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First Nation politician voted to council in Timmins hopes to bring fresh

first_imgAnnette FrancisAPTN NewsWhen Kristin Murray threw her hat in for the Timmins’ municipal election, she didn’t expect that she would win the campaign for a councillor position of ward 5.But last Monday that’s exactly what happened during election night.“As the polls were dropping, cuz you could see them there were thirteen polls total and initially I was always in the top two, so I wasn’t sure if I was going to stay there, so I was excited but didn’t wanna get my hopes up and then as the eighth poll dropped, I noticed I was in first place and then as the thirteenth one went in I was like ‘oh my gosh, I topped the polls,’” said Murray.Murray, who is originally from Chapleau Cree First Nation, said two separate incidents involving the Timmins police which resulted in the deaths of  Joey Knapaysweet and Agnes Sutherland made it clear that she had to run.She said she’ll remain true to her campaign promises.“I’m hoping to accomplish a more connected community, I think that there’s so much diversity within our city and that hasn’t been something we focus on really, an engaged community so that’s obviously my number one goal.”Cory Robin is a Cree contender in the same ward as Murray, he ran a close race, but fell two votes short.“We watched each poll come in and at first I was losing for a bit and then i was winning by about five votes as half of them came in and then that last poll came in and I was down by two points,” said Robin.Robin has asked for a recount, which will take place in the council chambers tomorrow., “we’re gonna be looking at the rejected ballots just to make sure they were properly rejected.”Murray will take over her new position in December.afrancis@aptn.ca@aptnafrancislast_img read more

This Is Rory McIlroys Masters To Lose

“Rory is in a great place right now,” said James Jankowski, a specialist putting coach who is currently working with players on the European Tour.Behind blistering tee shots and gorgeous iron play, McIlroy had one of the best starts to a career in modern golf history. But for years, it has felt like he is being held back by one club: his putter.Inexplicably, the same guy who made driving greens on par-4s feel ordinary could also five-putt at Pebble Beach. “If Rory McIlroy could only putt well,” The Telegraph’s James Corrigan wrote last year, “he would win every week.” Indeed, one of the sport’s most gifted ball-strikers finished the past three seasons 97th, 159th, and tied for 135th in strokes gained per round with the putter. What’s perhaps most remarkable this season, then, is that McIlroy ranks 57th in the metric.He’s sinking 92.9 percent of his putts from 5 feet, which ranks sixth on the tour and is a full 12.2 percentage points higher than last season. He hadn’t ranked higher than 92nd in the metric in the past three seasons. Inside of 10 feet, he’s draining 88.3 percent of his putts, tied for 56th on tour, after finishing 64th last year. He ranked outside of the top 130 in the metric in 2016 and 2017.“Mentally, he seems to be better (this year),” Jankowski said of the man who once screamed, “Who can’t putt?!” at a fan. “Making more important putts and seeming more relaxed about the outcome.”And while those numbers could certainly dip as McIlroy tallies more rounds, he has never putted this well relative to the field at this juncture of the season. And in terms of total true strokes gained, he is doing better than any previous winners had from Jan. 1 until the Masters started. 2013Rory McIlroy13+0.52+1.41T25 2017-0.10+0.18+0.50+1.10+1.65 2014Rory McIlroy12-0.15+2.10T8 True strokes Gained Per Round 2010-0.16+0.01+0.45+0.83+1.41 2009-0.30-0.02+0.37+0.45+1.42 2015Rory McIlroy10+0.26+2.294 2014Bubba Watson16+0.30+2.251 2008Trevor Immelman20-0.91+0.011 2013-0.02+0.06+0.57+0.74+1.04 2006Phil Mickelson23+0.55+2.841 2016Danny Willett8+0.64+1.461 2012Bubba Watson23-0.34+2.151 Source: Data Golf 2019+0.40+0.42+0.97+1.51+2.83 Rory is outdoing himself this yearTrue strokes gained per round in different areas for Rory McIlroy, 2009-19 2005Tiger Woods21+0.20+2.871 2013Adam Scott12+0.18+2.431 2009Angel Cabrera14-0.34+0.171 2019Rory McIlroy23+0.41+3.48? YearPlayerRounds measuredPuttingTotalMasters Finish 2017Rory McIlroy8+0.02+3.02T7 2016-0.15+0.26+0.61+1.38+2.24 2011-0.12-0.09+0.57+1.05+1.94 2010Phil Mickelson25-0.08+1.521 2015+0.02+0.28+0.70+1.27+2.38 SeasonPuttingAround GreenApproachOff The TeeTotal 2010Rory McIlroy10-0.69+0.95CUT McIlroy is in better form than previous Masters winnersHighest true strokes gained per round from Jan. 1 through the start of the Masters for previous Masters winners and Rory McIlroy, 2007-19 2018Patrick Reed23+0.18+1.181 Major-championship season tees off this weekend in Augusta, Georgia, so settle in for some high-definition azaleas, a sweet-sounding Jim Nantz overture and a musky aura of self-importance.The 2019 Masters is not short on juicy questions. In pursuit of his first major victory in more than 11 years, is Tiger Woods about to have a green jacket for every day of the work week? Can Dustin Johnson add the Masters to his list of vanquished tournaments after posting three consecutive top-10 finishes at Augusta?1Johnson didn’t play in the 2017 Masters after falling down a staircase. Could this year’s winning putt possibly elicit a more tepid reaction from the gallery than Patrick Reed’s did in 2018?But there is one debate that can be shuttered before it attracts oxygen: The hottest player on the planet is Rory McIlroy, the pint-sized Irishman with bionic power off the tee. No one on any tour is playing better golf than McIlroy.2He leads the PGA Tour in total strokes gained, strokes gained tee-to-green and strokes gained off the tee, among other valuable metrics. In eight starts this season, McIlroy has a tour-leading seven top-10 finishes, including a win at the Players Championship. Bettors are aware, installing 8-1 odds, the shortest of any player, for the 15-time PGA Tour event champion.A win at Augusta National would make McIlroy just the fourth player in golf’s modern era to complete a career grand slam before turning 30, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group.3Joining Woods, Jack Nicklaus and Gary Player. Bobby Jones completed an in-season grand slam in 1930 at age 28, but that was before the first Masters, when the U.S. and British amateur tournaments joined the open events in both countries as the four majors. And there’s reason to believe this week represents the best opportunity the 29-year-old has had to capture the green jacket that has eluded him.By true strokes gained, which adjusts regular strokes gained for field strength,4True strokes gained appraises the number of strokes better or worse a golfer was in a given round than the average PGA Tour professional in a given season. McIlroy is playing the best golf of his career this season, picking up an average of 2.83 strokes on the field — nearly one full stroke better than his 2018 performance and even more exceptional than his 2014 campaign (+2.56), when he won three tournaments, including two majors. 2011Rory McIlroy8-0.87+1.36T15 2012+0.14+0.31+1.19+1.23+2.49 Source: Data Golf 2018Rory McIlroy15+0.62+1.81T5 2015Jordan Spieth27+0.84+2.551 2011Charl Schwartzel16+0.67+1.491 2009Rory McIlroy12+0.14+1.93T20 2012Rory McIlroy8+0.27+3.24T40 2007Zach Johnson20+0.98+1.281 2004Phil Mickelson23+0.37+2.931 2018+0.15+0.38+0.51+0.91+1.92 2017Sergio Garcia12-0.56+2.231 Strokes Gained 2014+0.36+0.08+0.78+1.52+2.56 2016Rory McIlroy14+0.44+2.12T10 But that will be tested this weekend. Augusta’s sloping bentgrass greens boast nightmare-inducing undulation. Former and current players have described playing on them as “very intimidating,” “the most difficult” and “Mickey Mouse, miniature golf.” Legendary golfer Ernie Els once six-putted to start the tournament and later intimated that he might soon quit the sport. Last year, two-time Masters champ Bubba Watson sent an eagle putt into a greenside bunker. “It embarrasses you,” Charles Coody, who won the tournament in 1971, told Sports Illustrated. “Sometimes you do stuff where you want to walk off and hide.”McIlroy would have been forgiven if he had done just that last year. Trailing Reed by three strokes entering the final round, he logged a 2-over-par 74 and was irrelevant by the back nine. Not trusting his putter, McIlroy told reporters, “made a big difference.”5Nearly half of McIlroy’s 10 highest total-putt performances at majors have come at Augusta.McIlroy is on record, though, not putting too much stock in putting — particularly at the Masters. “At Augusta, you don’t need to putt great,” McIlroy said last year. “You need to not waste any shots.” He isn’t alone with that hypothesis — and there’s more evidence pointing to that conclusion.6Draining shots on the green obviously doesn’t hurt a player’s chances, considering that strokes gained while putting drives 35.8 percent of score variation on tour, more than any other shot category, according to research conducted by Data Golf. Mark Broadie, who pioneered the strokes-gained metrics, found that Augusta has the highest three-putt rate of any stop on tour.7From every distance, pros are 80 percent more likely to need three putts to finish at Augusta, Broadie found. However, Broadie also noted that because the greens are so well manicured, players also sink more putts inside of 10 feet at Augusta than anywhere else. The issue, then, is sticking approach shots within a reasonable distance of the flagstick to limit lag putts and mitigate long-range misreads. McIlroy has been doing just that, picking up 0.97 true strokes gained on approach shots, the second best mark of his career. Additionally, if he maintained his current numbers, McIlroy would set a new career best in three-putt avoidance (1.98 percent of putts). The past 15 champions were picking up 0.18 strokes on the field with the putter entering tournament week. McIlroy is picking up strokes at more than twice that rate.Away from the green, precision from the tee box is valuable, to be sure, but the Masters layout doesn’t exactly do any favors for McIlroy’s preternatural power. His 263.2 yards per drive at the Masters is well below his tee-shot averages in recent seasons and his historical averages at golf’s other marquee events. Although he bashes par-5s like you’d expect, he struggles on par-4s, where on average he’s plus-3.6, according to Golf Stats.Rory’s hot start this season has plenty of observers excited, though it’s not at all rare for McIlroy to surge out of the gate. When his past 11 seasons are compared with the pre-Masters performances of the past 15 Masters champions, McIlroy holds the top three marks in true strokes gained entering the tournament. But his 2019 performance has been prodigious.That McIlroy’s sensational play is setting him up for a potential historic win is made all the more riveting by the baggage he carries into the Georgia pines. In 2011, the then-21-year-old held a four-stroke lead after 54 holes before stumbling to the finish line with a final-round 80, giving him a 15th-place finish. It was the highest closing round by a 54-hole leader in 56 years and is still tied for the fourth-highest round of McIlroy’s professional career. “Rory needs to fly very quickly to Northern Ireland,” broadcaster Nick Faldo said as McIlroy tapped in the final bogey of the day. “And I’m sure that his whole country will give him a big hug.”But eight years later, is this finally when he puts it all together and earns the time-honored tradition of an uncomfortable post-victory interview in Butler Cabin?“The Masters has now become the biggest golf tournament in the world, and I’m comfortable saying that,” McIlroy said last year. “I don’t care about the U.S. Open or the Open Championship, it is the biggest tournament in the world. It is the most amount of eyeballs, the most amount of hype. The most amount of everything is at Augusta.” read more

Valverde learned a lot just by watching Iniesta

first_imgBarcelona can win the title the next weekend in the match against Real Madrid but Zidane confirmed that they are not going to give their opponent the guard of honour – but Valverde insisted that at least Iniesta would deserve it…Andrés Iniesta revealed that he will leave Barcelona at the end of the season and it is going to be his last El Clasico as a player for him – and his coach admitted that he is irreplaceable.The Spanish manager spoke about the midfielder as he said, according to Football Espana:“He deserves the whole stadium to give him a guard of honour.”Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“We’re very excited and we’re going to give it our all. We want to be the best. We’ve been working since our first day together.”“It’s been very difficult. When you win a trophy, everything seems simple, but there are many games and months behind you.”“I didn’t expect us to win it by such a big margin, I thought it would be tighter, but the players have been extraordinary.”“What I’ve learned from Iniesta? The decisions he makes at each moment of a game, how he positions himself before receiving the ball and how he already knows where he’s going to play it.”last_img read more

Official New Porto player Pepe excited to return to former club

first_imgAfter turning down a move to Arsenal, former Real Madrid defender, Pepe has been signed by Porto.Pepe is excited to have returned to his former club, where he believes it is where he learned so much to compete with central defenders at Real Madrid.“For all the players who arrived at Real Madrid, for all the center-backs, it was a graveyard for center-backs,” he said in an interview with Porto’s media channels as quoted by Marca.“None of them made it.“But Porto prepared me for this and I was there for 10 years.“There were many great center-backs who came, with big names, but they couldn’t stick like I did.”The move back to Porto sees the player back on the same team as Iker Casillas.Jose Mourinho, Lionel MessiMourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“I’m very happy,” he said of the reunion.“It might be that this had an influence on the decision.“When I got here I asked him if he speaks Portuguese, like when he asked me if I spoke Spanish when I arrived at Real Madrid.“He told me that he understands it, but that he’s still embarrassed.“I told him he’s better than I was [at Spanish].”last_img read more

What Weve Learned Since Going 20

first_imgThe balancing act between horizontally-oriented public conversation and top-down editorial control has already proven to be the primary editorial challenge at our new site. At times the flow of good user content is so fast that our staff’s best stuff gets lost in the shuffle. Yet shutting off the UGC spigot would kill what’s best about the site and lessen the importance of the community. The perfect balance is elusive, and how well any site handles these conflicting impulses will be the measure of its success.Make Contributions Fine Grained, Non-OverlappingWhile we love the diehard fans who upload five-minute, edited videos, the vast majority of our readers still spend just a few minutes on the site. We knew that Freeskier.com had to accommodate the needs of every potential community member, whether he has one minute or one hour to participate. So we’ve created options ranging from simple social editing functions like voting on stories and commenting, to mid-range efforts like posting photos, to very large time commitments, like posting edited videos.So far, our audience posts photos over videos at a ratio of more than 10-to-1, and most readers still come to view one piece of content, rank it with a thumbs up or down, post and comment and leave. User contributions at Freeskier.com are fine grained, and no one’s contribution depends on another user’s efforts. This combination keeps a broad swath of readers involved.Niches Can SucceedOur readers will continue to spend time at MySpace and Facebook, and we will continue to integrate our site with the social-networking giants. At the same time, the Freeskier community is a place where our readers can be big players in a small group. Facebook may be a digital global metropolis, but we’re striving to make Freeskier.com a tight-knit ski town where everyone knows each other. Patrick Crawford is VP of editorial and online at Storm Mountain Publishing – publishers of Freeskier Magazine, Freeskier.com, Snowboard Magazine, and Snowboard-mag.com. He holds an M.A. in Mass Communication Research from the University of Colorado at Boulder. As a youth-driven, niche title for skiing enthusiasts, Freeskier Magazine was uniquely positioned to experiment with blending online community orientation with traditional media production. Our readers (and staffers) are mostly men in their 20s, tech-savvy computer owners, a generation all but born with cell phones and video cameras in their hands. They’re so comfortable with forward-looking technologies that when we launched a video podcast last fall, we logged over a million downloads in the first year. So this fall we upped the ante with a relaunch of Freeskier.com in an attempt to fuse the community features of Facebook, the social editing of digg.com, the video-sharing of YouTube and traditional content production. A little over a month after launch, the preliminary results are coming in, and we can begin to assess the lessons learned. Balance Your Community’s Voice and Your ContentOne of the primary challenges in opening Freeskier.com to readers was to maintain a spotlight on our own stories and video without relegating user generated (UCG) content to some obscure corner of the site. Social editing sites like digg.com succeed precisely because they allow content from the smallest bloggers and the biggest news outlets to compete for attention on a level playing field. In order to replicate some of social editing’s egalitarian vibe without losing our own voice, we opted to sort most content on the site by type (video, stories, photos), rather than by author. Most pages of Freeskier.com display content from readers and editors side-by-side, signaling to readers that their best efforts will be treated equally with our best work, and hopefully motivating them to contribute high-quality material. At the same time, only content “promoted” by our edit staff appears on our homepage, which gives us the opportunity to highlight good UGC when appropriate, and to ensure that prominent positioning is allocated to specific stories and projects when needed. last_img read more

Host Communities Push Projects to Sustain Travis AFB

first_imgOfficials from the communities that host Travis Air Force Base in northern California are considering several projects to support the installation.Under one proposal, Solano County would issue bonds to finance the construction of a civil engineering facility that would allow the base to consolidate more than 50 scattered engineering operations and buildings, reported the Daily Republic. A new facility would make the base more efficient and free up space needed for flight operations, said Vacaville Mayor Len Augustine, who traveled to Washington, D.C., last week with colleagues from Fairfield and the county to promote Travis on Capitol Hill and at the Pentagon.The budget for the project, which does not yet have a specific timeline, is between $20 million and $30 million, Augustine said.“Our plan is we want to move forward with the base as quickly as possible,” said David White, city manager for Fairfield.The delegation also discussed plans to develop a 70-acre parcel under the Air Force Community Partnership Program. The plan is intended to provide a new source of revenue for the installation through a lease for the property.“Nothing is on paper, so anything is possible,” Augustine said. “But I don’t think it would be housing. It would more likely be commercial and maybe some light industrial.”The delegation also discussed efforts to secure a more reliable water source for Travis. With several of the base’s existing sources expected to end, the installation intends to develop more groundwater sources. At the same time, Travis is discussing the possibility of obtaining a secondary water source from Fairfield or Vacaville, according to the story. Dan Cohen AUTHORlast_img read more

SpiceJet Offers ₹499 Fare on Domestic Travel

first_imgIndia’s second largest domestic airline, SpiceJet on Monday announced its new fare scheme.As per the new scheme, tickets will be available from ₹499 per head with a travel validity period between 16 January and 24 October 2015.Passengers have been given only three days time to book the tickets, effective from Monday (1 September) till Wednesday, which is applicable on all direct, via and connecting flights on SpiceJet’s domestic network, the airline said in a press release.The company added that this offer includes one way fares and fuel surcharge excluding statutory tax and fees.”While the number of travellers opting for air travel during holidays has increased over the years, with the introduction of Early Bird sale, this number will only grow further. This early bird sale will encourage customers to make their holiday plans well in advance and save on travel costs at the same time,” NDTV quoted Kaneswaran Avili, Chief Commercial Officer, of SpiceJet in a press statement.”This will also allow an average Indian customer to plan for more than the typical one holiday during the year at never before rates,” Avili added.Last week, SpiceJet also announced a similar scheme offering tickets starting at ₹1,888 across its domestic destinations.The low fare airline controlled by billionaire Kalanithi Maran operates more than 330 daily flights to 48 destinations, which includes 41 Indian cities and 7 international destinations.Air India too wooed its customers on Wednesday by offering tickets at ₹100, but its website crashed on the first day of the offer with a message on the official website reading – “Service Unavailable” and “System Busy” message.last_img read more

SSC examinee sustains burn injury in Thakurgaon

first_imgA teenage girl sustained burn injuries in an acid attack at Akhanagar in Sadar upazila on Sunday night over a land related dispute, reports UNB.The injured is Tanjina Akhter, 16, daughter of Mostafa Kamal and an SSC examinee from Jhargaon High School.Victim’s family members said that there had been a land related dispute with their neighbour Amzad.As a sequel to enmity, Amzad along with his several supporters threw acid on Tanjina around 8:00pm, claimed her mother Mariam Begum.Hearing her screams, family members rushed in and took her to Thakurgaon Modern Sadar Hospital.Pradip Kumar, officer-in-charge of Ruhiathana, said they will take step after filing of a case by the victim’s family.last_img

Tlaib scraps West Bank trip over Israeli demands

first_imgIn this file photo taken on 15 July, 2019 US representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) speaks during a press conference, to address remarks made by US president Donald Trump earlier in the day, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPPalestinian-American lawmaker Rashida Tlaib on Friday turned down Israel’s offer to let her visit her grandmother in the occupied West Bank, owing to restrictions she termed oppressive.It was the latest twist in a saga hinging on Israel’s war against those who would boycott it over its treatment of the Palestinians.On Thursday, Israel barred from entry the US Congress’ first Muslim women lawmakers, Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, on the grounds that they support the boycott movement, and after President Donald Trump urged the Jewish state to block the two Democrats.But it held out the carrot of allowing Tlaib to make a private visit to her elderly grandmother, if she agreed to abide by conditions including a pledge not to advocate boycotting Israel.”This could be my last opportunity to see her. I will respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit,” she intially wrote.On Friday, Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced that she would be permitted a “humanitarian visit”, but a few hours later Tlaib announced a change of heart. Oppressive conditions “I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in — fighting against racism, oppression & injustice,” she wrote in a series of tweets.”When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions,” added the 43-year-old freshman congresswoman, elected in January.”I can’t allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies,” she said, referring to her grandmother.”Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me. It would kill a piece of me.”On Friday, Palestinian activists had been urging Tlaib on social media not to visit her grandmother under the Israeli terms.In the family’s village of Beit Ur Al-Foqa, Muftia Tlaib had been excitedly awaiting her granddaughter’s arrival.She intended to slaughter a sheep in her honour, in accordance with custom.”I see her coming to the village in traditional (Palestinian) dress,” she told AFP on Thursday, before the latest development.Boycott movement The United States, particularly under Trump, is Israel’s strongest ally.But the two congresswomen are seen by many as enemies of Israel because of their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.Israel sees the movement as a strategic threat and accuses it of anti-Semitism — a claim activists deny — and in 2017 passed a law banning entry to foreigners supporting a boycott.Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and has for decades built settlements considered illegal under international law.Settlement growth has accelerated under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close Trump ally who is seeking re-election next month.More than 600,000 Israeli live in the settlements, alongside nearly three million Palestinians, in uneasy proximity throughout the West Bank and occupied east Jerusalem.Israel’s initial refusal to allow Tlaib and Omar to transit the Jewish state on their way to the West Bank sparked outrage among Palestinians and debate about the intimate ties between Netanyahu and Trump.Clash of interests Despite fierce criticism of Tlaib and BDS on the Israeli side, the country’s media largely slammed Netanyahu over the affair.The premier was accused of putting loyalty to Trump and the Republican Party ahead of Israel’s clear interest in maintaining bipartisan US support.”After countless zigzags between what is right for Israel and what is right for Trump, Netanyahu chose Trump,” analyst Shimrit Meir wrote in the top-selling Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot.The affair could cause US Democrats to rally around their two Muslim congresswomen, commentators said, in a way which could prove detrimental to Israel.Ben Caspit, a journalist with the Maariv newspaper, said Thursday’s decision to block the politicians’ entry “set new records for shortsightedness and wretchedness”.”It will turn them into martyrs, it will turn Israel into a threshold dictatorship lacking self-confidence that is closed onto itself, that bans elected American officials, critical as they may be,” he said. Tlaib scraps West Bank trip over Israeli demands / Int’l Tlaib scraps West Bank trip over Israeli demands / Int’lCap: In this file photo taken on 15 July, 2019 US representative Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) speaks during a press conference, to address remarks made by US president Donald Trump earlier in the day, at the US Capitol in Washington, DC. Photo: AFPTlaib scraps West Bank trip over Israeli demandsAFP . Jerusalem Palestinian-American lawmaker Rashida Tlaib on Friday turned down Israel’s offer to let her visit her grandmother in the occupied West Bank, owing to restrictions she termed oppressive.It was the latest twist in a saga hinging on Israel’s war against those who would boycott it over its treatment of the Palestinians.On Thursday, Israel barred from entry the US Congress’ first Muslim women lawmakers, Tlaib and Ilhan Omar, on the grounds that they support the boycott movement, and after President Donald Trump urged the Jewish state to block the two Democrats.But it held out the carrot of allowing Tlaib to make a private visit to her elderly grandmother, if she agreed to abide by conditions including a pledge not to advocate boycotting Israel.”This could be my last opportunity to see her. I will respect any restrictions and will not promote boycotts against Israel during my visit,” she intially wrote.On Friday, Israel’s Interior Minister Aryeh Deri announced that she would be permitted a “humanitarian visit”, but a few hours later Tlaib announced a change of heart.- Oppressive conditions -“I have decided that visiting my grandmother under these oppressive conditions stands against everything I believe in — fighting against racism, oppression & injustice,” she wrote in a series of tweets.”When I won, it gave the Palestinian people hope that someone will finally speak the truth about the inhumane conditions,” added the 43-year-old freshman congresswoman, elected in January.”I can’t allow the State of Israel to take away that light by humiliating me & use my love for my sity to bow down to their oppressive & racist policies,” she said, referring to her grandmother.”Silencing me & treating me like a criminal is not what she wants for me. It would kill a piece of me.”On Friday, Palestinian activists had been urging Tlaib on social media not to visit her grandmother under the Israeli terms.In the family’s village of Beit Ur Al-Foqa, Muftia Tlaib had been excitedly awaiting her granddaughter’s arrival.She intended to slaughter a sheep in her honour, in accordance with custom.”I see her coming to the village in traditional (Palestinian) dress,” she told AFP on Thursday, before the latest development.- Boycott movement -The United States, particularly under Trump, is Israel’s strongest ally.But the two congresswomen are seen by many as enemies of Israel because of their support for the Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) movement.Israel sees the movement as a strategic threat and accuses it of anti-Semitism — a claim activists deny — and in 2017 passed a law banning entry to foreigners supporting a boycott.Israel occupied the West Bank and east Jerusalem in the 1967 Six-Day War and has for decades built settlements considered illegal under international law.Settlement growth has accelerated under Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, a close Trump ally who is seeking re-election next month.More than 600,000 Israeli live in the settlements, alongside nearly three million Palestinians, in uneasy proximity throughout the West Bank and occupied east Jerusalem.Israel’s initial refusal to allow Tlaib and Omar to transit the Jewish state on their way to the West Bank sparked outrage among Palestinians and debate about the intimate ties between Netanyahu and Trump.- Clash of interests -Despite fierce criticism of Tlaib and BDS on the Israeli side, the country’s media largely slammed Netanyahu over the affair.The premier was accused of putting loyalty to Trump and the Republican Party ahead of Israel’s clear interest in maintaining bipartisan US support.”After countless zigzags between what is right for Israel and what is right for Trump, Netanyahu chose Trump,” analyst Shimrit Meir wrote in the top-selling Israeli daily Yediot Aharonot.The affair could cause US Democrats to rally around their two Muslim congresswomen, commentators said, in a way which could prove detrimental to Israel.Ben Caspit, a journalist with the Maariv newspaper, said Thursday’s decision to block the politicians’ entry “set new records for shortsightedness and wretchedness”.”It will turn them into martyrs, it will turn Israel into a threshold dictatorship lacking self-confidence that is closed onto itself, that bans elected American officials, critical as they may be,” he said.last_img read more

Netflix Picks Brillante Mendoza Drug War Show AMO as First Philippines Series

first_img ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Popular on Variety Global streaming giant, Netflix has picked up drug war drama “AMO” as its first series from The Philippines. The show was produced by broadcaster TV5 and directed by Brillante Mendoza. Netflix will roll it out worldwide from April 9, 2018.AMO tells the story of Joseph, a high school student who starts out as a small-time “shabu” peddler, whose involvement in the drug trade eventually gets him entangled in the violent and dangerous circle of drug lords, crooked cops, and corrupt government officials.The series stars Vince Rillon, an upcoming indie film actor from the movies “Captive,” “Fallback,” and “Bagahe,” and Derek Ramsay, a veteran of numerous movies and TV shows.Mendoza is The Philippines’ best-known film director, with credits that include “Service,” “Kinatay” and “Thy Womb.” The most recent of his three Cannes competition titles “Ma Rosa” similarly probes the milieu of small time drug dealers and the endemic violence and corruption of the police. A timely production, it highlighted the brute force of Philippines President Rodrigo Duterte’s controversial war on drugs. It has been estimated that since Duterte’s election, more than 3,000 drug dealers and users have been shot dead by police.center_img “AMO is a bold and suspenseful show that has the potential of capturing thrill-seeking audiences worldwide,” said Robert Roy, VP of Content Acquisition at Netflix.“We are excited to finally be able to share AMO with everyone. Brillante has done a beautiful job in bringing paper to life, and the show’s acquisition provides an additional platform to help share the first-ever Filipino series on Netflix to a worldwide audience,” said TV5 President & CEO, Chot Reyes, in a statement.last_img read more

Simple Ways Around Tough Tech Challenges

first_img Risk taking is second nature to most entrepreneurs, but technology issues can make them turn cautious. Too often, business owners believe they don’t have the expertise or financial resources to take full advantage of technology. But by limiting their use of tech, they also limit their growth opportunities in our always-on, always-connected world.Turns out, many of these misgivings about tech may be based on misperceptions. Here are three common misconceptions that your business may need to move beyond to open new pathways for growth and innovation:1. Advanced security protection is too expensive and complicated for most small businesses.Your data is one of your company’s greatest assets, so investing in its security should be a top priority. The good news is that you don’t need a big IT budget because many security measures are free or inexpensive. In many cases, it doesn’t cost a penny extra to regularly download software updates, take advantage of your operating system’s encryption capabilities, enforce the use of strong passwords and use internet browsers with security features.One option is Tinfoil Security, which tests your website for vulnerabilities against virtual attacks. Costs start at $59 per month. Another solution to consider is having a portable, encrypted hard drive such as Western Digital’s My Book Essential, starting around $100 for up to 1.5 Terabytes of storage with automatic, continuous data backup and password protection.Related: Why You Might Need to Rethink Your Internet Security — Now2. Reaching more customers requires an in-house social media genius.You may not be able to afford a social media expert, but that doesn’t mean you can’t use social networks to get the word out about your products and services. Many free, online tools can help you increase your visibility, reach more customers and monitor your social media presence.One of those tools is Brandify, which can help you assess the online strength of your brand. It can help identify simple actions you can take to reach more customers, such as claiming ownership of automatically generated profiles and updating business information in online directories. Brandify can notify you when customers interact with your brand via social networks. And if your company has no social media presence to speak of, it can help you determine the steps required to get started.Another is Monitter, which tracks Twitter mentions of your company, as well as your competition, in real-time for free. Keep this interface open on your Internet browser and you can remain in-the-know as to what people are saying about your product or service and how your competition fits into the picture.For managing multiple online social profiles for your business, try a social media dashboard such as Hootsuite. It offers a free version or a professional version ($9.99 per month) with advanced features such as managing unlimited social profiles and message scheduling.Related: 10 Little Known Social Media Tools You Should Be Using3. Most small businesses can’t afford remote work arrangements.Advances in technology have enabled us to do our work from practically anywhere at any time. Yet, what many entrepreneurs may not know is that providing employees with remote capabilities can be affordable and even preferable to in-house work arrangements. Remote workers are often more productive and satisfied, plus they give business owners access to a larger talent pool.Thanks to the power of cloud computing and the wide range of software available over the Internet, you can cost effectively enable employees to work remotely, sometimes even eliminating the need for physical office space, networking infrastructure and an expensive lease.For instance, programs such as Microsoft Office 365 can give workers online access to a complete set of communication and collaboration tools for $6 per user, per month. And there’s Evernote, which offers a collection of applications to help store and organize information including webpages, photos and text notes. This can make it easier for remote workers to stay connected to the information they need the most, whenever and wherever they need it.Small businesses also can choose from a number of cloud-based solutions designed to make specific workplace tasks more efficient for mobile employees. San Francisco-based Xobni Pro ($45 per user, per year) can help workers develop and maintain their relationships with customers, peers and industry influencers. This cloud-based solution indexes all of your contacts –even those that aren’t in your address book but that you have interacted with over email, SMS or phone calls — through an application that’s available on any mobile operating system.Related: How Cloud Computing Saved My Business Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 4 min read Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global July 23, 2012 Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Register Now »last_img read more

Serverless computing wars AWS Lambdas vs Azure Functions

first_imgIn recent times, local servers and on-premises computers are counted as old school. Users and organisations have shifted their focus on Cloud to store, manage, and process data. Cloud computing has evolved in ways that DevOps teams can now focus on improving code and processes rather than focusing on provisioning, scaling, and maintaining servers. This means we have now entered the Serverless era, and the big players of this era are AWS Lambda and Azure Functions. So if you are a developer now you need not worry about low-level infrastructure decision. Coming to the bigger question. What is Serverless Computing / Function-as-a-Service? Serverless Computing / Function-as-a-Service FaaS can be described as a concept of serverless computing where applications depend on third party services to manage server-side logics. This means application developers can concentrate on building their applications rather than thinking about servers. So if you want to build any type of application or backend service, just go about with it as everything required to run and scale your application is already being handled for you. Following are popular platforms that support Faas. AWS Lambda Azure Functions Cloud Functions Iron.io Webtask.io Benefits of Serverless Computing Serverless applications and architectures are gaining momentum and are increasingly being used by companies of all sizes. Serverless technology rapidly reduces production time and minimizes your costs, while you still have the freedom to customize your code, without hindering functionalities. For good reason, the serverless-based software takes care of many of the problems developers face when running systems and servers such as fault-tolerance, centralized logging, horizontal scalability, and deployments, to name a few. Additionally, the serverless pay-per-invocation model can result in drastic cost savings. Since AWS Lambda and Azure Functions are the most popular and widely used serverless computing platforms, we will discuss these services further. AWS Lambda AWS is recognized as one of the largest market leaders for cloud computing. One of the recent services within the AWS umbrella that has gained a lot of traction is AWS Lambda. It is the part of Amazon Web Services that lets you run your code without provisioning or managing servers. AWS Lambda is a compute service that enables you to deploy applications and back-end services that operate with zero upfront cost and requires no system administration. Although seemingly simple and easy to use, Lambda is a highly effective and scalable compute service that provides developers with a powerful platform to design and develop serverless event-driven systems and applications. Pros: Supports automatic scaling Support unlimited number of functions Takes 1 million requests for free, then charges $0.20/1 million invocations, plus $0.00001667/GB per sec Cons: Limited concurrent executions (1000 executions per account) Supports lesser languages in comparison to Azure ( JavaScript, Java, C#, and Python) Azure Functions Microsoft provides a solution you can use to easily run small segments of code in the Cloud: Azure Functions. It provides solutions for processing data, integrating systems, and building simple APIs and microservices. Azure Functions help you easily run small pieces of code in cloud without worrying about a whole application or the infrastructure to run it. With Azure functions, you can use triggers to execute your code and bindings to simplify the input and output of your code. Pros: Supports unlimiter concurrent executions Supports C#, JavaScript, F#, Python, Batch, PHP, PowerShell Supports unlimited number of functions Takes 1 million requests for free, then charges $0.20/1 million invocations, plus $0.000016/GB per sec Cons: Manual scaling (App Service Plan) Conclusion When compared with the traditional Client-server approach, serverless architecture saves a lot effort and proves to cost effective for many organisations, no matter its size. The most important aspect of choosing the right platform is understanding which platform benefits your organisation the best. AWS Lambda has been around for a while with infinite support to Linux-based platforms but Azure Functions is not behind in supporting Windows-based suite even after entering the serveless market recently. If you are going to adopt AWS you will be to make the most of its; availability to open source integration, pay-as-you-go model, and high performance computing environment. Azure, on the other hand is easier to use as it’s a Windows platform. It also supports a precise pricing model where they charge by the minute and it has extended support for MacOS and Linux. So if you are looking for a clear winner here you shouldn’t be surprised that AWS and Azure are similar in many ways and it would be a tie if it was to choose who is better or worse than the other. This battle would always be heated and experts will be placing their bets on who wins the race. In the end, the entire discussion would drill down to what your business needs. After all the mission would always be to grow your business at a marginal cost. Read Next The Lambda programming model How to Run Code in the Cloud with AWS Lambda Download Microsoft Azure serverless computing e-book for freelast_img read more

Software developer tops the 100 Best Jobs of 2019 list by US

first_imgYesterday, the U.S. News and World Report published its annual list of 100 best jobs of 2019 and the software developer role topped the list. Software developer job was also ranked #1 in its other lists like Best STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) Jobs and Best Technology Jobs in 2019. Source: U.S. News and World Report While opting for a job role depends on your interests and qualification, there are some common career qualities that everyone looks for in a job. For compiling this list, the U.S. News and World Report looked for the jobs with the highest number of openings from 2016 to 2026, as determined by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics. Then they considered seven of the career qualities, which were median salary, employment rate, 10-year growth percentage, future job prospects, stress level, and a good work-life balance. Talking about the salary aspect, on an average Software Developers made $101,790 in 2017, while the 25% best-paid made $128,960 that year and the lowest-paid 25% made $77,710. The role was rated average in opportunities for advancements and salary and stress level. In terms of work-life balance and working schedule, it was surprisingly rated above average. Rebecca Koening, who works as a careers reporter at U.S. News and World Report told USA Today, “Unlike some other jobs that do pretty well on the list, which are very demanding, software developer tends not to be a really stressful profession.” Looking at advancements in the tech industry and its adoption in our day to day life it is not a surprise that software developers will have good future job prospects. They are employed not only in tech companies but in a range of industries like banking, manufacturing, and finance. According to The Bureau of Labor Statistics, there will be a 30.7 percent growth in employment for software developers during the period 2016 to 2026 and an estimated 255,400 jobs will open up. The other top jobs in the list were Statistician, Physician Assistant, Dentist, Nurse Anesthetist, Orthodontist, Nurse Practitioner, Pediatrician, Obstetrician and Gynecologist, Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeon. And, if you are curious which was the least favorite job, it was Surgical Technologist. Read Next 15 millions jobs in Britain at stake with Artificial Intelligence robots set to replace humans at workforce Key trends in software development in 2019: cloud native and the shrinking stack 18 people in tech every programmer and software engineer needs to follow in 2019last_img read more

What an MLB source said about the Dbacks trade h

first_img What an MLB source said about the D-backs’ trade haul for Greinke RT @TDAVENPORT88: @mortreport What do u think Arizona will do w 5th pick? Any trade down rumors? > I’m now thinking Miller/Peterson/Quinnless than a minute ago via TweetDeck Favorite Retweet ReplyChris Mortensenmortreport Cardinals expect improving Murphy to contribute right away Comments   Share   Of course, their interest in Texas A&M’s Von Miller has been well documented, but LSU’s Patrick Peterson and North Carolina’s Robert Quinn have not been linked to the desert by too many people.ESPN’s Chris Mortensen knows a thing or two, though, and if he’s thinking the Cards are leaning towards one of those three it means the team must not be too enamored with the offensive players they expect to be available when their pick comes up. Or maybe they just want to improve a defense that ranked 29th in the NFL last season, allowing 27.1 points and 373.6 yards per game. D-backs president Derrick Hall: Franchise ‘still focused on Arizona’ Nevada officials reach out to D-backs on potential relocation Top Stories Much of the talk lately has been about the Cardinals perceived interest in Missouri QB Blaine Gabbert. Real or imagined, the idea of the Cards selecting a QB with the number five pick just more than a week from today is an exciting, if not a bit nerve-wracking, possibility. However, in true Helen Lovejoy fashion, the question has been posed: Won’t somebody please think of the defense?It appears the answer to that question may be yes.last_img read more

Tim Davie Profit and revenue have declined at BBC

first_imgTim DavieProfit and revenue have declined at BBC Worldwide in the wake of the sale of a chunk of the BBC America cable channel.The absence of a chunk of revenue from BBC America, 49.9% of which was sold to AMC for US$200 million (€180 million) earlier this year, caused the year-on-year revenue and profit reverses the commercial arm of the BBC said this morning.Headline 2014/15 revenues of £1 billion (€1.4 billion) were down 3.9% and headline profit decreased 11.9%, taking the annual total to £138.6 million. Worldwide said the declines were caused by the absence of BBC America revenues for most of the second half of the year.Comparing like for like revenues across its ongoing operations, it said there was a 0.4% increase in the £948 million recorded, and a 4.1% hike in profit of £127.1 million. Digital sales, advertising revenue across its channels and the contribution of UKTV were cited as key drivers.BBC Worldwide CEO Tim Davie said the AMC-BBC America deal “significantly enhanced future prospects for our BBC America channel, while also enabling us to boost shareholder returns for the year”.The proceeds of the AMC deal helped Worldwide generate a record amount of cash for the BBC, with an annual increase of 30.3%, taking the return to the Corporation to £226.5 million. Worldwide also contributed a greater amount in commissioning spend, becoming a production or distribution partner on various BBC shows, and in turn funding, or deficit-funding, a chunk of their budget.Reacting to the 2014/15 annual report, which was published today, BBC director general Tony Hall (pictured left, above) said it was a year of “positive progress at BBC Worldwide” against a “backdrop of market transformation that presented some challenges”.Hailing Worldwide the most successful commercial arm of any pubcaster in the world, he added that the Corporation wants it to return a cumulative £1 billion across the next five years.“Although commercial returns are a small part of the BBC’s funding mix, we are nonetheless determined to maximise their impact,” Hall said. “Therefore, looking ahead to the next phase of the BBC’s development, and a new charter period, it is the board’s aim to sustain annual financial returns at around this new level, even without the one-off benefit of BBC America proceeds.“We are therefore looking to BBC Worldwide to generate around £1 billion in returns for the Corporation in the five years starting from 2014/15 – an increase of almost one quarter on the previous half-decade.”Tim Davie (right) said that the business had “taken steps to drive innovation and underpin the sustainability” in the 2014/15 reporting period including investing in indies and relaunching its channel offering. “This is essential work in the context of a global media market undergoing structural and systemic changes, some of which constrain our trading and outlook in certain areas,” he said.In its last report, Worldwide reported a downturn in US sales. In its latest annual update said digital sales eclipsed linear for the first time in North America. Overall regional sales were £299.9 million compared to £342.5 million a year earlier. Profit was £32.9 million against £44.3 million across the same period.In the UK, headline 2014/2015 sales were £361.8 million compared with £362.2 million a year earlier and profit was £52.7 million against £56.2 million.There was growth in terms of Worldwide’s Australia and New Zealand business with 2014/15 revenues of £81.9 million compared to £76 million in 2013/14. Profit was £16.3 million against £13.3 million a year earlier.last_img read more

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first_imgSponsor Advertisement I’m only speculating here, but I would guess that JPMorgan et al were covering short position like mad in all precious metals yesterdayWell, that little uptick shortly before 10:00 a.m. in London yesterday morning turned out to be the high of the day for gold.  If it made it above the $1,600 spot level, it was only for a few seconds before the buyer[s] ran into an avalanche of selling from the usual not-for-profit suspects.It was all down hill from there, of course…but the gold price managed to open the Comex trading session in the black by a few bucks, but that lasted less than five minutes before the high-frequency traders showed up and began to engineer the price lower.The most ferocious part of the price decline started at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time…and in well under twenty minutes, the gold price cratered for another fifteen bucks.That proved to be the low the day at $1,570.70 spot…and from there a nice rally began that took the gold price back to over $1,592 spot.  But that was as high as it got…or was allowed to get…and the gold price slowly drifted lower until shortly before 4:00 p.m. Eastern time…and from there traded flat into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close.Gold finished the Tuesday session at $1,582.40 spot…down $6.20 from Monday.  It should come as no surprise that the volume figures for Tuesday were 50% higher than Monday’s, as net volume was around 129,000 contracts.It was precisely the same story in silver…except the price was more ‘volatile’.  Silver’s high…around $27.65 spot…came at the same time as gold’s…shortly before 10:00 a.m. in London.  Silver was still up about a dime at the Comex open until the high-frequency traders showed up at 9:40 a.m….and then again at 10:35 a.m. Eastern time.The low in silver [$26.68 spot] came at the same as gold’s low.  The subsequent rally took silver back above its Monday close and the Tuesday opening price on the Comex…and the New York high of the day.  But that wasn’t allowed to last, and silver closed the trading session at the same closing price as Monday…$27.31 spot.  What was the chance that that was a coincidence?  Net volume was also 50% higher than Monday’s volume…with 36,000 contracts traded vs. 23,000 contracts traded on Monday.The dollar index didn’t do a whole heck of a lot during Far East or London trading on Tuesday.  It was down about twenty basis points in early Far East trading…but then rallied back to basically unchanged by the 8:00 a.m. London open.  From there it more or less traded sideways until exactly 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, which also happened to coincide with the time of the London p.m. gold fix.Then, in the space of about forty minutes, the index rallied about 40 basis points.  The dollar index high tick just coincidentally happened to coincide with the low of both gold and silver in New York yesterday morning.From that high, the index got sold off…giving up all its gains and more by 4:00 p.m. Eastern time.  From there, the dollar index traded flat into the close, finishing the Tuesday trading session down about 15 basis points at 82.92.I’d like to say that yesterday’s sell-off in the precious metals was all currency related, but that certainly doesn’t explain the decline in both metals that began at 10:00 a.m. in London…and which continued right up until 10:00 a.m. in New York.  A large chunk of the dollar index rally was in the bag before either gold or silver got sold off hard…and it’s my opinion that they didn’t fall off the turnip truck at 10:30 a.m. Eastern on their own…they got pushed.The gold stocks actually spent a few minutes in the black after trading began in the equity markets in New York yesterday morning.  But that didn’t last too long..and from there they got sold off over two percent to their low at 10:40 a.m. Eastern time.  Then they rallied sharply until a few minutes after 12 o’clock noon…and then traded sideways from there.  The HUI finished down 0.97% on the day…and back below the 400 mark.There was the odd green arrow in the silver stocks yesterday…but they closed mostly down on the day…but Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index actually finished the Tuesday trading day up 0.56%.  Considering the closing price of the seven big cap silver stocks that make up this index, I found this very hard to believe…and I told Nick that.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 2 gold and 436 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Thursday.  The big shocker, at least for me, was that the big short/issuer was JPMorgan in its in-house/proprietary account.  They’re delivering 426 contracts.  The biggest long/stopper was the Bank of Nova Scotia with 324 contracts…along with 63 contracts for JPMorgan in its client account…and 43 contracts for ABN Amro.  The Issuers and Stoppers Report is definitely worth looking at…and the link is here.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV…and the U.S. Mint didn’t have a sales report either.Over at the Comex-approved depositories, they reported receiving 599,779 troy ounces of silver on Monday…and shipped 906,225 ounces of the stuff out the door.Ted Butler pointed out to me yesterday that Sprott’s Physical Silver Trust [PSLV/PHS.U] has already reported receiving around 5.2 million ounces of the silver that it had ordered.Here’s an e-mail that I received from reader Eddie Costik yesterday…and it’s pretty much self-explanatory…Ed…”I have news for you….the home industry in the U.S. is finished as we know it. Retail sales for home improvement were down 1.6% for the month of June. I’m still in touch with wholesale distributors of building materials…nobody in that industry is making any money. My small retail lumber company is only one of five remaining in a five county area of Central Pennsylvania. Everyone is struggling. The halcyon days from the past are over. Mortgage rates are at all time lows but very few can qualify because of stringent qualification requirements. There are so many foreclosures that banks are holding them off the market so they don’t have to write them down. If Obama gets his way…. eliminating the Bush tax cuts we’re headed for an economic abyss. Then again how much worse can it get? A lot. Hold onto your behind this is not going to end well.” It was a very slow news day yesterday, so I’m delighted to report that I don’t have much reading material for you…but there are quite a few of the ones that I do have, that are well worth your time.As investors begin to realize that gold has not peaked, and that today’s “high” prices are actually just a step on the way up, I expect more of them to pile into the gold sector. The pressure to find sectors and companies with a good return will send Main Street investors, Wall Street fund managers, and sovereign wealth funds into our market. The spectacle will be, as Doug Casey likes to say, like trying to pour the contents of the Hoover Dam through a garden hose. – Louis James, Senior Metals Investment Strategist, Casey ResearchThere’s not much one can say about yesterday’s price action in all the precious metals except to say that we’ve seen this particular movie lots of times in the past…an engineered price decline behind a manufactured rally in the dollar index.As I mentioned in my closing remarks in ‘The Wrap’ yesterday…Tuesday was the cut-off for Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report, so I was prepared for anything as far as price movement went…and this price pattern didn’t surprise me one bit.I’m only speculating here, but I would guess that JPMorgan et al were covering short position like mad in all precious metals yesterday…and going further on the long side as well in the subsequent rally, which had all the hallmarks of a short covering rally.  I am hopeful that all this price action will show up in Friday’s COT report…and it should be obvious to anyone that the ‘powers that be’ want gold below $1,600 spot for as long as possible.It was gratifying to see John Hathaway come out of the closet and state that ‘da boyz’ are obviously managing the gold price…just as they are managing the LIBOR.  I would suspect that Eric King will have the audio interview of that blog posted on this website sometime today…and I will be posting it this space as soon as it becomes available.Not much happened in Far East trading during their Wednesday…and it’s pretty much the same now that London is open.  Volume is light in both metals…and the dollar index is not doing a thing, either.I haven’t a clue as to how gold will trade during the Comex session in New York today, but one can assume that the worse the news, the lower the gold price will be engineered.  As to when the precious metal prices break higher, it’s 100% up to JPMorgan et al…and when they decide to end their duties as a not-for-profit seller, it will be immediately apparent in the price…and not a moment before.I hope that your Wednesday goes well…and I’ll see you tomorrow. Bayfield Ventures Corp. (TSX.V: BYV) is exploring for gold and silver in the Rainy River District of NW Ontario. The Company’s 100% owned “Burns” Block property adjoins the immediate east of Rainy River Resources’ (TSX.V: RR) world-class gold deposit which includes an indicated resource of 5.72 million ounces of gold, averaging 1.18 g/t, in addition to an inferred resource of 2.25 million ounces of gold, averaging 0.79 g/t. Drilling to date on Bayfield’s Burns Block demonstrates that the ODM17gold zone extends from Rainy River Resources’ ground onto the Burns Block. Bayfield is currently carrying out 100,000 metres of diamond drilling on its Rainy River properties. Drill results thus far have been very encouraging. Notable drill results include 60.05 grams per tonne gold and 362.96 grams per tonne silver over 11.2 metres within 26.70 grams per tonne gold and 170.69 grams per tonne silver over 25.5 metres, as well as 35.93 grams per tonne gold and 359.65 grams per tonne silver over 10.0 metres. Bayfield also holds a 100% interest in two other properties in the Rainy River District. Claim blocks “B” and “C” are well located to the immediate east and west (respectively) of Rainy River Resources’ #433 and ODM17 gold zones. Please visit our website to learn more about the company and request information.last_img read more

Fortyfive states and the Department of Justice ar

first_imgForty-five states and the Department of Justice are claiming that generic-drug prices are fixed and the alleged collusion may have cost U.S. business and consumers more than $1 billion.In their complaint, prosecutors say that when pharmacies asked drugmakers for their lowest price, the manufacturers would rig the bidding process.”The companies would work out in advance who would get the lowest price and then the other competitors may put in what we would call a cover bid,” says Michael Cole, who heads the antitrust department at the Connecticut attorney general’s office. (Such bids give the appearance of competitive bidding.)Through subpoenas, Cole’s team has assembled millions of texts, emails and phone calls between 2012 and 2015. The prosecutors say the records show executives divvying up customers, setting prices and giving the illusion that generic pharmaceuticals were transacted in an open and fair marketplace.Because of this price-fixing scheme, prosecutors say, health insurance premiums and copays increased. They also say tax-funded programs like Medicare and Medicaid overspent on drugs.So far, two executives from Heritage Pharmaceuticals have pleaded guilty to antitrust crimes. Both are now feeding information to prosecutors who say the two rigged prices on, among other drugs, the common antibiotic doxycycline, which shot the price up 8,000 percent.”To the extent that taxpayers have had to pay that bill, I think that the taxpayers should recover. And we will get involved on the civil side and recover damages for the U.S. government,” Makan Delrahim, head of the Department of Justice’s antitrust division, said at a seminar.The fact that the Department of Justice is involved has caught the attention of class-action lawyers.Jason Dubner, an attorney for Butler, Rubin, Saltarelli & Boyd, says the allegations are so massive that prices throughout the generic industry could have been affected. “You start to get an understanding just how widespread this alleged conspiracy was to cover so many different types of cures,” he says.Law firms that specialize in class actions have already lined up as many as 80 companies that may have paid too much, including retail pharmacies, employee unions and insurance companies. Dubner predicts more will join as the lawsuit progresses, perhaps even individual consumers.The pharmaceutical manufacturers named in the complaint have either declined to comment or denied the allegations, saying they have a robust compliance program.Ronny Gal, a market analyst for Sanford Bernstein, says on average, the generic-drug industry has lowered prices for consumers. But, he says, in an efficient marketplace, generic-drug wholesalers should have kept prices in check.”In a market that has only three or four really large distribution organizations, they are sometimes tempted to maximize their own profits in a way that does not always 100 percent reflect the best interest of their clients,” Gal says.This is what investigators are looking at now. In their complaint they suggest — but don’t allege — that the price-fixing conspiracy also involved drug distributors. Prosecutors are sending more subpoenas and planning a new complaint.”It could be more generic manufacturers, it could be more drugs, it could be more entities in the distribution chain. It could be all of that,” Cole, of the Connecticut attorney general’s office, says.A spokesperson for McKesson, one of the largest generics distributors, said the company is cooperating with requests for information from prosecutors and that it competes aggressively for the lowest price available.Based on what’s in the current lawsuit, Gal estimates an eventual settlement would be around $1 billion. But he says that number could go as high as $5 billion, especially if more drugs are included. Copyright 2018 WSHU. To see more, visit WSHU.last_img read more

A major medical association today suggested that d

first_imgA major medical association today suggested that doctors who treat people with Type 2 diabetes can set less aggressive blood sugar targets. But medical groups that specialize in diabetes sharply disagree.Half a dozen medical groups have looked carefully at the best treatment guidelines for the 29 million Americans who have Type 2 diabetes and have come up with somewhat differing guidelines.The American College of Physicians has reviewed those guidelines to provide its own recommendations, published in the Annals of Internal Medicine. It has decided that less stringent goals are appropriate for the key blood sugar test, called the A1C.”There are harms associated with overzealous treatment or inappropriate treatment focused on A1C targets,” says Dr. Jack Ende, president of the ACP. “And for that reason, this is not the kind of situation where the college could just sit back and ignore things.”The ACP, which represents internists, recommends that doctors aim for an A1C in the range of 7 to 8 percent, not the lower levels that other groups recommend.For people who have already achieved a lower level, “consider de-intensifying treatment,” Ende says. “That is, reducing one of the medications, stopping a medication, just allow the A1C to be between 7 and 8.”Some studies have shown that people who have aggressively pushed to lower their blood sugar are at somewhat higher risk of premature death. People also suffer from low blood sugar as a result of aggressive treatment.That was the case for Valerie Pennington, a special-needs teacher who lives in Odessa, Mo. She was diagnosed in her mid-40s and put on an aggressive treatment regime.”The nurse at school — because I was going low so much — made me get an alarm clock.” Otherwise, she says, she didn’t realize when she was about to faint. “At one point, one of the children actually had to save me because I had just zoned out.”Pennington also had trouble losing weight because one of the drugs she took for diabetes often leads to weight gain.The upside for her — and it’s a big one — is that once she was off that drug, she shed 100 pounds and has been able to keep her blood sugar in the normal range.She says her general-practice doctor wasn’t fixated on a particular number for her A1C, “but my ophthalmologist would always check the number because above 6.5 the chances of getting retinopathy grow.”People with elevated blood sugar risk more than their vision, says Dr. George Grunberger, who was on the committee that drew up diabetes guidelines for the American College of Endocrinologists and is past president of the American Association of Endocrinologists.”The moment your glucose goes above normal, it’s incurring damage to the back of the eye, to kidneys and to nerves, especially in your feet,” he says.Grunberger says he is stunned to see the American College of Physicians giving more weight to the risks of low blood sugar than the benefits of keeping it under control.”My concern is this will be a message to many practicing physicians saying, ‘Well, don’t worry about it so much, because it’s OK,’ ” he says.He is even more surprised by the suggestion to let a patient’s blood sugar levels rise if the A1C is below 7 percent. He says that is based on a misinterpretation of old studies conducted for purposes other than setting optimal blood sugar levels.The American Diabetes Association also rejects the ACP’s recommendation.”We stand by our guidelines,” says Dr. William Cefalu, chief scientific, medical and mission officer of the ADA.Cefalu says, for one thing, the new guidance gives short shrift to a new generation of drugs that are in use to control blood sugar, “and these drugs do have less risk for hypoglycemia [low blood sugar] and some have very favorable effects on body weight and other cardiovascular risk factors.”Everyone does agree on one thing: There is no one-size-fits-all solution.”These are recommendations,” Ende, the ACP president, says. “Your doctor should make a decision based upon his best information or her best information as well as your particular case.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

This Woman Just Made NFL History

first_imgLeadership Image credit: Al Bello | Getty Images Add to Queue 2 min read –shares Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. This Woman Just Made NFL History Nina Zipkin This Sunday, during the matchup between the New England Patriots and the Los Angeles Chargers, NFL referee Sarah Thomas became the first woman to be an on-field official at an NFL playoff game. It wasn’t the first time that Thomas made football history.In 2015, she became the first female official hired by the NFL, and before her hiring in 2011, she was the first female official to work in a Big Ten stadium. In 2009, she was the first woman to officiate a college football bowl game, and in 2007, she was the first woman to work at a major college football game.Before her career as a football official, Thomas, a Mississippi native and married mom of three, was a college basketball star at the University of Mobile.Related: 4 Branding Lessons From Nike’s Colin Kaepernick AdAt the start of her NFL career, she shared with CBS News how her tenure as a scholar-athlete informed her career.”Maybe at times when they made a controversial call that I didn’t think was right, I voiced my opinion, but I think they would get just as aggravated with me at times, too,” Thomas told CBS. “When I started in football officiating, I had no idea the pride and the amount of time that they put into trying to get the game right.”On social media, Jennifer Welter, the NFL’s first female assistant coach, congratulated Thomas.Today my good friend Sarah Thomas will #kickglass and become the first woman to officiate a playoff game #football #footballfamily #womeninsports #grrridirongirls #legends @ San… https://t.co/8A93bSwLUt— Dr. Jen Welter (@jwelter47) January 13, 2019center_img Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Next Article January 14, 2019 Entrepreneur Staff Sarah Thomas became the first woman to be an on-field official at a playoff game. Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Register Now »last_img read more