ACROBATS TAKE THE PLUNGE IN CIRQUE DU SOLEILS WATERDRENCHED TRAPEZE ACT

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first_imgAcrobats face unique challenges when performing in water trapeze acts. The temperature of the water needs to be just right, and gripping the apparatus can be more difficult. (GAVIN YOUNG / POSTMEDIA) Login/Register With: Advertisement Facebook Advertisement Advertisementcenter_img Twitter It will come as no surprise to fans of Cirque that one or more of the routines in Luzia will involve a trapeze. The trapeze in all its different forms from bars, hoops, ribbons and ropes has been a staple of these Canadian spectacles since day one and of circuses in general for more than 170 years.The trapeze was created in the mid 1800s by a young French acrobat named Jules Leotard. He rigged his apparatus above the family swimming pool so if his practise routines misfired, the water would cushion Leotard’s fall. LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Cirque du Soleil’s Grand Chapiteau or Big Top has taken up residence at Stampede Park until Sept. 17.For the next month it will be the home of Luzia, a tribute to Mexican art, culture, traditions, sounds and colours.Luzia, which was created in Montreal in the fall of 2016, is the 38th Cirque creation since 1984 and it is the 17th show to travel in one of the specially created tent theatres.last_img read more


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first_imgNation to NationA series of announcements in the last few weeks, and several more expected any day, suggest the Trudeau government is rolling out its Indigenous rights framework by piecemeal opposed to the failed plan of one large piece of legislation.Those pieces appear to include the recently revamped K-12 education funding formula for First Nations across Canada. It is set to improve funding for First Nations as of April but also open the door to a self-government type of system for a single nation, or group, to negotiate with the federal government.The same concept is expected with Indigenous child welfare legislation, to be tabled in the House of Commons any day. There’s an opt-in clause expected in that legislation, meaning nations can do nothing, and remain status quo, or decide to negotiate a deeper deal with Ottawa to control the welfare of their children.That’s all similar to the idea of the Indigenous rights framework that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last Feb. 14 in the House of Commons.The Trudeau government gave itself a deadline of last December to table a large bill that would likely to encompass all these new agreements in the hopes of doing away with the Indian Act.But it was going to provide First Nations with a clause to opt-out of the Indian Act. No nation was going to be forced out from under it. But if they opted out then they could negotiate what it actually meant regarding, such things as, title and taxation.Faced with still opposition, by many First Nations and regional governments, the Liberals backed away from tabling the bill.The idea was for Canada to “renew its relationship with Indigenous peoples, one based on recognition of rights, respect, co-operation and partnership.”That’s not from Trudeau speech, even though it sounds awfully similar, rather it comes from a Jan. 16 press release issued by Crown-Indigenous Relations marking the signing of a “protocol for consultation and accommodation” with the Huron-Wendat Nation.Similar language was used in an announcement involving the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne on Jan. 23 to solve issues of around border crossings. There’s another on Jan. 15 with the Mi’kmaq of Prince Edward Island and working towards a “Tripartite Framework Agreement” to recognize and implement the rights of the Mi’kmaq.“What we heard resoundingly from First Nations, Inuit and Metis is take the time to do it right and listen to us which is an obvious approach but novel for governments,” said MP Marc Miller, the parliamentary secretary to the minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations, on Nation to Nation Thursday.But Conservative MP Cathy McLeod said it can only been seen as a failure, or an over-promise, under-deliver situation by Trudeau.“The Prime Minister has failed in terms of standing up in the House a little over a year ago making a big commitment and not getting it done,” said McLeod, who is the Conservatives critic on Indigenous affairs.But what those that were against this approach in the first place?“It just shows that this government is not following through on its promise to have respectful dialogue,” said NDP MP Rachel Blaney.N2N@aptn.calast_img read more


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first_imgJERUSALEM — A U.S. firm that makes fundraising software says it has suspended the account of the Palestinian-led boycott movement against Israel following a complaint by a pro-Israel group that the campaign has links to militant groups.Donorbox confirmed early Friday that the BDS campaign’s account was temporarily blocked while it investigates the allegations.The decision comes in response to a complaint from Shurat HaDin, an Israeli advocacy group that files lawsuits around the world against Israel’s foes, submitted in co-ordination with Israel’s Strategic Affairs Ministry.San Francisco-based Donorbox says its decision does not mean that it considers BDS to be a “nefarious” organization. It says it is merely suspended the account while it conducts a review.The BDS movement called the Israeli move “McCarthyite.”The Associated Presslast_img read more


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first_imgTRIPOLI – Dozens of demonstrators gathered in central Tripoli on Friday to protest against Libya’s General National Congress extending its mandate until the end of 2014.An AFP correspondent said the protesters gathered in Martyrs Square to chant slogans against Monday’s move.In July 2012 Libyans chose the GNC in their first free election after rebels overthrew and killed Moamer Kadhafi, ending his 40-year dictatorship. The body was given 18 months to steer the country through the political transition towards general elections, to be held after a constitution was adopted.Under that timetable, the mandate of the GNC, Libya’s highest political authority, was due to expire in February.But on Monday GNC spokesman Omar Hmeidan said the assembly had accepted the “principle… to fix the end of the mandate for December 24, 2014 to hand over power to another legislative body.”On Friday the demonstrators chanted “No to an extension!” and “If you extend we will bring another revolution!”The political class opposes any extension, deeming it necessary to push ahead with the transition in order to build sustainable institutions to counter the chronic security problems plaguing the country.last_img read more


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Major League Baseball8/1021.4 National Basketball Association1636.1% LeaguePlayoff Teams per YearFavorite’s Average Championship Probability Hockey favorites don’t have it too badFor each of the four major North American men’s leagues, playoff field size and average pre-playoff title probability* for favorites, 2006-2018 The Stanley Cup playoffs begin today, with the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Tampa Bay Lighting entering as heavy betting favorites. And for good reason: Their regular season resume is impeccable. They earned 128 points by winning 62 games, placing them in a tie with the 1995-96 Detroit Red Wings for the most regular-season wins in league history.En route to all those wins, the Bolts led the NHL in goals scored, powerplay goals scored, shooting percentage and penalty kill percentage1They finished in basically a three-way tie at the top with the Arizona Coyotes and the Columbus Blue Jackets. and finished third in save percentage. Nikita Kucherov became the first player in more than a decade to register 120 or more points, and Steven Stamkos had the most productive season of his already immensely productive career.Tampa is a balanced juggernaut, and every other team should be very afraid of it.With all that said, it must be noted that regular-season dominance hardly guarantees postseason glory in the NHL. Of the 13 teams that have won the Presidents’ Trophy since the lockout of 2004-05, just two have gone on to lift the Stanley Cup. And of the 10 regular-season winners to earn 120 or more regular-season points in league history, just four have gone on to win professional hockey’s ultimate prize.2Each of those teams played in the 1970s and were called the Montreal Canadiens.Still, NHL favorites3So defined by per-game scoring differential. haven’t had it all that bad since the lockout, especially when compared with the other three major North American men’s leagues. Only NBA favorites have had better championship odds going into the playoffs over the past 13 years. While it might not be as inevitable as, say, the Golden State Warriors winning the NBA title in 2018 (or 2017 or 2015), Tampa’s regular-season dominance suggests that it’s poised to continue this trend. The Bolts scored 103 more goals than they conceded during the regular season; the next best mark was set by the Calgary Flames, who posted a +62 goal differential. The gulf between best and second-best is immense, and it underscores Tampa’s historic regular-season greatness. And indeed, Tampa may be the NHL’s best team since the lockout. National Football League1218.7 National Hockey League1623.5 Hockey-Reference.com’s Simple Rating System (SRS), which estimates the strength of every team in the NHL,4Technically speaking, SRS measures a team’s average goal differential after adjusting for strength of schedule. reiterates just how special this Bolts group is. From 2005-06 to 2017-18, just three teams finished the regular season with an SRS better than 1, and no team eclipsed 1.2. The most recent team to do so — the 2012-13 Chicago Blackhawks — won the Stanley Cup. Tampa finished the 2018-19 regular season with an SRS of 1.21. All signs are pointing to late-spring celebrations on the Gulf Coast.Tampa’s only real concern at the moment is the health of Victor Hedman, the reigning Norris Trophy winner for the top defenseman. The Swede missed Tampa’s final three games with an “upper-body injury.” Hedman has a history of concussions, and “upper-body injury” is often NHL front-office code for concussion. The slick-skating defenseman is Tampa’s fourth-highest scorer, its power-play quarterback and the leader of a rearguard partially responsible for that gaudy goal differential. The Bolts can probably survive a first-round tilt against a slightly better-than-average Blue Jackets team without Hedman, but things might not be as easy against subsequent teams.If there’s a cautionary tale for this iteration of the Bolts, it’s that Red Wings team from 1995-96: Detroit earned the second-most regular-season points in NHL history and boasted two of the league’s best offensive players (Sergei Fedorov and Steve Yzerman) and the league’s reigning Norris Trophy winner (Paul Coffey) and yet failed to advance beyond the Western Conference finals. In the NHL, history is written between April and June, not October and April. Tampa is on top of the hockey world at the moment. But that world could change significantly in a matter of weeks. * Based on a logit regression between per-game scoring differential and championships won for each league.Source: Sports-Reference.com read more


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Junior outside hitter Michael Henchy (6) prepares to strike the ball during a match against Saint Francis Feb. 9 at St. John Arena. OSU won, 3-1.Credit: Shelby Lum / Photo editorThe team that ended the Ohio State men’s volleyball team 2012-13 campaign could be the one who the Buckeyes get their season back on track against.The No. 14 Buckeyes (5-6, 2-2) are set to host Grand Canyon as they continue their five-match homestand at St. John Arena. The Antelopes (6-7) defeated OSU, 3-2, in a Men’s Intercollegiate Volleyball Association Quarterfinal match that ended its season. A chance at revenge lies with the Buckeyes, with two matches against the Antelopes slated to start at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday.“They’re a strong team with a lot of returners so I expect them to play really well together,” junior outside hitter Michael Henchy said. “Last time we played them, we lost in five sets and no one has forgotten that. It’s going to be a fun match to play in.”In the last meeting between the two teams, OSU led 2-1 after three sets, but Grand Canyon stormed back to win the final two and take the match.“They came out with a lot of fire and played like they had nothing to lose and ended up beating us. Everyone was in shock at the outcome of the game and it was because we took them very lightly. We can’t let that happen again,” senior middle blocker Jonathan Newton said.OSU is preparing to start off strong against Grand Canyon and hopefully take early control of the match. Newton said the Buckeyes can’t underestimate Grand Canyon like they did previously.“They are going to come out and put up a good fight. If we let them get an early jump on us then we could be in trouble. We will be able to control the game if we stop their momentum from the beginning,” Newton said.After taking some time to get some rest away from the gym this past Sunday and Monday, Newton said the Buckeyes have been working on themselves this week, instead of worrying about what the other team is going to bring to the court.“This game has a lot to do with how Ohio State plays. If we can focus on our side of the net and bring a lot of energy, then it’s going to be hard for any team to beat us in our home gym,” Newton said.OSU coach Pete Hanson said the Buckeyes will do what they can to prevent a repeat of last season’s tournament loss.“We have continued to become better as a unit and not to mention, our returning guys have a little bit of an edge to them, because of what happened last year in the playoffs. We are ready to send the message that it is not going to happen again, especially in St. John Arena,” Hanson said. read more


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Then-junior quarterback Braxton Miller (5) runs down the field for extra yards in a game against Buffalo Aug. 31 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 40-20. Miller will move to a new position for the Buckeyes for the 2015 season. Credit: Lantern file photoCHICAGO — On July 23, redshirt senior Braxton Miller announced through Sports Illustrated that he would no longer be playing quarterback for Ohio State. Instead, the two-time Big Ten Offensive Player of the Year would be moving to wide receiver for his final season in Columbus.OSU coach Urban Meyer was initially reserved about confirming Miller’s announcement but Thursday at the 2015 Big Ten Media Days, he offered a more concrete answer.“I think Braxton will play receiver,” Meyer said.The switch, however, according to Meyer, was somewhat of a plan B.After Miller and his family approached Meyer roughly a month and a half ago to discuss what a plan B would be, Meyer said they “dove right into it” and began working on the switch.Now for roughly a month, Meyer and wide receivers coach Zach Smith have spent time preparing Miller for the new position. However all of the coaches’ work has come without a football.“It’s all been footwork,” Meyer said. “You can condition position specific and that’s what he’s been doing.”When fall camp for the Buckeyes commences in a week, Meyer, a former receiver coach for Illinois State, Notre Dame and Colorado State from 1989-2000, said he personally will work with Miller from day one to develop his skills for his new role.“I was a receiver coach for a long time,” Meyer said. “So I’m going to work with him myself and see if we can get him ready.”Meyer did acknowledge that he has yet to see the Huber Heights, Ohio, native catch passes but the reactions from some teammates have been positive.“Feedback I’m getting from guys like J.T. (Barrett) and Cardale (Jones) is that he’s very athletic obviously and he can catch the ball,” Meyer said. “I’ve not seen him do that. I’m anxious to see him do that.”Senior linebacker Joshua Perry said although Miller has not been on the field for 7-on-7 drills due him still recovering from shoulder surgery, Perry has seen running routes and catching the ball.“He’s really good with the ball in his hands. It doesn’t matter what position he’s playing, he’s going to make plays,” Perry said during Big Ten Media Days. “It will be fun to watch him when he gets going.”As for when he gets going, Meyer said it would be “uncommon at least right out of the gate” for him to contribute at his new position right away. But Meyer admitted Miller is “not common.”“He’s one of the best athletes I’ve ever coached. He’s got an incredible first step,” Meyer said. “My expectation is he’s an impact player.”Miller will get a chance to contribute at his new position on Sept. 7, when the defending national champion Buckeyes are scheduled to open their season against Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Va. read more


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first_imgReal Madrid have announced that Alvaro Odriozola has been diagnosed with a grade one abductor injury that rules him out of this week’s UEFA Super CupThe Spanish right-back joined the Champions League holders last month from Real Sociedad and has featured prominently in the club’s pre-season fixtures.While Wednesday’s UEFA Super Cup clash against Atletico Madrid would have been Odriozola’s first competitive outing for Real, he will now have to wait a little longer due to a groin problem.Sergio Ramos, Real MadridZidane reveals Sergio Ramos injury concern for Real Madrid Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane has put Sergio Ramos’ availability for Real Madrid’s trip to Sevilla next weekend in doubt after withdrawing him against Levante.“After the tests carried out today by the Real Madrid Sanitas Medical Services on our player Álvaro Odriozola, he has been diagnosed with a grade one injury in the abductor of the right leg. His recovery will continue to be assessed,” read a statement.Meanwhile, Atletico have announced that new signings Nikola Kalinic, Gelson Martins, Thomas Lemar and Santiago Arias have all been included into the squad for the encounter in Estonia.last_img read more


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first_imgAccording to St. Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick it would be wrong to punish clubs for the misconduct of a couple fans in the stadiumScottish Premier League club St. Mirren chief executive Tony Fitzpatrick thinks hooliganism is very bad, but also very difficult to stop.Player Alfredo Morelos was struck by an object in the 2-0 Rangers win in Paisley.“In football, it’s very hard to stop,” Fitzpatrick told BBC Scotland.“We had nearly 7,000 people here on Saturday and you’ve got one or two idiots out of that number.”Mikey Johnston, CelticJohnston is disappointed after being injured Manuel R. Medina – September 11, 2019 Celtic winger Mikey Johnston was disappointed to miss Scotland Under 21 national team’s victories over San Marino and Croatia, and he hopes he can return to play soon.“How can you punish a club?” he asked.“It’s a problem for wider society. We need to look at how young people are being brought up.”“It’s starting to creep back in and it’s unacceptable,” he commented.“It’s in police hands now. There were a couple of coins thrown, not just at Alfredo Morelos, there was another incident where a coin was thrown at one of our players as well.”last_img read more


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first_imgFormer Juventus Coach Fabio Capello believes Jose Mourinho has helped Manchester United star Paul Pogba to improve his game.Pogba left the Old Ladies to return to Old Trafford in 2016, but he’s had a strained relationship with the Portuguese manager.“It wasn’t easy for Pogba to get used to English football,” Capello told Football Italia“He’d only experienced it at youth level. Today he’s more involved, and in that respect, Mourinho’s jabs have helped him.”ole gunnar solskjaer, manchester unitedReport: Up to seven first team players out for United George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Manchester United have some serious injury problems with up to seven first-team players out.This Saturday, United have a Premier League clash with Leicester City….Capello also looked ahead to Wednesday’s match.“Manchester United can count on the structure of their team, the experience and the quality of their champions.“United deserve the utmost respect and remain an opponent to be feared, but at Old Trafford Juventus impressed with their personality and conviction.“Are they favourites to win the competition? It’s early. What we can say is that Juventus have shown they’ve got a Champions League mentality, tackling the big European commitments with conviction and relaxation.”last_img read more


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first_imgIn a release from KPBSD, if no one signs up in advance for video testimony, remote participation will be cancelled in that location (Homer Middle School, or Seward Elementary School). Participants must sign up no later than 3:00pm the Friday prior to a Board of Education meeting to guarantee the remote site will be open and staffed. Homer Middle School and Seward Elementary School sites will be open—if there are advance sign ups—starting with the January 14, 2019, school board meeting. For those interested in testifying they can sign up by calling or emailing Debbie Tressler, 907-714-8836 dtressler@kpbsd.k12.ak.us.center_img Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享The Kenai Peninsula School District Board of Education will open two additional locations for public testimony via video during an upcoming school board meeting. Citizens have four opportunities during a board meeting to address the Board of Education on education related topics:1. Public Presentations (non-agenda items)2. Hearing of Delegations3. Public Comments on Action Items4. Public Presentations (any topic)last_img read more


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first_imgNewsweeklies saw some recovery in the third quarter as both Time and The Week edged up 1.6 percent and 1.4 percent in pages, respectively. The Economist, however, dropped 7.3 percent in pages year-over-year.Food magazines saw ad page totals climb as Bon Appetite increased 19.8 percent, Eating Well spiked 69.8 percent and Fine Cooking jumped 57.7 percent.Business titles were mostly down, but only minimally, with the exception of Barrons, up 29.2 percent as compared to 2012. Kiplinger’s fell 3.1 percent, Harvard Business Review declined 2.7 percent and Bloomberg Businessweek and Forbes were relatively flat year-over-year slipping 1.3 percent and 1.1 percent, respectively. Fortune took the biggest tumble, dropping 17.5 percent as compared to a year ago.“Marketers are shifting dollars in some instances from print to tablet editions, but continue to invest in magazine media,” says Mary Berner, president and CEO of MPA in a release. “Print is improving and the tablet business is growing.”PIB tracked ad sales for 58 magazines that have print and iPad editions. Total tablet ad units rose 6.8 percent in the third quarter as compared to the same period a year ago and increased 7 percent Jan.-Sept. 2013 versus 2012.While tablet ad unit numbers remain behind print ad page totals, the upward trending momentum does show stability. Third-quarter ad page totals extended losses for the ninth consecutive quarter, falling 1.8 percent year-over-year, as reported by the Publishers Information Bureau (PIB) and MPA—The Association of Magazine Media.Losses have slowed, however, with year-to-date consumer magazine ad page totals down just 3.8 percent so far in 2013 as compared to 2012.Decelerated losses could be thanks to ad-heavy September issues that bulked up many fashion titles. For September issues year-over-year, Vogue saw a 1-percent gain to its second-biggest issue ever at 665 ad pages, Elle jumped 12-percent to 442 ad pages and Glamour bumped up 18 percent to 224 ad pages, among others. last_img read more


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first_imgA bumper North American railroad bid and three other big tie-ups announced this week that they have taken the number of takeover deals worth $5 billion or more to a record 128 this year, according to Thomson Reuters data.Pacific Railway’s bid for rival Norfolk Southern Corp. on Tuesday, 24 November, would be the biggest ever Canadian acquisition in the United States, and lifted this year’s Canada-U.S. M&A activity to $104.1 billion, surpassing all other years.The week’s biggest M&A deal was a $13.4 billion tie-up between France’s Air Liquide and U.S. peer Airgas.Those deals pushed worldwide announced takeover deals above $4 trillion this year for only the second time in history, after the record M&A year of 2007, the data revealed.They also helped take the number of deals worth more than $5 billion above the previous record of 125 from eight years ago.U.S. banks Goldman Sachs, Morgan Stanley and JP Morgan have all advised on deals worth more than $1 trillion, the data showed.last_img read more


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first_img X 00:00 /01:26 – / 7There’s no perfect formula for staying sustainable as a small theater company. But in the case of Houston-based Obsidian Theater and Standing Room Only Productions, the idea is to become stronger as one. For Obsidian’s Executive Director Tom Stell, the extra help from SRO’s staff could increase productivity and opportunity. “Those people will be helping us on all the shows this next coming year, whether they be musicals or plays,” Stell says. “So we’ll just have a lot more bandwidth, artistically and businesswise.”Each company specializes in fringe theatre – which is usually less mainstream and more experimental. They’re both about six years old, but only Obsidian has been non-profit. SRO has operated as an LLC, but that changes with the merger. “By merging with [Obsidian], we’re going to be part of that non-profit,” explains SRO’s Artistic Director Rachel Landon. “And we’re going to enjoy the benefits of being a non-profit.” Some of those benefits include becoming eligible for other sources of funding, such as grant money. While the merger means Obsidian will lose revenue from renting the venue to SRO for their musicals, Stell is confident they can make up the loss. “I think we’re hoping to leverage those larger audiences we get from the musicals to support the plays,” he says.The groups will call themselves Obsidian Theater in association with SRO Productions to assist in the transition for the first season. After that, the group will become known as Obsidian Theater. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Share Listen last_img read more


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first_imgListen X Share – / 3Every year, more than 250 local artists donate a couple of pieces for the Art on the Avenue auction. The event, now in its 20th year, raises money to help create affordable housing in Houston.But the artists benefit, too.“I’ve sold something every year,” says Marlo Saucedo, who’s taken part in the show for 10 years. “Most of the time, I’ve sold both pieces.”The auction is hosted by the Avenue Community Development Corporation and differs from some of the other typical art auctions out there.“We also share proceeds with the artists so we’re not really trying to just tap the artist for a full donation like a lot of other benefits do,” says Curator Tami Merrick.They’re expecting to raise more than $250,000 during this year’s event. And the effort to create affordable homes and apartments isn’t just for families. Avenue has helped develop the Elder Street Artist Lofts just west of downtown.  “That’s giving artists in the community an affordable place to live and work,” says the organization’s Executive Director Mary Lawler. “So, it’s really helping to contribute to this overall arts district that the Washington Avenue area has become.”The Art on the Avenue charity auction is Saturday night at Winter Street Studios in Houston’s First Ward. 00:00 /01:19 To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code:last_img read more


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first_imgBy BRIAN WITTE, Associated PressANNAPOLIS, Md. (AP) — Maryland became the sixth state in the nation on Thursday to approve a gradual minimum wage increase to $15 an hour.The Maryland General Assembly, which has a supermajority of Democrats, overrode Republican Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a bill to raise the state’s minimum wage from $10.10 to $15 an hour by 2025.Maryland state Sen. Delores Kelley, a Baltimore County Democrat, urges her colleagues to override Gov. Larry Hogan’s veto of a minimum wage increase to $15 an hour by 2025 during a debate on Thursday, March 28, 2019 in Annapolis, Md. The Maryland General Assembly overrode the Republican governor’s veto Thursday afternoon. (AP Photo/Brian Witte)The first increase will be to $11 in January. The state’s minimum wage will increase by 75 cents a year to $14 in 2024, and then reach $15 in 2025. Businesses with fewer than 14 employees will have until July of 2026 to reach $15.Democrats, who control the legislature, say the increase is needed, because the cost of living has become high for basic needs. Republicans, including Hogan, say it will hurt the state’s economy and drive jobs away.Sen. Delores Kelley, a Democrat who chairs the Senate Finance Committee, argued during debate that the increase will help the economy.“People who get a minimum wage are not people that are going to put this money away in the bank. They aren’t going to buy stocks and bonds with it,” Kelley said. “They’re going to spend it, and in spending it they’re going to make local businesses more vibrant.”But opponents, particularly lawmakers who live near other state borders, say many small businesses only have to travel a short distance to find a more favorable business climate. Sen. Andrew Serafini, a Republican whose district in western Maryland borders Pennsylvania and West Virginia, said he sees that in businesses that he consults with.“I’m not going to take any great delight in a couple of years when I say, ‘I told you so,’ but it’s going to happen,” Serafini said. “And the sad part is many small businesses and the people that work for them are going to lose jobs, and this is just going to add fuel to that fire.”Sen. Cory McCray, a Baltimore Democrat who sponsored the bill, said his thoughts are with the 573,000 people who will benefit from the increase.“When I think about the American Dream, I think about shared prosperity and shared economic prosperity and what does that look like,” McCray said. “I think about when we lift the standards for one worker, we’re actually lifting the standards for all workers.”In his veto letter Wednesday, Hogan noted that Maryland voted in 2014 to raise the minimum wage in stages from $7.25, and the last increase to $10.10 only just happened last year. He noted that small businesses facing a choice of paying a minimum wage of $7.25 in neighboring Virginia or $15 in Maryland could reduce jobs or eliminate operations in Maryland.“Making Maryland’s minimum wage more than double that of Virginia could be too much for our economy to bear,” Hogan wrote.The governor offered a compromise to legislative leaders to raise the minimum wage to $12.10 an hour by 2022, but the proposal went nowhere.“We are obviously disappointed that the legislature completely ignored the governor’s reasonable compromise proposal to protect jobs and small businesses,” said Michael Ricci, Hogan’s spokesman. “So much for olive branches.”California, Illinois, Massachusetts, New Jersey, and New York also have approved a $15 minimum wage, as has the District of Columbia.last_img read more


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first_imgSCHEDULEFriday, May 175:35 p.m. – 3V8+ (Heat 1)6 p.m. – 2V4+ (Heat 1)6:25 p.m. – V4+ (Heat 1)7 p.m. – 2V8+ (Heat 2)7:15 p.m. – V8+ (Heat 1) ACC Network Extra (Saturday) This weekend’s regatta will mark the second time this season that Louisville has traveled to Clemson, with the first trip coming a month ago with the Clemson Invitational. With severe storms in the area and resulting debris on the course, the Invitational was postponed and eventually cancelled with only the V8+ and 2V8+ having a chance to race on Lake Hartwell. The school with the highest point total following the races will be crowned ACC Champion, while the conference’s coaches will select the All-ACC Team, ACC Coach of the Year and ACC Freshman of the Year. Last season, Sophie Schulz and Violette Legrand were named All-ACC, with Legrand also taking Freshman of the Year honors. ACC Network Extra coverage is available for prelims on Friday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., followed by the finals from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m. on Saturday. Jerry Massey will handle play-by-play and will be joined by analyst Steve Pritzker, a former rowing head coach at Iowa. Schedule  Print Friendly Version Saturday, May 188:05 a.m. – 3V8+ (Petite Final)8:15 a.m. – 3V8+ (Grand Final)8:30 a.m. – 2V4+ (Petite Final)8:40 a.m. – 2V4+ (Grand Final)8:55 a.m. – V4+ (Petite Final)9:05 a.m. – V4+ (Grand Final)9:20 a.m. – 2V8+ (Petite Final)9:30 a.m. – 2V8+ (Grand Final)9:45 a.m. – V8+ (Petite Final)9:55 a.m. – V8+ (Grand Final) The top six qualifying times in each flight will advance to Saturday’s grand final, while the remaining three will compete in the petite final. Saturday’s races begin with the third varsity eight at 8:05 a.m. before concluding with the varsity eight at 9:55 a.m. Story Linkscenter_img In the overall standings, Louisville finished fifth overall with 64 points. In the varsity eight grand final, the Cardinals earned a bronze medal with a time of 6:25.309, their highest finish in the race as an ACC member. ACC Network Extra (Friday) Fans can follow Louisville rowing on Twitter (@UofLRowing) at http://twitter.com/uoflrowing, on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/UofLRowing and on Instagram at http://www.instagram.com/uoflrowing. The regatta opens with all nine crews competing in preliminary heats on Friday, May 17 beginning at 5:35 p.m. with the third varsity eight, followed by the second varsity four, varsity four, second varsity eight and the varsity eight at 7:15 p.m. The ACC announced seeds for the regatta last Thursday with the V4+ placing fourth, the V8+, 3V8+ and 2V4+ earning fifth seeds, and the 2V8+ receiving the sixth seed. Live Results The Cards are coming off a strong showing in dual racing last weekend at Michigan, where three of their five boats finished second to the No. 5 Wolverines and topped Michigan State. The 2V8+ posted the squad’s fastest time of the day with a mark of 6:44.31, besting the varsity eight’s time by 0.12 seconds. For their efforts, the crew coxswain Margaret Geraghty (Sr, Dayton, Ohio), Samantha Stoll (Sr., Absecon, N.J.), Misia Partyga (Fr., Warsaw, Poland), Jordan Kraski (So., Arlington, Wash.), Caroline Lynch (Sr., Winchester, Ky.), Haylee Judge (So., Traverse City, Mich.), Abigail Davies (Jr., Northwich, U.K.), Mallory Burnett (Sr., Bargersville, Ind.) and Katie Beiler (Fr., Sarasota, Fla.). was named ACC Crew of the Week. ACC Championship Site LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Following a successful trip to Michigan, the University of Louisville rowing team heads to Clemson for the 2019 ACC Rowing Championship this weekend at Lake Hartwell.last_img read more


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first_img This hands-on workshop will give you the tools to authentically connect with an increasingly skeptical online audience. This story originally appeared on Fortune Magazine 8 min read Ford CEO Mark Fields is trying to navigate his company through an era of upheaval in the auto industry. Cars are no longer merely steel on wheels. They’re mobile computers that can respond to voice commands, serve as a hub for digital entertainment and drive themselves.Fortune spoke with Fields recently at Ford’s Silicon Valley lab, an office that opened earlier this year as a beachhead for innovation. He’s hoping that having workers on the ground in the heart of the tech industry’s capital will help the company identify and adopt new technology more quickly. Ford is facing a stiff challenge to keep up from the usual auto making suspects plus newcomers like Google and Tesla. Even Uber, the ride hailing app, is a threat if people stop buying cars and use its service instead to be driven where they need to go.The following is a Q&A with Fields that has been edited for length and clarity:Q: How important are self-driving cars to Ford?They’re important. But it’s more important to think about self-driving cars more holistically. We call this Ford Smart Mobility. It’s not only about autonomous vehicles, it’s about the connected car, it’s about mobility and ride sharing. It’s around the enabling technologies for the retail experience. All these things are connected. You can’t have an autonomous vehicle unless you have a connected car, and visa versa. You can’t have ride sharing without having the connection. They’re all intertwined.Q: Is it important to be first? Ford isn’t really seen as being in the lead on self-driving cars.It’s not the No. 1 thing that drives us. I think the No. 1 thing that drives us, and it gets back to our DNA as a company going back to our founder, Henry Ford, is around innovating to make things accessible to everyone — not just the rich. Even now, semi-autonomous features are the building blocks for full autonomy. When you look the breadth of semi-autonomous features that we have in our vehicles, we’re in a leading position there. With everything from our Fiesta all the way up to our Lincolns — customers can get a lot of these features. So as we go forward, we’re going to make sure that we continue to build on that legacy and push ourselves to make sure it’s accessible and affordable – not necessarily being the first.Q: Are you considering partnering with Google, which is only a few miles from here, or other companies on self-driving cars?When you think about some of these enabling technologies, we have to ask ourselves some very important questions like what do we want to develop as our own core competency? Who do we want to partner with? We’ve done that throughout our history as a company. Where it makes sense, we’ll work with others.Q: You talk about selling autonomous vehicles to the masses, but the components cost thousands of dollars extra. How do you get to the price where the average person can buy a self-driving car?You innovate. In Silicon Valley, there’s Moore’s Law (the axiom that microchips will get more powerful and less expensive). I don’t know what the law is for the automotive industry. We’re always looking for ways to increase performance and capabilities and decrease cost. There are cameras, radars, and 3-D mapping. When you look at the cost of cameras, it’s coming down significantly. When you get to autonomous vehicles, you’ll need much more computer processing capability in the vehicle. The cost of microprocessors is continuing to go down. Also, scale is important, and as a company, I think we have pretty good scale.Q: How much of a challenge is Uber under the theory that fewer people will need to buy cars in the future?We’re looking at some of these societal trends around mega cities with more than 10 million or more vehicles – the congestion, the air quality implications, and the growth of the middle class around the globe. Of course, the first thing they want to do is buy a car, which increases the congestion even more. We’re looking at that as an opportunity in two ways: One is to sell cars to people who want to own them. Two is to provide mobility experiences to people who otherwise we are not serving today. We’re doing these 25 experiments around the world right now – we’re about halfway through them – to understand what are some of the mobility issues [Editor’s note: the experiments include a car sharing service, a commuter shuttle service, and technology that spots open parking spaces]. Then we’re asking ourselves: How do we help solve some of these societal issues?Q: How are those experiments going? And are you really interested in getting into those businesses?It may seem far-fetched from a traditional automaker. But we’re asking our people to challenge and question tradition. That’s extremely empowering to the organization. This is a culture of innovation. We as a senior team need to allow it. Not all of these experiments will succeed. But that’s okay, because we are looking to learn from them. Some may go on to the next step and ultimately become some kind of service or product.Q: How much do the high valuations of tech companies dissuade you from making tech acquisitions?Any company needs to be always on the lookout for technology that makes sense. It gets back to what I mentioned earlier: Making decisions about what’s core for us versus who do we want to go out and partner with. In some cases, we have made acquisitions. We bought a company called Livio about two years ago (a developer of in-car connectivity software), because we thought that was core for us. But I think also you have to be wary of it. Because what can look like a really cool technology this month, may look like something else in six months.Q: How much to you pay attention to the really far-out tech beyond self-driving cars?In our business, you have one foot in today – making sure you’re running your business, meeting your sales forecasts, meeting your quarterly earnings – and also one foot into tomorrow: 10, 15 years down the road. We have a very disciplined process. That’s one of the reasons we’re here and growing. Some of these unique technologies are being born here today as we speak and will be born six months from now. That’s why it’s important for us to be part of this community.Q: Ford’s is facing a tough challenge in China. General Motors and Volkswagen sell a lot of cars there. How is Ford going to do better?We’re doing very well now in China. We’ve had record market share. In the first quarter this year, our share was 4.5%. Clearly that’s not as large as some of our main competitors who are in the 10% or 11% range. But that’s up from almost 2% a couple of years ago. In the first quarter, we went from No. 8 in the passenger vehicle segment to No. 5. We were in Shanghai last week introducing our Taurus. We were not in the full-size segment – that’s a big segment in China. Now we’re going to be there. We now have a full lineup of SUVs. We’re expanding our manufacturing capability. We’re expanding our dealer network, particularly in the Tier 3 through 6 cities, where a lot of the growth is coming from.Q: Ford is pushing to make Lincoln a global luxury brand. It’s not the first time. Similar efforts have ebbed and flowed over the years.It’s flowing now.Q: Why is this time different?The reason it’s different this time is that we understand the strategic importance of the luxury market. The luxury market is maybe 9.5% or 10% of the global industry. When you look at the profitability, it’s about one-third. So it’s very compelling. There are a lot of good competitors in the luxury segment. We thought long and hard about how do we differentiate Lincoln in a relevant way. At the same time, we have to understand that we are one of the smallest luxury players. So how do we turn that to our advantage and give that customer personal service? When you look at our dealerships in China, which we get to start from a clean sheet, it’s like walking into a high-end boutique. It’s not one of these large factory-type things like a bakery where you take a number. 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first_imgBayfield Ventures Corp. (TSX.V: BYV) is exploring for gold and silver in the Rainy River District of NW Ontario. The Company’s 100% owned “Burns” Block property adjoins the immediate east of Rainy River Resources’ (TSX.V: RR) world-class gold deposit which includes an indicated resource of 5.72 million ounces of gold, averaging 1.18 g/t, in addition to an inferred resource of 2.25 million ounces of gold, averaging 0.79 g/t. Drilling to date on Bayfield’s Burns Block demonstrates that the ODM17gold zone extends from Rainy River Resources’ ground onto the Burns Block. Bayfield is currently carrying out 100,000 metres of diamond drilling on its Rainy River properties. Drill results thus far have been very encouraging. Notable drill results include 60.05 grams per tonne gold and 362.96 grams per tonne silver over 11.2 metres within 26.70 grams per tonne gold and 170.69 grams per tonne silver over 25.5 metres, as well as 35.93 grams per tonne gold and 359.65 grams per tonne silver over 10.0 metres. Bayfield also holds a 100% interest in two other properties in the Rainy River District. Claim blocks “B” and “C” are well located to the immediate east and west (respectively) of Rainy River Resources’ #433 and ODM17 gold zones. Please visit our website to learn more about the company and request information. I was less than enthralled with yesterday’s price action in both metals…especially those engineered price declines that began shortly after 12 o’clock noon in New York. As I said in ‘The Wrap’ last night, trading was dead in the Far East on their Wednesday.  A one hour rally in gold began the moment that London opened yesterday morning.  At 9:00 a.m. BST the gold price broke through Tuesday’s New York closing high…and that was the high for the day.The price slowly declined from there…and by 12:10 p.m. in New York, gold was down ten bucks from it’s London high.  At that point, the high-frequency traders showed up…and by shortly before the 1:30 p.m. Comex close, they had the gold price down another twenty bucks and change.From that low [$1,653.80 spot] the gold price recovered a bit going into the close of electronic trading at 5:15 p.m. Eastern time.  Gold finished the Wednesday trading session at $1,662.10 spot…down $18.50 from Tuesday’s close.  Volume in the April contracts was very heavy…around 193,000 contracts…with a very large percentage of that being roll-overs.The silver chart was a duplicate of the gold chart.  From its London high at 9:00 a.m. British Summer Time, to its low at the close of Comex trading…$31.68 spot…silver was down a buck.However, silver did manage to claw back some of those loses by the close.  Silver finished the day at $32.04 spot…down 55 cents.  Net volume wasn’t overly heavy at around 29,000 contracts.The dollar index opened around 79.10 in Far East trading yesterday morning…and closed in New York around 79.15.  But between the open and close there was a lot of movement down and then up…and it didn’t matter whether the dollar index was rising or falling, ‘da boyz’ were determined that the gold and silver prices were going to decline…and that’s exactly what happened.The gold stocks gapped down a bit at the open…and then continued down until 12:10 p.m. Eastern…which was the exact time that the rug got pulled out from underneath the gold and silver prices.  Despite the fact that the metal prices cratered from there, the stocks barely budged…and even managed to rally a bit into the close. I don’t know what to make of that, but it certainly seemed counterintuitive to me.  As it was, the HUI finished down 1.82% on the day.The silver stocks did not do well at all…especially some of the juniors…and Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed down 2.90%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 6 gold and 91 silver contracts were posted for delivery on Friday.  In silver, there were quite a few short/issuers…the big one being Merrill with 52.  But the big long/stopper with 82 contracts was the Bank of Nova Scotia.These above deliveries are the last for the March delivery month…so the decks are already cleared for tonight’s First Day Notice report from the CME.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.There were no changes reported in either SLV or GLD.There was a sales report from the U.S. Mint.  They sold a chunky 17,000 ounces of gold eagles…and another 3,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes.Tuesday was another busy day over at the Comex-approved depositories.  They reported receiving 1,518,116 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 650,506 ounces out the door.  The link to that action is here.Silver analyst Ted Butler posted his mid-week commentary on his website yesterday afternoon…and here are his comments on yesterday’s price action in gold and silver.“A quick word on [Wednesday’s] price weakness. The current market structure does not suggest a pronounced price decline ahead. The commercials, acting collusively and with dirty market tricks (HFT) at their disposal, can and do put prices wherever they desire on a short term basis. But it should be clear that the commercials are always the big buyers on these engineered sell-offs. The sell-offs invariably end when there is little speculative long liquidation remaining, as it serves no purpose for the commercials to drive prices lower if they can’t buy more. It seems to me that we are at, or very close, to that point where the commercials can’t induce much additional speculative long liquidation and new short selling in COMEX gold and silver. There’s no doubt that silver is manipulated in price, but there is also no doubt that even manipulated markets have a rhyme and rhythm. Lower prices are rigged by the commercials to get others to sell to them. Bottoms are defined when that selling runs out.”Here’s a chart that Washington state reader S.A. sent my way yesterday.  It appears that it came from The New York Times.  You can see that the middle class is being decimated, with the rich getting richer…and everyone else is getting slowly poorer.Here’s another chart from S.A…and it doesn’t require any explanation from me.(Click on image to enlarge)I have the usual number of stories today and, as always, the final edit is up to you.I believe that there have been repeated attempts to influence prices in the silver markets. There have been fraudulent efforts to persuade and deviously control that price. Based on what I have been told by members of the public, and reviewed in publicly available documents, I believe violations to the Commodity Exchange Act (CEA) have taken place in silver markets and that any such violation of the law in this regard should be prosecuted. – Bart Chilton, Commissioner, U.S. Commodity Futures Trading Commission (CFTC), October 26th, 2010Of course I was less than enthralled with yesterday’s price action in both metals…especially those engineered price declines that began shortly after 12 o’clock noon in New York.  I have no more to add to this, except to refer you to what silver analyst Ted Butler had to say about it further up in this column.  It’s worth your while to scroll up and read his comments one more time.Yesterday’s take-downs occurred after the cut-off for tomorrow’s Commitment of Traders Report, so whatever happened in that short 80-minute time interval, won’t be known until the April 6th COT report.We’re now well below all the moving averages in both gold and silver once again…and I’m not really sure how much longer this engineered sell-off will last.  But, as Ted pointed out, it will be over when JPMorgan et al have been able to force as many leveraged longs to puke up their positions so they can cover their own short positions…or go long themselves.The sell-offs weren’t just restricted to gold and silver, as platinum and palladium got hit as well.As I mentioned earlier on, the last of the gold and silver deliveries for March were posted on the CME’s website last night… and the First Day Notice numbers for the April delivery month will posted on their website later tonight.It was pretty quiet during the Far East trading session during their Thursday, with the Far East low coming at precisely 3:00 p.m. Hong Kong time.  Both metals rallied back to unchanged going into the London open…but both are down a bit [gold about $4…and silver about a dime] as I hit the ‘send’ button at 5:16 a.m. Eastern time.  Net volume in both gold and silver is pretty light…and the dollar index isn’t doing much of anything.April goes off the board in all commodities at the end of trading today…and most volume in both gold and silver are now trading in their new front months…June for gold and May for silver.With month end and quarter end coming up hard during the next two trading days, I’m expecting a fair amount of price gaming across the board in just about everything…and it wouldn’t surprise me if the engineered price sell-off in the precious metals yesterday was part of that.It will be interesting to see what ‘da boyz’ have in store for these last two business days in March.That’s it for today.  I hope your Thursday goes well…and I’ll see you here tomorrow. 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first_img Suspension of high-cost shafts or even entire mines; “True capitulation involves extremely high volume and sharp declines. It is usually indicated by panic selling. The word is a derived from a military term which means to surrender.”—Investopedia It appears the gold market, despite the occasional good day, has entered a phase of true capitulation. Gold has fallen 40% since its $1,921 high in September 2011. GDX, the gold miners’ ETF, is down a numbing 78%. Many gold stocks are now selling at their 2008 lows, with some back at their 2001 lows (and major miner Barrick Gold is now at its 1992 price). This will wreak havoc on the industry. If current price levels remain through the end of the year, we will see: More asset impairments and reserve reductions; Bank-required hedging on marginal assets; and Difficulty meeting debt payments; Reduction in credit ratings, and withdrawal of credit lines; Junior companies closing their doors. We are massively long, of course. But should we be? And does it make sense to hold when market fundamentals are crumbling so fast? Assuming you own companies that can survive a period of low prices, our answer is most definitely YES! Here’s why: Selling locks in losses. It also leaves most people too emotionally stunted and financially weak to reenter. It’s a mistake to let one’s emotions prompt the realization of unnecessary losses and a premature exit from the sector, especially when signs of capitulation indicate that the market is close to its bottom. Warren Buffett bought a stake in the Washington Post Company during the 1973-1974 bear market, an investment that increased tenfold a decade later. Reduced or eliminated dividends; This downtrend is unsustainable. Many producers are selling below their current all-in costs, and others are dangerously close to slipping into the red. According to CitiGroup, about 75% of gold mining operations are not profitable at sub-$1,200 gold. Unless 2.6 billion people in China and India suddenly change their minds about gold, something’s got to give.center_img We’re not alone. Both the US Mint and Royal Canadian Mint saw a surge in demand in late October. Silver Eagles are temporarily sold out. German dealers report a sharp increase in demand and expect to announce delivery delays. Russia’s September purchase was the biggest ever and greater than its own production. Demand in China and India continues unabated—current prices are “irresistible” for shoppers in both countries, says Standard Chartered. Further job cuts, especially in exploration; Marty Whitman, manager of the Third Avenue Value Fund, paid about 20 cents on the dollar for Kmart bonds bought before and after the company filed for bankruptcy protection in 2002. Needless to say, many investors considered him a fool, as it looked certain the company would fail. However, when Kmart emerged from bankruptcy and his bonds were exchanged for stock, those shares jumped higher by an order of magnitude before being taken over by Sears. Following the 9/11 attacks, airline industry sentiment reached abysmal lows. It took Boeing stock about a year to bottom. But those who did their research and acted boldly quadrupled their money on Boeing over the next five years. As we’ve outlined before, the gold market fell for roughly two years in the mid-1970s. Bearish sentiment pervaded, gold bugs were mocked, and chart patterns were negative. After bottoming on August 25, 1976, gold rose a staggering 721% by January 21, 1980, just three years and five months later. As you might surmise, Doug Casey made a fortune in gold stocks during this period, partly due to buying shares at the 1976 bottom. In each example above, investors made a fortune by buying when things were at their most pessimistic. Note that none of the successful investments above required the investor to know, or even guess, where the bottom of the market was. All they had to do was buy deeply undervalued assets when others would not. The current situation for gold stocks is similar. Multiyear low prices, extreme pessimism, panicked selling, scornful media… you get the picture. The “blood” may not be done flowing in the gold sector, but the opportunity emerging is similar to these extreme scenarios in history. Every investor keen on extraordinary gains should be prepared to capitalize on this opportunity. That’s exactly what I and many others at Casey Research are preparing to do. As Louis James likes to say, you don’t try to catch a falling safe; you let it smash and then pick up the treasures scattered about. It’s not easy, but that’s why there’s so much profit in it for those who have the cash and courage to follow through. As for the physical metal, in a world as chaotic and dangerous as ours, we’d argue that everyone should maintain a store of physical value under their direct control—one no government can inflate away. It’s only a matter of time before this game the central bankers and politicians are playing is up and a fuse is lit under the gold price. Owning gold is as important as ever, if not more so. And it’s on sale. On that subject… Get Three Months Free International Storage In the most recent issue of BIG GOLD, we arranged for three months of free international bullion storage at a low-cost facility in what is viewed as the top bullion storage jurisdiction in the world. The vault itself is widely considered to be one of the world’s top private vaulting services. This offer can strategically—and inexpensively—position you for the inevitable endgame. I suggest preparing for that now. Slow or no board approval for new development projects; Gold is the ultimate currency. It’s less about inflation vs. deflation and more about crisis—and the risk of multiple currency crises around the world is extremely elevated. Gold will respond in a massive way when that risk becomes reality. These and other factors are all valid reasons to hold on. But there’s another reason that may be the most exciting of all… How Do You Spell Capitulation? O-P-P-O-R-T-U-N-I-T-Y! The gold selloff has been so brutal that we’re now approaching a true “blood in the streets” moment. That phrase is widely attributed to Baron Rothschild, who made a fortune after the Battle of Waterloo against Napoleon. With the blood of dead soldiers literally staining the streets, he bought when almost no one in their right mind wanted to. We may not be quite there yet with gold, but we’re close. To get an idea of the kind of profits contrarians can earn under such circumstances, let’s look at five top examples from history… In 1939, while Hitler was invading Europe, John Templeton invested $100 in every stock trading below $1 on the New York and American stock exchanges. His portfolio was partly junk: of the 104 companies he would purchase, 34 were in bankruptcy. But four years later, his $10,400 investment was worth over $40,000.last_img read more