Women’s county cricket ready to enjoy a rare day in the spotlight

first_imgIf you are hoping to spend the bank holiday watching men’s county cricket, then good luck. There are four Royal London One-Day Cup matches at Northampton, Leicester, Derby and Leeds – fine for those on the Midland Mainline and in Yorkshire, less so for everyone else – which feels like a squandered opportunity in an Ashes and World Cup summer. Others, though, glimpse an opening. Monday brings the launch of the inaugural Women’s County Cricket Day, which takes inspiration from football’s Non‑League Day by trying to encourage more cricket fans to support their local women’s team.Unlike men’s cricket, there is no distinction between first-class and minor counties, and 32 of the 39 counties will be competing in 16 matches. The attempt to shine an overdue spotlight on the women’s county game comes at an intriguing but uncertain time. In recent weeks, several players have revealed they have had to pay for their own kit and travel, occasionally play on lousy pitches and often barely getting a presence on their county website.Somerset’s Cassie Combes says: “What often shocks people is we are putting out more financially than we are getting back. We don’t get paid and the mileage we are given for games has gone down from 30p to 15p. That doesn’t even cover my petrol, let alone the wear and tear on my car.“We love representing our county, but people in the game need to understand that what was supportive to women’s cricket 10 years ago isn’t good enough now. Things are changing for the better in women’s sport at such a rapid state. But cricket risks being left behind.”Combes is delighted that more counties are promoting the game to young girls. “However, it seems so hypocritical when they do that but then their women’s teams don’t even have a media day.” … we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading and supporting The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism than ever before. And unlike many new organisations, we have chosen an approach that allows us to keep our journalism accessible to all, regardless of where they live or what they can afford. But we need your ongoing support to keep working as we do.The Guardian will engage with the most critical issues of our time – from the escalating climate catastrophe to widespread inequality to the influence of big tech on our lives. At a time when factual information is a necessity, we believe that each of us, around the world, deserves access to accurate reporting with integrity at its heart.Our editorial independence means we set our own agenda and voice our own opinions. Guardian journalism is free from commercial and political bias and not influenced by billionaire owners or shareholders. This means we can give a voice to those less heard, explore where others turn away, and rigorously challenge those in power.We need your support to keep delivering quality journalism, to maintain our openness and to protect our precious independence. Every reader contribution, big or small, is so valuable. Support The Guardian from as little as $1 – and it only takes a minute. Thank you. Share on WhatsApp Share on Messenger The Observer Share on LinkedIn The agent Allen Blackford, who represents four England women, says he shares many of those concerns. A passionate advocate of the women’s game, he fears the sport has not capitalised on England winning the World Cup in 2017. “I hear lots of talk but not much action,” he says. “And unfortunately the girls don’t feel they can speak out, because they are very grateful about the position they are in compared to where they were a few years ago. Meanwhile, the Hundred is due to start next year and apparently there is lots of money coming into the women’s game as a result, but I haven’t heard one snifter of information about the finer details.”Yet those whose glass is half full believe that the England and Wales Cricket Board’s plan to invest £20m into the women’s game in 2020 and 2021 shows that it has a rosy future. The Kia Super League will be scrapped and eight semi-professional teams – which are expected to be based on regions rather than counties – introduced from next year.The ECB stresses it wants to raise the number of professional female players in England – which is currently just over 20, far below the 90 or so in Australia – but also make the women’s game better at all levels. “There is broad agreement with our headline plans to develop compelling cricket activities for girls in secondary schools, strengthen the club offer for players of all abilities, and invest in the county talent pathway for girls,” it said. “We will also build a new semi-professional competition structure in both 50-over and T20 formats – each team being underpinned by a year-round academy – and maximise investment through areas of alignment between the new eight-team semi-professional competition structure and the Hundred.”The ECB also confirmed that it had spent the past eight weeks having meetings with the 39 counties to discuss how best to invest £20m in 2020 and 2021 and looked forward to presenting its plans more fully soon.The former England player Lydia Greenway says she is optimistic about the future of the women’s game, pointing out the growing number of matches covered on the BBC and Sky. “From that point of view it has been brilliant to see brilliant female role models,” she says. “When I rewind back to when I started playing I had to go on the internet for some dodgy stream.”However, she does have sympathy with county female players grinding away without much love or attention. “They aren’t expected to be paid thousands. It is more about feeling valued.”That is something that supporters of the inaugural women’s day hope is evident in matches all the way from Cumbria to Cornwall. Topics features Support The Guardian Since you’re here…center_img Read more Share on Facebook Share on Twitter Share via Email Cricket Sign up to the Spin – our weekly cricket round-up Share on Pinterest Women’s cricket Reuse this contentlast_img read more

Photos: Jim Harbaugh Shouts Out Michigan Moms On Twitter On Mother’s Day

first_imgMichigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh throws the ball during the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers.ANN ARBOR, MI – OCTOBER 01: Michigan Wolverines head football coach Jim Harbaugh throws the ball during the pregame warms ups prior to the start of the game against the Wisconsin Badgers at Michigan Stadium on October 1, 2016 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images) *** Local Caption ***Jim HarbaughJim Harbaugh is known for his colorful personality on Twitter. Today, he’s using his account to show off some Michigan moms for Mother’s Day.Harbaugh has posted eight photos of Michigan mothers and their sons so far this morning. Loving & Dedicated Moms of Michigan Football – Glenda McCray, Paula O’Korn, Erica Kinnel & Susan Bunting. pic.twitter.com/ZonxmftThj— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) May 8, 2016Loving & Dedicated Moms of Michigan Football – Sela Litia Tu’ipulutu Mone, Carolyn Malzone, Kesha Bush & Pam Gedeon. pic.twitter.com/GfKpglB35f— Coach Harbaugh (@CoachJim4UM) May 8, 2016This is very cool on Harbaugh’s part. Hopefully he puts up some more photos as the day goes on.last_img read more

Bright Nights in June celebrating Peace Regions farming and ranching heritage this

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. — The North Peace Cultural Centre will be bringing Bright Nights in June back to the North Peace this weekend. The theme of this year’s Bright Nights is a celebration of the farming and ranching industries and the part they’ve played in the history of the B.C. Peace Region. The three-day festival will kick off with Art Stars: a roundtable chat with Tom Cole, Tara Brule, Karl and Ann Musgrove on June 7th at 7:00 p.m. The Bright Nights Gala takes place June 8th starting at 6:30 p.m. with cowboy cocktails & small bites. Peace Gallery North will be hosting Inspirations: Breathing it In by Judy Templeton, while the theatre will see Duane Steele bring The Legend of George Jones to life with special guest Tom Cole.  The festival continues on Saturday, June 9 from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. with the Art Market and Big Print Day followed by Stage North’s production of Always Patsy Cline in the evening. Watch as local artists join a worldwide craze and use a street roller to bring their extra large prints to life. The Printmakers, Flying Colours, Quilters Guild, Spinners and Weavers, Friends of the Library, and the Potters Guild will all be set up, and kids can try their hand at print making, sand sculpting, quilting and other activities. The Art Market and Big Print Day are both free events.For more information on Bright Nights in June, contact the North Peace Cultural Centre at 250-785-1992, visit them on the web at npcc.bc.ca.last_img read more

Infighting in Faridabad Congress

first_imgGurugram: An infighting in Faridabad Congress erupted as Avtar Singh Bhadana and Lalit Nagar vented out their difference in the public. The Congress had first fielded Nagar as its candidate from Faridabad but just a day before the nomination he was replaced with Avataar Bhadana.Surprised with his sudden exit, Nagar has expressed his disappointment openly and has said that he was replaced because of the conspiracy of the people within his party. He has however not given indications of leaving the party. Avtar Singh Bhadana, the person who has replaced him is more scathing in the attack and has even accused Nagar discreetly of irregular activities. Also Read – Arms supplier arested from RajasthanUnderstanding the controversy involved in the entire issue, most of the Congress leaders did not give their views on the issue. “I don’t want to comment on the issue. All I can say is that the party is united in its cause to defeat BJP and we will leave no stone unturned in winning the Faridabad Lok Sabha seat back for the Congress party,” said a senior Congress leader The fight for Faridabad becomes interesting with a four-corner fight. The BJP has repeated its winning candidate Kishan Pal Gujjar. Besides BJP and Congress, the Aam Aadmi Party has also fielded Naveen Jaihind who is one of the tallest leaders of AAP from Haryana.last_img read more

Peak hour demand likely to touch 7,400 MW during summer

first_imgNEW DELHI: Delhi’s burgeoning peak power demand is expected to cross 7400 MW during the summers of 2019. Since four years, power supply were held smoothly without any major power cut, because arranging adequate power have been made. BSES discoms officials claim that apart from making adequate power arrangements, BSES ( BYPL and BRPL) discoms have also ramped-up the network capacity by deploying both conventional and innovative solutions. “To strengthen the distribution network, BSES discoms invested a capex of over Rs 800 crore (BRPL ~ Rs 525 crore, BYPL Rs 300 crore) in FY 2018-2019 and ramped-up the network capacity by around 750 MVA. BSES discoms also installed (new) and augmented around 600 distribution transformers and laid over 650 Kms of cable to strengthen the network,” claimed in discoms statements. Also Read – More good air days in Delhi due to Centre’s steps: JavadekarAdditionally, BSES is also working in tandem with generation and transmission companies to ensure that the entire generation, transmission and distribution system is aligned to meet the summer load. Peak power demand in BRPL’ area of South and West Delhi, which had reached 3081 MW during the summers of 2018, is expected to touch around 3,200 MW this year. In BYPL’ area of East and Central Delhi, the peak power demand which had reached 1561 MW last year is expected to touch around 1640 MW. ” During the year, BSES discoms invested substantial resources to strengthen the network. Besides making arrangements of adequate power, BSES discoms have undertaken several unique measures to ensure reliable power supply during upcoming summer months,” said discoms officials. Despite all possible measures, there can be several reasons for outages, many of which are not in a discom’s control. But many of these are easily preventable. Our analysis has shown that unplanned digging (for road repair or to lay cables/ pipelines) is a major cause for scores of outages across South, West Delhi, East and Central Delhi.last_img read more

Commentary Scott Torgersons death tweet about Desmond Howard no joke

When I was a kid, I hated the Pittsburgh Steelers. I still do to a certain extent. They always seem to beat the Cincinnati Bengals and the Cleveland Browns, sometimes in the most heartbreaking ways imaginable. I remember when Steelers quarterback Ben Roethlisberger came very close to losing his own life in June of 2006 when he was involved in an ugly motorcycle accident. Luckily, Roethlisberger survived the crash, but I was not about to send my condolences to the quarterback of the Steelers. I was mad that he didn’t die that day. I thought with Roethlisberger out of the picture, maybe the Bengals and the Browns could finally break through and win a championship. I realize now that comments such as those are insensitive. Wishing death upon someone is cold and heartless. I could use the “excuse” that I was young and didn’t know any better, but, nevertheless, I accept the fact that I used a very poor choice of words. Apparently, I’m not the only one who wishes death to well-known athletes. Last weekend, Scott Torgerson, host of the popular sports talk radio show “Common Man and the Torg” here in Columbus, made a similar comment.  Torgerson, who professes his Buckeye fandom on a daily basis, along with his extreme distaste for everything involving the Michigan Wolverines, tweeted this about former Heisman trophy winner and current ESPN college football analyst Desmond Howard: “I wish Desmond Howard would get fired or die so I can watch Gameday again.” Now, I know that Ohioans, fans of the Scarlet and Gray, are bred to hate that School up North. Lord knows that image of Howard striking the Heisman pose against the Buckeyes makes any Ohio State fan cringe.  However, there is a fine line between being passionate and letting that passion overtake you. That is what happened to Torgerson. He deleted the tweet and apologized for his comment, tweeting, “My Desmond Howard tweet was a joke. I think if you listen to the show you know that. My apologies to those who took it seriously. Total Joke.” My question to Torgerson is this: How is wishing someone would die a joke? I recently went to the funeral of the brother of one of my best friends from high school. Believe me, death is no laughing matter. Since this infamous tweet, Torgerson has been suspended from the airwaves indefinitely.  The lesson to take from this is do not let your fandom cloud your overall judgment as a human being.  There is more to life than spending every waking moment hating someone just because they beat your favorite team. I learned this lesson when I was young. Unfortunately, there are some people in this world like Torgerson who didn’t get the message until it was too late. Think before you say it. Think before you tweet it. Think before it is too late to fix. read more

Football Mike Weber becoming a leader in the locker room

OSU redshirt freshman Mike Weber (25) scores the Buckeyes’ first offensive touchdown of the day during the second half of the Buckeyes’ 30-27 overtime win against Michigan on Nov. 26. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorRedshirt sophomore running back Mike Weber has a lot to learn. However, after only one season as the featured tailback, Weber has been deemed the leader of the young Ohio State backfield. With big shoes to fill after running back Ezekiel Elliott declared for the NFL draft, Weber excelled in 2016 winning the Thompson-Randle El Big Ten Freshman of the Year. The Detroit native rushed for a team-high 1,096 yards with nine rushing touchdowns. Even with all of the success last season, Weber is not taking that for granted. “I try to put it past me and work as hard as I can to do better, reach more goals that I set for this year,” Weber said. OSU running backs coach Tony Alford said that he has seen a change in Weber’s approach to his body, on and off the football field, as well as his approach as a leader in the locker room to the younger running backs. Alford said that maturity and accountability comes with experience. “He’s growing up, and I’ve said that. And every time, there’s a little bit more growth process going on,” Alford said. “He’s much better pro now than what he was as far as how he’s handling his business.”Weber said that he has seen improvement in his ability to slow the game down a bit, watching the wide receivers and the tight ends and knowing what they will be doing. This increased knowledge, according to Alford, is the next step that the premier back needs to take. “That’s the biggest thing for guys like Mike (Weber) is we know you know, you’ve done it before,” Alford said. “Now it’s time to perfect it and challenge yourself on every small little detail on what’s going on.”One of the challenges Weber is facing is coming back from the rough end of the 2016 season. In the final two games of the 2016 season, a 30-27 double-overtime win over Michigan and a 31-0 Fiesta Bowl loss to Clemson, he combined for 50 rushing yards on 16 carries with only one touchdown run. The sting, especially from the loss to the Tigers, has not quite gone away from Weber. “I’m still getting over it actually,” Weber said. “I know we have to put it past us. I use it as fuel and I think we all do, on our team. I’ll tell you what, that bad taste won’t get out of our mouth until we play the first game.”Even if Weber is focused more on what is happening on the football field, Alford views him as a leader and an example to the younger backs on the roster, such as freshman running back JK Dobbins. “You are talking about a guy who has done it, done it at a very high level and he’s done it at a pretty good rate of speed,” Alford said. “JK (Dobbins) can learn from him by just standing with him, the same way Mike (Weber) learned from standing next to ‘Zeke.’” read more

Mens Basketball Ohio States interior strength paying dividends for team success early

Forward Jae’Sean Tate attempts a lay-up in the Buckeyes’ 80-55 win over Northeastern on Sunday. Credit: Jacob Myers | Managing Editor for ContentOhio State’s lineup has held a size advantage over every opponent played through its first three games.But against Northeastern, the Buckeyes found themselves in an unfamiliar position. They were the shorter team. Position-by-position, there was not a single Buckeye-starter taller than the Huskie-starters, and only at one position was the size equal.It didn’t seem to matter, though. For its fourth-straight game, Ohio State dominated the interior, out-rebounding Northeastern 38-29 and vastly out-producing the Huskies in the paint, holding an advantage of 48-26 in points in the paint. Northeastern head coach Bill Coen said while his team held the advantage in height over the Buckeyes, it was the girth and tenacity of the Buckeyes that proved the difference-maker.“They got some wide-bodies and they can carve out space in and around the basket and it’s hard to move them out once they gain position,” Coen said after the game. “You look at a guy like Charles Barkley, he’s not 7-foot, but he could rebound because he’s got a low center of gravity and he can wedge in there and create space for himself. They’ve got some tough body types, the matchup too. I think really good physical strength and they were able to hold their position and game position.”The weight advantage did not extend to every player the Buckeyes had, however. Center Micah Potter and guards Musa Jallow and C.J. Jackson did not hold a size advantage over their counterparts.However, Ohio State’s top-rebounders, forwards Jae’Sean Tate and Keita Bates-Diop, both came in with significant weight advantages over their opposite numbers. As a result, both players proved to be explosive threats for the Buckeyes in the post. The two were the game’s leading scorers with 24 and 19 points, respectively. The domination in the paint began right out of the gate from Tate, who bullied his way through defenders in the game’s opening minutes. He opened the game up with a layup after he saw no one open to pass to and followed that up shortly after with a short-range jumper. About five minutes into the game, Tate had 11 points — all coming from plays in the post.Bates-Diop also put together a dominating performance inside. Of his 19 points, eight came from a pair of layups, a short-range jumper and a dunk with one free-throw coming off an and-1 on a layup and two other free-throws coming from fouls inside the paint.Tate said strong play inside has become a mantra for he and Bates-Diop this season, but also said his teammates interior play has assisted the two forwards.“Me and Keita were very effective [inside],” Tate said. “Some people call a matchup problem and just out teammates, the point guard, C.J. [Jackson] being aware of the mismatch in the situations, he’s doing a great job of that.”Ohio State has been no stranger to dominating inside this season. Before this game, Ohio State held a 138-66 advantage in paint points and had out-rebounded opponents 135-85. Of Ohio State’s 259 points total, 53.3 percent of them came from inside.Part of the reason Ohio State has been so productive in the paint has been its ability to recover offensive rebounds. The Buckeyes are tied for 38th in the country with an average of 15 offensive rebounds per game.Head coach Chris Holtmann said his team last year at Butler was a strong defensive rebounding team, but it was one of the worst at collecting rebounds off the offensive glass. The now-Ohio State head coach said he thinks this team has a chance to be an all-around great team at gather rebounds.“We have a chance to be a pretty good rebounding team,” Holtmann said. “We better be good defensive rebounding. We were a good defensive rebounding at Butler as well, but I think we have the potential to be good on both ends if we pursue the ball like we need to. Because we have some guys that have a natural nose for the ball.”With several other big men like forwards Kaleb Wesson and Kyle Young at 6-foot-9, 270 pounds and 6-foot-8, 205 pounds, respectively, Ohio State has plenty of size to continue to beat up on most teams throughout the season and dominate in the paint and on the glass.The Buckeyes might not be able to do that in their next matchup, however. They are going to be traveling to Portland, Oregon, to take on Gonzaga, a team Holtmann said was big last season and has continued to dominate its opponents with size this season.Going up against one of the first teams that will truly have Ohio State beat in size in both height and girth, Ohio State could be faced with its first real challenge this season.“Well I think we’re going to learn a lot about kind of our tenacity when it comes to pursuing the ball in those situations,” Holtmann said. “They’re always kind of one of the biggest teams both in size and in physicality in the country. Last year they were massive. This year, they’re big as well and they’re really organized and they’re older. They don’t beat themselves.“I think as much as anything, it’s going to test us in a lot of ways, but it’s going to test our pursuit of the ball and our tenacity and how tough-minded we are.” read more

Womens Basketball Kelsey Mitchell era ends with stunning 9578 loss to Central

Central Michigan redshirt freshman guard Micaela Kelly shoots a layup during the first quarter of the Chippewas’ win against Ohio State in the second round of the NCAA tournament at St. John Arena on March 19. Credit: Colin Hass-Hill | Sports EditorIn a stunning upset, the third-seeded Ohio State women’s basketball team fell 95-78 to 11th-seeded Central Michigan Monday in the second round of the NCAA tournament. Along with the loss comes the final game for five seniors on the Buckeyes’ roster, including senior guard Kelsey Mitchell.The only silver lining for Ohio State came when Mitchell scored her 20th point with 6:59 remaining in the fourth quarter, which moved her into second place all-time in NCAA women’s history for career scoring. Mitchell struggled to find her shot all night, finishing with 28 points on 11-of-29 shooting.Central Michigan’s 14 3-pointers and 25 made free throws played a huge part in its victory. Along with its relentless defense that held the Buckeyes to just 40 percent shooting, Central Michigan ensured nothing went right for Buckeyes during their final game.Central Michigan fell behind after the first quarter, but blew the door off with a 25-6 second quarter. After a 15-9 Ohio State first quarter lead, the Chippewas went on a 14-0 run to start the second quarter. The Buckeyes did not score their first second-quarter field goal until there was three minutes remaining. “I thought for a stretch there we got really good shots,” head coach Kevin McGuff said. “We missed probably four layups at the beginning of the second quarter, shots that we normally make. Then we just didn’t handle it very well cause I think we let that spill over to the defensive end. We lost a bit of focus and intensity.”Senior guard Cassie Breen and junior guard Presley Hudson combined for 19 of the Central Michigan’s 25 points in the quarter. Breen’s 12 points came in all sorts of fashion. She went 3-for-4 from the field, making 2-of-3 shots from 3s, and made all three attempts from the free-throw line. As is often the trend with the Buckeyes, when Mitchell struggled, so too did Ohio State. Mitchell shot 2-of-8 in the second quarter with her team finishing the quarter 2-of-13 from the field — with six turnovers on top. Redshirt senior forward Stephanie Mavunga couldn’t find any offense either, shooting 1-of-3 and splitting a pair of free throws.It didn’t get any better in the third quarter with Central Michigan’s onslaught continuing. Any glimmer of hope vanished when the Buckeyes were outscored 33-25 in the third quarter. Central Michigan’s seven 3-pointers put the game away for good, for it maintained a 67-46 lead heading into the fourth quarter.“We tried to play hard and compete,” Mavunga said. “Central Michigan did a good job capitalizing off of our mistakes. we had a lot of turnovers which is really unlike us. That really showed, it hurt us down the stretch. We had good possessions here and there, but Central Michigan did a good job capitalizing off what we did wrong.”Central Michigan held the lead throughout the fourth quarter, even with a valiant push from the Buckeyes. Senior forward Tinara Moore’s 20 points, along with Breen’s 22 and Hudson’s 28 points were enough to sustain its lead throughout the game. Ohio State finished Mitchell’s final season as both Big Ten regular season and tournament champions, posting a 28-7 overall and 13-3 conference record. read more

Fabio Borini says he is ready to become a star for

first_imgRight-back player Fabio Borini says he is prepared to shine as a ‘star’ for Milan after affirming he has  “proved worthy” of the Rossoneri shirt and that he is won’t be leaving to nowhere.Borini entered Milan from Sunderland last summer and ever since has become a jack-of-all-trades for the Diavolo. He has made 44 appearances in his usual striking position, out wide and even at right-back. On speaking about his future in Milan, he told Gazzetta Dello Sport via Football Italia that he is ready to become a star for Milan.“My balance sheet for the past season is absolutely positive,” he said.“The expectations for me weren’t very high, but I think I proved to be worthy of the Milan shirt.“I think I did good things, despite not playing in my natural role most of the time. I’d like to play and not be just a pawn.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“I plan to carve out a starring role. I’m not at Milan just to hole up for the winter but to get back to playing regularly.“I’m waiting for revenge with Juventus in the Supercopa. Playing in the first half of August could benefit us, if the Coach doesn’t kill us in preseason…“My dream is to win a trophy with this shirt, and the Supercoppa would be an excellent start to more important ones.“Exodus at Milan? For me, certainly not. Generally speaking, I don’t think so. [UEFA] could be a situation that brings us even closer together.“After that, excuse me but where would I run to? We’re at Milan after all…”last_img read more

Carragher tips Spurs midfielder to start against Spain

first_imgFormer England international Jamie Carragher has backed Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Harry Winks to start in place of Jordan Henderson when the team plays Spain on Monday.The Three Lions travel to Seville to play Luis Enrique’s side on Monday in their third group game of the UEFA Nations League without Henderson who is suspended for the game.The Liverpool captain picked up his second yellow card in two Nations League games and will sit out the clash against La Furia Roja and Carragher believes Winks should take his place in the starting line-up.Victor Wanyama, Tottenham Hotspur, Premier LeaguePochettino admits Wanyama remains in his Spurs plans Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Kenyan international, Victor Wanyama, was the protagonist of a summer transfer saga, but in the end, he is set to stay at Tottenham Hotspur.“In midfield, maybe Harry Winks. He played really well for Spurs against Barcelona in the Champions League, against a similar type of players. Again, it won’t be easy, but I think in Seville on Monday night, we are going to have to do as well as we can to keep the ball against Spain. Winks is as good as anyone who can come in for Jordan Henderson in terms of technical ability,” Carragher said to Sky Sports.Winks has an impressive form for Spurs this season and put in a decent display in the team’s UEFA Champions League loss to Barcelona at Wembley earlier this month and carried that form during the victory against Cardiff City.The 22-year-old was a standout performer for Mauricio Pochettino’s side against the La Liga champions star-studded midfield and his club manager has previously likened him to one Barcelona’s greatest player Andres Iniesta because of his ability to dictate play.last_img read more

Handanovic pleased with Inter Milans vital win

first_imgInter Milan goalkeeper Samir Handanovic hailed the importance of their 1-0 win over Napoli on Wednesday night in the Serie AA injury-time winner from Lautaro Martinez gave Inter victory at the San Siro against 10-man Napoli.The result enabled Inter to extend their hold on a top-four spot with a seven-point advantage over fifth-place Sampdoria.And Handanovic, who made two key saves while the scoreline was goalless, relished the Nerazzurri’s late winner.Serie A, Gian Piero GasperiniGasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“It was vital to win today to in order to silence all the other discussions and we did. Then, you get more of a sense of enthusiasm when you win in the 90th minute,” Handanovic told InterTV.“Following the red card for Koulibaly, we had to take more risks in order to look to win the game.“But Saturday is now even more important. Let’s hope that San Siro remains a fortress, the Coppa Italia and Sassuolo games await us after the holidays. The crowd always gives us something more and they showed it today.”Inter, who are now five points behind Napoli in third, will next take a trip to Empoli before heading into the winter break.last_img read more

Spalletti hails Skriniar amid links to United and PSG

first_imgLuciano Spalletti has warned Manchester United, Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain that Inter Milan’s defender Milan Skriniar “is priceless suggesting “Nobody can afford him.”There has been a great deal of interest around the Slovakia international who turns 24 next month.Inter Milan secured the services of the defender for €34m from Sampdoria in the summer of 2017 and his value has since sky-rocketed.“Nobody has the money to pay for Skriniar. He is priceless,” said the Coach in this evening’s Press conference via Football Italia.Romelu Lukaku, Inter MilanLukaku backed to beat Ronaldo in Serie A scoring charts Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Former Inter Milan star Andy van der Meyde is confident Romelu Lukaku will outscore Cristiano Ronaldo in this season’s Serie A.“He is staying here, because nobody can afford him.”The situation is different for Brazil international Joao Miranda.“This sort of rumour damages Inter and weakens the club. If Miranda did tell anyone he wanted to leave Inter, he didn’t say it to me. Every time I played him, Miranda has done well.”The Serie A giants secured their passage to the quarter-finals of the Coppa Italia after beating Benevento 6-2.last_img read more

Facebook removed 15m Christchurch attack videos in first 24 hrs

first_imgA still image taken from video circulated on social media, apparently taken by a gunman and posted online live as the attack unfolded, shows him entering a mosque in Christchurch, New Zealand, on 15 March 2019. Photo: ReutersFacebook says it scrubbed a staggering 1.5 million videos showing harrowing viral footage of the Christchurch mosque rampage but criticism of social media giants for failing to block images of the “real-time terror attack” is also spreading fast.As the alleged gunman callously picked off his victims in Christchurch’s Al Noor mosque, he livestreamed the gruesome scene on Facebook Live, apparently using a camera mounted on his body, after also tweeting a racist “manifesto.”Facebook said it “quickly” removed the video, plus the gunman’s account and Instagram, and in the first 24 hours scrubbed 1.5 million videos worldwide “of which 1.2 million were blocked at upload.”Spokeswoman Mia Garlick from Facebook New Zealand said the firm was “working around the clock to remove violating content using a combination of technology and people.”But despite pleas — and official orders from authorities — not to share the content, the footage proliferated widely online and experts said the 17-minute video was easily retrievable several hours after the attack that killed 50 people.According to Facebook’s own figures, at least 300,000 videos were not blocked before being uploaded and there is no official data on how many times these were viewed or shared.New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said authorities did whatever they could to purge the web of the images but laid the responsibility at the door of the Silicon Valley giants.”Ultimately it has been up to those platforms to facilitate their removal,” she told reporters.”I do think that there are further questions to be answered. Obviously these social media platforms have wide reach. This is a problem that goes well beyond New Zealand.””This is an issue that I will look to be discussing with Facebook,” she warned.According to the New Zealand Herald, some major firms are considering pulling ads from Facebook and the anger is evident from an op-ed in that paper from one of its business writers.”At the moment, it feels like my kids are at risk of seeing live snuff films on Facebook, just so (boss) Mark Zuckerberg can get fractionally richer.”- ‘Enough is enough’ -This was not the first time Facebook Live has been used to broadcast atrocities — a murder was livestreamed in the US city of Cleveland in 2017 — and Facebook and Twitter say they have invested in technology and human resources to combat the problem.Facebook has hired about 20,000 moderators but critics say they are not doing enough.David Ibsen, executive director of US-based Counter Extremism Project, charged: “The technology to prevent this from happening is available. Social media firms have made the decision not to invest in adopting it.”And world leaders and authorities are beginning to indicate they may try to take matters into their own hands.Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison acknowledged that while social media companies have indicated willingness to take action, “clearly the capability to deliver on that willingness hasn’t been present. That is the problem.””There needs to be the capability to be able to shut this — these horrific things — down immediately and if you can’t do that, then the responsibility of having those features available is something that really generally needs to be questioned,” he added.British Home Secretary Sajid Javid also urged social media giants to do more. “Take some ownership. Enough is enough.”Courts are also taking almost immediate action, with a Christchurch 18-year-old — whose name was suppressed by the judge — charged with distributing the video and inciting violence with a post that said “target acquired”.He faces a maximum of 14 years in prison for each charge.- ‘New low in clickbait’ -Critics have also slammed some mainstream media for broadcasting the video, with some UK tabloids briefly posting excerpts before apparently reconsidering.”For a brief period this morning the Mirror website ran some edited footage filmed by the gunman in Christchurch. We should not have carried this. It is not in line with our policy relating to terrorist propaganda videos,” its editor tweeted.British journalist Krishnan Guru-Murthy described the posting of the “murder video” as a “new low in clickbait.”And the Australian Communications and Media Authority has launched a “formal investigation” into whether any firms broke the law after Sky News Australia broadcast the footage.For its part, AFP analysed a copy of the video and confirmed it was genuine via a digital investigation but did not broadcast the footage to its clients.Social media expert and Buzzfeed journalist Craig Silverman said the killer “created the equivalent of a multiplatform content strategy” that was “meticulously planned.””Newsrooms, platforms, and public officials need to think about how to avoid playing into the hands of people whose deadly actions are designed to trigger maximum exposure for their message, and set off new cycles of violence and radicalisation,” wrote Silverman.last_img read more

For nice winter evenings

first_imgWinter is for foodies. There’s no two ways to that belief and a lovely way to explore this best is when we go restaurant hopping. Millennium Post checked out two new ones in the Capital. Here’s the lowdownFio Cookhouse & Bar, Epicuria, Nehru PlaceAfter the success of the excellent restaurant in the Garden of Five Senses, Fio has opened a fresh new outlet at Nehru Place’s Epicuria. For starters the location is brilliant, you are nestled below the metro station but you cannot feel a single tremor. The interiors are sleek and cosy and they also have tables outside with heaters for the season.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Let the bartender surprise you with some excellent cocktails as you enjoy the view. That’s what we did and he gave us something that can be best described as a Kala Khatta with a kick. It hands down one of the best cocktails we have ever tasted. Fio has European and Indian dishes on offer and they also have an excellent brunch menu. We had the Spit Fire Grilled Chicken and the Char Grilled Chicken which were perfectly done. The Spit Fire Grilled Chicken gets our vote. They also served up some excellent chicken tikka. But the Salmon Salad is something that took our breath away. If you are in Fio – you have to try the salad. The salmon was fresh, delectably pink and went perfectly with the greens. A lot of restaurants spoil the fish by cooking it terribly wrong – that should just be illegal. Salmon is a great fish and it should be enjoyed as fresh as it comes.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixTry the tiramisu for dessert – it comes in a very cute jar.  A meal for two at Fio’s would be Rs 2500 (without taxes and alcohol). If you are around Nehru Place – check out Fio. It is quite a laid back, lovely place that makes for great evenings. Market Cafe, GK II, M BlockYou must have visited the Market Cafe in Khan Market, what they have in GK II is their latest outlet. At the very onset the cafe soothes you with the lovely blue interiors. Since the focus is on Mediterranean cuisine, the setting is perfect.   While you have to forget about the liquor for a while, the Cafe whips up some great mocktails. Over-looking a park, it is a great place to spend a nice lazy afternoon over the dip platter. We tried the nachos topped with cheese and beans and they were very good.  For the main course we were served the Turkish Turlu (Pan Roasted Veggies – Chickpeas – Herb Couscous – Tomato Celery Broth) and the Grilled Fish (Grilled fillets of fish – Sautéed Veggies – Herbed potatoes  – Lime Coriander Cream Sauce). The Grilled Fish is excellent and definitely something we would recommend to anyone visiting the cafe. The desserts are excellent at Market Cafe – try the molten chocolate for sure. It is divine and so excellently sinful that it is a must for the winter chill. A meal for two comes to about Rs 1500 (without taxes). Do head over – this place is worth a visit.last_img read more

How to interact with HBase using HBase shell Tutorial

first_imgHBase is among the top five most popular and widely-deployed NoSQL databases. It is used to support critical production workloads across hundreds of organizations. It is supported by multiple vendors (in fact, it is one of the few databases that is multi-vendor), and more importantly has an active and diverse developer and user community. In this article, we see how to work with the HBase shell in order to efficiently work on the massive amounts of data. The following excerpt is taken from the book ‘7 NoSQL Databases in a Week‘ authored by Aaron Ploetz et al. Working with the HBase shell The best way to get started with understanding HBase is through the HBase shell. Before we do that, we need to first install HBase. An easy way to get started is to use the Hortonworks sandbox. You can download the sandbox for free from https://hortonworks.com/products/sandbox/. The sandbox can be installed on Linux, Mac and Windows. Follow the instructions to get this set up. On any cluster where the HBase client or server is installed, type hbase shell to get a prompt into HBase: hbase(main):004:0> version1.1.2.2.3.6.2-3, r2873b074585fce900c3f9592ae16fdd2d4d3a446, Thu Aug 4 18:41:44 UTC 2016 This tells you the version of HBase that is running on the cluster. In this instance, the HBase version is 1.1.2, provided by a particular Hadoop distribution, in this case HDP 2.3.6: hbase(main):001:0> helpHBase Shell, version 1.1.2.2.3.6.2-3, r2873b074585fce900c3f9592ae16fdd2d4d3a446, Thu Aug 4 18:41:44 UTC 2016Type ‘help “COMMAND”‘, (e.g. ‘help “get”‘ — the quotes are necessary) for help on a specific command.Commands are grouped. Type ‘help “COMMAND_GROUP”‘, (e.g. ‘help “general”‘) for help on a command group. This provides the set of operations that are possible through the HBase shell, which includes DDL, DML, and admin operations. hbase(main):001:0> create ‘sensor_telemetry’, ‘metrics’0 row(s) in 1.7250 seconds=> Hbase::Table – sensor_telemetry This creates a table called sensor_telemetry, with a single column family called metrics. As we discussed before, HBase doesn’t require column names to be defined in the table schema (and in fact, has no provision for you to be able to do so): hbase(main):001:0> describe ‘sensor_telemetry’Table sensor_telemetry is ENABLED sensor_telemetry COLUMN FAMILIES DESCRIPTION{NAME => ‘metrics’, BLOOMFILTER => ‘ROW’, VERSIONS => ‘1’, IN_MEMORY => ‘false’,KEEP_DELETED_CELLS => ‘FALSE’, DATA_BLOCK_ENCODING=> ‘NONE’, TTL => ‘FOREVER’, COMPRESSION => ‘NONE’, MIN_VERSIONS => ‘0’,BLOCKCACHE => ‘true’, BLOCKSIZE => ‘65536’, REPLICATION_SCOPE =>’0′}1 row(s) in 0.5030 seconds This describes the structure of the sensor_telemetry table. The command output indicates that there’s a single column family present called metrics, with various attributes defined on it. BLOOMFILTER indicates the type of bloom filter defined for the table, which can either be a bloom filter of the ROW type, which probes for the presence/absence of a given row key, or of the ROWCOL type, which probes for the presence/absence of a given row key, col-qualifier combination. You can also choose to have BLOOMFILTER set to None. The BLOCKSIZE configures the minimum granularity of an HBase read. By default, the block size is 64 KB, so if the average cells are less than 64 KB, and there’s not much locality of reference, you can lower your block size to ensure there’s not more I/O than necessary, and more importantly, that your block cache isn’t wasted on data that is not needed. VERSIONS refers to the maximum number of cell versions that are to be kept around: hbase(main):004:0> alter ‘sensor_telemetry’, {NAME => ‘metrics’, BLOCKSIZE => ‘16384’, COMPRESSION => ‘SNAPPY’}Updating all regions with the new schema…1/1 regions updated.Done.0 row(s) in 1.9660 seconds Here, we are altering the table and column family definition to change the BLOCKSIZE to be 16 K and the COMPRESSION codec to be SNAPPY: hbase(main):004:0> version1.1.2.2.3.6.2-3, r2873b074585fce900c3f9592ae16fdd2d4d3a446, Thu Aug 4 18:41:44 UTC 2016 hbase(main):005:0> describe ‘sensor_telemetry’Table sensor_telemetry isENABLEDsensor_telemetryCOLUMN FAMILIES DESCRIPTION{NAME => ‘metrics’, BLOOMFILTER => ‘ROW’, VERSIONS => ‘1’, IN_MEMORY => ‘false’,KEEP_DELETED_CELLS => ‘FALSE’, DATA_BLOCK_ENCODING=> ‘NONE’, TTL => ‘FOREVER’, COMPRESSION => ‘SNAPPY’, MIN_VERSIONS => ‘0’,BLOCKCACHE => ‘true’, BLOCKSIZE => ‘16384’, REPLICATION_SCOPE => ‘0’} 1 row(s) in 0.0410 seconds This is what the table definition now looks like after our ALTER table statement. Next, let’s scan the table to see what it contains: hbase(main):007:0> scan ‘sensor_telemetry’ROW COLUMN+CELL0 row(s) in 0.0750 seconds No surprises, the table is empty. So, let’s populate some data into the table: hbase(main):007:0> put ‘sensor_telemetry’, ‘/94555/20170308/18:30’, ‘temperature’, ’65’ERROR: Unknown column family! Valid column names: metrics:* Here, we are attempting to insert data into the sensor_telemetry table. We are attempting to store the value ’65’ for the column qualifier ‘temperature’ for a row key ‘/94555/20170308/18:30’. This is unsuccessful because the column ‘temperature’ is not associated with any column family. In HBase, you always need the row key, the column family and the column qualifier to uniquely specify a value. So, let’s try this again: hbase(main):008:0> put ‘sensor_telemetry’, ‘/94555/20170308/18:30’, ‘metrics:temperature’, ’65’ 0 row(s) in 0.0120 seconds Ok, that seemed to be successful. Let’s confirm that we now have some data in the table: hbase(main):009:0> count ‘sensor_telemetry’ 1 row(s) in 0.0620 seconds => 1 Ok, it looks like we are on the right track. Let’s scan the table to see what it contains: hbase(main):010:0> scan ‘sensor_telemetry’ ROW COLUMN+CELL /94555/20170308/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810397402,value=65 1 row(s) in 0.0190 seconds This tells us we’ve got data for a single row and a single column. The insert time epoch in milliseconds was 1501810397402. In addition to a scan operation, which scans through all of the rows in the table, HBase also provides a get operation, where you can retrieve data for one or more rows, if you know the keys: hbase(main):011:0> get ‘sensor_telemetry’, ‘/94555/20170308/18:30’COLUMN CELLmetrics:temperature timestamp=1501810397402, value=65 OK, that returns the row as expected. Next, let’s look at the effect of cell versions. As we’ve discussed before, a value in HBase is defined by a combination of Row-key, Col-family, Col-qualifier, Timestamp. To understand this, let’s insert the value ’66’, for the same row key and column qualifier as before: hbase(main):012:0> put ‘sensor_telemetry’, ‘/94555/20170308/18:30′,’metrics:temperature’, ’66’0 row(s) in 0.0080 seconds Now let’s read the value for the row key back: hbase(main):013:0> get ‘sensor_telemetry’, ‘/94555/20170308/18:30’COLUMN CELL metrics:temperature timestamp=1501810496459,value=66 1 row(s) in 0.0130 seconds This is in line with what we expect, and this is the standard behavior we’d expect from any database. A put in HBase is the equivalent to an upsert in an RDBMS. Like an upsert, put inserts a value if it doesn’t already exist and updates it if a prior value exists. Now, this is where things get interesting. The get operation in HBase allows us to retrieve data associated with a particular timestamp: hbase(main):015:0> get ‘sensor_telemetry’, ‘/94555/20170308/18:30′, {COLUMN =>’metrics:temperature’, TIMESTAMP => 1501810397402} COLUMN CELLmetrics:temperature timestamp=1501810397402,value=65 1 row(s) in 0.0120 seconds We are able to retrieve the old value of 65 by providing the right timestamp. So, puts in HBase don’t overwrite the old value, they merely hide it; we can always retrieve the old values by providing the timestamps. Now, let’s insert more data into the table: hbase(main):028:0> put ‘sensor_telemetry’, ‘/94555/20170307/18:30′,’metrics:temperature’, ’43’0 row(s) in 0.0080 seconds hbase(main):029:0> put ‘sensor_telemetry’, ‘/94555/20170306/18:30′,’metrics:temperature’, ’33’0 row(s) in 0.0070 seconds Now, let’s scan the table back: hbase(main):030:0> scan ‘sensor_telemetry’ ROW COLUMN+CELL /94555/20170306/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810843956, value=33 /94555/20170307/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810835262, value=43 /94555/20170308/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810615941,value=67 3 row(s) in 0.0310 seconds We can also scan the table in reverse key order: hbase(main):031:0> scan ‘sensor_telemetry’, {REVERSED => true} ROW COLUMN+CELL /94555/20170308/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810615941, value=67 /94555/20170307/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810835262, value=43 /94555/20170306/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810843956,value=33 3 row(s) in 0.0520 seconds What if we wanted all the rows, but in addition, wanted all the cell versions from each row? We can easily retrieve that: hbase(main):032:0> scan ‘sensor_telemetry’, {RAW => true, VERSIONS => 10} ROW COLUMN+CELL /94555/20170306/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810843956, value=33 /94555/20170307/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810835262, value=43 /94555/20170308/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810615941, value=67 /94555/20170308/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810496459, value=66 /94555/20170308/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810397402, value=65 Here, we are retrieving all three values of the row key /94555/20170308/18:30 in the scan result set. HBase scan operations don’t need to go from the beginning to the end of the table; you can optionally specify the row to start scanning from and the row to stop the scan operation at: hbase(main):034:0> scan ‘sensor_telemetry’, {STARTROW => ‘/94555/20170307’} ROW COLUMN+CELL /94555/20170307/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810835262, value=43 /94555/20170308/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810615941, value=67 2 row(s) in 0.0550 seconds HBase also provides the ability to supply filters to the scan operation to restrict what rows are returned by the scan operation. It’s possible to implement your own filters, but there’s rarely a need to. There’s a large collection of filters that are already implemented: hbase(main):033:0> scan ‘sensor_telemetry’, {ROWPREFIXFILTER => ‘/94555/20170307’} ROW COLUMN+CELL /94555/20170307/18:30 column=metrics:temperature, timestamp=1501810835262, value=43 1 row(s) in 0.0300 seconds This returns all the rows whose keys have the prefix /94555/20170307: hbase(main):033:0> scan ‘sensor_telemetry’, { FILTER => SingleColumnValueFilter.new( Bytes.toBytes(‘metrics’), Bytes.toBytes(‘temperature’), CompareFilter::CompareOp.valueOf(‘EQUAL’), BinaryComparator.new(Bytes.toBytes(’66’)))} The SingleColumnValueFilter can be used to scan a table and look for all rows with a given column value. We saw how fairly easy it is to work with your data in HBase using the HBase shell. If you found this excerpt useful, make sure you check out the book ‘Seven NoSQL Databases in a Week‘, to get more hands-on information about HBase and the other popular NoSQL databases out there today. 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November 6 2013Soprano Jayne Casselman and pianis

first_imgNovember 6, 2013Soprano Jayne Casselman and pianist Dr. Lynne Haeseler conducted a Choral and Vocal Workshop at Arcosanti on October 19. 2013. The workshop centered on the discovery of interaction between space and voice in Arcosanti’s unique architecture and environment.[photos by Sue Kirsch]Workshop participants are going to participate in a Flash Mob Choir at You can also join pianist Lynne Haeseler, soprano Jayne Casselman and architect Jeff Stein for a unique concert experience in the intimate setting of the Marshall | LeKAE Art gallery in downtown Scottsdale.  Part of an ongoing soiree series at the gallery, this performance explores the parallels between music, architecture and the ideas of artist, author and architect Paolo Soleri.  Concertgoers are invited to stay afterward for a wine & cheese reception with the performers and enjoyment of the gallery’s current exhibits.Arias, Architecture and Soleriat the Marshal-Lekae Gallery in Scottsdale, AZFriday, November 15th, 2013
7 p.m.Lynne HaeselerPianist Dr. Lynne Haeseler is a collaborative and versatile artist who has performed nationally and internationally as a soloist, accompanist and dance pianist. Influenced by dance theater, she uses movement, lighting, visual effects and spoken word in her own piano performances. Creator and director of the Mysterium series, an ongoing cycle of contemplative sunset concerts, she also directs the Soiree series at Marshall-LeKae Art Gallery in Scottsdale. Her work is to inspire through music and creativity, by teaching, performing and staging events. She continues to create contexts for this inspiration to occur.Jayne CasselmanSoprano Jayne Casselman, began her career at the Kansas City Lyric Opera before moving to Germany and the opera houses of Kaiserslautern, Kassel, Dortmund and Mannheim. Her repetoire includes over 60 roles, and in 2009 she founded her own theater, Kulturhof Huthmacher in Dierbach, Germany.  She received the Distinguished Artists Award in Philadelphia and was nominated Singer of the Year by the Opernwelt in Budapest. In the US she has done Master Classes and Recitals at ASU, the University of Arizona, and Glendale Community College.  Currently Jayne collaborates with pianist Dr. Lynne Haeseler in an art song recital series at the Marshall-LeKae Gallery in Scottsdale, and teaches Applied Voice at Yavapai College.last_img read more

Dear Readers We are just back from the Recovery R

first_imgDear Readers,We are just back from the Recovery Reality Check Summit, which was very informative as well as thought-provoking. We took some time while there to chat with a few of our speakers after their presentations and will be sharing them here over the next few weeks.Our first conversation is with Rick Rule, the legendary resource speculator. He gives us a powerful primer on being a contrarian speculator, which may help bolster some discipline in the current market climate. We hope you enjoy this presentation.Sincerely,Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Researchlast_img read more

Over 50000 People Signed up for the Marijuana Mil

first_imgOver 50,000 People Signed up for the Marijuana Millionaire Summit… Recommended Link Justin: I agree. Let’s start with money launderer. Doug: Money laundering. It’s the process of making money obtained from criminal activity look like it came from a legitimate source. But it’s a completely artificial crime. It’s made up. It was created out of whole cloth about 40 years ago, as I recall. Like most “crimes” today, it’s not wrong in itself; it’s wrong because some legislators passed a law. There’s nothing wrong, in principle, with money laundering. Perhaps you got the money illegally or immorally. And, incidentally, those are two totally different concepts, where there’s only an accidental overlap. But that’s a big subject for a whole new conversation. But what’s wrong with redeploying capital that already exists in a perfectly legal or moral way? I would say nothing. Money is fungible. It’s not like artwork—it’s not so easy to trace its provenance. Anyway, it’s said that most great fortunes started with a crime. That’s certainly true for the Kennedy fortune. Joe Kennedy, founder of the clan, made most of his money bootlegging, which is the equivalent of drug dealing. He also made money with stock manipulation, which is insider trading. God knows what else he was up to. Although bootlegging and stock manipulation are not, in themselves, immoral. That said, I have no doubt many other things—like murder, assault, theft—occurred in the process. So, he laundered money. It wasn’t a crime then. It’s counterproductive to make it illegal to take these so-called ill-gotten gains, and do something correct with them. It’s just another Kafka-esque crime that they can arbitrarily use to hang you. At what point does capital created illegally become clean? Money laundering is a non-crime, and shouldn’t be treated as a crime. Justin: What about drug dealers? Doug: Today, drug dealers are automatically seen as the worst kind of scum. Drug dealers now are always looked upon as being violent, evil, immoral, amoral, just horrible human beings. But the problem isn’t so much that drugs can be abused and harm the user—that’s true of alcohol, tobacco, food, sex, inactivity, and a hundred other things. The problem arises when they’re made illegal. All drugs should be legal. Why? Well, your body is your primary possession. If you can’t control what you can put in your own body, you have no freedom at all. You’re, in effect, a slave. That’s the moral argument for drugs being legal. Whether they’re good, bad, or indifferent is a technical issue. But it’s a question of degree, as is the case with food, sex, alcohol, tobacco, sugar, and everything else. These can all be addictive or even dangerous if they’re not used in moderation. The “War on Drugs” is foolish and destructive on every level. It should be abolished. Justin: You explored this idea in your latest novel, Drug Lord. Doug: Yes. In that novel, my co-author John Hunt and I tried to reform the unjustly besmirched occupation of drug lord. Our drug lord hero, Charles Knight, is a thoroughly good guy. There’s nothing wrong with the commodity. There’s nothing wrong with purveying drugs. But, as with the other subjects we’re discussing, people often have a fixed idea burned into their consciousness, and they’re unwilling or unable to analyze the subject rationally. Drug dealing, whether you’re a ghetto dweller or Big Pharma, is—in itself—a non-crime. Justin: But Doug, drug dealers murder, kidnap people, and do all sorts of horrible things. How can you say they’re not criminals? Doug: That’s true. But it’s not because they’re drug dealers. It’s because they’re murderers, kidnappers, or extortionists. Those are the real crimes. But you’ve got to separate these ideas. Something may look gray. But gray is a combination of black and white. It shows a lack of critical thinking when people can’t separate them. Justin’s note: Tomorrow, I’ll share part two of this interview, where Doug shares his thoughts on two other controversial buzzwords. In the meantime, if you haven’t already, I encourage you to pick up a copy of Doug’s novel Drug Lord. It’s a fantastic tale where hero Charles Knight has to sort through the legal and illegal, moral and immoral, and right and wrong as he navigates the War on Drugs and the corrupt pharmaceutical industry. You can order your copy right here. Reader Mailbag Today, readers respond to our recent Dispatch, “Why Sessions Can’t Stop This Marijuana Boom”: Justin, awesome article. Where did you learn to write like this? You give the facts in a very appealing yet appalling manner! Hats off to you!—Lois Your reasoning is incorrect. The US Constitution governs his actions, and it is clearly worded otherwise against Sessions. Read the history of the 10th Amendment (and there is plenty from before that amendment was ratified in in September 1787). Generally, the 10th Amendment gives states the rights to overrule and supersede government foolery (Sessions included). Past SCOTUS cases will confirm the above information. The above are viable facts, and anecdotal bloviating.—CraigWhat do you think about Sessions’ fight against the marijuana industry? Let us know right here. In Case You Missed It… Did you attend Doug Casey’s free online investing summit last night? Thousands of readers discovered how Doug turned $50,000 into $1 million by investing in one marijuana penny stock. Readers also had the chance to discover the five best plays for the coming legal marijuana boom. If you missed the event, don’t worry. Doug has agreed to host a replay. Catch it right here. And discovered the details of the top 5 pot stocks for 2018. You have until midnight tonight to watch a free replay of the Summit. Click here to watch. Recommended Link — Delbert made $151,000 from Teeka Tiwari’s crypto plays, here’s his letter: I am a 67-year-old retired school teacher and small business owner from Greencastle, PA… When Teeka began providing information on the cryptocurrencies, I was intrigued. I bought a $5,400 stake in October 2016. This morning it was $74,200!!!! As a follow-up, within a few more weeks my stake had climbed to over $151,000… $5,400 to $151,000 in 8 months!!!!!! Here’s how to get Teeka’s research right away… Justin’s note: Doug Casey isn’t afraid to speak his mind… even if it means offending people. That’s a rare commodity. These days, most people only think what they’re supposed to think. They say only what’s politically correct. It’s a serious problem that’s getting worse every day. So, I recently called Doug to discuss some of today’s most controversial buzzwords… Justin: Doug, you said something during one of our recent talks that intrigued me: They’ll say if you use bitcoin you’re a money launderer, a drug dealer, a terrorist, or a tax evader. Actually, the morality involved in all those activities is worth a separate discussion… it’s perverse they’re always classed together. What did you mean by that? What’s wrong with grouping these people together? Doug: It’s chimpanzee think. It’s group-think memes in action. Somebody in a position of authority—or even just an actor, or a news reader, or a rapper, for that matter—says something. That transforms it into something that everybody automatically believes in, thoughtlessly. It’s like the concept of political correctness. I first heard that term on Saturday Night Live in the early 1980s. They said “this isn’t very politically correct.” I thought it was part of their skit. I thought it was a joke. — Little did I know that it would become a meme. The concept didn’t just catch on in society, it’s come to rule it. You’re supposed to be politically correct—if not, you must be a Nazi or a Klansman. Although, oddly, you might actually be a Communist or a fanatic Muslim with identical beliefs—and that’s somehow acceptable. So, the concept of PC isn’t a joke anymore. It’s the complete opposite of a joke. It’s a threat. Calling something a name that’s not just inaccurate, but maybe the opposite of what it is, is dangerous, dishonest and destructive. A lot of words are consistently misused today. Sometimes purposefully, sometimes just stupidly. What you say reflects what you think. And what you think—or at least feel—influences what you do. I did an article a while ago debunking the misuse of a dozen common words. People who think in slogans and catchphrases are very dangerous. They turn their feelings into group moral memes. Lowest common denominator stuff. Justin: They aren’t thinking for themselves. Doug: Exactly. That’s how lynch mobs work—“Give us Barabbas! Give us Barabbas!” People should analyze these “hot button” concepts, like the four things I mentioned—and there are lots of others—on their own merits. Otherwise you’ll wind up mindlessly parroting Paul Krugman, Hillary Clinton, or Kim Kardashian. These terms shouldn’t be grouped together. “These are evil things. We shouldn’t even think about them. They’re not even worth talking about.” Did Big Brother call them Badthink in 1984? Justin: But you think they’re worth talking about? Doug: Absolutely. This is what made Walter Block’s book Defending the Undefendable such a work of genius. Everyone should read it. It’s also very funny, somewhat in the tradition of George Carlin, another genius. So, yes. We should dissect all four terms that I mentioned.last_img read more

As the 2016 presidential campaign wound down then

first_imgAs the 2016 presidential campaign wound down, then-candidate Donald Trump made clear that if elected, he would work to see an end to the Roe v. Wade Supreme Court decision on his watch.”If we put another two or perhaps three justices on, that’s really what’s going to be, that’s what will happen,” Trump said at the final presidential debate in October 2016. “And that will happen automatically in my opinion, because I am putting pro-life justices on the court.”The 1973 Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion nationwide won’t be overturned automatically, nor without a fight. But advocates on both sides of the issue agree the retirement of Justice Anthony Kennedy sets the stage for a battle over abortion rights unlike any in a generation.High stakes for reproductive rightsKennedy’s departure will usher in a fight for the future of the Supreme Court that many social and religious conservatives anticipated and hoped for during the 2016 campaign. Trump’s promise to appoint conservative, anti-abortion justices helped turn out the base voters he needed to secure his surprise victory. Exit polls suggested the makeup of the Supreme Court played a major role for many voters on both sides, but more for Republicans.Almost as soon as Kennedy’s retirement was announced, several anti-abortion rights groups seized on the moment.”We’re the closest we’ve ever been to overturning Roe v. Wade,” a woman says in a video released online by the group Students for Life of America shortly after the news broke.In an interview with NPR, Students for Life President Kristan Hawkins called the retirement of the court’s swing vote “a day that we’ve been waiting for.””Our goal in the pro-life movement has always been to make abortion illegal and unthinkable,” Hawkins said. “So we want Roe to be overturned … and we expect that.”Hawkins noted that Kennedy has voted to uphold abortion rights in several cases, including the landmark 1992 ruling Planned Parenthood v. Casey, and more recently, in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, which overturned a Texas law that placed additional health regulations on clinics that perform abortions.Meanwhile, abortion-rights supporters, like Nancy Northup of the Center for Reproductive Rights, called Kennedy’s retirement devastating news.”He has been a crucial vote in landmark reproductive rights cases,” Northup said.”[I’m] extremely concerned,” said Helene Krasnoff, vice president of public policy, litigation and law at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. “President Trump has been making good on his threat to stack the courts with those who are opposed to safe, legal abortion, and we can only expect that he’ll nominate another extreme opponent.”A fight for Kennedy’s replacementBoth sides are gearing up for a confirmation battle in the Senate after Trump names his nominee. Republicans have a narrow, 51-seat majority, and all eyes will be on a handful of Republicans who have been supportive of abortion rights, and on red-state Democrats facing re-election in November. Senators in each group will be under pressure to come over to the other side of the aisle.”It’s gonna be epic,” said Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, which works to elect candidates who oppose abortion rights. “It will be cast as a pretty pivotal vote on the court on this issue and many, many others … We’ve been preparing for this fight for a very long time.”Hawkins said her group has more than 1,200 chapters around the country, and organizers will encourage members to lobby their senators during the confirmation process.Krasnoff, of Planned Parenthood, said abortion-rights advocates also will be lobbying senators to vote against any nominee seen as likely to overturn Roe.”President Trump and Mitch McConnell hold the balance of the court in their hands right now. And with it, they hold the right to safe and legal abortion,” Krasnoff said. “So we’re going to be getting that message out and making sure that the Senate rejects any nominee that opposes Roe v. Wade and the right to safe, legal abortion.”Speaking outside the Supreme Court on Thursday, Ilyse Hogue of NARAL Pro-Choice America urged abortion-rights supporters to reach out to lawmakers.”This is about all 100 senators hearing from people on a daily basis that they do not want people, women, families, criminalized,” Hogue said.While polling on abortion is difficult and yields mixed results depending on how the questions are asked, multiple polls suggest a majority of Americans believe abortion should be legal in at least some cases, particularly in early pregnancy.A battle for the courts — and in the courts If Trump is successful in pushing through a nominee who’s likely to overturn or erode Roe, the fight over the future of the decision could play out in several ways.Northup, of the Center for Reproductive Rights, said restrictive laws recently passed by several states could work their way to the Supreme Court. She points to what’s known as a “heartbeat bill” in Iowa, where state lawmakers recently approved one of the strictest abortion laws in the nation.The law, which is being challenged in the courts, bans the procedure after a heartbeat can be detected, which is often before a woman knows she is pregnant. Other states, including Mississippi and Louisiana, have banned abortion at 15 weeks’ gestation, and others have prohibited specific methods.”I think it’s going to be the early cutoff dates for abortion that you’re gonna be seeing going up to the court that could challenge Roe v. Wade, because Roe v. Wade and its cases that have followed have made clear that before the time of fetal viability it’s for the woman and her doctor to make the decision,” Northup said. “And these states have been passing laws trying to radically change that.”Back to the statesAt the final presidential debate in Las Vegas, Trump promised that if Roe is overturned, “It will go back to the states and the states will then make a determination.”That’s true, and it’s the goal of many abortion-rights opponents, some of whom downplay the idea that abortion could become illegal nationwide.”Without question, our goal is to overturn Roe v. Wade so that states are allowed to enact their own wills into law,” said Dannenfelser, of the Susan B. Anthony List.But states have a patchwork of laws, with red states tending to pass more restrictive abortion ones.Alexis Cole, an attorney and policy director at Unite for Reproductive & Gender Equity, said 17 states already have laws on the books that would heavily restrict or ban abortion if Roe were overturned. She notes that because of restrictive laws and limited access to abortion, women in many states already struggle to obtain the procedure, even under Roe.”It would no longer be a matter of traveling across your state; it would be a matter of traveling multiple states that would actually allow you to get an abortion,” Cole said. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more