View comments Howard had 26 points and 13 rebounds, including a key block at the end of regulation and a crucial offensive rebound in overtime, in the Hornets’ 129-124 victory over the Washington Wizards on Wednesday night.The Hornets improved to 7-2 at home. But they’re still below .500 overall because of a 1-7 road record.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“We love playing at home,” Howard said. “Thank you, Charlotte. That energy in the building is what keeps us going. But now we need that same energy on the road.”There was plenty of energy in the Spectrum Center as the Hornets rallied from a 9-point deficit with 3 1/2 minutes remaining in regulation to force overtime. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES Read Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ “We had the game won,” said John Wall, who had 31 points and 11 assists to lead the Wizards. “Give them a lot of credit because they are a team that never stops fighting for sure. They just came and took the game from us.”Hornets guard Nic Batum left the game in the second quarter with a left elbow contusion and did not return. Batum missed the first 12 games of season with a torn ligament in the same elbow.Clifford offered no update on Batum’s injury.If Batum is unable to go, Lamb would return to the starting lineup and rookie Malik Monk would likely see additional playing time.Along with the steal and layup in overtime, Lamb made some big shots for the Hornets with Batum out of the game. That’s become par for the course this year.Lamb is averaging 16 points per game this season, while shooting a career-best 41.3 percent from 3-point range. He’s never averaged more than 10 points per game in his previous five seasons and never shot better than 35.6 percent from beyond the arc.“I just try to make plays,” Lamb said. “Kemba has a lot on his shoulders the whole game so I try to help him on the offensive end at the end of the game because they trap him and I’m left open so I just try to knock down those shots.” Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Hornets coach Steve Clifford said “nine points in this league — as good as these guys are— is not that big of a deal.”The Hornets battled back behind the gritty play of Kemba Walker and Jeremy Lamb, who each finished with 24 points.Walker made a driving layup with 17 seconds left and then added two free throws with 2 seconds remaining to tie it. Howard blocked Beal’s baseline jumper at the end of regulation to send the game into overtime.Charlotte carried the momentum into the extra period with Walker knocking down a leaning 3-pointer from the top of the key after a scramble for a loose ball. Lamb followed with a block and a coast-to-coast layup for a 5-point lead.Michael Kidd-Gilchrist added a driving layup and Lamb buried a jumper from just beyond the foul line to push the lead to six with 1:24 remaining. But the big basket came when Howard grabbed air-ball from Lamb out of the air and laid it in to beat the shot clock.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Kris Aquino ‘pretty chill about becoming irrelevant’ LeBron gets stitches, scores 23 in fourth as Cavs beat Nets Washington Wizards guard John Wall, left, drives into Charlotte Hornets guard Kemba Walker in the first half of an NBA basketball game in Charlotte, N.C., Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017. (AP Photo/Nell Redmond)CHARLOTTE, North Carolina—The Charlotte Hornets keep finding ways to win at home.Now if Dwight Howard and his teammates can figure out how to win away from Charlotte they might become a very dangerous team.ADVERTISEMENT Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games PLAY LIST 00:59Sports venues to be ready in time for SEA Games01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice
dan patrick chris webber fab fiveFormer NBA and Michigan basketball star Chris Webber went on The Dan Patrick Show Wednesday morning. The current NBA analyst for Turner Sports discussed a number of things with Dan Patrick, including, most notably, his time with the Wolverines and ESPN’s 30 for 30 “Fab Five” documentary, which Webber was not a part of. While on that topic, Webber seemed to criticize some of his former teammates, who he says exaggerated their importance in the film. “My whole thing has been it’s always been about us five,” he told Patrick. “And so when one guy has a million highlights in there of himself like he was the leading scorer, like when the stories are all after and embellished it’s just a little hard for me. But I think it was entertaining, there was a lot of truth in it.”Here’s the full interview:
Amaravati: The toll in the boat tragedy in Andhra Pradesh rose to 12 with the recovery of four more bodies including that of an infant, on Monday morning, official sources said. With 21 more people missing, extensive search operations were being carried out by Indian Navy, NDRF, SDRF and state authorities. While bodies of eight passengers were recovered from the river till Sunday night, another four were retrieved at the accident spot at Kachhuluru in East Godavari district on Monday morning, sources in the State Disaster Management Authority here said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c details One helicopter of the Indian Navy and another of the ONGC have been pressed into service while eight boats were being used by NDRF and SDRF personnel to search for the people feared drowned. Crest gates of the Sir Arthur Cotton Barrage at Dowaleswaram have been shut to prevent the possibility of the bodies from getting washed away downstream. Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy undertook an aerial survey of the accident spot. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday The boat ‘Royal Vasishta’ was on its way to the picturesque Papikondalu tourist spot in the middle of the river when it met with the accident, apparently on colliding with a large rock formation, at Kachchuluru, about 200 km from here. As many as 27 people survived the tragedy and were rescued by villagers of Tutugunta. The survivors were taken to the area hospital in Rampachodavaram and government general hospital in Rajamahendravaram for treatment. Most of the tourists were from Hyderabad and Warangal in neighbouring Telangana and state chief minister K Chandrasekhar Rao announced an ex-gratia of Rs five lakh each to the bereaved families from his state and deputed ministers to coordinate in the relief works and help the injured.
Kolkata: Senior Trinamool Congress leader Subrata Bakshi wrote to the Chief Election Commissioner on Wednesday, raising various issues related to the Lok Sabha elections.In his letter, Bakshi pointed out that hoardings and banners have been put up in various places across the city, congratulating the Armed Forces of the country for dismantling terrorist installations. However, he alleged that the BJP leaders in the state have placed such hoardings with political interest in mind. “They are trying to gain political leverage out of the aerial strike conducted by the Indian Air Force (IAF). The banners that have the pictures of the armed forces also carry BJP’s party symbol and some prominent leaders of the party,” he wrote. According to Bakshi, these posters and banners have been found to be in violation of the general advisory to the political parties by the Election Commission of India (ECI). Bakshi also brought to the notice of the commission as to how BJP is misusing the incident of the airstrike with an intention of influencing voters and urged the Chief Election Commissioner to take appropriate action in this regard. It may be mentioned that Election Commission officials have so far removed many banners and hoardings carrying the photographs of Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi, from various places. A drive has been going on to spot such banners that are still up in different parts of the state. Some CPI-M and Congress leaders on Wednesday met the senior Election Commission officials at the CEO’s office, demanding a free and fair election. They also urged the commission to identify the sensitive booths, if any, in the state. A senior ECI official is expected to visit the city later this week to supervise the situation.
Panaji: Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal will address public rallies in Goa next week to campaign for their respective parties ahead of the Lok Sabha polls. Modi will address a public meeting in Goa on April 12, BJP state president Vinay Tendulkar told PTI on Monday. “The venue of the public meeting is yet to be finalised, but it would be in North Goa Lok Sabha constituency,” he said. Besides, Aam Aadmi Party chief Kejriwal will address a rally in South Goa constituency on April 13, AAP’s state convener Elvis Gomes said. The election for the two Lok Sabha seats in Goa and bypolls in three Assembly seats – Mandrem, Shiroda and Mapusa – will be held on April 23. The BJP has fielded its sitting MPs – Shripad Naik from North Goa and Narendra Sawaikar from South Goa. Both the candidates have already filed their nominations. The AAP has named Gomes as its South Goa candidate and Pradeep Padgaonkar from North Goa.
Source: Football Whispers Argentina0.233.930.69 Australia0.003.730.31 Morocco0.303.951.22 TeamOpponent’s passes per possessionRank TeamOpponent’s passes per possessionRank England is striking gold from the set pieceTeams with the best rate per 90 minutes of shots from set pieces (corner kicks and free kicks) in the World Cup France3.636 teamGOALSSHOTSSHOTS ON GOAL Switzerland0.233.670.46 Source: Football Whispers How England and Croatia match up stylisticallyNumber of per-possession passes (for and against) and where that ranks among World Cup teams Germany0.304.231.51 Croatia3.194 TeamPasses per possessionrank Croatia, which takes on England in the other semifinal, had just a 3 percent pre-tournament chance of winning the tournament and an SPI of 80.4, according to FiveThirtyEight’s predictions. The team is now at 18 percent with an SPI of 82.0, which reiterates the impressive run it’s been on, despite having to ride its luck in two consecutive penalty shootouts. Gareth Southgate’s young England squad, up to 85.2 in SPI, has fulfilled its pre-tournament dark horse expectations, taking advantage of a relatively easy draw to increase the chances of it finally “coming home.”The brutal truth of knockout soccer, though, is that team strength counts for only so much; just ask Spain and Brazil, which went out to Russia and Belgium, respectively. Soccer is a random game, and this is exacerbated in situations where one win carries such importance.Tactics also play a big part. Belgium was lucky in its 2-1 win over Brazil, to the extent that the South Americans had 3.01 expected goals to Belgium’s 0.52. But Roberto Martinez set his side up in a way that was designed to exploit Brazil’s limited weaknesses. Romelu Lukaku — normally the team’s central striker, with four goals already this World Cup — was moved out to the right wing to exploit the space behind Brazil’s marauding left back, Marcelo. Kevin De Bruyne, whom Martinez had underused in a deep midfield role, was shifted to the “false nine” position — in which an attacking midfielder plays nominally as a striker but drops deeper than typical to receive the ball — so that he could receive the ball behind the Brazilian midfielders and launch counterattacks quickly. The Red Devils may have ridden their luck, but they had a plan.In the two semifinals, the stylistic clashes should make for an entertaining spectacle.Belgium vs. France: divergent defendingBelgium and France are both comfortable teams on the ball. They both average more than four passes per possession, according to soccer media and technology company Football Whispers, putting them both in the top third of teams at this World Cup. The Red Devils tend to be slightly more patient, holding the ball for about 1.5 seconds more when they get it than France does, and they switch play from side to side more, with possessions that are wider (in terms of the distance between how far right and left they go) by about 3 yards. England4.3621 TeamPasses per possessionRank Uruguay0.924.601.84 The World Cup in Russia has become one of European dominance. The four teams that remain all hail from the continent: France, Belgium, England and Croatia will be battling in the semifinals Tuesday and Wednesday for a shot at glory in the final Sunday in Moscow. In this World Cup of Upsets, the French are the only consistently successful team left. Croatia and Belgium have never reached the final, while England’s only appearance was in 1966.The first semifinal, France vs. Belgium, features the two strongest teams remaining in the competition, each with a Soccer Power Index rating of 87.5, according to FiveThirtyEight’s model. Belgium’s rating has improved steadily from before the tournament began, when it stood at 85.4, to after the dramatic quarterfinal win against Brazil, the tournament favorite. France, meanwhile, has strolled to the semifinals relatively easily, apart from a dramatic 4-3 victory against Argentina in the round of 16. While Les Bleus’ World Cup average of 1.12 expected goals per 90 minutes is the worst of the remaining teams, according to ESPN’s Stats & Information Group, their 0.67 expected goals conceded per 90 leads the semifinalists and is fourth best in the tournament: Belgium4.689 Spain0.645.341.07 When they don’t have the ball, the two teams behave very differently. Belgium is much more willing to press high up the pitch, taking risks and committing men in the hope of a valuable turnover: They’ve regained the ball in their attacking third 5.2 times per game compared with France’s 2.6, while their possessions start an average of 48.92 yards from their own goal, compared with France’s 47.28 yards.The downside to this sort of pressing, though, is that if the initial Belgian press is broken, its opposition can keep the ball under a lot less pressure and start to probe in attack. Belgium’s opponents have the ball for 2.61 seconds longer on average than France’s opponents do. Belgium’s opponents average well over four passes per possession, whereas Didier Deschamps’ side allows opponents just 3.63 passes, the sixth lowest of all teams in Russia.Martinez will need a characteristically proactive game plan to avoid allowing France the room to counter that Argentina did — speedster Kylian Mbappe needs no second invitation. Martinez will also have to find a replacement for Thomas Meunier — his first choice to play right wing-back, who is suspended for receiving his second yellow card against Brazil — in a squad thin on full-backs. Deschamps will probably avoid tinkering, hoping that his balanced side will frustrate Belgium while relying on individual talent in attack.England vs. Croatia: intense pressing and set playsDespite being blessed with arguably the most talented midfield in the competition, Croatia doesn’t dawdle when it gets on the ball, moving it to the attackers quickly: Croatia has had the fewest passes per possession of the four teams remaining. England, conversely, has had the most. Some of this is because of the quality of opposition each side has faced, but it’s also a fair reflection of their respective directness: Gareth Southgate’s men hold the ball for more than 3 seconds longer when they get it, often using possession as a defensive tactic. England0.865.711.73 From Set Pieces (Per 90 Minutes) How France and Belgium match up stylisticallyNumber of per-possession passes (for and against) and where that ranks among World Cup teams Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group England4.846 Portugal0.693.880.69 Belgium4.3822 Croatia3.8916 Off the ball, both teams implement an aggressive press — but in subtly different ways. England looks to stunt its opposition’s attacks, allowing it to cycle the ball in its own half but not advance much: The Three Lions regain the ball, on average, 54.81 yards away from their own goal, the second highest distance of any team in Russia this summer, but they allow their opponents well more than four passes per possession. Zlatko Dalic’s team, on the other hand, regains the ball in the attacking third just 1.8 times per game compared with England’s 5.6, but Croatia allows its opposition only a little more than three passes per possession, the lowest of any side remaining. In other words, it’s easy to pass into Croatia’s half but difficult to do anything once you get there.The stylistic factor most likely to influence this semifinal matchup, though, is England’s skill when it comes to set plays (corners and free kicks). Southgate has spoken about his focus on them as an opportunity for England to gain an advantage over opponents, with this strategy bearing fruit: England has scored five goals from them already, nearly half of of its total so far. France4.2212 Brazil0.184.231.10 Croatia has conceded only one goal from a set play — Russia’s equalizer in extra time of the quarterfinals. But it has conceded 22 shots from them so far, which is tied for the most in the tournament. This suggests that some luck has been involved — Russia, for instance, gave up the same number of shots from set pieces as Croatia did, but five of those shots resulted in goals against.The game will probably be tense and closed off, with England’s willingness to patiently pass the ball in its own half combined with Croatia’s indifference to pressing high resulting in an overall lack of openness. The beauty of high-stakes knockout stage soccer, though, is that one goal can change everything.Check out our latest World Cup predictions.
Paris Saint-Germain forward Neymar has revealed transfer speculation linking him with a move to Real Madrid and Barcelona as not “concrete”.The Brazil international has been a constant subject of rumours ever since joining PSG in 2017, the French club broke the world transfer record when bringing him to France for €222million.Real Madrid were reportedly interested in Neymar last summer, but talks cooled off before the World Cup and the French champions succeeded in keeping their superstar.Reports in the Spanish press claimed earlier in the season that Barcelona were interested in bringing Neymar back to the Catalan club, but Barca went as far as publicly denying claims they had been in contact with Neymar’s father in an attempt to seal a transfer on Tuesday.News about a transfer to Madrid have resurfaced in recent weeks, but Neymar has dismissed the importance of such speculations.“There is always speculation about me,” he said, according to FourFourTwo.Mourinho: “Lionel Messi made me a better coach” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho believes the experience of going up against Barcelona superstar Lionel Messi at Real Madrid made him a greater coach.“Ever since I became a professional footballer, there has always been speculation that I would quit other clubs.”“But there is nothing concrete. As soon as there is something definitive, be reassured, I will tell everyone.”Neymar scored a brace in Saturday’s 9-0 thrashing of Guingamp, and he applauded the impact of manager Thomas Tuchel, whom he values immensely.“It’s a friendship but, at the same time, a huge mutual respect,” the Brazil star said. “I respect him as a coach, but when we need to talk, we talk.”“I’ve developed a great affection towards him since the first time we spoke. When you have this great affection for your coach, you give your life on the pitch. For him I will do my best to win.”
Weight Close Connectivity NFC, MST *May differ by market and mobile operator. Samsung Galaxy S10 5G coming to South Korean markets first.Samsung Mobile PressIf rumours are to be believed, the Galaxy S10 5G will not come cheap and for obvious reasons, will be cost around 1.5 million Won (approx. $1,328/€1,167/ Rs 91,194). Considering the Apple iPhone XS and XS Max, the Galaxy S10 5G price looks modest.Samsung Galaxy S10 5G has a pretty much similar design language as the S10, but one key difference is that it has a bigger 6.7-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED with 19:9 aspect ratio.Samsung phone houses quad-camera one the back, one 12 MP wide-angle, 16 MP ultra-wide angle and a 12 MP telephoto sensor and Time-of-Flight snapper with laser autofocus and LED flash. On the front, it packs 10MP Dual Pixel shooter with a 3D Depth sensor.The Galaxy S10 5G comes with Android Pie-based One UI, 8GB RAM, 256GB and a 4,500mAh battery. Like previous years, Samsung is offering Galaxy S10 series in Exynos 9820 processor in select markets including India, but rest of the features will be the same as the Snapdragon 855 variant.Another most interesting batter feature shared by all Galaxy S10 series models is the PowerShare. It offers reverse charge capability, meaning if your friend owns a phone with wireless charging capability, but is run out of power, he/she can place it on your fully charged Galaxy S10 series phone to power up the former. It can even charge a smartwatch provided it has WPC Qi wireless charging certification. World’s biggest smartphone-maker Samsung unveiled an array of Galaxy S10 series models—Galaxy S10, S10e, S10+ and Galaxy S10 5G in February. The first three models are already available in the market and now, it’s the turn of the ultra top-end mobile to hit stores.Samsung is slated to be released the Galaxy S10 5G model first in the company’s home market South Korea on April 5, reported the local daily Korea Herald. It can be noted that the device’s price is still a mystery and also, the company will be not be taking pre-orders, instead, it is bringing straight to the store shelves early next month. 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COPY LINKAD Loading … Processor Lock Type: Swipe, Pattern, PIN, Password Biometric Lock Types: Fingerprints, Face Audio Rear: Quadruple Camera with Dual OIS Camera with Dual OIS – Telephoto: 12MP PDAF, F2.4, OIS (45°) – Wide-angle: 12MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.5/F2.4, OIS (77°) – Ultra Wide: 16MP FF, F2.2 (123)-Time-of-Flight sensor – 0.5X/2X optical zoom, up to 10X digital zoom – 3D Depth: hQVGAFront: – Selfie: 10MP Dual Pixel AF, F1.9 (80°) – 3D Depth: hQVGA Stereo speakers and earphones:Sound by AKG and Surround sound with Dolby Atmos technology (Dolby Digital, Dolby Digital Plus included)Audio Playback Format:MP3, M4A, 3GA, AAC, OGG, OGA, WAV, WMA, AMR, AWB, FLAC, MID, MIDI, XMF, MXMF, IMY, RTTTL, RTX, OTA, DSF, DFF, APE 198g Dimensions 77.1 x 162.6 x 7.94mm, After South Korea, Samsung is expected to launch the Galaxy S10 5G in the US in coming weeks.Samsung Mobile PressAll the audiophiles will be happy to note that all the three Galaxy S10 series come with 3.5mm jack, making it one of the very few in the market to such feature in a flagship phone.After South Korea, Samsung is expected to bring Galaxy S10 5G in the US in late April via Verizon first for a limited period and will be later released to Sprint, AT&T, and T-Mobile.With 5G support, the Galaxy S10 5G owners will be able to enjoy around 1Gbps (minimum) and 10Gbps or more speeds.In India, if the local governments show urgency in embracing 5G technology, they should start planning for auctioning 5G-compatible spectrum bands soon and if things go as planned, we might expect commercial telecom service providers bring 5G service to India around 2020 if not early.Key specifications of Samsung Galaxy S10 5G:ModelModelGalaxy S10 5GGalaxy S10 5GModelDisplayGalaxy S10 5G6.7-inch Quad HD+ Curved Dynamic AMOLED, 19:9 (505ppi) *Default resolution is Full HD+ and can be changed to Quad HD+ (WQHD+) in SettingsIP68 ratings Galaxy S10 5G Wi-Fi 6.0 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac/ax (2.4/5GHz), VHT80 MU-MIMO, 1024QAM – 1.2Gbps Download / 1.2Gbps Upload *May differ by market and mobile operator. 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Micah Connor is weighing his job options after graduating Goucher College in Baltimore. (Courtesy photo)In 2012, when 18-year-old Micah Connor graduated from Coppin Academy, a public charter high school located on the campus of Baltimore’s Coppin State University, he was the leader of the Robotics Club, a Student Government Association representative and he participated in the Chess Club, in addition to being the valedictorian of his graduating class. For his leadership, academic achievement and commitment to community service, he was awarded a $10,000 Comcast Founders Scholarship, which was named in honor of founder and chairman emeritus of Comcast Corp., Ralph J. Roberts.“We expect the best, and he always gives the best…he’s always been a high achiever,” Mamie Conner, his mother, told the AFRO of her son’s hard work at the time.Four years have gone by and the young man is now a college graduate with endless possibilities before him.“Living on campus taught me how to interact with other people from other cultures and countries,” Connor told the AFRO of his time at Goucher College in Towson, Md. “It also taught me to appreciate the basic things people take for granted such as access to library resources. In contrast, it also taught me how temporal friends can be. My four years of college were a microcosm of life.”As a high-school senior, Connor was awarded multiple scholarships offers to attend various colleges, including Goucher and Stevenson, Coppin State and Drexel universities, leaving him to make a tough decision of what college to attend.After turning down a full-ride scholarship to Coppin, Connor joined the U.S. Model Senate at Goucher College while still in high school, assuming the role of a senator and debating legislation topics. This experience led Connor to decide on Goucher for his undergraduate education.While at there, Connor majored in history with a minor in historic preservation. During his sophomore year, Connor volunteered at Goucher’s Special Collections and Archives, where he worked alongside other students transcribing and digitizing a World War II diary, before working there as a student assistant.Connor was awarded a fellowship his junior year, which allowed him to create a public exhibit with three other students for two consecutive semesters. The following year, Connor studied abroad in London, England, while interning in the office of British politician Victoria Atkins. Atkins is a member of Parliament for Louth and Horncastle. Connor recently graduated with honors from Goucher College, and he is currently working at the Maryland Historical Society and would like to return to England to work with Atkins in London.His mother told the AFRO of her son’s achievements, “I count it all joy. To God be the glory.”
The Rev. Dr. Ann Lightner Fuller will serve as interim pastor of Empowerment Temple AME Church for 30 days, beginning Dec. 9, while a permanent replacement is identified for the Rev. Dr. Jamal Harrison Bryant who begins his pastorate, Dec. 9, at New Birth Missionary Baptist Church in Atlanta.(Courtesy Photo)
“This year, the government will consider what further legislation is needed to combat terrorism and keep Australians safe,” Prime Minister Tony Abbott on Monday said while releasing a Review of Australia’s Counter-Terrorism Machinery in Canberra.The review came after the deadly siege in December at a Sydney cafe where a self-styled extremist cleric took 18 people hostage inside the cafe and demanded he be delivered an Islamic State flag. The cleric and two hostages were killed. Also Read – Pro-Govt supporters rally as Hong Kong’s divisions deepenIn his National Security statement, Abbott stressed that Australia faced?a new, long-term era of heightened terrorism threat, with a much more significant “home grown” element.Abbott said the government would seek to change the laws to enable authorities to revoke or suspend Australian citizenship in the case of dual nationals.“I am announcing that the Government will look at new measures to strengthen immigration laws, as well as new options for dealing with Australian citizens who are involved in terrorism. We cannot allow bad people to use our good nature against us. “The Government will develop amendments to the Australian Citizenship Act so that we can revoke or suspend Australian citizenship in the case of dual nationals,” he said. Also Read – Pak Army ‘fully prepared’ to face any challenge: Army spokesman“Those could include restricting the ability to leave or return to Australia, and access to consular services overseas, as well as access to welfare payments,” he said.He said people who fight against Australia “forfeit their citizenship” and that Australian nationals would also risk losing “privileges” if they were involved in terrorism. Abbott also suggested that tougher laws to target “hate preachers”, pointing to the political group Hizb ut-Tahrir. He said the actions against such groups would include programs to “challenge terrorist propaganda” and provide online material “based on Australian values”.“It will include stronger prohibitions on vilifying, intimidating or inciting hatred,” he added. “We will clamp down on those organisations that incite religious or racial hatred. No-one should make excuses for Islam-ist fanatics in the Middle East or their imitators here in Australia.” He said that it would also include stronger prohibitions on vilifying, intimidating or inciting hatred.
BALURGHAT: Balurghat is abuzz as the residents are excited to welcome Chief Minister and Trinamool supremo Mamata Banerjee here on Friday. Banerjee is scheduled to address a public rally at town club ground, for the election campaign of party candidate Arpita Ghosh.The poll for the Balurghat seat is slated on April 23, the third of the seven phase elections declared by the Election Commission of India. “It is my dream to see the Trinamool supremo at Balurghat. She has been working relentlessly for the development of Bengal since 2011. I will definitely reach the ground at least one hour before the rally starts so that I can see her from front. I know there will be a huge crowd as she is a real crowd-puller,” said Dilip Kumar Saha, an elderly Balurghat resident. With the elderly citizens excited to hear the speech of Banerjee, the youths are not far behind either. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: Mamata”She is my ideal. It will be my first time seeing her and hearing her speech. What strikes me the most is her indomitable spirit and energy. She emerged from the ground level to begin her political career. She always fights for Bengal with Modi and his saffron brigade in case of any negligence and deprivation of the state. She is the prime face of Opposition at the Centre and therefore, I have hardly missed any opportunity to tune in whenever she speaks on TV,” said Sourav Nandi, a college-goer. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateThe homemakers and working women are impatient to catch a glimpse of the Chief Minister as well. “Tomorrow is a holiday otherwise it would have been tough for me to manage a leave from school as I am engaged and working in a state-run higher secondary school located just on the outskirts of Balurghat. I will be there at her rally with my family,” said Taniya Basak, a high school teacher. District party president Biplab Mitra said Banerjee is expected to reach Balurghat at around 12 noon in helicopter. “After completing the proposed rally in Balurghat, she will reach Gangarampur to address another rally. We are expecting at least one lakh people each in the two rallies. It will be historic,” Mitra said. The senior leaders have already inspected Balurghat ground to check the preparations. District administration and police are alert to avoid any untoward situation. Sufficient policemen will be deployed to manage the crowd.
3 min read For several years, digital innovator Maurice Freedman and his team had been developing a practice to help companies find an efficient way to transform their business, building a proven model for commercializing innovation. Here, Freedman breaks down the process and how it can help reshape and revitalize a company.What is “digital transformation”?”Most would say it’s ‘up-teching.’ That is, adding technology to an existing, broken way of doing business. But we have found that a shiny new app is not the answer. Technology alone is not transformative if processes are broken — it can actually be a distraction for the actual problem. Injecting technology often make matters worse, and comes at a great expense. Our digital transformation practice evaluates the whole process, from innovation through commercialization, to help companies build pathways to profit, using technology as an empowering tool. A tool is only as good as the teams using it.” Related: 5 Emerging Technologies for Rapid Digital TransformationWhat separates you from competitors? “First, real-world experience. Lots of bruises, some broken bones and a few glorious trophies. I’ve been lucky enough in my career to have been involved with many different industries: software, healthcare, consumer goods, military, media — some companies on the way up, and some that failed miserably. I learned the most from the failures. Failure teaches modesty, persistence and that the answer lies in the field, not in the lab. I’m on the ground, talking to customers, learning the market. When I’m not talking to customer and clients, I’m walking the startup aisles at tradeshows, learning as much as I can.”How do you choose the right technologies for a complex problem? “We start by lateraling — searching first for a solution, at least in part, from a completely different industry. Often, the problem may have been solved already, and at great cost. The challenge is focusing first on the mechanism of the problem, and less so on the granular details, and surface analogs. Most companies think their problems are unique or are so complex that is impossible to understand. But it’s not usually true. The supply chain for human tissue, for example, involves a massive amount of complex science, but as it turns out, an open source e-commerce platform can manage it perfectly. That’s thousands of hours of engineering, knowledge and testing under market pressure — inherited for free! It’s the same software I use to order socks.”Related: Five Tips To Grow Your Audience For Your Digital BusinessWhat’s the most important thing you’ve learned in all this? “With every new engagement, I have to put everything I think I know to the side and re-engage from scratch. Leave the assumed problems alone for a moment, and fully understand the customer experience. Everything else I do stems from that. Corporate tribal knowledge is often suspect, propagated myths about customers that they’ve never met. It’s like playing telephone with billions of dollars. You’ll never get the right answer purely from demographics, ethnographies, or a BI dashboard. Get with customers and show them products directly. Test, try and iterate in the marketplace. Put something as close to real as possible in their hands, as fast as you can. Watch where it fails, retool, and go again. And again. In the end, customer sentiment is not the most important thing. It’s the only thing.” Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals August 14, 2018 Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »
What if you created something that allowed people to make fun of you? Such is the life and career of Jack Dorsey, co-founder and CEO of Twitter. Yesterday the tech guru did a TED Talk public conversation with the head of TED, Chris Anderson, and Whitney Pennington Rodgers, TED’s current affairs curator. The major part of the whole conversation involved around the recent “concerns and opportunities for Twitter’s future.” For most of the interview, Dorsey outlined steps that Twitter has taken to combat abuse and misinformation, and Anderson explained why the company’s critics sometimes find those steps insufficient and unsatisfying. He compared Twitter to the Titanic, and Dorsey to the captain, listening to passengers’ concerns about the iceberg up ahead — then going back to the bridge and showing “this extraordinary calm.” “It’s democracy at stake, it’s our culture at stake,” Anderson said, echoing points made in a talk by British journalist Carole Cadwalladr. So why isn’t Twitter addressing these issues with more urgency? “We are working as quickly as we can, but quickness will not get the job done,” Dorsey replied to Anderson. “It’s focus, it’s prioritization, it’s understanding the fundamentals of the network.” Jack further argued that while Twitter could “do a bunch of superficial things to address the things you’re talking about,” that isn’t the real solution. “We want the changes to last, and that means going really, really deep,” Dorsey said. In his view, that means rethinking how Twitter incentivizes user behavior. He suggested that the service works best as an “interest-based network,” where you log in and see content relevant to your interests, no matter who posted it — rather than a network where everyone feels like they need to follow a bunch of other accounts, and then grow their follower numbers in turn. Dorsey recalled that when the team was first building the service, it decided to make follower count “big and bold,” which naturally made people focus on it. “Was that the right decision at the time? Probably not,” he said. “If I had to start the service again, I would not emphasize the follower count as much… Since he isn’t starting from scratch, Dorsey suggested that he’s trying to find ways to redesign Twitter to shift the “bias” away from accounts and toward interests. He also pointed to efforts that Twitter has already announced to measure (and then improve) conversational health and to use machine learning to automatically detect abusive content. In terms of how the company is currently measuring its success, Dorsey said it focuses primarily on daily active users, and secondly on “conversation chains — we want to incentivize healthy contributions back to the network.” In contradiction to his response when over the weekend, Ilhan Omar an immigrant, and a Black Muslim representing the state of Minnesota in the US House of representatives —reported an increase in death threats. The threats started appearing after President Trump tweeted out a video that intercut a speech she had given with footage of the 9/11 attacks. Many of the threats were made on Twitter. Then on Monday, as Notre Dame burned, people came to the platform to mourn the loss in real time, but also to spread lies and hate as quickly as the flames engulfed the cathedral’s spire. When Omar tweeted her own heartfelt condolences, people replied with more death threats. Dorsey didn’t address any of these incidents specifically at TED. In fact, his answers lacked specificity overall. One Twitter user, Chad Loder created a Twitter moment to stand with Ilhan Omar. He asked users to report all the tweets with death threats to Ilhan. To this Twitter safety team removed all the tweets in just 30 minutes and he could not further add any tweets. When Jack was asked pointed questions, he evaded them, as he often does. Rodgers further asked him how many people are working on content moderation on Twitter—a number the company has never published. “It varies,” Dorsey replied. “We want to be flexible on this. There are no amount of people that can actually scale this, which is why we have done so much work on proactively taking down abuse.” Dorsey further announced that a year ago, Twitter wasn’t proactively monitoring abuse actively using machine learning at all. Instead, it relied entirely on human reporting—a burden Dorsey later had to recognized was unfairly put on the victims of the abuse. “We’ve made progress,” he said. “Thirty-eight percent of abusive tweets are now proactively recognized by machine-learning algorithms, but those that are recognized are still reviewed by humans. But that was from zero percent just a year ago.” As he uttered those words, Twitter sent out a press release with more information on the effort, highlighting that three times more abusive accounts are being suspended within 24 hours of getting reported compared with this time last year. The progress of 38% is not exactly a lot when Facebook’s most recent transparency report, says that over 51% of content on hate speech was flagged before users reported it. Nor did Dorsey or the official Twitter announcement provide many details about how the technology to proactively flag abuse works. While the conversations continued, they came up with an idea to invite Twitter users to tweet questions via the hashtag #AskJackAtTED, which was then projected on a big screen behind Dorsey. Looking at all the tweets coming up live it seemed to be a really bad idea. In Twitter spirit, sarcastic piercing tweets soon overflowed on the screen asking Dorsey crisp pointed questions about long pending failures to make the platform a safe place for healthy conversation. Users charged Dorsey left, right and centre with questions. Carole Cadwalladr asked why a video that showed her being beaten up & threatened with a gun to soundtrack of Russian anthem stayed up for 72 hours despite 1000s of complaints. Other came up saying how do you prioritize healthy conversations without silencing protest on your platform? Tweets continued pouring in with questions like why is women harassment on the platform ignored for decades and why do you still allow Nazi groups on Twitter. One of them asked if there was anyway to add a fact-check function to viral tweets which involves misinformation or conspiracy theories. Another popular tweet said it wants Twitter to create a user bill where they have the right to be free of harassment and the right to safety. While some users said that Twitter is of no value at all others raised questions on why does the platform allow the organizers of Charlottesville disaster amplify their message and find new recruits. Another added why is President Donald Trump allowed to violate Twitter policies by spreading hateful and inflammatory tweets against Ilhan Omar. Eventually the tweets disappeared from the screen and someone from the audience made a suspicion that it was always a plan to ditch in between. On the other hand Anderson summed it up sarcastically: “We are on this great voyage with you on a ship, and there are people on board in steerage who are expressing discomfort and you, unlike other captains are saying, ‘well, tell me, I want to hear,’ and they’re saying ‘we’re worried about the iceberg ahead,’” Anderson says. “And you say, ‘our ship hasn’t been built for steering as well as it might,’ and you’re showing this extraordinary calm!” Read Next Highlights from Jack Dorsey’s live interview by Kara Swisher on Twitter: on lack of diversity, tech responsibility, physical safety and more Russia opens civil cases against Facebook and Twitter over local data laws Twitter memes are being used to hide malware
May 31, 2010 [image: The Lean Linear City. designed by Paolo Soleri, 3D rendering by Young Soo Kim. A postcard of this image is now available at the Cosanti and Arcosanti Visitors Centers]. Previous reports on the LEAN LINEAR CITY can be viewed on 4/20/05, 2/6 – 2/8/06, 8/5 – 8/14/09, 11/27 – 12/14/09. This updated and recently completed series of new 3D images will be in this weeks reports, 5/31 – 6/4/10. [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY] [image: The Lean Linear City proposal, as shown at the Beijing Center of the Arts exhibition during the exhibition 3 DIMENSIONAL CITY – FUTURE CHINA, Nov. 2009 – Feb. 2010] The text throughout these three reports consists of excerpts from “QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY”, written by Paolo Soleri, 2005. “SOLARE proposes a continuous urban ribbon, designed to intercept wind patterns of the region. It will also be sensitized to the sun’s radiation, both photovoltaic and greenhouse. Thus, energy-wise it is best suited for breezy and sunny regions.” [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY] [image: The Lean Linear City proposal, seen here as an extension from an existing city] “Briefly stated, its main characteristics are: A series of continuous sub-ribbons extend as the Lean Linear City develops with time: [A] Two main parallel structures of thirty or more stories extending several kilometers to hundreds of kilometers. [B] A climate-controlled volume constituting the inner park defined by the two structures delineated above, featuring greenhouse in winter and parasol in summer. [C] Two wind generator continua [D] Two photovoltaic continua [E] One greenhouse apron continuum [F] One orchard apron continuum [G] Several logistical bands for local, regional, and continental trains (rail and maglev) [H] Moving walkways, shuttles, and “fast down and out” slides at appropriate locations [I] One water “stream” for the needs of residents and travelers and for recreation. [J] Two delivery and pick up networks [K] Two liquid and solid waste networks.” [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY] [image: View of the Lean Linear City proposal with the two linear ribbons connected to a major node] “Following nature’s example, the design and display of the lean urban ribbon connects existing large and small habitats and helps salvage the land from diaspora while in a sustainable fashion reducing waste, pollution, and social and cultural impoverishment. At the lower ends of the greenhouse aprons the short skirt of suburbia develops. The ballerina, the orchestra, and the spectators know the skirt must be a tutu; the shorter it is, the better it allows nature’s grace into its brief proximity. Rigorously contained suburban spread could develop on a fascia no wider than one kilometer, so as to accommodate travel by public transportation, bicycle, and foot. The private automobile would be rigorously confined to auxiliary functions (outings, research, etc.).” [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY] [image: In the foreground we see NUDGING SPACE Arcology with the Lean Linear City in the background] “One thing we should label correctly is time pollution, i.e., the daily waste of time due to moving things and people from here to there. The time wasted commuting, for instance, is one of the main time pollutions of affluence and hyper-consumption. Motion implies energy spent, thus commuting is a double slam of time pollution and energy waste, and also threatens the physical and biological well-being of moving organisms. It offers a less than rosy picture of Homo sapiens as “controller of its own destiny.” This report continues on 6/2/10. [3D Rendering: Young Soo Kim & text from WHAT IF? QUADERNO 9, SOLARE: LEAN LINEAR CITY]
Netflix is reportedly looking at the Netherlands, France and Belgium as new European launch markets, according to local reports. Belgian communications news site Bloovi reported that Netflix was gearing up for a Belgian launch before the end of the year, while Le Soir reported that France and the Netherlands were likely to go live first, followed by Belgium by the end of the year.Netflix said last month that it plans to launch in an additional European market in the second half of 2013, promising more details on the deployment in July. In a posting on the firm’s job site earlier this year, it said it was looking to hire language experts “to provide localisation for the Netflix experience in the following languages: Turkish, Dutch, Hindi, French, and Korean.”
In This Issue… * Risk takers head for the hills… * German Industrial Output soars! * Spending gets out of hand! * Yen runs alongside the dollar… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Elections Throw Euro Under A Bus… Good day… And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! I’m back in the saddle today, just in time for a few meetings today… UGH! I’m just not a “meeting person”… Once you get more than two or three people into a room, it tends to last longer than it should… But that’s just me… I know a lot of people that “live for meetings”… I was overcome with much sadness last night, when the Big Boss Frank Trotter, sent me an email, letting me know that his good friend, Peter Huber, had died. You see, I never met Peter, but we shared emails and a couple of phone calls a few years ago. Peter was diagnosed with kidney cancer, the same time I was diagnosed with the same disease. June 2007… We talked about the side effects of the chemo medicine we both took, and shared ideas of foods that didn’t upset our stomachs… Peter’s cancer spread too quickly, and after 5 years of trying every “new cancer treatment”, he died… I can’t help but fell sadness for his family, and sit here and think about how God has allowed me to go on… OK… sorry for the bummer beginning to today’s letter, but when I have something on my mind, or chest, I have to let it out… Well… last Friday, I sent you into the weekend talking about the elections that had held the euro hostage, that would be held in France and Greece… France got their socialist leader, good for them, I hope they have fun with that… And Greece got a government, no wait, no they didn’t… You see, the Greeks tried to vote in anti-euro leaders, but couldn’t get enough to form a government… Both of these elections couldn’t have gone any worse for the euro… France’s new leader, Hollande, ran on an anti-austerity platform… and for now, that will carry a lot of weight with traders and investors as far as their wanting to take on euro exposure. Of course, history tells us that eventually Hollande will see things along with the Germans… But, maybe, and here’s that phrase I dislike, “this time’s different”… Greece still hasn’t formed a government, so talk about a screwed up country! Sorry, I don’t mean to insult anyone that’s Greek, but come on, the country had a government that was doing the right things, bringing their excessive deficit spending down, but the pain apparently was too much for the citizens… Well, I’ve got news for them… That pain was nothing, compared to being bounced out of the euro! So… with the Big Dog, euro, getting hung out on a line, the footing for the currencies has been very slippery… And with the proxy for global growth, Australia, seeing their central bank debase the Aussie dollar (A$), the rest of the commodity currencies are also in search of terra firma. Gold & Silver have really seen heavy selling… but by whom? We’re not seeing it here on our metals desk… but, we’re not a “bullion bank”, or Big Swinging Metals Dealer, so maybe they’re seeing something different… U.S. stocks are getting their due too… dropping 4 days of the last 5… Which has people running to U.S. Treasuries again… Always running, never caring, that’s the life you live… sage words from the song I’m listening to right now… Red Rubber Ball, by the Cyrkle… Oh, by the way, the U.S. Treasury will auction $72 Billion worth of new Treasuries this week… And, oh, by the way, the U.S. Gov’t is doing their best to provide job security for the Treasury people… In the first 6 months of our fiscal year 2012, the U.S. Gov’t, has spent $1.84 Trillion. For comparison of numbers purpose only… For the entire year of 2001, the U.S. Gov’t spent $1.86 Trillion, which happened to be an all-time record at that time! But this current group will double that all-time record of 2001 this year… Speaking of 2001… I gave a presentation this past weekend to a group of people who had no idea who I was! Well give or take a couple of current Pfennig Readers, it was a new group that would hear things they hadn’t heard before… A lot of them signed up to read the Pfennig, so, welcome to you! The thing I was going to talk about though, was I showed them the U.S. Debt Clock of 2001, when our national debt was $5.7 Trillion… and then showed them the Debt Clock, circa 2012… $15.7 Trillion! The U.S. Gov’t has increased the national debt by $6.7 Trillion in the last 5 years… But the previous 5 years wasn’t exactly good, as the debt was increased $3.3 Trillion… I also told them that in 2001, Chuck had more hair, less weight, and few believers… OK… I’ve got to go on to something else before I explode here and begin throwing things! How could we as a country allow our leaders to do this to us, our kids, and grandkids? But right now… everyone wants to take pot shots at the Eurozone debt crisis, and not pay any attention to the U.S. debt crisis… Look, the Eurozone, as a whole, and the U.S. each contributed about 20% to the global GDP last year, so, it’s not like we’re comparing apples to oranges here… Both of these problems are nothing to ignore… The brightest shining star of the Eurozone, Germany, saw their Industrial Output jump 2.8% in March from Feb, which was 3 times the consensus forecast… And February’s -1.3% decline was revised upward to finish at -.3%, much better… and suggests to me that Germany probably skirted by the recession gauntlet… Well… it looks like Australia is going to turn their modest Budget Deficit of $44 Billion into a Budget Surplus next year… And with that news, the Aussie also announced that bond sales would decrease by 80%! OK… remember when I told you that I had the feeling that Australia was becoming the new Switzerland? Well, if they can pull this off in a time when a lot of countries are finding it difficult to live within their means, then a big feather will be in their cap! And… think about this… reducing their bond sales, will make the rest of the outstanding issues more valuable… Or at least that’s what I learned from the guy that taught me all about bonds, my friend, Ed Bonawitz… Now, Australia’s kissin’ cousin across the Tasman, New Zealand, is going in the opposite direction with their Budget… The N.Z. budget deficit widened in the 9 months through March to NZ$787 Million… Of course, NZ$ 787 Million isn’t exactly $1.2 Trillion, but then New Zealand is much smaller than the U.S. so, that goes back to my thought on comparing the U.S. to the Eurozone… The New Zealand dollar / kiwi has really shown some weakness lately, as it no longer can cling to the coattails of the A$… And now this Budget Deficit isn’t going to sit well with traders… But hey! The Japanese yen is securely back on the rally tracks! See how mixed up the investing world is these days? Japan’s debt is beyond the atmosphere, the U.S.’s debt is up to its eyeballs, but investors seek out these two when the risk takers head for the hills… The Chinese renminbi has been bouncing back and forth, in a very tight range lately… Today, the renminbi is a bit weaker, but that’s a tiny move in the renminbi world… A week has gone by since the U.S. Treasury Sec. Geithner, was in China to urge them to do things more like the U.S. Hopefully, the Chinese will continue to ignore the calls by the U.S. to do things more like them… Years ago, when it was fashionable to kick the Chinese for our Trade Deficit, when all they did was sell us stuff that we ended up buying… I told you all that the currency level of the renminbi was not going to correct our Trade Deficit… our financial meltdown took that task on, and reduced it by a large amount, but the Trade Deficit remains a problem… why? Oil… go ask the OPEC members how many dollars they have in reserve from their oil sales… Why doesn’t the U.S. Treasury Sec. sit down with the OPEC members and see if he can get them to change the way they do things? He’s tried it with China on numerous occasions… OK… I don’t mean to kick sand in the Treasury Secretary’s face… I’ve talked enough about his past at the Fed NY before & after the financial meltdown, that I won’t bore you with repeating all that! The Singapore dollar (S$) continues to remain strong.. The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS) gave the wink and nod for further S$ strength, so, when the Chinese renminbi decides to stop trading in a range, and get back on the rally tracks, the S$ will follow along. I see the British pound sterling (pound) continues to surprise me with its strength… Remember, I told you that the U.K. had gone for a double dip recession… and the Bank of England (BOE) had decided to add to their bond buying (stimulus)… But, the pound hangs tough… I guess right now it’s good to not be the euro… The U.S. data cupboard is pretty empty today… So, there’s nothing to look for to drive the markets this morning… I guess they are on their own! Then There Was This… Well.. in keeping with what I talked about above, regarding history with French and German leaders… German Chancellor Angela Merkel told reporters ahead of a meeting that she’ll have with France’s new leader, Hollande, that the fiscal pact is not up for renegotiation… “Merkel said Hollande would visit the German capital shortly after his inauguration as president, expected to take place on May 15, without giving a date for the much-awaited meeting.The German chancellor irked Hollande by openly campaigning for his rival Nicolas Sarkozy, who comes from the same conservative political family as Merkel.During the campaign, Hollande won few friends in Berlin by criticizing Merkel’s insistence on austerity as the way out of the Eurozone debt crisis, seeking to shift the focus to growth.But Merkel told reporters that both budgetary consolidation as well as growth was necessary in Europe and reiterated that the EU’s fiscal pact — aimed at reducing ballooning deficits — was not up for discussion.” Chuck again… this is not what the euro needs right now, or the Eurozone for that matter! They need a united front to implement austerity measures to get deficit spending under control… To recap… The risk takers have all headed for the hills… stocks, currencies, commodities including Gold, Silver and Oil, are all down, and U.S. Treasury yields are falling again… German Industrial Output was very strong in March, and Feb’s number was revised upward, thus suggesting that Germany will not go into recession. Australia announced that they will have a Budget Surplus next year, and reduce bond issuance by 80%! And Japanese yen continues to run alongside the dollar… Currencies today 5/8/12… American Style: A$ $1.0150, kiwi .7910, C$ $1.0030, euro 1.3030, sterling 1.6155, Swiss $1.0850, … European Style: rand 7.8525, krone 5.8040, SEK 6.8250, forint 220, zloty 3.2150, koruna 19.27, RUB 29.68, yen 79.75, sing 1.2465, HKD 7.7615, INR 53.13, China 6.3079, pesos 13.20, BRL 1.9195, Dollar Index 79.73, Oil $96.86, 10-year 1.84%, Silver $29.70, and Gold… $1,629.00 That’s it for today… I had a picture of the EverBank banner that hung in front of the NYSE last week on my desk this morning… Pretty impressive! I did do two Conferences in South Florida while I was gone, but it’s good to be home… Alex finished his Water Polo season in fine fashion scoring 3 goals in a 6-4 victory over a private school that doesn’t lose very often… Next year, he’ll most likely move up to varsity, and play for his older brother! That will be interesting! Thanks to Chris and Mike for picking up the conn on the Pfennig for me those two days, I would have found it difficult to do… Next week I head to Las Vegas for the Money Show, so a week of being at home and then back out… But then I’m finished until late July… So… that’s fine with me, and I’m sure Jennifer, who has to fly solo when I’m gone! And with that, I ask you to hug your kids today, your spouse, parents, etc. and go out and have a Tom Terrific Tuesday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.com
2001. Monster gold bull cycle delivers a 630% advance over the following 10 years.As I pointed out last month, markets cycle. The current range-bound price for precious metals won’t last forever, for the simple reason that they never have, especially in the resource market.If you set your sights on the big picture, you’ll see that in spite of today’s negative emotions, gold’s future prospects will render them a distant memory.Consider some of the likely changes on the horizon and how they will transform the gold market from flat and listless to exciting and profitable…Stock market reversal. The performance of the broader equity markets is probably the biggest reason gold hasn’t attracted the mainstream. But stock markets cycle, too, and a correction is due, perhaps overdue—the S&P is up six straight years and nine consecutive quarters. Margin debt is higher now than it was preceding the 2008 crisis, and corporate profits saw the biggest drop in four years last quarter. Gold will be the benefactor in the reversal, especially since it’s already corrected. Bond market turmoil. As my colleague Dan Steinhart pointed out in The Casey Report, there are currently $3.6 trillion in negative-yield government bonds outstanding today, mostly in Europe and Japan, giving investors zero chance of making money or even breaking even. The sad outcome here is that inflation will massacre the average bond holder.My point is that any reasonable big picture view of the political, financial, and economic trends show that virtually all of those changes will be very positive for gold—and aren’t that far off.It will be a new day for the gold market, one full of rising prices and profitable investment statements.But despite all this evidence, there are those in our industry still calling for gold to fall.Among the loudest is my colleague Harry Dent.He says gold will drop to $700/oz.Of course, I think he is dead wrong.And I bet Harry bullion from my private stores that gold will never drop to that level.He took the bet. And to help you decide who will win (hint: it’s me), Harry and I each put all the research we’ve assembled to form our predictions into a special 18-page report titled Gold: Dead or Alive?For anyone who owns an ounce of gold or single share of mining stock, this is a must-read. And it’s completely free. Click here to get your copy. Currency war backfire. This “race to the bottom” being pursued by global central bankers won’t work long term. At best, countries steal growth from their trading partners. At worst, it can disintegrate into inflation, recession, retaliation, and even war. Currency wars have happened before—twice in the last century alone—and they’ve always ended badly. One guess what asset performs well in a crisis. Silver soaring and outpacing gold’s gains Gold stocks rocking, erasing underwater positions and racking up the profitsThat’s not pie in the sky wishful thinking—it accurately describes the next stage of the gold market, something that will soon visit your portfolio.With the price of gold currently stuck in place, like a stain on the front of your best shirt, and the stocks only teasing us like Lucy holding the football for Charlie Brown, how can I be so sure?Because that’s exactly what happened after every other bear market. For example…1976. Bear market ends, and gold begins a 701% run in less than four years. Recession. The probability of a future recession is 100%. The only question is when and how big. GDP last quarter was barely positive. Any unexpected surprises to the downside for the economy will be especially positive for gold. US dollar reversal. If you’ve grown tired of the dollar’s “strength,” don’t leave the theatre early. Its rise is certainly not sustainable long term, and in time will be forgotten. Nothing stays standard deviations above the norm forever. And eventually the dollar will collapse, because the trajectory of our debt isn’t mathematically sustainable. 1985. Bear cycle ends, bull cycle begins. Gold gains 71.8% over the next three years. Inflation. The emergence of inflation feels far off, but already there are signs it’s picking up. Wages have started to move higher, what is normally the starting point for inflation. Ground beef prices are now at record highs and have more than doubled since 2010—increases like this can’t go unaccounted for indefinitely. Remember, we don’t have to wait for high inflation for gold to move; it’s the onset of inflation, or an unexpected jump in inflation, that will spur gold. Yearning for sunnier skies for your gold investments? How’s this sound…Gold in a decisive bull market, with the price steadily rising Higher interest rates. We’re skeptical that the Fed will actually raise rates, but eventually the market will force rates higher regardless of the Fed. This, in turn, will hurt the real estate market. Meanwhile, those analysts that blindly assume rising rates are negative for gold forget that real rates (nominal interest rate minus inflation) are positive for gold—an almost certain outcome because of…
Recommended Links – Editor’s note: Gold stocks have soared in 2016…but it’d be a huge mistake to think this rally can’t continue. In fact, Casey Research founder Doug Casey says gold stocks are in the early stages of a “true mania.” And you can make a fortune if you know what to look for. Today, we’re sharing a classic interview with Doug and International Speculator editor Louis James. As you’ll see, Doug’s thoughts are just as timely and true today as they were then… Louis James: Doug, we were talking about gold last week, so we should follow up with a look at gold stocks. If one of the reasons to own gold is that it’s real—it’s not paper, it’s not simultaneously someone else’s liability—why own gold stocks? Doug: Leverage. Gold stocks are problematical as investments. That’s true of all resource stocks, especially stocks in exploration companies, as opposed to producers. If you want to make a proper investment, the way to do that is to follow the dictates of Graham and Dodd or use the method Warren Buffett has proven to be so successful over many years. Unfortunately, resource stocks in general, and metals exploration stocks in particular, just don’t lend themselves to such methodologies. They are another class of security entirely. L: “Security” may not be the right word. As I was reading the latest edition of Graham & Dodd’s classic book on securities analysis, I realized that their minimum criteria for investment wouldn’t even apply to the gold majors. The business is just too volatile. You can’t apply standard metrics. Doug: It’s just impossible. For one thing, they cannot grow consistently because their assets are always depleting. Nor can they predict what their rate of exploration success is going to be. L: Right. As an asset, a mine is something that gets used up as you dig it up and sell it off. Doug: Exactly. And the underlying commodity prices can fluctuate wildly for all sorts of reasons. Mining stocks, and resource stocks in general, have to be viewed as speculations, as opposed to investments. But that can be a good thing. For example, many of the best speculations have a political element to them. Governments are constantly creating distortions in the market, causing misallocations of capital. Whenever possible, the speculator tries to find out what these distortions are because their consequences are predictable. They result in trends you can bet on. It’s like the government is guaranteeing your success because you can almost always count on the government to do the wrong thing. The classic example, not just coincidentally, concerns gold. The U.S. government suppressed its price for decades while creating huge numbers of dollars before it exploded upward in 1971. Speculators who understood some basic economics positioned themselves accordingly. As applied to metals stocks, governments are constantly distorting the monetary situation, and gold in particular, being the market’s alternative to government money, is always affected by that. So gold stocks are really a way to short the government—or go long on government stupidity, as it were. The bad news is that governments act chaotically, spastically. The beast jerks to tug on its strings held by its various puppeteers. So, it’s hard to predict price movements in the short term. You can only bet on the end results of chronic government monetary stupidity. The good news is that, for that very same reason, these stocks are extremely volatile. That makes it possible, from time to time, to get not just doubles or triples but ten baggers, twenty baggers, and even a hundred-to-one shots in these mining stocks. That kind of upside makes up for the fact that these stocks are lousy investments and that you will lose money on some of them. L: One of our mantras: Volatility can be your best friend. Doug: Yes, volatility can be your best friend, as long as your timing is reasonable. I don’t mean timing tops and bottoms—no one can do that. I mean spotting the trend and betting on it when others are not so you can buy low to later sell high. If you chase momentum and excitement, if you run with the crowd, buying when others are buying, you’re guaranteed to lose. You have to be a contrarian. In this business, you’re either a contrarian or road kill. When everyone is talking about these stocks on TV, you know the masses are interested, and that means they’ve gone to a level at which you should be a seller and not a buyer. That makes it more a game of playing the psychology of the market, rather than doing securities analysis. I’m not sure how many thousands of gold mining stocks there are in the world today—I’ll guess about 3,000—but most of them are junk. If they have any gold, it’s mainly in the words written on the stock certificates. So, in addition to knowing when to buy and when to sell, your choice of individual stocks has to be intelligent, too. Remember, most mining companies are burning matches. L: All they do is spend money. Doug: Exactly. That’s because most mining companies are really exploration companies. They are looking for viable deposits, which is quite literally like looking for a needle in a haystack. Finding gold is one thing. Finding an economical deposit of gold is something else entirely. And even if you do find an economical deposit of gold, it’s exceptionally difficult to make money mining it. Most of your capital costs are upfront. The regulatory environment today is onerous in the extreme. Labor costs are far above what they used to be. It’s a really tough business. L: If someone describes a new business venture to you, saying, “Oh, it’ll be a gold mine!” Do you run away? Doug: Almost. And it’s odd because historically, gold mining used to be an excellent business to be in. For example, take the Homestake Mine in Deadwood, South Dakota, which was discovered in 1876—at just about the time of Custer’s last stand, actually. When they first raised capital for that, their dividend structure was something like 100% of the initial share price, paid per month. That was driven by the extraordinary discovery. Even though the technology was very primitive and inefficient in those days, labor costs were low, you didn’t have to worry about environmental problems, there were no taxes on whatever you earned, you didn’t have to pay mountains of money to lawyers. Today, you probably pay your lawyers more than you pay your geologists and engineers. So, the business has changed immensely over time. It’s perverse because with the improvements in technology, gold mining should have become more economical, not less. The further back you go in history, the higher the grade you’d have to mine in order to make it worthwhile. If we go back to ancient history, a mineable deposit probably had to be at least an ounce of gold per ton to be viable. Today, you can mine deposits that run as low as a hundredth of an ounce (0.3 g/t). It’s possible to go even lower, but you need very cooperative ore. And that trend toward lower grades becoming economical is going to continue. For thousands of years, people have been looking for gold in the most obscure and bizarre places all over the world. That’s because of the 92 naturally occurring elements in the periodic table, gold was probably the first metal that man discovered and made use of. The reason for that is simple: Gold is the most inert of the metals. L: Because it doesn’t react easily and form compounds, you can find the pure metal in nature. Doug: Right. You can find it in its pure form, and it doesn’t degrade, and it doesn’t rust. In fact, of all the elements, gold is not only the most inert, it’s also the most ductile and the most malleable. And, after silver, it’s the best conductor of both heat and electricity, and the most reflective. In today’s world, that makes it a high-tech metal. New uses are found for it weekly. It has many uses besides its primary one as money and its secondary use as jewelry. But it was probably also man’s first metal. But for that same reason, all the high-grade, easy-to-find gold deposits have already been found. There’s got to be a few left to be discovered, but by and large, we’re going to larger-volume, lower-grade, “no-see-um” type deposits at this point. Gold mining is no longer a business in which, like in the movie The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, you can get a couple of guys, some picks and mules, and go out and find the mother lode. Unfortunately. Now, it’s usually a large-scale, industrial earth-moving operation next to a chemical plant. L: They operate on very slender margins—and they can be rendered unprofitable by a slight shift in government regulations or taxes. So, we want to own these companies… Why? Doug: You want them strictly as speculative vehicles that offer the potential for ten, a hundred, or even a thousand times returns on your money. Getting a thousand times on your money is extraordinary, of course—you have to buy at the bottom and sell at the top—but people have done it. It’s happened not just once or twice but quite a number of times that individual stocks have moved by that much. That’s the good news. The bad news is that these things fluctuate down even more dramatically than they fluctuate up. Don’t forget that they are burning matches that can actually go to zero. And when they go down, they usually drop at least twice as fast as they went up. L: That’s true, but as bad as a total loss is, you can only lose 100%—but there’s no such limit to the upside. A 100% gain is only a double, and we do much better than that for subscribers numerous times per year. Doug: Exactly. And as shareholders in everything from Fannie Mae to AIG to Lehman Brothers and many more have found out, even the biggest, most solid companies can go to zero. L: So, what you’re telling me is that the answer to “Why gold?” is really quite different to the answer to “Why gold stocks?” These are in completely different classes, bought for completely different reasons. Doug: Yes. You buy gold, the metal, because you’re prudent. It’s for safety, liquidity, insurance. The gold stocks, even though they explore for or mine gold, are at the polar opposite of the investment spectrum; you buy those for extreme volatility and the chance it creates for spectacular gains. It’s rather paradoxical, actually. L: You buy gold for safety and gold stocks specifically to profit from their “un-safety”… Doug: Exactly. They really are total opposites, even though it’s the same commodity in question. It’s odd, but then, life is often stranger than fiction. L: It’s being a contrarian—“timing” in the sense of making a rational decision about a trend in evident motion—that helps stack the odds in your favor. It allows you to guess when market volatility will, on average, head upward, making it possible for you to buy low and sell high. Editor’s note: After 40 years, Doug Casey is stepping forward and sharing the method he’s personally used to make millions of dollars in gold stocks. In this free video presentation, he shows you exactly what he’s doing in the gold market right now…and how you could make a lot of money doing the same yourself. You’ll learn what REALLY drives up gold prices…why 95% of gold stocks are worthless…and how to make smart speculations with 500% to 1,000% potential gains in the coming weeks and months. Click here to watch this free video now. 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Democrats have the power and America is DoomedWith the Democrats taking charge, for the third time in U.S. history our government is preparing to “nationalize” America’s currency. Before long, everywhere you go, they’ll be talking about how we must reset America’s currency… to keep things fair… to build a stronger country… to “wipe the slate clean.” But think about it: Where will all this new money come from? I move in the opposite direction. I like to hire architects and let them do whatever they want. Other than paying the bill, I’m totally hands off. So far, this has worked out great. It’s also been a lot of fun.I had an architect lay out the interior of my new office in 2017. I gave him free rein to pick out everything from the art to the exact place my computer screens sit. The result was great. My office feels serious and relaxing at the same time. I’m more comfortable there than any other workspace I’ve had to date.From remolding rooms to designing custom built furniture, I’ve had a lot of luck with this approach. Hire someone talented, then leave them alone while they create. Architects tell me I’m the rare exception… The problem with clients ruining great design is not new.Legendary architect Frank Lloyd Wright had a zero-tolerance policy for client meddling. I’m intrigued by Wright’s work and went on a quest to see as much of it as possible.This summer, Strategic Investor analyst John Pangere and I rented a Frank Lloyd Wright-designed home in Chicago for one night. E.B. and John rented this home designed by Frank Lloyd WrightWright built this house for Emil Bach in 1915. Emil was the brother of Otto Bach, who ran the Bach Brick Company in Chicago. Otto lived in another home designed by Wright, which unfortunately was not preserved.When we checked into the Emil Bach house, the caretaker told us about Wright’s defiant style. One summer day after the Bach family moved into the house, Mrs. Bach looked out the window to see a man ripping up her garden. Frank Lloyd Wright walked past the house and noticed Mrs. Bach had planted vegetables in the space he purposefully designed as a small strip of grass. He let himself in the gate and ripped up the garden. — Recommended Link Recommended Link Wright thought out every meticulous detail when designing a home. He said the house should be as unique as the family that lives in it. If he could not find the materials needed, he would make them himself. In the Emil Bach house, he personally designed the bookcases, furniture, and complex windows which have built-in shades hidden from view.The same goes for the exterior. The house has no drain pipes. Water funnels down to holes in the cantilevered roof before falling to drain in the ground below.He even hid the steps leading up to the entrance of the house. From the street view all you see is the home, no steps, and no door. Wright called this a “pathway to discovery.” Front steps hidden from viewWe had the unique opportunity to experience Wright’s design by spending the night in the Emil Bach house.Wright died in 1959. He was 91 years old. He designed hundreds of buildings. Another well-known house worth seeing is Fallingwater in Mill Run, Pennsylvania. Built over a streamWright built Fallingwater for the Kaufmann family in the mid-1930s. Kaufmann ran department stores bearing his name. He asked Wright to build a summer cabin on his property. He ended up with a home that feels like part of the stream’s natural waterfall. Wright ran 400% over budget in the process. If you have a chance to see the home in person, you’ll see why the Kaufmanns went along with his obscure and expensive design.Of the hundreds of buildings Wright designed over his life I’m aware of only one plantation. I had a chance to tour this magnificent structure in 2013. Frank Lloyd Wright designed a plantation in Beaufort, SCAn engineer from Michigan commissioned the project in the 1940s. Wright worked on it for over a decade before giving up.The owner’s daughter lived in the mostly finished home for another 25 years. When she was too old, she leased it to local South Carolinians as a hunting cabin. My guide told me the hunters hung and skinned dead deer in the kitchen.When movie producer Joel Silver bought and restored the one-of-a-kind property, he saved it from ruin. Silver allows a local non-profit land trust to host a tour of the property one day each year. It’s in November, which is a great time to visit South Carolina. Here is a link to the access tickets.The next time you’re in a building that feels right or wrong, take note of the design. You’ll find you can tell a lot about the owner’s personality by how he handled the architect who designed it. Maybe he restricted the architect, maybe he told him to play it safe so everyone would like it, or maybe he left him free to create something amazing. The rare cases when you experience the latter are memorable.Regards, Brand-New: Start with $100 and Retire Rich?Over the past decade, Tim Sykes’ stock trading teachings have helped his students with their retirement goals.. And in rare cases, some have even become millionaires… WITHOUT starting with much at all. That’s why Tim is now offering this full book AND a year of access to his wisdoms… for only $20. Yes only $20… because Tim knows that every $100 you keep could turn into $500 or even $1,000 down the road.. If you read this book and take the right steps. Justin’s note: For today’s Weekend Edition, we’re sharing another one of E.B. Tucker’s popular “Notes From the Battlefield” essays…This is a special section that E.B. includes every month in his Strategic Investor newsletter to show readers the importance of a well-lived life, rich with experiences. Last weekend, we showed you what he learned from spending a night at a former insane asylum…Today, he shares what he discovered from his recent architectural quest…By E.B. Tucker, editor, Strategic InvestorI’m fascinated with great architectural design.It all started about 10 years ago. I slowly realized most of the buildings we spend our lives in are complete crap. Not only do they look terrible, they make us feel terrible. When you experience great architecture there are no words to describe the feeling. Everything about it just feels right.Over the years, I’ve made friends with several progressive architects. I’ve traveled with them. I spend time over dinners listening to them explain things. They’ll point around a restaurant and show me the wall that’s out of place, the corner that should be rounded, and the thing hanging from the ceiling that makes patrons subconsciously feel trapped. Meanwhile, most people just deal with it and never know any different.My architect pals all tell the same story of how these terrible designs came to be. People hire them and ask them to design something amazing. They deliver. Then the customer balks at the cost and orders them to sterilize the design back down to something closer to what their neighbors have.