Transfers ‘Am I ready for another crazy challenge? I’m not sure’ – Wenger drops retirement hint Robin Bairner 21:24 6/3/18 FacebookTwitterRedditcopy Comments(0) Getty Images Transfers Arsène Wenger Arsenal The veteran coach has previously expressed his desire to feed his footballing addiction, but has now suggested that he will not necessarily go on Former Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted that he does not know what the future holds for him.The Frenchman stepped down from his role as Gunners boss at the end of the previous season after nearly 22 years in charge. While he has previously said that he is interested in a return to management, he has suggested for the first time that he may be willing to quit the game if he does not feel that he can give any future job the commitment he feels is necessary. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Goalkeeper crisis! Walker to the rescue but City sweating on Ederson injury ahead of Liverpool clash Out of his depth! Emery on borrowed time after another abysmal Arsenal display Diving, tactical fouls & the emerging war of words between Guardiola & Klopp Sorry, Cristiano! Pjanic is Juventus’ most important player right now “Do I still have the desire to be a coach? It’s the question I’m going to have to answer in the next two weeks,” he told TF1’s ‘Telefoot’ programme.“Do I still have the desire to be a coach? Yes. Do I have the desire to throw myself into another crazy challenge? I don’t know. It’s a job that requires total commitment. “I must give myself a little distance, which is something I’ve never done. I’ll have to see how much I miss it.”Wenger first moved into management in 1984 with Nancy, where he stayed three years before moving on to Monaco. A successful spell at Stade Louis II last seven seasons before he left the club. After a brief sojourn from the game, he made a surprise move to Japan with Nagoya Grampus Eight.He joined Arsenal in 1996 and would be at the club for over two decades. He led the Gunners to numerous trophies, including three Premier League titles and seven FA Cups. Moreover, he also guided them to the Champions League final of 2005-06.Since departing Arsenal, he has been associated with a potential switch to Real Madrid, where countryman Zinedine Zidane recently stepped down after winning three successive Champions League trophies, while he has also been touted as a potential replacement for Didier Deschamps at the head of the France national team should they flop at World Cup 2018.There have also been links to Paris Saint-Germain, where he could go as a sporting director to work with head coach Thomas Tuchel.
TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Man Utd to try again for Benfica defender Ruben Diasby Paul Vegas15 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United are ready to try again for Benfica defender Ruben Dias.United may have to splurge up to £80million to prise the 22-year-old away from the Portuguese capital, says The Sun.They made moves for the Portugal international in the summer but missed out.Now with Benfica set to offer the centre-back improved terms, his release clause will rise dramatically from £60m.Benfica are desperate to keep hold of their star man and are believed to be willing to pay him big money in a new deal.But the lure of Manchester United could prove tough to resist for the player.
New Delhi: More than 90 million hectares of India’s degraded land area should be seen as a business opportunity by industries and it should be brought back to economic use, a senior official of the Environment Ministry said on Thursday. Speaking on ‘Role of Business and Industry in Land Restoration, Utilization of Degraded and Wasted Land’, ministry’s Special Secretary A K Jain urged industries to come up with business models for reclaiming the degraded land. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe event was organised by Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry (FICCI) in run-up to the 14th meeting of the Conference of the Parties (COP-14) to the UN Convention to Combat Desertification (UNCCD), commencing here next week. “More than 90 million hectares of 320 million hectares of total area or about 30 per cent of India is wasteland. This should immediately be brought back into economic use. It is a big elephant in the room that all stakeholders including industries need to solve. The industry should see it as a business opportunity,” he said. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boostJain said the COP 14 offers a platform to all stakeholders to get together and have a dialogue to work towards monetising the degraded land both for environment and mutual benefit. “We are not here to take money. In fact, we are here to tell you that please make money. This is an offer to any corporate, industrial house or activity which relates to land. So, this offer is for infrastructure, food-based, biomass, energy companies and also those businesses that leave a lot of environmental footprints,” he added. Pradeep Monga, Deputy Executive Secretary, UNCCD said that FICCI’s event is the first in the run-up to COP-14 starting on September 2, where India is likely to take a very strong leadership role. “Investing in land restoration makes economic sense. We have done economic studies around the world and we feel if we invest $1 in land restoration, you can get $5-7 back, which makes a lot of business sense. Every 10 hectares can give you two direct jobs and there can be many indirect jobs,” Monga said.
TORONTO – Technology experts warn a “really, really serious” security vulnerability could affect the majority of computers made in the last decade, but a fix being rushed to users has a downside: it may slow down your machine.Tech news website the Register reported a glitch has been identified with Intel processing chips — found in most computers, including Apple’s Macs — that could cause data to become vulnerable to hackers.While software developers have been covertly working since late last year to address the widespread issue, news of the problem began spreading beyond the development community late Tuesday. Intel’s stock dropped about four per cent on Wednesday while the company’s main competitor AMD saw its stock surge by more than five per cent.“This is a really, really serious problem,” said Vlado Keselj, a professor of computer science at Dalhousie University.“The good news is I think it’s really hard to exploit this vulnerability. But it could just be a matter of time before someone manages to do that.”In a statement released Wednesday, Intel attempted to downplay worries about the hardware issue, saying it believes hackers “do not have the potential to corrupt, modify or delete data.” The company also said a performance hit from a future software update “should not be significant and will be mitigated over time.”Many details about the technical issue and possible solutions are still unknown. Intel said it had originally planned to disclose more information next week, once software updates were ready, but was compelled to release the statement after the issue began making headlines.An update for the Linux operating system has already been released and has provided some clues to the extent of the problem. But Keselj noted that care was taken to strip developers’ notes and comments out of the update, which typically give some context around the changes that are found in a new software release.“These patches are visible, anyone can open them and see what’s changed but developers removed comments. Without knowing exactly what the vulnerability is, it’s probably hard to exploit it, so it’s happening under the veil of secrecy which is probably good,” Keselj said.“We don’t want somebody to be able to exploit this before updates are made.”Keselj speculated the average user might not notice a dramatic drop in their computer’s performance and even gamers may not suffer a significant slowdown. But businesses that use enterprise software for running database servers could see an appreciable change in performance, which would put pressure on Intel, Keselj said.Prof. Raphael Khoury of the Universite du Quebec a Chicoutimi said it’s not unusual for major software or hardware vulnerabilities to go undetected for a long time but it’s good Intel is releasing its fix before damage could be done.“Maybe the initial patch will have a substantial slowdown and then in the coming weeks they can take their time to produce a better fix,” Khoury said.“It’s better to initially suffer through this slowdown, at least we’re secure.”Beyond just computers, there are many consumer devices nowadays that run off sophisticated hardware that could be open to similar vulnerabilities, said Prof. Sebastian Fischmeister of the University of Waterloo, adding that connected cars and high-tech medical devices are also susceptible.“If you don’t upgrade them then you have a lingering potential security problem,” said Fischmeister. “If you upgrade them then you have potential performance degradation that wasn’t anticipated during testing, so suddenly your (technology) might no longer work.”
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FORT 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 HERE
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 email@example.com.
Most lifestyle advice tells you to give that glass of wine or cigarette a miss. Serving as a reminder, a new book on healthy living reiterates the advice we know too well, topped off with practical tips that finally help you say ‘No. ‘Live Well To 101’, a wellness guide by doctor and television presenter Dawn Harper, lists useful tips to quit smoking and drinking: Cigarettes don’t contain just nicotine but a range of toxic, carcinogenic chemicals you wouldn’t want near your body. Next time you reach for a cigarette that looks quite appealing, imagine yourself licking tarmac or chewing on rubber cement. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainIf you get the opportunity to talk to a smoker who has developed diseases as a result of smoking, knowing their stories might help put off your habit. To quit, go public! Telling everyone will keep you motivated. Also put aside cigarette money for something special. It’s easier never to start than it is to quit. Spread the message. Don’t wait for warning signs. They may not come. Be honest with yourself about your consumption and start putting in dry days in your diary. Recognise your triggers and work on them. For instance, if you reach for the bottle when your kids are asleep, find ways to keep yourself occupied and not be tempted.
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.
The country will host the FIFA Club World Cup in December in the cities of Abu Dhabi and Al Ain; so far four teams are qualified: Real Madrid, Chivas de Guadalajara, Team Wellington and Al-AinThe United Arab Emirates will host the FIFA Club World Cup in December, and Abu Dhabi wants to amplify the country’s international credentials for supporting world-class sportings events, reported Emirates New Agency WAM on Sunday.“The FIFA Club World Cup is now intrinsically linked to Abu Dhabi since the emirate has hosted three previous editions and we’ve done a good job as far as FIFA, sponsors, teams, and fans are concerned. All of the feedback from previous years has been overwhelmingly positive,” Major General Mohammed Khalfan Al Romaithi said.OFFICIAL: Qatar will host the next two Club World Cups Manuel R. Medina – June 3, 2019 FIFA has announced today that the next two competitions will be played as planned, after meeting today in Paris.The tournament will take place between December 12th to the 22nd, with eight matches played between the cities of Al Ain and Abu Dhabi. The competition will feature continental club champions from six FIFA confederations: Europe (UEFA), Oceania (OFC), Africa (CAF), Asia (AFC), South America (CONMEBOL), North and Central America and the Caribbean (CONCACAF), and host team Al Ain FC.“Personally, I would love to see a really popular team from Africa – perhaps an Egyptian team – because it would really boost attendances in specific matches at the start of the tournament. In terms of Asia, we’re hoping for a confederation champion that corresponds with a large community living in Abu Dhabi. This is key to maximizing attendance from fans living in the UAE,” added Al Romaithi.A FIFA delegation will visit the country in September to check out the infrastructure available for the tournament, such as stadiums and training pitches, but according to Al Romaithi, the local organization team is already one step ahead.
Jurgen Klopp said Liverpool are still involved in a marathon and will not be complacent with their Premier League title chances.Klopp’s men surged nine points clear at the top of the table with a 5-1 mauling of Arsenal on Saturday.Rivals Man City could reduce the gap to seven points if they win at Southampton before they host Liverpool on Thursday.Asked about Liverpool’s nine-point cushion over Tottenham, who lost to Wolves earlier in the day, Klopp said via Sky: “I would really love that we switch and you all come here and I come there.Mo Salah laughs off Sadio Mane incident with a brilliant video Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Mohamed Salah laughed off his little spat with Liverpool team-mate Sadio Mane by posting a brilliant video showing they’ve made up.“In our case, by the way, tomorrow it will be seven and when we play against Man City it could be four. It’s possible.“I’m not the smartest person in the world but I’m really not an idiot – not always, at least. It’s absolutely not important how many points you are ahead in December, even in the end of December.”Klopp also said knowing Tottenham had lost made no difference to their approach against Arsenal.“Before the game we heard because it was on all the screens about the result of Tottenham. Did you think the party started already?” he added. “I didn’t see a smile on any faces in the dressing room. Just see it [the result] and then go on.
Related Items:david simpson, lavardo outten, nathanelle louis, pelican nest, rashard stubbs, Royal Turks and Caicos Islands Police Force, stolen goods Louis gets gentle sentence; must repay $12,000 swindled Police read for kindergarten children as part of school program Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Prostitution crack down necessary says Premier to Police Commish Recommended for you Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Aug 2015 – Police continue to be busy, including continuing their search for a suspect in a hit and run accident over the weekend. Police say the motorcycle rider was struck from behind while travelling home in the area of the public dump on Saturday around 6pm. Police are urging the driver of the car to turn him or herself in or if you know anything about this accident that led to the motorbike rider being hospitalized, please report it. As many as seven arrests where the suspects will now go to court for stealing criminal property, illicit drug possession, stealing electricity, receiving criminal property and fighting. A woman, 20-year old Nathanelle Louis is allegedly behind removing and then concealing criminal property; she appears in Court #1 next Monday and is said to have an accomplice in 27-year-old Rashard Stubbs of Leeward Palms. Stubbs, who is accused of receiving these so called criminal goods was due in court this week. Meanwhile, 63 year old David Simpson of Cooper Jack was allegedly caught siphoning electricity illegally. The abstracting electricity charge was heard in court already. Police also foiled an alleged thief’s getaway. The man is believed to have stolen a bag from a couple on Pelican Nest beach and then tried to escape with another man driving the getaway vehicle. Swift response by members of the RTCIPF caused them to spot the car described and there was a chase. The suspect car, described as a white Honda Civic turned into The Village at Grace Bay where the driver fled the scene, the passenger, a 40 year old man, was caught and is in police custody. The stolen goods were recovered. The man found with two illegal guns after a significant tip last week was formally charged. Thirty-four year old Lavardo Outten of Five Cays is the man charged with two counts of keeping a firearm, one count of keeping ammunition and one count of Handling Stolen Goods.
Related Items: Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Bahamas, November 18, 2017 – Nassau – Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance the Hon. Peter Turnquest gave details in the House of Assembly of the Government’s recent success at issuing a benchmark US$750 million bond issue, which has been opened to the markets and priced, and is expected to close on November 21, 2017. He made the statement on Wednesday, November 15, 2017.DPM Turnquest also took the time to set the record straight in response to numerous reports in the Press and social media about the transaction, which characterised it as “lacking in transparency and fiscal prudence.”“Nothing could be further from the truth. There was absolutely nothing devious, surreptitious or imprudent about this transaction or the manner in which it was handled. There are certain ways these transactions are handled in the international market, and we are appropriately guided by our investors in this regard,” he told the Members of Parliament.DPM Turnquest explained that all of the Government’s financing activities are conducted within the constraints of its approved borrowing authorities, and shaped and informed by pragmatic debt management strategies.“These strategies, for example, take into consideration the size and currency composition of the Government’s financing requirements; the identification, analysis and preferences of potential funding sources—whether it is best to source the debt in domestic or foreign currency; and, of course, with due consideration to market liquidity, cost and risk factors.“To be sure, such analysis and evaluation requires interaction with other agencies—especially our bankers, and most certainly the Central Bank. As is customary, we collaborate very closely with the Central Bank, which manages the issuance of government paper in the domestic market, for advice on domestic liquidity conditions—how much excess loanable funds are in the system, and what is the appetite of the main investors in government paper—the banks and institutional investors (pension funds and the insurance companies) to increasing their holdings.”He said these factors, including foreign reserves considerations, not only influence the timing and size of potential issues, but also determine decisions on whether borrowings are undertaken in domestic or foreign currency. Such decisions involve serious and considered deliberations by the Government in managing the country’s debt. The DPM noted that during the 2017/18 Budget Communication, two borrowing resolutions were approved by the House.The first covered the additional funding approval of $400 million to settle the outstanding arrears for FY2016/17 and the second was in respect of FY2017/18, and provided for financing to cover the overall budget deficit, estimated at $322.3 million, and refinancing/debt repayment obligations, which are now projected at $600.2 million.He said, “Therefore, while the total borrowing envelope under these two approved resolutions totaled approximately $1,322.7 million, the increment to the outstanding debt was and remains $722.3 million, as the $600.2 million in refinancing/debt repayment would have a neutral impact on debt levels.”DPM Turnquest also noted that it is instructive to mention, that, at the beginning of each Fiscal Year, one of the first things that the Government sets out to do, through its Treasury Department, is to develop monthly cash flow projections—based on how it perceives the evolution of revenue performance and the timing of its outlays.“These projections are calibrated, on an ongoing basis, to ensure that there are sufficient funds available to meet the Government’s budgetary requirements, as and when needed.“It is now common knowledge that there were pressing funding needs at the end of the past fiscal year and the outset of the current period, which placed an urgent requirement on policymakers to identify immediate funding sources to meet these obligations.”He said after an evaluation of the funding options, the Government moved expeditiously to source several short-term bridging facilities, which included US Dollar bank credits ($450 million) and domestic treasury bills and bank advances ($300 million).“I want to emphasize that these facilities were always contemplated to be short-term in nature, with a subsequent “terming out”, i.e., lengthening of the maturities to achieve a more favourable debt servicing profile. And having considered conditions in the domestic market, and the number of significant rollovers contemplated, the intention was to explore the possibility of rolling up these short-term credits into an international bond issue.”The bonds, characterized as a 10-Year weighted average life bond, was priced at a coupon or interest rate of 6.00 per cent, which is some 250 basis points above the pricing obtained in the Government’s last bond issuance in 2014 when it enjoyed investment grade credit status.It is to be repaid in three equal annual installments, commencing on November 21, 2026, and with a final maturity on November 21, 2028. T he 6.00 per cent yield is equivalent to a spread of 362.1 basis points above the US Treasury’s 10-year benchmark bond.The Deutsche Bank Securities Inc. and RBC Capital Markets, LLC. managed the offer as joint book runners.By: Llonella Gilbert (BIS) Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp
Posted: March 21, 2019 March 21, 2019 KUSI Newsroom KUSI Newsroom, SeaWorld’s 55th anniversary offers free parking, food discounts 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) – SeaWorld will kick off a celebration of its 55th anniversary today with various amenities, discounts and park attractions.The aquatic amusement park will offer free standard parking, a churro or popcorn and soda for $5.50 and 55-cent souvenir bottle refills throughout the day.Park attendees will also have access to discounts on throwback and celebratory T-shirts, collectible pins and daily tickets and passes.Throughout the weekend, the park will offer special events such as performances by the Sea Street band, a 55th anniversary video screened at the Mission Bay Theater and celebratory activities during Orca Encounter presentations and Dolphin Days and Sea Lion Live shows.Since opening in 1964, the park has served roughly 175 million attendees, according to SeaWorld representatives. The 55th anniversary celebration is scheduled to continue through March 24.Residents can go to seaworld.com/san-diego to purchase tickets, learn more about the park’s history, view special commemorative merchandise and learn more about the 55th anniversary celebration.The park will open at 10 a.m. each day of the celebration. Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter
Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Homer Electric Crews responded to a large power outage the affected 1,192 members from Kasilof heading south toward Homer, around 12:12 a.m., this morning. Currently the number of members without power has now been reduced to 192, according to Shelley it would be a couple of more hours till power is fully restored. According to Bruce Shelley with HEA, at 2:39 a.m., power had been restored to 645 members. The cause of the outage is a faulted insulator in Kasilof, and a cross arm was also damaged by this fault. HEA crews are still on scene working to restore power to the 192 members. Updates will be posted as they are made available.
Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: In the midst of complicated divorce proceedings in Florida, Courtney Irby was arrested after giving her estranged husband’s guns to police after he was charged with aggravated battery against her.Since the guns were in his apartment — in which she did not live — Irby was originally brought in on charges of burglary. Irby claimed that she did this out of fear for her safety because she worried her husband, Joseph, would not turn in his firearms as was required by a restraining order.Brian Haas, the state attorney prosecuting her case, pushed back against that narrative, suggesting Irby took the guns and a number of other items with the intent to pawn them, and that it was at the urging of a friend that she turned the guns in.At this point, the burglary charges against her have been reduced to misdemeanor trespassing.The exact nuances on this case aside, it does brings up some interesting questions about how domestic violence cases are handled and how victims sometimes can face legal issues that might seem counterintuitive to the general public, questions like:Should a lesser crime be forgiven if a victim fears for their life?Are there loopholes in Texas law that limit a victim’s access to protection?What resources are available to Houstonians when dealing with domestic violence?In the audio above, Houston Matters considers those questions and more with three guests:Local attorney Brett Podolsky offers his interpretation of the Florida case and its implicationsHPD Commander James Bryant discusses how officers handle domestic violence incidentsEmilee Whitehurst of the Houston Area Women’s Center outlines the resources her organization provides victims and explains ways domestic violence laws sometimes backfire Share Pixabay 00:00 /16:40 X
Stay on target DC’s ‘Batman Experience’ Pop-Up Exhibition Is Coming to SDCC’Krypton’ Series Season 2 Sneak Peek: Superman’s Home Planet Is at Stake Looking through many of the comics you got to write like Wonder Woman, Amethyst, Catwoman, and Lois Lane. Was that in part because you love those characters, because you’re a woman and people felt that’s what you should be writing, or a mix of both? Obviously, I have an affinity for women characters, but exactly how much of that comes from my gender, I can’t tell you. It’s more about “am I excited about the character?” For example, if Marvel came to me and said, “We want you to write a Scarlet Witch series,” I’d have to really think about it—she’s never excited me, and I wouldn’t know where to start. On the other hand, I’d fly over the moon if given a chance by DC to weave an Adam Strange tale. In particular, when Len offered me the Tales of the Green Lantern Story assignment, I never even thought of having a woman as the lead; it was an idea I had of an “anti-hero” in the Hans Solo mold, someone with no interest at all in becoming a Lantern, which excited me. Bottom line—for me, and for any writer—it’s the connection that matters. Hell, look at J.K. Rowling. The kid’s name isn’t Hannah Potter. You also did work for First Comics, Marvel, and more. What was it like working for these different publishers? Cat Yronwode and Dean Mullaney approached me about writing The New Wave for Eclipse Comics. What a failure that was!!!—and entirely on me, not on Lee Weeks (my artist) or Cat and Dean. What can you do, sometimes you strike out. The trick is, moving on—Tom Brevoort would tease me about it once in a while when I was his assistant editor at Marvel…I would try to laugh while “squinging” and say to myself “move on, move on.” Which brings me to Marvel … The first time I submitted something to Marvel, it was a “What If?” story. Not sure what year it was, but it was after my entry into the New Talent Program, and after Return of the Jedi had come out—so, late ‘83, ‘ 84? Quite possibly it was even ’85. Anyway, Return was a pretty big disappointment to me, especially after Empire, and to get the taste of Ewww-oks out of my mouth, I popped in my VHS—remember them?—copy of Empire and as I watched the climactic scene of what I think, im-not-so-ho, is the best of the original trilogy, I got to thinking …“What If…Vader had gotten to Luke as he was hanging from Cloud City before Leia, Lando, and Chewie had gotten there?” After all, in perhaps what is the weakest plot point of Empire, does it really make sense that the Millennium Falcon reached Luke before Vader, or at least one of the TIE fighters on patrol around Cloud City? Anyway, that was my jumping-off point. I saw in my head Leia, Lando, and Chewie watching in horror from the cockpit of the Falcon as Luke was “rescued” by Vader, and though Leia and Chewie we’re all for going after him, Lando overriding them because the Falcon was being barraged by TIE fighters, and making their escape from Bespin. I sat down and wrote out that scene, and then it led to Leia being driven to go to Dagobah and meeting Yoda—Han and Chewie coming with her—and not only being trained, but learning the truth of her heritage. And then going to rescue Luke, who by this time has been corrupted to the dark side by Vader, not only because of his battered physical and emotional state, but also because, well, after all, Vader is his father, whom Luke has always “hero-worshipped”… And in the final confrontation, Han dies (because I had read that Harrison Ford had begged Lucas to kill of the character—and aren’t we lucky that he didn’t, because 30 years later …) trying to save Leia who is battling both Vader and Luke, and in the end, Luke cannot bring himself to kill his sister, and from there it pretty much ended like the movie …That’s all from my memory, believe it or not. I no longer have the original synopsis.So I sent it off to Louise Simonson—I believe she was the editor of Marvel’s Star Wars comic in those days—and she either called me or sent a letter, either way, she was incredibly terrific, explaining that although she loved the story, she couldn’t use it because Star Wars was a licensed property and everything had to go through Lucasfilms…and that was my first experience and my first glimpse into the world of licensed products. Cut to years later, 1989, and I was invited to UKAC (London) thanks to the Catwoman mini-series. I came down to breakfast at the hotel, and Mike Grell was there, whom I knew, and he was sitting with Tom DeFalco, Editor-in-Chief at Marvel. Mike invited me to join them, Mike introduced me to Tom, and we got to talking, and I remember Mike telling Tom that he should hire me. There was a little bit of talk about it, then we moved on, finished our breakfast, and said, “See ya later.” UKAC was in September, and in May 1990 Mark Gruenwald—one of the best ever, gone from us waaaay too soon—called and asked me to come in for an interview for an assistant editor spot. I don’t clearly remember clearly the sequence, but one thing led to another, and I was hired. The weird thing was, I didn’t have an exact position, if I remember right; I shared an office with Kelly Corvese in a small suite of offices that included Marie Javins, Renee Witterstaetter (and Rob Tokar, I think), helping all of them out for a while, and then I became the aforementioned Tom Brevoort’s assistant editor in the “Special Projects” division under Bob Budiansky. I loved working at Marvel. In reality, I had taken a pretty big pay cut when I came onboard there, but it seemed like the very opposite—as if I had gotten a huge raise. I was just so happy. As Joseph Campbell said, “follow your bliss.” I worked with Tom on Deathlok and the Marvel trading cards collections and the hardcover editions of Jack Kirby and Joe Simon’s Kid Cowboys of Boys Ranch. I also wrote a Deathlok story inspired by Mary Shelley’s “Frankenstein” which took place in Serbia during the war there, with Deathlok in the role of the monster, and John Higgins doing the honors as artist. Unfortunately, it never saw print, because that great book by Dwayne McDuffie, Gregory Wright, and Denys Cowan was cancelled. I also edited a collected comics version of the Marvel Heroes trading cards. The best assignment given me at Marvel was as editor of NFL Pro Action, a licensed kids magazine in conjunction with (duh!) the NFL, which Bob Budiansky always teasingly said he assigned me because “I was the only one in the Special Projects who was as nuts about football as comics.” The best way to describe Pro Action is to say that it was like Sports Illustrated for Kids, only of course it centered on football, while the Marvel side of it contained articles about the company, it’s characters, and its creators; every issue had a self-contained comic within it, as well as Fleer trading cards. The first issue featured a photograph of Troy Aikman going back to pass and Wolverine tearing through the cover about to sack him. (I came up with that idea, very proud of it.) The premiere comic story featured the X-Men and the Los Angeles Raiders’ Howie Long going up against Calistro and the Morlocks. It debuted at the 1994 Dallas Cowboys-Buffalo Bills Super Bowl in Atlanta, where every fan found it on his or her seat at the Georgia Dome along with other “swag.” A nice perk for me: as editor, I got to go the Super Bowl that year. (But there’s a “sidebar” to that story. See below.) I also wrote a “public service” Daredevil story about the danger of kerosene and fire prevention for the Gas Appliance Manufacturers Association, and two Black Widow stories, one for Marvel Comics Presents and one for a Daredevil Annual. As for my adventures with First Comics … Howard Chaykin called to ask me to dialogue over his scripts on a few issues of American Flagg! and I was glad to help him out. You have mostly been out of the comics scene as a freelancer for over two decades. What led to that decision? When the greed of Wall Street got the better of Marvel, it led to the near-collapse of not only Marvel, but the entire industry; at Marvel specifically it caused layoffs, and I was one of the casualties. This was, what, 1996? I already knew I was on the list, thanks to “a little birdie,” so I was prepared when it was my turn for the phone to ring. Which brings me to this: I was told after my own particular axe had fallen that “people” were saying “how maturely and quietly I took the news” and “how surprised they were.” That was what surprised me—I mean, really? People expected me to go nuts and throw chairs and generally go insane (as one person actually did)? Is that what they really thought of me? People with whom I had worked for 5, 6 years? Many of whom were not only co-workers, but friends? That hurt. A lot. And it also brings to mind something else that was told to me in my early days at Marvel. That people were saying that I had been hired because I had slept with Tom DeFalco. Really? Seriously? (I’d always thought it had to do with that breakfast at UKAC, where Mike Grell had put an idea into Tom’s head.) The other, more important question, is why? Why would people say that? Although the comics industry has always been perceived as “He-Man Woman Haters Club”—I reference The Little Rascals for those who don’t get it, go ahead and google it—there have always also been women. Whether it was the Big Two or the independents, there were women. Just to name a few, and in no particular order…the late and beloved Flo Steinberg. Marie Severin and Glynis Oliver. Karen, Marie, Renee, Louise. Amanda Connor and Martha Thomases and Alisa Kwitney. Bobby Chase and Jo Duffy and Ann Nocenti. Dawn Guzzo and Virginia Romita. Trina Robbins. Cat Yronwode. And so many others whose names I cannot think of right now but whose faces I clearly see. But with everything that’s going on right now with the outing of the sexual harassment and misogynist activities of men in the public eye, some obnoxiously obscene, and with my own experiences with The Letter, I do find myself wondering …How many, or did any, of these successful women have their own “The Letter” horror stories? Did any of them ever have to deal with bullshit rumors? Were any of them pegged as “bitches” or “difficult” or whatever? I have never really paid attention to rumors and gossip—in one ear, out the other, y’know? And what you need to know will be eventually found out—but there was always something about working at Marvel … I’m not saying that anyone was overtly mean to me, but I have to admit that it was at Marvel in the early ‘90’s that I really started becoming aware of how hard it was being a woman in the industry. Though, and I must stress this: I never felt “discounted” in the Special Projects division—Tom B. and Bob were never part of that bullshit; in fact they both went to bat for me more than once—nor by Ralph Macchio, who gave me the two shots at Black Widow. But I often felt “discounted” by many of the editors on the “main line.” Meaning, generally speaking, it sometimes felt as if many on the editorial staff didn’t take any of my creative skills seriously. (Or did they believe that total bullshit about me and Tom DeFalco?) Eventually, I pretty much stopped asking about writing assignments, and just went about my business. But there was one time that it all really did get to me.Remember before, when I said I got to go to the ’94 Super Bowl? It wasn’t because of Marvel. Marvel wouldn’t send me. After all, who was I? Just the Marvel-side editor of the magazine. The magazine that was part of the swag placed on every fan’s seat in the Georgia Dome. The magazine that Howie Long held up to the camera on FOX NFL SUNDAY because inside its cover was a full-length comic book story featuring Howie fighting alongside the X-Men (and which, Howie said on air, impressed his kids more than his football and television career.When the NFL heard about this great dis—more specifically, NFL Properties, Inc., the licensing arm of the football organization with whom I worked putting together NFL Pro Action—well, first they were shocked. Then they did something about it, paying for my entire weekend at the Bowl. Including hosting me at a Michelin five-star dinner, where I sat with writers from Sports Illustrated and other giants of the football and sports journalism world. And when people from Marvel saw me there in Atlanta…Boy, was their face red.Nope. No way. They ignored me. And there were a few other things that happened, over at DC—this interview is bringing up memories that I had thought I had tossed out—DC didn’t send me to UKAC in 1989. I was invited to be a guest there by the backers of the convention, because the Catwoman mini-series was a huge success in Britain. That was fine, and I was excited and honored. But what I remember clearly was the surprise that everyone displayed in seeing me there, though of course I had told them; and even more importantly, I had no invitation to the DC party, a big event—I didn’t even know about it until one of the British creators said to me, “See you tonight, right?” IIRC, this was said in front of Karen, who then got me an invite, without which you could not get in. It was very weird, being feted during the day by fans and by the British creators whom I was meeting, and then being figuratively and literally shut out by people I had known for six years at night. Again, by people I had considered friends. It was, to say the least, upsetting. But I was in London for the first time. So I filed it away—“I’ll think about it tomorrow,” said Scarlett—and, when I wasn’t at the convention, went to the Tower and Buckingham Palace and Kensington Gardens and Piccadilly Square and Harrods, and did all the touristy things one does when in London for the first time. Then, a few months later, at 666 Fifth, I stopped by Julie Schwartz’s office and asked him about the possibility of my doing another story for him. I don’t want to remember this.He said: “Move on! Nobody wants you here!” “It’s not personal, Sonny, it’s business,” said Michael Corleone. But … All of a sudden I was 12 years old again, and the new kid, out of place and all alone and nobody liked me. The depression, which had always sat on my shoulder whispering in my ear, laughed. “I have you now.” And things fell apart, but that’s a story for another time (And which, hopefully, you will be reading one of these days).Anyway, I have wandered a lot in answering this question, but the upshot of this is that when I was laid off from Marvel, I wanted to go out with my head held high. It wasn’t the first time in my life that things had fallen apart (and it wouldn’t be the last), but the important thing was, to get up and keep walking. I had a child to take care of. I had a “me” to take care of. Of course, I was upset. Sad and angry and bitter. But, okay, it was over. If comics didn’t want me, it was their loss. It had been fun while it lasted, but, oh, well … another door would open. The depression could laugh all it wanted. It would not have me this time. You’re still on the comics scene as a columnist at ComicMix. What led to you going that route in the comics community?Between then and years later, I had nothing to do with comics. I didn’t even read them. Oh, I would occasionally go to my local comics shop and pick one or two up, but I never bought them. As for paying the bills–eventually, I returned to nursing full-time. It was “eventually” because, after I was laid off from Marvel, I did all sorts of odd jobs, some of them interesting, most of them not. I just wasn’t ready to go back to nursing, a profession in which (like comics, I suppose) your whole heart must be. In September 2001, I was working for the retired Senator Frank Guarini as his administrative assistant (a retired Senator is never really “retired”—I remember taking calls for him from Karl Rove and Nancy Pelosi) in downtown Jersey City. His office had a gorgeous view of the World Trade Center towers. So I had a bird’s eye view when American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North Tower at 8:46 A.M and United Airlines Flight 175 hit the South Tower at 9:03 a.m., 19 minutes later. It wasn’t as if I had an epiphany at that moment: “I must return to nursing.” But a few days later, I was sitting outside about to have lunch; the roast beef sandwich was on my lap and an unopened, cold can of Diet Pepsi was on the bench next to me when a young, exhausted, dirty fireman, obviously just coming from the site, walked by me. “Hey,” I said.He just looked at me with a blank stare. “Take this,” I said, holding out the Diet Pepsi. “No, that’s okay.”“Take it.”“You sure?”“Yep.”He stepped over, took the Diet Pepsi, and chugged it down in about 5 seconds. “Thanks.” “Thank you.”He walked off. I never saw him again. A few days later I handed in my notice. I told the Senator I was returning to nursing. “I get it,” said the Senator.But comics seemed to be playing hide-and-seek with me in one way or another. I came home from work one day just two short months later, where my daughter told me, “You’ve got a message from some Brit.” Curious. The only “Brits” I knew were from my comics days. I played the message. It was from someone named John Higgins. The name seemed familiar, but I couldn’t place it. Anyway, I called him back. He was in New York, and he was inviting me to a “get-together” of DC people. I agreed, mostly I was curious. Who was this guy? John and I got together that night, and a relationship began which led to marriage. I wasn’t exactly in comics, but I was on the periphery; although John and I did work together on a story for 2001 A.D., “Faces,” my heart wasn’t in it. Writing it was like, as the proverbial saying goes, pulling teeth. John and I broke up, and again I thought, “That’s it.”But … “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in,” said Michael Corleone. Blame Mike Gold. Or bless him, depending on your viewpoint. Out of the sky blue a few years later, Mike called me and asked if I would like to go to the MoCCA Festival. I hadn’t seen Mike in a very long time, and I had always liked and admired him, so I agreed. It was fun; more importantly, I had fun again with comics, impressed by the many independent comics creators who so obviously loved the medium, and my heart, which had for so long been frozen, started to melt. Just a little, but there was a thawing. Mike and I stayed in touch. I started reading the occasional comic. I started browsing the web for comics news. Yeah, I was definitely thawing. And then, one day in the early summer of 2011, he asked me to write for ComicMix. My first column appeared on July 18, 2011, “Back in the Saddle Again.” And I’ve been riding ever since. Is there any character you’d like to write that you didn’t get a chance to, or one character you’d love to go back to?There is one special thing I would change if I could get into the TARDIS and go back. It was a mini-series about one of Abigail Arcane’s ancestors that I had proposed to Karen and on which she had given me the go-ahead. It’s one of those “what might have beens,” but it was completely my fuck-up, and I wish it had never happened…but if wishes were horses, beggars would ride.There’s a Sue Storm, a.k.a. The Invisible Woman story listed in my “Stories” folder that’s been lying dormant for years. I’d love to get my keyboard on Catwoman again. I’d love to “report” on Lois Lane again. And I’d love to “fly” with Supergirl. And someone on Facebook recently suggested that I revisit Jenesis, the character that started it all for me. Hmm … (What was that question about my affinity for women characters again? *smile*)Joe: Before we wrap up I have to ask you, what did you think of the Wonder Woman movie?Just as Vivien Leigh seemed to be the living embodiment of Scarlett O’Hara, Gal Gadot walked off the “four-color” page to become the living embodiment of Princess Diana of Themyscira. Her performance, im-not-so-ho, saved, and will continue to save, the DCCU.Par for the course for a Wonder Woman! Here’s the second and final part of my interview with comics trailblazer, Mindy Newell! If you missed part one you can check it out here. For this final part, we discuss her work on Catwoman, at Marvel Comics, and beyond!You’re also the first woman to write Catwoman. What was that like to you? Did you get to do what you wanted with the character?Mindy: Was I really? I didn’t know that!It was pretty cool. My first swing at her was in Action Comics Weekly #’s 611 – 614, a four-part story, “The Tin Roof Club.” To tell you the truth, I think it’s better than that Catwoman mini-series with my name on it. By the way, I came up with the title of “The Tin Roof Club” because that’s how I’ve always thought of Selina. “What is the victory of a cat on a hot tin roof?—I wish I knew … just staying on it, I guess, as long as she can” Tennessee Williams, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof. With that in mind, my biggest disappointment with the Catwoman mini-series is that DC wouldn’t allow Selina to deliberately kill her pimp. I don’t know why. The guy was a fucking pimp, for Christ’s sake! The whole idea of her murdering the bastard was that it would cause Selina to forever remain that “cat on the hot tin roof.” Stuck, y’know? So I had to write it so that it was unclear. Which was total bullshit, of course.I also made a mistake in involving nuns and Selina having a sister who was a sister. (“My sister, the sister,” as Father Mulcahy would say on M*A*S*H.) It was supposed to be an homage to Frank Miller, not only because of Batman: Year One, but also to his work on Daredevil, in which Matt’s Catholicism played such a strong role. But I think it would have been stronger, and more interesting, if I had stuck to my own roots and made Selina Jewish—after all, “Selina Kyle” could be just a “street name” to disguise her origins. Basically, I guess what I’m saying is that I wish I could do it all over again—or have another crack at her. Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.
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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. 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The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, firstname.lastname@example.org. The gold stocks gapped up about a percent at the open—and then rallied to their highs of the day just a few minutes before noon in New York. After that they chopped sideways, giving up a point or so going into the close. The HUI still managed to finish up a healthy 4.20%. The silver equities more or less followed the same path as the gold shares, with the high tick of the day coming at precisely noon EST—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 3.82%.