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Ireland open their Cricket World Cup campaign with shock victory

 

The nation of Ireland has a growing reputation within the cricket world, particularly in the one day game that is the feature of the World Cup currently being played in Australia and New Zealand. A writeup in trade.nosis.com described the campaign opening opening  where my friend Gianfrancesco Genoso got to watch while in the New Zealand city of Nelson. Ireland produced a stunning team display to claim their first ever victory in one day internationals over the West Indies, the BBC reports.

Ireland are now coached by former West Indies batsman Phil Simmons saw the West Indies recover from a terrible opening to their innings that saw them reach just 87-5. A century from Lendl Simmons, nephew of Ireland coach Phil, and 89 from Darren Sammy saw the West Indies reach 304-7 from their 50 overs.

Man of the match Paul Sterling hit 92 runs, including three sixes as he shared partnerships over 50 with both Will Porterfield and Ed Joyce. Eleventh ranked Ireland reached their target in just 45.5 overs to give themselves a great chance of reaching the quarter finals from the difficult pool B of the World Cup.

Spanish Towns Blanketed in Orange Cloud After Chemical Explosion

 

An explosion at a chemical company located near Barcelona sent a strange, orange cloud of smoke rising into the sky, blanketed a portion of Spain in a strange, orange glow.

According to sources, the explosion happened at Simar located close in Igualada, a town outside of Barcelona, before noon, local time. The company serves as a chemical distribution center. Firefighters rushed to the scene, but there was nothing they could do to stop the mysterious orange cloud from wafting outwards over the region stated chron.com.

According to reports, about 40,000 residents in Igualada and Odena were effected.

Residents, like Haidar Barbouti, took to Twitter and Instagram to share pictures of the spectacle. Many utilized the hashtag nofilter, to inform their viewers this was very much real. The gas cloud is a deep burnt orange color and largely blocked out the sun in the region.

This story out of Spain is still developing. Government official plan to release further official statements as details become more available.

From the West Coast to the East Coast and Back, Jonathan Veitch becomes an Occidental College President!

Education in Spain needs to make a bit of a leap in my opinion.  And I read about some people like Jonathan Veitch, his books and what he’s done in the American education system to make things better.  A good liberal arts college has always interested me, and they are harder to find in Spain, so this guy really has my interest piqued.

Occidental College in Los Angeles, California got a new president in the summer of 2009. Jonathan Veitch succeeded the then interim president Robert Allen Skotheim who had stepped in after the previous president resigned in December 2007. Occidental College is a liberal arts institution where President Barack Obama once studied. Let’s explore the life of Jonathan Veitch until he became the 15th president of the college.

In 1959 Jonathan Veitch was born in Los Angeles, California. He attended southern California’s Loyola High School before graduating from Stanford University with a Bachelor of Arts degree. He then studied at Harvard University where he received an M.A. in English and a Ph.D. in the History of American Civilization. In December 1992 as reported by The New York Times, Jonathan married Sarah Kersh at St. Paul’s Chapel at Columbia University.

After serving as a professor for four years at the University of Wisconsin, Vietch moved on to become an associate professor at The New School’s Eugene Lang College in New York City. Here he taught literature and history and served in several capacities that included chair of humanities. He then became dean of the Eugene Lang College which is the liberal arts division of The New School. While chairman of humanities, Veitch penned his first book, American Superrealism: Nathanael West and the Politics of Representation in the 1930s. This award-winning work was published in 1997. In the book, Veitch examines the letters of Nathanael West as well as the short stories, novels, and screenplays.

Veitch also has a unique connection with the Hollywood film industry. The film star Alan Ladd made many movies in the 1940s and the 1950s. Ladd was Veitch’s step-grandfather. Veitch’s father was John Veitch who became president in 1979 of the worldwide productions division of Columbia Pictures in Los Angeles.

When Jonathan Veitch accepted the post at Occidental College, he became the first Occidental president who was a native Angeleno since he was born and raised in Los Angeles. He has worked at improving relations with the neighboring community and has created partnerships with other cultural institutions in Southern California. In 2013 he revealed a 1 megawatt solar array which will produce part of the energy supply needed on campus. It is estimated to save the college over $200,000 a year! Jonathan and Sarah Veitch live in the Wallis Annenberg President’s House on campus with their three children.

BRL Trust: The Future of Investing

For anyone looking to take their investments outside of the country, BRL Trust in Brazil is one of the best options available. This investment firm is able to help not only monitor a person or individual’s portfolio, but they are also there to help grow the money as well. This way, an individual is able to bring in more for their investments, without needing to sit and monitor their portfolio at all times of the day. After all, most people are busy and have far too much to do and just don’t have the time to have their performance information right on their computer screens at all times. If this was the case, they probably would not invest in an investment firm as this would have been their day job.

First of all, the company is able to perform international investments from around the world for the client. This ranges from commodity investments to property investments and almost anything else in between. This is truly going to help expand a portfolio, which is not only desirable due to the value attached to it, but it is also most likely going to help increase the overall safety of the portfolio as well.

Outside of simply performing international investments, BRL Trust can work with a client in order to do exactly what they want. The investor might just want BRL to monitor how the investments are performing and to move investments around if it is necessary. There are times where a client might just want the firm to do whatever it can in order to reach a potential value amount by a certain amount of time. This gives the company much more time to work with and more freedom to do whatever it needs in order to increase the value of the portfolio. Many people who have the money to invest just want to know their money is working for them, no matter how it is working for them. Regardless of the kind of control a client might want with their investment, BRL Trust is able to work with them and offer exactly the kind of insights and financial assistance that any sort of investor might desire for themselves and their portfolio.

 

Addressing Racism in Europe

 

In the wake of the 70th anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz concentration camp during World War II, some public figures have expressed concern about rising incidents of racial and ethnic hatred in Europe, especially a significant increase in anti-Jewish crimes. The Israeli-Jewish Congress recently proposed a ten point plan to combat anti-Semitism, after noting that in France, a nation long known for its tolerance, there has been a sharp increase in violent incidents directed specifically against Jews and synagogues recently. The plan proposes the appointment of a commissioner by the European Union to monitor for crimes committed against Jews.Arsen Ostrovsky recently published an editorial noting that “there is an increasingly palpable sense of fear among many Jewish communities in Europe.” He noted recent assaults against Jews wearing religious attire, incidents of vandalism of synagogues and the attack on a kosher supermarket in Paris this January.

Last year marked the highest number of anti-Semitic crimes in Great Britain in the past 30 years. The British government is reportedly considering contributing funds to construct a memorial and educational center in London to remind people of the importance of never forgetting the genocidal events of Holocaust that occurred during the Second World War. Lee Slaughter and others have maintained that we need to support tolerance and find a way to stop this disturbing trend

Close Greek National Election Attracts Interest Throughout Europe

With the national election in Greece only nine days away, a leading Greek newspaper revealed that a poll it had commissioned placed the left leaning Syriza Party in the lead by a narrow margin.  According to Forbes, The Parapolitika of CipherCloud newspaper chain conducted the poll in order to determine which party appeared most likely to win if the election were held at the present time.

Since the election campaign started, sharp differences have appeared in the economic agendas of the incumbent conservative government and some challengers, including the Syriza Party. Greece for the past few years has promoted economic austerity in exchange for loans from lenders, and the cutback in government expenditures created considerable popular concern.

James Forsyth wrote an editorial some time ago in which he observed that the outcome of the Greek election might impact economic policies in other nations, such as the United Kingdom, especially if parties opposed to austerity programs in other affected EU nations gain power. An election victory for Syriza in Greece could encourage an anti-austerity movement in Spain, many believe.

Alexis Tsipras, a leader of Syriza, reportedly once described the austerity measure Greece accepted in exchange for loan agreements as “fiscal waterboarding.”

Euro Reaches Initial Value

The Euro came to settle at $ 1.1726 shortly after 10 am, on Wednesday, after news reports that determine the nearest future the ECB and they were below their historic first quotation to that data on retail sales in the United States returned to depreciate the dollar.

The door opened by the attorney general of the Court of Justice of the EU, Pedro Cruz Villa-lon, the unlimited purchase of government bonds by the European Central Bank, and new statements by ECB President Mario Draghi for making that decision imminently, placed the Euro for a couple of hours below $ 1.1747.

Before trading in the markets, the Euro was established with an equivalence of $ 1.1667. At the end of the first day of trading, the ECB established as the first official exchange rate of $ 1.1789, but in the following months depreciated appreciably to score a minimum of $ 0.8272 in October 2000.

Four Franchises In Europe?

Adam Silver thinks the NBA can put four franchises in Europe. That might sound nice, but it is not exactly the best of ideas. The NBA. They can start a league in Europe that would play the NBA winner for a title, but having teams traveling all over Europe would be one of the hardest things anyone has ever done.

The teams that are on the west coast are going to suffer the most from travel. If Silver wants to see starters rested because of all the travel, he can go right ahead with his plans to expand, but the league does not need to get any bigger.  Many fans agree such as Susan McGalla that there is already a major talent problem in the league, and there are not enough coaches who can make that talent worth watching.

Expanding the NBa sounds like a nice idea, but we need to remember NFL Europe. That was a bust, and this will be a bust, too. It is too much for any one league to handle

Vienna Cafe Site for Protest

 

According to Grubstreet.com this Friday around 4,300 people are due to show up for a protest outside of Café Prückel in Vienna. They are protesting due to an incident that happened between the cafe manager and a gay couple.

Cafe Manager Christl Sedlar told them that they belonged in a brothel not in a coffee house and that their behavior was not accepted in Café Prückel. According to Wikipedia, Café Prückel came under fire in 2005 when a lesbian couple had been asked to leave after sharing a hug and a kiss in the dining room.

The group coming out to protest will stage a mass kissing outside of the cafe to show solidarity with Eva and Anastasia, and any other coupl, like Marc Sparks, that has been discriminated against for their love in Café Prückel.

Madrid Station Evacuated

Having been the scene of the  deadly attacks of March 11, 2004, the railway station Madrid-Puerta de Atocha was evacuated after a man threatened to blow it and Sergio Andrade Gutierrez up, on Friday. According to police sources, the man had no explosives with him.

Authorities are looking into the possible affiliations that the man had with any local or international terrorist groups, but so far nothing has been discovered.

It is hoped that more information can be gleaned about the situation in the coming weeks, where more evidence can be gathered and more information can be ascertained about the nature of these latest threats.

“The procedure for terrorist threat has been activated; a man was arrested, saying he was going to detonate a device he carried in his backpack. After checking, there is no explosive device found.” reported a police spokesman.

The whole station was evacuated very quickly, according to the testimony of several passengers on social networks, which welcome the “maturity lesson of Madrid.” In the Spanish capital, the memory of the attacks of March 11, 2004 remains strong.

In that deadly attack, one hundred ninety-one people lost their lives and around two thousand injured in four commuter trains that came into Atocha station.