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New Jersey, New Optimism (Investing in New Jersey’s Real Estate)

 

In an article published on HousingWire, the state of New Jersey has seen itself take a lot longer to recover from the recession than most other states. Hurricane Irene, and Hurricane Sandy, are the two main reasons why New Jersey has taken so long to recover. Its main focus has not been to expand its investing potential, but rather to repair itself from both storms. The Spring of 2015 has made things brighter, though. Real estate agents are using smarter technology to increase demand of their properties. A buyer can know everything about a house without touring it in virtual tours, and various virtual maps that help a buyer make an important purchase. Agents are staying in almost constant communication with the buyer, so that the buyer remains informed. Couple this with promising investment opportunities, and New Jersey is on the verge of an upswing in investing.

New Jersey has also seen a greater demand for the commercial real estate market as well. With developers, such as Boraie Development LLC, they are putting an centralized focus on New Jersey’s urban areas. Omar Boraie, who is the the president of Boraie Development LLC, has been investing in New Jersey for over four decades. The company’s highlight of its investing in New Jersey is in New Brunswick, and it hopes to do the same elsewhere, in places like Atlantic City.

In Atlantic City, there is a downturn in the casino business. More people are choosing to go to Las Vegas or other places to gamble. Atlantic City is similar to Pittsburgh, because Pittsburgh was also a town that faced a huge downturn when the industrial factories closed, according to PressofAtlanticCity.com. Wassem Boraie, who is the vice president of Boraie Development LLC, is developing an apartment complex in Atlantic City. This apartment complex near Stockton College. Investors are putting money into the idea that Atlantic City is like Pittsburgh, because both cities are putting their futures in education. Pittsburgh has now recovered from its problems, and it now has a low unemployment rate. It is also attractive to investors.

There is optimism to believe that New Jersey is becoming a crucial investment hub. Both the commercial and residential real estate sectors are improving, and they both have promising futures.

Andy Wirth: So Worthy of Squaw Valley Leadership

There are CEOs and then there are CEOs; Andy Wirth is unique in style and leadership to one of the largest and most famous Lake Tahoe ski areas in the country- Squaw Vally USA, California.

With a mighty elevation ranging between 6,200 feet – 9,050 feet, 42 lifts and some 270 amazing trails with 60-plus restaurants, shops, bars, etc., Squaw Valley is in a class of its own. Some might say that sitting at the helm of nature’s mountainous beauty with 450 inches of snow a year, Andy Wirth is worthy of his CEO status.

Andy Wirth is truly a hands-on guy; it’s not unusual to see the Undercover Boss of Squaw Valley pitching in and working with the terrain park crew, rolling up his sleeves and doing the heavy lifting. Wirth has also taught snowboarding classes for children and immersed himself in the culture and fun of the enormous ski resort.

Wirth has been an excellent choice to lead Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows with an impressive background in the industry of some 25 years. It was under his direction that Squaw Valley received a major facelift worth some $70 million. Under Wirth’s leadership, Squaw Valley and Alpine Meadows also merged, making the resort one huge force to be reckoned with, featuring more than 6,000 acres of skiing terrain.

Wirth is so capable and popular, he’s been recently named to chair the 9-member Reno-Tahoe Airport Authority Board. Enhancing air service is vital to the regional economy Wirth said.

What makes Wirth unique is not only because of his many philanthropic endeavors, but his strength in character. In 2013, Wirth survived a serious sky-diving accident in California when his right arm was torn off and surgically reattached. It was a difficult recovery with some 23 surgeries, but Wirth bounced back nicely, thanks in part to family and friends and to his connection with Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder. 

It was the band’s poignant song, “Just Breathe,” that Wirth is convinced saved his life that day when he almost bled to death.

Quite an incredible story about an incredible man.

Reach Trendy Dan Newlin’s Legal Firm In Cyberspace

Picture that moment. It is an accident scene. There is confusion, pain, injury. Emotions run high and are on overdrive. There will be hospitals, doctors, and complete disruptions from normal life. At some point, there will be compensation, insurance and litigation to ponder. Such are the times that one wishes the smartphone in their possession would offer an app to fix this entire painful scenario.

Perhaps there is. Dan Newlin’s legal firm is a proud member of the harsh tag brigade. Anyone needing legal representation and has a smartphone can do so easily. All one needs to do is use #DAN rather than dial a long string of numbers to complete the call. At that confused moment, this is an easy way to reach your lawyer when you most desperately need to do so. But who is Dan Newlin?

Dan Newlin is a livewire personal injury attorney practicing in Florida and Illinois. His mother taught elementary school and his father a blue-collar worker in the steel mills. He is very compassionate for justice for victims arising from early life experience. Dan Newlin’s foundation in compassion for justice stems from two decades serving as a police officer and firefighter. During that period, he saw his fair share of injury victims. He witnessed first-hand the pain and suffering they go.

Victims of injuries and other injustices are confused and often do know or understand the rights due to them. This leads decisions that enable big insurance companies take advantage. Such situations fuelled Dan Newlin’s joining of law school and into the practice of law. With time, he has grown his practice from a one employee firm into a large outfit with over seventy employees. He takes pride in giving hardworking people excellent legal representation when they are so desperately in need of fair treatment.

At the Dan Newlin legal firm, clients get assurance of supreme legal skill and a hard fight for their rights. The firm has vast experience in getting high value settlements, verdicts and judgements in favour of their clients. Among others, the firm specializes in medical malpractice, wrongful death, nursing home and hospital abuse. They also cover any conceivable form of accident.

Dan Newlin knows the labyrinths of the justice and law enforcement system. This knowledge originally came from a long stint as a police officer. His assignments included narcotic enforcement and dangerous fugitive apprehension. It has seen augmentation with practice of law centred on compensation for victims. His clients have received compensation in excess of one hundred million dollars. It is no small wonder that Dan Newlin’s legal firm earned recognition as Super Lawyer Law Firm. No more than five percent of Florida legal firms ever get that honour.

We Are Slowly Kicking Our Coal Habit

Coal has been understandably getting a bad rap for the past couple decades as a fuel source for electricity. It is cheap, which has been its appeal since we first started burning it for energy, however, it is also dirty. It releases more pollution than any other source of energy. Weaning ourselves off coal, and other nations following suit, is one of the most important things we can do for the future of our environment. U.S. energy production has reached a promising milestone in this regard. It has now been determined that natural gas has supplanted coal as the number one source of electricity generation in the United States. While still a fossil fuel, natural gas does pollute less than coal.

The biggest news, however, when looking at the breakdown of energy production in the U.S., is that renewable energy generation has nearly doubled just since 2010. Solar and wind are leading on this front, and this is the trend that really needs to continue if we are to put a substantial dent in our greenhouse gas emissions over the coming decades. Concerned people like Zeca Oliveira are encouraged in that renewables continue to become more competitive over time as taller wind turbines can tap faster winds, and breakthroughs continue at a regular pace in increasing the efficiency of solar cells. In the meantime, natural gas taking the top spot from coal is at least a step in the right direction.

World’s Top Weed Killer Still In Use on Crops

The World Health Organization (WHO) confirmed that glyphosate, the most widely agrochemicals in the world, used by 85 percent of GM crops is likely to cause cancer.

Experts have been denouncing the relationship between chemicals and food for years, so the confirmation comes as no surprise.

Monsanto developed and patented this broad spectrum chemical in 1974 and although its patent expired in 2000, it remains an important category of sales and is associated with most of its GMO crops.

A group of 17 experts from 11 countries worked on the evaluation of the carcinogenic potential of 5 organophosphorus pesticides, including tetrachlorvinphos, parathion, malathion, diazinon and glyphosate.

The results were published in the scientific journal The Lancet.

Folks at Boraie Development know that all pesticides evaluated showed that they cause serious health problems. But glyphosate set off a global alarm because it is the agrochemical that is widely used and businesses were calling it a low hazard chemical.

WHO also found sufficient evidence of DNA damage and chromosomal damage in human cells in vitro. They are related to cancer symptoms.

And Monsanto still uses it.

Geological Survey Finds Fracking Uses Nearly 10 Million Gallons of Water

A recent report published by the United States Geological Survey indicates that natural gas, and oil hydraulic fracturing drilling operations expend nearly 10 million gallons of water for each well in operation, which is nearly 30 times the amount of water that was used at the turn of the new millennium. The data coincides with the first, nationwide assessment of the impact of hydraulic fracturing on potable, and farming, water sources.

Legislation was recently passed in the State of New York, banning any and all forms of hydraulic fracturing, as a result of changes in the climate, and environmental pollution concerns. The process of hydraulic fracturing involves the injecting of a blend of water, chemicals, and sand, into the subsurface of the ground, under high pressure, to disperse contained oil, and natural gas, deposits. The residual effect of the fracturing process produces methane, which poses a hazard to the air, along with the extracted fossil fuels themselves, and their influence on the environment.

According to Igor Cornelsen, advocacy groups expressed concern with the amounts of water being expended for fracturing operations, and its impact on areas that are experiencing drought or have small groundwater reserves to begin with. Supporters of the program point to the fact that the water necessary for hydraulic fracturing pales in comparison to water needed for farming operations or for the cooling of power plants.

BP to settled with US

British Petroleum (BP) is finally entering into an agreement to settle the fines for the 2010 oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. The terms of the agreement between B and the Department of Justice are not known and both parties have declined to comment on reports of a settlement. An announcement of the terms is expected today as a press conference has been called.

The law suit had come under the Oil Pollution Act which holds polluters liable for losses relating to oil spills, including municipal losses and was used by Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama and Florida to sue the company. BP has previously downplayed the amount of the damage caused by the spills but is finally admitting guilt and trying to put the event behind them.

The oil spill caused a number of fatalities relating to the explosion of the oil rigs, as well as cause significant damage to the delicate ecosystem in the Gulf and problems for the many residents and businesses that rely on the Gulf for their well-being. BP has previously paid out $28 billion in damages to various settlements prior to this case settlement and has set aside $43 billion to pay for the oil spill.

According to Kevin Seawright, BP’s stock has risen on the news that a settlement with the US government is forthcoming as it provides some finality to what is one of the worst oil spills in human history, that was not caused by war.

Your Neighborhood May Be Prematurely Aging You

One of the most common attributes of all life, from the smallest microbe on up, is to keep on living as long as possible. Lifespans, of course, vary between species and within species depending on various factors. We humans are blessed with a rather lengthy lifespan compared to most critters in the animal kingdom. Additionally, we keep adding to it thanks to the relentless advancement of medical and scientific knowledge. There are factors that affect how long each of us lives. Genes can be a big one. Some of us are lucky enough to be born into traditionally long-lived families. The combination of diet and avoiding negative health pitfalls such as smoking or drug and alcohol abuse is a huge factor. One that doesn’t always get as much attention is our environment.

Now, there is the obvious negative effect of living in some third world hell hole with almost nonexistent medical resources and a factory next door putting out pollutants, but Doe Deere also suggests there are less obvious negative effects from certain environments that also affect our lives. A recent study has found that the quality of the neighborhood you live in may contribute to or subtract from your longevity. Being in a bad neighborhood results in more indicators of accelerated aging. Apparently, the stress of living in a dangerous, high crime area takes a toll on how long we live independent of other factors, which is something to consider when you go house hunting.

Are Trees Soaking Up Carbon Emissions?

You’ve most likely heard about global warming more than a few times especially on websites like Wikipedia. You know the risk to the environment, you may even feel the amplified heat during the summer, but other than that you can’t seem to find enough evidence that it’s actually happening. Is global warming for real and if so, why aren’t we seeing more signs of it in our everyday lives? The answer may be closer than you think.

Advocates for the environment suggest saving the rainforests of the world every year, and there’s a reason for that. Trees themselves are actually emission-eating entities. In a NASA-led study, it was discovered that trees and natural rainforests may soak up to as much as 1.5 billion tons of carbon dioxide in any given year. In fact, rainforest are the primary emission eater and make up for half of absorption. While you may think this should save our race, with increased population comes more carbon emissions. How are the rainforests supposed to keep up if we multiply at an exponential rate?

Easy. They don’t. With deforestation in full effect, most of our hopes rest in the fact that people are more conscious of the footprint they have on the world. After all, solar energy exists for a reason. So next Arbor Day before you lounge around at home, take a moment to consider investing in our race’s future by planting some much-needed saplings or investing in renewable energy that doesn’t harm out environment.

Climate Change Ruling Could Be First of Many

Over the weekend, people discussed the many “firsts” that happened last week: The United States Supreme Court legalized same-sex marriage nationwide. Merchandise featuring the Confederate battle flag was banned by many retailers. In addition to these “firsts,” 886 Dutch people surprised everyone by not only suing their own government for protection against climate change but then also winning their case.

Although people like Christian Broda in many countries can sue their governments at any time, such cases are usually thrown out. The Hague District Court in the Netherlands ruled that the government should be doing more to protect its citizens by preventing climate change. It ordered a reduction of greenhouse gas emissions over the next five years to 25 percent less than 1990’s levels. Originally, the government was trying to meet 17 percent less.

Why is this decision so important?

It creates a precedent that people anywhere can use as evidence in their own court cases about this topic. They can show that at least one nation believes that climate change is being partly caused by humans and that greenhouse gas emission reductions are critical for correcting mankind’s impact on the planet. Best yet, this evidence will make it easier for people to go up against corporations and fossil fuel industry supporters, as judges will not be as hesitant as they have been in the past to rule in favor of forcing lower emissions and fining companies.