Wilmington OBITUARIES Week of August 11 2019

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are the obituaries published on Wilmington Apple during the week of August 11, 2019:Lived In Wilmington At Time Of Passing:Phyllis (Lanzilli) Catalogna, 98Steven W. Parker, 62Doris May (Allen) Squibb, 88Previously Lived In Wilmington:Earl W. Hannibal, 80James Thayer Hastings, 84Elizabeth M. (Nolan) McNabb, 94Worked In/Volunteered In/Connected To Wilmington:Judith Elaine Sias Guertin, 76Like 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedOBITUARY: Earl W. Hannibal, 80In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 4, 2019)In “Obituaries”Wilmington OBITUARIES (Week of August 25, 2019)In “Obituaries”last_img read more

Game of Thrones season 8 opening credits hint at events to come

first_img Tags More on Game of Thrones Watch Game of Thrones season 8 episode 2 trailer now Game of Thrones season 8 premiere leaked on DirecTV Now Game of Thrones season 8 episode 1: The 6 funniest lines Speaking of the Wall…Once the credits move to the gigantic map, they begin at the Wall, which now has a huge chunk missing, thanks to you-know-who.Last Hearth, we hardly knew yeThe credits now move on to a new location. Last Hearth is the ancestral home of House Umber, and if you watched the premiere, you know what happens there. Note the icy tiles representing the White Walkers reaching out to it, showing the path of the dead as they march. Also note the spiral pattern that plays out in a gruesome scene from the episode.Winterfell is comingNext, the camera shoots to Winterfell, the Starks’ beloved home. Winterfell has always been in the credits, but not like this. Here the camera swoops through the godswood and then dives inside the castle itself. It races through the Stark crypt, where there’s a statue of Lyanna Stark, among others. Her life, and the son she delivered before dying, is only going to keep returning as a plot point here. And there are plenty of rumors that the crypt will figure heavily in this season’s episodes. Could the dead be resurrected? It’s been known to happen.King of the hillKing’s Landing is next, the capital of the Seven Kingdoms, home of the Iron Throne and the Red Keep. Look for Qyburn’s scorpion and dragon skulls from past historical battles. Just a reminder that no one is bowing down to the terrifying dragons without a fight. And there’s the Iron Throne, which really doesn’t look worth all this blood and death. The Lannister lion is shown above it now, but maybe not for long.More to comeThe credits aren’t going to be stagnant, so stay alert for clues in future weeks.”I’ll say that there are differences (in the credits) in every single episode,” art director Kirk Shintani told BuzzFeed. “From episode to episode, pay attention, because there’s lots of hints scattered around.” 57 Photos Now that the final season premiere of Game of Thrones has aired, it’s time to roll things back and take a dragon’s-eye view of those new opening credits. (Spoilers ahead.)The credits have always been complex and rewarded repeat and close viewings. The elaborate opening spins through the map of Westeros and changes from week to week. But they’re even fresher this season, as the creative team that designed the credits wanted a whole new chance to remake them.”We wanted to explore the idea that there was more under the surface than previous seasons,” creative director Angus Wall told BuzzFeed in an interview published Sunday. “And that there was an interior and a depth in terms of the layers beneath the surface that we had only hinted at before.”Astrolabe newnessThe credits begin inside of an elaborate astronomical instrument called an astrolabe. If you’re quick on the pause button, you can see it’s covered with murals depicting past plotlines that shaped the story, from the Red Wedding to the birth of Daenerys’ dragons to the fall of the Wall. Look for the Red Comet, an omen of major events, such as the dragons’ return. Share your voicecenter_img Game of Thrones Post a comment Game of Thrones stars, from season 1 through today TV and Movies 0last_img read more

Shahjalal Airport fire tamed flight operation normal

first_imgFire fighters are seen trying to douse fire. Photo: Sazid HossainThe fire that broke out at Hazrat Shahjalal International Airport on Friday afternoon has been brought under control, reports UNB.Director (Operation) of Fire Service and Civil Defense major Shakil said fire-fighters managed to douse the flame around 3:15 pm after around a two-hour long effort.Meanwhile, a three-member committee, headed by deputy director (Dhaka) of Fire Service headquarters Debnath Bardhan, was formed to probe the fire incident.The committee has been asked to submit its report within seven working days.Although the fire erupted at the departure lounge, it did not cause any disruption in taking off and landing of the scheduled flights, said Rezaul Karim, public relation officer of Civil Aviation Authority of Bangladesh (CAAB).The activities at the departure lounge became normal after 4:00pm.Earlier, the fire broke out on the second floor of airport’s main building around 1:30pm.All the passengers, including hajj pilgrims, and airport, airline staffs, were evacuated soon after the fire broke out, creating panic among the people around.last_img read more

Clinton Foundation hacker to plead guilty

first_imgTimothy SedlakA Florida man accused of trying to hack the Clinton Foundation in 2015 is expected to plead guilty on Thursday, months after he was sentenced in a related case to 42 years in prison over child pornography discovered on his computers during the probe.Timothy Sedlak, 43, is scheduled to plead guilty in federal court in Manhattan, according to court records. Prosecutors accused him in September 2015 of trying to gain access to an unnamed New York-based global charitable organisation’s network.Prosecutors have never named the organization. But a court filing obtained by Reuters said US Secret Service agents in 2015 questioned Sedlak about notes they found referencing former Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and her daughter, Chelsea Clinton.Sedlak, who called himself a private investigator, told the agents he was researching whether charities were unintentionally providing funding to Islamic militant groups, and said the Clintons “came up in his research,” the filing said.The filing’s description of the Clintons matched prosecutors’ descriptions of two previously unnamed individuals who were said to be an “executive” at the charity and an “individual who has been publicly affiliated” with it.Chelsea Clinton is the vice chair of Clinton Foundation, which was founded by her father, former US president Bill Clinton. Its full name is the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation.The filing, a summary of a Secret Service agent’s interview with Sedlak, was downloaded by Reuters on Feb. 3 and soon after was replaced by a redacted version removing the Clintons’ names.A spokeswoman for Manhattan US attorney Preet Bharara and Sedlak’s lawyer declined comment. Clinton Foundation representatives did not respond to requests for comment.The investigation into Sedlak, of Ocoee, Florida, predated probes into cyber attacks on Democrats during the 2016 presidential election.US intelligence agencies in January released an assessment that Russian president Vladimir Putin ordered a covert effort through the cyber attacks to help Republican Donald Trump’s electoral chances by discrediting Clinton.Prosecutors have said that Sedlak launched about 390,000 unsuccessful attempts to gain unauthorized access to the charitable organisation’s computer network.Following his arrest, authorities discovered files on his computers containing child pornography, including a number of images depicting Sedlak himself sexually abusing a toddler, prosecutors said.Sedlak as a result was separately charged in Florida, where a federal jury in Orlando in May found him guilty on charges including that he produced and possessed child pornography. He was sentenced in August to 42 years in prison.last_img read more

Man held with 14 gold bars

first_imgGold bars. File PhotoMembers of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) detained a suspected gold smuggler along with 14 gold bars from Putkhali border area of Benapole in Jashore on Saturday evening, reports UNB.The arrestee is Dilip Halder, 35, son of a certain Khudiram Halder.Being informed that a consignment of gold was being smuggled to India, a team of BGB conducted a raid and detained Dilip along with the gold bars weighing 1.630 kilogram worth Tk 8.5 million, said lieutenant colonel Imram Ullah Sarker, commander of BGB-21 battalion.The detainee was handed over to Benapole Port police station after filing of a case in this connection.last_img

Thai boys share cave experience

first_imgThe 12 boys and their soccer coach who were rescued from a flooded cave arrive for a news conference in the northern province of Chiang Rai, Thailand, on 18 July 2018. — ReutersThe 12 boys and their soccer coach rescued from a flooded cave in Thailand recounted details of their ordeal on Wednesday, at their first public appearance, during which they waved, smiled and offered traditional “wai” greetings on a national broadcast.Doctors, relatives and friends, some in yellow traditional garb, greeted the boys, aged 11 to 16, and their 25-year-old coach, who wore T-shirts emblazoned with a red graphic of a wild boar and carried in footballs they kicked gently on the set.“Bringing the Wild Boars Home,” read a banner in Thai that used the name of the soccer team to welcome them on the set, designed to resemble a soccer field, complete with goalposts and nets.A crowd of media and onlookers was penned behind barricades as the boys arrived in vans from the hospital where they had stayed since last week’s international effort to extricate them from a flooded cave complex in which they had been trapped.“I told everyone fight on, don’t despair,” said one boy, describing how the group had battled to stay alive during the excruciating days spent in the cave in Thailand’s northern province of Chiang Rai.Another, Adul Sam-on, 14, recalled the moment when two British divers found the group on 2 July, squatting in a flooded chamber several kilometers within the cave complex.“It was magical,” he said. “I had to think a lot before I could answer their questions.”That discovery triggered the rescue effort that brought them all to safety over the course of three days, organised by Thai navy SEALs and a global team of cave-diving experts.The order in which the boys eventually left the cave did not depend on the state of their health, said their coach Ekkapol Chantawong, who has been credited by some parents with keeping the boys alive.“The ones whose homes are the furthest went first, so they could tell everyone that the boys were fine,” he added.“WE ONLY DRANK WATER”The group had planned to explore the Tham Luang cave complex for about an hour after soccer practice on 23 June. But a rainy season downpour flooded the tunnels, trapping them.“We took turns digging at the cave walls,” Ekkapol said. “We didn’t want to wait around until authorities found us.”But their efforts were to no avail, he said, adding, “Almost everyone can swim. Some aren’t strong swimmers, however.”The group, which had eaten before going into the caves, took no food on an excursion they had intended to last only an hour, and had to subsist on water dripping from stalactites in the cave, he added.“We only drank water,” said one of the boys, nicknamed Tee.“I had no strength. I tried not to think about food so I didn’t get more hungry,” added the team’s youngest member, who goes by the name Titan, and was greeted with a rousing cheer from the audience on his arrival at the news conference.Thoughts of their parents also preoccupied the boys, with one admitting, “I was afraid. That I wouldn’t go home and I would get scolded by my mother.”The boys, who sported crisp haircuts, had gained 3 kg (6.6 lb) each on average since the rescue, and ran through confidence-building exercises ahead of Wednesday’s event, said hospital director Chaiwetch Thanapaisal.The rescue effort drew global media attention and hundreds of journalists. Excitement picked up again in the usually sleepy town of Chiang Rai ahead of the much-anticipated 90-minute live broadcast on dozens of channels.“We don’t know what wounds the kids are carrying in their hearts,” said justice ministry official Tawatchai Thaikaew, who asked for the boys’ privacy to be respected after the discharge, for fear the media attention could affect their mental health.But the moment was bittersweet, as two of the boys held up a framed pencil sketch of Samarn Kunan, 38, the former Thai navy diver who died while he worked underwater, laying oxygen tanks along a potential exit route.“Everyone was very sad,” said the coach, Ekkapol, adding that the boys would spend time as novice Buddhist monks to honor the diver’s memory. “They felt like they were the reason he had to die and his family had to suffer.”last_img read more

Congressman Al Green To Boycott Trump Inauguration

first_img Listen Share 00:00 /01:14 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Andrew SchneiderCongressman Al Green, speaking at his district office in Houston.Congressman Al Green said he’ll boycott Donald Trump’s inauguration. The Houston congressman was the first Texan among of dozens of House Democrats refusing to attend Trump’s swearing in.Austin Rep. Lloyd Doggett and San Antonio Rep. Joaquin Castro added their names to the list several hours later.Green cited Trump’s language during the campaign as one of the main reasons he’ll be staying away from the Capitol on Friday, when Trump takes the oath of office. “I cannot participate in the inauguration of a person who calls women dogs, who would bar Muslims from this country, who has insulted a Gold Star family, who has insulted Latinos,” he said.Green also echoed Atlanta Congressman John Lewis, who is boycotting the event as well, by saying Trump will not be a legitimate president.But Green went further, linking support for Trump to support for state efforts to suppress minority voting rights. As an example, he pointed to Texas voter ID law.“People are not going to accept Mr. Trump as a legitimate president,” Green said. “He’s lawful, but the way it happened is going to cast a shadow over his presidency, not just today, but tomorrow, and perhaps until he can help us change some of these draconian laws.”Green said that one of his top priorities for the new Congress will be working to reinstate portions of the Voting Rights Act struck down by the Supreme Court. He said that’s one area in which he’d be happy to work with the new president.Andrew SchneiderCongressman Green attacked Texas voter ID law, and others like it, for making it harder for minorities to vote. He said the first time he attempted to use his congressional ID to identify himself at the polls, he was turned away. Xlast_img read more

Houston Homeowners Move Forward After Harvey And Many Face Limited Options

first_img 00:00 /02:57 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Allison LeeMonica Augusta, 47, says this is the second time her home has been flooded.Officials have estimated that Harvey’s floodwaters have destroyed 30,000 to 40,000 Houston homes. And as the city recovers, the people who lived in those homes are asking, “Now what?”Monica Augusta lives in the neighborhood of Bellaire, in southwest Houston. The houses on her block are surrounded by what seems like a graveyard of flood-damaged mattresses, furniture, and personal items.This is the second time her home has flooded, and she said it doesn’t get any easier.“It feels like everyone I talk to, and the more questions I ask, and different answers I get, the more overwhelmed and confused I feel,” she said. “I don’t want to go through this again. A single mom with two kids and two dogs. I can’t go through it again. But, when you have a mortgage that’s already overwhelming, how do you even begin to think of adding to that mortgage?”– / 3Many people around Houston are facing that same exact dilemma, and are reaching out to people like Sam Craven.Craven is the co-founder of Senna House Buyers, in the Heights. Since Harvey, he said he’s been having seven appointments a day; and has racked up over 200 miles on his car within three days, just to get to them.Credit: Allison LeeSam Craven, 32, drives to multiple Senna House Buyers’ clients a day, all across Houston.“Most of the people that I’ve met with have been in the hardest hit areas; the ones that have been hit multiple times. And so, they’ve kind of been through it before,” said Craven.“We have so many people calling us right now, who don’t even know what the next step is. From people calling us saying, ‘Hey, I don’t know how to dry out my house,’ to people calling us crying and upset because they’ve lost everything and they just want to move on and sell their home,” said Craven. “We find ourselves as an unfortunate subject matter expert, here.”Craven said he’s also concerned about insurance adjusters potentially moving their attention from Harvey, to Irma.Credit: Allison LeeSam Craven meets with homeowner Monica Augusta, to calculate how much it would cost to fix damages from Harvey, and how much his business can offer her for the house.And as flood victims continue to navigate through the process, Bellaire homeowner Monica Augusta said the cycle is overwhelming.“You take whatever money you can, make it livable, and move back in. Only to go through it again. Because you don’t have any other options, and I’m feeling that,” she said. “So, part of me thinks, ‘How could you ever go through this more than two, three times. But then I realize you just don’t have options….So maybe we rent the rest of our lives? I don’t know. We’re going to an apartment in [West University Place]. But even that’s terrifying, because now you have rent and a mortgage.”Over the years, Harris County has bought out more flooded homeowners than any county in the country. But the process can take years. And now, FEMA officials are telling the Houston Chronicle they’re trying to find ways to speed up the process, so flooded homeowners can consider buyouts instead of rebuilding. X Sharelast_img read more

Trumps Executive Actions May Mean More Headaches For Struggling Congress

first_img Share Drew Angerer/Getty ImagesPresident Donald Trump makes a statement on the administration’s strategy for dealing with Iran, in the Diplomatic Reception Room in the White House, on October 13, 2017.President Trump has recently taken a series of what appear to be bold executive actions to reverse Obama-era policies: declining to re-certify the Iran nuclear deal, halting subsidy payments to insurance companies and setting an expiration date for the DACA immigration program. But, in so doing, he’s dumping thorny problems on a GOP-controlled Congress already struggling to rack up significant legislative accomplishments.This did not go unnoticed by one of the top Democrats in Congress. Trump “throws destructive bones to his base then tells Congress to fix it: Iran, Health care, Puerto Rico,” Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., tweeted Saturday.While Trump said Friday that Iran had violated “the spirit” of the 2015 nuclear deal, he didn’t pull out of the multi-nation agreement, at least not yet. Instead, he opened the door for congressional action — and that’s exactly what he’s asking for.“I am directing my administration to work closely with Congress and our allies to address the deal’s many serious flaws so that the Iranian regime can never threaten the world with nuclear weapons,” Trump said.And with that Trump dumped another item on Congress’ already very full plate.Just the night before he had announced another decision that could well require Congress to step in: halting cost-sharing subsidy payments to insurance companies. Those payments were designed to keep premiums down for low-income consumers, but Trump said they are illegal and just a gift to insurance companies.Democrats and moderate Republicans including Charlie Dent of Pennsylvania and Ileana Ros-Lehtinen of Florida expressed dismay at the move. Both Dent and Ros-Lehtinen have already announced they do not intend to run for re-election next year.“We at the end of the day will own this. We, the Republican Party, will own this,” Dent said in an interview on CNN. “I believe his action will force us to enter into some kind of a bipartisan agreement on the cost-sharing reduction payments” to stabilize the insurance markets.Trump said stopping the payments was part of an effort to undo the Affordable Care Act.“One by one it’s going come down, and we’re going to have great health care in our country,” Trump said in a speech at the Values Voter Summit on Friday. “We are going to have great health care in our country. We are taking a little different route than I had hoped because getting Congress — they forgot what their pledges were.”Still, he said he hoped this would prompt Congress to take bipartisan action to repeal and replace Obamacare. He said Friday he wants Democrats to come to him. They aren’t. And even when it comes to Republicans, it’s not clear the president and the various factions in Congress are even remotely on the same page about how to proceed.And that’s not the only item the president wants Congress to act on. There’s also the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program for undocumented immigrants brought to the country as children. When Trump announced he would put a six-month expiration date on the program, he tweeted, “Congress, get ready to do your job – DACA!”Early on, it looked like he had reached the broad outline of an agreement with Democratic leaders in Congress, only to then release a list of hard-line demands that Democrats — and even many Republicans — won’t support.“What I want is tremendous border regulation. I want the wall. And we’re going to get other things,” Trump told Sean Hannity on Fox News. “And we’re going to see if we’re going to work something out. Now whether or not we do, I don’t know. But it would be wonderful to solve the DACA problem.”When Trump says “we” as he discusses DACA, Iran and health care, he mostly means “them.” Congress will have to do all the heavy lifting. And none of this will be easy for a GOP-controlled Congress (narrowly in the Senate) that is far from unanimity on any of these matters.“Every time you buck some issue over to their plate, you blow the place up,” said Sarah Binder, a senior fellow at the Brookings Institution who specializes in Congress. “And Congress is not a well-oiled machine, so disrupting the agenda and putting more things on their lap — issues which are really wedge issues within the Republican Party … it’s almost mind-boggling to me that a president who doesn’t see himself as part of the party in Congress puts them back in that situation.”And all of these items come on top of what was supposed to be the top priority for congressional Republicans this fall: passing a tax system overhaul. In the midst of everything else, Trump has been campaigning for tax cuts and other changes to the tax code. He suggested maybe it could be a “Christmas gift” to Americans.A more likely Christmas gift could well be a shutdown showdown over must-pass government funding legislation. The current funding expires Dec. 8, and at least some of these issues could get wrapped up in negotiations.On Friday, Schumer did express optimism that at least the health care subsidies could pass that way.“I think we’re going to have a very good opportunity in the omnibus to get this done in a bipartisan way, if we can’t get it done sooner,” he said.Copyright 2017 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

Lina Hidalgo Meets With Emergency Officials Historic Backlog Plagues Immigration Courts And

first_img Share Thursday, December 20, 2018Top afternoon stories:Lina Hidalgo Meets With Harris County Emergency OfficialsTravis Bubenik/Houston Public MediaHarris County Judge-elect Lina Hidalgo (center).Incoming Harris County Judge Lina Hidalgo is gearing up to lead the county’s homeland security office. She was briefed Thursday by emergency officials as she assembles her administration’s team.Hidalgo sat down with the county’s top disaster response officials, Sheriff Ed Gonzalez, county constables and others. Hidalgo praised the officials’ work building what she described as a highly-regarded emergency operations team.Hidalgo said she sees opportunities for streamlining, implementing best practices and cutting out redundancies across county government. She said she wants to build government that’s “better and costs less.”The 27-year old and first-time office holder was elected in November as part of a Democratic “blue wave” that swept the nation’s third-largest county. She takes offices January 1, 2019.Elizabeth Trovall/Houston Public MediaThis photo shows the outside of the detained courts at the ICE Houston Service Processing Center.Historic Backlog Plagues Immigration Courts In Texas, NationwideTexas saw a 30 percent increase in pending immigration cases over the last two years, reaching a backlog of more than 119,000 cases, according to a report by Syracuse University. That’s nearly 30,000 cases more than in September 2016.Since Trump took office, the number of cases pending nationwide grew nearly 50 percent to more than 809,000. The backlog means detained immigrants will spend months longer behind bars, even though detained cases are prioritized in the courts and tend to move much faster.Non-detained immigrants face even longer wait times, though they are given work permissions while they wait. Some court dates are scheduled as far out as 2022. Houston’s courts also saw an increased backlog, with the number of pending cases now over 53,000.Harris County Sheriff’s OfficeHarris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez (center).Sheriff’s Office Asks Victims Of Local Security Company To Come ForwardThe Harris County Sheriff’s Office is asking victims of a man who works for a local security company and that has been arrested for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping to come forward.Sheriff Ed Gonzalez held a press conference Thursday to discuss the arrest of Pablo Munoz Garza, 39, owner of TexGuard Services Co.A joint task force of the Violent Crime Unit at the Harris County Sheriff’s Office (HCSO) and the Criminal Investigation Division of the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) arrested Munoz Garza for aggravated robbery and aggravated kidnapping for an incident that occurred in July of 2018.According to the investigation, on July 29, 2018, Garza and several of the security guards that work under him assaulted and robbed a 33-year-old Hispanic male at a club called La Oveja Negra. One of the security guards could be identified with the name “Cowboy.”HCSO lieutenant Jeff Stauber said that, based on their findings, investigators think there are other victims.last_img read more

Boxers Have Dr Banks in Their Corner

first_imgGreg Banks, M.D. always has been passionate about boxing and mixed martial arts. But being a doctor is what forced him into a corner … literally. An intimate knowledge of the dangers of ring competition, as both participant and spectator, inspired the family and urgent-care physician to moonlight as a guardian of these combatants.Greg Banks moonlights as a ringside doctor in Richmond Va. (Courtesy photo)Banks has been a Washington, D.C.-area ringside doctor at boxing and MMA events for a decade. He is driven by his love of these sports and his commitment to help people.“I would see these guys ringside in a corner and wonder: ‘Who’s that with a stethoscope?’”That curiosity ultimately led Banks to secure his license through the Association of Ringside Physicians. He soon became that guy ringside, with the stethoscope.“It’s a very significant job because of the physical nature of the sports,” said Dr. Gregory Pleasants, who has served for 15 years as a Richmond, Va.-based ringside doctor. “I have worked some fights with Greg, and he has a real passion for the sports to go with his passion for service.”“For me,” said Banks, 52, “as someone who loves the sports and studied taekwondo, too, it’s a great opportunity to have a great seat to see the matches. Most important, though, it’s very dangerous to compete in these sports, and the ringside doctors are there to help minimize injury — especially brain injury.”The native Washingtonian and Howard University College of Medicine graduate said his job is both entertaining and gratifying.“The doctor is mostly in the shadows — until something happens,” he said. “It’s scary sometimes. But, most of the time, the injuries are cuts or maybe a broken bone, sprains. When I’m not worried about the fighter, I’m actually having a great time because I have the best seat in the house.”But Banks said there are many factors in boxers or MMA fighters who suffer serious brain damage — and it’s not just because of hard punches. Participants often undergo dramatic weight loss just before fights to meet weight requirements. Banks explained that quickly losing and regaining weight can spell trouble.“Dehydration comes with weight-cutting,” Banks said. “Their whole goal is to come into the fight as big and strong as possible, to inflict as much pain as possible. But with weight-cutting, you lose weight all over.“In the brain, there is something called CSF [cerebrospinal fluid] that helps cushion the brain. But when you’re dehydrated, there is less of that cushion, that fluid. Quick weight gain won’t allow you to function at your premium and you won’t be as protected. So, your brain can get hit with the first blow and then bounce off the other side of the skull. So that’s a double concussion that can cause tearing of the blood vessels in the brain, causing bleeding, which is never good.“It’s a big science. [Doctors are] looking at it each year: ‘What can we do to prevent [traumatic brain injuries] from happening?’ One thing we’re looking at is dates, so boxers have a deadline to make the weight that’s not so close to the fight, giving the body enough time to replace that fluid.”Banks said that doctors continue to seek ways to detect performance-enhancing drugs. They contribute to severe injuries because they “allow guys to train longer, get more muscle mass on their bodies and withstand more injuries. And they are able to inflict more injuries on their opponents because their strength is off the scales.”Banks started his medical journey as a teenager. He hoped to become a marine scientist. But when that discipline bored him, Banks’ physician father asked him several questions and then said: “You want to help people? Then maybe you should be a doctor.”“Then he walked away,” Banks said. “No pressure.”But the idea took root. At age 18, he began the trek that led him to his family-medicine practice in Front Royal, Va. His service as a ringside doctor has been just as rewarding.“Back in the day, getting your residency was like going through war,” he said. “And with that, you got something engrained in your character: Everyone’s a patient. When you see someone who looks like they are about to get into trouble, that stuff from my training kicks in. … And trouble is where the ringside physician steps in. No. 1, above all, is to protect the fighter. That’s more of a thrill than watching the fights.last_img read more

Louisville Faces Michigan and Michigan State on Sunday

first_imgSCHEDULE9 a.m. – 2N8+ (Michigan, Louisville, Michigan State)9:20 a.m. – N8+ (Michigan State, Michigan, Louisville)9:40 a.m. – 3V4+ (Louisville, Michigan State, Michigan, Michigan 4V4+)10 a.m. – 2V4+ (Michigan, Louisville, Michigan State)10:20 a.m. – V4+ (Michigan State, Michigan, Louisville)10:40 a.m. – 2V8+ (Louisville, Michigan State, Michigan)11 a.m. – V8+ (Michigan, Louisville, Michigan State) LOUISVILLE, Ky. – In their final outing before the ACC Championship, the University of Louisville rowing team heads north for a dual race against Michigan and Michigan State Sunday morning at Belleville Lake in Van Buren Township, Mich. Sunday’s dual marks a return to the water for the Cards, who have not competed in an official race since the Sunshine State Invitational on April 6 in Sarasota. Two weeks ago, Louisville was among 21 schools impacted by the cancellation of the Clemson Invitational due to severe storms and debris on the course. Story Links Print Friendly Version The big focus was the second 1K and we didn’t get a chance to demonstrate that because of the water. We always deal with this sort of thing, so we might be in a good situation. It puts a lot of pressure on ACCs.” Live results from the dual will be available on Twitter through Michigan at @umichrowing, followed by a full recap on GoCards.com. Although the varsity eight and second varsity eight raced on Saturday morning, the regatta’s cancellation nullified the results of those races. Despite a lack of time on the water, Copeland was impressed by his team’s preparation and competitive drive.center_img In the limited action, Copeland and his staff were able to gain some insight on the team’s performance as they look forward to returning to Lake Hartwell for the ACC Championship. “We needed a race because we’ve made a lot of gains between early April and now, and it’s good to see incremental demonstration of the gains,” said Copeland. “We did race, and the first 1K of the race was pretty fair, so we have an idea of where we were at that point. Following Sunday’s meet, the Cardinals will turn their attention toward the ACC Championship on May 17-18 at Clemson. The regatta opens with the preliminary heats on Friday evening at 5:30 p.m., followed by the grand finals on Saturday beginning at 8 a.m. “There were probably five or six different false alarms to go race, and for them to be emotionally and mentally ready to race five or six times was pretty remarkable,” said Copeland. “The fact that there was that much duress and they were always ready to race each time, that’s not something that I’ve ever seen before—a team that dialed in.” Louisville is making its seventh consecutive trip to Michigan, continuing a series that has provided multiple benefits for the program in preparation for their conference championship. The Wolverines are currently ranked No. 5 in the CRCA coaches’ poll, while both the Cardinals and Spartans received votes. Cardinals head coach Derek Copeland said that the Michigan regatta allows for his team to leave Louisville on Kentucky Derby weekend to face a nationally-ranked crew in challenging conditions following the end of the academic year. For this season, the addition of Michigan State also provides another opponent for improving the Cards’ NCAA Championship resume.last_img read more

Tribal craftsmanship at its best

first_imgNational Tribal Crafts Mela Aadishilp, organised by Tribal Cooperative Marketing Development Federation of India Ltd. (TRIFED), was inaugurated by Jual Oram, Union Tribal Affairs Minister at Dilli Haat on November 5. On this occasion, Union Tribal Affairs Minister, Jual Oram said, “These kinds of exhibitions provide our tribal artisans an important platform to showcase their talents through their products to urban India. TRIFED, through its 44 sales counter all over the country, is providing much needed marketing system for tribal products.”The main objective of organising Aadishilp is to give tribal artisans an opportunity to showcase and sell their traditional art and craft works directly to the customers and get their feedback which would help them in having valuable design related and other inputs. It also provides them a platform for direct interface with art and craft lovers, share their talent with the urban elite and know the customers’ taste and preferences for adapting their product designs and creations accordingly. Commenting on the importance of encouraging tribal artisans of the country, he said, “Ministry of Tribal Affairs will provide more and more such platforms for tribal artisans so that they can sell their products directly to the consumer without middlemen”. He also urged media, NGOs and particularly urban youth to come forward to popularise the tribal products and bring the tribals into the main stream of the society. TRIFED, which focuses on training for skill upgradation and capacity building of tribal artisans and minor forest produce gatherers, has been taking a number of promotional initiatives for marketing of tribal products. From a single sales outlet of TRIBES India in 1999 at 9, Mahadev Road, Delhi, it has established 34 outlets of its own and 10 Consignment outlets across the country. TRIFED has also initiated the concept of sourcing tribal products by organising Tribal Artisan Melas (TAMs) to identify new artisans and products from different regions/ states where tribal artisans are invited to display their products for selection and inclusion in the range of products marketed by TRIFED.The exhibition, which will be open till November 11, will have hand crafted items, handloom products, dry flowers, cane and bamboo products, tribal jewellery, Dhokra craft, tribal weaves, embroidery, tribal paintings etc, showcased at the venue.last_img read more

Polish DTH operator n has added a new premium movi

first_imgPolish DTH operator n has added a new premium movie service, called Cinema World, to its nVOD platformThe movie service offers 20 titles each month that can be accessed for PLN6 (€1.40) per month. This month, movies including The Hurt Locker and Grindhouse: Death Proof. Cinema World is the fifth service to be added to n’s nVOD platform that is delivered via the intrenet to connected set-top boxes.last_img

In This Issue… Fed disappoints and risk assets

first_imgIn This Issue… * Fed disappoints, and risk assets get sold… * Aussie jobs losses wipe out previous gains… * China 2nd QTR GDP to print tomorrow.. * Chuck gets disturbed by the 5… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! The Season Of Disappointment! Good day… And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! I hope it turns out to be a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday because right now, I’m just not feeling it! More like dragging the line! But don’t let me dragging the line stop you from a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! I get there eventually today! Well… the FOMC meeting minutes were the cat’s meow for the markets yesterday, and boy did they come away feeling like someone just stole their puppy! Once again, the Fed has disappointed the markets, who, for some reason, thought for sure the FOMC meeting minutes would give them reason to believe that more stimulus was coming… I tried to warn them, if they had only read yesterday’s Pfennig, they would have known that Chuck said, the meeting minutes were stale… for they took place a full week ahead of the Jobs Jamboree disappointment… But, acting as if they were just left at the altar, the markets took their fury out on the risk assets… and they took no prisoners… The euro lost ground, the Aussie dollar (A$) lost over a cent, and Gold lost another $10… I just don’t get these trader guys (& gals) what the heck do they want? Well, I know what they want, but do they “really” want that? They think they want more stimulus, that the market can’t function without it… But in reality they want to be right… they want to be able to say, “see, I called this stimulus, and I was right!” Never mind the damage that the stimulus actually does to the country’s balance sheet… I was sitting at the desk yesterday watching the euro losing footing it had gained overnight once again, and began to think about what I had said at the start of this year… “That I wouldn’t be surprised to see the euro fall to 1.18, or rise to 1.40 this year”… I think the first part of that thought is about to come true, folks… Here’s why I think that way… Remember the Eurozone Summit, that took place a couple of weeks ago? Well, the Eurozone leaders surprised the markets by actually coming up with a plan, and a new suggestion to use the ESM for recapitalizing the troubled Spanish Banks… And the euro found some terra firma… but… not much, and soon that gained ground was lost… Now it’s been 2 weeks since the meeting, and nothing really has come of it… and now we learned the other day that 12,000 complaints have been filed in the German Constitutional Court (GCC) against using the ESM that way… It’s going to take the GCC most of the summer to get through everything and make their decision… That’s just too long for the markets, folks… In addition, summer is normally a slower time in the markets, especially in August when most of Europe goes on Holiday (vacation). The exception to that was last summer, when the U.S. debt ceiling debacle unfolded, giving everyone in the markets the willies toward the U.S. dollar… Now, when a few months ago, I thought that the U.S. election campaign would focus on the debt, and the debt ceiling issue will be revisited in August or September again, that the euro would be saved, for the moment, from revisiting 2005 levels of 1.18.. But, from what I’m watching on TV, the election campaign is going to focus on jobs… so out the window goes the knight on the white horse for the euro this summer… I’ve gone on pretty long here with regards to the euro, but since it is the offset to the dollar, it’s important, folks… But there you have it… Chuck’s thoughts on the euro for this summer… And since I’m in such a dour mood on the euro this morning… I might as well get this out there too… Yesterday, I mentioned that someone sent me a note about the Aussie dollar (A$) being overvalued… Well, I’m reading more and more research reports calling for the A$ to get downsized as China bottoms out, and struggles to regain their economic prowess. They all make sense to me, except… what if China takes the bull by the horns, and really turns their economy around, like they did in 2008? Of course that will take 3 or more months to confirm, so… until then we could be looking at cheaper levels to buy A$’s… So, as an A$ holder, you could very well take profits, and look to buy cheaper, or… just batten down the hatches… Why does it feel as though the dog days of summer for the currencies and metals, are right here, right now? Because that’s what’s happening! I wish I could tell you something different than this, but… as I say all the time… “it is, what it is”… This morning… Eurozone Industrial Production printed for May, and showed an increase of .6% VS April… with Germany providing the cushion for all the countries posting negative numbers. And while May’s number is good, it’s May’s number… that’s right, it’s two months old! I just don’t get why it takes so long for data to print! The other problem with the number… and that is, we could average out April and May’s IP and it would still be .9% below production levels of the 1st QTR… So, the slowdown in the Eurozone continues to extend its roots… And the forecasters in Australia were right for once, as they had forecast no job growth for Australia in June, and in fact it was negative… with June’s job losses wiping out May’s job gains… This was much weaker than expected or forecast, and it weighed heavily on the A$ as the night went along. It’s almost like a perfect storm for the A$, because now it will have to deal with the China 2nd QTR GDP report that will print tomorrow… I’ve already told you how it is widely expected that China’s 2nd QTR GDP will be very weak… But, again, let me go through this, for those of you who missed class yesterday. All those that attended can skip to the next paragraph, that is, unless you need a review… OK… the Chinese economy probably bottomed in the 2nd QTR… which means this GDP report is going to be ugly folks… and the knee jerk reaction to sell the A$ will be strong. But, everyone needs to calm down here… as I said above, the GDP report is old… and if the Chinese economy actually is rebounding in the 3rd QTR, then what good is it to sell A$’s now, on a old report? Alright… I’ve spent quite a bit of time on the euro and A$’s this morning… And China! What about the other guys? Well… let’s see… the Japanese yen is a bit stronger this morning, nothing to write home about, and the rest are following the euro and A$ down the road to the woodshed. Well… my mood just changed, and I can credit the song Black is Black by the Los Bravos… Ever want to get the blood going? Turn that song on… you’ll be dancing in your seat! The Bank of Japan (BOJ) also disappointed the Japanese market watchers by holding back on more stimulus… So, it’s the season of disappointment for the markets… I have to say that I’m somewhat impressed that the Central Banks, mostly the Fed, have held back on their feeling that the economy can be saved with stimulus. But, they will revert to that feeling soon, folks… so don’t go giving Big Ben Bernanke any gold stars now. Speaking of Big Ben… Yesterday, the FOMC meeting minutes noted that a “few members were for adding more stimulus”… I said to the boys and girls on the trading desk that “all of the members could feel that way, but unless Big Ben feels that way, no stimulus will be implemented”… Yes, this Fed is run just like Big Al Greenspan’s Fed… It’s pretty much like here on the trading desk… I remind the people here from time to time, that this is a benevolent dictatorship, and I can remove the benevolence at any time! HA! Well.. the third California city has filed for bankruptcy and seek protection… San Bernardino was the latest to file… And why isn’t this Big news? I’ve pointed to California’s debt problems for over two years, and still everyone is fixated on Greece… The problems for San Bernardino aren’t just confined to payroll, benefits and pensions… Nearly half of the homeowners in the city, with mortgages owe more than their homes are worth, increasing the risk that they will default on their loans. But, it’s all about Greece, or Spain or whomever, right? Well, the last time I checked… California was the 8th largest economy in the WORLD! I don’t think you would see Greece in the top 100… But, just like things in Greece… Things in California aren’t a problem, until they are a problem… sound likes a Yogi-ism… but its true… One day, investors and trader decided that things weren’t good in Greece, which for years was able to issue debt at the same yields as Germany… and then one day they couldn’t… It will be the same for the U.S…. and to further this discussion… Just wait until the Gov’t gets their hands into the California foreclosure problem and acts like they know what they are doing… Then There Was This… Federal Reserve Bank of St. Louis President James Bullard said the U.S. fiscal position is as weak as some euro-area countries’ and lawmakers must take “dramatic” measures to tackle it and restore confidence.“The U.S. fiscal situation is similar to that of some countries in Europe and requires dramatic and sustained attention,” Bullard said in a speech in London. “The political compromise in the U.S. has been to delay action until after the November election, but markets tend to pull the uncertainty forward.” Chuck again… Bullard went on to say something that I thought I would never hear from a Fed Head… Let’s listen in… “Increased government spending today followed by higher future taxes is not likely to produce more rapid growth,” he said. “The most likely way forward continues to be a long period of debt pay down and sluggish growth, both in Europe and the U.S., and that the most pressing policy issue is to accept this path and prevent any additional problems from developing.” Are you kidding me? Did a Fed Head actually say, a long period of debt pay down and sluggish growth? Why, yes, Chuck he did! Well… James Bullard gets a Gold Star! To recap… The FOMC meeting minutes, although they were stale, disappointed the markets and the markets took their fury out on the risk assets. The euro has fallen below 1.22 for the first time in some time, and Chuck gives us his dour outlook for the euro this summer. Eurozone Industrial Production was strong in May, but not as strong as the month reports from earlier in the year, thus confirming the economic slowdown of the Eurozone. June job losses in Australia wiped out job gains in May, and the A$ has lost over 1-cent overnight… Currencies today 7/12/12… American Style: A$ $1.0120, kiwi .7870, C$ .9770, euro 1.2190, sterling 1.5445, Swiss $1.0150, … European Style: rand 8.375, krone 6.1305, SEK 7.0385, forint 237.10, zloty 3.4540, koruna 20.8460, RUB 32.80, yen 79.30, sing 1.2725, HKD 7.7565, INR 55.86, China 6.3730, pesos 13.45, BRL 2.0360, Dollar Index 83.70, Oil $85, 10-year 1.49%, (proving once again that yes, Virginia yields can go lower in the U.S. ) Silver $26.69, and Gold … $1,563.85 That’s it for today… with only the Pacific Coast All Star Game on the tube last night, I turned my attention to reading and research…. It was quiet in the house as there was a swim meet, so, I did a ton of reading… This is very important folks… so I’m going to put it right here… Yesterday, our friends over at the 5-Minute Forecast wrote some disturbing stuff about a bank that was using Gold for trading purposes… They did this to highlight their new affiliation with a Gold dealer in Switzerland. Let me first say that I found this way of going about this to be very disturbing… EverBank has metals accounts, and we have never been short to customers’ holdings and will never be short to them. So, they weren’t talking about us… but given our long term friendship with them, wouldn’t it have been nice for them to simply say something like, “our friends over at EverBank tell us they have never been short to a customer’s holdings” and we trust them”? That’s all I have to say about that… I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! I’m searching high and low for mine… but it will come… Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 www.everbank.comlast_img read more

On Alexanders medical practice once she returned

first_imgOn Alexander’s medical practice once she returned to Charlotte: I’m sure to fill a need, a very stark…need, and to differentiate her practice, to build her practice, her caseload was largely based around gynecology, obstetrics, as well as early childhood diseases. She did treat a wide variety of these illnesses, and in fact, when she became the president of the county medical society, she spearheaded this entire campaign against hookworm, which was hugely prevalent in the South at the time and especially infected, unfortunately, children. She also later on grappled with this huge flu pandemic that swept across the South in 1918.Also there were pandemics involving malaria and typhoid as a result of the end of World War I. So she started off in gynecology, then worked into helping children and then eventually when she gained her prominent position as president of the medical society, she was able to spearhead entire campaigns branching out into what had formerly been territory entirely designated to male doctors.,This month WFDD will be taking a look at the stories of pioneering leaders in our series, “Her Voice: Revolutionary North Carolina Women.”,In the latest installment of our series “Her Voice: Revolutionary North Carolina Women,” we look at one of the first,Fifteen years before Rosa Parks refused to move to the back of the bus, another woman refused to give up her seat.,At the turn of the 20th Century, a 19-year-old African-American woman from Henderson, N.C., began building a school – the Palmer Memorial Institute – that would educate more than 1,000 black youth. Annie’s father was a doctor during the Civil War, and he had a female patient who was so embarrassed during this time period to be examined by a male doctor that she refused medical treatment, and she subsequently died. So her [Alexander’s] father decided that his daughter would go into medicine to maybe help rectify this issue. To his credit, he felt that there was a terrible choice to be made. ‘Shall I allow female patients to die out of their embarrassment, or shall I put a female into my doctor’s position and remove that embarrassment and thereby save their lives?’ So, clearly that was a noble position to take and one that was extremely novel for his generation, in the time period, to have to push his daughter to become a doctor. He benefitted a lot of people. But I wonder how much say in the matter Annie actually had. For the final installment of this month’s series, “Her Voice: Revolutionary North Carolina Women,” we go back to the 19th Century, to a town just outside of Charlotte and a time before women had the right to vote.Here we find Annie Lowrie Alexander, who would become the first licensed female medical doctor in the South. WFDD’s Bethany Chafin spoke with author and filmmaker Anna Fields about how Alexander became a pioneer in medicine.Interview HighlightsOn the beginning of Alexander’s career in medicine: On where Alexander did her medical studies:center_img At first her father hired a tutor and then supplemented that education with his own mini medical lessons. And then at the age of only 17 she went to the Women’s Medical College in Philadelphia. She graduated there with honors in 1884 actually, and moved to Baltimore where she spent another full year teaching anatomy and interning while she was studying for her medical license. She then passed the licensing exam in Maryland. She had the highest grade in the class of 100 students of which she was the only woman. Once she took the North Carolina medical exams and passed, she became the first female doctor in the entire South. So, pretty amazing. In Charlotte there was only one hospital. And so Annie remodeled her home so that she could see patients there as well. I’m sure there were many more patients than there were hospital beds, so she remodeled the first floor of her home into essentially a hospital ward, and she would see patients actually in the rooms above. She did slowly build up her practice. She was making rounds for the people who truly could not come to her home. She would make house calls on her horse-drawn buggy…until she finally purchased an automobile in 1911. This of course was Ford’s Model T. On Alexander’s caseload and the health issues she was passionate about:last_img read more

Billionaire Bill Gates Is Not a Fan of Cryptocurrencies

first_img Image credit: via PC Mag Next Article Guest Writer Enroll Now for $5 In a Reddit AMA, the Microsoft co-founder voiced concern about the anonymity of cryptocurrencies, which he said can facilitate criminal behavior. 3 min read March 2, 2018 Michael Kan –shares Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is no fan of cryptocurrencies, which he says have become a vehicle for crime, and in some cases can result in people’s deaths.During a Reddit AMA on Tuesday, Gates said the anonymity of the web means cryptocurrencies can mask money transactions. “I don’t think this is a good thing,” he said.That same anonymity can facilitate tax evasion, money laundering and terrorist funding schemes. “Right now crypto currencies are used for buying fentanyl and other drugs,” he added, “so it is a rare technology that has caused deaths in a fairly direct way.”To be clear, the anonymity isn’t perfect; for instance, law enforcement and the IRS have been using software and experts to track bitcoin transactions. Nevertheless, cryptocurrencies have certainly become a favored tool among criminals to move money.One Reddit user was quick to point out that U.S. cash can be used to buy drugs anonymously, too. But in response, Gates said: “Yes — anonymous cash is used for these kinds of things, but you have to be physically present to transfer it.”Gates is the latest famous figure to weigh in on the cryptocurrency craze, which has drawn polarizing reactions across the business and tech world. His friend billionaire Warren Buffet has also warned investors to steer clear from the digital currencies.Others are more curious. Last month, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg said he was interested in studying the “positive and negative” aspects of cryptocurrency technology. Meanwhile, Asian technology firms Line and Rakuten have unveiled plans to actively dive into the market.In the same Reddit AMA, Gates revealed that he’s particularly excited about robotics and virtual assistant software.”The most amazing thing will be when computers can read and understand the text like humans do,” he said. “Today computers can do simple things like search for specific words, but concepts like vacation or career or family are not ‘understood.’ Microsoft and others are working on this to create a helpful assistant.”Gates was also asked if he’d ever run for U.S. president, to which he said no. The Microsoft co-founder said he can accomplish more as a private citizen through his foundation, which is focused on solving poverty and disease.”I do think people are expecting too much from Government,” he added. “Yes Government can do better but local groups can do a lot that government can’t — helping out in schools, reaching out to people in poverty. This is also true internationally. I would like to see this civil society sector step up a lot more.” Bill Gates Billionaire Bill Gates Is Not a Fan of Cryptocurrencies Add to Queue Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand This story originally appeared on PCMag Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Reporterlast_img read more