Daily Archive: November 24, 2017

Nov
24

Succinct Summation of Week’s Events for week ending 11.24.17

Succinct Summations for the week ending November 24th, 2017 Positives: 1. Dow, S&P500, NASDAQ100 & Russell 2000 each hit new all-time highs. 2. Existing home sales rose 2% to a 5.48 million annualized rate, above the 5.37 million expected; prices rose 5.5% y/o/y to $247,000 3. MBA purchase applications rose a seasonally adjusted 5.3% w/o/w…

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Nov
24

Miami's iconic offshore Stiltsville survived Hurricane Irma

Miami's iconic offshore Stiltsville survived Hurricane IrmaMIAMI (AP) — Stiltsville, a stubborn relic of Miami's less-glitzy past as a sun-soaked outpost, has survived Hurricane Irma's brutal winds and waves, much to the surprise of the landmark's caretakers and fans.


Nov
24

US already has 2,000 troops in Syria, Pentagon set to reveal

US already has 2,000 troops in Syria, Pentagon set to revealThe Pentagon is likely to announce in the coming days that there are about 2,000 U troops in Syria, two US officials said on Friday, as the military acknowledges that an accounting system for troops has under-reported the size of forces on the ground. The US military had earlier publicly said it had around 500 troops in Syria, mostly supporting the Syrian Democratic Forces group of Kurdish and Arab militias fighting Islamic State in the north of the country. Two US officials, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the Pentagon could, as early as Monday, publicly announce that there are slightly more than 2,000 U.S. troops in Syria.


Nov
24

Canadian dog walker survives three days in remote bush – thanks to her three dogs

Canadian dog walker survives three days in remote bush - thanks to her three dogsA Canadian dog walker has said she was able to survive for more than two days in the wilderness thanks to her pet border collie, boxer and beagle. Annette Poitras, 56, was out walking her dogs on Monday when she fell, injuring herself and losing her phone in remote British Columbia. She was not rescued until Wednesday afternoon, after an extensive search from a rescue team. Her husband Marcel said the three dogs, which did not leave her side during the ordeal, helped to keep her alive. Annette Poitras, could not have survived over two days in the wilderness without the help of her dogs Credit: Coquitlam Search and Rescue Mr Poitras said that his wife and the dogs – a border collie called Chloe, a boxer named Roxy, and Bubba, a pug-beagle mix – looked after each other over two days and two nights, with no supplies and periods of “torrential” rain. He said his wife used her coat to keep Roxy, the short-haired boxer, warm and took her lead from the dogs who dug a hole in the undergrowth to sleep in, following suit. “One of them was cuddling [her] and one of them was on guard and the other one was looking for food,” he told Global News. Annette Poitras Credit: Coquitlam Search and Rescue None of the dogs left her side, he added. Over 100 rescuers combed the wilderness near Eagle Mountain to try and find Mrs Poitras after her husband reported her missing on Monday. Two helicopters were also used in the search. Eventually, one group of rescuers heard faint cries for help and the dogs' barks and were able to locate them in a remote area. The rescue team said she was “alive and in good condition” quite far into the Coquitlam Watershed and off trail, in dense bush and swamp. Mr Poitras said his wife was recovering and will be released from hospital this week. The couple are looking forward to “quiet, peace, walking dogs, visiting family” now the ordeal is over, he added. 


Nov
24

Charles Manson 'left his entire estate and body to prison pen pal' 

Charles Manson 'left his entire estate and body to prison pen pal' Charles Manson reportedly left his entire estate, including his remains, to a prison pen pal. The murderous cult leader, who died last week aged 83, struck up a friendship with a male correspondent who first wrote to him in the 1990s, TMZ reported. The man reportedly sent 50 unanswered letters to Manson at the California State Prison until he eventually received a reply. Manson then talked to him by telephone and the pen pal started visiting him in jail starting in 2002. According to a yellowing will obtained by TMZ, and dated Feb 14, 2002, Manson left all his belongings, including his clothes and money, to the pen pal. Manson also left to the man rights to use his name and image, and control of songs he had written. The pen pal, who TMZ did not name, also had the right to claim Manson's body within 10 days of his death, and told the news website that he intended to do so. If he does not claim it then the killer will be cremated by the California prison system. According to the will Manson chose specifically to disinherit his known and unknown children, former wives, all relatives, friends, and lawyers. The pen pal said he last spoke to Manson by phone on Oct 21 The will was typed but included some scrawled handwriting, which appeared to match Manson's known style. It included the message: “I'm not in the best spot to rest in peace.” The will was said to have been witnessed by one of Manson's fellow inmates. Charles Manson Credit: AP Manson spent his last 45 years in jail after sending followers known as the “Manson Family” to commit gruesome murders,  In the summer of 1969 he directed his mostly young, female followers to murder seven people in what prosecutors said was part of a plan to incite a race war. Among the victims was actress Sharon Tate, the pregnant wife of filmmaker Roman Polanski. She was stabbed 16 times by cult members. A section of the will said Charles Manson, Prisoner B33920, wished to have his body released to the custody of the pen pal who was “my one and only executor of any services, viewings, funeral arrangements, or otherwise, in his judgment OF MY WISHES only”. Manson also said that he was “of a sound mind”.


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