SACRAMENTO, California — Impoverished towns in the shadow of Mount Shasta. Rustic Gold Rush cities in the Sierra Nevada foothills. High-dollar resort communities on the shores of Lake Tahoe. Ritzy Los Angeles County suburbs. They all could be the next Paradise. A McClatchy analysis reveals more than 350,000 Californians live in towns and cities that exist almost entirely within "very high fire hazard severity zones" — Cal Fire's designation for places highly vulnerable to devastating wildfires. These designations have proven eerily predictive about some of the state's most destructive wildfires in recent years, including the Camp Fire, the worst in state history. Nearly all of Paradise is colored in bright red on Cal Fire's map — practically the entire town was at severe risk before the Camp Fire raged through last November, burning the majority of homes in its path and killing 85 people. Malibu, where the Woolsey Fire burned more than 400 homes last year, also falls … [Read more...] about California races to predict which town could be next to burn
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The line inside the Philadelphia convention center stretches several hundred feet, three or four people thick with giddy lacrosse fans, many of them kids with their parents in tow. They have traveled from all over the country to attend LaxCon, the annual event sponsored by U.S. Lacrosse (the sport’s official governing body), which offers three days of clinics, demos, vendor exhibits, and a chance to share oxygen with the world’s greatest lacrosse players, including the most famous of them all, Paul Rabil, who is at the head of this queue, greeting fans and posing for photos. ¶ This year, the Major League Lacrosse (MLL) star known for his brawn, speed, and skill is here on a mission of his own: to promote the Premier Lacrosse League (PLL), which he and his brother, Mike, launched last fall. Rabil and nearly 160 of the world’s top players have opted out of playing for the 18-year-old MLL to join the PLL, lured by a guaranteed minimum salary about two or three times … [Read more...] about How lacrosse star Paul Rabil aims to redefine professional sports
Henry Payne The Detroit News Published 11:54 PM EST Mar 4, 2019 Tesla announced last week that my Model 3 sedan will soon get a 5 percent increase in power and 15-mile extension in range. In a software update. Delivered over-the-air while my car sits in the garage. I’ve never owned a car that did that before. But I've also never had to wait two months for a simple parts repair due to Tesla's Michigan service model of Mobile Repair Units. With Tesla dealer-service centers banned in the state, a front-bumper sensor repair dragged on for weeks. My first Michigan winter with the Model 3 has been full of such paradoxes in a premium brand that has defied industry convention. I crave its electric torque, yet am anxious about its range limitations. I marvel at its electronic advances, yet worry about quality issues. It's the coolest car I've owned, yet I caution potential buyers on its limitations. Re-imagining the auto business is central to Tesla’s … [Read more...] about Payne: The fun and frustration of a Tesla Model 3 owner
Published February 22, 2019 Markets Motley Fool Facebook Twitter Comments Print BJ's Restaurants, Inc. (NASDAQ: BJRI) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call Feb. 21, 2019, 5:00 p.m. ET Contents: Continue Reading Below Prepared Remarks Questions and Answers Call Participants Prepared Remarks: Operator Good day, everyone, and welcome to the BJ's Restaurants, Incorporated Fourth Quarter 2018 Earnings Release conference call. Today's conference call is being recorded. At this time, I would like to turn the conference over to Greg Trojan, Chief Executive Officer. Please go ahead, sir. Greg Trojan -- Chief Executive Officer Advertisement Thank you, operator. Good afternoon, everyone, and welcome to BJ's Restaurants Fiscal 2018 fourth quarter investor conference call and webcast. I'm Greg Trojan, BJ's Chief Executive Officer, and joining me on the call today is Greg Levin, our President and Chief Financial Officer. We also have Greg Lynds, our Chief Development … [Read more...] about BJ’s Restaurants, Inc. (BJRI) Q4 2018 Earnings Conference Call Transcript
By Bloomberg Tues., Jan. 15, 2019 Central banks enter the new year under pressure from investors to rethink just how aggressive they can be hiking interest rates. A slowdown in the world economy, the trade war and skittish financial markets are forcing policy-makers including Federal Reserve Chairman Jerome Powell to express fresh caution about their scope for tightening monetary policy. The People’s Bank of China is also pledging support for its economy. That outlook marks a change from last year where a majority of central banks raised rates and the European Central Bank ceased buying assets. Of course, if economies weather the latest challenges, policy-makers may need to rethink anew. What Our Economists Say: “Heightened uncertainty about the trajectory for policy normalization and reduced divergence between the Fed and the rest are set to characterize the 2019 central bank outlook.” — Tom Orlik Here is Bloomberg Economics’ quarterly … [Read more...] about When it comes to rates, what are central banks going to do next?