Karolingische Klosterstadt http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/ Sat, 02 Jul 2022 01:14:00 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9.3 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/karolingische-klosterstadt-icon-150x150.png Karolingische Klosterstadt http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/ 32 32 See Wee Homes Opens Home Decor Boutique to Support Charleston Community http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/see-wee-homes-opens-home-decor-boutique-to-support-charleston-community/ Sat, 02 Jul 2022 01:14:00 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/see-wee-homes-opens-home-decor-boutique-to-support-charleston-community/

Real estate firm See the little houses launched a home decor boutique storefront in a new real estate location in North Charleston, SC Lisa Grant, broker and owner of See Wee Homes, decided to mix real estate and home decor by incorporating retail space corresponding to the interests of potential buyers.

Born and raised in the rural town of Awendaw, SC Grant wants to give back by offering quality products made by artists from around the world and items created locally in Charleston. Shoppers will find items such as handmade mosaics and Peruvian artwork, handicrafts made from banana peels from Tanzania, and throw pillows created from handmade textiles. The new venture also includes an e-commerce component on the See Wee Homes website. Within the 1,400 square foot spaceGrant included a conference room, training room, private office and kitchenette.

During her undergraduate years as a student at Hampton University of Virginia, Grant was abducted at gunpoint but managed to escape. The entrepreneur channeled this experience into do good works and serve others.

“Being a victim of crime is stressful, it stays with you forever and sometimes my anxiety level is still unmanageable,” Grant said in a statement. “I never thought that in a million years I would be an entrepreneur working in the service industry. I am a servant leader and helping others is how I help myself.

Recognize Russian actions in Ukraine as genocide http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/recognize-russian-actions-in-ukraine-as-genocide/ Fri, 01 Jul 2022 16:30:03 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/recognize-russian-actions-in-ukraine-as-genocide/

Dear friend,

This week, I introduced a congressional resolution condemning Russian aggression and war crimes in Ukraine as genocide and calling on Congress to support accountability for Putin’s regime. I also thanked Justice Stephen Breyer for his service to the country and congratulated him on his retirement after serving nearly 28 years on our nation’s highest court. I also welcomed our new judge, Ketanji Brown Jackson, who was sworn in on Thursday. I listened to the explosive special committee hearing on January 6 with the testimony of former Trump White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson and praised her for her courage; announced a nearly $1 million grant for nursing education at the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC); congratulated the University of Memphis for receiving a prestigious grant from the National Science Foundation; and offered health advice. I also wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July. Keep reading and follow me on TwitterFacebook and Instagram to see what I’m up to.

Recognize Russian actions in Ukraine as genocide

Thank Judge Breyer and welcome Judge Jackson

Tribute to January 6 Witness Cassidy Hutchinson

Independence Day Commemoration

Announcement of nearly $1 million grant for nursing education at UTHSC

Congratulations to the University of Memphis for Winning a National Science Foundation Grant

Weekly Health Tip

quote of the week

Recognize Russian actions in Ukraine as genocide

On Monday, I introduced a resolution identifying Russian war crimes in Ukraine as genocide under applicable international law. The resolution calls on the House of Representatives to condemn Russia’s actions and support international criminal investigations to hold Russian political and military leaders accountable for their crimes against humanity. See my press release and full resolution here.

Thank Judge Breyer and welcome Judge Jackson

On Thursday, Justice Stephen Breyer retired from the United States Supreme Court after nearly 28 years. I issued a statement thanking him for his service and for his thoughtful decision to give President Biden the opportunity to nominate Ketanji Brown Jackson, who has now been sworn in as Judge Jackson. See this statement here.

Tribute to January 6 Witness Cassidy Hutchinson


On Tuesday, Trump’s former White House aide Cassidy Hutchinson offered explosive testimony establishing that Trump was eager to lead an armed mob to the Capitol the day it was overrun by rioters. The January 6 select committee continues to show that this anarchic president was and is unfit to occupy the Oval Office and should be prosecuted for his efforts to overthrow our democracy and suspend the rule of law.

Independence Day Commemoration


Monday is the 4th of July, a day to celebrate our nation’s independence. After 246 years, we are still striving to be a more perfect union, and we have many challenges, including new ones presented to us by the recent discouraging decisions of the United States Supreme Court. See my Independence Day statement here.

Announcement of nearly $1 million grant for nursing education at UTHSC

On Wednesday, I announced that the University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center (UTHSC) will receive a $999,861 grant for nursing education and retention from the Office of US Health Resources and Services. See my release here.

Congratulations to the University of Memphis for Winning a National Science Foundation Grant


Also on Wednesday, I announced that the University of Memphis had received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study climate change since the Middle Ages. See this release here.

Weekly Health Tip


The Shelby County Health Department is administering the newly approved vaccines for children six months to five years old at two walk-in locations. Shots will be taken between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. at 814 Jefferson Avenue, Suite 207, and 1826 Sycamore View Road. Click on this link for more information.

quote of the week

“I was near a conversation where I heard the president say something like, you know, I don’t care if they have guns. They’re not here to hurt me… Let my people in. They can walk to the Capitol from here. — Cassidy Hutchinson, assistant to Trump’s chief of staff Mark Meadows, during the Tuesday, Jan. 6 committee hearing, describing the scene moments before Trump spoke at the Ellipse that day.

I wish everyone a safe and happy 4th of July.

As always, I stay.
More sincerely,

Steve Cohen

Dubai: China’s Yiwu market opens, provides access to wholesale prices – News http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/dubai-chinas-yiwu-market-opens-provides-access-to-wholesale-prices-news/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 18:18:24 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/dubai-chinas-yiwu-market-opens-provides-access-to-wholesale-prices-news/

The shopping complex houses 1,600 exhibition halls spread over two floors

By a staff reporter

Published: Thu 30 June 2022, 22:18

Dubai’s Yiwu Market, a hybrid shopping complex that will strengthen regional and global supply chains, held its official opening ceremony today.

Thanks to its strategic location, Dubai offers businesses access to some of the world’s largest emerging and established markets in the Middle East, Europe, Africa, India, Asia and beyond.

The Dh600 million Yiwu Market, a partnership between DP World and China Commodity City Group (CCC), is the first phase of the upcoming Dubai Traders Market. Located in the Jebel Ali Free Zone (Jafza), the Traders Market, when completed, will cover over 60 million square feet and house 20,000 traders and tenants.

The Yiwu market gains a strong competitive advantage by combining the logistics expertise of DP World with the knowledge of CCC, which operates the world’s largest wholesale market, Yiwu China Commodities City.

China remains the emirate’s largest trading partner with 86.7 billion dirhams of trade in the first half of 2021, up 31% compared to the same period of the previous year. China’s Belt and Road Initiative is expected to reduce trade costs and remove trade barriers between many countries involved in the initiative. The UAE is a “natural cooperative partner” of the BRI with an important geographical location and substantial logistics potential.

Yiwu market will be the first smart free zone market in the Middle East. It aims to be a one-stop-shop for shopping and a highly efficient online and offline platform for wholesale and retail.

Covering an area of ​​2.15 million square feet, Yiwu Market houses 1,600 mainland showrooms spread over two floors, 99% of which are already occupied. Divided into two purpose-built sections of approximately 950 meters, the market comprises five main entrances, five atriums and three corridors crossing the market.

The Yiwu market will allow merchants and companies around the world to access wholesale discounts. It will also allow them to take advantage of Dubai’s central location, reducing lead times and supply chain costs.

Dubai’s five-year plan aims to expand its foreign trade to 2 trillion dirhams by 2025, cementing its position as a regional and global hub for trade and investment. Dubai’s new international trade map will expand air and sea shipping lanes, with 200 new cities added to the emirate’s existing network of 400 cities.

Sultan Ahmed bin Sulayem, Group Chairman and Managing Director of DP World, said, “The opening of the Yiwu market is another milestone under the Belt and Road Initiative. Together with the CCC, the market is part of an ongoing effort to diversify the UAE’s economy and support Dubai’s strategic plan to grow foreign trade to 2 trillion dirhams in five years. With this new development, we have reaffirmed our commitment to cementing Dubai’s status as the third largest re-export center in the world. One of the main objectives of the market is to establish a dedicated international logistics corridor between markets from Yiwu to Dubai and China. This will ensure the efficient flow of Chinese goods into the UAE, making the country a gateway for seamless distribution in high-growth markets including the Middle East, Africa, Mediterranean and Europe.

Wenge Zhao, Chairman of China Commodity City Group, explained, “By providing an integrated retail and storage experience, the marketplace will provide some of the most beneficial value-added services to merchants and shoppers. These advantages make it an ideal solution for all the business needs of global companies.


]]> New retail report expected to show return to downtown Philadelphia http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/new-retail-report-expected-to-show-return-to-downtown-philadelphia/ Thu, 30 Jun 2022 10:16:49 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/new-retail-report-expected-to-show-return-to-downtown-philadelphia/ PHILADELPHIA (WPVI) — A new report released Thursday by the Downtown District is expected to show progress.

The updated retail report will show more foot traffic and more visitors in downtown Philadelphia.

“We’re trying to get back to normal,” said Kyle Waterman, a student at Drexel.

The Downtown District gathered information through surveys, discussions with brokers and retailers, and state sales tax data.

Among the key findings: 80% of downtown storefronts are open for business, up from 55% in spring 2020, with another 42 retailers announcing openings for this year.

The report says taxable retail sales for the first quarter of this year in the downtown core are at 94% of 2019 levels and 121% in the extended downtown neighborhoods.

According to the report, foot traffic from shoppers and visitors is at 96% of pre-pandemic levels.

Even with the fully restored indoor seating, demand has not diminished for outdoor seating. The report notes that there are 68% more outdoor seats in the city center than before the pandemic.

Some see the changes, but add that the city is not yet back to normal.

“I don’t think the city is back to pre-pandemic levels,” said Brandon Bather of Camden. “It’s definitely on its way back, but it’s still not there yet.”

The report also says new businesses are opening and existing retailers are moving to new, and in some cases larger, locations.

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Coronavirus: Tri-City residents ages 50 and older approach 80% triple dose rate http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/coronavirus-tri-city-residents-ages-50-and-older-approach-80-triple-dose-rate/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 18:30:00 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/coronavirus-tri-city-residents-ages-50-and-older-approach-80-triple-dose-rate/ The community, which also includes Anmore and Belcarra, could become Fraser Health’s first to achieve this benchmark.

It appears Port Moody is approaching a plateau that very few BC communities have reached in the vaccination stage of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Eligible middle-aged residents – 50 and over – living in the City of the Arts, as well as Anmore and Belcarra, are still opting to receive a booster dose against the virus, as rates are slowly rising week by week.

As of today (June 29), the sub-region is on track to become Fraser Health’s first to reach the 80% triple vaccination threshold.

The age category in Port Moody currently sits at 79%, according to the latest report from the BC Center for Disease Control (BCCDC) – dated June 19, 2022.

It’s also tied with Delta and Pitt Meadows for the third-highest rate in all of British Columbia; Victoria at 83% and North Vancouver at 81%.

Overall, the Tri-Cities recently surpassed the 75% mark for recall shots among the over-50s.

Broken down, middle-aged residents of Port Coquitlam are also looking for a three-dose rate of 80% with a recent increase to 77%.

In Coquitlam, eligible residents in the same age group are in the middle of the Fraser Health pack at 75%.

Port Moody-Anmore-Belcarra residents ages 50 and older are approaching the 80% threshold for COVID-19 booster vaccinations, beginning June 19, 2022. By BCCDC

The latest monitoring figures are as follows:

North Coquitlam

  • 67% of 5 to 11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 92% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 90% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 74% of the population aged 50 and over vaccinated with a third dose

Southwest Coquitlam

  • 64% of 5 to 11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 94% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 92% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 76% of the population aged 50 and over vaccinated with a third dose

Southeast Coquitlam

  • 64% of 5 to 11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 91% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 89% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 75% of the population aged 50 and over vaccinated with a third dose

Port Coquitlam

  • 61% of 5 to 11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 91% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 88% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 77% of the population aged 50 and over vaccinated with a third dose

Port Moody–Anmore–Belcarra

  • 71% of 5 to 11 people vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 92% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with at least one dose
  • 90% of the population aged 5 and over vaccinated with a second dose
  • 79% of the population aged 50 and over vaccinated with a third dose

On average, the Tri-Cities maintain single and double vaccination rates of 92 and 90 percent for all residents — ages five and older — as well as a median of 59 percent among booster shots in the same category.

Vaccination clinic

Meanwhile, there is still a clinic run by Fraser Health in the area for those still seeking a COVID-19 vaccine.

Coquitlam has a multiple vaccination operation in the Poirier Administration Building (640 Poirier Street) and is accepting reservations for all ages for a variety of vaccines available.

The clinic is open daily from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., but will be closed on Friday (July 1) for the Canada Day holiday.

At the end of May, Fraser Health closed its drive-thru clinic at the Coquitlam Central SkyTrain station to align with the current demand for a dose against the virus.

Parents and guardians wishing to protect their child against COVID-19 and other illnesses can also come to the clinic.

This includes:

  • Covid-19 vaccine

    • For eligible children and adolescents aged five and over

  • Tdap-IPV vaccine

    • Protects against tetanus, diphtheria, whooping cough and poliomyelitis

  • MMRV vaccine

    • Protects against measles, mumps, rubella and chickenpox

Before receiving a dose for COVID-19, Tri-City residents are encouraged to register through BC’s GetVaccinated online portal or call 1-833-838-2323.

You can also visit the province’s website for more information.

Looking at the economy now – so what http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/looking-at-the-economy-now-so-what/ Wed, 29 Jun 2022 08:31:54 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/looking-at-the-economy-now-so-what/

By Morf Morford

Tacoma Daily Index

I am part of the generation whose parents lived through World War II and the Great Depression and whose children are considered millennials.

To say the least, the two generations that surround many of us who are still working, who have just retired or who are looking forward to retirement view life, work and money in a totally different.

The World War II generation saw and experienced scarcity, sacrifice and deprivation. And a time when those from all walks of life and political philosophies worked together in a common cause.

This generation, called The Builders, or even The Greatest Generation by demographers and sociologists, fought for, won back and even, to a large extent, built the world in which most of us, a generation or two later, work, travel. and dwell.

For this generation, everything was solid and tangible. From “physical media” like records or books, or even cash, value, entertainment, and status were embodied in actual physical objects.

Credit cards were considered an extravagance, which meant that, unlike now, it was very difficult to spend money you didn’t have. In a strange sense, back then, you had to have money to owe money.

To be poor then, as many were, meant having next to nothing – it did not mean having less than nothing – as in debt.

Living in the physical world

Information and music, for example, were “owned” and often displayed to show sophistication or breadth of knowledge and experience.

In work and careers, professional fields did not need to be explained.

The work that a plumber, dentist, electrician or teacher did, or did, was self-evident and did not require explanation.

For this generation, everyone ate the same food, watched the same television and listened to the same music.

The radio stations of the day (and everyone listened to the radio back then) played music that everyone liked. If you were listening to the radio, tuning into a station, or changing dials, you would hear country-western songs, bits of Broadway musicals, rock and roll, folk, or jazz.

Radio stations, unlike those of today, were not defined by demographics or gender. There were no “oldies” stations and no “soft rock”, jazz or gospel stations – everyone played and listened to everything.

Homes back then were “affordable,” although no one used that word. The houses were “affordable” because they provided basic housing.

There were no big box stores or McMansions and few, if any, granite countertops or elaborate building materials.

The houses were made of wood and concrete. And often by friends and neighbors who helped out when they could.

One electrical outlet per room was shared. And few houses had more than one bathroom.

In 1953, for example, the median price of new homes was around $18,000 – double or triple the average income at the time – which for almost all families was a single income.

Estate agents were rare – and sales were often made between friends without legal or professional involvement. I know a few families who have literally swapped homes without an agent.

Mortgages were rare – homebuyers often saved up and bought their homes with cash.

My parents, for example, bought a property (with money), had a basement dug, and with every paycheck bought building materials and they, and an occasional friend, built the house around them as they lived in the basement and the structure that was gradually building up. .

I doubt that such a process is legal now.

But many of this generation had housing – and equity, if not consecutive generational wealth – thanks to such an approach to housing.

It was then

To point out the obvious, none of this is true now.

Scarcity and deprivation or austerity of any kind or even delayed gratification are incomprehensible abstractions to the vast majority of millennials.

When I first heard of people buying “toasts” (avocado or not) at a restaurant, I assumed it was a joke.

Everyone now seems to have “eating problems”; sensitivities, allergies or ethnic concerns around what they eat.

Back then, for example, bread was bread and milk was milk.

Now everything is locally sourced, hand-crafted, grass-fed, free-range, and “natural.”

What are you doing? Sorry, I asked.

Have you ever asked someone under 40 what they do for a living? You are, at least half the time, likely to get an answer that was incomprehensible to a previous generation.

For an earlier generation, being a “consultant” was a password to being unemployed.

For young people, being a social media “influencer” is a perfectly reasonable job title/career.

I know “professional players” – whatever that means.

And they earn way more than me. Or will. A previous generation, as children, might have dreamed of being a firefighter, a doctor or an astronaut. Did millennials, children, dream of being technologists? Or a project manager? A full stack developer? Or even a data scientist?

Moms don’t let your babies grow up to be systems analysts

Many millennials make double or triple what I ever made in a year. Many of them spend more on lunches in a month than my house payment.

SPACs, NFTs and cybercurrencies are the financial equivalent of media streaming – here now, but where tomorrow? And who really owns anything?

The gig economy has become the gig life style

In an economy where “ownership” has become a liability, less, in a way, is in fact more.

Who needs a car (and car-related expenses, from insurance to maintenance) in an economy system with options like Uber or Lyft?

And when it comes to home ownership, I’ve heard of people living semi-permanently in AirBnBs. And concretely, why not? Who wants a house and yard to keep up?

And, like in the Puget Sound area, when the average new monthly mortgage is about $4,500 (which is about $150 a day), why take out a lifetime financial obligation?

No, it’s not your grandfather’s economy.

But maybe we would all be much better off.

Or at least a little closer.

There is, after all, worse than being poor.

Sometimes when I see a particularly extravagant or wasteful youngster in action, I think to myself, “It’s nothing a day of hunger can’t cure.”

A lot of young people I know are making way more money than I’ve ever had, but it, like their music, just trickles down to them, with little meaning or impact.

Life is just a stream

Young people, and perhaps all of us to some degree, live in a streaming culture, where everything seems to pass through or upon us, and nothing is ever entirely “ours” and nothing is even quasi-permanent.

Young people might not believe it, but a little austerity won’t kill us and, as the old saying goes, it could make us stronger.

And, from what I see as the economy ahead, strength and flexibility might be the most important attributes of all time.

Welcome to the ugly age of 22 cent electricity http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/welcome-to-the-ugly-age-of-22-cent-electricity/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 18:23:01 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/welcome-to-the-ugly-age-of-22-cent-electricity/

Power to the People is a column by New Hampshire consumer advocate Donald M. Kreis. Kreis and his four-person team represent the interests of residential utility customers before the NH Public Utilities Commission and elsewhere.

By DONALD M. KREIS, Power to the People

To paraphrase the revolutionary pamphleteer Thomas Paine, these are the times that try the souls of taxpayers. New Hampshire’s 22-cent August 1 electricity drop is the biggest and scariest energy news to hit the Granite State in 26 years.

Yes, 22 cents is a small number – less than a quarter – but we’re talking about 22 cents here. per kilowatt hour. A typical residential customer consumes approximately 650 kilowatt hours per month. So we’re looking down the barrel of $150 per month in energy costs.

And remember, these are just the energy charges. Your electricity bill also includes other line items, such as distribution charges (which pay for poles and wires) and transmission charges (which pay for the bulk power transmission system). In total, a typical residential bill will increase by something like 50 or 60% – the most staggering one-time rate increase in the history of staggering one-time rate increases.

Here are some fine print to keep in mind. The rates are actually 22.566 cents (Eversource) and 22.228 cents (Liberty).

Meanwhile, our third investor-owned electric utility, Unitil, has an energy service rate of 10.1 cents that will remain in effect until November 30. And the New Hampshire Electric Cooperative – owned by customers rather than investors – is increasing its energy service rate (known as “Co-op Power”) from 9.6 cents to just under 17 cents in 1st of August.

You might be wondering: WTF? Or why these fees? Specifically, how can Unitil and the co-op get away with charging so much less than 22 cents? In the end, the answer boils down to two words: torpid agency.

It is an “agency” as in: utilities are agents for their customers when they buy electricity in the wholesale market and pass the cost on to retail bills without making a profit. It is “sluggish” as in (according to Merriam-Webster): “slow to operate or act”.

With the blessing of the Public Utilities Commission (PUC), Eversource, Liberty and Unitil wield a very blunt instrument every six months: a request for proposals (RFP) from wholesale electricity providers for six full months of energy service for the “small” customers. , a group that includes all residential customers.

Bids are for the “all requirements” service, which means that the bidder must promise to meet any load that will materialize. And it must promise to do so in a highly volatile wholesale environment. As you can imagine, these parameters cause wholesalers to build a high “risk premium” into their offerings.

This also matters when you come to market with your tender.

If you’re looking for spring bids for a service that includes the first half of winter, bidders are going to include in their prices what they reasonably expect to be gargantuan wholesale costs in December and January. It will be cold then and the global demand for natural gas is expected to be monumental. Most of New England’s electricity is produced by generators that use natural gas as fuel.

Unitil’s 10.1 cent rate went into effect June 1 and only runs through the end of November. Its successful bidder was not required to include expected wholesale costs for December and January in its proposal.

The new co-op rate of 16.98 cents on August 1, a 76% increase over the current co-op electric rate, is certainly not good news. But the co-op’s ability to beat Eversource and Liberty by more than five cents per kilowatt hour is worth considering.

Active portfolio management – ​​primarily the “staggering” of wholesale contracts so that they don’t all expire at the same time – accounts for the difference. To their credit, the PUC and Governor Sununu have publicly called for a review of energy service procurement practices for all electric utilities.

While we’re at it, we should reexamine assumptions about how much of this should be kept secret. For example, although I know (because I have access to documents that the PUC deems confidential) how many wholesalers responded to Eversource and Liberty tenders, I am not authorized to tell you.

Believe me, this is information you would like to know. How many bids are needed to make a wholesale electricity bidding process truly competitive? This is a question for economists. I was an English student, which means I like to educate myself by reading stuff – unredacted stuff.

When I said this was the biggest energy news in 26 years, I was thinking of the Electric Utilities Restructuring Act passed in 1996. The co-authors of this landmark legislation, Clifton Below and Jeb Bradley, were then members of the House, but are now an Alderman in Lebanon and Senate Majority Leader at State House in Concord, respectively.

Given that Below and Bradley are still around, one might ask them: what about the assumption in the 1996 Restructuring Act that most customers would buy electricity from a non- -public service and would just use the default service, if any, as a safety net? Finally, 85% of Eversource’s residential customers buy their energy from Eversource.

It would be a good time to see if the fundamental rules of the game, adopted in 1996, need an update. If Major League Baseball can adapt (by using a designated hitter in both leagues and foolishly putting an auto-runner on second base for extra innings), then we can revisit the policy choices made in 1996.

Some people, oddly, think the answer is the end of retail choice for residential electric customers. I tend to look in the opposite direction, towards reforms that would make energy service by default obsolete.

The PUC is set to approve its community power aggregation rules on July 5, which (hopefully) will allow municipalities (or consortia of municipalities, like the Community Power Coalition of New Hampshire) to be active and vigilant agents for residential customers much of the time. in the same way as the New Hampshire Electric Co-op is now. We should find a way to make these kinds of opportunities available to everyone.

These huge rate increases are forcing us all to think about electricity, on top of whatever else we’re concerned about. “What we get too cheap we value too lightly,” wrote Thomas Paine in 1776. He was talking about freedom. But much the same can be done about energy.

Omnicom teams up with Walmart, Amazon, Kroger, Instacart on Retail Media – Beet.TV http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/omnicom-teams-up-with-walmart-amazon-kroger-instacart-on-retail-media-beet-tv/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 10:38:13 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/omnicom-teams-up-with-walmart-amazon-kroger-instacart-on-retail-media-beet-tv/

CANNES – Omnicom Group has announced collaborations with Walmart, Amazon, Kroger and Instacart as the agency seeks to help marketers with their advertising strategies in the growing field of retail media.

“We are the first agency holding company to partner with Walmart,” said Megan Pagliuca, director of activation at Omnicom Media Group, in this Beet.TV interview with correspondent Tameka Kee. “It’s important because it shows a shift in Walmart’s strategy and a doubling down in media.”

The deal enables multi-screen planning against Walmart’s audiences in Omni, which is Omnicom’s open operating system that enables its agencies to deliver connected experiences across media and commerce platforms in environments held, earned and paid. Media planners can identify domains, apps and screens with the most effective reach and cost for Walmart’s audience. Using the Omni ID, they can also pass the advertiser’s first-party data to Walmart’s demand-side platform (DSP) to combine with Walmart’s audiences.

“What we are able to provide our customers will provide a significant competitive advantage,” Pagliuca said. “We envision a few of our customers coming online in the next few months to really work with Walmart and grow their non-endemic business.”

Deliver precision with Kroger

Omnicom also announced a collaboration with Kroger Precision Marketing (KPM), the grocery chain’s media platform, to provide early adoption opportunities for Omnicom customers. As part of the agreement, KPM will provide its in-stock datasets to Omni, adding significant capability to Omnicom’s Supply Chain IQ Score that helps brands quickly and efficiently redirect media spend to achieve business results in a tense offer. environment.

“What’s really exciting is that we have access to supply chain buyer data,” Pagliuca said. “Kroger has real behavioral data on shoppers. We then share this data daily to enable us to modify optimization decisions.

Safe targeting with Instacart

Omnicom Media Group (OMG), the media services division of Omnicom Group, also announced a global strategic partnership with delivery service Instacart that enables advertisers to match audiences and consumers using a data cleanroom. The collaboration builds on Omnicom’s work with NBC and Disney media.

“What this really enables is the ability for our CPG customers to measure sales against connected TV as well as linear sales on Disney and NBC, connecting these data sets in a secure way across these rooms. white,” Pagliuca said.

Amazon Marketing Cloud Training

Omnicom has also partnered with e-commerce giant Amazon, which owns the third-largest digital advertising company in the United States, to share data, develop new software tools and train workers to use Amazon Marketing. Cloud (AMC) for campaign optimization.

“We have a long-standing partnership with Amazon, but we’ve revealed some details that I think really prove that we have the most comprehensive partnership with them in terms of accelerating connected commerce,” Pagliuca said.

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WILD THINGS: TREE RATS, THE BIG LIE http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/wild-things-tree-rats-the-big-lie/ Tue, 28 Jun 2022 01:48:46 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/wild-things-tree-rats-the-big-lie/
A black rat, not to be confused with a tree rat, in the wild. BERNARD DUPONT/Creative Commons

I think my favorite Key West tree rat experience was years ago at Blue Heaven. Before they were as busy as they are today, they used to play games in the back corner of the yard. This particular production was “Saint Joan” by George Bernard Shaw. My friend Kathleen Balselmo conducted and my friend Scott Elliott performed Saint Joan herself. (I think Richard Hatch was in the cast somewhere, but maybe I’m confusing him with the productions of “The Tempest” and “Peter Pan” they also did there.)

I had helped promote the show a bit and volunteered as an usher for a few nights.

There was a battle scene in the play – a sword fight in which Joan of Arc attempts to lead her troops to defeat the enemy for the greater glory of France, as well as the role defiers of gender assigned around the world – and every night during this scene, at the exact same spot, a tree rat would make itself visible on the power line suspended above the stage and race down it at full speed, like a hero in a movie. ‘stock. My wife got to see both the coin and the rat, and for a long time afterwards we were like, man, the tree rat was awesome.

Years, probably decades later, I was lying half awake in our living room late one unseasonably cold February evening when I heard some sort of scratching at the kitchen door that we weren’t. had never used. I sat up and it stopped, so I lay down and went back to sleep.

A few minutes (hours?) later I heard kibble being chomped on, not by our dog’s canines, but something that took much smaller, faster and more frantic bites. And when I sat down, I saw it – a tree rat sitting on the dog food bowl. I got up to chase it and the thing ran towards the wall and disappeared.

I moved the bowl and behind it, at the base of the door, there was a field of woodchip debris and a perfect Tom and Jerry mouse hole, maybe an inch wide and two inches high .

Until then, like most Key Westers I spoke to, I had thought tree rats were those benign little creatures that, at worst, added comic relief to early 20th century plays about how things could go horribly, horribly wrong even when people all thought they were doing the right thing. But now they had forcefully invaded our house. So I did some reading.

The main thing I learned is that tree rats are just a lie we tell ourselves.

There is no tree rat. Or arguably, a tree rat is, at best, a euphemism for the black rat, aka rattus rattus if you want to be scientific and binomial about it, the world’s most basic trash-munching rat.

Seeing a black rat run into someone’s yard and say “aw, look, a tree rat,” is just another of Key West’s collective rants (although my editor tells me she was on their game years ago).

Black rats have a small reputation. The complaint against them is that they spread bubonic plague across Europe a few times during the day, although there is an argument to be made that it was the oriental rat fleas that actually carried the bacteria that caused the disease, and the rats just carried the fleas. But the other biggest black rat zoonotic diseases are typhus, trichinosis, toxoplasmosis, and something quite charming called rat bite fever.

A species account I read about them refers to Homo sapiens like a rattus rattus

“mutualistic species”, but a mutualistic relationship between species implies a counterpart. We do a lot for them, but I don’t know what they really do for us. Apart from infectious diseases, they are also known to destroy crops and food supplies – along with their cousins, the Norway rats – as well as occasionally chewing through household wiring.

That said, the fact that rattus rattus is one of the most widespread species in the world – they are found on every continent – is quite clearly the fault of humans. Black rats are thought to have evolved in Southeast Asia, but first made their way to Europe by traveling the trade routes of the Roman Empire. Some believe their population plummeted when the Roman Empire collapsed, but experienced a resurgence in the Middle Ages when more stable trade routes were established. Once they arrived in European port cities, they managed to invade the holds of every ship crossing an ocean and spread all over the world.

An article I read said rattus rattus arrived in North America in the mid-1800s, but I have not been able to find the source of this information, and it seems likely that they would have made their way to the continent much earlier.

I have to think of the whole rattus rattus thing the other day because our ice maker died. The previous owners of our house had kindly left us a binder full of manuals for all the kitchen appliances, air conditioners and so on, so I flipped through it to see if I could find a manual with troubleshooting tips for the ice machine.

I found the ice maker manual, and it turns out the ice maker was, in fact, dead. But I also found a yellowing eight-page pamphlet from 1992 from the University of Florida, distributed by the Monroe County Extension Service, which was basically a guide to the rats and mice you’re likely to encounter in Florida. It lists both house mice and Norway rats, but also so-called roof rats. Which turned me on for a second. ‘Cause maybe it wasn’t rattus rattus I saw all the time.

But before I even started googling, I knew that. The roof rat is just another name for the roof rat. Like the ship rat, like the fruit rat, like the domestic rat.

After the dog bowl incident, it took a little while, but we managed to trap all the rats that had raided. But we left the mouse hole Tom and Jerry. Because it looked awesome. And also because if we cover it, there is a good chance that any rat wanting to enter the house will gnaw another hole.

I haven’t seen a rat come into our kitchen in years. But if I ever see one again, at least I’ll know what to call it.

iRobot unveils iRobot OS – Gadget http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/irobot-unveils-irobot-os-gadget/ Mon, 27 Jun 2022 09:26:39 +0000 http://karolingischeklosterstadt.com/irobot-unveils-irobot-os-gadget/

iRobot introduced iRobot OS, an evolution of the company’s Genius Home Intelligence platform. iRobot OS delivers a new level of customer experience for a cleaner, healthier and smarter home. Leveraging iRobot’s growing base of over 20 million connected devices sold, an understanding of the home environment and an advanced computer vision platform, iRobot OS enables more than 2 .7 million cleaning missions worldwide.

Colin Angle, President and CEO of iRobot, said, “As iRobot expands its ecosystem of connected robots and smart home devices, we are placing a strategic emphasis on superior software intelligence delivered on high-performance hardware. and beautifully designed. iRobot OS brings it all to life, enabling products that understand the home environment, respect customer preferences, and intuitively connect to the smart home ecosystem to get the job done. iRobot OS enables our robots to get smarter and cleaner even more efficient over time, delivering valuable new features and functionality that benefit all customers, including pet owners, busy families, and those looking to get the most out of their voice assistants. This is just the beginning, and we look forward to continuing to develop iRobot OS, giving customers even more thoughtful ways to clean in the months and years to come.

Built with more pet features than any other robot

The number one choice for pet owners and the only robot guaranteed to identify and avoid solid pet waste, the Roomba j7 and j7+ robot vacuums powered by iRobot OS are designed with more pet-friendly features. company than any other robot. With animal-centric features like Pet Lock and Keep Out Zones, which can be configured to prevent a robot from cleaning areas like around a water dish, plus smart, thoughtful suggestions like recommended cleaning times During pet shedding season, iRobot products are designed with the pet owner in mind.

Recognized and avoided more objects than any other robot

Capable of avoiding shoes, socks, cords, earphones, clothes, towels and solid pet waste, Roomba j7 and j7+ robot vacuums powered by iRobot OS have detected over 43 million objects in the houses. With a computer vision platform capable of recognizing over 80 common objects, iRobot OS will continue to allow the Roomba j7 series to identify and avoid even more objects in the future, allowing customers to no not worry about cleaning before the start of cleaning. This groundbreaking feature has helped the Roomba j7 series become the top-selling robot in the United States and Japan since its launch in September 2021.

Includes more voice commands than any other robot

With approximately 600 Alexa, Google Assistant and Siri commands supported, iRobot OS offers the most flexible voice-activated cleaning options and includes more voice commands than any other robot.]Robots powered by iRobot OS can clean specific rooms using voice and are the only robots that can be told to clean targeted areas like “around the sofa”.