A look at the numbers behind Ottawas tariff reprisal against Trump

first_imgOTTAWA – The sweeping Canadian retaliation against Donald Trump’s steel and aluminum tariffs has been carefully crafted in hopes of hitting the U.S. president where it hurts.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s counter-tariffs will take effect Sunday — a month after the Trump administration slapped duties on U.S. steel and aluminum imports from Canada and other allies.Canada’s response is set to include imposing tariffs on selected consumer products that come from a wide range of sectors — from hair lacquers, to ballpoint pens, to maple syrup.Ottawa released its finalized lineup Friday of items that will be hit by Canadian tariffs.Here’s a rundown of some of the states and products in the crosshairs of the retaliatory measures using Canadian government numbers. The figures are based on 2017 data from Statistics Canada and the U.S. Census Bureau.—Some of the states set to be hit hardest by Canada’s tariffs, based on how much of the targeted consumer products they shipped north in 2017:Ohio — $1.15 billionNew York — $1.12 billionWisconsin — $820 millionIllinois — $780 millionPennsylvania — $646 millionWashington — $629 millionCalifornia — $529 millionTennessee — $453 millionMichigan — $432 million—Value of 2017 imports from U.S. for some of the products targeted by Canada’s preliminary tariffs:Herbicides — $1.13 billionMotorboats, rowboats, canoes and other pleasure boats — $646 millionCoffee, roasted — $525 millionMayonnaise, salad dressing, mixed condiments — $522 millionFungicides — $418 millionKetchup and other tomato sauces — $264 millionOrganic facewash — $229 millionSoups and broths — $204 millionWhiskey — $62 millionMaple sugar and maple syrup — $17 millionBallpoint pens — $3.5 millionlast_img read more

Business Highlights

first_img___Nissan chairman arrested in probe of financial misconductYOKOHAMA, Japan (AP) — Nissan Motor Co. says its chairman Carlos Ghosn has been arrested and will be dismissed for alleged under-reporting of his income and misuse of company funds. The Japanese automaker’s CEO said Monday that Ghosn was detained after he arrived in Japan earlier in the day. The Yokohama-based company said the violations by Ghosn and another executive were discovered during a monthslong investigation that was instigated by a whistleblower.___US stocks take sharp losses as tech, internet companies dropNEW YORK (AP) — Big technology and internet companies again came under heavy selling pressure, leading to broad losses across the stock market. The Dow Jones Industrial Average briefly fell 500 points, pulled down by steep declines in Boeing and Apple. Amazon led a sharp drop among retailers as investors react to tensions between the US and China at a Pacific Rim conference. Industrial companies also fell. Nissan sank after its chairman was arrested on misconduct charges.___Volatile stock market spooking some older workers, retireesCHICAGO (AP) — Some older workers and retirees are spooked by the ups and downs of the U.S. stock markets. But there’s no indication that the recent volatility has brought about large-scale overhauls in retirement planning. A Bankrate survey says 62 per cent of Americans — and 76 per cent of those 65 and over — don’t believe their financial situation has improved in the two years since President Donald Trump’s election.___UK leader has eye on rebellion as EU braces for Brexit pushLONDON (AP) — The U.K. and the European Union are plowing ahead with trying to have their divorce deal signed, sealed and delivered within days. But the draft Brexit agreement has left British Prime Minister Theresa May fighting0020to keep her job. May waited on Monday to see if rebel lawmakers from her party had the numbers to trigger a no-confidence vote, while British and EU negotiators raced to firm up a final deal before a weekend summit where EU leaders hope to rubber stamp it.___Even small companies may be able to cut Amazon-like dealsNEW YORK (AP) — A company doesn’t need to be as big as Amazon to get a real estate deal. Whether a small business wants to buy or rent, it may have some leverage with landlords or local governments to get breaks on taxes or win grants. It’s especially doable if a company can be a drawing card that helps boost local commerce or has significant job creation plans. The key is often to look for real estate in an area that needs an economic boost, or a depressed neighbourhood that’s on the verge of making a comeback.___Bloomberg donates ‘unprecedented’ $1.8B to Johns HopkinsBALTIMORE (AP) — Former New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg is donating $1.8 billion to his alma mater, Johns Hopkins University. Bloomberg and the Baltimore university said Sunday that the gift is the largest ever to any education institution in the U.S. University President Ronald Daniels says the contribution will allow Hopkins to eliminate the need for student loans in financial aid packages.___Airbnb removes listings in Israeli settlementsJERUSALEM (AP) — Vacation rental company Airbnb says it is removing its listings in Israeli settlements in the West Bank. A statement released on the company’s website Monday said it will take down some 200 listings in Israeli settlements “that are at the core of the dispute between the Israelis and Palestinians.” Most of the international community views the settlements as illegal.___David’s Bridal files for bankruptcy, but your order is safeNEW YORK (AP) — David’s Bridal is filing for bankruptcy protection but there is no danger for customers who have ordered dresses because operations continuing as normal while the wedding and prom retailer restructures. The bankruptcy filing, the private company said Monday, will wipe out more than $400 million in long-term debt.___Brazil’s Petrobras to be led by privatization advocateRIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — Brazil’s president-elect is appointing a pro-market reformer to lead the state oil company Petrobras. Roberto Castello Branco has advocated privatizing the oil giant, a measure also supported by his close ally Paulo Guedes, designated as Brazil’s next finance minister. However, experts say a wholesale privatization is unlikely.___The S&P 500 index fell 45.54 points, or 1.7 per cent, to 2,690.73. The Dow Jones Industrial Average dropped 395.78 points, or 1.6 per cent, to 25,017.44. It was down as much as 512 earlier. The Nasdaq composite skidded 219.40 points, or 3 per cent, to 7,028.48. The Russell 2000 index of smaller-company stocks lost 30.99 points, or 2 per cent, to 1,496.54.Benchmark U.S. crude rose 0.5 per cent to $56.76 a barrel in New York. Brent crude, used to price international oils, was little changed at $66.79 a barrel in London. Wholesale gasoline added 0.4 per cent to $1.58 a gallon. Heating oil gained 0.6 per cent to $2.09 a gallon. Natural gas surged 10 per cent to $4.70 per 1,000 cubic feet.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Competition commissioner urges BC to change liquor policy lowering prices

first_imgOTTAWA — Canada’s interim competition commissioner is urging B.C. to change its liquor policy to allow more competition, spark innovation and lower prices.Matthew Boswell writes in an open letter to B.C.’s Attorney General David Eby that the province’s current policy restricts competition, raises consumer prices and limits access to specialty products.B.C. requires restaurants, bars and hotels to purchase alcohol products at retail prices from government-owned stores.Boswell says he supports recommendations that hospitality providers should be able to buy alcohol products from any licensed source in the province, including private retailers, and they should pay “a proper wholesale price.”Those two recommendations were made in an April 2018 report commissioned by the provincial government as part of its ongoing review of the provincial liquor policy.Boswell, who applauded B.C.’s efforts to review its policy, says those changes would encourage more competition and lead to more choice for consumers and lower prices.The Canadian Presslast_img read more

Officials close Muskoseepi Park in Grande Prairie due to flash flooding

first_imgGRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Muskoseepi Park in Grande Prairie has been evacuated and closed until further notice. Many paths are under water and creek banks and slopes are extremely unstable.The public is urged to stay away from the Bear Creek corridor and Muskoseepi Park.Vehicular bridges crossing Bear Creek are safe for travel.Releasing the water at a higher than normal rate through the spillway has protected the dam. It has also lowered water levels in the reservoir but increased water flows downstream. Muskoseepi Park will remain closed until water recedes and a thorough damage assessment can be completed. Pedestrian bridges, paths, creek banks, and other park infrastructure will be inspected for safety before the park is reopened.Crews will be monitoring water levels to protect critical infrastructure throughout the corridor.RCMP and Enforcement Services will be monitoring the park.At this time no properties have been damaged. Residents are asked to obey signs, barricades and the direction of local authorities.last_img read more

ONGC wins back Chinnewala Tibba gas field in Rajasthan

first_imgNew Delhi: State-owned Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) Thursday signed a contract for the prolific Chinnewala Tibba gas field in Rajasthan, which it had discovered around 15 years ago but was taken away and auctioned by the government.ONGC won back five out of the 23 discovered oil and gas fields that the government took away from the state-owned firm and Oil India Ltd (OIL) for auctioning in the second round of discovered small field (DSF). Also Read – Maruti cuts production for 8th straight month in SepThe 72-square kilometer field near Jaisalmer in Rajasthan has 1,900 million standard cubic metres of reserves, an official of the Directorate General of Hydrocarbons said at the contract-signing ceremony with the winners of the 23 fields auctioned in DSF-II. The 23 fields, made up of some 57 discoveries by ONGC and OIL, hold 190 million tonnes of oil and oil-equivalent gas resources, the official said. Speaking on the occasion, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said DSF bid rounds are aimed at raising domestic production to cut dependence on imported oil. Also Read – Ensure strict implementation on ban of import of e-cigarettes: revenue to CustomsIndia is 83 per cent dependent on imports to meet its oil needs. “Maximising production is the most important priority now,” he said. While ONGC and OIL could not monetise the discoveries auctioned in the DSF round mainly due to they being financially unviable on prevalent fiscal terms, DSF round winners will get complete pricing and marketing freedom that will make the finds economically viable. Pradhan said ONGC was asked to largely stay away from DSF-I round last year but was given freedom to bid in DSF-II and he was happy that the company walked away with the most number of fields. Chinnewala Tibba was the most-contested field in DSF-II with as many as 17 bids being put in. ONGC won the field as also four others after bid evaluation and award was completed last week. Contracts for the same were signed Thursday. OIL and Vedanta Ltd signed contracts for two fields each they had won while lesser known Ganges Geo-Resources Pvt Ltd signed for five fields. State-owned Indian Oil Corp (IOC) and its partner Hindustan Oil Exploration Company Ltd (HOEC) signed for one field they won in the auction. Arch Softwares Pvt Ltd, a firm backed by former Cairn India executive Suniti Bhat, won two offshore fields. The remaining fields went to little-known firms such as Shanti GD Ispat Power, Arsh Corporate Services, Invenire Energy, Keerthi Industries, and Gem Petro E&P. On the contract signing, Vedanta Resources Ltd Executive Chairman Anil Agarwal said: “The Government of India has taken concrete steps to encourage and thus enhance domestic crude oil production, in line with Minister Pradhan’s vision of energy self-sufficiency. The discovered small fields Round-II auction is another significant step in this direction. We remain committed to optimising exploration and production from the fields awarded to us. These reformative steps and our demonstrated success will pave the way for attracting future foreign investments as well.” Sudhir Mathur, chief executive officer of oil and gas business of Vedanta Ltd, said the company is known for its engineering strength and innovation, especially in the tight oil and tight gas domain. “We are excited to bring these strengths to bear in the two new DSF fields awarded to us. We congratulate the government on all of these progressive initiatives that will lead to growth in the sector, job creation, and prosperity for our country.” As many as 39 firms, including six foreign players, had put in 145 bids for 24 out of the 25 oil and gas fields on offer in DSF-II at the close of bidding on January 30. Mining giant Vedanta put in the highest number of bids for 21 fields. A DGH statement said one bid for a field has been kept in abeyance as the matter is sub-judice. ONGC and OIL had put in bids for 10 fields each while Indian Oil Corp (IOC) bid for 3. British company Soco International made its foray into India, bidding for one field but it failed to make a dent. Arch Softwares had put in bids for 15 fields.last_img read more

What Steven Hauschka Thinks About Being A Clutch Kicker

After wrapping up my “Kickers Are Forever” article on Tuesday, I wandered to Media Day in Phoenix, site of a sporting event this Sunday, and found Seattle Seahawks kicker Steven Hauschka, who — unlike a certain beastly teammate — was willing to answer a few questions.Here’s how it went down, starting with what they were talking about just before I arrived:Another reporter: Can you imagine Lionel Messi or Cristiano Ronaldo kicking field goals in the Super Bowl? Do you think they would be good?Steven Hauschka: Yeah, I think Ronaldo would be really good at it. They both would. It’s a little different but I’m sure within a few minutes they could be kicking 50-yard field goals, no problem.Benjamin Morris: Do you know how to bend a soccer ball?SH: Yeah.BM: What’s the longest field goal you’ve ever made in practice?SH: 67 [yards].BM: How often do you think you convert a field goal of 60 yards?SH: In Arizona, I don’t know. Half the time or more.BM: Why do you think kickers are so good these days?SH: Because we grew up kicking. I started kicking at 3 years old. I think it’s just, we’re more athletic. I mean, not me in particular, but some of the guys out there in the league are just really good athletes who switched to kicking because they couldn’t make it as a quarterback or something.BM: Do you think soccer has improved it a lot?SH: Yeah, yeah I do. Most of the guys started playing soccer that ended up as kickers.BM: Do you think punters have gotten better as much as field goal kickers have gotten better?SH: I think some of the punters have gotten really good, but as a whole I don’t think they’re at the level of the field-goal kickers. I think there’s more put into the field goal at a younger age. I don’t think kids start learning to punt until a little later. Whereas field goal kicking, I think guys are starting pretty young.BM: What are the odds that an average NFL player, non-kicker, could make a 25 yard field goal?SH: Um, low. Twenty-five percent.BM: Do you think there’s such a thing as clutch?SH: I think if you’re a 90 percent kicker, the best you can do under the most important situation is be a 90 percent kicker. I think if you’re trying to stretch any more than that … that’s not realistic. Obviously the clutch guys make it when it matters, but there’s still that chance.BM: If you miss a kick, do you feel bad about it? Or do you feel like, if you’re 90 percent, you’re going to miss one in 10 kicks?SH: Yeah, that’s the goal: to understand that it’s going to happen every once in a while because no one is perfect. The goal is consistently to play at a high level.Some thoughts:That last one may read like a fairly bland answer, but his tone reminded me of how a lot of professional poker players ideally feel about losing: that losing is part of the process. But in reality that ideal is very hard to meet.He obviously has a very high opinion of soccer, saying an average NFL player (who has presumably been handling footballs his whole life) could make a short field goal only 25 percent of the time, but top soccer players could make 50-yarders with only minutes of practice. The introduction of the soccer-style kick and the influx of former soccer players into gridiron kicking ranks are both likely contributors to kickers’ otherworldly improvement.His answer about “clutchness” seemed to suggest that trying too hard to be clutch could be counter-productive relative to just trying to kick the ball. That fits with one of my pet theories of clutch, which is that, rather than being some kind of superhuman ability, clutch just means being completely normal in circumstances when others might crack.Here’s hoping that kicking plays a big role in Sunday’s game! read more

The 10 Games That Shaped The NFL Playoff Picture The Most

Kansas City>9997-2 2. Miami 34, Buffalo 31 (Week 16) 10. New Orleans 31, Tampa Bay 24 (Week 16) Philadelphia56%72%+16 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE The game to watch for Week 16 was one of the best of the year. Buffalo came back from a 21-7 deficit, but the Dolphins hit a 55-yard field goal at the end of the fourth quarter to send the game into OT. Buffalo immediately drove 58 yards to Miami’s 17-yard line before moving backward 10 yards on two running plays and missing a 45-yarder. The Dolphins eventually won it on a chip shot field goal, sending their playoff chances skyrocketing to 92 percent at the expense of Denver and Baltimore. Philadelphia3835-3 Tennessee4542-3 Houston8682-5 Indianapolis2311-12 Houston7987+7 9. Philadelphia 34, Pittsburgh 3 (Week 3) Based on the Cowboys’ terrible performance last season, our NFL predictions projected them to go 7-9 in 2016. And it took a little while for our model to figure out that Dallas was for real. This Week 6 drubbing of Green Bay improved the Cowboys’ record to 5-1 and sent their playoff chances shooting up 22 points to 78 percent; the suddenly struggling Packers saw an equivalent drop. Game had 116.6 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Detroit7380+7 Miami4145+3 Tennessee16%44%+28 1. N.Y. Giants 19, Washington 10 (Week 17) Game had 76.0 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Houston5855-3 Tennessee11%25%+14 Washington580-58 Miami55%92%+38 Detroit72100+28 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE PLAYOFF CHANCES Indianapolis344-30 Indianapolis3934-5 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE PLAYOFF CHANCES 3. Tennessee 13, Denver 10 (Week 14) Game had 66.3 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Houston44%74%+30 Dallas2623-3 PLAYOFF CHANCES Cincinnati159-7 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Green Bay6269+6 Game had 59.7 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown PLAYOFF CHANCES Buffalo712+5 Green Bay5434-20 Game had 57.2 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Dallas56%78%+22 Baltimore3841+3 Indianapolis73-4 Houston7957-22 Denver7348-24 Game had 65.0 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Baltimore2814-14 Tampa Bay29<1-28 4. Houston 22, Indianapolis 17 (Week 14) Let’s take a moment to acknowledge Tennessee’s season. The Titans were one of the NFL’s worst teams in 2015 but rallied to go 9-7 this season, with a 5-2 record against eventual playoff teams. Their peak came in back-to-back wins against Denver (Week 14) and Kansas City (Week 15), giving them a serious shot at an AFC South title. Unfortunately, it was all for naught — the bad version of the Titans came out in Week 16 and lost 38-17 to the Jaguars, allowing the Texans to clinch the division. Tennessee’s victory over Denver did make a big difference for Miami, which eventually took the second AFC wild card spot. Green Bay70%100%+30 Houston5144-7 Pittsburgh9388-5 After Green Bay’s late-season surge to make the playoffs (and the collapse of Washington and Tampa Bay), the Packers’ midseason foibles are all but forgotten. But they really almost blew it, going on a four-game losing streak that started at the end of October during which the Green Bay defense allowed 38 points per game and the team’s chances of making the playoffs dropped (at 4-6) to just 6 percent. This Week 9 loss to the Colts — the second loss in the streak — was one of the most damaging for Green Bay while simultaneously reviving Indianapolis’s hopes. N.Y. Giants4850+2 7. Pittsburgh 28, Indianapolis 7 (Week 12) PLAYOFF CHANCES Detroit4650+4 AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE The most important game of the year came in Week 17, even though one of the teams — the New York Giants — had absolutely nothing to play for. Washington’s loss ended its playoff hopes and rendered the highly anticipated Green Bay-Detroit evening matchup mostly moot by guaranteeing playoff spots for both the Packers and Lions. AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Pittsburgh was an early favorite to make the playoffs, with a 62 percent preseason chance of advancing to the postseason that improved to 90 percent after a 4-1 start. But then the Steelers lost four straight, dropping down to 16th in our rankings, which are based on Elo ratings (a measure of team strength based on game results that we use quite a bit around here). They would go on to beat the Browns in Week 11, but this road victory against the Colts was when Pittsburgh really righted the ship. The Steelers closed the season with five more wins, easily making it to the postseason; they enter as the fourth-ranked team by Elo. Minnesota6164+3 Miami1626+11 Baltimore3224-8 The second ultimately meaningless late-season Titans victory that briefly shook the AFC South playoff race. Better luck next year, Tennessee! Washington2831+3 Game had 58.9 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Pittsburgh55%71%+16 Denver4139-2 5. Tennessee 19, Kansas City 17 (Week 15) Washington1815-3 PLAYOFF CHANCES Green Bay7249-22 After a tedious Week 17, the NFL playoff picture is finally set. Every week since Week 12, we’ve looked at which games could have the biggest impact on postseason chances throughout the league. Now, instead of dealing with hypotheticals, we can look backward to see which results from the entire 2016 regular season actually affected the playoff race the most.This is pretty easy to measure. Our NFL predictions update after every game, so the most important games are simply the ones that caused the largest net change in playoff probabilities. For example, when Buffalo beat Los Angeles in Week 5, the Bills’ playoff chances immediately improved from 50 percent to 64 percent (+14) while the Rams’ dropped from 49 percent to 34 percent (-14, with rounding). That’s a net change of 28 points. If we add to that number the impact the Bill’s victory had on Arizona, Seattle, New England and Oakland and its minor impacts on every other team in the league, we get an overall playoff swing of 57 points for that game.1The playoff swing totals in this article are lower than what we had listed in previous weeks. That’s because the scale has changed a bit, now that we’re measuring based on one actual game outcome instead of two potential game outcomes. An example: Going into their Week 17 matchup against New York, Washington had a 58 percent chance of making the playoffs. It would be eliminated with a loss and would more or less clinch with a win, so the team’s total potential range of outcomes, which we called its swing, was zero to 100 percent, or 100 percentage points. But Washington lost that game, so its actual, non-potential swing was from 58 percent to zero, or 58 percentage points.By this measure, the 10 biggest games of the regular season are below. Note that some of these results didn’t actually “matter” in the end. Going back to the example above: Buffalo didn’t make the postseason. But that game did make a significant impact on the playoff race at the time, so it was still important to the arc of the season. PLAYOFF CHANCES Pittsburgh6870+2 6. Indianapolis 31, Green Bay 26 (Week 9) AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Game had 58.7 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Baltimore5154+3 PLAYOFF CHANCES AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE N.Y. Giants3429-4 Pittsburgh8067-13 PLAYOFF CHANCES Game had 58.5 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown Game had 75.9 total “swing” points; only teams with a playoff swing of at least 2 percentage points based on the game outcome are shown PLAYOFF CHANCES AFFECTED TEAMBEFORE GAMEAFTER GAMECHANGE Washington37%51%+14 Indianapolis11%21%+10 8. Dallas 30, Green Bay 16 (Week 6) The Texans ended the regular season with a 9-7 record, a -49 point differential and just the saddest kind of quarterback controversy (the kind where both quarterbacks are bad). So how did they find themselves in the playoffs, with room to spare? Houston’s secret weapon was a 5-1 record against its AFC South opponents, spoiled only by its final meaningless game against the Titans. Whenever Houston’s lead in its terrible division was challenged, the team rose to the occasion, getting a particularly large boost to its playoffs chances in this narrow victory over the Colts. Denver177-10 Remember Philadelphia? After a 3-0 start, capped by this shellacking of the highly rated Pittsburgh Steelers, the Eagles saw their playoff chances rise to over 70 percent. After a bye in Week 4, it was all downhill. Philadelphia went 2-9 over their next 11 games and were eliminated from playoff contention in Week 15. Going into Week 15, the 8-5 Tampa Bay Buccaneers had a 54 percent chance of making the playoffs but blew it with back-to-back narrow losses to the Cowboys and Saints. Although this game didn’t technically eliminate Tampa Bay from playoff contention — the team had a very outside chance of making the playoffs in Week 17, if seven games broke their way — it more or less ended the Bucs’ playoff hopes.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Christian Soldat nets game winner OSU mens soccer extends winning streak to

OSU junior forward Danny Jensen (9) tries to keep the ball away from Cleveland State sophomore forward Kareem Banton (20) on Oct. 21 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU won 1-0. Credit: Christopher Slack / Lantern PhotographerJunior forward Christian Soldat was the hero of the night for the second time in five matches, as the Buckeyes pulled through for a 1-0 victory against Cleveland State.The OSU men’s soccer team extended its winning streak to eight and improved its record to 9-4-2 overall, while the Vikings fell to 6-7-1 on the season.The last-second goal was a déjà vu feeling for Soldat, who had another game-winner against Bowling Green when he scored with three seconds left on the clock in regulation.Soldat added 10 seconds to that clock on Wednesday night’s hero, as he sent in the winner with 13 seconds left. With the match scoreless and the clock running down, Soldat said the Buckeyes began to feel a sense of urgency.“We know the clock is winding down and we hear that there’s one minute left and we have to push everybody forward,” Soldat said.Despite the grabbing the win over CSU and keeping the program-record winning streak, the Buckeyes struggled to come out with the victory.Wednesday night was the first time the Buckeyes and the Vikings met and it showed in the game, as both teams struggled to figure out the other.The best look of the first half for either team came when Soldat attempted a shot in the 28th minute, but he could not execute.The game remained scoreless going into halftime and the Buckeyes knew they had to make adjustments if they were going to keep their streak alive.“If we can pick up our defensive pressure a little bit in the second half, I think we’ll do better,” OSU coach John Bluem said in an interview with Big Ten Network heading into halftime.Even with the halftime adjustments, the second half of the game was looking like the first half for much of the duration, as neither team could get a point on the board.The game seemed like it was going into overtime, until Soldat came up with the goal when junior forward Danny Jensen danced around a swarm of Viking defenders and tapped the ball in front of the net, where Soldat was in perfect position to put it home.“We have Danny Jensen putting his whole body on the line, sliding, winning the ball at the end line,” Soldat said describing the play. “He gets up and looks up and plants the ball straight in to (redshirt freshman forward Jacob) Duska. Duska gets his shot blocked and it just falls right to me to put in.”Senior goalkeeper Chris Froschauer only needed to make one save to preserve his seventh clean sheet of the season, including his fourth consecutive. The Union, Kentucky, native received Big Ten Defensive Player of the Week honors in each of the last three weeks for his strong play of late.Overall, shots were 12-4 in favor of the Scarlet and Gray, while OSU held a 5-2 lead in corners.Looking to get the winning streak to nine, the Buckeyes will prepare to travel to Piscataway, New Jersey, to face Rutgers at 1 p.m. on Sunday. read more

EX PREMIER SPEAKS ON CAYMAN LEADER TRIAL – Michael Eugene Misick Former

first_img Recommended for you UN SG is Special Guest at Opening Ceremony for CARICOM Heads Meeting Wednesday Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Bahamas to take 15-member delegation to CARICOM meeting set in Mo’Bay, Jamaica Related Items:CARICOM, cayman islands, mckeeva bush, michael misick CARICOM Inter-Sessional Meeting discussions conclude on high note Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 10 Oct 2014I would like to congratulate the former Premier of the Cayman Islands, Hon. McKeeva Bush, on clearing his name in spite of what seems to be a British Government conspiracy to tarnish it and have him ousted from politics in the Cayman Islands.His acquittal shows that a justice system made up of a jury of peers work. It is my belief that what is happening to me and my colleagues is similar to what has happened to the Hon. Bush.We are experiencing a modern day coup d’état. The British Government and successive Governors have done everything in their power to tarnish our names including changing the law and the constitution in an attempt to prevent us from getting a fair trial- a jury trial. I believe that if it is right to have a jury trial in the Cayman Islands it must also be right to allow a jury of our peers to judge our guilt or innocence here in Turks and Caicos Islands.I believe the justice system here is controlled and manipulated by Helen Garlic, SIPT and others for a specific outcome of their creation. They seem to get whatever they want; both civil and criminal. The verdict of Mr. Bush illustrates that the justice system can work in a British overseas territory if it is not tampered with by external whims and fancies, namely the British government and their appointed British Governors.It is no coincidence that democratically elected leaders of British overseas territories have been faced with unfounded corruption charges and the People of the Cayman Islands, once given a chance through the jury system have exposed this British Government Conspiracy.Here in the Turks and Caicos Islands we are desperately in need of an independent judiciary.Today, I call on Caricom and our fellow Caribbean leaders to take a real interest in what is happening in the Turks and Caicos Islands, especially Jamaica and Barbados where our judges come from. Trial by jury is a long standing mechanism geared for dispensing true justice and removal of this system can only be deemed as undemocratic. No matter what, we will continue to fight for our freedom and the liberation of our country.Our People, Political and Social Leaders have to expose this conspiracy in the Turks and Caicos Islands so that true democracy, the rule of law and true justice “not manufactured justice” can prevail.last_img read more

Turks Caicos will be hit if EU dumped by British

first_img Related Items:british, Eu, european union, pm, queen, queen Elizabeth, Tci Recommended for you Happy Hours All Weekend at Outback Steakhouse Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp TCI: EU supports advancements in Turks and Caicos Education Sector Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppThe state opening of Parliament in the United Kingdom featured Queen Elizabeth II – with all of the pageantry – reading the Speech from the Throne and it was one of the biggest events of yesterday. The global attention comes because this session is expected to focus significantly on the fate of the relationship between the UK and the European Union; there is a strong push recently for the United Kingdom to dislodge itself from the European Trade Bloc and this will no doubt impact all of the overseas territories. While the Turks and Caicos is miles and miles away from the debates and headlines which rage over the issue which will be put to the citizens in a Referendum this coming June; it is clear that if the EU is dumped by the Brits it will impact us. In response to Magnetic Media questions, His Excellency Peter Beckingham, though out of the country, did reply agreeing that the matter made the agenda of a recent OTs Governors’ meeting. Speaking officially, the Governor shared: “It is something that some Governors have discussed in the Caribbean, most recently at a meeting in March, and of course something we would need to consider.” End quote. While the EU Grants operational in the TCI are assigned for up to 2019, H.E. pointed out, in the long term the outcome will have effect. As recently as February, Finance Minister Hon Washington Misick touted the EDF 10 and EDF 11 funds from the European Union; together the grants amount to over $25m Euros or over $28 million US dollars. Governor Beckingham reminded that the “British Government’s clear position is in favour of staying” with the European Union. TCI Premier & Governor gives “all-clear” after Hurricane Irmalast_img read more

9 Rohingyas held in Jessore

first_imgPolice in a raid detained nine Rohingya people from Manihar Bus Stand area in the district town in Jessore on Wednesday, reports UNB.The detainees are Tafur Alam, 40, his wife Murshida Begum, 30, their daughter Yeasmin, 9, their three sons – Riazul Islam, 7, Saiful Islam, 3, and nine-month-old boy Shahidul Islam, their niece Jannat, 20, and Jannat’s nine-month-old son Hamid.All of them were residents of Panigajiri area in Rakhaine state of Myanmar.Azmal Huda, officer-in-charge of Sadar police station, said suspecting movement of some people in the bus stand area, police challenged them and after interrogation police came to know that they are Rohingyas.Later, police detained them and took to Kotwali police station.The detainees entered Bandarban through Myanmar border amid persecution in Myanmar.Some people boarded them on a Jessore-bound bus in exchange of some money, claimed the detainees.last_img read more

Train crashes kill 203 in 9 yr Minister

first_imgMd Mazibul HoquRailway minister Md Mazibul Hoque on Thursday said some 203 people were killed and 586 others injured in the last eight years since 2009-10, reports BSS.”A total of 1391 accidents including derailments took place across the country killing 203 people and injuring 586 others,” he said responding to a query by treasury bench member Didarul Alam of Chittagong-4 at the house.The minister said 80 per cent of these casualty victims, however, were passengers of other mode of transports while most of these accidents took place at unauthorised level crossing across the country.He said the accidents cost a loss of Tk 2550 million in terms of damage of assets.Hoque told the house that the government was implementing a project for developing the level crossing gates also deploying people to guard the passageways to prevent the crashes.last_img read more

Man stabbed dead in Cumilla

first_imgAn expatriate was stabbed to death over a previous enmity at Jora Meher village in Cumilla Sadar upazila on Tuesday night, reports UNB.The deceased is Shahid Miah, 55, son of certain Momtaz Miah of the village.Shahid had been at loggerheads with Ripon, 30, son of Azgar Ali of the village. Ripon stabbed Shahid around 8:00pm, leaving him injures, according to witnesses.Shahid was taken to Comilla Medical College Hospital where doctors declared him dead.Police said that they were investigating the killing.last_img read more

Houston Hospitals Under Fire For Offering Fast Food

first_img Share Listen X 00:00 /02:14 Value the Meal campaignProtesters with Corporate Accountability International rallied outside Harris Health System on March 31 over the McDonald’s in Ben Taub.Two national groups have called on several Houston hospitals to remove fast-food chain restaurants from their grounds.One recent campaign by the Physicians Committee for Responsible Medicine focused on Chik-fil-A. It says about 20 hospitals across the country have the franchise, and it launched an advertising and billboard campaign that parodied Chik-fil-A’s slogan, with white-coated doctors asking people to “Eat More Chickpeas.” One of the Houston billboards was on Alameda road, not far from the Texas Medical Center.“Many of the hospitals that host Chick-fil-As are in states with high rates of diet-related diseases, making hospitals part of the overall toxic food environment,” said Angie Eakin, M.D., in a statement. She also appears in the advertisements. “Hospitals should be fast-food-free, and patients should eat more chickpeas, vegetables, fruits, and other foods that can promote healing and prevent disease.” In Houston, there are two Chik-fil-A restaurants at MD Anderson, one at Texas Children’s, and one inside the Texas Medical Center administrative building.Another group, Corporate Accountability International, is focused on McDonald’s at healthcare institutions.  Taylor Billings, a Houston organizer for the group, criticized both Texas Children’s and Ben Taub hospital for having a McDonald’s.“To have two of the leading health institutions in Houston hosting the world’s most recognized junk food brand, it just doesn’t make any sense,” Billings said.  Billings organized a protest March 31 outside the headquarters of the Harris Health System on Holly Hall Street, by the Smith Clinic.  The group asked board members to get rid of the McDonald’s at Ben Taub hospital.Value the Meal campaignAzeen Anjum, a medical student at Baylor College of Medicine, speaks at the launch of the Houston campaign to remove fast food from local hospitals.The restaurant has the right to renew its lease until 2022. In addition, the contract with McDonald’s also gives a portion of the proceeds to a charitable foundation associated with Harris Health. The foundation uses the money for its programs, such as free vaccines and a mobile mammogram unit.“McDonald’s has been a very good partner for us throughout our association and affiliation,” said Harris Health’s CEO and president, George Masi.The foundation gets almost $11,000 a month from the McDonald’s, a spokesman said.Billings dismissed those payments as “kickbacks,” and said they were not unique to the Ben Taub location.“For McDonald’s this is high-impact marketing,” Billings said. “For them to keep a restaurant in a place of health is such an incredible marketing opportunity, and McDonald’s will do almost anything to keep that piece of real estate.”Masi pointed out that Ben Taub offers several dining options, not just McDonald’s.“Yes, hamburgers are their signature product line,” Masi said, “But they offer salads and diet drinks and juices, so it does provide for personal choice, and we do everything we can to educate our patients and staff about the importance of good nutrition and balanced diet and caloric intake.”Texas Children’s Hospital declined to release details of its contracts with McDonald’s or Chik-fil-A.A spokeswoman did say that by having a McDonald’s, the hospital can maintain communication with the company’s corporate leaders, and possibly work with them to help make changes that would impact children nationally, not just in Houston. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more

Baltimore Police Hand Report on Gray Death to Prosecutor

first_imgBaltimore Police Department Commissioner Anthony Batts announces that the department’s investigation into the death of Freddie Gray was turned over to the State’s Attorney’s office a day early at a news conference, Thursday, April 30, 2015, in Baltimore. Pictured at right is Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis. Batts did not give details of the report or take questions. He said the department dedicated more than 30 detectives to working on the case and report. ( (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)BALTIMORE (AP) — Baltimore police completed a criminal investigation into the death of Freddie Gray and delivered it to a prosecutor a day earlier than promised Thursday, but the commissioner said his department stands ready to help the state’s attorney gather more evidence.As if to drive home that point, a deputy commissioner revealed a piece of information that raises still more questions about what the officers involved have told investigators: The police van carrying Gray to the station made a previously undisclosed stop that was captured on a “privately owned camera.”State’s Attorney Marilyn Mosby must review the evidence, consider charges and decide how to move forward in the death of Gray, who suffered severe spinal injuries after being stopped by police April 12 and died a week later.Police Commissioner Anthony Batts took no questions and provided no details about the report, which he said represents the work of more than 30 investigators.“I understand the frustration; I understand the sense of urgency,” Batts said. “That is why we have finished it a day ahead of time.”Batts said police would continue to work on the case at the direction of the state’s attorney. Mosby said her office’s independent investigation continues as well.“We are not relying solely on their findings but rather the facts that we have gathered and verified. We ask for the public to remain patient and peaceful and to trust the process of the justice system,” her statement said.Batts left it to Deputy Commissioner Kevin Davis to release yet another official timeline of what happened to Gray after his arrest nearly three weeks ago.In all, the previously undisclosed stop now makes four stops between the time officers arrested Gray and his arrival at a police station, where he was found unresponsive. He was hospitalized in critical condition and died a week later.Batts and Gray said nothing more about when or how investigators obtained the previously undisclosed video or learned about the additional stop. However, five of the six officers gave statements to investigators the day Gray was injured, and as recently as a week ago, the stop was not part of the official timeline, suggesting investigators learned of it later.Gray was arrested after he made eye contact with an officer and ran. Officers chased him down and handcuffed him behind his back. Bystander videos recorded police loading him, dragging his legs, into one of two metal compartments in the back of the van.Police earlier said the van stopped once so that officers could put Gray in “leg irons” because he had become “irate;” stopped again because the driver asked for an additional unit to check on Gray’s condition, and then again to put an additional prisoner in the van’s other compartment before arriving at the station.Now police are saying an additional stop was made before the driver asked officers to check on his condition. They said nothing about this stop other than its location — at what appears to be a desolate intersection with three vacant lots and a corner store. Last week, Batts had said the second prisoner told investigators the driver did not speed, make sudden stops or “drive erratically” during the trip, and that Gray was “was still moving around, that he was kicking and making noises” up until the van arrived at the police station.Mayor Stephanie Rawlings-Blake sought to dispel any notion that the police report would bring a swift and public conclusion to the case. “Whatever time the state’s attorney’s office needs to make that determination, the family wants to get it right,” she said Wednesday after meeting with Gray’s family and legal team.“This family wants justice and they want justice that comes at the right time and not too soon,” said Hassan Murphy, one of the family’s lawyers.Meanwhile, protests over Gray’s death spread Wednesday night to other cities including Boston, New York and Washington, making it clear that tensions over the case are far from subsiding. The demonstrations were mostly peaceful, but police made many arrests, including at least 60 in New York.Gray’s death was only the latest high-profile case of a Black man dying as the result of a police encounter. Similar protests erupted over the killings of Michael Brown in Ferguson, Missouri; Eric Garner in New York last year, and Walter Scott in South Carolina. Scott was shot in the back by a White officer who has since been charged with murder.___Associated Press writers Ben Nuckols, Juliet Linderman, Matthew Barakat, Tom Foreman Jr., Jessica Gresko, Brian Witte and Jeff Horwitz contributed to this report.last_img read more

Netflix Plans to Raise 2 Billion More Through Bonds Bringing Debt Load

first_imgNetflix is going back to the debt markets to fuel more content spending, announcing plans to issue $2 billion in unsecured bonds.The proposed offering would be the seventh time in four years that Netflix is raising $1 billion or more through debt, and would bring its long-term debt to around $12.3 billion if the transaction is completed.Netflix, in a statement Tuesday, said the $2 billion aggregate notes will be issued in two series, indicating the principal amount will be in both U.S. dollars and euros. As of March 31, Netflix reported $10.305 billion in long-term debt on its balance sheet.In its first-quarter 2019 letter to shareholders, Netflix said it had “no change to our plan to use the high-yield market to finance our cash needs.” The company noted that it recently exercised its option to boost its revolving credit facility from $500 million to $750 million (which Netflix said remains untapped) at the same cost and extended the term from 2022 to 2024. ‘Orange Is the New Black’ Creator Jenji Kohan and Star Uzo Aduba Bid Farewell Popular on Variety Related What’s Coming to Netflix in September 2019 And Netflix’s cash burn has accelerated: Free cash flow for the first quarter of 2019 was -$460 million (compared with -$287 million in the year-earlier quarter). The company said it now expects its free cash flow deficit for the full-year 2019 to be “modestly higher” than it previously guided, to -$3.5 billion “due to higher cash taxes related to the change in our corporate structure and additional investments in real estate and other infrastructure.” It had previously told investors it was expecting negative free cash flow of $3.0 billion for 2019; Netflix says it still expects free cash flow to improve starting in 2020.The streaming giant — which needs cash to cover a content budget projected to be $15 billion in 2019 — last raised $2 billion in junk bonds in October 2018. In that offering, Netflix issued €1.1 billion ($1.26 billion) in notes at 4.625% due 2029 and $800 million of its 6.375% notes, also due 2029.To date, Netflix hasn’t paid down any significant amount of the long-term debt it has accrued. It reported $135.5 million in interest expense for the first quarter of 2019 — about 3% of revenue. That’s up 67% from $81.2 million a year prior (which represented 2.2% of quarterly revenue).Netflix also has billions in off-balance-sheet content-spending obligations, most of which is due within the next five years. As of March 31, 2019, the company had $18.9 billion of content-payment obligations, including $10.4 billion that aren’t on its balance sheets “as they did not yet meet the criteria for asset recognition.”Separately, Netflix disclosed in a regulatory filing the 2018 compensation of its top execs. CEO and chairman Reed Hastings’ total pay package increased 48%, to $36.1 million, and chief content officer Ted Sarandos saw his comp climb 32%, to $29.6 million. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15last_img read more

Mamata congratulates Hasina for landslide victory in Bangladesh

first_imgKolkata: West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Monday congratulated Bangladesh’s Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina on winning a new term with a landslide victory in the country’s general elections. “Heartiest congratulations to Sheikh Hasina on the victory in the Bangladesh general election,” Banerjee said in a tweet. Hasina’s ruling Awami League (AL) party won a landslide of 288 out of 300 parliamentary seats contested in the Sunday election, surpassing its previous election wins and making her the Prime Minister for an unprecedented fourth term. The Opposition alliance led by the Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) of jailed former Prime Minister Khaleda Zia took just seven seats and condemned the vote as “farcical” marred by violence, intimidation and vote rigging claims, bdnews24.com reported.last_img read more

Loosen Up Here Are 6 Ways to Get More Comfortable on Camera

first_img Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. June 22, 2016 Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Global As of the start of 2016, 65 percent of senior marketing execs cited visual assets, like video, as critical to telling their brand’s story. What does that mean for you as a businessperson? It’s time to get comfortable in front of the lens. Embracing video opens up a whole new realm of ways to reach your target audience, from media appearances to new social staples like Periscope. Here are six ways to feel more at home on camera.Related: How To Make Your Business Messaging Effective In The Age Of Video1. Don’t wing it.Even if you’re the type who excels at flying by the seat of your pants, I beg you — don’t wing it the first time you’re going to be on camera, especially if it’s live. I’ve seen many a cool cucumber melt into a blubbering mess when a camera lens is shoved in their face, This can be avoided with a bit of preparation.2. Wear something comfortable and camera-friendly.If you don’t typically wear a three-piece suit, it’s probably not best to don one during your on-air debut. Wear what you’re most comfortable in while still looking polished. A pressed button-down in a solid, jewel-toned color feels easy-breezy and looks great on camera.Related: What to Wear When You’re In Front of the Camera3. Don’t give the death stare.Your natural instinct will probably be to stare directly into the camera lens. This is a normal urge, but it looks totally awkward if you never break your gaze.Instead of giving the death stare, think of it as having a conversation with a friend. You’d make eye contact, but you wouldn’t stare them directly in the eyes the entire time. It’s the same on camera. There are natural breaks when you might look away from the lens as you speak or listen to someone else speaking. Practicing in advance will help make this feel more natural.4. Go in with a game plan.If you’re appearing on camera for something pre-recorded — say, a promotional video — it might make sense to write and follow a script. But if you’re being interviewed by another person or are appearing on live television, it makes more sense to go in with a basic outline of what you want to talk about rather than a word-for-word script. Your responses will sound more natural.On an index card, write down five to 10 high-level bullet points with key words and phrases that will jog your memory of what you want to talk about. If you lose your train of thought, you can easily refer back to it and move on to the next point.Related: Let Customer Get to Know You With Video5. Don’t be afraid to pause and collect your thoughts.When appearing on camera, it’s not uncommon to lose track of what you were saying or go down a verbal rabbit hole that leads nowhere. If this happens, try not to get flustered. Simply take a breath, collect your thoughts, and begin again from the next bullet point on your list. Any pauses in speech feel infinitely longer in your head than they are in real life, I promise.6. Avoid the urge to pick yourself apart.If you’re not accustomed to seeing yourself on camera — or hearing your recorded voice — it’s easy to be your own worst critic. Go easy on yourself!The tiny quirks you notice about yourself are barely a blip on anyone else’s radar. Plus, no one gives a flawless performance on their first on-camera go-round. Practice makes perfect, and with a few trial runs you’ll be a video pro in no time.Want more actionable steps for getting more face time on camera? Check out my new course on securing media coverage for your business. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. Register Now » 4 min readlast_img read more

Wait until you see what could happen in America as

first_imgWait until you see what could happen in America as early as this MAYAn unbelievable phenomenon is set to sweep the nation as early as this May…The railroad age… the steel age… the electronics age… the technology age – this phenomenon triggered them all. And now it’s taking shape again!Watch this special, time-sensitive presentation now for full details on how it could affect your job… your lifestyle… and your wallet. Sponsor Advertisement As Ted Butler pointed out on Saturday, the configuration of Friday’s COT report for both gold and silver is still very bullish, with lots of room to run to the upside.The gold price came under steady selling pressure starting at precisely 8:00 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Monday trading day.  The sell off accelerated a bit shortly after London opened…and the low of the day was in about 9:30 a.m. GMT.The price bounced off that bottom a couple of times after that, but the moment that the Comex opened in New York at 8:20 a.m. Eastern time, it was up…up…and away.  But once the price broke above $1,732 spot, there was obviously a seller there to make sure that the price didn’t finish the day above the Friday New York close.Gold closed at $1,730.30 spot…down $7.00 on the day.  Net volume was a very light 79,000 contracts…or thereabouts.Silver’s price path was similar…and it’s low came at 11:30 a.m. in London, which might have been an early London silver fix.  The subsequent rally ran out of gas at 11:00 a.m. in New York right on the button, which also happened to be the close of London trading.After the London close, silver got sold off about 40 cents, but gained about half of that back by the close of electronic trading in New York at 5:15 p.m. Eastern.Silver closed at $33.50 spot…down 49 cents on the day.  Net volume was on the light side at 27,500 contracts, a lot of which would have been of the high-frequency trading variety.The dollar index opened in a rally mode the moment that trading began in New York at 6:00 p.m. on Sunday evening…and at 9:00 a.m. Eastern time yesterday morning, was up about 55 basis points…and then spent the rest of the trading day giving back about 30 points of that gain.  The dollar index closed at the 79.10 level…up about 25 basis points from Friday.The gold stocks pretty much followed the gold price action…and the HUI finished down 1.08%.Considering the fact that silver was down about 50 cents on the day, the shares themselves hung in their very well…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index only closed down 0.84%.(Click on image to enlarge)Well, the CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed all the deliveries for First Day Notice for the February delivery month in gold.  There were 893 gold and 114 silver contracts posted for delivery tomorrow.  The big short/issuer in gold was the Bank of Nova Scotia with 845 contracts…and taking the lion’s share of the deliveries was Deutsche Bank with 472 contracts…and Credit Suisse First Boston with 247 contracts.In silver, it was the three ‘usual suspects’ with the lion’s share of the action.  This time Jefferies was joined by the Bank of Nova Scotia as a short/issuer…with 38 and 76 contracts respectively…and JPMorgan stopped/received 100 of those contracts…49 for its client account and 51 for its in-house [proprietary] trading account.  The link to the Issuers and Stoppers Report, which is worth skimming, is here.The GLD ETF had no report yesterday…but the SLV ETF did.  Authorized participants added 3,158,805 ounces of silver…replacing, almost to the ounce, everything that had been withdrawn since the end of December.  Ted Butler suspects that much more is owed to the fund than that.The U.S. Mint had a sales report.  They sold 1,500 ounces of gold eagles…1,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 385,000 silver eagles.  Year-to-date the mint has sold 122,500 ounce of gold eagles…12,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 6,082,000 silver eagles.Friday was another busy day at the Comex-approved depositories.  They reported receiving 927,431 troy ounces of silver…and shipped a smallish 83,501 ounces out the door.  The link to that action is here.Silver analyst Ted Butler has his usual weekly review posted for his paying subscribers on Saturday…and here are two free paragraphs…“The price takedown starting in late-September and lasting through the end of December was all about commercial COT positioning and price manipulation. Especially in silver, the epic decline in price with the concurrent radical change in the COT structure was deliberate and intentional. Only a fool, or someone who refuses to see, would fail to recognize what just occurred. Silver (and gold) were driven lower in price to force speculative selling and to allow the commercials to buy massive quantities of what the speculators sold. After the commercials bought as much as they could possible buy, then prices rallied sharply. It’s impossible for this commercial activity to have occurred with collusion and intent. That the CFTC sat by and allowed this to occur (once again) without defending and protecting the public or our free markets is beyond shameful.“The CFTC’s failure to regulate aside, this last few months seem to have developed as explained in advance, if not predicted. I did not predict (or expect) the 35% price smash over the last few days of September; but I feel I have explained it adequately. There is no way that one can be invested in a market and not invested at the same time. All you can do is pay your money and take your chances. Risk grows as prices increase, but the structure of the COT is still bullish and not bearish. Maybe that will change in time, but until it does it is reasonable to expect higher prices. And maybe sharply higher prices.”Reader and technical analyst, Scott Pluschau, has a few things to say in his current blog.  His e-mail read “This week’s COT report was an eye-opener in the 10-year treasury futures.”  If you’re interested in this sort of thing, here’s the link to his blog.Here’s a graph that Washington state reader S.A. sent me yesterday.  It looks suspiciously similar to the one that was posted in a zerohedge.com article headlined “Europe’s Scariest Chart” that reader Richard Craggs sent me yesterday.(Click on image to enlarge)Since it’s Tuesday, I have more than the usual number of stories posted, so I hope you have the time to skim them all.“I cannot predict how long policymakers can hold economic Armageddon at bay with spin, money creation, currency swaps, intervention in gold and silver markets, and outright lies.  The onset could be sudden and take place this year, but we shouldn’t underestimate the power of spin over a gullible public that trusts ‘their’ government and fervently believes that Muslim terrorists are out to get them…and that the demise of the Constitution, the product of a eight hundred year struggle that produced Anglo-American civil liberty, is worth the price of ‘safety’. There is no safety in a police state and a debauched currency.  The comfortable world that Americans have known is falling apart at the seams.” – Dr. Paul Craig Roberts…January 6, 2012For the last trading day of the month going into First Notice Day of the February delivery month for gold, I really wasn’t expecting a lot.  With net volume as light as it was, it wasn’t hard for any interested party to knock gold and silver down…and they took the opportunity to do so…although platinum and palladium prices were barely affected.  But, with the January delivery month now off the board, it’s a brand new ball game, so we’ll see how things unfold from here.The preliminary open interest numbers for yesterday showed a decent decline in gold…and a modest increase in silver o.i.  But whatever it means in the grand scheme of things, won’t be know until this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.The same can be said for last Friday’s final open interest numbers.  Despite the big rallies in both metals, gold o.i. was down a decent amount…and silver o.i. was basically unchanged.  I was very encouraged by those numbers.As Ted Butler pointed out on Saturday, the configuration of Friday’s COT report for both gold and silver is still very bullish, with lots of room to run to the upside.  But, as per usual, how high the price goes…and how fast this rally unfolds…is 100% dependent on how the traders in the Commercial category respond as the tech funds and small traders place their long positions…and I know that Ted is watching their every movement like a hawk.  So am I.And as you can tell from the gold analysts above, everyone is expecting the prices of both gold and silver to rise significantly in the not-too-distant future.  As of this writing…and according to the netdania.com website…gold is up 11.5% so far this year…and silver is up 22.6%.  If all these predictions turn out to be true, it’s going to a wild year in the precious metals…and all the trials and tribulations from last year will soon be forgotten.  We’ll see.As I mentioned in my first column of 2012…I considered the lows of December 29th to be the bottom for this move down, so the big rallies we’ve experienced over the last month have not come as a real big surprise to me.  It’s what happens from hereon in that I’ll be most interested in.Both gold and silver are up a bit now that London has been open for trading for over two hours.  Gold is up $11 bucks…and silver is up two bits.  Volumes in both metals as of 5:13 a.m. Eastern time are already pretty chunky, so it’s obvious that these rallies…small as they are…are not going unopposed.  It would be my guess that a large percentage of the current volume in each metal, would be of the high-frequency trading variety.That’s all I have for today…and I await the New York open with great interest…but always keeping in mind that “there are no markets anymore, only interventions.”See you tomorrow.last_img read more

Dr Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan who is from Somali

first_imgDr. Abdulkadir Abdirahman Adan, who is from Somalia, trained as a dentist in Pakistan. When he returned to Mogadishu, in 2006 to begin practicing, he was distressed by what he saw: People getting hurt or killed near his office in Bakara Market, the result of a long-running civil war in his country.”The people were using wheelbarrows for taking victims to the hospital. Even pregnant [women] were taken in wheelbarrows to the hospital,” he says.”I asked myself, ‘What can I do?’ I decided to start my own ambulance, a free ambulance,” he says.He called it Aamin Ambulance. (“Aamin” is Somali for “faithful.”)At first, the health workers treated people who were hurt in accidents or the ongoing violence. The organization now helps treat and transport pregnant women and patients with chronic illnesses – anyone who needs to go to a hospital. People in Mogadishu dial 999 to reach a dispatcher.But after 12 years, Adan, age 45, says Aamin Ambulance is in financial trouble. The service is funded by donations, and donations have not been enough to keep up with the services Aamin Ambulance provides. Adan says he spent $4,200 of his own money for the organization’s first ambulance, and Aamin grew as he solicited donations from businessmen, family, friends – even his own students.The United Nations Development Programme has donated walkie-talkies, he says.He says his service is the only ambulance in Mogadishu, a city of 2 million, that’s free. Currently there are 16 ambulances, but Aamin can only afford to operate 10 of them.”We will not close completely, but I think we will reduce the number of ambulances,” he says. “We will reduce the number of staff, we will reduce the time and hours of paramedics, and so on.”Aamin Ambulance staff can be the first to respond to an emergency. A year ago, a truck explosion attributed to al-Shabab killed more than 500 people and injured hundreds more. Adan, who sometimes drives an ambulance or serves as a paramedic, says he was one of the first people on the scene, where he saw “a lot of cars burning, collapsing buildings, and many people crying and saying, ‘Can you help us?'””We transported more than 250 people, and almost 80 dead bodies,” Adan says, adding that while the city has been relatively calm in recent months, an attack “can happen at any time.”Apart from the service provided at times of violence, Adan worries that if Aamin Ambulance is forced to reduce its operations further, people could die even when they need more routine care.”If they don’t get early response like an ambulance, they will be at risk,” Adan says. He adds that while some private hospitals may have ambulances, they can be difficult to access and cost money that patients may not have.”The only hope they have is the [free] ambulance,” he says.Adan says it costs thousands of dollars a month to run Aamin Ambulance, and that with more money, he could run all 16 ambulances. He sometimes takes donations in the form of fuel or tires to keep the organization running.And he chips in as well. “Before I pay my bill to the house,” says Adan, “I first pay to the ambulance.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more