Good day. How was everyone’s Labor Day weekend? Ours was a bit of a washout, but we really needed the rain so I can’t complain. The storm clouds moved back over the dollar on Friday after Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said he wouldn’t rule out another round of QE. As Chuck let everyone know on Friday, he will be out for an extended period continuing his battle but as usual he left me with plenty of ammunition for today’s Pfennig, so take it away Chuck!Well… I told you all last week that Big Ben Bernanke wasn’t going to repeat his 2010 Jackson Hole speech, and announce another round of stimulus for the economy… I also told you that the event risk was downward, if Big Ben left a sour taste in the mouths of those that thought he would announce more stimulus here. And soon after his speech, the euro, which had traded up to 1.2625, plunged, and Gold & Silver saw unwinding of trades that were made in hopes that the stimulus would be announced.But… then they read what he had to say… and soon, the currencies and metals were getting bought up again a turn-around in less than an hour! Here’s my take on what he said… and no, he didn’t follow my script! I think Big Ben left little doubt that his is looking to the next policy meeting in September (9/12), to announce more stimulus… I had told you that is what I thought would happen, and so far, I was bang on… I guess all that remains to be seen is what happens on 9/12!So, we get to play this game for the next 8 days… will he, or won’t he? I say he will… The Fed Heads only have the same arrows previously used in their quiver, folks… Bullwinkle would say… “nothing up my sleeve”… and so the same with Big Ben… he has nothing up his sleeve that ‘s not been tried, so he’ll go back to the well. At least he knows that QE underpins the stock market, and keeps rates low… It doesn’t do anything else, no wait! It does weaken the dollar… but as I’ve told you for years now, we need a cheaper dollar to pay down debt servicing with cheaper dollars…Well… I completely forgot last week to mention a couple of things… My mind must have been in another place I guess… But on Thursday, it was my good friend, and former latte’ buddy, Michelle’s birthday! I can’t believe I forgot! UGH!… And then on Friday, it was a the perfect trifecta, as our office coordinator called it… Pay Day… 3-day weekend ahead, and the Review & Focus arrived!I hope the markets don’t get all ahead of themselves the next 8 days… but knowing the markets, I know in my heart of hearts that they will… UGH! That means it will be a “buy the rumor (stimulus) and sell the fact” scenario… Just so you know… And one more thing before I turn it back over to Chris…At one point on Friday afternoon, I walked out to the desk and asked everyone if there was anything that was going to stop Gold? The price of Gold started moving higher once the markets too Big Ben to say that more stimulus would be announced at the Sept meeting… But in the afternoon, it was a rubber band shot higher! At one point, I looked down and it was up $25… then 5 minutes later it was up $30… then 5 minutes later it was $32… crazy! But there’s a lot of pent up buyers here folks… They’ve been waiting for Gold to break out of its summer slumber… and apparently, Friday was that day!Chris again. I got to spend some time with Chuck and his family on Saturday, watching the Cardinals game out on his pool deck while he smoked some pork butts and bacon wrapped turkey breasts. Chuck always hosts a big labor day party and from the amount of meat he was cooking this was going to be one big party!As Chuck mentioned, the currencies and gold certainly got the party started early on Friday afternoon as investors are again convinced we will see some sort of stimulus later this month. The data released on Friday morning didn’t help the dollar as reports showed demand for US capital goods dropped in July and business activity in the US expanded at a slower pace in August. The Institute for Supply Management reported its business barometer fell to 53 from 53.7 in July. Economists had predicted a reading of 53.2, so the number was a bit disappointing, but a reading above 50 still indicates expansion. The Commerce department’s durable goods report showed a 4% decrease in spending on non-military capital goods. Again the number was disappointing as economists were predicting a smaller 3.4% decline.This week, the markets will be anxiously awaiting Friday’s US payrolls number for August. Bernanke and the rest of the members of the FOMC will certainly be keying on this number during their meeting next week. Economists have forecast 125,000 jobs were added in August following an increase of 163,000 in July. Chairman Ben pointed out the damage 8+% unemployment is having on the US economic recovery, and even with the projected increase in jobs the unemployment rate will stay above 8%. So there is a good chance we will see additional action by the Fed no matter if jobs number comes in strong on Friday.And we will get plenty of data here in the US prior to Friday. We start out the week with the ISM Manufacturing and Prices paid data, both of which are expected to have increased in August. And later today we will see the vehicle sales information for last month which are expected to be flat when compared to July. Tomorrow is a pretty dead data day, with just the MBA mortgage app number. Thursday will bring the weekly jobs numbers which are expected to reflect another 370k workers filed first time jobless claims last week. The ADP employment change report will also be released on Thursday, giving traders an indication on what to expect on Friday. The ADP number was identical to Payroll number last month, and Thursday’s ADP report is expected to show a drop in the number of jobs added during August. Both Chuck and I think additional stimulus is a ‘done deal’ but Friday’s numbers could solidify the rest of the market’s opinion.Looking at a currency scorecard for August shows the Norwegian krone was the biggest gainer vs. the US$ in August with a rise of over 4%. I spoke at the San Francisco money show a couple of weeks ago and pointed out the rock solid fundamentals of Norway’s economy. Norway’s 2nd quarter GDP came in at an emerging markets like 5.0 annualized increase vs. the previous quarter. Their Current account balance as a % of GDP is an impressive 13.9%, second only to Singapore which boasts a 22.1% surplus. (By the way, Switzerland rounds out the top three when it comes to current account balance vs. GDP at 13.4%). And last but not least, Norway has the best budget balance as a % of GDP of any of the currencies we track with a budget surplus of 15.4%. This is the largest budget surplus of any AAA rated nation, and the country has no net debt.These stellar economic fundamentals form a very strong base for the Norwegian krone, and perhaps the move we saw during the month of August is a sign the markets are beginning to shift back toward trading on the fundamentals. But with the Euro debt crisis, the US elections, and the possibility of another round of stimulus; macro events will probably remain in the driver’s seat for the remainder of 2012. Also, the Norwegian government announced Friday that it would be increasing foreign currency purchases next month as higher oil prices have them in the enviable position of holding too much krone. The increase in krone sales should help keep a lid on the Norwegian currency… for now.The worst performer vs. the US$ in August? It was the Australian dollar which was down 1.72% on a combination of technical factors and increased worries over China’s slowdown. As Chuck pointed out last week, the Aussie dollar has been slipping, and the technicals are pointing toward lower prices. It breached a key support level last week, slipping below its 200 day moving average; and some charts are now showing it will continue to drop to parity.The RBA helped the Aussie dollar out a bit over the weekend after they decided to leave interest rates unchanged. Many investors worried that the Reserve Bank would look to cut the benchmark interest rate which is currently among the highest in the developed world.Direction for the Aussie dollar will continue to be dominated by news regarding the Chinese economy, so investors were eagerly awaiting the release of the Chinese PMI (purchasing managers index) over the weekend. The PMI data was mixed, with the HSBC Manufacturing PMI falling to 47.6 from last month’s reading of 49.3 while the non-manufacturing PMI number remained strong at a reading of 56.3 vs. last month’s 55.6. I for one don’t buy the ‘hard landing’ for the Chinese economy, and I think we will continue to see a commodity bull market in the longer term. That along with some of the developed world’s highest interest rates should provide support for the Aussie dollar, but I am also smart enough to not stand in front of a moving train. A drop to parity would certainly present what some would consider a good value for this commodity based currency.Another commodity based currency which traded higher last week was the Canadian dollar. Chuck pointed to the Canadian currency as one of the three he thinks investors should consider, and data released on Friday supports his view. Canada’s GDP grew at a 1.8% annualized rate during the second quarter, matching the 1st quarter’s revised figure. Economists had predicted growth to slow to 1.6% during the second quarter, so the loonie rallied on the better than expected figure. The recent gains in oil prices have also contributed to the loonie’s recent rebound.I got through a majority of today’s Pfennig without writing about the Euro, a sure sign that things are settling down across the pond. The euro continues to cling to the $1.26 level as investors increase expectations the ECB will be joining the US with another round of stimulus this month. The resilience of the euro is a bit surprising, as most analysts had predicted the euro would be at much weaker levels. The median year end estimate of more than 50 analysts conducted by Bloomberg predicted the euro would be trading at $1.22, well below the current level. But traders and the analysts don’t seem to be singing from the same song sheet, and the traders are the ones with the money so the euro remains well bid.The rating agencies seem to be siding with the analysts, as Moody’s cut the EU’s rating outlook to negative over the weekend. Moody’s lowered the outlook on EU’s Aaa long-term bond rating from stable to negative, citing what it sees as risks to Germany, France, the UK and the Netherlands. These four countries make up 45 percent of the EU’s budget revenue, and Moody’s feels their exposure to the euro-area debt crisis will continue to weigh on their economies.In other European news, the Swiss economy unexpectedly contracted in the second quarter. GDP in Switzerland declined .1% from the first quarter when it had a small .5% rise. Switzerland is heavily dependent on exports into Europe, and the SNB has pegged the Swiss franc to the euro in order to try and keep their goods competitively priced. But the peg couldn’t make up for the European slowdown which is driving Swiss exports lower. Indicators for the second half of the year are currently mixed, and SNB leaders have vowed to keep the Swiss/Euro peg in place.Then There Was This. I was searching for a ‘then there was this’ story this morning and asked Mike Meyer for some help. He suggested something on the Jackson Hole economic conference which I searched on and came across this interesting article. Just how did the Jackson Hole summit become such a big deal every year? According to an AP story written by Paul Wiseman, Former Fed Chairman Paul Volcker was the reason. Apparently Volcker was (and probably still is) an avid trout fisherman. The KC Fed wanted to try and attract Volcker to their annual economic summit and fly fishing in Jackson Hole was what they dangled in front of the former Fed head.According to the story, “The event now draws 140 people every year, including some of the biggest names in economic and finance. They come to enjoy breathtaking views of the Grand Teton mountain range and Jackson Lake, to hike and fish and to engage in intellectual combat in the halls of the Jackson Lake Lodge. ‘Jackson Hole provides a nice opportunity for central bankers to let down their hair a bit — only figuratively speaking, of course — and mingle with other members of their tribe and a few academics in an informal setting,’ says Eswar Prasad, a Cornell University professor who will speak on a Jackson Hole panel this year. One annual tradition is the Friday night barbecue. There, some of the world’s most high-powered economists don cowboy hats, string ties and other Western gear and sometimes join in a line dance.My next question is exactly who pays for this boondoggle?? You can read the entire story at the following link.To recap. Chuck shares his thoughts on Ben’s Friday speech, the markets are still questioning whether we will see another round of QE, but we think yes. Gold moved higher on Friday on uncertainty regarding future stimulus. Investors will be looking toward Friday’s payroll numbers to give them a clearer picture. Norway continues to have some outstanding fundamentals which drove the krone to the #1 performer vs. the US$ during the month of August. The Aussie dollar was the worst performer, and technicals point to further weakness but the RBA seems to have put a floor under it by leaving rates unchanged. Moody’s cut the EU’s rating outlook to negative and the Swiss economy unexpectedly contracted during the second quarter.Currencies today 9/4/12. American Style: A$ $1.0249, kiwi .7946, C$ $1.0155, euro 1.2571, sterling 1.5876, Swiss $1.0464. European Style: rand 8.3744, krone 5.7943, SEK 6.6901, forint 226.45, zloty 3.3383, koruna 19.7876, RUB 32.1683, yen 78.39, sing 1.2465, HKD 7.7564, INR 55.6612, China 6.3473, pesos 13.1483, BRL 2.0294, Dollar Index 81.296, Oil $96.93, 10-year 1.57%, Silver $32.08, Gold.. $1,691.50, and Platinum $1,555.25That’s it for today. Chuck sent me a note yesterday morning to let me know he had hit a bit of a snag and had to check into the hospital on Labor day. The surgery which was set for Wednesday is being postponed a bit. I will make sure to keep you all informed of his condition. Please keep him and his family in your prayers! I joined the rest of the folks in the 21st century over the weekend by upgrading my cell phone to a ‘smart phone’. My daughter accompanied me to the store and convinced me to get the latest Samsung. Now I just have to try and figure out how this thing works! I hope everyone has a fantastic start to this holiday shortened week, and thanks for reading the Pfennig!Thanks,Chris Gaffney, CFA SVP & Director of Sales T. 314-951-1619 EverBank World Markets 8300 Eager Road, Ste. 700, St. Louis, MO. 63144 EverBank.com
New Legislation: 33 States Pave the Way for Strange New Car What this “super investor” reveals for the first time ever on camera about where he gets his best investment ideas from will shock you… Not since the Model T replaced the horse and buggy has America seen a shift this huge in the way we drive. Within the next 2 years, we will see 10 million of these cars on the roads—a 49,000% increase from today. • Frontier markets are growing like crazy… In fact, eight of the world’s fastest-growing economies are frontier markets. The other two (India and China) are emerging markets. Of course, that’s a sample size. So, to prove that I’m not cherry-picking, consider this: 32 frontier markets are growing faster than 4% per year. That’s twice as fast as the U.S. economy’s growing.Of course, past performance doesn’t guarantee future results.So, what’s really important is how a market will fare going forward. And the future is extremely bright for frontier markets.• Frontier markets have very favorable demographics… About 60% of people living in frontier markets are under the age of 30. And the average age is just over 30. It’s a much different story in the developed world where the average age is nearly 41. This is a big deal. You see, young people work longer. They create more wealth. And they spend more money.All of those things are good for economic growth. That’s why frontier markets are expected to make up 25% of the global economy 10 years from now. That’s more than four times what they account for today. Normally, investors pay a premium for that kind of growth. But that’s not the case here…• Very few investors own frontier market stocks… Right now, there are just two frontier market funds. And these funds have just $750 million in assets. To put that in perspective, the iShares MSCI Emerging Markets ETF (EEM) has nearly $36 billion in assets. And that’s just one of dozens of emerging market funds. This is why Johnstone called frontier market stocks “hideously under-owned” during his presentation. But that’s actually a blessing in disguise… Since no one cares about frontier market stocks, you can buy them for next to nothing. In fact, the iShares MSCI Frontier 100 ETF (FM) trades at a price-to-earnings (P/E) ratio of just 14.6. The S&P 500, for comparison, currently trades at a P/E ratio of 25.7. This means frontier market stocks are about 43% cheaper than U.S. stocks.• This bargain won’t last forever… If big institutional investors put just a little bit of money in these markets, these stocks will skyrocket. You’ll obviously want to own frontier market stocks before that happens. And you can easily do that with a fund like FM. Just understand that this is a “shotgun approach” to investing in frontier markets. If you really want to maximize your returns, you should consider investing in individual frontier markets with the most upside. Here are four of Johnstone’s favorite frontier markets right now. You can learn more about the opportunity in Vietnam—one of my top frontier markets—by reading this report that Johnstone and his team put together.Regards,Justin Spittler New Orleans, Louisiana October 23, 2017 Reader Mailbag Justin’s note: If you’ve been reading the Dispatch, you know I think there’s big money to be made in Canadian marijuana stocks. But not everyone’s as convinced as I am. Joseph, a Dispatch reader, thinks the Canadian government just made a terrible mistake. He wrote last week: Not so fast there, Justin. The other Justin [Trudeau] just announced a dollar surcharge on the first gram and then another 10% on anything over $10. So that pot explosion may just turn out to a firecracker. Looks like the black market in pot may still be around for a while. —Joseph I understand your concern, Joseph. After all, taxes can only hurt businesses. But you need to realize something. Canadians pay about a 60% tax on tobacco products. They also pay a much higher tax rate on alcohol sales. So, this marijuana tax is more than fair. In fact, it should allow Canada’s marijuana market to keep booming. Vahan Ajamian, an analyst at Beacon Securities in Toronto, agrees: We believe licensed producers will be able to prosper under the proposed tax regime… Further, we believe this proposal and related commentary validate our view that the government gets it. It shouldn’t view legalization as a cash cow and over tax the industry — at least initially, given competition from the black market. In short, Canada’s government is trying to support the marijuana industry. It’s a much different story in the United States. Here, the federal government treats marijuana like a street drug. That’s why I’ve been urging investors to consider Canadian pot stocks. To see why, check out this recent essay I wrote on the topic. P.S. I also encourage you to watch this presentation my team and I recently put together. As you’ll see, Canadian pot stocks could skyrocket, not a year or month from now, but as early as next week. To learn why, click here. One of the presenters, Vincent Daniel, was even portrayed in The Big Short, a wildly popular movie about the 2008 financial crisis. For two days, we sat around and discussed why stocks are so expensive…why the market’s been so eerily calm…and what could eventually trigger the next crash. It was powerful stuff. So today, I’m going to tell you about my favorite presentation. It was about an asset class that most investors have never thought about owning…• I’m talking about frontier markets… These are countries that are on their way to becoming emerging markets like India or China. They’re basically “pre-emerging” markets. Kuwait, Pakistan, and Vietnam are a few of the biggest frontier markets. Most people have never even thought about putting money in these places. They’re seen as too dangerous…too politically unstable…or even too “Third World.” And for a long time, this was true. But that’s changing…• In fact, James Johnstone thinks it would be a big mistake to ignore frontier markets… Johnstone co-heads the Emerging and Frontier Markets team at RWC Partners Limited. Prior to that, he ran an Asian hedge fund. In short, Johnstone knows a thing or two about investing. And he says frontier markets are undergoing “dramatic changes.” They’re turning unproductive, agrarian economies into industrial economies. In other words, they’re doing exactly what China did to become the world’s second-biggest economy. So today, I’ll show you an easy way to invest in frontier markets. But you should first know why Johnstone is so bullish on these widely misunderstood markets. Recommended Link VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED — By Justin Spittler, editor, Casey Daily Dispatch There were only about 60 people there. But the group included millionaire traders, money managers, and other Wall Street insiders. It was the most exclusive investing conference I’ve ever attended. But it didn’t take place in New York, San Francisco, or Chicago. It was in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. Now, it’s not like South Carolina is a hotbed of finance or investing. So why did I go there? Simple.• Jared Dillian invited me… If you don’t know Jared, you should. He’s one of the best analysts in our industry. His newsletter, The Daily Dirtnap, is unlike anything I’ve ever read. At our headquarters in Delray Beach, Florida, it’s must-read material. So, when I got the invite, I immediately booked a flight… • And Jared delivered in spades… The speaking lineup he put together was the best of any conference I’ve been to. It included a managing director at multinational banking and financial services company Société Générale…the director of research at WisdomTree Investments…and a portfolio manager at PIMCO, one of the world’s premier fixed-income managers. — Vietnam Romania Argentina Kazakhstan Recommended Link You Don’t Want to Miss This… From November 6–10, Doug Casey, Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno, and Casey Report editor E.B. Tucker will gather together with a group of close friends at one of the most unique places in the world: Doug’s world-class residential community in Argentina—La Estancia de Cafayate. As a reader of the Dispatch, we’d like to invite you to join. This is not an investment conference—far from it. It’s friends gathering at a place built for like-minded people. There’ll be great steaks, locally produced wine, and probably a few too many Cuban cigars. We’ll discuss what’s going on in the world, and what’s around the bend. This is a unique chance to spend a few days with great people in one of the world’s most beautiful settings. If you haven’t seen the high desert of Argentina, please consider joining us.Keep in mind, space is limited and spots are filling up quickly. So if you’re interested, don’t wait to sign up. To get more details, just send us an email using this link. We hope to see you at La Estancia de Cafayate November 6–10.
NEW YORK — Sidney Crosby woke up, and so did the Pittsburgh Penguins.Crosby scored twice and the Penguins evened their first-round playoff series with the New York Rangers with a 4-3 win on April 18.The Rangers won Game 1 by making Crosby virtually invisible and keeping Evgeni Malkin out of the danger zone. Both of them and the Penguins as a whole showed more jump, possessing the puck and keeping New York off-balance.Forcing turnovers in the decisive second period, shutting down the Rangers’ power play and generally controlling the pace, the Penguins got even.“You play well, that’s all you want,” the Penguins’ star center said. “We wanted to make sure we went home with one.”Crosby, naturally, was at the center of the turnaround. He broke a 1-1 tie by knocking in a rebound of Patric Hornqvist’s shot in the second period.Then Crosby made a diving deflection past Henrik Lundqvist of a pass from Chris Kunitz on the right wing boards following a Rangers giveaway in their zone.At that point, Crosby had four shots on goal in the series, with two going in. “There’s always pressure to score,” said Crosby, who had 28 goals and 84 points this seasonGame 3 is Monday night in Pittsburgh. The Rangers had the league’s best road record this season while also winning the Presidents’ Cup for top overall record.“It’s important in the playoffs to make sure you can play in a home building and in a road building,” Derek Stepan said. “We have to make sure we get ourselves refocused and get ourselves ready for Game 3.”The Rangers have not won a home Game 2 since beating Vancouver in the 1994 Stanley Cup Finals.Marc-Andre Fleury finished with 23 saves for the Penguins, while Lundqvist had 18.The resilient Rangers got back in it early in the third period on, of all things, their previously sputtering power play. Derick Brassard knocked in a rebound from short range after strong pressure with Blake Comeau penalized early in the third.Stepan hit the goal post on the first shot of another power play less than three minutes later. And while killing a penalty, Martin St. Louis and Carl Hagelin both couldn’t get to a loose puck behind Fleury in the crease.On that same power play, Kunitz made it 4-2, sweeping in the rebound of Brandon Sutter’s short shot.“I thought our second power-play unit was effective for us when it was out there,” Penguins coach Mike Johnston said.Rick Nash scored with 5.1 seconds to go for New York.The Rangers opened the scoring in the first period. Stepan was robbed by Fleury from the slot, but on New York’s next rush, Ryan McDonagh fed J.T. Miller on left wing, and his perfect pass to nearly the same spot in the slot hit Stepan in stride. He beat Fleury to the far post this time — one of only three Rangers shots in the period.While the Rangers’ power play struggled, Sutter nearly tied it midway in the second with a short-handed wrist shot that clanged off the goal post. Then he did tie it with a rebound off a deflection on a Pittsburgh power play.Special teams were critical, of course, with Pittsburgh going 2-for-4 on power plays, New York 1-for-7.“You have to save you energy to kill penalties off,” Crosby said when asked if the Penguins were getting frustrated by so many calls against them. “It’s not worth wasting your energy.”Nash recognized the Rangers’ urgent need to pick up the power-play production.“I think we were overpassing a bit tonight,” he said. “It didn’t seem like we were getting enough looks, enough shots there in the shot lanes, and we weren’t working to get through the shot lanes and get the shots on net.”(BARRY WILNER, AP Sports Writer) TweetPinShare0 Shares
By Gregory J. StamosNikos Galis, a member of the AHEPA Hellenic Athletic Hall of Fame, Class of 2013, on September 8, 2017 reached the highest honor a basketball player, College, Professional or Amateur, can attain: induction into the Naismith Memorial International Basketball Hall of Fame, in Springfield, Massachusetts. Galis, the greatest basketball player in Greek basketball history and one of the top European players of all time, was recognized for his brilliance in the International arena, most notably leading the Greek National Team to its iconic capture of the 1987 European Championship, by its defeat of Russia, a game in which Galis was named Most Valuable Player, after leading Greece with 44 points.Galis, born in New York and raised in Union City, New Jersey, the son of two Greek immigrants, starred for Seton Hall University from 1975-1979. In 1979, his senior season, he averaged 27.5 points per game, the third highest scoring average in the Nation, behind only Idaho State’s Lawrence Butler and the great Indiana State University Larry Bird. That season Galis won the Haggerty Award as the New York Metropolitan Area’s Men’s College Basketball Player of the Year, and was drafted by the Boston Celtics of the National Basketball Association. Having suffering an injury during the Celtics’ training camp, however, Galis elected to play professionally in Greece, the land of his ancestors, notwithstanding never having been in Greece before nor even being aware that there was a professional basketball league in Greece. Legend has it that Red Auerbach, the Celtics’ revered Coach and General Manager, said that, in retrospect, “the biggest mistake of my career was not signing Galis.”Galis embarked on a storied fourteen-year professional career and is now considered Greece’s top all-time athlete. As a member of the Aris (Thessaloniki) Professional Club, he won eight Greek League Championships and appeared three times in the European Club Championship Final Four. Then, after his move to Panathanaikos (Athens), Nick led his team to a fourth trip to the European Final Four. Galis topped the Greek League in scoring eleven times and was its all-time leading scorer with an average of 33.4 points per game, and led the National Team, in 168 games, with a 30.5 average. His individual scoring records were 62 points in the Greek League, 57 points in European Club competition and 53 points with the Greek National Team versus Panama in 1986. He was voted the top European player in 1987.In the Athens Olympic Games in 2004, Galis was the first Olympic Torch Bearer to enter the Stadium at the Opening Ceremony. In 2007, he was inducted into the FIBA Hall of Fame. Thereafter, in 2013, in a nationally televised induction ceremony, the Thessaloniki “Alexandriou Sports Palace” was renamed “Nick Galis Hall” and in 2016, the Greek government named the indoor basketball court at the Athens Olympics Sports Complex “Nick Galis Court.”Galis was inducted into the Naismith Hall of Fame along with former NBA stars George McGinnis and Tracy McGrady, WNBA and UCONN college basketball star Rebecca Lobo, Notre Dame University Women’s Coach Muffin McGraw, and Kansas University Men’s Coach Bill Self. His video presentation included praise by NBA greats Vlade Divac, Detlef Schrempf, and Tony Kukoc. In his acceptance speech, Galis thanked all of his high school, college, and Greek National team teammates and coaches, but especially singled out the Greek fans, worldwide, for their support. He indicated that his greatest decision was to elect to play in Greece, which became “his people and his country.” Nick Galis and Gregory Stamos on the Hall of Fame stage following his induction with NBA great Bob McAdoo. Photo courtesy of Gregory StamosHe noted how proud he was that his athletic success had galvanized and even united the entire nation of Hellas, with Greeks flooding the streets late into the night celebrating the dramatic victory over Russia in 1987, which propelled Greece onto the international basketball stage.Galis had been selected to the AHEPA Athletic Hellenic Hall of Fame in 2013, but was unable to attend the National Convention to receive his award due to running his basketball camp in Greece at that time. He elected to not have his Hall of Fame plaque and medallion mailed to him, in the hope that he would be able to personally receive it at some later point in time, and prior to the Naismith induction ceremony, Gregory Stamos, Chairman of the AHEPA Hall of Fame Selection Committee, presented Galis with his 2013 AHEPA Athletic Hall of Fame plaque and medallion, compelling Nick to note, with a smile, “I’m not sure which means more to me, these, or my International Hall of Fame trophy.”Gregory Stamos presenting Nick Galis with the AHEPA Hall of Fame Plaque after Nick received his International Hall of Fame Jacket. Photo courtesy of Gregory StamosTweetPinShare11 Shares
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. (AP) — Give ’em a hand: Tom Brady and the New England Patriots are heading back to the Super Bowl.Brady shook off a hand injury and threw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Danny Amendola with 2:48 remaining , rallying the Patriots to a 24-20 comeback victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship Sunday.Brady, wearing a black bandage on his right hand after needing stitches to close a cut that happened on a play during practice earlier in the week, showed no signs of being hampered.And, with the game — and the season — possibly on the line, the Patriots star came up big again.“I’ve had a lot worse,” Brady said. “I didn’t know that on Wednesday. It was a crazy injury. Wednesday, Thursday, Friday was a little scary. Then I started getting some confidence and today we did just enough to win.”Brady finished 26 of 38 for 290 yards and two touchdowns to Amendola for the Patriots (15-3), who’ll play Philadelphia in Minneapolis on Feb. 4.It’s the eighth Super Bowl appearance for Brady and coach Bill Belichick, who have won five times — including last year’s 34-28 overtime rally against the Atlanta Falcons.“It’s pretty amazing. Just to be on a team that wins these kinds of games, it’s just a great accomplishment,” Brady said. “I’m just so proud of everyone on our team, we made so many great plays. Defense played so great when they needed to.”Blake Bortles and the Jaguars (12-7) led 20-10 early in the fourth quarter, but couldn’t hold against the defending champions. The NFL’s second-ranked defense kept Brady and the Patriots at bay for most of the game, but lost linebacker Myles Jack and defensive tackle Marcell Dareus on consecutive plays on New England’s winning drive.New England Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore (24) breaks up a pass intended for Jacksonville Jaguars wide receiver Dede Westbrook (12) during the second half of the AFC championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/Winslow Townson)“It’s a locker room obviously with a lot of pain,” Jaguars coach Doug Marrone said. “I’m sure they’re hurting inside. I’m hurting. The players are hurting.”With New England trailing 20-17, Amendola returned a punt 20 yards to put the ball at the Jaguars 30. Brady hit James White for 15 yards, Amendola for 8 and then the quarterback ran up the middle for 2 yards and a first down.On first-and-goal from the 5, White ran for a yard to set up the go-ahead score from Brady to Amendola.Jacksonville — looking to reach the Super Bowl for the first time in franchise history — had one more shot, but Bortles’ throw on fourth-and-15 to Dede Westbrook was knocked away by Stephon Gilmore.“Guys are upset,” Bortles said. “It’s not what anybody expects — contrary to popular belief. Those guys fully expected to win that game.”The Patriots ran out the clock, with Dion Lewis’ 18-yard scamper with 90 seconds remaining sealing the victory. And they played most of the game without tight end Rob Gronkowski, who left late in the first half and didn’t return.Brady’s hand was the most-scrutinized body part in Boston since his ankle before the 2008 Super Bowl, and Red Sox pitcher Curt Schilling’s right ankle tendon — the bloody sock — in the 2004 playoffs.Brady hurt his right hand during practice earlier in the week.“Of all the plays, my season wasn’t going to end on a handoff in practice,” Brady said.“Mentally, it probably stressed him out a bit,” Amendola said. “It’s hard to throw a football with stitches in your thumb. Everybody knows how tough he is.”Some Patriots fans were worried, but not Belichick.“He’s a tough guy, we all know that,” Belichick said. “But we’re not talking about open heart surgery here.”Brady warmed up without a glove on his hand, and he came out throwing. He completed his first six passes for 57 yards to march the Patriots down the field. The drive stalled when Brady was sacked by Dante Fowler Jr., and New England settled for Stephen Gostkowski’s 31-yard field goal.A wide-open Marcedes Lewis gave the Jaguars a 7-3 lead 45 seconds into the second quarter with a 4-yard touchdown catch from Bortles .Leonard Fournette gave Jacksonville a 14-3 lead midway through the second quarter with a 4-yard TD run, hushing the crowd at Gillette Stadium.New England Patriots wide receiver Danny Amendola, left, and quarterback Tom Brady celebrate their victory over the Jacksonville Jaguars in the AFC championship NFL football game, Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018, in Foxborough, Mass. (AP Photo/David J. Phillip)The Jaguars made some big mistakes just before halftime. Bortles completed a 12-yard pass to Lewis on third-and-7 from the Patriots 44, but Jacksonville was called for delay of game.That wiped out a first down, and Bortles was sacked by Adam Butler on the next play to force a punt. Jacksonville was called for six penalties that cost the Jaguars 98 yards, while New England was penalized just once.With just over two minutes left before halftime, New England’s offense took over and the fans chanted “Braa-dy! Braa-dy!”And their quarterback delivered — with some help from two big penalties.On first-and-10 from the Patriots 40, Brady threw a long pass for Gronkowski, who was injured when he got popped by Barry Church. Church was called for unnecessary roughness, putting the ball at Jacksonville’s 45.“It was a tough call,” Church said, “but you’ve got to go with what they call.”A.J. Bouye was called for pass interference on the next play. The 32-yard penalty gave the Patriots the ball at the Jaguars 13. After a 12-yard catch by Cooks, White ran it in from the 1 to make it 14-10.Josh Lambo gave Jacksonville a 17-10 lead 4:37 into the third quarter with a 54-yard field goal. He added a 43-yarder 8 seconds into the fourth quarter to make it a 10-point game.But Brady & Co. were just getting started.After Jacksonville went three-and-out following Jack’s fumble recovery of Lewis, Brady and the Patriots offense came out with a sense of urgency.They marched 85 yards on eight plays to cut it to a three-point deficit on Amendola’s 9-yard TD catch with 8:44 left. Amendola had a 21-yard catch on third-and-18 from the Patriots 25 early in the drive.“Big play in the game,” Brady said. “Ended up being a huge drive for us.”FEW FLAGS: The Patriots’ one penalty against the Jaguars is the fewest called on one team in a playoff game since the 2011 AFC championship — when the Patriots were called for just one in a win over Baltimore.BRADY’S BOUNCEBACK: Brady’s passer rating during the first three quarters: 87.5. In the fourth quarter, it was 136.3.SOLID JAGUARS: Bortles finished 23 of 36 for 293 yards and a touchdown in his first AFC title game. Fournette had 76 yards rushing on 24 carries.___DENNIS WASZAK Jr., AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
MADRID (AP) — Zinedine Zidane could be running out of time at Real Madrid.Zidane, who led Madrid to the Champions League title in his first season as coach, is now struggling to keep his job with the team 19 points behind Barcelona in the Spanish league.His problems became worse when Madrid lost 2-1 at home to Leganes in the quarterfinals of the Copa del Rey on Wednesday.Zidane looks like he has one last chance to save his job by beating Paris Saint-Germain in the last 16 of the Champions League. The two teams meet in the first leg in Spain on Feb. 14, with the return match in France on March 6.“That’s very obvious,” Zidane said after the loss to Leganes. “I’m the one responsible for all of this. I’m the coach. I’m the one who has to find the solutions.”The Champions League is the only competition Madrid has a realistic chance of winning. The club is going for a hat trick after lifting the trophy in 2016 and 2017.“We’ve lost one competition and we’re a long way off in La Liga,” Zidane said. “Our objectives aren’t what we had planned for at the start of the season. All we can do now is think about the remaining games, starting with Saturday (at Valencia), and prepare well for Feb. 14.”Madrid was held to a 2-2 home draw by Valencia earlier this season and hasn’t won at the Mestalla since 2013.Zidane said the loss to Leganes was the worst moment of his coaching career.“I’m angry with myself,” he said. “I can’t understand it. We have to find a way to recover.”Zidane hasn’t just been criticized for poor results. Fans have also questioned some of his recent decisions, including the move to rest Cristiano Ronaldo and other regular starters against Leganes.“I don’t regret it. I take responsibility for my decisions,” Zidane said. “The players have to rest. You can’t look at the team that played and say it wasn’t competitive. It was. The problem was that we lost.”The only regular starters against Leganes were Sergio Ramos, Karim Benzema and Isco, who was replaced late in the game. Luka Modric and Dani Carvajal came off the bench in the second half.The crowd jeered after the final whistle, a common occurrence at the Bernabeu recently. Before routing Deportivo La Coruna 7-1 in the league on Sunday, Madrid had gone three matches without a home win.Madrid has won half of its 18 home games in all competitions this season, losing four times, including 3-0 to Barcelona.Zidane made a remarkable start after taking over in January 2016 following a stint with Madrid’s “B” squad. He led the club to two Champions League titles, one Spanish league trophy and consecutive titles in both the UEFA Super Cup and Club World Cup.He began this season by helping Madrid win the Spanish Super Cup against Barcelona.“I take responsibility for the situation (now),” Zidane said. “I’ll continue working and fighting. I’m going to try to make the team better and that’s it.”—TALES AZZONI, AP Sports WriterTweetPinShare0 Shares
About Caitlin Doughty’s TED TalkMortician Caitlin Doughty is trying to find a more natural and sustainable way to bury our loved ones. But to get there, she says: we need to rethink how we view death altogether.About Caitlin Doughty Caitlin Doughty is a mortician and the founder of The Order of The Good Death, a group of funeral industry professionals, academics and artists exploring ways to better prepare for the end.In 2015, Caitlin became unhappy with the state offerings of the American funeral industry and founded an alternative funeral home, Undertaking LA, to help people bury loved ones in a more sustainable way.Caitlin is also the author of Smoke Gets in Your Eyes and From Here to Eternity. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Hundreds of people waited in long lines for water and other essentials in Wilmington, still mostly cut off by rising water days after Hurricane Florence unleashed epic floods, and North Carolina’s governor pleaded with more than 10,000 evacuees around the state not to return home yet.The death toll rose to at least 34 in three states, with 26 fatalities in North Carolina, as Florence’s remnants went in two directions: Water flowed downstream toward the Carolina coast, and storms moved through the Northeast, where flash floods hit New Hampshire and New York state.North Carolina Gov. Roy Cooper warned that the flooding set off by as much as 3 feet of rain from Florence is far from over and will get worse in places.”I know for many people this feels like a nightmare that just won’t end,” he said.Addressing roughly 10,000 people who remain in shelters and “countless more” staying elsewhere, Cooper urged residents to stay put for now, particularly those from the hardest-hit coastal counties that include Wilmington, near where Florence blew ashore on Friday.Roads remain treacherous, he said, and some are still being closed for the first time as rivers swelled by torrential rains inland drain toward the Atlantic.”I know it was hard to leave home, and it is even harder to wait and wonder whether you even have a home to go back to,” Cooper said.In Wilmington, population 120,000, workers began handing out supplies using a system that resembled a giant fast-food drive-thru: Drivers pulled up to a line of pallets, placed an order and left without having to get out. A woman blew a whistle each time drivers were supposed to pull forward.Todd Tremain needed tarps to cover up spots where Florence’s winds ripped shingles off his roof. “The roof is leaking, messing up the inside of the house,” he said.Others got a case of bottled water or military MREs, or field rations. An olive-drab military forklift moved around huge pallets loaded with supplies.Brandon Echavarrieta struggled to stay composed as he described life post-Florence: no power for days, rotted meat in the freezer, no water or food and just one bath in a week.”It’s been pretty bad,” said Echavarrieta, 34, his voice breaking.Supplies have been brought into the city by big military trucks and helicopters, which also have been used to pluck hundreds of desperate people from atop homes and other structures.Mayor Bill Saffo said two routes were now open into Wilmington, which had been completely cut off by floodwaters, but those roads could close again as water swells the Cape Fear River on the city’s west side.”We still are encouraging or asking folks not to come home,” said Woody White, chairman of the New Hanover County commissioners. “We want you here. We love you. We miss you. But access to Wilmington is still very limited and is not improving as quickly as we would like.”At Fayetteville, near the Army’s sprawling Fort Bragg, the Cape Fear River had risen about 50 feet toward a crest that was predicted to be more than 25 feet above flood level. On Tuesday, logs and other debris became trapped under a rail bridge as rushing brown water pushed against the span.The river swallowed trees, lamp posts and a parking lot near its banks. City officials warned that still-rising water threatened some neighborhoods and businesses that seemed safe, but said the worst was nearly over and life was beginning to return to normal downtown. Businesses were re-opening and owners were removing sandbags and plywood from storefronts. The governor said 16 rivers statewide were at major flood stage and more than 1,100 roads were closed. Emergency workers reported rescuing and evacuating more than 2,200 people and around 575 animals, he said.In a bright spot, the Lumber River appeared to be falling in hard-hit Lumberton. Power outages in the Southeast also were down, from a high of more than 910,000 to about 310,000, nearly all in North Carolina.President Donald Trump boasted on Twitter: “Right now, everybody is saying what a great job we are doing with Hurricane Florence — and they are 100% correct.” He warned that the Democrats will soon start criticizing the government response, and “this will be a total lie, but that’s what they do, and everybody knows it!”The dead include a 1-year-old boy who was swept away after his mother drove into floodwaters and lost her grip on him. Authorities in Virginia said one person was dead after an apparent tornado.___Waggoner reported from Raleigh, North Carolina. AP writers Jonathan Drew and photographer Gerry Broome in Lumberton, North Carolina; Gary Robertson in Raleigh; Alex Derosier in Fayetteville, North Carolina; and Jay Reeves in Atlanta contributed to this report.
Miller Park is the home of the Milwaukee Brewers.Last updated on July 3rd, 2019 at 07:10 pmThe Green Bay Packers recently announced the second phase of their Titletown District development. It will include an office building, an apartment building and townhomes. Titletown District, located west of Lambeau Field, already includes Lodge Kohler hotel, Hinterland Brewery, a community football field, a playground and a snow tubing hill. A tech hub is under construction.The Packers are one of several major pro sports teams doing mixed-use development around their stadiums or arenas to enhance the game day experience and generate more revenue. The Milwaukee Bucks are working on a development district around Fiserv Forum, including an entertainment block across the street from the arena that includes Good City Brewing and Punch Bowl Social (a bar/restaurant with games). The New England Patriots developed the Patriots Place open-air shopping center around Gillette Stadium. The Chicago Cubs’ upgrades of Wrigley Field include new buildings outside the ballpark with office space, retail and a hotel. The new Atlanta Braves stadium, SunTrust Park, was built to anchor a mixed-use development district called The Battery Atlanta. Major League Baseball commissioner Rob Manfred said SunTrust Park and The Battery will be the “model for future ballparks.” “The scope of the mixed-use development surrounding the ballpark and the economic opportunity it has created for the club is what people see as revolutionary,” he said.The Milwaukee Brewers have an opportunity to do something similar. As I write this, they are preparing for the playoffs. But they should also be considering economic development opportunities near Miller Park.The news that Komatsu Mining Corp. will consolidate its local operations at a new corporate headquarters in Milwaukee’s Harbor District is great for the city. But West Milwaukee will lose a major employer and see the company abandon its 44-acre complex at 4400 W. National Ave., near Miller Park.Village officials hope to see someone eventually come forward with plans to redevelop the Komatsu site. Who should it be? The Milwaukee Brewers, that’s who. The site is closer to Miller Park than the Molitor parking lot north of I-94.In addition to the Komatsu site, the Brewers could put development on some of their own parking lots. The logical strategy would be to extend South 44th Court through the Miller parking lot between Miller Park Way and the Menomonee River. The Brewers should develop all of that land between the freeway and the river. That would still leave massive amounts of parking, and room for tailgating, in the remaining lots around the ballpark. New development could include parking structures to accommodate some game parking.Imagine a mixed-use development district along the east side of Miller Park Way between West National Avenue and I-94, visible from inside the ballpark, with bars, restaurants, retail, hotel, residences, office space and baseball-related entertainment (such as a batting cage). It would be a cool addition to the area and the Brewer game experience. Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
ElserEthan Elser ElserVice president and principal PACE Equity Age: 30Hometown: Milwaukee Education: Bachelor of business administration from The George Washington UniversityPrevious position: Director of corporate developmentFavorite part of job? “After working for Citigroup in my first summer internship, I felt as though something was lacking. It can be hard to tangibly see and feel the results of work in that industry, whereas real estate, you can see the fruits of your labor with a building developed or revitalized.”What drew you to leadership?“When I was in high school, I started a business selling things on eBay, mostly for my parents’ friends. This planted the bug about being a leader, even though I was only leading myself. I like the accountability, but also the ability to chart a course and execute on a vision. This is part of the reason I have gravitated towards smaller companies; it gives an opportunity to take a leadership role early, as well as the freedom to be nimble.”What do you do in your free time?“What is this free time you speak of? I don’t like to sit around, so I do a lot outside of work. I am a member of the board of directors at the Milwaukee Public Museum, as well as a co-founder of a new young professional organization there called the 1882 Society. I am also an amateur (emphasis on amateur) drone enthusiast. I’m also married with a 4-year-old son, so my free time is very limited, but I like it that way.”What are you watching?“I just finished ‘Ozark’ season 2, which was great, and ‘Jack Ryan’ on Amazon, which I admit I binged the whole thing over a long weekend. My wife and I are avid ‘Shark Tank’ fans as well.”What would surprise someone about you?“I love extreme sports. I’ve been bungee jumping on the world’s tallest commercial platform (which is in Macau), skydiving (which I did in Racine, actually), windsurfing, etc. My next goal is hang gliding.” Get our email updatesBizTimes DailyManufacturing WeeklyNonprofit WeeklyReal Estate WeeklySaturday Top 10Wisconsin Morning Headlines Subscribe
Things to know for ThursdayToday is Thursday, April 19 and if you’re a fan of Tre Monte in Woburn, then you’re sure to be a fan of their new location popping up on Salem Street. According to a source, a sign is up at the site of Limoncello 2 saying Tre Monte Restaurant and Bar will be opening soon within the space, read more on Boston Restaurant Talk. Here’s what else you need to know for Thursday…2:00PM Roald Dahl’s Imaginormous Challenge 2018. Join the North End Library at 25 Parmenter Street where young writers ages 5-12 are invited to share story ideas with Willy Wonka. Stop by to write your own 100-word story idea down and enter it into this global contest.6:30PM North Washington Street Bridge Project Public Meeting. There will be a public meeting at the Nazzaro Community Center at 30 North Bennet Street to discuss work-related activities including utility work that is expected to begin on the North Washington Street bridge, see additional details here.*Advertisement* Currently Did we miss something? Add it to the comments below. Follow @northend.waterfront on Instagram and tag #northend or #bostonwaterfront to have your photo featured!While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron* Notable News:Meet Kellyn Anderson of Bow & Arrow in North EndBow & Arrow is a salon that opened in the North End in May 2014. Founders Kellyn and Jill Miller believe in paying it forward, giving back to the community and empowering and inspiring women, read more on Boston Voyager.Fresh Made Pasta: Plan your events with the Community Calendar: Friday, April 2011:00AM Meet the Musicians & Storytime. Join the North End Library at 25 Parmenter Street for a special series of story times with Ms. Alyson & NEMPAC. Each week they will share a story, a craft and meet a new artist and their instrument.1:00PM Friday Film Series: Sound of Music. Join the North End Library at 25 Parmenter Street for their Friday Film Series featuring the Sound of Music. See additional details here.Saturday, April 2110:00AM Film & Literary Exploration of Boston’s Waterfront at Leventha. Laurie Zapalac and Mike Manning are partnering with the Boston Harbor Walk to host the first ever film and literary virtual exploration of Boston’s waterfront and harbor. See additional details here.10:30AM I Piccoli Lettori. Join I AM Books at 189 North Street for its Italian reading group for children ages 0-4. Email email@example.com or call 857-263-7665 for more information.3:00PM Massachusetts Armenian Genocide Commemoration. Join the Massachusetts Armenian Genocide Commemoration Committee at Armenian Heritage Park on the Greenway to come together and honor the shared history.6:00PM Literary reading and open mic. Join I AM Books and the Italian American Writers Association at 189 North Street for a literary reading and open mic night.From the Community: NEMPAC Opera Project: Mozart’s Don GiovanniThe North End Music & Performing Arts Center (NEMPAC) Opera Project presents Mozart’s Don Giovanni on Thursday, June 21st and Saturday, June 23rd in downtown Boston, continue reading.North End/Waterfront Resident Shannon McAuliffe Running for Suffolk County District AttorneyHarbor Towers resident and Suffolk University Law School graduate, Shannon McAuliffe, has announced she’ll be running for Suffolk County District Attorney, continue reading.Need to submit a post? Great, start here!Keep up with what’s happening on the Events Calendar.Weather Forecast: Currently Currently
A 311 user claims that the wifi does not work at CCPThe original 311 post can be found here. The case was submitted and opened on August 30th, 2018. The case is still open as of September 6th, 2018.Mopeds on Parmenter Street Allegedly Belong to Non-Residents“September 1st move in day. No spots anywhere and we have these mopeds that belong to non residents taking up 3 spots. Happens everyday”Mopeds parked on Parmenter Street allegedly belong to non-residentsThe original 311 post can be found here. The case was submitted and opened on September 1st, 2018. The case was resolved later that day on September 6th, 2018 with the following message: “Closed with status: Case Resolved. clear.”Remember, to report a claim with 311, you can call 311, go to the 311 website, tweet at 311, or download the app. What do you think about these 311 cases? Follow our “What’s The 311?” tag to see past week’s postings!While you’re here …we have a small favor to ask. More people than ever are reading NorthEndWaterfront.com but we need your help making ends meet. Advertising doesn’t bring in enough to pay for reporting or editorial work. Keeping this website going takes a lot of time, money and hard work. But we do it because we believe community news is important – and we think you do too. If everyone who reads this site, who likes it, puts in a bit to pay for it, then our future would be much more secure. Checks can be made out to North End Boston LLC, 343 Commercial St. #508, Boston 02109 or contribute online using the following links:*Make a One-Time Contribution* or *Become a Patron* Welcome back to our weekly update that highlights some of the cases appearing on 311 in the North End/Waterfront neighborhoods. All 311 cases are public information and can be found at 311.boston.gov.Abandoned Bicycle on Richmond StreetA taped up bike has been abandoned on Richmond StreetThe original 311 post can be found here. The case was submitted and opened on September 6th, 2018. The case is still unresolved as of September 6th, 2018.WiFi Allegedly Not Working at Christopher Columbus Park“The WiFi is not found. Christopher Columbus Park.”*Advertisement*
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BY FFWPU USAOn August 10, 2016, the 12th Annual Blessed Culture and Sports Festival (BSCF XII) commenced at the Unification Theological Seminary (UTS) in Barrytown, NY. Unificationists from around the country and the world gathered together to celebrate our faith and community, as well as engage in spirited and respectful competition with one another all the way through Sunday, August 14.Festival participants slowly trickled in throughout the first half of the day, setting up tents across the seminary lawns and preparing for the exciting activities ahead. As evening approached, many of the participants headed over to the dojo to attend Junction, a musical worship service geared to speak to the mind, open the heart, and set a positive spiritual atmosphere, and a prelude to the Opening Ceremonies.After an excellent set of original music and covers performed by the Bridgeport-based, Unificationist band Prideswell, Tasnah Moyer, the STF/GPA (Special Task Force/Generation Peace Academy) Alumni Coordinator, gave the Junction message, speaking about the freedom that emerges when we can see even our most debilitating challenges as God-given opportunities to grow our capacity to love, forgive, and embrace.“We can look at the world and see everything that’s going wrong with it, but I can look at my own life and ask, ‘What small step can I take now, today? In my own family and in my own community, with the people around me, and slowly move this world forward?’” Tasnah concluded her message by inviting everyone to set an intention about the small steps we can take at BCSF to make that slow, genuine shift to a better world in our own experiences and relationships together, here and now.The Opening Ceremonies followed, beginning with remarks by Continental Director of Family Federation for World Peace and Unification (FFWPU) in North America Dr. Ki Hoon Kim. Sharing his enthusiasm and appreciation for BCSF, Dr. Kim commented,“Tomorrow morning, I will take a flight to Korea to participate in True Father’s fourth Seonghwa anniversary ceremony with True Mother in Cheongpyeong. Whenever I see True Mother, her first question, to which I must always prepare an answer is—do you know what it is? The first question True Mother always raises to me when I see her is, ‘How are the American young people?’ That is True Mother’s first question. She always reminds me, ‘Your assignment as Continental Director is to care for the second generation of our movement. That is the priority of your mission.’“So, whenever I have the chance, I like to come and see each one of you. That is when the most inspiration comes, from you to me, and I want to share this joyful heart with True Mother.”He continued, “The way I see it, we are the miracle makers. For the last eight years, you have laid foundations for the younger generations; I even see many third-generation children and youth here, walking around, playing. These days, you, the American young people, are the great hope of True Mother. You are the great hope of the worldwide Unification movement.”After concluding his remarks and wishing the BCSF participants well, Dr. Kim was succeeded on stage by Oliver Knoll, Program Director for this year’s festival.Though speaking for only a few minutes, Oliver warmly welcomed all of the attendees to the festival and encouraged us to inherit and share in the spirit of BCSF. “BCSF is a place of wild abandon. It’s a place where you can put everything on the table. You don’t have to hold back. You don’t have to be reserved. You’re going to put it out there. You’re going to try your hardest. You’re going to go for it. That’s the kind of community we create: we create a community of sincerity. I want to see that this week. I want to see that in each and every person this week. I want to see everybody supporting each other. This isn’t just about you, it’s not just about one person. It’s about us supporting the person next to us. I see that every single year I’ve been here and I want to see that continue.“Our mission statement for BCSF is to create a hub for young Unificationists through sports, culture, and spiritual practice. I want to see a community that values those three things, that values each other.”Oliver concluded, “Thank you for coming here tonight. Thank you so much for investing. I know many of you drove, you flew, you walked, you biked—anyway you could, you came here. You invested a lot to be here: gas money, food money, camping. I understand, it costs a lot to be here. But more importantly, you invested your emotion, your effort, and your will to be here. You could have made an excuse; you could have decided not to come this year. So let’s make this week count. There’s so much potential in this room. Let’s shine!”With that, representatives from each of the state, regional, and national teams in attendance had an opportunity to showcase their team shirts, colors, and spirit as the first of tomorrow’s sporting matchups were announced. The energy and excitement among the audience was so high that it seemed as if tomorrow couldn’t come soon enough.But tomorrow will come, and with it, the beginning of many tournaments and cultural activities here in Barrytown. Be sure to stay tuned in the days ahead for the latest exciting news from BCSF!
The greatest blessing is the blessing of loveBy Bogdan & Yoshiko Pammer, FFWPU AustriaAbout 50 participants gathered on March 18th, 2018 at the Vedahof in Gramastetten for an interreligious blessing celebration characterized by the blessing of true love and the gratitude man and woman feel for each other. The evening before a shining blanket of snow had covered the surrounding hills. The Prema-Church, church of the five world religions, set amidst this fantastic scenery was a suitable frame for this celebration.Musical contributions from the Family Federation Choir of Upper Austria and pieces of instrumental music opened the solemn celebration. Testimonials and speeches from representatives of denominations and couples, who told about their paths, inspired the participants to reflect on the role love and relationship play in their own lives.At the ceremonial part of the celebration the couples renewed their promises of marriage and thus took the next step of their common journey. The interreligious celebration was also a good opportunity for singles to leave the past behind and to look ahead lovingly.Sharing lunch together allowed a personal exchange in a warm atmosphere. Over coffee and cake whilst listening to cheerful musical entertainment the celebration came to an end.Responses like “the celebration yesterday was very much borne by God’s spirit, thank you for your effort” encourage us to continue to work in this way.
Apparel Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Latest From Our Partners Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars More From ProMax 440 BJJ GI Gordon Ryan Competition Kit Gloves Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Alexander Emelianenko is once again in the headlines for disturbing charges.The Russian heavyweight, who spent a portion of his career fighting in PRIDE and is best known as the brother of legendary heavyweight Fedor Emelianenko, is currently facing charges for the sexual assault of a 27-year-old Polina Stepanova.The victim’s lawyer intends to pursue the matter to the fullest extent and believes that Emelianenko, who he considers to be “dangerous to society,” will likely get a 4-6 year sentence for his crime.”First, the court should extend Emelianenko’s arrest which ends June 30,” Stepanova’s lawyer said in a statement. “And we will defend our position that he is really dangerous to society. Most likely, Alexander Emelianenko get imprisonment from four to six years. Any way we will insist on that” Latest From MMA Warehouse Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt Accessories Lockdown duffle bag Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Robert Whittaker hails ‘Wonderboy’ the best ‘outside fighter’ in MMA Conor lashes out at Herb Dean, says Khabib was ‘riddled in panic’ during bus attack Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Wiki Commons Standard BJJ Gi Bloody Elbow Sale Good Night Tee White: McGregor didn’t like my comments about Masvidal being ‘too big’ for him Standard Ranked Rashguard White on Nunes-Cris rematch: ‘That’s the fight I want to make’ UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler fight card UFC 240: Fights to make More: Emelianenko is currently in custody and will remain there until June 30.Translation and transcription taken from MMABoxing.ru
Whatever Happened to Larry Johnson? Investing.com [Photos] His Life After The WWE Is Not What You’d Expect Bob’s Hideout Recommended by Latest From Our Partners Nightmare Matchup for UFC’s Biggest Stars Top Contenders for Fight of the Year Medicare Part D: Open Enrollment is Here. Find Info & Costs Yahoo! Search Lockdown duffle bag Gloves ProMax 440 BJJ GI Robert Whittaker hails ‘Wonderboy’ the best ‘outside fighter’ in MMA White on Nunes-Cris rematch: ‘That’s the fight I want to make’ Sponsored Content Standard BJJ Gi [Pics] Born Into Billions: Meet America’s Richest Heirs Finance 101 Johnny Walker Gives Injury Update, Wants “to Beat Jon Jones” Fightful White: McGregor didn’t like my comments about Masvidal being ‘too big’ for him More From [Pics] This Man Actually Built One of The Most Massive Underground… Direct Expose Apparel Transcription taken from the Calgary Sun. Brock Lesnar’s WWE Future After UFC Retirement Latest From MMA Warehouse Standard Ranked Rashguard King Ryan Longsleeve Shirt While Fedor Emelianenko is not coming out of retirement, he was not shy to nominate UFC heavyweight champion Cain Velasquez as the opponent he would have hypothetically liked to face if he was in his athletic prime.The MMA legend, who was in Calgary promoting Amateur MMA, suggested Velasquez simply because of his technical prowess and strategic mindset.”Cain Velasquez,” Emelianenko said from Friday in Calgary. “He has some technical difficulties, but he has ambition and he’s fearless. He wants to win so badly and he’s in great condition. He’s a thinking fighter.”When asked whether he is still involved in the sport of MMA, Emelianenko revealed that he still trains regularly and is remains a pivotal part of the sport’s growth for the younger generation.”I still train, so there isn’t much that I miss,” said Emelianenko, who’ll also be doing work with Sambo Canada while he’s in the country. “A true athlete is someone who doesn’t just stop training when they stop competing. It’s a way of life and they keep in shape just to keep up that standard.”Plus, there’s a lot of younger guys who would like to take me down, so I always need to keep up because I definitely don’t want that to happen.” More: Timeline of Israel Adesanya’s Rapid Rise to UFC Contender Good Night Tee Andrew Richardson-USA TODAY Spor Accessories Which is More Dangerous – MMA or Football? Sale UFC on ESPN: Covington vs. Lawler fight card Bloody Elbow Conor lashes out at Herb Dean, says Khabib was ‘riddled in panic’ during bus attack UFC 240: Fights to make Greatest Highlights of Anderson Silva’s Career Gordon Ryan Competition Kit
What to Eat (and Drink) This Weekend Warm weather has us craving backyard barbecue, crudo, citrus, and more. All of the crudoAgain, crudo knows no season, but there is something especially satisfying about fresh, refreshing fish on a 55-degree day. Bar Mezzana chef and owner Colin Lynch meets this need anytime with vibrant colors, with delicacies like langoustine and caviar, fluke with cucumber and chili, and striped bass ceviche on the menu. Can’t decide? Who can blame you? Certainly not Lynch—so he just introduced a chef’s tasting of bite-sized portions of six different preparations, paced out into two courses. The best of all worlds.$30, Bar Mezzana, 360 Harrison Ave., Boston, 617-530-1770, barmezzana.com.Deuxave Orange Blossom cocktail / spice-crusted tuna / Photos by Andy Ryan providedIt’s Peak Citrus SeasonLook out for cara cara oranges, Meyer lemons, and more delicious citrus wherever you dine and drink this weekend. At Deuxave, chef Chris Coombs and his teams are brightening things up with a few new menu items, like spice-crusted ahi tuna with crispy Spanish octopus, featuring blood oranges and Page mandarins; citrusy Scituate lobster with house-made gnocchi, curried walnuts, mushrooms, and green grapes; yuzu mousse from pastry chef Shaun Velez, an Orange Blossom cocktail with gin, and more.Deuxave, 371 Commonwealth Ave., Back Bay, Boston, 617-517-5915, deuxave.com.East Coast Grill photo providedBrunch at East Coast GrillThe reincarnated home for serious spice is now a destination for craft cocktails from the team behind Highland Kitchen—and this weekend, they bring brunch to Inman Square, too. Highland Kitchen’s mid-day meal is legendary for down-home comforts like the gravy-soaked fried chicken-and-biscuit, the Dirty Bird; and shrimp and grits. At East Coast Grill 2.0, there will be a buttermilk fried chicken sandwich, barbecue brisket hash, churros, a breakfast platter with eggs, rice, beans, sweet plantains, and a choice of kicked up proteins, and more. Plus, Joe McGuirk is whipping up new breakfast drinks just for the occasion. Brunch continues every Sunday.Sundays beginning February 26, 11 a.m.-2:30 p.m., 1271 Cambridge St., Cambridge, eastcoastgrill.net. By Jacqueline Cain· Sign up for The Feed. The latest on the city’s restaurants scene.* Print 2/24/2017, 1:12 p.m. Devoted foodies and restaurant newbies love The Feed. Sign-up now for our twice weekly newsletter. 000 Porto patio photo by Ken Rivard providedOutside!No sure if you’ve noticed, but it’s unseasonably warm. Despite the calendar reading “February,” some restaurants and bars have opened their outdoor patios on Friday, like Porto, River Bar, Hojoko, and more. Check out our running list, and look forward to glorious actual springtime when the al fresco options abound. If the weather outside is frightful on Saturday, do not fear. It’s still spring-like at Commonwealth, where the Bacon Truck is throwing a backyard barbecue pop-up. Swing by for a la carte burgers, truck-made hot dogs, and sous vide-then-fried pork ribs slathered in special barbecue sauce. The team is whipping up a boozy bowl of rum punch, and weather permitting, the cornhole setup will be outside (though Commonwealth hasn’t opened its outstanding patio yet). The host’s regular menu is still going on, too.The Bacon Truck at Commonwealth, Saturday, February 25, 5-10 p.m., 11 Broad Canal Way, Kendall Square, Cambridge, 617-945-7030, commonwealthcambridge.com, Facebook event.The Parlor Ice Cream Co. ‘Choco Taco’ photo via FacebookThe Parlor Ice Cream Co.It’s always ice cream season, but the warm weather is definitely making us consider a jaunt to Worcester for the Parlor Ice Cream Co.’s latest pop-up at the legendary George’s Coney Island Hot Dogs. Tomorrow, ice cream maven Jacqueline Dole is bringing along pints and scoops of Moxie, and her latest Polar Beverages-inspired flavor, Grapefruit Dry. If you’re reading this right now, you can also catch her scooping two flavors to pair with George Howell Coffee at its downtown cafe. Can’t hang this weekend? Find her sweet corn and chocolate mole “Choco Tacos” and chocolate churro ice cream at Casa Verde in Jamaica Plain on Tuesday, February 28.Friday, February 24, 1-2:30 p.m., George Howell Coffee at the Godfrey Hotel, 505 Washington St., Downtown Crossing, Boston, 857-957-0217, georgehowellcoffee.com.Saturday, February 25, noon-3 p.m., George’s Coney Island Hot Dogs, 158 Southbridge St., Worcester, 508-753-4362, coneyislandlunch.com.Tuesday, February 28, 5 p.m., Casa Verde, 711 Centre St., Boston, 617-477-9977, casaverdejp.com.
000 It’s that time of year again, when the state’s well-known colleges and universities bring a stellar cast of speakers to our neck of the woods for college commencements. This year’s line-up features (at least) two possible contenders for the 2020 presidential election, media and business luminaries, Nobel laureates, and local heroes. Can’t keep track of all the graduation spectacles coming this way in the next few weeks? Here’s everything you need to know about this year’s graduation A-listers.Harvard: Mark ZuckerbergPhoto via APWho: The founder of Facebook and (maybe) 2020 presidential hopefulWhere: Harvard YardWhen: Thursday, May 25, 2:30 p.m.Watch: HereAlso Harvard: Joe BidenPhoto via APWho: The former vice president will speak at Class Day, the day before Zuck.Where: Harvard YardWhen: Wednesday, May 24, 2 p.m.Wellesley: Hillary ClintonPhoto via APWho: Former Secretary of State and 2016 Democratic nominee for presidentWhere: WellesleyWhen: Friday, May 26, 10:30 a.m.Watch: HereMIT: Tim CookPhoto via APWho: CEO of AppleWhere: MIT’s Killian CourtWhen: Friday, June 9, 10 a.m.Watch: HereEmerson: Dennis LehaneImage via Dennis Lehane on FacebookWho: Award-winning Boston authorWhere: BU’s Agganis ArenaWhen: Sunday, May 14, 10 a.m.Watch: HereUMass Amherst and Wheelock: Elizabeth WarrenPhoto via APWho: U.S. Senator from MassachusettsWhere: UMass Amherst’s McGuirk Alumni StadiumWhen: Friday, May 12, 4:30 p.m.Watch: Here –Where: Temple Ohabei Shalom in BrooklineWhen: Friday, May 19, 10:00 a.m.Watch: HereNortheastern: Christiane AmanpourPhoto via APWho: CNN chief international correspondentWhen: Friday, May 5, 10:30 a.m.Where: TD GardenWatch: HereUMass Dartmouth: Nina Totenbergphoto via Penn State on Flickr/Creative CommonsWho: Legendary NPR reporterWhen: Saturday, May 13, 2:30 p.m.Where: Xfinity CenterWatch: HereSmith College: Oprah WinfreyPhoto via APWho: Media titanWhen: Sunday, May 21, 10 a.m.Where: Smith’s QuadrangleWatch: HereBabson: Ellen Johnson Sirleafphoto via aktivoslo on Flickr/Creative CommonsWho: First president of LiberiaWhen: Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m.Where: WellesleySuffolk: Marty WalshPhoto via Mayor’s Office/Don HarneyWho: Mayor of BostonWhen: Sunday, May 21, 5 p.m.Where: Blue Hills Bank PavillionWatch: HereTufts: Kenya Barrisphoto via disneyabc on Flickr/Creative CommonsWho: Creator of ABC’s Black-ishWhen: Sunday, May 21, 9 a.m.Where: Tufts GreenWatch: HereBoston University: Bonnie Hammerphoto via fortunelivemedia on Flickr/Creative CommonsWho: Chairman of NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment GroupWhen: Sunday, May 21, 1 p.m.Where: BU’s Nickerson FieldWatch: HereBerklee: Todd Rundgrenphoto by Carl Lender on Flickr/Creative CommonsWho: Musician and record producerWhen: Saturday, May 13, 10 a.m.Where: BU’s Agganis ArenaWatch: HereSalem State: Charlie BakerPhoto via Governor’s Office/Joanne DeCaroWho: Governor of MassachusettsWhen:Saturday, May 20, 10 a.m.Where: Salem State’s Richard B. O’Keefe ComplexWatch: HereWestfield State: Maura HealeyWho: Massachusetts Attorney GeneralWhen: Saturday, May 20, 4 p.m.Where: Springfield’s MassMutual CenterWatch: Here Get a compelling long read and must-have lifestyle tips in your inbox every Sunday morning — great with coffee! 5/4/2017, 11:45 a.m. Print Your Guide to 2017 Commencement Speakers Coming to Mass. Some blockbuster speeches are planned around the state. Sign up for Boston Daily. News. Commentary. Every day.* By Spencer Buell·
By Madeline Bilis· Sign up for our weekly home and property newsletter, featuring homes for sale, neighborhood happenings, and more. 000 Sign up for Home & Property newsletters. Design, real estate, and pretty things for living.* For Sale/Rent On the Market: A Quirky Three-Family in Cambridge It has powered skylights and an elevator. 8/21/2017, 9:54 a.m. Print Photo courtesy of Compass16 Surrey Street, CambridgePrice: $1,895,000Size: 2,663 square feetBedrooms: 5Baths: 4Built in 1894, this three-family building in Cambridge flaunts plenty of antique details, but it’s the modern updates that make the place unique. The quirky, time-honored home boasts powered skylight windows and a roomy elevator.The house is nestled on a quiet side street near the Charles. Inside, huge custom windows bathe each room in light. Hardwood floors, exposed beams, a fireplace, and open, airy living spaces inject the place with charm. Step outside to find multiple decks, a fenced-in garden, and a cobblestone driveway.For information, contact the Petrowsky Jones Group, Compass, compass.com.Photo courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassPhoto courtesy of CompassThe Boston Home team has curated a list of the best home design and home remodeling professionals in Boston, including architects, builders, kitchen and bath experts, lighting designers, and more. Get the help you need with FindIt/Boston’s guide to home renovation pros.