Celebrating the Month of the Military Child

first_imgThis blog post was written by Kathy Reschke,  Child Care Leader at Military Families Learning Network. April is fast approaching and it’s a very special month! It’s the Month of the Military Child and April 14-20 is the Week of the Young Child. So it’s the perfect time to make plans to shine the spotlight on all of the young children who have parents serving in the military.In most ways young children from military families are no different than any other young children. They laugh and play, cry and whine, get silly, angry and scared. Like every other child, they learn through experience and they seek out the comfort and joy of the company of others.On the other hand, the experiences of the military child can be very different. Having a parent in the military might mean that:A baby is several months old before she is held in father’s arms“Flat Daddy” must be included in every holiday or special event.All of a child’s extended family live far away.A toddler is frightened when he sees his mother in uniform with full gear, including a rifleBedtime stories are told by way of videoA child’s vocabulary includes PCS, Afghanistan, deployedGrandma and Grandpa are the primary caregivers while mom is deployed, and when mom comes home, they go back to their house.Dad is different when he comes home.A child gets lots of practice in making a new place “home”The highlight of a child’s day is talking with mom via SkypePretending includes shooting, rescuing, combat gear and helicoptersMom cries a lot and Dad’s not coming home.“Hero” applies to someone a child knows and loves.One of the simplest but most profound ways we can show young military children that we value them is by listening….Listening to their stories and their worries, the things that they’re excited about and the things that they’re angry about…Listening without correcting or diverting or minimizing or making light of…Listening with our full attention as often as we can.I know it doesn’t seem like much, but don’t underestimate the power of being listened to. A quote I saw recently says it well:Listen earnestly to anything that children want to tell you, no matter what. If you don’t listen eagerly to the little stuff when they are little, they won’t tell you the big stuff when they are big, because to them all of it has always been big stuff.  Catherine M. WallaceDuring this special month when we recognize and celebrate young children from military families, it seems appropriate to invite them to share their stories, experiences, thoughts and feelings with us and with the other children in their child care community. By listening we learn, we show respect, and we place value on their experiences. And that is a profoundly meaningful way to honor military-connected children.On the lighter side, there are many other fun things we can do to recognize and celebrate the military-connected children in our programs:Encourage everyone to wear purple on “Purple Up! For Military Kids Day.” Some states will be celebrating on Friday, April 12, and others will be celebrating on Monday, April 15. Check your state’s Operation Military Kids webpage (see link below) for the date in your state, as well as info on any events that are scheduled.Invite a service member or veteran to come visit your program (a parent would be the best choice). Ask them to wear their uniform and bring some of the gear that they use in their job, photos of themselves at work, etc.Incorporate military-themed children’s books into your read-aloud times and into your book collection that children can access throughout the day (see the resource links below for a list of books).However you choose to celebrate and honor young military children this month, I hope you’ll also recognize and value the important role that you play in serving these families who sacrifice so much on our behalf.Let us know in the comments how you are planning to celebrate the Month of the Military Child – we’d love to hear!Resources: Info and ideas about the Week of the Young ChildInfo on each state’s Month of the Military Child activitiesList of children’s books with military themesFor info and resources to support you as you work with military families, “like” the Child Care and Military Families Facebook pagelast_img read more


first_img(REOPENS DEL 42) (REOPENS DEL 42) Meanwhile, former chief coach Vinod Kumar, who has been training Sushil at Sonepats SAI centre, said the former world champion had been told by WFI itself to keep himself prepared for the trails. “In the last one year, Sushils sole focus is on preparing for Rio. The Government has spent a lot of money on him and even WFI always encouraged him to keep practising. Had WFI told Sushil earlier that Narsingh would be going to Rio, he would not have made so many sacrifices and worked so hard,” said Vinod Kumar. “We want the trials to be held as soon as possible. Sushil is fully fit.” Sushil also reiterated his demand for a trial. “I have been away from my family for almost a year now. My only focus is on Rio and I have been working extremely hard. It is only just that I am given a chance. All I am asking for is trails. I am not saying that you send me to Rio because of my glorious past. I am only saying that whoever between me and Narsingh is better, should represent the country at the Olympics.” Meanwhile, Narsingh has maintained that it was his right to go to Rio as he was the one who has secured the berth. “Going to Rio is my right. I have achieved this right by performing consistently and winning India the quota at the World Championships. So, I should be given my due.” Sushil had won a bronze medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics and a silver at the London Games four year later in mens 66kg freestyle. But since the weight divisions were rejigged by the world body, Sushil has moved up to 74kg division. The Haryana-lad excelled in the new category as well by winning the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medal before the lengthy injury layoff. Narsingh had participated at the 2012 London Olympics in 74kg category but was ousted in the first round. PTI CM PM PMadvertisementlast_img read more

Hopefully I will get to play in Mumbai again: Haseeb Hameed to India Today

first_imgWearing a loose white shirt covering his broken hand and thin frame, Haseeb Hameed looks every bit the 19-year-old he is. Not in his cricket whites, you could pass him off as a high school boy, far from being the new young find of English cricket. (India is a happy hunting ground for overseas batsmen: Ganguly to India Today)In any case few manage to play Test cricket at his age but the first three Tests of his international career are enough to suggest he is here to stay. But for the injury, after his heroics in Mohali, Hameed could possibly have crafted another knock to remember in the Mumbai Test match with England batting first. It was not to be. (Mumbai Test: Ashwin dents England after Jennings’ debut ton)He still made it a point to come down to the city where he spent some time of his formative years to cheer the English team. He got to see a fellow youngster, Keaton Jennings fit into his shoes with a hundred on debut. (Keaton Jennings scores hundred on Test debut: All the stats you need to know)Look who is supporting England Team from the stands #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/YHbpp3wAcC BCCI (@BCCI) December 8, 2016″A day full of mixed emotions. You obviously want to play and score. But it was very nice to see Keaton bat the way he did. It was very good to watch how he went about. Very pleasing. Great to watch him,” he told India Today in an exclusive chat. (Keaton Jennings 19th Englishman to slam hundred on Test debut)advertisementEven as he was walking back from the Wankhede stadium, past the BCCI headquarters, also in the premises, a handful of fans gathered around him to congratulate him for the super start to his career. By the time he was ready to speak to us, a much bigger crowd had gathered around him. Hameed did not fail in acknowledging this fact.”The support that I have seen from both sets of fans has been amazing. Something I am very grateful for and hopefully the next time I come with the team, I will be able to play in Mumbai where I spent a lot of time as a youngster and that will be a dream come true as well,” he says.For those who missed Hameed’s gritty 59 at Mohali where he batted with the broken finger as a lone ranger against the spinning ball, Hameed still became news to the Indian cricket fans after his one-on-one photograph with Virat Kohli after that Test went viral.In Cook, Hameed and now Jennings, England have found a top order with immense promise.The next time he comes to India wearing an England shirt and he will, we could inquire of how people of different decents, Indian, Pakistani, South African and English manage to gel in the same dressing room.For now he is happy spending some more time in India, be it as a spectator. “It was a dream debut in the home soil of my parents in Gujarat,” he spoke of his debut in Rajkot. “I will carry back great memories,” he signs off.last_img read more

CFB Analyst Says Alabama Would Have Beaten Clemson By “Three Touchdowns” If They’d Played In September-October

first_imgClemson and Alabama lines face off during national championship.SANTA CLARA, CA – JANUARY 07: Patrick Phibbs #58 of the Clemson Tigers snaps the ball against the Alabama Crimson Tide in the CFP National Championship presented by AT&T at Levi’s Stadium on January 7, 2019 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)Clemson blew out Alabama in last year’s national title game, and it was such a shocking result that fans and analysts are still talking about it five months later. Mike Griffith of DawgNation had some interesting things to say about the contest this week on the “Three Man Front” podcast.Griffith contends that if Alabama and Clemson had met earlier in the season – in September or October – that the Crimson Tide would have won by “three touchdowns.” As you’d imagine, Tigers fans disagree with him.Griffith also believes that Alabama’s tough SEC schedule contributed to its ultimate demise.Here’s the quote: “The Alabama of September and October – if Alabama and Clemson played in September or October, Alabama would have won by three touchdowns. But what happened was Clemson got better. Trevor Lawrence developed into the best pocket passer I’ve seen in the SEC since Peyton Manning and his receivers are phenomenal.Alabama got beat up. They got beat up by the SEC schedule and Tua wasn’t Tua. There were a couple of pivotal plays early in the championship game and tip your cap to Clemson, they won. But the Alabama team that I saw in the regular season last year made history statistically and I thought they were unbelievable.”Griffith also said he doesn’t believe Clemson would have gone undefeated in the SEC last year.Honestly, no, I don’t think Clemson would have run the table in the SEC last season. But Clemson was the best team when it mattered most and will go into next season as my preseason No. 1. What Alabama did in the 2018 regular season should not be overlooked or forgotten, IMO. https://t.co/w82HArI9Lu— Mike Griffith (@MikeGriffith32) June 7, 2019Clemson fans may take offense here, but it is important to remember that Lawrence was not the team’s starting quarterback when last season began. The Tigers did improve as the season went on.That said, there was no doubt in the national championship game which team was better. Clemson will likely be the No. 1 team in the country come August.last_img read more

Plan daction régional pour améliorer les taux de littératie

first_imgUn plan d’action en faveur de la littératie au Canada atlantique, rendu public à St. John’s (Terre-Neuve-et-Labrador) aujourd’hui, 25 septembre, permettra aux Canadiens de l’Atlantique de bénéficier de meilleures stratégies en matière de littératie. Les ministres de l’éducation et de la formation du Canada atlantique ont montré qu’ils étaient résolus à améliorer la littératie au Canada atlantique en appuyant les objectifs du plan qui visent à favoriser la littératie à tous les niveaux, de la petite enfance jusqu’à la formation des adultes. « L’avenir économique de la Nouvelle-Écosse, et du Canada atlantique, dépend beaucoup d’un plan uniforme, de dire la ministre de l’Éducation et ministre du Travail et du Développement de la main-d’œuvre, Marilyn More. « Ce plan d’action vient s’ajouter aux progrès que nous faisons en Nouvelle-Écosse par le biais des initiatives dans les écoles publiques et des programmes d’éducation postsecondaire, les programmes pour adultes et ceux pour la petite enfance. » Le plan porte surtout sur les bienfaits de l’éducation de la petite enfance et sur le besoin de déterminer des mesures précises pour favoriser la littératie chez les jeunes enfants. Le plan aborde en outre la promotion de la formation des enseignants en littératie dans les programmes d’études et à l’université, les meilleures possibilités de perfectionnement professionnel et une plus grande sensibilisation aux avantages qui découlent de taux plus élevés de littératie chez les adultes au Canada atlantique. « Les taux de littératie ont un impact profond sur la qualité de vie d’une personne et sur la prospérité économique du Canada atlantique, de dire Mme More. Ce plan contribuera à aider les Canadiens de l’Atlantique à vivre mieux en atteignant les taux de littératie dont ils ont besoin pour améliorer la productivité de la main-d’œuvre et améliorer la prospérité économique et sociale du Canada atlantique. » Au cours des trois prochaines années, les priorités de l’éducation publique en matière de littératie porteront sur l’élargissement des connaissances et des compétences des professionnels qui enseignent la littératie. On accordera également la priorité à l’évaluation, à la surveillance et à l’amélioration des résultats de l’apprentissage pour tous les élèves, peu importe leurs antécédents et leurs aptitudes. On se penchera également sur le perfectionnement du leadership en élaboration de programmes et sur l’amélioration des capacités en littératie pour faciliter l’apprentissage dans toutes les matières au programme. Les priorités liées à la littératie chez les adultes et en milieu de travail viseront une plus grande sensibilisation aux bienfaits d’une amélioration de la littératie chez les adultes, la promotion de l’engagement des employeurs, l’élimination des obstacles aux occasions d’apprentissage et l’assurance de la pertinence et de l’utilité de l’apprentissage pour l’apprenant. Parmi les autres objectifs, notons l’accroissement des normes professionnelles, des connaissances et des compétences en matière d’enseignement et de facilitation de la littératie et de l’acquisition de compétences fondamentales chez les adultes, et l’amélioration de la qualité et de l’efficacité des programmes de littératie et de compétences fondamentales pour les adultes. Les ministres de l’éducation et de la formation ont également pris des mesures aujourd’hui pour favoriser davantage la littératie avec l’établissement d’un programme d’études et le lancement d’outils d’évaluation qui pourront servir dans les écoles de la région. Ces ressources viennent soutenir de meilleurs résultats en littératie et en numératie; elles sont de nouvelles ressources stimulantes et adaptées pour répondre aux besoins spécifiques et uniques des élèves du Canada atlantique. La littératie : une clé d’apprentissage et une voie vers la prospérité – Plan d’action 2009-2014 pour le Canada atlantique. Préparé par le Conseil atlantique des ministres de l’Éducation et de la Formation. Le document sera disponible à l’adresse www.camet-camef.ca le lundi 28 septembre prochain.last_img read more

Over 19L people left off NRC list fate uncertain

first_imgGuwahati/New Delhi: Over 19 lakh people have been left off a list of citizens released on Saturday in India’s north-eastern state of Assam, after a mammoth years-long exercise to check illegal immigration from neighbouring Muslim-majority Bangladesh.Resentment against illegal immigrants has simmered for years in Assam, one of India’s poorest states, with residents blaming outsiders, many said to come from Bangladesh, for stealing their jobs and land. Also Read – India gets first tranche of Swiss bank a/c detailsA total of 3,30,27,661 people had applied to be included in the NRC. Of them, 3,11,21,004 have been included in the document and 19,06,657 excluded, a statement from the NRC State Coordinator’s office said. Those who have been excluded from the National Register of Citizens have 120 days to appeal against it at Foreigners Tribunals. If not satisfied with the verdict of the tribunals, they will have the option to move the High Court and the Supreme Court for redress. Also Read – Tourists to be allowed in J&K from ThursdayIn order to assuage the fears of those who could be excluded from the final list, the Assam government has already ruled out their detention “in any circumstances” till the time Foreigners Tribunals declare them foreigners. The final list was published at 10 am and the hard copies of the Supplementary List of Inclusions are available for public viewing at the NRC Seva Kendras (NSK), offices of the Deputy Commissioner and offices of the Circle Officer during office hours, a statement by the NRC authority said. Hundreds of people began thronging these offices soon after the list was released, with some returning home happy and some disappointed. Notwithstanding apprehensions about disquiet in the wake of the release of the NRC list, Assam was calm with no incident of violence or protests reported from anywhere. Prohibitory orders under Section 144 CrPC were in force in several areas of the state, including Guwahati and Dispur, with over 20,000 central paramilitary forces besides personnel of the state police patrolling the streets in towns and villages. Surprisingly enough, parties across the political divide called the final NRC faulty, with some saying they would appeal against it in the Supreme Court. The Assam government once again sought to allay the fears of those left out of the NRC, with Parliamentary Affairs Minister Chandra Mohan Patowary saying it will extend legal support to genuine Indian citizens. The publication of the final NRC brought both joy and disappointment. After hearing rumours that her name was not on the list, Sayera Begum, a 60-year-old woman from Sonitpur, jumped into a well Saturday morning. Durga Khatiwada, a Sahitya Akademi award winner, who did not figure in the final draft, was a happy man after seeing his name on the register. However, Bimal Choudhury, who said he served as a havildar in the Indian Army, is dejected. “I fought for the country, and I don’t find my name in the NRC. I am extremely worried,” he said. The preparation of the NRC, a mammoth exercise involving 52,000 officials who scrutinised over six crore documents over four years, was mired in controversies many times.last_img read more

Charges laid in Dawson Creek property related crimes

first_imgDAWSON CREEK, B.C. – RCMP received a report of a stolen UTV in the Toms Lake area on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019.According to the RCMP, frontline officers attended, located the stolen UTV, and arrested both occupants. Further investigation by police uncovered evidence connecting suspects to two other stolen vehicles and a stolen trailer which were located nearby.A subsequent investigation has since linked the suspects to several other vehicle thefts and property thefts in the Peace region. Ryan Bumstead, 25-years-old, Chelbi Hiebert, 28-years-old, Hayden Raposo, 28-years-old and Lyric Grey, 21-years-old have all been charged with multiple property and vehicle theft-related offences.All four remain in police custody awaiting a future court date.This investigation encompasses numerous reported thefts and break and enters across the Peace Region from Fort St John to Grande Prairie said S/Sgt Damon Werrell, NCO i/c Dawson Creek Detachment.The investigation is ongoing and anyone with information on this or any other crime is asked to call the Dawson Creek RCMP at 250 784-3700 or Crime Stoppers at 1 800 222-8477last_img read more

US Steel locks out nearly 1000 workers at Lake Erie Works in

TORONTO — U.S. Steel locked out almost 1,000 unionized workers at its facility in Nanticoke, Ont., Sunday, raising questions from employees about promises the company made to the federal government about continuing production in Canada.The company shut the gates of its Lake Erie Works plant, located about 130 kilometres southwest of Toronto, at 9 a.m. just as it had warned it would, leaving hundreds of angry workers gathered outside.“The gates are now closed on one of the most productive steel mills in North America, one of the most efficient steel mills in North America,” said Bill Ferguson, president of Steelworkers Local 8782.“From what we can see, production has been shifted to the United States.”The company did not immediately respond to a request for comment.U.S. Steel makes steel for a number of operations from cars to building construction.It bought one of Canada’s largest steel manufacturers — the Hamilton-based company formerly known as Stelco — in 2007.The purchase triggered a long dispute between the federal government and the company over broken promises U.S. Steel made to secure approval to buy Stelco.The two sides settled the case in late 2011 with an agreement that saw the company promise to keep producing steel in Canada for at least another four years and make major capital investments at its Canadian mills.In wake of the lockout, Ferguson said the union was now wondering what exactly the terms of that agreement were.“Nobody knows what’s going on here,” he said.Notice of Sunday’s lockout was sent to the United Steelworkers Union on Thursday under a mutual agreement to give 72-hours notice of a strike or lockout.On Tuesday, the union membership had voted 70 per cent to reject a final contract offer from the company that would eliminate cost-of-living wage increases, reduce holidays and amount to a virtual standstill in wages.Ferguson said workers would have received an extra $1 an hour under the company’s latest offer, but that had already been mandated under the cost-of-living clause in the previous agreement.According to the union, there are 978 members of the bargaining unit at Nanticoke.“It’s a sombre mood, but there’s a lot of anger,” Ferguson said of the workers gathered outside the plant Sunday morning.The union offered earlier this week to keep its members on the jobs and negotiate further, but that was rejected by the company.“This was an operation that was probably a top plate operation in Canada. When it was sold to the Americans it almost became a second tier operation,” Ferguson said, calling the company’s current approach to talks with the union “radically different” from its predecessor.According to the company website, the Lake Erie Works facility makes 2.25 million tonnes of slabs and 3 million tonnes of high-quality hot rolled coils. read more

US unemployment aid applications rise 15000 to 382000 pushed up by Hurricane

by News Staff Posted Sep 13, 2012 3:48 pm MDT US unemployment aid applications rise 15,000 to 382,000, pushed up by Hurricane Isaac AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email WASHINGTON – The number of Americans seeking unemployment benefits jumped to the highest level in two months, although the figures were skewed in part by Hurricane Isaac.Applications increased by 15,000 to a seasonally adjusted 382,000, the Labor Department said Thursday. That’s up from 367,000 the previous week. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, increased for the fourth straight week to 375,000.Isaac made landfall as Category 1 hurricane on Aug. 28 in southeastern Louisiana and was later downgraded to a tropical storm. It disrupted work in nine states and boosted applications by roughly 9,000, Labor officials said.Applications for unemployment benefits reflect the pace of layoffs.The data on unemployment applications follow last week’s disappointing August employment report. And it comes as the Federal Reserve concludes a two-day meeting. Many analysts expect the Fed will announce new steps to boost the economy when the meeting ends.Jim O’Sullivan, chief U.S. economist at High Frequency Economics, said that after excluding the impact of the hurricane, applications are likely closer to 370,000. Still, the job market has shown little vigour this year.“While today’s reading was likely exaggerated, and we do not believe the labour market is weakening, the trend has been and still is weak enough to trigger more Fed easing today,” O’Sullivan said.Employers added only 96,000 jobs in August, below July’s gain of 141,000 and far below the average 226,000 a month added in the January-March quarter.The unemployment rate dropped to 8.1 per cent from 8.3 per cent, but only because the number of people working or looking for work fell.The total number of people receiving unemployment aid fell to 5.4 million in the week ending August 25, the latest data available. That’s about 80,000 fewer than the previous week. Some of the decline may result from more people getting jobs. But many recipients are using up all the benefits available to them.Many economists have noted that while layoffs are falling, overall hiring isn’t picking up at the same pace. A separate monthly report from the Labor Department this week showed that layoffs were at the lowest level in July in the 11 years the government has tracked the data.The economy isn’t growing fast enough to support much more hiring. It grew at a tepid 1.7 per cent annual rate in the April-June quarter, down from 2 per cent in the January-March quarter and 4.1 per cent in the final three months of last year.Growth isn’t likely to get much better for the rest of this year. Economists expect it to grow at a roughly 2 per cent pace. That’s typically too weak to create enough jobs to lower the unemployment rate.High unemployment and sluggish growth has prompted many economists to forecast that the Federal Reserve will announce new steps to boost the economy after its two-day meeting ends Thursday. Those steps could include a third round of Treasury bond purchases. The goal of the purchases would be to lower interest rates and spur more borrowing and spending.Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke said in a recent speech that weak hiring is “a grave concern” that causes “enormous suffering.” read more

MLB looks to Harper Trout Judge to connect with fans

MLB looks to Harper, Trout, Judge to connect with fans MIAMI – Bryce Harper, Mike Trout and Aaron Judge have become the face of baseball as a gleaming, modernist ballpark and a city known for its Latino culture host the All-Star Game for the first time. After decades of falling behind, the sport finally has stepped up its national promotion.There’s huge room for improvement: Not one player from baseball is among the 100 most famous athletes in the world.LeBron James, Tom Brady and Tiger Woods dominate water-cooler talk far more than Max Scherzer and Chris Sale, the starting pitchers in Tuesday night’s game at Marlins Park.“I feel he’s won 15 rings,” Harper said of Brady on Monday. “If you win, you’re going to get noticed.”Major League Baseball hopes to break into a wider public consciousness with this new generation — for the first time since at least 1961 there are no All-Stars with at least double-digit selections.After Rob Manfred succeeded Bud Selig as commissioner two years ago, MLB required sponsors to market top talent. But the tradition-bound sport is still trying to rebound from a quarter-century of labour wars that ended in the late 1990s.“There is little doubt that top baseball players are less recognized than the top athletes in many other sports,” said Marc Ganis, president of the marketing company Sportscorp. “Basketball players and the NBA set many trends and are relevant in pop culture. NFL dominates in the U.S. and the second-most popular sport is also football — college football.“Baseball has the potential to be the cultural star in places like Latin America and Japan, where so many great players come from these days. But in the U.S. and in the Eurocentric, English-primary world, basketball, NFL, soccer, tennis and at certain times golf stars connect more with fans, especially younger fans, and sponsors who covet those fans,” he said.Judge beat hometown slugger Giancarlo Stanton and the rest of the field to win Monday night’s Home Run Derby at 5-year-old Marlins Park, a sleek retractable-roof ballpark with splashes of Joan Miro colours, a Red Grooms home run sculpture and a Clevelander night club with a swimming pool just beyond the left-field wall. MLB hopes to continue momentum from the Chicago Cubs’ first title since 1908, which drew the highest television rating for the World Series in a dozen years.“We know that fans connect locally every day with the teams that they root for and love, and our job is to try to highlight the performances to make it a national story as much as possible when we have that,” said Tony Petitti, MLB’s chief operating officer. “We were really fortunate last fall. We had an incredible national story in the Cubs.”MLB’s “This Time It Counts” promotion has been scrapped after 15 years. The World Series will start at the home of the pennant winner with the best record, not the league that prevails in the All-Star Game.The league and many of its national sponsors are featuring players in marketing campaigns. Still, baseball players say athletes in other sports are seen far more often in commercials.“Football is football. You can’t even really compare yourself. It’s just everybody loves football America. That’s just the way it is,” said Los Angeles Dodgers pitcher Clayton Kershaw, who praised MLB for doing the best it can.Judge, the 6-foot-7 larger-than-life New York Yankees rookie who leads the big leagues with 30 home runs, was celebrated by MLB with a Judge-Con promotion in on Monday in which the sport enlisted actors and comics to dress as judges and make appearances throughout New York City.David Matranga of PSI Sports Management, which represents Judge, says the 25-year-old outfielder has kept his mind on pitchers, not corporate pitches.“We’ve had quite a few offers from various markets and brands. It just keeps coming every day,” Matranga said. “He’s got a lot of people pulling at him but right now Aaron just wants to keep his focus on the Yankees.”Partly because of the busy schedule — 162 games in 183 days — baseball players don’t have much time for marketing during the season. And when it comes to viewers, clicks and retweets, MLB often lags in recent decades, when the NFL and NBA have connected far better with younger audiences.ESPN’s 2017 ranking of the 100 most famous athletes, based on endorsements, social media following and internet search popularity, has Cristiano Ronaldo first, followed by James, Barcelona’s Lionel Messi, tennis star Roger Federer and golfer Phil Mickelson. Brady is the top NFL player at 21 after leading New England to five Super Bowl titles.“It seems like baseball players tend to have a little bit more regional coverage,” Giants catcher Buster Posey said.Equipment companies have a larger audience to sell basketball sneakers, tennis equipment and golf gear than baseball spikes. Trout became the first baseball player since Ken Griffey Jr. to have his own signature cleat. In the same period, Nike has had 21 signature NBA players, and Bryant is Under Armour’s sole signature MLBer.Scott Boras, whose clients include Harper and Bryant, maintains MLB would rather strike deals with sponsors, causing players to receive less money than they would had they made in their own deals. The NFL has a joint licensing agreement with a business company of the players’ association. The NBA and its players’ union had a joint licensing deal that expired at the end of June.“Baseball is the polar opposite of the other leagues,” Boras said. “Instead of promoting players and advancing players’ rights and values in the sponsorship market, MLB wants to work to take away the incentive of the player to participate in these rather time-consuming events. They want to keep the revenue.”Not true, countered Bob Bowman, MLB’s president of business and media.“We have set aside a significant percentage, 15, 20 per cent of contracts, to activate around players,” he said, “We require players to be utilized in every national deal we do now, since Rob Manfred became commissioner.”Another issue is who gets touted. Washington manager Dusty Baker said discussion of baseball’s best must widen.“Just to have diversity you’ve got to add a Latin player,” said Baker, who is black.Jeff Berry, co-head of CAA Baseball, said the best marketing strategy would be for MLB and the union to work with businesses to fund an increase in scholarship limits for NCAA Division I baseball (currently 11.7 per team) and softball (12). That would create a bigger audience from youth.“The doomsday atmosphere has been around since I was a kid,” the 46-year-old Berry said. “Baseball doesn’t need to be cooler. It doesn’t need to be hipper. It doesn’t have to be more fast-paced.”___More AP baseball: https://apnews.com/tag/MLBbaseball FILE – In this May 23, 2017, file photo, New York Yankees Aaron Judge reacts after drawing a walk in a baseball game against the Kansas City Royals at Yankee Stadium in New York. This time last year, Aaron Judge had played exactly zero big-league games. The New York Yankees’ rookie slugger is now an All-Star and MVP hopeful. Big things are happening for one of baseball’s biggest men. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File) by Ronald Blum, The Associated Press Posted Jul 10, 2017 4:21 pm MDT Last Updated Jul 10, 2017 at 9:20 pm MDT AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to TwitterTwitterShare to FacebookFacebookShare to RedditRedditShare to 電子郵件Email read more

Ohio State unable to get on a roll offensively in loss to

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) is sacked by Virginia Tech sophomore cornerback Kendall Fuller during a game Sept. 6 at Ohio Stadium. OSU lost, 35-21.Credit: Jon McAllister / Asst. photo editorThe Ohio State football team broke records and multiple streaks Saturday night, many of which were not positives.The Buckeyes dropped their first home opener since 1978, due in part to a lack of offense as they allowed seven sacks, six of which occurred in the fourth quarter.The loss also snapped OSU’s streak of 25 consecutive regular-season wins, which was the longest such streak in the country.Coach Urban Meyer said postgame that he was “very disappointed” with the way his team performed in front of a record crowd of 107,517, in Ohio Stadium.“We had all kind of issues that we have to get a lot better at,” Meyer said. “We also had a lot of dropped passes…we just have to do a better job.”Redshirt-senior offensive lineman Darryl Baldwin said the offense, which was four of 16 on third downs, needs to do a better job to help out the defense.“We just haven’t been able to get on a roll offensively,” Baldwin said. “Defense has been playing well and when we get these opportunities, we haven’t been taking advantage of them. Those three and outs have been killing us.”Not only could the Buckeyes not convert third downs, they could not complete passes. Redshirt-freshman J.T. Barrett completed just nine of his 29 attempts, including three interceptions — the last of which was taken back 63 yards for a score by Virginia Tech junior cornerback Donovan Riley.Despite a less than stellar showing, Meyer said he thought his quarterback did well with what he had.“Gutsy effort,” Meyer said. “Obviously not good enough, but a quarterback is a product of those around him, and we all have to get better.”The Hokie defense lined up in zero coverage — a formation with no deep safeties — for most of the game and crowded the line of scrimmage, daring the Buckeyes to throw the football. It was a tactic co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman said the OSU coaching staff had not expected.“They played something we hadn’t prepared for so it took quite a bit of adjusting,” Herman said. “We had to find some ways to get to the speed option game, and we did that during the second half. We got a little momentum back on our side but couldn’t make the plays in the end.”After a year in which the Buckeyes were near the top nationally in yards per game in 2013, when then-junior Braxton Miller and Carlos Hyde each rushed for over 1,000 yards, OSU managed just 108 rushing yards against the Hokies. Barrett, who suffered the seven sacks, led the team with 70 yards on the ground.The next leading rusher for OSU was sophomore running back Ezekiel Elliott, who carried the ball just eight times for 32 yards.Baldwin said he was disappointed that OSU could not move the football on the ground.“The run game opens up the entire offense,” Baldwin said. “It really just opens up everything and we just couldn’t get it started.”Although the running game struggled, Herman said the loss cannot be blamed solely on one unit or person.“From myself on down to the players, it was certainly not one position or one thing that you can say, ‘this is the reason,’” he said.Meyer said that the team will regroup and come back ready to go on Sunday.“So anxious to get back to work tomorrow and get a little better,” Meyer said. “We had a good meeting as a team (after the game).”The Buckeyes are set to begin preparations for their next game against Kent State, which is scheduled to kickoff at noon on Sept. 13 at Ohio Stadium. read more

Wimbledon warns supporters against political chants and slogans amid fears of outbreak

first_imgIt seems an unlikely thing to happen amid the genteel environs of SW19, but then it’s already been a summer of unlikely outcomes.Which may explain why the All England Lawn Tennis Club has taken steps to prevent any displays of Corbynmania, or any other political expression, during the Wimbledon championships.The tournament’s organisers have issued a strict ban on political slogans during the fortnight, which opens on Monday.After all, the last thing they want is for cries of “Oh Jeremy Corbyn” to ring out across Centre Court. Should that fail to halt the noise stewards would get involved, with any persistent protesters likely to be ejected from the grounds. Last year David Cameron was met by boos from some in Centre Court after Andy Murray highlighted his presence during his victory speech for his second Wimbledon title.The ‘No Political Slogans’ rule stands alongside a ban on so called ‘ambush marketing’ techniques used to promote products during matches.Wimbledon officials last year confiscated Peperamis from fans entering the grounds over fears that the snack, which had been distributed to the queues from a truck.The AELTC said: “There has been a sharp increase in the amount of free unauthorised commercial advertising material, which is distributed to the queue and ticket holders in order to obtain free advertising in our grounds or on television.”Club officials added that their ban on political slogans was consistent with that of other major sporting events. Although rare, there have been political protests at Wimbledon in the past. On 2011 a group of Spanish activists from the anti-austerity 15-M movement had to be prevented from entering the grounds, where they were planning to stage a protest during one of Rafael Nadal’s matches. Among the rules issued for spectators by the AELTC in the run up to the championships is one prohibiting “any objects or clothing bearing political statements”.A warning sign stating “No political slogans!” is on display at the entrance gates to the grounds.An AELTC spokeswoman told the Daily Telegraph: “We wouldn’t want people to use this kind of event as a platform for their specific views or causes.”The rule is aimed principally at barring spectators wearing political slogans on T-shirts, or brandishing flags and banners with slogans.But officials have said that match umpires would intervene if any political chanting takes place, initially by calling for “quiet please” in their characteristically firm manner. Corbyn at Glastonbury Notice at Wimbledon highlighting banned objects and behaviourcenter_img Notice at Wimbledon highlighting banned objects and behaviour But there are already suggestions that some of those attending Wimbledon, particularly the younger spectators queuing overnight, may be planning to show their admiration of him.And social media users have voiced their relish at the prospect of the Centre Court ringing with the chant.Ryan Murray, a Twitter user from Swansea, wrote: “It would make my life if the ‘Ohhhhhhh Jeremy Corbyn’ chant became the soundtrack of this year’s Wimbledon.”Medical student Mouad Elhmaidi, said: “Why I am looking forward to Wimbledon?  Hearing Jeremy Corbyn chants in the stands.”Another Twitter user, Vic, wrote: “Last night I dreamt Corbyn was in the Royal Box at Wimbledon and I started this chant there.” Mr Corbyn has been invited to watch play from the Royal Box, alongside other political figures and celebrities, although it is not yet known on which day.The club is keen to avoid any hint of the scenes witnessed at last month’s Glastonbury festival, when the chant was taken up by thousands of revellers as the Labour leader addressed crowds from the main Pyramid Stage. Corbyn at GlastonburyCredit:Paul Grover Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img read more

Minute of silence for Nelson Mandela

← Previous Story WWCH 2013: Round 1 from Belgrade to Novi Sad Next Story → WWCH 2013: Easy start for Hungary In honour and remembrance of the former President of the South African Republic Nelson Mandela, all the matches of the first round of the Women’s Handball World Championship started with a minute of silence. handball mandelanelson mandelanelson mandela handballWWCH 2013

Our priorities are the countrys priorities Reform Alliance

first_imgTHE GROUP OF former Fine Gael TDs and senators today presented the reforms they wish to see carried out.The group known as the Reform Alliance, TDs Lucinda Creighton, Billy Timmins, Terence Flanagan, Dennis Naughten and Peter Mathews and senators Paul Bradford and Fidelma Healy-Eames, met in Dublin today to trash out their vision for the future.Despite Mathews being adamant that the alliance was not a new political party, the group posed for pictures together and released a joint statement in which they said that they wanted to play a “positive and constructive” role in matters.The statement continued:“The group believes that reform, new ideas and fresh thinking are necessary to tackle on-going problems in areas such as job creation, youth unemployment and emigration,  mortgages and personal debt, healthcare and education.The Alliance is committed to bringing policies based on conviction and courage to the upcoming Dáil and Seanad sessions, and looks forward to working with government and opposition parties in the national interest.Among the reforms that the group is calling for are the direct election of the Ceann Comhairle by secret ballot, new procedures on the guillotining of bills by the Government and the automatic inclusion of all those aged 18 or over on the electoral register.Read: Rebels meet today but Peter Mathews insists: ‘There’s no new party. I’m a Fine Gael member’Poll: Do you think the Reform Alliance should become a party?last_img read more

War for the Planet of the Apes Terry Notary Talks Playing Ape

first_imgStay on target 8 Nostalgic Board Games Based on Old Sci-Fi FlicksPlanet of the Apes: Visionaries is Unpredictable, Stunning and Wild While Andy Serkis gets a ton of (deserved) praise for his portrayal of Caesar in the Planet of the Apes reboot trilogy, he’s far from the only actor doing amazing work in these films. Terry Notary plays Rocket in all three of the recent Apes movies. More than that, he’s spent years studying ape behavior, and served as Ape choreographer for the entire cast. See a performance you like in War for the Planet of the Apes? There’s a good chance Notary had something to do with it. Notary took some time between set-ups for his next project to talk to us on the phone about what it takes to play an ape.It turns out, playing an ape in these movies isn’t much different from playing a human character. In fact, it may be some of the most human acting Notary’s ever done. “Rocket is a total extension of myself,immitating” he said. “It’s the self I aspire to be. When you’re playing an ape, you’re nimitatingreally ape, it’s more about shedding all the B.S. that makes us human.” Notary described playing an ape correctly as being an open, well-rounded, more centered and vulnerable human. “When I drop into Rocket, I just drop into the real self, myself, who I am and who I try to practice to be.”Notary says the experience of playing Rocket has taught him a lot about who he is as a person. “I’ve matured as an actor as Rocket has matured as a character in the films. We’ve kind of grown up together.” Notary believes playing Rocket has made him a better actor and a better human as he’s now more aware himself. “What I feel like the character’s done for me is made me more open to receiving and ingesting, digesting and expressing feeling… If I’m feeling jealous or fear or anything, I actually don’t try to mask it. I’ll just assimilate it, feel it and try to rationalize, like ‘why am I feeling this?’”Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Andy Serkis and Michael Adamthwaite on the set of Twentieth Century Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes.” (Via Twentieth Century Fox)This sense of how apes behave, and how honest they are with their emotions comes from years of working with and studying apes. Notary’s time with apes predates even his work on Rise of the Planet of the Apes. He started studying their behavior to prepare for a film he said he’s not particularly proud of: Tim Burton’s Planet of the Apes. He was Tim Roth’s double in that movie. He was also tasked with teaching ape movement to the other actors, which is what got him started learning about how our relatives behave. He read every book about apes he could get his hands on, watched video of apes and spent hours upon hours at the zoo.“Every week, I was going to the zoo, sometimes twice a week, just sitting there watching them. And I was imitating them, seeing if I could emulate them,” he said. “Also, I got to work with these two chimpanzees, Jacob and Jonah. We just hit it off, and they were ready to play and they were hugging me, and jumping into my arms. Jacob gave me a hug, and I was like ‘Whoa, I get it.’ They looked me in the eye, and they were so open. It’s like they look into your soul. They just open up and let you look into their soul. They’re so human. The more you play with them, the more you realize they’re so much like us.”Notary says he realized it wasn’t about acting like apes. Humans, he says, should ask how they can become like these chimpanzees again. “We’ve lost the beauty. That innocence and openness is all covered up by fears and social conditions.” That’s when Notary realized that playing an ape is just about removing the emotional barriers and baggage that make us human. So it would appear at least some good came out of that Tim Burton movie.Karin Konoval, Terry Notary, Andy Serkis and Michael Adamthwaite (Via Twentieth Century Fox)He especially enjoys taking those experiences and teaching them to other actors. He says that when a new actor joins one of these movies, they all want to know what they have to do to play an ape. Almost like there’s some kind of trick they’re looking for. His first piece of advice: “You don’t have to do anything.” When that inevitably confuses the actor, he hits them with, “you have to undo everything.” And yes, he says, it’s just as scary as it sounds. That’s why he makes sure the actor feels safe before he starts working with them. Examining who you really are inevitably brings up fears and past traumas that a person doesn’t like to deal with on a day-to-day basis. Notary says he tries to make the actors aware of the subconscious coping mechanisms they have to avoid dealing with their feelings. Once those are identified and washed away, they can allow themselves to be vulnerable.Once the actor is open and in what Notary calls “a neutral state,” they start bringing in the fears, feelings and baggage that the character has “without bringing in your own stuff.” That’s not to say the actors don’t draw on relevant personal experiences. They can, and often do, but playing an ape is allowing yourself to be honest and expressive with those feelings. Notary says it’s a different process for every actor. Some get it within an hour, some took a full week to get into that state. It’s only after all that work is done that he brings in the physicality of being an ape, meaning how you carry and move your body. All of this serves to get the actor operating on what he calls a “soft connection” between the mind and the body. That’s the point where they’re just acting on instinct, rather than constantly thinking through their movements. Once they master that, an actor will often be playing an ape without even realizing it.Steve Zahn as Bad Ape (Via Twentieth Century Fox)After most people see the movie, one character that’s sure to be a fan-favorite is Bad Ape, played by Steve Zahn. Bad Ape is a wonderful addition to the Apes universe and opens up so many possibilities for where these movies can go now that Caesar’s trilogy is over. Notary says it’s a character he and director Matt Reeves discussed a lot early in production. “We basically thought of this little old Russian man who’s a survivor. He’s endearing and sweet, but he’s such a tough survivor. I just thought of this little Russian peasant who just got off the boat, and he has nothing and managed to save up everything and survive.”Then Steve Zahn came in and brought a whole new perspective from which to approach the character. Notary says on his first day, Zahn dropped into a character and put his finger in his mouth, letting out a high-falsetto “Oh!” That was it. Notary describes that simple action as the seed for who Bad Ape would become. “It was this sweet… It was like a little old man baby.”Rocket isn’t the only ape Notary has played this year. He also played the titular character in March’s Kong: Skull Island. Though the movies are very different, Notary made a point that he wasn’t trying to play an ape. To him, Kong was a 14-year-old boy with the weight of the world on his shoulders. “He’s the last of his kind and he knows it. It’s all up to him. It was basically playing a sensitive boy who’s just starting to come out and be awakened by a connection between the humans and him.” Where Rocket has had a ton of life experience at this point and is almost human, Kong is still a scared teenager.Twentieth Century Fox’s “War for the Planet of the Apes.”So where do these Planet of the Apes movies go from here? Notary has a few ideas of what he’d like to see. The introduction of Bad Ape means that there are other intelligent apes out there in the world not related to Caesar’s group. Notary would like future movies to explore the alliances and conflicts that come out of these different ape tribes interacting. He’d also like to see groups of apes allying with groups of humans and exploring the stories that come out of that. “I hope they can stretch out a few more (movies) because there’s a lot more in there to flesh out. I feel like there’s so many rich characters, and the potential for rich characters and situations is boundless where we leave off.” Notary thinks the series has at least another trilogy in it. We’ll have to wait and find out if that ends up happening.Of course, it wouldn’t be a Geek.com ape interview if I didn’t ask about our favorite ape, Gorilla Grodd. In conducting this interview, it occurred to me. Who better to play Grodd than someone whose spent more than 15 years studying ape behavior. And with Matt Reeves directing The Batman, Notary has at least one in. Notary’s answer to whether he’d want to be involved in a Gorilla Grodd movie was an enthusiastic “Yes!” He even giggled when I filled him in on the character’s powers, “that’s really cool, that’d be awesome!” Notary then took the opportunity to get serious and say that Reeves is one of the best filmmakers he’s ever worked with. “He’s a genius storyteller. He’s all about subtlety and detail. If it doesn’t move the story forward, he won’t put it into the film.”As the interview concluded, Notary mentioned that they’re marketing the arm extensions used in the Planet of the Apes movies. Aparently, everyone got into such incredible shape working on these movies that they wanted to keep the ape arms to work out with. So now he’s selling ergonomic arms that he says provide a low-impact workout. He calls the system Quadrufit, and says it’ll teach you all the movement stuff he did with the actors on set. So if you come out of War for the Planet of the Apes wishing you could move like them, there’s a way to do it. If someone gets good enough at it, maybe they can make their own Ape movie.Let us know what you like about Geek by taking our survey.last_img read more

Police investigate attacks along Burnt Bridge Creek Trail

first_imgPolice are investigating two reports of a man on a skateboard groping women on the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail in Vancouver. The first incident happened around 8 a.m. Monday. A 26-year-old woman was walking on the trail near state Highway 500 when a man riding a skateboard groped her, exposed himself and made a sexual request, Vancouver police spokeswoman Kim Kapp said. The woman yelled at the man to leave her alone, and he left the area. The victim didn’t report the incident until Monday evening, so police weren’t able to track down the suspect, who was described as a “dirty” man in his 20s with shaggy hair, wearing a white t-shirt and cargo shorts. Today, a woman said she was groped by a man on the trail near Falk Road. He was described as a man in his 20s wearing a black hooded sweatshirt, dark sunglasses and a backpack with a skateboard strapped to it. He also carried another skateboard.After she passed him on the trail, he got on his skateboard and rode past her, groping her when he did, Kapp said. The victim ran away to a safer location and called 911, which was the right thing to do, Kapp said.Anybody who sees a suspicious person or suspicious activity on the Burnt Bridge Creek Trail should report it to police. The same man may be responsible for both attacks on the trail, Kapp said.“People should be cautious in that area,” she said.last_img read more

POLICE LOG for May 24 Injured Turkey Rescued Mailbox Vandalized Teen Missing

WILMINGTON, MA — Here are highlights from the Wilmington Police Log for Thursday, May 24, 2018:A Shawsheen Avenue resident called to report his mailbox was vandalized sometime overnight. (6:43am)Animal Control Officer responded to reports of an injured turkey on Boutwell Street. Officer transported turkey to Tufts in Grafton. (7:40am, 9:56am)A NAPA employee reported a deceased mother opossum with its babies still alive. Animal Control Officer responded. (3:14pm)An anonymous caller reported 2 quads on the roadway on Wabash Road. (3:59pm)A juvenile walked after from the Milestone Group Home on High Street and was entered into NCIC. (4:56pm)A white 2015 Honda Civic and a white 2016 Chevy Cruze were involved in a crash on Main Street. Both vehicles towed. One party complained of head, neck and back pain and was transported by the Fire Department. (5:14pm)A passerby reported a man sitting on the bench on Main Street, near the dog groomer, waiving what appeared to be a hand gun. Police responded. Dog walker in the area did not see anything. (5:18pm)(DISCLAIMER: This information is public information.  An arrest does not constitute a conviction.  Any arrested person is innocent until proven guilty.)Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip?Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… RelatedPOLICE LOG for July 26: 2 Missing Teens; OUI Arrest; Main St. Shut Down Due To Crash; Road Rage IncidentIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for August 2: Vehicle Damages Roadway; Police Called Over Suspicious BehaviorIn “Police Log”POLICE LOG for July 25: Wilmington Man Arrested For OUI; Men Carrying Sledgehammers Down Street; Turkeys Causing TrafficIn “Police Log” read more

Aston Martin Valkyrie outputs confirmed 1160 hp and 664 lbft

first_img More From Roadshow 2020 Hyundai Sonata first drive: An attractive and compelling midsize sedan Enlarge ImageThe Valkyrie’s absurdly powerful V12 engine undergoing testing. Aston Martin Aston Martin has been trickling out little bits of information about its superlative Valkyrie for quite some time, but on Friday the company shared perhaps the most important numbers yet. Aston confirmed that the Valkyrie’s hybrid powertrain will be rated for 1,160 horsepower at 10,500 rpm and 664 pound-feet of torque at 6,000 rpm. Remember, the Valkyrie is planned to be a road-legal car.The astonishing figures are based on combined output from the car’s gasoline engine and electric motor. The former, a 6.5-liter naturally aspirated V12 built by Cosworth, is rated for 1,000 hp at 10,500 rpm, with a maximum engine speed of 11,100 rpm. Peak torque is rated at 546 pound-feet at 7,000 rpm. Aston said previously the engine weighs only a little over the company’s goal of 200 kilos, or about 441 pounds.Aston Martin Valkyrie MantisEnlarge ImageThe car’s design is just as extreme as its horsepower and torque figures. Aston Martin The remainder of the Valkyrie’s output comes from its hybrid components, with an electric motor from Integral Powertrain Ltd and batteries from Rimac. The motor delivers 160 horsepower and 206 lb-ft alone, with supplements the V12 and delivering those headlining combined output figures.As a refresher, the Valkyrie is being co-developed by Aston Martin and Red Bull Advanced Technologies. Though intended to be emissions-compliant and legal for road use, Aston is also going to offer a Valkyrie AMR Pro version for track use, which will weigh just 2,220 pounds and have a claimed 2,200 pounds of aerodynamic downforce. Just 25 will be built, whereas the standard road-ready Valkyrie will be limited to 150 units.With the powertrain details confirmed, Aston Martin says it is now beginning to build the first physical test prototypes of the Valkyrie. We can’t wait to see and hear the wild hypercar being put through its paces on the track — especially given how wild that V12 engine sounds on its own. Post a comment 0 Share your voice Aston Martin Tagscenter_img 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Aston Martin adds even more ways to tweak your Valkyrie 2020 Hyundai Palisade review: Posh enough to make Genesis jealous Aston Martin Exotic Cars Performance Cars 23 Photoslast_img read more

Asian shares routed as goldilocks trade suddenly unwinds

first_imgA street sign for Wall Street is seen outside the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE) in New York City, U.S., December 28, 2016. [Representational Image]Reuters fileAsian shares and US stock futures sank on Tuesday, after Wall Street suffered its biggest decline since 2011 as investors’ faith in factors underpinning a bull run in markets began to crumble.S&P mini futures fell as much as 2.5 percent to nearly four-month lows in Asia, extending their losses from the record peak hit just over a week ago to almost 12 percent.MSCI’s broadest index of Asia-Pacific shares outside Japan slid 3.5 percent to a one-month low, which would be its biggest fall in more than a year and a half, a day after it had fallen 1.6 percent.Japan’s Nikkei tumbled as much as 5.6 percent while Taiwan shares lost 5.3 percent at one point.Australian shares dropped 3 percent to their lowest since October while South Korean shares fell 3 percent.The rout came after US stocks plunged in highly volatile trading on Monday, with the Dow industrials falling nearly 1,600 points during the session, its biggest intraday decline in history, as investors grappled with rising bond yields and potentially higher inflation.”The amount of the sell-off that we are seeing is normal. The speed at which we are doing it is not normal,” said Michael Purves, chief global strategist at Weeden & Co in New York.”Where does the market rout end? I think we are pretty close to a selling climax here. I think we are pretty close. The fundamentals are pretty good. The only thing that is really different is that bond yields got up to 2.8 percent.”The benchmark S&P 500 slumped 4.1 percent and the Dow 4.6 percent, suffering their biggest percentage drops since August 2011 as a long-awaited pullback from record highs deepened.Before Monday’s fall, the index had not seen a pullback of more than 5 percent for more than 400 sessions, which analysts said was the longest such streak in history.”Since last autumn, investors had been betting on the goldilocks economy — solid economic expansion, improving corporate earnings and stable inflation. But the tide seems to have changed,” said Norihiro Fujito, senior investment strategist at Mitsubishi UFJ Morgan Stanley Securities.The trigger for the sell-off was a sharp rise in U.S. bond yields following Friday’s data that showed U.S. wages increasing at the fastest pace since 2009, raising the alarm about higher inflation and with it potentially higher interest rates.The 10-year US Treasuries yield rose to as high as 2.885 percent on Monday, its highest in four years and 47 basis points above the 2.411 percent seen at the end of 2017.But a massive fall in share prices prompted an about-turn, and in Asian trade on Tuesday, it fell back to as low as 2.685 percent.Fed fund futures are now pricing in only two rate hikes this year.The CBOE Volatility index, the closely followed “fear-index” measure of expected near-term stock market volatility jumped 20 points to 30.71, its highest since August 2015.”For the last several months, whether it’s stocks or commodities, risk-takers had been the winners. And that’s what hedge funds, which now manage $3.2 trillion, have been doing,” Mitsubishi UFJ’s Fujito said.”Their leveraged position is now being unwound. And it seems as though there are still some people who haven’t run away (from the sell-off) yet. I would expect more instability,” he added.European shares also tumbled on Monday, with Germany’s Dax hitting a 4-month low.Yoshinori Shigemi, market strategist at JPMorgan Asset Management, said the specter of inflation will gradually undermine the attraction of equities even though the markets could rebound in the short term. A view of the exterior of the Nasdaq market site in the Manhattan borough of New York City, U.S., October 24, 2016. [Representational Image]Reuters file”In the end, the Fed will have to hike rates. And if it doesn’t, long-dated bonds will be sold off on worries about inflation. Either way, that is going to slow down the economy. Rising wages also mean corporate profit margins will be squeezed gradually down the road,” he said.Keen to avoid further risk, investors are closing their positions in other assets, including the currency market where a popular strategy has been to sell the dollar against the euro and other currencies seen as benefiting from higher interest rates in the future.The euro eased to $1.2358, not far from last week’s low of $1.2335, a break of which could usher in a further correction after its rally to a 3-year high of $1.2538 by late last month.Against the yen, which is often used as a safe-haven currency because of Japan’s solid current account surplus, the dollar slipped 0.3 percent to 108.69 yen, after having lost one percent on Monday.Bitcoin was not spared from selling, hitting a 12-week low of $6,400. That represented a 67.5 percent fall from its record high of $19,666, touched on Dec. 17.Investors also dumped junk bonds, with the yield of Merrill Lynch U.S. high yield index rising to 6.017 percent from 5.964 percent at the end of last week.Still, it was far below its 2016 peak just above 10 percent, when low oil prices hurt energy firms.Oil prices also dropped, with international benchmark Brent futures hitting a one-month low of $66.90 per barrel on Monday. It last stood at $67.02.US crude futures traded at $63.56 per barrel, down 0.8 percent in Asia.last_img read more

Two Houston Police Officers Injured In Drunk Driving Incident

first_img Share A suspected drunk driver veered toward two officers, who were responding to a single vehicle accident on the Newcastle ramp off the southwest freeway.Police say one of the officers fell 16 feet off the ramp, to an access road below. The second officer is reported to have also gone over the ledge, holding on to the side of the ramp.Both officers were taken to the hospital, and are expected to be ok.#UPDATE from #HPD after crash involving their officers. #KPRC #Houston @KPRC2 @houstonpolice pic.twitter.com/mjRgZjJ73b— KPRC Cathy Hernandez (@KPRC2Cathy) July 28, 2017 #UPDATE: @houstonpolice say body cam video captured the whole thing and hope it can be released to us soon. @ArtAcevedo pic.twitter.com/q1QzqAu4W4— KPRC Cathy Hernandez (@KPRC2Cathy) July 28, 2017last_img