7 Nov

QLD JUNIOR READY FOR SCHOOL SPORT CHAMPIONSHIPS

first_imgPETE’S PLAYGROUND Football commentators used to say that Wally Lewis knew every blade of grass on Lang Park. His consistent knack of terrorising opposition defences with uncanny kicks that would take outrageous bounces and turns confirmed the belief that only a ‘King’ knowing every inch of his kingdom could conjure such magic. Just as Lang Park was the `King’s’ backyard, thirteen-year-old Surfers Paradise student Peter Norman has a similar affinity with Owen Park Southport, the home of Gold Coast touch. When Peter Norman runs out as a member of the Queensland U 15 Schoolboys team next Tuesday in the opening round of fixtures in the School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament, The Southport School (TSS) Year Eight student will be relying on more than just a little knowledge of the hometown surface. The son of former Australian Open Touch Representative Greg, and ATA Hall of Fame member and current Australian Open Women’s Coach, Kerry Norman, Peter has spent more night’s at Owen Park than most of us have had hot dinners. For the Touch community, the familiar sight of the baby blonde tyro riding his tricycle around Owen Park, resplendent in a fluorescent yellow Tigers Touch club jersey was confirmation you were at the home of Touch on the Coast in the early `90’s. Greg and Kerry, who have always been heavily involved in playing, coaching, refereeing, and administration, would dress Peter in the fluoro shirt, so he’d be easy to keep an eye on. Wednesday night touch at the Coast wasn’t the same until you heard Gold Coast Administrator Henry Lesniewski over the PA system making his weekly impassioned plea for “Peter Norman to please come to the canteen, your parents want to go home.” Everyone would laugh and Pete would amble in eventually, usually with a sheepish grin, mostly with his shirt now fluoro dirt and minus the shoes, often with the remains of a banana paddle pop on his face, and always with a thousand stories to share about his adventures in `Pete’s Playground’, the biggest backyard in the world that seemed to belong to him. Peter was inspired by the speed, fun, and skills on display and took up the challenge of playing by beginning in the Gold Coast junior competition with a bunch of friends when he was five years old. He has grown quickly from a small boy climbing trees and playing with his `brother’ (his Bart Simpson doll, who incidentally, still covets the top bunk in Pete’s room) riding skateboards and clocking the asteroids machine in the Gold Coast club house, to a young man who is considered by many to be one of the brightest young talents in our sport. In a short time, Peter impressed his early coaches as a player with great vision, good basics, and excellent commitment in defence. With those sorts of credentials it wasn’t long before representative touch would call his name. Firstly at South Coast schoolboy level, and for Gold Coast in the QTA Junior State Cup team. Peter represented Qld at Primary school level for three successive years from 2001-2003, firstly as a ten year old, then captaining the team last year in his final year at Primary school. Previously, only one Queensland Schoolboy Touch player, former Qld Rugby League State of Origin star, PJ Marsh has been successful in gaining selection in the Qld U 15 Schoolboys Touch team straight out of Primary school… That was until Peter Norman came along. He produced such a mature and outstanding display at the Qld U15 Secondary championships in Ipswich in June that Coach Danny Parker and selectors had no choice but to pitch the Gold Coast Falcons Division One player into the State U 15 Schoolboys team for the Schools Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament. The hard working middle has no reservation in saying his selection in the U 15 State team is the best moment of his short career “It’s pretty awesome, no way was I expecting to be selected. There are so many good players in the Qld team, I’m just happy to be there” the typically modest Norman added. “The PJ Marsh thing is pretty special, but it won’t mean much if I don’t get out there and do my job for the team.” Norman believes a training camp in the recent September holidays went a long way to bonding the team and sorting out a running style of touch that will prove to be fun to play and execute. He believes the calibre of players in the Qld side under the shrewd coaching of Dan Parker will allow the Queenslanders to mount a strong charge for the National crown against arch enemies and defending champions NSW. Both his parents have coached Peter at various stages of his career and in various teams, though they try to avoid the scenario as much as possible to allow Peter to experience other coaching ideas and skills and to enable him to make his own pathway in the sport. “Occasionally, we’d have a few bumps, more so when he was younger, he would think that that’s Mum or Dad talking, not the coach, and he’d react like a son, not a player, and we had to bring him into line a few times…maybe you are harder on your own kids as well, and that’s probably been tough for him on occasion,” Greg said. Greg recalls refereeing Pete in his early days, when both Kerry and himself would send their son for substitutions because he would argue with their calls. Kerry believes Pete is a good student of the game and has been impressed with his willingness to listen and apply new knowledge from his coaches and mentors of late. “He’s learnt plenty from Danny already and Corey Foster has been fantastic for him at Falcons, taking him under his wing and helping bring him along – Pete just respect him so much.” “It’s good because he can play with the Division One players at the Coast Wednesday, then still go up and play with his mates in the BMTA junior competition Thursday night and really have fun still.” Peter is also very appreciative of the guidance his parents have given him and reckons he inherited his Mum’s talk on the field and good defensive skills, and his Dad’s flamboyance in attack. “They’ve been good, not pushy or anything – they just say try your hardest, listen to the coach, have fun and be a good team man.” Greg jokingly offered that each parent contributed the following to Peter’s development, “Peter received good looks from his Dad and his temper from his Mum…” “Kerry’s brain and speed, and from me – creativeness in attack,” he was quick to add. Both parents have been fully supportive of Peter’s Touch career, but not to the exclusion of anything else. Greg believes giving Peter the opportunity to experience a wide variety of activities has been a big factor in the balanced approach Peter has towards life. He is a budding beach flags champion and trains on the sand to help his speed and technique. At school this year he performed with distinction in Cross Country, Athletics, and Swimming, and was awarded Best Back for Rugby in the U13 age division. Being a Coast kid, `Normo’ as his mates call him, loves body boarding and spends a lot of time with the boys from Touch and school at the beach or kicking back at the movies. Oh, and did I mention that he made the Dean’s list at TSS for academic excellence? Typically modest, I had to dig deeper than Damian Martyn on a dodgy pitch at Chennai, to get that piece of information out of him. So next Tuesday, when the Queenslanders run out onto the Owen Park fields in the U 15 Boys, look for Peter Norman- he’s not wearing fluoro yellow anymore, but he’ll be sporting the # 3 on his Maroon back, a tribute to his Touch hero Corey Foster, and hopefully he’ll keep his shoes on long enough to have his name over the PA system for giving defenders the slip in the race to the scoreline, not his parents. Games at the School Sport Australia Combined Touch Tournament will be played in two age divisions U 12 and U 15 Girls and Boys respectively, featuring State teams from all over Australia from Tuesday 26th October at Owen Park through to finals day on Saturday 30th October. Written by Karley Banks, SQBD Development Officer, 19th October 2004last_img
23 Oct

Essar Ports Green Ports Are the Future of the Industry

first_imgMaritime industry stakeholders all over the world are increasing their contribution to the reduction of carbon footprint. While shipping companies decided to modify their vessels in order to comply with the upcoming 2020 Sulphur Cap regulation, the port industry took their own measures to cut pollution.One of these is India’s second-largest, private-sector port and terminal company by capacity and throughput, Essar Ports, that has a total operational capacity of 110 MTPA in India.Speaking to World Maritime News, the company’s CEO & MD, Rajiv Agarwal, said that Essar Ports believes that green ports “are truly the future of the industry.”Rajiv Agarwal, CEO & MD, Essar PortsAgarwal explained that the company took numerous steps and has invested in reduction of the carbon footprint at all of its four terminals by implementing technologies such as cold-fog system, sprinkling systems for dust and pollution control, completely mechanized handling facilities ensuring zero spillage and covering the entire conveyor system.He added that these measures “have been pivotal in our vision of developing environmentally friendly facilities.”Additionally, developing deeper draft ports and terminals enabled operations with larger parcel size “which further the initiative lowering carbon footprint. We will continue to invest in modern technologies which ensure cargo handling through environmentally friendly means.”Essar Ports’ terminals are focused on bulk and dry bulk cargoes that are primarily used as raw material in core sector industries, like steel, power and cement.So far, the company has invested more than USD 1.6 billion in the development of port terminal facilities in India. Essar Ports said that its terminals are not only capable of handling the biggest ships sailing today “but also provide one of the best turnaround times of India,” contributed by the modernization and development of the company’s Vizag iron ore handling complex.The iron ore handling complex can now berth Super Capesize vessels up to 200,000 dwt, with a depth of 20 metres. The 24-million-tonne terminal has seen a growth rate of 45% in overall cargo throughput driven by a sharp increase in new customers, the company explained.Speaking about Essar Ports’ future plans, the CEO noted that the company is always on the lookout for opportunities to grow its businesses as the four terminals have further expansion possibilities.“Our target is to grow at a rate of more than 20% in the near future. To achieve this growth we have put a strategy in place to expand our customer base in the near future. The focus is now on increasing revenue, diversifying cargo base, optimizing costs, and improving our operational and financial performance.”During the first quarter of the year, Essar Ports reported a 17.4% growth in cargo volumes across its four terminals. The combined throughput stood at 13.5 million tonnes, up from 11.5 million tonnes in the same period of 2018.Of the four terminals, the Salaya and Vizag terminal showcased a strong performance in cargo handling with a striking increase in third-party cargo utilization thereby helping the company achieve its target of handling 60 million tonnes of cargo by the end of the current financial year.World Maritime News Staff; Image Courtesy: Essar Ports (Hazira Port)last_img read more

14 Oct

Alberta First Nations react to refinery rejection

first_imgAPTN National NewsOver 47 First Nations in Alberta would have been part of the Alberta First Nations Energy Center, and would have stood to gain a significant amount of income from the $6.6-billion dollar, First Nations-owned bitumen refinery project that was rejected by the Alberta government this week.Many are not happy with the government’s decision, and they share their reactions with APTN National News reporter Noemi LoPinto.last_img

13 Oct

Nissan unveils new Leaf car after Ghosns arrest delays it

first_imgYOKOHAMA, Japan — Nissan is showing the beefed up version of its hit Leaf electric car as the Japanese automaker seeks to distance itself from the arrest of its star executive Carlos Ghosn.The event at Nissan Motor Co.’s Yokohama headquarters, southwest of Tokyo, had been postponed when Ghosn was arrested Nov. 19.Ghosn has been charged with underreporting his income. Tokyo prosecutors have extended his detention through Friday, adding breach of trust allegations.Ghosn made his first public appearance since his arrest Tuesday, and denied each allegation in the Tokyo District Court.The new 4.16 million yen ($38,000) Leaf e+ is about the same size as the model on sale, but gets more power and cruise range. The bestselling electric car competes against Tesla models and General Motors’ Bolt.The Associated Presslast_img read more

13 Oct

Peace Region palaeontologists lead researchers in cataloguing new Hominid trackway in South

first_imgThe researchers say that a number of creatures, probably Homo sapiens, made the tracks while moving down a dune surface. This is the first reported hominid tracksite in the world from this time period and adds to the sparse global record of early hominid tracks. The trackway site also represents the largest and best-preserved archive of Late Pleistocene hominid tracks found to date.The narrow confines of the cave, often with a space of 50 cm or less between floor and ceiling, made for significant challenges in the documentation. However, thousands of photographs of the track-bearing surface were taken. Dr. McCrea then used the photographs to develop 3D photogrammetric models of the trackway. Combined with a track map, the digital data will make it possible to create exact replicas of the track-bearing surface. A similar technique has been used in the Peace Region to document dinosaur trackways.The full article can be read at: www.nature.com/articles/s41598-018-22059-5 TUMBLER RIDGE, B.C. — Two Peace Region-based palaeontologists have made important scientific discoveries on dinosaurs in the past, but this time Drs. Charles Helm and Richard McCrea were researching creatures that lived much more recently.An international team of researchers led by Dr. Helm has published an article today in the open-access journal Scientific Reports which draws attention to a Late Pleistocene hominid trackway site that was identified two years ago on the south coast of South Africa. Up to forty hominid tracks were found on the ceiling and side walls of a ten-metre long cave. The tracks are thought to have been made approximately 90,000 years ago when the nearby shoreline would have been about 2 kilometres away. A 3D image of a portion of the northern trackway surface. Photo by Dr. Richard McCrea A 3D image of a portion of the northern trackway surface. Photo by Dr. Richard McCrea Tracks on the southern surface, with 10 cm bars for scale. Photo by Dr. Charles Helm Tracks on the southern surface, with 10 cm bars for scale. Photo by Dr. Charles Helm Dr. Charles Helm examining the northern track-bearing surface, which forms the ceiling of the confined inner part of the cave. Photo by Guy Thesen. Dr. Charles Helm examining the northern track-bearing surface, which forms the ceiling of the confined inner part of the cave. Photo by Guy Thesen. last_img read more

13 Oct

Councils wants more options for Bylaw enforcement due to parking and illegal

first_imgMayor Ackerman wants the report to look at any actions that can be taken on behalf of the City to motivate those with illegal suites and as the Mayor said, “know darn well they have that suite, to rectify that.”Mayor Lori Ackerman shared other actions are required by the City to motivate people with illegal suites. “I think on the principle of safety, this needs to be dealt with,” said Ackerman in terms of the congestion in neighbourhoods that have several vehicles that block sidewalks and roads, causing visibility and safety issues.Council agreed this report was necessary to know what it will take to equip Bylaw officers with the tools they require for their toolbox to end this problem. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – At Monday’s Council meeting Councillor Grimsrud on behalf of Councillor Bolin put forward a resolution to help improve enforcement and parking issues due to neighbourhoods that have illegal suites.Grimsrud asked that Council direct staff to provide a report on the current staffing hours of Bylaw enforcement employees and to look at when vehicles are allowed to park on the street.Mayor Ackerman said she heard the public’s concerns at the recent Trade Show as well as receiving an email regarding specifically 104 A Avenue.last_img read more

12 Oct

Delhi HC seeks Ayush Ministry reply on plea against decision on Aadhaar-based attendance in colleges

first_imgNew Delhi: The Delhi High Court has sought the response of the Ministry of Ayush on a plea challenging its decision to install Aadhaar-based biometric attendance system in colleges.Justice C Hari Shankar asked the ministry and Central Council of Indian Medicine (CCIM) to file their counter affidavits on the plea and listed the matter for further hearing on May 23. The petition filed by Uttarakhand-based Uttaranchal Ayurvedic College sought quashing of the January 9 minutes of the meeting by which the ministry directed CCIM to conduct surprise inspections of all colleges possessing five-year permission claiming it is in contravention of the ministry’s July 2012 notification and the law laid down by the Supreme Court. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity!It said the apex court has held that the inspection may be done on a complaint or otherwise by a team appointed by central council only. The petition, filed through advocate Amit Sahni, said a decision was also taken in the January meeting for implementation of Aadhaar enabled geo-location based biometric attendance system for staff and faculty of the colleges. It claimed that the minutes of meeting are bad in law and liable to be quashed as this attendance system is in violation of the apex court constitution bench judgment in the K S Puttaswamy case in which it was held that Aadhaar and its usage cannot be forced upon any individual. Also Read – Encounter under way in Pulwama, militant killed”The minutes of meetings were not sent to all ayurvedic colleges and also the same was not uploaded on the official website of the Ministry of Ayush. “The authorities may proceed with the decision taken in minutes of meeting dated January 9, 2019, therefore the present petition,” it said. During the hearing, the court made it clear that if any action is taken by the authorities before the next date of hearing, on the basis of the decision which has been challenged in the petition, they would abide by the outcome of these proceedings. It also issued notice to the authorities on the plea to stay the minutes of meeting and listed it for March 27. The plea also alleged that the ministry has passed several directions which are contrary to law viz, to conduct inspections even in Ayurvedic, Homoeopathic, Unani and Siddha colleges, which were granted permission for five years. The minutes of meeting also stated that the colleges shall have to recruit faculty or staff registered in that particular state, it said.last_img read more

29 Sep

Mike Trout Is A 430 Million Bargain

Trout’s most similar group averaged just fewer than 1.0 WAR by age 38. And that group contains eight Hall of Famers, including Griffey, Aaron, Mickey Mantle, Frank Robinson and Mel Ott. To further complicate matters, the quality of competition in MLB continues to improve over time, and the game is getting younger, making it more difficult to age well.However, if 1 WAR is worth $8 million in 2019, and that value inflates by 3 percent per season (for the first five seasons),2Basic assumptions which, granted, may need re-examining. the average of Trout’s comparable group would be worth about $450 million from age 27 through age 38. And it bears mentioning that Trout has accumulated 48 percent more WAR through age 26 than his comparable group of all-time legends. (Yes, Trout is good.)So Trout seems like a very good bet to deliver more value to the Angels than they’re paying him for in this contract, even if some of the assumptions above are more player-friendly than the current state of baseball’s economics. While many MLB mega-contracts end up looking bad in retrospect, this Trout deal might be the rare one that delivers positive surplus value for the team.Either way, with no opt-outs in the deal and a full no-trade clause, Trout and the Angels are committed to each other for the long haul. If Trout is interested in winning World Series rings, he took a risk in remaining in Anaheim: He has never won a playoff game with the Angels even while establishing himself at the game’s best player. As great as Trout has been, even the best player cannot do it alone — particularly not in baseball, which is a weak-link sport that is less dependent on star talent than other sports.But in some ways, the Angels’ outlook is improving for the second act of the Trout era. Albert Pujols’s albatross of a contract is coming off the books after the 2021 season — $28 million in present-day dead money the Angels can allocate elsewhere.The Angels entered Tuesday with $28 million committed in 2022 salaries, ranking 18th in baseball despite playing in the sport’s No. 2 market in Los Angeles. (The MLB average is $35.2 million committed in 2022, according to Spotrac.) So should the Angels want to compete in the market for high-end free-agent talent in coming years — like, say, Mookie Betts (free agency ETA 2021) or Francisco Lindor (free agency ETA 2022)3Angels shortstop Andrelton Simmons will be a free agent after 2020. — they will have the flexibility and purchasing power to do so. As reported by ESPN’s Jeff Passan on Tuesday, the Los Angeles Angels are closing in on a 12-year contract extension worth at least $430 million with outfielder Mike Trout, setting the all-time mark for both the largest contract (passing Bryce Harper’s $330 million deal from a few weeks ago) and the greatest average annual contract value in baseball history. Trout is a longtime object of fascination for us here at FiveThirtyEight; we’ve frequently extolled his virtues as baseball’s best and most consistent star. Now he has the record-breaking contract to match his talent — but one that might still represent a big bargain for the Angels. And the deal’s long-term nature only renews questions about Trout’s ability to win in L.A., as well as his potential to break through as a star off the field.At first glance, about $36 million per year seems like a tremendous deal for the Angels. According to FanGraphs’ estimated market values based on wins above replacement (WAR), a player with Trout’s 2018 production should have been worth about $79 million last season. That’s nothing new for Trout: FanGraphs estimates that he was worth $55 million (in 70 percent of a full season) in 2017, $78 million in 2016 and $74 million in 2016. So if Trout continues his recent pace, the Angels will basically be paying him half of what he’d be worth on the open market over the next few seasons.Of course, Trout is also 27 this year, traditionally the age at which baseball players peak. Trout’s new deal will take him through 2030, his age-38 season. Even though no player in baseball history has posted more career WAR through their age-26 season than Trout,1According to a mix of WAR from FanGraphs and Baseball-Reference.com. it’s probably safe to assume that Trout won’t continue to be a 10-WAR-per-season machine throughout the entire life of this contract.The old saying that “Father Time is undefeated” remains true — perhaps truer now than ever. And even star-level players peak more quickly than you might expect. While Willie Mays and Hank Aaron were superstars late into their careers, other outfielders similar to Trout — such as Ken Griffey Jr. and Andruw Jones — fell off a performance cliff after age 30 and never recovered.Here’s a plot of the 10 retired outfielders most similar to Trout through age 26 (according to The Baseball Gauge), along with the arcs of their seasonal WAR as aging took hold: Perhaps most important for the club’s long-term prospects is the productivity of its farm system. For much of Trout’s tenure with the Angels, the club had one of the worst farm systems in baseball. The Angels’ system ranked last in baseball in 2014, 2016 and 2017, according to Baseball America. That’s begun to change. The Angels hired Billy Eppler to lead their front office after the 2015 season; they improved to 14th in the rankings in 2018 and 13th this spring.Outfielder Jo Adell, L.A.’s first-round pick in 2017, has quickly become one of the game’s elite prospects, while starter Griffin Canning, a second-round pick in 2017, gives the Angels a second top-100 prospect. And help from the farm is not too far away: Eight of the top 10 Angels prospects are expected to open in Double-A or higher this spring. Moreover, if the Angels’ top prospect from a year ago, Shohei Ohtani, can become a consistent impact performer as a pitcher and hitter, L.A. could have two star caliber players in one roster spot.The Angels’ biggest long-term issue is that they are in the same division as the Houston Astros, who are on the cutting edge of evaluation and player development. The Astros took home the 2017 World Series trophy, won 103 games a year ago project to win 99 games again this season according to the FiveThirtyEight model, all while maintaining a farm system that has ranked fifth or better in three of the past four years. Baseball America ranks the Astros’ farm system No. 5 in the game entering 2019.It will be no easy task to supplant the Astros as kings of the AL West. And if Trout and the Angels can’t do that, it will be more difficult for Trout to raise his own profile, which lags well behind what his talent would suggest. Only one baseball player made ESPN’s list of the 100 most famous athletes in the world, and it wasn’t Trout — it was Bryce Harper at No. 99. This contract extension makes Trout very rich, but it also forces him to forfeit the chance to join a more likely World Series contender — and he’ll miss out on the spotlight that would have shown on him during his own free agency after the 2020 season.So now the pressure is even greater for the Angels to surround Trout with better talent and build a winner around him. By the end of this contract, he’ll have spent two full decades with the franchise. It would be a true shame if Trout’s next 12 seasons contain as little team success as his first eight did. read more

28 Sep

What Betting Markets Think LeBron James Will Do

The big question right now is whether LeBron James will stay with the Miami Heat or return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Despite the fact that his departure from the latter in 2010 seemed to have burned a few bridges, some fans appear to have forgiven James and are hoping for his return.How likely is James to return to Ohio? That’s a difficult question, but we can try to get a rough sense from betting markets. The Cavs and the Heat aren’t the only contenders. Here’s an average of the latest betting lines on where James will play next season, converted into probabilities:Oddsmakers seem to think James is about a 50-50 bet to stay with the Heat. Cleveland has some hope, and the remaining teams not much. But if history is any indicator, both Miami and Cleveland might have reason to worry.James had to make a similar decision in 2010, and betting markets didn’t get that one right.Bettors thought James would stay put in 2010 as well. But the difference in spread is notable. Based on these numbers, bettors are 11 percent more confident in his loyalty than they were in 2010. The second most likely options in both scenarios make up for this difference, with the Chicago Bulls at a 24 percent chance in 2010 and the Cavs at a 16 percent chance currently.Just like these betting sites, we’ve had mixed success in predicting James’s moves. Until his announcement, it’s worth considering that maybe we don’t know the MVP quite as well as we think we do. read more

28 Sep

Football How much will special teams impact the Fiesta Bowl for Ohio

Penn State freshman punter Blake Gillikin (93) and OSU redshirt sophomore wide receiver Terry McLaurin (83) rush towards the ball after a blocked punt in the second half of the Buckeyes game on Oct. 22. The Buckeyes lost 24-21. Credit: Alexa Mavrogianis | Photo EditorSCOTTSDALE, Ariz. — For weeks, much of the talk for the PlayStation Fiesta Bowl has been about the offensive and defensive capabilities of both No. 3 Ohio State and No. 2 Clemson. However, there has been little discussed in terms of special teams, the unit that the Buckeyes take extremely seriously. Kerry Coombs, the secondary and special teams coach for the Buckeyes, has a knack for coaching some of the best special teamers in the nation year after year. According to him, the effort of his gunners and kick coverage unit could make the difference in a game as evenly matched as OSU versus Clemson.“I think they’re very, very good just like I think we’re very, very good,” he said. “I think there’s going to be a couple of areas in the game … I know that their national championship game last year hinged on some big special teams plays. I think that our kids are extremely well prepared, and I know that there’s are too. So, it’s going to be a lot of fun. I think it will be a factor in the game.”One of the biggest weapons on Coombs’ special teams unit is senior punter Cameron Johnston. Johnston, a native of Melbourne, Australia, who has been punting for the Buckeyes for four years now, and is in his fifth year with the team.Averaging a career-best 46.2 yards per punt in 2016, the Australian born punter has a few goals in mind against Clemson. The most prominent of those goals is limiting the returning ability of the Tigers’ returners.“You never know how many times you’re going to punt, but when you do, you got to make sure it’s in the right area,” Johnston said. “If you get zero return yards for the day, you’ve had a good day.”While netting zero return yards on punts has a lot to do with how the ball is kicked and the trajectory it takes before striking the turf the proper way, having help from teammates is necessary to limiting return yardage. Wide receivers like redshirt sophomore Parris Campbell and Terry McLaurin have been instrumental on kick coverage success, playing predominantly at the outside coverage positions.The players at those positions, known predominately as “gunners,” are known for their speed and athleticism, as well as the ability to hunt down the ball and bring down the returner quickly, or forcing him towards the middle of the field. For McLaurin, the chance to cut his teeth as a special teamer has resulted in his development as a well-rounded player.“You kind of get your feet wet playing special teams,” he said. “Once you start making plays on special teams, you’re going to be making plays on offense. You see it all the time with guys coming through this program. That’s what we preach about competitive excellence.”Although the Buckeyes have yet to score on a punt return this year, it is worth noting OSU has not given up a touchdown on a punt either this season. Part of that statistic has to do with McLaurin’s ability, while another part comes down to how well Johnston has played.With a punter like Johnston who is a master at hang-time on punts, as well as a speedy player on the outside to get to the returner quickly, OSU might very well dictate the game. Pinning an offense deep in its own territory is something that Coombs feels could be the difference maker come Saturday.“All the difference,” he said. “And not just big (plays), but just the innate field position difference. If we can gain yards with special forces throughout the game, which is our objective, it doesn’t show up as a big play. But it makes a dent in the scoreboard.”OSU squares off against Clemson in the Fiesta Bowl on Saturday at 7 p.m. in the University of Phoenix Stadium. read more

28 Sep

Quick hits Midweek news notes for Ohio State football

DeVier Posey and Dan Herron Receiver DeVier Posey and running back Dan Herron, both seniors, were expected to return from five-game suspensions this week. However, both players’ suspensions will be extended at least one more game because of additional violations, as announced by OSU athletic director Gene Smith on Monday. First-year head coach Luke Fickell said that neither player is in danger of being dismissed from the team as of yet. “This is still something that’s undergoing and I don’t know,” he said. “I don’t have all of the information that they are going through probably just as of yet. Not that I’ve seen anything that we wouldn’t want a guy around right now.” Reinforcements arrive for the offensive line Unlike Posey and Herron, left tackle Mike Adams is back for OSU. Beyond that, Adams is listed as a starter for Buckeyes’ offensive line on Saturday against Nebraska. Adams’ arrival will be a welcome sight for his linemates, which allowed nine sacks against Michigan State last Saturday. Injury Updates Redshirt freshman receiver Verlon Reed, tied for second on the Buckeyes in receptions, has a torn ACL and will miss the rest of the season, Fickell said. The banged-up receiving corps should be aided by the return of sophomore Corey “Philly” Brown this week, after he missed the last three games with a lower leg injury. “We’ll see how he runs around out there (Tuesday),” Fickell said. “Hopefully he’ll be all right.” Fickell said he is doubtful senior defensive lineman Nathan Williams will play this Saturday. Senior defensive end Solomon Thomas, who is returning from his five-game suspension this week, is not listed on the two-deep depth chart. However, Fickell said he expects Thomas to see playing time on Saturday, but did note that he is coming back from a broken leg in the Spring Game. Captaincy carousel slowing down Familiar faces are emerging among OSU’s weekly picks for game captains. Senior center Mike Brewster will make his third appearance as a Buckeyes’ game captain on Saturday against Nebraska. Linebacker Andrew Sweat and defensive back Tyler Moeller are each making their second stint as captains. Long leash for Braxton Miller Fickell said freshman quarterback Braxton Miller will not have a “short hook” if he struggles against the No. 14-ranked Nebraska on Saturday. “We don’t want a guy going in thinking that by any means,” Fickell said. “Braxton is the guy that right now is our starting quarterback, and you know, I would think hook-wise, we don’t want him to ever think that.” Miller was pulled from last Saturday’s game against Michigan State at the end of the third quarter and replaced by redshirt senior Joe Bauserman. Kickoff for the Buckeyes’ game at Nebraska is set for 8 p.m. and will be televised on ABC. read more

14 Sep

Alaska Unemployment Rate Remains At 72 Percent

first_imgThe largest increases were again in Skagway and the Denali Borough, where the remainder of tourism-related activity wound down. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Alaska’s total employment was down by an estimated 0.9 percent in November compared to November 2016, a loss of about 2,800 jobs. Oil and gas jobs were down by 7.8 percent and construction by 4.8 percent. Health care was the only industry to add jobs. Transportation, warehousing, and utilities remained at the same level as last year, as did local government. Federal jobs were down 0.7 percent and state government 2.4 percent. Alaska’s seasonally adjusted unemployment rate remained at 7.2 percent, where it has been since August. The comparable national rate for November was 4.1 percent. According to a release from the Department of Labor and Workforce Development, as employment losses continue, they have moderated noticeably in the second half of 2017. Alaska’s not-seasonally adjusted rate was 7.1 percent, up four-tenths of a percentage point from October, an expected increase as winter sets in. Unemployment rates went up in 24 of 29 boroughs and census areas. Story as aired: Audio PlayerJennifer-unemployment-for-Nov-reader-for-Tuesday.mp3VmJennifer-unemployment-for-Nov-reader-for-Tuesday.mp300:00RPdlast_img read more

5 Sep

India callup coming up Shubman Gill makes a huge statement with recordbreaking

first_imgAlthough Shubman Gill is not part of the Indian team, the youngster has been scoring runs for fun against the West Indies ‘A’, which seems to be the best way to make selectors give one a nod.Gill made history when he became the youngest Indian cricketer to score a first-class double ton, after he smashed a double century against West Indies A. He broke the long-standing record of former Indian batsman Gautam Gambhir.India A was in trouble when they lost 3 quick wickets but Gill, along with his captain Hanuma Vihari, brought their side back on track with a superb partnership. The young right-hander scored an unbeaten 204 off 250 deliveries and zoomed past Gambhir’s record, which was set against Zimbabwe in a tour match back in 2002. Gill-Vihari partnership resurrected India’s innings Shubman GillMARTY MELVILLE/AFP/Getty ImagesIndia A resumed at the overnight score of 23 for three. Gill lost his partner Shahbaz Nadeem for 13 when Hanuma Vihari joined him in the middle. The two resurrected the Indian innings and Vihari too brought up his century as they shared an unbeaten partnership of 315 runs for the fifth wicket.As soon as Gill went past his double ton, Vihari declared the innings. West Indies were 37 for no loss at the end of the day’s play as they looked to chase down 373 to clinch the match on the final day. Young Gill was one of the strongest contenders to find a spot in the Indian team as the selectors were looking to blood in young names for the ODI unit after India’s ouster from the semi-finals of the World Cup. However, he did not find a spot and the right-hander expressed his disappointment at missing out on selection despite a string of good scores. Hanuma VihariGetty”I was waiting for the Indian senior team to be announced on Sunday and I expected to be selected for at least one of the squads,” Gill told CricketNext. “It was disappointing not to get picked but I am not going to spend time thinking over it. I’ll keep scoring runs and performing to the best of my ability to impress the selectors.”Prior to the Test series, he had finished the one-day series as the top run-getter with 218 runs in four matches, averaging 54.50 with a strike rate of 98.19. He hit three half-centuries and was also adjudged the Man of the Series.last_img read more

3 Sep

Man killed in Satkhira gunfight

first_imggunfightAn accused of a rape incident was killed in a reported gunfight with police in Hijaldi village of Kalaroa upazila in Satkhira early Sunday, reports UNB.The deceased is Sohag Dalal of Boalia village and the lone accused of the rape case, filed on Saturday, in connection of raping a class III student.Being tipped off a team of police in a drive arrested Sohag around 2:00am, said Biplab Nath, officer-in-charge of Kolaroa Police Station.Sensing the presence of the law enforcers, Sohag and his associates hurled brick chips and bombs towards police, prompting them to retaliate, triggering the gun battle, leaving Sohag injured, said the OC.Later, he was rushed to Kolaroa Upazila Health Complex where doctors declared him dead. Two assistant sub-inspectors were also injured during the ‘gunfight’.Police also recovered one shooter gun and five round bullets from the spot.The law enforcement’s version of the event was, however, not verified independently as no version of the incident was available immediately either from any witnesses or from any members of the victim’s family.last_img read more

2 Sep

BaylorSt Lukes Hospital Hires New President A Native Houstonian

first_img Share CHI St. Luke’s HealthThe Baylor-St. Luke’s hospital in the Texas Medical Center is getting a new president. Gay Nord returns to her hometown of Houston from San Antonio, where she was president and CEO of Methodist Hospital.Baylor-St. Luke’s is part of a nonprofit chain of hospitals known as Catholic Health Initiatives. The hospital is currently housed in the old St. Luke’s tower in the Medical Center, but will eventually move to a new campus off Old Spanish Trail. That campus is currently under construction and will be finished in 2019. It will house the 650-bed hospital, doctor’s offices, research space, and the Texas Heart Institute.While at Methodist in San Antonio, Nord expanded the types of cardiac services offered at the hospital, adding a Cardio-Oncology program to help mitigate the damage that cancer treatments can have on the heart. She also added an Adult Congenital Heart Program and a Structural Heart Program.Before San Antonio, Nord worked for three hospitals that are owned by HCA, a for-profit hospital chain. Two of those were in Houston: Kingwood Medical Center and West Houston Medical Center.Nord received her undergraduate degree in business from the University of Houston, and a master’s in Health Care Administration from Texas Women’s University.last_img read more

31 Aug

Astronomers discover superEarth planet orbiting nearby star

first_img Explore further Phase folded curve of the planetary signal detected in GJ 625 using the parameters of the MCMC model. Left panel shows the CCF measurements, right panel the TERRA measurements. Grey dots show the measurements after subtracting the detected activity induced signals. Red dots are the same points binned in phase with a bin size of 0.1. The error bar of a given bin is estimated using the weighted standard deviation of binned measurements divided by the square root of the number of measurements included in this bin. Blue line shows the best fit to the data using a Keplerian model. Credit: Mascareño et al., 2017. Scientists discover a nearby superearth This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. “Super-Earths” are planets more massive than Earth but not exceeding the mass of Neptune. Although the term “super-Earth” refers only to the mass of the planet, it is also used by astronomers to describe planets bigger than Earth but smaller than the so-called “mini-Neptunes” (with a radius between two to four Earth-radii).Located only 21 light years away, GJ 625 is an M-dwarf star (spectral type M2) about 1/3 the size and mass of the sun. Such stars offer great potential in the search for alien Earth-like worlds, as low-mass rocky planets appear to be more frequent around M-dwarfs. However, finding an Earth-like planet orbiting low-mass stars is difficult due to their stellar activity. This is because signals induced by the rotation of a star can easily mimic those of planetary origin. Therefore, the signals coming from M-dwarfs tend to be comparable to those of rocky planets close to the habitable zone of their stars.Recently, a team of astronomers led by Alejandro Suarez Mascareño of the Canary Islands Institute of Astrophysics, has completed challenging studies of GJ 625, which began in 2013 and lasted over three and a half years. The observations were conducted with the High Accuracy Radial velocity Planet Searcher for the Northern hemisphere (HARPS-N) spectrograph installed at the Telescopio Nazionale Galileo at the Roque de los Muchachos Observatory on the island of La Palma, Canary Islands, Spain.The researchers analyzed 151 radial-velocity time series from HARPS-N as part of the HArps-n red Dwarf Exoplanet Survey (HADES) radial velocity program, which resulted in the discovery of a new planet.”We report the discovery of a super-Earth orbiting at the inner edge of the habitable zone of the star GJ 625 based on the analysis of the radial-velocity (RV) time series from the HARPS-N spectrograph, consisting in 151 HARPS-N measurements taken over 3.5 yr,” the paper reads.The newly found alien world, designated GJ 625 b, has a minimum mass of 2.8 Earth masses, which makes it the lightest exoplanet found around an M2 star to date. The planet orbits its host every 14.6 days at a distance of approximately 0.08 AU from the star, which is relatively close. By comparison, Mercury orbits the sun at a mean distance of 0.38 AU. The results of radial velocity measurements allowed the team to conclude that GJ 625 b is a small “super-Earth” on the inner edge of the habitable zone and has a mean surface temperature of 350 K that is very dependent on the atmospheric parameters. Moreover, the researchers assume that the newly detected exoworld might potentially host liquid water, but more observations focused on GJ 625 b’s atmosphere are required to confirm this assumption. (Phys.org)—European astronomers report the detection of a new extrasolar world several times more massive than Earth. The newly found exoplanet, classified as a so-called “super-Earth,” is circling a nearby star designated GJ 625. The researchers detailed their finding in a paper published May 18 on arXiv.org. Citation: Astronomers discover ‘super-Earth’ planet orbiting nearby star (2017, May 29) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2017-05-astronomers-super-earth-planet-orbiting-nearby.html More information: HADES RV Programme with HARPS-N at TNG: V. A super-Earth on the inner edge of the habitable zone of the nearby M-dwarf GJ 625, arXiv:1705.06537 [astro-ph.EP] arxiv.org/abs/1705.06537AbstractWe report the discovery of a super-Earth orbiting at the inner edge of the habitable zone of the star GJ 625 based on the analysis of the radial-velocity (RV) time series from the HARPS-N spectrograph, consisting in 151 HARPS-N measurements taken over 3.5 yr. GJ 625 b is a planet with a minimum mass M sin i of 2.82 ± 0.51 M⊕ with an orbital period of 14.628 ± 0.013 days at a distance of 0.078 AU of its parent star. The host star is the quiet M2 V star GJ 625, located at 6.5 pc from the Sun. We find the presence of a second radial velocity signal in the range 74-85 days that we relate to stellar rotation after analysing the time series of Ca II H&K and Hα spectroscopic indicators, the variations of the FWHM of the CCF and and the APT2 photometric light curves. We find no evidence linking the short period radial velocity signal to any activity proxy. © 2017 Phys.orglast_img read more

26 Aug

How to secure an Azure Virtual Network

first_imgThe most common question that anyone asks when they buy a service is, can it be secured? The answer to that question, in this case, is absolutely yes. In this tutorial, we will learn to secure your connection between virtual machines. On top of the security, Microsoft provides for Azure as a vendor, there are some configurations that you can do at your end to increase the level of security to your virtual network. For a higher level of security, you can use the following: NSG: It is like a firewall that controls the inbound and outbound traffic by specifying which traffic is allowed to flow to/from the NIC/subnet Distributed denial of service (DDoS) protection: It is used to prevent DDoS attacks and at the time of writing is in preview This tutorial is an excerpt from the book, Hands-On Networking with Azure, written by Mohamed Waly. Network Security Groups (NSG) NSG controls the flow of traffic by specifying which traffic is allowed to enter or exit the network. Creating NSG Creating NSG is a pretty straightforward process. To do it, you need to follow these steps: Navigate to Azure portal, and search for network security groups, as shown in the following screenshot: Figure 2.13: Searching for network security groups Once you have clicked on it, a new blade will be opened wherein all the created NSGs are located, as shown in the following screenshot: Figure 2.12: Network security groups blade Click on Add and a new blade will pop up, where you have to specify the following: Name: The name of the NSG Subscription: The subscription, which will be charged for NSG usage Resource group: The resource group within which the NSG will be located as a resource Location: The region where this resource will be created Figure 2.13: Creating an NSG Once you have clicked on Create, the NSG will be created within seconds. Inbound security rules By default, all the subnets and NICs that are not associated with NSG have all the inbound traffic allowed and once they are associated with an NSG, the following inbound security rules are assigned to them as they are a default part of any NSG: AllowVnetInBound: Allows all the inbound traffic that comes from a virtual network AllowAzureLoadBalancerInBound: Allows all the inbound traffic that comes from Load Balancer DenyAllInbound: Denies all the inbound traffic that comes from any source Figure 2.14: Default inbound security rules As shown in the previous screenshot, the rule consists of some properties, such as PRIORITY, NAME, PORT, and so on. It is important to understand what these properties mean for a better understanding of security rules. So, let’s go ahead and explain them: PRIORITY: A number assigned to each rule to specify which rule has a higher priority than the other. The lower the number, the higher the priority. You can specify a priority with any number between 100 and 4096. NAME: The name of the rule. The same name cannot be reused within the same network security group. PORT: The allowed port through which the traffic will flow to the network. PROTOCOL: Specify whether the protocol you are using is TCP or UDP. SOURCE and DESTINATION: The source can be any, an IP address range, or a service tag. You can remove the default rules by clicking on Default rules. You can customize your own inbound rules, by following these steps: On the Inbound security rules blade, click on Add. A new blade will pop up, where you have to specify the following: Source: The source can be Any, an IP address range, or a service tag. It specifies the incoming traffic from a specific source IP address range that will be allowed or denied by this rule. Source port ranges: You can provide a single port, such as 80, a port range, such as 1024 – 65535, or a comma-separated list of single ports and/or port ranges, such as 80, 1024 – 65535. This specifies on which ports traffic will be allowed or denied by this rule. Provide an asterisk (*) to allow traffic on any port. Destination: The destination can be Any, an IP address range, or a virtual network. It specifies the outing traffic to a specific destination IP address range that will be allowed or denied by this rule. Destination port ranges: What applies for the source port ranges, applies for the destination port ranges. Protocol: It can be Any, TCP, or UDP. Action: Whether to Allow the rule or to Deny it. Priority: As mentioned earlier, the lower the number, the higher the priority. The priority number must be between 100 – 4096. Name: The name of the rule. Description: The description of the rule, which will help you to differentiate between the rules. In our scenario, I want to allow all the incoming connections to access a website published on a web server located in a virtual network, as shown in the following screenshot: Figure 2.15: Creating an inbound security rule Once you click on OK, the rule will be created. Outbound security rules Outbound security rules are no different than inbound security rules, except inbound rules are meant for inbound traffic and outbound rules are meant for outbound traffic. Otherwise, everything else is similar. Associating the NSG Once you have the NSG created, you can associate it to either an NIC or a subnet. Associating the NSG to an NIC To associate the NSG to an NIC, you need to follow these steps: Navigate to the Network security groups that you have created and then select Network interfaces, as shown in the following screenshot: Figure 2.16: Associated NICs to an NSG Click on Associate. A new blade will pop up, from which you need to select the NIC that you want to associate with the NSG, as shown in the following screenshot: Figure 2.17: NICs to be associated to the NSG Voila! You are done. Associating the NSG to a subnet To associate the NSG to a subnet, you need to follow these steps: Navigate to the Network security groups that you have created and then select Subnets, as shown in the following screenshot: Figure 2.18: Associated subnets to an NSG Click on Associate. A new blade will pop up, where you have to specify the virtual network within which the subnet exists, as shown in the following screenshot: Figure 2.19: Choosing the VNet within which the subnet exists Then, you need to specify which subnet of the VNet you want to associate the NSG to, as shown in the following screenshot: Figure 2.20: Selecting the subnet to which the NSG will be associated Once the subnet is selected, click on OK, and it will take some seconds to get it associated to the NSG. Azure DDoS protection DDoS attacks have spread out lately, by exhausting the application and making it unavailable for use, and you can expect an attack of that type any time. Recently, Microsoft announced the support of Azure DDoS protection as a service for protecting Azure resources, such as Azure VMs, Load Balancers, and Application Gateways. Azure DDoS protection comes in two flavors: Basic: This type has been around for a while as it is already enabled for Azure services to mitigate DDoS attacks. It incurs no charges. Standard: This flavor comes with more enhancements that mitigate attacks, especially for Azure VNet. At the time of writing this book, Azure DDoS protection standard is in preview and it is not available at the portal. You need to request it by filling out a form that is available here. If you found this post useful, do check out the book Hands on Networking with Azure, to design and implement Azure Networking for Azure VMs. Read More The Microsoft Azure Stack Architecture What is Azure API Management?last_img read more

4 Aug

Keen eye for good stories and big ideas

first_imgKeen eye for good stories and big ideas Recommended Link Kansas farm boy generates millions from his California “bunker” He’s just an ordinary guy born on a farm in Kansas. He didn’t graduate from a fancy college. He doesn’t have an MBA. Yet he stumbled upon a “secret key” technique that allowed him to retire at 42… and still make more money in 8 hours… than most people make in a month. But Monday through Friday you’ll find him up by 4 am, in front of his computer… using his “secret key” to generate thousands of dollars per week… without touching stocks or bonds. He calls it his retirement hobby. Click here to see it in action. The Job We Need DoneWe’re looking for someone who loves investment analysis. Someone who wants to make a living reading, thinking, traveling, and writing. Someone who can help us share big ideas with the world.If this sounds attractive—and you meet the criteria above—we’d love to hear from you.The compensation will depend on your level of experience. Know this: Dozens of analysts at Agora (our parent company) who write newsletters have become millionaires.What to Do Now Send us a basic resume. We’d like to see where you’ve worked.Write a letter telling us about yourself. We don’t care much about what school you went to. We do care about what you’ve learned doing whatever it is you’ve been doing. We appreciate odd jobs, but we’re also willing to consider Wall Street refugees.Send us an email with the following information… Independent thinker who is passionate, motivated, and eager to overachieve Trustless SystemThe decentralized revolution is about getting rid of “trusted” third parties. Ultimately, coins like Tether will fail if they can’t find a way to become “trustless.”(With trustless technology, you don’t have to know or trust the person you’re doing business with. The blockchain records and verifies every transaction transparently. So the system builds trust by default.)Back to the University of Texas report… It suggests that more Tethers were issued than had backing by actual dollars. The report makes the case that Tethers were used to prop up—and ultimately manipulate—the price of bitcoin.Kessler’s article attempts to use the study to bolster his argument that bitcoin is just another balance sheet-driven bubble, just like every bubble since the South Sea Bubble of 1720.He argues that temporarily shifting assets from one balance sheet to another inflates a bubble. When the money runs out, the bubble pops.It’s the type of argument that initially reads well… But it doesn’t really hold up under scrutiny.For instance, Kessler tries to pin the dot-com crash on America Online’s dot-com-era ad policies. I read his explanation three times, and I still don’t understand how AOL’s ad policies could have caused the dot-com crash.The dot-com boom was a $5 trillion bubble. It seems a bit of a stretch to pin $5 trillion worth of value destruction on one company’s ad policies.Kessler also blames the infamous Dutch Tulip Mania of 1636–1637 on balance-sheet manipulation. But that doesn’t work, either. If he had really done his research, he would have found out that the Tulip Mania was an overblown myth. It had nothing to do with balance-sheet manipulation.(The Smithsonian journal did a great write-up on the Great Tulip Mania and called it more of a fanciful fiction than a serious financial crisis. You can read the essay here.) Teeka Tiwari Editor, Palm Beach ConfidentialP.S. For the first time ever, I have an investment announcement so BIG that I’ve teamed up with media personality Glenn Beck to create a one-off, special event. We’re calling it The Great Cryptocurrency Conspiracy of 2018. It will broadcast online on July 19, live from Glenn’s Dallas studios.When you register for the July 19 event, you’ll get a free copy of my new report, The Crypto Manifesto: Why Cryptocurrencies Are the Smartest Speculation You Can Make Today.Plus, you’ll have the chance to claim your portion of free bitcoin during the first $2 Million Bitcoin Giveaway.You can reserve your seat for this free event, plus get a free copy of my report, by registering right here…Reader MailbagToday, a reader responds to Thursday’s Dispatch—“How to Profit From the Biggest Oil Shock Ever”—where we interviewed Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno on why a potential conflict in the Middle East could trigger the next huge oil shock…The oil prices went up because Richard Nixon was colluding with the Saudis to figure out a way for the Saudis to afford US warplanes because Vietnam was winding down and the American war-mongering billionaires needed to make more billions off the backs of US citizens! —RichardAnd another reader shares his thoughts on our recent interview with Doug Casey on California breaking apart…Well, politics is violence, so this separation of “Corruptifornia” into three states is bit like treating the symptom and not the “disease.” Living in the Fresno area, aside from demographics that are dominantly Hispanic, I don’t see much in common with San Diego, Riverside, and the rest of those included in one of those proposed “states.” I don’t believe “statism” is moral. I believe it is just constitutionalism, and both are wickedness.—JackAs always, if you have any questions or suggestions for the Dispatch, send them to us right here. Volatile AssetIf Kessler is going to attack the 2017 action as being manipulated, why not attack the 2011, 2013, and 2014 “bubbles”?Were all of those moves manipulated, too?If they were, then those are the most unique bubble manipulations I’ve ever seen.Here’s what I mean…If you bought at the peak of each move, your average “old” peak to “new” peak gain would be 9.8 times your money.How many bubbles do you know of that could make you money if you bought at the peak of every move?I don’t know of any others.I fear Kessler has confused market volatility with market bubbles. Just because something is volatile doesn’t automatically make it a bubble (or mean that it’s been manipulated). Bitcoin is volatile… but it’s also very valuable.Fraudulent assets go to zero. True bubbles don’t continue to make higher highs and higher lows the way bitcoin has done.Bitcoin is a highly volatile asset—not a fraudulent asset.And that’s why I have always recommended that my readers keep their position sizes small.(In Palm Beach Confidential, we recommend that investors with smaller accounts place no more than $200–$400 per trade… and that investors with larger accounts place no more than $500–$1,000 per trade.Cryptocurrencies are volatile. So small position sizes will allow you to keep a cool head during extreme periods of volatility, like we’re seeing in the current crypto market.)It’s the only prudent way to invest in assets like bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies.But let’s get back to Kessler’s central theme on manipulation…Has the issuance of unbacked Tethers manipulated the market higher? It’s possible. I don’t know if we’ll ever really know for sure.But in the long run, does it really matter? I don’t think it does.The truth is that sometimes, bad people co-opt great companies and great technology.Speculators used to manipulate early railway stocks all the time. In the early days of General Motors, founder Billy Durant routinely manipulated company stock.These short-term blemishes did nothing to diminish the long-term value the rail and automotive industries were ultimately creating.Meanwhile, amid all the manipulation hubbub, we continue to see signs of the mainstream adoption of bitcoin and other cryptocurrencies. If we poke a little more, we can find more holes in Kessler’s bubble theory.If Kessler is right about last year’s crypto market action, how does he explain the so-called bitcoin bubbles of 2011, 2013, and 2014?That’s right, this is the fourth time bitcoin’s “bubble” has popped… — The net gain on 10 shares of McDonald’s stock purchased January 3, 2007 and sold January 3, 2017, assuming all dividends were reinvested. 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Our business is in providing profitable ideas, explaining how the markets really work, and telling great stories.We’re completely independent and unbiased. We don’t take money from Wall Street or the government. Our revenue comes from selling subscriptions. We make money only if our readers are happy.Who You AreYou’re able to analyze assets from macro, technical, fundamental, and sentiment perspectives. You’re overflowing with investment and trading ideas. And you’re a voracious consumer of information.You have a genuine passion for finance and the investment industry. You’re intensely curious, and live and breathe the world’s markets. And you’re willing to travel anywhere and everywhere. You’re ready to improvise, adapt, and overcome.You’re a good thinker, storyteller, and writer. You’re also good company, and you’re the one your friends say is the smartest person in the room.“Must-haves”: The St. Louis Fed recently announced it has created an index to track the top four cryptocurrencies. 2018 bubble “pops”: $20,000 to $6,500—down 66% so far… Goldman Sachs announced plans to start a bitcoin trading desk. 2011 bubble “pops”: $32 to $2—down 94% Your full name. And there’s more…By 2002, the dot-com crash caused the Nasdaq to drop 80%. In 2002, venture capital (VC) investment dropped by 90%.Contrast that with cryptos.Right now, the crypto market is down around 67% from its high. It seems logical that funding for new VC deals would dry up. But it hasn’t.VC investment has already doubled from last year, and it’s expected to quadruple by year end.The key takeaway is that even with the news of manipulations, government meddling, and massive volatility… institutional money is still flowing into this asset in droves.And what an institution chooses to do with its money will always carry more weight with me than a Wall Street Journal op-ed piece.Let the Game Come to You! Personal philosophy of voluntarism, anarcho-capitalism, or something similar Current Casey Research subscriber (paid memberships to Crisis Investing or The Casey Report win extra points) Weird new “antennas” popping up all over America NASDAQ calls it: “The biggest investment opportunity in years.” These antennas have nothing to do with your cell phone, hiding inside is the biggest hi-tech secret of the decade. Click here to learn more. — 2013 bubble “pops”: $230 to $70—down 70% Exceptional writing ability or a willingness to learn how to write Justin’s note: Today, I’m handing the reins to world-renowned cryptocurrency expert Teeka Tiwari, who has an important update on the crypto space.Below, Teeka responds to a recent piece in The Wall Street Journal that claims bitcoin’s spectacular price run in 2017 was partly due to market manipulation. But Teeka says the author’s missing a major detail… By Teeka Tiwari, editor, Palm Beach ConfidentialAt first blush, Wall Street Journal technology writer Andy Kessler makes a compelling case for why bitcoin’s 2017 meteoric 1,368% rise was not “real.”In an article published on Sunday, July 1, Kessler cites a University of Texas study that argues manipulation was behind half of bitcoin’s 2017 move upwards. The study pins the blame on a crypto coin called Tether (USDT).Tether is a fixed-value, or “stable” coin. It supposedly backs each coin with one U.S. dollar. To be clear, I have never been a fan of Tether because it requires you to trust that there is $1 backing each coin.In the January 2018 issue of my Palm Beach Confidential newsletter, I wrote:[Tether] claims that for every Tether in the market, it has an actual dollar bill in a vault somewhere.Let me be clear: I HAVE NEVER BELIEVED THAT CLAIM. That’s why I never recommended the token.To date, I still haven’t seen proof of Tether’s reserves.Many people share my misgivings about Tether… But that hasn’t stopped it from issuing more than $2.5 billion worth of coins. Does Tether have $2.5 billion in cash reserves to back that up? Or is it just printing its own money at will?Nobody knows. Can governments shut down bitcoin? Explain why or why not. The cause of the Great Depression in the U.S. and why. Japan’s Nomura Holdings (a $100 billion-plus financial firm) just announced it’s creating a crypto custody consortium (an institution that holds securities or assets for safekeeping) called Komainu. The top three biggest risks to the global economy and why. 2014 bubble “pops”: $1,200 to $173—down 85% Why has the average person’s standard of living declined since the early 1970s? Affinity for Austrian economics, monetary history, financial markets, and general history Prepare for conversation and travel. If you have what we’re looking for, you’ll start out with a one-on-one conversation with Nick. If that goes well, we’ll fly you to Delray Beach for a full day of interviews. And if we still like each other after that, we’ll discuss the next steps.Get in touch at jobs@caseyresearch.com. Put “Investment Analyst” in the subject line. That’s your first test. In Case You Missed It…The economy is growing, and stocks remain near all-time highs. But behind the scenes, something strange is happening…The US government and global financial elites are considering implementing a radical new change to America’s money. If passed, the money in your bank account would fall firmly under government control.They call it “The Chicago Plan.”last_img read more

3 Aug

Want to know what the teenagers in your life reall

first_imgWant to know what the teenagers in your life really think about sex and drugs?Are you sure?Well, researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have a pretty good idea, thanks to the Youth Risk Behavior Survey. Every other year, thousands of teens in public and private high schools across the country take this nationally representative survey. The CDC just released results for 2017, and here are a few of the highlights:SexTeens’ experiences with sex are changing, and the news is almost all good, says Kathleen Ethier, director of CDC’s Division of Adolescent and School Health.”Fewer are initiating sex,” Ethier says, “fewer are currently sexually active, they’re having fewer partners, and they’re using more effective hormonal birth control methods.”In 2007, nearly 48 percent of teens said they’d had sex at least once. A decade later, it’s 39.5 percent. One change in the data that Ethier’s not happy about is a recent decline in condom use.In 2007, 61.5 percent of teens said they’d used a condom during their last sexual encounter. By last year, that rate had dropped to 53.8 percent. Ethier says this is due, at least in part, to “a decrease over time in requirements that school cover HIV and [sexually transmitted diseases] in health education programs.”According to the report, young people aged 15-24 account for half of the roughly 20 million new STDs reported each year.One more red flag, Ethier says: More than one in 10 young women (11.3 percent) reported being forced to have sex.DrugsWhen it comes to illicit drugs — like cocaine and heroin — teen use is way down, from 22.6 percent in 2007 to 14 percent in 2017.For the first time, though, the survey also asked teens if they have ever misused prescription opioids. Fourteen percent said they had.”We don’t know what this 14 percent number means, but we were quite surprised by it,” Ethier says, adding that CDC has more work to do to understand what these new data say about the opioid crisis and teens’ role in it.ViolenceThe survey also asked high-schoolers about bullying and violence at school. One in 5 said they’d been bullied at school. Fifteen percent said they’d been bullied electronically.The rate of students who said they’d been threatened or injured with a weapon at school has dropped significantly in the past decade. But students of color are still far more likely than white students to say they missed school because of safety concerns at school or in their communities.Mental HealthPerhaps the biggest red flags were in the section devoted to mental health.Roughly a third of teens surveyed said they’d experienced persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness.”I think that’s really significant,” says CDC’s Ethier, “and certainly not what we want to see if we’re trying to send our kids into adulthood in the most healthy way.”The news is even worse for students who identify as lesbian, gay or bisexual.Nearly two-thirds reported persistent feelings of sadness or hopelessness.In fact, in every category, LGB teens were at higher risk than their heterosexual classmates. They were twice as likely to report being bullied in school or electronically, three times as likely to seriously consider suicide and four times as likely to attempt suicide.”It’s shocking and alarming and tells us that things are terribly wrong,” says Ellen Kahn, director of the Children, Youth & Families program at the Human Rights Campaign Foundation. “We seriously need to address this.”Kahn says these data are a stark reminder of the lack of protections at the federal, state, district and school level for LGB teens and of why, she says, these protections are so sorely needed. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more