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What Stories Are Your Numbers Telling You?

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first_img Essential Reading! Get my 3rd book: Eat Their Lunch “The first ever playbook for B2B salespeople on how to win clients and customers who are already being serviced by your competition.” Buy Now Your sales numbers tell a story. Your numbers paint a picture of what you believe, as well as the actions you take based on those beliefs.If your pipeline is empty, your pipeline metrics tell the story of a salesperson (or sales organization) that isn’t prospecting. Or maybe it tells the story of someone struggling to effectively prospect in a day and age when business acumen, situational knowledge, and value creation are the price of admission.If your pipeline is full of deals that are smaller than your target deal size, the story your average deal size tells might be about a salesperson that is calling too low because he doesn’t feel like he is producing results when he is working on the long sales cycle deals. Or maybe it’s the story of a salesperson that doesn’t call on large clients because he believes they already have partners in place, because they’re too difficult to win.If the time your deals spend in a certain stage of your sales process is longer than it should be, your numbers tell the story of a salesperson that isn’t in control of the sales process. Your time in stage metric might tell the story of a salesperson that isn’t asking for or gaining the commitments she needs. Or it might tell the story of a salesperson that isn’t following a sales process at all.In business-to-business sales, your numbers at the end of the quarter don’t often tell you anything about that quarter. The story your number tells at the end of the quarter is the story of what you did during the prior couple of quarters—maybe even the prior year. It might be the story of a salesperson that worked to make their number, taking action long before it was necessary. Or it might tell the story of someone who took a quarter off waiting for deals to come to them.You are the hero in your story your numbers tell. The story your numbers tell provides you with a picture of your beliefs and your actions. Your numbers tell the story of where you are challenged, and where you are succeeding. They also tell you what you need to do more of and what you need to change. But this is only true if you let the numbers tell you your story.QuestionsWhat stories do your numbers tell?What is the underlying belief that leads to your numbers?What actions result in your numbers telling these particular stories?Why is the story that you tell about your numbers a different story than someone else might tell about your numbers?last_img read more

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Curbs around Hazratbal disrupt Milad-Un-Nabi prayers

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first_imgFearing protests, authorities on Sunday disallowed gatherings of the faithful at the Hazratbal Mosque in Srinagar on the occasion of Milad-un-Nabi, the birth anniversary of Prophet Muhammad.All entry points to the mosque, including Habak area on the outskirts of the city and the Rainawari and Sadrabal areas in the old city, were closed for traffic. The security forces started spreading concertina wires on the streets and used mobile bunkers to block several stretches on Saturday. as part of an exercise to impose restrictions.This move stopped the worshippers from assembling for the night-long prayers. “It is first time in my living memory that such a thin attendance of worshippers was observed on the auspicious occasion in Kashmir. Only locals living in nearby areas turned up for the night-long prayers and the daytime customary display of holy relics, which include a strand of hair of the Prophet Muhammad, also saw a thin attendance of the devotees,” said Yaqoob Qureshi, a retired teacher who has been attending the congregational prayers at the shrine since 1990. Around 2,000 worshippers, including women from nearby places, managed to offer noon prayers inside on the mosque on Sunday. According to the local caretaker, the Hazratbal shrine witnesses a gathering of more than 50,000 devotees on the occasion. “We were appraised by the security agencies beforehand and cautioned against any major gatherings”, a caretaker said. The noon prayers on Sunday saw brief sloganeering, including pro-sharia and pro-freedom slogans.The police there were fears of anti-India elements staging protests and the security arrangement was to maintain order. Meanwhile, smaller gatherings were reported from other major mosques in the Valley on the occasion.This is for the second time this month that a traditional and centuries-old congregation was not allowed. Earlier, on the occasion of Khawaja Diger, where men and women hold joint prayers at the Naqshband Sahib shrine, the security forces sealed the shrine and disallowed any prayers.Since the revocation of J&K’s special status on August 5, there is tight security arrangement in Kashmir. Internet and SMS facilities remain barred for nearly 100 days now. The authorities are yet to restore prepaid mobile services for around 35 lakh customers.last_img read more

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Usain ‘Bolts’ with more women in London after raunchy Rio night

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first_imgUsain Bolt is at it again! The Bolt fever has now gripped the city of London and the Jamaican’s 30th birthday celebrations have continued from where he left off at Rio de Janeiro. Days after his photographs with a 20-year-old Brazilian student vent viral, Bolt has been spotted again, this time partying with a group of girls in London. (Usain Bolt pictured celebrating 30th birthday with 20-year-old in bed)The fastest man in the world surely knows how to have a good time and he isn’t too shy about it either. Just hours after landing in the United Kingdom on Monday, Bolt was spotted leaving his hotel with a mystery woman, scantily dressed in black, heading to a nightclub.Usain Bolt with the mystery woman in London. (PALACE LEE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Photo)After he was done partying in the club, Bolt then invited a bunch of girls back to his plush hotel room for an after party which reportedly went on until 5.45 am.According to a report in The Sun, Soumia Ghouini, 24, from Peckham in south east London, and Cherelle Patterson, 26, from Crystal Palace in south London, were two of the women partying with the athlete who had just turned 30 and returned from Rio. (Rio 2016: Bolt gets gold no. 9 with another runaway win)”At the club he got up and started rapping. I think he was just joking around because he knew the DJ. At the end of the night a friend of ours said that he was having an after-party so we all just jumped in the taxi. There were lots of women in the cab,” Miss Ghouini told The Sun.advertisement”He was carrying on the party because the club ended and he wasn’t ready to finish. We got in the lift with Bolt and went up with the other girls into the room. He was having a great time. But really it was all just a group of people having a night out and an after-party – that’s all.”Bolt partied with more women till the wee hours on Monday night. (PALACE LEE/REX/SHUTTERSTOCK Photo)One of the waitresses who was serving Bolt’s table in the nightclub said, “He skipped it because he wanted to party. He’s been coming here for years.”We gave him the mic and he was telling everybody it had been his birthday a couple of days ago. People were buying him drinks – champagne, Sex on the Beach, Kamikaze shots. Everybody was just appreciating him and celebrating his gold medals.” (Rio 2016: Bolt wins third successive 200m Gold)Bolt’s wild night of partying in Rio also became front page news a few days ago when he was caught cheating on his girlfriend Kase Bennett with a Brazilian girl named Jady Durate, who posted intimate pictures online. Interestingly, Durate is the widow of a drug lord who died in a shootout with police in Rio.Jady Durate posted intimate pictures with Bolt. (Photo Credit: Jady Durate)Bolt’s current girlfriend was completely heartbroken after the pictures of him kissing Durate went viral online and she even tweeted expressing her disappointment on this matter.Bolt had said he wasn’t sure what he would want to do with his life after retirement. There were offers to join politics besides other more lucrative options. But the fastest man in the globe will now have his hands full as he tries to sprint away from these controversies.Interrupting the #USABMNT celebration to show you Usain Bolt dancing to Rihanna’s “Work.” The man’s serious.#Gold pic.twitter.com/VA40rogLdW Hardys Closet (@HardysCloset) 21 August 2016last_img read more

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Adapting quickly to Indian conditions will be key for New Zealand: Ish Sodhi to India Today

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first_imgNew Zealand spinner Ish Sodhi has said that the key to his team’s success on India tour will depend on how well and quickly they adapt to the conditions in the sub-continent.The Kiwis arrived in New Delhi early Monday for a three-Test and five ODI series.”Boys had some sleep on the long flight from Auckland. Good thing is that the time difference is not that big, not a problem really. It is better than South Africa and am sure it is  easier to settle down here,” Sodhi said after his arrival.Having just played a Test series in South Africa, it will be opposite playing conditions for the Black Caps in India. (Also read: Stuart Binny, Shardul Thakur dropped from India’s Test squad vs New Zealand)”Two extremes really. We came from the pace of South Africa to the spinner friendly conditions of India. This is the challenge a professional cricketer loves, can’t get better,” said Sodhi.  The squad, led by Kane Williamson, is up against history with their team having never won a Test series in India.”Every time you play against a team like India, it is a big opportunity to do well. A lot of people are watching. It’s going to be a big tour – three Tests and 5 ODIs. I am here to play Tests only and eagerly looking forward to it. Cricket is a religion in India, definitely prominent when you walk out of the airport gate. I guess it is in my blood too,” who was born in Ludhiana before his parents moved to New Zealand. (Also read: New Zealand wary of Ravichandran Ashwin threat, says coach Mike Hesson)advertisementThe Kiwis play a three-day game against Mumbai in Delhi before the first Test starts in Kanpur on September 22.”Weather here is a lot different than what we are used to. It is 6 am right now and still pretty humid. Starting to feel it already. But, the good thing is that a lot of boys have played here. Will be interesting to see how it goes on,” said Sodhi.last_img read more

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Arsene Wenger is impossible act to follow at Arsenal, says David Dein

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first_imgArsene Wenger will be an impossible act to follow and Arsenal cannot count on being in the Champions League every season once their French manager leaves, the club’s former vice-chairman David Dein said on Monday.Dein reckons that even if Arsenal make an astute choice when they eventually seek a successor to 66-year-old Wenger, whose contract runs out next year, they will face an uncertain time.”He won’t be a difficult to act to follow…he will be an impossible act to follow,” Dein told Reuters at the Soccerex Global Convention.”He’s been at the club for 20 seasons and every year has been in the Champions League (since 1998-99) so to anyone wanting to change the manager I say to them that the next person is highly unlikely to do that.”I had the good fortune to have known Arsene for eight years before he became Arsenal manager so knew what he was like. “The easiest thing is just to change – the hard thing is getting somebody better. Who could you get that is better?Wenger has steered Arsenal to three Premier League titles and six FA Cups, including two league and cup doubles, since he joined the club in 1996. Their last league triumph in 2004 was achieved without a defeat, earning the nickname The Invincibles. (Also read: Arsene Wenger celebrates 20 years at Arsenal by beating Chelsea 3-0)”He was ready to leave when I left in 2007 but I told him he was right for Arsenal, Arsenal was right for him and, as an Arsenal fan, I wanted him to stay,” added 73-year-old Dein.advertisementREVOLUTIONARY APPOINTMENTWhen Dein brought the little-known Wenger over from Japan 20 years ago it was a revolutionary appointment given the small number of foreign managers in the Premier League at that time.The landscape is very different two decades on, with David Moyes’s brief spell at Manchester United in the 2013-14 season one of the few occasions when a British manager has held one of the leading jobs in England in the past decade.Dein, though, believes Arsenal should not be reluctant to appoint a British manager when replacing Wenger.Englishman Eddie Howe has been suggested as a candidate for the Arsenal post having done an impressive job getting Bournemouth promoted and keeping them in the Premier League. (Also read: Arsenal coach Arsene Wenger describes recent EPL transfer fee as scary)”Would it be revolutionary to appoint a British manager? Not necessarily, you must go for the best,” Dein said.”Yes, it’s a global game now and there is a different approach because exposure in television has made it so different and brought untold riches to the game, compared to the pre-Premier League era. But you go for the best.”last_img read more

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Lionel Messi masterclass puts Argentina back on World Cup track

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first_imgLionel Messi opened the scoring with a brilliant free-kick and laid on two goals as Argentina put their World Cup qualifying campaign back on track with a resounding 3-0 win over Colombia on Tuesday.The three points lifted Messi’s team into fifth place in the South American group with 19 points, one behind Ecuador and Chile.Brazil, away to Peru in Lima in a later match, top the table with 24 points while Uruguay are second with 23 after a 3-1 loss to Chile in Santiago. Colombia dropped to sixth on 18 points.The top four go through to the 2018 finals in Russia with the fifth, at present Argentina, qualifying for an intercontinental playoff for another berth.Argentina took a ninth-minute lead when Messi curled his free kick over the wall and into the top left corner of the leaping David Ospina’s net off the underside of the bar.Falcao came close for Colombia at the other end when he headed James Rodriguez’s free kick just over Sergio Romero’s bar after 18 minutes.Five minutes later Messi’s superb ball over the defence was met on the edge of the six-yard box with a firm header into the bottom far corner by Lucas Pratto.Colombia pushed Argentina back in the second half though the home side threatened again when Messi fed Angel Di Maria but his shot from a tight angle hit the post.Di Maria did score seven minutes from time after Messi cheekily stole the ball from a defender on the right wing, raced into the box and laid the ball square where the winger blasted it into the roof of the net.advertisementRodriguez hit the post with a free kick in stoppage time with Colombia’s last chance of the match.last_img read more

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Brave APOEL Draw with Dortmund in Germany

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first_imgDORTMUND, Germany (AP) — Borussia Dortmund and APOEL Nicosia played out a 1-1 draw on Wednesday which left both facing near-certain elimination from the Champions League.Dortmund dominated but Raphael Guerreiro’s opener was canceled out by Mickael Pote, who scored for APOEL in its second successive 1-1 draw with the Bundesliga side.The draw left Dortmund and APOEL third and fourth respectively in Group H on two points apiece.For either to qualify, they must now beat both Tottenham and Real Madrid in their final two group games. Group leader Tottenham defeated Real 3-1 in Wednesday’s other game in Group H to advance to the knockout stage.Dortmund put its visitors from Cyprus under pressure from the start, and took the lead in the 29th minute when Shinji Kagawa’s pass opened up space behind the defense for Guerreiro to chip the goalkeeper.Pote hit back for APOEL in the 51st. Carlao hooked in a low cross from the left and, though Pote almost lost the ball with his first touch, he recovered to turn and shoot past Dortmund keeper Roman Burki.Dortmund piled the pressure on APOEL’s goal and frequently went close. APOEL’s players made desperate goalline clearances and were saved by the crossbar in the 77th when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s header bounced off the woodwork and down.Frequent penalty appeals from Dortmund’s players were turned down.TweetPinShare0 Shareslast_img read more

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IoT device security: A path to standardization

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first_imgSetting up an IoT device is a crucial step. If we take the case of a consumer product, this process is expected to be done once when unpacking each of the purchased products. The main challenge for set up is that it must be both a seamless experience and a secure procedure: the device must be uniquely authenticated and set-up cannot expose vulnerabilities. This set-up procedure needs to be designed and executed correctly, otherwise it can impair either security, or market success. Hence, it is no surprise that security has been severely undermined in the past years, with vendors preferring easy but unsecure pairing. One can think for instance of the many IoT device manufacturers that have been using a common login/password (e.g. admin/password) for all their products. This has created a huge security hole exploited by MIRAI bots. Successful device setup should therefore combine both ease of use and security for the consumer. We will discuss this in more detail in this paper.Onboarding a consumer productRetail IoT products need to be first set up, and usually maintained by the most tech-savvy person in the household. After the device has been connected to the wired or wireless network, the device must be configured to be used by the end user or by other IoT devices and applications. We compare this configuration to personnel onboarding – the comprehensive human resource process where new employees are integrated into a company. When this happens, several different departments within an organization execute various processes to set new employees up with email, computers, phone, tax paperwork, payroll, benefits, and relevant training enrollment. Similar to employee onboarding, device onboarding for IoT devices executes multiple processes to bring new IoT devices into an IoT secure domain:Successful ownership transfer from manufacturer to purchaser, or from one purchaser to the next. The first step of onboarding is to establish ownership of the device, which also establishes the device as a member of the IoT security domain. Once owned, it should be possible for another owner to own the device only by relinquishing ownership, returning the device to the not-owned state either using a hardware reset or executing an appropriate API call. This is important so the inherent security of the device can be maintained. Today, a manual process exists where device ownership is transferred, activated in the field, configured on the network, and registered with the device owner in an IoT management platform. This time-intensive and costly process is fraught with security holes. With device onboarding for IoT devices, the process brings new IoT devices into an IoT secure domain. Credential provisioning: the device is provisioned with credentials for establishing mutually-authenticated secure connections with other devices in the IoT secure domain. Granular access control: with onboarding, a device can be provisioned with varying levels of security. For example, maybe only the parents in a house can program the thermostat, but the children can only turn it up and down.There are proprietary solutions which offer onboarding at scale, but their interface is restricted in the worst case to one device product or, more likely, to a number of device products within a manufacturer’s product range. The motivation for using a proprietary API can be vendor lock-in and/or the lack of standard APIs supporting the device’s functionality. Some of the limits of proprietary software include high cost, lack of developer support, security issues, and lack of customization options.An Introduction to the OCFThe Open Connectivity Foundation (OCF) is a global standards body helping the emergence of a real Internet of Things, meaning across all vertical industries. OCF is built on three pillars: public specification, open source code, and certification. OCF publishes open specifications certified as international standards by the International Standards Organization (ISO) and International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). OCF runs the IoTivity project that manages two open source implementations of the OCF Specification available on Github: IoTivity for hub, and IoTivity lite for end points. Having concrete implementations eliminates ambiguity for developers, reduces time to market for device manufacturers, and forges interoperability. Lastly, OCF runs a certification program delivering an OCF-Certified label and maintaining a database of Certified device products, and an associated OCF Public Key Infrastructure which can be used to issue manufacturer certificates for OCF Certificated devices.The foundation believes in helping the industry by offering tools for seamless bridging to other ecosystems. This bridging framework helps manufacturers to span multiple vertical industries and maximize their development investment to increase cross-market opportunities. OCF bridging capabilities also enable companies to fully integrate OCF-Certified products into proprietary and legacy solutions without losing their current investments. For the purpose, OCF maintains OneIoTa, a database of data models: it is open for public contribution and allows developers to translate automatically from any included data model to any others. Anyone can contribute by specifying their data model in OpenAPI 2.0. Note that the tools to generate code and translate are available on Github.OCF uses REpresentational State Transfer (REST) for messaging between devices. For each logical set of information, a resource is designed. The resources are designed in Open API (using JSON), but are transferred on the wire as CBOR, an automatic translation into binary format that reduces the size of the payloads (similar like zip). This means that OCF supports the ease of using internet technologies (RESTful and Open API/JSON) while being suitable for small devices due to the use of binary payloads.OCF Solution for SecurityOCF mandates that device provisioning can happen only when the client is on the same secure domain. The provisioning instructions are sent over a secure connection, encrypted by Datagram Transport Layer Security (DTLS).The onboarding on the secure domain is split technically into ownership transfer of the device and provisioning the device. The whole process is defined as a set of state transitions and described in the following picture (simplified):Ready for Ownership Transfer Method (RFOTM)Ready for PROvisioning (RFPRO)Ready for Normal OPeration (RFNOP)click for larger image(Source: Open Connectivity Foundation)The below schematics define how the operations proceed in time. Successful ownership transfer means that the device state will go into normal operation (RFNOP).click for larger image(Source: Open Connectivity Foundation)Ownership transfer locks the device down to a secure domain. Only the owner of the secure domain can change it. If an application or other IoT device wants to communicate to the device, it needs to be part of the same secure domain. Only devices that are part of the secure domain can talk securely to each other.OCF defines three ownership transfer methods (OTMs) or algorithms:Just Works, based on Anonymous Diffie-Hellman, provides no authentication of the new device nor onboarding tool (OBT).Random Pin: requires that the device can display a PIN during the ownership transfer, the PIN is generated randomly during onboarding time. This mechanism provides mutual authentication of the Device and OBT. Devices without the capability of displaying the PIN can’t use this onboarding mechanism.Manufacturer Certificate using a Public Key Infrastructure (PKI), needs an additional infrastructure to create and store certificates in the Device. Hence cost-wise Certificate is more expensive than Just Works. Random Pin requires a display which if not serving another purpose would be more expensive. This mechanism provides authentication of the Device but not authentication of the OBT.Which of these different techniques is provided is a device manufacturer choice depending on their needs, and the capabilities of the device.Access to a resource is governed by entries matching the resource in the Access Control List (ACL), which also specify:Permission of access: create/read/update/delete/notify (CRUDN) of the resource.Device identifier, role identifier (discussed further in a later section) or connection type of the Client gaining access to the resource.When all provisioning steps are completed, the device will go to the “Ready for Normal operation” state. This means that all incoming actions will be checked against:If the connecting device is a member of the same secure domainif the connecting device has access to perform the requested action on the resource.When all steps are granted, the action will be performed by the device.Protecting the DeviceAs mentioned in the introduction, it is important that a device neither be attacked nor be permitted to attack other systems with which it has no business communicating. A layered approach is taken: role-based access control and manufacturer usage descriptions. The former addresses device security, while the latter adds an additional layer of protection from the network.Role-based access controlWhen device identifiers are used to grant access, then each device has to be set up to grant each client access. A simpler and more scalable solution is using role-based access control (RBAC). In this case the ACL entry has a unique identifier that represents the role that a client can perform. This role is then configured on the client, without which the device would have to be reconfigured.In this way different access levels can be created:Administrator accessGuest accessNormal operation accessMaintenance accessThe device must be configured for each supported role, rather than be configured for each device.ConclusionOCF has defined a standardized solution to safely onboard a consumer product. However, setting up an enterprise product in an existing infrastructure network is a different challenge. First, IT people cannot go through a one-by-one installation procedure for every device. It would not be reasonable to expect them to repeat the same lengthy procedure for all light bulbs in an office, one by one. Second, the installation requires more choices: the network administrator must decide what network and what resources they will be allowed to access. Said differently, the challenge is in scaling deployment over multiple offices and/or buildings without compromising security either. Here as well, poor implementation can have catastrophic impact. In 2018, a casino fell victim to hackers thanks to a smart thermometer monitoring the water of an aquarium installed in the lobby. The hackers managed to find and steal information from the casino’s high-roller database by connecting to the thermometer. Using an otherwise-innocuous device that had not been secured for the IoT, some very confidential information can fall easily into the wrong hands. We will not describe enterprise products here but will cover that in a future article. Oleksandr Andrieiev is Standards Engineer at Samsung Electronics and chair of the Open Connectivity Foundation Security Work Group. Philip Hawkes is Principal Engineer at Qualcomm and vice chair of the Open Connectivity Foundation Security Work Group. 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Fifa corruption trial hears allegations officials took millions in bribes

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first_imgAmericas How the FBI won ‘the World Cup of fraud’ as Fifa scandal arrives in court Share on Facebook Brazil news “By all appearances it’s a proud moment in the history of the game,” Edleman told the jury. “There are drinks, press conferences but underneath the surface are lies, greed, corruption. Some of these officials had other reasons to celebrate, they had agreed to receive millions of dollars in bribes regarding the tournament.”Edelman said the US government would present evidence, derived from witness testimony, bank records, covert recordings and other documentation that proved each of the officials had received bribes. Marin, Edelman said, had received “millions into a US bank account”. Napout, the prosecutor alleged, had received his money in cash, sometimes “over $100,000 at a time”, whereas Marin, who had been the subject of a domestic corruption investigation, had told a middleman to “hold on to the money until the coast was clear”. In each of their openings defense attorneys did not deny there had been corruption at Fifa, but said their clients were not part of it. They accused the US government of relying on the testimony of Fifa officials who had already pleaded guilty and cooperated with authorities in order to reduce their own sentences. Argentinian-Italian marketing executive Alejandro Burzaco is expected to be a key government witness, and according to Napout’s attorney, Silvia Pinera, got a “sweetheart deal” after he “turned himself in and began telling stories”. She accused the US government of paying other guilty officials hundreds of thousands of dollars to remain in the country to testify and providing their families with visas to the United States. “They’ve been here for years on our dimes,” Pinera told the jury. “We’re the taxpayer.”Bruce Udolf, an attorney for Burga, argued that the government had “simply gone too far” and “simply got it wrong” by charging his client, labelling the allegations “despicable”. “They’ve made a lot of righteous charges against a lot of bad people. But Manuel Burga is not one of them,” Udolf said. Charles Stillman, Marin’s attorney, likened the conspiracy to a match of football among children, arguing his client had remained out of the game while other more senior officials dictated the play. “Marin was not one of them,” he told the jury. “He’s kind of like the youngster standing off to the side, picking up daisies.” Both prosecutors and defense attorneys were at pains to explain to the court the significance of Fifa and football itself by comparing them to US sports. “It [Fifa] is kind of like the NFL or Major League Baseball but it’s for soccer all around the world,” Edelman told the jury. He added: “Here and around the world soccer is more than just a sport. It’s a passion, a way of life.” The trial is expected to last up to six weeks. All three defendants face extensive prison time if found guilty. Football politics Share on LinkedIn Read more Share on WhatsAppcenter_img Fifa Share on Messenger Inside a packed New York City courtroom, and under heightened security on Monday, US prosecutors accused three former South American football administrators of taking millions of dollars in bribes as part of a web of endemic corruption at the heart of the sport’s governing body, Fifa. José Maria Marin, the 85-year-old former head of Brazil’s football federation, Juan Ángel Napout, the 59-year-old Paraguayan who was president of South American football’s governing body Conmebol, and Manuel Burga the 60-year-old former president of the Peruvian football federation, have denied multiple counts of racketeering, wire fraud and money laundering. Their trial is the first in a sprawling federal corruption investigation of Fifa that was announced in May 2015 after several officials were arrested during a morning raid on a hotel in Zurich. Since then more than 40 officials and marketing executives have been charged by US authorities with 23 already pleading guilty. As the defendants looked on, Marin staring ahead, Burga with his head in his hand and Napout appearing to take frantic notes, assistant US attorney Keith Edelman pointed to each of the men and told the jury: “These defendants cheated the sport in order to benefit themselves.” He added that they “did it year after year, tournament after tournament, bribe after bribe”. The trial will focus on how marketing and sponsorship rights were sold for two major South American tournaments, the Copa América and the Copa Libertadores, as well as the Brazilian domestic tournament Copa do Brasil. The officials are accused of regularly taking six-figure bribes. During his opening remarks, Edelman singled out an event in May 2014 in Miami, Florida, where Fifa officials had gathered to announce a special centennial expansion of the Copa América, which would be held in the United States for the first time. Share via Email Share on Pinterest Topics Reuse this content Share on Twitterlast_img read more

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DP World Australia Calls for End to Industrial Action

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first_imgzoomIllustration; Image Courtesy: DP World London Gateway DP World Australia (DPWA) has called for an end to industrial action across its terminals that escalated after the expiry of a three month cease-fire deal between the terminal operator and the union.The company said that it is “disappointed” that the Australian Construction, Forestry, Maritime, Mining and Energy Union (CFMMEU) escalated their industrial action across a number of terminals, particularly at a time when shipping lines are reviewing stevedore contracts.“The industrial action will cause significant disruption to DPWA customers and importantly the broader supply chain of shippers, exporters and importers. DPWA employees will also be unnecessarily and avoidably impacted by these lost earnings,” Andrew Adam, Chief Operating Officer at DPWA, said.During the recent 12-week bargaining period, the union did not make any material concessions to their initial 50 claims, DPWA said, adding that the claims included a wage increase well above CPI, without any willingness to support the needs of DPWA. The company further said that the union continued to demonstrate an alarming refusal to acknowledge the commercial reality of the intense competition from automated competitors.“The company has put forward its position and the union must now make appropriate concessions to their extensive list of claims,” Adam said.last_img read more

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Firefighters battle wildfire in Portugal 31 people hurt

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first_imgLisbon: More than 1,000 firefighters are battling a major wildfire in central Portugal for a third day that has already injured 31 people. The country’s Civil Protection Agency says 321 vehicles and five water-dumping aircraft are also at the blaze Monday. The flames have raced through thick woodlands in the Castelo Branco district, 200 kilometers (about 125 miles) northeast of Lisbon, the capital. Cooler night temperatures helped emergency services get the upper hand over the fire, but authorities say they expect heat and winds to build in the afternoon. Forests are tinder-dry after weeks with little rain. Summer wildfires are a common occurrence in Portugal, where poor forest management and climate change make woodlands vulnerable. In 2017, at least 106 people were killed by wildfires in an especially difficult year for Portugal.last_img read more

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Synthetic peptide may help treat Alzheimers disease

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first_imgWashington: Scientists have developed synthetic peptides that target and inhibit build up of small, toxic proteins which trigger Alzheimer’s disease. The research, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, may be pave the way for treating the neurodegenerative disorder at an early stage. Alzheimer’s is a disease of aggregation. Neurons in the human brain make a protein called amyloid beta. Such proteins on their own, called monomers of amyloid beta, perform important tasks for neurons. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USHowever, in the brains of people with Alzheimer’s disease, amyloid beta monomers have abandoned their jobs and joined together. First, they form oligomers — small clumps of up to a dozen proteins — then longer strands and finally large deposits called plaques. For years, scientists believed that the plaques triggered the cognitive impairments characteristic of Alzheimer’s disease. However, newer research implicates the smaller aggregates of amyloid beta as the toxic elements of this disease. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsResearchers at the University of Washington in the US have developed synthetic peptides — which are designed to fold into a structure known as an alpha sheet — can block amyloid beta aggregation at the early and most toxic stage when oligomers form. The team showed that the synthetic alpha sheet’s blocking activity reduced amyloid beta-triggered toxicity in human neural cells grown in culture, and inhibited amyloid beta oligomers in two laboratory animal models for Alzheimer’s. These findings add evidence to the growing consensus that amyloid beta oligomers — not plaques — are the toxic agents behind Alzheimer’s disease. The results also indicate that synthetic alpha sheets could form the basis of therapeutics to clear toxic oligomers in people, according to Valerie Daggett, a professor at University of Washington. “This is about targeting a specific structure of amyloid beta formed by the toxic oligomers,” said Daggett. “What we’ve shown here is that we can design and build synthetic alpha sheets with complementary structures to inhibit aggregation and toxicity of amyloid beta, while leaving the biologically active monomers intact,” she said. The peptides protected laboratory animals from toxic oligomer damage. In brain tissue samples from mice, the team observed an up to 82 per cent drop in amyloid beta oligomer levels after treatment with a synthetic alpha sheet peptide. Administering a synthetic alpha sheet to living mice triggered a 40 per cent drop in amyloid beta oligomer levels after 24 hours. In the common laboratory worm Caenorhabditis elegans, another model for Alzheimer’s disease, treatment with synthetic alpha sheets delayed the onset of amyloid beta-induced paralysis. Daggett’s team is continuing experiments with synthetic alpha sheets to engineer compounds that are even better at clearing amyloid beta oligomers. “What we’re really after are potential therapeutics against amyloid beta and diagnostic measures to detect toxic oligomers in people,” said Daggett.last_img read more

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Maithri against Mahinda expects him to lose

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“Criticism is an important an important aspect of a democracy. I applaud those who criticize me,” the President said adding that he was happy he was able to restore the freedom of expression in the country.The President however said he had informed the SLFP and UPFA leaders including Dinesh Gunawardena and Vasudeva Nanayakkara that he was against granting nominations to former President Mahinda Rajapaksa. He said that all which he was able to achieve with the support of Parliament was possible as he was the President of the SLFP and the UPFA. Sirisena, as President of the Sri Lanka Freedom Party (SLFP) and the United People’s Freedom Alliance (UPFA), has been accused of betraying the January 8 mandate by agreeing to give Rajapaksa nominations from his party. “Mahinda Rajapaksa who was defeated on January 8th will be defeated again,” he said. President Maithripala Sirisena today broke his silence on the issue of granting former President Mahinda Rajapaksa nominations to contest the August 17 Parliament election, and said that he expects Rajapaksa to lose the election.Making a special statement today, Sirisena said that he is very much against Rajapaksa and assured that he will protect the mandate given to him at the January 8 Presidential election. President Sirisena also said that he feels there are many others who are qualified to be the Prime Minister of Sri Lanka.Many expected Sirisena to resign as the SLFP and UPFA President following pressure from the alliance to give Rajapaksa nominations.“If I resigned, anyone Mahinda Rajapaksa wanted would have received nominations,” Sirisena said. On the Central Bank bond controversy, the President said that he had advised Prime Minister Ranil Wickremesinghe to urge the Central Bank Governor to resign.President Sirisena said that he will remain neutral ahead of the August 17 Parliament election and not openly support any political party. (Colombo Gazette) read more

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Kroger adding Harris Teeter to supermarket network expands reach

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Kroger adding Harris Teeter to supermarket network; expands reach by Candice Choi And Bree Fowler, The Associated Press Posted Jul 9, 2013 7:43 am MDT NEW YORK, N.Y. – Kroger, already the country’s largest traditional supermarket operator, is expanding its reach in key southeastern and mid-Atlantic states by snapping up regional grocer Harris Teeter Supermarkets Inc.The $2.44 billion cash deal reflects Kroger’s growth plans at a time when supermarkets are fighting competition from big-box retailers such as Target Corp. and Wal-Mart Stores Inc., as well as drugstores and dollar stores that are expanding their food sections.Harris Teeter has 212 stores in eight states. That includes locations in Delaware, Florida, Maryland and Washington, D.C., where Kroger currently does not have a presence.Kroger says it doesn’t plan to close any stores as a result of the acquisition. But in the regions where there is some overlap, it may be asked by the Federal Trade Commission to sell stores to other operators to maintain a competitive landscape, said Mike Schlotman, Kroger’s chief financial officer. After Kroger’s last major purchase of Fred Meyer in 1999, he said the agency asked it to sell eight stores.Harris Teeter stores will keep their names and personalities, as with the nearly two dozen other regional chains owned by Kroger, including Ralphs in Southern California, Fred Meyer in the Pacific Northwest and Fry’s in Phoenix, the company said.“I don’t see a lot of change that we would make to Harris Teeter,” Schlotman said. “It already has a large fresh and prepared section — that’s one of the things they’re good at.”That focus on fresh and prepared foods is what makes the deal so attractive to Kroger. While they’re not on the level of Whole Foods supermarkets, Harris Teeter stores tend to be in more affluent neighbourhoods and are more profitable because they have bigger fresh food sections.Kroger, meanwhile, has been expanding the ranks of its “Fresh Fare” stores, which have bigger sections for produce, meat, seafood and prepared foods. These categories tend to have higher profit margins than the rest of the store, Schlotman said.Notably, Harris Teeter also offers a “click and collect” service in about half its stores that lets people shop online then pick up their groceries curbside or at the front of the store.“It’s very popular in Europe, and now we get the chance to understand the process with someone that has it in place,” Schlotman said.Harris Teeter, along with Ralphs, will be one of Kroger’s largest chains by store count.Under the terms of the agreement, Kroger will pay $49.38 for each of Harris Teeter’s shares. The price represents a 2 per cent increase over the company’s Monday closing stock price. The deal has been approved by both companies’ boards, but remains subject to Harris Teeter shareholder approval.Kroger, based in Cincinnati, operates 2,419 stores in 31 states. Its namesake stores account for more than half its stores.Of Harris Teeter’s 212 stores, 138 are in North Carolina, with 55 of those in the Charlotte area. Another 55 stores are in the Washington D.C., area. Its fiscal 2012 revenue totalled about $4.5 billion.Schlotman said the deal marks Kroger’s entry into several attractive, high-growth markets such as Charlotte, N.C., and Washington D.C. But he declined to say whether the company planned to eventually expand to all 50 states.“We don’t have a map of the U.S. with pins saying, ‘We’re going to here and we’ll never go there,’ ” he said.After the deal closes, Harris Teeter will become a Kroger subsidiary and will continue to be led by members of its current senior management. The division will remain based in Matthews, N.C.Kroger Co. says it expects the deal to result in cost savings of $40 million to $50 million over the next three to four years. It will finance the deal with debt and plans to assume Harris Teeter’s outstanding debt of about $100 million.In morning trading, Harris Teeter shares rose 47 cents to $48.99, while Kroger shares rose $1.10, or 3 per cent, to $37.29. AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

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Racism row councillor readmitted to Fine Gael

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first_imgTHE FORMER MAYOR of Naas, who was forced to resign after comments he made about black Africans, has been welcomed back into the Fine Gael party.Darren Scully, who said that he would not represent black Africans because he had been “met with aggressiveness, I have been met with bad manners, I have also been played the race card”.Scully subsequently apologised “unreservedly” for his remarks and resigned as mayor of the Kildare town, claiming his remarks were “open to interpretation” that he did not intend.He was then stripped of the Fine Gael whip, later telling TheJournal.ie that “certain sections of society” wouldn’t be happy until he was “deported somewhere”.Labour TD Aodhán Ó’Ríordáin reported the comments to gardaí.Now, some 20 months after the controversy, Fine Gael has welcomed him back into the fold. Scully will contest next year’s local elections under the Fine Gael banner, aiming to repeat his result in 2009, when he topped the poll.Speaking to KFM today, the party’s General Secretary Tom Curran said that the time had come to forgive Scully and move on.Curran said that there was a “general acceptance” within the party that it was time to move on.“What he did was wrong. He has paid the price. Everyone deserves the chance to redeem themselves.I am sure of a number of things. I am sure that Darren is not a racist, I am sure that what he said was wrong and I am sure that he has learned from a major mistake he made in his political life.“Now is the time for us to move on.”Read: Fine Gael investigating Mayor’s race commentsRead: Darren Scully: ‘Some people won’t be happy until I am deported’last_img read more

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Police seize drugs gun ammo in recent raids

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first_img TCI Premier expresses sorrow over fallen Bahamian Police Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppNassau, Bahamas July 20, 2017 — Two men have been arrested and are in custody in separate incidents following police raids on Wednesday.The first raid took place around 10am when officers executed a search warrant in Staniel Cay and found a marijuana in a man’s home. The man will appear in court soon.Police are also carrying out investigations following an afternoon raid around 3pm which uncovered a Glock pistol, 149 rounds of ammunition and five pounds of marijuana at a home on Rosewood Street, Pinewood Gardens. The lone male occupant of the home got away from Drug Enforcement Unit officers on foot, however.#MagneticMediaNews Apprehension Of Haitian Migrants Related Items:#magneticmedianews, royal bahamas police force Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas Immigration Minister Authorizes Raids in Abacolast_img read more

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The Wilmington Insider For July 26 2018

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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a round-up of what’s going on in Wilmington on Thursday, July 26, 2018:Happening Today:Weather: Showers and thunderstorms before 3pm, then showers likely and possibly a thunderstorm between 3pm and 4pm, then a chance of showers and thunderstorms after 4pm. High near 82. Southwest wind 7 to 9 mph. Chance of precipitation is 80%. New rainfall amounts between a tenth and quarter of an inch, except higher amounts possible in thunderstorms.In The Community: The Wilmington Department of Veterans’ Services is hosting The Moving Wall Vietnam Veterans Memorial from Thursday, July 26 at 11am to Monday, July 30 at noon on the Wilmington Town Common. The wall is open to the public, 24 hours a day, free of charge.Ceremonies will held at The Moving Wall at 7pm on each of the four nights. Tonight’s program is below. For those who cannot attend, the ceremony will air live on WCTV’s Facebook page.Opening Ceremony: Thursday, July 26, 7pmWelcome: Lou Cimaglia, Director, Wilmington Department of Veterans’ ServicesHonor Guards: MA Army National Guard Honor Guard; MIT Police Honor Guard; US Coast Guard Honor GuardInvocation: Deacon Clifford King, US Marines, Vietnam War VeteransNational Anthem: Ryan Walsh, Wilmington High School StudentIntroduction of Guest Speakers: Lou Cimaglia, Director, Wilmington Department of Veterans’ ServicesGuest Speakers: Jeff Hull, Wilmington Town Manager; Kevin Caira, Chairman of Wilmington Board of Selectmen; Ken Gordon, MA House of Representatives; and Jorge Lopez; and Veterans Liaison to Congressman Seth MoultonGold Star Families Place Wreaths: John J. Fullerton, Jr.; Robert W. Parent; Richard W. Welch; and John A. RichReading of Wilmington Names on the WallRiffle Team: Wilmington Police DepartmentTaps: Ken Michaud, Butch AlpersBagpipes: Kevin FitzgeraldBenediction: Deacon Clifford King, US Marine Corps, Vietnam VeteransIn The Community: Do you like to sing? Do you enjoy performing? Come join the Merrimack Valley Chorus at one of its regular weekly rehearsals. You just might discover a passion for a cappella singing, and you’ll also make some great new friends! Open rehearsals are every Thursday at 7pm at the Wilmington Arts Center (219 Middlesex Avenue).In The Community: The Town Beach is open today.  Lifeguards are on duty from 10am to 8pm. Admission is FREE for residents. Proof of residency is required. Learn more HERE.Live Music: Pianist Ricky Lauria performs at Tremezzo (2 Lowell Street) at 8pm.At The Library: Baby Time at 9:30am. Time For Twos at 10:30am. Crafternoon: String Art on Cork at 3:30pm. [Learn more and register HERE.]At The Senior Center: Walking Group at 8am. Computer Class at 9am. Art Class at 10am. Aerobics at 10:30am. Knitting/Crocheting at 11am. Ceramics at 1pm. Ceramics at 1pm. Brain Camp at 1pm. Game Day at 1pm.  [Learn more HERE.]At The Town Museum: The Wilmington Town Museum is open from 10am to 2pm.(NOTE: What did I miss? Let me know by commenting below, commenting on the Facebook page, or emailing wilmingtonapple@gmail.com. I may be able to update this post.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedThe Wilmington Insider For July 28, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For July 27, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”The Wilmington Insider For September 11, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”last_img read more

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TW Lewis Founder Inducted into Housing Quality Hall of Fame

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first_img Agents & Brokers Attorneys & Title Companies Homebuilders Investors Lenders & Servicers Movers & Shakers Processing Service Providers 2013-12-11 Tory Barringer in Data, Government, Origination, Secondary Market, Servicing Tom Lewis, founder and CEO of Arizona-based homebuilder “”T.W. Lewis Company””:http://www.twlewis.com/, is the first-ever inductee in “”_Professional Builder_””:http://www.probuilder.com/ magazine’s National Housing Quality (NHQ) Award Hall of Fame, the company announced.[IMAGE][COLUMN_BREAK]Modeled after the Malcolm Baldrige National Quality Award–which recognizes quality achievements by firms in the business, health care, education, and nonprofit sectors–the NHQ Award represents one of the homebuilding industry’s highest awards for quality management. T.W. Lewis Company received the NHQ Silver Award in 1998 and earned the Gold Award for 2009.According to a release from the company, Lewis’ induction reflects his “”overall contribution to the housing industry and … overall impact in the field of quality homebuilding.””””This is a tremendous honor,”” Lewis said. “”I am very pleased that our commitment to quality homebuilding is being recognized in this way. This award was achieved over many years through a strong commitment by all of our employees that have taken great pride in every T.W. Lewis home.”” December 11, 2013 402 Views center_img T.W. Lewis Founder Inducted into Housing Quality Hall of Fame Sharelast_img read more

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Fed Keeps Rate Asis Amid Economic Optimism

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first_img Share Fed Keeps Rate As-is Amid Economic Optimism Economy Federal Funds Rate Federal Open Market Committee Federal Reserve FOMC HOUSING mortgage Rate Hike 2017-05-03 Aly J. Yale After a two-day meeting, the Federal Open Market Committee has opted to keep the federal funds interest rate as-is—a surprise to many, given the widely held assumption that not one, but two more rate hikes were on the agenda for 2017.According to the Federal Reserve, the improving labor market, moderate job gains, a lower unemployment rate, and steady inflation all factored into the Committee’s decision.A statement from the Federal Reserve said: “In view of realized and expected labor market conditions and inflation, the Committee decided to maintain the target range for the federal funds rate at 3/4 to 1 percent. The stance of monetary policy remains accommodative, thereby supporting some further strengthening in labor market conditions and a sustained return to 2 percent inflation.”Though economic growth has been slow for the first quarter, the Committee stated that Q1 was likely “transitory” and that “with gradual adjustments in the stance of monetary policy, economic activity will expand at a moderate pace, labor market conditions will strengthen somewhat further, and inflation will stabilize around 2 percent over the medium term.”According to Robert Denk, Assistant Vice President for Forecasting and Analysis at the National Association of Home Builders, March was a “bad month,” economically speaking, but April could be promising—and the FOMC was right to bank on that.“The seeds for a quick rebound are already in the ground,” Denk said. “An April rebound in payroll growth can be expected if unusually warm weather accelerated hiring in January and February at the expense of March … the FOMC’s exercise in accentuating the positive can be justified in light of the progress to date and the underlying trends in job growth, the unemployment rate, wage and income gains, household spending and inflation. A long-awaited uptick in business fixed investment is another reason to turn a blind eye toward the weak March numbers.”Curt Long, Chief Economist for the National Association of Federally-insured Credit Unions, agreed that the FOMC’s decision wasn’t all that surprising.”The FOMC is not overreacting to the mediocre economic data received in recent months,” Long said. “The committee seems convinced that the overall trajectory of the economy remains solid. We are still on track for a rate hike at the committee’s next meeting in June, although poor jobs data later this week could cloud the issue.”.The FOMC raised the federal funds interest rate in March from 0.75 to 1 percent. It was largely expected to increase the funds rate two more times over the course of 2017, though after Wednesday’s announcement, the likelihood of that remains to be seen.“The Committee expects that economic conditions will evolve in a manner that will warrant gradual increases in the federal funds rate,” the Fed stated. “The federal funds rate is likely to remain, for some time, below levels that are expected to prevail in the longer run. However, the actual path of the federal funds rate will depend on the economic outlook as informed by incoming data.”The FOMC will meet again June 13.center_img in Daily Dose, Government, Headlines, News May 3, 2017 568 Views last_img read more

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