Prior to Sunday’s SEC Tournament championship game, Arkansas’ players did some trash talking to their opponent, Kentucky. They reportedly got in the Wildcats’ faces in a Bridgestone Arena tunnel and Razorbacks’ forward Bobby Portis said being able to play UK was like getting a wish granted. The fervor Arkansas’ players have for Kentucky is a feeling that is apparently replicated by the Wildcats’ players. Following his team’s victory against the Razorbacks, Kentucky junior center Willie Cauley-Stein said “we don’t like that team,” referencing Arkansas. Wow. Willie keeping it REAL. “We don’t like that team.” Said winning title was one thing, but they just wanted to beat “that team.”— Ashley Scoby (@AshleyScoby) March 15, 2015Willie Cauley-Stein after the game re: Arkansas, “Straight up, we don’t like that team.”— Brett Dawson (@BDawsonRivals) March 15, 2015Full WCS quote on not liking “that team” pic.twitter.com/EoGtkE2VTJ— Ashley Scoby (@AshleyScoby) March 15, 2015It’s not often that you see college basketball players openly discussing their dislike for another team, but we love it. Kentucky and Arkansas will learn their place in the NCAA Tournament at 6 p.m. E.T. on CBS.
For more information on the permit, click here.The Regional District is also reminding residents to respect and obey security checkpoints. The slide is still active and the community remains under an evacuation order. In a posting on the PRRD website, the District says “Security has been put in place to ensure the security of residences left unattended, and to know the number of contractors that working in the area restoring utilities. Entry permits can be obtained from the PRRD; this is so that the PRRD knows who is in the evacuation area.” FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Peace River Regional District will start to issue permits to residents of the Old Fort so they can remove work vehicles from the community.The PRRD says if you have a 4×4 vehicle that is still in the community of Old Fort that sustains a business, you can contact the PRRD at 250-784-3200 and they will look at issuing entry permits to remove those vehicles.“The passage for getting out of the community location is a 4×4 road, so please take this into consideration before you submit your permit application.”
Charged was 38-year-old Patrick Edens of Red Deer with traffic Safety Act offences as well as a total of 11 Criminal Code offences. Edens appeared in court on September 9.Also charged was a female youth with possession of a controlled substance. The female youth appeared in September 16. GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – On September 5, at approximately 8:00 p.m., while conducting patrols, the Grande Prairie Crime Reduction Unit located a vehicle with a stolen licence plate.According to RCMP, The CRU unit conducted a traffic stop and as a result of an investigation the driver and one passenger were arrested.During the stop, police seized a small amount of methamphetamine, a loaded restricted firearm with a tampered serial number, $300.00 in counterfeit currency, two cans of bear spray, a machete, two throwing knives and an imitation firearm.
13Julius Erving31-34+7.8+6.3+5.93.2-4.6 10Kevin Garnett27-30+9.9+9.7+7.95.0-4.9 19George Gervin30-33+1.1-0.4-1.3-3.3-4.4 2Mookie Blaylock29-32+7.2+3.6+4.90.2-7.0 14Shawn Kemp24-27+6.5+3.1+3.82.0-4.5 12Bobby Jones25-28+7.7+5.1+3.83.1-4.6 Includes players who played at least 50 percent of available minutes each season in the four-season stretch.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 3Michael Adams28-31+4.4+1.7-0.1-1.6-6.0 4James Worthy28-31+4.0+2.3+0.7-1.6-5.6 15Dirk Nowitzki27-30+5.7+6.7+5.21.2-4.5 7Derek Harper28-31+4.3+2.8+0.7-0.9-5.2 18Dwyane Wade27-30+10.7+9.4+5.96.3-4.4 9John Drew23-26+3.1+1.3-0.7-1.8-4.9 8Terry Porter27-30+6.1+3.1+2.41.0-5.1 PlayerAgesYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 44-year Change 11Ricky Rubio25-28+1.9+0.8+1.7-2.9-4.8 Few players have ever declined so much as Melo, so quicklyBiggest decline in Box Plus/Minus (BPM) for qualified NBA players over a four-season span, 1976-2019 16Ray Williams25-28+4.0+3.1+3.9-0.4-4.4 Carmelo Anthony may have played his last game as a member of the Houston Rockets. Or maybe not. Who knows? Either way, the Carmelo Experiment in Houston hasn’t gone according to plan over the first month of the season. Coming off a charmed 65-win campaign in 2017-18, this year’s Rockets are below .500 — and while Houston’s problems run deeper than Anthony, he has done little to suggest they’re merely coincidental with his presence on the team.Going into the season, my colleague Chris Herring wrote that Anthony’s success or failure in Houston would largely depend on his ability to curtail his usual scoring tendencies and play effectively off the ball — finding opportunities for open shots (presumably off passes from Chris Paul and James Harden) and knocking them down. In addition, Anthony would need to prove he wasn’t a total liability on defense, considering Houston lost lockdown forwards Trevor Ariza and Luc Mbah a Moute over the summer.Unfortunately, Anthony hasn’t really done much in any facet of that role so far. He has dialed back the share of team offense he’s using — down to a career-low 20.5 percent usage rate — which would normally be a positive sign of accepting a diminished function in the offense. But he’s also stopping the ball too often — he has assisted just 2.9 percent of teammate buckets while on the floor — and his shooting hasn’t been up to par. Anthony is hitting catch-and-shoot jumpers at an effective field goal percentage of just 51.8 percent, which according to Second Spectrum ranks 32nd out of 48 shooters with at least 50 attempts. More concerning, Anthony also ranks 224th out of 266 qualified shooters in overall quantified shot quality, Second Spectrum’s metric for judging the expected value of a shot (based on distance, defender proximity, etc.). Anthony has always excelled at making tough shots, but in order to fit into Houston’s obsessively efficiency-maximizing scheme, he needed to prove he could generate easy ones, too.Moreover, Anthony has been a prime culprit in Houston’s drop from sixth in defensive efficiency last season to 20th this year. According to Basketball-Reference.com, the Rockets are allowing an eye-popping 119.2 points per 100 possessions with Anthony on the court, 10.1 more than they do with him off the floor. That 109.1 mark without Anthony would rank 14th in the league anyway, so it’s more than just Anthony that’s causing the Rockets to slip from their defensive form of last season. His arrival certainly hasn’t helped the cause, though.Anthony’s friend (and fellow Banana Boater) Dwyane Wade tweeted Sunday that fans and journalists were trying to make Anthony “the fall guy” for Houston’s slow start, and he has a point. Looking beyond Anthony, Houston has three rotation players — Eric Gordon, Gerald Green and Michael Carter-Williams — with true shooting percentages below 50 percent. Harden hasn’t quite recaptured his MVP form from last year, and Paul appears to be slowing down at age 33. The Rockets look sluggish (they rank 28th in pace) and are making only 32.7 percent of their many three-point attempts, which ranks a shocking 25th in the league.1For comparison’s sake, they ranked 13th last year.But Anthony is also hitting new statistical lows in what has been an otherwise Hall of Fame career. At age 33 with Oklahoma City last season, he’d never been worse according to Player Efficiency Rating (12.7), Win Shares per 48 minutes (.071) or Box Plus/Minus (-3.8). Although there was hope he’d just slumped in a bad situation on OKC, Anthony is blowing away those old career-worst marks this season: He currently has a PER of 11.5 with .043 WS/48 and a BPM of -5.1.It’s not unheard of to see a player dip so drastically in production as he ages into his 30s, but it is shocking to see it happen to a player who has been as good as Anthony has been and also hasn’t suffered a major injury. According to Basketball-Reference’s data, Anthony’s 7.7-point decline in BPM from 2015-16 to 2018-19 is tracking to be the largest since the ABA merger for any player who logged at least 50 percent of team minutes over each season in a four-year span. BPM by Year in Span … 1Carmelo Anthony31-34+2.6-0.7-3.8-5.1-7.7 A player had to be very good in order to even suffer so large a decline in the first place, and Anthony certainly fit that bill … once upon a time. Many of the names on that list managed to bounce back and be quality contributors going forward, though few were as old (and none as bad) as Anthony has been recently. So in that sense, the collapse of Anthony’s game has been historic — we’ve never really seen a star’s numbers fall off quite so much in such a short time.If the Rockets do end up cutting ties with Anthony, he may still draw interest from certain NBA teams. (At the very least, the Melo-to-the-Lakers rumor mill is already starting to rumble back to life.) And, however small, there is some evidence Anthony could be more effective in a different system than that of the Rockets, where his game never meshed with Mike D’Antoni’s overarching philosophy at either end of the court. But whether due to fit or declining skills, it has been a nothing less than stunning fall for Anthony these past few seasons. 17Scott Skiles26-29+1.6-1.4+1.0-2.8-4.4 20Kevin Willis29-32+1.0-0.4+1.1-3.2-4.2 5Dwyane Wade28-31+9.4+5.9+6.33.9-5.5 6Kareem Abdul-Jabbar37-40+4.9+4.5+1.6-0.6-5.5
1. Will Terrelle Pryor continue taking care of the ball on the road? Pryor is third in the Big Ten in total offense with 302 yards per game. He is the reigning Big Ten Player of the Week after recording six total touchdowns last week against Eastern Michigan. But the key stat for No. 2 is that he has only turned the ball over twice this season. OSU becomes nearly unbeatable if Pryor takes care of the football, but this is the first time the Scarlet and Gray have played away from Ohio Stadium this season. 2. Can “Boom” and “Zoom” get on track? Between them, Dan “Boom” Herron and Brandon “Zoom” Saine have six rushing touchdowns and 361 yards rushing. Even their yards-per-carry average of 4.6 (Herron) and 4.7 (Saine) are solid. But anyone who has watched the first four games would say these two running backs could do better. Saine appears to be having trouble changing direction and finding the right holes. Herron has trouble breaking past the second level of the defense. Right now, Pryor is OSU’s leading rusher. 3. Will the Illini break OSU’s 100-yard individual rusher streak? Illinois running back Mikel LeShoure has rushed for more than 100 yards in each of the Fighting Illini’s three games in 2010. It has been 27 games since the OSU defense allowed a 100-yard rusher. The “Silver Bullets” have only allowed seven 100-yard rushers since the start of the 2005 season, fewest in the nation. Something’s got to give. But consider this: Illinois has played Missouri, Southern Illinois and Northern Illinois to open the season. Chances are LeShoure will have trouble getting to the century mark. 4. Does anyone know what Illibuck is? Whenever OSU and Illinois meet, the Illibuck trophy is at stake. The original Illibuck was a live turtle. But the grind of traveling back and forth between Champaign and Columbus took its toll and Illibuck died in the spring of 1927. His successor, a wooden replica, has been used ever since. Members of two of the schools’ junior honorary societies meet at halftime of the game to award Illibuck to the previous year’s winning school. OSU leads the series 62-30-4 and has a 33-12 advantage in Champaign. 5. Will OSU have another close call in Memorial Stadium? Although Illinois’ last victory over OSU in Champaign was nearly 19 years ago, a 10-7 win on Oct. 12, 1991, the last four times OSU has visited Memorial Stadium, the scores have been close. OSU won 24-21 in 2000, 23-16 in overtime in 2002, 17-10 in 2006 and 30-20 in 2008. However, none of those OSU teams boasted the combination of a high-scoring offense (third in the nation in points) and suffocating defense (No. 19 in points allowed). Coach Jim Tressel said the difference between playing at home and playing on the road is pretty clear-cut in terms of dealing with hardship during the game. “You’re going to have some adversity,” Tressel said. “You’re not going to have that crowd there to help you through it. So you better play as well or better than you’ve ever played this year if you want to be successful.”
Atletico Madrid and Sevilla are the closest to signing Kalinic, says Mirabelli, Goal reports.The Milan director has said that the two La Liga rivals are the closest to acquiring the Croatian striker.Nikola Kalinic has been in talks with the two Spanish clubs regarding a transfer away from the San Siro, AC Milan Sporting Director told Massimiliano Mirabelli has confirmed.Kalinic who joined Milan last summer from Italian side Fiorentina has struggled to make a positive impact scoring just six goals in 31 appearances.La Liga Betting: Match-day 4 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Despite it being very early into La Liga season, both Barcelona and Real Madrid have had unprecedented starts to their campaigns. With this in…It is believed Gennaro Gattuso and the Milan hierarchy are willing to cut their losses on the striker who signed initially on loan with an obligation to buy for £22million.The 30-year-old who was initially part of Croatia’s 23 man squad to the World Cup was unceremoniously sent home from the tournament after refusing to come in as substitute during Croatia’s 2-0 victory over Nigeria.“We’ve got many top players in the team and some of them are discussing with other teams. Atleti and Sevilla are the closest to Nikola at the moment but there are other teams interested as well.” Mirabelli revealed to Sky Sports Italia.
There is an official statement from Udinese that the Brazilian international playing for them, Samir Caetano de Souza Santos has extended his contract with the club until 2023.Samir, the Brazilian center-back had joined Udeinese from Flamengo, and has since become a significant feature for the club after he had spent a period of loan at Verona an also Italian club. He has supported the defense of Udinese after he picked up a steady role from them after his return from being loaned to Verona.“Samir and Udinese go forward together,” a statement on the club website stated, according to Football Italia.Serie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“General manager Franco Collavino and technical director Daniele Pradè announced the extension of the Brazilian defender Samir, who has reached 56 appearances with the Bianconeri.”This means that Samir’s contract has moved on to 2023. He will stay on with Udinese until the time to contribute his ability to their side in the Serie A.
Bagley:“since hospital service area boundaries should reflect the usage of the communities they serve, it makes sense to examine them periodically to allow for changes.” Residents of Ninilchik tend to use CPH more often than SPH, and so shouldn’t have to pay the higher mill rate for the South Peninsula Hospital Service Area, according to the ordinance. The common boundary between the two hospital service areas has, since their inception, crossed the Sterling Highway at the Clam Gulch Tower, which is about 14.5 miles closer to Central Peninsula Hospital (“CPH”) than the roadway midpoint. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula Borough Assembly will be holding a special session this evening, in Homer, on a proposal to move the boundary between Central Peninsula Hospital and South Peninsula Hospital. The ordinance was introduced by Assembly member Dale Bagley: “It can be safely assumed that the vast majority of the people living in the Ninilchik area and north to the current boundary routinely use CPH instead of SPH. In my view, those people should not pay taxes for the SKPHSA which are much higher than taxes paid for the CKPHSA. I believe this is an issue of fairness. The line between the CKPHSA and the SKPHSA should be moved to the south side of Ninilchik.” Central Peninsula residents can call in to testify during the meeting in Homer this evening, at 6pm, by calling 714-2169.
Participants in the fisheries are required by law to report their harvests even if they did not fish, or even if they fished but caught nothing. DF&G: “Compliance with the permit requirements is important for future management of the Upper Cook Inlet personal use fisheries.” These fisheries include the Kasilof River gillnet, Kasilof and Kenai rivers dipnet, and Fish Creek dipnet, which opened this year by emergency order. Participants can report their harvest online on the ADF&G webpage, regardless if they obtained an electronic or paper permit. In addition, participants may also access the harvest reporting webpage from a smart phone or tablet device by scanning the QR code on the electronic permit. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Department of Fish and Game (ADF&G) sent out a reminder for all 2018 Upper Cook Inlet Personal Use permit holders that August 15, is the deadline to report your harvest for the Kasilof and Kenai rivers, and Fish Creek fisheries. Participants may also mail their permits to the address printed on the back, or hand-deliver their permits to local ADF&G offices during regular business hours. If no one in the household went personal use fishing, answer “NO” for the question “Did you fish for personal use in 2018?” and return the permit to ADF&G.
Peter Kafka at All Things D adds that the deal was done with equity, not cash.When SpinMedia bought Spin, then-CEO Tyler Goldman was initially circumspect about the print magazine’s future, but this time around Steve Hansen, who replaced Goldman as CEO in late 2012, says Vibe the print magazine will likely be shut down by the end of the year.Vibe, launched in 1993 by Quincy Jones, was most recently owned by The Yucaipa Johnson Fund, a partnership between Ron Burkle and Magic Johnson. In early 2012 Vibe and Uptown brands were merged with BlackBook Media. SpinMedia, a network of music and pop culture sites, has purchased Vibe magazine and reports are indicating that the brand will get the digital-only treatment Spin magazine received shortly after SpinMedia, then called BuzzMedia, bought it in mid-2012.According to The New York Times, SpinMedia has acquired the rights to the print magazine,Vibe.com and Vibevixen.com. More on this topic Vibe Kills Its Magazine (Again) Uptown, InterMedia Partners Acquire Vibe Say Media’s Troy Young Jumps to Hearst As New Digital Media Head Vibe Enlists Eminem to Boost Traffic, Users National Magazines Enter Local Content Market with Tech Platform Quincy Jones Wants Vibe BackJust In PE Firm Acquires Majority Stake in Industry Dive Shanker Out, Litterick In as CEO of EnsembleIQ This Just In: Magazines Are Not TV Networks TIME Names New Sales, Marketing Leads | People on the Move BabyCenter Sold to Ziff Davis Parent J2 Media | News & Notes The Atlantic Names New Global Marketing Head | People on the MovePowered by
Nissan Motor Co’s Datsun brand is all set to make a comeback in the Indian auto market after a gap of 33 years on MondayThe Japanese car maker is all set to pull the wraps off its new Datsun car, K2, as a concept in New Delhi at the hands of Carlos Ghosn, Head of Renault-Nissan.Vicent Cobee, Corporate Vice-President of Nissan Motor’s Datsun business unit, speaking to Business Line said, “India is probably the most competitive country in the world for the automotive industry. It does not cover 100 per cent of technology or components required to make a car but it is giving a good 97 per cent.”The soon-to-be-launched car is expected to be priced in the ₹2-₹4 lakhs range and is expected to invite direct competition from Maruti Alto 800 and Hyundai Eon.Seeking to tap into the ultra-low cost car market, Nissan plans to expand its Datsun brand in emerging markets like India, Indonesia, South Africa and Russia, before moving onto other markets like Southeast Asia, Middle East and Latin America.”We want to stay focused on four countries (India, Russia, Indonesia and South Africa) initially and make this project a reality. Of course, we will go beyond that because the emerging new middle-class will hopefully happen in many places,” Cobee said.Apart from the K2, the company also plans to roll out another model by 2014 end and the third model in 2016, according to Reuters.
Listen at WEAA Live Stream: http://amber.streamguys.com.4020/live.m3uIs Baltimore City State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby providing fuel for her critics of her prosecution of the six police officers connected to the death of Freddie Gray? Many argue her appearance with Prince during his concert for Baltimore over the weekend made her already arduous task of convicting any of the officers even more challenging. We’ll engage our experts on the controversial matter. Plus, a round table discussion with middle and high school students on their thoughts about the Baltimore uprising. These stories and more coming up this evening on AFRO’s First Edition with Sean Yoes.
Known for its literary activities, Jash-e-adab is back this year with some new additions. In a three-day event at IGNCA, the festival will cover almost each art form. One can witness classical singers like Pt. Chhanulal Misra, ghazal maestros like Hussein Brothers, and qawwali artists Sabri Brothers perform at the event. Shahrukh Khan will also be there to attend the festival as a panelist. The event will also see renowned personalities from theatre like Nadira Babbar, Piyush Misra, Anusha Rizvi, Hemant Pandey and others sharing their thoughts with the audience. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfThe sixth edition of the poetry festival will be inaugurated by Union Culture minister Dr Mahesh Sharma at IGNCA, New Delhi on October 27. The evening will see Prof. Ashok Chakradhar and Dr Sachchidanand Joshi share their thoughts on art and culture, followed by a classical singing of pt. Chhanu Lal Misra. Eminent writers and critique from Hindi and Urdu language like Gopal Das Neeraj, Prof. Ashok Chakradhar, Mannu Bhadari, Gopichand Narang will also grace the occasion. Keeping younger generation in mind, radio jockeys like RJ Naved, RJ Sayema, and lyricists Manoj Muntashir, and director Manoj Pandey will also be participating in the festival. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveThe festival that began humbly in 2012 with a few panel discussions followed by a poetry recital has come long since. This year, it will see book fair with all major publishers in the region participating and a food court to keep you rejuvenated throughout the day.Kunwar Ranjeet Chauhan, a poet and founding General Secretary of the jashn-e-adab feels that it is very important to bring younger generation close to the tradition and heritage of our country, and art and literature is the best way to do it. “Our generation needs to be taught how this country has offered co-existence to various religions and faiths,” he said. On day 2 i.e. October 28, there will be 26 different sessions that will cover cinema, theatre, poetry, film screening, mushaira and much more. While Piyush Misra will take the stage for ‘ye adakari nahi hai’, Rj Sayema will engage the audience with ‘afsana padh rahi hoon’. The day will also see meaningful discussions on Faiz, modern Urdu poetry, art and commerce, ghazal singing, kathak dance etc. The day will also see award ceremony where eminent personalities like Gopichand Narang, Piyush Misra, Ram Darash Misra, Ustad Ghulam Mustafa Khan will be felicitated for their work in their respective fields. The day will come to an end with a grand mushaira/kavi sammelan where poets from both Hindi and Urdu languages like Gopal Sad Neeraj, Prof. Ashok Chakradhar, Khusbir Singh Shad Farhat Ehsas, G.S Aulakh and others will share the stage.Day three will again see 26 different sessions ranging from discussions on theatre by Nadira Babbar, play ‘lal quile ka aakhri mushaira by perrot troupe, film screening, poetry in films, dastangoi, sufi singing, classical dance etc. Festival will close with some soulful qawwali by the Sabri Brothers.
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 The Queen Elizabeth 2 ship now floats as a hotel on the Persian Gulf The QE2, built by Cunard and put to sea in 1969, is the second ship the company named after the wife of King George VI, not the current British monarch – hence the number rather than the Roman numeral.The luxury ship travelled some 6 million miles in decades of service even as airlines came to dominate trans-Atlantic travel. It carried 2.5 million passengers and crossed the Atlantic more than 800 times. Britain requisitioned the ship as a troop carrier for the Falklands War against Argentina in 1982.More news: Universal enhances popular Harry Potter vacation package with new perksIn 2007, Cunard sold the QE2 to an arm of the state-run conglomerate Dubai World for 50 million pounds ($100 million). She arrived to Dubai’s Port Rashid the following year as part of a glitzy armada led by a mega-yacht owned by Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, at the height of the former British protectorate’s real-estate bubble.An economic crash left the QE2’s owners in debt for billions of dollars. Rumours circulated for years after that the ship could be sold. All the while, she sat mothballed at Port Rashid near Dubai’s historic downtown creek, a 149,000-ton reminder of the crash.Three years ago, the Dubai government’s Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corp. took over the project. It marks the first foray into hotels for the corporation, said Mustafa, who previously served as a managing director at the government-owned developer Nakheel and at the investment arm of Dubai World. He said the corporation planned to open other hotels in the future.The ship has been hooked up to Dubai’s power grid, but still floats in the Persian Gulf. An Associated Press team that visited the ship Tuesday could feel her list slightly while walking through portions of her completed passageways.More news: Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at sea“She lists. She’s supposed to that, she’s a ship,” Mustafa said.Today, around seven of the QE2’s 13 decks are under operation, with 224 cabins available, Mustafa said. Prices will range from $150 a night in the simplest berthing to $15,000 a night for the Queen Elizabeth and Queen Mary suites, he said.A green-hued British pub and other restaurants will serve alcohol, a common practice across Dubai’s hotels. However, its nickel, quarter and dollar slot machines will remain turned off as gambling is illegal.The ship also will feature shops run by Dubai Duty Free, the government-run conglomerate that had $1.93 billion of sales in 2017, with 9.7 million cans of beer and 7.4 million bottles of liquor and wine sold.Workers hurried across the ship Tuesday to finish up work ahead of the hotel’s soft opening Wednesday. By October, Mustafa said the hotel hopes to have a grand opening with “600 to 800 rooms” ready.“If you want to come and have a sense of how it was during the ocean liner era but at the same time being a doorstep away from Dubai, this is the place you want to be,” he said. “We’re not a theme. We’re not a concept. This is what this ship was.” Share DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — Famed Queen Elizabeth 2 cruise ship will finally open as a floating luxury hotel moored off Dubai, nearly a decade after completing its last ocean voyage.It’s been another long trip for the ship known as the QE2 to even open to the public, as Dubai’s financial meltdown and years of slow growth nearly sank the project and left the ship languishing at port. After initially planning to gut the vessel, Dubai’s government ultimately decided to restore the ship at a cost of over $100 million, down to replicating its 1960s carpeting, with work still underway.“It’s like walking into a time capsule – this is the ship in 1969. It’s a hotel and a museum,” said Hamza Mustafa, the CEO of Dubai’s Ports, Customs and Free Zone Corp.’s investment arm. “We’ve put in 2.7 million man hours working on her … making sure that she can really shine.”“She’s going to live on for many more years now in her final home in Dubai,” he added. << Previous PostNext Post >> By: Jon GambrellSource: The Associated Press
October 10, 2007 Welcome to the October 7. 2007 workshop participants. [back from left]: Nile Fahmy [foundry intern], David Ledbetter, Miccaella Eo, Ann Vosovic [seminar week], Dorothy McCartney [seminar week], Federica Doglio, Francesco Ferretti, Peter Lindgren [Arcosanti scholarship]. [front from left]: Trevor Golden, Giulia Ranuzzi [seminar week], Kara Kelly [seminar week], Leo Sylvester [son of alumnus David Sylvester], Voil Lattis [seminar week]. [Photo & text: sa]
BSkyB has launched a new service app, enabling customers to keep track of their Sky account via their mobile devices. According to Sky, the app lets customers check their bill, change their settings and manage their engineer visit from a wide range of mobile devices.The Sky Service App has been designed and optimised for iPhones using on iOS 7 and higher and Android devices using version 4.0 and higher. Customers can also access the app on their iPad. There will be future updates to support additional devices with further enhancements according to Sky.“We’re always looking for ways to improve our customer service and make our customers’ lives easier and we think the new Sky Service app is a great way to help them save time. Our customers can now check engineer appointments and view and pay their bill whenever it suits them, without having to call us,” said Chris Stylianou, managing director, customer service group.
In This Issue… * Currencies rally strongly this morning… * Home Prices keep falling… * Baby steps for stabilization… * Carney has harsh words for U.S. economy… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! The Golden Scenario… Good day… And a Marvelous Monday to you! And Happy Chinese New Year! The NFL Championship games yesterday were very entertaining, eh? The two brothers that coach different teams went from a chance to match wits in the Super Bowl, to going home… Too bad… it would have been a good story. Should be an interesting week, as the ECOFIN people meet, and Greece is still working on their debt, and… this will be my first full week of work in over a month, so all-in-all, pretty interesting! What I also found interesting on Friday, was the price action of Silver… I don’t know if you follow Silver or not… I do, very closely, I might add! But Silver was outperforming Gold by a long shot, rising over $1 on the day, which you don’t normally see in the Silver price action. My colleague, Aaron yelled over the desk and asked me what was going on with Silver, as he too watches it closely… I couldn’t really find anything out there, so the thought came to me very quickly, that Silver must be playing “catch-up”… I don’t know if you follow this stuff or not, and I don’t really put that much emphasis on this, but from time to time I come back to it, and that is the Gold/Silver ratio… but what was once thought as a real indicator for Silver, has to be pushed to the back of the closet these days, for the Gold-Silver ratio has spread out to over 50:1… That’s pretty crazy stuff… and doesn’t look right… So, maybe, just maybe, Silver was playing catch-up to Gold, which had gained over $90 so far this year, and Silver’s gains were negligible until Friday… Both metals are up this morning, so we have that going for us, eh? The Aussie dollar (A$) touched $1.05 this morning, and is spittin’ distance from the figure now. And, looky there, it’s back over $1.05! Just like that! I would say that the A$ is benefitting from a lower than expected PPI (wholesale inflation index) number… Which indicates to me that the markets still have an appetite for rewarding currencies that have been debased to promote growth. If you’re an Aussie bond holder, this is what’s called the “golden scenario”… That’s when rates are being cut, and the currency maintains its value or even increases in value. The bonds & currency rallying, = the golden scenario… When I was a foreign bond trader, I saw this happen only a few times… I saw it Germany in the mid 90’s, and in Aussie and New Zealand around the same time… I haven’t traded foreign bonds since 1998, and don’t recall if there were other instances since then. But, it’s happening now… The thing about the golden scenario, is that it doesn’t last long… The euro begins another week as the most talked about currency, with the U.S. dollar coming in second, and the renminbi placing third. The euro is trading above 1.29 this morning, as it has range traded for over a week now, but around the 1.29 level, which is probably driving the analysts that have called for a collapse of the euro, crazy… I’ve told you probably 3 or 4 times since the year began what I think the euro will do this year… So, as to not beat a dead horse (no animals were hurt), I’ll go to what I really want to point out this morning about the euro… In the past couple of weeks, we’ve seen the economic data from Germany to be better than forecast for them. We’ve seen the Italian and Spanish bond auctions go quite well, with more bonds sold than planned and at lower yields! And money market rates have eased… I talked about the beginnings of a stabilization here on Friday, and I just can’t help but think that this is just the beginning. Now that doesn’t mean that everything we see from here on out from the Eurozone is good… baby steps, wobble, go backwards sometimes, and even stumble… So… we have that to watch for. Well, every winter, about 2,600 political, business and financial leaders in Davos, Switzerland for a 5-day boondoggle. There are always some very good sound bites from Davos, and this year will be no different. You’ll see the Eurozone contingent continue their attempt to calm the markets, and then you’ll have the euro naysayers, like George Soros doing his best to deep six the euro… Speaking of deep sixing something… I can’t put enough emphasis on this folks, but the Asian countries are removing dollars from their terms of trade. One by one, the Asian countries draw up new currency swap agreements, that basically exchange the two countries’ currencies, and removes dollars from the terms of the trade. This has long been one of the benefits to having the reserve currency of the world, for if two countries wanted to trade Oil, they would have to convert their currencies to dollars and settle the transaction in dollars. This kept dollars in each country’s reserves by the truck loads… But, first it was China alone signing swap agreements to remove dollars from the terms of trade. Then Russia joined in, and now India is jumping on the bandwagon. India and Iran have signed a currency swap agreement for Oil… Now… let me be clear here… I do NOT want to see this happening, for I live here, work here, and use dollars for my gas, groceries and giggles. And… once I’m gone, my kids and grandkids will learn what it’s like to not have the reserve currency of the world… It’s a sad thing… However, since I began writing in 1992, I have always made it a point to not let my love of country get in the way of telling like it is… I was even called unpatriotic years ago… and that hurt! But… at the same time, I warned and warned about the growing debt, and people thought I was nuttier than a fruitcake. Well… when countries turn away from using your currency, I think I speaks volumes… So… how does that fruitcake taste these days? Last Friday, we saw the latest Existing Home Sales data, which was pretty strong… But here’s the thing I keep harping about… Home Prices… The national median sales price of existing homes fell 2.5% in December year-on-year. This is the thirteenth straight monthly decline in home prices. Foreclosures and short sales accounted for 32% of the total sales… So, all in all, I would say the data was not good… 1/3rd of the sales were forced by foreclosure, and the median home price fell 2.5%… I don’t think home prices have found a bottom yet… One of the reasons I feel strongly about that is the fact that the “robo-signing” case that held up foreclosures in 2011, has been settled, which means foreclosures could really ramp up in 2012, pushing prices downward. The data cupboard is empty today and doesn’t really get restocked later this week… We will have a FOMC (Fed Reserve) meeting on Wednesday, but since the Fed told us that interest rates are going to remain at current levels until mid 2013, this is a little anti-climatic, eh? OK… back to the currencies… Well… I guess the Bank of Canada’s (BOC) bunker mentality is beginning to pay off for them, but I’m sure they didn’t really think that this would happen… The “this” I’m talking about is a larger than expected drop in consumer inflation. Canadian CPI fell .%6% in December from the previous month, and the year-on-year rate stands at 2.3%… Still higher than the target rate of 2%, but moving in the right direction as far as the BOC is concerned… The Canadian dollar / loonie took the data and digesting it, moved lower… The loonie is attempting a rally this morning trying desperately to grab onto the coat tails of the Aussie dollar. Remember when I told you that we could see a “pop” in the Swiss Franc, should then Swiss National Bank (SNB) President, Hildebrand, resign, as the markets would want to test the resolve of the new President? Well… Let’s see… the franc has really been on a run in the past 10- days and has climbed back to a dollar price of $1.0750… After falling to a $1.04 handle… I think this is simply the markets testing the SNB, folks… nothing to hang one’s hat on for any extended period of time… Leave this to the “traders”… Ok… I mentioned at the top, and then forgot to talk about it until now… But the Greek / private creditors meetings have stalled on a deadlock over the interest rates to be paid. People close to the meetings still believe that an agreement will be ironed out soon. Did you see what the Bank of Canada’s Gov., Mark Carney, had to say about the U.S. economy? Well, you had better sit down for this… Mr. Carney said that the “U.S. economy might never recover.” He went on to say that, “it will take many more years for the U.S. economy to get back on its feet, and it might never completely recover. In fact, they are not in our opinion ultimately going to get back fully to the U.S. we used to know.” Then he made a statement that qualifies him as a recent addition to the “Mr. Obvious Club”… when he said, “If Canada is to grow it must look beyond the U.S. for trading partners.” Then there was this… my friend, and former colleague, David Galland, did it again this past weekend… He wrote something that made me want to pump my fist in the air, and say “Yes”! I don’t have the room here to do him justice, but he wrote about the U.S. Government meddling in the economy and in private business… If that’s the stuff that interests you, and I would hope it did… then click here and read the first part of the letter on Government meddling: after clicking the link, then click on the “contrarian’s View of Argentina”… http://www.caseyresearch.com/ To recap… Currencies are in rally mode this morning, along with Gold & Silver. Silver outperformed Gold big time on Friday… just playing catch-up I think. The ECOFIN meeting begins today, and Greece is still working with the private creditors on an agreement. FOMC meeting this week is a non-event. And the data cupboard is empty today. Currencies today 1/23/12… American Style: A$ 1.0550, kiwi .8125, C$ .9905, euro 1.2990, sterling 1.5565, Swiss $1.0765, … European Style: rand 7.9365, krone 5.9070, SEK 6.76, forint 233, zloty 3.3050, koruna 19.5660, RUB 32.69, yen 76.90, sing 1.2670, HKD 7.76, INR 50.08, China 6.3390, pesos 13.14, BRL 1.75, Dollar Index 79.90, Oil $98.32, 10-year 2%, Silver $32.73, and Gold… $1,677.15 That’s it for today… Congrats to the Giants and Patriots, good luck in the Super Bowl… I really don’t care for either team, but will root for the Giants. I still have a bad taste with the Patriots because of spygate… Well… I heard from my darling daughter Dawn on Friday… She reminded me that little Delaney Grace was going to be in her first musical Friday night and then again on Saturday night. All three grandkids were at the house yesterday, one starting crying for no reason, and the next thing we knew, all three were crying for no reason… Ahhh, we’ll all be together in March for a week! I had to laugh at them… OK… fun a the Butler House! And with that, we’ll head into the last full week of January… I hope you have a Marvelous Monday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.com
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Ed. note: This story appeared earlier in a shortened form.Ed. note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct name of the ACEs score. With the national opioid epidemic in the spotlight, two Winston-Salem filmmakers are focusing their lens on mothers. The film follows families and caregivers in Asheville facing Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. NAS happens when babies are born exposed to substances.The documentary, which is still in the final stages of production, is directed by Dom Silva and Stan Wright, both students of Wake Forest University’s documentary film program.Stan Wright spoke with WFDD’s Eddie Garcia.Interview HighlightsOn what the film’s title, Original Body of Pain, means: On the perception of those facing addiction vs. day-to-day reality: Obviously with a film of this nature you can’t just go in blind and start asking people if they’re addicted to drugs, or if they have substance abuse issues, and if they’re pregnant. Our biggest advocates were the home nurses we were working with. These are the people that go into the home in the weeks and months after the baby’s born to make sure that they’re developing properly that the wean is going properly.And so when they would go on their home visits, they would approach the families and say, ‘Hey we have this project, it’s a compassionate take on women who have gone through substance exposures and addiction and have kids. Would you like to be a part of it?’ So we probably talked to 10, 12 women before we landed on the final three. It’s a term that our main character actually refers to as having learned in treatment. The way she describes it is basically there’s this one inciting incident within a person who struggles with addiction’s life that leads them to further trauma, and she calls it an original body of pain…one of our main characters, her name is Joanna Christoph, she’s a home health nurse, she talks about this adverse childhood experiences score, and it’s a score that they use to determine a level of childhood trauma within a family.So a lot of questions are asked including: ‘Have you been abused physically or sexually? Has one of your parents died? Have you been raised without a parent? Has a parent been incarcerated? Has one of your family members struggled with alcoholism or drug abuse?’ And there’s this series of 10 questions that lead up to this ACEs score. And so it’s just a nice fitting kind of segue into this larger conversation about some of the underpinnings of addiction, as well as a reference to something our character says in the film. On gaining intimate access to the lives of the women in the film: A point of clarity, just for what we’re doing with our film, is that we’re working with recovering addicts. So these are people that were in treatment, were in counseling. These weren’t people who were actively shooting up and using. I think that’s important to say because it shows that there is hope, there is recovery for women who have gone through this. Even with children in the family.The day-to-day realities are so much more jovial. A lot of the story of us going in and shooting with these homes – and I think we’ve shot over 30 times with one of our characters Ashley and her three boys – is water balloon fights, and birthday parties, and graduations. And there’s a lot of happiness in the day-to-day that comes with the sobriety surrounding recovery, and the newfound ability for these women to really take in and appreciate what’s around them and their families.
The Trump administration’s decision to abandon the Affordable Care Act in an ongoing court challenge could affect some of the most popular pillars of the law — further intensifying the fight over health care in the middle of an election year.It is unusual for the Justice Department to refuse to defend existing law in court challenges. In this case, 20 states sued the federal government in February claiming the individual mandate is unconstitutional after Congress zeroed out the tax penalty for not having health insurance in its 2017 tax cut law. The lawsuit, led by Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, contends that without an individual mandate, the entirety of the ACA, commonly known as Obamacare, is unconstitutional.If that argument prevails in the courts, it would render unconstitutional Obamacare provisions that ban insurance companies from denying coverage to people with pre-existing conditions — arguably the most popular component of the 2010 health care law.As many as 130 million adults under age 65 in the U.S. have pre-existing conditions that could result in their not being able to get insurance coverage in the private market, according to the Department of Health and Human Services. The Kaiser Family Foundation puts the number at about a quarter of the country’s under-65 population. A Kaiser tracking poll in June 2017 showed 70 percent of adults want Congress to keep pre-existing condition protections.Before the Affordable Care Act became law, insurance companies routinely declined health insurance coverage to people who had ongoing medical conditions or recent illnesses. Even when insurers offered policies to those with health problems, they often excluded those illnesses. And insurance companies could cancel coverage for people who became ill once the policy year ended.The ACA made all those practices illegal. By withdrawing from defending the law in court, the Trump administration is saying it no longer supports those consumer protections, which are popular with voters. The move could upend insurance markets for next year and change the dynamic of this fall’s elections.”This suit comes as insurers are proposing individual market premiums for 2019. The lawsuit injects more uncertainty into what is already an uncertain environment for insurers. Insurers hate uncertainty, and they respond to it by hedging their bets and increasing premiums,” says Larry Levitt, senior vice president at the Kaiser Family Foundation.Nicholas Bagley, a professor at the University of Michigan Law School who had been a Justice Department lawyer, says DOJ’s move is troubling.”The Justice Department has a long-standing, durable, bipartisan commitment to defend acts of Congress. It’s a cornerstone of what they do,” he says. “For the Trump administration to crumple that up and throw it out the window is galling.”Just hours before the Justice Department officially withdrew from the case, three of the staff attorneys who had been working on it withdrew. “These are civil servants. They’re not political. They are good soldiers. Their job is to defend federal programs,” Bagley says, noting that he has not talked with any of them about the case. “They believed they could not in good conscience, consistent with their professional obligations, sign the brief. These are people who defend programs they disagree with all the time.”The Justice Department has opted not to defend existing law in the courts in other matters. For instance, in 2012 the Obama Justice Department said it would not defend the Defense of Marriage Act, which legally defined marriage as a union between a man and a woman for federal purposes.America’s Health Insurance Plans, the trade association for health insurance companies, supports the pre-existing condition protections under the ACA. “Removing those provisions will result in renewed uncertainty in the individual market, create a patchwork of requirements in the states, cause rates to go even higher for older Americans and sicker patients, and make it challenging to introduce products and rates for 2019,” AHIP said in a statement.AHIP said it will file an amicus brief in support of the law that “provides more detail about the harm that would come to millions of Americans if the request to invalidate the ACA is granted in whole or in part.”On Capitol Hill, congressional Republicans’ reaction to the Trump administration’s decision was muted, with many lawmakers voicing skepticism that the courts would ultimately rule against a law already upheld by the Supreme Court.”We need to let that go forward and see if it goes anywhere,” said Rep. Tom MacArthur, R-N.J. “I don’t know if that legal logic will fly or not.” MacArthur worked on legislation to continue pre-existing condition protections during the GOP’s unsuccessful effort to repeal Obamacare last year.While the ACA has been the target of a sharply divided and partisan debate for nearly a decade, pre-existing protections are one of the most popular actions Congress has taken in modern times. “I think that’s a pretty essential pact with the American people,” said MacArthur.Health care is already a dominant issue in this year’s elections, with voters regularly citing it as a leading determinant for how they will vote.”There is no doubt that Republicans are responsible for the rising cost of healthcare premiums and the high likelihood that many will no longer be able to afford basic care at all, and they will face serious blowback in the midterms,” the House Democrats’ campaign operation said in a statement. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.