ANIMAL SANCTUARY RESCUES ‘BREXIT’ THE DEATH ROW DERRY DONKEY was last modified: April 21st, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet AN animal sanctuary in Donegal has come to the aid of a donkey on death row and renamed it Brexit! ANIMAL SANCTUARY RESCUES ‘BREXIT’ THE DEATH ROW DERRY DONKEYDANNY CURRANDEPUTY DISTRICT JUDGE BRIAN ARCHERDERRY COURTDONEGAL DONKEY SANCTUARYraphoe,A court in Derry heard how the donkey would have to be euthanized after it was found wandering in a neglected state in Claudy.A council solicitor told Derry Magistrates Court how the owner of the animal could not be found.Deputy District Judge Brian Archer said the court would allow Derry and Strabane District Council to put the animal to sleep. However, Danny Curran of the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary in Raphoe said he would not stand by and watch the donkey put down.Danny and his team currently home more than 70 donkeys, many of whom have been abandoned and neglected.Derry Magistrates Court now has 14 days to find the owner of the donkey which is under the supervision of vets at Derry and Strabane Council.But Danny and his team have already been in touch with Derry and Strabane Council to organise a cross-border handover of the donkey if an owner cannot be found. A court in Derry heard how the donkey would have to be euthanized after it was found wandering in a neglected state in Claudy.A council solicitor told Derry Magistrates Court how the owner of the animal could not be found.Deputy District Judge Brian Archer said the court would allow Derry and Strabane District Council to put the animal to sleep. However, Danny Curran of the Donegal Donkey Sanctuary in Raphoe said he would not stand by and watch the donkey put down.Danny and his team currently home more than 70 donkeys, many of whom have been abandoned and neglected.Derry Magistrates Court now has 14 days to find the owner of the donkey which is under the supervision of vets at Derry and Strabane Council.But Danny and his team have already been in touch with Derry and Strabane Council to organise a cross-border handover of the donkey if an owner cannot be found. He said he also plans to name the donkey ‘Brexit’ in honour of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.“I think it’s nice that we can do this small thing for the UK before the leave the European Union. I was thinking of calling it Theresa Nay but that would be too cruel,” he laughed.He added “On a more serious note, we are willing to take the donkey into our care. We will never stand by and watch a donkey put to sleep when we can step in and try to help it.“Many of the donkeys who come to us are in a very neglected state but we manage to get them back to a god state of health to live out their days here with us in Raphoe.” He said he also plans to name the donkey ‘Brexit’ in honour of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union.“I think it’s nice that we can do this small thing for the UK before the leave the European Union. I was thinking of calling it Theresa Nay but that would be too cruel,” he laughed.He added “On a more serious note, we are willing to take the donkey into our care. We will never stand by and watch a donkey put to sleep when we can step in and try to help it.“Many of the donkeys who come to us are in a very neglected state but we manage to get them back to a god state of health to live out their days here with us in Raphoe.”
But rogue viewers in Armagh have shunned Weatherfield in preference of Albert Square making it the only region here to prefer EastEnders – with a whopping 50% of viewers favouring the BBC show.Emmerdale, based in the Yorkshire dales, came second overall with 25% of those polled choosing it as their favourite source of entertainment.It was followed by The Real Housewives (15%).Commenting on the findings, Guy North, managing director of Freeview said: “We wanted to celebrate providing 15 years of free television by uncovering the nation’s TV habits. “It was interesting to uncover Northern Ireland’s love of TV shows from the North of England.”The quirky poll also revealed that NI residents love a bit of drama with 29% voting it as their favourite genre.But it seems 27% would rather have a laugh and 12% prefer documentaries. News and quiz shows emerged as our most hated genres attracting 0% of votes – and only 3% chose reality TV.DERRY LOVES CORRIE OVER EASTENDERS, SAYS NEW SURVEY was last modified: November 30th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet CORONATION STREETDERRY LOVES CORRIE OVER EASTENDERSFREEVIEW SURVEYPAT PHELANSAYS NEW SURVEY Coronation Street bad boy Pat Phelan has helped Corrie’s TV ratings with hard hitting stories of deceit, murder and fraudCORONATION Street has been revealed as Derry’s top TV show.And only one city in the North of Ireland preferred its BBC 1 rival soap Eastenders.The long-running ITV show, which first aired on December 9, 1960, was the clear favourite, with 32% of TV addicts tuning in, according to an online survey commissioned by Freeview.
Tumblr NewsWatchPolitical NewsState NewsTop Stories Governor Justice signs correctional pay raise bill By Tyler BarkerMar 29, 2018, 22:19 pm 486 0 Google+ Mail Governor Justice had championed the correctional pay increases as part of his legislative agenda. These pay hikes are in addition to the raises for teachers, state troopers and other state employees that also passed this session. On Thursday, he cited how such raises were out of the question just a year ago.“Today, West Virginia is on a better path,” Governor Justice said. “This gives me great pride, to do not only goodness but just what’s right. It’s just what’s right.”Military Affairs and Public Safety Secretary Jeff Sandy explained how the legislation will deliver a tremendous boost to starting correctional officers who sign on before July 1.“This bill has an opportunity to take those individuals from $24,000 to $32,000 over the next three years,” said Secretary Sandy said of HB 4142. “But rather than just putting money out there, this bill also develops a career path so those correctional officers know what their futures will be.”The other legislation signed Thursday will unify most of West Virginia’s corrections-related operations within a new Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation. This new agency will include a Bureau of Prison and Jails, a separate Juvenile Services Bureau, and a Community Corrections Bureau to consolidate and streamline the existing three agencies.The new Division of Corrections and Rehabilitation and its companion Division of Administrative Services, also created by House Bill 4338, will remain part of the W.Va. Department of Military Affairs and Public Safety. Secretary Sandy launched this monumental overhaul of the Mountain State’s correctional operations immediately following his appointment by Governor Justice in late 2016.Among its numerous benefits, House Bill 4338 will leverage the buying power for the state’s prisons, regional jails and juvenile facilities by allowing them to unify their contracts for medical, dental, mental health, food, equipment and other goods and services for the first time. It similarly unifies numerous functions including bookkeeping, human resources, payroll, transport, offender classification, education and rehabilitation, and construction and engineering.“This is about what our government is supposed to do,” Governor Justice said.The bill’s three-year cap keeping the “per diem” cost for housing inmates at $48.25 will benefit counties and municipalities. It will also help law enforcement reduce costs and travel time, meanwhile, by dropping off arrestees at designation holding cells at correctional facilities if they’re closer that the area’s regional jail.Sandy also noted that the savings expected from the consolidation will help DMAPS absorb what would be the counties’ share of the costs from the correctional pay raises, as regional jails’ operational funding comes from the per diem payments. Linkedin Previous PostBaseball/Softball Scoreboard – March 29 Home NewsWatch Governor Justice signs correctional pay raise bill CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – Governor Jim Justice reinforced his commitment to keeping West Virginians safe on Thursday with the ceremonial signing of legislation providing major pay raises to correctional employees while streamlining and modernizing the state’s corrections system. Facebook The pay raise legislation, House Bill 4142, will increase wages across-the-board at the Division of Corrections, Regional Jail Authority and Division of Juvenile Services by a total of $6,000 within two years, starting July 1. Pinterest House Bill 4338 takes effect July 1, while setting a deadline for its implementation of July 1, 2019. Next PostONLY ON WOAY: Two Needles Found at Local Retail Store Twitter Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website
Strong sales pushed Saturday’s jackpot to an estimated $521 million ($317 million cash), making it the fourth largest jackpot in the history of the game, and the largest since a $536 million prize was won in Indiana on July 8, 2016. Friday’s jackpot was also the 10th largest lottery prize in U.S. history. FeaturedNewsWatchState News One Winning Ticket Sold In Friday’s Mega Millions $521 Million Jackpot By Daniella HankeyMar 31, 2018, 11:19 am 639 0 (WOAY)- A single winning ticket was sold in Friday’s $521 million jackpot, according to the Mega Millions website. Next Post’Roseanne’ Reboot Renewed For Season 2 Mail Facebook Saturday’s winning numbers were 11, 28, 31, 46, 59 and Mega Ball 1. The Megaplier was 3. Friday’s jackpot had been growing since it was last won on Jan. 5, 2018 at $451 million. A 20-year-old Florida man claimed that prize. Twitter Pinterest Google+ Home NewsWatch Featured One Winning Ticket Sold In Friday’s Mega Millions $521 Million Jackpot Daniella Hankey The lucky ticket was sold to a player in New Jersey. Six years ago, on March 30, 2012, the largest Mega Millions jackpot in history was won, a $656 million prize shared by winners in Illinois, Kansas and Maryland. Linkedin Tumblr Previous PostWilliams Sisters to Play in 2018 Champions Tennis Classic Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *Comment Name * Email * Website
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Previous PostWatch: Fayette County Sheriff’s Department takes autism awareness training Local NewsNewsWatchTop Stories UPDATE: Power Restored After Someone Stole Copper From A Substation In Raleigh County By Tyler BarkerAug 07, 2018, 17:22 pm 1201 0 Next PostU.S. Senate Candidate Patrick Morrisey tours local business in Beckley, talks taxes Linkedin Mail UPDATE: RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Power has been restored for residents in Coal City, Sophia, and Stotesbury.No arrests have been made for the individual(s) who stole the copper from the substation.WOAY will continue to keep you updated on this story when we learn more.———RALEIGH COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – Nearly 1,000 customers are without power across parts of Raleigh County.Appalachian Power tells WOAY that the power outage was caused by someone stealing copper from the substation this afternoon. The individual(s) cut a fence and entered the substation to steal the copper.The power went out before 2 pm and was expected to be back up by Tuesday evening. Appalachian Power says they are working on getting it fixed, ASAP.Communities affected by the outage are Coal City, Sophia, and Stotesbury.If you may have seen anyone or have any information on who might have done it, you are encouraged to call local police or 1-866-747-5845.Stay with WOAY News for further updates. Twitter Home NewsWatch Local News UPDATE: Power Restored After Someone Stole Copper From A Substation In Raleigh County Pinterest Facebook Tumblr Google+ Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Home NewsWatch CrimeWatch News Deputies Looking For Driver Who Drove Through A Fence Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at email@example.com Twitter Previous PostUPDATE: Deputies have identified the owners of the vehicles MONROE COUNTY, WV (WOAY) – The Monroe County Sheriff’s Department needs your help finding the owner and/or driver who crashed through a fence on Monday, Nov. 12th.Deputies are looking for a red Ford Explorer SUV that has either nerf bars or a full step running board and vent visors.Newswatch is told the SUV crashed through a fence at Crimson Springs Church on Zenith road and drove away after tearing down the fence.The vehicle was traveling from Gap Mills at the end of Zenith road. The SUV pulled into a parking lot, sat for some time then drove through the fence again, heading towards Turkey Creek RD., or Willow Bend.Deputies believe that a woman may have been behind the wheel or in the passenger seat.If anyone has any information you can call the 911 center at (304)-772-3912 or the Monroe County Sheriff’s Department at (304)-436-8522. Pinterest Linkedin Mail Google+ Next PostKroger Begins Zero Hunger Holiday Food Drive Tumblr Facebook CrimeWatch NewsFeaturedNewsWatch Deputies Looking For Driver Who Drove Through A Fence By Tyler BarkerNov 19, 2018, 20:06 pm 621 0
Chapter 2: Humbling the Oligarchs For a national leader wishing to cement a hold on power—especially a would-be autocrat—nothing beats war. Turning the children of the common folk into soldiers and sending them to do battle with a feared or hated enemy tends to unite those folk in support of whoever is in charge, no matter what the actual reason for the fighting. It works in any country. So it was with Putin and Chechnya. Although the breakaway republic wasn’t exactly a foreign country, to most Russians it might as well have been. So they fell right in line behind their aggressive new president and his Chechnya campaign. Putin is always ready for the next move, the zag after the zig. He recognized that as quickly as war wins the population over to your side, the advantage can just as quickly be lost. The longer a war goes on, the more likely people are to turn against it. Lose a war, and everyone decides they were against it all along. So to gain from a bloody conflict, a leader needs a swift, decisive victory. The First Chechen War had left Russians with a sour taste in their mouths. It went on for two years and ended with their well-equipped, modern army failing against a posse of back-country guerrillas—a replay of Afghanistan in Russia’s own backyard. No one was in the mood for more of the same. The people rallied behind Putin because they detected his willingness to do whatever it took to get the job done. What else would you expect from an ex-KGB officer? Predictably, Putin went at the Chechens with maximum firepower and subdued them with minimum loss of Russian lives. After that, Russia’s lingering troubles with the republic hardly mattered. The war had ended quickly, and it had ended in victory, a demonstration of Putin’s strength for all to see. No more wishy-washy leaders in the Kremlin. A real man was back at the helm. The people cheered. Disposing of an outside threat was important as a first step toward Putin’s goal of reestablishing Russian might, with himself as the revered leader. It was the relatively simple part, however. Next, he had to deal with his political enemies. Some were easy to identify. The drifting policies of the Yeltsin years had fostered a small class of crafty and often violent billionaires, a wild bunch known as the oligarchs. In the words of a former deputy chairman of Russia’s central bank: “All Russian oligarchs are fiendishly ingenious, fiendishly strong, malicious, and greedy—tough customers to deal with.” Land of Opportunity During the 1990s, the country was struggling to adopt the ways of a free-market society. After 70 years of enforced collectivism, suffocation by central planning, and the quashing of individual initiative, Russia’s freedom makeover wasn’t going smoothly. The transition from centralized command and control to free markets was hindered by a massive flight of domestic capital, foreign investors deserting the country, a sharp rise in unemployment, widespread failure to meet payrolls for those who actually held jobs, and a precipitous drop in the foreign-exchange value of the ruble (which hit its all-time low in late 1993). Before the early 1990s, there wasn’t even a stock market. Three generations of Russians had toiled under the threat of communism’s gulags and been trained to look to Moscow for decisions in all matters. And that was after three and a half centuries of submission to czarist rule. Suddenly, people were thrown into a situation they weren’t prepared for and had no experience with. That they were overwhelmed by their first whiff of freedom was hardly a surprise. Most were utterly lost, but not all. As state control of enterprises withered, a few crafty individuals saw they could exploit what was happening. Some were already wealthy, whereas others simply seized the opportunity to start a fortune. What they all had in common was an aptitude for business that was in such short supply in Russia. The best that can be said of the oligarchs is that they were ready for economic freedom when almost no one else was. They certainly helped with the transition to a market economy. But in a society where cronyism, bribery, extortion, and murder for hire are normal, it would be a stretch to argue that these newly minted billionaires came by their fortunes in an honest way. They were utterly ruthless. But they would soon learn that someone else was even more so: Vladimir Putin. Nailing Khodorkovsky Putin realized early on that the key to Russia’s rebirth was its vast wealth of natural resources. Oil, gas, uranium—the country had them all in abundance. All figured into his master plan. And because of their importance, energy companies could not be allowed to fall under the control of foreign investors, no matter what. Even domestic private owners would have to answer to the state or, more to the point, to Putin. The oligarchs mattered to Putin not merely because of their wealth but because energy was precisely the industry in which they were most prominent. Mikhail Khodorkovsky was the richest and most powerful of them, with a fortune of $18 billion. In his struggle with the oligarchs, Putin’s contest with Khodorkovsky was the decisive battle. When it ended—with Khodorkovsky and others stripped of their wealth and imprisoned, exiled, or dead—there was no doubt that Putin would be the overlord of Russia’s energy sector. And he would be thanked for what he did. As with Chechnya, attacking the oligarchs was a hit with the public, who resented both their great wealth and how they had gotten it. Seeing them humbled amped up Putin’s popularity yet again. The Khodorkovsky match was not the only front in Putin’s war with the oligarchs. But it was the splashiest, and it best illustrates his methods. Like Putin, Khodorkovsky had spent his childhood in a shabby communal apartment and, also like Putin, he had ambition to spare. After working as a leader in Komsomol, a communist youth organization, he opened the Youth Center for Scientific and Technological Development. Later he founded an import/export firm. As he transitioned from communist to capitalist, Khodorkovsky came to believe that the new Russian economy should be centered on high-tech industries rather than on natural resources. That put him in conflict with Putin’s notion that resources are the natural engine for Russia’s economic progress. Khodorkovsky became a prominent advocate for a free market. In 1993, he published the Russian capitalist manifesto, The Man with the Ruble. In it he wrote: “It is time to stop living according to Lenin! Our guiding light is Profit, acquired in a strictly legal way. Our Lord is His Majesty, Money, for it is only He who can lead us to wealth as the norm in life.” Khodorkovsky’s compliance with the law was noticeably far from strict. But that was the norm at the time. Several of his early millionaire colleagues had gotten so closely involved with criminals that they eventually had to flee the country to save their lives and the lives of their families. Shootings in public view were common, as were kidnappings of women and children. It was all part of the cost of doing business. That Khodorkovsky’s import/export company was known to violate dozens of laws surprised no one, and by comparison with many others he was a goody-goody. It was entering the financial arena that put Khodorkovsky on track to join the billionaires’ club. And it was through Bank Menatep that he positioned himself to become the richest man in the new Russia. Vouchers Bank Menatep, which Khodorkovsky established in 1989, made significant profits, reportedly enhanced by diverted state funds. The bank also operated a lucrative market for trading state privatization vouchers, which turned out to be more than just another profit center. Though it seems crazy now, the voucher program must have made sense to Boris Yeltsin at the time. He initiated it in 1992 on a day when, perhaps, he was heavily into the vodka. Yeltsin proposed that every man, woman, and child in Russia be issued a voucher that could be exchanged for shares in one of the state enterprises undergoing privatization. That way, Yeltsin was convinced, every citizen would gain a stake in the emerging capitalist economy. However, consistent with capitalist principles, everyone would be free to trade or sell his or her voucher if one chose to. The voucher idea had been imported to Russia by consulting economists from the United States. It made good sense in a textbook kind of way. But it made no sense at all if the vouchers were going to be issued to people who didn’t understand what the pieces of paper represented. Over 140 million Russians participated in the grand voucher program, the great majority of them cash poor and lacking even a rudimentary comprehension of capital markets. Most chose to capture a little cash immediately by selling their vouchers. That played right into the hands of anyone with a bit of investment sense—especially the oligarchs. They were ready and able to accommodate the millions of Russians who knew nothing about the vouchers except that they could be turned into instant cash. Buying on the very cheap, they gained control of formerly state-run companies, which concentrated an astronomical amount of wealth and power in the hands of a very few. Khodorkovsky topped the list of those who made the people’s ignorance his gain. Through Bank Menatep and a separate holding company, he took control of a string of companies for mere kopecks on the ruble. It wasn’t quite theft, but it was a process in which informed consent played no role whatsoever. In 1995, Group Menatep moved on Yukos, a major petroleum conglomerate. Yukos had been assembled by the Russian government in 1993 to roll up dozens of state-owned production, refining, and distribution assets, including one of the most productive oil fields in western Siberia. Like most other Russian companies struggling to adapt to a market economy, its performance had been dismal. Oil production rates were declining, employees were months behind in getting paid, and financial controls were haphazard. Khodorkovsky set out to grab Yukos and fix it. He captured Yukos in two bold moves and in so doing demonstrated that he was a wily businessman, someone to be reckoned with. Vladimir Putin—at the time still working for the mayor of St. Petersburg, but with his eye on higher office—took notice. Perhaps, given his dispassion in separating ends from means, he even admired how Khodorkovsky operated. It happened this way: First, knowing that the Yeltsin administration was strapped for cash, Bank Menatep participated in the ill-fated “Loans for Shares” program. Under the arrangement, Yeltsin’s government pledged shares in several of Russia’s most profitable companies as collateral for loans from oligarch-controlled banks. The value of the collateral was several times more than the value of the loans secured. If the state defaulted—and its debilitated condition made that likely—the lending bank was supposed to auction off the shares. But the auctions that actually took place were rigged. Everything was carefully planned to exclude anyone who might outbid the lending bank. In this instance, Bank Menatep lent the Kremlin $159 million under conditions that virtually ensured default. For collateral, the Kremlin pledged 45 percent of Yukos, which at that point was worth over $3 billion, or some 20 times the size of the loan. Then, when the government indeed defaulted, Khodorkovsky effectively swapped the IOU Bank Menatep was holding for nearly half of Yukos. Days later, to gain full control, Menatep purchased another 33 percent of Yukos from Yeltsin’s desperate government for just $150 million, or about 15 cents on the dollar. Over the next several years, Khodorkovsky brought the company back to health. In 2002 Yukos became the first Russian oil company to pay dividends to its shareholders, and by 2003 it was accounting for 20 percent of all Russian oil production and 2 percent of the world’s. It had become the country’s second-largest taxpayer, covering 4 percent of the Russian federal budget. This was quite a high standing for a company about to be smashed. Whether Putin could have succeeded in moving on Khodorkovsky in a different political and economic climate is difficult to judge. But he clearly made savvy use of the man’s past. You’ve just read an excerpt from Marin Katusa’s new book, The Colder War: How the Global Energy Trade Slipped from America’s Grasp. Click here to order your copy now.
The Easiest First Step It’s crucial to place some of your savings beyond the easy reach of your home government. It keeps that government from trapping your money if and when it implements capital controls or outright asset seizures. Any government can do either without warning. The ultimate way to diversify your savings is to transfer it out of the immediate reach of your home government and into something tangible. Something that cannot be easily confiscated, nationalized, frozen, or devalued at the drop of a hat or with a couple of taps on the keyboard—while retaining as much privacy as legally possible. Something whose value is recognized around the world and is not controlled by any government. Gold (and silver) fit the bill perfectly. There is nothing particularly American, Chinese, Russian, or European about gold. Different civilizations have used it as money for millennia. It’s always been an inherently international asset. Buying gold is perhaps the easiest step you can take towards diversifying your savings. When you buy gold, you trade in paper money—which the government can devalue and confiscate at will—for a hard asset that’s been a stable store of value for thousands of years. Gold is universally valued. Its worth doesn’t depend on any government. In other words, simply buying gold is the easiest way to lessen the political risk to your savings. Freedom Insurance Somehow, someway, your home government will keep squeezing your pocketbook harder. It will keep subjecting you to escalating, arbitrary, and burdensome regulations and restrictions. Expect more government and less freedom all around. With each passing week, the window to protect your personal and financial freedom closes a bit more. Fortunately, you don’t need to be hostage to a desperate and out-of-control government. International diversification is a time-tested route to freedom. 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Today, we’re handing the reins to Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno to explain why… By Nick Giambruno, editor, Crisis Investing It’s predictable… A government in need of cash will turn to destructive “solutions.” Money printing, higher taxes, and more regulations often come first. Unfortunately, these are just the hors d’oeuvres before a 10-course meal. As they become increasingly desperate, governments implement increasingly destructive policies. This might include capital controls, price controls, people controls, official currency devaluations, wealth confiscations, retirement account nationalizations, and more. — Nick Giambruno Editor, Crisis Investing P.S. Buying gold is where to start. But there’s much more to do… The US government gets bigger, more invasive, and more aggressive by the day. But you can take concrete steps to protect yourself from this hostile giant. That’s why New York Times best-selling author Doug Casey and I just released an urgent video that explains more about the crisis that’s about to hit America…and why it’s so important that you take action today. You can learn more right here. [EXPIRES MIDNIGHT] Today is your last chance to get the top pick of one of the most successful analysts in Bill Bonner’s network… and lock in a free year of one of his most popular research services. Click here for all the details. Recommended Link The same pattern has played out again and again around the world and throughout history. The worse a government’s fiscal health gets, the more destructive its policies become. This is the root of political risk. It’s no secret that political risk is snowballing in many parts of the world. This is especially true in the US and Europe, where welfare and warfare spending continues unabated. It doesn’t matter which party is in power. But no matter where you live, international diversification can greatly reduce the threat your home government poses to your personal and financial well-being. You know the benefits of diversifying your investment portfolio. If you put all of your asset eggs in one basket, you could lose your entire portfolio if that basket breaks. The same idea applies to political risk. If your home country “breaks”—and turns to the destructive policies I just mentioned—you could lose everything. Most people have medical, life, fire, and car insurance. You hope you never have to use these policies, but you have them anyway. They give you peace of mind and protect you if and when the worst does happen. International diversification is the ultimate insurance policy against an out-of-control government. Think of it as “freedom insurance.” It frees you from absolute dependence on any one country. Achieve that freedom, and it becomes very difficult for any group of bureaucrats to control you. 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By WVUA 23 Web Writer Kaitlyn LynchJasper City Council set July 10 as a the deadline for a city wide vote on seven-day alcohol sales Tuesday.If the law is passed, residents would allowed to purchase alcohol after noon on Sundays. The council will also decide whether these sales would be on or off premise.Jasper would be the first city in Walker County to allow seven-day alcohol sales.Council member Jennifer Smith said there is more to this law than just another day to sell alcohol.“I’m not looking at it as an extra day of things, but more of what it can do for the growth of the market that we’re in right now…the tough market is an opportunity for us to get some things that are going to go somewhere,” Smith said.If the law is passed, city officials said several businesses who thrive on alcohol sales may consider Jasper locations.
SOUTH NYACK, NY— The former women’s softball coach at a suburban New York Christian college charged with sexually harassing his players won’t have to register as a sex offender after pleading guilty to seven misdemeanor counts of forcible touching, his attorney said Saturday.But former Nyack College coach Kurt Ludwigsen still faces a civil lawsuit from three members of his team who say he at one point also invited them to get life coaching from an adult film star.Ludwigsen will serve three years of probation and complete community service following his guilty plea earlier this month, attorney David Goldstein said.“He’s ready to put it all behind him and get this over with,” Goldstein said.Ludwigsen, 44, a married father of two, had been accused by more than a dozen players of kissing, touching and sexually harassing them, prompting authorities to charge him last April with nearly 200 counts. He was fired in March.In an ongoing civil lawsuit in Manhattan federal court, three members of the softball team sued the school for unspecified damages, claiming it failed to protect them against Ludwigsen.Ludwigsen touched them inappropriately by licking their ears, telling them to sit on his lap, lying on top of them, kissing their faces and punching one of them in the breasts for perceived batting errors, according to the lawsuit.Todd Krouner, a lawyer for the players, said they are “delighted” Ludwigsen admitted his guilt.“No one else should ever be subjected to the assault and harassment these athletes were subjected to,” Krouner told the Daily News, which first reported the plea deal.TweetPinShare0 Shares
ATHENS (AP). AEK Athens defeated PAOK 1-0 at home on Sunday to strengthen its hold on second place in the Greek league.Ronald Vargas scored the only goal in the 33rd minute following a goalmouth melee.A second yellow card for Dimitar Berbatov in the 83rd, for hitting an opposing defender, left PAOK with 10 players. Despite this, the visitors had two good chances to equalize in the closing minutes.AEK remains 16 points adrift of league leader Olympiakos, which beat Xanthi 1-0 Saturday, and four ahead of Panathinaikos, which won 2-0 at Levadiakos to overtake PAOK in third place.Also, Giannena won 2-0 at Atromitos and Panetolikos beat Veria 1-0 away. TweetPinShare0 Shares
HOUSTON (AP) — San Antonio is heading to the Western Conference finals for the 13th time thanks to a player who has never been there.The Spurs eliminated the sluggish James Harden and Houston Rockets with a 114-75 victory in Game 6 on Thursday night behind a season-high 34 points from LaMarcus Aldridge in a game they played without All-Star Kawhi Leonard.Aldridge, who is in his 11th season and second in San Antonio, had failed to get out of the second round in his previous six postseason trips. He added 12 rebounds in his second big game of the Western Conference semifinal series to pick up the scoring slack with Leonard out after rolling his ankle in San Antonio’s overtime victory in Game 5 on Tuesday night.“He’s really turned it on,” coach Gregg Popovich said. “Demanded the ball, got in good position … he was wonderful on the boards and of course he passes it really, really well and gets it moving for us.”Aldridge became the first Spur to score 34 points with 12 rebounds in a playoff game since Tim Duncan against Phoenix in 2008.San Antonio Spurs forward LaMarcus Aldridge, left, dribbles as Houston Rockets center Clint Capela defends during the first half in Game 6 of an NBA basketball second-round playoff series, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Houston. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)“I just touched it a little bit more tonight so I had a chance to figure it out,” Aldridge said. “I was trying to be more dominant down there. So I was willing to take some contested shots tonight and I got into my rhythm early and after that I was good to go.”The Spurs were up by 19 by halftime in a game that was over quickly, and didn’t let up to reach the Western Conference finals for the first time since winning the title in 2014. The 4-2 series win sends them to conference finals against the Golden State Warriors.Trevor Ariza led Houston with 20 points on a night when MVP hopeful Harden capped his stellar season by tying a season low with 10 points on 2-of-11 shooting before fouling out with 3:15 left.A somber Harden was clear about who was to blame for the loss.“Everything falls on my shoulders,” he said. “I take responsibility for it, both ends of the floor. It’s tough, especially the way we lost at home for Game 6. But it happened and we move forward.”Houston coach Mike D’Antoni wasn’t sure if the disappointment of losing a winnable Game 5 could have lingered with his team and contributed to this embarrassing blowout.“It could, “he said. “I’ve been on both sides of this thing. Sometimes life hits you in the face. No matter what it was, we just didn’t have it tonight.”Jonathon Simmons filled in nicely for Leonard, scoring 18 points and hounding the Rockets on defense.San Antonio was up by 23 after the third quarter and scored the first seven points of the fourth to make it 94-64 and send many of the home fans streaming to the exits. San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich gives out instructions during the second half in Game 6 of the team’s NBA basketball second-round playoff series against the Houston Rockets, Thursday, May 11, 2017, in Houston. San Antonio won 114-75. (AP Photo/Eric Christian Smith)Already without veteran Tony Parker, who suffered a season-ending quadriceps injury in Game 2, the Spurs looked to be the underdog entering this one without Leonard’s scoring and defense.Instead, things went wrong early for the Rockets with Aldridge scoring 10 points in the first quarter as San Antonio dashed out to a 31-24. Houston was already down 50-29 when Harden took his first shot midway through the second quarter. He made that 3-pointer to whittle the lead a bit, but it didn’t get the Rockets going.The Spurs opened the third quarter with an 8-1 run, with six points from Aldridge, to extend their already big lead to 69-43 with about 9 1/2 minutes left.The Rockets used a 7-2 spurt after that with 3-pointers from Ariza and Eric Gordon to cut the lead to 71-50 with about seven minutes remaining in the third.A 3-pointer by Harden not long after that got Houston within 20, but San Antonio scored the next four points to make it 77-53 a couple of minutes later.Houston, which relied on its 3-point shooting to get this far, couldn’t make shots from long-range going 13 of 40. But the Rockets also had trouble scoring in general, making just 28.6 percent (22 of 77) of their shots overall.TIP-INSSpurs: Danny Green got a technical in the third quarter for a scuffle with Ariza. … Patty Mills had 14 points and seven assists, and Pau Gasol added 10 points and 11 rebounds.Rockets: Ariza received a technical in the third for the scuffle with Ariza. … Coach Mike D’Antoni added Sam Dekker to the rotation after being criticized for not adding anyone to the rotation Tuesday in the first game since Nene suffered a season-ending thigh injury. Dekker had six points … Clint Capela finished with 15 points and 12 rebounds.STINGY DEFENSEThe Spurs held the Rockets to less than 100 points for the third time in this series after they been limited to less than 100 points just five times in the regular season. The 75 points Houston scored on Thursday night was a season low and the fewest points the franchise had scored in a playoff game since managing just 70 against the Los Angeles Lakers on May 17, 2009.THEY SAID ITGasol on the lopsided win: “No one expected a Game 6 … win like this, but we just played hard.”UP NEXTGame 1 of the conference finals is Sunday at Golden State.TweetPinShare0 Shares
HONG KONG — Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has rejected claims that the Premier League champions were arrogant and disrespectful during their preseason visit to China last week.China’s state-run news agency Xinhua published an editorial in English that criticized the conduct of the team during the Premier League Asia Trophy in Nanjing and Shanghai.The editorial was headlined “Chinese fans’ love for Man City goes unreciprocated on home soil” and accused the club of visiting China only to “win wallets, not hearts and minds.”It also said City had “an attitude of arrogance” and that while the other clubs involved in the event won “a new-found respect and new fans,” City would “leave China with neither.”However, Guardiola said those claims were simply “false.”“To make a statement like this they have to know exactly what happened here in our club,” Guardiola said during a news conference in Hong Kong, where his team will play another friendly on Wednesday. “We had an incredible time in Shanghai. We were committed to the co-operation you have to do here in China. The people from the hotel, all the people, were asking us to do things and we were ready to do that. To come to Asia and experience the culture, the restaurants — it’s amazing to get to know other people. That’s why I can’t understand what people are saying. Maybe one journalist is a bit upset, I don’t know why — but it’s far away from the reality.”City arrived late in Shanghai after its flight was delayed by two days, then traveled by train by Nanjing for a game against West Ham, before playing Wolverhampton in Shanghai last Saturday.It will play Kitchee in Hong Kong on Wednesday before wrapping up its Asian tour with a game in Tokyo on Saturday.City winger Raheem Sterling also insisted the team had a positive experience in China.“Every time we got back from training to the hotel we embraced the fans, we signed signatures, we said our goodbyes. I thought there was a really good connection,” Sterling said. “We came a little bit later than we expected to China, the turnaround was a bit faster and a few of us struggled with sleep but I thought China was a great experience. You ask the boys, they all loved it.”TweetPinShare0 Shares
The wrenching testimony of Christine Blasey Ford, who is accusing Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh of a sexual assault years ago, raises questions about the long-term emotional and physical toll this kind of trauma takes on survivors and how our society responds to those who come forward long after the assault.Emily R. Dworkin, a senior fellow at the University of Washington School of Medicine in Seattle, studies how the social interactions of trauma survivors can affect their recovery. She was also the lead author of a paper published in the journal Clinical Psychology Review in 2017 that looked through more than 100,000 studies conducted in the last 50 years and found nearly 200 relevant ones on the relationship between sexual assault and mental health to analyze.What she found, Dworkin says, is strong evidence that sexual assault is associated with an increased risk for multiple forms of psychological harm “across most populations, assault types and methodological differences in studies.” Too many survivors still face stigma and internalize that blame, and that can make it harder to seek help. And while some types of therapy have been shown to be helpful, she says, more information on evidence-based treatments for survivors “is critically needed.”Dworkin talked with NPR about her research findings and offered her perspective on where society and science need to go next to prevent assaults and help survivors heal. Our interview was edited for length and clarity.You looked at a lot of studies about the mental health impact of sexual assault, but it’s not an area as well-studied as say, heart disease. So what do we know?Sexual assault [any type of sexual activity or contact that happens without the consent of both people] began getting research attention in the ’70s as society as a whole was going through a feminist awakening, and it kind of developed at the same time as PTSD [post-traumatic stress disorder], which was then known as “combat trauma.” Many things can lead to depression or anxiety. People with PTSD relive the trauma in the form of intrusive memories, nightmares, or even flashbacks. They avoid things that remind them of the trauma.The symptoms that people were showing when they were coming home from war were the same as victims of rape trauma — recurring memories and a wish to avoid triggering them.These days, lots of people are doing research, but there’s still a lot left to understand. What we do know is that sexual assault is associated with a higher risk for a lot of different mental health problems, including PTSD [and depression, anxiety, substance abuse and suicidality] … especially PTSD.What do we know about how ethnicity and education affects the mental health of survivors of sexual assault? We need to know more. Some of my past research on queer women shows that ongoing forms of stress can compound stress. And we know that people from marginalized groups are just at greater risk for sexual assault [and a number of other health problems]. So it’s likely that these groups experience more trauma — but I don’t think we can completely say for sure.How does sexual assault compare with other forms of trauma, in terms of effects on mental health?We never want to have the Olympics of trauma. But compared to other types of life-threatening trauma, survivors of sexual assault do seem to be more likely to get PTSD. In my preliminary look at the data from 39 studies on this topic, it seems like 36 percent of survivors meet criteria for a diagnosis of PTSD in their lifetime, versus 12 percent of people who don’t have a history of sexual assault.My thinking is that sexual assault is a unique form of trauma. It is highly stigmatized, and when people go to seek help for it, unlike in a car accident — well, the police are not going to ask you if you’ve really been in a car accident.Also, people don’t always do the most effective job of supporting sexual assault survivors. Sometimes they do things that can actually compound the trauma. In the ’70s it was known as “the second rape” when you tell the police, undergo a rape kit exam and explain it to family and friends. They don’t always know how to help.What can survivors who are feeling overwhelmed, depressed and traumatized do to recover, and how can friends and family help?It’s important for survivors to know that they can regain a sense of power over those triggers, and that the most natural response is to push away the triggers. Self-care isn’t about turning off those bad feelings, but feeling those feelings so that they can subside naturally.It’s kind of a counterintuitive idea, and it’s not what we usually think to do for our loved ones. When somebody’s in pain, all you want to do is to take that pain away. It’s understandable to try to distract them, take them out for a drink, but it’s better to be a shoulder to cry on. You don’t need to cheer somebody up in the moment. Be there for them as a witness to their pain.What about the professionals — the police, the lawyers, the therapists — that survivors need to talk to? How can they do a better job?This all comes back to … dealing with the false beliefs we have around sexual assault — blaming the victim, challenging the victim’s choices. Changing these cultural norms is important.One of the evidence-based treatments for PTSD is overcoming the trauma by sharing the story. That’s a very different thing than being forced to tell it in public.I don’t want to imply that it’s the survivor’s fault they have PTSD. And they feel like they don’t want to relive it again, which is totally natural. But our bodies can’t sustain that intense emotional response for long — those feelings come down naturally.In my clinical work, a woman came to me with her story of sexual assault. The first time she told it, she was crying. By the fourth time, she was almost yawning. Her story is not one that has power over her anymore. She has the control over whether she’s going to have her life altered.Has the public’s perception of sexual assault changed since the Kavanaugh hearings?I think about this stuff every day. I’ve been thinking it about every day since I was 18 and beginning my research. It takes me awhile to catch up and realize that everyone else is thinking about it now.My hope is that we’re changing some of the cultural conversation around this.It’s important to know that most of the disorders are very treatable conditions. I do feel like if survivors can get connected to evidence-based treatments, they can be helped — even years later.What are the resources and treatments that work best for survivors who are experiencing PTSD or other mental health symptoms?First-line options should be things that we know work well. What I recommend is prolonged exposure therapy [helping people gradually approach trauma-related memories and feelings] or cognitive processing therapy [a specific type of cognitive behavioral therapy that helps patients learn how to challenge and modify unhelpful beliefs related to the trauma]. Both have been around since the ’80s and were developed to treat survivors of rape. They have really strong evidence of reducing symptoms or eliminating the diagnosis [of a mental health disorder].For resources, look for a good therapist who offers cognitive processing therapy. Also, you can check out the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies [for more information about the treatment].As a society, what should we focus on to help survivors of assault?Ending some of our stigmatizing beliefs about sexual assault and our mistrust for people that come forward is huge. It’s always up to survivors as to whether they disclose. The fact that we’re having these conversations in the public sphere gives me hope.In schools, [to prevent unwanted sexual advances and sexual assault in the first place] we can teach respect for others and their autonomy. We’re not comfortable with the idea of hearing about these sorts of assaults. Our cultural norm is to avoid uncomfortable experiences. … But we need to keep talking. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
A Missouri judge has blocked the state’s attempt to close down Missouri’s last abortion provider.Missouri Circuit Court Judge Michael Stelzer granted a request to temporarily prevent state officials from revoking the license of a clinic operated by a St. Louis Planned Parenthood chapter, as the state’s health department had sought to do.If the license is not renewed, Missouri will become the first state without a clinic providing abortions since the procedure became legal 46 years ago.Planned Parenthood, Stelzer wrote in his order, “demonstrated that immediate and irreparable injury will result” if Missouri refuses to renew the clinic’s license. He added that the temporary restraining order “is necessary to preserve the status quo and prevent irreparable injury.”Stelzer issued his ruling Friday, hours before a midnight deadline. The judge set a hearing on the matter for Tuesday.”This is a victory for women across Missouri, but this fight is far from over. We have seen just how vulnerable access to abortion care is in Missouri — and in the rest of the country,” said Leana Wen, president and CEO of Planned Parenthood.Anti-abortion-rights groups were dismayed by the decision, echoing the governor’s position that there are health and safety concerns at the clinic that need to be investigated.”Planned Parenthood caused this artificial crisis when they ignored the law and refused to comply with the state of Missouri’s very reasonable requests,” said Students for Life of America President Kristan Hawkins, who called Stelzer’s ruling an example of “judicial activism in favor of abortion.”In a lawsuit seeking to keep the clinic open, Planned Parenthood had warned that closing the facility could force some women to “turn to medically unsupervised and in some cases unsafe methods to terminate unwanted pregnancies.”Missouri Gov. Mike Parson, who recently signed one of the country’s most restrictive abortion laws, has maintained that state officials need to complete an investigation into a patient complaint before the clinic’s license is renewed. Missouri officials have not revealed details about that complaint.During a press conference earlier this week, Parson argued that the attempt to not renew the clinic’s license is not political.”This is not an issue about the pro-life issue at all. This is about a standard of care for women in the state of Missouri,” Parson said. “Whether it’s this clinic or any other clinic or any other hospital, they should have to meet the same standards.”In March, state officials cited a number of deficiencies in their inspections of the clinic as part of the annual license renewal process. One problem they noted was that not all of the staff had participated in a fire drill. Then in April, Missouri officials announced an investigation of an unspecified complaint from a patient.State officials asked to interview seven physicians associated with the clinic, some of whom were employed by Washington University Medical School and were not part of the clinic’s full-time staff. Because of that relationship, the clinic argues it cannot force the doctors to be interviewed. It also says the state has not revealed the scope of the questioning, which the clinic’s legal team says could include criminal referrals.Legal wrangling ensued over the interviews, with the clinic saying it did everything in its power to make the sessions happen and state officials countering that the clinic was getting in the way of the interviews.Jamie Boyer, the attorney for Planned Parenthood, said in the suit that Missouri “is simply wrong in insisting it is entitled to refuse to act on Planned Parenthood’s application for license renewal.”But Parson says that because of the audit and investigators’ inability to complete the investigation into the patient complaint, the clinic’s license cannot be renewed.Ahead of the ruling, clinics in states surrounding Missouri, meanwhile, told NPR that there were real worries about a wave of patients traveling across state lines from Missouri. It would be a natural response, they said, to the looming prospect of abortions being inaccessible to patients statewide.”Missouri is already in what’s considered an abortion desert where the majority of Missourians live over 100 miles from a clinic,” Michele Landeau, board president of the Gateway Women’s Access Fund, told NPR member station St. Louis Public Radio. The fund helps women pay for abortions.”Closing clinics is just going to make that distance even worse,” she said.Supporters of the St. Louis clinic praised the judge’s ruling but said the struggle for access to abortions in Missouri continues.”While temporary, we celebrate today, and tomorrow, we go back to work to ensure access to abortion does not go dark at the last health center that provides abortion in Missouri,” said Dr. Colleen McNicholas, an abortion provider at Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region. “While Gov. Parson abandoned our patients, we will not.”NPR’s Sarah McCammon contributed to this report. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Riverfront Pizzeria Bar & GrillLast updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:21 pmRiverfront Pizzeria Bar & GrillPlans are in place for interior updates and menu additions at Riverfront Pizzeria Bar & Grill in Milwaukee’s Historic Third Ward.The restaurant, located at 509 E. Erie St., was recently purchased by executive chef and partner Arturo Napoles, who joined the restaurant in mid-2016. The ownership transition comes as current owner Brenda Regenfelder prepares to retire from the business, Napoles said. Regenfelder has owned Riverfront since 2006.“We are doing well, but of course, we want to do even better,” Napoles said. As owner, he plans to make some minor interior improvements to update the restaurant’s appearance and atmosphere. He will also install a wood fired pizza oven by summer 2019.Upgrades to the menu will include more seafood dishes and lighter options such as salads, Napoles said, as diners are looking for fresher, healthier meals.“It will have more variety of Italian food, but not necessarily make it an Italian restaurant,” he said.Napoles also plans to work with more Milwaukee-based breweries and vendors to offer a better variety of locally sourced food and beverages.The restaurant’s licenses are still in the process of being transferred from Regenfelder to Napoles, but changes at the space will be noticeable by November, he said. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
FacebookTwitterPinterestAddThis0Share Leave a Comment A huge thanks to all who participated in the first ever Putnam County Farm Tour. Attendees toured the POET ethanol plant, stopped at Jamie Otto’s Hog farm where Glen Arnold and Albert Maag talked to the group on conservation practices and the Livestock Care Standards Board, ate lunch catered by Red Pig Inn at Hillside Winery in Gilboa and toured Suters Produce Farm in Pandora. FacebookTwitterPinterestAddThis0Share Leave a Comment
Shown in the top picture:Front row: Mike Unwin, Andrew Madden, Anthony Coppola, Mike Murphy Jr,Michael MartignettiBack Row: Michael Murphy, Nico Irano, Matt Murphy, Stephen LaBella,Steve Passatempo, Mark Contrado, Ricky Martignetti, Kevin O’Sullivan,Ralph Martignetti and Sherm O’Shaughnessy The Corner Café softball team blended together some classy veteranswith some high energy youth to win their 17th championship in theNorth End Softball League. The Corner entered the playoffs as the oneseed posting a 9-1 regular season record. In the semi-finals theCorner swept away Bricco with a two game to none series sweep. Thevictory set up a rematch of last year as the Waterfront Café hadknocked out Cobblestone Café, 2 games to 1, to advance and meet theCorner.The highly anticipated finals lived up to the billing as the Cornerwon two games to none with two hard fought victories. The scores of8-7 and 9-8 indicated just how close these games were. Both games wereback and forth battles that came down to the last at bat. WithWaterfront’s Kevin Szczesuil and The Corner’s Steve Passatempothrowing gas on the mound, these games came down to defense and clutchhitting. The Corner, with playoff savvy veterans like Anthony Coppola,Michael Murphy and Andrew Madden leading the way, also mixed in theenergy, speed and power of their younger players like MikeMartignetti, Nico Irano, Rick Martignetti, Matt Murphy and KevinO’Sullivan to squeeze out both wins. The Waterfront were game indefeat but at the end of the day is was business as usual and TheCorner claimed their 17th title for owner Richie Longo.After the game the Corner was serenaded with a championship rapwritten and performed by player/entertainer Marc “Metro Saint”Contrado.*Advertisement*
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