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CHARLOTTE, NC, March 21, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — CAVU Resources, Inc. (OTC:CAVR), today announced that its wholly-owned subsidiary Sinacori Builders continues to successfully execute its 2022 business strategy, obtaining a $4 million land contract. Based on the business strategies designed for each of our exceptional subsidiaries, the company is confident that its aggressive growth will continue throughout 2022.

Russ Sinacori, President of LiveToBeHappy, Inc., commented, “We expect to finalize this agreement in the very near future. As I mentioned in a previous PR, looking at our pipeline, this is just the beginning. I look forward to meeting some of our shareholders as we plan to announce an open house at our new LiveToBeHappy Investor Relations office in Charlotte, NC. »

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Kevin Vincent Cox, President and CEO of LiveToBeHappy, Inc., commented, “All the pieces are coming together, and we will stay the course – full steam ahead. We have achieved step by step and we will continue to do so. We will be making many updates in the weeks and months to come. This is followed by new business ventures, planned acquisitions, major financings and groundbreaking developments.

On another note, the company has made great strides in developing a franchise program for RenuYou and responding to inquiries from across the country. Currently, our focus is to expand into the southern United States and from there, nationally. Our plan to add 100 new locations over the next few years is taking shape and we look forward to providing timely updates on our progress.

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The company is forecasting revenue of $30 million for 2022 and will change that figure as the company continues to grow and complete targeted acquisitions.

About LiveToBeHappy, Inc.

LiveToBeHappy, Inc. is a platform company that acquires undervalued assets and manages them professionally. LiveToBeHappy Inc.’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Sinacori Builders, is a residential land development and builder of custom single and multi-family homes in Charlotte, NC.

LiveToBeHappy, Inc. has two remaining pending acquisitions under letters of intent that are expected to transform the company into a vertically integrated real estate development company with a broader footprint and more diversified revenue stream. The company’s mission is to build lives, not just places to live. For more information, please visit our website at www.livetobehappy.com.

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LSU Named Amazon Partner, Computer Science Professor Improves Smartphone Security | Economic news https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/lsu-named-amazon-partner-computer-science-professor-improves-smartphone-security-economic-news/ Sun, 20 Mar 2022 05:15:00 +0000 https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/lsu-named-amazon-partner-computer-science-professor-improves-smartphone-security-economic-news/

Ameco opens a store in Prairieville

Ameco, a construction and maintenance services company, opened an operations center in Prairieville.

Location at 15089 Airline Highway will support capital construction, operations and maintenance, shutdown and restoration, and disaster relief efforts for engineering, procurement and construction contractors .

Ameco said it is currently working on capital construction projects worth $12 billion from the new facility. The location has 8,000 square feet of office and warehouse space on 6.5 acres.

LSU Selected by Amazon as Educational Partner

LSU has been selected as an educational partner for Amazon’s Career Choice program, providing hourly employees who live in Louisiana and work for the company with access to online and on-campus bachelor’s degrees and college credit certificates abbreviated.

The university plans to offer college credit degrees and certificates to Amazon employees through LSU, LSU Shreveport, LSU Eunice and LSU Alexandria.

The career choice program allows employees to acquire new skills. In the United States, Amazon is investing $1.2 billion to upgrade the skills of more than 300,000 employees by 2025 to help them access higher-paying, in-demand jobs.

For more information on Amazon’s Career Choice, visit aboutamazon.com/news/workplace/career-choice.

Red Stick Social expands hours and announces new management

After reducing its hours of operation due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Red Stick Social is once again operational seven days a week.

The Government Street business offers bowling, live music, private event space, food and drink spread over five levels.

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The company has a new management team.

Michael Hueffer is managing director. The Baton Rouge native has over 30 years of experience in the high-volume service industry and hotel management.

Derrick Milton, Executive Chef, is another Baton Rouge native. He has over 25 years of culinary experience

Julie Ybarra, Acting Director of Sales, has more than 20 years of experience in sales and management of corporate and event events.

Later this month, Red Stick Social will begin improvements and upgrades to its outdoor green space, including the installation of a large permanent outdoor stage and an all-weather artificial surface to replace the existing temporary stage. and grass area. Other planned upgrades to the outdoor space include the addition of a container bar, shade structures and seating. Interior upgrades are also planned to enhance the food and beverage offerings as well as the expanded private events and entertainment space.

LSU computer science professor studies smartphone security

Chen Wang, an assistant professor of computer science at LSU, is working on a hand verification method that ensures the correct user is holding a smartphone before viewing potentially sensitive content, such as incoming calls, emails, or messages. app notifications.

Wang is working with third-year doctoral student Long Huang on security measures.

When a notification tone plays, the phone’s microphone records the sound. An AI-based algorithm processes sound and extracts biometric features to match the user’s feature profile or registered grip. If there is a match, the verification is successful and the notification preview is displayed on the screen.

Because the sounds in music are signals, they can be absorbed, reflected, or refracted by our hands.

“Because people have different hand sizes, finger lengths, holding strengths and hand shapes, the impacts on sounds are different and can be learned and distinguished by AI,” Wang said.

Wang plans to commercialize these techniques in three years.

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Construction wage growth hits highest level in 40 years https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/construction-wage-growth-hits-highest-level-in-40-years/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 18:50:28 +0000 https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/construction-wage-growth-hits-highest-level-in-40-years/

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  • The residential construction sector added 6,700 new jobs in February.
  • Construction wages are 6% higher than the same time last year, marking the fastest growth in 40 years.
  • Hiring and better pay could lead to more affordable housing amid a historic housing boom.

The homebuilding sector is hiring more workers and raising wages — and that could mean more affordable housing is on the way.

Overall, the construction industry added 60,000 jobs in February, and wages for non-supervisory positions saw the fastest growth rate in 40 years, according to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics. United.

“The average hourly wage in construction rose 6% year over year in February, the fastest pace since 1982,” Odeta Kushi, First American’s deputy chief economist, told Insider. “Attract and retain more builders and there will be more vanguards on new homes.”

The homebuilding industry in the United States has seen its fair share of setbacks in recent years. Between labor shortages and a lack of building materials, homebuilders simply can’t seem to catch a break, but job and wage growth in February gives cause for optimism. If wages continue to rise, they will likely attract more potential builders. As the industry grows, this could lead to an increase in residential construction which could result in more affordable housing.

“This increase is good news for an industry struggling with chronic labor shortages,” Kushi said. “We need to build more houses, and in a labor-intensive industry, you need more workers to build more houses.”

Higher wages could lead to an increase in housing construction

Housing affordability remains at historically low levels as the lack of homes available for sale has increased competition among buyers. The slowdown in construction is attributed to many factors, but primarily a labor shortage that has stalled construction projects across the country.

“The shortage of skilled labor in the construction industry is nothing new, it’s been a problem for over a decade now,” Kushi said. However, she noted that the February data is supportive as the residential construction rate is up 6.2% from pre-COVID levels.

According to an October survey by the National Association of Homebuilders, more than 55% of single-family home builders reported labor shortages in 16 home building trades, the largest being carpentry. The NAHB also notes that shortages of subcontractors are even more prevalent than “shortages of labor employed directly by general contractors.” According to them, at least 90% of single-family home builders report a shortage of subcontractors in each of the three categories of carpenters (related to trade and training) and 80% to 85% report a shortage of subcontractors in six other trades.

“Attracting a skilled workforce will remain a key objective for construction companies over the coming quarters and will become more challenging as the labor market strengthens and the unemployment rate declines,” the researchers wrote. NAHB.

If the residential construction sector welcomes more workers, it could relieve the housing market of affordability problems. Indeed, as more and more homes are introduced to the market, buyers will have to compete less for available inventory. As competition lessens, home prices should moderate and eventually fall.

“Higher construction costs due to labor shortages are one of the factors responsible for the recent rise in home prices,” said Robert Dietz, senior vice president and chief economist of the NAHB, at Builder Online, adding that “the future of homeownership hinges on the cost of new homes and improvements.” can only be achieved through industry-wide efforts to improve workforce prospects.”

KU professor receives patent for new precision sensor design https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/ku-professor-receives-patent-for-new-precision-sensor-design/ Fri, 04 Mar 2022 10:28:38 +0000 https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/ku-professor-receives-patent-for-new-precision-sensor-design/

Das and image of invention.

Dr. Kunal Das, professor of physics at Kutztown University, received a patent from the United States Patent and Trademark Office for his invention of a new method of detection and precision detection of rotation and magnetic fields.

Das began the patent application process in 2018. The successful patent is the first documented at the university in the past 15 years.

This invention takes a completely new approach to performing precision sensing of both rotation and magnetic fields. Until now, state-of-the-art technology for the extremely sensitive measurement of rotation and magnetic fields has relied on the principle of wave interference, such as the SQUID (Superconducting Quantum Interference Device). Das’ patent develops and uses a very different phenomenon called localization.

For rotation sensing, light or material particles with mass can be the active medium, while for magnetometry, the active medium must carry an electrical charge. The light must be coherent, like that of a laser, while the material particles can be atoms, molecules, electrons, ions or other entities. Das’ invention uses a localization transition, whereby the medium becomes localized (more concentrated in space) or extended (spread), with the degree of localization sensitive to rotation or the presence of a magnetic field.

“As part of my grant-funded research, I had investigated quantum states in ring-like lattice configurations when I observed localization features with strong rotational sensitivity,” Das said. . “I was excited when I realized this could be used for a new sensor design that could be patented. It didn’t take me long to realize that with a few modifications I could also adapt the idea to detect magnetic fields.

On the patent process itself, Das commented, “It was a learning experience for me, working with officials from KU and the State System as well as Penn State who helped us. Writing a voluminous patent description with multiple claims that met both scientific and legal requirements was quite difficult. »

A key difference between Das’ patent and earlier research is that interferometry does not play a role as it does with all high-precision rotational sensors and sensitive magnetometers. An objective measurement based on a statistical quantity called Fisher Information shows that this invention can have significantly improved sensitivity over currently employed methods.

“This patent could lead to collaboration with companies for high-precision sensing with applications in gyroscopy and fundamental science measurements,” Das said. “This is a new idea, a new design and I really think it can take rotation sensing and field sensing in a very different direction than it has been in the last few decades. . Of course, it will take time to have an impact in the real world, but it is already satisfying to see the idea and the design validated by the United States Patent Office.

Das has received four grants from the National Science Foundation (NSF) amounting to nearly $700,000 in research funding. He is a theoretical physicist working in the field of quantum physics. His research was motivated by his deep interest in understanding the puzzling and highly unintuitive foundations of quantum theory. It has been recognized in recent years that quantum mechanics will play an increasingly crucial role in 21st century technology, with broad applications that will transcend the limitations imposed by traditional physical methodology.

Learn more about KU’s Department of Physics at https://www.kutztown.edu/physics.

New Economic Justice Loans set new standards for minority lending https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/new-economic-justice-loans-set-new-standards-for-minority-lending/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 19:42:00 +0000 https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/new-economic-justice-loans-set-new-standards-for-minority-lending/

3% fixed rate, no fees, no credit rating, peer lending committee decision

WASHINGTON, March 2, 2022 /PRNewswire/ — Former Comptroller of the United States and current LISEP Chairman Gene Ludwig and NACA CEO Bruce Marks today announced a groundbreaking loan program for minority-owned companies. Economic Justice Loans will be a model for financial institutions, financial regulators and government to address the economic inequality created by the long-term inability to access capital on favorable terms. This program provides fixed, low-interest loans to people without wealth and poor credit who have been subjected to systematic racism.

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Economic Justice Loans offer some of the best small business loan terms available anywhere. Borrowers get it extraordinarily cheap 3% fixed interest rate, no fees or closing costs and other favorable terms tailored to the needs of the individual borrower. Community peer lending committees meet with each borrower to assess the viability of the loan application regardless of their creditworthiness. Borrowers must demonstrate how their loans positively impact their communities or address economic and social inequalities. The loans are available to borrowers nationwide, and funds are disbursed to borrowers quickly without the lengthy paperwork, prohibitive loan and collateral requirements, fees, and other obstacles that traditional lending programs require. Borrowers can apply for the loans here: www.economicjusticeloans.com.

“Low- and middle-income Americans, and minority groups in particular, have long struggled to obtain capital on anything other than usurious terms, with onerous interest rates and outrageous fees,” said Ludwig, chair of the Ludwig Institute for Shared Economic Prosperity (LISEP). “LISEP is partnering with NACA on this innovative lending program to show that capital for people who are not wealthy doesn’t have to send them further down the economic ladder. Our goal is the opposite. These loans will help people build businesses and improve neighborhoods without burdening them with piles of unpayable debt.”

Minority-owned companies and start-up entrepreneurs face multiple capital barriers due to a history of discrimination in lending, including structural discrimination that has blocked the ability to build generational wealth.

“This lending model forms the basis for hundreds of millions of dollars in additional lending,” he said Bruce Marks, CEO and Founder of NACA, the Neighborhood Assistance Corporation of America. “We learned that if you build it, they will come. NACA’s best mortgage in America targeting underserved communities started with a few million dollar commitment and is now over 20 billion dollars. We expect the same outcome with exceptional conditions and a community-based decision-making process built into the Economic Justice Loans program.”

Economic Justice Loans offer a new source of financial relief for businesses in low- and middle-income communities. The program seeks to overcome capital barriers by providing readily available and affordable funds to start, grow or expand minority-owned small businesses or improve neighborhoods. These barriers abounded. the 2021 Small Business Credit Survey, released by the US Federal Reserve, revealed that in 2019 and 2020, companies owned by people of color were less likely to be approved for funding. Only 13% of black-owned businesses that applied for funding were approved, versus 40% of white-owned businesses. Even among companies with good credit ratings, black-owned companies were still half as likely to receive financing as white-owned companies. This reality emerges from centuries of blatant discrimination, including the atrocities of 20th-century redlining, which has eroded the black community’s ability to build wealth. And for those who had no other financing options besides payday loans, borrowers in 2020 faced nearly 400% interest on a two-week loan, according to the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

LISEP was created in 2019 by Gene Ludwig and his wife dr. Karl Ludwig. LISEP’s mission is to improve the economic well-being of middle- and low-income Americans through research and education, and to advance dialogue on policy solutions to improve the well-being of all Americans. Ludwig, who founded the Promontory family of companies, served as a United States Comptroller from 1993-1998. He is also the author of the book The Vanishing American Dream, which examines the economic challenges faced by low- and middle-income Americans. It was published in Sept 2020 by Disruption Books. On twitter: @geneludwig.

Established in 1988, NACA is the largest HUD-licensed nonprofit, community advocacy, and homeownership organization in The United States. NACA is at the forefront of the fight against predatory lending and is the most effective organization in providing affordable solutions to over 250,000 homeowners. NACA offers the best mortgages in the country through its 48 offices nationwide. Founder and CEO of NACA Bruce Marks called himself Bostonian of the Year for 2007 for his work in getting the big lenders and service providers to change home loans. He has also testified before Congress on numerous occasions, including September 12, 2000, and is one of the few sounding the alarm about the impending mortgage crisis. For more information, please visit www.naca.com.



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Geomarketing Market 2022-2026 is Booming Focusing on Key Players – Business Ethics https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/geomarketing-market-2022-2026-is-booming-focusing-on-key-players-business-ethics/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 09:50:59 +0000 https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/geomarketing-market-2022-2026-is-booming-focusing-on-key-players-business-ethics/

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Biden uses State of the Union to send Putin a warning and outline his stalled national agenda https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/biden-uses-state-of-the-union-to-send-putin-a-warning-and-outline-his-stalled-national-agenda/ Wed, 02 Mar 2022 02:41:00 +0000 https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/biden-uses-state-of-the-union-to-send-putin-a-warning-and-outline-his-stalled-national-agenda/ Addressing political leaders in Washington, Biden began his State of the Union address by sending a resounding message to the world: the West is united in its response to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine and condemns the Russian leader for his aggression. Near the start of the speech, Biden encouraged everyone in the chamber to show that support with a resounding standing ovation and said the United States and its allies had “an unwavering determination that freedom will always triumph over tyranny.”

Biden noted that Putin’s aggression has only strengthened the resolve of the world’s democracies to counter the rise of autocracies.

“Six days ago, Russian Vladimir Putin sought to shake the foundations of the free world, thinking he might bend it to his menacing ways. But he miscalculated,” Biden said. “He thought he could roll in Ukraine and the world would flip. Instead, he encountered a wall of force he never imagined. He encountered the Ukrainian people.”

He added: “Let each of us here tonight in this room send an unequivocal signal to Ukraine and to the world. Please stand up if you can and show that, yes, we, the United States of America, stand with the people of Ukraine.

The president also touted the West’s unanimity in the face of Russia’s aggression, saying their united front “inflicts pain on Russia and supports the Ukrainian people” and “stifles Russia’s access to technology that will undermine its economic might and weaken its military for years to come.”

“Putin’s latest attack on Ukraine was premeditated and unprovoked. He rejected repeated and repeated efforts at diplomacy. He thought the West and NATO would not respond. He thought he could divide us at home. us, in this chamber and in this nation. Putin was wrong. We were ready,” Biden said.

“We have spent months building a coalition of other freedom-loving nations from Europe and the Americas to Asia and Africa to take on Putin. I have spent countless hours uniting our European allies “We shared with the world in advance what we knew Putin was planning and precisely how he would try to falsely justify his aggression. We countered Russia’s lies with the truth. And now that he has acted, the free world holds him responsible.

The president celebrated the impact the actions will have on “Russian oligarchs and corrupt leaders who no longer stole billions of dollars from this violent regime.”

“We join our European allies in finding and seizing your yachts, your luxury apartments, your private jets. We come for your ill-begotten gains,” he said.

He also claimed that “the Russian economy is in shock and Putin is solely to blame.”

Putin, for his part, was not to watch the speech, according to Kremlin spokesman Dmitry Peskov. “The president doesn’t usually watch TV addresses,” Peskov said in response to a question from CNN.

As Tuesday unfolded, the president, his administration and his allies made it clear that Ukraine was a priority.

The United States and its allies announced Tuesday morning that they had agreed to a release of 60 million barrels from their reserves, the White House and the International Energy Agency, as leaders seek to mitigate the effect of the Russian invasion of Ukraine on gas prices at home. Vice President Kamala Harris held five separate calls with European leaders and Biden held a half-hour call with Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky.

Biden acknowledged that many Americans worry about how gas prices are affected by the war.

“I know the news about what’s happening can be alarming. But I want you to know it’s going to be okay,” he said. “When the history of this era is written, Putin’s war on Ukraine will have weakened Russia and strengthened the rest of the world.”

A return to domestic concerns

The discourse has evolved in recent days following the invasion of Ukraine. The annual address was also an opportunity for Biden to speak directly to the American people about his vision to build a better country, demonstrating how he will lead America out of the Covid-19 pandemic, into economic recovery and through the ramifications. of a war between Ukraine and Russia. A source said CNN Commerce Secretary Gina Raimondo was the designated survivor for Tuesday’s speech, meaning she is the Cabinet member assigned to stay outside the House chamber during the State of the Union in the event of a disaster.

Despite the initial focus on the war in Ukraine, Biden pivoted for much of the rest of the speech to a more traditional State of the Union address — laying out his national agenda for the year ahead and renewing his call for economic fairness for all Americans.

Biden outlined a plan to fight inflation, saying in excerpts released by the White House ahead of time that the nation has “a choice. One way to fight inflation is to drive down wages and make Americans poorer. I have a better plan to fight inflation.”

“Cut your costs, not your wages. Make more cars and semiconductors in America. More infrastructure and innovation in America. on foreign supply chains – let’s do it in America,” Biden will say, according to the excerpts. “Economists call it ‘increasing the productive capacity of our economy.’ I call it building a better America. My plan to fight inflation will reduce your costs and reduce the deficit.

Biden announced new efforts to combat identity theft and criminal fraud in pandemic relief programs, including the appointment of a Justice Department prosecutor to identify and prosecute fraud in pandemic case. He will also announce higher penalties and more resources to prosecute fraud under the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) and Unemployment Insurance (UI). Biden, according to the White House, will sign an executive order in the coming weeks directing federal agencies to combat fraud and theft within their respective jurisdictions.

The president has also called on Congress to send him legislation tackling climate change, arguing that some of the tax credits he has sought would reduce costs for families.

Biden is also expected to highlight the efforts his administration has made to reduce gun violence, reiterate his call for Congress to pass “common sense gun violence legislation that will save lives,” and urge Congress to pass his budget proposal, which includes hundreds of millions in funding for community violence intervention programs and community policing, according to a White House official.

As is tradition, First Lady Jill Biden has invited guests who represent the policies and themes the president will address during the speech, her office said. This year’s invitations included Ukraine’s Ambassador to the United States, Oksana Markarova, as well as educators, a union representative, members of the tech community, an organizer for Native American causes, a healthcare worker and a military spouses were also invited to sit with the First Lady in her box above the dais.

Biden’s prime-time address on the state of the nation and where the country is headed comes after the president’s approval rating has fallen sharply since he last addressed the joint session of Congress last year. . With all eyes on Biden on Tuesday night, the White House made clear it was acutely aware of the pressure on him to deliver a successful message — especially as Democrats head into the mid-elections. -mandate of 2022.

Polls show Americans don’t trust Biden when it comes to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Biden also has one of the worst approval ratings ahead of his first inaugural speech of any US president in the polling era.

Democrats have relayed in recent weeks that the White House appears hopeful the speech will boost the president’s poll by showing leadership on national security and showing empathy for Americans frustrated by Covid-19 and the pandemic. inflation.

This is a breaking story and will be updated.

CNN’s Kate Bennett, Kevin Liptak, Jake Tapper, Donald Judd and Harry Enten contributed to this report.

‘Rain Bomb’ hits northeastern Australia, killing at least 8 people https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/rain-bomb-hits-northeastern-australia-killing-at-least-8-people/ Mon, 28 Feb 2022 09:04:00 +0000 https://www.scaffoldingboards.org/rain-bomb-hits-northeastern-australia-killing-at-least-8-people/

MELBOURNE, Australia – At least nine people have died from flash floods that have hit northeastern Australia in recent days, as savage weather forced residents to evacuate and schools to close, while thousands of homes were flooded.

Queensland has been hardest hit, with torrential rains battering cities since last Tuesday and moving slowly south to engulf the state capital, Brisbane.

Photographs and videos of the city On Monday morning, the Brisbane River was extremely swollen and many streets severely flooded, with extensive damage to roads, buildings and vehicles caught in the downpour. Usually busy thoroughfares were submerged.