Commentary Future is bright for the Ohio State basketball team

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It was that all too familiar feeling. After a dominant 34-25 scoreline heading into the break, the question lingering in the back of every Buckeye fan’s head was slowly becoming a reality – could they really lose this game? I wanted to believe I went colorblind, or that Ohio State started the half wearing Kansas’ jerseys as an early April Fool’s prank, but that wasn’t the case. A common sequence transpired for the next 20 minutes. Kansas responded, breaking hearts in Columbus, eliminating the Buckeyes from the Final Four, 64-62. So there is a new question for Buckeye fans – what could be next for the OSU men’s basketball team? It can be expected that changes will be made when a team travels the distance OSU did in the tournament. Between coaches wanting to find a new home and players graduating or entering the next level of competition, it is a common chain of events. The question can be summarized as a big “what if?” but a prediction is necessary with all the talent surrounding the team. Former guard William Buford will be the only player leaving the roster due to his senior status. Forward Evan Ravenel and guard Alex Rogers will be the only seniors on the roster beginning next year. The leading scorer, former sophomore forward Jared Sullinger, is officially out. The sophomore announced his departure on Wednesday, opening up the center position for the Buckeyes. Satch Sullinger, Jared Sullinger’s father, weighed in on the topic to WBNS-10TV’s ‘Wall to Wall Sports’ following the loss on Saturday: “The one question that I’ll have for Jared is, at this point, coming back, what do you have to prove?” The All-American didn’t have much more to prove. Sullinger led the team in points and rebounds for the past two years. If health was a major concern, it was no surprise that we saw the last game Sullinger plays in the scarlet and gray. Sophomore forward Deshaun Thomas will have until April 10 to make his decision on entering the NBA Draft, according to the NCAA. With Buford and Sullinger gone, and the possibility of Thomas joining them, there will be a void that needs to be filled. When it comes down to it, the Buckeyes are young. Freshman forward Sam Thompson and sophomore guard Jordan Sibert are prepared to take the two open positions. Thompson played in each game this season and has impressive athleticism and ball handling. On the other hand, Sibert appeared in 24 games this season, but offers good size alongside sophomore guard Lenzelle Smith Jr. Bearing in mind the departure from Sullinger, Ravenel would be a solid replacement. Ravenel was the only other player to start for the Buckeyes this season providing plenty of minutes off the bench during the tournament as well, but don’t be for certain he is the answer. Enter freshman center Amir Williams. The soon-to-be-sophomore stands in at 6-foot-11. Sitting behind Sullinger, he didn’t see much action this season, but Buckeye fans took notice when he stepped in against Syracuse in the Elite Eight. With the youth on the bench and the talent to fill the void; the team should be able to make another strong push into the tournament. 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_imgBOSTON, MA — Keolis Commuter Services (Keolis), the MBTA’s operating partner, and the MBTA recently announced that, beginning this fall, commuter rail passengers will be able to pay onboard with a credit or debit card. A first for the network, a new mobile point of sale (POS) system has been tested and refined and over the next two months will be expanded to include all conductors.“This upgrade gives our customers an additional, convenient way to pay fares, and gives conductors another way to sell onboard tickets that is easier and simpler than using cash and counting change,” said MBTA General Manager Luis Manuel Ramírez. “As we plan for the future of fare collection that is fully integrated across all modes, this new technology shows that we’ll continue to look for improvements under the existing system.”The technology consists of an app on the conductor’s existing company-issued smartphone, which is now paired with a handheld Bluetooth printer. Using the mobile POS app on his or her smartphone, the conductor selects the station-to-station information to calculate the zone and fare, and processes the transaction.Passengers paying with a credit card onboard will receive a printed ticket receipt that provides trip details, including the date, station of origin and final destination. Passengers can continue to pay onboard with cash or the mTicket app. They can also purchase a ticket through a Ticket Vending Machine or at a ticket office.“This is a feature our passengers requested, and we’re pleased so far with the rollout of the technology,” said David Scorey, CEO and General Manager, Keolis. “It’s just as fast as processing alternative payment options onboard trains, it offers a new feature for our passengers and it provides us with more detailed ridership data. This is a positive modernization initiative for commuter rail riders that we plan to have fully available this fall.”Since it launched in February, the program has processed thousands of onboard credit card transactions, and passenger feedback on this new feature has been very positive. Most riders say it is a fast, easy and convenient option, and it allows them to keep money in their pocket for purchases that require cash. Today, approximately 46 conductors, or 10 percent of the total conductor workforce, are using these systems and accept credit card payments onboard trains.(NOTE: The above press release is from Keolis.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email wilmingtonapple@gmail.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedMBTA Adds Extra Late-Night Commuter Rail Trains For This Weekend’s Lowell Folk FestivalIn “Government”MBTA To Resume Special $10 Weekend Commuter Rail Fare Pilot ProgramIn “Government”Wilmington Commuter Rail Riders To See 50 Cent Increase In Fares Beginning July 1In “Government”last_img read more


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first_img IBTimes VideoRelated VideosMore videos Play VideoPauseMute0:01/4:34Loaded: 0%0:01Progress: 0%Stream TypeLIVE-4:33?Playback Rate1xChaptersChaptersDescriptionsdescriptions off, selectedSubtitlessubtitles settings, opens subtitles settings dialogsubtitles off, selectedAudio Trackdefault, selectedFullscreenThis is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window. COPY LINKAD Loading … The Israeli-led demolition took place a month after the Supreme Court of Israel ruled in favour of the military in a dispute which involved violation of a construction ban. The seven-year legal fight ended in June and the residents of the community were given a deadline for eviction on July 18, Friday.The ruling was contested by Palestinians who said that the act will propel demolitions in other towns along the separation wall which runs for hundreds of kilometres. Residents also claimed that the ruling was flawed. “I built this house stone by stone. It was my dream to live in this house. Now I am losing everything,” resident Fadi al-Wahash told Reuters.Israeli Internal Security Minister Gilad Erdan said that the residents were “making their own law” despite orders from the military commander by building “illegal structures.””To my regret, there is no sufficient governance there. But it is not just that there are hundreds of structures there — several dozens of them sit almost on the route of the separation fence, endangering the security forces that operate there,” Erdan told Israel’s Army Radio.However, Palestinian Prime Minister Mohammad Shtayyeh said that demolitions were forced displacements and that Palestinians would complain to the International Criminal Court (ICC) regarding the matter.”The cabinet condemns this grave aggression. This is a continuation of the forced displacement of the people of Jerusalem from their homes and lands — a war crime and a crime against humanity,” Shtayyeh said.Palestinian authorities have said that the buildings in Wadi al-Hummus region come under the Palestinian Authority and civilian control under the 1993 Oslo Accords.The Palestine Liberation Organization issued a statement before the Israeli judgement in June that accused the Israeli government “to set a precedent to enable the Israeli occupying forces to demolish numerous Palestinian buildings located in close proximity” to the separation wall.International protestsThe United Nations humanitarian coordinator, Jamie McGoldrick, and other UN officials tried calling Israeli authorities last week to halt the plans to conduct demolition in the region.European Union also issued a statement on the issue and said: “The continuation of this policy undermines the viability of the two-state solution and the prospect for lasting peace.”While Palestinians have claimed that the move is a state-sponsored effort to grab its territory, Israel court claimed that the buildings could provide cover for Palestinian suicide bombers and attackers due to its proximity with the West Bank barrier.The Israeli West Bank barrier, projected to be 720km long when complete, is said to be a security barrier against terrorism. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) said that the contentious barrier on the occupied territory was “contrary to international law”, according to an advisory issued in 2004. The Complicated History of Palestine and Israel Close Israeli machinery demolished Palestinian houses in the village of Sur Baher on July 22.ReutersHundreds of Israeli troops began demolishing Palestinian homes near the Israeli West Bank barrier on Monday July 22, drawing criticism and protests from international communities. The demolishing took place in Sur Baher, a Palestinian village in the disputed Wadi al-Hummus region close to the Israeli West Bank barrier. Israel officials have considered the settlements as a threat to regional security.The surrounding village residents of Wadi al-Hummus told local media that 16 residential buildings, including 100 apartments were bulldozed on Monday morning.”They have been evacuating people from their homes by force and they have started planting explosives in the homes they want to destroy,” Hamada Hamada, a community leader, told Reuters.last_img read more


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first_imgDylan Murphy, Miss D.C. Teen USA 2016; Jasmine Jones, Miss D.C. USA 2016; Deshauna Barber, Miss USA 2016; Kara McCullough, Miss D.C. USA 2017 and Nadiya Williams, Miss Teen D.C. USA 2017.last_img


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first_imgVisuals have always been a better way to elucidate one’s feelings as well as reach out to people and connect with much ease and sincerity and so what can be better than photography exhibition, where images speak for themselves.Keeping that thought in mind, ‘Habitat Photosphere,’ a photography festival will hold its first ever international workshop titled ‘The World Upside Down: Modes of Representation in The East and the West’ by French artist Pascal Monteil at the Experimental Art Gallery, India Habitat Centre on Saturday.  Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Monteil will take the participants of the workshop, from Rome to Tokyo, through Ispahan, Lahore and Fatehpur Sikri, onto a visual journey through world art histories and their modes of representation. He will be discussing specific paintings as well as his personal journey as an artist taking inspiration from various traditions.Monteil’s works are done using a particular technique called digital painting. “Each one of my work is done minutely with thousands of photographic elements either designed or painted; they are adjusted, superimposed, revised and lit-up on computer. Thanks to digital technique, using these fragments just as a painter would do with his colors and paintbrushes; I wish to achieve pictures with a photographic depiction combined with the very special power of painting to sublime the real and its emotional precision,” said Monteil. Monteil’s work is an exploration and a re-interpretation of Persian and Indian miniature traditions.  Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with NetflixDr Alka Pande, curator and art consultant, Visual Arts Gallery, IHC said, “Pascal Monteil is an artist of the world. An international cosmopolitanism, bordering on the exotic and the unknown, characterises his suite of ‘paintings’. He is an artist, who combines the traditional art of painting with contemporary digital photography and makes compelling landscapes which cross boundaries of geographies and cultures. These phantasmagorical imagined landscapes emerge from his experiences and his training as a painter. A peripatetic traveler, his paintings are replete with historical and cultural references. An incredible storyteller, Pascal is a bard, who through his lyrical renditions tells stories about his travels. From the city of love, philosophy and artistic effulgence Paris, he travels to India, to Persia to Japan, reading the landscapes of these ancient civilisations, creating arresting juxtapositions on the canvas.”  Pascal Monteil is a visual artist who lives and works between Paris and various cities in Asia. Beside his artistic practice, Pascal has also been teaching art and architecture for the past fifteen years. The fee for participation in the workshop is Rs 400 for India Habitat Centre members; Rs 500 for non-members and Rs 200 Rs for students. As a part of Habitat Photosphere’s aim of taking art photography into the public space, Monteil’s works will also be exhibited at the Jor Bagh metro station from December 2015 till March 2016.last_img read more


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first_imgWARSAW, Poland – U.N. climate talks went into overtime on Friday as rich and poor nations butted heads over who should be doing what to stave off dangerous planet warming.Exhausted negotiators and ministers meeting in Warsaw geared for another late-night struggle to try to forge an ambitious climate pact, which must be signed in Paris by December 2015.Nations remained deeply divided, delegates said. They argued over apportioning carbon emissions curbs that will limit global warming to a safer 2.0 degrees Celsius (3.6 Fahrenheit), and over funding for climate-vulnerable poor countries.“It is indeed one sleepless night in front of us, but we are still hoping to close the meeting as soon as possible,” said Polish Deputy Environment Minister Beata Jaczewska, whose country has hosted the 11-day parlay.Gathering delegates from more than 190 nations, the annual negotiations are meant to lay the groundwork for a historic deal by the end of 2015 that will brake the climate juggernaut.“If we don’t succeed in Paris, the chances of us meeting the goal of limiting global warming to 2.0 degrees Celsius will be limited, or none,” French Development Minister Pascal Canfin told negotiators.With bureaucrats unlikely to reach agreement on the outstanding issues by Friday’s scheduled close, “there’s going to have to be a political package negotiated by ministers sometime tonight or more likely tomorrow morning,” said Alden Meyer of the U.S.-based Union of Concerned Scientists.A major sticking point was the demand by some developing nations like China and India, their growth fuelled by fossil-fuel combustion, for guarantees of less onerous emissions curbs compared to wealthy nations.In hotly disputed language, some want the new deal to impose “commitments” on the West and seek only “actions” from emerging economies.The issue led to Europe and a group of developing economies trading barbs on Friday evening.European climate commissioner Connie Hedegaard accused a group of “like-minded” countries of opposing a “push” towards the 2015 deal by insisting on the rich-poor country firewall.“It is not acceptable to the European Union, but I also think to really many others,” she told journalists.A group calling itself the Like-Minded Developing Countries, which includes China and India as well as Pakistan, Malaysia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia and Venezuela, took issue with what they called this “brazen attack.”“The EU chief is responsible for damaging seriously the atmosphere of confidence and trust in this process,” said Venezuelan climate envoy Claudia Salerno, who claimed to speak on the group’s behalf.As emissions has been continuing to grow year after year, developing nations say their developed counterparts must have more responsibility for curbs given their long history of fossil-fuel combustion.The West, though, insists emerging economies must do their fair share, considering that China is now the world’s biggest emitter of CO2, with India in fourth place after the United States and Europe.Funding crunchAnother point of disagreement is finance.Developing nations insist that wealthy nations must show how they intend to keep their promise to ramp up climate aid to $100 billion (74 billion euros) by 2020, up from $10 billion a year from 2010-12.Still struggling with an economic crisis, however, the developed world is wary of unveiling a detailed long-term funding plan at this stage.The funding crunch lies at the heart of another issue bedevilling the talks: demands by developing countries for a mechanism to help them deal with future losses from climate impacts they say are too late to avoid.Rich nations fear this would amount to signing a blank check for never-ending liability.Roadmap to 2015As for a roadmap that the United States, Europe and some others had expected to emerge from Warsaw, U.S. envoy Todd Stern said Friday that countries should ideally submit their initial emissions-cutting offers by about the first quarter of 2015.But a draft negotiating text made no mention of any timeframe.On current emissions trends, scientists warn the Earth could face warming of 4.0 C or higher over pre-industrial levels – a recipe for catastrophic storms, droughts, floods and land-gobbling sea-level rise that would hit poor countries disproportionally hard.On Thursday, environment and developmental observer groups walked out, saying the talks had produced little more than hot air since opening on Nov. 11, and were “on track to deliver virtually nothing.”But there were some positives.Jaczewska announced the U.N.’s Adaptation Fund, which helps poor countries deal with the effects of climate change, had received pledges of $100 million, “more than expected.”Other progress was seen in the design of a programme called REDD+, aimed at encouraging wealthy nations to fund forestation in poor countries. Facebook Comments No related posts.last_img read more


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first_imgSource = e-Travel Blackboard: N.J Brits are eager to ditch the tea scones in favour of shrimp on the barbie, voting Australia as the ‘Best Country to Visit Worldwide’ in this year’s British Travel Awards.Topping popular travel destinations in Europe including Spain and Italy, Tourism Australia managing director Andrew McEvoy said the win confirms Australia’s appeal as a “dream destination”.“The UK is one of Australia’s most established and largest source markets for international visitors,” Mr McEvoy said. “And it is terrific to see that Australia hasn’t lost any of its lustre with the Brits. “It goes to prove that while Australia might be far away for many Brits it is definitely still top of mind and that is critical to the continued growth of our tourism industry.”While tough economic conditions affected short term demand in Australia from the UK, the market remains the most important source for Aus, with up to 632,400 Brits arriving down under in the financial period ending June 2011. Mr McEvoy added that the long term outlook from the region is expected to continue growing, with plans to build the UK overnight expenditure from $3 billion to $6.7 billion by 2020.last_img read more


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first_imgRoethlisberger signed an eight-year, $108 million contract that runs through the 2015 season. Between his deal and the contracts of other veterans like Troy Polamalu and Ryan Clark, the Steelers have a lot of money committed to aging players, and a rebuilding process might be facing the team shortly.Rapoport added he’s also a bit shocked at how strongly Roethlisberger has denied accusations of a trade request, but also pointed out some things the two-time Super Bowl champ hasn’t said.“He’s denied some parts,” Rapoport explained. “He hasn’t said he hasn’t asked to be traded. He has said, ‘I don’t want to ask to be traded. We don’t want a trade.’ It’s a little different. Nuanced, but different.”If Roethlisberger were to be traded, which the player has stated would require an extraordinary circumstance, Rapoport sees Arizona as great fit due to his relationship with head coach Bruce Arians.“To play with really one of his close friends, Bruce Arians, a guy where’s he had the most success and is familiar with the system,” Rapoport said. “To me, that’d be a perfect situation for all parties. LISTEN: Ian Rapoport, NFL Network Top Stories Your browser does not support the audio element. “They’d become instant contenders.” Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Rumors persist that Ben Roethlisberger of the Pittsburgh Steelers might be traded following this season, and one of the teams linked to the quarterback is the Arizona Cardinals.While “Big Ben” has denied many of the claims suggesting he’s asked for a move, NFL.com’s Ian Rapoport said that may not be entirely true and the Steelers are at least thinking about possible deals.“Some Steelers sources believe he may ask them to explore trade options at the end of the season, because of the current situation, and also his contract situation looming over him,” Rapoport told Arizona Sports 620’s Dan Bickley with Vince Marotta Friday. Comments   Share   Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and sellinglast_img read more


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first_imgEnd of first quarterPalmer hits Michael Floyd for a first down and the drive will continue as we hit the second quarter. Palmer is getting beat up pretty good this game — not necessarily the line’s fault, mind you, as the Rams are often times sending more rushers than there are blockers. So far he seems no worse for ware and that’s a good thing.When play resumes the Cards will have a first and 10 at the St. Louis 37. 8:56 left in second quarterCards force another three-and-out, their third straight. Peterson returns the punt nine yards to the Arizona 17. The defense has done its job so far while the offense has been just OK. 11:57 left in fourth quarter 4:08 left in first quarterA penalty on the kickoff return (which didn’t go far anyway, so maybe the Rams should have cheated better) pushes the ball back to the St. Louis eight, which is where the drive will start. It’s a big early series for Arizona’s defense, which is rested now and could wrestle away some momentum with a stop (or better yet, a turnover).4:13 left in first quarterCardinals go backwards on consecutive Chris Johnson runs, and then David Johnson drops what should have been a touchdown on third down. Not a great finish to what was otherwise a pretty good drive. 8:36 left in third quarterCardinals seemed to have something good going after a nice John Brown play was followed by a great deep ball to Larry Fitzgerald, but the ball was pried loose and the fumble was recovered by the Rams. It was a great hit, sure, but the Cardinals are not helping themselves in this one. Assuming the fumble stands, and I’m sure it will, the Rams will take over at their own 42. Butler’s punt is a not-so-good-looking 44-yard boot, which is downed at the St. Louis 23.13:24 left in first quarterThe kickoff goes out of the end zone for a touchback. Cards will start at their own 20 trailing for the first time this season.13:24 left in first quarterWell, that’s what happens when you give a team great field position. A short screen pass followed by a great tackle in the backfield by Deone Bucannon set up a 3rd and 5, but Nick Foles hits Tavon Austin for a 12-yard score. Jerraud Powers was beat on the play.Not the start Arizona wanted, that’s for sure. With the PAT the score is Rams 7, Cardinals 0. 4:32 left in fourth quarterThe kickoff is taken out of the end zone but only returned to the 14. The stadium is getting loud as the defense has a chance to keep momentum on AZ’s side while getting the offense the ball back for a chance to win the game. 4:38 left in fourth quarterPalmer hits a wide open Fitzgerald on fourth down, and the Cards get to the red zone. Palmer sacked on first down and fumbles, but Lyle Sendlein jumps on it. Next play Palmer hits David Johnson for a 23-yard TD, and the Cards are still in it.The PAT is good and the score is Rams 24, Cardinals 22. 6:43 left in fourth quarterA 22-yard pass to Floyd and another one to David Johnson got the Cards moving, but a couple of incompletions — one of which was a near interception broken up by John Brown — has Arizona facing a 3rd and 10 at the St. Louis 39. :35 left in second quarterCards force a three-and-out with help of Calais Campbell, who read a third-down screen play and did not make the tackle but forced the RB back inside. End of third quarterTwice the Cardinals appeared to get that fumble, and twice they do not. The first time Gurley coughed up the ball but the Rams somehow recovered. The second time, Cunningham put the ball on the ground and it was recovered by Frostee Rucker. The refs ruled forward progress had stopped and thus no fumble, so Bruce Arians’ challenge flag is moot. Fans aren’t pleased, and nor should they be. Tough break for the Cardinals, whose defense came up REAL big on that series. Top Stories Cards move the ball well again, but stall in the red zone again. Gresham can’t hang on and unfortunately it looked like John Brown was open in the corner of the end zone, but Palmer never saw him. Catanzaro makes good on a 29-yard field goal, but the Cardinals still trail by a score of 17-15. 3:16 left in second quarterTyrann Mathieu makes a nice play to knock the ball out of Jared Cook’s hands. Didn’t look like he knew where the ball was, just put his arms up and made the play. Zuerlein’s field goal is good, and the Rams extend their lead to 10-6. Prior to kickoffThe Cardinals won the toss and chose to receive. Bruce Arians has said he likes getting the ball first because he trusts Carson Palmer to if not lead a scoring drive, lead a drive that at least picks up a few first downs and flips the field. 5:26 left in third quarterChris Johnson picks up 19 yards on a run up the middle and now there’s a break in the action due to an injured Ram. It’s LB Alec Ogletree, who is one of their more important players. 10:45 left in second quarterCards move the ball a little more with some short passes and runs, but the drive stalls and leads to a 27-yard Catanzaro field goal. Points are points, yes, but the Cards had been so good about scoring in the red zone and so far today have just a pair of field goals to show for their two trips. 2:00 left in fourth quarterA nice pass to John Brown and an eight yard run by David Johnson has the Cardinals facing a 2nd and 2 at the St. Louis 43. Think this place is nervous? Tense? Maybe. Probably. Definitely. 1:44 left in fourth quarterCards had a 3rd and 2, but threw down the field to Jaron Brown (incomplete) and then Palmer missed an open David Johnson on fourth down. Rams take over at their own 44. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 9:56 left in fourth quarterWoops. Gurley picks up 52 yards on a run, with only Tyrann Mathieu saving a score. The Rams get to the Arizona 16, but are pushed back to the 21 with a delay of game. Imperative Arizona holds the Rams to a FG attempt. 10:34 left in third quarterRams move the ball a bit with some screens, but the Cards are able to force a punt before any real threat was posed. The punt is fair caught by Peterson at the Arizona eight, which is where the offense will start.A lot of good things happened for Palmer and Co. in the first half, though an interception and failure to reach the end zone really marred what was otherwise a solid performance. Can they continue to move the ball in the second half? Hekker gets off a 57-yard punt, which Peterson only returns for two yards. Thee Cards are out of timeouts and have a long way to go, but Bruce Arians is their coach so who knows if they’ll try to make something happen here. The drive starts at the Arizona 23. The Rams got a nice pass to Austin to get deep into Cards territory, and Arizona may have just got a break as it looked like St. Louis RB Todd Gurley may not have been down when the play was whisteled dead on a run. As it is, the Rams call a timeout and it is 3rd and 4 at the Arizona 12. 5:40 left in first quarterCards pick up a big first down when Palmer dumps the ball off to David Johnson, who breaks tackles and would not be denied. Following play is a deep ball from Palmer to Michael Floyd, who does not come down with the catch but does draw a PI call. First down at the 1.8:32 left in first quarterThe defense makes its mark on this game, forcing a three-and-out that is capped by a Markus Golden sack of Foles. Though the Rams have some skill, you have to figure this should be a game where they struggle to move the ball, which is why that first turnover was so huge.Patrick Peterson nearly breaks the punt return for a long one, and instead is able to get to the Arizona 34 before he is tripped up (and flipped in the air).Offense back on the field. 1:13 left in third quarterNew verse, same as the first. Cards move down the field at ease, but have to settle for a Catanzaro field goal after Palmer is sacked on 3rd and 2. The 38-yard kick makes the score 17-12 and again, while Arizona has had success moving the ball, settling for field goals is no way to win a game. 2:14 left in first quarterNo turnover but the three-and-out happens, so that’s good for Arizona. Peterson fair catches the punt at the Arizona 40. Can the offense get going? GLENDALE, Ariz. — It may not be the most intimidating of NFC West matchups, but it might just be the most concerning.The St. Louis Rams are in town to take on the Cardinals, with their QB hurting defense and pedestrian — at best — offense.The Cardinals are looking to improve their record to 4-0 while the Rams are trying to even theirs up at 2-2.Mike Iupati will be be making his Cardinals debut at left guard while Andre Ellington is once again inactive due to a knee injury. 3:27 left in second quarter 1:05 left in third quarterThe kick return is a good one but a penalty pushes it back to the Rams 12. Can the defense force a three-and-out? Maybe a turnover? 14:46 left in first quarterPalmer won’t get that chance as David Johnson fumbles the opening kickoff. The Rams recovered and have the ball at the Arizona 17. Not the way you want to start against a team with a struggling offense, giving them prime field position to start a drive. Chandler Catanzaro connects on a 21-yard field goal and the Cards are on the board, though they still trail in this one by a score of 7-3. 1:13 left in second quarterDrive stalls when Palmer’s pass to David Johnson falls incomplete. Crowd wanted a flag, but looked like the RB slowed down in an effort to draw a penalty so the no-call was probably the right call. Catanzaro is good from 42 yards out on the field goal, so now the score is 10-9 Rams. 9:59 left in first quarterA couple of short passes to John Brown helped move the Cardinals down the field, but the Rams started to get some pressure on Palmer and ended up dropping him in the backfield a couple of times, including for a sack on third down. The big concern going into this game had to be whether or not Arizona’s line could protect No. 3, and so far the early returns are not great. End of second quarterA Jared Veldheer hold wipes out a big gain to John Brown, which then leads to Arians conceding the drive and Palmer kneeling on the ball. The Cards head into the half trailing 10-9 in a weird game.Arizona’s offense has moved the ball while the defense has been stout, but a really bad turnover on the opening kick and an inability to get the ball into the end zone have the score where it’s at.If you’re the Cardinals, how do you feel about this? 2:00 left in second quarterLarry Fitzgerald makes his first catch of the game (after an earlier drop) and then Chris Johnson breaks off a 23-yard run to get the Cardinals to the St. Louis 46. Solid response so far, but with a couple minutes left can they finish the drive and take the lead? Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling 6 Comments   Share   6:50 left in second quarterThe Cards were moving and then, with Palmer trying to hit Brown on a deep ball, are picked off in the end zone. It looked like Brown had a step on the corner but the ball was a little late and a little short, allowing it to be tracked and intercepted by Janoris Jenkins.It is the Cards’ second turnover of the day, and while it’s not as bad as the first, it’s certainly not good. A better throw probably would have been a score. 7-6 Rams. 2:51 left in fourth quarterThe Cards get the stop after Foles for some reason tries to attack Peterson on third down. The punt is returned to the Arizona 37, and the Cards have great field position to try and win this game. Can they do it? 5:44 left in third quarterThanks to some good runs by Todd Gurley, the Rams end up scoring a TD. Foles hit Stedman Bailey on a nice 18-yard pass, and the Rams extend their lead to 17-9. Turning turnovers into points is a very simple way to win a football game, and the Rams have done that.The Cardinals are in no way out of this game, but they’ve done little to help themselves. 1:27 left in fourth quarterGurley breaks off a long run on first down for a first down. Cards stuff him for a five-yard loss on the next play, but are forced to spend their second timeout. The RB picks up two yards on his next run, but the Cards use their final timeout. 8:16 left in fourth quarterWoops X 2. The Rams pick up Arizona’s blitz and buy Foles enough time to find Austin for a 12-yard TD. Powers beaten on the play, and the PAT makes it a two-score game in Arizona. Rams 24, Cardinals 15, and this is why you can’t settle for field goals. Still 5:44 left in third quarterThe kickoff sails out of the end zone so the Cards will start their drive at the 20. They seemed to be finding a groove on their last series before the fumble. Let’s see if that derailed them or if they can keep that going. Has to be a frustrating game for Arizona, who has shown flashes of the explosiveness we saw in the first three weeks but has pretty much tripped over their own feet when given a chance to do something big. The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo The Cardinals are the better team, but they’re giving the Rams good field position. Can’t do that. Should be fun.End of gameGurley picks up the first down and that’ll do it. Cards lose 24-22, have only themselves to blame.Time to head downstairs and get some reaction. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more


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first_imgThe global pay TV market was worth US$125 billion (€90 billion) in the first half of 2011 and is forecast to grow to $353 billion by 2015, according to Infonetics Research.
The research group said future pay TV growth would be driven by satellite and pay TV operators, with cable operators’ share of the market set to decline.“In 2008, cable video made up 59% of the global pay TV market, satellite video brought in 38% and IPTV was just a drop in the bucket. Now cable operators are being challenged not only by attractive pricing and services from IPTV and satellite operators, but by all over-the-top (OTT) video services, like Netflix and Amazon On-Demand, and by connected-TV devices, which are prompting consumers to cut the cord…[we] expect cable video’s share of pay TV revenue to decline as satellite video increases – nearly catching up to cable by 2015 – while IPTV services grow to 15% of the market,” said Jeff Heynen, directing analyst for broadband access and video at Infonetics Research.North America remains the highest-value pay TV market, attracting the highest ARPU, followed by Asia Pacific, which has a pay TV subscriber base almost four times the size of that of North America, according to Infonetics.last_img read more


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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_imgIn This Issue. *  Currencies lose their mojo after Draghi comments. *  Was Draghi greasing the tracks? *  Or just jawboning the euro lower? *  Pound to close out a positive week. And Now. Today’s A Pfennig For Your Thoughts. Draghi Throws The Euro Under A Bus! Good Day! . And a Happy Friday to one and all! Once again this morning, I have “morning sickness”. If I were a female I would either be concerned, or happy! But I’m not, so my “morning sickness” is a symptom of the cancer medicine I take twice a day. I usually take my first dose around 8 o’clock  in the morning, and the second one before I go to bed. Yesterday, about 10:30am I sat back at my desk, and said, “Hey, I feel pretty good! YAHOO!” But then I reached in my pocket for something, and realized I had not taken my medicine yet! No wonder I felt pretty good! UGH! Oh well, the price we pay, right? The price the euro paid yesterday for having a Central Bank President like Mario Draghi, was quite steep! Well. For  a while on Thursday morning, it appeared there would be no drama at the ECB meeting, and traders took their cue from that, and began pushing the euro higher and higher, and soon it looked like it would reach 1.40. But then the trap door was sprung underneath the euro by ECB President Draghi, in the press conference following the meeting.  Draghi must have been genuflecting when he saw the euro around 1.40, because he pulled out a big gun, and said, “The ECB is comfortable with acting in June if needed”.   Uh-Oh, there went the no drama, and the rise of the euro! Soon the euro was falling like a rock through the 1.39 handle it had held so strongly all week, and it was all because Mario Draghi decided to jawbone the currency lower. I’ve told you before that I don’t believe that the ECB is interested in participating in the currency wars. This jawboning was simply to knock some of the bloom off the rose (euro) and leave the markets with questions. Questions like: why June? And what does he plan to do? And hasn’t he seen the recent Eurozone data showing strength, albeit nascent, but strength nonetheless?  But he was not about to answer these questions. And the markets were left with no answers, and no reaction other than to mark down the euro, which is exactly what Draghi wanted! So, do you think that Draghi was just greasing the tracks for additional stimulus in June, or was he simply jawboning the currency lower to keep it from hitting 1.40?. (from all that I read leading up to the ECB meeting, most observers were falling in line with the thought that if the euro hit 1.40, that it could really gap up from there very quickly!) I’m of the opinion that he was simply jawboning the currency lower. and just like at previous meetings when the thought was so prevailing in the markets that he would do something, and he didn’t, the June meeting will play out the same way.  Shame we have to wait until June, but again, this is part of his ploy folks. He knows that if he puts June out there, that the euro will have difficulty finding a bid to take it higher again until the June meeting passes, without additional stimulus.  And then he can simply move the goal posts to say August. Eventually, the markets won’t play this game with him any longer, and will decide to take the euro to wherever they wish. And before all this jawboning, they wished to take it higher! While Rome burned (the euro fell in value) Aussie dollars (A$) played the fiddle. It was very strange to see, but the A$ held onto gains yesterday all the time the euro was getting sold. But this morning the A$ has given back a small amount of those gains. Yesterday it was reported that the Aussie labor picture was getting brighter, and that was all the A$ needed to get it in gear. For those of you keeping score at home, Aussie Employment for April rose 14,200 which was better than the expectations of a 8,800 gain. The Unemployment Rate remained unchanged at 5.8%… I know these numbers sound paltry compared to the U.S. or even the Eurozone, but you have to remember the difference in size of economies. Another currency that held their gains, is the Canadian dollar. Yesterday we saw some housing data from Canada, that showed that Canadian Housing Starts rebounded strongly in April rising by 24.4% VS April a year ago. That reversed the 17.9% drop in March, that brought the homebuilding sector to a 5-year low. So, this was good to see in Canada, and the Canadian dollar / loonie took its cue to rally from this data. And looking at the screens this morning, the loonie is still basking in the sun.. The Chinese renminbi / yuan got marked down again last night. Yesterday, I told you about how the latest Trade report was so good in China, and I think that the Chinese decided to let this be a lesson to traders and investors, that just because China prints good data, it doesn’t mean the renminbi / yuan will automatically see appreciation. So, next week, we should be back to normal. That is unless someone up high at the Peoples Bank of China (PBOC) reads the Pfennig! HA ! As If! The Norwegian krone got caught up in the euro selloff yesterday after the Draghi comments, but has tried to rectify that situation overnight, by eking out a rally. In fact, the krone is the best performing G10 currency overnight. Norway printed their April inflation report last night, and the fact that inflation surprised to the upside 2.5% Year on Year, really got the krone moving in the right direction. Norway’s Norges Bank has been wrestling with this inflation or deflation tug-o-war for over a year now, and although we have to be careful making calls on one month data reports, for now, it looks like inflation is winning this tug-o-war in Norway, and that will go a long way toward allowing the Norges Bank to push the rate cut calls to the side of the road, leaving rate hikes on the road all by themselves! Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) Gov. Wheeler, followed up his whacking of the New Zealand dollar / kiwi, the night before with his “diss the currency stick” , with a speech on the housing market overnight. He didn’t get the “diss the currency stick” out this time, but the pain from the previous night was not forgotten in the markets, and kiwi was still searching for a bid this morning. Emerson, Lake and Palmer’s (ELP) great song, Lucky Man, is playing on the IPod right now, and it reminded me of a conversation I had with the radiologist last week when they took my scans. He asked me to go through my cancer history. I told him that in June 2007, I had my left kidney removed, and two weeks later I had my right femur and hip removed. Then In April 2010 I had my left eye removed, and then in Sept 2012, I almost had my right mandible removed, and that I had tumors in my jaw and chest right now.. He said, “Whew, you’ve been through a lot”.. I said, yes, they call me “Lucky”. Sorry for that long stray away from the task at hand, but as I’ve explained through the years, this is a stream of consciencenous in the morning, and sometimes that’s what you get! Well, Gold wasn’t able to withstand the euro selloff like the A$, and loonie did yesterday. Gold lost the $4 gain it had on the books before Draghi, and then some losing $3 on the day to $1,289. Recall yesterday I told you I thought the stories that Putin was pulling troops away from the border of Ukraine was B.S..  And those stories were responsible for Gold losing over $10 the previous day. Well, the story this morning is that Putin is “flexing his military muscle”. Not sure what that entails, but trust me, it can’t be good, but good for Gold. Unfortunately, Gold is flat this morning, so apparently the Gold guys returned to their rocks that they live under overnight. There’s been a plethora of data from the U.K. in the past two weeks, and most of it has been favorable to the Pound Sterling / pound.   Even with the selloff yesterday, alongside the euro, the pound will most likely end the week on a positive note. That’s a feather in the pound’s cap for sure! This morning, U.K. March output data was bang on with expectations, which should be supportive for the pound, today. Let’s see if the pound can shake off the euro drag, and eke out a gain today just for GP. Chris and Chuck were talking yesterday, which is a rarity these days, and we were talking about how for 5 years, all we’ve heard from clients is that they were looking for yield. and now that a country is out there hanging up yields like neon lights, no one is interested. Sure, it’s Brazil, and there are lots of reasons to shy away from the Brazil, but there’s one reason to put it into the speculative section of your investment portfolio, and that is. a 3 month real CD pays a “risk premium” in my opinion at 8% plus. So, you hold the currency and it goes on another losing streak, you have 8% in cushion before you begin to lose principal. But remember, I think that this should only be inserted in the speculative section of your investment portfolio. How creative! I just saw on one of our TV’s here in the Trading room that a driver got busted for using a Mannequin as his passenger in the HOV lane. I wonder how long he got away with that? But, you have to admit that’s creative! And one more sidebar thing today. I just saw that the guy that was the voice of “Tony The Tiger” died.  RIP. The U.S. Data Cupboard was searching for data yesterday and found the Weekly Initial Jobless Claims, which if you recall shot up big time two weeks ago, but yesterday, the dropped by quite a bit, proving that this data is volatile and shouldn’t be used as something to trade from. The Weekly Initial Jobless Claims fell to 319,000 from 345,000. The Bloomberg Consumer Comfort Index fell from 37.9 to 37.1. No biggie, just looking for something in the Data Cupboard!  There’s not much to look at today either, so the markets have to live with the Draghi comments all day, which means I doubt the euro will be able to mount much of a rebound today. Before I head to the Big Finish today. Peter Coyne of the Daily Reckoning (www.dailyreckoning.com) was talking about the economy yesterday and asked this question.. When you look at America do you see. Fat, bloated and unbearably indebted government that coddles certain business, industries and individuals at the expense of the rest of us schmos? A pasty-white, dying economy with just enough statistical rouge from government to fool people into thinking there’s a recovery? A top-down, marionette market where all prices look funny — like viewing the world through a heavily astigmatized person’s eyeglasses? Or do you see. A coming of age of wealth that surpasses anything you and I have ever seen before? I bet you can correctly guess which side of the coin I’m on, eh? But I wonder about everyone else, for if everyone else sees this the way I do, then our phones should be lighting up daily with investors looking to diversify further out of the dollar. And that certainly isn’t happening. So, if you feel this way, what are you waiting for? The Dollar Index was teetering on falling below 79 yesterday, a level it has not fallen below since this April of 2012. I’ve read that the great Richard Russell believes that if the Dollar Index falls below 78, then it’s all over but the singing for the dollar. Yes, we’ve got a ways to go, with the Dollar Index around 79.53 this morning, but like I said, before Draghi decided to throw the euro under the bus yesterday, the Dollar Index was preparing to fall below 79. For What It’s Worth. I looked long and it was difficult to find a worthwhile story to include here this morning, and then finally it flashed across the Bloomberg screen! A story that’s titled: 6 Dubious Yellenisms From The Fed Chair’s Testimony.  OK.. so, I don’t have time or room for all 6. but you can find them at this website: http://www.marketwatch.com/story/6-dubious-yellenisms-from-the-fed-chairs-testimony-2014-05-08?reflink=zacks OK. here are a couple of snippets from the story.  “Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen did a masterful job navigating the political shoals of the Joint Economic Committee yesterday. She told liberal Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) that she shared his concern about the Koch brothers and inequality, and conservative Indiana Sen. Dan Coats (R-IN) that Congress needed to act soon to reduce long-term budget deficits. But her testimony, and the discussion that followed it, raised a host of serious questions about the role of the Federal Reserve in this sluggish economy. As Chair Kevin Brady (R-TX) told Yellen, her “don’t worry, be happy” monetary message might not work. From what I heard, there were at least six issues on which she spoke that made no sense. I’ll call them Yellenisms. Linked to inflation is the question of asset bubbles . Rep. Richard Hanna (R-NY) asked Yellen about Meltzer’s concern that seniors on fixed incomes are taking too much risk in the stock market because they can’t get a historic rate of return on their savings accounts. Yellen, in full “don’t worry, be happy” mode, sees no evidence of an asset bubble in equities. Plus, she highlighted the advantages for Americans of low mortgage rates that have served to increase the value of houses, Americans’ main asset. True, house prices have gone from underwater to back in the black, as she said. Is this another bubble, especially given the current softness in the housing market? It will take us another few quarters to be sure. Former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan did not see asset bubbles, but they surfaced and popped anyway. The “don’t worry, be happy” message continued in Yellen’s comments about the limp 0.1% GDP growth rate in the first quarter, which she attributed to the weather . That implies that with the Fed’s 2014 GDP forecast growth rate at 2.8% to 3%, GDP growth should be above 3% for the rest of the calendar year. But if the weather is not to blame, this shows that our economic problems are more serious than she realizes. Don’t worry, be happy” also applied to the labor force participation rate , which appears to have stabilized at 62.8%, equivalent to levels in 1978. Answering questions from members, Yellen said that the declining rate is driven by retirements, even though young and middle-aged people are also working less. It is positive that the rate is no longer declining, that it appears to have stabilized, because that is consistent with an improving labor force. However, the labor force participation rate for people ages 25 to 54 is 80.8%, compared to 84.6% at its peak in January 1999. If the labor force participation rate were at 1999 levels, an additional 4.7 million people would be in the workforce.” Chuck again. I know, I know that was longish. sorry. but I thought all of the snippets were important, and I suggest you click on the link above to read the whole story, the writer highlights 6 things that didn’t make sense in the answers to questions at the testimony. But, the lawmakers accepted them. know why? Because they didn’t want to get into a saber rattling contest with Yellen. To recap. ECB President Mario Draghi pulled the rug from under the euro yesterday, saying that he felt comfortable adding stimulus measures at the June ECB meeting. The markets panicked and sold euros like funnel cakes at a state fair. Was Draghi greasing the tracks for additional stimulus, or was he jawboning the currency lower before it made the great leap to 1.40? Chuck thinks it the latter of the two, and therefore the euro selling has been overdone. Aussie and Canadian dollars held their gains on good data news yesterday, but A$’s have backed off a bit overnight. The Data Cupboard is bare again today, so the markets are left the sour taste of Draghi’s comments to trade on today, which means the euro won’t be able to rebound today. Currencies today 5/9/14. American Style: A$ .9370, kiwi .8640, C$ .9235, euro 1.3790, sterling 1.6880, Swiss $1.1320, . European Style: rand 10.3650, krone 5.8985, SEK 6.5385, forint 220.30, zloty 3.0335, koruna 19.8580, RUB 35.18, yen 101.75, sing 1.2490, HKD 7.7515, INR 60.00, China 6.1581, pesos 12.96, BRL 2.2140, Dollar Index 79.65, Oil $101.07, 10-year 2.60%, Silver $19.21, Platinum $1,432.00, Palladium $803.90, and Gold. $1,291.71. And it’s been some time since we took a peek at the Debt Clock, so should that be something you want to do, and I would if I were you to get you focused on how the dollar will respond eventually to these debt numbers, click here: http://www.usdebtclock.org/index.html That’s it for today, except a GREAT BIG SHOUT OUT to all the mothers out there! Sunday will be Mother’s Day, and a day that hits me like a ton a bricks each year since 1997. That was the year, on the final day of the year, that my mom passed away. She had fought MS for many years, and then when cancer was diagnosed, the two just didn’t allow her to live much longer.  So, when Mother’s Day comes around, I sit back and think about my mom and how she loved to sit in the basement while my band would practice, listening to us, giving us encouragement, we always knew we had at least one fan! I think about how every elementary school day I would come home from school for lunch, and it would be waiting for me, and about a million other things she did for me. And I was just one of 7 kids, of which we all received equal attention! One time, the school called and told my mom that I was not applying myself to a subject. (In those days, parents took the school’s word, and the kid heard about it when they got home!) She sat me down, and explained in no other terms that I was the oldest boy, therefore I would be responsible for taking care of the family should something happen to dad. She said, that I would be the one that would get to go to college, and then said, “don’t you want to be better than everyone else?”. Well, that straightened me out in a heartbeat! I then turned around to be a model student!  So, here’s a mental hug and kiss for you mom. Happy Mother’s Day! And Pfennig tradition has me including a Mother’s Day Poem today, so here you go. For all the times you gently picked me up, When I fell down, For all the times you tied my shoes And tucked me into bed, Or needed something But put me first instead. For everything we shared, The dreams, the laughter, And the tears, I love you with a “Special Love” That deepens every year. Chuck Butler President EverBank World Marketslast_img read more


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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


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first_img[dropcap]I[/dropcap]’m back riding in Ireland on Sunday for the card at Navan. It looks a top class card and I’m sure will throw up plenty of Festival clues.SundayNAVANAFOREMENTIONED (12.15pm)One of two jumps newcomers in the race trained by Joseph (O’Brien) . He’s a half-brother to Darwins Fox who was an eight times jumps winner and loved the mud. The French bred is unraced on the flat or point to points so we’ll learn a lot today and he has the tongue tie on. Cask Mate for Noel Meade looks the one to beat. He hasn’t done a lot wrong and has plenty of experience.POLI ROI (12.50pm Navan Novice Hurdle)This looks a real hot renewal in which I’m onboard Poli Roi – one of three runners for Gordon (Elliott) as he attempts to win this again after Death Duty last year. My fella relished the soft ground when winning a maiden hurdle at Down Royal last time out but this is a huge step up in class for him. Cracking Smart looks a really exciting prospect. He stepped up in class well to win at Listed level in Cork last time. That was over three miles but he previously won over this trip at Punchestown on testing ground so seems to have all the ticks in the boxes. Gordon’s third runner is Delta Wing who, in fairness, hasn’t done a great deal wrong. She was third to the hugely exciting Samcro here in the Monksfield last time. Should be an intriguing race packed full of future clues.DIAMOND CAUCHOIS (1.20pm)I was onboard for his first start since joining Gordon’s stable from Sue Bramall’s yard and was quite pleased with his third at Naas in a decent handicap hurdle. I felt he might need longer than the 2m 4f that day but the likely testing conditions could seem him go close over this same trip, especially if he can build on that Naas run in this wide open handicap.MILSEAN (2.30pm)Has become a touch disappointing this season but is back on testing ground which offers a glimmer of hope. All of his three wins have been on soft or heavy ground and his best run ever was his half length second to Martello Tower in the Albert Bartlett at the 2015 Festival when the ground was soft.Good luck DavyYOUR SAYIf you have a question for Davy drop us a line at content@www.starsportsbet.co.uk and we’ll try and include in the next blog…BET WITH STAR SPORTS 08000 521 321last_img read more



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first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters Learn how to successfully navigate family business dynamics and build businesses that excel. Image credit: Pixabay March 16, 2016 Add to Queue Free Webinar | July 31: Secrets to Running a Successful Family Business Apple: Founding Fathers Would Be ‘Appalled’ by Government’s iPhone Request Reuters center_img –shares Legal The U.S. founding fathers “would be appalled” by a Department of Justice request to unlock an encrypted iPhone, Apple Inc. said on Tuesday in its final brief before a court showdown next week.Apple is fighting a court order obtained by the Federal Bureau of Investigation last month, which requires the company to write new software to disable passcode protection and allow access to the phone used by one of the San Bernardino, Calif. shooters, Rizwan Farook.Apple on Tuesday said Congress had declined to give the Justice Department the authority to compel Apple’s help.”Although silence is sometimes a weak indicator of intent, it is a different story when Congress actively considers legislation to address a major policy issue, yet deliberately declines to enact it,” Apple said.According to Apple, the government also believes the courts can order private parties “to do virtually anything the Justice Department and FBI can dream up. The Founders would be appalled.”In a statement, the Justice Department said it looked forward to responding to Apple’s arguments in court.”As we have said in our filings, the Constitution and the three branches of the federal government should be entrusted to strike the balance between each citizen’s right to privacy and all citizens’ right to safety and justice,” spokeswoman Emily Pierce said. “The Constitution and the laws of the United States do not vest that power in a single corporation.”Apple and the government have had several heated exchanges in court papers over the case in which law enforcement officials have said last December’s shootings by Farook and his wife, Tashfeen Malik, were inspired by Islamist militants. The FBI wants to read data on the phone to try and find out whether or not the couple had contacts with militant groups.The government has claimed Apple is refusing access as part of a “marketing strategy” to show off its commitment to customer privacy. In response, Apple senior director Robert Ferrini filed a sworn statement saying Apple has created nearly 1,800 advertisements worldwide since rolling out its iOS 8 operating system in October 2014, generating an estimated 253 billion impressions worldwide.”Of those advertisements, not a single one has ever advertised or promoted the ability of Apple’s software to block law enforcement requests for access to the contents of Apple devices,” Ferrini said.Repeating some of the arguments from its previous court filings, Apple on Tuesday said the court order violated free speech rights by compelling it to create software, and contradicted the purpose of a 1994 law called CALEA, which regulates government surveillance of communications networks.The government has asked Apple to create a new version of its operating system, which would circumvent a feature that erases data on an iPhone after too many incorrect passwords are entered.In a court filing last week the government suggested that it could also have the authority to seek Apple’s source code and signing key. If the government did obtain that code, experts said it could access an unlimited number of devices, not just Farook’s phone.In response to the government, Apple said “the catastrophic security implications of that threat only highlight the government’s fundamental misunderstanding or reckless disregard of the technology at issue and the security risks implicated by its suggestion.”Additionally, Apple senior vice president of software engineering Craig Federighi said the company has never provided any government with its proprietary source code, according to a sworn statement filed in court.Farook and Malik shot and killed 14 people on Dec. 2 at a holiday party. The couple later died in a shootout with police.Tech industry leaders including Google, Facebook and Microsoft and more than two dozen other companies filed legal briefs earlier this month supporting Apple. The Justice Department received support from law enforcement groups and six relatives of San Bernardino victims.(Reporting by Dan Levine in San Francisco and Dustin Volz in Washington; Additional reporting by Joseph Menn in San Francisco; editing by Grant McCool) Next Article 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more


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first_img This story originally appeared on Reuters September 16, 2016 Autoplay: On | Off Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day Congress Is Back as President Trump Heads to the UK Heat Snapshot 2020 Ballots May Have a New Box to Check ? Vice President Turning Up the Heat in the Southeast for Holiday Weekend Up Next: 2 Musts for Tackling Allergy Season Enroll Now for $5 2 Delicious Summer Entertaining Ideas Cannes: ticketless festival-goers seek seats for films Summer Beauty Survival Must-Haves 3-D Printing BACK Delicious Summer Entertaining Ideas Summer is here and there are some great looks this season for women of all shapes and sizes. Check out the hottest styles for hourglass, rectangle and pear shaped women. 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What better way for dad to connect with his loved ones than learning about his family’s stor Lifeminute tv Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand The requested video is no longer available DiCaprio, Pitt want to team up again after Tarantino hit 2 Musts for Tackling Allergy Season IHOP Sees Explosive Growth in To-Go Sales Swimwear Styles for All Shapes and Sizes Former world paragliding champion Rémy soars over Pyrenees Embed A LifeMinute with Ryan Seacrest A LifeMinute with John Lithgow: The Actor Discusses His Latest Projects Beyond Meat Earnings Are Beyond Analyst Expectations –shares Memorial Day Weekend Heat Wave Could Smash May Records Next Article Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day Airbnb Wants to Take You on an All-Inclusive Adventure Economy adds 75K jobs in May Sophie Turner Talks Dark Phoenix, Co-Star Jessica Chastain and GoT Sophie Turner Talks Dark Phoenix, Co-Star Jessica Chastain and GoT How Human Behavior is Hurting Animals and What We Can Do to Protect Them Carbon, a Silicon Valley startup that is developing 3-D printers to produce medical devices and car parts on demand, said on Thursday it had closed on $81 million in funding that brought the total it has raised to $222 million.”We wanted to go find investors that share the scope of our vision and realize what we are talking about here is industrial re-invention,” Kirk Phelps, Carbon vice president of product management, told Reuters at the company’s headquarters in Redwood City, Calif.Founded in 2013, Carbon said the funding round was led by automaker BMW Group, industrial conglomerate General Electric Co., optics and imaging products company Nikon Corp. and chemical manufacturer JSR Corp. They joined earlier investors Google Ventures and top tech venture capital firm Sequoia.”They did an incredibly good job in getting investors,” said Terry Wohler of Wohler Associates, an additive manufacturing consultancy firm based in Colorado.However, Wohler said “the jury is still out” on whether Carbon’s technology can match the durability of injection molding, the current industry standard for producing plastic products, or come close to its price point.The company’s first commercial 3-D printer, the M1, is available for a $40,000 annual subscription. It uses software that controls a photochemical process that balances the way ultraviolet light and oxygen react within a pool of polymer resin to print plastic objects.Carbon has developed various resins to diversify what can be printed. It uses heat-resistant hard resins for exterior automotive parts and soft elastic biodegradable resins for medical devices like heart stents.The company says it can print up to 100 times faster than rival 3-D printing companies. That would be a selling point to the manufacturing industry, which until now used 3-D printing primarily as a prototyping tool.”You can imagine that if we give clients a great on-demand manufacturing tool, it’s not just the product that changes,” Phelps said. “It’s the business that changes.”Carbon said it would use the proceeds and newly formed partnerships with JSR and Nikon to fund its first push into international markets and to develop its technology further.(Reporting by Ben Gruber in Redwood City, Calif.; Editing by Lisa Von Ahn) New York takes aim at skyscrapers’ sky-high energy usage Figure Out Your Family Tree Just in Time For Father’s Day A Safe Way to Get Rid Of Bugs in Your Home Privacy Policy   |   Terms of Use IndyCar Beefing Up Business as Indy 500 Approaches The company’s first commercial 3-D printer, the M1, is available for a $40,000 annual subscription. 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first_imgRapid depletion of essential nutrients in host cellsThis new study shows that the parasite is auxotrophic for many nutrients such as tryptophan, arginine, and purines. This means that the organism has an additional nutritional growth requirement, and it gets the nutrients from the host. Due to the higher demand for nutrients in the host cells due to the invasion of the parasites, rapid depletion of essential nutrients alerts the body. The body, in turn, stimulates bodily processes to compensate with the depleted nutrient supply. “Pathogens that live and grow inside of cells face special challenges,” Sullivan said in a statement. “Intracellular pathogens have to replicate without raising alarms, but to grow, they need to pilfer nutrients from the host. Our study shows that Toxoplasma gets additional nutrients simply by hijacking a starvation response already built into the host cell,” he added. Activation of the integrated stress responseRelated StoriesNew therapy shows promise in preventing brain damage after traumatic brain injuryWearing a hearing aid may mitigate dementia riskResearch team to create new technology for tackling concussionThe researchers led by Leo Augusto, a postdoctoral fellow, in collaboration with Ronald Wek, a molecular biology professor, and Bill Sullivan, a microbiology professor, found that cellular starvation of essential nutrients triggers a stress response, known as the integrated stress response (ISR), that occurs in the first two hours of parasite infection.Nutrient starvation stimulates the integrated stress response (ISR) through the process of phosphorylation that involves an essential translation factor, eIF2 (eukaryotic translation initiation factor). As a result, this decreases global protein synthesis parallel to the preferential translation of gene transcripts linked to stress adaptation, including encoding the transcription factor ATF4 (CREB2). This triggers genes that control amino acid metabolism.Host cells sense their nutrients being depletedThe researchers used many mutant host cells to determine that GCN2, a type of protein, becomes stimulated and activated as the parasites proliferate and consume the cell’s arginine supply. As the cell’s supply decreases, they mapped what happened after the activation of the protein. They discovered that the host cells invaded by Toxoplasma gondii produce more CAT1, an arginine transporter, on the cell’s surface. As a result, the body senses the depleted arginine supply. The arginine transporter attracts more arginine, hence, the parasite continues to consume the nutrients it needs to survive.The study findings suggest that host cells have the ability to feel when their nutrients are not enough for their needs. Unaware of the parasites invading then, they try to provide more arginine supply to make up for the depleted supply. Toxoplasma gondii, the causative agent of Toxoplasmosis, is one of the most common parasitic infections worldwide. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that approximately 11 percent of the population, 6 years old and above, have been infected with the parasite.Moreover, more than 60 percent of some populations across the globe acquired the infection at some point in their lives. Most of the cases occur in locations that have humid and hot climates, and lower altitudes, providing an environment conducive for oocyte survival. By Angela Betsaida B. Laguipo, BSNJun 20 2019A team of researchers has found that a dangerous type of parasite that affects the brain, maintains a stable supply of essential nutrients as it replicates in the host cell. In an unexpected turn of events, the body itself delivers food to the harmful predator.The researchers from Indiana University School of Medicine found that Toxoplasma gondii, a single-celled parasite that can infect animals, including humans, invades the host’s cells, requiring a lot of resources. The parasite gets most of the nutrients intended for the cell, rapidly depleting host nutrient supply. Toxoplasma gondii. Image Credit: fotovapl / Shutterstock Toxoplasma gondii is an obligate intracellular, parasitic protozoan that causes the disease toxoplasmosis. Diagram of Toxoplasma structure. Image Credit: Designua / Shutterstock This image shows increased expression of an arginine transporter (CAT1, green) in host cells infected with Toxoplasma parasites (nuclei stained blue). Image Credit: Indiana University Findings can help modify treatmentsThe results may pave the way to formulate treatment modalities for Toxoplasmosis, and other intracellular infections. Plus, identifying proteins like CGN2, which are vital for parasite growth and proliferation, may show promise in formulating new drugs to curb parasitic infections and treat other intracellular pathogens.Toxoplasmosis can occur in people exposed to the feces of an infected cat, eating undercooked and contaminated meat, and through blood transfusion. Though humans may not manifest signs and symptoms of infection, the parasite can be tremendously dangerous for vulnerable individuals of the population, including pregnant mothers.In fact, infection during pregnancy may lead to serious complications, such as stillbirth or miscarriage. Infants born with the infection are at a heightened risk of jaundice, seizures, liver enlargement, and eye infections. In worse cases, the infant may manifest mental disability or hearing loss. Hence, preventing exposure to common sources of the parasite is important during pregnancy.The National Institutes of Health funded the study, which was published in the journal PLOS Pathogens. Journal reference:Regulation of arginine transport by GCN2 eIF2 kinase is important for replication of the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii , Augusto L, Amin PH, Wek RC, Sullivan WJ Jr (2019) Regulation of arginine transport by GCN2 eIF2 kinase is important for replication of the intracellular parasite Toxoplasma gondii. PLOS Pathogens 15(6): e1007746. https://doi.org/10.1371/journal.ppat.1007746last_img read more