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Family unhappy with fouryear sentence for BC drunk driver who killed Mountie


first_imgCOLWOOD, B.C. – As a judge delivered a four-year prison sentence to the drunk driver who killed Const. Sarah Beckett on Friday, her grieving relatives shook and wept, before handing a letter to Crown counsel expressing their outrage.Provincial court Judge Ronald Lamperson acknowledged the sentence would seem inadequate to the many people on Vancouver Island who have been touched by the “tragic case.”“Clearly there is no sentence I can impose that will bring Const. Beckett back or address the pain that her family and friends continue to suffer,” Lamperson told a packed courtroom near Victoria.But he said he must be guided by prior decisions involving impaired driving causing death in sentencing Kenneth Fenton, 29, who has also been banned from driving or owning a weapon for 10 years.Lamperson said to his knowledge, Beckett is the first police officer in B.C. to be killed by a drunk driver.Beckett, a 32-year-old mother of two boys, had recently returned from maternity leave when she was killed in Langford, a suburb of Victoria, in April 2016.Her husband, Brad Aschenbrenner, broke down in tears as the judge recounted the details of his wife’s death.The court heard that Fenton was upset about a friend’s suicide and had been drinking heavily before he sped through a red light in his truck and slammed into Beckett’s cruiser.Another officer who had tried to stop Fenton’s truck seconds earlier because his tail lights were out described the crash as an “explosion” with “glass and smoke and dust everywhere.”The judge said a man who spoke with Fenton at the scene said he appeared “dazed and confused” and asked how the Mountie was doing. When the man replied that he thought she was dead, Fenton slumped over and began to cry.Fenton was taken to hospital, where he refused to give a blood sample and denied he had been drinking or had an alcohol addiction. A search warrant was later obtained to seize blood samples, which showed .287 milligrams of alcohol in 100 millilitres of blood, more than three times the legal limit.The court also heard Fenton had previous traffic convictions, including two 90-day driving bans for alcohol-related incidents in 2006 and 2010.Fenton pleaded guilty in May to impaired driving causing death and dangerous driving causing death. He was handed a four-year and three-year term for each charge, respectively, and the judge ordered that the sentences be served concurrently.Beckett’s family was unhappy with the sentence and handed a statement to prosecutors criticizing their performance, said Crown counsel Chandra Fisher outside court. Fisher refused to show the statement to the media.Alisia Adams of the B.C. Prosecution Service said counsel had regularly met with Beckett’s family and heard their concerns.“It’s clear that the family and the friends and the colleagues of Const. Beckett have experienced a profound loss. We recognize their pain,” she said.But she said Crown counsel have to look objectively at the evidence and what it can prove beyond a reasonable doubt.The family did not speak to media, but Const. Alex Berube, a spokesman for West Shore RCMP and a friend of Beckett’s, said the court process had been “very hard” for them.“We’re all human beings, even in the police force. It’s a hard day,” he said.Aschenbrenner told Fenton’s earlier sentencing hearing that he awoke at 3:30 a.m. on April 5, 2016, and knew something was wrong. Soon after, an officer knocked on his door to tell him his wife was dead.He said he lost the love of his life and the mother of their young sons, Lucas and Emmett. The hardest thing after his wife’s death was telling six-year-old Lucas “mommy wasn’t coming home,” Aschenbrenner said.The judge also outlined some of the victim impact statements and letters from Fenton’s family that described him as a kind and respectful man whose family has been attacked verbally since his arrest.Fenton apologized to Beckett’s family in court last week and said he would trade places with her if he could.B.C.’s prosecution service announced earlier this week that there was not enough evidence to approve charges against the officer who tried to stop Fenton’s truck seconds before the fatal collision.On Friday, the prosecution service said there was no evidence the officer was pursuing Fenton. As the truck accelerated away, the officer told dispatch he was “shutting it down” and reduced his speed seconds later.— Follow @ellekane on Twitter.last_img read more


Just For Laughs marks its milestone 35th edition with a comedy cavalcade


first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook  TWO OF COMEDY’S BIGGEST INTERNATIONAL COMEDIC TITANSJust For Laughs and JS Touring are thrilled to announce that America’s premier comedian Jerry Seinfeld and France’s biggest and most loved comedic star Gad Elmaleh will share the stage for the first time as co-headliners with an exclusive one night only event to commemorate JFL’s 35th Anniversary.This exceptional concert will mark Seinfeld’s return to Montreal Just For Laughs Festival since first performing back in 1989; and Gad’s second English appearance at the festival following sold out performances and rave reviews for the premier of his first English one person show run at last year’s festival.These two international icons and friends will come together Wednesday, July 26, at 8:00 PM at the Bell Centre for one night of guaranteed laughter from beginning to end.THE BIGGEST COMEDIANS PERFORMING LIVE IN CONCERTTrevor Noah is the most successful comedian in Africa and is the host of the Emmy and Peabody Award-winning The Daily Show on Comedy Central. Trevor Noah released his 9th new comedy special Afraid of The Dark in February on Netflix and in November 2016, he released his first book, Born a Crime: Stories from a South African Childhood, which was an instant New York Times bestseller. His Born a Crime audiobook is Audible’s highest rated since its release in 2016. He brings his standup show live to Montreal for one night only on Friday, July 28 with two performances at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm at Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts.In addition to his concerts, JFL ComedyPRO will host In Conversation with Trevor Noah. Join Trevor for a conversation touching on his life and experiences, and whatever else comes to the mind of this brilliant comedian, on Saturday, July 29 at 12:00 pm (noon) at the Grand Salon Opera, Level 4, Hyatt Regency Montreal.Judd Apatow returns to his stand-up comedy roots. The prolific writer/director of such films as Knocked Up, The 40-Year-Old Virgin and the director of Trainwreck, as well as executive producer of HBO’s Girls and Crashing and Netflix’s Love, is considered one of the most sought-after comedy minds in the business. Don’t miss your chance to see the one and only Judd Apatow perform his new stand-up show being recorded live for Netflix with four performances this summer on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 at 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm at 5ieme Salle at Place des Arts.Ali Wong is a stand-up comic from San Francisco, now living in Los Angeles. Her Netflix stand-up special Baby Cobra was filmed when she was 7 months pregnant and according to the New York Magazine, “The special’s arrival on Netflix is the sort of star-making moment that unites the tastes of the unlikeliest fans.” Catch Ali Wong live on Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm at Maison Symphonique at Place des Arts. Act fast, her headlining live shows are now known to sell out within two minutes!John Mulaney, Emmy Award-winning writer and comedian, adds a second performance to his previously announced return to the festival due to popular demand. Mulaney recently starred in the Broadway hit, Oh, Hello on Broadway alongside Nick Kroll. In 2015, he released his Netflix Original special titled The Comeback Kid preceding a very successful stint at Saturday Night Live where he wrote and appeared as a Weekend Update correspondent and co-created characters such as “Stefon” with Bill Hader.  He brings his new standup comedy tour, John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous to Montreal for one night only, Saturday, July 29, 7:00 pm and 9:30 pm at L’Olympia.Chris D’Elia continues to cement his status as a comedic force of nature. From his role as Danny on NBC’s Undateable, to the countless sold-out shows he absolutely muuuurders, and his hilarious Youtube videos, Chris D’Elia is without a doubt one of the funniest men in the world. Performing this special concert show live Thursday, July 27 at 9:30 pm at L’Olympia.You know Tom Segura from his Netflix specials Completely Normal and Mostly Stories, or from one of his many appearances on the biggest podcasts in comedy, including The Joe Rogan Experience and WTF with Marc Maron. We’re thrilled to announce he’s coming to Montreal with his No Teeth, No Entry Tour on Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm at L’Olympia.HOMETOWN BOY’S TRIUMPHANT RETURN TO JUST FOR LAUGHS TO HOSTSUGAR SAMMY’S INTERNATIONAL GALAOn one of the most electric nights of last year’s Festival, Sugar Sammy capped off his 420-show tour with one last performance of his hit show You’re Gonna Rire in front of a crowd of 115,000.After performing 1,500 shows in 29 countries and in 4 different languages, Sugar Sammy has teamed up with Just For Laughs to select the best stand-up acts from around the world for his Gala, each performer a star in their own country.Sugar Sammy’s International Gala promises to be one of the most original nights you’ll experience at the Festival. Comedic perspectives from around the world will converge on Montreal for a night of cultural exchange you won’t want to miss!“In hosting a Just For Laughs gala, Sugar Sammy joins legends and comedy stars such as Don Rickles, Steve Martin, Tina Fey, Jimmy Fallon, Bill Maher and Bill Burr. We couldn’t be happier to add to the fold, a homegrown star who is making a name for himself around the world “, said Bruce Hills, JFL’s Chief Operating Officer.Sugar Sammy’s International Videotron Gala presented by Air Canada will feature some of the best international stand-ups on the planet on Friday, July 28 at 9:45 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.VIDEOTRON GALAS PRESENTED BY AIR CANADA SOAR WITH STAR-STUDDED TALENTVideotron Galas presented by Air Canada return with this high-distinguished series of special Galas taking place over six evenings at the prestigious Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.This year’s superlative lineup kicks off with Golden Globe and Emmy Award-nominee, comedian/actor David Spade. One of the funniest men to burst onto the comedy scene with a 5-year run on NBC’s iconic Saturday Night Live, Spade went on to star in some of the top tent pole comedies as Tommy Boy, Black Sheep, and most recently Grown Ups. Spade is sure to bring his signature sarcastic style as host of The David Spade Gala, featuring a line up of hilarious comedians and special guests on Wednesday July 26 at 7:00 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.Emmy-Award-nominee, Laverne Cox didn’t have any problem standing out in the cast of Netlfix’s Orange is the New Black. That’s not the last time she’ll shine as part of an ensemble of super talented performers as we’re welcoming Laverne to Montreal as the host of her own gala! She will channel her years of hosting reality television on VH1 when she hosts The Laverne Cox Gala, a multi-comic line-up of some of the best stand-up comedians in the world on Saturday, July 29, 9:45 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.Canadian television personality and political satirist, luminary Rick Mercer will once again take his rightful place in the spotlight of Canadian comedy to host this night of top class stand-up comedy featuring a lineup of some of the best comedians. One of the creators, performers, and writers of CBC’s seminal This Hour Has 22 Minutes, Mercer keeps the flame of healthy skepticism alive with his hugely popular show The Rick Mercer Report. The Rick Mercer Gala will take place Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.Canadian celebrity, television personality and host, Howie Mandel, returns this summer for his third installment of his highly-rated, multi-comic Gala featuring a lineup of some of the best comedians and unbelievable special guests for an exclusive 90-minute special being filmed for The CW Network. Mandel thrives in the spotlight, from TV hits Deal or No Deal to America’s Got Talent; he’s been an unstoppable force in show business for over 30 years. The Howie Mandel Gala will channel that magnetic energy into this one-of-a-kind evening on Saturday, July 29 at 6:30 pm at Salle Wilfrid-Pelletier at Place des Arts.More than just traditional stand-up, the Just For Laughs Galas are hilariously inclusive evenings of comedy and theatrics packed with uproarious surprises from start to finish.Additional Galas will be announced in the coming weeks.KEVIN HART’S LAUGH OUT LOUD PRESENTS: JUST FOR LAUGHS EAT MY SHORTSKevin Hart’s Laugh Out Loud Network and Just For Laughs have joined forces in search of the funniest short films from the US and Canada with Laugh Out Loud Network Presents: Just For Laughs Eat My Shorts, a new initiative between the world’s biggest comedy star and the world’s biggest comedy festival.From submissions received, twenty films that speak to a diverse, multicultural audience will be selected to stream on the LOL website when it launches this summer, where fans will have the chance to vote on their favorites. The top five films selected and more will be screened at the Just For Laughs Festival on Thursday, July 27 at 7:00 pm at Imperial, where Kevin Hart will present a development deal to one lucky winner followed by a post Q&A.JACK ASTOR’S SERVES UP THE COOLEST SOLO AND CLUB SERIES OF THE SUMMER Looking for great comedy, up close? Join the club! Just For Laughs is delighted to bring back the ever-so-popular solo and club series presented by Jack Astor’s, sure to bring any room to raucous laughter with this unprecedented lineup of audience favourites and impulsive drop-by sets by some of the best in the industry.One of the industry more unrestrained, bold comedians Jim Norton returns to Montreal bringing a brand-new hour of his refreshingly unapologetic stand-up with him.Following up on Mouthful of Shame (now streaming on Netflix), Norton’s new show Far from Delightful is sure to be an audience hit with his sharp transgressive wit he’s loved for, on Friday, July 28 and Saturday, July 29 at 9:30 pm at Gesù.A must-see All Access Live is back and brings a killer line-up of hosts this year taking over Club Soda for four consecutive nights. Every night, audiences are guaranteed laughter with comedic juggernaut hosts, and lineups of stacked comedians guaranteed to delight.Selling out tours across North America, the charismatic comedic storyteller Mike Birbiglia is sure to mix it up when he hosts Wednesday, July 26. Moshe Kasher, comedian, actor and host of the Comedy Central popular show Problematic, will be overseeing hosting duties Thursday, July 27; and Natasha Leggero, writer, actor and comedian, and a regular on the Comedy Central Roast series, will take the stage as host to charm and spar with the room on Friday, July 28. The host will change each night. The lineup changes each show. The nightly show times 7:00 pm and 10:00 pm at Club Soda stay the same.We knew you would want more of him…. tickets have been in demand since announcing Montreal would be treated to the hilarious, clever wit and skillful observational humour of Mike Birbiglia’s latest solo show, The New One. In The New One, the award-winning comedian approaches an entirely new subject in a new way with the same heart and humor we’ve come to expect. Do not miss The New One. It may be the best one. Shows runs Monday, July 24, Tuesday, July 25 and Thursday, July 27 through to Saturday, July 29, nightly show times at 7:00 pm at Le Gesù Theatre.Brexit may have some people up in arms, but we’re unifying audiences with Brit(ish) hosted by Gina Yashere, starring Aisling Bea, Joe Lycett, James Acaster, Seann Walsh, and featuring special guest Sarah Millican. You’ll laugh so hard, the Queen on your money will silently judge you for being so improper when you catch this club series Wednesday, July 26 at 7:00 pm, Thursday, July 27 at 9:30 pm, and Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm, at L’Astral.Elon Gold will be making his 11th appearance at Just For Laughs this summer, performing his new solo show Elon Gold: Pro-Semite. A favoured son in the proud tradition of Jewish-American comedy, Gold has never stopped being one of the funniest, most charming guys in the room. Audiences can see for themselves starting Monday, July 24 through to Thursday, July 27, one performance each night at 7:00 pm at Maison Theatre.Don’t miss this recording of Jake Hurwitz and Amir Blumenfeld’s hit podcast If I Were You, performed LIVE just for you! If I Were You offers up advice to its listeners in areas Jake and Amir are qualified to talk about… also quite a few areas they’re not at all. If you’re really lucky they might even have some advice for you when you can catch them LIVE on Tuesday, July 25 at 9:30 pm at Maison Theatre. They didn’t stop there! Jake and Amir founded the podcast network HeadGum to produce and promote the best podcasting talent in the world. Join the pair as they host a night featuring live recordings of 3 of their favourite HeadGum podcasts: High and Mighty with Jon Gabrus, Twinnovation with Jeff Rosenberg, Dave Rosenberg and Mike Karnell, and Black Men Can’t Jump with Jerah Milligan, Jon Braylock, and James III on Wednesday, July 26 at 9:30 pm at Maison Theatre.WHEN THE CONVERSATION TURNS TO FUNNY BUSINESSThe Just For Laughs ComedyPRO conference is back, bringing the best of the industry together for a 4-day event, attracting everyone from leaders to groundbreakers, to explore all facets of humour at the foreground of entertainment. Amongst Kevin Hart and Trevor Noah, this year’s JFL ComedyPRO will also include some of the hottest cast panels, podcasts and showcases of the best up-and-coming comedians.HBO PRESENTS VICE PRINCIPALS LIVE AT JUST FOR LAUGHSHBO’s Vice Principals tells the story of two school administrators locked in an epic struggle to ascend to their rightful place at North Jackson High School – to be school principal. Sit down with the stars and creators of Vice Principals as they discuss the darkest comedy on television and talk to us about what’s in store for Season 2! The cast panel will feature Danny McBride, Jody Hill, Walton Goggins, Kimberly Hébert Gregory, Georgia King and Edi Patterson on Friday, July 28 at 1:00 pm at the Grand Salon Opera, Level 4, Hyatt Regency Montreal.CNN PRESENTS THE HISTORY OF COMEDY LIVE AT JUST FOR LAUGHSJoin us for a special screening of the “Spark of Madness” episode from the CNN Original Series, The History of Comedy.  “Spark of Madness” explores the fascinating mind of comedians, as well as the difficult road of mental illness and substance abuse that so many seemed destined to take. Following the screening, there will be a panel discussion moderated by Kliph Nesteroff with executive producers Mark Herzog and Todd Milliner and comedian W. Kamau Bell on Thursday, July 27 at 4:00 pm at Grand Salon Opera, Level 4, Hyatt Regency Montreal.The stand-up megastars that have been born at Just For Laughs’ New Faces of Comedy include Amy Schumer, Hannibal Buress, Demetri Martin, Ali Wong and Kevin Hart. Not a bad list, if we do say so ourselves. Come see the genuinely thrilling moment a young comic steps up and becomes a star with our New Faces of Comedy, New Faces: Characters, and New Faces: Unrepped showcases taking place on Wednesday, July 26; and Thursday July 27 at Ludger-Duvernay at Monument National. The best of the next generation of comedians and solo sketch acts will give you a serious dose of comedic street cred by catching them now before they are household names.Speaking of new, this year, JFL is adding New Faces: Creators, a showcase of the up-and-coming influencers and creators who, through digital content creation, are contributing to the evolution of the comedy landscape on Thursday, July 27 at 1:45 pm at the Hyatt Grand Salon Opera, Level 4.Mark Critch is returning this fall to co-star in the 25th season of the venerable Canadian comedy institution This Hour Has 22 Minutes, so who better to host a celebration of the future of Canadian comedy? See the next generation of great Canadian comics as they strut their stuff in a showcase of the best talent, hand-picked from across The Great White North in our 19th edition of Homegrown Comics, with special guest, comedian K. Trevor Wilson, presented by Sirius XM, taking place on Friday, July 28 at 7:00 pm at Ludger-Duvernay at Monument National.Save-the Date: one of the biggest events in the comedy world each year is the unveiling of Variety’s “10 Comics to Watch” which recognizes stand-up, sketch artists and web content creators making the most impact in the industry this year. Catch the best and brightest “10 Comics To Watch” as they hit the stage and show you why they made the 2017 list, on Friday, July 28, 9:30 pm, at Ludger-Duvernay at Monument National.BREAKING DOWN STEREOTYPES AND BOUNDARIES IS WHAT WE DO BEST JFL’s tradition continues with The Ethnic Show, returning for its 9th Edition presented as part of the Jack Astor’s Club Series. This cultural melting pot for comedy features today’s buzz worthy comics, hosted by outspoken comedian Iranian-American Maz Jobrani. Maz is best known for numerous appearances on the late night talk show circuit, many movies and television appearances. Joining Maz, sharing the humorous side of their diverse backgrounds, Jewish-American Jessica Kirson returning after highly praised performances in 2016; international comedian and one of the most sought-after performers, Korean Irish-American Steve Byrne; their return to the Festival, audience favourite Italian-Canadians The Doo Wops, comprised of John Catucci and David Mesiano; rising star Portuguese-Canadian Mike Rita; and staple of the New York comedy scene Dominican-American Vlad Caamaño. We’re tearing down barriers to speak forthright while laughing at our differences and similarities, starting Wednesday, July 12 through to Thursday, July 27 with 19 performances at Club Soda and Metropolis.One of the most talked about series in the fest, The Nasty Show returns with a masterful line-up of outspoken, candid and daring standup comics guaranteed to push the boundaries of what is taboo to joke about. The series features heavy hitters such as Jimmy Carr with his mastery of amusing deadpan, edgy-one liner deliveries; unfiltered comedian Godfrey with his high-energy range of voices and personas and hilarious expletive-studded tirades. Big Jay Oakerson dubbed recently by the New York Times as a “Master of the Dirty Joke,” most notable with fans as the co-host of The Bonfire with Big Jay Oakerson and Dan Soder; along with his keen eye for the life’s absurdities, Robert Kelly‘s honest, abrasively funny, yet refreshingly vulnerable take on life has been winning over audiences for years. Audiences will need to relinquish judgment at the door to enjoy this uncensored night of indulgent laughs starting Wednesday, July 19 through to Friday, July 28 with 10 performances at Métropolis.VIDEOTRON PRESENTS OFF-JFL & ZOOFESTIN COLLABORATION WITH PABST BLUE RIBBONSometimes your alternative, edgy sibling can be a great influence…. at least that’s the case with OFF-JFL & Zoofest this year. This series features 60 + distinctive shows spanning intimate venues around Montreal, appealing to a young, vibrant demographic thanks to its risqué nature and affordability. Some of the biggest names in comedy made surprise appearances in the past from Louis C.K. and Bill Burr; to Judd Apatow and Dave Chappelle. This year will be no exception with some of the hippest acts planning to take the stage.Notables from their recent TV appearances include HBO’s Flight of the Conchords, comedian Arj Barker; FXX famed-animated hit Lucas Bros Moving Co., comedians The Lucas Bros; NBC’s Powerless comedian/actor Ron Funches; to Canada’s own Sabrina Jalees who recently guest-starred on Amazon’s Transparent; and comedian, writer, actor and TV host on the BBC Katherine Ryan. Comedian, screenwriter, actor, seen on Netflix and E!’s Chelsea Lately, Jen Kirkman joins; as well, Socio-Political Comedian and TV host of FXX’s Totally Biased with W. Kamau Bell, W. Kamau Bell. Comedian and actor, most recently seen as everyone’s favourite brash coach on ABC’s The Goldbergs, podcast legend Bryan Callen shares his no holds barred approach to standup.The hottest comedians and shows emerging on the circuit will be featured in this series, including Cristela Alonzo, Kate Berlant, Vir Das, Mark Forward, Erik Griffin, Dan Soder, Barry Rothbart, Emily Heller, James Adomian, K. Trevor Wilson, Orny Adams, Debra DiGiovanni, Sasheer Zamata, Krystyna Hutchinson, Corinne Fisher, Wil Anderson, Ian Karmel, Big Jay Oakersons’ What’s Your F*cking Deal?, Best of the Fest, Hosts with the Most and the insanely popular Midnight Surprise.Oh one more thing…. we can’t forget the quintessential comic’s comic Andy Kindler returns to OFF-JFL to host the beloved Alternative Show for five nights.Just For Laughs continues to draw the biggest talent in the industry, putting the audience in the middle of the action. Many comedians got their “big break” in Montreal over the last 35 years. In a span of 20 days, audiences will have the opportunity to see everyone from their stand up idols, while also having the ability to discover the industry’s next breakout star.Be prepared for more the premium lineups to be announced in the coming weeks.Pre-sale tickets will be available starting today, Wednesday May 3, 2017 as of 12:00 pm; and to the general public Friday, May 5, 2017 at 10:00 am at www.hahaha.comLooking for the best way to experience the Just For Laughs Festival? Get a JFLMTL Pass! Passes available include: the JFL 2-Show Pass for $99.99, 3-Show Pass for $139.99 and 5-Show Pass for $215. Each pass includes one free ticket every day from July 25-29 (some restrictions apply).The Just For Laughs Festival runs from July 12 – 31, 2017 in Montréal, Canada.Find us on social #JFLMTL  #JFL35Facebook: @justforlaughsTwitter: @justforlaughsInstagram: @justforlaughsThe Just For Laughs Festival would like to thank its public partners: Government of Canada, Gouvernement du Québec, City of Montréal and Tourisme Montréal for their support..THE 2017 EDITION OFTHE JUST FOR LAUGHS FESTIVAL PRESENTED BY VIDEOTRONIN ASSOCIATION WITH LOTO-QUÉBECFor tickets by phone, online or in person:The Just For Laughs Box Office, 514-845-2322, hahaha.com presented by Videotron Advertisement The Just For Laughs Festival, presented by Videotron in association with Loto-Québec is excited to announce the first slate of this year’s unrivaled, extraordinary line up of comedians who will descend upon Montreal, turning the city into the epicenter of comedy for its annual celebration. The diversity and quality of performers is unsurpassable, deserving the title of the best-curated festival in the world.From stand up Galas and concert shows to intimate club series, live TV tapings, cast panels and live podcast recordings, Just For Laughs gives comedy enthusiasts the opportunity to get up close and personal to the top comedic titans of today.ONE NIGHT, ONE STAGElast_img read more


Prosecutor Mans drink scam defrauded NeYo Brian McKnight


first_imgCINCINNATI – A New Jersey man is accused of running a multimillion-dollar scam that bilked singers Ne-Yo and Brian McKnight, who invested in a sports drink company.Kevin Foster, of Montclair, faces 16 charges including wire fraud, money laundering, bankruptcy fraud and tax evasion.Six of those charges were added Tuesday in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.Foster, who served as Ne-Yo’s business manager, is accused of convincing the star to invest $2 million in a drink called OXYwater. Prosecutors say the 42-year-old Foster didn’t disclose that he served as a controller for the business or that he earned commission on investments.Prosecutors say Foster pulled a similar scheme on R&B star McKnight to keep the business solvent.A message seeking comment from his attorney wasn’t immediately returned Thursday.last_img read more


BC SPCA partners with Northern Lights Estate to launch wine that protects bears


first_img“British Columbia is fortunate to have an abundance of wildlife, including both black bears and grizzly bears,” says Daniell. “But, as urban development expands into wild animal habitats, bear encounters have become a normal part of life, with tragic consequences for the bears.” In the fall, as bears prepare for hibernation they need to build up fat to survive the winter. They seek out easily accessed foods, including compost, garbage and fruit trees. “Unfortunately, these food sources bring bears and people closer together,” says Daniell. “Over time, bears may lose their natural fear of people and start to associate people with food. Sadly, hundreds of ‘problem’ bears end up being killed by conservation officers in B.C. every year.”The BC SPCA is reminding British Columbians to do their part in keeping B.C. bears safe by being aware of the following attractants;Ripe or fallen fruitUnsecured garbage and compost/food scrapsOutdoor pet food storageBird feedersOutdoor fridges and freezersBeehivesChicken coops“We can all take easy steps to protect bears from becoming victims,” says Daniell. “And what better way to reward yourself for making the effort than with a glass of The Bear wine?”For more information on where to buy The Bear wine, visit northernlightswinery.ca. PRINCE GEORGE, B.C. – The BC SPCA has partnered with Northern Lights Estate Winery and has launched ‘The Bear’, a new Pinot Gris-style wine that is raising awareness and funds to help BC bears.Using surplus apples sourced from local properties to make the wine and the goal to deter bears from entering developed areas in search of leftover or fallen fruit. ‘The Bear’ will help protect local bears as well $2 from the sale of each bottle will be given to the BC SPCA to help animals in need across B.C.In a statement by Craig Daniell, Chief Executive Officer of the BC SPCA says the initiative is a creative example of how individuals and businesses can make a difference for B.C. wildlife.last_img read more


Gurugram may get extra security cover in these elections


first_imgGurugram: Placed under the sensitive category along with Mahendargarh and Faridabad, Gurugram may get more security these elections. Based on the surveillance the Haryana government has placed the Lok Sabha constituencies under the normal, sensitive and super sensitive category.Kurukshetra, Bhiwani and Sonepat have been placed under the normal categories. On the other hand, Hissar, Sirsa and Rohtak have been placed under the super sensitive areas where more violence is expected during elections. It is important to note that on account of jat agitations and other forms of agitations that turned violent the Haryana public administration has been on constant vigil to restore law and order situation. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderIn the past Gurugram has been on the edge with various events like Ram Rahim arrest, jat agitation and Padmavat. While the district administration on various occasion was able to prevent any acts of violence during the release of Padmavat there was an act of violence that was reported from in and around the city. In the past elections district police not having adequate force, special commandos of Haryana police have also been deployed for the security of polling stations. The past trends have shown that there has not been violence that has been reported from the polling stations of Gururgam. In the last Lok Sabha polls, Gurugram recorded 70 per cent polling.last_img read more


Cross FIR filed against family attacked by mob in Gurugram


first_imgGurugram: A week after Sajid Siddiqui filed a complaint against the mob attack at his home on March 21, a cross-FIR has been filed against Mohammad Sajid’s family. The FIR has been filed in Gurugram’s Bhondsi police station under Section 34 (acts are done by several persons in furtherance of common intention) sections 323 (voluntarily causing hurt) and 324 (voluntarily causing hurt by dangerous weapons or means). The complainant in the case is Rajkumar. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murder”After being treated, he heard that the situation had blown out of proportion in the village and there was a mob attack. On hearing all this, he preferred to leave the hospital without telling anyone,” Subash Boken, the Gurugram spokesperson said. Sajid’s brother Dilshad had filed an FIR in the case March 21, the day when the incident happened. A video of at least 25 men vandalising Siddiqui and attacking his family went viral. No arrests have been made in the case yet. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsThe victims also alleged that the suspects’ family and friends have been mixing with people visiting their home since the attack to keep a tab on their plans. “We are living in constant fear of being watched,” Mohammad Sajid, the owner of the house, said. The family had earlier stated that they were being pressured to reach a compromise with the suspects. The migrant Muslim family, which was attacked by a group of men with sticks and rods in Dhumaspur village of Bhondsi, said on Wednesday that they will seek legal counsel if the police register a cross-FIR in the March 21 violence that left at least 12 of the family injured, including three children. The family denied claims that the 18-year-old suspect’s head was injured when the family allegedly pelted stones after a petty fight over cricket. The family instead claimed that Rajkumar, who surrendered at the Bhondsi police station on Tuesday, was injured when “the mob” entered their home and beat the family members. Meanwhile, villagers from Nayagaon, where the suspects live, maintained that they too have suffered physical harm and that the police must register a cross FIR. The Gurugram police have highlighted that cross-FIR has been filed after the verifying all the claims.last_img read more


All children immunised in Bengal, says CM as World Immunisation Week starts


first_imgKolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, on the occasion of the first day of the World Immunisation Week on Wednesday, said that all the children in the state have been fully immunised.Taking to Twitter, Banerjee said: “#WorldImmunisationWeek begins today. I am very proud to share with you all that 100% children in #Bangla are fully immunised. My best wishes to all.” It may be mentioned here that the Bengal government, under the leadership of the Chief Minister, has done a great deal of work in building better infrastructure so that mothers and children get the best quality treatment in state-run hospitals and health centres in the city as well as the districts. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaChildren in far-flung areas had often been suffering from malnutrition as there were no awareness programmes previously. Due to the relentless efforts initiated by the district administration, the people in the districts are now becoming aware about various factors. Awareness is being spread among conservative pregnant women and lactating mothers in the districts, particularly in the rural areas, thanks to the initiatives of the state government that appears determined to bring down Bengal’s rate of underweight children. Also Read – Bengal civic volunteer dies in road mishap on national highwayThe district programme officers under the Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) are providing supplementary nutrition for pregnant and lactating women and for their children up to six years. The nutritional support is being given in order to counter calorie and protein related malnourishment. The officials of the Health department in the districts are successfully making people understand the importance of breastfeeding newborns till they attain six months of age and the importance of the mother’s first milk. It may be mentioned here that the Bengal government has reduced the infant mortality rate to 25 against 1,000 live births and the maternal mortality rate to 101 against 1,00,000 live births. In the remote areas, ‘delivery huts’ have been set up so that expectant mothers can be provided treatment, care and other facilities completely free of costs, before being delivered to a nearby hospital. Prodded by the Chief Minister, the state Health department has also set up mother child hubs at various state government hospitals in the state, which are dedicated for the treatment of mothers and their children.last_img read more


Rahul will make good PM that country needs, says Agnihotri


first_imgFour-time MLA and former industries minister Mukesh Agnihotri is currently the Leader of Opposition in the Himachal Pradesh State Assembly. A journalist turned politician, Agnihotri made his own place in the state politics, emerging from a humble background. He is the most vocal leader of the Congress party against Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur. Agnihotri spoke to Ashwani Sharma, Assistant Editor, the Millennium Post in middle of party campaign in Kangra: Excerpts: Also Read – 2019 most peaceful festive season for J&K: Jitendra SinghA fortnight left for the poll in Himachal Pradesh, what’s the Congress position? We are very comfortable. People want changes. They are fed up with lies, meaningless ‘bhashan’ and ‘jumla-politics’ of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Congress will win all four seats. The results in Himachal Pradesh will be very different this time. In 2014 elections, the BJP had won all four seats despite the Congress being in the power. What has changed now? A/ It was Modi factor playing against all issues in the poll. People believed in him. They are feeling cheated. This time Modi factor will not be there to swing in BJP’s favour, rather anti-incumbency against NDA will seal their fate. Also Read – Personal life needs to be respected: Cong on reports of Rahul’s visit abroadBut the Congress campaign doesn’t look very well coordinated as compared to the BJP? When people make up their mind to defeat the ruling dispensation they don’t look at campaign styles. The BJP has tried to pull out all its resources, use money power and resort to every cheap tactic, ethical or unethical. We have been able to counter them effectively and make a dent. What are core issues in the poll this time? A; We are highlighting failures of the Narendra Modi government and his corruption. Whatever promises Modi made with the masses whether about jobs, building Ram temple, Ganga Abhiyan, bringing black money back to the country and teaching Pakistan a lesson have fallen flat. Modi also promised a lot of things in Himachal Pradesh. He spoke about apple import duty, National Highways and farmers’ issues. The net result is zero. This time when he comes he should rather tender an apology to the people instead of seeking votes. The BJP sees gains in Himachal Pradesh as being in the power only for one and half year. Let Chief Minister Jai Ram Thakur tells the people few achievements of his government. Because he has not done anything concrete as promised, the Chief Minister is bringing in irrelevant issues to the polls. His narrative is poor. He only feels happy to ridicule Congress president Rahul Gandhi and speak about him in poor light. What will he say if we also call him names? Their party president Satpal Satti has used abusive words against Rahul Gandhi and was punished by EC with a ban on his campaign. Is this the way the campaign is done? What’s your charge against the BJP government led by Jai Ram Thakur? A/. At first place, Jai Ram Thakur was never a chief ministerial face in 2017 poll. It was Prem Kumar Dhumal, who was defeated at Sujanpur by Congress candidate Rajendra Rana. Thakur became Chief Minister accidentally. Law and order are in the worst state. There are 350 cases or murders an equal number of rape cases. An alleged rape case has come to light in Shimla — the capital city and the police were trying to suppress it. Mining mafia is active. The BJP raised money from mining mafia thus there is no check on them. Drug mafia and liquor mafia are active more than ever. But BJP is highlighting surgical strike and has accused the Congress of undermining valour of the Indian army against Pakistan? We are proud of the Indian Army. They have always been made the country and people proud. You tell me who is saying “Modi ki Sena’? Are they not ashamed of it by politicising the army? People of this country don’t have to learn patriotism from Modi and his brigade, who only spread lies and communal hatred. What’s Virbhadra Singh’s role in the poll? A/ Virbhadra Singh is a towering Congress leader, not only in Himachal Pradesh but country. He never worked against the interests of the Congress. He is campaigning actively even at this age. No one can match his energy, mass contact and popularity. What are Rahul Gandhi’s chances to be Prime Minister? Rahul Gandhi has worked very hard. The Congress party’s manifesto and his poll narrative have received overwhelming support. He has exposed Prime Minister and Amit Shah combine’s corruption. He will make a good Prime Minister that the country needs. Modi has no second chance.last_img read more


Women Earn The Glory While Men Earn The Money In US Soccer


NWSL salary54.0 Sponsor appearance15.0 Ticket revenue22.9 World Cup roster bonus15.0 Subtotal without salaries240.0 Friendly wins$18.9K Olympic qualifying bonus15.0 USSF World Cup victory75.0 The men earned bonus money for every point earned in the World Cup group stage, as well as $5,500 for each group-stage match for which they were rostered. The women earned no such bonuses.The caveat here, of course, is that the women draw a salary for playing on the national team, while the men are only paid by U.S. Soccer for participation in camps, friendlies and tournaments. If the women’s salaries were replaced with the men’s bonus figures for friendlies, players would have earned $109,600 in 2015, nearly $40,000 more than their $72,000 national team salary — and that’s before we include any other bonuses or fees they’d receive for being named to tournament rosters and other non-game events.3The men’s national team did earn a salary from U.S. Soccer for a period of time, because of the lack of a professional domestic league in the United States from 1984 to 1996.While U.S. Soccer is not responsible for FIFA prize money, it’s worth noting that the men’s prize money for losing in the round of 16 amounted to $9 million. The women’s prize money for winning the whole tournament was $2 million. If we distribute these totals evenly across the 23-player rosters, Lloyd’s and Solo’s earnings increase to $326,976 each. Dempsey’s and Howard’s, meanwhile, increase to $819,326 and $789,799, respectively. The 2014 men’s World Cup generated approximately $4.8 billion in revenue for FIFA. Revenue for the 2015 Women’s World Cup have yet to be reported but will certainly be much lower.On top of the specific financial disparities laid out above, the women’s inability to specify what kind of field surface they play on, when such consideration is offered to the men, is surely a sore spot, one that blew up in December when the USWNT boycotted a friendly over concerns about the quality of the artificial turf at Honolulu’s Aloha Stadium.Another footnote in the memo of understanding concerns travel arrangements. The women’s national team is booked to fly economy for the majority of its travel, while the men exclusively fly business class.Granted, the women’s and men’s national teams both collectively agreed to these respective compensation structures — and since the men are neither salaried by the federation nor play in a league owned and operated by the federation, it could be argued that their compensation should be distributed differently than the women. But it is interesting to observe the discrepancies in areas where one would assume they would be equitably compensated. Also, the USWNT players’ complaint to the EEOC could expose the lack of transparency by U.S. Soccer relative to the revenues the women’s national team generates, which may have artificially depressed the players’ market value.The court will decide whether U.S. Soccer’s memo of understanding with the players union is a valid labor agreement at the end of May; dates for potential action on the EEOC complaint have yet to be determined. Regardless of either outcome, it appears that the U.S. women’s national team has a real case regarding the gender pay gap. Negotiations for their next collective bargaining agreement will continue all year, and the likes of Lloyd and Solo intend to leverage their recent success for better treatment by their employers. The U.S. women’s national soccer team won the World Cup title in 2015 — an achievement never equaled by a U.S. men’s team — but the glory doesn’t come with full benefits. On Wednesday, five women’s team players filed a complaint with the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission claiming that the U.S. Soccer federation engaged in wage discrimination by paying the women far less than the men.The complaint, filed by Hope Solo, Carli Lloyd, Megan Rapinoe, Becky Sauerbrunn and Alex Morgan, says the men’s team takes home far more than the women’s team for no discernible reason other than being male. After the filing, the soccer federation issued a statement wherein it highlighted its support for women’s soccer in the United States and across the globe. It did not address the specific allegations of pay discrepancy. The complaint also contains the minutes from a federation meeting in which the budget shows the federation expects the women’s team to produce more revenue than the men’s team in fiscal years 2016 and 2017.Based on our findings — using financial statements released by the soccer federation for fiscal year 2015, along with the USWNT’s collective bargaining agreement and memo of understanding released in court after the federation sued the players union over an earlier negotiating dispute — top men’s players earned almost twice as much as top women’s players from the federation during their respective World Cup years, despite the women’s victory in 2015 and the men’s early knockout elimination in 2014.We compared the differences in how male and female players are compensated by the federation under similar working conditions — namely, preparations for and participation in the 2014 FIFA men’s World Cup in Brazil and the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup in Canada. Because not every member of a national team is paid the same, and to properly compare apples to apples, we focused on two similar sets of players from the women’s and men’s national teams — Lloyd and Solo for the women, and Clint Dempsey and Tim Howard for the men. Here, we have two major goalscoring threats and two veteran goalkeepers who played every minute (or, in Dempsey’s case, all but three minutes) of their respective World Cups.The first thing we need to do is set aside the salaries that Lloyd and Solo earn, because USWNT compensation works a little differently than setups across the world. Typically, a club pays a player a salary, and a national federation compensates the player for caps and other appearances. For the USWNT, however, it’s the federation that pays the club salary; the women then draw a second salary for their national play — a departure from the U.S. men. (If you think this arrangement is odd, you’re not wrong. The National Women’s Soccer League is owned and operated by the federation, which pays the club salaries for national team players to offset costs for club owners.)In the case of Lloyd and Solo, this salary totaled $126,000 in 2015 — $72,000 for falling into the “Tier I” salary bracket (reserved for veterans who also were named to the 23-player World Cup roster) and an additional $54,000 for playing in the NWSL.1Should a player wish to play for a club outside the U.S., she forfeits that portion of the salary. In 2015, however, all national team players did play in the NWSL.Now that we have salaries separated out, we can see from the collective bargaining agreement and memo of understanding that the women’s national team is paid in a similar fashion as the men: appearance fees for U.S. Soccer sponsors; bonuses for qualifying for major tournaments (along with bonuses based on tournament finishes); a share of ticket revenues in friendlies played on U.S. soil; and bonuses for winning those friendlies. The USWNT also earned a $1.8 million bonus for the Victory Tour, 10 friendly matches played in the U.S. from August through December of last year. INCOME SOURCELLOYD/SOLO 2015 EARNINGS For each friendly, including the send-off series, the men earned between $7,500 and $14,100 per win, based on the FIFA ranking of the opponent. They earned between $5,000 and $6,500 for draws and $4,000 for a loss. The women earned $1,350 for wins, receiving no bonus for draws or losses. Total366.0 The men’s bonus for being named to the final 23-player World Cup roster was $55,000 each; the women earned $15,000 each. This is an itemized breakdown of the projected non-salary earnings for Lloyd and Solo in 2015, based on all the data contained in the memo of understanding. When it comes to shared bonus pools, we assume the money is being divided evenly among all players on the roster. However, that may not be true, as there is no language in either the collective bargaining agreement or the memo of understanding that would stipulate even distribution. In fact, based on comments Solo made in her 2013 memoir, veteran players may get a larger share of the bonus pools.Below we compare Lloyd’s and Solo’s estimated 2015 earnings with Dempsey’s and Howard’s earnings for 2014, when the U.S. men’s team lost in the World Cup’s round of 16. The men’s earnings are based on U.S. Soccer’s financial statements for fiscal year 2015 (which ran from April 1, 2014, to March 31, 2015).2Women’s earnings are projected estimates for fiscal year 2016, which ran from April 1, 2015, to March 31, 2016. Lloyd and Solo: $240,019 eachDempsey: $428,022Howard: $398,495Dempsey is pocketing almost $200,000 more than Lloyd; Howard gets almost $160,000 more than Solo. How can that be? (U.S. Soccer declined to comment for this story.)While the men’s team’s bargaining agreement with U.S. Soccer is confidential, Sports Illustrated’s Grant Wahl discovered some figures before the 2014 World Cup that would account for at least some of the disparity:The men’s shared bonus for qualifying for Brazil totaled $2 million. The women’s total qualifying bonus for Canada was $300,000. The men played 16 qualifying games, whereas the women played only five, but that is still a difference of $125,000 per game vs. $60,000 per game. In addition to the share of ticket revenues for home friendlies, the men earned $1,500 per game in the three-match send-off series leading up to the World Cup. The women earned $1,350 per game, and only if they won them. Victory tour bonus78.0 NT salary72.0 read more


Which NBA Coach Is Next On The Chopping Block


Welcome to The Lab, FiveThirtyEight’s basketball podcast. The Los Angeles Clippers announced Tuesday that All-Star forward Blake Griffin has sprained his MCL and could be out for two months. On this week’s show (Nov. 30, 2017), Neil, Chris and Kyle break down how this could affect the once-promising team and whether there’s any hope for the rest of the Clippers’ season. On Monday, the Memphis Grizzlies fired head coach David Fizdale after the team lost eight straight games. The news took the league by surprise, with many players and coaches speaking out against the firing. We take a look at why Fizdale was fired now and which other coaches might be in trouble. Plus, a small-sample-size segment on the Portland Trail Blazers.Here are links to what we discussed this week:Keep an eye on our 2017-18 NBA predictions, updated after every game.Over at The Ringer, Kevin O’Connor asked, “Where do the Grizzlies go from here?”Kyle took a look at the NBA’s best defenders. More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Embed Code By Neil Paine, Chris Herring and Kyle Wagner read more


Tony Pulis bemoans Boro transfer business


first_imgMiddlesbrough manager Tony Pulis believes his team are worse now than when they lost to Aston Villa in the Sky Bet Championship Playoffs last season.Boro come up against Birmingham on Sunday and Pulis insists this current team is inferior to the one that was eliminated from the second round of the playoffs last season.The club had a miserable transfer deadline day after failing to bring in any additions despite letting some of their key players leave the club a few days before.A move for Everton’s Mohammed Besic fell through after the financial framework behind the deal and a loan move for the Bosnian international looks very unlikely due to Everton’s disappointment towards Boro.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…A loan deal to bring Yannick Bolasie from the Toffees to the club looks more likely to happen at this moment.Pulis was disappointed at the club’s inability to price Jed Wallace and George Saville from Millwall while Queens Park Rangers rejected all their advances for midfielder Luke Freeman.“At the moment the team that will play on Saturday will not be as strong as the one that made it to the semis of the playoffs last year and that’s obvious,” Pulis said, according to Northern Echo.“The squad isn’t good enough to get promoted to the Premier League. We don’t have the depth of the quality. We missed out last year but we’ve failed to improve our team to stand a chance of taking the next step this year.”last_img read more


Contract talks stall between Ramsey and Arsenal


first_imgArsenal has not made a breakthrough in contract talks with Aaron Ramsey, and there are rumours the Welsh midfielder will leave in January.Ramsey’s current deal will run out at the end of the season, and the Gunners had hoped to resolve his contract issues before the start of the current campaign.Premier League rivals Chelsea and Manchester United both expressed an interest in signing Ramsey during the summer, and they are monitoring the situation at the Emirates.It’s believed Aaron Ramsey wants similar deals like that of his teammates who signed a new deal worth £110,000-a-week in wages.Tammy Abraham, ChelseaChelsea hat-trick hero Tammy Abraham hopes for more Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Tammy Abraham hopes this season will be his big breakthrough at Chelsea after firing his first hat-trick for the club in Saturday’s 5-2 win at Wolves.Gunners’ boss Unai Emery made it clear during pre-season he wants Ramsey to renew, but the club is in a difficult position as they are equally looking to trim their wage bill.The north Londoners are keen to avoid a similar situation with Ramsey as they have experienced with the likes of Ozil, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Alexis Sanchez in the past.They were forced to sell the latter pair, and now there are fears Ramsey will have to be sold in January if new terms are not agreed.Ramsey was dropped to the bench in Arsenal’s 3-2 defeat to Chelsea on Saturday and now has added competition in midfield following the arrivals of  Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi.last_img read more


For Mourinho Hazard has matured as a footballer


first_imgAfter Eden Hazard’s honest comments about failing Jose Mourinho during their time at Chelsea, the Portuguese manager responded accordingly.This past week there was a statement Eden Hazard made about Jose Mourinho that surprised everyone, he accepted his part of responsibility when the Portuguese manager was sacked and revealed he apologized to the boss after it happened.Sometimes we don’t realize how much influence the best players can have in their squads, when they are not at their top form it shows in the team’s performance and that is exactly what happened with Eden Hazard.During that season after Jose came back to win the Premier League on his second spell, Hazard confessed that the players asked the manager for more vacation time and he returned in very poor shape.This affected the squad’s performance because Hazard is the top player in Chelsea. Now that some time has passed, the Belgian playmaker understands that he was also to blame for the team’s bad situation and he regretted not playing under Jose Mourinho for a longer period of time.Eden even hinted that he would love working under the Portuguese manager again, something that may or may not be possible in the future. Hopefully in a different league like Spain, for example.JOSE AND HAZARD TO REUNITE AT REAL⁉Could Jose Mourinho and Eden Hazard be set for a surprise reunion at Real Madrid, in light of the player’s comments this week? https://t.co/ddEgkXVDm8 pic.twitter.com/OOeA1PCKEr— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 14, 2018But after Hazard’s comments last week, it was Jose Mourinho’s time to respond and he did it in style with what can arguably be considered high praise between two legends of the game.The Red Devils’ boss recently spoke to Sky Sports ahead of Manchester United’s visit to Stamford Bridge and Jose spoke about the threat that Hazard poses to his players, but he also referred to those comments.“If I only think about Eden, we are in trouble. It’s Eden, It’s Willian, it’s [N’Golo] Kante. It’s really hard to play against a team and focus on one man if that special man is surrounded by special players,” said Mourinho about stopping Hazard this Saturday.“He is a good kid. He was a good kid in my time and now he is a good man, three or four years more maturity he was a kid and now is a man,” added Mourinho about Hazard’s recent comments.“I think he knows how good he is, I think he knows how much he can influence the destiny of his team in the course of a season.”“In my first season he was voted the best player in the Premier League and the team was champion. In my second season he was not very good, but we were not very good.”Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“Then Antonio comes, he was the best player in the Premier League and they won the title again, and he knows that with his talent he can influence the destiny of his team.”Eden Hazard is expecting some special treatment from Manchester United’s midfield at Stamford Bridge today.More: https://t.co/qMVhrNUdN1 pic.twitter.com/blVpCMuRKa— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 19, 2018We seriously can’t wait for this match to start, it’s going to be one of the most exciting fixtures of the weekend in all of Europe and both clubs are already taking the necessary precautions to not lose the match.However, the most difficult task will be for Jose Mourinho because he knows that Hazard is currently at the top of his game and there is very little the opponent can do when great stars are unplayable.Surely there is already a plan in motion to try and stop him, but considering the poor defensive capabilities that Manchester United has at the moment, there isn’t much they can do to avoid getting owned by the Belgian Red Devil.As far as the future is concerned, it would obviously be great watching Hazard play under Jose Mourinho again but the future is uncertain right now. Let us focus on the present for now, and talk about the future after this match is over.The Premier League is back!Time for Merse’s predictions – do you agree?More: https://t.co/11p0dztkcj pic.twitter.com/Jwm0hWc84F— Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) October 19, 2018Which club would you like for Hazard and Mourinho to cross paths again? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more


Sexual harassment case against Sirajuddoula shifted to tribunal


first_imgSM SirajuddoulaThe case filed against SM Sirajuddoula, principal of Sonagazi Islamia Senior Fazil Madrasa for sexually harassing his student Nusrat Jahan Rafi before burning her to death, was shifted to Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal on Thursday.Feni senior judicial magistrate Zakir Hossain shifted the case fixing 9 July for the next hearing.On Wednesday, the court took cognisance of charges brought against SM Sirajuddoula after Police Bureau of Investigation (PBI) submitted the charge-sheet.The PBI submitted the 271-page charge-sheet 98 days into the sexual harassment of the madrasa girl. A total of 29 people were made witnesses in the case.Meanwhile, night guard M Mostafa of the madrasa testified before the Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal on Thursday in murder case filed over the killing of Nusrat.Tribunal judge Mamunur Rashid fixed 7 July for the next hearing.On 27 March, Sirajuddoula sexually harassed Nusrat in his office. Her mother filed the case against the principal the following day.On 6 April, Nusrat was set afire at an examination centre allegedly by people loyal to the principal after he was arrested and subsequently suspended following the filing of the case.She lost her battle for life on 10 April at Dhaka Medical College Hospital in the capital.last_img read more


Group Nine Media Taps ExGo90 Exec Jeff Siegel as Senior VP of


first_imgGroup Nine Media, parent of digital-media brands Thrillist, the Dodo, Seeker and NowThis, has hired Jeff Siegel as senior VP of distribution.Most recently, Siegel was head of licensing and syndication for Verizon’s Go90, where he oversaw off-platform content licensing and syndication for the ad-supported service’s original programming. Verizon shut down Go90 this summer after the nearly three-year-old initiative failed to gain traction.Sigel, based in the company’s New York headquarters, is responsible for sales and strategy around Group Nine’s intellectual-property library across platforms globally. Siegel will report to Mickey Meyer, chief network and IP management officer; Meyer joined the Discovery-backed company with Group Nine’s acquisition of comedy studio JASH, where he was president/COO. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety center_img “Jeff has extensive national and international media distribution experience and deep expertise in sourcing and negotiating TV and digital content sales and licensing deals with leading global platforms,” Meyer said in a statement. “As we continue to expand Group Nine’s IP library and evolve onto new platforms and into new formats, Jeff’s experience will be invaluable to helping us connect with new and diverse audiences around the world.”Siegel added, “The company’s brands have already built huge audiences of superfans both domestically and abroad, and I Iook forward to helping to continue to expand the audience in new and exciting ways.”Siegel has more than 20 years of experience monetizing digital content globally with a focus on international distribution.At Verizon, Siegel landed Go90’s first international content-licensing deal and advised cross-functional teams on rights, content configuration and assets with an eye toward global distribution. Before joining the telco in March 2017, Siegel was VP, international distribution at Defy Media where he oversaw content monetization for the digital studio outside of the U.S. He previously held distribution roles at FremantleMedia International and Viacom’s MTV Networks, and worked at Cinedigm for seven years.last_img read more


We Could Be 3 Years Away From Secured Connected Cars Automakers Say


first_img 2 min read Before self-driving cars can make their way to the open road, their safety features have to be pretty unimpeachable.While these vehicles are still in the testing stage, preventing accidents — such as a Google driverless car side swiping a bus earlier this week — isn’t the only thing that companies such as Google and Apple have to take into account. They also have to ensure that hackers can’t endanger passengers either.In a recent survey of automakers, suppliers and European drivers said that they anticipate it will take anywhere from one to three years to develop completely secure, connected tech for cars.Related: The Only Thing Scarier Than Self-Driving Cars Are the Hackers Waiting to Attack ThemThe study, commissioned by security company Veracode, also found that of the drivers polled, half reported that they had concerns about data privacy with connected cars, and two thirds said that they would blame the app developers and car manufacturers in the event of a breach.  One of the ways that hackers can gain access to the inner workings of the car — such as the brakes and steering capability — is through the vehicle’s entertainment systems. Veracode Chief Technology Officer Chris Wysopal told Automotive News Europe, “The more you can separate the systems, the more secure it’ll be.” Enroll Now for Free March 4, 2016center_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. Free Workshop | August 28: Get Better Engagement and Build Trust With Customers Nowlast_img read more


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first_imgBreakfast is the last thing guests experience before leaving Relais & Chateaux properties. It is a memorable experience, in which every breakfast bears the indelible mark of the land and loving hands that created it.Enjoying a bowl of fresh fruit served on a sunny patio at an American ranch, savouring flaky pastries in the muted hall of a large Parisian hotel, sipping miso soup in a peaceful Japanese home, eating brunch from a basket brimming with gourmet food as kangaroos hop by in the Australian bush – these are just some of the moments that make holidays unforgettable.Whether showcasing regional products, playing up local flavours or sharing a unique art of living, all of the following 15 Relais & Châteaux properties have passed considerable muster to serve some of the world’s most sought-after breakfasts.Lake Placid Lodge, New York Lake Placid Lodge may sit amid the legendary Adirondack Park mountains and century-old forests, but it also offers its share of surprises. The property is actually known for serving spectacular breakfasts. Travel+Leisure Magazine ranked its delectable pancakes among the 10 best in the country.Every day of the week, the hotel offers tailor-made brunches that satisfy any desire its guests may have. For the cherry on the cake, they can enjoy their breakfast on the patio while taking in the stunning views.The Inn at Dos Brisas, Texas There is so much about the Inn at Dos Brisas ranch for guests to love. Spanning over 120 hectares, it is the perfect destination for anyone who loves the great outdoors. Run by chef Jason Robinson, the property is the perfect location to grow the aromatic herbs, spices and vegetables he uses in his dishes. His amazing breakfast is delivered to the rooms and includes mini-croissants, raspberry muffins hot out of the oven and a delicious homemade granola served with freshly ground coffee. A moment to savour while watching the ranch horses and fields stretching to the horizon.The Louise, Barossa Valley Located in the Barossa wine valley amid shiraz vineyards, you can enjoy breakfast at The Louise in the presence of your private guest suite. The property’s chef uses only fresh local products at the peak of ripeness and creates an array of morning selections from simple fresh squeezed fruit juice, a bounty of house-baked bakery items, to a cast-iron pot of local free-range eggs and pork bursting with flavour. All available at the time of your choosing and delivered to your room, private courtyard or private vineyard view terrace to be savoured in your robe after an indulgent sleep-in.During the months September – May, guests have the option to get up close with some of Australia’s most iconic flora and fauna with a sunrise gourmet picnic breakfast in the beautiful Australian bush. Wander and wonder at the unique native plants, flowers and grasses, then sit down to a delicious breakfast accompanied by sparkling wine and a local ‘mob’ of kangaroos.Wharekauhau Country Estate, FeatherstonRichard Rooney, General Manager of the Wharekauhau property, very proudly serves food made from local ingredients. Chef Marc Soper dreams up dishes based on products grown at neighbouring farms or, better yet, in the property’s kitchen garden. For breakfast, guests are treated to homemade smoked salmon, fried potatoes grown in the garden and wild spinach served with eggs collected that morning. Add in some fruit juices, homemade bread and regional honey, and you have a virtual feast to enjoy outside overlooking a herd of 200 sheep grazing on the Wharekauhau grounds.Kobe Kitano Hotel, Kobe In Kobe’s super-trendy Kitano district lies a spectacular red brick building renowned for serving “the best breakfast in the world”. Chef Hiroshi Yamaguchi learned the ropes at Bernard Loiseau’s property and delights gourmet food-lovers with equal doses of culinary innovation. When guests wake up at the Kobe Kitano Hotel, they can enjoy an energy-packed brunch of freshly squeezed fruit juice, dulce de leche, honey from Hyogo Prefecture and a large assortment of breads and poached eggs made to order. The perfect light meal for wandering through the streets of this wonderfully cosmopolitan city.Il Borro, San Giustino Valdarno Time seems to stand still at this 700-hectare Tuscan property. Il Borro is an ambassador of the art of Italian living and offers guests an unforgettable experience that starts in the kitchen at breakfast time. The chef personally prepares the meal and lays out a generous spread of local products at a “table d’hôtes”. It includes regional salami and cold meats, fine cheeses, jams and organic honey, yogurt and fresh breads. Fruits and vegetables grown on the premises are freshly juiced to make the feast a tad sweeter.Le Chambard, Kaysersberg Chef and owner of Le Chambard Olivier Nasti runs the kitchen and loves featuring regional products. And he never misses an opportunity to introduce them to his guests. At breakfast time, they cannot wait to arrive at the buffet of assorted cheeses, Alsatian meats and homemade smoked salmon. To accompany these local specialties, visitors can choose from thin baguettes, pastries, some legendary kougelhopf or a fruit salad. A note to jam lovers: they also serve a dozen varieties of Maison Ferber jams. Take your pick from the selection in a rustic cupboard. Rhubarb, strawberry, raspberry, apple, quince, citrus, vanilla… Who said choosing was easy?last_img read more


In This Issue   Dollar kicks butt and takes na


first_imgIn This Issue. *  Dollar kicks butt and takes names later after GDP. *  Eurozone flash inflation drops to .4%. *  Canada to print May GDP. *  Urbanization to happen in China! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Safe Haven Buying Fades. Good Day! .  And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! I’m not feeling too much like Tub Thumping right now, but maybe later, if that’s OK? HA! Well, the Dollar Bugs were doing some Tub Thumping yesterday after the 2nd QTR GDP first reading printed.  Cardinals get taken to the woodshed by the Padres, and have you seen the video that’s gone viral of the little girl that breaks down crying when told that her baby brother is going to grow up someday? I think back to my two older sisters, and how they babied me (until the rest of our siblings came along) and see them going through the same emotions. Front and Center this morning, 2nd QTR GDP in the U.S. surprised most observers by printing at a 4% clip! This sent the dollar soaring, against the currencies and metals. It was NOT a case of traders looking under the hood as I was led to believe it would be, and the 4% print immediately brought about visions of sugar plums dancing in the heads of the rate hike campers. It got really ugly for a while, and then things seemed to calm down. This morning, the dollar is still in charge, but the moves are small at this point. So, I missed the GDP number yesterday. Silly me, for I was using the fact that real capital expenditures (capex) has averaged only .8% annually, or hardly one-third of its prior historical rate, and the net investment in real plant and equipment after capital consumption allowances, has actually decline by 20% since 1999-2000, thus ruling out the true measure of future productivity growth, as reasons to believe that GDP would be disappointing.   As my friend Bill Bonner said the other day: “Capital Investment is what lies behind productivity and prosperity. Without it, the economy staggers.”   I guess I wasn’t the only person to miss on the GDP number yesterday. But I might be the only one that you read, so therefore you think I’m a dummy!  And rightly so! But I come by my dumbness honestly. I use logic. So, logically looking at 2nd QTR GDP, could you really get 4% growth out of an economy that saw Retail Sales drudge along. manufacturing slip.  household income decline. Durable Goods remain nascent. and as I state above capex is still non-existent? I didn’t think so, but apparently the Gov’t can. And I have more thoughts on the GDP print, so I won’t beat around the bush here. Well, I guess I was wrong. Recall Yesterday, I told you that I was told that the 2nd QTR GDP report would be a report that traders looked into and didn’t have that knee-jerk reaction to the headline number.  They would be looking for Consumer Spending.  Well, that didn’t happen.  The 2nd QTR GDP first reading printed at +4%, and there was no “looking inside the report”.  Now, before I go on here, let me also remind you that the very first reading of 1st QTR GDP was positive, and we all know where that ended up!  So, don’t take this neon flashing light of a print to heart, for it will change, I’m sure of that, and probably not to the better! So, with no looking inside, the dollar took some mighty swings at the currencies right out of the starting gate on Wednesday, but as the day went along, things seemed to calm down.  but still negative on the day.  One of the things HAD the markets looked into the components of GDP they would have found is that the difference between 2.8% -3.0% that I was looking for, and the 4% that printed was stronger inventory accumulation, which I learned back in economics classes should be viewed as transitory, and therefore this report should NOT be viewed as a signal that the economy is out of the woods just yet. But just because that’s how things should be viewed, doesn’t mean the markets’ traders will see it that way, and if yesterday and the overnight markets are any clue to how they see it, they certainly don’t see it Chuck’s way. (or the “right way”, as I proclaim it to be!) In other news yesterday, the Fed’s FOMC meeting was a non-event, with $10 Billion of bond buying each month slashed moving the total each month to $25 Billion. small potatoes given the size we began with, and the total that has been bought since March 2009, when the first tranche of bond buying (QE) was implemented. The Fed’s balance sheet is now over $4 Trillion, folks. nothing for them to be proud of, and something that given all that I’ve learned about economics through the years, holds true, will end up in tears.  But. I’m beginning to question all that I’ve learned. I know, I shouldn’t question my education in economics, especially the stuff I’ve picked up from the Austrian school of economics, but what IF none of this ends up mattering at all?  Geez Louise, I’ll do the old two-handed economist thing. on one hand I’ll be glad that the economy doesn’t crumble and the dollar doesn’t lose its reserve status, and on the other hand, I’ll have to go back to the drawing board, and learn about why this happened like it did! The Big Boss, and my good friend, Frank Trotter, and Chuck were discussing this idea that we’ll be proven wrong in the end. I guess if I’m going to down on the good ship lollipop, it will be good to take Frank along with me! HA! So. Today. the Eurozone flash inflation reports show that inflation slipped lower to .4% VS the consensus thought of .5%… Do you remember when I used to sing the song about Turning Japanese, yes, I really think so, about the U.S.?  Well, look who’s about to push the U.S. out of the way, and take over the pole position as the country / union that’s most like Japan?  Again, I’m going to go out on a limb, no worries, I’ll pick a big fat one to hold me, and say that deflation is not a bad thing! I have no idea why the Fed and the European Central Bank (ECB) have monster problems with it! The euro fell below the 1.34 figure yesterday, and remains there this morning, as the weaker flash inflation report has the calls for more stimulation by the ECB being yelled from the rooftops this morning. Speaking of Japan. The Japanese yen has begun to spiral downward again. As the “safe haven” buying has faded. Which is something that I just don’t get folks. Well, one thing is that I don’t get that yen is still considered a “safe haven” currency. But two. I just don’t get the safe haven buying fading. That’s also seen in Gold, and Treasuries. Let’s see. We have a commercial airliner shot down, we have the conflict between Ukraine and Russia heating up, not cooling down, we have the fighting in the Middle East ramping up and not slowing down, and we have China continuing to extend its tentacles across the South Seas, not giving two hoots about who they tick off, and the safe haven buying is fading? Give me a Break! Canada will print their May GDP report this morning,  I’m expected better things from the Canadian economy, and hopefully it will start with today’s GDP print! The Canadian dollar / loonie has slipped below 92-cents and doesn’t really look like it wants to rally, but a stronger than expected GDP print could reverse the loonie’s path right now. And as I said earlier this week, about the markets counting their eggs before they’re hatched, the dollar bugs are treating the dollar VS the high yielders of Aussie, New Zealand, Brazil, Russia, and S. Africa, as if the U.S. Fed has already aggressively hiked rates, and those countries did not!  The rate hikes haven’t come, and if you listen to Janet Yellen you should get the feeling that she’s singing the blues about labor, (which she should, for the numbers that have printed are a sham). and interest rates here in the U.S. aren’t going anywhere right now.  And I guess that’s why they call it the blues.  The U.S. Data Cupboard got a workout yesterday, with the ADP Employment Change report for July showing that 218,000 jobs were added in the month. Personal Consumption printed greater than the expectation of 1.9% printing instead at 2.5%, and then the FOMC meeting. Today’s Data Cupboard is confined to printing minor reports. Which is good for it allows everyone to get all geared up for tomorrow’s Jobs Jamboree!   Right now, the experts have the forecast at 231,000 jobs created in July.  Well, let’s see, there is an election coming this fall that will decide whether the President has the backing of Congress for the remainder of his term, nor not. So, given that info. what do you think we’ll be seeing in the form of Jobs reports from here until the end of the year?  Not that I’m accusing the Gov’t of anything, it’ll all be a co-in-qui-dink. I’m just saying. So, as I told you above, Gold was treated as persona non gratis again by investors yesterday. I like to think about these downward moves in the face of all the geopolitical stuff I just talked about above, and think, “that’s OK, they are allowing me to buy a cheaper prices all the time”. But that gets old, quickly in my eye. I’ve got something for you on another metal, Platinum in the next section, so make sure you don’t miss that! Before I head to the Big Finish today, I have to point out something that I heard last week in Vancouver, and have now applied it to something I read yesterday.  First things first. last week, Chris came out from one of the presentations raving about the presenter, who in this case was Robert Friedland, President of Ivanhoe Mining. He talked about urbanization, where people not currently living in cities will be moving into the cities, and with all this urbanization going on in the world, mainly in China and India, the pollution levels will rise, thus putting more pressure on carmakers to come up with more efficient catalytic converters.  And that’s why he was now buying Platinum. OK, that was all fine and dandy, but then a report came across my desk that talked about China’s plans to add 100 million new city residents by 2020, which is about 2% annual growth in urban population.  So, there it was, proof of Friedland’s urbanization!  The report went on to talk about how China will adopt differentiated approaches to push forward what’s being called “hokou” reform.  Another thing came to mind while writing this and it’s different conversations I’ve had with people over the years that kept sending me emails telling me that I was wrong about China, for what were the Chinese going to do with the ghost cities they’ve built?  I would respond by saying, China has a Huge population of people and the Gov’t only needs to make the buildings available to everyone, and there goes the empty house problem!  And now this new reform is going to do just that! WOW!   I Love It When A Plan Comes Together!  But in the end think of this all as good for Platinum and to a lesser degree Palladium! For What It’s Worth. Geez Louise! About 3 weeks ago, I did an interview (first one in a month of Sundays I must say) with Ducascopy TV out of Switzerland. They asked me my thoughts on if the peg to the dollar in Hong Kong was in trouble. I explained that I didn’t think so, as the Hong Kong Gov’t had an agreement that was to last 5 more years on the peg, and in addition, they also had sufficient policy freedom and financial resources to defend the peg. That was my story and I was sticking to it! But then yesterday, my good friend, and fellow newsletter writer, Dennis Miller, sent me a couple of links to stories on how the peg to the dollar in Hong Kong is in trouble. The link is to a story on zerohedge.com where the writer thinks that a $715 Million purchase of dollars to defend the peg by the Hong Kong Monetary Authority (HKMA), which acts as Hong Kong’s Central Bank. Chuck again. Well, you all know me, I have Conspiracy blood flowing through me, but even this one needs more to it for me to think that the honker peg to the dollar is about to end. But let me remind you long time readers, and enlighten the new readers that long ago, I told you how I saw the Chinese dealing with the honker.  I still believe that the peg is going to be dissolved before 5 years is up. I’ve long maintained that China would like to see the peg dropped in the honker, so they can see how the currency reacts to floating, and how a Central Bank works with a floating currency.  After a successful run with a floating honker, China could then allow the renminbi to float, and then within a couple of years, they would fold the honker into the renminbi, and there would be just one currency for China & Hong Kong. I don’t believe that China will be ready for prime time in allowing their currency to float until their capital account opens up even more than it is now. China has gone a long way toward opening their capital account, but still have a ways to go to reach an openness that will allow for them to float the renminbi. To recap. 2nd QTR GDP printed stronger than most expectations at 4%, and the rate hike campers in the U.S. began to buy dollars thinking that this is going to get the Fed to move quicker toward rate hikes. The currencies and metals all got whacked yesterday after the GDP report. Chuck points out a problem in the report, but don’t let that get in the way of a “Happy Story for the U.S. economy”. Eurozone flash inflation drops to .4% from .5%, yes, they’re turning Japanese, I really think so! The high yielders got whacked on the U.S. rate hike thoughts, and Canada will print their May GDP report today, Chuck is looking for a better report. And the safe haven buying is fading. I guess there are no problems in the world going on right now, so that makes sense, right? NOT! Currencies today 7/31/14. American Style: A$ .9295, kiwi .8495, C$ .9165, euro 1.3385, sterling 1.6885, Swiss $1.1000, . European Style: rand 10.6940, krone 6.2780, SEK 6.8890, forint 232.85, zloty 3.1085, koruna 20.5835, RUB 35.54, yen 102.85, sing 1.2475, HKD 7.7500, INR 60.52, China 6.1675, pesos 13.19, BRL 2.2450, Dollar Index 81.47, Oil $99.33, 10-year 2.54%, Silver $20.68, Platinum $1,478.25, Palladium $880.95, and Gold. $1,295.20 That’s it for today. Man, my fat fingers were flying around the keyboard this morning. So, if the letter is too long for your taste, no worries, it won’t be like that every day! Can you believe that today is the last day of July? It seems like just a week or so ago, I was singing Uriah Heep’s song July morning to start the month! WOW! Tomorrow we begin the dog days of August. The weather temperatures here in St. Louis, sure aren’t the normal ones we experience in the dog days of August. A strange year for sure. Spring took forever to get here, and the Hot weather of Summer has never taken hold for more than a couple of days. Strange days indeed. I’m so disappointed with my beloved Cardinals. They’ve only scored 3 runs in the last 3 games, and they go out and trade a coveted minor league hitter for a troubled pitcher. What, What?  That’s crazy folks! There’s a day game today in San Diego, so at least I’ll be able to watch some of the game. But if it starts out looking like last night when they lost 12-1 (how embarrassing!) I won’t worry about it! Well, it’s about time for me get off this buss today, and get this out the door! I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more