Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Chung saved four break points in a fourth game of the second set lasting 12 minutes, holding for 2-2. But Nadal accelerated after that and served out the victory on his second match point.Nadal, who is tied for a record 30 Masters titles with Djokovic, has never won the tournament in Paris. He will next face Pablo Cuevas of Uruguay, who beat 15th-seeded Albert Ramos-Vinolas of Spain 6-7 (5), 7-6 (1), 6-2.Third-seeded Marin Cilic won 6-4, 6-3 against Borna Coric in an all-Croatian match.Cilic, who had 13 aces, will next play 14th-seeded Roberto Bautista Agut of Spain. He eased past Frenchman Jeremy Chardy 6-4, 6-1.No. 4 Alexander Zverev lost to Robin Haase 3-6, 6-2, 6-2, and No. 9 John Isner beat Diego Schwartzman 7-6 (2), 6-7 (11), 6-3.Haase next plays No. 13 Juan Martin del Potro, who eased past Joao Sousa of Portugal 6-2, 6-2. The big-serving Argentine needs to win in Paris to have a chance of reaching the Finals in London.Isner, who lost last year’s final to Murray, faces No. 6 Grigor Dimitrov. He beat Richard Gasquet 6-4, 6-4.Frenchman Lucas Pouille kept alive his slim chances of qualifying for London with a 6-3, 6-4 win against Feliciano Lopez, but No. 12 Kevin Anderson’s chances took a blow after a 5-7, 6-4, 7-5 loss to Fernando Verdasco.No. 11 Jo-Wilfried Tsonga’s bid to reach London is over following a 2-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 loss to Julien Benneteau in an all-French match.Benneteau plays No. 7 David Goffin of Belgium, who won 6-2, 2-6, 6-3 against Adrian Mannarino.Also, No. 16 Jack Sock of the United States had 14 aces in a 4-6, 7-6 (4), 7-6 (5) win against Kyle Edmund and faces Pouille in Thursday’s third round. Nadal is also the oldest year-ending No. 1, testimony to his relentless determination.“It’s about the passion for what you are doing. It’s about the mentality of waking up every morning with the right motivation to go on court and improve something. That’s the winning mentality, no?” he replied, when asked what drives him. “The passion to improve something and practice every day with the right attitude to try to make that happen … not everybody is able to do it.”The only downside this season has been always losing to Federer, who leads the ATP Tour with seven titles.Federer has beaten Nadal four consecutive times — not dropping a set in three of them — and the 19-time Grand Slam champion was in outside contention for the No. 1 ranking before pulling out of Paris to focus on the season-ending ATP Finals in London next week.The 21-year-old Chung broke Nadal in the ninth game of the first set and held for 5-5. 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(AP Photo/Francois Mori)PARIS — Rafael Nadal will finish the year as the top-ranked player for the fourth time, surprising even the fiercest of competitors after a wrist injury and a lack of form severely dented his steely confidence.The 31-year-old Spaniard assured himself the No. 1 ranking by beating Hyeon Chung 7-5, 6-3 Wednesday in the second round of the Paris Masters.ADVERTISEMENT Typhoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:30PNP officials inspect Cubao bus terminals ahead of Undas03:38Magalong slams ‘selective’ PNP ranks cleansing01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Read Next The 16-time Grand Slam winner had not finished the year at the top since 2013, with Novak Djokovic and Andy Murray doing so after that.“One year ago, for sure I never dreamed about being No. 1 again at the end of the season,” said Nadal, who missed large parts of 2016 because of a troublesome wrist. “It has been an amazing year.”Nadal’s comeback has been truly remarkable, even by his lofty standards.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutoutHe reached three Grand Slam finals this year, losing to Roger Federer at the Australian Open and winning a 10th French Open title before clinching the U.S. Open for the third time.“It was impossible for me to think about (being No. 1) coming back from a tough period without playing, and with so many injuries in the last couple of years,” said Nadal, who also finished as No. 1 in ’08 and ’10. “It means a lot. 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Sreesanth mocks Hashim Amla after dismissing himIt may come as a bit of a shock, particularly to Andre Nel, but Shanthakumaran Sreesanth is actually a good, respectful Indian boy. When he puts on an India uniform, be it blue or white, something else happens: rather than adopting a disguise, a,Sreesanth mocks Hashim Amla after dismissing himIt may come as a bit of a shock, particularly to Andre Nel, but Shanthakumaran Sreesanth is actually a good, respectful Indian boy. When he puts on an India uniform, be it blue or white, something else happens: rather than adopting a disguise, a disguise adopts him. Then come the glares, the stares, the dance and the prance.It’s difficult to ignore the sideshow that make the bowler that is Sreesanth, but in Johannesburg, India took it all. Primarily it came accompanied by the most delicious outswinger since Kapil Dev’s and the most decisive Test match spell by an Indian fast bowler since Ajit Agarkar’s six-wicket haul against the Aussies in Adelaide in 2003 and before that Javagal Srinath’s 6-21 vs South Africa in Ahmedabad 10 summers ago. Sreesanth’s hijinks on the Highveld have led to a first-ever Test win on South African soil, a 1-0 lead in a three-Test series, with the hosts in a sweat and the match referee sitting up in his chair.But behind the manic Indian strike bowler is the boy Gopu who instructs his family to keep a lamp lit in the family prayer room during every big game he plays. It started with school cricket and the flame stayed lit all through the Johannesburg Test in the family home in Palarivattom on the outskirts of Kochi.Sreesanth is now being called the ‘character’ of the team who lights up the dressing room.Only the second Test cricketer from Kerala, Sreesanth’s profile in his home state has gone from being a local celebrity to the player whose giant portrait stares out from Nike posters.He is now being called the ‘character’ of the Indian team, the cricketer who lights the spark in the dressing room and it is easy to think of him as the clown. But somewhere behind the antics is a kernel of hard resolution and ambition. Old friend Pinku Thomas remembers Sreesanth solemnly, declaring he would play in a cricket World Cup and the rest of them laughing, “A Keralite playing in the World Cup. We could not imagine it!”advertisementHis bat, ball and body language psyched the oppositionJust like his tiny state in sport, Sreesanth has revelled in punching above his weight in cricket. As a young boy, he would voluntarily join weaker teams to try and beat stronger sides. “For all of us, playing cricket was just fun, for him it was sacred-like going to a temple,” says Thomas. A boy who took his college psychology textbooks to heart and read self-improvement books wrote in his 2000 diary that he would be playing for India by 2006.A Kochi coaching camp held in 1997 by a former Karnataka Ranji player Sashikanth changed Sreesanth’s life. Sashikanth recommended that Sreesanth move to Bangalore to join Florence Public School which had good facilities for cricket training.The next big step was in Chennai’s MRF Pace Academy, which eventually opened his way to cricket’s big league. After taking 22 wickets in his first seven matches for Kerala, he found his way into the south zone Duleep Trophy team, usually the platform for the best players to India colours. As the 2005 season witnessed a cleanout of old faces, a superb performance in the Challenger Trophy propelled him into the India team, where his idiosyncrasies caught the eye as much as his bowling.”He may look like it but I don’t think he’s a lunatic, there’s a lot of intelligence in his bowling” Sreekumar Nair, his Kerala state captain, believes it is the MRF Academy that sharpened the edges of an otherwise quiet, bespectacled boy. Nair usually carried two bats into the nets when facing Sreesanth, just in case one of them would break after by a succession of yorkers.Rahul Dravid came out of a corporate match in Chennai with his eyebrows raised and asked South Zone selection chief and former national selector V.B. Chandrasekhar if the nagging youngster had made the zonal team. That season he had not, on the advice of the Kerala selector who cited an “attitude problem”.Chandrasekhar, who faced Sreesanth two years ago in a company match, remembers the experience well. “I was 42 years old batting with a broken thumb, and this guy kept coming at me… short balls, yorkers, good reverse. He wouldn’t let up. I went away feeling that this is a guy India could need. He may look like it but I don’t think he’s a lunatic, there’s a lot of intelligence in his bowling.”advertisementEarlier this season in the Challenger Trophy, a batsman ticked Sreesanth off for marching down the pitch eye-balling him too much. When team coach Lalchand Rajput asked him later what he was trying to prove, Sreesanth said he tended to get “charged” while bowling and tended not to notice who the batsman was. “Don’t ever come that close to me again,” Sachin Tendulkar is rumoured to have said during the Challenger Trophy match. Due apologies were issued later.Suddenly the boy from Kerala is everyone toastIn a short career that is merely over a season old, Sreesanth has taken 27 wickets in six Tests at an average of 24.62 runs and an economy rate of 3.24 runs an over, a much better return for his work than in his ODI stats (22 ODIs, 29 wickets at an average of 34.37 runs, economy rate of 5.58).His future depends on the state of his fitness and how he is handled by the Indian team management. Chandrasekhar says, “The approach has to be well-balanced. If you try to admonish him, you run the risk of him going into shell and that’s not a good idea. You have to let him be himself but keep reminding him that he has a great deal of responsibility.”There is little doubt that Sreesanth enjoys all the attention and is engaging material for the cameras and the reporters’ notebooks. The son of S. Santhakumaran Nair, a retired officer with Life Insurance Corporation and Savitri Devi, a district treasury officer, the fast bowler’s family is full of performers. No mean dancer and drummer himself, Sreesanth’s elder sister Nivedita is an actress in Malayalam cinema and TV, brother-in-law Madhu Balakrishnan, is a prominent playback singer and brother Deepu runs a TV production house, but has spent the last few days handling the flood of endorsement offers that the most famous member of the family has received. Another celebrity cricketer in the making, and he better last.
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LAVAL, Que. – Bausch Health Companies Inc. reported a loss of $350 million in its latest quarter as its revenue moved lower.The company formerly known as Valeant Pharmaceuticals says the loss for the quarter ended Sept. 30 amounted to $1.00 per diluted share.The result compared with a profit of $1.30 billion or $3.69 per share in the same period a year earlier when it benefited from internal tax reorganization.Revenue totalled nearly $2.14 billion for the quarter, down from nearly $2.22 billion a year ago.On an adjusted basis, Bausch Health says it earned $403 million in its most recent quarter, up from $367 million in the third quarter of 2017.The company says the increase was primarily due to lower interest costs and a lower tax rate.Companies in this story: (TSX:BHC)
DAWSON CREEK, B.C. — An aspiring professional chef living in Dawson Creek made the Top 12 on last night’s fifth season premiere of Master Chef Canada.28 year-old Jen Jenkins, who grew up in both Mackenzie and Prince George and now lives in the Mile Zero City, made her first appearance on the show last night, when the Top 21 contestants were whittled down to just 12. The contestants’ first challenge for the panel of three judges was to make a signature dish using an ingredient they had brought from home.The stay-at-home mom had brought eggs with her to the challenge, deciding to wow the judges with her famous (among family and friends) Eggs Benedict. Jenkins explained that she’s worked on her version of the classic brunch dish for the better part of her life, and that it made sense she would open the competition with Eggs Benny. Jen Jenkins’ Eggs Benedict in a potato nest with hollandaise sauce and tomato salsa, which won her a spot in the Top 12 of Master Chef Canada’s fifth season last night. Photo by CTV.“I cook eggs everyday for myself, for my daughter, my husband. I figured why not go with that, and that’s what got me there today. For years and years I worked really hard on trying to create a Hollandaise sauce that was homemade instead of the packaged brand. I was always unhappy with the packaged brand. So I worked really hard on figuring out trying to make it and fixing it when it cracks. We used to have family meals every Sunday and I would do Eggs Benedict every time and everybody loved it. I would just start to put my own spin on it, but I’ve never done like I did last night with the potato nest. That was completely out of left field, I was like ‘I have to make it cooler, I have to make it better.’ And I did.”Dawson Creek resident Jen Jenkins and Master Chef Canada judge Claudio Aprile. Supplied photoAfter sampling all the dishes, the judges proclaimed that Jenkins was deserving of the white apron, allowing her to make the first cut of the competition. The winner will be walking away with $100,000 and the title of Master Chef Canada. Jenkins said that she’ll be continuing to stay focused during the rest of the competition in order to take home the title.Even if she doesn’t take home the title, Jenkins said that she’s already incredibly happy with qualifying for the show, which she applied for last August. Regardless of how well she does during the TV competition, the amateur chef will be making a big step toward her goal of turning pro: Jenkins said that she and her family will be moving to Ontario later this year after she was accepted to the Stratford Chefs School. Jenkins said that she’ll begin her studies next fall, with the goal of achieving her dream of being paid to do what she loves: cook delicious food.Master Chef Canada airs Tuesdays at 9:00 p.m. on CTV.
Srinagar: A Pakistani terrorist, who was indoctrinated and trained by 26/11 Mumbai attacks mastermind Zakiur Rehman Lakhvi, was arrested from Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir, police said here on Wednesday.Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist Mohammad Waqar Awan, who was tasked with reviving militancy in certain areas of the Kashmir valley, was arrested earlier this week and paraded before the media on Wednesday at the Police Control Room. Awan, a resident of Mohalla Miana in Mianwali area of Punjab in Pakistan, was indoctrinated by Lakhvi at his residence in Rawalpindi, officials said. The initial arms training to the Pakistani terrorist was also given by Lakhvi, who along with six others has been charged by the Pakistani authorities with planning and executing the Mumbai attacks in November, 2008 that left 166 people dead. Lakhvi is currently on bail, and the case is moving very slowly. Awan, known by alias of “Chota Dujana , told reporters that before he joined militancy, he was told that atrocities were being inflicted on the people of Kashmir by security forces but he saw no such thing in the Valley. “I received training for four months at a camp in Muzaffarabad. I was told that atrocities are committed on children and women. Prayers are not allowed in mosques and houses of Muslims are destroyed, he told reporters, adding he found that the conditions were different in Kashmir. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’Police officials said Awan’s arrest and “confession” is live evidence for Pakistan as to how youths are manipulated on its soil, prepared for militancy and then sent here to join Jaish-e-Mohammad or Lashkar-e-Taiba. Asked if he was involved in any attacks in the valley, Awan said, I was not involved in any attack.” The Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) of Baramulla, Abdul Qayoom, said Awan had infiltrated into the valley in July 2017. “He was active in Handwara (area of north Kashmir’s Kupwara district). For the last about two years, he was active in different places of Srinagar. When he was returning to Baramulla, he was intercepted at a naka (check post). However, the driver of his vehicle rammed it into police vehicle and sped away.
“You know, this is STP, man. So we would not settle,” Dean DeLeo told Rolling Stone about selecting Gutt. “He was one of the last guys we saw, in the last two days of auditions. And that was just over a year ago — September of 2016.”Mr. Weiland paved quite a way. Because not just anybody can sing this catalog. You need someone who really knows how to sing. And Jeff kind of has it all, man. He has that baritone, and he’s also able to get into that tenor world. He’s a real singer.”Jeff Lynne’s ELO Announce 2018 U.S. Tour DatesRead more https://twitter.com/STPBand/status/930628050965762048 Newly minted quartet debut with a gig at L.A.’s the Troubadour and a new single, “Meadow”Tim McPhateGRAMMYs Nov 15, 2017 – 8:01 am There are some huge shoes to fill in the lead vocalist department as far as Stone Temple Pilots go. But following the tragic deaths of original frontman Scott Weiland and his replacement, Linkin Park’s Chester Bennington, the group is now ready to start a new chapter. And former “The X Factor” competitor Jeff Gutt has been named to lead it.The new quartet — rounded out by original members Robert DeLeo (bass), Dean DeLeo (guitar) and Eric Kretz (drums) — has dropped their first single, the driving rocker “Meadow” that echoes elements of classic STP.The Gutt-fronted STP made their debut live appearance at the Troubadour in Los Angeles on Nov. 14, with a set list featuring “Meadow” and hits such as “Interstate Love Song,” “Plush,” “Vasoline,” and “Down,” as well of a cover of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” Listen: New STP Single With Jeff Gutt stone-temple-pilots-jeff-gutt-introduced-new-lead-singer Twitter Email News Facebook Stone Temple Pilots: Jeff Gutt Introduced As New Lead Singer
12 Photos Volkswagen Volkswagen Tags More From Roadshow More about 2018 Volkswagen Passat V6 SEL Premium 2020 Kia Telluride review: Kia’s new SUV has big style and bigger value Electric Cars 2020 Volkswagen Passat: Still in camouflage Share your voice 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better A sketch of what the mobile charge points might look like. Volkswagen Volkswagen plans to launch what is essentially a supersized version of the portable power bank you use for your phone, but scaled up to charge electric cars. The charging stations would be mobile and wouldn’t necessarily need to be plugged into the electrical grid, but can store enough power to charge as many as 15 electric cars.The mobile charging stations are designed so they can be easily deployed anywhere, without necessarily adding the extra wiring to connect them to the grid. Volkswagen says that means the chargers could easily be setup in, say, public parking lots or temporarily during “large-scale events,” like sports games. The chargers could also be installed on a temporary basis to see whether they proved popular enough to merit the investment to fully connect them. The charger has 360 kilowatt-hours of energy storage built into it and can fast-charge vehicles at up to 100 kilowatts. That matches up with the forthcoming VW I.D. family of EVs, which will have the ability to charge at 100 kW.The charging stations can also be plugged into a power grid, in which case it will continually recharge itself. That recharging could be timed only to use off-peak times or to only use renewably produced energy, VW says. When charged, the stations can support charging up to four vehicles at a time, and will support e-bikes as well as cars. Using the aforementioned 100-kW DC fast-charging, VW says one of its I.D. family cars could be charged in as little as 17 minutes.The charging stations also serve as a way for Volkswagen to give a second life to the lithium-ion battery packs that will be used in the I.D. family electric cars. When the packs lose too much capacity to be used in cars, they can be repurposed to instead store energy in these mobile charging points. The chargers will launch in Volkswagen’s home of Wolfsburg, Germany, in a limited pilot program this year, with full production of the mobile units set to begin in 2020. Comment 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous 1 Review • 2018 Volkswagen Passat Review
Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Tags What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. Read the Rylo camera preview Tech Industry 7 $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview See it The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET Boost Mobile Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Read Lenovo Smart Clock review Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Read the AirPods review Chris Monroe/CNET Rylo Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. $210 at Best Buy Turo $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express $999 Read Google Home Hub review Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) $520 at HP See at Turo JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Comments $155 at Google Express $299 at Amazon Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See at Amazon Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) Sprint Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg quietly bought a $59 million estate in Lake Tahoe, according to a report. James Martin Mark Zuckerberg takes his privacy very seriously. The Facebook CEO quietly purchased real estate worth $59 million in Lake Tahoe, California, according to a Thursday report by The Wall Street Journal. He reportedly used a limited-liability company named Golden Range, a wealth manager and nondisclosure agreements to purchase two adjacent homes on the West Shore of Lake Tahoe. The agreements required real-estate agents to keep Zuckerberg’s identity secret and called for online listing pictures of the houses to be taken down, according to the report.Zuckerberg also has properties in San Francisco, Palo Alto and the Hawaiian island of Kauai. The tech billionaire reportedly purchased his first Lake Tahoe property in December for $22 million, and the second for $37 million in January. The lengths Zuckerberg went to keep the deal private come as Facebook grapples with issues around user privacy. The company has been reeling from the Cambridge Analytica scandal, in which data from as many as 87 million Facebook users was improperly shared with the political consultancy.Zuckerberg’s personal representative declined to comment. First published May 2 at 3:41 p.m. PT.Update, 4:37 p.m.: Adds that Zuckerberg’s personal representative declined to comment. Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Share your voice Angela Lang/CNET CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 2 See It $999 $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Facebook,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. Sarah Tew/CNET See It Sarah Tew/CNET Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. $6 at Tidal $59 at eBay Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) Tags Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Sarah Tew/CNET Comments Share your voice Apple iPhone XS Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $60 at Best Buy The Cheapskate TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50)
This uninhabitable house for sale in San Francisco is in such disrepair that potential buyers can’t enter the property, and it comes with a demolition permit. It hit the market in May with a price tag of $2.5 million. Justin Sullivan/Getty Images Bay Area residents could get a lot of new wealthy neighbors courtesy of Uber’s IPO.When the ride-hailing company went public earlier this month its current and former employees amassed roughly $3.25 billion in Uber stock — that’s enough money to buy every home for sale in San Francisco, Berkeley and Oakland, according to real estate brokerage Redfin. And there’d still be half a billion dollars left over.Redfin used Uber’s pre-IPO price of $45 per share to run its numbers. The company’s stock has since fallen below that level and currently changes hands at about $41 per share. The analysis is meant to give a sense of how much wealth has been created by Uber’s IPO and how it might affect the housing market, Redfin’s chief economist, Daryl Fairweather, said in an interview.”This has really put a new jolt into the San Francisco housing market where otherwise it might have stabilized,” Fairweather said. “San Francisco is seeing double-digit price growth, which is pretty remarkable.”San Francisco is the most expensive large housing market in the US, with an average home costing $1.43 million as of April, according to Redfin. The high prices may be good news for existing homeowners, but they’re likely bad news for everyone else who isn’t expecting a Silicon Valley IPO windfall.”San Francisco has been grappling with this increase of prosperity for a long time,” Fairweather said. “This is only going to make the situation worse.”And Uber is only one of several San Francisco-based companies hitting the stock market this year. Lyft and Pinterest have already gone public. And Airbnb and Slack are expected to also have IPOs in 2019.Uber didn’t respond to a request for comment.Redfin calculated the employee value of Uber’s IPO using the company’s global workforce of 22,263 people. It’s unclear how many of those employees live in the Bay Area and work at its San Francisco headquarters. Rough estimates put the number at around 6,000 employees.As far as available homes in the Bay Area, Redfin estimates there are 1,661 homes currently for sale in San Francisco, Oakland and Berkeley that are worth a combined total of $2.85 billion. And the 862 homes for sale just in San Francisco are worth $2.1 billion.Fairweather said Redfin has seen a jump in the San Francisco housing market as tech companies have gone public over the past couple of months. Home prices were down at the beginning of this year, she said, but in April they quickly rose.Even if Uber’s stock doesn’t perform well over the next few months, the magnitude of its current $68 billion market capitalization is immense, said Issi Romem, chief economist for real estate website Trulia. But, he added, the worries around what that’ll do to San Francisco’s housing market may be overblown.”Despite being centered in San Francisco, the impact of the IPO is likely to be diffuse throughout the Bay Area,” Romem said. “It will add a substantial new increment to housing demand in the region, but it will not upend the market as some have foreseen.” 0 Tags Post a comment Still, the city’s housing crunch and wealth inequality will likely intensify without a major increase to housing supply, Fairweather said. People who don’t work in the tech industry, like nurses, teachers, nonprofit workers and artists, will continue to move out of San Francisco because it’s become so unaffordable.”It’s the No. 1 city for people who are looking to leave,” Fairweather said, citing Redfin’s migration data. “As affordability becomes more of an issue, that will continue to happen.”Originally published May 21. Update, May 23: Adds comment from Trulia Chief Economist Issi Romem. Related stories Tech Industry Stock Market Uber, Lyft IPOs to mint next batch of Bay Area millionaires Uber’s IPO filing dishes on frenemies, synergies and #DeleteUber Uber CEO says it’s been a ‘tough day’ on the stock market Share your voice Uber
EmiratesReutersMiddle Eastern carriers Emirates and Etihad could merge to create the world’s largest airline, according to reports.Emirates, the crown of Dubai, is in talks to take over loss-making rival Etihad, owned by Abu Dhabi, Bloomberg reported on Friday. If the takeover, which would be fraught with hurdles, is completed, the combined entity would be larger than American Airlines, the largest carrier in the world by passenger traffic.Both the airlines denied reports of the merger talks, the financial news agency said.According to IATA statistics, Emirates is the world’s fourth largest airline by passenger numbers, behind American, Delta Air Lines, and United Airlines. It’s also the strongest operator on international routes, on account of the success of its Dubai hub. Emirates also owns the world’s biggest fleet of Airbus A380 superjumbos, according to Bloomberg.Etihad was long touted as Abu Dhabi’s answer to Emirates and the two airlines fought each other for ascendancy, backed by their rulers. However, Abu Dhabi flagship carrier ran into difficulties after the 2008 crisis.Etihad will continue losing money through 2022, according to Fitch Ratings.The Emirates-Etihad merger was rumoured, as the two carriers have been facing financial pressures in the last two years. However, Emirates chairman Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum said in May there were no merger talks. According to a Reuters report, source close to Etihad said that a merger could possibly happen in future but that the Emirati rulers were opposed to giving up control over the flagship carrier.The two airlines, which have been vying for Gulf airline dominance along with Qatar Airways, had entered into agreements to cooperate in some areas earlier this year. Close Dubai Emirates Flight To JFK New York Quarantined After Passengers Reported Sick
Microbus gas-cylinder blast kills three and injures four others. Photo: Prothom AloThree passengers of a microbus were killed and four others, including three policemen, injured as its gas-cylinder exploded at Kumudini College intersection in Tangail town early Tuesday, reports UNB.The deceased are Jannatul Ferdous Bonna, 19, her maternal uncle Sirajul Islam, 60, and her cousin Faruk Hossain, 42.Saidur Rahman, office-in-charge of Tangail Model police station, a gas-cylinder of the microbus exploded in the Kumudini College area around 4:00am when the victims were returning from Rajshahi, leaving the three dead on the spot and four others injured.The injured were admitted to Tangail General Hospital, the OC added.
Pakistani soldiers patrol on a street next to welcoming posters of Saudi Arabian crown prince Mohammed bin Salman in Islamabad on 17 February, 2019. Photo: AFPSaudi Arabia’s powerful crown prince arrives in Pakistan on Sunday, the start of an Asian tour during which he will seek lucrative contracts and demonstrate he still has allies five months after the Khashoggi killing.Mohammed bin Salman, widely known as “MBS”, is expected to land in the capital Islamabad in the late afternoon and stay in Pakistan until Monday.His trip comes amid high tensions in the region: India and Saudi Arabia’s arch-rival Iran — both bordering Pakistan — have accused Islamabad of backing militant groups which have carried out bloody suicide attacks on their soil in recent days.After Pakistan, MBS will travel to India, where he will meet prime minister Narendra Modi and petroleum minister Dharmendra Pradhan.He is expected to finish the trip with a visit to China on Thursday and Friday.Two short stops initially scheduled for Sunday and Monday in Indonesia and Malaysia were postponed on Saturday without explanation.The Asia trip comes five months after the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi, a fierce critic of MBS, at the Saudi consulate in Istanbul ignited a diplomatic crisis.Riyadh initially denied the murder, then gave several conflicting accounts of Khashoggi’s death, and now claims he was killed in an unauthorised operation.Turkey said Friday it has not yet revealed all the information it has uncovered in the extraordinary case, which launched a global wave of revulsion and has profoundly tarnished the image of the kingdom, especially that of the crown prince.But for analysts, the Asia tour — the largest outing on the international scene for the crown prince since his participation in the G20 summit in Argentina last December — is a timely demonstration to the West that he still has friends in rising Asia.- ‘Not a pariah’ -He “wants to demonstrate that he is not an international pariah”, said James M. Dorsey, a researcher at the S. Rajaratnam School of International Studies in Singapore.It is a matter of proving that he still has “international access and he can function… as the most senior representative of Saudi Arabia beyond the king”.Li Guofu, director of Middle East studies at the China Institute of International Studies, a government-affiliated think tank, noted that the Khashoggi case continues to cause indignation in Western countries, so visiting them would have been “inconvenient”.”Not travelling to the West does not mean that he cannot come to the East. Saudi Arabia is also making strategic adjustments, and Asia is the new main direction of Saudi diplomacy,” he said.Asian countries, he added, “have an important special characteristic — that is, we don’t interfere in the internal affairs of other countries”.The prince’s trip also includes an important economic component.”China is the largest buyer of Saudi crude, and Saudi Arabia’s other largest clients are all Asian: India, Japan, South Korea,” said Dorsey.”Asia is a source of inward investment into Gulf energy and infrastructure investment; and the future growth of the global economy will be in Asia,” said Karen Young, an analyst with the American Enterprise Institute.Saudi Arabia is not the only Gulf state to pivot east, she added — for all of them, it is a “logical shift”.- Taliban ‘in Islamabad’ -As for Pakistan, where MBS will begin his tour and which is facing a serious balance of payments crisis, it hopes its old ally will throw the struggling economy a lifeline, specifically in the form of a $10-billion investment in a refinery and oil complex in the southwest of the county.Prime minister Imran Khan has already visited Saudi Arabia twice since coming to power last summer.The crown prince’s visit to Islamabad will also apparently coincide with possible new talks between the Taliban and the United States on Afghanistan.The militants announced the discussions would be held in the Pakistani capital on Monday, adding they would also meet Khan. But the US said it has not been invited and Pakistan has not confirmed talks are being held that day.Saudi Arabia and Pakistan are both involved in a months-long push led by Washington aimed at ending the conflict in Afghanistan.It was not immediately clear if MBS would participate in any further discussions on the topic Monday.
Kolkata: The campus of Visva Bharati University witnessed fresh unrest on late Saturday afternoon with some undergraduate students staging a sit-in demonstration infront of the Vice-Chancellor’s room in the central office building, demanding introduction of supplementary examinations.Three of the agitating students are on a hunger strike to press for their demand and have threatened to intensify the movement if they are not met. A few days back, the students had put V-C Sabujkali Sen’s office under lock due to the same reason. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”We have been requesting the authorities to sit for talks with us so that the issue can be resolved but they are not interested,” an agitating student said.It may be mentioned that the university follows a semester system at the undergraduate level. Previously, when a student failed to clear a semester, there were facilities for supplementary examinations. However, after a section of teachers and academicians raised concern over the supplementary examinations stating it was affecting the standard of education, a series of meetings were held and the decision of scrapping such examinations was taken. A year back, during the tenure of the earlier V-C, the authorities had brought out a notification stating there will be no supplementary examinations at the undergraduate level. These students who are agitating in demand of supplementary examination have not been able to clear one or two semesters.A senior VB official said the students’ demand have already been communicated to MHRD but there has not been any response as yet.
Thursday, October 4, 2018 $50 Amazon.ca gift cards with new Rail Europe incentive Share << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted by Tags: Agent Incentives, Deutsche Bahn, Rail Europe WHITE PLAINS — Agents can experience their own ‘Oktoberquest’ this fall with a new educational promotion from Rail Europe, the largest distributor of European train tickets, passes and tours in North America.The Agent Oktoberquest carrier of the month incentive, featuring Deutsche Bahn, invites agents to ‘Become an Über-Expert’ in German Rail from Oct. 1 to 31, 2018.In addition clients can take advantage of the ‘German Rail Pass Autumn Promotion running Oct. 1, 2018 – Jan. 31, 2019.To participate agents are asked to log onto the Rail Europe Agent site at https://agent.raileurope.ca/ and answer 12 questions as part of ‘Oktoberquest’.Each of the highlighted letters will be used to unscramble a secret word. Every agent who answers the questions and the secret word correctly will receive a $50 Amazon.com/Amazon.ca gift card and a German Rail swag bag.Agents should look for the DB logo on the Rail Europe home page, use Agent’s Corner, and click on Country and City Guides to track down the answers to each question.More news: Can you guess the one and only hotel company to rank on Indeed’s Top Workplaces in Canada list?Terms and conditions apply and are subject to change at any time, and limited quantities are available.Agents can discover what is central to the German rail network and its products and services by exploring Rail Europe’s agent website, rich in resources and information that can help them qualify their clients and get them on board for an adventure throughout Germany, says Rail Europe.In addition to learning more about selling German Rail Passes and German rail travel on the Rail Europe site, agents can use the German Rail Pass Autumn Promotion to save clients money and help close sales to Germany.The promotion offers travelers a 10% discount on German Rail Pass Flexi for 3 days within one month and 3 days consecutive and 20 percent on German Rail Pass Flexi for 7 days within one month and 7 days consecutive.The German Rail Pass Flexi for 2 days within one month and 2 days consecutive will also be available during the promotion period, offering two exclusive validities to accommodate fewer days of train travel.More news: Visit Orlando unveils new travel trade tools & agent perksAgents must purchase the German Rail Passes for clients Oct. 1 – Dec. 7, 2018, for travel Oct. 1 – Jan. 31, 2019.
Related posts:Photos: A salute to Costa Rica’s natives on World Wildlife Day 4 things not to miss during bird migration season PHOTOS: Every Costa Rica sloth image you will ever need to see Mysterious shark discovered off Costa Rican coast dubbed the ‘Ninja Lanternshark’ Tucked away in the Talamanca mountains, a tiny, semi-translucent frog lurked out of scientists’ sight during more than a century of field work in the area. But the newly discovered frog, Hyalinobatrachium dianae, made its world debut in February in the taxonomy journalZootaxa.Characterized by a lack of pigmentation in their skin, glass frogs can only be found in parts of Central and South America. Some glass frogs, including H. dianae, are so translucent that their organs are visible from their underside, hence the name.Herpetologists are unsure of the practical reason for the frogs’ see-through appearance, but it is possible that their translucence aids in camouflage. Of the 149 species of glass frogs, 14 can be found in Costa Rica.H. dianae is the first glass frog discovered in Costa Rica since 1973. The frog is named for Janet Diana Kubicki, the mother of the frog’s discoverer Brian Kubicki, as well as the Roman hunting goddess, Diana. Hyalinobatrachium dianae’s organs are visible through its skin. (Courtesy of Brian Kubicki)Herpetologists found six specimens of the new frog in higher elevations in the western provinces of Limón and Heredia. The frog is about 2.5 centimeters in length. It has unusually long and thin feet and bright white and black eyes.While H. dianae shares many characteristics of other glass frogs, the nocturnal frog’s strange call is what most distinguishes it as a separate species.“It’s advertisement call is quite unique,” Brian Kubicki, the paper’s lead author, said. “It’s different than any other species that has been discovered.”Advertisement calls are used by male frogs to attract females for mating. Rather than using calls similar to other glass frogs, H. dianae’s advertisement is a long metallic whistle with rapid pulses.According to Kubicki, the call is similar to an insect’s call, which may have helped mask the frog from field herpetologists for so long. Investigators also identified morphological and genetic differences in H. dianae compared to other glass frogs.The frog’s distribution throughout the Talamanca mountain range is another likely reason it went undiscovered for so long.“Costa Rica is a very well-studied area by herpetologists so this discovery was surprising,” Kubicki said. “We just needed some fieldwork in these areas that were poorly explored.”The discovery is the second this year in Costa Rica for Kubicki. He and fellow herpetologist Stanley Salazar published a paper in March detailing the discovery of the first three Costa Rican specimens of the fringe-limbed treefrog, Ecnomiohyla bailarina.E. bailarina was discovered in Panama in 2014. The specimens found by Kubicki and Salazar were the first E. bailarina frogs seen outside of Panama. Facebook Comments
Following the signing of a distribution deal with the BBC earlier this year, Viacom’s Pluto TV has announced the launch of two new popup channels.The first is dedicated to classic episodes of the cult sci-fi series Doctor Who, while the second channel is solely dedicated to Antiques Roadshow. Both channels are for the US market. Classic Doctor Who will see a range of episodes from the first seven Doctors – ranging from 1963-89. This is in addition to the 600 episodes which are already available on demand through Pluto.The Antiques Roadshow channel will broadcast more than 300 episodes of the show, which will rotate quarterly on the network.As Variety reports, Viacom’s deal with BBC Studios covers almost 1,000 episodes from a range of shows, which accounts to over 700 hours of content. BBC shows available through Pluto’s VOD service include Bedlam, Primeval, and Robin Hood.The announcement follows the news that Pluto launched 14 new free channels in May. These include channels for BET, Comedy Central, MTV and Nickelodeon. Pluto is primarily focused on the US market at present, but Viacom has spoken openly about its plans to expand the service internationally. Speaking at the company’s latest quarterly earnings call, Viacom CEO Bob Bakish said that the company would “lean into [Pluto TV] harder and invest some incremental money” to expand on its leadership position.
Council urge public to avoid the unwanted gift of food poisoning this ChristmasDerry and Strabane CouncilFood Standards Agency Council and the Food Standards Agency are encouraging people to adhere to five top tips to keep your festive season truly the most wonderful time of the year.1. When Christmas food shopping, take sufficient bags with you so that you can separate out raw and ready-to-eat foods to avoid cross-contamination.2. Check the guidance on your turkey to ensure you have enough time to fully defrost it – it could take as much as 4 days.3. Don’t wash raw turkey; it just splashes germs onto your hands, clothes, utensils and worktops.4. To work out the cooking time for your turkey, check the instructions on the packaging, check that the meat is steaming hot throughout, there is no pink meat visible when you cut into the thickest part and meat juices run clear.5. Whether you cooked your turkey from frozen or fresh, your turkey leftovers can be used to make a new meal. This new meal can then be frozen, but make sure you only reheat it once.Kathryn Baker, Head of Local Authority, Policy and Delivery at the Food Standards Agency, added: “The four Cs of food hygiene: Chilling, Cleaning, Cooking and avoiding Cross-contamination are important throughout the year, but especially at Christmas.“In the flurry of preparing the Christmas meal, it’s important to remember to plan ahead and allow plenty of time. Remember that an average-sized turkey can take four days to fully thaw in the fridge, and it is vital to thoroughly cook a turkey so that the meat is steaming hot, there is no pink meat visible, and meat juices run clear.”For more information visit: www.food.gov.uk/seasons-eatings or follow @foodgov #SeasonsEatings on Twitter for tips and advice throughout the festive period.Council urge public to avoid the unwanted gift of food poisoning this Christmas was last modified: November 28th, 2018 by John2John2 Tags: Seamus Donaghy, Head of Health and Community Wellbeing at Derry City and Strabane District Council, urged people to be particularly cautious when preparing food for larger groups.“Cooking a Christmas roast for a large gathering can be a challenge and it is vital that the turkey or other meat of the meal, is stored, defrosted and cooked correctly,” he said.“Likewise, leftovers from Christmas need to be reheated and consumed within specific timeframes in order to avoid food poisoning.“This is why we are supporting the Food Standards Agency in helping you to relieve some of the stress of preparing your Christmas meal and to keep your family safe during the festive period.” ShareTweet DERRY City and Strabane District Council’s Environmental Health Food Team, in partnership with the Food Standards Agency, are encouraging the public to make the right choices to avoid food poisoning over the festive season.The Season’s Eatings campaign is offering helpful safety and hygiene tips and advice for the preparation of food during the Christmas celebrations. New research indicates that people in Northern Ireland could be putting themselves and their families at risk of food poisoning through a lack of knowledge of the four Cs of food hygiene, chilling, cooking, cleaning and avoiding cross contamination.
TSX Venture 1,248.36 1,289.50 1,522.15 Dear Reader, I’m off to Brazil to look into some mining companies operating in that country. Alas, my due diligence into the political and economic environment will not take me to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, nor anywhere near the country’s tourist destinations. Ah well… the flip side is that the places I do get to visit are so far off the beaten tracks of the world that I often get to see things almost no one else ever sees. So I’ll shed no tears, and neither should you; I love my work, and thank you all – our readers – for making it possible. Speaking of far-off places, China qualifies for most of our readers. We tend to have a very West-centric view of things, because that’s where most of our subscribers are. But the world is not the West, and trends in the East have certainly become powerful market forces none dare ignore. So how do people in China view our favorite metals – have you ever wondered? Jeff Clark takes a look at this important question in his article below. If you have not given this much thought before, I highly recommend that you do so now. Sincerely, Silver Stocks (SIL) 23.37 24.13 20.98 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 22.53 23.37 27.26 One Year Ago One Month Ago TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 12,153.10 12,225.84 11,571.71 Gold Producers (GDX) 48.74 50.96 55.49 Another explorer released an updated resource estimate on its bonanza-grade gold project. BIG GOLD Keep track of the latest news, our updated comments, and our recommendations for all our stocks on the BIG GOLD portfolio page. Copper 3.50 3.58 3.28 (Click on image to enlarge) It’s widely believed that the majority of the gold flowing into Hong Kong ends up in China, so its total is probably close to double what the chart reflects. Even if none of it went to China, coin and jewelry demand is 35 times greater than the US, based on GDP. The contrast between how our two nations can buy bullion is striking… In China, you can buy gold and silver at the bank. My teller looked at me oddly when I asked. Bullion is available for purchase at Chinese post offices. I wonder how my local postman would respond if I asked for a tube of silver Eagles. Mints are readily accessible to retail customers. Here, I can only order proof and commemorative products from the US Mint and am forced to go to an independent dealer. A new product design is manufactured every year. This being the Year of the Dragon, many bullion products are emblazoned with dragons. You can still buy last year’s rabbit, and next year it will be a snake. The US has two designs, the Eagle and Buffalo; the latter was introduced in 2006 and is available only in gold (if you see a silver Buffalo, it is a “Round” manufactured by a private mint, not the US Mint). Some will point to cultural affinity to account for the differences. There’s some truth to that, though this is a much greater factor in India. Even there, gold jewelry is not viewed as a decoration or an adornment; it’s a store of value. It’s financial insurance in a pretty bow. In India, gold can be used as collateral, regardless of its form. It’s not just an investment that they’re trying to make money from; it’s more important than that. But certainly the differences can’t all be attributed to culture… You’ve likely heard how government leaders in Beijing have been encouraging citizens to buy gold and silver. This would be akin to seeing your local Congressman or President Obama appearing on TV and imploring you to buy some gold and silver. (Utah made gold legal tender, but it was mostly a symbolic move.) Chinese radio and TV spots, along with newspaper ads, talk about “safeguarding your wealth” and putting “at least 5% of your savings” in precious metals. I haven’t seen this here except from dealers on cable TV. Can you imagine Ben Bernanke appearing in a commercial during American Idol, encouraging you to buy gold Eagles? No, what I hear from politicians about precious metals is nothing but the sound of crickets chirping, save Ron Paul. And the mainstream continues to claim gold is in a bubble. We’ve pointed it out before, but in case any of them are reading, there are two criteria for a bubble: first, a massive price increase, such as the gold price doubling in less than 7 weeks like it did in 1979-’80… which, of course, hasn’t occurred in this bull market. (Yet.) The second criterion is widespread participation on the part of the public. I don’t hear celebrities and TV anchors bubbling on about the latest gold stocks. Most people I know outside Casey Research aren’t talking about the great price they got on a silver Maple Leaf. Most investors I talk to say their friends, family, or co-workers aren’t scrambling to snatch up gold Eagles. And the #1 reason we’re not in a bubble is because Eva Longoria still hasn’t asked me out on date – something she’d only do because I’m a gold analyst. And with apologies to those of you who do know history, I think the Chinese have studied history a little better than many of us. The lessons are right in front of us, though I don’t hear this kind of data very much on CNBC… Morgan Stanley reports there is “no historical precedent” for an economy that exceeds a 250% debt-to-GDP ratio without experiencing some sort of financial crisis or high inflation. Total debt (public and private) in the US is 300%+ of GDP. Detailed studies of government debt levels over the past 100 years show that debts have never been repaid (in original currency units) when they exceed 80% of GDP. US government debt is approaching 100% of GDP this year. Peter Bernholz, a leading expert on hyperinflation, states emphatically that “hyperinflation is caused by government budget deficits.” This year’s US budget deficit will be about $1.3 trillion. It’s expected to total $6 trillion during Obama’s first four years in office. What do we hear instead? That the country will drop into recession if current amounts of spending and outlay of benefits are reduced. I think it is quite the opposite; it will be worse if our leaders continue down this path of debt, deficit spending, and printing money. What I’d love to see on CNBC is a spot with Doug Casey saying this: “Anyone who thinks they have any measure of financial security without owning any gold – especially in the post-2008 world – is either ignorant, naïve, foolish, or all three.” I bet that’d get the airwaves buzzing. It must seem strange to many Chinese that we continue to believe in our dollars, Treasuries, and bonds more than gold and silver. And it’s not just China that would view our investing habits as peculiar. Indeed, as the above tables implies, our views on precious metals are in the minority. My fear is that regardless of what form the fallout takes, many of my friends will be caught off guard. Probably many of yours, too. As the value of dollars continues to decay and inflation creeps closer and closer and then higher and higher, many investors will feel blindsided. Many Chinese citizens will not. Given China’s aggressive buying habits, my suspicion is that many of them will probably wonder why we didn’t see what was happening all around us, why we didn’t learn from history, and why we didn’t better prepare. With the hustle and bustle of the Thanksgiving holiday, you may have missed your chance to get Casey International Speculator for 50% off. So for today only, we’re reopening the doors to this very special offer. 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Gold and Silver HEADLINES Silver “Teabag” Purifies Water (Silver Institute) Indian scientists from Amity University have developed a curious, portable water-purifying system. It looks like a teabag, but instead of tea it contains silver-imbedded pebbles. According to the developers, when placed in water, the purifier provides about 99% decontamination of microbes. Silver teabags are expected to remain effective for up to around 120-125 uses within a six-month period and can clean nearly 1,000 liters of water. The device does not use any electricity nor other energy source. Scientists continue finding new and innovative uses for silver. This one could become important in areas with limited or no potable water. Silver and Gold ETF Holdings Reach Record Levels (Index Universe) Silver exchange-traded fund holdings reached a record high of 606.2 million troy ounces last week. Gold also hit a record the same week, with fund holdings now totaling 83.7 million troy ounces. What’s compelling is that holdings for both metals now exceed the amounts set last spring, when both gold and silver prices soared into record territory. Further, while there are always redemptions, the fact that there are net additions quarter after quarter implies that buyers remain bullish and are, for the most part, long-term investors. This would include us. Gold Christmas Tree for $4.2 Million in Tokyo (Reuters) Japanese jewelers created a pure gold, revolving “tree” covered in Disney characters, such as Mickey Mouse, Tinker Bell, and Cinderella. The “tree” is made of 40 kg (1,200 ounces) of pure gold, standing about 2.4 meters (7.9 ft) high and 1.2 meters in diameter. It includes pure gold plate silhouette cutouts of 50 popular Disney characters and is draped with gold leaf ribbons. The price is 350 million yen ($4.2 million). The same store offers a scaled-down version that features 20 Disney characters and stands 25 cm high for 2 million yen ($243,000). While nobody has purchased the big tree yet, the smaller version has already found buyers. Gold 1,729.63 1,707.42 1,691.79 Silver 33.34 31.66 31.69 Oil 87.38 86.67 96.17 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Rock & Stock Stats Last This Week in International Speculator and BIG GOLD – Key Updates for Subscribers International Speculator One of our favorite exploration-stage companies announced drill results from its key property. Read our comment. The Gold Market Through China’s Eyes By Jeff Clark, Senior Precious Metals Analyst Have you ever wondered what the typical Chinese gold investor thinks about our Western ideas of gold? We read month after month about demand hitting record after record in their country – how do they view our buying habits? Since 2007, China’s demand for gold has risen 27% per year. Its share of global demand doubled in the same time frame, from 10% to 21%. And this occurred while prices were rising. Americans are buying precious metals, no doubt. You’ll see in a news item below that gold and silver ETF holdings just hit record levels. The US Mint believes that 2012 volumes will surpass those of 2011. But let’s put the differences into perspective. This chart shows how much gold various countries are buying relative to their respective GDPs.
Nick Giambruno: Rick, you mentioned that the blockchain helps eliminate some of the inefficiencies of traditional gold warehousing companies. Can you elaborate on that?Rick Rule: Sure. If one of your readers wanted to go out and buy, say, 10 ounces of physical gold, the spot price is the reference price. But the truth is at many bullion dealers they’ll pay a 3% or 3.5% markup.Should they change their mind two hours later and decide to sell it, they wouldn’t get spot on the sell side either. They’d get a 3% or 3.5% markdown, meaning that the simple act of buying and selling 10 ounces of gold can cause the investor to experience 7% or 700 basis points of friction.On top of that, one often pays to store and insure that gold, and they also pay for shipping and receiving.If you eliminate the vast bulk of those transaction fees, you can see the incredible increase in economic efficiency for buying and selling gold through a distributed ledger, through the blockchain.And that was really the most important thing that appealed to us. We just wanted to make the gold trade much more efficient for those investors who believed that gold was a savings product, that gold was money.Justin’s note: Keep your eyes peeled for part two of this discussion, where the guys talk about why gold-backed cryptos are a complementary tool for individuals all around the world to access sound money… how they can help with political diversification, and much more.In the meantime, I urge you to watch our new presentation on gold-backed cryptos where you’ll learn more about them… and see why every day is now a potential opportunity to make rapid-fire profits.Click here to watch now. — Click here to find out how — Group That Called Bitcoin Crash Says This Is NextOne group exposed the USSR collapse, the dot-com bubble, the mortgage collapse, and the bitcoin crash. Their top analyst says “this” is next… We believe that using the distributed ledger technology to make gold trading more effective was something that the market wanted, and secondly a logical extension of the Sprott brand, which is in some investors’ minds synonymous with precious metals. We already manage well in excess of $4 billion in exchange-traded precious metals on the New York Stock Exchange, and thought an extension of our brand to a crypto product was a logical thing to do.What was holding us back was the technological capability internally to cause that to occur, and when IEX [Investors Exchange] – the sort of flash boys guys – came into the equation and in fact approached us about being their partner in enabling distributed ledger and blockchain technologies in gold, that was just an offer too good to pass up.Nick Giambruno: Doug, you’ve talked a lot about sound money over the years. How does a gold-backed crypto play into your notion of sound money?Doug Casey: Very well. One of the disadvantages of gold is that it’s hard to transport. While today it’s not illegal to cross borders with gold, in two separate countries on two separate continents when I was carrying about a dozen silver one-ounce coins and both times they stopped me at the x-ray machine and examined them. No problem because it was silver and they weren’t worth anything, but if they had been gold it would’ve been a problem.So it’s not illegal to transport gold, but it’s becoming inconvenient to do so. I think that a gold-backed crypto will kiss that and make it better.Nick Giambruno: Doug, do you think gold-backed cryptos are a logical evolution of cryptocurrencies?Doug Casey: Both logical and necessary. Knowing that your digital money is redeemable for a specific and fixed amount of gold somewhere is a huge advantage. Gold-backed cryptos are going to be huge. The best of both worlds. Recommended Link Write This Date Down…Any day now, a tiny company trading at $2 a share is expected to make a major announcement… One that could flood it with a 22,705% profit surge. Insiders are already snatching up shares ahead of this upcoming announcement. A $300+ billion conglomerate bought almost 20% of this company. The founder of this company more than tripled his holdings. And the “smart money” has gobbled more than half of the total shares. It’s obvious they’re getting ready for a big payday. And, if you act in time, you have the chance to personally take part in it. Click here for details Recommended Link Justin’s note: There’s a huge opportunity right now…Crisis Investing chief analyst Nick Giambruno says there is a new kind of digital asset that marries cryptocurrencies and gold into one powerful new financial tool: gold-backed cryptos. If you missed his essay on this idea back in October, catch up here.Dozens of these gold-backed cryptos are now sprouting up. And the potential is enormous.Investing legends Casey Research founder Doug Casey and Rick Rule – president and CEO of Sprott U.S. Holdings – are both excited about the huge potential of gold-backed cryptos as well. Nick recently interviewed the two on the subject, and today and tomorrow I’m sharing their fascinating discussion…Nick Giambruno: Rick, you’ve been in the resource market for decades. We recently discussed how you’re looking very closely at gold-backed cryptocurrencies. This is where the resource market is intersecting with blockchain technology and decentralized databases.What made you interested in gold-backed cryptos?Rick Rule: Well, first we believe that the potential audience for gold and cryptos is very similar. The people who believe that there should be mediums of exchange that aren’t government-sponsored will adopt both cryptos and gold.Second, we saw how the distributed ledger could make the inefficiencies of the gold trade go away, to the benefit of all users.Third, we saw a circumstance where there was a proliferation of crypto products that were in and of themselves faith-based currencies, floating abstractions. Dogecoin is an example that started off as a joke, and then got a bid.