TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Neville blasts Man Utd board: You get what you deserveby Paul Vegas18 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United legend Gary Neville says the club is in it’s current state due to the board.Neville launched a scathing attack on the United board following the Red Devils’ 1-0 defeat by Newcastle at St James’ Park. He said on Sky Sports: “They have cocked it up over many years. They have cocked it up. They have cocked it up, they are responsible for this. Poor recruitment, poor selection of, well managers, going with them and then pulling off them.”Van Gaal won the FA Cup and then they sacked him. Jose Mourinho they sacked him after two and a half years when they had given him a contract six months before.”They have pulled off managers in what would be the sort of thread of it and they have gone for completely different styles of managers in Louis van Gaal and Jose Mourinho.”They have now gone with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who has taken the club in a completely different direction again, and if you change direction as a board every two years and you invest £250million along the way in each manager you are going to have big problems.”And Manchester United are basically now getting the pain they deserve for poor decisions at board level.”Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to ensure that the clean up job that he is doing – which needs to be done because of the mess that’s gone before him – he needs to make sure that he actually gets the opportunity to spend that £250million that the others have got to spend so that he can have an opportunity.”There are things out there that I like. There are things that I liked from Jose Mourinho as well, I didn’t want him to be sacked, but there were things I liked out there today.”
college spun staff picks week 14With the exception of the annual Army vs. Navy contest, which will be played next Saturday, college football’s regular season will wrap up this weekend. This Saturday, we’ve got a few interesting Big 12 matchups, and, of course, conference championship games. Clemson, Alabama, Iowa and Michigan State can all lock up College Football Playoff berths with victories. Stanford and UNC, meanwhile, need to both win and get help to find themselves in the field. Ohio State doesn’t play, but the Buckeyes will be glued to their televisions, hoping for chaos.In our competition, it’s come down to the wire. Matt Hladik and Dustin Tackett are tied heading into the final set of games. This week, they’ve both chosen the same teams. As such, we’ll have a total-score-based tiebreaker for the Army vs. Navy game next week.Who do you have?
zoomIllustration. Image Courtesy: Pixabay under CC0 Creative Commons license There should be more accuracy and transparency in declaration of cargo to shipping companies, Diego Aponte, President and CEO of Switzerland-based MSC Group said.“It is imperative that shipping companies are well informed on what is being transported in containers in order to safely manage dangerous or potentially dangerous cargoes. The public may assume the shipping line is at fault – it is our logo on the ship – but many of the tragedies that occur in our sector are down to incorrectly declared cargo,” Aponte said in the company’s Sustainability Report for 2017.In September 2018, New York District Court said that MSC was not liable for the explosion and losses related to the MSC Flaminia fire from July 2012 that claimed the lives of three crew members and destroyed thousands of cargo containers.Instead, Deltech, the manufacturer of the chemical transported aboard the ship, and Stolt Tank Containers B.V. (Stolt), responsible for trucking the chemical,were found responsible for not informing MSC of the dangers related to the storing of the chemical that eventually led to the incident.“And where there have been accidents at sea, we have always taken all necessary actions and moved promptly to rectify the situation to limit environmental damage and protect lives. No amount of technological progress or digitalisation, it seems, can help fix this relatively simple problem in our industry,” Aponte added.According to the report, in 2017 MSC achieved an 11% reduction in CO2 per tons of cargo moved on a per mile basis, compared to 2015.The reduction was ascribed to a comprehensive fleet retrofitting program, optimisation of bulbous bow and propellers, ballast water management, as well as installation of scrubbers.The company’s overall climate action strategy involves an investment of approximately USD 1.5 billion.“This enormous financial commitment was made possible by MSC’s growing and stable economic performance as well as by the continuous support of key financial institutions,” MSC said.Commenting on its path toward achieving compliance with the sulphur cap, MSC has been exploring the viability of three key solutions: scrubbers, LNG and low sulphur fuel.“Based on current forecasts and considering the size of our fleet, there is a strong business and environmental case for retrofitting our ships with Exhaust Gas Cleaning Systems (ECGS). The systems are costly and complex to install, however, with drydock, manufacturing and installation capacity all being potential limiting factors,” MSC explained.As for LNG, MSC pointed to the shortage of global bunkering infrastructure, especially for bigger ships, while numerous concerns remain with regard to the quality, availability and reliability of new fuel blends.“Ultra Low Sulphur Fuel Oil (ULSFO) plays a significant role in our current fuel mix and we will continue to monitor developments,” MSC added.
Kam Williams (15) shoots the ball during the Buckeyes home opener against North Carolina Central. The Buckeyes won 69-63. Ashley Nelson | Sports DirectorWhen the Ohio State Buckeyes take on the Marshall Thundering Herd on Friday night, only one team will remain unbeaten after 40 minutes. It will be one of OSU’s tougher tests in the early part of the season, as the Buckeyes look to move to 6-0 before a game with No. 7 Virginia on Wednesday. OSU has earned two quality wins over Navy and Providence through the first five games, so securing another solid victory against Marshall could help keep the morale high, and help propel OSU through some upcoming challenging games, both out of conference and within the Big Ten. Marshall, a 4-0 team from Conference USA, is OSU’s final game in the Global Sports Invitational. In the unbracketed event, both teams have wins over North Carolina Central, Western Carolina and Jackson State. The Buckeyes and the Herd each took care of NC Central and Western Carolina, but it was Jackson State that made the distinction. Jackson State was the most recent win for both Marshall and Ohio State, but while OSU took care of business on Wednesday with a 30-point win, Marshall was in a tight game, only edging the Tigers by 10 points, after trailing at half. However, OSU coach Thad Matta said that Marshall’s athleticism will bring challenges for his team. Marshall coach Dan D’Antoni has experience in the NBA with his brother Mike D’Antoni, coaching in Phoenix and New York.“They’re wide open,” Matta said. “That’s their style … They got a heckuva point guard and guys that can flat out shoot the basketball.”For Ohio State, the key to the game will be keeping Marshall’s offensive productivity to a minimum. While the Buckeyes have yet to eclipse 80 points in a game, the Herd have exceeded that mark in all but one game. OSU has been a fairly stout defense, holding opposing teams to just 56.6 points per game and 42.5 in the past two games. The Buckeyes should be the toughest test for Marshall so far, and if the Herd can find a way to produce offensively like it has all year, there could be a shootout brewing.The Buckeyes strong-suit is their defense, but their offense has not been particularly bad this year, either. OSU averages 73 points per game and is led by junior forward Jae’Sean Tate who scores 13.2 points per game. Sophomore point guard JaQuan Lyle is coming off a double-double against Jackson State in which he had 11 assists. Redshirt junior guard Kam Williams and senior Marc Loving had 15 and 19 points, respectively last game. The Herd are led by junior guard Jon Elmore who averages 19 points per game. Marshall will be without starter Ryan Taylor because of a suspension after being ejected from his last game against Jackson State. Taylor averages 8.3 points and 6.0 rebounds per game.Junior forward Keita Bates-Diop is still questionable to play. He suffered a sprained ankle against Providence on Nov. 17 and sat out the last two games.
Ohio State freshman forward Andre Wesson attempts a 3-pointer against Northwestern on Jan. 22 at the Schottenstein Center. Credit: Jacob Myers | Assistant Sports EditorThe Ohio State men’s basketball team could be dealt with a heavy blow as the Buckeyes might be missing forward Andre Wesson for an undisclosed period of time, a university spokesperson confirmed Wednesday.Wesson has been undergoing tests for a medical issue over the summer, which was first reported by Eleven Warriors.The university spokesperson issued the following statement to The Lantern:“Ohio State sophomore forward Andre Wesson has been undergoing testing and monitoring over the summer for a medical issue. Additional testing will be conducted in the coming weeks. The Ohio State men’s basketball program is optimistic Andre will be able to continue his athletic career with the Buckeyes this season.”As a freshman, Wesson averaged 11.6 minutes per game while appearing in 29 of the Buckeyes’ 32 games. The former three-star prospect averaged 2.3 points, 1.2 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game. He shot 36.5 percent from the field and 35.1 percent from beyond the arc, while succeeding on 53.6 percent of free throw attempts.Wesson is the oldest brother of freshman center Kaleb Wesson and the elder son of Keith Wesson, a member of the Ohio State men’s basketball team from 1982-1987.
A convicted prisoner of a murder case, died at the Jashore Central Jail on Thursday.The deceased was Mohammad Iqbal Sheikh, son of Abdul Khalek Sheikh of Shamnagar village in Fakirhat upazila of Bagerhat.Md Abu Taleb, jailor of Jashore Central Jail said Iqbal was taken to the jail hospital after he fell unconscious in the morning.Later, he was shifted to Jashore General Hospital as his condition deteriorated where the physicians declared him dead. The physicians suspected that Iqbal had a heart attack.Iqbal was awarded death penalty in a murder case in 2009 which was commuted to life term imprisonment by the High Court on 2014.
Filled with colorful personalities, parties, projects, contests, and the participation of Paseo Gastronómico La Luz and Art City Tour, the fifth edition of the International Design Festival, which opens its doors in San José tomorrow, stands to surpass even last year’s well-received festival.Not just a gathering of designers, the FID is an interdisciplinary event celebrating everything from gastronomy to motion graphic design. Speakers discuss their own experiences, their origins and how their far-flung travels have inspired them to enter the world of design. The festival will shine the spotlight on 15 international speakers, each a respected designer, such as the illustrator Joan Cornella and the fashion designer Agatha Ruiz de la Prada (both from Spain), photographer Marcos López (Argentina), graphic designer Hélène Godin (Canada), and the locally renowned Pucci family of photographers, among others.Visitors can sign up for 18 different workshops, including serigraphy, digital manufacturing, photography, art book creation, and more. And bring your wallet: the festival will include a market for collectors of cutting-edge clothing and décor.Today, Wednesday, March 11, you can get a taste of the festival with a special design-themed edition of the Art City Art City Tour patrons take in the sights. Alberto Font/the Tico TimesTour, in collaboration with GAM Cultural. Dubbed “San José sueña, San José diseña” (“San José dreams, San José designs”), the varied events of the Tour run from 5-9 p.m. all over the city. Art City is a periodic citywide celebration, taking place from downtown San José to La Sabana Park, and culture mavens can visit a variety of museums, galleries, cultural centers, design stores, parks and historic monuments along the way; grab a free shuttle bus, bike or walk.The festival itself takes place March 12-14 at the Antigua Aduana in San José, with the market held in the facility’s Casa del Cuño building. On Thursday, registry takes place at 10:00, with conferences held from 2:00-7:30 p.m.; on Friday and Saturday, workshops begin at 9:00 a.m. and conferences at 2:00 pm, with the event wrapping up both evenings at 7:30 p.m. But the events won’t stop when the Antigua Aduana doors swing shut. On all three nights (Thursday-Saturday), varied exhibitions, gastronomic tie-ins and afterparties will take place around the city, some with freebies or discounts for those with FID admission bracelets.Tickets run from $90 to $140 and are available on the official website or at the stores De aquí y de allá, Saúl E. Méndez and Kiosko SJO.Info on the design-themed Art City Tour: Tour Facebook page. Information on the International Design Festival: Festival website. Facebook Comments Related posts:Comedy homage, massive DJ party and other happenings around Costa Rica Independence Day, Broadway revue, and other happenings around Costa Rica Fairy tale ballet, Hitchcock films, and other happenings around Costa Rica Man Yu celebrates 10 years of hyper-realistic artwork at the Club Unión
Liberty Global CEO, Mike FriesLiberty Global remains committed to the UK market and remains confident about its long-term growth prospects despite hitting a “speed bump” that had contributed to share-price volatility recently, according to president and CEO Mike Fries.Speaking to investors at the company’s annual shareholders meeting, Fries said that after averaging 20% return on equity for the last eight years, “there has been more volatility in our share price than we’re used to and like you we do not like it”.Fries said that some of the volatility was related to the UK market. He said Virgin Media had outperformed the sector, but that it had not met expectations for various reasons.Fries said the conditions that had led to the business delivering a positive return largely continue to exist today “with the exception of Brexit, of course…and movements in inflation and consumer discretionary income”.He said that shareholders had got “a little skittish” about the UK market. He said that the business continued to grow, and this is what investors should focus on. He said that Liberty Global was a relatively heavily leverged business, which contributed to shares volatility on the downside as well as on the upside.“We are about creating value over the long term and…nothing has changed our view,” he said. He said he believed the UK remained a healthily competitive and “rational” market.“I would characterise this as a speed bump,” he said, rather than a major obstacle to growth.Answering a question on Brexit, Fries said that there had been “no direct impact as such” but that the economic indicators were moving possibly in the wrong direction to some extent, with inflation up and discretionary spending down. He said Liberty wanted to “give people more for more”, increasing prices as it improved its offering.Fries said that Virgin Media is “not hunkering down or playing defence”. He said it was investing in products and delivering higher speeds, was investing in quad-play through building a substantial mobile play, was focusing on realising efficiency and “most important, expanding our footprint” to reach an additional homes.Fries said that there had been good results through to the end of Q1 from Project Lightning, the Virgin Media network expansion project, with higher RGUs and new customers.Fries said that Liberty Global had “retooled” the project following problems that had let to the number of homes connected being overstated at the start of this year, and changed management where necessary, as well as revising the company’s go-to-market approach. He said that penetration in new build areas was meeting expectations.Fries said that Liberty Global has continued to grow in other European markets.Referring to Liberty’s plans in the Latin American and Caribbean market, where it has acquired Caribbean operator CWC, Fries said that the company had revamped CWC’s management and turned things around quickly. He said he was still hopeful that the overall Latin American business could be spun off by the end of this year. The company is currently traded via a tracking stock.Fries said that there would be considerable opportunities to grow in the Latin American and Caribbean region through acquisition, and having a separate stock market listing would enable this. He said that there would nevertheless be close cooperation between the Latin American business and Europe, particularly over things such as procurement.Answering a question on CWC, Fries said that “the business that was handed over to us” wasn’t quite as promised, and Liberty had to restate some of its accounts. “It is a complicated business. We love the underlying opportunity,” he said, in a region with low broadband penetration.Fries said that Liberty had always been focused on creating long-term shareholder value, despite short-term issues.He said that Liberty was capable of innovating at a speed that would keep it ahead of the competition. He said Liberty Global was on track to continue delivering cash after 48 straight quarters of continued cash-flow growth.
MBC Group has partnered with Fox Networks Group Middle East and North Africa to bring the Fox+ streaming service to its Shahid+ platform.Shahid PlusShahid+ will broaden its catalogue of Arabic films and series by adding thousands of hours of international TV content from Fox+, which offers National Geographic documentaries, Fox Lifestyle shows, Baby TV, and a range of other TV series and movies.“With the launch of Fox Plus, viewers will be spoilt for choice, with a width of quality content that they don’t get anywhere else,” said Sanjay Raina, general manager and senior vice-president of Fox Networks Group (FNG).“We are very proud of FNG’s partnership with MBC. It’s the coming together of a global content leader and the largest international network in the region with the biggest media house in the Arab world. By bringing Fox Plus onto Shahid Plus, we are offering millions of viewers across MENA the content of their choice, at a place, time and device of their choosing.”MBC Group CEO, Sam Barnett, said: “The Arabic-speaking content we present through Shahid Plus is unique and revolutionary across the region, something we have always been proud of. We’re incredibly excited to be collaborating with Fox Networks Group MENA to add thousands of hours of high-quality global content, consisting of series and award-winning National Geographic documentaries.”
Sponsor 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.
Sponsor Advertisement I wasn’t amused that the precious metals shares got sold off as heavily as they did…Just eye-balling the Kitco gold chart below, it’s obvious to me that the gold price, despite several serious attempts to do so, wasn’t going to be allowed to break above the $1,720 spot mark anywhere on Planet Earth yesterday and, with the exception of the high tick of the day [$1,724.10 spot] at the London p.m. gold fix, it didn’t.The gold price finished the day at $1,716.00 spot…up a whole 80 cents from Friday’s New York close. Net volume was very light at only around 108,000 contracts.Here’s the New York Spot Gold [Bid] chart on its own…and three of four of gold’s attempts to climb above the above mentioned price got turned back…and the glaring one is at the 3:00 p.m. GMT London gold fix…10:00 a.m. Eastern.Silver rallied right from the New York open on Sunday night…and its Far East high came around 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time. It was all down hill from there until the noon silver fix in London.That proved to be the low of the day. The subsequent rally ran into the usual not-for-profit seller at the afternoon London gold fix…and that was it.Silver closed at $33.66 spot…up 22 cents on the day. Net volume was a rather unexciting 30,500 contracts…give or take.The dollar index, which closed on Friday at 80.24, was under pressure right from the get-go in Far East trading on their Monday morning…which most likely explains the initial rally in gold and silver.The index sank under the 80.00 mark around 3:00 p.m. in Hong Kong…about an hour before London opened. From there it kept declining in fits and starts…closing around the 79.89 mark…down about 35 basis points on the day.It was obvious that both gold and silver wanted to rally at midday in London…and at the Comex open…but it’s equally obvious that there were forces standing by to make sure that it didn’t happen.The US dollar index packed up on the ino.com Internet site around 9:00 a.m. yesterday morning…and as you can see, I stole the chart below from one of Peter Spina’s websites…goldseek.com…and I’m sure he won’t mind.As you are more than aware, the shares did very poorly yesterday…and the HUI finished down 2.33%. The HUI from that yahoo.com website has been M.I.A. for many days now…and here’s one that Scott Pluschau offered up in its stead.(Click on image to enlarge)The silver shares fared little better…and despite the metal itself finishing well in the black, the shares got sold down pretty hard as well. Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down 1.68%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for ‘Day 3’ in the December delivery month showed that 1,906 gold and 712 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Wednesday within the Comex-approved depositories.In gold, the big short/issuer was Deutsche Bank with 1,741 contracts posted for delivery…and in very distant second place came the Bank of Nova Scotia with 162 contracts. The big long/stopper in gold was JPMorgan Chase with 1,565 contracts…275 in its client account and 1,290 in its proprietary [in house] trading account. There were about a dozen other small stoppers accounting for the rest.In silver, the big short/issuer was Deutsche Bank as well with 579 contracts…and JPMorgan, in its proprietary account, was in second with 106 contracts. The biggest long/stopper was JPMorgan in its client account with 341 contracts. Second was Barclays with 225 contracts…and third was Credit Suisse First Boston with 98.The Issuers and Stoppers Report is well worth a few minutes of your time…and the link is here. Note the delivery info in palladium as well…Deutsche Bank, JPMorgan and Barclays.If you haven’t figured it out already, it should be patently obvious that JPMorgan is at the center of the precious metals universe.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV yesterday…and no sales report from the U.S. Mint, either.Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they reported receiving no silver at all…but shipped 458,050 troy ounces out the door. The link to that activity is here.Washington reader S.A. had no charts for me today…but he more than made up for it by sending me a photo of the latest addition to the Oregon Zoo.Being a Tuesday column, I have a few more stories than usual for you today…and I’ll leave the final edit up to you.I have no doubt that the CFTC is publishing accurate data on COMEX silver. Without that data, I couldn’t begin to make a case for manipulation. The problem is that all the agency does is to publish accurate data that prove that silver is manipulated in price…and then refuses to react to the clear proof of manipulation. Due to a decrease in reported spread positions in this week’s disaggregated COT report, JPMorgan’s 38,000 contract silver short position “only” increased to 34.7% of the entire net COMEX short position from the previous week’s 34%. But the 190 million ounces that the 38,000 contracts represent is equal to 25% of the world’s total annual silver mine production of 760 million oz. If one trading entity was short 25% of the annual world production of any other commodity that entity would be in jail the day it became known. For that entity in silver to be a systemically important US bank is shocking in its own regard. In many ways, I admit that this is so extreme as to not be fully comprehendible. Believe me when I tell you that I can hardly comprehend that I label JPMorgan as crooked and get away with it. – Silver analyst Ted Butler… 01 December 2012Even though volume was pretty light in both silver and gold yesterday, it was obvious [at least to me] that the prices of both metals weren’t allowed to get far, even though the dollar index dropped below the psychologically important 80.00 mark.I wasn’t amused that the precious metals shares got sold off as heavily as they did…and I’ll quote a paragraph on this from my Saturday column…“I’d like to think that it’s strong hands buying all the shares that are falling off the table as weak-kneed day traders hit the ‘sell’ button…but I’m always concerned that “da boyz” are buying up all these shares in order to dump them later when they need to suppress the share prices as well. I know that John Embry would be in total agreement with this scenario. But maybe I’m looking for a black bear in a dark room that’s not there.”I leave it up to you, dear reader, to ponder the notion of whether or not there is any truth in that paragraph…for, or against.As you may remember, I’ve had correspondence with Scotiabank here in Canada about whether or not they were the bank that was fingered by the CFTC as the “non-U.S. bank” in their November Bank Participation Report. All enquires sent by myself…and other readers…ended up with the same “non-denial denial” type of answer.So, on Sunday, I sent an e-mail off to the ombudsman at Scotiabank…and here is what I had to say…02 December 2012Mr. Charles DougallOmbudsmanScotiabankHi Charles,I’ve been trying to get an answer to a question that I asked of your firm a month or so ago.I started off with Andy Montano at Scotia Mocatta…and have since graduated to Rick Waugh…and got immediately passed off to Dave Shearim. I have not received a direct answer, except for the usual ‘non-denial denial’…the normal runaround corporations give when they really don’t want to answer and are just trying to blow someone off.I’m not asking for trading secrets, or the trading positions of any client [in-house or otherwise] that may exist over at Scotia Mocatta…as I fully understand that this client privileged information.Here is the sequence e-mails as posted in ‘The Wrap’ section of my daily column over at Casey Research on November 6th…[There was a bit more to this e-mail than that at the end, but what you see above is the essence of what I sent]The reply I got back on Monday was as follows…Dear Mr. Steer, We acknowledge receipt of your email dated December 2nd. After a preliminary review of your email, we wish to inform you that there are certain issues that are deemed to be outside the mandate of the Office of the Ombudsman, which may include the issue(s) you have raised. Having said that, we will make inquiries into your concerns and will respond to you further in due course. Yours truly, Marlaine Radke Assistant Ombudsman Scotiabank – Executive Offices 44 King Street West Toronto, ON M5H 1H1 Telephone: (416) 933-3299 Fax: (416) 933-3276And that’s where it sits at this point…and I’ll let you know the contents of any further correspondence that I receive, or send. I get the impression from the tone of the reply, that I’m not going to get very far, but you never know.Both gold and silver came under selling pressure the moment that Far East trading began on their Tuesday. Then, as you’ve already noted, the bid disappeared shortly before 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…or the high-frequency traders showed up…and the gold price dropped ten dollars in just a few minutes. This decline occurred in all four precious metals.Since those lows, they have recovered somewhat…and their respective rallies have continued [in fits and starts] into the first hour or so of trading in London. Whether these rallies will be allowed to continue is impossible to tell…but as I also said in my Saturday column, it’s a mug’s trying to predict what the precious metals will do price-wise when the heavy hands of JPMorgan Chase et al are in the market.The dollar index has been in a slow but steady decline all through Far East and the early London trading session as well…and is down about 23 basis points as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:15 a.m. Eastern time. Volumes are monstrous…over 45,000 contracts in gold…and 9,000+ in silver. Fortunately, all of this…along with New York’s price/volume activity…will be in Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report, as the cut-off is at the 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Comex close today.And I suggest you re-read Ted Butler’s quote under the cartoons above to give you some idea of the meaning of “obscene and grotesque” when it come to a short position in the precious metals…especially silver. Between JPM and Scotiabank…if they are the second big silver short…they hold a short position of over 45% of the entire Comex futures market in silver. That was as of the Tuesday cut-off for last week’s COT Report…and it may have declined since. But by how much, won’t be known until Friday.What the precious metals do price-wise is entirely up to them…and has nothing to do with legitimate supply and demand fundamentals.That’s more than enough for today…and I’ll be very interested in the price action in New York when I switch my computer on later this morning.See you tomorrow. Tosca Mining Corporation’s goal is to acquire advanced stage projects that can be placed into production quickly. The company’s primary asset is the Red Hills Molybdenum/Copper project located in Presidio County, Texas. A program to confirm, and expand the considerable size and potential of the project and evaluate various economic scenarios was completed in 2011. Tosca recently received results from the 13 remaining holes from its phase two, 16,000 M (4,873 m) diamond drill program. Per Tosca’s Chairman, Dr. Sadek El-Alfy, “the drill program has successfully verified historic drill results of the shallow Copper-Molybdenum cap and confirmed the presence of a deeper, well mineralized Molybdenum Porphyry deposit.” The results of 21 holes drilled through the copper/moly cap in Tosca’s 2011 drill program give a weighted average grade of 0.39 % Cu over a core length of 113 feet (34.5 m). Since the copper cap is subhorizontal, the average core length can be interpreted as being approximately equivalent to true width. The copper/moly cap is crescent shaped, approximately 4,000 feet (1220 metres) long and 400 feet (122 m) to 1000 feet (305 m) wide.The 2011 program encountered numerous thick Molybdenum mineralized intervals including Hole TMC-25 wich intersected 1,189 feet (362.4 m) averaging 0.089 per cent Mo including 830 feet (253 m) of 0.1 per cent Mo from 359 feet (109.8 m) to the bottom of the hole. Hole TMC-29 cut 989 feet (301.4 m) averaging 0.09 per cent Mo including 139 feet (42.4 m) of 0.16 per cent Mo. The molybdenum grades are similar and in some cases higher than those of projects currently considered of potential economic interest.”Aggressive plans are in place for 2012 to conduct metallurgical tests, produce an updated resource estimate and Pre Economic Assesment. 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If you are a productive person, working in any sort of normal job, roughly half of your earnings are taken from you every year, leaving you just barely able to hang on to an acceptable lifestyle. Understand this: You are already rich, but your money is stolen from you, generally before you ever hold it in your hands. Can you imagine what would happen to government in space? Once beyond Earth’s gravity well, the spacefarers would be gone forever: no more taxes, no more obedience, and heaps of scorn for the distant barbarians who demanded money and attempted violence to get it. Space would be the 17th century American wilderness on steroids. Politicians and tax gatherers would have no hope of keeping up. The man in the photo below is Gene Cernan, the last human to walk on the moon. Cernan left the moon in December of 1972 – more than forty years ago – and no one has gone back. To understand how far we went forty years ago, on how little technology, consider this: Our modern smart phones have 200,000 times more power than the computers that took men to the moon. Let me restate that: Space travel can be accomplished with forty-year-old technology. At one million miles, government requires 4,188,000,000 billion cubic miles of dominance. The 1950s are considered a time of mass conformity, but they look like radical experimentation compared to the fully-scripted lives of today’s ‘successful’ people. A success ethic that addresses the animal aspects of human life while utterly ignoring its higher aspects. We are taxed on our income at national, state and even local levels. We are taxed on what we spend. We are taxed on Ponzi retirement programs. We are taxed on property we own, and on gasoline we buy, and hundreds of other things. At three million miles it is 113,076,000,000 billion cubic miles of dominance. It may be that the next generation will demand more out of life than animal gratifications. Such changes have occurred in the past. Would to God that they come again soon.#3: Our Money Is Taken from Us The taxation systems of the West are designed to rob us of every dollar we get, right up to the point where we’d be tempted to rebel. This is a science. I should add that one million miles in space is almost trivial. At the speeds used forty years ago, that’s only 38.5 hours of travel. The relics of the last moon missionWhat has been lost to us? What happens to humans themselves (and by that I mean internally) once we get to space and have a few moments to “consider the heavens”? Preliminary evidences are that humans in space think more deeply, more expansively, and more spiritually… that their consciousness opens up and expands. Consider just these passages from astronauts on the first and last moon missions. (And I have many others.) As Neil and I first stood on the surface of the moon looking back at Earth – a bright blue marble suspended in the blackness of space – the experience moved us in ways that we could not have anticipated. – Buzz Aldrin, Apollo 11 Out there on another planet, I was looking back at the Earth, or I was looking back at the other stars in the universe – science and technology could no longer explain to me what I was feeling. Not just what I was seeing, it’s what I was feeling. And I kept thinking, above all religions, there has to be a creator. It was to me like I was just sitting on a rocking chair on a Friday evening, looking back home, sitting on God’s front porch, looking back at the Earth; looking back home. It was really that simple, but it was an overpowering experience. I’m sure that viewing the world from the moon only enriched me spiritually and also gave me a new vantage point on life… Anyone who walked on the moon had such a spiritual experience, similar to it or stronger. – Gene Cernan, Apollo 17 An obscene level of advertising that replaced authentic dreams with scientifically implanted manipulations. 17th century voyages across the Atlantic took weeks, and there was no lack of paying passengers. So, there is no hope of governments getting us back to space. To do so would be to shoot themselves in the chest, and they probably understand that.#2: The Culture Has Gone Conformist Lamentations Are In Order It is tragic beyond measure that human exploration has been neutered since 1972. Sure, we’ve sent out a few probes and placed a good telescope in orbit, but we have done nothing brave, nothing bold, nothing daring. Productive humans have been delegated to mute observance as their hard-earned surplus is syphoned off to capital cities, where it is sanctimoniously poured down a sewer of cultured dependencies and endless wars. We remain locked onto this planet, not because we lack the ability to leave, but because so few of us are able to do anything about it. What we have lost can be measured only in the billions of unactivated lives. Fifty years ago humanity was shocked to realize that they could go to the stars. After untold millennia of looking to the heavens, of wondering, dreaming and mourning the impossibility, we saw that we could go to the stars. And for ten years we took our first brave steps, successfully! But after our first major step away from our crib, we were thrown back and surrounded with double-height rails. Since then, we have stagnated, and human culture has undergone a widespread rot. We watch science fictions about going to space, living in space and even fighting in space, but we have given up all hope of going ourselves… even though we did it just one generation ago. Humanity – having recently discovered the ability to expand without limit – wanders aimlessly, with no challenging goal, no elevated purpose, and no path of escape. Space travel has leapfrogged us: it was done by our fathers; we imagine that it will be done by our sons; but we dare not think that it is possible to us. They Were Men Like Us We have more than enough ability to explore space right now. The men who did so a generation ago were not supermen, regardless of how the promotions made them appear. I’ve met some of the people who did this forty years ago, including one of the men who walked on the moon. I found them to be reasonably decent and competent men (the astronaut struck me as especially capable), but I’ve known other men and women who were of equal or greater decency and competence. The fault of our earth-bound lives lies not in our abilities. The spacemen were men like ourselves. Now, please take a look at this photo: You are observing a workman building a Mercury capsule. Look at the metal work: It is fine construction, and it was advanced for its day, but there are shops in every large city in America that could do the same job, faster, cheaper, with closer tolerances. Like every other technology, metal working has massively improved over the last forty years. Now look at this Gemini launch. What in this picture is particularly hard to build? We see concrete, metal frameworks and sprinklers. None of those things are remotely hard. Even the rocket is simple by modern standards. In other words, this technology is simple to reproduce. None of it is beyond the grasp of journeyman craftsmen. Leibniz, Newton and Aldrin Originating is hard; second and third uses are not. It took brilliant men like Leibniz and Newton to invent calculus, but now, millions of schoolchildren learn it every year. It took a brilliant engineer like Buzz Aldrin to invent the technologies of space rendezvous, but there are millions of bright young men, right now, who are more than capable of using his discoveries. Again, none of this is beyond us. And, by the way, we have lots of real geniuses in our time too… it’s just that they have been forced into systems that punish them for their brilliance, rather than rewarding them, or at least just leaving them alone. Why Haven’t We Gone Back? There are several ways to answer this question. Here are the answers that I think matter most: #1: Space is Against the State’s Interest Fame for the basest, weirdest and most lurid men and women; conformity for everyone else. And so on. The people who left could never again be contained and have their money removed by force. Those cows would never be milked again. The reason I’m so sure of this is simple mathematics. When we lost the moon we lost our bearings; there was no distant star to guide us, no magnificent vision to pursue. Four decades on, we remain in a kind of stasis, mollified with streaming vanities and base satisfactions. Perhaps we should have known that this would be the result. But when shall we return to the stars? It isn’t rocket science anymore. [Editor’s Note: This article is based on research from our flagship newsletter – The Freeman’s Perspective Letter – Issue #20: “Forty Years Gone: A Lamentation.” If you liked it, consider taking a risk-free test drive. Not only will you gain immediate access to the rest of the issue, but you’ll also be able to enjoy the entire archive – more than 520 pages of research on topics of importance and inspiration to those looking for freedom in an unfree world. Plus valuable bonus reports and all new issues as well. Click here to learn more.] Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com Originally compiled for FreedomsPhoenix.com. The glorification and unlimited empowerment of the institution. At two million miles it is 33,504,000 billion cubic miles of dominance. The men who went into space knew that death was a possibility, but they valued more than just animal rewards; they wanted to excel, to touch the heavens, to expand, to become more. In the broader cultures of the West, that attitude has been suppressed and nearly lost. Space is a territory that expends exponentially (as a cube of the distance) and endlessly. The numbers look like this: 24/7 entertainment, which made billions of otherwise-productive hours worthless. As a result, we’ve had boring, washed-out decades, focused on anything but the awe-inspiring, the good, and the truly heroic. These years have been stripped of the greatest excitement, discovery and growth that have ever been possible to our species. Consider what became of the past forty years: There has been no striving, no searching, no becoming. Instead, we’ve had: At four million miles it is 268,032,000,000 billion cubic miles of dominance. If we actually held our own money, reaching space again could be done, easily, from a small percentage of our surplus. No coercion would be required, only a bit of excitement. Our current decade features no goals save bodily comfort, and no aspirations save existence and status. Underlying it all is a palette of manufactured fears that can only be salved by buying the right products or electing the right politicians. We are living through the triumph of manipulation and the disappearance of vigorous individuals. We have no money left over for things that matter.
A 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/.
Forty-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.
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Leadership 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, 2019 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 »
Mobilizing VoIP Register Now » Add to Queue 2 min read Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Dan O’Shea Most small-business entrepreneurs are now well aware of the economic benefits and flexibility advantages of using VoIP for their office communications needs. Now, it’s time for lesson two: How to leverage VoIP’s benefits while on the go.A big-box retailer, hearty competitor to many a small business, may seem an unlikely teacher for this lesson. Yet, Best Buy is doing an increasingly good job of addressing the technology needs of its small-business customers. As part of the Best Buy for Business concept, the retailer operates its own national VoIP service provider–Speakeasy–catering to the small-business market.Speakeasy, based in Seattle, was already a nationally known VoIP service brand when Best Buy acquired it in 2007. Thousands of small businesses in the U.S. use Speakeasy Hosted Voice, and late last year, Speakeasy introduced the first mobile extension of its platform, targeted at iPhone users. EasyVoice Mobile for iPhone extends an existing Speakeasy customer’s wireline calling package, including a call management feature and free calling to more than 20 countries, to a device that has become standard issue to small-business owners.Call management functions run through Remote Office, an application that integrates with an iPhone contact list and allows iPhone users to make and receive calls via their desktop office phone number. Users can also hold, forward, access voice mail and do pretty much anything they would while at the office. “It gives the impression that you’re always available,” Chatterley said.He added that the big telecom companies still do a poor job of addressing evolving small-business calling needs, delivering cellular plans targeted at small firms, but not comprehensive applications covering both the fixed office and the mobile office. Ironically, a big-box retailer may teach them a lesson, too. Magazine Contributor Speakeasy takes the popular voice alternative on the road. Technology This story appears in the February 2010 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe » Next Article Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business –shares January 15, 2010
Register Now » Reuters Next Article Co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp. Dies in Car Accident Add to Queue March 2, 2016 –shares Aubrey McClendon, the co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corp who led it to become one of the world’s biggest natural gas producers before he was tarred by federal anti-trust charges, died on Wednesday in a car accident in Oklahoma City, police said. He was 56.McClendon died one day after the U.S. Department of Justice indicted him for allegedly violating antitrust laws by colluding to rig bids for oil and gas acreage while he was at Chesapeake, which has been a central player in the U.S. fracking revolution of the past decade. He denied the charges.McClendon resigned from Chesapeake in 2013 after a corporate governance crisis and investor concerns over his heavy spending.He went on to start American Energy Partners, and with the help of private equity funds, made huge bets on vast oil acreage around the United States and Australia.Police said they were investigating the cause of the crash that occurred when McClendon was driving his 2013 Chevy Tahoe. Police said the vehicle was so badly burned they were unable to tell if McClendon was wearing his seat belt.A native of Oklahoma, he attended Duke University before starting Chesapeake with his friend Tom Ward, who went on to lead SandRidge Energy Inc. for a time.”Chesapeake is deeply saddened by the news that we have heard today and our thoughts and prayers are with the McClendon family during this difficult time,” a Chesapeake spokesman said in a statement.(Reporting by Liz Hampton, Jessica Resnick Ault and Ernest Scheyder; Writing by Terry Wade; Editing by Leslie Adler) This story originally appeared on Reuters Death 2 min read Image credit: Sean Gardner | Reuters Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Chief Executive Officer, Chairman, and Co-founder of Chesapeake Energy Corporation Aubrey McClendon walks through the French Quarter in New Orleans, Louisiana March 26, 2012.
This story originally appeared on PCMag Senators to Airlines: What’s Up With the Computer Outages? Don Reisinger Register Now » 2 min read Next Article August 18, 2016 Contributing Writer Frequent fliers aren’t the only ones fed up with airline computer outages. In the wake of delays due to recent glitches with the systems of Southwest and Delta Air Lines, two US senators are asking for answers.”We are concerned with recent reports indicating that airlines’ IT systems may be susceptible to faltering because of the way they are designed and have been maintained,” Democratic Sens. Edward J. Markey of Massachusetts and Richard Blumenthal of Connecticut wrote in a letter to more than a dozen airlines. Delta flights were grounded earlier this month after “a critical power control module at our Technology Command Center malfunctioned, causing a surge to the transformer and a loss of power,” according to COO Gil West. Southwest, meanwhile, had to cancel hundreds of flights last month after its website went down.In their letters, Markey and Blumenthal “inquire about safeguards and backups in place within airline IT systems to protect against power outages, cyberattacks and other hazards,” they said in a statement. They also “ask the airlines about policies that would allow passengers to be rebooked on another airline or on a different mode of transportation in the event of irregular operations caused by the airlines, as well as about their reimbursement and compensation policies.”Airline mergers are not helping the situation, they continued. “Now that four air carriers control approximately 85 percent of domestic capacity, all it takes is one airline to experience an outage and thousands of passengers could be stranded, resulting in missed business meetings, graduations, weddings, funerals and other prepaid events.”The senators’ letter includes several queries, including how many times technology has caused an outage to air traffic, what safeguards are in place when systems fail, and the current state of the airline’s IT system. They have asked the airline CEOs to respond to their queries by Sept.16.Airlines that received the letter include American Airlines, Delta Airlines, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Alaska Airlines, Spirit Airlines, Frontier Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, Allegiant Air, Virgin America, Sun Country Airlines and Island Air Hawaii. Add to Queue Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Airlines Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Image credit: Shutterstock –shares
QuanticMind announced its Spring 2019 product release, ushering in new functionality for digital marketers who are focused on achieving peak performance and optimization from paid search channels. The pioneering Martech company, based in Silicon Valley, has unlocked ways to automate highly valuable audience bid adjustments in Google Ads, optimize Bing Shopping campaigns using proprietary data science techniques, and launched a machine learning based forecasting module for SEM and Shopping campaigns. These new features together augment QuanticMind’s position as the leader in predictive digital advertising management.“We’ve focused on adding sophisticated machine learning algorithms to ensure better accuracy and increased reliability in driving optimal performance of paid search campaigns,” said QuanticMind’s CEO, Chaitanya Chandrasekar. “These updates represent only the beginning of the journey we’re on to deliver a solution that enables digital marketers to solve paid advertising challenges at far greater scale, faster speed, and at deeper levels of granularity than previously possible.”QuanticMind has committed to continually engage in product improvements to help digital marketers achieve their performance goals. This Spring release adds another chapter by delivering features that directly empower SEM marketers to optimize their marketing campaigns for the best ROI.Marketing Technology News: Pandora Selects OpenText’s Digital Asset Management Platform for Streaming AdvertisingThe highlight of the Spring 2019 release is the launch of Automated Audience Bid Adjustments for Google Ads. Sophisticated marketers understand the power of showcasing their ads to targeted audiences: who they are, their interests and habits, what they are actively researching, or how they have interacted with businesses in the past. The QuanticMind platform dynamically automates how marketers manage audiences in Google Ads by drawing on the historical performance of audience segments to set optimal audience bid adjustments. This new bidding model ultimately ensures that marketers are minimizing wasted advertising spend and maximizing their business returns by reaching the right people, with the right message, at precisely the right moment.The second major capability rolled out is an advanced Forecasting Module. By taking in auction insights data, bid landscape models, historical performance trends, and seasonality factors, QuanticMind can now predict performance for up to 100 days in the future of paid search campaigns. By surfacing such critical insights in advance, marketers are empowered to determine what ROAS, Margin or CPA targets need to be set to achieve specific performance goals. Furthermore, channel budget shifts can be handled much more effectively with the guesswork eliminated.Marketing Technology News: Pitney Bowes and Accenture Team to Help Clients Take Advantage of Intelligent, Data-Driven SolutionsRounding out the trio of major features is Bing Shopping Optimization. Now, the same powerful machine learning algorithms that QuanticMind applies to Google Shopping campaigns can be employed to drive better investments on Bing Shopping. Strategies and reporting across the two publishers sit directly in one source of truth, allowing for a holistic overview of performance. QuanticMind Shopping continues to support feed management for both the Google and Bing Merchant Centers.The future of search engine marketing is bright as new levels of performance optimization become possible through QuanticMind’s Spring 2019 Release.Marketing Technology News: Elastic Stack 7.0 Now Available QuanticMind Offers SEM Marketers Powerful New Automated Bidding Capabilities PRNewswireApril 16, 2019, 5:44 pmApril 16, 2019 Audience Bid AdjustmentsChaitanya ChandrasekarGoogle AdsMarketing TechnologyNewsQuanticMindSEM Previous ArticleHG Insights Partners with Forrester to Expand Worldwide Technology Adoption CoverageNext ArticleEngageya Launches “Stories” Unit For Mobile Publishers