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    Current PSPS Update: Restoration to Continue Friday Morning with a Goal of Restoring Power to Essentially All 31000 Customers by the End of the Day -… - October 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    SAN FRANCISCO--(BUSINESS WIRE)--By late Friday (Oct. 23), Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) expects to restore power to essentially all the 31,000 PG&E customers in seven counties who are affected by the Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) that began on Wednesday (Oct. 21).

    PG&E turned off the power to these customers, the majority living in Shasta, Butte and Tehama counties, to protect their safety and the safety of their communities because of strong, windy weather that elevated the risk of wildfires in Northern and Central California. Due to changing weather conditions Wednesday evening, PG&E was able to decrease customer impact by another 16% than previously estimated, removing about 6,000 customers and eight counties from the scope.

    PG&E meteorologists forecast that the strongest winds will subside Friday morning, enabling crews to begin patrolling power lines (by air, vehicle and on foot) to ensure that no damage or hazards exist before those lines can be re-energized and those customers restored. PG&E expects all customers who can receive service will be back in power by 10 p.m. Friday.

    Meanwhile, PG&E meteorologists are monitoring an additional potential wind event due to arrive Sunday. Although its still three days away and weather conditions can rapidly change, it has the potential to be a larger scale event than the PSPS event that began Wednesday, Oct. 21. Tomorrow, the company plans to begin notifications two days in advance of the event for potentially impacted customers indicating the possibility of another power shutoff for safety Sunday morning.

    Our crews have been patrolling lines in helicopters, in vehicles, and on foot today and will continue into Friday in order to safely restore customers power as soon as possible. We know that being without power represents a hardship, especially for customers who might have to lose power a second time within a week. We are making every effort to restore power by Friday at latest so that our customers can run their appliances, recharge their devices and do whats needed before the power potentially goes off again on Sunday morning, said Mark Quinlan, a PG&E senior director and incident commander for the PSPS events.

    Here are some updates related to the two PSPS events:

    Current Oct. 21-23 Public Safety Power Shutoff

    The PSPS that began Wednesday evening remains in place for some customers and PG&E is continuing to monitor conditions across the de-energized areas.

    The top three recorded wind gust speeds by noon today were 56, 52 and 45 miles per hour. in Shasta, Butte and Yolo counties respectively, with humidity and fuel moisture levels remaining low.

    Crews have already restored power to about 74 percent of customers affected by the Oct. 21 PSPS, with about 8,000 customers remaining as of 7:30 p.m.

    Community Resource Centers

    To support our customers, beginning Wednesday, PG&E planned to open 20 Community Resource Centers (CRCs) that operate from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. through the current PSPS event. However, seven of these locations were cancelled last night after the weather risk lessened and those areas were removed from the event scope as they did not have to be de-energized. An additional CRC closed once all customers in Glenn County were restored this evening. Thirteen temporary CRCs are now open to customers when power is out at their homes and provide ADA-accessible restrooms, hand-washing stations, medical-equipment charging, Wi-Fi; bottled water, grab-and-go bags and non-perishable snacks.

    PG&E will also open CRCs for affected customers should the potential Oct. 24-26 PSPS come to fruition.

    For updates on the CRCs, check here.

    Potential Future Oct. 24-26 Public Safety Power Shutoff

    PG&E meteorology is tracking and forecasting a potential PSPS event encompassing areas and adjacent terrain of the northern and western Sacramento Valley, Northern and Central Sierra, higher terrain of the Bay Area, the Santa Cruz Mountains, Central Coast Region and portions of southern Kern.

    Support for Customers with Medical Needs

    In order to support customers during both PSPS events, PG&E is also partnering with 30 community-based organizations (CBOs) to assist customers with medical, financial, language and aging needs before, during and after PSPS events. These activities include:

    Details about these resources are at our website at pge.com/disabilityandaging.

    So far in 2020, more than 1,000 portable batteries have been provided to vulnerable customers via the CFILCs Disability Disaster Access and Resources Program and through PG&Es Portable Battery Program.

    Heres Where to Go to Learn More

    About PG&E

    Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation's cleanest energy to 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit pge.com and pge.com/news.

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    Gordon House renovation to be completed by mid-November – Jamaica Observer - October 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    BY BALFORD HENRYSenior staff reporterbalfordh@jamaicaobserver.com

    Friday, October 23, 2020

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    LEADER of the House of Representatives Edmund Bartlett is confident that the renovations to Gordon House to accommodate a resumption of sittings of the House of Representatives, will be completed by mid-November.

    Bartlett told the Jamaica Observer on Tuesday that there would be no need for an extended delay of the works to be completed, and that he was satisfied that team that has been contracted will complete it within this timeline.

    It could be completed earlier than that, based on the responses from the team which is carrying out the renovation. But, it would be safe to say that we will resume meeting at Gordon House by mid-November, he said.

    Preliminary work started at the building Monday, and Gordon House sources said that it should be in full swing by weekend. The challenge is to create a chamber in which all 63 Members of Parliament, particularly the overwhelming 49 Government MPs, can be seated on either side of the aisle under COVID-19 social distancing rules.

    In the meantime, Bartlett acknowledged that Parliament will need to fork out just over $200,000 per sitting for the use of the Jamaica Conference Centre, which was originally built to host the International Seabed Authority (ISA).

    Gordon House and the conference centre are situated less than a mile away at different ends of Duke Street in downtown Kingston, but while the huge centre is a much more accommodative venue, it does not have the parliamentary trappings of Gordon House.

    Efforts by a committee led by Bartlett to get the work going as quickly as possible after the current session of Parliament started on September 13, following the September 3 General Election, were also delayed by the positive COVID-19 test result returned by House Marshall Captain Wayne Blake. This led to a brief closure of the building for full sanitisation, before staff was allowed back in.

    We owe payment for the two meetings so far, and we expect to meet there on October 27 and November 4. After which the renovation of Gordon House should be completed. I am sure the work will not go beyond mid-November, the latest, Bartlett told the Observer.

    He also suggested that with the Government's Urban Development Corporation (UDC) operating the venue, Parliament could end up paying less. No payments have been made so far.

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    Binational Protestors Converge On The Border To Demand Restoration Of Asylum – KPBS - October 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

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    Above: Border Angels Executive Director Dulce Garcia speaks in support of asylum-seekers at the San Ysidro Port-of-Entry on Oct. 21, 2020.

    Marchers converged on the U.S.-Mexico border Wednesday morning to protest the treatment of asylum-seekers during the COVID-19 pandemic.

    In Tijuana, asylum-seekers marched to the El Chaparral port of entry, demanding that the U.S. restore asylum proceedings for the thousands of migrants fleeing their home countries and arriving at the U.S.-Mexico border. Across the border in San Ysidro, advocates read the stories of asylum-seekers.

    Aired 10/22/20 on KPBS News

    Listen to this story by Max Rivlin-Nadler.

    We cannot return to Honduras because our lives are in danger," read one of the testimonials. We do not feel safe in Tijuana, and the closure of the border has left us without work."

    Before the pandemic, many asylum-seekers were waiting months in Mexico for their chance to appear in a U.S. court for an asylum hearing. As COVID-19 limited travel across the border, however, the US asylum system has nearly ground to a halt, and the U.S. has expelled anyone who crosses the border without authorization in a matter of minutes.

    It has also postponed all scheduled asylum hearings for those in the "Remain-in-Mexico" program.

    "Theres a lot of uncertainty, and fear for our asylum-seeking siblings in Tijuana. Their dates are having to be postponed. Theres a lack of information, a lack of resources, they dont have any certainty in their asylum process, said Dulce Garcia, the executive director of Border Angels.

    The two groups converging at the border issued a list of demands including the end of Remain-in-Mexico, the reopening of the border for asylum-seekers, more support for immigrants from the Mexican government and the end of waiting lists for people who want to declare asylum.

    RELATED: Trump Administrations Unprecedented Asylum Restrictions Could Outlast Pandemic

    Garcia said next years presidential election will prove pivotal in the lives of these asylum-seekers. But she believes a lot of damage has already been done. Earlier this week, ACLU lawyers said that it has been unable to find the parents of 545 young asylum-seekers who had been separated at the border in 2017.

    Essentially, this administration has undone all protections for refugees and asylum-seekers. So, if there is a new administration, a change in administration, wed expect there would be a respect of asylum laws, both domestic and international laws. The U.S. was a driving force for protections for asylum-seekers, we were setting an example for the rest of this world, until this administration.

    On Monday, the Supreme Court announced it would soon be hearing a challenge to the Remain-in-Mexico program. The administrations migrant expulsion policy is also being challenged in court.

    Protesters gathered at US Ports of Entry to demand the US restore asylum proceedings for migrants who have been waiting in Mexico for months. Also, well review Measure E on the ballot. Plus, a look at how the San Diego craft brew industry has been handling the changes ushered in by the pandemic.

    Aired: October 22, 2020 | Transcript

    Max Rivlin-Nadler Speak City Heights Reporter

    I cover City Heights, a neighborhood at the intersection of immigration, gentrification, and neighborhood-led health care initiatives. I'm interested in how this unique neighborhood deals with economic inequality during an unprecedented global health crisis.

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    10/22/2020 | New Library Branch Will Not Find Home On Donated Land | News Ocean City MD – The Dispatch - October 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    New Fenwick Hotel Granted Inside Alcohol License After 7-Hour Hearing; Pool Bar Decision Delayed For Now After Opposition

    FENWICK ISLAND With approval to license the facilitys interior for alcohol sales and consumption, the connections of a new Fenwick Island hotel now await a state commissioners decision regarding a second-floor pool deck.In a seven-hour-long public hearing Tuesday, the Delaware Office of the Alcoholic Beverage Control Commissioner (OABCC), headed by Commissioner John Cordrey, granted Read more

    NEWARK Worcester Countys public schools continue to gradually return students to classrooms.Worcester County Public Schools remains in Stage Two of its Responsible Return model as COVID-19 continues to be a concern. A third of the countys public school students are back in their schools for in-person learning and more will return on Monday.Weve welcomed Read more

    BISHOPVILLE Worcester County launched its new place brand, Marylands Coast, at Lighthouse Sound on Wednesday.Elected officials joined county staff and industry partners to share the new brand, which highlights the countys greatest asset, the ocean.Our goal was to define a distinct brand to strengthen our countys destination as a vibrant destination for families, vacationers, Read more

    BERLIN County officials approved the creation of an overlay zone to allow Ocean Downs Casino to expand despite objections from Ocean Citys mayor and representatives of the local hospitality industry.The Worcester County Commissioners on Tuesday voted 5-2, with Commissioners Jim Bunting and Joe Mitrecic opposed, to approve a casino entertainment district for the A-2 Read more

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    Top 10 HGTV shows to stream: From ‘Windy City Rehab’ to ‘Renovation Island’, here are the network’s best shows – MEAWW - October 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    When you're tired of watching shouting matches among the housewives or sick of dating shows, HGTV has your back with its simple yet entertaining content. What better way to spend a lazy day than curling up in your couch or bed watching people on a quest to find their homes, or giving their houses a makeover to turn it into their dream abode? Here are 10 HGTV shows that should definitely be on your watchlist for times when you can't decide what to watch or are seeking ideas on how to upgrade your home to the next level.

    Over the years we have watched Drew and Jonathan Scott of 'Property Brothers' fame working alongside each other to renovate their clients' homes. If you ever wondered which brother was better at renovating and designing a home, then you should definitely check out HGTV's 'Brother vs Brother'. On this show, the twins are pitted against each other to redo and upgrade a property. The winners will be declared based on the home that earns the highest net profit. Aside from sibling rivalry, what's at stake for the brothers is the humiliation that awaits them if they lose the challenge and also that the loser will have to buy all the winners' favorite things during their trip to Disneyland. To know which brother aced the challenge, make sure you watch the fun show.

    There are plenty of home renovation shows on TV, but what sets 'Extreme Home Makeover: Home Edition' apart from the other shows is the time taken by the renovation experts to complete the project. While we are used to seeing the contractors take weeks to complete a project, on this show, they have just a day to finish converting their clients' home into their dream abode. Apart from the awe-inspiring renovations and host Jesse Tyler's wit, the incredible talent of the designers Breegan Jane, Darren Keefe Reiher and Carrie Locklyn will definitely draw you in.

    By now you should know that HGTV shows do not have any spicy drama in them, but the exception to that would be 'Windy City Rehab'. What started off as a mission to fix homes around Chicago city quickly became a hot mess, after Alison Victoria found out that her partner Donovan Eckhardt was embezzling money from her. The initial episodes focused on the renovation work, but the final episodes were heavily covered in the personal drama between the hosts.

    Brad Pitt, Melissa McCarthy, Viola Davis, Rebel Wilson, Jeremy Renner and Michael Buble were some of the stars who appeared on HGTV's hit show 'Celebrity IOU'. Each episode of the show features a celebrity who wants to surprise a special person in their life with home renovations. The celebrities then roped in Jonathan and Drew Scott of 'Property Brothers' fame to execute the renovation work. The brothers worked alongside the celebrities to create a design plan and deliver a customized space as per their taste and that too under tight deadlines. If watching celebrities in their element alongside stunning homes appeals to you, then 'celebrity IOU' has to be on your watchlist.

    Purchasing a home is without a doubt a very emotional experience. Everybody has their laundry list of things they want in their dream homes, but unfortunately, not everybody has a budget to meet their laundry list of expectations. So on 'House Hunters', we see real-estate agents showing their clients three homes and the client will have to pick one which is within their budget, but it may not have everything they want. Who knew watching clients reject homes over the paint color or the shape of countertops would be this addictive and entertaining.

    The fun and witty banter between David Visentin and Hillary Farr is part of the charm of watching 'Love It or List It'. While realtor David tries his best to woo their clients into moving out of their current home into a new property shown by him, interior designer/ decorator Hillary makes all the remodeling and redesigning to the clients' current home to make it appealing enough for them to not move out of their home. At the end of each episode, the client will decide whether they want to stay put in their current home, thus declaring they "love it", or want to "list it" and move into a new property shown by David.

    Bryan and Sarah Baeumler decide to kiss goodbye to their life in Canada and move to a remote tropical island seeking some adventure. As soon as they get to the island, they take up an ambitious project of restoring an old, massive, rundown resort after purchasing it for $100K. The couple has several challenges lying ahead of them, ranging from tight budget, a deadline to staff shortage. "This is the biggest change our family has faced and the largest project we've ever taken on," said Bryan. "What are we risking? Absolutely everything." Bryan and Sarah's adventures will definitely keep you at the edge of your seat wondering whether they'll manage to pull off the feat of completing the renovation of the resort in six months.

    In this exciting prequel to 'Renovation Island', 'Renovation, Inc' will show the Baeumlers in their home turf juggling between running their successful construction company and managing their family.

    Martha Stewart aka the domestic goddess revealed some treasured gardening secrets that every gardening enthusiast must definitely watch to learn more. On the show, we see Martha helping out her celebrity friends and fans with their home projects and also sharing some helpful tips and suggestions along the way. From demonstrating how to cut open a pomegranate to Jay Leno, to teaching Snoop Dogg how to pot tomato plants, Martha does it all on her HGTV show.

    Who doesn't dream of winning a lottery? One of the first things that most lottery winners want to invest on after winning big is real-estate. So, on 'My Lottery Dream Home', we see host David Bromstad going on a quest with the lottery winners to find their new dream home. It is interesting to watch whether the lottery winner will shell out all their money to buy an extravagant house or just buy a simple one.

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    Fixer to Fabulous Season 2: Release date, plot, host, trailer and all you need to know about HGTV’s home ren – MEAWW - October 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    Popular home renovators Dave and Jenny Marrs are all set to make a comeback with the second season of HGTVs Fixer to Fabulous. More worn-out houses will be brought back to life by the husband-wife duo in Season 2 of the reality show. From dilapidated front porches to squirrel invaded attics, theres nothing this husband and wife team cant make fabulous. Here's all you need to know about the new season of Fixer to Fabulous.

    Fixer to Fabulous returns on Tuesday, October 27, at 8-9 pm ET/PT, on HGTV.

    As per HGTV, Dave and Jenny Marrs embrace small-town America by renovating classic homes in and around their hometown of Bentonville, Arkansas. This resourceful and creative couple transforms historic houses in desperate need of an update and turns them into charming forever homes. In the new 13-episode run, the husband-wife duo -- who reportedly attracted more than 17.9 million viewers to the first season of Fixer to Fabulous -- continue to overhaul old homes in Northwest Arkansas, all while raising five young children and managing their family farm. Jenny, the creative influence behind their personalized renovations, specializes in designing spaces that are warm and welcoming for families, while Dave tackles the construction with aplomb, crediting his passion for reviving old homes.

    Home renovators Jenny and Dave met right after college when they found themselves at the same company but in different branches. Love knows no limits and the two had a long-distance relationship. Jenny is a Florida native and Dave is originally from Colorado.

    The Bentonville pair are the stars of Fixer to Fabulous. They put their handiwork and design skills to good use while renovating historic properties. They also operate a berry farm and event venue.

    The trailer for Season 2 is not out yet. MEAWW will update the article when it's released.

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    Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is the favourite to lead the WTO – The Economist - October 23, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The leadership race tells you something about thorny trade issues

    WASHINGTON, DC

    MEMBERS OF THE World Trade Organisation (WTO) are not known for co-operating with each other. So when in June they began the process of choosing a new director-general, many feared deadlock. But now, as the process draws to a close, officials are feeling hopeful. Two candidates are still in the running: Nigerias Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, the chairwoman of GAVI, a vaccine-finance agency, and a former World Bank official and finance minister; and Yoo Myung-hee, South Koreas trade minister. A winner is due to be announced between October 28th and November 7th, and support seems to be coalescing around Ms Okonjo-Iweala. Yet the contest says more about the discord in the trading system than the harmony.

    The candidates themselves did a good job of highlighting various divisions in the course of the selection process (while dutifully noting that only members have the power to resolve them). Between them they identified a long list of problems: jammed negotiations that have left the WTOs rule book out of date; a broken system of solving disputes; members lacklustre commitment to transparency; and a trade war between America and China.

    Disagreements between members also explain the candidates rather limited ambitions. A bold agenda might include a grand bargain on agriculture that lowers tariffs in poor countries and limits subsidies in rich ones. Ms Myung-hee is a seasoned negotiator and not one to shy away from tricky talks. Even so, rather than shooting for a big deal, she now reckons that restoring the WTOs credibility as a negotiating forum means just agreeing on something. She would prioritise ongoing talks to curb members fishing subsidies. (Even that narrower deal will be a stretch, given that negotiators do not yet agree on what counts as fish.)

    Ms Okonjo-Iweala has emphasised her experience fighting covid-19 as her strong suit. As head of GAVI she understands the importance of open trade so that vital supplies can get to where they are needed. But this too is a thorny topic. Rich countries are more interested in lowering others tariffs than limiting their own right to apply export controls. They also hate a recent proposal from India and South Africa to suspend intellectual-property protection for products that could prevent, contain or treat the disease. So instead Ms Okonjo-Iweala has spoken only vaguely of exploring new trade rules and intellectual-property and licensing rights for drugmaking.

    If she wins, Ms Okonjo-Iweala has also promised to empower the WTOs secretariat. That could be controversialsome members will resist what they see as a threat to their power over negotiations. But it could also help poorer countries, some of which lack the capacity to draft proposals on their own, making it hard to participate in talks. Her political clout will be useful too. If the problems of the global trading system were purely technical, they would have been solved long ago, she told members in July.

    But Ms Okonjo-Iwealas success would also say something about the geopolitics of trade. China could reject Ms Myung-hee if that allows it to keep its deputy-director-general spot. (Historically, jobs have been divvied up among regions.) Japans nasty trade dispute with South Korea makes it unlikely to support Ms Myung-hee. Brazil, a big exporter of farm products, may be put off by South Koreas membership of the G10 group of countries, which staunchly defends agricultural subsidies. The agreement on the next director-general could be born from a host of disagreements.

    This article appeared in the Finance & economics section of the print edition under the headline "The home straight"

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    Why now is the perfect time to renovate your homeand add to its value – Toronto Life - October 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    With a home equity loan from Alpine Credits, you can upgrade your living conditions and increase your homes value

    As the current global situation keeps us physically distanced from each other and the world outside, were focusing more on the safety and comfort of home life. Since we dont know how long the current situation may last, some of us are looking to make our homes as comfortable as possible.

    Many homes have an underutilized space, whether its a spare room, large attic, or unfinished basement, and theres never been a better time to renovate that space and put it to use. A renovation wont just make your living conditions more enjoyable, itll also add value to your home.

    Of course, home renovations cost more than most of us have sitting around. One way to finance your renovation is by leveraging your homes equity. Your home can be your best collateral: lenders view borrowing against it as low-risk, which means youre likely to get lower ratesand make smaller monthly interest payments as a result.

    There are other ways to save money during a home renovation too, such as taking advantage of home renovation tax credits. We asked Alpine Creditsa pioneer in the private lending marketto help us examine the costs of finishing a basement and advise us on the best ways to finance it. Heres what they told us:

    The costs of finishing a basement

    Basement renovations are among the most common types home modifications in Canada. Finishing your basement can cost, on average, between $35 and $55 per square foot, depending on your planned usage. Obviously, turning a basement into a standalone living area with its own bathroom and kitchen will cost more than building a simple rec room or office space. A full basement renovation can cost between $22,000 and $82,000, depending on the size (square feet), while renovating your basement for use as a recreational or home office space is more in the $14,000 to $50,000 range.

    The benefits of finishing your basement

    Whatever way you decide to go, finishing your basement is one of the best investments you can make in your home. For one, it raises your propertys value, making it more attractive to a future buyer who wont have to worry about doing the work themselves. Finishing your basement can also be a way to bring in a bit of extra incomeup to tens of thousands of dollars a year!by creating a standalone rental apartment.

    Financing your renovation

    Even a simple home renovation can cost more than most people have on hand. One of the best ways to finance it is with a home equity loan. Home equity loansare among the most popular means of financing home renovations. They work by providing access to the equity youve built up in your home over the years. This equity can easily be enough to cover the cost of your renovation.

    Why use a home equity loan rather than putting the cost on a credit card or line or credit? For one, interest rates on a home equity loan usually are much lower. And taking out a home equity loan with a lender like Alpine Credits, instead of a traditional bank, can save you even more money. Plus, lenders like Alpine Credits dont take your credit score into accountthe main criteria is that your home has enough equity to cover the cost of the loan.

    Tax credits

    Unlike most home renovation tax credits, a home equity loan from Alpine Credits doesnt come with a list of eligible and ineligible renovations. The equity youve built up in your home is yours, and you can use it as you see fit.

    A home renovation is just one of the many ways a home equity loan can help change your lifeand Alpine Credits is here to support you along the way. For more than 50 years, Alpine Credits has helped Canadian homeowners get the home equity loans they need, when they need it, regardless of their credit, age or income.

    Contact Alpine Credits today to make your financial dream a reality.

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    12-Year-Old Helps DIY Mom With Home Renovations During COVID-19 – My Modern Met - October 20, 2020 by Mr HomeBuilder

    The initial COVID-19 lockdowns were easier said than done. Staying home sounds great in theory, but what is a kid to do when theyve exhausted the activities around their house? For a 12-year-old named Bea, that meant sprucing up parts of her familys abode in Kent, UK. With her DIY-expert mom Susie Levache as a guide, Bea helped transform areas of the home into chic spaces on a budget. Over the course of a week, they spent just about $125 to renovate parts of the house by largely repurposing items and using supplies they had on hand.

    Some of Beas additions include wood paneling placed in her moms office and making upgrades to hardware on cabinets. Susie taught her to use tools like a handsaw, electric drill, and tile cutter, giving Bea the confidence to take on her own DIY tasks while helping her mom, too. Ive pretty much been trucking through our house renovation solo, Susie tells My Modern Met, so when I had help and Bea took a very active role in the room updates, it was wonderful to go from solo to a team!

    Despite teaching her some serious power tools (that many adults would be apprehensive to use), the most challenging lesson that Susie has taught her daughter is all in her head. The most difficult thing was to get her to believe in herself and let her know there was no jeopardy and that if something went wrong we could fix it together, she says. Once this was overcome there wasnt any work or project that she didnt want to tackle.

    Bea is already developing her own decorating voice. Her style and the way she goes about the physical work is far more precise and clean than mine, Susie explains. Im very slapdash and do things impulsivelyshe thinks and plans because she wants to get things right the first time. She will also start with a color and build from that whereas I want to see the whole picture.

    Working together and chronicling it on Susies Instagram has gained admirers throughout the world. Weve been over the moon at the responses and the messages we have received from as far and wide as China and Australia with photos of other peoples first-time projects, and we hope to add more how-to videos on our Instagram in the next school holiday.

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    TipRanks

    Its the final countdown. With the U.S. Presidential election only two weeks away, election year stress is making the rounds on Wall Street, but one pro argues that regardless of the outcome, opportunity could emerge.Oppenheimers Chief Investment Strategist John Stoltzfus notes that in the last leg of the race to the White House, the markets appear to be signaling that no matter how loud the rhetoric gets from either side and no matter which side wins, investment opportunity in some form is likely to prevail over risk beyond inauguration day in January 2021. He added, In our experience opportunity often arises from uncertainty while a perception of certainty often breeds complacency.As for Q3 earnings season, its already surprising to the upside. Although its still too early to tell how the season will play out, Stoltzfus says so far so good. Data from the past weekend shows 84% of companies that already reported have beat earnings expectations and 82% have exceeded revenue expectations for the quarter. Taking Stoltzfus outlook into consideration, Oppenheimers analysts are pounding the table on two under-the-radar stocks, noting that each could double or more in the next year. Using TipRanks database, we found out that the rest of the Street is also on board, as each boasts a Strong Buy consensus rating.NeuBase Therapeutics (NBSE)Developing the next generation of gene-silencing therapies with its flexible, highly specific synthetic antisense oligonucleotides, NeuBase Therapeutics wants to improve the lives of patients everywhere. Based on the strength of its platform, Oppenheimer thinks big things could be in store.Firm analyst Hartaj Singh highlights the company'sPeptide-nucleic acid (PNA) AnTisense OLigonucleotide (PATrOL) platform, which enables rapid drug design to treat various medical abnormalities, systemic delivery (IV), blood-brain barrier penetration, increased cell permeability, access to genomic loci and secondary RNA structures and the development of highly selective therapies, as overcoming the technical limitations to first-generation antisense oligonucleotides (ASOs).We believe that in the profound potential of ASOs to treat diseases, the current field of first-gen therapies has created a hurdle for a company like NBSE, whereby its technical advantages to ASOs through its PATrOL platform could lead to therapies with a better risk/benefit profile, Singh explained.Additionally, the long-tail redistribution of NBSE's PNAs could have significant implications in terms of the dosing regimens for these agents (potentially weeks to months). Singh mentioned, In combination with the enhanced druggability of targets via PNAs, we continue to view the PATrOL platform's potential highly, with the customary attention reserved for safety on such novel medicines.After the first half of 2020 helped shine additional validation on this platform, the company remains on track with its lead Huntington's disease (HD) candidate, NT0100. Additional preclinical results and candidate selection are set to come by YE20.Looking at the available preclinical NHP data, it supports broad biodistribution and rapid tissue uptake following systemic (IV) administration, an important feature of the platform, according to Singh. As the delivery of therapeutics and their penetration of deep brain structures remain of paramount importance for diseases such as HD, we are encouraged leading up to additional PD data from preclinical models (Q4 2020) Despite the early nature of these preclinical NHP PK data and in-vitro PD data, we believe that they strongly validate the approach NeuBase has taken to truly develop a better mousetrap, and differentiate its technology from conventional ASOs, he commented.These features are inheritable across the class of PNAs NeuBase hopes to bring forward, and thus, Singh has high hopes for NT0200, its product for HD and myotonic dystrophy (DM1). DM1 is trailing the HD program by approximately six months. Following candidate selection in 1H21, IND-enabling studies could kick off. Everything that NBSE has going for it prompted Singh to leave his Outperform (i.e. Buy) rating as is. Along with the call, he keeps the price target at $17, suggesting 104% upside potential. (To watch Singhs track record, click here)Are other analysts in agreement? They are. Only Buy ratings, 4 to be exact, have been issued in the last three months. Therefore, the message is clear: NBSE is a Strong Buy. Given the $16.50 average price target, shares could soar 97% in the next year. (See NBSE stock analysis on TipRanks)Prevail Therapeutics (PRVL)Next up we have Prevail Therapeutics, which is developing disease-modifying gene therapies for patients with Parkinsons disease and other neurodegenerative disorders. After an impressive update on the progress of its pipeline, Oppenheimer likes what its seeing.Representing the firm, analyst Jay Olson highlights the encouraging data from the Phase 1/2a PROPEL trial evaluating its lead candidate, PR001, in Parkinsons disease (PD) patients with the GBA1 mutation (PD-GBA). This mutation affects roughly 9% of all PD patients in the U.S.Looking more closely at the trial, it enrolled two patients, with preliminary data demonstrating normalization of CSF GCase activity at month-three from undetectable levels at baseline. According to Olson, this strongly suggests clinical improvement. It should be noted that there were serious adverse events (SAEs) at month-three, likely related to immune response to AAV9 capsid, that resolved. However, the analyst argues the immune response in AAV9 gene therapies is normal and transient.Additionally, PRVL submitted a protocol amendment for the PROPEL trial, and enrollment is expected to continue in 2H20. The company wants to change the design to an open-label study targeting 12 patients, including the two current patients, and plans to optimize the immunosuppresive regimen to spare steroid administration. To this end, two-month safety and biomarker data in a subset of patients is set to come by mid-2021. Should the therapy ultimately be approved for this indication, Olson sees possible 2035 risk-unadjusted sales of $8 billion.On top of this, a normalization of CSF GCase activity at month-four from undetectable levels at baseline was also seen in a Gaucher disease (GD2) patient on PR001 within compassionate use program. This rare inherited lysosomal disorder is also caused by autosomal recessive inheritance in the GBA1 gene.In Olsons opinion, this result provided positive read across to the Phase 1/2 PROVIDE study in GD2, initiating in 2H20. Because GD2 is an ultrarare disease that affects infants and results in a very short life expectancy, we believe the GD2 indication has a shorter regulatory pathway compared to other GBA1-related indications. We estimate PR001 approval, if clinically successful, may happen in 2024 given a lack of treatments for GD2 patients, he mentioned. Whats more, the Phase 1/2 PROCLAIM study of PR006, its therapy for GRN frontotemporal dementia (GRN-FTD), is expected to kick off in 2H20, with the two-month biomarker readout from a subset of patients slated for late 2020 or early 2021.Given all of the above, Olson stated, We view share price at an attractive entry point while PRVL remains well-capitalized with $131 million in cash providing runway into 1H22.It should come as no surprise, then, that Olson stays with the bulls. In addition to an Outperform (i.e. Buy) rating, he left a $25 price target on the stock. Investors could be pocketing a gain of 156%, should this target be met in the twelve months ahead. (To watch Olsons track record, click here)All in all, other analysts echo Olsons sentiment. 5 Buys and no Holds or Sells add up to a Strong Buy consensus rating. With an average price target of $23.25, the upside potential comes in at 139%. (See PRVL stock analysis on TipRanks)To find good ideas for stocks trading at attractive valuations, visit TipRanks Best Stocks to Buy, a newly launched tool that unites all of TipRanks equity insights.Disclaimer: The opinions expressed in this article are solely those of the featured analysts. The content is intended to be used for informational purposes only. It is very important to do your own analysis before making any investment.

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