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Agents invited to apply for Avis NY trip education

first_imgRegistration has opened for agents to apply for the chance to broaden their education and receive a trip to New York as part of the Avis Travel Agent Scholarship of Excellence.The education and travel package worth over $40,000 provides one winning agent the opportunity to build on their customer service and tourism knowledge via the NY trip and entry into Southern Cross University’s Tourism and Hospitality Management course.Avis Travel Industry manager Russell Butler told e-Travel Blackboard that agents from all levels of experience are able to apply for the Scholarship, which focuses on “building customer service excellence”. Mr Butler stressed that the key content required for an agent to move pass the application process and into the winning position is to portray their personal take on customer service as well as provide past examples of how they have assisted and gone that extra mile for the client.According to the Company’s manager, while winning the package has its benefits, previous applicants and finalists use their submission “to show their value” to prospective employers .“People apply for the scholarship to set a benchmark for themselves and use it to get ahead,” Mr Butler said.“Some previous winners have seen that a few months after winning they are place in a new position at work and promoted.“Peers see their value and the scholarship gives them the opportunity to advance to general manager or office managers.”Mr Butler added that despite the evolving nature of the industry since the scholarship was first launched 15 years ago, the Scholarship has witnessed a growth in applications particularly over the past five years as the program and its sponsors have shifted to meet online influences.“We’ve seen the number of applications over the five years increase but also seen diversity evolving in the applications,” Mr Butler added.“We now have corporate agents, online agents, leisure agents and niche specialist submitting for the Scholarship.” Agents are able to apply by visiting www.avisscholarship.com.Finalists will be asked to attend the verbal presentation which will be held in Sydney on 8 November 2011.To celebrate the Scholarship’s 15 year anniversary, Avis has invited past winners to attend the events in November and stay at the Four Seasons.  The 2011 Avis Travel Agent Scholarship of Excellence will offer a total prize package valued in excess of $40,000, with the winning agent receiving:two Qantas Business Class return tickets to New York and six nights’ luxury hotel accommodation in the Big Appleseven days’ car rental from Avisa first-year tourism scholarship to study at Southern Cross University’s School of Tourism and Hospitality Management, with financial support of up to $10,000 towards the first year of a three-year Bachelor of Tourism Management course*four cruise training modules from the International Cruise Council Australasiaa Polonious Resources Personal Profile, Feedback Session and on-call personal/professional coaching for 12 months admission into the TIME (Travel Industry Mentor Experience) mentoring programa one year honorary position on the Avis Travel Agents Advisory Boarda tour of Avis’ World Headquarters in New York and site visits to US agencies. Source = e-Travel Blackboard: N.Jlast_img read more

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Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires

first_img Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires For his career, Skelton has passed for 3,707 yards, 15 touchdowns and 25 interceptions. The Cardinals waived him to make room for Carson Palmer, whom they traded for Tuesday. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Arizona Cardinals quarterback John Skelton was not out of work long, as the 25-year-old was claimed by the Cincinnati Bengals off of waivers Wednesday.Bengals announced they claimed John Skelton on waivers. So the former Cards’ QB is a Bengals’ QB and the former Bengals’ QB is the Cards’ QB— Adam Schefter (@AdamSchefter) April 3, 2013 Top Stories 0 Comments   Share   Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Skelton, who was Arizona’s Week 1 starter last season before going down with an ankle injury, finished the campaign with 1,132 yards, two touchdowns and nine interceptions in seven games played.last_img read more

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Haircutting event to raise funds for cancer patients

first_imgBy Bejay BrowneAn upcoming sponsored hair-cutting event in Pissouri aims to raise funds for a Paphos charity that provides vital support for cancer patients and their families.Vietnamese academic turned chef, Moon Waters, said that she decided to cut off her long, shiny locks in aid of the Paphos Cancer Patients Support Group, CPSG, following her husband Brian’s cancer diagnosis and treatment last year.She said that although the couple had profusely thanked the surgeons, the medical centre and the nurses who looked after Brian on a daily basis for two months following his operation, as well as the plastic surgeon who performed his reconstruction, she felt that it was still ‘not quite enough’.“I wanted to say more about this scary period of our lives and I want to do something memorable and helpful for others who are maybe experiencing this dark time in their life,” she said.Her husband reached a year clear of cancer this week, surviving an aggressive melanoma which was removed from his chest wall in a five-hour operation last year.“I would advise people to get any marks on their skin checked immediately. I though mine was a bite but it wasn’t painful and apparently doctors said it started as a tiny birthmark, just a slight discolouration, and grew to the size of my small fingernail,” he told the Cyprus Mail.However, the cancer had invaded his chest wall and he was immediately admitted for surgery.Moon is now collecting sponsorship for the event which will take place at The Vine Leaf in Pissouri, on Friday March 30 at 7.30 pm. Organised by popular amateur singing group, the almost forty strong Paphos Zingers, the event will see the highest bidder cut off Moon’s hair which will be plaited ahead of the snip.Her hair, which measures in excess of 21 inches, will then be donated to CPSG and sent off to Nicosia to help make wigs for patients undergoing chemotherapy, said Zinger and friend, Karen Roe.“Since 2012, the Zingers have raised funds exclusively for the cancer patients support, around 70,000 euros so far,” she said.The Paphos CPSG help to provide numerous services for cancer patients and their families including free home care nursing – similar to Macmillan nurses in the UK- psychosocial support, travel to the oncology centre in Nicosia and a free helpline.In all, the Zingers have raised almost 90,000 euros for charity since they started fundraising in 2011.Waters said that he hopes that sponsors will be generous and that the event will raise in excess of one thousand euros for the hard working charity.“It is very supportive of Moon and although it’s a sacrifice, it will grow back, when in so many other cases it will not. Its great she wants to do it,” he said.The event will include a performance by the Zingers, a Greek Buffet and a raffle.To sponsor Moon’s hair cut email: moonsvietkitchen@gmail.comFor tickets Mick Roberts: 97671172You May LikeDr. Marty ProPower Plus Supplement3 Dangerous Foods People Feed Their Dogs (Without Realizing It)Dr. Marty ProPower Plus SupplementUndoPopularEverythingColorado Mom Adopted Two Children, Months Later She Learned Who They Really ArePopularEverythingUndoTotal Battle – Online Strategy GameIf You’re PC User This Strategy Game Is A Must-Have!Total Battle – Online Strategy GameUndo Turkish Cypriot actions in Varosha ‘a clear violation’ of UN resolutions, Nicosia saysUndoConcern over falling tourism numbersUndoPensioner dies after crash on Paphos-Polis roadUndoby Taboolaby Taboolalast_img read more

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Rep LaFave Acts of school violence should appear on a background check

first_img Categories: LaFave News 04Sep Rep. LaFave: Acts of school violence should appear on a background check People convicted of planning or carrying out a violent threat against students and school employees on school grounds will see it on their criminal record under a plan unveiled today by state Rep. Beau LaFave.“We need to ensure our children receiving an education and our hard-working teachers are safe in the classroom,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “We are looking at every option possible to prevent school tragedies from happening.”Under LaFave’s proposal, Michigan courts will not be able to clear a criminal record where a felon was convicted of violence on school grounds. LaFave noted in certain cases, individuals originally facing a maximum of 20 years in prison for threats to school safety have had their sentences jogged back to 90 days for disturbing the peace, or charges were dropped completely.“Let’s all think about this from a hiring standpoint,” LaFave said. “If you’re an employer interested in hiring a particular candidate, wouldn’t you want to know if they have ever put the safety of a school in jeopardy or how they did? The candidate’s record shouldn’t show up to employers that they were charged 90 days for disturbing the peace, it should say exactly what they were convicted of.”LaFave’s proposal piggybacks off his other sponsored plan – House Bill 5942, which overwhelmingly passed the full House in June – attempting to cut down on the number of school safety threats by giving prosecutors additional options to appropriately charge people for school violence.last_img read more

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PFunk Mothership Reassembled at Smithsonian Video

first_imgShareTweetShareEmail0 Shares June 10, 2014; SmithsonianHere is another situation in which we want to celebrate interactivity in museum exhibitions, because if you click the link above you can see George Clinton’s Mothership be reassembled on the floor of the Smithsonian.First, a musical interlude to remind you about why this moment is to be celebrated:This Mothership is not the original—that one was, according to this report, sold by Parliament Funkadelic when they needed cash in 1983 amid a tumultuous period of disagreement and debt. But this one appeared in the mid-1990s in a series of large-scale shows.At some point, the ship was stowed, but Clinton said the storage facility “was using it like a discotheque club. They’d turn [on the Mothership] on the weekends, and people would come and dance around—land it up and down all night long.” Some time after that, Clinton took it back to his studio in Tallahassee, Florida, where they carved out part of the ceiling to make sure that they could put its crown on.“It’s the most iconic stage prop in African-American musical history, maybe even musical history of the past 40 years,” says Kevin Strait, project historian for the museum. “I really can’t think of anything that matches it in terms of its size and overall scope. It’s not necessarily the first thing that people think about when they think about the history of African-American music, but that’s one of the things that we’re trying to show here—that the shows’ pageantry was a central part of getting people to know, feel and understand the music.”As they say, “Funk is it’s own reward. May I frighten you?”—Ruth McCambridgeShareTweetShareEmail0 Shareslast_img read more

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Consumer Debt Hits Alltime High

first_imgShare22Tweet2Share11Email35 Shares“Debt” by Jay TamboliMay 17, 2017; Wall Street JournalNonprofit organizations are affected by economic conditions, and the recent report on consumer debt from the Federal Reserve Bank of New York includes unsettling news. Total consumer debt—student loans, cars, mortgages, credit cards, etc.—is at a record $12.7 trillion. American personal indebtedness hasn’t been at this level since 2008, at the beginning of the recession. It also represents a tripling of total debt since 1999.According to the Wall Street Journal, “Job gains, economic growth boosted households’ income and willingness to borrow” contributed to current indebtedness levels. New York Fed economist Donghoon Lee said, “This record debt level is neither a reason to celebrate nor a cause for alarm.”Perhaps. The news is decidedly mixed. Mortgage debt is down $667 billion since 2008, largely due to fewer subprime mortgages being issued or held by banks and other investors. Of course, this means that many people lost their homes during the recession when they couldn’t pay their mortgages and that access to new mortgages requires better credit scores than in decades past, presenting a barrier to many potential homeowners.Mortgage debt is at least debt secured by an asset. Student loan debt has increased by $733 billion since 2008 and auto loan totals have increased by $388 billion in the same period. Credit card debt is unsecured, and auto loans, while technically tied to the auto as an asset, are typically “upside down,” with the loan balance remaining being more than the declining market value of the car being financed. For those who lease their vehicles, there is no asset value against which to balance their lease payment obligations.Even when cast as investment, such as in a home or higher education, debt represents risk and vulnerability for borrowers. Almost 500,000 individuals declared bankruptcy in 2016, according to the American Bankruptcy Institute. Almost two-thirds of Americans can’t weather a $500 emergency without borrowing or cutting back on other spending. Living paycheck to paycheck has become a cliché, but it’s all too real for many Americans, and missing one paycheck has the potential to turn a nonprofit’s small donor into a client in need.As for consumer belief that the economic future is brightening, there are nonprofit organizations that might disagree. Homeless advocates and food pantries see an increasingly large percentage of families (as opposed to individual adults) in need of services. Even families well above the federal poverty line feel recurring economic distress. Last month, CBS News reported on “The United States of Insecurity,” including statistics showing that 32 percent of households with annual income more than twice the poverty level spent at least one month with income below the federal poverty level. Rachel Schneider, a coauthor of The Financial Diaries, said, “It’s not being able to pay all their bills, not being able to afford their groceries, having to think about putting gas in the car, having to think about whether to cancel their cable. When you work full time and still have that experience, it feels unfair.”Nonprofit professionals know that general economic conditions affect everything from demand for services, to employment costs, to large-scale donation trends. Seeing the New York Fed’s recent report on consumer debt is a reminder that economic stability—for our potential clients and for our organizations—isn’t as stable as we might hope.—Michael WylandShare22Tweet2Share11Email35 Shareslast_img read more

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When Being a Welcoming City Becomes Grounds for a Fight

first_imgShare57Tweet5ShareEmail62 SharesMay 7, 2018; Star TribuneAs large cities and small towns across the country assert their communal positions on “welcoming the stranger” by passing ordinances and resolutions or joining with national movements such as Welcoming America, a national network of local governments and nonprofits that work together to become more inclusive toward immigrants and all residents, not everyone is happy to join in. In Minnesota, often viewed as a mecca of welcome for immigrants with the nation’s largest Somali population, a fervor of backlash against such “welcoming” actions is taking place and spreading across the upper Midwest.Is this a response to the anti-Muslim fears that have emanated from national leadership? Does this come from deep-seated racism in a part of the nation that is largely rural and homogenous? Is there more to this that speaks to fears of “welcoming all” might push religious values that are anti-LGBTQ? All of this seems to be bubbling up in city councils and town halls as they debate passage of welcoming resolutions and ordinances and as they consider aligning with organizations that could push the envelope on inclusivity in a community.A resolution in the small town of Hudson, Wisconsin stating that the city welcomed diversity of all kinds was immediately seen as a backdoor to becoming a sanctuary city for undocumented immigrants and was quashed. In Grand Forks, North Dakota, an inclusion resolution was held up due to questions as to whether it was in conflict with a local church’s opposition to same-sex marriage. Local resident Nelson Russert called it “a dogmatic, ideological manifesto” and objected that the modified version, approved by a 7–0 vote, failed to consider that “many citizens believe that our relative homogeneity and comparatively conservative social environment are among the area’s greatest assets.” The examples and objections continue and grow on a town-by-town basis, often with the end resolution of keeping the status quo—no specific welcoming ordinance or resolution on the books.Those who support the welcoming initiatives and similar efforts see them as important value statements critical to attracting residents, especially in rural communities that are struggling to recruit and hold workers for hard-to-fill, low-skilled jobs.“I can’t understand how many people have problems with Welcoming America. We work together because there is no other way,” said [Fatima] Said, executive director of Project Fine, a nonprofit that works to integrate newcomers through education. “You love your own and you respect others. That’s what people need to learn—to be open-minded and respect each other.”But even in cities such as St. Cloud and Willmar, which passed resolutions, tensions ran high. Opponents in both cities focused their objections on Somali immigrants, with allegations being raised that they spread disease, commit crimes, take advantage of public assistance, provide recruits for Islamic terrorism and generally resist assimilation.As a state, Minnesota is all over the map on this one. It has cities that have affiliated with Welcoming America; cities that created their own welcoming statements, ordinances, and plans; and cities that have, in essence, built walls to shield them from immigrants who might diversify their comfortable, peaceful communities. It has citizens who are thrilled with what their city governments have done, and those who are furious and ready to vote their leadership out over this. Finding a middle ground on this issue remains a goal for many. Can a simple city resolution or proclamation make a difference?—Carole LevineShare57Tweet5ShareEmail62 Shareslast_img read more

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Malaysian pay TV operator has started to roll out

first_imgMalaysian pay TV operator has started to roll out its subscription VoD service Astro-On-The-Go (AOTG) around the world, in a bid to turn its service into a global brand. Astro Awani, Astro’s 24-hour news channel, and selected live events on sports channel Astro Arena, are now available to Malaysians globally who have registered to the service.The staged rollout plan, which Astro revealed last week, will see it add more linear channel content next with a VoD offering of between 1,000 and 1,500 titles to follow.The full AOTG Worldwide service – with linear TV, music channels, live events including sports, VoD and catch up programmes – will go live in the second quarter. Astro first offered the AOTG service to its Malaysian customers in May 2012.last_img

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The BBCs commercial arm has agreed to sell its Au

first_imgThe BBC’s commercial arm has agreed to sell its Australian-headquartered travel guide business Lonely Planet to US media firm NC2 Media for AU$75 million (€60 million). A further AU$60m will be paid on completion of the deal with another AU$15m to follow in a year’s time. NC2 Media is focused on the creation, acquisition and distribution of digital content and counts billionaire US businessman Brad Kelley as its primary shareholder.The deal follows a commercial review by BBC Worldwide last year, which set out a strategic focus on BBC brands and to promote the corporation’s output globally.last_img

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Connected TV specialist Vision TV has tapped integ

first_imgConnected TV specialist Vision TV has tapped integrator Synapse TV to relaunch its services on the UK Freeview digital-terrestrial platform.Vision TV delivers a range of UK and international channels to internet-connected Freeview devices via the Freeview EPG.Synapse TV utilises technology from Strategy & Technology (S&T) and specialist third parties to provide a cloud-based managed service for content owners and aggregators. It allows OTT delivery of on-demand content and linear services. A number of content monetisation models are supported, including BARB-rated linear advertising, targeted on-demand advert insertion, pay-per-view and subscriptions, according to Synapse TV.The Synapse platform has been integrated with Vision TV operator Vision247’s XtremeIPTV online video platform. The revamped service will initially delvier 20 free-to-view streaming channels and will launch within a few weeks. Synapse already delivers the VuTV and TVPlayer hybrid servces on the Freeview platform.“Vision TV further extends the attraction of Freeview, offering viewers seamless access to more channels,” said Petra Oblak, CEO of Vision247.“For broadcasters this presents the opportunity to reach the huge and rapidly growing number of households that have a compatible and connected Freeview HD TV or box in a way that is simple and, crucially, economically viable.”last_img read more

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Content recognition app Shazam has closed a US30

first_imgContent recognition app Shazam has closed a US$30 million (€26 million) investment round, which values the company at more than US$1 billion. The firm said that it will use the funding to support its continued evolution and rapid growth, following a year of “user milestones, increased service capabilities and expansion into new market sectors.”Shazam currently claims more than 100 million monthly active mobile users, and has introduced new capabilities such as using the app for print ads, QR codes, packaged goods and barcodes.Shazam can also be used in conjunction with TV shows and commercials, movie theaters, retail environments, radio content and ads and out of home advertising.The firm claims that its original music identification capability is “faster and more accurate than ever” and that it has integrated the service with streaming music providers like Spotify and Rdio.“This funding reflects the substantial progress we have made in delivering a new paradigm for brands and content owners to increase engagement with their audiences whilst magically connecting people to the world around them,” said Shazam executive chairman Andrew Fisher.CEO Rich Riley added: “We’re excited to continue to focus on user growth and engagement, building on our strength in music and innovating to increase the universe of what is Shazamable in order to realize the enormous potential of Shazam.”last_img read more

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ABCs Modern Family Youthfocused content firm Awe

first_imgABC’s Modern FamilyYouth-focused content firm AwesomenessTV has poached the head of comedy at US broadcaster ABC to lead a new mobile video service being launched with telco Verizon.Samie Falvey will oversee programming, development and production at the currently unnamed streaming service, which was first revealed with Verizon bought a 24.5% stake in DreamWorks Animation-owned AwesomenessTV in April.She will be chief content officer, and focus on creating premium programming for 18-34 mobile-using audiences through a slate developed with Hollywood studios, production companies and talent.Falvey is currently Disney-owned ABC’s executive VP, comedy and international scripted development. She is pushed through series such as Modern Family, The Goldbergs, Fresh Off the Boat and Black-ish, and is credited with developing formats and international talent for the Alphabet net. She also worked at Fox.Her departure comes after drama development chief Channing Dungey was elevated to entertainment president, replacing network chief Paul Lee.“Samie has a tremendous track record of successful collaborations with some of themost accomplished creators in the business and a great knack for developing content that resonates,” said DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg.“Her eye for great storytelling coupled with terrific talent relationships will be invaluable in creating next-generation premium programming for audiences to devour in the ways they are actually watching today – in bite-sized chunks across every device there is.”“I’ve long admired Jeffrey, Brian and Brett’s commitment to innovation, and “I could not be more excited to work with them in building their next business,” said Falvey. “I am eager to bring audiences a new and contemporary form of content and to provide the best creative talent with a wholly original outlet.”last_img read more

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Spanish broadcaster producer and pay TV channel p

first_imgSpanish broadcaster, producer and pay TV channel provider Mediapro is mulling a plan to pull out of Spanish football and may withdraw from the game with the next round of bidding for La Liga rights, according to financial daily El Español.According to the paper, citing unnamed sources, Mediapro boss Jaime Roures plans to refocus the company on production of series and movies. Mediapro currently holds the rights to La Liga until the end of the next season.According to El Español’s sources, Roures has decided that the current battles over rights generate unnecessary strife. Mediapro has had fractious relations with pay TV platform operators over the commercialisation of the rights.The news follows a report, also by El Español, that Spanish pay TV platforms were mulling a move to have Mediapro categorised as an intermediary, which might bid for rights without having the ability to commercialise them in its own right.A similar legal battle is underway in Italy, where a Milan court recently suspended the award of Serie A rights to Mediapro after receiving a complaint by Sky.Spain’s telecom operators have complained about inflation in the price of football rights. Mediapro current holds the rights to Champions League football, aired on the BeIN Sports channel.last_img read more

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TV technology outfit Kaltura has acquired interact

first_imgTV technology outfit Kaltura has acquired interactive personalised video startup Rapt Media for an undisclosed amount.The acquisition follows a partnership agreement struck between the pair last year.Rapt Media customers include Mercedes, EMC Dell, Alight Solutions, and eBay. The company, which was founded in 2011 and raised US$12 million (€10 million) in funding, offers interactive video technology for a range of uses cases, including leading viewers through a video experience that is personalised to their choice and can be tailored for marketing or educational purposes, enabling students to follow learning paths that are personalised to their level, where their actions, responses and choices influence their learning path, and creating videos and training materials for recruitment and HR purposes within organisations.“We are excited to acquire Rapt Media and incorporate its unique video-branching technology into our portfolio of video solutions for any organization,” said Ron Yekutiel, chairman, CEO, and co-founder of Kaltura.“Video is the most engaging medium, and videos that are personalised and interactive make for the most lean-forward and engaging experiences of them all.  As the leading provider of video solutions for any organisation, we are leading the charge in video interactivity and personalisation and investing heavily (and acquiring) in the areas of smart video analysis, analytics, and AI tools. Our goal is to automate the real-time creation of personalised video and extraction of rich metadata, to optimise their delivery at the right time to the right audience, and to offer them the most engaging video experience”.last_img read more

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The chart for silver was almost identical to gold

first_img The chart for silver was almost identical to gold’s chart, except the price was more “volatile,” which means that the high-frequency traders kicked the living snot out of the price, which allowed JPMorgan et al to more buy longs and/or cover short positions. The CME recorded the low and high of the day as $20.495 and $21.525 in the December contract. Silver closed at $21.30 spot, up three whole cents from Monday’s close, after an intraday move of a hair over 5%.  Volume, net of October and November, was a very chunky 65,000 contracts. The trading pattern in the silver stocks was similar, except for the fact that the rally started sooner, and then got sold off a bit during the last hour of trading.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up only 1.09%. The gold stocks traded in a tight range either side of unchanged until about 1:30 p.m. EDT. Then a rally developed in conjunction with the tiny rally in the metal itself in electronic trading, and the HUI managed to finish on its high tick of the day, up a healthy 3.03%. Sponsor Advertisement The CME Daily Delivery Report was a non-event, as only one gold and six silver contracts were posted for delivery on Thursday.  There’s very little October open interest left in either gold or silver, so unless a surprise buyer shows up wanting immediate delivery of huge amount of either metal, the remainder of the delivery month should be very uneventful.  Yesterday’s delivery action was certainly a precursor to that. There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday, but an authorized participant withdrew another big chunk of silver from SLV.  This time it was 1,734,441 troy ounces.  About 7.5 million ounces of silver have been withdrawn from SLV since the beginning of October. The reason the U.S. Mint didn’t have a sales report on Monday was because of the Columbus Day holiday, and they made amends for that yesterday.  They sold 10,000 troy ounces of gold eagles; 5,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes; and 749,500 silver eagles. The U.S. Mint has already sold 70% more ounce of gold eagles in October than they did in all of September, and gold buffalo sales in October are already equal to all of gold buffalo sales in September.  Silver eagles sales continue to sail along at record high levels.  I sure hope you’re getting your share, dear reader. It was another nothing day for gold over at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday.  They reported receiving 289 troy ounces, and shipped 577 troy ounces out the door.  It was hardly worth their while showing up for work for that amount.  Here’s the link if you wish to check it out yourself. It was a little more active in silver, but one of the slower days as well.  They didn’t report receiving any, and shipped 306,089 troy ounces of the stuff out the door for parts unknown.  Here’s the link to that action, such as it was. I have the usual number of stories for a mid-week column, and the final edit is yours. Why the heck are gold and silver joined at the hip 99% of the time in price at the COMEX? There is no good or legitimate reason. The only possible explanation is hardly legitimate – the HFT computer cowboys and the big gold and silver price manipulator, JPMorgan, are dictating prices down to the millisecond. This identical and simultaneous price behavior between gold and silver is just another manifestation of the absolute and illegitimate price control by the COMEX. And just as this price control dominates short term prices, it also accounts for the long term suppression of prices. Silver prices did not fall below the cost of production because the miners produced too much metal; prices fell below production costs because of price engineering on the COMEX. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 12 October 2013 There’s not much to add to what I’ve already said at the top of today’s column, and in The Wrap in yesterday’s column.  As Ted Butler has been saying for years, prices were set lower to trigger technical fund sell stops on their long positions, and JPMorgan et al feasted on them.  They also took the long side of any short trade placed by the Non-commercial and small traders as well. I haven’t the foggiest idea if “Da boyz” are done to the downside or not.  Ted feels that if we’re not there, we’re very close.  Considering yesterday’s huge volume, I would have to agree, but only up to a points, as you can’t trust these crooks for a second.  If we are done, then all that matter is what JPMorgan et al do on the next price rally.  That’s all that has ever mattered, as they are, and always have been, in total control of the precious metal market to the upside, and the downside. Yesterday’s price action occurred on the cut-off day for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report, and it’s really too bad that we’re not going to get one, as it would certainly show the lay of the land after yesterday’s engineered price decline, as those volume numbers would be included. Not much happened in Far East trading on their Wednesday, although the smallish rallies that developed in three of the four precious metals during the Hong Kong session, ran into not-for-profit sellers at the London open.  Gold and silver volumes going into the London open were pretty light.  Gold’s volume was a bit under 19,000 contracts, and silver’s volume was around 4,500 contracts.  Those numbers have increased sharply during the first hour of trading over there, and it’s mostly of the price-controlling HFT variety.  The dollar index isn’t doing much of anything. All we can do is sit here and watch what JPMorgan et al have in story for us as the Wednesday trading day progresses in New York. And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 5:15 a.m. EDT, all four precious metals are now back at, or below, their closing prices in New York on Tuesday.  Volumes are still climbing a bit, but it has obviously required little effort to keep precious metal prices in check so far today.  And if another engineered price decline is in the cards, it hasn’t manifested itself at this point.  The dollar index is unchanged. That’s all I have for today, which is plenty, and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Platinum’s price moves followed gold and silver’s moves closely.  The HFT boys tried to break palladium below the $700 spot price mark, but couldn’t.  Here are the charts. The dollar index closed late on Monday afternoon in New York at 80.34, but didn’t do much until 9:30 a.m. BST in London when it took off to the upside.  The high of the day [80.68] came two hours later, and the index chopped sideways before heading south at 2 p.m. in New York, about the time that gold and silver began rallying in electronic trading. But the decline didn’t amount to much, as the ‘low’ of 80.41 came around 4:45 p.m. EDT before rallying a handful of basis points into the close.  The index finished at 80.42, which was up a stunning 8 basis points from Monday’s close. It would take a real stretch of any person’s imagination to fit the precious metal price action into what the dollar index was doing yesterday. Prices were set lower to trigger technical fund sell stops on their long positions All was calm in the gold market in Far East trading on their Tuesday, but as I commented at length on in The Wrap yesterday, that all ended just before 9 a.m. BST in London. At that point the high-frequency traders put in an appearance, and by the time the engineered price decline was done for the day, gold was down over twenty bucks from its Monday close in New York. The low came at the noon silver fix in London.  From there it chopped higher into the afternoon gold fix, which came at 10 a.m. EDT.  After that, the gold price chopped sideways into the 1:30 p.m. Comex close. About 30 minutes later, a new rally erupted in electronic trading, and it was obvious from the choppy price action that this rally ran into resistance as well.  The high of the day was set at this point, and then the gold price got sold down about five bucks into the 5:15 p.m. close. According to the CME, gold’s high tick in the December contract was $1,287.70, and the low tick was posted as $1,251.00. Gold closed the Tuesday session at $1,281.00 spot, which was up $7.70 from Monday’s close. Volume, net of October and November, was a very large 214,000 contracts. 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first_img“In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is.”—Yogi Berra It’s October, AKA the major league baseball postseason. As a lifelong baseball fan, I take the wisdom of Yogi Berra seriously. And when it comes to planning for the autumn of life, Yogi is spot on. It seems as though every day an article titled “5 Tips for Retirement Saving” or something similar hits my inbox. I scan for the author’s name, and I’m amazed by how often it’s distinctly contemporary—Jennifer, Brandon, or another name of that vintage. Jennifer’s title is something like “staff writer,” and I immediately picture a fresh-faced young person with a newly minted journalism degree. After work, maybe she jumps in her starter BMW and heads to a local watering hole with her friends to gripe about student loan repayments.“Jennifer” means well. After all, she’s just doing her job. She recommends setting financial goals, getting out of debt, living within your means, and saving from a young age. I won’t argue with those recommendations. Jennifer’s grandparents probably did just that. If you can pull off following that advice to a T, chances are you’ll accumulate a good deal of wealth. However, once Jennifer has tried to put her advice to practice for a couple of decades, she might understand that it’s neither simple nor easy, despite how it might sound. Most people know what they should do, but it’s often tough and painful to execute in real life. During my 74 years I’ve met a lot of successful and rich retired friends who sure as hell didn’t go about it Jennifer’s way. How many baby boomers do you know who married young, raised a family, put their children through school, and consistently saved in their 20s, 30s or even 40s? There are a few, but many—if not most—young families lived through a decade or more of “Why is there is so much month left at the end of the money?” Several times a month a 50- or 60-year-old subscriber writes in asking for help with how to accomplish a last-ditch push to save. Truth be told, most of my friends never got serious about retirement until after they’d raised children. It doesn’t mean they were right; it’s just the way it was. Should they have started earlier? Of course. But they didn’t. Some didn’t know how, some were overwhelmed by day-to-day expenses, and some overspent on stuff, stuff, and more stuff. Many got serious in the nick of time, but they did it.Retiring Rich When You’re Under the Wire Whatever your age, fretting about what you didn’t do is futile. Start making the needed changes today. The best place to begin is to define “rich.” For the Miller’s Money team, rich means having enough money to choose whether or not to work and enough money that you control your time. Rich means you live comfortably according to your personal standards. If you’ve lived a middle-class lifestyle, a rich retirement means you can maintain that same lifestyle without worry and without having to work if you don’t want to. Ten days out of high school, I was on a train to Parris Island, South Carolina. One of the best teachers I ever had was SSgt. Thomas R. Phebus. He was an archetype—the ideal combination of common sense and straight talk. I’m going to take a page out of his book and share some straight talk on how to make a rich retirement your reality.The 9-Step Program#1—Saving money is a bitch! When I entered the work force, every major company and most government agencies offered some sort of pension plan. The bottom line: come work for us at age 25, stay for 40 years, retire at 65, and we’ll continue to pay you until you die, normally another 20 years or so. Pension plans are no longer the norm. Corporate America just couldn’t do it. Some filed for bankruptcy and broke their promises. Either way, in the private sector, 401(k)s are the new norm. They’re optional—no one makes you contribute. Now local governments are filing for bankruptcy, many unable to fulfill their pension promises. No matter whom you work for—a big or small corporation, a government agency, or yourself—if you want to retire, be damn sure you’re saving… no matter what you’ve been promised.#2—Plan to work your tail off. I don’t know anyone who’s accumulated even modest wealth working 40 hours a week. If you want to work for 40 years and pay for 60-plus years of life, chances are you’ll have to do more than that. When you work, you trade your time, talent, and expertise for money. When you retire, you trade your money for time. In theory, you can work 60 hours a week, live off two-thirds of your income (40 hours’ worth), and invest the remaining one-third (20 hours’ worth). However, if you start saving early, perhaps saving income equal to 10 hours of work will be enough. Your savings will have more time to accumulate and compound, and you’ve bought yourself extra leisure time along the way. If both spouses are working hard outside the home, which is the norm today, work toward living off of one paycheck and investing the other (or using it to pay off debts and then start investing). Many of our retired friends did just that.#3—Don’t complain when others have more. Someone always will. This one saddens me. We have a few friends who chose to work 40 hours a week for most of their working lives. They felt it was important to spend more time at home with their families, and there’s nothing wrong with that choice. Still, it’s a trade-off. I look at it as though they enjoyed mini slices of retirement time when they were young. If that’s your choice, don’t begrudge others who chose a different path and worked and/or saved more. They don’t owe you anything.#4—Get out of debt and stay that way. Virtually every wealthy friend I have only started to build wealth after eliminating debt, including home mortgages. Some theory-loving pundits suggest taking out a low-interest mortgage and investing the money with the hope of earning more than the mortgage interest. Oh really? Most people’s investments don’t perform that well. The chart below highlights how poorly the average investor stacks up: Sure, some beat the odds, but even professional fund managers struggle to do so. As of mid-2013, 59.58% of large-cap funds, 68.88% of mid-cap funds, and 64.27% of small-cap funds underperformed their respective benchmark indices, according to Aye M. Soe, McGraw Hill financial director. If the big boys have a hard time and the average investor earns just 2.1%, one better secure a darn low mortgage rate before borrowing to invest. One of the top ways to blow your nest egg is to stop working while you still have a mortgage. Downsize if you have to. Your personal home is not an investment; it’s part of the cost of living. The McMansion might have been cool when you had a family at home, but is it really necessary for a comfortable retirement? Live in a home you can realistically afford when you are no longer working. We have many friends with two-story homes that include a downstairs master bedroom. Most report never going upstairs except to clean. Yet they pay to heat it, cool it, and pay taxes on it. Is it really worth it, or could that money be put to better use?#5—Get smart while you get out of debt. Commit some of your time to financial education long before you plan to retire. Part of the reason the average investor earns just 2.1% is that many, if not most, haven’t taken the time to learn. If you want to out-earn the average investor, start by investing in education. Understanding the markets is an ongoing process. The investment world is constantly changing, and if your interests lie elsewhere, it can be a challenge to keep up. A little commonsense scheduling goes a long way, though. Record your favorite programs and watch or listen at night when you’re tired. Then find an hour a day when you are fresh and devote it to more focused study. An hour-long television show has 15-20 minutes of commercials. You can bank that much study time by hitting fast forward.#6—Set realistic objectives. Get some professional help and a thorough financial checkup so you can set sane targets. With those in place, you can build a realistic plan. The sooner you go through this exercise, the less painful it will be to make any necessary lifestyle adjustments.#7—Get a grip on your expenses. Investments appreciate (at least that’s the plan). Cars, televisions, and most other stuff depreciate. Some years ago I read that around 90% of top-of-the-line Lexuses and Mercedes were financed. I live in a community where most of the homes have three-car garages. I shake my head as I drive down the street in my Toyota and see three luxury cars in a garage. I wonder how many of them are financed. It’s easy to have well over $150,000 invested in rapidly depreciating automobiles. With so many long-term auto loans available today, it’s also easy to owe more than the car is worth fairly quickly. Once you get on that treadmill, it’s hard to get off. All cars are not created equal. I’ve owned my share of luxury autos and can share from personal experience that a routine oil change can cost 10 times more than it does with a Toyota or the like. Is the added prestige of a luxury automobile really worth the extra cost?#8—Put yourself first. Another common way to blow your nest egg is to spend too much money on others. Your family should not expect you to support them in adulthood, pay for your grandchildren’s college education, or help with major purchases. Take care of yourself and your spouse before anyone else. In time, your family will come to appreciate your self-sufficiency. If not, too bad.#9—Take advantage of free money. I cannot fathom why such a large percentage of workers with 401(k)s do not maximize their contributions. In addition to the tax benefits, many employers match a percentage of those contributions; it’s free money. If your employer doesn’t offer a 401(k), maximize your IRA contributions. And if you’re over age 50, don’t forget the catch-up provisions that allow you to save even more. This is low-hanging fruit, so run and grab as much of it as you can. The dream of middle-class folks being able to retire and enjoy a full third of their adult lives work-free is still relatively new. In the early 1900s, retirement was something only the ultra-wealthy could afford; most people worked well into their later years. Retiring rich requires a series of choices; they are often difficult. A comfortable retirement is not a foregone conclusion, even if you lived comfortably in your working years. Since WWII, we have enjoyed one of the most productive economies the world has ever seen, yet many seniors are broke. When you reach retirement age, you don’t have to be one of them. As SSgt. Phebus might say, “Now get with the program!”On the Lighter Side This week marked an important milestone in Florida living. Jo and I turned off the air conditioner for the first time in months, airing out the house and enjoying low humidity and a high of 72 degrees. One of the biggest lessons I learned as a young Marine is that you’re responsible for your own behavior. Some things, like the Florida weather, you cannot control. Others, like your money habits, you can. If you’re ready to take the next step in your financial education, I urge you to sign up for a trial subscription to Miller’s Money Forever, 100% risk-free. If you decide it’s not for you, just call or email within 90 days—heck, you can even send a telegram—and we’ll refund every last penny you paid. After 90 days, we’ll prorate your refund, no questions asked; that’s how confident we that Miller’s Money Forever can help you retire rich. Click here to get started now. In other news, you can now follow us on Twitter @millersmoney. Also, catch my latest interview on Real Money Radio here. And finally… Until next week…last_img read more

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MONTGOMERY Ala AP – Opponents of Alabamas new

first_imgMONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Opponents of Alabama’s new abortion ban plan a Sunday afternoon rally at the state Capitol.Organizers of the March for Reproductive Freedom say “people should have the right to make the decisions that are best for their bodies without state interference.”They plan to march to the Capitol steps at 4 p.m. on Sunday. Similar marches are planned in Birmingham and Huntsville.The Alabama law would take effect in six months, but legal challenges are certain to hold it up. If ultimately found constitutional by the U.S. Supreme Court, it would make it a felony to perform an abortion at any stage of pregnancy.___10:10 a.m.Leading U.S. physician groups are denouncing strict anti-abortion measures adopted or proposed in several states, saying they interfere with doctor-patient relationships and would criminalize legal procedures.The American Medical Association’s president, Dr. Barbara McAneny, says the group supports access to abortion and “strongly condemns” government interference that compromises the ability of doctors to help patients choose options for medically appropriate treatment.McAneny issued a statement after Alabama’s governor signed the nation’s most restrictive abortion law on Wednesday. It would expose abortion providers to life in prison if it overcomes legal challenges.Six other major medical groups issued a joint statement raising similar concerns on Thursday. They are the American Academy of Family Physicians, the American College of Physicians, the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the American Psychiatric Association and the American Osteopathic Association.___9:30 a.m.Alabama’s Republican governor has now signed the most stringent abortion legislation in the nation, making performing an abortion a felony in nearly all cases, punishable by up to life in prison, and with no exceptions for rape and incest.Gov. Kay Ivey said the law she signed Wednesday is a testament to the belief of many supporters that “every life is a sacred gift from God.”Democrats and abortion rights advocates call it a slap in the face to women.The law faces certain legal challenges on a journey to the U.S. Supreme Court, where Republicans hope President Donald Trump’s appointees will reverse Roe v. Wade and criminalize abortion nationwide.Evangelist Pat Robertson is among those who think it’s a mistake, calling the Alabama law too “extreme” and likely to lose.(Copyright 2019 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)5/16/2019 10:34:05 AM (GMT -5:00)last_img read more

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NEW ORLEANS AP — Nikola Mirotic watched his thir

first_imgNEW ORLEANS (AP) — Nikola Mirotic watched his third 3-pointer of the first half swish through the hoop, turned to acknowledge the raucous, roaring crowd and raised his first triumphantly as he trotted back up court.Portland had a hard enough time dealing with Pelicans All-Star Anthony Davis and the New Orleans backcourt of Jrue Holiday and Rajon Rondo in Games 1 and 2. Pile on the finest playoff performance of Mirotic’s four NBA seasons, and the rout was on in Game 3.Mirotic scored a career playoff-best 30 points to go with eight rebounds, three steals and a block, and the Pelicans pushed Portland to the brink of elimination with a 119-102 victory on Thursday night.“I never thought I’d score 30 or something like that,” Mirotic said. “I’m just trying to play simple. If I have a shot, take a shot, so I need to give credit to my teammates. … It’s just about the team. It’s about winning.”To illustrate how hard New Orleans has been to defend in the series, Portland coach Terry Stotts made a point of noting that Mirotic was the third different Pelicans player to score 30 in a game. Davis had 35 in Game 1 and Holiday 33 in Game 2.“New Orleans played extremely well,” Stotts said. “We arguably had one of our worst games of the year, so it was a bad combination.”Davis had 28 points, 11 rebounds, three steals and two blocks for New Orleans, which can advance past the first round of the playoffs for the first time since 2008 with one more victory. Game 4 is Saturday.Portland Trail Blazers guard Damian Lillard (0) goes to the basket against New Orleans Pelicans forward Nikola Mirotic (3) during the first half of Game 3 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series in New Orleans, Thursday, April 19, 2018. (AP Photo/Veronica Dominach)The 6-foot-10 Mirotic, acquired in a midseason trade after DeMarcus Cousins’ season-ending Achilles tear, made 12 of 15 shots, scoring on everything from quick-release 3-pointers to cutting dunks and fast-break layups.“I knew I was capable to have games like this, but I never want to force any shots and always want to play simple, play for my teammates the same way they play for me,” Mirotic said. “I just want to show them they were right to bring me here.”Damian Lillard scored 20 for Portland, but missed nine of an unusually low 14 shots. He averaged about 19 shots per game this season, but said the Pelicans were defending him relentlessly.“They’re making me give the ball up,” Lillard said. “This is a different coverage than I’ve seen at any point in my career. … It’s two or three layers of defense. It’s tough to play against, man.”CJ McCollum scored 22 and Al-Farouq Aminu added 21, but Portland trailed by double digits for most of the first half and all of the second.The Blazers had no answer for a Pelicans offense orchestrated once again to prolific effect by Rondo, who had 16 points and 11 assists — giving him 37 assists in the series. Holiday added 16 points for New Orleans, which shot 53 percent (46 of 87).TIP-INSTrail Blazers: Starting F Evan Turner was scratched because of his toe injury sustained during Game 2 on Tuesday night. Maurice Harkless started in his place, scoring five points in 26 minutes. … The Blazers committed 24 turnovers, leading to 29 Pelicans points. … Finished 9 of 31 from 3-point range.Pelicans: Cousins was on the bench, attending his first game in New Orleans since his injury on Jan. 26. When he was shown cheering on his teammates on the main scoreboard, fans erupted into chants of “Boogie! Boogie!” … The Pelicans shot 11 of 27 from 3-point range and 16 of 19 on free throws. … Scored 62 points in the paint and 32 on fast breaks.SETTING THE TONEThe Pelicans wore alternate red uniforms and every fan was given a matching T-shirt, turning the entire packed seating area into a sea of red.The volume was high early with the crowd revved up for the first playoff game in New Orleans since 2015.The Blazers did nothing to silence the place, shooting about 35 percent and committing six turnovers in the opening quarter.New Orleans raced to an 18-point lead in the period, aided by Mirotic hitting five of his first seven shots for 14 early points.Mirotic scored 21 by halftime, which already represented a playoff career high.Davis joined the fray with his typical array of alley-oop dunks, one of which he caught with his back to the basket and threw down with a two-handed reverse jam.Rondo ran New Orleans’ offense with a tempo that gave Portland fits, and even when he was forced to settle for a deep 3 late in the shot clock, it went down, pushing the Pelicans’ lead to 20 in the first half.Portland never got closer than 13 after that and trailed by as many as 33 in the fourth quarter.FRESH LOOKPelicans coach Alvin Gentry said he’s not sure Mirotic’s decision to shave his beard had anything to do with his recent surge in production, but said the Pelicans are choosing to believe it does. He then added, “Tell Niko, no 5 o’clock shadows, OK?”UP NEXTThe series remains in New Orleans for Game 4 on Saturday night, when the Pelicans have an opportunity to complete the first playoff series sweep in franchise history.—By BRETT MARTEL , AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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VOLGOGRAD Russia AP — The oldest person to play

first_imgVOLGOGRAD, Russia (AP) — The oldest person to play in a World Cup match made some spectacular saves Monday. He also watched two go past him.Egypt goalkeeper Essam El Hadary, who is 45, took the field for his team’s final group match to set the record. Although he saved one penalty, he couldn’t stop Saudi Arabia from winning 2-1 in a game between two teams that had already been eliminated.“I am very sorry for the fans, for everyone in Egypt,” El Hadary said. “I want to thank my teammates. It was a great honor for me to play.”Salem Aldawsari scored the winner for the Saudis with almost the last kick of the match, volleying past El Hadary from a tight angle inside the Egypt penalty area.Mohamed Salah, playing for the second time since injuring his left shoulder in last month’s Champions League final, had put Egypt ahead in the 22nd minute after deftly controlling a long ball from Abdalla Said and then lobbing goalkeeper Yasser Almosailem.It was Salah’s second goal at the World Cup, and Egypt’s first in open play at the World Cup since 1934.Egypt’s Mohamed Salah reacts after Saudi Arabia’s Salem Aldawsari scored his side’ second goal during the group A match between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)Salman Alfaraj got the Saudis level with a penalty kick in first-half stoppage time after Ali Gabr brought down Fahad Almuwallad in the area. The decision was confirmed after a video review and the penalty was taken in the sixth minute of injury time.“I think that in general we kept control of the pace, we kept possession … and I think that we deserved to win,” Saudi coach Juan Antonio Pizzi said. “Talking about the future, well, the association will have to decide what they’re going to do.”Almuwallad had earlier missed a chance to equalize when El Hadary saved his penalty. The veteran goalkeeper dived to his right and flicked his left hand up to push the shot onto the bar before it was cleared.El Hadary was unable to repeat the feat at the end of the half, going the wrong way and having no chance as Alfaraj scored from the spot.El Hadary also made a series of good saves in the second half to deny Saudi Arabia, notably in the 69th minute when he tipped a header from Hussain Almoqahwi over the bar. A minute later, he parried away a goal-bound header from Muhannad Asiri.He had no chance with Aldawsari’s last-gasp winner, however.El Hadary overtook Faryd Mondragon as the oldest person to play at the World Cup. The Colombia goalkeeper was 43 when he came on as a late substitute in his team’s 4-1 victory over Japan four years ago at the World Cup in Brazil.Saudi Arabia’s Salem Aldawsari celebrates with a flip after scoring his side’s second goal during the group A match between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)“It is true that it was a special record today and many, many people in Egypt love him and support him,” Egypt coach Hector Cuper said. “and he has played a great game.”GROUP DYNAMICSSaudi Arabia finished third in Group A with three points while Egypt was last.In the other group match, Uruguay beat Russia 3-0 to finish first to clinch the group. Following the later matches in Group B, Uruguay will play Portugal in Sochi on Saturday in the round of 16 while host Russia will face 2010 champions Spain at the Luzhniki Stadium in Moscow on Sunday.KEY TO SUCCESSAfter weathering Egypt’s dominance in the early stages of the first half, Saudi Arabia visibly grew in confidence, keeping possession for long stretches.Egypt was hurt when midfielder Abdalla Said went off with an injury at halftime.—By PAN PYLAS , Associated PressEgypt’s Mohamed Salah, right challenge for the ball with Saudi Arabia’s Yasir Alshahrani during the group A match between Saudi Arabia and Egypt at the 2018 soccer World Cup at the Volgograd Arena in Volgograd, Russia, Monday, June 25, 2018. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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The victims range in age from 8 to 19 Tyler Bowl

first_imgThe victims range in age from 8 to 19.Tyler Bowling is with the Florida Program for Shark Research and works on documenting and mapping shark attacks around the world for the International Shark Attack File. He says there are differences in all three cases.The first victim was bitten by a bull shark. Bowling says this is an aggressive species that want others out of its territory.The second bite likely came from a smaller species called a blacktip shark. It hunts in the shallows and probably mistook a surfer for the fish it typically eats. When these sharks bite something much larger than they were expecting, the shark usually gets scared and lets go.Less is known about the most recent attack which took place over the weekend.In terms of whether this number of attacks is unusual, Bowling doesn’t think so.“We haven’t [normally] seen just a small concentration within a brief time period, however, North Carolina fluctuates kind of wildly as far as bite numbers from year to year, so there’s really not any need for alarm at this point … I don’t think that bites are on the increase, if you will,” he says.Over the last decade, Bowling says North Carolina usually sees one to eight shark bites a year. In June alone, North Carolina has had three shark attacks off its coast, and that has many wondering whether this amount of shark activity is unusual. last_img read more

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