The Australian Men’s Open squad took to the field at Allianz Stadium on Saturday night, showing off their skills before the Sydney Roosters and Wigan Warriors World Club Challenge match. Former NRL stars Dean Widders and Joe Galuvao and a couple of NRL Development staff joined the Australian Men’s Open squad who played a 25 minute intra-squad match. Young New South Wales referees Billy Greatbatch, Luke Heckendorf and Luke Saldern officiated the match. Galuvao was impressed with the skills of the squad and enjoyed the opportunity to take part in the match. “It was heaps of fun and the guys are awesome, very generous, if I was one of their teammates I would have been giving me a massive dressing down.”“They are unreal, they are the best at what they do, to be there and see it and play them, I was very impressed.”To check out some highlights from the game, please visit the TFA YouTube channel – www.youtube.com/touchfootballaus. To view some photos of the game, please visit the TFA Facebook and Instagram pages:www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliawww.instagram.com/touchfootballaustralia Related LinksWorld Club Challenge
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say El Hadji Diouf explains his constant criticism of Liverpoolby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveEl Hadji Diouf stands by his criticism of former club Liverpool.The 38-year-old keeps in touch with fellow Senegalese Sadio Mane, who has netted four times already this campaign.Diouf said: “I’ve never hidden the fact that Liverpool didn’t treat me right and that they cherished some players better than me, even though I’d arrived with a better profile.“Sometimes, reporters will never get what goes on in the club and in the dressing room.“Don’t get me wrong: the club is run very well now, based on what I hear from Sadio Mane, but I feel I was seen as an outsider back then.“The upsetting thing is that Real Madrid and Barcelona had offered me more money, but I really wanted to go to Liverpool – and it ended up being one of my worst experiences.”
avery johnson alabamaFormer NBA point guard and head coach Avery Johnson was recently hired to take over the reins of the Alabama basketball program, which has reached just one NCAA Tournament in the past nine seasons. Johnson has a tall task ahead of him, but he has lofty goals for his new squad, saying during his introductory press conference his program will try and live up to the standard set by Duke, the 2014-15 national champions. “Duke University, that’s the standard for us here at the University of Alabama and our basketball program,” Johnson said. “The way they play defense and offense. The way they move the ball, that’s the standard. Nobody else is the standard. That’s the standard. Duke University. That’s why I’m here.”If imitation is the most sincere form of flattery, it also makes for good publicity in this case. Judging by its Instagram post this morning, the Duke program is using Johnson’s quote to its marketing advantage.An obvious, but savvy move by Duke. We’re sure Johnson isn’t the only coach looking to get his program on the level of the Blue Devils but it’s easier said than done.
Story Highlights Opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8, Mr. Shaw said the seven projects will consist of investment and reform initiatives intended to accelerate Jamaica’s economic growth and job creation agenda. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced seven upcoming projects that will result in the creation of hundreds of jobs for Jamaicans during the fiscal year 2018/2019.They are Jiuquan Iron and Steel (JISCO), North-South Highway Development Projects, South Coast Highway Improvement Project, Montego Bay Perimeter Road Project, Naggo Head Technology Park, Morant Bay Town Revitalisation, and Public Bodies Investment Programme.Opening the 2018/19 Budget Debate in the House of Representatives on March 8, Mr. Shaw said the seven projects will consist of investment and reform initiatives intended to accelerate Jamaica’s economic growth and job creation agenda.“JISCO has already resumed production at the Alpart alumina plant following an eight-year shutdown. JISCO plans further investment that could amount to as much as US$6 billion, the largest investment made by a single private-sector company in Jamaican history. These investments include substantial linkages with the agricultural sector. The investment programme also includes construction of a new 230MW power plant using liquefied natural gas (LNG). Currently, 960 persons are employed at the JISCO/Alpart plant,” Mr. Shaw said.He also spoke about the projected benefits from the North-South Highway Development Projects.“The North-South Highway Development Projects are expected to exceed US$2 billion. These are commercial investments by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC). It is important to note that no Government of Jamaica counterpart resources are required for these investments. This is a model that must be replicated,” he said.Regarding the South Coast Highway Improvement Project, Mr. Shaw told the House that the venture is expected to represent an investment of approximately US$385 million.“The project will upgrade the highway from Harbour View to Port Antonio, repair access roads in St. Thomas and construct the next leg of the East West toll road to Manchester. The completed roadworks are expected to boost our productivity and create new investment opportunities,” Mr. Shaw said.The Montego Bay Perimeter Road Project will include the construction of a US$220-million perimeter road to relieve the extreme congestion in the heart of Jamaica’s second city.The Naggo Head Technology Park will consist of a state-of-the-art business process outsourcing (BPO) complex, which will be the first major BPO Technology Park in the Caribbean with special economic zone status comprising over 800,000 square feet.For the Morant Bay town revitalisation project, the Factories Corporation of Jamaica has been mandated to establish the Morant Bay Urban Centre at the site of the former Goodyear Tyre Factory.The Morant Bay Urban Centre will be a 500,000-sq.ft. integrated business centre, housing both public- and private-sector entities.“In relation to the public bodies investment programme, total capital expenditure is projected at $68.4 billion, with three public bodies accounting for almost 80 per cent of the planned expenditure. This is focused on meeting the people’s test by providing increased access to housing, water, investment and job opportunities,” the Minister explained. Minister of Finance and the Public Service, Hon. Audley Shaw, has announced seven upcoming projects that will result in the creation of hundreds of jobs for Jamaicans during the fiscal year 2018/2019. “The North-South Highway Development Projects are expected to exceed US$2 billion. These are commercial investments by China Harbour Engineering Company Limited (CHEC). It is important to note that no Government of Jamaica counterpart resources are required for these investments. This is a model that must be replicated,” he said.
zoom Cosco Shipping Specialised Carriers has exercised an option to order a third 62,000 dwt pulp carrier from China’s Cosco Dalian Shipyard.In late August 2017, the company ordered two pulp carriers at the Chinese yard, with an option for one more. The previous two vessels were ordered at a price od CNY 222 million (USD 33.6 million) a piece, the shipping firm informed in a stock exchange release.The first carrier from the batch is scheduled to be handed over to the company in January 2019, while the other two ships would be delivered later that year. The units will feature a length of 201.8 meters, a width of 32.2 meters, and will be able to reach a speed of 13.5 knots.The order was made on the back of a contract of affreightment (COA) signed with Brazil’s pulp and paper company Suzano Papel e Celulose in March 2017.Under the five-year contract, Cosco Shipping Specialised Carriers would deploy the new ships to carry Brazilian cargo to the Far East.A total of 300,000 tonnes of paper pulp are expected to be transpored on an annual basis, starting from the first quarter of 2019.World Maritime News Staff
SES’s Astra 5B satellite, which was built by Airbus Defence and Space, is due to launch on board an Ariane 5 launcher on Friday March 21.The delayed 5B is the first of six Airbus telecommunications satellites that are due to launch in 2014, according to the firm.SES said that the satellite will be launched into space from the European Space Centre in French Guiana on board an Ariane 5 ECA rocket between 19:05 pm and 20:02 pm local time.Astra 5B will be deployed at 31.5° East and will provide transponder capacity in Ku and Ka bands. Its reach will be over Eastern European and neighbouring markets for DTH, direct-to-cable and feeding to digital terrestrial television networks.Astra 5B will be the eighth Airbus Defence and Space-built Eurostar E3000 satellite in the SES fleet to be placed in orbit, following the recent launches of ASTRA 2E in September 2013, SES-6 in June 2013 and ASTRA 2F in September 2012.
Twitter is expanding its video reach with the launch of a Twitter app for Android TV.The app, which is live now on the Google Play store, lets viewers access live-streamed video that is available on the social network, alongside other Twitter content such as short video clips and ‘top Tweets’.Twitter, which has made a push into premium video, launched a version of the app for Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and Xbox One devices in September.This came after it struck an exclusive deal with the NFL in April to deliver a live OTT stream of Thursday Night Football, and agreed a live streaming partnership with Bloomberg Media in July.Last month, Twitter announced that it is shutting its short-form video app Vine, at the same time as it said it would cut 9% of the company’s total staff in a cost-cutting move.On the video front, Twitter is focusing instead on live streaming and said in its quarterly letter to investors that it has signed more than a dozen live streaming video partnerships since June.
Whatever is going on behind the scenes will become public knowledge when “da Boyz” deem it necessary Once gold began to trade in the Far East on their Wednesday, it didn’t take long before ten bucks got tacked onto the price…and another five spot was added later in the Hong Kong afternoon going into the 8:00 a.m. BST London open. Of course it got sold down after that, with the low in Europe coming about 12:30 p.m. in London…thirty minutes after the noon silver fix. The gold price rallied anew at the 8:20 a.m. Comex open, but that got cut off at the knees thirty minutes later. From there, gold got sold down to its New York low, which came minutes after 1:00 p.m. EDT. The subsequent rally lasted almost to the close of electronic trading…an event as rare as a blue moon. The high tick of the day came around 8:50 a.m. Eastern time…and Kitco recorded that as $1,435.30 spot. Gold closed on Wednesday at $1,431.50 spot…up $17.90 on the day. Surprisingly enough, gross volume was pretty light…at least comparatively speaking…at ‘only’ 152,000 contracts. It was pretty much the same price pattern for silver in Far East trading on Wednesday…with the high tick of the day coming at 3:00 p.m. Hong Kong time, which corresponded to the 8:00 a.m. London open. Like gold, it was all down hill from there, with the low of the day coming at a slightly earlier than normal London silver fix. The subsequent rally ran into a not-for-profit seller at the London p.m. gold fix…10:00 a.m. in New York. From there, silver got sold off until around 11:30 a.m. EDT…and more or less traded sideways from that point into the Comex close for silver, which is 1:25 p.m. in New York. Then away the price went to the upside until precisely 4:00 p.m. Eastern…and then it traded flat into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close. From its low to its high, silver traded in a price range of just over 50 cents. Silver closed yesterday at $23.16 spot…up 22 cents from Tuesday. Net volume, once all the roll-overs out of the May delivery month were subtracted, was a hair under 25,000 contracts….which wasn’t a lot. Sponsor Advertisement I have a few more stories than normal today, so I hope you can find the time to read them all, or feel free to edit ruthlessly. You choose. False is the idea of utility that sacrifices a thousand real advantages for one imaginary or trifling inconvenience; that would take fire from men because it burns, and water because one may drown in it; that has no remedy for evils except destruction. The laws that forbid the carrying of arms are laws of such a nature. They disarm only those who are neither inclined nor determined to commit crimes. — Cesare Beccaria, as quoted by Thomas Jefferson’s Commonplace Book The situation is so fluid in the precious metal markets at the moment that it’s hard to get a ‘big picture’ perspective. The only ones in the know would be the Big 3 bullion banks…and their associated partners-in-crime at the Fed, the Treasury, the Exchange Stabilization Fund…and the BIS. All we can do is sift through the clues that are left hanging around…whether it be in the Comex inventories…or the GLD and SLV ETFs. I don’t consider the latest COT Report to be of any use, because it’s obvious [at least to me] that the data in the Commercial and Non-Commercial categories is bogus. But if the data in the Nonreportable category can be used as a guide, the real data in these other two categories would be one for the record books…and still may be a work in progress by JPMorgan et al. There’s no way of knowing for sure, of course…and any comments that I [and others] may have, would certainly fall into the speculative category…even if it consists of an educated guess. Whatever is going on behind the scenes will become public knowledge when “da Boyz” deem it necessary…or when the physical or paper markets force their hand. It has always been said that the precious metal equities will always forewarn of a pending move in the gold price, as the ‘smart money’…which I call insider trading…take their positions for the next move up. I’d like to think/hope/pray that yesterday was a precursor to that event…but only time will tell. All four precious metals caught a bid in the Globex session in early Far East trading on their Thursday, but silver got smacked back down to almost unchanged by the time that London opened. Volumes are about the same as Wednesday at this time of day. Most gold volume is of the high-frequency trading variety…but surprisingly enough, there is big roll-over action in silver as the large players have to be out of their May positions [unless they’re standing for delivery] by the end of the day…or possibly Friday at the latest. The dollar index isn’t doing a lot as of 4:13 a.m. Eastern time. And as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:15 a.m. Eastern time, gold is still trading flat after its rally in the Far East…and is up about fifteen bucks from Wednesday’s close…and silver is up fourteen cents. Because of that lack of price action, volumes are only slightly above what they were an hour or so ago. The dollar index is now down about 27 basis points. We certainly do live in interesting times…and the rest of the month’s trading/price activity could get interesting. That’s more than enough for today…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The dollar index closed on Tuesday at 83.02…and when it opened in Far East trading on Wednesday morning, immediately began to chop lower…and finished the Wednesday trading session in New York at 82.94…down 8 whole basis points. Nothing to see here. The first three bookmarks on my computer are the Kitco silver and gold charts, followed immediately by the HUI chart…and I check them in that order when I first get on the Internet. After looking at the gold and silver charts after I got up late yesterday morning, I certainly wasn’t prepared for what I saw when the HUI chart popped up, as it had gapped up over 3 percent at the open…and never looked back from there, although it was obvious that some of the day trader types took profits as they closed out their positions in the last minutes of trading. Very deep pockets were buying everything in sight yesterday…and that process accelerated once Comex trading closed at 1:30 p.m. EDT. The HUI finished the day up 6.98 percent…and one can only hope that the buyers were insiders…as they’re always tipped off as to what’s coming. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME Daily Delivery Report, updated very late yesterday evening, showed that 98 gold and 3 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday within the Comex-approved depositories. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. Another day, another decline in GLD. This time it was ‘only’ 135,398 troy ounces…and as of 10:13 p.m. EDT, there were no reported changes in SLV. The U.S. Mint had another sales report yesterday. They sold a very chunky 13,000 ounces of gold eagles…along with a smallish 1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and zero silver eagles. Tuesday was a big day in silver over at the Comex-approved depositories, as they reported receiving a chunky 1,521,690 troy ounces of the stuff…and only shipped 17,637 troy ounces out the door. The link to that activity is here. In gold there were more withdrawals from the Comex-approved depositories on Tuesday. They reported receiving 852 troy ounces…and shipped 238,716 troy ounces out the door. You have to ask yourself where this gold is headed…and why. The link to that activity is here. It was another ‘quiet’ day at the bullion store yesterday…with ‘quiet’ being a relative term compared to last week at this time. ‘Quiet’ will translate into another record year for the store if this keeps up…and we’re sort of hoping that it doesn’t get any busier, as we just can’t handle over-the-top volume/traffic every day. Neither can the wholesalers or the mints…and they’re still not taking orders, which is truly unprecedented in this industry. If it’s this bad from our vantage point in the retail world, one can only imagine what it looks like from the wholesale/mint perspective. At 8:30 p.m. yesterday evening, I fired off an e-mail to Bron Suchecki at The Perth Mint, where it was already 10:30 a.m. on Thursday morning…and asked him this question: “G’Day Bron…What’s happening in Oz in the precious metals world that’s fit to print in tomorrow’s column?” Less than half an hour later I go this response… Hi Ed, With the [current production] issues at the RCM and US Mints, we are now starting to get hit with good orders from distributors, so we have prioritised manufacture of 1 oz. and kilo silver coins over our Lunar Snake coins so we can maximise the total amount of ounces we can supply. This is great news as that means more physical being taken off market. That does lead me to the next point…which is buyers really need to go for the cheapest physical they can…and be a bit more flexible on who makes it…or go from coins to bars. Paying high premiums just because you want a certain brand or bar size just means your money buys less ounces, which takes less ounces off the market. Regards, Bron Suchecki And finally…here is commentary from Ross Norman over at the renowned SharpsPixley.com Internet site that was posted there yesterday…and this is courtesy of reader ‘David in California’… “There an oddity about GOLD at the moment with phenomenal physical demand in Asia, US and Europe, while the actual spot prices languishes. We have written before about the strange disconnect between paper and physical demand – with the former bearish yet the latter bullish – but rarely has there been such a clear divergence. “Over the last few days on SharpsPixley.com we have many run stories about this … Dubai running short of physical, US Mint selling out of smaller denomination bars, coins and bars flying off the shelves in India and China and queues outside leading gold sellers such as Degussa in Germany. The effect has been a massive drawdown in physical metal which has, by and large, caught the gold refineries and some stockists by surprise. It seems that the current buying in Europe is a delayed response to the Cyprus crisis, prompted by the price correction. “Quite evidently it has been the sharp sell off on the gold futures (COMEX) a week ago that precipitated the price decline and drew out the physical buyers. While there remains stock of the traded inter-market London ‘good delivery’ bars weighing in at 400 ounces each (with a purity of 99.5%+), these would set an investor back about $570,000 each. However, for investment sized bars the market is drying up rapidly. Amongst the coins, the maples and Krugerrand are moving fast with premiums having just doubled and now typically trading at about 8% over the spot price. Meanwhile the wait for new 0.9999 kilobars from the refineries (cost about $48,000 each) would entail a wait of over 1 month – there are however some modest stocks of second-hand kilobars. “While much of the buying in Europe has centered on Germany and Switzerland, there are also encouraging signs of good interest from UK retail investors who seem to be awakening to the notion of having gold in their savings. Google searches for the keyword “gold price” is rising to near record levels confirming what we are seeing in the markets. “So, what does this tell us about gold ? To us, this is firstly a clear signal that the price correction has sparked latent interest for those who have wanted to enter the market – the current price represents an excellent entry point. Secondly, the fact that investors are going for physical over paper gold extends the argument that investors are increasingly wary of financial institutions, just as they are of the debasement of currencies. “In 2008 and 2010 the physical markets dried up and deliveries were extended out to about 2 or 3 months at the retail level – if the current buying persists there is every reason to expect a recurrence… or worse.” END Here’s your “cute quota” for the day… It was the same for the silver stocks…and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 6.39%. But, like the gold equities, these gains aren’t really that impressive considering the lows that these stocks are rising from. But it’s a start. Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold Mineralization Columbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes. Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.” Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained. Please visit our website for more information about the project.
Sponsor Advertisement Platinum and palladium weren’t spared, either—and both closed down on the day as well. Platinum by seventeen bucks—and palladium by 7 dollars. Here are the charts. The dollar index closed at 80.38 on Friday in New York—and chopped quietly higher throughout the entire Monday trading session, finishing the day at 80.63—up 25 basis points on the day. I have a decent number of stories for you today—and the final edit is yours. What should be seen as being beyond doubt is that COMEX positioning is the price driver in silver and gold. Nothing else even comes close. We went down in price this past week and on every previous price sell-off because the technical funds got snookered into selling on price signals rigged by the commercials. We will go up when the technical funds have sold all they can sell and then begin to buy. No one knows the day of the price turn up in advance, but it will come—and should most likely come soon, given the extreme COT readings, particularly in silver. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 31 May 2014 It was a low volume, nothing sort of day in both gold and silver on Monday. Low volume or not, one shouldn’t overlook the fact that a new low price tick for this move down was set in both metals during the Hong Kong afternoon trading session—and the price of both got sold down once the London p.m. gold “fix” was in. Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver so you can see the “slicing of the salami” to the downside that’s been going on day after day. The gold stocks opened down a bit, but rallied back into positive territory on the rally going into the London p.m. gold fix. Once the gold price got capped, the stocks sold off as well, hitting their lows of the day at 2 p.m.—the moment that the gold price stopped falling. From there they rallied quietly in the close—and finished down 0.60%. A new low price tick for this move down was set in both metals The gold price got sold down the moment that trading began in New York on Sunday evening. The HFT boyz took the price down to its low tick of the day shortly after 2 p.m. Hong Kong time—a new low for this move down—and the rally that began at that point got capped at the London p.m. gold fix. From there it got sold down until 2 p.m. EDT in electronic trading—and it didn’t do much after that. The high and lows ticks were reported by the CME Group as $1,251.00 and $1,241.10 in the August contract. Gold finished the Monday session at $1,243.50 spot, down another $7.80 from Friday’s close. Volume, net of June and July, was pretty light at only 90,000 contracts. The CME Daily Delivery Report for Day 3 of the June delivery month in gold showed that 7 gold and 81 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Wednesday. So far this month, only 99 gold contracts have been posted for delivery. I don’t know what to make of that—and I forgot to ask Ted Butler about it when I spoke to him on the phone yesterday. In silver, the largest short/issuer was Jefferies once again with 70 contracts—and the three largest long/stoppers were JPMorgan, Scotiabank and Barclays. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 7:31 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. But when I checked the iShares.com Internet site at 3:02 a.m. EDT this morning, much to my surprise, there had been a very chunky deposit of 2,401,285 troy ounces reported. One can safely assume, based on the recent price action, that this was deposited to cover an existing short position. The U.S. Mint had a smallish sales report yesterday. They sold 4,500 troy ounces of gold eagles—1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—100 platinum eagles—and zero silver eagles. In gold over at the Comex-approved depositories on Friday, they reported receiving 32,147 troy ounces—all of which went into the warehouse over at HSBC USA. In silver, there was 601,134 troy ounces reported received—and 62,199 troy ounces reported shipped out. The big receipt went into Brink’s, Inc. Here are a couple of charts courtesy of Nick Laird. They are the intraday price movement for both gold and silver during the month of May. As you tell, the charts are very similar, with the major inflection points in both coming at the 8 a.m. London open, the London noon silver fix—and the 1:30 p.m. EDT Comex close. In Tuesday trading in the Far East, not much happened price-wise in either gold or silver up until 1 p.m. Hong Kong time. Then both popped a bit, however it remains to be seen if this develops into anything as the trading progresses in London and New York. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is five minutes away—and volumes in both metals are on the lighter side. The dollar index is basically flat. Today, at the 1:30 p.m. Comex close, is the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report. Providing nothing untoward happens to the upside in price during Tuesday trading, it’s a given that the numbers in the COT Report will be another one for the record books, particularly in silver. And as I hit the send button on today’s column an hour after the London open, all four precious metals are in the plus column. Gold and silver volumes are up some more, but not by alarming amounts—and the dollar index is down a handful of basis points. I’m off to bed early, as I have a plane to catch later this morning—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The silver price action was very similar to gold’s, so I shall spare you the details—except to note that silver also touched a new low price for this move down as well. The high and low for silver were recorded as $18.87 and $18.65 in the July contract. Silver closed in New York yesterday at $18.76 spot, down 5 cents from Friday. Net volume was also pretty light at only 22,500 contracts. The price path of the silver equities was almost the same as the gold stocks, except for the fact that Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 1.04%. Learn how the government and the Fed are looting your accumulated wealth – Get this free issue of Robert Prechter’s Theorist now >>
— The Income Secret of Multi-MillionairesPut 10 multi-millionaires in a room and chances are, most of them will share a very unique secret about how they generate their income. Not one in 1,000 salaried employees would guess this secret. But millionaire investor, James Altucher, shares the secret with you, for free, on this page. Recommended Links The price of silver plummeted 4.5% on Tuesday. It closed at $15.01/oz… its lowest close since February 2010.Gold had a bad day too. It dipped below its 2015 low of $1,148.10 before recovering to close at $1,153.70. It lost 1.4% on the day.Historically, people buy gold and silver for protection during uncertain times. Gold and silver have held their value for thousands of years through wars, depressions, and financial crises. When stock markets crash or paper money fails, gold and silver are a reliable store of wealth.So with Greece’s default rocking world markets… and with Chinese stocks crashing the most in 20 years… why are gold and silver struggling?Louis James, editor of International Speculator, blames China.The Chinese stock market has crashed an incredible 28% in 16 days. And China’s 1.4 billion people are the biggest buyers of gold in the world.Here’s Louis:The world’s biggest gold buyers are suffering a major liquidity crunch. Many won’t have the cash to buy anything, not even gold. Worse, hundreds of Chinese stocks are halted and huge numbers of investors are facing margin calls. That means that many who own gold will be selling because it’s the one thing they can get a bid on.When a large number of buyers are forced to become sellers… well, counterintuitive days like today can make sense.If I’m right about this, precious metals will slide until the liquidity crunch in China passes. We saw the same thing in 2008. But when this reversal happens, the rebound should be even sharper. Unlike most Americans or Europeans, Chinese people do see gold as an important form of wealth protection.We’ll discuss the details of the Chinese stock market crash later this week. • Meanwhile, another important commodity is within pennies of its 10-year low…The price of iron ore has declined for nine days in a row. On Tuesday, the Metal Bulletin’s iron ore index plummeted 5% to $49.60 per metric ton.Iron ore is in a bear market. It’s now 73% below its record high from September 2011.Iron ore is the key ingredient in steel. China has consumed iron ore like crazy in recent years to build out its infrastructure. Its colossal Three Gorges Dam used 463,000 metric tons of steel.China is the world’s largest consumer of iron ore by a long shot. It consumed 1.25 billion metric tons of iron ore in 2013. The rest of the world consumed that much combined. China is both the world’s largest producer and importer of iron ore.Iron ore prices depend on China… and China is slowing down.China reports that its economy grew 7% in the first quarter. That’s impressive for most countries, but it was China’s weakest quarter in six years. According to Bloomberg, Chinese steel production is on pace to contract for the first time since at least 1990.• Iron ore also is Australia’s biggest export…The Australian dollar just sunk to its lowest level since the financial crisis. One Australian dollar is now worth just US$0.74… down from US$1.10 in 2011.Crashing iron ore prices are a big reason why. Australia’s economy depends on commodities. Its other top exports are coal, natural gas, gold, and crude oil. But iron ore is its biggest export by far.Iron ore accounted for 25% of the value of Australia’s total exports last year. And 77% percent of Australia’s iron ore exports went to China, Australia’s largest trading partner. One-third of Australia’s total exports go to China.China consumes what Australia pulls out of the ground. China’s boom was great for Australia. But with China slowing down, Australia is struggling.
Instagram today introduced a new comment-moderation tool.”We’re taking the next step to ensure Instagram remains a positive place to express yourself,” CEO Kevin Systrom wrote in a blog announcement. The photo-sharing service boasts a diverse community. But on social media, as in life, not everyone gets along. “To empower each individual, we need to promote a culture where everyone feels safe to be themselves without criticism or harassment,” Systrom said.So, Instagram is rolling out to all users a keyword-moderation tool. Simply tap the gear icon in your profile and look for “Comments” — under the Settings header, between “Mobile Data Use” and the option to save original photos).The feature lets anyone create a personalized list of words you consider offensive or inappropriate — whether it’s racial slurs, obscenity or just “Justin Bieber.” Users can build their own list or help themselves to the default words provided. Moving forward, comments featuring those words and phrases will be hidden from your posts, saving you the hassle of swiping to delete, reporting inappropriate comments and blocking accounts.”We know tools aren’t the only solution for this complex problem, but together we can work towards keeping Instagram a safe place for self-expression,” Systrom said.This week’s adjustments, he added, are not only his “personal wish,” but also “our responsibility as a company.”Over the summer, Instagram teased a new content-specific filtering feature that let users flip comments on and off on a per-post basis.Rival Twitter has faced backlash over its inability to effectively crack down on trolls and hateful comments. Last month it introduced two new features aimed at giving users more control: a new “quality filter” option to your notification settings that, when enabled, prevents you from seeing “lower-quality content”; and anotherthat will limit alerts to only people you follow. Silence Instagram Trolls With Keyword Filters Next Article All users can now blacklist specific words and phrases to ensure they will not appear in comments. September 13, 2016 Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Image credit: Shutterstock Add to Queue 2 min read –shares Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Register Now » Instagram This story originally appeared on PCMag Stephanie Mlot Reporter at PCMag
Dynata Organizes for Future Growth PRNewswireMay 24, 2019, 1:36 pmMay 24, 2019 Newly Created Unit Accelerates Product Innovation and Development of First-Party Data Solutions for Marketing Services, and Operational Realignment Strengthens Customer ExperienceDynata, a global leader in first-party data and data services, is pleased to announce that it has aligned the company to provide greater value to customers, partners, and stakeholders. Dynata’s recent strategic mergers and acquisitions, new brand identity, and organizational realignment, have established the scale and capabilities necessary to become the world’s largest and most reliable permission-based, first-party data provider.Dynata SolutionsData-driven marketers and advertisers understand that first-party data adds enormous value across marketing channels, digital and offline, as they make business decisions on a global, enterprise scale. To expand its first-party data throughout the marketing services continuum, including media, advertising, CRM, and activation, as well as to accelerate innovation within its current portfolio of global products, the company has established a new unit named Dynata Solutions.Hugh Davis, former Co-Founder of Reimagine Holdings Group, recently acquired by Dynata, will lead the new unit, as President, Dynata Solutions. Davis will drive the business strategy and development of a comprehensive array of first-party data solutions, incorporating the benefits of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning to create robust automated and self-service data solutions.Marketing Technology News: MRC Continues DoubleVerify’s Accreditation for Desktop, Mobile Web & In-App Impressions, SIVT Traffic Filtration & ViewabilityCustomer ExperienceIn the Americas region, Dynata has realigned its sales and operational units into a new, integrated structure designed to provide an enhanced customer experience and deliver long-term growth. The holistic customer service approach is more closely aligned with customer needs and reflects Dynata’s increased focus on supporting its customers with a world-class experience.Keith Price, former Co-Founder of Reimagine, has been named President, Customer Experience, Americas and will lead Dynata’s efforts to create and implement a best-in-class customer experience for its customers in the Americas. This includes consistent delivery of high-quality data, modern data analysis technology, and seamless delivery of insights to empower customers to make quicker, more informed business decisions for better results.Marketing Technology News: Marking GDPR Anniversary, nCipher Survey Reveals Americans’ Data Privacy Attitudes“With the scale that has been created from the Research Now/SSI merger, in addition to the added capabilities from the recent Reimagine acquisition, we are strategically positioned for future growth,” said Gary S. Laben, CEO, Dynata. “The creation of Dynata Solutions will accelerate product innovation to meet the data-centric marketing needs of our clients, and greater alignment around our customers in the Americas will enable us to improve execution and increase efficiency for their businesses.”Marketing Technology News: Teleperformance Groups ‘Praxidia Knowledge Services’ partners with CallMiner to launch TP Interact – a Comprehensive Interaction Analytics Solution Acquisitioncrmcustomer experienceDynataMarketing TechnologyNewsReimagine Previous ArticleIo-Tahoe Integrates with OneTrust and Joins Data Discovery Partner ProgramNext ArticleEmployee Mistakes #1 Threat to Data Security in Hong Kong and Taiwan; Cloud Adoption Driving Encryption Says Ncipher
Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Jun 10 2019A new study has found a pattern of molecules that appear in the blood before a seizure happens. This discovery may lead to the development of an early warning system, which would enable people with epilepsy to know when they are at risk of having a seizure.Researchers at FutureNeuro, the SFI Research Centre for Chronic and Rare Neurological Diseases, hosted at RCSI (Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland) led the study, which is published in the current edition of the Journal of Clinical Investigation (JCI).FutureNeuro and RCSI researchers have discovered molecules in the blood that are higher in people with epilepsy before a seizure happens. These molecules are fragments of transfer RNAs (tRNAs), a chemical closely related to DNA that performs an important role in building proteins within the cell. When cells are stressed, tRNAs are cut into fragments. Higher levels of the fragments in the blood could reflect that brain cells are under stress in the build up to a seizure event.Using blood samples from people with epilepsy at the Epilepsy Monitoring Unit in Beaumont Hospital, Dublin and in a similar specialist centre in Marburg, Germany, the group found that fragment levels of three tRNAs “spike” in the blood many hours before a seizure. People with epilepsy often report that one of the most difficult aspects of living with the disease is never knowing when a seizure will occur.The results of this study are very promising. We hope that our tRNA research will be a key first step toward developing an early warning system.”Dr Marion Hogg, FutureNeuro investigator, Honorary Lecturer at RCSI, and the study’s lead author Related StoriesTAU’s new Translational Medical Research Center acquires MILabs’ VECTor PET/SPECT/CTComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchResearch on cannabis use in women limited, finds new studyApproximately 40,000 people in Ireland have epilepsy and one third of those do not respond to current treatments, meaning they continue to experience seizures. The World Health Organisation estimates that more than 50 million people worldwide have epilepsy.”New technologies to remove the unpredictability of uncontrolled seizures for people with epilepsy are a very real possibility,” said Professor David Henshall, Director of FutureNeuro and Professor of Molecular Physiology and Neuroscience at RCSI who was a co-author on the paper.”Building on this research we in FutureNeuro hope to develop a test prototype, similar to a blood sugar monitor that can potentially predict when a seizure might occur.”Source:RCSIJournal reference:Hogg, M.C. et al. (2019) Elevation in plasma tRNA fragments precede seizures in human epilepsy. Journal of Clinical Investigation. doi.org/10.1172/JCI126346.
Singapore is aiming to use drones for parcel delivery, inspecting buildings, providing security and other jobs Singapore is aiming to use drones for parcel delivery, inspecting buildings, providing security and other jobs, and is working with companies and regulators to put the ambitious plan into action.European aerospace giant Airbus said it completed the world’s first shore-to-ship package delivery using a drone. It involved the device carrying a 1.5 kilo (3.3-pound) parcel to a vessel anchored 1.5 kilometres (about a mile) from the coast.The drone took off from a pier and landed safely on the ship’s deck, deposited its cargo and returned to base, with the entire flight completed within 10 minutes, Airbus said in a statement.Airbus has partnered with maritime logistics and port services firm Wilhelmsen Ships Services for the trials.The drones involved can carry up to four kilos of cargo and navigate autonomously along a pre-determined flight corridor to vessels as far as three kilometres from the coast.At the moment, deliveries to ships anchored offshore are carried out by small boats.The use of drones can make deliveries to ships up to six times faster, lower delivery costs by up to 90 percent, cut companies’ carbon footprints and is safer, Airbus said. Citation: Airbus trials drone delivery to ships (2019, March 15) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-03-airbus-trials-drone-delivery-ships.html Explore further Airbus unveils pioneering solar-powered drone Airbus on Friday began trials of drones delivering parcels to ships anchored offshore in Singapore, as the high-tech city rolls out the devices for an array of tasks. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. © 2019 AFP
Maharashtra to seek ₹300 cr more for water supply in drought-hit areas In drought-hit Marathwada, even the toilets have run dry and can’t be used Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy, who is relaunching the Grama Vaastavya — or village-stay — programme, has credited BusinessLine with providing a model for tackling drought.On Thursday, Kumaraswamy, at the launch of a booklet on the achievements of the Janata Dal (Secular)-Congress coalition government, said he was impressed by BusinessLine’s article on a village in Maharashtra’s Marathwada region. Farmers in the village, after reeling under a drought that lasted for over a decade, changed their lifestyle and cropping pattern.The story on Kadwanchi village was published on June 1, 2019. It detailed how the farmers multiplied their income by saving every drop of rain.These farmers cultivate grapes without any help from the government, and the annual income of the village has now increased to ₹40-45 crore from a mere ₹74 lakh a few years ago.Kumaraswamy said: “The news report touched me a lot.” After reading it, I sent a team of officials to study the village and video-document its success story,” he further added.Our Pune Correspondent adds: “The Karnataka team, comprising government officials, visited our village to study our model. We hope that our model is replicated in Karnataka and other States,” said Chandrakant Kshirsagar, Kadwanchi’s sarpanch.“As I am re-starting my Grama Vaastavya in the State from the Chandaraki village in the Gurumitkal Taluk of the Kalaburgi district, I will be using the Marathwada village study report and video to educate the villagers,” Kumaraswamy said.About a decade ago, Kumaraswamy, during his earlier stint as the Chief Minister, had endeared himself to the rural masses with his Grama Vaastavya programme.He claimed that the programme this time around will be different.“Throughout the day, I will be holding an official review of all departments, involving the villages in the taluk. In the evening, after sundown, I will be interacting with the villagers,” he said. water harvesting drought Drought intensifies in Maharashtra SHARE COMMENTS SHARE SHARE EMAIL COMMENT June 20, 2019 Karnataka Published on Karnataka Chief Minister HD Kumaraswamy Maharashtra RELATED At the mercy of private tankers in Pune