Month: June 2019

Radio Iowa/Baseball Coaches Association High School Poll 6/30/19

Class 4A 1. Johnston (22-3) LW #1 2. Iowa City West (21-6) LW #3 3. Western Dubuque (21-5) LW#2 4. Des Moines Roosevelt (20-4) LW #6 5. Linn-Mar (20-5) LW #7 6. Urbandale (18-9) LW #8 7. Ankeny Centennial (19-8) LW #9 8. Southeast Polk (21-9) LW #4 9. Dowling Catholic (17-9) LW #5 10. […]

Car Critic: The Chrysler 300S

ROY, Utah — Sometimes, age can be a good thing. Fox 13’s Car Critic Brian Champagne tests out the 2019 Chrysler 300S, now in its 14th year.

Watch the video above to see what this smooth-looking and smooth-driving car has in common with old airplanes!

The best performing stock so far this year is a cosmetics company

Traders work at the Coty booth on the floor of the New York Stock Exchange. Jin Lee | Bloomberg | Getty Images Beauty company Coty is by far the best-performing stock in the S&P 500 so far this year. Shares of the cosmetics distributor are up more than 100% in 2019, while the S&P 500 is up only 17%. Investors are betting on a major turnaround for Coty, under new management and finally recovering from its acquisition of P&G’s beauty business. The stock fell 67% last year. Coty, which distributes cosmetic brands like Opi, Covergirl and Sally Hansen, is in

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Utah teachers get firearm training in case of school shootings

SPANISH FORK CANYON, Utah — Saturday in Utah County, the teachers became the students.

At Teachers Academy, hosted by the Utah County Sheriff’s Office, they learned how to handle their own guns in the case of an active shooter.

Check out the video above for the full story!

What Just Happened Also Occurred Before The Last 7 U.S. Recessions. Reason To Worry?

Signs are pointing to a coming U.S. recession, according to an economic indicator that has preceded every recession over the past five decades. It is known among economists and Wall Street traders as a “yield curve inversion,” and it refers to when long-term interest rates drop below short-term rates. That curve has been flattening out and sloping down for more than a year, raising worries among some analysts that an economic downturn is looming. But on Sunday, an inauspicious milestone was achieved: The yield curve remained inverted for three months, or an entire quarter, which has for half a century been a clear signal that the economy is heading for recession in the next nine to 18 months, according to Campbell Harvey, a Duke University finance professor who spoke to NPR on Sunday. His research in the mid-1980s first linked yield curve inversions to recessions. “That has been associated with predicting a recession for the last seven recessions,” Harvey said. “From the 1960s, this

Japan resumes commercial whaling, seen as face-saving end

TOKYO – Japan has resumed commercial whaling after 31 years, meeting a long-cherished goal of traditionalists that’s seen as a largely lost cause.

Whaling boats embarked Monday on their first commercial hunts since 1988, when Japan switched to so-called research whaling, but will stay within the country’s exclusive economic waters. Japan’s six-month notice to withdraw from the International Whaling Commission took effect Sunday.

The Fisheries Agency said the catch quota through the end of this year is set at 227 whales, fewer than the 333 Japan hunted in the Antarctic in recent years. The quota for this season’s catch, planned for release in late June, was postponed apparently to avoid criticism during the Group of 20 summit that concluded over the weekend in Osaka.

As the boats left port, whalers, their families and local officials in two major whaling towns, Shimonoseki in southwestern Japan, which is Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s electoral constituency, and Kushiro in the north, celebrated the fresh start, hoping for a safe return and a good harvest.

While the resumption of commercial whaling is condemned by many conservation groups, others see it as a face-saving way to let the government’s embattled and expensive whaling program gradually succumb to changing times and tastes.

Despite the massive attention and tax money and political support from ruling party lawmakers, whaling in Japan involved only a few hundred people and accounted for less than 0.1 per cent of total meat consumption in fiscal 2017, according to the latest government data on food sufficiency.

Whale meat was an affordable source of protein during the lean times after World War II, with consumption peaking at 223,000 tons in 1962. But whale was quickly replaced by other meats. Whale meat consumption was down to 6,000 tons in 1986, a year before the commercial whaling moratorium imposed by the IWC.

Under the research hunts, which was criticized as a cover for commercial hunts as the meat was sold on the market, Japan at its peak caught as many as 1,200 whales but has drastically cut back on its catch in recent years after international protests escalated and whale meat consumption slumped at home.

Today, about 4,000-5,000 tons are supplied to Japan annually, or 30-40 grams of whale meat consumed per person a year, Fisheries Agency officials say.

The research whaling program lost money for years – 1.6 billion yen ($15 million) in the last year alone.

Japan will stick to a very strict catch quota with respect to the IWC findings, and will continue conducting research, said Hideki Moronuki, a Fisheries Agency official and a chief negotiator at the IWC. He said Japan’s commercial whaling will never harm its stock.

The commercial whaling will be carried out by two groups. The mother boat Nisshin-maru and two support boats that used to go to the Antarctic will travel as far as the 200 nautical mile EEZ to catch minke, Bryde’s and sei whales. Five other smaller ships will stay closer to the coast but also hunt minkes, in addition to Baird’s beaked whales and dolphins that they used to catch under an IWC loophole.

Whales caught in coastal waters are expected to be brought back for fresh local consumption at any of six local whaling hubs that are mainly in northern Japan but include Taiji, the home constituency of ruling Liberal Democratic Party heavyweight Toshihiro Nikai. The town is also known for dolphin hunts because of the documentary film “The Cove.”

Whale meat caught further off the coast will be frozen and distributed for wider consumption.

Moronuki says the fate of commercial whaling depends on whether whale meat is widely accepted by consumers since it won’t be getting as much subsidies as it used to get. Moronuki said he hoped whale meat would be reasonably priced so that it will gain popularity in the long-term instead of becoming an expensive delicacy for a limited clientele.


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Thomas Gottschalk and girlfriend Karina Mross in Zurich – view

eyes he has only for you: Karina Mross (57) is the new wife of Thomas Gottschalk (69) page. The attention he gives his sweetheart a napkin, his long legs touching gently her knee. The well-known entertainers visited on Saturday evening, the Party of a friend, the entrepreneur, was celebrated in a Villa with a spacious Park on the shores of lake Zurich. In the casual Look Gottschalk mingled among the illustrious guests, served in a generous buffet, and enjoyed undisturbed the balmy summer evening.

New love after 40 years of scandal-free marriage

in March announced Gottschalk, the separation from his wife Thea (73). The two were considered the dream couple of the show industry and led for over 40 years a scandal-free marriage. A year ago, the Entertainer showed up at official events on Thea’s side.

According to the official separation the way for the new luck: Proud Gottschalk shows now with Karina Mross – at official occasions. A sign of how seriously it seems to be the TV man with the relationship.

move to Switzerland?

shortly before the visit in Zurich, the new dream was a couple on the road together: Thursday evening on the red carpet at the film festival in Munich (D). There, too, Gottschalk showed a charming and casual – before he answered the press with a few questions, he said goodbye to his girlfriend, gallant kiss on the Hand.

Mross remained, meanwhile, discreetly a few steps in the Background. A lot is on the blonde, who is said to have a certain Similarity with Thea, is not known. She has an adult daughter and works as a Controller for TV-projects at SWR in Baden-Baden (D). Gottschalk has since his return from Malibu (United States) is an apartment in Berlin. The Couple should look after the shared Home. Maybe even in Switzerland?

Review: The stars are one reason why Far From Home is the best Spider-Man yet

The newest Spider-Man film made Fox 13’s Steve Oldfield change his opinion toward the superhero. Here is his review:

I’ve never been a fan of Spider-Man — he’s my least favorite superhero.

My opinion on the guy they got to put on the suit is the exact opposite, though.

Tom Holland’s a big reason why “Far From Home” isn’t just the best Spider-Man movie ever made — it’s now one of my all-time favorite Marvel movies! Right up there with  Guardians of the Galaxy and Deadpool.

It’s just as funny, but it’s all sweet and kind of awkward high school humor.

“A good laugh, a good pick-me-up. I think this film is the perfect thing for fans to really have a good smile and enjoy themselves,” Holland said.

Tom Holland’s costar Zendaya is great too.

“As much as it’s an action movie, it’s also a feel-good movie,” Zendaya said. “It’s made to make people just go and get to escape into this world and have fun.”

She and costar Samuel Jackson are big fans of Holland.

“Everything about him exudes youthfulness, energy. He’s got a big, big, big, big personality,” Jackson said. “He’s just a great kid, too, and his sincerity comes through.”

Zenday added, “He just truly loves what he does. He’s just so happy and enjoys playing Spiderman through and through.”

Even if you’re just a casual fan of Marvel movies, you’ve got to see this one on the big screen.

Newborn Photography – Ottawa’s Best Newborn Photographer Shares Tips on How to Sooth a Baby

Many parents ask me how I am able to get their baby back to sleep so quickly during a newborn photography session. To be honest with you, I wish I had known half of what I know now back when I had my babies (who are 9 and 11 years-old now!). The truth is, it takes time and practice to get the swing of things. Just like it took me time to learn how to pose newborn babies for photos, it also takes time to adjust and get to know what works and what doesn’t for your little one. For first time parents, everything is so new and overwhelming to them. At times, it may seem that you just don’t know what you’re doing. I know that was certainly the case for me and my husband back when we had our first son. But the truth is that everything is new for baby too! They have just spent the last 9 months enjoying the warmth and cuddle of being all snuggled up in mommy’s belly and suddenly everything changed for them. Luckily, there are a few things that you can do to make this transition for both of you a little easier. Here are a few tips and tricks that I have learned over the years while photographing little ones:

1) The first thing I recommend is to make sure baby is clean (diaper change), fed and comfortable. Sometimes all baby needs is to be fed or to have a clean diaper! Babies usually start turning their heads, opening their mouths and putting their hands in their mouth when they start getting hungry. Although we’re told babies usually feed about every 3 hours, every baby is different and watching for these signs will help you keep baby happy and content.

2) Swaddle. For my kids, I was convinced that they did not like being swaddled. They would cry and get their arms out and I was certain they did not want to have their arms in. But the truth is that most babies looove being swaddled. If you think about it, they had just spent the last 9 months not really being able to move in mom’s belly; at least for the last couple of months before they came out. Being swaddled gives them a sense of security and comfort. At my Ottawa studio I swaddle them quite tightly for newborn photos but I always tell parents that’s not how you want to swaddle them at home. Click here to find some instructions on how to swaddle a baby at home.

3) Make sure baby is not cold. The truth is nobody likes being cold… at the studio I keep the temperature nice and toasty since the newborn baby will be naked while I photograph him/her throughout the newborn session. For my kids, before I changed them, I would always run the wipe or cloth under hot water so that I wouldn’t startle them with a cold cloth on their warm skin. Making sure baby is not cold at my sessions always helps them sleep and be comfortable.

4) White noise. Here is a link for the white noise I use throughout my newborn photography sessions. Back when I had my boys, which really wasn’t that long ago, there was no YouTube or apps that we could use. So we resorted to the vacuum cleaner, the hair dryer and things of that nature. Nowadays there are so many ways get these white noises and they really help! These sounds help mimic the sounds that babies heard while in momma’s belly and it’s yet another technique to help sooth your baby. 

5) Rocking the baby. I always tell my clients that if their baby is moving, I’m moving with them! Sometimes when they’re laying on the beanbag while I do their newborn photos, they will start moving a bit and wanting to wake up. If I just put my hand lightly on them and start moving it slightly from side to side, they usually go right back to sleep. At home, you can rock your baby, put them in a swing and even go for a car drive. Moving and rocking them lightly is a great way to put them back to sleep.

6) Giving them a soother. I know, I know… we are told not to give them soothers. And I totally agree that if your baby doesn’t need one, then you shouldn’t give it to them. However, there are some babies that really have that need to soothe by suckling. It’s their instinct. And in that case, I recommend a soother. During my newborn photo sessions, I always tell parents to bring a soother along. In case baby starts waking up while I transition them in between poses, I put the soother in their mouth and they usually go right back to sleep.

I hope the tips above can help you a bit! Please note that these are just my opinion and you should always talk to an expert in case your baby is still having a hard time settling after you try all of the tips above. I know it can be tough in the beginning to find out what works for your little one and what doesn’t but this time truly flies by and soon they will be giggling and playing with you! Enjoy this time with them and make sure you get to rest as well. Thanks for stopping by! 

Trump Takes 20 Steps into North Korea, Making History as First Sitting U.S. Leader to Enter Country

NORTH KOREA — President Donald Trump shook hands with Kim Jong Un on Sunday and took 20 steps into North Korea, making history as the first sitting US leader to set foot in the country.

Trump crossed the low stone curb separating the North and South at 3:45 p.m. local time, making his way alongside a grinning Kim into a country that’s long been a global pariah for its nuclear ambitions and dismal record on human rights.

The event, seemingly spontaneous and broadcast live, took to a new level Trump’s showman instincts and view of diplomacy as a test of interpersonal skills. Afterward, Trump said he agreed with Kim to revive staff-level talks that had collapsed after their last summit in February.

The encounter at the heavily fortified Korean Demilitarized Zone — their third in person — came a day after Trump raised the prospect of a border handshake in a tweet and declared he’d have “no problem” stepping into North Korea.

“Would you like me to step across?” Trump asked Kim as they shook hands. “I am OK with it.”

While inside North Korean territory, Trump and Kim shook hands and patted each other’s backs before returning across the border to the South after about a minute.

“I never expected to meet you at this place,” Kim, who appeared overjoyed in the moment, told Trump through an interpreter.

Later, Trump said he was “proud to step over the line” and thanked Kim for the meeting. He invited him to the White House, though later acknowledged such a visit would likely not come soon.

The North Korean leader said he was surprised by Trump’s request to meet, and accepted the offer due to their “excellent relationship” and the significance of meeting at the border.

“I think meeting here, two countries that have a hostile past, we are showcasing to the world that we have a new present and we have a positive meeting going forward,” he said.

After the historic handshake, the two men met inside the Freedom House at the DMZ for just under an hour — a more substantial session than Trump previewed earlier when he said his encounter with Kim would amount to little more than a handshake.

The moment marks a milepost in the United States’ fraught history with North Korea, but what it means beyond a display of friendship wasn’t immediately clear.

The North Korean government praised Trump’s “historic” meeting and handshake with Kim as an “amazing event” in the country’s first acknowledgment of the talks at Panmunjom, North Korean state news agency KCNA reported Sunday.

Kim said that it was the “good personal relations with Trump that made such a dramatic meeting possible,” according to KCNA.

The North Korean government went on to explain how the “bold” decision by Kim and Trump created “an unprecedented trust between the two countries which had been antagonizing each other with deep rooted hostility,” KCNA reported.

There did not appear to be any new commitments made in Trump’s 50-minute meeting with Kim beyond an agreement to restart talks. And Trump himself said afterward he was in no rush to rid North Korea of its nuclear weapons.

Still, the meeting and historic border crossing have broken a stalemate in the talks that hasn’t broken since Trump walked out of his last meeting with Kim in Vietnam four months ago.

Trump said negotiating teams would begin meeting in a matter of weeks.

The US team will be led by the current US special representative for North Korea, Stephen Biegun, Trump said. Turning to Biegun, Trump wished him luck.


Confirmation came after back-and-forth
Trump arrived to the border zone about an hour after he confirmed he would meet with Kim, and used an observation platform to peer into the North.

Standing alongside his South Korean counterpart, he appeared somber as he listened to a US military official, who pointed at landmarks in the distance.

“It used to be very, very dangerous,” Trump said, citing his briefing. “After our first summit, the danger went away.”

Even with history in the air, Trump did not avoid criticizing the media, claiming he wasn’t given credit for improving relations with Pyongyang.

“When they say there’s been no difference, there’s been a tremendous difference,” he griped. “I say that for the press, they have no appreciation for what is being done, none.”

The meeting along the fenced and barbed wire-topped border came after a morning of back-and-forth over whether the brief greeting would transpire after Trump on Saturday issued a public invitation for a handshake.

On Sunday morning, Trump framed the question of whether he’d actually meet Kim as a matter of logistics, indicating both sides were sorting arrangements to make the handshake happen.


Such a meeting was once unthinkable
The prospect of a US president stepping over the world’s most heavily fortified border into North Korea would once be unthinkable. But it’s in keeping with Trump’s deeply personal style of diplomacy and his flair for orchestrating drama around those efforts.

Still, some diplomats even in Trump’s own administration were caught off guard when he tweeted the invitation for Kim to meet Saturday while attending the final day of the G20 summit.

Trump’s last meeting with Kim collapsed when the two sides could not agree on terms exchanging sanctions relief for relinquishing North Korea’s nuclear arsenal. And the two sides have made little progress since.

After Trump’s first summit with Kim, a year ago in Singapore, there appeared to be progress in thawing relations. North Korea released some imprisoned Americans and returned the remains of some soldiers who’d been killed in the Korean War.

For a period, North Korea also suspended its provocative missile tests. But in the past month they have resumed testing short range missiles, though have not yet conducted nuclear or intermediate- or long-range missile tests.

“I’m not sure what it is that President Trump is trying to accomplish, because while all this engagement has gone on, there has been no decline in the stockpile of North Korean nuclear weapons or missiles,” said Joseph Yun, a former US special representative for North Korea under Trump and now a CNN analyst.

Trump says he’s in no rush and claims to have already seen results — both enough, in his view, for another meeting.

“If you’re in a rush, you get yourself in trouble,” he said during a news conference with South Korean President Moon Jae-in before his DMZ visit on Sunday.


Other presidents have gone to the DMZ — without Kim
Sunday was not the first attempt Trump made to get to the DMZ, the heavily guarded stretch that has divided the Korean Peninsula for three-quarters of a century. He was foiled by weather last time around, in 2017. Always highly attuned to optics, Trump wasn’t likely to pass up the opportunity to stare into the North from the observation platform.

Other presidents have made the same journey — all peering into the North through binoculars — but none have actually met the despotic leaders who rule it.

Nor has any sitting US president stepped across into the North.