Liberty Global is not overly concerned about threa

first_imgLiberty Global is not overly concerned about threats to regulate cable in European markets, despite “politicized” moves to regulate in specific markets, according to president and CEO Mike Fries.Speaking at the Citi’s 2018 Global TMT West conference, Fries also played down the threat that the European Electronic Communications Code, currently going through the ‘trilogue’ process – the informal negotiations between the European parliament and other EU bodies – would be amended so as to present a threat to cable.Fries said regulation in Europe is “evolving” with the trilogue over the final form of the Electronic Communications Code ongoing. He said there was “some political squabbling” but expressed confidence on the basis that the European Commission – “the expert in this matter” ­– agrees with LG that the existing framework provides a level playing field.Fries said that attempts to regulate cable on the same basis as historic incumbents was “political”, rather than based on a clear analysis of the competitive reality. “We’re going to have to fight those battles,” he said.“In markets where it has emerged, like Belgium, it is a politicised matter,” he said.Belgian regulator the BIPT has attempted to create a distinction between cable and broadband telecom networks that would define Liberty-owned Telenet as a monopoly in the Flemish cable market.Fries said that Belgium’s existing ‘open cable’ regime – which provides access to cable TV services to third parties on a wholesale basis, had not adversely affected its Telenet unit’s share price. He said that Telenet’s wholesale deal with Orange had “no meaningful impact on our P&L”.Fries said that Liberty remained committed to building out its network further as a key element in its growth strategy. He said the company had built out a million homes in the UK through Project Lightning last year.He said build-cost, ARPU from new homes and penetration achieved all mean that “the economics of this project are terrific”.Fries said that the average per home build cost in the UK is £630, which he said was now fairly stable. “It depends on mix and density…but we feel pretty good about that number and it provides pretty good returns.”“We are infinitely better at building networks at this point than we were a year ago,” he said.He said Liberty was focusing on investing in building out rather than monetising plant it had already built: “We want to seed the ground for five years of growth…We are long-term players in this market.”Fries also said that Liberty is “converging” in multiple markets. “We will be part of or the controlling shareholder of one of the two big players in each market,” he said.He said that Liberty’s fixed-mobile JV with Vodafone in the Netherlands had proved that the synergies from convergence were “real”, adding that the number of converged customers had increased and the company was working to extend the converged base.The Netherlands is facing a four-to-three mobile merger with T-Mobile set to combine with Tele2, but Fries said this could raise regulatory issues. He said Deutsche Telekom’s goal was to create a third fixed mobile player after KPN and VodafoneZiggo and he “welcomed that competition”.last_img read more

POLICE IN DERRY SEIZE THREE IMITATION WEAPONSPSNI

first_img POLICE IN DERRY SEIZE THREE IMITATION WEAPONSPSNI FOYLE FACEBOOKWATERSIDE NPT POLICE in Derry are jubilant after taking these weapons of the streets of the city today.The imitation weapons were located by members of the PSNI Foyle’s Waterside Neighbourhood Policing Team (NPT) this morning.They will now be forensically examined. “Can you guess what Waterside NPT have been at this morning before lunchtime? bonus prize for guessing which one in the picture is actually real!?!? Answers on a post it note please… 1. Locate and seize 3 x imitation firearms. 2. Catch a young fella running away from us after he was suspected of being involved in a theft . 3. Identify his accomplice.4. Assist in the arrest of a drunk driver . 5. All of the above*please note there is no actual prize for guessing the right answer but you can make me tea Constable F”.POLICE IN DERRY SEIZE THREE IMITATION WEAPONS was last modified: May 16th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: As well as seizing the weapons, Waterside NPT also arrested a male who ran off following a suspected theft.A suspected accomplice in the theft has also been identified say police.And Waterside NPT also arrested a drunk drive, making the streets of Derry a lot safer for motorists and pedestrians.PSNI Foyle said on its Facebook page today: ShareTweetlast_img read more

POLICE are appealing to the business community if

first_img POLICE are appealing to the business community if they own these pallets to come forward and reclaim them.A PSNI Foyle spokesperson said: “At 00.45 hours on Saturday morning, approximately 15 Pallets and 2 Industrial Trolleys were seized from youths in the area of the Crescent Link, Derry.“If any business or owner should need to claim ownership of these pallets please contact Police on 101.” ShareTweet crescent linkPOLICE IN DERRY SEIZE PALLETS HEADING FOR A LOCAL BONFIREPSNI FOYLEcenter_img POLICE IN DERRY SEIZE PALLETS HEADING FOR A LOCAL BONFIRE was last modified: June 18th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags:last_img

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first_img ballyarnettfaughanFour wards counted indicating votes up in Derry and Strabane Councilfoyleside ShareTweet AS the counting is underway for Derry City and Strabane District Council, early indications are that the voting is slightly up on the previous election in 2014.So far, votes cast in four District Electoral Areas have already been counted showing a moderate increase in the turnout at polling stations across the council area.The total votes polled for Foyleside ward is 7,520 that represents 56.83% turnout.center_img The total votes polled for Faughan ward is 7,246 that represents a 53.28% turnout.The total votes polled for Ballyarnett ward is 9,774 which represents a 56.09% turnoutThe total votes polled for the Derg ward is 8,120 representing 62.48% turnout.Four wards counted indicating votes up in Derry and Strabane Council was last modified: May 3rd, 2019 by John2John2 Tags:last_img read more

Home NewsWatch New Bill Would Cause Stricter Pen

first_imgHome NewsWatch New Bill Would Cause Stricter Penalties For People Who Enter Abandoned Mines Tyler Barker Tyler Barker is currently the Interim News Director and Digital Content Manager for WOAY-TV. I was promoted to this job in Mid-November. I still will fill in on weather from time to time. Follow me on Facebook and Twitter @wxtylerb. Have any news tips or weather questions? Email me at tbarker@woay.com Google+ Pinterest Next PostRestricted Visitation Due to the Number of Influenza Cases At Princeton Community Hospital Twitter Previous PostMANCHIN ANNOUNCES NEW WEST VIRGINIA BROADBAND PARTNERSHIP Tumblr Mail CHARLESTON, WV (WOAY) – Two new bills in the West Virginia House of Delegates would stiffen penalties to those who enter an abandoned mine.House Bill 2980: or “Mine Trespass Act” would establish misdemeanor and felony offenses for the trespass. The bill also provides a hold harmless provision and for temporary exemption from environmental regulations.First offense: if guilty, confined to jail not less than one week and not more than one month and be fined between 1,000 to 5,000 dollars.Second offense: if guilty, confined to jail one to five years and a fine of 5,000 to 10,000 dollars.Third offense: if guilty, confined to jail for five to ten years and a fine of 10,000 to 25,000 dollars.—House Bill 2979: The purpose of this bill is to establish responsibility of the mine owner to seal mines; establish liability for failure to seal mines; prohibit entry into an active, sealed or abandoned mine; establish criminal penalties; and establish civil liability for costs associated with rescue from a mine.Back in December, four people entered the Rock House Powellton Mine allegedly to steal copper.  One person made it out on his one but the other three had to be rescued and the operation took 5 days. Linkedin Facebook NewsWatchPolitical NewsState NewsTop Stories New Bill Would Cause Stricter Penalties For People Who Enter Abandoned Mines By Tyler BarkerFeb 12, 2019, 11:24 am 456 0 last_img read more

Heres the New York Spot Silver Bid chart on its

first_img Here’s the New York Spot Silver [Bid] chart on its own, The dollar index didn’t do much yesterday either, except for a spike down with the low of the day coming at precisely 9:30 a.m. EDT, the same moment that the rally in gold and silver got cut off at the knees in New York.  Someone obviously hit the buy the dollar index/sell gold and silver buttons at the same moment.  As GATA’s Chris Powell would say, “There are no market anymore, only interventions.”  The dollar index closed up 11 basis points from Thursday, finishing the Friday session at 81.28. The gold stocks opened two percent higher, but with gold getting hit at the precise moment that the stock markets began to trade in New York, a willing seller showed up immediately, and sold the stocks down three percent into negative territory, a five percent swing in less than forty-five minutes. From that point, a willing seller showed up every time the HUI headed higher.  What should have ended as a positive day for stocks, was turned into a negative.  The HUI finished down 1.93%, even though gold traded in positive territory from 12:30 p.m. EDT onward. The price action in silver was similar to gold’s, right down to the two sell offs in New York at 9:30 a.m. and 2:20 p.m.  The low in London appeared to come around the morning gold fix as well, about $22.80 spot.  The high tick in New York was recorded $23.53 spot. Silver closed at $23.255, up 24.5 cents on the day, and well off its high.  Net volume was monstrous at 55,000 contracts. The unusually high volume activity that occurred in Far East and early London trading that I spoke of in The Wrap in yesterday’s column, obviously continued for the rest of the day, and was particularly prevalent during the Comex trading session.  On a daily basis, about 80% of silver and gold volume is done in New York. Platinum and palladium didn’t do much, and both closed down a dollar or so.  Here are the charts, Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart showing the New York session on its own.  It was unusual to see this kind of price action on a Friday afternoon, especially in the electronic market.  Note the 9:30 a.m. sell off. Sponsor Advertisementcenter_img It’s a mug’s game trying to call this market on a short-term basis, as anything can happen Compared to Thursday, it was pretty quiet price wise for gold on Friday.  Gold’s low of the day came shortly after the London morning gold fix at 10:30 a.m. BST.  The subsequent rally got cut off at the knees at 9:30 a.m. in New York, but then it rallied anew beginning at 12:30 p.m. EDT.  A not-for-profit seller showed up again at 2:15 p.m. in electronic trading, and once they were done, gold rallied again into the close. The high tick at 2:15 p.m. EDT was recorded by Kitco at $1,381.00 spot, and the low, both in New York and London, just a hair below $1,360 spot. Gold finished the Friday trading session at $1,377.20 spot, up $11.10 from Thursday.  Volume, net of August and September, was very heavy at 189,000 contracts.  That’s huge for a day with such a small trading range, and a sign that the HFT boys were all over this market. (Click on image to enlarge) Yesterday I didn’t have the CME’s Daily Delivery Report for you, but here it is now, and I thank California reader Jon De Weese for helping me out on this one.  It showed that 52 gold and 11 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Monday.  In gold, it was Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia that was the short/issuer on all 52 contracts, and JPMorgan Chase was the long/stopper on 47 of those contracts, all out of its in-house [proprietary] trading account.  JPMorgan was the short /issuer on all 11 silver contracts.  The link to Jon’s webpage is here, and you’ll be as amazed as I was when I clicked on the link for the first time last night. Surprisingly enough, there was no gold or silver posted for delivery in Friday’s CME Delivery Report. I note that there are still 1,143 gold contracts open in August, and I await their fate with great interest.  I suspect that they will all be delivered into, but I’m wondering out loud why the short/issuer is being so shy, and dragging this out so long into the delivery month. Over at GLD, an authorized participant finally deposited some more gold.  This time it was 77,272 troy ounces, and as of midnight last night, there were no reported changes in SLV.  Without doubt, the ETF is owed silver, but it remains to be seen if any more silver is forthcoming, or will the APs have to short the shares in lieu of depositing physical metal? It’s been a while since I’ve heard from Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank, but I received something from them yesterday.  For the week ending August 9th, they reported that their gold ETF declined by 49,309 troy ounces, and their silver ETF declined by a smallish 109,674 troy ounces. Once again there was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.  Month-to-date the mint has  sold only 2,500 ounces of gold eagles, 4,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes, and 1,596,000 silver eagles.  The silver eagles sales seem normal, but I’ve never seen gold sales this low since I can’t remember when.  Based on these sales, the silver/gold ratio is way up there at 226 to 1, about the same ratio as last week. I said last week that such a ridiculous sales ratio couldn’t last, but here it is again one week later. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday there was no reported gold transfers, either in or out. There was a lot more activity in silver, as 771,257 troy ounces were added to their depositories, and 1,006,267 troy ounces of the stuff were withdrawn.  The link to that activity is here. Not surprisingly, the Commitment of Traders Report [for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday] did not make for happy reading.  The Commercial net short position in silver blew out by almost 10,000 contracts, or 50 million ounces, and the total Commercial net short position doubled in a week to a bit over a 100 million ounces of silver.   According to silver analyst Ted Butler, the Big 4 [read JPMorgan] sold short another 3,500 silver contracts, the ‘5 through 8’ largest traders sold short another 1,000 or so contracts, and the Raptors [the Commercial traders other than the Big 8] sold 5,500 contracts of their record long position. Ted is of the opinion that JPMorgan’s short position in silver now sits around the 16,000 contract mark, or 80 million ounces. In gold, the headline number showed virtually no change in the Commercial net short position, and that’s because the big error from last week’s report [28,400 contracts] automatically corrected itself on the rally during the reporting week, if that makes any sense.  If I’m understanding Ted correctly, the Commercial net short position for the week that was, deteriorated by the exact same amount as the error from the prior week.  Of that amount, the Big 4 [mostly JPMorgan] sold 8,000 contracts of its long position, 800,000 troy ounces, which Ted now figures is down to the 7.7 million ounce level, down from 8.5 million ounces in the prior week. What these numbers show is that the Commercial traders are back to their old tricks and, without doubt, were even more aggressive in their selling since the Tuesday cut-off.  Next week’s COT Report won’t make for happy reading either.  It’s obvious, especially from the heavy volumes all week, that JPMorgan et al are throwing quite a bit of Comex paper at these rallies, and although it’s possible we could move sharply higher from here, the odds don’t favour that, at least in the very short term. I’d love to be proven wrong, but I’ve seen this movie too many times before over the past decade, and I have to use the past as prologue.  I suppose this time it might be different, and they might let the prices run, but why didn’t they do that a few weeks back when they were maximum long in gold, and minimum long in silver, as they’ve given back a lot of their ill-gotten gains since then. I’ll be interested in what Ted has to say later today, as he normally doesn’t tell me everything when we’re talking on the phone.  If there’s anything more to be gleaned from yesterday’s COT Report, I’ll steal if for my Tuesday column. I have the usual number of stories for a Saturday, which is a lot, including quite a few that I’ve been saving for today. Hastiness and superficiality are the psychic diseases of the 20th century…and more than anywhere else, this disease is reflected in the press. – Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ needs no introduction whatsoever…and neither does the performer. He is, without doubt, one of the best male vocalists of all time…and was all over the pop charts in the 1960s.  I remember him well…and the women loved him…throwing panties and hotel room keys on the stage whenever he performed in Las Vegas The link is here.  Enjoy! Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ was composed by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart in 1779 while he was on a 2-year tour of Europe that included Mannheim and Paris.   It’s his Sinfonia Concertante in E-flat major for violin, viola and orchestra, K. 364.  Itzhak Perlman [violin] and Pinchas Zuckerman [viola] do the honours with Zubin Mehta conducting the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra.  I’ve heard both these artists live and in concert with the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra…and they are beyond awesome…especially Itzhak Perlman.  The recording looks to be at least 30 years old, but the video and audio quality are still pretty good.  The link is here. Judging by the huge volume figures for both gold and silver yesterday, I’d guess that both metals were kept on a pretty tight leash…and that goes for the shares as well. As I mentioned on several occasions during the last couple of weeks, the volume numbers have really started to blow out, even on quiet days…and it was obvious at the time that the budding rallies in all four precious metals were not going unopposed.  That has certainly turned out to be the case from what was in yesterday’s COT Report…and what has probably occurred since the Tuesday cut-off. But will this pattern continue?  I don’t know…and it’s a mug’s game trying to call this market on a short-term basis, as anything can happen.  We’re getting pretty overbought in silver…and gold is getting close…and it wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest if we got some sort of engineered price correction at some point.  Of course we can stay in overbought territory for quite some time, just like we did in oversold territory…but using the past as prologue, I’d say that this rally is on borrowed time. However, once this presumed correction is out of the way, there’s no reason that I can think of why we shouldn’t continue to power higher.  The current prices of all four precious metals are at ridiculous and artificially low levels…and the economic, financial and monetary state of the world is beyond repair.  And as Mike Maloney pointed out in his video in the ‘Critical Reads’ section, a new monetary system will make an appearance at some point and, without doubt, gold will play a role.  Even Jim Rickards concedes that. It’s just that the road to that end will be bumpy…and strewn with potholes…unless we get an over-the-weekend price revaluation.   That remains a distinct possibility…and could come at any time, despite what the COT Report has to say. Before heading out the door, here’s Nick Laird’s “Total PMs Pool” chart updated with this past week’s data…and as you can tell, we are on the mend both in total ounces and in price.  As far as I’m concerned, it’s only a matter of time before we’re back at new highs…and not too much time I would think. Avrupa Minerals Ltd. is a growth-oriented prospect generator focused on aggressive exploration for valuable mineral deposits in politically stable and prospective regions of Europe with a growing pipeline of prospects in Portugal, Kosovo and Germany. Company highlights: Alvalade Project JV with Antofagasta Minerals SA – Copper and Zinc on 1000 km2 project area in the Portuguese Pyrite Belt – 2012 exploration budget of US$ 2.5 million, all provided by Antofagasta, including 6000 meters of core drilling Gold exploration in the Erzgebirge Mining District, Germany – 307 km2 exploration license in 1000+ year producing region of tin, tungsten, silver, base metals, and uranium – Increasingly favorable permitting and mining regulations, long mining culture, widespread known gold panning locations Covas Tungsten JV with Blackheath Resources Inc. – 922,900 mt @ 0.78% WO3 (non NI 43-101 compliant) historic resource – Potential to increase the tungsten resource – New gold target on the project Strong management including Paul Kuhn, CEO, previously involved with several discoveries around the world, and Mark T. Brown, Director, founder of Rare Element Resources Ltd. Low risk exploration strategy Share structure and cash on hand (12/31/2011): 16.1 million shares outstanding; 23.7 million shares outstanding, fully diluted 40% of shares held by insiders, family, friends, and long-term investors Approx. C$ 500,000 cash on hand (consolidated Canada and Europe) Antofagasta has provided US$ 350,000 for all anticipated Alvalade JV expenses for Q1 2012. Please visit our website for more information. (Click on image to enlarge) But until then…I, like you…will just have to wait it out. That’s it for the day…and the week. See you here on Tuesday. The silver stocks fared no better, and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 1.89% despite the fact that the silver price finished well above its Thursday close.last_img read more

Weather permitting the Outdoor Siren Test will be

first_imgWeather permitting, the Outdoor Siren Test will be conducted Wednesday February 7 at 12 noon.The monthly test is scheduled for the first Wednesday of each month, weather permitting.  The forecast for Wednesday is cloudy with showers likely and a high of 64 degrees.Should the test be cancelled, it will be re-scheduled for Wednesday February 14 at 12 noon.Additionally, citizens should remember Outdoor Warning Sirens are intended to alert persons who are involved with outdoor activities.  There is no guarantee they will hear an Outdoor Warning Siren when it is activated. Persons indoors should not depend on Outdoor Warning Sirens as their primary way of being warned.There are many other ways to receive an emergency alert. One way is with a NOAA Weather Radio.  NOAA Weather Radios are inexpensive and can be programmed to receive watches and warnings for one or more counties. They would make a wonderful gift. Another way is by using the TuscALERT notification system, which will send a message to the user’s phone if their address is included in an issued watch or warning. The system is customizable by user. Sign up for TuscALERT by visiting www.TuscAlert.com.This media release was provided by Tuscaloosa County EMA.last_img read more

Planned Parenthood clinics nationwide have stopped

first_imgPlanned Parenthood clinics nationwide have stopped using federal Title X family planning funds, according to the organization. The decision comes after the Trump administration announced this week that it has started enforcing regulations that prohibit Title X grant recipients from counseling patients about abortion.The Trump administration’s rules – unveiled last year and finalized this year – forbid groups that provide or refer patients for abortion from receiving funds through Title X, which pays for reproductive health care for about 4 million low-income people. After a recent series of legal challenges left the rule in place – at least for now – the administration said on Monday that it would begin enforcing the rules. In a statement, Jacqueline Ayers, vice president of government relations & public policy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America, said the organization is refusing to comply with what critics call a “gag rule” and instead has stopped using Title X dollars.”It is unethical and dangerous to require health care providers to withhold important information from patients,” Ayers’ statement said. “During this period of limbo while we wait for the court to rule, our affiliates are not using federal Title X funds to provide care. We are continuing to fight this illegal rule in court and to provide care to all people — no matter what.”Planned Parenthood says it will dip into emergency funds to continuing providing care. Officials say about 40% of Title X recipients nationwide receive health services at the group’s clinics. This comes at a time of uncertainty for the organization. Earlier this week, Planned Parenthood’s board announced it had replaced President Dr. Leana Wen with an interim leader. Wen said she was fired after a “secret” meeting over philosophical differences. On Tuesday, Maine Family Planning announced it would stop accepting Title X dollars after nearly five decades as a grantee. The organization operates 18 of its own clinics and sub-contracts with other health centers around the state to provide reproductive health services through the federal program.President and CEO George Hill said in an interview with NPR that at least 25% of the organization’s funding comes from Title X, and a total of 50 sites across Maine could be affected by the rule. “Our doors are gonna remain open … It’s gonna be an enormous challenge to replace these dollars, but we simply can’t accept them,” Hill said.Hill said Maine Family Planning provides abortions using private funds. For other services normally funded by Title X, Hill said the group will tap into reserves and explore other potential funding sources.”This rule is so onerous and arrogant that we simply cannot accept the federal funds with these limitations on them and provide what we believe is the full range of reproductive healthcare services that our patients deserve,” Hill said.Reproductive rights groups have seen the regulations as a major blow, and have said the rules will interfere with the doctor-patient relationship. The president’s supporters see them as a fulfillment of his campaign promise to “defund” Planned Parenthood. Federal funding for abortion is already illegal except in a few circumstances, but the new regulations mean many organizations that once provided other reproductive health services through Title X are now barred from receiving those funds.In a statement this week praising the Trump administration’s announcement that it will begin enforcement of the rule,Marjorie Dannenfelser of the Susan B. Anthony List, which opposes abortion rights, praised administration officials for “acting decisively to stop taxpayer funding of the abortion industry.”Reproductive rights groups say they’ll continue to fight the rule in court. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

In the second half of the 1800s the Square was qu

first_imgIn the second half of the 1800s, the Square was quite refined. It was home to Tremont Row which housed high-end shops, dance studios, photography studios, and dentists (where ether was first used in dental practice) and the Sears Crescent Building. In the mid 1900s, the Square went through its latest major transformation. The past was effectively erased. Different mayors left their fingerprint, ultimately resulting in the demolition of the area and the building of City Hall Plaza. Securing massive federal funding, demolition began in 1960, and a national competition was held to design a new City Hall. Yes, the current design was the winner. The City Hall and Government Center that stands today was completed in 1968, the latest chapter in this once colorful area of downtown Boston. Over the years, the area changed dramatically to cater to the immigrants’ interests – theaters, lunch counters, tattoo parlors and bars. Sailors would make a “bee line” for the Square as soon as they disembarked from their ships. The Howard was now showing what the general public wanted – burlesque, variety shows and vaudeville. Burlesque went through a transformation to a less refined “bump and grind” style. Joe and Nemo’s across the street from the Howard was another landmark as it turned in to a hugely popular restaurant. The area was home to a number of firsts – electrified trolleys in 1887, and the first subway line in the nation from Park to Boylston and on to Scollay Square with “cut and cover” construction in 1897. The Square housed the first motion picture house in 1906. The Howard Athenaeum (“the Howard” as it became affectionately known) was built, home to a great variety of entertainment. Since many women attended the shows, renovations had to accommodate “ladies rooms” for the burgeoning clientele. The Friends of the North End Library continue to sponsor high-interest programs for the North End community. At our most recent offering, a rapt audience of over 50 people gathered at the library to hear the entertaining history of Scollay Square. Author David Kruh discussed his book Always Something Doing: Boston’s Infamous Scollay Square by presenting a comprehensive photo journey of the area both past and present. He began by reaching back to its early origins, through its colorful era as an entertainment mecca, to its current incarnation as Government Center / City Hall Plaza.*Advertisement* By Mary Sanderson Author David Kruh addresses the crowd. For more information concerning the Friends of the NE Library, please email:  info@FriendsNELibrary.org or go to our website: www.FriendsNELibrary.org for membership information and a listing of other programs. This program was generously funded by the Friends of the North End Library. Also, remember our continuing improved daily book sale on the shelves near the front door and in the back of the library. Our book sales are the source of our funds to pay for these exciting programs. Buy a current best seller book; leave a favorite book you read!last_img read more

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first_imgMeralco Bolts lose to skidding GlobalPort Batang Pier in 39th PBA Philippine Cup SMC bags Bulacan airport project A 26-YEAR-OLD man stabbed two men in a drinking session in barangay Carreta, Cebu City early morning yesterday.Police said jealousy may have driven  Regan Recolcol to stab Teofilo Macheca, 24, and Celestino Agusto, 35.ADVERTISEMENT PBA: Rain or Shine overcomes San Miguel, McCullough’s 51 to avert sweep Before  the attack, Macheca and Agusto were drinking with Recolcol’s girlfriend Angue Salomon.Recolcol arrived and joined the group.FEATURED STORIESNEWSINFOSenate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreementsNEWSINFOLocsin wants to drop ‘visas upon arrival’ privilegeNEWSINFOPalace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spikeA few minutes later, Recolcol confronted the two men before attacking them with a knife, police said. Recolcol fled after the incident.Macheca and Agusto were brought to the Cebu City Medical Center with stab wounds in different parts of their bodies./CORRESPONDENT CHITO O. ARAGON Read Next PM Boris Johnson visits Belfast as Brexit woes hurt UK economy Carpio gets nominated as CJ for 4th time MORE STORIESnewsinfo4 men nabbed after yielding shabu, marijuana in Quezon CitynewsinfoRobbery eyed in slay of DPWH official in BulacannewsinfoMan kills brother in dispute over electricity billMORE STORIESnewsinfo4 men nabbed after yielding shabu, marijuana in Quezon CitynewsinfoRobbery eyed in slay of DPWH official in BulacannewsinfoMan kills brother in dispute over electricity bill LATEST STORIEScenter_img What’s new in town: Eggplant parmigiana deep-dish pizza, tofu ‘kakigori,’ ‘kamias’-date sticky toffee pudding An adobo upgrade: Add rosemary Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements Pagasa: Rain expected as LPA enters PAR MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities PLAY LIST 03:26PCSO to focus on improving transparency of gaming activities01:39Sotto open to discuss, listen to pros and cons of divorce bill06:02Senate to probe Tolentino’s ‘novel legal theories’ on oral agreements01:50Palace open to make Dengvaxia usable again as dengue cases spike01:49House seeks probe on ‘massive corruption’ in PCSO01:37PCSO estimates P250M in Lotto revenue loss due to suspension View commentslast_img read more

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first_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/airbnb-releases-anti-discrimination-battle-plan/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/airbnb-releases-anti-discrimination-battle-plan/ Amid increasing outrage over discriminatory practices by some Airbnb hosts’ refusal to accept guest requests from black people, Airbnb released specifics on its strategy to fight racism on its platform.Starting Nov. 1, Airbnb users must check off on the Airbnb Community Commitment. This is an agreement to “treat all fellow members of this community, regardless of race, religion, national origin, disability, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or age, with respect, and without judgment or bias.”Policy DetailsOpen Doors is another new policy providing alternative hosts or accommodations for any Airbnb guest who feels they have been subject to discrimination.These guests will also receive booking assistance with their next reservation. This policy goes into effect Oct. 1. It will apply retroactively to anyone who complained about discriminatory treatment as of Sept. 8.Less reliance on photos for booking is another area Airbnb is exploring to fight racism on its platform. CEO Brian Chesky said in a blog post that the Instant Booking feature, which lets hosts make bookings immediately, would be expanded.The new anti-discrimination guidelines stem from Airbnb’s work with experts in the area of legal matters and racism.Mighty HelpIn July, the company announced that it had enlisted the help of former Attorney General Eric Holder, to craft a new anti-discrimination policy. The company also turned to Laura Murphy, the former chief of the ACLU’s Washington office, Dr. Robert Livingston of the Harvard Kennedy School of Government, and Dr. Peter Glick of Lawrence University.“Airbnb has conducted a rigorous, thorough, and inclusive review of its technology and its policies. The review included conversations with employees at every level of the company, Airbnb hosts and victims of discrimination, and outside experts. It also included outreach to civil rights organizations, regulators, and federal and state lawmakers,” wrote Holder in a Huffington Post op-ed.last_img read more

By FFWPU USA On July 15 and 16 in Tacoma Washingt

first_imgBy FFWPU USAOn July 15 and 16 in Tacoma, Washington, a Step Up two-day workshop was led by Naokimi Ushiroda, president of the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles (CARP) USA. Fourteen young Unificationists participated and had an opportunity to empower their life by learning the seven CARP principles.During the workshop, the participants joined seven sessions based on each CARP principle and interactively engaged to develop and share their ideas. Through the sessions, each participant could gain insight into their passion, strength, and potential, and eventually set a practical goal for their life.The sessions included both pair sharing and group sharing formats, which encouraged each participant to be confident in expressing what they learned. “During these two days, participants had a moment of a big leap of growth for their life,” said Inchan Park, District Pastor of District 10.“I really enjoyed the workshop and found it very helpful, said participant Jula Stafford, 28. “I feel I could resolve many things and make a new determination through it.”last_img read more

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first_img be_ixf; php_sdk; php_sdk_1.4.18 https://www.blackenterprise.com/disney-invests-jessica-o-matthews-uncharted-power/ https://www.blackenterprise.com/disney-invests-jessica-o-matthews-uncharted-power/ Jessica O. Matthews is the founder of Uncharted Power, a company that uses renewable kinetic energy solutions to generate clean, consistent, and cost-efficient power for communities, facilities, and the internet of things (IoT). She recently completed the 2018 Disney Accelerator and announced that they are now an investor in the company.“I am honored to finally be able to announce that Disney is an investor in Unchartered Power,” Matthews stated via Twitter. “We were 1 of 7 amazing companies in their 2018 cohort: Aaptiv, a leading provider of premium digital wellness content; BYJU’s, India’s largest edtech company; Caffeine, a social broadcasting platform; HopSkipDrive, a leader in technology-enabled ride services for kids; Ubiquity6, a massively multiplayer augmented reality platform; and Unsupervised, a company that helps teams find hidden insights in their data.”Matthews recently completed a presentation at Disney’s Demo Day offering up some very interesting facts about the company. “Unchartered Power holds 10 patents and 10+ pending patents,’” said Matthews. “There are over 1 billion people on the planet today, who do not have access to reliable power.”Jessica Matthews shares her vision for Uncharted Power at 2018 Disney Accelerator Demo Day (YouTube)In addition to these facts, she had even more to say about the infrastructure that hopes to support not only international countries—her company is partially based in Nigeria—but here in the states as well. “The U.S. grid is over 100 years old. It is literally the oldest, largest machine in the country and is in no way prepared to provide the consistently omnipresent power that we will need for everything around us to be a technologically enhanced experience,” stated Matthews. “It will take five trillion dollars to upgrade our existing systems and trillions more to extend its reach to the 1 billion people I spoke of earlier.”Her goal is to create a massive global disruption in power infrastructure with Uncharted Power. The new product out, “More,” a modular, energy resource solution. More is a panel that serves as a fast, low-cost infrastructure development tool that doesn’t sacrifice quality in the creation of super-efficient microgrid networks. When each of the panels is combined, the system is transformed into a decentralized hidden power grid that provides power and data infrastructure.Matthews is definitely on to something. If executed correctly, her technology will not only change the way that power is deployed but it will revolutionize today’s power infrastructure as we know it, allowing us to affordably deploy micro-grids and create peer-to-peer energy trading networks, providing power where you need it and when you need it.Learn more about Jessica Matthews in the video clip below. Kase Lawal is One of the Biggest Power Players …Sponsors – Women of Power SummitByron Allen and Sinclair Broadcast Group Acquir…last_img read more

Heres one more shot TJ Dillashaws teammate and B

first_imgHere’s one more shot TJ Dillashaw’s teammate and Bellator bantamweight Juan Archuleta, who fights next weekend, just sent me of dinner. Steak salad, and a dollop of almond butter for dessert. pic.twitter.com/LUpCWbOC03— Brett Okamoto (@bokamotoESPN) January 18, 2019 Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career More From Will such dehydration make him more susceptible to a knockout punch Saturday night? Maybe. While Dillashaw should great dedication in getting there, let’s hope this is a one-and-done at 125 for the bantamweight champ. Rematch?@AndiJutlander: Could there possibly be a rematch between Cejudo and Dillashaw at BW, if Cejudo prevails?Addressed this last week, but since a bunch of people asked again, you’d almost have to run this one back again, wouldn’t you? If the UFC is going to get rid of the 125 division (and maybe they shouldn’t, if they’ve got a champ like Cejudo who has displayed the charisma which burst forth this week), and Cejudo goes up to 125, I mean, a bantamweight division in which the champ has been defeated by a fighter from a smaller weight class is going to be a room inhabited by a very large elephant until those two competitors fight again. Colby Covington rips ‘diva’ Robbie Lawler for leaving American Top Team over a photo ProMax 440 BJJ GI Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Good Night Tee Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Sale Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Lockdown duffle bag It’s the dawn of a new era in the UFC, as UFC Brooklyn kicks off the company’s five-year deal with ESPN. And you guys want to talk … title belts? Alrighty then. Let’s have at it. New UFC belt design@Kristian_Ibarra: Is all the hate on the new belt warranted?Nah. Look, there are few bigger feeding frenzies on social media than when, well, anyone decided to change the design of anything that’s been around awhile. A major website changes their design? Out comes the pitchfork mob. A team changes their uniform colors or logo? Out comes Comic Book Guy to declare “Worst Uniforms Ever.” And so on. When was the last time a major design format of some sort was changed and people went “yeah, that’s great!”? So it shouldn’t be a surprise that people were up in arms when the UFC legacy belt was formally unveiled Friday, replacing a design which has held forth since 2001.Before this announcement, you never heard people pining for the old belts, or saying anything like “man, those belts look awesome.” They look like, well, belts from a generation ago. Whether the minimalist look of the new championship belt was a bit too far in the opposite direction is a reasonable question. On the other hand, the next features of the championship which will include the champ’s name (The coolest upgrade in title belts design in our lifetime by far was when the NWA added a nameplate to what’s now known as “the Ric Flair belt”), home flag, weight class and number of successful title defense is pretty cool, too. The old belts outlasted Mike Goldberg, the Fertittas, non-Reebok gear, many a UFC Hall of Fame career, the Spike and FOX eras. The look was due for a refresh. Now, if only they’ll get rid of Face the Pain one and for all. At this point, one can only assume that song will survive a nuclear holocaust along with cockroaches and spiders. UFC on ESPN pacing@spacebawz: How much are you hoping for better pacing on ESPN?I’m optimistic about how the UFC is going to come across on ESPN platforms after talking to some of the highest-ranking executives in the company for a piece which ran on Thursday. The UFC is obviously not going to be put on the same level as the NFL, but when ESPN obtains a property, it puts its muscle behind the product in a way FOX only did in fits and starts. To me, the fact that UFC Brooklyn simply feels like a bigger and buzzier deal than the T.J. Dillashaw-Henry Cejudo would have felt if the company had simply gone through the motions on another assembly line PPV of the month seems telling.Event pacing, though, remains an open question. That subject ended up on the cutting-room floor from my feature because, I mean, it was a 2,000-word piece and you have to stop somewhere. But the general impression I got is twofold: 1. There isn’t much you can do about shows on linear cable, in large part because advertisers are buying X amount of advertising time and that time needs to be filled, but 2. There’s room for some flexibility on the streaming events. So yeah. I wish I had a better answer for you then “wait and see,” but at least in regards to streaming event pacing, we’ll have to wait and see. Greg Hardy’s future@RRumbleweed: Although a PR nightmare at the moment, could Greg Hardy’s potential success in MMA be a good thing for the sport long-term (other high-end athletes see his transition and try to replicate)?This is a bit of an awkward question to work around, but I get where you’re coming from with this. If you can separate Greg Hardy, the former NFL All-Pro, from Greg Hardy, the man with a history of domestic abuse, could he be used as a potential example for other high-level athletes to make the jump over?But it’s just not that simple. Hardy lost his football career in large part because his domestic abuse issues more or less banished him from the NFL. If that hadn’t happened, it would be highly likely he’d still be making those giant football paychecks, and would not be competing in mixed martial arts. Even the benchwarmers in the major stick-and-ball sports, much less the the elite, are pulling down better pay than all but the biggest stars in MMA. Why would you give that up for a sport in which you get punched in the face?Until MMA’s pay scale changes, the only elite competitors of Hardy’s size and athletic gifts who gravitate to this sport are going to be those who also come with Hardy’s baggage. Intimidation@JohnTOakes: Which attempt at pre-fight intimidation in MMA do you think was the most effective?You know what’s kind of funny about this? I immediately started thinking about the opposite. Every lame attempt at trash talk we’ve had come our way in MMA, and every weak attempt at intimidation (If T.J. Dillashaw goes out and smokes Henry Cejudo at UFC Brooklyn, we might add Cejudo using a snake at the press conference face-off to this list, which is a shame, because otherwise everything about Cejudo’s presentation was that of someone who gets it). I even thought about “Hurricane” Peter McNeely’s attempts to psyche out Mike Tyson and wondered if we can retroactively claim that for MMA’s all-time bad list instead of boxing.But really, the most intimidating fighters have been the ones who never whose reputations precede them and never say a word. How many really bleeping tough fighters looked like deer in the headlights when they found themselves on the other side of the ring from Fedor Emelianenko? Was Tim Sylvia ever the same after Fedor ran right through him? How many fights did Anderson Silva basically win during the staredowns at the weigh-ins? How many times did fighters crumble when Chuck Liddell swarmed them, with Chuck never having to say a bad word about them in the buildup to the fight? How many women, somewhere in their head, believed the “once in the history of the world” out-of-control hype about Ronda Rousey and found themselves on the wrong end of an armbar before they knew what hit them?Sure, you’ve got your occasional Conor McGregor, who absolutely psyched out opponents on his way up, inspiring countless piss-poor imitators, but I’ll take the no-words-needed psyche jobs done by a Fedor or Silva state over running at the mouth any day of the week. Skinny TJ?@davidkwak_: Will TJ bounce back to his BW fighting weight on fight night? Or will he be a lighter, more depleted fighter?That’s the million-dollar question heading into fight night, isn’t it? Yes, I know there were people grumbling on Twitter because of the amount of time spent wondering if Dillashaw would make weight, only to have Dillashaw do so early in the weigh-in period. But it was a valid line of questioning based on the pictures we saw. That includes the picture of Dillashaw looking like a famine victim on Thursday night. King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Standard Ranked Rashguard Latest From Our Partners Video: Aalon Cruz scores ridiculous jumping knee KO on Contender Seriescenter_img MMA Fighting Latest From MMA Warehouse Standard BJJ Gi Top Contenders for Fight of the Year More: Accessories Gloves Morning Report: Jorge Masvidal praises Conor McGregor: ‘The dude is a f*cking G, bro’ Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Apparel Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender @ufc, Twitter Dana White addresses contender status of Colby Covington, Leon Edwards, Corey Anderson ABC passes rule alteration to definition of grounded fighter Should Frankie Edgar finally fight at bantamweight? Coach Ricardo Almeida weighs inlast_img read more

Fight for 15 to March on Boston Common to Honor Martin Luther

first_imgFight for $15 to March on Boston Common to Honor Martin Luther King’s Legacy The civil rights icon was assassinated in Memphis 49 years ago today. Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 000 4/4/2017, 10:09 a.m. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.*center_img By Kyle Scott Clauss· Print Dr. King after his address to the Massachusetts Legislature, 1965. Photo via APIn the last years of his life, Martin Luther King, Jr. began organizing a “Poor People’s Campaign” that would march on Washington, D.C. and remain there, to demand the radical redistribution of political and economic power. He traveled to Memphis in April 1968, to show solidarity with the poor, black sanitation workers who were striking for better wages. On April 3, he delivered his “Mountaintop” speech there. On April 4, he was shot dead.To mark the 49th anniversary of Dr. King’s death, Fight for $15 Massachusetts will march on the Boston Common Tuesday afternoon—just as the civil rights icon did in 1965 after addressing a joint session of the state Legislature—to “call on elected officials to recognize the struggle of people of color in Boston by supporting a progressive minimum wage of $15 for all workers.”“We will carry his legacy for social justice forward by hearing from movement leaders and workers demanding a livable wage,” the event’s Facebook page reads.The demonstration will begin at 3 p.m. at the Parkman Bandstand, before marching to the State House at 4 p.m.last_img read more

Forge Baking Company Rolls Out Bagels and a Guest Chef Series

first_img Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.* By Jacqueline Cain· 000 Forge Baking Company Rolls Out Bagels and a Guest Chef Series Jody Adams created the first exclusive sandwich. center_img Print 4/27/2017, 1:10 p.m. Jody Adams’ Mediterranean breakfast sandwich at Forge Baking Co. / Photo providedHungry Somerville commuters have always had the option of a bagel at sibling spots Bloc, Diesel, and Forge Baking Company, but now the cafés have their own chewy rounds on the menu. Forge-baked bagels debuted at all three spots this morning, and the mothership also has its own special to celebrate: A guest chef sandwich series.Powerhouse Jody Adams (Trade, Porto, Saloniki) kicks things off with a Mediterranean breakfast sandwich ($8.50). One of the new bagels comes loaded with oven-roasted tomatoes and onions, cage-free eggs with feta and spinach, arugula, and a Greek yogurt sauce. The guest chef will change quarterly, with Myers + Chang maven Karen Akunowicz up next, and Lourdes Smith, on hiatus from Fiore di Nonno, creating something later this year.Each guest chef will select a charity to donate 10 percent of sales from their Forge sandwich, says café co-owner Jennifer Park. Up first: Adams is giving back to the Greater Boston Food Bank.The sandwich series is the brainchild of Forge production manager, Jess Brasil. The bagels, on the other hand, are the handiwork of head baker Julia Stimeck. For the past several years, the company has sourced OMG Bagels for their menus.“We were very happy with our relationship with them, but now that we’re doing all our products in-house [at Forge], the natural next step to take to have full product ownership,” Park says.Each café will carry plain, sesame, everything, and honey wheat bagels, plus a rotating fifth flavor. The naturally leavened bagels ferment over a four-day process that also includes boiling and baking. The restaurant group is also producing a range of house-made spreads, like chocolate hazelnut, maple butter, and cream cheeses in flavors like scallion, raspberry, beet, and smoked salmon.Bloc, Diesel, and Forge will have bagels every day and varying spreads, but Park expects them to be popular. Rise and shine to get yours.Bloc Cafe, 11 Bow St., Union Square, Somerville, 617-623-0000, blocsomerville.com.Diesel Cafe, 257 Elm St., Davis Square, Somerville, 617-629-8717, diesel-cafe.com.Forge Baking Company, 626 Somerville Ave., Somerville, 617-764-5365, forgebakingco.com.Forge Baking Co. bagels will also be available at Bloc and Diesel cafes. / (L) Forge production manager Jess Brasil and head baker Julia Stimeck. / Photos providedlast_img read more

Ask the Expert Do I Have Gluten Sensitivity

first_img Welcome to our new Ask the Expert series, in which our panel of health experts answers your wellness questions. First up: Registered dietitian Matt Priven tackles gluten sensitivity. Got a question of your own? Email jducharme@bostonmagazine.com.Photo via istock.com/sertsQuestion:Everybody is talking about gluten sensitivity. How can I tell if I’m sensitive to gluten?Answer: First of all, take a deep breath. Despite the popularity of gluten-free and low-carb diets, Priven assures us that “the majority of individuals do not need to avoid gluten. If you do not have a specific symptom that’s causing you to question gluten, there’s no reason to go on the diagnostic journey.”Fair enough. But what if you do have a specific symptom, such as digestive issues, abdominal pain, fatigue, headaches, or brain fog?Resist the urge to self-diagnose through trendy elimination diets, Priven says.“Even if someone were to do a gluten-free-style diet like Whole 30 [which eliminates grains, dairy, sugar, alcohol, and legumes for 30 days], and they said, ‘Oh I feel a lot better,’ that still doesn’t tell us [what’s going on],” Priven explains. “You can’t just self-diagnose gluten sensitivity.”If you’re regularly experiencing any of the symptoms above—or any recurrent symptom, for that matter—go to your doctor, especially if you think gluten may be the culprit. You may actually have celiac disease, a serious autoimmune disorder that flares up in the presence of gluten. Celiac comes with potential complications and must be treated for an individual’s entire life, so diagnosing it correctly is very important, Priven explains.He adds that a doctor will only diagnose you with gluten sensitivity if celiac disease and a wheat allergy are ruled out. (Yes, those are all different things. Here’s a breakdown.)“That really just means you’ve shown no physical explanation for your symptoms, but you feel better when eating gluten-free,” Priven says, adding that researchers are trying to determine why some people develop gluten sensitivity.To make a long story short, Priven says, “if you have a symptom, talk to your doctor and let them be part of the diagnostic process.” By Jamie Ducharme· Print 6/7/2017, 11:28 a.m. Ask the Expert: Do I Have Gluten Sensitivity? Registered dietitian Matt Priven explains how to find out. Sign up for Health & Wellness newsletters. Everything you need to stay healthy and fit.* 001 About the Expert: Matt Priven is a registered dietitian nutritionist and the founder of Oceanside Nutrition. As an RDN, Matt is an expert in the areas of food and nutrition. He holds a M.S. in nutrition and health promotion. Passionate about research, he is a published author in multiple scientific journals, including the Journal of the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics. Having trained and worked at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Matt helped thousands of individuals before opening a private practice. At Oceanside Nutrition, Matt provides individual nutrition counseling in Boston and Newburyport for a variety of health concerns.Got a question for our experts? Email jducharme@bostonmagazine.com. Read all about the latest gym openings, healthy events, and fitness trends in our twice weekly Wellness newsletter. last_img read more

Halloween Events in Boston 2017

first_imgEvents Halloween Events in Boston 2017 Get scary festive with costume contests, the Frog Pond Pumpkin Float, horror-themed parties, and more. Sign up for Weekender. Arts, events, pop culture, and more.* Keep your weekends full of the coolest things to do around Boston with our weekly Weekender newsletter. 000 10/19/2017, 8:15 a.m. center_img Print By Rowan Walrath· The Frog Pond’s annual Pumpkin Float. / Photo via the Skating Club of Boston providedFamily-FriendlyBoston Frog Pond Pumpkin Float: Bring the whole family to the fourth annual Pumpkin Float right in the heart of the city. If you bring an 8-inch jack-o-lantern, the Frog Pond staff will illuminate it and set it afloat. Watch as the pond fills up with glowing pumpkins throughout the evening.Free, Friday, Oct. 20 5 p.m. Boston Common Frog Pond, 38 Beacon St., Boston, bostonfrogpond.com.Halloween-Themed Toddler Tuesday: Little ghosts and ghouls are invited to Boston’s LEGOLAND Discovery Center for Halloween activities. Spooktacular story time, a Halloween-themed DUPLO build, and mingling for parents are all on deck.$16, Tuesday, Oct. 24, LEGOLAND Discovery Center Boston, 598 Assembly Row, Somerville, legolanddiscoverycenter.com.The Lawn on D. / Photo providedPumpkin Palooza: For one day, the Lawn on D will transform into a Halloween town. Kids can carve pumpkins, learn circus tricks, and compete in a costume contest during the day. Once night falls, dance shows and live music will take over the space.Free admission, Saturday, Oct. 28, Lawn on D, 420 D St., Boston, facebook.com.Magical Halloween Castle and Celebration on Castle Island: Fort Independence will turn into a kid-friendly Halloween castle all Halloweekend long, weather permitting. Organizers say the fort inspired Edgar Allen Poe to write his famous “The Cask of Amontillado”—so beware of any vaults.Free, noon, Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 28, Fort Independence, 2010 Day Blvd., Boston, bostoncentral.com.The 2016 Canine Promenade. / Photo by Rochelle Li for “Photos from the 2016 Canine Promenade on the Esplanade“Canine Promenade on the Esplanade: Is your dog a secret werewolf? A vampire whose bite is worse than his bark? Join the Esplanade Association for a half-mile Halloween costume parade along the Charles River. Spectators can watch for free, but dogs must be registered before the event.Free, noon, Sunday, Oct. 22, Charles River Esplanade, Boston, esplanadeassociation.org.Halloween Pet Parade and Costume Contest: If your dog’s costume was top-notch and you’re feeling a little competitive, you’re in luck. Enter your pup in Faneuil Hall’s annual parade and costume contest. Prizes are awarded for best of show, best owner-pet combo, best local representation, and most creative.Free, noon, Saturday, Oct. 28, Faneuil Hall Marketplace, 4 South Market St., Boston, faneuilhallmarketplace.com.ShowsWholeTone Opera’s The Werewolf: A cursed loup-garou is terrorizing a quiet village and seducing young brides. Comedy, horror, and sideways romance are all on deck at the Rockwell’s new opera. Every performance will feature a surprise opener to boot.$18-45, various times,Friday, Oct. 20 and ongoing,  the Rockwell, 255 Elm St., Somerville, eventbrite.com.Cirque of the Dead. / Photo by Hans Wendland providedCirque of the Dead: Laugh your head off (figuratively) at this circus extravaganza. With demons, witches, and monsters as performers, audiences will get close and personal with the acrobats. Be careful, though—you could end up a victim of some bloodthirsty creature. Don’t stand too close to the “splash zone.”$30-50, multiple times, Friday, Oct. 20 and ongoing, OBERON, 2 Arrow St., Cambridge, americanrepertorytheater.org. Bistany’s Mysteries: Novelist Matthew Bistany is writing his latest mystery, and he needs a co-author. Audience members make up plotlines on the spot. Create, then navigate, spooky twists and turns to figure out who the killer is.$18, 10 p.m., Friday, Oct. 20 and Friday, Oct. 27, ImprovBoston, 40 Prospect St., Cambridge, eventbrite.com.Improv Asylum Halloween Show: Join Improv Asylum’s Main Stage for performances about the best and worst parts of the year’s spookiest holiday. Every show is different, so prepare yourself for thrills, chills, and plenty of laughter.$15-33, various times, Wednesday, Oct. 26 and ongoing, Improv Asylum, 216 Hanover St., Boston, improvasylum.com.Strange Inspirations: Netflix’s Stranger Things will release its second season at midnight on Oct. 27, so binge before this series begins 16 hours later. The Brattle Theatre will show films that have influenced the streaming series, including Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Ghostbusters, and A Nightmare on Elm Street.$9+, various times, Thursday, Oct. 27 and ongoing, Brattle Theatre, 40 Brattle St., Cambridge, brattlefilm.org.Halloween Horror Marathon 2017: Twelve nonstop hours of ghouls and gore will take over the big screen at Coolidge Corner Theatre. Starting at exactly midnight, hunker down in your seat for bloodcurdling classics like Zombie and Night of the Living Dead on 35mm film. You can also watch a double feature, then head home to get some sleep (if you can).$25-30, midnight, Saturday, Oct. 29, Coolidge Corner Theatre, 290 Harvard St., Brookline, coolidge.org.The Boston Pops: The Nightmare Before Christmas: Start your Halloweek off right with two performances by the Boston Pops under the direction of Keith Lockhart. The orchestra will play the entire score to Tim Burton’s classic 1993 film alongside a screening. Before the performance, hit Symphony Hall’s spooky spots for trick-or-treating.$45-95, 8 p.m., Monday, Oct. 30 and Tuesday, Oct. 31, Symphony Hall, 301 Massachusetts Ave., Boston, bso.org.PartiesHalloween Masquerade: It’s a Cinderella story. Don your best formalwear for an elegant evening to benefit Tenacity, a nonprofit that integrates youth academic and fitness programs. Masks are optional, but strongly encouraged.$100, 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 21, Algonquin Club, 217 Commonwealth Ave., Boston, tenacity.org.A Stranger Evening: An Original ’80s Halloween Party: Like, totally spooky. Throw it back to the 1980s with Kimpton Marlowe Hotel and Bambara Kitchen & Bar. Nods to Netflix’s Stranger Things will include Eleven’s Eggo waffles and a Demogorgon cocktail. Are you in Cambridge or the Upside Down?$65.11, 7:11 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27, Kimpton Marlowe Hotel, 25 Edwin H. Land Blvd., eventbrite.com.Halloween pARTy: Paint the town black and orange—or at least take a gander at original works by local artists. This art-themed Halloween party will feature unique creations, a signature cocktail, a costume contest, and more. All artwork will be available for purchase.$25, 7 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, Brookline Arts Center, 86 Monmouth St., Brookline, brooklineartscenter.com.Carrie Halloween Party: Would you survive Carrie’s senior prom? At the Liberty Hotel, you can find out. Come in costume, dine from an a la carte Carrie-themed menu, and watch out for anything suspicious—you never know who might have rigged buckets of pigs’ blood over your head.$62+, 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St., Boston, showclix.com.Boston’s Annual Halloween Gala: A Benefit for Hurricane Relief: Halloween is set to take over the Seaport with an “experiential production” from designer Samuel Vartan. Equal parts elegant and terrifying, this year’s gala will benefit the work of American Red Cross in Texas, Florida, and Puerto Rico. Partying for hurricane relief? That’s scary good.$95, 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, Boston Convention and Exhibition Center, 415 Summer St., Boston, bostonsannualhalloweengala.com.“Titanic Masquerade” Halloween Party Cruise: It’s Boston’s most luxurious yacht—just hope there are no icebergs in the harbor. For one night, the Spirit of Boston will transform into a resurrected Titanic. Be sure to accept if a ghostly guest asks you for a dance.$45+, boarding 11 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston, halloweencruises.com. “The Black Pearl” Halloween Party Cruise: Pirates and wenches, climb aboard the Boston Harbor’s most infamous ship. With plenty of DJs, dancing, and bottles o’ rum, you’ll be sure to have an exciting evening. Costumes are strongly encouraged.$20+, boarding 8:30 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 31, Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., Boston, halloweencruises.com.Food & DrinkBeer Mansion by Brooklyn Brewery: Get boo-zy and peruse five themed tasting rooms in a bona fide beer mansion. “The Forest,” “The Darkness,” and “The Anatomy of a Beer” are just three of the flavors on tap during the two-day event (although tickets to Saturday’s sessions are already sold out). Partygoers will also get access to food, live music, art, games, and other surprise activities.$50-60, 6 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27, Boston Center for the Arts, 539 Tremont St., Boston, brooklynbrewerymash.com.Pre-Halloween Bash with Dingonek and Cocek: Even though Halloween is really a month-long holiday, Aeronaut Brewery is pulling out all the stops for this party. Get competitive with a costume contest, drink beer on tap, and dance to Dingonek Street Band and Cocek Brass Band.Free admission, doors at 5 p.m., Friday, Oct. 27, Aeronaut Brewery, 14 Tyler St., Somerville, thebostoncalendar.com.The Great Pumpkin Festival. / Photo by Mike Johnson, FestPics.com providedGreat Pumpkin Festival: It’s the Great Pumpkin Festival, Beantown! The Cambridge Brewing Company will have pumpkin-flavored beers from across the country, curated by Brewmaster Will Meyers. If the beer garden is sincere enough, the Great Pumpkin may even stop by one of the three sessions.$30+, 12 p.m., 4 p.m., and 8 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, Cambridge Brewing Company, 1 Kendall Square, Cambridge, thebostoncalendar.com.Grown-up Trick or Treat: It’s not just for kids. Adults can join Cocoa Beantown for costumed chocolate tours in Back Bay and the South End. Taste some spooky treats from curated chocolatiers, and win extra chocolate—plus a mysterious grand prize—if your costume is sweet enough.Back Bay: $50, 10 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, Gourmet Bouquet, 10 Huntington Ave. Boston, South End: $50, 2 p.m., Code 10, 1638 Washington St., Boston, cocoabeantown.com. FitnessBoston Costume Dash. / Photo providedBoston Costume Dash 5K: Who can run faster, Frankenstein or Pikachu? Find out by racing through Back Bay in full costume. After the run, keep the party going with a costume contest and swag in Boston Common, followed by a pub crawl.$45+, 9 a.m., Saturday, Oct. 28, Copley Square, Boston, costumedash.com.Costumes for Cancer 5K Run and 2.5K Walk: Bring the whole family for a race around the Chestnut Hill Reservoir. Stick around for trick-or-treating, a costume contest, and finish line treats. Proceeds will benefit the John Estrella Foundation for Cancer Research, which provides research grants to Mass General Hospital.$28, 10:30 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 29, Chestnut Hill Reservoir, 400 Chestnut Hill Ave., Brighton, racewire.com.Horror Yoga Flow and Ghostly Cocktails: Specialty yoga classes are taking over Boston, and Halloween is no exception. Join Bully Boy Distillers for costumed yoga to classic horror hits, then sample some handcrafted cocktails. Who said the monster mash wasn’t a yoga pose?$21, 2 p.m., Sunday, Oct. 29, Bully Boy Distillers, 44 Cedric St., Boston, eventbrite.com.last_img read more

Phil Mickelson gives grim prognostication on future US Open chances

first_imgAnother U.S. Open has come and gone, and Phil Mickelson remains winless in the event in his career. The five-time major champion finished T52 this past week at Pebble Beach, a course he’s won five times (in the Pebble Beach Pro-Am) over the course of his career.But Lefty is 49 years old now and he admitted even before the third major of the golf season that this year was his best chance at completing the career Grand Slam.“The difficulty is that when you’re in your 20s you feel like you have multiple chances,” Mickelson said at the Memorial Tournament last month. “And when you’re turning 49, you’re like, I’ve got two more chances, this year, and maybe Winged Foot, and that’s about it. With that being the only one in the four that I haven’t won, and what it would offer me and how I look at my career, I put more pressure on it. That’s the difficult thing.”Phil Mickelson is pessimistic about his chances at winning the U.S. Open in his career.USA Today SportsNow, with the 2019 U.S. Open in the rearview mirror, Mickelson is beginning to accept that he may just never win the national championship.“I really don’t have many more chances,” Mickelson said to reporters on Wednesday at the Travelers Championship. “Probably have to come to the realization I’m not going to win the U.S. Open.”Mickelson has six runner-up finishes in the U.S. Open in his career, most recently finishing T2 at Merion in 2013. But Mickelson, who will be turning 50 years old during the 2020 U.S. Open at Winged Foot Golf Club, insisted he’s not going to stop chasing the last accomplishment of his Hall of Fame career.“I’m not going to stop trying,” Mickelson said. “I’ll keep trying. You never know.”last_img read more