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Letters to the Editor for Sunday, March 22

first_imgCategories: Letters to the Editor, OpinionTrump needs to stop showing he’s a foolSince you may be familiar with the many letters I’ve written regarding Mr. Trump, there is no further need to explain just how dishonest, incompetent and self-serving he is except to say, “Sometime(s) [Mr. Trump], it is better to remain silent and appear the fool than it is to open your mouth and remove all doubt.” The quote is mostly attributed to Abraham Lincoln.Livia CarrollSchenectadyRather listen to the experts about virusI now realize how foolish it was of me to listen to public health experts. Mr. Marvell’s March 18 letter (Older generations were a lot tougher) has set me straight.I’m renting a 1,000 square foot space and having a belated St. Patrick’s Day party with 500 friends. I’m sure everything will be fine. Just…fine.Michael FondacaroAlbanyStop tearing down America, presidentThank you, Allen Remaley, for writing a most perfect and timely March 15 letter (“Coronavirus; a chance to reunite America”); and, thank you Daily Gazette for publishing it.Rarely since World War II have we as a nation had reasons to unite against such a common enemy.So, out of every bad can come some good. It is past time for the haters of our nation to stop trashing our country and our president.I speak to local hate mongers who write childlike letters calling Donald Trump “idiot in chief,” “liar,” “brutal dictators are part of Trump’s base,“ etc.  As well, there are the more sophisticated hate mongers of The Washington Post and New York Times, whose excuses for good journalism are snide, twisted and misleading news events, and in some cases just outright lies taken out of context.Shame on all of you. Will you continue to be part of the problem or will you be part of the solution?I am old enough to remember the 40s. We were united as a great nation then and we are still a great nation. So, please stop tearing us and our president down. Make America great again indeed.Jack OsterlitzGlenville More from The Daily Gazette:EDITORIAL: Thruway tax unfair to working motoristsEDITORIAL: No chickens in city without strong regsEDITORIAL: Don’t repeal bail reform law; Fix it the right wayEDITORIAL: No more extensions on vehicle inspectionsEDITORIAL: Make a game plan for voting. Do it now. To interrupt virus, we must alter our habitsIt’s a generational thing: If you think that it is the “Corona Beer” virus, then you should exercise caution. If you think it’s funny to call it the “Smith Corona” virus, you need to be in complete isolation.How did this virus come about? It’s not “rocket science” at all. It is, however, “evolutionary science.”The habitat for this newly evolved virus is the human body. But that habitat is able, over time, to muster an immune defense which changes the habitat and makes it more than inhospitable to the virus.If the habitat dies, then all of the virus within die also. So, what’s a poor virus to do? It has to be effective in continually moving on to new and greener fields.To do this it takes advantage of human culture and need. Humans are social creatures and in order to thrive and even survive, we require communication and intimacy. Close conversation and contact are the human habits that allow the virus to move from one person’s mucus membrane to another’s.These are the traits and the joys we are asked to suspend, and we should. We should make it difficult for this newly evolved species to invade a new habitat.Ultimately, we need to go back to being the social critters we are. We need intimate conversation. We need to shake hands and to hold hands and hold each other.And, we need to tell each other that everything is alright, even if it is not.Bill MacTiernanSchenectadyI shouldn’t have to be fearful of your dogI like walking in my neighborhood (Colonial Manor). But recently, I have encountered dogs that are loose. As a matter of fact, one neighbor’s dog has been in my backyard no less than six times.I like dogs but am afraid of ones that aren’t on a leash or tied up. It doesn’t matter if you think your dog won’t bite. You can’t be sur. And since I’m afraid, most dogs can smell the fear and become more aggressive. Being bitten by your dog is not on my bucket list and I’m sure you don’t want a lawsuit. So please, keep your dogs either confined to your own yard or on a leash. I shouldn’t have to be afraid to go in my own backyard or walk around the neighborhood.Lorraine VanDerWerkenSchenectadyThank nurses, aides for their dedicationI am applauding the nurses and nurses’ aides who work in the “trenches” every day. I feel that they have been taken for granted at times for their humble service, when in reality they are in dangerous jobs.No matter if it’s a violent patient or patient family or a deadly disease they forge ahead and care for us in full knowledge of the possible consequences of their service.These women and men deserve our support and recognition for their actions, which can many times be accurately described as heroic.Sometimes the public is never made aware of the sacrifices that they have made or incurable disease they may have been exposed to. The stress of the job affects their families as well. I know this because I am a retired RN.I ask for no accolades for myself,  but ask that we each somehow thank these professionals, who are at work today, for their total dedication. I know I will.Lois MillsNiskayunalast_img read more

The Doctors – More Monsters! Doctor Who DVD review

first_imgCredit: Koch MediaKoch Media’s latest documentary release is a collection of six ‘Myth Makers’ interviews with actors who made a strong impression playing monsters in Doctor Who. Most of those showcased first made their mark in the original Doctor Who series of 1963-89, but a few have also appeared in the remake. Most of the interviews are hot off the press, one or two date back to the mid-2000s.If you’re a Doctor Who enthusiast and you love behind-the-scenes stories and actors’ tales, then the range of ‘The Doctors’ compilations are a must-have part of your DVD collection. Put simply, the Myth Makers interviews are definitive. Over the course of around an hour, they delve into each actor’s background, learning about how they fell into the profession in the first place to (more importantly) how they got involved with Doctor Who and what their experiences were like on set.Nabil Shaban is an inveterate raconteur, and he is full of lively and engaging stories about his time playing Sil the Mentor in two Colin Baker stories (he has recently reprised the part for Sil and the Devil Seeds of Arodor). Questions are fed in to him by Christopher Ryan, his co-star in the Trial of a Time Lord story Mindwarp. Ryan, famous outside of Doctor Who for his many roles, but especially in situation comedies Absolutely Fabulous, The Young Ones and One Foot in the Grave, is a neat contrast to Shaban. Quietly-spoken, introspective, rather shy and slightly uncomfortable in the spotlight, it’s impossible not to immediately warm to Ryan, and interviewer Robert Dick does a great job in encouraging responses from him. Both interviews are new for 2019. Completing the first disc is Jon Davey, a name known to viewers of the remake. He’s interviewed here by modern-day Dalek voice-actor Nicholas Briggs.Credit: Koch MediaThe second disc opens with 1980s Davros-actor Terry Molloy, who spoke to the team in 2006. The best part is when he describes Samuel Payne, (EF contributor and one of my Doctor Who podcast The Complete Menagerie (Almost) co-conspirators) as a “Gruesome boy”. The two had worked together on the stage show The Trial of Davros in 2005, and Davros clearly has the measure of him…Stephen Thorne’s interview is poignant in that he died earlier this year, aged 84. But he gives some cracking anecdotes about Jon Pertwee’s showmanship on stage at a Doctor Who event celebrating the classic 1971 serial The Daemons. Robert Dick later catches up with him at a hotel, and outside the setting of playing for an audience, the second half of the interview is rather more introspective.Finally, there’s Stuart Fell, who was of course principally a stuntman, but who also played monsters where the costumes were too demanding or uncomfortable for actors. Perhaps his best-known contribution to Doctor Who is as Alpha Centuri in Pertwee adventure The Curse of Peladon. Fell gives an account of his full career, from how he got into making a living from stunts (nominative determinism aside) to his time on Blake’s 7, and how he uses local historical events to keep himself ticking over. The interview is just over decade old, and like the actors, Fell is full of terrific stories. He clearly retains a love for Doctor Who. Those who have met him over the years can vouch for what a delight he is.Credit: Koch MediaFor copyright reasons, the Myth Makers interviews can’t include footage from Doctor Who stories, and they have to be selective on still photographs. This means they are accessible mostly to people who are so well-steeped in the mythology that little context is needed. For devoted fans, they may be interviews with actors they’ve seen at conventions, and with an hour or so of screen time, they can afford to take an in-depth overview of their contribution to showbusiness and to Doctor Who. As such, for the fans who hunger for the human stories from the people who made their favourite show, there’s a wealth of trivia and anecdotes to uncover in The Doctors: More Monsters. Aficionados of this series will also enjoy the banter-rich introduction by Keith Barnfather and Nicholas Briggs.Cast: Nabil Shaban, Christopher Ryan, Jon Davey, Terry Molloy, Stephen Thorne, Stuart Fell Director: Keith Barnfather Certificate: E Released by: Koch Media Running time: 330 mins Release date: 4th November 2019 Buy nowlast_img read more

No. 9/10 UWF Baseball Stays Hot With Road Win At Montevallo

first_imgSullivan ran his team-best hitting streak to 19 straight games with three hits. He is now tied with Dustin Lawley (2010) for the third-longest hit streak in program history. The all-time UWF record is held by Stephen Jackson, who hit safely in 29 straight games in 1998. “Pitchers did their job today,” said Jeffcoat. “Very good start by Floyd, and Middleton, Rossi for an out, and Pahlad to finish it. They needed to gain their confidence.” Preview Jared Middleton, Tony Rossi, and Josh Pahlad finished the game on the mound for the Argos. The trio did not allow an earned run. The Argos outhit Montevallo 14-6. The Falcons (15-15, 12-6 GSC) committed three errors in the game. MONTEVALLO, Ala. – No. 9/10 UWF baseball stayed hot with an 8-3 win at Montevallo Wednesday. Daniel Floyd improved to 5-0 on the season with six innings of one-run ball, and reigning GSC player of the week Matt Sullivan reached base six times as the Argos sprinted past the Falcons at Kermit A. Johnson Field.”Had a lot of hits today and put enough runs on the board, but also left some in scoring position. Overall, a very solid road win today,” said UWF head coach Mike Jeffcoat. “Looking forward to being back home at The Spoon this weekend.” Full Schedule Roster Live Stats Shorter 3/30/2019 – 1:00 p.m. The Argos got to Falcons starter Christian Simon (0-2) early. Robert Lopez tagged the Falcon hurler for an RBI single to score Trevor Payne and make it 1-0 in the first. Matthew Estrada and Payne combined for three RBIs with two outs in the fourth to give UWF a 4-1 lead.Sullivan hit his eighth homer of the season in the sixth. His solo blast made it 5-1. Sullivan has now homered three times over the last two games. He would finish the game with three runs scored. Watch Live Estrada and Payne each finished with two hits. Isaac Phillips racked up three hits and two runs scored. Payne picked up a pair of RBIs. Both he and Sullivan have now reached in 25 straight games. Next Game: UWF (22-9, 13-2 GSC) will return home for a three-game series vs. Shorter (16-13, 9-8 GSC) beginning Saturday with a 1:00 p.m. doubleheader at Jim Spooner Field.For the latest information on UWF athletics, follow the Argos on Twitter @GoArgos. Floyd was brilliant in his second start of the season. He has now allowed just two runs over 11 innings as a starter this year. The Wallace-Dothan CC alum allowed just three hits while striking out four. He issued just one walk. #ARGOS#Print Friendly Versionlast_img read more

Seth Kubersky’s Best Week Ever November 5, 2015: Epcot Food and Wine Festival with Liliane Opsomer

first_imgEnough photos, more food! The peking duck inside the steamed bun isn’t exactly Morimoto quality, and they were little liberal with the hoisin sauce, but as a dim dum devotee I liked this dish. Finally, we made it full circle back to the place where it all began. Revisiting Next Eats, we ended our culinary voyage by chewing on some New York Strip from Chew Labs. This was the only dish that I’ve tasted twice this year, and it remains my favorite item at the Festival. If I was served this steak in a fine restaurant (in a larger portion, of course) I’d be very satisfied, which isn’t something I can stay about some Food & Wine fare. The Scotland kiosk is home to two of my favorite S-words: scallops and scotch!The sea scallop was a good size but, like most seafood at Food & Wine, slightly overcooked. The creamed spinach with bacon, however, could have been a dish all on its own. Liliane arrived first, and greeted me with the greatest gift of all: chocolate! I don’t usually start off my day with a nitro-cooled mouse covered in whiskey caramel, but when in Rome… Unfortunately, you can get a much larger portion of the same sandwich for only a couple bucks more at Columbia Harbor House, so I decided that my lobster roll cravings can wait until my next Magic Kingdom visit. Share This!Take a Best Week Ever walk around the Epcot Food and Wine Festival! (Photos by Seth Kubersky)I hope everyone enjoyed last week’s Disneyland vacation with Daisy Lauren as much as I did! For this Best Week Ever, we are back in unseasonably sunny Orlando for a visit to the Epcot Food and Wine Festival with one of our favorite people. There are only a couple weeks left before Epcot’s annual orgy of eating and drinking ends, but it’s not to late to share the excess with a friend. So this week, I took a walk around World Showcase with Liliane Opsomer, the co-author of The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World with Kids and the master of all things social media for The Unofficial Guides. Grab your MagicBand and a box of Zantac, and join us as we eat our way around the world! For a finishing touch, here’s a meta moment for you: me, taking a picture of Liliane, taking a picture of her vanilla panna cotta. We started our culinary adventure at the new Next Eats area behind Innoventions West, where Liliane was determined to try one of everything from the two new kiosks themed to ABC’s The Chew. We took a quick detour through Craft Beer pavilion to pay tribute to the old Odyssey restaurant… Every visitor to Food & Wine must pose with the Chef Mickey topiary at the northern end of World Showcase. It’s mandatory! Work is buzzing along on the buildings that will house new Frozen meet and greet. If you don’t have a Disney credit card, or other form of card from Chase, you might want to apply for one if only to access the Chase Cardholder Lounge above the American Adventure attraction. …and began making our clockwise trek around World Showcase lagoon. As tempting as the Australian lamb chops smelled, the queue was already at a discouraging length, so we moved on past Mexico to the construction zone known as Norway. Liliane had no interest in eating a Belgian waffle, but because she’s from Belgium I just had to ask her to pose with one. …we took some time off our feet to enjoy some Italian entertainment. First up was Sergio the mime: Followed closely by the Sbandieratori Di Sansepolcro flag tossers. A big thank you to Liliane, Joe, and all the cast members and guests at Epcot for sharing this beautiful day with me! If you have Epcot Food & Wine experiences to share, leave them in the comments below!center_img Next, we sampled the olive oil-poached salmon. It was well seasoned and moist from the oil, but cooked through and through; I prefer mine a bit pink. The corn relish was a winner, though. …where we checked out this year’s Dominican Republic mini-pavilion, which is very nicely decorated. Heading into World Showcase, we had to stop and get a selfie or two with the famous cranberry bog, which is back and in a more prominent location than ever. Our third Chew course was pork spareribs from the Sustainable booth, paired with a Kolsch beer. The meat was fall-off-the-bone tender, but the raw peppers topping it were a bit overwhelming. The rich cheese grits beneath the ribs were the real star of the dish, and balanced nicely against the bitterness of the beer. Just outside the lounge, the lobster rolls at the Hops & Barley food kiosk looked so tasty that I had to get a photo of them with the chefs. Moving on to America, take a look at the line for the evening’s first Eat to the Beat concert, a full three hours before Boyz II Men took the stage. It’s an oasis of A/C, free Coke Freestyle, and cell phone chargers that is most welcome by the time you reach the halfway point in your walk around World Showcase. We fast-forwarded past most of the west side of World Showcase and made our way towards the front… And in the spirit of never passing up a freebie in the parks, we had to grab our complimentary pack of Craisins. This one isn’t strictly Food & Wine related, but I noticed that the tea kiosk outside China had a couple new special menu items: I’m a Glenfiddich fan, but the end of an afternoon in 90 degree heat is probably not the wisest time to sample straight scotch. When I arrived at noon, Epcot appeared quite a bit busier than you might hope a weekday in early November would be. Welcome to Jersey Week! Thanks to teachers’ conferences in New Jersey, wait times were jacked up throughout the park, with Spaceship Earth posting a 35 minute standby queue as I entered. This year, there’s even a caricature artist available, along with Disney Infinity video games. And if you arrive early enough, you may get a wristband for reserved viewing of Illuminations. Look who we ran into in Morocco! It’s our friend Joe from Parkscope.com. Hi, Joe! After a quick beer break in Germany…last_img read more

The 4 M’s of Attracting Investors to Your Startup

first_imgWhy Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Related Posts Mark Suster is one of those unique venture capitalists in that he has experience as an entrepreneur prior to joining the VC world (or the “dark side” as he calls it). Twice, in fact. That’s why he calls his blog “Both Sides of the Table,” because he has literally sat at both sides of the negotiating table. It’s this experience as both an entrepreneur and a VC that provides him a fresh perspective on startups and the investment market, so what does Suster think are the most important factors to securing investment? Apparently, it comes down to four M’s.The first M Suster suggests is “momentum,” which is almost synonymous with “traction.” Investors want to see early growth – either in terms of users, deals or any number of metrics – that will likely continue or accelerate after an investment. This is why developing an early relationship with an investor is key, so they can see your growth over time, and not be forced to make a decision based on a snapshot in time.“Almost all VCs care about investing in big markets with ambitious teams. So NEVER talk about early exits, quick flips, tuck-in acquisitions, previous interest shown by acquirers, etc., during your meeting.”– Mark Suster“If you want to raise money from VCs you should see them early,” he says. “If I see your alpha product then I can judge how it develops over time. If you have 2 developers and the next time I see you it’s a team of 6 with a new head of products I can see momentum.”Second comes “management,” which Suster says accounts for 70% of his decision to invest (just 30% goes to the actual product or idea). He suggests that entrepreneurs place their biographical information early in their pitch so that investors may be “leaning forward for the rest of the presentation.”The third M? Market size. “Whether you’re talking with micro VCs, seed stage investors or series A,B investors they all want to believe that your company CAN be big one day,” he says. “Almost all VCs care about investing in big markets with ambitious teams. So NEVER talk about early exits, quick flips, tuck-in acquisitions, previous interest shown by acquirers, etc., during your meeting.”And finally, the last M that Suster believes is critical to attracting investors is “money,” which he says is “often misunderstood.” In the end, money is the most important thing to investors. Most, he says, want to own a significant chunk of your company, but may be willing to go smaller with other investors. It’s best, he adds, to be open and honest about how much ownership an investor is looking to achieve.Are any other M’s missing from Suster’s summation? Or are other things more important that don’t start with M? Let us know how you feel about attracting investors and what they look for in startups by leaving a comment below! Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Tags:#start#tips center_img chris cameron A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Now Live: Your SmashingConf Toronto Playlist

first_img Now Live: Your SmashingConf Toronto Playlist Now Live: Your SmashingConf Toronto Playlist Rachel Andrew 2019-08-08T15:00:59+02:00 2019-08-09T12:36:14+00:00We have edited and prepared the video from SmashingConf Toronto, and it is all now live for you to watch and learn from. To get a feel for the event, watch our compilation. We think that it really captures the atmosphere of a SmashingConf!Day OneThe Day One Collaborative Doc created by attendees is full of takeaways from the first day of the conference. You might find some of those notes helpful as you watch the video linked below. Speaker Name Talk Title Brad Frost “Let’s Build A Design System” (Video) Sarah Drasner “Let’s Write A Vue App From Scratch” (Video) Phil Hawksworth “JAMStack: Silly Name. Serious Stuff.” (Video) Jenny Shen “Build Bridges, Not Walls: Design For Users Across Cultures” (Video) Chris Gannon “Make It Move! Create A Web Animation From Scratch” (Video) Kristina Podnar “Help! I’m Your Ailing Website. The Digital Policy & Standards Rehab Hour” (Video) Steven Hoober “Authentic Digital Design By The Numbers” (Video)Day TwoCheck out the Day Two Collaborative Doc for more resources and thoughts shared by our attendees and speakers on the second day of the conference. Speaker Name Talk Title Phil Nash “Diving Into Service Workers, Live” (Video) Jules Forrest “For The Love Of The Grid” (Video) Dan Rose “Seeing The Pages For The Components” (Video) Diana Mounter “The Secret Lives of Color Systems” (Video)Some of the speakers shared additional resources, or GitHub repos to go with their talks. You can find all of the relevant links here.You can also find all of the video in the Vimeo showcase for SmashingConf Toronto 2019, and we have a lot of videos from previous events for you to explore.If you would like to be part of the SmashingConf fun next year, we already have tickets on sale for SmashingConf San Francisco 2020. The rest of this year’s events (New York and Freiburg) are already sold out! There are a few workshop-only tickets available for New York 2019, but be quick!Related Resources on SmashingMag:Looking Back At SmashingConf San Francisco 2019That Was SmashingConf Toronto 2019SmashingConf New York 2018: That’s What It Was LikeUser Experience Psychology And Performance: SmashingConf Videos (il)From our sponsors: Now Live: Your SmashingConf Toronto Playlist Related postsInclusive Components: Book Reviews And Accessibility Resources13th December 2019Should Your Portfolio Site Be A PWA?12th December 2019Building A CSS Layout: Live Stream With Rachel Andrew10th December 2019Struggling To Get A Handle On Traffic Surges10th December 2019How To Design Profitable Sales Funnels On Mobile6th December 2019How To Build A Real-Time Multiplayer Virtual Reality Game (Part 2)5th December 2019 HomeWeb DesignNow Live: Your SmashingConf Toronto Playlist Posted on 9th August 2019Web Design FacebookshareTwittertweetGoogle+share Now Live: Your SmashingConf Toronto PlaylistYou are here:last_img read more

Happy Project Management Week!

first_imgNovember 4 is the 7th annual International Project Management Day and in Arizona, Governor Brewer has proclaimed November 1- 7, 2010 as Arizona Project Management Week.  IPM was established as a way of recognizing the extraordinary efforts made by project management professionals – across a variety of industries and locations. In Arizona, Project Management Week is November 1-7 as proclaimed by the Governor. The proclamation acknowledges the efforts of the PMI Phoenix and Tucson chapters, and the contributions project managers have made across the state of Arizona in the world of government, business, and community service. The proclamation states that “project managers in Arizona have made a significant contribution to our quality of life, enhanced the quality of services within our communities, provided leadership during times of crisis, and helped support economic growth; and these dedicated professionals and their teams exemplify the importance of leadership, cooperation, innovation, initiation, and perseverance.” “Governor Brewer’s proclamation is a timely reminder that as the national economy starts to turn a corner, project managers are playing an important role in successfully leading new projects. …JGHlast_img read more

Pacquiao ‘extends’ McGregor challenge

first_imgMOST READ Manny Pacquiao. AFP FILE PHOTOManny Pacquiao just let out a subtle invitation for Conor McGregor to fight him next year.On Thursday afternoon, the Fighting Senator posted on his Instagram account.ADVERTISEMENT Foton tries to snap F2 Logistics win streak Malditas save PH from shutout Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss PLAY LIST 02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games Though he’s a certified billionaire, Pacquiao is still hoping to land one or two lucrative fights before hanging up his gloves. And McGregor is at the top of the pay scale. —ROY LUARCASports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next ‘A complete lie:’ Drilon refutes ‘blabbermouth’ Salo’s claims Jordan delivers on promise: 2 Cobra choppers now in PH Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. The Fatted Calf and Ayutthaya: New restos worth the drive to Tagaytay After 30 years, Johnlu Koa still doing ‘hard-to-make’ quality breads MRT 7 on track for partial opening in 2021 Ethel Booba on hotel’s clarification that ‘kikiam’ is ‘chicken sausage’: ‘Kung di pa pansinin, baka isipin nila ok lang’ LATEST STORIES Hotel says PH coach apologized for ‘kikiam for breakfast’ claim “Happy Thanksgiving! Stay fit my friend. #realboxingmatch #2018 @thenotoriousmma,” read the message, which was written below a picture of McGregor looking relaxed sitting on a sofa.Pacquiao hasn’t fought since losing the World Boxing Organization to Australian Jeff Horn in Brisbane last July, opting to bypass a rematch clause to concentrate on his legislative duties in the Philippines.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSBoxers Pacquiao, Petecio torchbearers for SEA Games openingMcGregor also hasn’t fought since bowing to Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a megabuck boxing bout last August.With a fight against the mixed martial arts superstar sure to bring in oodles of money, even boxing Hall of Famer Oscar De La Hoya has hinted he’s going to come out of a seven-year retirement to tangle with the Irishman. View commentslast_img read more

10 months agoLeicester boss Puel delighted with Choudhury for Chelsea win

first_imgLeicester boss Puel delighted with Choudhury for Chelsea winby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLeicester City boss Claude Puel was delighted with Hamza Choudhury’s performance for victory at Chelsea.Choudhury made his first Premier League appearance of the season in the 1-0 win at Chelsea, the midfielder handed a start after his impressive display in the midweek Carabao Cup clash with Manchester City. “I was happy about Hamza against Man City and I think he confirmed why (against Chelsea),” said Puel.“He’s a young player from the academy but for me it’s important to give game-time for players to continue to develop. If an academy player can have good quality, he can come and compete with his team-mates.“I’m happy about the work, about the game of Hamza. He needs to continue this way.“It’s a good response for the team and for the work at the club, not just the professional players but at the academy. It’s a reward for all of the coaches and for all the hard work in the academy.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Todays missive is by one of our favorite thinkers

first_imgToday’s missive is by one of our favorite thinkers, prolific investment strategist Don Coxe.As an advisor to several publicly traded funds, part of Don’s job is to identify sectors that will make money for his clients. So it’s telling that he’s recently turned his attention to probably the most hated investment of the last two years: gold and gold stocks. (If you need a good reason why you should invest in them now, watch our recent all-star video event Upturn Millionaires with eight top resource and investment experts, including Doug Casey, Frank Giustra, and Ross Beaty.)Regular readers of this column will recognize Don for both his unmatched historical knowledge of the investment markets and for his knack for explaining difficult concepts with fun analogies.Don delivers on both with this piece. Read on for his entertaining analysis, penned exclusively for Casey Research readers, on why gold’s immediate future looks bright.Dan SteinhartManaging Editor of The Casey ReportA Very, Very Interesting YearDon Coxe, Chairman, Coxe Advisors LLC.For the past year, we have rarely written on gold, because there were too many other investment opportunities, and the good old S&P was just going up month after month. This was, for most equity investors, Voltaire’s “best of all possible worlds.” The economy was of Goldilockian temperature and moderation, politicians were behaving the way cynics expected and optimists despised, and the Fed was successfully injecting massive doses of “financial heroin” into the US—and global—economy without any signs of ill effects… or any remarkable enthusiasm for risk-taking.Some of us were disconcerted that an increasing proportion of the work force were leaving it for a life of disability benefits, food stamps, and other confections from the government’s banquet table. Meanwhile, bankers were happily absorbing the financial heroin of zero interest rates and a continuously fattened Fed balance sheet. They loaned, but not in ways that stimulate the economy. They were simply lending back to the Fed at a big markup and levering up their balance sheets with short-term, low-risk paper issued by other institutions.We couldn’t help noticing the resemblance to the land of the lotus eaters in Homer’s The Odyssey. When Odysseus and his sailors landed among the lotus eaters, they enjoyed their floral diet and drifted into a state of dreamy satisfaction, refusing to return to the risks of “the wine-dark sea”—even though they swore they’d like to go home… sometime. Eventually, Odysseus and his most loyal followers lashed their lassitude-loving shipmates to boards and dragged them back to their ship.In this dreamy financial world, the need to own gold became increasingly irrelevant. “Give us this day our daily Fed” was the bankers’ prayer, which was answered with monetary injections delivered with near-divine consistency. Why own the best protection against a financial catastrophe when the managers in Washington, London, and Frankfurt had apparently found the magical formula to eliminate risk?No surprise, then, when The Financial Times disclosed in January that its regular poll of the world’s leading gold investment experts revealed an overwhelming consensus for another grim and ghastly year for gold.Among the prognosticators were some who predicted that the gold price was headed for just three digits; they only disagreed on whether the front number would be nine or seven. The “must-own” metal of this millennium had lost its urgency and relevance, replaced in what remains of metallic stardom by platinum, which is needed to clean car exhausts. Global warming, says the new consensus, is something real, whereas gold is headed back to “barbarous relic” status.Some of us who had been sitting on the sidelines decided that the Grecian Chorus of Gloom had overstayed its time on stage. Enough already!Gold is just as relevant as ever, and the indispensable portfolio protector is on sale at a deep discount. That’s why in January, we sharply boosted gold stock exposures in the commodity equity portfolios we advise.Some others apparently shared our view, because gold has not traded below its year-end close and is up 10% YTD at this writing. Gold stocks in the GDX are up 24.7%, and the GDXJ junior gold stocks are up an astonishing 41.8%. Chrysophilia could soon be back in vogue, although Paul Krugman and other “progressive” economists would surely label it “financial necrophilia.” (Is this a new age of gold or a dead-cat bounce?)When Harold Macmillan was UK premier, he once gave a speech to a Tory audience about all the great things the government was doing for the people. The crowd loved it. Then a young man asked, “So what could possibly go wrong that would lead to your government’s defeat?”“Events, dear boy, events,” the premier replied.Events will, we suggest, bring gold back to center stage from its two years of languishing backstage. We cannot predict which “events” will trigger the next monster rally, but with all that paper money and all those debts and all those bad bank balance sheets, something will assuredly go wrong sometime.Gold is that unique element that is priced not just by the interaction of the classic opposites—fear and greed—but by the shifting winds and storms of those emotional and intellectual opposites. Gold was languishing at $275 when a new kind of global war began on 9/11. When the US economy emerged from recession in 2002 and embarked on a real-estate-driven boom, gold soared all the way to the $1,000 level before being sucked into the bank collapse vortex and declining to $716. But while most equities were still plunging, gold and gold stocks entered into a new bull market and soared to $1,911. Two fears drove that golden bull: fear of Fed monetary policies and fear of a collapse of Eurozone banks and economies.When those fears began to evaporate, gold investors looked down, saw no safety nets—and began bailing out. No inflation? No euro crisis? No reason to hold gold.We think most investors are missing the point: nearly six years of unprecedented money printing, unprecedented subsidization of big banks with zero-cost money, and massive government intervention into the economy have not delivered even a soupçon of robust, inflation-generating growth.Heroin was the battlefield anesthetic of choice for severely wounded soldiers. The crucial medical decision was not whether to deliver the heroin: that was easy. The tough part—for doctor and patient—was deciding on and enforcing its withdrawal before the soldier became a hopeless addict.The Fed has been lulled into the economically perilous belief that capitalism should be stimulated with sustained injections of a potent narcotic long after the patient is out of the emergency ward. Zero-cost money and an underpriced mid-to-long Treasury market most certainly will make the economy rebound, not subside into languid repose.This mechanistic assumption ignores the guts component of capitalism: hard work and taking risk for reward. The Fed’s long-term recovery is, in effect, based on the unstated premise that risk is a four-letter word that has, like another four-letter word beginning with “f,” little place in genteel company.Mr. Bernanke must sense this, because nearly a year ago he began to warn that “tapering” was coming and “unconventional monetary policies” would not last forever. For that warning to the addicted patients—the big, bad, bonused bailout banks—he was greeted with screams of anguish and sharp stock market selloffs.His successor is committed—at least for now—to continuing the tapering. Since the Fed has quadrupled its balance sheet without triggering worrisome inflation, that component of Fed policy should easily survive a gradual return to normalcy.But the zero interest-rate policy (ZIRP), as our friend John Mauldin recently noted, is having serious effects on the economy and should be scheduled for early abandonment.Meanwhile, the rest of the world is becoming more restless about President Obama’s apparent “de-risking” of American commitments abroad. Whether it is Syria, Benghazi, Mali, Egypt, Israel, or Iran, he seems to be giving signals that blights will produce merely barks. His secretary of state says that from here on, all American treaties will include commitments on climate behavior, because climate change is as great a risk as starvation, pandemics, or terrorism. (He left out locusts.)With the increasing tensions between China and its neighbors—notably Japan—any misunderstandings about America’s commitment to its allies could prove disastrous. (Those with an interest in how misunderstandings about commitments to allies can lead to catastrophe should read Margaret MacMillan’s magisterial The War That Ended Peace: The Road to 1914.)Investors should assume that the awe-inspiring oceans of liquidity already produced by central banks should be enough to avert a recessionary slide—if not to stimulate a heavy flow of capitalist juices.What can we say of the post-taper Treasury market? Six years of massive support mean that the Fed is—by far—the biggest holder of the national debt. The Fed’s relationship to the Treasury could become an area for other radically new policies in coming years:Why does the Fed need to hold all the debt it has bought? What would be wrong with shipping lots of it back to the Treasury to reduce the national debt? What—if any—changes will be made to the Treasury’s policy of ignoring the nation’s hoard of gold while pricing it at Nixonian levels? For that matter, why is the Fed finding it so inconvenient to return Germany’s gold? On the present, somewhat theoretical schedule, the last of the gold will finally reach Frankfurt sometime during President Hillary Clinton’s second term.The only thing about all of the above of which we can be reasonably certain: long before then, gold is going to be worth much more than $1,300 an ounce.Believe it.For 40 years, strategist Don Coxe has been speaking about, writing about, and investing in the global capital markets. Currently, he is advisor to BMO Global Asset Management for commodity funds, and he publishes The Coxe Strategy Journal for clients of Coxe Advisors: www.coxeadvisors.com.last_img read more