WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, May 24, 2018:A Shawsheen Avenue resident called to report his mailbox was vandalized sometime overnight. (6:43am)Animal Control Officer responded to reports of an injured turkey on Boutwell Street. Officer transported turkey to Tufts in Grafton. (7:40am, 9:56am)A NAPA employee reported a deceased mother opossum with its babies still alive. Animal Control Officer responded. (3:14pm)An anonymous caller reported 2 quads on the roadway on Wabash Road. (3:59pm)A juvenile walked after from the Milestone Group Home on High Street and was entered into NCIC. (4:56pm)A white 2015 Honda Civic and a white 2016 Chevy Cruze were involved in a crash on Main Street. Both vehicles towed. One party complained of head, neck and back pain and was transported by the Fire Department. (5:14pm)A passerby reported a man sitting on the bench on Main Street, near the dog groomer, waiving what appeared to be a hand gun. Police responded. Dog walker in the area did not see anything. (5:18pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information. An arrest does not constitute a conviction. Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 26: 2 Missing Teens; OUI Arrest; Main St. Shut Down Due To Crash; Road Rage IncidentIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 2: Vehicle Damages Roadway; Police Called Over Suspicious BehaviorIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log”
The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Sarah Tew/CNET ‘Save the Internet Act’ aims to restore net neutrality Sprint Read the Rylo camera preview See It Read the AirPods review 1:07 Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Comment $520 at HP Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Boost Mobile Politics Internet Internet Services I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Chris Monroe/CNET Net neutrality FCC Donald Trump,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $60 at Best Buy Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Now playing: Watch this: Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Read DJI Osmo Action preview 1 The Cheapskate Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Share your voice See at Amazon See it Colorado could be about to get its own net neutrality law. AAron Ontiveroz/The Denver Post via Getty Images Colorado is reportedly on the cusp of getting its own net neutrality law even as Democrats fight for one at a national level.Jared Polis, the state’s Democratic governor, is likely to sign legislation banning internet service providers from getting Colorado taxpayer money if they slow internet access down or unfairly speed up certain websites, the Denver Post reported.Senate Bill 78 passed Colorado’s House and Senate chambers along strict party lines — all Democrats voted in favor, Republicans against, the paper noted. Polis, who founded internet access company American Information Systems while he was in college, apparently supports it.The governor’s office didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment. Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Google Home Hub review Sarah Tew/CNET $999 $210 at Best Buy HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $999 Comments $6 at Tidal Sarah Tew/CNET Tags CNET may get a commission from retail offers. What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) Angela Lang/CNET See at Turo 7 Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) $155 at Google Express Best Buy Turo Rylo JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) $299 at Amazon Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $999 Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Tags $999 See It Tech Turkeys 2018: So much Facebook! But net neutrality too See It Apple iPhone XS $59 at eBay Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express 42 Photos California also has its own net neutrality law, but the state’s not currently enforcing it due to legal complications. Nationally, the Republican-led Federal Communications Commission (FCC) voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules and they officially ended in June 2018. Last Wednesday, Democrats introduced the Save the Internet Act of 2019 to restore them.However, President Donald Trump’s advisors said on Monday that they’ll push him to veto the bill if it makes it through the Republican-led Senate.First published at 5:27 a.m. PT.Updated 6:20 a.m. PT: Adds more detail. Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazon
Kolkata: The Trinamool Congress observed ‘black day’ in districts and blocks across the state on Saturday to protest against the “detention and manhandling” of its leaders in Assam’s Silchar airport, where they had gone to assess the situation after the publication of the final draft of the National Register of Citizens (NRC). The protest will continue on Sunday too. Carrying placards and sporting black masks and badges, TMC activists shouted slogans against the BJP governments at the Centre and Assam and the final draft of the NRC. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeChief Minister and TMC supremo Mamata Banerjee had alleged that the members of the delegation, including women, were manhandled at the airport and accused the BJP of imposing a “super emergency” in the country. TMC Secretary-General Partha Chatterjee had said, “What happened to our party delegation is not only shameful but also undemocratic. Our slogan will be ‘we don’t need this monstrous government any more’.”At Englishbazar, Malda, BJP workers attacked Trinamool Congress supporters who were participating in a rally. The BJP workers demanded that the NRC should start in Bengal, too, and that those whose names would be in the list should be deported to Bangladesh. A large police contingent went to the spot and brought the situation under control. Krishnendu Narayan Chowdhury said that the BJP was trying to create chaos in different parts in the district. “Trinamool Congress supporters had taken part in a rally and the BJP workers attacked them without any provocation.”In Kolkata, an effigy of PM Narendra Modi was burnt by TMC supporters at a rally led by minister Subrata Mukherjee. “Those whose names have been dropped from NRC are panicking and really do not know what to do. The BJP is ruining the country with its divisive politics,” said Mukherjee.
Artists Malay Karmakar, Archna Jaideep singh, Neena Talwar and fashion designer Swati Suri combined their passion for painting and fashion designing and shared their artistic journey through an exhibition organised by Vikram Sethi, a Bharat Nirman awardee in 2005 for the best art curator of the year, open to the public from July 30 till August 6 at the ITC Sheraton Hotel in the national Capital. Karmakar has been painting for thirty years and his style is distinctive of cubism and is worthy of drawing a comparison to the great Picasso. His paintings have work on palm leaves, boards, and canvases and give an insight into the “man with nature” concept. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Artist Archna Jaideep Singh too, has been painting for thirty years. Her nudes and abstract work aim at portraying beauty in its most natural form, transcending boundaries of geography, culture and time. Artist Neena Talwar who has been painting since 1976 has a style of charcoal on paper which has been appreciated by one and all. Designer Swati Suri is known for her innovative designs on fabrics. Her design label ‘Cobia’ has a unique collection of evening and informal dresses in rich and vibrant colours each dress unique in itself.
Friday, Oct. 59 to 10 a.m. at Iron’s Café, 5408 W. 10 ½ Mile Road in Irons;10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Luther Area Public Library, 115 State St. in Luther; andNoon to 1 p.m. at the Lake County Court House in the Board of Commissioners Room, 800 10th in Baldwin. No appointments are necessary. Those unable to attend may contact Rep. VanSingel’s office at (517) 373-7317 or by email at ScottVanSingel@house.mi.gov.### Categories: VanSingel News Monday, Oct. 89 to 10 a.m. at Moon Dance Café, 7143 W 48th St. in Fremont;10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at Cronk’s Oakridge Restaurant, 9103 Mason Drive in Newaygo; andNoon to 1 p.m. at The Depot Restaurant, 22 W. Main St. in Grant. State Rep. Scott VanSingel of Grant announces his office hours for the month of October.“I look forward to speaking with the residents of Newaygo, Oceana, and Lake counties about their state government,” VanSingel said. “Holding office hours throughout the district allows me to keep the community informed on what is happening in Lansing.”Rep. VanSingel will be available at the following times and locations:Monday, Oct. 18:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Pink Elephant, 207 S. State St. in Hart;10 to 11 a.m. at Good Stuffs, 111 S. Hancock St. in Pentwater; and11:30 a.m. to noon at Brown Bear, 147 N. Michigan Ave. in Shelby. 12Sep Rep. VanSingel invites residents to October office hours
On-demand games specialist TransGaming has struck a partnership with Liberty Global to bring TV games to the cable operator’s Horizon advanced TV platform. TransGaming’s GameTree TV games will now be available throughout most of Europe, including: The Netherlands, Germany, Switzerland, Ireland, Poland and Hungary, with further expansion planned as Horizon continues to be deployed across Liberty Global’s network.“The addition of Liberty Global is a pivotal next step towards expanding GameTree TV’s services to a larger international audience. The extension of GameTree TV from Smart TVs to Liberty Global’s Horizon set-top boxes clearly demonstrates the industry momentum we are gaining,” said Dennis Ensing, COO and interim CEO at TransGaming.
Beximco and GS Group sign their agreementRussia’s GS Group has launched Bangladesh’s first DTH service in partnership with local industrial conglomerate Beximco.The new service, RealVU, offers over 100 standard and HD channels. Packages available to viewers include well-known international channels in English, popular Indian channels and channels with local Bangladeshi content.GS Group is providing hardware and software solutions for the service, and acting as system integrator. The company’s digital set-tops include DVR and timeshift functionality and an EPG.GS Group, which has previously been involved in the launch of DTT-based pay TV service One TV in Cambodia, said it planned to focus on launching digital broadcast services in other promising markets.“The GS Group’s international broadcast projects are a bright example of Russian high technologies successfully entering the global market. RealVU, the first DTH operator in Bangladesh will bring mass accessibility to high-quality digital television service in a country that has 165 million plus population currently being forced to watch low-rated terrestrial and cable TV or to illegally connect to foreign operators. We expect to engage significant audience in the first year of operating due to GS Group’s vast expertise in managing national broadcast projects, solid cooperation with a local partner, diversified content that meets viewers demands, and a high level of service,” said Sergey Dolgopolsky, PR, GR and IR director, foreign broadcasting projects department, GS Group.
In This Issue.*Currencies carry rally throughout Wednesday. *A$ trades though 200-DMA! *Canadian economic data continues to be strong. *Putting the kyboshes on a Swedish rate cut!And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!Cheap Currencies Don’t Guarantee Strong Exports!Good day. And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! How was your Wonderful Wednesday? I went to the Cardinals NLCS Game, and after sitting out and waiting 3 ½ hours of a rain delay, (which began in the 7th inning) was rewarded with a 3-1 victory. So, not too shabby. But. a late night for me on a school night for sure. So, I seem to be running late this morning for some reason, but don’t worry, I’ll try to make up the time in the air!Well. the Currencies continued to push the envelope VS the dollar yesterday. The Aussie dollar (A$) was really kicking sand in the face of the U.S. dollar yesterday, gaining over 1 full cent on the day! So. all those traders that sold their A$ futures in the past two weeks, are piling back in, I bet! The euro stalled out just above 1.31. But the rest of the “little dogs” were off the porch and chasing the dollar down the street.But that was yesterday, I had the world in my hands, But it’s not the end of my world, just a slight change of plans. Ooops! I don’t know what starts these fat fingers down these lyric roads, but here I am doing it again! But seriously. That was yesterday. and some of the currencies are still gaining VS the dollar, and some have stalled out. for they need the Big Dog, euro, to run with them, and like I said above, the euro stalled out just above 1.31.The A$ blew right through its 200-day moving avg yesterday, and touched $1.04 this morning. The latest push coming from economic news coming out of China. I told you yesterday, that China’s 3rd QTR GDP was due to print, and print it did! The Chinese economy expanded 7.4% in the 3rd QTR VS a year ago. The consensus was for a 7.4% increase, but I was hoping for a little more as I told you I thought it would be around 7.8%… (and it was +7.8% “Real GDP, whatever that is!) But that wasn’t all for China.Chinese Industrial Production, and Retail Sales also printed strong numbers for September, thus indicating that China’s economy has turned the corner on its Gov’t generated slowdown. If you’re keeping score at home, Chinese Industrial Production gained 10% in September, and Retail Sales grew at a 14.2% clip. Now that’s strong! And if you only want to believe ½ of what the Chinese report, the 7.1% increase in Retail Sales is still cooking with gas!So. the risk sentiment is strong. except with Gold & Silver. These two have been left behind at the station, and the Love Train carrying the currencies has departed. This improved risk sentiment, is not playing well with the U.S. Treasury yields. The 10-year Treasury’s yield has risen to 1.80%… (just a couple of weeks ago it was 1.64%) and remember, when the yield rises in a bond, the bond’s price goes down. But we’ve seen these moves higher in yields before, and every time, the Fed steps in and squelches any attempt to take yields even higher. The bond markets used to be able to direct yields. But with the Fed buying as much as they can these days, remember they participated in 61% of the Treasury auctions last year, there’s not much the bond markets can do. Although I would still love to see them try!In Sweden overnight. an article in a Swedish newspaper, really threw cold water on the markets’ thoughts that the next move in rates would be down. Sweden’s Central Bank, The Riksbank, and the Riksbank Gov. Ingves was in the news. In and interview for the newspaper, Ingves warned that household and corporate indebtedness must be considered when setting rates. These words were like a dagger in the heart of the rate cut campers, and the Swedish krona rallied! The Riksbank meets next week, and I would bet a dollar to a Krispy Kreme that the Riksbank would leave rates unchanged at that meeting. That would be good for the krona. But remember, the krona, the Norwegian krone, and Danish krone, all need the euro to push against the dollar for these to move higher. For now that is. I keep telling you time and time again that one day, the markets will wake up and smell the coffee. the coffee that says these countries fundamentals are not Greece, Portugal, and so on. But until then, they get tarred with the same brush as the euro.Remember yesterday when I was talking about the Canadian dollar / loonie and saying that the fundamentals there continue to be strong, and that’s why the markets keep the loonie above parity, even though the Canadian Gov’t and Central Bank don’t like it one iota? Well. more strong data has printed in Canada. Take Canadian Manufacturing, was rose at a faster than expected clip of 1.5% in August. And then here’s something that the Canadian Gov’t and Central Bank are going to have to stop and think about. Exports are up in Canada. Even with the stronger than parity loonie! Look. let me set this straight for Mr. Carney (Bank of Canada Gov.). if you have items/ stuff, that other countries demand, the price of your currency isn’t the “all-in” of everything that goes into the valuing of the export. You can ask the Germans about this. Yes, they would love to see the euro around 1.20. But, when you make things of value, and they are in demand throughout the world, you can live with a stronger currency. There’s no need to go jimmying the currency’s value lower so your exports can be more competitive. this goes out to all the other Central Bankers that are trying this debase your currency so exports are more competitive game. HEY! Make something of value, and you don’t have to jimmy the price of the currency lower!The news out of the Eurozone continues to have a calming effect. But an article in the Financial Times (FT) just might begin to stir things up. The FT reported that “plans to create a single euro area banking supervisor (the European Central Bank / ECB) are illegal. The FT claims that they obtained a secret legal opinion for the European Union Finance Ministers. I would say that this probably has a lot to do with the stalling out of the euro this morning.I think, as we go along here, that there will many of these seemingly setbacks. But, as long as the Eurozone Leaders keep their heads down, and keep working toward a resolution of their debt problems and bond yield problems, that things on the “other side of all this” will be better.At least they are trying something! And maybe they’ll be wrong, and have to go back to square one, but at least they tried! Here in the U.S. it’s just carry on and keep piling up debt. I know you all are tired of hearing me harp on about our ever-increasing debt. But, unless someone does something about it, we have to keep this in our sights, so we aren’t standing there holding the bag, when the you know what hits the fan!And with that. my TTWS story today is from our former General Accounting Head, David Walker, who has taken his thoughts across the country, and put them in a book. But, just for you, dear reader, we’ll have David Walker talk to us today. So, let’s go to the Big Finish!Then There Was This. from Moneynews.com. “The overwhelming majority of Americans feel fiscal reform should take priority this election season, though few expect it to happen, said David Walker, former Comptroller General of the United States and current CEO of the Comeback America Initiative, which promotes fiscal reform and responsibility.Walker recently concluded a “$10 Million a Minute Tour” bus tour, named after the speed at which unfunded promises are climbing, and reached out to Americans in 16 states and the District of Columbia to convey to largely undecided voters issues surrounding fiscal reform in the country.“We found out 97 percent of the people we interacted believe our fiscal challenge is a major challenge and should be a top priority for the presidential candidates as well as other candidates for office, yet only 8 percent have confidence in their ability to work together to get something done in 2013,”“Eighty-five percent believe that it’s going to take a combination of spending reductions and additional revenues to get the job done. We talked about reforms in eight different areas, including social insurance programs, taxes, defense, budget controls, political reforms – the minimum support we got for the reforms was 77 percent.”Chuck again. OK. so more people in the country are realizing that going from $15 Trillion in debt to $16 Trillion in just 10 months is getting out of hand. But, I have to think that those calling for spending reforms, are not the ones receiving the payouts from the Gov’t. And then the biggest thing here is the question. “will lawmakers listen to the voters?” I doubt it. but there’s always a chance, right?To recap. The currency rally continued throughout the day Wednesday, and in the overnight markets, but left some currencies behind, as their respective rallies stalled out. The euro stalled out, probably on a story in the FT about a plan to give the ECB more power is illegal. Canada continues to print strong economic data, in spite of a stronger than parity loonie, and the A$ rallied back to $1.04 overnight, before giving up some of that gain this morning, probably on profit taking.Currencies Today 10/18/12. American Style: A$ $1.0385, kiwi .8210, C$ $1.0220, euro 1.3105, sterling 1.6135, Swiss $1.0840, . European Style: rand 8.6365, krone 5.6210, SEK 6.5365, forint 211.60, zloty 3.1345, koruna 18.8765, RUB 30.75, yen 78.35, sing 1.2175, HKD 7.7505, INR 53.41, China 6.2460, pesos 12.80, BRL 2.0305, Dollar Index 79.14, Oil $92.15, 10-year 1.80%, Silver $33, and Gold. $1,742.85That’s it for today. I was startled this morning, as I arrived at the office, I turned on the lights, and voice said, “Good morning, Chuck” Whoa! I’m always here by myself in the morning! But one of our Wealth Mgt. gurus, Joseph, was here working, and startled the heck out of me! Whoa! My heart can’t handle that stuff! HA! So, our Big hitter, goes out of the game in the first inning, and the guy that replaces him hits the game winning 2-run home run! He crushed it! Talk about a good replacement! The Cardinals rarely beat S.F’s Matt Cain, so that was a good game. My dad told me years ago, that in these series, the odd games are the most important. and we have won both odd games so far. Well, I made up the time in the air, and got you to your destination on time, but, now we have to wait for a gate to open up! HA! I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday. I need to go back to sleep!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 www.everbank.com
The easiest way to turn your kids into geniuses, by the time they’re seven, is just to front-load huge amounts of experience, including dangerous experience. Like Gatto, I believe that the real dangers for your children lie in government schools, and even in private schools that function on the same model. Here’s what Gatto says on the subject: Growth and mastery come only to those who vigorously self-direct. Initiating, creating, doing, reflecting, freely associating, enjoying privacy—these are precisely what the structures of schooling are set up to prevent, on one pretext or another. Yes, I understand that people are pushed, economically, to put their children into public schools. If you feel like you’re in that position, make sure that you tell your children how the system is set up to condition them. Teach them that understanding is far more important than memorizing. Back them up if the teachers give them grief. Let people talk about you. Your children should understand, very clearly, that teachers and principals are just average people doing particular jobs; that they are merely another neighbor to the people on their street. Some of them are good people, others are bad people, and a title is just a title – it means nothing more. Teach your children to be bold, let them learn how to fall and rise again. Of course you want to let them encounter dangers slowly, and you’d never put them in positions to get truly hurt, but you should be nothing like the über-parents who surveil their children’s every move, in terror that poor little Johnny will encounter something that hasn’t been sanitized for his protection. I’ll leave you with one last quote from John Taylor Gatto: something that applies both to schooling and the larger world: After a long life, and thirty years in the public school trenches, I’ve concluded that genius is as common as dirt. We suppress our genius only because we haven’t yet figured out how to manage a population of educated men and women. The solution, I think, is simple and glorious. Let them manage themselves. Resist the fear, my friends. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com One of the worst things that has been done to children over the past generation or two has been insulating them from anything that could possibly have any danger attached. Parents keeping their children under permanent watch has become “what people do.” And it’s a BIG mistake. I know why the parents have done this, of course – we live in a fear-based culture, and it has rubbed off on them. But the reason they have caved in to fear is not important – what matters is that they have harmed their children. Children – at some point in their upbringing – need to confront danger; they need to explore; they need adventures. At one time, parents knew this. It wasn’t too many years ago when parents let their kids go off into the woods by themselves, with rifles. If that was really so horribly dangerous, half of us wouldn’t be here. Is it scary to watch your children walk into a subway station? Or out into the woods? You bet it is! But you have to do it anyway. Calculate the risks, pick your times, pick your spots, watch them from a distance if you must, but let them go out and face the world. Remember, fear is merely an impulse, and it can be based on lies, distortions, or even on nothing at all. It’s a crazy thing on which to base your children’s lives. A new German study shows clearly that adventure shapes the individual. As one of the researchers concluded, “Living our lives makes us who we are.” Your children need to live, and not merely exist inside of a fear-inspired bubble. The study also indicates that exploration and adventure not only affect personality development, but also brain growth. I’m not alone in this opinion, of course. Here are two quotes from John Taylor Gatto, a home school advocate and one of the finest teachers of modern times (one of the most awarded too, ironically enough): Sensible children do not wish to be incomplete human beings. And so, when you impose a stage theory of human development upon them, you are, in effect, tormenting them; you’re limiting their opportunity… Don’t be your kid’s enemy, because that’s not a kid, that’s your fellow human being. Be a partner, and enlarge their opportunities.
Source:https://www.lunduniversity.lu.se/article/plastic-waste-disintegrates-into-nanoparticles-study-finds Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Dec 20 2018There is a considerable risk that plastic waste in the environment releases nano-sized particles known as nanoplastics, according to a new study from Lund University. The researchers studied what happened when takeaway coffee cup lids, for example, were subjected to mechanical breakdown, in an effort to mimic the degradation that happens to plastic in the ocean.The majority of all marine debris is plastic. Calculations have shown that ten per cent of all plastic produced globally ends up in the sea. This plastic waste is subjected to both chemical and mechanical degradation. The sun’s UV rays contribute to the degradation, as do waves, which cause plastic waste to grind against stones on the water’s edge, against the sea floor or against other debris.Related StoriesZebrafish offers new clues to regenerating damaged cardiac tissueResearch sheds light on sun-induced DNA damage and repairA cup of coffee could be the key to tackling obesity and diabetesIs there a risk that this plastic waste disintegrates to the extent that nanoplastics are released? The research community is divided on whether the degradation process stops at slightly larger plastic fragments – microplastics – or actually continues and creates even smaller particles. The researchers behind the study have now investigated this issue by subjecting plastic material to mechanical degradation under experimental conditions.”We have been able to show that the mechanical effect on the plastic causes the disintegration of plastic down to nano-sized plastic fragments,” says Tommy Cedervall, chemistry researcher at Lund University.The study relates to the larger issue of what happens to plastic in the environment and how plastic can affect animals and humans. Plastic nano-sized particles are a few millionths of a millimeter, i.e. extremely small particles, so small that they have been shown to reach far into living organisms’ bodies.Last year, in an earlier study from Lund University, researchers showed that nano-sized plastic particles can enter the brains of fish and that this causes brain damage which probably disturbs fish behavior. Although the study was conducted in a laboratory environment, it indicates that nanoplastics can lead to adverse consequences.The emphasis of a number of other recent studies from the research community has been on microplastics and their increased distribution among organisms. There are now intense attempts to also identify nanoplastics in the environment.”It’s important to begin mapping what happens to disintegrated plastic in nature”, concludes Tommy Cedervall.
CEO: Mercedes may miss emission goal if electrics don’t sell The chief executive of Daimler said Monday at the Detroit auto show that his company cannot currently guarantee it can meet tougher European CO2 emissions standards taking effect in several years. Citation: Daimler struggling with European emissions standards (2018, January 16) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-01-daimler-struggling-european-emissions-standards.html This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Dieter Zetsche, chairman of the management board of Daimler, says his company is struggling to meet tightened European emissions standards Dieter Zetsche, CEO of the maker of Mercedes-Benz luxury vehicles, told reporters he “can’t guarantee” to meet tightening emission standards in 2021. “It’s a huge challenge for everyone,” he told AFP later in an interview. “We will make it. That’s our intention. But I can’t guarantee it.” A regulation adopted in 2014 requires vehicle manufacturers selling vehicles in the European Union to reach, with some exceptions, a level of 95 grams of CO2 emitted per kilometer by early 2021, compared to 130 grams in 2015.Manufacturers that fail will be fined 95 euros per car and gram of excess CO2. This could potentially lead to fines in the tens or hundreds of millions of euros. Fellow automotive CEO Sergio Marchionne of Fiat Chrysler said he understood Daimler’s predicament, and his company was also looking at how to meet the tougher standards—with non-compliance not an option.”We’ve gone through this. It ain’t pretty,” he said, regarding the cost of fines. “Having said this, we have no intention of pulling vehicles, because we think we can meet the standards.”German manufacturers, whose large engines emit more CO2 than smaller models, are struggling to achieve the goals, according to experts. So far, they have relied on diesel to reduce emissions. But diesel engine cars have fallen out of favor with consumers and sales have dropped, exacerbated by the Volkswagen diesel emissions cheating scandal. “It’s dragged all of us into the very uncomfortable state where we are now on the defensive continuously about the utilization of diesel in the market,” Marchionne said.To help comply with the new standards, manufacturers are developing a range of electric vehicles, with no certainty about the real-world demand from consumers. © 2018 AFP Explore further
Explore further Microsoft looks past next-gen Xbox to cloud games Best for portable gamers: Nintendo SwitchWhile Nintendo’s Switch lacks the graphical power of the Xbox One or PlayStation 4 and big releases like “Madden,” “Call of Duty” and “Red Dead Redemption 2,” it does have a few perks of its own. The biggest: portability.With a built-in touchscreen, the Switch can be used on its own or on a big TV when placed in its included docking station. The Joy-Con controllers can even be split up to let two players play a game like “Mario Kart 8 Deluxe,” “Super Mario Party” and the upcoming “Super Smash Bros. Ultimate” right out of the box.On certain games, like “Smash”, up to eight players can play off of one Switch, assuming you have enough controllers to pass around.While Nintendo still sells its 3DS and 2DS portable systems, the latest lineup of new games—and the fact that the Switch can play “Fortnite”—make it a better option for many.For the more intense gamers: Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 ProIf you just bought a fancy new 4K HDR TV and want to make the most of it, the Xbox One X or PlayStation 4 Pro are the options for you.With improved graphical prowess and performance, both systems make games shine, particularly on 4K HDR TVs, which deliver improved resolution and colors over standard high-definition. Most of the more popular games released in 2018, including “Red Dead 2,” “Spider-Man,” and the latest versions of “Call of Duty,” “Madden” and “NBA 2K” are optimized for 4K and HDR to make the most of what these systems offer.The Xbox One X is a bit more powerful, and at the moment is the same price as the PS4 Pro at $399. But again, it comes down to which games you want and what systems your friends use. As with their siblings, both are excellent consoles and you won’t be disappointed with either.Be aware of 2019As with other products like AirPods, this year’s game purchases have a cloud of uncertainty over them as major upgrades are rumored to be right around the corner.While the Nintendo Switch launched only last year, rumors suggest Nintendo is readying an updated model possibly for next summer.Both Sony and Microsoft have made clear that their next generation systems are in the works, with Sony most recently getting the internet talking that its decision to sit out the E3 video game conference next year is, in part, because it is working on the PlayStation 5. Rumors also are circulating that Sony might reveal the PS5 next year at its own event before releasing the new console in 2020.At this year’s E3, Microsoft’s Xbox head Phil Spencer said the company’s hardware team was already working on the “next Xbox consoles.” Microsoft insider Brad Sams of Thurrott.com says the next-gen Xbox console is also expected in 2020.Both consoles were released in November of 2013, making each prime for an upgrade.What does this mean for now? Not much in the short term as all current systems will continue to play great, with new games expected to come out for them over the next few years. But it is worth keeping mind what might be on the horizon, and when that horizon might arrive, as you prepare to shop this holiday season. Citation: PS4, Xbox One or Nintendo Switch: Which console should you buy? (2018, November 23) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-11-ps4-xbox-nintendo-console.html With Black Friday, Cyber Monday and just general holiday discounts abounding across retailers online and in-store, the Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and Nintendo Switch all receive some of their biggest discounts this time of year, presenting an interesting challenge for buyers and gift givers: Which system should you choose?While all can play “Fortnite” and “Minecraft,” here is a guide to help you make this decision, plus a little bit of what you should keep in mind as we head into 2019.For those on a budget: Xbox One S or PlayStation 4At starting prices of $199.99, there are plenty of deals to be had for the Xbox One S or regular PlayStation 4. While not as powerful as their One X or PS 4 Pro siblings, both systems can play all the latest games and can even tap into newer TV features like HDR.Both consoles play largely the same games, including recent hits like “Red Dead Redemption 2,” “Madden 19,” “NBA 2K19” and “Call of Duty Black Ops 4” but some exclusives like “Marvel’s Spider-Man” or “God of War” are only for PlayStation, while franchises like “Gears of War” and “Halo” are solely for Xbox.You can’t really go wrong with either system, but if you are buying as a gift make sure to check with your gamer to find out where their friends play (and remember to pick up a subscription to Xbox Live or PlayStation Network, the respective service needed to play others online).With the exception of “Fortnite,” playing with friends on a different system is largely non-existent right now.The most recent PlayStation 4 is largely a cosmetic update to the original PS4 that was released in 2013. So if you already have a PS4 and are happy with it, this model isn’t much of an upgrade. Both can play games in HDR.Original Xbox One owners who find that system to be slow will, however, appreciate the One S which isn’t just sleeker, but faster and more powerful than the first One and can play games in HDR and Blu-rays and Netflix in 4K.As for which bundle—and there are plenty—to consider, look to see what each retailer offers. Games like “Minecraft,” ‘NBA 2K19″ or “Marvel’s Spider-Man” are among the current popular titles being bundled, with some retailers also throwing in extra controllers and other perks. One of the biggest staples of holiday sales aren’t just the fancy new 4K TVs, it’s what you can play on them. (c)2018 USA TodayDistributed by Tribune Content Agency, LLC. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. 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