Syrian rebels lose string of southwest towns

AMMAN/BEIRUT (Reuters) – A string of Syrian rebel-held towns and villages accepted government rule on Saturday as insurgent lines collapsed in parts of the southwest under an intense bombardment that the United Nations says has forced 160,000 people to flee.

Sun over Blackpool and Scarborough, but dark days are not over

Leading lights in northern England’s premier seaside resorts were in a sunny mood last week, but the towns still face deep-rooted social problems, poverty and lack of infrastructure

The sky is cloudless and the tide is high. Seagulls are scavenging, skin is blistering and the sea looks tempting. The trams go rumbling along the front and the air is thick with the authentic smell of the seaside: malt vinegar on chips.

On a day like this, Blackpool appears not to have a care in the world. The town grew up as an oasis of fun and still does what it was set up to do in Victorian times. As the ice-cream stalls coin it in, it is hard to believe that Blackpool is usually portrayed as a town without a future, the biggest victim of consumer demand for more exotic destinations.

We don’t get a lot of help from outside. We have to make our own luck

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MIB: Todd Harrison, CB1 Capital

This week, we speak with Todd Harrison, founder and portfolio manager of CB1 Capital. CB1 is a healthcare hedge fund focusing on cannabinoid-based solutions and bio-pharmaceutical applications and therapies. Todd learned his craft on the derivatives desk at Morgan Stanley, before moving on to Galleon Group, then becoming President and Head of Trading at Cramer…

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10 Weekend Reads

The weekend is here! Pour yourself a mug of Danish Blend coffee, grab a seat by the pool, and get ready for our longer form weekend reads: • The Trouble With Johnny Depp (Rolling Stone) • How to get away with financial fraud (The Guardian) • A Parlor Game at Rebekah Mercer’s Has No Get Out of Jail Free Card (New Yorker) • How…

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