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Brutus Buckeye’s Response To The Jim Harbaugh “Views From The 6” Cover Is Tremendous


first_imgHead coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game.ANN ARBOR, MI – APRIL 04: Head coach Jim Harbaugh of the Michigan Wolverines listens in on an offensive huddle during the Michigan Football Spring Game on April 4, 2015 at Michigan Stadium in Ann Arbor, Michigan. (Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images)Shut it down, everyone. The informal contest to see who would come up with the best college football-themed take on Drake’s Views From The 6 cover might be over just a few days in. After Jay Harbaugh put together a pretty good effort featuring his father, Ohio State mascot Brutus Buckeye posted his own version…and yeah, this is pretty mean if you’re a Michigan fan..@BleacherReport ** #VIEWS fro TSUN. **#GoBucks pic.twitter.com/u91EmgEIg0— Brutus Buckeye (@Brutus_Buckeye) April 26, 2016 Considering the score of last year’s game at Michigan Stadium, he probably could’ve left the Parental Advisory sticker in place. It was pretty appropriate.[Bleacher Report]last_img read more


Spooked businesses shift headquarters out of Catalonia


first_imgBARCELONA, Spain – As separatists in Catalonia jockeyed Friday to elude court rulings and find ways to deliver on their promise to declare independence, business giants hit back with plans to relocate their headquarters elsewhere in Spain amid the increasing political uncertainty.Caixabank, Spain’s third lender in global assets, said Friday that it was moving from Barcelona to the eastern city of Valencia, “given the current situation in Catalonia.” It said it wants to remain in the eurozone and under the supervision of the European Central Bank — two things that would not happen if Catalonia did manage to secede.The region’s separatist government has vowed to use a pro-independence victory in a disputed referendum last weekend to go ahead with secession, while calling for Spain’s central government to accept a dialogue.But the government of Spain’s conservative Prime Minister Mariano Rajoy has rejected any negotiations unless the separatists drop their secession bid. Rajoy urged Puigdemont to cancel plans for declaring independence in order to avoid “greater evils.”“In order to dialogue, you must stay within the legal framework,” Spanish cabinet spokesman Inigo Mendez de Vigo told reporters Friday, blaming the secessionists for breaking Spain’s constitutional order.“Coexistence is broken” in Catalonia, he said, warning Catalans that a parliamentary declaration of independence “is not enough” and that the international community needs to recognize independent nations.No country has openly said it would support secession and the European Union says an independent Catalonia would be kicked out of the bloc and forced to stop using the common euro currency. The EU says Catalonia would have to apply to rejoin, a lengthy, uncertain process.The prospect of an exit has sent shivers among business heavyweights, including lender Banco Sabadell and energy giant Gas Natural, who were among the firms to greenlight relocations of their registered address.The companies are moving only their official address and so far that does not affect jobs or investments. It doesn’t, however, send a message of confidence in the government of Catalan regional President Carles Puigdemont.Cava-maker Freixenet and Codorniu, two household names in the region’s famed sparkling wine, are also considering a move.Caixabank’s relocation was possible after central authorities approved a decree allowing executives to bypass shareholder approval for moving a company’s registered address.“It’s very sad what we are seeing,” Economy Minister Luis de Guindos said Friday. “This is the result of an irresponsible policy that is causing uneasiness in the business community.”The prospects for an independence declaration remained up in the air after a constitutional Court suspended a Catalan parliament session next week during which separatist lawmakers wanted to bring up the secession plan.Puigdemont is now set to address the regional parliament on Tuesday “to report on the current political situation” in Catalonia.Regional opposition parties said that Puigdemont will be grilled by lawmakers, without any vote expected. But a lawmaker with the far-left separatist CUP group said pro-independence parties were working on introducing a last-minute vote to declare independence.The Catalan government on Friday submitted to parliament the final results of the Oct. 1 disputed referendum.Spain’s central authorities have deemed the referendum illegal and a constitutional Court suspended it. But the Catalan government has declared a landslide victory for the ‘Yes’ despite the fact that only 43 per cent of the region’s 5.3 million eligible voters turned out amid strong police pressure to shut down the vote.The top Spanish official in Catalonia, Enric Millo, who is in charge of security, said Friday he regretted that hundreds of people were injured Sunday in the police crackdown on the vote — the first statement by a Spanish official lamenting the injuries.“I can only say sorry” for the injuries, Millo told Catalonia’s TV3 television.Yet he tempered the apology by saying the Catalan government was responsible for the situation by encouraging people to vote.Spain has defended police actions, saying there were firm and proportionate, but videos on Sunday saw police yanking people by their hair and kicking and hitting them. Catalan authorities say about 900 people were treated for injuries.In Madrid, Spain’s National Court unconditionally released two senior officers of Catalonia’s regional police force and the leaders of two pro-independence civic groups being investigated for sedition in connection with the referendum. The four are to be questioned again later.The case is linked to Sept. 20-21 demonstrations in Barcelona, when Spanish police arrested several Catalan officials and raided offices in a crackdown on referendum preparations.The four are Catalan police chief Josep Lluis Trapero, Catalan police Lt. Teresa Laplana, Jordi Sanchez, the head of the Catalan National Assembly, and Jordi Cuixart, president of separatist group Omnium Cultural.While Trapero and Sanchez were questioned, Laplana declined to testify for medical reasons and Cuixart refused to testify, saying he didn’t recognize the court’s capacity to question him for a crime he didn’t commit.Carles Campuzano, the spokesman for the Democratic Party of Catalonia, described the hearing Friday as an outrage.“It’s just another expression of the absolutely mistaken, authoritarian, repressive response by the (Spanish) state to the pacific, democratic and civic demand of Catalan society,” he told reporters.___Giles reported from Madrid. Frank Griffiths contributed from London.last_img read more


NAFTA unresolved steel tariffs hanging after Freeland Lighthizer meeting


first_imgWASHINGTON – To hear Chrystia Freeland tell it, NAFTA and steel are like apples and oranges.Canada’s foreign minister is in Washington this week to avert an economic storm that could see Canada sideswiped by crippling U.S. tariffs on imports of steel and aluminum — if President Donald Trump follows through on his latest threat not to extend an exemption for Canada and Mexico which is due to expire Friday.That is on top of the around-the-clock effort by Canada, the United States and Mexico to get a deal on a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement — in time for the current iteration of the U.S. Congress, and ahead of what’s expected to be a turning-point election in Mexico on July 1.Freeland emerged Tuesday from a meeting with U.S. trade czar Robert Lighthizer with the threat of both problems still hovering in the oppressive Washington humidity.She insisted the steel issue remains separate from the renegotiation of NAFTA, a deal that Trump has repeatedly blasted and threatened to rip up.“Canada has said from the outset, this is in our view entirely separate from the NAFTA negotiation,” she said after her two-hour, face-to-face meeting inside the office of the U.S. Trade Representative, the site of intensive NAFTA talks over the last several weeks.American trade analysts say there’s an obvious connection, but Freeland may be downplaying it in an attempt to bargain effectively.“Everything in Trump world is linked, ultimately,” Eric Miller of the Rideau Potomac Strategy Group, said in an interview Tuesday.“In that context Minister Freeland is making a big push for aluminum and steel exemptions,” he added.“The Trump administration could well say we feel we have made enough progress on NAFTA in order to give an exemption to Canada and Mexico.”If Trump follows through with the tariff threat, then it will have been in Freeland’s interest to separate steel from NAFTA to increase the ability to move forward with an agreement on the continental pact later, said Miller.Freeland and Lighthizer continued their discussion later in the day by telephone, and she planned to return to Ottawa on Wednesday morning.Dan Ujczo, an American trade lawyer with Dickinson Wright PLLC, said the main focus on Freeland’s trip has to be securing the steel and aluminum exemption by Friday because NAFTA’s not getting through Congress this year anyway.Many people inside the Washington beltway are betting on Trump offering up a 30-day extension to the exemption, following a past pattern of threats and then, extension. But Ujczo said betting on that this time would be folly.He said Trump has to follow through, otherwise his broader trade agenda with China might suffer.“That leverage from the tariffs only works if you actually demonstrate a willingness to pull the trigger,” he said Tuesday.“The president is deploying that strategy with China. I believe that he may do the same with North America and Europe unless they come to the table with an offer.”In the past, Freeland has said Canada wouldn’t take NAFTA’s demise lightly, and she warned Tuesday that there will be consequences as well if Canada loses its steel and aluminum exemption.“Our government always is very ready and very prepared to respond appropriately to every action. We are always prepared and ready to defend our workers and our industry,” she said.“Canadian steel workers should absolutely know that the government of Canada has their back … We are very clear in making the point, which I think frankly is common sense, that in no way could Canadian steel and aluminum pose a national security threat to the United States.”Mexico was not at Tuesday’s meeting.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has been talking by phone with Trump and Mexican President Enrique Pena Nieto in recent days, despite dwindling hope of reaching a deal on updating NAFTA.Trudeau telephoned U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence on Tuesday to discuss the continental trade agreement and the potential steel and aluminum tariffs, but the Prime Minister’s Office offered no additional details of the call.The rules surrounding autos remain a major NAFTA sticking point, which has left stakeholders and observers alike skeptical that Freeland will be able to accomplish anything substantial during her visit.Freeland said that was a major topic of the conversation with Lighthizer, and remains key to cracking a complex negotiation.“There is definitely a path forward and we are making progress,” Freeland said.“The intense engagements we had both at the ministerial and official level for the past several weeks is evidence of how hard everyone is working on this.”last_img read more


Bank of Canada keeps key interest rate target on hold at 125


first_imgOTTAWA – The Bank of Canada kept its key interest rate target on hold Wednesday, but noted the Canadian economy was a little stronger than expected in the first quarter, raising expectations that rate hikes are coming later this year.The central bank held steady its target for the overnight rate — a key financial benchmark that influences the prime lending rates at the country’s big banks — at 1.25 per cent.However, economists said the Bank of Canada’s decision to drop a reference to remaining “cautious” signalled a more hawkish tone and suggested that the next rate increase would be soon.“All told, the positives seem to outweigh the negatives,” TD Bank senior economist Brian DePratto wrote in a note to clients.“Gone was the reference to ‘caution’ that typified the last few statements. Today’s statement instead chose the term ‘gradual’ to describe the approach to policy adjustments.”The loonie was up 0.74 of a US cent to average 77.54 cents US, thanks largely to the change in the bank’s tone, said Allan Small, a senior investment adviser at HollisWealth.“They did not raise rates this go round, but they basically gave an indication or at least a hint that they still believe that they need to raise interest rates in the future to combat an economy that’s heating up, to combat the fear of inflation.”The Bank of Canada’s next scheduled interest rate decision is set for July 11 when it will also update its outlook for the economy and inflation in its monetary policy report.In announcing its decision Wednesday, the central bank said exports were more robust than forecast as data on imports of machinery and equipment suggest continued recovery in investment, but also pointed to softer real estate activity into the second quarter as the market “continues to adjust to new mortgage guidelines and higher borrowing rates.”“Going forward, solid labour income growth supports the expectation that housing activity will pick up and consumption will continue to contribute importantly to growth in 2018,” it said.The Bank of Canada also said global economic activity remains broadly on track, but added that ongoing uncertainty about trade policies is dampening global business investment and stresses are developing in some emerging market economies.It noted that recent developments have reinforced its view that higher rates will be warranted to keep inflation near its target, but added that it will take a gradual approach and be guided by the economic data.“In particular, the bank will continue to assess the economy’s sensitivity to interest rate movements and the evolution of economic capacity,” it said.Alicia Macdonald, principal economist at the Conference Board of Canada, has been expecting since January that the Bank of Canada will raise its key interest rate in July.She said Wednesday that there’s now a possibility the central bank may also increase the rate in September or October, but that will depend on what happens with the trade talks with the United States and Mexico.“We think there’s reason to still think they might be cautious as they wait for these events to unfold,” she said.Macdonald also said she’ll be watching what happens with the housing market, which she said the Bank of Canada expects to rebound over the rest of this year.“We think that, yes, it won’t be as bad going forward, but we do see the possibility for some continued softness in housing market activity over the next few months and that could weigh on future rate increases,” she said.However, David Watt, HSBC’s chief economist for Canada, said he expects the Bank of Canada to keep its key interest rate on hold for the rest of the year.“In our view, the Bank of Canada’s hawkishness is premature,” he wrote in a report.Watt cited moderate job growth, lacklustre non-energy export growth, ongoing trade policy uncertainty, subdued capital expenditures and signs households are being squeezed by past rate increases and high gasoline prices as reasons the central bank would keep its rate unchanged.The central bank’s decision to keep its trend-setting rate on hold came as inflation sits above the two per cent midpoint of its target range of one to three per cent and core inflation has crept past the two per cent mark for the first time since 2012.It noted that inflation will likely be a bit higher in the near term than was forecast in its April monetary policy report due to recent increases in gasoline prices, but that it will look through the transitory impact of the fluctuations at the pump.The central bank has raised its key rate three times since last summer, increases that have prompted the big Canadian banks to raise their prime rates which are used to set the rates charged for variable-rate mortgages and other variable-rate loans.last_img read more


Where are the drones Amazons customers are still waiting


first_imgJeff Bezos boldly predicted five years ago that drones would be carrying Amazon packages to people’s doorsteps by now.Amazon customers are still waiting. And it’s unclear when, if ever, this particular order by the company’s founder and CEO will arrive.Bezos made billions of dollars by transforming the retail sector. But overcoming the regulatory hurdles and safety issues posed by drones appears to be a challenge even for the world’s wealthiest man. The result is a blown deadline on his claim to CBS’ “60 Minutes” in December 2013 that drones would be making deliveries within five years.David Koenig And Joseph Pisani, The Associated Presslast_img


Japan announces Rs 22 lakh for Kolkata museum


first_imgKolkata: The Japanese government on Monday announced a donation of some Rs 22 lakh ($31,800) to the Rabindra Bharati Museum here in a bid to strengthen historical and cultural ties with India. To refurbish the Japan Gallery of the museum, a MoU will be signed between the Consul General of Japan in Kolkata, Masayuki Taga, and the Vice Chancellor of Rabindra Bharati University, Sabyasachi Basu Ray Chaudhury, on Wednesday. The renovated and refurbished Japan Gallery in the Jorasanko Thakurbari campus of the University will go a long way to commemorate Rabindranath Tagore’s contribution in the Japan-India relations, the statement issued by the University said. Tagore, Asia’s first Nobel Prize recipient, visited Japan in 1916, 1924 and 1929, renewing relations between the countries as India’s leading cultural ambassador.last_img read more


TRUST YOUR GUT


first_imgI’m dating a man I met through a dating site. He’s caring and loves me but I feel he is a miser. Whenever there is a discussion around money, he says, ‘money is not happiness’. I mostly end up paying bills each time. What should I do?D. Sikdar, Kolkata While money is not happiness, it is definitely the key that can open almost all doors of this challenging world. It provides a comfortable life and helps you feel more secure. If your man has an absolutely different vision of the world, then it is better not to waste your valuable time trying to prove otherwise. Many misers preach to their women that money has nothing in common with happiness. This way, they make an attempt to lower their ladies’ sights and impose their concept of happiness. If he is already depending on your wallet, it is a big warning sign. Don’t rush and don’t get carried away. Take time before you decide anything. Good luck! Also Read – Feel what you fear My girlfriend was cheating on me. I know the truth and she is very apologetic now. I love her a lot but don’t know what to do. Please tell me, should I forgive her? Manu Singh, New Delhi Please forgive her if your inner voice is prompting you to do so. Trust your guts. If you feel that letting her go will be the biggest mistake of your life, maybe it will be a wrong idea. If you feel that she is sincerely sorry and you believe that this was a one-time thing, maybe it’s worth trying to stay together to work out a solution. Breaking up with someone you still love is not necessarily the best option, especially if she still claims to love you. Give her a chance and love her even more. Best of luck! Also Read – Homecoming I am divorced. My parents are insisting on remarriage. I really don’t want to mess my life again. I’m 36+. How do I tell my parents to stop worrying? K. Jha, Noida Getting remarried doesn’t indicate ‘mess’. There are too many people around who are happily settled after a bad fallout in their life. It is most important to find a partner who matches your expectations. Someone who will understand your mind and help you overcome the agony of your past. As parents, they are not incorrect in expecting your happiness – but get married only when you think you are ready. I wish you the very best. There is someone in my life. But I’m not sure whether she is the one for me. How does one actually decide on the right partner? Name withheld You have to analyse your relationship. If the majority applies to you, keep her in your life. You’re happy when she’s around. Her absence leaves a void. You know each other’s families. If you’re familiar with her siblings and parents, you’re good to go. Secret relationships may be fun, but anything lasting means you’re joining the family. You are yourself. You are not afraid to tell her your secrets. You can be relaxed and comfortable as you are. You communicate. A healthy relationship is dependent upon communication. Being open, honest, and talk with each other without fear. There is little to no drama. If your relationship feeds off the daily drama, someone is going to crack and it will not last long. You have balance. Find that balance between having both your own lives and being a part of each other’s. You are learning. If you are not learning or growing, then maybe she isn’t the one. You have the same goals. If you both want the same things, share the same ideals and want the same results, you will find success together. She makes the effort to be around you. A one-sided relationship will never work. Both sides need to be interested for a relationship to flourish. You feel safe. If you are continually doubting your partner, seek safety elsewhere. The healthiest relationships are the ones where both feel at home. (Send your questions to roopshashotm@gmail.com)last_img read more


At Least All These Tommy John Surgeries Arent Rotator Cuff Surgeries


No pitcher’s elbow seems safe anymore. Earlier in spring training, Yu Darvish, the perennial Cy Young contender and ace of the Texas Rangers staff, had Tommy John surgery. A week later, promising Mets pitcher Zach Wheeler was under the knife. Those guys are part of a proud lineage of phenoms whose elbows couldn’t withstand the crazy forces of pitching a baseball every five days. In the past five years, 299 major and minor league pitchers have had Tommy John surgery.1According to data collected by sabermetrician Jon Roegele. The epidemic — or whatever you want to call it — isn’t over yet.But beneath the scary headlines and the relentless drumbeat of crisis, there’s a silver lining to this rash of pitcher injuries: Having a bum elbow sure beats having a bum shoulder. Despite all the Tommy John surgeries, we’re living in a golden era of pitcher health.It’s hard not to be anxious about a crisis when you look at data about just how many ulnar collateral ligaments are being repaired through Tommy John surgery. The number of surgeries in the past 10 years is 115 percent higher than it was the 10 years prior.That’s a huge spike, yes, but the intriguing thing is what’s happened as those elbows have flared up: Shoulders haven’t. Using data from Baseball Prospectus’s injury archive (maintained by Corey Dawkins), we can chart the escalating number of elbow surgeries over the past 35 years against the number of shoulder surgeries2This graph looks at all levels of baseball (major and minor leagues) from 1981 onward.: Right around 1998, the two paths diverge, and in recent years, shoulder surgeries are down.3I believe credit for noticing this trend goes to sabermetrician Jeff Zimmerman. After a peak in 2009, when more than 40 operations were performed, shoulder surgeries seem to be fading toward extinction, with only 12 in 2014. Some have attributed the decrease in shoulder injuries to improved shoulder exercises. This explanation is consistent with the fact that shoulder injuries have disappeared for position players, as well.The decreasing trend in shoulder problems matters because shoulder surgeries are more debilitating than the now-routine Tommy John. Whereas about 80 percent of major league pitchers in my data set4The recovery rate is in agreement with other estimates from experts such as Dr. Glenn Fleisig. returned from UCL reconstruction to pitch in the majors, only 67 percent came back from shoulder surgeries. (From here on out, I’m examining only the pitchers who were major leaguers at the time of their surgery.) Whether because of recency bias or some other factor, we tend to forget once-great throwers like Johan Santana, Brandon Webb, and Kerry Wood, all of whose careers were cut short because of shoulder ailments. Wood, in particular, is an instructive example. He came back from Tommy John early in his career only to be done in by a rotator cuff surgery several years later.There are, of course, pitchers who never make it back from Tommy John, and if you are a Rangers fan, or simply a connoisseur of great pitching (as I am), even a 20 percent risk of Darvish never returning seems drastically high. But not all pitchers are the same. Using logistic regression, I examined how the risk of failing to return after UCL reconstruction varies by the characteristics of the specific pitcher in question.Starting pitchers are more likely to make it back than relievers, for example. I found that 90 percent of starters returned from Tommy John surgery, versus 74 percent of relievers. In addition, the better a pitcher is before his stint on the DL (measured by his strikeouts and walks per nine innings), the more likely he is to recover.How healthy that pitcher is before his surgery also matters. The longer the injury history, the less likely he is to successfully recuperate. All parts of a pitcher’s arm are connected in a kinetic chain. Because the pitching motion is so stressful on an arm, a problem at one end of the chain can weaken another end of it. Take Joel Zumaya, the fire-breathing reliever for the 2006 Detroit Tigers who never made it back from Tommy John. Zumaya had a long injury history, including problems in his hand, wrist, elbow and shoulder. No one can say with certainty which part of his arm was the one that ruined his chances of being a major league pitcher. Darvish, on the other hand, is a relatively healthy starting pitcher with excellent strikeout and walk numbers. He should be counted as among the most likely to make it back to MLB.There’s a pessimism that follows any pitcher to the DL — that even if he does return, he will never attain his former abilities again. There’s some merit to that: While many pitchers return to their former levels of performance, some seem to lose a measure of their ability. Francisco Liriano never again matched the 10.7 strikeouts per nine innings he put up in his rookie season, which was followed by elbow surgery. But for every Liriano, there’s an Adam Wainwright, the Cardinals ace. He averaged 8.3 K/9 in the year before his surgery and posted an identical 8.3 K/9 the year after.When I looked more generally at the historical record of pitchers who had undergone Tommy John, I found that there was an evident decline in their performance. However, it was not nearly as bad as the one that followed shoulder surgeries. Shoulder problems reduce strikeouts and increase walks, both to greater degrees than similarly severe problems to a pitcher’s elbow:Tommy John recipients barely saw their strikeouts drop at all. On average, strikeouts declined by 0.06 K/9 following Tommy John surgery. Contrast that with the sufferers of shoulder surgery, who saw a substantial (and much greater) average drop in K/9 of 0.37. That’s a 5 percent decrease for those pitchers.There was a 0.18 increase in walks per nine innings (BB/9) for the Tommy John recipients, but a greater 0.33 increase in BB/9 for the shoulder surgery recipients.There’s one other noticeable effect of these surgeries: Pitchers pitch less when they come back. Both types of pitcher injuries seem to lead to a decrease in innings pitched in the three years after the surgery relative to the years before. But, again, shoulder surgeries appear to be worse than elbow surgeries.Pitchers who underwent UCL reconstruction saw their number of innings pitched decline by an average of about 53 innings in the three years following their return — no small margin. In contrast, pitchers who underwent shoulder surgery experienced a much greater decrease, notching more than 134 fewer innings.All this means that there are tons of players getting Tommy John surgery, but that’s not the worst fate for a pitcher these days. Darvish is very likely to return, likely to strike out nearly as many guys per game as he once did, but likely to do it in fewer innings. Rangers fans, you can stop worrying about Darvish’s elbow. Just keep praying his shoulder holds up. read more


Should The NBA Move The 3Point Line Back


More: Apple Podcasts | ESPN App | RSS | Embed Welcome to the latest episode of Hot Takedown, FiveThirtyEight’s sports podcast. On this week’s show (March 1, 2016), we look at why basketball’s old-timers have come out against the Golden State Warriors and Stephen Curry, we ask whether Mark Cuban is right that the NBA should look into moving the 3-point line back, and we wonder if the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Gerrit Cole deserves a higher salary. Plus, a significant digit on how 3-point fever is taking over high school basketball.Stream the episode by clicking the play button above, or subscribe using one of the podcast clients we’ve linked to. Links to what we discussed are here:Ian Levy breaks down just how good Curry’s season has been.On Bill Simmons’s podcast, Kirk Goldsberry advocates for a unique solution to basketball’s supposed 3-point problem.ESPN’s J.A. Adande says Oscar Robertson will never understand Curry.Rob Arthur explains why baseball’s best players are only getting younger.Maybe baseball needs a safety net for younger players, says Fangraphs’ Dave Cameron.Significant Digit: 39. That’s the percentage increase in 3-point attempts between the high-school 3-point attempt leader in 2004-05 and the leader in 2015-16.Here is a video of that leader, Ashtyn “Syrup” Bradley, shooting bombs for his high school team. His true shooting percentage this season is 57.4 percent. Embed Code If you’re a fan of our podcasts, be sure to subscribe on Apple Podcasts and leave a rating/review. That helps spread the word to other listeners. And get in touch by email, on Twitter or in the comments. Tell us what you think, send us hot takes to discuss and tell us why we’re wrong. Hot Takedown read more


Is Garry Kasparov Too Old To Dominate Chess Again


Garry Kasparov, a former world chess champion and probably the best player ever to play the game, has come out of retirement and returned to competitive chess. He has suited up for this week’s Saint Louis Rapid & Blitz, a 10-player round-robin tournament that consists of relatively speedy games and features some scarily strong competition. Four of the 10 competitors are in the world’s top 10.The chess world was abuzz with news of the return; Kasparov hasn’t played competitively since 2005. But the open question was how well he could perform against the young guns across the table. Kasparov is 54 years old, after all. To get some insight into how chess skill might decline with age, I downloaded the most recent FIDE rating list, from the beginning of August. This lists ranks all the players registered with the game’s international governing body according to their Elo rating.1These lists are currently published monthly; they were published quarterly in earlier years. The end result was a data set with more than 280,000 players and their respective ratings. These are all the players currently rated by FIDE, although some of them, such as Kasparov, are flagged as “inactive,” meaning that they haven’t played a rated game in a year or more. (To estimate a given player’s age, we subtracted his or her birth year from 2017.) The result is shaped like a large floating apostrophe of mortality. After a steep increase in players’ early years (youth is wasted on the young), the estimated trend in ratings peaks just after age 38, before beginning a long, slow, irreversible and depressing decline (kinda like real life).But when the ratings are plotted this way, Kasparov’s outlier status becomes clear — his most recent rating, established before he retired in 2005, is 2812. If he were active in classical chess tournaments, that’d put him second in the world, behind the current world champion, Magnus Carlsen, who is 26.Another former world champion, Vladimir Kramnik, who defeated Kasparov for the title in 2000, noted in a 2015 interview that he was in his mid-20s at the time. “In fact, chess is a game for the young,” he said.As I write, Kasparov is near the bottom of the pack in St. Louis, with five draws and a loss through his first six games. Ian Nepomniachtchi, a 27-year-old Russian grandmaster, is in first place.After the first day of play, Kasparov retweeted the following: read more


Skippings leading independents into 2016 General Elections


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 26 Jan 2015 – Disgruntled PDMs and PNPs and PPPs are reportedly who will compile a slate of candidates of independents in time for the 2016 General Elections in the Turks and Caicos Islands. Explained initially on radio and then in a newspaper article featured in the Turks and Caicos Weekly News. The stunning headline reads: ‘Skippings is Back’ and the report allows the former People’s Democratic Movement Party leader and former Chief Minister to say that and I quote: “Our intention is to contest the election – we can do that as an independent group collectively and if it becomes necessary we will form a party.” The politician who gave up leadership of the PDM after an unsuccessful bid on the national ticket as an at large 2012 General Election candidate says the group will determine if he runs with intent on becoming Premier of the country. In the lead up to the last run off, Oswald Skippings dubbed himself a national politician and ran at large securing 2,902 votes and placing eighth of 12; not among the first five At Large candidates who would go on to become House of Assembly representatives. It begs the question, since the electorate so recently demonstrated insufficient support of his candidacy, what has given Oswald Skippings the confidence to return to the fray? The preacher and veteran politician told the publication: “I was called on and call out by a whole lot of people who are hurting…” His PDM party has issued no formal comment on this new development. Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’ Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Related Items:general election, oswal skippings, Pdm, pnp, ppp Recommended for youlast_img read more


Budget cuts hurt but necessary says TCI Deputy Premier in parliamentary debate


first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes #tcibudgetdebate2018  #hurricaneirma  #hurricanemaria  #seanastwood Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppGrand Turk, Turks and Caicos Islands – February 7, 2018 – Budget cuts to accommodate new spending demands were painful as government projects and departments had to fiscally re-calibrate in order to accommodate important costs associated with repatriation of illegal migrants and the September 2017 hurricanes.Deputy Premier, Hon Sean Astwood aimed to roll back the curtain on what was happening behind the scenes as the PDM Administration led the re-organization of the already passed 2017-2018 National Budget.The Government has been heavily criticized as having had a slow response to reconstruction in the aftermath of the ferocious storms.  However, the Deputy Premier, also the Border Control Minister disagrees with that characterization.“We have heard how this country has bounced back to our new normalcy in record time, and we have also heard how many – not just the political opposite – but many have tried to discredit the works of this Government and our direct involvement in making sure that persons who can now sit at home in the comforts of air condition, who can now pick up their mobile cell phones and WhatsApp any derogatory criticism or comment that they may decide to make – I would like for all of them to stop for just one second Mr.  Speaker and take a full assessment of what it took to restore such comforts back to them.”Almost four months to the day of the dismal encounter all of the Turks and Caicos Islands with Hurricane Irma, the Border Control Minister during House of Assembly debate on the changes to the budget, shared his experience while visiting another territory smashed by Irma:  Antigua and Barbuda.  Barbuda was so badly damaged in the historic hurricane, which measured well above 200 mph wind speeds, that it remains evacuated, completely inhabitable.“Two weeks ago I went to Antigua and Barbuda for a Summit on 21st Century Governance.  Mr. Speaker the island of Barbuda is still a disaster zone. One cannot enter the island without direct government permission because of the current state of that island.  Yet we here in the Turks and Caicos, we moan and we groan when the wind don’t blow, when the sun is too hot, when it rains the extra day, when the phone calls drop for a second, Mr. Speaker, we ought to be careful.  This supplementary is a response to all that I have just mentioned, it is a response of this Government to set new priorities to deal with the new realities.”Hon Astwood said the Supplementary, which includes a $600,000 increase to his Ministry for illegal migrant repatriation expenditure is a response to the needs of the country, evidence that the PDM Administration is paying attention and rightly responding to hurricane reconstruction and border protection.“My same ministry would have gotten cuts in other areas and it hurts… to lose even a dollar we don’t want to lose it but we understand the needs and overall objective of the Ministry of Finance.  We know they did not just sit down and arbitrarily decide to get rid of a project, to cut spending by ‘x’ percentage that is not an easy decision to make.  I don’t think that the Premier, her PS or anybody, the Budget Director – anyone sits down having a good time in that exercise.  So for persons to characterize this as some simple exercise, some ‘willy-nilly’ approach to governance where decisions are being made that affects the lives of our people, Mr. Speaker I don’t understand how anyone could think that’s a trivial matter that somehow the politics of things is more important than the lives of our people….  Mr. Speaker this supplementary is no politics.”The Deputy further exposed that there were professional rows between ministers, permanent secretaries and departments as the country re-prioritised spending to pay for three exceptional areas of expense, namely:  hurricane Irma and Maria clean up, overage in health care abroad costs and the budget busting repatriation of illegal migrants.“I am sure the Permanent Secretary of Finance was hearing from other PSes that, ‘you can’t so that, you can’t take this from me!’ because that is what Ministers were saying to the Premier, you can’t take this from me, I need that.  But collectively Mr. Speaker, with prudent leadership and a focus on where this country is now and where it needs to go we are here today in full support of the premier and her ministry of this Supplementary.”Deputy Premier Astwood wrapped up his contribution on with a declaration of support of the proposed budgetary changes, making the statement that the PDM Administration is not only working hard, but producing.“This supplementary is a short term measure to get us through the rest of this financial year and I commend the Premier and her staff for doing a good job.”The Budget Supplementary passed through the Turks and Caicos House of Assembly on Tuesday February 6, 2018 on the eve of the four month anniversary of Hurricane Irma.center_img Related Items:#magneticmedianews, house of assembly, Pdm, sean astwood TCI Premier blasts Opposition side for “slop” information, sets it straight in HOA Only Doug and Ralph and Ruth can fit, that’s whylast_img read more


Rep Duncan D Hunter and wife indicted for converting campaign funds and


first_imgFederal Bureau of Investigation AGENCY Rep. Duncan D. Hunter and wife indicted for converting campaign funds and falsifying campaign finance records *The charges and allegations contained in an indictment or complaint are merely accusations, and the defendants are considered innocent unless and until proven guilty. Updated: 10:22 PM FacebookTwitter 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (AP) — U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife were indicted Tuesday on federal charges that they used more than $250,000 in campaign funds for personal expenses that ranged from groceries to golf trips and lied about it in federal filings, prosecutors said.Hunter, a Republican, and his wife Margaret Hunter were named in a 48-page indictment filed in San Diego federal court.The indictment alleges the money was taken between 2009 and 2016. It says the couple concealed the misuse by falsifying campaign finance records, claiming the expenses as campaign-related.FILE – In this April 7, 2011 file photo, U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., center, speaks during a news conference on Capitol Hill. A federal grand jury in California on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, has indicted Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)“Throughout the relevant period, the Hunters spent substantially more than they earned,” the indictment said. “They overdrew their bank account more than 1,100 times in a 7-year period resulting in approximately $37,761 in ‘overdraft’ and ‘insufficient funds’ bank fees.”Asked for comment about the indictment, a representative for Hunter sent an Aug. 6 letter from Hunter’s attorney, Gregory A. Vega, to U.S. Deputy Attorney General Rod J. Rosenstein asking him to postpone the indictment.Vega contended that there was a “rush to indict” after a two-year grand jury investigation.There was “politically motivated” pressure to wrap up the investigation in order to tarnish Hunter before the general election after he handily won a June primary, Vega contended.Hunter, 41, an early supporter of President Donald Trump, won a fifth term in 2016 representing a heavily Republican San Diego-area district. His father represented the area for many years in Congress.The House Ethics panel had investigated allegations that Hunter improperly used campaign funds to pay for tens of thousands of dollars in personal expenses, such as trips to Hawaii and Italy and tuition for Hunter’s children.The panel said in March that it was delaying the inquiry at the request of the Justice Department.His lawyers said in 2017 that Hunter and his wife repaid the campaign about $60,000.Hunter’s office said at the time that one of the charges he repaid was a $600 fee for flying a pet bunny with his family. There was no intent to stick donors with the cost, Hunter spokesman Joe Kasper said at the time. The congressman used airline miles to pay for his family’s travel and there was an assumption that bringing along the rabbit would not incur an extra charge, Kasper told The Associated Press.When Hunter found out his campaign had paid for the rabbit’s transport, he paid back the money as part of more than $60,000 in other questionable charges, Kasper said.Kasper pointed to the rabbit expense as an example of overreach by the congressional ethics office.FILE – In this Jan. 5, 2011, file photo, House Speaker John Boehner of Ohio, left, administers the House oath to Rep. Duncan Hunter, R-Calif., as his wife, Margaret, looks on during a mock swearing-in ceremony on Capitol Hill in Washington. A federal grand jury in California on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2018, has indicted U.S. Rep. Duncan Hunter and his wife on corruption charges. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)_____________________________________________________________________________________Duncan D. Hunter’s campaign and his Attorney have issued the following statement in response to the indictments:Prosecutors in Hunter case attended Hillary Clinton fundraiser prior to pushing for prosecution of first Rep. to endorse TrumpThe U.S. Department of Justice has been requested to recuse two Assistant U.S. Attorneys from the investigation of US Rep Duncan L. Hunter.  The request was made in a letter to Brian A. Benezkowski, Assistant Attorney General.The request was made by Gregory A. Vega, the former United  States Attorney for the Southern District of California, a Democrat.“I do not write this letter lightly, states Mr. Vega, who then goes on to detail the attendance at then candidate Hillary Clinton’s Presidential campaign in La Jolla, California by First Assistant  U.S. Attorney Alana Robinson and Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily W. Allen.“Questions must be asked, including why were they in attendance having not made contributions, why were they at the event during work hours and did not take annual leave to attend?  Even if there are benign explanations, it is only logical to conclude that they attended primarily because they wanted to be at an intimate event with candidate Clinton, show their support for her candidacy and have an opportunity to meet her”, stated Vega, noting that the event required $1000.00 contributions and that the two prosecutors were accorded VIP treatment in having pictures taken with candidate Clinton, which required $2700.00 contributions.“Their subsequent conduct calls into question the impartiality of the investigation of Congressman Hunter and at a minimum creates the appearance of a conflict of interest”, continues Vega.The fund-raiser occurred August 27, 2015 in San Diego, Ca. according to Mr. Vega who states further,        “Within months of the fund-raiser, on February 24, 2016, Congressman Duncan D. Hunter became the first sitting member of Congress to publicly endorse the candidacy of Donald J. Trump for President. The investigation of Congressman Hunter by the United States Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of California began shortly after his public endorsement of candidate Trump. Even more troubling than an investigation having begun is the fact that within weeks of Alana Robinson becoming the Acting US Attorney for the Southern District of California on January 5, 2017, and one month after President Trump’s inauguration, federal search warrants were executed on Congressman Hunter’s home, Congressional office, storage locker and the offices of his campaign treasurer during the week of February 22, 2017.  Assistant U.S. Attorney Emily Allen and Acting U.S. Attorney Alana Robinson were intimately involved in the decision to seek the execution of the search warrants.”Vega continues:“The United States Attorney’s Manual provides that when a United States Attorney becomes aware of an actual or apparent conflict of interest that could require a recusal and the “CONFLICT OF INTEREST EXISTS OR THERE IS AN APPEARANCE OF A LOSS OF IMPARTIALITY’, the United States Attorney must notify the General Counsel of the Executive Office of the United States Attorneys. USAM 3-1.140.”“Here the appearance of the loss of impartiality cannot be clearer”, Vega states.“The former Acting U.S. Attorney and the Assistant U.S. Attorney actively investigating Congressman Hunter both attended a fundraiser for candidate Clinton during working hours and shortly thereafter were involved in initiating an investigation of the first Congressman to endorse candidate Trump. These facts alone warrant recusal”, continued Vega, the former U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of CaliforniaVega continues, warning that a late indictment of Hunter which is being pushed by Robinson and Allen with only  3 months to go before the election and almost two years since they seized his records “reflects a loss of impartiality and appears to be an effort to de-rail Congressman Hunter’s re-election in the November 6, 2018 election.”To date, no recusals have taken place.________________________________________________________________________________________________Duncan D. Hunter’s Attorney letter to Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein can be read here.The official press release from Office of the United States Attorney Southern District of California details the charges and can be read below.U.S. Rep. Duncan D. Hunter and his wife, Margaret E. Hunter, were indicted by a federal grand jury today on charges that they converted more than $250,000 in campaign funds to pay for personal expenses and filed false campaign finance records with the Federal Election Commission.A 48-page indictment details scores of instances beginning in 2009 and continuing through 2016 in which the Hunters illegally used campaign money to pay for personal expenses that they could not otherwise afford.  The purchases included family vacations to Italy, Hawaii, Phoenix, Arizona, and Boise, Idaho; school tuition; dental work; theater tickets; and domestic and international travel for almost a dozen relatives. The Hunters also spent tens of thousands of dollars on smaller purchases, including fast food, movie tickets, golf outings, video games, coffee, groceries, home utilities and expensive meals.To conceal their personal spending, the Hunters mischaracterized the purchases in FEC filings as “campaign travel,” “dinner with volunteers/contributors,” “toy drives,” “teacher/parent and supporter events,” “gift cards” for charitable donations, and “gift basket items,” among other false descriptions. Family dental bills paid with campaign funds were characterized as a charitable contribution to “Smiles for Life.” Theater tickets were mischaracterized as “holiday gift certificates.”  Tickets for the family to see Riverdance at the San Diego Civic Theater became “San Diego Civic Center for Republican Women Federated/Fundraising.”  And to disguise their children’s tuition payments to Christian Unified Schools in El Cajon, the Hunters provided a number of conflicting explanations, including that the payments were charitable contributions.The Hunters’ improper use of campaign funds for personal expenses occurred despite numerous warnings about the prohibition against using campaign funds for personal expenses and repeated inquiries from Duncan Hunter’s campaign treasurer about questionable purchases. According to the indictment, the Hunters knew that many of their desired purchases could be made only by using campaign funds, since they did not otherwise have sufficient personal funds to pay for their purchases.  The criminal investigation began in June of 2016, two months after the Federal Election Commission and the San Diego Union-Tribune questioned some of Hunter’s campaign expenses as potentially personal.“The indictment alleges that Congressman Hunter and his wife repeatedly dipped into campaign coffers as if they were personal bank accounts, and falsified FEC campaign finance reports to cover their tracks,” said U.S. Attorney Adam Braverman. “Elected representatives should jealously guard the public’s trust, not abuse their positions for personal gain.  Today’s indictment is a reminder that no one is above the law.”The Hunters are scheduled to be arraigned on the indictment on Thursday at 10:30 a.m. before U.S. Magistrate Judge William V. Gallo. They are charged with Conspiracy to Commit Offenses Against the United States, Wire Fraud, Falsification of Records and Prohibited Use of Campaign Contributions.This case was investigated by the San Diego Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and is being prosecuted by Assistant United States Attorneys Phillip Halpern, Emily Allen and Mark Conover.  The United States Attorney’s Office would like to thank the Department of Justice’s Public Integrity Section, Election Crimes Branch for their assistance in this matter.DEFENDANTS                                            Case Number 18cr3677                                Duncan D. Hunter                                           Age: 41                       Alpine, CAMargaret E. Hunter                                         Age: 43                       Alpine, CA AP center_img August 21, 2018 Conspiracy to Commit Offenses Against the United States – Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 371Wire Fraud – Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 1343Falsification of Records – Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 1519Prohibited Use of Campaign Contributions – Title 52 U.S.C., Secs. 30109(d) and 30114(b)Aiding and Abetting – Title 18, U.S.C., Sec. 2 AP, SUMMARY OF CHARGES Categories: Local San Diego News, Politics Tags: Duncan D. Hunter Posted: August 21, 2018last_img read more


Shark sighting prompts Oceanside beach closure


first_img Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Updated: 4:37 PM Posted: November 9, 2018 KUSI Newsroom center_img November 9, 2018 OCEANSIDE (KUSI) – A spate of sightings of a roughly 12-foot shark near Oceanside Municipal Pier Friday afternoon prompted a temporary closure of a two-mile stretch of beach in the area.Fishermen on boats began spotting the sea predator 100 to 500 yards from shore about 12:30 p.m., city lifeguard Sgt. Gregory Trebbe said. Soon, about a half-dozen sightings had been reported.As a public-safety precaution, lifeguards cleared everyone out of the surf a mile to the north and south of the pier, made announcements to beachgoers about the closure and posted signs along the shoreline in the affected area.On the rare occasions when sharks are sighted off the coast of Oceanside, they “are typically just passing through our waters,” posing no active threats to swimmers and surfers, Trebbe noted.“Barring any other reports or incidents, the water will reopen (Saturday) morning,” he said.It was unclear what type of shark was cruising in the area. Shark sighting prompts Oceanside beach closurelast_img read more


Escondido couple escapes serious injury after tree falls on their home


first_img Posted: February 15, 2019 February 15, 2019 KUSI Newsroom, Escondido couple escapes serious injury after tree falls on their home KUSI Newsroom 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsESCONDIDO (KUSI)- An Escondido family escaped injury after a tree came crashing down into their home overnight. This happened at a home on Jesmond Drive around 3 this morning. A man and his pregnant wife were asleep when the tree tore through the roof of their bedroom.Both managed to get out safely. Fire crews were called-in to survey the damage.The tree destroyed an outside shed, and uprooted an electrical box. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


Elite team of US Navy SEALS ordered home from ISIS fight due


first_img KUSI Newsroom Updated: 9:55 PM Posted: July 24, 2019 SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – An elite team of Navy Seals was ordered an early redeployment after “a perceived deterioration of good order and discipline” that made the military Commander lose “confidence in the team’s ability to accomplish the mission.”“The commander of the Special Operations Joint Task Force Operation Inherent Resolve (in Iraq) ordered the early redeployment of a SEAL Team platoon to San Diego due to a perceived deterioration of good order and discipline within the team during non-operational periods,” US Special Operations Command said in a statement Wednesday.A US Defense Department official close to the situation noted the rare case of early redeployment for a SEAL Team platoon, is due to allegations regarding consumption of alcohol during downtime. Consumption of alcohol is a violation of general orders given to troops in overseas campaigns. KUSI Newsroom, center_img Elite team of US Navy SEALS ordered home from ISIS fight due to alleged misbehavior July 24, 2019 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more


US News World Report Becomes Latest Mag on Kindle


first_imgU.S. News & World Report has become the latest magazine to be distributed on the Amazon Kindle.The title joins 15 other titles available on the digital reader, including Newsweek, Time, the Atlantic and Slate.The news comes a week after the title announced its plans to shift from a weekly to bi-weekly frequency starting in 2009. U.S. News’ ad pages fell about 37.5 percent and ad revenue dropped 34.8 percent during the first quarter, according to Publishers Information Bureau figures.last_img


Kentucky Seeks Consultants to Assess States Cybersecurity Aerospace Industries


first_img Dan Cohen AUTHOR The commonwealth of Kentucky is seeking two economics and analytics consultants to study the cybersecurity, and aerospace, aviation and defense industries in the state. Each of the studies — made possible through assistance from DOD’s Office of Economic Adjustment — will determine the economic impact of the subject industries and provide recommendations for continued growth at the local, regional and state levels. Additionally, the consultants will make recommendations concerning industry sector opportunities, workforce development, education and enabling legislation, among other requirements. The aerospace, aviation and defense study requires an interactive, web-based product with mobile-friendly attributes that visualizes the results of each area of interest. It will provide associated supply chain maps, as well as educational centers, and allow for rapid retrieval and download of relevant data, charts, maps and graphs. The commonwealth released the two RFPs April 8 on the state procurement website. Bid proposals are due May 6 (cybersecurity) and May 12 (aerospace, aviation and defense). For questions on RFP bid submissions, please contact Holly Callaghan, (502) 564-4932, Holly.Callaghan@ky.gov. last_img read more


LETTER TO THE EDITOR Resident Concerned Over Taxes Town Debt Is Voting


first_imgTo the Residents of Wilmington,I urge all of you to vote on April 27th.I am voting for Suzanne Sullivan and Rob Fasulo to fill the two three-year Selectman (or Select Board) seats. This is a critical election for all Wilmington residents with three of the five positions open. The town needs Board members who possess strong leadership, critical decision-making and encourage transparency at every level of Town Hall. Rob and Suzanne check all those boxes for me.Excessive taxation of Wilmington residents is my personal hot-button. The website Zillow.com tracks tax history. From 2008 to 2018 our taxes increased by 75.4% to $7,941. Based on the answers given during the Candidates Night at WCTV.org (Free Cash), I was curious to see what our current Board of Selectman are paying in taxes, and I am disappointed to report that three of the four Board members are below the 2018 average single-family tax bill of $6,335.69. So, when your tax bill does not rise in proportion with the rest of the town, I see why you miss the point that taxes are too high. We need Board members who recognize that filling up the Free Cash coffers is not in the best interests of this town, especially when it is not being used to pay down the ever-rising $197.5M debt.If you know about the $84.9M debt that Wilmington owes the town workers retirement fund by 2040, and the additional $112.6M for Other Post-Employment Benefits “OPEB” then count yourself among the handful of people who realize that “over the next three decades an average family of four would have to pay more than $30,000 in taxes” according to the Massachusetts Municipal Association. Town Manager, Jeff Hull, feels that a $1M annual contribution is a generous allocation in our budget, even though our expenses for OPEB just increased $7.8M in one year. We need Board members who will fight for the town workers’ benefits and approve a budget that will give taxpayers a chance to meet the obligations that have been accumulating for decades.On April 27th I urge you all once again to vote for Suzanne Sullivan and Rob Fasulo.Geoffrey WoodLike Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedLETTER TO THE EDITOR: If You Want Change, Vote Fasulo & Sullivan For SelectmenIn “Letter To The Editor”LETTER TO THE EDITOR: New Resident Calls For Change, Supports Fasulo & Sullivan For SelectmenIn “Letter To The Editor”A VOTER’S GUIDE To Selectman Candidate Rob FasuloIn “Government”last_img read more


NOW HIRING 10 New Job Openings In Wilmington


first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below are some of the newest job openings in Wilmington:Full-Time Sales Associate at Verizon WirelessFull-Time Safety Manager at Crystal WarehouseFull-Time Customer Service & Inside Sales Representative at Scully Signal CompanyPart-Time Summer Help Warehouse Associate at NAPA Auto PartsFull-Time Skilled Laborer at Cam’s Demolition & DisposalFull-Time/Part-Time Crew Members & Shift Leaders at Dunkin’ DonutsFull-Time Cook For Senior Dining at Glendale Senior DiningFull-Time Delivery Drivers at FedExFull-Time Electro-Mechanical Maintenance Technician at Basuch HealthFull-Time Supervisor of Quality & Documentation Control at Spectra Medical Devices(NOTE: Wilmington businesses — Feel free to send me your job postings at wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedNOW HIRING: 60 New Job Openings In Wilmington (Week of May 26, 2019)In “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”NOW HIRING: 10 New Job Openings In WilmingtonIn “Business”last_img read more