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first_img Enter Your Email Address Alan Oscroft | Thursday, 20th August, 2020 | More on: FRAS Image source: Getty Images Alan Oscroft has no position in any of the shares mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has no position in any of the shares mentioned. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img Companies change their names, often in an attempt to turn weak sentiment into recovery. Mike Ashley has renamed Sports Direct International to Frasers Group (LSE: FRAS), presumably to note the group’s new, wider business interests. That it might help distance the firm from criticism of working practices at its warehouses is perhaps a bonus.The rename might also help get investors back on board. Many of them had become disillusioned by Sports Direct’s apparent strategy of buying up any old distressed competitor that happened to cross the radar. And that led to a devaluation of the old brand.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…The rechristened Frasers Group released 2020 results Thursday. Total revenue grew by 6.9% to reach £3,957.4m, but that includes the effect of acquisitions. Stripped of those, like-for-like revenue fell 12.6% on a currency neutral basis. Reported pre-tax profit fell by 19.9%, and the underlying figure fell 18.1%. So no recovery in profits yet.Valuation is trickyIt’s not obvious to me how to evaluate Frasers Group against the background of the Covid-19 recession. These figures cover the year to 26 April, so it’s really only the final quarter that would have been hit.Still, the current uncertainty didn’t hold back the investors, who pushed the Frasers Group share price up 20% at one point during Thursday morning. It fell back a bit from that, but on a gain of 12% at the time of writing, that’s a good bit better than I was expecting. All in all, we’ve seen an impressive recovery from that early Covid-19 slump.Presumably the bullishness stems from the company’s outlook. Frasers says it “intends to invest in excess of £100 million in its digital elevation strategy“. Presumably that means its online sales channels, and not that it plans to lift a finger. Ho ho.Forecast growth recoveryThe statement continued: “With digital transformation now at the forefront, the successful reopening of our stores after the Covid-19 lockdown and continuing strong web performance, we are confident in achieving between a 10% and 30% improvement in underlying EBITDA during FY21.“That’s a bold statement to make while Covid-19 is still with us, and in the light of the resulting recession. And it’s way better than the forecasts currently suggest – though they do need to be treated with a lot more caution than usual this year.Will I buy?If Frasers Group pulls off that kind of recovery, I’ll rate it as a very impressive achievement. But would I buy right now? A substantial gain in earnings could make the stock’s valuation look very tempting. But it is a firm that carries substantial net debt, and I don’t like that. It did drop from £378.5m to £366m during the year, which is positive. And that’s only 1.2 times underlying EBITDA, which isn’t stretching.But I’m not sure what Mike Ashley might see fit to acquire next. Has he managed to leave behind his seeming compulsion to try to buy up anything that comes into sight? I’ll wait and see. See all posts by Alan Oscroft Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. As Mike Ashley’s Frasers Group posts an upbeat outlook, is it now a recovery buy? I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. 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first_imgSports San Gabriel Runs Through Outmanned Marshall, 28-7 By BRIAN REED-BAIOTTO, Sports Editor Published on Friday, September 9, 2016 | 9:43 pm Subscribe Marshall Coach Scott Faer Top of the News EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS Community News Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it More Cool Stuff Marshall coach Scott Faer wasn’t going to make any excuses, but he knew his chances of victory Friday night weren’t real good.The Eagles had six starters ineligible for Friday’s contest with visiting San Gabriel after they had been ejected in last week’s victory at the California Military Institute in Perris.Despite being undermanned, Faer would be the first to acknowledge you play with what you have, and that San Gabriel controlled throughout and scored a decisive 28-7 victory over the Eagles.San Gabriel (1-2) picked up a fumble on Marshall’s first drive of the game, and Ry-Anthony Dolloway brought it back 50 yards for the score at the 9:11 mark of the first quarter.Isaiah Fry gave the Eagles (2-1) a glimmer of hope when he darted in from 60 yards out with 4:35 to play in the half and tied the game at 7-7.But Ivan Gonzalez, playing quarterback in the wildcat, hit a giant Ray Contreras on a 15-yard TD pass just before the half and the Matadors would not trail again.“We did a good job of rotating players in and wearing them down,” San Gabriel coach Joe Ledesma said. “We like running the two-quarterback system, because we feel like both can do different things. We’re always trying to have the right guys out there on the field.”The Matadors other quarterback, Brandon Nguyen had a pair of second-half touchdowns to put the Eagles out of their misery.Nguyen hit Juan Fregley on a 27-yard score and then connected with Matt Flores on a 10-yard TD.Fry led all rushers with 121 yards on 15 carries, and one TD.Davon Matthews gained 43 yards on 7 carries and Jose Duran rushed for 26 yards on 7 carries.The second half was filled with many more penalties than Faer would have liked, especially those of the personal foul variety.“I was so proud of the guys who filled in, because they had so much to learn,” Faer said. “We definitely have to control our tempers when things go down. We developed more depth and that will help us through league.”Gonzalez rushed for 90 yards on 11 carries and hit Contreras on the go-ahead TD late in the second quarter.Box Score:San Gabriel: 7-7-7-7-(28)Marshall: 0-7-0-0-(7)Scoring:SG: Ry-Anthony Dolloway 50 fumble recovery at 9:11 1Q (Valentin Villa kick)M: Isaiah Fry 60 run at 4:35 2Q (Christian Reyes kick)SG: Ray Contreras 15 pass from Ivan Gonzalez at 1:20 2Q (Villa kick)SG: Juan Fregley 27 pass from Brandon Nguyen at 8:53 3Q (Villa kick)SG: Matt Flores 10 pass from Nguyen at 6:18 4Q (Villa kick) First Heatwave Expected Next Week HerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty7 Reasons Why The Lost Kilos Are Regained AgainHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Heartwarming Moments Between Father And DaughterHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty11 Ayurveda Heath Secrets From Ancient IndiaHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyGained Back All The Weight You Lost?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyNutritional Strategies To Ease AnxietyHerbeautyHerbeauty Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Business News Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyCitizen Service CenterPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadena Make a commentlast_img read more


first_img Top of the News Business News More Cool Stuff EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDS 21 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday A family who are DACA recipients are present during press conference for immigrant workers facing the termination of their own TPS status plan, at the US Court of Appeals on Monday, July 20, 2020. (Photo by James Carbone)The Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to challenge any federal government action to rescind the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.DACA allows many non-U.S. citizens who came to this country illegally as children to remain and work here without fear of deportation.An estimated 700,000 young people, so-called “Dreamers,” rely on two-year, renewable permits issued under the program.More than 1,000 DACA students attend Pasadena City College. DACA students also attend Fuller Theological Seminary.Officials at both schools have expressed their support for DACA students.Said Supervisor Mark Ridley Thomas, “Now, more than ever, we must be resolved to keep fighting on behalf of our immigrant communities, especially in the face of an administration that has continually attacked a community that is so vital to every facet of our country.“Those who have relied on DACA for their livelihood and peace of mind need our help.”In June, the Supreme Court blocked an effort by the Trump Administration to end DACA.The ruling did not determine that the Trump administration violated the Constitution, but instead said the administration violated procedure. It also did not rule out future attempts to terminate the program, and may even establish a road map to end DACA.Fuller Seminary was especially excited about the decision. Student Norma Ramirez was one of the 11 plaintiffs suing the Trump administration.“Ramirez has demonstrated tremendous resolve and determination as she has pursued the call of her life’s work, even in the face of a future that has been uncertain,” the seminary said after the Supreme Court decision.“In this case, Ramirez fought for justice on behalf of the hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients who have often had to live in fear and uncertainty as their fate rested with a mercurial judicial system. We are proud of and thankful for her.”Officials at Fuller said the decision provides one less barrier for students to navigate as they work toward realizing their dreams of achieving a degree, certificate or transfer.Repealing DACA was a major part of Trump’s campaign platform during the 2016 election.Late last month, the Department of Homeland Security released a memorandum stating it planned to review the program and would, in the meantime, reject new applications for permits and only grant renewals for one year. Community News STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Subscribecenter_img HerbeautyThink The Lost Weight Won’t Be Regained If You Stop Eating A Lot?HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty6 Strong Female TV Characters Who Deserve To Have A SpinoffHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThis Trend Looks Kind Of Cool!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty10 Ways To Power Yourself As A WomanHerbeautyHerbeauty Make a comment Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. Community News faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Donald CommunityPCC- COMMUNITYVirtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Community News County To Oppose Efforts to End DACA Support could help 1,000 students stay in the country CITY NEWS SERVICE Published on Tuesday, August 4, 2020 | 4:08 pm Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more


first_imgMcPherson Builders of Ithaca is the general contractor for this project, and Chemung Canal is financing it to the tune of $7.8 million – a better use of funds than the million bucks they had to pay out to Jason Fane when they lost the Bank Tower lawsuit last year. Workers on site explained that the goal is to have the new building complete by late autumn. Brian Crandall reports on housing and development for the Ithaca Voice. He can be reached at [email protected] More by Brian Crandall Being a historic district, one doesn’t typically see much in the way of new construction in Cornell Heights. However, thanks to the subdivision of an unusually large plot of land, senior care provider Bridges Cornell Heights was able to move forward with a new home to complement its existing offerings. 105 Dearborn Place Tagged: affordable housing, amici house, Cayuga Heights, Cayuga Medical Associates, cornell heights, east pointe apartments, general housing, lansing, senior housing, single-family housing East Pointe Apartments Unlike the skilled care homes across the street, Bridges has plans this residence to be an independent living facility, a lower level of care for seniors who can manage their daily activities fairly well, but may need assistance in cooking or housekeeping. Schickel Construction has started putting together the concrete walls for what will be a finished basement, and residents will move in sometime next summer. From the outside, the new Harriet Giannelis Childcare Center is practically complete. The trim boards are up, the lights are on inside and with the exception of landscaping and parking/driveways, the new facility looks ready to open its doors. A glance at TCAction’s website shows that the non-profit is in the process of filling positions to run the early childhood Head Start programs, which will serve 48 children from lower-income households, as well as create 24 new jobs. As what tends to happen in an area with high construction costs, a conservative market sentiment and large building lots, the homes that do get built tend to be higher end and custom-designed for buyers. The examples above are from the town of Lansing and village of Cayuga Heights. The first one is a traditional stick-built, though no information on the builder; the second is a customized modular home courtesy of Carina Construction, and the third is an expansion of an old cottage into a grand Craftsman-style house by local firm Eco-Built Custom Homes. While builders like Tiny Timbers have been making inroads into affordable for-sale homes, it’s a work in progress, though one that the county hopes to cultivate. Brian Crandall Bridges hired Bero Architecture to create a building that fits the historic district, and the result is an imposing two-story, 10,930 square-foot cultured stone and cedar-shingle Craftsman-style home with 12 bedrooms (four of the bedrooms will be designed for double occupancy for couples). The landscaping will be similarly fitting and designed by Cornell landscape architecture professor Paula Horrigan. Exterior features include a porte cochere, porous driveway and courtyard parking for nine vehicles, as well as three patios, walkways and lush plantings (500+ perennials, 127-140 shrubs, and 35 trees). Amici House Though not as far along, the new residential building for vulnerable or formerly homeless youth is topped out. The steel stud walls have been sheathed in gypsum panels and a reflective insulation (Dow Thermax), and it looks on track for an opening early next year, which will also allow TCAction to move back from a rental space on West Clinton Street and into their old offices. With the housing and educational opportunities this provides, the Amici House project stands to have an outsized positive impact on the community that it is growing into. Montour Falls-based Welliver is the construction manager for the $8.25 million project. ITHACA, N.Y. — It might be the summer of cranes Downtown, but the rest of the area has its share of construction projects underway. Here’s a look at some of the projects going on around Ithaca and Tompkins County. Most of the keys tapped here are dedicated to commercial and multi-family housing construction – typically because it has a bigger local impact per project, and has a higher-profile since they tend to be in the denser and more frequently traveled parts of the county. That’s not to say there aren’t some single-family homes being built – communities in Tompkins County approved 115 new single-family homes and 26 two-family homes last year, with the town of Lansing and the town of Ithaca approving the most (31 and 18 respectively). In terms of sheer size and cost, this is one of the largest projects the village of Lansing has seen in many years – the construction loan filed earlier this week with the county shows that M&T Bank is lending Park Grove $22.6 million to build the townhomes. It could be argued that it’s a lot of housing to build at once, but Park Grove is hoping to capitalize on being an alternative to the density and noise of mixed-use downtown housing. It also helps that though these will be brand new buildings, they’ll be more affordable than many downtown apartments  – $1,400/month for a one-bedroom, $1,700/month for a two-bedroom, and $1,900/month for a three-bedroom. The first units will be hitting the market next year, and the project should be complete by summer 2020. DGA Builders is the general contractor. In the photos above, a few crewmen look on as a  material placement truck, also known as a stone slinger, launched small rocks into the footprint encased by the foundation walls. This may be a crushed stone base (hardfill) for a concrete foundation slab. Unlike much of Ithaca, a shallow foundation works fine up here because two-story buildings aren’t especially heavy as structures go, and the ground is more stable and better drained. Single-family housing In the village of Lansing, the first three townhouse strings are underway for Park Grove Realty’s “East Pointe Apartments” townhouse project off of Bomax Drive. Each string of apartments will host ten units, with a garage and a patio or deck. When complete, the site will host 140 rentals in one-bedroom, two-bedroom and three-bedroom configurations, which can be viewed on their newly-launched website here. The new 28,200 sqaure-foot Cayuga Medical Associates medical office building has taken shape at Community Corners. Given that this structure will host medical practices with lots of vulnerable patients, the material choices revolve around fire safety. Steel stud walls are being sheathed in Saint-Gobain CertainTeed GlasRoc, one of the major suppliers of fiberglass mat gypsum board. True to name, the boards consist of a sheet of woven fiberglass sandwiched between gypsum panels; brands like GlasRoc and Georgia-Pacific DensGlass are fairly common for projects where fire-rated walls are a necessity, like medical spaces, offices and hotels, and it does show up in some apartment buildings. The exterior will be finished with an off-white brick veneer, a nod to neighboring structures. last_img read more


first_img Twitter 50 new cases of Covid-19, five in Donegal By News Highland – August 5, 2020 Pinterest Homepage BannerNews Google+ Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Community Enhancement Programme open for applications Facebook Twitter Facebook Previous articleEvening News, Sport, and Obituaries on Wednesday August 5thNext articleHousing Minister visits Donegal today News Highland center_img Google+ WhatsApp Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic WhatsApp RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Publicans in Republic watching closely as North reopens further Pinterest 50 new cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in the Republic this evening, but no new deaths have been reported.Five of the new cases are in Donegal, but that won’t be reflected in the National Dashboard figures until Friday, as the published county by county breakdown is two days behind.Nationally, the total number of confirmed cases is now 26,303 ; the death toll remains at 1,763.North of the border, 10 new cases of coronavirus have been reported today, bringing the total number of cases there to 6,006.For the 23rd day in a row, no new Covid 19 deaths were recorded in Northern Ireland.The death toll remains at 556.Statement from the National Public Health Emergency TeamThere have been no new deaths reported to the Health Protection Surveillance Centre today.There has now been a total of 1,763 COVID-19 related deaths in Ireland.As of midnight Tuesday 4th August, the HPSC has been notified of 50 confirmed cases of COVID-19. There is now a total of 26,303 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Ireland. Of the cases notified today;31 are men / 19 are women81% are under 45 years of age42 are associated with outbreaks or are close contacts of a confirmed case4 cases have been identified as community transmission11 cases are located in Wexford, 10 in Kildare, 6 in Dublin, 5 in Donegal, and 18 are spread across nine other counties (Carlow, Cork, Limerick, Louth, Meath, Offaly, Sligo, Tipperary and Wicklow).The HSE is working to identify any contacts the patients may have had to provide them with information and advice to prevent further spread.The COVID-19 Dashboard provides up-to-date information on the key indicators of COVID-19 in the community.Dr Ronan Glynn, Acting Chief Medical Officer, Department of Health, said; “I know the decision yesterday not to move to Phase 4 will have been disappointing for many. However, NPHET’s priority must be to control the spread of this virus in our communities and to protect the progress that we have achieved to date.COVID-19 is an extremely contagious virus and we have seen a significant increase in its spread across multiple counties over recent days. We are monitoring this very closely.Our focus over the coming weeks will be on continuing every effort to slow the spread of the virus so that our schools can reopen, our healthcare services resume, and our nursing homes are protected“I would also like to emphasise again the importance of continuing to practice safe behaviours such as physical distancing, washing our hands regularly, wearing a face covering where appropriate, avoiding crowds and downloading the COVID-19 Tracker app. Doing these things makes a real difference when it comes to controlling the spread of this virus.”last_img read more


first_imgRelated posts:No related photos. The Government will leave employers in the dark about which staff will becovered by the incoming Part-Time Work regulations until the last minute.Draft regulations on the law – which comes into effect just a month fromtoday – will cover only those on standard employment contracts, excluding largeswathes of workers employed on temporary contracts, through agencies or on afreelance basis.But the Government admitted last week that this might change at the eleventhhour.DTI minister Alan Johnson told the Employment Sub-committee last Wednesdaythat “a powerful case” for broadening the catchment area had been putforward in consultation and the Government was considering its position.The TUC is demanding that the legislation covers the broader category of”workers” rather than “employees”, giving it the same scopeas the Minimum Wage and Working Time regulations.Johnson said the Government will not make its decision known until theregulations are published in their final form.The DTI confirmed that this will happen sometime this week, but the lawcomes into force on 7 April, giving companies less than a month to comply.Employers warn this is unrealistic and will give far too little time tosectors which employ large numbers of staff on non-standard contracts if thescope of the law is extended.Robert Ingram, HR director at Cap Gemini, said, “There are a lot offreelancers, independents and subcontractors in our industry. If they arebrought within the law we will certainly need more than a month to work out howthey are affected. I don’t see how the law could be applied because a lot ofthose people are working for several different companies.”Elaine Aarons, head of employment law at Eversheds, London, said employerswill be open to legal action as the law will be in force before they have hadtime to make the necessary changes.Robbie Gilbert, chief executive of the Employers’ Forum on Statute andPractice, said, “We have been here before. The Government has had twoyears to work this through. It must make use of the time scales provided by EUlegislation to solve these problems in advance if it expects law to be properlyimplemented.”The indecision over what constitutes a part-time employee is yet anotherexample of the Government’s poor record on implementing labour law, which theEFSP-Personnel Today campaign seeks to improve.By Dominique Hammond Part-Time rules open to eleventh-hour rejigOn 7 Mar 2000 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Articlelast_img read more


first_imgNovember 6, 2020 /Sports News – National Report: Raiders, Gruden hit with more fines for breaking COVID-19 protocols Written by FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailAl Powers / ESPN ImagesBy JEANETTE TORRES-PEREZ, ABC News(NEW YORK) — The Las Vegas Raiders and their coach Jon Gruden have reportedly been slapped with more fines for violating COVID-19 protocols.Citing sources, ESPN reports the NFL fined the Raiders $500,000 and took away the team’s sixth-round pick in the 2021 draft over “brazen and repeated violations of [COVID-19] protocols.” Gruden, meanwhile, was hit with an additional $150,000 fine.The new penalties come after the team was charged $250,000 and Gruden $100,000 during the Raiders’ Week 2 home opener because the 57-year-old coach did not wear a mask properly.So far, the Raiders have been fined a total of $1.185 million for violating COVID-19 protocols this season.Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more


first_imgThe dictator meets his match in the shape of Thomas CorcoranAs time draws the twilight of his days into the realms of dusk, Fidel Castro occupies first place in the hall of the twentieth century’s great survivors. Since he took power on the island of Cuba, he has seen ten of the forty-three US presidents pass by: Eisenhower, JFK, LBJ, Nixon, Carter, Reagan, Bush I, Clinton, and Bush II. In those heady days of 1959, Buddy Holly was hogging primetime radio and The Beatles were struggling to get a gig at the Cavern Club. The changes in the geopolitical environment since then have been immense, but rather than being left behind, Castro seems to have moved along with those changes and indeed acted as a symbol of them. From national guerilla leader to South American legend, from enemy of Amereican imperialism to Soviet client, from post-war leftover to grandfather of the anti-Bush New Left “Pink Tide”: Castro seems to embody the history of the Radical Left, past and present. The days of this frail, bed-ridden figure are drawing to a close, and he has finally decided to tell his story, if in a somewhat unconventional manner: Ignacio Ramonet, who is editor of Le Monde Diplomatique and on the faculty at the École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales in Paris, has interviewed him for over a hundred hours and put down the results in a tome of over seven hundred pages. Yet, rather than moulding these interviews into a coherent, structured whole, Ramonet has simply regurgitated them in the form of an enormous series of question and answers, and we are denied even a dialogue of limited sophistication. Such a format is wholly appropriate for a Communist dictator, but completely unsuited to a biography of any form. For biography seeks to present to us aspects of an individual’s personality with which we have been unacqauinted, yet in this instance even the most intimately personal details of Fidel’s extra-political life are somehow bound up as part of a broad political doctrine. Even his beatings by his father are presented as important steps in the early life of a strong leader. In fact, Castro comes across not only as a soulless dictator, but as an incredibly boring man. The events he describes – his early life in a Jesuit college, his student radicalism, his guerilla war, his battles with American assassins and relationships with Soviet leaders – should be interesting. But when they are recounted by a man who has descended to such levels of sadness that he prides himself on the fact that his abstinence from shaving saves him about ten working days per year, they induce sleep. Thus Ramonet has produced an horrendous document here. Not only has he created something gargatuanly tedious, he has done something despicable. He has become an apologist for a dictator; a barely-reluctant instrument of political propaganda in the guise of a biographer. His introduction to the novel reads like it has been written by a bureaeucrat in the Cuban Ministry of Public Information, as he descends from the level of political intellectual to that of idiotic apologist. He calls anybody who opposes Castro (and that includes the entire Cuban pro-democracy movement) an instrument of American imperialism, to be lumped together in the same camp as General Pinochet. The repression of homosexuals and imprisonment of political opponents are swept under the carpet after the briefest of mentions: Fidel’s strange explanations are accepted as gospel truth. We can see why Castro ceremoniously presented this book to Hugo Chavez, the suspiciously dictatorial Socialist “Bolivarian” president of Venezuela who has allied himself with Iran – a nation where to display a Communist symbol is an imprisonable offence. It forms the basis of the propaganda upon which he has thrived since 1959: by appealing to left-of-centre sympathisers across the Western World, Castro has managed to prolong the existence of one of the most idiosyncratic dictatorships the world has ever known. We can only hope that Ramonet does not seek to make similar “biographies” in the future. Though I’m sure Kim Jong-il and Muammar al-Gaddafi would pay good money.last_img read more


first_imgBicycle riders must obey all vehicle laws similar to that of a vehicle.       They must stop at stop signs, traffic lights and ride with the flow of traffic. Bicycle riders are not pedestrians and do not have the same right of way as a pedestrian when crossing the street at an intersection. City Ordinance 87-17sec.4-32 prohibits any Boat/Trailer over 22 feet in overall length from being parked on a city street.       Any boat/trailer less than 22 feet in overall length can only remain on a city street for three consecutive days. Officers will be issuing summons and towing boats/trailers for any observed violations. Ocean City Public Safety Building  November 20, 2016: Sunday Calls for service: 97 Vehicle Stops: 26 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 33  Alarms: 6The Police Department assisted with 1 Fire and 0 EMS callsWarrant, 900 block Haven Ave., one in custody, at 4:04pmDomestic violence, Sweetwater Ct., at 7:46pm November 21, 2016: Monday Calls for service: 78 Vehicle Stops: 22  Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 29  Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 5 Fire and 6 EMS callsWarrant, 300 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 8:20amCDS, 900 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 9:58amTheft, 3500 block Bay Ave., at 3:30pmAssault, 600 block Wesley Ave., at 3:48pm November 22, 2016: TuesdayCalls for service: 143 Vehicle Stops: 65 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 45  Alarms: 2The Police Department assisted with 3 fire and 0 EMS callsWarrant, 900 block West Ave., one in custody, at 3:53pmWarrant, 900 block Bay Ave., one in custody, at 2:20pm November 23, 2016: WednesdayCalls for service: 130 Vehicle Stops: 51 Vehicle Accidents: 2  Property Checks: 40 Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 6 fire and 7 EMS callsWarrant, E. Station Rd., one in custody, at 5:39amVhicle accident, 8th St. & Asbury Ave., at 9:32amAssault, 100 block 14th St., at 10:55amWarrant, 4400 block West Ave., one in custody, at 11:12amWarrant, 900 block West Ave., one in custody, at 2:06pmVehicle accident, 13th St., at 2:12pmWarrant, Route 52, one in custody, at 9:08pm November 24, 2016: ThursdayCalls for service: 62 Vehicle Stops: 17 Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 26  Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 4 fire and 1 EMS callsVerbal, 900 block Asbury Ave., at 11:32am November 25, 2016: FridayCalls for service: 59 Vehicle Stops: 11 Vehicle Accidents: 0  Property Checks: 26  Alarms: 3The Police Department assisted with 3 fire and 4 EMS callsWarrant, 3400 block Simpson Ave., one in custody, at 9:02amWarrant, Route 52, one in custody, at 1:40pmTheft, 1000 block Boardwalk, at 6:30pm November 26, 2016: SaturdayCalls for service: 109 Vehicle Stops: 35  Vehicle Accidents: 0 Property Checks: 46  Alarms: 1The Police Department assisted with 7 fire and 7 EMS callsAssault, 2100 block Bay Ave., at 7:57amWarrant, Route 52, one in custody, at 11:23amCDS, 200 block W. Atlantic Blvd., at 9:15pmPUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENTS:Just a reminder that it is a violation of a City Ordinance to have dogs on the boardwalk anytime during the year.last_img read more


first_img continue reading » Startups from across the U.S. were among the many companies who used the FinovateFall conference in New York on Tuesday to demonstrate financial services technology targeted at advisors, banks and individual investors.Two standouts were BidMoni, based in Moss Point, Mississippi, and Wallit, based in Portland, Maine.RIA BidMoni spotlighted enhancements made to its FiduciaryShield automated platform that launched last year for the retirement plan market. Since launching in summer 2018, it has been “steadily opening up the defined contribution space marketplace to fee-based advisors,” according to the company. The enhancements demonstrated at FinovateFall were designed to further enable advisors to grow their 401(k) businesses while better supporting industry requirements to monitor and document processes, it said.The platform will “go beyond helping advisors connect with plan sponsor employers by identifying major risk factors in plans and presenting multiple solutions to remedy any problems that are discovered,” BidMoni said. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more