“Outstanding service. They were extremely careful delivering the extra large container into our driveway.” -- A. L. GARNER
The weeklong Coastal Cleanup begins Saturday across the state at sites including East End Beach in Portland and Warren Island State Park in Islesboro.Last year, 1,186 volunteers collected 19,674 pounds of trash from 74.8 miles of Maine coastline.The event is part of an International Coastal Cleanup effort. The nonprofit Ocean Conservancy records what volunteers collect and uses the data for the international ocean trash index.The group says the goal is making sure that coastal waters and habitats remain healthy and trash-free. Did we get something wrong? Please, Let us know, submit a correction.
Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and well tended under Mayor Michael Bloomberg now are trashed under Bill de Blasio, the former Warren Wilhelm Jr. Broad avenues and narrow side streets teem with discarded fast-food containers, rubbish tornadoes, and other detritus. Vagrants invade trash bags and pillage bottles and cans, which they sell to recyclers. Thoroughfares that were tidy under Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani and well tended under Mayor Michael Bloomberg now are trashed under Bill de Blasio, the former Warren Wilhelm Jr. This nasty habit and the overall collapse of hygiene have local rats doing cartwheels. Rodents have become more visible and brazen. Rather than skitter about only on quiet streets late at night, rats popped up last month on Park Avenue near 34th Street and at the corner of Broadway and 14th Street — extremely busy intersections — barely at dusk. While visiting my local shoe-repair shop, which I have frequented for at least a decade, I saw a mouse dart along the baseboard. I alerted the owner. He told me that he opened his door for some breeze, as he often does. For the first time, a rodent scurried inside from the sidewalk. Under Mayor Michael Bloomberg, there were 10,534 rat sightings in all of 2010, according to New York City’s Open Data website. Through December 31, 2013, Bloomberg’s last day in City Hall, rat sightings across the five boroughs stood at 10,726, a 1.8 percent increase, or 0.6 percent annually. Under de Blasio, who took office on January 1, 2014, rat sightings soared from the 10,726 that he inherited from Bloomberg to 17,206 in 2016, a 60.4 percent increase (20.1 percent average, per annum). A fairer measure is to compare the 7,856 rat sightings for September 2, 2013, with the 13,642 on September 2, 2017. This 73.7 percent increase in rat appearances under de Blasio’s supervision equals an 18.4 percent annual expansion in that stomach-turning metric. (For more data on this revolting trend, please see my spreadsheet here.)The Big Query’s analysis of calls to the city’s 311 quality-of-life hotline saw rodent comp... (National Review)
Watch the full segment from "Last Week Tonight" below. The New Jersey parts start at the three-and-half-minute lesson.Michael Sol Warren may be reached at email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter @MSolDub. Find NJ.com on Facebook. (NJ.com)
Wells Fargo’s board was reelected in the spring by the “thinnest margin in recent history. Indeed, if the board had not gained the support of Warren Buffett, the single largest shareholder in Wells Fargo, many members of the board would not have been reelected.” Shareholders are right to be concerned about the board’s failure of oversight. “No bank wants to be caught up in this kind of scandal,” he says. “It undermines confidence, which is the most important asset of a bank.”A ‘Controlling’ ExecutiveFounded in 1852 as Wells Fargo and Company, the firm provided financial services by steamship, stagecoach, Pony Express, railroad and telegraph. It served pioneer miners, merchants and ranchers in the West — buying and selling gold, offering money orders, traveler checks, fund transfers and others. Wells Fargo’s legendary stagecoaches, which remain part of its logo, at one point traversed 2,500 miles from California to Nebraska and Arizona to Idaho. By sticking to its roots in the West, it survived the Great Depression and two World Wars. The bank focused on consumer banking, auto and home loans as well as small business lending and did not get into complex securities.“It is a very serious set of violations that calls into question whether Wells is in fact too big to manage well.”–Peter Conti-BrownSince 1960, Wells has embarked on a merger and acquisition spree that enabled it to expand beyond the San Francisco area. Among its biggest deals were the $11.6 billion takeover of First Interstate Bancorp in 1995, the $31.7 billion merger with Norwest and the $15.1 billion acquisition of Wachovia in 2008, which gave Wells Fargo a major presence coast-to-coast. The purchase of Wachovia gave Wells Fargo an investment banking business but also brought headaches. In 2010, Wells Fargo agreed to make loan modifications worth $2 billion to California homeowners who took out adjustable rate mortgages from Wachovia and World Savings but could not afford payments once interest rates reset. Wachovia bought World Savings prior to its sale to Wells Fargo.Today, Wells operates more than 8,500 locations and boasts an ATM network of 13,000 with offices in 42 countries and territories. It employs 271,000 people full time and serves one in three U.S. households, according to an August 4 SEC filing. Wells is also one of the most diverse U.S. banks: Nine of the 15 directors on its board are women or minorities. And until now, it had enjoyed a relatively solid reputation. “Given the very surprising scandal from a team that was held in the highest regard and trust, we believe that providing more disclosures beyond very high level metrics is one of the changes that will give more confidence,” states a recent JPMorg... (Knowledge@Wharton)
Barnes said.One Norfolk complex that doesn’t offer the service to its residents is Talbot Park Apartments on Warren Street. Property manager Danielle Broadhurst said it doesn’t offer recycling to its residents because it doesn’t have rooms for bins.A list of items pasted on a Norfolk recycling bin. (Justin Belichis/Southside Daily)“We have absolutely no space for extra dumpsters,” Broadhurst said. “If we did, we’d have more containers for trash.”Broadhurst said she would be open to the idea of a service like ValetLiving, which offers recycling pick-up at doorsteps, but that it’s company policy not to have anything in the complex breezeways.“I wouldn’t be opposed to working with the city to help smaller properties,” Broadhurst said. “Cost and space are the biggest factors.”Fayton said there’s no law requiring businesses to offer recycling services to its renters.The Virginia Department of Environmental Quality works with localities to maintain a 25 percent minimum recycling rate through promoting and creating new programs, according to its website.According to city data, Norfolk produced 69,927 tons of garbage last year, though the percentage it recycled was not available before this story was published.Barnes said Virginia Beach reported 211,004 tons of garbage in fiscal year 2015-16 and recycled 35 percent of it.Southside Daily surveyed 10 ap... (Southside Daily)