QPR manager Harry Redknapp admits it was a blow to miss out on Carlton Cole, who is set to re-sign for West Ham in the coming days.The former Chelsea striker was released by Hammers boss Sam Allardyce during the summer and then failed to prove his fitness when subsequently given another chance to earn a contract.Rangers were therefore hopeful of convincing Cole to join them in the wake of injuries to forwards Andy Johnson and Bobby Zamora, but were left disappointed when he was offered a return to Upton Park after all.“I was interested in Carlton Cole but he’s signed for West Ham,” said Redknapp.“The situation is that we’ve got one striker, Charlie Austin. Where are you going to find someone? It’s difficult.“I wanted Carlton but he’s been at West Ham so is going [back] there, and finding someone on loan is hard.”See also:Redknapp unsure whether Chevanton is the answer to QPR’s striker shortage 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 Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebook
The Warriors’ bench combined for 36 points. They went a combined 7-of-14 from 3-point range. … * * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table book* * *OAKLAND – Sorry, Steve Kerr couldn’t resist.The Warriors’ coach was in a good mood for obvious reasons following the Warriors’ 110-93 victory over the Memphis Grizzlies on Monday at Oracle Arena. Kerr was also in a joking mood after scanning the box score.
Deposits from Antarctic glacial ice thought to be 8.1 million years old have been re-dated at not more than 310,000 years old, and maybe as little as 43,000, reports a team writing in the Feb. issue of Geology.1 Ng (MIT), Hallet, Sletten and Stone (U. of Washington) analyzed cosmogenic helium-3 and calculated the rate of sublimation of the ice to arrive at the new age estimate for glacial till (leftover rock debris from glacial melt or ice evaporation). “Such rapid recent growth of the till contradicts previous interpretations that it is older than 8.1 Ma at an adjacent site, where it encloses volcanic ash of this age,” they say (emphasis added in all quotes). “We question whether the ash provides a valid age constraint for the ice.” Earlier geologists had dated the ash fall as a time constraint on the glacial till, but this team says it may accumulate much more rapidly than assumed. “Our results show that the ash may not be a reliable stratigraphic indicator.”1Ng et al., “Fast-growing till over ancient ice in Beacon Valley, Antarctica,” Geology, Vol. 33, No. 2, pp. 121�124, doi: 10.1130/G21064.1.This team may not have the last word, either. Readers should learn from this story that even among secular geologists, interpretations can contradict one another by orders of magnitude. This is not just a story about dating methods, but also feeds into the debate about global warming. Their paper begins, “The recent history of East Antarctica is key to understanding the response of large ice sheets to climate forcing.” Beware political decisions based on advice from geologists who read present data and weave stories about things that happened millions of years ago, as if it will help forecast future events. Considering revisions this large, politicians might be better off forecasting climate from analysis of layers in a calf’s liver.(Visited 20 times, 1 visits today)FacebookTwitterPinterestSave分享0
29 April 2009Motivated to give tourists the kind of experiences they themselves would like to have when travelling, Cape Insights offer special-interest guided tours of unusual quality, featuring guides and guest lecturers of the highest standard.They present a variety of special-interest tours around Cape Town, tackling areas such as architecture, craft art, history, gastronomy and archaeology.Other tours on offer include trips to the World Heritage site of Mapungubwe in Limpopo province, the world-famous Kruger National Park and the wilds of the Eastern Cape.Where Cape Insights stands out is in the quality of the lecturers who join the tours to provide information, offer insights and stimulate discussions.‘The fairest Cape of them all’Sixteenth century British mariner Sir Francis Drake famously called the area “the fairest Cape of them all”. More recently, Richard Busch, travel editor for National Geographic Traveler, described Cape Town as “one of the most beautiful and compelling places to visit on the planet.“In addition to a city with fascinating historical sites, excellent museums, vibrant markets and a handsomely restored waterfront … I encountered mountain wilderness, rugged coastlines, sandy beaches, lush gardens, beautiful wine estates, superior hotels – and some of the most welcoming people I’ve ever met,” Busch is quoted as saying on Cape Insights’ website.The tours on offer are in-depth, entertaining and educational experiences ranging in length from nine days and eight nights to 12 days and 11 nights.While each tour has a special focus, many other highlights are provided, including visits to places that make the Cape so special, including Cape Point, Table Mountain, the Western Cape wine routes, and destinations featuring the striking Cape Dutch architecture and the plant life unique to region.Gastronomy TourWines from the famed Cape Winelands play a big role in the Gastronomy Tour, with a number of wine routes being visited. Interactive cooking opportunities are also on offer.This is all mixed together with visits to important sights in and around Cape Town, Franschoek, Stellenbosch and Hermanus, resulting in a 10-day, nine-night tour that offers an in-depth insight into food, wine and life in the Cape.The Gastronomy Tour is highlighted by the inputs of lecturers Phillipa Cheifetz, John Ford and Allan Mullins. Professor Brian Huntley (see under Archaeology Tour) and Dr Terence Rapke (History Tours) also contribute to the exploration of food and wine, and who can blame them? They help explore a wonderful selection of foods that draw from Cape Malay, Afrikaner and pan-African influences.Cheifetz, the food editor for Femina Magazine and a consultant editor for Taste Magazine, has published many best-selling cookbooks, including Cape Town Food, The Monday to Sunday Cookbook, and Lazy Days, which featured in the Gourmand World Cookbook 2007 Awards.Ford is the former cellar master of the International Wine and Food Society and chairman of the Oenophiles wine club. His speciality food and wine emporium has won the Outstanding Outlet award for several years from Eat In, South Africa’s definitive food lovers’ guide.Mullins is a Cape Wine Master. He sits on numerous wine tasting panels, is a wine selection manager for a leading retailer, has co-authored two books on wine and judged numerous wine events, including the Diners Club wine list of the year.Craft Art TourIf craft art is what grabs your interest, then Dr Elbe Coetsee and Margie Garratt are the authorities who will make your tour special.Taking place over 12 days and 11 nights, Cape Insights’ Craft Art Tour uncovers the creativity and unique art of the Cape and South Africa. It includes joining artists in their surroundings, and meeting the people who create forms that are both art and craft. It’s an opportunity to take a look at the past and the present, and at the ways of life that have inspired the art of the region.Dr Elbe Coetsee, with a PhD from the University of Pretoria, published Craft Art in South Africa, a ground-breaking contribution to the field. She also established the Mogalakwena Craft Art Development Foundation and initiated a craft centre to support the economic and social upliftment of the Pedi community in the North Western province of South Africa.Margie Garratt is a professional textile artist whose name is synonymous with quilting, and whose work crosses the boundaries between art and craft. She was the driving force behind Innovative Threads, an annual exhibition providing a greater multi-cultural understanding of South African textile and fibre art.Architecture TourThe architecture of Cape Town was heavily influenced by three men: early Cape governor Simon van der Stel, famous English businessman and colonialist Cecil John Rhodes, and Sir Herbert Baker, who was the dominant force in South African architecture for two decades. Their contributions are are all explored in Cape Insights’ Architecture Tour.Highlights include a private visit to Groote Schuur, formerly the Prime Minister’s residence, which was commissioned by Rhodes and designed by Baker. There is also a behind-the-scenes tour of the Houses of Parliament.In addition, the origins and evolution of the Cape Dutch style are traced. Contemporary issues are also dealt with, including low-cost housing and urban pressures.Dr Hans Fransen and Andre van Graan help make the tour special, along with Dr Antonia Malan (see under Archaeology Tour).Fransen has been knighted in the Netherlands with the Ridder in de Orde van Oranje-Nassau for his work as an art and architecture historian. Since emigrating to South Africa in 1995, he has served as curator of the Stellenbosch and Groot Constantia museums, assistant director of the SA National Gallery, and director of the Michaelis Art Collection.Van Graan, a restoration architect who worked on both Hampton Court Palace and Windsor Castle, specialises in Edwardian and Art Deco architecture, focusing on the work of Sir Herbert Baker. He has led tours of Baker’s architecture, including a visit by the British Furniture History Society.Archaeology TourCape Insights’ Archaeology Tour explores the remarkable beauty of the Cape, and investigates the greatest diversity of five-million-year-old fossils to be found anywhere in the world.The spiritual beliefs of the San Bushman are also looked into, including their rituals and patterns of kinship, and how they survived for thousands of years before the arrival of colonisers.Areas visited include the West Coast National Park, Ramsar site Langebaan Lagoon, the Cedarberg Mountains, the Overberg and the “Whale Coast”.Among those who will interpret the earth’s secrets, providing information and entertainment, are Dr John Compton, Dr Antoineta Jerardino, Dr Antonia Malan, and Prof Brian Huntley.Compton, an associate professor in the Department of Geological Sciences at the University of Cape Town, is the author of The Rocks and Mountains of Cape Town.Jerardino, an archaeologist and heritage impact assessor for the South African Heritage Resources Agency, has been part of a team excavating open shell middens and rock shelters along the West Coast with the aim of reconstructing the ways San Bushmen hunter-gatherer groups exploited marine resources.Malan, a member of the Historical Archaeology Research Group, is actively involved in local heritage issues, is a trustee of Cape Town Heritage Trust, has chaired the Vernacular Architecture Society of South Africa (VASSA), and edits the VASSA Journal.Huntley, a former chief executive of the South African National Biodiversity Institute (SANBI) based at Kirstenbosch, spearheaded its transformation into a world-class organisation of high visibility and credibility. He founded the Southern African Botanical Diversity Network and acts as senior policy adviser to the Department of Environmental Affairs.History ToursCape Insights’ History Tours look back as far as the Stone Age and progress all the way through to the present. The tour includes visits to The Castle and The Slave Lodge. First-hand accounts of life on Robben Island are provided, while the past, from pre-history to present times, is unravelled through the stories of individuals living and working in one spot, all brought together in an 18th century wine cellar.Lecturers Dr Nigel Penn, Dr Antonia Malan and Dr Terence Rapke provide the expert information and analysis.Penn, an associate professor in the the University of Cape Town’s Department of Historical Studies, is the author of numerous books, including The Forgotten Frontier: Colonists and Khoisan on the Cape’s Northern Frontier in the 18th Century, and Robben Island: The Politics of Rock and Stone.Malan has pioneered historical archaeology, excavating a number of historical sites and devising new ways of using archival records to interpret remains, which have substantially contributed to the understanding of slavery and early European settlement at the Cape.Rapke is a classicist and ancient historian who has taught in Ghana, Australia, and South Africa, authoring numerous papers and reviews on Greek and Roman history along the way. For the past eight years he has led tours around the Western Cape, his translocated special interests being Cape history and wine.SAinfo reporter and Cape InsightsWould you like to use this article in your publication or on your website? See: Using SAinfo material
FILE – UP Lady Maroons celebrate their latest title. Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netMANILA, Philippines—University of the Philippines achieved a championship double during the offseason and head coach Godfrey Okumu said his team’s title haul before 2018 ended was a big boost for them in the coming UAAP Season 81 women’s volleyball tournament.The Lady Maroons were the champions in both the Premier Volleyball League Collegiate Conference and the Philippine Super Liga Collegiate Grand Slam, their first major titles in recent history.ADVERTISEMENT The Lady Maroons, although, took the sweep in PVL, had to battle FEU for 10 sets while the Golden Tigresses whom they faced didn’t have Cherry Rondina with UST’s captain opting to focus on Petron’s campaign in the All-Filipino Conference.“The UAAP is the real one where everybody gets tested,” said Okumu, whose Lady Maroons finished with a 6-8 record tying Adamson University for the fifth seed in Season 80.“We played well during the offseason and the preparation tournaments but it was a good preparation for us mentally and it gave us a lot of boost mentally,” said Okumu.ADVERTISEMENT Bruce Morris recalls hitting longest shot in basketball history Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Grace Poe files bill to protect govt teachers from malicious accusations ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes ‘We are too hospitable,’ says Sotto amid SEA Games woes View comments US judge bars Trump’s health insurance rule for immigrants Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. LATEST STORIES Oil plant explodes in Pampanga town “There’s some confidence that’s been developed and they have a new discovery about themselves as players and we have confidence in playing,” said Okumu Monday at University of the Philippines College of Human Kinetics.“We’re confident but not too over confident because we’re still not tested in the UAAP.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine football chiefSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesUP swept Far Eastern University in the championship series of the PVL on September 12 before following it up with a one-game knockout win over University of Santo Tomas on December 20 to capture the PSL title.Although both of the Lady Maroons’ victories came against fellow UAAP schools, Okumu said the team has yet to face the full strength of their league-mates once Season 81 rolls around on Feb. 16. MOST READ Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool boss Klopp insists he’s counting on Lallanaby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists he’s counting on Adam Lallana this season.The midfielder has been linked with a move away this month.Klopp said, “Adam is actually in outstanding shape – I said it a few times maybe, but it’s unbelievable in training. So we have to say it was close in the last game: ‘Do we start him or not?’ and stuff like this. “It’s really, really good and it’s like always in life, if you learn from your experiences… you cannot learn too much from being injured and stuff like that, but how is your mood? Adam is a player who always wants to play. He would play four games a day if possible just from his desire to play football. “He is really, I would say in the moment, in the best moment since I know him, just like as a person he is fantastic. He will have a big part of our season I am really sure and that’s cool. But in training everything is good, when he came on everything was good so far, so now he is ready to take these little steps.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Fulham join Premier League scamble for Marseille winger Clinton N’Jieby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveOlympique Marseille winger Clinton N’Jie has been offered a return to England.The Mirror says N’Jie is a target for Fulham and Newcastle.The Whites have joined the chase for the pace-merchant but relegation rivals Burnley and Cardiff are both also interested.The 25-year-old was set to join Sporting CP on loan last summer before the move fell through. N’Jie had an ill-fated two seasons with Spurs before returning to OM last summer.
Stakeholders in the tourism sector have been urged to manage the product in a sustainable manner, with special focus on the environment, by Minister of Tourism and Entertainment, Hon. Dr. Wykeham McNeill. The Minister, who was addressing a forum to launch an environmental protection initiative being spearheaded by the National Environmental and Planning Agency (NEPA), to focus on climate change issues in the Negril area, at Couples Swept Away, on November 29, said the entire tourism product must be seen in the protection of the environment along with management of the other offerings. “If we do not manage this product properly, we can be in danger of losing it, as the environment is a very important part of everything we do. Climate change is here, it is a present danger. The beach as we knew it has changed. There are areas where it has eroded terribly and, we have to protect that beach,” the Minister told his audience. He said the issue should not be seen as just something affecting overseas territories, as climate change, through the increase of storms, floods and fires, have caused serious damage to the area, mainly the morass. “Here in Negril, we have real issues, but I am proud of the participation of the community. They take pride in issues affecting the community,” the Minister said. “We all have to look at it from a national point of view, how we are going to deal with the effects of climate change. We have to look at our marine protection, and we have to look at our coastal management,” the Minister added. He said the NEPA plan must ensure that the entire marine environment and the wider area is protected, so that the resort community can continue to provide sustenance to the area and the Jamaican economy. “We now know enough that everything is linked. The beach is linked to the sea, it is linked to the morass, and it is linked to the rivers. We must address it as one,” Dr. McNeill emphasised.
New York Restoration Project (NYRP), the Bette Midler-founded non-profit that has spent over two decades transforming open spaces in New York’s under-resourced communities, has teamed up with longtime supporter and board member, Michael Kors, to design the first ever solar-powered community garden in New York City.Martha Hunt and Michael KorsCredit/Copyright: Ilya S. Savenok/Getty Images for New York Restoration ProjectLocated in Brooklyn, the NYRP-developed Essex Street Community Garden was brought to life yesterday when the renowned fashion designer and his team rolled up their sleeves to plant, paint and beautify the space. Kors and his staff were also joined by Martha Hunt and Freja Beha Erichsen. Level Solar donated the solar panels, engineering and installation expertise to complete the project on the park’s covered canopy.“I’ve always been a big believer in bringing a little nature to the city,” said Michael Kors. “NYRP has created a fabulous ecosystem that not only creates a safe, green space in this urban neighborhood but also lets people get their hands dirty and make a difference in their community. There’s nothing better than spending a beautiful day making something beautiful.”“Because of the generosity of our trustee Michael Kors, we created a nationally unique, 21st century community garden for the East New York, Brooklyn neighborhood,” said Deborah Marton, New York Restoration Project Executive Director. “With the help of our partners at Level Solar, we installed photovoltaic panels on the roof of our shade pavilion that take the Essex Street Community garden off the grid, providing power for a family movie night or to charge a phone if there’s a power outage.”This will be the first time a community garden in NYC’s five boroughs has been 100% solar powered. When the park opens later this summer there will be charging stations, Wi-Fi, solar powered security lights, and electricity for all public events and activities taking place in the gardens for the local community.Richard Keiser, CEO of Level Solar said, “We are honored and excited to partner with Michael Kors and NYRP on this important community project. Bringing clean energy to the Essex Street Community Garden is a great example of how solar energy can benefit New York City residents of all income levels, and the broader New York community.”Up next, NYRP will be hosting its annual Spring Picnic on Monday, June 19th. Bette Midler and friends will celebrate on the banks of beautiful Sherman Creek Park for this year’s soiree. The site is the future home to NYC’s only science focused Education Pavilion. There will be dinner, dancing and fabulous food. Click here for details!More information can be found by visiting NYRP.org.
Advertisement We’ve got another funny trailer for you to watch for Once Upon A Deadpool! After Fred Savage bashes the rock band Nickelback, Deadpool (Ryan Reynolds) comes to their defense and reminds us of how great a band they really were.It’s great to see the marketing team having fun with Deadpool again! This is an entertaining trailer that I’m sure the fans will get a kick out of.Once Upon A Deadpool will hit select theaters this week on December 12th and will be available to watch until December 24th, so you’ll have plenty of time to catch it! Also, don’t forget that a portion of the proceeds will go to the Fudge Cancer charity. Enjoy the new trailer and let us know if you are a fan of Nickelback!by Joey Paur | Geek Tyrant LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Twitter
New Delhi: Mining baron Anil Agarwal-led Vedanta Ltd Wednesday announced an oil discovery in its Krishna Godavari basin block in the Bay of Bengal. The block previously had a gas discovery in the very first well drilled. In a statement, Vedanta said “it has notified the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons and Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas of an oil discovery in the second exploratory well H2, located in the block KG-OSN-2009/3, Krishna-Godavari Basin, East Coast of India”. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalVedanta holds 100 per cent participating interest in the block. “Multiple reservoir zones were encountered in the well H2 within the Mesozoic sequence between the depths of 3,310 metres to 4,026 metres with hydrocarbon indications during drilling and downhole logging,” it said. The zone from 3,403 metres to 3,431 metres was tested through conventional well testing (Drill Stem Test) and flowed oil to the surface. “Further appraisal will be required to establish the size and commerciality of the oil discovery,” Vedanta said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostThe first exploration well A3-2 drilled in the block was a gas discovery. “Evaluations are ongoing based on the results of the first well A3-2 and the second well H2 to finalise the forward programme,” it added. Cairn India, the company Vedanta bought and merged with itself, had in June 2010 won the KG-OSN-2009/3 block in the 8th round of New Exploration Licensing Policy (NELP). It had committed to drill six exploratory wells on the block. These were expandable to 10. The KG basin is a proven basin where there have been many hydrocarbon discoveries. The company acquired around 1,000 square kilometres of 3D seismic data based on which it drilled two wells. KG-OSN-2009/3 offshore block in the Bay of Bengal was originally spread over in an area of about 1,988 sq km which was later reduced to 1,298 sq km due to exclusion of area within firing range. It is located in the shallow waters of the Indian Ocean along the East coast of India, approximately 1.5 km from the Indian coastline.
2002CBrazilTurkeyChinaCosta Rica1750-51.8 1994DArgentinaGreeceNigeriaBulgaria1757-43.6 Powerhouse France, coming off a loss in the finals of the 2016 European Championship to Portugal, will be looking to move through and claim its second ever World Cup trophy. Peru owns a 47 percent chance to make its second-ever knockout stage appearance and first since being defeated by Pelé’s Brazil in Mexico in 1970. Group B is projected to be the strongest in the tournament, according to FiveThirtyEight’s Soccer Power Index, and will be headlined by an early game between old rivals Portugal and Spain, which will face off for just the second time at a World Cup. The Iberian Peninsula neighbors met for the first time in 2010, when the Spaniards won 1-0 on their way to the country’s first ever World Cup victory. And the duo could meet again on the grandest stage of them all: They have the highest combined chance of making the final of any two teams in the same group. 2018ASaudi ArabiaEgyptRussiaUruguay1720-97.8 2010FParaguayItalySlovakiaNew Zealand1713-66.9 Luck of the draw?The easiest groups in expanded World Cup history based on the difference between average Elo rating of group and the average of the tournament, 1986-2018 YEARGROUPTEAM 1TEAM 2TEAM 3TEAM 4AVG. ELO RATINGDIFF. FROM TOURNAMENT AVG. 2006HSaudi ArabiaTunisiaUkraineSpain1744-44.7 2014HAlgeriaBelgiumSouth KoreaRussia1734-92.0 1998BAustriaCameroonChileItaly1747-52.3 2002BParaguaySouth AfricaSpainSlovenia1749-53.0 Belgium and England will be extremely pleased with how the draw turned out for them, as they’re combined chances of making it out of the group stages are the highest of any two teams in the same group. What’s more, they don’t play each other until the final round of group-stage matches, so depending on how they fare against Tunisia and Panama, the Belgians and English could have already qualified by the time they meet. Before the World Cup draw on Friday, there was reason to suspect that Russia would get off easy. As the host country, it was slotted into Pot 1, which made it impossible for them to be grouped with a powerhouse like Brazil or Germany. But it looks like the Russians also had a little luck on their side. In fact, by one metric, Russia’s Group A is the weakest group in modern World Cup history.Based on Elo ratings — a measure of a team’s quality that takes into account factors such margin of victory, game importance and game location — Russia’s group with Uruguay, Egypt and Saudi Arabia has an average rating of 1720, which is 98 points worse than the average of all World Cup teams. That’s the largest gap between group strength and the World Cup average for any group in the World Cup since the expansion to the modern format in 1986.1With group play and a 16-team knockout tournament; 24 teams from 1986 to 1994 and then 32 from 1998 onward. 1986BBelgiumMexicoIraqParaguay1757-45.0 Using Elo averages, no group in this next World Cup cracks the top 10 most difficult since 1986, but all are obviously tougher than Group A. Here’s a look at which teams should advance from each: The Russians avoided a whammy each time a pingpong ball was selected. After Uruguay joined them as the group’s Pot 2 team — Uruguay is middle of the pack, with an 1849 Elo rating — things really started going Russia’s way. Egypt, which has the second-weakest Elo of any team in Pot 3, was drawn, and the group was rounded out with Saudi Arabia, which has the lowest Elo in the field of 32. Compared with all of the potential ways Russia’s draw could have played out, its group ended up being among the easiest 2.2 percent of all possible combinations, according to the average Elo rating of its members.(Of course, this is even better news for Uruguay, Saudi Arabia and Egypt, because they get to face Russia — the worst Pot 1 team by a wide margin — in addition to one another.)While Group A is the easiest when compared to the 2018 World Cup field, it actually doesn’t hold the claim for lowest raw score among all groups since 1986. That distinction belongs to Group F in 2010, which featured the defending champion Italy, Slovakia, Paraguay and New Zealand. No team from this group would make it past the quarterfinals.That said, Russia should stroll into the knockout stage. Indeed, FiveThirtyEight is giving Russia a 74 percent chance of advancing that far, with Uruguay followed closely behind with a 72 percent chance of reaching the knockouts. After scraping through the qualifying stages, Argentina is the clear favorite in Group D, with a 74 percent chance of advancing. But all eyes will be on Iceland, which famously beat England in the 2016 Euros on their way to the quarterfinals, to see if the country of just 330,000 people can go on another magical run. And they may be ready to shock the world again: Iceland’s chance of advancing to the knockout stage is just 33 percent, which will likely become even smaller after they face the Argentines in its first game. 2006GFranceSwitzerlandSouth KoreaTogo1732-57.2 Group F is in the mix for being this tournament’s “Group of Death” as reigning champions Germany will be joined by Mexico and Sweden. The Mexicans’ and Swedes’ qualifying chances are separated by just 3 percentage points, which is the smallest difference of any teams drawn out of Pots 2 and 3 in the same group. Rounding out the group is South Korea, which famously made it all the way to the semifinals in 2002, when they co-hosted the tournament, and currently have the third-worst SPI rating of any team traveling to Russia. The prize for second place in Group F? A possible date with Brazil in the Round of 16. Good luck. After its heartbreaking 7-1 defeat by Germany in front of its home fans in the 2014 World Cup semifinals, Brazil will be out for revenge in Russia. The way the tournament’s bracket is set up, Brazil and Germany could be on a collision course to meet in the final if they both win their respective groups. As it stands, Brazil and Germany have the highest and third-highest chances of making the final in 2018. The Polish could be the most likely team from Pot 1 to fail to qualify for the knockout stage, as they currently have the second-lowest SPI rating of any team from Pot 1. They’ll be joined by Colombia and Japan, which have a 70 percent and 49 percent chance of advancing to the knockout stage, respectively. This means that Group H is the only group that has three teams with at least a 49 percent chance of making it out of the group stage. With the Colombians ranked the ninth-best team in the tournament and the Japanese being the highest-ranked team of any from Pot 4, Poland faces one of the toughest tests of teams from Pot 1.Additional contributions from Neil Paine and Dean Strachan.CORRECTION (Dec. 4, 10:50 a.m.): A previous version of this article incorrectly said that Colombia’s and Japan’s chances of making it to the knockout stage of the 2018 World Cup were 2 percentage points apart. Poland’s and Japan’s are 2 percentage points apart.
Liverpool midfielder James Milner believes that the club have made the “perfect start” in the Champions League by beating Paris Saint-Germain 3-2 in their opening gameLast season’s beaten finalists blew their two-goal lead at Anfield on Tuesday night after Kylian Mbappe’s equaliser just eight minutes from time.But a stoppage-time winner from substitute Roberto Firmino secured Liverpool all three points in Group C.“It is the perfect start for us. Hopefully, we can build on that,” Milner told BT Sport.Virgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“I think it would have been very disappointing not to win. They didn’t create too many and we had a number of chances.“I can’t say enough good things about Bobby. To come off the bench after his injury at the weekend is incredible really.”Milner also got his name on the scoresheet with Liverpool’s second of the game from a penalty.It means that the English midfielder has now scored his last 10 goals from a spot-kick.
Head coach of Italian football club Fiorentina, Stefano Pioli, has set his sight on Europe and the Coppa Italia, as he reveals the bond between the club and former captain Davide Astori who died in his sleep in March.Even though the Viola comes as a surprise package of the season so far in Serie A, they could battle for a top-four finish.“I would very much like to qualify for Europe, but it won’t be easy. I think it’s clear to all that there are teams better equipped out there, but we’re ready to take advantage of any slip-ups,” said the Coach at a Q&A with La Repubblica newspaper via Football Italia.“At this moment, I see a Fiorentina side that is ambitious, but not winning yet. There is a step between ambition and victory that we still need to cover. The Coppa Italia cannot be considered a secondary objective and it’s only right to target going all the way.”“Astori and Milan Badelj were my reference points in the locker room. The team had changed so much that summer and I leaned on them for support, as everyone did with Davide.“What happened was a shock and it pushed me to appreciate my players even more on a human level. What Vitor Hugo said recently is the truth: Davide is still with us.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“The lads who were here last season have done so well to pass that situation on to the new arrivals. We are a team with an extra reason to do well.“These lads were so strong and united in their grief. I simply told them to carry on what we had started with Astori. I always did get very fond of my players, but even more so with this group. I think what happened united us even more and made us feel stronger.”Meanwhile, when Cristiano Biraghi scored his debut Italy goal in the Nations League victory over Poland, he took his fingers high and formed the figure 13 which we think symbolises Astori’s number.“I was so proud of him after that goal, for the work we’d done together and his great desire to improve. Biraghi was always aware of his weaknesses and is one of those players I feel that as a Coach I can really help to grow stronger.“Federico Chiesa has a great chance of pace, can shoot with his right or left foot, and is approaching a level that will make him a complete player.”
Related Items:#, #magneticmedianews, #TCIreceivesdonationfromHaiti Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, October 30, 2017 – Providenciales – A monumental gift arrived on board the Kristina cargo ship direct from Port Au Prince, Haiti loaded with a generous contribution from the Haitian Government to the Turks and Caicos Islands in the aftermath of deadly hurricanes Irma and Maria. This is the first official gift from the Government of nearby Haiti and the items were handed over to Minister of Home Affairs, Hon Delroy Williams and DDME director, Dr. Virginia Clerveaux on Monday by Haiti’s Consul to the TCI, His Excellency Jacques Adolphe.HE Adolphe said, “it is our contribution to our neighbors the Turks and Caicos where so many of our compatriots reside and who consider this beautiful by nature country their second home.”Usually Haiti is on the receiving end of the gifts during a storm season, and while we are still 31 days from the end of the 2017 Atlantic Hurricane Season, Consul Adolphe explained that Haiti is counting its blessings that no catastrophe has come its way via hurricane this year, so far.The supplies include: 630 generators, 1000 sheets of plywood, 4,500 tarps, 2,000 sheet rock and 4,000 metal roof sheets which were presented to TCIG.On behalf of Haiti’s Minister of Foreign Affairs, who is the former Ambassador to the Bahamas and Turks and Caicos, Antonio Roderigue, the Consulate office explained: “We know how to be prepared and this is our chance to return our gratitude for the years of being supported when we have been devastated by storms. It is a show of solidarity; we are acting on behalf of the people of Haiti.”It was explained to #MagneticMedia that the items were donated and TCIG alone will oversee and determine the distribution of the supplies. There have been other donations shipped to TCI from Haiti since the back to back September storms. Boyfriend protects woman from gunshots in Provo shooting; ‘critical’ in hospital Prime Minister breaks ground for Darliston Serviced Lots Development Gold Medal Shaunae & Maicel in Celebrity Wedding, Bahamian style at Atlantis
300-seat cap revealed for 2019 Asian Gaming Power 50 Gala Dinner at Galaxy Macau DICJ says more spot checks to come amid Macau junket crackdown Load More RelatedPosts Macau gaming regulator, the Gaming Inspection and Coordination Bureau (DICJ), has granted the operators of the shuttered Canidrome dog racing track, Macao (Yut Yuen) Canidrome Co Ltd, a 60-day extension to relocate 533 former racing greyhounds.The extension follows a joint announcement last Friday by Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome Co Ltd and animal welfare organization Anima regarding plans by Yat Yuen to rent a series of properties in Sac On in Taipa in which to house the dogs until they can be rehomed. Solving the problem In a Tuesday statement, the DICJ said it has “considered the latest proposal feasible in terms of ensuring animal welfare in accordance with the Animal Protection Law. The Bureau’s decision to approve the deadline extension took into account the need to revamp the private properties included in the plan, before the greyhound dogs could be rehomed there.“The decision additionally took into consideration a long-term plan to shelter the concerned animals, previously proposed by the company and an animal welfare group. Such plan proposes the rezoning of a private plot in Pac On in order for the land to be used for a dog shelter for animals waiting to be rehomed. Such plan would involve a zoning change that must be approved by the relevant authorities.”Under the terms of the deadline extension, Yat Yuen must now relocate the greyhounds to the new facility by 29 September 2018. Failure to comply could see fines of up to MOP$53 million imposed.Despite granting the extension, the Macau government revealed that it has yet to receive any application request for a zoning change for the Pac On site.The recent closure of the Canidrome follows an ultimatum from the government in 2016 that the facility must either shut down or relocate by 20 July 2018 and that it needed to vastly improve its animal welfare standards should it choose to continue operations at a new location. Macau (Yat Yuen) Canidrome Co Ltd’s owner, SJM Co-Chairman and Executive Director Angela Leong, confirmed in January this year that the venue would close down permanently.
President Donald Trump issued the emergency declaration to divert $3.6 billion towards funding for a border wall. The funds would be diverted from military construction projects. Murkowski: “This is not about whether or not I support President Trump on border security. I absolutely agree we must address security along our southern border, which is why Congress just appropriated $22 billion for border security– from investments in physical barriers to technology, custody enhancements, and law enforcement personnel.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享U.S. Lisa Murkowski was among a group of Senators that introduced a bipartisan joint resolution to terminate the president’s national emergency declaration. U.S. Senator Dan Sullivan as of Friday, has not said how he’ll vote. Murkowski: “This resolution is about making sure that we respect the lanes of authorities that are laid out in the U.S. Constitution. This national emergency declaration creates greater precedent for expansion of executive authority by legislative acquiescence. The power to appropriate rests with the legislative branch and we are right to defend that. We have a solid system of checks and balances in this country, as long as we respect the powers and authorities of each branch of government.” The resolution is a companion resolution to H.J.Res 46, which passed the House with a vote of 245-182 earlier this week. Congressman Don Young voted against the resolution.
#TotalDhamaal biz at a glance… Week 1: ₹ 94.55 cr Week 2: ₹ 38.05 cr Week 3: ₹ 13.11 cr Total: ₹ 145.71 cr India biz. Theatrical verdict: HIT.#TotalDhamaal benchmarks… Crossed ₹ 50 cr: Day 3 ₹ 75 cr: Day 5 ₹ 100 cr: Day 9 ₹ 125 cr: Day 12 India biz. — taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) March 15, 2019 #Badla is a HIT… Witnesses solid growth on [second] Sat… Will cross ₹ 50 cr today [Sun]… Superb trending… Will score even after #Kesari release… Has potential to cross ₹ 75 cr… [Week 2] Fri 4.05 cr, Sat 6.60 cr. Total: ₹ 48.65 cr. India biz. Gross BOC: ₹ 57.40 cr.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) March 17, 2019 Total Dhamaal box officeTwitterComic caper Total Dhamaal has beat rap saga Gully Boy at the Bollywood box office to become the second highest grosser after surgical strike movie Uri. The latest box office reports suggest that Indra Kumar’s Total Dhamaal has collected over Rs 145 crore at the box office until now, with the movie being in its third week. Total Dhamaal stars Madhuri Dixit-Nene, Anil Kapoor, Ajay Devgn, Riteish Deshmukh, Arshad Warsi, Javed Jaffrey, Sanjay Mishra, Johnny Lever and Esha Gupta, among others.Taran Adarsh tweeted about Total Dhamaal’s box office, “#TotalDhamaal biz at a glance… Week 1: ₹ 94.55 cr Week 2: ₹ 38.05 cr Week 3: ₹ 13.11 cr Total: ₹ 145.71 cr India biz. Theatrical verdict: HIT. #TotalDhamaal benchmarks… Crossed ₹ 50 cr: Day 3 ₹ 75 cr: Day 5 ₹ 100 cr: Day 9 ₹ 125 cr: Day 12 India biz.”Zoya Akhtar’s Gully Boy, toplining Ranveer Singh and Alia Bhatt, opened to rave reviews by critics. By its fourth week, Gully Boy has collected Rs 132.75 crore. This figure places it after Total Dhamaal, with Uri being at No.1 several weeks after its release. Gully Boy stillYouTube screenshotUri’s latest box office collection stands at Rs 242.83 crore. The film, based on the surgical strikes carried out by India in Pakistan Occupied Kashmir in on September 29, 2016, stars Vicky Kaushal in the lead. Uri released on January 11, 2019, and is the biggest blockbuster of the year as of March 2019. URI The Surgical Strike posterTwitterTaran Adarsh tweeted about Uri, “Uri biz at a glance… Week 1: ₹ 71.26 cr Week 2: ₹ 62.77 cr Week 3: ₹ 37.02 cr Week 4: ₹ 29.34 cr Week 5: ₹ 18.74 cr Week 6: ₹ 11.56 cr Week 7: ₹ 6.67 cr Week 8: ₹ 3.83 cr Week 9: ₹ 1.64 cr Total: ₹ 242.83 cr India biz. Theatrical verdict: ALL TIME BLOCKBUSTER.” He added,” Uri continues its phenomenal run… Its astonishing journey at the ticket window is an eye opener, a learning for the industry… [Week 9] Fri 18 lakhs, Sat 41 lakhs, Sun 51 lakhs, Mon 13 lakhs, Tue 14 lakhs, Wed 13 lakhs, Thu 14 lakhs. Total: ₹ 242.83 cr. India biz.”Shah Rukh Khan’s production Badla, starring Amitabh Bachchan and Taapsee Pannu, has collected almost Rs 50 crore at the box office. Trade analyst Taran Adarsh feels Badla has the potential to cross Rs 75 crore. It may even cross Rs 100 crore and once it does that, Badla will be competition to the top three grossers of 2019 – Uri, Total Dhamaal and Gully Boy. BadlaTwitter”#Badla s a HIT… Witnesses solid growth on [second] Sat… Will cross ₹ 50 cr today [Sun]… Superb trending… Will score even after #Kesari release… Has potential to cross ₹ 75 cr… [Week 2] Fri 4.05 cr, Sat 6.60 cr. Total: ₹ 48.65 cr. India biz. Gross BOC: ₹ 57.40 cr.,” said Taran Adarsh about Badla.#Uri continues its phenomenal run… Its astonishing journey at the ticket window is an eye opener, a learning for the industry… [Week 9] Fri 18 lakhs, Sat 41 lakhs, Sun 51 lakhs, Mon 13 lakhs, Tue 14 lakhs, Wed 13 lakhs, Thu 14 lakhs. Total: ₹ 242.83 cr. India biz.— taran adarsh (@taran_adarsh) March 15, 2019
Are you a Catholic Priest? Oh, BTW, dearie.Wolves have been spotted in Shepherd cloaks.MATT 23 :25 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye make clean the outside of the cup and of the platter, but within they are full of extortion and excess.26 Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also.27 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men’s bones, and of all uncleanness.28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity.29 Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous,30 And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. March 13, 2019 at 10:32 pm March 13, 2019 at 8:18 pm News • Photos of the Week Sure, dearie. By implication, you certainly did. If I said “heterosexual men infiltrated the RCC to impregnate women”, you’d probably object. Mark Connelly IS NOT A REAL PERSON!!! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email March 13, 2019 at 12:36 pm March 13, 2019 at 5:25 pm Ben in Oakland says: March 13, 2019 at 6:57 pm March 14, 2019 at 9:47 am March 14, 2019 at 9:45 am March 13, 2019 at 10:01 pm March 14, 2019 at 2:39 am Mrs. Jane Nesbitt says: March 13, 2019 at 10:33 am Ben in Oakland says: Mark Connelly says: I was going to ignore you, but I thought, “nah. he’s not a nice man. In fact, he seems obsessed by ‘Teh Geyz’”.“It’s all a plot by gay central” is the only conspiracy some people need to blind themselves to the screams of molested children, the dysfunction of same-sex attracted and pedophile priests, the lies told by the church as they ‘discern’ genuine vocations of predatory priests, lives destroyed by predatory priests, a church that enables them, a lawyer who calls child rape “vanilla”, and a history going back 1000 years.Thank you for proving my point far better than I could.But wait! There’s MORE!!!!!!“Three women in france abused by a priest. Story on CNN, which won’t let me copy the link. Feb 19, 2019 – Three women who say they were sexually abused by priests in France speak to CNN’s Melissa Bell about their stories.John Caparelli, a former priest, on the list of abusive priests issued by the Dioscese in New Jersey. Found murdered in his home. 3/12/19..Here’s a real charmer. https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&rct=j&q=&esrc=s&source=web&cd=6&cad=rja&uact=8&ved=2ahUKEwjig6yD1f_gAhVBPq0KHf7OCpgQFjAFegQIBRAB&url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.cbsnews.com%2Fnews%2Fchurch-officials-shielded-priest-suspected-of-murder-for-decades%2F&usg=AOvVaw3UUVi2kLUEf44BWuE8uV64Want to see more? Just google “arizona priest abuse murder” and keep going through the links. ALL THREE MILLIION OF THEM.And then, make sure you talk about an imaginary conspiracy promulgated by an imaginary Gay Central by imaginary gays who have an imagery plan to infiltrate THE VERY REAL CHURCH. Some of them are, such as the ones that infiltrated the Catholic Priesthood. “the most virulent opponents of gay rights who tend to be secretly gay themselves”__________That is not unsupported. It’s the closet case culture you all seem to embrace. Mrs. Jane Nesbitt says: March 13, 2019 at 9:51 pm That’s your Church. Enjoy. Bill Paca says: March 13, 2019 at 9:24 pm CanisPulchrae says: Holy St. Adhominem! Well, if you have nothing else, disparage someone who prefers not to engage in theft for not engaging in theft. March 14, 2019 at 1:22 pm Mrs. Jane Nesbitt says: March 14, 2019 at 7:51 am March 13, 2019 at 2:47 pm Correction:“It is creepy.” should be “He is creepy.” Baizuo says: March 13, 2019 at 9:37 pm March 13, 2019 at 5:12 pm March 13, 2019 at 7:07 pm Baizuo says: 😘😘😘 March 13, 2019 at 1:05 pm March 13, 2019 at 12:30 pm Nope. By definition they are not a part of the people live their lives openly and proudly. They are definitely, most assuredly Catholic. March 13, 2019 at 12:26 pm March 13, 2019 at 12:23 pm They are gay men who infiltrated the Catholic Priesthood in order to have access to these boys. By: Rod McGuirk Rod McGuirk How do you prevent @ssholes like you from infiltrating this community? “Isolated incident”, you say? Heh.It’s way too late in THIS thread (or even in this nation!) for you as a gay guy to continue pretending that there’s anything “isolated” about a gay priest hunting down Catholic boys. John Jay done told the tale, and you got NO refutation on it. You’ve got a large scale gay mess here that has public repercussions.(Actually you got more than one large slimy gay mess on the public table, but I’m trying not to overload you about it.) Ben in Oakland says: Safe space snowflake, eh? Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,About the authorView All Posts March 13, 2019 at 1:06 pm Gay men are not pedophiles, no matter how much you prefer to fantasize about that, bigot. Mark Connelly says: By definition they are not Catholic.They rejected Catholic teaching, they rejected Catholic law, they violated their vows, and they took those vows knowing they would not keep them. Mark Connelly says: March 13, 2019 at 12:22 pm Ben in Oakland says: March 14, 2019 at 9:55 am Ben in Oakland says: March 13, 2019 at 2:02 pm March 13, 2019 at 8:36 pm March 13, 2019 at 5:04 pm March 13, 2019 at 2:06 pm No, dearie. I am not trying to duck this situation. Another lie among the easy lies you wish to tell. I frankly pointed it all out. I underlined it. I trumpeted it. but you are so blinded by hate and despite, like a few of your fellow travelers, that simple English simply escapes you.but just in case, here is something even clearer for you, and just for you. CARDINAL PELL SEXUALLY ABUSED TWO LITTLE BOYS. CARDINAL PELL IS A CHILD MOLESTER. ANOTHER CATHOLIC PRIEST, AFTER ATTACKING GAY PEOPLE JUST LIKE YOU, WAS CONVICTED IN A COURT OF LAW FOR DOING SO. AND HIS LAWYER ADMITTED IT BUT TRIED TO LAUGH IT OFF AS VANILLA PENETRATION.And all that really matters to good Christians like you is GET THE GAYS. Sandi in EL says: March 13, 2019 at 11:56 am I guess that would make you a closet Mormon Republican. I’ve been reading Frederic Martel’s book “In the Closet of the Vatican.” One of the main points Martel brings homes is that in the Vatican it is usually the most virulent opponents of gay rights who tend to be secretly gay themselves. Isn’t this always the case no matter where you go? Cardinal Pell is mentioned as an example of this syndrome, along with others, and Pell’s outspoken opposition against Australia’s gay marriage initiative a few years ago is only the most recent example of his public record of homophobia; proving once again that William Shakespeare was right when he wrote centuries ago, “the lady doth protest too much methinks.” Ben in Oakland says: Ben in Oakland says: Joseph Jaglowicz says: March 13, 2019 at 2:13 pm Sexually victimizing children is not normal adult sexuality. Your vile agenda is to broad-brush all gay people as molesters. Ben in Oakland says: Get a room, fellas. March 13, 2019 at 9:38 pm Ben in Oakland says: Not dumb at all. Those hetero- priests have easy access to women, and raise little suspicion from the faithful. “There are no estimates of how many such children [of priests] exist. But Mr. Doyle said his support group website, Coping International, has 50,000 users in 175 countries.”https://www.nytimes.com/2019/02/18/world/europe/priests-children-vatican-rules-celibacy.html,Mammoth statue of Jesus planned for Russian site once set aside for Lenin Still too dumb to figure out how to circumvent the sltrib’s paywall I see. Baizuo says: Share This! Yeah. It must be propaganda because you say so, and the studies that actually support my conclusion you disagree with. I’m convinced.Mature leaders in the denomination? Do you mean the mature sexual abusers, or the mature men who looked the other way, or the mature ones in jail.Considering that your rhetoric is identical to that of other posters, and seeing as I can’t seem to find a request from anyone that you unblock me— as if someone would actually keep track of the people you block besides you— you may feel free to go back to blocking me. March 13, 2019 at 9:29 pm March 13, 2019 at 8:30 pm That’s exactly what the twice-occuring John Jay “81% same-sex statistic” means. I know Ben wants to duck this situation, it’s a horrific situation, but c’mon already. Even Cardinal Pell is proving the truth and he ain’t even American.If that entrenched gay clergy culture is NOT uprooted and destroyed, the clergy crisis won’t ever turn the page on this mess Ben in Oakland says: CanisPulchrae says: “”It’s all a plot by gay central” is the only conspiracy some people need to blind themselves to the screams of molested children, the dysfunction of same-sex attracted and pedophile priests, the lies told by the church as they ‘discern’ genuine vocations of predatory priests,…”Harry Hay marched with NAMBLA several times, and some lesbian organization in New York had them as members Fixed the spelling error and then fixed my accidentally unblocking you.The briefs being filed for the June hearing asking leave to appeal will outline the errors:https://www.catholicnewsagency.com/news/anaysis-pells-appeal-for-justice-60481“Often – as in Pell’s case – the victim is the only witness. Commentators have noted that Pell’s jury, and the public, had only limited information about the accuser and his background. His credibility, some have observed, although central to the court’s proceedings, was not allowed to be discussed.”“Pell’s accuser offered a graphic account of being sexually abused by Pell in a busy Melbourne cathedral one Sunday morning in 1996. The accuser said another boy was abused at the same time; but that boy denied multiple times having been abused. Since he died in 2014, the court could not hear his testimony.”I recall blocking your for your off-the-wall comments about the Australian Commission and see from this comment that you remain a steadfast opponent of Catholicism in Australia and supporter of the kangaroo court system in place in that country. CanisPulchrae says: We do not know when the appeal will be heard yet.As was noted what is being decided in June is whether the leave to file an appeal is granted. CanisPulchrae says: There’s more. Check this out:https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/8772014 I didn’t do that actually, but rather telling that you think so. Baizuo says: I like you; you’re funny! 🙂 floydlee says: What imaginations. Flagged. Baizuo says: March 14, 2019 at 2:17 pm March 13, 2019 at 6:19 pm Your ability to deny what you totally said is typical for you. I’m not embarrassed by this at all– another story you need to tell yourself, any more than you as a black man are embarrassed by Kelly.I’m offended by it. Anyone with an ounce of brains, or no viciously antigay agenda, knows that this has nothing to with gay men in general. People who are not bigoted don’t take an isolated example of behavior by someone and try to blame an entire population for it. As a black man, you surely are familiar with what I am saying to you. In the USA McCarrick torpedoed – for reasons now obvious – efforts to get at the root of the Gay Mafia in the American church.Currently that effort is being blocked by Cupich in Chicago with the apparent backing of Pope Francis. March 13, 2019 at 6:48 pm Photos of the Week August 30, 2019 Point conceded. There is no point in attacking the messenger.The sentence is abeyed pending an appeal, which more than likely will be successful.No one will read it about at RNS, and at that time you’ll be going on and on on another attack on this, that, or the other religion. Elagabalus says: Baizuo says: Bill Paca says: Pointless whataboutism, irrelevant in the extreme, but typical for people like you, who seem to want to blind yourself to the screams of sexually abused children by a cardinal whose lawyer admitted it. Oh, wait! I said that already. March 13, 2019 at 1:52 pm March 13, 2019 at 5:15 pm March 14, 2019 at 8:03 am He did not generalize it to all gay men. March 13, 2019 at 9:22 pm March 13, 2019 at 9:48 pm March 13, 2019 at 2:08 pm Baizuo says: By: Rod McGuirk Too poor, and not smart enough….. March 13, 2019 at 7:12 pm March 13, 2019 at 9:46 pm Awww, bill. Ya really could have just googled “research homophobic people” to come up with a number of articles which deal with the subject….Are Homophobic People Really Gay and Not Accepting It? Study finds homophobia linked to unacknowledged attractions to the same sex.https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/the-sexual-continuum/201204/are-homophobic-people-really-gay-and-not-accepting-it.Just one article of a number of them. Then, also, since the Catholic Church has been busy denouncing gay people for decades or centuries, all the while having a SEXUAL ABUSE CRISIS which all of your favorite fellow travelers, including at least one with multiple identities, who are all screaming that this a is a homosexual abuse crisis…Well, put that all together and you have a bunch of homosexual-hating-homosexuals hiding out in the church using their position in the church to pretend to exorcise the imaginary demons of other people while really trying to deflect attention from their own. It’s not rocket surgery, dearie. It’s called projection. And it’s not propaganda if it turns out to be the truth and the whole truth. You don’t get to have it both ways, but I’m sure you’ll try. Good luck! The study did NOT support your conclusion.This reminds me of the Theodore McCarrick engineered patch to the John Jay Report, where in order to take the curse off the 80+% male-on-male abuse they inserted a study of prison rape in male-only prisoners.Yes, a pig and horse both have four legs.No, you can’t saddle up a pig and ride to town.And your citation did not support your argument. Stop calling people dearie. It is creepy. Cancel replyYou must be logged in to post a comment. Frederic Martel’s book “In the Closet of the Vatican” is largely a work of fiction.Among his unsupported assertions is that “the most virulent opponents of gay rights who tend to be secretly gay themselves”.It is a classic propaganda method to discredit opponents. Mglass says: Baizuo says: Rod McGuirk,83 Comments Click here to post a comment March 13, 2019 at 11:55 pm News How do you prevent the LGBT community from infiltrating the Catholic Church? Share This! TagsAustralia clergy sexual abuse George Pell homepage featured Roman Catholic Church sex abuse Vatican,You may also like They are yours. Own it. Still having reading comprehension problems, I see. I didn’t say that cardinal Pell is isolated, but we are talking about a small minority of priests, according to your good friend bob or mark. YOU are generalizing it to all gay men, just like your other best just did.but never fear, dearie. I agree with you. Pell is just one more example a Catholic priest while being on the hunt so that he could molest small boys, big boys, anyone he could his hands on, as are a whole cohort of catholic priests. I agree with you, it’s despicable, disgusting, and ought to be punished.What I don’t agree with you about, which you conveniently ignored in favor of changing the subject, that this has the slightest thing to do with gay men such as myself, my husband, my hundreds of friends and the thousands I have known or the gay community in general.Some of these cases are pedophiles. I’m not, and I don’t know anyone who is.The ones who are molesting late teenagers are in the minority. They are interested in late teenage boys. I’m not, and I don’t know anyone who is who isn’t pretty close to that age.But ya know what? All of these predators are Catholic priests, not just some of them. All of them are men, not just some of them. all of them are faithless, not just some of them. all of them have sexual issues, not just some of them. Large swathes of the catholic hierarchy knew about all of this, and did nothing. I cannot believe that all of this was a secret to other priests, bishops, and the faithful.It’s not a gay mess, dearie. It’s a CATHOLIC MESS. Avery Catholic mess. One that his been documented as a catholic mess for at least 1000 years, 970 years before there was ever a gay community.Your attempt to blame gay men or the community in general for it is only going to appeal to the kind of people who think like you.The very fact that you and your ilk think that people are going to agree with you when you have been spouting the same nonsense for years, decades, centuries is precisely the reason you are losing the argument, at least outside of Russia and similar places, especially among young people.good luck with it, dearie.. I’m pretty sure it wasn’t them. More likely Utah/Dr/Draco/Jose. March 13, 2019 at 10:32 pm floydlee says: March 14, 2019 at 1:29 pm Mark Connelly says: Ben in Oakland says: March 13, 2019 at 8:37 pm March 13, 2019 at 8:55 pm CanisPulchrae says: Sandi in EL says: Of course the major fly (don’t excited) in your ointment is that I never denied that Cardinal Bell was convicted.And, of course, you’ve left a vile trail of hatred of all things Catholic for some years now, so the fact that the trial came close to “Let’s have a fair trail before we hang him.” pretty much slipped right past you. Bill Paca says: They’re very busy proclaiming that the church is overrun with homosexual pedophiles, but simultaneously trying To claim that it is not.As the red queen said, “I can believe six impossible things before breakfast.” Baizuo says: As Amazon burns, Vatican prepares for summit on region’s faith and sustainabilit … August 30, 2019 March 13, 2019 at 1:49 pm March 13, 2019 at 9:20 pm March 13, 2019 at 12:57 pm Survey: More than a third of US Catholics question loyalty in wake of scandals I’m not a member of the RCC actually. Baizuo says: March 13, 2019 at 11:45 am March 13, 2019 at 2:14 pm Elagabalus says: Bill Paca says: Ben in Oakland says: No, in June, 2019, his request for leave to file an appeal will be heard.If it is granted, and it likely will be, then the appeal itself will be docketed and a date set. Baizuo says: Instagram apostasy stirs controversy over Christian ‘influencers’ August 30, 2019 Being in the closet isn’t the same thing as not being gay. Being attracted to your own gender, conversely, is the same thing as being gay. Baizuo says: Funny how you block a reasonable, rational person like Mglass, but you won’t block me, after stating repeatedly that I am ignorant, bigoted, hateful, irrational dishonest, and quite possibly, a big poopy head.Just think about how much happier you would be if you blocked me!!! No more incessant commenting on everything I say, no more obsessing over every thing i have ever said, no more blood pressure rising, no wallowing in righteous persecution, no need to call me an enemy of god, over and over and over and over and over and over…. Baizuo says: You are so NOT CHRISTIAN sandinel. Sandi in EL says: CanisPulchrae says: Sandi in EL says: In the American church? The problem is world wide, every culture, every country.And out of one personality, you moan about the Gay male Mafia that has infiltrated the church. Out of another personality, you claim that the church isn’t rife with homosexual hating homosexuals, pedophiles, and perverts.how do you keep track of it all? At the request of another poster I unblocked you specifically to respond to your post.The discussion was about Frederic Martel’s book “In the Closet of the Vatican”, which is largely a work of fiction.Among his unsupported assertions is that “the most virulent opponents of gay rights who tend to be secretly gay themselves”.Your citation references a series of studies dealing with homophobia among college students.The book being discussed deals with a Church which has taught that same sex physical relations are sinful for nearly 2,000 years, not even close, and discusses mature leaders in that denomination, not college students.You’re engaging in the same propaganda technique as the homosexual anti-Catholic Frederic Martel.I appreciate the fact that you hate the Catholic Church, the Southern Baptist Convention, the Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-day Saints, the Orthodox Churches, and any and all other religions which stand in the way of what you want, how you want, and being d-mned quick giving it to you.Beyond that you seem to have nothing at all to say.Which is why I blocked you, and now block you again. Ben in Oakland says: By: Rod McGuirk ALL AWARE HERE Mark Connelly is a FAKE PERSON!!! CanisPulchrae says: March 13, 2019 at 8:57 pm March 14, 2019 at 12:14 pm Elagabalus says: March 13, 2019 at 8:38 pm At the request of another poster I unblocked you specifically to respond to your post.That’s funny. Don’t you mean at the request of yourself alter ego, Bob / Mark / Bill / Art? Mrs. Jane Nesbitt says: March 13, 2019 at 7:11 pm How do you prevent it – help them to become Christians, starting with renouncing their sins March 13, 2019 at 5:23 pm Elagabalus says: They are not “gay men”; they are child sexual predators, and many of them victimized girls as well. Almost none of them identified themselves as “gay”. Ben in Oakland says: Yes you ARE ducking it. You are embarrassed because this IS a large-scale slimy gay mess that affects how USA gay men in general — ordinary gay guys just like yourself — are perceived. (Just kinda ruins that “All American Gay Next Door” vibe.)But c’mon dude. You ain’t Pell, and I ain’t R. Kelly. Everybody knows that already. So insisting on smashing this messed up Catholic gay clergy culture, ain’t about dissing you or broad-brushing you. It’s just about protecting the kids and cleaning up the clergy. And yes, protecting the little Catholic boys. Not pointless whatsoever….homosexual parades all started with NAMBLA – that is what is important CanisPulchrae says: March 13, 2019 at 9:49 pm Baizuo says: Ben in Oakland says: Baizuo says: Quoting you, just so you don’t change your original posting:“There is no point in attacking the messenger. The sentence is abeyed pending an appeal, which more than likely will be successful.No one will read it about at RNS, and at that time you’ll be going on and on on another attack on this, that, or the other religion.” But you just did attack, it doesn’t change his conviction, you cannot know about a successful appeal, and it isn’t about your fanatasy about me.But, on the other hand, you took the bait, and you were Right on schedule, dearie. Now the world knows that you, too, want to deflect attention from the fact that CARDINAL PELL WAS CONVICTED IN A COURT OF LAW. Of course he can appeal it. Ted Bundy did the same, I think.The world knows that his LAWYER ADMITTING IT IN PUBLIC, AND TRYING TO LAUGH IT OFF AS ‘VANILLA PENETRATION’, absolutely made no impression on you. Yet another enabler, just like those nice Bishops, all the way up to Pope Frank, who apparently knew all about Cardinal McCarrick, and did nothing about it., according to Cardinal Vigano.And certainly a cardinal wouldn’t lie about that. NOTICE EVERYONE Mark Connelly is a FAKE PERSON!!! Molesting children is not “gay culture”, bigot. Mark Connelly says: Ben in Oakland says: March 13, 2019 at 8:32 pm LOSER. Your defense of the indefensible is vile and hateful. Elagabalus says: Mrs. Jane Nesbitt says: Ben in Oakland says: Baizuo says: March 13, 2019 at 12:23 pm March 13, 2019 at 7:12 pm March 13, 2019 at 6:49 pm Mglass says: Unfortunately, the nastiness isn’t fake. March 13, 2019 at 5:51 pm March 13, 2019 at 9:38 pm Mrs. Jane Nesbitt says: March 13, 2019 at 7:04 pm Mark Connelly says: March 13, 2019 at 2:07 pm Mglass says: March 14, 2019 at 9:45 am The REAL news is actually HERE. Cardinal Pell, THE THIRD MOST POWERFUL MAN IN THE VATICAN, is no longer there, because he was just sentenced to 6 years on two counts of child molestation. His lawyer said THIS: ““No more than a plain vanilla sexual penetration case where the child is not actively participating…”I have an idea, Mr. Lawyer. Let’s subject YOUR CHILD to this and see how vanilla you see it. But no, BECAUSE IT IS A CHILD BEING SEXUALLY ATTACKED MY AN ADULT MAN!!!!!!! And your son doesn’t even have to actively participate!!! The cardinal will take care of that!Decent people are horrified by it. Decent people don’t shrug it off as unimportant, or try to claim that the child was barely harmed by it. Decent people would like to see Pell and anyone in his entire vanilla-penetrating organization who thinks like you do or he does behind bars. Decent people are obviously not this kind of lawyer. But wait! There’s MORE!!!!“God has a wonderful plan for you, Cardinal Pell.” A conscience-less life, Public disgrace, and SIX YEARS IN PRISON. But so far, no defrocking, no excommunication, no nothing but some Defenders of the Faith pretending that this really isn’t as bad as everyone thinks. No, it’s worse.“god has a wonderful plan for you, little boy victim #1.” Oh, wait. You grew up to be a suicidal drug addict, and didn’t make it to the trial. You might be burning in hell forever for that one.“God has a wonderful plan for you, little boy victim #2.” Yeah. You weren’t little boy victim #1. Ain’t it wonderful!!?!?!? You got to live with this for years, face your accuser in court, let the entire world know what happened to you.But now, let’s break from all of these wonderful plans god has for you, and you, and you, and you, and get to the REAL tragedy here. From the same news story: “The question now is what will happen to the Catholic Church, especially in Australia, where he presided. The sex abuse scandal has clearly had an impact on churchgoers. “It’s been disastrous,” said Dr. Peter Wilkinson, a former Catholic priest and researcher in Melbourne, where Cardinal Pell served as the archbishop. “I’d say we’ve lost about two, possibly three generations of young people, and now I think the situation is worsening. The older generation is following the young.”The real question is this: why are the people who are not leaving remaining in this church? Why are they giving it money, defending the church by claiming this whole thing is a scam, a deflection, an attack by Satan, a plot by Gay Central, anything but what is obvious? And what about those public school teachers, eh? and Terry Bean, eh? And Jussie Smollett, eh? WHAT ABOUT THEM? But not what about Jabba the Trump.Here is what we actually know. After tens of thousands of victims, mostly underaged boys and under 14 have come forward or been discovered in “the records of the church”, all the deflection in the world is not going to change the fact that the public knows it is not unusual for Catholic priests to have sexual relations with children, adolescent boys, girls, and adults in their charge— often times without even legal consent, let alone moral consent. Not to mention, thanks to Daddy McCarrick, EACH OTHER! In short, pretty much anything that moves, and has no more than two legs. And a whole hierarchy dedicated to ignoring it.Now, I think I’ll just sit back and wait for the attacks on the messenger to begin, and the shoddy defense of the indefensible Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email Share This! “The higher one climbs [the career ladder], the harder one falls [from grace].”Mr. Pell, don’t let the back door hit you on the way out. March 14, 2019 at 9:49 am Mark Connelly is a FAKE PERSON! Let you all know! Mrs. Jane Nesbitt says: Well that would just be dumb. Impersonating a celibate Priest would be the worst strategy to impregnate women imaginable. CanisPulchrae says: Mark Connelly says: March 14, 2019 at 9:54 am Ben in Oakland says: Share This! You are NO CHRISTIAN Sandinel. You RENOUNCED Christ and this time again!!! There are a lot of them. But hey, he wants it both ways! Are you a child molester? March 14, 2019 at 11:03 am March 13, 2019 at 2:25 pm March 14, 2019 at 8:17 am CanisPulchrae says: March 14, 2019 at 1:21 pm Interesting change in the discussion. At first, when Pell was convicted, some of his supporters questioned the verdict. Now, however, the talk has changed to concern about gays in the church. Two things should be noted: Pell was convicted for crimes against children and he has appealed the verdict.We should all brace ourselves for another instalment of this story on 5-6 June 2019, when the appeal is heard. March 13, 2019 at 9:37 pm March 13, 2019 at 9:39 pm March 14, 2019 at 9:50 am EVERYONE BEWARE Mark Connelly is a FAKE PERSON!!! Share This! Facebook Twitter Pinterest LinkedIn ReddIt Email,MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — The most senior Catholic convicted of child sex abuse was sentenced Wednesday (March 13) to six years in prison for molesting two choirboys in an Australian cathedral in a crime the judge said showed “staggering arrogance.”Cardinal George Pell must serve a minimum of three years and eight months before he is eligible for parole, according to the judge’s order. The five convictions against Pell carried a maximum possible sentence of 10 years each.“In my view, your conduct was permeated by staggering arrogance,” Victoria state County Court Chief Judge Peter Kidd said in handing down the sentence.Pope Francis’ former finance minister was convicted by a unanimous jury verdict in December of orally raping a 13-year-old choirboy and indecently dealing with the boy and the boy’s 13-year-old friend in the late 1990s, months after Pell became archbishop of Melbourne. A court order had suppressed media reporting the news until last month.The 77-year-old denies the allegations and will appeal his convictions in the Victoria Court of Appeal on June 5. It was not immediately clear if he will also appeal the sentence.For the first time in Pell’s many court appearances since he returned to Australia from the Vatican to face abuse charges, Pell wore an open-necked shirt without a cleric’s collar. He was also not wearing a cardinal’s gold ring, which might reflect strict rules on jewelry in the state penal system.In explaining his sentencing decision, the judge said Pell had led an “otherwise blameless life.” Kidd said he believed given Pell’s age and lack of any other criminal record, the cardinal posed no risk of re-offending.The judge also took pains to note that he was sentencing Pell for the offenses on which the cardinal had been convicted — and not for the sins of the Catholic Church.“As I directed the jury who convicted you in this trial, you are not to be made a scapegoat for any failings or perceived failings of the Catholic Church,” Kidd said.But the judge also said that Pell had abused his position of power and had shown no remorse for his crimes. Kidd described the assaults as egregious, degrading and humiliating to the victims.Pell showed no emotion during the hourlong hearing and barely moved throughout. He stood silently with his hands behind his back as the judge read his sentence. Pell signed documents that registered him for life as a serious sexual offender before he was led from the dock by four prison officers.In a statement, one of Pell’s victims called the judge’s sentence “meticulous and considered.”“It is hard for me to allow myself to feel the gravity of this moment, the moment when the sentence is handed down, the moment when justice is done,” the man said in a statement read outside court by one of his lawyers, Vivian Waller. “It is hard for me, for the time being, to take comfort in this outcome. I appreciate that the court has acknowledged what was inflicted upon me as a child. However, there is no rest for me. Everything is overshadowed by the forthcoming appeal.”The father of one of Pell’s victims who died of a heroin overdose in 2014 at the age of 31 paid tribute to his son’s childhood friend for speaking out.“I commend the young fellow who has come forward,” the father said. “He kept it in for a long time and that would’ve been hell for him. Absolute hell.”The father said he was “really appreciative and thankful that he did come forward.”“I want to give him a hug. He was a fabulous little kid. He’s a fabulous man now,” the father said.The father also described the sentence as “a disappointment.”The father is considering suing Pell and the church over the abuse.Australian law prohibits the publication of sex crime victims’ identities, so the father also cannot be identified.Abuse victims’ groups also expressed disappointment that the punishment was not harsher.The sentence “makes a mockery of the concept of true accountability and is not a sentence commensurate with the crimes committed and the harm reaped,” Blue Knot Foundation president Cathy Kezelman said in a statement.SNAP, a U.S. support group for victim of clergy abuse, described the sentences as “comparatively light.”“We hope that the sentence imposed on Cardinal George Pell will provide some measure of healing to the living survivor of his abuse and comfort and closure for the family of Pell’s non-surviving victim,” SNAP said in a statement.The judge said Pell’s age was a significant factor in determining his sentence.Pell suffers from hypertension that is exacerbated by stress and has a dual-chamber pacemaker, the judge said.Pell used a cane to leave the court, after having both knees surgically replaced in December.His sentencing comes on the sixth anniversary of Francis’ election as pope. Pell was in the conclave that elected Francis and remains eligible for any potential future conclave until age 80 or unless he is removed.Asked by a reporter outside court after the sentencing whether the case against Pell amounted to a witch hunt, his lawyer Robert Richter gave a rueful smile.“No comment — you be the judge,” Richter replied.After centuries of impunity, cardinals from Australia to Chile and points in between are facing justice in both the Vatican and government courts for their own sexual misdeeds or for having shielded abusers under their watch.Last week, France’s senior Catholic cleric, Cardinal Philippe Barbarin, was convicted of failing to report a known pedophile priest to police. Barbarin was given a six-month suspended sentence.Pope Francis last month defrocked the onetime leader of the American church after an internal investigation determined Cardinal Theodore McCarrick sexually molested children and adult men. It was the first time a cardinal had been defrocked over the child abuse scandal.The surviving victim made a statement against Pell in 2015 — a year after the other victim’s death — to a police task force set up to investigate allegations that arose from a state parliamentary inquiry into handling of child abuse by religious and other nongovernment organizations. The task force also investigates allegations made to a similar national inquiry, called the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.Pell gave evidence by video link from Rome to the royal commission, the nation’s highest level of inquiry, in 2016 about his time as a church leader in Melbourne and in his hometown of Ballarat. The four-year royal commission found in its 2017 report that the Melbourne Archdiocese had ignored or covered up allegations of child abuse by seven priests in a bid to protect the church’s reputation and avoid scandal.The royal commission was critical of Pell’s predecessor in Melbourne, Archbishop Frank Little, who died in 2008. It made no findings against Pell, saying in a redacted report that it would not publish information that could “prejudice current or future criminal or civil proceedings.”Australian police interviewed Pell about the survivor’s allegations in a Rome hotel in 2016. Pell described the allegations at the time as “vile and disgusting conduct” that went against everything he believed in.Pell voluntarily returned to Australia in 2017 to face an array of child abuse charges, most of which have since been dropped. The full details of those allegations were suppressed by court orders.Pell was once the highest-ranking Catholic in Australia’s second-largest city, where he is now a prisoner held in protective security. Pedophiles such as Pell are typically separated from the main prison populations in Australia.Pell was 55 years old and had recently established a compensation plan for Melbourne’s victims of clergy abuse when he abused the two boys at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in 1996. The survivor testified that Pell had walked in on the boys swigging altar wine in a back room after a Sunday Mass.The judge rejected Richter’s submission that no person thinking rationally would molest two 13-year-old boys in a cathedral sacristy after a Mass with the doors open.“To offend in such a risky and brazen manner, I infer that, for whatever reason, you were in fact prepared to take on such risks. I conclude that your decision to offend was a reasoned, albeit perverted one,” Kidd said.More than a month later, Pell abused the survivor again, squeezing the boy’s genitals as they passed in a cathedral corridor after a Mass.The judge said the assault was committed with “a degree of physical aggression and venom.”(Associated Press writer Kristen Gelineau in Sydney contributed to this report.) Mark Connelly says: floydlee says: Not “secretly gay themselves”. Secretly same sex attracted. Secretly homosexual-hating homosexuals. Secretly sexually confused. Secretly abusive. Secretly child molesting.Bot not, not, not gay. Art says: My point about the discussion was about the comments here. You are, however, right about the appeal being held in June 2019. It might be your opinion that the appeal will succeed but it would be more sensible not to speculate on which way the appeal will go. Ben in Oakland says: March 13, 2019 at 8:33 pm Ben in Oakland says: March 14, 2019 at 2:29 pm The man’s name is Pell, not Bell. Also, if you’re going to say that the trial was unfair, justify this opinion with some pretty convincing evidence. Catholicism March 14, 2019 at 12:49 am March 14, 2019 at 12:11 pm CanisPulchrae says:
Share Listen – / 4For years now, Harris County has had some of the highest DWI fatality rates in the country. Allison Bainbridge with the DA’s office says a lot of it has to do with Harris County’s large size and growing population. “But it really comes down to someone’s individual choice,” adds Bainbridge. “Someone’s going to make a bad decision to drink and drive, something bad is going to happen.”Eric Stephens knows all too well what can happen. His daughter Jade was killed in a drunk driving crash in July of 2014. The family was driving home from Jade’s 10th birthday party when they were hit by a drunk driver in north Harris County. “You don’t understand how it is when you can’t get out of your head your baby dying in your wife’s arms,” says Stephens. To try to keep the roads safe this holiday season, many local law enforcement departments are conducting “no refusal” efforts. If someone suspected of DWI refuses to take a breath test, police can get an immediate search warrant for a blood draw.TxDOT has also rolled out an interactive video game to illustrate the dangers of impaired driving. Players have to dodge snowballs while under the influence of “digital” drinks. 00:00 /00:56 X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:
Shelby Knowles/Douglas Young for the Texas TribuneU.S. Reps. Filemon Vela, D-Brownsville, and Vincente Gonzalez, D-McAllen.Thanks to the support of two Texas Democrats, a bipartisan coalition of members of the U.S. House is on the cusp of bypassing House Speaker Paul Ryan and moving major immigration bills to the chamber’s floor.On Tuesday morning, two Democrats who represent the Texas border – U.S. Reps. Vicente Gonzalez of McAllen and Filemon Vela of Brownsville – announced they would sign onto an arcane legislative petition that was originally spearheaded by another border member, U.S. Rep. Will Hurd, a Republican from Helotes.Last month, Hurd and a handful of other House Republicans, frustrated by the lack of movement on immigration, initiated an obscure legislative tactic called a discharge petition in an attempt to bypass their chamber’s committees and House GOP leadership. The petition would force a series of votes on several bills that address immigration issues, including the legal status of “Dreamers” — young undocumented immigrants who came to the country as minors and have been granted reprieve from deportation and two-year work permits under the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.The discharge petition quickly gained dozens of backers, including most House Democrats. Three Texas Democrats representing the border – Gonzalez, Vela and U.S. Rep. Henry Cuellar of Laredo – withheld their support from the petition, citing concerns that it could lead to legislation passing that would clear the way for the constuction of a border wall. Cuellar has not changed his position.With Vela and Gonzalez signing on, the petition’s tally grows to 215 names, just three short of the 218 needed to force votes on the U.S. House floor. Hurd is the only Texas Republican to sign on.“By signing this discharge petition, I do so with the intent of giving 800,000 young people – young Americans – peace of mind and the ability to remain in the only country they call home,” said Gonzalez. “Let me be clear, I will not accept a DACA fix that includes border wall funding. It’s unfortunate that we are at this nexus, but the ball is now in the Republicans’ court. And as such, I ask them: ‘What will be your next move?’”“In consultation with Dreamers and their parents, clergy, and Bishop Daniel Flores, I have decided to sign the discharge petition so that Dreamers can get the vote they are requesting,” Vela concurred. “I will vote for a clean Dream Act, but not for any measure that includes border wall funding. Republican moderates claim they have the votes to move their discharge petition forward… Let’s see it.”The initial group pushing for the the petition was made up of just Republicans – mostly members like Hurd, who are from diverse districts and are in tough re-election battles, and other Republicans who are retiring. In the following weeks, most members of the Democratic caucus followed suit and signed the petition, allowing the coalition to close in on a majority of the chamber.Capitol Hill is bracing for a conservative backlash to the tactic. Immigration is the most contentious issue within the GOP conference and a floor vote on these measures – which include a hardline approach to Democratic-favored policies – is sure to pit the conservative wing of the House Republican conference, known as the Freedom Caucus, against members like Hurd. That’s put the chamber’s Republican leadership in the crosshairs of a deeply divided conference. GOP members are scheduled to meet Thursday morning to address the issue. Share
Next Game: INDIANA 3/26/2019 | 5:00 p.m. A two-out solo home run by Cait Brooks in the fifth pulled the Irish within a run. Live Stats Watch Live Full Schedule Roster The Irish (18-10, 3-3) got on the scoreboard with a pair of runs in the home half of the inning. Katie Marino led off with a hit and eventually crossed the plate on Melissa Rochford’s single. Quinn Biggio’s RBI hit brought Rochford home to make the score 4-2. SOUTH BEND, Ind. –The University of Louisville softball team defeated Notre Dame 5-3 Sunday at Melissa Cook Stadium in the teams’ ACC series finale. The Irish threatened in the sixth when a single, a walk and a fly out placed a pair of runners in scoring position, but reliever Danielle Watson got a fly out to Butler in left field to end the inning. In the seventh, a leadoff hit by Ali Wester brought the tying run to the plate, but back-to-back fielder’s choices prevented a runner from getting into scoring positon and a groundout to Maddy Newman at second secured the win. Caitlin Ferguson had two hits, scored twice and a registered pair of stolen bases and Kyra Snyder collected two RBIs to help lead the Cardinals at the plate. Megan Hensley (8-1) notched the win and Danielle Watson picked up her first save of the season. Preview Snyder’s two-run single sparked a three-run fourth as the Cards extended their lead to 4-0. Hensley got the inning started with a walk and was lifted for pinch runner Jordyn Wolfe, who took second on Rebecca Chung’s sacrifice bunt. Ferguson reached safely on an infield hit to put runners on the corners and proceeded to steal second. Snyder’s hit plated both runners and she would eventually score on a wild pitch. The Cardinals (20-10, 3-3 ACC) will return to action on Tuesday when they play host to No. 20/22 Indiana at 5 p.m. at Ulmer Stadium. Hensley picked up her team-best eighth win of the season after giving up three earned runs on five hits and striking out two in 5.1 innings. She also registered one of Louisville’s eight hits in the game. The Cards tallied six stolen bases in the contest with Butler registering career-high three stolen bases, Ferguson had two and Melton swiped her team-best 15th of the season. Matchup History The Cards pushed their lead back to two runs in the sixth. Freshman Charley Butler delivered a two-out single, stole second and third and scored on junior Celene Funke’s base hit, bringing the score to 5-3. Louisville struck first with a run in the second inning. Ferguson led off the frame with a single, stole second and crossed the plate on senior Madison Cousineau’s double to give the Cards a 1-0 lead. Alexis Holloway (8-6) took the loss, surrendering four earned runs on five hits and striking out one in 3.1 innings of work. Print Friendly Version
Kolkata: A mock anti-hijacking drill was conducted on Monday at NSCBI Airport, Kolkata, wherein the response time of various agencies involved in the exercise was checked.The anti-hijack mock exercise was conducted by creating a situation akin to a plane hijack. The entire operation lasted for about an hour. The drill was successfully conducted without causing any inconvenience to airport operations. Measures taken during any eventuality of hijacking were deliberated in the meet. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeAgencies like the National Security Guard (NSG), Central Industrial Security Force (CISF), police, Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) and other units associated with flight operations took part in it. The event was followed by an Aerodrome Committee Meet (ACM) under the chairmanship of Hari Kishore Kusmakar, Secretary (Coordination) Home Department, of the state government. Another Airfield Environment Management Committee (AEMC) meeting was also held at the Airport Director’s office under the chairmanship of Kusmakar. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedSeveral points such as waste disposal system, drainage system, open meat shops around the vicinity of the airport were the major points of discussion as they are the primary causes of attracting birds in and around the airport. The forest department officials were also requested to take appropriate steps in order to curb the menace of wild animals around airport premises. Representatives from municipalities, state Pollution Control Board, PWD, CISF, Irrigation Department, Forest Department and local administration were also present.
Nadeem Mohammed had a pipebomb in his luggage at at Manchester Airport. Muhammad was stopped, questioned and stopped from flying – but was not arrested after trained airport staff assessed the device was unlikely to be viable. However Following further enquiries and forensic examinations of the device by police, several days later, it was determined it was viable and Muhammed was arrested. Read MoreBrothers brawled in the street with man at 8.30am – because he pulled a moonie Speaking after today’s sentencing ACC Russ Jackson, responsible for the North West Counter Terrorism Unit, said: “This afternoon, Muhammad has been sentenced to 18 years in prison. “The device which consisted of three AAA batteries and the shell of a marker pen when examined in the laboratory was found to contain just under 10 grams of gunpowder and dressmakers pins. “As the judge indicated today, this could have caused “not inconsiderable damage” to property and injury to people close to the device. “We cannot be certain what risk this device presented and may never know Muhammad’s intentions unless he decides to tell us. “I want to be clear that we accept there were errors made in the assessment of this item.” Mr Jackson said: “Our debriefs of staff have shown that Muhammad’s explanation, his demeanour when stopped, the absence of any concern in background checks and the actual initial assessment of the device, certainly led to the view at the time that this was not a suspicious incident. “This was wrong and when the true nature of the item became clear, immediate steps were taken to arrest Muhammad and he has been successfully prosecuted and today sentenced to 18 years in prison. “What should be made clear is that airport security screening was effective and the device found. I also want to explain that both airport and police have reviewed our security procedures to ensure that proper operating procedures are followed on every occasion where there is a suspicious incident. Read MoreDrink-driver, 40, crashes into parked car – while on his way to hospital “Since January, there have been several occasions when these have been tested and procedures have worked effectively, although thankfully on each occasion the incidents have been false alarms. “This is an extremely serious incident at a time when people are concerned about terrorism, especially here in Manchester and whilst it should be acknowledged that the security checks were effective in finding the item, the assessment of the device should have been more comprehensive and taken place sooner. “These lessons have been learned and reviews of operating procedures have already taken place.” In May, four months after Mohammed attempted to take the pipe bomb on board the plane, 22 people people were killed in an unconnected suicide bombing at the Manchester Arena following an Ariana Grande concert. Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailA 43-year-old man has been jailed for 18 years after attempting to board a Ryanair flight while carrying a pipebomb. The device was found in Nadeem Muhammed’s luggage at Manchester Airport as he attempted to board the flight to Bergamo, Italy, on January 30. Tens of thousands of travellers from Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire and South Cheshire pass through the airport every year. Muhammed, of Tinline Street, Bury, was today jailed at Manchester Crown Court, with an extended license of five years, after being found guilty of possession of explosives with intent to endanger life. In January Muhammad attempted to pass through security at Manchester Airport, with the suspicious item in his hand luggage. An airport security officer spotted the small device, which contained about 10grams of gunpowder, as it went through the x-ray scanner.
Liberty Global-owned Polish cable operator UPC Polska has introduced download to view on its Horizon Go mobile TV product.The new feature allows Horizon Go users to download video-on-demand content to their mobile device for offline viewing. The new functionality is available for users of iOS and Android devices.The download feature can be used on up to five devices that have already been used to view streamed content from Horizon Go. Selected content will be available on the device to which it has been downloaded for 14 days.Horizon Go in Poland currently offers 131 channels available for in-home viewing and 111 for out-of-home viewing. Since the end of geo-blocking, content can be viewed across the EU on any devices.Separately, UPC Polska has expanded the line-up of channels it takes from Kino Polska Group – also known as SPI International/Filmbox.The operator now offers Gametoon HD, FightBox HD and DocuBox HD from the group as part of its Max package. The channels are also available as part of the Horizon Go offering and eSports channel Gametoon HD will additionally be available as part of the lower-tier Select package until March 3.
The Federal Reserve is not currently forecasting a recession. – Ben Bernanke, January 10, 2008 With Ben Bernanke’s exit as Chairman of the Federal Reserve, every political physician will opine on his legacy. Many will view him as the savior of capitalism. The others will agree, but caveat the compliment by stating his monetary mischief eventually exceeded its necessity. So while some may debate recent Federal Reserve policy, all condone his reaction to the Great Recession of 2008. His legacy will be viewed as having acted promptly, properly, and aggressively to the greatest economic threat since the Great Depression, for quantitative easing and negligible interest rates are universally proclaimed to have stabilized the economy and set the stage for future growth. This author disagrees. Determining what Bernanke’s Federal Reserve should have done in a recession – and whether or not Bernanke acted properly – requires an examination of what causes recessions. Just as doctors can only properly treat patients with an understanding of germ theory, economists can only restore economic health through an understanding of business cycle theory. All cures require the cognizance of causality. Bernanke has always been portrayed as an “expert” on the Great Depression, so surely he must understand the true cause of business cycles. In 2002, he clearly stated he knew the origin of recessions (or at least deep recessions, a.k.a. depressions) and believed them relegated to history, never to return: I would like to say to Milton [Friedman] and Anna [Schwartz]: Regarding the Great Depression. You’re right, we did it. We’re very sorry. But thanks to you, we won’t do it again. What did the Federal Reserve do that Bernanke swore would never be repeated? What was this transgression it committed in causing the Great Depression? Bernanke, and all “monetarist” economists, blame the central bank’s contraction of the money supply. But clearly this did not cause the 2008 Great Recession, for none of the monetary metrics ever decreased. Faced with such facts, the Chairman of the Federal Reserve could reach one of two conclusions: either the 2008 Great Recession (and possibly all other recessions) had some different cause or causes relative to the Great Depression (which is nonsensical), or the monetarist theory of business cycles was in error. Bernanke chose the former. He chose unwisely. Is there a better explanation of the business cycle? One which describes all recessions and depressions? One which explains the widespread and severely erroneous judgment of businesses in forecasting the future as revealed in the “bust”? One which illustrates why it is a cycle, and why this cycle first appeared in the 19th century? One which justifies why capital goods industries are more sensitive to booms and busts relative to consumer goods industries? One which explicates why significant money supply expansion precedes every single recession? The Austrian school of economics has such an explanation. When a central bank increases the money supply with fiat currency, it artificially decreases interest rates. As interest rates are a universal market signal to all businesses, investments which previously appeared unprofitable now seem to make economic sense. However, these expenditures are actually being “malinvested” relative to the natural level of interest rates as determined by the supply and demand of savings. When a central bank ceases or severely mitigates its expansion of the money supply, the natural level of interest rates reasserts itself, and a recession ensues. Recessions are the beneficial period by which previous investment wastes and errors are corrected. The Austrian theory of the business cycle explains every phenomenon exhibited by every business cycle, and further explains its historical onset (concomitant with central banking and/or fiat currency). Recessions, while they may be postponed, cannot be avoided. As the eminent Austrian economist Ludwig von Mises noted: There is no means of avoiding the final collapse of a boom brought about by credit expansion. The alternative is only whether the crisis should come sooner as the result of a voluntary abandonment of further credit expansion, or later as a final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved. Bernanke chose the latter (and has timed his exit superbly to cover his culpability). So what should he (or any central banker) have done when overseeing a recession? Only one directive applies: do not interfere with the economy’s adjustment process (a.k.a. recession). Do not prevent the liquidation of assets (or companies) with bailouts. Do not stimulate consumption and discourage savings through deficits and other means. And above all, do not inflate the money supply again which will only bring another recession in the future (which is why business cycles are, indeed, cyclical). In light of what should not be done in a recession, Bernanke’s actions are an abject failure. For he responded to the Great Recession by advocating (with his Treasury troupe in tow) and/or performing a troika of trouble: big bailouts, huge deficits, and massive monetary expansion. In this dire economic situation, he responded with a disastrous blend of monetary omnipotence and judgmental incompetence. The Bernanke legacy will eventually be known for what he has caused: severe recessions, high inflation, and just possibly, a “final and total catastrophe of the currency system involved.” We will never forget you Ben, nor forgive you. Christopher P. Casey, CFA®, CPA is a Managing Director at WindRock Wealth Management (www.windrockwealth.com). Using Austrian economic theory, Mr. Casey advises wealthy individuals on their investment portfolios to maximize their returns and minimize risk in today’s world of significant government intervention. Mr. Casey can be reached at 312-650-9602 or at email@example.com.  Associated Press “Bernanke: Fed Ready to Cut Interest Rates Again”. The Washington Post. 10 January 2008.
In This Issue. * Dollar is in same position as yesterday. * But there are a couple of bright spots today! * Aussie Trade deficit drops significantly! * China to stimulate their economy. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Oil Plunges Below $50! Good Day!… And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! The Spinners song: I’ll be around, greets me this morning. Talk about a song with a beat, rhythm, and you can dance to! (sounds like I’m on Bandstand, HA!) Well day one away from the desk, was interesting, when I encountered technical problems and the Pfennig had a delayed departure. These were not your normal, everyday technical problems, we had to call in the guys from Jacksonville to look into the problem! But all is well now, and everything worked like a charm all day yesterday, so getting the Pfennig out on time this morning should be a lay-up. Well, this morning is much like yesterday morning in that the dollar still has the conn. But there are a couple of bright spots this morning, and one really dark spot. let’s start with the really dark spot. The Russian ruble is plunging again, and is back above 60 (at 63 and change). The price of Oil dropped below $50 yesterday, and that was the catalyst to the ruble plunge. Yes, the other petrol currencies are also doing the rope a dope, but the dollar is pounding them all, just not as badly as the ruble is getting pounded this morning. So. Let’s spend a minute with this latest drop in the price of Oil. $48. WOW! It’s quite a phenomenon, how quickly this price dropped, don’t you think? Those out there that have far greater gray masses than I, think that this drop has come because of a supply glut. Really? From $100 to $48, because of a supply glut? I guess in this day and age, anything is possible, eh? But I prefer to think of this as something that has happened because of outside forces. I’m not able to talk about the conspiracy thought I have, so I’ll just leave it at that! There is a supply glut, though, I’ll admit to that, but that can’t be the single factor here. Not with that kind of fall. I see that another 17 Oil rigs closed down here in the U.S. last week. Recall last week I told you about how closing Oil rigs was a sign that the price of Oil had gotten too cheap, and that we would probably see the closing of Oil rigs continue. My good friend, and author that everyone should read, Dennis Miller, told me that you can’t really associate the Oil industry having problems with Oil rigs closing, and then he went on to explain why. I truly appreciated his contribution. So, apparently, I’m barking at the wrong tree here. But you know me, I’m so darn hard-headed, I’m going to keep barking until the squirrel gives up and comes down! So, all along I’ve been telling you about countries that are enjoying the price drop of Oil. And you can add Australia to that list! The Aussie November Trade Deficit fell to A$925 Million, VS an estimate of A$1.6 Billion. Exports rose 1% from Rocktober, along with imports. Of course the cheaper A$ gets some credit for this nice looking report. But if the Aussie Trade Deficit can print as pretty as this in November, imagine what the December print will look like! So the two of the bright spots in the currencies today are the Aussie dollar (A$) and N.Z. dollar/ kiwi. The A$ got things moving in the right direction when the Trade data printed, but then really got on the rally horse when it was announced that China was going to inject $1 Trillion in stimulus into their economy. Now, let’s see, what does Chuck have to say about this meddling in the economy, for he has been so darn tough on the U.S., Japan, U.K. and Eurozone for their meddling. Hmmm. Well, this is what I think. Front and Center the thing to think about here is that there’s a MAJOR difference between China and those other countries that meddled and are still meddling in their economies, and that is China has the Treasure Chest of reserves / cash that they can dig into and not upset the applecart with debt. the other countries simply added to their debt, so that future generations will have to deal with. But I’m no fan of meddling in economies, but if you have to meddle, and all countries and their Central Banks these days think they know better and that they have “to do something”, then I would rather it came from money that was saved for a rainy day, than from future generations’ taxes and liberties. Kiwi joined the A$ in rallying on the news of the good Trade data and the Chinese $1 Trillion of stimulus. I just have to wonder if this love for these two is a one-day and done thing, which has been the MO lately. The news in the early part of 2014 was all about the rate hikes in N.Z. and eventually it will return here this year, but problem not until the 2nd half of the year. Gold has found its way above $1,200 again. , I see where the great Porter Stansberry believes that Gold has hit its bottom and is ready to take off again. I’ve always held Porter in high regard, and his calls have been bang on in the past few years, so much so that I’m telling you this now. Now I can’t say stuff like that, but Porter can, and I can tell you that he said it, so heed his words folks. He’s so darn smart! Another guy that I believe is quite intelligent, James Rickards, says that investors should buy their Gold now while they can, because he feels that when it begins to soar, that obtaining physical Gold will be difficult. Of course these are guys that might have vested interest in telling you to buy Gold now. and then they might just want to help you so they can make tons of money in the future the next time they tell you to do something! Whatever the reason, these are just opinions by these guys, and they could end up being wrong, right? I’m interested in the Gold / Oil ratio.. It has caught my attention. Just another thing for me to keep track of, and I’m not sure it tells me anything. but I’m intrigued and think it just may tell me something if I study it long enough! HA! Anyway, the Gold / Oil ratio yesterday was 1 oz. of Gold cost 23.9 Barrels of West Texas Intermediate (WTI) Oil. Just for grins I went back in history and found that in 1973, the ratio was 1 oz. to 41.4 Barrels of WTI. Now, I’m not saying that the ratio is going to go back to 1973 levels. NO WAY! I’m not saying that! I’m just saying for it to get there, the price of Oil would have to drop more. So, can anyone guess why I picked 1973? At the same time, another fellow that I believe is smarter than the average bear, (way smarter actually!) Mike “Mish” Shedlock, has posted some nasty things to say about the Chinese renminbi becoming the next reserve currency. I’ve always held what Mish had to say in high regard, but I do believe that either he didn’t understand what was asked, or something was misunderstood, period. Because, you long time dear Pfennig readers know that I’ve said that by the end of this decade, which is now 5 years from now that the renminbi would be the reserve currency, not now, not next year! They, the Chinese, still have tons of work to do, of which, Mish pointed out in his rant, but one has to step back and take note of all the changes the Chinese have made to date that are going to allow their currency to become the reserve currency, and the promises they’ve made to make the remaining ones. Remember, the Chinese were the ones that said that , “It’s time for an end to the dollar standard”.. not me, not anyone else in the West, but the Chinese, and if I’ve learned one thing from my years of studying the Chinese, they don’t say stuff just to impress people! The only say things when they mean to do something about them! So, the so-called safe havens are back on the front page of the newspaper this morning. Japanese yen, if you can get past the heavy, belly laughing, is rallying. U.S. Treasuries, again, if you can get past the laughing, are below 2% (10-year) and when you count inflation they are negative, and Gold. well, this one finally makes sense, are all stronger this morning. I don’t know if you noticed one long-time upstanding member of this so-called safe haven club, is missing. The Swiss franc. The franc is weaker again this morning, and once again the cross with the euro is getting dangerously close to the 1.20 floor the Swiss National Bank (SNB) set for the cross a few years ago. (1.2014, as I write). Remember what I told you the SNB would have to do to defend this cross, and going to negative rates won’t really do the trick for too long. The SNB would have to sell francs and buy euros. And who would want to own euros right now? Speaking of Treasuries. the Treasury bubble just keeps getting air pumped into it. I don’t know any other way to explain this. The Treasury bubble should have popped 5 years ago, but it’s still floating around the room avoiding the pins. The 10-year has a 1.99% yield today. And like I just said, when you factor in inflation, the 10-year yield is negative. OK, so let me get this straight, for 10-years you get to have the U.S. Gov’t use your money, and you pay them? Oooooh, where do I sign up for that? Here? Oh, thank you kind sir, you have been so helpful with my money. To whom do I make this check that represents my life savings to? . What? You don’t think that scenario doesn’t play out? Better think again my friend. The euro just slipped below 1.19. When I turned on the screens this morning, the euro was trading in yesterday’s clothes, but has just slipped below 1.19. The poor beleaguered single unit has had to endure a lot lately. Greece, Draghi’s love affair with all-out QE, recessions all around. Speaking of negative yields on Gov’t bonds. the German Gov’t bond, called bunds, is trading with a negative yield. OUCH! Now that’s going to leave a mark! What does these bond moves indicate to us? Well, if you ask the bond king, Bill Gross, he would tell you that it means that the Fed won’t hike rates until late in 2015, and maybe not then either! Speaking of Bill Gross, have you seen the massive withdrawals from the PIMCO bond funds follow Gross to Janus Funds? No wonder they call him the bond king, the size of these moves were mega-massive! The U.S. Data Cupboard is back on board today, but first, yesterday’s Data Cupboard fare was vehicle sales for December, which were very nearly bang on with expectations, thus making it a real December to remember for car companies! (remember platinum and palladium should be beneficiaries of cars being built for sale). OK.. today’s cupboard has Factor Orders for November (that seems so long ago, right? ) Rocktober’s Factory Orders printed a negative -.5%, and the expectations for November are for another negative print. I know it’s only Tom Terrific Tuesday, but, this Friday is a Jobs Jamboree Friday. It’s never too early to start thinking about this report and all the games the BLS plays with it. I say that facetiously, of course, but there is always a touch of seriousness with me when it comes to the BLS. For What It’s Worth. Well, I found this, and thought it played nicely in the sandbox with my call that Japan is a basket case. the whole article can be found here: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-02/death-nation-japanese-births-drop-lowest-ever-deaths-hit-all-time-high And here are a few snippets.. Supporters and opponents of Abenomics may debate the metaphorical death of Japanese society as a result of the terminal hyper-Keynesian, hyper-monetarist policies implemented by Abe and Kuroda for the past 2 years until they are blue in the face, but when it comes to the literal death of Japan, there is no debate: as the FT succinctly puts it “deaths outnumbered births in Japan last year by the widest margin on record, underscoring the scale of the challenge facing the government as it tries to ensure a dwindling pool of workers can support growing ranks of pensioners.” Indeed, while Japan may or may not survive the collapse in the Yen, which will send the Nikkei225 soaring although nobody will be able to enjoy this unprecedented paper wealth because nobody can afford to eat, drive or heat their house, and all Japanese companies will be long bankrupt, it now looks almost certain that the death of Japanese society will not be due to a runaway printer, but due to, well, death itself. As the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare reported earlier this week, while Japan recorded 1.001 million births in 2014, or the lowest number in recorded history, this was offset by 1.27 million deaths: also the highest on record. Chuck again, the article goes on to give you numbers and data on the how the drop in population will take place and when. You know, I’ve described this demographics problem in Japan several times in the past, and I keep telling you that Japan’s problems center around how they will not allow foreigners to take up residence in their country. They need them badly, but. it’s not going to happen in Japan, they would rather go down with the ship rather than fixing the hole in the floor of the boat! To recap. Much of the same dollar strength today as yesterday, but we are seeing a couple of bright spots in A$’s and kiwi, yen, and Gold.. the price of Oil has fallen below $50 and the latest plunge in black gold, Texas Tea, has caused another plunge of the Russian ruble. Aussie Trade data was better than expected, and China announced that they would spend some of their treasure chest cash in the amount of $1 Trillion to stimulate their economy, and Chuck describes the difference in meddling here. The 10-year U.S. Treasury has a yield below 2% again, making it actually negative when you factor in inflation. Where do I sign up for that? Currencies today 1/6/15. American Style: A$.8125, kiwi .7730, C$ .8490, euro 1.1895, sterling 1.5200, Swiss $ .9900, . European Style: rand 11.7385, krone 7.7160, SEK 7.9260, forint 268.25, zloty 3.6190, koruna 23.2670, RUB 62.83, yen 119.30, sing 1.3360, HKD 7.7535, INR 63.57, China 6.1256, pesos 14.95, BRL 2.7125, Dollar Index 91.61, Oil $48.66, 10-year 1.99%, Silver $16.26, Platinum $1,214.38, Palladium $799.00, and Gold. $1,210.40 That’s it for today. Well, baseball will announce the newest Hall of Fame class today. Three pitchers, Randy Johnson, John Smoltz, and Pedro Martinez appear to be shoo-ins for the Hall, thus making this year’s class as strong as last year’s. I’m a real stickler on the Hall of Fame, and I have problems with a lot of the players that get elected. They should all be held to the same on-field performances of the Babe, Stan the Man, Cy Young, and so on. if not, why are they getting in? Because they were the best of their era? That doesn’t cut it with me! Oh well, it is what it is. Congrats to those that get elected today. Football in St. Louis and Missouri is over, our college basketball teams are very good this year, hockey plays a couple games a week, and baseball is still a ways off. these are the dark days of winter for sports here. UGH! Dionne Warwick is singing: Walk on by to me right now, I just melt when I hear her sing that song. It rained a little bit here yesterday, but not a big thing, and I was able to sit outside most of the day. I’m reading another James Patterson book right now. I’m hooked on this guy’s books, and he sure has a lot of them! OK, I’ll get out of your hair for today. I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets
Writer Maggie O’Farrell has survived some terrifying episodes. She’s had a machete pressed to her throat during a robbery, once contracted amoebic dysentery while traveling and nearly bled out while giving birth to her first child.All told, O’Farrell says she has experienced 17 different brushes with death — each of which she details in her new memoir, I Am, I Am, I Am. The book was inspired, in part, by O’Farrell’s daughter, who was born with severe eczema and life-threatening allergies. O’Farrell says she wanted to understand what happens to people when they come “back from the brink.””These experiences always take up residence inside us,” she says. “We’re different people afterwards. We’re wiser, we’re a little bit sadder — but also we value what we have.”Interview Highlights On a frightening incident that happened when she was 18 and working at a retreat in a mountain valley I was on this walk … and I realized I had seen [a man] further down the valley, and I still don’t know how he got ahead of me to intercept me on the way up, and so I walked past him and then he came after me. And he said he wanted to show me a bird on the lake, and so he put his binocular strap around my neck, and I knew, as everybody does, that it wasn’t right, it wasn’t true, it wasn’t just about the bird, and I knew he meant to harm me. … I think there is a kind of almost animal instinct, a bit like dogs sniffing each other; you know that somebody means you harm.So I talked my way out of it. I just ducked out under the binocular strap and I talked to him and I kept him talking and I asked him about the birds and I knew that the only way I could save myself — because he was a lot bigger than me and he was a lot stronger than me — the only way to get out of there was to use my brain instead. …[Police] didn’t tell me anything, but they asked me about the incident in very close detail and then asked me to look at some photographs and to say if I saw the person with the binoculars among these photographs, which I did, and I pointed him out. I knew what had happened. I could sense it, and I said to them, “He has killed someone, hasn’t he?” And they wouldn’t tell me anything, but then a few days later I read in the newspaper that a girl had been killed, that she had been raped and then strangled and then buried not very far from where I had been walking.On overhearing a nurse say she was going to die when she was hospitalized with encephalitis, a virus in her cerebellum, at age 8 As a child nobody tells you things. All the conversation about you and your illness and your symptoms and your prospects are all done elsewhere — they’re all told to your parents when you’re not in the room. So you have to become this person who picks up on things. You’ve got to look at … the facial expressions of the people looking after you, your parents and the nurses and the doctors, you’ve got to try and interpret the silences around you, what people are saying and what they’re not saying.And so hearing from this nurse in the corridor mistakenly let slip that I was expected to die, I think that was the biggest shock to me. When I heard it, I knew it in a sense. It didn’t come as a huge shock, but it made everything that was happening around me suddenly made sense. I thought, “Of course. Of course I’m dying. How did I not realize that?” …You couldn’t hear that and not be changed by it. And then when I didn’t die they said I wouldn’t walk again, that I would lead a life of incapacity. And so for whatever reason, I managed to find a loophole out of both of those destinies that were mapped out for me. So I’ve always felt, really, since then, or I’ve grown up with this sense that I lived this almost charmed existence, that I managed to hoodwink these two paths in life, and almost as if I’m living on borrowed time or extra time. … I’ve always been really filled with the idea that I must make the most of it and I must live the biggest and the broadest life I possibly can, because it’s been a gift twice over.On nearly bleeding out during the birth of her first child I labored for three days — three very long days and nights, I would like to say — and after three days the baby’s heartrate was dipping and it was showing signs of distress. So I said I really need to talk to a doctor. … And the doctor who came to my bedside was the very same doctor who I had seen all those months before who had been so rude to me, and so I begged for a cesarean. … And he did grant me a cesarean, but he said it would go down on my notes as medically unnecessary and thought I was being hysterical and lying.So basically what happened in the operation was that because the labor had gone on for so long, my son had got jammed in an immovable position and so they had to kind of wrestle to get him out, poor child. And during that something must’ve ruptured because I started hemorrhaging and started losing blood. This is quite graphic, all my intestines came out. Everything came out of my abdomen, so they had to try to get it all back in again, and stop the bleeding and it was all going pretty badly wrong.On staying calm when her daughter is experiencing a life-threatening allergic reactionThe most useful thing that someone told me — and this is a friend of mine who actually is a play therapist, so she’s trained to play with children in hospital — and [what] she said to me is, “What you have to remember is that your emotions and your daughter’s emotions are on a loop. So whatever you’re feeling … she is feeling — and vice-versa. … If she is terrified and panicking, you need to be calm, because whatever calm and confidence you exude, she will pick up, because it’s all in a loop.”And that’s one of the single best pieces of advice I ever had on being a parent to a child with additional needs, that you’ve got to hang onto that.Therese Madden and Thea Chaloner produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Bridget Bentz, Molly Seavy-Nesper and Scott Hensley adapted it for the Web. Copyright 2018 Fresh Air. To see more, visit Fresh Air.
This year, malaria got a cool new cartoon. Aardman Animations, creator of the popular “Wallace and Gromit” claymation films, and actor Hugh Laurie teamed up for a 2-minute video on the history of this disease, which claims 450,000 lives a year. It’s called “Malaria Must Die, So Millions Can Live.” And it stars “Mozzie the Mosquito.”It’s very clever. And accurate. But some malaria specialists are actually more impressed with a 1943 anti-malaria video, produced by Walt Disney for the U.S. government and starring the Seven Dwarfs.The 10-minute film explains how malaria is spread — and how it might be stopped. And it’s surprisingly relevant in 2018.”I gotta say, it was a very well-done video,” says Daniel Sledge, an associate professor of Political Science at the University of Texas, Arlington.”It’s very practical,” he says. “Avoiding standing water is really critical. Screening windows is really critical.”In his research, Sledge has focused on malaria control and eradication in the United States, particularly before 1950.The Disney video details many of the important measures Americans took to protect themselves from malaria, he says: getting rid of standing water, screening windows, papering over cracks in the walls, even weeding ponds and lakes to make it easier for fish to eat mosquito larvae.Most of the things they describe are “really, honestly, best practices,” he says.Lessons for todayBut not everything in the video holds up. Coating standing water in oil to prevent mosquitoes from breeding, for instance, would ruin drinking water in addition to causing environmental damage. And in many places, it’s impossible to weed the vast bodies of water where mosquitoes breed.In the film, Bashful happily pumps clouds of green insecticide over a lake. “A thin film of Paris green is strong enough to kill the wigglers [mosquito larvae], but won’t kill the fish,” the narrator confidently explains. Paris green was an insecticide used mainly in the 1940s but was soon replaced by the more powerful DDT. DDT, of course, has been banned in many countries for its environmental and health side effects.Spraying with insecticides still plays a role in preventing malaria, especially in Africa. The insecticides — including, in some countries, DDT — are sprayed on the walls of homes, where some mosquitoes rest after feeding.Other techniques shown in the video are still widely used.”Bed nets, certainly,” says William Moss, professor of epidemiology, international health and molecular microbiology and immunology at the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.Moss’s expertise is in malaria control in sub-Saharan Africa. While malaria still exists in many parts of the world, including Asia and Latin America, it is most deadly in Africa. About 90 percent of the yearly deaths happen there, Moss points out.Bed nets treated with insecticides are perhaps the most widely used method to prevent the spread of malaria, Moss says. “Millions and millions of nets have been distributed throughout sub-Saharan Africa in the past decade,” he says, calling them a “cornerstone” of malaria control.”That’s had an important impact on reducing numbers of infections and child mortality,” Moss says. Indeed, the treated bed nets have reduced child deaths — from all causes, not just malaria — by 20 percent, the CDC says.Moss also highlighted the importance of getting rid of standing water and making home improvements to prevent malaria.”If you close the open eaves and put screens on [windows], that can have a major impact,” he says. He says these techniques may be hard to apply on a wide scale in sub-Saharan Africa. “But it is an important strategy,” he adds.In the 21st century there are other tactics critical to treating malaria and preventing its spread — notably diagnostic tests and new medications to treat the disease.How cartoons help malaria controlThe Disney video comes in two languages, English and Spanish, so it’s likely that Latin America was a target audience in addition to the U.S., where malaria was still a problem in many parts in 1943.Regardless of its intended audience, Sledge says, “the Disney video was very well-done and probably had very high-quality technical advisers.””Slightly updated, it would be very useful,” he adds — for preventing not just malaria but other diseases as well, such as dengue, West Nile, yellow fever and Zika.The fun, sometimes silly animation seems to lighten the mood and make the instructions more fun to follow. After all, when it comes to fixing up a house yourself, sometimes you might feel a little Dopey or Grumpy.”It has a broad appeal,” Moss says. The video reminded him to Dr. Seuss’s wartime pamphlet, “Ann Drinks Blood.” Ann — short for anopheles, the type of mosquito that carries malaria — loves going out at night (“she’s a real party gal”) and drinking… GI blood. The lighthearted illustrations had a serious message: American soldiers were at risk of contracting malaria in many battlefields, but they could take steps like covering up and using bed nets to minimize their risk.Bigger pictureAs important as those measures were, however, they are mostly individual-level efforts. There are larger improvements communities and governments can make in to prevent and eradicate malaria.William Moss says there’s a sort of “philosophical divide” in addressing malaria. Some researchers focus on high-tech interventions, he says, while others believe improving socioeconomic status — especially the condition of homes — “is really critical to decreasing malaria.”For instance, in the video, a mosquito bites a poor man suffering from malaria, and transmits it to a rich man — who then falls into financial ruin because he’s unable to work.”There’s a very strong link they’re trying to make between malaria and poverty,” Moss says. Researchers often focus on the rates of mortality from malaria, he says. Perhaps focusing on the economic costs as well could prompt changes, he says.Daniel Sledge points out another crucial way the United States controlled malaria: creating county-level health departments to monitor and prevent disease outbreaks.”In the United States, we put in place high-quality local public health infrastructure, disease surveillance, things along those lines – to make sure these diseases are not a problem,” Sledge explains.The efforts outlined in the video may help individuals protect themselves and their neighbors from the disease, but some changes need to come from the top, he says.”You can do all this stuff, but if you don’t make it permanent, the disease will come back,” he says.Melody Schreiber (@m_scribe on Twitter) is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Imagine for a minute: A company makes a vaccine that protects kids from a life-threatening disease but, with little warning, decides to stop selling it in the U.S.That’s exactly what happened last year in West Africa, for a vaccine against rotavirus — a disease that kills about 200,000 young children and babies each year.As NPR reported in November, the pharmaceutical giant Merck & Co. Inc. announced it was ending a long-term agreement to supply its rotavirus vaccine, RotaTeq, at a reduced price to families in four West African countries. At the same time, the company began selling the vaccine in China, for more than 12 times the price.Merck’s decision meant that more than 2 million babies were at risk of missing the vaccine, health experts told NPR.”You have a major manufacturer of a vaccine announcing that they’re going to exit from the market, and it created a bit of a panic for countries that were accustomed to having this vaccine,” says Deborah Atherly of the nonprofit PATH, which helps develop vaccines for low-income countries.Now the situation has changed — for the good.After NPR broke the news of Merck’s pullout, other vaccine manufacturers stepped up to fill in the gap. “Because of these efforts, very few to no children will miss out on rotavirus vaccination in these four countries,” Gavi wrote to NPR in an email.This is a huge success story, Atherly says. “We deal with tons of challenges in global health, and this is one, in which the global health community rallying with the countries, has really created success.”Rotavirus is a ubiquitous infection. “Almost every child, whether you live in the U.S. or you live in a developing country, is infected with this disease,” says Dr. Mathuram Santosham, a pediatrician at Johns Hopkins University who has studied the disease for more than 40 years. In rich countries, the infections are rarely lethal but can be severe. Before the U.S. introduced the rotavirus vaccine in 2006, infections caused more than 50,000 hospitalizations each year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.In poor countries, without good health care systems, rotavirus can be deadly. Children can have six to 20 bouts of diarrhea in a day and dehydrate extremely fast, Santosham says. “It is particularly important for the children in the poorest countries — and the poorest children in the poor countries — to receive this vaccine.”But the vaccine is expensive. Here in the U.S., it costs about $200 for a course of two-to-three doses administered in the first year of a baby’s life. So in 2012, the two companies that manufacture a vaccine, Merck and GlaxoSmithKline, agreed to drastically reduce the price for poor countries to about $10 a course.For six years, the pharmaceutical companies stuck to those agreements. GSK delivered nearly 220 million doses to 42 countries. And Merck delivered more than 30 million doses to four countries in West Africa — Burkina Faso, Ivory Coast, Mali, and São Tomé and Príncipe.But last year, Merck informed UNICEF and Gavi that it would not ship about a third of those doses for 2018 and 2019. And in 2020, the company would stop supplying the vaccine altogether to West Africa. The company told NPR that “supply constraints” were preventing it from fulfilling its agreement to the West African countries. The company also expressed “deepest regret to all of the parties involved” in an email to NPR.It looked like more than 2 million babies would go without the vaccine. At the time, GSK told NPR it wasn’t able to help the countries in West Africa because the company was experiencing its own supply problems. “We also cannot confirm the availability of the doses necessary to support new programmes in 2019,” the company wrote in an email.But then after NPR’s story aired, GSK changed course. The company is now filling in almost half of the vaccine gap left by Merck. Earlier this year, GSK begun supplying Rotarix to the Ivory Coast — where nearly a million babies are born each year. “GSK is pleased that we have sufficient capacity and hopes to fulfill the demand for Rotarix in Ivory Coast for as long as required,” a spokesperson wrote in an email to NPR.The other part of the vaccine gap will be filled largely by one of two Indian pharmaceutical companies. Last year, the World Health Organization gave its stamp of recommendation two new rotavirus vaccines, Rotavac and Rotasiil, which are manufactured by Bharat Pharmaceuticals and Serum Institute of India, respectively. Back in November, health experts said three West African countries — Mali, Burkino Faso, and São Tomé and Príncipe — would eventually switch to these vaccines. But that was expected to take at least two years.Now all three countries are speeding up the timeline and plan to roll out the new vaccine by 2020, says Heather Deehan, chief of UNICEF’s Vaccine Centre. In the meantime, the countries are relying on stocks of the Merck vaccine to continue immunizations.”As a result of a strong collaboration among UNICEF, the countries and manufacturers, there was no interruption in the countries’ vaccine programs,” Deehan says.In a follow-up interview with NPR, Merck’s chief marketing officer, Michael Nally, said that one reason the company ended its agreement with Gavi was because the competing vaccines were more desirable for low-income countries than RotaTeq. GSK’s vaccine requires one less dose, while the Indian vaccines will be less expensive.”We’ve had to come to a conversation around, we are probably not going to be the product of choice in those markets,” Nally said.In the meantime, Merck has successfully launched sales of RotaTeq in China. The vaccine is now available in at least seven Chinese provinces, and a course costs about $130, or about 12 times the cost of the vaccine in the West Africa. Merck’s Chinese distributor, Chongqing Zhifei Biological Products Co., hopes to obtain more than $450 million worth of the vaccine in the next several years. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Musgrave seals deal to acquire La Rousse Foods from AryztaPosted By: News Deskon: December 07, 2017In: Business, Food, Foodservice, Industries, Mergers & AcquisitionsPrintEmailIrish retail and wholesale company Musgrave has acquired La Rousse Foods from Aryzta for an undisclosed sum.Earlier this year Swiss-Irish company Aryzta reported revenue down 2.1% to €3.8 billion, and a net loss of €970.8 million, leading to speculation that it could sell of its assets.Aryzta CEO Kevin Toland then bought more than $100,000 worth of shares as a vote of confidence in the struggling bakery group.The Irish Times reported earlier in the year that La Rousse – which Aryzta bought in 2015 – could be worth around €30 million.With offices in Dublin and Belfast, La Rousse serves more than 1,500 customers. Musgrave’s intention is that La Rousse will continue to operate as a standalone brand.Commenting on the deal, Musgrave CEO Chris Martin said: “La Rousse Foods is an excellent strategic fit for our business and complements our market-leading foodservice offer.“We look forward to working with the La Rousse Foods team and customers who will benefit from the support of Musgrave in terms of supply chain infrastructure and access to an increased product range. “The acquisition forms part of our growing good business strategy, which focuses on growing our brands in the food market across the island of Ireland.”Share with your network: Tags: AryztaIrelandLa Rousse FoodsMusgrave
Explore further Citation: Germany green-lights e-scooters on roads, not pavements (2019, May 17) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-05-germany-green-lights-e-scooters-roads-pavements.html Germany’s decision to authorise electric scooters on streets will probably provoke conflicts with cyclists, Social Democrat politician Anke Rehlinger says © 2019 AFP This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Germany on Friday authorised battery-powered scooters on its streets and cycle paths but banned them from pavements to protect pedestrians as the two-wheeled craze continues to spread across Europe. Uber Jumps into electric scooters in Europe Following fierce debate over road safety and the impact on traffic, the upper house adopted a proposal by Transport Minister Andreas Scheuer to approve the “electric propulsion vehicles” for road use.Scheuer was forced to amend his initial suggestion to allow electric scooters on pavements, after it sparked an outcry from politicians, police unions and insurance groups.Electrical scooters will only be allowed on pavements in exceptional cases, to be expressly indicated by signs.E-scooter users must stick to a speed limit of 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) per hour and be aged 14 years or older.The decision opens up the market for mobility companies vying to provide electric scooters in Germany’s cities with Berlin-based startup Tier and Sweden’s Voi up against US firms Lime and Bird, leaders in the fast-growing sector.Even German car behemoth Volkswagen is eyeing the e-scooter market with plans to incorporate them into its own car-sharing scheme by the end of the year.The presence of scooters will intensify the battle for space on Germany’s streets, where cycling associations have long demanded more and wider bicycle paths.”Conflicts are inevitable,” Social Democrat politician Anke Rehlinger said Thursday, adding that “continuous” effort should be made to define new rules for the e-scooters.Scheuer labelled them a “genuine additional alternative for cars” in Germany’s traffic-choked cities.