Stan Smith / December 04,2019

State’s third Kentucky Advanced Technical College launched for NKY students in healthcare services

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In an effort to meet the heightening demand for healthcare workers across the Commonwealth, the Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (EWDC) announced the launch of the state’s third Kentucky Advanced Technical College High (K-TECH) for students in Northern Kentucky.

Through a collaborative effort with the Online Loans in Kentucky - COMPACOM,   Northern Kentucky Cooperative for Educational Services, Northern Kentucky Chamber of Commerce, St. Elizabeth Healthcare, Northern Kentucky University and Gateway Community and Technical College, K-TECH will focus on preparing the future workforce for healthcare careers by increasing the number of students participating in STEM courses in high school and post-secondary schools.

Stan Smith / March 21,2020

The Internet May Be Next Victim of Coronavirus Pandemic – Netflix, Google, Apple and Amazon React

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The Internet May Be Next Victim of Coronavirus Pandemic – Netflix, Google, Apple and Amazon React

With an estimated billion people staying home, remote working or just watching shows online all day, telecom infrastructure is coming under great strain. Experts and companies are mostly saying that the risk is far from critical yet, but the EU has taken the possibility of the internet crashing very seriously. Netflix, Google, Apple, and Amazon have begun to restrict HD video streaming to reduce data usage in Europe.

Also Read: Encryption Standards Threatened Under Pretext of Battling Coronavirus

Coronavirus Crisis Hurts European Internet Infrastructure

The epicenter of the coronavirus crisis has squarely migrated from China to Europe these days. Italy bore most of the brunt, with the highest number of casualties so far, but Spain, France and other countries are also suffering the strong effects of the pandemic growing quickly. Governments have reacted by imposing curfews on citizens, closing borders, shutting down businesses and generally putting in place various restrictions on normal life in order to slow the spread of the virus and “flatten the curve”.

The main measure that everyday people were asked to take in response is to stay home and avoid any unnecessary trips outside the house. As such, it is no surprise that internet usage in Europe has spiked, with employees working remotely, students learning online and everybody streaming videos. This caused European telecommunication companies, such as Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom, to raise the alarm and the European Union soon reacted.

Stan Smith / March 21,2020

Top Analyst Thinks Ripple’s XRP Will Retest $0.12 Lows: Here’s Why

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Top Analyst Thinks Ripple’s XRP Will Retest $0.12 Lows: Here’s Why

 Here’s Why

As reported by this outlet earlier today, the value of Ripple’s XRP has performed so poorly over the past few years that it on March 13th’s flash rash hit “almost three-year lows,” as pointed out by Brave New Coin’s Josh Olszewicz.

In fact, with the cryptocurrency trading at $0.15 as of the time of this article’s writing, it is more than 90% below its all-time high of $3.30, established at the peak of 2017’s and 2018’s crypto-mania. Even since the year started, XRP has fallen by 20%, underperforming Bitcoin’s relatively mild -14% performance.

Despite this underperformance, a top analyst, who has been accurate in calling much of BTC’s short-term moves over the past few weeks, is expecting a retracement back to the yearly lows at $0.12. Here’s why.

Related Reading: Bitcoin Bulls Roar as U.S. Politician Proposes ‘Two $1 Trillion Coins’ Idea

Stan Smith / March 21,2020

Korean Watchdog Warns of Financial Stability Risk From Facebook’s Libra

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Korean Watchdog Warns of Financial Stability Risk From Facebook’s Libra

Korean Watchdog Warns of Financial Stability Risk From Facebook’s Libra

Facebook’s recently unveiled Libra cryptocurrency project threatens the stability of financial systems, according to a South Korean financial regulator.

In a new Korean-language trends update published July 5 and reported by CoinDesk Korea, the nation’s Financial Services Commission (FSC) looks at what might occur “If 2.4 billion Facebook users worldwide transfer one tenth of their bank deposits to Libra.”

Should that scenario come about, banks’ solvency would diminish, as would their loan reserves, representing a threat to emerging markets from the relocation of the capital out of those countries.

The FSC also raised concerns that bank runs could occur during financial or foreign exchange crises, as people move their national fiat currency to Libra. The simplification of money exchange and remittances through Libra is also expected to limit central banks’ ability to control international capital movements. The effectiveness of monetary policy would also be limited if Libra becomes widely exchanged for central bank currency.

The agency further expressed concern that Libra could be widely used for money laundering without proper bank-like controls. It added that “a large financial institution, such as Goldman Sachs or JPMorgan,” had refused to participate in Libra.

Stan Smith / March 21,2020

Coronavirus Pandemic Changes How Americans Mourn The Dead

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CHICAGO — Tucked deep in the obituary for Charles Recka was an announcement that a Mass celebrating his 87 years of life “will be held at a later date.”

Such notices are increasing amid the coronavirus pandemic, as an untold number of burials around the globe go forward with nothing more than a priest, a funeral home employee and a single loved one.

While in some places, bodies of people who have died from COVID-19 are stacking up at hospitals and people are buried quickly in the clothes they died in, Recka’s death from an unrelated long illness tells a different story: One of families whose grief just happened to arrive amid a pandemic that has them terrified to even share a church pew with loved ones, let alone hug them.

Recka’s daughter, Dawn Bouska, sees no choice but to prevent her twin 11-year-old boys and their 14-year-old sister from getting any closer to their grandmother than the other side of the window at the senior living center where she lives.

“I don’t know if these kids are carriers, (but) I can’t risk losing my mom,” said Bouska, 52, of Naperville, Illinois. “At the time she needs to be hugging these kids more than ever it’s unsafe to do so.”

Recka’s experience is part of the new normal when it comes to funerals. Daughters of a retired police officer don’t dare get on a plane to fly to Chicago for his funeral out of fear they could be separated from their children for weeks if they are placed under quarantine. Some veterans cemeteries in the U.S. have stopped holding memorial services altogether, after first telling older veterans to stay away.

Stan Smith / March 21,2020

5 Secrets Real Estate Investors Use To Sell Fast In Houston

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5 Secrets Real Estate Investors Use To Sell Fast In Houston

Need to sell your house fast in Houston? In this post, we will give you some insight into what the pros do when its time to sell a house they no longer want. Keep reading to learn five secrets investors use to sell a house fast in Houston!

Do you need to sell a house fast in Houston? Listing it with a local real estate agent can take months. In some cases, the house may not sell at all. You won’t find many investors who hire agents to help them sell fast. Investors know that in order to sell a house fast in Houston, different strategies need to be implemented. Below, we offer a few tips to help you sell your house fast in Houston no matter the condition, situation, or location!

Price Your House To Sell

If you need to sell your house fast and you are using the traditional methods, you’ll need to make sure it is priced accordingly. You’ll likely need to price it lower than the actual value in order to get offers in the door right away. You’ll need to price your house to sell if you are working with a Houston real estate agent and you want to sell your house fast.

Keep in mind that working with an agent to list your house on the MLS in Houston will cost you in commissions, repairs, holding costs, and possibly additional marketing costs if you are trying to sell your house quickly. Listing with an agent can take a while and isn’t always ideal for those who need to move fast or sell their house right away.

Stan Smith / March 21,2020

Department of Interior Suspends Entry Fees to Federal Lands to Promote Social Distancing

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by Michael McGrady

 

The U.S. Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) are suspending entrance fees as a way to promote social distancing amid the coronavirus outbreak, following in the footsteps of the National Park Service.

The U.S. Department of Interior, which oversees the agencies, said it decided to suspend entrance fees to public lands until further notice in a move to support social distancing amid the novel coronavirus outbreak.

“Our vast public lands that are overseen by the Department offer special outdoor experiences to recreate, embrace nature and implement some social distancing,” Interior Secretary David Bernhardt said.

The NPS made their announcement on Wednesday, while USFWS and BLM announced Thursday they would waive fees. NPS manages 419 federal properties while BLM oversees 245 million acres of federal land and USFWS manages almost 500 wildlife refuges.

Interior and the directors of the three agencies continue to urge visitors to take advantage of federal lands while maintaining a safe distance between yourself and other groups, following Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations.

“The health of our visitors is our number one priority,” USFWS Director Aurelia Skipwith said. “When CDC guidance is followed, a national wildlife refuge can be the perfect antidote to cabin fever and a boon to our mental wellbeing during this unprecedented time.”

The move comes as several states have ordered restaurants, bars and other private businesses to temporarily close, while New York ordered complete shutdowns of all nonessential businesses and California has been put on lockdown. In Colorado, the governor ordered all ski areas to close.

Stan Smith / January 30,2020

Books to look forward to in 2020

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Books to look forward to in 2020

Books to look forward to in 2020

Whether you’ve got big plans to travel the world in 2020 or intend to stay put, you’ll need a few good books to keep you company. All those hours waiting in airports, riding on trains, or spent tanning on beach loungers are always more satisfying and entertaining when filled with the written words. And if you happen to be home, but wish you could be elsewhere, the pages of a novel will provide the escapism you’re longing for. For those purposes (and more) we have selected 20 books being published in 2020 that will hit the spot, no matter where you are and what you’re doing. From historical fiction set in Ireland to a family saga in Norway, and nature writing in South Africa, these are the books most anticipated by Matador Network team this year.

1. Pine by Francine Toon — Doubleday, January 2020

Books to look forward to in 2020

Photo: Penguin

Stan Smith / January 30,2020

The best tax software for 2020: TurboTax, H&R Block, TaxSlayer and more – CNET

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The best tax software for 2020: TurboTax, H&R Block, TaxSlayer and more – CNET

If the upcoming 2020 tax season has you feeling overwhelmed and anxious, you’re not alone. Maybe you’re thinking back to last year’s filing deadline, when you were scrambling at the last minute to gather all your forms and trying to figure out federal and state income tax codes. Sure, you were saving money by not hiring experienced tax preparers for help, but now you’re wondering whether it’s worth it to go through the hassle all over again.

From figuring out tax deductions to self-employed tax to taxable income to capital gains, tax prep and filing taxes can be complicated. But hiring a one-on-one professional tax preparer can be expensive.

The good news is that there are many tax software providers and filing companies that aim to make it more affordable and easier to file your taxes. Whether it’s through an online form, downloadable software or an app, you can turn tax preparation into a less laborious process. For the frugal taxpayers out there, you can even find free or super low-cost options for doing your taxes online that rival some of the more established competitors.

Choosing a tax preparation software that’s right for you can seem complicated and time-consuming. But we’ve waded through all the features and fine print to show you some of the best tax software suited for your needs.

Read more: How to estimate your 2020 tax refund

 TurboTax, H&R Block, TaxSlayer and more – CNET

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Stan Smith / January 30,2020

The Importance Of A Consistent Lead Generation Strategy

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Building a business from the ground up is hard work, but once things are running on the right track it can be immensely satisfying. If you have had some success in getting your business off of the ground, congratulations! However, it takes hard work to keep things going well, and it is always important to ensure that new customers and new interests are heading your way on a regular basis.

This is where a lead generation strategy comes in. Having a good and consistent lead generation strategy will help you to clarify your approach towards how you run your business and provide a host of other benefits. If you want to stay competitive and ensure that your business remains relevant to the ever-growing numbers of customers, then you need to re-evaluate the importance of your lead generation strategy.

To this end, let’s look at why a consistent lead generation strategy is so important for your business.

What Is A Lead Generation Strategy?

First, we need to be precise about definitions. Lead generation strategy refers to the way or ways that you bring new interest to your business. The strategy aspect of this term is especially important because, whether you are acutely aware of it or not, your business is in competition with a number of other businesses. As a business owner, you need to decide how you will best be able to win over the limited number of potential customers and get them to engage with your business, rather than any of the others.

Stan Smith / January 19,2020

Landmark Financial Tokyo Review of Gold and Silver in 2020

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The prices of gold and silver prices show moderately higher results in midday United States futures trading on January 7, 2020. Because of overnight downside price corrections, it looks like a great buying opportunity, in which prices increase during the day session.

This Landmark Financial Tokyo review of the silver and gold prices in 2020 will discuss valuations and investments. Read on to know more about them.

Gold and Silver Drastic Price Increase

Gold price futures at $4.60 per ounce last February ended at $1,573.30. For silver, the previous higher prices were $0.201 last March and ended at $18.375 an ounce on January 7, 2020. There are a lot of factors that could affect these prices. There’s speculation that if the tension in the Middle East gets worse, gold could hit $1,600 per ounce.

The United States and Iran Tension

Gold soared high as the Middle East tensions heightened between Iran and the United States. The drone airstrike of the United States killed Qasem Soleimani, an Iranian general, in Baghdad, Iraq. This incident boosted the appetite of investors for gold, and the rise shows that.

Many investors and traders probably think that Iran won’t retaliate against the United States that could be devastating to their country. Some veteran market watchers believe that Iran will retaliate but not sooner. The economic effects of the US and Iran retaliation can be impacting as what you’ll find on Landmark Financial Tokyo Review.