Richemont sales soar thanks to China boom

first_img John Dunne Richemont sales soar thanks to China boom Swiss luxury goods group Richemont healthy sales growth in all business areas in its third quarter as wealthy Chinese continued to splash out on Cartier jewellery and timepieces.Sales in the Asia-Pacific region rose 42 per cent in local currencies, the world’s second largest luxury goods group behind French rival LVMH said, while sales overall were 23 per cent higher, beating analysts’ forecasts.The luxury goods industry has recovered strongly from its worst slump in decades thanks to buoyant demand in Asia.“Higher comparative figures will make the final quarter of the financial year ending 31 March 2011 more challenging,” Richemont said. “Gross margin is anticipated to be negatively affected by a stronger Swiss franc given the group’s Swiss manufacturing base.” Monday 17 January 2011 3:26 am Share whatsapp Tags: NULL whatsapp Show Comments ▼ More From Our Partners I blew off Adam Sandler 22 years ago — and it’s my biggest regretnypost.comNative American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse estatenypost.comA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgUK teen died on school trip after teachers allegedly refused her pleasnypost.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comBiden received funds from top Russia lobbyist before Nord Stream 2 giveawaynypost.comWhy people are finding dryer sheets in their mailboxesnypost.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comPuffer fish snaps a selfie with lucky divernypost.comMatt Gaetz swindled by ‘malicious actors’ in $155K boat sale boondogglenypost.comKiller drone ‘hunted down a human target’ without being told tonypost.comlast_img read more

OECD economies stagger on

first_img whatsapp More From Our Partners Native American Tribe Gets Back Sacred Island Taken 160 Years Agogoodnewsnetwork.orgPorsha Williams engaged to ex-husband of ‘RHOA’ co-star Falynn Guobadiathegrio.comBrave 7-Year-old Boy Swims an Hour to Rescue His Dad and Little Sistergoodnewsnetwork.orgA ProPublica investigation has caused outrage in the U.S. this weekvaluewalk.comFans call out hypocrisy as Tebow returns to NFL while Kaepernick is still outthegrio.comAstounding Fossil Discovery in California After Man Looks Closelygoodnewsnetwork.orgColin Kaepernick to publish book on abolishing the policethegrio.comRussell Wilson, AOC among many voicing support for Naomi Osakacbsnews.comPolice Capture Elusive Tiger Poacher After 20 Years of Pursuing the Huntergoodnewsnetwork.orgFlorida woman allegedly crashes children’s birthday party, rapes teennypost.comFort Bragg soldier accused of killing another servicewoman over exthegrio.comMark Eaton, former NBA All-Star, dead at 64nypost.comKansas coach fired for using N-word toward Black playerthegrio.com980-foot skyscraper sways in China, prompting panic and evacuationsnypost.comMan on bail for murder arrested after pet tiger escapes Houston homethegrio.comSupermodel Anne Vyalitsyna claims income drop, pushes for child supportnypost.comLA news reporter doesn’t seem to recognize actor Mark Currythegrio.comInside Ashton Kutcher and Mila Kunis’ not-so-average farmhouse MEMBERS of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) experienced a slowdown in growth in the final three months of 2010, it said yesterday.Economies in the OECD grew on average by 0.4 per cent in the fourth quarter, down from 0.6 per cent in the three months to September.The unwinding of Japan’s stimulus package was partly blamed for its GDP contraction, while severe winter conditions in Europe were cited for disappointing figures in several countries.Across the European Union, growth fell to 0.2 per cent, down from 0.5 per cent the previous quarter, the OECD said.Despite a slowdown in German growth at the end of the year – at 0.4 per cent – the Eurozone powerhouse still had the highest annualised increase in GDP from the “major seven” OECD economies.Annualised German growth in the fourth quarter was four per cent, the OECD said. Italy had the lowest growth of the “major seven,” at 1.3 per cent. The figures show continued growth in the world economy despite some weather-related effects, according to Neil Prothero of the Economist Intelligence Unit. Yet this does not mask stubborn problems across the OECD, he warned.“The fiscal outlook in the US remains dire and employment prospects across the OECD are weak,” Prothero said.FAST FACTS | GDP ACROSS THE OECDJapan’s economy shrank by 0.3 per cent in the fourth quarter of 2010.In the US growth accelerated to 0.8 per cent. In the Eurozone the economy experienced sluggish growth of 0.3 per cent. KCS-content Show Comments ▼ Share OECD economies stagger on Thursday 17 February 2011 7:55 pm whatsapp Tags: NULLlast_img read more

Royal Challengers formally announce Muthoot Fincorp as title Sponsor

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Cricket TAGSIPL 2020 sponsorshipMuthoot FincorpRCB sponsorshipRoyal Challengers BangaloreSports Business NewsSports Business News India SHARE by Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeSuresh Raina issues statement after arrest, says the incident in Mumbai was ‘unintentional’UndoPUBG Mobile Big Update : For the first time ever, India Government makes it official, ‘No Permissions to PUBG’UndoWrestler Murder Case: Sushil Kumar spotted hitting victim with sticks in exclusive video; was the first to report the RCB-Muthoot Blue deal.Watch Asian Wrestling Championships 2020 LIVE Streaming, Highlights, News, Videos, Photos, Results and Rankings on WrestlingTV.inThe partnership will commence in February 2020 and represent a step forward with Muthoot Fincorp partnering with one of the most dynamic brands in the country. Royal Challengers Bangalore features international superstars including Captain Virat Kohli, AB De Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, Aaron Finch, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, among others, forming the core of an exciting team. The partnership also offers both the partners the opportunity to strengthen their consumer connect with millions of audiences across India and help in achieving a stronger brand recall.Royal Challengers Bangalore Chairman, Sanjeev Churiwala said, “We, at Royal Challengers Bangalore are pleased to be associating with Muthoot Fincorp Ltd, Muthoot Blue, as our title sponsor, as they bring passion and core values that we as a brand believe in. We are positive that both Royal Challengers and Muthoot Fincorp Ltd , Muthoot Blue, will be able to channelize this collaboration in a brilliant way.”Elaborating on the Group’s deep connection with sports, Mr. Thomas George Muthoot, Director, Muthoot Pappachan Group and Director of Muthoot Fincorp Ltd. said, “Our aim has been to empower human ambitions by providing support to the spirit of the individuals who strive to surpass numerous hinderances and attain their goals. Sports have the power to bring out sportsman spirit and the passion in an individual and transcend the barriers of socio-economic status, language, religion and culture. Muthoot Pappachan Group has been closely connected with several sports in various capacities.IPL 2020: RCB lone team left to hunt for title sponsor“Further we believe that T20 has played a crucial role in enhancing the opportunity for more & more young Indians to make a proud career in Cricket. With several players being identified from different parts and even remote corners of the country to showcase their talent at the revered arena, the tournament has immensely motivated & given avenues to the youngsters in India since its inception. We are proud to join hands with Royal Challengers Bangalore for T20 and will endeavour to support the players in every way possible.”To further amplify the association, RCB players will be part of special promotional offers for fans / consumers. Muthoot Fincorp Ltd will also enable opportunities for cricket fans to meet RCB’s star performers. Additionally, RCB players will also be seen endorsing Muthoot Fincorp LTD products in a TV commercial.Also Read: New regional feed, ‘cricket app’ in Star India’s IPL business plan: Reports Cricket Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter WTC Final IND vs NZ: Virat Kohli displays his dancing skills on the beats of Bharat Army’s Dhol; Watch video WTC Final Day 3 Stumps: India remove Conway and Latham; NZ 101/2 (49 ovs) trail by 116 runs Royal Challengers formally announce Muthoot Fincorp as title Sponsor Facebook Twitter RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

I believe these are some of the best UK shares to buy now

first_img Rupert Hargreaves owns no share mentioned. The Motley Fool UK has recommended and Sage Group. Views expressed on the companies mentioned in this article are those of the writer and therefore may differ from the official recommendations we make in our subscription services such as Share Advisor, Hidden Winners and Pro. Here at The Motley Fool we believe that considering a diverse range of insights makes us better investors. Rupert Hargreaves | Thursday, 10th December, 2020 Image source: Getty Images Enter Your Email Address See all posts by Rupert Hargreaves Our 6 ‘Best Buys Now’ Shares “This Stock Could Be Like Buying Amazon in 1997” Click here to claim your copy now — and we’ll tell you the name of this Top US Share… free of charge!center_img I believe these are some of the best UK shares to buy now Renowned stock-picker Mark Rogers and his analyst team at The Motley Fool UK have named 6 shares that they believe UK investors should consider buying NOW.So if you’re looking for more stock ideas to try and best position your portfolio today, then it might be a good day for you. Because we’re offering a full 33% off your first year of membership to our flagship share-tipping service, backed by our ‘no quibbles’ 30-day subscription fee refund guarantee. I’m sure you’ll agree that’s quite the statement from Motley Fool Co-Founder Tom Gardner.But since our US analyst team first recommended shares in this unique tech stock back in 2016, the value has soared.What’s more, we firmly believe there’s still plenty of upside in its future. In fact, even throughout the current coronavirus crisis, its performance has been beating Wall St expectations.And right now, we’re giving you a chance to discover exactly what has got our analysts all fired up about this niche industry phenomenon, in our FREE special report, A Top US Share From The Motley Fool. I believe some of the best UK shares to buy right now can be found in the technology sector. This year, investment here has boomed, as companies and their customers have had to adapt to the new normal. But this isn’t a one-off. The digital tech industry grew six times faster than any other sector in the UK in 2019. 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…With that in mind, I think it could be sensible for investors to own a basket of technology stocks in their portfolios. UK shares to buy now The largest listed UK technology company is accounting software business Sage. With a market capitalisation of £6.2bn, the organisation is relatively small compared to US peers, but that’s no bad thing. Smaller businesses tend to grow faster than their larger competitors in the long term. Sage’s competitive advantage lies in its market. Changing accounting software can be a time-consuming and expensive process, so customer turnover is low. What’s more, the company’s profit margins are relatively high as distribution costs are relatively inexpensive. By selling the software on a subscription basis, Sage collects a regular fee from customers, securing a predictable income stream for the business. AVEVA is the second-largest listed technology company in the UK. This business provides technology solutions for engineering companies — a highly specialist business. AVEVA has been able to carve out a niche for itself and, through select acquisitions, the company has grown steadily over the past five years. I think this trend can continue as the business capitalises on its existing position in the software market. Consulting growth Moving away from software, one of the few UK shares with exposure to the hardware market is Computacenter. This company helps other businesses organise technology systems. The demand for these services has been high in 2020. Computacenter is projected to report a near-30% increase in net income this year. If the company can capitalise on this growth and retain the customers acquired over the past 12 months, I reckon the business will only go from strength to strength over the next few years. As the world becomes more and more reliant on technology, organisations that advise on implementing tech solutions like Computacenter should benefit disproportionately, in my opinion. Income play None of the three UK shares profiled above offers much in the way of dividend income. Moneysupermarket.Com, on the other hand, offers what I believe to be one of the best yields in the tech sector. Shares in the comparison website currently offer a dividend yield of 4.5%. What’s more, the group has an impressive track record of dividend growth. The payout has grown at a compound annual rate of 8% since 2014.Unfortunately, I don’t think the company’s growth is going to match the previous three in the near term as the comparison website market is highly competitive. Nevertheless, as an income investment, I believe this could be one of the best UK shares in the tech sector to own.  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. Simply click below to discover how you can take advantage of this.last_img read more

Flood Insurance: the only way to protect against a flood event

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel reply Please enter your name here In the U.S., floods are the most common and costly natural disasters causing millions of dollars in damage every year. Support conservation and fish with NEW Florida specialty license plate Failure to maintain flood insurance will affect your ability to receive assistance if another disaster occurs. From FEMAIn Florida, less than 50 percent of those living in a high-risk flood areas carry flood insurance; after Hurricane Irma, many others probably wished they did. Neither homeowners nor rental insurance covers damage caused by flooding. Most business insurance policies exclude flood damage. Only flood insurance protects you in a flood event. If you are a renter and receive federal disaster assistance, you must maintain flood insurance coverage on the contents of the property for as long as you live at the flood-damaged rental. Survivors who receive federal disaster assistance and live in a SFHA are required to maintain flood insurance on their affected property. High Risk Areas or Special Flood Hazard Areas (SFHAs) In a high-risk flood area, known as a Special Flood Hazard Area, there is at least a one-in-four chance of flooding during the life of a 30-year mortgage. If you don’t have flood insurance, you may be left without any coverage when you need it most. The NFIP cannot pay a claim if you don’t have a policy in effect when damage occurs.For more information about the NFIP and flood insurance, call 800-427-4661 or your insurance agent, or go online to If you buy a home in a SFHA, the lender may require you to purchase a flood insurance policy. If you live in a moderate-to-low risk flood area, flood insurance is available and strongly recommended. The standard National Flood Insurance Program flood insurance policy covers the building. Contents coverage may be purchased separately through the NFIP. An NFIP insurance policy generally has a 30-day waiting period before the policy becomes effective so don’t wait, buy now. The Anatomy of Fear If you live in a SFHA and received a grant from FEMA, you may receive a Certificate of Flood Insurance for a Group Policy as a part of your federal assistance. An average season produces 12 named storms; six become hurricanes, including three major hurricanes. FEMA disaster grants are often much less than what is needed to recover. Buy Flood Insurance Now Disaster Assistance for Survivors in Special Flood Hazard Areas If the property is sold, the flood insurance requirement is transferred to the new owner and continues for as long as the property address exists. You have entered an incorrect email address! Please enter your email address here Forecasters at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration predict a near- or above-normal 2018 Atlantic hurricane season. Share on Facebook Tweet on Twitter Free webinar for job seekers on best interview answers, hosted by Goodwill June 11 TAGSFEMAFlood Insurance Previous articleDebunking the 6 biggest myths about ‘technology addiction’Next articleApopka Police Department Arrest Report Denise Connell RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Flood insurance policies cover you 365 days a year and can provide assistance even if a flood event is not a presidentially declared disaster. A flood insurance policy could and often does provide more funds for recovery than what you could be eligible for from FEMA or an SBA loan. You do not have to pay these funds back. Please enter your comment! Floods can happen anywhere. More than 20 percent of flood claims come from properties outside the high risk flood zones. Most federal disaster assistance comes in the form of low-interest disaster loans from the Small Business Administration and you have to pay the loans back. Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.last_img read more

Christian Aid stages wrestling competition

first_imgChristian Aid stages wrestling competition Tagged with: Events Giving/Philanthropy Howard Lake | 7 May 2003 | News About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Public takes one-off chance to fight apathy and doubt (literally!) to become a hero for Christian Aid Week 2003Office workers, shoppers and passers-by joined Christian Aid in the fight against Apathy and Doubt this afternoon and jumped into an inflatable wrestling ring to confront their inner demons.The wrestling competition was held in Covent Garden and members of the public were encouraged to climb into the ring and beat apathy and doubt to the ground – and to donate to Christian Aid Week at the same time.The event helped mark the launch of Christian Aid Week’s new advertising fundraising campaign. The campaign, which will feature in all major newspapers and magazines as well as on TV and radio, focuses on breaking down people’s doubt and apathy about giving to charity.The campaign features two characters: two-headed Doubt and a larger, slower looking Apathy, as well as a hero representing ‘Everyman’. Everyman is tackled by Doubt and Apathy as he tries to donate to Christian Aid, but the hero eventually triumphs and puts money in the famous red envelope.Christian Aid Week runs from 11 – 17 May 2003 and – having raised an extraordinary £13.5 million last year – we are hoping to continue this record-breaking trend with more people than ever before getting involved to help raise urgently-needed funds for some of the poorest communities around the world.Now Britain’s most successful and longest-running door-to-door fundraising week, Christian Aid Week, started in 1957 and has helped communities in countries from Afghanistan to Angola, Sudan to Sierra Leone, irrespective of race, religion, culture or background. Events this year will include a search for local heroes across the UK and Ireland, which will aim to showcase people who inspire and motivate us to fight injustice and poverty around the world.The week is easy to get involved in, whether it’s by holding a sponsored event, putting loose change in the famous red envelope or simply logging onto to enter a writing competition and make a pledge.EndsFor more information about Christian Aid Week contact: Saskia Wirth on 020 7523 2404 [email protected] to Editors:The Apathy and Doubt Wrestling Ring will be in London’s Covent Garden, outside the Royal Opera House on Tuesday 6th May between 10am and 4pm.The Apathy and Doubt Advertising Campaign has been designed by Partners BDDH and media space booked by John Aylings and Associates.Christian Aid Week (11-17 May 2003) is the UK’s longest running and most successful door-to-door fundraising week. It started in 1957. Last year more than £13.5 million was raised by over 350,000 volunteers. For further details visit Aid is an international development agency working worldwide to fight poverty and injustice. It works with some of the poorest communities, helping people irrespective of race, religion, culture or background and expose the scandal of poverty. Christian Aid believes in life before death – that everyone has a right to a full and fulfilled life.Christian Aid has nearly 600 partner organisations in 48 countries worldwide. Christian Aid are unique in that virtually all our projects are run through local groups – people who are the real experts on their own country and know how to help communities help themselves.Christian Aid works on issues from peace building after conflict, emergency response and sustaining livelihoods, to HIV/AIDS, trade and human rights. This can mean anything from supporting AIDS orphans to using football as a way of bringing together warring tribes in southern Sudan.Christian Aid also works in the UK, educating, lobbying and campaigning on the causes of global poverty. Through our campaigns, we expose the structures that create poverty, and offer people ways to help change them.To find out more about Christian Aid’s development work, read news stories, features, press releases and reports, and view web clips and photo galleries take a look at . The site also includes up-to-date information about Christian Aid’s campaigns, partner organisations, events, exhibitions and a variety of resources that can be downloaded for fundraising events and for campaigning initiatives to raise awareness about issues such as fair trade, HIV/AIDS, emergency relief, the environment and sustainable development.To make a donation for Christian Aid Week call Freephone 08080 006 006.May 2003Please visit for exclusive stories from celebrities and webclips.OR have a look at to find out what is new and exciting about our work,OR check out, our ethical ISP, to get FREE Internet access,OR join our online community at to get involved,OR have a look at to see how other kids from around the world live.  22 total views,  1 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThislast_img read more

Pathways to housing: video and SMS

first_img Howard Lake | 22 March 2010 | News Pathways to housing: video and SMS AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis Open air video and SMS are combined by this New York nonprofit to highlight homelessness and give passers-by an opportunity to get involved and do something, including make a donation. Note how the video changes to show what donations can achieve.Marcelo Iniarra, writing on his blog, said of this video: “This is a great example of social trysumerism – getting supporters involved in an organization before proposing a financial relationship”. Tagged with: Individual giving Advertisement  23 total views,  1 views today  24 total views,  2 views today AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to LinkedInLinkedInShare to EmailEmailShare to WhatsAppWhatsAppShare to MessengerMessengerShare to MoreAddThis About Howard Lake Howard Lake is a digital fundraising entrepreneur. Publisher of UK Fundraising, the world’s first web resource for professional fundraisers, since 1994. Trainer and consultant in digital fundraising. Founder of Fundraising Camp and co-founder of Researching massive growth in giving.last_img read more

Joe Biden, Robert De Niro latest to be sent suspicious packages like Clinton, Obama

first_imgiStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — Former Vice President Joe Biden and actor Robert De Niro are the latest high-profile figures to be sent suspicious packages this week in a suspected mail-bomb campaign.All of those to be sent the explosive devices and suspicious packages so far are prominent critics of President Donald Trump, but no motive has been determined for the mail-bomb campaign and no suspects have been identified.A total of nine suspicious packages have been found as of Thursday in what has become a domestic terrorism investigation, law enforcement sources told ABC News. At least five contained devices resembling pipe bombs, intended to maim or kill.Packages similar to those addressed to Biden and De Niro were sent to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, former President Barack Obama and CNN’s New York headquarters.The package addressed to Biden was intercepted by law enforcement at a postal facility in New Castle, Delaware, sources told ABC News.A package containing an explosive device sent to De Niro was discovered early Thursday morning in New York City’s Tribeca neighborhood, sources told ABC News. The device, similar to others recovered in the investigation, was removed by police in a bomb-containment vehicle.Another package containing a device addressed to Democratic Rep. Maxine Waters of California was found in Los Angeles on Wednesday night. A prior one addressed to Waters was intercepted earlier Wednesday by Capitol Police in Washington, D.C.A big concern among investigators Thursday morning was that there is a prolific bomb maker out there with the capacity to build more.The FBI, Secret Service and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms (ATF) were fanning out across the country to determine where the items contained in the devices were purchased, which may give clues as to who is responsible.X-ray photographs of the devices exclusively obtained by ABC News illustrate the critical leads investigators are now pursuing. Sources tell ABC News that each device contained a digital clock, explosive powder, a battery power source and wiring to channel a spark for detonation. The devices also included glass as potential shrapnel. The devices did not go off but had the potential to maim or kill.The devices are also being examined for fingerprints and DNA. They were shipped in manila envelopes with America flag stamps.Several of the packages had the return address of Democratic Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida, former chairperson of the Democratic National Committee. But her name was misspelled and Wasserman Schultz is not considered to be involved in sending the packages. Several of the packages listed as a return address that of Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, D-Fla., but her name was misspelled.The deliveries of explosives come about two days after a pipe bomb was found in the New York home of billionaire George Soros, a Democratic supporter often criticized by right-wing groups.“The FBI advises the public to remain vigilant and not touch, move or handle any suspicious or unknown packages,” the FBI said in a statement Wednesday evening. “We ask anyone who may have information to contact the FBI.”The package addressed to Hillary Clinton was intercepted Tuesday night by the Secret Service at a screening facility. It didn’t reach her home in Westchester County.All packages were intercepted before reaching their intended targets. It’s not entirely clear whether the incidents are linked, but authorities said they feared other bombs may have been sent.Bryan Paarmann, special agent in charge of the FBI’s Counterterrorism Division and Joint Terrorism Task Force in New York City, said at a press conference on Wednesday that the mailings appear to be political in nature.“The utilization of violence in order to further one’s own political agenda is unacceptable to us,” Paarmann said. “We will turn over every rock, we will turn every corner, and we will talk to everybody that we have to in order to mitigate this threat.”President Trump on Wednesday night called for “peace and harmony” from a rally in Mosinee, Wisconsin, but added, “The media has a responsibility to set a civil tone and to stop the endless hostility and constant negative and oftentimes false attacks in stories.”Also on Wednesday, from the White House, Trump said his administration is “extremely angry” about the incidents, adding that “the full weight of our government is being deployed to conduct this investigation and bring those responsible for these despicable acts to justice.”Democratic leaders noted that most of the people targeted on Tuesday had been ridiculed by Trump.“We listened with great interest to the president’s remarks this afternoon. We all take an oath to support and defend the Constitution and protect the American people, and that is our first responsibility. However, President Trump’s words ring hollow until he reverses his statements that condone acts of violence,” Rep. Nancy Pelosi, the House minority leader, and Sen. Chuck Schumer, the Senate minority leader, said in a joint statement released Wednesday afternoon. “Time and time again, the president has condoned physical violence and divided Americans with his words and his actions: expressing support for the Congressman who body-slammed a reporter, the neo-Nazis who killed a young woman in Charlottesville, his supporters at rallies who get violent with protesters, dictators around the world who murder their own citizens, and referring to the free press as the enemy of the people.”Hillary Clinton, speaking at a campaign event in Florida, said, “We are fine, thanks to the men and women of the Secret Service who intercepted the package addressed to us long before it reached our home.”“But it is a troubling time, isn’t it?” Clinton added. “And it’s a time of deep divisions, and we have to do everything we can to bring our country together.”Security was tight at the event in Coral Gables where she spoke. Her daughter tweeted thanks to the Secret Service for not letting the package reach her mother.“Every day, I am grateful to the women and men of the United States Secret Service,” Chelsea Clinton wrote. “Thank you.”Her father also tweeted about it.ABC News has confirmed the following:— A pipe bomb was found Monday afternoon in the home mailbox of Soros in Westchester County north of New York City.— A package addressed to Hillary Clinton containing an explosive was intercepted Tuesday night by the Secret Service at a screening facility. It never reached her home, where Bill Clinton was at the time.— A package containing an explosive and suspicious powder was found Wednesday morning in the mailroom of the Time Warner Center in Manhattan, where CNN is located. It was addressed to John Brennan, former director of the CIA. New York City police officers were present when it was found.— The package addressed to Holder did not reach its intended destination and was returned to Wasserman Schultz’s address in Florida, the FBI said.— The devices found in New York, Washington and Florida were all similarly constructed, using digital clocks as a switch, a powder charge and a battery power source, law enforcement sources told ABC News. They were built using PVC pipe and contained materials likely intended to do additional harm. Copyright © 2018, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

West Virginia residents using wasp spray as meth alternative: Police

first_imgkirisa99/iStock(CHARLESTON, W.Va.) — Residents in West Virginia are using wasp spray as an alternative form of methamphetamine, according to officials.West Virginia State Police called the use of wasp spray a “cheap fix” for the drug. “People are making a synthetic type methamphetamine out of wasp spray,” Sgt. Charles Sutphin told ABC Charleston affiliate WCHS-TV Monday.Police believe wasp spray was behind three overdoses last week. It was not immediately clear how the people consumed the spray.Sutphin said the physical effects include erratic behavior, extreme swelling and redness of the hands and feet.Pyrethroid, a chemical found in wasp sprays, can cause allergic reactions in some people and repeated exposure could increase the intensity of the reaction, according to a recent study done by the University of Nebraska-Lincoln on pesticides.Sutphin echoed the notion that the more often one encounters wasp spray, the more dangerous it becomes.“From what we’re being told, if you use it, you know, you might use it one or twice and be fine, but the third time when your body hits that allergic reaction, it can kill you,” he told WCHS.Dr. Rutherfoord Rose, the director of the Virginia Poison Control, told ABC News Wednesday that fatal allergic reactions from pyrethroid are rather uncommon but a person could be seriously poisoned.He noted that the the trend of abusing household items to get high is not new, specifically mentioning the idea of sniffing white-out, paint and whipped cream.“There’s a long history of people attempting to use products in an attempt to recreate some kind of high,” Rose said.The reasons for using wasp spray as an alternative form of meth, he said, could be a result of what he described as a more restrictive opioid market.“It’s not surprising that as the opioid market becomes more restricted, people are turning to other things,” he said.“It’s a sign or a symptom of a larger problem we have … we work on the supply, but there’s also the demand and that’s a lot harder. If you restrict the supply of some things, they’ll turn to something else,” he said. Copyright © 2019, ABC Radio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Evolution and diversity of the benthic fauna of the Southern Ocean continental shelf

first_imgThe modern benthic fauna of the Antarctic continental shelf is characterized by the lack of active, skeleton-breaking (durophagous) predators such as crabs, lobsters and many fish, and the dominance in many areas of epifaunal suspension feeders. It has often been remarked that these ecological characteristics give the fauna a distinctly Palaeozoic feel, with the assumption that it may be an evolutionary relic. We now know that this is not so, and fossil evidence shows clearly that many of the taxa and life-styles that are absent now were previously present. The modern fauna has been shaped by a number of factors, important among which have been oceanographic changes and the onset of Cenozoic glaciation. Sea-water cooling, and periodic fragmentation of ranges and bathymetric shifts in distribution driven by variability in the size and extent of the continental ice cap on Milankovitch frequencies will all have caused both extinction and allopatric speciation. The modern glacial setting with relatively low terrestrial impact away from immediate coastal regions, and scouring by icebergs are the key factors influencing the ecology and population dynamics for the modern Antarctic benthos.last_img read more