Month: March 2012
Yves Smith’s Ridiculous Argument Against the JOBS Act - March 27, 2012 by dharkanjhel

There are certainly good arguments that can be made against the provisions in the JOBS Act to loosen the regulations around public fundraising for companies. I’ve even made one of them here myself, concerning the inevitable rise in fraud that will ensue as bucket shops and boiler rooms leap into action. I also noted that this is all about trade offs: it might be that greater funding availability is worth that rise in fraud. It might not be as well, that’s a judgement call, one on which you entirely at liberty to make up your own minds.

However, there are also arguments that are entirely ridiculous and Yves Smith has just used one of them:

Obama seems determined to roll back the few remaining elements of the New Deal. As we’ve recounted, he’s keen to cut Medicare and Social Security; he said as much in a dinner with leading conservative luminaries shortly after his inauguration. And his JOBS Act, which guts securities law protections on smaller stock offerings, is touted as a way to increase employment by helping to fund smaller businesses. In reality, the only jobs it is likely to create will be due to the resulting explosion in

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OPP officers travel to Nova Scotia to make arrest - March 27, 2012 by dharkanjhel

OPP News Release

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ALMAGUIN HIGHLANDS – On Thursday March 22, 2012 two officers from the Almaguin Highlands Ontario Provincial Police Crime Unit traveled to Nova Scotia and … continued on BayToday.ca
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OPP seeking public’s help with break in at Myrt’s in Mattawa - March 26, 2012 by dharkanjhel

OPP News Release

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MATTAWA – On Saturday March 24, 2012, members of the Mattawa Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) were contacted with regards to a break in that had occurred … continued on BayToday.ca
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What We’re Watching: 3/23/12 - March 26, 2012 by dharkanjhel
Posted by: Alexandra Kirin, Public Affairs
At the end of each week, we post a “What We’re Watching” blog as we look ahead to the weekend and recap events from the week. We encourage you to share it with your friends and family, and have a safe weekend.

Weather Outlook
We’re closely monitoring the severe weather conditions (tornadoes and thunderstorm watches/warnings) in several states, including Illinois and Missouri.

Looking further out this weekend, our friends at NOAA forecast heavy rain for parts of the Pacific Northwest with areas in the eastern Pacific Northwest and Northern California experiencing heavy snow. High winds are predicted for parts of the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast Coastal areas.

Additionally, flooding may occur in areas across Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, much of Missouri, Arkansas, Louisiana, and isolated parts of Southwest Oregon. Visit www.ready.gov/floods for safety tips and other information on what to do before, during, and after a flood.

Severe drought conditions are expected to continue throughout parts of the Southeast, Central and Southern Great Plains, Southwest, and Upper Mississippi Valley.

We encourage everyone to monitor your area’s local forecast as weather conditions can change. Stay up-to-date on your local forecast by visiting weather.gov or mobile.weather.gov on your mobile device.

National Hurricane Conference
The 2012 National Hurricane Conference begins next week Monday March 26 in Orlando, Fla. The conference serves as a national forum for federal, tribal, state and local officials to come together, exchange ideas and recommend new policies improving emergency management efforts and hurricane preparedness, response, recovery and mitigation in order to save lives and property.

On Tuesday, FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate will speak at the conference and a roundtable discussion following his presentation.

The conference is a great opportunity for individuals interested in educational and professional training in hurricane and disaster preparedness. To register for the conference, visit www.hurricanemeeting.com.


Monitoring for the Endangered Houston Toad in Texas
In January, we blogged about how we work with numerous federal partners to ensure that recovery efforts avoid or minimize adverse impacts to the environment, especially potential impacts on endangered species. Here’s a short video detailing how we worked with wildlife experts from the Texas Parks & Wildlife Department and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service in Bastrop County to monitor for the endangered Houston toad amid survivor recovery operations following the historic wildfires of 2011.



Photos of Ongoing Response & Recovery Efforts
Here are some photos highlighting our ongoing response and recovery efforts in Kentucky and Tennessee:

Kentucky

Crittenden, Ky., March 21, 2012 -- Margie and Ron Milner describe the layout of their totally destroyed home to a FEMA Contract Inspector. FEMA sends inspectors to all damaged properties after a disaster survivor has asked FEMA for help.

Crittenden, Ky., March 21, 2012 — Margie and Ron Milner describe the layout of their totally destroyed home to a FEMA Contract Inspector. FEMA sends inspectors to all damaged properties after a disaster survivor has asked FEMA for help.

Butler, Ky., March 20, 2012 -- Lisa Demers, representing FEMA Individual Assistance, addresses the attendees at the Pendleton County community meeting. FEMA participates in local events sharing information and answering questions for those affected by the tornado.

Butler, Ky., March 20, 2012 — Lisa Demers, representing FEMA Individual Assistance, addresses the attendees at the Pendleton County community meeting. FEMA participates in local events sharing information and answering questions for those affected by the tornado.

West Liberty, Ky., March 19, 2012 -- Over 100 volunteers from Morehead State University, are spending their spring break clearing debris and locating personal items in the damaged neighborhoods of West Liberty. FEMA works with volunteer organizations to coordinate getting aid to where is is most needed.

West Liberty, Ky., March 19, 2012 — Over 100 volunteers from Morehead State University, are spending their spring break clearing debris and locating personal items in the damaged neighborhoods of West Liberty. FEMA works with volunteer organizations to coordinate getting aid to where is is most needed.

Tennessee

Etowah, Tenn., March 20, 2012 -- FEMA's Julia Hall and TEMA's Roger Thompson go over details on setting up a Disaster Recovery Center with McMinn County Emergency Manager Linda Hamby. Having Disaster Recovery Centers up and running quickly to help survivors is a priority after a disaster has been declared.

Etowah, Tenn., March 20, 2012 — FEMA’s Julia Hall and TEMA’s Roger Thompson go over details on setting up a Disaster Recovery Center with McMinn County Emergency Manager Linda Hamby. Having Disaster Recovery Centers up and running quickly to help survivors is a priority after a disaster has been declared.

McMinn County, Tenn., March 20, 2012 -- Community Relations Specialist Rico Borrazzo from FEMA and Al Libbrecht with the State of Tennessee meet with survivors of the March tornado. FEMA supports the State and local governments in order to get required information and resources to those who need it.

McMinn County, Tenn., March 20, 2012 — Community Relations Specialist Rico Borrazzo from FEMA and Al Libbrecht with the State of Tennessee meet with survivors of the March tornado. FEMA supports the State and local governments in order to get required information and resources to those who need it.

McMinn County, Tenn., March 20, 2012 -- Michael Gann, Community Relations Specialists, leaves a registration information flyer at a damaged residence. FEMA and State representatives are on the ground giving information about registration and disaster assistance to residents.

McMinn County, Tenn., March 20, 2012 — Michael Gann, Community Relations Specialists, leaves a registration information flyer at a damaged residence. FEMA and State representatives are on the ground giving information about registration and disaster assistance to residents.

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Treating Alcohol Dependency With Detox - March 25, 2012 by dharkanjhel

If you or someone you know is currently suffering from an addiction to alcohol, you should seek help at an alcohol detox center. These centers are very helpful in getting those dealing with an addiction help during the awful process of detox. By choosing to undergo this process at a reputable medical facility, you will ensure that you will be provided with the proper medical care. It is a very important part of the road to recovery to seek help with alcohol detox.

Detox Process

If you are an alcoholic, but are scarred to go through the process of alcohol detox, it is important to remember you are not alone. There is nothing to be ashamed of if you are asking for help. The best weapon an alcoholic can employ when they are going through a detox process is a positive attitude. Before you choose which alcohol detox center you are going to go to, do some research online to make sure the center has everything you are looking for.

Alcohol Withdrawal

If an individual has been addicted to alcohol for a long period of time their body must obtain the substance in order to perform properly. This is why addiction is such a difficult thing to overcome. Fortunately, for those who suffer from addiction, there is help available. During the first few days of the detox process, individuals who have an addiction to alcohol may go through a period of withdrawal. This period of time is very painful for a recovering alcoholic. This is just another reason why it is so imperative to get medical help if you are serious about getting help for an alcohol addiction.

Detox vs. Rehab

Detox is defined as the process of removing all toxins from a person’s body. While this is certainly a part of the rehabilitation process, not all rehab centers offer detox services. It is important to consider when you are selecting a treatment center to check into. Before an alcoholic can enter into a rehabilitation setting, they must first successfully go through a full, medical detox.

Recovery

Going through detox is certainly the most painful portion of recovery an alcoholic will face. It is during this brutal time period when a person addicted to alcohol will go through what is known in the medical community as withdrawal. The most important thing for a recovering alcoholic to remember is that they must stick with a detox before they will be able to get treatment in a rehab center.

Medical Care

Medical care and treatment while going through alcohol detoxification is a necessity. Alcohol detox alone is a very dangerous and risky thing, and medical supervision is recommended and required. The medical team can help manage the withdrawal symptoms and monitor medical stability as well to allow for a safer and smoother detoxification process.

Rehab

While detoxification is the immediate goal of a person who is addicted to alcohol, the long term goal should be to get into a reputable counseling program. In fact, may detoxification centers actually offer counseling sessions that are available 24 hours a day. After the detox process is finally over, patients will be able to commit more of their time to counseling and other rehab activities. Also, after you finish a detox your body will begin to feel much more normal.

Wednesday forecast: Warm, breezy, chance of rain - March 25, 2012 by dharkanjhel

At least in the southern part of the state, the windy conditions of the past few days should continue today, with gusts up to 25 mph. Also expect more clouds and a good chance of rain.


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Week’s Top Stories: March 17 – 23, 2012 - March 24, 2012 by dharkanjhel

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Work It Out - March 24, 2012 by dharkanjhel

Hanging on many a teacher’s wall or sitting on his or her desk is that little proverb that reads, “Life is a classroom.” Half of my teachers had a variation of this framed-art maxim, right along with their globes of…

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The Proper Gear for Motocross Racing - March 23, 2012 by dharkanjhel

Motocross riding is an incredibly dangerous sport because the riders are going at high speeds and are forced to take jumps which just increase the risk of an accident. TAGS: POA Racing, Motocross Kit, Motocross Gear, Fox Motocross Helmets, Fox MX Helmets
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Visiting Singapore Plus The Har Paw Villa - March 22, 2012 by dharkanjhel

If you are looking for a unique and different travel experience you would be hard pressed to find a better location than Singapore. Singapore is home to some of the most spectacular and beautiful tourist attractions anywhere in the world. If you or someone you know is planning on leaving the country and heading to Singapore it is important to remember to get a passport renewal if you have a lost U S passport. No one is allowed into a country outside the United States without first presenting a valid passport to custom agents.

International Travel

Passports are extremely important documents. They allow an individual to travel to foreign destinations. Although you do not need a passport to necessarily leave the United States, there are many countries where you will need it in order to enter a foreign country. Re-entry into the United States is also very difficult with out a passport. This is why it’s so important when traveling abroad to keep your expedited passport renewal safe to prevent a lost passport or passport theft.

Republic Of Singapore

It is an interesting fact that the Republic of Singapore is a country comprised of 63 islands. Even though some of the islands are rather small, overall Singapore is a highly urbanized country with many modern amenities. Also, there is a lot of wonderful, green scenery on a few of the islands. This is why traveling to Singapore can be such a wonderful experience. There are many different things to do for any type of traveler who goes to Singapore.

Religious Sites

The Har Paw Villa, located in Singapore, is famously known as the country’s Buddhist theme park. It is a great place the travelers can go see with their entire family. Also, Singapore has incredible shopping plazas and malls that are a great way to spend the afternoon. Once nighttime falls, you will be able to find bust streets and clubs where you can party the night away. Singapore has a little something for everybody. There are beautiful botanical gardens and zoos that are very popular with tourists located all over the country.

Haw Par Villa

If you want to get a better understanding of the culture in Asia you would be wise to check out the Haw Par Villa. This is a very popular tourist destination that helps to explain to visitors the principles of Buddhism, Taoism and Confucianism. Also, you will be walking through many wonderful gardens, koi ponds and architectural sites as you wonder through the park. Taking a visit to this wonderful attraction would be both fun and educational for the entire family.

Popular Beliefs

Buddhism is a widely practiced tradition throughout Asia and is growing popularity within the United States. It features a very complex and unique set of beliefs that are also ingrained within each culture. For this reason explanation of the Naraka’s purely depends on what region of the world you are in. The Naraka’s featured in the Har Paw Villa are displayed are those associated with the Chinese mythologies regarding ‘hell’.

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