Beijing forms ‘snow affairs work team’ for 2022 Olympics

first_imgMOST READ Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Beijing’s urban center will host indoor events such as ice hockey and figure skating, largely in venues left over from the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics. However, a lack of mountains and natural snow requires that ski events be held at sports clusters in Chongli as well as Beijing’s rural Yanqing county, both of which will be connected to the city center by a high-speed rail line. Read Next Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. In this picture taken on August 22, 2017, people snowboard at the Wanda Harbin Ice and Snow Park in Harbin.At Dalian Wanda Group’s new Ice and Snow Park, chilly winds blew snowflakes around skiers zipping down the manmade slopes of the world’s largest indoor ski park, a potent symbol of China’s ambitions to turn itself into a winter sports powerhouse ahead of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing. / AFP PHOTO / Nicolas ASFOURI / TO GO WITH China-lifestyle-ski, FEATURE by Yanan WANGBEIJING — Beijing, host of the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, has a snow problem: Hardly any of the white stuff falls on the Chinese capital despite freezing temperatures.Taking the matter in hand, the games organizing committee has formed a “snow affairs work team” and invited experts from Finland, Canada and other nations to help out, according to the official “2017 Beijing FactFile” produced by the city government.ADVERTISEMENT View comments The work team would “expedite research on key technologies for making and preserving snow, and start to formulate a work plan to ensure suitable snow resources,” the publication said.Also on Thursday, Beijing Vice Mayor Zhang Jiandong said all venues and transport links for the games would be completed by the end of 2019, allowing Beijing to begin staging test events the next year.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“Progress on all these projects has been moving ahead smoothly,” Zhang said at a briefing on the sidelines of the twice-a-decade congress of China’s ruling Communist Party.Beijing was awarded the games in 2015, defeating Almaty, Kazakhstan, in the voting to become the first city to have been awarded both the Summer and Winter Olympics. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohortcenter_img Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Kin of Misamis Oriental hero cop to get death benefits, award — PNP LATEST STORIES CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA 60-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon PLAY LIST 01:2760-40 sharing ‘fair’ as China will spend for WPS exploration—Esperon00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:31Ban on online gambling? ‘China can’t dictate on us’ — PH envoy01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games Kings see Game 4 as ‘do-or-die’ Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101last_img read more

Twist of fate for Saina Nehwal

first_imgHail Saina Nehwal, the brand new Olympic bronze medallist at the London Olympics. Agreed, the Indian badminton queen did not play her best, but luck smiled on her as opponent Wang Xin from China hobbled off the court because of a knee injury.Sport is about victory and celebrations or losses and tears. On Saturday, it was Saina’s chance to flash that million-watt smile as she wore the bronze medal around her neck after the unfinished play-off.”I told my dad I was sorry I couldn’t win gold but at least I have a bronze medal. I just can believe it,” said Saina at the press conference.Having backpedalled right through the brief contest, when Xin used amazing variety to trouble Saina, the Indian was clueless as to what to do.As the first game was drawing to a close, there was sudden drama. Xin fell on the ground and was in pain at the score of 20-18. She took a medical timeout and resumed play. But in a matter of minutes, after winning one point in the second game, the lefthanded Chinese shuttler walked away in tears.It was mixed emotions for Saina as she knew this was not a match she had won but on a stage as big as the Olympics, what counts is a medal for yourself and the nation.”I can imagine what kind of celebration this is going to spark off in India,” said Saina, who had lost to Indonesian Mariana Yulianti in the quarter-finals of the Beijing Olympics.advertisementSo how is she going to celebrate? “I am now going to watch movies and I am going to eat chocolates. I don’t care even if I am going to put on weight!” Saina said.Saina was under a lot of pressure against the tricky Chinese player. Xin used court craft and huge variety in her game to trouble Saina by smashing and placing the shuttle in different corners of the court.Saina had initially taken a 4-2 lead from where Xin caught up with dexterity. The way the lithe Chinese used her wrist with deception had Saina in trouble. More so, when Saina was misjudging the flight of the shuttle on the baseline.But in a matter of minutes, everything changed. Saina did stage a fightback from 7-14 and caught up before Xin’s knee wrecked it.”My initial reaction was that Wang was trying to slow it down or she was trying to get her breath back as she fell down. But once I saw her in the second set, I knew her injury was serious,” explained Saina.Saina told the media she got good sleep last night. “Yes, I did think a lot about the semi-final loss. But I also knew I had to come out fit for the bronze medal play-off,” said Saina.She admitted that she was trying too hard. “I was in a hurry to play attacking strokes from the beginning. And I was perhaps aware of the expectations back home,” said Saina.The atmosphere inside the hall on Saturday was fantastic. Wembley is better known for football but these days it is the indoor badminton hall which has been making huge noise.For the vocal Chinese supporters, this was a big let-down. They had the national flag in place and were loudly cheering star Xin.The Indian fan base, too, was not to be left behind. Waving the Tricolour and cheering Saina in English and Hindi, they were rewarded for their loyalty.last_img read more

10 months agoAtletico Madrid chief Gil Marin: Simeone has job as long as he wants it

first_imgAtletico Madrid chief Gil Marin: Simeone has job as long as he wants itby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveAtletico Madrid chief Miguel Angel Gil Marin says coach Diego Simeone has the job for as long as he wants it.Gil Marin is confident the Argentine is happy in Madrid, despite an admission that he sees a future with Inter Milan in Italy.The Atleti director stated: “I think the answer is simple, he has the job for as long as he wants to.”And I am convinced that he will continue to love it here as long as he believes that the club can continue to help him achieve his goals, which continue to produce results. That would mean that Atlético continues competing with the biggest.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Visitors to National Library Metcalfe Hall can now learn about lives of

first_imgKolkata: Visitors to the National Library of India and the Metcalfe Hall here can now acquaint themselves with the inspiring lives of four Bengali icons — Bankim Chandra Chattopadhyay, Rabindranath Tagore, Subhash Chandra Bose and Syama Prasad Mookerjee — and the sights and sounds of the City of Joy. The newly opened experiential museum “Icons of Nationalism: From the Soil of Bengal” in the National Library at Alipore celebrates the essence of Bengali nationalism and Bengal’s icons who dedicated their lives to India’s freedom from the colonial rule. The museum has been set up by the Union Culture ministry. The museum, equipped with reciprocal installations like interactive walls, immersive projections, touchscreen panels and audio-visual installations, is an attempt to inspire the youth. One can visit the museum between 10 am and 6 pm. “While the flame of nationalism was ignited all over the country, Bengal was the main theatre of the struggle for freedom from the British imperialism. The soil of Bengal nurtured many nationalists and certain personalities became the flag bearers of freedom, and thus the ‘Icons of Nationalism’. “Whether through their pen, paintings, music or actions, they often charted a path for the independence movement,” the developing companies Tagbin and Expression said. At the digital museum, on view is archival material like original letters written by these personalities, literature, newspaper clippings, documents and archival footage, Tagbin said. The materials have been sourced from the National Archives of India, the Nehru Memorial Museum Library (NMML), Bankim Sangrahashala and the Dr Syama Prasad Mookerjee Research Foundation, among others. The Metcalfe Hall at the crossing of Hare Street and Strand Road is also hosting an experiential exhibition titled “Ami Kolkata” (I am Kolkata), which sheds light on Kolkata as the city of stories, surprises, memories, cultures, celebrations, influences and confluences. Each aspect is detailed out as a zone. The exhibition contains a 70-feet hand-painted walkway with traditional “alpana” showcasing Kolkata’s iconic scenes, old photographs, posters, advertisements, signboards and other memorabilia. A selection of vintage prints and paintings on the bond between the Hooghly river and the city’s contemporary scenes, inspired by traditional Patachitra art, are also on view. In the “City of Celebration” zone, a traditional Durga idol building scene and installations of a Bengali wedding can be viewed. A gallery of paintings, music, cinema, dance, theatre, visual culture and literary art also await visitors as well. The last zone presents soundscapes from streets, an ever-present backdrop to the life in the city. Both the exhibition and the museum were opened by the West Bengal Governor Keshari Nath Tripathi on Friday.last_img read more

LS polls AAP to launch second phase of campaigning on Apr 10

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) will launch its second phase of campaigning for the upcoming general election on April 10 with an aim to reach out to 35 lakh people, including the working-class population, and tell them about the importance of full statehood to Delhi.Delhi minister and senior AAP leader Gopal Rai said the booth-level workers of the party would go to people, instead of calling them to jan sabhas. “In the first phase, we held jan sabhas with people, now we will go to the people, including the working class, and tell them about the importance of full statehood,” he said. Also Read – After eight years, businessman arrested for kidnap & murderRai added that the campaigning would be held in three phases and the second phase would start from April 10. “We will be engaging 13,814 booth heads and train them over the next two days to convey the message of the importance of full statehood to the people,” he said. The AAP leader said the third phase of campaigning would be launched after the candidates file their nominations. Rai claimed that his party’s first phase of campaigning had pushed the BJP on the “back foot”. “The BJP, which had thought it would have a walkover in Delhi, is now confused about which candidates should be fielded,” he said. Also Read – Two brothers held for snatchingsMeanwhile, he also said if the Congress is confident of winning in Punjab without an alliance, his party is also capable of winning all the seats in Delhi on its own. Questioning Congress leader Randeep Surjewala’s statement where he said his party was not in talks with the AAP or any other party for an alliance in Haryana and Punjab, Rai asked whether the Congress has forgotten about its loss in the bypolls in Jind. “I do not understand why Congress is so self-obsessed. It appears that it is in a state of maha-confusion,” he said. Rai said AAP took the decision of contesting on 35 seats in different states, keeping in mind that “it can contribute in defeating the BJP. You can win in Punjab but what about Haryana. The Congress is ready to lose but not form an alliance in Haryana,” he said. “Even people in Haryana are saying that if JJP-AAP and Congress stand together then BJP cannot win and can lose all 10 seats,” he added.last_img read more

People vote aginst divisive politics in Chandni Chowk

first_imgNEW DELHI: Chandni Chowk is one of the 7 Lok Sabha constituencies in Delhi. Voting for Lok Sabha election in Delhi was held in a single phase. Voting in Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency is in the sixth phase on May 12 and counting is on May 23.Voting recorded till 6 pm was 62.69 per cent and the figure may slightly go up as polling continued at several places way beyond the deadline. Polling also started late on some booths while there were reports of EVM malfunctioning in different parts of the city. While , in the 2014 election in Chandni Chowk, 76.15 per cent or 9,82,275 voters had exercised their franchise. Of the 25 contestants who were in the fray, 22 had lost their deposits. After the delimitation of parliamentary constituencies in 2008, Chandni Chowk parliamentary constituency was divided into ten Vidhan Sabha segments namely Adarsh Nagar, Shalimar Bagh, Shakur Basti, Tri Nagar, Wazirpur, Model Town, Sadar Bazar, Chandni Chowk, Matia Mahal and Ballimaran. In 2014 Lok Sabha election, Bharatiya Janata Party’s Dr Harsh Vardhan had won the Chandni Chowk Lok Sabha constituency with a margin of 1,36,320 votes. Dr Harsh Vardhan had bagged 4,37,938 votes as against Aam Aadmi Party’s Ashutosh who bagged the second spot with 3,01,618 votes. Congress leader Kapil Sibal was pushed to the third spot with 1,76,206 votes. Ramzan, when Muslims observe a total fast, coincided with the polling in Delhi but did not seem to deter voters in the Chandni Chowk area of the old city, save in the early hours. However, as the day progressed, people came out to cast their votes and numbers started increasing in the evening. Around 20 per cent of people living in the area are Muslims. Chandni Chowk is one of the major markets in the city but it wore deserted look on Sunday, when it remains closed. As the polling day fell of a Sunday, this could also account for the lesser numbers, said Mohammad Asif, a trader in Meena Bazar near the Jama Masjid. Meena Jasotani, 47, a resident of Chandni Chowk, said she voted for the development by the Centre. Communal discord also weighed on the mind of several voters.last_img read more

California high school under fire over Arab mascot

first_imgAlex Dobuzinskis, ReutersA California high school’s decades-old use of an Arab mascot to promote its sports teams has drawn the ire of an Arab-American rights group that says the mascot is an offensive caricature, portraying Arabs with a large nose, beard and head-covering.Coachella Valley High School sports teams are dubbed the “Arabs,” which the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee complained in a letter to the school this month plays on harmful stereotypes.The group, whose leaders say they are not aware of another U.S. school with the nickname Arab, also cited as offensive the school’s logo of an Arab, which it said was displayed in the middle of the basketball court and elsewhere at the school. “It’s a very stereotypical logo of Arabs, it has the angry-looking Arab with the hook nose and the beard,” said Abed Ayoub, director of legal and policy affairs for the group.The controversy over the Arab mascot comes as the use of ethnic team names and mascots has gained new prominence with a campaign this year to pressure the National Football League’s Washington Redskins to change their name. American Indians and others have long pilloried the Redskins moniker as racist.At the Coachella school’s sporting events, a person in an oversized mask dances and entertains the crowd as the mascot.In its letter, the Anti-Discrimination Committee described YouTube videos of half-time shows at Coachella Valley High School sporting events that show the Arab mascot making an appearance while “a female dressed as a belly dancer entertains him.”A Web search by Reuters found a video of the school’s mascot dancing with a belly dancer on a basketball court, in the middle of a circle of cheerleaders.Ayoub said he understands that the school, which opened in 1910 and is located in the arid Coachella Valley town of Thermal, 125 miles southeast of Los Angeles, originally used the Arab mascot as a nod to the region’s date-growing industry, because the date palm is associated with the Middle East.“There is an appropriate way to recognize the ties with Arabs and the Arab community, but this was not it,” Ayoub said.Coachella Valley Unified School District Superintendent Darryl Adams is due to discuss the issue with the local school board later this month, Adams’s interim assistant, Marita Rango, said. Adams was not immediately available to comment.“He just hopes to resolve the issue there with the mascot,” Rango said. “He is working with (the ADC).”Ayoub, whose group was alerted to the existence of the mascot a few weeks ago by a member in New York, said Adams has been receptive to his group’s concerns.last_img read more

Public workers and teachers call for another strike

first_imgThe High School Teachers Association and public employee unions on Wednesday announced they will go on strike on June 26.In a statement, workers said they planned to protest “government corruption and poor administration of the public funds.”Unions also will protest the government’s alternative fiscal plan, which includes freezing salaries and eliminating several public-employee benefits.Union leaders also plan to draw attention to President Laura Chinchilla’s “financial disaster,” a reference to the scandal-plagued Route 1856, a roadway project parallel to the northern border with Nicaragua.Workers will strike at 9 a.m. on June 26 at La Merced Park, in downtown San José. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more

photos Chihiro Saito

first_img[photos: Chihiro Saito] February 28, 2011We continue our report from 2/25/11, about the new SPACE FRAME Special Assembly.This is the second piece in a series, that sculptor Brent Scott made for Cosanti. The original prototype was installed there last year [see our reports from March 15., April 14. and 16. 2010].This second piece is half of the size of the original.Special Assembly sculptor at Cosanti, Abel, joins Paolo with suggestions of bells that will make a unison of sound desired by Soleri.Brent with the sculpture in front of Soleri’s house at Cosanti.last_img read more

Interment afterwards in The City Cemetery Sacr

first_img“Interment afterwards in The City Cemetery. “Sacred Heart of Jesus have mercy on his soul. “Our Lady of Lourdes intercede for him.”Requiem Mass today for songwriter and broadcaster Eamon Friel was last modified: June 24th, 2019 by John2John2 Tags: The popular songwriter and broadcaster sadly died on Friday morning after a short illness, his family said.His death shocked family, friends and his army of listeners who tuned in faithfully each Thursday night to listen to his Radio Foyle show ‘Songbook with Eamon Friel’.A family notice reads: “FRIEL, 21 st. June 2019, at Altnagelvin Hospital, Eamon Patrick, Beloved Husband of Caitlin, Loving Father to Colum, Devoted Grandfather to Milla, Father-in-Law to Muriel, Dear Son of the Late Jimmy and Nancy. “Funeral leaving his home 11 Marlborough Street, on Monday the 24th. inst. at 11:00 A.M. to St. Eugene’s Cathedral for Requiem Mass at 11:30 A.M. BBC RADIO FOYLEDerryRequiem Mass today for sonwriter and broadcaster Eamon FrielSt Eugene’s cathedral ShareTweet The late great Eamon Friel who sadly died on Friday after a short illnessHUNDREDS of mourners are expected to attend the funeral of Eamon Friel today.Requiem Mass will be held at St Eugene’s Cathedral and the father of one will be laid to rest afterwards in the City Cemetery.last_img read more

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first_imgSponsor Advertisement Reader Scott Pluschau has another blog posted on his website.  This one is entitled “Gold is Coming to a Fork in the Road”…and the link is here.I have the usual number of stories for a mid-week column, so I hope you have the chance to read the ones that interest you.The banker must at all times conduct himself so as to justify the confidence of his clients in him. – J.P. Morgan Jr.It’s absolutely amazing how blatant the price management scheme in the precious metals is becoming.  Even I was taken aback by how brazen JPMorgan et al were during the Comex trading session yesterday.  They made no attempt to hide behind any sort of dollar rally, as they just sent in their high-frequency traders and ‘did the dirty’ in broad daylight in front of everyone.Of course the CFTC, CME…and the precious metal companies you own shares in…will do precisely nothing.  They’ll just stand there as the usually do and watch while the public and the shareholders get raped again.How low we got from here, remains to be seen.  But it’s entirely possible that we’ve already seen the lows, as there’s a limit to the number of short positions that the technical funds and small traders are prepared to sell…and when that point is reached, that will be the low.Here’s the 2-year gold chart.(Click on image to enlarge)I would be really surprised if they can get the price much lower than approximately $1,540 the ounce, as that seems to be a bottom-of-the-barrel price that goes all the way back to late September 2011…as every engineered price decline since then has never gone much lower than that…and if it has, it’s only lasted for a matter of hours, or maybe minutes.  And if they do get it lower than that, it won’t gain them a lot of contracts, as we’re already pretty much all sold out to the downside right now.As an aside, if you lost money in MF Global…or with Bernie Madoff…or the new debacle over at PFGBest…I sort of feel sorry for you…with the emphasis on ‘sort of’.  You should know better…and I hope you’ve learned your lesson by now.  There appears to be little or no protection for you in the options and futures market if something goes sideways.  So forget leverage…just buy the physical metal and sit tight.In overnight trading, all precious metals rallied in fits and starts during the Far East trading session on their Wednesday…and now that London has been open for a couple of hours, gold is up about twelve bucks…and silver is up just under 30 cents.  Volume in both, as of 5:04 a.m. Eastern time is already pretty chunky, so it’s obvious that these rally attempts are not going unopposed.  The dollar index has been declining all night long…and is currently down about 20 basis points, with most of that drop coming since the open of London trading earlier this morning.That’s all for today…and I’ll see you on Thursday…Friday west of the International Date Line. Aben Resources (TSX.V: ABN) is a Canadian gold and silver exploration company with a focus on developing properties in the Yukon. The Company’s flagship project is its 100% owned Justin Gold Project located 35 kilometres southeast of the Cantung Mine and has an all season road running through its claims. A phase one drill program was carried out in 2011 on the 18,314 acre Justin Project in which a significant new greenfields gold discovery was made at the property’s POW Zone. The Company intercepted 60 metres of 1.19 g/t gold in hole JN11009 at a vertical depth of 113 metres. Additionally, a new high grade silver-copper zone was discovered at the Kangas Zone with hole JN11003 returning 1.07 metres of 7320 g/t silver (234 oz/ton) and 3.52% copper near surface. As a result of these discoveries on the Justin Project, Aben acquired 14,274 additional acres of mineral tenure in the immediate vicinity of the project to facilitate a more aggressive work program this upcoming season. The Company has four other prospective Yukon and NWT projects in its portfolio along with a seasoned management and geological team. Aben’s chairman, Ron Netolitzky, is credited with exploration success on numerous properties including three Western Canadian gold and silver projects which became producing mines. Please visit our website to learn more about the company and request information.center_img It’s absolutely amazing how blatant the price management scheme in the precious metals is becoming.The gold price traded flat on very light volume through the entire Far East trading day on Tuesday, but as I mentioned in ‘The Wrap’ yesterday, that all ended shortly after 9:00 a.m. in London.The rally that began at that point ended just minutes after 9:00 a.m. in New York when it broke through the $1,600 spot price.  Gold’s high price tick…$1,603.00 spot…occurred at that point.  Then ‘da boyz’ let loose their high-frequency traders…and by the time that the low price tick for gold occurred, gold was down to $1,563.70 spot…and intra-day move of almost forty bucks.  The low came at 2:45 p.m. in electronic trading…and then traded sideways into the 5:15 p.m. New York close.Gold closed the Tuesday trading session at $1,566.50 spot…down $20.80 from Monday’s close.  For such a price move, net volume wasn’t overly heavy…125,000 contracts, give or take.  Hopefully all of the volume associated with the price decline up until the 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Comex close, will be in Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.It was pretty much the same price action in silver, although the high tick of the day, somewhere north of $27.60 spot, occurred within a one hour time period around the London silver fix at noon local time.Silver’s secondary high occurred just minutes after the 9:00 a.m. Eastern time mark in New York…and then silver [along with platinum and palladium] suffered the same fate as gold, with the low tick [$26.66 spot] coming around the 2:35 price mark in electronic trading.  From that point, silver also trade flat into the close.Silver closed at $26.81 spot…down 53 cents on the day…but had an intraday price move of just over a dollar.  Considering the hit that silver took, the net volume was a rather subdued 30,000 contracts.The dollar index rallied about 15 basis points from its Tuesday open…with the Far East high coming around 2:00 p.m. Hong Kong time.  From that point, it rolled over pretty hard, hitting its low of the day [82.98] about 8:30 a.m. local time in London.  But from there, the dollar index rallied strongly, hitting its high tick [83.47] about 11:15 a.m. in New York.From its zenith, the dollar index slipped back about 10 basis points or so…and then traded flat into the close…finishing the Tuesday trading session around 83.40.It should have been obvious to any impartial observer of the dollar index, that it played no meaningful roll either before nor during the engineered price decline in all the precious metals yesterday.The gold stocks gapped down a bit at the open of the equity markets…and then followed the gold price lower all day long…with the low tick coming in the last half-hour of the New York trading day.  The HUI finished down 2.89%.  I thank reader Scott Pluschau for providing today’s chart once again, as the good folks over at yahoo.com still haven’t done a thing with their HUI chart problem.(Click on image to enlarge)All the silver stocks got it in the neck again yesterday…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down a whopping 4.41%.(Click on image to enlarge)Well, the CME’s Daily Delivery Report was another yawner…as only 3 gold and 7 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Thursday.  But there are still 1,791 silver contracts open in July…and one has to wonder how many of these long/stoppers will stand for delivery, and who the big short/issuers will be that will be forced to deliver the physical metal itself.  The friendly bet I have with myself is Jefferies, but it isn’t big money.The GLD ETF reported that an authorized participant[s] withdrew 135,830 troy ounces of gold yesterday…and there were no changes in SLV.There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint.The Comex-approved depositories did not receive any silver on Monday…but Scotia Mocatta shipped 996,615 troy ounces of the stuff out the door…and the link to that action is here.The July Bank Participation Report didn’t show much change from the June report.  The data for this report was taken from last Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report.  In gold, it showed that 4 U.S. banks are net short 75,895 Comex Futures contracts…and the 19 non-U.S. that hold Comex futures contracts are net short another 49,949 contracts.  Both the U.S and non-U.S. bank categories increased their net short position by about 5,000 Comex contracts from the June report…10,000 contracts in total.The four 4 U.S. banks are net short 7.59 million ounces of gold…and the 19 non-U.S. banks are net short an additional 4.99 million ounces.  From last Friday’s COT report, the Commercial net short position was reported as 16.66 million ounces…so these 23 banks hold 75.5% of the entire Commercial net short position in gold.In silver, it’s an entirely different story, as it has been since JPMorgan took over Bear Stearns short position in silver back in the spring of 2008.Four [4] U.S. Banks are net short 18,272 Comex silver contracts…an insignificant decline of 600 contracts from their June position.  I’d bet serious coin that about 80% of this amount is held by JPMorgan…and 19.99% is held by HSBC USA.  The other 0.01 percent is held by Citigroup and one other bank…but are immaterial, regardless.The 11 non-U.S. banks that hold Comex silver contracts are net long 904 contracts…a minor drop of about 300 contracts from the June BPR.The net Commercial short position in silver in last Friday’s COT report was 17,354 Comex contracts. JPMorgan and HSBC hold over 100% of that amount in silver all by themselves.  And as I pointed out in the previous paragraph, the 11 non-U.S. banks are actually net long the silver market.This is not rocket science, dear reader, as the silver price management scheme is obviously 100% ‘Made in America’.  And with 4 U.S. banks holding just about 50% of the Commercial net short position in gold, they are a powerful force to be reckoned with in gold as well…especially since they collude in this price fixing scheme.  When I say “JPMorgan et al“…or ‘da boyz’…that’s who I’m referring to.  Most of the ‘et al‘s are not U.S. banks…but other Commercial traders that work together with JPMorgan.This is precisely the same way that the LIBOR scandal works/worked.  I would guess that a lot of other markets work that was as well…and the dollar index and the New York equity markets would be two others that fall into that category.As GATA’s Chris Powell said…”The are no markets anymore…only interventions.”Of course, since the cut-off for both the BPR and COT reports from last Tuesday’s 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Comex close, the engineered price decline in all precious metals has changed both reports dramatically…and as Ted Butler so quaintly pointed out…both reports are now very much “yesterday’s news”.Here are two charts courtesy of Washington state reader S.A. that he borrowed from Monday’s edition of Casey’s Daily Dispatch…which is linked here.  Both are self-explanatory…and neither of them require any further embellishment from me.last_img read more

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first_imgLots of people have silver and gold, which are always good. Shuttered fire departments. The rulers won’t close too many police stations, since they want to retain their image as saviors and because they need people to fear them, but fire departments and other things may be let go. (The scarier things first.) But again, so long as we can communicate and adapt, we can just arrange for necessary services in different ways. Remember, most of us are blowing 20-30 hours per week on TV – we have WAY more free time than we think we do. War. This is the traditional distraction from disappointments and government failures. Syria seems to be the leading candidate at the moment, or perhaps North Korea or some other distant monster will fit the bill. The solution to this one is very simple: Do it anyway. Whatever you think of your local government, I very much doubt that you think they have a right to starve you – which is what failing to act in your own survival comes out to. If it’s moral, do it. Stop waiting for permission. So, while the big collapse (assuming that it does come) will be terrifying to inveterate TV watchers, the reality will be far less apocalyptic than promised… assuming that we productive people act like producers. And as producers, we have so much more choice than the others. Indeed, in one way, we could see the collapse as an opportunity to start fresh. The future will be better if we ultimately say so. Paul Rosenberg FreemansPerspective.com They must be able to communicate with each other. Yes, we’ve all seen scary post-apocalyptic films like Mad Max, or TV shows like Jericho. A real collapse, however, will be quite different from such dramas. And beyond that, there’s a good chance the future will be better. From where I now live, you could draw a 25 mile arc which would include competent people of almost any imaginable specialty: The guys who know how to build and repair refrigerators, machines of all types, cars and roads and houses and windows and computers and a thousand other things. So, I’m not overly worried about the dollar going to zero – as long as these guys have two critical things: Welfare riots. This is possible, and even probable in some places, presuming that government checks either stop, or no longer matter due to massive inflation. However, we all know which areas are likely to be hit and we can avoid them. (If you’re in one, do something about it now.) And, as horrifying as such a thing may be (and should be!), Americans, Canadians and a serious number of Europeans do have guns, and will eventually shoot rioters as they are beating down their neighbor’s door. This one is actually easy. The solution is mesh networks. (You can find a nice PDF primer here.) These are local networks, built with simple wifi devices. These, combined with a few longer links, can create a very nice communications network. You won’t be able to use it for videos, but it will work well for basic communications. (Though you really should keep a small electric generator and some gas.) No credit. As scary as this seems to some people, the reality won’t be nearly as debilitating as imagined (except for the mega-corps); people will adapt and go back to a 19th century way of buying and selling. Adjustment will be required, but farmers will still need to sell their food, and they will find ways for productive people to pay them. Fear. Scaring the populace will be the first and essential tool of the rulers. Government relies far more on legitimacy than on force, so the rulers will be very keen on using their number one tool to keep people clustering around them for safety. That’s a primary strategy for them. The Future Will Be Better if We Take Care of THESE TWO BIG RISKS There are very simple solutions to our two crucial issues. But remember, simple isn’t always easy. Here are the solutions: They must be able to communicate with each other. Supply chain disruptions. Since the big corporations are so tightly associated with governments, they will not likely adapt as quickly as small companies do. They may lock-up while waiting for instructions. This is why stores of key commodities (like food) and communication will be necessary. They must be left alone, with no one telling them “you can’t do that without our permission.” We have Bitcoin, which is good currency world-wide. Lack of currency. Dollars will fail in this scenario (along with Euros, Pounds, etc.), but there will be not be a debilitating lack of currency, for two reasons: They must be left alone, with no one telling them “you can’t do that without our permission.” If either one of these two things are missing, we’re screwed, but as long as we have them, we’ll be okay. Sure, there will be some bad days, a few tragedies, and a surfeit of terror from the fear factories (that is, the mainstream media), but in general, we productive people will be okay. I knew men who ran a business through the Great Depression, in precisely my specialties (contracting and engineering). We discussed the difficulties they faced and how they coped with them. They worked through the depression end to end, and did some pretty impressive projects – with absolutely no credit available anywhere. They paid for things creatively – in sections, with barter, and on trust – but they also got the job done, from the beginning of the depression to the end. Our period of difficulty (which most of us presume will be coming somehow or another) will be different from the Great Depression, but so long as we retain the two items mentioned above – and I will tell you precisely how we can keep them below – we’ll get through it. The Bad Stuff Okay, so if we have a complete dollar collapse, what can we expect? Here are a few thoughts: last_img read more

Accenture Named a Leader in Gartners Inaugural Magic Quadrant for Oracle Cloud

first_img Accenturecustomer experienceGartnerMagic QuadrantMarketing TechnologyNewsOracle Cloud Applications Previous ArticleAlibaba.com Opens Platform to Empower US Small Businesses to Sell to the WorldNext ArticleEquinix to Offer Enhanced Cloud Connectivity with Amazon Web Services Accenture has been named a Leader in Gartner’s 2019 “Magic Quadrant for Oracle Cloud Applications Services, Worldwide [1]” and is positioned highest for its ability to execute. This is the first time that Gartner has published a report, “support[ing] sourcing, procurement and vendor management leaders in their Oracle Cloud Applications [OCA] service vendor selection.”“More than ever, successful digital transformation with cloud technologies means the difference between being a market leader or becoming obsolete. To succeed in this environment, business leaders need an ecosystem partner with global reach, proven industry capability and continuous investment in innovation, which we provide at Accenture”According to the report, “the use of cloud computing has reached mainstream.” The report goes on to add, “Gartner predicts demand to be sustained through 2022, during which time the cloud-related IT services market is expected to grow at a five-year compound annual growth rate of 20.5 percent.” What’s more, “by 2021, 55% of Oracle’s on-premises customers will have moved 80% of their on-premises capabilities to Oracle Cloud Applications.”“More than ever, successful digital transformation with cloud technologies means the difference between being a market leader or becoming obsolete. To succeed in this environment, business leaders need an ecosystem partner with global reach, proven industry capability and continuous investment in innovation, which we provide at Accenture,” said Philip Hazen, senior managing director, Intelligent Platform Services at Accenture. “We believe that being named a Leader by Gartner reflects our strong track record in implementing Oracle Cloud Applications, and our commitment to helping our clients achieve optimal business outcomes with Oracle technologies.”Marketing Technology News: NICE Named Leader in Real Time Authentication and Fraud Prevention by Top Analyst FirmFor this report, Gartner evaluated 18 service providers based on completeness of vision and ability to execute worldwide. In order to be considered for inclusion, “each vendor project must have an ‘anchoring’ OCA product from at least one of the solutions identified in the Oracle Cloud Excellence Implementer (CEI) program on the Oracle PartnerNetwork website. Currently this is version 3787137 and consists of cloud service modules that cover: customer experience (CX), enterprise program management (EPM), ERP, human capital management (HCM) and supply chain management (SCM).”Accenture has global capability across a full range of Oracle Solutions with more than 54,000 Oracle-skilled consultants around the world who help accelerate digital transformation by implementing Oracle-based business solutions and new business processes that develop and evolve as their digital business grows. Accenture has teamed with Oracle for over 25 years and is a Global Cloud Elite-level member in Oracle PartnerNetwork. For more information on the Accenture and Oracle relationship.Marketing Technology News: With Infobip, Daraz Enhances Customer Experience Through Mobile Messaging Solutions[1] Gartner “Magic Quadrant for Oracle Cloud Applications Services, Worldwide” by Alan Stanley, Katie Gove, Gunjan Gupt, May 2, 2019.Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings or other designation. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.Marketing Technology News: Asia-Pacific Managed Security Service Providers Need to Offer Advanced Analytics to Drive Growth Opportunities in the region, finds Frost & Sullivan Accenture Named a Leader in Gartner’s Inaugural Magic Quadrant for Oracle Cloud Applications Services, Worldwide Business Wire5 hours agoJuly 23, 2019 last_img read more

MSU receives 5 million NIH grant to find link between pesticides and

first_img Source:https://msutoday.msu.edu/news/2019/msu-lands-5m-nih-grant-to-connect-dots-between-pesticides-and-parkinsons/ Reviewed by James Ives, M.Psych. (Editor)Mar 6 2019A Michigan State University researcher is hoping to make a connection between pesticides, olfactory impairment and early symptoms of neurodegenerative diseases among aging farmers.Honglei Chen, a professor of epidemiology whose research focuses on neurodegenerative diseases, will use a five-year, $5 million grant from the National Institutes for Health to investigate the role pesticides might play in olfactory impairment and their relevance to diseases such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s.Related StoriesComplement system shown to remove dead cells in retinitis pigmentosa, contradicting previous researchBridging the Gaps to Advance Research in the Cannabis IndustryAXT enhances cellular research product portfolio with solutions from StemBioSys”Our battle against Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s may depend on early disease identification and intervention, and poor olfaction has been identified as an early warning for these diseases,” Chen said. “This grant will allow us to connect the dots by identifying factors that contribute to poor olfaction among older adults and evaluating how this sensory deficit may progress to early stages of neurodegenerative diseases.”In preliminary analyses, researchers found a correlation between high pesticide exposure and self-reported poor sense of smell. In this project, researchers will objectively assess the olfaction of around 2,200 farmers using a standard smell test.Using a scratch-and-sniff method, participants will need to correctly identify 12 common smells such as smoke, lemon, cinnamon or gasoline. Researchers will then conduct home visits of approximately 450 farmers to assess cognitive function and motor symptoms.”We are trying to put everything into context with the ultimate goal of understanding the early stages of neurodegenerative diseases and factors involved,” Chen said. “This project focuses on pesticides because earlier studies show their potential connections to neurodegenerative diseases. Now we want to define what role they play.”last_img read more

Photo of Sea Stars Butt Goes Viral Spoiler Thats No Butt

first_img Photos: See the World’s Cutest Sea Creatures Saw a thicc ass starfish at the aquarium today pic.twitter.com/NwF0xYabHQby Taboolaby TaboolaSponsored LinksSponsored LinksPromoted LinksPromoted LinksYou May LikeVikings: Free Online GamePlay this for 1 min and see why everyone is addicted!Vikings: Free Online GameUndoSecurity SaversWindows Users Advised To Do This TodaySecurity SaversUndoTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionOne Thing All Liars Have in Common, Brace YourselfTruthFinder People Search SubscriptionUndoGundry MD Total Restore SupplementU.S. Cardiologist: It’s Like a Pressure Wash for Your InsidesGundry MD Total Restore SupplementUndoLivestlyThe List Of Dog Breeds To Avoid At All CostsLivestlyUndoBeach Raider24 Photos Of Shelter Dogs The Moment They Realize They’re Being AdoptedBeach RaiderUndo — あかり(AKARI) (@Babyshoujo) June 30, 2019 Vermilion sea stars (Mediaster aequalis) are known for their vivid red-orange color and the symmetry of their five arms. But one individual quickly gained internet fame for a body part that isn’t usually associated with starfish: a shapely rear end. Twitter user @Babyshoujo recently photographed and tweeted an image of the “thicc” starfish as the animal clung to a rock in an exhibit at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach, California. The sea star’s prominent derrière has captivated hundreds of thousands since the photo was shared on June 30. Quite a few commenters drew comparisons to the “SpongeBob SquarePants” starfish character Patrick Star, who often proudly displays his prominent, rounded bottom. However, experts were quick to point out that the “butt” isn’t quite what it seems. [In Photos: The Wonders of the Deep Sea]Headbutting Tiny Worms Are Really, Really LoudThis rapid strike produces a loud ‘pop’ comparable to those made by snapping shrimps, one of the most intense biological sounds measured at sea.Your Recommended PlaylistVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9接下来播放Why Is It ‘Snowing’ Salt in the Dead Sea?01:53 facebook twitter 发邮件 reddit 链接https://www.livescience.com/65864-sea-star-butt-aquarium.html?jwsource=cl已复制直播00:0000:3500:35  Vermillion sea stars are found near low-tide lines and on the rocky sea bottom in the eastern Pacific Ocean, with their range extending from Baja California north to Alaska, according to the Georgia Aquarium. Though sea stars are often referred to as starfish, they are not fish. They are echinoderms, the group that also includes sea cucumbers, sand dollars and sea urchins. And no, sea stars don’t have “butts”; they have a centrally located anus, but they don’t have human-like buttocks, as the cartoon Patrick Star does. What we’re seeing in the photo are the contracted muscles of the starfish’s arms as they grip the rock, Nate Jaros, curator of fish and invertebrates at the Aquarium of the Pacific, told USA Today. Because the sea star’s body is vertically aligned, gravity causes the creature’s internal structures to “slump,” and that produced the shapes resembling the human buttocks in the picture, Jaros explained. Previously, in March, social media users were intrigued by a similar illusion of thiccness in a white-faced saki monkey (Pithecia pithecia) in Finland’s Korkeasaari Zoo. The monkey, named Bea, appeared to be heavily muscled, her biceps as rounded as the sea star’s butt at the Pacific Aquarium. However, the so-called buff monkey’s bulk was really just fluffy fur, zoo representatives told Live Science. In Photos: The Stunning Sea Life ‘Stars’ of ‘Big Pacific’ In Photos: Sick Sea Stars Turn to Goo Originally published on Live Science.last_img read more

Baseball5 seminar proves a big hit

first_img Related News Community Sports 09 Jul 2019 Ipoh lass in devastating form Related News “Thailand is interested in hosting the Asian championships early next year and we are excited about this,” said Low.“This sport is really in line with the International Olympic Committee’s (IOC) vision of being young and urban, and we are also working towards preparing Baseball5 as a showcase sport at the Tokyo Olympics.“We are also hoping that we can get Baseball5 into the next Youth Olympics which will be held in Dakar, Senegal in 2022.“With this, we aim to introduce Baseball5 at all levels here, especially in schools, colleges and universities, to popularise the game,” she added. Low said to develop and grow major sports, they must be easy to play, exciting, fast, inexpensive and with access to playgrounds.“Many (sports) have reduced their number of players in the game and taking them to exciting new grounds like the beach, open air, indoor courts, hard courts and the streets. And in a way, Baseball5 is like a street version for us.“I see no problems because it is an exciting game that can be played everywhere with just a ball, bases, a small area and just five players on a team,” she added.The regional supremo explained that Baseball5 was promoted by WBSC through the softball division.“Although many may mistake it for a baseball game because of the name and acronym B5, the name was actually coined by combining “base” (the bases used in the game), “ball” (one ball used) and “5” (five players).”Softball Association of Malaysia president See Kok Wooi said it would “definitely catch on” in schools and that there were plans to include it in the schools’ sports calendar.“First and foremost, on our agenda is to organise a national Baseball5 championship and we urge all our affiliates to familiarise themselves with the game and form their state team. So, for starters, the states can organise their state championship,” added See.SK Pulau Indah headmaster and former Selangor schools softball coach Hazi Kadir, who also played a key role at the seminar by offering the school facilities, said he planned to propose to the Education Ministry and Malaysian Schools Sports Council to include Baseball5 in the schools’ sports curriculum.All the participants at the event underwent a test and were presented with certificates of participation. {{category}} {{time}} {{title}} Tags / Keywords: Community Sports 12 Jul 2019 No guts, no glory THE Softball Asia Baseball5 coaching seminar held at Botanic Resort Club, Bukit Tinggi and SK Puala Indah in Klang proved a huge success and gave a clear indication that the sport is heading in the right direction.Held under the auspices of the World Baseball Softball Confederation (WBSC), the two-day event drew 63 participants who comprised teachers and coaches from various state associations and clubs, as well as Pakistan, Singapore and Vietnam.There was a general feeling of excitement and enthusiasm during and after the course that was conducted by instructors Ran Liu of China, Japan’s Ayako Rokkaku and Itsarapong Oyaree of Thailand. More importantly, before departing, the participants pledged to spread the sport in their respective regions. Football 11 Jul 2019 Doping: CAS lifts Olympic ban on former Russian Sports Minister Mutko A group shot of the coaching seminar participants in Klang. (Right) In high spirits at the event were (from left) See, Hazi and Low. In high spirits at the event were (from left) See, Hazi and Low. Central Region , Baseball Baseball5 or B5 is an urban version of baseball and softball. It is a fast and energetic sport that follows the same principles of baseball and softball. It can be played almost anywhere and only requires a rubber ball.Played on a much smaller area than the conventional sport, with fewer players (just five), over a shorter period (10 to 15 minutes and five innings) and no equipment required except for a rubber ball, B5 is simple to get started with.It can be played on a hard court or field and is also a mixed gender game.Softball Asia president and WBSC secretary-general Datuk Low Beng Choo said at the coaching seminar, “The game may be new but it has caught on like wildfire in other parts of the world and there are already plans to stage an Asian Baseball5 championship to be used for qualification for the World Cup Baseball5.last_img read more