Twitter/@andrewflowersEvery week, ESPN’s advanced statistics-based FiveThirtyEight updates its probability rankings for the College Football Playoff, utilizing three different sets of rankings: the selection committee’s most recent Top 25, in-house Elo ratings, and ESPN’s predictive FPI. This week, FiveThirtyEight‘s top three teams match what the selection committee has, but No. 4 is a slight surprise: the Oklahoma Sooners. OU is aided by a No. 1 ranking by FPI, jumping them over teams like Notre Dame and Oklahoma State.For more on how FiveThirtyEight’s system works, read this by the site’s editor, Nate Silver. Here is the probability ranking table:Q: Notre Dame, what’s in your rearview mirror? A: the Big 12 coming for your playoff spot: https://t.co/FtHBJPCoM6 pic.twitter.com/BDsWBFe55N— Andrew Flowers (@andrewflowers) November 18, 2015[FiveThirtyEight]
FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – In 2018, the rental vacancy rate has gone up across British Columbia.In a report released by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, it says that the average apartment vacancy rate in B.C. has increased to 1.4 percent in 2018 from 1.3 percent in 2017.Meanwhile, the report says vacancy rates in Northeast B.C. declined again in 2018 after peaking in 2016 following a broad-based pullback in commodity prices, particularly oil and natural gas. Despite some downward movement, vacancy rates in Fort St. John and Dawson Creek remain elevated at 16.7 percent and 9.0 percent; the highest percentages within the Peace. These rates are down from 19.2 percent and 11.7 percent.These high vacancy rates are expected to drop within the next year as oil and natural gas projects start returning to the Peace.CMHC conducts the survey based on telephone interviews and site visits, from information provided by owners, managers, or building superintendents. The survey is conducted during the first two weeks of October, and the results reflect market conditions at that time.
Most lifestyle advice tells you to give that glass of wine or cigarette a miss. Serving as a reminder, a new book on healthy living reiterates the advice we know too well, topped off with practical tips that finally help you say ‘No. ‘Live Well To 101’, a wellness guide by doctor and television presenter Dawn Harper, lists useful tips to quit smoking and drinking: Cigarettes don’t contain just nicotine but a range of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals you wouldn’t want near your body. Next time you reach for a cigarette that looks quite appealing, imagine yourself licking tarmac or chewing on rubber cement. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIf you get the opportunity to talk to a smoker who has developed diseases as a result of smoking, knowing their stories might help put off your habit. To quit, go public! Telling everyone will keep you motivated. Also put aside cigarette money for something special. It’s easier never to start than it is to quit. Spread the message. Don’t wait for warning signs. They may not come. Be honest with yourself about your consumption and start putting in dry days in your diary. Recognise your triggers and work on them. For instance, if you reach for the bottle when your kids are asleep, find ways to keep yourself occupied and not be tempted.
Kolkata: Police recovered the body of a woman and rescued her one-and-a-half-month-old baby, who was found beside her, from a room at a lodge at Dankuni in Hooghly on Wednesday night.According to a source, on Wednesday, around 1:30 pm, a couple along with a baby arrived at the lodge located near the Delhi Road and hired a room. They posed themselves as husband and wife. Around 4:30 pm, some lodge staff heard the baby crying. As the baby didn’t stop crying, one of them went to the room. He found that the door of room was open. When he entered the room he saw the woman identified as Pinki Ghosh (25) was lying unconsciously and the baby was crying on the bed. Dankuni police station was immediately informed. Later, the police rushed Ghosh to a local hospital where doctors declared her brought dead. It is suspected that Ghosh died of strangulation. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari PujaWhile scrutinising the documents provided by Ghosh and the unknown youth at the time of check-in, the police came to know about her identity and address. Police sources informed that they came to know that Ghosh was resident of Bhattanagar at Liluah in Howrah from her Aadhar card. Accordingly, the Liluah police station was informed and Ghosh family was informed by officers of Liluah police station. After her family members lodged a complaint, police officers initiated a murder case against the unknown youth. Police officers checked the CCTV camera footage of the lodge where the youth was seen moving out of the lodge during the evening. Cops are also checking the documents provided by him to verify if they are original or not. Till Thursday night, the suspected youth could not be traced.
Senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. (32) drives to the basket during a game against Delaware Dec. 18 at the Schottenstein Center. OSU won, 76-64.Credit: Mark Batke / For The LanternAaron Craft. LaQuinton Ross. Amir Williams.These are the names that come to mind first when most people think about the No. 3-ranked Ohio State men’s basketball team (15-0, 2-0).Someone that doesn’t often make the headlines is senior guard Lenzelle Smith Jr.Smith Jr., the team’s lone senior aside from Craft, has been huge for the Buckeyes all season.Currently second on the team in scoring with an average 12.7 points per game, and third on the team in both rebounding and assists with 4.9 and 1.6 respectively, Smith Jr. should be one of the stars of the team.And yet he is less talked about then certain bench players like athletic junior forward Sam Thompson and sophomore guard Amedeo Della Valle.The respect that Smith Jr. garners is not befitting of someone as vital as he is to the Buckeyes’ chances to success. He has scored in double figures in 11 of OSU’s 15 games this year, including a season high 20 in a 65-50 win against Wyoming Nov. 25.But perhaps Smith Jr.’s best performance of the season came when he was at his worst.Against Notre Dame Dec. 21, the Buckeyes were in danger of losing for the first time this season. Trailing by eight points with less than a minute remaining, OSU needed something to change to keep their unbeaten run alive.That change came in the form of Smith Jr.Failing to score up to that point in the game, Smith Jr. was struggling to make an impact. But in the final 50 seconds, he scored nine points and helped the Buckeyes go on a 14-3 run to win the game.Even though the final box score reads only nine points, Smith Jr.’s contribution was the difference in the final stretch.Players like Craft and Ross deserve their recognition, both are fantastic players, but the shadow they cast should not completely hide the work Smith Jr. has been doing for OSU.He is third on the team in minutes, just behind Craft and junior guard Shannon Scott, with an average of 27 a game. He is also third on the team in field goal percentage, behind only the teams two centers, and second in 3-point percentage.Although the season is not yet half over, the Buckeyes will need Smith Jr. to continue his stellar play if they hope to make another deep run in the NCAA tournament.Maybe then the senior guard not named Craft will be recognized by Buckeye fans for everything he has done.
Gareth Southgate decided to name Harry Kane the England national team captain over Jordan Henderson and Kieran Trippier insisted that it was a good choice by the manager because Kane is a great leader.Trippier is Kane’s teammate from Tottenham Hotspurs and they are about to play together in the national team as well – he insisted that the English star has helped the youngster a lot and he is a great role model.The full-back spoke about Kane’s leadership as he said, according to Football London🙂“I didn’t know anything about it. He is a top professional, on and off the field.”“He helps all the youngsters out at Tottenham, and us. He’s a real leader, all the boys know that and I couldn’t be happier for him.”Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“He’s got that fire inside him like everybody. He’s not the one to talk bad about people off the field.”“He’s just a top lad, top professional and I couldn’t be any happier and I think the lads are as well.”“We’ve got leaders all the way around the dressing room, everyone’s a leader.”“Everyone will help each other out – that’s the most important thing.”
Cagliari have confirmed the signing of Liverpool’s Estonian defender Ragnar Klavan on a two-year deal.The Italian club released a statement on their official website which reads: “Cagliari Calcio announces that it has acquired from Liverpool FC the right to the sports performances of the player Ragnar Klavan who arrives in rossoblù outright by signing a contract until 2020.”“Left-footed, a powerful physique, strong in aerial play, can also be used as a left side. A player of considerable reliability, accustomed to pressure, Klavan will bring his personality, charisma and leadership skills into rossoblù.”Cagliari also confirmed the move on Twitter.Ragnar #Klavan è rossoblù ??Welcome to Sardinia!➡️ https://t.co/H43DnCtSS1#benvenutoKlavan pic.twitter.com/B1TkvUKYjtVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.— Cagliari Calcio (@CagliariCalcio) August 17, 2018The 32-year-old captains the Estonia national side and has completed his move to Cagliari, according to Football Italia.The former Liverpool defender was in the final year of his contract at Anfield and Cagliari are understand to have paid £2m for his services.Klavan never established himself as a first-choice in the Liverpool defence but made more than 50 appearances since joining from Augsburg in 2016.
Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool are still involved in a marathon and will not be complacent with their Premier League title chances.Klopp’s men surged nine points clear at the top of the table with a 5-1 mauling of Arsenal on Saturday.Rivals Man City could reduce the gap to seven points if they win at Southampton before they host Liverpool on Thursday.Asked about Liverpool’s nine-point cushion over Tottenham, who lost to Wolves earlier in the day, Klopp said via Sky: “I would really love that we switch and you all come here and I come there.Mo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“In our case, by the way, tomorrow it will be seven and when we play against Man City it could be four. It’s possible.“I’m not the smartest person in the world but I’m really not an idiot – not always, at least. It’s absolutely not important how many points you are ahead in December, even in the end of December.”Klopp also said knowing Tottenham had lost made no difference to their approach against Arsenal.“Before the game we heard because it was on all the screens about the result of Tottenham. Did you think the party started already?” he added. “I didn’t see a smile on any faces in the dressing room. Just see it [the result] and then go on.
December 16, 2018 Dr. Jennifer Campbell discusses her goals for San Diego’s District 2 KUSI Newsroom, Posted: December 16, 2018 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – San Diego’s District 2 has a new City Council member.Dr. Jennifer Campbell joined us Sunday morning on Good Morning San Diego to talk about her goals and priorities for the district. KUSI Newsroom Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Crews responded to a large power outage the affected 1,192 members from Kasilof heading south toward Homer, around 12:12 a.m., this morning. Currently the number of members without power has now been reduced to 192, according to Shelley it would be a couple of more hours till power is fully restored. According to Bruce Shelley with HEA, at 2:39 a.m., power had been restored to 645 members. The cause of the outage is a faulted insulator in Kasilof, and a cross arm was also damaged by this fault. HEA crews are still on scene working to restore power to the 192 members. Updates will be posted as they are made available.
Unless they are focused on protecting DOD networks, national cyber units should not be housed on military bases, according to an op-ed in c4isrnet.com. Cyber units created to support federal, state and private sector resources need to be located in proximity to the nation’s critical IT infrastructure, including large data centers, to allow for a rapid response capability, writes Jan Kallberg, a research scientist at the Army Cyber Institute at West Point and an assistant professor at the U.S. Military Academy.“A cyber unit that is housed in an office building in St. Charles, Missouri, on an office floor in Federal Plaza, Manhattan, or along the I-75 corridor in northern Texas is closer to the action when it happens,” Kallberg says. “The cyber units of the future should be based where their ability to reach mission success is highest, no matter the locale.”Photo by Staff Sgt. Christopher McCullough Dan Cohen AUTHOR
Twitter Email Flaming Lips Ready Huge Three-Disc ‘Greatest Hits Vol. 1′ Collection News Flaming Lips Ready 3-Disc Greatest Hits Collection flaming-lips-ready-huge-three-disc-greatest-hits-vol-1-collection Facebook The GRAMMY-winning rock band have prepared a 52-track distillation of some of their biggest hitsBrian HaackGRAMMYs Apr 30, 2018 – 2:02 pm GRAMMY-winning rock band the Flaming Lips have always been hard to pin down. Their always-intriguing interpolations of electronic experimentation, raw psychedelic rock, and ecstatic live production have built them a reputation as a must-see act over their 35-year career.This week, the band has announced plans to release a new collection of the biggest hits from all their years with Warner Bros. Records – the perfect jumping-off point for music fans looking to take their first plunge into the Flaming Lips’ huge catalog, or the longtime follower looking to score a collection of their favorite tracks all in one package.The collection comprises three discs – 52 tracks – of singles culled from 1992’s Hit To Death In The Future Head all the way through 2017’s Oczy Mlody. Also included are a handful of rare B-sides and previously unreleased material. All songs in the collection have been painstakingly remastered from the original source tape by the Lips’ producer Dave Friedman. A vinyl release is being prepared as well, though it has been distilled to just 11 tracks and one disc.The Flaming Lips’ Greatest Hits, Vol. 1 will be available on June 1. Fans who pre-order via the band’s official website will also receive a digital download of “We Can’t Predict The Future,” a rare live cut from the band’s 1999 BBC Sessions appearance, previously only available on the vinyl reissue of The Soft Bulletin.Catching Up On Music News Powered By The Recording Academy Just Got Easier. Have A Google Home Device? “Talk To GRAMMYs”Read more
The Supreme Court will deliver its order Monday on an appeal against a High Court notice asking the authorities concerned to explain to why directives should not be given to wind up Destiny 2000 Ltd.A four-member bench of the Appellate Division, led by chief justice Syed Mahmud Hossain, fixed the date after completing hearing of the appeal filed by Destiny 2000 Ltd on Sunday.Barrister Rokon Uddin Mahmud stood for the petitioners while advocate AKM Badruddoza represented the Office of the Registrar of Joint Stock Companies and Firms.On 15 May, the High Court issued the notice. Later on 21 May, the chamber judge stayed the HC order and fixed 27 May to hear the appeal in a full bench.In the notice, the HC bench of justice MR Hasan wanted to know why a petition filed by the multi-level marketing company seeking pardon for delay in arranging annual general meetings (AGM) should not be considered as one to wind up the company.According to the law, if any company fails to hold its AGM in a year, the court can pass any order.On 31 July 2012, the anti-graft watchdog filed the two money laundering cases against Destiny 2000 chairman and the Destiny Group’s managing director and 20 others on charge of misappropriating investors’ money amounting to Tk 32.85 billion.ACC deputy director Mozahar Ali Sarder filed a case with Kalabagan police station against 12 officials of Destiny 2000, including its chairman and managing director, under the Money Laundering Act 2012 for allegedly misappropriating over Tk 21.06 billion from the Destiny Tree Plantation Limited (DTPL).
Wednesday, January 16, 2019Top afternoon stories:Senior Airman Areca Wilson/WikiMediaMore Families Aren’t Vaccinating Children In TexasIn their latest bi-annual report, The Immunization Partnership says non-medical exemptions for school vaccine requirements in Texas are 25 times higher now than in 2003. Statewide, between 2016 and 2018, the percentage of students with exemptions rose from 0.97 percent to 1.07 percent.While some families say work requirements or a lack of health insurance prevents them from vaccinating their children, others are basing the decision off of fraudulent science linking the measles, mumps and rubella vaccine to autism which was later retracted.In the Houston area, vaccine exemptions seem to cluster in more affluent suburbs, creating a “ring” around the city. Montgomery County continues to outpace the state by nearly double, with a vaccine exemption rate at 1.94 percent, for example.While exemption rates in Harris County are rising, rates have remained below the state average.Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaA garbage truck picks up trash in west Houston.City Council Approves Getting Additional Garbage TrucksMost of Houston’s garbage and recycling trucks are more than 15 years old and are breaking down more and more frequently.The city has ordered dozens of new trucks, but most won’t get to Houston for months.Now, the city council has approved plans to rent additional garbage trucks and hire an outside recycling pickup firm.Many of the current trucks have been in almost constant use for years. That includes hauling away heavy trash in the aftermath of Hurricanes Rita, Ike, and Harvey, as well as other floods.Ben Curtis/APSecurity forces help civilians flee the scene at a hotel in Nairobi, Kenya Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2019.Houston Native Killed in Kenya Terror AttackA University of Texas graduate who grew up in Houston is among the 21 people killed in Tuesday’s terrorist attack at a hotel complex in Nairobi, Kenya.The U.S. State Department confirmed that an American was among the dead, and the company I-DEV International confirmed that co-founder, Jason Spindler, was killed.Spindler’s father, Joseph, said his son grew up in Houston, graduated from the University of Texas and started with a successful career on Wall Street. His brother wrote in a Facebook post that Jason had survived the September 11 World Trade Center attacks in New York, according to The Guardian.Spindler then went on to join the Peace Corps and lived in Peru, where he developed sustainable business models for rural residents.Google MapsThe 2019 edition of the Houston Open will be held from October 7 to October 13 at the Golf Club of Houston.Houston Open To Be Held From October 7 To 13The Astros Golf Foundation announced Wednesday that the 2019 Houston Open will be held from October 7 to October 13 at the Golf Club of Houston.The tournament, which began in 1946, will be primarily underwritten by the Astros Foundation, per an agreement between the Foundation and the PGA Tour. The agreement is for five years, from 2019 until 2023.In 2020, the tournament will move to the renovated Memorial Park Golf Course. The renovations started on January 10 and are overseen by golf course architect Tom Doak.In the 2019 edition, the tournament will have a purse of $7.5 million which “will make it the premier fall event on the PGA TOUR in the U.S.A.,” according to Colby Callaway, director of the Houston Open. Share
Popular on Variety Top Songs: Obviously enough, this chart highlights the number of views a song has tallied on YouTube. Calculated by combining all official versions of a song (including the official music video, official song used in user generated content and lyric videos), the Top Songs chart reflects how users are consuming music on the platform and the multiple ways artists are using YouTube to share their music. The Top Songs chart is updated weekly on Sunday at 12pm PST.Top Artists: This chart highlights the most popular artists on YouTube, based on the total views of their entire discography – official music videos, official song user generated content, official live performances, remixes, lyric videos, album tracks, and collaborations. Top Artists is updated weekly on Sunday at 12pm PST.Top Music Videos: This chart highlights the most-viewed official music videos on the platform. Top Videos is updated weekly on Sunday at 12pm PST.More announcements are expected from YouTube in the coming weeks, including news about the relaunch of the company’s subscription service. As a prelude to the forthcoming relaunch of their subscription service, YouTube today launched new music charts experience for 44 countries, including the U.S,, Japan, Germany, Brazil and the U.K. The YouTube charts now include a new Trending chart, as well as upgraded charts for Top Songs, Top Artists, and Top Music Videos (check them out here). YouTube.com/chartsAccording to the announcement, the new charts are “based purely on the number of views and are a reflection of the success achieved by artists on the world’s most expansive music platform.”The charts include:Trending: This new chart is updated multiple times a day to provide a real time view of the new music fans are playing. It represents YouTube’s “first dedicated external signal of the most viewed new music on the platform,” the announcement reads, providing an instant snapshot of what users are reacting to. ×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 Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15
10Feb Rep. Dr. Bizon meets with Flint doctors Tags: Flint water, Medical Society, REp. Bizon Categories: Bizon News,Featured news,News ##### Rep. Dr. John Bizon visited the city of Flint on Feb. 4 to meet with the Genesee County Medical Society leadership group and discuss the city water issue.Before the GCMS’s meeting, Rep. Bizon had the opportunity to discuss the health situations facing many in the city with executive director and group chief, Dr. Peter Levine.“We were able to talk about the health crisis going on in the city,” Rep. Bizon said. “Along with getting funding and resources to the people of the city, it is important that we know what health problems need to be solved as well.”The GCMS works to connect doctors and medical personnel from across the state to help spread information and tools. The GCMS is part of the Michigan State Medical Society.“The situation in Flint needs medical leadership to help the most people,” Rep. Bizon said. “Communication between doctors and political leaders in Lansing is the key to solving this crisis. We need to continue that communication.”For more information, contact Rep. Bizon’s office by email to DrJohnBizon@house.mi.gov or by phone to (517) 373-0555.
Facebook has teamed up with Modern Times Group (MTG)-owned online video network Zoomin.TV to deliver a series of purpose-made Generation Z-focused shows for the new Facebook Watch video hub.Zoomin.TV content on Watch will include #WomenWarriors, a series on Facebook’s Local Heroes channel that features “remarkable women making a difference around the world” and #BeyondPlastic, on Future Planet, a series that “highlights the real war on plastic and the creative movement it’s inspiring around the world”, according to Zoomin.TV.Zoomin.TV hosts over 30,000 content creators and vloggers and garners 3.2 billion views every month, according to the company. The MCN already has distribution partnerships in place with AOL, Yahoo, amazon Fire, Pluto, MSN and Roku.“We are excited to be one of the first publishers to work with Facebook as they build an ecosystem of video content and experiment with new formats,” says Zoomin.TV’s Global CEO Jan Riemens.“Since we launched in the US in 2016, we have experienced tremendous growth with our core audience. We have seen a shift as brands now seek to engage the highly sought after Gen Z demographic, and there’s been an increased demand for content targeting this audience, which is something we’ve been successful in creating for some time. Our content has been specifically developed to meet the needs of Gen Z in response to what they’re searching for. Content that champions social justice, is reflective of their global outlook and feeds their desire to make a positive mark on the world.”
In This Issue. * China says “no mas” to currency reserves. * Mixed bag of results for currencies. * Gold gets whacked again! * He said what? And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! China’s Big Announcement. Good Day! And a Marvelous Monday to you! The last week of November! This awful month can’t get over fast enough as far as I’m concerned! More gray steel dreary, and cold days over the weekend, did little to lift my spirits, but two things that did, were a big win by my beloved Missouri Tigers Saturday night, and then a spirited victory over the Bears by our Rams. And the Blues won Saturday night too, so a good sports weekend, but that’s about it. With Thanksgiving on Thursday this week, and the “traditional black Friday” the next day, liquidity going in to the end of the month will be sapped, so needless to say, but I will anyway, volatility on Wednesday and Friday could be pretty wild and crazy. And then it could be as quiet as a church mouse. So, it might be a good week to do what you have to do early in the week, and then sit back, watch some football, because Lord knows there will be plenty of that on TV this week, eat some Turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy, and pumpkin pie, and forget about it all. Well, the currencies continue to be a mixed bag of results, and you know, on Friday, I was completely flabbergasted that the dollar wasn’t just falling out of bed. Why? Ahhh grasshopper, on Friday it was announced that China’s central bank has said it no longer sees any benefit in increasing its $3.66 trillion foreign currency reserves – already the world’s largest. China will cap its purchases of U.S. dollars in an effort to limit the depreciation of the yuan. “It’s no longer in China’s favor to accumulate foreign-exchange reserves,” Bloomberg quoted Yi Gang, a deputy governor at the central bank as saying Tuesday. This will “basically” end the interference of the foreign currency in the Chinese markets and widen the renminbi / yuan’s daily trading range. Folks, did you get that? Did that register with you? Because when I saw this on Friday, it basically shook me to my foundation, chills went up my spine, because I realized that “it’s happening”. Yes, China’s move to make the renminbi / yuan a “player” is really taking shape now. But yet, the dollar remained strong VS some currencies on Friday and even this morning, when I would think that the green/peachback would find it difficult to get on terra firma. Are the markets asleep at the wheel? Or, are they still of the belief that China is too rigid, too closed, and too Communist, to have the reserve currency of the world? It’s probably the latter of the two, but still, even if you thought those things about China, wouldn’t you be a just a bit scared by this announcement? Ahem. read it again. China’s not adding foreign currencies to their reserves any longer. And China’s reserve, which is the largest in the world, currently stands at $3.66 Trillion, and is made up mostly of U.S. dollars.. The other Big News from the weekend, was the Iran Nuclear Deal. The news of the deal, caused a $1 drop in the price of Oil, but bubblin’ crude, black gold, Texas tea, is really trading on top of Friday morning’s price of $93.50. I get a lot of the news I read from the Drudge Report, and on Drudge, the articles weren’t taking too kindly to the deal, so, just like all deals, you can’t please all of the people all of the time. I know nothing more about it, other than it has caused a $1 drop in the price of Oil, the other anti-dollar asset, this morning. The Aussie dollar (A$) isn’t getting whacked again this morning, but it’s still down on the day. There’s not much going on to help the A$, and the Reserve Bank of Australia, (RBA) just continues to take pot shots at the currency. Tonight, the RBA’s Deputy dawg, Lowe will speak, and I would be surprised as all get out, if he doesn’t take another swat at the A$… So, we could see even more weakness tomorrow morning. In Canada on Friday, we saw Canadian Retail Sales jump 1% in September, which beat the estimates that called for a .3% increase. September marked 3 consecutive months of positive gains in Retail Sales, and that has pushed the annualized rate to 2.4% in the 3rd QTR.. While that sound sufficient to keep the Canadian dollar / loonie on track to maintain its value, the 2.4% 3rd QTR Annualized gain is less than where it stood after the 2nd QTR, which was 6.3%… So, see what happens when you just look at a report and don’t look under the hood? The loonie is off a bit this morning, but I think it’s more to do with trading in sympathy with its commodity driven compatriots, Aussie and kiwi. Well, after finally giving in and moving past 100 last week, the Japanese yen has now given up 101. The fall in the yen could become very steep from here folks. And then with all the backslapping going on with the Iran Nuclear Deal, things are starting to heat up again between Japan and China over the disputed Senkaku Islands. I read some research on this yesterday, and the last time things heated up over these Islands, Japan’s exports to China really suffered. Japan is already mired in the depths of a Trade Deficit, they certainly don’t need for that Deficit to explode higher. Of course with the announcement in China over the weekend that they aren’t going to be adding to their foreign currency reserves going forward, the Chinese renminbi / yuan is stronger this morning. I think that the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) had to allow the renminbi / yuan to appreciate after an announcement like the one on Friday! The renminbi reminds me of a 60’s song. The name of the place is I like it like that! But, I change that great Dave Clark 5 song around to be: The name of the place is renminbi! Gold is getting whacked again this morning. The shiny metal just can’t seem to gather in wind in its sails. I would say, that this whack-job that Gold has received this morning, is just an opportunity to buy at cheaper levels, but then I would have been repeating that every day for the past two months. But there’s no denying it, Gold is at a cheaper level this morning. It all depends on whether you think it’s an opportunity or not! So. Remember when I told you that the bill to provide funds to the East Coast from the hurricane Sandy was filled with pork? I had a long time reader send me the list of items that were in the bill, that every voter in this country should present to their representative or Senator and ask them what the hell does any of this have to do with funding East Coast hurricane devastation? Things like: $8 million to buy cars and equipment for the Homeland Security and Justice Departments. $56.8 million for charting the debris from last year’s Japanese Tsunami. $41 million of 8 military bases including Guantanamo Bay. $57 million for forest restoration on private land. $100 million of the Head Start day care program. $150 million for Alaskan fisheries. $188 for new Amtrak lines. (not repairing damaged ones, whole new ones!) and the list goes on and on folks. It’s too long to go through every one of the items here, and I’m surprised that the folks over at Government Waste haven’t had a field day with this information! There’s not much in the way of data this week, except on Wednesday when we’ll see the color of the latest Durable Goods Orders. I expect this data to show improvement, but they’ll have to take out the non-defense aircraft component to get a true, well I take that back, because there’s no such things as a bonafide, tried and true data print any longer, but at least we’ll get a better picture without the aircraft data thrown in, for that’s so hit and miss. Before I head to the Big Finish today, I have this that I came across, and had to just shake my head in disbelief. here we go! So, filed under “news of the weird”, I have a report from a newsletter titled “The Sovereign Man”, it’s written by a fellow named Simon Black, and quite frankly is a good read for people like me. This letter talks about a recent dinner that Mr. Black attended In Miami for the National Economists Club, at which Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke was also in attendance. Let’s listen in to the conversation. “At one point during the evening, when pressed whether his Quantitative Easing (QE) program was good for Wall Street at the expense of Main Street, He flat out denied it, saying that such a premise is simply not true. He defended his printing of $85 Billion per month, suggesting that fixing interest rates at zero is beneficial for society because, among other things, it allows people to “buy cars”. Are you kidding me? Now, IF he really said that, and I have no reason to not believe Mr. Black, then I would have the same reaction that Mr. Black did. “As if going into debt to purchase a rapidly depreciating consumer item is somehow a victory for the people?” I’m shaking my head right now, as I type this, in disgust. First it was Big Al Greenspan telling us to go out and buy houses with ARM’s. And now this. For What It’s Worth.. I found this on the Bloomberg this weekend, and thought it be quite interesting, given the daily whacking that Gold seems to be receiving these days. The title of the story read: Gold Option Wagers on Surge to $3,000 Was Most Active on Wednesday. So, now you can see why it caught my eye! Let’s listen in to what the story has to tell us! “Wagers betting that gold prices will rally 141 percent in about two years were the most-traded option in New York bullion on Wednesday. “Call options giving owners the right to buy gold at $3,000 an ounce by December 2015 traded 7,250 contracts yesterday on the Comex in New York, more than double the amount of the next most-active option, data compiled by Bloomberg show. Futures for December delivery slumped 1.1 percent to $1,243.60 on the Comex in New York today. Prices reached a record $1,923.60 in September 2011. “This looks like a trade with a bank on one side and a very bullish investor buying a lottery ticket on the other,” James Cordier, founder of Optionsellers.com in Tampa, Florida, said in a telephone interview. “It’s a big bet.”” Chuck again. WOW! So, apparently there are “others” out there like me that think Gold should be much higher in price than it is right now, but that it will eventually get there! Of course I could be very wrong here, but I wanted to point out that there are “others” our there! To recap. The Big News from last Friday is that China has announced that they no longer see the need to add to their currency reserves. That should have sent the dollar to circling the bowl, but it’s as if the markets are asleep at the wheel on this folks. But not to worry! Chuck is here to let you know! The currencies remain in a mixed bag of results VS the dollar, but Gold is getting whacked again this morning. And Somehow, the Fed Chairman thinks that having the ability to buy cars will outweigh the unknown of QE. Currencies today 11/25/13. American Style: A$ .9160, kiwi .8210, C$ .9470, euro 1.3520, sterling 1.62, Swiss $1.0980, . European Style: rand 10.0480, krone 6.1155, SEK 6.5745, forint 220.65, zloty 3.1010, koruna 20.1725, RUB 32.90, yen 101.80, sing 1.2520, HKD 7.7530, INR 62.49, China 6.1342, pesos 12.97, BRL 2.2860, Dollar Index 80.92, Oil $93.50, 10-year 2.75%, Silver $19.76, Platinum $1,387.50, Palladium $717.18, and Gold. $1,231.97 That’s it for today. Well, it appears that my beloved Cardinals have finally found a shortstop! YAHOO! And they traded the hometown World Series hero, David Freese on Friday. I guess we won’t see him hawking Imo’s Pizza going forward! When it was all over Saturday night, I felt like I had been put through a wringer, but the score sure didn’t show that, with my Tigers winning 27-10. They can win the SEC East Division by winning their last game against Johnny Football and his Aggies. BIG GAME! I’m going to do a turkey in my Big Green Egg this year, I’ve got a prebrined fresh turkey and all the stuff ready to go for Thursday. I made a HUGE amount of spaghetti last night, we’ll have spaghetti leftovers for days! And with that, I had better get this out the door. I hope you have a Marvelous Monday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837
I have a far more reasonable number of stories today—and I’m sure you’re happy about that. I know I am. JPMorgan’s short market corners of 20% in COMEX gold and 35% in COMEX silver of a year ago—and the bank’s 21% long market corner in COMEX gold currently—meet or exceed the market shares held in the previous manipulations. On that basis alone, the CFTC should be prosecuting JPMorgan today. The Sumitomo copper trader who manipulated the market was known as “Mr. 5%” for his share of the market. Shouldn’t JPMorgan be referred to as Mr. 20% or Mr. 35%? – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 08 February 2014 Despite the fact that gold and silver finished in the plus column again yesterday, it was obvious that all four precious metals ran into sellers of last resort at 11 a.m. Hong Kong time—and then again between 8 and 9:15 a.m. in New York. This isn’t rocket science, as all one has to do is give a cursory glance at all four precious metal charts posted at the top of this column—as the chart data speaks for itself. But it was another amazing day for the precious metal equities. I must admit that I was taken aback by the strong showing yesterday, the third day in a row of big gains on less-than-impressive price performance—especially in silver. From it’s low of last Thursday, the HUI has gained a bit over 10%. Here’s the 5-day chart. Sponsor Advertisement Looking at the 3-year HUI chart, you can see that the last three days of gains have put the RSI trace very close to the overbought level, which is a situation that hasn’t existed since back in September 2012. And it’s also self-evident, that we have miles to go to get back to anywhere near where the precious metal stocks were trading in 2011. Platinum and palladium had similar days, with the outstanding feature being the same engineered price decline as gold and silver—and during precisely the same times. Nothing free market about these, either. Here are the charts. Nothing happens to precious metal prices without their consent The gold price opened flat in New York on Monday evening, but around 8:30 a.m. Hong Kong time a rally began that got capped at 11 a.m. Hong Kong time right on the button. From there it chopped sideways—and volume was pretty heavy by the time I hit the send button on yesterday’s column at 5:30 a.m. EST, which was 10:30 a.m. in London. Then shortly before 1 p.m. GMT, the gold price rallied a few dollars—and at 1 p.m. GMT the gold price, along with the other three precious metals, got sold off in unison, with the low tick in all four coming at 9:15 a.m. EST in New York. The subsequent rally in gold topped out/got capped shortly after 11:30 a.m. in New York—and the price traded flat for the remainder of the day. The CME Group recorded the low and high ticks at $1,273.50 and $1,294.40 in the April contract. Gold closed the Tuesday session at $1,290.90 spot, up $15.90 on the day. Volume, net of February and March, was very decent at 161, 000 contracts. [Note: You may notice that there is a discrepancy in the daily percentage gains between the Intraday Silver Sentiment Index chart—and the Long-Term Intraday Silver 7 Index chart posted above. Nick uses two different data sets to produce each chart. The intraday data comes from Yahoo quotes—and is computed from that. The info on the second chart is taken from the end-of-day open, high, low, and closing data, which is not always the same. “So the intraday data is always just a whisker off.“—as Nick puts it. – Ed] The CME’s Daily Delivery Report for Tuesday showed that 36 gold and 1 lonely silver contract were posted for delivery tomorrow within the Comex-approved depositories. Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia, HSBC USA and Barclays were the largest movers and shakers in what little delivery action there was. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There were deposits in both GLD and SLV yesterday. In GLD, an authorized participant added 57,839 troy ounces of gold—and in SLV, there were 1,442,970 troy ounces added, which was within a hundred ounces of what was withdrawn from that ETF last Friday. The good folks over at the shortsqueeze.com Internet site updated their short positions for both GLD and SLV [as of January 31] late yesterday evening EST—and here’s what they had to report. The short position in SLV fell by a very decent 15.50% —and is now down to 16.47 million ounces/shares held short, or 512 tonnes of the stuff. But the drop in GLD was a shocker, as the short position there fell by a very chunky 29.15% —and is now down to 12.54 million shares, or 1.254 million troy ounces, or 37 metric tonnes. These are very impressive numbers—and I know that Ted Butler will be a happy camper when he sees them this morning—and will certainly have something to say about it in his mid-week commentary to his paying subscribers later today. The fact that the short positions in both these ETFs declined so significantly in the face of flat gold prices and falling silver prices during the 2-week reporting period, is very bullish. The U.S. Mint had another sales report yesterday. They sold 1,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 249,500 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories, they didn’t receive any gold, but did ship out 26,858 troy ounces—all of it from Scotia Mocatta’s warehouse. The link to that activity is here. In silver, they reported receiving 277,845 troy ounces—and shipped out 7,000 ounces of the stuff. Most of the receipts went into Scotia Mocatta’s vault. The link to that action is here. Here’s a chart that Nick Laird sent around late yesterday evening MST—and it doesn’t require any further explanation from me, or anyone else for that matter. Reader ‘h c’ asked me to send him an updated version of the long-term Silver 7 chart, which I did— and it’s something I haven’t posted in this column for more than a year, as it was so ugly to look at. It’s still not a thing of beauty, but we can only hope that the worst is behind us. With some minor variations, the silver price action followed the same path as gold, complete with the 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. EST sell-off that the other three precious metals experienced. The low and high ticks were reported as $19.915 and $20.29 in the March contract. Silver finished on Tuesday at $20.24 spot, up 16.5 cents from Monday’s close. Net volume was 39,000 contracts. The metals themselves [gold and silver] are still some distance from overbought level themselves, so it will be interesting to see how things develop [or are allowed to develop] in the days and weeks ahead. I’d sure like to think that the worst is over. I know that the Commitment of Traders Report is screaming that a bottom is in—and Ted Butler has been expecting the precious metals to fly. But, as Ted always points out—and rightfully so—how far and fast we go to the upside is 100% dependent on what JPMorgan et al do in the current rally. Will they stand by and “let ‘er rip” to the upside—or will it be the same old, same old—as I said in my column yesterday. They have obviously been around every trading day so far this week—and have stepped in where they felt it necessary, but that still doesn’t alter the fact that we could still move sharply higher from here if that is what they have decided to let happen, or have been instructed to do. Of course, I’m cheering for “let ‘er rip”—but constantly aware that nothing happens to precious metal prices without their consent. This time is no different. As I also mentioned in this space yesterday, the cut-off for this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report was at the 1:30 p.m. EST close of Comex trading on Tuesday. I was not overly happy to see such big volume on such small price moves in both metals yesterday. But that is tempered by the fact that the 75 minute sell-off in all four precious metals added to the volume considerably as “da boyz” turned on the technical funds for that brief period. I’m also mindful of the fact that, despite the price action, the numbers in last week’s COT Report were a big surprise, especially in silver—and despite the price action of the last three days, I’m not going to attempt to second guess what might be in this Friday’s report. On the surface it may be the same old thing—but it’s what’s going on out of sight under the hood that I’ll be interested in—and I’ll get that all from Ted on Friday afternoon. In the Far East on their Wednesday, both gold and silver got sold down a bit in the first hour of trading—and haven’t recovered back above their Tuesday closing prices now that London has been open about 25 minutes. Volumes are very light for this time of day—and down well over 50% from where they were this time yesterday. JPMorgan et al didn’t have to put out any precious metal price fires in the Far East today, so that’s the entire reason why volumes have shrivelled up. The dollar index isn’t doing anything. And as I hit the send button on today’s missive at 5:10 a.m. EST, the precious metals aren’t doing anything, although volumes have picked up quite a bit, especially in gold—and the volumes in both metals are all of the HFT variety. The dollar index is still chopping sideways. As for what might happen during the remainder of the trading day today—I haven’t a clue, and won’t hazard a guess. I hope your day goes well—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. The dollar index close in New York late on Monday afternoon at 80.64—and by the 8:20 a.m. Comex open, it was down to 80.46. After rallying back to 80.65 by 9:10 a.m. EST, it fell back to 80.46 shortly before 11 a.m.—and by the 1:30 p.m. Comex close it was back to basically unchanged on the day. The index closed at 80.62—down 2 basis point. Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas. As announced in previous press releases, the Company received all of the required authorizations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including an Aquifer Exemption which has now been granted concurrence from EPA Region 6. Amir Adnani, President and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to have received this final authorization for initiating production at Goliad. Our geological and engineering teams have worked diligently toward achieving this major milestone and are to be truly commended. We are grateful to the EPA for its thorough reviews and for issuing this final concurrence. The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, firstname.lastname@example.org. The gold stocks gapped up about a percent at the open—and then rallied to their highs of the day just a few minutes before noon in New York. After that they chopped sideways, giving up a point or so going into the close. The HUI still managed to finish up a healthy 4.20%. The silver equities more or less followed the same path as the gold shares, with the high tick of the day coming at precisely noon EST—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 3.82%.
Government health agencies have spent more than two decades shying away from gun violence research, but some say the new spending bill, signed by President Trump on Friday, will change that.That is because, in agency instructions that accompany the bill, there is a sentence noting that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence.”I think this is a huge victory for our country and our communities and our children. This is one step in many to help stop gun violence in this country,” says Rep. Stephanie Murphy, a Democrat from the Orlando, Fla., area, where a mass shooting left 49 dead at a gay nightclub in 2016. But researchers who study gun violence are unimpressed.”There’s no funding. There’s no agreement to provide funding. There isn’t even encouragement. No big questions get answered, and there’s nothing here, yet, of significance for the research community,” says Dr. Garen Wintemute, a well-known expert on gun violence and a professor of emergency medicine at the University of California, Davis.”I’m not particularly optimistic that anything will change,” says Daniel Webster, a researcher at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.The CDC has been willing to look at noncontroversial activities, such as the effect of mediating disputes between gangs, says Webster, “but the CDC has not, and I don’t believe they will examine other kinds of interventions or other kinds of solutions to the problem.”That is because, back in 1996, Congress passed something called the Dickey Amendment. It said that none of the funds given to the CDC for injury prevention could be used to advocate for or promote gun control. The law came along with a cut in funding that delivered a powerful message: Pursue research on hot-button questions about guns and face the wrath of lawmakers who control the agency’s funding.”At a time when we were just beginning to do good science around how to protect ourselves and better understand the risk and the benefit from owning and using firearms, language was put on the federal budget which had a chilling effect and, in effect, stopped research dead in its tracks,” says Dr. Georges Benjamin, who is the executive director of the American Public Health Association.Jay Dickey, the Arkansas Republican and former lawmaker whom the federal amendment is named for, later told NPR that he regretted it. “It wasn’t necessary that all research stop,” Dickey explained. “It just couldn’t be the collection of data so that they can advocate gun control. That’s all we were talking about. But for some reason, it just stopped altogether.”Recent mass shootings have forced government officials to address the lack of research funding. Alex Azar, the secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, spoke to lawmakers on Capitol Hill in February, the day after a shooting at a Parkland Fla., school left 17 people dead. When asked about the Dickey Amendment, he said his understanding was that it “does not in any way impede our ability to conduct our research mission. It is simply about advocacy.”Rep. Kathy Castor, a Democrat from Florida, pressed him on whether he would instruct the agencies he leads to do gun research. “We certainly will,” Azar answered. “Our Centers for Disease Control and Prevention — we’re in the science business and the evidence-generating business, and so I will have our agency certainly be working in this field.”As mild as those remarks were, they made headlines. And the language in the government spending bill explicitly refers to those comments: “While appropriations language prohibits the CDC and other agencies from using appropriated funding to advocate or promote gun control, the Secretary of Health and Human Services has stated the CDC has the authority to conduct research on the causes of gun violence.”Webster worries that rather than freeing up the CDC to fund more research on gun violence, this new language might do the opposite, by seeming to limit CDC funding to examining the “causes” of gun violence.”Before, it didn’t restrict it to the ’causes,’ ” notes Webster. In his view, this spending bill “certainly doesn’t add anything new that is good.”In an ideal world, Congress would have done something much bolder, says Georges Benjamin. “I would have preferred the Dickey language to be removed — strong language that says, ‘Yes, research is permissible,’ and money,” Benjamin says. “We didn’t get those three things.”But he does believe that the intent of the budget language was to make research more permissible and that public health agencies should be able to find some money in the funding they’re due to receive from the new budget to move firearms research forward. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.