Premier League fixtures released

first_imgThe Premier League fixtures have now been released with new Arsenal boss Unai Emery set for a challenging first game in charge against the defending champions Manchester City at the EmiratesLife after Arsene Wenger looks set to be a challenging start for the Gunners in this new era with a trip to Stamford Bridge to face former champions Chelsea coming straight after playing against Pep Guardiola’s men.Meanwhile, last season’s runners-up, Manchester United, will host Leicester City at Old Trafford with third-placed Tottenham set to travel to St James’ Park to face off against Rafael Benitez’s Newcastle United side.Manuel Pellegrini looks set to face a difficult start at West Ham United against last season’s Champions League runners-up Liverpool.The newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers will host Everton in what will be their first Premier League game in six years and fellow promoted side Cardiff City are set to travel to Bournemouth for their first game.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…Play-off winners Fulham will host Crystal Palace.? Announcing the 2018/19 Matchweek 1 #PLfixturesFull list ? https://t.co/iQKSN9XtKw pic.twitter.com/N5BOj8oVN0— Premier League (@premierleague) June 14, 2018last_img read more

Lloris blamed Frances weak effort

first_imgFrance were beaten 2-0 by the Netherlands away from home and the World Cup winners’ captain, Hugo Lloris, admitted that his team showed a really poor performance and they could have conceded even more goals.The Netherlands can win their group if they will manage to beat Germany away from home – and France will only have to hope that the Germans will be able to stand tall and deflect the Dutch attacks for the group win.Hugo Lloris admitted that the performance shown by his team was really weak and they didn’t deserve anything from this game, according to fourfourtwo.com:We played to the minimum of our potential and paid for it. The score could have been even more flattering for the Dutch.Euro 2020Report: Euro 2020 qualifying Group H George Patchias – September 11, 2019 Euro 2020 qualifying Group H is being controlled by France and Turkey, but Iceland is still in with a shout.Reigning world champions France ran…“We have to hope that the Germans beat them on Monday.”“We knew what to expect, we knew the level of the Netherlands, they had demonstrated it against Germany and Belgium in October and they turned in a great performance.”“We did not live up to it. It’s disappointing, now we no longer have our destiny in our hands.“In the coming days, we will have to analyse it even if it is not easy to find the right words.”last_img read more

Neil Warnock rues denied penalties in Huddersfield draw

first_imgCardiff City manager Neil Warnock says they were unlucky not to have been awarded a penalty in their goalless draw with Huddersfield Town on Saturday.Despite Warnock’s claims, Cardiff City should count them lucky after referee Lee Mason overturned a penalty he awarded to Huddersfield Town in the 76th minute.Cardiff felt they were denied clear penalty calls when Philip Billing’s header hit Erik Durm’s arm and when Hoilett was brought down by Hadergjonaj.“We knew we’d be struggling a little bit today,” Warnock told Sky Sports.“We had one or two players who shouldn’t have been playing. Callum Paterson and Victor Camarasa weren’t really fit but I wanted to play them.Danny CowleyCowley explains why he changed his mind about Huddersfield Manuel R. Medina – September 9, 2019 Last week Danny Cowley rejected the chance to coach Huddersfield Town in the English Championship, but today he accepted saying it was a good opportunity.“I thought we had the opportunities but we didn’t get the rub of the green although thankfully the linesman was alert to overturn the penalty. We thought ours was a certain penalty for a foul on [Junior] Hoilett.“The lad doesn’t see him coming, he gets to the ball first, and he takes the man.“I don’t understand why they can’t be given but I suppose next season with VAR, we’ve got a chance.”last_img read more

Recovery Of Stolen Vessel From Atlantis Marina

first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppCoral Harbour Base 28 Oct 2015 (RBDF): The Royal Bahamas Defence Force received reports concerning a 23-foot Contender pleasure craft that was stolen from the Nassau Harbour area early Monday morning. Acting on intelligence received, the Harbour Patrol Unit’s Delta Watch proceeded along with a team from Commando Squadron to investigate the matter aboard a Defence Force fast patrol craft. The search led Defence Force Marines to the Seabreeze Canal area where the abandoned vessel was sighted early Tuesday morning. The vessel was then towed to the Harbour Patrol Unit where the matter was turned over to Police for further investigation.The Royal Bahamas Defence Force continues to strive towards achieving greater success in fulfilling its mandate to “Guard our Heritage.” Defence Force Makes History With Public Service Award HMBS Durward Knowles Provides Hurricane Relief To Long Island Residents In Clarence Town Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Haitian Migrants Apprehended Related Items:atlantis, Royal Bahamas Defence Force, stolen vessellast_img read more

Wilmington Little Leagues Latest Game Summaries

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Below is a recent Wilmington Little League game summary:AAA: Astros vs. Rays on April 30 at Boutwell FieldIn by far the most exciting game of the year, in (relatively) Arctic temperatures again sending many fans to their cars to watch from the parking lot, it took last-inning heroics for the Astros to overcome a great game by the Rays who were dominant at times. The Rays had their best offensive output of the season led by Henry Almeda’s three hits and two runs. The whole lineup contributed with aggressive base running and big hits from Henry Santini and Nicholas Ryan. Defensively Jack Cyr was solid behind the plate keeping the Astros run game in check, and Jackson Griffith had a nice assist just barely throwing out a runner from the outfield. Pitching for the 2nd time this season, Henry Santini held the Astros in check while he was in the game and helped his own cause with some good defense. For the Astros, Andrew Santo fanned five in his two innings in his first start of the year. Joe Fennelly then bridged the gap to John Roofe who followed that up with two strikeouts in his inning. Dylan Costantiello fanned three in an inning, throwing some genuine heat and Tony Cummings slammed the door in the final inning. Costantiello, Connor Jamieson, and Fennelly shared catching duties. The Astros continued their very solid fielding with plays from Cummings, Fennelly, Cael Considine, Santo, Jamieson, Patrick Moriarty, Jake Gryglik, and Kevin Pruslin to name a few. Everyone was involved in the offense which included steals by Cummings, Santo, and Owen Wills among others, keeping pressure on the Rays’ defense. Gryglik hit a double and a wild triple where he outran the ball all the way around the bases. Roofe had two singles and a big double, eventually scoring the winning run. Moriarty had an early inning single and his aggressive baserunning helped set the tone for what was to come later. He also hit a towering double his next at bat. Considine continued his hot hitting with two singles and two runs while Costantiello also had two hits. Cummings and Fennelly each had a hit and a walk while Santo, Kyle Price, and Wills added singles as well. Aidan Raposa hit a sharp grounder moving the runners to help start the offensive onslaught the last two innings. Jamieson and Pruslin each had walks, Pruslin’s leading to the first run of the final rally. After his walk, clutch hits by Costantiello, Cummings, Fennelly, Considine, and Roofe finished the job.(NOTE: Summaries provided by the Wilmington Little League.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedWilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”Wilmington Little League’s Latest Game SummariesIn “Sports”last_img read more

Words With Friends Live brings on Garth Brooks for season finale

first_img Gaming Music Share your voice Tags Post a commentcenter_img Country singer Garth Brooks chats with Sangita Sarkar, director of product marketing for Words With Friends, about his love for the game at Zynga’s San Francisco headquarters Wednesday. Abrar Al-Heeti/CNET Excited murmurs filled the room as around 80 people, some donning cowboy hats, eagerly anticipated Garth Brooks’ arrival at Zynga’s San Francisco headquarters Wednesday. Five people in the third row held up square foam boards spelling GARTH as the country singer, wearing a black cowboy hat, blue button-down shirt and light jeans, made his way to the stage. The letters his fans held up called upon the design of those featured in Words With Friends, the popular multiplayer word game developed by Zynga.Sangita Sarkar, director of product marketing for Words With Friends, sat with Brooks to chat about his love for the game, which he says he’s been playing for nine years. It didn’t take long for the singer to chime in with a word suggestion.”I think ‘y’all’ ought to be accepted,” he joked. “We’ll see what we can do to add it to the dictionary,” Sarkar laughed. To celebrate the Words With Friends’ 10th anniversary, Zynga launched a partnership last week with Brooks featuring themed in-game activities in Words With Friends 2. Brooks dropped by to co-host the season finale of Words With Friends Live, a daily trivia game broadcast within Words With Friends 2, at 6:15 p.m. PT.20190501-181000A quick performance by Garth Brooks at Zynga’s San Francisco headquarters. The country singer co-hosted the season finale of Words With Friends Live, a daily trivia game broadcast within Words With Friends 2. Abrar Al-Heeti/CNET Brooks isn’t new to merging tech with his musical career. The country singer has used Facebook Live to connect with fans, answer questions and share the latest updates on his music. He touched on the importance of being genuine when interacting with people on social media.”You can tell even through a text, even through a post, if people are sincere or not,” he said. He later elaborated on the connections technology has allowed him to have with fans around the world.”You couldn’t get to people 10, 15 years ago,” Brooks told me. “You could sign autographs all day long, and you’d probably reach 200, 300 people. But here, you can reach tens of thousands of people in a single setting and make it personal.”Brooks also launched the final pre-order window for the Legacy Collection, a seven-disc vinyl box set featuring music spanning his career.In a world of streaming, he said, there’s an irreplaceable value to possessing physical copies of music. After all, CDs and vinyl records have been making a comeback in the music industry. “I don’t think people want their music to be background,” Brooks said. “They want it to be part of their lives.” Brooks wrapped his fireside chat by referencing the title of his hit song Friends in Low Places that just about everyone in the room saw coming.”Maybe we can talk and bring Words With Friends in Low Places,” he joked. 0last_img read more

Kiran Bedi faces legal setback Cant interfere in Puducherry govt affairs rules

first_imgPuducherry Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy had accused Kiran Bedi of working on orders of the Central Government.Puducherry Lieutenant Governor (LG) Kiran Bedi has suffered a major setback after the Madras High Court on Tuesday, April 30, curtailed her powers, stating that the LG has no powers to interfere with the day-to-day activities of the Union Territory. This development came as a major relief for Puducherry Chief Minister V Narayanaswamy.Both Bedi and Narayansamy were locked in a war of words over alleged interference in the state’s policies ever since she assumed office two years back on May 2016.The Madras HC’s verdict came today after hearing a writ petition filed by Puducherry Congress legislator K Lakshminarayanan against Bedi. “Bedi does not have to power to call for files and give orders to the officials,” the court mentioned in its judgement.”The Madras HC said the Lt Governor doesn’t have any right to interfere with the powers of Puducherry CM. The administrative and financial powers are with the elected government of Puducherry and the Bedi has to act as per the advice of the Council of Ministers,” Lakshminarayanan stated.Earlier, the Puducherry Chief Minister had accused Kiran Bedi of working on orders of the Central Government to disrupt the functioning of the state government. Narayanasamy had said that Bedi has no power at all. “Bedi has to only be a post office and sign papers which have been sent by the council of ministers. She has no right to touch cabinet decisions…she is vetoing decisions. She is being encouraged by the PM to create problems for our government,” the CM said.In reply, Kiran Bedi stated: “Sad to see when a Chief Minister sends a letter to Lt Governor and within a week demands a reply by force of a ‘dharna’/ blockade of Raj Nivas. Also makes unfounded allegations, misleading people in the state of Puducherry.”However, Kiran Bedi had denied all allegations levelled on her, saying she goes by the rule book. Bedi stated that she had been functioning in terms of the powers conferred on her under the Government of Union Territories Act of 1963. Puducherry went to polls on April 18, as part of the second phase of the seven-phased Lok Sabha 2019 elections. Results will be declared on May 23.last_img read more

Budget 2019 2 TDS on cash withdrawal exceeding Rs 1 crore yearly

first_imgNirmala Sitharaman delivering her budget speech.TwitterUnion Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman proposed on Friday, July 5, tax deduction at source (TDS) of two per cent on cash withdrawals exceeding Rs 1 crore in a year from a bank account. “Our Government has taken a number of initiatives in the recent past for the promotion of digital payments and less cash economy,” said Sitharaman, while presenting her first Union Budget. The decision was made to promote digital payments and curb black money.The Finance Minister also proposed that business establishments with an annual turnover of more than Rs 50 crore shall offer low-cost digital modes of payment to their customers and no charges or Merchant Discount Rate (MDR) shall be imposed on customers as well as merchants.”RBI and banks will absorb these costs from the savings that will accrue to them on account of handling less cash as people move to these digital modes of payment,” Sitharaman said.”Necessary amendments are being made in the Income Tax Act and the Payments and Settlement Systems Act, 2007 to give effect to these provisions,” she added.last_img read more

Voting in Gazipur city ends counting begins

first_imgVoting in the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election concluded on Tuesday afternoon. This photo is taken from Sataish School and College in Tongi of Gazipur on 26 June. Photo: Dipu Malakar//Prothom AloVoting in the Gazipur City Corporation (GCC) election concluded on Tuesday afternoon amid BNP’s various allegations of irregularities and vote fraud at many polling stations, reports UNB.However, the ruling party and its mayoral candidate claimed that the balloting was largely fair and BNP brought the allegations to make the polls controversial.The voting was suspended in seven polling centres, including Khartoil Mansur Ali Adarsha School, West Joydebpur Madinatul Ulum Madrasah, Bhogra Government Primary School and DaffodilKindergarten-2, due to violence and capturing of polling stations and giving fake votes, said Dewan Mohammad Humayun Kabir, deputy commissioner of Gazipur.The polling that began at 8:00am ended at 4:00pm without any break at 425 polling stations. Later, the counting of votes began.The turnout of voters was said to be around 50 per cent.Earlier, in the day, Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) mayoral candidate Hasan Uddin Sarker demanded the election commission (EC) stop voting immediately. He came up with the demand at a press conference in Gazipur.”They (AL men) captured over 100 centres since the morning after driving out my polling agents and established full control over all the polling stations by 1pm,” the BNP mayoral candidate alleged.He said the ruling party men were stuffing ballots and casting fake votes in absence of his agents.Later, he went to the returning officer with written allegations and demanded cancellation of the election.Sarker cast his vote at Bashiruddin Udayan Academy polling centre in Tongi in the morning.Ruling party candidate Jahangir expressed his hope for the victory while casting his vote at Kanaia Government Primary School under ward no. 30 in the morning.About BNP’s allegation, he said, “It is BNP’s old nature.”The BNP candidate brought various false allegations to make the election controversial, UNB quoted Jahangir as saying.Jahangir also denied that his supporters drove BNP candidate’s agents out of any polling station. “It’s the weakness of the BNP mayoral runner that he couldn’t send his agents.”Two councillor candidates– Hannan Mia Hannu and Zillur Rahman Mukul of Wards 26 and 38 respectively — were injured in separate incidents of scuffle that took place during the polling.Of them, Zillur was taken to a local hospital.Meanwhile, BNP senior joint secretary general Ruhul Kabir Rizvi alleged that ruling party men captured over 100 voting centres and stuffed ballots in the GCC polls.”As per the information we’ve received so far, over 100 polling stations have been captured …a grand festival of fake voting is going on,” he said while speaking at a press conference at the party’s Naya Paltan central office around 11:00am.He also alleged that their party mayoral candidate’s polling agents were forced out of many centres by the ruling party men with the help of police.Meanwhile, a two-member BNP delegation, led by party joint secretary general Syed Moazzem Hossain Alal, met chief election commissioner KM Nurul Huda at his office to lodge various complaints over the GCC polls.Talking to journalists after the meeting, Alal said they conveyed the commission their various allegations and observations about the election.He said police played a fierce role in favour of the ruling party.The BNP leader said they are frustrated after meeting the CEC as he could not do anything for ensuring fair balloting. “He (CEC) requested us to stay in polls until the last minute. We’re sorry as we couldn’t be assured of fair polls by him. We thank him for giving us time.”Trashing BNP’s various allegations, Awami League joint general secretary Jahangir Kabir Nanak at a press conference at the party president’s Dhanmondi office said BNP could not give its agents at many centres because of its intra-party conflict and the party mayoral candidate’s weakness.He also said BNP is making false allegations to put the election into questions and create controversy.Electronic Voting Machines (EVMs) were used in six centres while closed-circuit television (CCTV) cameras installed in two.Seven mayoral candidates — AL’s Jahangir Alam, BNP’s Hasan Uddin Sarker, CPB’s Kazi Mohammad Ruhul Amin, Islami OikyaJote’s Fazlur Rahman, Islami Andolan Bangladesh’s M Nasir Uddin, Bangladesh Islami Front M Jalal Uddin and independent runner Farid Ahmed — are there in the race.Besides, some 254 general councillor and 84 reserved-seat female councillor candidates are also there in the race. However, a councillor has already been elected unopposed.There are a total of 1,137,736 voters — 569,935 males and 567,801 females -in the city corporation.last_img read more

Facebook What Half of Users Have Never Heard of Facebooks Watch Video

first_imgThat said, Facebook had 241 million monthly active users in the U.S. and Canada for the second quarter of 2018. The TDG survey results indicate that in the U.S./Canada, Facebook Watch has a base of about 50 million viewers, with a highly active group of around 14 million users.Obviously, Facebook would like to see more usage of Watch. But even with the survey’s finding of low awareness about the service, Facebook’s long-term potential as a large-scale video provider can’t be discounted, said TDG president Michael Greeson. “Prominent social platforms like Facebook are looking for ways to exploit their massive scale to sell new video services to their users, much as Amazon has done with Prime,” he noted.One of Facebook Watch’s breakout shows the talk show “Red Table Talk” with Jada Pinkett Smith and her family. The show now has 2.9 million followers since debuting May 7, and its official Facebook discussion group has more than 366,000 members (up from 260,000 two months ago) who talk about the show and submit questions to the hosts each week.Another top Facebook original has been “Ball in the Family,” produced by reality-TV specialists Bunim-Murray Productions. The show — which follows LaVar Ball and his basketball-playing clan, including son Lonzo, a point guard for the L.A. Lakers — has 1.6 million followers, after season 3 premiered June 10. Facebook is expected to spend between $1 billion and $2 billion on content deals for Facebook Watch over the next year, its video destination for episodic content the social giant launched about one year ago.But 12 months in, Facebook Watch has an awareness problem. According to a new survey by research firm the Diffusion Group, fully 50% of adult Facebook users in the U.S. said they have never heard of the free Watch video service, while 24% have heard of it but never used it. Another 5% said they’ve used Facebook Watch — but not recently.Just 6% of respondents said they use Facebook Watch at least daily, while 8% use the service weekly and 7% have watched shows once or twice per month. The results are based on TDG’s survey of 1,632 U.S. adult Facebook users conducted in May 2018. Popular on Variety center_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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

ED raids Kolkata jewellery house for money laundering

first_imgKolkata: The Enforcement Directorate (ED) on Thursday raided various locations and office premises of Shree Ganesh Jewellery House here in connection with a Rs 2,672 crore money laundering case, an official said. “Our officials have started search operations at 11 locations including Shree Ganesh’s office premises and residences of its senior officials in the city,” an ED official said. The agency has been investigating the case under the Foreign Exchange Management Act, 1999 and under the Prevention of Money Laundering Act, 2002. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killed Based on a complaint of defrauding a consortium of banks led by the State Bank of India (SBI) for non-payment of loan to the tune of Rs 2,672 crore, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had earlier commenced an investigation against the company. Subsequently, the Directorate of Revenue Intelligence (DRI) had, in June 2018, arrested Nilesh Parekh, the promoter of the company in the alleged diversion of primary gold of over 1,700 kg. According to DRI officials, the firm having several units in Manikanchan Special Economic Zone (MKSEZ), Kolkata, was allegedly involved in diversion of gold imported duty free on the strength of being a nominated agency and also in its capacity as an SEZ unit. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata Bose “Currently, Parekh is on an interim bail and there was restriction on his movement outside of the city. We are in process of finalising a charge sheet against him, which will be filed soon,” a DRI official told IANS. During investigations, the agency found the accused to “be actively involved in the fraud of diversion of primary gold of over 1,700 kg among other violations like non-realization of remittance on account of export of gems and Jewelleries to the tune of Rs 7,500 crore” to the several dummy and shell companies at Singapore, Hong Kong and Dubai.last_img read more

What the IEEE 2018 programming languages survey reveals to us

first_imgProgramming languages are the foundations of all the existing technology that we are surrounded with. Developers, tech enthusiasts, and others keep themselves updated with the latest programming languages to be abreast with the advancements happening within each of it. Popular survey websites such as TIOBE, Redmonk, StackOverflow, IEEE spectrum, etc. help people to know about the trending top programming languages and where their favorite language stands. Out of these, the IEEE spectrum and StackOverflow showcase their ranking surveys annually. Whereas TIOBE does it every month and Redmonk does it semi-annually. From the two annual survey providers, Stack Overflow takes in surveys from 56,033 coders in 173 countries  whereas IEEE spectrum’s survey synthesizes rankings from 10 sources including Google search of “X programming” Google Trends Twitter GitHub StackOverflow Reddit Hacker News CareerBuilder Dice IEEE Xplore Digital Library The IEEE spectrum aggregates different kinds of statistical data with a view to generate the most reliable ranking. It also gives the most personalized ranking. The interactive interface allows readers to filter by search trends, job trends, or open source community trends. You can even modify the weighting of each dimension, enabling an extremely personalized ranking. Of the five popular language ranking surveys and our own Packt’s Skill Up survey 2018, the top 10 programming languages for this year include, Top 10 languages across popular surveys Stack Overflow Redmonk TIOBE IEEE Spectrum Packt Skill Up Survey JavaScript JavaScript Java Python Java HTML Java C C++ JavaScript CSS Python C++ C Python SQL PHP Python Java C# Java C# Visual Basic C# SQL Bash/Shell C++ C# PHP C++ Python CSS PHP R C C# Ruby JavaScript JavaScript PHP PHP C SQL Go Swift C++ Swift Assembly Assembly Go Our Takeaways from IEEE survey What was obvious Python in the top 3: Python has been bagging the top position at the IEEE spectrum for two years in continuation now. It is the easiest programming language of all with an easy-going syntax. However, IEEE mentions the reason for Python to be at the zenith is because it is now listed as an embedded language. Go in the top 10 list: Google’s Go has risen from the 7th position last year to the 5th this year. Its speed, simplicity, reliability, cross-platform ability, native concurrency, easy deployment makes it the go-to cloud-native language for developers. Thus, making it the fastest growing programming language. Java, C++, C, C# in the top 5: These legendary languages are still in the top 5 due to its large scale industry-wide adoption and an established community. Also, many professional developers have been working on these languages since years and find it difficult to migrate to any new programming language making these stay at the top. R language drops down a notch: The language for statistics and big data, R has stepped down from its 6th position to a 7th position. R’s decline could be due to the popularity of Python due to the high-quality Python libraries for both statistics and machine learning. This makes statistics and big data more flexible to turn to Python than the more specialized R. What was surprising? Kotlin language not included in the list: The recently popular programming language for Android development is missing from IEEE’s survey list. Many developers use Kotlin instead of Python and Java for internal app development (console apps, OpenGL-apps, threaded socket servers, etc). Kotlin also eases porting of code from Python to Kotlin. Many promising languages missing from the IEEE list: Languages such as Typescript, Dart are missing. Typescript is the superset of JavaScript, which lacks a type system. The introduction of Typescript adds optional static typing to Javascript. Similarly, Dart is the also a useful language and can be used to program front-end applications. It is easy to use with a non-existent learning curve. Matlab and Assembly languages maintain their positions: Matlab is used for scientific computing and mathematical processing. First released in 1984, it is one of the oldest languages after Assembly still maintaining the 11th position in this list. It is widely used in Academics and research and hence is never outdated. Similarly, Assembly, the oldest form of programming, at the 10th position is still relevant to many developers. This is because it supports fast code with the absence of a compiler and is the best bet for machine level programming. Javascript not in the top 5: Being one of the dominant languages on the web front-end development, JavaScript is at the 8th position in IEEE’s list. This must be because other languages such as TypeScript and WebAssembly are providing an easy way to C/C++ developers What we are skeptical about/don’t agree with PHP might not be in the top 10: PHP is one of the most popular languages for server-side programming. Other programming languages such as Python and Ruby on Rails are competing with PHP by providing a much more simple, useful and powerful coding syntax and tools in the same domain as PHP. Ruby might drop down a few more notches: Although Ruby was the first full-stack language to be used on front and back-end development, it is difficult to learn. Integrating third-party libraries on ruby is also difficult which makes it non-flexible. As there are several options in the market today, I am skeptical Ruby will maintain its current position. Is Swift dropping from its position: Swift programming language was built by Apple Inc. for iOS, macOS, watchOS, and tvOS. Being an Apple-only development environment, developers are moving to multi-platform mobile apps such as Microsoft’s Xamarin, Apache Cordova, and Ionic. This may affect Swift’s user community. Limitations of the IEEE survey The IEEE Spectrum 2018 survey included 47 programming languages ranging from the most widely adopted to the least. However, not all the programming languages were a part of this list. Current popular languages such as Kotlin, Dart, TypeScript, WebAssembly and some others were missing from the list. As per some comments on the IEEE blog, IEEE uses the languages listed in Github. On Github, Visual basic is the common name used for both vb.net and Visual Basic. Also, some languages present in the other surveys are not present in the IEEE survey. For instance, the TIOBE index has PL/SQL at the 20th position. However, the IEEE survey has not mentioned about it. One more limitation it had was, it showed completely different results on different browsers, which Stephen Cass from IEEE spectrum said, “ I’d say it’s due to variations in how JQuery/JavaScript is implemented in the different browsers: under the hood, the TPL uses a lot of floating point math, so what you are seeing could be due to differences in precision/rounding, et cetera. Ultimately, I suspect the solution will be to calculate the rankings completely server-side: the underlying code for the TPL is five years old, so we were thinking of overhauling it anyway, and this certainly puts some weight behind that.” Stephen further added, “I should add that we built the TPL primarily using Chrome, so our canonical version of the rankings is the one you see in that browser.” Read more about the other programming languages by IEEE Spectrum in the IEEE blog post Read Next Rust 1.28 is here with global allocators, nonZero types and more Racket v7.0 is out with overhauled internals, updates to DrRacket, TypedRacket among others Grain: A new functional programming language that compiles to Webassemblylast_img read more

Committee hears Glenn bill banning sex between prostitutes police

first_img23May Committee hears Glenn bill banning sex between prostitutes, police Categories: Glenn News,News State Rep. Gary Glenn, of Larkin Township, testified before the House Law and Justice Committee today in support of bipartisan legislation he introduced to make it illegal for law enforcement officials to engage in sexual acts with prostitutes or victims of human trafficking during the course of an investigation.“We’re seeking to close a legal loophole that has Michigan as the last state in the country where police officers having sex with prostitutes or victims of human trafficking is shielded from prosecution,” said Glenn. “There is no evidence that law enforcement officers are taking advantage of this unintended loophole, but this is a matter of principle that Michigan is going to protect victims of human trafficking from abuse.”House Bill 4355 specifically states a police officer is not protected from prosecution if the officer has sex with a prostitute or victim of human trafficking, eliminating an exemption which protected undercover officers investigating prostitution–related crimes. The legislation also seeks to protect victims of human trafficking who have been forced into prostitution.“We’re told there are people who impersonate police officers who use this unintended exemption from prosecution to intimidate women into having sex. That casts an unwarranted cloud over our law enforcement officers,” he said. “This legislation will protect our police and victims of human trafficking.”HB 4355 is under consideration of the committee.State Rep. Gary Glenn testifies before the House Law and Justice Committee today in support of legislation to ban sex between law enforcement officers and prostitutes or victims of human trafficking.last_img read more

Joe Lewis head of half hour and drama series deve

first_imgJoe Lewis, head of half hour and drama series development at Amazon, is the latest executive to depart from the company after the resignation of Roy Price over sexual harassment claims.Lewis has resigned from the company but has given no reason for his departure, according to Reuters.He joins Morgan Wandell, Amazon’s head of international productions, in his departure from the company this week. Both executives worked under Price, who left the company earlier this month over reports of sexual harassment.TransparentSharon Tal Yguado, head of event series at the company, is now the most senior scripted executive on the team and will replace Lewis in the interim. She joined from Fox Networks Group, where she was executive VP of global scripted programming, in January.Tal Yguado will be working with interim Amazon Studios boss Albert Cheng, who is COO and took over after Price’s departure.Lewis was made head of comedy and drama last year. Before that he oversaw development of half-hour series including Amazon hit Transparent.Formerly, the exec has also worked with Comedy Central and 20th Century Fox.The Hollywood Reporter, which first reported the news, reports Lewis is in discussions with Amazon over a production deal.last_img read more

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first_imgBefore we get into this week’s topic, I want to remind everyone that I will be at the upcoming Cambridge House Investment Conference in Vancouver on January 22 and 23, along with other Casey Research editors including Louis James and Jeff Clark. If you are an investor and you are serious about making money, investment conferences like this are indispensable. In the showroom you’ll have the opportunity to meet with management teams from more than 500 companies, while in the presentation halls industry leaders teach audiences about current trends, investment techniques, and commodity forecasts.This year we are making it easier for you to learn from our in-house experts by setting up a Casey Pavilion. Inside you will find a steady stream of investment information as our Casey editors give talks and have panel discussions amongst themselves and with our Explorers’ League honorees and the members of the Casey NexTen.Check out the full list of Casey Pavilion events. If energy is one of your areas of interest, be sure to check out my talks, including a talk on The Truth About Fracking on Sunday afternoon. Casey Energy team analyst Joe Hung is also speaking that day, as are NexTen members Amir Adnani and Morgan Poliquin.If you will be in Vancouver on January 22 and 23, you should make time to come by the show. Register now at the Cambridge House website – the show is free if you register ahead – and mention you learned about it through Casey Research.Best regards,Marin KatusaChief Energy Investment Strategist Casey Research Green Energy Is a Financial ParasiteAny politician who talks of a green, utopian US – where wind and solar produce most of our energy, electric cars put power back into the grid, green fields of corn produce clean fuels, and millions of Americans work in green technology factories – is creating a fanciful vision so far detached from reality it should really be called a lie. Such tales are designed to encourage a public that is increasingly despondent about the future, but the policy moves that have been made in support of these fantasies have cost taxpayers tens of billions of dollars. Much of it is money that will not be repaid, because a whole whack of the companies and industries that accepted green grants, loan guarantees, and tax credits have turned out to be complete failures.Two green subsidies expired with 2011, and not a moment too soon. In fact, we wish more of the US government’s initiatives to support green energy had ended with the stroke of midnight, because the green energy industry has become completely dependent on a steady stream of government money. Protected by this “green gold,” green technologies from corn ethanol to solar power have not had to compete against other power sectors based on their merits. If they had, many would have already failed.Let’s a take tour through some of the US’s green subsidies and examine just how they have tipped the scales in favor of technologies that generally don’t stand the test of economics, are often worse for the environment than conventional methods, and are costing taxpayers dearly.There‘s nothing good about corn ethanol fuelOn New Year’s Eve the corn ethanol subsidy quietly expired, 30 years after it was implemented. In those three decades ethanol became the US’s top recipient of alternative-fuel funding, with corn ethanol in particular becoming the darling of the biofuels craze. As a darling should be, the industry was showered with money: Over the last 30 years the federal government has spent $45 billion supporting corn-ethanol producers. In 2011 alone the feds spent $6 billion on corn ethanol subsidies, equating to 45¢ for every gallon of ethanol. Even with that support, US corn ethanol was not able to compete with Brazilian ethanol, which is made from sugar cane. To rectify that, lawmakers instituted a 54¢-per-gallon tariff against the Brazilian product. Together, the 45¢ subsidy and the 54¢ tariff meant American-made corn ethanol was supported to the tune of almost $1 per gallon.That would be great were ethanol a good way to reduce greenhouse gases, lower energy costs, or increase US energy independence. Unfortunately, it fails on all of those fronts. A growing left-right coalition has been speaking out against ethanol as a fuel for some time now; the latest voice to join the chorus is none other than the National Academy of Sciences. In October, NAS researchers concluded that grain ethanol “could not compete with fossil fuels in the U.S. marketplace without mandates, subsidies, tax exemptions, and tariffs… This lack of competitiveness raises questions about the use of government resources to support biofuels.” The report went on to discuss how biofuels actually increase net carbon emissions: pumping energy-intensive row crops into gas tanks leads to land use changes that increase greenhouse gases.Continuing down the list of ethanol-as-a-fuel failures, it turns out ethanol is very tough on vehicles – a bill to allow gasoline to contain 15% ethanol (compared to the max 10% now allowed) was shot down after every major automaker said that much ethanol would cause significant engine corrosion. Then there’s the fact that corn ethanol subsidies also generated a host of painful side effects. One is literally making us fatter: widespread use of high fructose corn syrup. Starting in the mid-1980s farmers realized that, even when sale prices for corn were low, the government’s largess meant it was still worthwhile to grow the stuff. More and more corn was grown, beyond what could be consumed by people or livestock or made into fuel. What were producers to do with the rest of it? Make high fructose corn syrup, a sweetener that is now in hundreds of thousands of products and that contributes thousands of empty calories to the average American diet every week.So ethanol is uneconomic unless the government spends billions of taxpayer dollars supporting it, worse for the atmosphere than fossil fuels, and really hard on engines, while the support system to encourage corn-based ethanol production is contributing to the US obesity epidemic. Why, then, is ethanol even used in fuel? Because of all those government subsidies and mandates. After major lobbying efforts from the agricultural and biofuels industries, Congress mandated annual increases in use of renewable fuels, including ethanol, starting with 15 billion gallons in 2007 and growing to 36 billion gallons in 2022.So fuel makers have to include ethanol in their mixtures. Too bad that rule did not also expire.Electric vehicles: expensive toys that basically burn coal instead of oilAnother lesser-known tax break also expired with 2011: the credit that gave electric car owners up to $1,000 to defray the cost of installing a 220-volt charging device in their homes, or up to $30,000 to install one in a commercial location. A related subsidy that did not end still gives $7,500 in tax credits to purchasers of electric vehicles. For a variety of reasons, like the ethanol subsidy none of these incentives should have existed in the first place.Electric vehicles have failed on one front after another. To start, they are inordinately expensive – the much-lauded Chevy Volt costs $40,000, while the Karma from Fisker costs a whopping $100,000. This means electric vehicles are only affordable for the wealthy; it’s pretty hard to understand why American taxpayers should subsidize cars for the wealthiest members of society. The subsidies go beyond direct tax credits and rebates – government loans and grants in support of the Volt alone total $3 billion, which means each car produced to date has been subsidized to the tune of $250,000. (Volt supporters contest this number, saying subsidies only total $30,000 per vehicle… still not an insignificant amount.)Then, for all that money, you still can only drive short distances. The Volt’s official range is 30 miles, but reports show it can actually travel only 25 miles before needing to either recharge or switch to gasoline. There’s also the issue that electric vehicles still need power, and the electricity that charges their batteries comes primarily from the US power grid, to which the largest contributor is coal-fired power plants. As such, a Volt essentially burns coal instead of gasoline, at least for the 25 miles it can drive before switching to gas.At least coal is a domestic resource, compared to gasoline derived from imported crude oil, right? Well, let’s see just how much electric vehicles will reduce US oil consumption. Assuming there are 6 million of them on American roads in ten years, out of 300 million passenger vehicles, and assuming that passenger vehicles continue to account for 40 to 45% of total US oil consumption, in ten years these tens of billions of dollars spent to support electric vehicles will have reduced US oil consumption by less than 1%. When you add in the fact that lithium-ion batteries are pretty toxic items, and that coal- or natural-gas-derived electricity demands will go up with each electric vehicle, the case for electric vehicles becomes pretty darn weak.Solar and wind power: a financial sinkholeElectric vehicles and corn ethanol fuel are not the only green industries that have been producing pitiful returns on government investment: Solar and wind power are just as guilty of eating up huge subsidies and still failing to break even economically.Let’s start with an example – one that was highlighted in a recent New York Times article. NRG Energy is building a 250-MW solar project in San Luis Obispo Country (northwest of Los Angeles), known as California Valley Solar Ranch. The ranch’s one million solar panels will provide enough energy for 100,000 homes, but it will cost $1.6 billion to build. Most of those dollars are coming from government subsidies or low-interest loans.All told, NGR and its partners secured $5.2 billion in federal loan guarantees plus hundreds of millions in other subsidies for four large solar projects. The crazy thing is, the government is giving out these grants and loans despite information from its own researchers that solar power is uneconomic now and will remain so in the future. The US Energy Information Administration predicts that by 2016 the total cost of solar photovoltaic energy will be about $211 per megawatt-hour, compared to $63 for an advanced natural-gas combined-cycle power plant.Just as with corn ethanol, it’s the taxpayer who bears the brunt of this obsession with expensive solar power. The main federal subsidy currently covers 30% of the cost of a residential solar system. When other subsidies are added in, as much as 75% of the cost can be covered. Obama’s administration has spent $9.6 billion on solar and wind power through the Section 1603 Treasury grant program over the last few years.With that kind of support, it’s no wonder America is in love with solar power. In 2011, solar installations skyrocketed, with 1,700 MW installed during the year, an 89% increase over 2010. Still, all of the panels now installed across the nation produce only about as much electricity as a single coal-fired plant. And even with demand growing rapidly, the industry is awash in debt and bankruptcy.US solar manufacturers are being pushed out of the market by low-cost Chinese manufacturers, which get even more support from their government than Obama gives to American producers. In California, for example, Chinese producers held 29% of the market at the beginning of 2011; by the end of the third quarter they had grown their market share to 40%, while US manufacturers saw their share fall from 37% to 29%. And with the Chinese flooding the market with cheap solar panels, prices for solar panels fell by 40% in 2011.Falling prices for solar panels and dwindling market shares forced three US solar companies into bankruptcy in 2011 and recently necessitated staff cutbacks at another two companies. This is all happening despite billions in loan guarantees to these companies. First Solar, for example, took $3 billion in loan guarantees from the federal government to develop three solar farms in Arizona and California. Now the company is cutting half of its staff, including 60 jobs in California where it received $3 million in state sales tax credits.Of course, the most notable solar bankruptcy of 2011 was Solyndra, the California-based company that went bankrupt months after receiving a loan guarantee of $535 million from the US government and despite increased demand for solar panels in the country following implementation of state mandates for solar energy.And things are about to get a lot tougher for struggling solar panel producers in the US, because the 1603 program expired on January 1. When you add up grants, subsidies, loans, and tax credits that have been helping the solar and wind industries along, then add in mandates that require utilities to buy renewable power at set prices from the alternative energy producers for decades, you are left with an industry that is wholly dependent on taxpayers, not on its own technology’s capabilities. Forced to go it alone in the power industry, solar and wind producers are not going to survive.Leveling the playing fieldIn chasing the green power dream, the US is not alone. In fact, it trails several European countries in the effort. Germany and Denmark have the largest installed bases of alternative energy in Europe and are often held aloft as examples of how to encourage wind and solar power. Proponents usually stay mum on the fact that retail customers in Germany and Denmark pay the highest electricity rates in the European Union.It is true that progress is never easy and is often expensive. From that pulpit, advocates argue that continued investment in green technologies will drive prices down in the long run. However, this reasoning ignores the other side of the problem: solar and wind can never produce baseload energy. The average wind plant in the United States runs at about one-third of its rated capacity, while solar plants runs at about 25% of their nameplate capacity. Since there is no way to store large amounts of electricity, the variable outputs from solar and wind facilities will only ever be able to replace a modest amount of conventional baseload power.When you look at green subsidies on an energy production basis, the disparity becomes pretty stunning. Wind’s 5.6 cents per kilowatt hour is more than 85 times that of oil and gas. Solar power costs 13 times more than wind, making solar more than a thousand times more expensive than conventional fuels.Wind and solar power, corn ethanol, and electric vehicles are not infant industries in need of support. They are perennially inferior industries that only still exist in their current forms because of a constant stream of “green gold.” That stream is slowly drying up, thankfully. The only way to achieve the very admirable goal of transforming society into an energy-efficient space is to eliminate all of the subsidies that are currently directed at green energy and clean technology while increasing taxes on the things we are trying to minimize, such as gasoline consumption and plastic bags. That would force everyone to innovate, compete, and win or lose according to merit.[With green energy unable to fulfill its promise as a viable alternative to conventional fuels, crude oil prices are poised to skyrocket. That will be bad news at the pump, but good news for investors who get in on a little-known “energy dividend.”] Additional Links and ReadsSinopec, Total Pour $4.5 Billion into US Shale (Reuters)On the first Tuesday of the year, China’s Sinopec and France’s Total SA both announced major deals to buy stakes in US shale projects; the combined $4.5 billion investment indicates that the global appetite for US energy assets remains strong. Foreign oil and gas producers are eager to invest in America’s shale formations, home to billions of cubic feet of natural gas and liquids. Sinopec signed a $2.2-billion deal with Devon Energy (N.DVN) for a 33% interest in five shale fields ranging across parts of six states, while Total’s $2.3-billion deal with Chesapeake Energy (N.CHK) gave the company 25% of 619,000 acres in the Utica Shale in Ohio.Shale Bubble Inflates on Near-Record Prices (Bloomberg)The Sinopec and Total deals described above were part of a whopping $8 billion in shale deals completed in the first two weeks of the year. Competition between Chinese, French, and Japanese energy explorers for acreage has pushed prices for shale projects almost to the peak set in 2008 before the collapse of Lehman Brothers, with recent deals seeing Japanese commodity trader Marubeni Corp. paying $25,000 per acre for a stake in Hunt Oil’s Eagle Ford shale property in Texas and Marathon Oil (N.MRO) paying $21,000 an acre for nearby prospects. In the Utica shale of Ohio and Pennsylvania, deal prices have jumped tenfold in five weeks to almost $15,000 an acre. It seems that companies are willing to risk spending too much in order to secure holdings in the world’s largest gas play, rather than be left behind.Iran Could Close Hormuz – But Not for Long (Reuters)This article provides a nice explanation of how Iran could indeed close the Strait of Hormuz, disrupting a fifth of all globally traded oil and sending oil prices skyrocketing, but that such an action would prompt swift retaliation from the United States and others that could leave the Islamic republic militarily and economically crippled. As such, Tehran’s threats to close the Strait are likely to remain hollow, and Iran’s ongoing naval exercises in the region are mostly a diversion from its real goal…Secret Nuclear Test Could Be Iran’s Trump Card in Strait of Hormuz Showdown (National Post)The more significant threat from Iran, at least according to this journalist, would be a nuclear test. Political analyst Peter Goodspeed agrees that a Strait of Hormuz blockade would be short-lived and invite serious retaliation that would leave Iran heavily damaged, and suggests Iran wants nothing to do with such conventional forms of aggression. Instead, he suggests Tehran is doing its all to prepare for a nuclear test, as any demonstration of nuclear capacity would pre-empt conventional attacks against Iran and set the stage for a very different set of diplomatic negotiations.Iran Trumpets Nuclear Ability at a Second Location (New York Times)Iran’s top nuclear official just announced that the country is on the verge of starting production at its second major uranium enrichment facility, reinforcing Tehran’s commitment to pursue its nuclear program despite international condemnation. The new enrichment site creates difficult new choices for the US and its allies in how far to go to limit Iran’s nuclear abilities: It is buried deep underground, is well defended against air strikes, and would be very difficult to disable once in operation. The news does not significantly affect estimates of how long it would take for Iran to produce a nuclear weapon, as it would still take six months to a year to enrich enough uranium for a weapon, and the new site is inspected regularly by the United Nations.EU Agrees to Embargo on Iranian Crude (Reuters)In early January Europe’s governments agreed in principle to ban imports of Iranian oil, days after President Obama signed into law several tough new sanctions that give the US the ability to severely limit Iran’s ability to buy and sell oil. EU diplomats reported unanimity on the concept of an Iranian oil embargo, though the details are not finalized. EU countries buy about 450,000 barrels per day (bpd) of Iran’s 2.6 million bpd in exports, making the bloc the second-largest market for Iranian crude after China.Venezuela Will Not Recognize World Bank Ruling in Exxon Case (Reuters)In our December Casey Energy Report, which gave our forecasts for 2012, we labeled this the “Decade of Nationalization.” In short, we foresee a major pinch arising as oil production declines in many countries just as their need for more oil, both domestically and for export, increases. One way countries will solve this problem will be by nationalizing assets. Venezuela is a trailblazer in the modern resource nationalization movement, and this article leaves no question as to President Hugo Chavez’s intentions: He believes Venezuela’s resources belong to Venezuelans, regardless of whether foreign companies spent billions finding and developing the assets. In this specific story, Exxon has taken Venezuela to the World Bank’s International Center for Settlement of Investment Disputes (ICSID), seeking as much as $12 billion in compensation after Chavez nationalized the Cerro Negro oil project in 2007. Chavez says he will not recognize any decision by the ICSID, calls Exxon “immoral,” and says his country will not bow to imperialism and its tentacles. Many are following the Cerro Negro case closely, as the decision there is expected to set a precedent for future disputes between companies and producing states.Big Statoil Arctic Find Boosts Norway’s Oil Future (Financial Post)Norwegian oil firm Statoil announced a second big oil discovery in the Barents Sea in less than a year and predicted more to come in the region. It is the latest in a series of discoveries in Norway and another move in an accelerating race to find and develop energy reserves in the Arctic. The new oil find, named Havis, could hold 200 to 300 million barrels of recoverable oil equivalent. Combined with reserves from the nearby Skrugard field, discovered in April, Statoil now has 400 to 600 million barrels in the area. Finding oil in the Barents Sea has proven notoriously difficult, but Statoil’s continued efforts highlight the global need to search for oil in more challenging areas, because the “easy” oil is being tapped out.last_img read more

Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 197 gpt Gold at

first_imgDrilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold MineralizationColumbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes.Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.”  Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained. Please visit our website for more information about the project. It was more than obvious [at least to me] that a heavy hand showed up in these markets at, or just before, the London p.m. gold fixGold didn’t do a lot on Tuesday, either.  The rally that developed in early Far East trading, ran into a seller just before 11:00 a.m. Hong Kong time…which was the same thing that happened during the Monday trading session.From there, the gold price didn’t do much until the 8:20 a.m. Eastern Comex open.  At that point the dollar index cratered…and gold took off…running into a not-for-profit seller at the London p.m. gold fix which came shortly after 10:00 a.m. in New York.  The high tick at the ‘fix’ was $1,739.10 spot.Despite the fact that the dollar continued to decline, the gold price continued to get sold down until around lunch time on the East coast…and from there traded sideways into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close.Gold finished the Tuesday session at $1,732.50 spot…up only $7.70 on the day.  Net volume was the same as Monday’s…115,000 contracts.It was basically the same story in silver as well, except for the fact that the rally at the Comex open was so strong, that a not-for-profit seller had to enter the market around 9:35 a.m. Eastern, or silver would have been materially higher [and well above $34 spot] by the London gold fix, which occurred thirty minutes later.  The high tick of the day at that point was $33.95 spot.And, like gold, despite the fact that the dollar index was declining steadily, silver continued to get sold off to its New York low…$33.30 spot…which came about 3:20 p.m. in electronic trading.  The price recovered a hair into the close.Silver finished the day at $33.48 spot…up a meager 14 cents from Monday.  Volume, 38,000 contracts, was down quite a bit from Monday’s 48,500 contracts…but still very high.Without doubt, both gold and silver would have finished materially higher if a willing seller hadn’t show up at, or just before, the London p.m. gold fix in both metals…and it was precisely the same story in platinum and palladium as well.The dollar index opened around the 80.40 mark on Monday evening…and chopped around that point until about 3:20 p.m. Hong Kong time, or about forty minutes before the 8:30 a.m. BST London open.  During the next hour, the index dropped a bit over 20 basis points…and then more or less traded sideways until 8:30 a.m. in New York.  Then the index headed south with a vengeance…and by 11:30 a.m. Eastern, the dollar index had shed another 40 odd basis points to its low of the day, which was around 79.82…and then recovered a handful of basis points going into the close.  The dollar closed down 50 points on the day at 79.89.If you check all four precious metal charts from yesterday, you’ll note that all had a very positive reactions to the pre-London open dollar index decline.  And that state of affairs continued in New York when the index did another face plant starting around 8:30 a.m. Eastern.  All the precious metals took off to the upside…and all ran into the same not-for-profit seller at the London p.m. gold fix…except for silver.As I said further up, its rally was so strong, it had to be dealt with early, or it would have blasted through the $34 spot price like a hot knife through soft butter…and that was obviously not going to be allowed…just like it wasn’t allowed in early morning trading in Hong Kong on Monday.  Check the silver chart above for the details.From the London p.m. gold fix, until the dollar index nadir at 11:30 a.m. Eastern, the dollar index and the precious metals prices all declined together.  That’s just too cute for words.There are no market anymore…only interventions.Although the gold price hit its zenith shortly after 10:00 a.m. Eastern time, the shares powered a bit higher, hitting their high of the day around 11:30 a.m. Eastern…which was the dollar index low.  After that they went into decline but, like Monday, finished just off their lows…and the HUI closed up 0.55%.  Excuse me for thinking out loud at this point, but the saw-tooth pattern to this chart tells me that someone with a fairly large position appeared to be selling into this rally.The silver stocks finished mixed…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up 0.67%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report was rather interesting.  There was no delivery activity in gold, but there were 270 silver contracts posted for delivery within the Comex-approved warehouse system on Thursday.  The only short/issuer was Jefferies…and the biggest long/stopper was, once again, JPMorgan…with 202 contracts in its in-house [proprietary] trading account…and 23 for their client accounts.  The Issuers and Stoppers Report is worth a quick look…and the link is here.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV yesterday.Nick Laird advised me that Sprott added another 40,535 troy ounces of gold to their Physical Gold Trust on Monday.  That should just about cover the entire amount received in their follow-on offering…but I expect there’s a bit more when the underwriters exercise their ‘Greenshoe Option’.Over at the U.S Mint, they reported selling another 50,000 silver eagles…and I do hope that you’re getting your share, dear reader.The action at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday is hardly worth mentioning, as only a few thousand ounces of silver were received…and shipped out.I don’t have very many stories today…and that suits me just fine.  I hope you have the time to skim them all.Despite the positive closes in all four precious metals, it was more than obvious [at least to me] that a heavy hand showed up in these markets at, or just before, the London p.m. gold fix at 3:00 p.m. BST…10:00 a.m. in New York.  With the dollar index in free-fall, the precious metals were not allowed to do what they wanted to do…and that is close the day materially higher than they did on Monday.You’re perfectly entitled to your own opinion on this, but that’s the way it appeared to me…and if you have some other explanation for yesterday’s 180 degree move in the precious metals while the dollar index was falling out of bed, I’d love to hear it.Yesterday, at the 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Comex close, was the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report…and as I’ve been stating all along, it will not make for happy reading…especially with the huge volumes [and price increases] we’ve seen in both gold and silver since last Tuesday’s cut-off on September 4th.  JPMorgan et al are still acting as short sellers of last resort and preventing the precious metal prices from blowing sky high.  I’ll be curious to know how much larger JPMorgan’s short position in silver has become since last Friday’s report.  Ted Butler says it’s north of 27% of the entire Comex futures market in silver on a net basis.  Will it break 30% on Friday?I’m still of the opinion that we’ve seen a short-term top, but would love to be proven wrong.  A quick engineered sell-off by “da boyz” to relieve the current overbought condition wouldn’t bother me in the slightest…and would be a buying opportunity that I would take full advantage of.  Of course if/when the sell-off does come, it will allow these short sellers of last resort to harvest all the new long positions that have been placed and ring cash register one more time.In Far East trading on their Wednesday, both gold and silver prices chopped slowly higher.  For a change, volumes in both metals are significantly lower than they were on either Monday or Tuesday, so I wouldn’t read a whole heck of a lot into the price action.  The dollar index is down about 11 basis points as London opens for trading at 8:00 a.m. local time…3:00 a.m. Eastern.London trading opened quietly, but that all changed around 9:15 a.m. BST, when gold and silver blasted higher in seconds, not minutes.  Gold was up fifteen bucks…and silver shot through $34 spot at warp speed.  The reaction from JPMorgan et al was instantaneous.  Gold volume jumped from 13,000 contracts to 34,000 contracts in a heart beat…and silver’s volume went from around 4,800 contracts to 9,500 contracts in the same period of time…seconds.  Then, after that assault, it appears that another rally is underway…and silver is now back at $34.00 spot once again…and gold is struggling higher.  No ‘for profit’ seller ever sells into a rally like that…EVER!!!  This is in-your-face price management by the bullion banks…and the farthest thing from a free market that one can imagine.  It was obvious that ‘da boyz’ were lying in wait for this event.Here’s what Kitco’s silver chart looked like at 5:14 a.m. Eastern time…I would guess that this price action was centered around the announcement from the German court…and we’ll probably find out more as the day goes along.Before I sign off today, most of you may already have heard that we have a new writer at Casey Research…and his name is Dennis Miller.  He’s been a regular reader of my column for many years…and now, like me, he’s working for Doug.  Dennis is retired…and has been working tirelessly to rebuild his nest egg since the crash of 2008, when his CDs were recalled and it was cut by 50%.  He’s documented his journey in his book Retirement Reboot…and he thinks highly enough of what I’ve had to say over the years, to mention my name in a couple of places in it.  The book is priced at a pittance…a mere $9.95…and you can find all about it here.  It costs nothing to check it out.It could be an interesting day during Comex trading in New York today.See you tomorrow. 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In This Issue   Currency metals rally but in

first_imgIn This Issue. *  Currency & metals rally but in a tight range. *  NZ Unemployment Rate drops to 6.2%! *  Australia’s Trade Deficit shrinks. *  That’s 5 Fed Heads wanting to extend stimulus. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Another Fed Head Has An Epiphany! Good day.  And a Wonderful Wednesday to you! I just realized something, that I guess I’ve known for a long time, but just registered it in my mind. I love the smell of blueberries! I opened the package for a Blueberry cereal bar, and there it was! The wonderful blueberry aroma! My mind immediately flashed back to when I was a young boy and would spend weeks of summer on my grandparents farm, and we would be sent out to gather the berries. My grandma had blueberries, blackberries, raspberries and other stuff that she always used in baking. But we would get some of the fresh berries, run the cistern water from the well over them and have ourselves a treat! Sorry to go off on that tangent, but it’s just another example of my stream of thought. Yesterday I left you with the thought that only a few currencies were gaining VS the dollar, and Gold was down $2. But soon after I sent the letter out, the currencies rebounded, along with Gold. Chris called me, (he’s out of town) and wanted to know what was going on, and I told him that the turnaround was interesting in that there wasn’t anything to cause it, the U.S. data wasn’t out yet, and the only thing I saw was data from the UK that showed that the servicing industry had expanded in October.  The rest of the day though, the currencies and metals were stuck in the mud. Funny, thing, when I was 18 and traveling around the country with my guitar, my friend, and our drummer, Preston, used to call people my age now, “old sticks in the mud”. And that pretty much describes the currencies yesterday, overnight and into this morning. sticks in the mud.   Recall yesterday that I told you the New Zealand dollar / kiwi was the best performing currency overnight as traders were thinking that the labor report that was due to print that afternoon, would be strong, and that usually meant good things for kiwi. Well, it appears that the traders were rewarded for their foresight, as New Zealand’s Labor report was even better than forecast! The consensus going into the report was for a drop in the Unemployment Rate from 6.4% to 6.3%, but in the 3 months ending September 30th, the New Zealand Unemployment Rate actually fell to 6.2%! The Labor report really placed kiwi firmly on the rally tracks, and this morning, the currency is trading at a 6-week high, as everyone and their brother now expects the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) to hike rates early next year. Another component of the report showed that Ordinary Time Private Sector Wages rose 1.6% in the quarter and up 2.6% year-on-year!  Can you say “inflation problems are coming?” I knew you could! And maybe, just maybe, because you never know, the RBNZ will hike rates before early next year! Well, since the middle of last week, the euro has been on the slippery slope for a few reasons that we’ve talked about, but the reason that has weighed the most on the euro, has been the drop in inflation in the Eurozone, which brought the rate cut campers out of the woodwork. But as I explained two times already, but will do it again for those that missed class those days. I don’t see the benefits to cutting rates when they are already at all-time lows.  And believe it or don’t, the markets are beginning to come around to Chuck’s way of thinking. Now, that would be a story! I can see the headline: Market Comes Around To Chuck’s Way of Thinking.  And the reporter would ask the first question. “Now Chuck, what do you think the ECB will do?”  OK, if you’re not laughing with me, you’re laughing at me! Stop that! Another currency that was showing a gain yesterday morning, and is pumping out an even larger gain overnight is the Swedish krona. In just a few hours we’ll see the color of the last Riksbank (Central Bank) meeting, and the markets believe they’ll be able to find indications that the Riksbank is ready to hike rates. That thought has the krona hitting on all 8 this morning. Hey! Another U.S. Fed Head had his epiphany about the economy yesterday. San Francisco Fed President, John Williams, fessed up about the economy saying that, “Up until recently, I was thinking we would start seeing more of that self-powered growth in the second half of this year. Unfortunately, that’s not really been happening and we haven’t seen a real pickup. We’re still a long ways from where we want to be.” So. It’s apparent that the economic growth that Williams was looking for has fallen short of his expectations, and now he’s losing faith that the labor markets’ gains will endure without monetary stimulus..  Of course, the 3 Fed Heads we talked about yesterday, and now Williams only had to read the Pfennig many months ago to know that I said they were being over optimistic about the economy, and maybe they would have tempered their exuberance about the economy. And then we wouldn’t have had the Taper Capers, spoil the currency & metals soup. But then, I still think that Big Ben and the Fed Heads (sounds like Frankie Valli and the 4 Seasons!)  were simply attempting to let some air out of the stock market bubble that they created with all this stimulus, by talking about Tapering. I’m writing this morning, while listening to Led Zeppelin’s all-time best song. Kashmir. Now that’s a song that needs the volume cranked to 10!  Hey. I just saw something on the TV that shocked me. They showed a survey result that shocked me! 34.3% of Americans say they don’t want a job!  And apparently, the total of Americans wanting to have a job has been declining since 1980! That’s not a good thing for us Baby Boomers who have either already retired, like 90% of my classmates that attended my 40th H.S. reunion, or starting to prepare to retire. Oh, the things that I see, hear & read about that make my skin crawl!  But you know what I’ve finally realized? That while I can write about it, and attempt to get people to think about these things, I can’t change them. I used to have these thoughts that if I wrote about something that was wrong that people would read it, think about it, and do something like call their representative or whatever, and that would eventually change things!  Yes, Virginia, there is a Santa Claus. Hey! Down Under in Australia, where they are enjoying spring, their Trade Deficit came in better than expected for September, printing at A$ 284 million, VS A$ 500 million expected. And the August total was revised downward. The Aussie dollar (A$) is back above 95-cents, and looking forward to the latest Employment Report that will print tonight. I would look for an increase in jobs for October, and that should support this latest uptick in the A$. The A$ deserves some lovin’, after taking body blows from the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) Gov. Stevens last week and this week. This has my spider sense tingling folks. You don’t think that Stevens knew ahead of time that the data was going to be good this week, and went about verbally assaulting the A$, getting it weaker, ahead of the data?  Nah. that would be giving too much credit to a Central Banker, and I’m tough when it comes to grading! In the UK, the pound sterling has really been a roll this week. First it was the strong servicing Index performance, and today it was a strong Industrial Production print that pushed the pound sterling to 1.61. Industrial Production pushed higher to a gain of .9% in September, up from the August negative print of -1.1%…  In addition, Home Prices showed their biggest gain (+.7%) in 3 months.  The Bank of England (BOE) meets tomorrow, right after these strong economic data prints, but I doubt it will move the BOE to change rates from their near zero level, or change their bond buying program. And that’s why I still don’t think the pound has strong legs to take it from here. If the BOE still believes that near zero rates and bond buying is needed, then they are a country mile away from hiking rates, which I believe will be needed to take the pound higher from here. But that’s just my opinion and I could be wrong! I see where the Chinese decided that two days of gains in their currency the renminbi / yuan, was enough, and they weakened the fixing level overnight.  I read a story on the Bloomberg that talked about how the Chinese fear that the Fed will begin to taper in December. Hey! Here’s a Memo to China. Don’t worry about tapering. 4 Fed Heads this week have pretty much put the kyboshes on tapering any time soon, and don’t forget that a 5th Fed Head, Evans, laid out the scenario where tapering would never happen. I was looking at Google+ last night and came across a posting that someone made that reminded me of the slide that Frank and Chuck use in presentations that show men that have painted themselves into corners.  This posting had just one person that had painted themselves into a corner, with a caption that read: Before You Start Anything. Learn How To Finish It! And so it goes with the Taper Capers. Gold is up $6 this morning, with Silver, Platinum and Palladium all posting gains too! But when you step back and look at a chart of these metals, you see that they’ve been range trading for what seems like a month of Sundays.  I read a story by Gold Enthusiast James Turk yesterday, about how the world had reached a tipping point, as the next catastrophe approaches. While I see that certainly capable of happening, I have to stop and remember that it was Turk that said we would have a Black Swan event this year. Remember that? (I guess we just barely averted one with the default last month, eh? ) I know one thing, that it is far better to make your forecasts without giving time frames for them to happen! The U.S. data cupboard has the Leading Index report for September this morning, and that’s it. the Leading Index report has really shifted upward in recent prints, which surprises me a bit, in that usually this is good forward looking data, but I don’t see anything in the economy that leads me to feel warm and fuzzy about an uptick in the leading index report. Before I head to the Big Finish this morning, I have a funny from Jay Leno. “According to a new study out of Harvard, it is easier for people to be moral in the morning. They say people are more moral at the beginning of the day, but they become more dishonest as the day goes on. So when people say Congress is as dishonest as the day is long, we now have scientific proof.” For What It’s Worth. On the heels of the announcement that the CFTC’s Bart Chilton was stepping down, the U.S. derivatives regulator announced yesterday that they plan to curb market speculation in commodities. Here’s a snippet of the story as it appeared on Reuters. “The Commodity Futures Trading Commission  (CFTC) proposal will set caps on the number of contracts that a single trader can hold in energy, metal and agricultural markets, a measure aimed at capping speculation that some blamed for the spike in raw material and food prices prior to the 2008 financial crisis. The redrafted rules sought to answer some of the deficits that a judge pointed out last year. The agency cited two of the biggest cases of market manipulation in history – the Hunt Brothers’ silver corner and hedge fund Amaranth natural gas bet – as evidence of why curbs were necessary. The new rules will also make it easier for big banks such as Goldman Sachs Group Inc and Barclays PLC to remain in the market by allowing them to exclude positions held by entities in which the banks own minority stakes – a key trigger for the banks to sue the agency.” Chuck again. Well, that’s all fine and good, but I doubt it gets past the Bullion Banks that have the large short positions. They’ll take it to court once again, and once again a judge will shoot the CFTC’s regulation down. That’s because as I’ve told you over and over again, this dance is gonna be a drag, no wait! What I’ve told you over and over again is that in my opinion, which was formed by the Wikileaks Cable, the Gov’t is behind all this. And therefore, there will be no regulation that takes away the ability of the Big Bullion Banks to hold short positions in metals that are larger than the size of the market! To recap. The mixed bag of results early yesterday morning for the currencies and metals turned around mid-morning, and gains were eked out VS the dollar on the day, but in the end, these asset classes are stuck in the mud, trading ranges. The BOE & ECB will meet tomorrow, and strong recent data from the UK, has pound sterling rising, but without a rate hike, and there will be none any time soon, the pound has no strong legs to stand on. New Zealand Unemployment Rate drops more than expected, and kiwi is the best performer overnight. Currencies today 11/6/13. American Style: A$ .9525, kiwi .8405, C$ .9570, euro 1.3515, sterling 1.61, Swiss $1.0970, . European Style: rand 10.2110, krone 5.9645, SEK 6.5075, forint 219.70, zloty 3.0845, koruna 19.0825, RUB 32.37, yen 98.65, sing 1.2425, HKD 7.7515, INR 62.40, China 6.1475, pesos 13.13, BRL 2.2835, Dollar Index 80.53, Oil $94.08, 10-year 2.65%, Silver $21.95, Platinum $1,463.68, Palladium $758.58, and Gold. $1,318.34 That’s it for today. A good shootout win for our Blues in Montreal last night, I went to bed and it was tied 2-2. the Blues are off to a good start to the season. Yadier Molina is a finalist for NL MVP, even if he doesn’t win, and he should, but has the “sentiment vote for the Pittsburgh Pirates player” going against him, that’s a great accomplishment for him! Two other Cardinals are finalists, Wainwright for Cy Young, and Miller for Rookie of the year. But I doubt any of them get the final vote. But again that doesn’t take away from their great seasons! Jessie Colin Young and the Youngbloods are singing their 60’s anthem, Let’s Get Together on the IPod right now. That’s a song we used to play!  The swimming season begins to wind down tonight for Alex, with the Conference prelims. Hey! What Day is it? Mike, Mike, Mike, what day is it? Come on, you know. It’s HUMP DAY!    Ok, let’s go have a Wonderful Wednesday and Hump Day! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more

As I write this paragraph the London open is abou

first_imgAs I write this paragraph, the London open is about 40 minutes away.  The prices of all four precious metals aren’t doing much.  Gold volume is even lower than it was this time yesterday—but silver volume is much higher than it was yesterday at this time, but still very much on the lighter side.  And, not that it matters, but the dollar index is up a half-dozen basis points.There’s not much to add to today’s column, as just about everything worth saying showed up in The Wrap sections of my Tuesday and Wednesday missives—and I’m not happy when I keep repeating myself every day, which is easy to do when there’s not much going on.And as I hit the ‘send’ button on today’s effort at 5:05 a.m. EDT, I see that all four precious metals have rallied above their respective closes in New York yesterday—and it’s obvious that the rally in gold is running into resistance, as the open interest is now more than double what it was 40 minutes before the London open—and even though the rally was only about five bucks, that was obviously too much for ‘da boyz’.  Silver volume is getting up there as well, but it’s still very much on the lighter side, all things considered.  The dollar index is flat.So far, everything is unfolding like it normally does this time of day, as any rally in gold and silver that begins shortly before [or at] the London open, is dealt with before the London a.m. gold fix—and then the rest is left up to JPMorgan et al in New York when the Comex opens.  It remains to be seen if this pattern repeats itself again today.I hope your Thursday goes well, or went well if you live west of the International Date Line—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Here are two more photographs from my Sunday outing—and both were taken in the same park and from exactly the same spot as the gulls I posted yesterday.  The difference is that these juvenile Black-crowned night herons were over well over 100 metres away across a pond and on an island—and despite using a big telephoto lens, I had to crop the heck of these two photos to get the birds up to this size.  Because of the distance and the cropping, they both fall into what I consider minimum acceptable picture quality, at least for me. The price management scheme in gold is now so obvious, that it’s no longer debatable.Gold did very little in Far East trading and the first half of the London trading day on Wednesday.  The rally at the Comex open wasn’t allowed to get far—and was sold back down to unchanged by noon in New York.  It rallied a few dollars going into the 1:30 p.m. Comex close—and then chopped sideways into the 5:15 p.m. close of electronic trading.The low and high aren’t worth the effort to look up.Gold finished the Wednesday session at $1,312.20 spot, up $3.70 from Tuesday’s close.  Volume, net of August and September, was pretty light at only 104,000 contracts.The silver price followed more or less the same price path as gold, expect the rally at the Comex open got sold down harder—and silver made a new low for this move down—and that low was printed about 11:50 a.m. EDT.  The price rallied a bit going into the Comex close—and the didn’t do much after that.The high and low ticks were recorded by the CME Group as $20.085 and $19.705 in the September contract.Silver closed at $19.81 spot, down 10.5 cents from Tuesday’s close.  Net volume was 33,000 contracts.Platinum didn’t do much of anything in early Far East trading, but developed a positive price bias beginning around 2 p.m. Hong Kong time.  It was up a whole six bucks on the day by shortly before 11 a.m. EDT—and then a thoughtful soul sold it down about a percent, with the low coming minutes before noon in New York.  From there it rallied back to almost unchanged—and down a buck on the day.The price action in palladium was similar, but both the corresponding rally—and subsequent sell-off, were much less pronounced.  Palladium manged to finish up a buck.It was another day where all four precious metals were rallying—and then all got sold off during the New York trading session.The dollar index closed on Tuesday at 81.51—and didn’t do much of anything until shortly after 2 p.m. Hong Kong time.  Then it rallied to its 81.65 high before it had a 25 basis point down/up move between the 8:20 a.m. Comex open and 11:40 a.m. EDT.  After that the index slid a small handful of basis points into the close, finishing at 81.61—up 10 basis points.The gold stocks chopped and flopped either side of unchanged yesterday—and finished the day that way, as the HUI closed down a miniscule 0.05%.The silver equities barely got a sniff of positive territory on Wednesday—and headed lower almost immediately.  The low of the day came at the low for silver, about 11:50 a.m. EDT.  From there they cut their loses by a bit, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.87%.The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 6 gold and zero silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Friday.  Nothing to see here.The CME’s Preliminary Report for the Wednesday trading session showed that August open interest in gold declined by 117 contracts—and is now down to 1,167 contracts—so we await the final resolution on this as the month starts to wind down.There was a tiny 8,420 troy ounce withdrawal from GLD yesterday, which was probably a fee payment of some kind—and as of 9:18 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV.There was a sales report from the U.S. Mint again yesterday.  They sold 500 troy ounces of gold eagles—500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—225,000 silver eagles—and another 200 platinum eagles.There wasn’t a creature stirring in the gold departments of the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday.  However, it was another big day for silver, as 600,769 troy ounces were reported received—and 693,508 troy ounces were shipped out the door.  All of the activity was at the CNT Depository—and Brink’s, Inc.  The link to that action is here.I have a very decent number of stories again today—and there should be some in here that interest you.For those with an interest in silver, I believe that a remarkably large percentage, certainly a majority, believes that silver is manipulated in price. They might not be able to articulate all the nuances of the manipulation, but they have a strong sense that there is an artificiality to silver pricing. I base this on what’s said and written on the Internet, of course, not in the main stream media, which continues to treat the topic of manipulation as something to be avoided at all costs. I believe this is the case because the biggest advertisers and commercial supporters of the main stream media tend to be the very financial institutions perpetrating the manipulation.Nowadays, it’s actually more unusual when someone strongly denies the existence of a silver manipulation, particularly if the denier is well known. Invariably, the denial brings an outcry of disagreement to the point of mockery. Not for a minute have I ever concluded that silver is manipulated or not by the weight of popular opinion; for me, the manipulation is quite easily proven by the verifiable facts. My point is simply that more who are interested in silver believe it is manipulated in price, than not.That might not seem like an earth-shaking revelation, but in reality it is very much so from what things once were. A quarter-century ago, very few, if any, believed silver was manipulated in price. I know this to be the case because I lived through it. For better or worse, the idea of a silver manipulation originated with me. I point this out, not to pat myself on the back, but strictly to demonstrate the difference between then and now in popular perceptions. In fact, I think you would be shocked at the degree of resistance that existed to the idea that silver was manipulated back then. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 13 August 2014It was another day when not much happened during the Wednesday trading session.  It was also another day that the rallies in all four precious metals, such as they were, got sold down during the New York session once again.Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver—and nothing much has changed.last_img read more

When humorist and writer Mara Altman was 19 and at

first_imgWhen humorist and writer Mara Altman was 19 and attending college at UCLA, she learned something about herself which, she says, felt devastating at the time.It happened while she was flirting with a server at a Mexican restaurant one evening. His name was Gustavo and he said five simple words: “I like your blonde mustache.”Now, she knew about this blonde mustache. But she had been bleaching it for years in the hopes that no one else would notice it.Altman’s latest book, Gross Anatomy: Dispatches from the Front (And Back), is a personal, darkly witty investigation into the human body — how we think about it and how it works. In a mix of personal anecdotes, science and cultural reporting and interviews, Altman explores pressing questions like, is PMS real? How come some people sweat so much? And who decided women shouldn’t have body hair, anyway?In an interview with NPR’s Ailsa Chang, Altman says she began the book with her fuzzy lip story because she wanted to reframe the shame she and the rest of us often feel about our physical selves — and lighten the taboo. She decided to face the facts — starting with a confession to her now-husband, Dave, that she does everything she can to rid herself of facial hair.”I needed him to know that he was marrying a woman with a goatee,” she says with a laugh. “I just didn’t want (1) to have him find out later and be upset, and (2) to just have to hide it anymore. I was just so tired.”Her husband’s response when Altman told him? “It’s just hair!” She says he couldn’t have cared less.INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS On where the idea that women should be mostly hairless comes from[Women in] the United States in the early 1900s — they were fine being hairy. But then … advertisers came on strong in the 1930s. They said that having armpit hair was dirty and gross; being clean-shaven was respectable, feminine. And then you also look at another kind of theory that we are all so afraid of our mortality; that we cover up anything that kind of hints at us being beasts, or animals. We put on perfumes, we cover up our holes — anything that excretes or is moist we don’t want anything to do with.On what it was like to grow up in a family that encouraged ‘going natural’I still had the experiences at school where I didn’t feel like I totally fit in. I was trying so hard to be natural, to be authentic like my parents said. But you still have the friends on the schoolyard who are like, ‘Ah, she’s hairy — gross!’ … I was in junior high and I was in PE class just getting ready to play dodgeball or something. And a girl pointed at my legs and said, ‘Ew, gross, you’re hairy!’ And I just felt totally seen and ashamed and wanted nothing more than to rip out every single hair on my body. And yet that went against everything in our household about being natural. And then I had to confront my mom about it, and finally ask her if I could shave.On what a psychology professor said when she asked whether premenstrual syndrome is real She said that when we say that PMS made us do something, that we’re using it as a scapegoat — and kind of discount it. And she also said that hormones don’t create moods, but they can exacerbate moods. [Those feelings are] very legitimate; we should pay attention to them. Every time we say that PMS made us do it a misogynist gets his wings! It feeds into this idea that we’re angry; that we don’t know what we’re doing. But really — like a woman who just feels really strong feelings and in another society would be extremely respected.On how she found out sweat is awesome The sweat researcher that I talked to said that if we were overheating and we couldn’t sweat, we’d basically die in, like, 20 to 30 minutes. So when I see my own sweat stains now on my pits, which is probably daily, I try to appreciate that that’s where we come from. That’s how we’re human. And I think that researching or learning about our bodies can also lessen the shame around it.On being at a nudist resort while pregnant with twins — for research You know, I wrote this book to kind of investigate why we feel the way we feel about our bodies. But a wonderful bonus was kind of realizing that we all have such a big variation. … I was like, ‘Oh my gosh! All these people. So many various sizes [and] shapes don’t fit into any of the beauty standards we typically talk about or see. There are rolls! There’s cottage cheese! There are hairy moles!’ … And they’re walking around indulging in life. And you’re like, OK, you know what? We’re just lucky we have bodies. That we get to do all this cool stuff in our bodies.Alyssa Edes and Renita Jablonksi produced and edited this interview for broadcast. Alyssa Edes adapted it for the Web. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more

A crossbench disabled peer has called for an end t

first_imgA crossbench disabled peer has called for an end to government-led austerity and the “personal misery” it has caused.Lord [Colin] Low, speaking in the Lords debate on last week’s Queen’s speech, said he believed the result of the general election showed voters were “no longer willing to buy neoliberal austerity”.He told peers that austerity had caused “a great deal of personal misery”, with one in four children living in poverty, the use of foodbanks continuing to rise, and a social security system that was “increasingly inhuman and self-defeating”.He pointed to disabled people losing their Motability cars – and consequently their jobs –because of the government’s personal independence payment reforms, while other benefit claimants have had their payments sanctioned for “unavoidably missing appointments”.He added: “The film I, Daniel Blake is all too true to life. The iniquitous work capability assessment finds people fit to work who are patently unfit and who, coroners find, are taking their lives as a result.”Lord Low (pictured, speaking in the debate) said that this “misery” was caused by “conscious, strategic decision-making” by the government, including cutting £12 billion from social security spending in the last parliament, on top of nearly £20 billion cuts under the coalition government.He said this was part of a 40-year project to “systematically shrink” public sector spending to just 36 per cent or less of national income, compared with 44 per cent in Germany and 50 per cent in Denmark.And he told fellow peers that the Grenfell Tower fire showed the harm caused by this attack on state spending, with the NHS and other public services in crisis and local services unable to cope.He said: “Local government, which provides many of these services, will have lost 60 per cent of its funding by 2020.“The election and the Grenfell Tower fire should serve as a wake-up call that we need to change course.”He called instead for government to borrow while interest rates are low in order to “invest in infrastructure, thus giving people work, getting them off the dole and being productive, fuelling growth by spending and creating demand for consumer goods, and paying taxes and boosting receipts for the exchequer”.The independent peer said he believed that voters in the general election had been attracted by the alternative to “neoliberal austerity” offered by the policies of Jeremy Corbyn’s Labour party, which although they were widely described as “hard left” were in fact “fairly standard social democracy”.Lord Low also said that the “colossal misjudgements” of the last two prime ministers, David Cameron and Theresa May – over calling the Brexit referendum and a snap general election – showed that it was “surely no longer possible to sustain the pretence that the Conservative party is self-evidently more effective than the Labour party as a vehicle for governing the country”.And he said that “people should realise that the centre of gravity has shifted [leftwards], in defiance of the political establishment, the media and the commentariat”.last_img read more