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Four Filipinos to see action in ONE: Warriors of the World in Bangkok

first_imgPangilinan: PH ‘putting very good bid’ to host 2023 Fiba World Cup Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:18Alvarez ready to take risk vs Folayang, looks to end clash by ‘knockout or submission’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 justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City Photo from ONE ChampionshipFour Filipinos will proudly hoist the country’s flag when they enter the cage at ONE Warriors of the World at Impact Arena in Bangkok, Thailand on December 9.Female fighters April Osenio and Rome Trinidad banner the Philippine delegation as they take on different opponents in the undercard.ADVERTISEMENT Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Read Next The Bangkok fightcard will see ONE Strawweight World Champion Yoshitaka Naito defend his title against Brazilian Alex Silva in the main event, while Shannon Wiratchai and Rasul Yakhyaev figure in a ONE Lightweight World Championship title eliminator.Singapore’s Christian Lee will also lock horns with Kotetsu Buku of South Korea, former ONE Strawweight World Champion Dejdamrong Sor Amnuaysirichoke going up against Riku Shibuya, hometown bet Yodsanan Sityodtong taking on Dodi Mardian of Indonesia, and Chinese bantamweight Tang De Pan facing Asraful Islam of Bangladesh. CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA LATEST STORIES QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. MOST READ Cayetano: 4 social media groups behind SEA Games ‘sabotage’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH The 23-year-old Osenio (2-2) is seeking to bounce back from her loss to Jenny Huang last year as Team Lakay pins its hopes on her when she faces the debuting Xiong Jingnan of China in their flyweight bout.Meanwhile, the 20-year-old Trinidad will be making her ONE debut as she showcases her Sikaran background and shoots for an upset against Thai contender Rika Ishige in their atomweight showdown.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 shutoutCebuano featherweight Jimmy Yabo (5-5) is also seeking to end his three-match skid when he tangles with Muay Thai specialist Sagetdao Petpayathai.Wushu expert Rabin Catalan (4-3) is also motivated to snap his own slump as he faces strawweight contender Kritsada Kongsrichai of Thailand. View commentslast_img read more

Test captaincy doesn’t come naturally to anyone: Stephen Fleming

first_imgFleming backs Team India to bounce back against England in the ODI seriesMS Dhoni may just be two tests losses away from touching Stephen Fleming’s ignominious record of most away test defeats as captain but he finds support from his CSK coach who advocates Indian cricket stakeholders to take a balanced view of things over their next test captain.In an interview to India Today.in Fleming backs the Dhoni led Indian one day outfit to bounce back against England, although he admits they will be uncomfortable after the test losses. Counting himself out in the race for Indian coach, he also says it would be in the best interest of Indian cricket if Virat Kohli strives to be the best batsman he can be and not necessarily the skipper.Q. Stephen, you have said you spend three months a year in India with the CSK. Would one get to see a lot more of your here? Should an opportunity arise would you want to be Indian cricket coach?A. No. I am happy with the CSK role. It works well with the family situation. I know how much travelling is there with Indian team and that’s not me for the moment.Q. You have spent a lot of time with Dhoni as a CSK skipper. Do you believe he is still the right man for the job. Also do you think test captainship comes naturally to him?A. I don’t know if test captainship comes naturally to anyone. It’s hard work and when your team does not do well you feel the pressure and responsibility. He batted well which is a good sign. If he was playing badly and the team was doing badly he would be under some real pressure. He’s got that decision along with the BCCI as to what future holds for him whether its all forms of the game or just the shorter version with the World Cup coming up. There are lots of questions I am sure which are being asked and he’s in the best place to answer it.advertisementQ. Virat’s worst test tour has coincided with India’s poor loss to England. Else do you think it could have been a case for him taking test leadership over from MS Dhoni?A. Virat will be dissapointed with his show. There are very high expectations of him and he is one of the best players in the world which he still is, a bad series in England or anywhere else does not make you any lesser. He will make some adjustments and will be better off for it. Whether that takes him to captainship, I am not sure. Being the best batsmen he can will be the best thing for Indian cricket right now.Q. How much of a blame should Duncan Fletcher take for India’s losses? The test team has never won away during his reign.A. I am a coach, and am not going to bad another coach. But more seriously it’s a hard job. Responsibility lies with the players which often gets overlooked. The coach and the captain gets targeted. But the players will be dissapointed with the way they played. There was a lot expected of Virat and Pujara. Vijay played quite well but there are some real high profile players who have put some good numbers in the past 12 months and collectively they have had a very bad tournament. How deep you want to run with that whether it’s support staff whether it’s your academies that’s a case for the BCCI.Q. Do you think the test loss will hurt their chances in the one dayers?A. No I don’t think so. They will be looking forward to the one dayers. It’s generally agreed  that they are more suited to the one day game at the moment. They are world champions and they will be on the run. But they will be uncomfortable just like England were in the second half of the test series. They will come bouncing back and I would be surprised if they didn’t.last_img read more

Sugar output up 6 to 27347 lakh tonne

first_imgNew Delhi: Sugar production rose by 6 per cent to 273.47 lakh tonne till March 15 of the current marketing year ending September 2019, helped by higher output in Maharashtra and Karnataka where mills started their operations early, according to industry data. The country had produced 258.20 lakh tonne sugar in the year-ago period, the Indian Sugar Mills Association (ISMA) said in a statement. “During 2018-19 sugar season, 527 sugar mills were in operation and they have produced 273.47 lakh tonne of sugar till March 15, 2019,” the ISMA said. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalAs many as 154 mills have stopped crushing and 373 sugar mills are continuing their crushing operations. Mills in Maharashtra and Karnataka are closing fast and their crushing season is on the verge of closing. According to the ISMA, sugar production in Maharashtra till March 15 was 100.08 lakh tonne as against 93.84 lakh tonne in the year-ago period. In Uttar Pradesh, production was almost flat at 84.14 lakh tonne compared with 84.39 lakh tonnes in the corresponding period of the 2017-18 marketing year. Sugar production in Karnataka stood at 42.45 lakh tonne as against 35.10 lakh tonnes. The ISMA had earlier pegged the country’s sugar production at 307 lakh tonne in 2018-19, down from 325 lakh tonnes in 2017-18 marketing year.last_img read more

RBI governor meets Arun Jaitley ahead of monetary policy

first_imgNew Delhi: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das Monday met Finance Minister Arun Jaitely, and is believed to have discussed the current economic situation, ahead of the first bi-monthly monetary policy for 2019-20. The meeting of the six-member Monetary Policy Committee (MPC) to decide on the first bi-monthly policy statement for 2019-20 will be held from April 2 to 4. The policy will be announced on April 4. “It was a courtesy meeting, there is a tradition of RBI Governor meeting the Finance Minister before monetary policy, so it is part of that,” Das told reporter after the meeting. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal The bi-monthly policy assumes significance as it will be announced just a week before the commencement of the seven-phase general elections beginning April 11. According to sources, economic issues were discussed during the meeting. While the RBI cut the interest rate in its February monetary policy after a gap of 18 months, industry has started clamouring for another rate cut as retail inflation is below the RBI’s benchmark of 4 per cent and need for boosting growth is pressing. Also Read – Food grain output seen at 140.57 mt in current fiscal on monsoon boost Retail inflation inched up to a four-month high of 2.57 per cent in February, though it is still below the RBI’s benchmark, raising hopes of another round of rate cut to boost industrial growth, which slipped to 1.7 per cent on account of manufacturing sector slowdown. The central bank had reduced the key lending rate (repo) by 25 basis points in February to 6.25 per cent. Following the RBI rate cut, many banks announced up to 10 basis point reduction in their lending rates. However, there have also been complaints that banks do not pass on the entire benefit of policy rate cut to borrowers. Last month, the governor had held meeting with top officials of public and private sector banks to discuss rate transmission and persuade them to pass on the benefit of lower interest rates to the consumers.last_img read more

Registration of hospitals under clinical establishment act begins

first_imgGurugram: A large number of private hospitals have not registered themselves under the clinical establishment act. Even as there was a deadline to include all the hospitals in February, the district authorities have not been able to meet the target of including all the hospitals under this act.Despite the move garnering a lot of resentment by a large number of protests by the medical experts, the Haryana government is all sett bring in the clinical establishment act of 2010. The act tries to bring in more transparency in the hospitals of Gurugram. According to senior government officials the act once implemented will make the doctors more accountable to patients. Challenges withstanding there have been six hospitals that include two government hospitals which have already enrolled for the project. Even as the ethical practices of the private hospital in the city come under question over recent months, poor public healthcare has only resulted in an increase in the population of patients in private hospitals. All the hospital that have the capacity of more than 100 beds are required to register themselves under this act. Most of the hospital protested the move citing that it will provide more powers to the public officer to unnecessarily harass the doctors. There are an estimated 150 medical institutions that are liable for getting registered under this act. “We are committed to registering all the medical institutions under this act. This act is bound to bring in more transparency. As of now six hospitals that includes four large private hospitals have registered themselves in the act,” said Dr BK Rajoura, Chief Medical Officer Gurugram health department. For long while public healthcare system continues to struggle with inadequate infrastructure, the private healthcare system in the face the credibility crisis.last_img read more

Elaborate traffic arrangements in place for IPL match in Delhi

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi Police has made elaborate traffic arrangements for parking of vehicles, pedestrian movement and safety of persons in and around the Feroz Shah Kotla Ground here, which will host an IPL T-20 cricket match on Thursday, officials said. The match between Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians will be played at the ground between 8.00 pm 11.30 pm. “Limited parking is available for labelled vehicles in the proximity of the stadium and no vehicles would be allowed to be parked on Bahadur Shah Zafar Marg, Jawaharlal Nehru Marg and Ring Road from Rajghat to I.P. Flyover (both the carriageways) on the day of the match,” a traffic advisory said. Vehicles parked on these roads shall be towed away and prosecuted as per law, the advisory added. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderFor unlabelled vehicles, ‘park and ride’ facility has been created at Mata Sundari Parking, Shanti Van Parking and under Velodrome Road, it said. All buses will start their services two hours before the match and will continue till one hour after the start of the match. The bus service from the stadium to their respective destinations will start as soon as the game ends and will continue for an hour after the match ends, a senior traffic officer said.last_img read more

Social skills helped shape modern human face

first_imgThe evolution of modern human face may have been partly driven by our need for good social skills, according to a study. As large-brained, short-faced hominins, our faces are different from other, now extinct hominins, such as the Neanderthals, and our closest living relatives bonobos and chimpanzees, said researchers from the University of York in the UK. The study, published in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution, traced changes in the evolution of the face from the early African hominins to the appearance of modern human anatomy. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainThe researchers conclude that social communication has been somewhat overlooked as a factor underlying the modern human facial form. Our faces should be seen as the result of a combination of biomechanical, physiological and social influences, researchers said. They suggest that our faces evolved not only due to factors such as diet and climate, but possibly also to provide more opportunities for gesture and nonverbal communication. These are vital skills for establishing the large social networks which are believed to have helped Homo sapiens to survive, researchers said. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma Award”We can now use our faces to signal more than 20 different categories of emotion via the contraction or relaxation of muscles,” said Paul O’Higgins, a professor at the University of York. “It’s unlikely that our early human ancestors had the same facial dexterity as the overall shape of the face and the positions of the muscles were different,” O’Higgins said. Instead of the pronounced brow ridge of other hominins, humans developed a smooth forehead with more visible, hairy eyebrows capable of a greater range of movement. This, alongside our faces becoming more slender, allows us to express a wide range of subtle emotions – including recognition and sympathy. “We know that other factors such as diet, respiratory physiology and climate have contributed to the shape of the modern human face, but to interpret its evolution solely in terms of these factors would be an oversimplification.” The human face has been partly shaped by the mechanical demands of feeding and over the past 100,000 years our faces have been getting smaller as our developing ability to cook and process food led to a reduced need for chewing. This facial shrinking process has become particularly marked since the agricultural revolution, as we switched from being hunter gatherers to agriculturalists and then to living in cities – lifestyles that led to increasingly pre-processed foods and less physical effort. “Softer modern diets and industrialised societies may mean that the human face continues to decrease in size,” said O’Higgins. “There are limits on how much the human face can change however, for example breathing requires a sufficiently large nasal cavity,” he said. “However, within these limits, the evolution of the human face is likely to continue as long as our species survives, migrates and encounters new environmental and cultural conditions.”last_img read more

Libya deputy intelligence chief abducted security

first_imgTRIPOLI – Libya’s deputy intelligence chief Mustafa Nuh was abducted Sunday in Tripoli, a security official told AFP, as tensions ran high in the capital following deadly violence over the weekend.“The vice president of intelligence was abducted shortly after his arrival in Tripoli from a trip abroad,” said the official, who declined to be named.Contacted by AFP, an intelligence source confirmed that Nuh had “disappeared” but did not elaborate. Private channel Libya al-Ahrar reported he was abducted, but it did not cite any sources for its report.There was no immediate claim for the abduction, which came as Tripoli began a three-day strike to mourn dozens of people killed in clashes at an anti-militia protest — the deadliest violence in the capital since the 2011 uprisingAt least 43 people were killed and more than 450 wounded in the fighting, according to the health ministry.The violence erupted on Friday when demonstrators protesting against unruly militias in Tripoli were fired upon from a base of ex-rebels in the capital and raged overnight and into Saturday.The weak central government has struggled to rein in former rebel brigades that helped end Moamer Kadhafi’s 40-year dictatorship but have since grown into increasingly menacing militias.Libyan Prime Minister Ali Zeidan was himself abducted for several hours by gunmen in October before being released unharmed.A security chief claimed responsibility for the abduction and said he was “proud” of it.last_img read more

Opinion Slow start shouldnt concern Cleveland Cavaliers fans

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James addresses an official during a game against the New Orleans Pelicans on Nov. 10. at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland. Cleveland won, 118-111.Credit: Courtesy of TNSWhen LeBron James returned to the Cleveland Cavaliers, he knew the team would have an adjustment period.“It’s something that I was ready for,” James told ESPN.com on Nov. 24. “I knew that it was going to be my biggest challenge of my career thus far, so I accept the challenge, and when we lose, I take full responsibility. When we win, the team wins. That’s what it’s about.”And a transition it has been. Through their first 16 games, the new “Big 3” of Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love and James have gone 9-7 and currently sit in sixth place in a weak Eastern Conference.However, it takes time for everything to play out.But what is everything though? Everything consists of team chemistry to off-court relationships and both offensive and defensive playmaking. James knew that the Cavs would go through all of this. And it’s because he’s done it before.Many fans and media expected the Cavaliers to start the regular season being a great team, and with James’ first “true” point guard in Irving, many thought this team could rely on its playmaking alone.Despite having a 5-3 record through the middle of November, the Cavs lost four straight, causing many to wonder if coach David Blatt was the right coach for one of the most talented teams in the NBA. Some fans have even wanted Blatt fired, as James has taken on a coaching role because Blatt has never played or coached in the NBA before.Blatt played collegiately at Princeton and then went on to play and coach in Israel, as well as coach the Russian national team in the 2012 Olympic games, leading the team to a bronze medal.But the NBA is different from any place Blatt has coached before, and it shows.Coming into Tuesday’s game against Milwaukee the Cavs, despite being 11th in the NBA in points per game with 103.3, ranked 24th in total rebounds per game with 41.1. Defensively, it ranks 17th in total points allowed per game with 99.3. They are also 27th in assists allowed per game with 24.8.Love was also on the record saying that his new team was going to have a transition period.“It’s going to take a little bit of time, but we’re going to clean this up, I guarantee you that,” Love told ESPN.com. “Team morale is great. We get along, but we know we have a ton of work to do.”Through everything the Cavs have gone through this season, many fail to mention that James and his former team, the Miami Heat, had a transition period of nearly a month and a half, before the team started to get a feel for one another’s style of play.It wasn’t until Dec. 2, 2010, when the Heat played the Cavs, in what was James’ first game against his former team, that the Heat turned the corner. Despite Cleveland going into that game with two straight wins, the Heat beat the Cavs, 118-90. After that, everything seemed to click for the winning team. From there, the Heat continued their three-game winning streak and won 20 of their next 21 games.Before going on that run and heading into 2011 at 25-9, some were calling for the firing of coach Erik Spoelstra.Despite taking the Heat to the NBA Finals in his first two seasons coaching the team, its start was something many didn’t expect.In their first 18 games together, Chris Bosh, Dwyane Wade and James went 10-8, with key wins coming against the Orlando Magic and Philadelphia 76ers, who both made the playoffs that season. Rumors had spread that Heat President Pat Riley would relieve Spoelstra of coaching duties and take over. Instead, Riley did nothing, and the Heat lost to the Dallas Mavericks in the NBA Finals that season.Sixteen games in, the Cavs have key wins against the Atlanta Hawks, Chicago Bulls and the Washington Wizards and are still going through some growing pains, but have won four-straight.But like the Heat, it doesn’t matter what is going on now, the future is more important. That’s why people say it’s not how you preform in the first half of the season, it’s how you preform in May and June.So while fans may be worried about how the Cavs preform, remember that it just takes time.Time is one of the hardest things to live with as a sports fan because as a team is going through a rebuilding phase, the product you see on the floor isn’t necessarily the product you’ll see at the end of the day.By the beginning of January, I guarantee Blatt and the Cavs will have figured something out and will continue to fight toward a potential birth in the NBA Finals. Only so much can be learned during training camp, and time for adjustments in the regular season has to be learned in practice and during in-game situations. read more

Watch out for Borussia Dortmund this season in Europe

first_imgWe take a closer look at the many virtues that this Borussia Dortmund side has this season, they could compete for everything in Europe.The Borussia Dortmund board of directors have been doing things right at least for the last decade, they nearly conquered Europe back in 2013 with the guidance of Jürgen Klopp.They were in a small hiatus for a few years, but this season was key for them to get refreshed by many new talents and many well-established players are also responding very well to the challenge as Borussia Dortmund takes the Bundesliga by storm and does in the same fashion they have always done it historically.This is a squad that stays dynamic during the whole season, they always strive to practice the most offensive football one could ever hope for and they just keep discovering new talents every single year.The Dortmund supporters weren’t ever worried after Ousmane Dembele left to play for Barcelona, because the club’s scouting system is one of the best in the world and they quickly found a replacement who is even better than the Frenchman.We are going to talk about three key players who might transform this Borussia Dortmund side into a serious threat for any Champions League opponent they face this season.#SquadGoals pic.twitter.com/77NFtNAk8o— Borussia Dortmund 🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@BlackYellow) October 6, 2018Marco ReusBorussia Dortmund’s absolute leader, a man who has never left the institution that has always supported him when things got heavy for him.Reus has struggled with nasty injuries in the past, one even made him miss the World Cup in 2014 and prevented him to become a World Cup champion.The winger seems to be living a second youth before he turns 30 and he understands his role as the club’s frontman who should be good enough to take them very far in all competitions this season.He is the perfect role model for the generation of players who are also coming forward this season for the club, Marco Reus deserves to finally get this recognition as the leaders that he is.Paco Alcácer leads the Bundesliga in goals.He’s only played 81 minutes. 😱😱 pic.twitter.com/kOfGA2WHpn— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) October 8, 2018Paco AlcacerWhen Spanish striker Paco Alcacer first arrived in FC Barcelona last season, he suffered from the same problems that other strikers go through when they compete every day against Lionel Messi or Luis Suarez.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.The Valencia CF product wasn’t able to keep up with any of both players and decided to leave, he took the offer from Borussia Dortmund and it didn’t really take him a long time to adapt.Today in the Bundesliga, Alcacer is the undisputed top scorer so far in the season and he was exactly the kind of striker that the German club had been craving for such a long time.With already 6 goals in the competition, there is no doubt that Paco Alcacer will finish his season with the highest goal-tally of his career.The #Bundesliga after 7 MatchdaysTop scorer:▪️@paco93alcacer: ⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️⚽️▪️Minutes played: 8⃣1⃣Most assists:▪️@Sanchooo10: 👟👟👟👟👟👟▪️ Minutes played: 2⃣1⃣4⃣#bvb pic.twitter.com/OlbmdFm0pc— Stefan Buczko (@StefanBuczko) October 6, 2018Jadon SanchoArguably the greatest discovery that Borussia Dortmund has done since Robert Lewandowski first arrived at their doorstep, English lad Jadon Sancho is the biggest sensation in European football right now alongside French wonder kid Kylian Mbappé.The Golden Boy award will be disputed by the PSG star and this young player who already has 7 assists in all competition for Borussia Dortmund, which are more than any other player on the continent.Sancho just was called-up to play for his country in the next international break, it’s a dream come true for a player who is still too young and needs to take his career slowly.There are no guarantees that manager Gareth Southgate will give him the first minutes for England, but traveling with the squad so young is already a great achievement for the kid.Emotional. Inspirational. Unbelievable.Going into international break on a high note 🙌📰 https://t.co/m7qiJAH0Rh pic.twitter.com/dvfHEQE3Mx— Borussia Dortmund 🇺🇸🇬🇧 (@BlackYellow) October 8, 2018Which other players would you add to Borussia Dortmund’s best this season? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Sterling praises Sanchos work ethic

first_imgRaheem Sterling paid tribute to Jadon Sancho’s work ethic and insists he’s unsurprised on how quickly the teenager’s adapted at EnglandThe 18-year-old winger made his international debut for the senior England team in Friday’s goalless draw at Croatia by replacing Sterling for the final 12 minutes.Despite the short amount of time on the pitch, Sancho left observers impressed with his seamlessly transition into the Three Lions squad.But Sterling, who trained alongside the youngster at City before his switch to Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund, insists that it is of no surprise to him.“He is a really good talent and someone I’ve thought highly of since the first time I saw him at Manchester City when he was training with us in pre-season,” said Sterling, according to the Irish Mirror.“I thought highly of him – his work ethic and what he does with the ball. I know him really well and he’s someone that is really modest but when he’s on the field he wants to express his ability.”Sterling also backed Sancho’s shock decision to leave for Germany last year.“For someone so young to back themselves to go abroad is a credit to them,” he added.“To go abroad so young and back yourself, that shows a lot about the person. He could have taken the easy route and stayed at City but he saw himself developing better.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“That’s what it’s about in football – you have to judge your own situation and he did that perfectly and all credit to him.“He has knuckled down in Germany and, when you’re that age, it’s probably something you need. To have that seclusion and be by yourself a bit and to concentrate solely on football. I’m really happy for him.”After Friday’s match, the England squad had a break at the team hotel with Sterling and Sancho getting involved in a video game showdown between Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain.Playing as Juventus, Sancho led the Italian side to a 3-1 win over Sterling’s PSG – which the latter certainly didn’t enjoy come the full-time whistle.We all know that friend 👋😂🤣#Sterling #Sancho #FIFA #FIFA19[🎥IG/sanchooo104] pic.twitter.com/eraKZXU4WY— Xtra Minute (@XtraminuteTV) October 14, 2018last_img read more

Former Arsenal legend talks about Bob Wilson

first_imgFor David Seaman, the chance he had to work together with Wilson was perfect and praised the work of his former teammateEnglish goalkeeper David Seaman played with Arsenal in the English Premier League from 1990 to 2003.And with the Gunners, he worked closely with former footballer Bob Wilson.“What makes Bob special is that he used to give you confidence in training, so you didn’t have to go and play well in a game,” Seaman told the club’s official website.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“In training, he would do exercises where you would have to make two or three worldie saves, ones that really turn a game or are really special.”“But what he used to do is, if you made one of those worldie saves in the first two or three minutes, he’d say ‘Right, out,’ and you’d go out of that session feeling so full of confidence because you’d make this great save,” he added.“That was a specialty of Bob’s because you could make that worldie and then the next ball that comes in you could mess it up and as a goalkeeper you will remember the one that you’ve messed up and that would get you down, but Bob knew ‘Right, you’ve made a great save, out you go,’ and you’d keep that confidence.”last_img read more

Honor 8X phone looks glorious in shifting purplyblue finish at CES 2019

first_img Honor View 20’s hypnotic colors will make your jaw drop Phantom blue Honor 8X is pure eye candy The Honor View 20 may be Huawei’s only new phone at CES 2019 (and, in fact, the only satisfying phone of the entire show), but the company threw in a bonus device. Or rather, a bonus color for the Honor 8X: Phantom Blue. Take a look at the photos below — it’s pretty.What makes the color “phantom” is the shifting quality of its finish, which changes from blue to purple and pink when it catches the light. It’s a technique that Huawei and other Chinese rivals have used on phones in 2018 to eye-catching effect. The Huawei P20 Pro was one particularly successful example, with a similar color gradient to the new Honor 8X shade. $174 Now playing: Watch this: Post a comment 2:58 CES 2019: See all of CNET’s coverage of the year’s biggest tech show.Dazzling Honor View 20 has you in its thrall at CES 2019 14 Photos Mentioned Above Huawei Honor 8X (black) CES 2019 0 Huawei Honor 8Xcenter_img See it Preview • The Honor 8X is like a super-cheap iPhone XS Max, in all the best ways Dazzling Honor View 20 phone will dazzle you Phones Tags 28 Photos Huawei has sold 6 million Honor 8X phones, the company announced ahead of CES 2019.The Honor View 20, which we also saw here at CES, comes in Phantom Red and Phantom Blue, which are equally mesmerizing. See what I mean in the gallery below. Huawei Share your voice CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Colors may not seem like the last thing people should care about when buying a new phone, but bright hues and eccentric finishes are one surefire way for companies to grab buyers’ attention in a crowded marketplace. While Huawei is struggling to sell its phones in an increasingly hostile global environment that questions the company’s close relationship with the Chinese government, it nevertheless continues to push phones in friendly markets and innovate on features, software and design.last_img read more

Yuvraj Singhs exgirfriend Kim Sharma flashes her belly button piercing in bikini

first_imgHowever, Kim is not the only actress Yuvraj was linked with in Bollywood, before he settled with Hazel. He also reportedly dated Preeti Jhangiani, Minissha Lamba, Shamita Shetty, Riya Sen and even Deepika Padukone. Preity Zinta’s name had also come up once, but angry about the references she had clearly denied having a relationship with Yuvraj.Kim had made her debut in Bollywood with Aditya Chopra’s Mohabbatein in 2000 but she struggled to cement her position in the industry. She soon vanished from the Hindi film industry after delivering a slew of flops in her career. She was last seen in SS Rajamouli’s Telugu blockbuster Magadheera making a special appearance. Kim SharmaInstagramActress Kim Sharma may have been away from showbiz but for the past one year, she was in the news for her relationship with actor Harshvardhan Rane. But their romance was short-lived as they parted away in April this year after dating for a year. The actress, however, didn’t let the break up affect her emotionally and she has now turned her focus on living the present to the fullest. And her Instagram account is a proof of that wherein she keeps giving a sneak peak into her daily life.She recently posted a picture wherein she was seen flaunting her belly button piercing while chilling in the swimming pool wearing a multi-coloured neon bikini. Showing off her well-toned body with a smile on her face, Kim said that she misses sunshiny day in the midst of the gloomy ones.Last night, Kim attended her rumoured ex-boyfriend and cricketer Yuvraj Singh’s retirement party in Mumbai wherein she was seen having a great time with the man of the evening. She also happily posed for pictures with Yuvraj and wife Hazel Keech together which speaks a thousand words about their cordial relationship.Wearing a leopard print thigh-high slit strapped gown, Kim Sharma looked hotter than ever. After the India’s all-rounder announced his retirement from all forms of cricket earlier in June, Kim had lauded him for his achievements on the field.As Hazel called it the “end of an era” on Yuvraj’s retirement, Kim Sharma, whom the cricketer reportedly dated for some years before splitting in 2007, had left a note on Hazel’s post which reads, “Shine brighter you lovely duo.”She also took to her own Twitter account and wrote, “Well played Yuvraj. A standing ovation for some unforgettable moments in sport. May your next phase be as smashing with Hazel.” Kim Sharma, Yuvraj SinghInstagram Kim Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, Hazel KeechInstagramlast_img read more

Texas Cities Want Millennials Living Downtown So Why Does The State Keep

first_imgLess than 3 percent of the $42.9 billion in traditional federal and state transportation money in the plan goes toward projects built for pedestrians and bicyclists; less than 1 percent goes toward public transit. About 15 percent of the $38.2 billion for major highway construction is budgeted for building freeways and corridor extensions that don’t yet exist, including $2.8 billion for a new regional loop north of Denton and McKinney. Cooper Neil for The Texas TribuneInterstate 345 in Dallas connects two major highways and separates downtown Dallas from the Deep Ellum neighborhood.As the neighborhoods in and around downtown Dallas redeveloped in recent decades, they became hotbeds for millennials who, more than their parents did, rely on everything from walking and shared bikes to light-rail trains and ride-hailing apps to get around.The same dynamic has played out in other Texas cities as people with college degrees and higher incomes return to the inner city neighborhoods that previous generations abandoned for the suburbs. But car ownership is still a necessity in most of the state’s urban areas, which still trail other American metros in luring educated young professionals — who in turn help attract new businesses and sustain government coffers.That’s a conundrum for transportation planners like Kevin Feldt, who spends his workdays inside a nondescript Arlington office building trying to figure out how to build North Texas’ future transportation grid for a new generation while political and financial inertia still heavily favor the kind of highway building that exacerbates sprawl.“Where are we headed?” Feldt asks. “And what does the future hold? That’s my dilemma.”Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas TribuneA man walks his dog near the farmers market in downtown Dallas in June 2018. The neighborhood has driven much of the population growth in the central business district in recent years.Feldt is a program manager for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, one of many metropolitan planning groups around the country that the federal government has tasked with overseeing transportation planning in urban areas.Texas has 25 such entities, including Austin’s Capital Area Metropolitan Planning Organization, San Antonio’s Alamo Area Metropolitan Planning Organization and southeast Texas’ Houston-Galveston Area Council.Of the state’s four largest metro areas, only North Texas has completed its long-term transportation plan for 2045. Such plans influence a web of federal, state and local entities as they spend billions of taxpayer dollars turning those plans into miles of new freeways, city streets, transit lines and bike lanes.And while millennials may be pushing away old ideas about what transportation infrastructure — and the development patterns it creates — should look like, the Council of Governments’ proposed $135 billion plan for North Texas’ future looks decidedly old school: One of the goals of the long-term North Texas plan, dubbed Mobility 2045, is to give people alternatives to driving everywhere solo. But the political reality is that highway projects are much easier to sell in the suburbs than pedestrian, bicycle and transit projects.“It’s a vicious cycle that’s going on here,” said Dallas City Councilman Scott Griggs. “It’s transportation planning right out of the 1950s.”One of the most crucial contributors to what has become a self-fulfilling highway-building bureaucracy can be found at the beginning of the planning process itself: forecasting future transportation demand.“We look at 2045, but we use today’s travel behavior and reasons for traveling as staying constant,” Feldt said. “I don’t think that will be the case, but we have no way of understanding what travel demand will be like in 2045, so we do the best we can.”A return to the urban coreThe Austin area leads the state and is 11th in the nation when it comes to the percentage of millennials who have college degrees, according to a Brookings Institution analysis of census data. Dallas-Fort Worth is tied at 40th with Los Angeles. Houston, the state’s largest metropolitan area, came in at 51st, while El Paso and San Antonio are near the bottom at 73rd and 78th, respectively.Meanwhile, Dallas and other Texas cities find themselves competing not only against other U.S. cities but against their own suburbs for college-educated young workers. Dallas has shown signs of progress on that front.An analysis of census data by the University of Virginia Demographics Research Group found that during the redevelopment of Dallas’ urban core between 1990 and 2012, the growth of college-educated residents — and per-capita incomes — in those neighborhoods outpaced the downtown areas in America’s 50 biggest metropolitan regions.Similar trends have played out in Austin and Houston, which saw the biggest increases in college-educated residents and per-capita incomes in and around their downtowns. But those areas and North Texas also saw above-average increases in educated residents and incomes out in the suburbs — and San Antonio’s biggest increases happened in neighborhoods more than 15 miles from downtown.Does that mean educated millennials prefer dense, urban neighborhoods or more spacious suburbs? It’s hard to tell, because members of the up-and-coming generation have to adapt their lives to metropolitan areas that were built around the automobile long before they were born — which can fool planners who use current behavior to predict future needs.Do people live far from work and avoid public transit because they want to, or because previous planners didn’t invest in sidewalks and rail lines that would make such options viable?Kyle Shelton, the director of strategic partnerships for Rice University’s Kinder Institute for Urban Research, thinks it’s the latter: “We have legitimately not created the infrastructure that makes it the most convenient and makes it the most effective,” he said.Tallying the needLeslie Boorhem-StephensonKevin Feldt, a program manager for the North Central Texas Council of Governments, in his Arlington office where he works on transportation plans for the Dallas-Fort Worth area.The Regional Transportation Council — a 44-member body of elected and appointed officials that prioritizes which projects get funded — unanimously approved Mobility 2045 this month for the Dallas-Fort Worth area.And while highway construction projects got more money than rail expansions, sidewalks and bike lanes combined, regional officials say they still face a $327 billion shortfall in what they need for the region’s roads.How did they get to that number?“We assume that we’re going to remove all of the congestion,” Feldt said.It’s an assumption that everyone involved knows will never become reality. That’s because it would entail something that transportation and urban planning experts say is counterproductive: building even wider highway corridors, which typically prompt more drivers to use them, which only perpetuates congestion in what becomes a never-ending cycle known as induced demand.Feldt admits it’s not a feasible solution. “I don’t think you want to [keep expanding highways] because it would be very ugly and very land-intensive,” he said.So why spend the time to estimate the number at all?Because those alleged shortfalls are what local and regional officials use to persuade state lawmakers to provide more money and allow more financing mechanisms to pay for more roads — which Feldt acknowledges is just another mechanism for perpetuating the sprawl that leads to more demand for roads in coming years.The coming population boomWhen it comes to regulating how land is developed for housing and businesses — which can influence the kinds and amount of transportation infrastructure that is needed — cities hold the reins. And city officials typically focus on how development can increase their lifeblood: property taxes and sales tax revenues.“They’re not going to put a limit on where they can grow and how they can grow,” Feldt said.Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas TribuneSince the Dallas North Tollway has expanded farther north into Collin County, once sleepy farm towns have ballooned in population and turned into suburbs that draw major employers.Republican state Rep. Ron Simmons of Carrollton, who sits on the Texas House Transportation Committee and also is a nonvoting member of NCTCOG’s executive board, said cities are prone to green-lighting developments, then turning to transportation agencies to build the roads and other infrastructure to support the growth that follows.“That’s not a good way to do business,” he said.But for planners like Feldt, there’s pressure to accommodate the expected onslaught of people coming to suburban Texas, even if there are cultural and technological shifts currently changing what people want out of their transportation networks.“Well, we’ve got to accommodate those people somehow,” he said.Between now and 2045, NCTCOG estimates the North Texas region will grow from 7.2 million to 11.2 million people — and nearly one-third of those additional 4 million people are expected to live in suburban Collin and Denton counties. Dallas County, the area’s urban center, housed 46 percent of the region’s population in 1990. That is projected to fall to just over 30 percent in 27 years.As a result, the long-term plan under Mobility 2045 includes nearly $5 billion for projects like the outer loop in Collin County, widening the Dallas North Tollway for its entire stretch through Collin County and extending it to within a county of the Oklahoma state line.Planners are quick to point out that many revenue streams come with restrictions on the kinds of projects that can be built. But heavily favoring suburban toll roads and freeway expansions threatens to exacerbate the middle-class flight away from the urban core, a phenomenon that already has left Dallas to grapple with growing income inequality, housing stock that doesn’t match up with what residents can afford and underperforming schools.“We want suburbs to be successful, but we also want a strong core,” said Griggs, the Dallas councilman. “So much of this suburban growth has been at a cost and at the expense of the city of Dallas.”Legislative hurdlesMobility 2045 calls for more than $33 billion to pay for rail expansion and improved bus and paratransit service — including planned rail lines that would connect to Frisco, McKinney, Midlothian, Cleburne and Waxahachie, all of which are suburbs or rural county seats that don’t currently pay into any transit agencies.Leslie Boorhem-Stephenson for The Texas TribuneA Dallas Area Rapid Transit light-rail train pulls out of the Deep Ellum Station in Dallas in June 2018.But more than $22 billion of the $33.3 billion budgeted for transit capital projects comes from public-private partnerships or a $10 fee on vehicle registrations or other funding mechanisms that do not yet exist and could require legislative approval. Dallas Area Rapid Transit board chair Sue Bauman is skeptical that either could get support from state lawmakers, who have spent minuscule amounts of money on transit agencies once they wrote legislation creating them.“I think they feel like by doing that, they’ve done their share,” she said.Since the 1990s, DART has built what agency officials boast is the largest light rail network in North America. Which is true, if measured only by the length of tracks. DART has 93 miles of light rail and jointly operates another 34 miles of commuter tracks with Fort Worth’s Trinity Metro. That dwarfs Houston METRO’s 22 miles of light rail and Austin Capital Metro’s 32 miles of commuter rail.But DART’s light rail system was built to mimic its highway system — it acts as a hub-and-spoke network where all major corridors meet downtown and then fan out to suburban neighborhoods in every direction. Critics say that design leaves several urban neighborhoods without rail and suppresses the number of people who would use the system because its bus service is often infrequent and undependable.DART is embarking on plans to build a second downtown Dallas light rail line, expand its urban streetcar system, overhaul its bus routes and construct the suburban commuter Cotton Belt rail line to DFW Airport.Its plans to finance all of this rely on DART’s own sales tax revenues and federal loans and grants that must be divvied up between all of the nation’s mass-transit providers. While the Texas Department of Transportation has a budget of more than $26 billion for the 2018 and 2019 fiscal years, less than 1 percent of that is earmarked for public transit.“There’s zero (state money) and that’s the way it’s set up,” said Bauman, who also sits on the RTC. “I wish there was a mechanism, but there really isn’t.”Simmons, the Carrollton lawmaker, is pessimistic that lawmakers will start steering more state money toward transit any time soon.“You’re not going to get passed in the Legislature money from the state for mass transit when you have such needs for road construction itself,” he said.A budgeting trickMeanwhile, the Council of Government’s highway construction plans are also predicated on revenues that don’t yet exist, although they make up a much smaller percentage of the total. More than $7.2 billion of the money needed to make all the highway construction a reality comes from the assumption that lawmakers will hike both state and federal gas tax rates twice in the next 28 years — even though they haven’t done so in the past 25 years.It’s a budgeting trick that planners like Feldt use as a placeholder for extra money that hasn’t yet materialized.“It’s reasonably prudent to assume we’re going to get some additional funding,” he said. “We just don’t know where or how much, so we take our best guess and come up with stuff.”But if transportation funds are so limited — especially when it comes to transit and other non-car-centric projects — what makes planners so confident that highways will get even more?“History has told us over the last 30 or 40 years that somehow, some way, we always get additional funding,” Feldt said.This story was written in collaboration with D Magazine and is not available for republishing until July 25, 2018. For questions regarding Texas Tribune republishing email director of media relations and partnerships, NatalieChoate at nchoate@texastribune.org.Disclosure: Rice University has been a financial supporter of The Texas Tribune, a nonprofit, nonpartisan news organization that is funded in part by donations from members, foundations and corporate sponsors. Financial supporters play no role in the Tribune’s journalism. Find a complete list of them here. Share About 58 percent of the $89.4 billion earmarked for capital projects is for new pavement — everything from highways and tolled lanes to city streets. And while there’s $33.3 billion earmarked for public transit construction and improvements, nearly two-thirds of that money is from revenue streams that do not exist yet.last_img read more

India Turkey to enhance bilateral ties

first_imgKolkata: Ambassador-Designate of India to the Republic of Turkey Mr Sanjay Bhattacharyya on Monday stressed on the importance of cultural ties between Kolkata and Turkey. He laid emphasis on the promotion of tourism between the two countries.He was addressing a special session: ‘Economic Climate and Business Opportunities in Turkey and Egypt’ organised by Bharat Chamber of Commerce at its office. He briefed the business community of Kolkata to new opportunities of trade and investment in Turkey and Egypt while addressing the session. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsWhile talking to the Millennium Post on the sideline of the programme, he said a festival on Rabindranath Tagore will be organised in Egypt to boost cultural ties between the two countries. He also visited Shantiniketan recently in this regard. He said there has been an influx of tourists to Egypt from India but the number of people visiting India from Egypt is not up to the mark due to lack of tour operators. During his speech, Bhattacharyya said as a result of the recent transformation in the Egypt, more transparency is being induced in the system of business practices through Legislative and Economic reforms. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedTurkey’s economy witnessed a significant momentum of growth during the last decade and a half. In this context, Mr Sitaram Sharma, president, Bharat Chamber of Commerce referred to increased trade between India and Turkey recorded at USD 5.85 billion during 2016. He also laid emphasis on creation of a Free Trade Agreement in order to expand the horizon of economic ties between the two countries. Egypt ranks as the best FDI destination in Africa for India.last_img read more

Amazons Ring gave access to its employees to watch live footage of

first_imgAccording to a report by The Intercept, Ring, Amazon’s smart doorbell company gave access to its employees to watch live footage from cameras of the customers. As per the claim, Ring engineers and executives were allowed to watch the unfiltered footage of the users. Last year in February, Amazon acquired Ring for $1 billion. Amazon had been in the news last year for its data breach where the company leaked out the customers’ email addresses. Ring markets its cameras, mounted as doorbells as a security means that act like a privatized neighborhood watch while the user was away. The staff at Ring was able to gain access to the cameras inside as well as outside the home, depending on where the devices were positioned. Ring has been accused of mishandling videos collected by the smart device and failing to protect the footage with encryption. The Ring customer’s email address is enough to get access to cameras from user’s home. According to The Information and The Intercept, Ring’s video annotation team would watch camera footage and tag objects, humans and other things in the video clips so that its object recognition software could better itself. In 2016, Ring provided its Ukraine-based research and development team unfettered access to a folder on Amazon’s S3 cloud storage service that had unencrypted videos created by Ring cameras. Ring’s Neighbors app, that lets users receive real-time crime and safety alerts, doesn’t include any mention of image or facial recognition in its description. Ring’s terms of service and its privacy policy don’t mention any details about the manual video annotation being conducted by humans. Ring tried to justify that the videos weren’t shared by the company. Ring responded to this post stating, “We take the privacy and security of our customers’ personal information extremely seriously. In order to improve our service, we view and annotate certain Ring video recordings. These recordings are sourced exclusively from publicly shared Ring videos from the Neighbors app (in accordance with our terms of service), and from a small fraction of Ring users who have provided their explicit written consent to allow us to access and utilize their videos for such purposes. Ring employees do not have access to livestreams from Ring products. We have strict policies in place for all our team members. We implement systems to restrict and audit access to information. We hold our team members to a high ethical standard and anyone in violation of our policies faces discipline, including termination and potential legal and criminal penalties. In addition, we have zero tolerance for abuse of our systems and if we find bad actors who have engaged in this behavior, we will take swift action against them.” Because of the privacy concerns, users are now skeptical about using Ring’s smart doorbell. One comment on HackerNews read, “The ring doorbell is installed at your front door. It records pretty much all movement to and from your house. It records audio at the doorstep, so if you’re having a conversation with anyone at your doorstep, that gets recorded too.” Another user commented, “If some rando gets my ring doorbell footage and figures out where I live, that’s hard to undo. If someone steals my stuff and gets away with it because I didn’t have a ring doorbell, that’s annoying but much easier to recover from. We are talking about the difference between an insurance claim and moving house.” According to a few users, this device is prone to DDOS attacks. One of the users commented, “Aside from the 700 person team given access to live video feeds and customer databases, the lack of proper security of this product makes it a PRIME target for DDOS attacks that could cripple infrastructure.” But few users are in the favor of such devices as they find them safe and convenient to use. One user commented, “These devices are extremely popular in my neighborhood, and cost/convenience is the only thing keeping them from being universal.” Another user commented, “I’d say, yes. I’ve been able to watch that many people see the ring (they see the camera), and they back right off the porch. It’s been awesome in this respect, people simply ring it less.” Some users believe such surveillance devices shouldn’t use cloud but instead have data stored locally. Others are now looking out for alternatives like Xiaomi Dafang camera, RCA doorbell camera, and Blue Iris. This news surely makes one reflect on how home appliances could get monitored by companies or hackers and personal data might get misused. Note: We have edited this news to include the response from the Ring team to our post. Read Next AWS introduces Amazon DocumentDB featuring compatibility with MongoDB, scalability and much more Amazon confirms plan to sell a HIPAA eligible software, Amazon Comprehend Medical, which will mine medical records of the patients US government privately advised by top Amazon executive on web portal worth billions to the Amazon; The Guardian reportslast_img read more

Costa Rica to join Earth Hour on Saturday

first_imgNo related posts. Ticos on Saturday night will participate in “Earth Hour,” a global initiative to raise awareness for the need to take steps to address climate change.From 8:30-9:30 p.m., Costa Rican residents will join millions of people around the world in turning off all non-essential lights in their homes.Members of the nongovernmental organization Sustainability Consultants, the official organizer of the event in the country, also expect businesses to go dark for the planet. Last year, nearly one billion people in 7,000 cities of 152 countries joined the initiative after the inaugural Earth Hour was held in Sydney in 2007, involving at the time two million individuals and 2,000 businesses.For more info, visit: www.earthhour.org. Facebook Commentslast_img

Amazon has added the AE Networks History Play st

first_imgAmazon has added the A+E Networks’ History Play streaming service to its line-up of Prime Video Channels in the UK, Germany and Austria, marking the first time the service has been available in the three countries.Prime members will gain access to History Play with an add -n subscription of £3.99 in the UK and €3.99 per month in Germany and Austria, with a seven-day free trial in the UK and a 14-day free trial in Germany and Austria.The service will be available on smart TVs, iOS and Android mobile devices, Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, Fire tablets and games consoles and through the web.At launch the service will offer UK Prime members shows including Madness front man Suggs who teams up with leading detectorist Stephen Taylor as they unearth secrets from the Second World War inWW2 Treasure Hunters, Hunting Hitler and The Curse of Oak Island.“We’re thrilled to now offer Prime members in the UK, Germany and Austria access to a wide-range of popular documentaries and series for the first time with A+E’s on-demand subscription service, History Play, through Prime Video Channels.  History Play adds an incredible line up of ground-breaking stories across different areas of history, to the wide selection of entertainment we offer customers through Prime Video Channels in the UK, Germany and Austria,” said Julian Monaghan, European MD of Channels at Amazon Prime Video. Dean Possenniskie, managing director, A+E Networks EMEA, said: “Launching History Play is a great opportunity to share our quality content with new audiences through Prime Video Channels.  With our mix of UK talent-led commissions and our best-in-class factual programming from around the world, History Play will present a unique offering to Prime members.”last_img read more

Great Panther Silver Limited TSX GPR NYSEA GP

first_imgGreat Panther Silver Limited, (TSX: GPR NYSE.A: GPL)headquartered in Vancouver, Canada, is a profitable primary silver producer operating two 100% owned mines in Mexico.  Over 94% of revenues are derived from unhedged precious metals production with approximately 74% generated from silver sales and 20% from gold.  Since entering production in the first quarter of 2006, the Company has seen five consecutive annual increases in revenues and provides strong leverage to future rises in precious metals prices. The Company has also been growing its resource and reserve base at both 100% owned operations. A new resource/reserve estimate is expected for the Guanajuato Mine Complex and the San Ignacio Project in the second quarter of 2012 and a new resource/reserve estimate for the Topia Mines during the third quarter of 2012. Great Panther continues to replace mined ounces, grow resources and reserves at both operations, and is targeting a 10 year mine live at each.For more information, please visit the website or contact Rhonda Bennetto, VP Corporate Communications, toll free at 1-888-355-1766 or by email at rbennetto@greatpanther.com. Sponsor Advertisement As Ted Butler has pointed out countless times, it’s what JPMorgan et al do on the next rally that will determine how it unfolds.Gold traded within a five dollar price band through most of the Friday trading day on Planet Earth…exceeding it only briefly between 8:10 a.m. at 9:40 a.m. Eastern time.  Those two times represented the high and low price ticks of the day…such as they were.I was particularly impressed by the fact that ‘free-market forces’ were able to thread the needle by closing gold on Friday in the 60 cent price gap between the Wednesday close and the Thursday close.  I hope there was a prize for doing that.Gold closed on Friday at $1,642.40 spot…down twenty cents from Thursday.  Net volume, at 77,000 contracts, was the lightest since I can’t remember when.Silver’s price action was rather similar to gold’s, but the price was more ‘volatile’…with the high and low price ticks come at approximately the same times as gold.  The silver price actually broke through the $32 price mark on its high tick [$32.01 spot] for the second day in a row but, as you can tell, it wasn’t allowed to close anywhere near that price.Silver closed at $31.70 spot…down a dime from Thursday.  Net volume was a shockingly light 19,000 contracts.The dollar index hung in around the 79.60 mark until about 10:00 a.m. Hong Kong time on their Friday morning…and then rolled over.  Most of the decline was in by 10:30 a.m. Eastern time in New York…and the index basically traded sideways from there.  The dollar index closed down about 34 basis points at 79.14.Four out of the five days this week, gold stocks opened in positive territory…and then quickly got sold off into negative territory regardless of the price action in gold that followed…with stock prices continuing to erode all day along.  The Friday trading action was exactly that as well. The HUI closed on its low of the day, down 0.97%.  In my twelve years of watching this market, I’ve never seen anything like this.  It’s unnatural.Virtually all of the silver stocks finished down on the day as well…including all the stock represented in Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index.  It closed down 0.17%…the same amount it closed up on Thursday.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report was a yawner, as only 11 gold contracts were posted for delivery on Tuesday.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday, but over at the SLV ETF an authorized participant withdrew 1,262,086 troy ounces of silver.For the third day in a row there was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.The Comex-approved depositories reported receiving 732,023 troy ounces of silver on Thursday…and shipped only 4,966 ounces out the door.  Since Wednesday, JPMorgan’s precious metals warehouse has added another million ounce of silver to their stash, which now sits at 14.0 million ounces.  The link to that action is here.The Commitment of Traders Report that came out yesterday [for positions held a the close of Comex trading on Tuesday] was basically a non-event.  There was virtually no change in the Commercial net short position in silver…less than a hundred contracts but, as Ted Butler pointed out to me, the total open interest blew out by almost 7,000 contracts, so a lot of spread trades were put on during the reporting week.In gold, the Commercial traders increased their net short position by a hair over 5,000 contracts, or 500,000 ounces.  Nothing to see here, folks.As expected, The Central Bank of the Russian Federation updated their website with the March numbers…and they showed that they had purchased 500,000 ounces of gold to add to the 28.3 million ounces they already held.  I must admit that after seeing nothing added in January…and 100,000 ounces sold in February…I was relieved to see this number.  I thank Nick Laird for his wonderful chart below.(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s a chart that Washington state reader S.A. sent our way yesterday.  It’s entitled “Total Credit Market Debt Owed“…and needs no further embellishment from me.(Click on image to enlarge)Here’s an interesting story that appeared in an Australian newspaper just the other day.  It includes a photo of the Perth Mint’s 10 kilogram “Year of the Dragon” gold and silver ‘coins’.  I thank Australian reader Brad Ellett for sending it to me…and Australian reader Wesley Legrand for putting it in a format that I could use in this column.  You’ll certainly need the ‘click to enlarge’ feature for this one.(Click on image to enlarge)I have the usual number of stories for a Saturday, including a bunch that I’ve been saving all week for today’s column.  I hope you have the time to run through them all over the weekend.Inflation is as violent as a mugger, as frightening as an armed robber…and as deadly as a hit man. – President Ronald ReaganToday’s ‘blast from the past’ isn’t really from the past at all…but a “60 Minutes” video that was sent to me by my father-in-law, Bill Radtke.Lesley Stahl profiles British musical savant Derek Paravicini, whose computer-like memory for music is matched by his creative abilities to play it in any style. Derek, a musical genius and nephew of Camilla Parker Bowles, plays the piano like you’ve never heard. Yet, he doesn’t know his age, nor does he know how to hold up three fingers! Also, he is blind!Having taken seven years of classical piano classes…plus having sat on the Programming Committee of the Edmonton Symphony Orchestra for eleven years…I know greatness when I hear it.This is one of the most amazing videos that you’re ever likely to watch.  It runs 14:22 minutes…and is posted over at youtube.com…and the link is here.Well, it was a very quiet Friday and, for the most part, a very quiet week in both gold and silver.  But it wasn’t quiet because that’s what the markets in the precious metals wanted to do…it was quiet because, as Jim Rickards pointed out in his commentary above, these markets are managed.Where we go to from here is the $64,000 question for which I have no answer at the moment.  Of course, if left to their own devices, the precious metals would explode the outer edges of the known universe almost instantly…and the current economic, financial and monetary system would be a smouldering ruin within five business day…as I have pointed out on many occasions.But since that won’t be allowed to happen, at least not while ‘da boyz’ have any say in the matter, we’ll probably get something quite a bit less than that.I doubt very much that this current oversold condition in the precious metals and their shares will last much longer…and it only remains to be seen how high and fast gold and silver will be allowed to rise once they break through the key moving averages.And, as Ted Butler has pointed out countless times, it’s what JPMorgan et al do on the next rally that will determine how it unfolds.  Will they immediately become the short seller of last resort once again, or will they step aside and let the metals run for a bit?That, and only that, will be the deciding factor…and all we can do is wait it out.  A lot of investors have already voted with their feet and their wallets and have exited the precious metals market…and as we know, any bull market tries to shake off as many non-believers as it can before making its next big move…price-managed or not.  This is certainly the case here.I’m still “all in”…so nothing has changed from my end.Before signing off for the day and the week, I have this little announcement that the nice ladies over at Casey Research sent my way yesterday…and I’d like you to run through it, if you wouldn’t mind.Next week Casey’s spring summit…“Recovery Reality Check”…will be held in Florida. If you’re not registered to attend, you may want to purchase the complete audio collection (available in a 20-CD set and/or MP3 downloads) so you can listen at home. The faculty presenting includes David Stockman, director of the Office of Management and Budget under President Reagan; resource investing legend Rick Rule; Casey Research Chairman Doug Casey; Harry Dent, best-selling author of The Crash Ahead; Lacy Hunt, executive VP of Hoisington Investment Management…and 26 other financial luminaries. And they are telling me if you order before the show starts on April 27th…you’ll save $100.  To learn more about the 31 financial experts and what they are presenting, you can click here…and it costs nothing to check it out.I’m outta here!  Enjoy what’s left of your weekend…and I’ll see you on Tuesday.last_img read more