On Wednesday, 19 June, the third annual Active Deaf Kids Sports Day took place at Belconnen Stadium, Canberra, with the event attended by Federal Minister for Sport, Kate Lundy.The day looked to raise awareness of Deaf Sports Australia and encourage children with hearing impairments to participate in sport. The day allowed the children that attended to participate in various sports clinics, including one run by Touch Football ACT.Senator Lundy gave a short speech over morning tea which recognised Touch Football ACT, along with several other sporting organisations, for their work with Deaf Sports Australia.She also implored the kids present to get involved in sport, pointing towards both the health and friendship advantages that participating brings.“[There are] wonderful benefits of playing sport. Being fit and active is part of it, but also sport is something that unites us all,” she said.The event was also the forum for an announcement that $60,000 extra funding would be put forward by the Federal Government to go towards deaf sports stars attending the Deaf Olympics.Related LinksDeaf Sports Day
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FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The Fort St. John Metis Society is hosting a Jigging & Fiddling Gathering this weekend.Taking place at Peace Island Park, Margaret Fenton, of the Metis Society, says this event will offer a weekend full of traditional Metis culture such as food, crafts, and even jigging lessons.The event will also feature competitions in fiddling and jigging. Entry fees to the contest are $10.00 per person and each competitor will have a chance of winning up to over $1,000.Plus there will be a pancake breakfast in the morning and even a dance on Saturday night.Admission to this event is free, with donations being accepted.Donations will go towards supporting the Fort St. John Metis Society.The Fort St. John Metis Society’s Jigging & Fiddling Gathering is taking place this weekend, July 12 to the 14, at Peace Island Park in Taylor.For more information, you can send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Shortly thereafter, at 7:20 am, the Fort St John RCMP received a report of a stolen backhoe. The backhoe was located just over an hour later at the corner of 87th Ave and 74th St.Fort St John RCMP obtained surveillance video which provided the following photo of the suspect pickup truck. All three thefts are believed to be related.The vehicle is described as:early 2000’s white Ford F-150single cab long boxblack front bumper and grillorange sticker of a skull wearing a helmet on the back window on the right sideThe male driver is described as:approximately 45 years oldmedium to light brown hairbeardwearing a t-shirt and blue jeans with a hi-vis vest.“The description and photo of this truck show it has some unique features”, said Cst Chad Neustaeter. “The RCMP hope the public will recognize the truck and assist with locating the truck and driver.”The Fort St John RCMP continue to investigate and are asking anyone who has information about this incident or can assist in locating this vehicle, please contact the Fort St John RCMP at 250-787-8100. Should you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or submit a tip online at www.crimestoppersnebc.ca. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The RCMP suspect three thefts are related to a white Ford pickup.The RCMP received a report of a stolen flat deck trailer that had been found abandoned near 87th Ave and 72nd Street on June 11, 2019, at approximately 5:30 am.That same morning, at just after 6 am, the Fort St John RCMP received a report of a man attempting to steal a flat deck utility trailer from a parking lot in the area of 92nd Ave and 100th St. The man was approached but then ran to his vehicle and drove away at a high rate of speed.
Related: Hot Takedown Even so, my findings suggest that a Rooney Rule-style policy could help increase the diversity of congressional staff hires, particularly if Congress has the means and the will to enforce it. In addition to his efforts to require his colleagues to interview at least one nonwhite candidate for any staff vacancy, then, Schumer should also consider urging them to make two further commitments — to provide a fair and equitable evaluation process for these candidates, and to publicly report the demographics of their staffers.3Perhaps he could even move beyond “urging” and build a bipartisan effort to formalize such a rule and its accompanying enforcement mechanisms. With this trio of policies in place, Congressional staffs might finally begin to match the diversity of the lawmakers they work for, and — more importantly — the people they represent.CORRECTION (March 15, 11:30 a.m.): An earlier version of the chart in this article incorrectly described the types of NFL coaches shown. The chart shows head coaches and coordinators, not head coaches and assistants. Although the new 115th Congress is the most racially diverse on record, its staff remains overwhelmingly white.1Exact numbers are difficult to come by, but according to a report by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, there were 336 top Senate staffers (chiefs of staff, legislative directors, communications directors, and staff directors) in December 2015, only 24 of whom were people of color: 12 Asian-Americans, 7 Latinos, 3 African-Americans, and 2 Native Americans. As The Washington Post recently reported, Senate Minority Leader Charles E. Schumer (D-N.Y.) is trying to change that — and he’s using the NFL’s “Rooney Rule” as a model for addressing the imbalance.Established in 2003, the Rooney Rule requires NFL teams to interview at least one nonwhite candidate for any head coaching vacancy. It is an example of a “soft” affirmative action policy — that is, one that is designed to change the composition of the candidate pool, rather than change the criteria used in the hiring process. In this spirit, Schumer has urged his colleagues to ensure that at least one nonwhite applicant is considered for any open position. And if the NFL’s version is any guide, the policy should indeed help improve Congress’s hiring record.In a recent study I published in the American Law and Economics Review, I found that the NFL has hired notably more nonwhite head coaches in the years since the Rooney Rule went into effect. Of course, that increase could reflect the influence of other social, cultural or institutional changes, rather than the impact of the rule itself. So to account for this possibility, I compared the change in hiring trends among NFL head coaches (who became subject to the Rooney Rule) with the change in hiring trends among similar groups that were not affected by the policy, such as NFL coordinators and NCAA head coaches. Those comparison groups show us what the NFL might look like without the Rooney Rule, since they’re affected by the same hard-to-observe forces that may have influenced hiring decisions both before and after the Rooney Rule took effect.Using this technique, I found that a nonwhite candidate is about 20 percent more likely to fill an NFL head coaching vacancy during the Rooney era than before it, even after taking into account the general trend toward hiring more nonwhite candidates at all levels of coaching. In other words, the change can be traced directly to the Rooney Rule itself. Although there are plenty of differences between hiring congressional staffers and hiring NFL head coaches, the two processes share some similarities. Both are influenced by capacity constraints, meaning that NFL franchises and congressional offices can only interview a certain number of candidates because they are working under a limited hiring timeline. Additionally, there is a large amount of “noise” during the candidate-selection process in both fields, since there are no agreed-upon criteria for choosing candidates and it’s impossible to determine the true quality of a given candidate.2The Rooney Rule helps reduce this noise by requiring the franchise to take race into consideration when choosing candidates. These similarities suggest that a Rooney Rule-style policy may work in other organizations. (In fact, Facebook recently implemented its own version of the rule in certain departments, suggesting that the company has hopes for its ability to translate to another industry.)However, the Rooney Rule’s success is likely due in part to the fact that the NFL has been able to closely enforce it. For example, in 2003 the Detroit Lions’ then-president, Matt Millen, was fined $200,000 for failure to interview a nonwhite candidate for the team’s head-coaching vacancy. But when it comes to congressional staffing, there is currently no way for Schumer to force his colleagues to adopt and stick to a Rooney Rule-style hiring policy. The rule also cannot work unless nonwhite candidates are getting fair consideration and going through the same process as white candidates. The NFL has had to continually address teams’ temptation to fulfill the Rooney Rule’s requirements by conducting sham interviews instead of really searching for qualified nonwhite candidates. Finally, the hiring of an NFL head coach is a very public event that will be watched and commented on by reporters and fans alike, which helps maintain pressure to comply with the rule. Congressional offices, on the other hand, are not even required to publicly report the demographics of their staffs. So the positive effects of the Rooney Rule may not fully transfer to organizations that lack enforcement mechanisms. Hot Takedown’s March Madness Special
After the Cornhuskers made the Big 12 a smaller 11, the Pac-10 snagged Colorado, leaving the Big 12 at 10 teams. Many anticipated more action from the Pac-10, expecting the conference to attempt to rival the Big Ten by expanding to as many as 16 schools. But after swiping Utah from the Mountain West, the Pac-10, now with 12 teams, appears satisfied. Utah will join the Pac-10 in 2011, Colorado in 2012. “I expected that to happen — new commissioner in the Pac-10, new television agreement coming up,” Smith said. “It made sense for them, so I knew the Pac-10 was going to go that way, and I knew that it would affect the Big 12, but I just didn’t know how. When television contracts are getting ready to come up and people see the changing landscape in television, people start adding inventory.” The shakeups left the Big 12 on life support, with just 10 teams and its moneymaker, Texas, contemplating a switch itself. Texas A&M even received an invitation to join the SEC. But a new TV deal, set up to make Texas the main attraction, got all teams on board, saving the Big 12 as a league with 10 schools. But plates continued to shift and movement persisted. Boise State, a perennial BCS bowl-game contender in the last decade, parted ways with loads of inferior competition in the WAC to join the Mountain West Conference. Fresno State and Nevada also will join the MWC in 2012, while Boise will enroll in 2011. One of the signature programs of the MWC, however, isn’t sticking around to face the newcomers. Brigham Young will become an independent in football in 2011, a title only Notre Dame, Army and Navy claim in Division I. For all other sports, BYU will join the West Coast Conference. “We’ve long sought broad, nationwide access to our games for our fans and increased visibility among those who may be less familiar with our university and athletic programs,” BYU President Cecil O. Samuelson said in a press release. “We’ve also been looking for ways to take better advantage of our own unique broadcasting resources.” After the dust settled, there were more rumblings than actual quakes. There was never that one tremor that affected the entire nation, which many expected and some feared. Instead, we’re left with minor face lifts to several conferences, and we’re left with more questions about potential future shakeups. “I’m watching everybody else,” Smith said. “We’re (the Big Ten) basically done for now. I don’t know if we’ll expand anymore, I really don’t. It’s a possibility, but what’s interesting is watching the rest of the landscape.” The rumbling started last winter, when the Big Ten announced its intentions to explore conference expansion. It culminated months later in significant, nationwide shifts. The first tremor shook the Midwest, when Nebraska bolted for the Big Ten. The reshuffling set off a series of quakes felt all around the country, from the Pac-10 to the Big 12 to the Mountain West. In the end, if we have reached the end, the landscape of college football changed, though not as dramatically as the initial quivers suggested. But have these relocations been the result of a routine shakeup, or is this the start of a major restructuring? Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith said the transformation results from changing revenue streams. “If you look back over the history of college sports, the one thing that’s constant is change,” Smith said. “One of the largest areas of revenue for all of us is television money. People don’t want to talk about it, but it’s true. The reality is, as television changes, and all the mediums change for communication, the conferences have to shift in order to maximize revenue opportunities off of them.” Initial rumors suggested college football could be transitioning to feature four “super-conferences,” each equipped with 12 to 16 teams — enough power and revenue to bury non-BCS leagues in the sand. “I think it’s possible because the thought is there,” Smith said. “I don’t know if we’ll ever get to a playoff like the public wants. I see a lot of challenges with that on a lot of different levels. But do I see playoffs within a conference that could lead to something like that on a smaller scale? Yeah. So, when you get to those 16, you get to two or four conferences with 16 teams, divisions, that type of stuff. I can see that down the road.” The notion of super-conferences stemmed from indications that the Big Ten was prepared to expand to 14 or 16 teams, adding from the likes of Notre Dame, Syracuse, Rutgers, Texas and Missouri to stretch its reach across more of the country. Plucking programs from other conferences would force those battered leagues to fuse together to match the Big Ten’s muscle. “People use the term ‘arms race,’ which I really don’t think is it,” Smith said. “We’re like any restaurateur, we’re like the college of business, we’re like the college of engineering. We’re like everybody else that aspires to be No. 1. Yes, you can use the term ‘arms race,’ but frankly, we’re just strengthening the business.” The super-conference idea hasn’t panned out just yet. Instead, a series of aftershocks sent a handful of teams in and out of new conferences.
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.
Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe score was 35-20, and there was just 13:13 left in the game. At seemingly the worst time, quarterback J.T. Barrett fumbled the football. It was an unlucky play at an unlucky time that nearly resulted in the game-sealing drive as Penn State began its drive with the ball at the Ohio State 42-yard line. Then something happened.Barrett was handed the football trailing by five points after leading his team on back-to-back touchdown drives in the fourth quarter. After four plays and with 1:48 remaining in the game, he found redshirt senior Marcus Baugh open in the end zone and hit him with a perfect pass over leaping linebackers Manny Bowen and Jason Cabinda to put Ohio State on top 39-38.Ohio State senior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that would put Ohio State over Penn State in the game on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn 12 minutes, Barrett went from being the goat of the game to having his Heisman-candidate moment and leading the Buckeyes to a miraculous comeback victory.And as head coach Urban Meyer stood answering questions at his postgame press conference with fans chanting “O-H,” “I-O” in the background as they exited the stadium, Meyer had nothing but the highest praise to levy on his three-time captain.“I don’t know if I’ve ever had more respect for a human being and as a person, because you earn respect and you witness people in very dire straits at times, tough situations,” he said. “I’ve never had a kid play perfect, but damn, he was close tonight.”The fourth quarter proved a tumultuous one for the Ohio State quarterback. In an attempt to hand the football off to freshman running back J.K. Dobbins, Barrett mishandled the snap, losing his grip on the football and costing his team possession. The fumble could have changed the narrative of this story entirely. Penn State could have capitalized on the opportunity, scoring a touchdown to make the game 42-27 and putting Ohio State’s championship hopes in the rearview mirror. “It’s one of those things, like, really J.T.? Right now? That’s not the best timing,” Barrett said after the game.At that moment, doubt began to creep into Meyer’s mind as the game was getting late and the Buckeyes were still down two scores.“The one fumble, I kind of thought, ‘uh-oh,’” Meyer said. That moment could have defined Barrett’s performance in one of the most important games of his career. He did not let that happen.Just after fumbling the football, Barrett was aided by Ohio State’s special teams, as cornerback Denzel Ward blocked a punt and linebacker Dante Booker recovered it at the Penn State 41-yard line. One play later, Barrett turned the excellent field position into seven points with a 38-yard pass to redshirt junior wide receiver Johnnie Dixon.The next Penn State drive saw the Nittany Lions march 64 yards down the field before being held to a field goal. Barrett responded by leading his team down the field for a 76-yard drive that resulted in seven points. A three-and-out by Penn State forced a punt, setting Barrett up for his game-winning drive.On the play, Baugh found himself wide open in the end zone with only a linebacker several yards away standing between him and his quarterback. Barrett delivered a perfect pass just over the leaping hands of the defenders to find his man and redefine his performance in the game.Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor“I was like, ‘Just put it over the linebacker and we score.’ And so I was able to do that,” Barrett said.Barrett made it sound easy, and throughout the game, he made his success look easy. He completed 33-of-39 passes, threw for 328 yards — including four touchdowns — and had rushed for 95 yards on 17 carries against a defense Meyer called, “the No. 1 defense in America.”Though the fourth quarter was Barrett’s shining moment, his teammates saw the same player all throughout the game — a leader, just as calm and composed trailing by 14 as he was ahead by one.“J.T. is the same all four quarters. He’s a smooth dude and he has a lot of confidence in us as playmakers and in himself,” redshirt junior wide receiver Terry McLaurin said. “He’s the epitome of a leader. He never got too high, never got too low. Even when we scored a touchdown and we needed another stop to score another touchdown, it was the same demeanor from him and that’s what made him great.”This game will prompt many superlatives to be lauded on him, and early award predictions to be made. Heisman Trophy candidate was thrown out by Meyer, Barrett’s teammates and Barrett himself. Meyer went so far as to call Barrett’s performance “one of the best I’ve ever seen a quarterback play.”Quarterback J.T. Barrett celebrates with fans in Ohio Stadium after the Buckeyes beat No. 2 Penn State 39-38 on Oct. 28. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn the team’s loss Week 2 against Oklahoma, fans were calling for Barrett to be replaced and questions arose as to whether he was capable of winning a big game. Behind closed doors, there was never any doubt to the players about whom their leader was. “With all due respect, people who had that opinion, in the Woody Hayes facility there wasn’t any opinion. There was zero conversation about that topic,” Meyer said. “When I hear people say, ‘Oh, there’s a lot of people thought —’ that’s not one time I’ve walked into a staff meeting saying, what do you guys think? What do the fans and media think about J.T.? We don’t talk about that.”Seven weeks ago, those fans chanting “O-H,” “I-O” were calling for Barrett to be benched. Now those same fans might be calling for him to win the Heisman Trophy.
Jose Mourinho thanked Fulham for their hospitality and voiced his opinion that Manchester United’s stay in London was one of the key factors in the win in the FA Cup semi-final clash over Tottenham.United will be going to their 20th FA Cup final after their win, while the Spurs will be going home in the semi-final stage of the FA Cup for eighth consecutive time.Before the game, Mourinho & co. stayed in London for five days, training at Craven Cottage and Fulham’s Motspur Way training complex.Maguire says United need to build on today’s win George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Harry Maguire wants his United teammates to build on the victory over Leicester City.During the summer, Harry Maguire was referred to as the ultimate…“The fact we stayed together for five days was good,” Mourinho said, according to the Standard.“We stayed away from Manchester, away from home, we stayed in London, we stayed together, we spend our time, we spoke, I had a chance to feel them and I had the chance to speak with some individually, everything was really good, I think the weather helped too.”“Fulham was fantastic to provide for us, fantastic conditions for our training session,” Mourinho went on to add.
The unemployment rate for veterans fell to an eight-year low in October, an achievement a senior DOD official attributed to an improving economy, the rising number of corporate campaigns to hire veterans and a greater appreciation among employers for the professional attributes ingrained in service members.The veteran unemployment rate stood at 3.9 percent in October, while nonveteran unemployment was 5.4 percent, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Even more impressive were the employment gains by veterans who served after 9/11 — their unemployment rate was 4.6 percent, essentially the same as the rate for nonveterans.The philosophy behind hiring veterans has evolved from the “right thing to do” to “the smart thing to do,” Susan Kelly, director of the Pentagon’s Transition to Veterans Program Office, told DOD News.Kelly pointed to an increased understanding in the corporate world for the leadership skills instilled in every veteran. Beyond leadership, those “essential skills” include ability to handle work stress, persistence, attention to detail, interpersonal skills, teamwork and team-building, oral and written communication, decision making, training people, supervising, critical thinking and project planning, she said.“Employers have been telling us the last 18 months, ‘We can train them in technical skills, but the [other skills] take years to develop,’” Kelly said.Another key to the declining veteran unemployment rate has been the outpouring of corporate and nonprofit efforts to hire veterans and military spouses spawned by the White House’s Joining Forces initiative.At DOD, Kelly helped transform the Transition Assistance Program into week-long, mandatory training for separating personnel covering the skills needed to secure jobs, seek education and pursue optional training. She told DOD News that the professional skills possessed by service members are badly needed by a civilian workforce with significant skills gaps.“We look at these skills as an asset for the workforce, but our veterans have an incredible amount of attributes that can be used in all aspects of community life,” Kelly said. Dan Cohen AUTHOR
The housing portion of the District of Columbia Comprehensive Plan recently came under tough scrutiny in Ward 8.On March 17, The Ward 8 Democrats hosted the “DC Comprehensive Plan for Affordable Housing: How Clear is the Vision” Forum at the St. Elizabeths R.I.S.E. Center. The panelists were Parisa Norouzi, executive director of Empower D.C.; attorney Ari Theresa of Stoop Law; Eric Shaw, director of the D.C. Office of Planning; Kay Pierson, director of the Community Reinvestment Division of the United Planning Organization; and David Whitehead is the Housing Program Coordinator of Greater Washington.D.C. councilmember Trayon White says D.C. is not including affordable housing options in development plans. (AFRO File Photo)The Home Rule Act of 1973 requires the District government to develop a comprehensive plan for future planning and development of the city.The initial plan was approved by the D.C. Council and signed by D.C. Mayor Anthony Williams in 2006 and amended in 2011 and 2012. Presently, the D.C. Council is considering the second round of amendments to the plan and D.C. Council member Trayon White (D-Ward 8), who recently had to apologize for saying Jews control the weather, is urging Ward 8 residents to pay attention to the process.“This is an important time in our city’s history,” White said. “The comprehensive plan is a long-term document that determines, among other things, land use, building development, goals, policies and action plans for growth. I don’t think it does Ward 8 a lot of justice.”The plan includes upgrading housing at the St. Elizabeths East campus in Congress Heights and more upscale housing and retail in the Bellevue neighborhood of the ward.White said affordable housing isn’t adequately addressed in the new amendments to the plan and inferred there was preferential treatment for the housing needs of upper-income residents and forgets those of lower income residents. “We need to make sure that we don’t forget those who were here when the city wasn’t peaches and cream,” the council member said, referring to the District’s overall condition in the 1980s and 1990s, when it was fiscally shaky, the crack cocaine epidemic was in force, and people and businesses were moving out of the city.RentCafe, an Internet publication that looks at housing prices in the District, lists a studio apartment as $1,656 and a one-bedroom is $2,028.During the meeting, Shaw endured a lot of criticism. He said that since the advent of the Bowser administration, he has been working on the comprehensive plan and is open to developers getting a public benefit such as tax breaks and credits for building affordable and market rate housing.Many of the questions from the 50 people attending focused on what the comprehensive plan is and how it affects Ward 8 specifically. Ward 8 resident Jackie Ward, who sells real estate in the Washington, D.C. area, asked the panel about family-size housing.“A lot of the housing that is being built is for singles and people with one or two children,” Ward said. “However, you still have a lot of families who want to live in the city but can’t find four-bedroom apartments for market rate? What is being done about that?”Shaw said family units are beginning to be built and while that type of housing isn’t being requested by people who are moving into the city, the administration is working on strategies to stimulate developers to build more.
Expectant mothers in their first trimester should avoid certain cosmetics, cleaning agents and medicines, to protect the developing fetal brain from chemicals that can trigger autism, suggest health researchers from York University in Canada.“The products that we use on a daily basis, such as creams and cosmetics, contain chemicals that could potentially affect a developing baby during pregnancy,” said one of the researchers professor Dorota Crawford. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Besides cosmetics and lotions, the list of products that expectant mothers should avoid during first trimester, according to the researchers, include — cleaning solvents, pesticides, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs such as acetylsalicylic acid, misoprostol (a drug used for inducing labour), polychlorinated bisphenyls used as industrial lubricants, polybrominated diphenyl ethers found in wood and textiles, phthalates in PVC flooring, and children’s toys. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixAside from the type of chemical a pregnant woman is exposed to, the duration, the frequency and the concentration level also impact a developing brain at the prenatal stage, the researchers said.“We recommend that women learn about health effects from exposure to chemical substances in the environment,” study co-author Christine Wong noted. According to the researchers, prenatal brain development undergoes constant changes and its normal functioning depends greatly on the presence of specific genes at any given time.Since environmental factors influence the expression levels of these critical genes, it is important for an expectant mother to be aware and cautious of exposure to these factors. The study was published in the European Journal of Neuroscience.
Luke Schneider, head of the completely wireless, smartphone-enabled startup Silvercar, is out to make car rental cool. “We want to be able to turn every Silvercar into your car,” he says. “Regardless of the city you’re in, you get into your car and your preferences–climate control, radio and seat-positioning settings, itinerary destinations, even favorite restaurants–are already programmed in.”He’s not quite there yet, but the road to this goal starts at Silvercar’s rental lot at Dallas-Fort Worth International Airport, where 200 identical silver 2013 Audi A4 sports sedans await the company’s target market: tech-savvy, independent-minded business and leisure travelers willing to pay $50 to $75 per day for a luxury automobile outfitted with navigation, satellite radio and a Wi-Fi hot spot.We want to be able to turn every Silvercar into your car.–Luke SchneiderThe sweet rides may be the main attraction, but what has really generated loyal fans is Silvercar’s attempt to eliminate teeth-grinding lines at the rental counter, annoying upsell pitches and guesswork about which type of car customers will actually get.Schneider’s background as CTO at car-share company Zipcar helped guide the development of Silvercar’s iOS and Android apps, which lead customers through the entire rental process, including unlocking the vehicle for them and automatically syncing satellite radio preferences and phone contacts. Dropping off the car is equally simple; the Audi automatically logs mileage, tolls and fuel used.Silvercar developed its platforms to work specifically with Audi’s proprietary software; the auto company was selected for its appeal to both men and women, its smart technology and its user-multimedia interface.According to Neil Abrams of Abrams Consulting Group, a car-rental consultant firm in New York, Silvercar should be able to carve out a niche within the estimated $10 billion airport-based U.S. rental-car market. The company “is that next step forward,” he says. “It’s not for everybody, but that’s OK. They just need to prove the business model can be profitable.”That model is already gaining traction. Two weeks after launching the service last winter, Silvercar reported its first sellout. The company aims to expand to airports in other major cities by year’s end.Co-founder Bill Diffenderffer calls Silvercar “the big idea that’s hiding in plain site.” His parking lots full of silver A4s should make it easier for car renters to find. Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. June 20, 2013 2 min read This story appears in the May 2013 issue of . Subscribe » Register Now » Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals
The organisers of MIPCOM say that 12,900 people attended this year’s market in Cannes. Of the total 4,400 were buyers and significantly, Reed Midem, which runs the TV trade show, said 500 of those were dedicated buyers for digital services or platforms. Reed Midem added that as well as there being a lot of digital buyers in town this year, the digital platforms were also in Cannes to talk to partners about production.“Companies such as Netflix, Google/YouTube or Hulu have been attending MIPCOM for several years, but mostly as buyers,” said Laurine Garaude, director of Reed Midem’s television division. “Today, they are very much involved in developing great content.” Other trends this year included an uptick in the number of attendees from Latin America, up 36% year-on-year, and China, up 30%. DreamWorks made its first appearance at the market and the Hollywood studios all had a presence. The number of US companies in Cannes was up 11% on last year’s event.
Lithuanian service provider Teo is looking to boost the popularity of its IPTV service with the launch of wildlife and extreme sports 3D channel 3flow and basketball channel NBA TV HD. The latest additions follow an offer last month to customers to acquire both TVs and tablet computers via monthly fees.Teo added 15,200 TV subscribers in the year to March 30, with growth to its IPTV service compensating for lack of progress with digital-terrestrial TV.The telco said that IPTV subscribers increased by 17.2% over the year to March, reaching 97,200. The number of digital-terrestrial TV customers stood at 72,200 at the same date.Teo’s broadband base grew by 15,600 over the last year, with approximately 42.6% of the group’s broadband customers now having access via fibre. FTTH and FTTB connections grew by 13.2% with DSL connections falling by 6.1%.TV services accounted for 8.4% of Teo’s revenues for the first quarter, while internet services accounted for 24.1%.
Cable net Bravo will become a free-to-air offering for the first time after NBCUniversal and Mediaworks in New Zealand inked a deal to rebrand Channel Four.A commission was also announced for the new Kiwi Bravo channel, with a local version of the Real Housewives reality format – The Real Housewives of Auckland – being produced by NBCU-owned production company Matchbox.The new net launches in July. It will be run as a joint venture between NBCU and Mediaworks, the Kiwi media company that runs TV and radio stations as well as producing content.The Kiwi Bravo will have shows from the US channel including Million Dollar Listing, Top Chef and The Real Housewives. International series will include UK constructed reality hit Made in Chelsea.“Asia-Pacific is an important growth region for NBCUniversal International and we are extremely pleased to have the opportunity to invest further in New Zealand,” commented Belinda Menendez, President, NBCUniversal International Distribution & Networks. “Having enjoyed a long-standing, strong relationship with MediaWorks, we are excited to expand our relationship in order to bring Bravo – a premier free-to-air entertainment-lifestyle channel – to the market.”“We are delighted to introduce one of the most popular TV brands in the US to New Zealand – and we look forward to partnering with Mark [Weldon, CEO, MediaWorks] and the MediaWorks team to bring this exciting channel to life,” added Chris Taylor, MD, New Zealand & Australia, NBCUniversal International Distribution & Networks.
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, email@example.com. 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/.