10 months agoChelsea boss Sarri wants Isco to play with Hazard – not replace him

first_imgChelsea boss Sarri wants Isco to play with Hazard – not replace himby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea boss Maurizio Sarri wants to sign Isco to play with Eden Hazard – not replace him.The Sun says Chelsea are readying a £70m bid for Real Madrid midfielder Isco.Sarri sees Real Madrid maestro Isco, 26, as the perfect foil for the Belgian.As a creative midfielder with brilliant technical ability, Isco would no doubt slot in seamlessly to ‘Sarriball’ at Stamford Bridge.And the plan for the Italian gaffer is to use Isco, who plays mainly on the left-wing, to allow Hazard to flourish in his new central role.They will make a £70m bid for him today with the hope of securing a £250,000-a-week, four-and-a-half-year contract in the first week of January. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Mayor says Churchill cant wait until spring for rail service premier mulls

first_imgWINNIPEG – People in sub-arctic Churchill, Man., face the prospect of running out of heating fuel over the winter unless the region’s rail line is repaired and service is restored, Mayor Mike Spence said Wednesday.Spence met with federal and provincial politicians in Winnipeg and tried to persuade them to help the rail line’s owner speed up plans to repair damage from extensive flooding this spring.Denver-based Omnitrax has said it will be next spring before the many sections of washed-out track and damaged bridges can be assessed and fixed.“We need to deal with this right now. We can’t have a spring deadline,” Spence said.“Not having propane in the community — Manitoba housing units, private homes, private businesses, right? You run out of heat, you’re done.”The rail line is the only land link to the remote town of 900 on the western shore of Hudson Bay — a popular tourist destination for watching polar bears and beluga whales. Trains bring in food, fuel and other supplies, some of which are now being flown in at much higher cost.Fuel, heavy equipment and other goods can be brought in by ship, but the ice-free season is short and the winters are cold and long. The town does not have enough propane storage facilities to last an entire winter, Spence said.Omnitrax has said it has hired an engineering company that will take four weeks to assess the damage and list necessary repairs.The mayor wants the federal and provincial governments to put “boots on the ground” in the form of inspectors to help Omnitrax get a quicker assessment. He also wants government subsidies to cover the higher costs of shipping goods by air.Spence said he was encouraged after the meetings that included a chat with Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister.“What I took away from it was that there’s an opportunity here for collectively working together and seeing some positive results.”Pallister, who spoke to reporters before the meeting, said he is willing to consider subsidies and perhaps some help for repair work, but added he is not ready to make any specific commitments.“You don’t agree to a subsidy until you know what the subsidy is for,” Pallister said.“We haven’t assessed the damage on the rail line, for example. We don’t know the time frames. We don’t know the nature of the supplies that are needed.”A preliminary assessment has shown that flooding washed away the track bed in 19 places and damaged at least five bridges. Omnitrax has said another 30 bridges and 600 culverts need to be examined further.last_img read more

Strong May growth reinforces forecasts for Canadian rate increase in October

first_imgStronger-than-expected growth in the Canadian economy in May points to another interest rate hike this fall but economists don’t think it will happen at the next Bank of Canada rate announcement in September.On Tuesday, Statistics Canada said the Canadian economy grew by 0.5 per cent in May thanks to strong performances by both domestic and export-oriented sectors.That was above market expectations of 0.3 per cent, said Josh Nye, senior economist with RBC Economics Research, who pointed out that with activity rising month-over-month in 19 of 20 industries, it was the most broadly-based gain in more than a decade.“Today’s solid growth numbers simply improve our confidence that the overnight rate is set to move higher again this year,” he said, adding that he believes the Bank of Canada will hold off until October to raise rates.The central bank raised interest rates for the fourth time in a year in July and has indicated that more hikes are coming as economic growth raises the risk of inflation heating up.The Bank of Canada has forecast GDP growth of 2.8 per cent in the second quarter ended June 30, slightly less than analyst expectations of 3.0 per cent.CIBC Capital Markets chief economist Avery Shenfeld said he also expects a rate increase in October but added the central bank will leave rates alone after that until 2019.“Even with a flat June, we’re on target for 3.0 per cent growth in Q2, but remember, that follows three quarters averaging only 1.5 per cent. Thus, the underlying trend isn’t that far above the 1.9 per cent growth rate that the Bank of Canada sees as sustainable without inflation pressures,” he said.The month-over-month increase of 0.5 per cent in May compared to a rise of 0.1 per cent in April, Statistics Canada reported, adding the April number was reduced by weather that included an ice storm across Central and Eastern Canada as well as the temporary shutdown of some oilsands projects in Alberta for maintenance.The oil and gas sector led the way in May with a 2.5 per cent increase as those oilsands facilities returned to production.The utilities sector contracted 2.4 per cent in May as warmer weather returned across the country, reversing growth of 1.4 per cent in April prompted by increased demand for heating due to colder-than-usual temperatures.Activity at the offices of real estate agents and brokers was down 2.7 per cent in May, in part due to declining home sales in British Columbia. It was the fourth decline since the beginning of 2018.The retail trade sector rose two per cent, its largest monthly increase since October 2017, sparked by activity from motor vehicle and parts dealers and springtime activities from building material and garden equipment and supplies dealers, clothing and clothing accessories stores and general merchandise stores.Construction increased 0.7 per cent in May, essentially compensating for April’s decline. Residential building construction and repair construction were both up after decreases in April.Export-oriented sectors also registered gains, with wholesale trade rising 1.4 per cent on strength in building material and supplies and building material.The manufacturing sector edged up 0.1 per cent as non-durable manufacturing rose 0.9 per cent on higher chemical output and durable manufacturing fell 0.7 per cent on decreased activity in transportation equipment and fabricated metal products.Follow @HealingSlowly on Twitter.last_img read more

Sterlite Power inks pact for Brazil Pampa project

first_imgNew Delhi: Sterlite Power Friday said it has signed an agreement for Pampa transmission project in Rio Grande do Sul, Brazil, entailing an investment of Rs 1,394.79 crore. “The agreement is for batch 13, won at energy transmission auction held by ANEEL ( Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency),” Sterlite Power said in a statement. Completion of the project is expected in March 2023, and signing of the pact represents an important milestone in the company’s evolution, it added. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe company however said it will ensure ahead of schedule delivery just like other projects in India. The project includes construction of three energy transmission lines totalling 316 km, two substations and 1,544 MVA transformation capacity, with annual allowed revenue of 74.72 million Brazilian real ( about Rs 133.98 crore) and an investment of 777.8 million Brazilian real (about Rs 1,394.79 crore). “Given the strong contractual framework, including long concession tenures (30 years) and inflation-protected revenues (which help lower the forex risk), the Brazil market presents us with a clear vision to implement projects in a time bound manner. We hope to replicate our successes in India in Brazil too,” said Ved Mani Tiwari, CEO – Global Infrastructure Business, Sterlite Power. Sterlite Power develops power transmission infrastructure and has projects exceeding 12,500 km in circuits and 20,500 MVA in India and Brazil.last_img read more

The Blue Jays Are The Best — And Theres An 80 Percent

Houston Astros(Chance of winning the World Series: 4 percent)Don’t sleep on the ’Stros. Although the Astros are only the second wild card, they show some intriguing potential for October contention. After several much-derided moves to strengthen the bullpen in the offseason, Houston had the second-best relief corps in the major leagues (by wins above replacement). It doesn’t have the top-end relief aces of, say, the Yankees, but the Astros can count on a number of solid arms to bail them out in high-leverage situations.And don’t get put off by the Astros’ second-half swoon, because the team seems to have been unlucky this year. They sport the fourth-best Pythagorean record in the league (but the 10th-best record), and the team lost 17 runs on offense because of unfortunate clustering of their hits, another sign of poor fortune. Even these statistics may be underrating Houston, because a large portion of their production comes from young players who were called up mid-season, like shortstop Carlos Correa and starting pitcher Lance McCullers. The Astros team that the Yankees are facing in the play-in game will be significantly improved from the one that started the year.New York Yankees(Chance of winning the World Series: 5 percent)This Yankees team feels like the prototypical Bronx outfit of the past few years: a team filled with a gaggle of aging veterans on massively overpaid free-agent contracts. Outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury is the current exemplar, and catcher Brian McCann was last year. Together, the Yankees boast the highest average age for position players of any team in baseball, when you weight the players by their WAR contribution. Age and the injuries that come with it make the current Yankees team less intimidating than the one that racked up 87 wins in the regular season. The Bronx Bombers lost their most productive hitter, first baseman Mark Teixeira, after an August injury, and other older players may feel the wear-and-tear more than most.What may make the Yankees unusually dangerous in the playoffs is their incredible late inning relief crew. Their setup man is the intimidating Dellin Betances, who just finished one of the 20 best reliever seasons of the past five years, and their closer is Andrew Miller, whose season ranked in the top 40 on the same list. Although the bottom of the bullpen is more questionable, Yankees manager Joe Girardi can conceal it behind two of the best relievers in baseball, which presents a tactical advantage in the playoffs.Texas Rangers(Chance of winning the World Series: 9 percent)After suffering by far the most injuries last season, the Rangers bounced back to take the division this year. But the Rangers’ playoff position belies the performances of their players. They are 12th in position-player WAR and 20th in pitching. The Rangers’ run differential is a perfectly adequate +18, which puts them more in the range of the Orioles (+20) and Diamondbacks (+7), two also-rans. Indeed, by Pythagorean record, the Rangers ought to have lost the second wild card to the Indians.So the numbers suggest that the Rangers aren’t long for the playoffs, but there are some minor reasons to believe that the Texas roster is stronger than it appears. The deadline trade for Cole Hamels gave them a potent and dependable frontline starter. Rougned Odor has been one of the best second basemen in the majors since being recalled after being demoted to the minors.Even so, it’s hard to buy into the Rangers as genuine contenders. They lack the outstanding bullpens of last year’s surprise teams and don’t match up especially well with the rest of the AL field. Although this season is an unexpected success for Texas, it’s hard to imagine it continuing too far into October.Kansas City Royals(Chance of winning the World Series: 13 percent)Now we get to the class of the league. The Royals are one of the most unexpectedly formidable teams of the past few years. Whether by luck, chemistry or a secret ingredient that the rest of the league has yet to discover, Kansas City has managed to baffle the majority of the preseason prognosticators this year, and I am no exception.It’s never a good idea to bet against the projections too confidently or too often. But the Royals have the production to back up their standing in the league, with a run differential that’s fifth-best in MLB and WAR totals to match.2The Royals come in with the sixth-most position player WAR in baseball and the 15th-most pitching WAR. Having boosted themselves at the trade deadline with the addition of a frontline ace in Johnny Cueto and a versatile hitter in Ben Zobrist, the Royals stand as good a chance as anyone but the Blue Jays at taking the crown, even if we still don’t understand why they are so good. Speaking of those Blue Jays …Toronto Blue Jays(Chance of winning the World Series: 19 percent)It’s difficult to overstate just how incredible the Blue Jays have been this year. Their run differential exceeds the next-best team (the Cardinals) by 99 runs, which itself would be the fifth-best run differential in the league. Since 1950, only 18 teams (out of 1,592; just about 1 percent) have had season run differentials better than the Blue Jays’ sum of +221.3These statistics are derived from Sean Lahman’s database. With their midseason trades for arguably the best position player (shortstop Troy Tulowitzki) and pitcher (starter David Price) available, the Blue Jays became something we almost never see in modern baseball: a steamroller, a world-beater, a superteam. Sure enough, since the All-Star break, the Jays have been even better, racking up a run differential of +139, which put them on pace for the best full-season run differential of any team since 1950.And yet, of those 18 teams with run differentials better than that of the 2015 Blue Jays, only six went on to win the World Series. Only 11 of the 18 even went to the World Series. There’s a reason baseball has gone away from the superteam model: No matter how strong the team, nobody can predict what will happen in a short postseason series.Read more: The Best 2015 MLB Teams, According To Our New Ratings It’s time for real, live playoff baseball. Or as sabermetricians like to call it: the season where weird stuff happens.The playoffs are entirely different from the regular season, with an emphasis on top-tier starting pitching and the savvy usage of strong late-inning relief. Sabermetrics researchers have struggled in vain for years to pinpoint a secret sauce that can guarantee postseason success. Because of the changing strategies and wild-card structures in MLB, trying to figure out who’s going to win the World Series creates problems that are similar to those faced by electoral prognosticators, only with much less data.1Instead of hundreds of polls, we have a few dozen individual games per year, which are noisy indicators even without considering all the potential confounding factors. The truth may be that there is no very accurate way to forecast who will survive the gantlet of the MLB playoffs.But that’s not going to stop us from trying! Elsewhere, Neil Paine has used Elo ratings (FiveThirtyEight’s pet power rating system) to project each wild-card game and divisional series. But before you go read that, stick with me so I can tell you a little bit about each of the AL teams that have found their way into the hunt. (I’ll cover the NL teams on Wednesday.)There are clearly two tiers of teams fighting for the pennant, with the Blue Jays and Royals towering above the Yankees, Astros and Rangers. read more

Ohio State wrestling makes history at Hawkeyes expense

The last time the Ohio State wrestling team beat Iowa in 1966, Woody Hayes was still the Buckeyes’ head football coach. Archie Griffin had yet to play a down for OSU, let alone win two Heisman Trophies. The United States was in the middle of the Vietnam War under President Lyndon B. Johnson. And everyone, including the coaching staff, involved with the OSU wrestling team had yet to live in a world that saw their school win against Iowa. That all changed Friday night though, after the No. 7 Buckeyes toppled No. 2 Iowa, 21-9, at St. John Arena. Besides being the team’s first win over the Hawkeyes in 46 seasons, the win was also a look into the future of Buckeye wrestling. With seven freshmen or redshirt freshmen starters, OSU is arguably one of the youngest teams in not only the Big Ten, but in Division I wrestling. Freshmen Johnni Dijulius, Hunter Stieber, Cam Tessari, Derek Garcia, Andrew Campolattano and redshirt freshmen Logan Stieber and Josh Demas won a combined 25 state championships in high school. Logan Stieber, Hunter Stieber, Tessari, Garcia and Campolattano are all four-time state champions. Out of those seven, six were able to defeat their Iowa counterpart, and those six victories accounted for all but one of the wins OSU scored against the Hawkeyes. Logan Stieber, Hunter Stieber and Garcia knocked off the No. 2-, No. 3- and No. 6-ranked wrestlers, respectively, in their weight classes by a combined score of 17-7. Just two weeks ago, some were questioning if the youth of the Buckeyes was catching up to them after dropping their first two matches of the season on the road to ranked competition against No. 8 Nebraska and No. 4 Minnesota. Most of those sentiments, though, were put to rest against an Iowa squad that had yet to lose a Big Ten duel this year. Besides being a memorable moment for the program as a whole, Garcia said he thinks finally beating the Hawkeyes proves the legitimacy of their team. “We went out and we didn’t wrestle our best against Nebraska and Minnesota and I think we kind of had a little downer there,” Garcia said. “But we showed everybody right now that we are real.” Hunter Stieber, who defeated a two-time All-American in Iowa’s Montell Marion, agreed that this was a big statement for a young Ohio State team with aspirations of winning it all. “It feels amazing. It’s awesome. Everyone wrestled extremely well … it was amazing, everyone came together, worked hard all week, worked hard all year,” Hunter Stieber said. “We had a few bad dual meets, but I mean, we’re still in the hunt. We can compete and make a run at the national title this year as a team.” OSU coach Tom Ryan said he knew what he was getting himself into when he left Hofstra to lead the Buckeyes. “We came here for this,” Ryan said. “We knew this was called the sleeping giant. It’s far from over. I know the men on the other side of the mat. Those guys were teammates, and I know how they react when they get punched in the nose. They do not fall down, they punch back.” OSU still has three duels left in the Big Ten, including a road trip to defending national champion Penn State next Sunday, Jan. 29, before the National Duals, Big Ten Championships and NCAA Championships begin. Ryan said the battle is on. “Ohio State is officially in a fist fight,” he said. “I’m very proud of this group of guys.” read more

Womens Volleyball The Buckeyes hit the road again to face No 6

Members of Ohio State women’s volleyball team celebrate a point scored against No. 2 Penn State on Oct. 6. The Buckeyes lost 3-2. Credit: Rebecca Farage | Lantern ReporterThe Ohio State women’s volleyball team (10-7, 3-3 Big Ten) will hope to find better success this weekend when it travels for a pair of games in Illinois against No. 6 Illinois Friday and Northwestern Saturday after dropping its last two matches to Penn State and Rutgers.Last season, the Buckeyes beat Northwestern both games in their home-and-home series. Ohio State defeated the Wildcats in a 3-0 sweep at St. John Arena and beat them again in a 3-1 match in Evanston, Illinois.The Buckeyes have won two of the last three contests between the two teams, but lost to the Illini 3-1 last season. Illinois leads the all-time series with a 41-38 record with games between both teams taking place since 1974.Ohio State has been more successful against Northwestern as it has defeated the Wildcats in the last fives matches.Ohio State associate head coach Susan Halverson-Maloney has been practicing with the Buckeyes, focusing on their serve-and-pass as they prepare to go up against two teams she knows play a strong defense and serving game.“Both teams are similar to us in that they’re battling in the Big Ten right now. [They have] a lot of matches going long, a lot of sets going long,” Halverson-Maloney said.  “For us it’s about staying in each point, refocusing after each point, winning the long rallies.”Halverson-Maloney believes that the key to having a successful weekend is to find consistency and maintain the same level of play with every game.“[We are] just looking to our leadership to keep us consistent on both sides of the ball, offensively and defensively, trying to find our edge and our push in tight moments,” Halverson-Maloney said.Last weekend was one of sophomore outside hitter Bia Franklin’s most impressive performances as she hit 10 kills and nine digs in Friday night’s game against No. 2 Penn State. Both numbers were career-highs for Franklin.“I just did what the team needed and they helped me,” Franklin said. “It was really nice and natural, I didn’t really think about it.”With some of the players facing continuous injuries, Halverson-Maloney said the Buckeyes have collectively tried to step up their performance. “They’ve been flexible, they’ve been competitive, willing to do anything for the team,” Halverson-Maloney said. “We’ve had great response from every position. They’re enjoying the newness of the lineup and trying to work out and problem-solve together.” read more

Football No 10 Ohio State takes on No 4 Michigan with sixgame

Every year, both Ohio State and Michigan have this game marked on their calendars.Every year, the Ohio State-Michigan matchup brings together one of the all-time biggest rivalries in college football. Michigan leads the series overall with a record of 58-49-6, but in recent years, Ohio State has taken control, winning the past six installments since Urban Meyer took over as head coach.But this year, for the first time in the Meyer era, No. 4 Michigan (10-1, 8-0 Big Ten) comes into “The Game” as the favorite against No. 10 Ohio State (10-1, 7-1 Big Ten), and it’s the first time since 2004 that the Wolverines are favorites in Ohio Stadium.“We don’t talk about those things,” Meyer said. “The most prepared team will win the game. It’s not who’s favored and who is not. I didn’t know that. And I don’t imagine our team really does.”Michigan enters as the favorite thanks to a 10-game winning streak after losing its opener on the road to now-No. 3 Notre Dame 24-17. Included in the streak are wins against then-No. 15 Wisconsin, then-No. 24 Michigan State and then-No. 14 Penn State. The victories against the Badgers and the Nittany Lions were by 25 points or more.“Whenever you face an elite team, elite defense, which they are, personnel stands out, front seven stands out,” Meyer said. “I think they’re No. 1 in the nation in pass defense. And just very good personnel, very well thought-out scheme and very good defense.”The Wolverines hold the No. 1 pass defense, as well as the No. 1 defense overall, allowing 234.8 yards per game, more than 15 yards fewer than any other team in the country.Michigan allows 13.5 points per game, tied for the fourth fewest in the NCAA.The country’s strongest defense is led by stars in the front seven. Junior linebackers Devin Bush and Josh Uche combine for 85 tackles, 17.5 of which are for a loss, including 12 sacks.Junior Rashan Gary and redshirt senior Chase Winovich have 7.5 sacks of their own on the defensive line on 94 combined tackles. But Winovich went down with an upper-body injury against Indiana on Saturday, and his status remains uncertain for the game, Michigan head coach Jim Harbaugh said.But Michigan had one of the strongest defenses in the country in 2017 — ending the season with the third-fewest yards allowed per game — when it lost to Ohio State at home.The difference comes on the other side of the ball.After ending this past season with the 25th worst total offense in the NCAA, the Wolverines come into Ohio Stadium averaging 36.6 points per game, No. 24 in the country, scoring 40 or more points in six of their 11 games.Junior quarterback Shea Patterson is the difference maker, throwing for 2,177 yards, 18 touchdowns and four interceptions while completing 65.9 percent of his passes. He also averages 4.2 yards per rush for 252 yards and two scores on the ground.Patterson has a trio of players who receive the majority of the targets: sophomore wide receivers Donovan Peoples-Jones and Nico Collins, and senior tight end Zach Gentry.Peoples-Jones leads the team with 32 catches for 477 yards and seven touchdowns. Gentry, the 6-foot-8 tight end, is closely behind with 475 yards and a pair of scores. Collins has 29 catches for 461 yards and four touchdowns this season.Senior running back Karan Higdon leads the No. 14 rushing offense in the nation with 1,106 yards and 10 rushing touchdowns on 5.3 yards per carry.Higdon said Monday in a Michigan press conference he guarantees a Michigan victory against the Buckeyes.Instead of making promises, Meyer is going to let the Buckeyes’ play on Saturday do all the talking.  “How do you show respect for them and the game? You work, which we are. We’re working so damn hard for this,” Meyer said.Michigan comes in with the momentum, and hopes of ending its losing streak and finishing off the team’s “Revenge Tour” that has motivated the Wolverines all season.They have gone through three key stops on their tour: Wisconsin, Michigan State and Penn State.Now, No. 4 Michigan remains one win away from finishing it, facing off against No. 10 Ohio State in Ohio Stadium at noon on Saturday. It enters with the strongest team of the Harbaugh era, and one of the most vulnerable Ohio State teams since Meyer took over.Now, it comes down to one game to see if the Wolverines can finish what they started, or if the Buckeyes can go to the Big Ten Championship once more. Only this time, they will have to do it as the underdog.Wyatt Crosher: 34-24 MichiganColin Gay: 35-31 Ohio StateRachel Bules: 38-35 Ohio StateSydney Riddle: 24-21 Ohio StateAmanda Parrish: 35-30 Ohio StateZach Varda: 45-17 MichiganEdward Sutelan: 28-24 MichiganJake Rahe: 21-17 Ohio State read more

Celebrating Ted Williams 100th birthday

first_img Posted: August 31, 2018 Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitter KUSI Newsroom, Celebrating Ted Williams 100th birthday 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Thursday would have been the 100th birthday of baseball legend Ted Williams.Former Padres announcer Bob Chandler talked about the legacy Williams left behind live on Good Morning San Diego.The Baseball Hall of Fame published the following information on Theodore Samuel Williams:Ted WilliamsTheodore Samuel WilliamsInducted to the Hall of Fame in: 1966Primary team: Boston Red SoxPrimary position: Left FielderTed Williams always knew what he wanted. Others could debate who was the best all-around player in baseball history. Williams was a hitter. “All I want out of life is that when I walk down the street folks will say, ‘There goes the greatest hitter that ever lived,’” Williams said.He accomplished his goal. Babe Ruth and Hank Aaron may have been better power hitters. You could argue that the graceful Joe DiMaggio or Willie Mays was a better all-around player. If you’re talking about the greatest hitter that ever stepped into the batters box, the discussion begins with the long-time Red Sox left fielder.Williams wrote the book on hitting–his “The Science Of Hitting” disproves the adage that great hitters can’t teach hitting.He won six batting titles, but that doesn’t really explain his mastery at the plate. Thanks to an excellent batting eye, Williams led the American League in on-base percentage seven straight years and 12 times overall. His .482 career on-base percentage is the best of all time. And he wasn’t just doing it with walks and singles. Williams led the AL in home runs four times, and his .634 career slugging percentage is second to only Ruth.He did all of it despite missing most of five seasons due to military service. He learned to fly fighter planes during World War II, working as an instructor from 1943-1945. He was recalled to duty in 1952 during the height of the Korean War, and he served in Korea for more than a year, flying combat missions in a Marine fighter jet.That missed time explains why the game’s greatest hitter didn’t reach 3,000 hits. After missing the all-star game as a rookie, Williams was an all-star in every non-military interrupted season of the rest of his career. He wasn’t just being grandfathered in. In his final season, 1960, as a 41-year-old, he hit .316 with 29 home runs. His body may have been failing him, but his ability to hit never left.Williams’ goal was never to be beloved. He took his hitting into the outfield early in his career–he’d practice swings between pitches. Those kind of quirks and some signs of defensive indifference didn’t always endear him to Red Sox’ fans. His relationship with the Boston community wasn’t helped by along-running feud between Williams and much of the Boston media. The newspapermen didn’t make Williams’ life any easier, but Williams didn’t help himself with his legendary stubborness. The same personality that ensured he could remember a pitch that struck him out three months before was not going to forget any slights inflicted by a hostile press.After his retirement, the memories of his difficulties with fans slowly retreated, while the memories of his amazing career, and his honorable military service became more and more prominent. By the time he threw out the first pitch for the 1999 all-star game, he was revered as a baseball treasure, as the game’s best current players mobbed Williams to touch and talk to the game’s biggest star.DID YOU KNOWthat Ted Williams won the Triple Crown in 1942 and ’47, yet was not voted MVP in either of those standout years? KUSI Newsroom August 31, 2018last_img read more

Bernie Sanders Sole Candidate to Address the Black Press at National Convention

first_imgBy Stacy M. Brown, NNPA Newswire Correspondent, @StacyBrownMediaEvery major newspaper and news organization in the country has labeled the Black vote crucial to success in the 2020 presidential election, and statistics show that African Americans are 60% more likely to utilize and trust print-related resources for information than the general public.However, of the 24 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is the only one that has agreed to address key influencers of the African American community — the Black Press of America — at the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s (NNPA) annual convention later this month in Cincinnati, Ohio.NNPA NEWSWIRE — However, of the 24 candidates seeking the Democratic nomination for president, Senator Bernie Sanders (I-VT) is the only one that has agreed to address key influencers of the African American community — the Black Press of America — at the National Newspaper Publishers Association’s (NNPA) annual convention later this month in Cincinnati.It’s no secret that Sanders has work to do to get his campaign message through to African Americans. “We thought we could do respectably in South Carolina, and we got decimated,” Sanders said in a campaign memo released earlier this year in which he discussed losing the Black vote to Hillary Clinton in South Carolina.Clinton won an astonishing 86 percent of South Carolina’s Black voters in 2016.“This is our revolution,” said Sanders, who will speak during the NNPA Convention’s Lifetime Legacy Award Black Tie Gala, Friday June 28th at 7:30pm at The Westin Cincinnati Hotel. Also in attendance will be former Ohio State Senator Nina Turner, a key surrogate for Sander’s 2016 campaign and co-chair of his current campaign for the Democratic nomination and presidency.The NNPA represents Black-owned newspapers with millions of weekly readers across the country, including major markets like New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Washington, St. Louis, Pittsburgh, Philadelphia, Houston, Dallas, Baltimore, Chicago and all of the nation’s “swing” states.“You’ve got to win Black voters to win the primary,” Lawrence Moore, a former Sanders delegate to the Democratic National Convention, told NBC News.“It took [Sanders] a while to grow into and learn the issues, but he’s willing to listen and understand, unlike other politicians,” Moore said.In a poll commissioned by The Black Economic Alliance and conducted by Hart Research and Brossard Research, Sanders currently trails former Vice President Joe Biden among Black voters.The poll, which measured how enthusiastic Black voters are about the Democratic presidential candidates, showed that 76 percent of respondents said they were most enthusiastic about Biden; 64 percent said they were most enthusiastic about Sanders who finished ahead of Sens.Kamala Harris of California (53 percent) and Cory Booker of New Jersey (43 percent).African Americans surveyed said affordable healthcare, college and the creation of more jobs with good benefits, were most important.Sanders has openly reached out to African American leaders like NAACP President Derrick Johnson and others, where he’s discussed the economic climate, voter suppression, jobs and other issues facing the Black community.In addition to Sanders’ campaign office, NNPA Newswire has contacted each of the remaining 24 Democratic presidential candidates for comment, including Biden, Harris, Booker, and Texas’ Beto O’Rourke, Sen. Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand.“The path to economic security is rocky for families in America but that path is even rockier for Black families who have stared down decades of government sponsored discrimination and institutional racism,” Sen. Warren told NNPA Newswire in an email.“This campaign is about making our government and our economy work for everyone and Black Americans will be on the frontlines of that conversation. The Black Press of America and its journalists are an integral part of how we make our democracy work,” Warren said.In a statement to NNPA Newswire, O’Rourke’s campaign said they’re grateful for the invitation to speak to the attendees of NNPA’s annual convention and wishes the 2020 candidate from Texas was able to participate in the dialogue.“Beto believes we cannot just pay lip service to the problems faced by communities and towns often forgotten or written off, but that we must also listen to their ideas and welcome them to be a part of the solution,” the statement reads.“That’s how he served in Congress and it’s how he has been running his campaign – making sure no person, no group, no constituency is taken for granted. We thank you for your continued coverage of topics that matter to all Americans – especially the African American community – and look forward to partnering with you to address these topics in the future.”Last month, Harris cleared her schedule to attend and deliver a keynote address at the 75th anniversary celebration of the San Francisco Sun-Reporter newspaper where she said the Black Press was “more important than ever before.”“The Sun-Reporter is an example of the significance of the Black press in America,” Harris said at the event held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in downtown San Francisco.“There are issues that are unique to the Black community, and until we have true diversity in the press we must rely on papers like the Sun-Reporter,” Harris said.In addition to the decision to skip the NNPA’s Annual Convention, With the exceptions of Warren and O’Rourke, no other candidates responded to our request for comment.last_img read more

India Seychelles sign 4 pacts to boost security cooperation

first_imgSeeking to expand its footprint in the strategic Indian Ocean, India on Wednesday agreed to help Seychelles in mapping its hydrology reserves under four agreements signed during the visit of Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi who launched a coastal surveillance radar project to boost security cooperation with the island nation.The Prime Minister also announced that India will give a second Dronier aircraft to Seychelles and provide free of cost visas for three months for its citizens and making it available to them on arrival. Also Read – Need to understand why law graduate’s natural choice is not legal profession: CJIAfter one-to-one and delegation-level talks with Seyechelles President James Alix Michel, Modi, the first Indian Prime Minister to visit Seychelles in 34 years, also said they underlined the importance of comprehensive cooperation in the Indian Ocean region.”We expressed support for a more active and productive Indian Ocean Rim Association,” Modi, who arrived here on Tuesday on the first leg of his three-nation tour, told reporters.He also launched the Coastal Surveillance Radar Project, describing it as another symbol of the cooperation between the two countries. Also Read – Health remains key challenge in India’s development: KovindAmid increasing Chinese focus on the Indian Ocean, India is aiming to pitch in with all help to island nations like Seychelles, Mauritius and Sri Lanka.China has been making inroads into these island nations with infrastructure projects that has raised India’s eyebrows.The first CSR would be based in Mahe Island, capital of Seychelles.”This is part of the capability enhancement project for Seychelles in which India is helping,” official sources said, adding that it will help keep a watch on the coastline and Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) and combat piracy. Modi and Michel witnessed the signing of four agreements: cooperation in hydrographyic survey, renewable energy, infrastructure development and jointly develop navigation charts and electronic navigational charts for sale to other countries.”Our agreement today on hydrographic survey adds a new dimension to our maritime cooperation. I thank Seychelles for their confidence in India,” Modi said.”Our security partnership is strong. It has enabled us to fulfil our shared responsibility to advance maritime security in the region,” he said.”It is a privilege to be a partner of Seychelles in the development of its security capabilities,” Modi said, adding India’s help will enable Seychelles to secure its beautiful islands and the vast expanse of waters around them.”Seychelles will also continue to make an enormous contribution to the safety and security of the Indian Ocean Region,” he said.Modi said he held “very productive” talks with Michel and described Seychelles as “a vital partner in our Indian Ocean neighbourhood”.”Short it may be, but this visit has been very productive. It is no surprise that Seychelles is my first destination in the Indian Ocean Region,” Modi said.”We also hope that Seychelles will soon be a full partner in the maritime security cooperation between India, Maldives and Sri Lanka,” he said.Modi said he was deeply touched by the extraordinary hospitality and warmth he received in the country.”Our relationship is unique and special. It is founded on deep sense of mutual trust and confidence. It is marked by a spirit of respect and equality; and enormous goodwill and warmth,” he said.Modi and Michel also agreed to establish a Joint Working Group to expand cooperation on the Blue Economy to harness new possibilities of the ocean in a sustainable and balanced manner.”Seychelles is a leader in advancing the concept of Blue Economy. We also believe that the Ocean Economy is indispensable to meeting our future challenges,” Modi said.”This cooperation will increase our understanding of marine ecology and resources,” he said.”This is a major step in advancing our scientific and economic cooperation,” the Prime Minister said.”We stressed our support for expansion in our modest trade and investment relations.”Modi expressed hope that Seychelles would be able to quickly utilise the committed USD 75 million in grants and credit provided by India in accordance with its priorities.He thanked President Michel for his country’s consistent support to India in international forums, including its bid for a permanent membership of the UN Security Council.He invited President Michel to visit India at an early date.Calling India a leader, Michel said and his country looks up to India. He said he looks forward to visit India.Michel said his country valued strategic partnership with India.Modi said the two countries have strong convergence of views on climate change.”We are two nations that are vulnerable to its impact. And, we are deeply committed to combating it,” he said.”We stressed our shared commitment to strong national action. We also called for a strong and ambitious global effort, especially from the developed world, on climate change,” the Prime Minister said.Foreign Secretary S Jaishankar and National Security Adviser Ajit Doval were part of the Indian delegation during Modi’s talks with President Michel at the State House in Victoria that lasted one hour.Michel had received Modi at the airport late last night.Seychelles has a population of 90,000 people and 10 per cent of them are of Indian-origin.last_img read more

Wyndham wins at Annual Vacation Ownership Awards

first_imgWyndham DestinationsWyndham wins at Annual Vacation Ownership AwardsWyndham Destinations Asia Pacific has claimed three Australian Timeshare Holiday Ownership Council (ATHOC) Awards, with teams from the Gold Coast and Fiji and a Queensland resort manager picking up major accolades.Presented at the peak body’s annual conference in Fiji, the ATHOC Awards are nine prestigious honours that recognise and reward exceptionally talented individuals, teams and companies in the vacation ownership industry across the South Pacific.Wyndham Destinations’ Gold Coast-based Owner Marketing team, which communicates with the WorldMark South Pacific Club’s 57,000 vacation owner families and manages the company’s social media pages, was named Best Marketing Team of the Year.“Our Owner Marketing team has done an exceptional job of improving our marketing and social media efforts, site visitation and engagement through the optimisation of quality user-generated content,” said Gary Croker, Senior Vice President of Business Development Asia Pacific, Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacific.“This Gold Coast team is skilled at building constructive relationships with our vacation owners and helping them gain an understanding of the power our product gives them. The team’s campaigns and solutions are leading the field in an area which is undergoing enormous technological change and disruption.”Meanwhile, the company’s Fiji Sales team was honoured with the Sales Team of the Year award, thanks to its commitment to customer service and using innovative ideas to showcase Fijian culture and hospitality to its guests.The General Manager at Ramada Resort by Wyndham Port Douglas, Duncan Mars, also received the Best Resort Manager accolade for implementing a high standard of personalised service and markedly improving the property’s performance.Duncan presided over a 7.8 per cent increase in occupancy during 2017 and an overhaul of housekeeping that brought about vast productivity improvements. Guests providing feedback on the resort now give Duncan and his team an average ranking of 9.09 out of 10.Source = Wyndham Destinations Asia Pacificlast_img read more

Linda Giambrone US broadcaster NBC has hired forme

first_imgLinda GiambroneUS broadcaster NBC has hired former Endemol Shine North America unscripted production chief Linda Giambrone.She has been named executive VP of production for NBC Entertainment and Universal Television Alternative Studio (UTAS), which launched earlier this year.She was most recently EVP and head of unscripted production at Endemol Shine North America (ESNA), but left soon after Endemol and Shine Group merged at the end of 2015. Rob Day has since replaced her there.Her new role will see oversee all aspects of alternative programming production. UTAS is currently producing NBC series such as Better Late Than Never, Hollywood Game Night, The Wall and new shit World of Dance.Giambrone, a former BBC Worldwide Productions exec, has operated in unscripted production for two decades. She has worked on series such as Fox’s MasterChef, NBC’s The Biggest Loser and The Island, and ABC’s Dancing with the Stars.She has also worked on various international productions while at ESNA predecessor Shine America“The fact that Linda is joining our team at this pivotal point in Universal Television Alternative’s growth is a huge coup for us,” said Ahr.“A studio’s value is in being a trusted brand, and that is built on its people’s ability to innovate, problem solve, and deliver at the highest level. Linda is someone who will ensure our execution is unparalleled as we continue to expand and position ourselves as a global leader.”last_img read more

Click on image to enlarge The CMEs Daily Deli

first_img (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that only 24 gold and 3 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday.  JPMorgan Chase stopped 22 of the gold contracts in its in-house [proprietary] trading account, and was the short/issuer on all three silver contracts.  I thank California reader Jon De Weese for helping me out with these numbers again today. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. I was rather surprised to see that an authorized participant withdrew 96,586 troy ounces of gold from GLD yesterday.  I don’t know what to make of that.  And as of 9:45 a.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV. Since yesterday was Monday, there was a guaranteed sales report from the U.S. Mint.  They reported selling 500 troy ounces of gold eagles, and 500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes.  They also sold 850,000 silver eagles.  The gold sales numbers from the mint for August continue to be shockingly low.  A back-of-the-envelope calculation based on sales up to yesterday show that silver eagles are outselling gold eagles and gold buffaloes by 305 to 1 month-to-date. There was some gold movement on Friday within the Comex-approved depositories.  They reported receiving 32,108 troy ounces, and shipped out 50,044 troy ounces.  Virtually all of the gold shipped out came out of JPMorgan’s warehouse.  The link to that activity is here. Friday was a busy day in silver as well, as 1,041,474 troy ounces were shipped in, and 1,12,187 troy ounces were shipped out the door to parts unknown.  JPMorgan was not involved in Friday’s silver action at all.  The link to that is here. I had to take an axe to my list of stories that I received from readers over the last three days, but I still have a lot more than I would like, and some of them had to wait for tomorrow’s column because there were so many. I hope you approve of the ones that are posted below. As of the [Tuesday] cut-off, JPMorgan was net long 23% of the COMEX gold futures market (once spreads are removed). On that same basis, JPMorgan is short 16% of the COMEX silver futures market. This is down substantially [from] the 40% net short position in COMEX silver that JPMorgan held a couple of years ago, but is still outrageously high and also qualifies as a short corner on the market. Whereas JPMorgan is likely decreasing its gold long corner on the market, it is increasing its silver short market corner. Our nation’s most important bank has two market corners going at the same time; all while the regulators pretend not to notice. – Silver analyst Ted Butler, 17 August 2013 As bad as the take-downs in all four precious metals were in Far East trading on their Monday morning, they pale into insignificance compared to what’s happening to silver as I write The Wrap.  Starting at 1:45 p.m. in the very thinly traded Hong Kong market [1:45 a.m. in New York] on their Tuesday afternoon, JPMorgan’s high-frequency traders had the silver price down more than 70 cents in under fifteen minutes.  The low print I saw was $22.32 spot.  Here’s the screen shot I saved off the Kitco website shortly before 2 a.m. EDT. High-frequency traders had the silver price down more than 70 cents in under fifteen minutes The early Monday morning rally in gold in Far East trading got dealt with in the usual manner, and by the time that London opened for the day, gold was back below Friday’s closing price in New York. The smallish rally in London went nowhere, and it was all downhill from there, with the low tick of the day [$1,361.80 spot] coming minutes before 12 o’clock noon in New York.  The high tick was in Far East trading at precisely 10 a.m. in Hong Kong trading, and it checked in around $1,385 spot. The subsequent rally off its New York low wasn’t allowed to get far, and gold closed at $1,365.60 spot, which was down $11.60 from Friday’s close.  Volume was 135,000 contracts, with 48,000 of that amount coming in Far East and London trading. Despite the fact that silver only finished down pennies from Friday’s close, the silver stocks got it in the ear as well, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 3.07%. The dollar index closed on Friday at 81.28 and traded basically flat in a fairly tight range on Monday everywhere on Planet Earth, closing the day where it started at 81.28.  Nothing to see here, folks. It was also pretty much the same story for platinum and palladium, and their respective lows also came at the 10 a.m. EDT London p.m. gold fix.  Here are the charts, It was more or less that same chart pattern in silver, except there wasn’t much in the way of price action after London began to trade at 8 a.m. BST, which was 3 a.m. in New York. Silver’s low tick came at the London p.m. gold fix, and Kitco recorded that as $22.91 spot, and the high tick was around $23.70 at 11 a.m. in Hong Kong. Silver closed at $23.19 spot, down 6.5 cents from Friday’s close.  Volume, net of August and September, was 36,000 contracts, and 16,000 of that came before New York opened at 8:20 a.m. EDT.center_img As I said in my Saturday column, it’s a mug’s game trying to analyze the precious metal markets when JPMorgan et al are allowed to do what they wish, when they wish.  As Ted Butler so correctly pointed out in his quote above, JPMorgan Chase has a long-side corner on the gold market and a short-side corner on the silver market.  No one is going to stop them from doing whatever they want to, or have to do. And Peter Hambro can do no better than meekly blame the hedge funds.  When is some mining executive, blessed with gonads of steel, or some other equivalent material, going to say what has to be said in the public press? You’d figure that with the likes of Eric Sprott and John Embry over at Sprott Asset Management shouting from the rooftops about this issue for years, and now joined rather guardedly by John Hathaway over at Tocqueville, that the gold and silver mining companies might step out from behind the skirts of their masters at the World Gold Council and The Silver Institute, and do what is right for their shareholders. Based on what I’ve witnessed over the past thirteen years, I have a feeling that we’re not going to see that day any time soon, if at all. Thus ends the lecture for the day. And as I hit the “send” button on today’s missive at 5:15 a.m. EDT, the gold price is back within four dollars of Monday’s close, but silver is still down a bit over 50 cents.  Both platinum and palladium are still down a bit as well.  Gold’s volume [all of it of the HFT variety] is within a chip shot of 50,000 contracts, and silver’s net volume is around 15,000 contracts.  Not that it matters, but the dollar index dropped 20 basis points about half an hour after London opened. Today, at the 1:30 p.m. close of Comex trading, is the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report and, hopefully, all of today’s trading data will be in it. I await the New York open with great interest. See you tomorrow. Despite the fact that the gold price was down in New York all day long, their associated shares rallied into the New York lunch hour, before heading south at the same rate they rallied.  But a thoughtful seller showed up with an hour left in the trading day and sold the stocks down hard into the close.  The HUI finished down 2.35%. Sponsor Advertisement Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas.  As announced in previous press releases, the Company received all of the required authorizations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including an Aquifer Exemption which has now been granted concurrence from EPA Region 6. Amir Adnani, President and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to have received this final authorization for initiating production at Goliad. Our geological and engineering teams have worked diligently toward achieving this major milestone and are to be truly commended. We are grateful to the EPA for its thorough reviews and for issuing this final concurrence. The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, info@uraniumenergy.com.last_img read more

We should be done to the downside in the precious

first_imgWe should be done to the downside in the precious metals Well, you don’t need me to tell you what happened in gold yesterday, as it’s pretty much self-evident from the Kitco chart posted below.  After the HFT boyz hit the price at 7 a.m. GMT in London on their Friday morning, the price traded pretty flat until the Comex open—and then more short selling appeared, with gold hitting its low tick a minute or so after 9 a.m. in New York.  The price retested that low shortly after 11 a.m. EDT—and then rallied until shortly before the Comex close—and then chopped sideways for the remainder of the Friday session. The CME Group recorded the high and low tick as $1,202.40 and $1,160.50 in the December contract, which is the new front month for gold. Gold finished the day at $1,172.90 spot, down $25.90 on the day—and well off its low.  Net volume was over-the-moon at 275,000 contracts. Sponsor Advertisement It was more or less the same price chart for the silver equities—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index got creamed for 5.09 percent. The dollar index closed at 86.18 late on Thursday afternoon in New York—and then did nothing until around 12:35 p.m. in Hong Kong on their Friday afternoon.  Then away it went to the upside in two separate rallies, with the second one starting at 8 a.m. in New York.  The 87.11 high tick came about 11:15 a.m. in New York.  By noon the index had sold off a bit—and from there it traded flat into the close.  The  index finished the day at 86.91—up another 75 basis points. After an up/down/up move that netted out to zero during early Far East trading, palladium also got hit at the Zurich open.  From that low it rose quickly into positive territory—and rallied unevenly until shortly after 1 p.m. EDT—and from there it traded sideways for the remainder of the Friday session.  Palladium finished up a very respectable 15 dollars on the day. The prices of both have very similar structures over that period of time, but look at the big difference in tonnages held.  In gold, the tonnage held topped out at the very end of 2012—and has been falling ever since.  Silver tonnage bottomed out just before mid-2012—and has been increasing ever since.  You have to ask yourself why this is the case in silver—and who is depositing all this metal? Then there’s the record U.S. Silver Eagle/Canadian Maple Leaf demand so far this year in the face of a less-than-robust investor/retail market.  I know this to be true, because I work in it three days a week.  Ted Butler’s ‘Mr. Big’ has been buying every coin in sight and, once again you have to ask yourself why this is happening. Then there’s the “unblinking” long holders in the Managed Money category of the Disaggregated COT Report.  Ted says that, at least in silver, they’ve been building this long position for a bit over a year now—and at the moment it’s a hair over 40,000 contracts, or 200 million ounces—something I mentioned in my COT commentary further up.  But these “unblinking” long holders exist in all four precious metals in the Managed Money category—and one wonders how deep their pockets have to be to withstand the margin calls they must be getting.  Once again the question—who are they and why are they doing it? Then there’s the little matter of the over-the-top and manic in/out movements in silver at the Comex-approved depositories for the last three and half years. And as I mentioned in my discussion of the HUI and Silver 7 charts, you have to wonder who was buying all the mining shares that have been falling off the table lately. As Ted Butler pointed out in his quote today, the stars appear to be all lined up to resolve these dichotomies—and maybe answer some of the questions asked—with a violent move to the upside, as the Comex table is set.  The only thing missing is some sort of triggering event—and whatever it is, it will most likely be ugly. So we wait some more. That’s all I have for the day—and the week. See you on Tuesday. Here’s the 6-month dollar index chart—and looking at the price action vs. the RSI trace, I’d be hitting the bid at the open on Monday if I was long the U.S. dollar. Platinum’s price action on Friday was a mini version of what happened to gold and silver—and the low tick in that precious metal came after 9 a.m. EDT.  From there it recovered a decent amount—and was only closed down 8 bucks on the day. The gold stocks gapped down 7.5 percent in the first few minutes of trading on Friday.  They recovered a bit in the next half hour before chopping unsteadily sideways for the remainder of the day.  The HUI finished down another 5.0 percent.  Here’s Nick’s chart. It was more or less the same chart pattern in silver, although there was a bit of rally around the noon London silver fix.  That all vanished, as the low tick of the day came minutes after the open of Comex trading.  From that low, the silver price chopped unsteadily higher into the close. The high and low were recorded as $16.515 and $15.635 in the December contract, an intraday move of  a bit over 5 percent, which is the second day in a row that sort of intraday move has occurred. Silver finished the Friday session at $16.175 spot, down 28.5 cents from Thursday’s close.  Net volume was sky-high once again at 74,000 contracts, which was the same net volume as we had on Thursday. As you can tell, we’re back to being oversold in both these metals—and in crude oil, it appears that all attempts to break the price much below the $80/barrel mark haven’t been overly successful.  I would suspect that we’ve seen an important bottom in the price of WTIC as well—as Ted Butler pointed out in his quote above. As I ponder the big silver deposit that was made in SLV yesterday, which I just stumbled upon before I started on this paragraph, I thought it might be worthwhile to take a look at the tonnages held vs. the share prices of both GLD and SLV over the last six years.  Of course I thank Nick Laird for the charts. The HUI has lost almost 17 percent during the last three trading days of the week.  I haven’t kept track of the loses for the silver equities, but I’m sure they’re of the same magnitude. However, one serious question you should be asking yourself at this point is who the buyers are that are scooping up all these shares that John Q. Public and the mutual funds are selling in a blind panic?  Whoever they are, they have very deep pockets—and I would guess that they own a large chunk of the outstanding shares of most precious metal mining companies by now.  If not that, then at least almost all of the ‘float’ in each one—and it will be interesting to see how willing they are to sell on the next rally, if they sell at all. The CME Daily Delivery Report for Day 2 of the November delivery month showed that zero gold and 3 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday.  Nothing to see here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Friday trading session showed that November open interest in gold is down to 55 contracts—and silver’s November o.i. is sitting at 119 contracts, down 45 contracts from Thursday’s report, after subtracting out Monday’s delivery. There were no reported changes in GLD—and as of 8:43 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either.  But when I checked back at 2:41 a.m. EDT this morning, I was amazed to see that an authorized participant had added 958,452 troy ounces of silver to SLV. Just think about that for a second.  Since its $17.40 spike high at the Comex open on Tuesday morning, to its $15.80 spot low around 8:25 a.m. EDT Friday morning, the silver price has been clubbed for $1.60.  Not only was no silver been removed from SLV during that time period—but the above amount was added.  We’ll see what SLV has to report on Monday and Tuesday, as there’s always some delay. It was another big sales day over at the U.S. Mint yesterday.  They reported selling 8,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—and 425,000 silver eagles. Assuming that October’s sales numbers aren’t revised on Monday, the U.S. Mint sold 67,500 troy ounces of gold eagles—21,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—5,790,000 silver eagles—and 400 platinum eagles during the month just past.  Based on these sales figures, the silver/gold ratio stands at 66 to 1. By the way, the 5.79 million silver eagles sold last month is the highest sales month of the year, at least so far.   Ted’s big buyer[s] has been gorging itself/themselves because, as I said the other day, these sales in no way represent actual consumer demand, which still remains quiet. But, having said that, our bullion store had one of its biggest sales day of the year on Friday.  I’m sure that was a scenario repeated all across North American during the last day or so. It was another decent day for gold over at the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday.  They reported receiving 75,100 troy ounces of the stuff—and shipped out only 3,547 troy ounces.  The big receipt was at the HSBC USA depositories.  The link to that activity is here. In silver, there was nothing reported received, but 419,317 troy ounces were shipped out the door for parts unknown—and three quarters of that was out of the JPMorgan depository.  The link to that action is here. The Commitment of Traders Report, for positions held at the close of Comex trading on Tuesday, was more or less what I expected, as there was slight improvement in the Commercial net short positions in both gold and silver. In silver, the Commercial net short position in the legacy COT Report declined by 436 contracts, or 2.18 million troy ounces.  The Commercial net short position now sits at 70.8 million troy ounces.  Ted Butler said that JPMorgan’s short-side corner in the Comex silver market remained more or less unchanged during the report week at 12,500 contracts, or 62.5 million ounces—which represents almost 90 percent of the total Commercial net short position. Under the hood in the Disaggregated COT Report, the Managed Money increased their record short position in silver to another new record, as they added 1,161 short contracts during the reporting week.  The unblinking non-technical funds that also reside in the Managed Money category, added another 344 contracts to their long positions, which now totals 40,577 contracts. In gold, the Commercial net short position in the legacy COT Report improved by 6,034 contracts, or 603,400 troy ounces.  Their short position now sits at 9.89 million troy ounces.  Ted said that it appeared that JPMorgan added about 2,000 contracts to their long-side corner in the Comex gold market—and they are now net long 18,000 contracts. Under the hood in the Disaggregated COT Report, the traders in the Managed Money category actually covered 1,994 contracts of their short position in gold, but they also sold 4,415 long contracts which more than made up for it. There were no  changes in the Managed Money in palladium—and in platinum the Managed Money sold 1,196 long contracts and added 530 short contracts. As I said in The Wrap in yesterday’s column, whatever minor improvements that appeared in Friday’s COT Report, would pale into insignificance compared to what that report would show if it were generated at the close of Comex trading yesterday. Without doubt we’re at a new record high short position in silver in the Managed Money category, along with improvements in the Nonreportable/small trader category as well. But, as Ted pointed out on the phone yesterday, the really big changes will show up in gold, as these same Managed Money traders dumped what was left of their long positions—and went massively to the short side. If we get past the Tuesday cut-off without a price incident to the upside, next Friday’s COT Report, along with the companion Bank Participation Report, should be one for the record books. So we wait. I don’t have all that many stories for you today—and some of which I’ve been saving for today’s column.  Some of the best absolute must read stories that I had been saving, ended up in the Critical Read section of my Friday missive, so if you didn’t get the opportunity to read them all yesterday, you have the remainder of the weekend to make amends. We are set up for violent price reversals to the upside for silver and for all the COMEX/NYMEX metals. Maybe the setup can get stretched out a little longer, but it looks stretched out enough to me by historical standards. We’ve gone too low in price on too many important commodities as a result of this stupid and manipulative machine trading. There’s a payback and a counter-reaction to the price distortions we’ve witnessed and it seems to me that the payback is at hand. I think the technical funds have been lulled into a sense of complacency, particularly in silver, by how easy the commercials have let them off the hook when they held extreme short positions recently. But just because the commercials have let the technical funds buy back shorts at prices close to upside penetrations of important moving averages previously, doesn’t mean that will always be the case.  Just because the technical funds think they will be able to buy back silver shorts near the $18 mark, that doesn’t necessarily make it so. The commercials can demand much higher prices before selling.  There will come a day when the commercials won’t be nearly as accommodative to the technical funds as they had been previously and that will be a great day for silver investors. That day seems at hand to me. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 29 October 2014 Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ is from 1967—Canada’s centennial year—and I remember that event and this tune like it was yesterday, even though both happened 47 years ago.  Linda Ronstadt does the honours—and it was her first big hit.  The link is here. Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ is something that I’ve posted before, but it’s been awhile, so I thought I’d revisit it today.  It’s the Élégie, Op. 24 composed by Gabriel Fauré back in 1880.  It was originally written for cello and piano—and the orchestral version of the work was premiered in 1901.  It was a smash hit.  Unfortunately, I couldn’t find a great video of it in either iteration, so I had to settle for the one linked here.   It’s the youtube.com video I posted last time, with Julian Lloyd Webber and Peter Pettinger.  The video quality isn’t great, but the audio track is wonderful.  Enjoy! Well, unless I’m entirely off base, we should be done to the downside in the precious metals.  Both gold and silver were taken down to lows that I, quite frankly, didn’t think were possible—especially in silver.  But as long as the Managed Money in the technical fund category are prepared to go short, that kept the down-side pressure in place—and that has certainly been the case since 2 p.m. on Wednesday afternoon. And if silver prices remain low for any length of time, it’s Ted Butler’s opinion that a lot of primary silver producers will be out of business, despite whatever gold, zinc, lead and copper credits they’re getting. Here are the 6-month charts for gold, silver—and WTIC Cypress Development Corp. is a Canadian gold, silver and base metals exploration company developing projects in Red Lake, Ontario, Canada, and in Nevada, U.S.A. Cypress holds a 100% interest in the approximately 1140 acre Gunman Zinc-Silver Project located in White Pine County, northeast of Eureka, Nevada. Three RC drill programs totaling approx. 38,000 feet have been completed by Cypress on the Gunman project with significant grades between 5% to 33% per ton zinc and 0.5 to 15.0 oz per ton silver over considerable widths encountered. Zinc could represent the next big base metal play due to ongoing demand growth and the closures of 3 major mines in Canada, Australia and Ireland and not enough supply coming on stream from new projects. Sentiment could shift towards zinc, with prices potentially rallying in anticipation of tightening supplies. Please visit our website for more information.last_img read more

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first_imgRecommended Link Articles like this, Fox, GOP bashing are making her popular. To me it’s another woman to bash out there. Get off it, really…– Patricia Mainstream Media Refusing to Report on “Trump Bonus Checks”?The liberal news networks don’t want you to know about “Trump Bonus Checks”… Because it makes President Trump look good when American citizens are cashing monthly checks for $4,280, $6,344 and even an exceptional $8,181 per month! An interesting read as always. To be intellectually honest, much of what is said here concerning stupidity, the making of illusory promises, and failure to comprehend the results of actions also very much applies to Trump.– Phil (Only 250 memberships available) Those who joined now see total open combined gains of 309.8% on all 10 picks… PLUS, total combined minimum dividends of 78.5%. Today, we’re reposting Teeka’s webinar. BUT, we’re only making 250 “second chance” memberships available today. Click here to view the replay before memberships are filled and we take it back down again. Lock in your chance at an $80k a year income stream… The Black BoxI remember when I first sat in a self-driving car. It was October 2011, on NASA’s Ames Research campus in Mountain View, California. The car was one of Google’s earliest versions of its self-driving technology.It wasn’t pretty. The outside of the car was laden with large sensors, and the inside of the car was packed front to back with computing equipment. There was barely enough room for someone to sit in the driver’s seat.But only seven years later, the technology has progressed immensely.The Prius I mentioned above that drove over 3,000 miles without human intervention was outfitted with only seven cameras. Six were positioned outside the car in order to provide a 360-degree view, and one was inside facing the driver.Equally impressive was that the trip was made with only basic digital maps to work from. This is compared to the high-definition maps often used in self-driving vehicles, which are precise down to a few centimeters.What was the technology that enabled the self-driving Prius to make its cross-country trip? After all, it looked just like any other car.The answer is simple… Hidden in plain sight in the back of the car was a black box. It looked something like this.The Secret Hiding in the TrunkThis black box is the key. The black box makes use of a special type of software that is an essential part of self-driving cars. I’m talking about artificial intelligence, or AI.Contained within that black box was an advanced system powerful enough to take in the data from the Prius’ cameras, use AI to analyze the data, and drive the car and the passenger coast-to-coast safely.At this point, you may be wondering what AI has to do with self-driving cars.You see, the way autonomous cars will become dependable enough to function on public roads is through the use of AI.As these cars drive, they produce a massive amount of data. Just one autonomous vehicle is estimated to produce roughly 4,000 gigabytes of information a day. For perspective, the average high-definition (HD) movie has only 4 gigabytes of data.This data is then analyzed with AI and used to improve the car’s driving performance.That’s what allowed the Prius to drive cross-country. The car “learned” how to drive safely by analyzing millions of miles of data. That’s why I say AI is the key to the success of self-driving cars. They simply can’t operate without it.Artificial intelligence is what will ultimately bring self-driving cars to the masses.And it’s not just self-driving cars. AI is becoming increasingly essential to our modern lives. In fact, you’ve likely used AI without even knowing it. Teeka Tiwari’s 30-Day Crypto UpdateIt was just 30 days ago that Teeka Tiwari revealed his 2019 Crypto Outlook. Guess what’s happened since then? Your analysis of AOC’s IQ and the fact that you call her stupid is reflection of your own inadequacies. Who are you to judge others without factual knowledge? This is why America is in trouble, we operate out of ignorance and bigotry.Shame, shame, shame. – Joel How disappointing to see you write of AOC as “stupid” when you disagree with her. Bill Bonner wrote a similarly scathing article, putting her down for having been a waitress 18 months ago, and for wanting healthcare for all, free tuition, etc. It just goes to show, we all see through our own prisms. What I see is a motivated and idealistic young college graduate who works for a living, who does not deserve (that is, she has not yet really earned it!) the vitriol aimed at her. She is new to government – but so is our President. She has learning to do – and because she is new at this, some of those lessons are still in the future. At 29, did you know everything – or think you did? Because what I see is hope and enthusiasm for making lives better. She may be smarter than you think, to put out what you see as extreme ideas, when most experienced negotiations begin this way – knowing the pendulum will swing wildly both ways before settling somewhere in the middle.It’s precisely because she is so new at this that the criticism seems more that she is simply a new punching bag now that Hillary’s name has been worn out. Honestly, get a grip! While you may not agree with socialism – it’s not evil as fascism… now there is something to fear – recognize who is promoting THAT in our country. It isn’t AOC. – Amy —center_img Justin’s note: Technology expert and Silicon Valley insider Jeff Brown is one of our friends over at Bonner & Partners. He hears about the biggest tech trends – before they hit the mainstream media – and shares them with subscribers of his Near Future Report newsletter. He’s also known for pinpointing the No. 1 performing stock in the S&P 500 in 2016… and again in 2018. Not many people can say they recommended the biggest winner in two separate calendar years.In short, when Jeff is excited about a big story, I don’t ignore it. I pass it along as soon as I can.Today, Jeff shows us why self-driving cars are here to stay… and the piece of technology that will ultimately bring them to the masses. And as you’ll see, it’s not just for self-driving cars… this technology will soon become a crucial part of our everyday lives. Read on to learn why…By Jeff Brown, editor, The Near Future ReportLast October, a modified Toyota Prius drove itself 3,099 miles – from the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco to the George Washington Bridge in Manhattan.There was a human in the driver’s seat, but he didn’t touch the steering wheel, gas, or brake pedals for the entire trip. The self-driving car drove itself the entire distance.If any readers are curious about the trip, have a look at the time-lapse video of the entire coast-to-coast journey here.This coast-to-coast, self-driving journey was the first of its kind. Yet it got little to no press.But make no mistake, this is a remarkable achievement. This sort of trip wouldn’t have been possible even just a few years ago.Today, I want to share with you the technology that made it possible, and show why it’s a trend that ought to be on every investor’s radar… – Tony One of your better papers. They are all good, this one was exceptional. You have expressed my thoughts far better than I. A few things: Recommended Link Everyday AIHave you ever purchased something by communicating with an Amazon Echo (Alexa)?Have you ever asked Apple’s Siri to look up a fact from the internet?Or maybe you’ve simply searched for something on Google.If you’ve done any of these things, you’ve already used AI. All of these devices and services make use of artificial intelligence.And AI is becoming a necessity in modern business. Companies like Bloomberg, Walmart, and even Johnson & Johnson are using AI on a daily basis.According to a November 2018 survey from McKinsey & Company, 47% of surveyed businesses said they had begun implementing artificial intelligence into their business. In 2017, that figure was only 20%.And according to a recent study by MIT’s Sloan Management Review, 85% of companies think AI will offer a competitive advantage.There will come a time soon that AI won’t just be advantageous to companies, it’ll be a necessity. In the next few years, a company that fails to adapt artificial intelligence into its business model would be akin to a company that doesn’t use the internet today. It will become obsolete.You get an idea of just how essential AI is becoming to corporations by looking at the amount of money companies are willing to pay to acquire AI startups.Increased investments into the AI and machine learning (ML) industry over the last few years has been staggering. Just have a look at the AI/ML acquisition value since 2015.In 2015, there was only $2.6 billion worth of acquisitions in AI/ML-focused tech companies. By 2017, that number had increased by 7x to an incredible $18.4 billion.Admittedly, 2017 was a bit of an outlier year due to Intel’s $15.3 billion acquisition of Mobileye.Mobileye was a major player in autonomous driving technology. It used machine learning for advanced driver assistance systems (ADAS), a precursor to self-driving cars.More telling to me, however, is what happened next.2018 saw $14.7 billion in acquisitions without any outliers like Mobileye. It represented 84% growth compared to 2016.However, when I look at these numbers, the actual number of acquisitions is an even stronger indicator than the dollar value…In 2018, we saw 241 individual acquisitions of AI/ML companies. That’s a 38% increase compared to 2017 and an increase of nearly 5x since 2015.I say that this is a stronger indication of activity because this is a relatively new industry. There just aren’t that many large, $15 billion AI companies around to acquire. Most of the activity is in smaller, early-stage companies that haven’t reached anywhere near $1 billion-plus valuations.That means that incumbent technology companies that want access to artificial intelligence technology and teams of engineers must go out and acquire these smaller companies.All told, the revenue from the AI market was estimated to be $7.4 billion in 2018. But that figure is expected to grow to $89.8 billion by 2025. That’s a compound annual growth rate of 42%.We have reached an inflection point with this technology. We are on the cusp of explosive growth. Few realize it, but in a matter of a few years, artificial intelligence will be as commonplace as the internet. We’ll look back and wonder how we got along without it.AI won’t just improve upon today’s technology. It will reinvent it.Regards,Jeff Brown Editor, The Near Future ReportP.S. There’s one more part of this story I wasn’t able to include above. Artificial intelligence will change our society just like the internet did two decades ago. Smart investors will make a fortune. But before AI and self-driving cars go mainstream, one more piece of tech needs to be completed. It’s not an exaggeration to say that the future of America’s economic dominance depends on this. Get the full story, and learn why this tech will be the biggest investment story of 2019, by watching this special presentation I just released.Reader MailbagReaders had a lot to say in response to Doug Casey’s thoughts on Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez…She is a naïve, radical utopian, socialist DOPE. It’s all about her looks. To me, she reminds me of a fast talking, slithering lizard. A pox on her and her ilk.– Yoav — Click Here before January 26 to see how to get a “Trump Bonus Check” with YOUR name on it! The mean IQ in the United States was 100 at one time. Today it is about 98 and dropping. The vast influx of immigrants from low IQ countries is depressing the mean IQ. I suspect it is about 95 at this time. Looking at the below link, you will note that many of the immigrants are coming from countries with average IQs of 85 and lower. I suspect that the immigrants are below average.While 2 points doesn’t seem like a “helluva” lot, when you look at the curve and look at the PERCENTAGE of folks now with below average IQ, it is alarming.It is said that the ability of a society to “advance” is driven by the number of very high IQ folks. The shape of the IQ curve dictates that the distance (number of standard deviations) out from the mean of those “high IQ” folks is further out. About 2% of the population is above 2 standard deviations, or 130 IQ with a mean IQ of 100. When you drop the mean 2 points, 130 IQ is 2.13 standard deviations away, and only 1.5% are above 130 IQ. That’s a 25% drop in “geniuses.” Really! We tax so much less than we did 50 years ago on the country’s wealthiest people. So why not do that again; we had less equality among workers, even the lowest paid worker could live a decent life on his/her salary, and had a more comfortable lifestyle for the majority of Americans. Wasn’t the U.S. a democracy then, even as it struggled with civil rights?Having lived twice in Europe, their equality among people appears greater for health care, for child care, for benefits for their own prison reform, for their education, which is free even for higher education. Would you label them all a dirty word of “socialist?”We must do better for our own people; taxes are the price for civilization, for equality, for infrastructure, for health care, for child care, for a living wage for everyone, for housing and on and on.WHY are you against that?– BettyAs always, if you have any suggestions, questions, or comments for the Dispatch, send them to us at feedback@caseyresearch.com.last_img read more

Twentyfive years ago this month more than 80000

first_imgTwenty-five years ago this month, more than 800,000 Rwandans, mostly Tutsi, were slaughtered over the course of 100 days by members of the country’s Hutu majority.Among those who lived through the terror is Clemantine Wamariya. Her memoir, The Girl Who Smiled Beads: A Story of War And What Comes After, recounts in wrenching detail her six-year trek in search of refuge from her country’s killing fields. Co-authored with Elizabeth Weil, the book was published to acclaim in 2018 and is now out in paperback. The title comes from a favorite story that Wamariya heard from her childhood nanny about a girl who disappears leaving no trace except beads. In her prologue, she writes, “Often, still, my own life story feels fragmented, like beads unstrung.”Wamariya was just six and her sister Claire, 14, when the fighting began in 1994. Their parents sent them to their grandmother’s house, located closer to the border with Burundi, with the hope that they’d be safer there.After several days of sleepless nights filled with the noise of bombs exploding, there was an ominous knock on the door. Their grandmother told the sisters to run. Together, they traveled thousands of miles, often by night, usually by foot, sometimes by truck and once by boat on a route that took them to Burundi, Zaire (now the Democratic Republic of the Congo), Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique and South Africa before being granted asylum by the United States in 2000.Wamariya went on to graduate from Yale. Now 31, she is a human rights advocate and speaker based in San Francisco. We spoke to her about her experiences and about the 25th commemoration of the Rwandan genocide. The conversation has been edited for clarity and for length.Was it difficult to relive your story in your book?I have spent 15 years learning how to best share our experiences and I had to sacrifice every part of my privacy to share my story. You have said you don’t like the word genocide. The word is clinical. It has been used to quantify the numbers of those killed. But it does not tell you about the [individual] people who were hurt or lost.It is just the entry point for talking about the horrors and what actually happened [in Rwanda] and elsewhere. I am more interested in expanding on how it feels, the emotional, personal side of the horror, the before, during and after.You also prefer not to be called a “refugee.” What vocabulary should we use? I would prefer being called by my name or a person who sought refuge.The word refugee leads to stereotypes or expectations that don’t allow us to see who someone is. During our travels, Claire and I learned to speak seven languages, but you could see the surprise in the faces of anyone who thinks that people seeking refuge [could not have such knowledge or] did not have a meaningful life before they fled. We need to see beyond the projections that we cast onto each other. In America, we all have stories about how we [or an ancestor] sought refuge. We clash when we forget that was the case or when [we] start to believe that one person’s refuge story is better than or worse than another’s. You wrote that you found a way to begin talking about those horrors after you read Elie Wiesel’s Night, his memoir about the Nazi genocide of the Jews during the Holocaust. I read it when I was in eighth grade [in Chicago]. It awakened me to a shocking side of humanity. It offered me words to feel what I had thought was unspoken, and Maya Angelou and Toni Morrison gave me the freedom to speak. You later wrote about Elie Wiesel in a submission to the Oprah High School Essay Contest and said that maybe if Rwandans had read Night, they wouldn’t have decided to kill one another. That essay also led to your appearance on Oprah, who arranged to fly your parents and siblings from Rwanda to her studio for a surprise on-air family reunion.We had not seen each other in 12 years. I felt gratitude and joy that I still have yet to find words to describe. But also anger that nothing could restore the time we had lost with each other. I have learned to forgive … all that happened to separate us.Do your parents talk about the past?My parents live in a never-ending present, unable to talk about what happened to us. At first it was frustrating, but now I can understand that attitude. Your story is deeply intertwined with that of your older sister, Claire. Tell us about her. She is a heroine, like Xena the princess warrior, real and of our time. The map [of where the sisters traveled] is all Claire, her decisions about which place would be farther from wars and give us opportunity to live freely and to be seen for who we are and have a sense of agency and where we would have respect. For the past 10 years she has worked with many who have sought refuge in Chicago and with an organization called Women United for Immigrants and Refugees.You discuss the many difficulties of living in refugee camps in Burundi and elsewhere. How did you feel as a person?It is easy to get lost because all aspects of who you are, at least the things that used to make you a person, are stripped away.What are the important points for refugees to share?The person who has lived and survived in these conditions has to break the silence and talk not only of gratitude but the horror in these camps. In most, people have to walk at least hours to fetch water. Monthly food portions, if camps are lucky to receive any, are [often] maize.I invite everyone who is involved with refugee camps to have a meaningful conversation [with the refugees] they serve about what would make these places a place of refuge.What are your thoughts as you commemorate the 25th anniversary of the start of the Rwandan genocide? Every American and every person who wants to know what hate can do should look at what happened in Rwanda. If you want to know that peace is possible, you should also look at Rwanda now: [Rwandans] working together every day to create peace and to live beyond hate. I am very proud of Rwandans.Diane Cole writes for many publications, including The Wall Street Journal and The Jewish Week, and is book columnist for The Psychotherapy Networker. She is the author of the memoir After Great Pain: A New Life Emerges. Her website is dianejcole.com. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more

By Raya Al Jadir The only wheelchairuser to secur

first_imgBy Raya Al JadirThe only wheelchair-user to secure accreditation as a nightclub bouncer is fighting “discriminatory” new rules that have led to the loss of his licence, just as he is being recognised for three decades of community service.John Young is to be presented later this month with a British Citizen Award (BCA) – which recognises “individuals doing extraordinary things in the local community” – only weeks after being told he had lost his (pictured (SIA) licence because of new regulations.He had held his licence for six years, but it was downgraded in December because new rules state that a door supervisor must be able to escort a person up and down a flight of stairs and, if necessary, be able to restrain a customer.Although he has some martial arts training – has a blue belt in karate – he is unable to “sit on somebody”, as he says he would need to be able to do under the new rules, because of how long it would take to get out of his wheelchair safely.As a result, he can now work at retail locations such as Primark or Marks and Spencer, but not at licensed venues such as bars and nightclubs.SIA has told Young (pictured) it is looking at whether it will be able to make reasonable adjustments for him and other disabled people, but that any changes to its licensing rules are unlikely to be introduced until early 2017, because they would need to be approved by the home secretary.Even if that happens, he will have to complete another course – costing £240 – and resit his exams later in 2017 before he can resume his career.He said: “If a black or Asian or gay person can do the job, why can’t a disabled person? If you are not discriminating against others, why the disabled?”He said that “if SIA had their way then no disabled person would be able to apply for the licence in the future.“Given the right opportunity and reasonable adjustments being made, we can contribute to the economy.”He said his fight against SIA had been a “one-man crusade”, although he praised the support of his Conservative MP, Richard Harrington, and the Hertfordshire council-funded employment agency Work Solutions.An SIA spokesman said the organisation did not comment on individual cases, but was “committed to tackling equality and diversity issues”.He said: “Following a number of deaths and injuries involving physical intervention by door supervisors, we were directed by the Home Office to require all door supervision licence holders to obtain a top-up qualification on physical intervention when they renewed their licence in order to ensure public safety. “Those not wishing to take the top-up training are eligible instead to renew their licence as a security guard.” He said the top-up qualification “includes escorting and disengagement skills”, and added: “We understand that some door supervisors may not be able to complete the training that leads to the top-up qualification. “We are fully considering what steps can reasonably be taken to avoid the disadvantaging of disabled people, while at the same time ensuring the safety of members of the public.“Any proposals regarding amendments to our licensing criteria for disabled people would be subject to a consultation.”A Home Office spokesman said the department did not think there was anything it could add to the SIA statement.Young had wanted to join the armed forces as a child but was unable to do so because of his impairment.He decided instead to join the security industry, as it was “a way of serving the country and making it secure in some way”.He said: “I thought there are so many disabled people who spend huge amounts of money in pubs and nightclubs… so why not apply to security jobs and show people that disabled people like me can do the job.”He qualified after attending a college in Hertfordshire in 2009, where the only adjustment he needed was a scribe to write his answers for him, with his exam held in private with his own invigilator.Young, who also works as a disability awareness trainer, has been a member of the charity Bushey and Watford Physically Handicapped and Able Bodied (PHAB) since the age of 17, nearly 30 years ago.As a former chair of the club, which takes its members on activities such as bowling and rock-climbing, he has worked to improve access within the community and to promote PHAB’s work, as well as improving the outlook of young disabled people.He has also qualified as a disability athletics coach, and runs coaching sessions in the community.Young will be one of 33 recipients of a BCA medal of honour at a ceremony in the Houses of Parliament next week.He said he was “elated” to be recognised with a British Citizen Award, and added: “It is a good thing to be recognised, but I don’t do it for the applause, I do it because it is something that needs doing for the good of the disabled community.”He said: “I do what I can do; I know that if my work will help me that it will also help many other disabled people.“My voice is not just my own, but it is for the disabled community. For me, it is about keeping disabled issues and disabled rights in the public domain and in the public interest.”He added: “Sometimes I feel like a third-class citizen when it comes to goods and services, and in 2016 you should not feel like that.”last_img read more

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first_imgThe decision of some disability charities to sign contracts that prevent them criticising the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is proof that they cannot be trusted to speak up on behalf of disabled people, according to grassroots activists.Last week, Disability News Service (DNS) reported that – in exchange for lucrative government contracts under the Work and Health Programme – some organisations have promised to “pay the utmost regard to the standing and reputation” of work and pensions secretary Esther McVey (pictured).They have also promised in the contracts that they will never to do anything that harms the public’s confidence in McVey or her department.So far, Shaw Trust, Leonard Cheshire Disability and RNIB have confirmed that they have signed contracts – either with DWP or with one of the five main Work and Health Programme contractors – that include clauses that prevent them bringing DWP and McVey into disrepute.Shaw Trust is itself one of the five main contractors and has signed up to DWP’s contract and its “publicity, media and official enquiries” clause.RNIB has signed agreements as a subcontractor with Shaw Trust that say that it must have “regard to the standing and reputation” of DWP, do nothing to bring McVey and her department into disrepute in delivering those contracts, and must not “attract adverse publicity” to them.But it is unclear whether the wider clause agreed by Shaw Trust and the other main contractors – which applies to all their “affiliates” – also applies to all their sub-contractors, including RNIB.Leonard Cheshire said this week that its involvement in the programme was “extremely limited” and restricted to providing support in two London boroughs, but admitted that there was “a clause in our contact with Ingeus related to actions that brings Ingeus/DWP into disrepute”.It insisted that the clause “would not affect what we say publicly on issues related to the DWP or wider campaigning” and that it had no other contracts with similar clauses.It has so far declined to share the clause with DNS.Other disability charities that appear to have agreed to act as key providers of services under the Work and Health Programme, such as Action on Hearing Loss and the Royal Association for Deaf People*, have refused to answer questions about the contracts and clauses they might have signed up to.Another, Turning Point, said that it had “in principle partnership agreements with a number of organisations delivering the programme to provide specialist support when and if needed” but had “not been presented with nor asked to comply with such a clause”.By noon today (Thursday), Turning Point had failed to say if it expected to sign contracts at some point, which contractors it had agreements with, and whether it was concerned about the presence of the clause in contracts signed by the main Work and Health Programme contractors.Other charities mentioned in the contract documents, including Mind, Rethink and Carers UK, made it clear this week that they had not signed any Work and Health Programme contracts.But a spokesperson for the Reclaiming Our Futures Alliance – a network of disabled people and their organisations across England, whose members include Sisters of Frida, Equal Lives, Inclusion London and Disabled People Against Cuts – said the clauses were “further proof that disabled people cannot trust the charities to speak up for our best interests and that they put their financial interests ahead of the people they purport to represent.“Since 2010 the charities have consistently let themselves be used as cover by the government while they have continued to systematically dismantle our rights.“They have failed to speak out in any way that is appropriate given the severity of the situation we are facing.“Disabled people have many criticisms of the Work and Health Programme and the dangerous policies associated with it.“We can now add to that list that it is being used as a tool to buy silence.”There are major concerns about the Work and Health Programme, which is part of the government’s much-criticised Improving Lives work, health and disability strategy, with its “cruel and disastrous” emphasis on “work as a cure”, the placement of employment advisers in health services, and the continued use of benefit sanctions to “punish” disabled claimants.In the wake of last week’s report, DNS was contacted by the National Council for Voluntary Organisations (NCVO) and the Association of Chief Executives of Voluntary Organisations (ACEVO), both of which were keen to examine the clauses.But the Disability Benefits Consortium, whose 80-plus members include Action on Hearing Loss, Leonard Cheshire, and RNIB, and which often speaks out on DWP issues, failed to raise any concerns.Its co-chairs refused to say this week if they were concerned that the clauses could harm the ability of the consortium or its members to criticise the government.Laura Wetherly and Phil Reynolds, DBC’s co-chairs, insisted that the consortium was “independent” and does “not hesitate to call for change when it is needed”, and that the coalition itself “is not signed up to these clauses”.They added: “The DBC cannot speak for or comment on behalf of individual members.”When asked whether they and the consortium were concerned about the clauses, they refused to comment.Kristiana Wrixon, head of policy at ACEVO, said she had been concerned to read the DNS report, and said that her organisation was now seeking clarification on the purpose of the media clause from DWP.She said the clause in the contracts signed by the main providers was “ambiguous and therefore open to wide interpretation”.She said: “The Department for Work and Pensions should clarify the purpose of the clause and publicly reassure those involved in the delivery of the programme that it is not meant to restrict campaigning and advocacy activity.”NCVO refused to say if it was concerned about the clause but said that it would be talking with its members “about how they’re working with the clause”.*An earlier version of this story said that Down’s Syndrome Association had refused to answer questions from DNS. This was not correct. The charity did not receive two emails containing questions about the Work and Health Programme, due to a mistake made by DNS. The charity has made it clear that it does not have formal links with the DWP and has not been asked to sign any Work and Health Programme contracts. Apologies for the error.last_img read more