Paul Finebaum Tabs Jim Harbaugh As His Choice For National Coach Of The Year

first_imgPaul Finebaum on FSU on ESPN.Paul Finebaum FSUThere are a number of very worthy candidate for national coach of the year in college football. Once-embattled Iowa coach Kirk Ferentz engineered an impressive turnaround from 7-5 to 12-0, and has his Hawkeyes on the verge of a College Football Playoff berth. Bob Stoops and Mike Gundy each have their teams battling for a conference championship in Bedlam today. Who does ESPN/SEC Network analyst Paul Finebaum have as his coach of the year? Michigan’s Jim Harbaugh.Paul Finebaum just said on CGD that Harbaugh is getting his vote for coach of the year, and is the favorite to win at this point.— Ben Fidelman (@bfidelman) November 28, 2015Harbaugh is definitely a worthy candidate, though fans of the Hawkeyes don’t seem to agree.Finebaum cant even say Kirks name!! ” A coach at Iowa” my butt!! Wow— Leo Doyle (@ledoylinator) November 28, 2015@finebaum harbaugh for coach of the year??? #kirkferentz turned a 7-5 team into a #12-0 team. Harbaugh took over a team with a lot of talent— Clint Birkenholtz (@hawkeyegold03) November 28, 2015@finebaum that coach from Iowa is Kirk Ferentz. Can’t believe you don’t even know his name. Wow.— Kevin Isaacson (@isaacsonbooks) November 28, 2015We expect that Harbaugh and Ferentz will each get plenty of love.last_img read more

Settlement reached in Giants Manning memorabilia fraud case

first_imgHACKENSACK, N.J. – Three sports memorabilia collectors who accused New York Giants quarterback Eli Manning of providing bogus “game-worn” equipment that was sold to unsuspecting fans settled their lawsuit against the Super Bowl-winning quarterback on Monday, days before the case was scheduled to go to trial.A spokesman for the defendants, a group that included Manning, the Giants, two equipment managers and Steiner Sports, the company with whom Manning is under contract to provide game-worn jerseys and helmets for sale, said Monday night a settlement had been reached to resolve the claims. Details were not given.Plaintiffs Eric Inselberg, Michael Jakab and Sean Godown had sought triple the amount of their alleged losses — which totalled less than $20,000 combined — for buying two helmets billed as worn by Manning. They also had sought punitive damages, and claimed in court filings they would produce evidence that would “show that Manning engaged in a pattern of knowingly providing items to Steiner Sports that he misrepresented as having been game-used when he knew they were not.”Manning and the Giants had denied the allegations and characterized the suit as “inflammatory and baseless” in court filings.Jury selection was to have begun this week, but a death in the family of one of the attorneys had pushed that back to next Monday.An attorney for the plaintiffs confirmed the settlement Monday night.Inselberg filed the lawsuit in 2014. The suit claimed two helmets purchased by Inselberg and the two other plaintiffs — including one purportedly used by Manning during the Giants’ 2007-2008 Super Bowl season — were bogus. Inselberg alleged photographic experts using a technique called “photomatching” could not find evidence that the helmets were ever used in games.The Giants and Manning contend photomatching is unreliable because it does not take into account that helmets are routinely reconditioned during or after a season, the evidence of which might be found on the inside of the helmet and not the outside.The stakes were raised in the lawsuit in April 2017 when Inselberg’s attorneys filed court documents that contained emails between Manning and equipment manager Joseph Skiba, who also was a defendant in the lawsuit. In one email, Manning asks Skiba to get “2 helmets that can pass as game used.”The email does not refer to the two helmets at issue in the lawsuit, but Inselberg alleged it indicates a pattern of fraud.When the emails went public last year, Manning angrily denied any wrongdoing. In a court filing this month, Manning’s attorney wrote that the email was intended to ask Skiba for two game-used helmets that would “satisfy the requirement of being game-used.”“Manning never instructed Joe Skiba to create any fraudulent memorabilia,” attorney Robert Lawrence wrote. “Rather, Manning believed that if he asked Joe Skiba for his helmets, he received his game-used helmets and that the helmets he received from Skiba were his game-used helmets.”In the same court filing, Manning’s lawyer accused Inselberg of being “engaged in a decades-long memorabilia scheme” in which he obtained, without permission, game-used Giants equipment, including Manning’s, from Skiba and Skiba’s brother, Ed, as well as a local dry cleaner.last_img read more

Court tosses DeLorean widows Back to the Future lawsuit

first_imgNEWARK, N.J. – A federal court has dismissed a lawsuit brought by the widow of automaker John DeLorean over royalties stemming from the “Back to the Future” movies.Sally DeLorean claimed a Texas company using the DeLorean name had illegally accepted royalties from Universal Pictures for the promotional use of images of the iconic car. But a judge ruled Friday that a 2015 settlement agreement in a separate lawsuit over trademarks prohibited her from suing for the royalties.The sleek, angular car with gull-wing doors was featured in the movie franchise starring Michael J. Fox about a kid who travels back in time to engineer his parents’ meeting.In her lawsuit filed in April, Sally DeLorean, who lives in New Jersey, claimed the Texas-based DeLorean Motor Co. had illegally profited from a 1989 agreement between her late husband and Universal. That agreement gave John DeLorean and his heirs 5 per cent of net receipts for any merchandising and promotions that featured the car and logo “as a key component.”The Texas company isn’t affiliated with the one John DeLorean started, but under the 2015 settlement agreement was allowed to use the DeLorean name and trademarks.Sally DeLorean claimed in the current lawsuit that the Texas company had illegally represented to Universal that it had the right to the royalties and had already received “a substantial payment” from Universal. She argued in the lawsuit that the 2015 settlement didn’t transfer contractual rights to the company.In his opinion, U.S. District Judge Jose Linares wrote that the 2015 settlement agreement covers the Universal agreement even though it doesn’t mention it explicitly.“As both agreements apply to the use of the word ‘DeLorean’ and the DMC logo, and relate to the DeLorean automobile’s image, the Court concludes that the subject matter of the agreements overlap,” he wrote.Attorneys for the two sides didn’t respond to requests for comment Monday.John Z. DeLorean left General Motors in the 1970s to start his own company and eventually produced the distinctive DMC 12, which became known simply as “the DeLorean.” Only about 9,000 of the cars were produced before the company went bankrupt in the early 1980s, but it attained cult status due to its inclusion in the “Back to the Future” movies.DeLorean died in 2005. His former estate in the rolling hills about 50 miles (80 kilometres) west of New York was converted into a golf course by then-developer Donald Trump in 2004.last_img read more

VW wants to storm car market with massmarket electric model

first_imgFRANKFURT — Automaker Volkswagen says it will invest 44 billion euros ($50 billion) in developing autonomous and electric cars and expand the appeal of battery-powered cars by selling its upcoming ID compact for about what a diesel-powered Golf costs.Chairman Hans Dieter Poetsch told a news conference Friday that the company’s plans for the next five years aim to make Volkswagen “a worldwide supplier of sustainable mobility.”Poetsch says the company is in talks with Ford about possible co-operation in making light commercial vehicles.Volkswagen is converting three of its German plants from internal combustion to battery car production as it pivots away from diesel vehicles in the wake of its emissions scandal. It says it will increase the number of electric models from six now to more than 50 by 2025.The Associated Presslast_img read more

Dawson Creek RCMP looking for suspect after 7Eleven robbery

first_imgWhen the clerk didn’t give the cash, the man then displayed a can of bear spray and discharged it at the clerk.The man then took cash from the register and ran from the store. He possibly got into a pickup truck and was last seen travelling south on 8th St.The Dawson Creek RCMP are requesting any persons that may have any information on this incident to call their office at 250-784-3700. If you wish to remain anonymous, please call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 (TIPS). DAWSON CREEK, B.C. – The Dawson Creek RCMP are looking for a suspect after bear spray was used during a robbery at the 7-Eleven on 8th street.On Thursday, April 19, the Dawson Creek RCMP responded to a report of a robbery at 7-Eleven in the community.The Dawson Creek RCMP were notified that an unknown male, wearing a grey hoodie and blue face mask, entered the 7-Eleven convenience store and demanded cash from the clerk.last_img read more

Nominations open today for upcoming municipal election

first_imgLast month, Fort St. John mayor Lori Ackerman and Dawson Creek mayor Dale Bumstead both confirmed that they would be running for re-election again this year.Nomination papers for the City of Fort St. John can be downloaded at www.fortstjohn.ca/municipal-elections or can be picked up at City Hall.  For residents who wish to run as a director in the Regional District, nomination papers can be picked up at the Regional District offices in Fort St. John, Dawson Creek and Chetwynd.The deadline to officially register as a candidate is 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 14th. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The nomination period for the upcoming municipal elections in B.C. has officially begun.The nomination period started this morning at 9:00 a.m. and closes at 4:00 p.m. on September 14th.As of 2:00 p.m. Tuesday only incumbent Lori Ackerman had submitted her nomination package in the mayoral race. Ackerman was re-elected mayor by acclamation during the last municipal election in 2014, winning the mayor’s chair during the 2011 election by 60 votes over Don Irwin.Three candidates had so far declared themselves to be running as councillors in Fort St. John as of 2:00 p.m.: incumbents Larry Evans and Gord Klassen.Evans finished third in 2014’s election with 1,181 votes and 57 percent of votes cast while Klassen finished fifth with 1,016 votes, or 49 percent.Becky Grimsrud has also submitted nomination papers for this year’s election, her third attempt at running for a seat on City Council.Grimsrud lost her bid for City Council in 2014 when she received 662 votes. In last year’s by-election to fill the seat vacated by Peace River North MLA Dan Davies, Grimsrud finished second to Lilia Hansen with 242 votes to Hansen’s 256.The City released nomination packages for the October 20th election at the end of July but was not able to officially accept packages until this morning.last_img read more

Taliban founder lived next to US Afghan base

first_imgIslamabad: Taliban founder Mullah Omar lived within walking distance of US bases in Afghanistan for years, according to a new book that highlights embarrassing failures of American intelligence. Washington believed the one-eyed, fugitive leader had fled to Pakistan, but the new biography says Omar was in fact living just three miles from a major US Forward Operating Base in his home province of Zabul before his death in 2013. “Searching for an Enemy”, by Dutch journalist Bette Dam, reveals the Taliban chief lived as a virtual hermit, refusing visits from his family and filling notebooks with jottings in an imaginary language. Also Read – Imran Khan arrives in China, to meet Prez Xi JinpingDam spent more than five years researching the book and interviewed Jabbar Omari, Omar’s bodyguard who hid and protected him after the Taliban regime was overthrown. According to the book, Omar listened to the BBC’s Pashto-language news broadcasts in the evenings, but even when he learned about the death of al-Qaeda supremo Osama Bin Laden rarely commented on developments in the outside world. Following the 9/11 attacks in 2001 which led to the fall of the Taliban, the US put a USD 10 million bounty on Omar and he went into hiding in a small compound in the regional capital Qalat, Dam writes. The family living at the compound were not told of the identity of their mystery guest, but US forces twice almost found him. At one point, a US patrol approached as Omar and Omari were in the courtyard. Alarmed, the two men ducked behind a wood pile, but the soldiers passed without entering. Also Read – US blacklists 28 Chinese entities over abuses in XinjiangA second time, US troops even searched the house but did not uncover the concealed entrance to his secret room. It was not clear if the search was the result of a routine patrol or a tip-off. Omar decided to move when the US started building Forward Operating Base Lagman in 2004, just a few hundred metres from his hideout. He later moved to a second building but soon afterwards the Pentagon constructed Forward Operating Base Wolverine — home to 1,000 US troops, and where American and British special forces were sometimes based — close by.last_img read more

Kashmiri shawl seller attacked miscreants flee with Rs 2 lakh

first_imgKolkata: A Kashmiri shawl trader who has been doing business in Kolkata for more than eight years was slashed with a knife by some miscreants who decamped after snatching nearly Rs 2 lakh from him. The incident took place near Park Circus railway station on Friday evening. The trader, identified as Shafur Ahmed Shah has sustained several cut injuries with the miscreants inflicting several slashes with the knife. Shah has lodged a complaint with the Ballygunge GRP alleging that four miscreants were involved in the attack. According to his complaint, the miscreants escaped after snatching cash worth Rs 1.95 lakh that he was carrying with him. Also Read – Centuries-old Durga Pujas continue to be hit among revellersSources in the Ballygunge GRP informed that the trader was carrying the cash to hand it over to a businessman from whom he had taken a loan. “I had just crossed the rail tracks and was walking by its side under the bridge when I was surrounded by four persons. They asked me whether I am a Kashmiri and when I answered in the positive, they attacked me with a knife. I suffered several cut injuries and when I fell down, they snatched the money I was carrying and fled,” Shah said. He managed to call up one of his friends who lives nearby. The latter came to the spot and rushed Shah, who was badly bleeding, to the National Medical College and Hospital where he was treated and discharged. Police informed that Shah is a resident of Santoshpur in South Kolkata.last_img read more

Trinamool BJP try to capture party offices in Bengal

first_imgKolkata: With West Bengal’s ruling Trinamool Congress and emerging opposition BJP intensifying their fight ahead of the Lok Sabha elections, capturing and recapturing each other’s party offices have become a regular occurrence. Supporters of the BJP’s Coochbehar candidate Nisith Pramanik, who recently switched to the saffron party from the Trinamool, have allegedly recaptured a “Trinamool-acquired party office” at Bamanhat market in Coochbehar district. Also Read – Bengal family worships Muslim girl as Goddess Durga in Kumari Puja “My association with Trinamool was a sin. The BJP is like the holy Ganges. Our supporters clean the party office with water from the holy river,” he said after taking over the office. BJP supporters alleged that the party office was “built by the party but Trinamool Congress acquired it ahead of last year’s panchayat elections”. Taking a jibe at Pramanik, Trinamool district President Rabindranath Ghosh accused him of being a turncoat. Activists of another former Trinamool leader, Arjun Singh, who has been nominated by the BJP from Barrackpore Lok Sabha constituency, have also painted a Trinamool office on Ghosh Para Road in saffron colour in North 24 Parganas. Singh says the office was built by him. Later, Trinamool Congress “recaptured” the office.last_img read more

Polisario Boycotts Al Jazeera over alleged Support to Moroccos Autonomy Plan

first_imgCasblanca- The new editorial board of the Qatari seems to displease the Front’s leaders. Ahmed Boukhari, the Front’s representative to the United Nations, is one of them. Boukhari announced, last Saturday, November 23, his intention to boycott Al Jazeera channel. According to Polisario news outlet Futurosahara.net, Boukhari explained that his decision was due in particular to the absence of the borderline separating Morocco and the Western Sahara in photos and illustrations featured in Al Jazeera’s reports, which was the case previously. Indeed, in recent months, the channel has adopted a new approach to the Sahara issue, although not always consistent The second reason, according to Boukhari is the short time the channel devotes to the Polisario Front, compared to the time it reserves to Morocco. Ahmed Boukhari was however invited by Al Jazeera to comment on the visit of King Mohammed VI to the White House and President Obama’s praise of Morocco’s autonomy plan for the Western Sahara, proposed by the Kingdom in 2007. But Boukhari decided to decline the invitation.Moreover, Polisario’s radical youth groups have leveled harsh criticism at Boukhari and his “unreasonable” policy, which, according to them, benefits mainly Morocco.Apparently, Al Jazeera wants to distance itself from the Sahara conflict, a change that coincides with Prince Tamim’s succession to power in Doha, replacing his father, who had abdicated in his favor last spring in an unprecedented move in the history of the Arab world. During the years of the reign of Emir Hamad, the chain’s own take on the issue was clearly inclined to the Polisario, a thing that is seen to be largely the cause of the closure of Al Jazeera’s office in Rabat. Currently, we are witnessing the beginning of a “rebalancing” that is expected to be consolidated in the coming months, according to many experts.It is noteworthy that the Emir Tamim had succeeded in 2010, during a visit to Morocco, where he met with King Mohammed VI, to reconcile Doha and Rabat. Since then, contact between the two leaders has been strengthened. This reconciliation seems to now upset the Polisario, which had for long enjoyed the same attention from the Doha’s information channel.last_img read more

Carlos claimed that Alli plays like a Brazilian

first_imgThe World Cup in Russia is about to begin and Roberto Carlos is confident that Dele Alli will be one of the biggest stars of England – who are one of the favourites, while Brazil being the biggest ones.The former Brazil full-back claimed that his country will be the biggest favourites of the tournament but everyone will have to count with England as well – especial because of Dele Alli who is playing like he was born in Brazil.The former Real Madrid player spoke about Alli’s qualities as he said that he will the key to success for the Albion, according to Sky Sports:Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“England are one of the favourites after Brazil. But I really like Dele Alli – he’s a lot like a Brazilian player.”“I saw him at the Real Madrid against Spurs game and he was really impressive. He’s tall and has real ability – a very good player.”“He has the swagger that Brazilians have.”last_img read more

Alaska Legislature To Meet On Confirmations Next Week

first_imgCraig Fleener, who works in the administration’s Washington, D.C., office, has held that role, but Walker spokesman Austin Baird says Walker opted for the commissioner of a major department to hold it instead. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享JUNEAU, Alaska (AP) — The Alaska Legislature plans to meet in joint session Tuesday to consider Gov. Bill Walker’s nominees for Cabinet positions and appointments to boards and commissions. Anti-abortion activists are opposing Walker’s nomination of Kenni Linden to the Board of Certified Direct-Entry Midwives over her past work with Planned Parenthood. Walker has nominated Sheldon Fisher as Revenue commissioner; Leslie Ridle as Administration commissioner, and Mike Navarre as Commerce commissioner. He also has chosen health commissioner Valerie Davidson to become lieutenant governor should that post become vacant. State law calls for a governor to make such an appointment.last_img read more

Can Disney make VR relevant The 359 Ep 510

first_img Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. The Daily Charge 4:25 Read Google Home Hub review See It See It Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. Angela Lang/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) $155 at Google Express Digital Media Tech Industry Mobile Subscribe: iTunes | RSS | Google Play | FeedBurner | SoundCloud |TuneIn | Stitcher HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $299 at Amazon Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Can Disney make VR relevant? (The 3:59, Ep. 510) Comments Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Sarah Tew/CNET 0 Sprint $59 at eBay An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Tags The 3:59 gives you bite-size news and analysis about the top stories of the day, brought to you by the CNET News team in New York and producer Bryan VanGelder.Check out the extended shows on YouTube. Also, don’t forget to rate and review the podcast on iTunes. Can Disney make VR relevant? (The 3:59, Ep. 510) Sarah Tew/CNET Read DJI Osmo Action preview Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) $6 at Tidal Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Share your voice Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Boost Mobile 7 $210 at Best Buy Share your voice See it Apple iPhone XS Sarah Tew/CNET See at Turo Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Read the AirPods review Chris Monroe/CNET See It Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. Tags Rylo See at Amazon DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). The Cheapskate Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Now playing: Watch this: Sarah Tew/CNET $520 at HP Virtual Reality Disney Robots Samsung,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $999 Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. CNET On this podcast, we talk about:Disney’s plans for a second VR short film. The many work and companion robots shown at CES 2019.What Samsung may name its new foldable phone. $999 Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Best Buy $999 I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. $60 at Best Buy $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. Post a comment The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Read the Rylo camera preview JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Turo Your browser does not support the audio element. Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazonlast_img read more

Facebook bans four Myanmar rebel groups

first_imgA Facebook sign is seen during the China International Import Expo (CIIE), at the National Exhibition and Convention Center in Shanghai, China on 5 November 2018. Reuters File PhotoFacebook has blacklisted four more of Myanmar’s ethnic rebel groups, the platform announced Tuesday as it struggles to control rampant hate speech, misinformation and incitement on its platform.For years the social media giant has been lambasted for its slow and ineffectual response to incendiary posts, particularly against the country’s Rohingya Muslims.The company has embarked on a huge PR campaign over the last year to prove it is taking action in a country with an estimated 20 million Facebook accounts.The latest rebel organisations to have been banned are the Arakan Army (AA), Myanmar National Democratic Alliance Army (MNDAA), Kachin Independence Army (KIA) and Taaung National Liberation Army (TNLA).”These armed groups are now banned from Facebook and all related praise, support and representation will be removed as soon as we become aware of it,” Facebook’s news page said.”There is clear evidence that these organisations have been responsible for attacks against civilians and have engaged in violence in Myanmar, and we want to prevent them from using our services to further inflame tensions on the ground.”Hard line nationalist monks and even top military generals — who UN investigators say should face prosecution for genocide for their crackdown against the Rohingya — were kicked off the site last year.Hundreds of pages and accounts with hidden links to the armed forces were also removed in December.Likewise, the Rohingya militant group, whose August 2017 attacks were used by the military as a justification for its brutal campaign, is already blacklisted.The newest rebel groups to be kicked off the site are among some two dozen ethnic armed organisations fighting decades-old conflicts over autonomy, identity, territory and natural resources.Since 2016, the four have clubbed together in an alliance, refusing to enter bilateral peace talks with the government.In December, the military announced a temporary ceasefire in the troubled northeast of the country but has continued to pound AA rebels in Myanmar’s beleaguered Rakhine state in violence that has seen several thousand displaced.Facebook told AFP that the government had flagged up content posted by the rebel groups several times but said the decision to blacklist them had been internal.The platform has tried to repair its battered reputation, improving the speed with which hate speech is taken down and boosting the number of Myanmar-language reviewers.It confirmed it now employs more than 100 staff who speak Myanmar — including some who can also review content in Shan and Chin languages.Critics say, however, that the number is still insufficient to monitor the volume of accounts in the country, many in a patchwork of regional languages.After decades of isolating military rule, most people in Myanmar have only came online in the last few years as the country opened up and smartphone usage soared.last_img read more

MarvelUniverse Live Supports Local Youth

first_imgMarvelUniverse LIVE! held a special presentation at the Boys and Girls Club in Northeast D.C.MarvelUniverse LIVE! held a special presentation at the Boys and Girls Club in Northeast D.C. to show the youth support, a local performer in the show said Sept. 3. “We wanted to help support the kids with something positive,” said Kirk Jenkins, a native of Faulkner, Va., who is thrilled when the audience screams for his character – Wolverine.The event at the Boys and Girls Club allowed performers to get active in the community and celebrate the arrival of MarvelUniverse LIVE! in the D.C. area. The show will have performances at the Patriot Center from Sept. 12 – 21.After a long, hard day in the books, over 50 kids unwound with an after-school super hero workout, Sept. 4, at the Richard England Clubhouse, Boys and Girls Club in Northeast, D.C. “We thought it would be fun to come out and do obstacle courses with the kids and have them be super heroes for the day,” said Jennifer Rubin, tour manager for MarvelUniverse LIVE!Young participants learned special stunts from the show, and after receiving a sticker with an image of a superhero to embody, they performed a series of challenges. Their strength was tested at the Thor’s Hammer striker; their fear of heights overcome at the Spider-Man climbing wall, and their speed pushed to the max at the Hulk-sized endurance challenge.MarvelUniverse LIVE! held a special presentation at the Boys and Girls Club in Northeast D.C. Photos courtesy of Feld EntertainmentParticipants also practiced life. “Self-control is the first step to being a superhero,” Moe Alagrangy, who plays Spiderman in the show, told the kids. Leading by example and espousing an indomitable spirit, are also key, Alagrangy continued.Marvel Universe LIVE! is an original story bringing together more than 25 Marvel characters on an epic quest. Superhero favorites including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, and Wolverine battle against arch enemies including Green Goblin, Doctor Octopus, Red Skull, Madame Hydra, Aldrich Killian, and Electro for world domination.last_img read more

Trying natural ways for pearly whites Research first

first_imgUchenna Okoye, clinical director at London Smiling Dental Group, doles out guidelines, reports femalefirst.co.uk.StrawberriesClaim: Mash up a ripe strawberry, dip your toothbrush in it and brush carefully over teeth. Within two weeks, your teeth will be whiter.Dentist’s Verdict: True. Strawberries contain citric acid, which can weaken the surface hardness of your teeth. But it also contains the more gentle malic acid, and the riper the strawberry becomes, the higher the concentration of malic acid compared to the more harmful citric acid. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’So choose a really ripe strawberry, rub it on your teeth and just like exfoliating the skin, it does remove superficial debris. The malic acid won’t actually break down the stain molecules, but the surface clean gives your teeth a whiter appearance. A gentle and effective natural whitener.Turmeric powder Claim: Mix half a teaspoon of dried turmeric powder with a few drops of water and stir to create a thick paste. Dip your toothbrush in (it will be stained yellow) and clean teeth. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe usual cleaning time of two to three minutes is doubled, because of the time it takes to rinse the yellow from your teeth and gums. The abrasive qualities of the bright yellow spice (derived from a root) will clean your teeth.Verdict: False. This is a recipe for disaster. The rule in dentistry is that anything that will stain a white shirt will stain your teeth. All spices stain teeth but yellow spices are the worst. Far from whitening your teeth, using turmeric will make them even more discoloured. Banana peelClaim: High levels of potassium, magnesium and manganese in bananas can help remove stains from teeth. Simply peel a ripe banana, and rub your teeth with the insides of the peel for about two minutes. After three weeks, your teeth will have whitened.Verdict: True. If you rub the skin it can act as a gentle exfoliator and will remove some surface stains, but the banana will not reach inside the pores on the surface of your enamel – so no true ‘deep’ clean will take place.Cider Vinegar Claim: Rinsing with apple cider vinegar (mixed two parts of water) will make teeth whiter and protect teeth and gums from bacteria.Verdict: False. Cider vinegar is a favourite of ‘detox’ devotees. Once swallowed, it mixes with pancreatic secretions in the intestines and turns alkaline, but when it hits your teeth, it is an acid, albeit a weak one. This makes the enamel on your teeth less resistant to damage – like wetting a chalk and then scraping off the surface.Coconut oil Claim: A 3,000-year-old Ayurvedic way to clean teeth is to swish a tablespoon of oil (usually coconut, sesame or olive oil) around your mouth for 20 minutes every morning. The coconut oil sticks to the oil in the cell membranes of any bacteria in your mouth, so when you spit it out, you are ridding your mouth of unwanted micro-organisms. Used by stars including Gwyneth Paltrow, who claim it whitens teeth and improves complexion.Verdict: False. There is no scientific evidence at all that ‘oil pulling’, as it’s called, will whiten teeth, or even remove bacteria. It’s possible that the act of swishing the oil around your mouth will dislodge some bacteria or debris, so followed by a careful brushing session, your teeth may look cleaner. But no science shows that oil pulling will make your teeth any whiter.last_img read more

KMC to crack down on packaged milk adulteration

first_imgKolkata: The food safety wing of Kolkata Municipal Corporation (KMC) will start drive against packaged milk soon after the Pujas. The decision of the civic body comes in the wake of complaints over the quality of packaged milk of a few reputed brands.”We have been receiving complaints regarding a few brands. We will be picking formal samples from shops and conduct test in our food safety laboratory. If we find any irregularity, action will be taken as per laws of violation of Food Safety & Standards Authority of India (FSSAI) Act,” a senior official of the food safety wing said. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeSources in the food safety wing informed that Member Mayor-in-Council (Health) Atin Ghosh has instructed his officers to pick up samples along with bills from various outlets so that it is easy to locate the supply point. It may be mentioned that in the recent past there have been reports of adulteration of milk from some parts of the country, particularly from north India. The adulterants include caustic soda, detergent, glucose and refined oil among others. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedDetergent and other contaminants like urea, starch, glucose and formalin are also being used as adulterants as they provide thickness and preserve the milk for longer periods.A recent report by the Animal Welfare Board has revealed that 68.4 percent of milk production in the country along with milk by-products were found to have polluting ingredients.”Milk is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals, particularly calcium and is consumed from the young to the old because of its nutrient value on a regular basis. More than six billion people consume milk and milk products across the world. It is our duty to ensure that milk quality is not compromised with,” the official added.The World Health Organisation (WHO) had recently issued an advisory to the Government of India stating that if adulteration of milk and milk products is not checked immediately, 87 percent of citizens would be suffering from serious diseases like cancer by the year 2025.last_img read more

Recap Multivehicle accident on A500

first_img Video will play in  Share this video What to do if you’re involved in a collision What to do in a collision Video Player is loading.Play VideoPauseUnmute0:02/0:59Loaded: 0%0:02Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-0:57 SharePlayback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. 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This modal can be closed by pressing the Escape key or activating the close button. UP NEXT:Met Office national morning forecast for August 7Met Office national morning forecast for August 7UP NEXT: Click for Sound The video will start in 1Cancel Play now Click to playTap to play Read MoreLive: News, traffic and weather updates for North Staffordshire & South Cheshire on Thursday April 26 We have no further information on the nature of the accident at this stage – although INRIX reports a large piece of plastic was reported on the carriageway just prior to the crash. We’ll bring you live updates as we get them on the live feed below. Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.10:22Lanes reopenedThe lanes have reopened.09:56Recovery at sceneRecovery work is understood to be ongoing.09:52Oil spillage adding to delaysA500 D Road Northbound partially blocked due to spillage between A527 Porthill Road / Longbridge Hayes Road / Longbridge Hayes Road (Porthill Bank) and A34 Newcastle Road / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout). Traffic is coping well. 09:45Lane still shutOne lane is still shut on the A500, INRIX reports.09:22What we knowAt least three vehicles are involved in the accident on the northbound carriageway near Talke RoundaboutThe accident took place at around 8.30am.Police and paramedics are at the sceneOne woman is being assessed by ambulance crewsOne lane remains closed09:17Accident involves three vehicles, ambulance service confirmA West Midlands Ambulance Service spokesman said:We were called to the junction of the A500 and A34 at 8.37am to reports of an RTC involving three vehicles.“One ambulance is in attendance and we are assessing one patient, a woman at the moment.”09:14One woman being assessed by paramedicsOne woman is being assessed by paramedics at the scene09:10Ambulance service at sceneWest Midlands Ambulance Service have confirmed they were called by the police at 8.37am.09:01Location of the accidentThe accident has taken place near the junction with the A34.The location of the accident (Image: Inrix)08:53Plastic may have caused accidentTraffic data company INRIX reports the accident may have been caused by a large piece of plastic obstructing part of the road which was reported a few minutes earlier. Although we have no confirmation of that at this stage.08:52Emergency services at scene Police are currently at the scenecenter_img Watch again We pay for stories! Send your videos to video@trinitymirror.comOne lane was blocked due to a multi-vehicle accident on the A500 this morning. The crash was reported to involve at least three vehicles on the northbound carriageway of the D Road A34 Newcastle Road / Peacock Hay Road (Talke Roundabout). Lane one (of two) was blocked, according to INRIX, a traffic data company, and traffic was queuing as a result. The accident involved at least three vehicles, most of them understood to be cars. Police were at the scene of the accident. The accident is believed to have taken place at around 8.30am, with the lanes clearing by shortly before 10am. West Midlands Ambulance Service said they had assessed one woman after being called to the accident by Staffordshire Police. A spokesman said: “We were called to the junction of the A500 and A34 at 8.37am to reports of an RTC involving three vehicles. “One ambulance is in attendance and we are assessing one patient, a woman at the moment.” Traffic England also shows traffic moving slowly in the area. Video Loading Video Unavailable Watch Next The location of the accident (Image: Inrix)last_img read more

After getting the living crap pounded out of it on

first_img After getting the living crap pounded out of it on Wednesday, palladium was sold down for a loss on the day once the price was capped on the SNB news.  Palladium was closed down another $10—and is now down an even $50 from Tuesday’s close.  Nothing free market about this. The platinum price had a similar trading pattern to gold, as it closed up $34 on the day. Silver was under some selling pressure during most of the Far East and early going in London on their Thursday, but rallied back above $17 spot on the SNB news.  The price of this precious metal also got capped at the same time as gold—and JPMorgan et al almost closed it down on the day—and back below $17 the ounce—before it rallied in the last few hours of electronic trading in New York. The low and high ticks were recorded as $16.71 and $17.24 in the March contract. Silver finished the Friday session at $16.955 spot, up only 11.5 cents.  Net volume was way up there as well, at 54,500 contracts.  Ted said that it was more than obvious that JPMorgan capped the silver price, as it’s still their “problem child”—and want as little excitement as possible in this metal for the moment. Another made-to-order day for an upwards revaluation in the gold price The gold price did precisely nothing until shortly before 10 a.m. GMT in London, with the price reacting to the upside the moment the news broke about the Swiss National Bank dropping its euro peg.  But around 11:15 a.m. GMT the powers-that-be stepped in as short sellers of last resort.  The gold price continued to chop higher from there, but it was obvious that ‘da boyz’ weren’t going to allow the price to run away to the upside, even though it broke above—and closed above—it’s 200-day moving average.  The high tick came shortly after London closed—and the traders in New York made sure that the price didn’t do much for the rest of the day. The low and high tick were reported by the CME Group as $1,226.10 and $1,267.20 in the February contract. Gold closed in New York on Thursday at $1,262.60 spot, up $33.50 on the day.  Volume, net of what few roll-overs there were, was monstrous at 255,000 contracts. The dollar index closed around the 92.10 mark late on Wednesday afternoon in New York—and then had a wild and crazy time of it on the announcement from the Swiss National Bank—with an intraday move of about 120 basis points.  When the dust settled, the index finished the day at 92.09—up 19 basis points. The gold stocks gapped up a bit more than 4 percent at the open—and climbed to their highs by very early afternoon in New York, but gave up a hair of those gains starting shortly after the COMEX close.  The HUI finished up 7.32 percent. Drilling Intersects 102 Meters of 1.97 gpt Gold at Columbus Gold’s Paul Isnard Gold Project; Drilling Confirms Depth Extension of Gold Mineralization Columbus Gold Corporation (CGT: TSX-V) (“Columbus Gold”) is pleased to announce results of the initial five (5) core drill holes at its Paul Isnard gold project in French Guiana. The holes confirm depth extension of gold mineralization below shallow holes drilled on the 43-101 compliant 1.9 million ounce Montagne d’Or inferred gold deposit at Paul Isnard in the 1990’s and support the current program of resource expansion through offsetting open-ended gold mineralization indicated by the earlier holes. Robert Giustra, CEO of Columbus Gold, commented: “These drill results validate Columbus Gold’s approach to adding ounces with a lower-risk drilling program designed to infill and to extend the mineralized zones to 200 m vertical depth from surface; a depth amenable to open pit mining.”  Fourteen (14) holes have been completed (assays pending) by Columbus Gold in the current program and drilling is progressing at the rate of about 3,000 meters per month with one drill-rig on a 24 hour basis. Columbus Gold plans to accelerate the current program by engaging a second drill-rig as soon as one can be obtained.  Please visit our website for more information about the project. While on the subject of SLV, Joshua Gibbons, the “Guru of the SLV Bar List,” updated his website with the data from the last two weeks of business over at the iShares.com Internet site.  Here’s his report on the activity that occurred for the reporting week ending January 7. “Analysis of the 07 January 2015 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list:  149,187.7 troy ounces were removed (all from Brinks London), no bars were added or had serial number changes.“ “As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was overallocated 371.5 oz.“ “There was a 957,538.0 oz withdrawal on Tuesday that is not yet reflected on the bar list.“ And here’s his report from yesterday for the week ending on Wednesday, January 14. “Analysis of the 14 January 2015 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list:  2,873,136.0 troy ounces were removed (all from Brinks London), 1,436,690.0 oz were added, and no bars had serial number changes.“ “The bars removed were from: Handy Harman (0.9M oz), Britannia (0.5M oz), Noranda (0.5M oz), and 23 others.  The bars added were from: Britannia (1.0M oz) and 9 others.“ “As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was overallocated 192.5 oz.  The bars removed were all bars that had been in SLV for many years.“ “There was a 1,627,651.4 oz withdrawal on Wednesday night that is not yet reflected on the bar list.“ Also while I was away, the people that run the shortsqueeze.com Internet site updated the short positions in both GLD and SLV for the the last half of December. They showed that SLV’s short position increased by 6.7 percent during that time, from 16.51 million shares/troy ounces, to 17.62 million shares/troy ounces.  That’s 524 metric tonnes of the stuff.  According to Ted Butler, the number of SLV shares held short with no metal backing them, was a hair over 5 percent of the total shares outstanding. The short position in GLD went in the other direction, as it fell by 9.35 percent from 1.541 million troy ounces, all the way down to 1.397 million troy ounces, or 43 tonnes. And before leaving GLD and SLV—there were a couple of reports from the good folks over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank while I was away.  These two reports cover the period from December 23 up to and including Friday, January 9.  Both reports showed declines in their gold and silver ETFs.  During that period their gold ETF declined by 41,812 troy ounces—and their silver ETF dropped by 243,665 troy ounces. Since January 5, the U.S. Mint has reported some pretty impressive sales numbers in both gold and silver.  As of the close of business yesterday, they had sold 70,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—29,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 3,701,500 silver eagles. That works out to 3 metric tonnes of gold sold by the mint in the first ten business days of January.  They didn’t even sell 2 metric tonnes in all of November and December combined last year.  Both Ted and I are still wondering what’s going on, because based on retail coin sales so far this year, business is still extremely soft, so the question remains as to who is buying all these coins, as it ain’t John Q. Public. Over at the COMEX-approved depositories, there was no in/out activity at all in gold on Wednesday but, as always, it was another busy day in silver, as 498,115 troy ounces reported received—and 512,555 troy ounces were shipped out.  The deposit was all at Canada’s Scotiabank—and the two withdrawals were from CNT and Scotiabank.  The link to that action is here. There was another big withdrawal from the Shanghai Bullion Exchange for the week ending on Friday, December 9.  This time the report showed that 61.126 tonnes were taken out—and here’s Nick Laird’s most excellent chart that shows that. Here are three more charts from Nick.  He sent them around yesterday evening—and I thought they were worth sharing.  They are the price of gold in Russian roubles, Belarus roubles and the Swiss franc at the close of trading yesterday. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that zero gold and a rather chunky 120 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Monday.  The short/issuer was Jefferies on all 120 contracts—and the only long/stopper worth mentioning was Canada’s Scotiabank with 117 contacts.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. January is not a traditional delivery month for either gold or silver but, having said that, there have already been 354 silver contracts posted for delivery year to date. The CME Preliminary Report for the Thursday trading session showed that there are only 87 gold contracts currently open in January, unchanged from Wednesday’s report.  Silver’s January open interest now sits at 200 contracts, up 74 contracts from Wednesday—less the 120 contracts mentioned in the previous paragraph that will be delivered tomorrow. I wasn’t writing down any deposits and withdrawals from either GLD or SLV while I was on vacation, so the numbers below represent the aggregate of what happened since the start of 2015, as there were no reported changes in either ETF for the first reporting day of January that I did have a column. Since the beginning of the year, the GLD ETF declined, on a net basis, by 45,789 troy ounces.  During that time period—and not including yesterday’s price gain—the gold price had increased by about 20 bucks. During the same period, the amount of silver in SLV declined by a whopping 4.55 million troy ounces, of which 1,627,651 ounces were withdrawn by an authorized participant on Wednesday, along with another 1,340,393 ounces yesterday.  Since the first of the year, the silver price has rallied about $1.10—not including yesterday’s price move. Ted Butler is still looking for an alternative explanation from anyone as to why physical silver is being removed from SLV in the face of a rising silver price.  His theory—that a big buyer, or buyers, are removing silver in order to prevent them from having to disclose the fact to the SEC that they hold more than a 5 percent of the outstanding shares of that ETF—remains unchallenged.  And, with the exception of myself, the rest of the so-called precious metal analysts won’t touch this issue with the proverbial 10-foot cattle prod.  You have to ask yourself, dear reader, why this is the case. Here are the long-term charts for both GLD and SLV.  The ounces held are in black—and the prices are in blue. The silver equities also gapped up about 4 percent, but their high tick was in shortly after 11 a.m. EST, which was shortly after London closed.  From that point they chopped quietly lower, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index only closed up 2.80%. I’ve hacked and slashed a goodly bit, but I’m more than happy to leave the final edit in your capable hands—but that said, there are still a goodly number of must read stories for you today. I’d peg JPMorgan’s concentrated and manipulative short position in COMEX silver to be 14,000 contracts at a minimum; but perhaps I am being too conservative, as a fair reading of the U.S. bank category of the companion Bank Participation Report [BPR] would allow for this crooked bank to be holding as many as 5,000 additional short contracts. In any event, even 14,000 contracts would represent a substantial increase from its silver short position in the December BPR of 7,000 contracts – at least a doubling and perhaps more. If one were looking for incontrovertible proof that the price of silver has been and is manipulated in price by JPMorgan’s excessive short selling (and for the purpose of illegally picking up physical silver on the cheap), then look no further. One U.S. bank accounted for almost all of the new short selling both in the Bank Participation Report and in the concentrated net short position of the four largest shorts since December 2. The new concentrated short selling by JPMorgan took place in a flat-to-down price environment—and at prices averaging no more than $16.25—and a price well below the average primary mining cost of production and $3 less than the average price of silver in the third quarter (in turn the lowest quarterly price in years). How can this new short selling be considered legitimate and not purely intended to be manipulative to the price of silver? Almost unbelievably, this new concentrated short selling by JPMorgan was described by me in advance as being the key element as to what the price of silver would, or wouldn’t do. On this there can be no argument. In the event JPMorgan sold short, the price of silver would struggle; if it didn’t, silver would soar. Nothing else has really mattered up to this point – not any other market factor, like actual mining and consumption or how much China or India buys. Clearly, I can’t control what this crooked bank does or doesn’t do; but there should be no question that silver’s rotten price performance is directly related to JPMorgan’s actions. That’s what makes this bank crooked and explains everything pricewise concerning silver. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 10 January 2015 Yesterday was another made-to-order day for an upwards revaluation in the gold price, as it became obvious to all and sundry that the wheels were starting to fly off the world’s financial and monetary system for real, taking the world’s economies with it.  But, for the moment, “da boyz” were having none of it. At the root of it all is a global fiat currency system that’s now totally out of control—complete with a garden of price management schemes that encompasses almost all asset classes, that now requires constant tending. As I’ve been saying for at least the last ten years; if the powers-that-be weren’t propping up everything that wanted to crash and burn—and suppressing the price of everything that wanted to explode to the outer edges of the known universe, the world’s economic, financial and monetary system would be a smouldering ruin within five business days. I’m still of that opinion—and the “end of all things” draws ever closer. As I write this paragraph, the London open is about 40 minutes away.  All four precious metals are up a hair, but prices have been generally flat in Far East trading on their Friday.  However net gold volume is already north of 26,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is over 4,400 contracts.  This is huge volume for such small price movements—and well over 95 percent of it is in the current front months, which means the HFT boyz and their algorithms are hard at work keeping prices as flat as they are.  The dollar index isn’t doing much, either—and is up 6 basis points as of this writing. I’m somewhat surprised that we haven’t seen more roll-over activity out of the February contract in gold, as options and futures expiry is only about ten days away—and gold open interest in the February contract is still way up there at 192,777 contracts, with 14,281 contracts of that being added yesterday as traders went long—as JPMorgan et al took the other side of the trade.  All that volume, except those standing for delivery, has to disappear before First Notice Day. Today we get the latest Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of trading on Tuesday, January 13—and I expect it will show more deterioration in the Commercial net short positions in both gold and silver.  It’s what’s going on under the hood that matters of course, but that doesn’t alter the fact that the headline numbers in the legacy COT Report are already ugly—and much uglier still after yesterday’s price action. It remains to be seen whether things will end up the same way as all other rallies have in the past, but prices can also run for a good bit as well if the powers-that-be decide that it is in their best interests.  They could also get over run by events, but that has never happened, at least up to this point—and after three years of heavy sledding, even the lunatic fringe has ceased talking about that particular outcome. And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 4:45 a.m. EST, I note that the gold price is down a few bucks; but silver, which had rallied above the $17 price mark in early Far East trading, has now been sold down below that price once again—and is back to unchanged.  Platinum is down five bucks—but palladium is up seven dollars at the moment. Gold’s net volume is around 37,000 contracts, with a decent increase in roll-over activity—and silver’s net volume is around 6,800 contracts.  The dollar index is up 10 basis points. So there’s been no follow-through whatsoever from yesterday’s big news, almost like it never happened at all—and “da boyz” are determined to keep it that way.  That’s why we’ve seen such huge volumes both yesterday—and early this morning.  All price excitement has to be capped—and it will be interesting to see how the precious metal markets are allowed to react once trading begins on the COMEX this morning. I’m off to Vancouver later today for the Cambridge Resource Conference where GATA chairman Bill Murphy and I are guest speakers, so I must admit in advance that Saturday’s column—along with the one on Tuesday—will be as brief as I can make them.  It’s also one of the reasons that today’s column is as long as it is, as I wanted to bring you as up-to-date as I could and clear out my in-box, which had been getting rather full of “stuff” that had to be posted. And before heading off to bed, I’d like to mention a new book that Casey Research’s Terry Coxon has just had published.  It’s entitled “Keep What You Earn“.  If you’re tired of feeling like you’re working to support the government—and want your money and your assets to be safe from people looking for any reason to sue—and if you need to figure out how to keep a bigger chunk of your paycheck—you should check out Terry’s new book, as it’s got easy-to-implement methods to achieve all this and more.  You can find out all the details by clicking here. Enjoy your weekend, or what’s left of it if you live west of the International Date Line—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. Koos Jansen had a story on this headlined “Chinese Lunar Year Gold Buying at Full Steam: 61 Tonnes Withdrawn From SGE Vaults in One Week“—and it’s linked here. Here are two more charts for your viewing pleasure.  Nick sent me these the day before I left on vacation.  These are the monthly intraday moving averages for both gold and silver for December.  If you average the same two minute tick for each trading day of the month, the chart patterns for silver and gold appear as shown below.  Unless your job depends on you not seeing it, it’s obvious that the selling pressure in both gold and silver starts minutes after trading begins on the COMEX—and ends shortly before the close of electronic trading in New York—so ‘da boyz’ are still there.last_img read more

Kennedy Odede seems like the kind of guy who would

first_imgKennedy Odede seems like the kind of guy who wouldn’t be scared of anything.He’s lived through a lot – and kept on going. When he was around 10, he ran away from home – and a violent stepfather. He lived on the streets in the slum of Kibera in Nairobi, Kenya. Once a mob beat him up for stealing a mango. “I thought I was going to die,” he says. Another time he was stabbed in the arm. “I still have the scar,” he says. (Read his story here.)With the help of a kind priest, he turned his life around, went on to attend Wesleyan University in the U.S. and in 2004 went back to Kibera to set up an anti-poverty charity called Shining Hope for Communities (SHOFCO), offering free education for girls and health services and water for residents. Last year the group won a humanitarian prize from the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.But there is one thing that frightens him.”I was scared of being a father,” confesses Odede, 35. He and his wife, Jessica, are now the parents of two young children, a son and a daughter.”How do you be a good father?” he would ask himself as fatherhood loomed. “I should do it the right way. But by the way … what is the right way? What are we going to teach the children, how do we teach the children? Oh my God, if things go bad, it’s my blame.”His wife, in case you’re wondering, was not scared of motherhood. “My wife is scared of insects,” he says. “I’m not scared of insects because of the way I grew up. I slept with rats. I was scared of dying from hunger.”As he tries to be a good dad, he recognizes that his own childhood will be a huge influence. “When I was beaten, not feeling safe, I wanted to have someone to talk to without fear. I also wanted to be loved. I wanted comfort.”He’s determined to be the kind of father he didn’t have. A father who’s “the rock for the children.” He wants his children to be able to figuratively (and perhaps literally) stand on their father and “feel, ‘Yes I’m on the rock” — a place where they feel safe.He is quick to note that the father is not the only rock in a child’s life. “Fatherhood for me is like the bicycle,” he says. “The bicycle needs two wheels.” That’s the father and the mother. “So there is no way of being a good father by forgetting the other wheel.”For Odede, a big part of fatherhood revolves around “emotional issues.” For example, he wants to teach his children that “it’s okay to be sad, to let feelings come, to cry. We are told in African culture men don’t cry, it shows you are weak. They’ll say stupid things like, ‘What are you crying like a woman?’ But you can become violent if you don’t allow the emotion come out.”Odede himself is a crier. “I’m an emotional man, my tears come when I’m touched. I really cried when we got pregnant.”And he doesn’t mind who sees him crying. “When people see my tears sometimes they get shocked because of my status in the community,” he says. As the head of SHOFCO, “people look up to me. When they see my tears, they say, ‘Wow, can you believe Kennedy cried!’ ” He thinks it’s good for his children and his neighbors to see.As Odede walks the road of fatherhood, he’s finding out that even though parents teach their kids, children teach their own lessons. “Fatherhood is being patient,” he says. “I’m a community organizer – do this now, this has to be done. Fatherhood tells you, relax, man, somebody else is in control.”Ten months after becoming a dad, he’s glad that he was scared in advance. “I think being scared was good for me, really prepared me,” he says. “My fear helped me see that a child just wants love, just wants the rock, just wants you, you, you.”Kennedy Odede has also learned that being a father, despite the awesome responsibilities, is a lot of fun. “I became an adult very, very fast,” he says. When he plays with his kids, when he reads storybooks to them, when he does funny things, “I’m having my childhood back.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.last_img read more