London Urges Tehran to “Free” British Oil Tanker

The United Kingdom yesterday urged Iran to ease tensions in the Gulf by releasing the British oil tanker boarded in the Strait of Hormuz, an act deemed “unacceptable” by London and raising further escalation fears. British Foreign Minister Jeremy Hunt announced that the executive would inform Parliament on Monday about “further measures” that the United Kingdom intends to take, but the “priority” remains to “find a way to defuse the situation.” But “we also need to see a process” of appeasement on the Iranian side, he said. “We need this ship to be released.”

148 Killed by Islamic Terrorists This Week, During 26 Separate Attacks

This is a significant decline from the last few weeks. There were no major attacks out of Afghanistan, which had been a hot spot right up until the peace road map was signed.

The worst attack occurred in Kismayo, Somalia where 26 were killed and 56 were injured. A suicide car bomb exploded at the base of the Asasey hotel in the southern port city while a presidential candidate was meeting with local elders.  Timed just seconds behind the explosion, three heavily armed gunman entered the Hotel killing 26 including American and a UK citizen. A gun battle ensued for 14 hours before armed security were able to retake control of the hotel.

US Forces Deployed in Saudi Arabia Amid Growing Tension With Iran

US forces are deployed in Saudi Arabia to defend US interests in the face of “serious emerging threats,” the Pentagon said. The move comes amid growing tension with Iran over the safety of shipping lines in the Gulf. Saudi King Salman bin Abdul Aziz has agreed to “host US forces to enhance security and stability in the region,” according to the Saudi Press Agency.

Frisco Search Warrant Quashed, Aussie Police Wanted Prints in Pair of Press Raids

On Thursday, a judge voided a search warrant used by the San Francisco Police Department to monitor a journalist’s phone.  The warrant was then used to gather information in advance of a controversial raid on the apartment and news operation of Bryan Carmody, who published a leaked police report and refused to divulge its source.  Meanwhile, more details are emerging down under on a similar raid on Australia’s public broadcaster.  In a troubling time worldwide for press freedoms, this week provided much-needed good news, and a dose of disinfecting daylight.

Tattoo in the Summer – Best/Strongest Tattoo Pain Relief and Care

As the year wanes on, summer break is already almost half over. Most of us with children are starting to count down the days until they are back in school, and out of the house. Working from home myself, they can be particularly raucous, especially when I am on an important phone call. It’s past the prime time of the year for getting a new tattoo, but I need to do something for myself this summer before the kids drive me crazy.

Fusion and Fission – Two Great Spiritual Energies

Fission and fusion are two sources of energy compared to the energy of heaven and earth. Religion primarily connects with the spiritual energy fusion. Mysticism connects to the spiritual energy of fission.

In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth (Genesis 1) It is beyond our understanding how the world and the universe was created by God from nothing. Creation of something matter from nothing is beyond the human capacity to understand and create.  A human being can take matter and shape it, change it, even to produce from it energy by way of Fusion and Fission. He cannot create something from nothing.

Explosive Growth in Directed Energy Weapons Market

The Directed Energy Weapons Market research report includes an in-sight study of the key Directed Energy Weapons industry prominent players along with the company profiles and Directed Energy Weapons planning adopted by them. This helps the buyer of the Directed Energy Weapons report to gain a clear view of the competitive landscape and accordingly plan Directed Energy Weapons market strategies.

Smart Ideas: How To Design Small Bathrooms

Dreaming of a GSI bathroom, but have a small space? Trying to fit everything in a small bathroom is undoubtedly a difficult task. It’s a challenge to figure out where to put the sink, toilet and how to have enough shower space and, of course, storage. But an extra bathroom is always an advantage, even if it’s small; so here are some tips that you could keep handy, in case you are looking for bathroom design in London or have a picture-perfect modern bathroom design in mind.

Paper Bottles: A True Eco-Friendly Bottle to Keep the Environment Clean

Today, we fight a crucial battle against plastic pollution. We have technologies capable enough to suppress air pollution and clear water pollution. However, we still lack behind when comes to treat the plastic. The major reason that accelerates plastic pollutions is the over the manufacturing of plastic bottles for packaged drinking water and other beverages.

El Chapo: Life Imprisonment for the Mexican “Drug Emperor”

Today, a Mexican drug tycoon Joaquin Guzman, a 62-year-old,  known as El Chapo, has been sentenced to life in prison. Guzman managed to escape from a Mexican prison through a tunnel in 2015 but was later arrested and handed over to the United States in 2017. Guzman was the leader of the Sinaloa drug trafficking group in northern Mexico, which officials say it was the largest supplier of drugs to the United States.

99 Cents Only Stores Update – Restructuring News

This week, Durig Capital provides a brief update on 99 Cents Only Stores LLC, a deep discount retailer whose bonds we have reviewed in the past for our Fixed Income 2 (FX2) High Yield Managed Income Portfolio. 99 Cents Only Stores has recently been challenged by its outstanding debt obligations. Here are some of the highlights:

  • Deep discount retailer 99 Cents Only Stores recently completed an arrangement with creditors which would eliminate many of their short term debt obligations.

  • Debt to equity swaps are a common method  companies use to improve liquidity.

  • Under the newly agreed upon terms, 99 Cents Only Stores will issue common and preferred stock for some of its outstanding debt.

 Recent Financial Statements

Iran Refuses to Negotiate Its Ballistic Missile Program

The Iranian mission to the United Nations, Ali Reza Mir Yusuf, said Tehran’s ballistic missile program is not negotiable. His remarks came after US Secretary of State Mike Pompeo spoke of the Iranians’ readiness to discuss their missile program.

US President Donald Trump also said progress has been made in an effort to reduce tensions with Iran. Relations between the two countries deteriorated dramatically after Trump withdrew last year from the nuclear deal with Iran and re-imposed sanctions on Tehran. In response, Iran began to breach some of the terms of the agreement.

The Battle Against Atheism – Schism Between Religious and Secular

The battle against atheism in Israel, America and throughout the world continues.  Lubavitch Chassidism centrally located in 770 Eastern Parkway Brooklyn New York represents the Jewish people in this battle. They have built a network of Chabad centers throughout the world.

Understanding the problems occurring today in the State of Israel, the schism between religious and secular, first one has to examine the history of the State of Israel from Biblical times until today. A large majority of the Jewish population in Israel and in America are secular Jews and only a portion of the Jewish people are religious observant.  In the history of times Jewish agnostics and atheists have also been activists and leaders in the secular world Karl Marx, Leon Trotsky, Albert Einstein. In America today amongst the liberal politicians is Bernie Sanders.  The State of Israel was founded by Jewish atheists. Wikipedia claims that half of all American Jews have doubts about the existence of God compared to 10 -15% off other American religious groups.

Second Quarter Fundraising Separates Democratic Contenders and Pretenders

Following the first debates last month, polling for the Democratic presidential contenders coalesced around five main candidates.  Former Vice President Joe Biden, Senators Bernie Sanders (I-VT), Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), and Kamala Harris (D-CA), and South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg put some distance between themselves and the rest of the two-dozen strong field.  Monday was Disclosure Day for the field, and sure enough, Biden, Bernie, Buttigieg, Warren, and Harris came out on top of the money race.  Money talks, of course.  Not always on its own, but often in echoes.  With debate requirements tightening in the fall, the second quarter numbers offer the best picture yet as to who will go the furthest and who might be going home the soonest.

US Migrant Crisis: Donald Trump Toughens Asylum Rules

The United States government said yesterday it will never grant asylum to immigrants who did not request it in a “safe third country” in a new attempt to reduce the flow of migrants along the border with Mexico, mainly from Central America. Strict measures should reach migrants arriving along the Mexican border. Strict rules are making it difficult to grant benefits to applicants who have transited through other countries before arriving in the US.

Stand Out – How You Can Build and Promote Your Brand

Do you own a business? Are you looking for low-cost ways to advertise, promote, and sell your services? What could the possible methods be that you should use and take advantage of? For the most part, you’ve heard about word-of-mouth advertisement.

Sure, it’s effective and efficient in spreading information about your brand. However, it’s not enough to spread the word to your potential clients on what your business has to offer. But don’t worry! There are other ways that you can use to establish your business brand. As we all know, the brand conveys your services or products offered. Or in whatever your organization will do, consider the branding strategy.

Evolution and Faith – God is Not Limited

The theory of evolution by natural selection (first formulated in Darwin’s book On the Origin of the Species in 1859) is the process by which organisms change over time as a result of changes in heritable and physical behavioral traits.  These are changes that allow an organism to better adapt to its environment which will help it survive and have more offspring. According to this theory over billions of years on the planet earth these changes have taken course to create the man we know today.  The changes are still taking place.  These changes can effect DNA structures within organisms.

“It’s a Conspiracy Against Me” – South Africa’s Jacob Zuma Rejects Allegations of Crimes

In court testimony, Former South African President Jacob Zuma rejects allegations of crimes and claims to be the target of conspiracies to get him out of the picture. He is accused of corruption and involvement with entrepreneurs who had an influence in his government. Zuma denied a number of accusations against him on Monday. He said that for years he has been the target of conspiracies and attempts to destroy his reputation.

The Chief Rabbi of Sfat Defends Rafi Peretz for His Opposition to Parts of the Gay Agenda

The LBGTQ community went out July 14 in protest against the statements of Rafi Peretz, the newly selected Minister of Education in the government of Benjamin Netanyahu. Minister Peretz, an Orthodox Jew, is firmly against Israel supporting surgeries for people to change their genders. As Minister of Education, Rafi Peretz feels it is important to provide therapy to those that are influenced to change their lives drastically and even to go through surgery to change their bodies to become transgender.

Donald Trump Accused of Racism for Attacking Congresswomen

US President Donald Trump faces a flurry of criticism following statements deemed racist about women politicians in the Democratic Party. Trump wrote in his Twitter account on Sunday:

“So interesting to see “Progressive” Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run. Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came. Then come back and show us how it is done. These places need your help badly, you can’t leave fast enough. I’m sure that Nancy Pelosi would be very happy to quickly work out free travel arrangements!”

As U.S.-Iran Tensions Mount, Europe Tries to Save the Deal

Amid ongoing saber rattling between the United States and Iran, two European envoys have been dispatched to attempt to save the Iran Nuclear Deal.  Emmanuel Bonne, representing French President Emmanuel Macron, was in Tehran this week, and British Foreign Minister (and Prime Ministerial candidate) Jeremy Hunt is headed for Brussels.  Meanwhile, Iran says it’s ready to talk, conditionally.  It seems unlikely the United States will be as willing to listen.

Right vs Left – Democracy in Israel is Tested Too

Democracy which is enjoyed by America, Israeli and the free world continually faces conflicts between the two sides left and right.  Democracy gives the right of both sides to interact peacefully but there is always conflicts over political control.  After President Trump won the election he revealed himself as a conservative Republican.  Republicans are generally more conservative than Democrats who are more liberal. Republicans can be conservative or liberal republican and democrats can be more or less liberal.

Britain Offers to Release Iranian Oil Tanker – Deescalating Tensions

British Foreign Secretary Jeremy Hunt said an Iranian oil tanker being held by the British Royal Navy in the Straits of Gibraltar could be released if the United Kingdom will be guaranteed by Iran that the oil tanker would not go to Syria to deliver its cargo. The minister added that he had a “constructive” telephone conversation with Iranian Foreign Minister Mohammad Javad Zarif, who informed him of Tehran’s desire to resolve the issue, and not to escalate the situation.

New Study Reveals Best Foods to Fight Malnutrition in Children

A diet rich in bananas, chickpeas, and peanuts improves intestinal bacteria in malnourished children, helping them to grow, according to scientific research published today: “Effects of microbiota-directed foods in gnotobiotic animals and undernourished children.” An American study of children in Bangladesh concluded that these foods specifically have the potential to promote healthy microbes in the body, which in turn help to grow bones, brain, and body.

Hurricane Barry: Tropical Storms and Floods Hits New Orleans

Hurricane Barry struck the mainland Saturday on Louisiana coast, causing heavy rains and high winds off the coast, southern United States. The natural phenomenon weakened into a tropical storm after it reached the Intracoastal City region, with winds up to 70 miles per hour, according to the National Hurricane Center (NHC).

The cities of New Orleans and Lafayette registered the first floods in streets and avenues, while thousands of people were removed from areas considered risky. Authorities have issued an announcement that the entire population remain inside their homes.

British Police Launch Investigation of Kim Darroch Memos Leak

British police have launched an investigation into an alleged leak of e-mails from the British ambassador in Washington criticizing the administration of US President Donald Trump. Deputy police commissioner Neil Basu said there was “clear public interest” in bringing officials to justice. Sir Kim Darroch resigned as an ambassador on Wednesday, saying it was “not possible” for him to continue.

380 Injured, Including School Children and 162 Killed this Week by Islamic Terrorists

One hundred and sixty two people were killed by Islamic terrorist attacks with a massive 380 injured in 34 attacks over the last week.  The number injured took a savage leap with the knowledge that a susuide car bomb went off next a school. The number of attacks per day increase from 32 over six days to 34 over the last seven days. The overall number of deaths decrease but the number by a single event was unconscionable.

New Study: Sugary Drinks May Raise Cancer Risk

French scientists say drinking sugary drinks such as juices and sodas may increase the risk of cancer. The results of the study were published in the British Medical Journal. The study tracked more than 100,000 people over five years. The research team at the Sorbonne-Western University in Paris speculated that sugary drinks may increase the risk of cancer because of blood sugar levels.

Recent Changes in Facebook and How it Affects Content Creators

What does it mean for content creators after the recent changes in Facebook Algorithms and the platforms itself? Considering the diverse changes Facebook is developing to the platform and the algorithm supporting organic content and Facebook Ads, the company continues to maintain dominacne to guarantee that your business can maximize its marketing campaigns.

E-Cigarette & Vaporizer Market Booming

Globally, the consumption of tobacco has become a critical issue despite several government initiatives to increase the awareness about the health issues caused by consuming tobacco. Consumers addicted to tobacco find it difficult to get rid of the addiction and would require an alternate to tobacco. This in turn has turned out to be one of the major drivers for the growth in E-Cigarettes and vaporizer Market.