Charissa Reid, a spokeswoman for Yellowstone, said in an email that “it was determined that there were no remains to recover,” and that the search for Mr. Scott’s body was suspended late Wednesday afternoon.
Pretty awful. There have been 22 fatalities like this since they started keeping count in 1890.
The professional circuit and a preview of the Olympics in a couple of months. Well done highlights if you like T & F. The American shot putter Kovacs - from Penn State - Rohler the German javelin man & Schippers the Dutch 200 meter girl - best of the group. Great stuff. Kovacs looks a giant - but he's only 6 feet tall.
A broker offered a tempting deal. If she invested in a real estate fund called the Diversified Lending Group, which was managed by someone named Bruce Friedman, she would be eligible for a “guaranteed” return of 12 percent. She could use the proceeds to pay the premium on a new MetLife life insurance policy.
Ms. Ramirez chose not to buy the insurance policy, but she did invest in Mr. Friedman’s fund, a total of $279,769 including her personal savings, a retirement account and proceeds from a line of credit on her home in Simi Valley, Calif.
D.L.G. came crashing down months later, when the Securities and Exchange Commission sued Mr. Friedman, accusing him of misappropriating millions of dollars in investor funds. According to court documents, he operated a Ponzi scheme that defrauded hundreds of investors, including a sitting congressman, of more than $200 million. The money was gone.
Now, Ms. Ramirez and some others who lost their money are suing MetLife, claiming that the insurer ignored or failed to notice signs that agents and brokers were peddling Mr. Friedman’s financing program to retirees and others. Litigation has been winding its way through the courts for years, and MetLife is fighting back.
But last month, a Los Angeles Superior Court judge cleared Ms. Ramirez’s case to move to trial in July. Her lawyers represent 98 people in seven cases, and hers is the first of this group to move forward. She is being given preference because she is battling late-stage breast cancer.
MetLife has settled some cases with its own customers who were duped by the D.L.G. offer, but the current batch of lawsuits involves people who did not buy its insurance. Ms. Ramirez was never a customer of MetLife. Instead, these people only put their money in the D.L.G. investment that was pitched to them by sales people, some who were affiliated with MetLife and some who were independent contractors approved to sell its products. As such, the legal fight raises questions about how far a large company’s liability should extend.
Tricky question - if you're interested hit the link above for the full article. Friedman died in French prison in 2012, awaiting extradition to the USA .
With national income going down, and prices going up under triple-digit inflation in Venezuela, these complaints are by no means frivolous. But it is doubtful if the young people cheering for Bernie Sanders have even heard of such things, whether in Venezuela or in other countries around the world that have turned their economies over to politicians and bureaucrats to run.
The anti-capitalist policies in Venezuela have worked so well that the number of companies in Venezuela is now a fraction of what it once was. That should certainly reduce capitalist “exploitation,” shouldn’t it?
But people who attribute income inequality to capitalists’ exploiting workers, as Karl Marx claimed, never seem to get around to testing that belief against facts — such as the fact that none of the Marxist regimes around the world has ever had as high a standard of living for working people as there is in many capitalist countries.
Facts are seldom allowed to contaminate the beautiful vision of the Left. What matters to the true believers are the ringing slogans, endlessly repeated.
Supporters had said introducing a monthly income of 2,500 Swiss francs ($2,563) per adult and 625 francs per child under 18 no matter how much they work would promote human dignity and public service.
Opponents, including the government, said it would cost too much and weaken the economy.
Provisional final results showed 76.9 percent of voters opposed the bold social experiment launched by Basel cafe owner Daniel Haeni and allies in a vote under the Swiss system of direct democracy.
Conservative Switzerland is the first country to hold a national referendum on an unconditional basic income, but others including Finland are examining similar plans as societies ponder a world where robots replace humans in the workforce.
Ludicrous. It would do the opposite of what the supporters claim.
The company said the move is necessary to remove the burden of its failing Sport Chalet brand and better focus on its two other more promising chains.
As a result of the bankruptcy, Vestis has begun winding down all of its Sport Chalet stores, and plans to close eight Eastern Mountain stores and one Bob’s location.
“EMS and Bob’s are now delivering solid performance but have been burdened by limited financial flexibility due, in part, to the unique competitive pressures facing Sport Chalet,” said Mark Walsh, CEO of Vestis in a statement.
In its Chapter 11 petition, Vestis listed as much as $500 million in liabilities and less than $50,000 of assets.
The company also blamed shifting shopping trends. Though Eastern Mountain has fared much better than Sport Chalet, the retailer has felt the pinch from rival REI’s aggressive expansion and what are seen as more up-to-date stores. Other chains like Dick’s Sporting Goods DKS0.51% are also stepping on its toes. The bankruptcy filing comes just a few weeks after fellow retailer The Sports Authority filed for bankruptcy too, something that has hurt EMS.
“The continuing shift in consumer behavior away from traditional brick-and-mortar retailers and toward online-only stores, together with increased competition from big-box and specialty sporting goods retailers, have contributed to an industrywide weakness,” Walsh said in the filing. “Ongoing store-closing sales at certain Sports Authority locations have created unusual competition.”
Ahhh, 40 years ago - June fifth, 1976. In Downing Stadium, a Rugby Festival with four games. After three New York teams all get steamrolled by English sides, the England Champions Gosforth take on the NY champions - and my club - Essex. Along with Colin Kiley, I was co-captain of the team - in those days there were two captains, one for the backs and one for the forwards. We had won the NY Championship by going 5-0 in the first division.
The final score, Gosforth 17, Essex 8.
The following is excerpted from the Essex Rugby Club 1978 brochure - thanks to Brigid for scanning in the pictures and for my friend and business associate Judy for typing in the text.
The Story of ‘76
Training for the Spring, 1976 Season was hampered by late winter snow. The March 13th opener against Manhattan was delayed one hour while players waited out a fierce hailstorm which left the field wet in some spots and ice-covered in others. This was not the type of weather in which to take on the seasoned Manhattan Pack. To make matters worse, U.S. Eagle Tom Selfridge had been installed in the back row by Manhattan and both experienced Essex fly-halves were unavailable for the match. Both sides felt each other out until the fifteenth minute when Mike Kenefick and newcomer Bill Gardner combined for a try in the corner. Early in the second-half Bruce Corrigan stole an errant Manhattan pass and raced fifty yards to score under the posts with Krenn converting for a 10-0 lead. From that point Essex held on for a 10-8 victory and the club’s first ever “big game” win.
Essex continued to improve as the season progressed to the point where it had won eight of its first nine matches and was looking ahead toward a showdown with Old Blue to determine the Met Union Championship. The new, young players were providing speed and enthusiasm and were meshing nicely with several of the more experienced originals who by now had developed some sense of what the game was all about. As the match which would determine the championship drew near, Essex was thinking and playing confidently.
Prior to May 8, 1976 Essex had never beaten Old Blue’s first XV. No sooner had the game begun than Essex spotted the opposition to a 0-6 lead and it looked as though they might never beat them. Winger Bob Piazza dummied two defenders and went in for a try from the weak side to get Essex rolling and the ever present Peter Cozens blocked a kick, scooped up the loose ball and turned it into four points as Essex rolled up 17 points before Old Blue was able to strike again. The 17-14 final victory assured the Essex Rugby Club of the 1976 Metropolitan New York Rugby Union Championship and some long awaited recognition. It also won for Essex the right to be the final opponent for England’s touring John Player Cup Champions, the Gosforth Football Club.
With one week to prepare for England’s finest club side, severe anxiety set in. Reports of the rugged Gosforth pack anchored by Irish and British Lion prop Ray McLoughlin filtered down from Boston where the tourists were manhandling some of the finest American club and select sides. In addition to hosting the party loving Englishmen for two days prior to the match, Essex had to witness a Fylde massacre of Old Maroon only minutes before taking the field. The eighty minutes that followed have to be considered the club’s finest hour. The Essex forwards contested the much heavier, veteran Gosforth pack at every turn. Tom Faranda was nothing less than outstanding in checking his opposite number, Steve Smith of Sale and England. Corrigan, Kiley, McDonough and Cozens covered by field. Mike Kenefick and Tom Crowley in the centers stopped every Gosforth rush, often well behind the line and penetrated the English defenses on any number of occasions. Bill Gardner and Peter Ferrara scored unconverted trys, the latter of which saw at least nine Essex players handling the ball. The 8-17 victory for Gosforth was the closest call that they had on their tour and unquestionably a victory for the Essex Rugby Club and the 2,000 or so New York area spectators.
Forty years later, thinking about why we didn't get blown out:
We were motivated to do well
We had good players at every position and a good bench - no weaknesses
Gosforth had been on tour for almost two weeks and this was their last game - and it was hot out!
My recollection is that the post-match party was pretty good!
While on safari - 500,000 plus views in three days. Here's what he had to say on his youtube channel.
I couldn't have written this safari encounter better if it was a movie. I'm absolutely in awe of these beautiful, strong animals, even though some of us had to change our pants after this. We need to stop killing them - take a photo, not a shot. Would you rather be able to experience these creatures or a hunk of ivory? I thought so.
In 1958, state legislators banned knives that had a blade that fell out of the handle when the user pointed it at the ground and pushed a lever. The same law bans weapons like brass knuckles and “Kung Fu stars.” But the modern knives sold in countless stores bear little resemblance to the knives that were the original subjects of the ban. Many people, including carpenters, construction workers and stagehands, have no idea that their knives can be made to open with a flick of a wrist — a skill many New York police officers have developed. Most don’t know that simply possessing such a knife breaks the law.
Between 2000 and 2012, New York City police officers arrested 70,000 people for violating the weapons law; based on a six-month sample reviewed by the Legal Aid Society, which represents indigent defendants, gravity knives account for more than two-thirds of arrests under the law. Most of these cases don’t go to trial, but the arrest itself, and the following entanglement with the justice system, can wreak havoc on a person’s life, especially a lower-income person who can’t afford to spend day after day returning to court. And while possession is a misdemeanor, it can become a felony if a person has a prior conviction, which could mean up to seven years behind bars.
Bill Donohue comments on two articles posted yesterday by the New York Daily News on pending bills that lift the statute of limitations on offenses involving the sexual abuse of minors:
The big news, as determined by the Daily News, is that the New York State Catholic Conference hires lobbyists to push for desired legislative outcomes. Of course, it has been doing so all along. Moreover, it hardly has a monopoly on lobbying: virtually every secular and sectarian organization in New York State that is in any way impacted by Albany lawmakers hires lobbyists. However, it is rarely headline news when they do so. There is a veiled message here: Just how kosher is it for the Catholic Church to lobby Albany?
One of the articles, "Child-Abuse Law Reform Died in 2009 Senate Power Struggle," is startling for its grand omission: it never mentions that in 2009 the teachers' unions spent a small fortune trying to kill a bill that included public entities; it would have made it easier for kids raped by public school employees to sue, no matter how long ago it occurred. Usually, these bills on the sexual abuse of minors never blanket the public schools, so it was interesting to see the public school establishment jack up its efforts once it was included in the legislation.
How much do the New York public schools spend on lobbying? A whole lot more than the Catholic Church. Between 2007 and 2016, the New York Catholic Conference spent $2.1 million. In the first six months of 2014, the public schools spent more than $10 million!
One of the principal organizations opposing the Catholic Church's efforts to stop unjust legislation—it is unjust because it gives public schools a pass and its purpose is to stick it to Catholics—is the Stop Abuse Campaign. I tried to find out who is contributing to its coffers, but when I got to the webpage, "Financial Information," up popped, "Coming Soon." How cute. That, too, should be of interest to the Daily News, but it isn't.
I did this research in 2013 and posted it; then repeated it last year and decided I wanted to post it again today.
Memorial Day research on my namesake
My namesake is Thomas C. Faranda, a cousin (first? second?, not sure) of my dad's.
I was an adult when he mentioned to me that I was named for a cousin who died on D-Day, at the age of 21. Evidently in one of those supposedly amphibious tanks that weren't so amphibious. I think he told me that he was never found.
Anyway, he was a member of the 29th infantry division, and he was killed in action, but not on D-Day.
According to this website The 29th Infantry Division Historical Society, Thomas was born in 1911, lived in New York, and enlisted in 1943. He did not land on D-Day but on July 22, 1944 reported from the Replacement Depot to the 116th infantry regiment, 2nd battalion, H company.
On August 11th he was promoted from private to private first class (PFC).
That's all the information I've been able to find about Thomas C. Faranda. Killed in France at 33 years of age. There's some historical data online about the 116th infantry regiment. I'll probably have a look at it one of these days.
in reading a little bit about the cemetery, it's mentioned that there are 4,410 buried there, but only 4,408 gravesites. In two instances, two unknowns could not be separated.
Whitman particularly felt the urgent need to recall the soldiers who suffered and died in the military hospitals, which he called “the Untold and Unwritten History of the War.” Some of the men killed on the battlefield might be remembered in military histories, but the men who died in hospitals from dysentery, infection, and fatal but long-lingering wounds might forever remain anonymous.
In a letter to his mother in 1864, Whitman describes firsthand a heartbreaking example of this kind of personal erasure. While volunteering at the local war hospital, he had witnessed the death of a newly arrived soldier:
they took him into the ward, & the doctor came immediately, but it was all of no use—the worst of it is too that he is entirely unknown—there was nothing on his clothes, or any one with him, to identify him—& he is altogether unknown—Mother, it is enough to rack one’s heart, such things—very likely his folks will never know in the world what has become of him—poor poor child, for he appeared as though he could be but 18….
Apart from a doctor’s brief medical notes—if indeed there were any—Whitman’s letter may very well be the only record in existence of the passing of that young man.
Ms. Clinton had plenty of warnings to use official government communications methods, so as to make sure that her records were properly preserved and to minimize cybersecurity risks. She ignored them.
During her tenure, State Department employees were told that they were expected to use approved, secure methods to transmit information that was sensitive but unclassified, or SBU. If they needed to transmit SBU information outside the department’s network, they were told to ask information specialists for help. The report said there is no evidence that Ms. Clinton ever asked, “despite the fact that emails exchanged on her personal account regularly contained information that was marked as SBU.” On June 28, 2011, a cable was sent to all diplomatic and consular posts over her signature warning that personal email accounts could be compromised and officials should “avoid conducting official Department business from your personal e-mail accounts.” At the time, Ms. Clinton was doing exactly that.
... there is no excuse for the way Ms. Clinton breezed through all the warnings and notifications. While not illegal behavior, it was disturbingly unmindful of the rules. In the middle of the presidential campaign, we urge the FBI to finish its own investigation soon, so all information about this troubling episode will be before the voters.
There's more if you hit the link. It's actually worse than what I excerpted.
Gross, the former major domo with PIMCO, and now with Janus Capital. I thought this was a surprisingly weak talk on his part. The intelligent thing he said was at the end, about "re-normalizing interest rates."
"Every time you pick up a weight or grab an exercise bike handle, you could be putting yourself at risk for an illness or infection," states the report. More than 70% of bacteria swabbed in the study is potentially harmful to humans, including gram-positive cocci, which can lead to skin infections, septicemia, and pneumonia.
Ready to really cringe? Free weights are covered in 362 times more bacteria than a toilet seat. Exercise bikes and treadmills are not as bad, but they're not far behind. Testing revealed that bikes carry 39 times more bacteria than a reusable cafeteria tray, including bacillus, which can lead to ear, eye, and respiratory infections.
Pvt. Keating will actually be buried in two places. Some of his remains were so intertwined with that of his friend, Pvt. Klopp, that they were buried side by side with Klopp's remains at Arlington National Cemetery in March. The remains that were positively identified as Keating'sare arriving Monday.
Will healthcare professionals be required to kill patients, at their request?
... an Alberta Court of Appeals says that such language is unconstitutional, and that a non terminally ill woman who has petitioned for permission to be killed is right that she has an enforceable right to be made dead.
From the decision:
As Canada fairly conceded, the language of the declaration itself is broad and rights based. Nowhere in the descriptive language is the right to physician assisted death expressly limited only to those who are terminally ill or near the end of life. Canada accepts that a dictionary definition of “grievous and irremediable” medical condition could include conditions that are not life-threatening or terminal.
What that quote doesn’t say is that “irremediable” includes conditions for which relief is available, but the patient elects death instead.
So, there you have it. Judges have decided that there is a “right” to death on demand if one has a diagnosed condition the patient believes warrants her or his killing.
Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/corner/435631/canadian-court-euthanasia-non-terminally-ill
Here's an article from the NY Times health section, as well as a pretty informative video from the FOX news health show. If you type in exercise and cancer in the search box in the upper right corner, I have other postings on this subject.