The authorities have decided not to publicise the details of candidates contesting in elections to urban local bodies in volatile pockets in the Kashmir valley “due to security reasons,” evoking sharp reactions from political parties.“Lack of transparency will only bring disrepute to the institution of democracy. It seems former Prime Minister Atal Bihari Vajpayee’s legacy is being reversed. Mr. Vaypayee, as prime minister, ensured fair elections in J&K and allowed peoples’ representatives to come up. This saw a new hope emerging among people, who started looking up to elections as a credible exercise. In the process, mainstream political parties, too, gained an important space despite Kashmir’s complex situation,” senior Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) leader Nayeem Akhtar told The Hindu. He described the situation in J&K as “worse than the 1990s.” “It’s getting worse than 1990s, with non-locals being fielded as candidates in many wards. They may have visited the area for the first time on the day of the nominations. The way the elections are held goes against tenets of democracy,” said Mr. Akhtar.All major regional parties, including the PDP and the National Conference, have decided to boycott polls, leaving the Jammu & Kashmir People’s Conference (J&KPC), the Congress and the BJP (Bharatiya Janata Party) as major players in the fray. “The credibility of the poll process has been badly affected. No candidate has filed a nomination in 177 wards. In 215 wards, candidates have been declared [elected] unopposed. It speaks volumes about the power-thirsty BJP imposing [on the] elections. What will be the credibility of these polls, when even finding a candidate to contest has become difficult?” asked Congress vice president and MLC G.N. Monga .Details concealed Contrary to J&K Chief Electoral Officer Shaleen Kabra’s directive to returning officers “to paste details of contesting candidates on notice boards”, scores of wards in south and north Kashmir have decided against it. “Candidates have pleaded with us that their lives will be in danger in case their details are made public. In many wards, we decided against publicising it,” a south Kashmir-based official told The Hindu. In the wake of militant threats, several independent candidates on Thursday held a press conference in Srinagar. They claimed they were “not getting any response from the government over security. The property of two candidates have been attacked by unknown men in the past 24 hours in the Valley with petrol bombs.”However, Additional Director General Police-Law and Order (ADGP) Muneer Ahmad Khan said many contestants have been put up in hired hotels, guarded by heavy contingents of police and paramilitary forces. About 3,000 candidates are in the fray across J&K for elections to 1,145 wards across 79 municipal bodies, starting October 8.
WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:43PDEA holds surprise drug test at bus terminal in QC for ‘Undas’01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC LATEST STORIES Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief “We as athletes are entitled to due process, and I will refrain from saying much more until I know exactly what happened,” he said.Still, the 38-year-old former Olympian can’t help but dwell on the disappointing results of their match last July.“In my mind, on July 29, I competed and I lost. I thought Jon Jones was the better man that day,” he said. “I don’t know what to think anymore. I can’t believe we are going through all of this again. We will see what happens next.”He also expressed gratitude to the fans who stuck with him during his tough times. “Thank you to all my fans who have supported me during this dark time. I love you all very much.” Khristian Ibarrola /raADVERTISEMENT Daniel Cormier lands a solid right to the face of Jon Jones during their fight at UFC 182 in January. AP FILE PHOTOUFC Light Heavyweight champion Jon Jones’ return to glory was shortlived, as he reportedly tested positive for an anabolic steroid and would most likely receive yet another suspension.READ: UFC champ Jon Jones flagged for another failed doping testADVERTISEMENT LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games The news comes less than a month after he reclaimed the title from fierce adversary Daniel Cormier via a brutal knockout. The former champion recently spoke to MMAFighting about Jones’ most recent debacle.“It’s hard to find words to describe how I’m feeling right now,” he told the news outlet. “I’m disappointed to hear the news. It’s very emotional.”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutThe US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) made the news public on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila) but urged the public to “let due process occur before drawing any conclusions about Mr. Jones.”Despite their differences, Cormier elected to let the investigation proceed before making his assumptions. Read Next MOST READ Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses SEA Games: PH volleybelles in semis, eye crucial win vs Vietnam UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program View comments
About the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Ex-Man Utd striker Berbatov: Critics can go f*** themselves!by Freddie Taylor10 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveFormer Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has hit back at critics of his style of play.The now retired Bulgarian was always a polarising figure among fans of the club, as some felt his style was too lazy compared to forwards Carlos Tevez and Wayne Rooney.But Berbatov considers himself “an artist on the pitch” and had a profanity laden response to his critics.”It is probably because I didn’t play like Rooney or Tevez,” Berbatov told Goal.com.”I didn’t like that because I can show you six or seven current world-class players who run less than me back then. When you label something like that, it sticks. Even if it isn’t true.”People can go f*** themselves. People don’t understand and try to look smart. “I would check my stats after every game and I was running 10-11km every game. It doesn’t make any difference for me. I was more bothered how I move and make space.”
If you haven’t already, you really need to sign up for the Significant Digits newsletter — be the first to learn about the numbers behind the news.And, as always, if you see a significant digit in the wild, tweet it to me @WaltHickey. 5th-most productiveWillie Mays saw his career home run record eclipsed by beleaguered Yankee Alex Rodriguez last Thursday, but the stats still appear to show that Mays was the better ballplayer. Looking at all-time wins above replacement, Mays is in fifth place in the annals of baseball history, while A-Rod is 17th. [FiveThirtyEight] You’re reading Significant Digits, a daily digest of the telling numbers tucked inside the news. To receive this as an email newsletter, please subscribe.4 percentThat’s Alabama’s existing tax on rentals of “tangible personal property.” The state’s department of revenue wants to extend that tax to rentals on, say, Netflix, which generally speaking is pretty intangible and impersonal. [The Washington Post] $50 billionUber is considering raising another $1.5 billion in funding, which would value the company at $50 billion, basically making it a herd of unicorns if my Silicon Valley terminology is up to date. [The New York Times] 11 percentThe new cigarette tax rate in China, up from 5 percent. About 1 million Chinese citizens die annually from smoking-related illnesses. The last time China raised the tax, the State Monopoly of Tobacco Administration — which owns the country’s cigarette manufacturer because, you know, communism — isolated actual smokers from the tax and just ate the costs. So let’s just wait and see how this goes. [Bloomberg]At least 12 arrestsPlease never change, Massachusetts: More than 100 people were involved in a brawl at Revere Beach in Massachusetts on Mother’s Day. There were at least 12 arrests after an altercation that began between two women and their friends spiraled into an all-out fight at the beach. [NECN]60 kimberlite pipesNew research suggests that the plant Pandanus candelabrum can grow the presence of kimberlite pipes, or underground columns of volcanic rock. Who cares? Well, there are about 6,000 known kimberlite pipes, and a tenth of them have diamonds in them, and about a tenth of those have enough diamonds to be worth digging up. So keep your eyes peeled for Pandanus candelabrum. I don’t really know how this works but between you and me, this weekend I’m going to check to see if there might be diamonds under the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. Shh! [CNET]$86Current projection for the fare to ride California’s future bullet train from Los Angeles to San Francisco. If you follow technology at all, you probably know by now that Californians are really bad at estimating the actual value of things — be it a train ticket or a startup — so it should come as no surprise that the estimate has been as low as $50 and as high as $105. [Los Angeles Times] $1.1 million to $2.3 millionThat was the range of the value of former Chairman of the Federal Reserve Ben Bernanke’s assets back when he was running America’s favorite helicopter-based cash-distribution entity. He’s probably a little bit further in the black now that he’s consulting for Pacific Investment Management Co. and the hedge fund Citadel. [Bloomberg] $5.4 millionThat’s how much the U.S. Department of Defense paid NFL teams to honor and thank the nation’s troops from 2011 to 2014. The funds mostly came from the National Guard. [NJ.com via Scout]$11,118,775.13As of Friday, that’s how much money has been spent by the state of New Jersey on legal bills for the parties involved in the “bridgegate” scandal. About $7.8 million went to foot the legal bills of members of the governor’s office. [WNYC’s Matt Katz]
Ohio State junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon (1) scored the final touchdown in Ohio State’s 55-24 loss to Iowa on Nov. 4. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThere was some thought that redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon might forgo his final year of eligibility at Ohio State and enter the NFL draft since he was finally healthy for a full season.But Dixon decided to turn down the opportunity and stay at Ohio State for one last season.Dixon posted a tweet of a video with the text “1 more” and a caption that read “Unfinished business!” The return gives head coach Urban Meyer a key cog on the outside for a new quarterback next season.Unfinished business! 1 last ride #Gobucks pic.twitter.com/NB9ehwe2te— Johnnie L. Dixon III (@YoungKing_JD5) January 12, 2018Dixon is the second receiver to announce his return to Ohio State for a fifth season. H-back Parris Campbell tweeted he would remain a Buckeye for his redshirt senior season.Dixon has dealt with continual knee issues since enrolling at Ohio State in 2014. He hadn’t been able to play more than half-season for the first three years in college, but he remained mostly injury free in 2017.Dixon caught 18 passes for 422 yards with eight touchdowns for the Buckeyes this season. He was one of quarterback J.T. Barrett’s best deep threats in the passing game, catching three touchdowns of more than 40 yards.The 5-foot-11 wideout from West Palm Beach, Florida, had his highlight moment against then-No. 2 Penn State in October, when he caught two touchdowns in the fourth quarter of Ohio State’s 15-point comeback victory against the Nittany Lions.He started in all but one game in 2017.
Senior goalkeeper Sean Romeo looks down the ice during the second period of Ohio State’s hockey game vs. Minnesota on Feb. 15. Ohio State lost 4-3. Credit: Nick Hudak | For The Lantern The Ohio State Men’s Ice Hockey team took on Minnesota on Feb. 15 and Ohio State lost 4-3 Photos by Nick Hudak
Everton midfielder Gylfi Sigurdsson has urged for the supporters to remain patient with coach Marco Silva as he works on developing the teamThe Portuguese isn’t faring much better than predictor Sam Allardyce, who was fired last season, at this stage of the club’s campaign.But Sigurdsson believes Silva has done well at Goodison Park and insists that it will take time for them to be able to challenge the big teams in the Premier League.“Of course, yes, it does take time,” Sigurdsson told Sky Sports.“It’s his first season, when he came in he wanted to make changes to the way the club plays and how he wants to move the club on in the future.“It is a process when a new manager comes in and I think he’s doing a really good job at the moment.”Liverpool 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.The Iceland international isn’t satisfied with Everton’s 10th-place in the standings right now, however, after a run of four defeats in six games.“Not just as a club, but as players and for the fans we would want to be higher up in the league,” he added.“When we were sixth in the league I don’t think any of the players were happy because it’s about where you finish the season and we kind of feel the same way at the moment and we’re not happy.“Our aim is to finish the season in a strong spot.”Everton will next travel to Southampton on Saturday in another Premier League game.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, February 26, 2018 – Providenciales –Arrests and Charges On Friday, February 23rd, 2018, a 36-year-old man was arrested and charged in reference to a Burglary reported on February 5th, 2018. The man appeared before the Magistrates Court today where he pleaded not guilty. A trial date is set for May 8th, 2018.Fire Police in South Caicos, along with Fire Officials are still investigating a fire that took place at 11:00 p.m., February 23rd, 2018. The home was said to be vacant at the time and there were no reports of injuries.Shooting Police on Providenciales are investigating a shooting that occurred on Saturday, February 24th, 2018, at the Club Pillows at 4:32 a.m., where a 32-year-old man received a gunshot wound. The man is listed as stable at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre.Stabbing Investigations are ongoing into a stabbing incident that also took place at the Club Pillows on Saturday, February 24th, 2018 around 4:00 a.m. The male was treated at the Cheshire Hall Medical Centre.Burglary Providenciales Police are investigating a burglary that took place at the International School in Leeward Estates. The incident was reported to Police on February 26th, 2018 at 7:49 a.m. Missing are 18 Silver Apple Ipads, with different colour casings, and 18 Ipad chargers.Vehicular AccidentsThe Grand Turk Traffic Police Enforcement Unit is investigating a two-car vehicular collision that took place on Saturday, February 24th, 2018. The accident happened at the intersection of Pond Street and Moxey Folly, involving a 2004 yellow Honda Fit car, and a 2015 white Honda Inspire car. Both vehicles received extensive damages. One male driver was taken to the Cockburn Town Medical Centre by EMS for treatment, while the other male driver reported no injuries.The Providenciales Police Traffic Enforcement Unit is investigating a total of four minor Vehicular Accidents that occurred between Friday, February 23rd and Sunday, February 25th, 2018. There were no reports of injuries.The Police Traffic Enforcement Unit is urging the public to always drive with due caution and care. Drivers also reminded to have their Driver’s License, Vehicle Registration and Insurance up to date, and in their possession, in order to avoid ticket fines or prosecution.The Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force continue to appeal to the general public who may have any information that can assist in the detection of any crime to come forward, or contact the Chalk Sound Police Station at 338-5901, 941-8082 or call Crime Stoppers anonymously at 1-800-8477. or call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-8477.Press Release: RTCIPF
Hyderabad-based pharmaceutical firm Laurus Labs on Monday made a strong debut with its shares listing at a premium of more than 14 percent to Rs 490 over its issue price of Rs 428 on the National Stock Exchange (NSE).The stock touched an intraday high of Rs 498 per share, up 16.35 percent over the issue price in early morning trade.The healthcare company’s Rs1,332 crore Initial Public Offering (IPO) had seen a sound response from both institutional and retail investors. The public offer, which opened for subscription on December 6-8, was oversubscribed by 4.54 times.While the portion set aside for qualified institutional buyers (QIBs) were oversubscribed 10.54 times, the quota for high networth individuals (HNIs) was oversubscribed by 3.58 times. The retail investors’ participation was also encouraging with the portion witnessing bids worth 1.61 times.According to the company, it would utilise the net proceeds from the IPO for pre-payment of loans, apart from using them for general corporate purposes.Laurus Labs manufactures active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs) for antiretrovirals and Hepatitis C. It had posted a total revenue of Rs 1,791.4 crore during the last financial year, up 31.65 percent over the same period of previous fiscal. Its net profit stood at Rs 132.7 crore in 2015-16, 94 percent rise over the same period a year ago. The company’s operating margin had also improved to 21.2 percent in FY16 against 17.2 percent reported in the previous fiscal.The pharma firm has three manufacturing units in Visakhapatnam and two of them were approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (USFDA).
Kolkata: Drives against vector-borne diseases by the health department of the Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) has led to the discovery of a narrow lane at ward 11 in North Kolkata.The narrow lane, an extension of Ganendra Mitra Lane which remained closed for more than 35 years, has been thrown open for pedestrians by Member Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh, who also happens to be the councillor of ward 11. The road was closed as anti-social activities had reached its peak in the 80s in that area. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsGhosh and his team was conducting a door to door awareness campaign against vector-borne disease in March when they found a heap of garbage piled up on Ganendra Mitra Lane, just opposite to a factory.The lane was closed with an iron gate at one side and a low brick wall on the other.The narrow lane leads to Acharya Prafulla Chandra Road.When Ghosh enquired into the reason for its closure, seniors residing in the place informed him that it remained closed since 1983 with rampant anti-social activities being the reason. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedThe narrow lane was a favourite escape route for criminals after snatching or similar criminal activities. “I decided on clearing up the heap of garbage that had turned into a breeding ground for mosquitoes and then opened the lane for pedestrians.It took me more than two months to restore it but residents are happy that it has now been made fit for pedestrian movement,” Ghosh said.Ghosh had taken up the matter with his fellow MMiC (Solid Waste Management) Debabrata Majumder and urged him to do the needful with priority. The garbage and bushes that have grown in the entire 70 metre length and 5 feet wide lane was cleared.The entire cost for cleaning involved around Rs 50 lakh. The lane has been restored in a befitting manner and illuminated with lights.The KMC has been conducting regular drives across the city to control vector-borne diseases like dengue and malaria, which have been affecting city residents since long time.
The car culture in America runs deep. But those who have constructed a life that bucks that trend have also found a way to save themselves some serious bucks.Further, the more varieties of shared transportation Americans use, the more money they save.This is according to new research by the public-interest advocacy group, Shared-Use Mobility Center, released today on behalf of the national public transit advocacy group, American Public Transportation Association, and paid for with money from the Federal Transit Administration.Related: Carpooling Startup Tripda Runs Out of Gas, to Shut DownAccording to the report, a supersharer is an individual who has reported use of public buses or trains, bikesharing, carsharing with the likes of car2Go or Zipcar and ridesourcing car trips with the likes of Lyft or Uber. A supersharer has reported using a combination of shared mobility transportation for commuting, errands and recreational uses within the past three months.Even with the explosive growth of the ridesourcing segment of that ecosystem — think Uber and Lyft — public transportation, either bus or train, is the most popular mode of shared transportation, by far.Image Credit: Shared-Use Mobility CenterBecause they depend on a handful of other transportation innovations, supersharers are less likely to own a car than their peers.Image Credit: Shared-Use Mobility CenterBecause they aren’t paying to own and maintain a car, supersharers save more money on transportation than their peers.Image Credit: Shared-Use Mobility CenterAll that transportation sharing means that supersharers are spending more time on their feet, on a bike or walking to and from a bus or train stop. This supersharer segment of the population reported that they were more physically active than their peers.Image Credit: Shared-Use Mobility CenterFor the research, 4,500 Americans who use some sort of shared transportation responded to the survey across seven cities, including Austin, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles,San Francisco, Seattle and Washington D.C.Related: This New App Lets You Summon Your Grandma (or Tinder Date) Via a Prepaid Uber Ride This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. March 15, 2016 Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now 2 min read Enroll Now for Free
The Chesters’ house is decorated with eclectic items the couple has collected over years in the Foreign Service. Courtesy of Gerri and George Chester Related posts:Atelier de Arte: Spreading artistic realism in Guatemala A city girl from the Netherlands packs up and moves to the Guatemalan jungle Guatemala high court orders arrest warrant for former leader Serrano reinstated Guatemalan ex-dictator Ríos Montt denies being ‘genocidal’ as historic trial wraps up “Franklin’s unbelievable,” says George. “He provided the spark; starting with a clear piece of paper he designed everything. We could have got furniture in the U.S., but we only wanted Franklin – the man’s a magician.”To comply with Florida’s building codes, local draftsmen translated Contreras’ initial design, and just over a year later, during Christmas of 2001, the custom-built four-bedroom house was completed.“We prepared most of the construction details here and sent them over to the States,” says Contreras. “We shipped the two corridors [porches] with all their pieces, the wrought-iron balconies and railings, the stone work for the fireplaces, old doors – even the roof tiles were quantified and sent to provide the right exterior look to the house. That was the uniqueness of the project. Gerri and George wanted the real stuff.”With a sunken fountain, grills over the inset concrete windows and gargoyles rather than guttering, the Spanish colonial-style house appears to have been plucked from the streets of Antigua and placed in Yulee, on the coast of Florida.The house is not only Guatemalan on the outside, but also is filled with Guatemalan features on the inside, too.After building the pieces in Guatemala, Contreras took them apart, numbered them and shipped them to Florida in a 40-foot container, which also contained custom-made beds, a Guatemalan Art Nouveau chair and five pairs of antique wooden doors.“I think the real challenge was for the builder in the U.S. to use my design and adapt it to comply with all the regulations, codes and building processes so that it was livable and coherent with the Florida environment,” Contreras says.“I know how difficult it is even to change an outlet in the U.S. if you don’t have the right certified electrician with his license, insurance and so forth. We did our best to send instructions on how to put together all the pieces of the terraza española and other details, but this was a totally different language for the contractor.”With its soaring cathedral ceiling, 26-foot fireplace and outdoor swimming pool, the Chesters’ dream home is a perfect replica of an 18th century luxury Guatemalan home.With careers that have taken the couple all over the globe, the Chesters have accumulated an impressive collection of eclectic items along the way – including Belgian stained glass windows and a 9-foot, 19th century French farm table. Their diverse array of global purchases, which typifies their past, even dictated that the rooms were designed to fit the furniture, not the other way around.The unique abode, which is located on the waterfront in a secluded part of Nassau Valley, is surrounded by oak trees, four miles from the nearest grocery store.Although the initial idea for a Spanish colonial residence in their home country presented them with a few challenges, the finished version bottles the essence of Guatemala – providing Florida with a flavor of Antigua. Each pillar was designed and made in Guatemala and shipped to Florida in a 40-foot box. Courtesy of Gerri and George Chester Facebook Comments GUATEMALA CITY – For most people, home is where the heart is; but for Gerri and George Chester, home is where Guatemala is – whether they’re in Florida or Antigua.The retired U.S. Foreign Service officers had spent their lives moving around every couple of years for work. So when they decided to retire to the U.S. state of Florida over a decade ago, they were ready to settle down and build their dream home. However, since their last placement was in Guatemala, the couple wasn’t quite ready to say goodbye to the country they had called home for the previous six years.“We fell in love with it here,” admits Gerri. “It was our last overseas assignment, our kids grew up here and we just loved the Spanish colonial-style houses.”Frustrated with what they found in the southern United States housing market, the former diplomats started searching for inspiration for their dream house on the cobbled streets of Antigua, 30 kilometers from Guatemala City.“We went through all these magazines looking for ideas, but couldn’t find anything,” says George. “Then we went over to a friend’s house that was designed by [Guatemalan architect] Franklin [Contreras]. We saw it and immediately wanted one.”The Chesters flew Contreras up to Florida to walk over their lot and see what he could come up with. A couple of days later, he sketched something on the back of an envelope and the project began.
Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Bureau of Labor Statistics Investors Jobs Labor Department Lenders & Servicers Payrolls Processing Service Providers Unemployment 2012-12-20 Mark Lieberman First-time claims for unemployment insurance increased 17,000 to 361,000 for the week ending December 15, the “”Labor Department””:http://www.ows.doleta.gov/press/2012/122012.asp reported Thursday. Economists expected claims to increase to 359,000. [IMAGE]The previous week’s report was revised upward to 344,000 from the originally reported 343,000.Continuing claims–reported on a one-week lag–also increased, rising 12,000 to 3,225,000 for the week ending December 8. The previous week’s initial report of 3,198,000 continuing claims was revised upward to 3,213,000. The continuing claims data series tracks the number of longer-term unemployed who qualify for regular state jobless benefits. This week’s report covered the reference week used by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) to develop the monthly employment situation report. Month-over-month comparisons of jobless claims–both new and continuing–are complicated, though, by superstorm Sandy, which caused a spike in both data series. The BLS report will be released on January 4.That said, both the number of first-time claims and the smoothing four-week moving average showed improvement from mid-month to mid-month, suggesting that the surge in storm-related layoffs has passed.Cutting through the exogenous events and the seasonal adjustments, the report was consistent with trends showing a stronger labor market with fewer layoffs. The total number of people claiming benefits in all programs for the week ending December 1 was 5,402,429, a decrease of 238,637 from the previous week. There were 7,152,130 persons claiming benefits in all programs in the comparable week in 2011. Extended benefits were only available in New York during the week ending December 1. According to the BLS, unemployment was 12,029,000 in November, which means that of those individuals counted as unemployed, 6.81 million were not receiving any form of government unemployment insurance, up from 6.39 million one week earlier.States have been borrowing from the federal government to cover shortfalls in those funds which will eventually have to be repaid–unless Congress intervenes–with higher assessments on employers. Since those assessments are a percentage of payrolls, they discourage employers from adding new workers. As of December 18, 20 states have an aggregate $26.7 billion in outstanding loans to cover shortfalls, up from $26.5 billion one week earlier. California accounted for 37.7 percent of the borrowing.The Labor Department said states reported 2,096,545 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending December 1, a decrease of 97,708 from the prior week. There were 2,941,157 persons claiming EUC in the comparable week in 2011.According to the Labor Department detail, also reported on a one-week lag, the largest increases in initial claims for the week ending December 8 were in California (+5,952), Florida (+749), Ohio (+743), Rhode Island (+197), and Colorado (+161), while the largest decreases were in New York (-11,295), Pennsylvania (-11,247), North Carolina (-8,564), Wisconsin (-5,726) and Georgia (-5,317)._Hear Mark Lieberman every Friday on P.O.T.U.S. radio, Sirius-XM 124, at 6:40 am and again at 9:40 eastern time._ in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Share First-Time Jobless Claims Up Again After Sharp Drop December 20, 2012 395 Views
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This project is around maintaining people’s health and well-being through the arts and support for this programme has been secured through the lead partner Arts Council of Northern Ireland under their Arts and Older Peoples Programme which is jointed funded by Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Dept. of Culture, Arts and Leisure, Public Health Agency and the Baring Foundation.The Mayor added that Council hopes the finale will be fun for them and their families will enjoy seeing their dad or grandfather perform on a professional stage for the first time.Having got the music making bug we hope their involvement will encouragement them to keep on playing long after the projects completion.As part of this project there are traditional craft workshops for men too as part of this programme of activities for Arts & Older People programme delivered by Derry City and Strabane District Council and entitled ‘Arts for the Third Age’.For further information on the project contact Jean Smyth Arts Development officer at the Alley Theatre or tickets for the Music to your Ears can be booked through the Alley Theatre Box office 02871384444.MUSIC TO YOUR EARS SUCCESS IN DERRY AND STRABANE was last modified: April 11th, 2016 by John2John2 Tags: MAYOR ELISHA MCCALLIONMUSIC TO YOUR EARS SUCCESS IN DERRY AND STRABANETHE ALLEY THEATRE This project targets the male population is the second phase of the our Arts for the Third Age projects held in Derry City and Strabane District and this music part we have called Music to your Ears.Welcoming the initiative the Mayor, Cllr Elisha McCallion says it all about encouraging men to engage in the arts regardless of their previous experience.“We were unsure who we would attract or what skills they might have. With two very capable and well known musicians facilitating the workshops, they quickly developed a format that’s worked, splitting them into small groups to develop their skills from total beginners to intermediate guitar players mixed with keyboards and accordions- indeed an eclectic mix to encourage!“Although the main part of the workshop time has been used practicing their playing skills, the men have been introduced to other music styles through visiting musician s demonstrations and developed their song writing skills.” ShareTweet The Alley TheatreIF you have been around Derry on a Tuesday afternoon in Pilot’s Rows over the last nine weeks you couldn’t help but notice the large number of men roving about with guitars or accordion cases. Indeed in Strabane’s town centre similar sights were happening on a Tuesday morning.This has been a men only developmental music project offering an opportunity for the individuals to hone their music skills on a variety of instruments during the classes.So 30y local men have brought in musical instruments to learn under the tutorship of professional musicians Mickey Joe Harte, Terry McCafferty and Keiran Gallen.Many of the guys were engaging in the arts for the first time and this was to be their first forte in to the world of performance.Although some folks were total beginners, for others it was about developing their confidence and learning to accompany fellow musicians.Their only entry requirement was that they wanted to be a part of the project and they were willing to try their best while enjoying a little escapism!The goal they are working towards is a finale performance for their friends and families in the Alley Theatre on Tuesday evening 19th April at 7.30 pm so it is practice, practice and more practice!
In This Issue * Fed drops “considerable time” phrase. * Where were the negative prints hiding? * RBNZ moves to a neutral bias. * India to have a Current Account Surplus? And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts Cheap Oil Helps India! Good Day!… And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! I’m hoping for a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday for me here, but we’ll have to see how that goes.. I forwarded all the messages to Chris regarding Happy Birthday wishes from dear readers yesterday, I hear he was treated like a king in the office. Hmmm. I’m never in the office when my birthday comes along, as I spend that time in Florida attending spring training games. I have had birthday cakes made for me when I return though, so that’s always fun! The FOMC met yesterday, talk about a letdown. (for me that is!) And other than that, the currencies and metals markets didn’t know what to do, so everything went flat on the day With the FOMC Meeting hogging all the media and the markets attention yesterday, we might as well talk about it, Front and Center today, but it won’t take us long! The Federal Open Market Committee (FOMC) made no changes to their Fed Funds rate, and removed the reference of the fed funds rate being held at a the current range for “a considerable time following the end of QE”. And they replaced it with. Talk that they (the Fed) can be patient about hiking rates, and that rates will NOT be raised in March or April. and June could be the earliest. OK. who wants to take the bet that June passes us by, and rates don’t get hiked? I want all the action! Because I don’t believe rates will be raised in June. But that’s 5 months away. let’s not get ahead of ourselves The reason, I say that is simply that, by the time June rolls around, the economic data is going to tell a completely different story on the economy, that the Fed sounded so upbeat about yesterday. I guess all those negative prints lately were pushed under a pile of papers so that the Fed didn’t see them. Yeah, that’s the ticket! And my first wife was a young Elizabeth Taylor, yeah, that’s it, that’s the ticket! So, that was yesterday. (I’m sure there’s a song there, but can’t think of any right now.. HA!) Today, the currencies and metals are once again a mixed bag-o-nuts, and the euro ekes out a gain, but the Aussie dollar (A$) sees a small loss. The Chinese renminbi was weakened overnight, and Gold is down another day, booking a $7 loss as I type. The Beatles song, All You Need Is love greeted me this morning. And how apropos, eh? That’s all the currencies and metals need is Love. Gold was receiving some love on a daily basis the first 3 weeks of this year, but Gold’s lover has left. Let’s hope Gold’s lover is feeling guilty, and comes back soon! The Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) met overnight and while they kept their rates unchanged they did, as I told you they probably would, change their bias to neutral, from tightening. RBNZ Gov. Wheeler, said that he expects the RBNZ to keep the OCR (official cash rate) on hold for some time. And then hung the chances of any future rate hikes on the economic data. That’s the usual MO for Central Bankers. tell everyone that rate hikes depend on economic data, which could very easily be looked at differently by two different people! That way, the Central Bank gets to cherry pick what data they want to point out. I find this method to be the Chicken Hawk way of doing things. Boy! I Think I saw a Chicken Hawk! The N.Z. dollar/ kiwi wasn’t treated too kindly after Wheeler’s announcement and subsequent statement about moving his bias to neutral. Longtime readers know that I do not hold RBNZ Gov. Wheeler in high esteem, and I’m sure he doesn’t lose any sleep over this. The euro has eked out a gain this morning, and is trading above 1.13. Yesterday, the euro was well into the 1.13 handle, and the single unit held that position until the overnight session, where Greece was the subject on most traders’ minds, and when that happens, the euro suffers. But then this morning, things changed, and the euro pushed back. I’m expecting to see the first run of consumer inflation from Germany this morning. I’m not expecting it to be good either. So, this pushing back of the euro, might soon turn to the euro getting shoved around again Well, while I was typing, Gold’s loss of $7 has turned to a loss of $16 this morning.. UGH! That’s crazy stuff folks. The conflict in Ukraine has picked up intensity, but Gold loses ground? The Greeks elect a rogue party that ran on a platform of no austerity, or leave the euro, and Gold loses ground? I hope when I grow up, I fully understand how this can be. you know sort of like when I grew up and found out that there was no. No wait! That can’t be! Please tell me that what the kids said at school isn’t true! Whew! I was scared to death that I might get crossed off his list, if I said I didn’t believe! Silver is in the same boat as its kissin’ cousin, Gold. I read on Google+ last night that India alone, imported 7,063 tonnes of Silver in 2014. That’s up 15% VS the previous year. And India was out of the importing metals game for a few months in 2014, which makes this result even that more impressive! But the same thing holds true here. Truckloads of physical buying going on in both Silver and Gold, but they are searching for terra firma. I shake my head in disgust, and know of no other thing I can do to change/ rectify this Speaking of the conflict in Ukraine. This fighting surprises me, in that I thought that in the dead of winter, there would not be the will to keep fighting. And just to give you proof that the fighting has intensified, the Russian ruble is getting a daily whacking once again, and has fallen to a 69 handle, with a lot of that loss coming in the past 10 days. Two weeks ago, there was talk that Europe was ready to drop their sanctions against Russia, (trust me when I tell you that these sanctions are hurting Europe more than they are hurting Russia), and things were looking as though we could all take our guns and tanks and go home for the winter. And then things heated up again Well.. A longtime reader sent me a note yesterday of an article written by Gary North. You know, I’ve never met Gary North, but he’s been a respected analyst and writer for longer than I’ve been writing a letter. leading up to Y2K, Gary warned everyone to be self-sufficient for he feared the worst would happen with Y2K. of course none of that bad stuff happened, and a lot of critics talked bad about Gary, calling him “scary Gary”, and they said he was so wrong about Y2K. Well, that might be, but was he wrong to bring it to everyone’s attention? To get them to think about what might happen? To be prepared? No. he wasn’t. and for that he should be hailed for bringing this Corporations’ attention so they could make the programing changes they needed to make ahead of Y2K! Well, that wasn’t the article. What the longtime readers sent me was an article where Gary talks about the renminbi not having a chance to replace the dollar as the reserve currency. Uh-Oh. Now thems fightin words! Well, not really, I’m not a fighter, any longer, although in my younger days, I was known to participate in fisticuffs from time to time. As I recall, they usually took place at a drinking establishment! Ok, enough about my youth! What I wanted to point out is that there was someone saying something opposite of what I’m saying. And to be fair and balanced, I talked about it right here! How about that? I was going to talk about the Aussie dollar (A$) and the band, Midnight Oil came on the iPod, playing their song: Beds Are Burning. Talk about great timing! Well, yesterday, I told you about the risks that the next Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting would carry, and then I made a major faux pas by saying that “the RBA meets tonight, I think”. Well, I didn’t think clearly! The RBA meets on Mondays and I know that! I guess I was all caught up in the “risks” and knew the RBNZ was meeting last night, and well, the sun was in my eyes, I tripped on a rock, and my glove had a hole in it! Excuses never won a ballgame for anybody, as the old football coach used to tell us. So no excuses, I was just ahead of myself. The RBA meets next Monday. So, keep those “risks” in mind The A$ can’t find any terra firma for more than 24 hours these days. And if my fears of what the RBA might say next week come to fruition, then the A$ might find that it’s in the middle of the sea, and finding terra firma is impossible! And in India, things just keeping looking brighter with the help of cheaper Oil. I read a report yesterday that talked about India possibly booking a Current Account Surplus if the price of Oil remained low. WOW! I didn’t think that in my remaining lifetime I would see India with a Current Account Surplus! The rupee isn’t feeling too much like celebrating this morning, but I think that has more to do with the fact that the Chinese renminbi weakened overnight. I told you the other day how the cheaper Oil was allowing PM Modi the opportunity to finally implement some of his reforms that hopefully unlock the Indian economy. So, I would tell the rupee. the same thing Charlotte told Wilbur. Chin up! The U.S. Data Cupboard is basically empty today. We get the usual Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, and that’s about it. So, from here on out, we get to hear all the rate hike campers shouting from the rooftops that the Fed is going to hike rates in June. Chuck says no way! But we might as well get ready for this onslaught of rate hike talk I’m having connection problems again this morning. it comes and goes, very spotty. I have to look into a more reliable ISP/ wireless system. Unfortunately, the ISP comes with the building, so I doubt I can be a rogue tenant and opt for a different ISP. But maybe if I whine and complain enough, the current ISP will look into the problem. think that might happen? Yeah, right, and I’ve got a bridge to sell For What It’s Worth. Well today, I have a special treat for you. I have a couple of snippets of an article that I found on zerohedge.com that features Ron Paul talking about the Fed and Gold. You can, and probably should read the whole article here: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-28/ron-paul-gold-feds-failed-utopian-dream “Over the last 100 years the Fed has had many mandates and policy changes in its pursuit of becoming the chief central economic planner for the United States. Not only has it pursued this utopian dream of planning the US economy and financing every boondoggle conceivable in the welfare/warfare state, it has become the manipulator of the premier world reserve currency As Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke explained to me, the once profoundly successful world currency – gold – was no longer money. This meant that he believed, and the world has accepted, the fiat dollar as the most important currency of the world, and the US has the privilege and responsibility for managing it. He might even believe, along with his Fed colleagues, both past and present, that the fiat dollar will replace gold for millennia to come. I remain unconvinced At its inception the Fed got its marching orders: to become the ultimate lender of last resort to banks and business interests. And to do that it needed an “elastic” currency. The supporters of the new central bank in 1913 were well aware that commodity money did not “stretch” enough to satisfy the politician’s appetite for welfare and war spending. A printing press and computer, along with the removal of the gold standard, would eventually provide the tools for a worldwide fiat currency. We’ve been there since 1971 and the results are not good Many modifications of policy mandates occurred between 1913 and 1971, and the Fed continues today in a desperate effort to prevent the total unwinding and collapse of a monetary system built on sand. A storm is brewing and when it hits, it will reveal the fragility of the entire world financial system.” – Ron Paul Chuck again. I always liked Ron Paul, as he was the ONLY Austrian economics trained politician in Washington D.C, but now he’s retired, UGH! Well, we all deserve to retire while we can still have fun, right? To recap. The FOMC left out the “considerable time” phrase but talked about being patient with regards to hiking rates. Chuck takes bets that the Fed won’t raise rates in June. So, have all the negative economic prints been hidden under a pile of paper at the Fed? Gold is getting whacked this morning, but why? And Silver follows right behind. the currencies are mixed again today, the euro has eked out a gain, while the A$ is down, along with the renminbi. And things keep getting brighter in India, with the help of cheap Oil Currencies today 1/29/15. American Style: A$ .7790, kiwi .7290, C$ .7975, euro 1.1310, sterling 1.5135, Swiss $1.0870, . European Style: rand 11.6290, krone 7.7905, SEK 8.2455, forint 276.05, zloty 3.7450, koruna 24.59, RUB 69.27, yen 118.15, sing 1.3535, HKD 7.7525, INR 61.87, China 6.1335, pesos 14.83, BRL 2.5960, Dollar Index 94.63, Oil $44.51, 10-year 1.72%, Silver $17.53, Platinum $1,245.50, Palladium $788.80, and Gold. $1,270.54 That’s it for today. Well, the NHL finally gets back to work after 9 days off, our Blues will finally play again tonight. You know I missed a birthday earlier in the week. Colleague, and friend, Suzanne Lee, celebrated a birthday on Monday. She told me the other night that her birthday was the same as my sister’s. I was confused at first as to how she would know when my sister’s birthday was, but then I remembered, I talked about it in the Pfennig! Well, while getting caught up in the hoopla of Chris Gaffney’s birthday, and the FOMC meeting yesterday, I forgot to send along my condolences on the loss of our colleague’s father in law. Aaron Stevenson’s Wife, Diana, lost her father suddenly this past weekend. It’s always sad when you lose someone, and so my thoughts and prayers go out to the Stevensons, as they deal with this loss. On a lighter note.. Grandson Everett, wanted to know why I didn’t come home with his Mimi (Kathy) the other day. that didn’t register with him that we weren’t together. And with that, I’ll get out of your hair for today. I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets
Kellogg’s issued a voluntary recall of the brand’s Honey Smacks cereal Wednesday. The cereal has been linked to a multistate outbreak of Salmonella Mbandaka, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.So far the outbreak has spanned 31 states with 73 cases of infection. There have been 24 reported hospitalizations and zero deaths.New York, California, Massachusetts and Pennsylvania are among the states to report cases of the Salmonella Mbandaka strain, with New York reporting the highest most at 7.Both the CDC and Kellogg’s are advising consumers and retailers to throw out 15.3 oz. and 23.0 oz. boxes of the Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal. Affected products have a ‘best if used by’ date on the top of the box between June 14, 2018 and June 14, 2019.Illnesses in connection with the cereal started appearing in early March, according to the CDC.Salmonella bacteria are the main cause of infection that leads to an illness called salmonellosis. Symptoms of the illness include diarrhea, vomiting, fever and abdominal cramps, and appear within 12 and 72 hours of consumption of salmonella bacteria. Drinking water and fluids is recommended, according to the FDA.Consumers are advised by the CDC to “contact a healthcare provider if you think you got sick from consuming recalled Kellogg’s Honey Smacks cereal.”Salmonella causes cause about 1.2 million illnesses, 23,000 hospitalizations, and 450 deaths in the United States every year, the CDC says; more than 80 percent are caused by foodborne bacteria. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Next Article Uber Guest Writer Uber Hires Former Obama Campaign Manager to Battle the ‘Big Taxi Cartel’ 2 min read –shares Laura Entis August 19, 2014 Add to Queue Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. It’s been a tumultuous day at the executive level in the ridesharing sector today.Earlier this afternoon, news broke that Lyft COO Travis VanderZanden is leaving the company after an 18-month stint (rumor has it he clashed with the company’s founders). Not to be outdone, Uber’s CEO Travis Kalanick made a pretty significant announcement of his own, revealing that David Plouffe, President Obama’s former campaign manager and White House adviser, has been hired as the company’s new senior vice president of policy and strategy.Officially, Plouffe will oversee Uber’s global branding, communications and policy, but more succinctly, as Kalanick summed it up for Politico, he will be the transportation network’s “campaign manager.”Related: Lyft COO Exits in the Wake of Controversial NYC LaunchKalanick’s use of politically charged language to describe his company – “There’s an incumbent … the big taxi cartel … and we’re the challenger,” he told the outlet — emphasizes the important role Plouffe will play in helping Uber expand despite resistance from regulators and local governments.”Uber has been in a campaign but hasn’t been running one,” Kalanick wrote in a blog post announcing the news. “That is changing now.”In this respect, of course, both Plouffe’s extensive political experience and connections comes in handy. “We’ll be trying to change the point of view of established politicians, and there’s a lot of resistance coming from people who want to protect the status quo,” Plouffe told Politico.Plouffe, who managed both of Obama’s presidential campaigns and served as a senior adviser to the president, left the White House in January 2013.Related: Lyft and Uber Trade Barbs Over Cancelled Rides Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »
Glassbox Distances Competitors by Patenting Its Technology for Recording Web Sessions MTS Staff WriterMay 10, 2019, 7:50 pmMay 10, 2019 Glassbox, the leading enterprise Digital Customer Management solution provider, announced that a patent for its technology to record web sessions has been approved by the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO).The patent for “Systems and Methods for Recording Web Sessions” covers a proprietary technology in Glassbox’s digital customer management platform that records both client- and server-side, providing global enterprises with an evidential 360-degree view of their website and mobile app. Server-side website session recordings significantly reduce the overhead of client-side recording and provide visibility into scenarios that cannot be captured with client-side recording, such as bot investigations, fraud attempts, scraping, and HTTP errors.Marketing Technology News: Artificial Solutions and Rücker Lypsa Team-up to Deliver Conversational AI to the Automotive IndustryGlassbox’s technology breaks the dependency between server-side recording and external devices like TAP or even the need for SPAN port. As TAP or SPAN port are not required, this technology is ideal for cloud infrastructure or when access to network devices is not an option.Glassbox’s technology enables Tealeaf customers to migrate to Glassbox Cloud without losing any visibility into their production environments.“Client-recording is important, but it is only part of the ultimate digital truth, and enterprises cannot afford to lose session replay capabilities when migrating to the cloud,” said Glassbox CTO Yaron Gueta. “We created this technology to exceed the highest standards in the industry for quality and quantity of insights available to large enterprises. We’re very proud to have received the approval for the patent and appreciate the recognition that sets our technology apart from all other providers globally.”Marketing Technology News: Uberflip Named a Contender in Content Marketing Platforms for B2B Marketers for the First Time by Independent Research FirmGlassbox is the only enterprise-grade digital customer analytics platform that allows users to capture, index, search, retrieve, replay and drive real-time machine learning-driven insights from data related to digital customer journeys. It enables online customer experience professionals to receive automatic alerts about customer struggles and technical anomalies and act upon them. Glassbox does all this whilst meeting the highest security and privacy standards.Marketing Technology News: CloudShare Launches Flexible Sales Enablement Solution to Reduce Sales Friction, Illuminate Buyer Journeys and Empower Teams with Advanced Analytics customer management platformdigital customer analyticsGlassboxGlassbox CloudMarketing TechnologyNewsUSPTO Previous ArticleHUBX, The World’s First Anonymous B2B Marketplace Platform, Surpasses $200 Million in Revenue in First Year, Hires Industry Veteran as Chief Revenue OfficerNext ArticleSales Development Report: Bots, Chat Will Be the Next Big Thing, Live Call Still Dominates and GDPR Drives Changes