Report: BYU Will Discipline “10-Ish” Players For Season Opener vs. Nebraska For Their Role In Brawl vs. Memphis


first_imgBYU and Memphis players brawl during game.BYU’s football team will be lacking some depth when it takes on Nebraska in its season opener on Sept. 5. The school announced Tuesday morning that it will be disciplining “10-ish” players for the game against the Huskers due to their role in the brawl against Memphis. Following the Miami Beach Bowl on Dec. 22, many of the Cougars and Tigers’ players got into a severe scuffle on the field. Multiple punches were thrown, faces were battered – it was an incredibly ugly scene.BYU will discipline “10-ish” players for their role in brawl with Memphis in their opener vs. Nebraska. Still not saying who, however.— Tim Griffin (@TimGriffinBig12) March 3, 2015Here’s video of the brawl.With star quarterback Taysom Hill returning, BYU was expected to be a tough test for Nebraska in Week 1. The Cougars’ chances of pulling off an upset in Lincoln took a decent hit today, though.last_img read more

Empire Navigation In for Up to 8 MRs at Hyundai Mipo


first_imgzoomImage by WMN Greek shipowner Empire Navigation is reportedly bolstering its Medium Range (MR) tanker fleet with up to eight newbuildings.According to Fearnleys’ weekly report, the company has placed an order for four 50,000 dwt MRs with Korean shipbuilder Hyundai Mipo Dockyard.Under the deal, Empire has options to boost its order to eight units. The shipbroker did not disclose any price details, however, the firm MR quartet is set for delivery in 2020, the report said.World Maritime News is yet to receive a comment on the order from the Greek shipowner.Hyundai Mipo has been tied to an order for four 1,800 continerships from Nissen Kaiun. The ships are scheduled for completion in 2019, the shipbroker added.World Maritime News Stafflast_img read more

Expo gives small business tips


first_imgCALGARY (660 NEWS) – About 1,500 people are expected to attend the Small Business Calgary Expo Thursday.It features 150 exhibitors and is billed as Alberta’s largest business to business expo.There are two keynote speakers: Kristen Wood, founder and CEO of The Ten Spot, and Justine Barber, co-founder of Poppy Barley.On the Digital Tools Stage, 15-minute rapid-fire sessions are designed to give tips on how to transform and grow a business.The expo takes place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the BMO Centre.last_img read more

Another step forward towards a Community Foundation


first_imgThe creation of a Community Foundation is listed as a 2019 initiative in Council’s Strategic Plan.Mayor Lori Ackerman shared, right now the city spends a significant amount on ‘Grants in Aid’ and permissive tax exemptions.  When the Community Foundation (CF) is established, the funding could come from the CF rather than our operating budget.As the community grows, so too are the requests for assistance.  A CF can determine its ability to fund based on its revenues from the fund’s investments and accommodate the decisions year-round rather than a once a year budget, shared Mayor AckermanCLICK HERE FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – City Council approved $165,751.00 towards the development of a Community Foundation (CF) from surplus 2019 C5 project funds.On Monday, September 9th, 2019, Council awarded the bid for a Community Foundation to KEA Canada Ltd of Canmore, Alberta.On August 27, 2019, city staff met to review submitted proposals which were reviewed against a scoring matrix, which included Company Overview, Project Team and Experience, Methodology, Project Plan, Schedule, and Fees.last_img read more

Germany unhappy with Ozil


first_imgGermany boss Joachim Low is understood to be unhappy with Mesut Ozil’s work-rate during their training sessions as they prepare for the defence of their World Cup, reports FazThe playmaker is expected to play a prominent role for Germany in this summer’s World Cup in Russia and will likely play for the national side in Saturday’s friendly against Austria after missing Arsenal’s final Premier League games this season due to a back injury.But reports in Germany have emerged that Low is feeling frustrated with Ozil’s lack of application at the team’s training ground in South Tyrol.Top 5 Bundesliga players to watch during the weekend Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 11, 2019 With the international activity cooling down for the next month, we go back to the Bundesliga’s Top 5 players to watch next weekend.The German…“We expect him to challenge himself in training to build up his resilience. Mesut is always receiving treatment,” said assistant coach Bernd Schneider.Ozil was heavily criticised for his lacklustre performance in Arsenal’s Europa League semi-final defeat to Atletico Madrid and provoked further frustration among the club supporter’s after missing Arsene Wenger’s final games in charge.The 29-year-old signed a new deal with the Gunners back in January for a reported £350,000 per week salary.last_img read more

Juventus sign new goalkeeper


first_imgJuventus have just topped their list by signing a new goalkeeper Mattia Perin on a four-year deal.Perin has now joined Juventus from Serie A rivals Genoa three weeks after Gianluigi Buffon played his last game for the Italian champions.The 25-year-old was secured through the payment of an initial fee of 12m euros (£10.5m) for a four-year contract with Juve, according to BBC.Perin will now have to replace the 40-year-old World Cup-winning keeper Buffon, who spent 17 years at the Turin club but will now have to play elsewhere next season after changing his mind about retiring.Franck Ribery, FiorentinaFiorentina owner: “Ribery played better than Ronaldo!” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Fiorentina owner Rocco Commisso was left gushing over Franck Ribery’s performance against Juventus, which he rates above that of even Cristiano Ronaldo’s.Perin spent eight years with Genoa and finished 12th in Serie A last season.A Juventus statement indicated there were 3m euros (£2.6m) in add-ons in the deal “given conditions in the course of the duration of the contract”.Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has also been linked with a move to Juventus, who have also signed Brazil winger Douglas Costa from Bayern Munich, after it was announced he will leave Anfield this summer.last_img read more

New Sex Offender Added To Wilmingtons Sex Offender Registry


first_img**FOR INFORMATIONAL PURPOSES ONLY. PLEASE READ DISCLAIMER AT BOTTOM.**WILMINGTON, MA — Last week, the Wilmington Police Department added a new offender to its Sex Offender Registry.Walter H. MacDougall was convicted on two counts of open and gross lewdness and lascivious behavior — once in March 2004 and once in January 2017.Readers may remember that MacDougall was arrested back in March 2016 for exposing himself to an 8-year-old girl at the Wilmington Market Basket.He is classified as a Level 2 Sex Offender. “Level 2” indicates a moderate risk of re-offending and a moderate degree of danger to the public.MacDougall lives Wilmington at 36 Salem Street. He is a 73-year-old white male. He’s 5’10″, 195 lbs, with partially gray hair and blue eyes.View MacDougall’s offender flyer HERE.Walter H. MacDougall(DISCLAIMER: Sex offender registration information shall not be used to commit a crime against an offender or engage in illegal discrimination or harassment of an offender. Any person who uses sex offender registration information for such purpose shall be punished by not more than two and one-half (2 ½) years in a house of correction or by fine of not more than $1000.00 or both. M.G.L. c. 6, § 178N. Any person who uses sex offender registration information to threaten to commit a crime may be punished by a fine of not more than $100.00 or by imprisonment for not more than six months. M.G.L. c. 275, § 4.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter.  Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE.  Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNew Sex Offender Added To Wilmington’s Sex Offender RegistryIn “Police Log”New Sex Offender Added To Wilmington’s Sex Offender RegistryIn “Government”State Police Add 5 Fugitives To Most Wanted Sex Offenders ListIn “Government”last_img read more

Lightning kills woman in Sunamganj


first_imgLightning strikeA female farmer was killed after being hit by a thunderbolt at a haor in Purangaon village of Bishwambharpur upazila, Sunamganj on Tuesday morning.The deceased was identified as Shahara Banu, wife of late Hazrat Ali of the village in Dakhshin Badaghat union, reports UNB.Family sources said the thunderbolt hit Shahara while she went to the haor for bringing cattle, leaving her dead on the spot.Meanwhile, three people were injured in another incident of lightning at Hatamar village in Fenarbak union of Jamalganj upazila in the morning.last_img read more

Sri Lanka falls silent as toll soars to 310


first_imgSri Lankan military officials stand guard in front of the St. Anthony`s Shrine, Kochchikade church after an explosion in Colombo, Sri Lanka on 21 April 2019. Photo: ReutersSri Lanka began a day of national mourning Tuesday with three minutes of silence to honour more than 300 people killed in suicide bomb blasts that have been blamed on a local Islamist group.Flags were lowered to half mast on government buildings, and people bowed their heads and reflected silently on the violence that has caused international outrage.The silence began at 8:30am (0300 GMT), the time that the first of six bombs detonated on Sunday morning, unleashing carnage at high-end hotels and churches packed with Easter worshippers.Shortly after the silence was observed, a police spokesman said the toll had risen to 310, with several people dying of their injuries overnight.The first memorial services for the victims, among them dozens of foreigners, were planned for Tuesday, hours after the government imposed a state of emergency and said an Islamist group was behind the violence.At St Anthony’s Shrine in Colombo — where scores died as they gathered for Easter Sunday prayers — a crowd of a few dozen people held candles and prayed silently, palms pressed together.Some of them struggled to hold back tears and as the three minutes drew to a close, the crowd began to chant prayers.Police said that 40 people were now under arrest over the suicide bomb attacks — the worst atrocity since Sri Lanka’s civil war ended a decade ago.The attacks were also the worst ever against the country’s small Christian minority, who make up just seven percent of its population of 21 million.Investigators are now hunting for clues on whether the local Islamist group named as the chief suspect — National Thowheeth Jama’ath (NTJ) — received “international support”, said cabinet minister and government spokesman Rajitha Senaratne.The spokesman added that it was not possible for such “a small organisation” to carry out such well coordinated suicide strikes.President Maithripala Sirisena’s office said there was intelligence that “international terror groups” were “behind local terrorists” and that he would seek foreign help to investigate.The state of emergency, which gave police and the military special powers to counter militant strikes, came into force at midnight (1830 GMT Monday). Suspects can be detained without a court order.A second straight night-time curfew was also put in place, but lifted before dawn.Officials are also investigating why more precautions were not taken after an April 11 warning from Sri Lanka’s police that a “foreign intelligence agency” had reported the NTJ planned suicide attacks on churches.Senaratne said the warning was not passed on to Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe or other top ministers.- Tensions high -Tensions remained high and security heavy after a bomb discovered by police on Monday near one of the targeted churches blew up before police could defuse it. Although there was a powerful blast, no injuries were reported.Police also found 87 bomb detonators at a Colombo bus station.Details have begun to emerge about some of the foreigners killed in the blasts.The United States reported at least four Americans killed — including a child — and the Netherlands raised their toll to three.A Danish billionaire lost three of his children in the attacks, a spokesman for his company said.Eight Britons, eight Indians and nationals from Turkey, Australia, France, Japan and Portugal, were also killed, according to Sri Lankan officials and foreign governments.The suicide bombers hit three Colombo luxury hotels popular with foreign tourists — the Cinnamon Grand, the Shangri-La and the Kingsbury — and three churches: two in the Colombo region and one in the eastern city of Batticaloa.Two additional blasts were triggered as security forces carried out raids searching for suspects.Interpol said it was deploying investigators and specialists to Sri Lanka, and the US State Department warned of possible further attacks in a travel advisory.- Memories of civil war -Ethnic and religious violence has plagued Sri Lanka for decades, with a 37-year conflict with Tamil rebels followed by an upswing in recent years in clashes between the Buddhist majority and Muslims.Burials were expected to begin for some of the dead on Tuesday.At St Sebastian’s, coffins were being brought in individually for services in the run-up to a mass memorial beginning mid-morning.”There are so many bodies that we can’t accommodate them all at once,” Anthony Jayakody, auxillary bishop of Colombo, told AFP.The attacks have sparked local and international outrage.Two leading Sri Lankan Muslim groups issued statements condemning the attacks, with the All Ceylon Jamiyaathuul Ulama, a council of Muslim theologians, urging the “maximum punishment for everyone involved in these dastardly acts”.last_img

A mix of music


first_imgA four-day musical event Raag Rang is being organised in the Capital that kick starts on 28 August at Central Park, Rajiv Chowk. Brought by the Department of Art and Culture, Delhi Government in association with Sahitya Kala Parishad, the festival will be a fine mix of classical, cultural and rock shows. Veteran singers and performers? like Malini Awasthi, Ahmed Hussain, Mohd. Hussain and the band Astitva will be enthralling the audience with their live renditions. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The opening day of the festival (28 August) will feature Anupriya Deotale, Ahmed Hussain and Mohd. Hussain. Ahmed and Mohammed Hussain, the two brothers, are classic ghazal singers from Jaipur. They started their singing career in 1958 as classical and thumri artistes. Their first album Guldasta was released in 1980 and since then they have released about 50 albums. Their recent release was Khwab Basera.The second day of the event (29 August)will see performances by well known sufi singer Indira Naik and the multi genre Hindi band Astitva. The band five member band was formed in 2007. They blend jazz, rock and Hindustani classic with their soulful lyrics written in Hindi and Urdu. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixMalini Awasthi and Devand Jha will be taking the stage on the third day (30 August) of the event. Awasthi is the face of folk music in India and is credited in bringing back these traditional forms of music to the national stage. She is acclaimed for her gaayiki and her powerful varsatile performances. Singing the various forms of folk music from Benaras and Awadh like the Dadra, Sohar, Banna, Jhoola, Kajri, Holi, Chaiti, Vivaah, Dhobiya, Nirgun, etc. she showcased these different forms of folk music in her own way. She is one of the leading thumri singers of the Benaras Gharana. The closing day (31 August) will feature Teejan Bai and Sadhna Bhatia. Teejan Bai  is an exponent of Pandavani, a traditional performing art form, from Chhattisgarh, in which she enacts tales from the Mahabharata, with musical accompaniments. She travelled all over the world as a cultural ambassador, to countries like – England, France, Switzerland and Germany.When: 28- 31 AugustWhere: Central Park, Rajiv ChowkTiming: 6.30 pm onwardslast_img read more

Get exclusive handcrafted creations from Northeast


first_imgIn an endeavour to promote Northeastern region’s handicraft and handloom products and the spirit of craftsmanship, CCIC presents “Purvayan”, an exhibition cum sale of exclusive Northeast products – handcrafted by master craftsperson from Northeastern states of India in its showroom at Janpath, New Delhi. The exhibition will be open to the visitors up to February 18. Timings: 10 am to 7 pm (Open all seven days including Sunday) The exhibition showcases a wide variety of handcrafted products from Northeastern regions of India ranging from bamboo handicrafts, grass handicrafts, cane handicrafts, handloom textiles and made-ups etc available in myriad shades and design from eight Northeastern states – Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Sikkim and Tripura.One of the core objectives of this event is to promote products from Northeastern region of India and provide a marketing platform to the craftsperson from Northeast to present their best creations to a wider audience to increase the awareness. Another attraction of the exhibition is the live-demonstration by craftsperson.last_img read more

Siddha Group introduces Rooftop Skyplex


first_imgSiddha Group, Eastern India’s leading real estate developer, recently announced a first-of-its-kind initiative, Rooftop Skyplex, at their projects with Skywalks to give Kolkatans an altogether new movie-watching experience like never before.Siddha Group has always been a pioneer in introducing new dimensions in real estate; be it the longest ever Rooftop Skywalk in the world at an affordable residential project or the Siddha homebuying App and more. Skyplex is an additional feature where Siddha home-buyers can watch movies at the open air Rooftop Skywalks in an amphitheater setting. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfA lot of residential condominiums have introduced the concept of mini theatres at their residential clubs but Siddha Group is going a step forward and introducing Rooftop Sky Theatre experience with Skyplex with modern projection technologies with hi-tech sound system at their Skywalks. “We have always added innovations in our projects which have made home buying and living experience for the customers better. With our Rooftop Skywalks being the talk of the town, we added this extraordinary feature in the form of Skyplex in our Skywalks. Because who wouldn’t love the experience of watching their favourite movies or watching their favourite teams fight it out at the fields, at the rooftop under the sky in the open air. Now-a-days it is all about providing unique experiences and we are sure this is something our customers will look forward to”, said Sanjay Jain, Managing Director, Siddha Group. Siddha will be adding this feature across their affordable Skywalk projects that include Siddha Sky at EM Bypass, Siddha Suburbia on Southern Bypass, Siddha Eden LakeVille on BT Road and Siddha Galaxia at Rajarhat. All the Skyplex are proposed to have a 2K projection and dolby digital sound system. Comfortable sit outs across the amphitheatre will provide ample seating space for the residents.last_img read more

Watch out for these roadworks across the Staffordshire Moorlands this week


first_img Staffordshire Moorlands: B Biddulph: Multi-way traffic signals on Hurst Road near junction of Hurst Road and Grange Road from Septrember 17 until September 28 Biddulph: Two way traffic signals on Station Road from September 17 until September 21 Biddulph: Two way traffic signals on St Johns Road from September 18 until September 20 Biddulph: Roadworks and road closure on Troughstones Road from August 13 until October 15 Blythe Bridge: Two way traffic lights on Cheadle Road opposite Fairhaven from September 17 until September 21 Blythe Bridge: Temporary closure of Stallington Road for level crossing test from 7am until 2pm on September 23 Brown Edge: Roadworks and road closure on Edgefields Lane from outside Keepers Cottage to junction of Moss Hill on September 20 Brown Edge: Roadworks and road closure on Willfield Lane from outside Moss Hill bungalow to junction of Moss Hill on September 20 Brown Lees: Roadworks and Road Closure on Brown Lees Road opposite number 143 from September 17 until September 21 Read MoreLabourer, 33, left this note before being found dead by his grandad C-K Calton: Two way traffic lights on Back Lane from outside Ivy Cottage to outside Pales Corner Farmhouse from September 18 to September 26 Calton Moor: Two light traffic signals on A52 Ashbourne Road from Fleece House to Old Post Office on September 20 Draycott in the Moors: Multi-way traffic signals on Breach Lane on September 20 Draycott in the Moors: Two way traffic lights on Draycott Road, Totmonslow outside the Spinney on September 17 Draycott in the Moors: Carriageway incursion on Uttoxeter Road on September 17 from Swallow View to Rock Hollow Endon: Multi-way traffic signals on A53 Leek Road from September 3 until September 17 Endon: Two way traffic signals on A53 Leek Road from September 19 until September 21 Forsbrook: Two way traffic signals on Dilhorne Road from August 28 until September 19 Ipstones: Roadworks and road closure on Belmont Road from September 19 until September 24 Kingsley Holt: Roadworks and road closure on Lockwood Road until September 17 Read MoreHundreds sign petition against school crossing patrol cuts as parents warn: ‘Our children are priceless’ L- W Leek: Multi-way traffic signals on Abbotts Road from September 10 until October 26 Leek: Multi-way traffic lights on Broad Street at the junction with Hartington Street from September 21 until September 25 Leek: Carriageway incursion on Broad Street near junction with King Street from September 13 until September 17 Leek: Multi-way traffic signals at junction of Ball Haye Green, Haregate Road and Novi Lane from September 10 until October 26 Leek: Temporary traffic lights on Southbank Street near junctions with London Street, Shoobridge Street, Leonard Street and Westfields from September 10 until October 12. Roughcote: Two way traffic lights on A520 Leek Road opposite Little Blyth farm from September 10 until September 17 Rudyard: Multi-way traffic lights on B5331 Rudyard Road at junction with Green Lane from September 19 until September 20. Rushton Spencer: Some carriageway incursion on Macclesfield Road opposite Smithy Cottages from September 13 until September 17 Stockton Brook: T wo way traffic signals on A53 Leek Road near Trinity Court Club from September 18 until September 20 Stockton Brook: Roadworks and road closure on Moss Hill from junction with Edgefields Lane to outside Bryn Euryn on September 20 Swinscoe: Two way traffic signals on Town End Lane opposite Fairbrook on September 20 Whiston: Black Lane closed for work to be carried out on disused railway bridge from September 17 until October 26 Read MoreSoon YOU could be working four-days-a-week on full pay! (…if these plans go ahead) Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here. Newcastle Borough Stoke-on-Trent Stafford Borough and Uttoxeter South Cheshire M6, A500 and A50 Staffordshire Moorlands Get the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid Email Drivers are being warned to expect traffic and travel delays due to roadworks across the Staffordshire Moorlands this coming week. Motorists hitting the roads of the district on Monday morning can expect a raft of delays and road closures waiting for them. The following roadworks are taking place in the Staffordshire Moorlands between Monday September 17 and Sunday September 23. This list contains only the roadworks considered to be most likely to cause delays on key routes as well as those involving road closures and temporary traffic lights. It is not exhaustive and does not feature some minor or emergency repairs that come up after publication. Other roadworks may finish or start before schedule or be cancelled altogether. If you only want information about roadworks in a different area of North Staffordshire and South Cheshire, visit the links below, otherwise scroll down for the roadworks most likely to disrupt your journey in the Moorlands in the coming week All information from Highways England, local authorities and utility companies. Read MoreRoadworks in North Staffordshire and South Cheshire (Sep 17-Sep 23 2018) Full list of roadworks M6 to shut for up to 24 hours last_img read more


first_img — • A critical vote in Italy today could be that pin… That’s why you need to act now. You may be exposed to this toxic financial waste without even knowing it. My friend, mentor, and globetrotting colleague Doug Casey thinks the situation in Italy is just the beginning of a disaster much worse than the 2007–2009 global financial crisis. Here’s Doug: I expect a truly major banking crisis. Much worse than that of 2007–2009. Governments, who are all bankrupt, borrow money from commercial banks. Commercial banks have lent it to them because they believe it’s a risk-free loan. Governments encourage them to lend recklessly, hoping that will jump-start sluggish economies. Central banks, which are the arms of their governments, have taken interest rates to zero and below for that reason and to make it easier for governments to service their debts. This policy has encouraged businesses to take on debt. It’s an idiotic and reckless experiment that will end—likely in this cycle—with bankrupt central banks and governments bailing out bankrupt commercial banks and businesses. Just the way they did in 2007–2009. Except this time, the situation is much more serious. How to profit? Don’t own European companies, stocks or bonds, and banks in particular. In fact, even though they’re already down considerably, they’re going lower and are excellent candidates for short sales, or the sale of naked calls. I agree with Doug. The European banks most exposed to the looming crisis in Italy are excellent short-sale candidates. To hone in on the best options, I looked at which European banks hold a lot of Italian government bonds. According to the German media, French banks are the most exposed by a wide margin. They have over $275 billion worth of Italian sovereign debt on their balance sheets. Germany is next, with $90 billion, followed by Spain, with $45 billion. If you own any of the European bank stocks listed below, I recommend selling them immediately. Even though their share prices have all taken serious hits recently, they’re still great short-sale candidates. You only have a short window to act… Today, Italy is voting on a crucial referendum. It’s almost certain to fail. And that will probably be the pin that pricks this super bubble. Doug and I just released an urgent video on this issue with all the details. Click here to watch it now. It ends at midnight tonight, get started NOW Today – December 4 – Italian citizens will vote on their own version of Brexit. If they vote no like British voters did, it could spell the end of the European Union itself. Since the EU is the world’s largest economy, its fall will instantly affect your investments and savings. The first domino was Brexit, the second domino was Trump’s election, and this Italy vote will be the third domino in the global wave of discontent. This crisis promises to make a few lucky speculators insanely rich, but you need to get prepared before midnight tonight. Here’s the entire story so you can prepare right now… – Recommended Links Editor’s note: You may be exposed to toxic financial waste without even knowing it. In today’s essay, Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno details the super bubble that’s set to pop at any moment. Read on to learn what you should be doing now…and why there’s only a small window left to prepare. By Nick Giambruno, editor, Crisis Investing Italian government bonds are in a super bubble. They are primed to collapse soon. Italy has one of the most indebted governments in the world. It’s borrowed over $2.4 trillion, and its debt-to-GDP ratio is north of 130%. (For comparison, the US debt-to-GDP ratio is 104%.) But the situation is actually much worse. GDP measures a country’s economic output. However, it’s highly misleading. Mainstream economists count government spending as a positive when calculating GDP. A more honest approach would count government spending as a big negative. In Italy, government spending accounts for a whopping 50%-plus of GDP. A more accurate debt-to-GDP ratio would exclude government spending from economic output. I suspect that figure would reveal the Italian government’s hopeless insolvency. I don’t see how it’s possible for the Italian government to extract enough in taxes from the productive part of the economy to ever pay back what it’s borrowed. • Yet Italian government bonds are trading near record-low yields… It’s a bizarre and perverse situation. Over $1 trillion worth of Italian bonds actually have negative yields. That’s completely insane. Given the huge risks associated with lending money to the bankrupt Italian government, the yields on Italian sovereign bonds should be near record highs, not record lows. Source: Zero Hedge Italian government bonds are, without a doubt, in super-bubble territory. It won’t be long before a pin pricks it and… pop. Will Bonner: “We’re sharing our family’s next big gold investment” In the past, Bill Bonner hasn’t discussed his specific gold investments. But for the first time, he’s agreed to “open up his gold portfolio” and reveal exactly where he’s about to invest in gold next through his family trust. Click here for all the details. France—Société Générale (SCGLY) France—BNP Paribas (BNPQY) Germany—Deutsche Bank (DB) Spain—Banco Bilbao Vizcaya Argentaria (BBVA) Spain—Banco Santander (SAN)last_img read more

Most snowshoes in the United States are probably i


first_imgMost snowshoes in the United States are probably in storage right now, gathering dust and waiting for temperatures to drop. In the town of Lake Tomahawk in the Northwoods of Wisconsin though, they’re getting a lot of use this summer.Snowshoe baseball is exactly what it sounds like. It’s a game of baseball played on snowshoes, though it more closely resembles a bizarre game of softball. Every Monday night in the summer—and on the 4th of July—hundreds of tourists and residents gather to cheer on players who strap on snowshoes and hit a large softball around a field of wood chips. This has been going on since 1961, when then town chairman Ray Sloan came up with the idea to turn the game into a spectator sport capable of entertaining both summer tourists and town residents. An earlier version of the game was played on frozen lakes. Hence, the snowshoes.Admission is free, but slices of homemade pie cost $2. The pie is a big deal here, too. On any given night you can find 40 different flavors.Sheila Punches says that “they come for the pie and stay for the game.” She’s been coming to games since the 1970s and she says pie is one way she measures its popularity.”There was a time when 30 pies was enough,” she says. “Then it was 40, 50, 60, 70 … 100 pies is not too many pies to have. I think somebody said they had 160 pies last week for the 4th of July.”Pie flavors range from the traditional — Raspberry Rhubarb or Apple — to the more unique: Banana Split, Margarita, and even Sawdust, featuring graham crackers and coconut flakes.The game starts with a rendition of the national anthem by the local barbershop chorus. Then local commentators Adam Lau and Jimmy Soyck lead the way. In a recent game, someone takes a swing, misses the ball, and switches bats. “Oh, it’s the bat,” says Soyck into his microphone.”It’s always the bat’s fault,” agrees Lau.Then when the player does hit the ball, he trips right after leaving home plate. The crowd audibly cheers, then sighs. This hilarious scene is all too common, especially for newer players. Soyck says you can’t run in snowshoes. It’s all in the shuffle.”You gotta shuffle your feet. You can’t pick them up,” he says. “If you pick them up, you’re going over. No ifs, ands, or buts about it.”The game carries on this way until about the 7th inning, when one lucky batter gets a disguised cantaloupe thrown to him instead of a ball. When the batter makes contact, he immediately scatters the baseball field with pieces of melon.”When that thing hits, it splatters everywhere,” says Jeff Smith, who coaches the Snow Hawks, the home team. “It’s painted to look pretty much like those balls out there, and the batter isn’t supposed to know until he hits it.” It’s easy to laugh at the idea of people playing softball on snowshoes in the middle of the summer, but fan Phil Hejtmanek says there are a lot of talented players here.”The funny thing is these guys are really good,” he says. “You figure ‘oh, the outfielders aren’t going to be able to make any plays,’ but just you wait.”Coach Jeff Smith says that it takes a lot of work from local volunteers to make each game run smoothly, but that he doesn’t expect the game to ever fade out. “There’s too much passion amongst the townspeople around Snowshoe Baseball,” he says. “People get pretty serious about their home team winning and playing and they just want to be a part of it.”Ultimately, this game is a part of this town’s fabric. Residents like Macey Macintyre grew up watching it.”The whole town comes together just to watch this and you know it’s the whole town because you see everyone week in and week out,” she says. “It makes our town unique and it makes me just love my town and the people in it a lot more.”So if you’re in Wisconsin’s Northwoods on a Monday night this summer and looking for some entertainment and good company, snowshoe baseball will be happening in Lake Tomahawk. The season ends in late August. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

Apple Expected to Showcase New Powers for Siri at Developer Event


first_img Apple Expected to Showcase New Powers for Siri at Developer Event –shares Siri Add to Queue June 13, 2016 Apple Inc. is expected to show off new abilities for its Siri digital assistant on Monday by debuting tools to let developers work with the company’s artificial intelligence. Apple’s iPhone sales have begun to level off and it is turning increasingly to services for growth.Key to that is satisfying developers of apps, who want more from Apple: high on their list is better use of Siri. Apple has been working on letting Siri work directly with applications created by outside developers and hopes to have such tools ready in time for its Worldwide Developer Conference, technology publication The Information has reported.Apple hopes to expand Siri’s capabilities well beyond Apple apps and searching the Web. An example might be to allow the personal assistant to book a ride through a ride-hailing app listed in Apple’s App Store.”What you are seeing is just a lack of enthusiasm around apps,” said analyst Brian Blau of tech research company Gartner. “If a developer can get access to their customer wherever they are, whatever device they are on, that would be the best situation.”Siri is the most visible aspect of Apple’s artificial intelligence program, or AI. Rivals such as Microsoft Corp. and Alphabet Inc.’s Google are investing heavily in their own digital assistants, analysts say.The Worldwide Developers Conference gives Apple a chance to show off its technical prowess. “Apple just can’t stand still in light of this competition,” said analyst Tim Bajarin of Creative Strategies. A spokesman for Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment.Apple acknowledged a number of developers’ grievances this month by allowing ads in App Store search results, which gives them a way to stand out in a sea of apps. And it will give developers a bigger cut of revenues on subscription apps.In addition to mending fences with developers, Apple may use the conference to unveil a makeover for Apple Music, the music streaming product it released last year, analysts say. The service has attracted millions of paying subscribers, but many customers complain that the interface is confusing, and it has few features to differentiate it from rival services, said analyst Carolina Milanesi of Creative Strategies.(Reporting by Julia Love; Editing by Peter Henderson and Andrew Hay) Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: TungCheung | Shutterstock.comcenter_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Next Article Reuters Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. 2 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Top of Mind Networks Adds BombBomb Integration to Surefire CRM


first_img BombBombcrmcustomer relationship managementmarketing automationMarketing TechnologyNews Previous ArticleYext Study: 58% Of Healthcare and Pharmaceutical Marketers Say Their Marketing Management Strategy Needs Major ImprovementsNext ArticleiQIYI Launches the First Domestic Interactive Film and Television Work “His Smile”, Providing Brand New User Experience to the Chinese Audience Top of Mind Networks, a leader in customer relationship management and marketing automation software for the mortgage lender and real estate industries, is pleased to announce that it has integrated with BombBomb, a personalized video tool.“As the industry’s leading CRM, we aim to continually add integrations with partners that make sense for our user base and help them increase their business.”“We are excited to be able to integrate BombBomb technology into our Surefire system for clients. The ability to add an individually targeted video to follow-up emails is important in today’s world where consumers are looking for personalized messages,” says Erik Enright, CTO. “As the industry’s leading CRM, we aim to continually add integrations with partners that make sense for our user base and help them increase their business.”Marketing Technology News: ADK, Japan’s Third-Largest ad agency, partners with CHEQ for Brand Safety and Anti-Fraud PreventionThe integration of BombBomb with Surefire means that Surefire users can:Easily deploy BombBomb videos to contacts inside of Surefire.Record videos within the Surefire platform by pressing one button.Quickly choose from their personal library of videos to send them multiple times.BombBomb videos allow mortgage professionals to create a one-to-one human experience. Video email builds trust, converts leads and wins referrals because senders rehumanize their communication and thus their brand. Sending an email with an embedded video gets professionals face-to-face with the people who matter the most – customers.Marketing Technology News: Amazon Display Ads Shown To Drive Sales In Channels Other Than AmazonTop of Mind continues to lead the way in developing new tools to address the needs of the loan origination ecosystem. The company’s product capabilities, particularly with the newest version of its Surefire platform, allow its clients to run, track and improve campaigns, so that its originators can focus on doing what they do best – selling.Marketing Technology News: NCC Media and OpenAP Announce Advanced TV Partnership Top of Mind Networks Adds BombBomb Integration to Surefire CRM Business WireJune 22, 2019, 8:08 pmJune 21, 2019 last_img read more

Were the Vikings Smoking Pot While Exploring Newfoundland


first_img Editor’s note: This article was updated to fix a statement about the interpretation of the cannabis pollen. Originally published on Live Science.by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 minute and see why everyone is addictedVikings: Free Online GameUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoAncestryThe Story Behind Your Last Name Will Surprise YouAncestryUndoKelley Blue Book2019 Lexus Vehicles Worth Buying for Their Resale ValueKelley Blue BookUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoArticles VallyDad Cuts Daughter’s Hair Off For Getting Birthday Highlights, Then Mom Does The UnthinkableArticles VallyUndo Photos: Viking Warrior Is Actually a Woman 30 of the World’s Most Valuable Treasures That Are Still Missing The discovery of cannabis pollen near a Viking settlement in Newfoundland raises the question of whether the Vikings were smoking or eating pot while exploring North America. The researchers also found evidence the Vikings occupied this outpost for more than a century, way longer than previously believed. Located in northern Newfoundland, the site of L’Anse aux Meadows was founded by Vikings around A.D. 1000. Until now, archaeologists believed that the site was occupied for only a brief period. The new research, published today (July 15) in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, suggests that the Vikings lived there possibly into the 12th or even the 13th century. [In Photos: Viking Outposts Possibly Found in Canada]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65940-were-vikings-smoking-pot-in-newfoundland.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Bog finds In August 2018, an archaeological team excavated a peat bog located nearly 100 feet (30 meters) east of the Viking settlement at L’Anse aux Meadows. They found a layer of “ecofacts” — environmental remains that may have been brought to the site by humans — that were radiocarbon dated to the 12th or 13th century. These ecofacts include remains of two beetles not native to Newfoundland — Simplocaria metallica, from Greenland, and Acidota quadrata, from the Arctic. The layer also held pollen from Juglans (walnuts) and from Humulus (cannabis), two species that don’t naturally grow at L’Anse aux Meadows; rather, the Vikings could have picked up all of these plant and animal species when they sailed south. [Photos: 10th-Century Viking Tomb Unearthed in Denmark] They also found the remains of dung from grazing caribou, as well as remains of wood and charcoal. The layer from the peat bog is similar to other “cultural layers from across the Norse North Atlantic,” the archaeological team wrote in the journal article. More evidence Additionally, the archaeologists performed Bayesian analysis — a type of statistical analysis — on radiocarbon dates from artifacts previously excavated at L’Anse aux Meadows. That analysis also suggested Viking occupation for up to 200 years. “This does not imply a continuous occupation,” the researchers wrote, noting that the Vikings could have abandoned and reoccupied L’Anse aux Meadows when it suited them. Did the Vikings use pot in Newfoundland? The finding of cannabis pollen raises the question of whether the Vikings used cannabis for making clothes or for medicinal-recreational purposes while they explored North America. Paul Ledger, the lead author of the paper and a postdoctoral fellow at Memorial University of Newfoundland urged caution on the interpretation of the findings, noting that pollen can easily be carried by the wind. Ledger urged caution on the interpretation of the findings, noting that pollen can easily be carried by the wind. It’s also possible that some of the other “ecofacts” were brought to the peat bog by indigenous peoples who lived in Newfoundland, and not by the Vikings. [Fierce Fighters: 7 Secrets of Viking Seamen] Ultimately, “the results presented here [in the journal article] pose more questions than answers,” the archaeological team wrote. Reaction from other Viking researchers Viking researchers not affiliated with the research team urged caution about the results. “I think it is too early to draw any conclusions,” said Birgitta Wallace, a senior archaeologist emerita with Parks Canada who has done extensive research on the Vikings in North America. Wallace told Live Science that she isn’t convinced that the Vikings left behind these ecofacts. “I think it is highly unlikely that the Norse [another word for Vikings] would have returned in the 12th and 13th centuries, as there are no structures on the site from that period that could be Norse,” Wallace said. “We do know that there were indigenous people, ancestors of the Beothuk, on the site at that time.” Patricia Sutherland, a visiting scientist at the Canadian Museum of Nature who has also done extensive research on the Vikings in North America, said that while the Vikings could have been in Newfoundland during the 12th or 13th centuries, it is too early to say for sure. “It seems premature to suggest such a scenario on the basis of the ‘ecofacts’ listed in the paper,” Sutherland said. It’s possible that some of the beetles and plant pollen found in the layer were brought to L’Anse aux Meadows by the Vikings around A.D. 1000, and they continued to flourish after the Vikings left, Sutherland said. The research team plans to continue their work at L’Anse aux Meadows in August, Ledger said. The 25 Most Mysterious Archaeological Finds on Earthlast_img read more

Opposition meet to brainstorm over BJPs political agenda on PulwamaOpposition meet to


first_imgAs there is no unanimity among the Opposition parties on whether to draft a common minimum programme ahead of the Lok Sabha elections or not, the joint meeting scheduled to be held here on Wednesday is likely to discuss the developments after the Pulwama terror attack.The Left parties have decided to boycott the meeting if the agenda is the drafting a common minimum programme. “We will attend if the issue is the Pulwama attack or any other relevant matter. There is no point in discussing a common minimum programme before the elections,” a senior Left leader told BusinessLine. The Opposition is worried that the BJP is using Pulwama attacks to consolidate its voter base across the country. Almost all Opposition parties had accused the BJP of politicising the attacks against the CRPF personnel. The CPI(M) and the CPI have conveyed this to senior Congress leaders Ahmed Patel and Ghulam Nabi Azad, who are coordinating the meeting. It will be held at the Parliament complex on Wednesday and will be attended by leaders of the Congress, the Trinamool Congress, the Telugu Desam Party, the Nationalist Congress Party and others. Invitations have been extended to the Samajwadi Party and the Bahujan Samaj Party too.TDP chief Chandrababu Naidu and West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee were of the opinion that the parties should have a minimum programme ahead of the elections. The Left parties disagreed.AAP to go it aloneThe parties had assigned Congress President Rahul Gandhi to draft the common minimum programme in its last meeting. Within the Congress too, there are two views. The party is preparing a manifesto, and the chairman of the drafting committee and former finance minister P Chidambaram himself has met stakeholders from various sectors to hear their suggestions on the matters which could be included in the manifesto. The Congress wants to draft its manifesto first and hopes that major points in it can be added in the common minimum programme.Meanwhile, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal told a news channel in an interview that his party AAP will contest the Lok Sabha polls alone, as the Congress has shut the possibilities for a tie-up. He had earlier said he was tired convincing the Congress for an alliance in Delhi. “They (Congress) have refused to go for a gathbandhan (alliance). It appears they are firm,” Kejriwal told the channel.Reiterating that the biggest challenge before the Opposition is unseating the duo of Narendra Modi and Amit Shah, the AAP chief said: “Broadly, it means there will be no gathbandhan. The net result is that there will be no alliance with the Congress.” “What is the Congress intending? They are weakening the Opposition in Uttar Pradesh, West Bengal… But in Delhi, we are confident that the AAP will win all seven seats,” he added. SHARE SHARE EMAIL AP CM Chandrababu Naidu   –  PTI No unity over common minimum programme February 25, 2019 COMMENT COMMENTS elections politics SHARE Published onlast_img read more

West Bengal government observes Save Water Day


first_imgWest Bengal government observes Save Water DayMamata Banerjee urged the people to take “precautionary measures” to save the natural resource as water scarcity has become a major issue in the world.advertisement Next Press Trust of India KolkataJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 22:30 IST Mamata Banerjee stressed on conservation of rain water. (Photo: ANI)Save Water Day’ was observed by the West Bengal government Friday and Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee participated in a march in the city to raise awareness on conservation.Mamata Banerjee urged the people to take “precautionary measures” to save the natural resource as water scarcity has become a major issue in the world.Emphasising on conservation of water, she said, “With water scarcity becoming a major issue in many places in the world we believe in taking precautionary measures to save water resources”.She also stressed on conservation of rainwater and said her government would observe July 12 as ‘Save Water Day’ in every year.Accompanied by her cabinet colleagues, government officials, intellectuals including writers, actors and directors of Bengali film and theatre industry and sports personalities, Banerjee walked from Jorasanko Thakurbari, the ancestral home of Rabindra Nath Tagore in north Kolkata, to the Gandhi statue on Mayo Road, a distance of around 4 km.Sporting blue-coloured sashes with the message “Save Water, Save Life”, the participants also waved placards carrying the message of water conservation.Banerjee said that the Trinamool Congress government had dug nearly 1.5 lakh ponds in five years till 2016 in the state as against the 50,000 the party had promised in its poll manifesto in 2011.”People are often assured of many things by the government and also individuals, but many promises are not met. I am used to keeping promises,” Banerjee said.The chief minister said about three lakh water bodies have been dug so far by the state government under the water conservation programme of ‘Jal dharo Jal bharo’ (Collect water, store water).Many check dams have been constructed and irrigation canals have been rejuvenated to prevent floods and provide water during the period of scarcity, she said.The state government would observe a ‘Student Day’ to disseminate the message of conserving water in every sphere of the society, Mamata Banerjee added.Also Read | Jal Shakti Abhiyan: Govt’s water conservation campaign to cover 256 districts across nationAlso Read | Water woes: Parched Chennai cries for reliefAlso Watch | Water crisis: Is it time to press emergency button?For the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byChanchal Chauhanlast_img read more