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DA eyes importing ‘galunggong’ anew Golden State Warriors’ Stephen Curry, right, drives the ball against Houston Rockets’ James Harden during the second half of Game 5 of a second-round NBA basketball playoff series Wednesday, May 8, 2019, in Oakland, Calif. (AP Photo/Ben Margot)HOUSTON — In the Western Conference finals last season, the Houston Rockets had home-court advantage and took a 3-2 lead over the Golden State Warriors before Houston star Chris Paul went down with a hamstring injury that kept him out for the rest of the series.As these teams prepare for Game 6 of the conference semifinals Friday night, the Warriors find themselves in almost the same situation Houston was in last year.ADVERTISEMENT The Rockets are 5-0 at home this postseason and went 31-10 at the Toyota Center in the regular season.As the Warriors look to move on without Durant and the more than 34 points a game he’s averaged this postseason, they know no one player can make up for his absence in this series where each game has been close.“The series has been a battle,” Klay Thompson said. “Each game, such little margin for error. We know we’re going to have to be near perfect to go down to the Houston without Kevin and win a game. It’s going to be hard.”The Warriors will need Thompson to build on what he did in Game 5 after he shook off a couple of tough games to make 5 of 10 3-pointers and lead the team with 27 points.“I’m never going to waver with my confidence when it comes to shooting … but it’s the playoffs,” he said. “There are going to be plenty of ups and downs. We’ve done this so many times. We’re not going to lose confidence over a couple bad shooting nights. That’s the way the basketball gods can be. Last week just wasn’t my best games. Hopefully I can rebound with a great one on Friday.”ADVERTISEMENT UST pride: Cherry Rondina is UAAP Season 81 MVP, Eya Laure is Rookie of Year MOST READ PRESSURE IS ON: Paul. The Rockets need Paul to step up after the nine-time All-Star struggled in Game 5. Paul managed a playoff-low 11 points on 3 of 14 shooting and went 0 for 6 on 3-pointers. He said Houston can’t worry about its missed opportunity on Wednesday night and must look forward.“We just got to be better,” he said. “We got to rebound. Let this one go … it’s over and done with. We can’t get it back. We got to go back home and take care of Game 6.”Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Cayetano: Senate, Drilon to be blamed for SEA Games mess If the Rockets hope to force the series back to Oakland for Game 7 on Sunday night, reigning MVP James Harden will have to be more aggressive after scoring just five points in the fourth quarter of Wednesday’s loss.But Harden believes good defense will be the key to keeping this series going.“Defensively is how you win the series,” he said. “It’s plain and simple. You can’t … nitpick, overanalyze the game. You got to get stops in order to put yourself in a position to win. It’s pretty simple.”Some things to know about Game 6 on Friday night.WARRIORS AT ROCKETSGolden State leads 3-2. Game 6, 9 p.m. EDT, ESPN.PRESSURE IS ON: Curry’s Shot. Stephen Curry is still trying to find a shooting rhythm and it hasn’t been fun for the two-time MVP. Not that he’s lost any confidence in letting it fly — from anywhere. Without Durant, his scoring contributions become even more important. Curry had another rough shooting night in Game 5, going 9 for 23 and 3 of 11 on 3s to still finish with 25 points.“I thought I was aggressive the whole game. I just missed shots,” he said. “Again, that’s going to happen. Right before KD got hurt I missed a layup right at the rim, a wide-open three in transition. That was, like, the lowest point of the game for me in terms of just searching. But when he went out, got the ball in your hands, initiate the offense, shots went in. Again, it’s all about not losing confidence in yourself, just find a way to find any type of life on the offensive end.”INJURY WATCH: Durant didn’t make the trip to Houston, remaining in the Bay Area to receive treatment for his injury. The Warriors said he’ll be re-evaluated next week.KEEP AN EYE ON: Rebounds. Through the first five games, the team which has led in rebounds has won the game. Offensive rebounds have been particularly important with P.J. Tucker’s work in that area in Games 3 and 4 helping Houston close out both games. Tucker has had at least 10 rebounds in the last four games. The Warriors are just a win away from advancing to the conference finals for the fifth straight time, but will have to do it without NBA-playoffs leading scorer Kevin Durant, who will miss the rest of the series with a strained right calf.The two-time defending champions took advantage of Paul’s injury in 2018 to win two straight after falling behind 3-2 and eliminated the Rockets on their home court to advance.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSPalace wants Cayetano’s PHISGOC Foundation probed over corruption chargesSPORTSSingapore latest to raise issue on SEA Games food, logisticsThe Rockets don’t want to see Golden State celebrate a series victory on their home court again and are determined to bounce back after Wednesday night’s loss to avoid being eliminated by the Warriors for the fourth time in five seasons.“I am a competitor and this team is competitive, we have to go down and win,” Houston’s Eric Gordon said. “We know the situation and we have to go back home and win and that is going to be our mentality. We’ve always done well at home and we just have to keep it that way.” View comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH 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 Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Ethel Booba twits Mocha over 2 toilets in one cubicle at SEA Games venue Hontiveros presses for security audit of national power grid Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting Philippine Arena Interchange inaugurated LATEST STORIES Panelo: Duterte ‘angry’ with SEA Games hosting hassles Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. SEA Games hosting troubles anger Duterte
Arsenal teenager Reiss Nelson has said he moved to Hoffenheim on loan to become “a better footballer and a better person.”The 18-year-old has made a huge impression with the Bundesliga side in 2018-19, scoring six goals in 11 appearances in all competitions. Nelson broke through with the Gunners last season, making 15 appearances for the senior side in all competitions. Article continues below Editors’ Picks Man Utd ready to spend big on Sancho and Haaland in January Who is Marcus Thuram? Lilian’s son who is top of the Bundesliga with Borussia Monchengladbach Brazil, beware! Messi and Argentina out for revenge after Copa controversy Best player in MLS? Zlatan wasn’t even the best player in LA! But the England youth international opted for a loan switch to the Bundesliga this season in search of more regular minutes. The move has paid off thus far, with Nelson being named the Bundesliga’s Rookie of the Month for October after tallying three goals and one assist in the month. “For me, I always want to be the best player I can be,” Nelson told BBC Sport.”I’m 18 and I thought going to the Bundesliga will give me a challenge and doing that would make me become a better footballer and a better person as well throughout life.”I wanted to challenge myself and see what I could do. It’s going well so far.”It’s incredible. But I’ve just got to keep it up. It’s not just for the six games, I’ve got to do it throughout the season.”Though he’s quickly found a home in Germany, Nelson still sees his long-term future with the Gunners and has said he wants to be a club legend in north London.”Arsenal are my boyhood club,” Nelson said. “I’ve been with them since I was eight, so that’s 10 years.”I just want to go back there stronger because at the time I was at Arsenal I was 16, 17 and I didn’t feel confident.”I didn’t think I was a man, but now I’m feeling stronger and I think a couple more months or even a year in Hoffenheim will make me strong and give me the belief and confidence to go back to Arsenal and do very good there.”I want to be an Arsenal legend. And, for England, it’s the best. You can’t beat playing for your country I don’t think.”
Notre Dame Jerome Bettis Tim BrownSaturday night was a good night for the Notre Dame football program. The Fighting Irish witnessed two of their former players, Jerome Bettis and Tim Brown, reach the sport’s pinnacle. Bettis, who played running back at ND from 1990-92, and Brown, a wide receiver in South Bend, Ind., from 1984-87, were inducted into the NFL Hall of Fame. This morning, Notre Dame’s current running backs and wide receivers gave shoutouts to Bettis and Brown for their achievements. One more shoutout to our Hall of Famers ( @JeromeBettis36 & @81TimBrown ) from our RBs/WRs. #GoIrish pic.twitter.com/kazzqZVd3E— Notre Dame Football (@NDFootball) August 9, 2015Bettis and Brown are certainly two players the current Notre Dame student-athletes should be aspiring to emulate. Notre Dame opens its season Sept. 5 against Texas.
Arnold Palmer, who died Sunday of complications from heart problems, fell just short of being the greatest player in golf history. But for a brief period, he was very nearly as good as anyone who ever played the game — and his greatness came at exactly the right time for a sport seeking viewers at the dawn of the television age.From 1958 to 1966, Palmer won seven major championships — including four green jackets at The Masters — and finished in the top 10 at 16 other majors. At the heart of that span was a five-season stretch from 1960 to 1964, which, according to our method of “major shares” (which credit players for their expected majors won based on how dominant their scores are relative to the field), still stands as the seventh-best peak performance of golf’s modern era.1For our purposes, golf entered its modern era in 1958, when the PGA Championship abandoned match play and unified all the majors under a common stroke-play format.Seventh-best doesn’t sound overly impressive, until you consider that slots 1 through 6 are four five-season stretches from Tiger Woods and two from Jack Nicklaus. In fact, that pair so thoroughly dominates any ranking of great golf seasons that merely being in their company is a rare honor. And in terms of peak greatness, Arnie is the only other player in the conversation aside from Tiger and Jack: 13Jack Nicklaus197019742054.37 PLAYERFROMTOCUTS MADEWINSMAJOR SHARES 1Tiger Woods199820022075.89 22Jack Nicklaus196919732053.69 19Jack Nicklaus196519691843.79 10Jack Nicklaus196219661964.63 21Tiger Woods200120052053.73 YEARSMAJORS 8Tiger Woods200220061964.66 4Jack Nicklaus197119752065.24 20Jack Nicklaus196119651743.76 17Arnold Palmer196119651843.94 7Arnold Palmer196019641964.78 2Tiger Woods199920032075.67 Since 1958, when the PGA Championship adopted a stroke-play format.Sources: ESPN, Yahoo Palmer didn’t remain at that level very long. He made his final top-10 finish at The Masters in 1967, and although he’d have 11 more top-10s at the other majors, he also fell out of golf’s highest tier of players around that time. While still capable of contending at majors, he didn’t do it consistently after the mid- to late 1960s. And by that point, Nicklaus had long since surpassed Palmer as the game’s top player. In Nicklaus’s absence, Palmer could have enjoyed a longer reign atop the sport, but Palmer had the misfortune of winning his first major only four years before golf’s eventual G.O.A.T. would win his.But in other ways, Palmer’s timing couldn’t have been better. His greatest stretch of seasons coincided with golf’s increased popularity in a booming postwar America, and — even more importantly — the ascendance of televised sporting events in the U.S. With good looks and a swashbuckling style that played well on TV, Palmer became the face of the sport, selling it (and himself) to growing audiences on a national stage.Ultimately, that will be Arnold Palmer’s most important golf legacy. But in all the talk about his role in popularizing the sport, we shouldn’t forget just how good he was at playing it during his prime. He wasn’t there very long, but when Palmer was at his best, only a couple players in the history of the sport were better. 5Tiger Woods199720012065.03 12Tiger Woods199620001854.54 Best 5-year runs in modern golf history 3Jack Nicklaus196319671865.45 6Tiger Woods200020042064.85 9Jack Nicklaus197219762054.65 15Tiger Woods200520091664.00 11Jack Nicklaus196419681844.59 23Arnold Palmer195919631953.68 16Arnold Palmer196219661833.97 25Arnold Palmer195819621863.67 18Tiger Woods200420081763.87 24Tiger Woods200320071953.67 14Jack Nicklaus197319772034.35
OSU then-junior catcher Jalen Washington (2) swings at a ball during a game against Bethune-Cookman at Bill Davis Stadium on April 1. Lantern file photoOn Friday, Ohio State baseball coach Greg Beals announced his team had voted for senior catcher/infielder Jalen Washington and redshirt junior starting pitcher Adam Niemeyer to serve as co-captains for the upcoming 2017 season. This will be the second year Washington will lead as co-captain for the Buckeyes. He served in the role last year alongside third baseman Nick Sergakis.The process of selecting the captains was done by voting amongst the players, leaving the coaches outside of the decision process. Despite this, Beals felt his team made the right decisions in selecting their captains.“We have great leadership throughout our clubhouse, but these two have more than proven themselves as leaders on the field, in the locker room, classroom and on our campus,” Beals said in a press release. “I have absolute confidence in Jalen and Adam to captain the 2017 Buckeyes.”Last season, leading the Buckeye pitching staff behind the dish, Washington was able to help drive the team to a 44-20-1 record in 2016, a Big Ten Tournament championship and a berth into the NCAA Louisville Regional. Washington started in 62 of OSU’s 65 regular season games and slashed .249/.352/.343 with three home runs and 14 steals in 19 attempts.Washington held opposing base stealers to a .730 success rate with 14 passed balls. He also led the Big Ten in runners caught stealing, successfully throwing out 17 would-be base stealers.For Washington, it was a “tremendous honor” to be recognized as one of the team’s captains for a second year.“This means a great deal to me, to know that my teammates saw me fit to lead this team again,” Washington said in the press release. “I’m going to do my best to help push this team to play championship ball.”OSU then-redshirt sophomore pitcher Adam Niemeyer (43) pitches during a game on April 14 at Bill Davis Stadium. Credit: Lantern File PhotoIn his second season in the Ohio State rotation, Niemeyer amassed 71.0 innings across 14 starts while spending time as both the Saturday and Sunday night starter, though he missed several starts towards the end of the season with a lingering hamstring injury. The right-handed finished the season with a 4.31 ERA, 70 strikeouts, only 12 walks (fewest of any starter in the rotation) and a .270 opponent’s batting average.Now faced with stepping up in the rotation following the graduation of John Havird and Cleveland Indians draft pick, former ace Tanner Tully, Niemeyer will be counted on to step up in the role as the Friday-night starter.“I am honored to be named a captain,” Niemeyer said. “It makes it even more special that it was voted on by my teammates. We have numerous leaders on our team and I cannot wait to get the season started.”The 2017 season starts on Feb. 17 for OSU in Osceola, Florida, when the Buckeyes take on the Kansas State Wildcats.
Ohio State football realized perfection for the sixth time in its 123-year history. The 109th meeting between OSU and Michigan, ranked No. 4 and No. 20, respectively, by the Associated Press for the teams’ 2012 meeting, saw the Buckeyes polish off a 12-0 season under the direction of first-year coach Urban Meyer. OSU defeated UM, 26-21, Saturday at Ohio Stadium. As some expected, the dual-threat quarterbacking combo of Michigan senior Denard Robinson and junior Devin Gardner caused problems for the Buckeyes. Gardner threw for 171 yards, one touchdown and one costly interception on 11-of-20 attempts. Robinson did not attempt a pass in the game, but did lineup under center. He rushed for 122 yards and a touchdown. OSU’s defensive performance, particularly in the second half, was more than the Wolverines could overcome. UM failed to drive into the red zone in the second half and an interception by junior safety C.J. Barnett with less than five minutes to play nearly clinched the win. The Buckeyes defense stifled the UM attack despite missing senior defensive end John Simon, who missed out on Senior Day festivities and the competition with a right knee injury sustained a week ago in a game against Wisconsin. After the interception, OSU junior running back Carlos Hyde, who ran for 146 yards and a touchdown, took the game over, helping the Buckeyes to two first downs to bleed the fourth-quarter clock out and win The Game. Fans stormed the field. Players rejoiced. Meyer pumped his fists wildly. However unrealistic the expectations of an undefeated season might have seemed when Meyer was hired in late November 2011, he had made good on them. With the win, OSU remains in play for the AP‘s national title crown. The victory is OSU’s 44th in the history of The Game, though UM, eliminated from Big Ten title contention after Nebraska won on Friday, still owns the all-time series advantage with a 58-44-6 record. The largest Ohio Stadium crowd in the history of the OSU-UM rivalry (105,899) assembled in a bitter chill and light but steady snowfall throughout most of the first half. OSU sophomore quarterback Braxton Miller was 14-of-18 for 189 yards and one touchdown. Buckeyes junior receiver Corey Brown muffed a punt that led to points for UM, but did his best to make up for the uncharacteristic error as he caught eight passes for 95 yards and a touchdown. OSU junior kicker Drew Basil was the high scorer in the contest. Basil, who only attempted six kicks coming into the team’s 12th game, tallied 14 points while connecting four-of-five of his field goal tries from 41, 52, 28 and 25 yards. In addition to help close out the win for OSU, Hyde also helped the Buckeyes jump to an early lead. Hyde blew through the Michigan line 2:19 into the game, scurrying into the end zone on a 3-yard run to put OSU up, 7-0, on the very first possession of the game. The early score was keyed by 52-yard pass reception by sophomore receiver Devin Smith, who broke loose, gathered the deep ball from Miller and joined many of the OSU faithful in attendance in a celebratory bounce. The game’s back-and-forth tenor would be established by Gardner on the next drive when he found senior receiver Roy Roundtree on a 75-yard reception to level the score. Roundtree broke down the east sideline in front of the Wolverines bench and, after slowing his run for a blocker, traipsed into the end zone. The weather seemed to mimic the intensity of the rivalry in that moment as the snow began to fall heavier. Much of the intrigue in The Game centers around the history of the respective programs, and OSU paid homage to its greatest football triumph of the last decade when the 2002 national championship team was honored between the first and second quarters. Former Buckeye coach Jim Tressel, once shamed by the “Tattoo-Gate” scandal that resulted in his forced resignation as OSU coach, was hoisted onto the shoulders of his former players, much to the delight of many in Ohio Stadium. Brown had scored two punt-return touchdowns coming into the team’s final game. His muffed punt early in the second quarter resulted in threatening position for UM on the OSU 25-yard line, and a roughing the passer penalty on OSU redshirt senior defensive lineman Nathan Williams pushed the visitors closer to a score. Gardner eventually capped the drive, scoring on a 2-yard quarterback-keeper run to put the Wolverines in front, 14-10. The lead was the first for UM in Ohio Stadium since the team’s 2006 meeting, which OSU won, 42-39. The teams fought to gain an edge heading into half, and OSU inched its nose in front when Miller found Brown on a 14-yard completion to go back in front at 17-14 with 1:30 to play in the first half. UM retook possession with 90 seconds to play until the break, and retook the lead when Robinson scampered 67 yards into the end zone, gesturing to fans in the south stand after he crossed the goal line. With the wind at his back, Basil uncorked a 52-yard field goal to send OSU into break trailing, 21-20. Basil then opened the scoring in the second half, connecting from 28 yards to put OSU back in front, 23-21. When UM assumed possession, OSU used a Robinson fumble to attempt to assume control of the game. OSU junior safety Christian Bryant gouged the ball from Robinson grasp at the 7:26 mark in the third quarter and Williams recovered the ball on the UM 37-yard line. A pensive Ohio Stadium crowd was lifted for the moment, but the drive ended with Basil’s first field goal miss of the day after the a 3rd-down snap flew over Miller’s head, causing a fumble the quarterback dove to recover. Basil’s were the only points of the third quarter. Instead of scores, OSU and Michigan traded venomous hits, bellying up to the opposition on what seemed like every hit. One such hit, administered to Gardner with less than nine minutes to play, caused a fumble that OSU junior defensive lineman Johnathan Hankins fell gather on the Wolverines’ 10-yard line. The red zone opportunity had potential to put the 2012 edition of The Game on ice, but ended with Basil’s fourth field goal of the game. He hit from 25 yards out to push the Buckeyes’ lead to 26-21. The clincher came just moments later when Barnett intercepted Gardner, leading to the game-clinching drive for OSU. OSU, which posted a 12-0 overall record and an 8-0 mark in the Big Ten, clinched the Big Ten Conference’s outright Leaders’ Division title last weekend at Wisconsin. The Buckeyes will now have to wait until after college football’s bowl season to learn its final positioning in the AP poll.
Then-junior midfielder Ellyn Gruber (5) watches her teammates during a game against Purdue Sept. 29 at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium. OSU lost, 1-0.Credit: Michele Theodore / Managing editor for contentAfter two scoreless periods, the Ohio State women’s soccer team lost in double overtime against the Toledo Rockets, 1-0, Tuesday.“(Toledo’s) style is very disruptive,” OSU coach Lori Walker said. “They were extremely effective tonight in putting us under a lot of pressure, and we made some poor decisions and did not adjust well.”Redshirt-freshman goalkeeper Megan Geldernick had another solid performance, totaling six saves. The only goal allowed during the game was scored in the 105th minute by Toledo junior midfielder Geri Siudzinski.OSU was outshot 19-14 over the course of the game, a category the team trailed in through their first three games of the season as well. Senior forward Kayla Varner said she was disappointed by the team’s lack of offense.“We didn’t come out as hot as we should have,” she said. “We kind of dropped off and let them dictate the pace of the game, which shouldn’t have happened and that was the biggest thing — playing catch-up.”Toledo was the first non-ranked opponent on OSU’s schedule so far this season. Varner said it was still tough playing an unranked team, though.“I think that’s almost more challenging,” Varner said. “You have to get up for the game because you know they’re going to come in and give you hell for it.”The Buckeyes are 1-3-0 for the season. The game marked the team’s third consecutive loss after losing to then-No. 4 North Carolina and in its home opener against then-No. 4 Virginia Tech.Senior midfielder Ellyn Gruber said the team still has work to do.“I think we have a lot of potential for a really good season but we just have to put the pieces together,” Gruber said. “We have to start finishing our chances, but also be really good on defense, like we were the first three games, and put two halves together, and just move on from it.”The Buckeyes are next scheduled to play Dayton on Friday at 7 p.m. at Jesse Owens Memorial Stadium for the first of two home games this weekend. OSU is set to play George Mason Sunday at 2 p.m. in Columbus.
Javi Gracia believes that Will Hughes, his side’s talented youngster, should be given a chance to play for the national team by Gareth Southgate as he has been impressive this season.The former Derby player managed to get himself to an incredible form but the Hornets coach insisted that he wasn’t surprised at all as he had seen from the very beginning that the player is very special.The Spanish coach spoke about the future of the talented midfielder as he said, according to Sky Sports:Jose Mourinho is sold on Lampard succeeding at Chelsea Tomás Pavel Ibarra Meda – September 14, 2019 Jose Mourinho wanted to give his two cents on Frank Lampard’s odds as the new Chelsea FC manager, he thinks he will succeed.There really…“He didn’t surprise me. I know he is able to play very well and now I trust in the future that he will keep this level and try to improve the level of the team as well.”“I think he can improve, as with all the players, but I am happy with his level.”“He is a different player with high quality and when he plays he makes the team play as well. This is important for us.”
Lazio have officially confirmed the signing of Italy international and defender Francesco Acerbi from Sassuolo in a five-year contract.Earlier today, the centre-back had his medical and was already training with his new teammates even though it’s believed the deal cost €10m plus another €2m in performance-related bonuses.The 30-year-old will now effectively replaces Stefan de Vrij. Acerbi, who has won two caps for Italy, was believed to be on the radar of West Ham United and Fulham. He has also played for the likes of Pavia, Renate, Reggina, Chievo and AC Milan during his career. #Laziali,After making our fifth official signing in Francesco #Acerbi, how do we feel from 1-10 on our #transfermarket / #calciomercato business so far?Fonseca hints Smalling could debut tomorrow Manuel R. Medina – August 31, 2019 AS Roma manager Paulo Fonseca has hinted Chris Smalling could debut in tomorrow’s Derby Della Capitale between his team and Lazio.Why do you feel this way?— TheLaziali.com ? (@The_Laziali) July 11, 2018Acerbi received a call-up to the pre-season camp of Serie B team Reggina on 13 July and the co-ownership deal completed on 16 July. On 31 January 2011, Pavia sold the remain 50 percent registration rights to Reggina for an undisclosed fee, whereupon the Calabrian side formed another co-ownership deal with Serie A team Genoa for €1 million.Acerbi only missed two games in 2010–11 Serie B and played both legs of promotion playoffs, losing to eventual playoff winners Novara in the semi-final.He played once during the 2010–11 Coppa Italia, a match he was ultimately sent off in. He was suspended in the next cup match and was not included in the third round.
The daring English singer/songwriter announces 10 shows across the U.S., Europe and Australia this summerNate HertweckGRAMMYs Apr 22, 2019 – 12:31 pm FKA twigs has announced a 10-show summer tour kicking off with a pair of Los Angeles shows May 7 and 8. The tour will include two New York City performances as part of the previously announced Red Bull Music Festival NYC before heading abroad. twigs will close out the month with shows in Berlin, London and Barcelona on May 24, 28 and 30 respectively before playing Paris on June 1, The tour will then travel to Austrailia to play Sydney on June 9 and wrap the tour in Hobart, Austrialia on June.14. FKA twigs Announces International Tour fka-twigs-plots-international-tour-la-nyc-paris-london-sydney-more Email Read more Facebook News Twitter FKA twigs Plots International Tour: L.A., NYC, Paris, London, Sydney & More While these were the only dates revealed so far, twigs’ tweet announcing the dates is accompanied by a link to her mailing list signup page, asking fans to “sign up for updates from twigs,” which may be a subtle signe of more to come this year from the British songstress.It’s been nearly four years since twigs’ most-recent release, 2015’s M3LL155X, a five-song EP featring collaborations with GRAMMY-nominated producer Boots. Late last year, she was featured on A$AP Rocky’s “Fu*k Sleep.”Further details on tickets are forthcoming, though tickets for the New York shows are sold out, according to the Red Bull Music Fest website.Frou Frou Release First Song In 15 Years, “Guitar Song (Live)”
Former CEC ATM Shamsul Huda speaks to the media after a dialogue with election commission at its secretariat on Tuesday. Photo: Ashraful AlamFormer chief election commissioner ATM Shamsul Huda on Tuesday said the election commission alone would not be able to ensure a fair election, rather role of political parties are crucial to the end.Shamsul Huda made the observation during a dialogue with election commission.As part of its dialogue with different stakeholders, the election commission (EC) held talks with election experts, including former chief election commissioners and election commissioners.“It is not only the responsibility of the election commission to hold a fair election, the political parties too have the responsibility here,” Shamsul Huda told the dialogue.The former CEC, whose commission presided over the ninth parliamentary elections under a military-backed emergency government, hoped that the commission should not do anything which makes the parties lose trust in it.Shamsul Huda told the dialogue that the election commission must strengthen itself.“It should emphasise development of its human resources so that it can appoint Returning Officers from its own people during the general elections,” he noted.Shah Nawaz, an election commissioner of immediate-past Rakibuddin-led commission which presided over 5 January 2014 controversial election, also asked the election commission to appoint as much as possible Returning Officers from its own people. The dialogue was held at the commission secretariat in Agargaon in the capital with chief election commissioner (CEC) KM Nurul Huda in the chair.Some 16 election experts out of 26 invitees attended the dialogue.The participants include former chief election commissioners justice Abdur Rouf and ATM Shamsul Huda, former election commissioners M Sakhawat Hossain, Sohul Hossain, Md Saiful Alam, Mohammad Abdul Mobarak, Mohammad Abu Hafiz, and Md Shah Nawaz, former EC secretary Humayun Kabir, former IGP Mohammad Hadis Uddin, former director general of Border Guard Bangladesh (BGB) Md Rafiqul Islam, and former local government senior secretary Monzur Hossain.
Thanks @Gustavo_Dogui for your #AskNASA question, “How Long Can the Spacewalkers Be Outside the Space Station?” pic.twitter.com/rKXscz9Gto— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) May 8, 2018 We are previewing a pair of spacewalks today and answering your #AskNASA questions live on @NASA TV starting at 2pm ET. @Astro_Ricky and @Astro_Feustel will conduct two spacewalks on May 16 and June 14. https://t.co/yuOTrYN8CV pic.twitter.com/qCND1ddmrL— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) May 8, 2018 Photo via NASANASA astronaut Drew Feustel seemingly hangs off the International Space Station while conducting a spacewalk with fellow NASA astronaut Ricky Arnold (out of frame) on March 29, 2018. Feustel, as are all spacewalkers, was safely tethered at all times to the space station during the six-hour, ten-minute spacewalk.Two NASA astronauts are scheduled to venture outside the International Space Station for a pair of six-and-a-half-hour spacewalks May 16 and June 14.The first spacewalk will begin about 8:10 a.m. Wednesday, May 16. The second spacewalk is planned for Thursday, June 14, following the anticipated May 24 arrival of the Orbital ATK Cygnus cargo resupply spacecraft. Appreciate your #AskNASA question @ISSAboveYou! We answered it live on @NASA today, “Can You Say More About the New HD Cameras?” pic.twitter.com/9Js3RMaLmu— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) May 8, 2018 Space station officials will preview a pair of upcoming spacewalks live on @NASA TV Tuesday as @OrbitalATK prepares for its next cargo mission. https://t.co/7HYpyZ2xRd pic.twitter.com/10HNX3F3iJ— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) May 7, 2018 Hey @doublediode! Thanks for your #AskNASA question, “Would a Spacewalk Work If There Are Only Three Astronauts on Station?” pic.twitter.com/4N0dO9eyaW— Intl. Space Station (@Space_Station) May 8, 2018 Spacewalks are the type-two kind of fun, but when you’re a cartoon, it’s rollercoaster fun! Great to be back in space on #MilesfromTomorrowland! Teamwork makes the dream work. #MissionForceOne nails it in the @Space_Station Situation. Watch @DisneyJunior 5:30pm ET tonight! pic.twitter.com/6cpZbM74iV— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) May 7, 2018 Crew aboard @Space_Station were busy last week packing a cargo spacecraft for a return to Earth, preparing for two upcoming spacewalks and conducting @ISS_Research! LEARN MORE >> https://t.co/PvOI6kAfuT pic.twitter.com/ipNyedEJUl— NASA Marshall (@NASA_Marshall) May 7, 2018 Share
D.C. Delegate Eleanor Holmes has generally had no problem getting re-elected to the U.S. Congress since 1990 but she faces a spirited challenge this year from a political newcomer.Kim Ford, who worked as an assistant secretary of education in the Obama administration and as a dean at the University of the District of Columbia, is competing against Norton in the June 19 Democratic Party primary. Ford said it is time for the District of Columbia to have a new voice on Capitol Hill.Kim Ford has worked for the Obama administration and for the University of the District of Columbia. (Courtesy Photo)“I don’t think that people should have a job for life,” Ford told the AFRO. “There are a lot of changes going on in the city and we need to keep moving forward. I know I can do that as D.C.’s delegate to Congress.”The District’s delegate doesn’t have a vote on the floor of the U.S. House of Representatives but serves on committees and can accrue seniority in their party and in the House. There is no representation of the District in the U.S. Senate.Even though District residents pay federal taxes and have the other obligations of citizenship such as being able to be drafted in case of war, they cannot have a vote in the Congress because only states have that right according to the U.S. Constitution.The first District delegate was Norton P. Chipman, a Reconstruction Republican, who served from 1871-1875. After, Congress decided to eliminate the position because it was considered useless at that time.The House decided to re-authorize the position in 1970 and in March 1971, Walter Fauntroy, a Democrat and an African American, became the first resident to represent the District on Capitol Hill since Reconstruction. Fauntroy served until 1991 and Norton stepped in then, becoming the first woman to hold the position.Before becoming a member of Congress, Norton was a well-known civil, feminist, and human rights activist with stints as New York City’s chair of the Human Rights Commission from 1970-1977 and as Chair of the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission from 1977-1981 under President Jimmy Carter.Norton served as a professor of law at the Georgetown University Law Center and on a few Fortune 500 corporate boards before deciding to run for and win the District delegate race in 1990. Presently, Norton is 27th in seniority in the House-as well as the second longest serving member of the Congressional Black Caucus-and is poised to be the chairman of the Transportation and Infrastructure Committee if the Democrats win the House in the Nov. 6 general election.Despite Norton’s past, Ford said it is time to look to the future.“Eleanor Holmes Norton has a strong legacy in civil rights and I think she is due every honorary degree and other types of honors that she can get,” she said. “I also recognize that Del. Norton has seniority but I’m not worried about that. With the number of retirements and members not running for re-election in the House, there is going to be a Democratic wave in the general election that will see the House and the Senate change parties regarding governance.“I will be part of that wave and there will be a whole bunch of new faces on Capitol Hill.”Ford is a progressive and her platform includes getting statehood for the District, increasing workforce and educational opportunities, helping small businesses grow in the city, advocating for student loan forgiveness for residents, increasing affordable housing stock in the District, ensuring a fair criminal justice system in the city and facilitating an “efficient regional transportation system.”Ford said as the delegate, she will build new relationships for the District on Capitol Hill and will serve the people out of obligation and not as a long-standing gig.“I am committed to public service,” she said. “I am not going to be in Congress for decades. I will get the job done and then get out.”Ford is a District native and the daughter of famed small and disadvantaged business advocate, the late, Dietra L. Ford. She holds a bachelor’s degree in international business from Vanderbilt University and a master’s degree in public administration from the University of Pennsylvania.Highlights of her professional career include serving as the acting assistant secretary and deputy assistant secretary in the Obama administration’s U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Career, Technical and Adult Education. Also for Obama, Ford worked in the Recovery Implementation Office, which was responsible for seeing the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, known as the stimulus package, put into effect.Ford has worked as the dean of Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning at University of the District Columbia’s Community College, providing leadership and guidance to all programs related to workforce development, career and technical education and continuing education and secured federal, local and private funding for her division.Noting her work history on the federal level, she said that the best position for her is to be the District’s delegate, not anything else.“I have often been asked why I am running for the Congress and not for mayor or the city council,” Ford said. “The reason is I know I can get things done for the city at the federal level. That is where my strength and background is.”Kim Perry is the former executive director of DC Vote, an organization whose mission is to secure full voting and citizenship rights for residents of the District and that includes statehood. Perry respects Norton but is enthusiastically supporting Ford.“I agree with anyone that Eleanor Holmes Norton has been an effective leader and I appreciate the legacy of Eleanor but we need leadership and a new chart forward,” she said.Perry echoes Ford in reference to Norton’s seniority.“There will be a lot of new faces on Capitol Hill and Kim won’t be alone in terms of being a new lawmaker,” she said. “Kim will continue the momentum on statehood and will continue to bring resources to the District.”However, defeating Norton won’t be easy, according to Doug Sloan, a District Democratic political analyst. Sloan challenged Norton in the September 14, 2010 Democratic primary and was crushed, 90.18 percent to 9.20 percent.“I wished she had talked to me before she picked up her petitions,” Sloan told the AFRO. “I don’t know anything about her. To the best of my knowledge, she hasn’t served as an advisory neighborhood commissioner or on the city council.“I think she should have some experience in elected office before running for delegate.”Sloan was an advisory neighborhood commissioner for 4B09 when he ran against Norton.Sloan also said that in the campaign Ford should never mention Norton’s age, 80, in the race because it would make her “look bad against a civil rights legend and warrior.”
Popular on Variety In today’s International Newswire, Series Mania snags Reed Hastings and other heavyweights for its Lille Transatlantic Dialogues; Netflix confirms “Money Heist” as its most watched non-English series ever; Spain converts to Turkish telenovelas; HBO Nordic’s “Berforeigners” gets Norwegian government backing. A considerable Series Mania coup: Reed Hastings, co-founder, chairman and CEO of Netflix is billed as attending Series Mania’s first Lille Transatlantic Dialogues, along with CEO grandees of Europe’s TV/digital platform scene: Endemol Shine Group’s Sophie Turner Laing, telecom Orange’s Stéphane Richard, Delphine Ernotte Cunci at France Televisions and TF1 Group’s Gilles Pelisson.Hastings will be the subject of a Q & A session. Panelists take in BBC director of policy Claire Sumer and Antony Root, VP, programming and production, HBO Europe. French minister of culture Françoise Nyssen and European Commission VP Andrus Ansip will close discussions. CREDIT: Atresmedia Turkish Drama ‘Ezel’ Sells in SpainAtresmedia, one of Spain’s largest broadcasters, has acquired the Turkish drama “Ezel” from Eccho Rights, to be broadcast on its Nova channel. It is the second from producer Ay Yapim to air on that channel. According to Atresmedia his first, “Fatmagül,” has received the best ratings on that channel since March 2015. A story of revenge, “Ezel” follows a young man spurned by his friends and fiancé. It was the first Turkish drama to be sold in every Latin American territory, and has rated well in Eastern Europe, Asia, Middle East and North Africa, exemplifying the international sales success of the genre. Spain, where local drama is highly popular, traditionally held out against Turkish imports. No more.HBO Nordic Sci-Fi Gets NFI BackingProduced by Rubicon TV, Jens Lien’s sci-fi series “Beforeigners” is HBO Nordic’s first original from Norway, and second overall following the Swedish-language dramedy “Gösta.” A grant of nearly €1 ($1.2 million) has been awarded to Lien’s project by the Norwegian Film Institute (NFI), pushing the budget to €7 million . It’s the second grant the series has received from NFI; last year an incentive of €400,000 ($495,000) was awarded to secure Norway as the filming location for the show. According to Nordisk Film & TV Fond newsletter, the series “reunites some of Norway’s top talents”: Lien (“The Bothersome Man,” “Viva Hate”) and “Lilyhammer” writing duo Anne Bjørnstad and Eilif Skodvin. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 That’s a kind of heavyweight industry presence which will merely reenforce Series Mania’s position as still, despite competition and dates just one week before the Cannes Festival, as Europe’s premiere drama series festival.“Our goal with the Lille Transatlantic Dialogues is to create a club for media and policy-makers, a regular high-level rendezvous inspired by the Sun Valley Conference,” said Laurence Herszberg, Series Mania general director.Issues on the table have yet to be announced. The Dialogues’ backing, from France’s CNC film-TV agency, and the E.U.’s Creative Europe Media Program, suggests some consideration will be given to quotas for OTT platforms, championed by Ansip. As proof of its international local content investment, Hastings could point to the extraordinary 5.46 million net hike in first quarter international subs and content spend of $7.5 million to $8 billion for 2018. 60% of Netflix’s announced upcoming series are non-U.S. according to Guy Bisson, at Ampere Analysis. In many ways, Netflix and the E.U. area already on the same page.Official: ‘Money Heist’ (‘La Casa de Papel’) the Most Watched Non-English Series in Netflix HistoryHastings could also make reference to “La casa del papel” (“Money Heist”). It’s now official. Over Jan.-March 2018, the Spanish-language and Spanish heist thriller became the “most watched non-English series on Netflix ever,” Netflix confirmed Monday in a letter to shareholders parsing its first quarter results. “We are seeing more examples of non-English language content transcending borders,” Netflix added. Some commentators insist it’s surprising that a series which punched just a pretty average 12 percentage points share on Spanish broadcast network Atresmedia could then a global hit. As broadcasters audience shares decline, however, they can risk producing more targeted audience segment fare, such as “Money Heist,” a YA series which has pulled off a spectacular long tail success, becoming a social phenomenon in Argentina and Iran. Kicking into the heist a third of the way through Ep. 1, “Money Heist” also underscores another trend: First grab your audience with action, then develop character. Otherwise, they might soon be watching something else.
Posted by Tags: Carnival Corporation, Seabourn, Seabourn Ovation << Previous PostNext Post >> Share Travelweek Group Record second quarter revenues for Carnival Corporation PLC Monday, June 25, 2018 MIAMI — Carnival Corp. says cumulative forward bookings for the next three quarters are in line with the prior year, at higher prices, continuing the cruise company’s record booking streak.Strong operational results coupled with sustained strength in booking trends have mitigated the impact from unfavorable fuel costs and currency fluctuations, says President and CEO Arnold Donald.Based on current booking trends, the company now expects full year 2018 net revenue yields in constant currency to be up approximately 3% compared to the prior year, better than March guidance of up approximately 2.5%.Changes in fuel prices and currency exchange rates are expected to decrease earnings by $0.19 per share compared to March guidance and $0.13 per share compared to the prior year.The company expects full year 2018 adjusted earnings per share to be in the range of $4.15 to $4.25 compared to 2017 adjusted earnings per share of $3.82.More news: Windstar celebrates record-breaking bookings in July“We delivered another strong quarter, again achieving record adjusted earnings on record revenues and exceeding the high end of our guidance range,” said Donald. “Strong operational execution drove a 30% increase in adjusted earnings affirming the strength of our core strategy to create demand that outpaces measured capacity growth through outstanding guest experience efforts coupled with innovative actions to increase consideration for cruising across all global markets.”Carnival Corp.’s Q2 adjusted net income was US$489 million, up from $378 million in Q2 2017. Revenues for the quarter were $4.4 billion, higher than the $3.9 billion in the prior year.Highlights from the second quarter included the delivery of Carnival Cruise Line’s 26th ship, Carnival Horizon, in March 2018. In April 2018 Seabourn took delivery of its fifth all-suite ship, Seabourn Ovation. Carnival is also doing big business in Cuba. As a result of the strong guest response to sailings to Cuba, Carnival received approval for more than 20 additional calls, bringing the total to 40 calls to Cuba in 2019, departing from home ports in Miami, Fort Lauderdale, Tampa and Charleston.
Olivier DufourBeIN Media’s director of digital, Olivier Dufour, is leaving the company after five years to return to independent consultancy.“I am leaving #beIN after 5 thrilling years, with exceptional team. Now sharing vision & expertise as consulting with industry leaders,” Dufour said in a Tweet announcing his departure. Dufour was charged with delivering BeIN Sports on multiple screens at BeIN Media Group. Having joined the company as head of digital for France in 2012, he became director of digital for the overall group in January 2014.Prior to joining the Qatar-based media group, he founded consultancy outfit Otek Media Consulting, which provided services related to new media for BeIN Sports, France Télévisions, Arte, Orange and Middle East consultancy group TiviPro – where he previously worked as chief operating officer and deputy CEO – among others.He had earlier founded user-generated video pioneer SkemA and had worked in new media roles for France Telecom and Sofrecom.
German broadcaster ProSiebenSat.1’s sports business unit, 7Sports, is to deepen its involvement in the fast-growing world of eSports for the first time after striking a deal with Modern Times Group (MTG)-owned eSports giant ESL.From August 30, the ProSieben Maxx channel will run a new magazine show, Ran eSports. The content will also be available on the ran.de and ProSiebenMAXX.de websites. ProSiebenSat.1 claims that the show, which will air every Wednesday at 00:15, will be the first on a German free-to-air channel dedicated to eSports.The show will focus on Counter Strike: Global Offensive, but will also feature content around the League of Legends game as well as Dota 2, FIFA, Madden NFL and Rocket League.Before the launch of the magazine show, ProSieben Maxx will also air the final of the FIFA Interactive World Cup on August 23.The broadcaster has also renewed an existing agreement with eLeague. ProSieben Maxx started broadcasting content from the Turner-backed sSports league last year.7Sports CEO Zeljko Karajica said that eSports was “one of the major growth areas in sport” and that taking the content to free TV would open it up to a new audience. He said the partnership with ESL, together with the group’s existing eLeague, meant that ProSiebenSat.1 now had one of the largest line-ups of eSports on offer.
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In This Issue.* Bias to buy dollars emerges. * China prints strong manufacturing index. * Eurozone manufacturing improves. * Back to selling yen.And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts Newsletter!Bank of Canada Softens Tightening Bias. Good day. And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! A very long day in the office for me yesterday, and then out to Alex’s wrestling meet, has left me draggin’ the line this morning, but. I don’t feel bad right now, so I’ve got that going for me! One of my fave economists, Nouriel Roubini, is talking on the Bloomberg TV channel from Davos this morning. From what I can make out of what he’s saying, I don’t think he’s a fan of kicking the can down the road. But, he points out. until the markets say no more, the can will continue to be kicked.And let’s see. The Gov’t bailed the markets out in 2008, so. they “owe” the Gov’t one, right? And that’s why I believe the markets, bond vigilantes and so on, are letting the Gov’t go Ollie, Ollie Oxen Free right now.. Hey! That’s just how I see it, doesn’t mean it’s the gospel!So. the currencies and metals once again traded in tight ranges, with slippage in the morning, and a recovery in the afternoon, which made two consecutive days of that pattern. But, we’ve seen a change in the pattern in the overnight markets, with the bias slipping back to buy dollars, and most of the currencies and especially the metals have backed off their levels of the past two days.I would like to think that this is just normal trading, for the euro hasn’t succumbed to the bias to buy dollars so far this morning. But, I’m afraid that we’ve slipped back into that darn Risk On / Risk Off load of bull-dookie that we stepped in over 4 years ago. The reason I say that about the slipping back to Risk On/ Risk Off is that the only thing I can find that points to the bias changing is the earnings report by Apple last night. Apparently Apple reported their weakest earnings growth since 2003, and their weakest sales increase in 14 quarters. Stocks all over the world are seeing problems, and so, in my opinion, we’ve slipped back into the Risk Off fun and games. I hope this is just a one-off relapse, and that this Risk Off trading is quickly exited, for we had seen all the signs that we were back to trading on fundamentals, and not willy nilly sentiment of traders to throw all asset classes into a barrel and trade them.The U.S. dollar SHOULD be getting taken to the woodshed, given the decision yesterday by our leaders in the House of Representatives to suspend enforcement of the U.S. debt limit until May 18. Have we now become Comfortably Numb on the debt limit too? Sure looks like it to me. and therefore the dollar should be getting taken to the woodshed, but it’s not. and that’s what’s going on today.I had to stop and smile when I saw this quote by Axel Weber former Bundesbank President, and now Chairman of UBS. “While European Gov’t’s approach fiscal curbs by looking to pullback, the U.S. runs into its limits by squabbling how to increase them.” Another thing that should be driving nails in the dollar’s coffin are the Fed’s meeting details that get released 5 years after the meeting took place. This is where Bill Fleckenstein got a lot of his information on what former Fed Chairman, Big Al Greenspan, was doing behind the scenes. I’ve mentioned Bill’s book quite a few times in the past, but if you still haven’t picked it up to read it, you should, just so you understand what the Fed is doing to us. You can find it on Amazon, it’s called: Greenspan’s Bubbles: The Age of Ignorance at the Fed by Bill Fleckenstein.You can see in the notes that 5 years ago, the Fed still didn’t see the smoke from the fires in the economy. So. if they didn’t see it then, what makes anyone believe they would see it this time? Any way. The Fed’s FOMC will meet next week, and I’m sure they will tell us that the economy is not out of the woods, and there is still a need for stimulus. Yesterday, Morgan Stanley’s chief, Gorman, basically said that the economy is still in need of stimulus.Of course, long time Pfennig readers know that I’ve said for some time now that the U.S. economy has gotten addicted to stimulus. to break the economy from this addiction is going to be very painful.One of my fave writers, Caroline Baum, wrote a piece titled: “How Fed Learned to Stop Worrying and Love Zero” – This is a great snippet: “Color me skeptical. When I read the 82-word sentence outlining conditions to be met before the Fed would start raising rates, all I could think of was Winton Churchill’s description of the Soviet Union: “a riddle, wrapped in a mystery, inside an enigma.” I doubt the Fed will unwrap it when it meets next week.”Well the two-day respite that Japanese yen was getting ended overnight. I told you yesterday that I didn’t think those that were buying yen because the Bank of Japan (BOJ) was delaying their next round of stimulus were allowing the elevator to go to their top floor. I just put together some notes for one of my presentations next week at the Orlando Money Show, and in doing so, I noticed that Japanese yen has dropped 12% in the past 6-months. I don’t think the losses will stop there. but that’s just my opinion, and I’ve said the same thing about yen for the past year.Hey. HSBC Holdings Plc printed their version of Chinese manufacturing last night. (recall, I’ve explained that there are two manufacturing index prints in China, one by HSBC and the other by the Chinese Gov’t). Usually, the HSBC print is not as lofty, albeit by small numbers, as the Gov’t report. So. when the HSBC version printed and showed a gain in the index from 51.5 to 51.9 for this month, I got a little giddy. This data should have been manna from heaven for the Aussie dollar (A$), but. I think the Apple earnings news was just too much to get past for the risk assets, this morning. The A$ has slipped back below $1.05 this morning, but it’s not from the Chinese data. That’s why I’m thinking that this slippage below $1.05 this morning is an opportunity to buy at a cheaper level. Of course, that’s just my opinion, and I could be wrong.Speaking of manufacturing reports. The Eurozone, continues to show signs of recovery, as their Manufacturing Index for the 17-nation union climbed to 48.2 in January from 47.2 in December. Still below 50, the line in the sand between expansion and contraction, but an improvement nonetheless.The Canadian dollar / loonie slipped below parity after the Bank of Canada (BOC) hung the currency out on a line. The BOC left rates unchanged, as expected. but then surprised the markets by softening their tightening bias. The BOC said that “any change is likely to come further in the future than was previously thought.” Uh-oh! You think the markets were upset with the fact that the BOC never carried through with their bias to tighten? They are really upset by this softening, which they didn’t see coming. And the loonie gets taken to the woodshed. My initial thought was that this was a temporary move, but the more I look at this, a lot of capital was gained on the thought that the BOC was going to raise rates soon. The loonie could be in for an elongated trip to the woodshed. But. still remain relatively strong, folks. What am I talking about?Well. 10 years ago, the loonie was 65-cents. so. even if the loonie slips now to 95-cents, that still relatively strong VS 10 years ago, eh?Then There Was This. You all have heard me talk about China’s hoarding of Gold to use as a backing for their currency when they decide to float the renminbi/ yuan for a couple of years now, so I always enjoy seeing someone else jump on my bandwagon. This time it’s the long-time, well respected money manager – Stephen Leeb. Here are a couple of snippets of a recent interview with Stephen talking about China and their Gold.“I see the Chinese plan in terms of what they want to do, I see their economy turning around, and most important their push into gold.I know KWN published a piece last night which said the World Gold Council is saying that China does plan to back up their yuan with gold. Of course that’s what they are going to do. They clearly want the world’s reserve currency. They yuan is constantly increasing in use in Asian (business) dealings. There is no doubt that’s going to continue to grow. China could (already) have the second largest gold reserves in the world, even ahead of Germany. What is confirmed by everything you can see is they are importing as much (gold) as they can without trying to disturb the price of gold. You won’t believe what’s going to happen (with the price of gold). I’m telling you in 3 years people will not believe the price of gold.” – Stephen LeebChuck again. great stuff. more and more, people are jumping on my China and the gold backing to their currency bandwagon. Come on. there’s more room!To recap. The two-day trading pattern of tight trading ranges for the currencies and metals gave way to a bias to buy dollars overnight. Apple had some weak earnings news, that catapulted the risk assets back into the Risk On/ Risk Off trading arena. China saw a strong manufacturing print, and the Eurozone saw an improving manufacturing index. The Bank of Canada hung the loonie out on a line by softening their tightening bias, and the Japanese yen gets back to losing ground.Currencies today 1/24/13. American Style: A$ $1.0490, kiwi .8410, C$ .9990, euro 1.3335, sterling 1.5825, Swiss $1.0760, . European Style: rand 9.0420, krone 5.5635, SEK 6.5180, forint 221.25, zloty 3.1425, koruna 19.1830, RUB 30.12, yen 89.60, sing 1.2280, HKD 7.7530, INR 53.68, China 6.2197, pesos 12.69, BRL 2.0355, Dollar Index 80.03, Oil $95.51, 10-year 1.81%, Silver $31.85, and Gold. $1,677.50That’s it for today. I was gone last week, when my younger brother, Mike, celebrated a birthday, so Happy belated birthday! Mike was born when I was in High School, so. that means he’s getting old! I received a call from an old high school classmate last night, she informed me that a group of classmates are putting together a 40-year high school reunion. YIKES! Not the dreaded 40-year HSR! It will be this year. UGH! I bet no one will recognize me! I don’t keep in touch with many people from my high school years, and the last reunion we had was 15-years ago. oh well. I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837