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Shark Tank has become the most popular reality competition show for aspiring entrepreneurs. Contestants with a product idea make business presentations to investors who decide whether or not they want to invest. The investors or Sharks, who are very successful in the business world include Marc Cuban, Lori Greiner, Robert Herjavec, Barbara Corcoran, Daymond John, and Kevin OLeary. The sharks decide whether or not its worth it for them to invest their money in new products and take on these entrepreneurs as partners. As you know, some of the chosen products on the show dont do very well, however, some of the products have made millions.
Below is a list of the most successful products in the history of the show according to sales.
5. BuggyBeds- $1.2 Million
Bed bugs are a very inconvenient, uncomfortable, and expensive problem. This product was designed to detect bed bugs before they become a serious problem. The monitors are very simple to use. You simply slide the monitor in the corners between your mattress and your box spring, under your couch cushions, under your car seat, and anywhere else bed bugs can hide. The monitors are crush-proof, and if there are bed bugs, they will be attracted to the monitor. It just takes a quick inspection of the monitor to catch a problem before it becomes a very costly one. The BuggyBed monitors last for up to six months. At that time, you would just replace the monitor with a new one for another six months. This product is especially helpful when you are staying in a hotel. Before you unpack your things and lay down in the bed, you can put a detector under the mattress. If there are bed bugs in the room, you will find out before your things get infested and you take them home with you.
When the product was showcased on the show, all five of the shark investors bit and invested a total of $250,000 to own 25% of the company. After the Shark Tank pitch, this product gained popularity in 23 countries and it has made over $1.2 million.
4. Groovebook- $14.5 Million
Groovebook is a subscription service that allows you to choose between 40 and 100 photos from your phone each month and Groovebook would send you a 4.5 x 6.5 book containing your photos. Each month, the cover and the spine of the book will be different. If you want to tear out the photos and share them, the pages are perforated which makes it easier. The service works through an app on your phone and is available through the Apple Store or through the Android Play store. After you have uploaded your photos for the month, you should receive your book about three days later. If you have a book dedicated to a friends wedding or a family members birthday, you can pay an additional charge and have a second book sent to another person. It is much cheaper than printing out the photos on your own and they are organized nicely. A Groovebook subscription costs $2.99 per month plus tax. Each additional book would cost $2.99 plus tax.
The sharks who chose to invest were Kevin OLelary and Mark Cuban. They invested $150,000 in exchange for 80% of the licensing profits.
After the sales pitch, 50,000 new people signed up for the service. In 2014, Shutterfly Inc. bought the service for $14.5 million.
3. Tipsy Elves- $8 Million
Tipsy Elves is an apparel company with a holiday theme. They sell holiday sweaters and other holiday themed items through their website and through other online vendors. What makes this company so special is that they donate part of each sale to charity. After the company took off, the company started selling patriotic products and products for other holidays, such as St. Patricks Day. Not long after, they started selling swimsuits and ski clothing.
A year before Tipsy Elves appeared on Shark Tank, they were making around $600,000 per year. By the end of 2016, the companys revenue reached $8 million.
2. Squatty Potty- $19 Million
According to recent studies, going to the bathroom with your knees up makes it much easier. This is especially true with people who have colon issues. The creators of the Squatty Potty is the Edwards family from Saint George, Utah. The family has always been self-conscious and after struggling on the toilet, they tried may different ways to keep their knees up when they went to the bathroom. This is where the idea for the Squatty Potty was born. They started out with a few different types of stools. Soon after, they introduced toilet sprays, bidets, and t-shirts.
When the Squatty Potty was introduced on Shark Tank, Lori Greiner and Kevin OLeary invested a total of $350,000 for 10% of the total equity.
Just 24 hours after the deal was made, the Squatty Potty made $1 million. Soon after, revenue rose to $19 million. This year, sales are expected to reach $30 million.
1. Scrub Daddy- $50 Million
The Scrub Daddy is also known as Americas Favorite Sponge. The product is a reusable sponge in the shape of a smiley face. What makes this product so special is that it gets firm in cold water and then soft in warm water. When it is rinsed 100 percent of the debris washes away, making it look like a new sponge. Testing has shown that it resists odors for up to two months. Finally, its special shape and design make it possible to clean both sides of utensils at once. After the Scrub Daddy became popular, the creators came out the Scour Daddy, which is five times stronger than your typical Brillo pad. The Screen Daddy is a reusable cleaner for television, cell phone, tablet, and computer screens. It is the safest way to keep these items clean. Finally, there is the Eraser Daddy. If you have ever used a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, you will be amazed at how much better this product works.
The only investor who chose to invest in this product was Lori Greiner. She invested $200,000 for 20 percent of the equity. The other investors much be kicking themselves for not investing. Before Shark Tank, the product made $100,000. After the pitch and Loris investment, the company has sold over 10 million units and made over $50 million.
Shark Tank has made a success out of many products. Only time will tell what amazing product will take off after being presented on the show.
Anonymous on 12/21/2015
I was a guest at the Grand Hyatt New York as part of a 2-day conference. The night I returned home I noticed about 15 bites on both feet/legs – smaller than a mosquito bite, red, and somewhat raised. They itched for a few days. I called the hotel the following day to report the incident. I was advised the room would be pulled from inventory and inspected by an independent company. Two days later, I was told there was no evidence of activity. I asked for a copy of the report which indicated si
milar: “during inspection no activity noted.” I expressed concern about the brief report. I didn’t leave my home state (for the conference) with any bites on my legs and later received confirmation from my personal physician that I did receive bug bites. I arrived Monday, 12/14/15 and left Wednesday, 12/1615.
LDW on 10/02/2013
Stayed there two nights (Sept 24/25, 2013) and encountered bed bugs the first night. Saw it climbing on clothes and experienced bites both nights.
Reported it to the GM who said they take it seriously and would be sending and inspector up as well as emailing us the results. A week later, still have not heard a thing!
Anonymous on 04/19/2013
I stayed there for four nights from March 14th to the 18th, and I had no problems whatsoever. I enjoyed myself a lot, and all of the staff were so nice, I literally became friends with some of them. No bed bugs for me, definitely! Loved it!
Anonymous on 04/09/2013
My wife and a friend stayed here on the 17th floor on Easter weekend 2013. NO bugs reported. Very clean room. Good experience.
Goldcoaster on 09/24/2012
September 2012 Stayed four nights over Labor Day weekend and the hotel was a pleasure to stay at. NO bed bugs whatsoever, crisp, clean rooms, staff was great. Checked all the places bed bugs breed, nothing, very reassuring. Was there for the USTA conference and US Open. Concierge was excellent, suggested Fabio’s one rainy night, restaurant was superb and reasonable. I would definitely go back to this hotel.
Debbie S. on 06/04/2012
My two kids, sister, mom and I stayed here (in 2 different rooms) in May of 2012 and saw NO SIGN OF BEDBUGS at all. We stayed on the 23rd and 24th floors and we stayed for 4 nights. We were not particularly careful with our belongings – left stuff on the floor, for example – because I was stupid and didn’t check the registry before we went (we didn’t have a choice where to stay because we went with a tour group). However, we had NO problems and saw no signs of bugs of any kind. We’ve been home f
or a week now and still no signs of any problems. I would HIGHLY recommend this establishment for its cleanliness and hospitality.
d on 04/22/2012
Stayed here on 4/13/12 & 4/14/12 on 31st floor. Did not find any bed bugs. Hotel was very clean.
Anonymous on 09/13/2011
Just stayed here Aug 3 & 4 2011, my sister and I shared a room. I was still a little apprehensive but checked the room thourghly and was pleasantly surprised to find nothing. It was very clean & comfy and without hesitation I will recommend a stay at this hotel to anyone. It is very centralized to all I was hoping to see. Staff is very friendly and I’m looking forward to the new lobby once all the remodeling is done.
citygurl on 07/31/2011
We have stayed in this hotel many times and always find a fresh and immaculae room – this time we had booked two connecting rooms for three nights each – no bedbugs, clean drinking glasses, shining bathrooms. Love this chain
Anonymous on 03/30/2011
Stayed two nights – 3/4/11-3/6/11.
We were delighted. Very clean and lovely place.
Anonymous on 02/15/2011
Stayed at Grand Hyatt, NYC Jan 28-30, sixteenth floor. Did not see any signs of bedbugs…really did not think much about an infestation in such a well named hotel. Previous reports of bugs seemed to have the management taking a closer look at such a nasty pest. Keep up the good work, a very nice place to stay.
Tak Wong on 02/03/2011
Stayed on the 31th floor in this hotel from Jan 27-30 2011, no bedbugs. We checked as soon as we entered the room and every thing was ok. Still we took the precaution and kept belongs off the floor.
JD on 12/08/2010
We just returned from the Grand Hyatt in NYC staying 2 nights Saturday and Sunday 12/4/2010 – 12/5/2010. Didn’t see any bedbugs, didn’t get any bites. Upon arrival I thoroughly checked the room for bedbugs or signs of bedbugs. I removed all the sheets from both beds including the box spring cover. I even pulled both the mattress and box spring off the frame and checked everywhere with a flashlight (which I packed just for the occasion). Not leaving anything to chance we kept 2 suitcases in the b
athroom and the other on the luggage rack in the closet. All coats were hung in the closet at all times and nothing was left on the bed or floor – even our shoes were stored on the shelf in the closet while we slept. Dirty cloths were stored in a trash bag (again in the bathroom) and washed immediately when we got home.
We have taken our family to NYC and stayed at the Grand Hyatt every December for the last 5 years and have never had a single problem or incident. The staff is always friendly and helpful and the rooms have always been clean. After reading several other stories about bedbugs in hotels we simply took extra precautions this year just in case.
flag fan on 10/30/2010
I stayed in this hotel for two nights teh Columbus Day weeked (October 9-11) and had no problems with bed bugs. I was a little worried becaause of the reports by some others, but based on my own experience I would not hesitate to stay here again and I don’t see any reason to avoid this hotel because of concerns about bedbugs.
Anonymous on 10/11/2010
We stayed at the Grand Hyatt in NY on 10/9/10. I had researched the hotel ahead of time and knew of the possibility of bed bugs at this hotel. When we got there, I made sure to take all precautions and checked the mattress, box springs, headboard and dressers for ANY evidence of bedbugs. There was NO evidence in our room. The mattress and box springs were clean with no staining or spotting whatsoever. We stayed there one night and all was well. Our luggage was stored on the luggage rack onl
y and I am washing all clothes in hot water as I type this with extra time in the dryer just as an added precaution.
MikeC on 09/28/2010
I read the report for this hotel AFTER I reserved a room, so I was a little worried about the possibility of bed bugs.
I DID NOT experience any bed bugs at the Grand Hyatt New York during my short stay from September 25-27, 2010. I slept soundly for two nights, and I even woke up around 5-6am just to look under the covers for any possible bugs….I saw nothing that would lead me to think there was a problem at this hotel….at least in my room and floor.
The room was clean and contemporar
y. I thought the hotel was very nice. I would definitely stay there again. The convenience of the big subway hub just two doors down was great.
Anonymous on 09/03/2010
August 27-29, 2010, business trip. Woke up on the 29th with 4 bedbug bites (all in a row on my left arm). I had bedbugs a few years ago in South America so I know what the bites look like on me, and I am very allergic. I searched the bed but didn’t see any signs of them. Could have been in the carpet or chairs or bureau. I reported it to the hotel but haven’t heard anything.
George from UK on 03/20/2010
I just came back from a business trip in NY, i stayed at the grand hyatt for 2 nights Sunday 14 and Monday 15 of March. I checked out on Tuesday 16th and i started seeing some tiny red marks on my hands, arms and face, within the next 24 hours this marks have developed to blister like red bumps, i have in excess of 50 and they are very itchy. This has ruined the rest of my business trip and made me very worried. I will seek legal action against the hotel once i get all the right documentation
and proof in order. In the meantime i urge you not to stay there unless you want your holiday or business trip to turn into a nightmare. They should be ashamed, a 5star expensive hotel should not subject its guests to that
anonymous on 01/27/2010
November 9-11 Dirty sheets and then bedbugs followed shortly afterward. These went undiagnosed ruined my Christmas!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Anonymous on 01/26/2010
I stayed at the Grand Hyatt over New Year’s weekend. Immediately upon returning to D.C. I started noticing bites. They seem to be clearing up now, although I’m paranoid they may have traveled home with me or my boyfriend. I cannot “prove” the bugs were there of course, but I am highly suspicious. I urge you to be cautious if you stay there. Use the luggage rack, etc.
Anonymous on 10/19/2009
I recently attended at wedding in NYC and stayed at the Grand Hyatt for 4 nights, September 24-27, 2009. Room 2402. We had no other stops on our trip.
I returned home with over 100 bed bug bites on my thights, arms, hip area and under my chin. Bed bugs have a characteristic pattern of biting and mine is classic. I saw a doctor on October 6th who confirmed my suspicion.
My husband phoned the Grand Hyatt to inform them that I was covered with bed bug bites following my stay at their hote
l. We received a fax today, October 19th with a report showing no bed bugs found in the room. B—S—. Like they would really fax us a report revealing infestation in their hotel.
If you decide to stay at the Grand Hyatt, sleep tight and don’t let the bed bugs bite!
Grand Hyatt New York on 08/28/2009
August 5th – 8th, 2009 Room 2567 Two friends and I took a girls trip to NYC and stayed at the Grand Hyatt. Me and one friend shared the same bed all four nights and both of us came home bitten by bed bugs. I received a medical diagnosis and have pictures of the bites. The first day home my friend called the front desk supervisor to tell him of the situation. He was non-chalant about the problem and said he’d look into it. I called the next day to file a formal complaint and upper mgmt said
that he’d first have to remove the occupants from the room (this should have been done the day before). They did a formal inspection of the room with their company of choice and sent me (after two requests) a simple report that stated no bed bugs were found. The insurance agency would not help us as well. All that we requested was to be reimbursed for our hotel stay and medical expenses. They refused all requests. This hotel not only costs us $300 a night, but time off from work, medical expenses, and time lost re-washing every piece of clothing that we had taken with us. I strongly recommend that you DO NOT stay at this hotel.
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About one-third of Anaheim’s approximately 95 motels are used as long-term lodging. Under a new ordinance, residential motels will have to register with the city and could be subject to inspections. Photo by Allen/roadsidepictures via Flickr Creative Commons
Motels in Anaheim that serve as long-term homes for low-income people will soon be subject to periodic inspections to make sure theyre up to code. The city council this week voted unanimously to adopt anordinancethatis an extension of a 2-year-old program that targets the citys rental units for similar inspections.
About one-third of Anaheims estimated 95 motels are expected to be included in the program. Owners of residential motels will be required to register with the city and fill out a questionnaire about management practices, including questions about the motels pest control practices and its system for taking and responding to tenant complaints.
Problematic motels will be inspected and owners will be given deadlines for fixing problems or else face fines.
Still, Anaheim Planning Director David Belmer stressed that the city wants to work with motel owners to ensure safe, sanitary housing.
“We always give the owner an opportunity to perform, he said. “Our expectations are reasonable and simple. All were asking is for you to provide safe and sanitary conditions here.
Belmer said the citys highest concentration of residential motels is on Beach Boulevard, once a major city thoroughfare that offered lodging for out-of-town visitors. Now, most visitors stay in the citys resort district, closer to the I-5.
Many motel owners in the area have found a market among down-and-out individuals and families who need a place to stay for a few nights or even weeks or months.
“They definitely fulfill a housing need because people are living there, Belmer said. “And I think its largely people who cannot qualify for traditional housing for various reasons.
One of those reasons is cost. Anaheim, like most Orange County cities, has a dearth of affordable housing. More than 1,000 Orange County school children lived in hotels or motels during the 2014-2015 school year, according to the latest data from the Orange County Department of Education. Jeanne Awrey, the departments homeless education manager, said the percentage of homeless students has gone up since schools started keeping track in 2003, but said it was hard to gauge how much of the increase is due to better accounting.
The countys biannual Point in Time homeless count does not include people living in motels.
Paul Leon, executive director of the Illumination Foundation, said Anaheim likely has the largest concentration of residential motels in the county.
He said renting a motel room isnt necessarily cheaper than renting an apartment, but families often dont have the funds to pay a deposit or cant keep up with monthly rent. Many rotate between sleeping in their cars, in parks or at the beach, and in motels.
Leon said he welcomed the news of Anaheims residential motel inspection program.
“Having transparency in those apartments is a great idea, he said, adding that many rooms housing transient families have bed bugs, lice or rats. He recalled visiting one room where the bathtub was covered in black mold.
Theyre horrendous, he said. “Some of them arent any better than the street.
Anaheim plans to have its new inspection program up and running by June. Its expected to cost about $150,000 annually.
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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. – It’s spring cleaning time and that includes pest control. Local experts say the top calls right now are to get rid of ants, bed bugs, and roaches.
The Better Business Bureau of Southwest Missouri says, before you call an exterminator, check its work history. You can read reviews at http://www.BBB.org.
Talk to family and friends about their experiences and which pest control companies got the job done for a fair price.
Ask to see the license or other credentials of the professional who comes to your home.
Don’t rush. If it’s an expensive issue, get bids from several companies.
Before signing a contract, make sure you understand the extent of the infestation, and the work necessary to fix the problem.
Find out if the company has liability insurance to cover any damages to your home or furnishings during treatment.
If a guarantee is given, know exactly what it covers, and for how long.
Finally, be suspicious of anyone who comes to your home uninvited and offers a free inspection.
The BBB says scammers can try to scare you into authorizing immediate and expensive treatments. They may say your ceilings or floors could collapse. The BBB says, in some cases, scammers even bring pieces of termite-infested wood and claim they found it on your property. Don’t sign anything. You can file a report with the BBB’s online Scam Tracker.
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Answer Man: I see these stealthy looking vehicles with unusual markings. They look like they belong to law enforcement. Do they?(Photo: Steve Pokin/News-Leader)Buy Photo
Answer Man: I’ve seen several black police-like vehicles with “SWOJS” on them. Today I saw a black Tahoe with those letters.The lettering is done in such a stealthy way that it is almost invisible. What is this organization? Why the secrecy? Jon Wessel, of Springfield
Jon, this agency is so secret that I found no trace. This worries me. You should leave the country tonight.
Actually, I found no trace because the initials are actually “SMOJS” not “SWOJS.”
SMOJS stands for Southern Missouri Judicial Services, it’s a private-security company based in Springfield, with a second location in Branson.
(So you know, readers, I sent Jon a link to the SMOJS website and he confirmed that this is the company he had asked me about.)
The man behind the tinted window oftentimes is former police officer Tim Brenner, 44, who founded SMOJS in 2008 in his Springfield home.
It started as a bail-bonding company but quickly expanded to security, surveillance, prisoner transport and arson investigation.
Tim Brenner started his own security company in 2008. The company has 10 canine units.(Photo: Steve Pokin/News-Leader)
Security clients include hotels, apartment complexes and gated communities.
“We provide executive protection for people who come to town,” he says. He said his company does not disclose its executive customers.
Transport customers include various police agencies.
The company has 14 vehicles which includes Tahoes, Dodge Chargers, Chevy Impalas and two prisoner transport vehicles. All have the same features sought by law-enforcement departments.
It has 67 employees, including many certified law-enforcement officers, as well as 10 trained canines.
One of the dogs is trained to detect bedbugs.
“We provide bodyguards,” he explains. “Some of our clients want to make sure that the room where they are staying doesn’t have bed bugs.”
Some of the SMOJS dogs attendschool.It’s where they sniff for drugs or guns.
Tim Brenner’s company has a fleet of 14 vehicles and employs 67 people.(Photo: Steve Pokin/News-Leader)
According to Brenner, his company has the state’s only canine specifically trained to sniff out materials used as accelerants in fires.
It also has a bomb-sniffing dog.
Often, he says, the dogs are hired under contract by public agencies that include schools, police departments and sheriff’s departments.
It has a drone, too, to help in investigations, according to the company’s website.
In 2013, Brenner invested in breath-alcohol units.
Brenner started his law-enforcement career in Cherokee County, Kansas. He later worked with canines in Barry County and in Springfield as an undercover member of COMET, the Combined Ozarks Multijurisdictional Enforcement Team, a drug task force operating in Greene County and eight others.
And the lettering you mentioned, Jon well, Brenner tells me he just wanted something cool and distinctive.
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Father Peter Young goes through some of the letters he’s received from people in prison in his office in the basement of the Picot Building on Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Albany, N.Y. Father Young said they write to him trying to find services for themselves on their way out of prison. “I try to find them housing, treatment and employment, they are in need of a support system when they get out. I always say I’m trying to turn them into tax paying citizens” Father Young said. (Paul Buckowski / Times Union) less Father Peter Young goes through some of the letters he’s received from people in prison in his office in the basement of the Picot Building on Thursday, March 9, 2017, in Albany, N.Y. Father Young said they … more Photo: PAUL BUCKOWSKI
Robert Kent, general counsel of the state Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services, and OASAS Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez. (Photos provided by Brian Flynn/WMHT)
Robert Kent, general counsel of the state Office of Alcoholism & Substance Abuse Services, and OASAS Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez. (Photos provided by Brian Flynn/WMHT)
War of words over addiction program’s fate
The commissioner of the state Office of Alcoholism and Substance Abuse Services wrote a letter to multiple state legislators over the weekend defending her agency’s efforts to shut down a sprawling addiction-treatment program run by an iconic Albany Roman Catholic priest.
The three-page letter from Commissioner Arlene Gonzalez-Sanchez was addressed to Assemblywoman Patricia Fahy of Albany and several other legislators who last week called on OASAS to explain its reasons for cutting off funding to the Peter Young Housing, Industries and Treatment program, which was founded by 86-year-old Father Peter Young.
“OASAS and other state agencies, along with the Office of the Attorney General, have been unsuccessful in their efforts to persuade PYHIT to take the steps necessary to correct their administrative, operational and fiscal deficiencies,” the commissioner wrote.
PYHIT, in an eight-page response on Sunday, characterized the commissioner’s summary as “inaccurate” and said she has been “misinformed” by her staff. They also provided copies of financial records and state inspection reports they said contradict the information in the commissioner’s critical letter.
The tension between Young’s storied addiction-treatment organization, which took shape more than 50 years ago and eventually stretched from Brooklyn to Buffalo, boiled over last week following a Times Union article that laid bare the state’s hard-line stance against Young and his supporters. The state’s decision to cut off PYHIT’s funding and access to state contracts has sent the nonprofit into a slow death spiral.
The situation became incendiary last summer when the OASAS general counsel, Robert A. Kent, launched into an obscenity-laced tirade directed at Young and volunteer members of his board of directors during a meeting where Kent refused to listen to their proposals for saving the organization.
“We are sick of you. We should have put you out of business two years ago,” Kent told the group, according to multiple people who were at the meeting. “The state does not want to do f—ing business with you people.”
Gonzalez-Sanchez and Gov. Andrew Cuomo have declined to address Kent’s behavior and there’s no indication he faced discipline for his remarks.
OASAS has carefully praised Young for his decades of hard work, but also said his organization has fallen apart, is financially unstable and is no longer able to function at the levels required by the state.
Without specifying the sites, Gonzalez-Sanchez in her letter cited prior state investigations that she said uncovered “systemic neglect” of PYHIT’s facilities and led to citations for “maggot and bed bug infestations, unrepaired fire damage, a roof leaking into residential areas, inoperable sanitation facilities and numerous issues related to unsanitary and unsafe physical plant conditions.”
The commissioner also described Young’s organization as “over $5 million in debt” and still lacking administrative protocols to prevent the breakdowns that led to five former employees being convicted in a criminal investigation that began in 2011 with crimes ranging from padding expenses to embezzlement.
“PYHIT has also been cited for serious regulatory and operational deficiencies, failure to correct citations, inadequate staffing and failure to provide an environment conducive to recovery,” Gonzalez-Sanchez wrote.
PYHIT responded that the commissioner’s “disparaging language … will certainly grab attention” but said the nonprofit’s 12 licensed facilities all received near-perfect scores in OASAS inspection reports conducted during the past three years.
“OASAS’s field inspectors did not give a single PYHIT facility a noncompliance rate on any of the PHYIT facilities, and almost all the PYHIT facilities were granted the three-year maximum license that OASAS is permitted to issue under the law,” the organization’s letter states.
PYHIT’s response added that its efforts to make repairs at its facilities have been hampered by the state’s decision to cut off maintenance funding that was granted in the past. Instead, the group said, the state offered another organization Addictions Care Center of Albany $100,000 per building for repairs if it took over a few of PYHIT’s treatment facilities. PYHIT’s letter said the state was “starving” their group of needed repair funds and is “now accusing PYHIT of not keeping up its facilities.”
The organization also disputed the commissioner’s allegations about its financial soundness, saying the organization has $3.5 million in “mortgage debt” on properties valued at about $9 million.
“Consultation with any banker or debt analyst will reveal that the debt to equity ratio of about 46 percent is at the superior end for debt analysis and evidences significant financial stability,” PYHIT wrote.
At the explosive meeting with OASAS officials last July, PYHIT said their board members, including Saratoga National Golf Club owner Tom Newkirk, who holds the mortgages and is a longtime supporter of Young’s, were not allowed by Kent to explain their financial stability. Newkirk said he was going to guarantee a “zero deficit” for the PYHIT programs for two years, but never got the chance to explain.
“It doesn’t matter, we are shutting you down,” Kent told the group. “It can go easy or not. … We are sick and tired of you and we don’t want to do business with you anymore.”
OASAS officials said PYHIT’s financial problems also include $650,000 owed to the state as repayment for funds that were expended for renovating a treatment program in Altamont that subsequently closed. PYHIT acknowledged the program in Altamont struggled because of the lack of state grants, but said they do not owe $650,000 because Kent has siphoned $80,000 a month from PYHIT’s state funding for other programs since last September, which paid down that debt by more than $500,000.
Kent cut the $80,000 per month from three drug-treatment programs in Warren, Washington and Rensselaer counties that had contracts with PYHIT.
“Your staff’s effort was to try to change the financial picture for PYHIT and to force it towards financial instability so that OASAS could make the assertions you now make in your letter,” PYHIT said.
Finally, PYHIT’s letter cited an independent audit of its operations that was commissioned by the state two years ago and gave it high marks for its treatment programs and the overall professionalism of its staff.
“It is significant that when OASAS received the report, your staff refused to provide a copy to PYHIT despite many requests over months, and it was only provided when PYHIT refused to meet with OASAS officials unless or until the report was provided,” the organization wrote in its letter to the commissioner. “You have been provided inaccurate information by your staff to formulate your letter to Assemblywoman Fahy, and most of your assertions are directly contradicted by OASAS own internal documents.”
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Pooch Chesney pays special attention to women having a baby by resting at their feet or lying on their bellies
CHESNEY the dog is the master of the pregnant paws he knows when women are expecting.
He is usually shy but pays special attention to mums-to-be by resting at their feet or lying on their bellies.
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Owner Angie Keay, 27, said it first happened with a relative.
She said: We knew my cousin was pregnant but she wasnt really showing.
Every time she visited, Chesney would lie across her belly.
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Angie, a designer for the Pets at Home chain, said he has since detected two pregnant workmates.
One, Freya McAnally was eight weeks gone and had not told anyone.
But Chesney, 12, a Yorkshire terrier, Jack Russell and chihuahua cross, snuggled up to her, letting Angie know her secret.
Freya, 35, has just given birth to baby Lara.
Angie, of Manchester, said: Its a running joke in the office now that when Chesney goes up to someone they might be pregnant.
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Experts believe dogs can smell hormonal changes humans cannot sense.
By Joseph Archer
DOGS can be trained to smell many things to help humans.
They have been taught to detect several cancers and even low blood sugar levels.
Security dogs can find electronics, improvised explosives, weapons, gases and drugs.
The British Army has its own Dog Regiment.
Dogs can also find bed bugs, freshwater mussels, bumblebee nests, fire and even killer whale faeces.
The animals noses have more than 220million receptors to help them smell compared with around five million in humans.
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Some bedbugs are better climbers than others, and the bloodsuckers climbing prowess has practical implications.
To detect and monitor bedbugs, people use an array of strategies including do-it-yourself setups and dogs. Pitfall traps, which rely on smooth inner walls to keep the critters from escaping, are highly effective for detecting and monitoring an infestation. The traps are sold around the world, but they have been tested only with common bedbugs (Cimex lectularius) the most common species in the United States.
As it turns out, tropical bedbugs (C. hemipterus) can easily scale the walls of pitfall traps, Chow-Yang Lee, an entomologist at Malaysias University of Science, and colleagues found in lab tests. While 24 to 76 percent of tropical bedbug strains escaped traps, only 2 or fewer percent of common strains made it out. In measurements of vertical frictional force, tropical bedbugs also came out on top. Further investigation revealed extra hairs on the tibial pads of tropical bugs feet. These may give their legs a better grip on trap walls, the researchers propose in the March 15 edition of the Journal of Economic Entomology.
Tropical bedbugs live in some regions of Africa, Australia, Japan, China and Taiwan and have recently surfaced in Florida.
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