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Image source: Getty Images I would like to receive emails from you about product information and offers from The Fool and its business partners. Each of these emails will provide a link to unsubscribe from future emails. More information about how The Fool collects, stores, and handles personal data is available in its Privacy Statement. Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge! It’s another flat day on UK share markets as investors keep a close eye on the continuing public health emergency. The FTSE 100 is down fractionally on Friday, though not all British blue-chips are struggling for traction.Indeed, the Burberry Group (LSE: BRBY) share price is soaring after the company announced that full-year results would beat market expectations. At £21.60 per share the fashion giant hit fresh 14-month highs earlier in the session. It’s slipped a bit since then but is still 6% higher from Thursday’s close.5G is here – and shares of this ‘sleeping giant’ could be a great way for you to potentially profit!According to one leading industry firm, the 5G boom could create a global industry worth US$12.3 TRILLION out of thin air…And if you click here we’ll show you something that could be key to unlocking 5G’s full potential…Burberry’s sales recoveryIn an unscheduled trading update, Burberry said that “we have continued to see a strong rebound” in business since December. As a result, the designer now expects “revenue and adjusted operating profit to be ahead of consensus expectations” for the fiscal year ending this month.The FTSE 100 firm said that like-for-like store retail sales are likely to be between 28% and 32% higher in its fourth fiscal quarter. Burberry consequently expects full-year revenues to have fallen 10% to 11% in the outgoing trading year. Adjusted operating margin meanwhile is predicted to be in the range of 15.5% to 16.5%.What the City thinksCommenting on Burberry’s results, Sophie Lund-Yates of Hargreaves Lansdown commented: “You can’t keep a classic down for long and, in testament to the refreshed creative direction, Burberry’s sales have finished the year on a high. There were concerns the fashion icon’s products would fail to resonate, with the pandemic stopping customers from splurging on big-ticket clothing.” She said that the better-than-expected sales illustrate “the value of a strong brand”.Lund-Yates added that the FTSE 100 fashion giant might endure fresh turbulence later down the line, however. She still thinks a disruption to tourism spending could see its normal revenue patterns disrupted for some time. But the analyst added that this would likely represent a temporary problem rather than “an existential crisis”.City analysts think Burberry’s bottom line will bounce back strongly in the upcoming financial year. A 46% improvement in annual earnings is predicted for the 12 months to March 2022. This leaves the FTSE 100 company trading on a low forward price-to-earnings-growth (PEG) ratio of 0.6.A FTSE 100 bargain?Burberry’s sub-1 PEG ratio for the new fiscal year suggests that the fashion brand is being undervalued on the basis of current earnings estimates. But bear in mind that City forecasts can topple if trading conditions deteriorate. And there are certainly significant risks to Burberry’s profits in the short-to-medium term. The Covid-19 crisis and the possibility of ongoing lockdowns and travel restrictions are factors. 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FSA Striving to Keep Trade Payout Process SimpleAs we reported earlier this week, USDA has rolled out details of how they will assist farmers amidst trade turmoil that has depressed commodity prices. The Market Facilitation Program will provide direct payments to help corn, soybean, wheat, dairy and hog producers. And those producers can start the process beginning Tuesday, September 4th by going to their local FSA office.Steve Brown, the Indiana State Executive Director for USDA’s Farm Service Agency, said they are striving to keep this process simple. “Producers are going to certify their production on 2018 yields. They’ll come in and do that for corn, soybeans, and wheat. And if they have dairy we’ll have their information already.”They’ll have that information already because they are using the historical production reported for the Margin Protection Program for Dairy. Payment for hog operations will be based on the total number of head of live hogs on August 1.Brown says farmers only need to come in once to certify all their production; however, they may choose to do so as production numbers are available. For example, wheat, dairy, and hog production can be certified beginning Tuesday, and then those who also grow corn and soybeans can come back in to certify those after harvest.USDA Under Secretary Bill Northey told reporters that payments could be turned around in 10 days and Brown agrees.“In some cases that may be too long. We might be able to get them out quicker. But maybe as we go on through the fall, we start getting some more soybean production in and corn production in, and more volume, it might take a little longer than that. But we’ll just have to see how we control the workload in our county offices.”More information can be found at farmers.gov/mfp. SHARE By Eric Pfeiffer – Aug 30, 2018 Home Indiana Agriculture News FSA Striving to Keep Trade Payout Process Simple Facebook Twitter FSA Striving to Keep Trade Payout Process Simple Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleAdministration on E15: “Let’s Get it Done”Next articleRyan Martin’s Indiana Ag Forecast for August 31, 2018 Eric Pfeiffer
center column 2 Pasadena Museum of California Art to Participate in PST:LA/LA with Cuban Film Posters Exhibition From STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, October 19, 2016 | 12:03 pm Name (required) Mail (required) (not be published) Website HerbeautyNow She’s 19 – Look At Her Transformation! Incredible!HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHow To Lose Weight & Burn Fat While You SleepHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty5 Things To Avoid If You Want To Have Whiter TeethHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyHe Is Totally In Love With You If He Does These 7 ThingsHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyEverything You Need To Know About This Two-Hour ProcedureHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 things only girls who live life to the maximum understandHerbeautyHerbeauty Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. 17 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Left: Lisandro Trepeu, Singin’ in the Rain, 2009. Silkscreen, 29 15/16 x 20 1/16 inches. Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC). Courtesy of the Center for the Study of Political Graphics. Right: Antonio Reboiro, Moby Dick, 1968. Silkscreen, 29 15/16 x 20 1/16 inches. Instituto Cubano del Arte e Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC). Courtesy of the Center for the Study of Political GraphicsThe Pasadena Museum of California Art (PMCA) is proud to announce that Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films, the Museum’s 2017 exhibition, has been selected as a partner in the Getty-led initiative, Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA. Co-organized by the PMCA in partnership with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG), Hollywood in Havana assembles Cuban posters advertising Hollywood films as well as promoting Cuban films about the U.S. from the 1960s to 2012. With astonishing design, stylistic diversity, and artistic skill, these posters helped create visual literacy among the Cuban population in the decades following the Cuban revolution.On view August 20, 2017-January 7, 2018, Hollywood in Havana is curated by Carol A. Wells, CSPG’s founder and Executive Director, and includes a selection of approximately 40 screenprints from their permanent collection. Produced by the Instituto Cubano del Arte Industria Cinematograficos (ICAIC) or the Cuban Institute of Cinematographic Art and Industry, the posters were part of the Cuban government’s initiative to develop cultural awareness in the public after the revolutionary triumph that overthrew the dictatorship of Fulgenico Batista in 1959.Poster designers working during the early years of the Revolution had few material resources and operated in an almost artisanal manner, using the silkscreen technique. While the limited resources imposed by the embargo inspired many of the design decisions, revolutionary ideals can also be cited as source material. Posters created for Cuban audiences to promote iconic U.S. films, such as Modern Times, Singin’ in the Rain, Cabaret, Schindler’s List, and Silence of the Lambs, are in striking contrast to the vast majority of Hollywood film posters, which formulaically feature faces of the movies’ stars. ICAIC posters employ creativity and free expression as well as a variety of art styles, including Art Nouveau, Abstract, Pop, and Op. Prized throughout the world for their beauty and uniqueness, the screenprints demonstrate how design and visual imagery in film posters enable them to endure as works of art, independent of the films they represent.During a time when momentous changes are underway for Cuban-American relations, Hollywood in Havana contributes to the dialogue between the two countries. The exhibition also enables the PMCA and CSPG to contribute to Pacific Standard Time: LA/LA’s efforts to survey the connections between Los Angeles and Latin America and the vital and vibrant traditions that shape the city. By presenting Cuban film art to regional publics in the film capital of the world, the exhibition encourages viewers to consider the power of film posters. The exhibition showcases how art, entertainment, and politics intersect to influence and reflect daily life.Hollywood in Havana: Five Decades of Cuban Posters Promoting U.S. Films is co-organized by the Pasadena Museum of California Art in partnership with the Center for the Study of Political Graphics (CSPG) and is curated by CSPG Executive Director Carol Wells. 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Pinterest Previous articleA SHARP LIFE: The days are long and the years are fastNext articleMATTER OF RECORD: Apr. 12 through Apr. 20 admin Facebook WhatsApp WhatsApp GEEK: Microsoft’s deeds against your Google search are more myth Pinterest Q: Long time reader although most of the problems and solutions are beyond my understanding. I have a 6-7 year old Dell laptop running Windows 10.My problem is the system seems to be very slow and if I’m moving from Google mail to Google news, the system hangs and I get a “page not found” window. Strange because if I try to open Microsoft news it usually opens without a problem. I know Google and Microsoft are competitors and wonder if Microsoft is somehow favoring their news product over Google and causing these errors.– Charles D.Santa Rosa Beach, FloridaA: Thanks for being a long time reader, Charles. I’m happy to hear that at least someone besides me is still around 561 columns into this endeavor. I must be failing in my task somewhere along the line though. I often hear from readers that share sentiments similar to yours that my column is essentially over their head. My goal is to streamline and, if you’ll pardon the term, “dumb down” my solutions so that one needn’t be a computer scientist to understand them. That’s one of the reasons why I like the name “Geek”. It implies — to me at least — that one has expertise, or lacking that, at least is enthusiastic about the subject matter.It’s no small secret that Microsoft has competition. One need look no further than the issue of It’s Geek To Me from a couple of weeks ago (Geek Note: I.G.T.M. #559, April 8, 2018) to see that there’s a whole world of people who are offering inexpensive, even free products that are designed to do the same job as the products that are Microsoft’s bread and butter. Google is no exception. After forming in the 1990’s, Google quickly became the de facto standard for search engines, being the first to actually rank pages by the number of other pages that link to them, rather than by the conventional wisdom of the time, which was counting how many times the term being searched appeared on any given page. It wouldn’t surprise me one little bit to find out that Microsoft execs were looking on with jealous eyes when they put together Bing — Microsoft’s answer to Google — in mid-2009.Does Microsoft directly compete with Google, or even cheat to favor their product? Well, I’m not sure there are many indisputable facts of the type that would stand up in court, but in 2011 Microsoft was pretty much caught red-handed copying Google’s search results and serving them up as its own. Microsoft never denied the accusations, instead, responding with something akin to “So? What if we are?” Beyond exposing it for public scrutiny, I’m unaware of any serious action ever taken in response to this so-called plagiarism. I do know that for many years Microsoft has had something of a reputation for being very sensitive to competitors sharing what it considers its own market space. In many cases, they have either bought competing companies outright, or used business practices which, legitimate though they may be, have driven other companies out of business. Considering Google’s size and value, both of those methods would seem rather impractical. Also, you may not be aware of it, but there are plenty of 3rd party laboratories, groups and individuals that invest quite a bit of time analyzing software, checking it for legitimacy and making sure it’s not doing anything it’s not supposed to. Covert activity that cripples the competitions’ software wouldn’t stay hidden for very long.As far as technical solutions to your problem go, the old adage, “If nothing else works, try turning if off and back on again,” applies here. Problems such as yours could be caused by many things, including malware, slow or intermittent Internet connection, hard-disk space running low, not enough RAM and more. I sometimes have a similar slow-down on my personal machines, and upon checking with the Task Manager, I’ll find a browser that I accidentally left open has consumed several gigabytes of RAM. This can result in what’s called hard drive thrashing. Windows uses virtual memory which is a chunk of space on the hard drive. If memory gets over-taxed, the system has to constantly swap data to and from the drive, which slows the whole system to a crawl.Bottom line: Although Microsoft and Google compete, if Microsoft was actually using nefarious techniques to advance their services over Google’s, I’m sure someone would have discovered it by now. The more likely cause is something happening locally on your machine. Check that memory usage, and remember, when all else fails, reboot!To view additional content, comment on articles, or submit a question of your own, visit my website at ItsGeekToMe.co (not .com!) Twitter Twitter Local NewsBusiness Facebook By admin – April 22, 2018
Derryman refused bail on gun charges Facebook RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic A man in custody for possessing a rifle with intent to endanger life last August was refused bail at today’s sitting of Derry Magistrate’s Court.44 year old Tony Taylor of Bishop Street in Derry is charged along with 24 year old Mark Kerr of Carranbane Walk in the city with possessing the weapon on August 2nd last.The court was told today that five items had been sent to England for forensic tests. Following this three items, a rifle, a handgun and a timer were sent for further tests. A report is not expected until the end of April.Mr Kerr’s solicitor said that the situation was not satisfactory and that it was eight months since his client had been arrested. Meanwhile, in making a bail application, a solicitor for Taylor said that there was no evidence against his client and that every time something was put forward ‘it melts away.’He said that they were fighting to prove their client’s innocence when it should be the prosecution who prove guilt.The prosecution barrister said that there had been fingerprints found on a plastic bag that was connected to the bag the gun was found in. Both defence solicitors said that this had not been disclosed to them prior to the court sitting.District Judge Barney McElholm refused bail saying that he felt a case had been established.He remanded both men in custody to appear again on April 30, saying he wants a full update on that date. Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry WhatsApp Google+ Newsx Adverts By News Highland – April 2, 2012 WhatsApp Twitter Pinterest Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Previous articleThousands of euro worth of jewellery stolen in Letterkenny raidNext articleDerry police probe alleged sexual assault News Highland Google+ Twitter Pinterest Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire
Maintenance work withdrawn in Derry after hijacking incidents By News Highland – January 22, 2019 RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook DL Debate – 24/05/21 AudioHomepage BannerNews WhatsApp Facebook In Derry, the Housing Executive is withdrawing maintenance work from some parts of the city today after one of it’s contractors had a van hijacked. The vehicle was one of three used in hoax security alerts across the city yesterday.It came as another hoax device was left at the Lanark way peace wall in Belfast.A statement from the PSNI says residents were allowed to return to their homes at 12.30am this morning, after it was declared an “elaborate hoax”.Foyle MLA Mark H Durkan says people are on high alert after a car bomb exploded in the city on Saturday.Audio Playerhttp://www.highlandradio.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/01/durkghfghgfhgfhfan12-2.mp300:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Pinterest Loganair’s new Derry – Liverpool air service takes off from CODA Twitter Nine til Noon Show – Listen back to Monday’s Programme Pinterest News, Sport and Obituaries on Monday May 24th Previous articleLarge quantity of equipment stolen from Ramelton businessNext articleConor Tourish named on FAI Amateur Squad News Highland Important message for people attending LUH’s INR clinic Google+ WhatsApp Google+ Twitter Arranmore progress and potential flagged as population grows
Florence County Detention Center(FLORENCE, S.C.) — Authorities have charged a man in the fatal shooting a young South Carolina police officer during a traffic stop over the weekend. James Edward Bell, 37, was charged with murder, discharging of a firearm into a vehicle and possession of a weapon during a violent crime on Monday, one day after he allegedly shot and killed an airport police officer. Police officer Jackson Ryan Winkeler, 26, was conducting a traffic stop at the Florence Regional Airport, located about 80 miles east of Columbia, when Bell allegedly opened fire and fled the scene, according to police.Winkeler was found dead on the ground outside of his police vehicle. His weapon was missing, but police found an empty 9 mm handgun and more than 30 shell casings nearby, according to an arrest affidavit. Bell was later captured in a car lot near Effingham, about 12 miles south of Florence, by Florence County sheriff’s deputies following a brief chase. Deputies found the slain officer’s gun in Bell’s possession along with a magazine that matched the handgun left at the scene, the affidavit said.Winkeler was the first police officer killed in the line of duty in the United States in 2020, according to the Officer Down Memorial Page website. In 2019, 134 U.S. law enforcement officers were killed in the line of duty, including 47 who were shot to death, according to the memorial page. Family friends remembered Winkeler as a caring person who dedicated his life to serving others. He also volunteered with the Latta Fire Department and would frequently post on Facebook, asking friends and family to participate in events for charity, people close to him said.“He lost his life doing what he loved the most: helping people. Jackson was one of the best firefighters that you could ever have on a fire scene,” Dillon County Fire Lt. Nic Bethea told Florence ABC affiliate WPDE-TV. “No matter what time of the day it was, Jackson was willing to help. Jackson had a heart of gold. From myself and all of Dillon County Station 2 firefighters, we will continue praying for the family. Latta Fire 23 will forever be Jackson Winkeler.” The Florence County Sheriff’s Department released a statement in the wake of the officer’s death, asking the public to keep his family in their prayers.“This morning our community has been again shocked by an act of violence directed at one of our local Law Enforcement officers,” the statement said. “We ask that the community please keep Jackson Winkeler’s family, friends, and coworkers in their prayers as they process what has occurred.” “They have our deepest sympathy and we will be assisting them in any way possible,” it added. Police are still investigating and have not released a possible motive in the shooting. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.
Samara Heisz/iStock(NEW YORK) — A pandemic of the novel coronavirus has claimed the lives of more than 42,000 people around the world, including over 4,000 in the United States.The new respiratory virus, which causes an illness known officially as COVID-19, was first detected in China back in December. There are now more than 860,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19 across 180 countries and regions, spanning every continent except Antartica. Over 178,000 of those patients have recovered from the disease, according to data compiled by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering at Johns Hopkins University.With more than 189,000 diagnosed cases of COVID-19, the United States has by far the highest national tally in the world. At least 4,081 people have died from the disease in the United States, eclipsing China’s death toll.Still, Italy and Spain have the highest nationwide death tolls, accounting for half of all the world’s fatalities from the virus, with a collective total of nearly 21,000. Here’s how the news is developing Wednesday. All times Eastern:8:02 a.m.: Spain’s diagnosed cases top 100,000The number of diagnosed cases of the novel coronavirus in Spain surpassed 100,000 on Wednesday.The Spanish Ministry of Health recorded 7,719 newly diagnosed cases of COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the nationwide total to 102,136 — an 8% increase.The health ministry also reported 864 new fatalities from the disease, bringing the country’s death toll to 9,053 — a 10.5% increase. Spain has the second-highest nationwide death toll from COVID-19 and the third-highest national tally of diagnosed cases, according to the latest count from Johns Hopkins University.7:18 a.m.: US Surgeon General says extended social distancing guidelines may not be enoughU.S. Surgeon General Jerome Adams acknowledged Wednesday that the additional 30 days of nationwide social distancing guidelines may not be enough time for some states and cities to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus, “depending on where they are on the curve.” “We’re looking at this next 30 days as an opportunity for the entire country to really understand if we do the right things, then we can flatten our curve in our own different areas and actually get to the other side,” Adams told ABC News in an interview on Good Morning America. “The most important thing to know is that if you are aggressive about mitigation, you can get through to the other side and usually in about three weeks or so to hit your peak and start to see cases come down,” he added. “I feel confident that we can get through to the other side if we all cooperate and do our part together.”Adams said they’ve asked the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to “take another look” at whether having more people wear masks will help prevent transmission of COVID-19. But he emphasized that “the most important thing right now to do is for people to stay at home.” “Initially, the CDC, the World Health Organization and my office recommended against the general public wearing masks based on the best available science at the time, in terms of whether or not it prevented the wearer from catching coronavirus,” he said. “Now, we’ve learned about this disease — and we’ve always said, we’re going to learn more, we’re going to adjust — and we’ve learned that there is a fair amount of asymptomatic spread.”Adams noted that members of the general public do not need to wear N95 masks. “If you take one of those N95 masks, you may be taking it out of the hands of a health care worker who desperately needs it to care for patients,” he added. Dr. Anthony Fauci, director of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said at a press briefing Tuesday that both CDC and White House officials are having a “very active discussion” about whether to recommend the broad use of masks in the United States.6:35 a.m.: Congo’s former president dies from COVID-19The former president of the Republic of Congo, Jacques Joaquim Yhombi-Opango, has died in Paris from complications related to the novel coronavirus, officials said Wednesday. He was 81.Yhombi-Opango’s family reportedly said he had been ill before contracting the virus.Yhombi-Opango was an army officer who rose to power as Congo-Brazzaville’s head of state in 1977, following the assassination of the previous president. He was ousted in 1979 by the country’s current leader, Denis Sassou Nguesso.The former president later spent several years in prison after being accused of taking part in a plot to overthrow Sassou Nguesso.Yhombi-Opango served as prime minister between 1994 and 1996 during Pascal Lissouba’s presidency. And when the country spiraled into civil war in 1997, Yhombi-Opango fled into exile in France.5:47 a.m.: Turkmenistan bans the word ‘coronavirus’The government of Turkmenistan, one of the world’s most closed countries, has reportedly banned the word “coronavirus.”The word has been removed from health information brochures distributed in schools, hospitals and workplaces, and state-run media are no longer allowed to use the word, according to independent news website Turkmenistan Chronicle, which is blocked within the country.Police in plainclothes are arresting people wearing face masks or talking about the coronavirus pandemic on the street, according to Radio Azatlyk, the Turkmen-language service of Radio Free Europe/Radio Liberty.So far, Turkmenistan has not reported any cases of the novel coronavirus. The country’s president has ordered public spaces to be disinfected as a protective measure.“The Turkmen authorities have lived up to their reputation by adopting this extreme method for eradicating all information about the coronavirus,” Jeanne Cavelier, head of Reporters Without Borders’ Eastern Europe and Central Asia desk, said in a statement Tuesday. “This denial of information not only endangers the Turkmen citizens most at risk but also reinforces the authoritarianism imposed by President Gurbanguly Berdymukhammedov. We urge the international community to react and to take him to task for his systematic human rights violations.”3:30 a.m.: China reports 1,541 asymptomatic cases under observationThere are at least 1,541 people with asymptomatic infections of the novel coronavirus under medical observation in China, including 205 people from overseas, according to the Chinese National Health Commission.China began publishing the number of asymptomatic cases on Wednesday. The infected individuals, who show no symptoms but are still believed to be contagious, were excluded from the official tally of confirmed cases.“Monitoring data has shown that some asymptomatic people have caused second-generation transmission among their close contacts, and they have set off a small number of clusters of infections,” Chang Jile, head of the National Health Commission’s disease control bureau, said on Tuesday, as quoted by state-run newspaper China Daily.Those with asymptomatic cases of COVID-19 as well as their close contacts will be quarantined in centralized facilities for 14 days. The asymptomatic individuals won’t be released until they test negative for the virus twice, according to Chang.More research is needed to understand the length of the contagion period of asymptomatic individuals as well as the strength and pathway of their transmission, according to China’s National Health Commission.“Some experts believed that because asymptomatic people show no symptoms of coughing or sneezing, the chance of them spreading the virus is relatively small compared to confirmed patients,” the commission said in a statement Tuesday, noting how difficult it is to detect these cases and prevent them from spreading. “It is infeasible to make the discovery and isolation of asymptomatic cases as the dominating virus-control measure, so we will continue to focus on confirmed cases and their close contacts.”Since the first cases emerged in the city of Wuhan in China’s central Hubei province back in December, the country has reported 81,554 confirmed cases of COVID-19 nationwide, as of Tuesday. It’s unclear whether that figure includes asymptomatic cases.A total of 76,238 patients have recovered from the disease and have been released from hospitals, while another 3,312 patients have died. Seven new deaths were reported Tuesday, all but one in Hubei province, according to the National Health Commission. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.