Finance courses need rethink

first_img CITY A.M.’s literacy campaign received another boost yesterday as more feedback from readers added weight to the cause. Several key City firms have been working to build strategies to support entrepreneurs, young investors and women in finance over the past five years. But according to those with inside knowledge of such schemes, the programmes are often targeted solely at ultra-high-net-worth individuals clients, and can be of inconsistent quality. Instead, the most useful schemes are being run through individual initiatives, without adequate sponsorship. Among these are the Financial JAM sessions, which hire financial advisers and experts to explain business and finance concepts to members of the scheme. The platform is aimed solely at women at the moment, but its founders have ambitions to extend membership to other groups, and eventually aim to make it available on a mass-market scale. Killik & Co, which runs Money in Mind, has also identified the hurdles that need to be overcome to launch a successful financial education strategy. First, courses must be accessible to all sectors of society. Second, they must encourage even the most reluctant to be interested in their financial literacy. And third, they should be practically taught, so that participants can use their new found knowledge effectively. KCS-content More From Our Partners Inside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgI blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told‘Neighbor from hell’ faces new charges after scaring off home buyersnypost.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comConnecticut man dies after crashing Harley into live bearnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 Share whatsapp Thursday 13 January 2011 8:40 pm Finance courses need rethink Show Comments ▼ whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img

XLMedia to offload Finnish-facing casino assets

first_img Topics: Marketing & affiliates Strategy Marketing & affiliates Affiliate marketing services provider XLMedia has set out a proposal to sell the majority of its Finnish-facing casino assets, along with certain other publishing sites.XLMedia said the sale, which will be handled by Akur Capital, is in line with an ongoing strategy of refining its publishing portfolio and refocusing on regulated and high-potential markets. This focus, it explained, will ultimately deliver more sustainable and predictable growth for the business.Should XLMedia complete the sale of the assets, any proceeds generated will be used to support the future acquisition and development of content-rich and engaging sites.“The sale of Finnish-facing casino assets will reduce the reliance on unregulated markets and accelerate the delivery of our strategy, providing additional capital for the acquisition of attractive assets in regulated and high growth markets, such as the burgeoning US sports market,” XLMedia chief executive Stuart Simms said.XLMedia set out a new three-part strategy in February, accelerating a number of planned initiatives in response to concerns over Google’s changes to its search algorithm.In January, XLMedia revealed the changes led to a “significant decrease in traffic” on certain sites, which it said in turn is likely to impact revenue. Google rolled out its new search algorithm update on 13 January.The three primary strategic goals for XLMedia under this initiative are focused on the consolidation of publishing assets, investment in US sports and personal finance, and further investment in regulated markets.XLMedia has committed to consolidating its range of publishing assets, focusing resources on a core set of premium sites in its chosen markets, with the idea of building stronger relationships with consumers through content-rich, engaging websites.In terms of its US-focused goals, XLMedia said it has identified North America as a core target market and will now seek to further strengthen its personal finance presence and increase investment in the sports sector through partnerships and acquisitions.Looking at other markets, XLMedia said it is seeking to generate an increasing proportion of revenue from more stable, regulated markets, both within current serviced verticals – such as gambling and personal finance – and also additional target segments.As a result of this shift in focus, XLMedia last month concluded a strategic review that will see it “streamline” a number of roles and functions across the business, resulting in annual cost savings of more than $5m (£3.9m/€4.4m).XLMedia last month also reported a 14.8% year-on-year revenue drop in 2019 to $79.7m, while an $81.4m impairment loss meant the group made an overall net loss for the year.“XLMedia has set out a clear transformation strategy to deliver the next phase of growth,” Simms said. “We have already made significant progress with reshaping the organisation, reducing our cost base, strengthening the leadership team and building our core people skills and technological expertise.“I look forward to updating our key stakeholders over the coming months.” Regions: Europe Nordics Finland 10th June 2020 | By contenteditor Tags: Online Gambling Email Address Subscribe to the iGaming newsletter XLMedia to offload Finnish-facing casino assets AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitter Affiliate marketing services provider XLMedia has set out a proposal to sell the majority of its Finnish-facing casino assets, along with certain other publishing sites.last_img

Transitional home helps homeless female vets back on their feet

first_img An Evening with Presiding Bishop Curry and Iconographer Kelly Latimore Episcopal Migration Ministries via Zoom June 23 @ 6 p.m. ET Featured Jobs & Calls November 19, 2012 at 3:09 pm A tremendous effort from Rev. Kelly and the Episcopal Chruch. God is watching! Submit a Press Release Associate Priest for Pastoral Care New York, NY Rector Smithfield, NC Submit an Event Listing Rector Belleville, IL Remember Holy Land Christians on Jerusalem Sunday, June 20 American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem Comments (2) TryTank Experimental Lab and York St. John University of England Launch Survey to Study the Impact of Covid-19 on the Episcopal Church TryTank Experimental Lab Episcopal Migration Ministries’ Virtual Prayer Vigil for World Refugee Day Facebook Live Prayer Vigil June 20 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Martinsville, VA Rector Pittsburgh, PA AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to PrintFriendlyPrintFriendlyShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to EmailEmailShare to MoreAddThis Assistant/Associate Rector Washington, DC In-person Retreat: Thanksgiving Trinity Retreat Center (West Cornwall, CT) Nov. 24-28 Ya no son extranjeros: Un diálogo acerca de inmigración Una conversación de Zoom June 22 @ 7 p.m. ET Rector Washington, DC Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Hires Reverend Kevin W. VanHook, II as Executive Director Episcopal Charities of the Diocese of New York Join the Episcopal Diocese of Texas in Celebrating the Pauli Murray Feast Online Worship Service June 27 Course Director Jerusalem, Israel Press Release Service Featured Events Virtual Celebration of the Jerusalem Princess Basma Center Zoom Conversation June 19 @ 12 p.m. ET Transitional home helps homeless female vets back on their feet The Church Pension Fund Invests $20 Million in Impact Investment Fund Designed to Preserve Workforce Housing Communities Nationwide Church Pension Group Rector (FT or PT) Indian River, MI This Summer’s Anti-Racism Training Online Course (Diocese of New Jersey) June 18-July 16 Submit a Job Listing Family Ministry Coordinator Baton Rouge, LA Director of Administration & Finance Atlanta, GA Rector Albany, NY Seminary of the Southwest announces appointment of two new full time faculty members Seminary of the Southwest An Evening with Aliya Cycon Playing the Oud Lancaster, PA (and streaming online) July 3 @ 7 p.m. ET center_img Priest Associate or Director of Adult Ministries Greenville, SC Dorolyn Perry says: Associate Rector Columbus, GA Cathedral Dean Boise, ID November 10, 2012 at 8:18 am I truly support the Zion House. I am owner of a shop for women in need and women returning to the work force entitled, “Helping Hands Clother Closet” in Binghamton, N.Y. Is there some way we could connect? I could outfit your clients. I would have to know their sizes. I would probably bring clothes to you. All the items in my shop are good used clothing and is free. Over a year ago, I wrote an article on Homeless Women and interviewed the Rev. I am with the VFW currently serving as Veterans and Family Support Aux. Chrm. for VFW Aux. 2332. I am also read more

Malbaie VI Maree Basse / MU Architecture

first_imgCopyAbout this officeMU ArchitectureOfficeFollowProductsStoneConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesLa Haute-Côte-NordHousesCanadaPublished on June 06, 2012Cite: “Malbaie VI Maree Basse / MU Architecture” 06 Jun 2012. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Read commentsBrowse the CatalogShowershansgroheShower MixersVinyl Walls3MVinyl Finish – DI-NOC™ Abrasion ResistantPartitionsSkyfoldIntegrating Operable Walls in a SpaceLightsVibiaLamps – NorthCultural / PatrimonialIsland Exterior FabricatorsSeptember 11th Memorial Museum Envelope SystemSkylightsVELUX CommercialAtrium Longlight, DZNE GermanyHanging LampsLouis PoulsenLamp – PH ArtichokeTiles / Mosaic / GresiteHisbalitMosaic Tiles – TexturasAcousticMetawellAluminum Panels – Acoustic SailsMineral / Organic PaintsKEIMTiO2-free Mineral Paint – Soldalit®-ArteWall / Ceiling LightsA-LightWall Grazer Concealed LightsDoorsBuster and PunchDoor Hardware – Pull BarMore products »Read commentsSave想阅读文章的中文版本吗?Malbaie VI Maree Basse / MU Architecture是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Projects ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard 2011 Malbaie VI Maree Basse / MU Architecture Malbaie VI Maree Basse / MU ArchitectureSave this projectSaveMalbaie VI Maree Basse / MU Architecture Save this picture!© Ulysse Lemerise Bouchard+ 25 Share ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard ArchDaily CopyHouses•La Haute-Côte-Nord, Canada Photographs Year:  Canada Photographs:  Ulysse Lemerise BouchardText description provided by the architects. Located in Cap-à-L’ Aigle in the splendid region of Charlevoix, the residence Marée Basse (Low Tide) is part of the residential development Les Terrasses Cap-à-L’ Aigle. Capitalizing on an exceptional view of the St. Lawrence River, the surrounding nature and the land form of the region, this development meets the highest standards and promotes contemporary architecture and local know-how. Save this picture!© Ulysse Lemerise BouchardRecommended ProductsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesFranken-SchotterFacade System –  LINEAEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesRodecaRound Facade at Omnisport Arena ApeldoornSinksAcquabellaTotem Sink – VarsEnclosures / Double Skin FacadesAlucoilStructural Honeycomb Panels – LarcoreThe concept of the residence revolves around two off-centered volumes positioned in such a way to take in as much sunlight as possible and to make the most out of the different viewpoints. These two volumes seem to emerge from the forest and project themselves towards the River and La Malbaie. The whole house forms an angle that embraces a huge private terrace at the lower level. Save this picture!© Ulysse Lemerise BouchardUpon arrival, we discover the residence in its simplest form: two distinct volumes covered with cedar shingles. At first glance, it is both mysterious and unsettling. As we move towards and between the two blind volumes, we discover an exceptional view. This observatory is in fact a green roof under which lies a vast residence. The higher volumes, apparently isolated, house the bedrooms and the bathrooms. They are connected to an opened and largely fenestrated lower level containing the living areas. Save this picture!© Ulysse Lemerise BouchardAt the center of the house, an architectural red metal spiral staircase acts like a pivot to the two principal axes. The living room, dining room and kitchen are connected to this staircase which incidentally serves as an ever-present visual signal. The radiant concrete floor and the foundation walls are left rough accentuating the contrast with the cedar ceiling. The kitchen, ergonomic and very contemporary, contains a large island counter which is used as a work surface and a dining table. It sits in front of a large panoramic window offering stunning views over the river. Save this picture!elevation 02This roomy urban house of 3200 square feet built in a natural setting marries the site and its escarpment. It is particularized by a vast 2000 square feet terrace, a real interior beach which extends towards the river, punctuated by large rocks and trunks as if they were left by the sea during low tide. Publication material via v2comSave this picture!© Ulysse Lemerise BouchardProject gallerySee allShow lessKaap Skil, Maritime read more

Savyon House / Michal Sheffer

first_imgArchDaily CopyAbout this officeMichal ShefferOfficeFollowProductConcrete#TagsProjectsBuilt ProjectsSelected ProjectsResidential ArchitectureHousesSavyonHousesIsraelPublished on August 27, 2014Cite: “Savyon House / Michal Sheffer” 27 Aug 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed 11 Jun 2021. ISSN 0719-8884Browse the CatalogPanels / Prefabricated AssembliesTechnowoodSiding Façade SystemPlasticsMitrexSolar SidingMetal PanelsAurubisCopper Alloy: Nordic BronzeArmchairsAndreu WorldGrand Raglan – Lounge ChairSinksBradley Corporation USASinks – Frequency® FL-SeriesPlantingSikaGreen RoofsStonesCosentinoSilestone Surfaces – Ethereal CollectionMetal PanelsLongboard®Aluminum Battens – Link & Lock – 8″Panels / Prefabricated AssembliesFranken-SchotterFacade Panels – Dietfurt LimestoneWindowsRabel Aluminium SystemsMinimal Casement Windows – Rabel 8400 Slim Super Thermal PlusWoodGustafsWood Cladding in St. Erik Eye HospitalLightsKKDCLighting – Groove FLEXMore products »Save世界上最受欢迎的建筑网站现已推出你的母语版本!想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?是否翻译成中文现有为你所在地区特制的网站?想浏览ArchDaily中国吗?Take me there »✖You’ve started following your first account!Did you know?You’ll now receive updates based on what you follow! Personalize your stream and start following your favorite authors, offices and users.Go to my stream Save this picture!© Shai Epstein+ 21 Share photographs:  Shai EpsteinPhotographs:  Shai EpsteinConstruction:Ron Vidne construction LTD.Site Area:1250 sqmCity:SavyonCountry:IsraelMore SpecsLess SpecsSave this picture!© Shai EpsteinText description provided by the architects. The house is located in the quiet neighborhood of Savyon, a small ,well off community in the center of Israel.Save this picture!SectionThe three level 437 sqm residence was designed in a minimalistic way, emphasizing long views and perspectives.Save this picture!© Shai EpsteinThe house combines simple cubic volumes, chained together in plan and section.Save this picture!© Shai EpsteinThe double height living room is separated from all other spaces by a glass skylight and continuous long windows from both sides, defining it as a large, independent element. It is connected to the private spaces by a long gallery which overlooks the public space and the outside view from the first level.Save this picture!Floor PlanIn contrast to its simple plan, The house has an intricate section; The spatial composition creates a generous space with increased sense of height anddepth.Save this picture!© Shai EpsteinThe strong Mediterranean sunlight played an important role in the design; close consideration had been given to the way direct sunlight is streamed through the space, softened by the shading elements, flows inside and renders the white walls.Save this picture!© Shai EpsteinHuge sliding windows overlooking the garden and the pool, invite nature to become an integral part of the building making the sky, light and earth inseparable ingredients of the architectural creation.Save this picture!SectionProject gallerySee allShow lessPenthouse Plata / GreenfieldSelected ProjectsCraigieburn Library / Francis-Jones Morehen ThorpSelected Projects Share Savyon House / Michal Sheffer “COPY” Houses ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Savyon House / Michal ShefferSave this projectSaveSavyon House / Michal Sheffer ShareFacebookTwitterPinterestWhatsappMailOr Clipboard Projects CopyHouses•Savyon, Israel “COPY” Architects: Michal Sheffer Area Area of this architecture project Year:  2014 Photographs Area:  473 m² Area:  473 m² Year Completion year of this architecture project Year:  Israel 2014last_img

Funding Network to host first evening meeting

first_img Tagged with: Giving/Philanthropy Recruitment / people Howard Lake | 19 August 2003 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis The Funding Network, the group of individuals that meet to discuss and fund social change, is hosting its first invitation-only event in the evening.After the success of their five funding days, the Funding Network is to host its first funding evening in September.The funding events are designed to bring individuals interested in supporting social change together with organisations carrying out such projects. After presentations from invited organisations, the individuals then pledge money to support the project that interests them. At the last funding day the Network raised over £40,000 for a total of ten projects. Advertisement  20 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Funding Network to host first evening meetinglast_img

How To Avoid Federal Estate Tax

first_imgYou can also listen to a detailed discussion of this issue with Mike Fritton.[audio:|titles=summerset] Previous articleIndiana’s Howell and USGC Team Witness History in the MakingNext articleRonald McDonald is a Hypocrite Gary Truitt SHARE By Gary Truitt – Jun 3, 2012 There are several more ideas and recommendations on the Somerset Page.[audio:|titles=How To Avoid Federal Estate Tax] Facebook Twitter How To Avoid Federal Estate Taxcenter_img SHARE Fritton says another way to pass on the family farm to the next generation without a massive tax burden is to use some special trusts, “Either a bypass trust or a testamentary trust where, upon the death of the first spouse, a certain amount of assets are placed into a trust.” The surviving spouse is entitled to the income from this trust and, upon their death, the assets pass to the beneficiaries but are not included in the estate.  The is because the spouse will not be deemed to own the property in the Trust, and only property that the spouse owns at death is subject to the estate tax. So, whatever is left in the By-Pass Trust at the spouse’s death can go to the couple’s children or other beneficiaries free of estate tax. Home Indiana Agriculture News How To Avoid Federal Estate Tax Facebook Twitter Michael FrittonWith no signs of movement to eliminate or modify the federal estate tax, farm families are facing some serious changes to their estate plans. Sharp increase in land values has dramatically increased the value of many Hoosier farms. At the same time, the estate tax exemption is about to drop, exposing many farms to a massive tax burden. Mike Fritton, with Somerset CPAs, an Indiana firm which specializes in farm transfer issues, told HAT that, unless Congress acts, the estate tax exemption will drop from its current $5 million to $1 million. Fritton said Somerset has ways farm families can avoid the estate tax penalty, “There is an unlimited marital deduction that allows one spouse to leave their entire estate to the other spouse upon death, with no estate tax payment at that point in time.” This is because, since 1981, that deduction exempts from tax any property that the decedent leaves to their surviving spouse. Of course, any of that property which is still remaining in the surviving spouse’s hands at his or her death will be exposed to tax, but at least the couple gets to postpone any tax until the second death.last_img

USDA Pauses RFID Ear Tag Proposal

first_img The Department of Agriculture has paused its effort to mandate RFID ear tags for cattle and bison. The proposal would have mandated the ear tags for animals moved in interstate commerce beginning in January of 2023.A guidance document detailing the proposal on the USDA website was recently removed, following a lawsuit against the proposal filed by R-CALF USA.USDA’s Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service says that based on industry feedback and Executive Branch policy, “APHIS believes that we should revisit those guidelines.”President Donald Trump earlier this month signed an executive order to stop federal agencies from using guidance documents to impose rules. APHIS removed the factsheet from its website, saying it is “no longer representative of current agency policy.”R-CALF CEO Bill Bullard called the proposal a federal overreach by USDA, saying the proposal would “gift RFID ear tag manufactures” more profits.USDA says it still believes “RFID devices will provide the cattle industry with the best protection against the rapid spread of animal diseases.” USDA Pauses RFID Ear Tag Proposal SHARE Previous articlePurdue’s Nielsen says it’s a Big Risk to Leave Corn in Field to Dry on the HAT Monday Morning EditionNext articleUSDA Issues Safety-Net and Conservation Payments to Indiana Farmers NAFB News Service Home Indiana Agriculture News USDA Pauses RFID Ear Tag Proposal By NAFB News Service – Oct 28, 2019 Facebook Twitter SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img

Laid-back life just fine for Pike County man

first_imgIf you didn’t know better, the old place would be foreboding, with a diamondback rattlesnake skin tacked on the wall and an ax handle by the door. The old wooden porch rocker was creaking for no obvious reason, and there was hurried activity around a “waspers” nest.Danny Thompson would be along shortly to give a tour around the good ol’ boys place on County Road 3316. Published 11:00 pm Monday, July 9, 2012 Penny Hoarder Issues “Urgent” Alert: 6 Companies Are… Print Article Corley advised Thompson to tear the place down before it fell down and start over. But Thompson wanted to hold on to the old place, so it was to be.“Most everything in this old place came from the farm,” Thompson said. “The lumber is off this place and the bricks are from the old sugar cane mill that was out in the pasture. All these old farm implements, too. This one right here is an old stump drill where folks would drill a hole in a stump so they could burn it. Don’t see many of them around.”Some of the advertising signs were in the shop – “Fresh Yard Eggs 10 Cents” Some Thompson bought because they were a good fit, “Beauty is in the eye of the beerholder.”The stools at the bar—“the oyster bar” were purchased to match the décor – and advertise John Deere tractors and such. The bar awning is made of old tin roofing off the old barn/shop and has hundreds of cow tags from all across the country as border decorations. Thompson’s pickup truck whipped in and he got out eating a big bag of chips and gave a cheerful, welcoming “howdy.”“This used to be a mule barn,” Thompson said. 
 My granddaddy Ira “Ace” Thompson would pull his cotton wagons in the shed here and Daddy, Ira Wilson Thompson, used this old place for his truck shop. When my daddy moved out, it stood here until it near about fell down.”
 Thompson has a fondness for and appreciation of old things, “the older the better,” so he didn’t want to see the old barn/shop fall in on itself.“It just about had, but I called a friend, Charles Corley, who does mighty good carpenter work, and asked him to fix up the place where we could go to get out of the weather – a place where good old boys could go.” Laid-back life just fine for Pike County man You Might Like Friends return to remember school days Educators, students and supporters of Academy Street High School gathered over the weekend for their eighth school reunion. “We’re trying… read more Remember America’s heroes on Memorial Day By Jaine Treadwell Latest Stories Pike County Sheriff’s Office offering community child ID kits Around the WebMd: Do This Immediately if You Have Diabetes (Watch)Blood Sugar BlasterIf You Have Ringing Ears Do This Immediately (Ends Tinnitus)Healthier LivingHave an Enlarged Prostate? Urologist Reveals: Do This Immediately (Watch)Healthier LivingWomen Only: Stretch This Muscle to Stop Bladder Leakage (Watch)Healthier LivingRemoving Moles & Skin Tags Has Never Been This EasyEssential HealthMost 10 Rarest Skins for FortniteTCGThe content you see here is paid for by the advertiser or content provider whose link you click on, and is recommended to you by Revcontent. As the leading platform for native advertising and content recommendation, Revcontent uses interest based targeting to select content that we think will be of particular interest to you. We encourage you to view your opt out options in Revcontent’s Privacy PolicyWant your content to appear on sites like this?Increase Your Engagement Now!Want to report this publisher’s content as misinformation?Submit a ReportGot it, thanks!Remove Content Link?Please choose a reason below:Fake NewsMisleadingNot InterestedOffensiveRepetitiveSubmitCancel “I hauled cows all across the country and that’s where I picked up the cow tags,” Thompson said.Thompson modestly acknowledges that he killed every one of the rattlers that are mounted on boards all around the place.“All, killed right here on the farm,” he said. “Big ones, they are.”
 Off to the side of the good ol’ boys’ gathering place is a living area for Thompson when he takes a notion to stay the night.“The bedroom and the bathroom were built from two cypress trees that I cut down right here on the farm,” he said. “That was several years ago, and you can still smell the fresh wood. This is a good place to spend time with friends or just by yourself.”Most of the time, Thompson spends time with friends at the “Thompson” place.“We gather up here on Sunday afternoons and go for horseback rides,” he said. “We have some cookouts, especially when there’s a big football game, but the biggest crowd is on the first Saturday after the New Year. We cook a hog and we’ll have 150 to 200 folks.” 
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Hurricane Michael to be worst storm Panhandle has seen in 100 years: Governor

first_imgCopyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved. iStock/Thinkstock(PANAMA CITY, Fla.) — Hurricane Michael, a potentially catastrophic Category 4 storm, is nearing landfall along the Florida Panhandle with 145 mph winds.A Category 4 or 5 storm has never hit the Panhandle in recorded history.Florida Gov. Rick Scott on Wednesday called Michael the worst storm in that coastal area in 100 years.“This is a fast storm, but it is going to be like a buzz saw,” warned ABC News chief meteorologist Ginger Zee.Life-threatening storm surgeThe extremely dangerous hurricane, set to crash into the coast midday Wednesday, is forecast to bring heavy rain and life-threatening storm surge of up to 14 feet.Rain could reach 12 inches in Florida. Water levels were already quickly rising Wednesday morning.“You cannot hide from storm surge,” Scott warned at a news conference Tuesday, calling Michael “monstrous”.“This storm can kill you,” Scott said.The nation’s emergency management director said he hopes people have evacuated areas that are vulnerable to inundation by a storm surge.“Largely, the storm surge area is the one unforgiving hazard,” Brock Long, administrator of the Federal Emergency Management Agency, told “Good Morning America” on Wednesday. “Anybody that doesn’t evacuate that experiences storm surge doesn’t typically live to tell about that story.”Residents seek shelterThe Panhandle is the wide strip of northwest Florida with the Gulf of Mexico to the south and Alabama and Georgia to the north. Popular with tourists for its beaches, the area also has many year-round residents — its largest city is Pensacola, with a population approaching half a million.About 375,000 people are under mandatory or voluntary evacuation orders across parts of 18 Florida counties, according to The Associated Press.By Wednesday morning, it was too late to evacuate the Florida coast. Those who remained were urged to shelter in place.“First responders will not be able to come out in the middle of the storm,” the governor tweeted. “If you chose to stay in an evacuation zone, you must SEEK REFUGE IMMEDIATELY.”Over 50 shelters are open in Florida.In Carrabelle, Florida, resident Cole Lauzau said she is planning to try riding out the storm at home with her roommate and their dog.They live across the street from a swamp, so Lauzau is bracing for water to rise up to their home.For now, Lauzau is trying to plan ahead, making sure they have enough water, food and sandbags.“We’re a little nervous,” she told ABC News. “If we can possibly ride it out safely, we’re going to try it. And if it gets much worse … we will go.”States of emergency across the SouthScott has declared a state of emergency in 35 counties in Florida. President Donald Trump has approved an emergency declaration for Florida, permitting the federal government to provide resources and aid during the dangerous storm.After tearing through Florida, Michael will take aim on Georgia, which will be hit by damaging winds and downed power lines.Gov. Nathan Deal on Tuesday declared a state of emergency for 92 of his state’s counties.“What you’re going to see is a storm moving very rapidly through Georgia, and it will maintain hurricane strength through southwest Georgia and central Georgia as it passes through later today and early tomorrow,” FEMA’s Long told “GMA.”In Alabama, where residents may see massive power outages, high winds and heavy rain, Gov. Kay Ivey issued a state of emergency statewide.North Carolina and South Carolina will likely see heavy rainfall, which could cause flooding in areas already damaged by last month’s Hurricane Florence.A state of emergency was declared Wednesday in North Carolina, said Gov. Roy Cooper, as he warned that winds will be strong enough to down trees.The hardest rain is expected there Thursday to Thursday night, he said.ABC News’ Anne Flaherty, Kenneth Moton, Meghan Keneally, Victor Oquendo, Morgan Winsor and Scott Withers contributed to this report.last_img