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Looming evictions may soon make 28 million homeless in U.S., expert says

Looming evictions may soon make 28 million homeless in U.S., expert says

Finance
A newly erected fence blocks the front of a vacant home that Moms 4 Housing activists occupied during a months-long protest that ended in a court-ordered eviction, in Oakland, California.PHILIP PACHECOEmily Benfer began her career representing homeless families in Washington, D.C.Her first case involved a family that had been evicted after complaining to their landlord about the holes in their roof. One of the times she met with the family, one of the children, a 4-year-old girl, asked her: "Are you really going to help us?" Benfer struggled with how to answer."I'd met them too late," she said. "I couldn't stop the eviction. They had already been sleeping on the subway, and in other people's homes. And you could see the effects it was taking on them."Today, Benfer is a leading expert ...
There’s a looming shortage of financial advisors. How today’s professionals can help prevent it

There’s a looming shortage of financial advisors. How today’s professionals can help prevent it

Finance
From left, Utah Valley University students Colton Peck, Doug Macdonald and McKenna Jacobsen. Together, they took first place in the Financial Planning Challenge at the Financial Planning Association's annual conference in Minneapolis last week.Utah Valley UniversityWhen Colton Peck started school at Utah Valley University, he was set on being an accountant.But after taking a few accounting courses, he realized he did not like it. Then, he saw a presentation on the school's personal financial planning program and decided to give it a shot."I took the intro to financial planning course and absolutely loved it," Peck said. The career, he said, includes one important element that accounting didn't: the ability to help people.Now, Peck, 23, will be graduating in December with a degree in person...
'Brexit gap' over wildlife protection is looming

'Brexit gap' over wildlife protection is looming

Science
Eighty per cent of the laws that protect the Welsh environment are tied to the EU and time is running out to replace them, nature groups have warned.They claimed wildlife and air and water quality could all be affected.One organisation - WWF Cymru - has written to Environment Minister Lesley Griffiths calling for "urgent action".The Welsh Government said it was developing proposals and would consult on them next month.But with less than 40 days to go until the UK is set to leave the EU, WWF Cymru's director Anne Meikle warned "the rug will be pulled out from our existing environmental protections".In her letter to the government she writes that "without these principles and governance structures in place, decisions will be signif...
Iceberg looming over Greenland village spotted from space

Iceberg looming over Greenland village spotted from space

Technology
An iceberg that drifted perilously close to a remote Greenland village is so big it can be seen from space. The European Space Agency released an image Tuesday showing the giant iceberg just off the coast of Innaarsuit. Dozens of village residents were evacuated to higher ground last week due to concerns the 11 million-ton iceberg might break apart and produce waves large enough to wash away low-lying buildings. The image captured July 9 by ESA's Sentinel-2 satellites shows several other large icebergs in the vicinity. Separately, Greenland's broadcaster KNR published video taken by a local resident showing a time lapse of the iceberg drifting past the village. KNR reported that strong winds and elevated tides moved the iceberg northward, away from the harbor, over the weekend. —&#...