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Touch Football Victoria’s 2013/14 VT League season will commence this Sunday, 10 November, with a big day of games to start the season. Each team will play three games on Sunday at Elwood Park, with round games continuing weekly until mid-February, with finals to follow.The season will feature a combination of Friday night games at Albert Park as well as Sunday mornings at Elwood. The Melbourne City Lions will be hopeful of retaining the Club Championship title after taking out two titles, the Women’s and Mixed, in the 2012/13 season. To keep up-to-date with all of the latest news and information from the 2013/14 VT League, please visit the following websites and social media pages:www.victouch.com.auwww.vtleague.com.auwww.facebook.com/touchfootballvictoria www.twitter.com/touchfootyvicInstagram – Search for ‘Touch Football Victoria’ 2012/13 VT League ResultsMixed Final Melbourne City Lions 8 defeated Melbourne University Northern Blacks 6 Women’s Final Melbourne City Lions 8 defeated Bayside Vipers 4 Men’s Final Bayside Vipers 7 defeated Western Dodgers 3 Club Championship – Melbourne City LionsRelated Links2013/14 VT League
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Liverpool boss Klopp: We won’t underestimate Newcastleby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says they won’t underestimate Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United.Klopp offered a nod to Newcastle’s financial situation when it comes to transfer restraints.He said: “I don’t know too much about Newcastle, from time to time I read a little bit.”Nobody was really happy with the amount of money they had to sign players, but Rafa is too experienced to carry that for a full season.”Meanwhile they are really settled, in a good moment result-wise.”It was always difficult to play against them.”Newcastle give us a lot to think about, the crosses with Rondon in the box.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
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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.
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The 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. Some of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (15,194.04, up 22.79 points).
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – A special air quality statement that was issued by Environment Canada last Wednesday because of a large amount of smoke in the air remains in effect for all of Northeast B.C. today.Last week, officials with the Ministry of Environment said that at this point, it’s not entirely known where the smoke is coming from.Air quality meteorologist Ralph Adams said that the smoke isn’t coming from any local fires in Northeast B.C., but could possibly be coming from fires burning in the Yukon and Northwest Territories, and even as far away as Scandinavia and Siberia. “The view at the moment is that it’s likely coming from there. It’s likely that this smoke is coming from Eurasia, but at this point, there’s no agreement.” A map of the current fire danger rating in B.C. Photo by BC Wildfire Service. A map of all active wildfires on the BC Wildfire Service website shows that no new major fires have erupted in the B.C. Peace and Fort Nelson regions, where the fire danger rating is currently between very low and moderate.Of the fires that have started in Northeast B.C. recently, most are either in unpopulated areas or are less than ten hectares in size.People with pre-existing health conditions, the elderly, infants, children and sensitive individuals are more likely to experience health effects.Individuals may experience symptoms such as increased coughing, throat irritation, headaches or shortness of breath. Children, seniors, and those with cardiovascular or lung disease, such as asthma, are especially at risk. Stay inside if you have breathing difficulties. Find an indoor place that’s cool and ventilated. Using an air conditioner that cools and filters air may help. If you open the windows you may let in more polluted air. If your home isn’t air-conditioned, consider going to a public place (library, shopping mall, recreation centre) that is air-conditioned.Be air aware! Check your local weather forecasts and alerts so you know when to take extra care.For more information on current air quality, see: www.bcairquality.ca.Visit www.airhealth.ca for information on how to reduce your health risk and your personal contribution to pollution levels, as well as for current and forecast AQHI values.
05May Rep. Sheppard schedules May in-district coffee hours Categories: Sheppard News State Rep. Jason Sheppard, R-Temperance, will hold coffee hours this month at three local establishments to connect with residents of the 56th District. He encourages people to share their thoughts and concerns about state and local issues.“It’s always a pleasure to hear from residents in our communities,” Rep. Sheppard said. “Coffee hours are a great opportunity to meet with people in a comfortable setting and answer their questions regarding state government.”The times and locations are as follows:7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 13, at DaCapo Coffee, 7370 Lewis Ave. in Temperance.7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Monday, May 16, at Gander’s Family Restaurant, 4219 Luna Pier Road in Luna Pier.7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Friday, May 20, at Tim Horton’s, 107 Cabelas Blvd E in Dundee.For those unable to attend, Rep. Sheppard’s legislative office can be reached at any time by phone at (517) 373-2617, by email at JasonSheppard@house.mi.gov and online at RepJasonSheppard.com.###
AMC Networks-owned Sundance Channel has found new carriage in France, Belgium and Hungary.The AMC/Sundance Channel Global-operated network has launched as a 24-hour linear net on the cable/IPTV platform Bouygues Telecom in France, cable TV operator VOO/BeTV in French-speaking Belgium and in SD and HD on UPC Hungary.The French and Belgian include access to on-demand programming and expand Sundance Channel’s coverage in both territiories.The news comes after Sundance Channel launched across Latin America for the first time. The net offers programming such as Breaking Bad, Hell on Wheels andThe Walking Dead.“These exciting launches reinforce the strong demand for the globally renowned, high quality programming exclusively available on Sundance Channel,” said Bruce Tuchman, president of AMC/Sundance Channel Global.In a further development, Geraud Alazard has been appointed VP, marketing at AMC/Sundance.
Two assault rifles and one submachine gun have been seized.As well as the weapons, a quantity of Class B drugs, counterfeit clothing and DVDs, around £13,000 in cash, phones, tablets, documents, more than 7,000 illicit cigarettes and a quantity of hand-rolling tobacco were seized.Two men, aged 44 and 43, have been arrested and are in police custody assisting officers with their enquiries.A further search was carried out in relation to the investigation in Derry area led by HMRC and supported by PSNI. One of the assault rifles seized during the major search operation in Derry/TWO men have been arrested after a major PSNI search operation in Derry into INLA criminality discovered firearms, thousands of illicit cigarettes and thousands of pounds of cash.Seven searches were carried out on Tuesday under the Terrorism Act by the PSNI with support from HMRC officers. ShareTweet An Garda Siochana carried out a search in Co Donegal in which around 60,000 illicit cigarettes, a large quantity of tobacco, a large quantity of counterfeit clothing, DVDs and other items including money were seized during the operation.District Commander, Superintendent Gordon McCalmont said: “The INLA in Londonderry and Strabane claim to be the protectors of their community, but the reality is that they use violence and intimidation to control and exploit those communities.“Weapons like the ones seized today pose a threat to everyone and anyone who brings guns onto our streets does not care about our community.“When a gun is fired there is no guarantee where the bullet could end up or who it could harm and the people of our city have seen the damage and devastation that this can cause.”A submachine gun seized during the major search operation in DerrySupt McCalmont said that many INLA members are involved in a range of criminal money-making rackets, including the supply of drugs, blackmail, extortion and money laundering.“Despite what they say, it is clear that they do not mind drug dealers operating in the local area– as long as they’re getting their ‘cut’ from the profits,” the senior officer said. “The INLA are hypocrites allowing those supplying illegal drugs to continue ruining the lives of those with addiction so long as they pay up.“And if they don’t they are threatened with severe violence and murder. Local families suffer at the expense of INLA members lining their pockets.“Furthermore, the INLA are heavily involved in the supply of counterfeit goods and illicit cigarettes and whilst the supply of these items may seem like victimless crimes, profits made from the sale of these items can help to fund INLA terrorism and criminality which brings misery and harm to the local community“Through working closely with HMRC, An Garda Siochana and other partners, we will continue to tackle Paramilitarism. We know that the communities most affected by these groups support our ongoing efforts.“I would appeal for anyone with information regarding criminality by paramilitary organisations to contact police on 101.A quantity of illicit cigarettes and tobacco seized during the major search operation in Derry“Alternatively, information can also be provided to the independent charity Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111 which is 100% anonymous and gives people the power to speak up and stop crime.”Steve Tracey, Assistant Director, Fraud Investigation Service, HMRC, said: “Working together in partnership with other enforcement colleagues we can target the criminal gangs who are stealing from the taxpayer, robbing public services and undermining legitimate traders.”Two arrested, three guns, £13k in cash and 7,000 cigarettes seized in INLA crackdown was last modified: June 13th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: 000 cigarettes seized in INLA crackdownDerryHMRCINLASteve TreacySupt McCalmontthree gunsTwo arrested£13k in cash and 7
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.
In 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 Markets
By Justin Spittler and Joe Withrow Ray Dalio just bet $1.1 billion against Italy. Specifically, he shorted (bet against) five Italian banks and one insurance company last quarter. And he did so to the tune of $770 million. Dalio also bet $311 million against Italy’s largest utility company. This is a big deal. You see, Dalio is one of the world’s most respected investors. He manages $160 billion at Bridgewater Associates, the world’s biggest hedge fund.• But Dalio didn’t reach the top of Wall Street by accident… He got there because he can spot massive threats and opportunities long before other people do. For example, Dalio predicted the U.S. housing bubble would burst in 2007. Not only that, he said the crash would spread to the banking sector. At the time, many people thought this was a crazy idea. But Dalio was right. That year, the U.S. banking sector imploded. This triggered the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression. The average U.S. stock plummeted 57% over the next two years.• In short, it pays to watch what Dalio’s doing… So in a minute, I’ll tell you why Dalio made this giant bet. I’ll also show how you, too, can profit from Italy’s problems. But you first need to understand what those problems are…Italy’s banking system is a ticking time bomb. Its banks are sitting on $356 billion worth of non-performing loans (NPLs). These are loans borrowers have stopped paying. They’re considered “sour loans” because banks often don’t end up collecting them. They take huge losses instead. Recommended Link Recommended Link VIEWER DISCRETION IS ADVISED What this “super investor” reveals for the first time ever on camera about where he gets his best investment ideas from will shock you… — 3 Marijuana Stocks to Buy Right Now Canada is set to vote on a new nationwide law that will set off the biggest event in the history of marijuana. The Canadian pot market will explode from $400 million to $8 billion. And new marijuana millionaires will be minted. If you missed out on the first marijuana boom, when penny pot stocks delivered peak gains of 7,820%… 6,233%… and 3,986%… often in months… This is your second and final chance. Don’t miss out again. Discover the 3 companies that will dominate the marijuana market. To give you a sense of how serious this is, consider this: NPLs make up 18% of all loans issued by Italian banks. For perspective, NPLs accounted for 5.3% of all loans issued by U.S. banks at the height of the Great Recession.As if that weren’t enough, these sour loans are valued at around 20% of Italy’s annual economic output. It’s an incredibly fragile situation, to say the least.• European regulators are now scrambling to prevent a banking crisis… The Italian government, for one, has pledged to bail out the banking system if necessary. This is when the government gives banks money to keep them from crashing. Taxpayers end up footing the bill. The European Central Bank (ECB) is also trying to help. On October 3, it announced plans to impose strict capital requirements for European banks. In short, it wants Italian banks to set aside billions of euros to cover losses from NPLs.• These regulations are intended to shore up Italy’s fragile banking system… They were supposed to make people feel safer. But that’s not what happened. Instead, the ECB rattled investors’ nerves. In fact, Italian bank stocks plummeted on the news.➢ Since the start of October, the FTSE Italia All-Share Banks Index is down 5%.➢ UniCredit, Italy’s largest bank, has fallen 6%.➢ UBI Banca, another major Italian bank, has plunged 11%.➢ And BPER Banca is down 15%. These are staggering declines for such a short period. Still, you might not be worried about this. And that’s because most U.S. investors don’t own any Italian banking stocks. But you must realize something… • Italy’s not the only European country drowning in bad debt… German and French banks together have around $272 billion worth of bad loans on their books. And Europe as a whole has about $1 trillion worth of NPLs. In other words, a banking crisis in Italy could spread across Europe like the black plague. If that happens, European bank stocks won’t just tumble. They’ll go down in flames. So, lighten up on European bank stocks if you own any. You should also buy gold if you haven’t already.• That’s because gold is the ultimate safe-haven asset… It’s preserved wealth for centuries, through history’s most violent financial crises. And that’s why Dalio thinks every investor should keep between 5% and 10% of their money in gold. And those who don’t own gold? Well, Dalio thinks they’re clueless. He said in 2015: If you don’t own gold, you know neither history nor economics. But Dalio doesn’t just encourage investors to own gold. He buys it with his own fund’s money. In fact, Bridgewater bought more than $100 million worth of SPDR Gold Shares (GLD) and the iShares Gold Trust (IAU) during the second quarter. These are the world’s largest gold funds. They’re easy ways to gain exposure to gold. But that doesn’t make them the best.• If you really want to protect your wealth, I recommend that you own physical gold… This is gold that you can hold in your hand. It’s one of our core recommendations here at Casey Research. It’s a much more secure way to own gold than GLD, IAU, or any other “paper gold” fund.If you’ve never bought physical gold before, check out our Gold Investor’s Guide. It tells you everything you need to know about buying and owning physical gold. Click here to grab your copy.Regards,Justin Spittler and Joe Withrow October 18, 2017 P.S. In anticipation of the 2017 New Orleans Conference, Doug Casey recently sat down with Rick Rule to discuss the current state of the gold market and the opportunities in mining stocks. You can listen to the discussion here. If you’re interested in attending the conference (October 25–28), it’s still not too late to sign up. You’ll hear more from Doug as well as some of the top minds in the resource business. This year, there will also be a special event for Casey Research subscribers that you won’t want to miss. For more details and how you can join, click here. Be sure to use the code FREEGOLDCLUB to get free Gold Club access ($189 value). — You Don’t Want to Miss This… From November 6–10, Doug Casey, Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno, and Casey Report editor E.B. Tucker will gather together with a group of close friends at one of the most unique places in the world: Doug’s world-class residential community in Argentina—La Estancia de Cafayate. As a reader of the Dispatch, we’d like to invite you to join. This is not an investment conference—far from it. It’s friends gathering at a place built for like-minded people. There’ll be great steaks, locally produced wine, and probably a few too many Cuban cigars. We’ll discuss what’s going on in the world, and what’s around the bend. This is a unique chance to spend a few days with great people in one of the world’s most beautiful settings. If you haven’t seen the high desert of Argentina, please consider joining us.Keep in mind, space is limited and spots are filling up quickly. So if you’re interested, don’t wait to sign up. To get more details, just send us an email using this link. We hope to see you at La Estancia de Cafayate November 6–10.
So far, the federal government has given more than half a million dollars to assist local tornado victims in Guilford and Rockingham Counties.It’s been nearly two months since an EF-2 tornado ripped through Greensboro, destroying homes, businesses and schools. One person was killed. The storm also ravaged communities in Rockingham County. According to the Federal Emergency Management Agency, 1,169 people in Guilford County have registered for federal assistance. In Rockingham County the number is 90. Roger Ingram with FEMA says the money will help victims get a fresh start.“It will help a person with rental assistance and repairs to their homes. It can help with furniture, automobile repair and other items,” says Ingram. “It’s extremely important that they talk with their insurance company and find out exactly what coverage they will get from them. Once they’ve settled with their insurance company, if they are underinsured or uninsured, they can come back to FEMA with their settlement letter and there may be other assistance available for that individual.”FEMA also partners with the U.S. Small Business Administration to help people recover from disaster situations. The agency offers low interest rate loans. SBA officials say as of this week, they’ve approved more than $400,000 to help individuals and local business owners affected by the storm.“We have received 741 home referrals from FEMA and 143 business referrals,” says A.J. Velazquez, a public affairs specialist with the Small Business Administration Office of Disaster Assistance.FEMA officials say individuals shouldn’t wait to apply for federal aid. The registration deadline for that is July 9th.Ingram says victims can receive help with the process and SBA loan application at the Disaster Recovery Center located on Maple Street in Greensboro.Follow WFDD’s Keri Brown on Twitter @kerib_news
Zynga, the 7-year-old social gaming company behind the ubiquitous Words with Friends and Farmville, announced the layoffs of 314 employees this week, which amounts to about 15 percent of its staff. The company hopes the cuts will save them up to $35 million this year. Zynga currently employs 2,100 people, down from 3,300 in 2012.Related: Zynga Layoffs: What Happens When Startups Grow Too Fast CEO Don Mattrick also announced the $527 million purchase (in both cash and equity) of interactive company NaturalMotion, Zynga’s largest acquisition to date. The company bought OMGPOP, the company behind the once-viral app Draw Something, for $200 million in 2012.NaturalMotion was founded in 2001 and is based out of Oxford, England. Zynga will be gaining 260 new employees from the acquisition. It’s the maker of mobile games such as Clumsy Ninja and My Horse. The company has also developed animation technologies called Euphoria and Morpheme that have been used in popular games like Grand Theft Auto IV and BioShock Infinite, respectively.Related: No Games: Zynga’s New CEO Shakes Up ManagementZynga has been navigating choppy waters for some time. Last summer, the company axed 500 jobs and founder Mark Pincus was replaced as CEO by Mattrick, the former head of Microsoft’s Xbox division.While there was a time when it seemed almost impossible to scroll through Facebook without seeing someone’s purchase of virtual livestock, King.com, the creator of Candy Crush Saga is currently the No. 1 maker of games for the site. With the purchase of NaturalMotion, Zynga is aiming to be major player in the mobile market. Related: The Keys to Candy Crush’s Success 2 min read Staff Writer. Covers leadership, media, technology and culture. Nina Zipkin Apply Now » Entrepreneur Staff Zynga Makes Its Biggest Buy Yet, Announces Fresh Round of Layoffs The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. –shares Technology Add to Queue 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List Next Article January 31, 2014
A public apology by Zuckerberg has failed to quell outrage over the hijacking of personal data from millions of people by Cambridge Analytica. © 2018 AFP The scandal over the way Cambridge Analytica obtained personal information to try to manipulate US voters “is the most important moment that Facebook has faced since it went public (in 2012),” according to Professor Andrew Przybylski of Oxford University, one of the world’s leading authorities on social media psychology.He compared their reluctance to admit the destructive potential of social media to the epiphany of the father of the atomic bomb, Robert Oppenheimer, who declared, “Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds.””With Facebook we have to acknowledge we are giving Frodo the Ring,” Przybylski told AFP, referring to the object in the Lord of the Rings which confers absolute power. “If you gave me the Ring I would be corrupted.”It is not that what is happening at Facebook is by its nature bad,” he added. “It is that they are using our data for products and services, but that we have no idea what they are up to.”He called for regulation and a new “ethical framework (to ensure) that users’ rights are protected and that research is being done transparently and in the public interest.”Przybylski said similar crises had led to the establishment of ethical standards in other areas. ‘Facebook sense threat'”Chemistry had this moment after they invented dynamite and chemical weapons, physics had this with nuclear weapons,” he argued.Facebook and “others have been built on the shoulders of academic research… The key issue is trust. Facebook works one-on-one with psychologists and researchers and there is a fundamental asymmetry there.”Przybylski, who has spent the last two days at Facebook’s San Francisco headquarters, said he told founder Mark Zuckerberg’s chief of staff “Chris Cox all this to his face”, and set out proposals on how Facebook might change the way it works.”I am optimistic. They are receptive, they have a sense of the threat and they have a proactive mindset,” said Przybylski, who no longer uses Facebook himself. Facebook and psychologists who have worked with it are grappling with their “Oppenheimer moment”, experts say, over revelations that its data may have been used to help elect US President Donald Trump. US FTC probing Facebook data scandal: media But Google researcher Francois Chollet has his doubts.In a series of scathing tweets this week the inventor of the Keras open source library said “the problem with Facebook is not ‘just’ the loss of your privacy and the fact that it can be used as a totalitarian panopticon,” a prison in which all the cells can be observed from one point.”The more worrying issue is its use of digital information consumption as a psychological control vector.”Other experts were sceptical that fears about personal information being used to influence users would lead to an exodus from the world’s biggest social network.But with hashtags like #DeleteFacebook and #ZuckSucks trending even on Facebook itself, they said it had suffered a major blow beyond the billions wiped off its share price.Addicted to the ‘F’ keyFrench sociologist Nathalie Nadaud-Albertini said that with Cambridge Analytica a line had been crossed even if “people are almost inured to their data being used for commercial gain. “That information is being used in political campaigns is far more unsettling,” she said.”Yet whether we like it or not, we are almost obliged to have social media accounts,” she said.Nor can addiction be underplayed, insisted Professor Eric Baumer, of Lehigh University in Pennsylvania, whose 2015 study for Cornell University showed how many Facebook users wanting to quit still found themselves reaching for the “F” key when started their computers.Those who did leave were often tempted back, he said.”A lot people are going to make a big fuss about quitting now… Then you’ll see a negative backlash when their friends say, ‘How am I to get in touch with you?'” he said.No other social media “has the same critical mass. However, that could change” and there were strong signs it was already changing with younger users. The most consistent users are now aged between 40 and 60, Baumer said, while “younger users are likely to have an account that is deactivated or to have at least thought of deactivating it.He was now studying a growing “latent resistance” to Facebook, which may end up with a “more thoughtful engagement with a panoply of different types of social media. “The other problem is the opacity of social media conglomerates,” Baumer argued. “People say I don’t like Facebook so I use Instagram… not realising Facebook also owns it.” Citation: Facebook faces ‘Oppenheimer moment’ over Trump scandal (2018, March 24) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-03-facebook-oppenheimer-moment-trump-scandal.html Explore further This document is subject to copyright. 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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. © 2018 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. Explore further Citation: Backers of data privacy measure submit signatures for ballot (2018, May 3) retrieved 18 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2018-05-backers-privacy-submit-signatures-ballot.html Supporters of a California initiative aimed at giving consumers more control over their personal data say they have collected enough signatures to qualify for the November ballot. Proponents of the measure, which would allow consumers to bar companies from selling their personal information, said Thursday they have submitted 625,000 signatures. If the secretary of state certifies that enough of the signatures are valid, the initiative will go before voters in November. Google, AT&T and other tech giants are funding an opposition campaign to quash the measure.It would require companies to tell users what types of personal information they collect and whether they’ve sold it. It would also let consumers sue companies for security breaches, even if the consumer can’t prove they were harmed as a result.Supporters say social media companies and others that collect and sell data can easily stop doing so and still make money selling advertisements and charging consumers to use their products.”People really want to be able to do something to take control over their personal information,” Alastair Mactaggart said, a San Francisco housing developer funding the initiative. “It’s entirely feasible, and it’s very low-tech.”Facebook gave $200,000 to the opposition effort before it said it will stop contributing money. Its announcement came amid mounting backlash after news broke that Cambridge Analytica, a Republican-linked consulting firm, had collected data from millions of Facebook users.Opponents argue the measure would create different standards for companies in California and could limit residents’ choices.”It is unworkable, requiring the internet and businesses in California to operate differently than the rest of the world—limiting our choices, hurting our businesses, and cutting our connection to the global economy,” leaders of the opposition campaign said in a statement. “This will open the floodgates for abusive, costly lawsuits.”The initiative wouldn’t deter businesses from selling products to California residents, Mactaggart said. Many industries, such as the auto industry, have to comply with different regulations in different states, he said. Facebook to stop spending against California privacy effort
Credit: IBM Have you ever been treated unfairly? How did it make you feel? Probably not too good. Most people generally agree that a fairer world is a better world, and our AI researchers couldn’t agree more. That’s why we are harnessing the power of science to create AI systems that are more fair and accurate. Explore further Credit: IBM Many of our recent advances in AI have produced remarkable capabilities for computers to accomplish increasingly sophisticated and important tasks, like translating speech across languages to bridge communications across cultures, improving complex interactions between people and machines, and automatically recognizing contents of video to assist in safety applications.Much of the power of AI today comes from the use of data-driven deep learning to train increasingly accurate models by using growing amounts of data. However, the strength of these techniques can also be a weakness. The AI systems learn what they’re taught, and if they are not taught with robust and diverse datasets, accuracy and fairness could be at risk. For that reason, IBM, along with AI developers and the research community, need to be thoughtful about what data we use for training. IBM remains committed to developing AI systems to make the world more fair.The challenge in training AI is manifested in a very apparent and profound way with facial recognition technology. Today, there can be difficulties in making facial recognition systems that meet fairness expectations. The heart of the problem is not with the AI technology itself, per se, but with how the AI-powered facial recognition systems are trained. For the facial recognition systems to perform as desired – and the outcomes to become increasingly accurate – training data must be diverse and offer a breadth of coverage. For example, the training data sets must be large enough and different enough that the technology learns all the ways in which faces differ to accurately recognize those differences in a variety of situations. The images must reflect the distribution of features in faces we see in the world. 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. Citation: IBM Research releases ‘Diversity in Faces’ dataset to advance study of fairness in facial recognition systems (2019, January 29) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-01-ibm-diversity-dataset-advance-fairness.html More information: L. G. Farkas, Anthropometry of the Head and Face, Raven Press, 1994.A. Chardon I. Cretois and C. Hourseau, “Skin colour typology and suntanning pathways,” International Journal of Cosmetic Science , Aug. 1991, 13(4), pp. 191-208.Y. Liu, K. L. Schmidt, J. F. Cohn, S. Mitra, “Facial asymmetry quantification for expression invariant human identification,” Computer Vision and Image Understanding, Volume 91, Issues 1–2, July–August 2003, pp. 138-159.L. G. Farkas, et. al, “International anthropometric study of facial morphology in various ethnic groups/races,” J Craniofac Surg. 2005 Jul;16(4), pp. 615-46.N. Ramanathan, R. Chellappa, “Modeling Age Progression in Young Faces,” Intl. Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2006, pp. 387-394.A. C. Little, B. C. Jones, L. M. DeBruine, “Facial attractiveness: evolutionary based research,” Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. 2011 Jun 12;366(1571), pp. 1638-59.X. Zhu, D. Ramanan, “Face Detection, Pose Estimation, and Landmark Localization in the Wild,” Intl. Conf. on Computer Vision and Pattern Recognition (CVPR), 2012, pp. 2879-2886.A. Porcheron, E. Mauger, R. Russell, “Aspects of Facial Contrast Decrease with Age and Are Cues for Age Perception,” PLoS One 8(3), Mar. 6, 2013Z. Liu, P. Luo, X. Wang, X. Tang, “Deep Learning Face Attributes in the Wild”, Intl. Conf. on Computer Vision (ICCV), 2015, pp. 3730-3738. Today, IBM Research is releasing a new large and diverse dataset called Diversity in Faces (DiF) to advance the study of fairness and accuracy in facial recognition technology. The first of its kind available to the global research community, DiF provides a dataset of annotations of 1 million human facial images. Using publicly available images from the YFCC-100M Creative Commons data set, we annotated the faces using 10 well-established and independent coding schemes from the scientific literature. [1-10] The coding schemes principally include objective measures of human faces, such as craniofacial features, as well as more subjective annotations, such as human-labeled predictions of age and gender. We believe by extracting and releasing these facial coding scheme annotations on a large dataset of 1 million images of faces, we will accelerate the study of diversity and coverage of data for AI facial recognition systems to ensure more fair and accurate AI systems. Today’s release is simply the first step.We believe the DiF dataset and its 10 coding schemes offer a jumping-off point for researchers around the globe studying the facial recognition technology. The 10 facial coding methods include craniofacial (e.g., head length, nose length, forehead height), facial ratios (symmetry), visual attributes (age, gender), and pose and resolution, among others. These schemes are some of the strongest identified by the scientific literature, building a solid foundation to our collective knowledge.Our initial analysis has shown that the DiF dataset provides a more balanced distribution and broader coverage of facial images compared to previous datasets. Furthermore, the insights obtained from the statistical analysis of the 10 initial coding schemes on the DiF dataset has furthered our own understanding of what is important for characterizing human faces and enabled us to continue important research into ways to improve facial recognition technology.The dataset is available today to the global research community upon request. IBM is proud to make this available and our goal is to help further our collective research and contribute to creating AI systems that are more fair.While IBM Research is committed to continuing study and investigation of fairer facial recognition systems, we don’t believe we can do it alone. With today’s release, we urge others to contribute to the growing body of research and advance this important scientific agenda.To request access to the DiF dataset, visit our webpage. To learn more about DiF, read our paper, “Diversity in Faces.” Journal information: PLoS ONE Experts disagree with prior study that claimed sheep have face-recognition abilities comparable to humans How do we measure and ensure diversity for human faces? On one hand, we are familiar with how faces differ by age, gender, and skin tone, and how different faces can vary across some of these dimensions. Much of the focus on facial recognition technology has been on how well it performs within these attributes. But, as prior studies have shown, these attributes are just a piece of the puzzle and not entirely adequate for characterizing the full diversity of human faces. Dimensions like face symmetry, facial contrast, the pose the face is in, the length or width of the face’s attributes (eyes, nose, forehead, etc.) are also important. This story is republished courtesy of IBM Research. Read the original story here. Provided by IBM
defence SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENTS Published on SHARE In a major decision, the Defence Ministry today approved procurement of 111 utility helicopters for the Navy at a cost of over Rs 21,000 crore, officials said. They said the ministry cleared procurement proposals worth nearly Rs 46,000 crore which included the acquisition of the helicopters. The decisions were taken at a meeting of the Defence Acquisition Council (DAC), the ministry’s highest decision-making body on procurement. “The DAC approved procurement of 111 utility helicopters for the Indian Navy at a cost of over Rs 21,000 crores,” said a senior official. The official said the DAC also granted approval to a few other procurement proposals amounting to approximately Rs 24,879 crore which included approval for acquisition of 150 indigenously designed and developed 155 mm advanced towed artillery gun systems for the Army at an approximate cost of Rs 3,364 crores. COMMENT August 25, 2018