Journalists banned from entering Deraa

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Mouthing off

first_img“It’s devastating – a £2 sandwich has cost me my business, my home and everything I’ve worked on for the last 35 years”- UK businessman Tony Scott rues the day he stopped for a £2 chicken sandwich, as thieves stole £500,000 worth of jewellery from the back seat of his car, when he left it for two minutes in a Tesco car park”It is because we are useless; we are the only nation in the world that puts up with things we don’t like. If the French were unhappy about the price of bread, they would give up buying bread until the price went down. But the English would just moan about it and buy an extra loaf!”- rock musician Rick Wakeman, speaking to the Chichester Observer, explains how being grumpy as a response to life’s frustrations is predominantly an English trait, using bread as an example”Sorry it has taken me so long to reply. I am hours away from going in to labour with my second baby. I will be up and about at the weekend and work on my entry. I’m really pleased it’s been extended I didn’t want to miss out.”- Kellie from the Cupcake Café expresses her relief that the deadline on BB’s National Cupcake Week cupcake competition has been extended, as she has another, rather more pressing appointmentlast_img read more

Jon Jones covets Brock Lesnar fight, but plans future at light heavy

first_imgJon Jones, right, fights Anthony Smith in a light heavyweight mixed martial arts title bout at UFC 235, Saturday, March 2, 2019, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/John Locher)LAS VEGAS — Even Jon Jones realizes any discussion of his long-term future in the UFC is tempered by the fact that Jones hasn’t been able to stay in the cage and out of trouble for any lengthy stretch in the past seven years.But after two dominant wins in nine weeks, Jones (24-1) has settled back into his customary spot atop the light heavyweight division and his sport’s unofficial pound-for-pound standings.ADVERTISEMENT Taking flight Nadine Lustre’s phone stolen in Brazil Gretchen Barretto’s daughter Dominique graduates magna cum laude from California college SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet PLAY LIST 04:07SEA Games: John Marvin 1st Filipino boxer to crash out, bows to Vietnam bet01:43Passengers face long queues at Araneta Center Bus Terminal02:51SEA Games 2019: PH’s Josie Gabuco boxing light flyweight semi final (HIGHLIGHTS)02:14Carpio hits red carpet treatment for China Coast Guard02:56NCRPO pledges to donate P3.5 million to victims of Taal eruption00:56Heavy rain brings some relief in Australia02:37Calm moments allow Taal folks some respite03:23Negosyo sa Tagaytay City, bagsak sa pag-aalboroto ng Bulkang Taal01:13Christian Standhardinger wins PBA Best Player award Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title Will you be the first P16 Billion Powerball jackpot winner from the Philippines? Rogue cops marked as Gamboa’s targets in his appointment as PNP chief Japeth Aguilar wins 1st PBA Finals MVP award for Ginebra “I figure if you’re going to make the gamble, you might as well go extremely big,” Jones said. “Go big or go home. A Brock Lesnar fight (is) extremely high risk and extremely high reward. I don’t really see myself versus anyone that could bring in the numbers me and Brock could bring in.”Although that superfight is among the biggest events that the UFC could stage in the broader sports landscape, it won’t happen immediately, according to UFC President Dana White.After Jones’ win over Smith, White affirmed his plan to match Lesnar first with heavyweight champion Daniel Cormier whenever Lesnar decides to return to the sport, perhaps later this year.“I think that Brock and Cormier want that fight, so I owe Cormier a lot,” White said. “Cormier wants that fight, and if he wants it, he’s going to get it.”Jones has shown little interest in fighting any other heavyweight, and he repeated that preference after beating Smith. So if Jones stays at light heavyweight, his next fight is likely to be against Thiago Santos (21-6), the musclebound 35-year-old Brazilian currently on a four-fight winning streak after stopping Jan Blachowicz last month in Prague.ADVERTISEMENT LATEST STORIEScenter_img Tom Brady most dominant player in AFC championship history Eugenie Bouchard’s bid for Australian Open spot ends in qualifying Ginebra beats Meralco again to capture PBA Governors’ Cup title MOST READ Santos is a talented, dangerous fighter, but Jones would be a heavy favorite once again.“I’m excited about the future of the light heavyweight division,” Jones said. “I’m going to have to take on any comer, and the confidence I had as a 23-year-old facing Shogun Rua has only grown. Nobody said my job was going to be easy, but I’m here to make it look easy.”ones’ victory over Smith was his entire career in microcosm: Jones was clearly superior, yet he nearly gave it all away with a mistake.Late in the fourth round, Jones cracked Smith’s head with a knee that landed while Smith’s palm was on the canvas, technically making it an illegal strike — one that would have been legal in, say, California, but not in Nevada due to the sport’s geographically fractured rules.The fight was stopped while referee Herb Dean reviewed the blow and allowed Smith to recover. Smith could have claimed he couldn’t continue fighting, and he likely would have been handed the UFC light heavyweight title by disqualification.“It was nerve-wracking,” said Jones, whose only career defeat occurred when he was debatably disqualified for a prohibited strike against Matt Hamill in 2009. “I was just hoping that it wouldn’t go down like that. I had flashbacks of the Matt Hamill fight, and I was just thinking, ‘Oh my goodness, please tell me it’s not going down like this.’”The challenger decided to fight on after Dean deducted two points from Jones, and the champion cautiously finished off his win — after apologizing to Smith following the fourth-round bell.“He showed the heart of a lion,” Jones said. “He could have done it the easy way and took that option out, but instead he stayed in there. I owe him a beer.”Smith left the cage without winning a round, yet his confidence was unshaken. He is convinced he can fight his way back to another shot at Jones.“That’s a beatable man,” Smith said. “Jon didn’t do anything I didn’t expect him to.” View comments Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. After trouncing another overmatched 205-pound opponent at UFC 235 on Saturday night, the champion looked into his future and insisted he is content to keep cleaning out his division instead of moving up to heavyweight.“All these younger fighters should get their opportunity at a world title,” Jones said after controlling every round against Anthony Smith. “When you’re in my position, who am I to deny people?”FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGolden State Warriors sign Lee to multiyear contract, bring back ChrissSPORTSCoronation night?SPORTSThirdy Ravena gets‍‍‍ offers from Asia, Australian ball clubsJones would make one big exception, however.If Brock Lesnar wants another crack at mixed martial arts, Jones would bulk up to heavyweight to accommodate the professional wrestling superstar.last_img read more

Raiders’ Jared Cook no fan of NFL protest policy

first_imgGet Raiders news in your inbox. Sign up now for the free Raiders HQ newsletter.ALAMEDA — Jared Cook is no stranger to peaceful protest, and the Raiders tight end thinks it’s unfortunate the NFL has made taking a stand into something sinister rather than something noble.Cook was one of five players on the St. Louis Rams who put their hands up in a “don’t shoot” gesture following the police shooting death of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Mo., in 2014. It happened, coincidentally, …last_img

Dollar drivers

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest A number of recent trading sessions have been marked by a frustrating pattern. Overnight, grains will start a brave little rally based on fundamental production worries like rained-out planting or flooded, sprouting wheat. At 7:00 a.m., they’ll be gaining a few cents to counteract the brutish losses of previous days, and then — wham! Something will happen to douse the bullish optimism and drive prices back down.That something has been a skyrocketing U.S. dollar index. The dollar index itself is just a number with no units, derived from a mathematical calculation to describe the value, at any point in time, of a complex idea — that the paper printed by the government of the largest economy on Earth represents that economy’s overall worth, can be traded efficiently for goods and services, and will always be honored by that government.The grain futures contracts used to track the value of corn, soybeans and wheat are denominated in U.S. dollars, so any time the dollar itself becomes stronger (i.e., a 1 dollar bill becomes worth relatively more in the global economy) then it takes fewer of those strong dollars to buy a bushel basket of corn or soybeans or wheat.A year ago, the dollar was still roughly as weak as it was in 2012. The U.S. dollar index was valued at 80.35 in late May 2014. If the nominal price tag for a bushel of corn was the same then as it is now, then an ocean vessel loaded with 58,000 metric tons of corn would have carried the rough equivalent of $6.69 million worth of cargo. The U.S. dollar index has strengthened 21% since then and is now at 97.35. To a foreign buyer in this theoretical scenario where corn prices have been perfectly flat from one year to the next and the only thing that changed was the strengthening of the dollar, that ocean vessel’s cargo would now cost the equivalent of $8.10 million. It’s clear why a stronger dollar dampens foreign buyers’ enthusiasm for our grain.It can seem that any attempt to analyze or understand or — dare we say it? — predict the movements of grain prices needs to involve analyzing and understanding and predicting what will happen to the U.S. dollar. On the most extreme days, we have less need for agronomic expertise about the yield effects from late planting and more need of geopolitical expertise about global investor activity. So what does make the dollar move one way or another on any given day?First of all, the U.S. dollar index isn’t actually the same thing as the value of a dollar bill. How can it be, as it has no units? A dollar bill today is worth 0.91 euro in Berlin, or 0.65 pound in London, or C$1.24 in Toronto, or 28 gumballs at your local American candy store, or 16 pounds of corn at your local ethanol plant. The price at any given place at any given time is determined by supply and demand, of course, with demand dictated by traders’ judgment of complex factors. Typically, investors determine the dollar’s value from the following three main elements. Interest ratesU.S. dollars and U.S. Treasury notes are both kind of debt instruments issued by the U.S. government, and are therefore closely related. The United States is the safest bet around these days, especially with the euro plummeting recently, so that’s one reason we see strong demand for Treasuries and the dollar strengthening. There can be a direct relationship between interest rates and the value of the currency. Even without investment money getting spooked out of Europe and into the U.S., the outlook for the dollar would still be bullish based on the near-inevitability of interest rate increases from the Fed sometime this year. Economic healthAn investor’s outlook for a currency can involve a more subjective analysis of the country’s stability and prosperity, taking into account its debt levels (U.S. debt is currently over $18 trillion), its trade surplus or deficit (a $51.4 billion deficit in the most recent report, 5.2% worse than the same period in 2014), its unemployment (5.4 percent, a seven-year low), its GDP (in Q1 2015, the U.S. GDP did grow but slowly at only 0.2 percent), and any number of other metrics. Stock market indices can be a proxy for this analysis, showing the investment environment’s overall optimism, or lack thereof. For the U.S. in mid-2015, these economic health factors generally point to continued improvement, and are therefore bullish to the dollar. Foreign reservesLooking at official foreign exchange reserves is a direct measure of demand for any given currency. Foreign governments can choose to hold their wealth in any instrument or currency, and although they diversify into euros and yen and francs and Australian dollars and whatever else, the U.S. dollar is still the vastly preferred global wealth-storage device. At the end of 2014, $3.8 trillion in U.S. dollars were held by the rest of the world — 32% of total foreign exchange holdings.Valuing the dollar is more complex than even these three factors describe. On any given day as financial instruments are bought and sold, there is also intangible trader sentiment to consider, not to mention unreadable computer codes triggering buy and sell orders during each fraction of each second.Also keep in mind that as complex as the overall dollar market’s motivations are, the U.S. dollar index itself is calculated from the values of six other countries’ currencies, each moving with their own independent complexities on any given day. More than half of the dollar index’s mathematical weighting comes from the euro, followed by the Japanese yen, the Great British pound sterling, the Canadian dollar, the Swedish krona, and the Swiss franc. For example, when Greek and German negotiations about a default broke down and made headlines during a recent European afternoon, sudden negativity for the euro directly and immediately resulted in a higher U.S. dollar index during the American morning.When grain prices start doing something crazy that seems to defy the expectations of their own fundamental factors, these are the outside sources where we can look for direction in the instants before a grain market’s momentum changes. Elaine Kub is the author of “Mastering the Grain Markets: How Profits Are Really Made” and a contributing analyst for DTN. She can be reached at [email protected] or on Twitter @elainekub.last_img read more

Ohio Ag Weather and Forecast, February 6, 2019

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest Rain moves through the state today, tomorrow and Friday morning. Temps are quickly on the rise today. We should be well above normal statewide today, and above normal tomorrow too. Rain totals for the period will be .5”-2.5” with coverage at nearly 100%. These rains come from to distinct heavier waves, but we will see nearly constant threat of rain through the end of the day tomorrow. Cumulative rain totals through Friday morning are shown on the map at right. We are also leaving the door open this morning to some lingering moisture early Friday. For the balance of Friday, we clear out and turn significantly colder. We should see the entire state below freezing for Friday afternoon, and the cold air lingers through the weekend. We should be partly sunny for at least Saturday, but clouds will be on the increase Sunday, with a chance of some scattered light snow late Sunday afternoon and evening. We expect a coating to 1 inch of snow, with coverage at 60% of the state. We stay cold next Monday but should be partly sunny again. More tweaks to our forecast this morning around the weather system we have arriving next Tuesday, the 12th. This system looks to be tracking SW to NE, so that means we can see action spreading north. We still look for rain only in the south and southwest initially, with some light snow over the rest of the state as we move through Tuesday morning and midday. The rain/snow line moves north through the day, but generally does not get north of US 30. Through Tuesday evening we expect 2-4” from US 30 northward, and a coating to 2 inches from US 30 down to just south of I-70. However, a second wave of action Tuesday overnight night brings another 1”-3” to northwest and north central parts of  Ohio, and may even trigger some lake effect snows in NE Ohio. The snows will be wet snows, but still should accumulate. We are cloudy, windy and colder again for next Wednesday, and that may bring a few flurries. Daytime highs could be below freezing statewide again, and with the winds, we still have to keep low wind chills in mind. The rest of our forecast is unchanged this morning For Valentine’s Day next Thursday, we start with some sun but clouds will be on the increase rather quickly. This gives way to snow overnight Thursday night into Friday, with a coating to 2” possible and 80% coverage. Then for the rest of the extended period, we have some rain or snow developing for Saturday the 16th, liquid equivalent totals from .25”-1” over 80% of the state, and that precipitation lingers into early Sunday. Then Presidents Day (Monday the 18th) we go back to snow with possible accumulations. We finish out the extended period with partly sunny skies and seasonally chilly temps.last_img read more

TCI Death investigation launched man found dead in apartment

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#TurksandCaicos, December 13, 2017 – Providenciales – A death investigation is launched now into the discovery of the body of an adult male in an apartment unit in Kew Town; the discovery happened Tuesday night.    It is said the man had been missing for days, it is said the man is a former customs officer and was last known to be a security guard at Beaches Resort.It was just before 10pm that officers swarmed the apartment block, and it remains unclear at this point if foul play is suspected.#MagneticMediaNews#malefounddeadinprovoapartment Related Items:#magneticmedianews, #malefounddeadinprovoapartmentlast_img