457 Plan – Lost Worlds http://lost-worlds.com/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 16:45:27 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 https://lost-worlds.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/cropped-icon-32x32.png 457 Plan – Lost Worlds http://lost-worlds.com/ 32 32 Got ideas for where to find electric vehicle charging stations in Idaho? ITD would like to hear from you. https://lost-worlds.com/got-ideas-for-where-to-find-electric-vehicle-charging-stations-in-idaho-itd-would-like-to-hear-from-you/ Sun, 12 Jun 2022 16:45:27 +0000 https://lost-worlds.com/got-ideas-for-where-to-find-electric-vehicle-charging-stations-in-idaho-itd-would-like-to-hear-from-you/

Idahoans are encouraged to provide input at seven town hall meetings held across Idaho in June and July on the future location of electric vehicle charging stations in Gem State. Residents can also complete a brief online survey to provide feedback.

The project, which is led by the Idaho Department of Transportation, is conducted in partnership with the Idaho Department of Environmental Quality and the Idaho Bureau of Energy and Mineral Resources.

“This collaborative effort aligns with the Federal Highway Administration’s recent announcement of the National Electric Vehicle Infrastructure Formula Program, an initiative to fund strategically placed charging stations to establish an interconnected network for EV travel in across the country,” said an ITD press release.

Officials are seeking input on where electric vehicle charging stations should be built, including input on the location of locations near highways and Idaho state highways.

Once feedback is compiled, ITD will present its findings and strategic plan to the Federal Highway Administration to help guide future deployment of electric vehicle infrastructure, the press release said.

Idaho’s electric vehicle infrastructure plan is expected to be approved sometime after Sept. 30. Once approved, Idaho is expected to receive $4.4 million for the project in the first year, then $6.3 per year for the next four years for the duration of the five-year term. project, according to ITD’s press release. This funding will be used to administer grants and agreements to place charging stations in Idaho. Guidance for eligible projects can be found here. Applications for subsidies for charging station infrastructure could be open as early as fall 2022.

The public is invited to learn more about the program and share their ideas at one of the next seven public meetings scheduled across the state:


Monday, June 13 | 4 p.m. MT

Rooms 1 and 2 of the Idaho Falls Library

457 West Broadway Street.


Tuesday, June 14 | 12 p.m. MT

Shoshone Bannock Resort & Casino

777 Bannock Trail


Tuesday, June 21 | 12 p.m. MT

Southern Idaho College

Social Services Building #150

North College Road


Tuesday, June 28 | 12:00 PT

Lewiston Public Library

411 D Street.


Wednesday June 29 | 12:00 PT

ITD District 1 Office

600 W Prairie Ave.


Wednesday July 6 | 5:00 p.m.

Garden City Town Hall

6015 Glenwood Street


Virtual public meeting (hosted by Zoom), July 13 | 11:00

Register in advance for this meeting here. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email with information about joining the meeting.

Checking the boxes off your financial to-do list: 10 things to do to stay on track https://lost-worlds.com/checking-the-boxes-off-your-financial-to-do-list-10-things-to-do-to-stay-on-track/ Tue, 07 Jun 2022 20:00:59 +0000 https://lost-worlds.com/checking-the-boxes-off-your-financial-to-do-list-10-things-to-do-to-stay-on-track/

Inflation is up, consumer confidence is down and two-thirds of US consumers don’t expect their personal finances to improve this year, according to a Bankrate survey.

But this austere report doesn’t mean you can’t find ways to improve your financial situation. To do this, start by designing and tracking a rolling to-do list that fits your priorities.

Typically, people only assess their overall financial situation once or twice a year, such as at year-end and tax time. But in these turbulent times – where things change rapidly, markets are volatile and prices keep rising – it’s prudent to take a closer look at your monthly budget and find out if you’re on the right track in terms of long-term financial goals. This may mean reassessing and recalibrating at different times of the year.

How should you do this? These 10 tasks should be part of a comprehensive and ongoing list of financial tasks:

  • Do an in-depth analysis of your expenses and revamp your budget. Review your monthly bank and credit card statements and look for overspending and wasteful habits that can be eliminated, leaving more for savings, debt reduction and investment. Get rid of anything superfluous, including subscriptions to music streaming services or online publications you rarely use.
  • Assess your debts. If your credit card debt hasn’t gone down, it’s time to commit to reducing it. You can’t build up your savings and invest more in your portfolio if a lot of your income goes to paying interest on credit cards. The best way to pay off credit card debt is to focus on the most expensive first and pay as much as possible beyond the minimum payment each month. Also see if you can negotiate a lower interest rate on your credit cards. Another option is a balance transfer, which allows you to transfer debt from a high-interest account to a card with a 0% APR. The catch is that usually you will have to pay a balance transfer fee, sometimes up to 5% of the transferred amount. But you can potentially enjoy significant savings on interest charges.
  • Increase your pension contributions. Are you meeting your retirement savings goals? Eliminating debt allows you to increase your pre-tax contribution to a 401(k) and significantly increase your nest egg while enjoying annual tax benefits. You further reduce your taxable income and earn more money tax free. A great feature of the 401(k) is that your earnings automatically flow back into your plan and compound interest works. You earn on the initial investment, plus investment earnings, allowing your savings to grow significantly over the long term. The 401(k), however, has some drawbacks. You pay a 10% penalty if you withdraw money before you reach age 59.5. Additionally, you are limited to the fund options provided by the plan and 401(k) fees can be high. Retirement savers with a 401(k), 403(b), most 457 plans, and the federal government’s Thrift Savings Plan can contribute up to $20,500 in 2022, an increase of $1,000 from 2021 If you’re 50 or older, you can earn 401(k) catch-up contributions of up to $6,500 in 2022 for a total contribution of $27,000.
  • Consider opening an HSA. If you have a high-deductible health insurance plan, a health savings account can help you reduce your taxes – contributions are paid into your account before taxes – and allow you to save for medical expenses that are not not reimbursed by your plan. HSA contributions are exempt from federal income tax, but they are not exempt from state taxes in some states. The contribution limit in 2022 is $3,650 for an individual account and $7,300 for a family account. It’s also another way to save for retirement, because an HSA earns tax-free interest, and you can invest a portion of your HSA balance in mutual funds, stocks, and bonds. One caveat: If you withdraw HSA funds for non-qualifying expenses before you turn 65, you’ll have to pay taxes on the money, plus a 20% penalty. At age 65, you can use the funds for any purpose without penalty, but you’ll pay ordinary income tax just as you would for a withdrawal from a 401(k) or traditional IRA.
  • Review your estate plan. It is imperative to get your affairs in order so that your family is not burdened with financial and legal problems after your death. Important parts of an estate plan include both a will and a living will, which is a medical directive that gives your preference for treatment in the event that you are no longer able to make decisions due to a illness or disability. You must also appoint a power of attorney, which authorizes someone to manage your affairs when you are unable to do so. Finally, make beneficiary designations and leave instructions regarding burial, cremation, and other final arrangements. Speak to your financial advisor and lawyer to arrange these matters.
  • Review your insurance plans. Look at all of your insurance coverage — life, home, auto — to determine if you have enough coverage or if deductibles need to be adjusted. Determining how much life insurance to buy can be complicated. One way to estimate your life insurance needs is to take the total of your long-term obligations and subtract your assets. The remainder is the minimum dollar amount your life insurance must meet.
  • Plan life events. Anything out of the ordinary requires financial planning when possible, whether you’re buying or selling a house, getting married, having a baby, buying a car, getting a big raise, changing jobs. employment or undergoing surgery. You might need a restructured budget, greater insurance coverage, or advice from a financial advisor. For example, buying a vacation home that requires rental income to finance can be complicated. The same goes for the combination of finances and financial obligations when a couple gets married. Prenups are sometimes the best answer. When you have a child, you may want to open a college savings account and purchase additional life insurance. Many people move to different states, and tax rates and the cost of living can differ significantly. All of these life changes require a review of your finances to see if and how you need to adjust.
  • Consider a home office tax deduction. If the pandemic has changed your work situation or you’ve started a small business, you may be able to write off the expenses of using part of your home for work. Keep in mind, however, that this must be your primary place of business. The tax rules for this deduction are complex, so it may be worth consulting with a professional familiar with home-based businesses. Use IRS Form 8829 to determine the expenses you can deduct.
  • Build an emergency fund. Life gets in the way of a well-laid financial plan, and suddenly a monthly budget can be strained due to unexpected expenses. The constitution of an emergency fund is essential and must represent at least the equivalent of six months of expenses. Also, this emergency account should be separate from your personal savings. Set a monthly savings goal to build your emergency fund and keep adding to it periodically; for example, when you get a tax refund.
  • Evaluate your investments. Especially in times of volatility, people should pay more attention to the performance of their investments. Review your investment goals, reassess your risk tolerance, and balance your portfolio in a way that makes sense for your current finances and future goals. Consider how close you are to retirement and whether your current allocation should be more conservative or more growth-oriented.

Think about investing, saving, and budgeting and how the three apply to your goals, from building your retirement fund to managing your taxes. Taking consistent action and staying mindful of these milestones throughout the year will keep you on track.

About Christopher Drew

Christopher Drew is an investment advisor with Drew Capital Management, member of Advisory Services Network, LLC. He is also founder and chairman of Drew Capital Group, a multi-faceted financial services company that serves clients in the Tampa Bay area and across the country.

This article was submitted by an external contributor and may not represent the views and opinions of Benzinga.

City Council preview: Council considering crèche permit | Pictures https://lost-worlds.com/city-council-preview-council-considering-creche-permit-pictures/ Fri, 03 Jun 2022 20:42:00 +0000 https://lost-worlds.com/city-council-preview-council-considering-creche-permit-pictures/

nursery to be established in the city.

As scheduled, the Porterville City Council will hold a public hearing and consider approving a conditional use permit for Sunburst Packing Company to develop a nursery at 180 South E. Street at its next meeting. The board will meet Tuesday at 6:30 p.m.

In November, the Project Review Committee reviewed the application for a nursery development for Sunburst Packing Company last November. Sunburst Packing proposes to use its existing facilities of approximately 53,700+ square feet for a nursery with the potential for indoor and outdoor growing areas. The facility was previously used to operate a citrus packing facility.

The site plan identifies indoor growing areas in pre-existing buildings, with one building having 13,400 square feet of ground floor space and 13,400 square feet of basement space. Another building has 4,800 square feet and the third building has 5,600 square feet of floor space. The site plan also includes a fourth building with a floor area of ​​over 10,400 square feet as an open loading area for the operation.

There is a fifth building of over 2,500 square feet and a sixth building of 3,600 square feet for storage areas.

In addition to the pre-existing buildings that are proposed to be used as a nursery, the applicant proposes the use of a newly constructed shade structure as an outdoor growing area of ​​nearly 50,000 square feet. The operation would consist of growing the plants in the outdoor growing area for most of the year during which time the plants would only be moved to the indoor growing buildings in the winter. The shade structure requires a building permit.

Following the PRC meeting, staff conducted a tour of the facility on December 3, 2021. During the facility tour, staff noticed that unauthorized improvements had been made to the facility to the point of raising concerns about the structural integrity of the structure. . On December 23, a first Notice and Order was issued requiring the facility to be inspected by a structural engineer.

On January 19, staff were informed that the facility was not safe to occupy. On January 21, a building was declared unsafe to occupy.

On April 13, staff met with the applicant and reviewed the project requirements. On April 20, a building permit application was filed and a permit was issued on April 22 to make the required temporary improvements.

On April 24, a temporary occupancy was issued for the building. The CUP’s draft conditions of approval include provisions requiring the applicant to submit plans and apply for building permits to ensure that unauthorized improvements meet all standards, including the shade structure to be used for outdoor growing area.

In addition, the draft conditions of approval include a provision for a semi-annual building and fire department inspection of the facility. City staff recommended that the conditional use permit be approved subject to the conditions of approval.


On January 1, 2022, the state certified Porterville’s population at 62,345. After originally thinking this was a substantial increase in the city’s population over the past year, it was actually a slight decrease.

As of January 1, 2021, the population of the city of Porterville was estimated at 59,491. But a recently revised estimate had the city’s population at 62,515 for 2021. So the city’s population is now estimated to have decreased by 170 over the past year.

State figures show Tulare County’s population increased slightly over the past year, from 474,032 to 475,014. Visalia’s population increased from 141,279 to 142,091 and Tulare’s population increased from 69,220 to 69,462. Lindsay’s population increased from 12,624 to 12,566.

As part of its consent schedule, the council is expected to authorize Mayor Martha A. Flores to sign the state certification of the city’s population.


GSE Construction has completed repairs to digesters 2 and 3 at the city’s wastewater treatment plant. The steel dome covers of both digesters were damaged and an obsolete heat exchanger and digester gas flare were also replaced.

The total cost of the project was expected to be nearly $2.7 million. The project was funded from the sewage treatment facility’s capital reserve funds.

The total cost of the project was nearly $300,000 lower than expected, as the total cost of the project was just over $2.4 million. As part of its approval schedule, the board must accept the project as complete.


While sewage treatment repairs were within budget, which has been the case for a number of projects during the COVID-19 pandemic, that was not the case with a proposed sewer project.

The island annexation sewer project for Area 457, which covers Highway 65 to the west, Highway 190 to the north, and Chess Terrace Street to the east was expected , would cost less than $1.4 million. But the lowest bid for the project came from Bill Nelson Construction of Fresno at $1.8 million.

Taking into account construction contingencies and management costs, the total cost of the project will be over $2.1 million. It is City Council policy to reject bids that are 10 percent more than the expected cost.

But the board again, as it has to do on many other projects, will have to decide whether to accept the lowest current offer even if it greatly exceeds the projected cost. City staff reported that while favorable bids may be received if the project is resubmitted, the likelihood of this happening in the current market is low and delays could jeopardize project financing.

City staff has recommended that council award the bid to Bill Nelson Construction and council will consider the bid as a planned matter. Funding for the project will come from sewer revenue bonds, participation certificates.


As part of its consent schedule, council is expected to approve advertising to be placed on city buses announcing the opening of the temporary library adjacent to Grocery Outlet, scheduled for this month. The temporary library will replace the library that was destroyed in the February 18, 2020 fire that killed Porterville Fire Captain Ray Figueroa and firefighter Patrick Jones until the permanent library can be completed.

Bus advertising will run from July 1 to December 31. The cost will be nearly $6,200. The Friends of the Library will pay $3,000 and the rest will come from the library’s general fund account.


As part of its consent schedule, the council will consider approving the award of grants from the state’s Permanent Local Housing Benefit program for affordable housing and to assist the homeless. Turning Point of Central California would receive nearly $133,200 for the city’s navigation center, just over $144,000 for emergency housing, and $53,275 for Casa de Robles. The Central California Family Crisis Center would also receive $175,100.

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Climb Paiute Ridge on the Mojave Highway https://lost-worlds.com/climb-paiute-ridge-on-the-mojave-highway/ Tue, 31 May 2022 22:06:00 +0000 https://lost-worlds.com/climb-paiute-ridge-on-the-mojave-highway/

Porsche built the first-generation Cayenne to prove that an SUV could simultaneously offer excellent driving dynamics and real off-road capability. Unfortunately, the complexity of a big Porsche with a wide range of engine options, an Aisin six-speed automatic transmission, a transfer case with a locking center differential and true low-range all-wheel drive, plus options like air suspension and electronic disconnection of stabilizer bars resulted in significant depreciation of facelifted 955s and 957 Cayennes.

The depreciation curve, however, allowed me to buy a 2006 Cayenne Turbo last fall, at pennies on the dollar. From the outset, I had planned on making a few light modifications in hopes of turning the SUV into a lightweight, ski-season storm chaser, with additions like Toyo Open Country A/T III knobby tires, a skid plate from Eurowise to protect the dry-sump twin-turbo V8, and a swiveling rear spare tire and gas can holder.

My to-do list continues to grow now that I recently took the Cayenne down the Mojave road to test if Porsche’s original super SUV could conquer the relatively technical climb of Paiute Ridge, a road I had previously explored in both a Jeep Gladiator Rubicon and my own 1998 Mitsubishi Montero.

Ventilate a little in the name of science

In my Montero, I needed to engage my locking rear differential to climb some of the rockier sections of Paiute Ridge. But I made this trip without an air compressor, so I never aired the LT-metric Cooper Discoverer S/T Maxx tires. So in the name of science I felt compelled to lower the Cayenne’s Toyos to the same 38 PSI I’m using the Montero – just a little less than my usual 42-48 PSI for ideal fuel economy and reduced road noise from the P-metric tires. All Cayennes equipped with air suspension include an integrated compressor, making it easy to ventilate after off-roading. So on an earlier trip to a milder section of the desert, I aired even lower.

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Route planning with OnX Offroad

I also used this adventure to test the OnX Offroad app that I originally used on a recent trip through Joshua Tree National Park. In this case, I downloaded offline maps of the entire Mojave Desert in low and medium resolution, then plugged in my target starting point where the Mojave Highway crosses I-95 south of Searchlight, Nevada. I connected OnX ​​on my phone to the Cayenne’s aftermarket Sony head unit, which allowed me to run a larger map through CarPlay with a magnified north-south map on the phone. Together, this setup helped me avoid any wrong turns in the hot desert – stay tuned for a full review of the app ahead.

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Playing with Cayenne settings

I love playing around with all of the Cayenne’s different drive settings. On the ride to the trailhead, I dropped the air suspension to Low and softened the shocks to Comfort. But once we got back into the dirt and rocks, I raised the ride height to High and switched the shocks between Comfort, Normal and Sport depending on the conditions. On higher-speed washboards, Comfort made for a smoother ride, but in rockier sections and whoops, Sport actually helped the SUV stay better balanced.

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Climbing Paiute Ridge

The Paiute Ridge climb features a few sections that I might otherwise avoid without the Eurowise engine skid plate protecting the Cayenne’s underbelly. For the first half mile of steeper terrain, I flipped the transfer case between 4-High and 4-Low to experiment with traction before moving on to the harder stuff. On a hot day approaching 100 degrees with a bit of tailwind up the hill, the coolant temperature gauge started to climb towards 200 degrees Fahrenheit, even though the engine oil remained stable. Still, I decided to stay in 4-Low just to get the fluids flowing faster, while allowing the Aisin transmission to shift automatically.

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Center differential locked in second

On the gnarliest segments of Paiute Ridge, I flipped the gear selector to manual to hold the transmission in second, then locked the center differential. Considering the twin-turbo V8’s 457 lb-ft of torque, first gear actually produced a little more slip than I wanted, while second kept the ride a little smoother, even at high revs. Choosing a cautious line, I climbed steadily up the rocky track, trying not to lift the throttle. Although my Cayenne left the factory without a rear locking differential or disconnecting stabilizer bars, the traction control can apply the brakes individually to prevent the single wheels from spinning in low-traction situations or when they are not touching the floor. And the Jeep behind me said I had multiple wheels about 18 inches in the air, multiple times.

The gripping brakes produced something odd feeling, however. For one thing, traction improves immediately. On the other, the thrill looks (and feels) a bit jarring. Plus, braking slows the 5,200-pound SUV and makes it all the more important to avoid lifting the throttle to avoid unintended stops. My own seat dyno suggested that the Montero with a true locking rear differential probably got through the tougher sections a little smoother, though the Cayenne still climbed Paiute Ridge without breaking a sweat. Maybe my own skills have increased with additional experience since my last visit to Paiute Ridge – or maybe the Cayenne’s ability made the difference – either way, I reached the top completely impressed. And I could risk that I could have finished the track without even using the low four-point differential or the locking center differential at all.

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Bounce off the kick plate

I only felt a few impacts to the Eurowise skid plate, none of them significant enough to leave a noticeable mark or dent (at least, which I noticed without climbing under it or riding the Cayenne on an elevator). But I felt much more confident knowing that a thick hunk of steel was protecting that Porsche powertrain rather than the flimsy factory underbody pans, even as stray brush and rocks appeared on the higher-speed portions. of the day and sounded like a drum.

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Next time even lower PSI

On the Cayenne’s next trip, I plan to air more at 20 PSI and hope to experience the full potential of the Toyo Open Country A/T III tires. Compared to the LT-metric Coopers, the Toyos felt a bit smoother at the same 38 PSI, and they tended to slip less despite the Cayenne’s prodigious low-end torque. But those impressions seem consistent with the P-metric tires that are 265 millimeters wide compared to the Montero’s 235. I still need more experience to stream the Coopers too.

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Two enigmas of Cayenne

Two Cayenne enigmas arose during the trip. The former sparked my fears that complaints online that Porsche’s very compact engine compartment could lead to overheating. But on this second trip where the coolant rose in temperature with a tailwind, I came to the conclusion that the coolant simply heats up to 200 degrees as seen above to match the engine oil, without continuing any higher. I kept an eye on the gauge throughout the day and whenever we turned enough to create a side or head wind, the problem stopped completely. I guess if the coolant goes above 200 or the engine oil also starts to go up, then I must start to worry.

The other issue concerns ventilation in a vehicle equipped with a tire pressure monitoring system. The Cayenne’s TPMS actually works more reliably than any other I’ve experienced so far, but even with the slightly airy Toyos the dash showed the warnings visible overhead all day, which prevented me from checking the rest of the car’s computer readings. With no cell reception on Mojave Road, which makes OnX Offroad’s offline maps especially useful, I never found a way to clear these codes while streaming (and still haven’t do).

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Relief broadcast for the return home

Throughout 45 miles of off-roading in the Mojave Desert, from the technical climb of Paiute Ridge to the smooth, high-speed sandy roads, the Cayenne performed about as well as I had hoped last October. Next, I plan to add some more pieces of Eurowise armor and then start working on building the cabin for a sleeping platform. In the meantime, after streaming the Toyos, the Cayenne showed off those impressive on-road abilities as it sailed me home effortlessly down the hot highway at 80 miles per hour with the air conditioning blasting.

Sources: coopertire.com, onxmaps.com, eurowise.com and toyotires.com.

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Water motors, power meters among most stolen items in house thefts in Delhi https://lost-worlds.com/water-motors-power-meters-among-most-stolen-items-in-house-thefts-in-delhi/ Wed, 25 May 2022 12:17:52 +0000 https://lost-worlds.com/water-motors-power-meters-among-most-stolen-items-in-house-thefts-in-delhi/ An analysis of e-FIRs filed in connection with burglaries and house thefts undertaken by the Crime Branch of the Delhi Police found that around 80% of the cases involve the theft of mobile phones, water meters and electricity, motors and manhole covers. Delhi Police Commissioner Rakesh Asthana has instructed the 15 DCPs to come up with an action plan now and keep an eye out for local scrap dealers to prevent such petty thefts.

This was discussed at a recent Crime Review Meeting at Delhi Police Headquarters which included the Commissioner of Police as well as Special CPs, Joint CPs and DCPs.

On January 26, Asthana had launched an e-FIR system for online registration of home theft and burglary cases to save people time. Prior to this, there was a similar system of hosting e-FIRs for vehicle thefts and larceny, launched by former police chief BS Bassi in 2015.

Data provided by Delhi Police till April 20 this year shows that 4,479 cases have been reported compared to 1,578 cases last year during the same period. “Maximum number of cases were reported in Dwarka (749) followed by 471 in North West Delhi, 457 in South East Delhi, 421 in Outer Delhi and 363 in South Delhi,” said an officer.

The analysis also shows that of the 4,479 cases, the police solved 1,379 cases, but the recovery of stolen material was only carried out in 702 cases. “The Crime Branch has found that these thefts are often committed by drug addicts and informal scrap metal collectors. Asthana has instructed DCPs to come up with an action plan and keep an eye out for receivers of stolen property,” a senior police officer said.

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When launching the e-FIR enforcement system, Asthana had also explained the duties of investigators and instructed them to contact each complainant within 24 hours, conduct a proper investigation, notify senior officers and hold the complainant abreast of business developments from time to time. at the time. “He also directed DCPs to have their Division and Battalion officers meet with complainants who file e-FIRs within 24 hours of registration. This will increase the level of satisfaction among the general public,” an officer said.

How a Northern Ontario Village Attracts Big-City Escapees https://lost-worlds.com/how-a-northern-ontario-village-attracts-big-city-escapees/ Mon, 23 May 2022 10:00:00 +0000 https://lost-worlds.com/how-a-northern-ontario-village-attracts-big-city-escapees/

The village of Burke’s Falls (pop. 957) is located on a small tract of land – 3.3 square kilometers – just north of Ontario’s cottage country in the Almaguin Highlands.

But despite its relative isolation from larger centers like Huntsville and North Bay, the small community is thriving.

Three new businesses are set to open this May long weekend, and a recent influx of residents from major southern Ontario centers has seen nearly half of the village’s 457 properties change hands since 2015.

But the positive changes come as no surprise to Nicky Kunkel, the village clerk administrator.

“The highway bypassed us years ago, so we started to rebuild from that,” Kunkel said. “Obviously we’ve had some challenges and struggles, but we’re definitely on the mend.”

Some of the recent growth is due to the pandemic, Kunkel speculates, as the community has seen an increase in out-of-town property buyers.

“We sit down with estate agents every year and see where [buyers] come, what’s going on? Where did the lawyer’s letters come from?” she said.

“So as much as possible, we know the vast majority are from the south.”

The Emporium is one of the small businesses in Burks Falls that is seeing renewed energy in the village. (Facebook: @theemporiumbuyandsel)

If there’s a silver lining to the pandemic, maybe it’s that people have come to cherish small towns with a slower pace of life.

“I think COVID has made it possible for a lot of people to work from home,” she said. “So why not come and live in a rural area or the countryside, stay at your cottage, work from your cottage, and just have that balance of work and city streets?”

“We’ve definitely seen adoption and we’re on the cusp of great development.”

This development, she says, is not accidental. And she’s happy to see people and businesses returning to the town center after years of public consultation, marketing and planning for the village.

“It was fantastic to see the interaction and the people on the streets coming to our downtown,” she said. “I don’t know if I thought it would happen this quickly, but I’m thrilled that the community has certainly embraced it, that we have new entrepreneurs coming to the village, and certainly that they’re reinventing Burke’s Falls.

Businesses opening this weekend include an antique store named The Emporium and the Yonge Street Thrift Store. Kunkel said two other businesses, a local newspaper and a photographer, are also moving to take advantage of the downtown buzz.

Another business, the Pulled Smokehouse Welcome Center Cafe — winner of the village’s Win This Space award — is also opening this weekend.

Discovery of ‘impossible’ superconductor promises 100 times faster electronics https://lost-worlds.com/discovery-of-impossible-superconductor-promises-100-times-faster-electronics/ Sat, 21 May 2022 22:00:00 +0000 https://lost-worlds.com/discovery-of-impossible-superconductor-promises-100-times-faster-electronics/

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Dutch researchers have achieved the ‘impossible’.

By creating a new type of superconductor, they potentially unlocked technology that could make computers hundreds of times faster – a breakthrough potentially on the scale of the first electronic revolution.

“It will influence all sorts of societal and technological applications,” predicts researcher Mazhar Ali from the Delft University of Technology (TU Delft). “If the 20th century was the century of semiconductors, the 21st can become the century of superconductors.

Electricity 101

Outside the nucleus of an atom are negatively charged particles called electrons, which can move from one atom to another – this movement is electricity.

In some materials the electrons are tightly bound to the nucleus and do not flow easily – these materials are insulators. In others, like copper and silver, the electrons are loosely bound and can easily move from atom to atom – they are conductors.

Semiconductors are materials that sit between conductors and insulators – silicon is a commonly used semiconductor.

“If the 20th century was the century of semiconductors, the 21st can become the century of superconductors.

Mazhar Ali

We rely on conductors and semiconductors to carry electricity – we use copper wires to send it from power stations to our homes, for example, and silicon chips to control its movement inside our electronic devices.

All conductors and semiconductors are at least somewhat resistant to the flow of electrons. This means that each time an electron moves from one atom to another, some energy is lost in the form of heat.

These little chunks of wasted energy add up: about 5% of the electricity produced in US power plants never reaches homes. Meanwhile, in our devices, overheating limits the operating speed of processors and can cause programs to crash.


In 1911, a Dutch physicist discovered that, under the right circumstances, some materials do not lose any energy when their electrons move from one atom to another. These are called superconductors, and an example is aluminum when cooled to -271 degrees Celsius (-457 degrees Fahrenheit).

If we could replace conductors or semiconductors with superconductors, our electronic devices could become hundreds of times faster, without wasting energy overheating, and we could save billions of dollars in electricity transmission losses. every year.

Superconductors do not lose any energy when their electrons move from one atom to another.

However, a major problem is that electricity flows without resistance in both directions through a superconductor.

For most applications, we need to be able to move a current in one direction, from point A to point B – in the 1970s, IBM researchers determined that we could never use superconductors in computers, for example, unless someone finds one. -way superconductivity.

It is possible to guide a current through a superconductor using a magnetic field, but these are difficult to control at the nanoscale. This has considerably limited applications for superconductors – today they are mostly reserved for things like MRI machines and maglev trains.


Researchers at TU Delft have now done what seemed impossible, flowing electricity through a superconductor in one direction without the use of magnets. They call it a “Josephson diode”.

The key design used a 2D layer of a material – meaning it’s only one atom thick – that has an electromagnetic field built into it. This material (called Nb3Br8) was then sandwiched between 2D layers of a superconductor (called NbSe2).

“Technology that was previously only possible with semiconductors can now potentially be achieved with superconductors.”

Mazhar Ali

When an electric current is applied to this sandwich, the electrons encounter no resistance as they flow in one direction – but in the opposite direction they encounter much more resistance – about as much as a normal conductor.

The researchers don’t yet know how their diode works – “People have a rough idea, but a rigorous theory doesn’t exist yet,” Ali told New Scientist – but they think their discovery could have huge implications.

“Technology that was previously only possible with semiconductors can now potentially be achieved with superconductors using this building block,” Ali said. “That includes faster computers, like in computers with up to terahertz speed, which is 300 to 400 times faster than the computers we’re using now.”

The next steps

A unidirectional magnetless superconductor is a major breakthrough, but the TU Delft team still has hurdles to overcome before its discovery can be useful outside the lab.

One is temperature – the Josephson diode must currently operate at -271°C (-455.8°F), which would not be practical for most applications.

The plan now is to experiment with superconducting materials known to operate at higher temperatures – if the diode can operate at -196°C (-321°F) or higher, cooling could be handled by liquid nitrogen, which is already used to manage heat in data centers.

Another hurdle is figuring out how to increase production.

“While it’s great that we’ve proven this works in nanodevices, we’ve only made a handful,” Ali said. “The next step will be to study how to scale production to millions of Josephson diodes on a chip.”

The creators of the Josephson diode (from left to right): Yaojia Wang, Mazhar Ali and Heng Wu. Credit: TU Delft

We won’t be able to keep the chips in our phones and laptops hundreds of degrees below zero any time soon. But if the TU Delft team can overcome these remaining challenges, Ali sees the diodes being used in places where advanced cooling systems are already installed, such as supercomputer facilities.

They could also be used in server farms, and with more and more cloud computing, it’s possible that one day everyone will be able to harness the power of superconducting computers on the Internet.

“Existing infrastructure could be adapted at little cost to work with Josephson diode-based electronics,” Ali said. “There is a very real chance, if the challenges discussed…are overcome, that it will revolutionize centralized computing and supercomputing!”

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Anika Reports Incentive Grant – GuruFocus.com https://lost-worlds.com/anika-reports-incentive-grant-gurufocus-com/ Fri, 13 May 2022 21:31:33 +0000 https://lost-worlds.com/anika-reports-incentive-grant-gurufocus-com/

BEDFORD, Mass., May 13, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (ANIK), a global joint preservation company in early intervention orthopedics, today announced that on May 2, 2022, Anika granted non-statutory stock options (“Options”) covering a total of 13,091 common shares at an exercise price per share of $21.61, which is equal to the closing price of common shares on the Nasdaq Global Select Market (“Closing Price”) on the date of grant, 16,113 options at an exercise price per share of $23.77, which is equivalent to 110% of the closing price on the grant date, and restricted stock units (“RSU”) relating to a total of 20,818 common shares to 5 newly hired non-executive employees. Each grant was made pursuant to Anika Therapeutics, Inc.’s 2021 Incentive Plan, was approved by the Compensation Committee of the Board of Directors pursuant to a delegation of authority by the Board of Directors and, pursuant to Nasdaq listing rule 5635(c)(4), was made as a material inducement to the recipient’s acceptance of employment with Anika as part of the recipient’s employment compensation.

Of the shares subject to each option, one-third will vest on each of the first three anniversary dates of the grant date, in each case so long as the beneficiary provides continuous services to Anika up to the relevant vesting date.

The RSUs will vest in three equal installments, with one-third of the shares covered by each RSU vesting on each of the first three anniversaries of the grant date, in each case so long as the beneficiary provides continuous service to Anika through the date of grant. relevant acquisition.

Unless terminated earlier in accordance with their terms, the options will expire on the tenth anniversary of the grant date and the options and RSUs are otherwise subject to the terms and conditions of the respective share grant agreements. approved by Anika. The options and PSUs were granted pursuant to Anika Therapeutics, Inc.’s 2021 Incentive Plan, which was not subject to shareholder approval.

About Anika
Anika Therapeutics, Inc. (ANIK), is a global joint preservation company that creates and delivers significant advances in early intervention orthopedic care. Leveraging our core expertise in hyaluronic acid and implant solutions, we partner with clinicians to provide minimally invasive products that restore active living for people around the world. We focus on high-potential areas in orthopedics, including osteoarthritis pain management, regenerative solutions, soft tissue repair in sports medicine, and bone-preserving joint technologies, and our products are effectively delivered to major care sites, including ambulatory surgery centers. Anika’s global operations are based out of Boston, Massachusetts. For more information about Anika, please visit www.anika.com.

ANIKA, ANIKA THERAPEUTICS and the Anika logo are registered trademarks of Anika Therapeutics, Inc.

For investor inquiries:
Anika Therapeutics, Inc.
Mark Namaroff, 781-457-9287
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Why tough market times should prompt investors to take a close look at investment costs https://lost-worlds.com/why-tough-market-times-should-prompt-investors-to-take-a-close-look-at-investment-costs/ Mon, 09 May 2022 16:14:59 +0000 https://lost-worlds.com/why-tough-market-times-should-prompt-investors-to-take-a-close-look-at-investment-costs/

Enough to make any investor nauseated.

The daily ups and downs of the stock market, as inflation pushes the federal authorities to continually raise interest rates, have created a very unpredictable and unpleasant investment environment. We are all wondering: when will this horrible ride end?

Inflation is now at its highest level in 40 years, with an entire generation having never seen such a spike in the cost of basic consumption, from meat to fruit to women’s clothing. World events are not helping matters, as the pandemic in China continues to plague the supply chain, atrocities in Ukraine make daily headlines and there is terrible volatility in energy costs.

Yes, things are not fun.

While it is impossible for us to control these global swings of economic uncertainty, there are small ways to control our personal investments as the market swings like the Buccaneer carousel at the local fair.

Let me explain.

Retirement companies, which administer 401(k), 403(b), 457(b) and other popular plans, are under tremendous pressure to raise fees, despite the fact that account values ​​have fallen for a lot. We could actually see – for the first time in 20 years – fee hikes, with companies arguing that the current inflation rate of 8.5% is perfect justification for charging more money.

Here is part of their reasoning:

  • It costs more to run mutual funds with labor shortages and rising wages;
  • As a direct result of global supply chain shortages, prices have skyrocketed for technology and equipment serving customers. Many archivists have to consider the higher costs for regular maintenance of the pension plan;
  • Insurance premiums for errors and omissions coverage are increasing;
  • The costs of mainframe and cloud computing, mobile devices and security technologies have increased.

Unfortunately, I don’t see this trend changing any time soon. I expect higher retirement expenses in 2023 and I can only assume that this will also lead to higher costs for those who participate in these plans and try to save for the last years of their retirement.

But, unlike inflation and global conflicts, I believe that investors have the power to control the fees they pay. This will require homework, with a list of questions for their pension plan administrator. They should understand the underlying cost drivers, request a comprehensive review of investment spending and share class choices, as well as request comprehensive fee disclosures and year-end fund fee reviews .

Additionally, I urge investors to carefully read the documentation shared periodically, which discloses mutual fund record keeping and fee information. As inflationary pressures continue into the third and fourth quarters of 2022, as expected, investors should be prepared for notices of “fee adjustments.”

For investors struggling under what could be an avalanche of paper, I urge them to contact a financial adviser who can cut through the clutter and know exactly what a retirement plan costs. Additionally, the advisor can provide perspective on whether the fees are fair and competitive, or if it’s time to find another company to manage a retirement plan.

It’s at least one way investors can control the unpredictability of the new normal.

Andrew Bluestone is a Certified Financial Planner based in Ramsey.