Day: December 25, 2017

For strong families and strong businesses, Missouri can lead on leave –

But there is more work to be done. Right now only 14 percent of civilian workers in the U.S. have access to paid family leave.

Through a collaborative effort with the Women’s Foundation, five out of six statewide executive branch offices in Missouri have now adopted paid parental leave policies for their employees.

The expansion of paid parental leave for state employees is a tremendous accomplishment that’s having a positive impact on thousands of families — moms, dads and kids alike.

No parent should have to choose between caring for a loved one and keeping their income, but this is the unacceptable reality that many families here Missouri and across America face each day.

Millions of Americans do not have access to paid family and medical leave, which means that taking time off work to bond with a newborn or care for a sick parent requires using sick days, vacation days or going without pay altogether.

This means that state employees at nearly every state agency are able to take paid time off following the birth or adoption of a child.

In many families, the happy news of a pregnancy is followed by difficult conversations about how to cobble together enough leave time after the child is born. For members of the “sandwich generation,” responsible for caring for both their children and aging parents, these concerns can be even more acute.

Now Missouri state officials, on both sides of the aisle, are stepping up and serving as a model for how parental leave strengthens families and benefits employers.

Cats are wired to destroy Christmas trees, scientists say. Here’s how to stop them. – Sacramento Bee

The average Christmas tree is quite the production — strung with lights, decked with ornaments, drizzled with tinsel and capped with a festive tree-topper.

It also might be wise to keep your tree away from “launching zones” that your cat could use to leap into the tree, such as tables, couches or similar surfaces, according to PETA’s guide for cat-proofing a Christmas tree.

According to scientists, though, there are a host of biological reasons your feline friend can’t help but terrorize your tree.

“First of all, you brought something new and fragrant into their territory,” Delgado told Inverse. “When cats are in familiar territory, they often want to investigate anything new. The tree has outdoor smells and bark to scratch so there is plenty to investigate.”

Anyone who’s tried to keep a cat from climbing, clawing, batting at or otherwise destroying a Christmas tree knows house cats have an irresistible urge to play with trees. And the internet hasn’t failed to notice.

The height of Christmas trees makes them intriguing, too.

“I think the most sensible thing, obviously, would be to have the tree in an area that you can actually shut the door,” Dr. Leonie Richards, of Melbourne University’s Veterinary Hospital, told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.

Using repellants on the tree is also a strategy for keeping cats away. There’s anecdotal evidence that citrus smells drive away cats, according to PET MD, so putting orange peels or cotton balls loaded with citronella under your tree could repel your cat.

Georgia House pushes to overhaul adoption laws – FOX 5 Atlanta

The legislative session begins January 8.  

State Representative Bert Reeves, R – Marietta, originally filed legislation to overhaul the adoption code in 2016.  The more than 100-page bill is designed to make the process more efficient for families, no matter what type of adoption they are trying to complete.  

“There also have been a lot of trends that we have seen other states move–movement in adoption law trends across the country and even significantly across the southeast and frankly, we have fallen far behind in some of those trends,” said Rep. Reeves.  

“I’ve talked about it a lot since we ended.  I’m going to continue to talk about it,” said Speaker Ralston.  “This is not a partisan issue.  It’s not a political issue.  This is an issue about children in Georgia and I think that we’re going to be judged as a state on how we treat the least among us and that’s why I think it’s important that we get it done and we get it done soon.”

“It was a priority last session and it’s even more of a priority for not just me, but for the House of Representatives, this session,” said House Speaker David Ralston, R – Blue Ridge.  “I think it’s important that we do everything we can to streamline the adoption process in Georgia to give children that are now in foster care the opportunity to be adopted into permanent, loving, stable homes.”  

According to Reeves, the bill also expands jurisdictional options for adoptions, creates a pathway for the State of Georgia to recognize international adoptions and lowers the age at which adopted children can access the reunion registry from 21 to 18.  

Rep. Reeves’s legislation strikes a balance for both parties.

Man shot during struggle at Martinsburg home – Herald-Mail Media

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Man shot during struggle at Martinsburg home
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Authorities are looking for a person who shot a man in the hand during a struggle Sunday night at a home on West Race Street in Martinsburg. Officers were called at 10:18 p.m. for a report of a gunshot victim at 527 W. Race St., according to a news

Too drunk to drive? New California law could give you a free ride – Sacramento Bee

“The idea that drunk driving is the only harm from alcohol is a real misunderstanding of alcohol harm,” Benowitz-Fredericks said.

A new law that takes effect Jan. 1 may not only let everyone join in on the fun, but it’ll also mean more money for the bubbly.

Carson Benowitz-Fredericks, the organization’s research manager, said AB 711 could encourage people to drink more. Alcohol Justice says overconsumption of alcohol costs California $35 billion a year and causes 10,500 deaths annually.

The main concern from both Benowitz-Fredericks and the Rev. James Butler, the executive director of the California Council on Alcohol Problems, is that though the bill says the rides should be provided in order to get drinkers safely home, there is no real way to prevent consumers from using the free rides to go to another drinking spot.

The measure, by Assemblyman Evan Low, D-Cupertino, would relax the rules to expand that program, allowing alcohol manufacturers to underwrite free or discounted rides in all cases.

Katja Zastrow, vice president of Corporate Social Responsibility for Anheuser-Busch, said since teaming up with the ride-sharing service, the program has provided more than 64,000 rides. “Drunk driving is 100 percent preventable and offering safe rides is one way that we can have a real impact on reducing (it),” she said.

Under Assembly Bill 711, alcohol manufacturers and licensed sellers can offer free or discounted rides to transport drinkers home safely through ride-sharing services, taxicabs or other ride providers.

Dollar General Corp. (NYSE:DG) to Issue Quarterly Dividend of $0.26 – 10,000 Couples

Lmm Llc increased its stake in Endo Intl Plc (ENDP) by 579.68% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Parametric Portfolio Associate Ltd accumulated 0.18% or 2.02 million shares. The hedge fund held 1.21 million shares of the department and specialty retail stores company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $97.76M, down from 1.51M at the end of the previous reported quarter. Franklin Res invested in 5,196 shares. The stock increased 0.48% or $0.55 during the last trading session, reaching $114.1. About 19.96 million shares traded. ANGI Homeservices Inc. (NASDAQ:ANGI) has risen 32.08% since December 25, 2016 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 3.61% the S&P500. The hedge fund run by David M. Markowitz held 173,362 shares of the property-casualty insurers company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $2.17M, up from 142,362 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Putnam Investments reported 407,852 shares or 0.01% of all its holdings.

The institutional investor held 317,800 shares of the technology company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $34.97M, up from 294,800 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Catawba Capital Management who had been investing in Dollar General Corp Com for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $25.23B market cap company. The stock increased 0.32% or $0.06 during the last trading session, reaching $18.59. About 4.91M shares traded. The short interest to Dollar General Corporation’s float is 3.94%. It has underperformed by 8.78% the S&P500.

Among 12 analysts covering MGIC Investment Corp. Therefore 55% are positive.

Analysts await ANGI Homeservices Inc. (NYSE:KMI) to report earnings on January, 17.

Investors of record on Tuesday, January 9th will be paid a dividend of 0.26 per share on Tuesday, January 23rd. Its down 0.19, from 1.36 in 2017Q2. It dived, as 66 investors sold GM shares while 322 reduced holdings. 56 funds opened positions while 167 raised stakes. Alpha Windward LLC now owns 1,844 shares of the company’s stock valued at $129,000 after buying an additional 44 shares in the last quarter.

Dollar General (NYSE:DG) updated its FY18 earnings guidance on Thursday.

The stock of Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) registered a decrease of 8.87% in short interest. The United Kingdom-based Gulf Bank & Trust (Uk) Ltd has invested 0.1% in Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG). Zacks Investment Research lowered shares of Dollar General from a buy rating to a hold rating in a report on Monday, December 11th. State Common Retirement Fund reported 0% stake. Finally, Condor Capital Management grew its position in shares of Dollar General by 0.9% during the 2nd quarter. Commerzbank Aktiengesellschaft Fi holds 0% or 2,622 shares in its portfolio.

Since August 1, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 1 insider sale for $77,768 activity. Also, EVP Robert D. Ravener sold 11,368 shares of the stock in a transaction on Tuesday, December 12th. Bronfman E.L. Rothschild L.P. increased its stake in shares of Dollar General Corporation by 1.6% in the first quarter. The business’s revenue was up 11.0% on a year-over-year basis. equities analysts expect that Dollar General will post 4.48 EPS for the current year. Two investment analysts have rated the stock with a sell rating, twelve have issued a hold rating and fourteen have issued a buy rating to the company’s stock. Therefore 48% are positive. Goldman Sachs downgraded the shares of DG in report on Tuesday, September 6 to “Neutral” rating. BMO Capital Markets maintained it with “Buy” rating and $24.0 target in Thursday, September 21 report. The stock of Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) earned “Buy” rating by UBS on Friday, August 26. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Outperform” on Wednesday, December 2. The rating was maintained by RBC Capital Markets with “Buy” on Monday, October 9. As per Friday, May 27, the company rating was maintained by Telsey Advisory Group. The company now has an average rating of “Hold” and a consensus price target of $85.54. The firm has “Buy” rating given on Thursday, November 16 by Deutsche Bank.

British Columbia Mngmt holds 0.08% in Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) or 129,981 shares. Usca Ria Ltd Liability Company invested 0.48% of its portfolio in Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG). Dollar General Corporation (NYSE:DG) has declined 12.26% since December 25, 2016 and is downtrending. Raymond James Financial set a $107.00 price target on shares of Dollar General and gave the company a “buy” rating in a research report on Saturday, December 9th.

Who would be Rafa Benitez’s perfect Christmas present? Who Newcastle United need this January – ChronicleLive

Stuart Jamieson

AM: To back Rafa Benitez in the January transfer window. If he doesn’t – United are going to find the second half of the season very hard and he’s going to find selling the club even harder.

SJ: Takeovers are never straight forward, but it’s time for Ashley to get the deal done. If he can’t then he has back Benitez and ensure the Magpies remain a Premier League outfit.

Lee Ryder, chief sports writer

MD: Stop haggling and sell. You time is up, you have taken the club as far as you can and the only thing you are achieving now is uniting everyone against your ownership.

Danny Ings – Newcastle desperately need some firepower, and Ings ticks all the boxes.

It’s quite clear that he needs a striker and somebody to show that little bit of quality in and around the box. If Daniel Sturridge would be up for the move to St James’ Park I think he’d be a realistic bet.

Theo Walcott. Newcastle need a Premier League ready forward who would lift St James’ Park and Walcott requires games and to be the main man somewhere. With Arsenal seemingly ready to write him off – he has not started a single Premier League game this season – it would be a decent fit.

Andrew Musgrove

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