Fuel Prices Set to Decrease This Week

The sources indicated that the decrease in oil prices is expected to be implemented by tomorrow, November 1.The changes will operate as follows:A decrease of 35 centimes per liter in diesel prices and a 21 centimes per liter decrease in gasoline. The news will be welcomed by many Moroccans, especially following recent demonstrations and frustration at the high prices at Moroccan gas stations.Rising global oil prices led to higher gas prices across the world. The shock affected Moroccan prices, leading to a proportional increase in domestic market prices.It is understood that the drop in prices also follows the direction of global fluctuations. On October 30, the price of a barrel of oil dropped from $85 to $75. read more

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Oil slips a few pennies demand looks strong but supplies sufficient

The price of oil slipped a few pennies Tuesday as the outlook for rising demand was offset by expectations of sufficient supplies.Benchmark West Texas Intermediate crude for July delivery fell six cents to close at US$104.35 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. On Monday, oil gained $1.75 to close at $104.41.Brent crude, a benchmark for international oils used by many U.S. refineries, fell 47 cents to close at US$109.52 a barrel in London.Recent economic indicators around the world suggest stronger global growth that could boost demand for crude. Among them: Japan raised its estimate of gross domestic product for the first quarter of this year, hiring in the U.S. appeared solid for the fourth month and China’s export growth accelerated in May.While that has pushed up the price of oil in recent days, the gains seem to have topped out Tuesday. “The various economic releases haven’t been consistent enough or sufficiently pronounced to force significant upward adjustment in global demand,” wrote energy analyst Jim Ritterbusch in a note to clients Tuesday.That means supplies are likely ample enough to meet this strong — but not overwhelming — demand. Ritterbusch predicts crude prices will drift lower in the coming days.That could change, however, if data this week from the U.S. government show oil and gasoline stocks falling more than expected.Data for the week ended June 6 is expected to show draws of 1.2 million barrels in crude oil stocks and of 500,000 barrels in gasoline stocks, according to a survey of analysts by Platts, the energy information arm of McGraw-Hill Cos.The Energy Department’s weekly petroleum report will be out on Wednesday.This week’s meeting in Vienna of the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries is largely expected to keep its output target of 30 million barrels a day unchanged.“The production of OPEC is currently matching its official quota,” said Olivier Jakob of Petromatrix in Zug, Switzerland. “OPEC has no incentive to change anything.”In other energy futures trading on the Nymex, wholesale gasoline fell 1.1 cents to close at US$2.97 a U.S. gallon (3.79 litres), heating oil fell 0.7 of a cent cent to close at US$2.88 a gallon and natural gas fell 11.5 cents to close at $4.53 per 1,000 cubic feet.(TSX:ECA), (TSX:IMO), (TSX:SU), (TSX:HSE), (NYSE:BP), (NYSE:COP), (NYSE:XOM), (NYSE:CVX), (TSX:CNQ), (TSX:TLM), (TSX:COS), (TSX:CVE) by The Associated Press Posted Jun 10, 2014 3:05 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email Oil slips a few pennies; demand looks strong but supplies sufficient read more

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Reforms to InterAmerican System must fully protect victims – UN rights chief

“In every country, in the entire American continent, all victims of human rights violations must be protected,” the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, Navi Pillay, stressed on the eve of a meeting of the Organization of American States (OAS) in Washington D.C. to vote on proposed reforms to the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights. “I encourage OAS Member States to seize this opportunity in the reform process to strengthen its exemplary human rights system, by promoting universal access for citizens throughout the continent, respecting the Commission’s autonomy to progressively improve its policy and practice in response to the needs of victims and concerns of Member States, and providing the necessary resources to allow for an even greater contribution to safeguarding human rights in the Americas.” Created by the OAS in 1959, the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights aims to promote and protect human rights in the American continent, and to act as a consultative body to the organization in this area. “During the past five decades, the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights has been a beacon of hope in the American continent, providing recourse to countless victims of human rights violations, consolidating democratic institutions and inspiring the development of human rights machinery worldwide,” Ms. Pillay said. She added that the Inter-American system and the universal human rights system have increasingly been working together and complemented each other to maximise human rights protection and prevent abuses. read more

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Nominations open for Human Rights Equity and Decolonization Committee

The President’s Advisory Committee for Human Rights, Equity and Decolonization (PACHRED) is seeking nominees for membership.Mandated by Brock University President Gervan Fearon to advise on issues facing equity-seeking communities, the Committee is set to convene in October. Nominations for membership opened Sunday, July 15 and will be accepted until Friday, Aug. 3, at 5 p.m. Interested members of the Brock community, including faculty, staff and students, can find details about the application process and committee at brocku.ca/pachredChair of the Nominations Committee, Associate Professor of Sociology Mary-Beth Raddon, said she expects PACHRED “will become a vital group that deliberates about and advises the President on how to fulfil our institutional commitments to make the University safer, fairer, more inclusive and welcoming.”Reporting to the President, PACHRED will identify issues, provide a forum for discussion and make recommendations for action. Meetings will be open to the Brock community.“For people already working in particular ways in response to serious concerns on campus such as sexual violence, racism or ableism affecting students, staff and faculty, PACHRED offers a new vehicle for making a collective impact,” Raddon said.The committee was initiated by Fearon as part of the recommendation made in the final report of the Human Rights Task Force in 2017.“Brock is making significant strides to advance human rights, equity and inclusion with the support of the entire University community,” said Fearon. “I look forward to hearing from PACHRED on how we can support this momentum and further make Brock an outstanding and exemplary institution for teaching and learning, research, scholarly and creative activities, and community engagement for our students, faculty and staff.” read more

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Womens basketball How Ohio State is replacing the injured Stephanie Mavungas contributions

OSU then-junior forward Shayla Cooper (32) during a game against Nebraska on Feb. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Lantern File PhotoRedshirt junior forward Stephanie Mavunga has been an integral part of the Ohio State women’s basketball team’s success. However, with the Buckeyes’ second-leading scorer and leading rebounder sidelined with a foot injury, OSU is using many different players, both in the starting lineup and on the bench, to make up for the production lost for the foreseeable future.In her first season playing for OSU after transferring from North Carolina after her sophomore season, Mavunga is second on the team, averaging 11.8 points per game while leading the team, and ranked sixth nationally, with 11.3 rebounds per game.According to McGuff, the season that Mavunga is having with OSU does not come very often.“It’s not easy to average a double-double,” McGuff said. “It takes a lot of work and effort. Another thing that she does is run the floor. She puts a lot of pressure on other teams’ post players to get back and I think that really wears on the other team as the game goes on. She’s doing a great job.”Mavunga stressed the importance of having a “big” as the anchor of the defensive front.“I think size is key,” she said. “That is something that lacked last year and the previous years before that. I think that size is key both defensively and offensively. Defensively especially, because there’s other really big girls in the NCAA Tournament and in the Big Ten itself, so I think that that’s key in terms of defending other teams’ post players. Also, on the offensive end, it helps in rebounding and shot attempts as well, so you can have a shot over other people maybe that are smaller than you or at least easier to do that.”With Mavunga out of the starting lineup and her game being very important to the team’s overall game plan, OSU had to find players to replace her production in the paint. After being outrebounded by Iowa by three on Feb. 12, the Buckeyes were back to dominating the paint, out-rebounding Nebraska by 11 with the forwards — freshman Tori McCoy, redshirt sophomore Makayla Waterman, junior Alexa Hart and senior Shayla Cooper — combining for 25 of the 45 team rebounds.With the loss of Mavunga, junior guard Kelsey Mitchell said that she and her teammates are going to have to continue to step up in the paint to get those rebounds.“Being able to kind of get that back and knowing that, with her absence, it’s going to be a little bit more difficult, we just have to take the people we do have and tell them to buy in to it,” she said. “There were a couple of changes that needed to be made in how important it was that (Mavunga) was getting rebounds and now it’s a lot more important that we kind of bounce back and get that same kind of vibe that we did have.”Even though she cannot play, Mavunga is making an impact, giving players, like McCoy, different tips on how to defend her position during the game.“Basically, she is just telling me to keep running the floor and post up hard and every time I have the chance,” McCoy said. “She is always telling me to do that and it’s actually helping. I listened to her in the last game we just played.”Even when Mavunga was on the court, she gave her teammates an example on how to play the game.“(McCoy’s) energy and her intensity really is contagious to our team and how hard she goes in the paint really effects how hard we play,” redshirt junior guard Linnae Harper said. “She’s a great asset to the team and that’s one reason why our team is getting better because it’s somebody on our team that can make other people better.”However, until Mavunga is ready to get back onto the court, the rebounding game will have to be a team effort.“It’s important that we have all three of (the forwards) in the paint and the rest of the guards, too. All of us,” Mitchell said. read more

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Gallery Womens Soccer vs Wisconsin

The Ohio State women’s soccer team stands together and talks before there game against the Wisconsin Badgers on Oct. 21st. Ohio State won 2-1. Credit: Cori Wade | For The LanternOn Oct. 21, the Ohio State women’s soccer team faced off against Wisconsin at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium in Columbus. Ohio State won 2-1. Photos by Cori Wade.

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Man and woman found dead in Carlow from gunshot wounds identified

first_imgTHE MAN AND woman discovered dead at a premises in Carlow yesterday have been named by Gardaí as 53-year-old John Deegan from Cadamstown, Birr, Co Offaly and 51-year-old Deirdre Keenan of Carragh Road, Naas, Co Kildare.A post mortem examination carried out by Deputy State Pathologist Dr Michael Curtis, confirmed that both of the deceased died as a result of gunshot wounds.Gardaí believe the couple travelled in the Wexford area on Wednesday and Thursday, 20 and 21 February, and would like to hear from anyone who may have had contact with them during that time.Gardai are appealing to anyone who was in the area of Centaur Street in Carlow between 10pm and 1pm on Monday 25 February who may have seen anything unusual to contact Carlow Garda Station on 059 – 9136620, the Garda confidential line 1800 666 111 or any Garda Station.Read: Man and woman found in Carlow ‘died from gunshot wounds’last_img read more

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Poland charges 11 over bizarre Auschwitz slaughtered lamb protest

first_img 13,161 Views By AFP Short URL Image: PA Wire/PA Images Share32 Tweet Email Mar 25th 2017, 8:27 PM Saturday 25 Mar 2017, 8:27 PM http://jrnl.ie/3307026 Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this article POLISH PROSECUTORS SAY they have pressed charges against 11 people who slaughtered a lamb and then stripped naked at the former German Nazi death camp Auschwitz-Birkenau.The unprecedented stunt, carried out yesterday in front of the camp’s “Arbeit macht frei” (“Work makes you free”) gate, was apparently intended as a call for world peace.After killing the lamb, the seven men and four women, all aged between 20 and 27, draped a white banner with “love” written in red over the infamous gate, removed their clothes and chained themselves together.They used a drone to film the incident, local media reported.The perpetrators, among them six Poles, four Belarussians and one German, were charged with “desecrating a monument”, Oswiecim regional prosecutor Mariusz Slomka said, quoted by the Polish PAP news agency.The man who killed the lamb will face additional charges under animal protection laws that carry a penalty of up to two years behind bars, he said.They told police the act was intended to be “a performance, a demonstration, for world peace,” he added.Released Local media reports had suggested it was intended as a protest against the conflict in Ukraine.Several of the group were released today.Slomka said they had met online and organised the event through social media, but added that there was no evidence they had any political affiliation.Auschwitz Museum guards at the site intervened immediately to detain those involved, with museum officials saying they were “shocked and outraged” over the “reprehensible act” which marred the memory of the camp’s victims.The museum is located in the southern city of Oswiecim on the site of the Auschwitz death camp which was built by Nazi Germany after it occupied Poland during World War II.The Holocaust site has become a symbol of Nazi Germany’s genocide of six million European Jews, one million of whom were killed at the camp between 1940 to 1945.More than 100,000 non-Jews also died at the death camp, according to the museum. An estimated 232,000 of the victims were children.© – AFP, 2017Read: People are saying this is the ‘worst 100 days’ of any presidency >Read: China’s demand for medicine fuels African donkey slaughter > Poland charges 11 over bizarre Auschwitz ‘slaughtered lamb’ protest The unprecedented stunt was apparently intended as a call for world peace. 23 Comments Image: PA Wire/PA Imageslast_img read more

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LithiumSulfur is the Next Battery Breakthrough

first_imgStay on target Additive Breakthrough Makes EV Batteries Suck Less in the ColdThe Battery in This Phone is Five Times Bigger Than Yours Technological progress is always being limited by something. Maybe a certain type of glass is too expensive. Maybe there’s just too much conflict over these conflict minerals. Or maybe researchers have become too tired to make phones curved for no reason.But you can always count on batteries to be one of tech’s biggest bottlenecks. As devices become more powerful they either drain more power faster or have to find new ways to become more efficient. Not too mention thinner mobile devices place limits on how big a battery can be. It leads to situations like putting bulky battery cases on phones to get more than a day’s worth of charge. The Nintendo Switch’s specs may be leaps and bounds better than past Nintendo handhelds but the battery life sure isn’t.Fortunately, tech can always be improved eventually, and batteries are no different. Researchers at The University of Texas at Dallas have developed promising new next-generation battery technology. The secret? Lithium-sulfur.You’re probably already familiar with recharging lithium-ion batteries. But we’re currently running up against their limitations. They can only hold so much energy, energy that is barely enough for modern tech. So we need something new.By adding sulfur to lithium the result is a battery that’s cheaper, lighter, more environmentally friendly and most importantly able to hold between three and five times the charge as lithium-ion by itself.However, other issues with the combination have made the tech tough to pursue. Lithium-sulfur batteries break down since sulfur isn’t great at being stable or conducting electricity. And you need a battery you can depend on.What the researchers have managed to do is coat the lithium-sulfur with a super thin metallic layer of the element molybdenum. This mitigates many of sulfur’s weakness like conductivity and stability. Through this process, lithium-sulfur batteries work and can theoretically be manufactured and used on a commercial scale.So when you start seeing new phones brag that they use long-lasting lithium-sulfur batteries, maybe pay attention, as long as we know they don’t also blow up.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

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Does Magazine Media Actually Redefine The Industry

first_imgThe MPA hosted its annual American Magazine Media Conference in New York this week and closed the show with “A View From The Top.” The session featured an impressive panel, with Time Inc. CEO Joe Ripp, Rodale CEO Maria Rodale, Meredith Corp. CEO Stephen Lacy, Hearst Magazines president David Carey and Condé Nast president Bob Sauerberg, with media columnist Michael Wolff moderating the conversation. While it was interesting to sit in and listen to the heads of five powerhouse-publishers discuss the future of their companies and the industry at large, it didn’t speak to the entire magazine publishing sector. Wolff began by asking the panel how exactly “magazine media” redefines an industry whose core product is still very much steeped in print magazines. Sauerberg was asked first, and he chose to answer by explaining what makes Condé Nast so great—best audience, best brands, best advertising partners. He makes a compelling point, but it doesn’t really answer the question. It’s true that most magazine brands are doing a lot more than producing a print or digital magazine. But, at the end of the day, magazines are still the core product for most brands. What’s more, how does adding the word “media” redefine the industry? By definition magazines are media; so adding the word is redundant and doesn’t actually speak to what’s happening, which is that brands and companies have more competition for eyeballs than ever before so they are building audiences across multiple platforms and extending themselves beyond content. In turn, that is disrupting the tried and true business model that magazines operated within for roughly a century. Making money is what it’s all about, but the source for revenue that built magazines—advertising—still has an uncertain future. All five CEOs are confident that digital advertising revenue will continue to grow (Lacy said 30 percent of Meredith’s revenue is now from digital) and they all have strategies in place for consumers to contribute more to the pie—e-commerce and subscription-based products. Still, where does that leave everyone else—say the small niche brand that generates most of its revenue from advertising in its print magazine and doesn’t have the resources—human or financial—to build or invest in new products? Wolff did raise questions about advertising and asked why there is no confidence or excitement around print. Carey responded by emphatically stating that the collective panel sold over 100,000 print ad pages last year, which was greeted by warm applause from the crowd. Wolff quickly fired back and asked “but how many fewer is that from five years ago?” To which Carey replied, “Our business model has changed.” But doesn’t that still just make them media companies with vertical and horizontal integration? Indeed, all of their business models have changed, as have many others. But for them, that is thanks to scale and resources, which is not a luxury every magazine company has. So while the future might be promising for these five CEOs, others might not be so optimistic. Ripp followed with a much clearer answer, so clear that it sounded more like a politician deep into a campaign cycle who has his or her stump speech perfectly choreographed. He pointed out that his company is a lot more than magazines, with robust digital products and a growing video business. And he went on to say that the industry’s definition of itself was flawed to begin with. “You don’t define yourself by your distribution vehicle and the magazine industry did that for too long.” The academic answer is yes. However, there seems to be an implicit need to stay connected to the core product that built these five major publishing companies, and the industry—magazines. That’s where things get a little dicey. Magazines, while still the bread and butter for most, will continue to decline in terms of where they fit into the revenue pie. Ripp admitted that, but said, “We need to invest in new things that will offset that [decline].” Lacy echoed that sentiment, and said that he interprets “magazine media” as a strategy. He said what’s critical for the industry is to “understand your consumer well enough to provide the type of content that enables them to be engaged and take action.” He went on to say, “I think you’ll see us investing in other places where there are audiences that allow us to make money.” Rodale said her company has never defined itself in any other way than a lifestyle company, one that is “defined as a mission” and magazines are only part of the equation.last_img read more

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New US Senate bill would mandate rearseat alerts for new cars

first_img 2019 Altima Platinum is a giant leap for Nissan’s midsize… 2019 Chevy Blazer looks to the Camaro for design inspiration 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Now playing: Watch this: 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Enlarge ImageConsidering the system can’t require more than a sensor or two (if that) and some “if” loops in the car’s code to check for a door opening, it shouldn’t be too expensive or complicated to include. GMC Rear-seat alerts are a deceptively simple piece of auto tech that can save a child’s life. And, in the future, it could very well become a mandatory inclusion in every new car.Republican Sen. Roger Wicker introduced Senate Bill 1601, which for the time being carries the clunky but very accurate name of “A bill to direct the Secretary of Transportation to issue a rule requiring all new passenger motor vehicles to be equipped with a child safety alert system, and for other purposes.” At this time, it has two cosponsors from across the aisle: Democratic Sens. Richard Blumenthal and Maria Cantwell. A House version of the bill will be introduced in the near future, as well. The bill, as you might expect if you read its name, would direct the Department of Transportation to mandate the installation of rear-seat reminders in all new cars. The text of the bill has not been published yet, but according to Reuters, the bill would require “a distinct auditory and visual alert,” and it would also mandate a study to investigate whether older cars could be retrofitted with the same system.GM has been the foremost champion of such a system since it introduced Rear Seat Reminder in 2016. The underlying tech is actually very simple: Instead of using expensive pressure sensors, the system notes if a rear door was opened prior to driving, and if one was opened, it will alert the driver to check the back seat at the end of the journey. Nissan has a similar system and quickly made it standard on some of its most popular models.While the cause seems plenty noble, not everyone is on board with the bill. Reuters points to a statement from the Alliance of Automobile Manufacturers, which pointed out that “fewer than 13% of new car buyers have a child six years old or younger” and said it will “carefully review any legislative proposals.” Statistics published earlier this year have shown that hot-car deaths are on the rise, even with more of these systems being installed on new cars. 3 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better 6:42center_img 85 Photos Chevrolet Nissan Tags Share your voice More From Roadshow Comments Auto Tech Car Industrylast_img read more

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Premier League TV rights go under hammer

first_imgPremier League TV rights go under hammer102 viewsPremier League TV rights go under hammer102 views00:00 / 00:00- 00:00:0000:00Premier League TV rights go under hammer102 viewsBusinessA battle of the broadcasters for the most-watched football league in the world. The deadline now upon us for the first round of bids for UK TV rights of English Premier League matches. Rivals SkyVentuno Web Player 4.50A battle of the broadcasters for the most-watched football league in the world. The deadline now upon us for the first round of bids for UK TV rights of English Premier League matches. Rivals Skylast_img read more

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Reginald Lewis Museum Celebrates a Decade of Md History

first_imgThe Reginald F. Lewis Museum of Maryland African-American History & Culture is celebrating its 10th anniversary by giving community awards and hosting a gala.“What I really like about this museum is that it does fantastic cultural programming as a legitimate part of the museum’s mission. African-American history and culture isn’t just elements of the past, it is occurring every day as we live it; the museum brings together the past and modern history celebrating it in a fun and interactive way,” said Helen Yuen, director of marketing for the Museum.The awards event, Oct. 29, will honor individuals and organizations making a difference in their communities. With each award specifying the importance of social, economic and cultural contributions within the African- American community of Maryland, this year’s awardees are: Annette March-Grier, Bronwyn Mayden, Theo Rodgers, the AFRO American Newspapers, Associated Black Charities and the National Great Blacks in Wax Museum.“One of the most important factors of the museums 10th anniversary celebration is the fact that the museum would not have gotten to where it is today without the support of the public service committees and law makers that were willing to help tell the story of Africa American Marylanders and celebrate that heritage with visitors around the world,” Yuen said. he world,” Yuen said.On Nov. 1, the museum gala honors Maryland State Delegate Howard “Pete” Rawlings, the first African-American to become chair of the powerful Appropriations Committee in the Maryland House of Delegates. Rawlings served the 40th Legislative District in Baltimore from1979-2003. The museum serves to honor Rawlings by honoring others like him to include Paulette Brown and many more. As a special addition to the gala festivities and fun, the museum will also be auctioning off Adam Jones’s autographed cleats, as well as a get away to San Juan Puerto Rico courtesy of Hyatt House and Southwest Airlines.For information on becoming a sponsor and purchasing gala tickets call 443-263-1811.last_img read more

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Courage Apples AirPods Are Still Without a Release Date

first_img After accepting $3 billion from Apple, Beats co-founder says EarPods are…Apple EarPods get the teardown treatment Stay on target When Apple killed the headphone jack on the latest iPhone, we were assured it would be okay, and Apple was really just being “courageous.” Not only was there an adapter in the box, but Apple was releasing the AirPod wireless earbuds. For a mere $159, you’d never have to worry about wires again. However, they still haven’t been released.Apple originally said the AirPods would ship in late October. When that vague time frame came and went, people started asking questions. At the time, Apple simply said it only releases products when they’re ready. The AirPods, apparently, were not ready. Here we are several weeks later, and there’s still no sign of the AirPods. You can’t even pre-order them, and they don’t appear on Apple’s holiday shopping guide.The AirPods aren’t the first completely wireless earbuds—they don’t even have a wire between the left and right bud. Products like Earin and Bragi Dash have hit the market, but the reviews have been fairly awful with complaints of poor connectivity and battery life. Apple’s AirPods are even smaller than many of those similar products, so there are probably engineering hurdles still to overcome. Releasing a buggy product would just give people more reason to complain about the lack of a headphone jack on the iPhone 7.Apple’s AirPods are designed to use Bluetooth technology with some extra Apple features overlaid on it. They work with the iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch running iOS 10, the Apple Watch on watchOS 3, and Macs running Sierra. Recent reports point to December as the beginning of production, indicating the device will begin shipping in early 2017. Apple has refused to offer a new release time frame. You’ll just have to make do with conventional Bluetooth earbuds… or get a phone with a headphone jack.last_img read more

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The Greatest Beer Run in History Happened During the Vietnam War

first_imgIt’s a cliché about manly men that they’ll go the extra mile for a cold beer. However in the case of Marine veteran John “Chickie” Donohue the legend is true. This was no simple case of quenching a thirst. Donohue saw it as his patriotic duty.And he was definitely a patriot, as well as being a good friend – so much so, that in the late 1960s he traveled all the way to Vietnam to deliver booze to his brothers in arms.Two United States Army Servicemen drinking the one and only Pabst Blue Ribbon, Vietnam, 1968. (Photo by Stuart Lutz/Gado/Getty Images).The website We Are The Mighty wrote that in 1967 the “largest airborne operation since World War II happened in February… the 1st Marine Division was engaged with the Army of North Vietnam, and the U.S. Army was chasing down Viet Cong south of the DMZ — in short, it was a busy year.”As a vet with 4 years experience in the Marine Corps, Donohue had a different perspective on the war than his country.Marines of 1st Marine Division fighting on Okinawa, 1945.To him, it seemed the nation was turning on the troops. Funerals held for servicemen in the area had also taken their toll on the community and he wanted to do something about it.On a day of anti-war protests in New York and San Francisco he entered a bar called Doc Fiddler’s based in Inwood, Upper Manhattan where Donohue was raised. A TV was covering the drama, and bartender George Lynch wasn’t impressed.The New York Times said that Lynch “groused… that someone should go to Vietnam to give the soldiers a pat on the back and buy them a beer.”U.S. army troops taking a break while on patrol during the Vietnam WarHis veteran customer replied that he was up to the challenge, maybe expecting nothing more to come of it.However, according to the Food and Wine site “Lynch took him at his word and, within several days, had produced addresses and potential locations of neighborhood GIs.” A soldier’s mother was even drafted in to persuade Donohue to undertake the mission.Donohue was only 26, but the Times described him as someone who “seemed to know people wherever he went and could hatch and pull off the most adventurous of plans.” This was surely the “adventure” of a lifetime.soldier puffing a smokeBecause he worked as a merchant seaman, “Chickie” managed to jump aboard the Drake Victory, a ship transporting ammo to Vietnam. He worked as an oiler, lubricating machinery amongst other tasks.He also brought along a supply of Pabst Blue Ribbon beer for his comrades in arms. “A lot of my friends were serving in Vietnam, and I just wanted to go over there and buy them a beer,” he said in a video short. Donohue ran through his initial beer supply on the voyage, but stocked up again when they landed in Qui Nhon harbor. “It took two months to get there, so I drank all the beer,” he told the New York Times.On arrival at Qui Nhon harbor one of his first ports of call was pal Tom Collins. Collins was one of many friends who received a welcome surprise. Donohue would sometimes just bump into people, who were amazed to see him in what the Times called “loud civilian clothes”.“I said, ‘Chickie Donohue, what the hell are you doing here?’” Collins told the Times. “He said, ‘I came to bring you a beer.”After sharing a few brews with Collins, Donohue set off across the country to find the other names on his list. He went from Qui Nhon, to Khe Sahn, then to Saigon, handing out beers as he went along.Quy Nhon Port in Quy Nhon, Binh Dinh Province, Vietnam Photo by BertholdD CC BY-SA 3.0He didn’t take a hands-off approach to combat either. For example, Donohue once “talked his way onto a military mail plane and headed to find Rick Duggan, who lived in the same building in Manhattan as Mr. Donohue growing up…  Mr. Donohue had spent a combat-filled night with his company and exchanged fire with enemy soldiers.”It was all part of Donohue’s “long odyssey through Vietnam”, relying on his wits to find his whereabouts.Food and Wine, which featured an interview with “Chickie”, said that “the majority of beer available in Vietnam at the time was what the GIs called ‘33,’ a French-Vietnamese beer that wasn’t particularly liked. In Donahue’s opinion, ‘It was just a terrible beer’.” Hence, the PBR goodness Donohue brought with him.Having braved the bullets and substandard beer, Donohue made it back home in one piece. It was 1968 and he was now at the center of what the Times referred to as “the ultimate saloon tale”.While his exploits were widely viewed as a tall story, the alcohol-fueled voyage actually helped some soldiers cope with their situation and even adjust when they got back. The simple act of reaching out made a big difference.Read another story from us: White Feather: The Most Feared and Fearless Sniper of the Vietnam WarDonohue set the record straight in 2017, writing and self-publishing ‘The Greatest Beer Run Ever: A True Story of Friendship Stronger Than War’ with Joanna Molloy.last_img read more

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The Week Ahead Can New and ExistingHome Sales Keep it Up

first_img August 21, 2016 542 Views Riding the highest share of first-time homebuyers in four years (33 percent), existing-home sales shot up in June to an annual rate of 5.57 million, the highest annual rate for any one month in more than nine years (5.79 million in February 2009).Will existing-home sales be able to sustain the momentum and rise to new highs in July? The industry will find out on Wednesday, August 24, when the National Association of Realtors publishes its July 2016 existing-home sales report.A lingering inventory shortage suggests that existing-home sales will continue to flourish—what IS available is not going to last long on the market.“Though June’s existing home sales numbers show that we’re about 95 percent back to the pre-recession average, there are many more households in the U.S. looking for homes than in the early 2000s,” Trulia Chief Economist Ralph McLaughlin said. “As such, a lack of supply continues to hold back homebuyers. The month’s supply of existing homes in June 2016 was the lowest since June 2005. Homebuyers are finding little relief as the housing market recovery marches on. A silver lining from tight inventory is that homes are selling faster, which benefits agents and sellers. Existing home sales per agent ticked up to the highest level since June 2015.”In spite of the ongoing supply issues, NAR Chief Economist Lawrence Yun said the first half of 2016 was solid for homebuying.“Existing sales rose again last month as more traditional buyers and fewer investors were able to close on a home despite many competitive areas with unrelenting supply and demand imbalances,” Yun said. “Sustained job growth as well as this year’s descent in mortgage rates is undoubtedly driving the appetite for home purchases.”New Home Sales—HUD/Census Bureau, Tuesday, August 23, 10 a.m. ESTThe HUD/Census Bureau report on new home sales for July will be released on Tuesday, August 23. Like existing-home sales, new home sales hit their highest point in June since the last decade.New home sales were up to a seasonally adjusted annual rate of 592,000 in June, which was 3.5 percent higher than in May and 25.4 percent higher than June 2015’s rate—the highest rate since February 2008.“This is a continued sign that demand for homes remains solid and aptly reflects increasing homebuilder confidence,” McLaughlin said. “The share of all home sales composed of new homes ticked upward to 10.6 percent in June, as new home sales continue to slowly ease the crunch of low existing inventory.”This Week’s ScheduleTuesday, August 23New Home Sales for July 2016, HUD/Census Bureau, 10 a.m. ESTWednesday, August 24House Prince Index (HPI) for June 2016, Federal Housing Finance Agency, 9 a.m. ESTExisting-Home Sales for July 2016, National Association of Realtors, 10 a.m. ESTFriday, August 26GDP, 2nd Estimate for Q2, Bureau of Economic Analysis, 8:30 a.m ESTConsumer Sentiment for August 2016, University of Michigan Consumer Survey Center, 10 a.m. EST in Daily Dose, Data, Headlines, News Existing-Home Sales Housing Market New Home Sales 2016-08-21 Seth Welborncenter_img Share The Week Ahead: Can New and Existing-Home Sales Keep it Up?last_img read more

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