MANCHESTER, England (AP)If Manchester United went on the attack in games as much as its manager does in news conferences, England’s biggest team may not be in such a rut.Yesterday, a defiant Louis van Gaal criticised sections of the British media who reported this week he had offered to resign in the wake of United’s latest poor result a 1-0 home loss to Southampton in the Premier League on Saturday.”I think it’s awful and horrible,” said Van Gaal, who walked out of a news conference last month. “It’s the third time I’ve been sacked and I’m still sitting here.”Lose to second-tier Derby in the FA Cup today and even Van Gaal acknowledges the scrutiny could be too much to take.The Dutchman said yesterday that he hadn’t offered to quit and the support of Ed Woodward, United’s executive vice-chairman, was “fantastic.””It gives you a lot of pressure because when the board has such confidence in you, the pressure is much higher than when they say it’s your last game,” Van Gaal said. “Then the confidence is not so high.”United may be playing Derby just at the right time. They have won only one of their last six games in the FA Cup third round and have dropped off the top of the League Championship.Derby is managed by Paul Clement, the former assistant manager at Real Madrid where he worked under Carlo Ancelotti. Clement said he might speak to Ancelotti before today’s game at Pride Park.”I am not sure it will quite be a giant-killing if we get a good result,” Clement said. “It is a challenge we are really looking forward to, up against a team that is not in great form.”
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This episode happened in a forgettable Warriors’ overtime loss two … * * *Subscribe to the Mercury News and East Bay Times for $40 a year and receive a free Warriors championship coffee table bookOAKLAND – Steve Kerr charged to the official at halfcourt. He threw out his right arm. He yelled out a string of expletives.The Warriors coach showed so much anger over Draymond Green getting called for a technical foul that assistant coach Mike Brown needed to restrain Kerr at halfcourt.
Even a $26 million cash infusion from electric utilities and lobbyists wasn’t enough to persuade Florida voters to pass a proposed constitutional amendment on residential solar installations last week.The proposed amendment needed 60% of the vote to win approval, but on election day only about half the voters were in favor, The Miami Herald reported.Florida law currently allows homeowners to own or lease solar panels, but third-party sales and power purchase agreements are not permitted. The controversial proposal sought to “constitutionalize the status quo,” in the words of Florida Supreme Court Justice Barbara Pariente, and was roundly criticized by solar advocates as a way to restrict the growth of solar.Efforts to defeat the proposal were led by a group called Floridians for Solar Choice, which said that the vote was a “David v. Goliath victory.”“We defeated one of the most egregious and underhanded attempts at voter manipulation in this state’s history,” the group’s chairman, Tory Perfetti, said.The measure looked like it was cruising toward easy approval this summer, but in mid-October the newspaper published leaked comments from a utility-supported think tank director who boasted the amendment would “negate” efforts to promote solar energy. Opponents turned up the heat and got help from Elon Musk, Jimmy Buffett, and former Governor Bob Graham, among others, and these efforts helped swing the vote.The Herald said that utilities were expected to turn to the state legislature or Public Service Commission for help in weakening Florida’s net-metering laws and ending tax rebates for solar customers.
APTN National News QUEBEC – The Quebec government says investigations into allegations of sexual assault by police officers against native women are nearly completed. Public Security Minister Lise Theriault said in the legislature today her office first heard about the allegations last May. Theriault says provincial police conducted the investigations even though the alleged brutality and sexual assault was perpetrated by members of the force in Val-d’Or, in northwestern Quebec. She contends the probes are independent because the investigators in question are not from the same area. The story broke ahead of tonight’s broadcast of “Enquete,” a Radio-Canada investigative program that has looked into the abuse allegations. – with files from The Canadian Press
By Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, email@example.comWhile the 2019 National Cannabis Festival may have appropriately fallen on “4/20,” the date recognized as the official “weed holiday,” the festivities were far more than Cheech and Chong, burning blunts and munchies. The festival was an opportunity for weed enthusiasts, entrepreneurs, advocates and lawmakers to celebrate the strides made in the marijuana industry, discuss necessary policy, stop criminalizing cannabis and turn up to headlining artists.Throughout the day guests remarked in pleasure that there was no fighting, no loud, obnoxious drunks, no stressed faces, but happy people gathering, “for the love of marijuana,” as festival attendee Mira told the AFRO.The 2019 National Cannabis Festival, which featured headliners Ludacris and Action Bronson and workshops, took place on April 20, the recognized weed holiday, and gathered people from all walks of life to have fun and discuss important marijuana policy. (Photo by Micha Green)Looking around at the National Cannabis Festival, one got a taste of the beautiful blend of cultures in America. The festival was a unifying factor for all the various people gathering in the name of Mary Jane.“The National Cannabis Festival is important because it brings people together. There were all kinds of people from all walks of life coming together,” Timoteo told the AFRO. “I had a great time. I was pleased by all the positive energy. I enjoyed the food, the different types of weed. Seeing different group and people together enjoying each others company. All the smiles all around was one of the best parts of the event.”The fact that the National Cannabis Festival is somewhat of a melting pot is completely intentional. Cannabis advocates emphasize that marijuana can be for all kinds of people.“Just to break barriers with those prejudices- that everyone who smokes weed is crazy and it makes you do crazy things,” Mira said. “It’s actually more peaceful meditation, and for larger groups, social meditation. Whether subconsciously or not it brings people together.”While he enjoyed the concert, particularly D.C.’s Backyard Band, Timoteo remarked that he wished there was more variety in musical artists to further break the stigma surrounding weed.“I wish they had less rap music and more of a mix of entertainment,” he said. “I like what they had don’t get me wrong, but I wish they would have just added other genres cause not everyone who smokes weed listens to hip hop. And if you bring different musicians from different genres you can expand your audience a bit more.”The audience was not simply treated to a concert though. While artists such as Action Bronson, Ludacris and Biz Markie rocked the stage, the festival also offered workshops and programming for people in every spectrum of the weed industry, from cultivator, entrepreneur to consumer.“It’s education as well. There’s a lot of good workshops and tutorials about the growing and policy- so that was also a big point of interest,” Mira said.In his third year of attending and watching the growth of the festival, Timoteo found it exciting that he was still able to learn something new.“Now that it is legal there are all these creative things coming out. I had infused coffee for the first time,” he told the AFRO.For Timoteo and other attendees, the overall unifying factor was the highlight of the National Cannabis Festival.“The biggest highlight was just that the festival alone exist. People are in the nation’s capital gathering and smoking weed without fear of getting in trouble.”Note: For the purposes of protecting the identities of festival guests and their families, the AFRO is excluding the last name of those quoted.
Multiscreen technology company Elemental Technologies has announced that its customer base has more than doubled this year to include 250 media countries in nearly 40 countries.The company also said revenue growth year-on-year has exceeded 200%, with customer wins including the BBC, Columbus Communications, Media Prima, NHK and Red Bee.“By any measure, 2012 has been outstanding for Elemental – a gratifying endorsement of our sustainable growth strategy and best-in-class product line. Sales of our flagship Elemental Server and Elemental Live systems accelerated, and our recently launched Elemental Stream solution is off to a strong start,” said Sam Blackman, CEO and co-founder of Elemental. “We are grateful that so many customers have entrusted us with the critical responsibility of powering their innovative multiscreen, OTT and TV Everywhere deployments.”
Great 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Disabled activists are planning a return to parliament next week, just a fortnight after they caused national headlines by trying to invade prime minister’s questions.Last week, members of Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) attempted to occupy the main Commons chamber (pictured), after lobbying MPs to reverse the closure of the Independent Living Fund (ILF).Now DPAC is planning to attend a debate on the impact of the closure on ILF-recipients that has been secured by the Labour MP Nic Dakin, on Wednesday (8 July).That will take place hours after chancellor George Osborne unveils details of his budget, which is expected to include further austerity measures affecting disabled people, as the government has already announced plans to cut a further £12 billion from the social security budget.DPAC will also be protesting with supporters of the Parkinson’s Disease Society about the budget, outside the Houses of Parliament.Activists will then head inside the Palace of Westminster for the short ILF debate.Last week, Westminster was the scene of DPAC’s most high-profile direct action protest.Two activists made it as far as the doors to the members’ lobby, an area directly outside the Commons chamber, but were stopped by police and parliamentary staff before they could interrupt prime minister’s questions.Linda Burnip, a co-founder of DPAC, said: “We just think we should build on what we achieved last week.“Obviously there are some people who are not expecting to be allowed back in, but it would be very interesting if they actually stop disabled people going into parliament.”Burnip said: “We have always said that the really important thing is that disabled people do not become invisible.“We cannot be ignored, and where better to be seen than in the home of democracy?”Picture by DPAC
A young campaigner has called on other disabled people to share their experiences of successful employment in order to help narrow the disability employment gap.Lauren Pitt told a fringe meeting at Labour’s annual conference in Liverpool that she wanted to see disabled people use social media to share their good experiences in the workplace.Pitt (pictured, right) has contributed an essay to An Inclusive Future, a new publication by the Fabian Society, Scope and the union Community.In her essay, she writes about her experiences of graduating with a 2:1 degree, and then applying unsuccessfully for more than 250 jobs in which she disclosed in nearly every application the fact that she was blind.She says in her essay: “Many of the people told me I was inspirational, but that was not what I wanted to hear.“I wanted to be looked at like any other person who had applied for that job.”She eventually secured a job with a social enterprise that had never previously employed a disabled person.But she told the fringe meeting that it had taken four weeks for the government’s Access to Work (AtW) scheme to provide the assistive technology equipment she needed to do her job, and that AtW had originally warned her that it would take eight weeks.She said: “Every time I phoned up AtW I was treated like a burden.”Pitt told the meeting: “We need to have disabled people using their experiences and showing what they are doing.“We are never going to change attitudes unless we share our experiences. If we are not confident, we are never going to convince other people that we are worth taking on.”She said her “dream” was to see more disabled people in work, and added: “I want what people currently see as extraordinary to be seen as ordinary.“Use the people who are in work and who are having a good experience. We need to be using those experiences that are positive to educate employers and potential employers.“Currently all we hear is bad stories, and that destroys people’s confidence.”Debbie Abrahams (pictured, second from left), the shadow work and pensions secretary, told the event that the government was “failing miserably” in its efforts to halve the disability employment gap.She said there was a need to change the culture of the out-of-work disability benefits system, including the work capability assessment – which Labour introduced, but she said it would now scrap if it won the next general election – and the use of sanctions, “so it is about support, so it is not a punitive system that so often makes people feel so worthless”.She agreed with Pitt that there was a need for role models who will “trail blaze” and show “what can be done”.Wayne Blackburn, a disabled councillor with Pendle Borough Council, said he believed the party should “lead by example and have more disabled MPs, more disabled representatives across the whole spectrum”.Labour MP Neil Coyle (pictured, left), a member of the Commons work and pensions committee, said the current and previous governments had presided over “dramatic reductions in support” for disabled people seeking employment over the last six years.He said there had been a fall in the proportion of working-age disabled people in work, while the number of people receiving Access to Work was still below the number in Labour’s last year in government, there had been cuts to the budget of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, and to legal aid, and to the number of specialist disability employment advisers in jobcentres.Coyle, a former director of Disability Rights UK, who also worked at a senior level for the Disability Rights Commission, said there “absolutely must” be an awareness-raising campaign to show what disabled people can do in work.In his own essay in the publication, Coyle says the shift from manual, industrial labour to service and financial sector jobs “increases opportunities for many more disabled people to play a more active part in mainstream workplaces”, while the growth in home working and advances in IT and accessibility software have also increased opportunities for disabled people.He told the fringe event that the government had wasted money through its short-term approach – including a failure to invest more in Access to Work – and he heavily criticised the move away from having a disabled people’s minister with a cross-government role.He said: “We have lost that cross-government approach because we have had a minister sitting in the Department for Work and Pensions as a minister for disabled people as an apologist for Iain Duncan Smith.”
Gender Gap Apply Now » Uber Pledges to Enlist a Million Female Drivers by 2020 Next Article Image credit: Reuters | Sergio Perez –shares Add to Queue Reuters Ride-hailing app Uber, under the microscope due to a handful of driver assaults on passengers in some cities, pledged in a blog post to sign up one million female drivers globally by 2020.The ride service did not provide comparable figures for how many women drivers are on the Uber service globally today. In the United States, about 14 percent of its 160,000 drivers are female, the company said, and the company adds thousands more drivers each month.”Uber does not require (minimum) hours, and it does not require a schedule,” said Salle Yoo, Uber’s general counsel, in an interview Monday about why women might find working for Uber attractive. “It offers the chance to be entrepreneurial, the chance to balance work and family.”Women passengers won’t yet have the ability to request women drivers, Yoo said. She stressed the app’s safety features, including the notification of who a driver is, and the ability to share an estimated arrival time with others.The pledge comes as the rapidly expanding company deals with fallout over incidents of assaults by drivers from Boston and Chicago to New Delhi.In the highest-profile case, an Indian woman said in December her driver raped her in Delhi, leading to outcries and a temporary ban of Uber in that city.The female driver initiative is timed to a United Nations gathering in New York Tuesday evening celebrating women’s rights, where Yoo will speak.Uber screens drivers, including using background checks that vary from country to country, but doesn’t hire them as full employees. Instead, it lets drivers use its smartphone-based app to connect them to passengers looking for a paid ride, and takes a cut of the fare.(Reporting by Sarah McBride; Editing by Jeremy Laurence) This story originally appeared on Reuters March 10, 2015 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List 2 min read The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue.