Tidying Up Your Financial Life

first_img https://pixabay.com/photos/broom-ragpicker-mop-picker-toilet-1837434/ Return to article. Long DescriptionHaving recently gone through a household and financial document purge in preparation for an upcoming move, I can attest to the satisfaction that is experienced when possessions and financial records are prioritized and  organized. Sorting and shredding is just one piece. Below is a list of nine ways to tidy up your financial life:Create a Financial Inventory– List key financial data in one document including bank and brokerage accounts, insurance policies, credit card numbers, loans, names of financial advisors, and the location of important documents. A good template financial inventory form was developed by the Vanguard investment company.Consolidate Financial Accounts– Prepare a net worth statement (assets minus debts) and list all your financial assets. Many people have multiple brokerage and bank accounts, IRAs, insurance policies, and more. Identify assets to be consolidated. The objective is to consolidate similar assets to a minimum number of custodians.Close Financial Accounts– Eliminate and replace accounts that charge high fees and/or do not offer high interest rates. Another good candidate for closure is mutual funds with high expense ratios, often because they include pesky 12(b)(1) fees that are assessed for marketing expenses. Compare at least 3 account providers.Review and Update Beneficiary Designations– Identify financial assets that have a beneficiary designation including life insurance policies, IRAs, and tax-deferred retirement savings plans such as 401(k) and 403(b) plans. List them all in one place on this worksheet. Review your beneficiary designations and revise them as needed. Also be sure to list contingent beneficiaries in case your first beneficiary designee predeceases you.Review Automated Payments– Review recurring bill payments that are automatically deducted from financial accounts and cancel those for discretionary products and services that are no longer used. Common examples include gym memberships, Netflix fees, newspapers, “[X] of the month” clubs, and satellite radio fees.Calculate Your Net Worth– Make a list of everything that you own (assets) and everything that you owe (debts). Assets minus debts are your net worth. Update your net worth statement annually to keep track of balances owed to creditors, how much money you have, where you have it, and how it is doing.Purge and Shred Documents– Save year-end statements for financial accounts, such as mutual funds, and shred the monthly or quarterly statements that came before. Do the same for credit cards that provide an annual summary report. Save paper bank statements for up to a year or electronically. Retain tax records for up to 7 years in the event of an audit and records for capital assets (e.g., stock) as long as you hold them plus 7 years.Open Mail Immediately and Act on It Once– Sort mail related to personal finances into three categories: 1. Discard (e.g., advertisements and certain donation requests), 2. Pay soon or immediately, and 3. File for long-term reference. Avoid making piles of mail that require “revisiting” later and can result in late payments.Actively Solicit Price Quotes- Contact your insurance agent(s) and inquire about money-saving discounts on new or existing policies. Do the same with current or potential utility providers. For example, there may be a better cell phone plan that provides the service that you need for less or energy audits that can save money.For additional information about tidying up your finances, review the University of Wisconsin Extension fact sheet Organizing Your Finances. By Barbara O’Neill, Ph.D., CFP®, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, boneill@njaes.rutgers.eduIn April, two things happen that can motivate people to tidy up their financial lives. First, spring is here and the notion of “spring cleaning” in general is popular. Spring cleaning often involves clearing out clutter in the garage, donating unworn clothing and household goods, re-arranging photo albums and items in storage, and other decluttering and organizing tasks. A second motivation to tidy up personal finances in April is that income taxes are due and many people are actively reviewing their financial records at this time.last_img read more

Chris Gayle might play in the Pakistan T20 league

first_imgA top official of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that West Indian T20 specialist Chris Gayle had given his consent to take part in the Pakistan Super League scheduled to be held in Doha from February 4 to 24, next year.Najam Sethi, who is heading the PSL secretariat in the board, said that they were now in touch with the hard hitting West Indian opener.”We are in direct contact with him now after we spent lot of time trying to trace him and I am happy to report that he has consented to be part of the PSL,” Sethi said.Sethi, a former Chairman of the PCB, who heads the powerful executive committee in the board, had last week signed on former Pakistan greats Wasim Akram and Rameez Raja as brand ambassadors for the T20 league which is being hyped up by the PCB.Gayle, a specialist T20 player has figured in all the foreign T20 leagues in the cricket including the Bangladesh Premier League and is a regular crowd puller in the Indian Premier League.According to Sethi nearly 80 foreign players have signed consent forms to take part in the PSL and the process of short listing the best available 20 to 25 players would be completed soon.Besides Gayle the PCB has targetted some other specialist T20 performers including West Indians Keiron Pollard, Sunil Narine, Dwayne Bravo, Dwyane Smith, Samuel Badree and players from other countries as well including Kevin Pietersen and Brendon McCullum.last_img read more

Proposals for renaming Haryana stadia

first_imgChandigarh, May 16 (PTI) Nearly 90 per cent of the panchayats in BJP-ruled Haryana have recommended that sports stadia named after former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi be renamed after Bhagat Singh and other martyrs, Sports and Youth Affairs Minister Anil Vij said here today. “..The gram panchayats concerned had been asked to send proposals to suggest names for the sports stadia.. These proposals are under consideration of the state government. ” he added.Too years back, Vij had said that he had recommended to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar that the sports complexes in the state named after Rajiv Gandhi be renamed after Shaheed Bhagat Singh.Vij had said that there are total 226 sports complexes in the state. The minister today also said that a special campaign would be launched in Haryana to deter sportspersons from indulging in doping. He said that during the campaign, the state would be divided into four zones and team of central government would be invited to inform sportspersons about the precautions that they may take to avoid accidental or habitual doping. With a view to reach out to every sportsperson, this campaign would later be launched at the district level, he said while addressing a function here, according to an official release. The sports minister said that with a view to promote sports activities in the state, sportspersons were being provided opportunities and facilities so that they could excel at national and international levels. PTI SUN AKK AKKlast_img read more

Formula One fan survey says Lewis Hamilton most popular driver

first_imgFormula One is feeling a fresh wave of optimism under its new owners, while Lewis Hamilton and Fernando Alonso are the two most popular drivers, according to an extensive fan survey released on Friday.The Motorsport Network’s Global Fan Survey, carried out in 15 languages and with feedback from 194 countries, found fans liked the sport’s new direction.The data was gathered since the season-opening Australian Grand Prix in March and published to coincide with this weekend’s showcase Monaco Grand Prix.U.S.-based Liberty Media took over as commercial rights holders in January, with former commercial supremo Bernie Ecclestone moving aside.The data revealed that, compared to a 2015 survey, there was a 44 percent increase in fans’ belief that Formula One was ‘the pinnacle of motorsport’ and a 43 percent improvement in the statement that the sport fields ‘the best drivers’.It also showed that the average age of a Formula One fan was coming down — 26 percent of those who took part were under 25 — with an average age of below 36.There were also more female respondents than previously, albeit still only 10 percent of the total. But fewer fans were watching regularly compared to 2015 due to dwindling free-to-air opportunities.Hamilton, now a triple world champion, saw his popularity double compared to 2015 and the Briton commands a level of global fan support not seen since the heyday of seven-times champion Michael Schumacher.The Mercedes driver’s support was strongest in Europe and the Americas. Ferrari drivers Sebastian Vettel and Kimi Raikkonen were ranked third and fourth, behind McLaren’s Spaniard Alonso.advertisementRaikkonen was previously the favourite and while his levels of support remained broadly the same, the top two had seen a surge in popularity.Ferrari was ranked as the top team by nearly a third of respondents, almost double that of the Italian outfit’s closest rivals Mercedes.Mercedes was the most popular team in Britain, presumably due to Hamilton, but not in Germany.Red Bull’s 19-year-old Dutch driver Max Verstappen proved more popular among the over-45s than in his own age bracket.Fans in the Asia-Pacific region were 50 percent more likely to attend a race than those in Europe, and MotoGP was the next most followed series after Formula One.last_img read more

The Volvo Ocean Race: The Race You Need to Know About

first_imgOne of the most intense sporting events in the world is happening right now, thousands of miles away from any fans, scoreboards or color commentators, but that doesn’t mean you can’t watch the action. It’s on Youtube.I’m talking of course about the Volvo Ocean Race, one of the most grueling sporting events in the world. The race pits the best open-ocean sailors in the world against each other and the elements, in a nine-month race to circumnavigate the world.Sailors face the most challenging conditions and, thanks to satellite technology, the internet and onboard reporters, videos, photos and team tracking data are available anytime online. We spectators essentially have front-row seats in the South Pacific. And it’s incredible.The race itself is as intense as it gets. One boat, Team Vestas Wind, already struck a reef in the Indian Ocean in the dead of the night on Leg 2 leaving the sailors stranded in the middle of nowhere. The footage of the crash, which came online a few days after the team was rescued, is terrifying. A dark night cruising up the coast of Africa, where once in past races pirates were a concern, is interrupted by a crack and a sudden crash into a reef. The sailors are violently hurled across the deck while curse words fly.Even with this devastating incident, it’s a much better start than the last race in 2011, when only half the teams finished the first leg. In that race, Team Puma was de-masted and was marooned for a spell on a small island in the South Atlantic called Tristan da Cunha. It’s been called the most remote inhabited island in the world. Then there’s all the debris in the water to avoid and, of course, whales.Round the world sailing races are nothing new. The Volvo Race used to be known as the Whitbread Round The World, which started in 1973. But unlike the early Whitbread races, there are few things that make the current competition even more interesting to a much broader audience.The BoatsThey are blisteringly fast. This year marked the first time the Volvo Ocean Race instituted a one-design, which essentially means every team has the same boat. Unlike other races, which pit teams with wealthy benefactors against, well, less wealthy benefactors, in the Volvo Ocean Race, the boats really are pretty equal. This means it’s crew vs crew, and crew vs ocean.Just because the boats are bankrolled by wealthy tech entrepreneurs, doesn’t mean they don’t haul.  The boats are capable of speeds just shy of 50 mph and can cover some 600 miles in a day. Imagine driving a car with no windshield in the pouring rain at 50 miles per hour, and you begin to get a sense of what sailing a Volvo Ocean Race boat may feel like…day in, day out.The CourseNine Legs and 38,000 miles around the world in nine months. Calling it a marathon would be a vast understatement. Sailors leave their wives, husbands and children behind and push their bodies and their boats to the max to compete for the better part of year, and that doesn’t even include the training.The race is currently in it’s 3rd of nine legs. Boats are sailing right now from Abu Dhabi to Sanya China. After that, it’s onto Auckland, NZ and then perhaps the most intense leg of the race through the Southern Ocean around Cape Horn and up to Brazil. This Southern Ocean leg featured some of the more intense footage that came from the 2001 race, like this giant knockdown.After each leg, teams have layovers in port cities that allow for fans to come see the boats and also for the teams to get some much needed rest and the boats, much needed repair.Thinking about stopping by a race village? If you’re in the U.S. you’re in luck this year. The Volvo Ocean Race will be stopping in Newport, RI in the beginning of May. After that you’ll need to get to Lisbon, Portugal, Lorient, France or Gothenburg, Sweden for the finish.Onboard ReportersThe one thing that’s made the Volvo Ocean Race so captivating for audiences are the onboard reporters. They are essentially considered members of the crew, but instead of sail handling or navigating, their sole job is to capture the action anyway they can, and transmit that to audiences on shore. And they do an amazing job. The conditions they work in – photographing, video editing, blogging, etc. – are challenging to say the least.Even if you didn’t grow up sailing off Nantucket, there’s action in the Volvo Ocean Race that should attract pretty much any adventure or athletic-minded man and it’s all brought right to your computer. Or, think about it this way, next time you’re having Wi-Fi troubles, consider one of those reporters sailing around Cape Horn trying to upload a photos to Instagram.Life onboard a Volvo Ocean Race is about as intense as it gets, and we get to witness it all from the comfort of our living rooms. Photo credit, top to bottom: Brian Carlin/Team Vestas Wind/Volvo Ocean Race; NCG Operations Room – MRCC Mau; RMarc Bow/Volvo Ocean Race; Amory Ross/Team Alvimedica/Volvo Ocean Race Manned Flying Car Races Are Coming in 2020 A Rev-ealing Conversation About IndyCar Racing with Takuma Sato A Breakdown of All the Major Types of Car Racing Vanderhall’s 2020 Carmel GT Is a Race-Ready, 3-Wheel Go-Kart The World’s 12 Most Grueling and Insane Endurance Races Editors’ Recommendations last_img read more

Trudeau Liberals take Human Rights Tribunal to court over First Nation children

first_imgJorge BarreraAPTN National NewsThe Justin Trudeau Liberal government is taking the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to Federal Court over a ruling last month that linked the suicide deaths in a northern Ontario First Nation with Ottawa’s inaction on implementing total equity in health care delivery for Indigenous children.Indigenous Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett and Health Minister Jane Philpott issued a joint statement Friday saying the tribunal’s May 26 ruling contained two issues that they, as medical doctors, could not allow to stand and needed clarification from the Federal Court.“Our views on this are informed by our past experiences,” said Philpott, in an interview Friday morning.The ministers took issue with the tribunal’s order that all Jordan’s Principle cases be processed within 48 hours and that the federal departments do away with case conferencing, which it saw as an unnecessary and additional administrative layer.Under Jordan’s Principle, the health care needs of First Nations children are placed ahead of jurisdictional disputes between the federal and provincial governments. It also applies to other public services, including education, early childhood learning and child welfare.The Human Rights Tribunal ruled last year that Ottawa discriminated against First Nation children by underfunding child welfare services on reserve and by failing to provide health care services on par with the rest of the country.The Trudeau Liberals have spent at least $707,000 fighting the tribunal’s order, according to numbers obtained by NDP MP Charlie Angus through an Order Paper question.The previous administration of Stephen Harper went to Federal Court in a failed bid to have the discrimination case, which was filed in 2007, dismissed.Since the 2016 ruling, the tribunal has issued three compliance orders against the Trudeau Liberals over the slow pace of its required changes.Philpott said that while the tribunal’s orders were generally sound, the potential exceptions created too much of a health care risk and forced her government to take the issue to Federal Court.“This is our mechanism to get back to the tribunal to make sure we understand what they are saying,” said Philpott. “We don’t want anything that we agree to, to not be in the best interest of kids.”Philpott said there are some complex cases where 48 hours is just not enough time to get the health care treatment right.“Both of us have been in circumstances where we know that when kids need care there are advantages where that care comes not from an individual, but from team based care.”Cindy Blackstock, head of the First Nation Child and Family Caring Society, said Philpott and Bennett resorted to a “technical argument” aimed at undermining the tribunal’s orders and ruling.“This is a distraction. The federal government has entered zero evidence from the ministers or any other physician suggesting these timelines are problematic,” said Blackstock, who filed the 2007 human rights complaint with the support of the Assembly of First Nations. “They have violated four legal orders to stop the discrimination against vulnerable children and are now launching another technical argument to shirk their responsibilities.”Blackstock said the only physician to file an affidavit was from Dr. Michael Kirlew, who works out of Sioux Lookout, Ont.Kirlew, who provides health care to northern First Nations, linked Ottawa’s failure to fully comply with the tribunal’s order with two suicide deaths of 12-year-old girls in Wapekeka First Nation this past January. Another 12-year-old girl died by suicide last week in the community.“Canada did not challenge Dr. Kirlew’s evidence,” said Blackstock.NDP MP Romeo Saganash said he was “disgusted” by the move to take the issue to Federal Court.“It was unacceptable for Justin Trudeau to ignore the rulings of the Human Rights Tribunal regarding discrimination of First Nations children but I am disgusted to learn that now, Trudeau is taking Tribunal itself to court,” said Saganash. “How desperate can he be to disregard basic human rights of Indigenous People?”Health Canada received an urgent request for help from Wapekeka last summer after community members uncovered a suicide pact. Health Canada officials initially balked at the request.The tribunal, in its May 26 ruling, also made the connection.“While Canada provided assistance once the Wapekeka suicides occurred, the flaws in the Jordan’s Principle process left any chance of preventing the Wapekeka tragedy unaddressed and the tragic events only triggered a reactive response to then provide services,” said the tribunal’s ruling at the time.Philpott said the tribunal made a “factual error in the decision” because it said there was a “refusal to provide funding” to the community.“That funding was never refused,” said Philpott.Philpott said linking the two issues was also an oversimplification.“The roots and causes of these terrible suicides in First Nations will not be solved simply by money and additional health workers. They have to do with deep social injustices, intergenerational trauma, so much inequity,” said Philpott. “Let us not oversimplify this.”Philpott said federal officials have identified 8,800 Jordan’s Principle cases to date.jbarrera@aptn.ca@JorgeBarreralast_img read more

UN envoy warns of implications of trial of last child soldier held

Mr. Khadr, the last child soldier held in Guantánamo, was 15 years old when he allegedly threw a grenade that killed a US soldier. He faces war crimes charges at his trial. Radhika Coomaraswamy, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s Special Representative for Children and Armed Conflict, stressed in a statement that the statute of the International Criminal Court (ICC) is clear that no one under the age of 18 should be tried for war crimes. Prosecutors in other international tribunals have used their discretion not to prosecute children, she added. “Since World War II, no child has been prosecuted for a war crime,” Ms. Coomaraswamy said. “Child soldiers must be treated primarily as victims and alternative procedures should be in place aimed at rehabilitation or restorative justice.” She noted that even if Mr. Khadr, a Canadian citizen, were to be tried in a national court, the standards of juvenile justice are clear – “children should not be tried before military tribunals.” In the past decade, the international community has worked together to protect child in armed conflict, the envoy said, with the US and Canada leading the way in creating and implementing such norms. “Without their support, we would not have been able to persuade the Security Council to create aWorking Group on children and armed conflict nor be able to release thousands of child soldiers around the world,” Ms. Coomaraswamy said. “I urge both governments to come to a mutually-acceptable solution on the future of Omar Khadr that would prevent him from being convicted of a war crime that he allegedly committed when he was child.” 10 August 2010The start of the trial of Omar Khadr – arrested in Afghanistan in 2002 for crimes he allegedly committed as a child – before the United States Military Commission in Guantánamo Bay today could set a precedent jeopardizing the status of child soldiers around the world, a United Nations envoy cautioned. read more

Channel 4 video nominated for Nobel Prize

The joint submission to the Norwegian Nobel Committee said: We feel honoured to nominate the team that produced the documentary film ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ in 2011 for the Nobel Peace Prize for 2012 , for its outstanding contribution to global peace and justice.This team includes Callum Macrae, the director of the film, Jon Snow, the presenter of the story in the film, and indeed the entire crew at ITN UK who were behind this complex and enormously challenging production. By bringing to light the breaches of international conventions by the Government of Sri Lanka in a bold manner and by piecing together numerous forms of evidence in a coherent way, the value of independent journalism to the building of a peaceful global order in the century ahead has been amply demonstrated by the ITN team.There has been a surge in interest in Sri Lanka to promote its ‘solution to the war on terrorism’ as a model to be exported to other countries in the world. The dangerous precedent such a shift in paradigm would pose to aspirations of deserving small nations and the threat it poses to global peace could only be contained by the truth of war crimes being exposed by watch dogs like the journalists at ITN, and their contribution to sustaining peace being acknowledged in appropriate ways.We do not wish to see a world in which the brutality of wars and the horrific scenes of human tragedy are brought into the living rooms of families in the name of journalism. But in order to get rid of the menace of war and to erase the inhumanity residing amongst us once and for ever from this planet, timely and ethical journalism incorporating newer forms of technology and respect for human dignity are of utmost importance.The ITN team has been acting in a consistent manner in this arena of responsible reporting for a long time, and their significant contribution to reaching out the conscience of the international community and working for a peaceful world is worthy of the highest recognition. A group of British and Australian Parliamentarians have nominated the controversial Channel 4 video on Sri Lanka for the Nobel Peace Prize, a press statement said on Saturday.British MP Siobhain McDonagh said that she and Australian Greens Senator Lee Rhiannon have made a joint submission to the Norwegian Nobel Committee nominating the team at ITN and Channel 4 that produced the documentary film ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ for the 2012 Nobel peace Prize. Respectfully yours, The one hour long documentary ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ was first broadcast on Tuesday, 14 June 2011 on ITN Channel 4 in UK. Since then it has been shown by television channels in several countries in the North and South, and also screened at special events at numerous international forums and university seminars. It was shown to the United Nations Human Rights Council in May 2011 and was also screened at the United Nations Headquarters in New York. The significance of the film as a recording of history, its impact on bringing out truth, and the potential it offers for reconciliation and peace in Sri Lanka are enormous. McDonagh said the Channel 4 team produced a timely piece of journalism and brought to light the breaches of international conventions by the Government of Sri Lanka and this has much to contribute to truth, reconciliation and peace for all citizens of Sri Lanka. She further said that through the nomination of the ITN Channel 4 team for the Nobel Peace Prize, it is also her hope that the world’s attention to the continuing abuse of human rights in Sri Lanka will bring justice and peace to the long suffering Tamils in the island. We are truly honoured to be making this nomination. As stated in Alfred Nobel’s testament, the work we refer to here has contributed to the ‘formation and spreading of peace congresses…….’ and in the long run will add to the ‘building of  fraternity between nations and the abolition of standing armies’.The ethnic strife and the subsequent civil war that ravaged Sri Lanka for over three decades entered its most cruel phase in the first months of 2009 leading to the death of an estimated 100,000 people, most of whom were Tamil civilians who perished under the attack by the Sri Lankan armed forces. The ‘Sri Lankan Killing Fields’ film has been an effective and significant means in raising the level of awareness globally about crimes committed by the warring parties in Sri Lanka. It has also called for an international investigation of war crimes, in line with similar calls made by international organizations such as the International Crisis Group, Human Rights Watch and Amnesty International, and also suggested by the UN Secretary General’s Expert Panel Report.At a time when the failure of existing UN institutions is increasingly noted in relation to safeguarding human life and preventing brutal wars, the contribution of a documentary such as ‘Sri Lanka’s Killing Fields’ in bringing to light not only this failure in the context of the war in Sri Lanka, but also promoting the need for reviewing and revitalising the UN’s capacity in cases similar to the Sri Lankan war, are immense. Siobhain Ann McDonagh                                                                              Lee RhiannonMember of Parliament for Mitcham and Morden                             Greens Senator for NSWUK                                                                                                                          Australia read more

United Airlines flight forced to land at Colorado airport

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. — A United Airlines flight has been diverted to a Colorado airport due to turbulence and a flight attendant has been transported to a hospital.The Gazette reports Flight 6171 from Salt Lake City to Houston was forced to land at the Colorado Springs Airport around 8:15 a.m. Wednesday.An official at the airport 80 miles (129 kilometres) south of Denver did not provide details of the flight attendant’s injuries, but said they are not believed to be life-threatening.A second flight attendant and a passenger refused medical treatment. The nature of their injuries was not reported.The official says the plane that departed Salt Lake City around 7 a.m. was scheduled to leave Colorado Springs and continue to Houston around 11 a.m.___Information from: The Gazette, http://www.gazette.comThe Associated Press read more

Annan calls on both Palestinians and Israelis to take measures to defuse

In a statement issued by his spokesman, Mr. Annan cited the continued detention of an Israeli soldier by Palestinian militants; the killing by Palestinian militants of an Israeli civilian; further rocket attacks against Israel; and Israeli military operations in the Gaza Strip which have resulted in a serious deterioration in humanitarian conditions.“He is also concerned that Israel has detained 64 Palestinian officials, cabinet ministers and members of the Legislative Council, who were elected in January,” the statement said.“The Secretary-General calls on the Palestinian Authority to do its utmost to secure the release of the Israeli soldier, and to end rocket attacks against Israel and other action by militants,” it added.The Government of Israel was called on “to show restraint, to avoid actions that damages civilian infrastructure and that aggravates the hardship of the Palestinian population, and to abide by international humanitarian law.”In order to prevent a further decline in the humanitarian situation, the Secretary-General said “Israel should also act urgently to facilitate the import of essential medical supplies, food stuffs, and particularly fuel into the Gaza Strip.”The UN Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs (OCHA) has been assessing the situation in the Gaza Strip, where it says that nearly half the population is currently without electricity.The problem could persist for up to nine months, OCHA said, noting that the reduced capacity is affecting the provision of water, with daily access for families being cut by up to 50 per cent in some parts of the Gaza Strip.The UN Relief and Works Agency for Palestine Refugees in the Near East (UNRWA) has stepped up its activities in pre-positioning food and other supplies in parts of Gaza so that it can offer assistance to people in need, while the UN World Food Programme (WFP) and the UN Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO) have also been increasing food aid. read more

Asian stocks mixed as investors focus on US election

Trader Thomas Ferrigno works on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange, Monday, Nov. 7, 2016. Stocks are opening sharply higher on Wall Street after the F.B.I. said newly discovered emails didn’t warrant any action against presidential candidate Hillary Clinton. (AP Photo/Richard Drew) Asian stocks mixed as investors focus on US election by Joe McDonald, The Associated Press Posted Nov 7, 2016 8:18 am MDT Last Updated Nov 7, 2016 at 9:00 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email BEIJING, China – Asian stocks were mixed Tuesday following strong Wall Street gains as investors focused on the final hours of a tight U.S. presidential race.KEEPING SCORE: Hong Kong’s Hang Seng index gained 0.2 per cent to 22,837.05 points and the Shanghai Composite Index advanced 0.1 per cent to 3,135.81. Tokyo’s Nikkei 225 retreated 0.2 per cent to 17,150.84 and Seoul’s Kospi lost 0.1 per cent to 1,995.28. Sydney’s S&P-ASX 200 was unchanged at 5,248.00. Benchmarks in New Zealand, Singapore and Jakarta rose while Taiwan declined.WALL STREET: The U.S. stock market rebounded from a nine-day losing streak to post its biggest gain in eight months. Financial stocks led the rally, which erased more than half of the losses racked up by the Standard & Poor’s 500 index since October 25. The Dow gained 371.32 points, or 2.1 per cent, to 18,259.60. The S&P 500 index rose 46.34 points, or 2.2 per cent, to 2,131.52. The Nasdaq composite index added 119.80 points, or 2.4 per cent, to 5,166.17.PRESIDENTIAL JITTERS: Hillary Clinton appeared to gain an edge over rival Donald Trump but analysts said the race was too close to call and traders hedged their positions. Clinton’s position improved after the FBI announced its review of newly discovered Clinton emails found no evidence to warrant charges. Unease had ratcheted up in recent weeks over signs the race was tightening. Clinton is seen as more favourable to trade while Trump has unnerved markets by calling for controls on imports and immigration. That triggered the longest losing streak for the S&P 500 since 1980.ANALYST’S TAKE: “Markets are moving toward pricing in a Clinton victory, but not fully, given the painful lesson from Brexit,” Mizuho Bank said in a report. “We expect market volatility to increase somewhat tomorrow as U.S. exit polls and elections results start streaming in.”CURRENCY: The dollar rose 104.44 yen from Monday’s 104.39 yen. The euro edged lower, to $1.1036 from $1.1042.ENERGY: Benchmark U.S. crude shed 3 cents to $44.86 per barrel in electronic trading on the New York Mercantile Exchange. The contract gained 82 cents on Monday to close at $44.89. Brent crude, used to price international oils, rose 7 cents to $46.22 in London. It added 57 cents the previous session to $46.15. read more

Caver Stith lead Old Dominion past William Mary 7153

NORFOLK, Va. — Ahmad Caver and B.J. Stith scored 20 points each, Caver had five assists and Stith grabbed 11 rebounds and Old Dominion defeated William & Mary 71-53 Wednesday night for a fourth straight win.Marquis Godwin scored 14 points for the Monarchs (6-3), who are 4-0 at home.Old Dominion is ranked in the top seven in the nation for holding opponents to less than 55 points and 36 per cent shooting. Those defensive stats were reflected Wednesday as William & Mary shot 35 per cent (21 of 60) on the way to its 53 points.Nathan Knight led the Tribe (2-7) with 14 points and Matt Milon 12. William & Mary cut a 10-point halftime gap to three, 37-34, after an 11-3 run to start the final period.The Monarchs shot a season-high 50 per cent (27 of 54) with 10 3-pointers.Wednesday was the 90th meeting between the schools and while Old Dominion leads the series 68-22, the Tribe had won six of the last eight meetings including three in a row through last season.The Associated Press read more

Football Linebackers and more from Urban Meyer on the Big Ten coaches

Ohio State senior linebacker Chris Worley (35) sacks in the second half of the Ohio State-Michigan State game on Nov. 11. Ohio State won 48-3. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorJunior linebacker Jerome Baker is cleared for Saturday’s game against Illinois, while redshirt junior Dante Booker’s status remains questionable, head coach Urban Meyer said on Tuesday’s Big Ten coaches teleconference. Baker and Booker both missed last Saturday’s game against Michigan State with undisclosed injuries. With the two starters out against the Spartans, Meyer sent Chris Worley and Malik Harrison to the outside linebacker positions and started Tuf Borland inside. The standout performance by the replacements has brought up the question of who will start Saturday for Ohio State, even if Booker and Baker are both healthy. Meyer said a decision on that will be made in the next two days. “I like the fact first of all, we’re building a bit of depth,” Meyer said Tuesday. “And second of all, those are very tough, consistent players and I’ve seen both playing a lot.”One player who Meyer said has stepped up all season for the Buckeyes was Borland. The redshirt freshman filled in for Worley earlier in the season due to Worley’s injury and has since established himself as a co-starter at middle linebacker on the team’s depth chart each week. “Just his consistency, it’s every day,” Meyer said. “He matches — it’s amazing his name is Tuf, he’s a very tough player, very consistent player, does things right and a very valuable guy for our program.”Here are some more notes from Meyer on Tuesday’s teleconference:Meyer on the three targeting calls that have been levied against his team this season: “The one [by Denzel Ward] was misfire by an official and then the other two weren’t. I think Bosa’s was a hit. I don’t know if I’ve ever seen one like that where it’s in a pile. It’s kind of in the pocket. But Dre’Mont’s is wrong. So I met with coach Schiano and coach Johnson we’re just going to constantly, there’s zero resistance on our end. We are proponents of the rule. I don’t think the rule is — it’s a good rule. It’s for the best interest of the game and our players and all players, so it’s just consistently educating and teaching it and making sure that people know it’s not acceptable.”Meyer on the recent performance of freshman kicker Blake Haubeil: “Our kicker, ever since we’ve had, you know, the struggles early has been really, really good. So he’s kicking it right where he’s supposed to be. We’ve made some personnel changes and the personnel changes have been very productive.”Meyer on if Senior Day will prevent Ohio State from sleeping on Illinois: “I think that you know it’s a very unique experience, Senior Day in the Horseshoe. I hear players talk about it. It’s an incredible tradition to salute the players in front of the great fans and I think just the coaching staff has to take the lead in the way we practice. There will be zero conversation about the past and the future. It’s about today and then Wednesday and then Thursday and go play well. And that’s our job.”Meyer looking ahead at Illinois: “Their two-deep inside guys on defense stand out. You can tell they’re building for the future, and they can see there’s some young players on the offensive side of the ball that have brilliant futures and we’ve just got to make sure that future isn’t Saturday. We have a lot of respect for them and what they’re trying to do and their coaching staff and their players and the two inside guys can play anywhere in the Big Ten conference.”Meyer on what stood out from the Michigan State game: “The offensive line play without question. They went against a very good rush defense, we’ve gone against them, but that’s our sixth time and it’s not easy to do what they did and they worked extremely hard and without question the offensive line play.” read more

RK Vardar win the fourth SEHA Gazprom league title

← Previous Story HUNGARY IS STILL IN THEIR HANDS: Telekom Veszprem win Cup Next Story → ALL SEHA Gazprom League finals RK Vardar Skopje won the fourth title at SEHA Gazprom League in seventh season of the strong regional competition. The home team of the Final4 event in Skopje and reigning champion of the competition beat RK PPD Zagreb 26:24 (13:13) after interesting final in which Croats managed to stay in the balance until the last 10 minutes of the match.Domestic team had 7:3 and 9:5 in the first half thanks to well-organized attack led by Luka Cindric, who was making chances to Dainis Kristopans and Vuko Borozan. With Domagoj Pavlovic in the main role, Zagreb almost leveled score until the end of the first half.Good performance of the visitors at “Jane Sandanski” hall gave a chance Zlatko Horvat to score equalizer for 18:18 at 44th minute. The Croatian champions played very agressive in the defense with Pavlovic, Bicanic and Mrakovcic ain attack who forced Raul Gonzales to change his 5-1 defensive line with Canellas in front.Direct red card of Zagreb’s line player Leo Susnja in 49th minute after rough foul over Ivan Karacic gave the wings to the home team supported by 5.000 fans. Five minutes later, Timur Dibirov scored for 25:20.Luka Cindric and Dainis Kristopans led Vardar with five goals each, while on the other side Zlatko Horvat netted eight goals. RK Vardarseha gazprom league read more

RedBox Instant vs Netflix Can Verizon stream with the best of them

first_imgWhile there’s nothing stopping you from using multiple video streaming services, chances are that you would prefer to pay one monthly fee and get the best possible service. While RedBox has made a name for itself as a Netflix competitor when it comes to physical DVDs, their new on-demand streaming service could put the company in the running as a complete video solution, despite Netflix’s huge head-start.As you probably know, RedBox is known for it’s conveniently located, DVD-dispensing kiosks. These ATM-like terminals exist in convenience stores and supermarkets around the US and, using them, the company has gained a solid following. Using physical locations might be great for a small set of users, but nothing is more convenient than streaming video, so RedBox is getting into the game and competing with the likes of Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Instant.What is RedBox Instant?RedBox Instant is designed to be a streaming service that combines the company’s existing customer base with the content library that Verizon has built into their FIOS on-demand service. RedBox Instant — which is still in beta — is designed to handle both streaming and physical rentals, with a set number of RedBox rentals included in the monthly service rate. By adding a digital streaming component to their business model, RedBox becomes the only service to compete directly with Netflix on both fronts as Blockbuster shut down their rental kiosks.So, in theory, the two services are similar, but who should get your streaming video dollars?Content availabilityIt doesn’t really matter how good your app is, or how inexpensive, if you can’t deliver the content users want, you’re dead in the water. For the most part, users are interested in movies as soon as they are available, TV shows the day after they air, and a wealth of child-friendly content. And it doesn’t hurt to have a healthy backlog of popular movies and television shows to encourage users to spend a weekend having a movie marathon or TV series binge. (Nothing like catching up on two seasons of Mad Men or Breaking Bad from Friday to Sunday…)Netflix offers a massive library of child-friendly content, as well as movies and TV shows. The service is continually trying to offer more next day airing of prime time television shows, though it is often accused of lagging behind when it comes to new movies hitting the service. If you enjoy catching a whole TV series all at once, or if you find yourself needing to watch every Quentin Tarantino movie, Netflix has you covered.RedBox’s physical DVD service is top notch, especially when it comes to delivering movies the same day they are released in stores, but their new streaming service lacks just about everything. It’s shelves are barely enough to fill entire pages when searching through genres. And while there’s a section for TV shows it seems the content hasn’t quite made it there yet. It’s unclear whether or not the content is missing as a result of Verizon not yet plugging in their FIOS service, but for whatever reason the digital service lags well behind their physical offerings.Again, RedBox is still in beta and we do expect things to get better. We’ll update this article as time goes on and the library expands.Netflix app vs. RedBox Instant appApps for video streaming services must A) make it simple for users manage their watching queue B) make it absurdly easy for users to watch video C) allow for quick, convenient content discovery D) be available everywhere, so no matter what I am using I can just pick up a remote, controller, or keyboard and pick up where I left off.That might all sounds like a tall order, but Netflix has pioneered these very features with their service. RedBox implements a much of the same, but offers a different approach to many of these features.In app format, Netflix places a premium on being able to do very little other than access streaming video. The homepage for all of their apps (Android, iOS, Xbox, PS3, etc.) are shelves of content, designed to show you what you have recently watched, what you have put in your queue, and related content you may find interesting. There’s not a lot in the way of controls or settings outside of volume and adding content to your queue. The design is incredibly simple, and functions exactly as you would expect.There are a few downsides though, especially when trying to watch television shows. Right now, on touch-enabled hardware, tapping the cover of a video immediately starts playback. This is great if you’re starting a new series or a movie, but if you are searching for a specific episode it can be tedious.RedBox’s app is more mechanical, allowing access to content restriction by rating and more settings for the quality of the stream. The app gives you information about your entire account, including how many credits you have for physical rentals. Since Netflix has tried pretty hard to separate your physical experience and your streaming experience, you won’t find those things in their app.RedBox is currently only available on Android an iOS, however, and doesn’t even currently support a browser based streaming experience. As RedBox continues to evolve their app experience, users may find they appreciate the more mechanical feel to the app experience as it presents a “one stop shop” for their entire service.PricingWhile overall content may be the most important thing, it’s hard to overlook a good price. RedBox is able to leverage their own userbase with the weight of Verizon FIOS to create a large audience overnight, where Netflix has built their audience from the ground up. In the past, Netflix has caught a lot of nasty comments for adjusting their pricing plans and separating their services. RedBox is able to benefit from those experiences and possibly even undercut Netflix in this regard.The current pricing plan for Netflix is $7.99 per month. You are offered unlimited streaming and one DVD out at a time sent to you by mail. If you want Blu-Ray discs, it’s an additional $2 per month. The service is restricted to a single device streaming at a time, and if you’ve never tried the service before you can get the first month of the service for free. There are no contracts, and you can cancel the service any time.RedBox offers their service for $8 per month, which includes unlimited streaming and four DVD rentals at any RedBox kiosk. If you would like to rent a Blu-Ray, it costs you an additional dollar. If you want to rent more than four DVDs each month, you pay the kiosk price for the DVD rental. You can choose to rent these four DVDs whenever you like, even all at once if you choose, but you can only keep the rental for 24 hours without incurring additional charges. RedBox is expected to announce a streaming only plan for $6 per month, but those plans have not been officially announced.Netflix vs. RedBox Instant: And the winner is…If for no other reason than available content, Netflix wins my vote. If you are a RedBox kiosk user, the four credits per month may be enough to sway you until Verizon drops some real content into the Instant service. If you’re the type to get most of your digital content from streaming services, I think it will be a long time before anyone would seriously consider switching from Netflix to RedBox.last_img read more

R Kelly pleads not guilty as court documents outline alleged sexual abuse

first_img Short URL Monday 25 Feb 2019, 8:17 PM Image: AP/PA Images Feb 25th 2019, 8:17 PM The conduct in the tape can be described as nothing short of outrageous, illegal. It leaves not question as to Mr. Kelly’s guilt.Avenatti said he is aware of a third tape, but he did not provide details.Greenberg reiterated at a news conference that Kelly has done nothing wrong and said no one has shown him any evidence to the contrary.“Everybody is entitled to a defence. Everybody is entitled to the presumption of innocence. We should all be taking a step back. Let’s see what happens, what the evidence is and how this plays out,” Greenberg said.‘Not wealthy’In arguing for bail within the singer’s ability to pay, Greenberg told a judge over the weekend that Kelly is not wealthy despite decades of success creating hit songs. The lawyer blamed mismanagement, bad contracts and other issues for his client’s financial woes.Details of the allegations against Kelly emerged on Saturday when the prosecution released four detailed documents — one for each accuser — outlining the basis for the charges. The allegations date back as far as 1998 and span more than a decade.A girl who attended Kelly’s child pornography trial in 2008 got his autograph after a court session.He later invited her to his home in the Chicago suburb of Olympia Fields, where they had sex multiple times starting the following May, when she was 16, according to the documents, which said he also slapped, choked and spit on the girl.In 1998, another girl reported meeting Kelly at a restaurant where she was having a 16th birthday party. Kelly’s manager gave her the singer’s business card and suggested she call Kelly. The girl’s mother heard the exchange, took the card and told the manager her daughter was 16.But her daughter later retrieved the card from her purse. She contacted Kelly, who told her to take a cab to his studio, where they had sex periodically for a year, the documents said. After the first encounter, she was given an envelope of cash.In early 2003, a Chicago hairdresser told prosecutors that she thought she was going to braid Kelly’s hair, but he pulled down his pants and instead tried to force her to give him oral sex. The woman, who was 24, was able to pull away, but Kelly ejaculated on her and spit in her face, the documents said. Michael Avenatti is representing some of the alleged victims. Source: AP/PA ImagesKelly’s DNA was found in semen on one of the accuser’s shirts, and semen found on a shirt worn by another was submitted for DNA testing, Cook County State’s Attorney Kim Foxx said. It was not clear when the accusers turned the shirts over to authorities.Each count of the new charges carries up to seven years in prison, making it possible for him to receive up to 70 years. Probation is also an option.The walls began closing in on Kelly after the release of a BBC documentary about him last year and the multipart Lifetime documentary Surviving R. Kelly, which aired last month.Together they detailed allegations that he held women against their will and ran a “sex cult.” A courtroom sketch of R Kelly appearing in court. R. KELLY HAS pleaded not guilty to charges that he sexually abused four people dating back to 1998, including three underage girls. Kelly walked into a Chicago courtroom wearing an orange jumpsuit after spending the weekend in the city’s 7,000-inmate jail. He said little during the brief arraignment, telling the judge only his name. His lawyers spoke on his behalf.The singer-songwriter was arrested on Friday on 10 counts of aggravated sexual abuse. A judge on Saturday set bond at $1 million, meaning that Kelly must post $100,000 to be released.Defence solicitor Steve Greenberg said Kelly’s confidants were trying to gather the money, and he expected Kelly to post bail this evening. He said his client’s ability to post bail is not affected by a child support case because that case is a civil court matter.If released, Kelly is forbidden from having any contact with females younger than 18.The recording artist has been trailed for decades by allegations that he violated underage girls and women and held some as virtual slaves. Kelly has consistently denied any sexual misconduct, and he was acquitted of child pornography charges in 2008.Lawyer Michael Avenatti, who said he represents two Kelly accusers, said his legal team gave prosecutors a second video that shows Kelly sexually abusing a minor. Avenatti previously gave prosecutors video evidence that he said showed Kelly having sex with an underage girl.Avenatti said the second video involves a 14-year-old girl. He said the video from 1999 or 2000 is about 55 minutes long, but he did not say if it was the same 14-year-old girl seen in the first video he turned over to the authorities. Share1 Tweet Email https://jrnl.ie/4512726 A courtroom sketch of R Kelly appearing in court. Image: AP/PA Images By Associated Press 12,438 Views Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article R. Kelly pleads not guilty as court documents outline alleged sexual abuse of three underage girls Bail for the R&B star has been set at $1 million. No Comments last_img read more

Fire damages Longview crematorium

first_imgFire broke through a roof of a crematorium in Longview on Monday night.Firefighters were called to the blaze at the crematorium at Longview Memorial, 5050 Mount Solo Road, about 5:45 p.m. Monday, according to fire officials. Crews arrived and found that fire had broken through the roof of the crematorium. They attacked the blaze, bringing the fire under control in about 25 minutes.No one was injured.Firefighters from Cowlitz 2 Fire & Rescue and Longview Fire Department helped fight the blaze.last_img

Lloris blamed Frances weak effort

first_imgFrance were beaten 2-0 by the Netherlands away from home and the World Cup winners’ captain, Hugo Lloris, admitted that his team showed a really poor performance and they could have conceded even more goals.The Netherlands can win their group if they will manage to beat Germany away from home – and France will only have to hope that the Germans will be able to stand tall and deflect the Dutch attacks for the group win.Hugo Lloris admitted that the performance shown by his team was really weak and they didn’t deserve anything from this game, according to fourfourtwo.com:We played to the minimum of our potential and paid for it. The score could have been even more flattering for the Dutch.Opinion: Neymar will earn respect back from the PSG fans Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 After completing his incredible return to Parc des Princes, we predict that Neymar will earn the respect back from PSG supporters.The situation between Neymar…“We have to hope that the Germans beat them on Monday.”“We knew what to expect, we knew the level of the Netherlands, they had demonstrated it against Germany and Belgium in October and they turned in a great performance.”“We did not live up to it. It’s disappointing, now we no longer have our destiny in our hands.“In the coming days, we will have to analyse it even if it is not easy to find the right words.”last_img read more

Scott touts over 24K new jobs in Miami lower unemployment

first_img Copyright 2019 Sunbeam Television Corp. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed. MIAMI (WSVN) – Florida Gov. Rick Scott announced Friday that the Miami area added about 24,600 new jobs in the private sector over the past year.“Like the rest of the state, the Miami area continues to experience impressive job growth,” said Scott in a press release.Scott said the unemployment rate was 4.9 percent in June, down 0.7 percent from this time in 2016. Statewide, Florida businesses created nearly 18,000 new jobs in June, and the unemployment rate dropped to 4.1 percent, the lowest it’s been in 10 years.“We will keep fighting to make Florida a national leader for job creation,” said Scott.The press release stated that the industries in Miami with the highest job growth were:education and health services with 8,100 new jobstrade, transportation and utilities with 7,600 new jobsleisure and hospitality with 6,000 new jobsThe Miami area continued to rank third among the state’s metro areas with 28,505 job openings.For 63 consecutive months, Florida’s annual job growth rate of 3.1 percent has exceeded the nation’s rate of 1.7 percent. last_img read more