ShareTweet SINN Féin has strongly rejected the latest attempt to rule out any prosecution of British soldiers for crimes committed during the conflict in the North of Ireland.The party’s Foyle MLA Raymond McCartney was speaking after Tory MP Richard Benyon presented a bill in Westminster that would provide a ‘statute of limitations’ on the prosecution of British troops.Mr McCartney said: “British forces were directly involved in state sponsored killings and also in a campaign of systemic collusion and state-sanctioned executions through surrogate unionist death squads.“British soldiers acted with impunity and any attempt to provide immunity to British soldiers and others who either directly, or indirectly through collusion, killed citizens is entirely unacceptable. “Mechanisms to resolve the past and provide those bereaved with a process of truth recovery were agreed at Stormont House.“That agreement is the way forward and it should be implemented“Sinn Féin will continue to support the families who are being denied truth.”MCCARTNEY SLAMS BRITISH SOLDIERS IMMUNITY PLAN was last modified: November 3rd, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: FOYLE MLAMCCARTNEY SLAMS BRITISH SOLDIERS IMMUNITY PLANRaymond McCartneyRICHARD BENYONTORY MP
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Home NewsWatch Health Doctors continue to link screen time to poor health in children Previous PostWalmart cashier steps in to polish disabled woman’s nails when salon refuses What do the experts say?The patterns of screen-based media use and their long-term effects on children and teens just aren’t known yet.“Technology is moving faster than research, therefore this is an area that needs to be studied further,” according to Dr. Edwards.There’s not much research on how to help kids be less sedentary, screens are very appealing, and getting their attention to go somewhere else is challenging.“Screens are ubiquitous, but reinforcing and respecting some strategies and rules at home that everyone can adhere to really works,” Barnett said.“It is encouraging that some technology companies have recognized the need for both parents and children to set limits, introducing options for parents to put limits on when their children can use devices and expanding on these capabilities,” Dr. Edwards stated.Could screens influence eating?The connections linking screen time to cardiovascular health and obesity are unclear, but doctors are concerned that screens might influence eating behaviors.For example, children may not notice when they are full when eating in front of a screen. There is evidence that suggests screens disrupt sleep, and that’s known to increase the risk of obesity.“The core message is to ‘sit less and play more – just move,’” Dr. Edwards said.And parents need encouragement. Sometimes it seems as though technology is too widespread to control, but setting guidelines can make a huge difference with kids. Pinterest Mail Twitter Google+ HealthNational NewsNewsWatch Doctors continue to link screen time to poor health in children By Daniella HankeyAug 07, 2018, 05:03 am 316 0 Next PostMassive explosion kills at least 2, rips huge hole in highway Linkedin (ABC NEWS)- According to a new scientific advisory statement release by the American Heart Association, time spent on “screens” (computers, phones, tablets, video games, television and other outlets) is associated with increased hours of inactivity in children and teens, which has long been associated with poor cardiovascular health and obesity.“The nature of screen time has dramatically changed – while watching television has gone down, overall screen time has gone up. We wanted to see how that would influence patterns of sedentary behavior. Even though we have new screen-based recreational devices now, we are just as sedentary,” Tracie Barnett, PhD, an epidemiologist specializing in pediatric obesity and a lead author of the advisory, told ABC News.What age spends the most time on screens?Between school (kindergarten through 12th grade) and recreation, children sit down for an average of 8 hours a day. Meanwhile, screen time rises dramatically with age, starting just before adolescence. Teens are the most sedentary children, and are spending the most total time on games and onscreen mediaWhat can parents do?Dr. Nicholas Edwards, a pediatrician and sports medicine physician in Orthopedic Surgery at the University of Minnesota and co-author of the advisory, believes the younger the child, the better it is to start healthy habits – particularly since parents have a greater influence over what they do.“We can do more when kids are younger; it is harder to intervene as they get older,” Dr. Edwards told ABC News.Suggestions include removing televisions and recreational screen-based devices from bedrooms, and keeping them away during meal times.Parents can encourage outdoor activities and device-free social interactions on a daily basis, and model those habits for kids.Screen time can be regulated, and parents should know that their own screen behaviors are important. Tumblr Facebook Daniella Hankey
Tumblr Linkedin Next PostFundraiser Set-Up After Family Loses Everything In House Fire Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Pinterest Facebook Previous PostRosedale Elementary School Helps Students Transition Through Skype Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories Lawsuit accuses state police troopers of excessive force By Tyler BarkerDec 17, 2018, 20:04 pm 344 0 Mail Twitter Google+ Home NewsWatch Local News Lawsuit accuses state police troopers of excessive force PRINCETON, W.Va. (AP) — A family is accusing West Virginia State Police troopers and a Division of Natural Resources officer of excessive force and violating their civil rights after police were called on a neighbor in 2016.A lawsuit filed last month in the Southern District of West Virginia says Trooper Lamont F. Lee placed Russell Lilly in a police cruiser after Ronnie Hurt spotted him firing a gun. The Charleston Gazette-Mail reports Lilly placed a call claiming to be a kidnapped officer and fleeing in the cruiser before setting it ablaze and returning to Hurt’s home.The lawsuit says Trooper John R. Tupper and DNR Officer Marshall Richards yanked Hurt and his daughter to the ground. The newspaper says both were hurt.Tupper, Marshall and Trooper Benjamin Wood have said Hurt was resistant to officer’s orders.
In This Issue… * Currencies & metals lick their wounds… * Aussie Treasurer in talks with China… * China 2nd QTR GDP prints @ +7.6%… * Are the markets wrong on Norway? And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Now, That Wasn’t So Bad! Good day… And a Happy Friday to one and all! I’m thinking this will be a Fantastico Friday, because… Baseball takes up again tonight! Yes, these last two nights without baseball has been quiet and boring, which is fine sometimes, but I miss my baseball! Leon Russell is playing the piano on the iPod, so the day is starting out on a good foot! The currencies and metals traded in tight ranges yesterday, as they licked their wounds from the previous day’s bloodletting. We watched Gold lose $10, then gain $10 (a $20 swing) and then lose $5 and so it went back and forth all day… I would yell out to our metals trader, Tim Smith, to look at the swings… Tim is a believer of the price manipulation going on and he always makes mention of it when we talk of Gold & Silver. It’s nice to have someone else believe these things, I hate to be the only boy crying wolf! Yesterday, Australian Treasurer, Wayne Swan, was in Beijing for talks with the Chinese about the Aussie dollar (A$) becoming the third currency directly convertible to the renminbi / yuan. Folks… that removes U.S. dollars from the middle of the terms of trade between these two countries, and even with China slowing down, and probably bottoming out in 2nd QTR, that represents some very large numbers that will no longer require the use of U.S. dollars! The last couple of years I’ve said over and over again that China, having suffered from the financial meltdown of 2008, was attempting to convert their export led economy to a domestic demand led economy, with exports providing the gravy… It will be important as we go along this year, with both the Eurozone, and the U.S. melting down again, to see just how far along the Chinese have come with this switch… One of the keys could be the fact that personal income in China has increased over 13% in the last two years… So, the Chinese have far more disposable income than they’ve ever had before, and that bodes well for a country that wants domestic demand to be the driver of their economy. While we’re talking about China… The Big News out of China overnight was the printing of their 2nd QTR GDP… The 2nd QTR GDP printed at +7.6%… as my mom used to say when she would make me take some awful medicine, “Now, that wasn’t so bad”… I’ll even go back to my customer that had a business in China for years, and tells me that you can only believe 1/2 of what the Chinese report… So… 1/2 of 7.6% is 3.8%, now.. show me another country that grew 3.8% in the 2nd QTR! And… as I’ve said repeatedly… it is thought to be the bottom… Aussie dollar (A$) traders and investors liked the color of the Chinese GDP and the A$ is attempting to gain back the over 1-cent loss it took yesterday. And the euro is pretty much flat on the day, as it bounces back and forth around the 1.22 handle. Earlier this week I talked briefly about the LIBOR scandal… Well, the Wall Street Journal (WSJ) is reporting that U.S. Treasury Sec. Geithner, sent a private email to the Bank of England (BOE) Gov. King, calling for six changes that were meant to improve the credibility and integrity of LIBOR… Hmmm… not that I’m going to point any fingers here, I’ll let the WSJ do that, but, the Treasury Sec. is doing to have to do his best impression of Lucy, because he’s got a lot of ‘xplainin’ to do! On a side bar here… a long time reader sent me a note the other day, and told me that I needed to get a personal twitter account… You know, one where I could tweet the Butler patio talks without legal beagles… What an excellent idea! The problem is I don’t know where I would find the time do that stuff… Maybe when I retire, eh? But could you imagine me “raw” without the filters? That would be some good stuff! Well… I guess as long as you agree with me it would be good! HA! OK… sorry about that… a thought slipped into my head and the next thing I knew, my fat fingers were typing it out… Gotta do something about those rogue fingers! Hey… I’m seeing where traders are forecasting a rate cut in Norway this fall… You know I always say that I learned many years ago, that the markets are never wrong, and there are times I believe they are wrong, but to go against them at that time would be bad… Well, this is one of those times… Have the traders completely forgotten or tuned their hearing aids down when Norges Bank (Norway’s Central Bank) Gov. Olsen signaled a rate hike as early as December? Or when the Finance Minister proposed tougher mortgage rules last week? Norway has a housing bubble going on and we all know from experience, the longer you pump air into that bubble, the worse things are when it pops… Well, Norwegian property values have soared 30% since 2008… And here’s why… Very low borrowing costs, rising wages, and the lowest unemployment rate in Europe… A lot can happen between now and December to change the outlook but, if we skipped ahead to December right now, knowing what we now know, I would bet that the Norges Bank would be hiking rates and not cutting them… Norway has always been at the top of the class of countries when it comes to balance sheet, and I cringe when traders use the same brush they use on the euro when it comes to the krone… and I find that to be completely wrong! I’ve said it dozens of times before, and I’ll say it again, one day, traders will realize that Norway is not Greece, or Spain, or Italy or even the Eurozone for that matter! As, I have always said to my kids when they would wonder why I wouldn’t allow them to do something when, “everybody else is doing it, or going”… I would simply say, “but don’t you want to be better than everybody else? “ That’s Norway… better than everybody else, but traders just don’t see it… yet… You know… earlier this week, the Fed’s FOMC meeting minutes revealed that a few members were for implementing additional stimulus IF the economy slows down.. . The more I think about that statement the more I think that the Fed Heads wouldn’t know if the economy was slow or not… They are only, in my opinion, interested in asset prices… So, the statement should say that they are for implementing additional stimulus if the stock market continues to lose value. And when they do get around to realizing that they need to implement additional stimulus, it will be too late… They are always late to the party… I have to be careful there to not sound so harsh on the Fed Heads… I’m sure they have the economy’s best interests in mind… Like I said, the previous paragraph is just my opinion, and I could be wrong, right? Did you all see the media fawning over the Initial Jobless Claims from last week yesterday? The number of claims for the week was 350,000, the lowest weekly number in 4 years… But didn’t they forget something? Wasn’t the week one day short last week? And for that matter, not much got done on Thursday and Friday following the Wednesday holiday to celebrate our Independence Day… Media people get me, folks… they really do… are they just “readers”? Didn’t someone besides little old Chuck in St. Louis, Mo, home of the 11 time World Champion Cardinals, remember that the work week was cut short last week, and that could be the reason the number of claims was so low? I shake my head in disgust… rub my bald forehead, and carry on… Moodys downgraded Italy by two notches overnight… But then Italy went out and auctioned 5.25 Billion euros worth of bonds and had strong demand for the bonds! And as Gomer Pyle used to say to Sergeant Carter… (come on do it with your best Gomer voice) Surprise, Surprise, Surprise! Guess what, Sergeant Carter? Greece is failing to meet 210 of 300 austerity targets… Now isn’t that surprising? And then you can hear Sergeant Carter yelling at Gomer… PYLE, No this isn’t surprising, it was going to take a hell-of-a good effort for them to meet those targets! Now go peel some potatoes! Come on, folks.. you’ve got to have a little fun with this stuff or it begins to wear you down! I have two Then There Were This stories today… first, is a story that comes to us from CNBC, and it’s the incredibly intelligent and respected James Grant of the Grant’s Interest Rate Observer, talking about the LIBOR scandal of banks fixing rates… This is good., folks… Here’s James Grant… “The Fed is in the business of trying to manipulate markets, the macro economy, interest rates, unemployment and inflation through various monetary means, including the twisting around of yield curves and interest rates,” Grant said.Commenting on the growing London Interbank Offered Rate fixing scandal, Grant said “the idea that the banks are in charge of manipulating interest rates is absurd. The central banks do it all the time and they do it massively.” The Libor scandal might get bigger, Grant conceded, but outrage should be directed at the world’s central banks, he said.” Chuck again… yes… I’ve always contended that the markets should set rates and not arbitrarily set by Central Bankers… but it goes deeper than that! And then this one that really had me screaming at the walls this morning… Thanks to good friend Brad, for sending to me, and was pulled from CNSNews.com… “This year, Americans have to work until July 15 to pay for the burden of government, more than six months. In a new report, Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) has calculated that Americans will spend a total of 197 days toiling to pay for the cost of government. “Cost of Government Day is the date of the calendar year on which the average American worker has earned enough gross income to pay off his or her share of the spending and regulatory burden imposed by government at the federal, state and local levels,” reads the report. “ Chuck again… when will the all the people in the U.S. rise up and tell their representatives to stop spending money we don’t have, or they will get thrown out of office? Because that’s what it’s going to take, folks… To recap… The currencies and metals wrapped a tourniquet around the wounds they suffered the previous day, on Thursday, and that has carried through the night. The Chinese 2nd QTR GDP report which was to be the Big proof that China’s economy has collapsed, came in better than expected at +7.6%! This news helped the A$ regain some of the over 1-cent loss it had the previous day, and Gold swung back and forth all day yesterday, but is up a few bucks this morning. Currencies today 7/13/12… American Style: A$ $1.10175, kiwi .7920, C$ .9840, euro 1.2195, sterling 1.5445, Swiss $1.0155, … European Style: rand 8.3225, krone 6.1025, SEK 7.0350, forint 237.55, zloty 3.4515, koruna 20.8035, RUB 32.70, yen 79.30, HKD 7.7565, INR 55.18, China 6.38, pesos 13.41, BRL 2.0370, Dollar Index 83.56, Oil $86.85, 10-year 1.48%, Silver $27.46, and Gold… $1,584.00 That’s it for today… Friday the 13th! I don’t get into that stuff, but some people do, so if that’s you, be careful today! Medicine has arrived… I’ll begin taking my next round of a drug that targets renal cell carcinoma, which is what I have, tomorrow… I’m not supposed to drive a car until I see how the medicine will affect me… So going forward, if there’s a day where the Pfennig is late and then it comes from Mike or Chris, you’ll know that I just wasn’t up to it that day… But I don’t expect that to happen often… Good luck to my beloved Cardinals who begin the 2nd half of the season tonight… It’s been great this week having our little Christine back… In two weeks, I’ll be in Vancouver B.C. to speak at the Agora Investment Symposium. Many of you will be there too, so please stop by our table to say hi! And… Our friends over at the 5 Minute Forecast, apologized for the perceived faux pas the previous day, regarding the bank that used customer gold holding for trading… Of course it wasn’t EverBank, and to be clear, they never said it was… and now that is crystal clear… Thanks to good friend Addison Wiggin, for getting that all straightened out… I’ll see Addison in Vancouver, and maybe we can have a chuckle over all of this! BTW… the 5-Minute Forecast is a must read for me every day, and should be for you too! OK.. this gets longer to put together, time wise, every day it seems… so, let go out and have a Fantastico Friday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.com
Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas. As announced in previous press releases, the Company received all of the required authorizations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including an Aquifer Exemption which has now been granted concurrence from EPA Region 6. Amir Adnani, President and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to have received this final authorization for initiating production at Goliad. Our geological and engineering teams have worked diligently toward achieving this major milestone and are to be truly commended. We are grateful to the EPA for its thorough reviews and for issuing this final concurrence. The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, email@example.com. Platinum got sold down a bit yesterday…and palladium traded sideways. Here are the charts… The current situation…grotesque as it is…can’t continue indefinitely. The gold price didn’t do much in Far East trading, but tried to rally around noon in London…and then again once the London p.m. gold fix was in at 10:00 a.m. EDT…but both rallies met with the same fate…a seller of last report. After the second rally got capped, the gold price didn’t do much for the remainder of the trading day in New York. Gold’s high price tick of $1,261.00 spot came shortly after 10:00 a.m. EDT. The gold price closed the Wednesday session at $1,252.50 spot…up $10.10 on the day. Not surprisingly, with everyone in New York heading out early, the net volume was a smallish 117,000 contracts. The gold stocks chopped around in positive territory yesterday on Wednesday…and even though the gold price gained back every dollar it lost during the Tuesday trading session, the HUI was only up 1.68 percent by the early 1:00 p.m. EDT close. The silver price followed a similar path…and the blast off after the noon London silver fix probably made it past the $20 spot price mark for a moment…and a not-for-profit seller had a throw a fair amount of paper silver at it before the rally collapsed. The rally at the 3 p.m. BST gold fix met the same fate…and after that, the price traded flat for the remainder of the New York session. Kitco recorded the New York high tick as $19.97 spot. Silver finished the day at $19.72 spot…up 34 cents from Tuesday. Not surprisingly, with both rallies getting hit hard, net volume was pretty hefty…around 38,000 contracts. The dollar index closed late Tuesday afternoon in New York at 83.54. Once trading began in the Far East on their Wednesday, the dollar rallied a hair…up to 83.68…by 9:00 a.m. BST in London. It was all down hill from there, with the spike low of 83.12 coming a few minutes after 11:00 a.m. in New York. The index recovered a handful of basis points from there…and closed at 83.24…down 30 basis points on the day. Sponsor Advertisement (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that Wednesday was another JPMorgan/Bank of Nova Scotia duet in both metals. There were 10 gold and 221 silver contracts posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories next Tuesday. In silver, Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia was the short/issuer on 202 contracts…and JPMorgan Chase was the only long/stopper of note, with 192 contracts in its proprietary trading account…and 22 contracts for its client account. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV yesterday…and no sales report from the U.S. Mint, either. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday, they didn’t report receiving any silver…but they did ship 428,838 troy ounces out the door for parts unknown. The link to that activity is here. They didn’t report receiving any gold…but Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia reported shipping out a couple of kilo bars of the stuff…64.30 troy ounces. I have the usual number of stories for a mid-week column…and I hope you find the time to read the ones that you deem worth your while. The metal that came out of the GLD and other gold inventories [In the first half of 2013] was, obviously, bought by someone (I contend that JPMorgan is the prime candidate). There are two factors here – investor liquidation in GLD (and not in SLV) and, separately, the requisite purchase of the shares or the metal by counterparties. The reason so much gold came out of the GLD was that by buying it as metal first converted from shares of the ETF, JPMorgan could buy it without publicly reporting ownership, as they would have had to do if they purchased the shares of GLD that were sold. In SLV, there was metal bought by JPM on liquidations, just nowhere near as much (in dollar terms) as the gold that was liquidated in GLD. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…03 July 2013 It was obvious from the price action in both London and New York yesterday that both silver and gold wanted to rally…and it was equally as obvious that there were sellers of last resort waiting to nip these rallies in the bud…and that’s what happened. Nothing, for the moment, has changed. But that still hasn’t altered the fact that at some point in time, certainly not known to us, there will be a price adjustment to the upside that will shock everyone, me included. I’m very comfortable making that claim, as the current situation…grotesque as it is…can’t continue indefinitely. With the U.S. summer holidays officially ‘on’ as of today, it’s hard to tell when all of the above will transpire…but transpire it will. As I mentioned in this space yesterday, we’ll get the jobs numbers at 8:30 a.m. EDT and, as always, it will be interesting to see how gold and silver ‘react’ to the news…or are allowed to react. We’ll know soon enough. In overnight ‘trading’ in the Far East on Thursday…if one wishes to dignify it with that name…everything is as quiet as church mouse…with no price action or volume worth mentioning…and the dollar index is comatose as well. The London market opens in about ten minutes from now as I write this paragraph…and it will be interesting to see what transpires at that juncture. As I hit the ‘send’ button at 4:15 a.m. EDT…the London market has been open for a bit over an hour…and nothing is happening there, either. Volumes are still microscopic…and the dollar index is not doing a thing…so I’m off to bed early. If everything is this quiet for the remainder of today, then it’s pretty much a given that I won’t have a column on Friday…and an extra day off would be nice. However, I will have a column on Saturday…although it will be as short as I can possibly make it, as there will be no Commitment of Traders or Bank Participation Reports to talk about. See you then. It was the same story with the silver stocks. Even though the silver price gained back more than it lost on Tuesday, Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index gained back only 2.60%. It was down 5.01% on Tuesday, in case you’d forgotten.
Dear Reader, I have a treat for you today: an exclusive article by prolific investment strategist Don Coxe, frequent contributor to Casey Research and one of our favorite thinkers. Below, you’ll read his thoughts on why US stocks continue to make new highs, and what needs to happen for them to continue upward. Then we’ll hear from Doug French, reporting on why pundits who poke fun at so-called doom-and-gloomers are off the mark. My excuse for my sparse contributions to today’s missive is that I’m hard at work analyzing the student loan “crisis” for the next issue of The Casey Report, due out next week. I have to say that before cobbling together and parsing the data, I assumed that the student loan bubble was a real thing. Lending standards on student loans are even worse than the famed “liar loans” of the mortgage crisis. When issuing Federal Stafford loans, the government doesn’t consider the student or parent’s income, expected future income, assets, or credit history. Essentially, as long as the student hasn’t been convicted of a drug offense, he qualifies. No wonder the true student loan delinquency rate is north of 30%. But after examining the structure of the industry, I’m not so sure. The bankruptcy laws are so favorable to student lenders that it’s hard to imagine them ever losing much money. For instance, because student loan debt is not dischargeable, the government collects an average of $1.10 for every $1.00 of defaulted Stafford loans. That’s right: after adding in penalties and fees, students who default end up paying more money. Of course, the lawyers and collection agencies get to wet their beaks, too. But even after subtracting collection costs, the government’s net recovery rate on defaulted Stafford loans is over 90%. Not bad when you consider that lenders typically recover less than 15% on defaulted credit cards. Anyway, there’s much more to the student loan story than I can explain here. We’re also going to have a related stock pick—a company with a big portfolio of student loans, most of which are guaranteed by the US government. If you give The Casey Report a risk-free try today, you’ll be among the first to get the brand-new issue, fresh off the digital press on June 12. As with all our monthly newsletters, you get 90 days to try it out—love it, or your money back. Click here to get started. And with that, here’s Don Coxe… If You Own the S&P 500, You’re Betting on These Three Outcomes… Whether You Know It or Not By Don Coxe, Chairman, Coxe Advisors LLC. So… why did the S&P return from its barbecuing and parade-watching on Memorial Day to surge to another new all-time high? Street economists credited it to the increase in durable-goods orders. But that’s a hoary answer exhumed to cover up economists’ shared inability to explain the stock market’s idiosyncrasies on a day devoid of big news. Durable-goods orders are lumpy and notoriously subject to massive restatements, so they almost never produce a widespread lust to buy stocks. Other answers are equally unsatisfying. It’s not as if a three-day weekend was enough time for investors to plow through all the bulky weekend papers to find reasons to rush into stocks. And it’s getting tiresome to hear the argument that zero returns on cash and piddling returns on Treasuries render stocks the default option. Everybody already knows that. So why the high? A clue came from the simultaneous sell-off in gold, which drove bullion through its support level to its lowest price in nearly three months. There was near-zero doubt that this breakdown occurred because Ukraine produced its first really good news in nearly three months. Not only had the Ukrainian elections gone off with large turnouts and no claims of fraud, but the previously pusillanimous central government had deployed gunships and paratroopers to dispatch the Russian-backed occupiers of Donetsk airport, killing dozens. This was the first military victory for the nation since Vladimir Putin and his KGB and military troops began cowing and conquering Ukraine. The previously all-conquering Putin responded by merely demanding a halt to the killings. The twin triumphs—at the polls and at the airport—unleashed a massive sigh of relief. Naturally, US equity investors celebrated. The Putin problem was no more. Vlad had been had. Or so it seemed to Wall Street, which was ignoring a potentially bigger story: the game-changing European Parliamentary elections. European Elections When the votes were counted across the EU, the political class across Europe and the eurocrats in Brussels were shocked and embarrassed. The usual coalition of the center-left and center-right was still—barely—in charge in the 766-member legislature, which meets in a beautiful hall in Strasbourg. Yes, the reliable Germans voted for reliable parties and politicians. But voters in the UK, France, and Denmark elected far-right populist protest parties to represent them. Populist parties of various stripes—including loonies, lefties, lively eccentrics, and loathsome racists won an unheard-of and unexpected quarter of all seats. (It’s worth noting that, aside from India, this is numerically the largest parliament in the world. It has long suffered a poor reputation among voters, a large majority of whom consider it irrelevant or despicable. The European Parliament seems to function as a spittoon where voters can express their discontent with their own governments and the EU without actually booting their own governments out of office.) Surveying the voters’ sneers at established European pompously privileged parties, national leaders such as France’s François Hollande wondered aloud whether Europe would even be governable in the future. The French gave a huge win to the National Front of Marine Le Pen, inheritor of the party leadership from her odious father, Jean-Marie Le Pen. His record of anti-Semitism was so strong that the UK Independence Party, which thrashed the Tories, Labour, and Social Democrats, announced early on it would never partner with that party. So why does all this mean a new high for the S&P? Because suddenly, the US political situation seems relatively less messy and intractable. Until last weekend, the biggest knock against investing in American stocks has been the ruling class in Washington—most notably the White House, then the Congress, and, among many Americans, the unelected and seemingly unrestrained Fed. With Europe edging closer to extremism, the US’s ruling class no longer looks so bad. What was a disadvantage has morphed into a comparative advantage. The Euro: Europe’s Bigger Problem Europe’s fate is based largely on the wildest of wild cards—a currency that doesn’t enjoy universal acceptance across Europe and lacks legal backing from any government, tax system, army, or navy. While the greenback’s value will likely fall victim to runaway Fed presses, it remains legal tender for all debts, public and private. The euro could—in theory—become the equivalent of Confederate money. As an aside, the dollar has another unquantifiable advantage: it bears the motto “In God We Trust.” That does not give it divine backing, but most avowedly gives it cachet. Euro banknotes have never made any claim to value—intrinsic or spiritual. Given some of the racist riffraff who will now be living off the European taxpayer, the euro’s abstract neutrality seems totally appropriate. With Europe Divided, Who Deals with Putin? Investors seem to think that Putin’s humiliation of the mixed and unmatched Europeans is over—that Ukraine will no longer be the sustained bad-news story that distracts investors from all the “good” economic news. Even the announcement that US Q1-GDP had been revised to a negative 1% was treated as good news, because the Street blamed it on the long, cold winter caused by climate change, formerly (and ironically) known as “Global Warming.” We hope the market has its geopolitics right. But we bet that Putin will be back. He is both resourceful and resource-full: he has class and gas. Ukraine is billions of dollars in the hole for its previous purchases of KGB-gas and must somehow find the funds to keep warm next winter. The EU election results make it unclear who will be managing the Ukraine rescue and will be negotiating with Putin—Ukraine’s creditor and gas-master. Until Putin took command of Crimea, the S&P had been floating slowly north on a raft of Fed oxygen. Near-zero short rates meant that investors have had positive dividend returns in a seemingly endless bull market. The economy has been lackluster, but the investor returns have been superb. Putin was the rude intruder into this dream deal. If he really is in full retreat and hasn’t just paused, then the S&P’s new high could be a precursor to more. However, Ukraine doesn’t need just a vanquished enemy: it needs a deep-pocketed friend who will stay the course and keep the cash flowing. Obama can be an eloquent friend, but has no authority to dispense American cash. (The Pentagon responded to pleas for weapons for the beleaguered Ukraine military by sending Meals Ready to Eat.) Regardless, for the S&P 500 to keep climbing, the US economy must someday start showing enough mojo to get profits rising at a pace at least equal to the rise in stock prices. Until that happens, investors who buy US stocks are making three risky bets at once: The EU will be able to get all 28 of its members in line to find the strategy and cash to save Ukraine—and keep Putin from destabilizing Ukrainian regions heavily populated with Russian speakers’ Putin has been beaten at his own game by a chocolate oligarch; and US corporate profits will catch up to equity valuations. That—at least to us—is at least one big bet too many. For 40 years, strategist Don Coxe has been speaking about, writing about, and investing in the global capital markets. Currently, he is advisor to BMO Global Asset Management for commodity funds, and he publishes The Coxe Strategy Journal for clients of Coxe Advisors.
After more than a year long investigation surrounding Former Governor Robert Bentley and several others, a Grand Jury says the case has come to a close.The Grand Jury determined no additional charges are warranted.Bentley, who pleaded guilty to two misdemeanors in 2017 that he broke State Ethics Laws and Misused State Property to pursue a relationship with his top Aide Rebekah Mason.Bentley resigned as Governor on April 10th of 2017.The report also found a number of “Serious Concerns” about State Law that Hinder Prosecution.“The investigation was not limited to Former Governor Robert Bentley. It included matters that the Ethics Commission investigated and I understand they investigated Rebekah Mason and Jon Mason. We had leads and allegations pertaining to a number of people and all of those were followed up” says Former Montgomery County District Attorney, Ellen Brooks.Jon and Rebekah Mason were also cleared of any indictments.Bentley is currently serving 12 Months of Unsupervised Probation.
Greece’s star soccer striker Kostas Mitroglou, who left Olympiakos to sign with the British Premier League team Fulham isn’t fit to play for them yet, the team’s coach said of the man signed for 12 million British Pounds, about $20 million.Coach Felix Magath said Mitroglou, who previously had an injured knee, is in condition enough to play only 30 minutes, not 90 minutes, although the Greek player is expected to play for Greece in a friendly against South Korea. He’s been left off the Fulham roster for its March 8 game against Chelsea, the London Evening-Standard reported.Mitroglou, 25, has made just one 29-minute substitute appearance since joining Fulham in January but Magath’s concern about the player’s condition caused confusion as to why the striker is playing for the Greek national team. He is the centerpiece of its World Cup squad getting ready for the games in Brazil this summer.Magath struggled to clarify his decision to leave Mitroglou out at the weekend, with the Fulham manager first saying the forward was not fit enough before going back on those comments by claiming he was not ready for the intensity of the Premier League.“He is not fit enough to play 90 minutes,” said Magath, and then caused more confusion by not naming Mitroglou on the substitutes’ bench at Craven Cottage despite admitting he was “fit enough to play for half an hour”.Mitroglou joined Fulham with a minor knee injury but appeared to be on his way to full fitness when he made his debut as a substitute against West Brom last month. Mitroglou is likely to return from international duty and will then be assessed by Magath and the club’s medical staff before the trip to Wales. TweetPinShare0 Shares
MIAMI — Strange as it sounds, missing shots worked wonders for the Miami Heat.And after the Brooklyn Nets went nearly two minutes — a basketball eternity — without the ball down the stretch, the two-time defending NBA champions would soon find themselves two wins from another trip to the Eastern Conference finals.LeBron James scored 22 points, Chris Bosh added 18 and the Heat pulled away late to beat the Nets 94-82 on May 8, taking a 2-0 lead in the East semifinals.“To be able to get some stops like that at the end, and then execute, it’s something that’s critical in this series,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.Dwyane Wade had 14 and Ray Allen scored 13 for the Heat, who tied a franchise record with their eighth straight playoff victory. They’ll go for No. 9 on May 10 night, when the best-of-seven series shifts to Brooklyn for Game 3.For the second straight game, Miami had five players in double figures. “That’s what our team is all about,” James said. “We don’t really care who scores.”Mirza Teletovic set a Nets playoff record with six 3-pointers, on his way to a 20-point night off the bench. Shaun Livingston scored 15, and Paul Pierce and Joe Johnson each added 13 more for the Nets.Deron Williams was 0 for 9 from the field, the worst shooting night of his career.“That one hurt,” Nets coach Jason Kidd said. “We were right there. We gave ourselves, on the road, an opportunity against the world champs. We let the game slip away. That one possession when they got four offensive rebounds, it didn’t lose the game for us.”It was three rebounds, but no matter. It was still a backbreaker for the Nets.Teletovic scored inside with 3:39 left to get Brooklyn within eight. For the next 100 seconds, Miami kept possession.James missed a 3-pointer, and Allen — who led Miami with eight rebounds — maneuvered his way around four Nets to grab the rebound. James missed again, and Wade grabbed that board. James missed a layup, but Chris Bosh controlled that board.And finally, almost mercifully, Wade found James for a layup with 1:59 remaining. The lead was 10, the outcome decided. “That was a killer,” Johnson said.Wade had just six points in the game’s first 37 minutes, then eight more in the next three, setting the tone for a grind-it-out fourth quarter from Miami.“You’ve got to do the little things until you get your opportunity,” said Wade, who finished with seven rebounds and seven assists. “That’s what I was able to do.”The Heat led 79-77 when Brooklyn’s Marcus Thornton missed a 3-pointer with 6:21 left — which, had it gone down, would have had the Heat facing a fourth-quarter deficit for the first time in these playoffs.But it missed. And that’s when the Heat found separation for the first time all night, at the most critical point.James was in trouble with less than 4 seconds on the shot clock and still found a way to get a bounce pass out to Mario Chalmers in the left corner for a 3-pointer. James passed on the fadeaway, deciding it would be a bad shot, and made the decision to send the ball to Chalmers.“Just get it there,” James said he was thinking.He got the pass there, Chalmers made the shot, and after a stop on the ensuing Brooklyn trip, Allen hit from the same spot as Chalmers for an 85-77 lead.“As the game wore on we started picking up the pace,” Allen said. “We started to getting how we play basketball.”Teletovic kept the Nets afloat. He made his first four 3-pointers, needing less than six minutes to do so after checking in for the first time late in the opening quarter. He had 15 points on 5-for-7 shooting from beyond the arc by halftime alone, a boost that Brooklyn definitely needed.And his shots came at big times. Of Teletovic’s five 3s in the first half, three broke ties. His sixth 3 of the game, late in the third, tied the game at 61.But in the end, Miami was too much. “This series is far from over,” Johnson said.(TIM REYNOLDS, AP Basketball Writer)TweetPinShare0 Shares
MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Novak Djokovic was so good, so relentless, so pretty much perfect, that Rafael Nadal never stood a chance.Djokovic reduced one of the greats of the game to merely another outclassed opponent — just a guy, really — and one so out of sorts that Nadal even whiffed on one of his famous forehands entirely.In a remarkably dominant and mistake-free performance that yielded a remarkably lopsided result, the No. 1-ranked Djokovic overwhelmed Nadal 6-3, 6-2, 6-3 on Sunday night to win a record seventh Australian Open championship and a third consecutive Grand Slam title, raising his count to 15 overall.“An amazing level of tennis,” Nadal acknowledged.After dropping only four games in the semifinals, Djokovic spoke about being “in the zone.” Clearly, he did not budge from there, producing 34 winners and only nine unforced errors Sunday.And this was against no slouch, of course: Nadal is ranked No. 2, owns 17 major trophies himself and hadn’t dropped a set in the tournament.But Djokovic left Nadal smirking or gritting his teeth or punching his racket strings, unable to compete at all.Serbia’s Novak Djokovic makes a backhand return to Spain’s Rafael Nadal during the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)So Djokovic added to previous triumphs in Melbourne in 2008, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2015, 2016, along with four at Wimbledon, three at the U.S. Open and one at the French Open.He broke his tie with Roger Federer and Roy Emerson for most Australian Open men’s titles. He also broke a tie with Pete Sampras for third-most Grand Slam trophies; Djokovic only trails Federer, with 20, and Nadal.And he is gaining on them.A sore right elbow cost Djokovic the last half of 2017. It contributed to a fourth-round loss in Melbourne a year ago. He had surgery about 11 months ago.All that is in the past.The 31-year-old Serb is once again at an elite level. If anything, the gap between him and the rest is growing right now.Djokovic and Nadal know each other, their styles and their patterns all too well. This was their 53rd meeting — more than any other pair of men in the half-century professional era — and record-equaling 15th at a Grand Slam tournament. It was also their eighth matchup in a major final.So there should not have been any mysteries out there on Rod Laver Arena’s blue court as they began with the temperature, which had topped 105 degrees (40 Celsius) in recent days, at a manageable 75 (25 C) and just a hint of wind.Spain’s Rafael Nadal misses a backhand to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)Right from the start, though, this shaped up nothing like their only previous Australian Open title match, back in 2012, which Djokovic won in 5 hours, 53 minutes, the longest Grand Slam final in history.Evenly matched as they were that night, this time was no contest. None whatsoever. It lasted a tad more than 2 hours.Watching things swing so immediately and irrevocably in Djokovic’s direction really was rather hard to comprehend, as was how someone of Nadal’s experience and excellence could come out of the gate quite so poorly.Nerves? Perhaps they played a role. So, of course, did Djokovic, whose defense was impenetrable.No ball, no matter how well-struck, seemed to be out of Djokovic’s reach. He slid and stretched and occasionally even did the splits, contorting his body to get wherever he needed to.Djokovic grabbed 13 of the first 14 points, including all four that lasted 10 strokes or more. A trend was established.Spain’s Rafael Nadal, right, congratulates Serbia’s Novak Djokovic after Djokovic won the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)Of most significance, Nadal was broken the very first time he served Sunday. That gave Djokovic one more break of Nadal than the zero that the Spaniard’s five preceding opponents had managed combined. But none of them is Djokovic, the best returner in the game now — and maybe ever.Not a shabby returner, either, Nadal could make no headway on this day. Djokovic won each of the initial 16 points he served and 25 of the first 26.By the end of the second set, after 75 minutes of action, Djokovic had won nearly twice as many points (59-30), made more winners (23-14) and far fewer unforced errors (20-4), while taking 14 of 17 points that lasted at least 10 strokes.The longest was a 22-shot point, which ended when Nadal netted a backhand to give Djokovic a set point at the end of the first. Djokovic raised his right fist and held it there while staring at his guest box.He was on the right path. Nadal could do nothing to stop him.___By HOWARD FENDRICH , AP Tennis WriterSerbia’s Novak Djokovic celebrates after defeating Spain’s Rafael Nadal in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Mark Schiefelbein)Serbia’s Novak Djokovic reacts after winning a point against Spain’s Rafael Nadal during the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)Spain’s Rafael Nadal rests in his chair during a break in his match against Serbia’s Novak Djokovic in the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Kin Cheung)Spain’s Rafael Nadal serves to Serbia’s Novak Djokovic during the men’s singles final at the Australian Open tennis championships in Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019. (AP Photo/Aaron Favila)TweetPinShare0 Shares
How many attacks are there on health care facilities in Syria?Dr. Rohini Haar, a public health researcher at the University of California, Berkeley, led a team that collected ground reports of attacks in 2016 in northern Syria, filed by civilians via cellphone text.Haar wanted to find out if human rights organizations were missing anything in their reports. Sending outside investigators into a country, or monitoring news reports and social media, certainly has merit, she thought. “But that doesn’t capture all the stuff that goes on day to day that people don’t realize is also a violation of international law,” she says.She was shocked by the relentlessness of the attacks.The data, which appears Tuesday in the journal PLOS Medicine, shows a total of 200 health care-related attacks in the governorates of Aleppo, Idleb, Homs and Hama. Haar and her team focused on these provinces because they include large, historically rebel-held cities — Idleb and Aleppo — that had already sustained a lot of violence.Over 2016 that averages out to more than one attack every other day, says Haar. In the attacks her team analyzed, 112 health-care staff and 185 patients died.To compile the data, researchers partnered with the Syrian American Medical Society, which operates and funds many of the hospitals that have sustained attacks in northern Syria.SAMS hired eight civilians to visit the scene of attacks once it was safe, interview survivors and witnesses and take photos. The information was sent back to SAMS offices in Gaziantep, Turkey, via text message or an app-based questionnaire. SAMS checked these details against other witnesses’ reports.Haar and her team found that the majority of attacks occurred via aerial bombing, so it was difficult to identify a perpetrator. These attacks from above nearly always damaged structures. As a result of the attacks, eight clinics and hospitals were permanently closed; 41 other health-care facilities closed temporarily.Even when health facilities manage to survive these attacks, the threat to medical care remains, says Dr. Ahmad Albaik, a physician who works with SAMS to administer health care in Syria. Albaik is based in Gaziantep, Turkey.Before Albaik worked on this study, he practiced medicine in Aleppo between 2013 and 2015. He saw the effects of these attacks firsthand: Patients begin to fear hospitals because of the risk of bombing during treatment, he says, and doctors would leave areas where clinics sustain attacks. “If they can’t have a safe place to work to care for people’s lives, and they are a target as well, they will leave,” he says.A previous effort to identify the number of attacks in northern Syria, by Physicians for Human Rights, used information from press reports and social media to tally and verify 90 attacks on health facilities in 2016.PHR focuses strictly on attacks on health facilities and verifies incidents only after receiving two independent reports. With on-the-ground photos and reports from multiple witnesses, Haar’s team could verify more attacks and could also tally attacks on patients, health workers and ambulances.Although the new data exceeds other estimates of attacks on health care in northern Syria in 2016, Haar still thinks her results underestimate the total violence against medical facilities and workers. “There’s probably a whole subset of incidents that everybody’s missing,” Haar says. SAMS data collectors were much more likely to report attacks on large hospitals than smaller, rural clinics.”The fact that these numbers are no doubt a minimum is also shocking,” says Susannah Sirkin, a senior adviser at Physicians for Human Rights.Sirkin does not believe the health facilities are suffering collateral damage in general attacks. Because health facilities are often the largest buildings in rural areas of Syria and because hospitals have experienced repeated bombings, she believes they are being deliberately targeted — a violation of humanitarian law.Haar agrees, noting that most hospitals in Syria no longer display the Red Cross or Red Crescent markings that brands them as medical facilities. “They’ve been removed because they’re creating a giant target, literally,” she says. Unfortunately, she says, the GPS coordinates of larger hospitals and clinics are already known, so they’re still under threat.Haar’s data shows that 33 hospitals sustained more than one attack in 2016. Two hospitals in Aleppo city were attacked over 10 times. From such a barrage, Sirkin says, “you can infer complete intent to destroy access to health care for the the sick.”According to reports, the Syrian government and Russia, its ally, have denied targeting health facilities.The violence of the civil war doesn’t seem to be letting up. WHO has launched an effort to track attacks on health care facilities, personnel, and patients by combining data from nongovernmental organizations and U.N. agencies. So far, it counts 74 such attacks in Syria in 2018.”There are no safe places,” Albaik says.Menaka Wilhelm is a freelance writer covering health and technology. She’s on twitter: @menakawilhelm. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
A home for sale in Milwaukee’s Washington Heights neighborhood.The shortage of homes available on the market for millennials looking to purchase their first house, baby boomers hoping to downsize and everyone in between will continue to be tight for the next 18 months to two years, industry experts say.This has been the trend since the housing market rebounded in 2015 – about six years after the Great Recession – when more homeowners were able to sell their homes for more than what they had paid for them.A home for sale in Milwaukee’s Washington Heights neighborhood.The recent frustration, of course, has been on the buyer’s side, as some homes located in good school districts and the hottest neighborhoods sell well above asking price and many have multiple offers.“It is a really tight market and because of that, things are selling at or over asking,” said Toni Spott, a realtor with Keller Williams Realty. “But still, even in this market, it has to be a decent house and has to appraise out by the bank.” Spott recently met with a financial advisor who said within the next 18 months to two years, there will be a glut of homes on the market and the prices will begin to go down.“I do think we’re at a little bit of a bubble again,” Spott said.Mike Ruzicka, president of the Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors, said that if the economy hits a lull or interest rates go up within the next 18 months to two years, sales could slow down.“The pie of listings seems to be getting smaller, and as the number of listings decrease, buyers might go away,” Ruzicka said.In just the past two months, home sales, which had been increasing month after month for more than a year, have been down.In May, home sales fell in the metropolitan Milwaukee market for the first time in 2018, down 2.7 percent. Home sales were down 8.5 percent in June, with 221 fewer homes sold last month than in June of 2017.Home sales in the metro area for the first half of the year were flat compared to the first half of 2017, with 10,247 homes sold so far in 2018. Still, the totals through the second quarter, for both 2017 and 2018, were the strongest since 2005, when 10,282 units sold.“Despite a decline in sales over the last two months, and an even second quarter, the building blocks of the local economy and housing market are pretty solid,” Ruzicka said. “Many homes in good school districts, in move-in condition and priced under $300,000 are receiving multiple offers. And there are no signs that the market will slow down.”The only thing holding back a higher volume of sales is the availability of homes for sale. And there doesn’t appear to be any way to remediate that issue any time soon.The supply of homes for sale is not close to keeping up with demand, which continues to increase, Ruzicka said.“We’ve seen an increase in household creation in the last 10 to 12 years, which before was easy to accommodate,” Ruzicka said. “Now, we can’t accommodate them, which is why when kids graduate college they live with their parents or find an apartment; but apartments are expensive.”There were 2,459 new housing permits in the state from January through April, according to the Wisconsin Builders Association’s most recent data. That is down 2 percent from the same time in 2017.Of those, Milwaukee County had 44 permits pulled, Racine County had 81, Kenosha County had 62, Waukesha County had 320, Ozaukee County had 58 and Washington County had 105. Ruzicka said he would love to see more condominiums built but so far, with the exception of a few small condo developments that have been announced, that is not happening.“Apartments are fine for a few years, but most people want to build equity,” Ruzicka said. “What is interesting is because the first-time market is generally looking under $300,000 and the baby boomers want to downsize, they are competing for the same homes.”In the four-county metro Milwaukee area, homes under $300,000 accounted for 68 percent of the homes sold in June. Of those, 85 percent sold within 60 days.During that same time, there were 409 fewer homes listed for sale in the area than June of 2017. Over the next six months to a year, Ruzicka expects these types of trends to continue.“If you sell your house, you will probably get in the low single digits (percent) above what you could have gotten last year,” he said. “Depending on the condition and the school district, it could go up more. And you can probably expect multiple offers.”Southeastern Wisconsin home salesHomes soldAverage priceHomes soldAverage priceMilwaukee County5,886$184,9025,715$175,731Waukesha County2,731$327,1822,852$317,570Washington County996$261,9311,009$228,794Ozaukee County636$354,452644$316,843Racine County1,342$194,0401,382$176,610Kenosha County1,164$204,8661,108$193,521Walworth County843$312,419931$284,256 Source: Greater Milwaukee Association of Realtors. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
The Bostonian Society presents the premiere of Cato and Dolly, an all-new live play by Playwright Patrick Gabridge at Boston’s historic Old State House, running Friday, July 6 – September 29, 2018.The new play, commissioned specifically for the Old State House’s Through the Keyhole exhibition, reveals life behind the door of the Hancock House, Governor John Hancock’s 18th century Beacon Hill home.In addition to viewing the historic door itself, on public view for the first time in decades, visitors to Through the Keyhole will experience the new 20-minute play, which offers a glimpse of everyday life behind the Hancock door through the eyes of those who lived there: Cato Hancock, an enslaved person in the Hancock household and Dolly Hancock, John Hancock’s wife and First Lady of Massachusetts.*Advertisement* Cato & Dolly premieres on Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Old State House and will run for nine performances per week Mondays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays at 11:00 a.m., 12:30 p.m., and 2 p.m. through September 29, 2018.“The play Cato & Dolly will help visitors experience a different meaning behind the Hancock House door, giving life to the real people who lived at the dawn of the American Revolution,” said Nathaniel Sheidley, Executive Director of the Bostonian Society.Cato & Dolly will feature Boston-based actors Stephen Sampson and Felton Sparks as “Cato,” and Margaret Clark, Marge Dunn and Becca Lewis as “Dolly.” Elliot Norton Award winner Courtney O’Connor will direct the play.The play is included in the price of admission to Through the Keyhole at the Old State House, 206 Washington Street. Adults $10.00, discounts apply for seniors and students. Youth ages 6-18, Massachusetts Teachers, EBT Cardholders, US Military and Veterans are admitted free. For more information see www.bostonhistory.org or call 617-720-1713.
The other GF 305 that wouldn’t charge had damaged wires due to corrosion from sweat but the motherboard was still OK. Jacob is still working on it.MORE STORIESnewsinfo4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental townnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debateMORE STORIESnewsinfo4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental townnewsinfoLOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, PaterosnewsinfoDemocrats fight over health care, immigration at debateJacob charges P1,000 for every GPS watch he’s able to bring back from the dead. He gave me a 50% discount. For sentimental reasons, I would gladly pay him more for bringing back my trusty training partners that have been with me through long and lonely training runs and through every triumphant crossing at the finish line.With everything that Jacob has on his plate, he doesn’t need this watch repair sideline as business. The way I see it, repairing runners’ GPS watches is another one of those things he does simply for the love of running and for the love of runners in general.Thank you, Jacob, for bringing back to life my GF 305.If you have similar problems with your GPS watches, you may reach Jacob Ong on Facebook or visit his shop at KAI Stickers, Villagracia Bldg., SB Cabahug St., Centro, Mandaue City (across Cortes Hospital) with telephone number 4228899.ADVERTISEMENT Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again Cebu Marathon 2014 Training DiaryIn the 2014 edition of the Cebu Marathon, there will be no paper cups at the water stations. Instead, runners will have to bring their own hydration system, to be refilled at the water stations found every 2 kilometers along the race route. This cup-less system is the organizers’ way of making the marathon more environment friendly as water cups at water stations are a major source of non-biodegradable trash during race day.How does this impact your training for the CCM on Jan. 12, 2014? This means you’ll have to train with your hydration system of choice – whether it’s a camel back system or handheld. You cannot run with your hydration system for the first time on race day. As with your race day apparel and shoes, you must have been running or training with your camel back or handheld water bottle, months before race day. Otherwise, you risk injuring your shoulder muscles or arms because they are not used to carrying the weight of your hydration system during a long run.Good luck! Carpe viam!Read Next LOOK: MMDA conducts 2nd round of clearing ops in Pasig, Pateros MOST READ Fake cop accosts real cops, is arrested in Pateros Taipei to offer migrant workers free medical checks, haircuts Lacson: I’m no turncoat, I speak my mind PLAY LIST 01:19Lacson: I’m no turncoat, I speak my mind00:49Sis of gov’t doc who died after receiving Dengvaxia files complaint vs Garin, Duque04:57Doctors Without Borders brings medical care to Syrian refugees03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension LATEST STORIES I and my GF 305s have been on the road for a total of 7 marathons, one 50K, two 65K’s, one 102K and two 160K’s, not counting the countless training hours and the middle distance races in between.When I got pregnant in 2012, my GF 305s went on forced retirement. When I started training for Cebu Marathon 2014 about a month ago, I knew I needed my GF 305s and forced them out of retirement. However, the long hiatus seemed to have damaged my precious training partners – one won’t charge, while the other won’t turn on because the rubber buttons had become gooey. I needed a Garmin doctor – stat!FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOTolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China dealI posted a call for help on the CUC page on Facebook and all the Garmin-wearing members recommended one person – Jacob Ong. Apparently, Jacob, when not busy organizing the ultrahamster run around Cempark or ultramarathons with the CUC/ Ungo Think Tank group, or even while busy running his sticker/printing business (Kai Stickers), also repairs Garmin GPS watches.After checking my watches, Jacob said that the watch with the gooey rubber buttons can be repaired by replacing the damaged part with another rubberized material and put back together with a sticker with strong adhesive. Jacob’s assistant, Edgar, fixed it for me. I have been running again with it and, except for the white stickers on the side, it works like new. SMC bags Bulacan airport project Tolentino: No more debate with Drilon on China deal 4.0 quake shakes Davao Oriental town Bodjie Pascua slams Palace stance on making Dengvaxia usable again While training for the 1st Quezon City Marathon back in 2009, I invested in a GPS watch, a Garmin Forerunner 305 or the GF 305. Back then, it cost me P10,000 (times 2 watches = P20,000) and it was the single biggest and most expensive item I ever bought for the love of marathon running.But the high price tag was worth it. The GF 305 is like a mini computer on your wrist which helps you keep track of the actual kilometers run at a given workout, the runner’s pace per kilometer and the amount of calories burned per workout. My favorite GF 305 is the alarm system that beeps when I’m falling behind my target race pace and beeps when I’m running too fast. This helps keep the runner run even splits throughout the entire marathon. If you’re hypercompetitive, you can set the watch and compete with a virtual running partner.ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. View comments
PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension Sen. Pia Cayetano: Judge our clan based on performance Pasahero si Walker sa usa ka Porsche nga gimaneho sa iyang higala ug padung unta sila sa usa ka charity event sa Reach Out World, usa ka organisasyon ni Walker nga motabang sa mga biktima sa mga katalagman sama sa bagyong Yolanda. Nabangga sa kahoy ang maong sakyanan, nalagpot paingon sa usa ka poste og nasunog. Wa kalingkawas si Walker ug ang iyang kauban.Ang laing batan-ong mipanaw sa miaging semana mao ang akong higala nga si James Cañete. Fashion designer ang tumong ni James. Dihang gimahalan ra siya sa gasto sa paghimog daghang sinina, iyang gi-realign iyang career ug nahimo siyang make-up artist, photographer, graphic artist ug fashion stylist. Tungod sa iyang gaan nga personalidad, daghan ang malipay nga makigkuyog niya sa trabaho. Wala pay taho kun unsa gyong sakita ang mikuha ni James apan nasubo ang tanan niyang higala.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeAnia ang kanta nga Fast Car ni Tracy Chapman para ning duha ka aktibong mga binuhat nga sayo gibawiag kinabuhi.–– ADVERTISEMENT ––You got a fast car/I want a ticket to anywhere/Maybe we make a deal/Maybe together we can get somewhere Any place is better/Starting from zero got nothing to lose/Maybe we’ll make something/But me myself I got nothing to proveMORE STORIESnewsinfo‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa visits protesters blocking new Hawaii telescopenewsinfoCourt: Non-native Guam residents can vote on status with USnewsinfoAngkas says sorry for tweet likening service to sexMORE STORIESnewsinfo‘Aquaman’ Jason Momoa visits protesters blocking new Hawaii telescopenewsinfoCourt: Non-native Guam residents can vote on status with USnewsinfoAngkas says sorry for tweet likening service to sexYou got a fast car/And I got a plan to get us out of here/been working at the convenience storeManaged to save just a little bit of moneyWe won’t have to drive too far/Just across the border and into the city/You and I can both get jobsAnd finally see what it means to be livingADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. (Repeat Chorus)You got a fast car/But is it fast enough so you can fly away?/You gotta make a decision/Leave tonight or live and die this wayRead Next LATEST STORIES Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR An adobo upgrade: Add rosemary MOST READ You see my old man’s got a problem/He lives with the bottle that’s the way it is/He says his body’s too old for working/I say his body’s too young to look like hisMy mama went off and left him/She wanted more from life than he could give/I said somebody’s got to take care of him/So I quit school and that’s what I didYou got a fast car/But is it fast enough so we can fly away?/We gotta make a decision/We leave tonight or live and die this way(CHORUS) See I remember we were driving, driving in your car/The speed so fast I felt like I was drunk/City lights lay out before us/And your arm felt nice wrapped ‘round my shoulder/And I had a feeling that I belonged/I had a feeling I could be someone, be someone, be someoneYou got a fast car/We go cruising entertain ourselves/You still ain’t got a job/And I work in the market as a checkout girlI know things will get better/You’ll find work and I’ll get promoted/We’ll move out of the shelter/Buy a bigger house and live in the suburbs(Repeat CHORUS)You got a fast car/And I got a job that pays all our bills/You stay out drinking late at the barSee more of your friends than you do of your kidsI’d always hoped for better/Thought maybe together you and me’d find it/I got no plans I ain’t going nowhere/So take your fast car and keep on driving What’s new in town: Eggplant parmigiana deep-dish pizza, tofu ‘kakigori,’ ‘kamias’-date sticky toffee pudding SMC bags Bulacan airport project PM Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy Tungod tingali kay tiguwang na ko, wa sab koy sapi ug panahon para sa mga bag-ong salida sa sine ug labaw sa tanan di ko maka identify sa car and bling-bling culture, wala ako ma-fan sa The Fast and The Furious series. Nakakita kos unang salida pero wala na lang ko manumbaling sa mga sequel.Sa Manila gihimo ang world premiere sa pinakabag-ong installment sa maong serye. Tungod tingali ning ilang exposure sa Pilipinas nasakitan sila (cast, crew, producers) sa nahitabo nato pag agi ni Yolanda. Mao nga mipagawas silag video sa YouTube nga miawhag sa ilang fans pagdonar og hinabang sa Pilipinas. Ang lead actor nga si Paul Walker maoy nahimong tigpamaba sa maong pag-awhag.ADVERTISEMENT Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements View comments
200 participated in National Workshop for Education Officials of Seonghwa Youth and Students Unification Movement Japan: Under the slogan of VISION 2020 Second Generation Education through Revolution of Conscience and Great Victory over Foundation of 100,000 Youth!, the National Workshop for Education Officials of Seonghwa Youth and Students was held at the Il-shin Education Center, Urayasu, Chiba, from February 17th to 20th.This was the first workshop for education officials of youth and students since the Director of Youth and Students, Mr. Tomihiro Tanaka, took office of Vice President of Unification Church in Japan this January in response to God’s ardent desire for Second Generation and youth.The first half of the workshop from February 17th to 19th was held for directors of Seonghwa Youth Section, while the latter half from February 19th to 20th was for directors of Seonghwa Students Section. Nearly 200 education officials from all parts of Japan participated.At the opening ceremony, Vice President Tanaka claimed that we must have ‘crisis awareness’ in order to rightly acknowledge the crisis inside and outside of Japan as well as within the Unification Church. We need to become an organization in which we can hold serious talks with young people, think about the future and transform our consciousness.Vice President Tanaka explained about ‘revolution of conscience’, emphasizing the importance of becoming individuals who accept their ‘voice of conscience’ as something absolute. “Individuals who have gone through the revolution of conscience, absolutely obeying one’s conscience, must embrace people. The Unification Church must become an organization that develops through individual connections and bonds”, he said.Next, based on the four key words of the Department for Youth and Students, namely; connection, mission, leadership as well as social and international contribution, the objectives of the Department for 2015 were announced.Two newly-proposed approaches were: ‘Initiative for the establishment of Seonghwa College Students Section’ to accelerate education and mission for college students as well as ‘Empowerment of missions of youth with families (youth who have started out their families).’Some explanation was given on the significance of establishing a foundation of 100,000 youth by 2020. Its roadmap was also presented at the end of the opening ceremony.There were exchanges with CARP, presentation of Seonghwa Youth Section’s objectives for 2015, activity reports on Cheon Il Guk missionaries and Unification Church Peace Service Volunteer Team (UPeace).During the exchanges with CARP, chairman of CARP, Katsumichi Motoyama, commented on cooperation between the Department for Youth and Students and CARP. Then, the participants had exchanges according to CARP’s regional blocks.In presenting the Department’s policy for 2015, Director of the Seonghwa Youth Section of the Headquarters, Kunihiko Ogawara, explained that the core goals of 2015 is ‘Empowerment of individuals’ based on the roadmap for 2020, presenting the three major policies: To enhance Divine Principle education, To enhance missionizing to youth and students, and To promote social and international contribution.In the UPeace activity report, its presenter reported about the present situation of the affected areas and activities in Hiroshima where an earthquake caused major disasters last year. As a future direction, there was an explanation on the establishment of a national system where they can quickly respond to calls for service at times of disaster.On the second day, activity case reports were made by six churches. Kochi Church reported on its educational approach to develop heart; Okinawa Church on its foundation education; Hachioji Church on its education to lead Second Generation to practice missionizing; Yokohama Church on its activity for the settlement of culture; Kosei Church on its home group activities; Kagoshima Church on its college students’ group activity.This was followed by section meetings centering on each presenters. The participants not only learned about the external approach but were reminded that a secret to victory was the passion of the person in charge.On the third day, when all directors of the Seonghwa Students Section gathered, Vice President Tanaka gave a lecture on how factions occur from the perspective of Abel – Cain principle under the title of the Three Great Brands of the Unification Church and the Errors of Factions. He mentioned about True Mother’s heart, asserting that in order not to be caught by issues of factions, we must hold on to the three brands of the Unification Church, that is; True Parents, True Parents’ teachings (Divine Principle), Blessing. Finally, he called on to the participants by saying: “Our fourth brand is the substance. Let us become substances who aim to reach completion of love and unite with True Parents.”Then, Yasuaki Ito, Director of the Seonghwa Students Section of the Headquarters, gave an overview of the Seonghwa Students Section in 2014 and presented the objectives for 2015. He explained about the three main policies: To live a life of conscience and establish the identify as God’s children; To develop fraternal love and practice pure love, To improve academic capability and set career options. He also explained about the strategies to promote them.On the fourth day, there were a section meeting and planning of National Contest of Junghwa Cultures by regions. At the section meeting, the participants learned about the successful experiences of parishes taking imitative approaches in four areas such as Seonghwa Notebook Education in Gifu and North West Tokyo parishes, Youth Field Educators in North Aichi and South Osaka parishes, Parents’ Association in Okayama and North Nagano parishes, and learning in South Chiba and Nara parishes.Then, a new direction was presented for the National Contest of Junghwa Cultures, transmitting the culture of heart. The participants had discussions by region on how to make the program an opportunity for transmitting heavenly culture to relatives and schoolmates.Each region had the time to make plans of promoting the policies of the Seonghwa Students Section for 2015. At the closing ceremony, Vice President Tanaka gave seven requirements of a leader, revealing how to maintain right positions and to live a righteous life before True Parents.Participants’ Comments“When I think about the circumstances True Children had to go through and the position of True Parents who had no other alternatives, I hope the day will soon come when we can be proud of the Unification Church and the Unification Movement. The Second Generation is in the position to lead us from the front. I want to nurture Second Generation youth who could truly unite with True Parents.” (Director of Seonghwa Youth Section)“Vice President Tanaka’s lecture on the factions reminded me that our original point is True Parents and our final goal of education is to convey this truth to the members of the Youth Section and to rightfully nurture their views on True Parents.” (Director of Seonghwa Youth Section)
What’s New in TechnologyLatest News for EntrepreneursOur Best Videos be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/7-virtual-reality-headsets-want-now/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/7-virtual-reality-headsets-want-now/ Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7In 2016 tech is all about virtual reality. The technology consists of a pair of somewhat awkward looking headsets that immerse the wearer into a virtual, digital world.[Related: 7 Crazy Uses of Virtual Reality]Virtual reality is a computer-generated three-dimensional image or environment with which we interact. VR is used primarily for entertainment purposes, but it’s also increasingly being used for marketing and advertising, in medicine and other industries for practical purposes.A slew of new VR headsets recently hit the market. Here are the VR headsets we want to try out the most:(Image: File)Â Google Cardboard: The most affordable VR headset on the market, Google Cardboard is made from cardboard cut into the shape, somewhat like a ViewMaster toy. It works with a smartphone. Slide your phone into the Cardboard viewer with the screen facing the lenses. There are a number of apps for it on Google Play and the Apple App Store.Page: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7
By Barbara Grabner, UPF AustriaSummertime is the period which I use to inspire people in my home village south of Salzburg. Early in July, I organized two lectures focusing on near-death-experiences and our preparation for life after death. The well-known lecturer and book author Johannes Stampf came from Vienna and gave two wonderful presentations. The first lecture was held in my home village Golling (9.7.2018) and presented various facts, opinions and research results about near-death experiences. The event was announced by posters and leaflets in shops and restaurants, and by mailing and calling established contacts – a job I had to do largely by myself. The event location was once more our local Farming Museum. At the entrance we had a small book table. The owners cat chooses to sit among the literature; it looked as if she was guarding the books written by Johannes Stampf.Thanks to the announcement by four regional newspapers and one renown daily, more guests came than expected – 42 who had to pay entry. Adding the owner Inge, Johannes and myself we were 45 persons. Guests who came just in time were already too late – and had to sit in an adjunct room furnished with a second notebook showing the slides. Among the guests were many who came the first time as well as persons who had special encounters. At the beginning I distributed the DP booklet “Our Life in Two Worlds “.Seeing the picture of True Father at the back cover some persons started to whisper. Despite the crowded conditions all guests except one lady who needed fresh air and went out, listened quietly and very attentive. There was much give-and-take between Johannes Stampf and the guests. At the end all were invited to come to the lecture following two days later. On Wednesday (11.7.) we met in the small spa of Bad Vigaun in a bed-and- breakfast pension located close to the church. The owner, Maria, knows me from previous lectures and offered us the opportunity to speak there. She and her friends had invited many persons.Finally, we had to bring in a garden bench to sit all 34 guests. The lecture “Lebensraum wigkeit“ was truly inspiring and thought provoking! From their comments I guess that most persons had heard or read much on that topic before. Even though the lecture lasted over two hours a dozen guests stayed until mid-night. They put questions like „what happens after suicide or after cremation with the spirits? “I admired Johannes who was able to answer the most delicate questions so profoundly.When we asked people if they want to hear a similar presentation next year, there was much consent. Johannes´ books were sold during the first lecture and there were no more DP booklets; so we handed out cards to order a copy of “Lebensraum Ewigkeit“ from a bookstore.
6/19/2017, 9:37 a.m. 000 Health News A “Day Shelter” Is Opening on Methadone Mile It’s meant to clean up the streets, and help users find treatment. Print By Jamie Ducharme· Photo by Scott Beale / Laughing Squid on Flickr/Creative CommonsBoston is doubling down on efforts to curtail the rampant drug use that has given the stretch of Massachusetts Avenue near Melnea Cass Boulevard its grim nickname: Methadone Mile.In the coming weeks, the paved backyard behind the Southampton Street Shelter will be converted into a “day shelter” aimed at giving drug users, the homeless, and others in the area a safe place to go, while ideally helping users into treatment.The space will include an air-conditioned tent outfitted with chairs, televisions, and snacks, as well as picnic tables, benches, flowers, and—someday—a lawn outside, the Boston Globe reports. Few will be turned away, and case workers will be on hand to guide those who are interested into longer-term treatment programs. The facility is on pace to open in late July.“This is about getting people off the streets, and creating a safe space,” Mayor Marty Walsh told the Globe. “We want to make it a warm, welcoming place.”Methadone Mile reached its current state after the Long Island Bridge was condemned three years ago, rendering the numerous shelters and addiction treatment facilities on the island obsolete. In the aftermath, the City of Boston opened the Southampton Street Shelter, and a number of substance abuse treatment clinics followed. SPOT, a supervised safe room where users can ride out a high, isn’t far away.Within a year of the shelter’s opening, the neighborhood saw significant increases in violent crime and drug violations, even as rates of the same crimes declined in Boston as a whole, the Globe reports.Walsh admitted that the day shelter model “might not work,” but the hope is that it will ease persistent problems in the neighborhood, and guide those struggling with substance abuse toward the care they need.Last month, Boston gained another addiction relief facility when Joelyn’s Home, a residential treatment center for up to 24 women, opened its doors in Roxbury. The house replaces Joelyn’s Family Home, which was based on the Long Island. Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter.