GLENDALE, Arizona — A 10-point fourth-quarter deficit and one of the most imposing defenses in recent NFL memory stood in the way of a fourth Super Bowl triumph for the New England Patriots with Bill Belichick as their coach and Tom Brady as their quarterback.That, apparently, was no big deal to the Patriots. Brady threw a pair of touchdown passes in the game’s final eight minutes, giving him four for the game. New England rallied and then held on, although just barely, to defeat the Seattle Seahawks, 28-24, Sunday evening in a memorably competitive Super Bowl.The Patriots trailed 24-14 until Brady’s touchdown passes to wide receiver Danny Amendola with just less than eight minutes remaining and to wideout Julian Edelman with just more than two minutes left.The Seahawks, trying for a second straight Super Bowl title, drove to the New England 1-yard line, aided by a remarkable juggling catch by wide receiver Jermaine Kearse while he was on the ground. But Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler, the defender victimized by Kearse’s catch, intercepted a pass at the goal line with 20 seconds to go, as Seattle quarterback Russell Wilson attempted to connect with wideout Ricardo Lockette for a winning touchdown.The Patriots managed to run out the clock from there, but not before the two teams engaged in an on-field scuffle that resulted in the ejection of Seahawks linebacker Bruce Irvin.Brady threw for 328 yards on 37-for-50 passing and was named the game’s most valuable player. He passed Joe Montana as the career leader in Super Bowl touchdown passes. Brady also threw two interceptions.Brady had first-half touchdown passes to wide receiver Brandon LaFell and tight end Rob Gronkowski as the Patriots had early leads of 7-0 and 14-7.Wilson threw two touchdown passes for the Seahawks. Tailback Marshawn Lynch ran for 102 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Doug Baldwin had a touchdown catch. None of that came as a surprise. The stunner was unheralded wideout Chris Matthews, who had zero NFL catches when the day began, contributing four catches for 109 yards and a touchdown.The Patriots won their first Super Bowl since the 2004 season. They’d lost their two Super Bowl appearances since then, both to the New York Giants. New England Patriots celebrate their Super Bowl XLIX victory over the Seattle Seahawks on Feb. 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. Timothy A. Clary/AFPTwo weeks of discussion about the under-inflated footballs that the Patriots used, according to the NFL, in the first half of the AFC title game finally gave way to a highly compelling Super Bowl matchup.The Patriots had hoped the variety and adaptability of their offense would enable them and Brady to avoid a fate similar to what another legendary quarterback, Peyton Manning, and the Denver Broncos experienced in last season’s Super Bowl, in which they were dominated by the Seattle defense and overrun by the Seahawks.New England controlled the play in the game’s early going. But just like the Seahawks’ opponent in the NFC championship game, the Green Bay Packers, the Patriots failed to take full advantage of their opportunities and Seattle remained within striking distance.Brady had success early on by throwing short, quick-hitting passes that enabled him to release the football before the Seattle pass rushers arrived. New England managed a first down on its opening possession before punting, then moved to the Seattle 10-yard line on its second drive.On a third-and-six play from there, Seahawks defensive end Michael Bennett managed to put a solid hit on Brady just as Brady delivered a pass. Brady’s throw went directly to Seattle’s nickel cornerback, Jeremy Lane, who made the grab at the goal line for an interception.But Lane’s left arm was bent grotesquely when he fell on it at the end of his return. His exit from the game quickly had an effect on the proceedings.The Patriots picked on Seattle reserve cornerback Tharold Simon while driving to a touchdown on their next possession. Edelman sprinted away from Simon for a 23-yard catch and run on a third-and-nine play, and LaFell cut to the inside against Simon’s coverage to catch an 11-yard touchdown throw by Brady.The offensive production picked up from there. Matthews had a 44-yard catch, on only Wilson’s second completion of the game, to set up Lynch’s three-yard touchdown run.Brady and the Patriots crafted a nice drive in the two-minute offense to take the lead. The Patriots got a favorable matchup with Gronkowski going one on one against linebacker K.J. Wright, and exploited it with Brady lobbing a 22-yard touchdown pass to the tight end. Danny Amendola of the New England Patriots reacts after defeating the Seattle Seahawks 28-24 during Super Bowl XLIX at University of Phoenix Stadium on Feb. 1, 2015 in Glendale, Arizona. Ronald Martinez/Getty Images/AFPBut the Seahawks were left with 31 seconds on the first-half clock, and they took advantage. A 23-yard catch by Lockette, plus a 15-yard face-mask penalty against Patriots cornerback Kyle Arrington, gave Seattle a first down at the New England 11-yard line with six seconds left.Seahawks Coach Pete Carroll gambled and left his offense on the field for one shot at the end zone. It paid off, with Wilson lofting a touchdown pass to the 6-foot-5 Matthews working against 5-11 cornerback Logan Ryan.Matthews was back at it early in the third quarter, making a 45-yard catch to set up a 27-yard field goal by kicker Steven Hauschka that gave the Seahawks their first lead.Brady threw a pass toward Gronkowski in the middle of the field but had it intercepted by Bobby Wagner, the Seattle middle linebacker who played only 11 games during the regular season yet somehow was given one vote for the league MVP award.Wagner’s interception led to Wilson’s three-yard touchdown pass to Baldwin, who lost Patriots cornerback Darrelle Revis when Revis collided with an official in the middle of the field. A television camera caught Seahawks cornerback Richard Sherman signaling Revis’s jersey number, 24, on the Seattle sideline.But the Patriots weren’t done, as Brady’s five-yard touchdown pass to Amendola with just less than five minutes remaining got them to within 24-21.© 2015, The Washington Post Facebook Comments Related posts:NFL tax break foes face 4th and 20 with wind in their faces Panthers, Packers top US Thanksgiving holiday lineup NFL: Coldplay honored by Super Bowl but puzzled by game Broncos beat Panthers, 24-10, to win Super Bowl 50
Travel agents are already beginning to receive enquiries from Australian travellers wanting to plan their trip to Mexico for “end of the world” celebrations scheduled on 21 December 2012.In celebration of marking the end of the ancient Mayan Calendar over 50million people are estimated to travel to Mexico for the event, news.com reported.Chimu Adventures, Marketing Manager Meg Hall said she was beginning to see a lot of interest from travellers wanting to travel to Mexico for the celebrations.“It’s a strange thing for people to be interested in but I guess it’s a unique event, people are asking about what kind of events are going to be on,” Ms Hall said.“Usually people don’t book until closer to departure, but obviously it’s going to be busy, it looks like a lot of Australian’s are going to be heading out there.”Tucan Travel Sales and Marketing Manager Todd Barry said there had been an increase in its “Mayan Circle” tour and are expecting inquiries and bookings will rise over the next few months.”Most people have just started planning for their holidays to that region – it’s a peak time to travel so it’s also the most expensive time,” Mr Barry said.Tourism campaign “Mundo Maya 2012” and a variety of other celebrations have been planned for the big celebration by the Mexican Government.However many Mexican archaeological establishments say the 2012 reference on a 1300-year-old stone tablet only represents the end of a cycle in the Mayan calendar and not the end of the world.Tour operators Geckos and Peregrine are currently offering tours for the “apocalypse” and cover places such as Mexico City, Cancun, Merida and Chichen Itza.I wonder if they are booking return tickets? Source = e-Travel Blackboard: S.P The City of Tikal created in 300BC
What is hot in Hong Kong March and April 2019What is hot in Hong Kong March and April 2019It’s all about “Art”! From major international events to local neighbourhood exhibitions, tours and street performances, throughout March and April Hong Kong will showcase the destination’s wide cultural diversity across all the arts, creating a kaleidoscope of colour, ambience and creativity for visitors and locals to enjoy. Here’s a taste of what’s hot in Hong Kong…PlayFrom 1 to 31 March the city will host the annual Hong Kong Arts Month, where local and overseas artists will converge to deliver inspiring programmes including exhibitions, dance, music, theatre and more. In addition to major international events, visitors are encouraged to take some time to explore the vibrant local neighbourhoods and art communities where art of all kinds can be discovered around every corner.A major highlight of Hong Kong Arts Month is the globally renowned Art Basel. From 29 to 31 March 2019 the exhibition will return to the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre with a lavish visual feast, and will feature 242 galleries from 36 countries, 21 of which are new additions. www.artbasel.com/hong-kong Another major highlight is Art Central, taking place from 27 to 31 March 2019. Now in its fifth year, the event will showcase over 100 galleries from around the globe. Complimenting this will be a range of carefully curated performances, large-scale installations, new media art and talks. http://artcentralhongkong.comThe Asia Contemporary Art Show will take place from 29 March to 1 April at the Conrad Hong Kong. Regarded as the longest-running and most successful hotel art fair in Asia, the 2019 show will feature artworks from Malaysia, United Kingdom, South Korea, Lebanon, Russia, China, Japan, Hong Kong and many others. General admission opens on 30 March. www.asiacontemporaryart.comFrom 29 March to 1 April Harbour City will present the Harbour Art Fair at Marco Polo Hongkong Hotel. More than 50 hotel rooms will be transformed into contemporary art spaces, showcasing a wide range of artwork from photography and painting, to sculpture and pottery, and curated by top global galleries. Aiming to bring the public closer to art, Harbour City will also host “Art in Life” throughout the shopping mall and public spaces from 12 March to 3 April. This year’s exhibitions will feature three acclaimed artists from Korea. www.harbourartfair.comThe 2019 Hong Kong E-Prix will see a range of electrifying new features added to its programme as 22 drivers from 11 teams take to Hong Kong’s iconic harbourfront street circuit on 10 March. Spearheaded by the debut of the long-awaited Formula E Gen2 car, which has almost double the range and energy storage capacity of the previous car, fans will be among the first in the region to witness the future of everyday electric road vehicles. With no mid-race car swap, a new team in the HWA RACELAB, and Nissan e.dams replacing Renault, fans can expect more action on and off the track than ever before. www.discoverhongkong.com/au/see-do/events-festivals/sports-and-recreation/formula-e-hong-kong-eprix.jspThe world’s greatest rugby players will descend on the vibrant city of Hong Kong from 5 to 7 April for the forty-fourth Hong Kong Rugby Sevens tournament. The roar of more than 120,000 passionate spectators will engulf the stadium to create an electric atmosphere as international teams battle it out for glory and honour. The three day event will be held at Hong Kong’s largest outdoor sports venue, Hong Kong Stadium. Located amongst the foothills in the south of Causeway Bay, the stadium delivers picturesque surrounds with easy access via the MTR (Hong Kong’s railway system), plus loads of surrounding restaurants and bars where visitors can refuel. However, the party doesn’t stop there with the whole city embracing the excitement, from fancy dress costumes and the Fan Zone in Central to special dedicated events. www.discoverhongkong.com/au/plan-your-trip/vacation-packages/CathayPacific-RugbySevens-Oct2018.jspEatFollowing the successful launch of Aulis Hong Kong last month, celebrated chef Simon Rogan shakes up the local culinary scene once again with the opening of ROGANIC, his second restaurant venture in the heart of Causeway Bay. Located alongside 12-seater chef’s table Aulis, Roganic presents a city-centric take on a farm-to-table dining experience from London. www.roganic.com.hk Redhouse, the sister restaurant of Lane Crawford’s newly opened SHÈ, has opened its doors in the heart of Lan Kwai Fong. With a concept rooted upon authenticity rather than traditionalism, Redhouse serves up an extensive menu of contemporary dishes that retain the essence of conventional Chinese cuisine. Now open on the 23rd floor of California Tower in Hong Kong’s bustling nightlife district, Redhouse blazes the trail for an intimate yet modernised Chinese dining experience. https://gaiagroup.com.hk/restaurant/redhouseModern Greek dining destination Estiatorio KEIA has opened in H Queen’s in the heart of Central. Capturing the rich culinary culture of the Mediterranean region, diners can look forward to fresh premium seafood and traditional Greek specialties. The restaurant is the latest venture from Bulldozer Group, the Dubai-based hospitality company that successfully launched ICHU Peru in September last year. www.keia.com.hkDrinkDai Bing, little sister to the world renowned Ping Pong 129 Gintonería, opened in Sheung Wan in February. Situated at 52 Bonham Strand West, the bar features Hong Kong’s first Artisanal Ice Suite, moody black interiors, and an active visual and performance art programme. The bar specialises in long drinks and Portuguese petiscos. www.facebook.com/Dai-Bing-350456479053360Gordan Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen & Bar has opened at The Peak Galleria. Ramsay’s ascent to The Peak in collaboration with Dining Concepts adds a gourmet edge to one of Hong Kong’s most visited destinations. Bread Street Kitchen & Bar serves unpretentiously simple yet meticulously prepared British comfort fare with European influences in a casual, welcoming hang-out. Standout dishes include the signature Fish & Chips and Shepherd’s Pie. www.diningconcepts.comSleepRosewood Hong Kong, a magnificent new ultra-luxury property situated within the Victoria Dockside arts, design and conceptual retail district, will open on 17 March 2019. The 413-room Rosewood Hong Kong will be located at a prime Victoria Harbour waterfront location at the former New World Centre on Salisbury Road in Tsim Sha Tsui. The ultra-luxury hotel will occupy 27 floors of a multi-use tower, destined to become a landmark on the world-famous skyline. Eight restaurants and lounges will be complemented by recreational facilities including Asaya, Rosewood’s holistic wellness concept, as well as a fitness centre and swimming pool. The Manor Club executive lounge will provide exclusive privileges while The Pavilion, the brand’s signature residential-style meeting and function space, will host corporate events, conferences and social celebrations. Also on offer will be 186 luxury Rosewood Residences for guests choosing longer stays with a dedicated lounge, indoor swimming pool and fitness centre along with special services and amenities. www.rosewoodhotels.com/hongkongFor more information on Hong Kong visit:www.discoverhongkong.com/au or www.discoverhongkong.com/nzSource = Hong Kong Tourism Board
Trooper Lehmahn joins Rep. Earl Poleski for Sept. 11 Memorial Ceremony at the Capitol. 11Sep State Trooper Lehmahn visits Capitol Categories: News
Categories: Albert News,News A bill recently introduced by state Rep. Thomas Albert would ban the sale of e-cigarettes to minors in state law, making Michigan a healthier place to live.“We’ve got to do more to keep e-cigarettes out of the hands of children,” Albert, of Lowell, said of the bill which also would classify e-cigarettes as tobacco products. “This is an important public health concern. While some consider e-cigarettes less harmful than regular cigarettes, they are still harmful, and can lead as a gateway to tobacco use by young people. We need to step up and do the right thing for our kids.”The federal Food and Drug Administration has rules banning the sale of e-cigarettes to those under 18, but there is nothing similar in state law doing so. Adopting a state law will make enforcement easier for both law enforcement and schools trying to keep the products off their campuses, and keep Michigan protected if the federal regulations change, Albert said.The measure would tax electronic cigarettes and similar devices such as e-pipes and vape pens at 32 percent of the wholesale price. The legislation calls for 75 percent of the tax revenue to go to the Michigan Medicaid Benefits Trust Fund, and 25 percent to go to the state’s main budget supporting multiple programs and departments.Electronic cigarettes are battery-operated devices that deliver nicotine and flavoring without burning tobacco. A heating device vaporizes liquid inside a cartridge, called “vaping.”Like other tobacco products, e-cigarettes and similar devices contain highly addictive nicotine. The U.S. Surgeon General says e-cigarettes pose a significant health risk to young people, increasing the possibility of addiction and long-term harm to brain development and respiratory health.“I’m hopeful this legislation will be a key step toward improving the health of Michigan residents, especially our young people,” Albert said.###Albert’s legislation is House Bill 4893. 28Sep Rep. Albert: Michigan must do more to keep e-cigarettes away from minors
Categories: Alexander News 25Feb Rep. Alexander to host local office hours State Rep. Julie Alexander established her March office hours schedule to meet with local residents of the 64th District.“Meeting with the people of Jackson County is the highlight of my job as your state representative,” Rep. Alexander said. “I look forward to seeing you at my office hours and hearing your thoughts and ideas.”Office hours are scheduled for the following times on the sixth floor of the Jackson County Tower Building, 120 W. Michigan Ave.:Monday, March 4 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.;Friday, March 22 from 2 to 3 p.m.; andMonday, March 25 from 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.An additional office hour is scheduled for Monday, March 11 from 5 to 6 p.m. at Napoleon Café, 6816 W. Brooklyn Road in Napoleon.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend may contact Rep. Alexander’s office by calling (517) 373-1795 or by email at JulieAlexander@house.mi.gov.
07Mar Rep. LaFave votes to bolster Upper Peninsula recreational opportunities Categories: LaFave News Proposal includes three development initiatives in Delta CountyState Rep. Beau LaFave today voted in favor of a plan to complete three separate Delta County construction projects as part of wide-ranging legislation advancing through the Michigan House.LaFave helped secure funds to establish the Rapid River Falls campground and renovate the A. Gene Gazlay Visitor Center at Fayette Historic State Park to be handicap-accessible.The plan allocates $85,000 to build a local campground, which will serve as a 25-site semi-modern campground focused on serving off-road vehicles and ATV enthusiasts at Delta County’s Rapid River Falls Park. The campground will be the first of its kind in the Upper Peninsula and act as a trailhead for regional DNR trail routes with connectivity to miles of scenic riding opportunities across the U.P.“Believe it or not, we actually have a summer in the Upper Peninsula, attracting thousands of tourists throughout Michigan and beyond to enjoy what our area has to offer,” said LaFave, of Iron Mountain. “When completed, this project will provide Delta County with a new attraction to boost tourism and supply our area with new jobs. I look forward to seeing the campground upon its completion.”Delta County will also see an additional $50,000 to update existing infrastructure hazards at the A. Gene Gazlay Visitor Center at Fayette Historic State Park, and install handicap-accessible ramps to comply with Americans with Disability Act requirements. The visitor center tells the story of the abandoned iron smelting town.“Everyone should have the opportunity to enjoy the beauty our state parks spoil us with,” LaFave said. “Visitors at Fayette Historic State Park support our local businesses and economy, and we are taking the proper steps in this plan to make some much-needed renovations to the center.”The city of Escanaba will receive $300,000 to construct a non-motorized pathway along U.S. Highway 2. The North City Limits Pathway will connect Escanaba to the adjacent communities of Wells, Escanaba Township and the city of Gladstone. The project is also supported by a grant program through the Michigan Department of Transportation.“This is all about enabling pedestrians to safely traverse the city,” LaFave said. “The North City Limits Pathway will help make our community more walkable, connecting residents to key parts of the area.”The full plan includes $26 million for 34 recreational development projects and 30 acquisition projects statewide. The project investments outlined in the proposal were recommended by the Natural Resources Trust Fund Board in December. Recommendations are subject to approval by the Michigan Legislature, a process recently started within the House Appropriations Committee.Money in the Natural Resources Trust Fund comes from the development of minerals on state land and is designated on an annual basis in partnership with local governments.House Bill 4244 advances to the Senate for further consideration.
Share34TweetShare21Email55 Shares August 11, 2016; Next CityLast fall, Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti announced the establishment of the Creative Catalyst Artists in Residence Program, administered through the city’s Department of Cultural Affairs (DCA). In June, Alan Nakagawa was named the city’s first Creative Catalyst. Nakagawa, an oral historian, sound artist, and mural artist who previously managed public art projects for Metro, L.A. County’s main transit agency, is now embedded in the city’s Department of Transportation (LADOT). Among his goals is to bring a fresh perspective to Vision Zero, a campaign aimed at eliminating L.A. traffic deaths by 2025.In announcing the artist-in-residence program, DCA general manager Danielle Brazell noted, “A 21st century city must embrace collaboration, communication, critical thinking, and creativity. DCA is uniquely positioned as an agency to foster the spirit of creativity within civic government as a force for positive change.” NPQ has previously reported on a number of other cities that are investing in artist-in-residence programs to advance civic agendas and to spark new kinds of conversations about city planning.As a part-time artist in residence, Nakagawa is being paid $20,000, jointly funded by DCA and LADOT. His residency could continue for a second year if federal funding comes through. The “catalyst” part of being a Creative Catalyst is meaningful: Nakagawa’s role is not only to use his own artistic sensibilities to advance the work of LADOT, but also to recommend ways other artists might contribute ideas. As he notes, “In the hubbub of bureaucracy and public art, the artist is often the least paid and the most needed.” And as Seleta Reynolds, LADOT general manager, observes:Art has the ability to startle people out of their everyday to remind them that they are traveling through the heart of a neighborhood and to spark their imagination no matter how they move through our city. Vision Zero is a bold goal: zero traffic fatalities by 2025, which will require conventional tools like engineering and enforcement, as well as unconventional tools like art and storytelling. We plan to infuse art into the design and function of the public realm to create safe, beautiful, great streets.So how does an artist contribute to a public safety initiative like Vision Zero? Just a couple of months into his residency, L.A.’s first Creative Catalyst already is having an impact:Nakagawa has been tagging along on Vision Zero task force meetings, and listening in as staff conduct focus groups around areas with high concentrations of pedestrian and cyclist injuries and fatalities. Noticing that the presentations tended to focus on the numbers over the personal stories of those killed, he’s invited Gary Buchler of The Moth to lead the engineers in a storytelling workshop.Nakagawa is also hoping to collaborate with local safety advocates who install “ghost bikes,” memorials to cyclists who have been injured or killed in traffic accidents. And through oral histories, he is helping to document the evolution of LADOT since the 1970s, from a department that catered to the city’s well-known car-centric culture to one that places more emphasis on accommodating pedestrians. His observations and recommendations to date will be included in the Vision Zero action plan LADOT will publish next month.NPQ would love to hear about other ways cities are engaging artists in projects or conversations about improving civic life.—Eileen CunniffeShare34TweetShare21Email55 Shares
Share7Tweet15Share2Email24 SharesBy Mohammed Tawsif Salam (Own work) [CC BY-SA 4.0], via Wikimedia CommonsAugust 22, 2017; Al Jazeera and National Public Radio, “The Two-Way”After nearly four months of testimony and debate, India’s Supreme Court’s ruling joins majority Muslim countries of Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Morocco, Afghanistan and Pakistan in banning the practice of triple talaq.The practice of triple talaq allows Muslim husbands to dissolve their marriages in a moment by simply repeating “talaq,” the Arabic word for divorce, three times. (Some men have reputedly done this over the phone or via text message.) Triple talaq has been described as the worst form of marriage dissolution, an un-Islamic practice, and an instrument to oppress women.Success in banning the practice is attributed to the two-year lobbying effort by women and their organizations, spearheaded by Bharatiya Muslim Mahila Andola (BMMA). The effort also gained the support of the country’s prime minister, Narendra Modi. Another factor is recent events in the country highlighting the status of women. The propensity for and brutality of rape has brought women’s issues front and center and in international news. More recently, eyebrows were raised when Air India was forced to create female only seating in response to complaints of groping and indecent touching of female passengers by their male counterparts. Critics wondered if this was the airline’s strategy to further isolate Indian women from the mainstream. A five-member bench ruled three to two against triple talaq. Of those who ruled to ban the practice, one described it as alien to Islam and therefore not protected under the India’s constitutional protection of freedom of religion.The court noted that “the Quran had attributed ‘sanctity and permanence to matrimony’ and encouraged reconciliation between couples. But the court said with ‘triple talaq,’ which amounts to instant divorce, ‘this door is closed.’”The other two did not take a religious stance, but stated that triple talaq violated Indian women’s Article 14 right to equality. Advocates pointed out that the law drastically reduces female economic standing and contributes to domestic violence. India’s Supreme Court has 28 sitting judges, of whom only one, R. Banumathi, is a woman. She did not participate in the case.One impetus behind the court case was a multiple-year struggle by women in India. In March of this year, in an unprecedented show of unity and support, over one million Indians, mostly women, signed a petition to the Supreme Court that jumpstarted the process. Though this might appear a small percentage in the face of India’s 90 million women, given decades of inequality and domestic and sexual violence, particularly for lower caste females, this was courageous and monumental. As outlined by NPR’s Julie McCarthy,Zakia Soman, co-founder of the Indian Muslim Women’s Movement, states, “Many women want to stay in unhappy marriages to avoid becoming destitute. These women seek to keep ‘the status of wife’ because they are so vulnerable.”Soman calls talaq a “sword hanging over a woman’s head,” and says domestic violence and the male prerogative to declare instant divorce are intimately linked. […] Frequently, the husband threatens, “Do this, or I’ll talaq you! Don’t do that, otherwise I’ll talaq you.”In the same article, Soman references her organization’s 2015 survey which discovered that one in every 11 women has had their marriage ended by talaq. Of those divorced women, fewer than five percent ever gets any financial support.Another tipping point, like many issues today, was technology. Not only was the practice unusually cruel, but the advent of social media resulted in instant divorce by Skype and WhatsApp.Though triple talaq had been decreed unconstitutional before in 2015, this recent decision not only requires legislators to develop new regulations on marriage and divorce within six months, but also enjoins husbands from using triple talaq.Although the ruling is far from settled law, women in India are encouraged because it emanates from India’s highest court. Prior to the Supreme Court ruling, lower courts eschewed court intervention, instead opting to leave it in the hands of the clergy. Muslim women in India are governed by the Muslim Personal Laws, as administered by the All India Muslim Personal Board (AIMPLB), meaning that policy was governed by the religious leadership.AIMPLB, for its part, still isn’t budging. The AIMPLB belief is that for Muslim women in India, the church is the state. They cautioned the Supreme Court “not to meddle with its personal laws,” as it’s not their legal purview. According to Al Jazeera, “India’s Muslim Law Board had told the court that while they considered the practice wrong, they opposed any court intervention.” The women felt they had waited far too long; hence the recent concerted push.This division between the secular and religious world has left some skeptical as to the eventual impact of the ruling. As Faizan Mustafa, the vice-chancellor of NALSAR University of Law in Hyderabad and a leading expert on constitutional law, said in an interview with Al Jazeera, “Court judgments do not bring about social reforms. Now, the only thing is if a Muslim male does triple talaq and if the wife goes to the court, the court won’t recognize the divorce. Now, will the girl go back [into the marriage]? In this case, the leading petitioner in a current case, Shayara Bano, just told NDTV network that she is not going back to her husband because he has taken another wife even though the divorce has been held unconstitutional or invalid in law. Marriage is a relationship of love; the courts cannot force you to love each other.”—Mary Frances MitchnerShare7Tweet15Share2Email24 Shares
United Arab Emirates-based YahLive, a joint venture between YahSat and SES, has signed a deal with the Dubai-based free-to-air satellite broadcaster MBC Group to broadcast its portfolio of high-definition channels.Viewers of YahLive can watch seven MBC Group channels in HD across the Middle East and North Africa, including MBC 1, MBC 2, MBC 4, MBC Action, MBC Drama, MBC MAX and Al Arabiya News Channel.Sam Barnett, CEO of MBC Group, said: “We are pleased to announce this partnership with YahLive. YahLive is building a proposition based on high-definition television and aims to attract audiences from across the region. Our channels are ‘required viewing’ for many in the Middle East and the ability to watch them in HD is becoming increasingly attractive. This deal should therefore create a strong partnership.”
Deutsche Telekom has struck a wide-ranging partnership agreement with Twitter to develop an advanced user experience that will benefit both parties.Twitter will create a dedicated user experience for Deutsche Telekom devices, integrating its functionality with the home-screen.Deutsche Telekom will be a preferred partner for Twitter in marketing, advertising and customer service opportunities. The partnership will initially cover Germany, the Netherlands, Romania, Greece and Croatia.The telco will begin rolling out the new Twitter experience on selected Android smartphones next year.
The winners of the 2015 Awards celebrate their achievementThe Content Innovation Awards 2016 is now open for entries.Following the massive success of last year’s event, the organisers have revised and expanded the number of categories this year, with new categories including the Millennials Award, Virtual Reality Initiative of the Year and Most Innovative Digital Project.These join categories that include Pay TV Initiative of the Year, Channel of the Year and OTT TV Initiative of the Year.With Awards spanning content creation, marketing, distribution and delivery, the 2016 edition of The Content Innovation Awards will recognise excellence across the entire TV value chain.The Content Innovation Awards, from Digital TV Europe in partnership with Television Business International, celebrates innovation in content, distribution and delivery and the wide-ranging achievements of the companies and individuals who bring video content to the world.The Awards this year will be presented at a spectacular Gala Dinner event with live entertainment at the Carlton Hotel’s Grand Salon in Cannes on October 16.The deadline for entries is June 15. Click here for more information.
DISH Networks-owned OTT TV service Sling TV is now offering programmatic advertising functionality to advertisers and agencies with a platform supplied by SpotX.Sling TV premium ad inventory is now available programmatically through the video ad serving platform, enabling advertisers to buy programmatically as well as target specific audience segments such as ‘would-be-vacationers’, ‘auto intenders’ and ‘back to school shoppers, according to the technology provider.‘Vacationers’ is available today, along with ‘Auto Intenders’. A ‘Back to School” segment will be available soonThese segments will be matched with Sling TV subscribers for ads to be dynamically inserted in live and on-demand content via SpotX’s platform.DISH Media Sales anonymously matches its first-party Sling TV subscriber data to time-sensitive events and vertical markets to identify addressable segments, based on experience built through offering addressable TV on DISH, according to SpotX. The anonymous data is aggregated and the impressions are made available for advertisers to buy in real time via controlled, private marketplaces facilitated by SpotX’s ad serving and programmatic enablement technology.Sling TV impressions are available to a number of demand side platforms through the SpotX’s video ad serving platform, including Adobe, AOL, AppNexus, BrightRoll, DataXu, Google DBM, MediaMath, The Trade Desk, Turn, VideoAmp and Videology.“Dynamic ad insertion across premium live and on-demand content with highly targeted custom audience segments is a rarity in the market,” said Ben Abbatiello, vice-president of strategic accounts at SpotX.“The addition of this content to the programmatic ecosystem is a significant step forward for advertisers and reinforces Sling TV as a top innovator in our industry. Advertisers will benefit from the control and transparency of the private marketplace environment, giving them the certainty that their campaigns are delivering with full-screen viewability in brand-safe, premium environments.”
The European Union’s MEDIA multi-year programme to support the development and distribution of films, TV series and audiovisual media needs to be adapted to the needs of the emerging digital economy and the European single digital market, according to digital economy and society commissioner Mariya Ivanova Gabriel.Mariya Ivanova GabrielSpeaking at the European Film Forum, Gabriel said that the MEDIA programme, which has disbursed €2.4 billion in the 26 years of its existence, needed to evolve to match the changes taking place as a result of digital distribution.Gabriel said that the MEDIA budget was too small to have a durable effect on the European audiovisual industry and the financing of projects had been too fragmented. She said the programme had also suffered from inflexibility that had discouraged cooperation between players in different parts of the media value chain.Gabriel also said there was room for improvement in terms of supporting beneficiaries with the scale necessary to develop on a European and global level.She said that the programme would prioritise projects that reached a significant audience and reflected cultural diversity. She said that the programme needed to embrace the digital revolution more decisively.Gabriel said that securing “sufficient budget” was a key goal and that, given numerous challenges including Brexit, it would be necessary “to put all means at our disposal” to secure the best budget possible for the programme.
In its last earnings announcement before its Tele2 merger, Com Hem reported modest TV customer gains and said that high-end set-top box uptake now accounts for 42% of its digital TV base.Anders NilssonAnnouncing its third quarter results, Com Hem said that digital TV customers (revenue generating units or RGUs) increased by 1,000 to 655,000. The number of customers with a high-end TiVo or TV Hub set-top box grew by 5,000 to 278,000.Broadband RGUs increased by 8,000 to a record high of 774,000, with close to 90% of Com Hem’s entire broadband base now subscribing to a 100 Mbit/s or higher service, resulting in an average speed across its user base of 158 Mbps.However, the continued increase in digital TV and broadband RGUs in the quarter was offset by declining fixed-telephony RGUs, which were down 10,000 to 242,000. Com Hem attributed this to “fixed telephony price adjustments during the quarter” as well as the underlying decline in this market.In terms of financials, revenue declined by 0.2% to SEK 1,777 million (€172 million) driven by a 7.0% decline in revenues at Boxer. However, operating profit was up 7.8% year-on-year to SEK 275 million and EBITDA increased by 0.3% to SEK 749 million.“We saw improvements in operational KPIs as churn reached a record low in the Com Hem segment and broadband sales picked up in Boxer,” said Com Hem group CEO, Anders Nilsson.“A milestone was passed in broadband with the commercial launch of 1.2 Gbps speeds, extending our speed leadership. The TV Hub is getting traction with high-end STB penetration now at 42% of the Com Hem segment DTV base. The Boxer synergies are now fully realised following completion of the system integration in Q2.”“During the quarter, we received approval from our shareholders and in beginning of October the European competition authorities gave clearance to proceed with the merger which is expected to be finalised on November 5. We are very excited to enter the next chapter in the Com Hem story as part of Tele2 and we hope that you will join us for the next leg of the journey.”
The US’s Major League Baseball (MLB) is leaning towards transferring domestic US streaming rights to individual teams, potentially leading to a march away from pay TV for US baseball towards a streaming-focused future, according to the New York Post.According to the paper, citing unnamed sources close to the talks, the MLB, under pressure from a number of teams – notably the New York Yankees – favours transferring the rights following the expiry of its current contract with Fox’s 22 regional sports networks at the end of this year.Disney is being forced to sell off the regional networks as a condition of its acquisition of the bulk of Fox’s entertainment assets.Acquiring the right to sell their own streaming rights would enable baseball teams to do deals with Amazon and Google rather than with television networks.According to previous press reports, Amazon is in the running to acquire the regional networks, including a joint bid with a sovereign wealth fund for the YES Network, the New York station that is home to both Yankees and Brooklyn Nets games, and which may be sold separately from the other networks.
“If you have any information on drug dealing in your area please contact us on 101 or via Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.“Drug dealers bring nothing to our community. “If you deal drugs on the streets of this city – we will come for you!”TWO DRUG DEALERS ARRESTED IN DERRY ALONG WITH THEIR £6K STASH was last modified: February 20th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ShareTweet “The drugs were seized and both suspects were arrested on the spot for Possession of suspected Controlled Drugs and Possession with Intent To Supply Controlled Drugs and Criminal Damage.’The pair were taken to Strand Road police station to be questioned under the 1971 Misuse of Drugs Act.PSNI Foyle said on its Facebook page: “- We a good drugs find – Very happy police versus very sad drug dealers.“The best place to hit these people is in their pockets by seizing drugs and destroying them. The £6,000 drug stash seized in DerryPOLICE are jubilant after officer disrupted two drug dealers in Derry.The PSNI say Local Policing Team officers from Strand Road stopped and searched a male and female in the city centre area yesterday.“They carried out a search and found an estimated £6,000 of suspected controlled drugs LPTPSNI FOYLESTRAND ROADTWO DRUG DEALERS ARRESTED IN DERRY ALONG WITH THEIR £6K STASH
ShareTweet Ciaran has been playing the guitar for the past 20 years and teaches in schools all around the North West as well as facilitating workshops.A regular at the Alley Theatre, he also hosts the very popular Original Sinners nights giving local musicians an opportunity to play their ‘original’ music in front of a live audience.Classes are in six week blocks starting on Saturday 16th September at 10am, so come along and bring your guitar.Individual lessons are £10 each for 25 minutes or group lessons (up to 3 people) are £8 each.Blocks of lessons must be paid at the start of term.For more information and to book contact the Alley Theatre Box Office on 028 71 384444 or online www.alley-theatre.com.HONE YOUR GUITAR SKILLS AT THE ALLEY THEATRE was last modified: September 7th, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: “I am thrilled to be starting these classes in the Alley Theatre,” he admitted“I will be teaching a range of exercises, scales and various styles and techniques that are conducive to becoming an accomplished player.“Individual and group lessons are available allowing musicians of all levels the opportunity to meet up and learn and play together or prepare for exams.“All levels and ages are welcome. ‘ LOCAL people will have the opportunity to hone their guitar playing at a new club at the Alley Theatre every Saturday morning from September 16th.The classes are being taken by local musician Ciaran Gallen and will allow players of all levels, from beginner right up to experienced musicians, to develop their skills.Looking ahead to the classes, Ciaran said he will use a variety of techniques to help people improve their playing. ALLEY THEATRE BOX OFFICECIARAN GALLENHONE YOUR GUITAR SKILLS AT THE ALLEY THEATREstrabane
DETECTIVES are on the trail of callous burglars who stole two wedding rings during a daylight burglary in Co Derry.The break-in happened at a house in the Clooney Road area of Ballykelly on Thursday morning around breakfast time.Police say owner of the property left home around 9 am. ShareTweet Three hours later the owner was noticed three males had fled the property towards Foyleview after they were disturbed.Detective Constable Marty McCaw said: “When the occupant returned to the property, she discovered two rooms had been searched and a number of items of jewellery were missing.“They included a ladies gold wedding band, a man’s gold wedding band, a gold and platinum engagement ring, a single diamond, a gold eternity ring, a gold three diamond ring, an antique gold diamond ring, various gold necklaces and bracelets.“A quantity of cash in sterling and Euros was also reported stolen.“We are appealing for anyone with any information that can assist with the investigation to contact Detectives at Coleraine Criminal Investigation Branch by calling 101, quoting reference 493 20/07/17.”HEARTLESS THIEVES STEAL WEDDING RINGS DURING BREAK-IN was last modified: July 22nd, 2017 by John2John2 Tags: ballykellyCLOONEY ROADcoleraineCRIMINAL INVESTIGATION BRANCHDC MARTY MCCAWHEARTLESS THIEVES STEAL WEDDING RINGS DURING BREAK-INPSNI
TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange)12,214.6512,537.6913,833.64 Silver Stocks (SIL)21.7623.9628.90 Dear Readers,As those of you who’ve been with us for a while know, Rick Rule is one of the most successful resource speculators in North America. His firm, Sprott Global, is one of our recommended brokers, and his reputation for earning outsized gains in the junior resource sector is legendary.So naturally we wanted his take on the current weakness in gold and gold stocks. Big Gold editor Jeff Clark contacted him and found that he is actually excited about current market conditions. He had so much to say that Jeff asked him to put it in writing, which you’ll find below. You’ll see Rick’s take on the current condition of the gold market, why he likes the producers right now, what to look for in the juniors, and an investor’s game plan for going forward. We think you’ll find his insights very useful – and profitable.Sincerely,Louis JamesSenior Metals Investment StrategistCasey Research Silver32.3333.3940.60 Why I’m Excited About This MarketBy Rick RuleAfter a reasonably long period of sustained and occasionally dramatic escalations, commodity markets in general, and precious metals markets in particular, have declined. This is normal and healthy behavior, even if it is uncomfortable for some market participants. Readers with a long memory will remember the 1970s gold bull market, where the gold price advanced from $35 to $850 per ounce – though in 1975, in the middle of that epic bull market, the gold price declined by 50%. While a 50% decline is a near-religious event for many market participants, particularly those on margin, it is instructive to note that at the bottom of the retrenchment the gold price was up threefold from its $35 low, and that gold went on to increase eightfold in price after the bull market resumed. It is thus important to recognize that cyclical retrenchments are a normal and healthy feature of a secular gold bull market.Readers should consider whether the reasons for the gold market are intact. Has gold’s decline made it more likely that sovereign debts can be serviced or that unfunded obligations can be met? Does it mean that insolvent banks are now healthy? Does it mean that creating trillions of unbacked dollars and euros and renminbi will have no consequences? Of course not. We are simply uncomfortable with volatility.Gold’s Current WeaknessLet’s examine some factors that may have contributed to gold’s current weakness and think about the probabilities of those factors contributing to further weakening in the gold price.For the past ten or twelve years, the gold price has been in a steady state of advance. In the near term, some participants probably took some profits, and high prices also probably contributed to demand destruction in industrial fabrication and jewelry demand. A softening of the gold price is likely to reverse the effects of price-induced conservation and substitution, even while investment demand, measured by gold funds and the ETF industry, continues to be strong.Equity and debt markets appear to be stabilizing as a consequence of quantitative easing in Europe, the US, and China, and the apparent easing of concerns in Greece. This flood of liquidity has forced interest rates down as well as bond and deposit yields, pushing savers into longer durations and riskier instruments – including equities – and lowering servicing costs for debtors, which in turn has lowered perceptions of default risk. The markets appear more confident, and hence gold’s attractiveness as insurance is fading. Some of us believe that the root word of confidence is “con,” just as I believe the correct phrase for quantitative easing is “counterfeiting.” It would appear that in excess of $4 trillion of new currency units have been introduced into the system, with no concurrent increase in underlying wealth in the form of goods or services. This does not make me find gold less attractive relative to fiat currencies or sovereign debt. How about you?Physical demand in India and Vietnam has been constrained by excise and import taxes on gold in the case of India, and increased regulation in Vietnam. The constraints on physical demand in India has had an important impact on overall gold demand, and has become a hot political issue in India. Gold merchants were on strike concerning the excise tax, further constraining demand. It is worthy to note that South Asian societies have a deep-seated, cultural attraction to gold, and that the fairly recent removal of the taxes they just reinstated was a consequence of widespread smuggling and informal trading in gold. I suspect that central government interference in the Indian gold market will be ineffective and ultimately inconsequential.Small, commodity-oriented institutions such as hedge funds have experienced strong outflows of equity capital and constrained access to debt financing, which has caused them to engage in forced liquidation of precious metals holdings. This is true, and in my opinion will continue. I believe, however, that if black swan style events destabilize other markets, the gold ETF industry and gold trusts like Sprott Physical Gold will easily absorb the remaining institutional bullion hoards. Further, Sprott has firsthand knowledge of the strong interest among sovereign wealth funds in increasing their bullion holdings.Gold EquitiesSince late 2010, gold equities have underperformed the commodity, and this underperformance has continued, and perhaps increased, as the gold price has declined. These twin trends are uncomfortable to participants in the gold equities markets. Let’s examine some of the factors that may have contributed to the underperformance of gold equities relative to gold, and the probable consequence of current market conditions.It is important to remember that for much of the last decade gold equities outpaced gains in the metals. In fact, the escalations in gold equities pricing became so acute that Canadian analysts were describing companies selling at premiums to their net asset value as “undervalued,” because their premium to net asset value (i.e., what they are worth) was less than the industry standard. Always remember, markets work! This prior overvaluation was an important cause of the sector’s subsequent undervaluation. The expectations built into gold equities valuations, even relative to gold, were simply unsustainable. In particular, the valuations accorded the junior gold sector were best described as “a bubble in search of a pin.” The pin was found. History has shown that markets cure periods of overvaluation; and I suspect that they will also solve this period of undervaluation, relative to bullion, as well.The emergence of bullion-linked equity instruments like the Sprott Physical Gold Trust and the various Gold ETFs allowed securities investors a new, low-cost, convenient way to participate in the gold markets. These developments at once spurred demand for bullion to back these equity-like instruments and constrained demand for gold equities as investors switched from traditional gold equities to bullion-like equities. I believe this phenomenon was particularly evident as a consequence of the relative overvaluation of gold equities described in the preceding paragraph. Given that the relative attractiveness of bullion-like equities to traditional gold equities was greatest when the gold equities were overpriced relative to bullion, I suspect this attractiveness will lessen now that gold equities are more attractive relative to bullion.Gold equities were punished, both absolutely and relative to bullion, by their relative corporate underperformance. Many analysts, myself prominently among them, were dismayed at the gold mining industry’s abysmal corporate performance during the last decade. The industry’s operating cash generation in the face of a gold price escalation from $260 per ounce to over $1,200 per ounce was inexplicably poor. The companies’ continued equity issuances in the face of these increases in the gold price meant that existing holders were continually diluted, even as their earnings expectations were always disappointed. Investor fatigue – in fact, investor disgust – was the natural and healthy response to this performance.Now, even though equities prices continue to decline, corporate performance is increasing, and increasing dramatically. A cursory look at producers’ income statements tells a dramatic story: earnings and cash generation, on a per share basis, are rising in dramatic fashion. Capital expenditures are increasingly funded with internally generated cash rather than equity issuances or debt. In fact, even in the face of the gold equities decline, many gold producers are generating cash so fast that even after funding hefty capital budgets, they are able to return cash to shareholders in the form of stock buybacks and increased dividends.The JuniorsThe junior gold industry magnified these problems; and the market’s response has been proportionately dramatic. It is critical for gold stock speculators to remember that the junior market, in aggregate, is always overvalued. If we were to merge every gold junior in the world into one entity (let’s call it Junior Goldco), that company would lose (profits and corporate acquisitions less industry expenditures) somewhere between two billion and eight billion dollars per year. What should we pay for this enterprise – what is the correct price-loss ratio? Should the industry be priced at five times losses? Ten times losses? Higher?The performance of individual junior issuers often attracts unwitting capital to the entire sector, and that phenomenon never ends well. Many gold bugs decry government-sponsored inflation, the profligate issuance of un-backed fiat specie (quantitative easing), but ignore the fact that the private sector (in this case the TSX Venture Exchange) is better than the government at everything, including counterfeiting. Many speculators hoped that the junior markets would respond the way they did in the late 1970s where a genuine shortage of equity led to amazing share price escalations, but they ignore the fact that the regulatory and industry infrastructure now exists to print away any amount of speculative demand for the sector. Beginning in 2009, the junior industry drowned investor demand in newly issued equities at unsustainable prices. Speculators bought this paper without apparent regard to price or quality.How do we address this problem? It is already being addressed by price. The price declines in the TSX Venture have been spectacular, and investors who’ve lost 50% on their portfolios are unlikely to welcome the opportunity buy newly-issued loss opportunities. Just as the unwary speculators previously bought issues without regard to quality or price, they are now selling them without regard to quality or price. Remember that it is the incredible performance of a small number of individual issues that attracts capital to the whole sector, and we see several very promising juniors marked down like so many of the Vancouver frauds. When irrationally exuberant expectations give way to irrationally negative expectations, opportunity is born, and a correction is at hand.[Editor’s note: One of the best ways to profit from junior miners is to target those that are ripe for takeover. Right now we have our eyes on several especially appealing prospects.]Market Volatility and Institutional DisintermediationThe violent declines we observed in 2008 and the market volatility we experienced last year unnerved investors and speculators. These declines and volatile markets and a contraction in short term credits all contributed to unprecedented investor redemptions at hedge funds and mutual funds. The volatility we experienced has made individual investors cautious, constraining their participation in gold equities markets, and inclining them to “sit on the sidelines.” Institutional redemptions (disintermediation) have caused them to be strong net sellers. With constrained buying and forced selling, is it any wonder we experienced declining markets?It is my belief that this year we will experience much more of the volatility that shook markets last year. In fact, I believe the volatility index will be above thirty for extended periods of time. This volatility will change the dynamics of the markets in important ways, I believe for the better, but more on that later.Institutional disintermediation will continue, albeit at slower rates, given the smaller amounts of remaining assets. Mutual fund assets across all asset classes (except ETFs) have been static for some years, and other institutional pools outside Sovereign Wealth Funds and pension funds are showing similar declines. These changes in the nature of market participants and shifting market conditions will change the underlying market.Now the Good News: Discovery And ConsolidationThe markets are a lot less expensive than they were, and this can only be good news for buyers. Markets work, as we have said. Expensive markets collapse of their own weight, cheap markets rise as greed overwhelms fear. But I believe even better news is at hand for the intelligent and discerning investor and speculator. All gold equities have gone down, “the good, the bad, and the ugly.” But there is no requirement that readers confine their purchases to the bad and the ugly!One consequence of the long bull market we had in gold equities, in their overvaluations and in their continued equity issuances, is that literally billions of dollars have gone into exploration. While exploration is a risky business, and while most of the money was doubtlessly wasted, a substantial amount was well spent. For this reason I believe we are on the cusp of a very nice “discovery cycle.”As experienced junior gold speculators know, nothing adds to share value like discovery. Speculators will fondly remember hundredfold profits from discoveries like Diamond Fields and Arequipa. We are now truly in a discovery cycle, one fueled by sustained capital investments in unprecedented amounts. Better yet, we have been able to explore frontier terrain that was off limits due to politics or social turmoil. This will add spectacular real value, and this prospectivity is discounted in the current market.These discoveries will lead to corporate merger activities. The large intermediate and major mining companies need to acquire new economic projects in order to continue to exist. Every day they produce, their business gets smaller. The twenty-year “bear market” in gold equities that ended in 2002 constrained these companies’ ability to explore, so now they must acquire. As a consequence of the improved corporate cash-generating capabilities, they can afford to both acquire other companies as well as develop the projects they acquire. They can afford to acquire each other, too, eliminating wasteful duplicate general and administrative expenditures and enhancing shareholders’ returns.Discoveries and takeovers add liquidity and hope to a market lacking both.What To DoFirst, recognize that markets work, but only in the longer term. If you can’t handle that, find another avocation. The cure for low prices is low prices; the cure for high prices is high prices. In order to sell high, you must buy low. What is the appropriate response to a strong market? Sell! What is the appropriate response to a weak market? Buy! Be a contrarian or be a victim.Second, understand that the junior gold sector is a trap; it is valueless. Individual issues can make you fabulously wealthy, but the sector will inevitably bankrupt you if you buy the sector. Stock picking is the key.Next, don’t buy yesterday’s market. The institutional sector has challenges, like disintermediation, to overcome. The institutional momentum stocks that led the last rally, particularly the very large, low-grade, capital-intensive stories that appealed to the “leveraged to gold” crowd, will not work as well as the higher-grade deposits where return on capital employed will lead to a takeover. Where our ultimate buyer used to be a momentum- and liquidity-driven institution, our new exit will be a larger mining company.Understand that more of our profits will come from a smaller number of successful speculations. Discoveries and takeovers will lead to outsized gains while the remainder of the sector stagnates, at best. Differentiate qualitatively, prune your portfolio mercilessly, and act as a contrarian.Last, if you have the courage and the means, this could be an epic year for private placements. Issuers were reluctant to raise capital last year as a consequence of declining equity prices, but they continued to spend. They have, as an industry, pursued an illogical circular exercise: spending money to generate news… to increase share prices… to raise money. This year many will have to raise equity irrespective of market conditions, and the small institutions and mutual funds that funded them so generously in the past will probably be unable to do so in the future. Back only the best teams and good projects. And go for a warrant!While we may not enjoy the rewards for contrarian acquisitions this year, I am certain we will be well rewarded over time.[As always, if you feel our help would be useful in this process, please contact us at 800-477-7853, or on the web at www.sprottglobal.com. Note: Low-priced securities can be very risky. Trading in low-priced securities may result in the loss of part or all of your investment. Because of significant volatility, large dealer spreads, and very limited market liquidity, you may not be able to sell a low-priced security immediately back to the dealer at the same price it sold the stock to you. In some cases, the stock may fall quickly in value. International investing should be considered one component of a complete and diversified investment program. Investing in foreign markets entails greater risks than those normally associated with domestic markets, such as political, currency, economic and market risks. You should carefully consider whether trading in low priced and international securities is suitable for you in light of your circumstances and financial resources. This article is not an offer to buy or sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy or sell any securities or to participate in any particular trading strategy. Past performance is not a guarantee of future performance. Global, entities that it controls, family, friends, employees, associates, and others may hold positions in the securities it recommends to clients, and may sell the same at any time.]Gold and Silver HEADLINESHong Kong February Gold Flow to China Up 20% (CNBC)China’s gold imports from Hong Kong grew by 20% in February from the previous month. According to the Hong Kong Census and Statistics Department, 1.3 million troy ounces of gold were shipped to mainland China in February. Combined imports from the first two months of the year reached 2.3 million troy ounces, six times more than a year ago. And this is after Hong Kong gold imports to China totaled 13.8 million troy ounces in 2011, a threefold increase over the previous year. The all-time (so far) record monthly amount was recorded last November: 3.3 million troy ounces.China was responsible for 23.3% of global consumer demand for gold in 2011, and the uptrend shows no signs of slowing down.Gold May Fall Below $1,550 But Hit Record Highs by Year End (Kitco)When presenting the newly released Gold Survey 2012, GFMS’s head of metals analysts shared the company’s outlook on the gold price, which is bullish for the medium term in spite of the recent correction:We could easily see last September’s record high being taken out, and a push towards $2,000 is definitely in the cards before the year is out, although a clear breach of that mark is arguably a more likely event for the first half of next year.Yet in the short term, the firm expects a deeper correction: “The low $1,600s came as little surprise and it’s quite possible we’ll see a push even lower, perhaps below $1,550 in the next month or two.”The report outlines that gold supply continues rising as higher prices allow older projects to last longer and new ones to come online that may not have been feasible at lower prices. Global mine production grew 3% last year and reached a record high of roughly 100 million ounces.Analysts also expect investment demand for precious metal to remain high:There isn’t the same panic move into physical bars that we saw at times last year. That isn’t to say demand for physical bars and coins isn’t at what are still high levels historically, but we are seeing less strength than in the fourth quarter. Generally, investors are looking for the next big reason to make a more powerful move into gold.Among the drivers that will push investors into gold would be new fears over European sovereign debt, with Spain likely to be the new principal country of concern; or further monetary easing in the US, China, India, or Brazil.Central banks are bullish for gold, too: GFMS reports that the levels of gold purchases across the world are at generational highs.It’s clear that in spite of the recent drop in gold prices, this remains the bull market in which everyone wants to participate. 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