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.
TORONTO — DesRosiers Automotive Consultants Inc. says light vehicle sales fell 9.4 per cent in November compared with last year for a ninth straight month of declines.The consultancy says a total of 143,668 vehicles were sold in the month, compared with 158,653 a year ago, as passenger car sales fell 11.4 per cent and light truck sales were down 8.7 per cent.DesRosiers says that with the light vehicle market down by about 44,000 units so far compared with last year, it’s almost certain that this year will be the first since 2009 that there won’t be year-over-year growth in the market.Sales are down 2.3 per cent as of the end of the month compared with last year, made up of a 9.6 per cent decline for passenger cars and a 1.1 per cent increase in light truck sales.Despite the dip from last year’s record high, the light vehicle market is still close to 50,000 units ahead of where it was at the end of November in 2016. General Motors, which last week announced it was closing its Oshawa assembly plant, saw sales dip 18.3 per cent in the month compared with last year, while Ford Motor Co. saw a 10.7 per cent drop and Fiat Chrysler Automobiles was down 35.1 per cent. Toyota sales were up 11.5 per cent and Hyundai sales were up 10 per cent.The Canadian Press
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – Prince George artists Leanna Carlson and Karin Heathman made a pit stop with their exhibit “Road Trip” at the Peace Gallery North this past Friday.The exhibition will be running until March 31st at the gallery, featuring both of the artists’ ceramic work. The show features nearly a fifty-fifty split of both Carlson’s and Heathman’s works. Although both artists have vastly different styles, they both say that the theme of road trips suits the combination.Heathman said that when the pair were discussing the possible show, they decided on the theme of a road trip as it gave them a broad subject to work within. “Often when you are on a road trip, you might be going to Thanksgiving dinner, the beach or maybe something else! Road trips take you anywhere and gave us endless possibilities as artists”.Gallery Coordinator Catherine Ruddell said she’s excited to have the exhibit in the gallery for the month. Although Ruddell has only been with the gallery since January, she has enjoyed returning to the Peace Region and working in the local community space.“although the gallery is booked at a minimum one and a half to two years ahead of schedule, I have truly enjoyed getting to know the artists that are currently booked and what they plan to bring.”Carlson, who has been practising her ceramic work for over 26 years, said regardless of her experience, pre-show pressure always kicks in.“I knew coming into this show that I had nearly enough pieces built up, but as the show approached my artist’s brain kicked in. So I made multiple pieces for the show specifically to push my artistic envelope further.”The opening night of the Road Trip exhibit was Friday from 7 pm to 9 pm and featured live music. The exhibit will be available for viewing at Peace Gallery North until March 31st.
FORT 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.
NEW 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.
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.’”
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.”
Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino never considered stripping skipper Hugo Lloris of the captaincy amid recent drink-driving charge.However, Pochettino revealed his support for the French World Cup winner is no justification for his actions.Lloris, 31, was arrested in the early hours of Friday before being released on bail and will face a magistrates’ court hearing on September 11.But he played a key role in helping Spurs defeat Manchester United 3-0 by keeping a clean slate in the game.Pochettino 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.“I never considered that,” said Pochettino when asked about rumours Lloris could be replaced as captain by Harry Kane.“I was in contact with him. So bad experience for him, he apologised (to) our fans, us, the club, he showed his regret and apologised (to) all the country because the responsibility is massive.“It is a massive lesson for everyone; he is punishing himself, he feels so sorry and so bad because he knows he made a big mistake.“But, in the same way, I think it is out of character, and we are going to of course support him, but we cannot justify (it).”
The Scottish team can come back to a UEFA competition after eight years without playing in one, but they need to beat Russian club Ufa at homeThe last time Rangers was in a European competition was eight years ago, but the Scottish team can change everything tomorrow.According to a report by The Scotsman, Steven Gerrard has urged his team to make history and win against Russian club Ufa at home this Thursday.“I wouldn’t say it’s the biggest game in our history because the history at Rangers is so big. The club has played in many games which have created our history for us,” he says.“It’s our responsibility to try to help that and to add to that. We have a responsibility to try to bring European football back.”Owen reveals why Liverpool didn’t offer Gerrard a new contract Manuel R. Medina – September 6, 2019 According to Owen, the Reds wanted to sell Gerrard two years before he left the club and that’s why they didn’t offer him a contract renewal.“The journey we have been on has been about this moment,” he added.“We’ve worked so hard and put a lot of effort in to get this chance, I just hope the players seize this moment.”“I want them to play relaxed and play the way they have done in the previous seven games,” he commented.“We’ve had massive occasions against Skhupi, Osijek and Maribor and the players have done ever so well.”
President Trump’s desire to trim spending across the government is forcing the Pentagon to prepare an alternative fiscal 2020 budget request for $700 billion, a sizeable cut from its original draft proposing $733 billion in total federal spending on national security. The $700 billion figure represents a 2.2 percent reduction from current year spending. The cut would not last for just one year and, instead, will mark the starting point of a five-year budget projection calling for defense spending to remain relatively constant, Defense Secretary Patrick Shanahan told reporters Friday. Officials will now develop two parallel budget requests and use the higher one to show likely tradeoffs from scaling back the request, reported Defense News.Shanahan said modernization would likely absorb a significant cut in the new budget draft. “The way I would think a about those two budgets and the approach, there are certain things that you can’t change. There are just near-term costs that we’re going to spend in the next year that are on contract, and for all intents and purposes are fixed. Then there are other investments we would make in science and technology and procurement, where we have [options] in terms of timing,” he said.Photo courtesy of DOD Dan Cohen AUTHOR
WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Saturday, September 15, 2018:Fire Department responded to party stuck in an elevator in Windsor Place. (12:53pm)A Faulkner Avenue caller reported her fence was struck sometime overnight. She discovered the damage after a red pickup truck pulled up and a passenger retrieved vehicle parts off her property. Caller got a partial plate. Police located operator. No further details provided. (1:35pm)A Salem Street caller reported she gave her vehicle to her mother to use a month ago and she refused to give it back. (3:32pm)A vehicle struck the “Do Not Enter” sign on Sonic property and drove over grass after jumping curb. (5:42pm)A caller reported a 2-year-old female was wondering the street unsupervised. Police responded and spoke with family. Child was safe. (6:39pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 27: OUI Arrest; Woman Brings Caged Bird To Town BeachIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 31: Woburn Man Arrested For OUI; Bad Highway Crash Required MedflightIn “Police Log”
Lead Stories, a fact-checking site that partners with Facebook, also refuted the claim. An Instagram spokeswoman said the post doesn’t violate its rules, which is why the company hasn’t been pulling down this misinformation. Since fact-checkers flagged the post as false, Instagram is limiting its reach and isn’t recommending it on their hashtags or explore tab, which shows users posts from people they don’t follow based on their interests. Instagram declined to say how many users shared the hoax. Haven’t I seen variations of this before?This hoax dates back at least seven years, but keeps coming back every couple of years. In 2012, Instagram and Facebook users were posting a similar privacy notice on their social media feeds, according to fact-checking site Snopes. Like the hoax shared this week, these posts stated that Instagram was implementing a new rule that would allow the company to “use your photo” and that “everything you’ve ever posted becomes public from tomorrow.” Facebook debunked the hoax and said that anyone who uses the social network “owns and controls the content and information they post.” In 2014 and 2015, the same hoax resurfaced yet again. There are also other variations of this hoax. One that dates back to at least 2009, for example, says that users can pay Facebook a subscription fee to keep their posts private. Did all those celebs really fall for this prank?Oh, yes. And what a thing of beauty it was to watch. The list of the duped, chronicled by journalist Taylor Lorenz, included (but was by no means limited to) Judd Apatow, Debra Messing, Waka Flocka Flame and Usher. Many of the Instagram posts have been deleted, but users and journalists captured and shared screenshots. Rob Lowe — the host of the game show Mental Samurai, an “obstacle course for the mind” — reposted the hoax only to get called out by his son, who replied to his dad with a face-palm emoji. Perry, who serves as the US Secretary of Energy, was subjected to a Twitter chorus chastising him for falling for the hoax. So can Instagram use the photos I upload?An Instagram spokeswoman said that users on the social network own their own photos and videos, and control how that content is shared. The social network’s terms of service, though, states that when you sign up for an account you grant Instagram a license to use your content. “You can end this license anytime by deleting your content or account,” the company’s policy states. “However, content will continue to appear if you shared it with others and they have not deleted it.” Post a comment Share your voice If you’re seeing a meme claiming Instagram is changing its rules tomorrow, it’s not true – learn more here: https://t.co/Qy102zMQCm— Adam Mosseri (@mosseri) August 21, 2019 Tags 0 Mobile Culture An old Instagram hoax keeps coming back. Angela Lang/CNET It’s the social media hoax that won’t die. Since the beginning of the week, celebrities, politicians and everyday folks have fallen for a ruse about supposed changes coming to Instagram’s privacy policies. The practical joke declares IG is implementing a “rule where they can use your photos.” Though the head of the Facebook-owned service has debunked the hoax post, people keep falling for it. The hoax is fueled by a claim that you can prevent Instagram from using your photos if you publish a statement revoking your permission for it to do so. No wonder it’s gone viral. Among the high-profile names duped: Julia Roberts, Julianne Moore and Taraji P. Henson. Oh, and Rick Perry, the man in charge of America’s nuclear arsenal. (To his credit, Perry demonstrated a sense of humor about his naiveté, tweeting a list of items he’d give Instagram the right to use. It included “pictures of dachshunds” and “Backstage selfies with Vanilla Ice.”Here’s what you need to know about this Instagram hoax, which is sure to snag a few more unsuspecting victims before it burns itself out.What is the hoax?The hoax is a viral post that claims Instagram is changing its policy on user-uploaded photos, essentially giving the service the right to use them. Everything you post becomes public, including any messages you deleted from the service, the post states. The text-heavy and grammar-challenged post goes in and out of all caps and boldface, urging people to copy a message reading: “I do not give Instagram or any entities associated with Instagram permission to use my pictures, information, messages or posts, both past and future. With this statement, I give notice to Instagram it is strictly forbidden to disclose, copy, distribute or take any other action against me based on this profile and/or its contents.”It also references the Uniform Commercial Code and the Rome Statute, a 1998 agreement that led to the creation of the International Criminal Court.Actress Taraji Henson was one of the celebrities duped by the Instagram hoax. Screenshot from Instagram by Queenie Wong/CNET How did Instagram respond?The Facebook-owned photo sharing service quickly dismissed the hoax. Adam Mosseri, who runs Instagram, tweeted a denial of the purported rule change on Tuesday night, saying, “If you’re seeing a meme claiming Instagram is changing its rules tomorrow, it’s not true.” Privacy Facebook Instagram
India’s largest software firm Tata Consultancy Services (TCS) will give training to more than 1 lakh employees this year in the fast growing digital technologies. Towards providing this, the company has rolled out a new learning platform.TCS chief executive N Chandrasekaran said that the company has invested huge money in offering the training programme. Some of its employees seem to have already making use of the new learning platform.The Mumbai-based IT firm has an employee base of 3,24,935 at the end of June quarter. It aims to increase its revenue from digital segment to $5 billion over the next five years.”Digital is the fastest-growing business vertical now; we have got a huge traction. It occupies for 12.5 per cent of overall revenue on a ‘conservative basis,” Chandrasekaran said.TCS revenue rose 16.1% to ₹25,668 crore in the first quarter of FY, while net profit stood at ₹5,684 crore, up 2.1% compared to previous quarter. TCS handed out a massive dividend of ₹15,474 crore in the fiscal year 2014-15, emerging as the highest dividend-paying company in the country.Last month, the company had said that it saved about $16 million in costs by automating a part of its training programme for freshers, apart from reducing training time by almost 20%, The Economic Times reported.Besides, the IT services firm said that it had deployed digital learning tools to pick out “high-performers” during the training period.TCS has given job offers to about 35,000 freshers in the current financial year. It has rolled out a online learning portal for the freshers to do a part of the coursework before joining the company.
Paying for your pizza in Bitcoin is cute – a mildly cool feat to humblebrag about. But footing the bill for your monthly satellite TV in the digital cash is way more legit.If you’re a DISH Network subscriber, come this summer, you’ll be able to do just that. The multi-billion dollar satellite TV titan today announced that it will start accepting Bitcoin payments beginning in July.Today’s DISH Bitcoin headlines might not seem like a big deal to you, but they’re music to Bitcoin backers’ ears. This news marks a pretty huge milestone for the world’s first cryptocurrency, marking another pivotal step toward it becoming mainstream.Related: How Bitcoin Is Fueling a New Payments BattlefieldEnough gushing: Let’s get back to the details. DISH said it has tasked Coinbase, a San Francisco-based global Bitcoin wallet and merchant service, with processing its Bitcoin payments. We’re not sure yet if there will be an extra fee for paying in Bitcoin. We hope not because that would definitely be a turnoff.So why would a big-corporate fish like DISH throw its weight behind Bitcoin? For one, the content-provider is all about “choice.” So by providing a new payment option, DISH is allowing customers more selection — a move that could help the company stand out from its lower-cost competitors like Netflix, Hulu and Amazon. Plus, the Blockbuster parent company can use it as a way to position itself as cutting-edge and “in touch” with what younger, streaming-savvy consumers want, a maneuver to keep current subscribers and attract new ones.Related: Yelp Now Points Users to Businesses That Accept Bitcoin as Payment“We always want to deliver choice and convenience for our customers and that includes the method they use to pay their bills,” Bernie Han, DISH Network’s chief executive officer CEO and executive vice president, said in a statement issued today. “Bitcoin is becoming a preferred way for some people to transact and we want to accommodate those individuals.”In a about a month, when DISH’s first Bitcoin payments start flowing in (and they will), the Englewood, Colo.-based Fortune 200 corporation will join the ranks of a growing lineup of big-name early Bitcoin payment adopters, like OKCupid, Overstock.com, Reddit, TigerDirect and WordPress. Not to mention the more than 50,000 other merchants also currently accepting the cryptocurrency.Related: Square Market Now Takes Bitcoin PaymentsDISH stands out from the pack, though, as it will soon own the bragging rights to being the biggest company in all of the world yet to accept Bitcoin. That is until another mega brand steps up and takes its place.And one will. It’s not a matter of time, it’s a matter of who.Could it be eBay? We’ll keep you posted.Related: Everyone Hates Their Cable Provider, Apparently Enroll Now for Free Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Now May 29, 2014 This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. min read
No related posts. Officers from the Costa Rican Coast Guard on Sunday seized 963 kilograms of cocaine from a fishing boat near the Galapagos Islands, Ecuador, in the Pacific Ocean.Public Security Minister Mario Zamora on Monday said the seizure was part of a joint patrol with the U.S. Coast Guard.Zamora said at a press conference that the crew of three Costa Ricans and one Nicaraguan was arrested and sent to Ecuador for booking.Public Security Ministry officials have requested that Ecuador send the three Costa Rican nationals here to be tried in Costa Rica.The minister said officials also are performing background checks on the detainees to verify if they have criminal records.Last November, agents from Costa Rica’s Drug Control Police captured the same fishing vessel, named “Capitán Pearson,” with 1,081 kilograms of cocaine on board, Zamora said.At the time, four people were arrested after transferring the drug shipment from an Ecuadorian boat. However, a judge ordered the boat returned to its owners pending trial in that case. Facebook Comments
December 19, 2018 678 Views Heading into 2019, the Federal Housing Administration (FHA) says it is doing rather well as an offshoot of the bullish U.S. housing market. In fact, the agency has seen the ratio of net worth to total mortgages in its Mutual Mortgage Insurance (MMI) Fund, which collects premiums and pays claims, grow by $7 billion this year.FHA also says that at year’s end, it finances 33 percent of purchase activity for first-time homebuyers, and 34 percent of all minority purchase activity, plus there’s $209 billion in new FHA mortgages “for which future revenue is expected to exceed future expenses,” according to a new agency report.How this will all work for the buyer, though, might be a different story. FHA, after all, tends to help buyers who need it more, and upward swings in the share of borrowers using down payment assistance—despite a 3.5 percent downpayment requirement—could signal more buyers are stretching too thin.“These mortgages,” FHA reports, “tend to be riskier both because the borrowers have not demonstrated the ability to put money aside and because they tend to have less discretionary income to weather setbacks.”The agency’s annual report shows that the share of FHA mortgages with downpayment assistance has gone from 30 to 39 percent over the last five years.Riskier cash-out refinances have also increased, from 142,000 to 152,000 loans since last year, with their share of the refinance universe rising from 39 to 64 percent. This, even though refinances overall are down.On the upside for consumers—and the downside for FHA—access to credit is expanding, even as credit scores are drifting lower, as a result of debt-to-income (DTI) ratios increasing.“While these decreases in credit scores and increases in DTI ratios may increase the FHA’s risk, they are part of the program’s natural cyclicality,” the agency reports. “That said, we do worry about the increased default posed by risk layering.”In reverse mortgages, the agency says Type 1 claims—the ones representing actual losses from disposing properties backing these mortgages—dropped from $677 million to $612 million since 2013 and 2015 numbers. Recoveries are also increasing. That’s more good news for consumer trends, but the 19 percent dropoff in its reverse mortgage program spells a $14 billion shortfall for FHA.That’s actually about the same as it was a year ago and seems to be related to an appraisal bias in the program.“Appraisal bias on nonpurchase mortgages has long been a feature of the mortgage market,” the agency says, “and the FHA estimates that the appraisal bias is now under 5 percent, falling from much higher levels 10 years ago.”Moreover, the agency says, this level of appraisal bias should not add much incremental risk given that seniors can tap only about half the equity in their house through the program.“We would encourage the FHA to release more loan-level data on the reverse program so that researchers can better understand the drivers of risk in this program—one that appears to be hemorrhaging even in an environment with 7 percent home price appreciation,” the report concludes. in Daily Dose, Featured, Government, News 2019 Downpayment Assistance FHA HOUSING Housing Market Trends mortgage Reverse Mortgage 2018-12-19 Scott_Morgan What’s Ahead for FHA in 2019? Share
August 10, 2015This past month Arcosanti’s Jeff Stein AIA and concert pianist Dr. Lynne Haeseler presented their “CONNECT Chautauqua: Connecting Beethoven, Buildings and BMW Motorcycles” at the Barber Motorsports Museum in Birmingham, Alabama. Previously, they have performed this at Arcosanti, in Scottsdale and at the Steinway Gallery recital hall in Tucson.[photos and text by Jeff Stein}Their performance in Birmingham was part of the 5th annual conference of the IJMS / International Journal of Motorcycle Studies, an online, peer-reviewed scholarly journal of social science, riders and research from around the globe.The Barber is the world’s greatest motorcycle museum, with over 1400 bikes on permanent display. In their 50-minute, multi-media Chautauqua, Stein and Haeseler describe through images, lecture, discussion and Beethoven’s music itself — including the entire second movement of his 9th Symphony, transcribed for piano by Schiller — how the work of these three men: composer Ludwig vonBeethoven’s 9th Symphony, designer David Robb’s BMW R1200GS, architect Paolo Soleri’s East Crescent at Arcosanti provides the same intense human experience: sound, speed, space that allows us to be truly connected, and thus truly human.In truth everything is connected. Understanding how these three entities connect, we all might grow more comfortable with the idea. Plus, there is the notion, in each, of being at the center of a world. Each composition: Symphony, Architecture, Motorcycle, transports you to such a place. “Chautauqua” was the New York birthplace of this kind of enlightening lecture / performance. Former US President Theodore Roosevelt called Chautauqua “the most American thing in America”. This is one of those. To schedule a performance of this Chautauqua in your location, contact < pr [at] Arcosanti.org >
French content creators society SCAM has called for an increase in the licence fee to finance France Télévisions and end uncertainty over the public broadcaster’s future.The SCAM has called for an increase of €5 per household for 2013 and above inflation increases of €3 per year for each of the four years thereafter.SCAM president Jean Xavier de Lestrade said that an increase in the licence fee was the only viable solution and that the government had to tackle the taboo surrounding the notion of an increase in the fee.The SCAM, which publicised a series of proposals following the Auteurdevue 2012 event for audiovisual professionals, has also condemned a cut in the budget of the Centre National du Cinéma (CNC), which supports audiovisual production in France, of €150 million, as excessive. The SCAM said it believed the state was penalising an organisation that contributed significantly to growth and employment and called for a ringfencing of the organisation’s budget.The SCAM also joined with producers organisations to call for a reform of the COSIP, the fund for the support of French cinema production, to ensure continued support for high-end productions.Finally, to combat piracy, the SCAM has also called for a reduction in exclusivity windows for documentary films from the current four years and a revision of rules applying to the theatrical distribution windows for documentaries.
Dear 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 Research
Over 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.