17 Sep

Gattuso believes Torino stalemate was a fair result

first_imgGennaro Gattuso has given his verdict on the barren draw with Torino claiming it was not a missed opportunity citing the growth of the team.Milan’s shot-stopper Donnarumma pulled two great saves in the first half, however, Gattuso’s men were not clinical in front of goal after the break.A win would have kept them in a firm position for the top four race in the Serie A, but instead are only one point clear of Lazio.“I don’t consider it a missed opportunity, as we were well aware that Torino are a difficult team, were unbeaten on their travels,” the Coach told Football Italia.“We struggled a little for 15-20 minutes, but then played the game we needed to. Torino have a lot of quality and it’s a good point. I don’t see it as a bad performance at all. I am sure that a year ago, we would’ve lost this game.Cristiano Ronaldo, JuventusSerie A Betting: Match-day 3 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Considering there is a number of perfect starts so early in the Serie A season, as well as a few surprisingly not-so perfect ones….“At this moment, the team is giving its all, we have a lot of players out injured and I think we’re doing well in the circumstances.“Higuain is a little below par because he still has this back problem, he’s playing through the pain and we need to wait for him to get better. He struggles to train consistently and this is penalising him.“I have to make do with what I’ve got. We have injuries, there are problems with UEFA, but all that is not my business. I can’t sit here complaining about things I can’t control. I just have to get the current players to deliver at the best of their abilities.“I’ve been a player and know how it feels when you hear the Coach talking about the transfer market or other players who can come in. I don’t want to disrespect them by standing here discussing transfers, that is for the directors to do.”last_img read more

5 Sep

Seven years jail fine for Twitter executives who fail to comply with

first_img Top 5 Data Breaches Of 2018 IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:04/2:31Loaded: 0%0:04Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-2:27?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … Getty ImagesThe Narendra Modi government has cracked down on social media giants, especially micro-blogging site Twitter, to make them comply with the InformationTechnology (IT) Act. Twitter’s top executives could face jail for seven years along with a fine if the government notices any “objectionable or inflammatory content”.To remove such “undesirable content” from social media platforms, the government has sought swift action from Twitter, The Times of India reported. The government said that it will invoke section 69A of the IT Act which provides for blocking/ deleting any content on social media platforms that is “detrimental to the country’s sovereignty and integrity”.The social media platforms would have to respond within 72 hours after the government brings to their notice any undesirable content, on failure of which they could face the action.The decision comes days after a parliamentary committee lashed out at Twitter for inordinate delays in blocking/ deleting the content or accounts that are a threat to India’s integrity or can create problems in law and order situation of the country. The government had asked Twitter chief Jack Dorsey to remain present in the meeting, but he could not do the same.Stricter IT rules to monitor social media content?Various social media platforms such as Facebook, Whatsapp, Twitter and Google Plus would be termed as intermediaries (that carry the message of a third person) and are responsible for the content displayed on their websites.Facebook alone is projected to have nearly 319 million users in India by 2021. The draft of the IT (Intermediaries Guidelines Amendment Rules), 2018, states that any internet company that has over 50 lakh users in India should be incorporated within India and have a registered office along with a nodal person of contact.The issue was earlier pointed out by IT minister Ravi Shankar Prasad in the wake of fake news propaganda run by various political parties on Twitter and Facebook along with viral Whatsapp messages that were believed to be responsible for serial lynching episodes in the country.No politicking on social media ahead of Lok Sabha pollsThe parliamentary committee also asked Twitter to work with the Election Commission ahead of the Lok Sabha elections. Twitter was also asked to monitor campaigns and advertisements by political parties and told that no “international interference” in Lok Sabha elections will be tolerated. An attendee waits to try the newly announced Facebook Spaces virtual reality platform during the annual Facebook F8 developers conference in San Jose, California, U.S., April 18, 2017.Reuters fileLast month, Twitter had stated in its blog post that it would be providing details of advertisements and data on their impressions (tweets) in various countries including India to bring greater transparency to the political advertisements that the micro-blogging site carries.The decision was supposed to be implemented from March 11.center_img Closelast_img read more

5 Sep

Indian Stock Markets could See Selloff on Thursday

first_imgThe Indian equity markets witnessed selling pressure for the sixth straight day on Wednesday ahead of the expiry of monthly derivative contracts for March. In a cautious trading, the S&P BSE Sensex closed at 28,111.83, down 49.89 points and CNX Nifty fell 12.15 points to end at 8,530.80.While the Nifty corrected over six percent from its all-time high of 9119.20 hit on March 4, the Sensex has hit its lowest closing level in nearly two-and-a-half months.Traders believe that caution ahead of derivatives expiry and portfolio reshuffling ahead of the fiscal year ending is likely to have weighed on the markets. Market participants expect the sell-off to intensify on Thursday if the rollover of futures position fails to pick up.”The rollover till now has been below average. Just 39-40% of the positions got rolled till yesterday. On an average, we see around 45-50% getting rolled,” said Yogesh Radke, head of quantitative research at Edelweiss Capital, to NDTV Profit.If markets see a sharp sell-off, then 8,500 will act as a major support for Nifty index, added Mr Radke.NPTC topped the list of losers among Sensex and Nifty stocks on Wednesday with its share price closing down over 3.5%.However, in the broader market, the main loser was IPCA Laboratories as its stock price slumped 12.55% following reports of import alerts against its two manufacturing facilities issued by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).last_img read more

5 Sep

Viral sensation Sonia Thiyam fearlessly redefines the definition of success

first_imgSonia ThiyamPR HandoutSonia Thiyam’s blogging journey kick started during her final year of her MBBS. She won the competition for the south zone and that’s where it all started.After finishing the MBBS course, she started pursuing blogging as a full time career. For almost a year, she dedicated all her time and energy into creating content without having earned a single penny.Slowly, after one year, she started getting smaller projects that really kept her going and made her want to work harder towards her goals.There was no looking back ever since for Sonia Thiyam. She was a full time blogger and a part time doctor too.Sonia’s success did not come easily to her. She had to make her career decision against her family’s wishes and being the eldest in her family, there was a lot of pressure that she had to deal with.Despite all the hurdles, Sonia has put in intense efforts in her work to reach where she is. In spite of financial instability, she invested in hiring a photographer because she knew that good photos played a very important role in her blogging career.Eventually, many brands started noticing and liking her content and fashion curation. And soon they wanted her on board for campaigns and projects.Sonia’s approach to fashion is artistic, simple and all about comfort with a smart style. Her mind-blowing fashion sense is reflected through her photos on Instagram.Sonia Thiyam believes that one should notice and take inspiration from the tiniest details in their surroundings.For Sonia her job is a work of art; she doesn’t do it for fame, for her it’s about creating an impact. She wants to tell the youth to chase after their dreams regardless of the obstacles. She strongly feels one should love what they’re doing and make sure to live their dreams.last_img read more

3 Sep

Fani weakens further may hit Bangladesh today

first_imgUnder the influence of severe cyclonic storm Fani, sea remains high in Patenga, Chattogram on 3 May, 2019. Photo: Focus BanglaVery severe cyclonic storm Fani has weakened into a severe cyclonic one and it is likely to reach Khulna and southwestern part of Bangladesh between midnight and Saturday morning, reports UNB. Fani has moved north-northeastwards, weakened further and currently lies over coastal Odisha and Gangetic West Bengal adjoining area, Met office said on Friday night.Maximum sustained wind speed within 64 kms of the storm centre is about 100kph, rising to 120kph in gusts/squalls. Sea will remain high.The danger level remains 7 for the maritime ports of Mongla and Payra and the coastal districts of Bhola, Barguna, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagerhat, Khulna and Satkhira and offshore islands and chars.Chattogram port has been advised to keep hoisted danger signal No. 6. The same warning level has been announced for Chattogram, Noakhali, Laxmipur, Feni and Chandpur and their offshore islands and chars.The danger level at Cox’s Bazar port remains four.Under the influence of the severe cyclonic storm and the new moon phase, the low-lying areas of the coastal districts of Chattogram, Noakhali, Lakshmipur, Feni, Chandpur, Barguna, Bhola, Patuakhali, Barishal, Pirojpur, Jhalakati, Bagerhat, Khulna, Satkhira and their offshore islands and chars are likely to be inundated by storm surge of 2-4 feet height above normal astronomical tide.Bangladesh has been feeling the peripheral effect of Fani since morning. A number of villages and shoals in coastal districts have already been inundated.Under its influence, sky remains overcast and rainfall is taking place at many places over the country.All fishing boats and trawlers over the North Bay and deep sea have been advised to remain in shelter till further notice.Meanwhile, state minister for disaster management and relief Enamur Rahman has said 1,240,795 people have been evacuated to cyclone centres in coastal districts till Friday evening.As many as 4,071 cyclone centres have been opened in 19 coastal districts while directives have been issued to use schools and colleges as shelter centres.Around 200,000 people took shelter in Khulna while 50,220 in Satkhira, 43,430 in Bagerhat, 25,000 in Pirojpur, 142,325 in Barguna, 3.5 lakh in Patuakhali, 8,120 in Barishal, 1.90 lakh in Bhola, 94,000 in Noakhali, 15,000 in Lakshmipur, 15,000 in Feni, 51,000 in Chattogram, 10,000 in Cox’s Bazar, 12,000 in Jhalakati, 5,000 in Chandpur, 15,000 in Shariatpur, 5,000 in Madaripur, 4,000 in Gopalganj, 4,500 people in Faridpur.The state minister said the district administrations have been directed to take necessary measures to minimise the extent of damage by the severe cyclone.Sufficient dry food, safe drinking water and medicine have been kept at the shelters, added Enamur Rahman.The Navy has deployed 32 ships in Chattogram, Khulna and Mongla for emergency rescue operations and relief work. Naval contingents are on standby for immediate deployment in coastal areas, ISPR said in a press release.The government has also set up control rooms. The National Disaster Response Coordination Centre is providing updates.last_img read more

3 Sep

Mexico detains 213 Central American migrants

first_imgChildren, part of the migrant caravan, ask for sweets at a shelter in Tijuana, Mexico, Wednesday, 21 November 2018. Migrants camped in Tijuana after traveling in a caravan to reach the US are weighing their options after a US court blocked president Donald Trump`s asylum ban for illegal border crossers. Photo: APMexican immigration agents on Wednesday detained almost all of the Central American migrants on a fourth caravan that recently entered Mexico seeking to reach the United States.Mexico’s National Immigration Institute said 213 migrants were detained and taken to a processing center. Those found to lack proper documents may face repatriation to their home countries.The migrants detained on a highway between the Guatemalan border and the southern Mexican city of Tapachula included 186 people from El Salvador, 16 from Guatemala, 10 Honduras and one Nicaraguan.The group set out from El Salvador on 18 November and apparently crossed the river dividing Guatemala and Mexico on Tuesday. That is the same route the three larger caravans took after entering Mexico starting 19 October.The caravans find strength in numbers, and Mexican officials have been loath to confront the first caravans, which numbered between 1,500 and 6,000. But agents have detained smaller groups that split off from the larger caravans.Mexico has offered residency and other types of visas to migrants in the caravans, but most have refused, saying they want to reach the United States.Also Wednesday, prosecutors in the northern state of Baja California — where the first caravan is now camped out — confirmed that a migrant was run over and killed by an unidentified vehicle on a highway between the border cities of Mexicali and Tijuana.The state prosecutor’s office said 17-year-old Oscar Baudiel Cruz Alcerro, of Honduras was found dead on the roadside with fractures and a dented skull, with parts from a white car scattered nearby.Migrants stranded in Mexicali have been walking and hitching rides to join up with the main part of the caravan in Tijuana, about 110 miles (180 kilometers) to the west.At least one other migrant was killed early in the caravan when he fell off a truck on a highway in the southern state of Chiapas.last_img
3 Sep

Validity of speedy trial act extended by 5 more yrs

first_img.The cabinet on Monday approved the draft of the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) (Amendment) Bill, 2019 for extending its validity till 2024, reports UNB.The approval came at the cabinet meeting held here with prime minister Sheikh Hasina in the chair.”The duration of the Law and Order Disruption (Speedy Trial) Act, 2002 expired in April 2019.So, its validity has been extended by more five years,” said cabinet secretary Mohammad Shafiul Alam while briefing reporters at the secretariat after the cabinet meeting.”Since the law still has the effectiveness (usefulness) as there’re many sensitive cases which are needed to be disposed of quickly,” he said replying to a question as to why the validity of the existing law is being extended.last_img read more

3 Sep

5 wounded in Canadian nightclub shooting

first_imgToronto, Canada. Photo: PixabayPolice in Canada say five people have been wounded during a shooting inside a Toronto nightclub.Police spokeswoman Const. Allyson Douglas-Cook said one man is in the hospital with life-threatening injuries after the incident early Monday morning. Four other victims are in non-life threatening condition.No information on the suspect was immediately released.Officer Stacey Davis of the Toronto Police Service told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation there was an altercation near the back of the club’s interior when shots were first fired.last_img read more

2 Sep

Shell Is Investing In Solar Energy But Does It Make A Difference

first_img Share Listen 00:00 /01:00 X Shell, whose U.S. headquarters is in Houston, has signed an agreement to acquire about 44 percent interest in Tennessee-based solar company Silicon Ranch. The deal is worth around $200 million and is expected to close in the first quarter of this year.So what can we take away from this?“No. 1, Shell is not leaving the oil business anytime soon,” Ed Hirs, energy economist at the University of Houston, said.He said it’s a very small investment compared to Shell’s oil and gas business.And Shell isn’t the first oil giant to explore other sources of energy.Hirs said Exxon Mobil is looking into power from algae, for example. Chevron has tried nuclear power. And Shell itself already has a wind power business.“I think they’re looking at other energy sources somewhat out of curiosity, somewhat out of a need for diversification and somewhat out of a need for good public relations,” Hirs said.Shell’s solar deal is part of the company’s New Energies power portfolio, which focuses on low carbon generation and storage. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: last_img read more

1 Sep

A Family on the Frontlines Part 3

first_imgIt’s late afternoon and Erricka Bridgeford is co-facilitating an open community meeting around Baltimore Ceasefire, a grassroots community initiative calling for no shooting or killing for 72 hours August 4-6.A group of over 20 people nearly fills up half of the foyer of the Community Mediation Center on Greenmount Avenue in East Baltimore. Comprised of various organizations including Out for Justice, Progressive Maryland, and Johns Hopkins Center for Youth Violence Prevention, they all are quiet and attentive as Bridgeford’s boisterous voice commands the room.Erricka Bridgeford, director of Community Mediation Maryland, is one of the organizers of Baltimore Ceasefire. (Courtesy Photo)“America is not a place that teaches you how to deal with conflict peacefully. It teaches that if you want power you have to be violent. That’s how people got to this country in the first place. That’s how a lot of us got here in the first place. This is a place that celebrates violence and nurtures violence,” says Bridgeford, who is director of training for Community Mediation Maryland. “We are going to have 72 hours of peace.”Committed to slowing down Baltimore’s rapid rise in homicides, Bridgeford began to co-organize the ceasefire with her network of close friends and community members early this summer. They’re calling for a weekend of no shootings and encouraging residents to “Celebrate Life” on their own terms.The Baltimore Ceasefire message has already began to spread throughout the city via social media, flyers, and posters in an all out effort for residents to take ownership of the cause.“It can be what you want,” says Ellen Gee, a co-organizer of the Baltimore Ceasefire. “If your thing in your mind is, ‘I don’t want any of these little kids to be crying because they lost their uncle.’ If that’s the position you’re coming from, that’s the conversation you have.”As the meeting comes to a close, organizers along with a small group of attendees begin making their way outside to canvass the community and spread the word about the Baltimore Ceasefire. The group splits up to cover both sides of the street. From teenagers to older adults, the organizers hand out flyers along the cluster of storefronts that makes up the small business district on Greenmount Avenue.Some of the people passing by refuse to take flyers from organizers and continue to walk by. Gee acknowledges that some people are going to doubt the possibility of a ceasefire.“We lived with violence in the city for so long that the expectation probably is that we’re not going to be able to do it,” says Gee as she continues to hand out flyers to people she encounters. “So it’s not surprising to me that people expect that things wouldn’t be able to change. But the way that you change things is by doing something different.”On the corner of Greenmount and Gorsuch, Bridgeford’s voice can be heard echoing across the street as she asks people if they heard about the Baltimore Ceasefire.  She huddles with her co-organizers waiting to catch bus riders as they get off at their stop.“Nobody is safe from getting a flyer [or] a poster [or] hearing about the ceasefire, ” said Bridgeford. “Everybody on the street has already received a flyer.”Confident in their outreach for the day, organizers make their way back to the Mediation Center. But Bridgeford remains focused as the days count down to the ceasefire weekend.“The pain has to keep me vigilant,” she says. “The pain has to keep me determined to heal whatever this is that keeps pushing us to not knowing a better way to deal with our conflict.”last_img read more

1 Sep

FuboTV Hires ExSky Exec Hannah Brown as Chief Strategy Officer

first_imgFuboTV has recruited Hannah Brown, who while at Sky led the U.K. satellite operator’s early investment in the streaming-TV startup, as chief strategy officer.In the new role, Brown is tasked with overseeing all strategic development and execution for FuboTV, which offers a sports-centric internet subscription pay-TV service in the U.S. and plans to launch into new territories internationally. Brown is based in FuboTV’s New York City headquarters and reports to co-founder and CEO David Gandler.Most recently, Brown was SVP of corporate development at Relevent Sports Group, where she was responsible for executing and delivering development opportunities either via mergers and acquisitions or organic development. Prior to joining Relevent Sports in November 2017, she spent almost 10 years at Sky, most recently heading business development where she led investments and partnerships with startups including FuboTV. Brown began her career at KPMG as an associate chartered accountant. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 “Hannah’s longtime support for our vision and her expertise in corporate strategy for media and sports companies are valuable additions to our executive team,” Gandler said in announcing her hire. “I look forward to Hannah’s guidance as we continue to innovate and grow FuboTV both in the U.S. and abroad.”FuboTV says it generated $102 million in revenue for the 12 months ended in September 2018, and had nearly 250,000 paid subscribers.Brown joins other recent exec hires by FuboTV, including technology veteran Geir Magnusson Jr. as CTO; David Yoon, formerly with Warner Bros.’s DramaFever, as senior VP of design; and Erik Gerson, previously senior VP of customer experience at Jay Z’s Tidal, as senior VP of engagement.Brown commented, “At Sky we were incredibly impressed by David and his team’s tenacity, allowing them to get FuboTV off the ground in the most competitive and valuable media market in the world… The business has developed significantly over the last 12 months and I’m very much looking forward to contributing to the next stage of its development.”Brown is currently a board member of BRC Group, a U.S.-based Hispanic soccer business, and InCrowd Sports and is also on the media advisory board of Drone Racing League. She previously served on the board of GINX eSports TV.In the U.S., FuboTV’s live TV streaming service competes with “virtual MVPD” services including AT&T’s DirecTV Now, Google’s YouTube TV, Dish Network’s Sling TV, Hulu With Live TV and Sony PlayStation Vue. FuboTV baseline package costs $44.99 per month for 75 channels.Investors in FuboTV include 21st Century Fox, AMC Networks, Luminari Capital, Northzone, Sky and the former Scripps Networks Interactive (now part of Discovery).center_img Popular on Variety last_img read more

31 Aug

Indulge in exquisite delicacies at GT Route

first_imgThe GT Route, a multi cuisine restaurant located at Park Street, highlighted the culinary delights from Kabul to Kolkata. ‘The great Harvest Festival’ is the first of its kind rice food festival. It showcased an array of enticing and exotic rice preparations.“We always wanted to have a festival which will also explore the other exotic cuisines prepared from rice. We have also tried to keep the food as innovative as possible, so with every bite we ensure that the taste is perfect,” said Ishtiaque Ahmed, director, Shiraz Hotels. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The wide array of delicacies includes Karara Chawal Kebab (Shallow fried rice cakes), Masaledar Kathal Pulao (jack fruit and rice cooked with traditional Oudhi herb and dry chili), Bag-e-Bahar Kichdi (Rice lentil and vegetable cooked together and served with pickle), Shahi Soya Biriyani (saffron scented soya nuggets biryani served with yoghurt), Prawn Wild Rice Conjee (Wild and prawn thick soup served with pickled veg), Gosht ki Tehari (Rampur style spiced mutton pulao), Nargishi Kofta Biryani (Mutton minces wrapped egg served with Burani Ghol), Lalbagh Murg Biryani (Murshidabad style chicken pressure biryani served with fritter chilly and peanut yoghurt gravy), Machher Bhapa Pulao(boneless fish and rice cooked together with lemon and mustard and served with Raita), Muri ghonto(Fish head and govind bhog rice cooked together completely with Bengali condiments), and Zarda Pulao (Traditionally mixed dry fruits sweet pulao.) Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixRupam Banik, executive Chef said: “All of the foods are cooked keeping in mind the health quotient of the people. Especially the Prawn Wild Rice Conjee is the healthiest food and whole some diet and those have problem with prawn can also remake it with meat of their choices. It is also good supplement for heart patients.”This pocket friendly festival will serve both lunch and dinner and will start from March 5 and will continue till March 20.last_img read more

19 Aug

Avalon announces free air savings on select river cruises

first_img Wednesday, July 18, 2018 Tags: Avalon Waterways, Deals, Europe << Previous PostNext Post >> TORONTO — Savings abound this fall season with Avalon Waterways, but only if clients book by July 24.The cruise line has announced a host of savings on a select number of European river cruises departing between September and December 2018.The offer includes free scheduled air on flights from Vancouver, Calgary, Toronto, Montreal and Ottawa, while clients from other gateways receive a special $299 fare.Moreover, clients will enjoy a $1,200 savings per couple off the regular price of these cruises if booked by July 24.Select cruises range from eight to 21 days on the Danube, Rhine and Moselle rivers, and some include land extensions to London.For more information go to agentlingo.ca. Sharecenter_img Posted by Avalon announces free air & savings on select river cruises Travelweek Group last_img read more

11 Aug

Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impa

first_img Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling As the saying goes, “one man’s trash is another man’s treasure”. Keim sure hopes that’s the case, as he tries to hit gold on another forgotten player. Wilson injured his right ankle during the third quarter when Dolphins defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh sacked the quarterback.Heading into Week 2, both teams will be looking for greener pastures, so to speak. While Wilson is expected to play, Seattle’s offensive line faces a daunting task against the Los Angeles Rams’ defensive front. The Rams weren’t able to produce any pressure in the team’s 28-0 loss to the San Francisco 49ers, only recording one quarterback hit on Blaine Gabbert and no sacks, but Los Angeles may find it easier against Seattle’s questionable offensive line.Meanwhile, the Cardinals welcome one of the league’s up-and-coming quarterbacks to Glendale in Tampa Bay’s Jameis Winston. Against the Atlanta Falcons, Winston threw for 281 yards and four touchdowns. With New England’s Jimmy Garroppolo carving up Arizona’s defense in Week 1 — specifically rookie defensive back Brandon Williams — the team claimed former Seahawks cornerback Tharold Simon off waivers.“He’s a great talent, he’s a guy who’s a long angular type of cornerback, talented enough that Richard Sherman thought that if he could ever get it down he could be better than Richard Sherman,” Clayton said. “Problem is he’s always hurt, and they just got tired of it. Last year going into the opening game against at that time St. Louis Rams, he was supposed to be the outside starter if they were going to go three corners, because they were still trying to get Jeremy Lane back healthy and all of a sudden here’s Simon with another injury. So here it is, last week, he was technically the fourth corner because he lost (a spot to) DeShawn Shead, but he still might have had some playing time. Wednesday’s practice comes up and his knee’s bothering him, so I think they just gave up on him.” LISTEN: John Clayton, ESPN NFL insider (Photos by: Associated Press) Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retirescenter_img 0 Comments   Share   “Arizona,” he answered. “I never thought that you could go in with a New England Patriots team, be down five starters on offense, including Tom Brady, and with the talent that’s on that Arizona defense for Arizona to lose that game. I could not envision it. I thought it was going to be so one-sided, it should’ve been probably a 17-point win. Didn’t turn out to be that way.”These types of games may put things in perspective for a team that’s a serious Super Bowl contender. Arizona committed errors in all facets of the game, ending with a missed potential game-winning field goal by Chandler Catanzaro. Head coach Bruce Arians admits there were mistakes, but fixable ones.The team the Cardinals are fighting against for NFC West supremacy, the Seattle Seahawks, also had a rough first week of regular season play, beating the Miami Dolphins 12-10. Clayton explained Seattle, unlike Arizona, did what was necessary to win.“Seattle, defensively they were fine. Miami couldn’t run the football, (Ryan) Tannehill had nobody to throw to because everything was pretty well covered,” Clayton said. “The offensive line played horribly for the Seahawks, which that’s no surprise, that’s been kind of a trend for the last couple years, part of it was losing Germain Ifedi with the ankle injury five days before the game and had to go with J’Marcus Webb and he looked pretty bad out there. In the end, they were able to play enough good defense and get one good drive out of an injured-Russell Wilson to be able to win the football game.” Your browser does not support the audio element. The top two teams in the NFC West both had performances in Week 1 they might want to forget.Criticism rained on the Arizona Cardinals’ early 2016 parade when the team fell to the Tom Brady-Rob Gronkowski-less New England Patriots 23-21. General Manager Steve Keim openly expressed his feelings from the team’s first game, saying it makes him “angry, disappointed and embarrassed”.ESPN NFL analyst John Clayton joined Doug and Wolf on Arizona Sports 98.7 FM Friday morning and was asked which team looked worse in their 2016 opener, the Cardinals or the Seahawks. Top Stories last_img read more

9 Aug

Rep Griffin bill mutilation ban package advance to governor

first_img20Jun Rep. Griffin bill, mutilation ban package advance to governor Legislation sponsored by state Rep. Beth Griffin, which would give victims of female genital mutilation the ability to receive significant civil damages, will advance to governor’s desk for review after today’s final House vote.Female genital mutilation (FGM) is any procedure performed on girls to remove or damage the external genitalia. Griffin’s bill is part of a bipartisan eight-bill legislative package that prohibits the act, sets sentencing guidelines, improves educational programs for health and law enforcement officials, and extends the criminal statute of limitations for victims.Specifically, her bill allows FGM survivors to recover up to three times actual damages, including non-monetary damage costs and attorney fees, during a civil case.“The punishment for mutilating a child must be significant, whether it involves a prison sentence, losing a medical license or sizable financial damages,” Griffin said. “That’s why this legislative package is taking a strong and wide-ranging approach to preventing FGM, punishing those who commit these despicable acts, as well as giving victims a voice and civil recourse.”The legislation follows a February incident when two young girls from Minnesota were subjected to the procedure at a southeast Michigan clinic. A Livonia couple was arrested on federal charges in April for allowing and performing the procedure after hours at their medical clinic, while a third individual was fired from their emergency room doctor position for performing the procedure at the same Livonia clinic.Over the past two weeks, House and Senate committees and full chambers have moved quickly to advance the legislation with today’s concurrence vote as the final step before review by Gov. Rick Snyder.“We must protect our children, especially from the possibility of enduring the physical pain and emotional damage this procedure can bring with it,” said Griffin, of Mattawan. “I was pleased to work with a bipartisan group of legislators to help ensure a future for young girls in Michigan safe from this barbaric act.”##### Categories: Griffin News,Newslast_img read more

4 Aug

Not surprisingly the gold stocks opened down a bi

first_img Not surprisingly, the gold stocks opened down a bit, and then didn’t do much until noon EST.  Then a seller showed up for the rest of the day in what appeared to be a deliberate event, as the selling was relentless for the rest of the day, with the gold stocks closing right on their lows.  The HUI finished down a whopping 3.81%–giving back almost all of Tuesday’s big gain. The dollar index closed late on Tuesday afternoon in New York at 79.98–and then chopped a hair lower during the Wednesday trading session, finishing the day at 79.87–which was down 11 basis points on the day.  Nothing to see here. Platinum and palladium didn’t do much, either.  Here are the charts. Except for the fact that silver’s high tick came shortly before the equity markets opened in New York yesterday, the silver price chart was a carbon copy of the gold price chart.  The silver price traded in a 25 cent price range for the entire day. The low and high, such as they were, were reported by the CME as $20.245 and $20.44 in the March contract. Silver closed at $20.30 spot, down 13 cents from Tuesday’s close.  Net volume was fairly decent at 34,000 contracts. It was virtually the same in the silver equities.  Even though silver was only down about half a percent, the stocks got bludgeoned in the same manner as the gold shares.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 3.28%. Sponsor Advertisement What this portends for price action in New York today is not known, but nothing will surprise me when I check in after I roll out of bed later this morning.  However, it’s obvious that JPMorgan et al are still at it. See you tomorrow. Far East trading was comatose from a price perspective on their Thursday, and volumes were extremely light in both metals.  And not much is happening now that London has been open about 15 minutes as I write this paragraph.  The dollar index is chopping sideways just under 80.00 mark. And as I prepare to send today’s efforts down to Stowe, Vermont—I note that a not-for-profit seller put in an appearance just before 9:30 a.m. GMT in London.  Both platinum and palladium are down a hair, but the real selling pressure, as usual, is in both silver and gold.  Gold is down about fifteen bucks from its high at the London open, and silver is down almost 45 cents.  Needless to say, volumes have really blown out, as they are well over double what they were before this bout of selling began.  The dollar index is up a handful of basis points, but not over the 80 cent mark as of 5:15 a.m. EST. Here’s the Kitco silver chart as of 5:17 a.m. EST. This is the second time in the last two weeks that a big 1-day gain in precious metal stocks had almost vanished by the end of the following trading day.   Note the “Latest Month” insert on Nick’s chart just above.  None of this activity looked like natural market forces to me–but what is these days. The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 44 gold and 23 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Friday.  Of the 44 gold contracts issued, JPMorgan stopped 43 of them, all in their in-house [proprietary] trading account.  In silver they stopped 16 contracts in their proprietary trading account.  The beat goes on despite the new Volcker rule, and the link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There was another withdrawal from GLD yesterday.  This time an authorized participant took out 67,524 troy ounces.  And as of 10:27 p.m. yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank for the week ending on Friday, December 6–they reported a decline of 39,612 troy ounces in their gold ETF, but a tiny increase of 5,691 troy ounces in their silver ETF. There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday, they reported receiving 64,300 troy ounces of gold—precisely two metric tonnes to the ounce, so it was probably all in kilobar form once again.  That gold went into JPMorgan’s vault.  There were 22,745 troy ounces shipped out, and all of that came from Scotia Mocatta.  The link to that activity is here. There was more volume activity in silver, of course.  These same depositories reported receiving 479,614 troy ounces, and shipped out 202,762 troy ounces.  The link to that action is here. I have the usual number of stories for a mid-week column, and I hope you find a few in here that you find worthy of your attention. This is a very unusual set up, bullish almost beyond description and not one that I can recall seeing previously. There are many tens of thousands of technical fund short positions open in Comex silver and gold that are close to turning into a very large loss. Importantly, the 50-day and 200-day moving averages are only slightly higher than the loss demarcation point. My strong sense is that the technical fund shorts are trapped–and in a short time that will become obvious in the price. It’s also important to remember that the technical funds have chosen to establish record short positions with gold and silver prices close to or below the marginal cost of production. This highlights the precarious nature of the tech fund short positions. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 11 December 2013 I must admit that I was expecting somewhat more price action than we got during the Wednesday trading session, and I’m at a bit of a loss to explain the big sell-off in the precious metal equities, because they were out of all proportion to the price declines in both gold and silver. There isn’t much I can add to what I said at the top of th is column.  We’re still all set up to blast off, if that is the will of JPMorgan et al—plus we get the Commitment of Traders Report tomorrow afternoon. But since Ted mentioned the 50 and 200-day moving averages in both gold and silver in the quote above, I thought maybe I should post the six-month charts on both metals so you can see them for yourself—and here they are. We’re still all set up to blast off, if that is the will of JPMorgan et al The gold price did very little on Wednesday, trading in a tight ten dollar price range for the entire day, and the highs and lows aren’t worth mentioning.  The high, such as it was, came at the London p.m. gold fix, and from there sold off gently into the close. Gold closed the Wednesday session in New York at $1,252.30 spot, which was down $9.70 on the day.  Net volume was on the lighter side at 126,000 contracts. Doug Casey’s New Book: Right on the Money Just released, Doug Casey’s new book, Right on the Money is about profiting in an upside-down economy. This follow-up to Totally Incorrect (the second in a series of “Conversations With Casey” books) includes several conversations between Doug Casey and Louis James that weren’t distributed in our former column by that name. In the book, Doug and Louis delve into the specifics of how to apply his contrarian philosophy to making money. 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4 Aug

Anyone who watched Happy Days remembers the moment

first_imgAnyone who watched Happy Days remembers the moment (episode 5.3, 1977). The Fonz on water skies, in his leather jacket and powder blue swim trunks; Richie Cunningham driving the boat. “Do you really want to do it?” Richie yells back to Fonzie. A thumb’s up is his reply. The famous fifties cool guy soared over a shark pen, and the series was never the same. From that idiocy an idiom was born. “Jump the Shark” describes the moment when a television show begins to decline in quality, the point where writers reach for a gimmick to keep a show going. The term has been extended “beyond television, indicating the moment when a brand, design, franchise, or creative effort’s evolution declines,” says Wikipedia. We can now add foreign affairs to the list. Interest in Middle East wars—policing actions, occupations, red lines, or whatever Obama Administration obfuscation you choose to use—has waned among the American people. Other than the few million people who hang on every word coming from Fox News, most people are sick and tired of billions of dollars being spent blowing up people in order to make the world safe for democracy. Remember Barack Obama was the choice of Americans back in 2008, because they feared the other guy wanted to “Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb, Bomb Iran.” The Nobel committee was so convinced, it awarded the brand new president its Peace Prize in the blind. Then the peace president fell in love with drones that made death and destruction easy. “Turns out I’m really good at killing people,” Obama said quietly to his aids, “Didn’t know that was gonna be a strong suit of mine.” Back on July 21, Politico reported that 67% of Americans said US military actions should be limited to direct threats on the country’s security. A direct threat was needed, and ISIS miraculously makes the front page. “They [ISIS] have the capacity and I believe they have the intent,” said Senator John Barrasso. “They have stated it in terms of their opposition of the whole Western world. They are the richest, most powerful, and most savage group of terrorists in the history of mankind, and they have taken over an area truly the size of Indiana bordering Syria as well as Iraq. So I think it is a direct threat to the United States.” Really? Damascus is 5,673 miles from New York. There’s no ISIS air force or navy. Oh, but a 21-year old Middle Eastern man in a hoodie, Farah Shirdon, told VICE News, “God willing, we will make some attacks in New York soon… Mobilizing for a brilliant attack, my friend.” Coming from a former movie theater employee from Calgary, I guess that’s a direct threat. “I know so many people, thousands upon thousands upon thousands, that are living in the West that are ready right now to make an operation in your land,” he proclaimed. After this scary pronouncement, the US public is coming around, putty in the military-industrial complex’s hand. As I write, 45% of Americans support opening up a boots-on-the-ground can of whoop ass on ISIS. And while 37% don’t want boots on the ground, the vast majority, 72%, believe that the US will employ ground troops. House Speaker John Boehner fueled the fire on TV, telling George Stephanopoulos, “We have no choice. These are barbarians. They intend to kill us. And if we don’t destroy them first, we’re gonna pay the price.” As if ISIS isn’t enough to shake Americans to their core, US authorities have created another threat to our freedom-loving life and limb. The Obama Administration has, as Casey Summit speaker, Justin Raimondo, writes, “simply invented a new enemy, one more fearsome—and, simultaneously, more familiar—to Americans than ISIS.” The new bogeyman is called “Khorasan,” which is a former province of Iran, now divided into three separate provinces also named Khorasan. Their leader was once head of “Al Qaeda in Iran,” which, Raimondo explains, is “a shadowy group that has never pulled off a single action or engaged in any propagandistic activities, and for all we know never really existed at all.” The Administration is having a hard time getting people interested. Beheadings are supposed to get our attention, but the post-9/11-state worship hasn’t taken hold yet. So now we have Khorasan, which Raimondo calls “a marketing ploy, and the target is the American people.” Glenn Greenwald and Murtaza Hussain explain, After spending weeks depicting ISIS as an unprecedented threat—too radical even for Al Qaeda!—administration officials suddenly began spoon-feeding their favorite media organizations and national security journalists tales of a secret group that was even scarier and more threatening than ISIS, one that posed a direct and immediate threat to the American Homeland. Seemingly out of nowhere, a new terror group was created in media lore. The Associated Press spread the word for the administration, warning Americans, “… the fear is that the Khorasan militants will provide these sophisticated explosives to their Western recruits who could sneak them onto US-bound flights.” AP cautioned that while ISIS has grabbed most of the attention, the Khorasan Group “is considered the more immediate threat.” White House leaders wouldn’t go on record, giving the appearance that this is all top-secret situation-room stuff, but Khorasan operatives were said to be wiring up planes to explode, so the US had to act. Attorney General Eric Holder claimed when the US started bombing Syria, “We hit them last night out of a concern that they were getting close to an execution date of some of the plans that we have seen.” But Khorasan appears to be Obama’s WMD. CNN reported this super-secret terrorist group was “perhaps in its final stages… of planning that attack.” Then a couple days later, the New York Times called the group’s plotting “aspirational” and said, “… there did not yet seem to be a concrete plan in the works.” NBC’s Richard Engel tweeted “Syrian activists telling us theyve [sic] never heard of Khorasan or its leader.” Greenwald and Hussain checked Nexis for mentions of Khorasan prior to the AP September 13 story. There were only three obscure mentions calling into question the very existence of Khorasan. Greenwald and Hussain write, “… it turns out the very existence of an actual ‘Khorasan Group’ was to some degree an invention of the American government.” We can’t say someone didn’t warn us. H.L. Mencken wrote years ago, “The whole aim of practical politics is to keep the populace alarmed (and hence clamorous to be led to safety) by menacing it with an endless series of hobgoblins, all of them imaginary.” Of course Mencken was right, but wasn’t the government’s theater previously better scripted and more believable? Now the leader of Khorasan is wearing a tight leather jacket and swim trunks, jumping the shark.last_img read more

4 Aug

Yesterday I talked about the purpose of art If y

first_imgYesterday, I talked about the purpose of art. If you missed it, you can catch up here.Now, we’ll talk about how to buy it without losing your shirt.Art is one of life’s most subjective pleasures. “Good” art is something you enjoy looking at. “Great” art is something you’d like to hang on your own wall and see every day.On top of being expensive, the art world is confusing. Take, for instance, the $450 million paid for Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi in 2017.A New York art dealer paid $10,000 for the painting in 2005 at an estate sale. He had it repaired and authenticated, and then he sold it for around $75 million in a Sotheby’s private sale in 2013. The buyer flipped it to a Russian billionaire for $127.5 million six months later. Rumor has it the $450 million buyer acted on behalf of Saudi crown prince Mohammad bin Salman.There is no quantifiable reason Salvator Mundi sold for $450 million. That’s just what the buyer decided he’d pay. Therefore, that’s the price. Rumors now swirling allege da Vinci didn’t actually complete the picture himself. If true, it could be worth very little.Then there’s the dream of buying a nice painting from a starving artist who later becomes the next Andy Warhol.Warhol himself was once a starving artist. I know because a grandfather of a close friend of mine gave Andy kitchen appliances in exchange for a bunch of his paintings. He held on to those paintings and others because he liked them. When he died, he left his hoard to a fine art museum along with a large donation sufficient to construct a wing now housing them.The odds of finding the next Warhol are close to zero. They’re worse than picking the next junior gold stock that will make a blockbuster discovery. Essentially, forget about it.How I Bought Art ProfitablyTake a look at the piece below. It’s called Triangular Yellows by Richard Anuszkiewicz. I picked it up from the framing shop recently. Richard Anuszkiewicz, Triangular YellowsI like this piece because it’s mathematical. When you look at the arms and base of the triangle closely, they appear curved, almost tubular. If you zoom in, you’ll have to excuse the glare from the gallery lights reflecting off the glass.Anuszkiewicz made the two-dimensional piece appear three-dimensional by narrowing the distance between the soft blue lines running down the triangle’s arms and base. This piece is not a painting. It’s six colored lithographic prints carefully assembled on top of each other.I almost bought this last year, but I hesitated. When I saw it this year, the price was 12.5% higher. I bought it anyway because I like looking at it.Anuszkiewicz produced 40 prints of the piece I bought. He personally signed and numbered each of them. There’s also a small watermark imprint from the studio where I bought it. If I want to sell it, they’d prefer I let them do it. I have four pieces from this studio, and I could sell any of them fairly quickly if I needed to.I Got Some Advice Along the WayA few years ago, a friend introduced me to an older couple in town. She told the couple I was interested in art and thought we should meet. They’re in their 80s. Out of respect, it’s better I not mention them by name.They invited me to their home one afternoon. It’s a winding ranch-style house with a 180-degree westward view of the bay. They see the sun set on the water 365 days a year.Every room in the house had beautiful art covering the walls, even the bathrooms. Some pieces I recognized. Many I didn’t. They even had a storage closet filled with unframed pieces. I quickly realized this was a hobby, a passion, and an investment.My host began to tell me that his wife found art when their four kids moved out. Like many housewives, she struggled with the abrupt change that comes after two decades of purpose vanishes overnight. He encouraged her to find a hobby. She found art.She stumbled on a burgeoning program at the local college. It built an over-equipped art studio on campus. It then lured up-and-coming professional artists into spending one month of residency on-site creating anything they wanted to. The only catch was they’d have to leave behind a signed, numbered series of their best piece.The college’s studio director then went to the local community looking for donations. He promised key donors they’d get the right to buy signed, numbered, limited edition prints several times per year in exchange for supporting his radical workshop. He called it Graphicstudio.That was in the 1960s. Over the ensuing years, artists like Roy Lichtenstein, Robert Mapplethorpe, Alex Katz, Jim Dine, and dozens of others spent time at the studio. They all left behind a signed, numbered series of prints for donors and the college.The studio is full of incredible art produced by notable artists. Some, like pop artist Christian Marclay, are up-and-coming now. One of his pieces is for sale right now for $72,000. Just a few years ago, it was $5,000. Between then and now, Marclay’s work ended up in notable museums around the world, boosting demand for his work.The college sells pieces slowly, which to some degree controls the price. It’s rare to see more than one of a series available for sale.Take this piece, for example. It’s by Alex Katz. The material used in this print is cyanotype, also used in blueprints.In blueprints, the background is cyanotype and the structure is white. In this case, Katz did the opposite, using cyanotype as the medium.I bought this piece last year. In May, another donor had his for sale. The asking price was 11% higher than what I paid. Alex Katz, White Hat and SunglassesThere are 25 of these prints in total. I found one other for sale in Europe for €10,000. Alex Katz is a notable artist. He’s also 91 years old. I’m optimistic this piece will appreciate in value over time.Price appreciation is good. Having a way to unload the art if needed is even more important. I doubt the crown prince could find a buyer willing to pay $500 million or $1 billion for his Salvator Mundi. That’s of course assuming it’s a real da Vinci.On the other hand, I feel fairly certain I could sell my Katz, though I can’t imagine wanting to. The piece is a pleasure to look at every day.If you want to build your own collection of art, the first step is the most fun. Get out and see as much art as you can. Find interesting pieces, artists, and venues, and visit them. Sit on a bench and look at the pictures that speak to you. When you find something you want to look at every day, buy it. Buy it because you like it, not because you think you’ll make a quick buck selling it.Remember, art is one of life’s most selfish pleasures. All you have to do is enjoy it. Best of all, it’s completely subjective. Only you get to decide the difference between good and great art.Regards, By E.B. Tucker, editor, Strategic Investor E.B. Tucker Editor, Strategic InvestorP.S. One more thing before you go… I want to personally invite you to our second annual Legacy Investment Summit this September in Southern California.Last year’s event was a huge success… but this year’s promises to be even bigger. And I hope you can make it. You’ll have the chance to meet me and all of our other Casey Research gurus including Doug Casey, Nick Giambruno, Dave Forest, and Marco Wutzer. Click here to reserve your spot today.last_img read more

3 Aug

Missouri is within days of losing its last remaini

first_imgMissouri is within days of losing its last remaining health center that provides abortions. Unless a court intervenes, it will become the first state in the nation without such a clinic.Planned Parenthood officials say they are filing a lawsuit in state court Tuesday, asking for a restraining order to prevent its St. Louis clinic from being forced to stop offering the procedure after a state license expires Friday.Planned Parenthood officials say they’ve been unable to reach an agreement with officials at the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, who want to require several doctors who perform abortions at the health center to submit to questioning as a condition of renewing the license. “This means that more than 1.1 million women of reproductive age in Missouri will live in a state where they cannot receive the health care they need,” Planned Parenthood President, Dr. Leana Wen, said in a statement to NPR. “This is a world we haven’t seen in nearly half a century.”Planned Parenthood says state officials have indicated the questioning could lead to criminal proceedings or board review for those physicians, who provide the procedure at Reproductive Health Services of Planned Parenthood of the St. Louis Region. In her statement, Wen described the state’s actions as “harassment” meant to “intimidate” physicians who perform abortions.Bonyen Lee-Gilmore, director of State Media Campaigns for Planned Parenthood, said the situation in Missouri has been unfolding for years and is the result of what she describes as a “weaponized inspections process.” “This didn’t happen overnight. It’s been a slow drip of restriction after restriction, and we’ve been warning for some time that abortion access is on the line,” Lee-Gilmore said.The news comes just days after Missouri’s Republican governor, Mike Parson, signed a law criminalizing abortion after eight weeks of pregnancy. In a statement upon signing, Parson said the abortion ban sends “a strong signal to the nation that, in Missouri, we stand for life, protect women’s health, and advocate for the unborn.”That law makes Missouri the latest in a growing number of states to ban the procedure in the early stages of pregnancy, often before women even know they’re pregnant. Doctors convicted of violating the Missouri law could face prison time. Several states have passed similar early bans in recent weeks, but none have taken effect so far. Legal challenges are underway, and federal judges in Mississippi and Kentucky have already blocked such laws.But even without banning the procedure, restrictive health regulations can force clinics to stop offering abortions or close altogether. A Planned Parenthood clinic in Columbia, Mo., stopped performing the procedure in October 2018, after it was unable to fulfill a state requirement that doctors performing the procedure have admitting privileges at a hospital within about 15 minutes of the clinic. Planned Parenthood officials say there are some hospitals in Missouri that will perform abortions under rare circumstances, such as a medical emergency.Missouri is now one of six states with only one remaining clinic, according to data from the Guttmacher Institute, which supports abortion rights. The St. Louis clinic will continue to provide services such as birth control and health screenings, but will have to stop offering abortions unless a judge grants a restraining order. Patients seeking abortions in Missouri would then have to travel hundreds of miles, to clinics in Kansas or Illinois, Wen said. Wen said it would be the first time in decades that an entire state would be without a health center offering abortions.”This is a tragedy for Missouri women and doctors. And it’s a disturbing preview of what anti-choice politicians are trying to implement across the country,” Wen said.Planned Parenthood officials say they have reached agreements with state health officials on other rules, including a requirement that physicians perform two pelvic examinations on women seeking surgical abortions.Dr. Colleen McNicholas, an abortion provider at the St. Louis clinic, said in a statement provided by Planned Parenthood that repeat pelvic exams are “medically unnecessary and invasive.””For some patients, this can even be re-traumatizing,” McNicholas said in the statement. “In this case, we had to weigh this against abortion access for an entire state — a nearly impossible decision and state officials know it.” Planned Parenthood has stopped offering medication abortions in Missouri because of that requirement.Dr. Sarah Horvath, a fellow at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists who is aware of the negotiations in Missouri, said via email that such policies “harm the patient-physician relationship and erode patient trust.”Asked about the state’s move to question abortion providers, Horvath said the procedure is “highly over-regulated due to stigma and politics. … Doctors should be able to provide health care without fearing interrogation.” Copyright 2019 NPR. 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