Controversial Analysis – NRDC, ACEEE and proposed DOE Manufactured Home Energy Standards for Manufactured Homes – Helpful or Harmful?

September 02, 2016

Controversy about the proposed U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) standards for manufactured housing has followed the flurry of commentary from various special-interest and non-profit groups, covered by recent news media reports. While NRDC, ACEEE and most of the coverage has favored he DOE proposal, the analysis states that what is being overlooked are prior reports by independent professionals and actual manufactured home owners. Lauren Urbanek, writing for the powerful Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) favors the DOE proposal.  Urbanek follows the lead taken by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE) Senior Policy Advisor, Lowell Ungar, Ph.D. In the analysis by MHLivingNews’ and MHProNews’ publisher, L. A. “Tony” Kovach points out that Dr. Harold Hunt, Ph.D., has previously studied the issue of manufactured housing energy efficiency...

KBKabaret the Next New Radio Variety Show Hit?

September 08, 2016

Over 100,000 people are now listening to KBKabaret, a radio podcast stemming from upstate NY or as Bree Harvey, Producer and Head Writer of the show calls it:  Parlor City. KBKabaret is CELEBRATING a year of Weekly Broadcasting on WNBF Radio 1290am Every Saturday morning at 9:00. Now the show is picked up on ReVolver Podcasts there is even more to celebrate. “We started out with love and the love keeps on growing.” – Bree Harvey  A variety show that is comparable to the hybrid format of SNL and Prairie Home Companion, KBKabaret features comedy skits and original bands every week. Bree Harvey even developed a character Beulah Dehsams (Smashed spelled backwards) who is the drunken chef of KBKabaret.  She has a soap opera life and features real tested boozy recipes that are downloadable from the Listen to our 51st...

New York City in Top 10 of Most “Robocalled” Cities in America

September 02, 2016

Consumers with 917 area-code phone numbers were bombarded with over 27.5 million Robocalls in the month of July 2016, according to a private company that tracks telemarketing, debt collection, and other Robocall activity nationwide. The statistic – which made New York City the fifth most Robocalled city in the nation last month – accentuates what a challenging nuisance Robocalls pose to many average citizens. A Robocall is any call made by an auto-dialing machine or program – in other words, any call made without a human finger actually dialing the number – and the recently released statistics demonstrate that their use is on the rise.  The statistics were compiled by YouMail, a California-based developer of visual voicemail and Robocall blocking software.  YouMail estimates that, by the end of 2016, over 30 Billion Robocalls will have been made to phone numbers in the United States.  It is becoming increasingly...

The Term Fiduciary Taking on Critical Importance in Financial Planning

September 02, 2016

A young mother described her horrifying circumstance to hushed crowd at a financial industry conference. She and her husband were proud parents of a precocious 2-year-old and she was nine months pregnant with their second child when her husband, a Navy pilot, was shot down and killed over Afghanistan. She received a sizable check just weeks later, and blinded by grief, she immediately gave it to a financial professional. The conference host gently asked if it was a broker or advisor. The mother responded that she thought it was a financial advisor, but she wasn’t sure.  Her answer isn’t unique. A plethora of terms and alphabet soup of designations and licenses has the investing public confused about who does what and the standards, both legally and ethically, to which they are held. Unfortunately, that confusion is actively encouraged by certain sectors of the financial services industry, according to regulators, something the Obama administration...

The File Academy Launches an Online Course for the PSAT Exam

September 06, 2016

The File Academy Online Learning Center has created a new online course for the PSAT Exam. This is in addition to its current tutorial lineup, which includes tutorials for the Texas STAAR End of Course exams, Texas Success Initiative test, and an Online Safety course for teenagers and their parents. This new & unique online course is designed for today’s Digital Natives. All the information can be accessed 24/7 on a computer, tablet, or smartphone. Mike & Patty File, formers teachers and Content Developers for The File Academy, Inc, have produced this comprehensive online course that includes 36 separate lessons, progress bars, quizzes, practice tests, and a confirmation email when the course has been completed. Access to the tutorial program is good for the entire school year, so it is also ideal for students who might be taking the PSAT 10 or PSAT 8/9. Also included in this course are “Zero-Day Reviews” which...

The File Academy Launches Two New Online Courses Covering Cyber Security

September 02, 2016

Two new online courses have been developed by The File Academy that deal with staying safe online. One is geared towards training employees to protect their company from cybercrime and the other is designed to teach teenagers how to stay safe from online predators.  The File Academy Online Learning Center has created Biz-Guard: Cyber Security Training for Employees to combat the growing threat of cybercrime against companies. This course provides an employee with 24/7 access to the course from any internet connected device and includes 40 separate lessons, progress bars, 6 quizzes, a final exam, several “how-to” lessons in the Appendix, and a confirmation email when the course has been completed. The course is designed to make sure employees can recognize and avoid the different methods hackers use to attack companies, safety measures to take while online, how to protect customer information and prevent breaches,...

FORMER INDIAN RIVER COUNTY, FL CORRECTIONAL FACILITY IS TRANSFORMING INTO NEW BIOTECHNOLOGY HUB

September 02, 2016

On May 27, 2016, following intensive planning and fund-raising, Algae to Omega, LLC (A2O) an innovative biotechnology company, closed on a 99 acre mixed use parcel of land in Vero Beach, FL, formerly the Indian River Correctional Facility.  A2O won its bid on the property as it was auctioned off by the State of Florida. The facility will now serve as A2O’s new headquarters and production facility “This acquisition was a terrific opportunity to meet the needs of our growing client-base, shareholders and like-minded—progressive—organizations that want to join us with our vision to create a hub for agro technology", said Geronimos Dimitrelos, Founder & CTO of Algae to Omega, LLC. Over the course of the last six years A2O has developed patented, proprietary technologies to cultivate and harvest algae to supply organic raw materials for functional foods, nutraceutical, animal feed, cosmeceutical and pharmaceutical markets.  As...

Tony Amaradio Advises on How To Teach Kids the Value of Money

September 02, 2016

, financial expert and avid philanthropist, offers parents and grandparents tips on how to instill the value of money in their children. With the right skills, habits, and perspective, kids can grow up with an inherent respect for financial resources, empowering them to be responsible for themselves as they grow into adulthood, but also teaching them how to effectively incorporate giving into their financial plan. The secret is to start early, teaching children how to actively participate in their finances and how to make wise, thoughtful decisions. Amaradio and his wife, Carin, founders of Faithful with Finances and authors of the groundbreaking guide to financial stewardship, , embraced teaching others how to combine effective money management with the joys of generosity as a lifelong mission. They recognized that the link between what is taught in the Bible and real-life financial decisions is often missing and decided to step up and fill this gap. With...

Ohjah Debuts a New Omakase Experience

September 07, 2016

Omakase, Japanese for “I’ll leave it to you,” is an experience for the adventurous foodie who relinquishes control and complete discretion to the chef to handcraft each dish for each course. “We are often asked about tasting menus and thought it would be something special to add” says Ohjah founder Zhigang Wang.  He adds “The new omakase menu is tailored for guests who want to have an elevated dining experience.” The cost is $69 per person for the omakase and there will also be an optional beverage pairing as well. Guests can still dine a la carte and order off the regular menu. Modern and comfortable, Ohjah blends energy and intrigue with a fresh, simple atmosphere. At the helm of Ohjah is the seasoned culinary talent of Master Chef Zhigang Wang, bringing over three decades of taste and experience to each table. When asked if most guests dine at Ohjah mainly for their entertaining teppan chefs, Mr. Wang replied...

Marcus Hiles Fort Worth Property Mogul Discusses the Rise of Rentership in America

September 01, 2016

Western Rim Property Services, based company, has a reputation for creating high-end residences that offer unmatched value. With upmarket townhomes and apartments that combine state-of-the-art conveniences with resort-style on-site amenities, unique vision of affordable luxury for working class Texans remains as timely as when he founded the business in 1990. Despite ever-fluctuating trends in the U.S. housing market, one constant remains: more and more people are renting every year. Hiles discusses the changes in attitudes and demographics that have led to the continuing increase in rentership throughout the U.S. Many factors are responsible for the move away from ownership. developer sees large-scale, generational shifts as important reasons, including the skyrocketing cost of a college education and its subsequent impact on personal debt; most millennials allocate 10 percent of their income to paying off student loans. Other age groups are also driving up numbers: generation...

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