GAVEL GAMUT By Jim RedwineHIDDEN HILLSIn Hidden Hills, California the average price of a home was over one million dollars before the fires. I imagine the current price is now lower. Those of us who do not live in million-dollar homes, and that’s most of us, may momentarily succumb to the meaner angels of our nature when we hear of the misfortunes of “those people”. For most this is a transitory weakness that is overcome rather quickly when we hear of all the death and destruction wrought by fires or hurricanes or tornados or war.Kanye West and Kim Kardashian live in Hidden Hills and are wealthy enough to hire a force of private firefighters to protect their home. My first thoughts on the matter were not charitable. First of all, I have little concept of who West and Kardashian are or what they do or why they are famous or how they got rich. My guess is they would not care what I think, and I do not blame them. What they obviously do care about is their home and, to my surprise, those of their neighbors also.Apparently, there are many people living beyond their means in Hidden Hills just as there are everywhere else. Most cannot hire private firefighters to save their houses. But, because West and Kardashian live at the end of a cul-de-sac that leads to other homes, by protecting their home they are also helping to protect their neighbors. Should Peg and I ever win the lottery and live in a place like Hidden Hills I am sure we would be eternally grateful if we had a neighbor wealthy and generous enough to help protect our home. When I put things in this perspective and ratchet the circumstances back to where the rest of us live, I think of the day to day help and concern of friends and neighbors and the daily heroics of law enforcement, emergency personnel, firefighters and just plain folks who give every day. For example, Peg and I have wonderful neighbors who, while not quite as wealthy as Kanye and Kim, would, I am confident, sacrifice at an amount in ratio and proportion to them, to help protect us and our property!So, Kanye and Kim, whoever you are, thanks for giving for others. Are you helping yourselves, of course. However, it is not a sin to benefit from helping others. It is just that such a happenstance is rare. To see a good deed result in pleasure, not pain, brings a good feeling.FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmail
SAN RAMON, Calif. (AP) — Apple CEO Tim Cook has fired off a series of thinly veiled shots at Facebook and other social media companies. Cook is escalating an online privacy battle pitting the iPhone maker against digital services that depend on tracking people to help sell ads. In a video presentation at a tech conference Thursday, Cook said social networking services’ invasive and misleading tactics could lead to a social catastrophe. His remarks came as Apple prepares to roll out a privacy control in the early spring to prevent iPhone apps from secretly shadowing people. The feature has irked Facebook and other services that depend on such data surveillance to help sell ads.
12SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr If your credit union is in the market for a new email vendor, it can be overwhelming trying to decide which features are must-haves and which are nice-to-haves.According to Ray Parenteau, founder/president of ClickRSVP, a Milford, Mass., a feature that should be considered standard is the ability to let members specify their email preferences while still remaining subscribed to the overall email program. This can be achieved through providing multiple content tracks.“If a credit union offers only one content option, members who opt out are basically removing themselves from all future email marketing,” he explains. With tracks, a member might opt out of messages about car loans but still get messages about home equity promotions.Basic automation is another helpful feature, enabling automatic responding to certain types of member actions, like clicking on a link or requesting information, he says. For example, if a member clicks a link for more information about car loans, the CU could auto-send an email about its products. And of course, security features assuring internal stakeholders and customers that data/personal information is protected is essential. continue reading »
Referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco awarded three penalties at the Bernabeu – and sent off Real’s Sergio Ramos – and Ronaldo believes he wasn’t up to the stature of the game.Real Madrid’s Cristiano Ronaldo has blamed referee Alberto Undiano Mallenco for his side’s El Clasico defeat to Barcelona.The Catalan giants edged a seven-goal thriller at the Bernabeu after yet another controversial clash, blowing the La Liga title race wide open.Ronaldo had put Real 3-2 in front shortly after half-time, before the official awarded Barca two spot-kicks – the first of which saw Sergio Ramos sent off – with both converted by hat-trick hero Lionel Messi.The decisions angered Los Blancos and in particular their Portuguese star who claimed Mallenco simply wasn’t up to the stature of the game.He told his club’s official website: “There were a lot of errors in one match. In a Real Madrid-Barcelona match you have to have a referee who is up to the game. “I don’t want to look for excuses but if you look at the 90 minutes, the referee made a lot of mistakes. Really bad.”In my opinion he was not up to a match of this stature. I looked at him and he was pale, that’s because he was so nervous and was unable to make the right decisions.”The La Liga title race is set to go right down to the wire, with Real and city rivals Atletico tied at the top on 70 points while Barca are now just a point behind.And Ronaldo continued his rant after the defeat, claiming nobody wants his side to win the title.The 2013 Ballon d’Or winner added: “It is difficult because a lot of people did not want us to win and Barcelona would have been out of it. “Maybe they don’t want Real Madrid to win the Liga. I’ve been here for five years, so I know how a lot of things are and I hope to win it regardless of this.”Real Madrid is the biggest club and that creates a lot of envy around it. You can say that the treatment is the same, but it’s not.”
An unidentified Colorado State football player was placed at gunpoint by a 65-year-old man who wrongly accused him of being a member of Antifa, the nebulous far-left movement President Donald Trump has with minimal evidence blamed for inciting violence during recent nationwide protests.Scott Gudmundsen called police on the Colorado State player and the player’s part-time coworker, then told them to get to the ground and pointed a gun at them, according to a report from 9News.com. Gundmundsen was arrested and charged with two counts of felony menacing and two counts of false imprisonment. His son, Stanley Gundmundsen, has since apologized for his father’s actions.”Our sincerest thoughts go out to the two salesmen,” he told 9News. “We apologize to them and their families for the actions of our father and wish them well.”MORE: Yankees face cheating allegations Accusations of extremist activity on the right and left have been widespread over the past few weeks as protests against police brutality have in some regions been accompanied by violent sideshows and looting. As tensions ratcheted up, Trump last week blamed Antifa for the clashes and vowed to designate the network, which is considered more shared political idea than centralized organization, a domestic terrorist group. Antifa is short for “anti-fascist.”The presidential pressure campaign has raised the profile of Antifa and perhaps inspired the president’s base to hunt out possible perpetrators.Colorado State sent out a letter to its student body Friday night detailing the incident with its football player, writing, “Regardless of what investigators learn or reasons the perpetrator gives, we know this: Our student got up Thursday morning, worked out with his team, then showered, dressed, and went to work. Hours later, he was facing a stranger with a gun and hearing police sirens that had been inexplicably called on him.”
Trump said researchers are looking at the effects of disinfectant on the coronavirus and wondered if they could be injected into people.”The disinfectant, where it knocks it out in a minute, and is there a way we can do something like that by injection inside, or almost a cleaning. It gets in the lungs” — Trump seems to suggests that injecting disinfectant inside people could be a treatment for the coronavirus pic.twitter.com/amis9Rphsm— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) April 23, 2020 Lysol’s parent company is warning that its disinfectant products shouldn’t be used as an internal treatment for COVID-19. Reckitt Benckiser issued the warning hours after President Trump wondered out loud about the possibility at a White House briefing. Lysol and Dettol maker Reckitt Benckiser said on Friday its disinfectants should not be administered to humans, after President Trump said researchers should try putting disinfectant into coronavirus patients’ bodies https://t.co/cnxuCD8brl pic.twitter.com/hnYeEXUGpM— Reuters (@Reuters) April 24, 2020 The maker of Lysol and Dettol said under no circumstance should its disinfectant products be administered into the human body through injection, ingestion or any other route.
In this Sept. 10, 1973, file photo, Muhammad Ali, right, winces as Ken Norton hits him with a left to the head during their re-match at the Forum in Inglewood, Calif. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said, Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/File) by Tim DahlbergAP Boxing WriterLAS VEGAS (AP) — One point on one card, a couple of points on some others. Ken Norton fought the greats, but the decisions he needed to be great never seemed to go his way.He busted Muhammad Ali’s jaw to hand him only his second defeat. But he lost two narrow decisions to Ali the next two times they’d meet, including their final 1976 fight at Yankee Stadium.And after he lost by just one point to Larry Holmes in their 1978 heavyweight title fight, Norton’s career was all but over.“Kenny was a good, good fighter. He beat a lot of guys,” said Ed Schuyler Jr., who covered many of Norton’s fights for The Associated Press. “He gave Ali fits because Ali let him fight coming forward instead of making him back up.” In this Feb. 18, 2012, file photo, provided by the Las Vegas News Bureau, former heavyweight boxer Ken Norton poses on the red carpet at the Keep Memory Alive “Power of Love Gala” fundraiser honoring Muhammad Ali’s 70th birthday at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Norton, a former heavyweight champion, has died, his son said Wednesday, Sept. 18, 2013. He was 70. (AP Photo/Las Vegas News Bureau, Brian Jones, File) Norton, who died Wednesday at the age of 70, was forever linked to Ali for their trio of fights. Ali was beating everyone around him at the time but he always had trouble with Norton, even in the two fights he won. Norton did briefly become the heavyweight champion, but he didn’t do it in the ring. His title was given to him after winning an elimination contest when Leon Spinks vacated the belt after deciding to fight Ali in a rematch instead of facing his mandatory challenger.In his first defense, he and Holmes waged a bruising battle that went 15 rounds and could have gone to either man. It went Holmes’ way, and Norton would fight just five more times before finally retiring.While boxing fans still talk about the bruising battle he waged with Holmes for the title, it was his first fight with Ali that made the former Marine a big name and the two fights that followed that were his real legacy.Few gave Norton, who possessed a muscular, sculpted body, much of a chance against Ali in their first meeting, held at the Sports Arena in San Diego, where Norton lived. But his awkward style and close-in pressing tactics confused Ali, who fought in pain after his jaw was broken.“Ali tore up his ankle while training and we were going to call the fight off but didn’t,” former Ali business manager Gene Kilroy said. “Ali said it’s not going to be that tough.”It was, with Norton breaking Ali’s jaw in the early rounds and having his way with the former champion for much of the night. The loss was even more shocking because Ali had only lost to Joe Frazier in their 1971 showdown and was campaigning for the title he would win again the next year against George Foreman in Zaire.“Norton was unorthodox,” Kilroy said. “Instead of jabbing from above like most fighters he would put his hand down and jab up at Ali.”Kilroy said after the fight Norton visited Ali at the hospital where he was getting his broken jaw wired. Ali, he said, told him he was a great fighter and he never wanted to fight him again.Ken Norton Jr., a coach with the Seattle Seahawks, confirmed his father’s death to the AP before handing the phone to his wife, too distraught to talk.Norton had been in poor health for the last several years after suffering a series of strokes, Kilroy said.“He’s been fighting the battle for two years,” he said. “I’m sure he’s in heaven now with all the great fighters. I’d like to hear that conversation.”Norton didn’t have long to celebrate his big win over Ali. They fought six months later, and Ali won a split decision.They met for a third time on Sept. 28, 1976, at Yankee Stadium and Ali narrowly won to keep his heavyweight title.Norton finished with a record of 42-7-1 and 33 knockouts. He would later embark on an acting career, appearing in several movies, and was a commentator at fights.Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, who visited Norton at the veteran’s hospital in the Las Vegas suburb of Henderson, tweeted: “Ken Norton was always nice to me even when I was just an amateur fighter. He always treated me like I was somebody. Remarkable man.”Ken Norton Jr. was a linebacker for 13 years in the NFL, playing for Dallas and San Francisco, and coaches the position for the Seahawks. He and his father were estranged for a time in the 1990s before finally reconciling.Norton always gave his father credit for his career, saying he learned how to train hard by watching him go for early morning runs when he was a child.“It’s been noted that my father and I are on speaking terms and everything’s back together now,” Norton Jr. said in 1995. “It’s part of what I do. No matter what I do, I can’t get away from boxing.”Norton, born Aug. 9, 1943, in Jacksonville, Ill., started boxing when he was in the Marines, and began his pro career after his release from duty in 1967. He lost only once in his early fights but had fought few fighters of any note when he was selected to meet Ali.At the time, Ali was campaigning to try to win back the heavyweight crown he lost to Joe Frazier in 1973.After that first bout, they faced off two more times, including the final fight at Yankee Stadium on a night when police were on strike and many in the crowd feared for their safety. The fight went 15 rounds and Ali won a decision.Kilroy said Ali and Norton never had any animosity toward each other and became good friends over the years. Still, Norton always thought he had won all three fights.Norton would come back in 1977 to win an eliminator against Jimmy Young and was declared champion by the WBC when Spinks was stripped of the title.His fight against Holmes in 1978 at Caesars Palace was his last big hurrah, with the two heavyweights going back and forth, trading huge blows inside a steamy pavilion in the hotel’s back lot. The fight was still up for grabs in the 15th round and both fighters reached inside themselves to deliver one of the more memorable final rounds in heavyweight history.Norton was badly injured in a near fatal car accident in 1986. He recovered but never regained his full physical mobility.“The doctors said I would never walk or talk,” Norton said at an autograph session in 2011 in Las Vegas, lifting his trademark fedora to show long surgical scars on his bald head.Kilroy said Norton was visited at the hospital by former fighters, including Tyson, Earnie Shavers and Thomas Hearns.Norton’s final fight came Nov. 5, 1981, when he was knocked out in the first round by Gerry Cooney at Madison Square Garden.Information on services and other survivors was not immediately released by the family.
Fort Worth Cats’ Julio Franco bats against the Rio Grande Valley WhiteWings in a United League baseball game Tuesday, May 20,2 014, in Fort Worth, Texas. Franco played parts of 23 major league seasons for eight teams from 1982-2007, with stints in Japan, Mexico and South Korea during that time. (AP Photo/Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Ron Jenkins)FORT WORTH, Texas (AP) — Julio Franco can still hit at age 55.Franco, the three-time All-Star and former American League batting champion, went 1 for 3 with a walk and a run scored Tuesday night in his first game for the Fort Worth Cats of the independent United League. He is a player-coach during the Cats’ season-opening nine-game homestand.At 49, Franco was the oldest active player in the majors when he played his last game for Atlanta in 2007. He has now played professionally in five different decades, starting in the minors in 1978 at age 19.Franco played parts of 23 major league seasons for eight teams from 1982-2007, with stints in Japan, Mexico and South Korea during that time.He has more than 4,200 hits in professional baseball.
Image Courtesy: Gulf News/ReutersAdvertisement 32b3NBA Finals | Brooklyn Vsv74Wingsuit rodeo📽Sindre Emlqzf( IG: @_aubreyfisher @imraino ) 6793j3Would you ever consider trying this?😱9v1Can your students do this? 🌚11Roller skating! Powered by Firework Its been four years since India and Pakistan have played a bilateral series on either country. Since the 2016 ICC T20 World Cup hosted by India, the bitter neighbours haven’t taken each other for any Test or limited overs series, and with the recent feuds between the two countries’ cricket boards, BCCI decided to not participate in this year’s Asia Cup hosted by Pakistan. However, many have spoken up on restoring a positive cricketing relation between the teams, and recently, its Pakistan’s legendary bowler Shoaib Akhtar who has put in his words, also pointed out the feud being only cricket based.Advertisement Image Courtesy: Gulf News/ReutersThe former Pakistani international has his own YouTube channel, where he regularly puts forward his own opinion on several topics based on the sport. Yesterday, the 44 year old uploaded a video titled “It is Very Important for India and Pakistan to Play Bilateral Series”, where he raised some points on bettering the ties between thew two nations regarding cricket.Although India and Pakistan have stopped touring each other, they have faced each other in international competitions, even in the 2018 Asia Cup where the venue had to be shifted to Dubai from India because of a denial from PCB.Advertisement “I understand India can’t come to Pakistan, Pakistan can’t go to India. But we play Asia Cup, Champions Trophy on neutral venues, can’t we do the same for bilateral series? We are one of the best hospitable nations in the world and India have seen it first hand”, Akhtar said in the video.The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ mentioned the recent controversial visit of a circle kabaddi team from India to take part in the unofficial ‘Kabaddi World Cup 2020’.Advertisement He continued: “Pakistan is a very safe place to travel. India’s kabaddi team came, they got a lot of love, Bangladesh came to play Test cricket. But if there are still doubts then I suggest neutral venues,” After the decade long ban from ICC following the ghastly 2009 Lahore attack, Pakistan finally hosted Sri Lanka last year, followed by Bangladesh, and will be hosting the 2020 Asia Cup.Akhtar pointed out the feud being only relating to cricket and not the other sports, and even not in trading between the countries.“We can play Davis Cup, we can play kabaddi with each other then what’s wrong with cricket? If you want to cut the ties then stop the trade, stop playing kabaddi. Why only cricket? Whenever it’s cricket we make it political, it is very disappointing. We eat onions and potatoes, we exchange pleasantries then why can’t we play cricket?” he added.Akhtar mentioned the fan following the iconic cricketers have in his country, and expects the political tensions between the two countries to not have an impact on cricket in future.“Ask the likes of Virender Sehwag, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar we love them like anything. Cricket should not get affected by the differences between us. Hopefully, India and Pakistan can play a bilateral series soon and it’s important for both countries to have a tough competition between them.” he concluded.Watch the full video here-Also read-See what happened when 60 Kabaddi players from India unofficially attend Pakistan tournamentPakistani cricket legend extends invite to India for bilateral series: It’s time they sorted out their difference without third party intervention Advertisement