Big Tree Soft Serve To Open Friday

first_imgShare: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),This is a huge problem! People were shoulder to shoulder waiting to order ice cream. How sickening, what don’t these ignorant people get? Something needs to be done PxHere / Pixabay Stock ImageLAKEWOOD – A local summertime favorite in Lakewood is getting ready to open.Big Tree Soft Serve, 4403 W. Fairmount Ave., says they will open with spring hours on Friday.The ice-cream business says they have made adjustments to follow social distancing guidelines.“Please follow social distancing while waiting in line,” read a post on Big Tree Soft Serve’s Facebook page. “This may cause a slowing in service and we hope that all will understand and wait patiently.” Additionally, business officials say an increased drive thru demand is also likely.“The drive thru may have a longer than usual line so songs or i-spy would be good,” the post said. “We really appreciate how excited everyone gets with ice cream in the spring, but we need to be safe for ourselves and others.”Big Tree Soft Serve will be open from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday and 12 p.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday and Sunday.last_img read more

Poland’s coal-heavy PGE utility recommits to large-scale solar, wind construction program

first_imgPoland’s coal-heavy PGE utility recommits to large-scale solar, wind construction program FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享PV Tech:The owner of a double-digit-gigawatt portfolio of coal-fired power will press ahead with a shift to renewables even as it shuts down its non-essential business over the COVID-19 crisis.Polska Grupa Energetyczna (PGE), the largest utility in its home country of Poland, said in recent days it will shutter projects “outside of its core business” in a bid to shore up its finances, at a time when pandemic-driven shutdowns are hitting power use worldwide.PGE’s statement did not spell out the areas it would cull as part of its “rationalisation” drive. The state-run firm made clear, however, that it will continue to implement its decade-long wind and solar growth programmes, set in motion prior to the COVID-19 outbreak.The firm wants to take its offshore wind fleet to an installed capacity of 2.5GW by 2030 – it is aiming to become a national leader on this front – and intends to amass an identically-sized 2.5GW solar PV portfolio by the same year. It will also refocus on district heating and waste-to-energy projects.PGE’s decision to persist with its renewable plans despite the COVID-19 emergency does not mean its portfolio focus as Poland’s top utility – coal-fired power – is likely to change any time soon. The firm’s records for 2019 show that its generation volumes of 58.32TWh continued to be dominated by lignite (32.2TWh) and hard coal (18.94TWh). Even as they saw 2018-to-2019 declines, both coal variants towered last year over natural gas (4.49TWh) and wind (1.27TWh).[José Rojo Martín]More: Polish coal giant doubles down on 2.5GW solar push despite business retrenchmentlast_img read more

Supreme Court to Cops: Want to Search a Cell Phone? Get a Warrant

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York The U.S. Supreme Court delivered a resounding defense of privacy rights on Wednesday, ruling that police must obtain a warrant before searching the cell phone of people who have been arrested.The court’s unanimous decision could impact police departments across the country and forces them to adapt to today’s fast-changing digital world, perhaps earlier than they had hoped.“Our answer to the question of what police must do before searching a cell phone seized incident to an arrest is accordingly simple—get a warrant,” said Chief Justice John Roberts, explaining the court’s ruling.In delivering the court’s 9-0 decision, Roberts meticulously detailed the vast digital capabilities of cell phones, comparing the devices to “minicomputers” and other forms of media, while also rejecting the notion that a cell phone search is indistinguishable from inspecting physical items a person is carrying. He also provided a somewhat comical and rudimentary description of smart phones: a “cell phone with a broad range of other functions based on advanced computing capability, large storage capacity, and Internet connectivity.”But a cell phone’s “large storage capacity” was at the heart of the court’s opinion. Roberts said he was not speaking in hyperbole when claiming “that many of the more than 90 percent of American adults who own a cell phone keep on their persons a digital record” of their lives.The ruling was cheered by Internet privacy advocates and civil liberty groups.“By recognizing that the digital revolution has transformed our expectations of privacy, today’s decision is itself revolutionary and will help to protect the privacy rights of all Americans,” said Steven R. Shapiro, the national legal director for the American Civil Liberties Union. “We have entered a new world but, as the court today recognized, our old values still apply and limit the government’s ability to rummage through the intimate details of our private lives.”The ruling stemmed from two separate cases that reached the nation’s highest court: one surrounding the arrest of a man who was charged and later convicted on charges that arose from cops inspecting his cell phone, which revealed possible gang activity. The second case involved a man arrested for a drug sale, who was later convicted of additional drug and gun charges after a search of his phone—a flip phone, more accurately—led police to his residence where they found 215 grams of crack cocaine, marijuana, drug paraphernalia, a firearm and ammunition and cash.Roberts considered the possible privacy implications that come from simply accessing a person’s cell phone: browsing history could reveal private interests, applications (apps) could divulge details about a person’s lifestyle or political affiliation, location information could allow officers to literally reconstruct a person’s movements “down to the minute.”“The sum of an individual’s private life can be reconstructed through a thousand photographs labeled with dates, locations, and descriptions; the same cannot be said of a photograph or two of loved ones tucked into a wallet,” he said.The court’s ruling, however, won’t change the way Nassau County police conduct cell phone searches after an arrest, according to Inspector Kenneth Lack, the department’s chief spokesman.“That Nassau County Police Department was already conducting business in that manner,” he told the Press. “We would apply for a warrant to search someone’s cell phone or other private property.”Deputy Chief Kevin Fallon, Suffolk County police’s top spokesman, said he had yet to read the decision, and it was too early to comment.However, he said: “We’ll be looking closely at it. Obviously we’re going to comply” with the ruling.The ruling comes at a difficult time for many government organizations, specifically the National Security Agency, which has faced heavy criticism since whistleblower Edward Snowden’s revelations of mass surveillance at home and abroad.Much, if not all, of the NSA’s tactics are still being used, despite public outcry.But Wednesday’s landmark decision was a big victory for privacy groups.“The court recognized that the astounding amount of sensitive data stored on modern cell phones requires heightened privacy protection, and cannot be searched at a police officer’s whim,” said Electronic Frontier Foundation Staff Attorney Hanni Fakhoury. “This should have implications for other forms of government electronic searches and surveillance, tightening the rules for police behavior and preserving our privacy rights in our increasingly digital world.”last_img read more

Parkway Fatal Hit-and-run Driver Sought

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York New York State police are looking for a hit-and-run suspect that was involved in a crash that killed another driver on the Southern State Parkway on Friday morning.The suspect’s vehicle was described as a light-colored SUV, possibly gray, with tinted windows, significant front-end damage and a possible partial NY license plate of GHJ, police said.The suspect was involved in a collision with another vehicle while driving eastbound on the parkway west of Route 110 at 6:30 a.m., police said.The driver of the second vehicle crashed and died. The victim’s identity was not immediately available.The suspect’s SUV was last seen heading southbound on Route 110, heading toward Amityville.Troopers ask anyone with information on this case to call them at 631-756-3300.last_img read more

Brentwood Home Invasion Victim Pistol Whipped

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York Suffolk County police are investigating an armed home invasion in Brentwood during which the victim was pistol whipped early Monday morning, authorities said.Three masked men broke into a Le Grande Street home through a downstairs window, hit the victim in the back of the head with a handgun and stole a cell phone at 4:34 a.m., police said.The suspects fled the scene. Fourth Squad detectives are continuing the investigation.The case came about an hour after a trio committed another armed home invasion 20 miles away in New Cassel.last_img

China’s factory activity rebounds as work slowly resumes

first_imgFactory activity in China rebounded in March from a record low, according to official data released Tuesday, returning to expansion territory while the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the global economy.Businesses have gradually resumed work after being brought to a standstill this year to contain the spread of the deadly pathogen, although further challenges loom on the horizon – such as sluggish external demand as the virus spreads rapidly across the world.China’s Purchasing Managers’ Index (PMI), a key gauge of manufacturing activity, surprised at 52.0 in March, according to National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) figures. This was higher than the 44.8 analysts expected in a Bloomberg survey.Read also: Asian factories slammed as China’s PMI drops to record lowThe NBS said the number “reflects that over half of surveyed companies had improvements in their resumption of work and production from the month before, but it does not represent that our country’s economic operations have returned to normal levels”.The figure is a marked rebound from 35.7 in February – the worst since China began recording the data in 2005. A reading above 50 suggests growth in the sector. Non-manufacturing PMI came in at 52.3, also well above analyst predictions.But economists have cautioned that data may be less rosy for the rest of March.Read also: World Bank warns China growth could screech to a haltNomura analysts Lu Ting, Wang Lisheng and Wang Jing said in a note ahead of the PMI data release that they expect “deeply negative growth for almost all activity data in March”, given the relatively slow business resumption rate and slump in external demand.The pandemic has now left more than a third of the world’s population confined to their homes, with economists predicting the most violent recession in recent history to follow.China, where the first virus cases emerged, is also among the first country to log the crushing impact from strict quarantine measures aimed at curbing the outbreak.Topics :last_img read more

Consumers prefer cheaper cigarettes as purchasing power weakens: Sampoerna

first_imgThe shift to affordability has also been evident with the market share of smaller pack products – 10 or 12 cigarettes per pack – increasing 5 percentage points year-on-year (yoy) to 44.4 percent in this year’s first half. Meanwhile, the market share of super-low price brands climbed 5.5 percentage points to 19.2 percent during the same period. “In the longer-term, this trend could potentially reverse as the economy improves,” Trumpaitis noted. The Indonesian cigarette industry has been significantly affected by the excise-driven price increases this year along with the impacts of the coronavirus outbreak, which has battered business activity. Throughout the first half of this year, industry volume dropped 14.8 percent yoy. The government has been increasing the cigarette excise in an effort to reduce the prevalence of smoking in the country. It increased the cigarette excise by 23 percent on average in 2020, following 10.4 and 10.5 percent increases in 2018 and 2017, respectively, Statistics Indonesia data show. The excise increase for 2021 has yet to be decided. Individually, HM Sampoerna reported that its market share had declined 4 percentage points to 28.2 percent yoy in this year’s second quarter from 32.2 percent. Trumpaitis explained that this was due to a downtrading trend, wherein consumers shift to cheaper brands, while additionally, the stricter mobility restrictions in urban areas had impacted the company’s performance as Sampoerna’s market share was higher in those areas. However, the company also increased its market share in higher-margin products. Dji Sam Soe’ market share, for example, increased 50 basis point yoy as of the first half of this year to 4.2 percent.Mirae Asset Sekuritas Indonesia analyst Christine Natasya wrote in a report in July that among the reasons behind Sampoerna’s sluggish second-quarter performance was a loss in market share on the back of uncompetitive pricing compared to lower-tier producers with similar variants such as Wismilak Evo. “We believe [the company’s declining market share in this year’s second quarter] was mainly caused by the dramatic drop in the company’s sales volume during the quarter, given the large-scale social restrictions (PSBB), lower smoking appetite due to coronavirus and lower purchasing power of lower-income consumers, which was been worsened by the leap in the average selling price for lower-priced products”. The price of Sampoerna’s stocks, traded on the Indonesia Stock Exchange (IDX) under the code HMSP, was unchanged on Monday morning at Rp 1,515 apiece. Throughout the year, the company’s shares have lost 27.86 percent of their value. The consumer goods sector, on the other hand, has only lost 8.2 percent of its value during the same period. Meanwhile, the Jakarta Composite Index (JCI), the main gauge of IDX, has fallen 19.69 percent year-to-date.Topics : “They are buying smaller packs because they are more affordable and they are buying higher tar products, including SKT [hand-rolled kretek], because they have more impact,” he added. The company owns well-known brands, including Sampoerna A, Dji Sam Soe and Marlboro.The market share of machine-made high-tar kretek (SKM HT) increased 3.6 percentage points in the second quarter of this year to 43.5 percent from the 39.9 percent booked during the same period last year. At the same time, the market share of low-tar SKM (SKM LT) declined 5.5 percentage points to 33.1 percent, Trumpaitis reported. This so-called “uptaring” trend has also been seen in the increased market share of SKT products from 16.1 percent in June last year to 19.1 percent in June this year. Consumers are looking for affordability when purchasing cigarettes as the increase in the tobacco excise and the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic have hit people’s purchasing power, according to publicly listed cigarette maker PT HM Sampoerna. Sampoerna president director Mindaugas Trumpaitis said consumers seemed to have a growing preference for products with higher tar concentrations, smaller packages and super-low prices. “The pronounced impact of the COVID-19 pandemic has further eroded consumers’ purchasing power and has led to a shift in consumer behavior. In the cigarette industry, adult smokers are seeking bigger bang for their buck products,” Trumpaitis said during a virtual public expose on Friday. last_img read more

Darren Bent claims Arsenal could try and sign Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen next summer

first_imgAdvertisement Jan Vertonghen is approaching the end of his contract at Tottenham (Picture: Getty)Darren Bent believes his former club Spurs could lose Jan Vertonghen to their north London rivals Arsenal next summer, once the defender’s contract expires.The 32-year-old was on Arsenal’s radar in 2012 with Arsene Wenger identifying him as an option to play in defensive midfield, however, he opted to join Spurs from Ajax instead due to his preference to play in defence.Vertonghen has been an integral part of Spurs’ success during Mauricio Pochettino’s time in charge of Spurs, racking up 294 appearances for the club, but he is expected to leave at the end of the season. Darren Bent claims Arsenal could try and sign Tottenham defender Jan Vertonghen next summer Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 26 Oct 2019 2:44 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link264Shares Sol Campbell was the last player to move from Spurs to Arsenal back in 2001 (Picture: Getty)Despite his advancing years, Vertonghen is unlikely to be short of suitors should he end up as a free agent and Bent has tipped him to follow in Sol Campbell’s footsteps by crossing the north London divide.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Jan Vertonghen, playing at the centre of the defence, are there too many more that are going to be better than him?’ Bent said.‘If you’re going to take him on a free, Arsenal could do with him. If he’s on a free don’t be surprised if they’re in the mix for him as well.‘I think it’s a situation they [Spurs] need to address but at the same time I wouldn’t want to see these players walk away for nothing.‘It’s a difficult one, they’re down to a free, they’re obviously not going to sign new contracts so what do you do?’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityVertonghen is one of a number of first-team players at Spurs whose long-term future is unclear with Toby Alderweireld and Christian Eriksen also approaching the end of their deals.The uncertainty over the former Ajax trio and other players in the squad has been cited by Pochettino as a potential factor behind Spurs’ difficult start to the season.Arsenal, meanwhile, have continued to look vulnerable in defence despite the summer addition of David Luiz from Chelsea, conceding 12 goals in nine Premier League games.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Comment Advertisementlast_img read more

The hardest place in QLD to sell a house is by the beach in Townsville

first_imgToolakea Beach resident Peter Clune with Charlotte, 3, and Harrison, 6. Picture: Evan MorganTOWNSVILLE’s beachside suburb of Bluewater is the hardest place in Queensland to sell a house.Properties are on the market for an average of 216 days in the area, shows the most recent data released by CoreLogic.READ MORE Townsville residents sitting on property gold How this local tradie saved his way to four sound investments by 22 Suburb Median number of days on market READ MORE Sellers and real estate agents in Nelly Bay also have their work cut out for them, with houses on the market for 149 days before selling. It makes the suburb the second hardest place to sell a house in Townsville.In Bohle Plains, Thuringowa Central, Balgal Beach and Deeragun, houses were on the market for over 80 days.Houses in Belgian Gardens are the quickest to sell in Townsville, with an average of only 30 days on the market.In Oonoonba, North Ward, Pimlico, Jensen, Vincent and Currajong houses also sell in less than 40 days on average. The second hardest suburb in Queensland to sell a house is Gladstone, with houses on the market for an average of 202 days.TOP 10: Where houses are on the market longest in Townsville Bluewater 216Nelly Bay 149Bohle Plains 102Thuringowa Central 85Balgal Beach 80Deeragun 80Burdell 79Garbutt 77Alice River 74Condon 71center_img “As you head out and up along the beaches your buyer pool can sometimes change, the amount and type of buyers looking in North Ward is very different to Bluewater,” Ms Gough said.“Bluewater is predominantly acreage and sometimes those buyers look for a very long-time.“Overall the number of properties in Bluewater is a lot less than in bigger suburbs and that can affect the turnover when compared (to other suburbs).”More from news01:21Buyer demand explodes in Townsville’s 2019 flood-affected suburbs12 Sep 202001:21‘Giant surge’ in new home sales lifts Townsville property market10 Sep 2020 In North Queensland houses stay on the market for an average of 58 days, just over a quarter of the time they’re on the market for in Bluewater. However, for Peter Clune and his wife Amanda, buying their property in Bluewater was a “no-brainer,” with acreage and the quiet life being the main selling point. “We came out here and had a look around and it just felt like the country to me,” Mr Clune said. Peter and Amanda Clune bought this house at 134 Toolakea Beach in Bluewater for it’s acreage and the quiet lifestyle.“It’s away from the hustle and bustle and there’s no Woolworths supermarket close by so it’s just a nice quiet area.“We looked at Alligator Creek and Black River and as soon as we saw this one we just thought ‘wow,’ and it was exactly what we wanted.”Explore Property agent Allison Gough, who sold the property to the Clune family, said buyers looking in Bluewater wanted different things to those looking in areas like North Ward. Enjoy luxury and convenience in this custom-built forever homelast_img read more

High Air Pollution Levels Found in Iceland’s Reykjavik Port

first_imgEnvironmentalists are calling for a ban of heavy fuel oil in arctic shipping after air samples taken in Iceland’s port of Reykjavik showed high concentrations of ultrafine particles (UFPs).Germany’s Nature and Biodiversity Union (NABU), in cooperation with Iceland Nature Conservation Association, found that air pollution levels in the wind direction from arriving or departing vessels were up to 1,000 times higher compared to local background concentrations.The environmentalists are critical that ships are allowed to operate on comparatively dirty fuel oil without any exhaust gas cleaning systems. Consequently, exhaust gases from the ships’ engines contain huge amounts of air pollutants such as soot, which also contributes significantly to climate change. The use of dirty heavy fuel oil exposes the near pristine Arctic ecosystems to hazardous environmental risks such as oil spills.Moreover, cruise lines which operate in this area “don’t accept the need to spend money on clean fuel and proper exhaust gas technology and therefore accept that they are creating a massive threat to the health of citizens and the environment,” Árni Finnsson, Iceland Nature Conservation Association, said.Finnsson added that Iceland should ban dirty ships from its waters.“The use and carriage of heavy fuel oil is unacceptable in Arctic waters. The ships must switch to low sulfur fuels and install particulate filters and nitrogen catalysts in order limit the amount of harmful emissions,” Dietmar Oeliger, head of transport policy at NABU, said.“Heavy fuel oil must be banned to save vulnerable Arctic ecosystems from irreparable damage in case of oil spills,” Oeliger continued.last_img read more