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Posts made in December, 2017

Haiti – USA : Message from the US Secretary of State – HaitiLibre …

By on Dec 31, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

Haiti – USA : Message from the US Secretary of State30/12/2017 07:53:03 Friday in a press release, Rex W. Tillerson, US Secretary of State on the occasion of the independence of Haiti National Day on 1 January, declared : “On behalf of the U.S. government, I extend best wishes to the people of Haiti as you celebrate the 214th anniversary of Haiti’s independence. The United States and Haiti share a long history of close relations, and our futures are even more closely linked through the nearly one million Haitian Americans who contribute to both American prosperity and the economic growth of Haiti. We acknowledge the tremendous strides Haiti has made over the last year. The inauguration of President Moïse in February, and the work Haiti is undertaking to stabilize its electoral system going forward, can reaffirm the Haitian people’s commitment to democracy, human rights, and the rule of law. We also note significant progress in security, and commend Haiti’s efforts to develop its agricultural sector. As a longstanding friend and partner, the United States remains committed to supporting Haiti as it strives to increase economic growth and investment, unlocking its full potential.” HL/ HaitiLibre...

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Study finds ambulance use drops after ride-sharing services arrive

By on Dec 31, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

An ambulance sits outside an emergency room.(Photo: IndyStar file photo) Instead of calling 911, more people are opening the Uber app, a study has found. Ambulance calls have reduced by at least 7% when Uber has entered many urban markets, according to an analysis by David Slusky, an assistant professor of economics, and Leon Moskatel of the Department of Medicine at Scripps Mercy Hospital in San Diego. The paper is available online as it undergoes peer review for publication. The authors hypothesize that the decrease happens because more people are opting for an UberX over an ambulance when they feel too sick to drive but are not experiencing an emergency.  In their study, the authors looked at ambulance rates in 766 cities in the United States to compare what happened when Uber entered these markets from 2013 to 2015. In each city, ambulance usage decreased by at least 7%. Read more: Uber wraps six months of trying to make drivers happy. Are they? Another explanation could be that ride-sharing apps decreased the number of crashes, offering would-be drunken drivers a safer way to get home. However,  the researchers said the evidence supporting this explanation is mixed. Rather, they say, they think that people who are sick but do not require medical attention on the way to the hospital are opting for a less expensive way to get to the emergency room. In many instances, an Uber driver may reach their door as rapidly as an ambulance.  Read more: Ambulance crew gives terminally ill patient a side trip to the beach “Many patients don’t need something that can break traffic laws and don’t need something staffed by paramedics with a bunch of fancy equipment,” Slusky said in a news release. Now, the question will become whether insurance companies will embrace this trend and encourage their members who can avoid an ambulance ride to click on a ride-sharing app, Slusky said. Maybe, he proposed, they could offer a $50 gift card as an incentive — to Uber, no...

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The Top 10 Kit Up Posts of 2017

By on Dec 30, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

1. Beretta Unveils the New Tikka Tactical Bolt Gun By Matthew Cox: “Beretta unveiled the new Tikka T3X TAC A1 tactical bolt-action rifle at SHOT Show 2017. ‘It’s the game-changer,’ said Philip Jones, rifle product manager at Beretta USA. ‘As far as precision rifles go, we think this is really going to set a very high and new bar.’ The TAC A1 features a ‘very smooth, very dependable’ Tikka bolt action and a two-stage trigger that can be adjusted to between 2-4 pounds, Jones said. ‘One of the things that is obviously very important with this rifle is durability,’ he said. ‘If you look at the AR-compatible stock on this gun, it is a machined- aluminum piece with a steel hinge.’ Read more. 2. Army Expected to Sell Off Thousands of Surplus 1911 Pistols By Brendan McGarry: “The U.S. Army is expected to transfer upward of 8,000 surplus M1911 pistols for civilian sale in fiscal 2018. That’s based on this year’s National Defense Authorization Act, a massive defense policy bill recently approved by Congress and awaiting President Donald Trump’s signature. The legislation includes an entire section — Sec. 1091, to be exact — detailing how the iconic firearms can be transferred to the entity that oversees the Civilian Marksmanship Program, a government program that allows eligible civilians to purchase surplus military weapons.” Read more. 3. Army Test Report Buries Performance of Magpul PMAG By Matthew Cox: “The U.S. Army 2015 test report on commercial rifle magazines appears to bury the findings that show that the Magpul PMAG polymer magazine outperformed government magazines and other magazine vendors in the evaluation, according to a copy of the document. U.S. Army Aberdeen Test Center evaluated 10 commercial magazine designs and two government magazine designs for Product Manager Individual Weapons. Testers loaded the magazines into M4A1s, M16A4s, and Marine M27 Infantry Automatic Rifles and fired thousands of rounds during the evaluation.” Read more. 4. Army Eyeing 6.5mm for Its Future Battle Rifle By Matthew Cox: “The U.S. Army’s chief of staff recently made a bold promise that future soldiers will be armed with weapons capable of delivering far greater lethality than any existing small arms. ‘Our next individual and squad combat weapon will...

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Beazer Homes Acquires Raleigh and Myrtle Beach Assets

By on Dec 29, 2017 in Press Release | 0 comments

ATLANTA–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Beazer Homes USA, Inc. (NYSE: BZH) (www.beazer.com) today announced that it had acquired several communities in Raleigh and Myrtle Beach from Bill Clark Homes, a leading private homebuilder in the Carolinas. In this transaction, Beazer acquired more than 450 lots spread across four new home communities in Raleigh and three in Myrtle Beach. These communities will be incorporated into the Company’s existing operations in Raleigh and Myrtle Beach and will contribute to both revenue and Adjusted EBITDA in Fiscal 2018. The transaction value was approximately $29 million and was funded from available cash. “This acquisition allows us to accelerate our growth in two existing markets, with an immediate contribution to both profitability and return on assets and no increase in leverage,” said Allan Merrill, President and CEO of Beazer Homes. “In addition to adding the new communities, we are pleased to welcome a number of new sales and construction colleagues who will enable us to pursue additional growth in Raleigh and Myrtle Beach in the years ahead.” About Beazer Homes Headquartered in Atlanta, Beazer Homes is one of the country’s largest single-family homebuilders. The Company’s homes meet or exceed the benchmark for energy-efficient home construction as established by ENERGY STAR® and are designed with Choice Plans to meet the personal preferences and lifestyles of its buyers. In addition, the Company is committed to providing a range of preferred lender choices to facilitate transparent competition between lenders and enhanced customer service. The Company offers homes in Arizona, California, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Indiana, Maryland, Nevada, North Carolina, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas and Virginia. Beazer Homes is listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol “BZH.” For more info visit Beazer.com, or check out Beazer on Facebook and Twitter. Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements, including expectations regarding the impact of the Bill Clark Homesasset acquisition on our operating results. These forward-looking statements represent our expectations or beliefs concerning future events, and it is possible that the results described in this press release will not be achieved. These forward-looking statements are subject to risks, uncertainties and other factors, many of which are outside of our control, that could cause actual results to differ materially from the...

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