Five dead in West Bengal as heavy rain lashes State

first_imgIncessant rains due and the subsequent deluge claimed five lives in Kolkata and adjoining districts on Tuesday. While two persons died when parts of an old dilapidated two storied building collapsed in the Taltala area in central Kolkata three others died in the districts of south Bengal.According to Kolkata Police at around 12.25 pm the old building collapsed. Three fire engines along with personnel of disaster management group were pressed into rescue operation, which went for several hours.“At around 4.25 pm the bodies of two persons-Himadri Pahar (38) and Hansa Shaw (20) were extricated from the debris and sent to Calcutta Medical College and Hospital for legal procedure,” a statement by Kolkata police said.Meanwhile, the situation remained grim in Birbhum, Purulia, Bankura, and Hooghly district of south Bengal. While two persons died in Purulia when a wall collapsed on them, one person died in Birbhum when he was washed away during the day.In Purulia two persons-Sikandar Mirza (30) and Siaz Khan (12)- died and five got injured in the Nanduara village in the district’s Raghunathpur sub-division when an earthen boundary wall of a house collapsed on them, District Magistrate of Purulia Alokesh Prasad Roy told The Hindu.He also said that so far waterlogging has not turned out to be severe in the district with only some areas of Jhalda I and Barabazr block witnessing some waterlogging.In Birbhum one person has died due to drowning in the afternoon in the Hatiea village of Labhpur block. While locals said that the situation in Labhpur has become “grim” with about 17 villages facing heavy waterlogging, the District Magistrate P.Mohangandhi claimed otherwise. “Labhpur being a low lying area, there is waterlogging in some areas. But so far it is not a cause of concern,” said Mr.Gandhi.As for Hooghly a senior district police official said that was a breach in an embankment on the Rupnarayan river at the Dhannobadi village under the Khanakul Assembly seat. “As a result nearly 16 villages in the area are facing severe waterlogging. The district administration is keeping an eye on the situation,” he said. One person Shyamal Sengupta (38) got washed away on Monday. However, Superintendent of Police Sukesh Jain said that “Mr.Sengupta’s body has not been found yet.” Areas such as Khanakul, Goghal, Arambagh in the district are facing severe waterlogging.In Bankura 1,000 people had to be to be shifted to relief camps due to severe waterlogging. “ There is severe waterlogging in Bankura II, Joypur, Kotalpur, Patrasayer, Mejhia and Onda blocks. We have set up six relief camps,” District Magistrate of Bankura Moumita Godara said.Meanwhile State’s Irrigation Minister Rajib Banerjee accused the Damodar Valley Corporation (DVC) for releasing waters from dams “without consulting” the State government. “The situation has become a cause of concern for us. Despite our repeated letters the DV is releasing water without consulting us,” he said. According to the Indian Meteorological Department, Bengal is likely to receive heavy rain at isolated places on Wednesday.last_img read more

PBA D-League: Che’Lu sends AMA packing to boost playoff bid

first_imgPhilippine Arena Interchange inaugurated Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid The Revellers opened up with a 10-0 spurt that eventually set the tone for the humbling the Titans would experience throughout the match.Stephen Siruma led Che’Lu with 13 points and five assists while JayR Taganas added a double-double of 12 points, 10 rebounds, with five assists.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsChe’Lu improved to a 5-3 record in the Aspirants Group while also eliminating the Titans who dropped to a 2-5 card after the loss.“This is what I want from my team, to become a fighting one,” said Revellers head coach Stevenson Tiu in Filipino. “We may not be as experienced like last season but we still need our players to play their role.” Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess Rey Suerte, Mark Bringas, and Jhaps Bautista all had 11 points apiece to round out the double-digit scorers for Che’Lu.Joshua Munzon had 26 points for the Titans.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LATEST STORIES View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte MOST READ Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Sepp Blatter plans to sue FIFA, Gianni Infantino for damaging his reputation MANILA, Philippines—Che’Lu Bar and Grill dismantled AMA Online Education, 115-77, to maintain its place in the playoff race of the 2019 PBA D-League Thursday at Ynares Sports Arena in Pasig.ADVERTISEMENT Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Private companies step in to help SEA Games hostinglast_img read more

Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure presented an update of completed work in

first_imgFORT ST. JOHN, B.C. –  Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure presented an update at the Peace River Regional District Board meeting about completed work in the Peace region and B.C.Since the last report dated July, projects such as road resurfacing was completed on Jackfish Lake Road, West Fraser road Dawson Creek to Kiskatinaw Bridge Mill & Fill and H29 Bullmoose to Sukunka HIPR as well as providing additional paving to Farrell Creek Road and Patch paving on Braden, Sweetwater, Bessborough Roads.Bridge work that is now complete includes Roseland Culvert Replacement, Scour Remediation, McLean & St John 3 and Brassey Creek Bridge.Community safety enhancements were completed to the Murray River Boat Launch Access, improved 911 Signage, increased reflectivity North Taylor Hill and improvements to the Museum Cross Walk in Ft. Nelson.To date, 2017 road washouts have been fixed with the Ministry now focusing on the Old Fort Road.“Currently, a single lane forestry type road has been put in place of the Old Fort Road, and within a weeks time they seek to upgrade the road to two lanes reducing the curves and increasing sight lines,” said Hali Davenport, Acting District ManagerFor more information on continued work in the region, see the Drivebc.ca website or HERElast_img read more

Canfor Taylor Pulp donates thermal imaging camera to District of Taylor Fire

first_imgCalla says the nice part about this new tool is that it can allow firefighters to locate bodies in high heat, thick smoke, or in dark locations.The camera will also be used for checking the spread of a fire and for finding victims in a vehicle collision. TAYLOR, B.C. – At a District of Taylor Council Meeting on Tuesday, a new thermal imaging camera was donated to the District’s Fire Department.Assistant Branch Manager of Canfor Taylor Pulp, Dwayne McCoy, presented Deputy Fire Chief, Enzo Calla, with a brand new thermal imaging camera.The thermal camera was given by Canfor in appreciation for the dedication that the Fire Department has when it comes to protecting the community.last_img

Mumbai Indians eye revenge against KXIP

first_imgMumbai: Revenge will be on their mind when Mumbai Indians lock horns with Kings XI Punjab, the hosts looking to stretch their winning run in the Indian Premier League here Wednesday. The previous encounter between the two teams in Mohali had ended in a comprehensive eight-wicket win for Kings XI, but home conditions at the Wankhede Stadium are expected to favour MI. MI enter the match high on confidence following successive victories over holders Chennai Super Kings and last edition’s finalists Sunrisers Hyderabad. Also Read – Puducherry on top after 8-wkt win over Chandigarh Significantly both these victories came mostly because of MI’s all-round bowling strength as the bowlers defended totals successfully. MI are also blessed with splendid batting firepower in the end overs from West Indian Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya. Kings XI, who too have been given a shot-in-the-arm by their six-wicket victory Monday night over Sunrisers, need to chip away at the top of the MI batting as well as ensure that the big-striking Pollard and Hardik don’t take away the game like they did when carving 45 runs in the last two overs against CSK to turn the game around. Also Read – Vijender’s next fight on Nov 22, opponent to be announced later MI don’t even have anyone in the top-20 run scorers’ list this season, an indication of the depth in their batting, and have a superior fast bowling attack bolstered by the inclusion of West Indian pacer, Alzarri Joseph, who blew away Sunrisers with his record-breaking haul of 6/12 in Hyderabad in their previous game. The hosts have a formidable pace attack with Jasprit Bumrah and left-arm Jason Behrendorff also there, along with Joseph and Hardik, to utilise the bounce and carry on the Wankhede track. Kings XI, third on the table with eight points, have been top heavy in batting with K L Rahul and Mayank Agarwal leading the way with 200-plus aggregates and the indomitable Gayle too not far behind. In bowling, skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (7 wickets) has done well in five out of six games that the team has played and has got good support from the likes of Sam Curran, Mohammed Shami and Murugan Ashwin. Teams (from): Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Yuvraj Singh, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jason Behrendorff, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Alzarri Joseph, Anmolpreet Singh, Siddhesh Lad, Ankul Roy, Evin Lewis, Pankaj Jaiswal, Ben Cutting, Ishan Kishan (wk), Aditya Tare, Rasikh Salam, Barinder Sran, Jayant Yadav. Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul (wk), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Sarfaraz Khan, David Miller, Mandeep Singh, Sam Curran, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Murugan Ashwin, Mohammed Shami, Mujeeb Ur Rehman, Karun Nair, Moises Henriques, Varun Chakravarthi, Harpreet Brar, Simran Singh, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Hardus Viljoen, Ankit Rajpoot, Arshdeep Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Agnivesh Ayachi.last_img read more

Cops recover body of woman from lodge room rescue baby

first_imgKolkata: 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.last_img read more

We Break Down Each MLB Playoff Matchup And Predict The World Series

sara.ziegler: LOLThe Yankees look like they’ll be starting with J.A. Happ in Game 1.travis.sawchik: “Bullpen Game”sara.ziegler: Aaron Boone is all talk on bullpen games. He says he’s open to them, but I doubt he’ll actually go through with it — particularly in light of how it worked out for Oakland on Wednesday.travis.sawchik: Happ has been excellent in New York: 7-0, 2.69 ERA and 1.05 WHIP in 11 starts. The Yankees have a real shot … but the Red Sox have Mookie Betts and J.D. Martinezneil: And for the Red Sox, I’ve seen a lot of worry that the 108-win season will all be for naught. Maybe that’s New England pessimism talking, but I think they also probably played a bit above their heads this year. Either way, a 100-win team will be going home, which is kind of sad this early in the postseason.gfoster: Why is New England pessimistic? Are they disappointed by two decades of NONSTOP TITLES?neil: LOL. Old habits with the Red Sox, I think.sara.ziegler: The Red Sox have to have the edge in batting, right? Because of the aforementioned Betts and Martinez?travis.sawchik: I think the Yankees and Red Sox are pretty similar in terms of overall offensive production. Two elite lineups. FanGraphs has Yankees with a 111 wRC+, Red Sox 110 wRC+.neil: Yeah, relative to park, the Sox only scored about 14 more runs than the Yankees. (They allowed 37 fewer.)travis.sawchik: Red Sox hitting coach Tim Hyers has done a good job with getting even more out of Betts, who has worked with Hyers and Martinez on increasing his power profile.The Yankees are all about launching baseballs into the air … and bullpenning … and throwing a lot of breaking balls. Modern baseball will be on display.gfoster: Sara, I also wonder if we have not seen the full potential of the Yankees lineup, even despite all those wins. Aaron Judge has been injured, Gary Sanchez has been awful, Giancarlo Stanton started slow. They were never at full capacity it seemed; Didi Gregorius basically carried them for a month early on.travis.sawchik: And Aaron Hicks!gfoster: Aaron Hicks is going into monument park.travis.sawchik: Hahasara.ziegler: Hicks has been great, I’ve heard.travis.sawchik: Yeah, read that somewhere …sara.ziegler: I’m having a hard time getting excited about either of these teams, since this series seems to have been written in stone for a while. That’s part of the problem with the AL.gfoster: Let’s go to the National League. The first series up this afternoon is Colorado vs. Milwaukee, which carries less cachet and less breathless announcer speak but is interesting nonetheless.neil: Well, I for one am curious about how a pitching-centric team like Colorado will perform.gfoster: Travis, you were doubting that Colorado would make it; are you surprised they are here, or have you come around on the Rox?travis.sawchik: The Rockies are such a weird team. They are a pitching-first team with one of the worst offenses (25th in majors in wRC+) and outfield defenses in baseball, and they make their home in the most offensive environment in baseball, with one of the largest outfields. They committed $106 million to free agent relievers, but Jake McGee and Bryan Shaw (two of those high-priced investments) have been poor, while a reliever left off last season’s postseason roster, Adam Ottavino, has been amazing. I like the Brewers in this series given the strength of their lineup and bullpen. The Brewers seem like the rare team that won the offseason — Christian Yelich, Lorenzo Cain and Jhoulys Chacin were all key offseason additions — and its division.neil: They’re also the spitting image — in many ways — of a world champion: The 2015 K.C. Royals. So clearly, Milwaukee will storm through the postseason.sara.ziegler: And win the World Series against a team from New York, Neil?😉neil: I’d be happier with that this time around.sara.ziegler: The Rockies will have played three games in three different cities in four days. And one of those was in 13 innings.travis.sawchik: Brutal schedule stretch for the Rockies, for sure. At least they could just bus up I-94 after the wild-card game.sara.ziegler: I wonder if they got stuck in traffic in Kenosha. As one does.gfoster: It’s just ridiculous that these series are five games. And that the schedule is so condensed. Why are they even playing today? Give them another day!! In the NBA, the playoffs last five months and no one seems to be bothered.travis.sawchik: This is strange to say, but the Rockies actually hold a starting pitching edge in a postseason series.neil: Well, hasn’t that usually been the case with the Rockies’ best teams after adjusting for park? We think of the Rockies as an offensive powerhouse, but they never can hit away from Coors. Even this year, they had a .665 road OPS.travis.sawchik: Yeah, the Rockies’ best teams have typically had above-average starting pitching when adjusting for park and run environment. By ERA-minus, this is second best pitching staff in Rockies’ history.I’m not sure many people realize how good German Marquez and Kyle Freeland have been for Rockies in second half. Only Jacob deGrom has been more productive than Marquez in the second half as an MLB starting pitcher.neil: One other thing about the Rockies: By run differential during the regular season, they were really only about an 85-win team. So I think there’s a case for them being the worst team in the field. (Then again, ask the Cubs how facing them worked out.)sara.ziegler: Meanwhile, the Brewers didn’t get here with their starters, obviously. But the bullpen is just outstanding. Can it hold up under the pressure of the postseason?gfoster: OK, let’s shift back to the AL. Indians-Astros is really the ALCS we were all expecting last year, as both teams were 100-plus game winners. Are these teams better or worse than their 2017 versions?travis.sawchik: The Indians are weaker than they were a year ago when they entered the postseason with the game’s best run differential and the to-be-named AL Cy Young winner in Corey Kluber. They’re dealing with a significant injury as Trevor Bauer suffered a fractured ankle in August, and his velo was down in his brief return. Their top starter in the regular season going into August, Bauer will begin the series in the bullpen.The Indians’ bullpen, once a strength, was the weakest in the playoff field in the regular season. Though a healthy Andrew Miller could change that.neil: The Astros might actually somehow be better. Hot take: They’re the best team in MLB, despite an inferior record to the Red Sox. (At least, that’s what our Elo model thinks.) They had 109 Pythagorean wins! Who does that??sara.ziegler: The Astros are so weird. Their biggest names weren’t that good! And yet here they are, better than last year. They have Alex Bregman to thank, I guess.neil: It helps to have that ridiculous pitching staff, too.sara.ziegler: So true.neil: They had the best FIP in the league by a mile (3.23; next best were the Dodgers at 3.60).travis.sawchik: The Astros are so talented. The defending World Champs basically added an ace — Gerrit Cole — and an MVP candidate (Bregman breakout) since we last saw them in October.gfoster: I’m interested in how big a role Josh Donaldson plays for Cleveland. He seems healthy finally.travis.sawchik: The Indians needed another bat, and Donaldson has looked like his old self in a brief sample. He’s a wild card this postseasonsara.ziegler: He better perform offensively, given that his presence has messed with Cleveland’s defense — pushing people into different positions.gfoster: I love that the lineup that has Francisco Lindor, Jose Ramirez, Edwin Encarnacion and Michael Brantley “needed another bat.”travis.sawchik: Well, another bat relative to the lineups they are facing in the AL field. The Indians rank last in remaining AL teams in wRC+, third in runs.neil: There are some real question marks surrounding Cleveland’s bullpen, though. They finished 26th in relief WAR this season.(Which is surprising since they are the O.G. of playoff bullpenning.)gfoster: Even with Brad Hand?neil: Hand has definitely stabilized things some, and Andrew Miller is back after missing a huge chunk of the reg season. But Cody Allen was pretty mediocre this year (93 ERA-plus).travis.sawchik: The Indians thought their bullpen was such a problem that they traded their top position player prospect, Francisco Mejia, at the deadline. Trading a consensus top 50 prospect for a reliever is apparently the thing to do at the deadline nowadays.sara.ziegler: Miller does seem to be healthy again — which is huge for the Indians. (An end-of-season blowup against the Royals notwithstanding.)travis.sawchik: One concern with the Indians is some of their players are trending down at the wrong time again. Jose Ramirez, an MVP candidate (favorite?) at the All-Star break, hit .223 in the second half. Ramirez has really struggled with breaking pitches. I’ll be interested to see how many fastballs he sees in series against an elite fastball team in the Astros. Could be a fascinating strength on strength: One of the game’s best fastball hitters (Ramirez) vs. the elite four-seamers of Justin Verlander and Cole.gfoster: OK, let’s talk about the last series, and then I’m going to ask for predictions. The Braves return to the postseason, perhaps a little earlier than some expected, and will take on the Dodgers, which was the last team they actually played in October in the NLDS in 2013. I literally have zero memory of that.sara.ziegler: That was 10 lifetimes ago, Geoff.travis.sawchik: That happened?neil: Was that one of those random Dan Uggla 30-homer seasons for Atlanta? (Edit: No, he hit .179 that year. LOL.)gfoster: Those Braves had Uggla, Kimbrel, Jason Heyward, Brian McCann, Andrelton Simmons and two Uptons (B.J. and Justin). The only guys of note still there are Freddie Freeman and Julio Teheran.sara.ziegler: Two Uptons!neil: As far as five-year rebuild plans go, that’s pretty impressive to fully tear down and build back by now.travis.sawchik: Only the Yankees have a younger group of positional players than the Braves in the playoffs, with Ronald Acuna Jr. and Ozzie Albies and maybe Dansby Swanson. It’s a pretty strong under-25 core. Atlanta is ahead of schedule and trending up.sara.ziegler: And on the other side, remember a month ago, when we thought the Dodgers might not make the playoffs? On Sept. 6, our model gave L.A. a 55 percent chance of getting here.neil: That remains incredible, given that they finished with 102 Pythagorean wins.travis.sawchik: The Dodgers are the most talented NL team in the field. They lead baseball in position player WAR and are fifth in pitching WAR. And it feels like the Dodgers have never been right all season with injuries to key stars like Clayton Kershaw and Corey Seager. L.A.’s Walker Buehler looked like an ace in Game 163 vs. Rockies. He’s another wild card in the postseason. Big time young talent.gfoster: I was just going to say that I wouldn’t be surprised if Buehler is one of these young pitchers who makes his name with a great October, much like Madison Bumgarner did a few years ago.neil: All of that is why the Dodgers have a 45 percent chance (!) to make the World Series according to our model. That’s easily the highest pennant probability of any team. (It also says a lot about the rest of the NL.)sara.ziegler: Max Muncy finally has a chance to make his name nationally, too. (No one on this chat has ever referred to him as “Matt Muncy,” that’s for sure.)neil: Sara, you were an early adopter on Muncy in fantasy.sara.ziegler: I was! Before I could remember his first name.travis.sawchik: Muncy has been an amazing breakout story.sara.ziegler: The Dodgers had a hard time finding a consistent spot for him during the season. They shouldn’t make that mistake in the postseason.gfoster: I’m interested to see which Kershaw we see: the one who has been the best pitcher in baseball for a decade or the one who has been one of the most disappointing playoff pitchers over the past decade.travis.sawchik: Kershaw has suffered a loss in velocity and overall swing-and-miss capability. In 2015, his fastball averaged over 94 mph; this year, it was 90 mph.gfoster: Is he throwing the breaking stuff more? Making his metamorphosis into a crafty old lefty?travis.sawchik: Kershaw has had a curious spike in spin rate on his fastball, which is highly unusual to accompany a velocity decline.neil: But enough about the Dodgers! The Braves are good, too.travis.sawchik: Acuna is somethingneil: Yes, he is quite good! In fact, the Braves have a ton of position-player talent. They were seventh in WAR from batters this year. But eight of their top 10 most valuable players were position players. Pitching-wise, there are questions.sara.ziegler: Don’t forget Mike Foltynewicz, though! I love pitchers like that who come out of nowhere.travis.sawchik: I’m pretty bullish on the Braves’ future, but there are questions on the pitching end, as Neil said, and the Dodgers seem like the NL’s only “super team,” whereas there are three or four in AL field.gfoster: OK, let’s get the World Series prediction. I want to see winner, number of games, MVP. And you will all be judged on these for 12 months.sara.ziegler: LOLneil: No pressure… 😬travis.sawchik: 😮sara.ziegler: I’m gonna go with my ❤️. Brewers over Astros in seven, Christian Yelich MVP.gfoster: I like it.travis.sawchik: I think we’re headed for an Astros-Dodgers WS rematch. Houston over L.A. in six. Bregman MVP.neil: Our model says Astros over Dodgers again, too, but that’s boring. (Also, Travis already took it, haha.)gfoster: Yankees over Dodgers in five, Gleyber Torres MVP.sara.ziegler: Wow.travis.sawchik: !!!sara.ziegler: I mean, at least go Luke Voit as MVP.gfoster: I was considering Voit. It won’t be Judge or Stanton; if the Yankees win, they will get an incredible hot streak from someone less expected. I do feel like the Yankees haven’t experienced a true Stanton home run barrage like he had for the Marlins several times last season, so maybe that’s due?neil: What the hell, I’m gonna go Red Sox over Braves in six. Betts MVP. Boston’s current team over its former team. (For old timers from, like, the 1940s.)travis.sawchik: I guess the model and I are in this together.neil: It’s generally better to be on the model’s side, I’ve found.gfoster: No love for the Indians here.neil: I couldn’t pull the trigger with that Astros matchup.travis.sawchik: Too many questions for Cleveland, IMO.gfoster: OK, thank you all. Enjoy the baseball!Check out our latest MLB predictions. gfoster (Geoff Foster, sports editor): Welcome to FiveThirtyEight’s postseason MLB chat. We are done with the one-game wild-card playoffs. We are done with the one-game playoffs to figure out who would play in the one-game playoffs. And the Oakland Athletics and the Chicago Cubs are the first casualties of October. I think Oakland has to be pleased they made it that far with their ragtag team of relievers and .247 hitters, while the Cubs probably had higher hopes for 2018. They now have a two-year World Series drought in the works. But on to the division series!Here’s how the eight remaining teams stack up in terms of wins above replacement1Averaging together the versions found at Baseball-Reference.com and FanGraphs. during the regular season to get a sense of where each team’s strengths and weaknesses lie:We are going to go through all four matchups. Let’s start with America’s two most lovable teams: the Boston Red Sox and New York Yankees, who are playing each other for the first time in the postseason since 2004. This was inevitable wasn’t it? Boston gets to potentially start Chris Sale twice in five games; does that give them the edge?sara.ziegler (Sara Ziegler, general editor): I’m just happy last night’s game didn’t go to 13 innings. 😴travis.sawchik (Travis Sawchik, baseball writer): Assuming Sale is 100 percent, starting arguably the most talented pitcher in the AL potentially twice is a huge edge. But Sale landed on the DL twice in the second half (left shoulder inflammation), and his velocity has trended down, which is a troubling indicator.neil (Neil Paine, senior sports writer): And that’s kind of concerning if he doesn’t live up to his usual expectations. Our model gives the Sox a 57 percent chance of winning the series, but that’s partly a function of the large pitcher adjustment it gives Sale. With Sale at home in Game 1, we give Boston a 65 percent chance of winning that game; with a generic pitcher in the same situation, Boston would only have a 57 percent chance of winning.gfoster: David Price has to be a concern for Boston. He’s really been terrible in the postseason, after those early heroics as a relief pitcher for Tampa. He’s also gotten bombed by the Yankees this year.travis.sawchik: David Price career postseason: 2-8, 5.03 ERA. David Price career vs. Yankees: 15-14, 4.90 ERA. Price is fatigued from discussing his issues in postseason and vs. the Yankees, but they have to be a concern for the Red Sox. And the Red Sox bullpen is arguably only stronger than Cleveland’s in the AL field. That makes Sale so important for Boston.sara.ziegler: The Red Sox bullpen is obviously an issue — at least getting to Craig Kimbrel.gfoster: The Yankees’ Game 1 starter is pretty intimidating: read more

Seismic shakeup A number of schools changed conferences but have we seen

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. read more

Bayern Munich Kovac fears for Coman

first_imgBayern Munich manager Niko Kovac fears for the club’s winger Kingsley Coman after he picked up an injury in their opening game of the season against Hoffenheim.The manager who was taking charge of his first game in the Bundesliga fears Coman could have reinjured the same ankle that underwent surgery back in February.The Frenchman was helped off the pitch after being on the receiving end of a strong challenge from Hoffenheim’s Nico Schulz.The 22-year-old was making his first Bundesliga appearance since a blow to the same ankle scuppered his hopes of a spot in France’s World Cup squad.While the extent of the damage is not yet known, Kovac is concerned it could force Coman into another lengthy spell on the sideline.“It doesn’t look good for now. He is in severe pain,” the Croatian told reporters.” As quoted by SportsKeeda.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“He will have tests tonight. I hope it’s not serious but we are fearing the worst.”Adam Szalai’s equalizer for Hoffenheim and Coman’s injury looked to put a dampener on Kovac’s first Bundesliga match in charge.The champions eventually prevailed after Robert Lewandowski converted a contentious penalty at the second time of asking before Arjen Robben sealed three points with a late third.However, an honest Kovac admitted that, had he been in charge, he would not have awarded the game-changing spot-kick that allowed Bayern to retake the lead in the 82nd minute.Franck Ribery made the most of a Havard Nordtveit tackle and Hoffenheim protests were waved away by referee Bastian Dankert.“[The foul] wasn’t crystal clear,” Kovac said. “I wouldn’t have given it.”last_img read more

MTS to increase frequency of some of its busiest bus routes around

first_img January 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom, MTS to increase frequency of some of its busiest bus routes around San Diego SAN DIEGO (KUSI) — Metropolitan Transit System officials Thursday announced it will increase the frequency of some of its busiest bus routes beginning next week.Under MTS’s Transit Optimization Plan, more than 30 routes will have a frequency of 15 minutes or quicker by the time the plan is fully implemented in June at a cost of $2 million, according to the agency.On Jan. 28, MTS will roll out the first changes on some its most frequently traveled routes. Among them is Route 3, which services Hillcrest, Balboa Park and the Gaslamp Quarter, which will see weekday frequency increase from 15 to 12 minutes and Sunday frequency increased from 60 minutes to 30 minutes.Route 5, which services downtown, Stockton, Chollas View and Euclid, will see its weekday frequency increased from 15 to 12 minutes.Route 950, which links Otay Mesa and Iris Avenue Station, will now run every 10 minutes during morning peak hours.Other routes are being split in two to increase reliability.“We know that frequency and speed of service are the keys for our current riders and attracting new riders,”  MTS Chief Executive Paul Jablonski said. “We are investing into our system to make it as convenient and efficient as possible. Hundreds of thousands of people already choose transit every day. We’re working hard to make our system an even more attractive choice for people all over the San Diego region.”A complete list of changes can be viewed at www.sdmts.com/TOP. Posted: January 25, 2018 KUSI Newsroom Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

LIC makes 1 billion bid for shares in New India Assurance IPO

first_imgLife Insurance Corporation of IndiaTwitterThe initial public offering (IPO) of government-run New India Assurance (NIA) was fully subscribed as the state-owned Life Insurance Corporation (LIC) bought shares worth Rs 6,500 crore, sources aware of the development said.With Rs 9,600 crore, NIA’s IPO is the second-largest public issue this year after state-owned General Insurance Corporation of India’s (GIC) Rs 11,372-crore issue, reported Mint.”LIC bid for shares worth Rs 6,500 crore on the first day of the offering, resulting in an oversubscription in the institutional portion of the offering. There were significant bids from other institutional investors, too,” a source told Mint on the condition of anonymity.The portion reserved for institutional investors saw subscription of 2.13 times on Wednesday, the opening day of the issue.On the other hand, shares reserved for retail investors and high net-worth individuals (HNIs) were subscribed 2 percent each.The assurance company diluted 14.13 percent of the state share and set a price band of Rs 770-800 for the IPO, which gives a valuation of Rs 64,392-67,940 crore. The offer closes on November 3.LIC had earlier bid for shares worth Rs 7,000-8,000 crore in the GIC Re IPO in October.The Central government had fixed an ambitious disinvestment target of Rs 72,500 crore in fiscal 2018 and has collected Rs 9,300 crore so far.NIA is the fourth insurance company to hit the primary markets with a public offering this year. ICICI Lombard General Insurance Co Ltd, SBI Life Insurance Co Ltd and GIC Re have listed on the Indian bourses so far this year.The assurance company offering comes at a time when the last three insurance IPOs have demonstrated weak listing-day performances.The company plans to use the inflows from the fresh issue to increase its capital base to support growth and expansion of business, improving solvency margin and solvency ratio.last_img read more

N Korea slams drills between Seoul and Washington

first_imgNorth Korea on Thursday attacked ongoing joint military exercises between Seoul and Washington as an “open challenge” to moves towards peace on the Korean peninsula.The US and South Korea agreed on Sunday to replace two major war games that take place every spring — the Key Resolve and Foal Eagle drills — with a shorter “Dong Maeng” or “Alliance” exercise which kicked off this week.The move was designed to further ease tensions with the North following the dramatic detente since early 2018.There are close to 30,000 US troops stationed in South Korea, and their annual drills with tens of thousands of South Korean soldiers have always infuriated the North — with Pyongyang condemning the manoeuvres as provocative rehearsals for invasion.However, following the first meeting between US president Donald Trump and North Korean leader Kim Jong Un in Singapore last year, Trump raised eyebrows at a press conference when he said Washington would suspend the “very provocative” US joint military exercises with South Korea.The two leaders also signed a vaguely-worded pledge on denuclearisation of the Korean peninsula.But the North’s official KCNA news agency has now warned that the ongoing nine-day drills were an “open challenge” against efforts for peace and stability.”The ill-boding moves of the South Korean military authorities and the US are a wanton violation of the DPRK-US joint statement and the north-south declarations in which the removal of hostility and tensions were committed to,” it said, using the acronym for the North’s official name.The flare-up comes just days after Trump and Kim Jong Un held a second summit, this time in Vietnam, but the talks broke up early with no progress toward Washington’s goal of getting the isolated country to give up its nuclear weapons.Following the stalemate, researchers said this week that Pyongyang was rebuilding the Sohae long-range rocket site after Kim had agreed last year to shut it as part of confidence-building measures.Trump said he would be “very, very disappointed” if the reports proved true.last_img read more

Researchers use squeezed light to enhance photonic force microscopy

first_img Citation: Researchers use squeezed light to enhance photonic force microscopy (2014, February 20) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2014-02-photonic-microscopy.html (Phys.org) —A team of researchers working in Australia has used “squeezed light” to enhance the sharpness of images produced using photonic force microscopy. In their paper published in Physical Review Letters, the team describes how they applied a property of quantum mechanics to microscopy to offer resolution enhancement of up to 14 percent. More information: Subdiffraction-Limited Quantum Imaging within a Living Cell, Phys. Rev. X 4, 011017 (2014) [7 pages] prx.aps.org/abstract/PRX/v4/i1/e011017AbstractWe report both subdiffraction-limited quantum metrology and quantum-enhanced spatial resolution for the first time in a biological context. Nanoparticles are tracked with quantum-correlated light as they diffuse through an extended region of a living cell in a quantum-enhanced photonic-force microscope. This allows spatial structure within the cell to be mapped at length scales down to 10 nm. Control experiments in water show a 14% resolution enhancement compared to experiments with coherent light. Our results confirm the long-standing prediction that quantum-correlated light can enhance spatial resolution at the nanoscale and in biology. Combined with state-of-the-art quantum light sources, this technique provides a path towards an order of magnitude improvement in resolution over similar classical imaging techniques. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Photonic force microscopy is a type of microscopy where tiny fat granules and light are used to obtain images of objects too small to be seen with other techniques—measurements are taken of the light that is bounced back to create an image. The method suffers, however, when trying to create images beyond its scope—blurriness occurs due to noise from the light source.Blurriness from a light source occurs because of the nature of photons—they’re both wave and particle and as such don’t align with one another when traveling. When light strikes a source the photons are all at different points in their wave pattern. This diffraction is what causes the blurriness in microscopy. To get around it, the researchers with this latest effort used a technique where the light was squeezed before striking the object, guaranteeing that all the photons would be aligned.Squeezing light is based on the Heisenberg uncertainty principle, but instead of trying to deal with measuring the speed or position of a photon at a given point in time, it applies to the same sort of relationship between its phase and intensity. The researchers used this relationship to cause the photons that arrived at a target to all be in the same wave alignment, thus reducing diffraction and the inevitable blurriness that occurs when normal light is used in image creation.The overall objective of the researchers in this effort was to allow for a better view of the inner workings of living cells—specifically, they’d like to get a view of the pores that exist in cell walls that allow (and prevent) material to pass in and out. Current technology allows for viewing the pores, but only those in dead cells. Photonic force microscopy on the other hand can be used on living cells—thus improving its resolution and helping the researchers achieve their ultimate goal. , Physical Review X Researchers use quantum entanglement to improve differential interference contrast microscopy © 2014 Phys.org Credit: Michael Taylor/University of Queensland / via Physics Synopsis Journal information: Physical Review Letterslast_img read more

Exploring the different facets of Indian cuisine

first_imgIn order to bring forward the facets of Indian cuisines and the gastronomical evolution, which has transformed the way people look at Indian cuisine, WelcomHotel Sheraton, New Delhi, announced the curtain-raiser for ‘Tasting India Symposium’, as a part of Delhi Dialogues on Thursday. The event, which promises to be a global exchange of  ideas between international opinion-makers and custodians of  India’s  food heritage, is scheduled to be held from December 2-4 in the national Capital. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Well-known food writer Sourish Bhattacharyya opened the ‘Tasting India Symposium’ as part of Delhi Dialogues forum with an introduction on how the flavours of Delhi have permeated not just nationally but internationally as well. The dialogue over a round table discussion on ‘Unlocking the Secrets of the Kitchens of India’ consisted of imminent panelists from the Food and Beverage industry and the media fraternity like Chef Manjit Gill, Corporate Chef-ITC Hotels, food historian Colleen Taylor Sen, American journalist Michael Snyder, Reshmi Ray Dasgupta of The Economic Times, Viraj Bahl, founder and CEO of Veeba Food Products, and Mohit Balachandran of Chowder Singh. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix“India has indeed evolved over the years with the different cuisines. The historical influences over the years of the people of the country have seamlessly merged with the culinary fare of the country.  We wanted to create a first-of its kind platform to have a global exchange of ideas between international opinion-makers and custodians of India’s food heritage and ‘Tasting India Symposium’ aims to do just that”, said Sourish Bhattacharyya. Congratulating on the initiative,  Benita Sharma, Area Manager-Golden Triangle and General Manager-WelcomHotel Sheraton, said, “The Tasting India Symposium’ is a great initiative to understand how we as a nation have evolved over centuries to become the gastronomical superpower. Indian  cuisine is ancient, diverse and steeped in tradition; an amalgam of different  ethnic  influences, much like the country itself and this mix of cultural camaraderie is effortlessly showcased  at our 24-hour dining restaurant-Delhi Pavilion.”last_img read more

Perceived overqualification may lead to job strain

first_imgIf you are an employee who perceives you are overqualified for your position, chances are you are unsatisfied with your job, uncommitted to your organisation and experience psychological strain, says a study. Perceived overqualification occurs when an employee is expecting a job that utilises their qualifications but does not find themselves in such a position, leaving them feeling essentially deprived.”We invest effort at work and we expect rewards in return, such as esteem and career opportunities,” said Michael Harari, Assistant Professor at Florida Atlantic University in the US. Also Read – Add new books to your shelf”And for an overqualified employee, that expectation has been violated. This is a stressful experience for employees, which leads to poor psychological wellbeing, such as negative emotions and psychological strain,” Harari added.Perceived overqualification – the belief that one has surplus skills compared to job requirements – can have negative implications for employees and employers alike, according to the findings published in the Journal of Vocational Behavior. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveEmployees who feel overqualified are also more likely to engage in deviant behaviours, Harari said.The more overqualified an employee feels, the more likely they are to engage in counterproductive behaviours that impair the effective functioning of organisations, Harari said. Employees who were younger, overeducated and narcissistic tended to report higher levels of perceived overqualification, the findings showed.”It seems to suggest that there is a need to take jobs below one’s skill level in order to gain entrance into the workforce,” Harari said.last_img read more

Trademark Collection by Wyndham continues Canadian expansion with a dozen new properties

first_img Share Trademark Collection by Wyndham continues Canadian expansion with a dozen new properties Posted by PARSIPPANY — Just 18 months after launching its first soft-brand, Trademark Collection by Wyndham is accelerating expansion plans, particularly in Canada.The company has announced that it will be raising its flag in Canada with a dozen recently signed hotels and resorts across the country, five of which have opened doors in B.C. and Ontario, and another seven set to open within the next year in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Alberta and Saskatchewan.The Trademark name now adorns more than 100 hotels in North America and Europe.“This global momentum is a testament to Trademark’s mounting appeal as one of the most compelling soft-branded offerings for independent hoteliers across the globe,” said Greg Giordano, vice president, brand operations, Trademark Collection by Wyndham. “These recent landmark additions, located in some of Canada’s most coveted travel spots, underscore what it means to be a Trademark hotel—unmatched character, charm, and individuality. These hotels are now backed by the global distribution power of a leading hospitality name in Wyndham, and a team passionate about driving more travelers through entrepreneurial hoteliers’ doors every day.”More news:  Help Princess Cruises break the world record for largest vow renewal at seaTrademark’s Canadian additions widen the brand’s presence in North America, joining nearly 50 hotels across the U.S. The first locations flying the Trademark flag in Canada include:Georgian Bay Hotel & Conference Centre, Trademark Collection by Wyndham, in Collingwood, Ontario: Located in one of the country’s most spectacular natural landscapes, the 94-room Georgian Bay Hotel & Conference Centre gives guests easy access to year-round outdoor activities, up-and-coming wineries, trendy boutiques and galleries, and award-winning dining in the heart of Collingwood, just 90 minutes north of Toronto Pearson International Airport. Recent renovations have transformed the hotel by infusing modern design, comfort, and enhanced functionality into its lobby, restaurant, on-site spa, indoor pool, standard guest rooms and nearly 9,400 square feet of meeting and event space, which can accommodate up to 400 guests. The hotel also offers customized leisure, event, and corporate packages.The Plaza Hotel, Trademark Collection by Wyndham, in Kamloops, British Columbia: Built in 1928, the 67-room Plaza Hotel in downtown Kamloops was recently renovated and is conveniently located close to popular attractions like Riverside Park and Exhibition Park. Complimentary hotel amenities and services include daily breakfast, wireless Internet access, and access to nearby fitness and wellness centers.More news:  Hotel charges Bollywood star $8.50 for two bananas and the Internet has thoughtsFurther propelling the brand’s momentum in Canada are two recently signed franchise agreements bringing seven Trademark hotels to four additional Canadian provinces. Wyndham recently executed a deal with Advanced Lodging, Inc., for three highly rated hotels in Eastern Canada scheduled to open under the Trademark brand by the end of the year: Chateau Bedford in Halifax, Nova Scotia; Chateau Moncton in Moncton, New Brunswick; and Chateau Saint John in Saint John, New Brunswick. In Western Canada, another four Trademark locations will open their doors in 2019 in Alberta and Saskatchewan through a franchise agreement with Royal Hotel Group. Wednesday, November 28, 2018 center_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Wyndham Hotel Grouplast_img read more

Derrick Hall satisfied with Dbacks buying and se

first_img Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo As the Arizona Cardinals open training camp in 2014, the setting has a decidedly different vibe from past years.There is no uncertainty at quarterback, as Carson Palmer not only has the job, but has proven he can handle it. The coaching staff is back for another go round, and Bruce Arians’ seat could not be any cooler.And though the past two NFC Champions reside in the division, there is optimism that the Cardinals, who won 10 games last season, can make a postseason run. Top Stories center_img Comments   Share   Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires But as is with every team this time of year, there are some questions facing the team. Here is a look at five of the top storylines:Who will excel now that ‘soccer’ is done with?last_img read more

Vodafone Germany has added white label smart TV an

first_imgVodafone Germany has added white label smart TV and OTT specialist NetRange’s smart TV portal to its TV offering.Vodafone has integrated NetRange’s portal in its TV user interface and has made access to NetRange’s on-demand services available free of charge to its customers via its TV Center boxes.“Vodafone ranges among the top brands worldwide and is therefore one of our most prestigious customers. Again, we can prove that we fulfill the highest demands of our customers concerning the quality of service”, said Jan Wendt, CEO of NetRange.last_img

The TV industry is going through unprecedented cha

first_imgThe TV industry is going through unprecedented changes, shaken by the opportunities and threats of Over-the-Top (OTT). Operators need to keep up with the increasing pace of innovation to stay relevant in this complex market. Agility and “web speed” have become rallying calls in the multiscreen era where the rate at which services must evolve and new features appear has increased by an order of magnitude.For this eBook, Ben Schwarz and Philip Hunter interviewed industry leaders to understand how they address this challenge. Key success factors appear to be:A best-of-breed ecosystem to embrace emerging innovation enabled by development and operational processes such as DevOps and SREA systems integration approach with a single point of control and responsibilityFor established players, a solution to turn legacy systems from weaknesses into opportunitieslast_img read more

In This Issue   China says no mas to currenc

first_imgIn 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 1-314-647-3837last_img read more