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The Tuesday news briefing An ataglance survey of some top stories

first_imgHighlights from the news file for Tuesday, July 25———HORGAN, TRUDEAU MEET FOR FIRST TIME: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and brand new B.C. Premier John Horgan bent over backwards to appear congenial after their first meeting Tuesday, avoiding any mention of their differing positions on expanding Kinder Morgan’s TransMountain pipeline. The two leaders even showed up to their first face-to-face meeting in nearly identical blue suits, right down to their striped socks and matching shoes, prompting Trudeau to joke about their clear “compatibility.” Trudeau then announced plans to travel to B.C. next week to assess the fire damage and meet with people displaced by the fires. For his part Horgan, thanked Trudeau for being quick with a response to B.C.’s forest fire emergency and noted Trudeau’s “deep roots” in B.C. He called him an “ally” who will help the feeling of isolation on the “other side of the Rocky Mountains.”———FIRST NATIONS TO GET MORE CONTROL OVER MONEY: First Nations leaders say they’ll be able to do more projects and build more homes because of changes that give them more control over financial resources. The federal government says First Nations will now be able to carry funding from year-to-year, instead of having to return money if a project wasn’t completed within a fiscal year. Assembly of First Nations Chief Perry Bellegarde says the problem was projects often didn’t get approved until late in a fiscal year. Bellegarde says First Nations would then panic about spending the money properly or losing it and that meant projects wouldn’t get finished. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett says Ottawa will also work with First Nations on a new approach to funding essential services, such as fire, emergency services and potable water. The AFN says those services are underfunded and that causes critical problems in many communities.———PACIFIC NORTHWEST LNG NOT GOING AHEAD: Petronas and its partners have cancelled the $36-billion Pacific NorthWest liquefied natural gas megaproject they had planned to build in British Columbia. Anuar Taib, chief executive of Petronas’s oil and gas production division, said Tuesday the decision to scrap the project came after a careful review of changes in market conditions. “We are disappointed that the extremely challenging environment brought about by the prolonged depressed prices and shifts in the energy industry have led us to this decision,” Taib said in a statement. LNG prices have been hit by a global oversupply as numerous projects have come online, challenging the economics of the project and others that have been proposed in the province. The consortium has spent billions developing the natural gas fields in the B.C. after buying Progress Energy Canada, but it would have required even more, including an $11.4-billion LNG terminal in Port Edward, B.C.———MAN FACING EIGHT CHARGES IN MONTREAL STABBING: A Montreal man has been charged with first-degree murder and seven other counts in the stabbing of a pregnant woman and the death of the newborn. Sofiane Ghazi, 37, appeared in court by videoconference this afternoon. One of the charges is attempted murder in connection with his partner, the woman who was stabbed early Monday. The baby was delivered by emergency C-section after the attack but later died in hospital. Ghazi also faces charges of vehicle theft, uttering threats, armed robbery and three of breaking his conditions.———WETTLAUFER GUILTY OF MISCONDUCT, NURSES’ COLLEGE RULES: An Ontario nurse who killed eight seniors in her care has been found guilty of professional misconduct and had her certification revoked by the province’s nursing regulator. “This is the most egregious and disgraceful conduct this panel has ever considered,” said Grace Fox, the chair of the five-person disciplinary panel at the College of Nurses of Ontario that heard Elizabeth Wettlaufer’s case. In June, Wettlaufer pleaded guilty to the first-degree murder of eight seniors, attempted murder of four others and aggravated assault of two more people, all by way of insulin overdoses, between 2007 and 2016. She confessed to the murders while at a psychiatric hospital in Toronto in the fall before detailing the crimes to police in Woodstock, Ont. The disciplinary panel deemed Wettlaufer’s conduct unprofessional, dishonourable and disgraceful. Wettlaufer was not present at the hearing in Toronto. She is serving a sentence of life in prison with no chance for parole for 25 years.———B.C. RANCHERS TALLYING WILDFIRE LOSSES: Ranchers in the centre of British Columbia’s cattle country are facing “heartbreak” as they return to scorched fields, dead and displaced livestock and damaged infrastructure following weeks of wildfires. General manager of the B.C. Cattlemen’s Association Kevin Boon said the process of tallying losses has just begun and could take some time because the extreme heat of the wildfires would leave little evidence of a carcass. He said it’s expected hundreds if not thousands of cattle were killed or injured by the fires. Generations of infrastructure like barns and equipment have been lost in some cases, and kilometres of fencing will also need to be replaced. The devastation is expected to take an emotional toll on ranchers who have seen their livelihoods disappear in an instant, Boon said, and it will continue to have long-term effects beyond the immediate costs of rebuilding. The fires have disrupted breeding season, meaning calving next spring will be either delayed or significantly reduced, he added.———KUSHNER, MANAFORT MEET WITH CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATORS: Two key members of U.S. President Donald Trump’s presidential campaign met Tuesday with congressional investigators probing Russia’s interference in the 2016 election and possible collusion with Trump associates. Trump’s son-in-law and adviser Jared Kushner returned to Capitol Hill for a second day of private meetings, this time for a closed-door conversation with lawmakers on the House Intelligence Committee. Separately, former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort met with bipartisan staff of the Senate intelligence committee and “answered their questions fully,” his spokesman, Jason Maloni, said. Manafort’s discussion with the committee staff was confined to his recollection of a June 2016 meeting with a Russian lawyer at Trump Tower, according to two people familiar with the interview. Both demanded anonymity to discuss details because the interview occurred behind closed doors. Both Manafort and Kushner have faced scrutiny about attending the Trump Tower meeting because it was described in emails to Donald Trump Jr. as part of a Russian government effort to aid Trump’s presidential campaign.———CANADA URGED TO STEP UP PRESSURE ON TURKEY: The federal government is being urged to step up the pressure on Turkey amid concerns about an ever-expanding crackdown on human rights advocates, journalists and opposition members inside the country. Canadian officials have been voicing their concern about the situation in the country ever since the chair of Amnesty International Turkey, Taner Kilic, was arrested last month. The most recent was Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who took the Turkish government to task last week for the large number of people who have been detained. The comments were unusually direct given Canada and Turkey are both members of the NATO military alliance. But Alex Neve, the head of Amnesty International’s Canada branch, says other countries have been more forceful, and he’s hoping Canada will follow suit. The starting point would be to explicitly call for the release of Kilic and other human rights advocates, Neve says, which Freeland has yet to do.———POLICE INVESTIGATE THEFT OF HISTORICAL PLAQUES: Edmonton police are investigating the theft of metal plaques from a city neighbourhood that honour military heroes and some of the grimmest battles from Canada’s history. The Griesbach Community League says more than 15 metal plaques have been removed from the residential community that used be an army base. Some of the plaques tell the stories of soldiers from Alberta who were awarded the Victoria Cross, the highest military decoration for gallantry. Another tells the story of the Second World War battle of Ortona, a bloody battle for a town in Italy that cost Canada more than 2,300 casualties, including troops from the Loyal Edmonton Regiment. One of the plaques has information about the involvement of Canadian soldiers in the First World War battle of the Somme in France. Brad Tilley, president of the Griesbach Community League, says the plaques were pried off their stands and people are worried the thieves will melt them down for scrap.———CANADA’S MASSE SETS WORLD BACKSTROKE RECORD: Around this time last year, Kylie Masse might not have pictured herself as a world champion and record holder. That all changed at the 2016 Rio Olympics. Still riding the momentum from the bronze medal she won at the 2016 Games, Masse roared to victory in the 100-metre backstroke in a world-record time Tuesday at the world swimming championships in Budapest, Hungary. In the process she became Canada’s first female world champion swimmer. Masse powered to the wall in a time of 58.10 seconds, edging the previous long-course backstroke record of 58.12 seconds set by British swimmer Gemma Spofforth at the 2009 world championships in Rome. “I don’t think it’s really sunk in yet,” Masse said in a conference call Tuesday. It’s been a lot of excitement and joy for Masse over the last year. She followed up her bronze in Rio with silver medals in the 100 backstroke and the 4×100 relay at the 2016 short-course world championships in Windsor, Ont., near her hometown of LaSalle before her record-breaking performance at Budapest’s Duna Arena.last_img read more

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Go BehindTheScenes With New Girl For Charity

first_imgFans of hit show New Girl have the chance to visit the set just by donating to charity.Go Behind The Scenes Of New GirlCredit/Copyright: Omaze.comViewers get lost in laughter while watching New Girl as all mid-20s and 30-somethings can relate to their modern day take on friendship and romance. The Los Angeles based hit show has recently unveiled Jess’ (Golden Globe-nominated Zooey Deschanel) and Nick’s (Jake Johnson) new romance and everyone is dying to see what’s set to unfold next season! While most are waiting patiently until fall, has partnered with New Girl to offer one lucky reader the chance-to-win VIP behind-the-scenes access to a filming of New Girl before it airs next season, and all for a great cause.Anyone may enter-to-win by visiting Omaze and donating $10 for one entry to this thrilling experience. The winner and their guest will be flown to LA and provided 4-star hotel accommodations. They’ll get a personal VIP tour of the hit comedy, given by Winston (aka Lamorne Morris). Not only that, they’ll walk away knowing the key to delivering hilarious comedy without cracking up, the secret to writing a hit pilot, and whether the loft is looking for a fifth roommate. The best part? Every 100 entries sponsor a full after school arts program for a low-income public school in New York or Los Angeles.last_img read more

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Preparing your portfolio for a changing climate as risks and opportunities grow

Ian Bickis, The Canadian Press TORONTO — A growing number of investors concerned about the economic costs of climate change are shifting to greener portfolios in an effort to do their part for the environment and avoid potential losses down the road.“People are really looking for ways to be able to have an impact, and are asking the question, ‘what can I do about climate change?’,” said Tim Nash, an investment coach at Good Investing.There’s a increasing perception that holding stocks in carbon-intensive industries contributes to harmful emissions, or at least benefits from them, so investors are looking to exclude them from their portfolios, Nash said.“More and more people are realizing that actually their investment portfolio is a huge contributor to their carbon footprint.”Then there’s the growing financial threat of disasters associated with climate change, such as the recent bankruptcy filing by California utility PG&E Corp. due to overwhelming liabilities after its equipment started some of the destructive wildfires in the state in recent years.Investors need to be wary of direct climate risks, as well as potential policy changes that could come if governments take the threat more seriously, Nash said.   “Investors need to get ahead of this curve, because if they wait until the political pendulum swings back and stricter regulations come into place, then at that point they may be too late.”Investors large and small are starting to make the shift. Heavyweights like pension funds are rethinking their portfolios, including Caisse de depot et placement du Quebec, which committed in late 2017 to consider climate change in every investment decision.The move is part of a wider shift to investments that consider environmental, social and governance (ESG) issues. Together known as responsible investments, the total amount under management in Canada ballooned to $2.1 trillion by the end of 2017, up from about $500 billion in 2010, according to the Responsible Investment Association.The increased interest has helped create a much wider suite of options for average investors. Last September, Vanguard launched two ESG-focused exchange-traded funds, including one focused on U.S. stocks and the other internationally.     “For a long time there weren’t many options, and the fees were higher than traditional ETFs, but now, especially with Vanguard, they are just dirt cheap, which is great,” said Nash, who also blogs about sustainable finance.BlackRock Inc., another major player in the ETF space, launched a series of investment funds last October together known as the iShares Sustainable Core range, as well as new analytical tools including carbon intensity measurements for a wide variety of its funds.Investors can also find more about the individual companies that make up funds, including through ratings produced by Sustainalytics Inc. on Yahoo Finance, or overall mutual fund sustainability rankings at Fossil Free Funds.Major banks also offer sustainable mutual funds, though investors need to keep a close eye on management fees, Nash said.   “They know that our customers are willing to pay a higher price for organic food, for fair trade coffee or chocolate, in the same way they will often assume investors are willing to pay a higher fee for socially responsible mutual funds.”The growth of various responsible options means investors can tailor their portfolios, said Patti Dolan, a portfolio manager with Mission Wealth Advisors of Raymond James Ltd.“There is more is ability to align values and investments, which in the past really wasn’t the case.”Dolan, who is also on the board of directors of the Responsible Investment Association, said investors should make sure to keep their investments diversified as they take more control of where they direct their funds.Aside from allowing investors to align their portfolios with their values, responsible investment vehicles such as the long-running iShares Jantzi Social Index Fund can also provide superior returns, said Dolan.   “It’s outperformed the TSX and TSX 60 every year for the last 18 years and overall it’s by a quarter to a half a per cent, so that’s pretty reasonable. It’s a misnomer that you’re going to lose money by investing this way, you can actually find companies that are not as volatile.”To balance the stock side of the portfolio there is the option of green bonds, which fund sustainability projects. CoPower Inc., one of the leaders in impact investing in Canada, funds projects like geothermal energy, LED retrofits, and community solar power.As a private bond, it does carry some risks on default, liquidity, and duration, but offers an attractive five per cent interest on a six-year bond, Nash said.  “Bonds really haven’t been performing very well. So this is a way to diversify, take a little bit more risk, get a higher return, and then most importantly for my clients, have a really positive impact by directly investing in green projects across Canada.” read more

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UN acting quickly to implement counterterrorism strategy – Ban Kimoon

In a statement to an Assembly meeting on the follow-up to the strategy’s adoption, Mr. Ban stressed that the efforts of UN entities will only succeed if individual Member States “take full ownership of the strategy,” both within their countries and in working with other nations. “Together, we must demonstrate that we are up to the task. Whether we like it or not, our generation will go down in history as one that was challenged to protect the world from terrorism,” he said. “We are challenged to do so by victims and survivors in New York, Bali, Nairobi, Riyadh, Bombay, Casablanca, Istanbul, Dar Es Salaam, Beslan, London and Madrid – where the trial of the 2004 bombings opened just yesterday, reminding us that the wounds of such an attack never fully heal.” Mr. Ban launched an online handbook on the UN’s counter-terrorism activities, which is designed to give Member States, regional organizations and UN country teams a single, easily accessible tool for information on what the world body is doing. The handbook will be regularly updated and expanded to take account of any changes. “I urge you to take full advantage of this tool, and of the numerous resources the UN system has to offer in our effort to fight terrorism,” he told representatives in the 192-member Assembly. Much of the UN work is being undertaken by the Counter-Terrorism Implementation Task Force, which was set up last year and brings together two dozen UN entities, working together under mandates from the Assembly, the Security Council and various specialized agencies, funds and programmes. The task force has itself established a series of working groups to focus on a first set of initiatives, including: the better coordination of a response to a terrorist attack; measures to counter the financing of terrorism; identifying and sharing best practices to protect “soft targets”; exploring options for assisting victims of terrorism; and ensuring human rights are protected in the fight against terrorism. Assembly President Sheikha Haya Rashed al Khalifa told today’s meeting that it was not just up to governments and UN agencies to ensure the strategy succeeds: the private sector and civil society must also play their role.“This is truly a collective effort for which everyone bears responsibility,” she said. Sheikha Haya emphasized that if the world does not act now, “the magnitude of the threat could grow, affecting many more innocent people.” She urged Member States to remain steadfast in their efforts to reach agreement on a comprehensive global convention against terrorism. 16 February 2007The United Nations system has moved swiftly and vigorously to implement the landmark Global Counter-Terrorism Strategy adopted last year by the General Assembly, from improving the international response to a potential attack to finding ways to combat the financing of such crimes to factoring counter-terrorism ideas into conflict prevention planning, Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said today. read more

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TSX opens with gains Bombardier shares soar

By Malcolm MorrisonTORONTO — The Toronto stock market was slightly higher Tuesday amid misgivings about the effectiveness of a planned bailout for Spain’s banks and rising commodity prices.The S&P/TSX composite index was ahead 21.85 points to 11,423.63 while the Canadian dollar was up 0.48 of a cent to 97.45 cents US.New York’s Dow industrials gained 44.54 points at 12,455.77, the Nasdaq was 14.69 points higher at 2,824.42 and the S&P 500 index points rose 4.41 at 1,313.34.Oil gained 44 cents to US$83.14 a barrel.Eurozone finance ministers offered to make C100 billion available to Spain to revive banks crushed by bad real estate loans. But traders worry the money will just add to the Spanish government’s already considerable debts.Meanwhile, shares in transport giant Bombardier (TSX:BBD.B) were up 27 cents or 7.4 per cent to $3.92 after one of Warren Buffett’s companies, NetJets, signed a deal to buy up to 275 Bombardier Challenger business jets. Including a maintenance agreement, the deal could be worth as much as $9.6 billion. read more

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Hong Kong seeks to crackdown on illegal immigrants from Sri Lanka

Under the current Immigration Ordinance, anyone who arranges for unauthorized entrants from the mainland, Vietnam or Macau faces up to 14 years in prison and a HK$5 million fine. The Immigration Department in Hong Kong is seeking to add Sri Lanka to a list to crackdown on illegal immigrants entering the country.The assistant director at the Immigration Department in Hong Kong, William Fung Pak-ho said he hopes legislation raising the maximum penalty to 14 years in jail for snakeheads of illegal immigrants from South Asian countries will be passed by July, The Standard newspaper in Hong Kong reported. The department wants to stretch that shortlist by adding eight countries Pakistan, Nepal, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Somalia, Afghanistan and Nigeria. Currently, those eight are under the category of “other countries of places.” Traffickers arranging for unauthorized entrants from any of those eight face up to seven years’ jail or a HK$600,000 fine.“Data from the past five years showed that 90 percent of the illegal immigrants were from those [eight] countries,” Fung said. “If we later find that illegal immigrants from a specific country are increasing, we could issue an order and add the country to the list.” As of March 2, there were 11,160 non- refoulement claims pending screening. Non-refoulement is an international law principle of not sending a person back to a place where he or she may be persecuted.A Legislative Council document showed that the department has been studying how to detain more illegal asylum seekers, following suggestions of setting up a detention camp. That suggestion “also gives rise to other challenges from land and manpower resources perspectives,” the document read.“That being said, we have commenced research into proposals to empower the Immigration Department to detain more claimants that would conform to legal and operational requirements, so as to deter them from coming to Hong Kong and delaying the removal or screening procedures.” A pre-arrival registration is planned to start within the year for visitors with a high risk of lodging non-refoulement claims. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Finance Minister rejects comments by Chinese envoy

He further lashed out at the Ambassador stating, “I reject his statement. I am not the Chinese Finance Minister, I am the Sri Lankan Finance Minister.” He said he had already spoken to Ravi Karunanayake, Sri Lanka’s Finance Minister over the issue. “I know he has criticized this issue many times, publicly. All the Chinese business people complain to the Chinese government as to why loans are given to other countries at 2 percent. For them it is atleast 5 percent. So this is really unfair for Sri Lanka to call these rates expensive,” the Ambassador said. (Colombo Gazette) Finance Minister, Ravi Karunanayake, today rejected the statement made by China’s Ambassador to Sri Lanka, stating that loans given by China to Sri Lanka was at a 2 percent interest rate.Karunanayaka told journalists that if China had given loans at 2 percent, then Sri Lanka would only pay 2 percent. “If he says they have not given loans with interests more than 2%, we are happy because we will only have to pay 2% then,” he said. Karunanayake later told NIA that he will make a detailed statement on the remarks made by China’s Ambassador, Yi Xianliang, on Friday after studying the contents.Xianliang, on Tuesday, in a rare press conference said it was unfair for Sri Lanka to term loans given by China’s EXIM Bank as ‘expensive’ and questioned the government as to why it had sought fresh loans from China if the interest rates were ‘too high’. read more

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Family homeless after Mabaruma fire

A family of six is now homeless after their two storied wooden, Mabaruma house went up in flames on Saturday morning.According to reports, the fire broke out at the Mabaruma Settlement, Barima Waini, North West District at around 11:00hrs when the family was not at home at the time.Inews understands that the house owner, 51 year old Rocky Camplbell left to visit his farm which is located some 50 feet away from the house.His wife, Elaine Sam reportedly cooked him a meal and left the house to take the food to the farm. Before leaving, she sent her four children to jog water.However, upon their return, thick smoke was seen emanating from the upper flat of the house which was engulfed in flames.As such, an alarm was raised and public spirited persons formed a bucket brigade that managed to douse the flames.However, the family estimates to have loss close to a million dollars in valuables.The fire is suspected to have started from a gas stove which was reportedly left on by Sam. Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)RelatedCancer patient with 3 children homeless following Triumph fireMay 11, 2018In “Crime”Early morning fire at Wisroc leaves family of 6 homelessDecember 15, 2016In “latest news”Mon Repos family seeks assistance after fireFebruary 3, 2019In “latest news” read more

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Family of teen killed in Dundrum stabbing thank public for support

first_img May 13th 2019, 3:52 PM By Michelle Hennessy We are grateful for the community support we have received.The family said they would like to request some space and privacy now to allow them to grieve for Azzam.Irish Sufi Foundation paid tribute to the 18-year-old at the weekend, describing him as “a kind courteous, respectful and cheerful young man”. “He was bright, talented and ambitious with aspirations to become a successful entrepreneur. Such a tragic loss.” Image: Provided by family Share14 Tweet Email1 Short URL Image: Provided by family 14 Comments center_img 38,747 Views Monday 13 May 2019, 3:52 PM THE FAMILY OF a teenage boy who was stabbed to death on Friday night in south Dublin have thanked the public for the support they have received since his death.Azzam Raguragui (18) was fatally stabbed in Finsbury park in Dundrum at 8.10pm on Friday.A teenage boy presented himself to gardaí on Saturday and is assisting with the investigation.In a family statement issued through gardaí, Abderrahmane Raguragui and Hajiba Elouaddaf said the past few days have been “very difficult and challenging”.They said they are now putting their “faith in the Irish justice system to hold the perpetrator(s) to account”. Family of teen killed in Dundrum stabbing thank public for support Azzam Raguragui’s parents said they are putting their faith in the Irish justice system to hold whoever is responsible to account. Tweet thisShare on FacebookEmail this articlelast_img read more

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Greek student dies in Italys LAquila earthquake

first_imgThe body of a 28-year-old Greek student, Vassilis Koufolias, was pulled from the rubble of his apartment in L’Aquila, the central Italian town razed by a 6.3-magnitude earthquake that struck on Monday, killing more than 200 people.Workers located Vassilis Koufolias on Monday along with his 24-year-old sister Dionysia Koufolia and fellow student, George Constantopoulos, who had been in the apartment when the quake struck. His sister and the other student were rescued from the rubble with minor injuries. However, the  28-year-old student died before rescuers were able to dig him out from the rubble.Koufolias’s mother and girlfriend went to L’Aquila where they shouted words of support for hours as rescue workers struggled to reach the 28-year-old. At 4 a.m. yesterday, the workers got to him but he was already dead.Dionysia Koufolia and George Constantopoulos, were transferred from L’ Aquila’s San Salvatore hospital to a hospital in Pescara, along with a third woman called Giagiou, who was being treated at San Salvatore Hospital for a broken arm.Hundreds of Greek students based in the medieval town were flown home on an Olympic Airlines flight from Rome yesterday and hundreds more boarded on to ferries to Patras from Bari.The honourary consul for Greece in Ancona had gone to Pescara to visit the two students in hospital there, while a Greek team sent by the Italian Embassy and consular authorities had managed to reach L’Aquila. The consular officials gathered the Greek students that wished to return to Greece and provided them with necessary travel documents and other basic goods, and arranged for their transportation by bus to Rome Airport, where two Greek airlines have offered to provide free flights to return them to their homes. Facebook Twitter: @NeosKosmos Instagramlast_img read more

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Gold Price Slumps to 5Year Low Triggered by Frantic Selling by China

first_imgGold price slumped to a five-year low on Monday, falling over 4% due to frantic selling of the yellow metal by China and aided by news of a likely interest rate hike by the US.The fall also triggered a 5% fall in platinum prices to $942.49 an ounce, the lowest in over six years.Gold price fell to $1,088.05 an ounce, the lowest since March 2010, as soon as trading began on the Shanghai Gold Exchange, marked by record volumes.”The market looks very technically weak and the biggest buyer of all, China, is now selling gold as opposed to buying it on price dips. That’s a recipe for weaker prices,” said Victor Thianpiriya, an analyst at ANZ Bank in Singapore.The loss was partially reversed later, with spot gold bouncing back to trade above the crucial support level of $1,100 an ounce; in the afternoon, it was trading 1.5% down at $1,116.43 an ounce.Gold prices have been on a downhill since last week in the wake of the dollar registering gains after the Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen told the US Congress that if the US economy grows on expected lines, it will raise interest rates.China’s gold reserves at 1,658 tonnes of gold at the end of June, this year, represented an increase of about 57% over last year. Its reserve figures adjusted six years ago indicate that gold now accounts for about 1.65% of the country’s total foreign exchanges reserves, down from 1.8% in June 2009.”This implies stockpiling of around 100 tonnes per year, which is dramatically lower than market expectations,” said the analysts at Citigroup.A Hong Kong trader attributed the recovery to tactical buying. “I just feel there’s a big push to get gold below $1,100 and then we bounced very quickly,” said the trader.Platinum also recovered lost ground to trade at $606 per ounce. Silver also was affected, reports Reuters.last_img read more

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US Russian Astronauts Safe after Emergency Landing

first_imgBill Ingalls/NASAUS astronaut Nick Hague (left) is greeted by NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine (right) after the failed space launch on Oct. 11, 2018.A booster rocket failed less than two minutes after launching an American and a Russian toward the International Space Station on Thursday, forcing their emergency — but safe — landing on the steppes of Kazakhstan.It was the latest in a recent series of failures for the troubled Russian space program, which is used by the U.S. to carry its astronauts to the station.NASA astronaut Nick Hague and Roscosmos’ Alexei Ovchinin were subjected to heavy gravitational forces as their capsule automatically jettisoned from the Soyuz booster rocket and fell back to Earth at a sharper-than-normal angle and landed about 20 kilometers (12 miles) east of the city of Dzhezkazgan in Kazakhstan.“Thank God the crew is alive,” said Dmitry Peskov, the spokesman for Russian President Vladimir Putin, when it became clear that they had landed safely. He added that the president is receiving regular updates about the situation.NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine, who watched the launch at the Russian-leased Baikonur cosmodrome along with his Russian counterpart, tweeted that Hague and Ovchinin are in good condition. He added that a “thorough investigation into the cause of the incident will be conducted.”Hague, 43, and Ovchinin, 47, lifted off as scheduled at 2:40 p.m. (0840 GMT; 4:40 a.m. EDT) Thursday from Baikonur. The astronauts were to dock at the International Space Station six hours after the launch and join an American, a Russian and a German currently aboard the station.But the three-stage Soyuz booster suffered an unspecified failure of its second stage about two minutes after launching. Search and rescue teams were immediately scrambled to recover the crew, and paratroopers were dropped from a plane to reach the site quickly.While the Russian space program has been dogged by a string of launch failures and other incidents in recent years, Thursday’s mishap marked the program’s first manned launch failure since September 1983, when a Soyuz exploded on the launch pad.It was to be the first space mission for Hague, who joined NASA’s astronaut corps in 2013. Ovchinin spent six months on the orbiting outpost in 2016.Bill Ingalls/NASAUS and Russians astronauts Nick Hague (fourth from the right) and Alexei Ovchinin (sixth from the right) are greeted after their safe return to Earth.The astronauts were flown by helicopter to Dzhezkazgan and then by plane to Baikonur. Russian officials said they may spend the night in Baikonur before being flown to Star City, Russia’s space training center outside Moscow, the Tass news agency said.NASA posted pictures of Hague and Ovchinin undergoing a medical check-up at Dzhezkazgan’s airport. One of the pictures showed Hague smiling and another had him sitting next to Russia’s space agency chief Dmitry Rogozin.Dzhezkazgan is about 450 kilometers (280 miles) northeast of Baikonur, and spacecraft returning from the ISS normally land in that region.Flight controllers kept the three space station residents abreast of the situation after Thursday’s aborted launch.“The boys have landed,” Mission Control assured the International Space Station crew.Russian controllers told the space station astronauts that Hague and Ovchinin endured 6.7 times the force of gravity during their entry.“Glad our friends are fine,” space station commander Alexander Gerst, a European Space Agency astronaut from Germany, tweeted from orbit. “Spaceflight is hard. And we must keep trying for the benefit of humankind.”There was no immediate word on whether the space station crew might need to extend its own six-month mission.Two spacewalks planned for later this month were off indefinitely. Hague was supposed to be one of the spacewalkers.Russian Deputy Prime Minister Yuri Borisov said all manned launches will be suspended pending an investigation into the cause of the failure. He added that Russia will fully share all relevant information with the U.S.Earlier this week, Bridenstine emphasized that collaboration with Russia’s Roscosmos remains important.NASAAstronaut Nick Hague (left) and Roscosmos Director Dmitry Rogozin.Relations between Moscow and Washington have sunk to post-Cold War lows over the crisis in Ukraine, the war in Syria and allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 U.S. presidential vote, but they have maintained cooperation in space research.The Russian Soyuz spacecraft is currently the only vehicle for ferrying crews to the space station following the retirement of the U.S. space shuttle fleet. Russia stands to lose that monopoly in the coming years with the arrival of SpaceX’s Dragon and Boeing’s Starliner crew capsules.The last time the Russian space program had a manned launch failure was in 1983. Soviet cosmonauts Vladimir Titov and Gennady Strekalov jettisoned and landed safely near the launch pad after the Soyuz explosion.Russia has continued to rely on Soviet-designed booster rockets for launching commercial satellites, as well as crews and cargo to the International Space Station.While Russian rockets had earned a stellar reputation for their reliability in the past, a string of failed launches in recent years has called into doubt Russia’s ability to maintain the same high standards of manufacturing.Glitches found in Russia’s Proton and Soyuz rockets in 2016 were traced to manufacturing flaws at the plant in Voronezh. Roscosmos sent more than 70 rocket engines back to production lines to replace faulty components, a move that resulted in a yearlong break in Proton launches and badly dented Russia’s niche in the global market for commercial satellite launches.In August, the International Space Station crew spotted a hole in a Russian Soyuz capsule docked to the orbiting outpost that caused a brief loss of air pressure before being patched.Roscosmos chief Dmitry Rogozin has raised wide concern by saying that the leak was a drill hole that was made intentionally during manufacturing or in orbit. He didn’t say if he suspected any of the station’s crew.___Vladimir Isachenkov and Jim Heintz in Moscow and Marcia Dunn in Cape Canaveral contributed to this report.___This version is corrected to say that there are currently three astronauts aboard the International Space Station. Sharelast_img read more

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An end to Colombias war seems close – except in rebel territory

first_imgLA ESPERANZA, Colombia – Maybe someday, if the truce holds, the covered soccer pitch in this mountain town will become something of a memorial, the precise hilltop spot where Colombian rebels launched their last major attack in a half-century of civil war.For now, it’s Hugo Rendón’s job to make the world forget. So the foreman is pouring concrete where 11 Colombian soldiers were slaughtered as they bivouacked that rainy night in April. He will be replacing the sheet-metal roof that has so many bullet holes it looks like a planetarium. There will be new bathrooms and a snack bar.The government is paying for the renovation, but that’s not enough to win the villagers’ trust. Government here means spotty electricity, a poorly equipped health clinic, airplanes spraying chemicals on coca fields. Hanging proudly along the main road that the government hasn’t paved is the tricolor flag of one of the world’s oldest rebel groups – the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia, or FARC.“They have better ideas than the government, no?” Rendón said.After three years of discussions in Havana, negotiators for the Colombian government and the rebels have arrived at a place tantalizingly close to peace. By March, President Juan Manuel Santos has pledged, there will be a final accord.But in the southwestern cordilleras of Cauca province, where thousands have been killed or driven from their homes, the distance to peace seems far greater. Along this rugged Pacific coast, the FARC guerrillas have at times functioned as a shadow state, orchestrating public works projects and demanding loyalty by force.The insurgency has fed on rural anger at a distant government seen as ruling for the few. In that sense, the toughest fight is yet to come: building a lasting bond between the people and their government.“We’ve had 50 years of war,” said José Nifer Díaz, a former mayor of Buenos Aires, the municipality that encompasses La Esperanza. “What they’re signing in Cuba is not peace. Each and every one of us has to build our own peace.” A construction worker repairs the soccer pitch in Esperanza, a village in the town of Buenos Aires, Colombia, on Oct. 1. Joshua Paltrow/The Washington Post‘A tense calm’The residents of Buenos Aires, a sleepy farming town shaded by acacia trees, have stepped gingerly into the truce. The cease-fire began last December, broke down after the soccer-field attack, then resumed in the summer. But the guerrillas have not laid down their weapons, nor have soldiers abandoned their posts.“It’s a tense calm,” said a police officer in town. “They are still armed and hidden and waiting for orders.”Earlier this year, the United Nations listed 125 municipalities, about 10 percent of the country, with the greatest need for post-conflict rebuilding. One was Buenos Aires. Out of 30,000 people here, nearly one-third have registered as victims of the war. The federal government seems far away, and residents are more accustomed to the rhythms of the guerrillas. Sometimes people get called by the insurgents to clear debris from a road or to listen to a talk by FARC leaders.“These communities have been abandoned by the state,” said Franklin Ramírez, a municipal employee.Ramírez hosts community meetings for residents who have lost something in the war. He hands out literature explaining the peace negotiations. Before the truce, bombardments and gun battles rattled the highlands. In town, police would walk in groups. Things have calmed, but risks remain. A young girl leaving school was killed recently after she stepped on a land mine. Gunmen shot at the police station despite the cease-fire.“The people are scared,” said María Yuli Gómez, a 44-year-old resident forced from her home by the violence. “We haven’t overcome everything that has happened. One still lives with that fear.”Even if peace holds, the inequalities of rural life will remain. There are few prospects for honest work besides peasant farming on lands of the rich. The guerrillas’ Marxist-inspired ideology still resonates.“What they’ve always said is they want to help the campesinos,” said Alejandro Ruiz, 42, a coca farmer. “Obviously, we would vote for them.”But there is also anger that the FARC might suddenly be welcomed as a normal political party, as if the damage it has caused might be forgotten. Resident Vicente Sandoval, 60, laughed bitterly at the prospect of FARC candidates. After the demobilization, he said, the rebels will get health care, jobs, training and housing, “while someone who was peaceful will have nothing.”Town officials say the federal government must do more to help heal such resentments if the guerrillas are to live openly among the people again.“If they agree to something in Havana, but we haven’t done the work at the community level, it won’t be worth a thing,” said the municipality’s No. 2 official, Vianey Palacios Carabali.FARC: A dwindled forceThe FARC, as a military threat, is a shadow of its former self. Founded in 1964 as the armed wing of the Communist party in Colombia, its insurgency spread to include tens of thousands of men under arms who controlled wide swaths of the south and east.In the mid-1980s, the FARC established a political party, the Patriotic Union, with other leftist groups and won hundreds of local government seats and legislative posts. But paramilitary fighters killed more than 2,000 members of the party, including two presidential candidates. In the late 1990s, then-President Andrés Pastrana held peace talks with the guerrillas, but the war raged on.Santos’ predecessor in the presidency, Álvaro Uribe, launched an aggressive military offensive against the FARC. But the insurgents persisted with sabotage and hit-and-run attacks, blowing up roads, bridges and police stations. Such violence has left them widely unpopular in Colombia, and the FARC has dwindled to about 8,000 fighters. It no longer openly controls territory but operates secretly from rural areas.The guerrilla group’s greatest challenge is converting itself into a viable political party, said Angelika Rettberg Beil, a political scientist at the University of the Andes in Bogota. “The public is very skeptical about the FARC’s sincerity and desire for peace.”The peace talks in Havana have cleared many hurdles, but the path forward is daunting. Under the agreement, the government must set up special tribunals to hear combatants’ confessions of their crimes, along with a separate truth commission to take testimony. There are programs to design on crop substitution for the coca plant, rural development and land-mine removal. It is unclear whether the FARC will end up paying reparations to its victims.Guerrilla foot soldiers not accused of a specific crime are expected to receive amnesty. But the leaders and those facing accusations of serious offenses such as murder or kidnapping will be asked to confess in return for sentences of five to eight years in some type of halfway house or work camp. Prison time is expected to be reserved for those who do not come clean about the past.“Ending the war is much more than just the laying down of weapons. It’s really accounting for responsibility for the crimes on all sides,” said Bernard Aronson, the U.S. State Department’s representative to the peace talks.Given their history with the Patriotic Union, the FARC’s leaders are worried about their physical safety as they transition to peaceful politics. Some of the right-wing paramilitary groups formed to battle the rebels have become criminal gangs that the FARC still considers a threat. The guerrillas “want the forces that they believe are their enemies to be dismantled by the government,” Aronson said.‘Inside a conflict you have nothing to do with’Ramiro Almendra sat silently in the front row of the victims’ meeting in the Buenos Aires hall of justice. He attends these sessions, riding the bus for an hour from his little hilltop shack, but his hopes of real reparations have dwindled.Orphaned as a child, he grew up working in coca fields. When right-wing paramilitary fighters swept through the mountain town of Naya in April 2001, intent on emptying villages the guerrillas had moved through, Almendra walked for eight days through the jungle to escape. The massacre was one of the most barbaric of the war; paramilitary troops used chain saws and machetes to slaughter dozens of farmers.Almendra settled on a chilly ridge with a view of the Pacific. With his wife, Rosa Delia Fernández, he started selling coffee and fritters to mule-drivers trekking through. Over the next decade, they built a crude wood house, which doubled as a restaurant and inn, that they named the Mirador. But FARC rebels used the area, too. When Colombian soldiers entered the town, they accused him of harboring terrorists in his hotel.“You feed the guerrillas, then you’re an accomplice. You sell a juice to the soldiers, then you’re collaborating with the army,” Delia said. “You find yourself inside a conflict you have nothing to do with.”By the summer of 2012, the Colombian military was bombarding the forested hills around their house. One night, with a helicopter hovering above their roof and the children sobbing, they decided to flee. It has been three years, and they don’t feel safe enough to return.Almendra is not yet betting on peace.“The government has to apologize to the campesinos, to the people, because they’ve done a lot of damage,” he said. “And the guerrillas have to do the same. They have to say they are sorry to all those they have harmed.”© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:Colombian Embassy attaché tells of harrowing 13-year ordeal as a FARC captive Colombia suspends peace talks with FARC after general kidnapped Colombia is again the world’s top coca producer. 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first_img Top Stories Ex-FBI agent details raid on Phoenix body donation facility Top ways to honor our heroes on Veterans Day Milstead says best way to stop wrong-way incidents is driving sober Comments   Share   How Arizona is preparing the leader of the next generation Last week, two Liberal ministers resigned after Ponta refused to accept the Liberals’ nomination of Klaus Johannis, the popular mayor of Sibiu city, as interior minister to replace another Liberal Party official. The Liberals had 10 of the 28 ministers in the Cabinet.Parties are struggling to find viable candidates for the November presidential ballot.(Copyright 2014 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)center_img Former Arizona Rep. Don Shooter shows health improvement Sponsored Stories Clean energy: Why it matters for Arizona BUCHAREST, Romania (AP) – The junior party in Romania’s ruling coalition has withdrawn from the alliance ahead of presidential elections later this year.The Liberal Party voted to quit the alliance late Tuesday, citing disagreements with Prime Minister Victor Ponta. Ponta’s Social Democratic Party retains a slim majority in Parliament without the Liberals.Earlier Tuesday, he was negotiating with another party to join the coalition, which would give his government a comfortable majority. New Valley school lets students pick career-path academieslast_img read more

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Foreign tourists can directly fly to Andaman and Nicobar Islands

first_imgIn a bid to increase the foreign tourist arrivals to Andaman and Nicobar Islands, the Government has assigned the Port Blair airport as the designated immigration checkpoint for entry and exit from India with valid documents. This move will help international travellers to fly directly to the islands. “In pursuance of sub-rule (b) of rule 3 of the Passport (Entry into India) Rules, 1950, the Central Government hereby designates Port Blair airport of Union territory of Andaman and Nicobar Islands as an authorised immigration check post for entry into/exit from India with valid travel documents for all classes of passengers,” a Home Ministry notification said.The Home Ministry appointed the Superintendent of Police, CID, Andaman and Nicobar Police as ‘civil authority’ for the immigration check post at Port Blair airport with effect from December 31, 2018. According to a data by Home Ministry, more than 1.6 million travellers visited the Islands between 2015 and October last year. More than four lakh tourists including 11,818 international travellers visited Andaman and Nicobar Islands till October 2018.Recently, PM Narendra Modi announced the renaming of the three islands of the archipelago as a tribute to Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose. The Ross Island was renamed as Netaji Subhas Chandra Bose Dweep, the Neil Island as Shaheed Dweep and the Havelock Island as Swaraj Dweep.last_img read more

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Jha said. she woke up Franklin who put on his favorite gray sweater and sipped some coffee before starting a round of telephone calls that lasted over five hours When FDR finally held a press conference late that afternoon on the White House lawn he talked about how distinctive D-Day was in world history Crossing the turbulent waters of the English Channel from Dover to Pointe du Hoc with the largest armada in world historythe ships carried more than 100000 American British and Canadian soldierswas truly an event for the ages Later that evening Roosevelt addressed the world on the radio He evoked the Fall of Rome before boasting that God had let the Allies prevail over the "unholy forces of our enemy" in Europe Roosevelt was basking in the glow of one of historys seismic shifts The following day June 7 newspapers were full of mind-boggling factoids and statistics about how D-Day had succeeded One number that didnt appear was 36525 Readers might guess that the number represents the tally of soldiers who landed at Omaha Beach or the number of ships and aircraft used in the cross-Channel operation or the number of German defenders or the number of casualties or any number of other things associated with Operation Overlord But 36525 is simply the number of days in a century and of all the days in the 20th century none were more consequential than June 6 1944 Some might argue that certain inventions and discoveries during that great century of innovation should be deemed the most importantlike Watson and Cricks reveal of the double-helix structure of DNA or all of Einsteins contributionsbut other nominees flatten when one asks "What if D-Day had failed" Usually one day in a century rises above the others as an accepted turning point or historic milestone It becomes the climactic day or the day of that century For the 19th century Id choose July 3 1863 when the youthful United States of Americasplit in two by a great Civil Warwas finally set on the healing path that would allow it to remain a single nation We can only imagine the history of the free world today if at the end of the Civil War there had been two countries: the United States and the Confederate States of America And what date in the 18th century can beat July 4 1776 In the 15th century was there a more important date than October 12 1492 when Christopher Columbus first sighted the New World And the course of Western civilization was forever changed on October 14 1066 when the Battle of Hastings brought William the Conqueror to Englands throne Almost a century and a half later June 19 1215 became the signature day of the 13th century when King John signed the Magna Carta enumerating the rights of free men and establishing the rule of law The D-Day moniker wasnt invented for the Allied invasion The same name had been attached to the date of every planned offensive of World War II It was first coined during World War I at the US attack at the Battle of Saint-Mihiel in France in 1918 The D was short for day The expression literally meant "day-day" and signified the day of an attack By the end of World War II however the phrase had become synonymous with a single date: June 6 1944 By the spring of 1944 as Daniel Levy and John Keegan have explained for us in eloquent detail World War II had been raging for five tortuous years If D-Daythe greatest amphibious operation ever undertakenfailed there would be no going back to the drawing board for the Allies Regrouping and attempting another massive invasion of German-occupied France even a few months later in 1944 wasnt an option Historians must assume that if Operation Overlord had been a catastrophe a major part of the Allied invasion force would have been destroyed and it would have been no small task to rebuild it The massive armada and matériel could not be replaced with the waving of a magic wand There was not a second team on hand to step in and continue the job In fact the aspect of the Normandy invasion that sets it apart from all other operations in military history is that it had no backup plan There was to be one throw of the dice against the German might Before the attack Supreme Allied Commander Dwight D Eisenhower confided to General Omar Bradley "this operation is not being planned with any alternatives" Failure would also have meant that the chosen invasion site was forever compromised There were already precious few suitable areas along the entire western European coast from Norway to southern France from which to choose an invasion site After a long vetting process the Allies finally settled on Normandy They did this even though the targeted areas had more negatives than positives overall The curious topography of the Normandy beaches was anything but ideal for the landing of a naval craft that needed to drop bow ramps into the churning surf The area was subject to the third-largest tidal fluctuations in the world making amphibious operations treacherous None of the five selected invasion beaches were well enough connected to the others to allow mutual assistance when the going got extra tough The planned landing was the equivalent of making five separate attacks instead of advancing on a continuous battle line Defeat at any one of those Normandy beaches could spell doom for the largest seaborne assault in world history "The Allies were invading a continent where the enemy had immense capabilities for reinforcement and counterattack not a small island cut off by sea power from sources of supply" US naval historian Samuel Eliot Morison wrote "Even a complete pulverizing of the Atlantic Wall at Omaha would have availed nothing if the German command had been given twenty-four hours notice to move up reserves for counterattack We had to accept the risk of heavy casualties on the beaches to prevent far heavier ones on the plateau and among the hedgerows" There was no deep-water port to support this massive operation It was one thing to put Allied troops ashore on a hostile beach but keeping them there was quite another story The supply requirements for food and ammunition were immense To gain a foothold the invading Allied army would require 400 tons of supplies each day to support just one infantry division and a staggering 1200 tons a day for each armored division The initial assault was intended to have eight divisions land but that was just the tip of the iceberg The follow-up landings were to pour numerous other divisions ashore to form two armies And a landing at Normandy also meant that one of the great rivers of the world the Seine would be between the landing area and the objectivethis being the industrial Rhine-Ruhr region leading into Nazi Germany Rivers have proven to be great obstacles in military campaigns A large swollen river like the Seine would offer enemy defenders the opportunity to develop formidable lines Given all of these caveats its fair to wonder why Normandy was such an attractive location to President Roosevelt Winston Churchill and the other Allied planners The most convincing argument in the regions favor was its proximity to the supporting Allied airfields in southern England A second advantage ironically enough was Normandys perceived unsuitability as a landing site Since it was fraught with clear disadvantages it was deemed the least likely spot in the German mind and therefore afforded the Allies an opportunity for surprise Surprise was absolutely essential for Operation Overlords success because the Germans controlled the interior lines of communications and could quickly react to any threat by rushing reinforcements from far-flung locations in occupied France In 1944 the common appreciation for an amphibious assault had been graphically displayed in newsreel film as American audiences watched US Marine assaults on flyspeck islands in the central Pacific Waves of landing craft broke upon the hostile beaches to initiate furious attacks against isolated Japanese defenders The enemy rarely had air or naval support The scenario became very familiar: Land the landing force; cut the island in half by driving to the other side; clear the first half and then clear the second half and in the process annihilate the defenders or drive them into the sea It would all be over in days or weeks Speed was of the essence But an amphibious landing at Normandy would be far different from landing on a tiny island like Wake or Iwo Jima in the central Pacific This was the European continent and the defenders were hardly isolated or lacking in reserves In fact the Third Reich had the ability to call upon up to 50 divisions in the vicinity of Normandy to react to an Allied attack An attack on the Normandy beaches can best be described as a showdown Those beaches in northern France were the gates to the fortress and if it was successful then the entrance into the Continent would allow the military and industrial might of the Allies to pour onto the battlefield That overwhelming might could then make victory a reasonable outcome But if the attack failed the consequences for democracy would be dire The threat to Germany from the west would be over Adolf Hitler would not have to fight on two fronts Allied long-range air attacks against Germany would remain just thatlong rangeand Hitlers aircraft and rocket development could continue (as could the machinery of the Final Solution) And what about the Soviet Union Premier Joseph Stalin had made it clear that he had no intention of absorbing the losses and bloodletting of the war so that the Anglo-American alliance might come in at the end to reap the rewards When Secretary of State Cordell Hull reminded his Soviet counterpart that the United States had not been unbloodied and indeed had suffered 200000 casualties during the war the Soviet diplomat abruptly cut him off saying "We lose that many each day before lunch" And didnt Russia bow out of World War I What was to preclude another retreat and the conclusion of a separate understanding with Germany if it was advantageous to the Soviet Union It had made deals with the devil before Exhausted from years of war Europeans in 1944 longed for the day when they would be liberated from the totalitarian grip of Germany There seemed to be no end in sight and Great Britain had nearly depleted its reserves of manpower It had fought alone in the Battle of Britain and had endured the naval Battle of the Atlantic It had fought in Norway North Africa and Sicily It was now fighting in Italy and in the Pacific On December 11 1941 Adolf Hitlers sudden declaration of war against the United States brought Britain the hope of salvation But while there was guarded jubilation among the beleaguered British American involvement in the war initially changed little In two years of indecisive Allied operations against the Wehrmacht the Anglo-American team had been able to attack only the fringes of the German Reich The main Allied success as we have seen in these pages had been taking control of North Africa Everyone including Winston Churchill knew that the road to the end of the war ran through Berlin But no one was marching to Berlin without first invading the Continent The incorrigible Churchill declared "Unless we can go and land and fight Hitler and beat his forces on land we shall never win this war" On the other side Hitler was equally astute concerning the inevitable Allied invasion attempt and the importance of defeating it: "Once defeated the enemy will never again try to invade They would need months to organize a fresh attempt" Any Allied entry into Europe was going to be possible only by breaching the western wall of what had aptly been dubbed "Fortress Europe" In that respect the Germans seemed to have all the military advantages But the one advantage the Third Reich did not possess was superior intelligence capabilities They were clueless as to where the invasion would come and could only speculate about potential landing sites The Germans thought Calais the obvious landing point and made its beaches impregnable Calais was situated less than 25 miles from the white cliffs of Dover across the English Channel while the beaches of Normandy were 100 miles away The Germans had ignored Normandy except for some basic defenses Who would ever plan to land there And if an attack were to come how would it be supported without a port General Dwight D Eisenhower and his Supreme Headquarters Allied Expeditionary Force (SHAEF) team were encouraged to see only minor German defensive activity all along the windswept Norman coast Nonetheless the only chance for the operations success was to keep everything top secret Eisenhower had succeeded in his role as Allied commander by remaining tight-lipped If he hadnt carefully cultivated a culture of trust between Americans and Britons then Operation Overlord would have been doomed before it even began But "leak proofing" is easier said than done especially when it comes to the "when" and "where" of a massive invasion like D-Day The enemy is usually tipped off by invasion preparationsthe most obvious being the use of aerial bombing and naval gunfire to soften up the site Eisenhower decided that secrecy trumped softening so the days and weeks preceding the landings were marked by silence instead of preinvasion bombardment The Great Secret would also be safeguarded by the unleashing of a monumental Allied deception plan designed to convince the Germans that the invasion would occur at a location other than Normandy Part of that deception included the efforts of 28 middle-aged British -officers who settled in to a castle in the far reaches of Scotland with radios and operators They planted fear in the German mind of the existence of a massive 250000-man force: the British Fourth Army which was capable of invading Norway Their phony network trafficpurposely communicated in a low-level cipher that they knew the listening Germans could easily breakincluded requests for cold-weather gear and equipment If the D-Day invasion was to have a chance to succeed the Germans would have to be continually misled Churchill had told FDR that in wartime "Truth is so precious that she must often be attended by a bodyguard of lies" That bodyguard of lies led to the creation of many bizarre operations not the least of which was the creation of a second semifictitious Army group stationed in and around Dover It was commanded by General George S Patton whom the German military leadership considered the best Allied combat leader Wherever Patton was stationed the Germans believed the big invasion would surely follow That meant they thought the cross-Channel attack would take place from Dover to Calais At Dover fake camps were constructed and tents erected to create the illusion that American soldiers were occupying them Loudspeakers transmitted the recorded sounds of vehicles tanks and camp activities that escaped through the trees and were heard in the surrounding towns Guards were posted at the entrances and vehicles regularly moved in and out but few people were actually actively engaged inside those gates Contributing to the deception were a whole host of agents and double agents all tasked to obscure and confuse One such agent was the master of deception Juan Pujol Garcia a Spaniard who assumed the code name Garbo Posing as a German agent he had created his own fictitious spy network of 20 operatives who supposedly fed him information about the Allies Much of it was tantalizing and laced with elements of truth but he passed it on to the Germans in such a fashion as to cause minimal damage to the Allied cause Yet his accuracy was astounding to the Germans and as a result he built impressive bona fides with the Abwehr (the German military intelligence) One of the many results of the deception plan was convincing Hitler that the Allies had 89 divisions when in fact they had only 47 But despite all of the cloak-and-dagger work Eisenhower still had to get the invading force ashore That was no easy task at Normandy Unlike other landing areas Normandy has an enormous tidal wash that twice a day floods the beaches and then recedes The 20-foot difference in elevation between low tide and high means that at high tide the water is 300 yards farther inland than at low At high tide the water covered the beach and the German obstacles and lapped at the wall Eisenhower planned to land at dead low tide on five isolated beaches across a 60-mile front Four of the beachesOmaha Gold Juno and Swordwere enclaves along the Norman coast The fifth was figuratively out on the end of a limb alone on the Cotentin Peninsula 15 miles south of Cherbourg It was named Utah Beach and while a successful landing there would position the attackers to make a run to seize the deep-water port of Cherbourg Allies who landed there would be the most vulnerable Their only protection from an annihilating German counterattack would be if the two American airborne divisions the 82nd and 101st could drop and seize the narrow causeways that led to the beach across flooded fields Eisenhower was also faced with having to move the entire armada across the widest part of the English Channel thereby increasing its possible discovery He had to isolate the battlefield where he intended to land He was confident that his force could deal with any military forces already within the confines of the battlefield but it was imperative to keep reserves and reinforcements from entering into the fray especially during the early hours of invasion when the attack was still feeble To do that he called upon the air forces to disrupt and destroy the German ability to move The British Royal Air Force and the United States Army Air Corps would bomb and attack bridges railcars rolling stock train yards and tracks-essentially any target that could be used to transport German reserves to the battlefield Eisenhower labeled this simply the Transportation Plan But here he ran into a thorny problemnot from the enemy but from his own British and American air officers They contended that the execution of the air offensive should be left to them and that bombing transportation targets would greatly impair their ongoing Oil Plan They believed that if oil supplies refineries and storage facilities could be annihilated then the German war machine would grind to a halt Unlike Eisenhower they didnt place transportation infrastructure high on the list of priority targets But Ike knew that the Transportation Plan would result in only a temporary halt of the Oil Plan As Supreme Commander he scoffed at the idea that he was not in charge of making determinations about the air forces The air chiefs however did not share this belief and interpreted Eisenhowers duties and responsibilities as limited to command on the ground and at sea Even Churchill sided with the air chiefs concerning the Oil Plan but as the crisis mounted it was Eisenhower who brought the argument to an abrupt halt As Supreme Commander he was ultimately responsible for the success or failure of the operation Unless he was given control of the bombers to use as he saw fit to accomplish his mission take care of his men and win at Normandy he would "simply have to go home" He won the argument He unleashed the Transportation Plan on the Wehrmacht and in the run-up to D-Day destroyed 900 locomotives more than 16000 railcars and countless miles of track The Oil Plan was later resumed with enormous success Solving the problem of the lack of a deep-water port was more daunting Such existing ports were at Cherbourg Dieppe and Calais and were heavily defended A failed August 1942 raid on the small French port of Dieppe had proven just how well defended The attack was a calamity for the Allies that resulted in more than 4000 Canadian casualties Nazi newspapers had cheered about Hitlers forces decisively beating a huge invasion attempt The final answer to the port problem came in the form of an engineering marvel code-named Mulberry Never before had an army tried to take its harbors with it to an invasion beach A large consortium of British engineering companies tackled the problem of building two floating artificial harbors each of which would have the unloading capacity of the Port of Dover That port had taken seven years to build but these floating ports had to be ready in 150 days If the invasion proved successful various parts of the Mulberry harbors would be towed across the English Channel to Normandy where they would be assembled to make the two giant seaports The window of opportunity to launch this enormous attack was indeed a narrow one There were four prerequisites First was the tide Eisenhower wanted to land on a late spring or early summer morning so he could use the night to conceal his seaborne approach to the Norman coast (and obscure his unloading operations) An early dawn landing offered some promise of surprise and it would give him a full day of fighting to secure a foothold in France The second consideration was the moon The navy needed some light to maneuver the massive armada at sea and the paratroopers would need at least some moonlight to allow them to find each other on the ground in the fields of France The bombardiers also needed light to see and identify their targets The third and fourth prerequisites had to do with training The 1944 landing would have to come early enough in the summer to allow a minimum of three months of good campaigning weather before the onset of winter but it had to be late enough in the year to allow for the completion of training and as we have learned the construction of enough landing vessels particularly the LSTs (Landing Ship Tank) LSTswhat one officer described as "a large empty self-propelled box"were the linchpins of D-Day There were well over 40 different types of these landing craft used in the invasion Those four major restrictions left only a few options in all of 1944 for possible invasion days The first opportunity would be on May 1 followed by a few days during the first and third weeks in June The Allies had set May 1 as D-Day but immediately had to cancel when it became evident that the invasion was short 271 LSTs Hopefully one months delay would allow for the production of those additional ships Churchill reportedly growled that the destinies of the "two greatest empires seemed to be tied up in some goddamn thing called LSTs" But Eisenhower set D-Day back to June 5 to have more of the vessels at his disposal The month of May brought gorgeous weather to Normandy General Eisenhower was encouraged and moved his headquarters from London to Southwick House near Portsmouth Upon arrival he sent a coded message to all his chief commanders: "Exercise Hornpipe plus six" That meant that June 5 was still confirmed as D-Day He sent a second message to Washington: "Halcion plus 4" meaning precisely the same thing But as fate would have it almost as soon as Eisenhower sent those encouraging missives signals arrived from American planes flying weather missions over Newfoundland They showed that conditions were drastically changing off the East Coast of the United States A great swirling front was developing and this disruptive weather system was labeled "L5" By June 3 though the weather was beautiful over the English Channel L5 was becoming a major problem The chief of SHAEFs meteorological team Group Captain James M Stagg of the British Royal Air Force followed its trajectory and then alerted Eisenhower that the weather prospects were not good In fact there was a possibility of Force 5 winds on June 4 and 5 Stagg reported that the whole North Atlantic was filled with a succession of depressions of a severe nature theretofore unrecorded in more than 40 years of modern meteorological research He recommended postponing the operation A disappointed Eisenhower grilled Stagg and made a reluctant provisional decision to postpone D-Day His final decision would be made after the 4:15 meeting on the morning of June 4 The 6000 ships of the invasion force were all in position with the soldiers having been embarked for several days Some vessels had even started the long crossing The cross-Channel attack was like a drawn bowstring straining for release and L5 was in the way By 4:15 nothing had changed At the meeting Eisenhower polled his staff Some bullheaded advisers wanted to go full throttle to Normandy bad weather be damned Others did not The Allied Navy under the command of Admiral Bertram Ramsay said it would be unaffected by high winds and chop But the planes would have a major problem especially the troop carriers in charge of delivering the paratroopers Without the paratroopers protecting the approaches to Utah Beach that landing would have to be called off Eisenhower postponed D-Day until June 6 The great armada already at sea was called back The paratroopers were stood down for 24 hours and Eisenhower and his staff would again meet at 21:30 At 21:30 Staggs predicted gale-force winds were driving the pouring rain horizontally into the windowpanes of Southwick House the estate that served as the site of SHAEFs Advance Command Post As Stagg entered the tension-filled room he surprisingly modified his gloomy predictions and reported that despite the present stormy weather the cloud conditions would improve and the winds would lessen after midnight The weather would be tolerable but no better than that Again Eisenhower polled his lieutenants who were still divided He finally declared "Im quite positive the order must be given I dont like it but there it is" Operation Overlord slipped back into gear and the great armada rolled out into the English Channel On June 5 Eisenhower left himself one last opportunity to recall the invasion at an early morning meeting scheduled for six hours later At that 4:15 gathering nothing had changed Eisenhower gave the final order in three brisk words: "Okay lets go" In the end the weather didnt terribly disrupt the D-Day landings and the blustery conditions lulled the Nazi defenders into thinking that an Allied attack was impossible The invasion began on the wings of the airborne assault and its 21100 paratroopers On the eastern edge of the invasion area the British 6th Airborne Division came in to seize and control key bridges to keep any German counterattack from striking the flank at Sword Beach and rolling up the invasion On the west side of the battlefield the American airborne dropped in to seize the towns of Carentan and Sainte-Mère-Église in order to control the road networks leading to Utah Beach The American sky train that flew to Normandy comprised 850 troop carriers They flew in a formation nine planes wide and 300 miles long It took great skill to avoid midair collisions and radio silence was strictly maintained A tiny blue dot on the tail of each aircraft was all that a pilot could see of the plane to his front British air marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory had confided to Eisenhower that he thought up to 70 percent of the paratroopers could be killed wounded or captured Eisenhower had joined these paratroopers at their airfields and remained until the last C-47s had disappeared into the night before retiring to his small trailer near Southwick House He penned a note to be released if the invasion failed: "Our landings have failed And I have withdrawn the troops My decision to attack at this time and place was based on the best information available The troops the air and the Navy did all that bravery and devotion to duty could do If any blame attaches to the attempt it is mine alone" The great sky train flew to the west of the Cotentin Peninsula and then turned to the east to cut across the narrow neck of land Its approach was greeted by a heavy German antiaircraft barrage Many men described the colorful display of tracers streaming up through the night as if they were Roman candles When the flak struck the aircraft it sounded like nails being thrown against the sides The intense fire caused many aircraft to swerve to avoid midair collisions and others to increase their speeds to escape the streams of green and yellow fingers reaching into the sky The air over France was filled with parachuting soldiers It was also filled with falling debrisburning aircraft detached rifles helmets and packs ripped from the troopers by the impact of their parachutes opening The drop was badly scattered and paratroopers landed in trees hedgerows farm fields and on barns Very few landed in their designated zones but they were able to adapt thanks to their training and discipline Some troopers joined other units and fought until they could find their own squads and platoons Others attacked the Germans wherever they could find them They all struggled to seize the causeways and gain control of the roads At two am on June 6 the ships of the great armada halted 12 miles off the Normandy coast and began disembarking their soldiers into landing craft The gigantic fleet had crossed the English Channel undetected and by three oclock the small landing craft were already circling awaiting their run to the beach Then and only then came the prebombardment of the invasion area There was one hour of battleship and heavy-ship naval gunfire followed by one hour of a 2000-plane bombing offensive The landing craft finally began their run-in to the five invasion beaches Because of the diagonal direction of the incoming tide the American beaches were assaulted at 6:30 one hour before the British beaches to the east The American 4th Infantry Division landed at Utah Beach with its armor in the lead to easily sweep aside the small German defending force The infantry came in next and moved off the beach By noon they had linked up with the elements of the 101st Airborne that had earlier sealed off the approaches to the beach The landings at Utah succeeded beyond the wildest expectations of the Allied planners; the combined air and sea assault had worked perfectly despite the scattered paratroop drop Leigh-Mallorys prediction that 70 percent of the paratroopers could be lost was thankfully off the mark There were many fewer casualties and the landing had generally surprised the German sentries Thirty miles to the east of Utah Beach the American assault regiments of the 1st and 29th Infantry Divisions approached Omaha Beach which was dominated by a looming 100-foot cliff It was at this location that Field Marshal Erwin Rommel had recognized this beach as a possible invasion site and ordered it fortified For the next few months the Germans had constructed concrete-and-steel defensive positions There were 15 of these massively strong positions called Widerstandsnests covering the entire length of the six-mile beach each bearing a number from 59 to 74 Unlike at Utah Beach the first wave to land at Omaha did so without armor Only five of the 32 tanks assigned to the landing site made it to the beach and those were immediately destroyed The German fire along the beach was tremendous especially from the Widerstandsnests and the American line was broken The Americans had run into a wall of steel and camouflaged guns fired an enfilading crisscross pattern across the entire length of the beach Twenty minutes later there were few men who were not dead or wounded And then on their heels came the second and third waves each destined to meet the same fate The Americans were pinned down Some hid behind beach obstacles All along the beach small groups attempted to crawl forward knowing that salvation would be found off the beach American officers ran up and down yelling at the men to move out and telling them that the only way to survive was to get up to high ground In twos and fours they crawled and clawed their way through barbed wire and mines to the sloping ground With the help of direct fire from daring American destroyers the Americans slowly pushed the Germans out of their positions By 11 oclock the fire on the beach was diminished A little after noon the beach was mostly quiet But the effort to win at Omaha came at a tremendous cost There were more than 2000 casualties The beach was strewn with wrecked vehicles and burning ships and boats Some infantry units had lost most of their officers and many of their soldiers The fight on that beach earned the name Bloody Omaha In the center of the invasion area just four miles west of Omaha Beach was a strange and dangerous place called Pointe du Hoc It was a point of land that stuck out into the English Channel and rose 100 feet above the water between Omaha and Utah beaches The Germans had fortified this promontory with large 150mm guns that were able to fire on both beaches and therefore threaten the entire invasion Eisenhower knew that this fortification had to be taken and ordered the Rangers of the 2nd and 5th Battalions to eliminate the threat Unlike at the beaches Pointe du Hoc had no shoreline The Rangers would have to scale the steep cliffs to attack the guns "When we went into battle after all this training there was no shaking of the knees or weeping or praying" US lieutenant James Eikner of Mississippi recalled "We knew what we were getting into We knew every one of us had volunteered for extra hazardous duty We went into battle confident We were intent on getting the job done We were actually looking forward to accomplishing our mission" No matter how many oral histories are collected about D-Day its still impossible to understand what each man felt as he crossed the English Channel There was not a singular kind of war experience for the survivors of that day Arriving in eight landing craft the Rangers fired hooks and grapnels with attached ropes from mortar tubes on the boats When they snagged on the barbed wire or the ground on top of the cliff the Rangers began to climb hand over hand Once at the top they attacked the surprised Germans swept them aside and rushed to the fortifications to silence the guns But the concrete casements had no guns In their place were protruding telephone poles disguised to look like guns in order to deceive aerial photography The Rangers secured the position and moved inland to block the coastal road that ran behind all the invasion beaches But two Rangers reconnoitered a dirt path that ran between the hedgerows separating the farm fields A short distance down the road they found real guns well hidden under camouflage netting and aimed at Utah Beach The Germans had no idea that there were any Americans within miles of their position and while the gun crews were at the far end of the field listening to a German -officer -issuing orders the Rangers squeezed through the hedges and disabled the guns with thermite grenades before creeping out The guns were eliminated Though the Germans furiously counterattacked the -Rang-ers for the next two days the Rangers held on Those five German guns capable of wreaking havoc on the invasion force remained silent on D-Day Farther to the east the Canadian 3rd Division approached Juno Beach But because of buffeting currents and difficult navigation their landing craft arrived after the rising tide had covered many of the beach obstacles The boats began to strike these obstacles which were called tetrahedrons hedgehogs and Belgian gates Great pilings had been anchored in the sand with mines attached to the tips As the boats snagged on them or had their bottoms ripped out or exploded the vessels sank taking their embarked soldiers with them Whole boat teams were lost in the surf of Juno Beach From the land German defenders fired on the boats that managed to avoid the mines until some of the Canadian soldiers finally landed and were able to push through the shallow German defenses But half of their boats had been damaged and more than a third forever lost By late morning the Canadian division had gained control of the beach but at a cost of more than 1000 men The British landings at Sword and Gold beaches were huge successes The British 3rd and 50th Divisions made great progress and moved aggressively inland from their beaches By two oclock elements of the British amphibious forces from Sword had linked up with the 6th Airborne which was protecting the east flank of the invasion area The forces at Gold Beach achieved most of their objectives and were the only unit to link up with an adjacent beach when they joined forces with the Canadians on Juno "D-Day was a success and the Allies had breached Hitlers seawall" President Ronald Reagan noted on the 38th anniversary of the Normandy invasion "They swept into Europe liberating towns and cities and countrysides until the Axis powers were finally crushed We remember D-Day because the French British Canadians and Americans fought shoulder to shoulder for democracy and freedomand won" As D-Day ended the Allies were far short of the grand objectives that had been optimistically set for the day The old aphorism that "no plan survives first contact with the enemy" held true But the Allies were dug in all across the front and the German army had not been able to hurl them back into the sea These young soldiers didnt know that they still faced seven weeks of hard fighting before the Normandy campaign would be won But in those next seven weeks through newsreels and photography the world followed them through the shattered French villages first to capture Cherbourg and finally to break out of Normandy at Saint-L You see that imagery on these pages Cameras captured Allied forces as they were greeted every step of the way by the suddenly free French people A young French girl who had sought to help the wounded on Sword Beach that D-Day morning saw the wars end in sight To her D-Day was the moment when -liberty was reclaimed for the world She said "When I saw the invasion fleet it was something that you just cant imagine It was boats boats boats and boats at the end boats at the back and the planes coming over If I had been a German I would have looked at this put my arms down and said Thats it Finished" Douglas Brinkley is a professor of history at Rice University and author of The Boys of Pointe du Hoc: Ronald Reagan D-Day and the US Army 2nd Ranger Battalion and Voices of Valor: D-Day June 6 1944 (with Ronald J Drez) Contact us at editors@timecomSay hello to Mr Everything “Want to charge your phone and listen to your music Take your music with you everywhere with Mr Everything Cords still tangled Mr Everything will keep you organized Are you prepared for an emergency Mr Everything helps you stay powered and connected Mr Everything will solve your problems so you can relax" And since Mr Everything seems to be stealing a joke from Saturday Night Live I’ll finish it off for them: Mr Everything is also a floor wax and a dessert topping That might seem unfair but I think this is worse: Mr Everything is also currently unavailable for purchase I couldnt tell you when I first encountered Mr Everything I get a lot of pitches from publicists and I do even more independent research but I can say with authority that Ive met more than a hundred products like him over the past year And when I say "like him" I dont mean a speaker/LED light-combo that quadruples as a utility box and a power bank with wireless charging because that would be a truly original product (if it was available) Instead I mean vaporware because an alarming amount of products being heralded today like Mr Everything have yet to materialize Coin the credit card to replace all credit cards GoTenna the private ad-hoc phone network antenna MyIDkey a fingerprint-locked USB drive for storing and displaying passwords Navdy the smartphone-connected heads-up display for your car These are just four high-profile examples of troublesome "Preorder Now" products If youre even moderately tech-savvy or plugged into the media youve probably heard of them and thats a problem because they dont exist (yet) Frankly its possible that they never will According to research by Matthew Witheiler a venture capital investor at Flybridge Capital Partners 91 venture-backed crowdfunded products raised more than $575 million last year and just 20% of them delivered on time Kickstarting and investing aside simply think of that in shopping terms If four out of five of your Amazon orders came late youd cancel your subscription to Prime But the reality is that whether they are VCs or crowdfunding supporters people are increasingly buying companies’ hopes and dreams and receiving little but promises in return Scott Miller CEO of Dragon Innovation is a big fan of crowdfunding because in fairness his companys "Dragon Certified" program exists to help products navigate the "preorder" process and reach consumers hands “Whenever people open their wallets to vote for something that doesn’t exist yet there is some strength to that signal" he says But the real advantage to getting the money up front is that creates the capital necessary to offset the cost of tooling lets product designers know how much inventory they need to produce and it’s also a cheap and easy way to get some word-of-mouth marketing Dont get me wrong theres nothing wrong with cheap and easy marketing if youre broke and have a challenging road ahead For instance The Coolest the “Mr Everything” of coolers that beat Pebbles Kickstarters crowdfunding record rode that wave expertly and is now doing its damnedest (with the help of Dragon Innovation) to deliver on a $13 million promise to more than 62000 backers by July Technically thats five months late but in fairness the inventor (one man not a company) only hoped to raise $50000 to begin with But The Coolest no longer holds the Kickstarter record Pebble which raised more than $25 million in VC funding after its initial record-breaking Kickstarter campaign launched its Apple Watch-competitor Pebble Time on the crowdfunding site nabbing another $20 million in preorders to take that title back “It was just a great marketing opportunity to take the number one spot from Coolest and move the bar up" says Miller “They could get velocity right out of the gate and put some nice stats on the boardI think there’s definitely some merit to that” Thats his opinion Mine is that Pebble’s play was a cheapskate move and crowdfunding’s marketing advantage is what causes the "preorder now" problem To capture this buzz companies are crowdfunding on their own sites simply slapping up products with "preorder now" buttons and unleashing their publicists to get coverage for gear that cant be reviewed much less held poked or prodded And in the tech media echo chamber news outlets eat it up clamoring to refresh their sites with stories on new products whether theyre real or not The marketing game has accelerated so much that reporters are being fed embargoed stories with such regularity that it’s now an industry joke I’d say about 70% of the embargoed news I’m offered isn’t actually new But of course it keeps coming Christopher Mims (@mims) March 24 2015 That may seem like a media problem But its more than that because "Preorder Now” is companies selling non-existent products to consumers who are willing to purchase gear on speculation And when those gadgets fail to materialize the hardware becomes vaporware but the money still holds the same value only its no longer in people’s pockets anymore And though its just $100 $200 or $300 thats still a bubble bursting The Preorder Economy the products that are late on average 80% of the time is a thousand little bubbles popping all the time And now with the launch of products like Apple Watch "Preorder Now" has hit the mainstream Of course I know this is hardly the first time that Apple has made its customers order its products in advance But it may be the first time it’s ever had no products available for sale in-store on launch day Miller imagines that Apple’s preorder strategy may have more to do with ramping up manufacturing than building up demand “Usually in a ramp you wouldn’t throw the switch all at onceyou’d kind of ramp up to your steady state" he says So if the actual date they can get up to full speed is July estimates Miller “building up that demand and hunger is probably a pretty good strategy” Perhaps But it’s not a good example for other companies to follow Firstly by signaling your product too soon they risk other companies swooping in and eating their oatmeal (see Coin competitors Swyp and Plastc) Secondly frankly burned journalists like me arent going to cover them anymore I wont say that I’ll "never" cover preorders but I’ll do everything in my power to avoid it Of course its fair to point out that I’ve already written several Apple Watch stories so why not cover other companies’ gear The obvious difference is that they arent Apple that they dont have $178 billion in cash stockpiled and havent defined or redefined half a dozen major product categories Still that doesnt excuse Apple I ordered my watch seven minutes after it was available for sale and for that Im getting it three weeks after launch date Pony up the bucks Apple Youre better than that Contact us at editors@timecomA 25-year-old Australian man Nathan Thompson who brutally bludgeoned to death nine puppies in March while high on meth has been sentenced to 18 months in jail by a court in the eastern state of New South Wales Thompson will serve at least a year of his sentence the Australian Broadcasting Corporation reports He is also banned for life from owning animals The puppies were in Thompson’s care after the owner asked him to sell the young canines He thought about taking the pups to a shelter but opted not to because he did not have fuel for his car according to Australian police reports Instead he drove to bushland and killed them with bricks A bystander saw the attack and Thompson fled by vehicle according to the Sydney Morning Herald In mitigation Thompson’s defense team said he was “not in a normal frame of mind” because he was on meth and had not slept for 72 hours Contact us at editors@timecomHopefully you didnt have tickets to any Broadway shows on Sunday night because the stars of Angels in America The Bands Visit Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and Mean Girls were all down the street packed into Radio City Music Hall for the 2018 Tony Awards Broadways big night was hosted by musicians-turned-stars of Broadway Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles and even with threats of having the frightening angel from the revival of Angels in America swoop in and scare the tuna salad out of anyone who dared go over time the awards show was still longer than most Broadway plays Here are the weirdest wildest most tear-jerking and most heart-warming moments of the 2018 Tony Awards: Biggest Losers: "Did you know neither one of us has ever won anything" admitted Sara Bareilles and Josh Groban kicking off the Tony Awards with a song "for the people who lose" which they apparently know a lot about Biggest Shout-Out to Cake: Andrew Garfield won the first prize of the night for his role in Angels in America and dedicated the prize to the LGBTQ community: "We are all sacred and we all belong So lets just bake a cake for everyone who wants a cake to be baked" Best Boat Quote: "All four of tonight’s best musical nominees are based on movies" said Tina Fey "But only one of these movies paid for my boat" Best Recap of Mean Girls: Fey was on hand to introduce the musical version of her film Mean Girls which she described as a play about "the vicious gifts of teenage girls and how we have to stop emulating them" Best Revival of the Night: Rachel Bloom (and her tiny hat) once again hosted the backstage action completing her Theater Kid Revenge cycle #TheaterKidRevengeCorner #TonyAwards pictwittercom/0zZYoPzzmW Rachel Bloom (@Racheldoesstuff) June 11 2018 Best Introduction: "I am beautiful theater actress Amy Schumer" said Amy Schumer introducing My Fair Lady "a comedy about class and sexism" when Eliza Doolittle is taken under the wing of Henry Higgins "mans-splaining expert on dialects" Worst Bruce Springsteen Concert: Billy Joel opened for Bruce Springsteen presenting his friend with a special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater The Boss thanked the crowd for making him "feel so welcome on their block" and then walked off stage without singing a single song Tragic for those of us who cant afford tickets to his show but on the plus side it was significantly shorter than the E Street Bands Rock and Roll Hall of Fame induction speech Luckily Springsteen returned to the show later to perform a piece from his show that Robert De Niro (aptly) dubbed "Jersey Boy" Most Talented (At Least at Cedar Shoals High School): Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt star Tituss Burgess hit the stage alongside his high school yearbook title and a glorious photo of his first role in the theater We love @TitussBurgess #TonyAwards pictwittercom/XCYOQXb9hc BroadwayWorld (@BroadwayWorld) June 11 2018 Best Advice: "Be your true self and the world will take note" said Lindsay Mendez accepting her award for Featured Actress in a Musical for her work in Carousel She explained that she had been told to change her last name "from Mendez to Matthews" or risk not being hired but held fast and earned a Tony Award to prove them wrong Best Skill to Add to Your LinkedIn Profile: According to Nathan Lane Angels in America playwright Tony Kushner is such "an adorable genius" that "even his emails are Pulitzer worthy" Worst Sia Cover: Hosts Josh Groban and Sara Bareilles returned to the stage for a Broadway-themed take on Sias song "Chandelier" The tweaked lines paid homage to theaters grueling eight-times-a-week schedule: "Ill see my friends when the contract ends" and "Im holding on for dear life/someone please check on my kids and my wife" Most Tear-Jerking Ten Minutes: It all started with Ari’el Stachel crying onstage while looking at his parents as he confessed that in the past he avoided bringing them to events because he never wanted to admit he was Middle Eastern His role in The Bands Visit helped him change his view about his identity "Your biggest obstacle may turn into your purpose" he said to the audience as he accepted the Tony Then Ming-Na Wen presented the education award to Melody Herzfeld the drama teacher at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School who kept her students safe during the school shooting in Parkland Florida Then her students showed up to perform "Seasons of Love" and earned a standing ovation from the gathered Broadway Royalty All of Radio City stood up for these incredible students #TonyAwards pictwittercom/6KF9lCJXZV BroadwayWorld (@BroadwayWorld) June 11 2018 Best Harry Potter Cosplay: While Sara Bareilles cast an excellent if somewhat delayed Incendio spell Josh Groban turned himself into Harry Potter (or at Least Jamie Parker who plays him in Harry Potter and the Cursed Child) without any Polyjuice Potion His admission letter to Hogwarts is undoubtedly on its way Second Best 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wanted to use a little of that Harry Potter magic to disappear Darkest Confession: John Leguizamo won a Special Tony Award and gave a heart-warming speech about the impact of theater on his life "I’m a living example of how theater can change you It didn’t just change me it saved me" he said And then he admitted in front of many many witnesses that his dramatic skills killed famed acting coach Lee Strasberg Anyone want to chip in for bail money Best Way to Celebrate Pride: After accepting his prize for Angles in America Tony Kushner ended his acceptance speech by saying: "What kind of homosexual would I be if I didnt say its June 10 Happy birthday Judy Garland" Biggest Missed Opportunity: Tony Shalhoub won for his performance in The Bands Visit but not for Best Mustache on Broadway Most Famous Goat: Once On This Island won best musical revival meaning that its resident goat is now the most famous goat on Broadway Most Frustrating Beep: Robert DeNiro took the stage and then let loose 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