Housing market affordable in all 7 big cities except Mumbai

first_imgNew Delhi: Stable prices and lower interest rates on home loans have made housing market affordable in all major cities of the country except Mumbai, according to property consultant JLL India.Hyderabad was the most affordable housing market in 2018, followed by Kolkata and Pune, the consultant said in its annual Home Purchase Affordability Index (JLL HPAI) launched on Wednesday. The index analyses affordability across key seven cities (Mumbai, Delhi NCR, Bengaluru, Chennai, Pune, Hyderabad and Kolkata) for 2011 to 2018 after factoring in home loan interest rates, average household income and price of a 1,000 sq ft apartment. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscalThe index signifies whether a household earning an average annual income (at an overall city level) is eligible for a housing loan to buy a 1,000 sq ft residential property in the city at the prevailing market price and home loan interest rate. “It is interesting to note that only Hyderabad out of the seven cities covered as a part of our study was affordable in 2013 whereas the situation flipped positively by 2018. In 2018, all the cities except Mumbai crossed the affordability threshold as per JLL HPAI,” the consultant said. JLL India’s CEO & Country Head Ramesh Nair said the company aims to share a holistic perspective which could act as a feeder into strategic decision making for developers and policy makers. “Favourable home loan rates backed by stable price have resulted in improved affordability across cities from 2014,” Nair added. JLL India’s Chief Economist and Head of Research Samanthak Das said the affordability levels would continue to improve over the next three years for all seven cities.last_img read more

Ranveer trolls himself with toilet cleaner meme

first_imgMumbai: Ranveer Singh knows how to laugh at himself. The actor, who is popular for his wacky fashion choices, played along with social media trollers and shared a meme comparing his clothing to a toilet cleaner. Known as Bollywood’s livewire star, Ranveer on Thursday took to his Instagram stories to post a meme making fun of his dressing sense. It shows various versions of toilet cleaner bottles Harpic. His red and blue tracksuit perfectly matched the red and blue bottle of the cleaner. Alongside the meme, Ranveer wrote: “These Harpic bottles look lit as f***.” Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka He added a GIF in which Ranveer is seen pointing out a finger and laughing away. This is not the first time Ranveer has trolled himself. A couple of months ago, he had shared another meme on his dressing sense. It showed how his fashion choices change from quirky to classy when he steps out with his actress-wife Deepika Padukone. On the work front, Ranveer is currently prepping to portray the role of former Indian cricket team captain Kapil Dev in his upcoming film “’83”. Presented by Reliance Entertainment and directed by Kabir Khan, the film about India’s 1983 cricket World Cup victory will release on April 10, 2020.last_img read more

Draymond Green Is Better Than Ever On Defense

Much like the regular season that preceded it, this NBA postseason has been marked by some eye-popping individual performances. As he tries to reach the NBA Finals for the seventh-straight year, LeBron James has been phenomenal, even by his own ridiculous standards. Meanwhile, point guards Isaiah Thomas and John Wall have been throwing haymakers at one another for the right to face James and the Cavaliers in the Eastern Conference Finals.But perhaps no star has raised the level of his game in the postseason as much as Golden State’s Draymond Green. Yes, he was great on offense in Game 4, recording a triple-double as his team finished a sweep of the Jazz1He averaged 16 points, nearly nine rebounds and seven assists for the series.. But it was his defense — both in this series and all postseason — that made his performance as special, if not more so, as Stephen Curry’s or Kevin Durant’s.Utah scored a meager 95 points per 100 plays with Green on the floor (down from 105 points per 100 with Green on the sidelines), connecting on just 52 percent of its shots inside of five feet with Green on the court (down from a respectable 61 percent with him on the bench), according to NBA.com. But Green’s raw defensive numbers in the series weren’t the real surprise — the Defensive Player of the Year frontrunner was statistically the best interior stopper in the NBA this season2Among players who played at least 50 games and defended three or more shots per game from close range — rather it was the emphatic way in which he repeatedly shut down the Jazz at the rim.On Monday night, Utah tried and failed to score on Green at the basket, shooting just 3 of 10 from close range with him nearby. You would have thought the Jazz had learned their lesson earlier in the series: In Game 2, they tried sneaking three alley-oops past Green, including two to Rudy Gobert, a skilled big and Defensive Player of the Year candidate in his own right. In all three instances, Green snuffed out the play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/alleyoop1.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/draymondswat.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenswat2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Those plays came on the heels of a series against Portland in which Green had a couple of similar rejections at the rim.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenrejection.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/greenrejection2.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.In all, he’s blocked four dunk attempts in 283 minutes this postseason, the most in the league. It’s important to remember here that blocking the dunks of 7-foot-1-inch NBA players is about as hard as it sounds. During the regular season, players were successful on better than 90 percent of their dunk attempts, according to Basketball-Reference.com. To give Green’s postseason performance even greater context, consider this: In his entire career — five seasons and 10,627 regular-season minutes — he had four such blocks, according to ESPN Stats & Information Group. Block percentage is a rate estimate of how many 2-point shots a player blocks while he’s on the court.Source: Basketball-Reference.com 2014-152.92.5 2012-131.83.5 Draymond Green’s block rate usually increases during the playoffs 2013-143.04.5 SEASONREG. SEASONPLAYOFFS 2016-173.4%6.4% 2015-163.03.8 Blocked dunks are not only difficult to accumulate, players also run the risk of becoming a potential poster. “There’s definitely a sense of urgency, but it’s also [me] not caring if I get dunked on,” Green said when asked by FiveThirtyEight about his spike in blocked dunks. “Because every time you do it, you put yourself in that position. I like the reward we can reap from getting a block. That outweighs getting dunked on. The way I see it, it’s still just two points. I try to read what the offense is trying to do and be a step early, if I can.”Green, who’s averaging just under five blocks and steals a game combined this postseason, knows his aggressive approach is inevitably going to cause some embarrassment. And that was on display in Game 4 when Utah’s Derrick Favors got the best of him on one play.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/draymonddunkedon.mp400:0000:0000:00Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.But more important than a few blocked dunks, the Warriors rely heavily on Green’s instincts to read the opposing team’s offense. Many times, his ball denial or ability to close out on someone like Gordon Hayward forces the opponent to look elsewhere to get a shot; a huge accomplishment in the postseason, when teams learn which role players can handle the moment versus which ones can’t.Earlier in the series, acting Warriors coach Mike Brown was asked to compare or contrast Green’s defensive ability with that of Ben and Rasheed Wallace, from the mid-2000s Detroit Pistons teams. In his response, Brown praised Green, saying he was more versatile than those two while saying that Green took a similar leadership role in terms of how much he communicated with teammates on the court.“They anchored whatever defense they were a part of, and they did a lot of things that were kind of on the fly, that they felt,” Brown said. “That’s something Draymond does. I mean, he has carte blanche. Steve [Kerr] has empowered him since day one to quarterback the defense, and he does a heck of a job in that regard.”And as long as Green keeps improvising the way he has, it will be tough for anyone to challenge the Warriors.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

NCAA suspends Posey 5 more games AD Smith calls penalty harsh

Ohio State wide receiver DeVier Posey has been suspended five games by the NCAA beginning with Saturday’s game at Nebraska, the NCAA announced Friday. Posey must also pay back $720 he received for work he didn’t do from former booster Robert DiGeronimo. The NCAA’s ruling comes after OSU athletic director Gene Smith announced Monday that Posey, along with Dan Herron and Marcus Hall, would be suspended for Saturday’s game at Nebraska, also for being paid for work they didn’t do. “I am extremely disappointed with the NCAA’s decision regarding Devier Posey,” Smith said in a statement released Friday. “This penalty is harsh considering the nature of the violation and the five game suspension already served by this student athlete.” Larry James, Posey’s lawyer, said the NCAA ignored documentation that showed Posey worked proper hours, but said the NCAA had made up its mind, according to a tweet from Doug Lesmerises of the Cleveland Plain Dealer. “I believe they think he was dirtied by Terrelle Pryor,” he said. “That’s the only thing that could make sense.” Attempts to reach James by phone and email were unsuccessful. Posey’s suspension follows a prior five game suspension for improper benefits in the form of free tattoos. He was scheduled to make his return at Nebraska this weekend prior to the new suspension. The suspension means Posey won’t be eligible to return until OSU hosts Penn State on Nov. 19. The team will finish the regular season by traveling to Michigan the next week, and then could play in the Big Ten Championship and a bowl game afterward, if necessary. DiGeronimo overpaid Posey by $720, being paid for 70 hours of work, despite actually working only 21.5 hours. He also received $102 in impermissible benefits for a round of golf. Herron was overpaid $292.50. He was paid for 104 hours of work, even though he only worked 84.5 hours. Hall was overpaid by $225. He was paid for 66.5 hours of work, despite only working 51 hours. Melvin Fellows and Etienne Sabino were also involved, though Fellows is no longer playing due to a career-ending injury and Sabino has already been reinstated. DiGeronimo has since been disassociated from the university. read more

Police seek suspects in two thefts

first_imgClark County law enforcement officials are trying to track down suspects in two different thefts from earlier this month, and they’re asking for the public’s help.Vancouver police officers responded on Monday to a call at the Orchards EZ Wash laundromat, at 10411 N.E. Fourth Plain Blvd., about a man who stole money from a soap dispenser and a pop vending machine.The male suspect was captured on the business’s surveillance cameras. The police circulated a still from the video and circulated the image.The department asked anyone who can identify the man to contact Vancouver police Service Technician Simone McPoland at simone.mcpoland@cityofvancouver.us.In another theft case, the police department and Clark County Sheriff’s Office asked tipsters to let officers know if they recognize a man who is suspected of breaking into a vehicle parked in the Orchards area overnight Jan. 18.Responding deputies found someone had stolen some personal effects from the vehicle, which was parked in a driveway, along with a wallet.In the afternoon on Jan 19, Vancouver police officers were called after someone used a credit card stolen in the vehicle prowl while shopping at Vancouver Mall.When confronted, the man fled the mall and then jumped into a blue Subaru with Oregon plates. A bystander snapped a couple of pictures of the suspect, and the sheriff’s office circulated the photos.last_img read more

Wolves beat rivals to the signing of Chinese teenager

first_imgWolverhampton Wanderers have won the race to sign Dongda He from Notts County.Wolves fought off competition from a Premier League team to sign the Chinese teenager for an undisclosed fee on deadline day. The 17-year-old midfielder is expected to join the club’s academy after completing his move. Wolves beat Southampton and other interested parties to the signature of the teenager.The young starlet was previously a scholar at Notts County and impressed in preseason games this season for the League Two side.Dongda was impressive in the Magpies’ 3-1 win over Basford United, scoring a fantastic goal and also features against Leicester City.Notts County owner Alan Hardy revealed the offer tabled by Wolves was too good to turn down.“First and foremost, we’re very, very proud of Dongda. He’s a player this club has nurtured for many years and to see him get his move to the Premier League is fantastic,” Hardy said, as quoted by BirminghamLive.Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“For us, it’s a lucrative deal which will only improve in time.”“Also, invaluably, it sends a clear message to young players – both our own and those who may join us in the future – that Notts County provides a pathway to success.”County striker Jon Stead also told how impressed he was with the young midfielder’s exciting displays before his move.“He was brilliant and a real livewire,” he told the Nottingham Post.“Dongda wants to be on the ball and wants to try things. That is key because sometime young players can play within themselves and be a little shy.”last_img read more

Gerrard proud of Rangers players

The manager was happy after his team was able to get a point from their visit to Villarreal tonight in the UEFA Europa LeagueScotland’s Rangers and Spain’s Villarreal drew today 2-2 at Estadio de la Ceramica.And for the Scottish club manager Steven Gerrard, the performance by his players tonight at the UEFA Europa League made him proud.“It is a fantastic result and a result where I am very proud of the players tonight in terms of their effort and application,” he told Rangers TV.“I asked them at half-time to just show a little bit more belief and confidence once we enter the final third because our build-up play and our football in the first half but I thought when we got into areas we didn’t really capitalize on our good play.”“But the second half performance was very strong and there were some big performance out there again for us. The players deserve a lot of credit again,” he continued.“I think if you take into consideration the stage, the opponent and the qualities of their individuals, it is certainly right up there [in terms of best performances so far].”Guiseppe Rossi, Villarreal, ItalyReport: Former United man Rossi almost went to Barca George Patchias – September 9, 2019 Former Manchester United starlet Giuseppe Rossi almost joined Barcelona.Currently without a club, and having trained most recently back at his old stomping ground of…“They are certainly in a false position in terms of league. They finished fifth last season and spent 70million,” he spoke about Villarreal.“I am sure they will move up the table in time. For us to come here as a side which is relatively new and still in the early stages, to come and perform as we did, certainly in the second half, the players have to take confidence and belief from that.”? Read Steven Gerrard’s reaction to tonight’s @EuropaLeague match against @VillarrealCF.➡️ https://t.co/jJaxh434MX pic.twitter.com/ls7nrU3YrY— Rangers Football Club (@RangersFC) September 20, 2018 read more

Neymars terrible year leaves him out of all the Awards

first_imgOne would’ve thought that Neymar could even make it to the top 10 in the awards circuit this year, but he didn’t even make that cut.As we saw Luka Modric pick up his The Best and World XI awards this Monday, we also realized that Neymar wasn’t even in the conversation this year and Kylian Mbappé completely replaced him in every aspect. The Brazilian forward had the most forgettable year of his career, even if he won trophies for PSG last season, playing in Ligue 1 proves that he becomes irrelevant if he doesn’t do anything important for his national team or he doesn’t get far in the Champions League with the French club. Mbappé on the other hand, was the best young player in the last World Cup and won the trophy with France. For many experts even, Kylian Mbappé was the best player of the competition and he might get a last-minute upset in the Ballon d’Or which will happen on December the 3rd. But Neymar’s situation is truly alarming, as he wasn’t even mentioned in the top 10 of either The Best or the UEFA Players of the Year awards from last season and he was completely forgotten from the media apart from the already familiar trolling and memes that are constantly done against him. Sad to say but, Neymar is slowly becoming what he dreaded the most: he is turning into the new version of Robinho.Because sadly for Neymar, only winning one Champions League and reaching Pele’s all-time top scoring record won’t be enough to consider him one of the greats. Unfortunately for him, the PSG star was born in the age of football titans when Messi and Ronaldo dominated the sport and now he may even get eclipsed by fellow teammate Kylian Mbappé who also seems like he is going to be an incredible talent. As far as his country is concerned, there are many other great Brazilians who are considered better than he is and he barely reaches the all-time top 10 list of the best footballers born in Brazil. For Neymar’s career, the only thing that counts is to win more than one Ballon d’Or and he was supposed to at least have a couple by the time he was 26 or 27. This 2018 was planned as his year because of how well the Brazilian National Team played during the Conmebol World Cup Qualifiers, but it all ended in a complete disaster for him. Somewhere along the way, a bad decision os what took him to where he is today, as a completely irrelevant player who needs to get back on his feet and has the biggest challenge of his career ahead of him.Happiness 😆 pic.twitter.com/D2xDaxJsU5— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) September 24, 2018PSG, Neymar, Ligue 1PSG ultras sent a warning letter to Neymar Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Brazilian superstar Neymar might play today his first game of the season for Paris Saint-Germain and the team’s ultras have warned him.Rough start at PSG on his second season.After the nasty injury he suffered during his first season for Paris Saint-Germain and the World Cup fiasco, Neymar came back to the French club with high hopes for a new competition and things haven’t gone his way so far. Kylian Mbappé is taking all the spotlight from him and this has translated into this year’s awards circuit, PSG failed to get that start they were hoping for in the Champions League after that painful loss against Liverpool and most of the backlash fell on Neymar. Making a decision of leaving Barcelona for a record €222 million is one of the hardest challenges any player can have. Being labeled as the most expensive player is a burden that only Cristiano Ronaldo has managed to endure, neither Neymar nor Paul Pogba have been able to get through it, even Coutinho and Dembele have struggled to live up to the hype created around their price tag. We know it’s still soon to tell if Neymar will succeed at the French club or not, but his 2018 has been truly ghastly so far and we bet the player can’t wait for the year to be over in order to start fresh during 2019. You bet that he won’t even get mentioned in the Ballon d’Or conversation, he simply didn’t do enough to deserve a spot there either.Essa época eu sonhava muito alto, mas não sabia que poderia alcançar muito mais do que imaginava. Obrigado Deus por me fazer amar tanto o futebol 🙏🏽❤️⚽️ “meu nome é favela…” 🎶 pic.twitter.com/06t5wnmvTc— Neymar Jr (@neymarjr) September 22, 2018What do you think about Neymar’s 2018 so far? Please share your opinion in the comment section down below.last_img read more

Gattuso insists he never spoke to Ibrahimovic

first_imgAC Milan manager Gennaro Gattuso has revealed he never spoke to Zlatan Ibrahimovic about a potential return to the club in January.The Italian club have been linked with a move for Ibrahimovic, but club director Leonardo confirmed last week the Swede would not be joining the club.Speaking about a potential return for Zlatan, Gattuso said, according to Gianlucadimarzio: “I am ok with whoever arrives and have to focus on the players at hand. I have no problem with him but we never discussed it neither face-to-face or by telephone about the possible transfer.”Gattuso also spoke about Bologna manager and former Milan teammate Fillipo Inzaghi, who’s under pressure due to poor results.Lionel Messi, Paul PogbaPaul Pogba has spoken to Lionel Messi over his future Andrew Smyth – September 10, 2019 Manchester United star Paul Pogba had a chat with Lionel Messi, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Zinedine Zidane and many others over his future, says his brother.“There is always a risk of losing your job if results do not arrive.” Gattuso said.“I have fond memories with Pippo Inzaghi. There’s a lot at stake for both of us, it’s part of the job but our friendship and respect will always remain.”On the injuries within his Milan side, Gattuso said: “Conti is ready to play. Musacchio and Romagnoli need to be treated with care. Romagnoli’s calf needs to heal well and the last thing I want is a relapse.”last_img read more

Franck Ribery blasts critics after eating from Salt bae restaurant

first_imgIn series of messages released on social media, Bayern Munich winger Franck Ribery, on social media blasts critics after eating a gold-covered Tomahawk steak at the restaurant of the famous Nusret Gokce, called ‘Salt Bae’.The Frenchman received tons of criticism after he ate a steak which cost 1,200 euros, however, Ribery doesn’t give a damn and used his social media accounts to blast those criticizing him.“For 2019, let’s dot the i’s and cross the t’s…,” it began as quoted by Marca.“Let’s start with the jealous, the haters, those only born because a condom had a hole in: f*** your mothers, your grandmothers, and even your family tree. I owe you nothing.RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich, Robert LewadowskiMatch Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“My success is, above all, thanks to God, me, and my loved ones who believed in me.“For the others, you’re nothing but pebbles in my socks!”Ribery has 26 appearances and eight goals with Bayern Munich. He was ever present with the France under-21 team where he earned his first selection in September 2004 in a 1–0 victory over Israel in qualifying for the 2006 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championshiplast_img read more

Apple Watch getting its own App Store

first_img Best Buy See also See It WWDC 2019 Tags WWDC 2019 Apple Event Walmart WWDC 2019: A quick visual recap of Apple’s Worldwide Developers Conference keynote reading • Apple Watch getting its own App Store See it Jul 5 • RIP, iTunes. This is what happens to your Apple music now News • Apple Watch Series 4 vs. Galaxy Watch Active: What’s the best smartwatch? Jun 14 • Apple Music vs. Apple Podcast vs. Apple TV: What’s the difference? CNET may get a commission from retail offers. The new Watch App store will roll with the release of WatchOS 6. However, there’s no word yet when WatchOS 6 will arrive (we’ll update this story as soon as we find out). But Apple did preview the Watch App Store store at WWDC 2019 and showed off several new apps, including an audiobooks app, language translator, calculator, sports and health apps, as well as new Watch Faces. apple-watch-store-2Some of the new independent Watch apps coming soon. Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET Read: New iPad feature to compete with laptops on track for Apple’s iOS 13 2:20 Jun 30 • iOS 13 and iPadOS public betas: How to download and install them now App store coming to Apple Watch Comment $349 Screenshot by David Carnoy/CNET Apple has managed to sell a lot of Apple Watches, but one of the complaints some users have is that there’s no native app store for the Watch — you have to find iOS apps that are compatible with the Watch. Well, that’s about to change, as Apple has announced an app store for the Watch, with its own independent apps that you can search for and download right on your Watch. Wearable Tech Tablets Wellness This is a developing story. Follow our WWDC liveblog, and see all of today’s Apple news. See It Preview • Apple Watch Series 4 review in progress (updated) Review • Apple Watch Series 4 review: ECG, and a lot of refinements How To • How to use the Apple Watch ECG app Apple Watch Series 4 See All 46 Photos $399 $413 See It Apple • Share your voice Now playing: Watch this: Apple iOS 13: New Siri voice, camera tools, Dark Mode for iPhone New Mac Pro makes its debut, starts at $5,999 Apple gives the iPad its own OS Returning to Apple’s WWDC after 20 years, now with 5 OSes instead of 1 Get all the latest from WWDC $349 1 Aug 19 • iOS 13 and iPadOS: How to join the beta, use the best new features on your iPhone and iPad Mentioned Above Apple Watch Series 4 GPS (40mm silver aluminum case, white sport band) Applelast_img read more

Voting underway in Mymensingh city polls mayor elected unopposed

first_imgVoting underway in Mymensingh City polls. Photo: UNBVoters are exercising their franchise in the maiden elections to Mymensingh City Corporation on Sunday, reports UNB.But only councillors will be elected through voting as the lone mayoral candidate has already been elected unopposed.The voting began at 8:00pm and will continue until 4:00pm without any break.There are 33 general councillor posts and 11 seats reserved for women. Mymensingh, the 12th city corporation of the country, has a total of 296,938 voters in 33 wards.Electronic Voting Machines will be used in all the 127 polling stations.Ruling Bangladesh Awami League (AL) mayoral candidate Ekramul Haque Titu was elected uncontested.He was the only left after Jatiya Party contestant Jahangir Ahmed withdrew from the mayoral race.last_img read more

Texas Senate Approves School Finance Reform Bill But Opts Not To Fund

first_imgJuan Figueroa/The Texas TribuneLt. Gov. Dan Patrick speaks from the dais in the Senate chamber last month.The Texas Senate on Monday approved a bill to massively overhaul public school finance, but did so while backing away from a proposal to use an increased sales tax to lower school district property taxes.After an hours-long debate on dozens of proposed changes, the Senate voted 26-2 on House Bill 3, which under the version passed by the upper chamber would increase student funding, give teachers and librarians a $5,000 pay raise, fund full-day pre-K for low-income students, and lower tax bills.The House and Senate will have to negotiate their significant differences over the bill — including how to offer teacher pay raises and property tax relief — in a conference committee before it can be signed into law.“When you’re doing something as complex as this, there’s going to be something you don’t like,” said state Sen. Larry Taylor, R-Friendswood, the bill’s author, anticipating tension throughout the day’s debate.Since school districts levy the majority of property taxes in Texas, many lawmakers have been seeking ways to help reduce those portions of Texans’ tax bills. But since the state is required to ensure school districts have enough money to educate students, any tax relief effort would have a significant cost — requiring the state to reimburse schools, if they’re unable to collect enough from local property taxes.Taylor had originally included several provisions that would provide ongoing tax relief, paid for by an increase in the sales tax by one percentage point.Republican leaders, including Gov. Greg Abbott, had thrown their support behind that sales tax swap, arguing it would help Texans who are currently being taxed out of their homes. But the proposal has serious detractors in lawmakers from both parties in both chambers who are opposed to a higher sales tax.So Taylor stripped the increase from HB 3 and offloaded some of the more expensive property tax relief provisions in the bill. The bill no longer includes an expansion in the homestead exemption from school district taxes. It lowers property tax rates by 10 cents per $100 valuation, instead of 15 cents, saving the owner of a $250,000 home $250 instead of $375.The legislation would still limit the growth in school districts’ revenue due to rising property values, a proposal pitched before session began by the governor. School districts that see their property values significantly increase would have their tax rates automatically reduced to keep tax revenue growth in line. That would now start next year, instead of in 2023.“The bill before us today has no linkage to the sales tax and is not contingent upon a sales tax,” Taylor said.Instead, the bill creates a separate “Tax Reduction and Excellence in Education Fund” to fund school district tax relief. State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, said a working group came up with a plan to get $3 billion from several sources, including the severance tax on oil and gas extraction and an online sales tax.“This does not increase any taxes of any kind,” he said.A few senators didn’t vote yes on HB 3 because they didn’t know the cost of the bill or how their school districts would be affected by it.“The lack of a fiscal note delineating the total cost of the bill was unacceptable,” said state Sen. Charles Schwertner, R-Georgetown, who voted against the bill along with state Sen. Brandon Creighton, R-Conroe.Creighton echoed those concerns about not knowing the legislation’s price tag, though he said he agreed with its policy.“Before the session ends, I will have another chance to vote on the final bill, and I look forward to supporting it once I have a clear understanding of the impacts on school districts in Senate District 4, and the true cost of the legislation, which will have implications for all Texas taxpayers,” he said in a statement after the vote.State Sens. Angela Paxton, R-McKinney, Paul Bettencourt, R-Houston, and Bob Hall, R-Edgewood, marked themselves “present, not voting.”The House and Senate have passed versions of HB 3 that are similar in some ways: Both would raise the base funding per student — a number that hasn’t budged in four years — and would provide about $780 million for free, full-day pre-K for eligible students.Among the disagreements: how to make sure school employees get much-needed raises. The Senate has prioritized $5,000 pay raises for all full-time teachers and librarians. The House has directed districts to give all school employees about $1,388 in raises on average statewide and designated extra money for raises to be given at districts’ discretion.Senate Democrats’ efforts to extend those $5,000 raises to full-time counselors and other employees failed along party lines Monday.Also controversially for some, the Senate includes money providing bonuses to schools based on third-grade test scores and funding districts that want to provide merit pay for their top-rated teachers. Many teacher groups have opposed both, arguing it would put more emphasis on a flawed state standardized test.State Sen. Beverly Powell, D-Burleson, failed to get an amendment to the bill approved that would strike tying any funding to third-grade test scores.Teachers, parents and advocates following on social media had paid attention to Powell’s amendment, mobilizing in support through a Twitter hashtag “#NoSTAARonHB3.”Taylor pointed out that the bill also allows school districts to use assessments other than the state’s STAAR standardized test, which has lately come under renewed scrutiny, with researchers and advocates arguing it doesn’t adequately measure students’ reading abilities. He approved an amendment requiring the state to pay for school districts to use those alternative tests, which he estimated would cost about $4 million.Emma Platoff contributed to this story. 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Cardinals Tally 53 Win over UIC in NCAA Championship Opener

first_imgStory Links McDonnell then handed the ball to McAvene, and the UofL closer handled the rest. The right-hander blew away the first two hitters he saw and put an exclamation mark on the night by hitting triple digits on his final pitch that secure his seventh save. Next Game: Illinois State 6/1/2019 | 4:00 PM Listen Live Watch Live Full Schedule Roster Live Stats The Cardinals surged in front for the first time in the very next inning. Tyler Fitzgerald doubled up against the wall in left to open the frame and a check swing from Alex Binelas turned into a thing of beauty. The dribbler up the third base line netted the freshman a base hit, but the catcher’s attempt to throw him out bounced into right field, bringing Fitzgerald home to give the Cardinals the lead. Preview Photo Gallery Fitzgerald had the only multi-hit performance of the night for the Cardinals, going 2-for-4 with a pair of runs. Oriente had the home run and drove in three. Print Friendly Version Later in the inning, Lucas Dunn scalded a ball down the first base line that got through the legs of the first baseman, allowing Zach Britton to score and knotting the game up at three apiece. Bryan Hoeing recorded the final out of the sixth and pitched a clean seventh before turning the ball over to Michael Kirian. The sophomore pitched a perfect eighth, but allowed a walk and a double to lead off the ninth to put the tying runs in scoring position with nobody out. PDF Box Score Louisville (44-15) advances to take on third-seeded Illinois State on Saturday at 4:00 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium. The Redbirds hung on for an 8-7 victory over Indiana in the first game of the day Friday. While Bennett was in the process of retiring 12 straight, Oriente doubled Louisville’s advantage with a sacrifice fly in the fifth, and the pitching staff made the two-run lead stand up the rest of the way. Postgame Quotes ESPN3 Louisville stole some of the momentum in the bottom half of the second though, as Oriente connected on a two-run homer to straightaway centerfield to bring the Cardinals back within one. The long ball was the first of the year for the junior and just the second of his career. Despite the final score, it was UIC (29-22) that jumped out to the early advantage. The Flames launched a solo home run on the fourth pitch of the game and added two more runs in the second to lead the home team 3-0 after one-and-a-half. “You have to earn everything in the postseason,” head coach Dan McDonnell said. “It wasn’t easy tonight, but we earned it, and we did enough to win. It’s not about being pretty, and it’s not about playing perfect baseball at this time of year. You just compete, and grind it out, and do enough to win, and survive and advance. Bennett (7-3) started slow for the Cardinals, but retired 12 straight between the second and sixth innings to earn the victory. The junior allowed three runs in 5.2 innings to move into ninth place on Louisville’s career wins list with the 20th of his career. LOUISVILLE, Ky. – Nick Bennett turned in a strong start, Danny Oriente hit his first home run of the season, and Michael McAvene emphatically slammed the door shut as the Louisville baseball team defeated UIC 5-3 in Friday night’s NCAA Regional opener at Jim Patterson Stadium.last_img read more

Tri Services Adventure Expedition flagged off at Kalimpong

first_imgDarjeeling: A Tri Services Adventure Expedition was flagged off on Monday by General Officer Commanding, Striking Lion Division from the Gompa ground of Durpin Monastery at Kalimpong. The expedition will continue till January 15, 2019.The expedition will take place in three phases, which include cycling and trekking, paragliding and sea diving. It is being undertaken by a Tri Services team comprising three officers, three warrant rank officers and thirteen soldiers from Indian Army, Indian Air Force and Indian Navy. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal lifeThe first leg of the expedition comprising cycling cum trekking will cover a distance of 200 km from Kalimpong to North Sikkim, under the aegis of the Striking Lion Division. The Armed Forces Team will cycle the treacherous and challenging mountains of North Sikkim for the next five days, reaching altitudes of 15,000 ft in the Lachen & Lachung valleys. Apart from cycling, the team will also trek through the mountain ranges along the Teesta river. The first leg of the expedition will come to an end on December 22. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedThis will be followed by parasailing and power gliding. This part will be held at Hashimara Air Force Station from December 24 to December 28. The last stretch that will include diving and sailing will be held from December 30 to January 5 at Vizag. “The Indian Armed Forces have a rich saga of fostering the spirit of adventure amongst its ranks by undertaking various different adventure activities. To enhance the spirit of adventure ingrained in the Indian Armed Forces, demonstrate high standards of physical fitness, competitive spirit, mental robustness and camaraderie amongst the three Services, this expedition is being held,” stated a release.last_img read more

Intels Futurist Well Soon Be Living In Computers

first_imgOctober 29, 2013 With technology changing at a rapid pace, the thought of tomorrow and all the tomorrows after it can be hard to process. Scary, even. For Brian David Johnson, the resident “futurist” at Intel, however, the prospect of what tomorrow will bring is thrilling.”What I tell people is No. 1: they shouldn’t be worried about the future,” Johnson said at The Feast social innovation conference in New York City. “The future is going to be awesome because people build the future. Technology doesn’t get to decide. People get to decide.”Projecting the future, or future-casting, is the work of combining social science, research, technical data, economic trends and, yes, even science fiction, to model a prediction of the future. In his position at Intel, Johnson looks specifically at how humans will interact with technology 10 to 15 years out.Related: In Nanotech’s Small World, Big Opportunities Abound (Video)To hear Johnson tell it, he has always been a futurist, even before landing his gig at Intel 10 years ago. Johnson, whose father was a radar tracking engineer and mother was an IT specialist, was teaching computer courses at a community college in Manassas, Va., by the time he was 10. He worked on interactive television in Scandinavia and the U.K. before the Internet existed, developing technology to give viewers the option to vote and buy things on their television monitors. Johnson has also directed movies, written books and is an acrylic painter. It is his combination of technical expertise and affection for storytelling that make Johnson uniquely qualified to be a futurist.Jimmy the robot being designed and built.Image courtesy: IntelIn Johnson’s vision of the future, humans will be in control, but living in a world drastically changed by new technology. The biggest driver in tech will be the ever-shrinking size of the computer chip, which he predicts will effectively approach zero by 2020. Five years ago, the average computer chip was approximately 22 nanometers across. Now, it is 14 nanometers across on average. By 2020, the computer chip will be 5 nanometers across, projects Johnson. A chip that is 5 nanometers wide is 12 atoms across.Johnson says smaller computer chips means almost anything can be turned into a computer. “We will be surrounded by computational power. So for average people, for average users and consumers, you will be living in a world where you are essentially living in a computer, where you are surrounded by intelligence.”Related: Your Next Cocktail Could Be Concocted By This Robotic BartenderOn the micro side, computers will be inserted in all manner of health-care related devices, says Johnson, dreaming up a Band-Aid that has a computer chip built in. “We can actually monitor our health on an hour-by-hour, minute-by-minute basis,” he says. For instance, if a child has the flu, then a stickable computer embedded into a Band-Aid will allow a parent to monitor a child’s temperature, blood pressure and heart rate.From a macro perspective, Johnson says that the computational powers available a decade from now will allow us to build more sophisticated, nuanced and larger cities – what Johnson calls megacities. “We can actually put computation in the infrastructure of the city so that we can make the city not only greener but more efficient,” he says, referencing innovations that could prevent the waste of electricity and water from cracks in building architecture. “Our cities could become computers and when our cities become computers we can tune them,” he says.As Band-Aids and cities become computers, so too will some of our companions, says Johnson. His favorite technical gadget, in a manner of speaking, is Jimmy, his walking and talking robot. Jimmy is a 3D-printed robot, “born” about a month ago, with open-source code, available for updates, personalization and iteration. There are two other “Jimmys” in various stages of production currently: One in Portland, Ore., and two in Boston. A prototype for a 21st century robot, Jimmy represents a first step toward social robots.Related: How Google, Apple, Facebook and Others Use Your Personal Data (Infographic)  Growing a business sometimes requires thinking outside the box. Free Webinar | Sept. 9: The Entrepreneur’s Playbook for Going Globalcenter_img 4 min read Register Now »last_img read more

Police warn cyclists not to ride on motorways in West Midlands

first_imgGet the biggest Daily stories by emailSubscribeSee our privacy noticeThank you for subscribingSee our privacy noticeCould not subscribe, try again laterInvalid EmailPolice who patrol motorways in Staffordshire and the West Midlands are telling cyclists to stop taking their bikes onto motorways in the area. The Central Motorway Police Group say they have been called to cyclists on the A38M Aston Expressway in Birmingham four times in three days. In one incident, on Monday, two teenagers got onto the route and then the M6 Northbound after following a route on an app on a mobile phone. A CMPG spokesman said: “Cyclists, please stop riding on motorways. This is the 4th time in 3 days. Motorways are not for cycling on!. The A38M is a motorway. We can’t believe we are actually having to tell people.” Read MoreHeatwave leads to discovery of historic sites in Staffordshire For the latest news and breaking news visit www.stokeontrentlive.co.uk Get all the big headlines, pictures, analysis, opinion and video on the stories that matter to you. Follow us on Twitter @SOTLive – the official Sentinel account – real news in real time. We’re also on Facebook – your must-see news, features, videos and pictures throughout Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire & South Cheshire. You’ll also find us on Instagram here . Want to keep up to date with the latest traffic and travel news?Each day Stoke-on-Trent Live journalists bring you the latest news on the roads and railways across Stoke-on-Trent, North Staffordshire, South Cheshire and further afield to help keep you on the move. For the very latest updates on roads including the M6, A500, A50 and more, visit our dedicated traffic and travel news channel here. We also run a live news feed each weekday, which you can access on our website’s homepage from 7am to 9pm from Monday to Friday. And for more as-we-get-it updates on the roads across the region and beyond, join The Sentinel’s traffic and travel Facebook group here.last_img read more

Guy Fieris new Disney restaurant has an awesome name – and awesome

first_imgGuy Fieri’s new Disney restaurant has an awesome name – and awesome prices Posted by << Previous PostNext Post >> Tags: Disney Travelweek Group center_img Share Wednesday, August 1, 2018 ORLANDO — Only parents of toddlers are aware of a secret sixth food group: chicken fingers.These deliciously crispy, lightly fried, breadcrumb-coated, tender strips of chicken can be considered a food group all on its own, what with the massive amount that’s eaten each year by picky North American kids. We currently don’t have any stats on exactly how much is consumed, but we’re guessing somewhere in the range of a gazillion pounds each year.With this super-accurate figure in mind, Disney is banking on the fact that its newest eatery, headed up by none other than celebrity chef and Food Network host Guy Fieri, will be an instant hit with both parents and kids alike. Called ‘Chicken Guy!’ (yes, the name comes with an exclamation mark) and located at Disney Springs, the new “fast-casual” restaurant will specialize in everything chicken, specifically chicken fingers (or chicken tenders, if you prefer the fancier moniker).More news:  Apply now for AQSC’s agent cruise ratesBut that’s not what will make parents running to its counter – it’s the fact that almost everything on the menu will be less than US$8.Photo courtesy of Walt Disney World NewsAs parents are all too aware, dining at Disney for anything less than a gazillion dollars (okay, we may be exaggerating) is hard to do. So Chicken Guy!, which is set to open its doors in August, will be a welcome addition to the Disney World experience.Other selling points? There’ll be 22, yes, 22 different sauces, plus a “sauce slinger” who’ll walk around with a holster full of condiments. In addition to chicken tenders, menu items will include SMC (Super Melty Cheese) Fries, the Mac Daddy Mac ‘n’ Cheese, fried pickles, and soft-serve ice cream topped with Cinnamon Toast Crunch and Apple Jacks cereals.But it’s the tenders that will most certainly be the go-to item for kids. According to Disney, they’ll be antibiotic-free, pounded by hand, tenderized in a brine of lemon juice, pickle juice and buttermilk before they’re grilled or breaded and deep fried, and will be served on their own, skewered, atop salads or within sandwiches.More news:  A new low for no-frills flying: easyJet assigns backless seat to passengerAs for décor? Look out for the selfie wall featuring a life-size image of Fieri (we wouldn’t expect anything less from the high-energy and ultra-charismatic TV host). And another fun perk? Employees will be instructed to greet customers with Fieri’s signature fist bump.last_img read more

Puerto Ricos Stunning New Tax Advantages is the a

first_img Puerto Rico’s Stunning New Tax Advantages is the authoritative guide on the Puerto Rico option. It’s been reviewed by dozens of professional sources in Puerto Rico and the mainland US, including top law firms and accountants. It’s an A-Z guide with information you won’t find anywhere else. If you’re considering taking advantage of these incentives, get started with this guide. It will save you a lot of time and money in the process. Click here to learn more. When you hear about strategies that claim to legally allow US citizens to avoid having to pay income tax, the first thing that probably comes to mind is that it’s some sort of cockamamie scheme. The US government is no slouch when it comes to shaking down its citizens for every penny. It would be foolish in the extreme to think you could slip one past them. There really was no sure way to legally escape the suffocating grip of the US government besides death and renouncing your US citizenship… until recently. A new option has emerged that allows Americans to significantly reduce or eliminate income tax altogether. At first it sounds impossible, but as Casey Research’s Chief Metals and Mining Strategist Louis James has found out for himself, this is 100% real and legitimate. And for many Americans, including individuals operating on a modest scale, it could really be game-changing. The video below is a recent presentation Louis gave on this jaw-dropping opportunity. If you are at all interested in keeping more money in your pocket, you won’t want to miss it.last_img read more

The next two photos are nothing shots of a drake

first_img The next two photos are ‘nothing’ shots of a drake mallard in breeding plumage—and a Canada goose with only one gosling.  The same day I took this photo, I saw a pair of geese with twenty little ones.  That’s quite a few, as the normal is under ten—and considerably less than that make it all the way to adulthood. The chart pattern in palladium sort of looked the same, but the metal rallied strongly after its p.m. gold fix low—and was the only precious metal to close up on the day, finishing Thursday at $783—up 3 dollars. In the face of very little price action, I was encouraged by the activity in the silver and gold equities.  However, I’m not about to get my hopes up at the moment. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is about twenty minutes away.  All four precious metals were up a bit during early Far East trading on their Friday, but were all turned lower in early afternoon trading in Hong.  All four are back to unchanged from Thursday’s close in New York.  Net gold volume is a bit over 15,000 contracts, which is nothing special—and silver’s net volume is a hair under 3,000 contracts.  The dollar index, after chopping sideways for most of Far East trading, is now up 16 basis points—and barely back above the 97.00 mark. Today we get the new Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of COMEX trading on Tuesday.  I’d like to think that we’ll see some rather impressive improvements in the Commercial net short positions of both gold and silver—and no doubt we will.  But no matter how good these numbers may turn out to be, we still have some ways to go before JPMorgan et al get the Managed Money back to rock bottom again, if that’s their intent. For the moment, all we can do is wait it out—and hope that they don’t step in front of the next rally as well. And as I send this out the door at 5:20 a.m. EDT I see that gold, silver and platinum still aren’t doing much—and palladium is now down four bucks.  Net gold volume is around 23,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is around 4,400 contracts.  Not a lot to see here, but I get the impression from the choppiness of the price action that the tiny rally attempts since noon in Hong Kong have been quietly guided lower. After rallying a bit, the dollar index has now slid back below the 97.00 mark—but is currently up 10 basis points. I have no idea how the precious metals will trade today, expect there won’t be anything free market about it, whatever happens.  But since today is Friday—and the last day of the month—I must admit that I’m not overly optimistic but, as usual, I’d love to be spectacularly wrong. That’s all I have for today.  I’m off to Vancouver today—and both my Saturday column—and my Tuesday column are going to be as short as I can make them, as I have other things to do while I’m there. Enjoy your weekend, or what’s left of it if you live west of the International Date Line—and I’ll see you here tomorrow. With some variations, the silver chart was similar to gold’s right down to the love tap shortly after 9 a.m. in London trading.  The tiny rally at the COMEX open was dealt with in the usual manner—followed by the down/up spike at the London p.m. gold fix, etc. The high and low in this precious metal was reported as $16.75 and $16.555 in the July contract. Silver finished the Thursday trading session at $16.66 spot, up a whole penny.  Net volume was only 25,000 contracts, with another huge amount of volume rolled into September and December.  As I mentioned in yesterday’s column, I asked Ted about this—and he figures that it’s just early rolls out of the July contract and nothing else.  I wasn’t looking for black bears in dark rooms that weren’t there, just an explanation—and the fact that there was nothing nefarious about it was fine by me. The dollar index closed late Wednesday afternoon in New York at 97.30—and chopped lower to the 97.00 level around 2:40 p.m. Hong Kong time on their Thursday afternoon.  After bouncing off that price three time over the next few hours, it rallied anew, taking it up to its 97.59 high tick around 9:35 a.m. in New York.  From there it began to head for the nether reaches of the earth—slicing through the 97.00 mark in the process.  The index closed at 96.88—which was down 42 basis points on the day. You should carefully note that from its high tick to its low tick in New York trading, the index fell about 72 basis points, but gold, silver and platinum prices weren’t allowed to reflect that. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed what I wanted to see—and that was the fate of the last 20 silver contracts in the May delivery month that I’d been talking about in yesterday’s report.  HSBC USA turned out to be the issuer on all 20—and the CME Group was the stopper.  The 20 contracts issued and stopped is a one hundred 1,000 troy ounces silver bars, which the CME immediately turned around and delivered to Jefferies as 100 contracts to fill the 1,000 ounce silver futures contracts outstanding for May delivery.  Mystery solved. Of the 2,840 silver contracts delivered during May, JPMorgan stopped 808 of them [4.04 million troy ounces] for its own account. First Day Notice numbers for the June delivery month showed that 43 gold and 197 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Monday.  In gold, the only short/issuer of note was JPMorgan out of its client account with 32 contracts—and HSBC USA stopped 24 contracts.  In silver, ABN Amro was the only short/issuer and Canada’s Scotiabank was the biggest long/stopper with 193 contracts.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday—and as of 10:18 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV, either. Joshua Gibbons, the Guru of the SLV Bar List, updated his website yesterday with the happenings over at the iShares.com Internet site as of the close of business on Wednesday—and here’s what he had to say.  “Analysis of the 27 May 2015 bar list, and comparison to the previous week’s list.  No bars were removed, added, or had serial number changes.  As of the time that the bar list was produced, it was overallocated 420.8 oz.“ “A 1,003,543.8 oz withdrawal on Tuesday—and 143,354.0 oz deposit Wednesday—are not yet reflected, and should be on next week’s list.“ The folks over at shortsqueeze.com updated their website with the short positions in both SLV and GLD yesterday—and they must have done it after 5:00 a.m. EDT yesterday morning, because I checked their website a half dozen times while I was writing yesterday’s column just so I wouldn’t miss it. Anyway, there were huge improvements in the short positions in both ETFs.  Those monster improvements certainly didn’t come through depositing physical gold or silver, as there have been huge outflows out of both ETFs during the reporting period—May 1 to 15.  Someone had to lay down big bucks to cover them. Anyway—and regardless of how it happened—the short position in SLV dropped an eye-watering 37.58 percent from 20.56 million troy ounces/shares, down to 12.83 million troy ounces/shares. The change in short position in GLD was just about as impressive, as it declined by 27.28 percent—from 1.40 million troy ounces, down to 1.02 million troy ounces. These changes were a huge surprise for both Ted and myself, as we were expecting the opposite—and I’ll leave him to explain it in his Saturday missive—and I’ll steal what I can for my Tuesday column.  But he did mention his suspicions about JPMorgan and their control over the DTCC—the Depository Trust Clearing Corporation—the dubious organization that controls this sort of data.  Darth Vader’s name came up in the same breath. There was no sales report from the U.S. Mint once again. For the month of May, unless the mint adds some sales today, they sold 15,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—7,000 one-ounce gold buffaloes—and only 1,648,500 silver eagles.  The big buyer in silver eagles obviously stepped away from the table earlier this month—and hasn’t been back since, as this is the lowest month for silver eagle sales so far in 2015.  Of course that may change with today’s report from the mint. If the big buyer/JPMorgan doesn’t reappear soon, we’ll see what the real retail sales numbers are for silver eagles during June.  If we do, they will be ugly—because both Ted and I have been saying all year that retail bullion sales are in the toilet, and they are.  I ought to know, as I work part time in that business in my day job. There was a decent deposit in gold over at the COMEX-approved depositories on Wednesday, as 31,919 troy ounces were received—all at HSBC USA—and only 327 troy ounces were shipped out the door.  The link to that activity is here.  In silver, nothing was received—and only 27,783 troy ounces were shipped out—all from Brink’s, Inc. Over at the gold kilobar COMEX-approved depositories in Hong Kong on their Wednesday, they received 4,322 kilobars—and 6,208 kilobars were shipped out.  The link to that action is here. I have a decent number of stories for you today—and I’m happy to leave the final edit up to you once again. All that is necessary for the triumph of evil, is that good men do nothing. — Edmund Burke It was another ‘nothing’ sort of day, as the last of the June contract went off the board.  The only price movement allowed was the down/up new low ticks that were set in three of the four precious metals yesterday.  More tiny slices off the salamis. Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals so you can see these shiny new low ticks for yourself. The price path of the silver equities was very similar—and Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up 1.79 percent. PERUVIAN GOVERNMENT AWARDS DYNACOR PERMIT TO BUILD NEW LARGER-SCALE MILL AT CHALA Dynacor’s newly approved, second gold processing plant will create value for many years as a direct result of production increases and lower cost/units. Another near term catalyst exists in the form of exploration results at our high-grade gold project, Tumipampa.  As the steady flow of news hits the wire, value will be added to the asset through demonstration of the economic viability and a growing resource base. Dynacor is debt-free, results driven company proving its mettle year after year with or without a ‪bull market. The company exercises discipline in its strategy to build growth by eliminating the risk of having to sell equity to the public to raise cash for operations or pay back debt payments. With zero debt, solid working capital of $21 million and a consistent flow of cash coming from operations even in a low gold price environment, Dynacor is in a unique and strong position to advance both of its divisions, production and exploration/development. Dynacor, with its last equity financing over five years ago, is a shareholder-first company focusing on delivering real value. Please contact Dale Nejmeldeen with questions or to learn more about the company. The first photo is of a pair of northern shoveller ducks.  I took this photo in the middle of the red-winged blackbird sequence that I posted in this space yesterday.  These ducks were about 100 meters away—and I’m very pleased with the quality of the picture from that distance, because I had to crop it pretty hard as well. Platinum was the same as gold and silver, complete with capping at 9:15 a.m. BST—and the down/up dip at the p.m. gold fix in London.  Nothing free market about this.  Platinum closed on Thursday at $1,115 spot, down two bucks from Wednesday. More tiny slices off the salamis After trading flat through the first half of the day in Far East trading, the gold price began to inch higher in afternoon trading in Hong Kong on their Thursday.  But shortly after 9 a.m. BST it was obvious that a willing seller appeared.  The low tick came in a down/up move centered around the London p.m. gold fix—and after that the price didn’t do a lot. The high and low ticks were recorded by the CME Group as $1,192.00 and $1,179.60 in the June contract. Gold finished the Thursday session at $1,187.80 cents, down a whole 20 cents on the day.  Gross volume was pretty wild at 209,000 contracts—and even the net volume was chunky at 156,000 contracts, but most of that was roll-overs out of the June contract and into future months—and mostly August, which is the new front month. After opening down, the gold stocks rallied into positive territory to stay shortly after 11 a.m. EDT.  Then after trading flat for about two hours, they rallied anew—and, wonder of wonders, the HUI closed on its absolute high tick, up 1.65 percent.last_img read more