International cricketers share much better relations due to the Indian Premier League as the Twenty20 event has given them an opportunity to know each other, feels Sri Lankan vice-captain Mahela Jayawardene.”It has opened doors for harmony among the players. In the IPL, you get to know other foreign players better. we have created better relations as a result of that,” he said.Jayawardene said the concept of the IPL and the various Twenty20 leagues across the globe has a lot of potential.”We have seen that in the IPL, we have seen that in the English counties, we have seen that in the Big Bash, that’s the way forward for Twenty20 cricket,” he said in a function to announce an Indian sponsor for the Sri Lankan team ‘Wayamba XI’, which will participate in the Champions League Twenty20 next month.”I think that will evolve quite a bit, just having the Twenty20 World Cup for the national teams, and then the 50-over cricket and Test matches will take a different path.”When the IPL came for the first time, everyone was surprised. But n the second and third year you saw how it became such a big thing,” Jayawardene said.Jayawardene, who will play for the Wayamba team in the Champions league, said the tournament will grow in stature with time.”People now understand what the concept is all about, we need to give it some more time and it will improve,” he said.Wayamba is captained by Jehan Mubarak and includes Mahela Jayawardene, Ajantha Mendis, Rangana Herath, Thisara Perera, Farveez Maharoof and Mahela Udawatte.advertisementSpeaking on the occasion, Sri Lanka Cricket secretary Nishantha Ranatunga said the Twenty20 version of the game can co-exist alongside Test cricket.”From the board’s point and personal point of view, I see Twenty20 as another product, We have Test cricket, one-day cricket and Twenty20 cricket,” Ranatunga said on Tuesday.”From the players’ point of view they have to prove themselves in all three formats. From the board’s point of view, I don’t see any harm as far as the players get the right breaks.”So far, we have been happy and lucky that the players have had the right breaks and participated in the country’s tournaments. It is good to have more competitive cricket, people like it, why not give it,” Ranatunga said.
Defending champion Roger Federer won his seventh Dubai Championships title and second of the year in defeating top-ranked Novak Djokovic 6-3, 7-5 on Saturday.This marked the seventh consecutive year – 11th time in 13 years – that Federer or Djokovic won this title. The only other tournaments Federer won seven times are Wimbledon, and Halle, Germany, both on grass.”Ever since I won here the first time, I fell in love with the tournament,” Federer said. “The seventh is quite unbelievable. It sounds pretty crazy to me.”Federer, who has 84 career titles, won in Brisbane, Australia, in January.”He deserved it,” Djokovic said. “I expected that from him.”I knew he was going to chip and charge, come to the net, serve and volley.”The 5,000-seat stadium was sold out, but many more people were standing around at the top. They were treated to a high-caliber match. Federer needed five more aces to become just the fourth player since 1991 to serve 9,000 career aces. He served 12 in the final.He joined Goran Ivanisevic (10,183), Ivo Karlovic (9,375), and Andy Roddick (9,074) in cracking the 9,000 aces mark.”I even remember which one it was because I was counting them,” Federer said. “It was one of the swinger wides.”It’s nice to get past that so I don’t have to think about it ever again, or until the next thousand or so.”Federer saved all seven break points he faced, while Djokovic lost both break points he faced. Djokovic sailed a backhand long on break point in the eighth game of the first set.advertisementIn the second set, Djokovic had a 40-0 lead in the 11th game, but watched Federer rebound to break his serve with an inside out forehand crosscourt winner.”The first set belonged to me, but the second set belonged to him more, really,” Federer said. “It was a huge game at 5-all, 40-love for him.”I crawled my way back into that game and ended up breaking him,” Federer added. “That was big but the break points I saved were even bigger.”
ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – Newfoundland and Labrador’s health minister says the provincial government is considering offering coverage of the abortion pill.John Haggie says in a statement that the province is watching what is happening across the country and looking at ways to improve access to the drug.He says the government is working to determine the most appropriate coverage model for Mifegymiso, a two-drug combination that induces an abortion up to nine weeks into a pregnancy.Every province in Canada, except for Newfoundland and Labrador, has announced some cost coverage of the drug, from payment depending on a patient’s income, private health benefits and other factors to full universal coverage.Medical students at Memorial University in St. John’s are meeting with provincial legislators this week to advocate for universal coverage of Mifegymiso.Haggie says he looks forward to a meeting with medical students, expected Wednesday.Surgical abortions are offered only in St. John’s at the Health Sciences Centre General Hospital or at a standalone private abortion clinic, the Athena Health Centre, although the clinic has plans to open two satellite locations in Corner Brook and Grand Falls-Windsor.
On Tuesday, June 13th, WhyHunger will host its annual Chapin Awards to honor grassroots organizations and artists making a difference in the fight to end hunger and build social justice for all.This year’s event celebrates two local trailblazers that are nourishing communities and creating change in New York City and beyond.Honorees include musician and The Late Show with Stephen Colbert bandleader Jon Batiste, who will receive the ASCAP Harry Chapin Humanitarian Award presented by percussionist, DJ and co-founder of The Roots Questlove, for his commitment to mentoring young musicians and building community. Batiste is known for his signature sounds as an international performer with the band Jon Batiste and Stay Human and is the Artistic Director at Large of the National Jazz Museum in Harlem. WhyHunger grassroots partner, Bed-Stuy Campaign Against Hunger, will receive the WhyHunger Chapin Award, presented by Barbara Turk, NYC’s Director of Food Policy, for their innovative food justice work in providing nutritious food with dignity for their clients while combatting the root causes of hunger as one of the largest food access organizations in New York City.Join the honorees and 300 guests committed to ending hunger and building social justice for a celebration of music, food and grassroots power.WHEN: Tuesday, June 13, 2017· 6:00pm Cocktail Hour· 7:00pm Red Carpet Photos· 7:30pm Ceremony Begins· Musical Performance, Jon Batiste and Stay HumanWHERE: The Edison Ballroom, 240 W 47th St, NYCTICKETS & INFO: www.whyhunger.org/awards.
Heading into college football’s conference championship week, we knew three schools (Alabama, Clemson and Washington) could basically punch tickets to the College Football Playoff with victories in their respective conference title games. The only real questions involved what would happen in the event of an upset or two — and, just as important, what the selection committee would do with Ohio State. The Buckeyes ranked second in the committee’s rankings going into the week, but they also weren’t playing in the Big Ten championship game. How the committee handled that dilemma would in effect be a referendum on the value of a conference championship in the CFP era.The upsets never really came. Although Virginia Tech gave Clemson a fight, the Hokies ultimately succumbed to the Tigers in the ACC championship by a touchdown. Washington, meanwhile, routed Colorado 41-10 in Friday night’s Pac-12 title game, and Alabama secured the greatest peak Elo rating by a college football team in the last 80 years when they crushed Florida 54-16 to win the SEC. The only real drama came from an upset victory in the Big Ten championship for Penn State, which could build a case around beating Ohio State earlier in the season.For what it was worth, our CFP projection model thought there was very little chance the committee would jettison the one-loss Buckeyes in favor of the two-loss Nittany Lions, even after we made a tweak that placed extra emphasis on head-to-head results. Yes, the committee once dropped a team that won its final game by 52 points (TCU) from third to sixth when they reshuffled the field for their final rankings. But the model still said there was only a 13 percent probability that Penn State would bump Ohio State this year.1Our model output from Dec. 3 showed Ohio State with an 87 percent chance of being selected, so the rest of Penn State’s probability must have come from the (extremely remote) possibility that they’d bump one of the other three teams in the top four.And, sure enough, the CFP committee went with the Buckeyes. On Sunday, it produced a final four of Alabama, Clemson, Ohio State and Washington, the semifinals of which will be sorted out on New Year’s Eve.Although Penn State was understandably frustrated by the decision, it would have been difficult to justify taking the Lions over the Buckeyes. Ohio State was a consensus No. 2 in both the Associated Press and Coaches’ polls, as well as most statistical rankings, including ESPN’s Football Power Index and Strength of Record metric. Undefeated Alabama is clearly the nation’s best team — quite possibly the best in college football history, in fact — but Ohio State is an obvious No. 2 by most measures. We can always debate the eternal question of whether the CFP should reward the best team or the “most deserving” one, but in the end the committee took the team that had the more dominating season against the tougher schedule, just as it usually does.So, now that we have a final four, who will win? From here on out, our model no longer has to forecast the committee’s decision making, so it’s all about what ESPN’s Football Power Index predicts. The FPI sees Alabama as 64 percent favorites to beat Washington in the Peach Bowl (which, we should also note, is held in Atlanta — far closer to Tuscaloosa, Alabama, than to Seattle), and it gives Ohio State a 55 percent chance of knocking off Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl.Overall, that works out to a 39 percent chance of yet another Alabama national title — it would be the school’s fifth in the last eight seasons under coach Nick Saban — though the rest of the field is still more likely to upset ’Bama than not. If the Crimson Tide beat the Huskies, Alabama’s title odds would rise to 62 percent; if Washington pulls the upset, the CFP championship would basically be a coin flip no matter who wins in Clemson-OSU.But that’s all about a month away. There’s still plenty of college football to consume between now and then, including Army-Navy next week, the Heisman Trophy ceremony on Dec. 10, and about a trillion bowl games (which I mostly enjoy, even if they often lose money and feature increasingly poor teams). For college fans, the most wonderful time of the year is just beginning.CORRECTION (Dec. 6, 7:30 a.m.): A previous version of this article misstated TCU’s final 2014 College Football Playoff ranking. TCU dropped to sixth place in the final week, not to fifth.
Ohio State senior linebacker Storm Klein was arrested Friday night for alleged domestic violence and assault, according to Franklin County Municipal Court Records. Klein pleaded not guilty to both charges at his arraignment Saturday morning and a temporary protection order will keep him away from the complainant, according to ESPN. OSU athletics spokesman Jerry Emig said the athletic department is aware of the situation and confirmed that Klein was arrested. Emig wouldn’t comment on Klein’s status with OSU coach Urban Meyer and the football team. “We are in the process of gathering more information in order to understand all the details,” Emig said in an email to The Lantern. Klein’s lawyer, Columbus attorney Timothy Walsh, did not immediately respond to The Lantern’s Satuday request for comment. According to an NBC4 report, the alleged altercation developed after an argument about the future of a relationship between Klein and the alleged victim. According to the report, the prosecutor at Saturday’s court hearing said Klein “purposefully threw her against the front door causing her head to hit the door” and that “there were noticeable injuries all over the prosecuting witness’ body including to her arms.”
West Ham coach Matt Beard says his team’s performance wouldn’t have given room for defeating Manchester United in the Continental Tyres Cup quarter-finals.Manchester United progressed into the last four of the competition having beaten West Ham United at the Leigh Sports Village Stadium on Wednesday.“Over the course of the game, we didn’t deserve to win,” Beard told West Ham TV. “Manchester United deserved to go through. I felt that they were the better team tonight. They created the better chances and they were quicker to the second balls, and for me that is frustrating.“We know we are struggling numbers-wise. We’ve been training with about 12 players for around three months. We had a three-week break and now we’re playing three games in seven days. We’ve lost Simic and Kiernan, and that’s not ideal for these big games.Solskjaer praises Harry Maguire after Man United’s 1-0 win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Ole Gunnar Solskjaer singled out Harry Maguire for praise after helping Manchester United keep a clean sheet in their 1-0 win over Leicester City.“None of that is an excuse though, because we didn’t really deserve it. They deserved it and we’ve got to take that on the chin.”He continued: “I feel frustrated. I felt we did okay in the first half, but it was a frustrating first goal to concede because we worked on this in training after what happened against Arsenal.“I think we grew into the game. We did better in the last 20 minutes of the first half, and had a great chance to equalise, although Siobhan Chamberlain has made a great save.“The second goal changed the course of the game. I looked at the incident and I think it should be a free-kick on Kate Longhurst, but it’s gone against us. After that the game is gone, and for me that’s frustrating.”
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Last updated on June 25th, 2018 at 08:34 amKenai Central High School Freshman Riley Graves placed 6th in this years Caring For the Kenai competition. Riley: “A man is walking on the beach barefoot and suddenly feels a sharp pain as he steps on a piece of metal underneath him. He screams with sounds of agony as he sees a nail; then screaming again as he sees rust on a nail, wincing as he pulls out the nail, and knowing he better get a tetanus shot soon. This is why I believe we should spend some money on some metal detectors and magnetic sweepers for our beach cleanup.” Riley’s answer to that question was for the City of Kenai to purchase a magnetic attachment for their beach raking equipment utilized on Kenai beaches during dip net season. Shortly after CFK, Riley made a presentation to the Kenai City Council about the need for a magnetic rake. If approved, Riley will have raised a total of $2,500 to purchase the equipment, which was quoted at $2,632. According to council members there wasn’t any funding for the magnet in this year’s budget. So, Riley applied for a new CFK Project Development Grant, sponsored by ENSTAR, requesting $2,000 to help the City purchase the equipment. The Kenai City Council will review the mini-grant application during their meeting on July 5, when an ordinance appropriating the CFK-ENSTAR Grant will also be introduced. His application was selected by ENSTAR and CFK staff on June 20 to receive $2,000. Riley also applied for a $500 City of Kenai mini-grant. CFK asks Kenai Peninsula high school students to answer the question, ‘What can I do, invent, or create to better care for the environment on the Kenai Peninsula, or to help improve the area’s preparedness for a natural disaster?’
Dan Cohen AUTHOR Next month’s DOD/Federal Energy & Water Forum will provide energy and water industry leaders an opportunity to hear federal officials describe their strategies for achieving sustainability across the government as well as offer their feedback on federal initiatives.ADC and the National Council for Public-Private Partnerships (NCPPP) — the leading nonprofit organizations in the field of energy and water partnerships — are teaming up to co-host the forum on Dec. 16 at the Army Navy Club in downtown Washington. The event will feature public and private leaders discussing their experiences — including successes achieved and challenges ahead — in energy efficiency, utilities privatization, renewables and water/wastewater/stormwater systems. The forum’s expert panels and interactive discussions also will provide an opportunity for participants to develop solutions to real-world issues.Sessions will focus on the following topics:Overview of federal energy and water authoritiesEnergy efficiency and how it supports operational sustainability at federal sitesHow energy savings performance contracts helped the federal government achieve its efficiency goalsThe evolution of utilities privatization and its role in energy securityCreative solutions to overcoming market barriers for renewable energy projectsWater, wastewater and stormwater systemsHow private sector water projects can be adapted to federal sitesFinancing optionsThe capital market’s appetite for energy and water projectsThe role of public-private partnerships in advancing federal energy and water goalsThe day-long dialogue will conclude with a panel of leading federal officials reacting to the discussions and outlining the government’s path to reaching sustainability.To register for the forum, visit the event website.
Facebook Twitter Elvis Presley Enterprises and Live Nation Team Up To Bring Concerts To Graceland Email Elvis Presley’s Graceland To Host More Concerts elvis-presley-enterprises-and-live-nation-team-bring-concerts-graceland The two organizations plan to add between 50–75 concerts, music festivals and other events per year to Presley’s famous Memphis homeJennifer VelezGRAMMYs Dec 13, 2018 – 5:22 pm Live Nation and Elvis Presley Enterprises, Inc. are joining forces to bring a number of concerts to Graceland, the home of the iconic GRAMMY winner at the time of his death in 1977.Along with Live Nation, Graceland Soundstage and the Guest House at Graceland, expect to book between 50–75 concerts, music festivals and more shows in 2019 and will continue to expand outside of Presley-related events, according to Commercial Appeal. More shows are planned for 2020Graceland currently hosts selected concert and music events, including the Graceland Holiday Concert Weekend.Live Nation’s COO of Live Nation Clubs and theatres said that Graceland is “one of the singular iconic and transformational music brands on earth. We’re anticipating a creative partnership that will play a role in honoring such a historic artist and the place he called home.”“Graceland is already the most famous music destination in the world. And we want to make it one of the most famous destinations to see live music as well,” Joel Weinshanker, Managing Partner of Graceland Holdings told Commercial Appeal.According to Graceland’s website, the property, which is a National Historic Landmark, has hosted more than 20 million visitors from in and outside of the U.S. since it first opened to the public in 1982.An announcement of the first coming shows will be released soon, according to Commercial Appeal. So far, rock’ n’ roll’s Rick Springfield is scheduled to play at Graceland in January.Chuck Berry, The Beatles & More To Have Instruments On Display At The Met MuseumRead more News
WILMINGTON, MA — At December’s Finance Committee meeting, Chair John Doherty made a request of Town Manager Jeff Hull to post all of the town’s employment contracts on the town’s website.Doherty pointed out that many municipalities are voluntarily posting their contracts online in the name of transparency. He’d like to see Wilmington follow suit. Doherty noted that such contracts are considered “public” documents.Town Manager Jeff Hull recently notified Superintendent Glenn Brand of the Finance Committee’s desire to see collective bargaining and individual employee contracts posted on the town’s website.According to a memo from Brand to the School Committee, Andrew Waugh, the school district’s attorney Andrew Waugh, has advised that “while it is customary for districts to post collective bargaining agreements online, it would be prudent to consult the School Committee members regarding the posting of individual employee contracts, as the decision about whether or not to post may be viewed as a policy decision; therefore it is ultimately a decision that the School Committee and Superintendent would need to make.”The School Committee will have a discussion surrounding Doherty’s request at their meeting this Wednesday night.(NOTE: Cover photo from Jamie Boudreau’s Airgoz Aerial Photography.)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 email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedSCHOOL COMMITTEE & SUPERINTENDENT: We Have Building Needs That Must Be AddressedIn “Education”SELECTMEN NEWS: Big Issues To Be Discussed At Tonight’s Meeting (August 13)In “Government”SELECTMEN NOTEBOOK: 5 Things That Happened At Last Week’s Selectmen’s MeetingIn “Government”
If you are a fitness geek, then here’s a great bargain you might find hard to ignore. Wearables maker Fitbit has kicked off a sale on Amazon for its five most popular fitness trackers including the Fitbit Charge 2 HR, the FitBit Blaze and also the new Fitbit lonic smartwatch.Though the discounts are not that big on the expensive Fitbit wearable, buyers can avail some great deals on the cheaper ones.So the Fitbit Charge 2 HR, which usually costs around $150, will be available for just $100 on Amazon now. The Fitbit Charge 2 comes with PurePulse continuous with automatic wrist-based heart tracking device which will calculate the calories burned throughout the day. Besides these, It also allows users to see calls, text and other notifications on the OLED display. The device tracks your sleep, all-day activities like steps, distance covered, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes. Fitbit IconicFitbitThe $200 Fitbit Blaze is available at a discount of $50. The Fitbit Blaze comes with PurePukse continuous and uses multi-sport tracking to show runs, cardio, cross-training, biking and more. Like the FitBit Charge, it also tracks the steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed and active minutes besides alerting you to calls, text and other notifications from your smartphone.Fitbit Ionic smartwatch is offering a discount of $30 and the $300 Fitbit is now available at $270. The Fitbit Ionic is capable of storing and playing more than 300 songs and also downloads the playlist from Pandora. The Ionic smartwatch comes with a battery life of more than 4 days and like another FitBit, it also comes with features to track runs, swims, rides, workouts, all day activity and sleep. Facebook/FitbitThe Fitbit Alta fitness tracker will cost you only $100 after a discount of $30. The $150 Fitbit Alta HR is also available on Amazon with a discount of $30.The wearables are available in different colors and sizes. The sale might be ending after the Valentine’s Day, but Fitbit hasn’t made any announcement on the sale end.
00:00 /06:57 Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: David J. Phillip/APBoston Red Sox catcher Christian Vazquez holds the championship trophy after Game 5 of the World Series on Sunday, Oct. 28, in Los Angeles. X Share The World Series ended last night with the Boston Red Sox defeating the Los Angeles Dodgers in Game 5, to take the series 4-1.Now, with the season over, what can the Astros do to get back to baseball’s promised land and to compete with the Red Sox going forward? Jesus Ortiz is a senior editor for La Vida Baseball and a former Astros beat writer. In the audio above, he tells Houston Matters host Craig Cohen he thinks the Astros are in good shape to contend for several more years.And Ortiz discusses the historic win by Boston manager (and former Astros coach) Alex Cora, who became the first Puerto Rican to manage a team to a World Series title.
February 27, 2007 This continues the report from 2/16/07. Now that the wall panels are in place, attention is focused on the path around the new wall. This years first workshop gets a good taste of hearty digging. The old path pavers are picked up. The earth at the east and north side of the wall is dug down to be even with the retaining wall. Dirt is re-distributed to bring other parts of the path up to the same level. [Photo & text: sa] A lot of digging happens at the north side, to establish easier access for handicapped visitors and general deliveries. Workshop participant Matt works on, and fixes!! the compactor. [Photo & text: sa] A form is completed for an addition to the existing retaining wall at the east side and the concrete mixer is fired up for the first concrete pour for this workshop. This story will continue on 2/28/07. [Photo & text: sa]
Latvian telco Lattelecom has build out its fibre network in the town of Krāslavā in the eastern part of the country.The move gives access to the telco’s fibre network to a further 2,520 households. Lattelecom’s fibre network, offering internet speeds of up to 500Mbps, is currently available to 415,000 households, mostly in Riga.
In This Issue. * Pfennig problems. * China is not a currency manipulator. * India imports Gold! * China’s reserves fall, no worries. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. After A Down Day, The Dollar Rebounds. Good Day! And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! What an awful day, and I didn’t have to deal with most of it, poor Chris, who was in Miami for a conference did. So, front and center this morning, I apologize for the tardiness of the Pfennig delivery yesterday. Remember, in the letter yesterday, when I said, if I can get through the letter without breaking my laptop it would be a good thing? Well, I done broke it! And there I was in a remote location, and my backup was traveling to Missouri, and his back up is out this week, and I thought. OH NO! So, it eventually got out, thanks to Chris, and the people in Jacksonville, that had to figure out what it is a I do every day. So, our IT Guru, Jeremy, met me this morning, yes, that early, and got me going with a new laptop, and now he’s attempting to salvage what he can from my old one. So, all my funny words that I use, will have to be told to accept them with the new laptop, and so on. The Temptations are singing: The way you do the things you do, on the IPod, which is always a happy song, and a good one to get me going this morning, as I bumming from the Cardinals loss last night. Now that you’re all up to date with the goings on in my life, we can get to business. At the top of the agenda this morning, is the performance of the dollar VS the currencies. For the most part, the dollar has the conn this morning, pretty much like most mornings lately, eh? The dollar doesn’t have the conn over the Chinese renminbi, or Gold, but the rally in Gold is not much and could be turned around in a heartbeat. It’s not like we haven’t seen that happen even in the face of huge rallies. right? But yesterday was a different story, as the currencies, led by the euro once again like in the “old days”, pushed the dollar down. U.S. stocks got whacked, and the Treasury market rallied. Get this. 10-year Treasury yields are now below 2%!!!! BELOW 2%!!!! Let me tell you something about this HUGE rally we’ve seen in Treasury yields this past month. The bond guys (& girls) have their fingers on the pulse of the U.S. economy. They always have, and didn’t like having the conn in bonds taken away from them by the Fed, during their 5 years of Quantitative Easing / QE. For instance, for more years than I care to mention, it was a given that an inverted yield curve for Treasuries, indicated that a recession in the U.S. was on the way. And when Bond traders rally bongs, which means bond prices go up, and yields go down, it simply means they don’t see good things for the economy. So, what are the bond traders telling us now? Well, unless there’s outside interference from the Fed, which I don’t believe there is, except for their remaining tid-bits of QE that will be wiped clean at the end of this month, according to the Fed, what we have here in the U.S. is an economy that’s going nowhere, despite what the Fed members, the economists, and flag wavers for the Gov’t, tell us, the bond traders are not buying it. Of course I never did buy it. The bond guys could have just checked with me and I could have saved them the losses they incurred when Treasury yields rose from 1.80% to 3%… Because look at them now? They’re back below 2%… And that all plays nicely in the sandbox with my call last year that the Fed will not be away from the QE table very long, before they come back to administer more QE to this going nowhere economy. And when they do that, I feel that the markets will come unglued. They will feel as though the Fed mislead them, and will take away credibility the Fed had built up. That won’t be a good thing for the dollar in my eye. But for now, we deal with the Clingons. You know those clinging on to the idea that this is going to be a multi-year rally for the dollar. That’s OK, we’ve had to deal with these Clingons in 2005, 2008, 2011, and again now. And they pack a powerful punch when they have the conn, like they do now. And will continue to have until the rest of the markets catch up with what the bond guys are telling us. And what Chuck has told you for some time now. Well, the price of Oil is another indicator to me that the economy is in dire need of a blood transfusion. The price of Oil has dropped $10 in the past week and now appears to be ready to slide below $80. This drop has been swift and deep, and has my head spinning. Yesterday, I told you about my old Navigator, and how much I love driving that car, well, if the price of Oil keeps falling, thus the price of gas keeps falling, I’ll have to seriously consider getting rid of what I have, and going back to a Navigator! Go Big or Go Home! HA! And please don’t send me nasty emails about me wanting to drive a gas guzzling SUV. I don’t put 7,000 miles on a car in a year! So, I didn’t see it, because I was in airplanes and airports yesterday, but the currencies and metals rallied, with the euro about 3/4’s of a cent, but that’s all be wiped out this morning. strange happenings, eh? The U.S. Retail Sales data for September, was, as I told you to expect it would be, disappointing. With the headline Sales falling -.3%… And when you back out car sales, Sales fell-.2%, and when you back out car sales and gas Sales fell -.1%… And when you back out. no, I’m just kidding, but you get the picture I’m painting here, right? The data collectors just keep making adjustments until they get a number they like. Pretty soon, we’ll see something like this: Retail Sales, minus cars, gas, TV’s, stereos, cell phones, and fast food restaurants, were.. And no one will complain, and point out the ridiculousness of this. no one but me! Well, I told you above that the Chinese renminbi / yuan is the only folding currency with a gain VS the dollar this morning. I guess the Chinese breathed a sigh of relief, when the U.S. Treasury announced that China was a “currency manipulator”, and therefore allowed the renminbi / yuan to appreciate. The U.S. Treasury folks were feeling their oats a bit when making this announcement, and decided to go further and say that “China has shown renewed willingness to let their currency strengthen.” They also decided to say that they “believe the currency remains significantly undervalued.” Well, I have to say that I agree with the second part of the comment, but the first part. Hmmm. Well, if the Chinese told the U.S. Treasury that they are willing to let the currency strengthen then so be it. But I doubt the Chinese told them that. The Chinese are in no mood to share their thoughts on what the renminbi / yuan will do, as they have no idea what the global economy is going to do. If the Global economy is going great guns, then the Chinese will have no problem allowing the renminbi to appreciate along with the global growth. And vice versa, should the global economy slowdown, which, by the way, I believe is going to be the case for 2015. Why did I say that? Well. you know how I explained the bond markets above and its relationship with the economy? Well, the Aussie dollar (A$), to me, has always been the proxy for global growth. As the A$ goes, so goes global growth. And I’ve been very disappointed in the A$’s downward move in the past few months. And we can blame the Central Bank influence around the world. I talked at end about this Central Bank influence yesterday, so won’t spend a lot of time going through it again, but the CFA just printed their latest survey, which asked, “Over the next few years, will Central Banks succeed in reducing their involvement in markets while enabling economies to flourish on their own?” And 64% of the respondents said “NO”, while 18% said “yes” and 18% weren’t sure. These CFA guys are smart cookies folks. Our Chris Gaffney is a CFA, and that’s how I get to see these notes from the CFA. I tell you about the CFA guys just so you get the picture that these guys think like me, that this Central Bank influence is not going away. Speaking of Central Bank influence, I would have to think that the risk of intervention to sell the N.Z. dollar/ kiwi by the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ), is still high. and that’s why kiwi just can’t seem to catch a bid these days, even though we all know, well, at least I think we all know, that the RBNZ is still looking at 2 to 3 more rate hikes next years. Usually knowing that would get market participants all lathered up, and buying on any dips. But having this RBNZ threat of intervention hanging over kiwi like the Sword of Damocles is too much for the currency buyers to handle right now. And the Queens of Central Bank influence (The U.S. Fed is King) the Bank of Japan (BOJ) and its Gov., Kuroda, was out last night letting the markets know that he’s not happy with yen strength. Of course he camouflaged that by saying that “volatility in either direction is FX markets is not welcome.” He doesn’t fool me, and I know what he’s talking about. yen has rallied from 110 just 10 days ago to a 105 handle, that’s a cool 4.5% increase. And that’s not what the BOJ, or the Japanese Gov’t want to see the yen doing. Remember, they want a weak yen to introduce inflation into their economy. Same B.S. that most Central Banks are pulling so they can run away from deflation. Japan remains a basket case to me folks, and therefore this rally to 105, is just window dressing, or curb appeal, or even better yet, rearranging the deck chairs on the Titanic! There was some other news out of China overnight. China’s currency reserves were reported to have fallen below $4 Trillion, to $3.89 Trillion This is the biggest QTR to QTR drop on record. But before you go acting like Chicken Little, let me tell you how this is all calculated. You see, when you hold currencies in reserves or in your account, the value of the account will fluctuate with the value of the currencies you hold, you may or may not add or subtract any money but your value will go up or down, and that’s what probably is the bulk of the move down in Chinese currency reserves, that the currencies they hold have lost value. And so their balance slips downward. So, move along, these are not the droids you’re looking for. Germany’s Central Bank, The Bundesbank, and its President. Weidmann, will speak today on something that is quite up to date and of mind. “The Changing International Monetary System”. Remember Weidmann has been European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi’s biggest nemesis. So, look for Weidmann to take this opportunity to take a shot at all-out QE, which Draghi wants to implement in the Eurozone.. The A$ has lost a full cent this morning. The move is huge and crazy.. It was reported overnight that the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) sold 910 Million A$’s last month, but the RBA says it was a part of their normal Gov’t dealings to iron out trade flows. Hmmm. I think the markets don’t believe them and believe that this was nothing more than FX intervention, and therefore decided that if the RBA is selling A$’s then they should too! There’s another story this morning on the A$’s weakness that is interesting. The Bloomberg has a story on how Japanese household investors are losing their appetite for A$ bonds. And looking elsewhere for yield differential, and guess where they have been going? You’ll never guess, so I’ll just tell you. According to the Bloomberg story this morning, “investors are rotating out of A$ bond into the Turkish lira. That’s right. Turkey! I think that plays nicely in the sandbox with what I printed the other day from my good friend, Dennis Miller, as he talked about how seniors here in the U.S. have had to switch out of safe investments into risky stocks and bonds. Well, isn’t that the same thing the Japanese household investors are doing? Why, yes it is! The U.S. Data Cupboard is chock-full-o-data today, and has two of my fave prints, Capacity Utilization and Industrial Production. These two might recover a bit from the August print which was negative, but the risk here is that they don’t. We’ll also see the TIC Flows, which is a pulse of how much foreigners are buying U.S. bonds. which the last time this printed it was a negative number! And then there are a bunch of 2nd and 3rd tier reports that will print that the markets will shrug off. And Gold. Well, I’ve been on track getting you the import numbers of China and India this past week, and today, I received word that India’s Gold imports jumped 450% to $3.75 Billion in September. VS $682 Million a year ago. The thing to think about here is that India’s Trade Deficit which had been falling because of the lack of Gold Imports is on the rise again. And that’s not a good thing, for India, but that’s not what I wanted to highlight here, I wanted to highlight the that India still desires physical Gold. yes, the price has dropped tremendously in the past couple of years, but does that mean we should forget about all the risks in the markets and throw our Gold out? I don’t think so, folks. For What It’s Worth. I hate to beat a story to death folks. but this is something I’ve been harping about for a year now, and if finally appears that others are catching on. Today’s it’s Ambrose Evans-Pritchard over at the U.K. Telegraph. You can read the whole article here, I have a couple of snippets for you that touch on what I want. you can read it all here: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/finance/economics/11165982/World-economy-so-damaged-it-may-need-permanent-QE.html “Combined tightening by the United States and China has done its worst. Global liquidity is evaporating. What looked like a gentle tap on the brakes by the two monetary superpowers has proved too much for a fragile world economy, still locked in “secular stagnation”. The latest investor survey by Bank of America shows that fund managers no longer believe the European Central Bank will step into the breach with quantitative easing of its own, at least on a worthwhile scale. Markets are suddenly prey to the disturbing thought that the five-and-a-half year expansion since the Lehman crisis may already be over, before Europe has regained its prior level of output. That is the chief reason why the price of Brent crude has crashed by 25pc since June. It is why yields on 10-year US Treasuries have fallen to 1.96pc, and why German Bunds are pricing in perma-slump at historic lows of 0.81pc this week. We will find out soon whether or not this a replay of 1937 when the authorities drained stimulus too early, and set off the second leg of the Great Depression.” Chuck again. I hate to be the bearer of bad news. But I love to be the one to tell you there is going to be bad news before it hits, so you can take precautionary measures to heart. Or you can laugh at me, and call me the boy who cried wolf. But this lack of liquidity is coming folks. I can feel it in my bones. even the titanic one that acts as my femur! To recap. Chuck goes through a long explanation of why the Pfennig was so late yesterday, but thanks to Chris, and others it finally got out. And then the currency rally yesterday, has ended badly overnight and this morning with the dollar back in control. The dollar fell yesterday on the very disappointing U.S. Retail Sales report.. China was not named a currency manipulator, and Chuck thinks they breathed a sigh of relief (NOT!) but allowed the renminbi to appreciate overnight. And India is back to importing, at least for one month, large sums of Gold. The physical metal is still in demand, folks.. Currencies today 10/16/14. American Style: A$ .8705, kiwi .7905, C$ .8825, euro 1.2740, sterling 1.5990, Swiss $ 1.0565, . European Style: rand 11.1635, krone 6.6445, SEK 7.2185, forint 242.37, zloty 3.3175, koruna 21.6045, RUB 41.10, yen 105.85, sing 1.2750, HKD 7.7565, INR 61.83, China 6.1395, pesos 13.63, BRL 2.4865, Dollar Index 85.30, Oil $80.39, 10-year 1.98%, Silver $17.35, Platinum $1,241.50, Palladium $745.75, and Gold. $1,238.59 That’s it for today. Well, backs up against the wall for my Cardinals. 2 years ago, we had the Giants at 3 games to 1, and had Game 5 at home and allowed them back in, and they went on to win in 7. Time to reverse the tables, eh? Again I want to thank Chris for all his work getting the Pfennig out yesterday while he was in Miami (but I don’t want to go to Miami HA!) and the Jacksonville folks who also made it finally happen. We’ll see in a couple of minutes if I can get it out the door. I brought the sunshine from Florida back to St. Louis with me yesterday, a little warmer temps, as the St. Louis area has been weather fit for a duck, they tell me! Glad I missed that! I had a present waiting for me when I came in today. Thank you Jane for the wonderful gift and nice note to me! Always nice to return to gifts! A few of the people, Suzan and April Showers have stopped by to tell me Welcome Back. They didn’t say they missed me though, so I guess I wasn’t gone long enough! Next time, I’ll take care of that! HA! So, let’s go out and make this a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday, eh? The sun is coming up, it’s going to be a glorious day! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets
The medieval plague known as the Black Death is making headlines this month.In Mongolia, a couple died of bubonic plague on May 1 after reportedly hunting marmots, large rodents that can harbor the bacterium that causes the disease, and eating the animal’s raw meat and kidneys – which some Mongolians believe is good for their health. This is the same illness that killed an estimated 50 million people across three continents in the 1300s. Nowadays, the plague still crops up from time to time, although antibiotics will treat it if taken soon after exposure or the appearance of symptoms. Left untreated, the plague causes fever, vomiting, bleeding and open, infected sores — and can kill a person within a few days.The ethnic Kazakh couple died in Bayan-Ulgii, Mongolia’s westernmost province bordering Russia and China. It is not clear what treatment they received, if any.The incident prompted local panic. The government ordered a quarantine for six days for the region, preventing scores of tourists from leaving the area. At least one aircraft was examined by health officials in contamination suits. After no new cases appeared by Monday, the quarantine was lifted.Every year, according to the U.S. National Center for Zoonotic Disease, at least one person in Mongolia dies from the plague, usually after coming into contact with marmots.But they probably don’t contract the disease from eating the animal’s flesh, says David Markman, a researcher at Colorado State University. A person’s stomach typically kills a lot of harmful bacteria before the germs are able to cause an infection, Markman says. Yersinia pestis, the bacterium causing the plague, lives in infected animals, particularly rodents, and is usually spread by fleas. “The vast majority of human cases are a result of contracting it from a flea bite,” Markman says — just as mosquitoes transmit malaria from person to person.A Plague PrimerThe plague swept Europe 700 years ago, killing a third of the population. It was called the Black Death, possibly for dark patches caused by bleeding under the skin.It killed millions in China and Hong Kong in the late 1800s before scientists began associating the illness with rats and eliminating rodent populations.The plague comes in three forms. If a person gets bitten by an infected flea, they’d most likely develop bubonic plague, named for the painful lumps, or “buboes,” where the bacteria multiply. The bacteria can also get into the bloodstream, causing septicemic (or blood poisoning) plague, and can also spread to the lungs, causing pneumonic plague. The World Health Organization considers this variant to be one of the deadliest infectious diseases because it is highly contagious – spread by coughing — and the fatality rate is 100 percent if untreated.Early symptoms of the plague can mimic the flu — including lethargy and swelling or stiffness in joints and lymph nodes. If someone begins exhibiting these symptoms after coming into contact with rodents or with pets in regions where the plague exists among animal populations, they should seek medical care immediately, Markman says.Transmission TechniquesThe bacterium that causes the plague will hook onto the lining of a flea’s gut and stomach, growing into a film that can clog the insect’s digestive passage. The next time the flea goes for a blood meal, it pukes into whatever animal it’s feeding on (usually a rodent), spreading the bacteria.Once a rodent is infected, the illness can spread to other wild animals as well as cats, dogs and people within flea-jump range. “What we see in the West is the fleas will crawl up to the entrance of the burrow and wait for a host to come by,” says Ken Gage, who studies vector-borne diseases at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. “If they get on another rodent that they can live on, then they’ve been successful. But they can also jump on humans or on dogs or coyotes or cats.”Sometimes, that new host can transport the fleas a few miles away and spread them to other animals.Cats, which are highly susceptible to the disease, can also pass the infection to humans directly by coughing, biting and clawing.The 21st Century OutlookIn modern times, the plague periodically pops up across the globe — though at minor levels compared to its heyday. Between 2010 and 2015, there were more than 3,000 cases reported, with 584 deaths.The bacterium thrives in dry, temperate areas like the American Southwest and in North and East Africa, South and Central Asia and parts of South America.The U.S. tends to see between one and 17 human cases a year. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the disease likely hitched a ride to the U.S. in 1900 on flea-infested rats, which had boarded steamships in Asia. Since then, infected fleas have taken up residence on rodents including chipmunks, squirrels and prairie dogs across the southwest.Between 2015 and 2017 in New Mexico, there were 11 cases of the plague in humans, including one death. Paul Ettestad, a public health veterinarian for the New Mexico state health department, says prairie dogs are particularly vulnerable to plague. If a whole colony gets the illness, the bacteria amplify.”It’s like putting a match to a grass prairie,” he says. “Whoosh.”In places with poor access to health care, the illness can be deadly on a larger scale. That’s what happened in Madagascar. The country sees between 280 and 600 infections annually. But in August 2017, health authorities began seeing an uptick in cases — particularly in pneumonic plague. After more than 200 deaths, the outbreak was contained by late November 2017. Medical teams confirmed suspected cases, treated patients quickly, advised the use of face masks to prevent infection and monitored international travel.But it’s hard to declare a permanent end to an outbreak.The plague can persist in rodent populations, especially wild ones, for decades without affecting humans – and then can re-emerge.Markman’s research indicates that the plague bacterium can survive and multiply in microbes in soil and water. Markman hypothesizes that when ground-dwelling rodents, like marmots and prairie dogs, dig in the soil, they may encounter the bacterium, then spread it through fleas. But he cautions that more research needs to be done, saying there are likely many reasons why the plague is still around in 2019.Melody Schreiber (@m_scribe on Twitter) is a freelance journalist in Washington, D.C. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
The Arts Council has announced that it is to spend more than £2.5 million on a programme that aims to increase the number of disabled people in senior leadership roles in England’s arts and cultural organisations.The £2.57 million Change Makers programme, which is also aimed at black and minority ethnic potential leaders, will provide bursaries to fund training placements for nine disabled leaders.Arts Council England (ACE) hopes the bursaries will allow them to gain the necessary experience, knowledge, skills and confidence to compete for future posts as artistic directors, chief executives or other senior positions.One of the disabled people who has secured a grant is artist and arts leader Jess Thom, already well-known through her performing alter ego Touretteshero.She will work with Battersea Arts Centre on an 18-month senior leadership training and development placement, where she will pilot a “relaxed venue” that will take “an inclusive approach at every level”, work on a major new production that will premiere next autumn, and curate a week-long “relaxed festival” at the arts centre in spring 2018.Amit Sharma, currently associate director of the disabled-led theatre company Graeae, will join The Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester as associate artistic director for 18 months, where he will direct two productions, and join the theatre’s senior management team.Hannah Kayi Mason, an emerging black and disabled leader in the visual arts, will work with The Art House and other artists and arts organisations on a series of co-productions and solo projects.Another of the nine is James Rose, who has secured a training placement at Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra (BSO), with the help of a private donation.Over 18 months, from June 2017, he will create, curate and direct a new ensemble of disabled and non-disabled musicians, which he will conduct, and which will deliver a series of performances and workshops across the region.Rose (pictured), who uses a head-baton to conduct, said: “The prospect of developing a new ensemble for the BSO comprising of players with and without disabilities is an exciting one.“This will not only provide a platform for new talented musicians, but it will also be used as a vehicle to inspire those who have disabilities to engage with classical music – whether it be playing or listening.”Abid Hussain, ACE’s diversity director, said: “We’re committed to ensuring the diversity of England is better reflected at a leadership level across the arts and cultural sector.“Through our Change Makers programme, these 20 disabled and black and minority ethnic leaders will have an inspiring and transformational opportunity to realise their leadership potential, giving them the confidence and the experience to take their next step into a senior leadership role, helping to shape the future of our sector.”Picture by Hanazushi Rhodes, Royal Academy of Music
A disabled woman who took her own life after being told she had lost a benefits appeal had written a letter to civil servants describing the unfairness of the face-to-face assessment that had led to her losing her support.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) took just six days to decide her initial appeal, not long enough for Susan Roberts (pictured) to submit any evidence that could have backed up her claim for personal independence payment (PIP).A DWP civil servant even told her – in a letter dismissing this initial appeal, known as a mandatory reconsideration – that there was no evidence that she could have submitted that would have changed her mind.Two months later, she received another letter, this time telling her that a tribunal had also rejected her appeal.The body of Susan Roberts was discovered the following day by a care worker at her warden-assisted flat near Tunbridge Wells, Kent, surrounded by letters telling her that she would not be entitled to PIP.She had also placed a note by her side that informed healthcare professionals that she did not want them to attempt to resuscitate her.An inquest into the 68-year-old’s death did not record a verdict of suicide, but her daughter is convinced that she took her own life, because of the way she died, and because her body was discovered surrounded by her PIP paperwork and the “do not resuscitate” notice.Hayley Storrow-Servranckx is convinced that her mother would still be alive today if it was not for the flawed PIP system, and the assessment she had been given by an Atos healthcare professional. Disability News Service (DNS) first reported on the case last week but has now seen the letters Susan Roberts left beside her when she died.She had previously received an indefinite award of disability living allowance, at the higher rate of mobility and the low rate of care, but the documents show that she was told by DWP on 19 February 2016 that she was not entitled to PIP.She scribbled several notes on this letter, showing where she disagreed with the conclusions that had been reached following her face-to-face assessment.The documents suggest that the assessor – and then the DWP decision-maker – decided that she could wash and bathe unaided, manage her own toilet needs without any help, express and understand verbal information and engage with other people unaided, walk more than 200 metres, and plan and follow the route of a journey without help, and could do all of these things safely, reliably and repeatedly.But she said that she could not do any of these things.Among the documents seen by DNS is a letter she wrote on 29 February. It appears that she had intended to send it to the DWP decision-maker who was considering her mandatory reconsideration.But a DWP notification that told her that the mandatory reconsideration had already been rejected appears to have arrived before she had a chance to send her letter.DWP had taken just six days to reject her appeal, with a civil servant telling her that “it was not felt any further evidence we received would change the findings based on your assessment”, and again giving her zero points for every single PIP criteria.In her letter, she had written: “I request that you read this through carefully – this is my life after all, and I am in a considerable state of depression at the moment, after receiving your decision about my claim for PIP.”She describes the impact of ME on her daily life, which she said provided a window of just two or three hours every day in which she was free of symptoms such as exhaustion, dizziness and inability to concentrate.She says she has chronic, progressive ischaemic heart disease, and was experiencing “excruciating pain” from a gall bladder that could not be removed because of her heart condition.Her letter also describes how a care worker visited her every day to provide painful rectal irrigation and then give her a shower, how she was deeply depressed and had been so “for a long time”, and that her doctor knew that she wanted to die.It also says that she would be “virtually housebound” without her Motability vehicle – which she had had to return after losing her higher rate mobility benefits – and that she had been considered too ill to work since 2001.She says in the letter: “The over-riding problem I have is that my ME – for 80 per cent of every day of my life – renders me incapable of all else except deep and prolonged sleep!!“When I first had a DLA car, I had good days and bad days – I do not have anything but bad days every day now.”It is not clear whether this or any other similar letter were ever posted, but she asked the tribunal to hear her appeal based only on written documents, and she was told, in a letter sent on 17 May, that that appeal had been rejected.The tribunal had granted her six points for her daily living needs, not enough to claim even the standard daily living rate of PIP, and zero points again for mobility. By this time she had had to return her Motability car.She took her own life on 19 May, which it is now believed was just a day after she received the letter from the tribunal.There have been many cases involving deaths connected with claims for out-of-work disability benefits and the work capability assessment (WCA) system, but this appears to be the first time a death has been closely linked to someone losing their support in the move from DLA to PIP.DNS has now collected many more than 100 cases of PIP claimants who have raised serious concerns about their assessments, following a two-month investigation that suggests an institutional problem that spreads across DWP and the two private sector contractors – Atos and Capita – that assess PIP eligibility on its behalf.Last week, a DWP spokeswoman insisted there was “no evidence to suggest any link” between the death of Susan Roberts and her benefit claim, and that neither DWP nor Atos believed they had made any mistakes in this case, pointing out that the independent tribunal had “upheld the original decision”.It had failed to comment on the latest information by noon today (Thursday).Atos does not currently respond to requests to comment on stories from DNS.