10 months agoMan Utd boss Mourinho: My 2 friends in the Premier League

first_imgMan Utd boss Mourinho: My 2 friends in the Premier Leagueby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveManchester United boss Jose Mourinho says two of his fellow Portuguese are the Premier League managers who are closest to him.In an interview with Soccer AM, he revealed who his best pal is among the current crop of Premier League bosses. “Nuno (Espirito Santo) was my player so I have a relationship with him from before,” he said.”Marco (Silva at Everton) I have known for years and he’s a good guy too.”Former goalkeeper Nuno was at Porto for years in two separate spells, with Mourinho his boss from 2002-04.When asked if he ever had a night on the town with Nuno, Mourinho was a little more coy.”In spite of the fact that we are both now managers I think we have a thing that I was your manager and you were my player,” he added.”That’s nice for me. There is always that little thing in the relationship.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Video: Watch Arizona’s Football Players Do Their First Haka War Dance Of The 2015 Season

first_imgArizona players watch as teammates perform their first Haka dance of the season.Arizona Haka DancePregame routines don’t get much more intimidating than Arizona’s “Haka” dance. The dance, a traditional Maori war dance from New Zealand, has become a tradition for the Wildcats. Arizona’s football players have performed the first Haka of the season. It’s pretty awesome. First Haka of the Year #HardEdgeCamp #BearDown pic.twitter.com/BpIvKAUEXe— Matt Dudek (@AZ_Matty_D) August 23, 2015That’ll get you fired up. Arizona opens its 2015 season Sept. 3 against UTSA.last_img

Centre rushing 10000 troops to Kashmir valley to strengthen counterinsurgency ops

first_imgNew Delhi: The Centre has ordered rushing of about 10,000 central forces personnel to the Kashmir valley in order to strengthen counter-insurgency operations and law and order duties there, officials said on Saturday. They said the Union Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA) has ordered the deployment of 100 companies of the Central Armed Police Forces (CAPFs) on July 25 on an “immediate” basis.Officials said that 100 more companies are expected to be sent to the valley. One CAPF company comprises about 100 personnel. The latest units will be drawn from the CRPF (50 companies), SSB (30) and ITBP and BSF will contribute 10 each, they said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe ministry has said that these personnel will be deployed to strengthen the counter-insurgency grid and law and order duties in the Kashmir Valley, they said. They are being airlifted and sent by trains, officials said. It is understood that the new units will reinforce the strength of the security forces already present in the valley who are conducting the annual Amarnath Yatra and carrying out counter-terrorism operations daily, they added. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayThe troops will be addition to about 65 regular battalions of the Central Reserve Police Force in the valley and over 20 other battalions of other forces deployed to conduct the yatra that will end on August 15. One CAPF battalion has about 1,000 personnel. The new strength of the troops will also help in the conduct of the Assembly polls in the state that are expected to be held in some time, they said. Meanwhile, Union minister G Kishan Reddy said on Saturday that the NDA Government has given a “free hand” to security forces to give a befitting reply to terrorists and Pakistan unlike in the past when India would be at the receiving end of their aggression,. Speaking at a function to mark the 81st Raising Day of CRPF in Hyderabad, the Union minister of state for home said that the government would deal with all internal security problems firmly and lauded the role of the force in containing Maoist violence.last_img read more

AAP scheme to fund higher education of 100 Dalit students overseas

first_imgNEW DELHI: The Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government on Thursday launched a scheme to fund higher studies of around 100 Dalit students overseas.The decision, taken during a meeting chaired by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, decided to provide financial assistance of up to Rs 10 lakh for a two-year course and up to Rs 20 lakh for a four-year course to the candidates. Meritorious students who have secured admission to M Phil, PhD, LLM, M.Tech and other higher education courses in foreign universities will be able to apply under the scheme, Delhi’s SC/ST minister Rajendra Pal Gautam said. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsThe applicants should be residents of Delhi and their family income should not exceed Rs 8 lakh per annum, he said. It’s happening for the first time in Delhi, Gautam added. Gautam said according to the proposal of the SC/ST Welfare Department, students will get the scholarship in the field of Engineering and Management; Pure Sciences and Applied Sciences; Agricultures Sciences and Medicine; International Commerce, Accounting and Finance; and Humanities and Social Science from accredited universities. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from Thursday”The students, below 30 years of age, with 55 per cent marks in Master Degree will be eligible for the Ph.D scholarship, while those with 55 per cent marks in Bachelors Degree will be eligible for the Master Degree,” he added. Gautam said after completion of the course, the candidate will have to submit the course completion certificate by the concerned Institution/University to the Secretary, Department for Welfare of SC/ST/OBC, Delhi. “The candidate also has to give an undertaking that he/she has not received any scholarship financial assistance from any government/other organisation including university/college for the same course he/she is applying under the scheme,” he said.last_img read more

City of Hope Announces 14th Annual Songs of Hope on September 13

first_imgCity of Hope, a world-renowned independent cancer research and treatment center, today announced an initial blockbuster lineup of presenters and honorees who will celebrate the song and songwriter at its Songs of Hope XIV event.Among the music and entertainment industry VIPs in attendance will be legendary music executive and record producer Clive Davis; record producer/songwriter and Songwriters Hall of Fame Hal David Starlight Award winner Benny Blanco; Grammy-winning songwriter/record producer Mike Will Made-It; CEO/Chairman of Sony/ATV Music Publishing and Songwriters Hall of Fame Patron of the Arts Award winner Marty Bandier; hit-making songwriter Sarah Aarons; Grammy- and Emmy Award-winning composer, conductor, and music producer James Newton Howard; and more. Legendary Songwriters Hall of Fame inductee and producer Jimmy Jam returns as Master of Ceremonies.Songs of Hope XIV will be held on Thursday, September 13, 2018 at the exclusive residence of hit-maker Alex da Kid, the KIDinaKORNER Kampus, in Sherman Oaks, CA. Last year, Songs of Hope XIII was hosted at the Kampus for the first time, raising more than $400,000 for City of Hope.Award presenters and recipients will include:Clive Davis “Legend in Songwriting” Award, presented by Clive Davis to Benny Blanco and Mike Will Made-ItMartin Bandier “Vanguard” Award, presented by Marty Bandier to Sarah AaronsElectronic Arts “Composer of the Year” Award presented by Steve Schnur to James Newton HowardSongs of Hope Beverly and Ben Horowitz Legacy Award* presented by Zach Horowitz to international expert in leukemia, lymphoma and bone marrow transplantation, Stephen J. Forman, M.D., the Francis & Kathleen McNamara Distinguished Chair in Hematology and Hematopoietic Cell Transplantation at City of Hope.Universal Music Publishing Group, Spotify and Warner/Chappell Music will also present awards to honorees, with more information provided closer to the event.For the 14th consecutive year, the event is co-chaired by David Renzer, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of Spirit Music Group; Doug Davis, Founder/Principal of The Davis Firm; Evan Lamberg, President of Universal Music Publishing Group, North America; and Steve Schnur, President of Music, Electronic Arts.Schnur said, “For 14 years, Songs of Hope has brought our industry together for an evening of music that is literally lifesaving. And thanks to the ongoing support of friends and colleagues, our shared commitment to City of Hope’s vital mission is stronger than ever. This year, my co-chairs David, Doug, Evan and I invite you to join what will be an event that redefines respect, compassion and celebration.”Lamberg said, “On behalf of myself and my co-chairs we could not be more proud that Songs of Hope continues, stronger than ever, in its 14th year. City of Hope makes a huge, positive difference in the lives of its patients and their families. Its doctors, researchers and all of its employees are very special people doing extraordinary things when it comes to changing lives for the better.”Davis said, “As a cancer survivor, it is imperative to raise funds to further City of Hope’s compassionate patient care and groundbreaking research. This night has become one of my favorite nights in music, and I am thrilled to again co-chair Songs of Hope and this wonderful celebration of the song and the songwriter, which are often overshadowed by the recording and the artist. Songs of Hope is meaningful for me this year because I get to also work hand-in-hand with my father, Clive Davis, who will present the Clive Davis Legend In Songwriting Award to my friends Mike Will Made-It and Benny Blanco.”Renzer said, “I am so honored to be co-chairing the 14th Songs of Hope with my incredible co-chairs Evan, Doug and Steve. It’s wonderful to see the event achieve new heights every year, contributing to the important life-saving work done by City of Hope. Thanks to all for supporting and attending this special event.”This year’s music and entertainment sponsors include Spotify, Clive Davis, Sony/ATV, Electronic Arts, Universal Music Publishing Group, and Warner/Chappell Music.Songs of Hope brings together the biggest names in music and entertainment to support City of Hope in the fight against cancer, HIV/AIDS, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. The star-studded event, silent auction and CharityBuzz.com auction raise money to support lifesaving research at City of Hope. Prior Songs of Hope honorees and participants have included Jack Antonoff, Burt Bacharach, Glen Ballard, Martin Bandier, Aloe Blacc, Colbie Caillat, The Chainsmokers, Clive Davis, Desmond Child, Natalie Cole, Gavin DeGraw, The Doobie Brothers, Jermaine Dupri, Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, Zach Horowitz, Max Martin, Mark Mothersbaugh, Ne-Yo, Lionel Richie, Dave Stewart, Swizz Beatz, will.i.am, Pharrell Williams, Stevie Wonder, Charli XCX, and Hans Zimmer, among others.To purchase tickets for Songs of Hope XIV, visit www.cityofhope.org/music/songs or contact City of Hope at 626-218-6313 or mfei@coh.org.last_img read more

KARENA EVANS GOT HER BIG BREAK BY COLDTEXTING MUSIC VIDEO LEGEND DIRECTOR

first_imgFor instance “In My Feelings” features a litany of twerking dancers set against the backdrop of New Orleans local haunts. The project stars Shiggy (the creator of the viral dance that helped propel the song up the charts), Lala Anthony (as Drake’s love interest), Phylicia Rashad (as Lala’s mother), Odell Beckham Jr., and a cameo from Big Freedia (whose vocals are featured on the track). In short, it’s just the sort of high-energy romp you’d expect from a smash single.As her star only continues to rise and people continue to listen to “In My Feelings” on repeat, Teen Vogue chatted with Karena about facing your fears, chasing your dreams, and the importance of creating space and visibility for black women in the film industry.Teen Vogue: What are your earliest memories around film and acting?Karena Evans: I was the annoying child who put on plays for my family and charged them a dollar to get in. There was this program on Windows, this was before Apple, where I would edit videos every time a family birthday came around. I always really had an interest in storytelling, but it wasn’t until I got a bit older that I realized you can actually make a life out of telling stories, which was a crazy concept.TV: Director X really took you under his wing. How did you guys meet?KE: It all started in film school. I can definitely appreciate a school education, but I just think I was a bit impulsive and very impatient about the rate I was learning. I wanted to learn faster. I knew that I wanted to be a director, and I was already shooting. I just wanted to get out there. I had a mutual friend with X, his name is Boi1da, a Toronto legend and a longtime collaborator with Drake. I had a conversation with him and said, “Look, this is where I am and this is where I want to be. How do I close that gap?”He slid me Director X’s phone number; not even his office line or his assistant’s line, his personal number. It was kind of a scary moment where I had to decide to either take a step forward or stay in the same place. I texted him and said, “You don’t know who I am but my name is Karena and I really want to work for you. I want to show you what I can do.” He had me come into the office the next day. I was sitting in a boardroom with him and his manager, who is now my manager, and we were just talking. The conversation was going very well and that was all fine and dandy, then he said, “Great. Now show me your work.”At the time I had this zero dollar music video I’d done. When I say zero dollar I mean we paid for the camera package out of our pocket and we didn’t have any lighting. I had even lended the artist my clothes — it was something that I was super passionate about. Although technically it’s not where I am right now, I think you can still see my heart in it. I like to believe X liked it because we started working together that night…I literally started that evening. We worked on a TV pitch together, and from there he truly did take me under his wing. It was such a beautiful mentorship because I was writing treatments with him and going on set with him. I would be up until three or four in the morning, but the pace that I was learning was far faster than what I was learning in school. That led me to another moment of having to decide to take a risk. I dropped out of school to be fully present in the experience. About eight months later he signed me as a director to his company.TV: What are some of the biggest lessons you learned working with X?KE: X is one of the hardest working people I’ve ever met. I truly learned the value of working hard at your craft and mastering it. You know, expanding your knowledge, constantly researching and just spending all of the time you can to get better because things don’t just land on your lap. The knowledge that you really do have to put in the work was one of the biggest takeaways I got from him. The other thing, which is a big lesson he taught me, and is something that his mentor Hype Williams taught him, was that you have to fight the inner thought that you can’t do it. You have to fight the idea that you’re not good at your job, and even the perception that might be projected on you by other people that you aren’t meant to be there.You have to fight those doubts because you have the responsibility as an artist to push forward and pull through. I think that in the presence of chaos, creativity starts. You need that nervous creative energy, but at the same time you have to learn to push through the negative thoughts that come with it because that’s breeds the best creations.TV: For black women, the conversation around film and directing tends to come back to the idea that there aren’t enough of us or that we aren’t as represented in the ways we should be. How, if at all, does that impact you?KE: I think that the first thing to realize is that there are in fact a lot of female directors. There are a lot of women of color who are here and present. The unfortunate part is that we were not always given a place. It took the Melina Matsoukases, the Ava DuVernays and others who have paved the way for me, and the next generation of young black female filmmakers, to help us understand that we do have a place, and to also break down those barriers so we that can be heard. It was definitely something I was aware of getting into the game, and I think it just made me want to work ten times harder to prove that there is nothing different between me and my male counterparts. If anybody knows me they know how much Melina is my hero, and how much she’s influenced not only my work, but how I look at myself as a young black filmmaker. If I can in some way inspire another young girl to also believe in herself then I’m doing a good job.TV: Being the first woman to win the Lipsett Award must have felt like one of those moments.KE: It’s an interesting feeling because I definitely don’t feel like I’m the first woman who should receive it, and I definitely don’t think that I’m the only woman who is making a mark in the music video industry, or in the industry as a whole; I won’t be the last, either. I just hope that in receiving it, I can help break down some of those walls for other women to be recognized. Again, it’s because of women like Melina that I even have it, or that I even know that I have a place here and that I’m allowed to occupy a space in this world.TV: Who or what are some of your other influences?KE: Of course I grew up on X and Hype’s music videos, but honestly, I don’t get a lot of my inspiration from any single person. Vimeo is my school. I’m always watching videos. I’m always researching because I believe you can find inspiration anywhere. The great thing about Instagram right now is that you can cultivate what’s coming towards you. I follow a lot of photography blogs, and am always searching for inspiration whether that’s on the Internet, around where I live, or even the kind of music I’m listening to. As an artist, I think I have a duty to stay inspired and search for new things to learn.TV: Every director probably approaches a project differently. What’s your process?KE: The way that I approach any project is with an entirely clean slate. I don’t have one formula for everything. I really do my best to make sure that I’m creating a custom suit for every visual. I think the process changes depending on the artist you’re working with as well. I’ve been blessed to work with some really collaborative artists, and an idea will either start from them or a conversation with them, and then we sort of build that out together. For me, the really exciting part is creating these very custom looks for every video. Now that I’m going into film and TV, I think the biggest thing is doing the research and truly defining what the vision is. I really don’t think that one strategy works for everything, so I constantly try and understand new ways to communicate and new ways to shoot.TV: What does the research project look like for you? Is it books, magazines, movies, a combination?KE: If I’m working on a specific song I listen to that song over and over and over. I will listen to that artist’s music over and over. I will research a lot about that artist (even if I already know them), just to make sure that in the moment I’m conceptualizing I’m really within the boundaries of that artist and doing justice to that person. I also look through a lot of magazines. I have a log of videos that give me inspiration too.TV: What makes someone a good director?KE: Constantly expanding your knowledge of film and storytelling. Knowing there’s a world of opportunities where you can learn — both technically and life lessons. All of that will help in your experience as a director. Some of the directors I’ve worked with as an actress have had an incredible ability to communicate, and also understand that everyone’s energy is different. Again, it’s not a matter of here’s a general strategy I’m going to use on every project. It’s really about being present and adjusting and adapting to the people you’re working with.BY STEPHANIE SMITH-STRICKLAND | TEEN VOGUE Advertisement At 22-years-old, Canadian director and actor Karena Evans is already living the creative dream. This year she became the first woman to receive Prism Prize’s prestigious Lipsett Award, which recognizes Canadian music video artistss for innovation and creativity. Her wildly well-rounded portfolio boasts brand campaigns for clients including Nike right alongside music videos for artists such as SZA, “Garden (Say It Like Dat); Belly, “Mumble Rap”; and perhaps most famously, Drake. And to think, it was all put in motion from cold-texting a pro in the industry.Karena’s journey started at film school in Toronto, where after bouncing between two institutions, she eventually grew frustrated with the slow pace of the curriculums. In response, she did something many of us — particularly those of us who have been trained to believe that traditional schooling is a guarantor of success — would be absolutely terrified to do. She cold contacted the legendary Director X, whose first feature film, Superfly, debuted in August. After landing an internship with his production company, X personally took Karena under his wing. The culmination of this process saw her dropping out of school to fully embrace the work she was already doing.Several of Drake’s most recent videos, released in support of his behemoth fifth studio album, Scorpion, have been directed by Karena. From the feel-good premise of “God’s Plan” to the playful Degrassi time warp that is “I’m Upset” to the celebrity-studded, ladies-first anthem of “Nice for What,” the young director has been instrumental in creating a tableau that feels at ease with Drake’s chameleon nature, and impactful to the larger pop culture zeitgeist. 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Black Panther is boxoffice king for third straight week

first_imgLOS ANGELES, Calif. – Wakanda’s reign shows no signs of waning. “Black Panther” is king of the box office for the third straight weekend.The release from Marvel and Disney brought in $65.7 million domestically this weekend, easily outpacing new releases “Red Sparrow” and “Death Wish,” according to studio estimates Sunday.“Black Panther” has now grossed $500 million domestically after three weeks of release. It’s the third fastest film to reach the $500 million plateau.“Disney is clearly on a roll with ‘Black Panther’ showing incredible strength as it posts the third biggest third-weekend gross of all time,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst for comScore, “and most notably becomes the 10th highest grossing movie of all time in North America after just 17 days in theatres.”Fox’s “Red Sparrow,” featuring Jennifer Lawrence as a Russian ballerina-turned-super-spy, earned $17 million in its first weekend.Another new release, “Death Wish,” MGM’s reboot of the Charles Bronson action franchise starring Bruce Willis, was third with $13 million.“Both newcomers performed to expectations but had to compete in a marketplace totally dominated by ‘Black Panther,’” Dergarabedian said.The totals come on a weekend when all industry eyes are on the Academy Awards, which will be handed out in Hollywood later Sunday.None of the major nominees remain in the box office top 10, though some continue to bring in receipts. “Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri” reached $52 million domestically through Sunday, and “The Shape of Water” passed $57 million.“Black Panther,” directed by Ryan Coogler and starring Chadwick Boseman and Michael B. Jordan, has become a groundbreaking cinematic phenomenon, giving unprecedented representation for a film of its kind to Africans and African-Americans while winning over every corner of the culture. It should soon shoot past the billion-dollar mark worldwide.Wakanda’s king may finally be knocked from his box-office throne next weekend with the release of director Ava DuVernay’s “A Wrinkle in Time,” another Disney film that gives groundbreaking representation to African-Americans on both sides of the camera.“Disney wins no matter how you slice it with that film expected to have a strong debut as ‘Black Panther’ continues to draw big crowds,” Dergarabedian said.Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theatres, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers also are included. Final three-day domestic figures will be released Monday.1. “Black Panther,” $65.7 million.2. “Red Sparrow,” $17 million.3. “Death Wish,” $13 million.4. “Game Night,” $10.7 million.5. “Peter Rabbit,” $10 million.6. “Annihilation,” $5.6 million.7. “Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle,” $4.5 million.8. “Fifty Shades Freed,” $3.3 million.9. “The Greatest Showman,” $2.6 million.10. “Every Day,” $1.5 million.___Follow AP Entertainment Writer Andrew Dalton on Twitter at: https://twitter.com/andyjamesdaltonlast_img read more

Former MP Ateeq kidnapped businessman UP govt tells SC

first_imgNew Delhi: The Uttar Pradesh government Thursday told the Supreme Court that former MP Ateeq Ahmad, who was lodged in Deoria jail, had indeed assaulted and kidnapped a businessman on December 26 last year.Confirming the incident, the UP government said CCTV cameras in the jail complex were tampered with at the time. A bench of Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi and justices Deepak Gupta and Sanjiv Khanna said it would consider the report submitted by UP government on April 23. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’In a report submitted through senior advocate Vijay Hansaria, appointed as amicus curiae (friend of court), the state government said departmental action against five jail officials has been initiated. Hansaria, assisted by advocate Sneha Kalita, told the bench that jail norms were relaxed with respect to visitors meeting the former parliamentarian. In his submission, the senior advocate said there are 109 cases registered against Ahmad from 1979 to 2019 which include 17 murder cases, 12 cases under UP Gangster Act, eight under Arms Act and four under UP Goonda Act. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KHansaria said eight cases pending investigation were registered against Ahmad between 2015 and 2019 of which two are murder cases. The report said the state government has constituted two committees which prima facie found names of two persons, including businessman Mohit Jaiswal’s, in visitors register for meeting Ahmad. It said the committees have found the jail superintendent and other jail officials guilty for the assault on the businessman, and departmental proceedings against five officials and the state government has suspended three persons. The report further said that after the incident was reported in media and FIR was lodged by the businessman, Ahmad was transferred from Deoria jail to Bareilly jail in UP and efforts were being made to arrest the associates of the former lawmaker, who were involved in the incident. Ateeq Ahmad was a five-time MLA and one-time MP and has been jail since Feb 11, 2017. In the past he was associated with political parties including Samajwadi Party and Apna Dal (Sonewal faction). “In interrogation, the jail staff and the prisoners have denied the incidence of assault in jail but the joint team found in the inquiry that some CCTV cameras set up in the jail have been tampered with and a persons meeting with Ateeq Ahmad had been granted relaxation also against rule. The joint team prima facie found that the jail superintendent and the officers/ employees of the jail administration to be guilty for this incident,” the report said. The UP government report said some accused have been identified on the basis of CCTV footage of Deoria jail and for their arrest, police teams have been sent to their possible hideouts in Gautam Buddh Nagar, Prayagraj and Delhi. It said a police team led by Lucknow SP has been leading the investigation in the case. The top court was hearing a PIL filed by lawyer and BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay seeking a life ban on politicians convicted in criminal cases besides the setting up of special courts to expeditiously try cases involving elected representatives. During the previous hearing, the court was told by Hansaria that there were over several heinous cases pending against the former MP and still he had the audacity to kidnap the businessman to the jail. Businessman Jaiswal had filed an FIR on December 28, 2018, alleging that he was kidnapped from Lucknow and taken to the prison where he was assaulted by the jailed don and his aides and was forced to transfer his business to them. Lucknow-based realtor Jaiswal had alleged that he was tortured and forced to transfer five of his firms in the names of the former lawmaker and his jailed son. The combined assets of the firms were worth Rs 45 crore, the FIR said, adding that Ahmad also took away the car of Jaiswal and other belongings before releasing him.last_img read more

Deadly sectarian violence cripples Algeria desert city

first_imgGHARDAIA, Algeria – Daily life has ground to a halt in Ghardaia, a picturesque Algerian city on the edge of the Sahara turned into a ghost town by a wave of sectarian violence.The UNESCO world heritage site, some 600 kilometres (370 miles) south of Algiers, has been rocked since December by clashes between the Chaamba community of Arab origin and the majority Mozabites, indigenous Berbers belonging to the Ibadi Muslim sect.The oasis settlement, with its 90,000 inhabitants, was a scene of desolation on Monday, with the normally bustling market square empty and charred shopfronts bearing witness to last week’s unrest. Security forces patrolled the streets following the deployment of extra personnel, and after Algeria’s newly-appointed premier Youcef Yousfi visited on Sunday in a bid to defuse the situation.The latest violence erupted after hundreds of Mozabites who had fled during the initial unrest returned to their houses, to find many of them destroyed or badly damaged, according to various local sources.Three young Chaambas were killed on Saturday night, in circumstances that remain unclear, and another 190 people wounded, including 29 members of the security forces, according to medical sources.Five people were killed in the previous wave of violence between the rival communities, between December and February.Hamou Mesbah, a senior member of the opposition Socialist Forces Front (FFS), on Saturday described the centre of Ghardaia as a “ghost town,” saying that Mozabites living in mixed neighbourhoods whose property had been torched were still waiting to recover whatever belongings they could.Some of the burnt-out shops belonging to members of the Chaamba community were still smouldering on Sunday night, despite the efforts of the local fire service.Hadj Mabrouk Zahouani ran the well-known store “Rahala” (“Journey” in Arabic), which opened its doors in 1950 but was left in ruins by last week’s violence.Before the unrest customers would come from all across the Algerian desert to purchase his wares, which ranged from kitchen dishes to traditional clothes and footwear.“I didn’t close my shop until the riots began (in December), and when things calmed down I reopened. This time I have lost the shop and its contents,” Zahouani told AFP.The total damage from the latest violence is difficult to evaluate, but Bahmed Babaoumoussa, a member of the committee for Thenia neighbourhood, put the cost of the losses there alone at more than four million euros.The shops along the town’s main street, most of them Arab, were all shut on Monday.“The Mozabites don’t live in the town centre but they do have shops here,” said Moussa, a postman in his 30s.On Monday those shops were easy enough to identify, whether by the police guards deployed outside them or the hostile messages scrawled on their walls, such as: “This is a Mozabite shop,” and “Get out.”Once-flourishing trade hub The two communities have coexisted for centuries, but as elsewhere in the region, limited economic opportunities, despite the proximity of Algeria’s vast oil and gas wealth, have aggravated social tensions.Trade has always been Ghardaia’s economic mainstay, and one police officer posted on the deserted main street said he couldn’t imagine the town without its shops and bustling business.For 30 years tourism has flourished here, he said, driven in particular by demand for the jewelry and carpets typical of the area, which is also famous for its ksour, or traditional villages.Saleh Echeikh, a professor at Ghardaia university, blamed the communal violence on a “third party”, accusing criminal gangs linked to theft and drug dealing of instigating the clashes.“They have forced the shops to shut and brought commercial activity to a standstill by all their acts of aggression,” he said.But others, particular members of the Chaamba community, dismiss this argument.“Drugs circulate even more in the main cities and towns along the coast. So why aren’t they going up in flames?” one man asked.last_img read more

Valverde hails unbelievable Messi after 400th La Liga goal

first_imgBarcelona manager Ernesto Valverde believes Lionel Messi’s incredible statistics speak for themselves after he scored his 400th La Liga goalIn just 435 league games, Messi registered his 400th goal as Barcelona cruised to a comfortable 3-0 win over SD Eibar on Sunday with Luis Suarez netting the other two goals.“I think the figures speak for themselves,” Valverde told the club website.“We don’t know if anyone will ever get close to those statistics but he is unbelievable.”The victory at Camp Nou enabled Barcelona to maintain their lead in La Liga to five points from second-place Atletico Madrid after 19 games.FC Barcelona, Valencia CFMatch Preview: Barcelona vs Valencia Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 Is derby time in La Liga, as Barcelona welcomes Valencia to the Camp Nou Stadium tonight at 21:00 (CET).“We have finished the first half of the season,” continued Valverde.“We wanted to maintain the advantage we had over the teams that are chasing us and we have done that.“The game was a tough one, like all the games against Eibar. They always put you under pressure high up the field.“At the end of the day we were able to get around that and we are happy because we have reached the halfway point of the league season top of the table, after having some tricky moments so far.”The Catalan giants will next face Levante in the second leg of their last-16 Copa del Rey tie on Thursday, where they hope to overturn their 2-1 deficit at home.last_img read more

Free weekly hula hoop fitness class in Poway

first_img June 5, 2019 Updated: 1:00 PM Elizabeth Alvarez, 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsPOWAY (KUSI) – A free weekly fitness class is being offered in Poway but it’s not your typical exercise class. Its called hula hoop fitness.The founder of Holistic Hoop Fitness Plus, Julie Clemmons, puts on a free class every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Poway library.Clemmons says the experience goes beyond fitness.  In many cases she says it is therapeutic. She found it is even helping people with special needs as they too are able to hula hoop in some form. Clemmons makes all of the hula hoops used during the class. She also sells them.Having been so affected by the synagogue shooting, Clemmons says she wants to contribute a portion of her hula hoop sales the Friendship Circle, the nonprofit that was established by Lori Kaye, the victim of the synagogue shooting.The free hoop fitness class happens every Wednesday at 10 a.m. at the Poway library. For more information email hoopmother@gmail.com  or call 858-442-6391. Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News FacebookTwittercenter_img Elizabeth Alvarez Posted: June 5, 2019 Free weekly hula hoop fitness class in Powaylast_img read more

Senate Passes Bill For Fair Liquor License

first_imgThis year, following the release of the legislative audit, the board began to crack down on recreational license renewals, with members saying they have no choice under existing state law. Senator Peter Micciche (R-Soldotna) sponsored the bill: “Eleven business licenses across the state, including the state fair, were at risk of no longer operating. In largely it’s because of the bureaucracy of the ABC Board (Alcohol Beverage Control Board) just deciding they were going to read the statue in a different way.”  Micciche: “Sometimes government moves away from operating with common sense, and that’s when we have to step in.” Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Alaska Senate on Monday passed legislation that will allow the fairs in Alaska to continue selling alcohol. The bill passed in the Senate by 19-0, creates several new liquor license types, including a fair license. The bill now moves onto the Alaska House of Representatives. Photo courtesy of Alaska State Fair Micciche says the bill is in response to a more stringent reading of state law by the Alcoholic Beverage Control Board. The measure will also allow skiing and snowboarding under the definition of recreational sites, which Micciche said had been traditionally permissible previously.last_img read more

Two Missing After Explosion Fire In Whittier

first_imgFacebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Girdwood Fire Department responded  with mutual aid late Sunday to assist Whittier Fire with an explosion and boat fire at the commercial dock. According to the U.S. Coast Guard, two people are missing after the explosion and fire. According to Norcross the F/V Alganik has sunk and there is a 100-yard safety zone around the area. Around 12:30am, Monday there was a voluntary evacuation order for nearby Whittier Manor. Photo credit: M. Garhart Shortly before 3am, the Girdwood Fire department confirmed the fire had been contained. Limited details are known at this time. Additional Details will be posted as they are made available. Coast Guard spokesperson Manda Norcross: “A propane tank that had been leaking exploded aboard the F/V Alganik exploded causing the fire which spread to nearby buildings and vehicles.”last_img read more

From UserGen to Widgets to Wikis Tech Talk Dominates McGrawHills Media Summit

first_imgAfter lunch, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia president and CEOSusan Lyne spoke about how MSLO has employed what it calls a “360-degree sales approach” and has diversified across all its platforms. “We have teams of experts in the separate categories we cover that come up with the ideas and generate the content for all of the company’s platforms—from print to online to radio to TV,” Lyne said. “We can use this content in a number of ways, and it enables us to touch our consumer one more time.” NEW YORK—From user-generated content to blogs to widgets to Wikis, new technologies in all facets of media were the focus of conversation Wednesday during the first day of the McGraw-Hill Companies’ 2008 Media Summit.“Figuring out how to move content or media on to new technology platforms is probably, next to creating high-quality experience as content, is probably the most important thing we can do,” Walt Disney Company president and CEO Robert Iger said during the morning keynote speech. Co-sponsors BusinessWeek and Standard & Poor’s were expecting about 1,000 attendees over the two-day event.“Most classic brand managers look at technology almost with a deep-rooted aversion,” Iger continued. “[Technology] typically enables competition for brands, and it changes consumer behavior, and if you’re a brand manager you don’t really want consumer behavior to change, you want them to continue consuming your brand. People take a protectionist view toward technology when they’re brand managing. I actually felt that being a projectionist, or projecting the brand versus protecting the brand, using technology was the right thing to do.”Session topics—all in regards to new media technologies—ranged from rights management to advertising accountability and legal issues. “Look at your kids and people in their twenties; they’re not going to newspapers, they’re not going to print for their news anymore,” said Atlanta Journal-Constitution editor Julia Wallace during a morning panel discussion. “We’re seeing our audiences transfer online and to other media. We’re having to change our business models. These are interesting times.”last_img read more

COMING TO THE SHRINERS Country Western Night On November 30

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — The Aleppo Shriners are holding its annual Country Western Night, featuring The Goat Roper Band and DJ Rich & Kathleen Crocker, on Friday, November 30, 2018 in the Fez Room at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road). Doors open at 6:30pm. Dance lessons begin at 8pm. Tickets cost $10. Kids 12 and under are FREE. All proceeds will benefit the Shriners Transportation Fund.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedCOMING TO THE SHRINERS: Country Western Night On August 6In “Community”The Wilmington Insider For November 30, 2018In “5 Things To Do Today”SAVE THE DATE: Feztival of Trees Coming To Shriners Auditorium On November 22-24In “Community”last_img read more

BSE closes points 1036 down on November 27

first_imgNew Delhi, November 27 (ANI): Trading at the Bombay Stock Exchange today closed 10.36 points down to stand at 20,414.66. At the National Stock Exchange the Nifty closed 2.00 points down to stand at 6,057.10. TTK Prestige and Motherson Sumi Systems Ltd. were among the top gainers of Group A with an increase of 9.14% and 7.23% along with HDIL and Jaypee Infratech Ltd. with an increase of 5.39% and 4.29% respectively, while the top losers of Group A include Wockhardt and Pipavav Defence And Offshore Eng Ltd. with a decrease of 8.70% and 4.91% along with Indian Hotels and JetAir India with a decrease of 4.52% and 4.37% at the close of the markets. The Auto sector is up 123.39 points at 12,267.74, while the banking sector is down 11.57 points at 12,441.76 and the realty sector is down 10.83 points at 1,316.70. The Indian currency is up 0.46 % at Rs 62.21 per dollar.last_img read more

Tangelo in the town

first_imgThe year has begun well for the Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Jamia Millia Islamia. The Faculty organised Tangelo Town’13, the annual techno-cultural fest which commenced on Friday.The theme is globalisation, model United Nations, international conference on sustainable technologies and tangelo sports league are the flagship events among 50 events to roll out in the next three days. ‘For the first time, the students council of Faculty of Engineering and Technology, Jamia has taken an initiative to move towards an international festival which has been named Tangelo Town. This festival will be a combined cultural, technical, sports, literary and arts festival. Spread over a span of three days, it’s expected to recieve a footfall of over 45,000 people,’ said Hammad, event coordinator. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’The list of popular events to be held at the fest includes Pro Nite, Model United Nations, Photography Exhibit, Overnight Hackathon, Junk Yard Wars, Stage Play Competition, Tangelo Sports League 2013, Reflections, Altercatio and Nukkadh Natak. There will also be a photo exhibition called 50 States 50 Days which will be held in the MF Husain Art Gallery. Cricketer, Virender Sehwag, an alumnus of Jamia, will be the chief guest at the festival.While Tangelo Sports League started on 14 January, it had colleges and universities competing in football, tennis, badminton, basketball and cricket. Stunt Arena, Tech Fiesta and Management Fest are other events rolling in from today. If you are the management geek kinds and have an inclination towards money involved in economy, this is the place for you. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixThe most sought after Pro Nite will see singer Angaraag Mahanta (Papon), of Jiye Kyu and Tere Naam fame performing on the last day of the festival . ‘I am happy and take pride in the ability of my students to organise such a wide scale celebration  which is already beginning to make its mark,’ said Najeeb Jung, Vice Chancellor, Jamia.So be there.DETAILAt: Jamia University campusOn Till: 20 JanuaryTimings: 11 am to 5 pmlast_img read more

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first_imgSponsor Advertisement It was just another day when JPMorgan et al threw everything they had at the precious metals to prevent them from blowing sky highAs I stated in ‘The Wrap’ yesterday morning just minutes before my 5:20 a.m. Eastern time filing deadline…”It remains to be seen whether these rallies [in gold and silver] continue in London…or get stepped on before New York opens…”With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, it’s easy to see that virtually all the excitement was over by 9:20 a.m. BST in London.  There was a vertical price spike at 1:00 p.m. BST, twenty minutes before the Comex open…but it got hammered flat in pretty short order.  The rally after the London p.m. gold fix at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time wasn’t allowed to get too far, either.Gold closed at $1,701.30 spot…up $7.90 on the day.  Net volume was pretty enormous…around 190,000 contracts, so it should be obvious that gold’s attempt to rally well over the $1,700 price mark was not going unopposed…and that JPMorgan et al were going short against all comers.It was virtually the same story in silver…and the price pattern was virtually identical, as you can see from the Kitco chart below.  Silver closed at $32.71 spot…up 44 cents from Wednesday’s close.  Volume was very heavy as well…around 57,000 contracts.The dollar index opened on Wednesday night in New York at 81.20…and then declined in fits and starts down to about 81.07 at 8:00 a.m. in New York.  Then at precisely that moment…the moment that both gold and silver began to spike higher at 1:00 p.m. in London…the dollar index turned on a dime, reaching its 81.42 zenith about 9:40 a.m. in New York…and by 11:00 a.m. Eastern that entire gain had reversed itself.  The dollar index closed at 81.12…down about 8 basis points from Wednesday.If you check the above gold and silver charts, you will note that all the major price activity in New York in both gold and silver happened precisely between those two times.  Hardly a coincidence, I’m sure.The gold stocks gapped up…and after a bit of sag, worked their way slowly higher for the rest of the day.  The HUI finished on its high tick…up 2.67%.The silver stocks were mostly up on the day…but there were a few red arrows amongst the green ones.  Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up another 1.44%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that 5 gold and 157 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved warehouse system on Monday.  In silver, the big short/issuer was the Bank of Nova Scotia…and to no one’s surprise I’m sure, JPMorgan was the biggest long/stopper with 93 contracts in its proprietary [house] account…along with 46 contracts in its client account.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.The CME’s preliminary volume report for yesterday shows that only 1,103 silver contracts remain open in September.  That’s almost a 50 percent drop since Monday.There were no reported changes in either GLD or SLV…and the U.S. Mint didn’t have a sales report, either.Wednesday was another active day over at the Comex-approved depositories.  They received 926,750 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 1,116,483 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  Here’s the link to that activity.Nick Laird sent me his “Transparent PM Holdings” chart very late last night…and it’s definitely worth looking at.  As Nick pointed out…”it’s still hitting new highs day after day.”(Click on image to enlarge)I have the usual number of stories for you today…and the final edit is yours.Well, it was just another day when JPMorgan et al threw everything they had at the precious metals to prevent them from blowing sky high…as the volume figures were enormous, especially in gold.Today we get the jobs report at 8:30 a.m. Eastern…and as I say every month at this time, it will be interesting to see how gold reacts to this data…or is allowed to react.  I’ve noticed in the past…that there are times that ‘da boyz’ will soften up the price in advance of the jobs numbers, especially if they’re particularly bad, so that when the gold price does pop at 8:30 a.m….the precious metals have a hole to dig themselves out before turning positive on the day.  That may [or may not] be what went on in the precious metals market earlier today.  We’ll see.We also get the Commitment of Traders Report as well…and I’ll be waiting at the keyboard at precisely 3:30 p.m. Eastern time, which is when they post it on the CFTC website.  I’ll have that data in tomorrow’s column.As I mentioned two paragraphs ago, both gold and silver came under some selling pressure in Far East trading on their Friday.  The lows in both gold and silver were in around 1:00 p.m. Hong Kong time…and are continuing to rally now that London has been open for a bit more than two hours.  It will be interesting to see how long that lasts, or is allowed to last.  Gold volume is already very high…around 35,000 contracts and, like yesterday, silver’s volume is at 12,000+ contracts once again.  The dollar index is down about 20 basis points, gold is down about six bucks…and silver is down 50 cents as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:18 a.m. Eastern time.With the exception of palladium, the other three precious metals are still well into overbought territory…especially silver.  Based on that, it will be interesting to see if JPMorgan et al can, or will, engineer another sell-off in the near future.  Here’s the 6-month silver chart.(Click on image to enlarge)With gold and silver shares roaring higher, there’s still an opportunity to either readjust your portfolio, or get fully invested in the continuing major up-leg of this bull market in both silver and gold…and I respectfully suggest that you take a trial subscription to either Casey Research’s International Speculator [junior gold and silver exploration companies], or BIG GOLD [large producers], with all our best [and current] recommendations…as well as the archives. Don’t forget that our 90-day guarantee of satisfaction is in effect for both publications.Today is another day where I look forward to the 8:20 a.m. Comex open with great interest.  Enjoy your weekend…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. 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.last_img read more

The gold stocks chopped around aimlessly within a

first_img The gold stocks chopped around aimlessly within a two point range of unchanged on Wednesday—and the HUI closed down a tiny 0.15%. It was much the same chart pattern in palladium, except it closed down a dollar. I have a lot of stories for you again today—and some of them are definitely worth your time, but the final edit is always up to you. In a nutshell, the 150 million oz (30,000 contracts) of newly created open contracts between the technical funds and the raptors is what caused silver prices to fall $3 since the end of February. As much as I pinpoint JPMorgan as being the prime silver manipulator, since the bank’s net short position in COMEX silver has hardly changed over this time, I can’t accuse JPM as being the active catalyst in the recent silver price drop. However, I will be very quick to accuse the bank, along with the 7 other large COMEX silver shorts, should that short position increase on any silver rally. It is rare when it is so clear that two specific trader categories accounted for, effectively, all the net positioning in any one market like exists in COMEX silver over the past three months; but the data are undeniable. What is also undeniable is that the technical funds’ new short selling of 150 million oz is what caused the price to drop $3; as there is no other plausible explanation. The only question is what motivated the technical funds to sell such a quantity of silver futures contracts? The answer is also clear – progressively lower prices. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 04 May 2014 Except for the tiny spikes in both gold and silver at, or just before the New York open yesterday, there’s nothing to report regarding yesterday’s price action, as volume was anemic.  I’ve already said what I wanted to say at the top of this column. Here are the 6-month charts for both gold and silver once again, so you can put yesterday’s price action in some perspective against the overall. One should never short a quiet market It was a nothing day again on Wednesday—and the tiny rally that began in gold shortly before the Comex open, got squashed at precisely 8:30 a.m. in New York—and by around 11 a.m. the price was back below unchanged.  Nothing happened after that, as gold traded sideways for the remainder of the day. With gold trading in less than a ten dollar price range, the low and high ticks aren’t worth looking up once again. The gold price finished the day at $1,243.60 spot, down $1.30 from Tuesday’s close.  Volume, net of June and July, was very tiny—around 79,000 contracts. The CME Daily Delivery Report was a quiet affair yesterday, as only 35 gold and 1 silver contract were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Friday.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 9:57 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. There was a tiny sales report from the U.S. Mint.  They sold 50,000 silver eagles—and that was it. After two days of running down the batteries on their forklifts, there wasn’t much in/out activity in either gold or silver on Tuesday over at the Comex-approved depositories.  There were no changes at all in gold—and in silver, nothing was reported received—and 97,156 troy ounces were shipped out. Here’s a chart that Nick Laird passed around yesterday evening.  It shows the total derivatives position in both gold and the white metals versus their entire derivatives position.  It sure doesn’t take much money to control precious metal prices—or the price of anything else they decide is worth their effort. The first photo is of a magpie on the wing that I took a couple of weeks ago.  It’s almost a surreal picture, because it’s being lit by the sun from above and behind at the same time.  No Photoshop here, as it’s straight out of the camera, although I did bump up the saturation a hair. Going into the London open this morning, gold and silver volumes were as low as I can ever remember seeing—even lower than yesterday.  Gold volume was around 11,000 contracts—and silver’s volume was 2,900 contracts.  It is deathly quiet out there—and there isn’t a high-frequency trader in sight.  The gold price is about unchanged, but the other three precious metals are all down from their respective closes in New York yesterday afternoon—and what passes as the world’s reserve currency at the moment, is down a handful of basis points. A long time ago I read somewhere on the Internet that one should never short a quiet market—and I consider that to be excellent advice when it comes to the precious metals at the moment. But Ted did mention in his mid-week commentary to his paying subscribers yesterday that “My only concern in gold is that if the technical fund short position in gold [is] to mimic the record increase witnessed in silver, then there may be more technical fund selling to go in gold.“ That may be true, dear reader, but I bought some silver yesterday anyway, as we’re close enough to a bottom in this metal to suit me. Tomorrow we the jobs numbers, along with a shiny new Commitment of Traders Report—and embedded in [and extracted from] that report is the June Bank Participation information, so I’ll have lots to talk about in my Saturday missive. And as I send this off into cyberspace at 5:10 a.m. EDT, I note that all four precious metals are now down on that day, with silver under the most selling pressure. Volumes have picked up substantially in gold, but is still very much on the lighter side—and silver’s volume is very quiet, so whatever price action is occurring, its happening on very little volume.  The dollar index is down ten basis points. I have no idea what will happen with prices today.  I would suspect that there will be some activity around the release of the job numbers at 8:30 a.m. EDT on Friday, but that event is still 24 hours away. I’m off to bed—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. It was ultra-quiet in silver trading as well—and the 8:15 to 8:30 a.m. EDT rally in that metal met the same fate as the tiny rally in gold—and once the high was in, the price did very little after that. Silver traded within a 20 cent price range yesterday—and closed at $18.795 spot, down 1 whole penny from Tuesday’s close.  Net volume was 20,000 contracts. The dollar index opened flat—and traded flat before a 20 basis point down/up move that began at the London open—and ended 10 hours later shortly after 1 p.m. in New York.  After that, the index didn’t do much—and closed at 80.66, which was up 4 basis points from Tuesday’s close. Platinum traded flat until shortly after 1 p.m. Hong Kong time—and from that point got sold down to its low of the day just before 1 p.m. in Zurich.  The subsequent rally ended at 2 p.m. in electronic trading in New York—and it traded flat from there, closing up 8 bucks. Exactly the same can be said about the silver equities, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index finished the basically unchanged, down a tiny 0.01%. The agreement with Sumitomo on the Fourth of July project is a great compliment to our recent agreement with Newmont Mining on the Wood Hills South project. We also have the Arabia, Golden Shears and some generative efforts being funded through our joint venture business model. 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The Trump administration has released its first as

first_imgThe Trump administration has released its first assessment of the impact of the president’s decision to reinstate the “Mexico City policy,” which cuts off U.S. aid to international groups unless they promise not to provide or promote abortion, even with non-U.S. funding sources. The review finds that so far practically all grantees have agreed to those conditions. But opponents of the policy caution that the administation’s statistics offer too incomplete a picture to draw conclusions about the policy’s impact.Every Republican president since Ronald Reagan has implemented the policy. But Trump’s version — which he instituted three days after taking office — goes further. Whereas previous versions only covered U.S. funding of overseas family planning, Trump has extended the policy to funding of virtually all global health programs — potentially more than $7 billion a year, according to an analysis by the Kaiser Family Foundation.Take the case of a health clinic that uses U.S. dollars to treat children in a poor country for malaria while using other funding to provide information about abortion to female patients. When the clinic’s U.S. grant comes up for renewal it will now face a choice: stop offering the abortion-related services or give up U.S. funding for its malaria work.According to the administration’s review, since the policy was put in place just over half of the nearly 1,300 affected global health grants have come up for renewal — and only four organizations have opted to decline the money. However, it’s unclear what share of U.S. aid funding those group represent. (In a phone call briefing for journalists, senior administration officials said they did not have funding data immediately available.) At least two of the groups that declined funding — Marie Stopes International and International Planned Parenthood Federation — are major providers of health services to poor people worldwide. (The other two were not identified). Marie Stopes, for instance, was getting about $30 million a year in U.S. money — accounting for 17 percent of its donor funding. Officials with the organization say that they have been able to secure short-term replacement funding for the majority of it. But beginning in mid-2018 many of their programs will face losses. And this will likely require the group to close down outreach teams delivering sexual and reproductive services to impoverished women in Madagascar, Uganda and Zimbabwe.Analysts also caution that many of the grantees covered by the Administration’s statistics are essentially U.S.-based pass-through groups — meaning they ultimately pass on their U.S. aid money to foreign partners on the ground. And it remains to be seen how many of those partners will agree to comply with the Mexico City policy. The administration reports that it is aware of at least 12 such sub-grantees that have refused as of last September. Perhaps most significantly, the review did not include any information about whether or not the policy has led to a reduction in health services for poor people.Officials said they would continue to monitor the policy’s implementation, and issue another review by end of this year. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more