Monthly Archives: January 2018

Food Drive

The Searcy High School National Honor Society is holding its annual food drive thru Friday.

It’s actually a contest among the 9th, 10th, 11th and 12th grade students.

Public donations can be dropped off at Searcy High School on Ella Street.   MORE

A-State Plans Black History Month Observance, Activities

JONESBORO – The Multicultural Center at Arkansas State University will host the kick-off for the annual Black History Month observance Thursday, Feb. 1, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the open court area of the Carl R. Reng Student Union.

Participants will learn the Black History Month 2018 theme and get an overview of upcoming activities for the month, according to Dr. Evette Allen, director of the Multicultural Center.

At the same event, the Black Student Association will mark 49 years on the A-State campus with an anniversary celebration and refreshments.    MORE

International Expert At UAMS Releases First Book On Castleman Disease

LITTLE ROCK — Castleman disease, a rare disorder of the lymph nodes and related tissues, was identified and named more than a half-century ago but, until recently, no one had written a book exclusively about it.

Frits van Rhee, M.D., Ph.D., professor of medicine and director of developmental and translational medicine at the Myeloma Institute at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS), has changed that.

His new 163-page hardback book, Castleman Disease, was released recently as part of the Hematology/Oncology Clinics of North America series of clinics review articles published bimonthly by Elsevier Inc. The book features 13 chapters by 26 international physicians and researchers who specialize in the disease.    MORE

This Is The Best Time Of Year To Rent

As it turns out, the conventional wisdom surrounding the best time to rent is on the money.

Across the 10 largest metropolitan areas nationwide, apartments were on average 3.9% cheaper to rent in the winter as compared with the more competitive summer months, according to a study released Monday by real-estate website RentHop.

From peak to trough, one-bedroom apartments are between 2.4% and 5.4% cheaper in the winter, while two-bedroom units are between 2.3% and 5.8% more affordable. In dollar figures, that equates to between a $37 and $171 per month savings for one-bedroom rentals and between $36 and $191 for two-bedrooms.   MORE

J.B. Hunt’s 2018 Guidance

J.B. Hunt Transport Services delayed the release of its 2018 guidance by almost three months to complete the year and “dig a little deeper,” but guidance the Lowell-based carrier released is expected to be interpreted as neutral or slightly negative compared to analysts’ expectations, transportation analysts said.

On Nov. 8, John Roberts, president and CEO for J.B. Hunt, said the company had changed its planning cycle as it historically released its guidance for the following year by that time.

“That work is still underway,” Roberts said. “That gives us a chance to finish the year and dig a little deeper.”   MORE

Wal-Mart Updates Suppliers On New OTIF Requirements

An estimated 4,000 Wal-Mart suppliers are in Bentonville this week at the retailer’s annual Supplier Growth Forum with the hot topic being the new guidelines for On-Time-In-Full (OTIF) deliveries of goods sent to the retailer from suppliers.

Suppliers, in town for Tuesday and Wednesday meetings, were told the new threshold for OTIF deliveries for full truckload shipments is moving from 75% to 85% by April. Less-than-truckload shipments will have a 50% threshold for compliance, up from a 33% baseline set a year ago. The must-arrive-by-date (MABD) window for delivery has moved from to one or two days from four.    MORE

Options On Emerging Blockchain Technologies

A $100 investment in Bitcoin on July 28, 2010, would have been worth more than $28 million as of Dec. 12, 2017. Since that time, the grandfather of all cryptocurrencies — as of Jan. 7, there are 1,384 — has taken a tumble, losing about half of its value since Dec. 17.

The volatility and sluggish transaction times led payment processor Stripe to drop support for it in the last week, capping off a brutal month in which many established coins became almost indistinguishable from the hundreds of shitcoins – the technical term for “altcoins” that become worthless over time or turn out to be scams – polluting cryptocurrency exchanges.  MORE

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