World Cup 2019: India were never ahead of New Zealand in the run chase, says Sachin Tendulkar

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first_imgIndia were always playing the catching up game after they lost the top-three in 3.1 overs in the 240-run chase against New Zealand, felt former captain Sachin Tendulkar after the Blackcaps beat the Men in Blue by 18 runs to reach their second successive World Cup final.Chasing a modest total on a tricky pitch at the Old Trafford cricket ground, India lost the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul inside the first four overs with all three batsmen scoring 1 run each.This was a killer blow for a team which has relied heavily on its top-three throughout the World Cup and all credit for that goes to the opening spells of Matt Henry and Trent Boult.Henry got rid of Rohit and Rahul while Boult rocked India with the wicket of captain Kohli, who is the greatest chaser in the history of one-day cricket as his record suggests.Losing the top-three meant India had to first rebuild and then look to go after the target which Rishabh Pant (32), Hardik Pandya (32), Ravindra Jadeja (77) and MS Dhoni (50) did but their efforts were still not enough as the two-time champions got shot out for 221 in 49.3 overs.”There were high percentage of dot balls, we had to do that because we kept losing wickets. We kept playing that catching up game, we were never ahead of them. That happened because we didn’t have wickets in hand,” Tendulkar told India Today.’It can be just 2 or 3 players doing the job all the time’advertisementBut this wasn’t the first time India’s middle-order got exposed after the top-three’s dismissals. It happened in the league matches against Afghanistan and England. While they managed to scrape through against Afghanistan thanks to their bowling performance, India’s only loss in the league stage came against England despite Rohit scoring a hundred while the middle-order failed to fire.This over reliance on the top-three was India’s Achilles heel right throughout the tournament and it finally gave way against New Zealand in the knockout game. Tendulkar also felt that the middle-order batsmen were just too dependent on the openers and Kohli which ultimately led to their downfall.”The team relied so much on his performance throughout, Virat also. But I feel the rest should have chipped in more. It cannot be just 2 or 3 players doing the job for you all the time,” Tendulkar said.India’s bowlers though, were consistent right throughout the tournament, barring the game against England in which they conceded 337 runs. But the rest of the games saw the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami cause most of the damage with the spinners – Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja – also chipped in whenever required.”We cannot be so critical with one failure. We cannot forget that we won 7 out of 8 games. I’m not for it. Yes all the teams have bad games, England also lost. They lost to Sri Lanka. We can’t be harsh on our team, it is a disappointing day but it’s a bitter pill to swallow,” Tendulkar said.Also Read | World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli chokes, MS Dhoni calm under pressureAlso Read | India went to World Cup 2019 without ironing out their flaws: Questions Ravi Shastri must answerAlso Read | Virat Kohli reacts to reporter’s question on MS Dhoni retirement speculationAlso See:last_img read more


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first_imgEditor’s note: This is the fifth in a 15-part series in which we preview college football’s top teams. We’ll be counting down from 15 to one, with the final team, released on Sept. 3 – the day college football starts – serving as our national title pick. 11. Clemson TigersThe Clemson Tigers are a trendy pick to win the ACC this year, despite the fact that Florida State is the three-time defending conference champion. Clemson has won at least 10 games in each of the past four seasons, and many believe that if star quarterback Deshaun Watson can stay healthy all year, the Tigers will have a legitimate shot at taking the next step and competing for a national championship. The program finished on a high note in 2014, blowing out Oklahoma, 40-6, in the Russell Athletic Bowl. Can they keep it rolling into 2015?Clemson kicked off practice just a few days ago. The school has been releasing footage all week.#PAWDrill is back! #Clemson pic.twitter.com/ObxgSOlwt1— Clemson Football (@ClemsonFB) August 10, 2015Not everyone thinks the Tigers have what it takes to win it all, though.Where They’re At In The RankingsUSA TODAY Coaches’ Poll – No. 12ESPN FPI – No. 19Las Vegas odds – No. 20The Schedule Clemson Russell Athletic Bowl RingsTwitter/ClemsonSept. 5 – vs. WoffordSept. 12 – vs. Appalachian StateSept. 17 – at LouisvilleOct. 3 – vs. No. 11 Notre DameOct. 10 – vs. No. 17 Georgia TechOct. 17 – vs. Boston CollegeOct. 24 – at Miami (FL)Oct. 31 – at NC StateNov. 7 – vs. No. 8 Florida StateNov. 14 – at SyracuseNov. 21 – vs. Wake ForestNov. 28 – at South Carolina Key GamesOct. 3 vs. Notre DameClemson gets its first real test at Louisville on a Thursday night in September, but there’s no doubt that Tigers fans have had Notre Dame circled on their 2015 schedule for years. The Irish and Tigers are both considered national title hopefuls, and assuming both have unblemished records heading into the contest, the winner is going to have a leg up for the College Football Playoff rankings. Notre Dame’s defense struggled down the stretch last year, and assuming Watson is still on the field for the Tigers, they’ll have a decent shot at knocking off the historic program. It’ll also be interesting to see how new Fighting Irish starter Malik Zaire deals with Clemson’s likely-formidable secondary. Nov. 7 vs. Florida StateFor as successful as Clemson has been over the past three years, the Tigers still haven’t been able to crack Florida State. In 2015, former Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston (who went No. 1 overall to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers) is gone, and the Seminoles will (most likely) rely on Notre Dame transfer Everett Golson to lead the charge. That being said, Clemson lost at home last year, 23-17, with FSU sporting backup Sean Maguire. If Clemson wants to get serious about finding itself in the College Football Playoff, they’ll have to take care of the Seminoles to get there.Nov. 28 at South CarolinaYes, Clemson vs. South Carolina is still just a non-conference game. But even if both schools were 0-11 heading into it, it would still be the most important contest on the schedule. The in-state rivalry between the two, now dubbed The Palmetto Bowl, is one of the best in the sport. The war of words between Dabo Swinney and Steve Spurrier isn’t too bad, either.Key PlayersDeshaun Watson, sophomore quarterbackWatson had a very bizarre freshman season. Back in April, he broke his collarbone. He started the season as the backup to Cole Stoudt, and after performing very well against Florida State in relief, he was named the team’s starter. A few weeks later, he broke his finger against Louisville and was out of action until mid-November. In returning against Georgia Tech, he tore his ACL. After sitting out against Georgia State, he returned for the team’s rivalry game with South Carolina, and led the Tigers to victory, despite the injury. He then shut it down, opting to have surgery instead of playing against Oklahoma. Got all that?When Watson was on the field, Clemson was a much more efficient team. He threw for 1,466 yards, 14 touchdowns and two interceptions in limited work. He also rushed for 200 yards on 63 attempts. He’s a player single-handedly capable of winning Clemson the conference title. But can he stay healthy?I knew my time was coming, I just had to wait for it. So every night I prayed for opportunities like this. Time to go LIVE it! #WishMeWell— Deshaun Watson (@ShaunWatson4) August 4, 2015Shaq Lawson, junior defensive endClemson boasted one of the country’s top defenses in 2014, but ahead of the 2015 campaign, the Tigers will have to replace eight starters. Lawson, a 6-foot-3, 275-pound stud defensive end, should help to ease that burden. He’s one of the best at his position in the ACC. If the Tigers are going to hang their hat on defense again this year, he’ll have to be a menace.Lawson was a Freshman All-American in 2013, and last year, he recorded 44 tackles, including 11 for loss. If he’s able to continue improving, he’ll be one of the most feared players in the country.It’s time to seperate the good from the great. Until January social media… It’s time to go to work boys.— Shaq Lawson (@Shaq_Lawson90) August 4, 2015Wayne Gallman, sophomore running backDespite winning 10 games in 2014, Clemson struggled running the football. In fact, the Tigers finished 81st in rushing offense, averaging just 3.5 yards per attempt. Much of that was because Cole Stoudt, who isn’t an overly athletic signal-caller, was on the field a good portion of the year. But the team’s running backs didn’t put up staggering numbers either. The longest run from scrimmage was only 34 yards – by Wayne Gallman. Gallman, who led the team in both carries (161) and yards (769) last season, will need to improve in his sophomore year. Clemson will need to have a strong running game to compete this year – especially if Watson ever catches the injury bug again.twitter see yall in January. #doakseason pic.twitter.com/6iFngorvX8— Wayne Gallman II (@Wanye_Kanye) August 4, 2015 Why They Can Win The National TitleClemson returns just 11 starters from last year’s team, so it’s possible that the Tigers are a year or two away from competing for a national championship. The squad may not have the defense it had a year ago, given the departures of Vic Beasley, Stephone Anthony and Tony Steward, but head coach Dabo Swinney does seem to have confidence in this year’s unit. If he’s right, Clemson will be formidable.The other major factor, obviously, is Watson’s health. If he can stay on the field, Clemson will be very difficult to stop. But the second he’s sidelined, the Tigers will either be relying on junior Nick Schuessler, who has attempted 10 passes in his career, or a true freshman with zero experience. Every time Watson goes down, Tigers fans will collectively be holding their breath.Regardless, Clemson’s program seems to be in a good place. If everything falls right in 2015, the Tigers could have a special year.Yesterday: No. 12 LSU; up tomorrow: No. 10 Florida Statelast_img read more


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first_imgHouston players run our onto the field on game day.YouTube/UHAthleticsMany had high expectations for Tom Herman as head coach. As became very apparent this season, Herman was instrumental in turning Ohio State into an offensive juggernaut despite all kinds of injury issues at quarterback last season. I don’t know that anyone realistically thought Herman would elevate Houston to this level in just one year, though. At 12-1, with an AAC title under their belt, the Cougars are off to the Peach Bowl for a New Year’s Eve showdown with ACC powerhouse Florida State. Houston fans shouldn’t need any help getting excited for this one, but just in case, Houston put together a quick 30 second teaser trailer for the game, and it is quite epic.The Cougs and ‘Noles kick off in Atlanta at noon on December 31.last_img


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first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: CHC Helicopter Norway/ Video Screenshot Maritime lawyers at Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman have filed a Class Action lawsuit against Viking Cruises regarding the Viking Sky incident from March 2019.The law firm said that the lawsuit involves Viking Ocean’s “knowing and intentional decision to sail the Viking Sky, carrying roughly 1,000 paying passengers, into notoriously perilous waters and directly into the path of a massive weather event known as a Bomb Cyclone.”In the midst of the cyclone, the vessel’s engines suffered a complete failure leaving it adrift in Hustadvika, off the coast of Norway, in late March. The cruise ship was battered by storm 10 gale force winds and more than 30 foot waves, according to the law firm.As the complaint lays out, this weather event was no surprise. Instead it was properly forecast days in advance. Despite the consensus by numerous weather forecasting agencies’ warning of extremely severe winds of storm 10 gale force capabilities expected in the vessel’s intended and actual path, Viking Sky left for its voyage on March 21, 2019.By the early morning of Saturday, March 23, the winds and rough seas were battering the vessel and later that day, while sailing through waves of over 30 feet and winds exceeding hurricane strength, Viking Sky suffered a complete engine failure.The 2017-built ship sent out a mayday signal after losing its engines, prompting a rescue operation in which close to 500 passengers were airlifted by helicopter.“At no time were the passengers advised or warned of the impending peril. It was not until the next day when large waves were rocking the cruise ship, causing passengers and crewmembers to become seasick, did the vessel alert the passengers it would not be making the intended stop,” the Maritime lawyers said.Consequently, Lipcon, Margulies, Alsina & Winkleman seeks any and all damages available, including punitive damages, based on the allegation that Viking negligently sailed through perilous waters into the path of the cyclone.last_img read more


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first_imgDETROIT – It’s the year of the pickup truck at the 2018 North American International Auto Show in Detroit as General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Ford unveil new trucks in a fast-growing and highly competitive U.S. auto market.Fiat Chrysler will roll out a redesigned Ram truck, while GM’s Chevrolet brand is showing off the new Silverado. It’s the first time in at least 29 years that show organizers can remember two Detroit automakers unveiling new full-size trucks at the same Detroit event. Also, Ford is re-entering the small pickup market with a new version of the Ranger.It’s all happening in a U.S. auto market that’s shrinking but still expected to remain at healthy levels. Last year sales fell 2 per cent to 17.2 million, still near record highs. Analysts expect sales to be just under 17 million in 2018.Here are some of the vehicles being unveiled at the show, which opens to the public on Friday:FORD EDGEFord Motor Co. is introducing a high-performance version of its midsize Edge SUV this summer. The Edge ST is the first Ford SUV to be specially tuned by Ford’s performance team. It has a 2.7-litre, twin-turbocharged V6 engine that puts out 335 horsepower — nearly as much as the base model of the Porsche Cayenne — and 380 pound-feet of torque. That’s paired to an eight-speed automatic transmission; drivers can also manually shift using the wheel-mounted paddle shifters. All-wheel-drive comes standard, and there’s a specially tuned sport suspension.The Edge ST also has special design cues, including a wide mesh grille, 21-inch wheels and “performance blue” paint. The regular Edge also gets an update this summer, with a more efficient 2.0-litre four-cylinder that puts out 250 horsepower and new safety features, including “evasive steering assist,” which uses cameras and radar to detect slower-moving vehicles and helps the driver steer around them. Pricing on the Edge and Edge ST hasn’t yet been released.FORD MUSTANG BULLITTFord Motor Co. is making a special edition Mustang to commemorate the 50th anniversary of “Bullitt,” whose unforgettable car chase scene helped turn the sports car into an icon.The 2019 Mustang Bullitt — due out this summer — will have an upgraded 5.0-litre V8 engine that puts out 475 horsepower. It has a top speed of 163 miles per hour (262 kilometres per hour) and a manual transmission with a white cue-ball shift knob. It’s available in dark highland green, the colour “Bullitt” made famous. It’s also offered in black.This is the first Mustang Bullitt Ford has produced since 2008. Molly McQueen — granddaughter of “Bullitt” star Steve McQueen — introduced the 2019 Mustang Bullitt on Sunday at the Detroit auto show. She said McQueen had his pick of cars for the film, but chose a Mustang GT fastback because it was affordable so audiences could imagine driving it themselves.Ford didn’t say how much the special edition Bullitt will cost.VOLKSWAGEN JETTAVolkswagen’s redesigned Jetta offers more room — and a shot at redemption as the automaker tries to recover from a 2015 emissions-cheating scandal. Already considered roomy for a compact car, the German automaker says the 2019 Jetta “grows outside in every direction” — longer, wider and taller than previous models. VW also aims for a sportier look, with a large front grille, higher chrome quotient and LED lighting. The 1.4-litre engine remains, but the car has a new standard six-speed manual transmission. An eight-speed automatic transmission is optional on the base model. The Jetta’s revamped interior includes a new storage console large enough to fit a standard iPad.The car is among the first of two new models planned this year — and every year for the foreseeable future. Nearly all of the new models, including the Jetta, will come with a six-year, 72,000-mile warranty — double what it has been. The new Jetta goes on sale in the second quarter.MERCEDES G-CLASSMercedes’ boxy-looking G-Class SUV gets a facelift that the company says will boost performance both on and off the road.The company readily admits that its appearance hasn’t changed much in almost four decades. But the 2019 version gets numerous changes including 2 additional inches (5 additional centimetres) of length and 4.8 inches (12 centimetres) of width. That gives the SUV more leg, shoulder and elbow room in the front and rear seats.The G-Class gets a new independent front suspension as well as a new nine-speed automatic transmission. It’s still powered by a 4-litre V8 with 416 horsepower. It also gets new LED headlamps.The new G-Class will go on sale in the U.S. by late 2018, but no specific date was announced, nor pricing or fuel mileage.TOYOTA AVALONToyota has taken the wraps off its revamped Avalon, which features a longer, lower and wider exterior and a rear cabin extends another 7 inches (17.8 centimetres), yet overall height measurements have been trimmed by about an inch (2.5 centimetres).Toyota credits innovative stamping methods that have allowed for shaping complex surfaces, such as door handles designed to coincide with body lines. Inside, the automaker boasts of a “neater” steering wheel, with a smaller switch cluster, enlarged hand grips and cruise control now accessible on the right spoke.The touch screen can be “pinched” or “flicked” like a smartphone. The new Avalon also can connect with a smart watch or Amazon Alexa-enabled device, giving drivers the ability to remotely start the engines, lock or unlock doors or check fuel levels. The car has two new powertrains: a 3.5-litre V6 and 2.5-litre four-cylinder hybrid system. Toyota says both will provide more power with less gas consumption.The Michigan-designed Avalon will arrive in showrooms in late spring.last_img read more


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first_imgThe Canadian Press Companies reporting major news:TD Bank Group (TSX:TD). Down 12 cents to $73.48. TD Bank beat expectations as it reported a fourth-quarter profit of $2.96 billion, up from $2.71 billion in the same quarter a year ago. The profit amounted to $1.58 per diluted share for the three months ended Oct. 31, up from $1.42 per diluted share a year ago. On an adjusted basis, TD says it earned $1.63 per share for the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $1.36 per share a year ago. Thomson Reuters Eikon says analysts on average had expected a profit of $1.62 per share.CIBC (TSX:CM). Down $3.73 or 3.2 per cent to $112.46. CIBC reported a higher fourth-quarter profit compared with a year ago, but fell shy of market expectations. The Toronto-based bank said Thursday the profit amounted to $1.27 billion or $2.80 per diluted share for the quarter ended Oct. 31, up from $1.16 billion or $2.59 per diluted share a year ago. On an adjusted basis, CIBC says it earned $3 per diluted share in the quarter, up from an adjusted profit of $2.81 per diluted share in the same quarter last year. Analysts on average had expected a profit of $3.04 for the quarter, according to Thomson Reuters Eikon.Air Canada (TSX:AC). Up 41 cents to $28.65. The airline is cancelling its Hamilton-Montreal route amid sluggish sales from business travellers, announcing the move in a newspaper ad just one month after ramping up flights between the two cities. Direct flights will scale down to once daily from three as of Jan. 9, and stop completely after March 30. Air Canada Jazz, which provides regional service for the carrier, returned to Hamilton after an eight-year absence in May 2016, targeting business travellers looking for same-day return trips and recreational passengers hopscotching from Montreal to other destinations.Bonterra Energy Corp. (TSX:BNE). Down 82 cents or 9.9 per cent to $7.46. Bonterra is slashing its monthly dividend to a penny per share due to the drop in oil prices. The energy company says the new rate will apply to its November dividend, which is payable on Dec. 31. Bonterra had been paying a monthly dividend of 10 cents per share. The company says it is taking the steps to protect its balance sheet and prudently manage its debt, dividend and capital spending. Bombardier Inc. (TSX:BBD.B). Up four cents, or 1.88 per cent, to $2.17 on 13.1 million shares.Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Health care. Down 40 cents, or 5.06 per cent, to $7.51 on 9.3 million shares.Crescent Point Energy Corp. (TSX:CPG). Energy. Up four cents, or one per cent, to $4.03 on 8.4 million shares.Encana Corp. (TSX:ECA). Energy. Up 10 cents, or 1.09 per cent, to $9.25 on 6.4 million shares.ARC Resources Ltd. (TSX:ARX). Energy. Up 16 cents, or 1.78 per cent, to $9.15 on 6.1 million shares.Canadian Natural Resources Ltd. (TSX:CNQ). Energy. Up $1.09, or 3.37 per cent, to $33.45 on 5.8 million shares.center_img Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,194.04, up 22.79 points).last_img read more


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first_imgJammu: Three civilians, including two women, were injured Friday when Pakistani troops targeted forward posts and civilians areas with mortars and small arms firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir’s Poonch district, drawing strong retaliation from the Indian Army. With Pakistan using heavy weaponry and 120 mm mortar bombs targeting civilian areas, people have been advised to stay indoors, officials said. “At about 0830 hours, Pakistani Army initiated unprovoked ceasefire violation by shelling with mortars and firing with small arms along the LoC in Swajian sector of Poonch,” PRO defence said. The Indian Army is effectively retaliating, he said. Three persons, including two women, identified as Tasveer Akhtar, 19, and Shabina Akhtar, 18, of Chapprian village, were injured in the Pakistani shelling and they have been hospitalised, officials said. A house of one Gani Mir suffered damages in Chapprian-Sawjian forward belt, they said. As Pakistani army often targets civilian areas, people of the Chapprian-Sawjian area are demanding construction of bunkers for their safety. We are living along the zero line near the border fencing but have no protective enclosures like bunkers, said Abdul Rashid of Chapprian village. Two persons were injured when Pakistani troops resorted to firing and shelling along the LoC in the forward area in Digwar sector of Poonch last Friday.last_img read more


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first_imgFacebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 30 Oct 2015 – Private property owners and private residents are a big part of the problem of mosquito infestation – some deliberately and others inadvertently – these views are being expressed in social media strings and by some politicians. Vociferous residents have chimed in on the popular Speak Your Mind TCI to say that ‘nastiness’ is to blame for some of the inundation of mosquitoes; these residents say there are just too many people prepared to throw garbage along the roadways and that is a known haven for mosquito breeding. In a media statement, another challenge brought to light may not be so irresponsible according to former PDM leader and current PDA Leader, Oswald Skippings. Skippings called the PNP Administration insensitive. “…some of the owners are unemployed and are struggling to survive and therefore cannot afford to pump the water off their property. Government must also understand that while it may be a private property, the possible resulting problems may affect the entire community if not the entire island and country.” Skippings accuses the Government of refusing to pump water out of areas like Five Cays, which he says still has standing water from Hurricane Joaquin. During the recent House of Assembly debate, Minister responsible for public works, George Lightbourne said over $400,000 was approved at Cabinet for work and repairs in the aftermath of the hurricane. Environmental Health on Thursday shared the fogging schedule for Provo and explained to Magnetic Media that both North and Middle Caicos are being sprayed daily. Related Items:Mosquitoes, oswald skippings, pda, pnp, speak your mind TCI Recommended for you Olive branch extended by Opposition Leader, says it is time for Turks and Caicos leaders to unite Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI Country Leaders condemn vicious memes Opposition Leader responds to Throne Speech  11 days later; says PDM Govt plan puts TCI in ‘deep doo doo’last_img read more


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first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce profiles a different member in the local media each week.  In this week’s “Chamber Corner,” the Chamber is spotlighting Tewksbury’s White Dove 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 wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCHAMBER CORNER: Meet Assunta Perez Of DaMore LawIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Michaela Klofac From AFLACIn “Business”CHAMBER CORNER: Learn About Align Credit Union’s Student AccountsIn “Business”last_img read more


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first_imgEver wonder what it would be like if Gandhi met up with Benjamin Franklin? Or if Galileo sat down for a chat with Queen Elizabeth? What about a dance-off between Joan of Arc and Albert Einstein?All those things and more can be found on Netflix’s new kids and family series “The Who Was? Show,” which launched on the streaming service on Friday.The sketch comedy series is based on the popular “Who Was?” children’s books published by Penguin Random House and features a who’s who of comedy producers and writers who can boast 900 Emmys between them, according to executive producer-showrunner Richard Korson (“Great Minds With Dan Harmon,” “The Daily Show”) and writer-executive producer Brian McCann (“Conan”), who recently chatted with Variety about the silly, yet slyly educational show. “The Who Was? Show” does appear to have a common theme. “Almost every single person that we featured came up against so many brick walls of people telling them that they would be failures and that what they were pursuing was a waste of time, whether it was the church or academia or because of their gender,” says Korson. “It was very interesting to me that every single one of these people went with their gut, went with what was in their heart, what they felt they had to do, and ended up changing the world. And now being featured on this crazy sketch show.” Popular on Variety The series is a show-within-a-show format about a group of kids that produce a show overseen by a clueless network executive, played by Andy Daly. Each episode, jam-packed with improv, music videos, and animation, features an array of sketches built around an unlikely pair of historical figures. The kids are played by Haley Tju, Lilla Crawford, Bentley Green, Adam Hochstetter, Zach Timson, and Kirrilee Berger, and special guests include Ellie Kemper, John Oliver, and Jane Krakowski.The sketch comedy idea came about after Penguin and Fremantle approached Korson about turning the books into a TV series. “They wanted to look outside of their regular sort of kids world,” he says. “They asked me to take a look at it, see what I thought. I saw the potential for turning it into a sketch format, and the ball started rolling. Netflix was super supportive of turning it into something with more of a late-night sensibility, with the sketches having a bit of an edge and satire baked into it.”That’s when the the writing/producing dream team started coming together. “It was fun to start scouring our writer friends to see who wanted to play with it,” Korson says. In addition to McCann, the writers are Elliott Kalan (“The Daily Show”), Eric Gilliland (“Roseanne”), Delaney Yeager (“The Daily Show”), and Brian Clark (“Mutt & Stuff”). The other executive producers are Bob Higgins (“Danger Mouse,” “The Ricky Gervais Show”) for Boat Rocker, Jay Peterson (“Lip Sync Battle”) for Matador Content, and Francesco Sedita with Penguin Workshop.The series takes inspiration from a particular classic sketch comedy series that appealed to children and adults alike. “The original ‘Muppet Show’ was structured where there’d be the behind-the-scenes sort of activity and then there’d be a show happening,” explains McCann. “Special guests would stop by, but instead of Elton John, [in ‘The Who Was? Show’], it would be Gandhi and Ben Franklin stopping by and doing some sketches, but you’d also see them backstage talking with Andy Daly and the cast.”The books are structured to focus on a single historical figure, but the “Who Was? Show” team came up with the unique conceit of pairing people in each episode that might not, on the surface, seem like a good match. “We looked at two people and then tried to figure out the best way to tell their stories through all these different formats,” says McCann. By the end of the episode, a connection between the two figures will be made. “The first episode is Gandhi and Franklin. And what you find out by the end of the show is that you can liberate yourself through the Revolutionary War, which Ben Franklin was a big part of, or a non-violent protest, which was how Gandhi was able to liberate his country,” he explains.center_img The guest stars for this first season of 13 episodes get to interact with the famous folk from the past in a number of ways. In one episode, billionaire entrepreneur Mark Cuban takes part in a “Shark Tank” parody. In another, Caesar takes over John Oliver’s “Last Week Tonight” show “because he’s a great conquerer, so he decided to conquer modern television,” says Korson. “Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt” star Kemper gets to do the show’s narration instead of H. Jon Benjamin, Bob of “Bob’s Burgers,” because Amelia Earhart didn’t think Benjamin should narrate her show. All in all, the series is a place where the writers’ and producers’ friends can come and play.“We’ve figured out how to write sketches and bits so that our friends and people we love in comedy can come in and play with us,” says Korson.The writers’ room for “The Who Was? Show” is a happy room, Korson and McCann say. “The writing staff area was a really joyful place where we got to celebrate these incredible disruptors and these people that pushed up against the establishment and somehow broke through even though everything was stacked up against them,” says McCann.The show uses the books as a sturdy basis of historical fact and take off from there. “[The books] are really well-conceived in that they do a quick summary of the person so you get grounded, as a kid reader,” explains McCann. “We incorporate that into every show, where we give enough information to ground the viewer.”“Every single sketch, every single song, everything is really taken from these stories,” says Korson. “It’s pretty fun in that way. Like, we didn’t just take liberties. We didn’t just say, ‘George Washington would be funny if he was on a Ferris wheel.’”And it’s not all history. The team does build in a little modern commentary into the shows. “Like Susan B. Anthony fighting for women’s rights. We were able to tie that a little bit to what’s going on today,” explains McCann. “And Marie Curie. We sort of looked at her as like this super nerd that would be wildly popular today because she wasn’t allowed to go to school, but she ended up winning two Nobel prizes, so we elevated her to action movie hero.” ×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


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first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Artist’s impression of the two-qubit logic gate device developed at UNSW. Each electron qubit (red and blue in the image) has a ‘spin’, or magnetic field, indicated by the arrows. Metal electrodes on the surface are used to manipulate the qubits, which interact to create an ‘entangled’ quantum state. Credit: Tony Melov/UNSW © 2015 Phys.org (Phys.org)—It was another good week for physics; the Nobel Prize in physics was awarded to Takaaki Kajita of Japan and Arthur McDonald of Canada for discovering a missing piece in the neutrino mass puzzle. And a team working in Australia announced that a crucial hurdle was overcome in quantum computing—they demonstrated a two-qubit logic gate, and did it in silicon. Also a pair of physicists Hal Haggard and Carlo Rovelli in France asked: What are white holes? They are looking into whether the whole idea might be more then purely theoretical. Citation: Best of Last Week—White holes, elephants and cancer and the impact of dominating parents (2015, October 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2015-10-weekwhite-holes-elephants-cancer-impact.htmlcenter_img Explore further Nobel Prize for missing piece in neutrino mass puzzle (Update) In other news, a team of researchers with the University of Illinois partnered with a group in Hungary and together they found that an AI machine achieved an IQ test score of a young child. The machine was ConceptNet, a project at MIT, and the findings represent another leap for computer smarts. Also, a company called Light introduced a multi-aperture computational camera—it is actually 16 cameras in one box taking pictures using ten of the lenses at a time to capture multiple focal lengths. And a trio of researchers with Wayne State University and Pennsylvania State University announced that they had found a way to convert harmful algal blooms into high-performance battery electrodes. Also a team at the University of Southampton in the U.K. found a new way to weigh a star—by using math models, theory, super-fluidity and glitches in pulsars . Also researchers at Arizona State University made worldwide headlines due to a Newsweek article on how elephants provide big clues in the fight against cancer—turns out they have a gene that is 20 times more prevalent than in any other mammal. Also another team of researchers at Harvard University announced that they had massively edited the genome of pigs to turn them into perfect human organ donors.And finally, if you are the offspring of a domineering mom or dad, a team of researchers at the University of Sussex in the U.K. has conducted a study that shows how dominant parents affect kids’ self-worth. And it depends, apparently, on which country you grow up in.last_img read more


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first_imgBarring the Google+ security incident, Google has had an excellent track record for providing exceptional security services to protect different levels of users’ data with ease. Android 9, now aims to provide users with more options to protect user data. To enhance user data security, Android will now be combining Android’s Backup Service and Google Could’s Titan technology to protect data backups while also maintaining the required privacy. Complete backed-up users’ data is essential for rich user experience A lot of time and efforts may be required to create an identity, adding new data, and customizing the users’ settings based on their preferences for an individual app. Whenever the user upgrades to a new device or re-installs the applications, preserving the user data is a must for smooth user experience. A huge chunk of data is generated when using mobile apps, thus adopting proper techniques is necessary to backup the required data. Backing up a small amount of data can be frustrating for users especially when they open the app on a new device. Android Backup service + Titan technology = Secured data backups With Android Pie, devices can now take advantage of a new technique where backed-up application data can only be decrypted using a key. This key is randomly generated at the client. You can encrypt the key using the user’s lock screen PIN/Pattern/passcode, which isn’t known to Google. The password-protected key is encrypted to a Titan security chip on Google Cloud’s datacenter floor. The titan chip is configured in such a way that it will release the backup encryption key only when it is presented with a correct claim derived from the user’s passcode. The titan chip must authorize every access to the decryption key, thus it can permanently block access after too many incorrect attempts at guessing the user’s password. This will mitigate brute force attacks. The number of legal attempts is strictly set by a custom Titan firmware. The number cannot be updated or changed without erasing the contents of the chip. This implies that no one can access the user’s backed-up data without knowing the passcode. Android team hired an external agency for security audit The Android Security & Privacy team hired global cybersecurity and risk mitigation expert NCC Group to complete a security audit, in order to ensure this new technique prevents anyone (including Google) from accessing users application data. The result received positive outcomes around Google’s security design processes, code quality validations, and easing known attack vectors. All these aspects were taken into account prior to launching the service. The engineers corrected some issues quickly which were discovered during the audit. In order to get complete details on how the service fared, you can check the detailed report of NCC Group findings. These external reviews allow Google and Android to maintain transparency and openness which allows users to feel safe about their data, says the Android team. For a complete list of details, you can refer the official Google blog. Read more Google takes steps towards better security, introduces new API policies for 3rd parties and a Titan Security system for mobile devices Facebook says only 29 million and not 50 million users were affected by last month’s security breach Facebook finds ‘no evidence that hackers accessed third party Apps via user logins’, from last week’s security breachlast_img read more


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first_img Thursday, January 18, 2018 Busabout boasts 80% growth in 2018 trade bookings; gets ready to offer USA product in 2019 Posted by Travelweek Group TORONTO — Busabout hosted a fun trivia evening in Toronto last night, during which the company shared news of exciting developments with its travel agent partners. According to Busabout, agents are largely responsible for an 80% increase in bookings for 2018, a year that will include new itineraries, price reductions and FAM incentives.Even more exciting was news that the company will soon offer USA product for the first time starting in 2019, which will complement its existing Europe and Asia offerings.Busabout offers clients complete autonomy on their trip, allowing them to do Europe their way, with a unique hop-on, hop-off network that links up 47 European destinations across 15 countries. A similar Busabout system also exists in South East Asia aimed at independent travellers who want the ultimate in flexibility, freedom and value. They then have the ability to decide where to visit and for how long, creating their own adventure.Canadian bookings for 2018 departures are up 80%, while overall sales are up 103%, undoubtedly due to the hard work of regional team members Damien Bennett, Vice-President of Sales in North America, and Adam Bubowsky, National Sales Manager.“Agents don’t have a massive amount of products they can use for FIT. We are a great option because we allow all the flexibility of FIT, but you also get the social, guided and safety elements of more traditional tours, so we really are the best of both worlds,” says Bubowsky. “We really try to get agents to focus on the value that Busabout can add for their clients.”Busabout has some serious savings to consider for 2018 travel, with many price reductions announced. For example, the two-week pass for Europe is down 8% in price, while the one-month pass is down 20%. Also on offer for Asia is the Unlimited Pass, where for $5,999 clients can travel once on all Busabout Asia trips within a three-month period. Finally, the Early Booking Deals booking incentive has been extended until the end of January where an additional 15% savings in possible.More news:  Sunwing offers ultimate package deal ahead of YXU flights to SNU, PUJTo incentivize agents, Busabout is offering a spot on the All-Star Greece FAM with all expenses paid, including flights. The trip will include both a mainland itinerary as well as island hopping. The top two selling agents from the region will be invited, plus another three wildcards.“We don’t hold anything back on this FAM and it is a ton of fun,” says Bennett. “The agents love it because it’s a multi-region FAM, so it’s not just Canadians with Canadians, but you get to experience the Busabout product, the Busabout way, which is with people from all over the world having a good time.”The company recently announced that it will be entering the USA market in 2019, offering a similar hop-on-hop-off bus network for independent travellers who are looking for flexibility. No details on destinations, routes or pricing have been announced at this time.“85% of our product operates in Europe, which is where we started, then South East Asia, and now we are planning to move into the U.S. in 2019,” says Bennett. “This will be a brand new destination for us, and again this is market driven. We have customers who have done Europe then Asia, they love the product, love the brand, love the way we operate, and they are looking for more so we are expanding our destinations.”New winter ski itineraries will also be on offer for the 2018-19 ski season.Other highlights from the new 2018-19 program include:NEW 2-day Croatian Adventure: A much sought-after itinerary with travellers, this trip visits the iconic Plitvice National Park and its spectacular waterfalls, as well as Krka National Park where visitors are able to swim amongst the waterfalls. As these magnificent sites are difficult to visit independently, Busabout takes out all the hassle.NEW Ultimate Eastern Adventure (+ Eastern Highlights and Eastern Trail): This incredible 15-day itinerary explores not only the highlights of Eastern Europe, but some truly off-the-beaten-path gems across Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria and Serbia.NEW Ski Festivals – Above & Below Ski Adventure and Rise Festival: For the 2018/19 winter season, Busabout is offering the ultimate freestyle Winter Adventures – passengers can ski down the pristine slopes of the French Alps, party in mountain bars and check out those incredible views.NEW Hop-On Hop-Off destinations: Bologna, Austrian Alps, Zakopane, Evora, Santiago de Compostela; now featuring 47 destinations in 15 countries across Europe.5-day Southern Thailand Adventure – Embrace the heat, swim in jungle rivers and explore the everchanging culture and landscapes of Thailand. Busabout guests will stay on floating riverside bungalows, visit a sustainable elephant sanctuary, explore Bangkok’s off-the-beaten track sights such as Chinatown, discover the incredible Wat Arun and Wat Pho temples and spend lazy days on the beach.6-day Southern Vietnam Adventure – Gain insight into the daily life of this previously war-torn country. Now including an overnight train from Hoi An to Nha Trang, meaning Busabout travellers gain a whole extra day in Hoi An, making sure there is enough time to enjoy this amazing UNESCO town and all the intoxicating street food it has to offer.10-day Thai Island Hopper – Gorging on curries, dancing until dawn and chilling out on amazing beaches, travellers should be ready for the perfect balance of party and relaxation. This year, Busabout has built in twin-share accommodation into this island-hopping trip, with the option to upgrade to hotel and resort stays. Not only that, they are taking travellers to islands with fewer crowds, visiting the next big thing in the Thai Islands, the hidden gem, Koh Lanta.24-day Vietnam and Cambodia Adventure – Ready to fall in love with traditions, tastes and temples? In 2018 guests will gain two extra nights in Phnom Penh before they move onto a countryside bike tour in Battambang, visiting several local homes throughout the Cambodian village to learn about the livelihoods of the community.More news:  ‘Turn around year’ for TPI brings double-digit growthFor more information, visit busabout.com.center_img Share Tags: Busabout << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


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first_img VANCOUVER — Emerald Waterways has opened Mekong River bookings for the 2020-2021 season ahead of the highly anticipated debut of its new Star-Ship, Emerald Harmony.With the 2019-2020 season nearly sold out, the company is encouraging guests to book the following season early through an early booking incentive: those who book a sailing of 12 days or more will receive free roundtrip airfare to Asia when booked by Aug. 31, 2019. Guests booking the eight-day sailing will receive $500 off the price of the cruise, while all guests who book by May 31 will receive an additional $150 savings per person.With only 84 guests in 42 staterooms and suites, Emerald Harmony, whose debut is just a few months away, will offer an intimate, upscale sailing experience on the Mekong. There will be 32, 273 square-foot Panorama Balcony Suites with drop-down windows; four 398 square-foot Grand Balcony Suites; and two 450 square-foot Owner’s Suites with wraparound terraces with private hot tubs.More news:  AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’nsThe ship will also boast a pool, an Asian-themed Horizon Bar & Lounge, a 2:1 guest-to-crew ration, and locally-inspired cuisine at Reflections Restaurant. But perhaps its most innovative feature is its design; unlike most Mekong ships, the Emerald Harmony is built to allow access to the centre of Ho Chi Minh City. This means guests will disembark in the centre of the action rather than needing to be coached in from outside the city.Emerald Waterways will offer four itineraries on the Emerald Harmony: the eight-day ‘Majestic Mekong Cruise’, sailing between Prek’kdam and Ho Chi Minh City; the 13-day ‘Majestic Mekong Discovery Cruise; sailing between Ho Chi Minh City and Siem Reap; the 17-day ‘Treasures & Temples of Vietnam & Cambodia’ river cruise and tour with stops in Hanoi and Halong Bay; and the 21-day ‘Grand Tour of Vietnam & Cambodia’ river cruise and tour, featuring stops in Hanoi, Halong Bay, Hoi An, Hue and Siem Reap.More news:  Marriott Int’l announces 5 new all-inclusive resorts in D.R. & MexicoCruise fares include all transfers, all port charges, all onboard (and some on-shore) meals; unlimited specialty tea and coffee, wine, beer and soft drinks with lunch and dinner, bottled water in cabins replenished daily, continental breakfast, pre-dinner canapes and after-dinner treats served in the top suites, complimentary Wi-Fi onboard, most shore excursions, and all onboard and excursion gratuities. On touring days, hotel accommodations, internal flights and transfers are also included.Part of Scenic Luxury Cruises & Tours, Emerald Waterways’ eight Star-Ships offer river sailings in Europe and on the Mekong, as well as the MS Rossia along the Volga River in Russia, the Adriatic Princess and Adriatic Pearl yachts in Croatia, and the MS Hamees on the Nile.For more information go to emeraldwaterways.ca. Posted by Share Books open on Emerald Waterway’s 2020-2021 season on the Mekong Tags: Emerald Waterways, Mekong Rivercenter_img Tuesday, April 16, 2019 Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more


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first_imgNickelodeon UK & Ireland has for the first time brought tween and teen programming block Nick at Nite to theBritish Isles.The block, which has broadcast on US cable TV for three decades, launched in the UK and Ireland last night.It will go out on weekday evenings at 7pm, targeting 11-15-year-olds with programming such as an in-house produced daily news bulletin titled The Scoop, which will comprise 90-second programmes featuring the celebrity, entertainment, music and style genres.Soap opera Neoghbours, network comedy The Middle, Nick shows See Dad Run, Instant Mom and True Jackson VIP have all been signed up for the block.The move is the first big programming play Nick UK has made since Alison Bakunowich became the channel’s general manager earlier this year.“Nick at Nite gives us a huge opportunity to reach older audiences that have felt underserved by the current offering on kids’ networks,” she said. “From the programming on offer, to the vibrant brand identity, we hope that Nick at Nite will become a destination for tweens and teens, offering them a compelling schedule that reflects their experience and interests.”There have been international versions of Nick at Nite in Latin America, Australasia, Germany, Austria, the Netherlands, Switzerland, Russia and the CIS territories, India and southeast Asia, though not all of these still run it.last_img read more


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first_imgMarit HuiskampA+E Networks UK has hired new programming and marketing staff ahead of the launch of History channel in the Netherlands.Marit Huiskamp and Eva Schouwenaar have joined A+E’s Amsterdam-based Benelux office as programme scheduler and marketing manager respectively.Huiskamp will join later this summer from RTL, where she has spent the past several years working in broadcasting schedules, channel promotion and content creation.She and Schouwenaar will report to Jessica Haagmans, who is A+E regional director for Benelux.“We are thrilled to welcome both Marit and Eva to our Benelux office,” said Haagmans. “A+E Networks UK has a growing presence in the Netherlands and our new Dutch History feed reflects our expansion. We will continue our development with the experience and talent that both of these two team members are bringing to our company.”A+E Networks UK is a joint venture between A+E Networks and Sky.last_img read more


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first_imgEurosport has agreed a content and advertising deal with Snap to bring coverage of the 2018 Winter Olympic Games in PyeongChang to Snapchat.Different types of curated content from the games will appear on Snap’s Discovery platform – including behind-the-scenes action from Olympic snowboarding, skiing and ice hockey events, and content from athletes and influencers.Olympic Games Snaps will be created by a dedicated team of editors at Snapchat, and will be combined with Discovery-owned Eurosport’s Olympic Games footage. Discovery’s ad sales teams across Europe will also offer Snap Ad packages to brands.“We are thrilled to bring the excitement and passion of the Olympic Games directly to Snap’s dynamic and engaged younger audience, allowing Discovery to deliver on its promise to bring the Games to more people across more screens in Europe than ever before” said Michael Lang, President, international development and digital for Discovery International.Ben Schwerin, vice president of partnerships for Snap said: “Snapchat gives sports fans an unparalleled way to experience the Olympic Games and engage with their favourite athletes and teams. Discovery has already been a great collaborator for us, reimagining their iconic Shark Week franchise into a Show for Snapchat.”The news comes a day after Snap and NBCUniversal announced they are partnering on a new digital content studio that will make made-for-mobile programming that will primarily debut on Snapchat.last_img read more


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first_img Dan Steinhart Managing Editor of The Casey Report Dear Reader, Casey Research Chief Economist Bud Conrad joins us today to analyze what’s behind gold’s recent weak performance. As is his specialty, Bud dug deep into the data to figure out exactly what’s happening in the gold futures market—who’s buying, who’s selling, and why. Read on to learn what he discovered about this controversial topic.last_img


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first_imgIn This Issue. * .8% of the 2.6% GDP was ACA. * Currencies try again to rally. * China to widen trading band? * Yellow means go faster! And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. 4th QTR U.S. GDP Disappoints! Good Day!…  And a Marvelous Monday to you!  And Welcome to February!  Pitchers and catchers report in a couple of weeks. ? The Beatles greet me this morning with She Loves You. Admit it, you love that song, yeah, yeah, yeah, yeah. Well, did you watch the Super Bowl last night? I tried. But I was in one of those “spells”, and I actually threw in the towel with 5 minutes remaining. As I had told you, and became quite obvious, I really didn’t care who won the game, and I dislike both teams. When I wrote that a couple of weeks ago, I had a Seahawks fan rip me and say that he hoped the Rams left St. Louis that I deserved that. Whoa there partner! Them’s fightin’ words! Well, looky there! The first estimate of 4th QTR GDP here in the U.S. printed at 2.6% last Friday! WOW! What a drop from the trumped up 5% 3rd QTR print.  But, the kicker here folks, is that if you recall, the 3rd QTR didn’t start out at 5%, in fact the previous estimate before the final revision was 3.9%… So, there will be a couple more “revisions” before we finally put to bed the 4th QTR GDP, and by the time we do so, it will be very stale data.  And I’m sure that the book cookers will do their best to meet the President’s call for a strong 4th QTR GDP.  But for now, 2.6% is a HUGE drop from 5%, and to me, it probably represents pretty close to what it should be.  I had told you last Friday morning that I thought if the beans were all counted correctly before “adjustments” 4th QTR GDP would print below 3%…  So, now that it did print below 3%, my mind is racing with all the questions about how many “adjustments” were made just to get it to 2.6%?  And is this the beginning of the problems that I’ve been talking about for the economy without stimulus? And according to John Williams over at shadowstats.com, at least .8% of that 2.6% was a result of the ACA.  So, not only did we stuff the ballot box of GDP reports last year by adding R&D, and other stuff to the calc, but we also added ACA. And the fun never stops boys and girls! Fun? You call this fun, Chuck? Well, not actually, I was being facetious. Oh, I see now, said the blind man as he spit into the wind, it’s all coming back to me now. So, when the 4th QTR GDP report printed on Friday, all the rate hike campers b’d and moaned, and it appeared that they had left their rate hike cake out in the rain. and I don’t think I can take it, because it took so long to bake it, and I’ll never have that recipe again.  And for those of you thinking I’ve lost my mind. quoting lyrics by Donna Summer, I’m not. I go back to the original. Richard Harris. So, there!   But, the rate hike campers took their bats and balls and went home, leaving the dollar to deal with everything on its own. And when the dollar has its accessories stripped away, it doesn’t look so good. on a funny note, I had a friend, send me a YouTube of an old guy singing a song called: I don’t look good naked anymore. That’s the song for the dollar folks! But the biggest surprise on Friday came when the price of Oil started rallying, and when the day finished the price of Oil had risen to above $50, a more than $5 move in one day! All the stories that attempted to explain this move pointed to the number of Oil rigs that had closed up the previous week which showed that the number of operating rigs was at a 3 -year low now, as the rig count dropped 7% the previous week.  I’ve been told by people associated with Oil in some capacity that this rig count isn’t that big a deal, but I’ve got to say that it has to have something to do with production, because has rigs close, they certainly aren’t producing any longer!  I don’t know where this will go, folks, but to me, it appears to be the beginning of the end. So, the currencies are attempting to rally this morning. The euro is up ½-cent, the Aussie dollar is up about 1/3rd of a cent, and so on.. But Gold is down again this morning sitting on a $7 loss right now. I’ve got some more on physical Gold in Asia later this morning, so I won’t spoil your appetite for that now, except to say the buying, producing and hoarding of Gold in the East just keeps gaining momentum. Other stuff that’s dropping includes Treasury yields. The “bond boys”  sure didn’t like the color of the GDP report last Friday, and said so by dropping yields. The yield on the 10-year Treasury is 1.67%, just to point out on point on the yield curve.. 1.67%, that’s less than even the stupid CPI says inflation is running. So. there you go. back up the truck, buy some 10-year Treasuries and start out in the red. And if yields rise anytime in the next 10-years, you’ll remain in the red. OOOOHHHH, Daddy, can I have some, please, I’ll be a good boy, I’ll go to church, and open the car door for mom, please, oh please? Greece is attempting to mend the bridges they burned during the election process. The Prime Minister and Finance Minister will be touring Europe and having meetings with key people in an attempt to gain support for their plans to come up with a new deal for creditors. Well the PM and FM had better arrive bearing gifts, because they really ticked off the countries that have lent them money the past few years. So, this is what it’s like. Someone in your family borrows money from you.  And they agree to the repayment terms, but then things get tight, and they no longer want to honor those repayment terms, so they go about talking bad about them to all their friends and it all gets back to you. And then the family member comes back to you, all nicey-nicey,  wanting to talk about a new deal.  If I were an European Central Bank (ECB) or Bundesbank (German Central Bank) member, I would tell the PM & FM to go to hello operator, give me number 9, if you don’t connect me, I’ll kick you in the behind the refrigerator was a piece of glass, and so on. I think you get the picture! Speaking of debts.I found this in my weekend reading. The White House will be seeking $561 billion from Congress to run the Pentagon in 2016 – its largest budget ever. However, a research and advocacy director told RT that the budget is closer to $1 trillion, and has been for several administrations. And why wouldn’t we believe what the advocates say? It was just 10 days ago that the President called for an end to “mindless austerity” and called for a surge in government spending, and then actually asked Congress to end the sequestration agreed upon four years ago.   I wondered why this request was made at the time that it was, and now I know! In addition, riddle me this Batman. The U.S. says that their deficit last year was only $560-something Billion. But if you look at the U.S. Debt Clock, it shows that in that same period (actually 13 months) we added $1 Trillion to the National Debt. So, how do they do that? How does $560 Billion turn into $1 Trillion? Oh, that’s right, how could I forget? There are all those “off budget” things that get accounted for in a different room, that’s all smoky, and the accountants all wear green shaded visors, and sleeve protectors, and the adding machine tape is running all over the floor. That’s how! But doesn’t that just tick you off just a bit? They throw a ticker-tape parade in celebration that the Budget Deficit last year wasn’t $1 Trillion, the dollar rallies, and people dance in the street, but in reality, it was the same-o, same-o. But Shhhhhh,  we don’t want to wake up the baby. Well, take me away from this discussion before I begin to yell at the walls, and here in the condo that would not be good for the other people in the condo! Well, the latest IMF Futures Position report from the previous week printed on Friday. And the extreme long position of dollars saw a reduction of 15,000 contracts, but still is quite large at 375,000.  However, the non-dollar currencies remained all with net short positions, which leads me to believe that dollar positions were being sold to buy Gold. But that was the previous week, and not last week, it will be interesting to see the positions report this week for last week when Gold slipped once again. One of the really disappointing currencies in the last 10 days has been the Swiss franc. After going on a moon shot after the franc was untied from the euro, the franc has lost ground on what seems like a daily basis. I guess the “safe haven” status for the franc has either lost luster or, the markets are feeling like everything in the world is copasetic.  It’s been a long time since I used that word, copasetic. My friend, Preston, who was the drummer in our band that traveled the country, used to say that word for everything. Hey Preston, want to stop and get a soda? Hey, it’s copasetic. would be the answer, and his answer to just about everything, so you can see why it’s been a while since I used it! HA! But seriously. what’s up with the markets anyway? Have they gone soft on us? Well, actually I think they have, they have fallen into the trap that the Central Banks set for them, and now the markets are afraid of the Central Banks and their ability to move markets against them. Central Banks rule the world! Can you see them wringing their hands together, and laughing that Doctor Evil laugh, and repeating, We rule the world, we rule the world?   The Chinese renminbi / yuan saw a weakening overnight by the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC).  I was doing some reading this past weekend. By the way, I’m reading a new book, titled:  Confessions of an Economic Hit Man.  I’m only about 1/3rd of my way through the book, but brother let me tell you, it’s good stuff! And a true story to boot!  OK.. back to our regularly scheduled programming.  The stuff I was also reading was about China, and the next steps for the renminbi. And of all the things that were talked about, the only one I saw that made sense was the widening of the trading band for the renminbi, which currently stands at +/-2%…  The band was last widened from +/-1% in March 2014. and before that it was April 2012 that the band was widened from +/-.5%, and before that 2007 when they widened it from +/-.3%..  So, I think it would be the next step.  Of course, widening the band doesn’t turn all the green lights on for renminbi appreciation. notice it does say + or –  and in 2014, it was a case of both! But that doesn’t take away from the plans for the renminbi going forward, which I still maintain is taking away the reserve status from the dollar, and propelling the renminbi to such status. Just to be fair and balanced. James Rickards, doesn’t agree with that idea, and instead he has called for a collapse of the Financial system, at which time countries will created a new Gold backed currency.  As crazy as I sound sometimes, and have been called gloom and doom, I can’t get myself to be that gloom and doom. The U.S. Data Cupboard today, has two of my faves data prints. Personal Income & Spending from December. We’ll also see the ISM Manufacturing Data for January.. Recall that the December ISM index number was weaker than it had been in November, and was a surprise to the markets. So, saying that, I come to the realization that “they” can’t let that happen again! And Gold. Well, I promised you something above on Physical Gold and so here we go! This is from Bullionstar.com and of course is the research of Koos Jansen. “As I wrote last time on data from the Shanghai Gold Exchange (SGE), in week 2 of 2015 withdrawals from the vaults of the SGE (that equal Chinese wholesale demand) came in extremely high at 70 tonnes; the third highest amount ever. In week 3 (January 19 – 23), though, the Chinese withdrew even more at 71 tonnes, up 0.89 % w/w, and a new third highest amount ever. Year to date 202 tonnes have been withdrawn from the SGE vaults, up 15 % y/y. Like last week, this was happening while the price of gold was rising sharply, staggering numbers. It’s still a mystery why mainstream media are not tracking weekly SGE withdrawals. I’ve read all over the news that Russia’s central bank has added 152 tonnes of gold in total to its reserves in 2014. In perspective, this is approximately the same amount of gold China has imported in the first three weeks of 2015. In my post China Continues To Drain Global Gold Inventory I have, once again, pointed out that import numbers derived from SGE withdrawals are for 95 % covered by export from the UK, Switzerland, Hong Kong and the US. These countries disclose only non-monetary gold trade, which support my assumption PBOC purchases are an invisible side show from public gold trade numbers and SGE withdrawals.” Alrighty then. Now it’s time to go to the For What’s It’s Worth section for today. And today, I have something from my daily perusals of zerohedge.com, and can be read there in its entirety by clicking here: http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2015-01-30/what-happens-when-markets-realize  To set this up, it’s Charles Plosser, head of the Philly Fed speaking, pay close attention here folks.. “One of the things I’ve tried to argue is look, if we believe that monetary policy is doing what we say it’s doing and depressing real interest rates and goosing the economy and we’re in some sense distorting what might be the normal market outcomes at some point, we’re going to have to stop doing it. At some point the pressure is going to be too great. The market forces are going to overwhelm us. We’re not going to be able to hold the line anymore. And then you get that rapid snap back in premiums as the market realizes that central banks can’t do this forever. And that’s going to cause volatility and disruption.” Chuck again. WOW! A Fed member actually talking about how the Fed has distorted normal market outcomes! For once you get to hear from a Fed member, and not just me, talking and ranting about this stuff, and to this point sounding like the boy who cried wolf. To recap. The 4th QTR GDP first reading was just 2.6%, well below the expectations for a +3% print. And .8% of that 2.6% came from the ACA, so the fun just keeps coming for us!  The currencies tried to rally on the weaker GDP report, but fizzled out on Friday, and they have picked up the attempt to rally again this morning. Greece leaders are touring Europe in attempt to repair the bridges they burned during the election process.  Chuck questions the accounting of the Budget Deficit, and Gold gets sold again. what’s going on? Before I go to the currency roundup today, I wanted to take a minute, and talk about the loss of a baseball legend. Well, they laid to rest one of the top 100 ball players of the last 100 years on Saturday. RIP Ernie Banks, Mr. Cub. I really only saw Ernie Banks play ball at the end of his career, but my dad used to tell me about his ability, which was always a strong sign of respect when someone praised a ball player on a different team than the Cardinals, and add to that a Cub!  He was always recognized by that great smile, and his slogan, “let’s play two”.  I had a Cub fan send me a note last week when it was announced that Ernie Banks had died, and he asked me if I was such a diehard Cardinals fan that I couldn’t bring myself to talk about the passing of Ernie Banks.  WOW, I thought. I don’t think that would ever get in the way, and this is to prove it!  My friend, and retirement guru, Dennis Miller, is a lifelong Cub fan, and he tells me that Ernie Banks the Stan Musial of Chicago. Now that’s high praise!  So, RIP Mr. Cub. Currencies today 2/1/15.: American Style: A$ .7795, kiwi .7275, C$ .7885, euro 1.1340, sterling 1.5015, Swiss $1.0750, . European Style: rand 11.5755, krone 7.7540, SEK 8.2725, forint 274.20, zloty 3.6875, koruna 24.5005, RUB 69.23, yen 117.60, sing 1.3525, HKD 7.7540, INR 61.79, China 6.1385, pesos 14.94, BRL 2.6770, Dollar Index 94.76, Oil $50.06, 10-year 1.67%, Silver $17.15, Platinum $1,230.50, Palladium $777.30, and Gold. $1,272.14 That’s it for today. Quite full-o-words this morning, eh? Well, I was down and out in Beverly Hills most of the weekend, but got a good night’s sleep last night, so all is back to normal this morning! YAHOO! Little Feat is playing: Dixie Chicken on the iPod right now. Love to sing along with that song! Our Blues won in Washington D.C. yesterday, and I got to watch the game! NBC Sports Network aired the game, and just by chance I found that channel that I didn’t know I had! The TV Guide on the TV only goes to channel 98, but this channel was 730!  I guess it pays to just keep clicking “next” until the end, eh? The Blues have picked up where they left off before the All-Star Game break, and that included them playing their best hockey of the year! Let’s hope they don’t peek too soon, like they normally do! I did face time with my grandson, Braden the other day. He cracks me up. I taught him last year, that green is go, red is stop and yellow means “go faster”! And he told Kathy that the other day, as the light turned yellow as she was driving through the intersection. “Mimi, yellow means go faster!”  HA! Hey! Isn’t that my job as his grandfather, to teach him things? Cracks me UP!  Well, we had a plethora of birthdays last week, I hope everyone had a grand day.  And with that, I need to get going. I have a very important date! (not really, but the sun is out!)  I hope you have a Marvelous Monday! Chuck Butler Managing Director EverBank Global Marketslast_img read more


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first_imgIn This Issue. * Draghi tells Greece to allow TROIKA in. * Faber says China to back renminbi with Gold! * Yen set for next leg down? * S$ gets caught up in yen weakness. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Phase 2 Of The Dollar’s Moon Shot. Good day.. And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! Uriah Heep and their song July Morning greets me this morning. It starts out soft and ends heavy duty, sort of like most of my mornings! Yesterday, never did get around to ending heavy duty, ending with a whimper, instead.  But today is a new day, new beginnings and all that, so I’ve got that going for me, eh? The dollar is not having anything to do with soft beginnings. The dollar went on a moon shot ride after the Jobs report on Friday and hasn’t looked back!  Even the currencies like rubles, and real that currently pay high interest rates are getting whacked. But think about this for a minute. I’ve said this before, but it bears repeating. IF and when the Fed does hike rates 25 Basis Points to bring their Fed Funds rate to .75%, the ruble will still have more than 16% in a positive differential, and the real will have more than $12% in a positive differential. How can 25 Basis Points be that big of a deal to these two?  Sure the 25 Basis Points rate hike does open Pandora’s Box of additional rate hikes, but for now this is where we are, and to me, that’s still a BIG IF the Fed hikes rates in June.  You know, the markets may be backing the Fed into a corner though. Yes, the markets could have positioned everything so dependent on a rate hike that the Fed will have no choice but to hike rates in June. I don’t think we’re there yet, but as long as the stock market doesn’t fall completely out of bed, and the 10-year Treasury doesn’t rise to 3%, things should hold for the Fed to back out of a rate hike in June, which I still believe they will do, at this point. Gold has also been whacked during this mission to the moon by the dollar, so there’s nothing out there folks, that even looks like it could buck this moon shot by the dollar. What’s an investor to do? Well, you could go to cash, but until rates really begin to run higher, banks are going to be slow to raise the deposit rates. Or at least that’s been their MO since the beginning of banking! But bonds are losing value, stocks are losing value, currencies are losing value and precious metals are losing value. YIKES! When you put that way, Chuck, deposit rates don’t sound all that bad. While you’re looking for deposit rates that appeal to you, don’t forget that EverBank has a yield pledge to remain in the Top 5% of Competitive Accounts. That way you don’t have to go “yield hopping”. for details see: https://everbank.com/banking/money-market OK. The Big News on the news wires this morning is that the Greeks have agreed to allow the TROIKA back into Greece to begin talks. Remember the TROIKA is the IMF, the European Central Bank (ECB), and the European Commission. Seems there was some confusion on the Greeks’ willingness to allow the TROIKA back into Greece, but when cornered the Greek PM said it was all a misunderstanding. Sure it was. I’m sure there was some political saber rattling going on there ahead of the meeting, which was going to take place all the time. Besides the selling in the euro from dollar buying, this Greek thing just continues to weigh on the euro.  The Eurozone needs to go on a diet, and drop 50 pounds, so they can be like Marie Osmond and say, “I’m Marie and I lost 50 pounds!”  Of course I’m saying that the 50 pounds in the Eurozone’s case would be Greece. Unfortunately for the Eurozone, that’s not going to happen, and so they need to just convince themselves that they need to go to the Big & Tall store. HA! Well, my currency of the month article that was in the Sunday Pfennig this past Sunday, didn’t get as many responses as the article on the pound the previous month. Although it did produce a quote that appeared on Google+ yesterday!  You know, the Indian rupee, the Currency of the Month, has the improving fundamentals  and good interest rate differential to dollars, euros, sterling and yen. But it has to prove it can maintain these fundamentals and that they aren’t just some flash in the pan stuff that India is known for. I highlight the Reserve Bank of India (RBI), Rajan, and the PM Modi in the article and point out that even though they have done some wonderful things so far, the best thing to happen to India in a long time is the drop in the price of Oil. A dear reader did ask that the next Currency of the Month be the Singapore dollar (S$). Well, I can do that right here! The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) is Singapore’s Central Bank, and they decide the direction of the S$ by either widening or narrowing the trading band that the S$ can trade within. The MAS if famous for using the S$ to combat or promote inflation, and not interest rates like the rest of the world. Well, the MAS will meet in about a month, and while the markets may be looking at the MAS to widen the trading band, which would, at this point in the proceedings bring about more S$ weakness, but I’m going to go out on a limb here, no worries, I picked out a big strong limb to hold me, and say that the MAS will leave the trading band unchanged, but at their previous meeting to the one next month, the MAS indicated they were OK with S$ weakness, and in that time the S$ has dropped in value VS the dollar. Singapore is foremost an Asian export country, and the disease that the Japanese yen began spreading across Asia in the last two years, really took hold of the S$ in the past 6 months. Recall, I said back then that I feared what Japan had decided to do, which was really weaken the yen further, would eventually spill over to the rest of Asia, due to the fact that these Asian countries can’t let one country’s currency get out of whack while others remain strong, because of the competition for exports. Speaking of Japan. the yen just continues down the path of weak currencies that it began almost 2 years ago now..   The yen is within spitting distance of 122. We haven’t seen 122 in yen since 2007.  And before that 2002.. PM Abe, is still preaching about ending deflation and reviving the economy, so far his 3 arrows have missed the mark, and the economy is still in Neverland. Nevereconomy, nevercurrency strength, neverinflation. that’s where Japan is. And now that the markets believe there are no geopolitical problems out there ( I guess they are turning a blind eye toward ISIS, or the Chinese island grabbing in the S. Pacific, the Middle East tinderbox and more) they have taken that safe haven status from the yen. I look for yen to trade between 125 and 130 by the end of this year, and PM Abe will finally see what his economic reforms will do with a very weak yen. Aussie and N.Z. dollars (A$ and kiwi) are getting whacked, for the narrowing interest rate differential too. At least their respective differentials are smaller compared to rubles, real and rand.. There was a BIG scare in N.Z regarding their infant formula sector. There were rumors flying around that a poison was slipped into the formula.. And this has added to the kiwi weakness this morning. Dairy, wool and lumber, in New Zealand, folks. that’s the exports in a nutshell, so any problem with production of one of three is a BIG problem for New Zealand and kiwi. Once again, I ask the question, how long will it be before the sanctions on Russia are lifted? The sooner the better in my opinion, as the Russian and Eurozone economy is suffering due to the sanctions. Come on everyone let’s get going on this! As if the Brazilian real needed anything else to add to its misery, it does now. Brazilian Supreme Court ruled this past weekend that congressional members can be investigated, as there were challenges to one Senator for his involvement into Petroleo Brazil, BUT said that President Rousseff could not be investigated. And that’s who the investigators wanted!  So, political wrangling is causing the real some down to earth problems right now. The real has traded to a 2004 low this morning. YIKES! Tonight in China, both Zhous, Zhou Qiang, head of the Supreme People’s Court, and Zhou Xiaochuan, Gov. of the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) will speak that the Chinese NPC. I expect to read quite a few good quotes from these two. That is if they get printed! China is still a Communist country, and although they’ve probably become more capitalistic that most capitalistic countries, deep down they are still Communist. which means they don’t have to print everything these guys say if they don’t want to, and nobody can make them! The renminbi / yuan ‘s trading has been reflective of the slowing down of the Chinese domestic economy. We saw yesterday that Chinese exports are attempting to pick up the slack from the domestic economy, but so far that’s not happened. Did you see that the well-respected analyst/ investor, Marc Faber said that  he believes that China is going to switch to a Gold backed currency, and that they will be able to do this because they have accumulated so much Gold, and that the markets don’t understand how much Gold the Chinese have accumulated.  That’s pretty cool, because that’s the same stuff I’ve been telling you for 4 years!  Shoot Rudy, maybe even 5 years. but I’ll stick with 4 for sure! The U.S. Data Cupboard only has the Wholesale Inventories for January to print today.  Tomorrow will be another day of nothing for the cupboard, but then on Thursday, we finally get back to real data, as Feb Retail Sales will print. You may recall that January’s Retail Sales fell -.8%, so it will be interesting to see if February can play catch up here. The BHI was very active in January, and that would indicate a recovery of sorts for Retail Sales..  Thursday I’ll be in St. Pete, but I’m sure I’ll remind you of this, and what the BHI indicates. Oh, and a dear reader sent me this email regarding my rant on the Jobs data yesterday: “of course the job creation # is true. There were thousands of kids out shoveling snow for $2. the Gov’t would never lie.”  HAHAHAHAHA! For What It’s Worth. It was fun seeing the guys at the DR. (Daily Reckoning www.darilyreckoning.com )  picked up some of the stuff I said about the jobs data in yesterday’s Pfennig, for the DR yesterday afternoon.  I always get a kick out of seeing my name up in the lights!   OK for today’s FWIW, I have a little ditty about the BRICS Development Bank and you can read the entire article here: http://rt.com/news/238981-putin-signs-brics-bank/ “Russian President Vladimir Putin has signed a law ratifying the deal establishing the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB), according to a document published on Monday on Russia’s official website for legal information. The BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) was set up to challenge two major Western-led giants – the World Bank and the International Monetary Fund. NDB’s key role will be to serve as a pool of currency for infrastructure projects within a group of five countries with major emerging national economies – Russia, Brazil, India, China and South Africa. According to the Russian Finance Ministry, the New Development Bank is expected to start functioning fully by the end of the year, with the headquarters slated for opening in Shanghai. The chairmanship, with a term of five years, will rotate among the members.” Chuck again.. yes, this and more for the BRICS Development Bank (BDB)  as the Emerging Markets countries will now have an alternative source of funds in which to borrow going forward, and without the strings attached that the IMF and World Bank uses. this is one of the key reasons I put together the BRICS MarketSafe CD last year.  To recap. the dollar is still on its moon shot and hasn’t looked back since the jobs report on Friday morning. Even the “real positive interest rate differential currencies” of Russia and Brazil are getting sold, even though as Chuck points out, their positive rate differential will still be quite significant IF the Fed does hike rates in June. Gold gets whacked again, but Marc Faber says China is going to back the renminbi with Gold, something Chuck has told you for 4 years now.The Brazilian real is trading at a 2004 low, the euro is trading at a 2003 low, and so on, as currencies are all down since Friday. Currencies today 3/10/15. American Style: A$ .7635, kiwi .7280, C$ .7905, euro 1.0760, sterling 1.5070, Swiss $1.0070, . European Style: rand 12.2280, krone 8.0325, SEK 8.5370, forint 285.55, zloty 3.8390, koruna 25.3340, RUB 61.01, yen 121.65, sing 1.3880, HKD 7.7595, INR 62.65, China 6.1572, pesos 15.56, BRL 3.1215, Dollar Index 98.29, Oil $49.78, 10-year 2.19% Silver $15.77, Platinum $1,133.88, Palladium $806.75, and Gold.. $1,162.42That’s it for today. Well, I’ll be writing tomorrow from home base, then hitting the road for a 4 hour drive to the west side of the state. I really need to get to work on my presentation for the Conference. The first time the Butlers went to spring training, the Cardinals trained in St. Pete, at Al Lang field. It was even more cozy than their current home in Jupiter, Roger Dean Stadium. It has been standing room-packed the last two games, and all seats are sold the rest of March. My spring get-away has turned into ever Cardinals fan’s spring get-away! The rash that affected my hands two weeks ago, is back, and worse this time! UGH! We can’t figure out what’s causing this to happen. No biggie, just a stupid allergic reaction to something. The Red Sox brought their 2nd team players to town yesterday and still beat the Cardinals, as the Cardinals proved once again that they are too “left handed”.  Throw a senior citizen left handed pitcher out on the mound and he’ll beat the Cardinals! With one exception, you’ll have to ask Clayton Kershaw about that from the past two post seasons. The Blue Jays are playing their song: Maybe, on the iPod right now. This is from the Blue Jays only album, and features two Moody Blues members, Justin Hayward and John Lodge.  OK.. time to go. I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday!Chuck Butler Managing Director EverBank Global Marketslast_img read more