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March Madness Tommy Amaker Leads Harvard to 1st TourneyMarch Madness Tommy Amaker Leads Harvard to 1st Tourney

Harvard, the Ivy League school that lost its best two players before the season to – of all things – an academic scandal – epitomized the catch phrase “March Madness” Thursday night, crafting a bracket-busting upset of No. 3-seed New Mexico.The No. 14- seeded Crimson, led by coach Tommy Amaker, earned a 68-62 first-round victory in Salt Lake City, the first NCAA Tournament win in school history. Somewhere, President Barack Obama, a Harvard graduate, is smiling.Harvard’s most famous hoops alum, Jeremy Lin of the Houston Rocets tweeted: “YYYYYEEEEESSSSSSSSS!!! HARVARD winssss!!! hahahahhah i told you.”Amaker’s scheme of milking the clock and using the final seconds to execute their offense worked, as Harvard shot 44 per cent from three-point range. Guard Wesley Saunders calmly scored 18 points, including three key late free throws, and Laurent Rivard made five threes to key the Harvard surge.“Certainly I feel like it’s been a tremendous season thus far,” said Amaker, the one-time coach at Michigan. “To do it in this fashion, on this stage, against an outstanding team. . . We had to play well and get some help by them by not playing so well at times.“But it means the world to us, a significant win for us. I talked to (the players) about how meaningful this season has been for me. . . as much as any other time I’ve had in coaching.”Harvard was not expected to win the Ivy League this season, but it did. Amaker held his team together after its two top players, Kyle Casey and Brandon Curry, were embroiled in a take-home test scandal involving 125 students. They withdrew from school, leaving the team less experienced and talent-deficient.Still, they made their way to the tournament for the third time in Amaker’s six years and punctuated it with the conference’s biggest upset in March Madness.Fans at the game could sense something special was happening, and the crowd quickly began supporting Harvard.“We talked about how if we could pick up some game pressure on New Mexico we could pick up some fans,” Amaker said. “People root for underdogs, but they follow top dogs.”Harvard will be underdogs again when it faces No. 6-seed Arizona on Saturday. Clearly, that is of little concern now. read more

Harry Kane Is Making His Case For Worlds Best StrikerHarry Kane Is Making His Case For Worlds Best Striker

D. MertensNapoli24893515 Kane is Europe’s best pure scorerThe top goal scorers in the five major European leagues this season 1H. KaneTottenham261506123 L. SuárezBarcelona20763816 C. ImmobileLazio21753720 The stage has never been bigger for Tottenham Hotspur’s star striker Harry Kane. On Saturday, Spurs defeated Arsenal 1-0 in the North London Derby, one of the Premier League’s most storied rivalries. Now it’s off to Turin, Italy, where they’ll take on Juventus, one of Europe’s most storied clubs, in the Champions League round of 16. And there will never be a better moment than now for Kane to demonstrate, in front of the entire soccer-loving world, that he just might be the best pure striker alive.Kane won himself a place in history when he notched his 100th English Premier League goal on a controversial stoppage time penalty two weekends ago against Liverpool. It’s an incredible achievement for a player who, at 24 years old, is only just now hitting the prime years of his career. Kane is not the fastest ever to the century mark, but only Alan Shearer managed it in fewer appearances than Kane’s 141, and only Wayne Rooney, Robbie Fowler and Michael Owen did it at a younger age. The milestone also just happens to come during the best season of Kane’s young career. If anything, his league-leading 23 goals undersells just how good Kane has been.The top of the Premier League scoring table is increasingly split between traditional forwards, like Kane, Sergio Aguero and Romelu Lukaku, and more hybrid attacking wingers, like Mohamed Salah and Raheem Sterling, which makes it difficult to define what the center forward role looks like in modern soccer. The same problem crops up around the rest of Europe. Calling Lionel Messi a center forward undersells all the things he does for Barcelona, especially considering that he’s playing next to, behind and generally all around a truer version of a center forward in Luis Suarez. At Paris-Saint Germain, Neymar might be the best attacking player in the world, but he’s also a winger while Edinson Cavani occupies the center forward position. The line between forward and winger is increasingly blurry, and a list of the most productive scorers in Europe is littered with goal-scoring wingers. But Kane still sits atop that list. I. AspasCelta Vigo22653015 S. AgüeroManchester City22883921 R. LewandowskiBayern Munich21873519 Harry Kane isn’t a complete forward. His job isn’t to facilitate play, or bring wingers into the game, or create holes in the defense for his teammates to take advantage of. Tottenham Hotspur’s star striker does one thing: He scores. But that goal scoring has Tottenham challenging for a top-four place in the Premier League and has gotten Spurs into the knockout rounds of the Champions League. Nobody scores as much while accounting for as high a percentage of their team’s scoring. He’s the ultimate scoring forward, and at only 24 years old, he’s likely to be a dominant force for years to come. 9M. IcardiInter Milan22683818 12N. FekirLyon22703816 3E. CavaniPSG23814121 17F. ThauvinMarseille25923414 2M. SalahLiverpool261034922 MarianoLyon24703214 PlayerTeamGamesTotalon goalgoals 14R. SterlingManchester City25632615 5L. MessiBarcelona231326120 *Recently transferred from Borussia DortmundThe five leagues are the English Premier League, Serie A (Italy), La Liga (Spain), Ligue 1 (France) and the Bundesliga (Germany).Source: Espn Stats & Information Group G. HiguaínJuventus23753014 Kane posts tremendous numbers in many scoring measures. Looking at goals from open play (so removing penalty shots and direct free kicks), Kane is scoring 0.8 goals per 90 minutes. That’s the third-best rate in Europe’s big five leagues,1Among players who have played at least 1000 minutes. behind only Salah and Cavani. Kane has the second-most shots per 90 from open play as well, with 5.30. Only Cristiano Ronaldo, who is mired in a terrible shooting season, takes more shots, with 5.71 per 90. Only five other players are even over four shots per game: Roma’s Edin Dzeko, Napoli’s Lorenzo Insigne, Messi, Salah, and Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.2In fact, if Kane stays on pace and finishes the season with more than five shots per 90 minutes, he’ll be one of only three players to do so in the last five years, joining Ronaldo (who did it four times) and Gonzalo Higuain, who managed it with Napoli in 2015/16.Kane is similarly at the top of the list when it comes to expected goals per 90 minutes. His 0.78 expected goals per 90 tracks pretty closely with his actual goals scored and is good for fifth best among players with at least 1,000 minutes, trailing only Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, who just transferred to Arsenal, Gabriel Jesus of Manchester City, Ronaldo and Lewandowski. The fact that Kane’s finishing is roughly in line with his expected goals is an important marker of how he has developed from last season to this year.His scoring on shots from open play actually remains essentially unchanged from last year, going from 0.81 to 0.80, but his expected goal rate last season was much lower, only 0.48. Finishing more chances than expected, as Kane did a year ago, is a real skill but it’s also almost impossible to do consistently, and players’ numbers are incredibly noisy and undergo wild fluctuations. Some of Kane’s goal scoring last season came on the types of wonderful finishes that typically fly over the bar, or on contested headers that usually glance just wide. In other words, if Kane’s current season were similar to last year, it’s very likely that his goal scoring would have gone down. Instead, Kane has upped his game, creating and taking more shots and better shots. Last season, Kane scored like a great striker, but he played like a very good one. This year, he’s both playing and scoring like one of the best in the game.The case for Kane as one of the world’s best strikers is easy to make, but once you get up into the rarified air of players like Salah, Lewandowski and Aubameyang, differentiating between them becomes difficult. Where Kane stands out is in just how big a share of the team’s workload he takes on. Again looking at shots not including penalties and direct free kicks, there are 101 players in the top five leagues who have scored seven or more goals. Harry Kane takes 32.7 percent of his team’s shots when he’s on the field — none of the other 100 players are more involved. Ronaldo is second at 32.0 percent, Messi is third at 31.4. (Ronaldo and Messi, of course, both take a large number of direct free kicks that aren’t getting counted here, while Kane gets credit for all the shots he accumulates on set plays that aren’t direct free kicks. So Kane has some advantage that comes from how we’re defining the center forward role.)Kane is similarly dominant when it comes to expected goals from these shots. When he’s on the field, he accounts for a whopping 41.7 percent of Spurs’ expected goals, the third most of this set of players. Only Antonio Sanabria of Real Betis, who is having an improbable season with seven goals in six substitute appearances, and Cristhian Stuani of the surprisingly competent Spanish side Girona are responsible for a higher percentage of their teams’ expected goals. This is the primary argument for Kane. While some players have scored more goals, and some players may have slightly higher underlying expected goals numbers, no strikers in the world have put up the gaudy numbers Kane has while accounting for as high a share of their team’s shooting and finishing. P. DybalaJuventus19753014 7NeymarPSG18823719 10R. FalcaoMonaco20593017 P. Aubameyang*Arsenal18612914 Shots F. 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Lighty teaches Patriots a lesson after graduatingLighty teaches Patriots a lesson after graduating

CLEVELAND — First, cover Jared Sullinger; second, Jon Diebler. That was No. 8 seed George Mason’s plan, heading into its third-round matchup against No. 1 seed Ohio State. It didn’t work. OSU forward David Lighty, who GMU was praying would have an off night, ended up with a record-setting performance in his final collegiate matchup in his hometown. The future looked dim for the Buckeyes after they fell behind George Mason, 11-2, less than four minutes in. But then, after missing three of their first four shots, the Buckeyes came alive. They connected on eight of their next 10 field goal attempts, including four 3-pointers from Lighty, to take a 24-18 lead about midway through the first half. “Lighty was on fire,” GMU forward Ryan Pearson said. “He just didn’t miss.” OSU’s relentless offense continued, as it entered halftime on a 50-15 run, doubling the Patriots’ score. Lighty, a Cleveland native, led that run with 17 points on 6-for-7 shooting, including a perfect 5-of-5 from beyond the arc. Lighty, who graduated before the matchup, ended the game on 100 percent shooting from deep, connecting on all seven 3-point attempts. His performance was the best single-tournament-game 3-point shooting without a miss in program history. “My teammates did a good job of finding me,” Lighty said. “They did spot me and gave me room to knock down shots.” OSU coach Thad Matta said he’s witnessed Lighty evolve as a player over the years. “You go back to his freshman year, I remember he made a three at North Carolina. Then he went like three months without making one,” Matta said. “For me to see the progression that he’s made as a player … I’m just excited for him.” But the fifth-year forward wasn’t the only Buckeye hitting threes that night. Diebler and junior guard William Buford added four 3-pointers apiece on 4-for-8 and 4-for-7 shooting from deep, respectively. “Every time I looked up, everybody was hitting a jumper or a three or something,” Lighty said. “Everyone was clicking on high cylinders tonight. And when that’s happening, it’s pretty hard to beat us.” The Buckeyes broke single-game program records in NCAA Tournament games for number of 3-pointers made, and 3-point shooting percentage, sinking 16 from deep on 61.5 percent shooting. They set the previous 3-point record at 12 in their win against Texas-San Antonio on Friday. Freshman point guard Aaron Craft led OSU in assists with 15, a career high for him and single-game record for a Buckeye. But, as Lighty attributed his shooting performance to his teammates’ ball placement, Craft deferred the praise to OSU’s offense. “Like most of the assists today, I mean, they knocked down threes for me,” Craft said. “That’s basically how it happened.” Every single player on OSU’s roster put up points against the Patriots on Sunday, including senior walk-on guard Eddie Days, who recorded his first and only point of his career on a free throw with 1:17 to play. “I’m so happy for Eddie and what he’s meant to this team,” Matta said. The Buckeyes (34-2) will proceed to the Sweet 16 in Newark, N.J., where they will tip off against fourth-seeded Kentucky (27-8) at 9:30 p.m. Friday. OSU proved against the Patriots that, in order to beat the Buckeyes, a team can’t focus all of its defense on two players and hope the others do poorly. “We have so many weapons,” Lighty said. “The defense pretty much has to pick their poison.” read more

Urban Meyer Truth is Ohio States new mantraUrban Meyer Truth is Ohio States new mantra

The first question for Ohio State coach Urban Meyer probably wasn’t what you’d expect it to be. It wasn’t about who the team’s leaders would be after losing former captains John Simon, Zach Boren, Garrett Goebel and Etienne Sabino. It wasn’t about sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller, or about the return of running back Jordan Hall after being granted a medical redshirt for 2012. It wasn’t even about how Meyer and the Buckeyes’ defense would replace seven starters, including four-of-five captains, and junior defensive tackle Johnathan Hankins, who chose to forgo his senior year and enter the 2013 NFL Draft. No – the first question aimed at Meyer in his first press conference in more than a month was about Bowl Championship Series National Champion Alabama and if OSU could raise itself to the Crimson Tide’s level next year. After the program’s first undefeated campaign since 2002, an appearance on the sport’s highest stage might be a plausible in 2013. But Meyer isn’t buying it. “For me to say we have to get (to the national championship) next year, that’s like me talking about we have to go fly to the moon,” Meyer said Friday. “We’re nowhere near even having that conversation.” Meyer, who witnessed Alabama’s 42-14 win against Notre Dame in the BCS National Championship game for himself as a guest analyst for ESPN, lauded coach Nick Saban’s squad as the most fundamentally sound group he’s seen all year. Meyer couldn’t say the same for OSU. “Fundamentally we are not where we need to be,” Meyer said. At least not this early in January. In part, the team’s pursuit of fundamentals is why Meyer said he installed a new team mantra: “Truth.” “Truth means … you have a good season and there’s a lot of conversation about things that really shouldn’t be discussed because it’s not true,” Meyer said. Such noise could be the buzz surrounding OSU as early national title contenders next season. Meyer, though, maintained the Buckeyes have their work cut out for them – particularly when it pertains to elite teams like Alabama. “To say that we could roll in there and beat a team like that, I don’t know,” he said. “Honest answer, right now, (we have) too many holes to fill.” But don’t mistake Meyer’s stance as a lack of confidence in his squad. He said OSU can play with anyone. “I think we’re a very good team that could compete with any team in the country. I didn’t feel that way early in the year, even in the middle of the year,” he said. “But the last game, I even said that after the season, that’s where I believe we are.” read more

The First Community Wellness Seminar and Clinic at Hoover High SchoolThe First Community Wellness Seminar and Clinic at Hoover High School

first_img Posted: April 12, 2019 April 12, 2019 The First Community Wellness Seminar and Clinic at Hoover High School KUSI Newsroom 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 SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) -Hoover High School Head Football Coach has partnered up with the NFL to hold our first Community Wellness Seminar & Clinic at Hoover High School, in City Heights.The event will be hosted by former SDSU great and New Orleans Saint running back, Lynell Hamilton.Coaches will promote healthy exercise, healthy life styles, family bonding, a strong competitive nature, and outstanding fun for all the kids and their whole family, according to Head Coach Zach Shapiro.There will be free food, laser tag, a game truck, NFL clinic drills for all the kids who choose to test their speed and abilities, and a great deal of fun activities for the whole family.The event will be this Saturday from 10am – 1pm.Boys and Girls between the ages 5-18 are absolutely, as well as kids all of ages.The registration is completely free for all who attend, but we do ask for people to register so we may know the amount of food to provide so that everyone is feed, and feed well. KUSI Newsroom, Categories: Good Morning San Diego, Local San Diego News, Sports FacebookTwitterlast_img read more

POLICE LOG for September 17 Man Arrested For Assault With A DangerousPOLICE LOG for September 17 Man Arrested For Assault With A Dangerous

first_imgWILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Monday, September 17, 2018:A gray 2007 Ford Ecovan was struck by an 18-wheeler in a hit and run on the 93 South Exit 41 ramp. State Police notified. (12:49pm)Police advised vehicle that blocking travel lane in front of Middle School to move into parking spot. (2:33pm)Police issued a citation for failure to stop for a school bus with flashing lights on Middlesex Avenue. (3:11pm)A caller reported she witnessed a female party defecate in the middle of the Savers parking lot and drive away. Police checked residence, but female party not home. Police were eventually able to advise her. (3:29pm)A caller reported a motorcyclist cut him off and punched his window. Motorcyclist was following him, but is no longer. Caller was told to drive to police station. (3:56pm)A caller reported one male was kicking another male on the ground in the street on Park Street. Upon police arrival, one of the males ran into the woods. Police was able to locate and arrest the male. Christopher John Wiese (33, North Reading) was arrested with Assault & Battery with a Dangerous Weapon. (4:40pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)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… RelatedPOLICE LOG for August 3: Man Issued Summons For Resisting Arrest; Turkeys Struck In Roadway; Hit & RunIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 25: Police Respond Twice To Customers Behaving Badly At Market Basket; Erratic Driver Admits To TextingIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 19: Fist Fight At Planet Fitness; Hawk Stuck Inside Building; Gas Line StruckIn “Police Log”last_img read more

Canada rallies around Trudeau after Trump attackCanada rallies around Trudeau after Trump attack

first_imgCanada’s prime minister Justin Trudeau meets with US president Donald Trump during the G7 Summit in the Charlevoix town of La Malbaie, Quebec, Canada on 8 June. Photo: ReutersCanadian politicians of all stripes rallied round their prime minister on Monday after his cautious and polite defence of free trade rules drew an extraordinary personal rebuke from US president Donald Trump.The United States is Canada’s single biggest trade partner, with two-way exchanges of goods and services totalling $673.9 billion in 2017, and Washington enjoys a $8.4 billion surplus.Nevertheless, Trump appears determined to up-end the trade relationship, insisting that the US is the loser, and has demanded that the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) be renegotiated or abandoned.Prime minister Justin Trudeau’s government is in talks to save the deal and, in concert with the other major trading powers in the G7 group of nations that met in Quebec over the weekend, pushed back against Trump.And in Ottawa on Monday, International trade minister Francois-Philippe Champagne urged lawmakers to speed ratification of the Trans-Pacific Partnership that might offset losses in US trade by binding Canada closer to Asia, Australia and Latin America.In particular, Canada, Japan and the European G7 powers are outraged by Trump’s unilateral-or illegal, in their eyes-imposition of tariffs on imported steel and aluminium in the name of preserving US industry on national security grounds.‘Circus thug’Trump skipped the end of the G7 summit on Saturday and was in the air en route to his historic nuclear summit with North Korea’s Kim Jong Un when Trudeau dubbed the national security justification “insulting.”And the young Canadian leader, who has attempted to maintain a public facade of friendship with the US leader, confirmed that he would regretfully impose retaliatory tariffs on US goods from next month to offset the steel levy.Trump was infuriated by the news conference and abruptly withdrew US support for the summit’s relatively anodyne closing statement, a boilerplate invocation of the importance of multilateral trade rules.He also insulted Trudeau personally, dubbing him “very dishonest and weak” and excoriated Canada’s managed dairy market, which is a tiny part of total exchanges but is protected by a huge 270 per cent tariff.He also suggested he is again studying possible tariffs on automobiles imported from Canada, a move which would have a much more substantial hit on both economies.The venom of the exchange sent shockwaves through foreign policy circles and rattled markets, as another sign of the weakness of the Western alliance and of the threat NAFTA will collapse.As might be expected, Trudeau’s foreign minister Chrystia Freeland took his side.“Canada does not conduct its diplomacy through ad hominem attacks, we don’t think that it’s a useful or productive way to do business and perhaps we refrain particularly from ad hominem attacks when it comes to our relationship with our allies,” she declared.And the Canadian left, no friend of the American right, was quick to attack Trump’s outburst.“This is a small-minded man not fit for public office. Canada will not be pushed around by his circus thug bluster,” said Charlie Angus of the New Democratic Party.But even conservative and populist figures on the right of Canadian politics, some of them admirers of Trump’s brand of politics when it stays south of the border, rallied to their liberal premier.“We will stand shoulder to shoulder with the prime minister and the people of Canada,” said Doug Ford, the newly-elected anti-tax premier of Ontario and brother to the late crack-smoking mayor of Toronto, Rob Ford.Trade ‘obsession’Trump’s favourite US network Fox News invited Canada’s outspoken former conservative prime minister Stephen Harper, usually a reliable Trudeau critic, to discuss the crisis.But even he was nonplussed by Trump’s line of attack. “I don’t understand the obsession with trade relations with Canada,” he sighed.Despite his own US Trade Representative’s office confirming the trade surplus falls more than $8 billion in Washington’s favour Trump has repeatedly insisted that US workers are getting ripped off by NAFTA.Behind his claim lies a difference in how the countries’ calculate the trade figures.According to the USTR, America counts Canadian goods that are shipped to regional trading hubs within the United States and then re-exported back to Canada or Mexico as US exports.If these goods that originate in Canada and are eventually sold there without have been substantially worked upon in the United States are taken into account then Ottawa comes out the winner.Using this metric, the USTR reports, Canada can claim a $90 billion annual surplus in goods trade, although the US still has a large advantage in services.This seems to have been what Trump was referring to when he tweeted: “Fair Trade is now to be called Fool Trade if it is not Reciprocal.“According to a Canada release, they make almost 100 Billion Dollars in Trade with US (guess they were bragging and got caught!). Minimum is 17B.”‘Divisive and personal’Wherever Trump is getting his figures from, his aggressive personal attacks and determination to torpedo a prestigious world summit on Canadian soil have done nothing to head of the threat of trade war.“I’m in complete agreement with the prime minister’s statement,” said Jason Kenney, leader of the Conservative Party in oil-exporting Alberta Province and a Harper ally.“A reasonable, balanced and firm assertion that Canada will not be bullied, and that we will retaliate if the US Administration does not end its attack on our steel exports.”In Ontario, home to many car plants that would be hit by US tariffs, Conservative leader Andrew Scheer warned that NAFTA and the cause of free trade itself is now at stake.“Divisive rhetoric and personal attacks from the US administration are clearly unhelpful,” he added.last_img read more

Full Show PostHarvey Workforce Shortage And Opinions on Health Care Sept 19Full Show PostHarvey Workforce Shortage And Opinions on Health Care Sept 19

first_imgOn Tuesday’s edition of Houston Matters: Local officials have announced a plan to address what they say is a significant shortage of skilled labor to help with post-Harvey recovery efforts in Greater Houston. We learn more. Also this hour: It’s been nearly three weeks since the chemical fires at the Arkema plant in Crosby following Tropical Storm Harvey. The fires have since burned out, but there are still concerns related to the safety of the site. To get the latest on the situation, we talk with Travis Bubenik, News 88.7’s energy and environment reporter.Then: Disasters like the flooding from Harvey, of course, left many Houstonians in a vulnerable situation. They also leave victims susceptible to scams perpetrated by those wanting to take advantage of the dire situation. Houston Matters producer Joshua Zinn runs through a few pointers and tips on how to avoid scams and what you can actually do to help or receive help in the wake of Harvey.Plus: Consumers value health insurance but often have to make sacrifices to afford it, and there’s a disconnect between what consumers and lawmakers think “affordable” health care means. Those are just a two of the key findings from a new survey examining the opinions of doctors and consumers regarding the cost of health care and how to reduce it.And: Singer-songwriter Molly Burch performs in studio.We offer a free daily, downloadable podcast here, on iTunes, Stitcher and various other podcasting apps. Sharelast_img read more

Classy ton not enoughClassy ton not enough

first_imgRohit Sharma’s rollicking 150-run knock went in vain as South Africa pulled off a thrilling five-run victory in the first cricket One-dayer against India to continue their winning run here on Sunday. Chasing a record 304 at the Green Park, the Indians fell agonisingly short of the target in the last over, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead in the five-match series. With India needing 22 off the last two overs, captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni failed to finish the job after Rohit (150 runs off 133 balls) got out in the 47th over. The script went horribly wrong after Rohit’s departure as India crumbled under pressure to end at 298 for seven.last_img

Macron at Subodh Guptas studioMacron at Subodh Guptas studio

first_imgThe highlight of French President Emmanuel Macron’s India trip was the dinner hosted by renowned artist couple Subodh Gupta and Bharti Kher for him on Sunday evening. Macron and his wife Brigitte drove straight to Gupta’s Gurgaon studio, after their visit to the Taj Mahal at Agra. Co-hosted by the French ambassador, Alexandre Ziegler, the evening was seminal since a head of state mingled with artists, writers and intellectuals, unlike their usual guest-list of industrialists and bankers. There were curator Tasneem Zakaria Mehta, author Vikram Seth, award-winning photographer Dayanita Singh, the genius Jitish Kallat, collector and impresario Kiran Nadar and Khoj Director and Curator Pooja Sood, filmmaker Alankrita Srivastava, fashion designer Manish Arora and photographer Gauri Gill. Macron invited curator Pooja Sood to showcase her work with India ‘s tribals. Also Read – Add new books to your shelfOver the past 20 years, Gupta has worked hard to build his own reputation and repertoire of works that cut across cultures and speak to all people everywhere. Galleries with an international name and lineage become his dealers and it is not surprising that his installation at Art Basel Hong Kong 2018 will be Arario Gallery.Gupta’s sprawling studio-workshop is in Gurgaon, he is very much the master of his three-storeyed enterprise. Gupta has designed the avant-garde exposed concrete and glass exterior of the building himself. Inside, it gives way to wood-panelled luxury and statement furniture that blends pragmatism and eloquent elegance. Also Read – Over 2 hours screen time daily will make your kids impulsiveHis studio is built and spread over three floors. A medium sized room with the neon light alphabets ‘Ma ki Daal’ on the wall and another of his vessel installations on the wall tell you that he is an artist who thinks and brings the past forward to the present. Simplicity and elegance exude the language of India’s greatest installation artist. The table on this floor has a steel tumbler and ‘thali’ sunken into its circular surface. On the ground floor is where all the welding and the construction happens. A small staircase leads on to the larger space and a lift takes you up to the middle floor. Gupta greets you and takes you towards his works that he has just created. On this epic evening, Gupta had laid out a soiree of his many installations for President Macron to savour. From his vessels to light installations to the pots from the Philosopher’s Stone series his studio morphed into an avant-garde gallery for one night. Famous artist Jitish Kallat says: “Emanuel Macron was charismatic, graceful and humble, and the same could be said about Mme. Macron. They had a natural sociability that allowed them to dissolve seamlessly into the gathering, attentively exchanging words with each person they met. During my brief encounter, I conveyed to him how I felt his victory over Marin Le Pen represented a truly optimistic shift away from the kind of aggressive leadership that is becoming ubiquitous across the globe.” Subodh ‘s office and painting studio are spacious and spotless. A high backed chair with purple and lighter shades of upholstery is where he sits and thinks-an antique wooden Ganesha in its residual imperfect state makes you think of his love for antiquity and his brilliance at thinking out of the box. The square table at the centre is packed with books.The studio has the air of a mini-museum. A table with some of his potent vessel series, another with paint tubes and brushes-each corner is evocative.All in all a great moment Indian contemporary art as Gupta gets ready for a retrospective showing of his magnificent monumental steel vessels in Paris that opens on April 13 2018 and runs till August 28, 2018.last_img read more

Sneak Peek savings in the UK Europe with BackRoads TouringSneak Peek savings in the UK Europe with BackRoads Touring

first_img Travelweek Group << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Back-Roads Touring Thursday, May 25, 2017 ‘Sneak Peek’ savings in the U.K. & Europe with Back-Roads Touringcenter_img LONDON — Back-Roads Touring has announced its Exclusive Sneak Peek Special, which includes savings of up to $1,080 per couple on some of its most popular tours in the U.K. and Europe.Unveiled ahead of the company’s full 2018 UK & Europe product launch later this summer, the Special will be available from now until Aug. 21. A total of nine tours will receive 10% off as part of the pre-release special, including the popular ‘Corners of Cornwall’, ‘Italian Indulgence’, ‘Iberian Inspiration’ and more.James Tedesco, Vice President of Sales – North America, said now is the perfect time for holidaymakers to book the U.K. and Europe. “Back-Roads tours are purpose built to deliver authentic experiences off the traditional tourist track that feed the mature traveller’s sense of discovery, and we’re excited to be providing our customers with the opportunity to make great savings on select 2018 tours to beat the rush,” he said.More news:  Venice to ban cruise ships from city centre starting next monthTours included in the Exclusive Sneak Peek Special include: ‘Corners of Cornwall’; ‘A Scottish Journey’; ‘Ireland – the Emerald Isle’; ‘Discover Portugal’; ‘Iberian Inspiration’; ‘Italian Indulgence’; ‘Highlights of England’; ‘Corners of Southern Ireland’; and ‘Tuscan Treats’.“From wine tastings and cooking classes in the Tuscan countryside to savouring Scotland’s scenic highlands or exploring the old haunts of England’s literary greats, each itinerary is brimful with unique local experiences and led by passionate and knowledgeable tour leaders that mark the Back-Roads difference,” added Tedesco.For more details go to backroadstouring.com/sneak-peek Share Posted bylast_img read more

Clients have until Nov 30 to save on Le Boats selfdrive boatingClients have until Nov 30 to save on Le Boats selfdrive boating

first_img Tuesday, November 7, 2017 Share Travelweek Group Tags: FIT, Le Boat Posted bycenter_img Clients have until Nov. 30 to save on Le Boat’s self-drive boating trips TORONTO — Le Boat wants agents to know that its best early booking bonus deals expire Nov. 30, 2017 for travel in 2018.“Don’t forget to remind your clients to book before November 30, 2017 for the best 2018 availability and to take advantage of our early booking offers,” says the company.The deals include:Save 20% on budget and comfort boats departing April 2 – 7 and May 12 – 17.Save 15% on budget and comfort boats, at all other timesSave 10% on Comfort pus boats + Visions (combinable with Le Boat’s 5% family discount; seven night minimum duration)Save 5% on Horizon boatsThe early booking bonus offers are valid on all 2018 durations, including short breaks. New bookings only.The company made a splash in the Canadian market this past summer when it announced it was relocating its North American headquarters from Florida to Smiths Falls, Ontario, right on the Rideau Canal where Le Boat will introduce brand new boat vacation rentals starting in May 2018.More news:  TRAVELSAVERS welcomes Julie Virgilio to the teamLe Boat says it is eager to work with the travel trade here in Canada, looking to make waves in this market now that it has conquered Europe. Billed as Europe’s number one boating vacation company, Le Boat just launched its 2018 brochure featuring the latest cruising experiences both in Europe and, starting next year, Canada.Vacationers have been doing the self-drive boating thing along Europe’s waterways with Le Boat for years now, discovering France, Italy, Holland, Belgium, Germany, England, Ireland and Scotland from their own sundeck.More than half – about 55% – of Le Boat’s bookings are generated by travel agents.For a full list of discounts and more information see leboat.com or call 1-800-734-5491. << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgTags: Holland America Line, New Ship, Nieuw Statendam, Openings & Renovations Oprah Winfrey christens Holland America’s most luxurious ship yet Monday, February 4, 2019 Francesca Spizzirri FORT LAUDERDALE — The 2,666-passenger Nieuw Statendam, second in the Pinnacle Class line after 2016’s Koningsdam, is Holland America Line’s newest, largest and most modern vessel to date.On a seven-day voyage through the eastern Caribbean in January 2019, Travelweek discovered why the ship is also making waves as the fleet’s most luxurious ship.Taking on the role of ship godmother for her first time this past weekend was none other than Oprah Winfrey, who presided over the new ship’s gala celebration and who celebrated Nieuw Statendam’s inaugural cruise by hosting a sold-out three-day ‘Girls’ Getaway’.Oprah WinfreyHolland America Line’s partnership with Oprah Magazine continues onboard through its programming which includes workshops, morning meditation and book clubs.As Travelweek found out on a January 2019 sailing on Nieuw Statendam, though many of the preferred features from Koningsdam have been carried over, there are a few subtle differences between the two sister ships that reflect the ongoing evolution of the Holland America experience.The Nieuw Statendam features eight additional cabins bringing the total stateroom count to 1,339, while a redesign of the ship’s ocean-view family cabins provides more living space. Fan favourites including cabins for solo travellers, the two-tier Lido Deck with outdoor movie screen, Blend wine-making venue, and a compressive kids’ club are back, as is an expanded and interactive Explorations Central & Café.Lido PoolMusic and art continue to influence the Pinnacle Class in bold ways. Nieuw Statendam’s curated collection of art by ArtLink includes 2,000 pieces and is the largest collection to grace any of Holland America’s ships, quickly turning it into a topic of conversation among guests.The multi-venue ‘Music Walk’ hits all the notes. “The Pinnacle Class fleet is the only one to feature all four of HAL’s open lounge music venues,” says Vice President of Entertainment & Enrichment, Bill Prince.More news:  War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upLincoln Center Stage and B.B. King’s Blues Club (which share the same stage), Billboard Onboard, and the Rolling Stone Rock Room – the line’s newest venue, developed in partnership with Rolling Stone – will have guests singing and dancing the night away.“Music Walk has changed the entire dynamic of how the ship works and has become more of an overall concept,” added Prince. With various combinations of these clubs slated to appear fleet-wide over the next couple of years and more guests on the floor exploring other venues, the World Stage is shifting its focus towards partnerships with touring units such as Step One Dance Company and the internet phenomenon Postmodern Jukebox, that are also attracting younger guests.A noticeable difference between the sister ships is the change to the Culinary Arts Center. “We’ve found that America’s Test Kitchen is a bigger success now that we have moved it to the World Stage,” says Prince. “We can accommodate a larger audience and give them the full TV show experience in a way we could not in the Culinary Arts Center.”Pinnacle SuiteThe World Stage boasts an additional 100 seats holding a total of 800 passengers.The new Club Orange restaurant, which replaces the Culinary Arts Center, is a private dining venue for breakfast and lunch, offering an expanded menu to suite-class passengers and a limited number of guests who pay the US$50 per person per day up-charge for the full Club Orange premium experience.Club Orange is slated to roll out across the fleet throughout 2019. Some other perks include priority boarding and tendering, deluxe room service menu at breakfast and a dedicated concierge.More news:  CIE Tours launches first-ever River Cruise CollectionNieuw Statendam takes luxury dining at sea to new horizons with over a dozen venues, including five speciality restaurants that appeal to cruisers with a finer palate. Rudi’s Sel de Mer has a permanent home onboard; Tamarind became the first restaurant in Holland America’s history to offer alfresco dining and has added a space for the brand new Nami Sushi Bar; the Lido Market is no longer self-serve to provide guests with a first-rate dining experience throughout.Dining RoomWine connoisseurs will celebrate the ship’s new wine list that has been restructured and recategorized by James Suckling, one of the world’s most influential wine critics. While over at the Ocean Bar, guests can savour a seafaring selection of cocktails created by one of the world’s foremost cocktail experts, Dale DeGroff.“There are new technological advances as well,” says Hotel Director, Don Habets. “We have faster Internet, a new version of tablets in the dining rooms, a descending sphered dome in the World Stage, a call button at tables in the Lido Market, and there is a new interface for TV and video-on-demand.”With the majority of cruisers booking their cruises through a travel agent, cruises remain a lucrative business and the 99,500-ton Nieuw Statendam is one of the year’s most anticipated additions.The ship will spend its inaugural season on roundtrip Fort Lauderdale cruises to the western and eastern Caribbean that will include a stop at Half Moon Cay. Come April, the ship will reposition to Europe sailing Norway and the Mediterranean, before returning to the Caribbean in October.Agents can also keep an eye out for the third and final Pinnacle Class ship to debut in 2021.center_img Share Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >>last_img read more

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first_imgGo back to the e-newsletter >French Luxury & Expedition cruise line Ponant has released an expansive brochure featuring a range of itineraries for sailings between September 2016 and May 2017.For the first time, Ponant ships will visit South Africa, voyaging from Cape Town to Durban, visiting the rarely visited Scattered Islands in the Mozambique Channel, and on to the idyllic islands of the Seychelles archipelago.The brochure details a selection of 62 Luxury voyages and 28 designated as Expeditions, with itineraries that include Japan, Vietnam, Australasia, Java, Borneo, Tahiti and Melanesian islands, east and west coasts of South America, the Caribbean, Africa and Antarctica.Varying between 7 and 17 nights, but mostly of 10 nights’ duration, those with wanderlust can sign on for extended voyages – Grand Voyages that feature a 79-night itinerary wending from Hong Kong to Auckland; 45 nights from Panama to the Antarctic Peninsula; 51 nights from Milford Sound to Osaka, including Indonesia, New Guinea, Solomon Islands and Sub-Antarctic Islands; or 54 nights from Ushuaia, Argentina, crossing two oceans and including visits to remote British Overseas Territories, Tristan da Cunha, Nightingale Island and Gough Island, en route to the Seychelles Islands.Whether it be Fogo, ‘the island of the volcano’  in Cape Verde, mythical Easter Island, far-flung South Georgia and the Falkland Islands, the eco-systems of the Amazon and Orinoco rivers,  or the limestone karsts of Ha Long Bay, the voyages in this brochure are sure to entice potential travellers interested in engaging, adventurous voyages, as well as those seeking a luxury cruise.A number of shore excursions and land-based pre-cruise options extend the holiday experience. In South Africa, travellers can visit Zulu villages in Phezulu Reserve, while Pumba Private Reserve provides the chance to see the famous Big 5 (lion, leopard, buffalo, rhino and elephant). From Pisco, South America, they can take a flight over the extraordinary Nazca Lines, an archaeological enigma of gigantic size. Alternatively, they may like to visit the beautiful temples of Prambanan and Borobudur in Java or experience the biodiversity of the Kinabatangan River, home to proboscis monkeys and endangered orangutans. In Cambodia, the Kingdom of Angkor awaits your pleasure.Ponant’s small ships: L’Austral, Le Soléal, Le Boreal and Le Lyrial, represent the youngest fleet in the world. With a maximum of 132 staterooms and suites (just 122 on Le Lyrial), guests can enjoy French ambience and style combined with the benefits of small-ship cruising – access to lesser visited places, travelling in the company of like-minded fellow guests, attentive crew, chic surroundings – the feeling of being on your own private yacht rather than a floating mega mall.Some voyages are designed as pure luxury cruises, perfect for relaxing holidays in style, while others have the added designation of Expeditions, taking advantage of the ships’ compact size and manoeuvrability to probe hidden waterways, before launching Zodiac expedition craft for adventurous close-up opportunities. Throughout these cruises, specialist lecturers will enhance the experience, while Expedition voyages will also have a specialist expedition team on hand to guide, inform and enhance the experience.Price ranges:From A$6380 pp twin share for a 12 night Christmas voyage – The Mysteries of Melanesia – Cairns to Port Vila: 16 December 2016, L’Austral. Twin share, Deluxe Stateroom, private balcony, deck 3. (25% Ponant Bonus Fare)From A$5600 pp twin share for a 12 night cruise – Cordillera & Andean Secrets –   Valparaiso to Guayaquil: 18 March 2017, Le Boréal. Twin share, DeLuxe Stateroom, private balcony, deck 3. (30% Ponant Bonus Fare)From A$5360 pp twin share for a 7 night cruise – Cape Verde – Praia to Praia: 12 November 2016, Le Ponant. Twin share, Marie Galante Stateroom, Ocean View cabin, (30% Ponant Bonus Fare)From A$9370 pp twin share for a 15 night Expedition cruise – Scattered Islands & Seychelles – Durban to Mahe: 2 April 2017, Le Lyrial. Twin share, Deluxe Stateroom, private balcony, deck 3. (30% Ponant Bonus Fare)From A$38,200 pp twin share for a 79 night Grand Voyage cruise – Hong Kong to Auckland: 13 November 2016, L’Austral. Twin share, Prestige Stateroom, private balcony, deck 4. (Ponant multiple voyage Bonus Fare applied)Go back to the e-newsletter >last_img read more

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first_imgOver-the-top TV technology specialist Roku has announced TV supplier partners to support its Streaming Stick, which can enable non-connected TVs, primarily in the US, to be turned into smart devices.Element Electronics, GlobalVue International, Haier, Hitachi America, Best-Buy brand Insignia, Mitsubishi Electric, Onkyo and Integra, OPPO and TMAX Digital will support the device, which is about the size of a USB Flash Drive. The Streaming Stick can enable devices that feature Mobile High-Definition Link (MHL) to receive Roku’s OTT service.The streaming stick will feature built-in WiFi, a processor, memory and Roku’s smart TV software. It can be controlled by the TV remote and will provide access to Roku streaming channels.last_img

By Marin Katusa Chief Energy Investment StrategisBy Marin Katusa Chief Energy Investment Strategis

first_imgBy Marin Katusa, Chief Energy Investment StrategistIn its later days, the Soviet Union was desperate for strong leadership. Instead the country found itself with a succession of weak leaders who kept dying on the job.Leonid Brezhnev helmed the country for 18 years until his death in 1982. Yuri Andropov took over after Brezhnev’s passing but suffered renal failure within a few months. He continued to govern from the hospital for another year before dying just 15 months after taking office.The next leader of the USSR did not even last that long. Konstantin Chernenko was 72 years old and in poor health when sworn in as First Secretary in early 1984. In March 1985, after only 13 months in office, Chernenko died, the third Soviet leader to die in less than three years.When Ronald Reagan was informed of Chernenko’s passing, the US president supposedly said, “How am I supposed to get any place with the Russians if they keep dying on me?”This may be just what the next US president has to say about Saudi Arabia.The resemblances are uncanny. The USSR in its later years was a socially repressed and ethnically divided society in a resource-rich but economically poor country, led by an autocratic ensemble of old men who kept dying and yet had no clear plans for succession, set smack in the middle of a global battle for power.You only have to change a few words for the description to suit today’s Saudi Arabia.Saudi is not poor, but it is facing major economic challenges as dramatic increases in social spending and domestic fuel consumption eat through the kingdom’s all-important oil revenues.Saudi may not be fighting the Cold War, but it is smack in the middle of the Middle East, an ever-tumultuous region currently rocking and roiling more than usual as the Arab Spring challenges longstanding autocratic assumptions, while war-torn Syria and defiant Iran tip the delicate Sunni-Shia religious balance in the world’s most important oil region.While the House of Saud might present itself as a stable, strong, and cohesive royal family, in truth the king and his successors are growing old and incapacitated in a throne room full of competing contenders. Meanwhile, the only other organized social group in the country – the Islamists – are waiting just outside the door.You want a surefire way to send oil to $300 a barrel, to see Saudi troops attack Tehran, or to strangle US oil imports? Try a failed succession battle in the House of Saud that ends up destroying the whole family and ushering in an Islamist age in Saudi Arabia.There is little that could rock the oil world more. And it is all too likely.A Shaky House of SaudThe king of Saudi Arabia, Abdullah Aziz bin Saud, is almost 90 years old. In Saudi Arabia’s royal system, the throne passes not from father to son but from brother to brother. The problem with the system is that none of King Abdullah’s brothers are exactly young and full of vigor.Crown Prince Salman, next in line to the throne, is already 76. He got the Crown Prince nod after two of his elder brothers died. The remaining brothers now average 80 years of age.A king who ascends the throne in his seventh or eighth decade is unlikely to have the energy or even the time to enact significant reforms. And reforms are needed. I’m not pushing democracy – Saudis don’t generally want democracy. What I’m talking about are the endemic problems that are battering the world’s biggest oil producer: high unemployment, a corrupt bureaucracy, a crippled economy, a weak education system, and a society full of frustrated youth.While the country crumbles, the three pillars that have long supported the royal family are also weakening. Massive oil revenues, which have long been used to buy public support, are being squeezed by sharply increased domestic demand. The Wahhabi Islamic establishment that supported the House of Saud is increasingly fractious and is losing credibility. And the royal family itself is struggling to maintain its rock-solid façade after losing two crown princes to old age in just a few years.The country’s foreign relations are little better. The Middle East is in turmoil, and Saudi Arabia’s longstanding alliance with the United States is in distress.Alongside these tangible problems is a multitude of intangible challenges that are revolutionizing the country. The regime used to control the population by controlling access to information, but of course that age is now almost over. The Internet has connected young Saudis with the rest of the world, and that worldview is prompting them to question some of the rules of their society.Even the religious establishment in Saudi Arabia is seeing its power eroded. Young Saudis are increasingly independent, using the Koran to guide their decisions without following specific decrees from a particular religious leader.The fact is, Saudi society today bears little resemblance to the passive masses of just a decade ago, and a decade from now the difference will be even bigger.Trying to lead his country through these modern challenges is a 90-year-old king, backed by a 76-year-old crown prince and their octogenarian brothers.Not surprisingly, it’s not working very well.New Battles, Old TacticsWhen the Arab Spring in Tunisia and Egypt sparked protests in Saudi Arabia, the protesters were not demanding democracy or trying to oust the royal family. No, the young Saudis who filled those streets had more basic demands.At the top of the list is jobs – 60% of Saudi’s citizens are under the age of 20, and the unemployment rate for young adults is nearly 40%. These young people want to be given the opportunity to better themselves and their country, but instead they cannot find work and live instead on government handouts.Adding fuel to the fire, those handouts have been shrinking. Saudi Arabia’s population has skyrocketed in the last half century. In 1972 the country had 6 million inhabitants; by 1992 that number had climbed to 17 million; and today there are 28 million Saudi Arabians. Oil incomes have climbed too, but not nearly apace. As such the government has been struggling to keep the population appeased with fewer dollars per head every year.The population keeps growing, and each person in the kingdom keeps using more oil. The result: shrinking oil revenues have to go further. It’s not a recipe for success, but when you’re 89 years old, you go with what has worked in the past.And that is precisely what happened in the wake of the Arab Spring: King Abdullah drowned the protestors in money – a $130-billion social-spending package that built new housing, increased payrolls, and boosted unemployment payouts. Saudi Arabia’s entire annual budget is just $180 billion, so the king almost doubled spending to appease the protestors.This tactic cannot work forever. Even in Saudi Arabia there is only so much oil money. The Saudi royals already need an oil price of at least $80 a barrel to support all their social programs, and with domestic oil consumption rocketing upward, that baseline price will keep climbing.But the unrest continues.The Summer of Saudi DiscontentAfter King Abdullah offered billions of dollars in social spending, many protestors went home… except in the country’s oil-rich eastern provinces, where the protests never stopped.For the last 18 months Saudis in the eastern Qatif region have been demonstrating regularly, demanding the release of all political prisoners, freedom of expression, and an end to ethnic and religious discrimination. When Saudi security forces turned on the demonstrators last November, killing five, the protests took on a distinctly anti-Saud tone.In June, King Abdullah ordered the country’s security forces to go on a state of high alert due to what he called a “turbulent situation” in the eastern region.The unspoken side to the situation is that the turbulence is distinctly religious.Most Saudis are Sunni Muslims, and Sunni Islam is the only allowed religion in the country. However, 15% of the country’s inhabitants are Shia, and they have faced direct and indirect persecution for decades.Guess where the Shia live? In those turbulent, oil-rich eastern provinces.That is one aspect of Saudi discontent. But there are more.For example, last week Saudi security forces raided al-Qaida cells in Jeddah and Riyadh. Evidence recovered during the raids supports the suspicion that a new branch in the Arabian Peninsula is gathering momentum for a wave of attacks. The royal family is at the top of their list of targets. Toppling the House of Saud would be a major victory for al Qaida, simply because of the instability that would ensue.All told, between external threats, internal divisions, and domestic struggles, the Saudi royal family looks very unstable indeed. So what would happen if the House of Saud crumbled?Remember, religion is the only social structure in Saudi Arabia. There are no political parties, unions, or social organizations, aside from a few charities run by members of the royal family. Were the House of Saud to fail, the only candidates ready to step up would be the Islamists.The shift to Islamist rule in Egypt has made the world pretty nervous. Longstanding allegiances are in limbo, and long-term relationships are changing.Imagine if it happened in Saudi Arabia.Islamist leadership in Saudi would not be the moderate, democratic version we’re seeing in Egypt. The Islamists in Saudi Arabia are Wahhabi Muslims, who practice the strictest and most conservative version of the religion. I can see these imams making several moves.First, a Saudi Arabia led by Wahhabi Islamists would not stay at peace with the Shia Islamic Republic of Iran. Both branches of Islam believe the other has strayed so far from the path that its followers are infidels. Odds of open war between Saudi Arabia and Iran would shoot sky-high the moment Islamists took power in Saudi Arabia.Even worse, a Wahhabi Islamist Saudi Arabia might well turn its strongest weapon against the infidels of the West – by turning off the oil taps. It would be the 1973 oil crisis all over again, but in an even more oil-dependent world.The price of oil shot up 300% in six months during the oil crisis. Today, that would mean an oil price of $300 per barrel.It would also mean the end of the era of friendly US-Saudi relations… and the demise of the petrodollar. That is a story in itself – one of great significance to anyone who owns US dollars. I have discussed previously how a US-Saudi deal to only use dollars to trade oil created a deep pool of support for the US’s currency – and what will happen if the petrodollar dies. The short version is that as the global oil trade moves away from US dollars into yuan, yen, rubles, and pesos, the world would have yet another reason to devalue the dollar.Expensive oil, open Sunni-Shia war in the Middle East, the loss of one of the world’s biggest oil producers as a stalwart ally, and an inevitable increase in religious politics across the Arabian Peninsula – such are the likely outcomes if the House of Saud comes tumbling down.It is not inevitable. There are 7,000 princes in the Saud royal family, the result of multiple wives and lots of progeny. In that mix there is undoubtedly a prince with the right mix of progressive thought and religious reverence to lead Saudi Arabia through its succession and into the future.But whenever a throne room is that crowded, it is very easy for a brawl to break out, depriving that perfect prince of his chance and giving the Islamists their opening.Either way, oil investors with the right picks in their portfolio will prosper, and the Casey Research energy team will be available to guide you along the way.Investment markets are getting more interesting by the day right now, and nowhere is this more true than in the energy sector. I’ll be speaking on that topic at the upcoming New Orleans Investing Conference, held October 24-27. Doug Casey and Louis James, our metals and mining investment strategist, will also be presenting. Check it out at the link above – we hope to see you there. Additional Links and ReadsMarin Katusa Discusses Opportunities in the Coal Sector (BNN)Coal prices have slid significantly over the last year, and our chief energy Investment strategist believes that spells opportunity in the long run. In this Business News Network interview, Marin explains that the cure for low coal prices is more low prices. He also reveals when investors should start picking up their favorite stocks in anticipation of a rebound.Rail Gains Steam As a Crude Oil Mover (Globe and Mail)Canada’s oil patch is quietly sending large new volumes of oil on rail cars, as it fights to overcome opposition to plans for new pipelines to the US Gulf Coast and Canada’s west coast. Some 80,000 barrels of Canadian oil are being moved by rail every day, up dramatically from just 5,000 barrels a day last year, and volumes are expected to rise to 200,000 barrels per day next year.Fracking Banned by Quebec Government (Vancouver Sun)The new government of the province of Quebec has a very clear position on fracking: it wants it banned. New Natural Resources Minister Martine Ouellet said she doesn’t believe the method can ever be done safely, and says her government will push for a complete moratorium on exploration and exploitation of shale gas.“Smart” Money Targeting Low-Priced Coal Assets (Globe and Mail)Sliding iron ore and coal prices have touched off a spate of asset sales, boosting deal activity in what has been a lean year in the mining sector. Cashed-up Japanese, Korean, and Chinese buyers have their eyes peeled for bargains. The coal sector is one of their top targets, especially as many analysts believe the depressed sector may have reached its bottom.India Finally Makes a Move on Canadian Energy Assets (Financial Post)India’s national oil companies have been eyeing Canada’s oil sands for at least a decade. Now it seems they are finally making a move: unconfirmed reports suggest that three of India’s largest oil companies have jointly bid for the northern Alberta assets controlled by ConocoPhillips’ Canadian division, valued at $5 billion. It’s a reminder that China is not the only populous and energy-hungry nation looking to secure resources to fuel its future.last_img read more

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first_img Click here to download or listen on your mobile device Uranium’s rise looks like as close to a sure thing as the stock market ever gets… but that does not mean that every company will profit. As Marin explained in the interview, the permitting process is grueling, requiring expertise and tenacity. Investors need to know how best to deploy their resources. That’s why Casey Research brought together some of today’s experts in the field of uranium and nuclear power to discuss the issues. The resulting webinar is titled The Myth of American Energy Independence: Is Nuclear the Ultimate Contrarian Investment?, and its premier will be Tuesday, May 21 at 2 p.m. EDT. Listen to experts including Spencer Abraham, Barbara Thomas Judge, and Rick Rule discuss what’s going on and how to take advantage of the forming trends to position yourself for life-changing gains. Learn more and sign up now. Why are countries with energy reserves building nuclear power plants and planning more of them? Can the nations that turned away from nuclear power after the Fukushima disaster stay away from it? In this brief but highly informative interview with Investors Daily (his interview is the third segment on May 15), Casey Research Chief Energy Investment Strategist Marin Katusa makes a strong case for an exceptionally powerful bull market shaping up in the uranium sector.last_img read more

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first_imgEditor’s note: Today, we’re sharing another fantastic crisis investing opportunity… Yesterday, we told you about the huge profit potential right now in Zimbabwe. In today’s essay, Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno and Casey Research founder Doug Casey talk about their latest trip to the war-torn country of Ukraine—and share the incredible bargains they found… (And make sure to read through to the end for details on our special Crisis Investing deal that ends tonight.) Nick Giambruno: So Doug, why don’t you give a little background on our recent trip to Poland and the Ukraine? Doug Casey: Well, my first trip to Eastern Europe was in the late ‘60s, during the Soviet era. But I’ve spent relatively little time in Eastern Europe, and this was my first time to Poland and Ukraine. I’m favorably impressed with both countries—the societies, the opportunities, and with the way things look. That’s contrary to what most people think, especially regarding Ukraine; they think of it as a warzone. But the secession in the Donetsk and Luhansk provinces doesn’t affect the rest of the country. Nick Giambruno: It’s my first time to the Ukraine, too, and it’s definitely a lot different than what you would see in the media. Actually, this kind of perception gap is just the kind of thing we look for when seeking out good value around the world. Doug Casey: Yes. The previous democratically elected president there was overthrown in a coup orchestrated by the U.S. government. He was terminally, even comically, corrupt; which is absolutely typical for ex-Soviet countries. The new guy is equally corrupt, but at least he’s a U.S. puppet. There don’t seem to be any foreign tourists in Kiev at all; that’s a good sign. We’re looking at real estate and stock prices, and they appear to present tremendous opportunities. Of course most people would say, “Well, there’s no way I’m going to live in the Ukraine. That must be a horrible place.” But the fact is that Kiev as a city dates from the 500s. It’s an ancient city. It’s a beautiful city. It’s a delightful place to be, totally undiscovered, and very, very cheap. Nick Giambruno: In terms of lifestyle, and at least in the summer months, Eastern Europe is not a bad place to be if you want to have a high-quality life without breaking the bank. I’d rate it as far better than spending your time and money in, say, Paris or London. Doug Casey: Oh, absolutely. If you walk down the street in Warsaw or Kiev, you’re going to see that everybody’s a Pole or a Ukrainian; neither place—but especially not Ukraine—gets many tourists. You walk down the street in London or Paris, I question whether you’ll even see a Brit or a Frenchman. In London, the plurality seems to be immigrants from the subcontinent. In Paris, it’s immigrants from France’s defunct African empire. In both countries, the colonizers are now themselves being colonized. Eastern Europe, however, for all the bad PR it gets, is generally crime-free. So popular perceptions and what you read about in the mass media are totally inaccurate, in my opinion. Nick Giambruno: Well our Polish colleague would say, “Yeah, so what? We steal a few cars. But, you Germans killed my grandfather.” A sad, but kind of funny joke, and it usually silences any complaints about the stolen cars. Doug Casey: That’s right. Germans suffer from a huge national guilt complex. You need only reference WW2 in the most oblique way to make them curl up in a ball and hide under the table. We actually came to Poland because you, Nick, put together the highlights of my three financial books into a new book that covers economic and investing principles in a timeless, as opposed to topical, manner. We got along very well with the Polish publisher, Jan Fijor. I met him at La Estancia de Cafayate, incidentally. In Poland—like everywhere else in the world—the publishing and media business is very much controlled by statists and collectivists. So I go out of my way to support the rare individualist or libertarian. My upcoming novel, Speculator, which is going to be released in a couple of weeks, is also going to be published in Poland. So perhaps I’ll eventually relate to Poland the way Jerry Lewis used to relate to France. Nick Giambruno: One thing that was particularly surprising was how large, and how knowledgeable, the free market libertarian community in Poland was. These guys were philosophically and intellectually sound. Was that surprising to you, too? Doug Casey: Yes. It was hard to believe that when we gave speeches to the audience that Jan put together, there were over 700 people in attendance. These weren’t just people rounded up from the highways and the byways, these were real libertarians. I would say that a third of the audience were anarcho-capitalists. And this couldn’t have happened in any other place in Europe. I don’t think there’s another place in Europe where you could get even 50 libertarians in the same room. But perhaps Poland has an excellent tradition of freedom because it’s a borderland. They speak a Slavic language, but use Latin script. And the prevailing religious tradition is Catholicism, not a variety of Eastern orthodoxy. Nick Giambruno: It might have to do with their history of dealing with aggressors. In particular the Russians and Germans. We heard another funny anecdote from Poland. If the Germans and the Russians attack you at the same time, as a Polish patriot, who do you fight first? And the answer is, well, you have to fight the Germans first because it’s your duty, and then you fight the Russians…for pleasure. So business before pleasure. Doug Casey: Poland, like Ukraine, lies mostly on a flat, open plain that has made them something of a highway for invading armies. But I think that era in history is over, for a number of reasons—notwithstanding the best efforts of NATO and the U.S. to provoke the Russians. I could live very happily, and very inexpensively, in a luxury apartment, in either Warsaw or Kiev. Nick Giambruno: That brings up another point, how cheap these places are. Temporarily cheap I should say, at least for people who hold U.S. dollars. I thought Poland in particular was favorable. The ratio of the cost of living to the quality of life was heavily skewed in your favor. Poland almost reminds me of being the Argentina or Colombia of Europe, meaning it’s an excellent place to live on the very cheap. It’s an excellent place for “lifestyle arbitrage.” Did you get that same impression, too? Doug Casey: I absolutely did. Both cities are very civilized, lots of people speak good English. And there’s reason to think both these countries will improve significantly. Nick Giambruno: For example, from the middle of Warsaw to the airport we took an Uber taxi and it only cost $5. Doug Casey: It’s as cheap as it was in Argentina during the good old days, during the crisis. We went out to one of the best restaurants in Kiev. There were six of us. We spared no expense, far more food than any of us could eat. Excellent food, and far more wine and vodka than we should have drunk. The total bill, for drinks, dinner, dessert, including the tip, was $130 for six people for a veritable feast. I don’t know what it would be in New York, probably five times or even ten times that much at a similar restaurant. I wonder if The Russian Tea Room near Carnegie Hall is still open… Editor’s note: This is your last chance to take advantage of our special offer for Nick’s popular Crisis Investing newsletter. Until tonight only, you can save 60% off the regular price when you join Crisis Investing. And as part of our trial membership, you’ll have three months to test out Nick’s research risk-free and decide if it’s right for you. It’s the perfect time to take advantage of the lucrative crisis opportunities shaping up in today’s market. But again, you must act now…this offer closes at midnight—click here to get started. Alert: Your Special Access Disappears Tonight Until midnight, you have a shot to join what may be the boldest venture in Casey Research history. In short, it’s a way to get ahead of the major financial shock Doug Casey sees unfolding…and potentially make $1,000s month after month in 2016 – right from your home computer. Click here for full details. Nick Giambruno and Doug Casey in Kiev’s Maidan, the scene of a recent and bloody revolution. Nick Giambruno: When people think of these Eastern European cities on the Russian periphery they probably imagine columns of soulless, Soviet-style buildings. But that’s not what we found here. Doug Casey: No, not in Kiev. Although, in truth, I’m long past the stage where I visit old churches and government buildings almost anywhere. Of course, Warsaw was a little bit different because the Germans and then the Russians totally flattened the place during the Second World War. But Kiev is very much an old town with lots of culture. The Germans like to joke that Eastern Europe should advertise itself by saying, “Come to Eastern Europe. Your car is waiting for you,” because most of the cars stolen in Germany are exported to the east. Another joke about Eastern Europe is that the main import is stolen cars and the main export is prostitutes. Well, every country has its share of politically incorrect jokes. Regrettably, you hear less of them these days. Psychologically aberrated opinion leaders are trying to turn the whole planet into a dour and humorless “safe space,” where all the delicate little flowers are sheltered from even the slightest microaggression. —center_img – Recommended Links Jim Rickards: “My #1 Way to Profit From Britain’s Exit…” Britain’s exit from the European Union has already sent the markets into a tailspin. The British pound hit a 31-year low… Meanwhile, some investors are already reporting losses in the billions. You don’t want to be caught flat-footed as this situation escalates… Go here now to see the latest update to Jim’s Currency Wars thesis.last_img read more

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first_imgDuring Tuesday’s Tuscaloosa City Council Finance Committee Meeting, the committee voted to pay the City’s portion for t two new bus routes.A Skyland Area Route and a Downtown Shuttle.It will cost the City about $65,000 for the Skyland Area Route.The remainder of the $353,000 will come from grant money.The City will have to purchase one bus and a van, which is required for any bus route.The van would be used for people with weekly doctor visits and so on.The Transit Authority and the City will look at the current routes and adjust it to make it work.The buses will be delivered in September and expected to be in operations in October.“I think its going to be something that’s going to be very beneficial. Its something that’s going to be a true asset for the City. We have individuals need to get to Walmart want to get to Thrift stores and different things like that. So, hopefully now we’ll be able to address those needs” says district 7, Tuscaloosa City Councilwoman Sonya Mckinstry.There will be a number of Public Hearings.The Finance Committee will discuss it again January 9th.last_img read more

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first_imgA note from the editor:Please consider making a voluntary financial contribution to support the work of DNS and allow it to continue producing independent, carefully-researched news stories that focus on the lives and rights of disabled people and their user-led organisations. Please do not contribute if you cannot afford to do so, and please note that DNS is not a charity. It is run and owned by disabled journalist John Pring and has been from its launch in April 2009. Thank you for anything you can do to support the work of DNS… A Labour police and crime commissioner is facing criticism from within his own party for endorsing his force’s “disgraceful” decision to pass video footage and other information about disabled anti-fracking protesters to the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).Wayne Blackburn, co-chair of Disability Labour but also a borough councillor in Lancashire, has written to police and crime commissioner Clive Grunshaw to express his alarm and shock at the tactics of Lancashire police.Cllr Blackburn is among scores of disabled campaigners who have raised similar concerns since Disability News Service (DNS) revealed last month that the force had passed information and footage of disabled protesters to DWP – in an apparent attempt to have their disability benefits removed – and then claimed that it had “a duty” to do so.Two senior political figures – Labour’s shadow chancellor John McDonnell and the Green party’s co-leader Jonathan Bartley – have also called for an inquiry into claims that Lancashire police officers have targeted and assaulted disabled people taking part in the protests.The DNS reports mostly focused on police tactics during peaceful protests about the drilling activities of the energy company Cuadrilla at Preston New Road, on the edge of Blackpool.Cllr Blackburn told Grunshaw in the letter that he was “deeply concerned” to hear that Lancashire police was passing information and footage to DWP, which he said was “in clear contravention of any person’s right to peaceful protest”.He said he agreed with McDonnell (pictured at Preston New Road) that these tactics were “shocking” and “unacceptable”, and he said that he was “personally disappointed” that Grunshaw supported the force’s actions.Cllr Blackburn has asked Grunshaw a series of questions about the force’s relationship with DWP, including asking him: “Are you concerned that you and Lancashire Police are adding to the Conservatives’ hostile environment towards disabled people?”A spokesperson for Grunshaw told DNS that he was “aware of the concerns raised and will be responding to the questions posed by Cllr Blackburn”.Following the DNS reports on Lancashire police sharing information with DWP, many disabled campaigners took to social media to express their alarm.Mark Brown, who writes and speaks about mental health issues, said on Twitter that the force’s actions needed to be seen in the context of “15 years of anti benefits rhetoric” which had led to social security turning into “social surveillance”.He said: “In the UK we’ve tried to drive down public spending by activating people’s worst instincts and then telling them they’re good boys for telling tales.“Disabled people, especially people with #mentalhealth difficulties, live in fear of malicious fraud allegations.”After Lancashire police defended its actions on Twitter – telling DNS that it had a “duty” to contact DWP if it had information “to suggest fraud may be being committed” – there was widespread anger among disabled people, including those claiming benefits.The Mental Health Resistance Network tweeted in response: “This is truly shocking. So even the police have joined in the war against disabled people.”Another mental health activist, Rick Burgess, tweeted: “The uniting of the shadow DWP penal system and the established criminal justice system, where if one cannot get you the other will, is a highly significant intersection.“We are now under full Stasi like conditions.”Activist and researcher Caroline Richardson, a member of the Spartacus Network of disabled campaigners, said the force’s actions were “discriminatory and frightening”.She said on Twitter: “Being reported maliciously for fraud is more worrying than being assessed.“This sends a clear message that if you protest then the Police will report you on suspicion of fraud, without reason/evidence/proof.”Film-maker and author Richard Butchins told the force on Twitter: “Your officers can have no idea if fraud is being committed but they are clearly spiteful petty minded servants of those in power – disgraceful behaviour.”Dr Jay Watts, an activist and consultant clinical psychologist, said such actions were “an affront to civil liberties of disabled people” and that a few minutes of video from a protest gave “a false perception of ability”, with disabled protesters often facing “weeks of physical and psychological backlash afterwards but do so to make the world fairer”.Paula Peters, a member of the Disabled People Against Cuts national steering group, said the police actions were “horrendous and disgusting”, and that “attacking disabled protestors then reporting them” was “the lowest of the low”.Felicity McKee told Lancashire police: “You can have a disability and leave the house. We don’t just sit inside all day.“Disabilities can vary from day to day, as some days I’m better than others. That isn’t fraud [it is] just fact. What you’ve done is so immoral it’s shocking.”Another Twitter user with a fluctuating condition, @mookpixie, said: “This is disgraceful. My illness is mostly invisible and varies hugely from hour to hour, let alone day to day.“Most times I leave the house for an hour or two, I then spend days in bed recovering. Could you tell all that from video footage of me leaving the house? No.”And @neonwheelchair tweeted: “I very, very rarely leave the house now as if they took my PIP away, I’d end up homeless. We can barely eat as it is and can’t heat our home.”Another, @vashti, added: “You guys suck. You are the reason I’m too frightened to go outside even when, well within my PIP criteria, I’m well enough to do so.”Meanwhile, the National Police Chiefs’ Council (NPCC) said it was not aware of any targeting of disabled protesters at anti-fracking protests.An NPCC spokesperson added: “If an incident has occurred contrary to that, it is for the force’s professional standards department to address it in the strongest possible terms.”Terry Woods, assistant chief constable for Lancashire police and the NPCC lead on shale, gas and oil exploration, said in a statement: “Police forces will always facilitate the right to peaceful protest, while ensuring that disruption to their local communities is kept to a minimum. “Police officers are trained in maintaining public order and using the minimal force to do that. “When an officer does need to use force they are accountable for ensuring it is lawful, proportionate and necessary. “Existing guidance on dealing with fracking protests is currently under review by the College of Policing.“No police guidance has ever, or would ever, recommend targeting disabled people.”A College of Policing spokesperson said it hoped to launch a public consultation on its updated guidance on the policing of long-term protests in the first quarter of 2019.The guidance will contain a section about protests focused on onshore oil and gas exploration.Picture by Gathering Place Filmslast_img read more