on-year. The proportion of environmentally-friendly low-sulphur fuels, designed for use in SECA shipping zones, reached 18.7 percent of total sales at Baltic Sea ports, totaling 45,500 tons.In addition, the company delivered 115,000 tons of marine fuels at ports throughout the Black Sea region between January and March this year.last_img read more