El Clasico triumph showed our class Suarez

El Clasico triumph showed our class Suarez

first_imgLuis Suarez believes Barcelona were top class in their 5-1 drubbing of rivals Real Madrid without Lionel Messi in Sunday’s Clasico.The Catalans were in fine fettle at Camp Nou and Suarez helped himself with a hat-trick alongside goals from Coutinho and Vidal to further complicate issues for Julen Lopetegui.Injured Lionel Messi was in the stands and would surely be impressed by the performance of his teammates.“[Messi] is the best in the world, always a plus,” Suarez told FourFourTwo. “But what we’ve done is shown the level of football this team is capable of. We’re behind the manager and we love the club.”Give me 🖐 pic.twitter.com/wClG6dWjTi— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) October 28, 2018Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.Madrid had threatened a fightback when Marcelo scored early in the second half, but Suarez delighted in taking advantage of the space as the visitors flooded forward.“They came out obviously wanting to turn the game around,” he said. “They made it 2-1, they had a couple of chances.“We thought, in general, the team played very well and were able to respond. Madrid were leaving a lot of spaces and we knew we could take advantage of that.”But Suarez is not writing off ninth-placed Madrid, adding: “Every player and every team can suffer a poor game and a poor performance.“You just have to keep trying and pulling together as a team. These are situations you can understand. They can happen to everyone.”last_img read more

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Herrera doesnt think about a topfour finish

Herrera doesnt think about a topfour finish

first_imgThe Manchester United footballer has said he’s not worried about the final position for the club and he needs to play game by gameFor Manchester United footballer Ander Herrera, the possibility to finish top-four in the English Premier League doesn’t bother him.“When I saw we were maybe 12 points behind, I decided not to think about it, go game-by-game and that’s what we did,” the Spaniard was quoted by France 24.“That’s what I did at least, and things are going well, so I don’t want to change. I am not going to think about that.”Harry Maguire, Manchester UnitedLiverpool legend Nicol slams Harry Maguire’s Man United form Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Steve Nicol believes Harry Maguire has made some “horrendous mistakes” recently, and has failed to find his best form since joining Manchester United.“If we continue this run, we will be closer to the top four but it’s not something that kills my mind right now,” he commented.“Very important for (goalkeeper) David (de Gea). We wanted to make David happy because he was a little bit disappointed the last games.”“I had to cope with him after the game, killing my mind, telling me that he wanted a clean sheet and I’m happy for him as well because he got a clean sheet,” Herrera concluded.last_img read more

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Solskjaer refuses to set any targets at Man United

Solskjaer refuses to set any targets at Man United

first_imgManchester United interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer intends to focus on getting the players to understand his football philosophy before setting any aimsThe Norwegian has replaced Jose Mourinho in the dugout at Old Trafford on a caretaker basis for the next six months.United currently find themselves 11 points adrift of the top four in the Premier League ahead of Solskjaer’s first match in charge against Cardiff City on Saturday.But Solskjaer will instead focus on getting the squad to adapt to his playing style rather than concern himself with results.“I think first thing is the first game,” said Solskjaer, according to Evening Standard.“Think about getting my principles into the boys, get the players to understand how I want them to play and let’s take the results later on and see how many points we can gather.harry maguire, manchester UnitedMaguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“This club has made many, many points up before, but I’m not going to set that target now.“My job is to help the players, make them grasp the opportunity. They all want to be part of Manchester United.“I’m here to help them, help the team. It’s down to man-management. I had the best manager as a player and coach to deal with players and it’s about communication,“When you’re at United there are a set of demands and one is to be a team player.”The Cardiff-United game will begin at 18:30 (CET) on Saturday.last_img read more

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Authorities search for suspects connected to murder in front of La Mesa

Authorities search for suspects connected to murder in front of La Mesa

first_img Updated: 3:02 PM Authorities search for suspects connected to murder in front of La Mesa department store Posted: July 21, 2017 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter , SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Authorities sought Friday two people who were seen running off after a man was shot to death during an argument in a department store parking lot in La Mesa.A witness told police that a shot was fired during a verbal altercation involving three people outside the Burlington Coat Factory in a shopping center on El Cajon Boulevard near Baltimore Drive around 6:45 p.m. Thursday, then one of them fell to the ground. The two others fled the scene afterward, said La Mesa police Lt. Chad Bell.Arriving police officers attempted to revive the wounded man, but he died at the scene, Bell said. The victim’s name was withheld pending family notification.One of the suspects seen running from the parking lot was described as black, 20 to 25 years old, about 6 feet tall and 160 pounds. He had short hair and was wearing a white collared shirt and black shorts. His companion was black, 18 to 20, about 5 feet 3 and 130 pounds with long hair wrapped in a bun. That person was wearing a dark red shirt and black shorts.Anyone with information on the case was asked to call police at (619) 667-1400. Anonymous tips can be submitted to Crime Stoppers at (888) 580-8477, or by contacting the agency online at sdcrimestoppers.org. July 21, 2017last_img read more

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Senator Micciche Says He Does Not Support 1600 PFD Bill

Senator Micciche Says He Does Not Support 1600 PFD Bill

first_imgThe bill is listed as a ‘Finance Committee bill’, but according to Micciche it did not come from Finance Committee. Micciche stated that the bill is believed to have come from the finance chairs or chair. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Senate on Monday introduced a bill, SB 1002, that would provide for a $1,600 dividend. Senate debate on the proposal, including possible amendments, is expected as early as Tuesday. Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen): “I want to make it clear that I do not support the bill in its current form. We agreed to separate the PFD from the budget, because we were high-centered by the House who wants a much lower PFD. The Senate has committed to a $3,000 PFD and this bill is not something I can support.”  Governor Mike Dunleavy stated that if the bill passes he will veto it: “This bill kills the Permanent Fund Dividend as we know it. The PFD is your share of Alaska’s mineral wealth, and there should be no change to the dividend without a vote of the people. That’s what I promised on the campaign and that’s the promise I intend to keep. I cannot and will not support this legislation.” Micciche: “When it comes to the floor there will be a group of us that will have amendments. We want the funding source to come from the earnings reserve and we want a full statutory PFD.” last_img read more

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STATE REP NOTE Late Rep Micelis Office STILL Providing Constituent Services

STATE REP NOTE Late Rep Micelis Office STILL Providing Constituent Services

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Did you the know the late State Rep. Jim Miceli’s Office is still offering constituent services?Miceli’s Chief of Staff Dave Robertson and Legislative Aid K.C. Fussell are ready, willing and able to assist Wilmington and Tewksbury residents in need.Robertson and Fussell can be reached at the State House via phone at 617-722-2305 or via email at David.Robertson@mahouse.gov and KC.Fussell@MAHouse.gov.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. 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… RelatedSTATE REP RACE: Selectman Mike McCoy, Former Selectwoman Judy O’Connell, 9 Others Have Pulled Nomination PapersIn “Breaking News”STATE REP RACE UPDATE: 2 Previously Unreported Candidates Pulled Papers Friday Afternoon, Total Up To 13 (& Counting)In “Government”BREAKING NEWS: State Rep. Jim Miceli Has Passed Away (UPDATED)In “Breaking News”last_img read more

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10dayold leopard cubs charred to death after Pune farmer burns garbage to

first_imgThe 10-week-old leopard cubs were charred to death when a farmer burnt the garbage they were in thinking that a snake was in it Twitter/ANIIn a very tragic incident, five leopard cubs were charred to death in Pune after they were caught in some trash which the farmers decided to burn. They were 10 days old.The incident happened in Ambegaon taluka of Pune district in the early hours of April 3. The district is located on the edge of a forest and has seen multiple instances of leopards wandering near human dwellings.Unfortunately, by the time the residents realised that the cubs were in the garbage, it was too late and they lost their lives. According to Hindustan Times, the farmers burnt the trash thinking that a snake was in it. They usually burn the garbage before harvest.”The incident happened around 5 am on Wednesday in Junnar belt of the district. The labourers, who were cutting the harvest, came across a snake and planned to burn the waste material on the farm to kill it. A female leopard, who was looking after the cubs, managed to save her life. However, the cubs died along with the snake,” Vivek Khandekar, the chief conservator of forests was quoted as saying by Mid-day.He added, “There are chances that the female leopard will now get aggressive following the death of her five cubs, including three female and two male cubs, born around 10 to 15 days back. We have kept cages near the field to trap the big cat to avoid further chaos.”The forest officials think that the cubs’ mother must have left them in the field and gone to find food. It would have been then that they found themselves trapped in the garbage and subsequently burnt to death.Many farmers are afraid to work in the fields now since the mother might become very aggressive when she does not find her cubs.Forest rangers said that sightings of leopards are not rare in the region and that many leopards have given birth to cubs in the sugarcane fields and left when the cubs were grown. Close Leopard that mauled 21 people to death shot dead by forest officialscenter_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:06/1:39Loaded: 0%0:06Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-1:33?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading …last_img read more

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SIT asks suspended Congress MLA Roshan Baig to appear before it in

first_img“He craftily dropped my name to divert attention from himself since he knew that playing dead would buy him time to plan out further mischief, the helpless victims will have no choice but to look for somebody to point fingers at,” read one of his earlier tweets.The SIT sleuths have arrested high profile officers including Bengaluru Urban Deputy Commissioner BM Vijayashankar and North division ACP for revenue, LC Nagaraj for taking bribes from the IMA chief Khan and issuing a no-objection certificate (NOC). Former minister BZ Zameer Ahmed Khan was also summoned by the Enforcement Directorate (ED) over his dealings with the IMA. Shivajinagar MLA R Roshan BaigTwitterHours after Roshan Baig resigned from the Congress, the Special Investigation Team (SIT) probing the IMA case summoned him over his alleged involvement in the multi-crore scam.The SIT has directed Baig to appear before it at 11 am on Thursday, July 11. Although the investigation has been going on for past one month, Baig was never questioned over his alleged involvement with the firm.Baig who was suspended from the Congress for his anti-party activities will join the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), according to reports.In an audio clip, Mansoor Khan said that Baig took Rs 400 crore from him and failed to return the money, as he did not get a party ticket. Khan also said that he and his family were threatened by the lawmaker following which he had to flee from the country.However, Baig had refuted Khan’s claims saying that it was frivolous and baseless and only aims to destroy his political image. He had also requested for a CBI investigation over the matter.last_img read more

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Exsecretarys wife commits suicide

Exsecretarys wife commits suicide

first_imgA woman is said to have committed suicide by shooting herself at a residential building in the Indira Road area of the capital on Sunday, reports UNB.She was identified as Sofia Khan, 55, wife of Md Mahmud Reza Khan, former secretary of the liberation war affairs ministry.Gopal Gonesh Biswas, officer-in-charge of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar police station, quoting Mahmud Reza Khan said Sofia was a mental patient, and around 5:30pm, she shot herself with his gun in their 3-storey residential building in the Indira Road part of Sher-e-Bangla Nagar.Although she was taken to Square Hospital afterwards, doctors there could only declare her dead. On information, police recovered the body from the hospital around 8:30pm and sent it to the Dhaka Medical College Hospital morgue for autopsy, OC added.It remains unclear how she gained access to the firearm.last_img read more

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Top 12 global events of 2017

Top 12 global events of 2017
first_imgUS president Donald Trump delivers remarks regarding the Administration`s National Security Strategy at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center in Washington DC, US on 18 December, 2017. Photo: ReutersFrom the inauguration of US president Donald Trump to the exodus of Rohingyas from Myanmar, here are 12 events that marked 2017.- A year of Trump -On 20 January Republican billionaire Donald Trump, 70, is inaugurated as US president, vowing: “America first.”Suspicions of collusion between his election campaign and Russia dog the start of his term.Trump progressively unpicks the achievements of his Democrat predecessor, Barack Obama. He pulls out of international agreements on climate, free trade, immigration and UNESCO.On 6 December, in another break with the previous administration, Trump creates shockwaves when he recognises Jerusalem as Israel’s capital, a move largely rejected in a UN vote.On 20 December he seals his first major reform, signing long-awaited tax cuts into law.- Brexit under way -On 29 March London launches the process to quit the European Union, as voted in a referendum nine months earlier.In a snap general election on June 8 Prime Minister Theresa May’s Conservatives suffer a major setback and lose their majority.Brussels and London agree on divorce terms on 8 December.- France: Political earthquake -Pro-EU centrist Emmanuel Macron, 39, wins a resounding victory over far-right rival Marine Le Pen in France’s presidential election on 7 May.His new En Marche (One the Move) movement drives the two biggest parties — the Socialists and Republicans — from the Elysee Palace for the first time.- Middle East: Boiling point -Saudi Arabia and its allies sever diplomatic ties with Qatar on 5 June, accusing it supporting “terrorists” and of being too close to Iran.Then on 4 November Lebanese prime minister Saad Hariri announces from the Saudi capital that he is resigning, citing Iran’s “grip” on his country. He later backtracks.Saudi Arabia also accuses rebels in Yemen of receiving support from Iran, which denies the accusation.The UN describes Yemen’s humanitarian situation as the worst in the world in 2017.- Venezuela: Economic disaster -On 30 July Venezuela’s Constituent Assembly — whose legitimacy is disputed by the opposition and abroad — is elected after four months of deadly protests against socialist president Nicolas Maduro.With wide-ranging powers, it dismisses in early August Attorney General Luisa Ortega, one of Maduro’s top critics.It then takes over the opposition-dominated Congress.Crippled by plummeting oil prices, the country is considered to be in “selective default” by ratings agencies.- North Korea: Escalation -The reclusive regime conducts its sixth and largest nuclear test on September 3.On 29 November leader Kim Jong-Un says a “state nuclear force” has been completed with the test of a long-range missile able to deliver a nuclear warhead anywhere in the United States.Washington threatens to “utterly destroy” the regime “if war comes”.On 22 December the UN Security Council imposes new sanctions against North Korea that restrict vital oil supplies.A group of Rohingya refugee people walk in the water after crossing the Bangladesh-Myanmar border in Teknaf. Reuters- Myanmar’s Rohingyas: ‘Genocide’ -On 25 August the military in Buddhist-majority Myanmar launches a crackdown on Rohingyas after militants from the stateless Muslim minority ambush security forces.Nearly 655,000 Rohingyas find refuge in Bangladesh.The United States denounces “ethnic cleansing” while the UN speaks of “elements of genocide”.- Catalonia: Autonomy suspended -Spain’s wealthy northeastern Catalonia region holds a referendum for independence on October 1 that is deemed illegal by the central government.Madrid moves to assert control but Catalan lawmakers vote on 27 October to declare independence.Madrid dismisses Catalonia’s government and suspends its autonomy, also calling regional elections. Deposed regional president Carles Puigdemont, charged with sedition and rebellion, takes refuge in Belgium.On 21 December three pro-independence parties defeat the central government in the elections. However, the centrist, anti-independence Ciudadanos party gets the best individual result.- The Weinstein scandal -On 5 October the New York Times publishes a bombshell investigative report accusing Hollywood mogul Harvey Weinstein, 65, of sexual harassment over decades.Similar allegations have since been levelled at a long list of personalities in film, television, journalism and politics around the world.- Zimbabwe: Mugabe falls -Zimbabwe’s veteran President Robert Mugabe, 93, resigns on 21 November following 37 years of rule and after being abandoned by the military and his own party.- IS defeated, not wiped out -Iraq on 9 December declares victory in its war to expel the Islamic State group but experts warn that jihadists remain a threat. They have also lost most of their territory in Syria.Numerous deadly attacks around the world over the year, including in Afghanistan, Britain, Egypt and Somalia, are claimed by or blamed on the group or others linked to Al-Qaeda.- Climate: Record disasters -The year in which Trump decides, on June 1, to leave the landmark 2015 Paris climate accord is marked by a series of natural disasters, including record-breaking hurricanes, earthquakes and devastating fires that affect several countries.It is set to be one of the three warmest years ever recorded.last_img
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US school shooter nonemotional lawyer says

US school shooter nonemotional lawyer says

first_imgDaniel Hernandez, a local imam, prays with his two sons near the site of the shooting at the Santa Fe High School, in Santa Fe, Texas, US, 19 May 2018. Photo: ReutersThe 17-year-old student charged with killing 10 people when he opened fire in an art class at his Houston-area high school appeared “weirdly non-emotional” on the morning after the rampage, one of his lawyers said on Saturday.The teenager, identified by law enforcement as Dimitrios Pagourtzis, has been charged with capital murder and is being held without bail in Santa Fe, Texas, where authorities said he went on a shooting spree shortly before 8 a.m. CDT on Friday.In addition to 10 fatalities, the gunman wounded at least 13 people, with two of them in critical condition. One of those in critical condition was one of the two school resource officers who engaged the shooter before his surrender.Nicholas Poehl, one of two lawyers hired by the suspect’s parents to represent him, told Reuters he had spent a total of one hour with Pagourtzis on Friday night and Saturday morning.”He’s very emotional and weirdly nonemotional,” the attorney said when asked to describe his client’s state of mind. “There are aspects of it he understands and there are aspects he doesn’t understand.”As the shooting unfolded, Pagourtzis spared people he liked so he could have his side of the story told, a charging document showed.While authorities have given no indication why he apparently targeted the art class, a mother of one of the victims told the Los Angeles Times that her daughter, Shana Fisher, 16, had rejected four months of aggressive advances from Pagourtzis.Fisher finally stood up to him and embarrassed him in class, the newspaper quoted her mother Sadie Rodriguez as writing in a private message to the Times.”A week later he opens fire on everyone he didn’t like,” she said. “Shana being the first one.”Rodriguez did not say how she knew her daughter was the first victim, according to the newspaper.Rodriguez could not independently be reached for comment.Family of shooter speaksPagourtzis’ family said in a statement they were “saddened and dismayed” by the shooting and “as shocked as anyone else” by the events. They said they are cooperating with authorities.”While we remain mostly in the dark about the specifics of (Friday’s) tragedy, what we have learned from media reports seems incompatible with the boy we love,” the family said.Investigators had seen a photo of a T-shirt that read “Born to Kill” on the suspect’s Facebook page and authorities were examining his journal, Texas Governor Greg Abbott told reporters, but there were no outward signs he had been planning an attack.Pagourtzis waived his right to remain silent and made a statement to authorities admitting to the shooting, according to an affidavit ahead of his arrest.Asked if Pagourtzis had provided authorities with information about the shootings, Poehl said: “Honestly because of his emotional state, I don’t have a lot on that.”Students retrieve belongingsSanta Fe High School, southeast of Houston, became the scene of the fourth-deadliest mass shooting at a U.S. public school in modern history, joining a long list of campuses where students and faculty have fallen victim to gunfire.The Texas rampage again stoked the country’s long-running debate over gun ownership, three months after a student-led gun control movement emerged from a mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, which left 17 teens and educators dead.Students and faculty, bussed on to campus in small groups, were allowed to enter the high school on Saturday to retrieve belongings, though investigators closed off part of the grounds. Police kept reporters about 100 yards (91 metres) away.All schools in the Santa Fe school district will remain closed on Monday and Tuesday, officials said.In a letter to parents dated Friday but posted on the district’s website on Saturday, Superintendent Leigh Wall said eight of the dead were students and two were teachers. Authorities had earlier said that nine students and one teacher were killed.National Football League star J.J. Watt, who plays defensive end for the Houston Texans, said he will pay for the funerals of the deceased, local media reported.”Absolutely horrific,” he tweeted about the shooting.’Quiet loner’ in a trench coatClassmates at the school of some 1,460 students described Pagourtzis as a quiet loner who played on the football team. On Friday, they said he wore a trench coat to school on a day when temperatures topped 90 degrees Fahrenheit (32 degrees Celsius).Texas’ governor told reporters that Pagourtzis obtained firearms from his father, who had likely acquired them legally, and also left behind explosive devices.Abbott said Pagourtzis wanted to commit suicide, citing the suspect’s journals, but did not have the courage to do so.Some aspects of the shooting had echoes of the massacre at Columbine High School in Colorado in 1999. The two teenaged killers in that incident wore trench coats, used shotguns and planted improvised explosives, killing 10 before committing suicide themselves.It was the second mass shooting in Texas in less than seven months. A man armed with an assault rifle shot dead 26 people during Sunday prayers at a rural church last November.last_img read more

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CM calls for review of structures in state

CM calls for review of structures in state

first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has directed to review the “conditions of all bridges, flyovers, embankments and irrigation dams” in the state, with the onset of monsoon.Sources said that the Chief Minister has given the direction as she is concerned about the common people and she wants the review to be done so that no untoward incident takes place during monsoon.After the assessment of the condition of the structures, the concerned authorities will take necessary steps for repairing them, if needed. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedIt has been stated: “With the onset of monsoon, it would be appropriate to undertake a quick review of the conditions of all bridges, flyovers, embankments, irrigation dams, etc. throughout the state.”It may be mentioned that such an exercise of assessing the condition of all such structures across the country was made two years back.It has also been directed that “all the departments concerned must carry out necessary audit of the condition of all these structures, so that the structures remain stable and Also Read – Naihati: 10 councillors return to TMC from BJPno untoward incidents take place.”Chief Secretary Malay De will be supervising to ensure that all “the reports are submitted in 15 days”.In the report, the inspecting official or engineer has to mention the name of the structure, its proper location including the name of the district, condition of the structure (severely damaged/moderately damaged/minor damaged/good), observation of the construction wing, recommendations if any and if any steps have already been taken. Following the direction of the Chief Minister, the top brass of the state Public Works Department (PWD) has urged all its zonal engineers to inspect the condition of all bridges and flyovers under their jurisdiction.Direction has been given to the zonal engineers to submit the report to the Engineer-in-Chief of the department by July 13 and the compiled reportwill be finally submitted on July 16.The zonal engineers have been directed that they must take immediate steps for repairing after restricting traffic movement on bridges and flyovers, if the necessity of immediate repair is found during the inspection.It may be mentioned that the state government has already completed the assessment of all roads in the state.last_img read more

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WB govt committed to good health wellbeing of all Mamata

WB govt committed to good health wellbeing of all Mamata

first_imgKolkata: The West Bengal government is committed to the welfare of its people, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee asserted Wednesday. The CM, on the occasion of Universal Health Coverage Day, said all government-run hopitals and health centres provide treatment for free to those in need. “Today is Universal Health Coverage Day. In #Bangla, healthcare is free at govt hospitals and health centres. We have also set up fair-price medicine shops and diagnostic centres, ICCUs, HDUs, CCUs, mother & child hubs and more. We are committed to the welfare of all,” she tweeted. Universal Health Coverage (UHC) Day, observed every year on December 12, marks the anniversary of the first unanimous United Nations resolution calling for countries to provide affordable and quality healthcare to every person.last_img read more

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Live News traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire South Cheshire on

first_imgHello and welcome to StokeonTrentLive’s breaking news service bringing you all the latest updates from Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire on Thursday, January 24. Our team of reporters will be updating this live service with all the latest on the traffic and travel and weather updates – as well as news and entertainment through the day. We’ll be bringing you the very latest updates in our live news feed below. For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. Want to tell us about something going on where you live? Let us know – Tweet us @SOTLive or message us on our Facebook page . And if you have pictures to share, tag us on Instagram at StokeonTrentLive . 18:59Earlier accidents clearedEarlier accidents in Burslem and Oulton have now cleared.18:25Road partially blocked following accidentOne vehicle is awaiting recovery after the accident in Oulton. More here.18:14Two vehicle accident in busy Stoke-on-Trent town centreThe road is partially blocked while the vehicles are recovered. More here.17:48Almost 250 North Staffordshire homes without electricity due to power cutSome homes in Audley and surrounding areas are affected. More here.17:39Accident reported in OultonOld Road partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Wash Dale Lane.17:30Accident reported in BurslemMarket Place partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident at Steventon Place. (Image: Inrix)17:08Slow traffic on A50Slow traffic on A50 in both directions at B5030 Ashbourne Road (McDonalds roundabout). In the roadworks area. 16:22Usual congestion on A500Usual congestion on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). 16:09A34 busy but moving in Trent ValeA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange).16:08Slow traffic in CongletonSlow traffic on West Street at Overton Close.Temporary traffic lights are in operation.12:47Accident in MeirA520 Weston Road in both directions partially blocked, slow traffic due to accident near Cornelious Street.The accident is not too far from Pizza Hut.12:18Burst water mainSlow traffic due to burst water main on West Street at Overton Close. Temporary traffic lights are in operation. 10:51M6 slip-roadM6 Northbound lane closed on entry slip road due to broken down vehicle at J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent). Traffic is coping well. Lane One (of Two) closed. Incident reported at around 10:45. Affecting traffic at Hanchurch Interchange heading towards Stoke on Trent on the A500 Queensway.10:05M6 StaffordshireTraffic congestion on M6 Southbound from J15 A500 D Road (Stoke-On-Trent) to J14 A34 (Stafford North). In the roadworks area.09:29Cheddleton Park Lane closed due to abnormal load from Sutherland Road (Horse Bridge) to Park Lane (Cheddleton). Road blocked due to a lorry being unable to pass the narrow lanes. Police closed road shortly after 09.30 – awaiting recovery vehicle. 09:13A500 D-RoadQueuing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound before M6 J15. Travel time is four minutes.08:59A34, Trent ValeA34 Newcastle Road busy but moving between Springfield Retail Park and A500 D Road (Hanford Interchange). Travel time is four minutes.08:27M6 clearedAll lanes open and traffic returned to normal, broken down vehicle removed on M6 Southbound from J13 A449 (Stafford South) to J12 A5 (Gailey). Lane one (of four) was closed until 08.15pm. 08:06Lorry struck bridgeOne lane blocked and very slow traffic due to bridge struck by vehicle on A53 Leek New Road Westbound from Berwick Road to A5272 Hanley Road (Holden Bridge). Westbound Lane blocked following accident reported at around 07:50 this morning. Accident involving a lorry. Also affecting traffic on A5272 Hanley Road southbound. 07:55A500, NewcastleQueuing traffic on A500 D Road Southbound around A527 Porthill Road (Porthill Bank). Travel time is five minutes. 07:51M6 Staffordshire One lane closed and slow traffic due to broken down vehicle on M6 Southbound from J13 A449 (Stafford South) to J12 A5 (Gailey). Lane one (of four) is closed. 07:37A50 westboundHeavy traffic on A50 Westbound from Meir Tunnel towards the A500 D Road (Sideway Roundabout).07:37Moorland Road Usual congestion on B5051 Moorland Road at A5272 High Lane / A5272 Hanley Road / Bank Hall Road (Smallthorne Roundabout).07:21Chell congestionUsual congestion on A527 Biddulph Road coming from Brindley Ford Southbound at A5272 High Lane roundabout. 07:15Collapsed manhole coverReports the entry/exit to the lower part of Grindley Lane, Blythe Bridge is closed in both directions off the roundabout due to a collapsed manhole cover. Springcroft Primary School, in Grindley Lane, says: “You can still access the car park opposite school from the lower part of Grindley Lane.”07:01Tunstall temporary lightsGas main work and temporary traffic lights on A5271 Williamson Street at A50 Scotia Road. Until 31st January.One arrested on suspicion of ‘skimming’ two cash machines (Image: CMPG)A motorist has been detained in custody after being arrested on suspicion of ‘skimming’ two Staffordshire cash machines. Police officers from the Central Motorway Policing Group – a team that patrols the county’s major roads – stopped a car in the Newcastle area using ‘pre-emptive tactics’ this morning. No details about the occupant of the car have yet been revealed.Read more.£1,000 of steak, champagne and Dairy Milk seized as police stop vehicle on M6 (Image: CMPG)Police seized £1,000 of steak, champagne and chocolate after stopping a vehicle on the M6 motorway.The Central Motorway Police Group (CMPG), who patrol motorways and and other major roads, stopped the vehicle on the carriageway in Staffordshire late last night (Wednesday January 23) and uncovered the cargo of meat, bubbly and Dairy Milk.One person was arrested following the find.Read more.Weather forecast (Image: Getty)There is a Yellow weather warning in place from the Met Office until 11am. And our commercial partners over at The Weather Channel say it could be rather foggy across Staffordshire and South Cheshire this today. Highs are expected to be around 6°c with lows of 3°c overnight. There is around a 60 per cent chance of rain. Good morning!Good morning and welcome to the StokeonTrentLive newsfeed for Thursday, January 24. We’ll be bringing you all of the latest traffic and travel updates until 11pm tonight.last_img read more

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DigitalOcean launches its Kubernetesasaservice at KubeConCloudNativeCon to ease running containerized apps

DigitalOcean launches its Kubernetesasaservice at KubeConCloudNativeCon to ease running containerized apps

first_imgAt KubeCon+CloudNativeCon this week, DigitalOcean announced the launch of its Kubernetes-as-a-Service offering to all developers. This is a limited release with full general availability planned for early 2019. DigitalOcean had first announced its container offering through an early access program in May this year followed by its limited availability in October. Building up on the simplicity factor that was appreciated the most by customers, DigitalOcean Kubernetes (DOK8s) claims to be a powerfully simple managed Kubernetes service. Once customers define the size and location of their worker nodes, DigitalOcean will provision, manage, and optimize the services needed to run a Kubernetes cluster. The DOK8s is easy to setup as well. During the announcement, DigitalOcean VP of Product Shiven Ramji said that “Kubernetes promises to be one of the leading technologies in a developer’s arsenal to gain the scalability, portability and availability needed to build modern apps. Unfortunately, for many, it’s extremely complex to manage and deploy. With DigitalOcean Kubernetes, we make running containerized apps consumable for any developer, regardless of their skills or resources.” The new release builds on the early access release of the service including capabilities like node provisioning, handling durable storage, firewall, load balancing and similar tools. Further, the new features added now include: Guided configuration experiences to assist users in provisioning, configuring and deploying clusters Open APIs to enable easy integrations with developer tools Ability to programmatically create and update cluster and nodes settings Expanded version support including Kubernetes version 1.12.1 with support for 1.13.1 shortly. Support released for DOK8s in the DigitalOcean API, making it easy for users to create and manage their clusters through DigitalOcean’s API. Effective pricing for DigitalOcean Kubernetes- Customers pay only for the underlying resources they use (Droplets, Block Storage, and Load Balancers) Head over to DigitalOcean’s blog to know more about this announcement. Read Next ‘AWS Service Operator’ for Kubernetes now available allowing the creation of AWS resources using kubectlIntroducing ‘Pivotal Function Service’ (alpha): an open, Kubernetes based, multi-cloud serverless framework for developer workloadsStripe open sources ‘Skycfg’, a configuration builder for Kuberneteslast_img read more

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Karisma signs new deal to manage Montenegro resort

Karisma signs new deal to manage Montenegro resort

first_img Share Tags: Karisma Hotels & Resorts Travelweek Group Thursday, September 22, 2016 Posted bycenter_img Karisma signs new deal to manage Montenegro resort MIAMI – Karisma Hotels & Resorts has set its sights on the tiny Balkan country of Montenegro, often referred to as the ‘Pearl of the Mediterranean.’The luxury hotel company, which owns and manages properties in Mexico, Latin America, the Caribbean and Europe, has just announced agreements between Karisma Adriatic, Wind Rose Resort and Transat France’s Look Voyages to manage the Wind Rose Resort in Montenegro. With this new deal, Karisma forges a new long-term partnership with tour operator Transat France, and becomes operator of 27 properties across seven countries.“We are very pleased to sign this milestone agreement with Transat France’s Look Voyages for Karisma Adriatic to manage Wind Rose Resort,” said Rafael Feliz, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Karisma Hotels & Resorts. “Karisma’s entry into Montenegro is an exciting step toward our continued global expansion and strengthens our presence along Europe’s magnificent Adriatic Sea. We look forward to setting new standards for upscale properties while delivering extraordinary and unforgettable vacation experiences for guests that value the utmost in quality at every touch point.”More news:  Carnival Cruise Line enhances HUB app for families and youthLocated on the tip of the Adriatic Sea, the Wind Rose Resort features 106 rooms and apartments for 2017, two outdoor pools, two beach bars, two restaurants and two tennis courts. There’s also a gorgeous seafront beach plateau with 500 deck chairs, plus a children’s playground, mini zoo, open-air theatre and other recreational facilities.The resort offers an all-inclusive concept as part of Club Lookéa by Look Voyages. An all-inclusive package comprises flights, transfers, accommodations, gourmet meals, entertainment and sports activities.Wind Rose Resort by Karisma is the fifth property within Karisma’s European portfolio, which includes Allure Caramel, Sensimar Makarska, Sensimar Adriatic Beach Resort, and Sensimar Kalamota Island Resort. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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Media services provider Globecast has partnered wi

Media services provider Globecast has partnered wi

first_imgMedia services provider Globecast has partnered with Virgin Media to supply seven channels for the platform’s expanded international TV content.The new channels are being added to Virgin Media’s Worldbox service, a new app that offers live streams of international channels via Virgin Media’s TiVo set-top boxes.The channels will be launched in two stages, with four launching now and the rest to be added to the app in early 2015. Globecast is supplying the channels: 1+1 International from the Ukraine; BFM from France; Canal 24 Horas from Spain; CTC from Russia; Eurochannel from France; Nessma from Tunisia; and SIC International from Portugal.Virgin Media announced earlier this week that it is adding a total of 10 new international channels to its platform.last_img read more

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By Jeff Thomas International Man In LatinAmeri

first_imgBy Jeff Thomas, International Man In Latin-American culture, the beating of a piñata began as a religious activity, but, today, it is more secular and generally takes place at celebrations. The general idea is that someone (usually a child) is blindfolded and given a stick, then spun around several times to disorient him. He then begins swinging the stick in the air, trying to locate the piñata, which is suspended overhead. Once he finds it, he beats it until it breaks open, spilling out goodies – sometimes candy, sometimes toys, coins, or food. In concept, this is much like taxation, with the rich being the piñata. Taxation Seems Reasonable Throughout the world today, governments pay for their existence mostly by way of taxation. On the surface of it, this isn’t an especially unreasonable concept. Candidates are elected to take charge of the government, and they then need to be paid to do their jobs. Taxes are also intended to pay for the programmes that government representatives come up with. Unfortunately, a common trend in politics is that once someone has been elected to office, he wants to remain there, often for the remainder of his working life. Once someone has become a career politician, it is a logical step for him to realise that the more he can tax the population, the more goodies he can get for himself. After all, he is in a position to be able to increase his own salary and benefits. Additionally, he may be tempted to siphon off a portion of funds intended for government programmes as they pass through his control. The difficulty for politicians who increase taxes is that, if they increase taxes on the majority of the people, the people may not vote them back in. Consequently, politicians find that they are more likely to be re-elected if they create or increase taxes that only apply to a minority of the electorate. Whenever the middle- to lower- income taxpayers outnumber the more wealthy (which is, of course, most often the case), politicians tend to propose higher taxes on “the rich.” The reason this is a safe bet is that the rich are in the minority and therefore do not have the power (on their own) to vote such politicians out of office. Hence, most developed countries not only tax the rich more heavily than others, but also create and maintain a “tax the rich” mentality amongst the electorate. Today, most every country that regards itself as a democracy has a “tax the rich” consciousness, and those who are not “rich” generally support the concept. As George Bernard Shaw said, “A government that robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend upon the support of Paul.” But Excessive Taxation of the Rich is Not Necessarily Reasonable And why not tax the rich? After all, the rich have more, so why shouldn’t they give more? Well, there are two reasons why not. The first is that the concept is inherently unjust. As Thomas Jefferson is said to have argued, “A democracy is nothing more than mob rule, where fifty-one percent of the people may take away the rights of the other forty-nine.” The second reason why the rich should not automatically pay more is that they may possibly be taxed to the point that they choose to opt out of the system. As Maggie Thatcher said, “The trouble with socialism is that, eventually, you run out of other people’s money.” Of course, who “the rich” are has never been accurately defined. Is it the top 5% of earners? The top 10%? Politicians avoid such questions; they prefer to keep it vague. After all, if they got specific, many of them would qualify as being amongst “the rich.” And of course, one of the best aspects of taxing the rich, from the politician’s point of view, is that they can’t really do anything about it. The rich are, by their very nature, generally speaking, very responsible citizens. They are easily tracked down and will generally prefer to pay a higher tax than to be imprisoned. Consequently, there is much to gain and little to lose for a politician if he proposes further taxes on the rich. The Rich Are Much Like a Piñata The rich are much like a piñata: Those who are gathered around the piñata know that it contains goodies and they would like to get some share of those goodies. They are unconcerned as to whether the piñata is destroyed, as long as the goodies are forthcoming soon. Someone is elected, who beats the piñata repeatedly, knocking the goodies out. This person wears a blindfold, so, although he knows what his objective is, he cannot actually see the results of his actions. The more he beats the piñata, the more goodies fall out. But, beyond this point, public opinion would diverge as to the comparison of the piñata and the rich. Those who wish to be receivers of the government largesse would argue that the process is endless, as the rich will always have plenty of money. But those who are more productive and choose to sustain themselves through their own efforts will take a different view. How to Stop Being a Piñata Through Internationalisation The fact is, the rich do, in most cases, have an ability to opt out. Historically, this does not take place through violent means, such as revolution. Rather, it is by quiet means – by exiting the jurisdiction if it becomes too oppressive. There is now a growing trend toward internationalisation. It has never been easier to physically move one’s self or one’s possessions from place to place. Through technology, it has also never been easier to move wealth from place to place. In fact, the only exception to this trend is governments themselves. Some governments are placing ever-increasing restrictions on the ability to move one’s self and one’s wealth from one jurisdiction to another. Considering this to be the case, many older people are quietly moving themselves and their wealth away from those countries that are becoming increasingly draconian in their laws. Additionally, many younger people are beginning to see the handwriting on the wall. Whilst they may not yet have amassed much in the way of wealth, many are assessing their futures in jurisdictions that are becoming oppressive, and choosing to vote with their feet now, rather than wait until it is no longer possible. Many people are fond of their present jurisdiction but are watching the door slowly closing. Those who take the next step – that of seeking out other possible destinations – are finding that in some other jurisdictions the doors to personal economic prosperity are opening wider. However, should an exodus occur into these countries by frustrated First-Worlders, there is the possibility that, in time, their immigration laws may tighten up. Therefore, the time of greatest opportunity may well be right now. Those who are older and have attained some measure of wealth would do well to consider whether they are tiring of being hit with a stick and worrying that, in the future, they may well be hit a great deal harder. Those who are younger may feel that, if they succeed in creating wealth for themselves, their reward may well be to become a piñata. [If you enjoyed this article, you might like our complimentary report, The Best of Jeff Thomas. Pulling no punches, Jeff shares his thoughts on the greatest threat to gold ownership, finding a bolthole on a budget, as well as the coming hyperinflation. You may download this free report immediately in our member’s area. Or, if you are not a member, register for free here.] About the Author: Jeff Thomas is British and resides in the Caribbean. The son of an economist and historian, he learned early to be distrustful of governments as a general principle. Although he spent his career creating and developing businesses, for eight years, he penned a weekly newspaper column on the theme of limiting government. He began his study of economics around 1990, learning initially from Sir John Templeton, then Harry Schulz and Doug Casey and later others of an Austrian persuasion. In 1999 he began his predictions for a second Great Depression and has since focused his attention on its ramifications and how it would affect the world.last_img read more

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In This Issue   Dollar bias is changed to buy

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Dollar bias is changed to buy. *  Lawmakers to extend negotiations? *  China signs swap agreement with Eurozone! *  Aussie labor prints weaker than expected And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! China Takes Another Step. Good day.  And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! We were doing some Tub Thumpin’ here in St. Louis last night, as our Cardinals won Game 5 and move on to the next round of the playoffs! Our Blues beat the rival Blackhawks too, so that was worth an extra round of Tub Thumpin’! My kids made me feel guilty about going to bed before the end of the game, so I stayed up way past my bedtime. Thus I’m getting started a little later than usual this morning, but I think you’ll forgive me for that! The dollar bias to sell dollars that has held a tight grip on the currencies since the Gov’t announced their partial shutdown (PS), finally loosened up yesterday, and has moved to a “buy” bias overnight. It’s not a strong buy bias, for most of the currencies that we follow are flat to down just a smidgen. But the Dollar Index has climbed back above 80, so the dollar has that going for it! The dollar sure doesn’t have the news from the Eurozone going for it! OK, let me set this up for you. Recall, that I’ve kept you abreast of the moves that China takes to replace the dollar standard, which includes signing currency swap agreements with countries around the world that removes the dollar from the middle of the terms of trade between the two countries.  What China achieves by signing these currency swap agreements is two-fold. 1. They get to gain a wider distribution for their currency, and 2. The remove one more block in the dollar’s foundation as a reserve currency. So. Guess who is the newest member on the roster that makes up countries that have signed a currency swap agreement with China? Well, I kind of gave it away above, but it’s the Eurozone!  The European Central Bank (ECB) announced this morning that they have signed a bilateral currency swap agreement with China to bolster trade financing.  Now, Eurozone companies don’t have to change their euros to dollars first to settle the terms of trade with China, they just deliver euros, or receive renminbi.  This is HUGE folks!  China now has nearly all of Asia on their roster, along with Australia, and New Zealand, Russia, Argentina, Brazil and now the Eurozone! Talk about gaining a wider distribution of their currency! This will strengthen the international use of the renminbi/ yuan. And that’s what China wants! They want to keep removing the dollar’s relevancy in the terms of trade throughout the world, one country at a time. But the Eurozone is HUGE, folks. Remember, the recent (June 28th) talk by People’s Bank of China (PBOC) Gov. Zhou, where he pledged to expand cross-border use of the renminbi / yuan, and he encouraged multinational companies to include the Chinese currency in their asset portfolios.  When China decides to all direct trading between their currency and other foreign currencies, convertibility will occur, and when all that happens, it’s game over for the dollar as the reserve currency folks. I don’t know how else I can say this to make it any clearer. I told you earlier this week that we would see the color of the latest jobs report from Australia later in the week, and last night it printed. The Headline Employment report was weaker than expected, as only 9,000 jobs were created in September, while 15,000 were expected.  And much like the goings on with the U.S. Unemployment Rate, The Aussie Unemployment Rate fell from 5.8% to 5.6%, but the move was tied to a drop in the participation rate, which fell to  a 2006 low.  None of this signaled to the markets that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) has put the last nail in the rate cut coffin, and so the pressure returned to the Aussie dollar (A$). In New Zealand, their latest manufacturing index dropped from 57.1 to 54.3, still above 50, but a significant drop nonetheless. Given the weakness in the A$ that carried over to kiwi, this data made things even worse for kiwi.  Give it a day, and all will be forgotten. Well, I guess all the focus and the reason the bias has switched to dollar buying is tied to the news that there could be an agreement on a short-term extension so that negotiations can continue here in the U.S. I find this to be just plain ridiculous. These guys have had plenty of time leading up to this to “negotiate” and now they will move the goal posts to give them some extra time? Simply ridiculous! But. It is what it is, right?  And if it means that the negotiations bring about major deficit spending cuts it might turn out to be OK. But you and me and the guy down the street that gets mad when someone parks their car in front of his house, know that’s not going to happen. That in the end, they make up some story about how what they did was significant, but no one will be able to figure it out, and they’ll raise the Debt Ceiling, and the National Debt will continue to move toward $20 Trillion.. We only have one more week to the 17th, when the extraordinary measures to keep paying the bills (read take money from some other place in hopes of paying it back)  run dry.  I think these lawmakers love all the attention they get on this PS and Debt Ceiling. Why else would this be such a big deal?  I’m telling you this so you can hear me now, so you can listen to me later. (in my best Arnold voice) We will not default (now that is) and the Debt Ceiling will be raised, and we will go merrily down the road to ruin. So. I’m sitting here this morning, listening to a CD that was burned by a Pfennig reader a year or so ago, with songs that he liked, and thought would be good tunes to write the Pfennig each day. I have to say that the music taste is bang on with me, but needing more variety on a daily basis, I only play it every once in a while, and. some of the songs on the CD are on my IPod anyway! But one of the songs got me thinking. The song is Freedom Rider by Traffic.  For the longest time when I was a young man, and the internet was galaxies away, for me to look up the lyrics. I used to think that Steve Winwood was saying Freedom Writer.  And so when I hear the song, I think about a Freedom Writer! Which is what I believe I am! I talk about our freedom to invest in currencies outside the dollar! OK, I know that’s stretching it a bit, but that’s how my mind works, always stretching things a bit.  Shoot Rudy, just ask the people that cringe at everything I write or say! The Fed’s FOMC meeting minutes printed yesterday. I didn’t see any sign of the infighting over whether or not to taper occurred, which was reported at first to have happened. What I mostly saw was a group of Fed Heads that are straining their eyes to find “economic growth”  they all did admit that the “economic activity expanded at a moderate pace, albeit somewhat more slowly than earlier anticipated.”   Now tell me, does this validate my call a few months ago, that the Fed Heads were being overly optimistic about the economy? Why yes, Chuck it does! So, tell me Chuck, how did you know that they were being overly optimistic about the economy 6 months ago?  Ahhh grasshopper, it was easy. The Fed Heads have been wrong about the economy 4 years in a row. Why would I think that they would be right this time?  And now with this PS going on here in the U.S. what will the Fed Heads think about their call for 2nd Half of the year economic growth pick-up?  I know what I think, and you know all too well, that when I think something, I’m going to share it with you, whether you want to hear it or not! This PS is going to play hell with the economy’s attempt to grow. But in the end, and I’ll say this now for probably the 100th time. Whatever growth the economy has, is all stimulus driven. Take the stimulus away, and let’s see what we have then. Frankly, I would prefer this to be our choice of swords to fall on, for at least 6 months to a year later, it would all be in our rear-view mirror and we would be on our way to real economic growth! And then before I head to the Big Finish today. Brazil’s Central Bank raised interest rates again yesterday, pushing their internal rate up 50 Basis points to 9.5%… The Central Bank Gov. Tombini, also signaled that he will continue to keep raising interest rates higher to combat inflation.  You see, the Brazilian Central Bank (BCB) is a prime example of what I always complain about with Central Banks. They arbitrarily move interest rates in one direction to achieve an internal goal, but don’t consider the unintended consequences. Remember when the BCB and the Brazilian Gov’t was going hog wild with their attempts to weaken the real? They made huge cuts in their interest rates to make the real less attractive, but once the real was very weak, the weak currency invited inflation into the Brazilian economy. And before the BCB could say “rate hike” inflation was everywhere in Brazil.  So the BCB had to break from the Brazilian Gov’t who still wanted to play the Currency Wars game and keep the real weak, and the BCB decided that inflation was a more bitter pill to swallow than currency appreciation. So, now the BCB has been frantically raising interest rates to combat the inflation that they, themselves invited into the Brazilian economy!   Stupid Central Bank pet tricks. They ought to go on Letterman! And here’s a line, sent to me from my good friend Rick, that’s from one of my fave comedians, Ron White. “I tried on the tux from my high school prom and found a $20 bill in the pocket. I was excited until I realized it’s now only worth $4.25..   For What It’s Worth. Well. You know how I carry on and yell at the walls and all that, when it comes to price manipulation. We’ve seen it in LIBOR. We’ve seen it in Treasuries (with QE). We’ve seen it elsewhere, and most obvious is the price manipulation in commodities, namely Gold and Silver.  I saw this story on Bloomberg yesterday and thought it played well with these thoughts that I’ve shared with you these past years. “In a Bloomberg News survey conducted during the past eight weeks, 85 traders and analysts said they have little confidence in the assessed prices of crude, metals and iron ore. Regulators, including European Union Competition Commissioner Joaquin Almunia, may examine commodities markets, having already increased investigations of manipulation of benchmarks for interest rates, derivatives, foreign exchange and oil. Five years after the global credit crisis prompted more regulation of banks, benchmark prices for hundreds of commodities are determined through surveys of anonymous traders who may have a stake in the outcome of the assessments. Unlike stock prices, available in real time at regulated exchanges for all investors to see, many raw materials that go into food, clothing and power are bought and sold in private. “There will be growing pressure for more regulation,” David Wilson, director of metals research and strategy at Citigroup Inc. in London, said by phone Sept. 3. “Commodities markets have traditionally been a backwater that only specialists would have been involved with. Clearly these markets haven’t changed with the times.” Chuck again. I’ve got a novel idea. how about we don’t make more regulations, but instead enforce the regulation that exist? To recap. The bias to sell dollars shifted to a buy dollars bias albeit a muted one, all because there are rumors that the lawmakers will announce an extension so that we don’t default and they can continue to negotiate. Now? Really? They’re going to negotiate now? Oh well, we carry on despite our lawmakers. Aussie labor was weaker than expected, and China took another step toward removing the dollar standard by signing a currency swap agreement with the Eurozone. Currencies today 10/10/13. American Style: A$ .9435, kiwi .8255, C$ .9625, euro 1.3535, sterling 1.5955, Swiss $1.0990, . European Style: rand 9.9625, krone 6.0515, SEK 6.5185, forint 218.25, zloty 3.1005, koruna 18.8570, RUB 32.28, yen 97.80, sing 1.2500, HKD 7.7545, INR 61.36, China 6.1452, pesos 13.14, BRL 2.1975, Dollar Index 80.39, Oil $102.06, 10-year 2.71%, Silver $21.96, Platinum $1,385.38, Palladium $707.38 That’s it for today. So, hooray for my beloved Cardinals! I had a friend in Toronto and on in Carlsbad Ca, texting me last night during the game. It was a nail biter for awhile, but then the Cardinals finally blew it open, late. The Cardinals now face the Dodgers in the NLCS. The Dodgers have all that pitching. UGH! Alex got his results from the ACT the other day, he scored big time on it! I sure hope that helps with the college costs! He only has 1 more month to fill out his applications. Chris just told me that he’s going to be on the Street.com this morning, so look for that.  Watching the parade pass me by. Oh well, he’s got a tie on, and I don’t! HA! Now let’s go have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

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