IT Support Specialist - TimeTrade Systems   
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IT Support Specialist

TimeTrade is looking for an IT Support Specialist for our Tewksbury headquarters. We are software-as-a-service development company with a wide range of IT needs. We have some users that could develop their own OS
          ‘Trump overrules cabinet, plots global trade war’   
COGwriter US President Donald Trump’s trade plans may spark a major trade war: June 30, 2017 Trump overrules cabinet, plots global trade war With the political world distracted by President Trump’s media wars, one of the most consequential and contentious internal debates of his presidency unfolded during a tense meeting Monday in the Roosevelt Room […]
          02 - Detroit Tigers Trade Talk 063017   
JZ breaks down what the Tigers should ask for when calling some teams look for trades
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Trade talks is Cousins going to the Cavs? or T-Wolves?
          June 30th, 2017 - Hour 2   
Bob and Tom talk about everything going on around the NFL including things like the NFL wanting to play a game in China in 2019 and former Vikings HOF quarterback Brett Favre becoming a coach. On 'Have an Opinion, Already' Bob and Tom talk about needing to give Mariners pitcher Edwin Diaz another chance. Then on the Halftime Show they talk about Mariners GM Jerry Dipoto making trades and how only two teams since 2012 have made the playoffs when their record was under .500 at the All-Star break. And on the 'Injury Report' the Mariners 17th pick in the MLB draft Evan White is out with a hamstring injury.
          06/30/2017 The Blitz Hour 1    
In hour one, the guys went in depth with the Chris Paul trade. Then, the guys go into the Houston Astros season before the All-Star Break.
          WOLVES 6/29: RICKY RUBIO TRADED   
Colton Molesky does an emergency podcast from his friend's house with Tom Schreier to discuss the Rubio trade.
          Bulls run to buy this stock   
"Halftime Report" trader Jon Najarian spots unusual options activity in shares of Lululemon.
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The “Fast Money Halftime Report” traders discuss their playbooks for trading in the second half of the year.
          Tesla higher on upcoming 'news'   
The “Fast Money Halftime Report” traders discusses Tesla stock ahead of CEO Elon Musk announcing there will be news on Sunday for the Model 3.
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The “Fast Money Halftime Report” traders discuss financials after Morgan Stanley's James Gorman said he's bullish on banks.
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          Blue Apron goes public, Staples is acquired & more in the blitz   
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          Game over for Take Two and Activision Blizzard?   
The "Halftime Report" traders debate CFRA's call to sell Activision Blizzard and Take Two.
          If you're worried about volatility, de-risk your portfolio: O'Shares' Kevin O'Leary   
Kevin O'Leary, O'Shares chairman, and the “Fast Money Halftime Report” traders discuss the major averages are low as stocks go through a major selloff.
          Rates have been stubbornly low: Aureus's Kari Firestone   
The “Fast Money Halftime Report” traders discuss factors weighing on the market and the Dow down triple digits intraday.
          Sr Publisher Development Manager - Cox Enterprises - New York, NY   
The company's major national brands include Autotrader, Kelley Blue Book and Manheim. Cox Media Technology - is looking to hire a Publisher Development Manager...
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          Japan keen on NE infra projects   
NEW DELHI, June 30 - In what could deliver a major boost to trade between the northeastern states and Japan, the Asian economic supergiant is keen on connecting the region directly with the Dawei Special Economic Zone in Myanmar.
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          ‘Era of strategic patience with N. Korean regime has failed’ ‒ Trump to S. Korea president   
Preview US President Donald Trump and his South Korean counterpart, Moon Jae-in, presented a united front against the "reckless and brutal regime in North Korea" during a joint statement, but that solidarity did not extend to trade issues between the two allies.
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          Eric Paul Leue on the Drive Home   
Executive Director of the National Trade Association for the Adult Industry, Eric Paul Leue joined Jillian and John on the Drive Home to explain how multiple women have been victimized into performing unpaid sex scenes.
          Post-Brexit UK-US trade talks to begin July 24, defying EU rules   
Preview Britain will begin trade negotiations with the US later next month contrary to EU rules prohibiting member states from making separate trade agreements with non-Union countries.
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          EU challenges WTO ruling on Boeing state aid dispute   
Preview The European Union (EU) has appealed against a recent World Trade Organization (WTO) ruling made in favor of the US over its subsidies for aerospace giant Boeing.
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          Minnesota Wild Trade Jason Pominville, Marco Scandella to Buffalo   
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          Quirk-Silva Bill to Protect California Jobs Becomes Law   
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          6-30 Bobby Evans says that the Ken Rosenthal report was "a stretch"    
Bobby Evans joins Gary and Larry to give an update on the health of Mark Melancon, what he thinks about the current trade market, how much more Jae-gyun Hwang could play & dealing with a team that has been struggling the last few months.
          Open source express: Cloud Foundry, C-Radar, Smile, Alfresco   
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          Trump: ‘Patience is over’ with N Korea   
US President Donald Trump has emphasised the need for a determined response to North Korea after talks with South Korean President Moon Jae-in, while taking aim at Seoul over trade and the need for burden sharing in defence.
          St. Vincent unveils dramatic new piano ballad ‘New York’   

“You’re the only motherfucker in the city who can stand me,” she sings  St. Vincent has dropped a new track titled ‘New York’ – her first in two years – which sees the US singer-songwriter swap her trademark guitars for piano. The song lands ahead of St. Vincent aka Annie Clark’s Fear The Future world tour, […]

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          The Resurgence of Matt Kemp: How He Went from $160M Bust to Potential All-Star   

ATLANTA — On a late afternoon in June, Matt Kemp settles into the right-handed batter's box at SunTrust Park to take his cuts.

The first few pitches tossed his way during batting practice end up sprinkled in the outfield grass. Then the power from the 6'4" Braves left fielder starts to show. Shots from his bat sail over the outfield wall. One flies over to the right of the 400-foot sign in right-center. Another lands in the Braves bullpen.

His swings, like his demeanor, are relaxed.

He looks comfortable. Happy. Free to be himself and free of distraction.

At 32, Kemp is having his best season since 2011, when he was 26 and playing for the Dodgers. He's hitting .309 with 12 home runs and 37 RBI—numbers that have him in the running for a starting spot in the All-Star Game. He's reminding baseball fans of the player who nearly won the National League triple crown in '11, when he led the league with 39 home runs and 126 RBI, finished third with a .324 average and also stole 40 bases.

Back then, it seemed like he would be a Dodger and a superstar for life.

But life beyond baseball was swirling around him.

There was the tabloid fodder—like dating Rihanna in 2010. There was the expectations-setting eight-year, $160 million contract extension. There were the injuries. And then there was the trade to San Diego. The weight gain. Then a second trade, this time to the Braves, and chatter about his San Diego mansion not selling at auction. He admitted in a post on the Players' Tribune that he had "let a big contract, the Hollywood lifestyle, injuries and bad relationships" get to him, which earned him a "reputation for being selfish, lazy and a bad teammate."

He was trending dangerously toward another label: bust.

But not so fast. Kemp's story wasn't finished. Not yet.

His resurgence in Atlanta—and his jaw-dropping transformation in the offseason—is eliminating any inkling of those perceptions. He's hitting. He's healthy. By all appearances, he's having fun.

And the Braves organization loves him.

"He is one of our leaders," manager Brian Snitker says. "He is a guy in the clubhouse that people respect. … He's just a great guy to have around."

The difference?

It's simple, Kemp says. He was hurt then. He's not now.

"It was just very frustrating," Kemp says. "It wasn't fun because sometimes I wasn't getting the results that I wanted. I was working hard and doing what I needed to do.

"It's hard to overcome injuries. It takes time, and once you get past those injuries, then you start to become more successful again, and the confidence level comes up, and you get that swag that you once had.

"It'd be tough to hear some of the things that might have been said, like, 'He lost it.' I didn't lose it. With injuries and things like that, it's not easy."

Kemp is in the Braves clubhouse, comfortably settled in a soft black leather chair as some teammates nearby shoot pool. Conversations surrounding him provide a pleasant hum.

He looks laid-back, wearing a black T-shirt that reads "EQUALITY" on the front and "42" on the back, in homage to Jackie Robinson.

The topic of conversation is recent incidents of racism in sports. Seventy years after Robinson broke the baseball color barrier, it remains one of the game's constants. The hate comes in various forms. Trolling on social media. Screaming obscenities from the stands. A fan in May uttered the N-word and threw a bag of peanuts at Orioles outfielder Adam Jones.

Racism isn't exclusive to MLB in the realm of sports. Someone painted the N-word on a gate at LeBron James' Los Angeles home before the 2017 NBA Finals started, according to the L.A. police.

Kemp acknowledges fans have spewed hate toward him dating back to his days in the minor leagues. He declines to name the cities where it occurred, "but it definitely happens, for sure," he says.

"That's not new to me or to LeBron or to Adam," Kemp says. "It's something that you've got to deal with all the time. Like LeBron said, it doesn't matter how much people admire you, how much money you have, how famous you are. Racism is still alive. It's sad. It's disappointing. I guess it's something that I guess we have to deal with. It's tough to deal with, but it's sad."

He didn't pay attention to things like that when he was younger. Maybe it didn't exist because all he was doing was playing ball and wasn't yet famous. Maybe he just didn't recognize it. He's not sure.

"But when you get older you start to realize, like, 'Dang. They just really said that,'" Kemp says. "It's kind of crazy."

Growing up in Midwest City, Oklahoma, Kemp and his cousins were "pretty much" the only African-Americans on his teams, he says. A two-sport athlete, his basketball teammates teased him for playing baseball—"What are you doing? Why do you have the cleats and a glove? You play basketball," he recalls them saying—as football and hoops were more popular where he lived.

"[My friends] never came to games," Kemp says. "They didn't know how good I was. They didn't know that the scouts were coming to see me play."

He's shown a photo of himself from his childhood.

He says he's not sure how old he was, but the picture depicts him holding a bat and taking a mighty cut—"I don't know if I was swatting flies. Hopefully I don't swing at pitches like that now," he wisecracks—with a look of determination on his young face, long before the glitz and the glamour ever entered his life.

"You look at a picture like that, and that's like—that's me as a kid dreaming about playing baseball, and now I'm living that dream," Kemp says. "Not a lot of people can say they're living their dream."

Kemp grew up in a single-parent household, with his mom, Judy Henderson, a nurse. Even though Atlanta is more than 800 miles away, it was easy for him and a cousin to get hooked on the Braves, whose games were broadcast on TBS.

"We, like, lived for the Braves," Kemp says. "We'd come home after school, turn on the TV and watch the Braves play baseball games. It was the best thing in the world."

The dream became tangible in 2003, when the Dodgers drafted Kemp in the sixth round out of high school. Three years later, he was playing at Dodger Stadium. The lights seem to shine brighter in Hollywood, and he showed signs of becoming a budding superstar in 2009, when he hit .297 with 26 home runs and 101 RBI and won his first Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards.

His marquee season was in 2011. He finished second to Ryan Braun in the MVP race, but after Braun's subsequent PED admission, many think Kemp should have received the award. As a consolation prize, he did win his second Gold Glove and Silver Slugger awards that year.

Life was fast-paced. He ascended the fashion ladder, seen as one of the best-dressed players in baseball. Paparazzi surrounded him when he dated Rihanna in 2010. His average dipped to .249 that season, but he still hit 28 home runs.

Fast forward to seven years later in Atlanta, with a reporter trying to tiptoe around the Rihanna question with Kemp. It elicits a laugh from him.

"I think that life. That's just part of L.A.," Kemp says. "You're in an industry where you meet famous people. You have famous friends. That's just part of being in L.A. I mean, that took a little getting used to, but the injuries were something I was never used to. That was harder on me that anything."

The injuries. There were many of them. A snapshot:

Kemp had two stints on the disabled list for hamstring injuries in 2012. The first one ended his streak of 399 consecutive games, which at the time was the longest streak by an active player. In late August, he injured his left shoulder after crashing into a wall at Coors Field, but he continued to play. In the offseason, Kemp underwent surgery to repair a torn labrum and damage to his rotator cuff. Doctors told him not to swing a bat until January.

Kemp made trips to the DL in 2013 for a right hamstring strain and joint inflammation in the surgically repaired shoulder. His return to the lineup that July lasted for one game, as he suffered a left ankle injury when sliding into home plate, a play in which Kemp later said he wasn't running hard. He headed back to the DL.

Kemp returned in mid-September, but it was a short stay. He missed a game later in the month because of soreness in his left ankle and was ruled was out for the playoffs. Kemp had a minor surgical procedure to clean up his left shoulder and also underwent microfracture surgery on the ankle. He ultimately played just 73 games in 2013, and he would start the 2014 season on the disabled list.

Through it all, the low point was suffering the ankle injury and eventually needing surgery, Kemp says.

"My shoulder was tough, but I think the ankle was the toughest because I was used to being a speed guy, stealing bases," he says. "Now it's not as easy to do that because my ankle doesn't allow me to be as fast as I once was. But I've just got to deal with it."

In 2014, his last season with Los Angeles, then-manager Don Mattingly moved Kemp out of center field, first putting him at left and then later in right. After the season, the Dodgers traded him to San Diego. While he put up solid numbers (.265 with 23 home runs and 100 RBI in 2015, and .268 with 35 HRs and 108 RBI in 2016), he was a guy with a lengthy injury history and a huge paycheck playing for a bad team.

His mammoth 2011 campaign continued to get further away in the rearview mirror.

2011 was also the year when Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman, who was a rookie, first met Kemp.

"He was on another level," Freeman recalls. "Every time he got up to the plate, I was like, 'Oh no, here it comes.'"

Through a mutual friend, Melvin Upton Jr., who played for both the Braves (2013-14) and the Padres (2015 through part of 2016), Freeman and Kemp hung out a couple of times. Since Kemp arrived in Atlanta, he and Freeman have grown close. Freeman calls Kemp's personality "infectious."

"It's a great personality," Freeman says. "He draws people to him, and you just want to be around him. Every day, obviously when I'm healthy, we would go get our Starbucks together, we go out to the field together, we do pretty much everything together. ...

"He wants to win. He works hard every single day, and that rubs off on other people."

Kemp's intensity is visible. But so is the joy, which he credits to his teammate and friend.

"Honestly, you know who has a lot to do with that is Freddie," Kemp says. "I've played with a lot of guys that like to have fun and joke around, but he's just one guy that—I honestly never see him, like, mad."

The chemistry worked in the lineup, too. In the 56 games he played with the Braves in 2016, Kemp hit .280 with 12 home runs and had an OPS of .855.

"It was great," Snitker says. "You get a guy, a middle-of-the-order lineup guy like that, he was a welcome addition. It lengthened our lineup, kind of broke up all the left-handers we had going."

With Kemp on the team, opponents could no longer "pick and choose" who they pitched to. "He legitimized what we had going on," Snitker says.

But not all was perfect. At the end of the 2016 season, Kemp wasn't always finishing games, playing seven innings before being replaced for defensive reasons in left field.

"Every time that happened to him, he'd come up to me in the dugout and say, 'This is embarrassing. I don't want this to happen anymore,'" Freeman says.

Heading into the offseason, Kemp was healthy, which hadn't happened often in the last few years. He took advantage of it and got to work, saying there were "no limits."

When asked what was the catalyst for change, Kemp all but shrugged it off.

"I haven't really had too many offseasons where I didn't have to rehab anything," Kemp says. "That's a big difference. You know, if you go into an offseason hurt and you have to rehab the whole offseason, that's just very frustrating. I was pretty much able to work out and do whatever it is I wanted to do."

Snitker says Kemp told the team at the end of the 2016 season, "You're going to see a new me when I get here."

"And he did," Snitker says. "Obviously, he was very dedicated to that and worked his tail off. It was real refreshing when you came in and saw the guy's dedication to what we're trying to do, so it was really good to see, and it told you a lot about the person."

Freeman got updates from Kemp during the offseason—sometimes in mid-workout.

"I got FaceTimed every week...usually when he was on the elliptical," Freeman says. "He was doing two-a-days. He would do lifting in the morning, and he would come back and do conditioning later in the day."

When Freeman was with his wife in Bal Harbour, Florida, celebrating their anniversary, he ran into Kemp. The change was already noticeable.

"You could tell after a month-and-a-half, he was already looking different," Freeman says. "People were asking me what was he looking like, and I wouldn't tell them. I said, 'You guys can just find out for yourself,' and he came to spring training obviously so much better. I think he had lost like 25 pounds."

Kemp's work continued through spring training and into the season, and the results are evident in his numbers. He started the season 8-for-16 with four doubles and two home runs in his first four games. He made a brief trip to the 10-day DL for a tight right hamstring in April, and he missed one game in June with left hamstring tightness. Aside from that, he has picked up where he left off. On April 29 at Milwaukee, he became the first Brave to hit three home runs in a game since Mark Teixeira did it in 2008. He hit his 250th career home run on May 31.

Kemp says there's been no change in approach. It's just a byproduct of being healthy and putting in the effort.

"He was first there, last to leave, was very consistent in all his workouts, and he was always out there doing his drills, in the weight room, workout room, practices, everything," Snitker says of Kemp's spring training work. "It was really good to see—and even now. I mean, the guy shows up to play every day. That's the thing. He's signed on to play the games, so he is a guy you can depend on every day. You know he's going to be there for you."

The house in San Diego hasn't sold yet, and Kemp doesn't know if there will be another auction. These days, his home base is in Prosper, Texas, about three hours away from Midwest City.

How long he stays in Atlanta remains to be seen. Despite his production, the Braves are under .500 and are struggling to keep pace with the Nationals in the NL East. Could Kemp get dealt for a third time? Speculation is slowly heating up, with Bob Nightingale of USA Today mentioning him as one of the top 25 players who could switch teams this summer.

But even as the team rebuilds, Kemp is a good fit in Atlanta. He helped protect the Braves' cornerstone, Freeman, in the lineup—before Freeman fractured his wrist in May—and his teammates are thankful he's there.

"It's nice to be able to have a guy like him—and Freddie and some of the other guys—but he's kind of my big brother," shortstop Dansby Swanson says. "I feel like he's always got my back. He kind of, like, protects me. ... He'll take me out to dinner when we're on the road and kind of just gives you that family thing. We've been able to hit it off really well, and I feel like I can go to him and trust him with a lot of things. So he's special to have around, and I am definitely very, very grateful to have him."

Will this get rid of the critics? Even if it doesn't, Freeman doesn't think that factors into Kemp's mindset.

"We play in a game of what-have-you-done-for-me-now, and the thing is last year people said he wasn't very good, but he had 35 home runs and [close to] 110 RBI," Freeman says. "That doesn't happen. He's a superstar. He's been a superstar his whole career.

"After his 2011 year, he had shoulder surgery and he dealt with hamstring problems. It's hard to compete at a high level when you're not feeling good every day. ... I don't think he's trying to put away what people are saying; he was just doing him. And if it comes along the way that it shuts people up in the process…"

Freeman pauses, and then says, "But that's not his ultimate goal.

"He's here trying to win and get back to the playoffs because he hasn't been there in a few years either, just like I haven't. That's his main goal. It's not about shutting people up, and people can say whatever they want about him, me...that just comes with the territory.  If we go 0-for-4, then they say we should be benched and stuff like that, but if we get two hits the next day, we're the greatest people ever. That just comes with it.

"But he's not trying to do that. He's just trying to do his job and help win games."

There's another element as well, and it's visible when Kemp's megawatt smile is caught on TV broadcasts. He's having fun, reminiscent to children who are playing simply for the love of the game.

"I've been playing baseball since I was four years old," Kemp says. "It's supposed to be fun. It's not supposed to be super-duper serious. I mean, you get serious at times, and of course you get competitive and you want to win, but I think a lot of people forget about having fun."


Jill Martin is a sports news editor for CNN. Follow her on Twitter: @ByJillMartin.

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          Schooling Spider-Man: Marvel Adventures   

Celebrate the Wall Crawler’s return to the big screen in “Spider-Man: Homecoming” by heading back to school with these adventures available on Marvel Unlimited!

One of the best parts about being a comic reader? Bringing new fans into the fold! Comics might not be exclusively for kids anymore, but there remain plenty of all-ages books to share with children and other new readers including MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN!

Renowned creators like Jeff Parker, Sean McKeever, Mike Norton, Zeb Wells, Peter David, Fred Van Lente, Pop Mhan, Ryan Stegman Todd Dezago, Roger Langridge, Paul Tobin, and Chris Samnee all jumped in at various times to tell tales starring not only Spider-Man, but also a variety of other characters from the Marvel Universe! Instead of fully re-telling the original Stan Lee and Steve Ditko stories, these take cues from those while branching out in new directions along the way. The first issue covered the origin while the next two pitted the Web-Slinger against the Sinister Six and the fourth teamed up Spidey and Human Torch first to fight a guy called Street and then the giant monster Goom!

Marvel Adventures Spider-Man (2005) #1

Marvel Adventures Spider-Man (2005) #1

What is Marvel Unlimited?

No matter the threat he faced or the fellow heroes he met up with, Peter Parker balanced all of that with the usual life of a high school science genius whose classmates just don’t understand him. In other words, MARVEL ADVENTURES SPIDER-MAN worked with all of the building blocks of Spider-Man without getting too dark.

Whether you get your hands on the original issues, trades, or the digital versions, these stories make for a fun and exciting entry-point for new readers. In addition to getting to know the basics of Spider-Man and the Marvel Universe, they also offer a great entry course in the ways of actually reading comics.

A Tangled Web

If you’re looking for even more all-ages Spider-Man goodness, go on and check out this book’s precursors: MARVEL AGE SPIDER-MAN and MARVEL AGE SPIDER-MAN TEAM-UP. You can also look for the more recent MARVEL UNIVERSE ULTIMATE SPIDER-MAN comic that takes its cues from the Disney XD animated series.

          No Shelter From the Woj Bombs   

On Wednesday, Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski tweeted out some cataclysmic NBA news.

This was a blockbuster move—the Los Angeles Clippers’ stellar point guard signing up to play with recent MVP runner-up James Harden—a transaction huge enough that it may affect which team loses to the Golden State Warriors in next year’s conference finals.

If you read the replies to Wojnarowski’s tweet, though, one of the biggest NBA trades in years seems secondary—overshadowed by the man who broke the story.

In the parlance of NBA Twitter, Wojnarowski dropped a “Woj bomb,” hence the deployment of mushroom cloud GIFs.

In his 10 years at Yahoo—the company gave Wojnarowski his own website, the Vertical, in 2016—the NBA reporter built a reputation as the basketball world’s Eye of Providence, a mysterious, all-seeing entity who breaks news with terrifying speed and accuracy.

Judging by the reaction to his tweets, one might get the sense that he is actually the one setting these deals into motion—that teams make moves because Wojnarowski reports them rather than the other way around. It’s all part of the mythos of Woj, a cult of personality devoted to a man who doesn’t seem to have much of a discernible personality beyond “reporter who is always on Twitter.”

On Saturday, Wojnarowski will be joining ESPN, a move that coincides with (and in certain exceedingly nerdy circles perhaps overshadows) the start of the NBA’s free agency period. For years, his identity has been wrapped up in the fact that he doesn’t work for the Worldwide Leader in Sports. He’s been known to pick at ESPN in his columns, sometimes referring to them as an unnamed “cable sports company.” His defection to the world’s most powerful sports media company at once feels surprising and inevitable. It’s a marriage of questionable harmony but undoubtable impact, the equivalent of hiring a T. rex to hem your pants.

In his tenure at Yahoo, Wojnarowski has been a one-man wrecking crew, often out-scooping the world’s sports media hydra on the strength of his connections and unparalleled ability to type with his thumbs. Earlier this week, in his last days at the Vertical, he broke the news that Jeff Van Gundy—who works for ESPN—will be coaching USA Basketball’s World Cup qualifying team.

Wojnarowski’s unique ability to delight his fans and bedevil his rivals has been most evident during the NBA draft, when he managed to report, via Twitter, the upcoming selections well before they’re announced on ESPN’s live broadcast. The fact that one guy could ruin the drama and pageantry of a manicured television event infuriated ESPN execs and undoubtedly contributed to the company’s decision to make him an offer he couldn’t refuse.

In tandem with Wojnarowski’s hiring, ESPN laid off a number of talented NBA reporters, many of whom covered individual teams and contributed postgame recaps and analysis. They also terminated Marc Stein, who has long been Wojnarowski’s biggest competitor. Stein is a prodigious reporter in his own right, and many within the company have expressed dismay at his departure. Given that it seems like the network is shifting toward breaking news and scoops, there’s only one logical explanation for laying off Stein: ESPN’s suits feel it’s important to have Wojnarowski be the unquestioned leader of their NBA scoop machine. If you’re looking for an explanation for why that might be, you should ask someone who has better sources than I do.

ESPN, which pays $1.4 billion annually for the rights to televise NBA games, wants to claim total ownership of almost every NBA storyline. The network’s coverage of the NFL provides an instructive example. In 2013, Deadspin did a nice play-by-play of a story the network created out of thin air and subsequently covered to death. It began on SportsCenter, when one of ESPN's NFL pundits said, “I truly believe Colin Kaepernick could be one of the greatest quarterbacks ever.” ESPN got Kaepernick’s response to the statement, and that response was then covered at length on the network’s myriad shouting-head programs. The pundit who made the comment eventually became a featured guest across its various platforms, and the issue was debated for days until a natural endpoint was reached. (It somehow became about Tim Tebow.)

ESPN has been built to trim every last edible bit from a story, and with basketball’s greatest rumormonger and scoop-getter at its disposal, there’s no telling what the Worldwide Leader will now be capable of. My best guess is it will look a lot like what Gustavus Swift did to cows back in the 19th century.

Swift owned and operated one of the largest slaughterhouses in Chicago, but selling salted pork scraps wasn’t enough for him. In the late 1800s, the market demanded fresh beef, which meant cattle were shipped live to Eastern population centers where they would be butchered and sold after transit. Swift had a nose for inefficiency, and he got a great whiff of it with each and every steer-filled boxcar that passed through Chicago on its way east. If his company could somehow slaughter and butcher the beef in Chicago, he’d be able to expand his operation while more efficiently meeting demand.

To facilitate this, Swift hired an engineer to design a refrigerated train car that could ship dressed meat over long distances without sacrificing freshness. The Swift-owned cars were loaded with ice in Wisconsin, packed with beef at Swift’s Chicago slaughterhouse, and then sent east and sold for maximum profit. The supply process was so efficient and direct, a side of beef in the freezer of a New York wholesaler would hang off the same hook as the cow from which it was cut back in Chicago weeks prior.

It is perhaps a bit on the nose that the process Swift pioneered is known as “vertical integration.” The man ESPN lured from the Vertical will provide the grist for a never-ending mill of debate shows, news programs, and interview segments. The Wall Street Journal recently reported that the NBA receives as much attention on Twitter during summer free agency as it does during the regular season. ESPN is counting on its ability to grab that attention by harnessing the multikiloton power of the Woj bomb.

Consider, though, that the two biggest NBA stories of the past five years—LeBron James’ return to Cleveland and Kevin Durant’s move to Golden State—got broken via personal essays published in Sports Illustrated and the Players’ Tribune respectively, not via reporters on Twitter. If a player is savvy enough, he can circumvent the scoop machine and take ownership of his own breaking news, Adrian Wojnarowski be damned.

If history is any indicator, the establishment won’t give up the means of production without a fight. In the words of Karl Marx, “Tune into First Take for more reaction.”

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          Bahrain invokes WTO's 'national security' clause in Qatar row   

By Tom Miles

GENEVA (Reuters) - Bahrain told a WTO meeting on Friday trade restrictions imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates were justified on national security grounds, a trade official who attended the meeting said.

Speaking on behalf of all three countries, Bahrain's representative told the WTO's Goods Council the measures were "in accordance with Article XXI of the General Agreement on Tariffs and Trade", which allows the usual rules to be broken for national security reasons, the official said.

Reuters could not immediately find any precedent in the WTO's 22-year history of a country explicitly and formally citing the "national security exemption" to pre-empt a potential trade dispute.

Some trade experts say that using national security as a defence risks weakening the WTO by removing the taboo and enabling countries to escape international trade obligations.

On Thursday the head of Qatar's WTO office told Reuters that his country was exploring all legal avenues to challenge the "blockade", including a complaint to the WTO.

He said that a national security defence could be challenged on the grounds of necessity and proportionality.

The feud erupted this month when Qatar's three Gulf neighbours, together with Egypt, severed diplomatic and travel links with Doha, accusing it of supporting terrorism and regional foe Iran. Qatar denies the accusations.

Qatar, which had asked for the issue to be discussed at the Council on Trade in Goods, following a similar debate at the Council on Trade in Services earlier this month, said the restrictions affected commercially important sectors such as aluminium.

The UAE's representative said there were treaties against the funding of activities that threaten other countries' national security, and warned against the WTO intervening in the matter, the official who attended the meeting said.

Egypt's representative also said the measures fell under "exceptional circumstances" and were therefore consistent with WTO rules.

A U.S. trade diplomat said that all parties should remain open to negotiations, the trade official said, and that the United States would not get ahead of current diplomatic discussions and would continue to support the mediation efforts of the Emir of Kuwait.

Turkey's representative at the meeting said Turkey hoped for a quick resolution, emphasising "hundreds years of fraternal and strong ties" among the countries involved.

(Reporting by Tom Miles; Editing by Ralph Boulton)

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BEAVERTON, Ore., June 28, 2017 – The InfiniBand Trade Association (IBTA), a global organization dedicated to maintaining and furthering the InfiniBand specification, today shared the latest TOP500 List results, which reveal that InfiniBand remains the most used High Performance Computing (HPC) interconnect. Additionally, the majority of newly listed TOP500 supercomputers are accelerated by InfiniBand technology. […]

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          Analysis: "Bad" foreign firms drive U.S. manufacturing jobs revival   

By Lesley Wroughton and Howard Schneider

SPARTANBURG/CHARLESTON, South Carolina (Reuters) - Years before Donald Trump began promising to bring back good manufacturing jobs by getting tough with U.S. trade partners, such jobs have already been on the rise, largely thanks to foreign companies now cast as villains in Trump's narrative.

Reuters analysis of federal jobs data shows that out of 656,000 new manufacturing jobs created between 2010 and 2014, two thirds can be attributed to foreign direct investment.

More recent jobs numbers are not yet available, but over $700 billion in foreign capital has poured in over the last two years bringing total foreign investment to $3.7 trillion at the end of 2016, a world record. (Graphic:

Now foreign companies that have spent billions of dollars on U.S. factories and local leaders who host them worry that global supply networks that back those investments will fray if Trump makes good on his pledge to roll back trade liberalization.

The U.S. president has threatened to tear up North American Free Trade Agreement with Canada and Mexico and slap higher tariffs on nations that run trade surpluses with the United States, such as Germany or China. The administration is also discussing tighter immigration rules and more security screening of investment.

The tough message helped sway swing northeastern and Midwestern Rust Belt states Trump's way in the 2016 election, but puts him at odds with companies and local leaders in the south, which has driven the recent growth in manufacturing jobs.

The southern states have voted for Trump, but have also spent decades wooing foreign companies with flexible labor laws, financial incentives and investment in ports, roads and other infrastructure.


The courtship has spawned new auto plants from Kentucky to Georgia, and a new Airbus plant in Mobile, Alabama.

Few places highlight the gap between Trump's rhetoric and local aspirations better than Spartanburg in South Carolina.

German carmaker BMW has invested here $8 billion in a 1.2 million square foot (11.15 hectares) assembly plant, which has become the largest single exporter of cars by value from the United States.

South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, a Republican and Trump supporter, credits the German automaker for putting his state on the global investment map.

"The presence of this company changed everything in the trajectory of our state," McMaster said on Monday at an event unveiling BMW's newest X3 sports utility vehicle.

Its Chief Executive Harald Krueger said the carmaker would invest additional $600 million in Spartanburg over the next four years, adding 1,000 jobs to the 9,000-strong workforce, and spend further $200 million on employee training and education.

But the poster child of South Carolina's success also doubles as a whipping boy. In January, BMW's plans to build a plant in Mexico drew Trump's ire and last month the U.S. president was quoted as saying Germany was "very bad" on trade and selling too many cars in the United States.

And even as the company highlights its contribution to the U.S. economy and the benefits of free trade, it is hedging its bets by preparing for a possible protectionist backlash.

Outside of the spotlight, BMW is retooling factories in South Africa and China to build volume models like the X3 SUV, reducing its dependence on Spartanburg.

“We have a big footprint here, and we are flexible enough," Oliver Zipse, BMW's board member responsible for manufacturing, told Reuters. "We will build the X3 not only in Spartanburg, we will split it into South Africa and then to China, so we will have some flexibility to produce cars somewhere else,” he said.

“If something happens at the political level - which we don’t know yet - we are able to have a flexible response.”

The Trump administration has said it welcomes foreign investment and Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross, who spoke at an opening of a new Samsung Electronics <005930.KS> plant in South Carolina, said such projects showed that "America is becoming an even stronger destination for global businesses looking to grow.”

The southern U.S. states owe much of their success to coastal port authorities and cities that have invested heavily to make their channels and docks fit for shipments to and from China and Mexico.

Senator Lindsey Graham, a Republican from South Carolina who has often clashed with Trump, said protectionism would undermine those accomplishments and hurt American workers.


"Negotiate a trade agreement with Europe, modernize NAFTA, don't tear it up," Graham told Reuters at the BMW factory. "We're going in the wrong direction. We need more trade agreements, not less."

Graham noted how low-cost competition from China and Mexico destroyed South Carolina's once thriving textile industry and how the state reinvented itself as a manufacturing hub, bringing the likes of BMW or French tire maker Michelin .

The now humming port city of Charleston has a similar story to tell. When a major navy base shut down in the 1990s wiping out 20,000 jobs, local officials worked to bring foreign manufacturers, which now employ around 10,000 in the three counties around the city and more is set to come.

Mercedes-Benz, part of Daimler AG , is adding 1,300 jobs so it can make its Sprinter van here rather than merely assemble it with imported parts, which also means more business for local suppliers.

Up the road, Volvo Car Group, part of Chinese conglomerate Geely, is due to open its first North American plant next year with a target workforce of 2,000.

Local development officials expect more jobs and investment to come, but worry that some steps discussed by the Trump administration could have a chilling effect.

Claire Gibbons, director of global marketing at the Charleston Regional Development Alliance, said the proposed new tariffs, tougher immigration rules and stricter reviews of foreign investment projects would amount to a "doomsday scenario" for the region.

"This is an education opportunity for us all, for the people making the decisions that don't understand the ramifications."

(1 euro = $1.1350)

(Additional reporting by Edward Taylor in Munich. Editing by David Chance and Tomasz Janowski)

          Global shipping feels fallout from Maersk cyber attack   

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LONDON (Reuters) - Global shipping is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack that hit A.P. Moller-Maersk two days ago, showing the scale of the damage a computer virus can unleash on the technology dependent and inter-connected industry.

About 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea, with ships and ports acting as the arteries of the global economy. Ports increasingly rely on communications systems to keep operations running smoothly, and any IT glitches can create major disruptions for complex logistic supply chains.

The cyber attack was among the biggest-ever disruptions to hit global shipping. Several port terminals run by a Maersk division, including in the United States, India, Spain, the Netherlands, were still struggling to revert to normal operations on Thursday after experiencing massive disruptions.

South Florida Container Terminal, for example, said dry cargo could not be delivered and no container would be received. Anil Diggikar, chairman of JNPT port, near the Indian commercial hub of Mumbai, told Reuters that he did not know "when exactly the terminal will be running smoothly".

His uncertainty was echoed by Maersk itself, which told Reuters that a number of IT systems were still shut down and that it could not say when normal business operations would be resumed.

It said it was not able to comment on specific questions regarding the breach of its IT systems or the state of its cyber security as it had "all available hands focused on practical stuff and getting things back to normal".

The impact of the attack on the company has reverberated across the industry given its position as the world's biggest container shipping line and also operator of 76 ports via its APM Terminals division.

Container ships transport much of the world's consumer goods and food, while dry bulk ships haul commodities including coal and grain and tankers carry vital oil and gas supplies.

"As Maersk is about 18 percent of all container trade, can you imagine the panic this must be causing in the logistic chain of all those cargo owners all over the world?" said Khalid Hashim, managing director of Precious Shipping, one of Thailand's largest dry cargo ship owners.

"Right now none of them know where any of their cargoes (or)containers are. And this 'black hole' of lack of knowledge will continue till Maersk are able to bring back their systems on line."


The computer virus, which researchers are calling GoldenEye or Petya, began its spread on Tuesday in Ukraine and affected companies in dozens of countries.

Maersk said the attack had caused outages at its computer systems across the world.

In an example of the turmoil that ensued, the unloading of vessels at the group's Tacoma terminal was severely slowed on Tuesday and Wednesday, said Dean McGrath, president of the International Longshore and Warehouse Union Local 23 there.

The terminal is a key supply line for the delivery of domestic goods such as milk and groceries and construction materials to Anchorage, Alaska.

"They went back to basics and did everything on paper," McGrath said.

Ong Choo Kiat, President of U-Ming Marine Transport, Taiwan's largest dry bulk ship owner, said the fact Maersk had been affected rang alarm bells for the whole shipping industry as the Danish company was regarded as a leader in IT technology.

"But they ended up one of the first few casualties. I therefore conclude that shipping is lacking behind the other industry in term of cyber security," he said.

"How long would it takes to catch up? I don't know. But recently all owners and operators are definitely more aware of the risk of cyber security and beginning to pay more attention to it."

In a leading transport survey by international law firm Norton Rose Fulbright published this week, 87 percent of respondents from the shipping industry believed cyber attacks would increase over the next five years - a level that was higher than counterparts in the aviation, rail and logistics industries.


Apart from the reliance on computer systems, ships themselves are increasingly exposed to interference through electronic navigation devices such as the Global Positioning System (GPS) and lack the backup systems airliners have to prevent crashes, according to cyber security experts.

There were no indications that GPS and other electronic navigation aids were affected by this week's attack, but security specialists say such systems are vulnerable to signal loss from deliberate jamming by hackers.

Last year, South Korea said hundreds of fishing vessels had returned early to port after its GPS signals were jammed by North Korea, which denied responsibility.

"The Maersk attack raises our awareness of the vulnerability of shipping and ports to technological failure," said Professor David Last, a previous president of Britain's Royal Institute of Navigation.

"When GPS fails, ships' captains lose their principal means of navigation and much of their communications and computer links. They have to slow down and miss port schedules," said Last, who is also a strategic advisor to the General Lighthouse Authorities of the UK and Ireland.

A number of countries including the UK and the United States are looking into deploying a radar based back up navigation system for ships called eLoran, but this will take time to develop.

David Nordell, head of strategy and policy for London-based think tank, the Centre for Strategic Cyberspace and Security Science, said the global shipping and port industries were vulnerable to cyber attack, because their operating technologies tend to be old.

"It's certainly possible to imagine that two container ships, or, even worse, oil or gas tankers, could be hacked into colliding, resulting in loss of life and cargo, and perhaps total loss of the vessels," Nordell said.

"Carried out in a strategically sensitive location such as the Malacca Straits or the Bosphorus, a collision like this could block shipping for enough time to cause serious dislocations to trade."


Cyber risks also pose challenges for insurance cover.

In a particularly secretive industry, information about the nature of cyber attacks is still scarce, which insurance and shipping officials say is an obstacle to mitigating the risk, which means there are gaps in insurance cover available.

"There has been a lot of non-reporting (of breaches) on ships, and we’re trying efforts where even if there could be anonymous reporting on a platform so we can start to get the information and the data," said Andrew Kinsey, senior marine consultant at insurer Allianz Global Corporate & Specialty.

There is also a gap in provision, because most existing cyber or hull insurance policies - which insure the ship itself - will not cover the risk of a navigation system being jammed or physical damage to the ship caused by a hacking attack.

"The industry is just waking up to its vulnerability," said Colin Gillespie, deputy director of loss prevention with ship insurer North.

"Perhaps it is time for insurers, reinsurers, ship operators and port operators to sit down together and consider these risks in detail. A collective response is needed - we are all under attack."

(Additional reporting by Jacob Gronholt-Pedersen in Copenhagen, Keith Wallis and Carolyn Cohn in London, Euan Rocha in Mumbai, Miyoung Kim in Singapore, Alexander Cornwell in Dubai, Michael Hirtzer in Chicago, Noor Zainab Hussain in Bangalore, Adam Jourdan and Shanghai newsroom; Editing by Pravin Char)

          Hefty Politics   
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Thin in the Midwest I am a single woman in Manhattan. I was just offered a great job in Chicago. When I went to visit, I was struck by how thin I was there, compared with women in New York. Is this a horrible reason to take the job?


I assume you are joking (sort of). But having come from a spate of New York City meals where women and men seemed to believe that balsamic vinegar and mustard are two of the major food groups, I get it, sister. We all have self-image issues, and you probably won't escape yours by moving to the Windy City. (Off the top of my head, I can think of 50 qualities more important than "thin.") Still, you mentioned that the job in Chicago is "great," and I've always loved visiting. So, you tell us: What have you got to lose?
This isn't a "self-image" issue; it's a possibility of a tradeoff between the place she probably wants to live -- NYC -- and getting a leg up in the mating market by moving to a lesser pond. Would you -- if you were this woman -- make the move? What about if you were a guy writing about going to a place where there's a lot less competition on wealth and achievement? Understanding and being honest about how well you compete in a mating market is the best way to make the most useful decisions -- including, perhaps whether you should move to another area. In short, as I wrote in the column that I sent out earlier this week, "context matters."
          Closing Bell: Sensex, Nifty end the week on a strong note, ITC gains big   
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          Padres call Yankees regarding Gleyber Torres   

Even with top prospect Gleyber Torres on the shelf, there’s still a dose of ‘Gleybermania’ around Major League Baseball. Especially in the form of trade talks. According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the San Diego Padres have called the Yankees about the 20-year-old phenom. The Padres are currently searching for their shortstop of the future and they believe […]

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          Rajon Rondo, JJ Redick could be possibilities for Timberwolves   
With their young core already in place, the Minnesota Timberwolves may now be after the veteran complements. Chris Mannix of The Vertical thinks that the newly-released Rajon Rondo, who played under Minnesota head coach Tom Thibodeau in Boston, could be an option for the team in the wake of the Ricky Rubio trade. Possible Rondo...Read More
          Report: Minnesota trading Ricky Rubio to Utah for first-round pick   
The Minnesota Timberwolves and Utah Jazz are finalizing a trade involving Ricky Rubio, according to reports. ESPN’s Marc Stein says Utah will send a 2018 first-round pick to Minnesota for Rubio. I'm told Minnesota will be get a 2018 first-round pound to trade Ricky Rubio into Utah cap space. @tribjazz first to report deal happening...Read More
          Solar Trade Case, With Trump as Arbiter, Could Upend Market   
American panel makers say below-cost sales by Chinese companies are ruining business. If tariffs result, installers and homeowners may suffer instead.
          Trademarking "The Slants" | TWiT Bits   

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          China open to free-trade agreement with Mexico – Xinhua news agency   

China’s Ambassador to Mexico, Qiu Xiaoqi. Photo: Reuters

China is open to negotiating a free-trade agreement with Mexico, the official Xinhua news agency reported yesterday, citing the Chinese ambassador to the country, a fillip for Mexico as it faces uncertainty over its trade deals with the US. Qiu Xiaoqi, China’s ambassador to Mexico, said China was willing to discuss a free-trade agreement, although no discussions had been held so far, Xinhua said. Qiu was speaking at an academic event in Mexico City. “If we negotiate a free-trade agreement, this will greatly favour trade exchanges between our two countries. There is no difficulty from China’s side,” he said. “Mexico is China’s second-largest trading partner in Latin America and China is Mexico’s second-largest trading partner in the world. This is a highly important relationship and we have great interest in deepening and broadening these ties.” Mexico is keen to cut its economic reliance on the US out of concern that access to its top trade partner may be restricted by the policies of US President Donald Trump, who has pledged to protect US jobs from going outside the country. China and Mexico have been strengthening ties since late last year as the US has stepped back from...
          RS2 at new 2017 high   
Following two consecutive sessions of increases, the share index trended in negative territory today with a marginal drop to 4,697.378 points largely due to the 1.4% decline in HSBC. MIA also eased minimally lower whilst RS2, Lombard and Tigne Mall trended higher. A further four equities, including BOV and Medserv, ended the session unchanged. Trading activity slowed down on the final trading day of June with just over €255,000 worth of shares changing hands. Over the week, the local equity benchmark trended 0.3% higher, mainly due to the weekly uplifts in IHI (+3%) and RS2 (+6.2%). Today, RS2 Software trended higher for the eighth consecutive trading session with a further 1.2% increase to reach yet another 2017 high of €1.72 across 10 deals totalling 38,876 shares. New bids helped the equity of Tigne Mall partially recover this week’s earlier decline as it rebounded by 7.7% today to recapture the 98c (compared to Monday’s closing price of 90c1) albeit on a single trade of 1,000 shares. The only other positive performing equity today was Lombard Bank as the equity moved 2.8% higher to regain the €2.36,5 level on volumes of 30,090 shares. On the other hand, the share price of...
          Wolves trade Ricky Rubio to Jazz in what could be great move for Minnesota: Grades   
The Wolves may have hit a home run, depending on who they get to replace Rubio
          Nokia – IP networks re-imagined   
Recently we have seen Cisco predict that busy hour global IP traffic will grow 4.6-fold (35% CAGR) from 2016 to 2021, reaching 4.3 Pb/s by 2021, compared to average Internet traffic that will grow 3.2-fold (26% CAGR) over the same period to reach 717 Tb/s by 2021. The latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report, released earlier this week, calculates that the total traffic in mobile networks increased by 70% between the end of Q1 2016 and the end of Q1 2017. And now, Nokia Bell Labs has just announced its own prediction: IP traffic will more than double in the next five years, reaching 330 exabytes per month by 2022 while growing at a 25% CAGR. The company anticipates that peak data rates will grow even faster at nearly 40% annually. Nokia Bell Labs also predicts that 3D/4K/UHD will experience a 4.79x growth from 2017 – 22, that wireless traffic will experience 7.5x growth from 2017 – 22, and that worldwide IoT devices to grow from 12bn in 2017 to 100bn in 2025.

Nokia unveils next gen networking processing engine

Nokia's processing engine sets the stage for perhaps the most significant announcement from the company since the merger of Alcatel-Lucent and Nokia Siemens Networks in 2015. In a press event entitled 'IP networks reimagined', Nokia unveiled its FP4 silicon, featuring the 'first' 2.4 Tbit/s network processor, up to 6x more powerful than processors currently available. The proprietary chipset is designed for a new class of petabit-class routers.

Core routers traditionally have been the 'big iron' that powers the heart of the Internet. It is a product category dominated by Cisco, Huawei, Juniper and Nokia, including via its existing 7950 XRS routing platform. However, the market has been in flux. Earlier this month, Dell’Oro Group reported a significant break in Q1 17 with Huawei taking the top spot from Cisco in the core router market for the first time. The report also found Huawei taking over second spot from Nokia in the SP edge router and CES market. The primary reason cited for this shift is that the SP core routing business is only growing at a low single-digit rate, while China Mobile is defying the trend with significant investments in their IP core backbone, for which Huawei is the lead supplier. Nevertheless, the overall predictions for rapid growth in IP traffic over the coming five years makes it more likely that service providers will need a significant refresh of their core backbones to handle hundreds of 100 or 400 Gbit/s connections at major nodes.

Nokia's previous generation FP3 chipset, unveiled by Alcatel-Lucent in June 2011 and launched in 2012, packed 288 RISC cores operating at 1 GHz and leveraged 40 nm process technology; the FP2 chipset offered 112 cores at 840 MHz and was built in 90 nm. This network processor lineage can be traced back to TiMetra Networks, a start-up based in Mountain View, California that launched its first carrier-class routing platforms in 2003.

TiMetra, which was headed by Basil Alwan, was acquired by Alcatel-Lucent later in 2003 for approximately $150 million in stock. The product line went on to become the highly successful 7450, 7750 and eventually 7950 carrier platforms - the basis for the IP division at Alcatel-Lucent. Not bad for an idea from a small start-up to grow into the star platform underpinning all of Alcatel-Lucent + Nokia Siemens Networks.

In a launch day webcast, Basil Alwan, now president of Nokia's IP/Optical Networks business group, said we are moving into a new phase of the Internet requiring 'cloud-scale routing'. First, he noted that there is market confusion between Internet-class routers and core data centre switches, which are being used to power the hyperscale infrastructure of the Internet content providers. High-end, data centre spine switches are capable of routing packets at high rates and can handle access control lists (ACLs). Likewise, conventional big iron core routers can switch data flows, and are sometimes deployed in data centres. However, there have been tradeoffs when this role reversal happens. Nokia's new FP4 chipset aims to fix that.

First multi-terabit NPU silicon

Six years have passed since the FP3, or roughly two cycles in the evolution of Moore's Law, so naturally one would expect the new silicon to be smaller, faster and more powerful and efficient. But Alwan said the company took its time to rethink how the packet processing works at the silicon level. To begin with, Nokia redesigned the onboard memory, employing 2.5D and 3D layouts on 16 nm Fin Field Effect Transistor (FinFET) technology. The single chip contains 22 dies, including memory stacks and control logic. It runs at 2.4 Tbit/s half-duplex, or 6x more capacity than the current generation 400 Gbit/s FP3 chipset. The FP4 will support full terabit IP flows. All conventional routing capabilities are included. Deep classification capabilities include enhanced packet intelligence and control, policy controls, telemetry and security.

The FP4 could be used to provide an in-service upgrade to Nokia's current line of core routers and carrier switches. It will also be used to power a new family of 7750 SR-s series routers designed for single-node, cloud scale density. In terms of specs, the SR-s boasts a 144 Tbit/s configuration supporting port densities of up to 144 future terabit links, 288 x 400 Gbit/s ports, or 1,440 100 Gigabit Ethernet ports. Absolute capacity could be doubled for a maximum of 288 Tbit/s configuration. It runs the same software as the company's widely-deployed systems. The first 7750 SR-s boxes are already running in Nokia labs and the first commercial shipments are expected in Q4.

Nokia is also introducing a chassis extension option to push its router into petabit territory. Without using the switching shelf concept employed in the multi-chassis designs of its competitors, Nokia is offering the means to integrate up to six of its 7750 SRS-s routers into a single system. This results in 576 Tbit/s of capacity, enough for densities of up to 2,880 x 100 GBE ports or 720 x 400 Gbit/s ports. Adding up the numbers, it is not truly petabit-class, but at 576 Tbit/s it is more than halfway there.

Network telemetry leads to security
Another interesting twist concerns security and petabit-class routing. In December 2016, Nokia agreed to acquire Deepfield, a start-up specialising in real-time analytics for IP network performance management and security. Deepfield, founded in 2011 and based in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has developed an analytics platform that identifies over 30,000 popular cloud applications and services. Its Internet Genome tracks how traffic runs to and through networks to reach subscribers, in real time, and without the need for probes, taps and monitors in the network itself. At the time of the deal, Nokia said it would integrate Deepfield big data analytics with the dynamic control capabilities of open SDN platforms, such as the Nokia Network Services Platform (NSP) and Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP).

Expanding on this idea, Alwan said Deepfield can really leverage the routers rather than probes to understand what is happening to the traffic. Fewer probes mean lower investment. More importantly, Deepfield could be used to track DDoS attacks passing through the core of the network rather than at the edge destination target. The new FP4 silicon is said to be a very good match for this application.

          Report: Wolves to trade Ricky Rubio to Jazz for 2018 first-round pick   
The Timberwolves have finally traded Ricky Rubio
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Green-Beckham was traded to Philadelphia by the Titans last season
          D&G (David & Goliath) – The Scepter & The Sword   
Image: 1610728 After the reception of “Battle Anybody” from luminaries like DJ
Premier (#19 on his best of 2013 picks), DJ Evil Dee, DJ Eclipse and
more, Dawhud and Ace-One started working on a proper follow up
to their emceeing anthem. One track turned into an EP which then
quickly turned into a full length project.
The project...
D&G (David & Goliath) - “The Scepter & The Sword”
The concept for the group simply came from Dawhud’s name (David
in Arabic) and Ace-One, who was in the midst of fnishing up his
“Rapmonster” series. Those two elements and the sheer chest
pounding vibe of their prior track led to the creation of “David &
Goliath”. Epic, biblical, and loaded with imagery that paints what the
duo are trying to convey in just a name.
Produced entirely by Dawhud, the duo trade verses over his
landscapes to join forces and reign together. From the opening battle
cry of “Something’s Coming” to the closing of their p-p-p-p-p-Premier
approved track, “The Scepter & The Sword” is a rap Odyssey.
Assisting the duo on this legendary journey are emcees like Masta
Ace, Rock (from Heltah Skeltah), Sadat X, Kokane and Pacewon
alongside longtime friends/emcees Joe Harvey, JO and Otomatik.
With a title like “David & Goliath”… legends should be involved.
Something’s Coming…

• “Battle Anybody” debuted on DJ Premier’s Live From
Headqcourterz show and was put on his “Top 20 Hip-Hop
Songs of 2013”
• Featuring Masta Ace, Sadat X, Kokane, Rock (from Heltah
Skeltah) & Pacewon
• 2XLP features 2 hidden bonus tracks

1. Something’s Coming
2. The King & The Giant (feat. Rock from Heltah Skeltah)
3. David
4. Check It
5. Came 4
6. Walk Slow
7. Let it Breathe (feat. Masta Ace)
8. Keepin On (feat. Sadat X & Kokane)
9. So Hellifed (feat. J.O.)
10. Goliath (feat. Otomatik)
11. I’m Wit DAT (feat. Pacewon)
12. Converse (feat. Joe Harvey)
13. The Kumite
14. Battle Anybody
15. (Hidden Track)
16. (Hidden Track) Available from 14.07.2017
          Gold buyers fear price hike, rush to jewellery stores   
Earlier, the illegal bullion trade had a cost advantage by as much as 5%. From now onwards, under the GST regime, this cost advantage will go.
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          Media Companies Irked By Facebook’s (NASDAQ:FB) Partnership Policies   

Media Companies Irked By Facebook’s (NASDAQ:FB) Partnership Policies $FB Facebook’s (NASDAQ:FB) efforts to build a library of high-end original videos are getting a shrug from some outlets that are reportedly sick of the way the company has treated them. “Media companies are like serfs working Facebook’s land,” the Chief Executive of the industry trade group Digital […]

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          Operator of Illegal Bitcoin Exchange Sentenced to Prison   

Anthony Murgio, 33, of Tampa, Florida, has been sentenced to five and a half years in prison for running a Bitcoin exchange connected to hackers. The exchange was used to launder more than $10 million worth of funds, authorities reported.

Both Murgio and Yuri Lebedev, 39, of St. John’s, Florida, operated through a fraudulent company called “Collectables Club.” According to the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of New York, the illegal Bitcoin exchange used the firm’s misleading name to open financial accounts at banks pretending to be a “members-only association of individuals who discussed, bought, and sold collectible items and memorabilia.” Murgio and Lebedev, along with other co-conspirators, violated bank and credit card company rules and regulations by “deliberately misidentifying and miscoding customers’ credit and debit card transactions.”

“Lies conceived and deployed by Murgio permeated every aspect of’s operation, including its use of front companies, like Collectables Club and Currency Enthusiasts, to try to conceal the illicit nature of the operation,” the Department of Justice stated in its sentencing submission.

On January 9, Murgio pled guilty to three counts regarding operating, which processed over $10 million worth of illegal Bitcoin transactions. Murgio ran the Bitcoin exchange between October 2013 and July 2015 for Gery Shalon, 33, an Israeli citizen who was responsible for hacking at least nine companies, including JPMorgan Chase, E-Trade Financial Corporation and Dow Jones. sold bitcoins that came from illegal online transactions, such as victim payments to ransomware attackers who sought to launder the cryptocurrencies clean.

“I screwed up badly and made serious mistakes and misjudgments,” Murgio said, showing remorse, to U.S. District Judge Alison J. Nathan at his sentencing.

Shalon, along with Ziv Orenstein, 42, compromised data on approximately 76 million household customers and 7 million businesses by hacking the nine companies. U.S. officials described their operation as a “diversified criminal conglomerate” responsible for the largest theft of valuable information from a U.S. bank. The compromised data included the names of customers, along with email addresses and phone numbers. Authorities collected evidence stating that Murgio exchanged cash for the bitcoins of Shalon’s criminal gang. Israeli police arrested Shalon and Orenstein in July 2015, and they were extradited to the United States in June 2016. Both are facing serious charges, including aggravated identity theft, wire fraud and money laundering.

“Mr. Murgio led an effort based on ambition and greed,” and constructed on a “pyramid of lies,” Judge Nathan said during the sentencing hearing at the Manhattan federal court.

On March 17, a Manhattan jury found Lebedev and his co-conspirator Trevon Gross, 52, of New Jersey, guilty of charges connected to a bribery scheme in an attempt to hide the illegal activities of from financial institutes and regulators. Both of the defendants are facing a maximum sentence of 30 years in prison. Judge Nathan scheduled the sentencing hearing of Lebedev and Gross for July 20, 2017.

Murgio’s father, Michael Murgio, 66, was also involved in the case. In October, the father plead guilty to “making a false statement to the National Credit Union Administration on behalf of his son.” By making a plea deal, Michael Murgio managed to avoid additional charges in the case, including “conspiracy to make corrupt payments with intent to influence an officer of a financial institution and making corrupt payments.” Judge Nathan sentenced the elder Murgio to one year of probation along with a $12,000 fine.

The FBI arrested both Lebedev and Murgio on July 23, 2015, for “running an unlicensed bitcoin exchange with the goal of helping individuals launder money.”

Despite the prosecution’s request for 10 to 12 years and seven months behind bars, the Manhattan federal court sentenced Murgio to five and a half years in prison. According to Reuters, Judge Nathan considered Murgio’s “generosity to friends and support to his family” and imposed a prison sentence half as long as the prosecutor recommended.

Judge Nathan has scheduled a hearing on September 1 to decide on the amount of fines, forfeiture and restitution Murgio has to pay to the state. The operator of the illegal Bitcoin exchange remains free on bail.

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          Vermont Marks Canada Day, Welcomes Canadians with Communications Campaign   
The State of Vermont has launched a "Welcome" communications campaign in Canada to reassure Canadians that Vermont greatly values their friendship, tourism and trade. The campaign launch coincides with Canada Day on July 1 and includes 15-second and 30-second video spots in French that are running throughout Quebec.
          Trump confronts South Koreans on trade. Straight up. In front of cameras.   
          The Brno Trade Fairs and its Surroundings   
Registration Deadline: Aug 21, 2017; Submission Deadline: Aug 21, 2017

The subject of the competiiton is an urban design idea proposal for the Trade Fairs Brno site and part of the Brno wateworks connected to adjacent terminal and Riviera recreation area, which will show new way of using the development areas and the possibilities of the better integration of the complex to the city organism. The proposal in the scope of the urban study will be processed on the entire territory in accordance with the competition brief (see document P01). During the designing it is necessary to respect the generous urban concept of the Trade Fairs site based on the clearly structured public spaces surrounded by exhibition pavilions with great architectural value.

Competition Goals 

The competiton goal is to obtain quality urban proposals which will be the basis for spatial planning documention change. The proposals should have a unifying concept, long-term sustainability and should naturally and functionally integrate the site into the city organism. The announcer wants to obtain a solution that will strenghten and improve exhibition and congress function of the site and find new functions for currently unused parts of the complex and improve the openess of the area to the public.


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           Transaction taxes, traders’ behavior and exchange rate risks    
Demary, Markus (2006) Transaction taxes, traders’ behavior and exchange rate risks. Working Paper. Coventry: Warwick Business School, Financial Econometrics Research Centre. Working papers (Warwick Business School. Financial Econometrics Research Centre) (No.06-).
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Anufriev, Mikhail and Bottazzi, Giulio (2006) Price and wealth dynamics in a speculative market with generic procedurally rational traders. Working Paper. Coventry: Warwick Business School, Financial Econometrics Research Centre. Working papers (Warwick Business School. Financial Econometrics Research Centre) (No.06-).
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          "The Flight" Chapter 2 of Apurvai, a travelogue by P.L. "PuLa" Deshpande   
Many years ago, I translated chapter 1 from the 1960 book. You don't HAVE TO read it to follow this chapter, but it is recommended. Unlike my other translations which were done from audio files of PuLa narrating his work, this one has been done from the actual book. So even Marathis who've never read the book will find something new here. 

To set the stage a little, in this chapter, PuLa describes the experience of his first ever international flight. Based on the references to the Suez Crisis, I'm guessing it happened in 1956 or 1957. So almost 60 years ago! I was surprised to learn of the sheer number of stopovers flights had to make in those days. It is indeed a different era. But so much of what he writes resonated with me in terms of my experiences with international flights. Which is why I chose to translate this although it isn't as ROFLMAO funny as the previous chapter.

Usual caveats - Much of PuLa's humor comes from how he played with the Marathi language, and it can get lost in translation. But his observations and descriptions stay relevant even 55 years later.

Our flight to London from Santa Cruz airport was scheduled for 11 PM on August 20th. It wasn't my first time flying, but it was the first time I was flying to another country, that too on a huge airplane. I had been told to reach the airport about an hour before the flight. Even if I hadn't been told this, I would've gone there two hours before. Because even when I am taking an M.S.M. train (or as you kids today call it, Southern Railway), I go to the station an hour early. Even if I have a reserved seat. 

I find it convenient to allow that buffer for unforeseen but predictable events like getting on the wrong train, not being able to find my compartment, taxi to the station breaking down, heavy rain causing waterlogging, forgetting some important stuff at home and realizing it halfway to the station, forgetting to fill the water bottle, and of course, panicking every few minutes thinking that I have either forgotten the ticket at home or lost it. 

And of course, Indian Railways regularly contributes with unforeseen but predictable events of its own. Just as you've spread out a sheet on your berth and laid down, a railways employee comes and says the compartment has some problems, so we need to shift to another one. It takes about 45 minutes to find a porter, find the replacement compartment, and move all the luggage. It turns out that if you turn the lights on, the fan stops working, and if you turn the fan on, the lights stop working. Finally both are fixed, and when you go to the bathroom, there is no water in the compartment. So you have to stay awake till Lonand to find a guard and complain about it. If you're lucky, it'll get fixed by the time the train reaches Nira. Or then wait till Miraj at 5 AM so you can use the bathroom on the station. 

So even if you go very early to the station, there's no guarantee that your rail journey will be pleasant. I wonder if we are destined to ever get railways that take the responsibility of passenger comfort seriously. Until then, there are only two ways to travel without any problems - on foot like Vinoba Bhave or by air.

Or so I thought.

When I bought my tickets at the Air India office, the lady behind the counter had told me to reach the airport at 9 PM. And then, flashing me a disarming smile, suggested that I call the airline before leaving to make sure the plane wasn't delayed. So just as we were about to leave, I remembered that smile and mentioned this to the huge contingent of friends, family, and neighbors gathered at our house to bid us farewell.

"Haha, don't be an idiot! It's a plane, not an ST bus to be delayed. Airlines operate with second-by-second precision!"

A friend, who had never traveled an inch north of Malad or south of Kala Ghoda, said making me feel like an idiot in front of everyone. This guy has always had this publicly dismissive attitude towards me. I don't know why I am still friends with him. When I told him I was being sent to England by Doordarshan, his first reaction was,

"You??? Why??? Looks like the government has too much money to waste!"

When I first wore the suit mentioned in the previous chapter, he laughed and said I looked like a trumpeter from one of the Dhobi Talao wedding bands. Totally unnecessary snark. But he can't help it. So even though he had no first hand experience on the matter, he stayed true to his nature and ridiculed me for wondering if I should call the airline to check the flight status.

My wife called the airline office anyway. And we came to know that because the incoming plane from Tokyo hadn't reached yet, our flight was delayed by two hours. 

I winced. The idea of sitting in Mumbai's humidity for two more hours wearing a three piece suit, that noose-like tie, those damned expensive Chinese shoes, the nylon socks bought after the Middle East cooled down, and a thick coat meant for England's cold weather, was unbearable. I was tempted to take off all my clothes (except for one) and cal the whole thing off. 

"So....will the plane depart exactly two hours later than scheduled?"

Someone from the annoyingly large farewell contingent asked, and that question suddenly made our house explode into a pointless deliberation that made it resemble a legislative body debating a useless resolution.

"Will the plane leave two hours later or do you go to the airport two hours later?"

"But does two hours really mean two hours?"

"But what does a plane coming from Tokyo have to do with an Air India flight going to London?"

"Let's say the plane reaches earlier than estimated......will it still leave two hours late or earlier than that?"

"Let's say that Tokyo flight is delayed by four hours instead, will your flight leave two hours late or four hours late?"

"Someone told me that last week a flight scheduled for midnight eventually departed after dawn. Is that true?"

"Are you sure it's a plane from Tokyo? Maybe it's Kyoto."

"I just called a friend of mine who works in a restaurant at the airport. He says there is some mechanical problem in this plane, and the Tokyo plane thing is just an excuse."

"So the flight might get cancelled?"

"Do they have a replacement plane? How many planes does All India Radio have anyway?"

"It's Air India, not All India Radio."

"Yeah, same difference."

"Mechanical problems......that's scary!"

"You both have life insurance, right?"

"Remember the plane that crashed at Cairo five years ago? My boss' nephew was on it. His wife got two million as compensation!"

"I've heard you can buy life insurance at the airport."

All this nonsense from people who had nothing to do with our travel whatsoever. I prayed to god to rescue me from this plane chaos by sending the plane he sent for Sant Tukaram. 

"I'm telling you guys. Instead of spending the two hours sitting at home, spend them sitting at the airport. Let's say they repair the plane early and it leaves before time. What are you going to do? It's not like you can catch it on the way. It's not the Barshi-Pandharpur passenger train. Hehehehe!"

So finally, following the over-cautious traditions of my train journeys, we reached the airport at 9:30 PM for a plane that was scheduled to depart at 1:30 AM. Some of my other friends and colleagues were at the airport already to see me off. They either didn't know that the plane was delayed, or even if they knew, they were aware of my over-cautious traditions. 

All my friends at the airport made me feel very awkward and also emotional by showering me with so many garlands and bouquets, that the airport officials thought I was a politician. And I had an epiphany at that moment - the greatest wealth in my life is my friends. If wealth were to be measured in friendships, I am probably richer than Tata-Birla combined. I have so many dear friends in so many walks of life! And so many of them had come late at night and out of the way to the airport to see me off. 

I felt touched but also embarrassed. Firstly, I still wasn't sure I could pull off the suit-boot look. Having such a huge audience for it felt weird. And then there were these garlands and bouquets. I was overwhelmed. I have gotten used to getting such attention at functions and award shows and suchlike. But on this occasion, I was feeling like I had an emotional debt to pay off. Just popping by to say goodbye is one thing, but these guys had come all the way to the airport!

My embarrassment was compounded by the fact that I hadn't really done or achieved anything to deserve all the attention that night. When I get such attention after a successful theater performance, it's okay. At least I gave them some happiness, and they are appreciating it. But that night, my wife and I were just flying to England like thousands of people do everyday. And yet my mob of friends at the airport had made me feel like I was doing something special. With a luggage full of such love and good wishes, I started feeling confident that even if all the engines of the plane failed, I could fly anywhere I wanted. 

The crowd of friends and all the flowers being heaped on me made the press photographers hanging around think that I was some big deal. They suddenly started snapping our pictures like paparazzi. In all this chaos, one of my friends went to the airport officials and convinced them to open a "VIP Lounge" for me. A sturdy fellow in a crisp uniform politely asked us to follow him to the VIP lounge. 

At that moment, my wife looked at me happily with an expression that said - "all these years that I have put up with you are finally paying off!"

As we were led into the imposingly plush VIP lounge, I started feeling even more awkward. Given our colonial history, I know that "England returned" has a certain halo attached to it. But I had no idea that the halo starts appearing even before you leave India. I started feeling worried about the possibility of a real VIP showing up and frowning at how our raucous farewell contingent had made the VIP lounge resemble Khandke's chawl. 

Even in all that chaos, I overheard one of the uniformed guys whispering to the other,

"Nowadays, any random person can become a VIP."

His colleague responded,

"Hoga koi Minister ka baccha nahi toh jamai!"

and walked away.

So I tried to appear and act as VIP-ish as possible. I went around folding my hands and solemnly thanking all the people who had come to see me off. Then I started giving away the garlands and bouquets to kids and being unnecessarily nice to them. Basically, emulating every aspect of VIP behavior that I could remember. 

A few of the professional photographers kept taking pictures of all this, and then offered to send them to me. They helpfully quoted a "professional" rate for it that was ten times what it would cost to get a photo taken in my neighborhood studio. But I was pretending to be a VIP and had to play the part. Once I parted with all the advance payments for the photos, the expression on my face finally came to resemble something that actually deserved to be photographs. I have no idea where those expensive photos are now, by the way.

Eventually there was an announcement that the customs check process had started, and we finally prepared to leave that VIP cell....I mean lounge. While leaving, I handed a generous tip to the uniformed guys standing at the door. The astounded expressions on their faces made me realize that real VIPs probably never hand out any tips. They hand out only two things - promises or threats.

We left the lounge and walked straight to the weighing scales near the customs area. I put our bags on it one by one and felt relieved when each of them were a pound or so less than the 44 pound limit. My wife on the other hand seemed a little disappointed and said,

"Hmpf, I guess we could have taken a few more papads then."

I ignored her and walked to the customs booth, standing in front of the officer with an appropriately guilty expression on my face.

This was the second time in my life that I had faced a customs officer. A few years ago, when returning from Goa (then a Portuguese territory) I stood in front of a customs officer for the first time. Everyone in front of me had been questioned extensively and had their bags checked thoroughly. So I was already terrified. Even though there was no reason to be terrified. In the entire crowd there, we were probably the only ones returning from Goa without as much as a tiny piece of chocolate. But customs booths are one of those weirdly imposing places where I feel nervous by default.

Some people are scared of a dentist's chair. Not me. I have been to dentists many times. One dentist actually turned my simple complaint of an aching tooth into an imperative to extract it with the glee of a professional sadist. It hurt so much, I think I actually saw a few angels waiting to welcome me into heaven. But even then, the next time I went to a (different, obviously) dentist, I went with the ease with which I go to Kulkarni's restaurant to eat bhajiyas. No fear or worries. But put me in front of a custom's officer and my heart starts racing.

There are many random entries in my list of "people I am irrationally scared of". For some reason, I am terrified of every liftman. Not afraid of the actual lift, mind you. It's not like I am scared that the lift will plummet to the basement or anything. I am just scared of the liftmen, at least in Mumbai, where almost all of them seem to have a cold blank expression on their face. I am also terrified of waiters in fancy restaurants. If one is standing next to me, I feel so nervous that I invariably spill something. I was never scared of male teachers, but female teachers always petrified me. And I can slap a doctor on his back and sing songs with him even when he is in the middle of surgery, but when it comes to nurses, my hands start trembling even if I am handing them a note. I have no idea why I carry these bizarre fears in my heart.

That customs officer I encountered when returning from Goa had insulted me rather painfully! I still shudder and shed a tear when I think about it.

When it was my turn, he asked me my name, address, and profession. Those days, I earned my living in a college fostering deep hatred for literature among the students. As soon as I told the officer that I was a Professor, and that too of Marathi, he just looked straight into my eyes, and with an expression conveying immense pity, said,

"You can go."

He didn't ask to search my luggage, didn't ask me if I was carrying any contraband, didn't even ask me if I had anything to declare. With utter conviction that I lacked the ability or the means to smuggle in alcohol, gold, cigarettes, or anything like that, he sent me on my way. I have never felt more humiliated. I would've preferred it if he had instead put me through a two hour long interrogation under a bright lamp.

So that day in Mumbai airport, I was wondering if the customs officer in charge of examining departing passengers would be more respectful. He looked at my bags, then glanced at my face, and then wordlessly made some chalk markings on the bags and waved me through. Rude, isn't it?

Next my wife and I went to Passport Control. Our passports had been issued two years ago and were valid for three more years. But one of my friends in the farewell party had authoritatively said, 

"Ohhhh.....just three years validity left? That might create problems. Good luck!"

I nervously handed over the passports to the officer. He glanced at them for a nanosecond and returned them to me. I was less worried about the validity and more worried about the passport photo. But the officer had evidently discovered some similarity between my passport photo and the way I actually look. Once we were done with that, a health officer quickly made sure we had taken the necessary vaccinations and we were done.

Once we got the "worthy of traveling abroad" certification from Pandit Nehru's people, all we could do was wait for the plane to leave. It was past midnight. The departure area at Santa Cruz is decorated and furnished in a very modern way. There are lots of comfortable couches and chairs for passengers to relax in. But my wife and I were sitting there uncomfortably, feeling out of place.

There was a European couple sitting in front of us. They seemed confused by Indian currency. These were the days when paisa coins co-existed with anna coins and the poor visitors had no idea if the many coins they had were worth five rupees or five annas. Hoping to give them a happy memory of Indian hospitality, I jumped in to offer unsolicited advice and ended up compounding their confusion even more. Finally my better half stepped in, sorted the whole thing out, and informed them that Indian women have a much better understanding of money than Indian men. 

The European couple left for their flight and I started looking around at other fellow-passengers. With a parochial mindset, I went around to see if there were other Marathi folk there, and soon met a man named Patil and a student named Joshi. I was there representing the Deshpande name. All we were missing was a Kulkarni. If we had found one, we would have had Patil-Joshi-Deshpande-Kulkarni, the four pillars of the ancient Marathi administrative set-up. Sadly there was no Kulkarni on that flight, but it did end up having a pilot named Nadkarni. Nadkarni is essentially the South Kannada version of Kulkarni, so I guess we ended up with the full set eventually.

 Around 1 AM, the plane's wings must have fluttered because suddenly, there was a lot of activity around us. The crowd started walking in one direction, and we went along. I looked at the glass barrier at the customs desk and saw our contingent was still patiently waiting. The elders had tears in their eyes and the younger lot looked like they were cracking stale jokes at our expense and passing them off as new. 

When we eventually reached the gate, I confirmed three times that it was the right plane. Or else we'd wake up the next morning in Cochin instead of Cairo. I still carried emotional scars from the night at Pune station that I got on a train to go to Kolhapur and woke up the next morning to find I was in a compartment parked in the Pune railway yard. I have always had the kind of luck where I take a girlfriend to watch a movie on the sly and run into a nosy old relative who decided to come watch the same movie. And I couldn't afford to let that luck mess up international travel. 

There was an air hostess standing at the door, welcoming us with an unnaturally wide smile. The rest of the crew, dressed in crisp dark trousers and skirts and blindingly white shirts, sporting wing shaped lapel pins and painstakingly groomed mustaches, was darting about doing their work. We reached our seats and stared out the tiny oblong window at the terminal, wondering if our friends and family were still there. 

Once I was in the seat, I assured myself that despite all apparent obstacles, it now seemed like I would definitely go to England, and fastened the seat belt around my stomach. The engines started humming and the fans started rotating one by one.   The plane got going. After zooming along the ground for a mile or so, it slowed down and stopped at the other end of the runway. 

As soon as it stopped, I started fearing the worst. The plane had already been delayed by mechanical problems. I wasn't sure if they had fixed the problems completely or had postponed some repairs. Maybe now they'd discover more problems. I also carried emotional scars from bus drivers who'd make passengers board on a scorching hot day, bake them in that tin box for an hour while they waited, and then open the bonnet of the bus to examine what's wrong with the engine. 

Luckily, nothing like that happened. In a couple of minutes, the plane started moving again, then sped up, and eventually left terra firma in a graceful glide. I watched the airport rapidly disappear from my view and before I knew it, Mumbai started resembling a gem-laden ornament below us. In that ornament, four million people were probably dreaming as they slept, while I sat with wide open eyes, realizing my childhood dream of foreign travel. 

And next to me was my soul mate and my life partner accompanying me on this adventure. Over the previous twelve years, we had built many castles in the air together, while never feeling tempted to build a house on the ground. We never stayed in one place for more than 2-3 years anyway. We had in common a huge appetite for new challenges and new experiences. And the latest one was to be living in England for 5-6 months.

Our flight had been in the air for a while, and the plane was completely dark as was the sky outside, but I still couldn't sleep. The plane was completely packed and experienced travelers were already snoring. Our air-hostess was Japanese. She was promptly and efficiently offering candy and nuts to travelers with a studied smile straight out of the training syllabus. Her walk was brisk and her voice had the crispness of springtime. 

I was feeling really hot. That damned suit on my body started feeling like clunky armor and I again cursed myself for wearing it on the plane. I looked around and was taken aback when I noticed at an Englishman sitting in front of me. Here I was, wearing a brand new three piece suit because I was going to his snooty country. And this dude was sitting there looking very relaxed in khaki shorts, a flannel shirt with some twenty five pockets, and a flimsy felt hat that did not match.

So I discreetly looked around at the other white people on the flight. Not a single one of them was dressed even as remotely formally as I was. Sitting there overdressed in that damned suit in the middle of the night, I started feeling like even more of a neophyte than I already was. 

Suddenly the Japanese air-hostess appeared with a small wet towel on a plate. I eyed the towel suspiciously for a second. I had no idea what purpose a wet towel was supposed to serve at two in the morning. But I was brought up never to turn a plate away, so I picked up the towel and thanked her. I looked at my wife to see if she had any suggestions, but she was fast asleep. I slowly glanced across the aisle and saw that the guy there was gently rubbing the towel on his face. I did the same, and the cool cologne scented fabric gave me some relief from the intense heat I was experiencing. 

Our massive jumbo jet was slicing through the darkness leaving cities and mountains behind. I was finally feeling a little drowsy. Almost everyone around me, including my wife, was already asleep. That Englishman with the khaki shorts was in fact trying to drown out the noise of the engine with his own booming multi-octave snores with his mouth open. The ex-subject of Her Majesty's realm inside me felt relieved to observe first-hand that even the English can snore with their mouths open. Because once our travel plans were made, I was a bit worried about that. 

You see, I am one of "those" too. But over the course of my life, I have come across some impressively loud snorers. My grandma says that people with big hearts and minds snore the most. I don't know if there is any correlation between big bodies and big hearts and minds - I won't mind if there is. I started thinking a lot about snoring and hearts and minds. I do remember that I spent a lot of time thinking about it. But I don't know for how long, because the next thing I knew, I was waking up to the dawn's early light.

Our plane was flying over a huge desert. I noted how different this dawn was from any other dawn I had experienced in my life, thousands of miles over a limitless desert. This experience, coming right after I had experienced a darkness so different from any other darkness I had experienced in my life, spurred some philosophical and metaphorical thoughts. It felt like I was witness to the dawn of a new phase of my life. I thought about my recent years and realized that I hadn't really experienced real dawn in years. In Mumbai's fast-paced hectic life, by the time my day ended, it was usually well past midnight. So by the time I usually woke up, dawn would have given up on waiting for me and slid away, making way for harsh sunlight. 

Our Japanese air-hostess, still looking as fresh as a dew-kissed flower, was making the rounds with hot fortifying beverages for the morning. I have never found those beverages particularly fortifying immediately after waking up, so I politely declined her offer of tea or coffee. Instead, I got up and headed to the bathroom. Taking care not to wake up or bump into any of the other passengers, I tiptoed my way to the front, and slowly opened the door to what I thought was the bathroom. Instead I found myself face-to-face with the fine gentlemen flying the plane. It was the cockpit door! I guess the expression on my face gave away what my need was because the co-pilot, without saying anything, pointed me to the correct door. 

I finished my morning ablutions and returned to the seat to find the "fasten seatbelts" sign flashing. By the time I was able to find the belt and buckle it up, the plane had started its rapid descent. I looked out the window and saw that we were headed to a desert island surrounded by more desert. I assumed it was Cairo, our first stopover. I started looking around the landscape in the hopes of spotting some pyramids. By the time I spotted a bump that I thought was a pyramid and was about to point it out to my wife, the plane was touching down, and before I knew it, it was standing stationary in a foreign land.

I looked at the dinky terminal outside the window and was a little disappointed that a city as renowned as Cairo should have an airport that looks more like an ST bus stand. But once we got off the plane, I learned that we were not in Cairo, but in some place called "Bahrain" instead. I felt a bit like Columbus who reached land confident that he was in India but then discovered that he was instead in some strange land he did not know anything about. And I felt relieved that I had not pointed out those supposed pyramids to my wife.

I had never heard of Bahrain before and had no idea where the hell it exactly was or why we were there instead of Cairo. But we walked into the terminal and headed for the restaurant. I learned that there were oilfields nearby and that Bahrain is a small island nation that is known for its oilfields. That was pretty much all we learned about the place. 

We sat in the restaurant, ordered tea, and waited while the plane was refueled. The tea arrived after a long time. One sip of that concoction and I was convinced that in Bahrain, they used dried date palm leaves in lieu of tea leaves and the milk probably came from a camel instead of a cow. Over the course of my life, I have tasted many different kinds of tea......except of course the spilled tea from Mongini's mentioned in the previous chapter. Tea served in small glass tumblers in Mumbai, tea served in mud bowls on the banks of the Narmada, tea served in metallic cups in Madras, masala milk tea, railway station tea flavored with charcoal, tea without milk, tea without sugar, and even Chinese tea made from jasmine flowers. But I will never EVER forget that horrible tea from Bahrain airport. I will happily drink the bitterest castor potion than drink that tea again.

Well, at least the tea was free, because it was paid for by the airline.

Pretty soon, the plane was ready and we all climbed back into its belly. The plane took off soon and headed for Cairo. The flight from Bahrain to Cairo was essentially just desert after desert after desert. Once in a while, just as a change of scenery, there would be a small strip of water. But otherwise, totally barren. Not a single glimpse of green. 

And that's when I really understood why the green flag of Islam came was hoisted in these deserts first. The prophet was very clever in choosing the color green for his flag. It is obvious why millions of Arabs enthusiastically followed that rare pleasant colored flag. I'm sure that the green flag was as instrumental in the spread of Islam as the Koran was. Add to it the moon that the desert dwellers probably equated with the relief provided by night, and I felt I had to applaud the prophet for his grasp of semiotics. 

It was about 8:30 in the morning. I was staring at the desert out the window hoping to spot a camel train. But in vain. I did spot a lot of dry river beds though. Soon the sun got really bright and the glare made it difficult to keep looking outside. Soon our plane moved from the sea of sand to a sea of water. Being geographically challenged, I first decided it was the Red Sea, then the Caspian Sea, then the Black Sea, and then the Dead Sea. I still have no idea which one it was.

A while later, there were murmurs all around that we were flying over the Suez Canal. All passengers looked out the windows, identified the first strip of water they could find, and assured themselves that it was the Suez Canal. Again, no idea if any of those were actually the Suez Canal. From the height we were flying at, every strip of water looked as tiny as the Fergusson College canal in Pune. But in one strip, I spied some dots that seemed like boats and I silently convinced myself that it was indeed the Suez Canal. It was hard to believe that this tiny strip of water was responsible for almost starting World War 3 and almost sinking my travel plans.  

When your plane is flying so high that you can only see the sky and clouds above you as well as below you, you can't help but get philosophical. You forget any fears you have about the plane crashing. Looking at creation from a height that makes even seas look like saucers of water makes you realize how insignificant you are in the whole scheme of things. As our plane flew towards Cairo, I couldn't help but realize that I was looking at the cradle of civilization. These deserts were where the Babylonian, Sumerian, and Assyrian civilizations had once bloomed. Where the library of Alexandria was once home to millions of of books that were burned. I'm assuming some Big Four or Big Five must have had a summit even then and decided that burning books was in the best interests of the world.

As impressive as the sights of great oceans, great skies, and great lands is while flying, one look at the great space when flying above clouds make them all pale in comparison. And you start wondering what the whole point of creation is, and whether you make any difference to it whatsoever. 

Our plane was about to reach Cairo soon and I started thinking about it. Egypt is an ancient civilization, much like India. Historians have discovered that trade and cultural links between Egypt and India date back millenia. This is the land that saw rich culture flourish for millenia even before Christ was born. And when Christ was born, the bright star that shone was above these lands too. This is the land where Jews, Christians, and Muslims found their faiths and then unfurled the blood-soaked flags of those faiths.

I was in the middle of these thoughts and didn't even realize when I dozed off. The next thing I knew, someone was yelling "KAHIRO!!!!", waking me up.

The first sight I saw at Cairo airport was of battle-ready fighter jets. Next to them were imposing anti-aircraft guns with their barrels pointed to the sky. The stage seemed to be set for the next big war. The only question seemed to be which actors would enter the stage first and who the director would be. Actors from dozens of countries seemed to be ready, with war-paint on, or make-up on. Who knew when the final act would start and when it would end.

When I read a big sign that said, "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT", I felt like someone had sprayed a stream of cold water on my face on an oppressively hot day. Why shouldn't all human beings be welcomed heartily all over this little planet of ours? Although as long as there exist things like passports and visas, built on an assumption of distrust of fellow human beings, can we really expect true expressions of such humanity? The sign that said "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT" any "you" who reached there, regardless of race, religion, gender, creed.....why shouldn't such signs and more importantly sentiments, be displayed everywhere?

The funny thing is, this "WE WELCOME YOU TO EGYPT" sign was right next to the massive anti-aircraft guns and the irony endemic to human existence tickled me and troubled me in equal amounts.

We headed to the restaurant inside the terminal. The waiters there were very friendly and polite, and served us some divine Egyptian coffee. Compared to Mumbai airport, I thought Cairo airport was small. There was a lot of new construction happening around us though. Egypt is currently in the midst of writing a new chapter in its history. Everybody is watching carefully to see which way their new statesman (Nasser) takes them.

It was in Cairo airport that I first encountered Egyptian people. And as I examined their appearance carefully, I wondered how many Egyptians there might be in Mumbai too. Because in terms of appearance, I didn't really see any major differences between Egyptians and Indians. Beyond the facts I had memorized in my childhood to score 2 marks in the history exam, such as pyramids, mummies, pharaohs, and the Nile river, my knowledge about Egypt was as barren as their desert. I had never even thought about anyone living in Egypt other than Cleopatra, General Najeeb, and now this Nasser fellow.

Suddenly, I was overcome by a profound sense of ignorance and curiosity as a foreigner in a foreign land. And sitting there in the Cairo airport, I started thinking about how day-to-day life in Egypt must be and how I knew nothing about it. How do school teachers, lawyers, and bureaucrats here dress? Is it similar to how those folks dress in India? What is the most popular item in a typical restaurant in Egypt? Do wives here refer to their husbands by name or is there some tactful pronoun that has been coined for the purpose like in India? With each passing second, the expanse of my ignorance about this fascinating culture seemed to exceed the expanse of the desert.

Then I started thinking about the people who worked at that airport. For them, a typical day consisted of interacting with travelers from dozens of different countries, for maybe an hour or two at a time, before they went on their way and were replaced by a different set of foreigners. Do they feel the same sense of curiosity and note their ignorance about other cultures? Or has it become just a mundane feature of their lives by now? Do they actively notice the multi-colored lattice of different races and nationalities or does it just pass by in the blink of an eye like a frame from a cinema reel?

I spent the rest of the time in Cairo thinking about all this before we were called back to the plane. The next stopover was Geneva in Switzerland. As our plane surged through the clouds, we gradually left the desert behind and were soon traveling over Europe. Specifically, Italy, as the pilot informed us.

While I was almost entirely ignorant about Egypt except for its ancient history and contemporary politics, I at least knew more about Italy thanks to all the books I had read. Names like Rome, Venice, and Naples started swimming around in my head. I decided that if the plane had to crash right now, I would want it to do so near Naples. I had read that Naples was home to some of the most awe-inspiring sculptures in the world. So if my plane crashed in Naples, I could drag myself to those sculptures, see them first hand, and then die happy.

Yes, I know it is morbid to keep pondering the possibility of the plane crashing but that's how I am and be honest, aren't you too?

But the plane kept going. I kept looking at the Italian landscape underneath and we didn't see Naples or Venice. But we did fly over Rome. It was hard to miss. As I looked at the distant but clear images of various buildings and cathedrals in Rome, I first felt a great sense of satisfaction at seeing them first hand. Then I compensated for the unfamiliar bliss by berating myself for still not having read Gibbon's "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" even after buying it years ago. I made a mental note to read it as soon as I returned home.

When you're flying over different countries of the world, you think more about what you haven't read about those lands than what you have read. In another hour or so, our plane was flying over the gorgeous alps and I realized we were in Europe's Eden.

Soon the plane touched down in Geneva. I had heard a lot of cautionary tales about how the cold in Europe is way worse than anything I might have experienced in India. I experienced it first hand as I walked into the Geneva airport and felt like I had walked into a massive refrigerator. And this was just August! So I shivered a little and prepared for six more months of this inhumanly cold weather. No wonder these white folks ran away and captured our warmer lands.

As soon as I stepped into the chilly Geneva airport, my brain initiated a flashback from 20 years ago from my college days in Pune. I had grown up in Mumbai, where it never gets even remotely chilly. Then in Pune in the winters, every so often, I would wake up to such a chilly morning. It felt more bracing than oppressive, making me feel like running all the way across the world. I had always thought cold weather would make me feel like a shriveled old man, but instead, it made me feel like a daring young man, ready to achieve anything!

Anyway, we walked into the restaurant at the Geneva airport and it looked more like a flower shop than a restaurant. The faces of all the staff members were fresh and enthusiastic like recently bloomed lilies. There was a spring in their step. It didn't look like anyone could ever age, and everyone looked like they were in their 20s even though they probably weren't. We were served coffee in a very elegantly crafted glass cup. And it tasted divine and almost intoxicating. I wondered that if even the coffee here gets my pulse racing so much, what will stronger beverages do? I had heard that Switzerland is a place where extreme beauty and extreme pleasure is the default and my experiences at their airport confirmed it.

I didn't even realize when that stopover at Geneva ended. It was cold, but I was surrounded by beauty, human and non-human, and I felt more alive than I ever had. Before I got back on the plane, I turned around and took a 360 degree mental picture of all I could see of Switzerland from that terminal. The tall trees sheltering cute little houses, the snow-covered peaks of the Alps kissing the deep blue sky. I promised myself to return for a more leisurely visit. When the plane took off, I was looking at a meandering little river as it flowed through the verdant Swiss countryside, when suddenly, our plane ascended above the clouds. And those fluffy white things that a few hours earlier had seemed gorgeous, now seemed like villains for blocking my view of the Swiss landscape. Our journey continued.

The next stop was to be at Dusseldorf in Germany, It had been over 20 hours since we took off from Mumbai. The hands of my watch had already been rotated many times by then. Every hour, the pilot made announcements about how high we were flying, what the temperature outside was, what the local time was, and so on. Passengers around us were saying random things in response to those announcements like, "Oh! 18,000 feet? That's nice! Very high!"

We were flying through clouds at that moment, so I personally couldn't tell the difference between 18,000 feet and 18 million feet. Honestly, this whole thing of estimating distances has been a challenge for me, whether I am in the air or on the ground. Whenever I read about some witness in court say stuff like "the accused was 19 feet away from me", I feel jealous of his ability to express distance so precisely. Because I absolutely suck at it. I can't even remember the inches in my own measurements for shoes, hats, collars, socks, and so on. When a shoe salesman asks what size I want, I just give him the chappals I am wearing then and ask him to figure it out. I have immense respect for people who go shoe shopping and say stuff like "Bring me Number 8 pairs".

And when someone remembers the precise date on which something happened, I feel overcome enough with admiration to go hug them. When I hear someone say stuff like, "I remember it was July 17th...", I am amazed. I suck at dates too. Which is why I always sucked at history in school. Even now, I remember only three dates - Shivaji Maharaj died in 1680, the 1857 uprising happened in 1857, and using multiple reminder mnemonics, my wife's birthday. Other than these three, I have no idea of any other dates. You can ask me when India gained independence and I will try to hedge between 1947 and 1950.

Anyway, the point is, I am horrible with anything that is expressed numerically. So even before I could figure out how high 18,000 feet exactly is, our plane was touching down in Dusseldorf. Before I knew it, we were surrounded by cries of "Achtung! Achtung!" and "Gut! Gut!". My wife and I walked to the terminal, now sick of this sequence of stopovers. Yes. I was in Germany with its rich history and culture and intriguing contemporary split between East and West, but I didn't give a damn. The aforementioned Joshi and Patil left us here and we sat there hoping that we'd reach London before we died of boredom.

Why does the final stretch of the journey always seem to last the longest? Even when I am traveling from Pune to Mumbai by train, it is the same. The time from Pune to Thane or Kalyan seems to breeze by in a happy procession of vada, omelets, chikki, etc. But from there, Mulund, Bhandup, Vikroli, Dadar, etc seem to take an eternity to pass by. Very annoying! It's the same with other trips too. When you're taking a train from Mumbai to Delhi, everything seems great until you reach Mathura, and then after that, things seem to slow down. If you're going from Mumbai to Nagpur. it is Wardha that is the tipping point after which it is all yawns and polite curses.

The flight from Dusseldorf to London seemed similarly annoying and yawn-inducing. Finally, after about the hundredth yawn, the plane started barreling downwards. All the passengers around us seemed to have perked up as the plane continued descending. Finally there was a bump and the plane started slowing down. And a few passengers around me echoed my thoughts,

"Ah! London!"

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          Antu Barva by P. L. "PuLa" Deshpande   
Fourteen years ago today, Purushottam Laxman Deshpande, arguably the most influential and beloved person from Maharashtra, died at the age of 81. He left behind a gargantuan legacy in the form of his books, plays, songs, movies, essays, social work, but more than that, the lasting impact he has had on Maharashtra. Every couple of years, I translate one of his essays or short stories on this blog. This time, I have chosen Antu Barva, a fictionalized life sketch that he created as an amalgam of several people he knew in Konkan. It is not exactly LOL funny, but is light-hearted while still tugging at your heart-strings. It is meant as a depiction of the tough life in Konkan in the middle of the 20th century, and the sort of complex and poignant characters such a life spawns.

But as somber as the basic subject matter is, PuLa manages to inject humor into it, even if the humor is dark. When I first read Antu Barva, I just read it as a slightly humorous life sketch. As I have re-read it and re-heard its narration over the years, I have come to recognize it as something beyond just that. It is one of PuLa's best allegorical social commentaries in my opinion. He was duly recognized for Vyakti Aani Valli, the book that this sketch appears in, with a Sahitya Akademi Puraskaar. In that book, I think this is THE most impressive and multi-layered sketch.

For years, I considered translating Antu Barva here but was too intimidated given how nuanced it is. PuLa gave Antu a specific Konkani "voice" (in text form as well as when he narrated the sketch for TV) that is impossible to translate. No matter how well I tried, I thought I would end up doing injustice to the original work. This is in addition to the usual difficulties in translating PuLa's wordplay and nuanced observations. So it is with a great sense of trepidation that I am even attempting this today. A LOT will get lost in translation. But I hope PuLa's fans will forgive me any errors. Because I think this particular piece is one of the greatest literary achievements from an Indian and it deserves a wider audience.

Miss you, PuLa. Bhool-chook maaf kara.

Ratnagiri's middle lane has been home to some towering personalities over the years. God used a unique formula when creating these people. These people tend to be a metaphorical amalgam of Ratnagiri's most famous products - sweet mango, rough jackfruit, hard coconut, irritating colocasia leaves, and intense betel nuts whose one bite will make your heart jump up your throat.    

It is in this unique Ratnagiri soil that Antu Barva grew and ripened. Actually, Antu's age doesn't really justify people casually calling him just "Antu". When I first met him 12-14 years ago, not just his stubble, but even the hair on his ears and chest had turned white. His teeth had mostly gone "Annu Gogtya".

Going Annu Gogtya = falling.

This is an idomatic phrase that Antu Barva coined. A lawyer from Ratnagiri named Annu Gogte has been standing in the local elections for many years. Standing and then falling. Repeatedly, without even coming close to winning. So even if a bucket falls in a well, Antu asks "has the bucket gone Annu?"

When someone is talking about old Antu, they just refer to him in the singular casual "Antu". As it is, characters from Konkan are quite singular. But no one calls Antu just "Antu" to his face.  They call him Antu sheth!

True blue Brahmin Antu got this trader caste suffix "sheth" decades ago. After all Antu himself had committed a sin justifying this demotion. During the first world war, Antu started a shop near the docks. It failed spectacularly even before the Treaty of Versailles. But that short-lived stint as a shopkeeper was enough to turn Antu into Antu sheth.

After that, no one remembers Antu doing anything specific to make a living. He manages to somehow score at least two square meals a day from somewhere. He has a little plot of land with a garden that has a couple of dozen coconut and Alphonso mango trees, sprinkled with the odd jackfruit and tamarind tree. He has a little single-room shack on that land. He has the right to draw water from the nearby well. Antu sheth manages to get by on all this.

I first met Antu at Bapu Hegishte's store. I had gone there to buy some cigarettes when Antu's face peered out from behind a newspaper. He slid his reading glasses up his forehead and said,

"You're Lawyer saheb's son-in-law, right?"

"Yes" I replied.

"Ahha! I recognized you right away! Please, have a seat, please. Bapu, some tea for our jawaibapu (a respectful term for son-in-law)!"

I had no idea who this guy was, suddenly acting so familiar. Antu sheth himself explained,

"Your father-in-law is a good friend of mine. Tell him Antu Barva said hello."


"Hmmm....when did you come from Pune?"

"Two days ago."

"Of course....the first Diwali after you got married....haha...ask him for a Ford car!"

"He is your friend. Why don't you tell him?"

"Haha, you're from Pune after all. Can't get the last word with you." he laughed. "So...staying long or just a flying visit?"

"Just a short trip. I'm leaving in a couple of days."

"Excellent! It's always good to keep such visits short. Familiarity breeds contempt and all that. Don't end up like that Kasopkar's son-in-law. He set up camp for six months. Finally Kasopkar lost his patience and made him plow his land! When a son-in-law stays with you for too long, he starts feeling like a pain in the neck, right?"

"You're right." I nodded.

"Bapusheth, I hope you recognized our lawyer's son-in-law. We are both your father-in-law's clients, jawaibapu."

Bapu Hegishte smiled and folded his hands in greeting.

"Welcome. Would you like to have some tea?" he asked.

"No, it's okay. It's really hot right now."

"Of course, it's always going to be hot in Ratnagiri!" Antu jumped in. "You can't sleep in a cowshed and then complain about the stink of cow piss! If Ratnagiri had cool weather, they'd have called it Shimla, not Ratnagiri!"

Before I could say anything, Antu continued,

"But the heat is way worse in your neighborhood with all those houses next to each other. Come to my garden near the beach. My garden do you say...."aircondition"!"

Antu sheth said the last words in English and laughed, and then added,

"That's our country joke, jawaibapu!"

Then he addressed Hegishte again.

"Bapusheth, did you know our jawaibapu here is a writer? Writes plays and movies and what not. Behave properly when he is around or he'll write a hilarious farce about you."

The pride I felt on my fame having spread even to someone like Antu Barva was dashed by Bapu Hegishte's next question. Bapusheth looked me up and down carefully for a few seconds and said,

"What do you do?"

"What the hell do you mean what does he do?" Antu thundered. "Are you insane, Hegishte? Take out that pile of raddi old newspapers and open them. You'll see his name and picture in dozens of places! He makes movies!"

"Movies!!?? Really??" Hegishte's expression changed to one of wonderment and he looked at me as if I was God.

"Jawaibapu, speaking of movies, can I ask you a question if you don't mind?"

I could see the naughty expression on Antusheth's face as he asked me this.

"Sure, go ahead."

"How much money do you make from one movie?"

This wasn't my first trip to Konkan. So by now, I had gotten used to dealing with such intensely personal questions.

"That really varies from movie to movie." I deflected.

"But still....I mean I have read that you get like a million or a million and a half."

"No way! There isn't nearly that kind of money in Marathi films."

"Yeah, but still. Even if you don't get fistfuls, you must be getting at least 2-3 pinchfulls?"

"You get it sometimes, and also lose it sometimes." I stuck to being vague.

"Well of course, it's a business after all. When it comes to business, you win some, you lose some. It's all part of the game."

Antu sheth got philosophical. But only for a moment.

"Can I ask you one more question? Only if you don't get angry."

"What's there to get angry about? Go ahead."

" know....whatever we read about these film actresses in magazines and that real or is it fake like Gangadhar Basthe's "real" Belgaum butter?"

"What do you mean all this about film actresses?" I kept a straight face and pretended to not get what he was saying.

"Quite a skillful guy you are, jawaibapu. Skillful! You'll make a great witness in court!" Antu sheth was having none of it. "All this about film actresses as in...the whole index finger nostril thing."

I didn't immediately get what he meant by the whole index finger nostril thing. So Antu sheth gently tapped his index finger against his nostril and winked. Fortunately, before I had to say anything, a waiter arrived with the tea Hegishte had ordered.

"Looks like all the cows in Ratnagiri are still pregnant, Jhampya!" Antu made a sarcastic remark to the waiter on the color of the tea. And then he poured the tea in the saucer and started slurping it.

Actually, Antu sheth could have just said to the waiter in plain words that the tea was low on milk. But he preferred the "all the cows are still pregnant" phrasing. Why just Antu sheth? Almost everyone from that middle lane in Ratnagiri spoke in that sarcastic obtuse way.

By now, Antu sheth and I have become good friends. In the last decade or so, whenever I have gone to Ratnagiri, I have spent time with him. He always included me in his group of friends, taught me the ganjifa card games they played. And over the years, I heard a lot monologues on the odd philosophy of life that those men in their 60s had developed.

I even learned all the idiomatic phrases the group had come up with. They all dressed similar. A cotton loincloth from the waist below, a small cotton scarf on the shoulder, worn-out sandals, one hand holding a walking stick, and the other holding a jackfruit. Dressed like that, Antu sheth would roam around in the neighborhood calling his friends to join him every afternoon.

"Govindbhat! Wanna play a couple of hands?"

"Paranjape? Are you awake or have you turned into a python?"

I too became a part of their card game gang. If once in a while, the card game wasn't really panning out well, Antu would put the cards down and say to me,

"Jawaibapu, why don't you sing a Malkauns or something? Godbolya, bash a little tabla with our guest. Khaju sheth, open your decrepit harmonium."

And then we'd have an impromptu jam session for a bit at Antu sheth's orders.

"Jawaibapu, your pipes are kick-ass!" he'd compliment my singing in his unique way.

Every other year or so, I'd visit Ratnagiri and attend Antu sheth's court. But with each visit, the court seemed to be getting smaller.

"Antu sheth, haven't seen Damu kaka around." I asked once.

"Who? Damu Nene? He is living it up! I am told Rambha is rubbing oil on his bald head, and Urvashi is airing him with a fan!"


"What do you mean what? Damu Nene got transferred from Ratnagiri!" and Antu Sheth pointed to the sky.

"Oh!" I finally understood what he meant. "I am so sorry. I had no idea."

"Why would you have any idea about it? Do you think that they're going to announce on the radio that Damu Nene has croaked? His family did pay for an obituary in the newspaper though. Heh, they wrote he was loving, caring, friendly, pious, and what not. What do the newspaper folks care? As long as you are paying, they will publish any nonsense."

Antu continued in his characteristic manner.

"Damu Nene and loving? Hmpf! Even when he was lying dead on the pyre, the furrow on his brow was intact! One day he decided to sleep outdoors because it was too hot. They found him dead the next morning. Lucky bugger. Died on Ashadhi Ekadashi too! So there were two processions from Ratnagiri that day. One for Lord Vithoba and another for Damu Nene. Damu died on Ashadhi. And then on Dussehra, Dattu Paranjape crossed the border and did seemolanghan. The first guy croaked, the second guy waiting for the third. They say things happen in three."

Antu looked at me mischievously and shrugged.

And that's the essence of Antu Barva for you. Standing at less than 5 feet, bronze-fair complexion, small pockmarks on his face, small gray eyes, creased skin belying his advanced age, half his teeth fallen....or "gone Annu"...leading to a new habit of poking his tongue through the gaps while talking.... and with all this, weighing in at barely 100 lbs.

Every aspect of Antu Barva's earthly existence was getting worn out with each passing year except for two - the nasal booming voice and the slick intelligence fed by decades of rubbing coconut oil on his head.

It wasn't just Antu sheth. Almost all the men his age from that part of Ratnagiri were of a similar bent....which was a crooked bent. Their language was unnecessarily complex and their attitude exceedingly cynical. They didn't feel happy if someone did well, and didn't feel sad if a tragedy befell someone. There was no joy for births, no mourning for deaths. Most of them apart from Antu didn't really like music, but didn't dislike it either. And when it came to food, the taste and flavors didn't matter, as long as their belly got filled. The engine of their life never really faltered when it ran out of steam, nor did it go fast when it did have some steam. But the road their lives took was like every road in Konkan- serpentine.

That's the hand life had dealt them. Even though their lives were full of the wholesome coconut tree, their fates and thus their tastes leaned less towards the sweet creamy inside of the coconut, and more towards its tough shell.

One summer, a second-rate theater company from Mumbai was touring Ratnagiri staging Ram Ganesh Gadkari's famous play Ekach Pyala. I went to watch it. The production was barely competent in the first act. At intermission, I walked outside to the hissing clinks of soda bottles being opened. Under a Kitson lamp, I saw Antu sheth's diminutive form. He was talking to the fur-cap clad manager of the theater company.

"'s the attendance?" Antu sheth asked.

"Not bad." the manager gruffly replied.

"Not bad? Most of the chairs seem empty. Why don't you let me in for half price?"

"No way!" the manager shook his head rudely.

"Why are you brushing me away like a lizard? I heard the first act from out here anyway. The guy playing Sindhu doesn't seem to be very good."

[aside - in the early-to-mid 20th century in orthodox Maharashtra, it was taboo for women to perform on stage. So much like in Shakespeare's days, female parts were usually played by men. The legendary Bal Gandharva excelled at this and one of his most famous roles was playing Sindhu in the first staging of Ekach Pyala.]

"The guy playing Sindhu doesn't seem to be very good." Antu sheth said. "He sang 'lage hridayi hurhur' like a squeaking mouse. Did you ever hear how Bal Gandharva sang it?"

The manager got pissed off.

"I'm not begging you to come watch it!" he thundered.

"But the town is full of your advertising boards begging us to come watch it." Antu sheth instantly replied. "And yesterday your people were going door to door with fliers. As it is, it's mainly empty chairs you are showing this play to. How about four annas?"

"Four annas? What is this? A monkey performing on the street?"

"That's better than this! They perform first and then circulate a plate for money. Why don't you try that? If the next act is better than the first one, I'll pay you an extra four annas!"

The people standing around them started laughing and the manager got even more upset. That's when Antu sheth noticed me.

"Namaskar, jawaibapu! How's it going? How's Ekach Pyala?"

"It's okay." I said.

"I'm sure you got a complimentary pass. You're from the same community. I have heard that barbers don't charge each other for shaves."

"No, nothing like that. See, I bought a ticket."

"Then why a wishy-washy response like "it's okay"? You've paid hard-earned money for this, haven't you? Assert your rights as a paying customer. Call it what it is. Utter crap. Especially that guy playing Sindhu is totally useless!"

"What do you mean the guy playing Sindhu? It's a woman playing the role." I told him.

"WHAT??" Antu sheth looked genuinely shocked. "You're kidding me! That voice and that built! If she decides, she can lift Sudhakar up like a baby! Sindhu indeed.......more like Sindhudurg!"

"So you watched the play after all?"

"For a few minutes. Moved the curtains from the window and had a peek. Hmpf! Even gypsy performers are better than these idiots."

Antu sheth spat out another unsolicited opinion and walked away.

But that's pretty much what his life was - spitting out unsolicited opinions. I knew Antu for so many years, but I never found out much about his family situation. Once Anna Sane from Antu's court had let slip a mention of his son.

"What? Antu sheth has a son?" I asked.

"Of course he has a son. Not only that, his son is a Collector!" Anna Sane nonchalantly said.


"Yup. He's in charge of collecting tickets on Byculla station." he deadpanned without letting a single muscle move.

"Doesn't look like he helps out his father financially."

"He does sometimes. When he can. He has his own family. Besides, a Western Railway compartment has been attached to a Central Railway train."

A PhD student could do a dissertation on those guys' peculiar idioms and phrases. I was well-versed in the language by now but it took me a few moments to realize that this was code for an inter-religion marriage.

"So you see, Antu sheth has trouble with his post-bath rituals at his son's place. Plus apparently his son is also into some other Anglicized habits if you know what I mean. So how can Antu sheth spend too much time there? Still, once Antu sheth swallowed all the insults and went to Mumbai to see his grandson. Came back looking like he had messed up a math problem."

"Every Dussehra and Diwali, Antu gets his son's love in the form of a money order. Not much, maybe 5-10 rupees. For a few days after that, Antu acts like he's won the lottery and splurges as much as he can. Which isn't much."

"Understandable." I said. "After all, how much can a ticket collector's pay be?"

"Yeah, the pay is pretty meager. But one hears that a ticket collector can also make a little more on the side, especially in holiday season if you know what I mean." Anna said. "Nothing wrong with it of course. If he has an opportunity to make some money, why shouldn't he? You know how it is in this country. If you get caught taking a ten rupee bribe, they put a striped cap on your head and send you to prison. But if you get caught taking a million rupee bribe, they put a Gandhi cap on your head and send you to Parliament! Democraticaly elected people's representative!"

Politics was the most favorite topic for Antu sheth and his buddies to express their unique opinions on. They had profound thoughts on every politician and party. One year, there was a famine in Konkan. Konkan is always facing a famine as it is. But this particular one was so bad that in Antu sheth's words it had "been approved under the Famine Act".

Nehru was touring the famine-hit parts of Konkan. He visited Ratnagiri for a speech and the whole town was caught up in Nehru-mania. One evening, someone asked Antu sheth,

"Antu sheth, I didn't see you at the speech?"

"Whose speech? Nehru's? Hmpf!" Antu sheth's disdain was obvious. "What nonsense. There's a famine here. Stop giving speeches. Give us food! This is like seeing a man drowning and instead of saving him, reading from the Quran to ensure that he doesn't end up in hell. Utterly useless. But everyone else is stupid. Oh, Nehru is here? He is giving a speech? He gives great speeches! Let's go! Bloody lemmings!"

"And now that Nehru is in Ratnagiri, what did they do? Idiots took him to show the house, room, and bed where Lokmanya Tilak was born! Morons. Tell me, did god appear in Gangadhar Tilak's dreams and tell him that your wife is going to give birth to a great leader? How would anyone even remember what bed Tilak was born on? But who cares? They just showed Nehru some random room and bed and bluffed - this is where Tilak first went WAAAAAAAAAA."

"Morons! Where's the proof? Where's the proof? Did they get the midwife from Tilak's birth to certify the bed? Hmpf! Forget Tilak. It's been a 100 years since he was born. You tell me. Can your own mother confidently identify the room and the bed where she gave birth to you? Go ask her and then tell me about Nehru and Tilak."

And so ended the rant.

I always wondered if there was anything or anyone in the world that Antu sheth and his friends had respect for. If they ever had a polite dignified response for anything at all.      

Somebody's son became a Professor. And Antu's response,

"Professor? In a circus?There used to be this Professor Chhatre in circuses performing magic tricks."

Someone opened a new store. And Antu's response,

"Tell him to have a bankruptcy form ready. It'll save time when the inevitable happens."

Who knows what school of philosophy these guys followed. More than half of them survived on money orders from children and relatives. They saved money from that and file lawsuits for the strangest reasons. Every lawsuit is stuck in delayed hearing dates. These guys have a big beautiful sea coast, coconut trees, gardens, everything you could reasonably hope for to be happy. But that apparent prosperity gets punctured by an occasional bout of misfortune and all that remains is an impenetrable shield of gallows humor.

Somehow the topic of Gandhi came up. And Antu sheth got on his soap box.

"Gandhi? What Gandhi? Traveled all over the world, but never came to Ratnagiri! Because he was smart. He knew that here, no one gives a damn about his loincloth or his walking stick. We are all just as naked and just as skinny. And his obsession with spinning khadi. It's all useless. Our own Shambhu sheth. All his life, he followed Gandhi's teachings and spun khadi for his clothes. Forget the British government, even Ratnagiri's Collector Gilligan didn't fear his "civil disobedience". And you're talking about Gandhi."

"Then there are all his hunger strikes and fasts. Half of Konkan is hungry and fasting, and not by choice. Someone who is well-fed will find something remarkable about hunger strikes. What do we care? Don't get me wrong. I am not saying Gandhi wasn't a great man. He was. But in our books, under what column should we make an entry for his greatness? And if you are talking about independence, then that had nothing to do with Gandhi, or Tilak or Savarkar."

"So did independence just fall out of the sky?" I asked him.

"It's up to you to find out where it fell out of." Antu replied. "One thing I am sure of is that the Brits left because they got bored. What more was left for them to loot? Their Raj business started making a loss, so they effectively declared bankruptcy and went home. The potter left with his pottery, and we sit here cradling his leftover broken pieces. This is all just a cycle of life and bigger than anything we can comprehend. It's not British rule, nor is it Nehru's rule, nor people's rule, nor anyone's rule. It's the creator's rule."  

"So how did your creator end up siding with the British?" I asked.

"Don't be silly. The creator is sitting pretty on his throne. He just played a small game."

"A game that translated into 150 years of slavery?"

"It's 150 years for you and me." Antu sheth was steadfast. "The almighty's wrist watch doesn't move forward by even one second unless a thousand years go by for us. In his eyes and on his scale, all this is just a minor game that lasted barely a millisecond."

When these emaciated old men started spouting this philosophy on the front yards of that impoverished middle lane in Ratnagiri, with dark shadows formed by the dim light of their age-worn oil lamps dancing on their wrinkled faces, my heart couldn't help but shudder.

"Socialism? What socialism? All nonsense, I tell you. Not even two mango leaves are alike. And these guys want to pretend all men are equal. In the creator's eyes, each individual is unique. How are they going to have equal opportunities or equal outcomes? But everyone is just blabbering....socialism is coming. Just like that Ratnagiri's legislator is saying...Konkan Railway is coming, Konkan Railway is coming. Sure, Konkan Railway is coming. And it's tracks are going through where one-armed Pandu Gurav's toilet used to be. Even if it does, is it going to make Pandu's shoulder stump sprout an arm? What difference will it make?"

"And without an arm to plow his field or pick his crops, no matter what you do with that damn railway, what good is it going to do him? He is still the same. Just because India became independent, does not mean that Hari Sathe's lazy eye got fixed. Nor did Mahadev Godbole's paunch disappear.  Nothing really changed. Even in the fabled Ram Rajya, Ram didn't uproot Hanuman's tail and attach it to his own ass. No. Ram stayed a man, and Hanuman stayed a monkey."

At such times, it almost seem like the Goddess of Wisdom Saraswati is sitting on Antu sheth's tongue.

"You're right." I said.

"Don't just say I am right for the heck of it to be polite. If I am wrong, say that and correct me. You might be younger than me when it comes to age, but when it comes to education, you are my elder, jawaibapu!"

Once in a while, Antu sheth will say something genuinely from his heart, without any sarcasm. But there is always some burning issue close to his heart underlying what he says.

The last few years, I could not go to Ratnagiri as often as I used to. In the meanwhile, Ratnagiri finally got electricity, its own college, tar roads, and all other features of 20th century life. When I met him after that, I said,

"Antu sheth, your Ratnagiri has now become posh! Electric lights and everything. Did your house get an electric connection?"

"No, not yet. But it's good that it's dark. Tomorrow even if I do get electricity, what is there to look at in that bright light? A penniless life? Who needs electricity to look at chipped walls and leaking shingles? It's better that my poverty stays hidden in darkness."

And then he laughed loudly for a full minute like it was a joke.

This time I saw that his teeth had gone almost completely Annu Gogte. I also learned that a couple of more friends of his had passed on and that the card game court was emptier than ever. For a change, I spotted a sense of love, longing, and kindness in the way Antu sheth spoke. I guess the empty seats at his card games were starting to make a place in his heart.

"Joglekar's son got a big promotion and moved to Delhi!" Antu sheth voluntarily shared some pleasant news without his customary sarcastic rejoinder. "Took his old man to Kashi, Haridwar, Vishweshwar, Hrishikesh and all. Fed a 100 brahmins there. Old man Joglekar was thoughtful enough to get me a small sealed pot with water from the Ganga. When you come visit next time, jawaibapu, you'll probably see that the seal has been broken and the water was poured down my throat if you know what I mean."

The next time I visited Ratnagiri, fortunately Antu sheth's Ganga water pot was still sealed.

"Wow, jawaibapu, wow! Congratulations! I heard you're going to England! Congratulations! Have a great trip. Just one "request" for you. Now I have to speak with you in English. So a "request"."

"What request?"

"Go see the Kohinoor diamond once. For some reason, it's an obsession I have always had, the Kohinoor diamond. I can't go see it, but you do it on my behalf. And then come back and tell me how it looks. See all the sights in London and Paris and everything!"

For some reason, I was overcome with a desire to touch his feet, something I had never done before. Right there on the street, I bent down and touched his feet.

"Live a long life!" Antu sheth touched my head gently. "You are a good person, which is why you are so successful."

I said goodbye and started to leave. I had barely gone four steps when I suddenly heard the familiar


"Yes, Antu sheth?" I turned around.
"Forgot to ask you one thing. Are you going alone or with your wife?"

"Both of us are going."

"That's good. Don't mind me, I just had a nagging doubt, so I asked. You are going far away to learn something new. So I was reminded of Devayani's tale from mythology. Hahaha. Convey my blessings to your wife too. I am telling you, your good fortune is all because of her. That's all life is eventually about - the right woman."

Antu sheth paused and continued.

"Let me tell you something. Just between us. My wife passed away 40 years ago. Since then, the alphonso mango tree near my door has stopped flowering. When she was around, the tree yielded hundreds of mangoes every year. But since she know....fate can take really strange turns. Sorry, I am rambling. Anyway, safe travels. So when are you leaving from Ratnagiri?"

"Tomorrow morning by bus."

"Direct Ratnagiri to Mumbai?"


"Good call. Once someone completes that journey, then even traveling around the world seems easy in comparison. The other day Tatya Jog made the trip. He is still trying to locate all his bones.  Told me some 7-8 bones are missing!"

And he started laughing hard with his mouth wide open. I noticed that there was only one tooth remaining that hadn't gone Annu Gogte.

The next morning at 5 AM at the bus stand, I again heard the familiar cry,


Antu sheth approached me and gave me a small paper pouch.

"I know you don't believe in god, jawaibapu, but do me a favor and keep this in your pocket. It is holy ash. It will keep you safe. You are going to London by air, so this small pouch shouldn't add too much weight to your luggage."

I put the pouch in my pocket. As the bus got going, I saw Antu sheth lift his shirt and gently wipe tears from his small blinking gray eyes. In that dim dawn light, seeing his bony chest and his concave stomach which had all but touched his back suddenly tugged at my heart.

Just like Konkan's jackfruit, it's people taste sweet only when they ripen for a long time.


          GST puzzle has traders splitting hair   
Some bizarre taxes and confusion over new rates of beverages and chocolates have added to the Goods and Services Tax (GST) roll-out mess as traders ru...
          Carpenter / Drywaller (Rainbow Lake, AB) - OpsMobil - Rainbow Lake, AB   
Do you enjoy being a jack of all trades, applying your varied experience to making the places you work better?...
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          Natural Gas Falls on Weather Woes Even as Surplus Shrinks   
The U S Energy Department s weekly inventory release showed a smaller than expected increase in natural gas supplies following which the commodity traded up However worries over the fuel s tepid demand on the back of bearish weather predictions more than offset the gains and pushed down
          Akribos XXIV Men's Antique Mechanical Skeleton Chain Pocket Gold-Tone Watch   
Akribos XXIV Men's Antique Mechanical Skeleton Chain Pocket Gold-Tone Watch

Akribos XXIV Men's Antique Mechanical Skeleton Chain Pocket Gold-Tone Watch

This men's pocket watch is the epitome of class and sophistication. This stylish timepiece has Roman numerals on the dial which are not only easy to read, but add to its antique look, and the case has a golden finish giving it its trademark style.

          Junior Trader - Invesco - Toronto, ON   
A Bachelor’s degree in Business, Finance or a related field is preferred. Respond to broker merchandise calls and recap with broker to ensure there is agreement...
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          Come diventare un trader migliore   
E’ possibile diventare un trader migliore? Molti principianti si chiedono se è possibile migliorare per riuscire a ottenere risultati migliori quando si fa trading. La risposta è sì, non solo è possibile diventare un trader migliore ma è anche un processo tutto sommato facile. Ecco qui come si può fare a diventare un trader migliore.
          Il miglior conto per il trading online   
Il trading online è un’attività conveniente e redditizia se si adoperano gli strumenti giusti: lo strumento più importante per guadagnare con il trading online è il conto di trading. Molti aspiranti trader rimangono profondamente delusi dal trading on line perché scelgono il conto in una maniera sbagliata e perdono, di conseguenza, dei soldi. Altri invece
          Dove e come investire in Borsa   
Come investire in Borsa e ottenere profitti elevati? Per tutti gli aspiranti trader, la Borsa è una specie di sogno di paradiso: investire in Borsa, praticamente un sogno. Per molti di questi aspiranti trader, anzi, la Borsa non è nemmeno un investimento, è un gioco. Ma ti sei reso conto di quante volte si parla
          Laing freed in Beetham   

After 14 hours of intense prayers and a massive operation by police and army for the safe return of San Fernando businessman Gregory Laing, he was set free by his captors in the Beetham Gardens last evening.

The T&T Guardian learned that Laing was released following the payment of a ransom and was picked up by the Anti-Kidnapping Unit (AKU) on the roadside around 5.05 pm. ACP Irwin Hackshaw said Laing was then taken to the Eric Williams Medical Science Complex in Mt Hope for a check-up. Investigators said he had minor bruises to the face and was to be interviewed and taken back to his home in St Joseph Village, San Fernando, last evening.

Up to last night, there was a large contingent of police and soldiers combing the Laventille and Beetham Garden districts searching for suspects.

Laing, 54, whose family owns the popular Puff N Stuff Bakery along Circular Road, Vistabella and the Trade Winds Hotel in St Joseph Village, was the latest of three south business owners to be kidnapped in recent years. Designer Kirby Mohammed and produce importer Caroline Katwaroo were both kidnapped 2015 while hair stylist Ria Sookdeo was taken in 2016. Those three victims were never found and ransoms were not demanded.

Yesterday around 3 am, police said Laing went to open the bakery so staff could begin preparations for the 6 am opening. Around 3.10 am, one of his employees arrived and saw his Mercedes Benz at the side of the building with a cell phone and a bunch of keys on the ground. One of his brothers reported to police that around 4 am he received a phone call from someone demanding a ransom of $270,000 for his safe return. The call was said to have originated from the Beetham Gardens area.

A party of officers from the San Fernando CID and Mon Repos Police Station, led by Insp Don Gajadhar, responded and statements were taken from a few people. Laing’s car was taken to the Mon Repos Police Station for processing. There were no CCTV cameras nearby and police said they were not able to get a description of possible suspects or the vehicle used in the kidnapping. They suspect he was held up at the business and taken away.

Following the kidnapping, DCP Harold Phillip called a meeting of senior officers, which included Snr Supt Boxhill, ASP Ajit Persad, Snr Supt Mohammed, Insp Gajadhar and officers from the Port-of-Spain Division, Southern Division, AKU and the T&T Defence Force.

There were several social media reports that Laing was found earlier in the day, but Hackshaw confirmed he was only found around 5.05 pm. He said police had aggressively pursued all leads in an effort to safely return Laing to his family. Relatives and staff declined to speak about his disappearance earlier in the day, saying it was at a sensitive stage. However, it was business as usual as the bakery remained open. San Fernando Mayor Junia Regrello, however, condemned the “reprehensible actions” by Laing’s kidnappers.

Regrello said while the city has mostly avoided the brunt of criminal activity in T&T, the kidnapping further galvanized the need for all citizens to take back the city. He called on citizens who may have information regarding the kidnapping to contact the San Fernando police and pass on any information.

“Mr Laing is one of San Fernando’s model business owners and is noted for providing employment to many of the citizens of San Fernando, while the charitable contributions of his company are a testament to Mr Laing’s dedication towards the city of San Fernando,” Regrello said.

          32 million people would lose coverage if Obamacare was repealed   

Republican senators are skittish enough that their health care bill would leave 22 million people more without health insurance by 2026, compared to Obamacare.

They likely won't be too keen on President Trump's suggestion to just repeal Obamacare immediately and replace it later if they can't get enough support to pass their bill.

That move would probably leave 18 million more people without coverage in the first year after its enactment and 32 million more by 2026, according to a Congressional Budget Office report that looked at an earlier GOP bill to repeal Obamacare.

It would also cause premiums on individual market policies to increase by up to 25% the first year and to nearly double by 2026.

All this would happen mainly because the individual mandate -- which requires nearly all Americans to get coverage or pay a penalty -- would be repealed. But some insurers would also likely pull out of the market, the CBO said. The remaining carriers would likely raise rates dramatically because the remaining enrollees would tend to be older and sicker.

This is one reason why Republican lawmakers in both the House and the Senate moved away from a straight repeal of Obamacare without a replacement bill. That left insurers, consumers and other Republican members in a tizzy. Only 19% of Americans supported repealing Obamacare first and replacing later, according to a Kaiser Family Foundation poll released in March.

That hasn't stopped some conservative GOP members from pushing for a full repeal. Both Senators Ben Sasse of Nebraska and Rand Paul of Kentucky have recently broached the topic with Trump, likely leading to his tweet Friday morning.

While senators are expected to ignore Trump's suggestion, it does inject more uncertainty into the future of Obamacare and the individual market. And that's the last thing insurers need.

Already, many are raising rates or even dropping out of the individual market completely for 2018. Some 36 counties in Nevada, Ohio and Indiana are at risk of having no carrier on their exchanges next year, according to Kaiser.

Their main concerns: the mandate that everyone have insurance and the cost-sharing subsidies for lower-income Americans.

Insurers are brushing off the president's comments, saying they are moving forward with the efforts in Congress.

"We're focused on making recommendations to improve the [Senate bill], and on ensuring a stable 2018," said Kristine Grow, a spokeswoman for America's Health Insurance Plans, an industry trade group.

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          Any micromounters want to trade completed micromounts at the September Denver mineral show? (no replies)   

I will be at the Denver Gem and Mineral Show this September. If there are any micromounters who will be going to the show, I would enjoy seeing other people's micromounts and or trading.

Also, if anyone knows a good micro-mineral collecting locality within a few hours drive of Denver, I'm all ears.

          Global shipping feels fallout from Maersk cyber attack   

Global shipping is still feeling the effects of a cyber attack that hit A.P. Moller-Maersk two days ago, showing the scale of the damage a computer virus can unleash on the technology dependent and inter-connected industry. About 90 percent of world trade is transported by sea, with ships and ports acting as the arteries of the global economy.

          Tradeprint: Digital Marketing Specialist - Exciting new role!   
Excellent rewards and career prospects for the right person.: Tradeprint: With the expansion of our eCommerce activities, we are now looking for a Digital Marketing Specialist, to deliver some amazing online advertising! London or Dundee, Scotland
          Timberwolves trade Ricky Rubio to Jazz for first-round pick   

The Timberwolves have been wheeling and dealing this offseason.

          NBA trade rumors: After dealing Ricky Rubio, will Timberwolves target Kyle Lowry?   

The Timberwolves' roster overhaul continues, as Ricky Rubio has been traded to the Jazz. Who's next in Minnesota?

          GST to be a challenge in near term; bankruptcy law negative for PSU banks: Ajay Srivastava   
Ajay Srivastava Ajay Srivastava of Dimensions Corporation Fin Services said that GST could disrupt the economy and believes that it needs to be seen how authorities respond to that.
          Don’t get carried away with short term rallies; 5 stocks which can give up to 10% return   
Pritesh Mehta A fall below 9,460 would result in a downside shift in the orbit. So, traders shouldn#39;t get carried away with short-term rallies.
          Indian stocks to scale new highs on government reforms: Poll   
Indian stocks to scale new highs on government reforms: Poll With gains of over 15 percent so far this year, the Sensex has outperformed most major global indices, overriding worries about domestic company performance in part thanks to a pool of global investor cash looking for higher returns.
          NBA free agency: Lakers aren't planning to trade for Paul George   

The Lakers won't catch the Warriors next season no matter who L.A. picks up, so the Lakers will bide their time — and cap space.

          Andrew Holland sees signs of fatigue in market, finds FMCG a #39;good place to hide#39;   
Andrew Holland Andrew Holland believes its currently time to focus on GST the disruptions It will cause. He does not think people will rush to buy in the first few weeks of GST.
          If you are overweight on equities, it is time to book profits: Kotak MF#39;s Nilesh Shah   
Nilesh Shah Nilesh Shah of Kotak Mahindra AMC believes that the long term bullish story of the market remains intact and investors, if underweight on equities, could increase investments.
          Top five stocks which could turn out to be multibaggers in next 2-3 years   
Top five stocks which could turn out to be multibaggers in next 2-3 years In the near-term, we have a cautious view on the broad PSU banks.
          NBA trade rumors: For teams chasing Paul George, Lakers problem persists   

Teams are still working with the Pacers on a possible Paul George deal, but the Lakers still loom in the background.

          Jimmy Butler invites critics to reach him directly, gives out phone number   

Only a week after being traded to the Timberwolves, Jimmy Butler is already doing some community outreach.

          Could Jimmy Butler trade join historic draft day deals in changing course of NBA history?   

The Bulls trading three-time All-Star Jimmy Butler to the Timberwolves on draft night has the potential to alter NBA history.

          Trumpcare Trades Women’s Lives for Tax Cuts to the Super Rich and Business Interests   
  For Immediate Release: June 23, 2017 Contact: Megan Connor / / 703 973 6469 Feminist Majority today joined with Feminist Majority, National Organization for Women, In Our Own Voice, and the National Women’s Law Center in opposition to Trumpcare, which will have a catastrophic effect on many women’s lives. Watch the press conference here.  Yesterday, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell released a draft of the Senate’s healthcare bill that shamelessly targets women: pregnant women trying to access maternal and per-natal healthcare; the women who make up nearly 70% of all adult Medicaid enrollees; young women trying to access reproductive healthcare; and elderly women who make up over two-thirds of nursing home patients. Just like the House version, the Senate bill is not about providing healthcare services but rather about taking them away from millions of people—mostly women. It takes nearly a trillion dollars away from Medicaid to give massive tax cuts to the super rich and benefits to insurance providers and drug companies. This bill disgracefully takes from Medicaid nearly a trillion dollars and would deny life-saving services to the 74 million people who rely on Medicaid for care. Medicaid pays for nearly half of all births in the United States. […]
          Regulation respecting a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emission allowances, CQLR c Q-2, r 46.1 [Modified on Jun 23, 2017]   
Regulation respecting a cap-and-trade system for greenhouse gas emission allowances was modified or came into force on 2017-06-23
          Corporate Accountant - Project thru Q2 2018   
NJ-Florham Park, Corporate Accountant – Intercompany Transfer Pricing Responsibilities: This position will handle intercompany activity focused on tax compliance. Included in this scope is intercompany transfer pricing (ICTP), cost sharing agreements (CSA's), service level agreements (SLA's). Additional Responsibilities: Responsible/Assist monthly, quarterly, annual reporting for Non Trade Billing within North Ame
          Twelve Premier League clubs represented in Checkatrade Trophy   
TWELVE Premier League clubs will be represented by under-21 teams in this season’s Checkatrade Trophy, it has been announced.
          Nirvana – Nevermind   
L’ultima grande esplosione del rock, l’ultima fiammata di passione e energia, l’ultimo segno del millennio che si avviava alla conclusione. Si intitolava “Nevermind” e portava all’attenzione del mondo i sentimenti, la rabbia, le ansie, le gioie e le paure della “generazione x”. Il grunge dei Nirvana, nato nei club di Seattle aveva fatto la sua rivoluzione nel mondo della musica e il mito di Kurt Cobain,cantante della band, si consumava tra le note di “Smells like a teen spirit”, e delle altre canzoni di “Nevermind” che arrivò come un ciclone a rinnovare in maniera radicale la scena del rock americano. Ernesto Assante e Gino Castaldo vi accompagneranno nelle strade del rock degli anni Novanta, tra gli slogan del “popolo di Seattle”, tra le “information highways” e l’era di Bill Clinton, per raccontare uno degli album più belli e appassionanti della storia del rock, nel nuovo appuntamento di “Lezioni di Rock”.
          Charlie Parker - Ornithology   
Charlie Parker, ovvero uno dei più grandi personaggi della storia del jazz, una delle leggende della musica afroamericana. Anzi. Charlie Parker e Dizzy Gillespie, una coppia che nel giro di pochi anni è riuscita a rivoluzionare, è proprio il termine giusto, la musica afroamericana, il jazz. E non solo il jazz, perché il bebop, quella vertiginosa accelerazione che Parker e Gillespie impongono al jazz, diventa una bomba nelle sottoculture giovani dell’epoca, accendendo lo stile di vita di una intera generazione, da un capo all’altro dell’oceano. Ornithology è una delle composizioni più celebri di Parker, ed è uno dei cuori delle registrazioni del periodo d’oro del sassofonista assieme a Gillespie, con A Night in Tunisia, Koko, e molte altre. “Lezioni di rock” si sposta nel territorio del jazz, presentando uno dei dischi senza i quali è impossibile vivere, un album che raccoglie alcune delle più belle registrazioni di Parker nel periodo 1945-1947. Ernesto Assante e Gino Castaldo ripercorrono con voi le strade del bebop domenica 14 Dicembre alle 11 al Teatrostudio.
          Eric Clapton - 461 Ocean Boulevard   
Lo hanno soprannominato “Slowhand”, lo hanno paragonato a un dio, lo hanno osannato e celebrato in ogni possibile maniera. E senza dubbio, dopo Jimi Hendrix, Eric Clapton è per tutti il più grande chitarrista della storia del rock. Un titolo che si è guadagnato suonando con i Cream e i Blind Faith, con i Beatles e B.B.King, usando le sei corde della sua chitarra per riproporre la tradizione e avventurarsi nella modernità, per suonare il blues e dipingere con i colori del rock le strade della musica popolare. E’ una leggenda, Eric Clapton, che ancora oggi sa emozionare e stupire, così come ha fatto nel 1974, l’anno della sua seconda nascita, con 461 Ocean Boulevard, l’album che Ernesto Assante e Gino Castaldo propongono al pubblico del Teatro Studio per Lezioni di Rock
          Santana - Abraxas   
Il “latin rock” dovrebbe essere un genere. In realtà è lo stile unico e inconfondibile del chitarrista messicano Carlos Santana e della sua band. Uno stile nato a San Francisco, nel pieno della “Summer of love”, nelle strade della città californiana e nei club della generazione che dava vita al rock, dove Santana provava a mettere insieme le sue due anime, quella latina e quella elettrica. Il risultato fu un album d’esordio esplosivo e poi un capolavoro assoluto come “Abraxas”, dove rock, ritmi latini, melodia, tradizione e innovazione si fondevano in un insieme incredibile che nessuno aveva mai sperimentato prima. Ernesto Assante e Gino Castaldo vi accompagneranno nell’esplorazione del mondo sonoro che ruota attorno alla leggendaria chitarra di Carlos Santana e tra le note di “Abraxas” nell’appuntamento con Lezioni di Rock.
          Bob Dylan, i tre anni della leggenda    
Tra il 1964 e il 1966 il mondo visse una "rivoluzione" della quale ancora oggi portiamo i segni. Una rivoluzione culturale di proporzioni straordinarie, nella quale alcuni personaggi del mondo della musica hanno giocato un ruolo essenziale. Primo fra tutti Bob Dylan che, arrivato a New York seguendo le strade del folk, scopre l'elettricità e cambia il corso della musica e della storia americana. Una "lezione di rock" incentrata su quei tre favolosi anni in cui Bob Dylan scrisse alcune delle sue più belle e memorabili canzoni.
          Atari Lynx Warranty Flip Side - 10.24.2008   

Atari Lynx Warranty Flip Side - 10.24.2008

Atari Lynx Warranty Flip Side - 10.24.2008

Reads: Atari shall have no liability or responsibility to a purchaser or any other person or entity with respect to any loss or damage caused or alleged to be caused directly or indirectly by any game sold by Atari or Others. This includes, but is not limited to, any interruption of service, loss of business, loss of information or that which is rendered inaccurate, or loss of anticipated profits OR ANY OTHER CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM THE USE OR OPERATION OF SUCH GAMES OR PROGRAMS even if Atari has been advised of the possibility of such damages. Atari shall have no obligation to enhance or update ANY UNIT once manufactured. WARRANTY LIMITATIONS ANY APPLICABLE IMPLIED WARRANTIES, INCLUDING WARRANTIES OF MERCHANTABILITY AND FITNESS, ARE HEREBY LIMITED TO NINETY (90) DAYS FROM THE DATE OF PURCHASE, AND CONSEQUENTIAL OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM A BREACH OF ANY APPLICABLE EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTIES ARE HEREBY EXCLUDED. Since some states do not allow limitations on how long an implied warranty lasts or do not allow the exclusions or limitations of incidental or consequential damages, the above limitations or exclusions may not apply to you. This warranty gives you specific legal righrs and you may also have other legal rights which vary from state to state. OUT-OF-WARRANTY REPAIR SERVICE If you purchased your unit from an Atari retailer who provides full repair service, you may return it to that retailer for repair. Contact your full service retailer for repair cost and service information. If your retailer is unable to provide the Out-of Warranty Repair Service you require, you may contact Atari Corporation as follows: Atari Corporation Post Office Box 61657 Sunnyvale, CA 94088-1657 Atari, the Atari logo, Lynx, 2600, 7800, and XE are trademarks or registered trademarks of Atari Corporation. Game Boy is a trademark and Nintendo is a registered trademark of Nintendo of America, Inc. NEC is a trademark of NEC. Sega is a registered trademark of Sega Enterprises, Inc, a CSK Company.

          Atari Lynx Pac-Land Back of Box - 10.24.2008   

Atari Lynx Pac-Land Back of Box - 10.24.2008

Atari Lynx Pac-Land Back of Box - 10.24.2008

Has French and English Description and 2 Screen Shots. English description reads: It's hard being a celebrity. It really is. You always have to try and top what you did last. In Pac-Land, out friend Pac-Man (Registered Trademark) is facing more daring adventures than ever before. He is surrounded by colorful graphics, great music, and of coursse, fast-paced excitement. In his latest contest, Pac-Man comes face-to-face with the ghosts on their own turf! So get ready to do some serious fruit munching and ghost gobbling as you run through the forests, cities, and deserts of Pac-Land. French description reads: Le Poids de la celebrite est difficile a porter. Vraiment tres difficile... Il faut constamment se surpasser pur faire encore mieux que la fois precedente. Aussi, les adventures dans lesquelles notre ami Pac-Man se trouve entraine avec Pac-Land sont elles plus audacieuses que jamais ! Et pour ajouter encore a L'interet de ce jeu, Pac-Man est entoure d'objets mysteres colores, de Musique... et bien sur, tout se passe sur un rythme effrene! Lors de son ultime combat, Pac-Man devra affronter les fantomes sur leur propre terrain. Aussi preparez vous a grignoter des fruits a touts allure et a avaler moult fantomes tout le long de la course au travers des forets, des villes et des deserts de Pac-Land. Bottom left corner has Atari Logo, and Bottom right corner has FBI seal with message "Winners don't do drugs" William S. Sessions, Director. FBI

          Diesel Mechanic - Alelan Recruitment Services - Umkhanyakude, KwaZulu-Natal   
Code 14 License needed. 5 Years Experience post trade test. Code 14 license. Breakdown Vehicle supplied....
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          LeBron Is Subtweeting Again, Let's Rampantly Speculate And Assume It's About Kyrie Irving Trade Rumors   
LeBron James is subtweeting again.
          Kyrie Irving Trade Rumors Continue, Now There's a Jazz Link?   
NBA silly season continues.
          New Finds From Early St. Louis    
ST. LOUIS, MISSOURI—Archaeologists working in St. Louis have uncovered evidence that contradicts conventional understandings of the city's founding, according to a report by St. Louis Public Radio. A team led by archaeologist Michael Meyer of the Missouri Department of Transportation has conducted excavations ahead of construction on the Poplar Street Bridge, which spans the Mississippi River and connects the city to East St. Louis, in Illinois. They have uncovered evidence, including trade beads, brass goods, and ceramics, of both French and Native settlement in the area prior to 1764, the recorded year of St. Louis' founding by French fur trader Pierre Lacléde. While the region is famed for the Mississipan mound cities that flourished for centuries before the arrival of Europeans, it has been previously accepted that the area of St. Louis was sparsely populated when Lacléde and his followers arrived. To read more about archaeology in Missouri, go to "Digging the Scorched Earth." 
          Paul George Getting Traded West Would Leave the East Historically Devoid of Stars   
The imbalance continues.
          Devon Site Shows Signs of Pre-Roman Occupation   
  DEVON, ENGLAND—New radiocarbon dating at a site in southwest England suggests it was in use for 1,200 years longer than had been thought, according to a report from BBC News. Evidence at the rural site, called Ippleden, indicates it was occupied from the fourth century B.C. Sherds of pottery uncovered by archaeologists from the University of Exeter show that the site’s residents traded with people from afar and enjoyed delicacies such as wine and olive oil. According to archaeologist Stephen Rippon, the researchers initially believed the site was only used during the Roman period, but now recognize that it was occupied during the pre-Roman Iron Age as well. They believe it was a farming community, based on the discovery of remains of a granary. In addition, debris from iron working was unearthed near the settlement’s edge, suggesting it may have hosted industrial activity. For more, go to “Letter from Wales: Hillforts of the Iron Age.”
          Recently Traded Lou Williams on Sports Media: Bunch of Unathletic Nerds   
That’ll teach em.
          Nifty Prediction : (+/-) 0.4% movements expected in Nifty | Trade with care   
Daily Forecast – Share Market – June – 30th, 2017 (+/-) 0.4% movements expected in Nifty | Trade with care Jupiter and Sun are in lead, with support of Moon, Mars, Rahu, Ketu and Mercury. Indications are clear that market is trying to regain its position. Rahu and Ketu will always show ups and downs during the day. Seven planets are active, this day will again be active with many segments. Petroleum, financial institutions, Transport – includes air-transport, shipping, IT (may be medium or others too), communication, entertainment, sports and infrastructure, power, cement, automobile and tyres etc. Indications are again that many segments will be in movements. So, trade with the wind. I feel day may again show ups and downs. Nifty may show movements in the range of 9560 to 9470. Trade wisely. Indian Currency Indian Rupee may trade in between 64.50 to 65.00 per USD. Please like my Facebook page @ ** Before investing or trading please check technical aspects also, it’s a reading based on planetary movements.Filed under: Share Market Tagged: astrology, Currency Prediction, Nifty Prediction, sensex prediction, stock market prediction
          Welders Required   
VIC-Melbourne, Toll People are seeking applications from qualified Welders with recent industry experience to fill ongoing casual positions in Dandenong South. To be successful in this role you will possess the following skills and attributes: Minimum 3 years of recent experience employed as a welder Relevant Trade qualifications Be physically fit Demonstrated experience with a MIG, ARC & OXY Welder Mechanical a
          Driven Logistics: ACCOUNTS SEMI SENIOR   
From £20,000 to £23,000 per annum: Driven Logistics: We are currently recruiting on behalf of one of our clients for an Accounts Semi Senior.Your duties will include:-·Preparation of Statutory Ltd Company, Partnership and Sole Trader Accounts – to a draft basis·Preparation of VAT returns·General accounting Rotherham
TEAM17’S GAMES LABEL WELCOMES SWORD LEGACY: OMEN Brazilian developed turn-based tactical RPG joins growing global line-up UK – 30th June 2017 – Award-winning international games label and veteran games developer Team17 has today announced its first partnership in South America with Brazil-based independent developers Firecast Studio and Fableware Narrative Design to publish Sword Legacy: Omen, a challenging turn-based tactical RPG with a dark, cartoon-inspired aesthetic. Sword Legacy: Omen is set in the candlepunk realm of Broken Britannia, a once-thriving kingdom full of alchemical and technological advances now fragmented by intrigue and deceit. As the vengeful knight, Uther, and his misfit band of companions, players will embark on a thrilling journey to locate the long-lost Excalibur. In this bloody, brutal take on the Arthurian legend, players will explore rich environments, experience a riveting storyline and survive intense turn-based tactical combat to define the fate of Britannia. The partnership with Firecast and Fableware marks Team17’s first venture into the Brazilian games development scene. Debbie Bestwick, MBE, Team17’s CEO said, “Our label aims to work with the best independent creators around the world, help them build new IP and aim for sustainability. We’ve stepped up our international side significantly this year with recently announced partners in North America, Germany and Sweden. It’s a pleasure to welcome Firecast and Fableware to our ever growing family of partners as our first Brazilian team. There’s so much local talent being showcased at BIG Festival this week, we’re very excited to be working together with both teams. Sword Legacy: Omen is a high quality turn-based tactical game created by two very talented teams that brings another different angle to our diverse games label.” Bruno Lanzarotti, Executive Director, Firecast Studio added, “The partnership between Team17, Firecast Studio and Fableware is very promising and shows the world the quality of Brazilian games. We are very happy to have such an established and respected British company supporting our vision of the Arthurian legends! All this makes us very excited and gives us confidence that Sword Legacy: Omen will have the strength to stand out not only in Brazil, but also internationally. With this partnership, we believe we are doing something great, important, that brings us pride in representing Brazilian games development and showcasing the quality and creativity we can bring to gamers worldwide.” Arthur Protasio, Creative Director, Fableware Narrative Design said, “Partnering with Team17 feels like a pupil being acknowledged by the master. Not only are we long time Worms fans, but we also keep a close eye on the great games published by the label. That’s why when the Brazilian Game Developers Program and the Goethe Institut invited me to Quo Vadis in Berlin, I knew it was THE opportunity to pitch to Team17’s Debbie Bestwick. Just as Fableware teamed up with Firecast and together began a unique co-production, we believe Team17 is a most valuable addition to this endeavour. With each company excelling at their expertise, we have high hopes for the final product and can now proudly say we’ve joined this experienced indie family.” Sword Legacy: Omen will launch on PC in 2017. About Team17 Digital Ltd Founded in 1990, Team17 Digital Limited is a leading international games label that hosts the Worms franchise, Aven Colony, The Escapists, Genesis Alpha One, Overcooked, Yoku’s Island Express, Yooka-Laylee and many more from developers around the world. Visit for more info. About Firecast Studio Founded in 2014, Firecast Studio is an independent developer based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil About Fableware Narrative Design Founded in 2015, Fableware Narrative Design is an independent storytelling studio based in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, specialized in writing and developing content for multiple platforms and transmedia projects, such as Emmy nominated TV Shows, animations, and awarded video games. Sword Legacy: Omen © 2017. Developed by Firecast Studio and Fableware Narrative Design. Published by Team17 Digital Ltd. Team17 is a trademarks or registered trademarks of Team17 Digital Limited. All other trademarks, copyrights and logos are property of their respective owners.
START YOUR TINY ENGINES AS ‘MICRO MACHINES WORLD SERIES’ LAUNCHES TODAY  Celebrate the Miniature Multiplayer Mayhem Larkspur, Calif. – June 30th, 2017 – Codemasters and Deep Silver have today unleashed miniature multiplayer mayhem on the gaming world with the release of Micro Machines World Series on PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, the all-in-one entertainment system by Microsoft, and PC via Steam. To celebrate the launch and showcase the fun and carnage you’ll be experiencing in Micro Machines World Series. The iconic series makes a triumphant return with a mixture of fan-favorite and all-new content that will delight players of all ages. Classic game modes Race and Elimination are complimented by an all-new Battle mode, which ramps up the carnage to the highest end of the miniature scale. Supporting up to 12 players for online multiplayer and one to four players locally, Micro Machines World Series gives you 12 amazing customizable vehicles to race and battle across 25 classic locations including the kitchen table, garden, workshop and game room. With spy cars, hovercrafts, dump trucks, tanks and more, Micro Machines World Series lets you equip a unique loadout and collect a range of crazy NERF power ups and collectibles such as blasters, mines, hammers and bombs to get the best of your opponents. Micro Machines World Series combines gaming nostalgia with incredible visuals and endless party replayability, making it a hit for players old and new. Follow updates from the Micro Machines studio on Facebook ( # # # ABOUT CODEMASTERS: Codemasters, the award winning video game developer and publisher, has a 30 year heritage. With titles distributed globally, Codemasters is a leading developer and publisher of driving and racing entertainment games including DiRT, GRID and the official BAFTA award-winning FORMULA 1 series of videogames. The company is fully controlled by Reliance Big Entertainment Ltd. (RBEL). For more information on Codemasters’ product portfolio, please visit Join in the conversation with @codemasters on Twitter or Like us on Facebook at ABOUT DEEP SILVER: Deep Silver develops and distributes interactive games for all platforms. The Deep Silver label means to captivate all gamers who have a passion for thrilling gameplay in exciting game worlds. Deep Silver works with its partners to achieve a maximum of success while maintaining the highest possible quality, always focusing on what the customer desires. Deep Silver has published more than 200 games since 2003, including its own brands like the open world extravaganza Saints Row, the zombie action franchise Dead Island, and the grim post-apocalyptic future of the Metro series. Upcoming highlights from Deep Silver include Dead Island 2 and Agents of Mayhem. Deep Silver also owns the development studios Deep Silver Dambuster Studios in Nottingham, UK; Deep Silver Fishlabs in Hamburg, Germany, and Deep Silver Volition based in Champaign, IL, USA. For more information please visit ABOUT HASBRO: Hasbro (NASDAQ: HAS) is a global company committed to Creating the World’s Best Play Experiences, by leveraging its beloved brands, including LITTLEST PET SHOP, MAGIC: THE GATHERING, MONOPOLY, MY LITTLE PONY, NERF and TRANSFORMERS, and premier partner brands. From toys and games, television programming, motion pictures, digital gaming and a comprehensive lifestyle licensing program, Hasbro fulfills the fundamental need for play and connection for children and families around the world. The Company’s Hasbro Studios creates entertainment brand-driven storytelling across mediums, including television, film and more. Through the company’s commitment to corporate social responsibility, including philanthropy, Hasbro is helping to build a safe and sustainable world and to positively impact the lives of millions of children and families every year. Learn more at and follow us on Twitter (@Hasbro & @HasbroNews). MICRO MACHINES, NERF and all related names are trademarks of Hasbro and are used with permission. ©2017 Hasbro. All Rights Reserved. All copyrights or trademarks are the property of their respective owners and are being used under license. Developed and published by Codemasters. “PlayStation”, “PLAYSTATION” and “PS” Family logo are registered trademarks of Sony Computer Entertainment Inc. Trademarks are property of their respective owners. 
          Worldwide Ceramic Membrane - Market by Region, Market Analysis and Forecast To 2021   

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The market is expected to expand at 5.8% CAGR over the period between 2016 and 2021.

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Chapter 8 Import, Export, Consumption and Consumption Value by Major Countries
Chapter 9 World Ceramic Membrane Market forecast through 2021
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          Politics matters: Teepees, trade and interest rates   
There’s so much red and white on Parliament Hill that when the hundreds of thousands of bleary-eyed partygoers finally finish toasting the country’s 150th birthday this weekend, they will be seeing Ottawa awash in a pink haze. But not everything was rosy on the politics front:  TENSION OVER A TEEPEE The stand-off between police and […]
WARNER BROS. INTERACTIVE ENTERTAINMENT, TT GAMES AND THE LEGO GROUP ANNOUNCE THE LEGO ® NINJAGO® MOVIE VIDEO GAME Players Will Experience the Action-Packed Movie as Their Favourite Characters While Mastering the Art of “Ninjagility”  Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, TT Games and The LEGO Group today announced The LEGO® NINJAGO® Movie Video Game that will allow players to delve into the world of the new big-screen animated adventure The LEGO NINJAGO Movie. Developed by TT Games and published by Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game will be available for PlayStation®4 computer entertainment system, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch™ and STEAM on September 22, 2017. “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game brings the non-stop action and thrilling combat of the film into the living room so kids can embark on their own Ninjago adventures,” said Tom Stone, Managing Director, TT Games. “Enhanced movements will help players traverse Ninjago with the fluidity and grace of a secret ninja warrior and improve their combat skills.” “The LEGO Group is pleased to extend the Ninjago play experience with The LEGO NINJAGO Movie Video Game,” said Sean McEvoy, VP Digital Games, The LEGO Group. “Fans will love playing as their favourite Ninjago heroes and joining an epic adventure of good versus evil.” In the game, players battle their way through waves of enemies with honour and skill as their favorite ninjas Lloyd, Nya, Jay, Kai, Cole, Zane and Master Wu to defend their home island of Ninjago from the evil Lord Garmadon and his Shark Army. To do so, they must master the art of Ninjagility which allows them to traverse Ninjago by wall-running, high-jumping and battling the foes of Ninjago to rank up and upgrade the ninja’s combat skills.  Players can harness the power of Spinjitzu combat to defend Ninjago together. The game features eight large, action-packed locations based on the story of The LEGO NINJAGO Movie. Each location includes its own unique Challenge Dojo where players can put their combat skills to the test and battle with increasingly tougher enemies. And with Battle Maps, players can go up against their friends and family in four different game modes, with competitive split-screen local gameplay for up to four players. # # # About Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment, a division of Warner Bros. Home Entertainment, Inc., is a premier worldwide publisher, developer, licensor and distributor of entertainment content for the interactive space across all platforms, including console, handheld, mobile and PC-based gaming for both internal and third party game titles. About TT Games TT Games ( is the combined publishing and development group behind the hit LEGO videogame franchises such as LEGO® Star Wars™, LEGO® Indiana Jones™, LEGO® Batman™ and LEGO® Harry Potter™, as well as popular titles LEGO®Marvel™ Super Heroes, LEGO® Marvel’s Avengers and LEGO® Jurassic World™.  Incorporating renowned UK developer Traveller’s Tales, TT Games has a distinctive focus on console, handheld, mobile and PC games of the highest quality, aimed at young gamers and their families. About The LEGO Group The LEGO Group is a privately held, family-owned company with headquarters in Billund, Denmark, and main offices in Enfield, USA, London, UK., Shanghai, China, and Singapore. Founded in 1932 by Ole Kirk Kristiansen, and based on the iconic LEGO® brick, it is one of the world’s leading manufacturers of play materials. Guided by the company spirit: “Only the best is good enough”, the company is committed to the development of children and aims to inspire and develop the builders of tomorrow through creative play and learning. LEGO products are sold worldwide and can be virtually explored at About The LEGO NINJAGO Movie In this big-screen NINJAGO adventure, the battle for NINJAGO City calls to action young Master Builder Lloyd, aka the Green Ninja, along with his friends, who are all secret ninja warriors.  Led by Master Wu, as wise-cracking as he is wise, they must defeat evil warlord Garmadon, The Worst Guy Ever, who also happens to be Lloyd’s dad.  Pitting mech against mech and father against son, the epic showdown will test this fierce but undisciplined team of modern-day ninjas who must learn to check their egos and pull together to unleash their inner power of Spinjitzu. Opening September 22, 2017 (USA), “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” stars Dave Franco, Justin Theroux, Michael Peña, Fred Armisen, Kumail Nanjiani, Abbi Jacobson, Zach Woods, Olivia Munn, and Jackie Chan.  It is directed by Charlie Bean, Paul Fisher and Bob Logan, from a screenplay by Bob Logan & Paul Fisher & William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Jared Stern & John Whittington, story by Hilary Winston & Bob Logan & Paul Fisher & William Wheeler & Tom Wheeler and Dan Hageman & Kevin Hageman, based on LEGO Construction Toys. “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” is produced by Dan Lin, Roy Lee, Phil Lord, Christopher Miller, Maryann Garger and Chris McKay. Executive producers are Seth Grahame-Smith, Jill Wilfert, and Keith Malone, with John Powers Middleton as co-producer.  From Warner Bros. Pictures and Warner Animation Group, in association with LEGO System A/S, a Lin Pictures/Lord Miller/Vertigo Entertainment Production, “The LEGO NINJAGO Movie” will be distributed worldwide by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company. © 2017 The LEGO Group. ™ & © Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. (S17) LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE VIDEOGAME software © 2017 TT Games Ltd.  Produced by TT Games under license from the LEGO Group.  LEGO, the LEGO logo, the Brick and the Knob configurations and the Minifigure are trademarks of the LEGO Group. © 2017 The LEGO group. THE LEGO NINJAGO MOVIE © The LEGO Group & Warner Bros Entertainment Inc. “”and “PlayStation” are trademarks or registered trademarks of Sony Interactive Entertainment Inc. “” is a trademark of the same company. © 2017 Nintendo. Nintendo Switch and Joy-Con are trademarks of Nintendo.  All other trademarks and copyrights are the property of their respective owners.  All rights reserved.
          Minnesota Timberwolves trade PG Ricky Rubio to Utah Jazz for protected first-round pick   
Utah is hoping the acquisition of Rubio will help persuade free-agent Gordon Hayward to re-sign with the Jazz.

          Performance Pulsation Control Files Trade Secret Theft Lawsuit Against Sigma Drilling Technologies, Former Employee   
Performance Pulsation Control Files Trade Secret Theft Lawsuit Against Sigma Drilling Technologies, Former Employee
          Why Do People Want to Kill Each Other Over Politics?   
A philosophically-trained writer at the Federalist says it's because we view the government's power as far more necessary to life and its goods than it really is.
If government power is the people’s best and only hope, then to deny the use of that power, or even to exercise it in the wrong way, is just like killing people. So you are naturally going to long to see the political malefactors behind such a policy struck down, for the same reasons we love the scene in the action movie when the bad guy finally falls off the skyscraper and gets what’s coming to him.

This attitude is not strictly limited to the provinces of the Left where we currently see it so flamboyantly displayed. As we have recently discovered, some on the Right also look to government for salvation, hoping that the right kind of limits on trade and immigration, the right deals made by the right dealmaker, will solve all of our problems—and anyone who doesn’t support that leader is a traitor.

But the basic idea of government as salvation is associated more with the Left, because expanding the power of government is their primary political cause.
Is he right about that? Vox argues that it's impossible to tell conservatives apart from their caricature of conservatives -- and for them, I don't doubt that this is true. Republicans want to kill the poor in order to provide tax cuts for the rich, and that's the only way to understand the policy they're proposing.

I don't care a bit about tax cuts for the rich, but I'd like to see the government get completely out of health care. My reasoning has two parts: most importantly, because government-run health care poses severe challenges to human liberty; less importantly, because the government's effectively-unlimited money distorts markets and produces runaway price inflation. If the government must be involved at all, it should be on the back end, quietly repaying expenses for qualifying veterans (and potentially certain very poor individuals) so that no one realizes that there's an unlimited pool of money they could chase. Then people's capacity to come up with the money up front would serve as a market brake on the inflation, and yet veterans would be able to pursue the health care they want from the doctors they choose -- not ones imposed on them by an uncaring, massive bureaucracy.

But I suppose that's tantamount to saying that I want people to die.

          Re: Purge Cache takes Forever with Boost and Child themes   

by Chris Witham.  

That sounds really useful. We maintain a frontend framework that we implement across a number of products, Moodle being just one of them. It would be far easier for us to use a grunt file to compile the SCSS for us outside of Moodle during theme development and then just ship our compiled, minified CSS to production within the theme instead of having the SCSS compile on the production server when settings change.

I understand there are some downsides to this like not using Moodle settings variables in the SCSS files but I think that's a trade off I'd willingly accept.

          Acoustic Alchemy - Roseland (2011) [HDtracks]   

Artist: Acoustic Alchemy
Title: Roseland
Year Of Release: 2011
Label: Naim
Genre: Smooth Jazz / Contemporary Jazz
Quality: FLAC (tracks) [24Bit/96kHz]
Total Time: 55:58
Total Size: 1,27 GB
The trademark innovation and optimism of three-time Grammy nominee's, Acoustic Alchemy,can be heard in abundance on their latest studio album Roseland containing a plethora of guitar styles and grooves.

2011 marked the 30th anniversary of Acoustic Alchemy; it was back in 1981 that Simon James and the late Nick Webb, Acoustic Alchemy's original co-leaders, started working together. These days, Acoustic Alchemy have two different co-leaders: Greg Carmichael and Miles Gilderdale. But even though James left in the mid-'80s and Webb died in 1998, the basic idea for the group has remained: two acoustic guitarists up front playing a light, unassuming mixture of jazz and pop. Of course, there is a difference between light and lightweight, and Acoustic Alchemy have recorded their share of lightweight background fluff over the years. But they have also had their more creative moments; thankfully, it turns out that Roseland is more than an exercise in fluff for the sake of fluff. In fact, much of this 2011 release is decent. "Right Place, Wrong Time" is easily the album's most edgy offering; the tune borders on straight-ahead post-bop and is even somewhat Chick Corea-ish. Most of Roseland, however, is in the smooth jazz vein, but on the more memorable smooth jazz tracks, the Carmichael/Gilderdale version of Acoustic Alchemy reminds us that not all pop-jazz is created equal. The album's more substantial smooth jazz offerings include "One for Shorty" (which is both bluesy and poppy at the same time), the Middle Eastern-flavored "State of the Arc," and the funky "Swamp Top." Meanwhile, "Sand on Her Toes" is a pleasant tune with a bossa nova-ish ambience, and the use of a reggae beat serves Acoustic Alchemy well on "The Ebor Sound System." Roseland also has its throwaway tracks, but it would be a mistake to think of Roseland as strictly a mindless fluff album that panders to smooth jazz radio 100-percent of the time. Although Roseland is slightly uneven, there are more substantial moments than throwaway moments on this 55-minute disc.

01 - Marrakesh
02 - One For Shorty
03 - Templemeads
04 - Marcus
05 - The Ebor Soundsystem
06 - State of the Ark
07 - Swamp Top
08 - Sand on Her Toes
09 - Roseland
10 - World Stage
11 - Stealing Hearts
12 - Right Place, Wrong Time
13 - A Kinder Loving
Produced by Greg Carmichael & Miles Gilderdale.
Recorded at 9 Miles High Studios, York, England. Engineering by Miles Gilderdale.
All songs mixed at Hansa Haus Studios, Bonn, Germany by Klaus Genuit (in 24bit 96kHz native).
except tracks 1, 2 & 5 mixed at Higher Ground Studios, London, UK, by Richard Bull (in 24bit 48kHz upscaled).
Mastered by John Astley at Closer To The Edge Mastering.

          Baker Hughes shareholders OK GE deal, closing date set   
Shareholders of Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI) have overwhelmingly approved the Houston-based company’s combination with GE Oil & Gas. As such, the deal is expected to close July 3, Baker Hughes and Boston-based General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) announced June 30. Baker Hughes shares will continue to trade on the NYSE until the market closes on July 3. The combined company will be called Baker Hughes, a GE company, and shares will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol…

          Retail Sales and Trading - PI Financial Corp - Canada   
This is not a proprietary trading position. The successful candidate will be an experienced, licensed trader who is able to provide accurate, efficient and...
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          Chairperson - Governor in Council Appointments - Canada   
Canada is a trading nation, and international trade makes a significant contribution to Canada’s economic well-being.... $230,800 - $271,500 a year
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          Indigenous Skilled Labourers - Darwin   
NT-Charles Darwin, Our National civil client currently requires experienced Trade Assistants / Labourers to join their Darwin Projects About Us: Celotti Workforce is a specialist provider of temporary and permanent blue and white collar staff to the building, infrastructure and resources sectors across Australia. We seek the highest calibre candidates for our assignments which span small to major engineering and con
NSW-Newcastle Region, Storeman / Salesperson wanted * Immediate start * Trade and Retail focus * Fast paced, team orientated role Ideally you will possess the following: *LO Forklift Licence *Team player, enjoys working with others *Pride in personal presentation *Computer literacy *WHS Focus Also, importantly that you have: *A passion to provide exceptional customer service *Experience in retail sales (an advantage) D
          VERYX® C140 Digital Sorters come with multi-sensor Pixel ...   
Available in belt-fed and chute-fed configurations in various widths, VERYX&reg; C140 Digital Sorters come with specialized infeed and collection shakers. Capable of combining inputs from multiple cameras and laser sensors, units are designed with self-adjustment algorithms, smart alarms and FMAlert&trade;. Belt-fed systems sorts frozen and fresh cut fruits and vegetables, leafy greens and potato chips whereas Chute-fed systems sort nuts, dried fruits, IQF products.

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          Heavy-Duty Wire Stripper comes with hot-riveted joint.   
Used for stripping, cutting, and twisting 10-18 AWG solid and 12-20 AWG stranded wire, Heavy-Duty Wire Stripper features precision-grounded stripping holes and induction-hardened cutting knives. Having 6-32 and 8-32 bolt shearing holes, unit comes with Klein-Kurve&trade; comfort grip handles. Stripper can twist up to three wires at a time using knurled jaw.

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          Folty gets call to open Interleague set vs. A's   
Trade buzz continues to follow A's right-hander Sonny Gray, who will be back on the mound Friday for a home Interleague start against right-hander Mike Foltynewicz and the Braves.
           Nike and Parkway jump while Cara Therapeutics, Micron drop    
NEW YORK (AP) - Stocks that moved substantially or traded heavily Friday:Nike Inc., up $5.83 to $59The athletic apparel maker had a strong fourth quarter and...
          Canada: At a milestone in Canada's history, the vital role of trade unions remains overlooked   
LabourStart headline - Source: rabble
           Trump calls for firm response to North Korea, targets Seoul on trade    
By David Brunnstrom and Lisa LambertWASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - U.S. President Donald Trump called for a determined response to North Korea after talks...
          Coastal Carolina Bancshares Inc (CCNB: OTC Pink Current) | Venue Change   
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 12:00 - Coastal Carolina Bancshares Inc (CCNB: OTC Link) - Venue Change - The symbol, CCNB, no longer trades on Grey Market. As of Fri, Jun 30, 2017, CCNB trades on OTC Link. You may find a complete list of venue changes at
          Precipio, Inc. (PRPO: null) | Venue Change   
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 12:00 - Precipio, Inc. (PRPO: Nasdaq) - Venue Change - The symbol, PRPO, no longer trades on OTC Link. As of Fri, Jun 30, 2017, PRPO trades on Nasdaq. You may find a complete list of venue changes at
          Intact Gold Corp (ITTGF: OTC Pink Current) | Venue Change   
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          Kraken Sonar Inc (KRKNF: OTC Pink Current) | Venue Change   
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 12:00 - Kraken Sonar Inc (KRKNF: OTC Link) - Venue Change - The symbol, KRKNF, no longer trades on Grey Market. As of Fri, Jun 30, 2017, KRKNF trades on OTC Link. You may find a complete list of venue changes at
          First Cobalt Corp (FTSSF: Grey Market) | Venue Change   
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 12:00 - First Cobalt Corp (FTSSF: Grey Market) - Venue Change - The symbol, FTSSF, no longer trades on OTC Link. As of Fri, Jun 30, 2017, FTSSF trades on Grey Market. You may find a complete list of venue changes at
          Box Ships Inc. (TEUCF: OTC Pink Current) | Venue Change   
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          Sirius Minerals Plc (SRUXF: OTC Pink Current) | Venue Change   
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 12:00 - Sirius Minerals Plc (SRUXF: OTC Link) - Venue Change - The symbol, SRUXF, no longer trades on Grey Market. As of Fri, Jun 30, 2017, SRUXF trades on OTC Link. You may find a complete list of venue changes at
          Sprott Resource Hldgs Inc. (SRHIF: OTC Pink Current) | Venue Change   
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          Regent Pacific Group Ltd. (RPGLF: OTC Pink Current) | Venue Change   
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 12:00 - Regent Pacific Group Ltd. (RPGLF: OTC Link) - Venue Change - The symbol, RPGLF, no longer trades on Grey Market. As of Fri, Jun 30, 2017, RPGLF trades on OTC Link. You may find a complete list of venue changes at
          Rubicon Minerals Corp. (RBYCF: OTC Pink Current) | Venue Change   
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 12:00 - Rubicon Minerals Corp. (RBYCF: OTC Link) - Venue Change - The symbol, RBYCF, no longer trades on Grey Market. As of Fri, Jun 30, 2017, RBYCF trades on OTC Link. You may find a complete list of venue changes at
          IronHorse Anzer Peak 20 Mountain Bike Covington   
 This is a nice Purple IronHorse Anzer Peak 20quot Mountain Bike. These sell for 179.99 tax new. Get

          Beyoncé and Jay Z either named their twins or went on a random trademark binge   

          Friday's ETF with Unusual Volume: LRGF   
The iShares Edge MSCI Multifactor USA ETF (LRGF) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Friday, with over 628,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 152,000. Shares of LRGF were up about 0.2% on the day.
          Stella Chemifa Corp. (SLAHF: Grey Market) | Reactivated Symbol   
Fri, Jun 30, 2017 12:00 - Stella Chemifa Corp. (SLAHF: Grey Market) - Reactivated Symbol - The symbol, SLAHF, has been reactivated and now trades on Grey Market. You may find a complete list of reactivated symbols at
          Thursday's ETF with Unusual Volume: FRAK   
The Unconventional Oil & Gas ETF (FRAK) is seeing unusually high volume in afternoon trading Thursday, with over 122,000 shares traded versus three month average volume of about 32,000. Shares of FRAK were up about 1.6% on the day.
          Red Eagle Mining Corp. (RDEMF: OTCQX International) | Ex-Dividend   
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 08:00 - Red Eagle Mining Corp. (RDEMF: OTCQX International) - Ex-Dividend - As of Fri, Jun 30, 2017, Red Eagle Mining Corp. traded ex-dividend. Red Eagle Mining Corp. will disburse a Ex-Rights dividend of null to shareholders of RDEMF. You may find a complete list of dividends at
          Hellenic Petroleum S.A. (HLPXF: Grey Market) | Ex-Dividend   
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 08:00 - Hellenic Petroleum S.A. (HLPXF: Grey Market) - Ex-Dividend - As of Fri, Jun 30, 2017, Hellenic Petroleum S.A. traded ex-dividend. Hellenic Petroleum S.A. will disburse a Cash Dividend dividend of $0.1704 to shareholders of HLPXF. You may find a complete list of dividends at
          Changfeng Energy Inc. (CGFEF: Grey Market) | Ex-Dividend   
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 08:00 - Changfeng Energy Inc. (CGFEF: Grey Market) - Ex-Dividend - As of Fri, Jun 30, 2017, Changfeng Energy Inc. traded ex-dividend. Changfeng Energy Inc. will disburse a Cash Dividend dividend of $0.01 to shareholders of CGFEF. You may find a complete list of dividends at
          Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. (HAWEM: OTC Pink Current) | Ex-Dividend   
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 08:00 - Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. (HAWEM: OTC Pink Current) - Ex-Dividend - As of Fri, Jun 30, 2017, Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. traded ex-dividend. Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. will disburse a Cash Dividend dividend of $0.25 to shareholders of HAWEM. You may find a complete list of dividends at
          Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. (HAWEN: OTC Pink Current) | Ex-Dividend   
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 08:00 - Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. (HAWEN: OTC Pink Current) - Ex-Dividend - As of Fri, Jun 30, 2017, Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. traded ex-dividend. Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. will disburse a Cash Dividend dividend of $0.2125 to shareholders of HAWEN. You may find a complete list of dividends at
          Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. (HAWEL: OTC Pink Current) | Ex-Dividend   
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 08:00 - Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. (HAWEL: OTC Pink Current) - Ex-Dividend - As of Fri, Jun 30, 2017, Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. traded ex-dividend. Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. will disburse a Cash Dividend dividend of $0.25 to shareholders of HAWEL. You may find a complete list of dividends at
          Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. (HAWLM: OTC Pink Current) | Ex-Dividend   
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 08:00 - Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. (HAWLM: OTC Pink Current) - Ex-Dividend - As of Fri, Jun 30, 2017, Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. traded ex-dividend. Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. will disburse a Cash Dividend dividend of $0.2625 to shareholders of HAWLM. You may find a complete list of dividends at
          Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. (HAWLN: OTC Pink Current) | Ex-Dividend   
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 08:00 - Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. (HAWLN: OTC Pink Current) - Ex-Dividend - As of Fri, Jun 30, 2017, Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. traded ex-dividend. Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. will disburse a Cash Dividend dividend of $0.25 to shareholders of HAWLN. You may find a complete list of dividends at
          Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. (HAWLI: OTC Pink Current) | Ex-Dividend   
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 08:00 - Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. (HAWLI: OTC Pink Current) - Ex-Dividend - As of Fri, Jun 30, 2017, Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. traded ex-dividend. Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. will disburse a Cash Dividend dividend of $0.2375 to shareholders of HAWLI. You may find a complete list of dividends at
          Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. (HAWLL: OTC Pink Current) | Ex-Dividend   
Thu, Jun 29, 2017 08:00 - Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. (HAWLL: OTC Pink Current) - Ex-Dividend - As of Fri, Jun 30, 2017, Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. traded ex-dividend. Hawaiian Electric Co., Inc. will disburse a Cash Dividend dividend of $0.2325 to shareholders of HAWLL. You may find a complete list of dividends at
          Trader Joe's Trinkets   
Oh the trinkets you can find at TJ's. My friend Lisa got me hooked on the all natural Lavender body oil and body scrub from Trader Joe's. It is pure relaxation for only $5. Not only does it smell amazing, but it's inexpensive and a little goes a long way. Cheap Zen--just what I need! The oil is a must have to put on your feet before bed and the scrub is great to use in the shower a few times per week. Enjoy!

           Suspect livestreams shootout with Los Angeles police    
LOS ANGELES (AP) - A homicide suspect livestreamed on Facebook as he traded gunfire with police, eventually shooting a Los Angeles SWAT officer before a...
           US-SKorea summit exposes spat on trade, resolve on NKorea    
WASHINGTON (AP) - President Donald Trump took South Korea to task over its trade surplus with the United States on Friday, demanding renegotiation of a...
          Quality Dent Surgico At a Glance   

The Company:
Almost a decade back, after completing the university education 2 close friends, belong to the famous industrial city of Pakistan “Sialkot”, joined the forefathers business of surgical and dental instruments manufacturing that was running as a local business since decades back by the forefathers. After spending initial time in the local industry as an experience, an export company Quality Dent Surgico came into existence.

After the practical manufacturing experience, the company took part in supplying and managing its products into the international market place. Initially it wasn’t quite easy to make a name in international market, but the rigorous struggle, efforts, and the help of most experienced elders made it possible to penetrate into the international market place and leave a positive impact and quality recognition.

Now, the company Quality Dent Surgico is enjoying its well reputation internationally and locally as well in terms of its commitment, service and quality products. In Quality Dent Surgico, it is believed that the business partners are the strength of the company and its team is the back bone.

Quality Recognition:
All QDS’ instruments are produced with high standard stainless steel and are carefully checked and inspected during all production operations and processes to ensure that they meet the international standards. All operations are carried out by qualified personnel with the aim of providing high quality and complete customer satisfaction.
In this connection, Quality Dent Surgico has already been certified and approved by the international bodies in the following scopes:
  • ISO 9001:2000 by QAI with Accreditation of UKAS - UK
  • ISO 13485:2005 by QAI with Accreditation of UKAS - UK
  • CE by Blue Star Company – UK
  • cGMP by FDA – USA
Corporate Social Responsibilities:
Quality Dent Surgico feels great pride to have an extra-ordinary and dynamic environment, and being socially responsible company it gives all benefits and facilities to its employees from worker to manager, which are admissible under the laws of our country.

Quality Dent Surgico takes care of health and safety matters of its employees, as it is believed in QDS that its team/employees are the backbone of the company and they are the people success is associated with. The company, on itself alone, is nothing more than a name, but the team makes the Quality Dent Surgico a complete company with the environment that is continuously filled with the skilled workers and management the company in real belongs to.

QDS' Values:
Quality Dent Surgico believes in fair trade, the secret of QDS’ success comprises on its core values that have always been ahead to do business with customers/buyers. The values which are the basis to develop un-breakable relations, to make a solid and trustful co-ordination, to initiate the huge progress mutually, to win the confidence for products and service, to strengthen the relations on the long term basis and to make the Quality Dent Surgico as one of the most wanted suppliers.

QDS’ core values consist of:
  • Fair Trade
  • Truthfulness
  • Best Possible Moral and Product Support
  • Understanding the Customer’s Behavior to the Best Appropriate Extent
  • Following the Ethical Laws
  • Following and Honoring the National and International Laws, Rules and Regulations

QDS' Vision:
Quality Dent Surgico’s vision is not less than a mission that is always highlighted in the quality policy. Behind every successful mission there is always a vision through which an organization runs and operates.

QDS’ vision comprises on:
  • To maintain the best quality control on the products always
  • To leave the most positive image of its products throughout the world
  • To simplify the trade with the competitiveness of advanced trade methods
  • To enhance the capabilities and technology in accordance with the new eras and modernizations
At Quality Dent Surgico, there is always been a tradition since its commencement, a tradition that purifies and integrates the level of mutual developments. QDS does not believe on one sided progress as it provides all essential and required assistance, maximum opportunities, utmost moral and technical support that its business partners expect from it, so they could progress and develop more and more with QDS.

This tradition is always on top priority to make equal progress, growth and development at both sides, Quality Dent Surgico and its Business Partners, with the aim to serve the humanity at its maximum approach.

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          (Raleigh / Durham / CH) Sig p290 - $ 330   
I have a Sig p290 that I'd like to possibly trade for another firearm. This is a great carry pistol. Does have a little wear on the finish. It is stainless with nitron finish and has Sig night sights. I do have a second magazine for it.
          US Blacklists China Bank, Revving Up Pressure Over NKorea   

The United States has blacklisted a small Chinese bank accused of illicit dealings with North Korea, escalating the pressure on Beijing to rein in its wayward ally amid increased signs of frustration among President Donald Trump and his top advisers with China’s diplomatic efforts. The Treasury Department on Thursday declared the Bank of Dandong a “primary money-laundering concern,” proposing to sever it entirely from the U.S. financial system, pending a 60-day review period. Although Trump’s treasury secretary said the move didn’t target China, it comes a week after the president lamented that China’s promise to help with North Korea “has not worked out.” Calls to Bank of Dandong rang unanswered on Friday. Beijing, however, criticized Washington’s action, saying that unilateral sanctions outside the U.N. Security Council were inappropriate. “We also firmly oppose any individual country to exercise long-arm jurisdiction under its own domestic law,” said Lu Kang, spokesman for China’s foreign ministry. Lu added that Beijing will investigate possible wrongdoings by Chinese individuals and entities under Chinese laws. Trump had been leaning on President Xi Jinping to help stop the North’s development of nuclear weapons before they can threaten the U.S. homeland. A main focus of the coordination has been getting China to fully enforce international sanctions intended to starve North Korea of revenue for its nuclear and missile programs. The U.S. action is likely to anger China, which handles about 90 percent of North Korea’s external trade, and whose banks and companies are said to provide Pyongyang access to the U.S.-dominated international financial system. The sanctions bar Americans from doing business with Bank of Dandong, which is based in a northeastern Chinese city on the North Korean border that serves as a gateway for trade with the isolated nation. The U.S. also slapped sanctions Thursday on a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese people that it said have facilitated illegal activities by North Korea. Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the U.S. still wants to work with Beijing on combating the North Korean threat. “We are in no way targeting China with these actions,” Mnuchin told a White House news briefing. The punitive steps were presaged by a tweet from Trump last week reflecting dissatisfaction with Beijing’s efforts. “While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!” Trump tweeted on June 20. The Trump administration may be struggling to maintain international pressure on Pyongyang. The president was to meet for the first time Thursday with South Korea’s new leader, President Moon Jae-in, who has long advocated outreach to North Korea. His predecessor had staunchly backed Trump’s harder line. Mnuchin said the Bank of Dandong has facilitated millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Korea’s weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs. Anthony Ruggiero, a sanctions expert and former Treasury Department official, described it as a small Chinese bank “sitting at the heart” of trade between North Korea and China. “This is a strong message to Chinese leaders that the Trump administration will act against North Korea’s sanctions evasion in China,” he said. The other targeted Chinese entities are: —Dalian Global Unity Shipping Co., which Treasury accused of transporting 700,000 tons of freight annually, including coal and steel products, […]

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           Trump, South Korea's Moon discuss North Korea, trade at White House    
By David Brunnstrom and Lisa LambertWASHINGTON, June 30 (Reuters) - Donald Trump and South Korean President Moon Jae-in met for a second day of summit ...
           CANADA STOCKS-TSX falls in broad retreat led by financials, resource stocks    
TORONTO, June 30 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index fell in morning trade on Friday and was heading for a 1.4 percent decline in June, as investors...
          Hackaday’s Most Excellent Munich Adventure   

Bags are packed… it’s insane the amount of random electronics I carry with me on a trip. But who doesn’t want to do some prototyping on the plane?

In case you haven’t heard, the Hackaday Crew is headed to Munich. The coming week is Electronica. We’ll be prowling “the world’s leading trade show for electronic components” looking for the jewels of interest to the hacking community. Watch our Twitter feed for updates on those adventures.

But of course, Thursday the 13th is all about Hackaday Munich. The place will be packed! During the afternoon we feature hands-on hacking of embedded …read more

          Organic Electronics Market to Hit 32.6% CAGR, Fuelled by Growing Adoption of Organic Electronics Among Consumers   

Recent research and the current scenario as well as future market potential of "Organic Electronics Market - Global Industry Analysis, Market Size, Share, Growth And Forecast 2012 - 2018" globally.

Albany, NY -- (SBWIRE) -- 06/30/2017 -- This research report is an effort to identify factors, which will be the driving force behind the organic electronics market and sub-markets in the next six years. The report provides extensive analysis of the organic electronics industry, current market trends, industry drivers and challenges for better understanding of the organic electronics market structure. The report has segregated the organic electronics industry in terms of application and geography.

This report analyzes the worldwide markets for Organic Electronics in USD million by the following application segments: Display market, Organic lighting market, Logic and Memory, Organic RFID tags, organic sensor, organic photovoltaic and printed batteries market.

The report also provides value chain analysis and market potential for organic electronics market. The report provides separate comprehensive analysis for the U.S., Europe and Asia Pacific organic electronics market. Annual estimates and forecasts are provided for the period 2012 through 2018. The report profiles 11 companies including many key and niche players such as BASF, Merck, Evonik Company among others.

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For the research report, we conducted in-depth interviews and discussions with a wide range of key industry participants and opinion leaders. Primary research represents the bulk of our research efforts, supplemented by extensive secondary research. We reviewed the key players' product literature, annual reports, press releases and relevant documents for competitive analysis and market understanding. Secondary research also includes a search of recent trade journals, technical writing, internet sources, and statistical data from government websites, trade associations and agencies. This approach has proven to be the most reliable, effective and successful approach for obtaining precise market data, capturing industry participants' insights, and recognizing business opportunities.

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           Bahrain invokes WTO's "national security" clause in Qatar row    
GENEVA, June 30 (Reuters) - Trade restrictions imposed on Qatar by Saudi Arabia, Bahrain and the United Arab Emirates are justified by national security,...
          Stop these ‘threats’ in Picturehouse dispute | Letters   
A group of Labour MPs, including the shadow chancellor, John McDonnell, write in protest at the treatment of trade union reps during the Picturehouse dispute

We are extremely concerned at recent allegations of victimisation of trade union reps within the Picturehouse management company (Report, 2 June). Members of Bectu have been engaged in a 10-month strike for basic workplace rights: the living wage, union recognition, full company sick pay and maternity/paternity pay. It is up to a future employment tribunal to determine the facts of the case. Any suspensions or sackings intended to intimidate trade union members would be a matter of deep concern for the whole labour movement. No trade unionist or Labour party member can tolerate the deliberate intimidation of trade union activists for pursuing their legitimate business. We urge Picturehouse to withdraw any sacking and suspension of trade union reps and negotiate with their staff.
Marsha de Cordova MP, Emma Hardy MP, John McDonnell MP, Helen Hayes MP, David Drew MP, Catherine West MP, Lloyd Russell-Moyle MP

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           CANADA STOCKS-TSX slips as financials weigh, Nexgen jumps    
TORONTO, June 30 (Reuters) - Canada's main stock index slipped in early trade on Friday, with heavyweight financial shares pushing the index lower, more...
           Timberwolves deal Ricky Rubio to Jazz for 1st-round pick    
The Wolves have traded veteran point guard Ricky Rubio, and his $14 million cap hit, to the Utah Jazz
          The hype, reality, and causes of the global trade slowdown   
Trade liberalisation has been a significant driver of globalisation over the past half century, but global trade has slowed in recent years. This column argues that globalisation can also be driven by higher commodity prices, as commodities constitute a large fraction of global trade. This is reflected in trade volumes and commodity prices, which increased until around 2014 but have fallen since. Commodity price-driven globalisation implies lower living standards in advanced countries, as the higher commodity prices diminish the purchasing power of workers. 
          Quick Takes: Trump and His White Nationalists Want a Trade War   
A roundup of news that caught my eye today.
          Sabres swing trade to bring back Pominville, add Scandella   
Buffalo sends Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno to Minnesota in deal
          KeyBank to Provide a Total of $7.3 Million in Financing for Estee Senior Apartments in Upstate NY   

KeyBank’s Community Development Lending & Investment (CDLI) team will provide a total of $7.3 million in financing to Liberty Affordable Housing, Inc. to support the new construction of 37 energy efficient affordable housing units for seniors ages 55 or older in Gloversville, NY. Specifically, KeyBank will provide a $2.6 million construction loan and up to $4.7 million in LIHTC equity financing.

“KeyBank values helping clients and communities thrive by providing quality affordable housing in neighborhoods across the country,” said Rob Likes, national manager of KeyBank’s CDLI team. “We are inspired by the opportunity to serve seniors in Gloversville, NY, by partnering with Liberty Affordable Housing, Inc. to develop new and critical housing options for seniors.”

Estee Senior Apartments will replace a blighted former school building in a central business district. Eight of the 37 units will provide rental assistance to households earning up to 50% AMI; ten units will target households earning up to 50% AMI and 19 units will target households earning up to 60% AMI. Six units will be set aside for elderly and frail individuals or individuals with disabilities who are veterans. The complex will be managed by CRM Rental Management, Inc.

“We are committed to providing all of our neighbors with excellent affordable housing options,” said Davis G. Yohe, executive director of Liberty Affordable Housing, Inc. “We are thrilled to bring Estee Senior Apartments to Gloversville through our partnership with KeyBank, and believe it will positively and meaningfully impact the neighborhood.”

Residents with special needs will have access to supportive services through the Resource Center for Independent Living, (RCIL) and Northeastern Association of the Blind at Albany, Inc. (NABA) and the Fulton County Office for Aging/Youth.

The project is one part of the Gloversville Comprehensive Plan, a significant neighborhood revitalization effort by local government that responds to housing needs among low- to moderate-income families.

“Our team is dedicated to making transformational change in the communities where we live and work,” added Lynne Callis-Wilson, senior relationship manager on KeyBank’s CDLI team who arranged the financing along with Victoria O’Brien. “We are passionate about this work, and committed to seeing through the development of new, green and affordable units here in Gloversville.”

The financing was made possible by an allocation of LIHTCs from New York State Housing and Community Renewal.

About Key Community Development Lending and Investment

KeyBank Community Development Lending and Investment (CDLI) helps fulfill Key’s purpose to help clients and communities thrive by financing projects that stabilize and revitalize communities. Experts in complex tax credit lending and investing, Key is one of a handful of affordable housing lenders in the country with a platform that brings together balance sheet, equity, and permanent loan offerings. CDLI has a substantial investment and loan portfolio worth more than $2 billion, 90% of which is Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) projects. For its ability to lend to, invest in, and serve its communities –especially low-to-moderate income communities – KeyBank has earned eight consecutive “Outstanding” ratings on the Community Reinvestment Act exam, from the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.

About KeyCorp

KeyCorp's roots trace back 190 years to Albany, New York. Headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, Key is one of the nation's largest bank-based financial services companies, with assets of approximately $134.5 billion at March 31, 2017. Key provides deposit, lending, cash management, insurance, and investment services to individuals and businesses in 15 states under the name KeyBank National Association through a network of more than 1,200 branches and more than 1,500 ATMs. Key also provides a broad range of sophisticated corporate and investment banking products, such as merger and acquisition advice, public and private debt and equity, syndications and derivatives to middle market companies in selected industries throughout the United States under the KeyBanc Capital Markets trade name. For more information, visit KeyBank is Member FDIC.

About Liberty Affordable Housing Inc. (LAH)

LAH is a not-for-profit organization founded in March 2002 to acquire and develop affordable housing primarily for low income seniors and families. In addition to developing affordable housing, LAH has also assumed ownership interest in four additional properties which utilize Section 8 Housing Assistance Payment programs and other federal and state housing programs for low-income persons and families. Since inception, LAH has successfully completed 19 preservation and new construction projects (15 acquisition/rehab and 4 new construction) totaling 2,749 units. Projects range from 33 to 292 units including both family and senior projects.

          Gildan Releases Its 2016 CSR Report    

(Marketwire) Gildan Activewear Inc. (GIL; TSX and NYSE) has released its 2016 corporate, social and environmental responsibility (CSR) report on the Company’s dedicated CSR website The report is aligned with the new Global Reporting Initiative (GRI) Standards, offering a comprehensive online review on the progress of Gildan’s commitments to its people, communities, the environment and products. 

“As one of the world’s largest manufacturers of apparel and socks, we understand that operating responsibly and integrating sustainable solutions drives our success and enables our future growth,” said Glenn Chamandy, President and CEO, Gildan. “Providing good working conditions for our employees, improving the communities where we operate and pursuing continuous improvements to reduce our impacts on future generations is at the foundation of our commitment.”

Making Apparel Better™

As a large scale vertically-integrated manufacturer, Gildan is able to maintain strict control over the conditions under which its products are manufactured. Close to 90% of Gildan’s revenues are derived from products that are manufactured in Company-owned and operated facilities. “Gildan was founded on the vision that owning its factories, investing in technology and pursuing continuous improvements was the best way to operate and to make better products,” said Glenn Chamandy. “Our continued investments in our vertical integration are at the foundation of our business strategy and the key to our ability to positively influence every part of the overall production process including all activities across our four CSR pillars: People, Environment, Community and Product,” he added.

Navigating the road towards Gildan’s 2020 environmental goals

In 2016, Gildan demonstrated good progress towards its 2020 environmental goals which call for a 10% reduction in energy, water, GHG emissions and landfill waste intensity, per kg of product, from owned operations, when compared to the 2015 baseline year.

In 2016, Gildan’s efficiency initiatives resulted in a reduction of its energy intensity by 10% and water intensity by 5%. The Company increased its industrial and domestic recycling programs globally to now recycle or repurpose 86% of total waste. Additionally, the Company powered 32% of its energy needs by renewable resources.

The Company is continuing to integrate manufacturing capacity from recent acquisitions and is firmly committed to meeting its 2020 GHG goal, by pursuing various initiatives including increasing its use of renewable resources such as biomass. The Company has a number of projects in research and development that hold promise to help meet its 2020 goals, and propel it along the next phase of its environmental journey.

Investments in Local Communities

As part of its commitment to Making Apparel BetterTM, Gildan has contributed close to $2 million towards projects in local communities in the U.S., Canada and Latin America in 2016. Some of these projects include:

  • The construction of a new infant ward for the Mario Catarino Rivas Hospital in Honduras which provides care and services to more than 3,000 infants annually. The newly expanded ward will not only reduce overcrowding at the hospital, but also help to lower mortality rates.

  • A partnership with World Vision Honduras for the “Building Safe and Healthy Environments for Children” program. In addition, Gildan made a commitment with the Ministry of Education to fully sponsor renovation projects for 10 schools in the Sula Valley, improving the school conditions for approximately 4,000 children.

  • Over 450 scholarships awarded to Gildan employees and community members to attend professional and vocational schools in Canada, the U.S. and Latin America.

  • Relief to communities in need due to several weather-related disasters that created difficult situations for residents:

    • Gildan donated to UNICEF and Americares for the relief efforts in Haiti following Hurricane Matthew, as well as provided food and water kits to the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies.
    • During the Fort McMurray, Alberta wildfires, the Company donated clothing items, including sweatshirts, t-shirts, underwear and socks to the over 88,000 evacuees. 
    • Gildan responded to the call for basic necessities for the families displaced by the Louisiana, USA floods, with the distribution of products including t-shirts, socks and underwear though the St. Vincent of Paul Society.

Recognition and Awards

In recognition of Gildan’s efforts to distinguish itself in the apparel industry through its CSR efforts, Gildan was again included on the Dow Jones Sustainability World Index (DJSI World Index) for the fourth consecutive year.  The Company remains the only North American company in the Textiles, Apparel and Luxury Goods industry group listed in the DJSI World Index. 

In Latin America, Gildan was recognized with a Distintivo ESR 2016 award for the first time, presented by the Mexican Center for Philanthropy (Cemefi) and the Alliance for Corporate Social Responsibility (Aliarse).  This award is presented to companies that are considered leaders in their corporate social responsibility efforts.   

Investor inquiries:
Sophie Argiriou
Vice President, Investor Communications
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Media inquiries:
Garry Bell
Vice President, Corporate Marketing and Communications
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          La Fiscalía francesa imputa a Marine Le Pen por apropiación indebida   
La imputación se debe al empleo que la líder de la ultraderecha francesa otorgó a su jefa de gabinete con fondos públicos del Parlamento Europeo. La Fiscalía estima que Catherine Griset no desempeñó sus funciones en ese puesto.
          White Sox GM Rick Hahn On Handling Players Who Find Themselves In Trade Rumors: ‘Be As Honest’ As Possible   
Jose Quintana, cDavid Robertson and Todd Frazier are among the White Sox on the trade block and ready to be dealt if the right offer presents itself.
          6/30/2017: BUSINESS: Bangladesh safety program extended   

DHAKA, BANGLADESH— Leading global fashion brands and trade unions agreed Thursday to continue a safety program involving thousands of garment factories in Bangladesh for another three years. Two Switzerland-based global trade unions — IndustriALL...
          Forum Post: RE: Deleting a posted Trade agreement   
Hi Gary, Deleting Trade agreement lines themselves will not reduce the number of discount groups you see in the 'Line discount group' drop-down. The Line discount groups that you can set on sales order headers are setup at Sales and marketing -> Setup -> Price/discount -> Customer price/discount groups -> Line discount group. You would need to delete them from here to reduce the number of choices that your user can see. However, you will not be able to delete a Line discount group if it is used on a Trade agreement line. So, delete all the Trade agreements for the Line discount groups that you wish to remove. Then delete the Line discount groups, then check everything looks OK. Recommend you try in a test environment first!
          Maniche: Playing for third place is bittersweet   
A semi-finalist at the 2006 FIFA World Cup™, former Portugal midfielder Maniche is well rehearsed in both the joy and despair of the journey that ends in a match for third place.
          U.S.-South Korea summit exposes spat on trade, resolve on North Korea   

President Donald Trump took South Korea to task over its trade surplus with the United States on Friday, demanding renegotiation of a bilateral pact, even as the close security allies voiced joint resolve against the nuclear weapons threat from North Korea.

Trump talked tough on North Korea, vowing...

          Modernizing Shipping, Logistics Sector   
[Ethiopian Herald] One critical bottleneck for the growth of external trade and manufacturing industry in Ethiopia had been the outmoded system of service provision in the Shipping and Logistic transport sector. As the sector is the lifeline to success the national aspirations, the government has attached increased attention to modernize it by taking various practical measures.
          Once Again, Break Up the Banks   
Et tu, Jamie Dimon? The embarrassing announcement of a large trading loss at J. P. Morgan has brought the issue of bank regulation back to the fore.J. P. Morgan’s announcement was particularly shocking because Morgan was one of the few banks to emerge from the financial crisis with its reputation intact, or even enhanced. In Fool’s Gold, Gillian Tett’s narrative of the financial crisis, she singled out J. P. Morgan and its CEO for praise. Supposedly, although Morgan traders had invented some of the synthetic credit instruments that were at the center of the financial crisis, the bank had behaved
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          Cómo hacer trading con MetaTrader 4: Funcionalidades básicas   
La plataforma con la que invertimos es importante, ya que no es lo mismo hacer trading desde una plataforma fácil de usar e intuitiva, que en una compleja donde te cueste realizar ordenes, ver gráficos, o encontrar indicadores. La plataforma MetaTrader 4 es una plataforma muy usada y con mucha popularidad entre los traders, y es quizás su simplicidad la que la convierte en una plataforma.
          Minnesota Timberwolves trade PG Ricky Rubio to Utah Jazz for protected first-round pick   
Utah is hoping the acquisition of Rubio will help persuade free-agent Gordon Hayward to re-sign with the Jazz.

          (IT) Senior Developer (Java, ION) - Front Office   

Rate: £600 - £700 per day   Location: London   

Senior Developer - Java, ION, FIX, Shell, TCL, WebSphere, MQ, Agile, Front Office, Trading. Rate: £600-£700 per day Duration: 6 months Location: City of London Start date: ASAP/1 month This is a great opportunity for an experienced Front Office Java Developer to join a leading Investment Bank based in the City. You will be part of the Front Office Solutions department that providing quantitative technology services. The team collectively provide the requisite level of support to cover all asset classes and technologies. The successful candidate will work with high-performing Front Office technology functions on change projects to upgrade the banks E-commerce trading platforms, integrate new software with existing platforms and prepare the bank for MIFID compliance. Responsibilities Take project ownership for coding, testing and releasing code into a production environment. Integrating a new trading platform with ION, pricing contributions of products to external venues and electronic execution. Ensure that high volume products are routed via STP to internal downstream systems. Develop, test and release software into a Front Office production environment Skills Strong Java, and at least one of ION or FIX (both preferred) Integration experience with ION will be highly regarded Knowledge and experience of source control, continuous integration and agile processes Required: basic knowledge of trade flows and price contributions to E-commerce platforms (eg. Bloomberg) Desirable: strong knowledge of trading platforms, products and front-to-back trade life cycle Desirable: Shell Scripting (eg. TCL or similar), experience with WebSphere and MQ Desirable: Knowledge of banking regulations and regulatory requirements Understanding of financial products and front-to-back processes Experience in development methodologies agile
Rate: £600 - £700 per day
Type: Contract
Location: London
Country: UK
Contact: Tom Ricucci
Advertiser: Empiric Solutions
Start Date: ASAP/1 month
Reference: JS

          (IT) Commodities VB.NET C# Developer - Investment Bank   

Rate: Up to £560 per Day   Location: London   

Commodities VB.NET C# Developer - Investment Bank Development experience is in VB.NET C#/ideally with SQL server Java/Oracle good to have, but looking for a developer who doesn't mind mixing within C#, Java, SQL. Jack of all trades! Business knowledge in Finance would be good, and Commodities Derivatives knowledge highly desirable.VB.NET/C# essential Java a very nice to have, and the willingness to be prepared to mix things up a bit on the development side.University degree in any quantitative discipline (math, computer science, engineering).To develop and support a Legacy platform project will last 18 24 months. The successful candidate will join the Commodities Derivatives development team, working within the Energy Trading development and support sub-team. Team provides liquidity and market-making services across commodity markets to a large and diversified base of clients worldwide. Products include Base and Precious Metals, Oil, European and North American Power and Natural Gas, Coal, Emissions and Agricultural Commodities. The business works in close partnership with CIT in order to scale up system architecture, advance trading functionality, integrate new business areas, implement new models and improve post-trade processes. Candidate must also be, oganised and delivery-focused, with attention to detail Articulate in their verbal and written communication with all types of project stakeholders: colleagues, users, management, etc. Be accountable, ie taking full ownership of their allocated tasks Adlam Consulting operates as an Employment Agency & an Employment Business
Rate: Up to £560 per Day
Type: Contract
Location: London
Country: UK
Contact: Adlam Consulting
Advertiser: Adlam Consulting Ltd
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: JSADL02736

          (IT) UI Developer (HTML, Angular)   

Location: London   

Purpose of the job The FX eDistribution team is a key part of the wider eFX department and is responsible for visual channels and their supporting technology. Based in London & China the team maintains and extends a suite of HTML5 and Java-based eCommerce applications used both internally by FX Sales and externally by the banks Customers. The successful candidate undertaking this role will join the team as a senior developer and will work with other team-members to design, develop, test and release the various HTML5 and Java (Server Side). Main Duties (Please describe the role that the Candidate will be undertaking within the team) As a senior developer, the successful candidate will be expected to perform the following duties with a high level of competence: Liaise with nominated business stakeholders when required to ensure that business requirements are fully understood before commencing design and development Work with other team members and liaise with nominated business stakeholders when required to ensure that business requirements are fully understood before commencing design and development. Fully browser test any implemented solutions in advance of User Acceptance Testing Forward thinking for other devices and required accessibility. Draw-up detailed technical designs for components in response to business requirements and high-level technical architecture Implement best-of-breed technical solutions based on agreed technical design, adopting industry standard development patterns and methodologies (including continuous integration and automated unit and integration testing) Fully test implemented solutions in advance of User Acceptance Testing Assist (when required) with the deployment of components to development and test environments Developers in our team are expected to own the end to end delivery of software from analysis through to release to production and support. We work in small iterative cycles and typically release software weekly to production. Everyone in our team releases code to production, everyone in our team raises production change requests, everyone in our team does production support. Everyone. Participate in intra-day and overnight Support. TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE Demonstrable experience of Continuous Delivery software development methods, including TDD and automated testing (including non-functional testing). HTML, Javascript, CSS knowledge is essential for this role The successful candidate is likely to have worked with these technologies as a minimum : Angular, ES6, React, Webpack, gulp, grunt, less Experience of working in unix environments is essential. Experience of REST services is advantageous.NON TECHNICAL KNOWLEDGE How to write Technical documentation How to liaise effectively with users - in this role this will be with sales, traders and quants. BUSINESS KNOWLEDGE Experience of working in a Front Office environment in an investment bank is advantageous Experience of working in the FX domain is
Type: Contract
Location: London
Country: UK
Contact: Phil Quigley
Advertiser: Resource Solutions - HSBC
Start Date: ASAP
Reference: JS-UI.PQ

          Connected II Tan Leather Ceramic Bezel Titanium Watch   
Connected II Tan Leather Ceramic Bezel Titanium Watch

Connected II Tan Leather Ceramic Bezel Titanium Watch

POWERED BY ANDROID WEARVOICE COMMAND BUILT-INWith a built-in microphone and compatible with Android phones, activate your voice command with Google assistant by saying «OK Google» and asking your question.The Google Assistant is not available in all languagesGOOGLE TRANSLATEA personal translator on your wrist so that your watch will become a great travelling companionMAPSConvenient navigation from your watch. You won’t need to take your phone out anymore to know which direction you are heading to.NOTIFICATIONSCheck what’s next, without taking out your phone. With the Android Wear notification system, you are sure not to miss out on any important information while saving your precious time daily.GOOGLE FITKeeps you fit and keeps track of your weekly activity without you noticingINTUITIVE INTERFACEDesigned for easy navigation. Within a swipe, review your full watchface collection, add more watchfaces or delete them at your convenience. Ajust the essentials as you wish!PLAYSTORE FROM YOUR WRISTThousands of apps available directly from your watch. Download your favorite appsthrough the Play store directly from your watch to enjoy them within secondsMUSIC MANAGEMENT FROM WRIST"Skip tracks and turn up the volume.", "Download music directly to your watch for on-the-go listening.", "Access your Google Play music library and playlists;"   TECHNOLOGY ENGINEERED WITH INTELSCREEN Scratch-resistant sapphire cover glass of 2.5 mm thickness AMOLED Screen 1.39’’ = 35.40mm Touch on Display supporting multiple finger recognition Screen resolution: 400 x 400 287ppi, 24-bit PROCESSOR Powered by an Intel Atom Processor Z34XX Memory: 512 MB main memory, 4 GB storage. Intel and Intel inside are registered trademarks of Intel corporation SENSORS Accelerometer Gyroscope Tilt detection sensor Microphone Vibrations/haptics engine Ambient light sensor GPS NFC payment COMPATIBILITY Android 4.3+ / IOS 9+ Smartphones running Android™ 4.3 or higher, or iPhone 5 or later running iOS 9+ or higher. Supported features may vary between platforms Android and Android Wear are trademarks of Google Inc CONNECTIVITY Bluetooth BLE 4.1 WiFi 2.4 GHz 802.11 B/G/N. BATTERY CHARGER 410mAh, average hours of battery of life: within normal usage: Up to 25 hours Approximate charging time 1h50 min from a dead battery TAG HEUER CONNECTED APP Dedicated Phone Application Built by TAG Heuer with specific features built to leverage your watch content. Browse your curated collection of authentic TAG Heuer watch faces. Upload a photo to create a watch face that keeps those special memories close.  

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          Cowboys | Darren McFadden the likely backup   
Dallas Cowboys RB Darren McFadden is expected to serve as the No. 2 running back this season, according to David Moore of the Dallas Morning News. Footballguys View: McFadden won't see much time with Ezekiel Elliott leading the way. With McFadden as the no2 back, Alfred Morris could be expendable. There have been reports earlier this year that indicated Morris would be traded or released.
          Baker Hughes shareholders OK GE deal, closing date set   
Shareholders of Baker Hughes Inc. (NYSE: BHI) have overwhelmingly approved the Houston-based company’s combination with GE Oil & Gas. As such, the deal is expected to close July 3, Baker Hughes and Boston-based General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) announced June 30. Baker Hughes shares will continue to trade on the NYSE until the market closes on July 3. The combined company will be called Baker Hughes, a GE company, and shares will begin trading on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol…

          A Usability Guy’s Journey to Creating his First KDE Tool – Part 1: Baby Steps   
I, psychologist by education, human-centered interaction designer by trade – my only completed software project so far being a web-based Advent calendar I made years ago – have embarked on a journey to write my first KDE tool. How did
          Redfin files with SEC to raise up to $100 million via IPO   

Redfin Corp. on Friday filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission to raise up to $100 million in an initial public offering. The online real estate broker said the sale could take place "as soon as practicable" following the regulatory filing. In the first three months of the year, the company recorded a loss of $28.1 million and revenue of $59.9 million. The underwriters for the deal are Goldman Sachs & Co., Allen & Co., Bank of America Merrill Lynch, RBC Capital Markets, Oppenheimer & Co. and Stifel. Redfin will trade on Nasdaq under the ticker symbol RDFN.

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          AMD's stock slips toward its second 6-session losing streak in June   

Advanced Micro Devices Inc.'s stock slipped 0.2% in afternoon trade Friday, putting it in danger of a sixth-straight loss, amid growing worries over competition in the cryptocurrency market. Although this would mark the second six-session losing streak this month--the other ended on June 16--the stock was still up 12.4% in June. The chip maker's monthly gain was supported by two four-session win streaks, one ending June 8 that added 18%, and another ending June 22 that added 26%. On Friday, RBC Capital analyst Mitch Steves fueled the competition fears, by saying if AMD faced a crytocurrency battle with Nvidia Corp. , "we think Nvidia would win." Nvidia's stock was up 1.0% in June. Meanwhile the PHLX Semiconductor Index has lost 4.8% and the S&P 500 has tacked on 0.6% this month.

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          Wheat prices rally toward a more than 1-year high   

Wheat futures prices were poised Friday for their highest finish in more than a year after the U.S. Department of Agriculture lowered its acreage estimate for U.S. wheat plantings. "Total U.S. wheat planted acres were estimated slightly lower than the March 31 planting intentions and pre-report trade estimates," Steve Kahler, chief operating officer at Teucrium Trading LLC, told MarketWatch. "More importantly, the current 45.7 million acre estimate for U.S. wheat plantings is the lowest area on record since 1919," he said. The drought conditions in the Northern tier states will remain the focus for the market, with "moisture making or breaking this year's spring wheat crop," he said. September wheat was up 21 cents, or 4.2%, at $5.17 a bushel. A settlement around this level would be the highest for most-active contract since June 2016.

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          Nike's stock jump gives Dow a big boost, paces S&P 500 gainers   

Nike Inc.'s stock sprinted 8.5% higher Friday morning toward a 3 1/2-month high, pacing the S&P 500 gainers, as it was on track to post the biggest one-day gain since September 2015. The price gain of $4.50 was adding about 32 points to the price of the Dow Jones Industrial Average , which was up 77 points in morning trade. The rally comes after the athletic apparel and accessories maker reported better-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter results, and confirmed a deal to sell its wares through Inc. . The magnitude of the rally was a surprise to options traders, which had priced in a one-day post-earnings move of about 5.1%. Nike's stock has climbed 13% year to date, while the Dow has gained 8.1%.

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          Blue Apron shares slump to fall below issue price, bucking average IPO return trends   

Shares of Blue Apron Holdings were slumping 4% Friday morning to trade below the company's IPO price in the stock's second day of trading. Blue Apron priced its offering at $10 a share and opened and closed at $10 Thursday after oscillating between $10 and $11 throughout the day. Blue Apron shares were trading around $9.74 Friday morning. The average first-day return for IPOs so far this year has been 8% to 9%, according to Renaissance Capital, a manager of IPO-focused ETFs. In the second quarter of the year, 25.5% of IPOs had a negative first-day return, higher than the first quarter which saw 20% of deals with a negative first-day return. IPOs in the fourth-quarter of 2016 fared worse, with 36.7% bringing in a first-day negative return. Overall returns were strong for the second-quarter, with 68.1% trading above issue price at the end of the quarter.

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          Stock market opens higher as Wall Street looks to wrap volatile week in the green   

U.S. stocks on Friday climbed and a selloff in bonds subsided somewhat, as a report on inflation and spending came in weaker than expected. The Dow Jones Industrial Average rose 0.5% at 21,371, the S&P 500 index gained 0.4% at 2,429, while the Nasdaq Composite Index climbed 0.3% at 6,165. Friday's moves follow a downdraft for equities in the previous session, underpinned by selling in technology shares , more than offsetting gains in the financial sector . Among corporate news, shares of Nike Inc. climbed and was buoying the Dow, after the sportswear giant late Thursday posted better-than-expected quarterly profit and sales. Meanwhile, government bond-yields looked to stabilize in early trade after spiking throughout the week on investor fears that global central bankers would put an end to easy-money policies, which have supported bond prices and pushed yields to record lows. The 10-year Treasury note was at 2.27% in recent trade. Prices move inversely to yields. On the data front, a consumer report early Friday showed the Federal Reserve's preferred inflation gauge, the price index for personal-consumption expenditures, fell 0.1% in May from the prior month while personal consumption expenditures increased a seasonally adjusted 0.1% in May from the prior month, the Commerce Department said. Friday's action caps a bumpy week for equities and closes out the month, quarter and first half of 2017.

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          Cara Therapeutics' stock plunges after mixed trial results prompts analyst downgrade   

Shares of Cara Therapeutics Inc. plunged 27% in premarket trade Friday, after mixed results from a phase 2b trial of the biotechnology company's pain medication prompted a downgrade at Janney Montgomery Scott. Analyst Ken Trbovich cut his rating to neutral from buy, saying the results of the trial weren't strong enough to achieve statistical significance at the highest dose and did not show an effect at lower doses. The result of the trial "gives us less confidence in the outlook for a positive outcome for the phase 3 than we had previously," Trbovich wrote in a note to clients. The stock had nearly tripled year to date through Thursday, while the iShares Nasdaq Biotechnology ETF had rallied 18% and the S&P 500 had gained 8.1%.

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          GST rollout: Here’s what India Inc, others say   
India’s biggest tax reform since its independence in 1947 is set to rollout at the midnight of Friday and Saturday. GST is set to change the way trade and commerce is carried out in the country. Here’s what India Inc and other stakeholders have to say about the landmark GST launch
          UK Government suffers defeat in court by Palestine campaigners over boycott, divestment and sanctions   
LONDON/PNN/ The Palestine Solidarity Campaign has won a key victory for the peaceful Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions movement against the UK government today. War on Want, Campaign Against Arms Trade and the Quakers supported the legal challenge with witness statements. PSC was represented in the proceedings by Bindmans LLP, Nigel Giffin QC and Zac Sammour. …
          Centene to offer ACA plans on the Missouri exchange in 2018   

Centene Corp. said Friday it will offer health insurance plans under the Affordable Care Act on the Missouri exchange in 2018. The company, which is headquartered in Missouri, said it will offer plans called Ambetter in 40 counties in the state that are not expected to have coverage by any other health insurer. "We strive to be a responsible partner with the state and are committed to working closely with regulators and policymakers to collaborate on actions that stabilize the market and offer affordable coverage options," Chief Executive Michael Neidorff said in a statement. Shares were not yet active in premarket trade, but have gained 41% in 2017, while the S&P 500 has gained 8%.

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          Nike's stock surge accounting for half of Dow's early gain   

Nike Inc.'s stock rallied $3.53, or 6.6%, in premarket trade Friday, after better-than-expected fiscal fourth-quarter results and confirmation that it would sell sneakers on Inc. , which could be accounting for about half of the Dow Jones Industrial Average's early gain. The stock's price gain would add about 24 points to the Dow's price, and Dow e-mini futures were last up 51 points. Nike's stock has gained 4.6% year to date through Thursday, while the Dow has climbed 7.7%.

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          Microsoft planning to unveil major reorganization July 5: report   

Microsoft Inc. is planning to unveil a major reorganization on July 5, the Puget Sound Business Journal has reported. The Seattle-based publication said sources told it the changes would better align the company with its cloud-first strategy. Microsoft has been putting more focus on its Azure cloud business, which competes with Inc.'s Amazon Web Services cloud-computing division, the leader in the business. Microsoft shares were slightly higher in premarket trade Friday, and have gained 10% in 2017, while the Dow Jones Industrial Average and the S&P 500 have gained about 8%.

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          Bemis to cut 300 jobs, close 2 facilities   

Bemis Co. Inc. said it will cut 300 jobs as part of a restructuring plan aimed at saving about $55 million to $60 million a year. The job cuts will be made over the next three years. The job cuts represent about 5% of the global administrative workforce, and about 1.7% of the total workforce. The plastic packaging supplier said it will close two manufacturing facilities, with one closure beginning this year and the other in 2018. The employees of those facilities will be transferred to other locations. "During April, we began a review to align our U.S. manufacturing and administrative cost structures with the demands of our customer base to better position the Company in the current environment and for its long-term success," said Chief Executive William Austen. "Given the challenges in the Brazilian economic environment, we also expanded the scope of our review to include our entire global business." The stock, which was still inactive in premarket trade, has lost 1.8% year to date while the S&P 500 has gained 8.1%.

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          Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway to exercise warrants to buy 700 mln Bank of America shares   

Shares of Bank of America Corp. rose 1% in premarket trade Friday, after Warren Buffett's Berkshire Hathaway Inc. said it will exercise its warrants to buy 700 million shares of the bank's common stock, when the Bank of America's dividend increase takes effect. The exercise price of the warrants will be about $7.14 a share, which is 71% below Thursday's closing price of $24.32. 700 million shares of common stock would represent about 7.0% of the shares outstanding, which would make Berkshire the largest shareholder, above the 6.6% stake owned by The Vanguard Group Inc., according to FactSet. Berkshire said it will use its $5 billion worth of 6% preferred Bank of America stock as consideration to buy the common stock. Berkshire received the warrants to buy the common stock when it bought the preferred stock on Aug. 25, 2011. The stock has rallied 10.1% year to date through Thursday, while the SPDR Financial Select Sector ETF has tacked on 6.2% and the S&P 500 has gained 8.1%.

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          Cavaliers Rumors: Cleveland Almost Traded Kyrie Irving To Phoenix In Exchange For Eric Bledsoe, Fourth Overall   

Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers handles the ball against Eric Bledsoe #2 of the Phoenix Suns during an NBA game.

The Cleveland Cavaliers almost had an entirely different lineup before the 2017 NBA Draft. The Cavaliers were reportedly involved in a five-team trade that will send Carmelo Anthony and Paul George to Cleveland. The latest rumors added that Kyrie Irving was part of the deal with Irving heading to the Phoenix Suns in exchange for Eric Bledsoe and the 2017 fourth overall pick.

Jonathan Sherman of Cavaliers Nation first reported that the Cavaliers were involved in a five-team trade talk that would have brought Anthony and George to Cleveland. The deal reportedly fell through because the teams involved are not interested in Kevin Love, his contract and injury history.

After more than a week, details of the failed trade have emerged. The five teams involved in the supposed blockbuster trade include the Cleveland Cavaliers, New York Knicks, Indiana Pacers, Phoenix Suns, and Denver Nuggets. The Cavaliers were not only getting Anthony and George but also Bledsoe from the Suns.

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          NBA Rumors: Jeremy Lin To Get Traded If Nets Sign J.J. Redick This Summer?   

Jeremy Lin #7 of the Brooklyn Nets dribbles up the court during an NBA game.

Jeremy Lin is looking to bounce back next season after an injury-riddled first year with the Brooklyn Nets. However, the latest NBA rumors suggest that Lin could be on his way out of Brooklyn this summer. The Nets are reportedly looking to find a more suitable backcourt mate for newly-acquired point guard D’Angelo Russell.

The NBA trade rumors involving Jeremy Lin started after the Nets traded Brook Lopez and the 27th overall pick to the Los Angeles Lakers in exchange for Russell and Timofey Mozgov. Lopez was the longest-tenured Nets on the roster but he was still traded. It does not erase the fact that Nets general manager Sean Marks is not afraid to part ways with loyal players like Lopez and possibly Lin.

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          Carmelo Anthony Weighing His Options: Where Will He Play Next Season? It May Not Even Be His Call!   

The NBA Free Agency 2017 will be in full swing come July 1 and one of the most intriguing story lines isn’t even about a free agent. Disgruntled All-Star Carmelo Anthony is reportedly deciding where he wants to play next season. The irony of this all is that he may have no control over it.

Carmelo Anthony of the New York Knicks has been linked to a number of teams since last year’s trade deadline. His relationship with the recently-fired Knicks GM Phil Jackson has deteriorated after a number of failed trade attempts that left the superstar, his teammates, the team, and the city disillusioned. According to Sporting News, it even came to a point that the Zen Master himself requested for Anthony to waive his no-trade clause so that the Knicks can move him. Alas, none of it came to fruition and the Melo-Saga (some say Melo-drama) continues.

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          Carmelo Anthony Trade Rumors: New York Knicks Still Trying To Trade Anthony, Will Not Buy Out Contract   

Carmelo Anthony Leading New York Knicks Against Cavs

Carmelo Anthony trade rumors haven’t stopped, despite the New York Knicks moving on without team president Phil Jackson at the helm. This seems to hint that the Knicks are ready to move on as a franchise and that the front office is still hoping Anthony will waive his no-trade clause. A report by the New York Post just came out that reveals Anthony is still on the trade block. The report also confirms that the Knicks aren’t willing to offer Anthony a contract buyout to part ways with the All-Star forward.

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          Canton Ticino - Radar sulle strade del Canton Ticino, ecco dove saranno - Canton Ticino - Varese News   
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          Big Data Machine Learning: Patterns for Predictive Analytics   

We will start by discussing two phases. First is the training phase where you will learn a model from training data. Next is the predicting phase where you will use the model to predict the unknown or future outcome.

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          Baker McKenzie makes up 80 partners globally; 5 in London   
Baker McKenzie has completed its latest round of partner promotions, in which the firm made up 80 new partners across its global offices.

The firm’s London office includes five new partners: employment lawyer Kim Sartin, corporate lawyer Susie Davies, international commerce and trade specialist Jennifer Revis, real estate lawyer Ben Farnell and financial services specialist Mark Simpson.

The firm made up the same number of women and men in London last year. Baker McKenzie’s Toronto office saw the most promotions this year, with seven new partners.

          Apache HBase: The NoSQL Database for Hadoop and Big Data   

Use HBase when you need random, real-time read/write access to your Big Data. The goal of the HBase project is to host very large tables — billions of rows multiplied by millions of columns — on clusters built with commodity hardware. HBase is an open-source, distributed, versioned, column-oriented store modeled after Google’s Bigtable. Just as Bigtable leverages the distributed data storage provided by the Google File System, HBase provides Bigtable-like capabilities on top of Hadoop and HDFS.

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          Sidetrade acquiert C-Radar   
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          Up-and-coming Novelist Brings New exciting Life to Juvenile Mystery Fiction   

Sheila Adam McIntyre published The Secret in the Forest (Infinity Publishing, 2010), her first teenage mystery novel that features her trademark characters Jonathan Taylor and Buzz Cameron, a pair of adventurous 13-year-old boys. Their recklessness and desire for adventure land them in a forbidden forest, a place with a scary, creepy reputation. -   - Readers see a bit of Tom Sawyer, Huckleberry Finn, and The Hardy Boys in Jonathan and Buzz, who enter the forest despite grave warnin

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          Press Service of the State Capital of Düsseldorf: First Stage of the Tour de France 2017 Starts With the Individual Time Trials on 1 July at the Düsseldorf Trade Fair, Germany, June 30, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- - 198 racing cyclists introduced at the team presentation in Düsseldorf Successful start of the Tour de France 2017 at Burgplatz in Düsseldorf: on the stage of the tour organiser A.S.O., on Thursday, 29 June, the 22 teams...

          Call Kurtis: Are Trade-In Websites Worth It?   
When the iPhone 4S came out, Brad Wilbourn knew he wanted to find a way to get it.
          After 3 days and 140 witnesses, public hearing on NAFTA hints at huge work ahead for U.S. negotiators   

As Washington events go these days, the hearing on the North American Free Trade Agreement was a snoozer: panel after panel of speakers reading five-minute-long statements, one after another, followed by a round of questions from a team of government bureaucrats.

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          NameDrop App In TradeShow   
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          DOJ Drops Trademark Fight With Redskins   
The Justice Department announced that it will allow restoration of the Washington Redskins' trademarks in light of a recent Supreme Court decision.
          E-Trade: не завидуй богачу - будь им   
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          Q and A with Canadian Ambassador David MacNaughton   
BUSINESS MONDAY  MARCH 19, 2017 3:00 PM NAFTA, free trade and jobs, oil pipelines are all on Canadian ambassador’s plate BY MIMI WHITEFIELD A spur of the moment decision to attend a student Liberal Party convention when David MacNaughton … Continue reading
          2013 Dodge Viper Will Bring You to The New World   

Undeniable that the 2013 Dodge Viper is a supercar, I can say that because in its aspect and performance. A new trademark, a plucked name, a different look, and a better power train: the 2013 Dodge SRT Viper is comeback with high innovation to improve itself become a dynamic car. To answer the trend of […]

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          Trump and Moon must unite to send a tough message to North Korea - The Hill (blog)   

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          South Korea to buy American gas, build new factories in US   

South Korean companies announced Thursday plans to import more American shale gas and build new factories in the U.S. as the two countries' leaders prepare to hold summit talks in Washington where trade is expected to be a key issue. The Korea Chamber of Commerce and Industry, South Korea's largest business association, said Thursday that major South Korean companies had proposed a slew of new investments ahead of President Moon Jae-in's meetings Friday with President Donald Trump.



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          U.S. CFTC reaches first non-prosecution deal with ex-Citigroup traders   
The U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission struck its first-ever non-prosecution deal with three former traders from a unit of Citigroup on Thursday, in what could signal part of a broader new enforcement strategy to win cooperation from Wall Street. The country's top derivatives regulator said three former traders, Jeremy Lao and Shlomo Salant of New York and Daniel Liao of Japan, had all cooperated with the CFTC into its investigation of illegal "spoofing" - a manipulative trading tactic in which traders create the false appearance of market interest by placing orders and then immediately cancel them. The CFTC had previously fined Citigroup $25 million in the case, which involved spoofing of U.S. Treasury futures. That was the first time a bank had been charged with spoofing since the CFTC won broad new powers in the 2010 Dodd-Frank law to go after the practice. In March, the CFTC also filed civil charges against two other traders in connection with the case, ordering them
          U.S. SEC to allow firms to file confidential draft statements before IPOs   
The U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission said on Thursday it was expanding the Jumpstart Our Business Startups (JOBS) Act, by allowing all public companies to file confidentially prior to initial public offerings, in a move designed to revitalize the IPO market. This is the first major policy announcement by new SEC Chairman Jay Clayton, in an effort to help companies raise money more readily. Under current law, all publicly-traded companies with annual gross revenues of $1 billion or less can already file confidential draft IPO paperwork with the SEC. These companies, known as emerging growth companies (EGCs), won this perk in the 2012 JOBS Act, as part of an effort to lower regulatory burdens and give them time to work out kinks with the SEC before unveiling IPO paperwork publicly and pitching to investors. The new rule, which will take effect from Saturday, July 10, would be available for IPOs as well as most offerings made in the first year after a company has entered
          New GCSEs force curriculum trade-off   
An Essex school’s plans to restructure its timetable to meet the demands of the new “big fat” GCSEs has coincided with the announcement from Ofsted’s chief inspector of a crackdown on schools that are narrowing the curriculum to focus on exams. Clacton County High has told parents that from September it will increase traditional hour-long lessons to 75 minutes to give pupils “a more in-depth learning experience”. Principal Neil Gallagher said pupils will have four lessons a day instead of five, although the school’s start and finish time will stay the same. No subjects will be dropped, but “optional” subjects will now have two-and-a-half hours teaching per week compared with the previous three. Teaching time for core subjects will increase: English GCSE, for example, will go up to five hours a week. The change is in response to the tougher English and maths GCSEs introduced for first examination this summer. New exams in other subjects will be phased in over the next two years. Preparing for GCSEs so early gives young people less time to study a range of subjects in depth The demands mean that many schools now begin preparation for GCSEs in year 9 instead of year 10....
          Ex-State Street executive pleads guilty in U.S. fraud case   
A former State Street Corp executive pleaded guilty on Wednesday in connection with what U.S. prosecutors said was a scheme to defraud six clients through secret commissions on billions of dollars worth of trades. Edward Pennings, a former senior managing director in State Street's London office, pleaded guilty in federal court in Boston to one count of conspiring to commit wire fraud and securities fraud, prosecutors said. Pennings is one of three former State Street executives to face U.S. charges in connection with the probe. The Boston-based bank in January to agree to pay $64.6 million to resolve related U.S. criminal and civil investigations. A lawyer for Pennings, who lives in Britain, did not immediately respond to a request for comment. A second former executive, Richard Boomgaardt, who lives in Britain and was head of State Street's transition management desk for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, is expected to plead guilty on July 12, according to court records. The
          Lawsuit over Deutsche Bank's Russia trades dismissed - U.S. judge   
A federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit accusing Deutsche Bank AG of concealing major deficiencies in its anti-money laundering controls, even as it allowed "mirror trades" to launder money out of Russia as part of a $10 billion trading scheme. U.S. District Judge Analisa Torres in Manhattan on Wednesday said investors who bought the German bank's securities in the United States failed to specify how Deutsche Bank materially misled or intended to mislead them about its controls. Though the 158-page complaint offers "evidence that the bank's anti-money laundering and know-your-customer procedures were deficient at identifying the mirror trades, statements concerning the adequacy of the bank's internal controls are not actionable," Torres wrote. The proposed class-action case was brought on behalf of Deutsche Bank investors, led by Andrei Sfiraiala, from Jan. 31, 2013 to July 26, 2016. Their lawyer Jeremy Lieberman said in an email that the investors intend to appeal, and that
          Trump ups trade tensions with SKorea in welcoming new leader   
WASHINGTON (AP) -- President Donald Trump and South Korea&apos;s new leader showed joint resolve on North Korea on Friday despite their divergent philosophies for addressing the nuclear threat, yet the U.S. opened up a new front of discord by demanding a renegotiation of a landmark 2012 trade pact between the two countries....
          Sabres Population Just Went Up, Even With Some Players Out   
The Buffalo Sabres just made a big trade (in relative terms) with the Minnesota Wild and brought back a familiar face.  A former captain is back in the fold which means that the population of his town has gone up by 1... Continue reading…
          Comment on ISMAR… Where to start… by ISMAR 2009: An Augmented Reality “Top Chef” Coopetition | UgoTrade   
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          Trump’s ‘Energy Dominance’ Push Ignores Some Important Realities    
Market forces are calling the shots on fossil and renewable energies, analysts say, and the risks as other countries rein in carbon emissions can’t be ignored.

Mainstream experts in energy policy and finance reacted skeptically to the White House's carefully orchestrated energy policy hootenanny this week, as President Donald Trump and his Cabinet declared what he called "a golden age of American energy dominance."

Several analysts said the phrase betrayed an insubstantial and simplistic way of looking at the complex issues of energy markets, technology trends, climate risks and regulatory trade-offs that make up the nation's energy policy landscape.

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          Tradeshow Trends: Budgets, Expectations, Logistics, and More [Infographic]   
What do exhibitors really think about tradeshows? How do they choose to attend, and what are their budgets? This infographic highlights results from one survey of tradeshow exhibitors and illustrates trends in the channel. Read the full article at MarketingProfs
          Lawsuit Alleges Sprint Used Trade Secrets To Sink RadioShack   

Sprint is facing down a lawsuit from a committee of RadioShack creditors who say that the carrier obtained trade secrets from RadioShack and used them to open competing stores that contributed to the technology chain’s demise. According to these creditors, Sprint’s actions were one of the leading causes of RadioShack having to close up shop. […]

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          Report: Timberwolves Trade Ricky Rubio To Utah Jazz   
The Ricky Rubio era is apparently over for the Minnesota Timberwolves.
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          LG G6 Prime & G6 Alpha To Hit Europe, New Trademarks Suggest   

LG Electronics on Thursday filed for trademarks on the terms “LG G6 Prime” and “LG G6 Alpha,” with the South Korean original equipment manufacturer (OEM) submitting the necessary paperwork with the European Union Intellectual Property Office (EUIPO). The trademarks were submitted less than 24 hours before the Seoul-based tech giant released the LG G6 Plus and LG […]

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          Wild Trade Scandella, Pominville To Sabres   
The team announced Friday it has traded the 27-year-old Scandella and 34-year-old Pominville to the Sabres for Tyler Ennis, Marcus Foligno and a draft pick.
          Trump: Patience with North Korea is over   
With the South Korean president at his side, President Trump also disparaged the current trade agreement with South Korea
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          High Volume Abdominal Training & More   
Looking to develop a killer set of abdominals in a very short time? Give this training program a shot. It isn't going to be easy, but you will see abs in under eight weeks. Let's check out the details!


Train your abdominals four times per week, on the same day you're training with weights. This will allow your central nervous system (CNS) to recover on the rest days, and not be troubled with ab training. Start with about ten minutes of crunches, followed by ten minutes of lower ab training. Lying leg raises usually work best. End the day with five minutes of oblique training. The side abdominals are most affected by movements like light dumbbell side crunches or broomstick twists. Twenty-five minutes of abdominal training, four times per week, and you should have your bases covered!


Each morning, stretch out your midsection for about five minutes using broomstick twists. Not only will this tighten up your obliques, but it will allow you to break up lactic acid in your entire midsection which has accumulated over the night of sleep following your previous day's workout. No need to break a sweat here just train light and enjoy yourself!


Cut out unnecessary sugar and fats from your diet. It's okay to eat "normal", but foods such as soda and chocolate really have no place in your dietary regimen if you wish to have a well-defined midsection. It's a simple trade-off. Decide which you like more eating junk or having a terrific set of abs.


You might have the best abs in the world, but if your body fat is high (15% or greater), the world will never know. Keep your body fat under 8% by adding 30 minutes of cardio to your routine, four days per week. Train immediately upon waking, before you have consumed any calories even coffee or juice. Never complete cardio on the day before a weight training session of legs, or on the morning of such training.


Often overlooked in the leaning up process, water helps the machine that is your body to function in a much more efficient and effective manner. Drink 8 to 16 cups of water per evening.


You can certainly develop a great set of abdominals without taking a single supplement. However, their use can certainly accelerate the process and get your midsection looking better even faster! A commonly used legal supplement is known as ECA. This involves taking 25 mg of ephedrine (commonly sold as Bronkaid), 200 mg of caffeine (available at any grocery store in yellow pill format) and 250 aspirin. Take your ECA stack immediately upon waking in the morning, and again mid-day. Taking it too late in the day may result in an inability to fall asleep in the evening.

Follow these steps and you should have an excellent looking midsection in just eight short weeks. If you fall off track, don't worry. A cheat meal or extended weekend of rest is necessary every now and then. The important part is to immediately return to the gym and your ab training, and get right back on track!

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          Manchester City and Tottenham to enter Checkatrade Trophy next season   

• Tweaked format prompts them to put their under-21 sides in tournament
• Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United again turn down invitation

Manchester City and Tottenham have accepted an invitation to enter their under-21 sides into the Checkatrade Trophy, having turned down the opportunity last season.

They join Chelsea among next season’s Champions League clubs in entering alongside League One and League Two sides. Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United have again abstained.

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          L.A. Trade-Tech algebra innovations spark uproar — and an internal investigation   

Faced with dismal success rates, Los Angeles Trade-Technical College was desperate for new ideas to help some of the city’s most underprepared students gain the math skills needed to earn a degree or transfer to a four-year university.

The college, like many of its California peers, had fallen...

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          Ledcor offering scholarships for Haisla youth   

Ledcor is offering two annual scholarships of $1250.00 each for Haisla youth aged 17-29 entering eligible programs. Eligible programs include post-secondary degrees as well as certificate and diploma programs if related to the skilled trades, human resources, engineering, finance and business. Click here to view and download the application form. Haisla Nation Council Education Department [...]

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          Il seguente e' la mia ennesima lettera d'amore a Boo. Vi conviene saltare a pie' pari . Niente da vedere, circolare, circolare.   
Questa cosa fara' molto 2006, ma ieri abbiamo visto Boo e tutto e' perfetto nel mondo.

Performava come ospite al cabaret al Landor di questo suo amico (mai sentito prima) con cui era in Out of this world a Chichester (o qualcosa del genere, non stavo prestando particolare attenzione, visto che il tizio non e' nemmeno un granche'..)

La prima cosa che mi ha detto che e' stata quanto mi stavano bene i capelli. Cosi', di sua sponte. Dopodiche' non ci ho capito piu' niente.

Ad un certo punto io e Kieran (il suo bf) ci stavamo piegando in due a dirci quanto eravamo impediti senza Google Maps (perche' la casa a East Finchley l'hanno venduta e a quanto pare stanno comprando casa in un posto al nord [dove, mi dice la regia, vive anche Kerry Ellis] e io ho fatto un faccia come a dire ENDOCAZZOSTA' e Kieran si e' spanciato =_=) e quanto ci hanno messo a venire giu' da North London per via dei lavori sulle strade, con conseguente disgressione sui prezzi delle case e che con lo stesso prezzo del flat che avevano prima adesso si prendono un'intera casa, e come dovremmo andarecene anche noi fuori Londra per avere prezzi piu' affordabili...(povero fesso, se sapesse a quanto ammontano le nostre finanze..a quel prezzo ci prendiamo il potting shed per il giardino. Poi non avremmo un giardino dove metterlo, ma vabbe'' dettagli..)

Clare era tutta dolorante e mezza raffreddata e nel mezzo delle prove di C4U (LOL) e quando le abbiamo detto ci vediamo alla prima preview ha cominciato a fare NO NO NO VI PREGO NON VENITE ALLA PRIMA DATEMI UN PO' DI GIORNI NO NO NO e noi eravamo tipo..ehrm..too late, abbiamo gia' prenotato, oops..e lei ha fatto un facepalm epico.
Al che noi abbiamo cercato di buttarla sul ridere, ma dai, su, siamo solo noi, perche' mai dovresti essere cosi' preoccupata?? e lei, senza nemmeno pensarci su, senza perdere una battuta, ha detto: "perche' voi siete oneste con me".
E io sono morta un po' dentro.

Ma soprattutto..quando mai? Abbiamo visto le peggio merde solo per vederla performare..
Forse e' solo perche' le facciamo uno smembramento certosino di ogni sua performance ogni volta, invece del solito 'brava' che ti dice la gente che non ha mai visto uno show in vita sua..

Abbiamo anche fatto, come al nostro solito, la Danza degli Arrivederci, che consiste nel dirsi ciao per mezz'ora e poi trovare sempre qualcosa da dire, il che porta ad un altro giro di abbracci e baci e arrivederci, per poi ricordarsi una cosa all'ultimo secondo, e cosi' via, ad lib.

Ad un certo punto mentre era sul punto di andare fa MA OMG IO NON VI VEDO DA OLEANNA, COSA CAZZO AVEVO DA FARE CHE NON VI HO BECCATE e si e' scervellata per 5 minuti sulla dinamica del nostro mancato incontro mentre noi le dicevamo ma guarda che e' ok, eh..non fa niente..e lei ad insistere che c'era qualcosa di wrong quel giorno, era successo qualcosa, era andata dal dottore in macchina. Vabbe' tesoro, it's ok..

Cmq, boh, ci siamo abbracciate a morte e lei e' sempre uno scricciolino che mi sparisce tra le braccia e non abbiamo piu' quella psicosi da fangirls ululanti ma riusciamo addirittura a fare discorsi da adulti e parlare come esseri umani e tra una settimana e' tipo i suo compleanno e siamo trentunenni tutte e due e omg siamo cosi' cresciute.

Chi l'avrebbe mai detto, 5 anni fa, che saremmo arrivate a questo punto?
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          PBA Spare Shots: PBA’s Influence on International Bowling Community Continues to Grow   

Bowlers from around the world have always considered the PBA as the gold standard. If you wanted to find out how good you are, you had to bowl against – and beat – the world’s best. For decades, that was a difficult decision to make because the Fédération Internationale des Quilleurs, the international governing body in the eyes of the International Olympic Committee, banned professionals from its ranks.

(Feature photo, from left: Members of the victorious international team in the inaugural USA Vs. The World team match held during PBA World Series of Bowling II in Las Vegas in 2010 were Finland’s Osku Palermaa, Kimmo Lehtonen and Mika Koivuniemi, Canada’s Dan MacLelland, Australia’s Jason Belmonte and Venezuela’s Amleto Monacelli)

That policy changed in 2008, when the World Tenpin Bowling Association (WTBA) – now World Bowling – became the official governing body of tenpin bowling and opened its doors to professionals in the hopes of advancing bowling’s hope to gain Olympic acceptance, meaning that international players would no longer jeopardize eligibility to represent their national teams if the joined the PBA.

The introduction of the multi-event PBA World Series of Bowling concept a year later brought a veritable flood of international players into PBA competition. While notable players like PBA Tour champions Amleto Monacelli of Venezuela (1982), Sweden’s Mats Karlsson (1983) and Finland’s Mika Koivuniemi (1999), among a handful of others, had ventured into the PBA arena prior to 2008, the inaugural WSOB included an unprecedented 28 players from 14 different countries.

flagsThe WSOB has continued to welcome players from around the world. Since 2009, 38 different countries have been represented in the World Series, including a record 23 countries and 55 international players last year in Reno. The same sort of trend has had an impact of the recently-resurrected Professional Women’s Bowling Association Tour, which has featured a strong influx of international players.

In 2017, the PBA has seen international competition grow in events not previously known for global appeal, such as the Xtra Frame PBA Tour program and, this week, the Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Oklahoma Open, which includes 16 nations and 26 international players in its field of 91.

It’s an exciting trend for bowling, especially as the sport continues to seek the attention of the IOC and bowling manufacturers continue to expand their global markets. It’s good for bowling fans around the world, who can cheer for their home-country favorites thanks to the advent of Xtra Frame, and other social media outlets with world-wide accessibility. And it’s good for competition, because the level of talent in PBA competition has never been stronger, which only adds to the prestige of winning a PBA Tour title.


This week’s Xtra Frame’s live streaming schedule will feature qualifying round coverage of the PBA Grand Casino Hotel & Resort Oklahoma Open from FireLake Bowling Center in Shawnee, Okla., through Friday, leading up to two days of live ESPN coverage of the Oklahoma Open’s nine-player stepladder finals Saturday and Sunday, July 1-2, at 1 p.m. EDT both days. The Oklahoma Open finals also will be live streamed on ESPN and the WatchESPN app.

This week’s PWBA Tour coverage features the Orlando Open Friday and Saturday.

Heading into July, Xtra Frame’s schedule includes the Teen Masters from Richmond, Va., July 5-7; the PWBA St. Petersburg-Clearwater Open from Seminole, Fla., July 7-8; the Proprietors Cup from Beavercreek, Ohio, July 8-9; the Nationwide PWBA Rochester (N.Y.) Open, July 14-15; the PBA50 South Shore Open from Hammond, Ind., July 25-27; the XF Striking Against Breast Cancer Mixed Doubles from Copperfield Bowl in Houston, Texas, July 28-30, which will award PBA and PWBA Tour titles; and the PBA50 Dave Small’s Championship Lanes Classic from Anderson, Ind., July 30-Aug. 1. For broadcast time and other details, check under the “schedules” tab on

PBA fans also can follow real-time results for PBA50, PBA Xtra Frame Tour and all PBA Regional events by visiting the “live scoring” feature on PWBA live scoring is available on

Xtra Frame subscription packages are available for three days, 30 days and a full year. To sign up, visit for details.


PBA50 competitor Chris Warren of Grants Pass, Ore., teamed up with Darren Tang of San Francisco to win the PBA50/PBA Sands Regency West/Northwest Doubles Open, presented by MOTIV, at High Sierra Lanes Sunday over PBA50 rookie Michael Haugen Jr. of Phoenix and Tang’s younger brother, amateur Michael Tang, 449-422.

Warren and Darren Tang took an early lead and a costly open late in the game by Michael Tang, combined with Haugen’s inability to carry pocket hits, resulted in Warren claiming his fourth PBA50 Regional title while Darren Tang picked up his second title since becoming a member a year ago.

In the single elimination match play leading up to the title match, the Warren/Tang team swept Utah amateurs Clay Rees from Riverton and Craig Harrington of Harriman, 3-0. Warren/Tang then defeated the San Jose, Calif., team of Gregory Thompson Jr. and Marty Deh in the semifinal match, 490-416, while the Haugen/Tang team survived a semifinal round shootout against PJ Haggerty from Roseville, Calif., and Las Vegan Ron Mohr, 546-545.

● PBA rookie Andrew Anderson of Holly, Mich., defeated Chandler Stevens of Archbold, Ohio, 216-177, to win his first PBA title in the PBA Pro Bowl West Central/Midwest Challenge presented by Roto Grip at Pro Bowl West on Saturday.

Challenge events are open to PBA members without a PBA title or non-members who have never won a PBA event. In addition to his first title, Anderson won $1,500.

Anderson downed Frank Snodgrass of Center Line, Mich., 228-161, in the semifinal round while Stevens topped Charlie Brown of Grandville, Mich., 208-159, to set up the championship match.

Keith Lesko of Chicago defeated Mark Sullivan of Indianapolis, 222-202, to win the PBA50 Ultimate Inserts Midwest Open presented by Hammer at Lakeside Lanes in Davis, Ill., Sunday. 

Lesko, who led qualifying, took each of the preliminary matches to the maximum number of games.  He defeated Jeff Johnson of Freeport, Ill. 3-2, in the best-of-five-game Round of 8, and then defeated R.J. Alman of Murrysville, Pa., 2-1, in the best-of-three semifinal round. Sullivan bested his travelling partner Danny Clark of New Palestine, Ind. 3-2, before beating Dave Traber of Hebron, Ill., 2-1, in his semifinal match.

Along with his third PBA Regional title Lesko received $1,700.

● The July PBA Regional calendar begins with the PBA and PBA50 Vanessa Brown Homes West Opens, both presented by Columbia 300 at Yosemite Lanes, in Modesto, Calif.

● On the July 7-9 weekend schedule is the PBA50 Cecil Raymond Memorial presented by Columbia 300 at 30 Strikes Bowling Pub & Pizza in Stratford, N.J.

● July 14-16 weekend activity for PBA Regional players includes the Albany Strikers South Open at in Albany, Ga., and the St. Charles Lanes Midwest Open presented by Storm in St. Charles, Mo. The PBA Central Region will conduct a mid-week event, the PBA50 Fairborn Central Classic at Bowl 10 Fairborn in Fairborn, Ohio, July 18-20.

● On the busy July 21-22 PBA Regional calendar are the PBA50 Parkway Lanes Open and the PWBA/PBA Parkway Lanes Open in Elmwood Park, N.J.; the Angola Central/Midwest Open at Angola Bowl in Angola, Ind.; the PBA50 Beverly Lanes Midwest/Central Open presented by Roto Grip in Arlington Heights, Ill.; the Spring Hill South Open at Spring Hill Lanes in Spring Hill, Fla.; the Fort Sill Southwest Open at Twins Oaks Bowling Center in Fort Sill, Okla., and the Secoma Lanes Northwest/West Open, PBA50 Northwest/West Open and PWBA/PBA Open, all presented by Storm, in Federal Way, Wash.

● Also in July are the PBA Japan Region’s first events of 2017, the PBA Chameleon Open on July 23 followed by the Women’s Chameleon Championship on July 30, both at Shinsayama Grand Bowl in Sayama.

● For complete PBA Regional schedules, rules and entry information, visit, open the “schedules” tab and click on PBA Regional Tours to find the event(s) in your area.


● Chris Paul’s blockbuster trade to the Houston Rockets this week also means the annual CP3 PBA Celebrity Invitational will move to Houston in 2018. Details will be announced later.

PBA West/Northwest Region manager Gary Mage (at left with wife Toni) was inducted into the Washington State USBC Hall of Fame Saturday at the Lucky Eagle Casino and Hotel in Rochester, Wash.

● Now available in the PBA Store (, the Marshall Holman t-shirt and polo joins the Signature Collection which already includes Earl Anthony, Mark Roth and Dick Weber signature apparel.

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          MAINTENANCE WORKER - Army and Air Force Exchange Service - Newport News, VA   
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          Bagpiper looking for a band   
Just a bagpiper looking to find someone to jam with in the desert, possibly as a trade. =)

By Mazi Onyebuchi Eze
For Family Writers

The information reaching the news room of Family Writers Press has it that Ohaneze Ndigbo political hungry pigs led by the political Chameleon known as Chief John Nnia Nwodo has declared a systematic war against Biafrans all the world in general and IPOB in particular by sabotaging Biafra restoration. The declaration of war was contained in the speech which John Nnia Nwodo of shame delivered in the Anambra State House of Assembly chamber in Awka. In the John "Chameleon" Nwodo's speech, he publicly challenged the authority vested on Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (De Great) by Biafrans  which is going to attract serious consequences on John "Chameleon" Nwodo reputation in particular and Ohaneze mushroom organization bereft of membership in general after this showdown with IPOB and Biafrans.

Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) under the Supreme command of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu (De Great) cannot pretend ignorance of what Ohaneze Ndigbo of shame and John "Chameleon" Nwodo is turning out to become at the moment because their Chameleon-like body language over the months is already a pointer to IPOB that a day will come when they will pitch tent with the oppressors of Biafrans in Aso Rock to fight against the restoration of Biafra. A point to their chameleons disposition is stemmed at their regular attitude of frequent switching from support of Biafra restoration to call for dubious restructuring. But as Ohaneze Ndigbo led by John Nnia Nwodo has openly shown that they are not interested in Biafra restoration, is it not time for Biafran youths to banish the hungry pigs out of Biafra Land to serve as deterrent to many people who may intend to sabotage the restoration of Biafra in the future on a mere Ghana Must Go bags of money?
Chief John Nnia Nwodo

However, whatever eventually happens with John Nnia Nwodo and Ohaneze political harlots, it is important for everyone in Biafra land to show these fools that the bags of money given to them by Prof Osinbajo in Aso Rock as revealed by an insider from the presidency to Family Writers investigation department, is not more valuable than the lives of Ezu River Igbo youths killed by Anambra state government with the support of Ohaneze Ndigbo just because of their stand for Biafra restoration.
Family Writers Press want Biafrans of Anambra State to ask Ohaneze Ndigbo the following questions:
1. What did Ohaneze and John Nwodo of shame said when Gov Willie Obiano openly supported the massacre of the same Anambra people  inside St Edmund Catholic Church in Nkpor on 29/5/2016 and bath many bullet wounded people with acid to die slowly by Nigeria Army?
2. What did Ohaneze fickle Chameleons and John Nwodo said when Gov Willie Obiano openly declared before Nigeria Army kangaroo panel that nobody was killed at Nkpor even when the massacre was done in a broad daylight?

3. Is it true that Ohaneze hungry pigs went to Aso Rock only to go and collect Ghana Must Go bags of money and have started to fight against Biafra restoration struggle?
All these questions are begging for answers but must be answered by the Ohaneze Ndigbo fickle Chameleons under the leadership of John Nwodo of disgrace. Presently in the investigation room of Family Writers Press is a revelation still under enquiries that politicians in Biafra land placed a bounty of huge amount of money for Ohaneze Ndigbo and other mushroom numberless organizations in Igbo land to challenge and render IPOB "No more Election" order useless and grab the bounty. It is important for Biafrans to ask Ohaneze Ndigbo, how long will you people continue to trade our collective destiny for peanut's money? How long will you people continue to pitch tent with Fulani Janjaweeds from Aso Rock who kill our people with impunity even inside church at Nkpor?

Haba John Nwodo! Where is your hypocritical singing of Biafra youths as your children since you are now going about collecting bags of money from Prof Osinbajo, Gov Willie Obiano and other governorship aspirants in Anambra State in order to destroy the road map of the Biafra youths in restoring Biafra? As you have declared war against Biafra restoration struggle by openly countering the order of Mazi Nnamdi Kanu, be ready to die in shame because Biafrans are going to show you that you are like an ant before Nnamdi Kanu and Ohaneze is like an earth-worm before IPOB. By the time IPOB finish with you and your Ohaneze political hungry pigs, you will bury your head in shame. It is now iron for iron, teeth for teeth and bone for bone with Ohaneze.

As for Anambra governorship election, the battle line has been drawn between IPOB and the political elites in Biafra land who have sucked the blood of our people enough. Biafrans are not even going to allow INEC to anywhere to sit and conduct any election again in Biafra land unless Biafra referendum is conducted by Nigeria government. It is important for John Nwodo to understand that what we are planning against the elections is bigger than a mere boycott of the election but total resistance of the conduct of the election in the first place. The boycott of the election is going to be our final frontier in the framework of NO ELECTION campaign in the designed template of IPOB.
In conclusion, IPOB is calling on Biafrans in Anambra state to disown Ohaneze Ndigbo and John Nwodo because none of those political predators can command even 1000 persons without financial inducement. Then, who and who are the members of Ohaneze Ndigbo? A word is enough for the wise!

          Marketing Specialist - Bühler Motor - Morrisville, PA   
Plans, documents, and coordinates the advertising of products and technology for North America. The Marketing Specialist is responsible for Advertising, Trade...
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          Harvard Is Decadent and Depraved   
  Harvard University is an atheist institution where no Christian parent would ever send their child. So you might be wondering: What kind of students apply to attend this so-called “elite” school? Harvard College rescinded admissions offers to at least ten prospective members of the Class of 2021 after the students traded sexually explicit memes […]
          Patrocinio di Comune e Regione al Liguria Pride: come stanno davvero le cose?   

Da Tursi la conferma (solo per quest'anno), da piazza De Ferrari il diniego (come l'anno scorso). La manifestazione domani nelle strade di Genova

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          Memocorp Office at 259 George St Sydney by The Stella Collective.   

The Stella Collective have finished their first office fit out in the prestigious 259 George St building in Sydney. Although by the time Stella was done with it, 'office fit out' are the last words you’d use to describe it. It’s more 'day spa meets fashion label HQ meets luxe retail space'.

With their trademark fine, black steel shelving units, housing either a plant de jour or a sought after Aesop product, the space has got the Stella stamp all over it. From the feminine pale oak flooring that runs throughout the space, to the shimmery golden finishes, it's as far from a stock standard office as you’re likely to get.

The Stella Collective were going for a boutique hotel feeling or a luxury penthouse and aptly coined the project Office In the Sky.

The building had great bones to work with. The 1,000 square meter, located on the top floor, is subject to some of the most exquisite views Sydney has to offer. Frankly it’s hard to step a foot wrong with that as your backdrop.

Stella was up for a total reinterpretation of what an office space should look and feel like.

“Memocorp office represents a throwing out of the design rules of the past in corporate life to re-interpret the way we interact with our work place. There are defined areas to eat, work, play and unwind yet all feels connected.”

“Light flows from room use, large steel framed glazing replacing the typical ‘shutting off of meeting rooms’, creating light-filled and joyous spaces, whilst also allowing the chance to have privacy when required.”

The aim was for the space to be a nourishing one, to have almost a spiritual effect on the end user.

The space feels very gentle. Feminine. Everything has been carefully detailed and thought through. And one can only applaud each time a design team decides to push the boundaries and try a new approach to commercial design.

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          Market inflection point coming soon, trader says   
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          Remote Entry-Level Wind Energy Permitting Policy and Environmental Affairs Analyst   
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          Updated North American trade deal could boost U.S. chemical exports   
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          Investment Advisor (Prairie Centre Credit Union) - Qtrade Financial Group - Saskatchewan   
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          Bilingual (Mandarin) Marketing and Client Relation Assistant(s) - Brightenview Development - Saskatchewan   
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          Trade Marketing Account Representative (Muskoka) - Imperial Tobacco Company Limited - Ontario   
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          Investment Advisor (Prairie Centre Credit Union) - Qtrade Financial Group - Saskatchewan   
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          Telgte: Kaffee als doppelter Genuss   

Überzeugen durch ausprobieren: Das war am Stand der Fairtrade-Initiative auf dem Wochenmarkt das Motto. Die Ehrenamtlichen schenkten dort an alle interessierten Telgte Kaffee aus.

          HD-PacketExpertâ"¢ Testing Tool supports BERT on all 12 or 24 ports.   
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          Associations Progress on Diversity, But Work Remains   

Across America, many organizations say they are looking to change the makeup of their workforce in terms of ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation and age, but in the end many fall far short. Eighty-one percent of respondents to a recent survey of trade associations and professional societies, in fact, said they view the concept as part

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          SALE! Antique Mini Glass Tankard, Victorian Davidsons Child's Miniature Pressed Flint Glass Mug + Lion Stamp 1890s by keepsies   

10.20 GBP

This is a sweet and quite rare miniature glass tankard, made by the George Davidson & Co glassworks in Gateshead, Tyne & Wear in the north-east of England, and will date to the 1890s.

The little mug is made of clear pressed flint glass, moulded with a pretty repeating daisy pattern around the centre on an 'orange peel' textured background. There is a raised dashed border pattern at the top and bottom rims and beading on the handle. The miniature size means it may have been made as a child's toy.

The tankard is in great condition with no damage or wear. The base is clearly marked with the Davidson moulded lion in a castellated tower trademark. The mug measures 58 mm high and 50 mm in diameter, and weighs 105 gms, and I estimate the final packaged weight will be around 400 gms.

          Save $0.55 off ANY TRADEWINDS Tea 18.5oz or larger Coupon   
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          Annecy 2017: Award Winners from the 41st Festival   


The Jury on the beach!

17 Awards for an Eclectic Selection    

The different juries from the 41st International Animation Film Festival have revealed the winners from Annecy 2017! Amongst the 216 films nominated in the official competition (all categories combined), 17 awards were attributed during the Closing Ceremony on Saturday 17th June.



Marcel Jean handed over the Honorary Cristal to Georges Schwizgebel to commemorate his prolific career.

"For the fifth year in a row, the Annecy Festival awarded the Honorary Cristal to a leading figure in the animation world. This year, it’s not only an exceptional filmmaker that we’ve crowned, but a friend as well. The Swiss director Georges Schwizgebel has had his films in competition at the Annecy Festival fourteen times. Georges has been a member of the jury at the Festival twice and two of his shorts, The Ride to the Abyss and 78 Turns, are included in the list of the 100 best animation films that we published in 2006.

Georges Schwizgebel is an animation guru, an artisan of precision and an artist who has inspired many young animators. His style can be described as baroque and swirling, characterised by a confident brushstroke and a resolutely postmodern approach with his relationship to history and art.” Marcel Jean

His film Erlking was screened as his son Louis Schwizgebel-Wang played the piano.






> Commissioned Films

Jury Award

Moby "Are You Lost in the World Like Me?"

Steve Cutts



Cristal for a Commissioned Film

Material World

Anna Ginsburg


United Kingdom

> TV Series and Specials

Special Distinction for a TV Series

BoJack Horseman "Fish Out Of Water"

Mike Hollingsworth



Jury Award for a TV Series

The Man-Woman Case "Wanted"

Anaïs Caura



Cristal for a TV Production

Revolting Rhymes Part One

Jakob Schuh, Jan Lachauer, Bin-han To


United Kingdom


Jury Distinction

Pas à pas

Charline Arnoux, Mylène Gapp, Léa Rubinstayn, Florian Heilig, Mélissa Roux



Jury Award

Summer's Puke is Winter's Delight

Sawako Kabuki



Cristal for a Graduation Film


Jonatan Schwenk




"Off-Limits" Award

Dix puissance moins quarante-trois seconde





Audience Award

The talented Jean-Pierre Jeunet bestowed the Audience Award upon Dorota Kobiela and Hugh Welchman for Loving Vincent. The film has been a great success since its world premiere on Tuesday 13th June.


Poland, United Kingdom

Jury Award

In This Corner of the World

Sunao Katabuchi



Cristal for a Feature Film

Lu Over the Wall

Masaaki Yuasa




Audience Award

Grandpa Walrus

Lucrèce Andreae



Jury Distinction

The Ogre

Laurène Braibant



The "Jean-Luc Xiberras" Award for a First Film

The Blissful Accidental Death

Sergiu Negulici



Jury Award

Kötü Kiz > Wicked Girl

Ayce Kartal


France, Turkey

Cristal for a Short Film

Min Börda > The Burden

Niki Lindroth Von Bahr




After the 2017 Festival hit the milestone with 10,000 accreditations (11% more than in 2016), we’ll see you in Annecy from 11th to 16th June 2018
to pay tribute to Brazilian animation!


Find photos of all the award-winning films
and all the Annecy Festival photos on Flickr  Flickr




          Sooze Orman Has A Change Of Heart   

Has the Sooze had a Road-to-Damascus Experience?

We haven't heard much from the Sooze lately.  Maybe her "You're Approved" program lost its appeal (EDIT: It was cancelled, and the successor program is in limbo - and controversial, apparenty).  Whatever the reason, she's apparently decided to go back to her roots and offer some common-sense advice.  Maybe it's because so many financial advisors now these days are encouraging self-indulgence that going against the flow would get her some attention get her back in the Press.

Or maybe she is just whoring for publicity to sell at $54 online course on finances.  Maybe.  I guess since she can't make money selling "FICO kits" anymore, this seemed like a good deal.

Whatever the reason, it's time to give the Sooze a big hug (at arm's length, with one hand on our wallet, just to be safe) because she's saying something rational for a change, even if she is attempting to personally profit from it.  In a recent CNBC article, she counsels people to spend less money on convenience transactions and points out that these little indulgences cost little by themselves, but  over time they add up to an awful lot of money missing from your bottom line.

Whether is getting takeout food instead of preparing your own meals, or stopping off at Starbucks for a three-dollar coffee, or at leasing a car instead of buying one and taking care of it, the incremental cost of these conveniences can really break the budget of a middle-class person.

I get a lot of flack from people who defend this type of behavior.  They don't believe that not indulging yourself in tiny little luxuries will make a big difference in your life.  After all it's only a dollar here, two dollars there, ten dollars here, or a hundred dollars there.  How could that add up to a million dollars over time?

This also plays into the mentality that if you can't be a billionaire in 10 seconds or less, why bother trying?  You might as well just spend all your money to entertain yourself and wallow in self-pity. And to some extent we all do this, it is a part of human nature.

But having been at both ends of this transaction, I can see how it plays out over time.  When I was very young, I squandered a lot of money on self indulgence and it was pretty stupid.  I did manage to save some money, and over period of thirty years this morphed into a sizable retirement nest egg.  My only regret is not cutting back even just slightly on my self-indulgence in my earlier years and put more money aside, is it would have meant how much larger nest egg at this point in my life - not to mention the option of retiring even earlier.

And we're not talking about extreme sacrifices either.  I get emails from people saying "I don't want to eat ramen noodles to rest of my life" or some such thing.  For some reason, raman noodles get picked on a lot by people who wanted to disavow any kind of frugal lifestyle.  I'm not sure why they pick on ramen noodles.  They probably are not good for you - very high in carbohydrates, and also that powdery flavoring packet that comes with it is usually loaded with salt and MSG.

That is the nature of the "logic" that people use.  It's either caviar or ramen noodles and there's nothing in-between in their mind.  You either go out and have a good time or you live like a monk. There's nothing between these two extremes.  And of course, we call this a straw man argument.  You set up a straw man and then you knock him down which is easy to do because he's made of straw.

But the reality is, if you just cut back by a little bit, you can save an awful lot.  For example if you go out to lunch several times a week at work, consider brown-bagging it for one of those days. The amount of money you save might not be a lot - maybe five to ten dollars or so, but over time, it is going to add up to a significant amount in your retirement account.  When you get comfortable this, think about maybe brown-bagging it two days a week and so forth.  You might also find ancillary benefits in that going out to lunch with your co-workers can being emotional drag and also make you look like a slacker to your superiors - as usually these lunches extend for more than an hour.

Or take leasing. Many young people are lured into leasing a car because the monthly cost is lower. However the overall transaction cost is far higher, something most people realize when they try to turn the car in at the end of the lease and are socked with a lot of back-end charges.  All cars are used cars the moment you buy them.  So why not consider buying a two- to three-year-old car that is off-lease that some other idiot paid all the depreciation on and drive that instead?

A two- to three-year-old car looks just like a new car. I remember when I was at the Patent Office I bought a second-hand Camry from Avis.  I'm not necessarily recommending you buy a used rental car, but for me it was so much cheaper deal than a brand new car.  And all of my neighbors thought I had a brand new car, so if you're looking for bragging rights there really is no difference.  And realize that usually buying a new car is nothing more than bragging rights.  Just get over that and acknowledge your own human frailty - we all have the same problem.

But getting back to the Sooze, maybe this is a dawn of a new era from Ms. Orman.  Maybe from now on she'll start offering practical advice instead of going on television and telling people they're "approved" to buy things.  Quite frankly she lost me when she started going down that road.  She went from offering frugal advice to saying "you're approved" to buy a Sea Ray boat or a Buick car, after those companies sponsored her and paid her to endorse the products.

On the one hand, I don't blame her for going after the money, as we all need to make a living in this world and it's very hard to avoid the temptation of being corrupted by commercial influences.  We live in a capitalist society and you have to exploit your opportunities when they arise.

Corporate sponsorships can be a double-edged sword, as perhaps she is finding out.  Many people come including myself, criticized her for taking all these sponsorship deals as well as her "You're Approved!" television show as cheapening her overall message and reputation.

Sadly, it seems that most people just don't get this, or at least the television people think that we don't get it.  The shouting guy on the financial Channel still screams buy and sell for various sketchy stock deals which usually end up being a raw deal for the small investor.  The other Financial channels just hype the stock price and never talk about anything else such as profitability, P/E ratios, and least of all, dividends.  You would think from watching television that the only thing that matters about a company is its market cap.  The reality is of course, that market cap really needs nothing and if you were using that as a metric for evaluating a company, you have a broken compass.

So here's to the "new" Suze Orman.  Let's hope she is going back on track to her old advice and echewing the corruption of our secular world.  And hopefully, maybe she'll find an audience for this good advice.  But I would not pay $54 for it.

But given the feedback I've received from some readers, I think that she would be better off telling people what their approved for, is that seems to be when people like.  No one wants to hear hard truths - that's not marketable!

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Somebody's been a busy little beaver at the Patent & Trademark Office!

          Index Funds?   
What are index funds and should you invest in them?

A few years back, a reader wrote that I should look into index funds.  And I did and bought some shares in a couple of them.  What are index funds?  They are just mutual funds - that follow some stock index.   There are a plethora of mutual funds out there, investing in everything from stocks to bonds, to government bonds, to whatever.   And each fund usually has some sort of goal or strategy.  Small Cap, Large Cap, foreign bonds, US bonds, Municipal Bonds, tech stocks, energy stocks, income stocks, or whatever.

And each fund has a fund manager or managers who manage the fund and decide what to invest in.  And for the most part, you have no idea on what they are investing in, on a day-to-day basis.   You can sort of get an idea from the prospectus and annual report, but you don't know what they are buying and selling in real-time.   You are leaving it to an expert to make sound decisions, and he generally gets paid more for making better decisions, so his interests are aligned with yours.

Compare this to hedge funds, where the managers get paid a percentage of the fund balance regardless of whether they make money or not.   You can understand why people are fleeing hedge funds these days - the overhead is high and the returns in recent years are not as attractive.

Mutual funds may have front-end loads or back-end loads or they may be no-load.   For a typical "load" fund may have to pay a fee upfront (deducted from your investment) when you invest, and often this fee goes in part to the salesman who sold you the fund.  Yes, that friendly "investment advisor" isn't working for oxygen, he needs food on his table.  And that is why, when you, as a young person, go to a "storefront" investment advisor (and you know exactly which one I am talking about - coming to a strip mall near you!) they really aren't interested in talking to you unless you have at least $10,000 to invest - so they can make $500 "advising" you which mutual funds to invest in.   If you are just starting out in investing, well, go fuck yourself.   Come back when you got some real money, kid!  (Or at least that was my experience when I was in my 20's).

Some funds have fees (back end loads) you have to pay when you sell shares in the fund.  The idea here is to encourage you to invest for the long haul, rather than trade. So they penalize you when you decide to sell.   And some funds are "no load" which seems to defy gravity.  How does a mutual fund company make money if they are not charging a fee?  Volume?  No, they have something called an expense ratio that they charge to the fund every year.  You don't see this as a line-item on your statement, but it is buried in the annual report somewhere if you look for it.  And no, the friendly storefront investment advisor doesn't mention it unless you ask, and even then....

And let me just say right here that I was invested in mutual funds for well over a decade before I understood any of this.   And yes, I had investment "advisors" tell me I was investing in a "no load" fund which turned out to have a 5% front-end load, of which the advisor got half.   When rolling over a 401(k) or IRA, be particularly aware of this.   You might, after a few years of hard work, accumulate $100,000 or more in your 401(k).   Your friendly "investment advisor" will suggest you roll this over when you leave the company.   And if you are not careful, he may skim 5% off the top when you move the funds to his company - as a State Farm rep once tried to do with me.

It seems that no matter what investment house you use, the want you to "roll over" your investments to their little playpen, and usually there is a reason for this - a monetary reason.   Caveat Emptor.

But there are "no load" funds out there, and these funds make their money for their managers through the expense ratio fees.  And some funds charge a lot, and some charge a little.  Vanguard has a lot of low expense ratio funds.  And of these, index funds usually have the lowest expense ratios.  Why?  Well an index fund, as the name implies, invests in a "market basket" of stocks that correspond to some market index, such as the Dow Jones Industrial Average (DJIA), the S&P 500, the NASDAQ Composite, or the like.

What are these indexes?  Well, that is the funny thing.  When people say "the stock market went up" or "the stock market went down" they are not talking about the entire market but an index instead.  The DJIA, for example, tries to measure the health of the market using a collection ("market basket") of stocks, usually "blue chip" type stocks.  And who is on this list of stocks and who is not, changes over time.  So in essence, the Dow, Jones people are "managing" your fund by determining what stocks are in the DJIA.   Your management company merely buys these stocks, takes a small, small cut as the expense ratio (like 0.15%) and then pays you the rest.

The advantages touted by such funds are many.   These indexes seem to go up over time far more than many "managed" investments.   People say if you just followed "The Dow" you'd make out better than most prognosticators, over time.   And since the expense ratios are tiny, you don't waste a lot of money on overhead costs.   For the mutual fund company, the costs are low, as a computer can basically trade the stocks automatically, as each person buys into the fund or sells out.

For example, Vanguard Total Stock Market Index Fund, states its goals as follows:
The Fund seeks to track the performance of a benchmark index that measures the investment return of the overall stock market. The Fund employs a "passive management" approach designed to track the performance of the CRSP US Total Market Index.
So in this case, the "index" is the "US Total Market Index" as determined by the Center for Research in Security Prices (CRSP).   This is an index that actually tries to track the overall market.   How does the fund perform?  What are they invested in ?   Well our friends at Morningstar (who I thought made breakfast sausages, but I was mistaken) have some data on this:

Performance  VTSMX More...

YTD 1 Mo 1 Yr
3 Yr  * 5 Yr  * 10 Yr  *

Growth of 10,000 10,970 10,142 12,299
Fund 9.70 1.42 22.99
+/- S&P 500 TR USD -0.42 0.22 0.59
+/- Category 0.40 0.21 1.36
% Rank in Cat 44 32 35
# of Funds in Cat 1,431 1,495 1,358
* Annualized returns.
Data as of 06/28/2017. Currency is displayed in USD.

Top Holdings  VTSMX More...

Weight % Last Price Day Chg % 52-Week Range

Apple Inc 3.00 144.57 -0.88
93.63 - 156.65

Microsoft Corp 2.02 68.98 -1.15
49.80 - 72.89 Inc 1.59 981.77 -0.84
710.10 - 1017.00

Facebook Inc A 1.41 151.34 -1.23
112.97 - 156.50

Johnson & Johnson 1.38 133.13 -0.50
109.32 - 137.00

% Assets in Top 5 Holdings 9.40

What is a little scary to me about index funds is that these indexes tend to include popular and trendy stocks.   I would not buy Facebook stock on a dare, but since I am invested in mutual funds, I end up owning some of it, although only 1.41% of the overall fund.

Should you invest in an index fund?  Sure, why not.  But not as the only thing you invest in.  Odds are, at your place of work, if you have a 401(k), one of the choices of funds to invest in, is an index fund.   I would not put all my eggs into one fund basket, though, as indexes do go down over time.

Which are the best funds?   Well, it depends on who you ask, and when.  "Investorplace" has a list of the 7 best funds, but they also have a list of 10.  Kiplinger has a list of "only five" funds you need to know about.   Even Motley Fool has a list.   Odds are, your investment house has some of their own funds.  Fidelity and Vanguard have them, I am sure Merrill does as well.  The real decision to make is which index to use and who has the lowest expense ratios.   It goes without saying that paying a "load" on an index fund is sort of pointless.   It is not like they are advising you or trading your shares.

The advantages are many.  It sort of puts your investments on auto-pilot.   The market goes up, you make money.  It goes down, you lose with everyone else (unless your particular index outperforms the overall market).  You don't have to worry about traders churning your account down to zero by making crappy trades.  It is a pretty brainless form of investing.

But for the most part, it is a risk-taking venture, and unless your index fund is indexed on a government bond index or something, you can lose money.   So putting all your eggs into the index-fund basket is, in my opinion, a bad idea.

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          U.S. seeks end of “Redskins” trademark fight   
Conceding what had seemed to have become inevitable, the Justice Department asked a federal appeals court on Wednesday to put an end to the long-running legal fight against the Washington, D.C., pro football team over the use of the trademarks protecting its name, the “Redskins.”
          Canadian Free Trade Agreement Starts July 1   

Consumers and businesses in Nova Scotia will benefit from improved trade within Canada with the implementation of the Canadian Free Trade Agreement(CFTA) on July 1.

“Over half of Nova Scotia’s trade in goods and services occurs within Canada,” said Premier Stephen McNeil. “This modern set of rules to guide domestic trade gives Nova Scotia companies more opportunity to do business across provincial and territorial boundaries, and a clear process to address barriers.

“The CFTA builds on work we are doing with our Atlantic partners to reduce regulatory and administrative barriers to trade. Canada’s 150 celebration is a fitting opportunity to bring into force this modern, Canada-wide agreement as we continue efforts to create jobs for young Nova Scotians and more opportunity for the middle class.”

Since December 2014, federal, provincial and territorial governments have worked to modernize Canada’s internal trade. The CFTA resulted from these negotiations.

“The CFTA will make it easier and less costly for Nova Scotia businesses to sell their goods and services across Canada,” said Geoff MacLellan, Minister of Trade. “It increases choice for consumers, expands access to government contracts in other provinces, and creates more jobs for Canadians.”

CFTA includes rules that open trade in goods and services, processes that cut red tape by reducing differences in regulations and standards, and provisions that increase access to billions of dollars in government procurement opportunities for Canadian businesses.

Nationally, internal trade is worth $400 billion and represents roughly 20 per cent of Canada’s gross domestic product (GDP).

The agreement also establishes a new framework to review interprovincial trade over the next year in areas like alcohol, fisheries, the territorial food sector and financial services.
The CFTA will replace the existing Agreement on Internal Trade which has been in place since 1995.

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          Builders’ Lien Act Amendments Come into Effect   

Legislative amendments and regulations that will better protect subcontractors and suppliers in the building trades come into effect today, June 30.

Amendments to the Builders’ Lien Act will allow for the earlier release of financial holdbacks to those in the building trades who complete their work on construction projects. New regulations will also ensure notice is given when a construction project is substantially completed.

The requirement to give notice does not apply to owners who are having work done on their residential properties if the contract or work is less than $75,000.

“When homes or commercial buildings are under construction, everyone should be paid in full for their work in a timely manner,” said Justice Minister Mark Furey, Minister responsible for the act. “These changes will allow electricians, plumbers, and other subcontractors to be paid sooner for their work.

“These regulations will also make sure that everyone knows when important stages of a project have been reached.”

The amendments to the act were passed in 2013 and 2014. The changes should also result in savings for the industry and improve productivity.

“The changes to the Builders’ Lien Act will free up money, allowing it to flow back into the economy earlier,” said Duncan Williams, president, Construction Association of Nova Scotia. “The changes will enable contractors to reinvest in their companies, people and capital.

“We hope to see significant improvements in productivity for all in the construction pyramid.”

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          Circulation Management Association of Canada Merges with Magazines Canada   

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - June 29, 2017) - The Circulation Management Association of Canada (CMC) has merged with Magazines Canada. The merger was unanimously recommended by the CMC Board and ratified by its members during the CMC's annual general meeting yesterday in Toronto. The CMC, Canada's national association for circulation professionals, will now take steps to dissolve the association and merge with Magazines Canada, the national trade association for all magazine media.

The CMC was formed in 1981 to provide training and professional development in circulation management. Magazines Canada, founded in 1973, is the national association representing the majority of Canadian-owned, Canadian-content consumer, cultural, specialty, professional and business magazines. Following a similar merger announced earlier this year, Magazines Canada now continues the tradition of advocating and serving the Canadian magazine industry that goes back nearly 100 years, to the original founding of the Canadian Business Press in 1920.

Under this agreement, the longstanding partnership between the two organizations will be made permanent. Current CMC members will receive access to Magazines Canada's professional development events and services, and can elect to join a renewed and empowered Circulation Marketing Advisory Committee which will advise the Board and staff on professional development (including the MagNet conference), awards programs, and research. Additionally, the CMC legacy will continue under Magazines Canada in the form of a maintained brand identity and web archive.

"The CMC and Magazines Canada have worked together for many years in supporting the magazine marketing industry. This merger secures our ability to support the circulation industry at a national level for the years to come. Closer cooperation and one collective voice means a stronger, brighter future for magazine marketing professionals, and I look forward to working together," said Amanda Beattie, President of the Circulation Management Association of Canada and Audience Marketing Manager for AZURE Magazine.

"This is a great move for the industry: it builds off Magazines Canada's strong national marketing campaigns and the distribution service that we offer our members. Even more importantly, a merger with the CMC brings the voices and perspectives of important players along the supply-chain to the table -- from suppliers and distribution all the way to retail -- it makes a lot of sense for us to be working together," said Scott Jamieson, Chair of Magazines Canada's board of directors and Director of Engagement for Annex Business Media.

About Magazines Canada
Magazines Canada is the national association representing the majority of Canadian-owned, Canadian-content consumer, cultural, specialty, professional and business magazines. French and English member titles cover a wide range of interests across multiple platforms including arts and culture, business and professional, lifestyle and food, news and politics, sports and leisure, women and youth. The association focuses on government affairs, professional development, coordinating national awards programs and marketing campaigns, and delivering services that meet the needs of the magazine industry.

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          Comment on How to Legally Use Quotations in Your Book by Helen Sedwick   
M. Doe, All I can give is a general answer. Quoting others for purposes of discussion, commentary, criticism, education and the like is and should be protected as fair use. However, some companies (including churches) are quite aggressive about going after writers of critical pieces. They claim the critical pieces violate copyright and trademark rights, even if their claims will clearly fail in court. The Electronic Frontier Foundation features some of these companies in their Takedown Hall of Shame. However, what you are writing sounds important. You should work with an attorney to educate yourself on what's safe and what may cross the line into risky territory on a case by case basis. Best of luck to you.
          Comment on How to Legally Use Quotations in Your Book by Helen Sedwick   
D, What you are describing sounds like fair use since you are discussing the creation and history of the characters and not borrowing the characters to create new stories. I would get nervous about using any character images on your cover or advertising unless they are in the public domain. That's too close to a trademark use. The devil is always in the details, however. Before you actually publish the book, you should have an attorney give it a once over to make sure ALL your uses of copyrighted work fit comfortably into the fair use category. On works such as these, writers tend to throw in a few extra images or quotes for decorative or eye-catching purposes. Those would not be fair use.
          Kyle Korver to Get Contract Offer from Cavs; Carmelo Anthony Buyout Eyed   

The Cleveland Cavaliers are reportedly entering free agency with retaining Kyle Korver and acquiring Carmelo Anthony as their top two priorities.

According to Joe Vardon of, the Cavs are expected to make Korver a contract offer, and they are hoping the New York Knicks will buy out the remainder of Melo's deal.

Vardon added that the Cavaliers can go above the salary cap to sign Korver due to the fact that they traded for him last season.

The 36-year-old sharpshooter shot an NBA-best 45.1 percent from beyond the arc last season, while averaging 10.1 points per game.

With regard to Anthony, the Knicks reportedly would rather trade him to get assets in return rather than buying him out, per Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

ESPN's Stephen A. Smith said on Mike & Mike (h/t Ryne Nelson of Slam Online) that the Cavaliers are the only team Melo would accept a buyout to join.

Anthony and LeBron James are close friends, and by joining James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, Melo would give the Cavaliers a "Big Four" that could potentially better compete with the Golden State Warriors.

While the 33-year-old Anthony's production has dipped a bit over the past two seasons, he still averaged 22.4 points, 5.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game in 2016-17, and he has made the All-Star Game in 10 of the past 11 seasons.

Even if Anthony would be willing to waive his no-trade clause for the Cavs, it is unlikely Cleveland would have the assets needed to get a deal done.

Also, with the Cavaliers in search of a general manager to replace David Griffin and the Knicks looking for a team president to take over for Phil Jackson, there is a great deal of uncertainty in both front offices.

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          Cavs Rumors: Latest Buzz on Paul George Trade, Carmelo Anthony and More   

The tension coming from the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer is, in a word, palpable.

After LeBron James and his defending champs bowed out of the Finals to the new superteam on the block, the front office has to worry about the fact the King might opt out in 2018 and consider his options on the open market.

Of course, having a King around gives the team access to scenarios most teams wouldn't dream about—like pursuing names such as Carmelo Anthony or Paul George.

With free agency about to open, let's step back and look at some of the notable rumblings around the Cavaliers.


Buyout Shopping

The Cavaliers haven't done much to negate Golden State's gigantic advantage in the superteam race yet in large part because the front office doesn't have much in the way of assets to sling at other teams.

Forming a juggernaut like the Cavaliers around LeBron has a way of doing that to the team.

Alas, this doesn't mean the Cavaliers won't have options soon. According to's Marc Stein, the team will keep an eye on two potential buyout options—Dwyane Wade and Carmelo Anthony:

Wade is an interesting angle for the Cavaliers to consider because it'd be a throwback to their days with the Miami Heat. The 35-year-old guard just picked up his player option with the Chicago Bulls because it comes in around $24 million.

Still, with Chicago's new direction after shipping away Jimmy Butler and building around Kris Dunn and Zach LaVine, Wade is a bit of an odd fit and might find himself on the market after a little negotiation.

Anthony is an entirely different story.

His New York Knicks just parted ways with president Phil Jackson, though the damage between the team and superstar forward might be irreparable at this point as the front office heads for a rebuild of its own. Given Anthony's no-trade clause, it's hard to see him agreeing to a transaction when he could hit the open market.

Now would be a good time to mention Stephen A. Smith of ESPN reported Anthony would indeed accept a buyout so he could join the Cavaliers.

Viewed in a vacuum, the Cavaliers adding one of Wade or Anthony isn't a bad thing, though neither is a defensive stopper who could better help defend the likes of Kevin Durant.

Such options do exist, though.


Quietly Working the Trade Phones

One of the quieter items surrounding the Cavaliers as of late is apparent trade discussions with the San Antonio Spurs.

While this isn't as flashy as the above or what follows below, the Cavaliers chatting with the Spurs about veterans is right in line with what the team actually has to offer via trade.

ESPN's Brian Windhorst reported the Cavaliers opened a dialogue with the Spurs about veteran guard Danny Green:

Green is an interesting option for Cleveland because he serves two purposes—he'd be a critical depth option and also has a 2018 player option the Cavaliers could hope he declines, freeing up more cap space to use while trying to keep LeBron in town.

Green is 30 years old coming off a season in which he averaged 26.6 minutes and posted 7.3 points. Nothing eye popping here, but a nice way for the Cavaliers to land some affordable depth at the 2, provided San Antonio's asking price isn't too high—and it shouldn't be if the Spurs are intent on shedding cap so they can pursue big-name free agents.

Again, make sure to keep this one in mind. If nothing happens on the buyout market, the odds the Cavaliers hit up the Spurs about this again seem strong.


Banking on PG13 for the Long Haul

By now, the idea of the Indiana Pacers dealing Paul George and his landing with his hometown Los Angeles Lakers seems about as obvious as the Lakers drafting Lonzo Ball.

And we knew Ball and the Lakers coveted one another for years.

The Cavaliers, at least, hope to throw a wrench in these plans. Stein noted recently that the team had found itself involved in talks with the Pacers and Denver Nuggets for George while shipping away Kevin Love.

A third team would indeed help the Cavaliers compensate for a lack of assets. It's hard to imagine he wouldn't want to come to town and play next to LeBron, either. On paper, he'd be the defensive stopper the team desperately needs, sticking on Durant and letting LeBron run wild on the offensive end of the court like he's accustomed.

But what about the long term? If George joins and the Cavaliers don't win a ring, can the front office convince him to sign a long-term deal? Even worse, what if both LeBron and George leave together?

Rest easy—according to USA Today's Sam Amick, who spoke with people close to the situation, George wants to win:

"Hell-bent as he is on signing with the Lakers, George also won't close a window of opportunity. So if the Cavs can convince Pritchard to either take on four-time All-Star forward Kevin Love or send him to a third team in exchange for more suitable assets, then George will play his heart out alongside LeBron James and remain open to the idea of re-signing next summer if James were also to return."

Of course, this isn't a guarantee of anything. The Cavaliers still have to go out and perform after making a franchise-altering deal.

But at the least, fans worried George might be a rental can rest easy and hope LeBron can convince him it's worth sticking in town.

Putting something like that on LeBron's shoulders has a relaxing effect.


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          Kyrie Irving to Jazz, Paul George to Cavaliers Trade Rumors Refuted   

A blockbuster trade rumor made the rounds Thursday night when Sporting News' Mitch Lawrence cited league sources who said the Cleveland Cavaliers, Indiana Pacers and Utah Jazz were discussing a three-team deal that would send Kyrie Irving to Utah and both Paul George and George Hill (via a sign-and-trade) to the defending Eastern Conference champions. 

However, that report was quickly refuted by the Salt Lake Tribune's Tony Jones, who heard from sources who said there was "no traction" to rumors Irving could be bound for the Jazz. 

Furthermore, B/R's Eric Pincus noted Hill logistically can't be part of a sign-and-trade with the Cavaliers since it would trigger a hard cap, which they aren't allowed to exceed. 

To pull off such a maneuver, the Cavaliers would first have to shed enough salary to move below the tax apron, per Pincus

Lawrence also reported the Pacers are seeking "top picks," but neither the Cavaliers nor the Jazz are in a position to satisfy that demand. 

Cleveland owes its 2019 first-round pick (protected Nos. 1-10) to the Atlanta Hawks, which means trading a 2018 pick is out of the question since that would be a violation of the Stepien Rule. 

But even if the Cavaliers could deal next year's first-round pick, it wouldn't have much value to the Jazz since it is likely to fall toward the back of the draft order. 

The Jazz own all of their future first-round picks, plus an additional 2018 first-round selection from the Oklahoma City Thunder that is lottery-protected for the next three years. Should the pick fail to convey in that span, it will turn into a pair of second-round selections. 

In other words, financial and logistical concerns sound like they would be too much for the parties involved to overcome even if they wanted to make the trade. 


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          Cavs Rumors: Breaking Down 2017 Offseason Plan for Cleveland   

The stakes couldn't be much higher for the Cleveland Cavaliers this summer.

Blow it, and LeBron James might walk out the door next offseason, likely creating a domino effect regarding the futures of Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love. Hit a home run and the Cavs may be able to close the gap on the Golden State Warriors.

While the team's massive payroll limits what Cleveland can realistically do, that doesn't lessen the weight of each and every decision the front office makes. 

Below are the biggest tasks ahead for the Cavaliers.


Resolve the General Manager Vacancy

In defense of the Cavs, at least they didn't fire their team president less than a week after the NBA draft, when the team selected an 18-year-old point guard to run the offense said team president espoused. While welcomed by New York Knicks fans, the timing of Phil Jackson's departure wasn't ideal.

Granted, Cleveland doesn't have much room to boast. The free-agent negotiating window opens Saturday and the Cavaliers are no closer to hiring a general manager.'s Jeff Goodman reported Wednesday the team is still in negotiations with Chauncey Billups and that Billups' representatives presented a counter-offer to team owner Dan Gilbert. The Associated Press' Tom Withers reported Tuesday that Billups is the only candidate who has met with Gilbert so far.

Firing David Griffin, who helped build a roster that reached three straight NBA Finals and win a championship, would've been more defensible if the Cavaliers had a cogent plan in mind to replace him.

Instead, they're putting all of their eggs in one basket—a basket that comes with potential pitfalls of its own:

As risky as hiring Billups would be, it might be a more preferable outcome than failing to hire him. At that point, Cleveland would be left scrambling for other candidates—potentially as the free-agency moratorium period is underway.

The absence of a general manager has already hurt the Cavs this offseason. They failed to land Jimmy Butler, who instead moved on to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Undefeated's Marc J. Spears also shared this on the night of the draft:

Having a general manager surely would've helped the Cavs get the deal across the finish line.

Cleveland has backed itself into a corner, and hiring Billups is the best way to mitigate the damage.


Go All-In for Paul George or Carmelo Anthony

The Cavs don't have enough cap space to sign a marquee free agent, and their trade options are limited both by their available assets and the caliber of star they'd be looking to acquire. Butler's trade to the Timberwolves trims their choices even further.

If Cleveland fails to add Carmelo Anthony or Paul George, then it could be facing a summer in which it makes no noticeable upgrade to the roster. While the Cavs don't necessarily need to transform their squad, they can't afford to stand pat and hope their odds of upsetting the Warriors improve.

The door to trade for George may not be closed completely, but it's not exactly wide open, either.

The Cavs missed a chance to get George before the draft, with's Marc Stein and Chris Haynes reporting they tried to get a three-way trade involving the Indiana Pacers and Denver Nuggets completed.

Stein and Haynes added Cleveland will continue to pursue a possible George trade.

The Cavaliers have plenty of competition. The Vertical's Adrian Wojnarowski reported the Boston Celtics are attempting to get George and Gordon Hayward this summer, while's Tim MacMahon reported the Houston Rockets are targeting George as well.

The Rockets traded for Chris Paul on Wednesday, which might signal they shifted their resources toward acquiring the All-Star point guard at the cost of possibly acquiring George.

On Wednesday, Stein provided an update on the Anthony front:

The New York Knicks have eroded Anthony's trade value to the point that the Cavs may not have to give up much to get him—with a buyout clearly the optimal route.

Adding Anthony won't make the same kind of impact it would have five or six years ago, but he averaged 22.4 points and 5.9 rebounds a game and shot 35.9 percent from three-point range. And as a third or fourth scoring option for Cleveland, he may find the offensive efficiency he has lacked for much of his career.


Re-Sign Kyle Korver

The Cavaliers are at least somewhat lucky in that they don't have to worry about losing too many key players to free agency. They have five players out of contract: Kyle Korver, Deron Williams, Derrick Williams, James Jones and Dahntay Jones.

Of the five, Korver should be Cleveland's top priority.

The 36-year-old was very effective in his limited role. According to, 74.3 percent of his field-goal attempts came from beyond the arc, and he shot 48.5 percent from three-point range.

In February,'s Joe Vardon noted the Cavaliers have Bird rights for Korver, so they can exceed the salary cap in order to re-sign him. That gives Cleveland some much-needed financial help to lure the sharpshooter back for next year.

Given Gilbert's willingness to open his checkbook in the past, re-signing Korver shouldn't be too difficult for the Cavs.

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          €4 million EU funding for proposed electricity link between France and Ireland   
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          US blacklists China bank, revving up pressure over North Korea   
WASHINGTON — The United States has blacklisted a small Chinese bank accused of illicit dealings with North Korea, escalating the pressure on Beijing to rein in its wayward ally amid increased signs of frustration among President Donald Trump and his top advisers with China's diplomatic efforts.

The Treasury Department on Thursday declared the Bank of Dandong a "primary money-laundering concern," proposing to sever it entirely from the U.S. financial system, pending a 60-day review period. Although Trump's treasury secretary said the move didn't target China, it comes a week after the president lamented that China's promise to help with North Korea "has not worked out."

Calls to Bank of Dandong rang unanswered on Friday. Beijing, however, criticized Washington's action, saying that unilateral sanctions outside the U.N. Security Council were inappropriate.

"We also firmly oppose any individual country to exercise long-arm jurisdiction under its own domestic law," said Lu Kang, spokesman for China's foreign ministry.

Lu added that Beijing will investigate possible wrongdoings by Chinese individuals and entities under Chinese laws.

Trump had been leaning on President Xi Jinping to help stop the North's development of nuclear weapons before they can threaten the U.S. homeland. A main focus of the coordination has been getting China to fully enforce international sanctions intended to starve North Korea of revenue for its nuclear and missile programs.

The U.S. action is likely to anger China, which handles about 90 percent of North Korea's external trade, and whose banks and companies are said to provide Pyongyang access to the U.S.-dominated international financial system.

The sanctions bar Americans from doing business with Bank of Dandong, which is based in a northeastern Chinese city on the North Korean border that serves as a gateway for trade with the isolated nation. The U.S. also slapped sanctions Thursday on a Chinese shipping company and two Chinese people that it said have facilitated illegal activities by North Korea.

Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin said the U.S. still wants to work with Beijing on combating the North Korean threat.

"We are in no way targeting China with these actions," Mnuchin told a White House news briefing.

The punitive steps were presaged by a tweet from Trump last week reflecting dissatisfaction with Beijing's efforts.

"While I greatly appreciate the efforts of President Xi & China to help with North Korea, it has not worked out. At least I know China tried!" Trump tweeted on June 20.

The Trump administration may be struggling to maintain international pressure on Pyongyang.

The president was to meet for the first time Thursday with South Korea's new leader, President Moon Jae-in, who has long advocated outreach to North Korea. His predecessor had staunchly backed Trump's harder line.

Mnuchin said the Bank of Dandong has facilitated millions of dollars of transactions for companies involved in North Korea's weapons of mass destruction and ballistic missile programs.

Anthony Ruggiero, a sanctions expert and former Treasury Department official, described it as a small Chinese bank "sitting at the heart" of trade between North Korea and China.

"This is a strong message to Chinese leaders that the Trump administration will act against North Korea's sanctions evasion in China," he said.

The other targeted Chinese entities are:

—Dalian Global Unity Shipping Co., which Treasury accused of transporting 700,000 tons of freight annually, including coal and steel products, between China and North Korea. It cited a U.N. expert panel as saying the company has violated a ban on trade in luxury goods with the North.

—Chinese national Sun Wei, said to have been running a cover company for North Korea's Foreign Trade Bank, which is already subject to U.S. sanctions.

—Chinese national Li Hong Ri, said to have established several front companies that end up benefiting Koryo Bank, a U.S.-sanctioned conduct for financial transactions on behalf of North Korea.

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          Remembering 9/11 15 Years Later   

Remembering 9/11 15 Years Later Fifteen years ago today, sitting at my desk, I received a call from a business associate, “have you got your TV on?” he asked. I did not, so I turned it on to see a commercial airline fly directly into 1 of the World Trade Center towers in Manhattan, it […]

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          The Big Sick: When Kumail Met Emily   
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Is this the Limited Designer's Copy?


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LGMHorus wrote:

Great offer, both games are pretty good! Scuttle! is actually a wonderful and charming filler game that you can play with pretty much everyone. Plus, it's great for a game of Bowling Solitaire :D

I was hanging on to it to use as a regular deck for a pirate-themed game of Savage Worlds, which I think would be very fitting.
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Trade offer accepted. Sorry bidders..
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Great offer, both games are pretty good! Scuttle! is actually a wonderful and charming filler game that you can play with pretty much everyone. Plus, it's great for a game of Bowling Solitaire :D
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Never got around to this one and eventually it went in a math trade. Still have all the Print and Play files so one day I might create it just to give it a try or for the Print and Play Secret Santa.
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          Halogen Outtrade Heizstrahler Deckenmontage Pilz Bunt 1500W - CE11   
95,26 EUR
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          Minnesota United FC - Mid-Season Player Grades + Mid-season Awards   

These are my grades for each of the Minnesota United FC players as the season hits the halfway point. Players listed alphabetically:

(D) Alvbage - Well, it was a rough start, and then he got hurt, and then beat out for the role, and now he's not even on the bench. They really needed him to be good.

(B) Burch - Helped stabilize a drowning team. CPR if you will. He has been solid and without errors. How he recovers from hernia surgery will be very important down the stretch.

(B) Calvo - We can see all that talent. He gets better and better. The mistakes have been costly at times but they are fewer all the time. And if he can score some more goals... lookout.

(B+) Cronin - Whew. This team needed a guy like him desperately. A strong, simple and experienced midfielder. A true starter, and those are not in big numbers on the roster. Only drawback, at his age and mileage there have been a couple games when he has disappeared late in the game, a little.

(C+) Danladi - A true rookie who has shown good and bad. He has scored 2 goals which is very good. But he is impatient and got a red card for kicking someone, showing he has a lot of maturing to do as well. Has some talent. Wait and see.

(C) Davis - Has had his chances and made the most of them. No complaints at all. Sadly he just really isn't at this level to play week in and week out. But for now a good back up.

(F) Demidov - One of the bigger MLS busts in several years. Literally could not keep up with the pace and power of the league. A total failure for the management. And to make things worse he is the highest paid on the team too. They cannot have another one of these.

(C+) Ibarra - The confidence is still not fully there. His pace is back, his defending is good and helpful, but the ability to turn and go to goal, stir things up and create for this team is still lacking. They need him to find another notch up the ladder.

(A) Ibson - Exactly what I expected, with better teammates his quality would rise. Simply put he has been great (even with his moments of petulance.) Can do things that no one else on this team can, especially in passing. His pickpocket defense has been a thing of beauty too.

(C) Jome - I have heard for a while now that he is a raw talent that just needs time. OK, then loan him out already to get him on the field. His minutes on the field have been ok, and then also a waste of time. That's not quality use of a MLS roster spot.

(C) Kadrii - Has not gotten enough time on the field to really know what he can do. A few little glimpses of skill have burst through. But for how thin this roster is he must not be doing much in practice if the coach is not calling on him come sub-time in every single game.

(A-) Kallman - The shocker of them all really. In the best possible way. Stepped into the team when they were desperate for someone to stop the whole dam from collapsing. Has not tried to play above his level or impress people. Just a really solid effort at centerback which can be a very tough thing to do in MLS.

(B) Molino - The player with the highest expectations. He has helped, that's for sure. His passing toward the goal has been top notch. But he needs to become more of a leader. I expect to see full effort for 90 minutes and nothing less.

(B+) Ramirez - Questions hovered over his head when this season started, "Could he do it?" The answer came in game 1 and has not let up, "Si se puede." 9 goals so far, and if he was taking PKs he would be at 11 or 12. He needs better service to get him into better spots and a better finishing percentage on this shots to make him great.

(D) Schuller - I have never seen a central midfielder make so many sideways and backwards passes, mixed with almost no forward passes. Are we sure that he really gets minutes for the Finnish national team? We must be missing something here. I don't get it.

(B) Shuttleworth - Was not a player I was excited see come to this team. But even I can admit that he was a huge step up from what the team had prior, and at times looked very good while saving the bacon of this defenders. But then the mistakes come, inevitably, and it costs them goals and points.
(C) Taylor - Looked terrible at fullback, but has come off the bench a few times now at centerback and looked a lot more comfortable. Not starting material though.

(B) Thiesson - Good job patrolling the wing, getting up and down the field and slowing other teams outside attack. Still needs to do more to make those passes into dangerous areas for the big chances.

(C) KVenegas - He has helped keep the wolves at bay a few times now, which is great for him. But he is not answer for the future. And his crossing has not improved over all these years. He just can't quite excel at this level.

(C) JVenegas - At times brilliant, and at times looking like he would prefer to be somewhere else. Can hit a magical pass. But he loses the ball too often, and barely plays defense. The best trade bait on the roster.

(C-) Warner - Never was going to be a piece to this puzzle. Just doesn't have the physical tools to help seal up a leaky defense, and not good enough to play a big role going forward. He is not error prone though which has to be considered a plus.

-The following have not played or played so few minutes that a grade is impossible: Anor, de Villardi, Greenspan, Martin and McLain.


And a few special mid-season awards to commemorate the teams first year in MLS:

Most valuable player: Christian Ramirez

Best player: Ibson

Best single game: Ramirez scores twice on Apr 1 in 4-2 win over Salt Lake, the Loons first win in MLS.

Best play: JVenegas flicks pass from Ibson over defenders and into path of Ramirez who scores against Orlando in 1-0 win.

Biggest surprise: Brent Kallman

Biggest disappointment: Demidov, Alvbage, Schuller, Kadrii, Lagos

Best/Worst game: The home opener. Score was a nightmare. Snow was heaven!

          Casper's Final 2011 NBA Mock Draft   
Final 2011 Mock Draft with odds that the pick is dealt and brief summaries.

Many thanks to the following people for various rumors:
Jonathan Givony (@DraftExpress)
Chad Ford (@chadfordinsider)
Scott Schroeder (@ScottSchroeder)

Don't forget to check out my Final Big Board


1. Cleveland (from LAC) - Kyrie Irving (PG), Duke:
Odds pick is dealt: Zero
The Cavs say “Thank you” to the Clippers for gifting them a franchise PG. Off-the-court drama could steal some of his spotlight on draft night.

2. Minnesota - Derrick Williams (PF/SF), Arizona:
Odds pick is dealt: 50%
The Wolves are stuck with a tough choice to make after they take Williams, either keep him and figure out how to make the rotation work with a forward-heavy roster, or deal him for a SG or C. There are so many rumors floating about, that I can’t do anything but label this 50:50.

3. Utah (from NJN) - Brandon Knight (PG/SG), Kentucky:
Odds pick is dealt: Minimal
Do the Jazz go guard here or at #12? That’s the million dollar question. It appears that they have fallen in love with Knight, but they are open to selecting Kanter or Vesely as well.

4. Cleveland - Enes Kanter (C/PF), Turkey:
Odds pick is dealt: 40%
After going Kyrie with their first pick, the Cavs look at going with a C with their second pick. With the selection of Kanter they will have a good PnR partner for Kyrie - and he’ll have the luxury of being able to develop while playing behind Varejao... something which may be needed given his situation last year. They could also move this pick to a team wanting to bid for Kanter, and then move back and take Valanciunas - something to keep an eye on.

5. Toronto - Kemba Walker (PG), Connecticut:
Odds pick is dealt: Minimal
Reports coming out of Toronto are muddled, and there are seemingly 5-6 prospects tied to them at this spot. The one thing I believe is that if Knight is here, he’s the pick - problem is he likely won’t be on the board. Therefore they take Walker who gives them a tough-nosed PG who can produce on both ends of the floor and is a leader in every sense of the word. Dwane Casey should love him.

6. Washington - Jan Vesely (SF/PF), KK Partizan Belgrade:
Odds pick is dealt: 40%
All reports point to the Wizards absolutely loving Vesely. If he can refine his shot from deep, watch out - Wall just found himself an uber-athletic Forward to run the floor with him. If they move the pick it’s going to be to land Kanter.

7. Sacramento - Kawhi Leonard (SF), San Diego State:
Odds pick is dealt: 25%
The Kings want an impact player at this spot, and while they could give Fredette a look because of his offensive fit next to Evans, I think they go with Leonard. Kawhi is able to be slotted in at SF and they will be able to cover up his offensive flaws while hopefully reaping the benefits of his defense and hustle. It’s possible that they move this pick to a team wanting Valanciunas.

8. Detroit - Jonas Valanciunas (C), Lietuvos Rytas:
Odds pick is dealt: 50%
The Jonas slide stops at #8. Will he stay with the Pistons? He could... but Monroe and Jonas are a questionable pairing and they may want some immediate help given the rumors that JV will have to stay at least one season in Europe before coming over. Whatever the case may be, this could be considered great value.

9. Charlotte - Marcus Morris (PF/SF), Kansas:
Odds pick is dealt: Minimal
Charlotte reportedly wants to come out of this draft with an NBA ready player who can help spread the floor. Enter Marcus Morris who can score efficiently from everywhere on the court and can possibly play both Forward spots... very safe choice.

10. Milwaukee - Alec Burks (SG), Colorado:
Odds pick is dealt: 40%
In dire need of improved efficiency out of the backcourt after ranking dead last in offensive efficiency in 2010-11, Milwaukee looks to find a SG who can fill it up. With Jennings loving to chuck up 3’s, they need a guy like Burks alongside him to take it to the rim. If they can move down and add more picks, it’s still possible they can get their guy.

11. Golden State - Chris Singleton (SF/PF), Florida State:
Odds pick is dealt: 25%
Reports coming out of Golden State point to West loving Thompson, but they also have their coach and GM preaching defense. I think they have to go defense here, preferably on the wing. Singleton is able to guard SG, SF, or PF and has also shown the ability to get out and run or knock down 3s - thus making him a good fit for the Warriors.

12. Utah - Marshon Brooks (SG), Providence:
Odds pick is dealt: 60%
The Jazz are left staring Jimmer in the face and are basically forced to pass on a guy hometown fans love. They could move up or down, but if they stay at 12, they could tab Marshon as a NBA-ready scorer with great length.

13. Phoenix - Tristan Thompson (PF), Texas:
Odds pick is dealt: 25%
Reports are that the Suns pick will come from a workout that featured Shumpert, the Morris twins, Singleton, Thompson, and Jimmer. I think Thompson gets the nod as what could turn out to be an upgrade to their PF spot right away despite being raw. Look for them to make a move to acquire a PG (Flynn?) in a deal that might involve this pick.

14. Houston - Bismack Biyombo (C/PF), Baloncesto Fuenlabrada:
Odds pick is dealt: 40%
Houston is still in need of a C, despite trading for Thabeet last season. In Biyombo, they acquire a guy with immense upside on the defensive end, but is as raw as can be offensively. That works for new coach Kevin McHale who wants defense and already has a guy in Scola who can get him buckets in the paint. If they can find a partner in the mid-lotto to trade with, they’ll do it.

15. Indiana - Jimmer Fredette (PG/SG), BYU:
Odds pick is dealt: Minimal
Coming off a nice season that saw them back in the playoffs for the first time in five years, Indiana takes Fredette who, despite having Collison as a starter, rounds out what could be a nice backcourt rotation by an outside shooter who can get incredibly hot.

16. Philadelphia - Klay Thompson (SG/SF), Washington State:
Odds pick is dealt: 25%
Very little is coming out of Philly about the draft, some of it may have to do with them having trouble getting prospects to work out for them, but there’s also the Iguodala rumors. I think if they move Iggy, they should take a wing that can spread the floor and work off the ball - enter Klay Thompson, who has been impressing in workouts.

17. New York - Iman Shumpert (SG), Georgia Tech:
Odds pick is dealt: Minimal
The Knicks need defense first and foremost. In Iman, they get a versatile defender with great tools while also being able to handle the ball a little. Word is that Knicks want him, and odds are there won’t be teams ahead of them who are going to spoil their party. Rumor has it they may want to move up and nab Biyombo - but what do they have to offer? I think they're stuck.

18. Washington (from ATL) - Donatas Motiejunas (PF/C), Benetton Treviso:
Odds pick is dealt: 50%
The Wizards nab Motiejunas who has great upside and can score in a variety of ways. He could be an eventual replacement for Blatche, and at this point represents solid value. As this isn’t an excellent fit, the Wizards could move the pick - especially if they move up to get Kanter.

19. Charlotte (from NOH) - Markieff Morris (PF), Kansas:
Odds pick is dealt: Minimal
The Bobcats nab the second Morris twin, hoping that their chemistry carries over. This isn’t just a sentimental pick, however - Markieff should be a good energy big off the bench that provides defense and rebounding, while also fitting the “safe” mantra that Charlotte is advocating.

20. Minnesota (from MEM) - Jordan Hamilton (SF/SG), Texas:
Odds pick is dealt: Extremely high
The Timberwolves really don’t have room to bring in two rookies as well as Rubio. Therefore, this pick is not representing what I think the Wolves will pick, but who reports consider BPA -Jordan Hamilton.

21. Portland - Nikola Vucevic (C), USC:
Odds pick is dealt: 40%
Portland lacks healthy size. Although Vucevic overlaps with LMA’s skillset, he should be able to play right away and reportedly has been doing well in workouts. Rumors are that Portland wants a vet, so I wouldn’t be surprised to see this moved in a package to acquire one.

22. Denver - Kenneth Faried (PF), Morehead State:
Odds pick is dealt: 25%
Faried fits the up-tempo style of play Denver likes to play and gives the Nuggets a strong rebounder and defender for a team that could possibly lose two of their bigs to free agency - not to mention they have a lot of scorers on the roster so his biggest weakness is covered up.

23. Houston (from ORL) - Tobias Harris (SF/PF), Tennessee:
Odds pick is dealt: 75%
Houston is another team that doesn’t really have room to bring in more rookies, however I could see them keeping the pick if someone like Harris fell. While he’s not similar to Battier as some claim, he is a very smart player who could see rotation minutes right away despite currently being 18.

24. Oklahoma City - Davis Bertans (SF), Union Olimpija Ljubljana:
Odds pick is dealt: 25%
The Thunder really have no rotational needs that can be satisfied with this pick, so they take Bertans who can be stashed overseas for another year or two before coming over.

25. Boston - Jeremy Tyler (C/PF), Tokyo Apache:
Odds pick is dealt: 40%
I have no idea what Boston will do here, because they only have a year or two left of their aging superstars, and then it’s just Rondo and maybe Green. Because of that, I’ll do something nonsensical and stick them with Tyler who is arguably the biggest unknown of the draft, but has great physical tools.

26. Dallas - Justin Harper (PF/SF), Richmond:
Odds pick is dealt: 25%
The Mavs really lose offensive firepower when Dirk goes to the bench - to the point where it’s going to be a problem. Yes, they are in “win now” mode, but I could see Harper playing a role on this team next year... possibly an important one off the bench.

27. New Jersey (from LAL) - Tyler Honeycutt (SF/SG), UCLA:
Odds pick is dealt: 75%
It’s being reported that the Nets want to move up from this spot, and it trying to use #35 in order to do so. However, if they do not move up, I think Honeycutt makes sense as a versatile wing that is a bit of a project.

28. Chicago (from MIA) - Charles Jenkins (PG/SG), Hofstra:
Odds pick is dealt: 60%
If they can’t move this pick, Chicago could go with Jenkins - a comboguard who is NBA ready and can create for himself and others.

29. San Antonio - Kyle Singler (SF/PF), Duke:
Odds pick is dealt: Minimal
The Spurs aren’t giving up hope that their window has closed. As such, they take a guy who can help them immediately as long as he improves his shot selection.

30. Chicago - Bojan Bogdanovic (SG/SF), Cibona VIP Zagreb:
Odds pick is dealt: 40%
Again, another pick they will try to move... however this one will be harder. If they can’t move it, I see them taking a guy they can stash overseas and hope it pays dividends when they finally come over. In this case, it’s one of the best scorers in Europe: Bojan Bogdanovic.

31. Miami (from MIN) - Reggie Jackson (PG/SG), Boston College
32. Cleveland - Jimmy Butler (SF), Marquette
33. Detroit (from TOR) - Darius Morris (PG/SG), Michigan
34. Washington - Malcolm Lee (SG/PG), UCLA
35. New Jersey - Nikola Mirotic (PF), Real Madrid
36. Sacramento - Josh Selby (SG/PG), Kansas
37. LA Clippers (from DET) - JaJuan Johnson (PF), Purdue
38. Houston (from LAC) - Travis Leslie (SG), Georgia
39. Charlotte - Nolan Smith (PG/SG), Duke
40. Milwaukee - Norris Cole (PG), Cleveland State
41. LA Lakers (from GSW) - Cory Joseph (PG), Texas
42. Indiana - Chandler Parsons (SF), Florida
43. Chicago (from UTA) - Jon Leuer (C), Wisconsin
44. Golden State (from PHX) - Jordan Williams (C), Maryland
45. New Orleans (from PHI) - E’Twaun Moore (SG), Purdue
46. LA Lakers (from NYK) - Scotty Hopson (SG/SF), Tennessee
47. LA Clippers (from HOU) - Trey Thompkins (PF), Georgia
48. Atlanta - Shelvin Mack (SG/PG), Butler
49. Memphis - Keith Benson (PF/C), Oakland
50. Philadelphia (from NOH) - Greg Smith (PF/C), Fresno State
51. Portland - Demetri McCamey (PG), Illinois
52. Detroit (from DEN) - Jereme Richmond (SF), Illinois
53. Orlando - David Lighty (SG/SF), Ohio State
54. Cleveland (from OKC) - Xavi Rabaseda (SG), Baloncesto Fuenlabrada
55. Boston - Ben Hansbrough (PG/SG), Notre Dame
56. LA Lakers - Isaiah Thomas (PG/SG), Washington
57. Dallas - Josh Harrellson (C), Kentucky
58. LA Lakers (from MIA) - Robin Benzig (SF/PF), Ratiopharm Ulm
59. San Antonio - Giorgi Shermadini (C), Union Olimpija Ljubljana
60. Sacramento (from CHI) - Andrew Goudelock (PG), Charleston
          Post Early Entrant Deadline Big Board   
2011 Big Board: Rules - (1) Can go down one tier for need, makes tiers more flexible and blended, (2) Skills are judged based on the position the player is projected to play.

Tier 1:
1. Kyrie Irving - Fr. PG, Duke
Smooth player whose athleticism and physical tools are overlooked due to his high skill level. Has an uncanny ability to get to the rim due to elite ball handling, including an awesome utilization of changing speeds to catch the defender off balance. Very efficient jump shooter that can create space for himself and knock down shots at high efficiency both from mid-range and beyond the 3pt line. Kyrie also possesses remarkable court vision and playmaking abilities for a PG prospect, which makes him a deadly offensive player. Defensively, he rarely takes a possession off and comes up with positive plays with regularity - however he was rarely tested at the college level. Overall, Kyrie is an excellent mix of offense and defense while also possessing a NBA size. The only downside is if his toe becomes an issue.
NBA Role: Two-way franchise PG
Elite skills/traits: Handling, shot selection, penetration, overall BBIQ
Proficient skills/traits: Jump shot, shot creation, finishing, drawing fouls, passing, court vision, overall defense, quickness, athleticism, intensity
Mediocre skills/traits: Rebounding, height, length
Substandard skills/traits:
Tier 3:
2. Derrick Williams - So. PF/SF, Arizona
Efficient player both in the post and spotting up from distance. Had mixed results against competition with NBA-caliber big men - Texas and Connecticut posed trouble, whereas Kansas and Duke did not. He is among the best at drawing fouls and getting to the line where he knocks them down with some regularity. Has a smooth spot-up jumper, but is not comfortable creating a jump shot at this point because he lacks ball-handling ability on the perimeter. Average rebounder, but could easily improve if he works on fundamentals. Defensively, Derrick does not always give effort and when he does he’s not always effective. Clutch performer who both wants the ball and wants to guard the ball on key possessions. At his peak could be one of the more dangerous offensive players in the league and a regular 20ppg scorer.
NBA Role: All-star caliber stretch 4
Elite skills/traits: Hands, shot selection, finishing, drawing fouls, athleticism, intensity
Proficient skills/traits: Jump shot, post-up game, shot creation, length, strength, offensive BBIQ
Mediocre skills/traits: Penetration, passing, court vision, perimeter defense, off-ball defense, rebounding, height
Substandard skills/traits: Handling, post defense, defensive BBIQ

Tier 4:
3. Enes Kanter - 1992 PF/C, Kentucky
Hasn’t played competitively for nearly a year. Very limited experience against good competition, however when faced with a challenge he outperformed his peers. Post moves are advanced for someone his age, able to back defenders down and use an up and under, hook, or drop step to get his points. Great feel around the hoop along with a dependable midrange jumper and nice handling/passing ability make him a highly skilled offensive player. NBA body with immense strength, but not an explosive jumper. Defense is not his strong suit as he does not alter shots as well as one would hope - however it’s not for lack of effort, possibly lack of experience in being an effective defender. Shows outstanding rebounding fundamentals and attacks the ball when it comes off the rim. Hard to project without more evidence, but Enes appears to have the makings of a difference maker at the 5.
NBA Role: Offensive-minded force at the 5.
Elite skills/traits: Hands, touch around rim, shot selection, offensive BBIQ
Proficient skills/traits: Face-up game, post-up game, handling, shot creation, drawing fouls, passing, rebounding, strength
Mediocre skills/traits: Overall defense, athleticism, height, length, defensive BBIQ, intensity
Substandard skills/traits:

4. Jonas Valanciunas - 1992 C, Lietuvos Rytas
Raw big man who shows an excellent motor and touch around the rim. Above average athlete for the C spot with extremely long arms will help him become an effective defender once he learns to utilize those talents effectively. Not afraid of bodying up players in the post or guard players at the top of the key, but plays smaller than he is because too frequently he gets low as if he’s a guard on the perimeter. Offensively, he runs the pick and roll among the best and has a great feel around the hoop to finish those opportunities - also showing improving post skills including an improving drop step and nice looking hook. His work on the boards is superb and he routinely out works older, more skilled opponents. A project to be sure, but if he realizes his talents he could be a gem.
NBA Role: Starting C with positive impact on both ends
Elite skills/traits: Hands, touch around rim, length
Proficient skills/traits: Shot selection, off-ball defense, rebounding, athleticism, height, intensity, offensive BBIQ
Mediocre skills/traits: Post-up game, handling, shot creation, drawing fouls, post defense, perimeter defense, defensive BBIQ
Substandard skills/traits: Face-up game, passing, strength

5. Terrence Jones - Fr. SF/PF, Kentucky
Terrence is someone who, if rated from 1-10 on every trait, could be argued to have 6s or 7s across the board. Has good handling and passing abilities for a guy his size. Can knock down shots from beyond the 3pt line and has an improving post game, while also being able to draw fouls against slower PFs in face-up situations. Works well without the ball, coming off screens for open jumpers or cutting to the hoop. Terrence is adept at rebounding the ball on both ends of the floor and also is a plus defender, using his great length to his advantage in both aspects. While he might not have star potential, he should be a great glue guy.
NBA Role: Jack of all trades F
Elite skills/traits:
Proficient skills/traits: Handling, penetration, finishing, drawing fouls, passing, court vision, overall defense, rebounding, athleticism, length, strength, overall BBIQ
Mediocre skills/traits: Jump shot, post-up game, hands, shot creation, shot selection, height, intensity
Substandard skills/traits:

6. Jan Vesely - 1990 SF/PF, KK Partizan Belgrade
At his best when attacking the rim both off the dribble and cutting to the rim. Jump shot is not where it needs to be and he appears to lack confidence in it, often choosing to drive even when given an open shot. Extremely high energy level. Great athlete with long arms allows him to be a pest defensively. Because he is rail thin doesn’t rebound or defend in the post as well as one would hope - however despite his frame he’s not wary of competing against bigger players. Jan looks to be someone who would thrive playing next to a sweet-shooting star player.
NBA Role: Starting slasher/energy player.
Elite skills/traits: Finishing, athleticism, height, intensity
Proficient skills/traits: Hands, shot selection, penetration, drawing fouls, overall defense, length, defensive BBIQ
Mediocre skills/traits: Handling, shot creation, passing, court vision, rebounding, offensive BBIQ
Substandard skills/traits: Jump shot, post-up game, strength

7. Alec Burks - So. SG, Colorado
One of the best players at getting to the rim and finishing through contact. Exceptional ball handling skills and athleticism allow him to create scoring opportunities for himself despite being the focus of the defense, while also having mediocre court vision and passing abilities for a SG prospect to make defenses pay if they commit 2-3 players to him. To become a complete offensive player, however, Alec really needs to work on his sub-standard jumper both in off the dribble and catch and shoot opportunities. Defensively, he has tools to be a good defender, but is not effective outside the occasional deflection or steal. Overall, he projects right now to be a good secondary scorer who does his damage by attacking the basket.
NBA Role: Starting slasher/scorer
Elite skills/traits: Penetration, finishing
Proficient skills/traits: Handling, shot creation, drawing fouls, athleticism, length, offensive BBIQ
Mediocre skills/traits: Shot selection, passing, court vision, off-ball defense, rebounding, height, intensity, defensive BBIQ
Substandard skills/traits: Jump shot, perimeter defense
Tier 5:
8. Kemba Walker - Jr. PG, Connecticut
Elite skills/traits: Quickness, intensity
Proficient skills/traits: Handling, shot creation, penetration, finishing, drawing fouls, overall defense, rebounding, athleticism, defensive BBIQ
Mediocre skills/traits: Jump shot, passing, court vision, offensive BBIQ
Substandard skills/traits: Shot selection, height, length

9. Donatas Motiejunas - 1990 PF/C, Benetton Treviso
Elite skills/traits: Face-up game
Proficient skills/traits: Post-up game, hands, touch around rim, handling, shot creation, shot selection, drawing fouls, athleticism, height, length, offensive BBIQ
Mediocre skills/traits: Passing, intensity
Substandard skills/traits: Overall defense, rebounding, strength

10. Tristan Thompson - Fr. PF, Texas
Elite skills/traits: Touch around rim, drawing fouls
Proficient skills/traits: Post defense, off-ball defense, hands, athleticism, length, strength, intensity
Mediocre skills/traits: Post-up game, shot selection, perimeter defense, rebounding, height, overall BBIQ
Substandard skills/traits: Face-up game, handling, shot creation, passing

11. Brandon Knight - Fr. PG/SG, Kentucky
Elite skills/traits: Shot creation, intensity
Proficient skills/traits: Jump shot, handling, penetration, quickness, athleticism, height, length
Mediocre skills/traits: Finishing, drawing fouls, court vision, overall defense, overall BBIQ
Substandard skills/traits: Shot selection, passing, rebounding

12. Bismack Biyombo - 1992 PF/C, Baloncesto Fuenlabrada
Elite skills/traits: Off-ball defense, athleticism, length, strength, intensity
Proficient skills/traits: Drawing fouls, touch around rim, post defense, rebounding, defensive BBIQ
Mediocre skills/traits: Height, shot selection
Substandard skills/traits: Face-up game, post-up game, hands, handling, shot creation, passing, perimeter defense, offensive BBIQ
Tier 6:
13. Markieff Morris - Jr. PF, Kansas
Elite skills/traits: Touch around rim, shot selection
Proficient skills/traits: Hands, overall defense, rebounding, athleticism, height, length, strength, overall BBIQ
Mediocre skills/traits: Face-up game, post-up game, passing, intensity
Substandard skills/traits: Handling, shot creation, drawing fouls

14. Marcus Morris - Jr. PF/SF, Kansas
Elite skills/traits:
Proficient skills/traits: Face-up game, post-up game, hands, touch around rim, shot creation, shot selection, drawing fouls, athleticism, height, length, offensive BBIQ
Mediocre skills/traits: Handling, passing, overall defense, rebounding, strength, intensity, defensive BBIQ
Substandard skills/traits:

15. Chris Singleton - Jr. SF/PF, Florida State
Elite skills/traits: Perimeter defense, off-ball defense, defensive BBIQ
Proficient skills/traits: Post defense, athleticism, height, length, strength, intensity
Mediocre skills/traits: Jump shot, hands, handling, penetration, finishing, passing, court vision
Substandard skills/traits: Post-up game, shot creation, shot selection, drawing fouls, rebounding, offensive BBIQ

16. Reggie Jackson - Jr. PG/SG, Boston College
Elite skills/traits: Length
Proficient skills/traits: Shot selection, finishing, perimeter defense, off-ball defense, intensity
Mediocre skills/traits: Jump shot, handling, shot creation, penetration, passing, rebounding, athleticism, height, overall BBIQ
Substandard skills/traits: Drawing fouls, quickness, court vision

17. Kawhi Leonard - So. SF/PF, San Diego State
Elite skills/traits: Rebounding
Proficient skills/traits: Penetration, finishing, passing, overall defense, athleticism, length, strength, intensity, defensive BBIQ
Mediocre skills/traits: Hands, handling, shot creation, court vision, height, offensive BBIQ
Substandard skills/traits: Jump shot, post-up game, shot selection, drawing fouls

18. Tobias Harris - Fr. PF/SF, Tennessee
Elite skills/traits: Intensity
Proficient skills/traits: Hands, handling, penetration, finishing, strength, overall BBIQ
Mediocre skills/traits: Post-up game, shot creation, shot selection, drawing fouls, passing, court vision, overall defense, rebounding, athleticism, height, length
Substandard skills/traits: Jump shot

19. Jimmer Fredette - Sr. PG/SG, Brigham Young
Elite skills/traits: Jump shot
Proficient skills/traits: Handling, shot creation, intensity, offensive BBIQ
Mediocre skills/traits: Shot selection, penetration, drawing fouls, passing, court vision, height
Substandard skills/traits: Finishing, overall defense, rebounding, quickness, athleticism, length, defensive BBIQ

20. Kenneth Faried - Sr. PF/C, Morehead State
Elite skills/traits: Rebounding, intensity
Proficient skills/traits: Hands, overall defense, athleticism, length, defensive BBIQ
Mediocre skills/traits: Post-up game, shot selection, drawing fouls, strength
Substandard skills/traits: Face-up game, handling, shot creation, passing, height, offensive BBIQ

21. Justin Harper - Sr. PF/SF, Richmond
Elite skills/traits: Jump shot
Proficient skills/traits: Handling, shot creation, shot selection, height, offensive BBIQ
Mediocre skills/traits: Post-up game, hands, penetration, finishing, passing, court vision, perimeter defense, athleticism, length, intensity, defensive BBIQ
Substandard skills/traits: Drawing fouls, post defense, off-ball defense, rebounding, strength
          2010 NBA Draft - Mock Draft (Final)   
It's time for my final mock draft - a little less than 8 hours before the real thing. Sifting through rumors and figuring out which ones to believe in is a time-consuming process... but I love doing it so it's a welcomed "chore".

Before I hit the actual mock, I want to discuss two trades which I think have a good chance at going down and thus I included them while making this mock draft.

The first is a trade between New Jersey and Sacramento. This deal would have the #3 pick (Cousins) going to Sacramento for the #5 pick (Johnson) and one of their PFs. Sacramento would ensure they get their franchise C, while New Jersey gets the SF they want, but pick up value.

The second is the rumored Minnesota/Detroit deal. Here, Minnesota would send out Al Jefferson and #16 for Tayshaun Prince and #7. More could be added, but I think those are the only two picks and "major" players involved.

Alright, time for the mock. I shortened down the commentary and added in a feature of my odds sheet with the % chance to reach a certain level. After each label, will be what I believe the odds are that they will be at least that good.

1. Washington - John Wall (PG):
Franchise player: 20%, Fringe All-Star: 90%
The Arenas era is over; the John Wall era has now begun. This pick is a lock now per reports.

2. Philadelphia - Evan Turner (SG/SF):
Franchise player: 5%, Fringe All-Star: 80%
It seems like Philadelphia will draft Turner and then try to flip Iguodala as they duplicate each other’s strengths and weaknesses a little too much.

3. Sacramento (from NJN) - DeMarcus Cousins (C):
Franchise player: 10%, Fringe All-Star: 60%
I think New Jersey ends up trading down to take Wesley Johnson, and that Sacramento moves up to #3 using one of their PFs as the prime bait. Sacramento gets their franchise C.

4. Minnesota - Derrick Favors (PF/C):
Franchise player: 15%, Fringe All-Star: 50%
Minnesota thinks about taking Johnson, but reason wins out and they go Favors. This opens up the trade which will send Al out for Detroit’s pick.

5. New Jersey (From SAC) - Wesley Johnson (SF):
Fringe All-Star: 30%, Solid Starter: 85%
Sacramento trades up for Cousins, while New Jersey moves down for the correct value on Wesley Johnson. New Jersey gets their long-term starting SF and then plans on getting a PF in free agency.

6. Golden State - Greg Monroe (PF/C):
Fringe All-Star: 11%, Solid Starter: 45%
Seeing as they already have athletes in the frontcourt, Monroe’s athletic and defensive deficiencies could be covered up and his skills could be maximized.

7. Minnesota (from DET) - Paul George (SG/SF):
Fringe All-Star: 15%, Solid Starter: 35%
Detroit trades this pick to Minnesota for Al Jefferson. Minnesota attempts to use this pick to get Wesley Johnson, but instead settles for Paul George who impressed in workouts.

8. LA Clippers - Al-Farouq Aminu (SF/PF):
Fringe All-Star: 11%, Solid Starter: 31%
The Clippers have a need at SF, and Aminu gets the spot here since he has the ability to play PF next to Griffin when they go small and also gives them great athleticism and defense.

9. Utah (from NY) - Cole Aldrich (C):
Fringe All-Star: 1%, Solid Starter: 35%
Cole doesn’t offer much upside, but he’s ready right away and it beats relying on Fesenko or Koufos to develop, while also being a decent fit with Millsap.

10. Indiana - Ed Davis (PF):
Fringe All-Star: 25%, Solid Starter: 60%
Davis gives them a very athletic PF with upside to put next to Hibbert, and also reuinites him with Hansbrough. Opens up Murphy to be moved for a veteran PG.

11. New Orleans - Gordon Hayward (SF):
Fringe All-Star: 0%, Fringe Starter: 40%
Hayward makes sense for the Hornets, as they are looking for a scorer at the SF spot. It’s rumored he has a promise in the top-12.

12. Memphis - Patrick Patterson (PF):
Fringe All-Star: 0%, Fringe Starter: 65%
Patterson has the ability to come in next season and replace the troubled Randolph at PF, giving them steady production on both ends of the court.

13. Toronto - Eric Bledsoe (PG):
Fringe All-Star: 1%, Fringe Starter: 35%
I think they go PG here, but the question is - which one: Bledsoe or Bradley? I think they go for the one who has more developed PG skills but slightly less talent defensively and take Bledsoe. This allows them to move Calderon or Jack.

14. Houston - Xavier Henry (SG/SF):
Fringe All-Star: 20%, Fringe Starter: 85%
I don’t know what Houston is going to target, but Henry is BPA at this spot and I can’t see him falling much further than this, and even though he doesn’t quite make sense in Houston they could easily trade this pick.

Rest of 1st Round:
15. Milwaukee (from CHI) - Ekpe Udoh (PF/C):
Solid Starter: 30%, Fringe Starter: 75%
With the Bucks just acquiring Maggette, I think they look in the frontcourt and add Udoh who bolsters their surprisingly good defense and could be a very nice fit next to Bogut.

16. Detroit (from MIN via CHA) - Hassan Whiteside (PF/C):
Solid Starter: 30%, Fringe Starter: 50%
Minnesota ships this pick to Detroit in the Al Jefferson trade and Detroit selects Hassan Whiteside who they hope can give them some much needed defense in the frontcourt if Wallace leaves, although they may have to wait a little.

17. Chicago (from MIL) - James Anderson (SG):
Solid Starter: 26%, Fringe Starter: 66%
Anderson fits well next to Rose as an off-the-ball scorer from deep and also brings decent playmaking and defense to the table. Great fit.

18. Oklahoma City (from MIA) - Daniel Orton (PF/C):
Fringe Starter: 21%
Oklahoma could very well package all three of their picks to move up into the lottery, but I can’t speculate on who they’d target. I do know they like Orton, so he’s the pick here.

19. Boston - Avery Bradley (PG/SG):
Fringe Starter: 45%
Boston is aging. Bradley can come in and give them athleticism, defense, and jumpshooting at the SG spot and eventually learn to play some point. He and Rondo in the backcourt would be menacing.

20. San Antonio - Luke Babbitt (SF/PF):
Fringe Starter: 30%
Jefferson was a letdown at the SF spot, and so I think the Spurs use this pick to upgrade their talent. Babbitt falling gives them an NBA-ready offensive talent.

21. Oklahoma City - Damion James (SF/PF):
Fringe Starter: 50%
If the Thunder keep this pick, they go with value and reunite James with Durant. While he kind of overlaps with Green, it gives them leverage in contract negotiations.

22. Portland - Kevin Seraphin (PF/C):
Fringe Starter: 31%
Seraphin is an upside pick, but also should be able to contribute a crude, but punishing game on offense his first year; while also giving them plus production defensively and on the boards while Oden and Przybilla are out.

23. Minnesota (from UTA) - Quincy Pondexter (SF):
Fringe Starter: 20%
Minnesota could include this pick in the Detroit deal, or use it to attempt to move up from the 7th pick, but as it stands I think they go with Pondexter given his impressive workout and he’ll give them more defense and flexibility on the wing.

24. Atlanta - Larry Sanders (PF/C):
Fringe Starter: 30%
The Hawks need size and defense. Sanders brings great defensive ability as well as an excellent frame, but doesn’t have the bulk they’d be looking for.

25. Memphis (from DEN) - Eliot Williams (SG):
Fringe Starter: 15%
I don’t think Memphis keeps both of their late picks, however I’ll pick like they do. Williams grew up in Memphis and played one year there in college, and his style works well with Mayo.

26. Oklahoma City (from PHX) - Tibor Pleiss (C):
Fringe Starter: 20%
If they keep the pick, Pleiss goes here. The Thunder are rumored to like him, and this is a stash pick.

27. New Jersey (from DAL) - Solomon Alabi (C):
Fringe Starter: 20%
Working off the first trade, I think NJ now goes for a big that could work next to Lopez in limited minutes, and also give them defense.

28. Memphis (from LAL) - Greivis Vasquez (PG/SG):
Fringe Starter: 11%
This pick is rumored to be available for cash. However, if they keep it he apparently impressed them in workouts, and they assure that he’s in a Grizzlies uniform with this pick. Should be a nice backup PG.

29. Orlando - Darington Hobson (SG/SF):
Fringe Starter: 35%
Hobson is rumored to have a 1st round promise. While he doesn’t have the star potential on the wing which they seemed to need in the playoffs, he can fill a void off the bench and then eventually earn a starting spot and allow Nelson to work off him at times.

30. Washington (from CLE) - Devin Ebanks (SF/PF):
Fringe Starter: 65%
Nice value here. Ebanks gives them excellent defense on the wing and someone who likes to run. If his offensive skillset ever matures, he’ll give them an extremely versatile player.

2nd Round:
31. New Jersey - Terrico White (SG)
32. Miami (from OKC via MIN) - Craig Brackins (PF)
33. Sacramento - Willie Warren (SG)
34. Portland (from GS) - Dominique Jones (SG)
35. Washington - Jordan Crawford (SG)
36. Detroit - Jerome Jordan (C)
37. Milwaukee (from PHI) - Gani Lawal (PF)
38. New York - Lance Stephenson (SG/SF)
39. New York (from LAC) - Trevor Booker (PF)
40. Indiana - Armon Johnson (PG/SG)
41. Miami (from NO) - Stanley Robinson (SF)
42. Miami (from TOR) - Artsiom Parakhouski (C)
43. LA Lakers (from MEM) - Jerome Randle (PG)
44. Milwaukee (from GS via CHI) - Paulao Prestes (C)
45. Minnesota (from HOU) - Nemanja Bjelica (SG/SF)
46. Phoenix (from CHA) - Brian Zoubek (C)
47. Milwaukee - Mikhail Torrance (PG/SG)
48. Miami - Dexter Pittman (C)
49. San Antonio - Jarvis Varnado (PF)
50. Dallas (from OKC) - Derrick Caracter (PF/C)
51. Oklahoma City (from POR) - Latavious Williams (SF/PF)
52. Boston - Omar Samhan (C)
53. Atlanta - Miroslav Raduljica (C)
54. LA Clippers (from DEN) - Sherron Collins (PG)
55. Utah - Da’Sean Butler (SF)
56. Minnesota (from PHO) - Sylven Landesberg (SG)
57. Indiana (from DAL) - Jon Scheyer (PG/SG)
58. LA Lakers - Tiny Gallon (PF/C)
59. Orlando - Charles Garcia (PF)
60. Phoenix (from CLE) - Lazar Hayward (SF)
          Updated Mock Draft - June 15th, 2010   
Latest Mock Draft after reading through various rumors and articles, as well as watching a lot of workout videos. As such, there's been a lot of shake-up in this mock compared to the last one.

1st Round:
1. Washington - John Wall (PG):
The Arenas era is over; the John Wall era has now begun. This pick is a lock now per reports.

2. Philadelphia - Evan Turner (SG/SF):
This pick could be moved so Philadelphia picks up more value as Turner and Iguodala duplicate each other’s strengths and weaknesses a little too much. I believe they would be almost equally as happy with Favors or Cousins, but right now Turner is the safer bet.

3. New Jersey - Derrick Favors (PF/C):
Lopez isn’t really a brutish player down low, but he’s a very skilled offensive player who can also step out and hit a jumper. Favors is a tough-nosed player and he has the athleticism Lopez lacks. This is a spectacular fit, though the pick is rumored to be “gettable”.

4. Minnesota - DeMarcus Cousins (C):
This represents a BPA pick as DeMarcus has the potential to be dominant. It is also a pick which will drastically change the franchise as Al and Cousins likely cannot coexist, but Cousins is the larger and more talented of the two.

5. Sacramento - Wesley Johnson (SF):
This is a tough pick for the Kings, and don’t be surprised to see them move up or down. They need talent which fits next to Evans, but they would highly prefer it to be a big with defensive ability. However, as the value isn’t there, they instead go for BPA and take Johnson - even though they already have Casspi and Greene.

6. Golden State - Greg Monroe (PF/C):
The Warriors really don’t have a specific need besides being healthy and reorganizing their talent. Seeing as they already have athletes in the frontcourt, Monroe’s athletic and defensive deficiencies could be covered up and his skills could be maximized.

7. Detroit - Ed Davis (PF):
Detroit needs help just about everywhere, and as such they cannot afford passing up the potential Davis has on both ends of the floor. He’ll fill a huge hole in the Pistons rotation next year, possibly starting by year’s end.

8. LA Clippers - Paul George (SF):
The Clippers have a need at SF, but they also could use some playmaking since Gordon lacks in that area. Aminu could get a look here since he has the ability to play PF next to Griffin when they go small, but George offers a diverse skillset and his stock has skyrocketed.

9. Utah (from NY) - Cole Aldrich (C):
Gift wrapping Utah an NBA-ready defensive Center would be like an early Christmas, even if he isn’t the BPA. He doesn’t offer much upside, but it beats relying on Fesenko or Koufos to develop, while also being a decent fit with Millsap.

10. Indiana - Xavier Henry (SG/SF):
If the Pacers trade down or out of this spot as rumored, then Henry is the pick as he’s BPA and the team targeting this pick in a trade would likely be looking to draft him. However, if they keep the pick, this is a tough spot and Aminu, Udoh, or Hayward are all possibilities.

11. New Orleans - Gordon Hayward (SF):
It is rumored that Hayward has a promise somewhere above the 12th pick. This would be a reasonable spot for him if that’s the case, even though Aminu is still on the board and represents the BPA. If he can rid himself of the streakiness which plagued him this past year, this could be a very nice fit.

12. Memphis - Al-Farouq Aminu (SF/PF):
If they allow Gay to walk, then Aminu would look like an excellent fit - and even if they do not, Mayo, Gay, and Aminu could all play on the floor together and create huge mismatch problems with their athleticism and scoring ability.

13. Toronto - Patrick Patterson (PF):
Losing Bosh is certainly going to sting, but Toronto can’t panic. Patterson - while not a quite as good defensively like the BPA Udoh - could immediately come in and be a nice fit next to Bargnani as he has a reliable post game, while also being an extremely safe choice.

14. Houston - Hassan Whiteside (PF/C):
Upside pick that Houston can afford to take, even with the red flags surrounding him. While this pick has a high possibility of being moved, a pick of Whiteside would allow him time to mature and also make him earn his minutes - possibly giving him more motivation to reach his potential.

15. Milwaukee (from CHI) - Luke Babbitt (SF/PF):
Babbitt measured out better than almost everyone expected, and it’s rumored the Bucks like him a lot. The Bucks should give Anderson a heavy look here, but the Bucks will take one of the most skilled offensive players on the board.

16. Minnesota (from CHA) - Ekpe Udoh (PF/C):
The Timberwolves really need help on the wing, and Anderson is staring them in the face. However, Udoh is BPA and he is potentially a perfect fit alongside Cousins and would work very well in an uptempo triangle variation. I think they take him and reshape their frontcourt.

17. Chicago (from MIL) - James Anderson (SG):
Rose is a dominant ball-handler with a budding jumper, and the SG next to him needs to be able to play off the ball and be great working primarily in catch-and-shoot and screen situations. Anderson brings that as well as decent playmaking and defense to the table. Great fit.

18. Miami - Avery Bradley (PG/SG):
Bradley isn’t currently ready to play PG in a traditional role, but the Heat don’t need that if they keep Wade. He can immediately step in and give them excellent defense as well as solid shooting in his limited minutes, while learning to become more of a playmaker.

19. Boston - Willie Warren (SG):
Warren has certainly fallen out of favor with the masses over the past year, but I still think he has the upside to be pretty good in the NBA. Working off more talented players, he could be a deadly sharpshooter with handles. In Boston he could replace some of Allen’s production, and give them another handler when Rondo is off the floor.

20. San Antonio - Damion James (SF):
They need toughness, length, and spot-up shooting at the SF spot since Jefferson clearly didn’t give them that. James brings those as well as quality defense, and seems like a Popovich kind of player.

21. Oklahoma City - Daniel Orton (PF/C):
I personally would dislike this pick if I were an OKC fan; however this is a mock, not my big board. Some team will reach for him early because of his size, athleticism, and thug-like nature on the court; and I think that team will be the Thunder as he is a hometown player who also fills a big need.

22. Portland - Kevin Seraphin (PF/C):
They were decimated by injuries last year, and could have Oden and Przybilla start off the year watching games in suits. Seraphin is an upside pick, but also should be able to contribute a crude, but punishing game on offense his first year; while also giving them plus production defensively and on the boards.

23. Minnesota (from UTA) - Devin Ebanks (SF/PF):
Minnesota likely moves up in the draft using this pick, but if not, I like Ebanks here. As BPA (in my opinion at least) he does not given them an immediate boost offensively at the wing like they need, but he’ll provide lockdown defense, quality rebounding, playmaking, and also possesses a nice mid-range game. They can get the offense in Free Agency.

24. Atlanta - Larry Sanders (PF/C):
The Hawks need size and defense. Sanders brings great defensive ability as well as an excellent frame, but doesn’t have the bulk they’d be looking for. However, seeing that he’s put on about 15lbs of “good” weight in the past two seasons (he only has 4.6% body fat); I think he could eventually bulk up to 240-250 and be a menace for Atlanta.

25. Memphis (from DEN) - Eric Bledsoe (PG/SG):
Conley doesn’t seem to be a guy worth considering part of their core, even though he’s a decent player. As such, they go with Bledsoe who - even if Conley is kept longterm - can play a role as a comboguard off the bench that will give them a great defender and decent shooting.

26. Oklahoma City (from PHX) - Tibor Pleiss (C):
I don’t know if they keep both picks, but I’ll pick as though they will. They already took Orton, but it’s rumored that they also like Pleiss and they could stash him for a year or two. Their roster cannot handle any more non-impact players, so taking an international prospect makes sense.

27. New Jersey (from DAL) - Quincy Pondexter (SF):
The Nets should use this pick to guess at the type of role player a star FA would want to surround him. You can never have enough role players who are very athletic and have the ability to guard three positions, while also able to create for themselves - so Pondexter is the pick here.

28. Memphis (from LAL) - Elliot Williams (SG):
I cannot see Memphis taking three rookies this year, so I would assume they will trade up or out of one of their later picks. However, if they do keep all three, I think they’ll go with Elliot Williams who grew up in Tennessee, played at Memphis, and is a pretty good athlete that can be a scorer/slasher off the bench.

29. Orlando - Darington Hobson (SG/SF):
Hobson is rumored to have a 1st round promise. As someone who is adept at handling the ball, shooting it from deep, and also possesses decent athleticism - it makes sense. While he doesn’t have the star potential on the wing which they seemed to need in the playoffs, he can fill a void off the bench and then eventually earn a starting spot and allow Nelson to work off him at times.

30. Washington (from CLE) - Solomon Alabi (C):
Could he slip all the way to the last pick in the 1st round? It’s possible, especially when a lot of teams don’t necessarily need a C at the end of the 1st in this mock. He gives the Wizards a legit C with good defense and budding skills, as well as a high character guy. I don’t know if he’ll ever be a big-minute player, but this is good value.

2nd Round:
31. New Jersey - Artsiom Parakhouski (C)
32. Oklahoma City (from MIN) - Terrico White (SG)
33. Sacramento - Jerome Jordan (C)
34. Golden State - Dominique Jones (SG)
35. Washington - Gani Lawal (PF)
36. Detroit - Jarvis Varnado (PF)
37. Milwaukee (from PHI) - Trevor Booker (PF)
38. New York - Lance Stephenson (SG/SF)
39. New York (from LAC) - Stanley Robinson (SF)
40. Indiana - Mikhail Torrance (PG/SG)
41. Miami (from NO) - Craig Brackins (PF)
42. Miami (from TOR) - Jordan Crawford (SG)
43. LA Lakers (from MEM) - Greivis Vasquez (PG/SG)
44. Portland (from CHI) - Paulao Prestes (C)
45. Minnesota (from HOU) - Nemanja Bjelica (SG/SF)
46. Phoenix (from CHA) - Brian Zoubek (C)
47. Milwaukee - Armon Johnson (PG/SG)
48. Miami - Lazar Hayward (SF)
49. San Antonio - Ryan Richards (C)
50. Dallas (from OKC) - Derrick Caracter (PF/C)
51. Oklahoma City (from POR) - Latavious Williams (SF/PF)
52. Boston - Da’Sean Butler (SF)
53. Atlanta - Omar Samhan (C)
54. LA Clippers (from DEN) - Jerome Randle (PG)
55. Utah - Alexey Shved (PG/SG)
56. Minnesota (from PHO) - Manny Harris (SG)
57. Indiana (from DAL) - Sylven Landesberg (SG)
58. LA Lakers - Dexter Pittman (C)
59. Orlando - Tiny Gallon (PF/C)
60. Phoenix (from CLE) - Charles Garcia (PF)
          NBA Mock Draft (4-1-2010)   
Mock Time!

John Henson, Kemba Walker, Elias Harris, Luke Babbitt, Jordan Crawford, and Jeff Taylor were excluded from the mock. The rest of the guys listed above are fair game. You can see I added Vesely and Motiejunas to the big board since the last mock, but I'm certainly not knowledgeable about either, going to do my best on placing them, however.

1. New Jersey - John Wall (PG):

2. Minnesota - Evan Turner (SG/SF):
No Wall? Okay, I'd be kind of bummed, but getting Turner would still be fantastic and fill a big... no... humongous need. 35mpg of great all-around play straight out.

3. Golden State - DeMarcus Cousins (C):
One of the tougher decisions. Favors fits their uptempo style while also being able to physically play against any PF and most Cs in the league. Cousins, however, gives them a beast down low to form a pretty good inside-outside game with Curry.

4. Washington - Derrick Favors (PF/C):
Blatche doing well? That's good and all, but Favors has star potential and Blatche and Favors really aren't a bad fit in the frontcourt, especially with McGee being the third big in the trio. Nice start to their rebuild by picking up a guy with the potential to be the best player in the draft.

5. Detroit - Ed Davis (PF/C):
Curious team they have assembled, so it's kind of hard to peg where they'd go with this pick. Davis can come in and give them solid production right away at PF or C while having plenty of room to grow. Problem is, he seemed passive on both ends.

6. Sacramento - Hassan Whiteside (PF/C):
Another tough spot. Johnson is BPA and Whiteside is a headcase. However, Sacramento needs to go with potential, and Whiteside has plenty of that and could be a pretty nice fit in their frontcourt if he pans out.

7. Philadelphia - Wesley Johnson (SF):
Might be the steal of the draft. Then again, it might be the correct kind of value. Seems like a nearly perfect fit next to Iguodala and this could launch them into the playoffs next year.

8. Utah (from NY) - Cole Aldrich (C):
This one seems like a pretty good match. Utah needs a defensive presence and size in the frontcourt, even if they play great team defense. This pick allows them to get an NBA ready player who is great at what he's made to do.

9. LA Clippers - Al-Farouq Aminu (SF/PF):
They have a hole at SF, and could use the versatility for their SF to play inside or out if they decide to go small-ball and have Griffin at C for some of his minutes. Great athlete with upside, however I'm skeptical if he'll ever reach it.

10. Indiana - Xavier Henry (SG/SF):
Another sharpshooter in Indiana? Well, they are kind of shooting themselves in the foot by playing so well. This pick wouldn't doom them to mediocrity, because Henry has room in his game to grow and become a star, but it's not the athletic PF that they desperately need.

11. New Orleans - Greg Monroe (PF/C):
If they move CP3, which some would say is a real possibility, then this pick could become a pure upside pick because they'd be in rebuilding mode. As it stands now, however, they need a player who still has potential to add to his game, but also can give them minutes right away. Would be able to play off Okafor or West pretty well.

12. Milwaukee (from CHI) - Jan Vesely (SF/PF):
Upside, upside, upside. I have no clue what his exact contract situation is, but an athletic 4 who can spread the floor and seems to have the game to work extremely well off of Bogut and next to Jennings who likes to run... I like it.

13. Houston - Donatas Motiejunas (PF/C):
Same deal as in all the drafts I've done - Houston is kind of stuck not really needing help anywhere, but certainly could use a backup plan in the frontcourt in case Yao never returns to what he was, and needs a guy on their roster who could potentially blow up and become something great.

14. Memphis - Devin Ebanks (SF/PF):
Makes Gay expendable if they don't want to pay? I think he could be the consummate role player at SF in the NBA. Great pairing with Mayo, and even if Gay stays, he fits in better with that team than Sam Young backing up the forward spots.

15. Miami (from TOR) - Ekpe Udoh (PF/C):
If Wade stays, they need an NBA-ready player. If Wade leaves, they need a guy with upside. Udoh is both, though may never become more than a 3rd big in the NBA. Defense, playmaking, and athleticism all in one frontcourt player is nice to have.

16. Minnesota (from CHA) - Paul George (SG/SF):
Athleticism which the Timberwolves desperately need? Check. Outside shot the Timberwolves desperately need? Check. Nice playmaking to work in the triangle? Check. Weakside defense the Timberwolves need? Check. Why does a guy like him fall then? Inconsistent, a defensive gambler, and doesn't attack the rim like he should.

17. Miami - James Anderson (SG/SF):
I don't know how well he'd work defensively next to Wade, but getting a guy this low who can score right away in the NBA is pretty good value. Not having to be a primary option makes those ball-handling issues become minute.

18. Chicago (from MIL) - Patrick Patterson (PF):
Likely wish they never made the deal with Milwaukee if they don't land a star FA in the summer, but if they do, then falling six spots and missing out on a chance at the two Europeans is going to sting. Patterson is a nice fit and can play next to a guy very similar to Wall, but more seasoned. I think it'd be great if he worked himself into playing spot minutes at SF.

19. San Antonio - Darington Hobson (SG/SF):
Kind of an odd pick for a Spurs team. However, with Manu potentially leaving, Jefferson not really giving them what they'd hope... I like it. Hobson can allow Parker to be more of a scorer while Hobson is a playmaker when he's in the game.

20. Portland - Larry Sanders (PF/C):
Decimated by injuries in the frontcourt, Portland went out and traded for Camby. Sanders isn't a Camby-clone, but he is athletic and does have nice weakside skills and ability to defend PFs (he gets pushed around by Cs) in the post. Kind of a tricky pick for me to come up with.

21. Oklahoma City - Artsiom Parakhouski (C):
They need size in the post. They have great players and prospects in the backcourt. They have Ibaka coming into his own in the frontcourt, but they need a big C to bang down low and grab rebounds. If he were a better defensive player, or played more teams which could offer him a challenge, he may go higher, but he wasn't and he didn't.

22. Boston - Willie Warren (SG):
Could be the steal of the draft. Could be a guy who never gets it. Could stay in school. But man... he could be great. Lots of could's, that pretty much sums up what I think of Warren.

23. Memphis (from DEN) - Eric Bledsoe (PG/SG):
I think he should stay in school, but it seems like he's leaving. Is he really a PG? We never really got to see at UK, but when he had the ball in his hands he seemed like a comboguard with relatively poor playmaking skills. Either way, Memphis needs another PG, and Bledsoe could be a nice pairing with Mayo.

24. Atlanta - Solomon Alabi (C):
They need size and defense to win a championship. Alabi technically gives them size... even if he's one of the softest C's outside of Hollins. I like the potential reward for Atlanta, however, and in his first year he can just be a fouling machine who gives them defense for 15mpg while they try to become a true contender.

25. Oklahoma City (from PHX) - Stanley Robinson (SF/PF):
Eh, I don't know what OKC is going to do with two rookies. Robinson plays the same position as Green, but he has a different type of role. Seems like a waste in OKC, however.

26. Minnesota (from UTA) - Damion James (SF/PF):
One wing. Two wings. Three wings? Last year it was about the PGs for the Timberwolves, this year it will be about the wings. Very nice value pick here and makes Gomes very expendable. Gives them a tougher wing than either Turner or George, and a guy who will give you his maximum effort every game.

27. New Jersey (from DAL) - Gordon Hayward (SF):
Nice value pick for them, even if they have a lot of wing prospects already on their roster. With the way Williams has been playing, Hayward would be a pretty good player next to him and Wall if they all do what I think they could. I might have him falling too far in this mock, however.

28. Orlando - Quincy Pondexter (SF/PF):
Pondexter plays bigger than he is, which works well next to a softie PF in Lewis. I don't know how well his game would work with a tank inside like Howard who stays in or near the paint at all times, but he's well worth a look for them if only because it gives them an athlete.

29. Memphis (from LAL) - Avery Bradley (PG/SG):
I can't see Memphis keeping three picks with the roster they have, but if they do, how interesting would it be for them to have Bledsoe, Bradley, and Mayo in the backcourt?

30. Washington (from CLE) - Dominique Jones (SG):
He's a scorer, who likely will be best served coming off the bench in the NBA, but for a Washington team who will likely struggle mightily, he seems like a decent option.

Thanks for checking this out. Comments? Questions? Criticism?
          Jim Boeheim Calls Tom Crean an Idiot for Ripping Tyler Lydon's NBA Potential   

Syracuse Orange head basketball coach Jim Boeheim did not take kindly to former Indiana coach Tom Crean criticizing Tyler Lydon's NBA prospects.

"He's an idiot," Boeheim said Thursday, per Chris Carlson of "He said he's not a good shooter. Freshman, sophomore year he shoots 40 percent from 3. That's pretty good for a young player.

"I think he had the best shooting statistics at the combine, I think, of all the big guys," Boeheim continued. "He shoots it. That's what he does. It just shows the ignorance and not doing the work, the research, the background check. He's athletic and can do a lot of other things but he can really shoot."

Carlson noted Crean questioned Lydon's shooting and defensive abilities as a potential stretch 4 at the NBA level, saying, "I don't think he's that good."

According to Carlson, Crean's comments came on The Vertical's NBA draft livestream.

Boeheim was adamant the 6'9" Lydon impressed at the combine with his shooting touch, and notes he hit at least 60 percent of his shots in all but one of the 10 shooting stations. He also drilled 39.8 percent of the three-pointers he attempted during his two years at Syracuse.

Despite Crean's criticism, Lydon was good enough for the Denver Nuggets, who traded for him after the Utah Jazz selected him with the No. 24 overall pick.

Lydon's touch from the outside helped him average 13.2 points per game with the Orange this past season, and Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report praised his release when breaking into open space:

Lydon also averaged 7.4 rebounds a game in his collegiate career and will look to translate his success on the boards and beyond the arc to the NBA level, even if Crean doesn't believe he can.


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          Unleashing Paisley Potential – Makers Space comes to Paisley   

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          Inside GE's Decision to Build More Factories Outside the U.S.   
General Electric’s flood-challenged new locomotive plant in India, among other local manufacturing efforts, shows how it’s radically shifting its business model to deal with rising protectionism and slowing trade flows.
          Graphics: Stocks fly in first half but oil and dollar big losers   

LONDON (Reuters) - World stocks were on track for their best start to a year since 2003 while oil and the dollar were facing their biggest first-half drop for years.

The early months of 2017 were marked by the so-called Trump trades premised on U.S. President Donald Trump's pledges of multi-trillion dollar spending and by a change in Europe's political and growth outlook that has lured back investors.

But arguably the most significant shift for investors came in the last week of the second quarter when, in what looked like a concerted move, central bank policymakers appeared to signal it would soon be time to wind back the monetary stimulus that has buoyed markets for much of this decade.

As this graphic shows the dollar index, already down 4.5 percent for 2017 a week ago, was down 6.5 percent at Thursday's close and on track for its worst quarter in seven years and worst first half since 2003.

This despite the U.S. Federal Reserve raising interest rates twice this year.

The euro, boosted by European Central Bank President Mario Draghi hinting on Wednesday at tweaks to the bank's ultra-loose monetary policy stance, is up more than 8 percent year-to-date and heading for its best quarter in seven.

Dollar weakness has helped lift emerging equities, as measured by MSCI's main index almost 18 percent in dollar terms so far this year.

World stocks have gained more than 10 percent in dollar terms, their best first half since 2003.

Japan's Nikkei 225 stock index gained 9.6 percent, just ahead of the S&P 500 on 9.2 percent.

Stuck at the bottom of the performance league table, down 16.5 percent in dollar terms year-to-date is Brent crude oil, hit by a perception that output cuts agreed by OPEC producers and others will not be enough to stem the glut of oil.

It was on track for its worst first six months of any year since 1998.

In Brexit-bound Britain, which has just been through a messy election, the pound has dropped 3 percent against the euro. The weaker currency has been a boost for exporters, lifting the country's main FTSE 100 stock index 8.2 percent.

Emerging markets have shrugged off the U.S. rate rises and the oil and tech tumbles. Bonds in emerging market currencies have returned almost 10 percent in dollar terms, while hard currency sovereign debt is up 6 percent.

But within emerging markets there are losers as well as winners. (See graphic,

Russian equities, heavily oil-reliant and a star of late 2016, have lost 17 percent but energy importer Turkey's stock index has risen 30 percent, despite inflation, domestic political risks and policy wobbles.

The Mexican peso is the world's top performing currency, up 15 percent on the dollar, as faith wanes in Trump's ability to implement anti-trade and anti-immigration pledges. (See graphic,

Perhaps the biggest surprise has been Poland's zloty which has surged 13 percent against the dollar.

Brazil's real has been one of the worst-performing currencies, down 4 percent in 2017 due to fresh corruption scandals that have hit the country.

(Reporting by Marc Jones, Sujata Rao, Dhara Ranasinghe and Nigel Stephenson; Editing by Toby Chopra)

          UK consumers suffer longest decline in spending power since 1970s   

LONDON (Reuters) - British consumers have suffered the longest decline in their spending power since the 1970s, official data showed on Friday, although there was a sign that the economy may have recently gathered a bit of momentum.

The figures from the Office for National Statistics painted a bleak picture for consumers who are facing the double hit of rising inflation - caused in large part by the fall in the pound since the Brexit vote - and slowing wage growth.

Household disposable income, adjusted for inflation, fell for the third quarter in a row, the ONS said, putting some of the blame on the timing of tax payments.

That was the worst run since the 1970s and took the household savings ratio down to an all-time low of 1.7 percent.

The Bank of England is watching for signs of a pickup in the economy after the weak start to the year as it plans when to raise interest rates for the first time in a decade.

The ONS confirmed that the economy grew by just 0.2 percent in the January-March period compared with the previous three months, slowing sharply from the fourth quarter of 2016 when it grew by a quarterly 0.7 percent.

The sudden slowdown meant Britain went from being one of the fastest-growing economies among the Group of Seven rich nations to its weakest performer in the first quarter.

The BoE expects growth to increase speed to 0.4 percent in the second quarter - despite the inconclusive outcome of this month's national election - and has said it might start to raise interest rates if it sees stronger exports and investment in the coming months.

The ONS said Britain's giant services sector grew by a monthly 0.2 percent in April, slightly slower than in March. But growth was up 0.2 percent in the three months to April, faster than 0.1 percent in the first three months of the year.

Alan Clarke, an economist with Scotiabank, said earlier on Friday that monthly growth of 0.2 percent for the services industry in April would be consistent with the BoE's forecast for overall economic growth to pick up in the second quarter to 0.4 percent.

ONS said business investment grew by a quarterly 0.6 percent in the first three months of 2017, unchanged from its previous estimate and only partially offsetting a fall in the fourth quarter.

It also said Britain's current account deficit widened to 16.9 billion pounds in the January-March period, equivalent to 3.4 percent of gross domestic product, up from 2.4 percent in the fourth quarter.

The increase in the shortfall was driven mostly by a weak performance in Britain's trade balance in early 2017 although it was slightly smaller than a median forecast of 17.3 billion pounds in a Reuters poll of economists.

BoE Governor Mark Carney has said the current account deficit represents one of the vulnerabilities of Britain's economy, leaving it dependent "on the kindness of strangers" to keep funding its shortfall.

Breaking down the overall growth of the economy in early 2017, the ONS said household spending grew more slowly than in late 2016, up 0.4 percent compared with 0.7 percent in the fourth quarter.

Real household disposable income fell by 1.4 percent in quarterly terms, the third fall in a row and the biggest drop since the first quarter of 2013.

((Reporting by William Schomberg and Andy Bruce;; +44 20 7542 5109))

          EM ASIA FX-Chinese yuan on track for best quarter since 2008; won touches 11-week low   

(Adds text, updates prices) By Christina Martin June 30 (Reuters) - China's yuan extended gainsfor a fourth straight session on Friday and was headed for itsbest quarter since June 2008, helped by a weaker dollar andbetter-than-expected manufacturing data. The People's Bank of China set the yuan midpointat 6.7744 per dollar prior to market opening, its strongestlevel since November 7, 2016. The strength in the official guidance reflected weakness inthe dollar, which sank to a near nine-month low against a basketof currencies in the overseas market. The dollar was bogged down by growing expectations of morehawkish monetary policies in Europe and Canada and doubts aboutanother U.S. interest rate increase this year. The yuan was up about 1 percent for the week, set for itsbest week since July 2005, and gained 1.7 percent against thedollar for the quarter. China's manufacturing sector expanded at its quickest pacein three months in June, buoyed by strong production and neworders, reassuring news for authorities trying to strike abalance between de-leveraging and keeping the economy on an evenkeel. The official manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index (PMI)was at 51.7 in June, the eleventh straight month of expansion,and up from 51.2 in May, a monthly survey by the National Bureauof Statistics showed on Friday. Separately, official data showed that China recorded asurplus in its capital and financial account in the firstquarter, indicating net capital inflows as policymakerstightened supervision of outflows. In other Asian currencies, the Malaysian ringgitgained 0.1 percent and the Philippine peso snappedthree straight days of losses. "The Asian net portfolio flow environment remains generallysupportive except for the Indian rupee, where inflow momentumcontinues to moderate," OCBC said in a note. The Indian rupee was set for its fourth straightday of declines, losing as much as 0.2 percent to hit a two-weeklow. KOREAN WON South Korea's won traded down as much as 0.5percent on Friday, its lowest level in over 11 weeks, asinvestors backed away from emerging markets in the wake of abroad decline in global stock markets. South Korean bond sales by Franklin Templeton raisedconcerns over potential capital outflows, putting furtherpressure on the won. U.S. President Donald Trump will press South KoreanPresident Moon Jae-in to solve trade differences over cars andsteel in meetings in Washington focusing on the nuclear threatfrom North Korea. South Korean shares edged down after a big rebound theprevious day, with the Korea Composite Stock Price Index (KOSPI) down 0.5 percent at 2,384.57 points. The won has fallen about 2.1 percent this quarter. SINGAPORE DOLLAR The Singapore dollar rose for a fourth consecutiveday on Friday, up as much as 0.2 percent, touching it highest inmore two weeks. Singapore's total bank lending in May rose 0.32 percent fromApril as lending to general commerce increased, central bankdata showed on Friday. Bank lending in May rose 6.8 percent from a year earlier. The Singapore dollar gained 1.4 percent in the quarter andis headed for its second straight quarter of gains. The following table shows rates for Asian currencies againstthe dollar at 0537 GMT. CURRENCIES VS U.S. DOLLAR Currency Latest bid Previous day Pct Move Japan yen 111.930 112.16 +0.21 Sing dlr 1.377 1.3791 +0.15 Taiwan dlr 30.389 30.370 -0.06 Korean won 1142.700 1141.1 -0.14 Baht 33.978 33.94 -0.11 Peso 50.370 50.53 +0.32 Rupiah* 13325.000 13325 +0.00 Rupee 64.680 64.63 -0.08 Ringgit 4.292 4.292 +0.01 Yuan 6.768 6.7851 +0.26 Change so far in 2017 Currency Latest bid End 2016 Pct Move Japan yen 111.930 117.07 +4.59 Sing dlr 1.377 1.4490 +5.23 Taiwan dlr 30.389 32.279 +6.22 Korean won 1142.700 1207.70 +5.69 Baht 33.978 35.80 +5.36 Peso 50.370 49.72 -1.29 Rupiah* 13325.000 13470 +1.09 Rupee 64.680 67.92 +5.01 Ringgit 4.292 4.4845 +4.50 Yuan 6.768 6.9467 +2.65 * Financial markets in Indonesia are closed for a holiday. (Reporting by Christina Martin in Bengaluru; Editing by SunilNair)

          Morning News Call - India, June 30   

To access the newsletter, click on the link: If you would like to receive this newsletter via email, please register at: FACTORS TO WATCH 9:15 am: CDSL Listing ceremony in Mumbai. 11:00 am: Central Bank of India annual shareholders meet in Mumbai. 11:00 am: Singapore Airlines event in Mumbai. 2:30 pm: SpiceJet to launch its first SpiceStyle Store in Gurgaon. 3:30 pm: Earth Sciences Minister Harshvardhan at an event in New Delhi. 3:30 pm: Hindustan Unilever annual shareholders meet in Mumbai. 5:00 pm: India government to release May infrastructure output data in NewDelhi. 5:00 pm: RBI to release weekly foreign exchange data in Mumbai. 6:00 pm: Earth Sciences Minister Harsh Vardhan, World Bank Team at an eventin New Delhi. 6:30 pm: RBI Deputy Governor Viral Acharya, Banks Board Bureau ChairmanVinod Rai at an event in Mumbai. LIVECHAT - WEEKAHEAD Reuters EMEA markets editor Mike Dolan discusses the upcoming week's mainmarket inflection points at 3:30 pm IST. To join the conversation, click on thelink: INDIA TOP NEWS • Fast forward; GST set to transform face of Indian logistics industry India's greatest tax reform - replacing an array of provincial duties with anationwide goods and services tax - is transforming the logistics industry in acountry where moving stuff around is notoriously difficult to do, executivessay. • IndiGo eyes Air India stake in possible privatisation India's biggest airline, IndiGo, has expressed unsolicited interest inbuying a stake in state-owned Air India, the junior aviation minister said onThursday, a day after the cabinet approved plans to privatise the carrier. • Eris Lifesciences edges lower after $264 million IPO Indian drug maker Eris Lifesciences Ltd's shares swung between gains andlosses in a tepid market debut on Thursday, after raising $263.8 million in aninitial public offering. • Coal India betting big on renewables, says minister Coal India Ltd, the world's largest miner of the dirty fuel, will generate 1gigawatt of renewable electricity this year as part of its plan to produce asmuch as 10 GW clean power in total, a federal minister said on Thursday. • India could raise import taxes on crude, refined veg oils- governmentsource India is likely to raise import duty on refined and crude vegetable oils,like palm and soyoil, as local oilseed prices slumped below the governmentsupport levels, a government official told Reuters on Thursday. • Mutual funds managers need to improve due diligence: SEBI Indian mutual funds need to improve their due diligence before investing incorporate bonds and not rely only on credit ratings given rising concerns aboutpotential defaults, the chairman of the country's capital markets regulator saidon Thursday. • CRISIL Ratings buys 8.9 percent stake in rival CARE for $68 million CRISIL Ltd, majority owned by S&P Global Inc, bought a 8.9 percent stake inrival CARE Ratings for 4.36 billion rupees $67.55 million, expanding into thecountry's ratings business at a time of surging corporate bond issuance. GLOBAL TOP NEWS • China factory growth fastest in 3 months as new orders, output rise China's manufacturing sector expanded at the quickest pace in three monthsin June, buoyed by strong production and new orders, reassuring news forauthorities trying strike a balance between deleveraging and keeping the economyon an even keel. • Trump administration reverses policy on fiancés as travel ban takes effect U.S. President Donald Trump's administration reversed a decision late onThursday as its revised travel ban took effect and said fiancés would beconsidered close family members and therefore allowed to travel to the UnitedStates. • Their fortunes enmeshed, Trump and Putin to hold first meeting next week U.S. President Donald Trump will meet with Russian President Vladimir Putinnext week at a summit in Germany that brings two world leaders whose politicalfortunes have become intertwined face-to-face for the first time. LOCAL MARKETS OUTLOOK (As reported by NewsRise) • The SGX Nifty Futures were at 9,504.50, little changed from its previousclose. • The Indian rupee will likely fall against the dollar on expectations localshares will follow regional peers lower, as bond yields harden in developednations amid bets interest rates are headed higher in the U.S. and Europe. • Indian government bonds are likely to edge higher today as some banks mayboost debt purchases on the last day of the fiscal first quarter. However, freshsupply of bonds and higher U.S. yields may lead to selling by some investors.The yield on the benchmark 6.79 percent bond maturing in 2027 is likely to tradein a 6.49 percent-6.54 percent band today. GLOBAL MARKETS • Wall Street fell sharply on Thursday, with the S&P 500 and the Dowindustrials suffering their worst daily percentage drops in about six weeks, asa recent decline in technology shares deepened and outweighed strength in bankshares. • Japan's Nikkei share average stumbled to two-week lows morning afterinvestors turned risk-averse as major central banks signalled that the era ofcheap money was coming to an end, which hurt both U.S. and European marketsovernight. • The dollar languished near a nine-month low against a basket ofcurrencies, bogged down by growing expectations of more hawkish monetarypolicies in Europe and Canada and doubts about another U.S. interest rateincrease this year. • Benchmark U.S. Treasury yields rose to six-week highs on Thursday on thelikelihood that central banks in Europe will become less accommodative, beforebonds pared price losses as stocks declined. • Crude oil futures were on track for their biggest weekly gain sincemid-May, ending five weeks of losses with prices underpinned by a decline inU.S. output. • Gold prices steadied, supported by an easing dollar and falling equitieseven as comments from global central banks suggested monetary tightening inEurope and Canada. CLOSE FII INVESTMENTS EQUITIES DEBT PNDF spot 64.56/64.59 June 29 -$176.48 mln $145.75 mln 10-yr bond yield 6.87 Month-to-date $498.85 mln $4.55 bln Year-to-date $8.48 bln $17.99 bln For additional data: India govt bond market volumes Stock market reports Non-deliverable forwards data Corporate debt stories [IN CORPD] Local market closing/intraday levels [IN SNAPSHOT] Monthly inflows [INFLOWS RTRS TABLE IN] ($1 = 64.63 Indian rupees) (Compiled by Benny Thomas in Bengaluru)

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          Marketing & Communications Executive / Neaves & Neat Employment Services Ltd / Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom   
Neaves & Neat Employment Services Ltd/Ipswich, Suffolk, United Kingdom

Marketing & Communications Executive

We are seeking a creative, experienced, dynamic and confident Marketing & Communications Executive. You will be joining an award winning manufacturing company located in Ipswich.

Reporting to the Marketing Manager, you will be required to create and deliver across all aspects of the marketing mix and PR programmes with clear responsibility for PR communications undertaking all aspects of creation and delivery of content marketing; social, digital and printed media communications; E-marketing; and media relations.

This challenging role requires a self-motivated team player, with a can-do attitude, who works well in an extremely busy environment. You should be articulate, creative and possess excellent written and verbal communication abilities, and be confident in working with a variety of stakeholders.

Key duties include:

Development of the content marketing strategy, including research, writing, updating and editing of company brochures, product information, guides, technical comments, external communications and website

Work with the marketing manager and internal specialist staff to lead, create, manage and deliver multi-channel marketing and PR programmes to match the company business plan focuses through editorials, news articles, technical bulletins, blogs, social media posts, advertising, e-marketing copy and campaigns, stakeholder content and press releases

Develop media relations for both established and introduced target markets with editorial contacts, feature writers, sub-editors and professional bodies and organisations in print and online

Develop, update and maintain all areas of the company website and to work with appointed agencies to maximise SEO, improve industry usage and enhance conversion rates of registered users

Deliver creative elements of the internal marketing requirements including layout and design of materials, compilation of video footage, manipulation of image files, e-campaign collateral, PowerPoint presentations and animations, and creation of designed templates for others to utilise.

Assist in the delivery of design briefs to creative designers

Assist in the development of content for training seminars, videos and other multi-media activities.

Update relevant marketing information on the company 'Intranet' & resources libraries with items such as case studies, images, press releases, editorials etc.

Experience required:

A minimum of 3-4 years of PR and marketing experience

Educated to degree level or equivalent

Proven experience of developing, maintaining and delivering content writing

Track record in gaining press coverage in local and trade media

Sound understanding of good SEO practice

Knowledge of Photoshop, InDesign, Acrobat etc.

Experience of internal communication content and content planning

Excellent attention to detail, writing, proof reading and editing skills

Salary & Package:

Location - Ipswich

Salary - £24,000 per annum + bonus (£28,000 per annum)

Bonus breakdown - £1,200 (3 x quarterly bonus) and £2,850 (15% annual bonus)

Hours - 9am - 5pm Monday to Friday

Benefits - Listed below

Life assurance x7 basic salary

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          Blind Man Roams the Globe: London's Square Mile   
BBC presenter Peter White explores London’s Square Mile, from the drama of the stock exchange, through to the changing fortunes of streets where traditional traders are being replaced by wealthy investors. “Most people assume that vast cities like London are intimidating for blind people like me, with their noise and bustle, but in fact give me a busy city any time to the countryside. Noise, to me, means useful signals to navigate by, bustle means people to ask for help, and cities normally promise decent transport and plenty of places to buy the things you need".
          Columbus region among 8 picked for research project on global trade   
The region went through a competitive application process to land in the group, which will focus on assessing and executing trade strategies.

          Oil up for seventh day but first-half drop biggest since 1998   

By Julia Simon

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Oil climbed on Friday for a seventh straight session as a decrease in the U.S. rig count and stronger demand data from China lifted depressed prices that still finished the first half with the biggest decline for that period since 1998.

U.S. drillers decreased their number of rigs for the first time since January, according to energy services company Baker Hughes. [RIG/U] The rig count had risen for the previous 23 weeks.

Earlier, Chinese data showed factories grew at the quickest pace in three months. Rob Haworth, senior investment strategist at U.S. Bank Wealth Management, said the Chinese data "certainly gives you hope that demand is growing globally."

U.S. crude futures settled up $1.11, or around 2.5 percent, to $46.04 a barrel. Benchmark Brent crude futures settled up 50 cents at $47.92 a barrel.

Both benchmarks ended the first half of 2017 with drops of more than 14 percent since Dec. 30, 2016, the largest drop since Brent and U.S. crude fell about 19 percent in the first half of 1998.

Oil prices have generally increased in first half of most years.

Trading volume was low ahead of the U.S. Independence Day holiday weekend. Last week, crude hit a 10-month low as rises in output revived concerns about global oversupply.

The U.S. dollar <.DXY> fell, making dollar-denominated crude oil less expensive for investors using other currencies.

The global crude glut has knocked 16 percent off Brent crude so far this year, even though the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries and other major producers have agreed to cut production about 1.8 million barrels per day (bpd).

"There’s a longer term question of where are prices going to be when the market rebalances," said Haworth.

Money managers cut their net long U.S. crude futures and options positions in the week to June 27 to the lowest since late September, the U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC) said on Friday.

The market has also seen traders building short positions to the highest levels since mid-August.

Reuters' monthly oil price poll showed analysts have reduced their price forecasts again, with 2017 average Brent and WTI prices lowered by more than $2 since last month. [OILPOLL]

Bank of America Merrill Lynch analysts cut their forecast for average 2017 Brent crude prices to $50 a barrel from $54 and WTI to $47 from $52. They cited rising output from Libya, Nigeria and U.S. shale fields, coupled with weaker demand growth.

While U.S. drillers cut two oil rigs in the week to June 30, the total rig count of 756 is still more than double the count the same week a year ago, Baker Hughes said on Friday.

(Additional reporting by Karolin Schaps in London, Naveen Thukral in Singapore; editing by David Gregorio)

          Russia's Rosneft set for global gas tussle with Gazprom   

By Vladimir Soldatkin and Olesya Astakhova

MOSCOW (Reuters) - Russia's Rosneft, the world's top listed oil producer, wants to supply gas in parts of Europe where Gazprom is not present - or Moscow risks losing the market to U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG), a Rosneft executive said.

Gazprom, the leading global gas producer, enjoys monopoly rights on gas pipeline exports. It has lost its exclusive rights to ship seaborne LNG overseas to Rosneft and Novatek, Russia's largest non-state gas producer.

Rosneft, headed by Igor Sechin, an ally of President Vladimir Putin, has long been vying for pipeline gas exports as it strives to grow globally. It now wants permission to export to the parts of Europe in which Gazprom does not operate.

The Russian producer has a memorandum with BP, which owns a 19.75 stake in the Russian company, to trade up to 20 billion cubic metres (bcm) of gas annually in Europe.

Rosneft vice president Vlada Rusakova, a former Gazprom executive, said the company wants to conduct "an experiment" in supplying gas to new markets "in coordination" with Gazprom.

"We are not counting on a total lifting of export restrictions. This would be harmful for Gazprom, especially against the background of a difficult financial and economic situation at the company," she said in emailed comments.

She added that as part of the "experiment", Rosneft could supply gas to markets where Gazprom is not present and into which U.S. LNG could be imported. Rusakova did not identify any such European countries.

"Of course, this should be done in close coordination with Gazprom, in order to avoid competition between Russian gas suppliers."

Gazprom targets $32-34 billion in revenues from exporting more than 180 bcm to Europe and Turkey this year. Rosneft produced almost 70 bcm of gas last year, earning 208 billion roubles ($3.5 billion) in revenues from gas sales at home.


Rosneft, like Novatek, is winning some of Gazprom's clients at home thanks to a more flexible gas pricing policy. But unlike Novatek or Gazprom, Rosneft plans to have an LNG plant only in Russia, as it eyes Russia's far east and Asian markets.

The company wants to export gas to China, where Gazprom plans to start shipping gas in 2019-2021 via the Power of Siberia pipeline, currently under construction.

It also wants access to China's domestic gas market and end-users via swap deals.

"There are significant gas resources in Russia's east, while no infrastructure has been built. And that's why we are interested in gaining access to the future Power of Siberia pipeline," Rusakova said.

Rosneft plans to produce 100 bcm of gas per year by 2020 and become the world's third-largest producer of natural gas sometime later, thanks to a number of international projects.

Last year, Rosneft agreed to buy a stake of up to 35 percent in Egypt's Zohr offshore gas field from Italy's Eni. The Russian company also plans to expand in gas projects elsewhere, including Mozambique and Venezuela.

Rusakova said Rosneft and Venezuelan state company PDVSA may consider building an LNG plant in Venezuela.

($1 = 59.3765 roubles)

(Writing by Vladimir Soldatkin; Editing by Katya Golubkova and Dale Hudson)

          Asia diesel margins climb to more than 2-month high on India buying spree   

By Jessica Jaganathan

SINGAPORE (Reuters) - Asian diesel margins climbed to their highest in more than two months on Friday as a buying spree from India that began in April and more regional refinery maintenance than usual has tightened supply for the fuel, industry sources said.

If the margins hold at the elevated levels, it could lift Asian refiners' profits over the summer. Diesel margins are a major component of refining profit as the fuel typically makes up 30 to 40 percent of an oil processor's production.

Based on processing Dubai benchmark crude, diesel margins climbed to $11.86 a barrel on Friday, highest since April 25, when it was $11.94, Reuters data showed.

"(The margin) is unseasonably strong ... because maintenance in the first half was so heavy and exports were still maintained at decent levels, so refineries will need to restock in the third quarter," said analyst Nevyn Nah at consultancy Energy Aspects.

About 330,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) more refining capacity in Asia was shut over the first half of this year compared with the same period in 2016, Nah said.

Indian state-owned refineries are also undergoing heavy maintenance until the end of this year, upgrading diesel units to produce cleaner fuels to meet new Euro IV standards implemented in April.

That has prompted large-volume purchases of diesel by Indian state-owned refiners in the spot market starting from April, with the country's imports of the fuel on track to hit the highest since 2011, boosting margins for the fuel.

India does not typically import diesel and is a net exporter of the fuel.

Singapore diesel stocks dropped to a 5-1/2-month low in the week ended June 28, the latest official data showed, likely pulled down by India's imports and a fire at Singapore Refining Company's refinery in mid-June.

Also, diesel exports from Taiwan, Asia's fifth-largest exporter of the fuel, fell 10 percent January-April compared with the same period a year ago due to several refining units undergoing maintenance at Formosa Petrochemical Corp's Mailiao refinery.

The Mailiao refinery is not expected to export diesel in the spot market until the fourth quarter of 2017, which could also boost margins, traders said.

A Formosa spokesman was not available for comment.

Summer demand from the Middle East has also kicked in just as a fire-hit secondary unit in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's (ADNOC)'s Ruwais refinery is expected to be shut until early 2019 for repairs. This is expected to pull barrels from Asia to meet demand there, traders said.

But Asia could still get bogged down by a bump in supplies once most of the refineries return from maintenance in August, Energy Aspect's Nah said.

India's diesel imports could also fall once the monsoon season there is in full swing. Monsoon rains in India typically reduce the need to use diesel for irrigation pumps.

(Reporting by Jessica Jaganathan; Editing by Tom Hogue)

          India's largest refiner IOC setting up Singapore oil unit - sources   

SINGAPORE/NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's largest refiner Indian Oil Corp is setting up an office in Singapore that will handle crude oil purchases and the sales of oil products from its refineries later this year, trade sources said on Friday.

The state-run company is part of a growing group of refiners in Asia that have set up offices in Singapore's oil hub to keep closer tabs on the market and react more quickly to changes.

IOCL Singapore - as the Singapore unit will be named - will initially have two staff to handle some of the crude purchases for its refineries, said the sources, who declined to be named because they are not authorized to speak to the media.

IOC, which accounts for over a third of India's 4.6 million barrels per day (bpd) of refining capacity, did not respond to Reuters' request for comment.

IOC's head of finance, A.K. Sharma, previously said the company planned to open a Singapore office that would eventually handle the trading of crude oil and refined fuels.

IOC has increased the volume of crude oil it buys in the spot market as its new refinery in Panipat has begun running at full capacity this year, the sources said.

Once the Singapore office is up and running, it will help to handle these purchases, they said. At a later stage, the office is also expected to handle the sales of IOC products such as naphtha, diesel and gasoline.

IOC will likely export excess reformate or alkylate cargoes from its Paradip refinery, the sources said. The products are typically used as blendstock in gasoline.

It may also export jet fuel when the country phases out the use of kerosene in two years, they said.

It was not immediately clear whether the products from the Paradip refinery would be sold through the Singapore office.

IOC has said it plans to spend 500 billion rupees ($7.73 billion) by 2022 to raise its refining capacity by about 30 percent to 2.08 million bpd.

This includes an expansion at its Panipat refinery in northern India to about 400,000 to 500,000 bpd.

($1 = 64.6852 Indian rupees)

(Reporting by Florence Tan and Jessica Jaganathan in SINGAPORE, and Nidhi Verma in NEW DELHI; Editing by Tom Hogue)

          India's largest refiner IOC setting up Singapore oil unit -sources   

SINGAPORE/NEW DELHI, June 30 (Reuters) - India's largestrefiner Indian Oil Corp is setting up an office inSingapore that will handle crude oil purchases and the sales ofoil products from its refineries later this year, trade sourcessaid on Friday.

The state-run company is part of a growing group of refinersin Asia that have set up offices in Singapore's oil hub to keepcloser tabs on the market and react more quickly to changes.

IOCL Singapore - as the Singapore unit will be named - willinitially have two staff to handle some of the crude purchasesfor its refineries, said the sources, who declined to be namedbecause they are not authorized to speak to the media.

IOC, which accounts for over a third of India's 4.6 millionbarrels per day (bpd) of refining capacity, did not respond toReuters' request for comment.

IOC's head of finance, A.K. Sharma, previously said thecompany planned to open a Singapore office that would eventuallyhandle the trading of crude oil and refined fuels.

IOC has increased the volume of crude oil it buys in thespot market as its new refinery in Panipat has begun running atfull capacity this year, the sources said.

Once the Singapore office is up and running, it will help tohandle these purchases, they said. At a later stage, the officeis also expected to handle the sales of IOC products such asnaphtha, diesel and gasoline.

IOC will likely export excess reformate or alkylate cargoesfrom its Paradip refinery, the sources said. The products aretypically used as blendstock in gasoline.

It may also export jet fuel when the country phases out theuse of kerosene in two years, they said.

It was not immediately clear whether the products from theParadip refinery would be sold through the Singapore office.

IOC has said it plans to spend 500 billion rupees ($7.73billion) by 2022 to raise its refining capacity by about 30percent to 2.08 million bpd.

This includes an expansion at its Panipat refinery innorthern India to about 400,000 to 500,000 bpd.

($1 = 64.6852 Indian rupees)(Reporting by Florence Tan and Jessica Jaganathan in SINGAPORE,and Nidhi Verma in NEW DELHI; Editing by Tom Hogue)

          Asia diesel margins climb to more than 2-mth high on India buying spree   

* India's imports this year set to be highest since 2011

* About 330,000 bpd more capacity shut over H1 2017 fromyear ago

* Monsoon rains could dent India's imports and halt marginrise

By Jessica Jaganathan

SINGAPORE, June 30 (Reuters) - Asian diesel margins climbedto their highest in more than two months on Friday as a buyingspree from India that began in April and more regional refinerymaintenance than usual has tightened supply for the fuel,industry sources said.

If the margins hold at the elevated levels, it could liftAsian refiners' profits over the summer. Diesel margins are amajor component of refining profit as the fuel typically makesup 30 to 40 percent of an oil processor's production.

Based on processing Dubai benchmark crude, diesel marginsclimbed to $11.86 a barrel on Friday, highest sinceApril 25, when it was $11.94, Reuters data showed.

"(The margin) is unseasonably strong ... because maintenancein the first half was so heavy and exports were still maintainedat decent levels, so refineries will need to restock in thethird quarter," said analyst Nevyn Nah at consultancy EnergyAspects.

About 330,000 barrels-per-day (bpd) more refining capacityin Asia was shut over the first half of this year compared withthe same period in 2016, Nah said.

Indian state-owned refineries are also undergoing heavymaintenance until the end of this year, upgrading diesel unitsto produce cleaner fuels to meet new Euro IV standardsimplemented in April.

That has prompted large-volume purchases of diesel by Indianstate-owned refiners in the spot market starting from April,with the country's imports of the fuel on track to hit thehighest since 2011, boosting margins for the fuel.

India does not typically import diesel and is a net exporterof the fuel.

Singapore diesel stocks dropped to a 5-1/2-month low in theweek ended June 28, the latest official data showed, likelypulled down by India's imports and a fire at Singapore RefiningCompany's refinery in mid-June.

Also, diesel exports from Taiwan, Asia's fifth-largestexporter of the fuel, fell 10 percent January-April comparedwith the same period a year ago due to several refining unitsundergoing maintenance at Formosa Petrochemical Corp'sMailiao refinery.

The Mailiao refinery is not expected to export diesel in thespot market until the fourth quarter of 2017, which could alsoboost margins, traders said.

A Formosa spokesman was not available for comment.

Summer demand from the Middle East has also kicked in justas a fire-hit secondary unit in Abu Dhabi National Oil Company's(ADNOC)'s Ruwais refinery is expected to be shutuntil early 2019 for repairs. This is expected to pull barrelsfrom Asia to meet demand there, traders said.

But Asia could still get bogged down by a bump in suppliesonce most of the refineries return from maintenance in August,Energy Aspect's Nah said.

India's diesel imports could also fall once the monsoonseason there is in full swing. Monsoon rains in India typicallyreduce the need to use diesel for irrigation pumps.(Reporting by Jessica Jaganathan; Editing by Tom Hogue)

          Asian imports of Iranian oil slow for first time since Jan 2016   

* Asia imports 1.60 mln bpd of Iran oil in May, down 1.7 pctyr/yr * Japan imports tumble 47.8 pct yr/yr due in part toturnaround * Jan-May Asia imports up 30.5 pct yr/yr By Osamu Tsukimori TOKYO, June 30 (Reuters) - Imports of Iranian crude by itsfour main buyers in Asia fell 2 percent in May from a year ago,marking the first year-on-year decline since January 2016, whenWestern sanctions were lifted leading to a spike in Tehran'sexports. Iran's top four Asian buyers - China, India, South Korea andJapan - imported 1.60 million barrels per day (bpd) last month,government and ship-tracking data showed. Iran was exempted from the Organization of the PetroleumExporting Countries agreement to reduce output by 1.2 millionbpd that began this year, a victory for Tehran which has arguedit needs to regain the market share it lost under Westernsanctions over its disputed nuclear programme. Overall Iranian oil output was hovering at more than 3.9million bpd and is expected to reach 4 million bpd by March2018, Oil Minister Bijan Zanganeh said this month. Iran's oil exports to the West surged in May to theirhighest level since sanctions were lifted, a source familiarwith Iranian oil exports said. Looking ahead, Iran's crude oil exports in July are set tofall 7 percent from this month's three-month high, mainly due toa decline in exports to Europe, a person with knowledge of theMiddle Eastern country's tanker loading schedule said. Japan's trade ministry on Friday released official datashowing its Iranian imports tumbled by nearly half, reflectinglower demand because of the refinery maintenance season. The following tables show Asia's Iran crude imports in bpdfor last month and the year to date. Nation May-17 May-16 yr/yr pct China 681,762 619,300 10.1 India 487,600 379,200 28.6 Japan 160,551 307,691 -47.8 Korea 265,516 316,839 -16.2 Total 1,595,429 1,623,030 -1.7 Nation Jan-May 2017 Jan-May 2016 yr/yr pct China 600,597 565,167 6.3 India 548,200 334,100 64.1 Japan 172,974 192,181 -10.0 Korea 444,185 261,743 69.7 Total 1,765,956 1,353,191 30.5 (Reporting by Osamu Tsukimori; Editing by ChristianSchmollinger)

          Production outages in Asia lend slight support to prices   

By Mark Tay and Oleg Vukmanovic

SINGAPORE/LONDON (Reuters) - Asian spot LNG prices edged up this week as production outages in Australia, Thailand and Russia provided the spot market with some support after multiple weeks of muted activity in the region.

Spot prices for August delivery edged higher to$5.50 per million British thermal units (mmBtu) 10 cents higher than last week, said five trading sources on Friday.

Production at the Malaysia-Thailand Joint Development Area (JDA) A-18 block in the Gulf of Thailand, and Australia's Karratha Gas Plant that hosts the North West Shelf (NWS) project was hit by outages on June 24. Meanwhile, Russia's sole LNG plant at the Sakhalin-2 project was stopped for a planned maintenance from mid-June until mid-July.

The series of outages in the region would have typically caused spot prices to spike, traders said, adding that the limited price rise underscored how thin North Asian demand was.

Deal and market activity has been muted despite North Asia heading into the peak summer demand season as inventories in Japan and South Korea remain full.

"All (the North Asian) buyers have stocks, and don't see any urgency to buy," a trader said. "India also will slow down now as a good monsoon means electricity consumption goes down."

The supply disruptions failed to fully reverse weak Asian spot prices, tightening spreads with key European benchmarks to about 50 cents, and helping sustain a three-month trend of rising deliveries to the continent.

The trend took on a global dimension with spot LNG prices in Japan, Mexico, Spain, Britain, Argentina and the United States trading within the closest range seen since 2009/2010, Thomson Reuters LNG analyst Mathilde Jacobsen said.

Tightening global spreads, such as between Asian and European markets, reflect weak Far East demand and healthy supplies, although there is still no underlying convergence between U.S. Henry Hub gas prices and spot LNG prices on international markets.

With more LNG arriving on Europe’s shores, receiving terminals discharged more gas into local grids, terminal send-out data showed.

Outages at North West Shelf, affecting three of five producing trains, had limited impact on spot prices because the plant mostly supplies Japanese customers who have healthy stored inventories, thus curbing spillover into spot markets.

Production at Train 2 is scheduled to restart between July 1-3, while Train 3 is expected to start up over July 10-15, according to trading sources.

Operations at the JDA A-18 natural gas field in the Gulf of Thailand have yet to resume, Thai energy company PTT said on Friday. The firm declined to specify when operations would restart, but added that it was not seeking LNG imports due to sufficient reserves.

(Editing by Vyas Mohan)

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          LNG price row between India, U.S. crimps Trump's export aims   
NEW DELHI/NEW YORK/LONDON  - India's biggest importer of U.S. liquefied natural gas (LNG) is trying to re-negotiate prices with the U.S. seller, sources said, undermining plans by U.S. President Donald Trump to export more gas to the fast-growing Asian nation.

At a joint news conference with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the White House this week, Trump said the United States looked forward to exporting more energy, including new major long-term contracts to purchase American natural gas.

The effort is part of Trump's policy of seeking to assert power abroad through a boost in natural gas, coal and petroleum exports. He said on Thursday that the "golden era" of the U.S. energy business was now underway.

But any new LNG agreements with India will depend on how GAIL and Cheniere of the United States deal with a long-term supply contract signed in 2011 for an estimated $22 billion.

India's GAIL has deals to buy 5.8 million tonnes of U.S. LNG per annum for 20 years, mostly with Cheniere, but is now asking to re-negotiate the price. A commissioning cargo was sent last year, but supplies in earnest will only likely start in 2018.

Two sources at state-run GAIL said they were trying to re-negotiate the contract.

"At current U.S. prices, the landed cost of the LNG (in India) is not very attractive," said one of the sources on condition of anonymity, as he was not cleared to speak to media. Neither source gave any details on what price GAIL was seeking.

"We are trying a mix of options on pricing, and re-negotiating is one of them," the source said. "My perception is that the talks with Cheniere in this regard are not very likely to succeed."

Officially, GAIL has declined comment on the row.

Cheniere, currently the only U.S. company exporting LNG, said it was not open to a lower price.

"Our customers expect us to deliver on our commitments, and we expect the same. This is a signed long-term contract that we believe will provide long-term value and we expect the contract to be adhered to," said Eben Burnham-Snyder, a spokesman at Cheniere.

The contract price is calculated on a formula based on U.S. spot prices for natural gas, and currently costs India $8.50 per million British thermal units (mmBtu).

Traders said that Cheniere would struggle to send cargoes at a lower price.


Asian spot LNG prices, which exclude all extra costs like shipping, have fallen by more than 40 percent this year to $5.40 per mmBtu amid ballooning oversupply as production from Australia and the United States rises.

R.K. Garg, head of finance at Petronet LNG , India's biggest gas importer, told Reuters that at current oil prices, long-term gas contracts were being offered at $6-7 per mmBtu.

Mangesh Patankar, head of business development at energy consultancy Galway Group, said that GAIL was trying for lower prices because the company was struggling to sell contracted U.S. LNG on to end-users in India, who are demanding cheaper gas from GAIL themselves.

   "A lot of the (LNG) buyers are doing that right now. With the ramp up in Australia and U.S. volumes, and demand being not that active in the end-user market, a lot of the buyers have had to do that," he said.

Other LNG buyers, including top importer Japan, are also pressing for better terms.

Washington has been using LNG as a diplomatic and political tool. Although sales are a commercial matter, Washington has been laying foundations for contracts with key buyers, including China.

Trump has made LNG exports a central part of his trade policy, aimed at reviving industry and creating jobs. Asian markets account for about 70 percent of global LNG shipments, and India is one of the fastest-growing importers.

Trump will be visiting Poland next week and plans to promote U.S. LNG exports at a meeting in Warsaw with a dozen leaders from central and eastern Europe.

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          Automated Forex System Trading - 3 Tips For Choosing an Automated Forex System   
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          Automated Forex System Trading - 3 Key Points For an Automated Forex System   
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          Pepe Escobar - Washington and Berlin on a collision course   
The Russia sanctions bill that passed the US Senate by 98:2 on June 15 is a bombshell; it directly demonizes the Nord Stream 2 pipeline, under the Baltic Sea, which is bound to double Gazprom's energy capacity to supply gas to Europe. The 9.5 billion euro pipeline is being financed by five companies; Germany's Uniper and Wintershall; Austria's OMV; France's Engie; and Anglo-Dutch Shell. All these majors operate in Russia, and have, or will establish, pipeline contracts with Gazprom. In a joint statement, German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern stressed that, "Europe's energy supply is a matter for Europe, not the United States of America"; "instruments for political sanctions should not be tied to economic interests"; and the whole thing heralds a "new and very negative quality in European-American relations". An oil trader in the Gulf bluntly told me, "the new sanctions against Russia basically amount to telling the EU to buy expensive US gas instead of cheap Russian gas. So the Germans and the Austrians basically told the Americans to buzz off." A top US intel source, Middle East-based and a dissident to the Beltway consensus, stresses how, "the United States Senate by a nearly unanimous vote have decided to declare war on Russia (sanctions are war) and Germany has threatened retaliation against the United States if it initiates sanctions.
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          Acabem la temporada amb un BREUS: "Li/ea/ving, acte 1"   

Li/ea/ving, acte 1.
Mostra dels BREUS de la cia. Sargantana
dissabte 1 de juliol a les 20h
- taquilla inversa -
Cia Sargantana us presentem tres dels monòlegs que han estat la llavor del projecte en el qual actualment estem treballant, The Li/ea/ving Project. Us parlarem de l'exili a través de tres històries, de tres testimonis que lluiten per sobreviure i que han de fer front a la decisió més difícil de la seva vida: quedar-se o fugir.

_BREUS és una trobada al voltant de peces teatrals breus amb una temàtica social. Volem generar un diàleg al voltant del que s'acaba de veure entre tots els assistents, tant públic com creadors, per a propiciar canvis en el nostre entorn.

_Aquestes trobades són habitualment fora de l'espai teatral, busquem el lloc adient per a cada mostra, per fugir de la idea anquilosada que sovint té la gent del teatre i permetre un millor diàleg i, al mateix temps, un acostament al teatre, una creació de públic.

_BREUS és la punta de l'iceberg, el resultat de mesos de treball. Al mateix temps, és l'inici d'alguna cosa, una nova manera de parlar amb el públic d'avui en dia, és la base del  que podran ser eines per a tots aquells que busquin un teatre entretingut, però no d'entreteniment, tant creadors com públic.
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Si us feu socis abans del 30 de setembre, tindreu un 2x1
per venir a veure el primer espectacle de la temporada:
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Per què ser soci
de La Vilella?
La Vilella és un projecte centrat en els socis, que va més enllà d’un espai d’exhibició. És un espai de trobada a través de les arts escèniques, per a establir un diàleg sobre el temps i el món en el qual vivim.

Més enllà  d’oferir entrades a preu reduït, proposem activitats culturals al voltant de l’escena, moltes exclusives per a socis i moltes d’elles gratuïtes. La participació dels socis també ens permet dur a terme accions socials com ara “l’entrada solidària”, per acostar el teatre a tothom.

La Vilella ofereix als socis un espai de reunió i trobada, participar en l’elecció dels temes i en la valoració de la programació. De fet, alguns dels muntatges d’enguany són fruit de la demanda i les recomanacions dels socis.

La Vilella és un espai autogestionat que necessita el suport econòmic dels seus socis. cia. Sargantana gestiona de forma totalment altruista l’espai, però per a poder desenvolupar totes les activitats necessita l’ajuda dels socis.

          Promoció especial, videoclip i nova temporada!   


Promoció especial ENOCULTURA'T
Promoció especial ENOCULTURA'T 
Vetllada de microteatre a Mas Comtal

El proper dissabte 1 de juliol  es celebrarà a Mas Comtal una vetllada de Maridatge de teatre amb vins i escumosos de Mas Comtal.
Un total de 3 obres, de 15 minuts cada una, seran les protagonistes del capvespre.

Aquest esdeveniment està inspirat en el Festival Píndoles, un festival on diferentes microobres sedueixen el públic de la ciutat de Barcelona.
La vetllada començarà a les 20:00h al mateix celler i tindrà una durada de 1h30.

El preu de l'acte és de 30€.  Amb el Carnet d'Amic de Cal Bolet i l'Auditori tindreu un 25% de descompte: 22'50€

Enllaç per la compra d’entrades:
Codi de descompte: calbolet

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Preparem la nova temporada 2017-2018
Preparem la nova temporada 2017-2018 
Estem ultimant els preparatius per la nova temporada d'espectacles 2017-2018.
Ja tenim data per la presentació:
Dijous 14 de setembre a les 19h a l'Auditori Municipal.
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El nou videoclip d'EL PETIT DE CAL ERIL es va gravar a Cal Bolet
El nou videoclip d'EL PETIT DE CAL ERIL es va gravar a Cal Bolet 

"El salt" és el títol del nou videoclip d'El Petit de Cal Eril.
Es va gravar en directe al Teatre Cal Bolet el dia 21 d'abril passat en el transcurs del concert de presentació del disc "La força".

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CIA CASA REAL | 2 de juliol, 19h
Assajar és de covards, el cicle de jam sessions teatrals amb textos inèdits i música en directe, celebra el final de la seva 4a temporada al Tantarantana amb un tancament creatiu de 48 hores. 4 dramaturgs, 4 directors, 8 actors, 4 músics, 1 escenògraf, 1 figurinista, 2 fotògrafs, 2 realitzadors, 2 tècnics i 1 artista plàstic, juntament amb els organitzadors del cicle, acamparan a les instal·lacions del teatre amb l'objectiu de produir 4 peces de teatre des de zero.
Els més de 30 valents que han acceptat el repte no podran abandonar les instal·lacions del teatre fins el moment de mostrar els muntatges resultants, la tarda del diumenge 2 a les 19h, quan es representaran les quatre peces de teatre que hauran nascut fa poc més de 24 hores. Reservar entrades

Fins el divendres 30 de juny

Una proposta íntima i sensorial sobre l'univers lorquià. Un viatge iniciàtic a la rica dramatúrgia i imaginari del poeta a través d'alguns dels seus personatges menys coneguts.
Es tracta d'una proposta plantejada a força de contrastos, el clarobscur com a lloc on rau la màgia, on un pot ser qualsevol cosa o totes alhora; i la llum encegadora, com a veritat indiscutible que crema i tot ho iguala, que no permet matisos, només anul·lar-se i guardar silenci. Un passeig per temes com la impossibilitat de ser, la delació, l'opressió de la ficció col·lectiva o de la mutabilitat de les convencions per veure el món amb uns altres ulls.
Tota una oportunitat de sentir-se part d'aquest meravellós univers lorquià vivint algunes de les seves creacions a flor de pell.

Del 17 d'agost al 17 de setembreEspectacle d'EL CICLÓ

Una dona amb una carrera brillant, una professió que li cau com anell al dit i que ocupa un lloc de feina molt important per a tothom, vol deixar-ho tot per dedicar-se professionalment a ballar claqué. Per acabar-ho d'adobar, en tant sols quinze segons, es fa evident per a tothom que la vegi que mai, mai, farà ni un sol pas de claqué que mereixi ser vist. Però ella vol ballar claqué.
Un funcionari del govern, dedicat a que tothom ocupi el lloc de treball pel qual està més preparat i en el que, per tant, es sent més realitzat, ha arribat per frustrar els seus plans. Ella no pot ballar claqué.
Claqué o no és una comèdia sobre les professions, vocacions, intuïcions i canvis de rumb laborals que moltes vegades, no entén ningú.

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          Autovelox e telelaser: PIANO AUTOVELOX MESE DI LUGLIO   

Pubblichiamo il calendario dei controlli autovelox e telelaser che verranno effettuati dalla polizia stradale nel mese di luglio 2017 sulle strade provinciali del Salento.

L'articolo "Autovelox e telelaser: PIANO AUTOVELOX MESE DI LUGLIO" è stato pubblicato ed è online su Piazzasalento.

          Book trade bonanza at Powells   
Oh man did I score at Powell's yesterday. I brought in a stack of books and received just under $50 in credit. Having not bought books in awhile there were so many to pick up. Here was my haul.

American Rust by Philipp Meyer. This one gets compared to McCarthy and Lehane and also wound up on a number of best of lists for 09. Looks promising, in a bleak, makes-you-wanna-die kinda way.

Warlock by Oakley Hall. I've been meaning to get a copy of this and then all of a sudden Steve recommended it. It is currently in a NYRB classics edition, but lucky me, I found a used copy of an earlier edition.

Nightmare Alley by William Gresham. After Dirda gushed about it, I needed it. And there it was! The very last copy. I felt special.

Matterhorn by Karl Marlantes. Supposedly the Vietnam novel. We shall see.

Cthulhu's Reign by collected authors. Yes, well, one of these things is not like the other, I guess. With all that literary goodness, I needed a little profane to balance out the sacred.

Why no love for nonfiction? I have SO much nonfiction out from the library that I am feeling a little under the gun on that front.
          A little resurrected horror   
The other day, while we exploring a used bookstore in Wrigleyville, Steve pointed at a paperback horror novel by Douglas Clegg and said, in jest, "look, your favorite author." Not a bad assumption on his part, horror in general and mass market paperback horror in particular is not a genre rich in glories. Back in the 80s, I adored the paperback section of the grocery store and drug store. That was where you would find all kinds of treasures. Trashy treasures to be sure, but treasures nonetheless. Today nearly anything in mass market is suspect. A book published in trade paperback is an argument that the book before you is worth a try.

I had read some Douglas Clegg before and enjoyed it. One of his earliest novels, Neverland, was recently republished in trade paperback, so I naturally took notice. It is actually a good horror read. It centers on a family vacation to a run down Georgia island where people who can afford to go elsewhere have done so. The action centers around a pair of cousins, the parents of whom are usually too drunk or in battle to notice them. The kids explore a place called Neverland where one claims he has met a god.

The best parts of this horror book are the non-horror elements. Clegg has made some very believable children. Given their terrible home lives, it isn't a surprise that they turn to make believe to escape what they have to endure on a regular basis. The horror is good too, especially in the early parts when it is mostly glimpsed.

It goes to show you that you shouldn't judge a book by its cover, but you may as well republish in trade as people will keep on judging.
          Another book that will be traded at Powells   
I just started the Monster of Florence and I am not feeling it at all. The subject is interesting in theory. Douglas Preston moves to Italy and starts researching a crime novel. As part of the research he meets a reporter who covered an unsolved series of brutal murders. They start investigating and get into trouble with the fuzz.

It may be fine, but the opening bit of dialogue really put me off.

The man sat at the edge of Spezi's desk. "This morning I have a little appointment." he said, "She's not bad looking, married. . ."

"At your age?" Spezi said. "On a Sunday morning before church?" Isn't that a bit much?"

"A bit much? Mario, I'm Sicilian!" He struck his chest. "I come from the land that gave birth to the Gods."

Cue Dennis Hopper. Really though, I felt like I was in for 250 pages of Paisan! and Chianti. I had to put it down.
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          Book Review: Whitethorn Woods   
Whitethorn Woods
By: Maeve Binchy
Published By: Anchor
Publication Date: March 2010
Page Count: 339
Buy it at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, or IndieBound
Source: Library
Audience: Adult - Contemporary

This is another Binchy novel that uses one setting to tie together the threads of multiple characters' stories. The town of Rossmore lurks in the Irish countryside and has always enjoyed a vigorous tourist trade due to the sacred well in Whitethorn Woods. People come from miles away to make wishes at the well which is known for its healing powers and the ability to help prayers be heard. A new road threatens to create a bypass that will leave Rossmore off the main thoroughfare and will trample the beloved Whitethorn Woods  requiring that the shrine to St. Ann be demolished. Whitethorn Woods is truly a novel that focuses on whether tradition or progress is more important to a community.

I enjoyed getting to know the inhabitants of Rossmore as well as the pilgrims who visited the shrine. The colorful cast was memorable and it was nice to see references to characters such as Father Flynn who made appearances in other Binchy novels. I found myself craving a trip to rural Ireland after reading this one. I'd love to be able to open the pages of a Binchy novel and walk right in. There were some characters who illustrated the negative aspects of human nature; I would certainly want to avoid these characters in the my fictional travels.

One Last Gripe: Due to the vignette style, I didn't get to spend as much time with favorite characters as I would have liked.

Favorite Thing About The Book: I love how Binchy ties her setting together with such interesting characters.

First Sentence: Father Brian Flynn, the curate at St. Augustine's, Rossmore, hated the Feast Day of St. Ann with a passion that was unusual for a Catholic priest.

Favorite Character: Neddy

Least Favorite Character: Dr. Dermot

When a new highway threatens to bypass the town of Rossmore and cut through Whitethorn Woods, everyone has a passionate opinion about whether the town will benefit or suffer. But young Father Flynn is most concerned with the fate of St. Ann’s Well, which is set at the edge of the woods and slated for destruction. People have been coming to St. Ann’s for generations to share their dreams and fears, and speak their prayers. Some believe it to be a place of true spiritual power, demanding protection; others think it’s a mere magnet for superstitions, easily sacrificed. 
Father Flynn listens to all those caught up in the conflict, as the men and women of Whitethorn Woods must decide between the traditions of the past and the promises of the future.

          Comment on Report: Pacers seeking 2018 Nets and Lakers picks, starter from Celtics in Paul George trade by j0esixpack   
Well, that's not asking too much for one or two year rental! Maybe a few starters from the Celtics would sweeten the pot and get that deal done.
          Comment on It’s official: Utah trades for Ricky Rubio from Minnesota by louderthanwords1   
If you think it's just 2 days in a row you should probably pay closer attention because considering the writer it's more likely closer to 2000 days in a row.
          Comment on After no trade can be found, Bulls waive Rajon Rondo by whodunit43   
The celtics should bring him back as the 4th or 5th guy off the bench
          Comment on It’s official: Utah trades for Ricky Rubio from Minnesota by djshnooks   
Isaiah Thomas >>>>> Ricky Rubio
          Comment on It’s official: Utah trades for Ricky Rubio from Minnesota by getadealdonealready   
I with most liked how Rubio ended last season, however don't forget both Butler and Wiggens are much better offensive players with the ball in their hands than without it. From that standpoint Rubio doesn't seem to fit the direction this offense is headed. Need a PG who can play D, get them into sets when needed, but most importantly knock down open shots consistently and from behind the arc. I know people want to use his Shooting % from a small sample size last year, but that is not who he is. He is best with the ball in his hands and hitting open shooters or cutters to the rim. While I'm sad to see the spanish kid go, I think there are better fits out there for what Thibs is trying to do. Wish Ricky the best of luck
          Comment on It’s official: Utah trades for Ricky Rubio from Minnesota by bigdaddy44   
First the Aldridge gaffe, now this. Now, everyone knows what you meant, but two days in a row? Hopefully, it's just a newborn in the house, which would nicely explain things away. Hope everything is ok, but get someone to verify your content in the meantime.
          Comment on It’s official: Utah trades for Ricky Rubio from Minnesota by glenuendo   
It's official.
          Comment on It’s official: Utah trades for Ricky Rubio from Minnesota by tomcreanshair   
          Comment on It’s official: Utah trades for Ricky Rubio from Minnesota by kinggw   
This is a great deal for Utah ,but I don't understand the motivation for this deal for Minnesota. Rubio is a good fit with their current roster and is better option than all of the aforementioned options, Lowry included. His salary is very manageable the next two seasons and he finally showed some progress with his offensive game. Looks like Thibs is trying a bit too hard to put his stamp on the team.
          Comment on After no trade can be found, Bulls waive Rajon Rondo by tigershark0052   
Rondo just isn't the same and every GM knows it.
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They better be going after someone better than Teague
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          Hoe veil zijn politici?   

Dezer Dagen

Trouw aan de socialistische gedachte

Jean Jaurès (1859 -1914), vermoord
omdat hij tegen de oorlogskredieten
gekant was. Hij betaalde dat met
zijn leven op 30 juli 1914
Je kijkt naar een reportage over Venezuela, je luistert naar een burgemeester die ontslag had te nemen, je... vraagt je af wat de betekenis van het socialisme dezer dagen nog wel is. Kritisch? Dat was ooit het geval. Vrijdenkend? Ooit kwam een groep liberalen uit de loge het socialisme vervoegen. Maar wat is er dan vandaag de aantrekkingskracht van?

Ivan Mayeur heeft eieren voor zijn geld gekozen, nam zelf ontslag uit de PS en blijft wel gemeenteraadslid. Hoe moet dat gaan, een lid van de gemeenteraad die alle geheimen van het stadsbestuur kent? Hij mag het doen, maar bewijst er de stad geen dienst mee en vooral, hij geeft geen blijk van verantwoordelijkheid en al helemaal geen schuldinzicht. Maar het begin van alles, behalve de initiële socialistische gedachte, daarover gaat het niet en toch zou dat voor de toekomst heel wat onheil kunnen voorkomen.

In "Zonder vrienden geen filosofie" schrijft Hans Achterhuis dat mensen die links of socialistisch georiënteerd zijn niet noodzakelijkerwijze ook sober of  arm moeten leven. Onder meer Jean Jaurès was een socialist, met een dure auto en chauffeur. Hij verzette zich tegen de aanvalsdrift van de Fransen en werd door een nationalist neergeschoten op de avond voor de beslissende stemming  in de Kamer over de oorlogskredieten. Uiteindelijk stemden de socialisten in het Franse parlement mee voor de oorlogsinspanning en gingen ze mee slaapwandelen. Er was geen voldoende reden, geen casus belli en dat had Jean Jaures goed bekeken. Jean Jaurès was als historicus lange tijd bezig een socialistische, marxistische lezing van de Franse Revolutie te schrijven. Er wordt nog nauwelijks aan gerefereerd. 

In de wandeling hoort men vaak genoeg verhalen, zoals dat het makkelijker is een hond voorbij een kom vlees te leiden dan een socialist voorbij een dikke portefeuille. Andere partijen zijn ook niet vrij van schandalen en men moet de politiek noch een partij alleen maar daarop afrekenen. Mensen, een aantal zijn nu eenmaal veil en koopbaar, want ze hebben nooit genoeg. Andere schandalen springen minder in het oog, want men rekent het liberalen en christenen zo te zien minder aan. Toch is het zo dat men kan proberen al die verleidingen buiten beeld te houden, politieke besluitvorming gaat samen met beïnvloeding. Ik weet wel dat men zou willen dat politici op eigen houtje beslissen, maar er is zoveel dat de revue passeert en men dient toch wel goed ingelezen te zijn, wil men verantwoordelijke besluiten kunnen nemen. Het is niet evident te weten wat de mogelijkheden van genetische modificatie van gewassen en organismen zijn en wat de risico's zouden kunnen zijn.

De wens dat politieke besluitvorming transparant zou verlopen, kan heel goed omgedraaid worden en dan komt het erop aan dat politici stemmen volgens hun overtuiging, dat wil zeggen dat er wel rationele argumenten zijn voor het besluit, maar dat er ook iets in te bespeuren valt dat te maken heeft met andere overwegingen, die de rede niet geheel kan onderkennen. Als ik politici volg in hun uitleggingen, dan merk ik vaak dat dit ontbreekt, die sterke innerlijke overtuiging. Ook al meent men het uit de grond van het hart dat men liberaal of socialist is, de innerlijke overtuiging, die tot stand kan komen, nadat men alle argumenten heeft gehoord, kan men uitkomen bij inzichten die niet direct sporen met de partijrichtlijnen, omdat daarin nu eenmaal niet alle gronden voor het besluit in overweging genomen werden. Partijen zijn immers in hoge mate marketingmachines geworden.

Het is al enige tijd geleden dat socialisten hier te lande zonder meer zegden dat ze de hele samenleving wilden veranderen, zonder revolutie als het even kan, maar men moet zich toch afvragen of alles wat verwezenlijkt werd, wel zo slecht, fout, negatief zou zijn als die op totale hervorming gerichte jongens en meisjes het willen voorstellen. De Franse Revolutie had dertig jaar nodig om een beetje op koers te komen en dan nog, het duurde bijna een eeuw voor de burgers echt de indruk kregen dat hun rechten gerespecteerd werden. Voor Rusland is het met de Revolutie nooit echt goed gekomen, maar dat lijkt niemand van belang te achten, het feit dat de levensverwachting hopeloos achterbleef bij wat hier in het Westen werd gerealiseerd, spreekt anders boekdelen.

Het zou bizar uitpakken als men ideologieën zou afwijzen, omdat het toelaat zich aan het publiek, aan de eigen achterban duidelijk te maken zonder alles te moeten expliqueren. Maar een ideologie blijft een reductie van de werkelijkheid en de ideologisch geinspireerde oplossingen kunnen dan ook altijd nog botsen met de realiteit. Een ideologie kan het denken uitschakelen of kan men als verantwoording voor van alles en nog wat inroepen, tegelijk zal men ook moeten erkennen dat men zonder een min of meer uitgewerkt mens- en wereldbeeld ook niet heel erg ver kan komen, want dan heeft men geen kompas om zich op te richten.

De visie van John Rawls omtrent rechtvaardigheid is al een paar decennia diep geworteld geraakt in het progressieve denken, maar het is een rechtvaardigheid die niet tot handelen aanleiding lijkt te geven of mensen echt ten goede komen zal. Ook de kreten over de 1 % sluiten daarbij aan, terwijl er aan succes niets mis is, als het allemaal ordentelijk gerealiseerd is geworden. Natuurlijk kan blijken dat een arbiter bepaalde spelers zal moeten tegenhouden, die een monopoliepositie bereiken. Dan is het de overheid die moet tussenkomen, al durven sommigen de vrijhandel wel eens te verwarren met grenzeloze groei van een paar spelers. De antitrustwetgeving in de VSA dateert uit het begin van de twintigste eeuw en verbood de geïntegreerde trust, die alle fasen van de productie in handen had, bijvoorbeeld inzake spoorwegen of zelfs voedselproducten. Zonder een besluitvaardige overheid als scheidsrechter komt men nergens.

De taak van de overheid, ook in hoofde van Adam Smith bestaat erin mensen zekerheid over rechten en plichten te geven, rechtspleging voorzien en nog een aantal diensten en voorzieningen van algemeen nut, zodat het mogelijk wordt dat mensen meerwaarde creëren en handel te drijven, te produceren. Niets evenwel is neutraal, want bij alles spelen overwegingen mee, van verschillend niveau en al dan niet met eigen doelstellingen. Het doel is evenwel altijd het samenleven en de kwaliteit van leven bevorderen, waarbij er accentverschillen mogelijk zijn, omdat de visie op handelen, economisch en politiek maar ook tegenover derden, nu eenmaal niet voor iedereen dezelfde is. Men kan menen dat men vooral de grote meerderheid of voor armen in het geweer moet komen, maar klopt dat wel, want er is al wel eens gebleken dat sommige mensen van die solidariteit ook beter werden, mensen die zelf mee de solidariteit vorm geven. Neen, over vakbonden en mutualiteiten heb ik het niet, want dat zijn instellingen die in beginsel als zelforganisatie zijn ontstaan, zoals de spaarkassen in het Gentse rond 1850, 1870. Hun macht is niet vrij van controverse maar men kan moeilijk om de gunstige gevolgen van hun werking heen, al zou de politiek wellicht ook tegenover beter de afstand bewaren. Nu de bevriende partijen niet meer de grootste in het politieke krachtenveld zijn, wijzigde ook hun invloed, evenzeer als gevolg van financiële schandalen.

Het verhaal van de inhalige socialisten kan men indikken tot de gedachte dat alle socialisten veil zijn, maar dat geldt voor de meeste mensen onder ons. Wie daaraan twijfelt en zichzelf boven elke twijfel verheven acht, begrijpt niet dat integriteit altijd weer op proef gesteld wordt en dan moet altijd weer blijken in hoeverre men aan de bekoringen kan weerstaan, aan douceurtjes en slinks toegeschoven inkomsten. Men kan proberen met deontologische codes hieraan te verhelpen, maar vroeg of laat komen er altijd weer nieuwe mogelijkheden aan de orde, die sommigen gretig aangrijpen, want nog niet verboden of ontraden.

Bart Haers  

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