Opinion Lack of medal in Sochi disappointing shows need for improvement for

US forward Joe Pavelski (left) and goalie Jonathan Quick greet each other following their loss to Finland in the men’s Bronze Medal hockey game at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia, Feb. 22. Finland defeated the US, 5-0.Courtesy of MCTIt wasn’t supposed to end this way, was it?That’s the question every U.S. hockey fan was asking themselves after the men’s team was shut out by Canada Friday and then Finland Saturday to depart Sochi empty-handed.After three awesome performances in Group A of the Olympic Games — highlighted by a shootout win over host Russia — the Americans overpowered the Czech Republic to reach the semifinals against the Canadians. Everything was going according to plan.Then it all changed: two losses, no goals scored and an overwhelming sense of unfulfilled expectations.First came the frustration of Friday’s game against Canada, where those pesky neighbors to the north played a nearly flawless game, nullifying that esteemed American attack to win 1-0. Less than 24 hours later, with the disappointment of the semifinal defeat still clear for all to see, the U.S. sleepwalked through a 5-0 loss against Finland in the bronze medal game.A promising Olympic adventure ended in failure, with not even a consolation prize to help ease the pain. The chance was there. They just couldn’t take it.All of this seems that much more dispiriting because of the team’s incredible run four years ago in Vancouver, one that seemed like a seminal moment in U.S. hockey. Here was a youthful American team standing toe-to-toe with everyone it faced, even beating Canada in group play before losing to the same opponents in the gold medal game. Those silver medals the players received were more than just a reward for their efforts, they represented the growth of the American player in the NHL, a talented player on par with those produced in any other country.Naturally, many people saw this year’s games as another stepping stone in the United States’ ascent to the top of the international hockey mountain.This was supposed to be another memorable journey — and for the most part it was — but the margin between success and victory at the top level proved to be thin, and instead of the heroic exploits of 2010, it was the thwarted glory of 2014.Though, when viewed through the lens of history, the fourth place finish isn’t entirely surprising. Team USA men’s hockey team has only won two gold medals (1960, 1980) and hasn’t made it to the Olympic podium in consecutive Olympics since that win in Squaw Valley in 1960. The entire men’s ice hockey competition is also somewhat unpredictable, with Finland being the only country to medal in it each of the last three Olympics (Sochi, Vancouver and Turin).But none of those facts makes the reversal in fortunes of this year’s American team any harder to swallow. Neither does seeing Canada breeze past Sweden to win back-to-back gold medals.In the end, Team USA was still a misplayed puck or a goaltending error away from the gold medal game, but the reality is that they didn’t do enough to get there.Hopefully we will look back on Sochi as an anomaly, a time when things just didn’t click into place for the Americans. Or we could see it as indicative of the improvement Team USA still needs to make. Either way, expectations will once again be high when the men in red, white and blue take to the ice in PyeongChang, South Korea, in four years time.I see no reason as to why things won’t be better, but the uncertain nature of Olympic hockey makes me hesitant to make any predictions. All I know is that if you see someone watching the games with a look of pained anticipation, it will be me. I wouldn’t have it any other way. read more

JT Barrett off to recordsetting start for Ohio State

Redshirt-freshman quarterback J.T. Barrett waits for the snap during a game against Cincinnati on Sept. 27 at Ohio Stadium. OSU won, 50-28, behind 409 yards of total offense from Barrett.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen senior quarterback Braxton Miller went down with an injury during fall camp, the Ohio State football team turned to a redshirt-freshman who hadn’t taken a meaningful snap since high school.While there have been bumps in the road, that young quarterback — J.T. Barrett — has already accomplished things Miller never did for the Scarlet and Gray. Miller’s name could nearly fill its own record book, but Barrett ranks ahead of the veteran on multiple fronts just four games into his career.OSU coach Urban Meyer left some credit for the coaching staff when it comes to Barrett’s quick improvement, but also praised the signal caller’s ability to learn.“I think (I’m) not surprised by his development,” Meyer said after OSU’s 50-28 win against Cincinnati on Saturday. “I think (co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Tom Herman) is an excellent coach and he’s a very good student.”Barrett tied the school record for touchdown passes in a game when he threw six against Kent State — and had more than 300 yards in the air — before adding to his accomplishments with another record-setting night against Cincinnati. The Wichita Falls, Texas, native threw for 330 yards and four touchdowns and added 79 yards on the ground.That makes two consecutive games Barrett has thrown for more than 300 yards — something Miller hasn’t done in three seasons. Barrett’s 409 yards of total offense rank as the second-best in school history behind Art Schlichter’s 412 yards gained against Florida State in 1981. He also led the OSU offense to a school-record 45 first downs and the third best total output in OSU history of 710 yards.After his record-setting night, Barrett saved more of the praise for his offensive line, which gave him time in the pocket to complete 26 passes out of 36 attempts.“All the credit goes to the offensive line,” he said after the game. “They got it started for us and that’s what coach Meyer always talks about in relying on them to keep the offensive going.”Barrett said he still has a room for improvement, but recognized the strides he has made since first taking the field against Navy on Aug. 30.“I think coming into Navy I was trying to make sure everything was right,” he said after the Cincinnati game. “Knowing I make mistakes and then just learning from them throughout the game.”He went on to say he’s more worried about trusting his instincts instead of worrying about making mistakes, something Herman said he wanted the quarterback to focus on in practice before taking on the Bearcats.“Trusting what you see and pulling the trigger, it’s better to be early than to be late,” Herman said after the game. “I thought he did — just from my vantage point — better, (but) still could probably get better at that.”Barrett set personal career-highs for passing attempts, pass completions and passing yards in the game, and did it all without throwing an interception for the first time in his career.Regardless of those numbers, Herman said Barrett can improve on making quicker decisions, but added he saw a “vast improvement” in another part of the quarterback’s game.Herman said given Barrett’s 6-foot-1 frame, the signal-caller needs to hang back in the pocket more in order to be able to see over the line and make the correct decisions.“So we really worked on keeping him a little bit deeper in the pocket on some of our drop-back throws and I thought he did that tonight,” Herman said.Despite his big day, Barrett said he recognized the spots where he needs to improve, and added he is ready to get back to work to keep getting better.“There’s certain things that you know you need to execute on during the game and so you think about those more than the big plays,” he said. “Definitely going in (to practice Sunday) trying to correct the mistakes we made.”Through four games, Barrett has completed 70 passes out of 110 attempts for 1,087 yards and 13 touchdowns. He’s thrown five interceptions — three of which came against Virginia Tech on Sept. 6 — and gained another 205 yards on the ground with one additional touchdown.After a bye week before the Cincinnati game, the Buckeyes are set for a typical game week before taking the field again. OSU is scheduled to play Maryland next Saturday in College Park, Md., and kickoff is set for noon. read more

Verizon waiving some fees for fed workers hurt by shutdown

first_imgThe shutdown is the longest in US history. Getty Images Hit hard by the longest government shutdown in history? Verizon says it “has your back.” The carrier on Monday said it’s “waiving late fees and agent assist fees for federal government employees directly impacted for the duration of the shutdown. “We appreciate everything you do and we’ll continue to do what we can to help you stay connected,” Nancy Clark, Verizon’s senior vice president of customer support, said in a statement. Verizon says federal employee customers who aren’t getting paid can use its self-service tools or speak directly to a customer support rep by calling 1-866-266-1445. Last week, Verizon said government workers could use its Promise to Pay program and set up a date for future payment. Instructions for setting up Promise to Pay can be found here. Since Dec. 22, More than 800,000 federal employees have either been furloughed or are working without pay as President Donald Trump and congressional Democrats spar over $5.7 billion in funding for a wall on the US-Mexico border. The shutdown affects the departments of Homeland Security, Justice, State and Treasury as well as the Environmental Protection Agency and NASA.T-Mobile and AT&T both announced similar efforts last week. T-Mobile said customers affected by the partial shutdown can call T-Mobile Customer Care at 1-877-746-0909 to spread out or defer service payments. AT&T said its customer service team will work with customers to adjust late fees, provide extensions and revise payment schedules as long as the shutdown remains in effect. People who pay their bills online can click here to get started. DirecTV users can learn about flexible payment options here. Updated at 4:50 p.m. PT: Adds information about AT&T’s payment options.  Share your voice 0 Rylo Read the AirPods review Read the Rylo camera preview $155 at Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET Use promo code 19LABOR10 to get an unusually good deal on JBL’s interesting hybrid product — not quite headphones, and not quite a traditional speaker, but something you wear like neckphones to listen to music on the go. 0 Post a comment Other Labor Day sales you should check out Best Buy: In addition to some pretty solid MacBook deals that have been running for about a week already, Best Buy is offering up to 40% off major appliances like washers, dryers and stoves. There are also gift cards available with the purchase of select appliances. See it at Best BuyDell: Through Aug. 28, Dell is offering an extra 12% off various laptops, desktops and electronics. And check back starting Aug. 29 for a big batch of Labor Day doorbusters. See it at DellGlassesUSA: Aug. 29 – Sept. 3 only, you can save 65% on all frames with promo code labor65. See it at GlassesUSALenovo: The tech company is offering a large assortment of deals and doorbusters through Labor Day, with the promise of up to 56% off certain items — including, at this writing, the IdeaPad 730S laptop for $700 (save $300).See it at LenovoLensabl: Want to keep the frames you already love and paid for? Lensabl lets you mail them in for new lenses, based on your prescription. From now through Sept. 2 only, you can save 20% on the blue light-blocking lens option with promo code BLOCKBLUE. See it at LensablSears: Between now and Sept. 7, you can save up to 40% on appliances (plus an additional 10% if you shop online), up to 60% on mattresses, up to 50% on Craftsman products and more. The store is also offering some fairly hefty cashback bonuses. See it at SearsNote: This post was published previously and is continuously updated with new information.CNET’s Cheapskate scours the web for great deals on tech products and much more. For the latest deals and updates, follow the Cheapskate on Facebook and Twitter. Questions about the Cheapskate blog? Find the answers on our FAQ page, and find more great buys on the CNET Deals page. See It $520 at HP Best Buy Sarah Tew/CNET See It Free Echo Dot with an Insignia or Toshiba TV (save $50) Lenovo 130-15AST 15.6-inch laptop: $210 (save $90) Read Google Home Hub review Though not technically a Labor Day sale, it’s happening during Labor Day sale season — and it’s too good not to share. Nationwide Distributors, via Google Express, has just about the best AirPods deal we’ve seen (when you apply promo code ZBEDWZ at checkout). This is for the second-gen AirPods with the wireless charging case. Can’t imagine these will last long at this price, so if you’re interested, act fast. $261 at Daily Steals via Google Express Sarah Tew/CNET JBL Soundgear wearable speaker: $90 (save $160) Tags $210 at Best Buy $6 at Tidal DJI Osmo Action camera: $261 (save $89) Turo Apple iPhone XS Tidal 3-month family subscription: $5.99 (save $54) Turo is kind of like Uber meets Airbnb: You borrow someone’s car, but you do all the driving. I’ve used it many times and found it a great alternative to traditional car-rental services — in part because you get to choose exactly the vehicle you want (not just, say, “midsize”) and in part because you can often do pickup and dropoff right outside baggage claim.Between now and Sept. 1, the first 300 people to check out can get $30 off any Turo rental with promo code LDW30. Mobile Tech Industry The Cheapskate What’s cooler: A snapshot of a firework exploding in front of you, or full 360-degree video of all the fireworks and all the reactions to seeing them? Oooh, ahhh, indeed. At $250, the compact Rylo dual-lens camera is selling for its lowest price yet. And for an extra $50, you can get the bundle that includes the waterproof housing.This deal runs through Sept. 3; it usually costs $500. $90 at Daily Steals via Google Express Boost Mobile See it T-Mobile Verizon,I’m shocked — shocked! — to learn that stores are turning Labor Day into an excuse to sell stuff. Wait — no, I’m not. As much as I respect the original intent of the holiday (which became official back in 1894), to most of us, it’s just a bonus day off — one that’s blissfully tacked onto a weekend. So, yeah, stores; go ahead, run your sales. I’m listening. Perhaps unsurprisingly, Labor Day doesn’t bring out bargains to compete with the likes of Black Friday (which will be here before you know it), but there are definitely some sales worth your time.For example:We’ve rounded up the best Labor Day mattress deals.We’ve also gathered the best Labor Day laptop deals at Best Buy.The 2019 Vizio P Series Quantum is back under $999.Be sure to check out Amazon’s roughly three dozen Labor Day deals on TVs and audio. Google Express is having a big sale as well, one that includes deals on game consoles, AirPods, iPhones, laptops and more.Below I’ve rounded up a handful of individual items I consider to be the cream of the crop, followed by a handy reference guide to other Labor Day sales. Keep in mind, of course, that products may sell out at any time, even if the sale itself is still running. Note that CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page. $59 at eBaycenter_img Lenovo Smart Clock: $59.99 (save $20) Chris Monroe/CNET $999 Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray) Rylo 5.8K 360 Video Camera: $250 (save $250) DJI’s answer to GoPro’s action cameras is rugged little model that’s shockproof, dustproof and waterproof down to 11 meters. It normally runs $350, but this deal drops it to $261 when you apply promo code 19LABOR10 at checkout. Angela Lang/CNET Spotify and most other streaming services rely on compressed audio, which robs the listener of full fidelity. Enter Tidal, the only “major” service that delivers lossless audio — meaning at least on par with CD quality, if not better. Want to see (er, hear) the difference for yourself? Grab this excellent extended trial while you can. It’s just $6 for three months, and it’s good for up to six listeners. Turo: Save $30 on any car rental Best laptops for college students: We’ve got an affordable laptop for every student. Best live TV streaming services: Ditch your cable company but keep the live channels and DVR. See It Formerly known as the Google Home Hub, Google’s Nest Hub packs a wealth of Google Assistant goodness into a 7-inch screen. At $59, this is within a buck of the best price we’ve seen. It lists for $129 and sells elsewhere in the $89-to-$99 range.This is one item of many available as part of eBay’s Labor Day Sale (which, at this writing, doesn’t specifically mention Labor Day, but that’s how it was pitched to us). An Echo Dot makes a fine match for any Fire edition TV, because you can use the latter to say things like, “Alexa, turn on the TV.” Right now, the 24-inch Insignia Fire TV Edition starts at just $100, while the 32-inch Toshiba Fire TV Editions is on sale for $130. Just add any Fire TV Edition to your cart, then add a third-gen Echo Dot, and presto: The latter is free. Share your voice $60 at Best Buy Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X HP Laptop 15t Value: $520 (save $780) $999 Read DJI Osmo Action preview $299 at Amazon See at Turo Sprint Read Lenovo Smart Clock review $999 See at Amazon Google Nest Hub: $59 (save $70) The problem with most entry-level laptops: They come with mechanical hard drives. That makes for a mighty slow Windows experience. This Lenovo model features a 128GB solid-state drive, so it should be pretty quick to boot and load software, even with its basic processor. Plus, it has a DVD-burner! That’s not something you see in many modern laptops, especially at this price. Post a comment Tags Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR Recently updated to include digital-photo-frame capabilities, the Lenovo Smart Clock brings Google Assistant goodness to your nightstand. It’s a little smaller than the Amazon Echo Show 5, but also a full $30 less (and tied with Prime Day pricing) during this Best Buy Labor Day sale. I thought this might be a mistake, but, no, the weirdly named HP Laptop 15t Value is indeed quite the value at this price. Specs include an Intel Core i7 processor, 12GB of RAM, a 256GB solid-state drive and a 15.6-inch display. However, I strongly recommend paying an extra $50 to upgrade that display to FHD (1,920×1,080), because you’re not likely to be happy with the native 1,366×768 resolution. Apple AirPods with Wireless Charging Case: $155 (save $45) CNET may get a commission from retail offers. $999 Sarah Tew/CNET TVs Speakers Mobile Accessories Cameras Laptops Automobiles Smart Speakers & Displays Amazonlast_img read more

Rape case withdrawn on governments decision

first_imgSixteen years ago a teenage girl rape victim in Dhaka’s Keraniganj area filed a case. The police arrested four miscreants including the main accused and sent them to jail. The victim who is very poor also gave a statement before a magistrate at the court.However, in the ninth year, as the public prosecutor upon the decision of home ministry decided against continuing the case, it was withdrawn from Dhaka’s Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 1. Earlier the girl and her family agreed to a compromise after being threatened by the accused.The girl is now a housewife. Last October, this correspondent traced her address. She told Prothom Alo that when she was bathing in the nearby Dhaleshwari river, five neighbours including Billal Hossain raped her.The rape case was filed with Keraniganj police station on 21 July 2002. Next year, sub-inspector of Keraniganj police station Abdul Kader gave charge sheet against four accused- Billal, Iqbal, Mursalin and Abul Hossain after investigating the case.On 22 March 2003, the case was sent to Women and Children Repression Prevention Tribunal 1. However, in 2010, the home ministry decided to withdraw the case. On7 October that year, the then assistant secretary of home ministry Mohammad Abu Sayed Molla sent a letter to the inspector general, Dhaka’s superintendent of police and the public prosecutor. He wrote:  “It has been decided not to continue the case.” He asked them to take necessary measures in this regard.As per section 494 of Code of Criminal Procedure, the public prosecutor can backtrack from any case after taking permission from the court. In that case, the accused are freed. It is written in the registrar of the tribunal that the case was withdrawn by the home ministry on 6 January 2011.The Awami League government after assuming office in 2009 decided to withdraw cases filed “under political consideration” against its leaders and activists during the previous government. A committee formulated by the home ministry withdrew 7,000 cases during 2009 to 2013.There were allegations of irregularities about preparing the list of the cases that were withdrawn. Many rape and murder cases were included in the list and this created controversy. The process was stalled after the controversy. A Prothom Alo investigation last year shows that the accused Billal got bail from the court and he does not live in this area at the moment. The rest of the accused are now outside the country.The victim girl does not know about this fate of the case. She also does not know whether the accused are involved in politics or not. She can only remember that a few years back when the accused were freed from the court, they put huge pressure on them.She said that they are poor. A local leader and influential people put huge pressure on them to compromise. At one point, she and her family members had no other option but to compromise. They were given around Tk 15,000 or Tk 20,000.The family is still poor. All their neighbours have electricity connections but they still use oil lamps.     “We went to every place from police station, hospital and court to get justice. Later, we saw no other option but to compromise,” said the mother of the victim.The victim said, “The poor have no other option but to compromise.” *This report, originally published in Prothom Alo print edition, has been rewritten in English by Mushfique Wadud.last_img read more

The stage is a maze of the most sophisticated elec

first_img The stage is a maze of the most sophisticated electronic boards and instruments, and a terrific group of musicians. [Photo & text: sa] October 9, 2004 For the second year, the Colly Soleri Music Center hosts DIFFERENT SKIES, a electronic space music festival, a workshop for artists in these and related experimental music genres. The intensive workshop is a week long with sessions and concerts by different combinations of the attending artists. This afternoon a group of young students from the neighboring Orme School attend a concert followed by an instructional session. [Photo & text: sa] During the instruction, Different Skies organizer Mike Metlay explains the individual instruments, while video artist David Tristran films the respective musician in action. The video is translated on to the big screen for all the students to see. >>right>> For the demonstration, Arcosanti resident Stephen Kelly performs one of his rap-songs. [Photo & text: sa] center_img After the concert and demonstration, the students are invited to the stage to talk with the artists. October 9., this Saturday evening at 7:30, will be a series of performances by Different Skies musicians at the Colly Soleri Music Center. This is preceded by one of the special concert gourmet dinners of chef Eleanor Gillis. You don’t want to miss this! [Photo & text: sa]last_img read more

Michigan Association of Counties awards Rep Price as County Advocate

first_img07Apr Michigan Association of Counties awards Rep. Price as County Advocate Categories: News The Michigan Association of Counties (MAC) presented state Rep. Amanda Price with its 2015 County Advocate Award.“MAC serves a vital role as the voice of our local communities and county commissioners and I’m honored to have been selected for this award,” said Rep. Price, R-Park Township. “My experience working in local government has helped me understand how essential it is for local leaders and state legislators to create a strong partnership and work together to represent the people of Michigan.”The MAC represents county commissioners in the state of Michigan and is a nonpartisan and nonprofit organization directed at advancing education, cooperation and communication among county government officials.The County Advocate Award is presented annually to legislators who have a history of working closely with and showing strong support for county interests.Rep. Price can be contacted toll-free at 888-238-1008 or by email at [email protected]###last_img read more

Russian pay TV operator NTV has added kids channe

first_imgRussian pay TV operator NTV+ has added kids channel KidsCo to its programming line-up.The channel will be available in the operator’s Light West, Basic and Basic Plus packages. The channel will include a range of animated content as well as a SyFy Kids branded block.last_img

I sincerely hope you and all of yours have a fanta

first_img I sincerely hope you and all of yours have a fantastic holiday season. I’m very excited about 2015. If you haven’t seen my 25% guarantee, you’ll want to take a look at it. I’ve upped the ante here at Casey Research with this offer: if you don’t make at least 25% on this one stock by Thanksgiving of 2015 (November 26), you’ll get 100% of your money back—no questions asked. That’s a bold move, yes. I’ve personally put a lot of money on this one, and I think it’s a must-own stock for any serious speculator. Before I get started, on behalf of everyone at Casey Research, I’d like to wish all of you a happy holiday season. This is the last Casey Daily Dispatch of the year—it will return next Friday, January 2, with another thought-provoking subject from Paul Rosenberg. We thank you for reading and sharing these columns. Whenever some big news involving Russia or Putin hits the wires, I get media requests from around the world. This past week was exactly that, and one particular interview stood out in my mind. I was interviewed by someone I’ve never been interviewed by before—and David Knight did a fantastic job. He did his homework, hit me with some tough questions, and the end result is one of the best interviews I’ve done.last_img read more

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first_img Recommended Link Justin’s note: Opportunities to make 50 times your money don’t come around often. But right now, one is staring us in the face. Today, we’re sharing a special essay from Casey Research founder Doug Casey. In it, Doug explains the rare opportunity shaping up in the gold market. As you’ll see, gold stocks could deliver historic gains in the years ahead…and now is the time to take advantage… By Doug Casey, founder, Casey Research My regular readers know why I believe the gold price is poised to move from its current level of around $1,250 per ounce to $1,500… $2,000… and eventually past $3,000. Right now, we are exiting the eye of the giant financial hurricane that we entered in 2007, and we’re going into its trailing edge. It’s going to be much more severe, different, and longer lasting than what we saw in 2008 and 2009. In a desperate attempt to stave off a day of financial reckoning during the 2008 financial crisis, global central banks began printing trillions of new currency units. The printing continues to this day. And it’s not just the Federal Reserve that’s doing it: it’s just the leader of the pack. The U.S., Japan, Europe, China… all major central banks are participating in the biggest increase in global monetary units in history. These reckless policies have produced not just billions, but trillions in malinvestment that will inevitably be liquidated. This will lead us to an economic disaster that will in many ways dwarf the Great Depression of 1929–1946. Paper currencies will fall apart, as they have many times throughout history. This isn’t some vague prediction about the future. It’s happening right now. The Canadian dollar has lost 33% of its value since 2013. The Australian dollar has lost 27% of its value during the same time. The Japanese yen and the euro have crashed in value. And the U.S. dollar is currently just the healthiest horse on its way to the glue factory. These moves show that we’re in the early stages of a currency crisis. But if you make the right moves, you could actually make windfall gains instead of suffering losses. Here’s how to do it… The huge winner during this crisis will be the only currency that has real value: gold. Gold has been used as money for thousands of years because it has a unique combination of qualities. Very briefly, it’s durable, easily divisible, convenient to carry, consistent around the world, and has value in and of itself. Just as important, governments can’t create gold out of thin air. It’s the only financial asset that’s not simultaneously someone else’s liability. When people wake up and realize that most banks and governments are bankrupt, they’ll flock to gold… just as they’ve done for centuries. Gold will rise multiples of its current value. I expect a 200% rise from current levels, at the minimum. There are many reasons, which we don’t have room to cover here, why gold could see a 400% or 500% gain. This should produce a corresponding bull market in gold stocks… perhaps of a magnitude we’ve never seen. A true mania for gold stocks could develop over the coming years. This could make anyone who buys gold stocks at their current depressed levels very rich. What History Teaches Us About Great Speculations Many of the best speculations have a political element to them. Governments are constantly creating distortions in the market, causing misallocations of capital. Whenever possible, the speculator tries to find out what these distortions are, because their consequences are predictable. They result in trends you can bet on. Because you can almost always count on the government to do the wrong thing, you can almost always safely bet against them. It’s as if the government were guaranteeing your success. The classic example, not just coincidentally, concerns gold. The U.S. government suppressed its price for decades while creating huge numbers of dollars before it exploded upward in 1971. Speculators who understood some basic economics positioned themselves accordingly. Over the next nine years, gold climbed more than 2,000% and many gold stocks climbed by more than 5,000%. The strategy that doesn’t work 99% of the time produces $2,100,000 A weird, newly revealed strategy could have made you $2.1 million DESPITE the fact that it doesn’t work on 99% of the stocks in the market. This strategy only works with a very, very small sub-niche of penny stocks, but it’s useless with blue chips, ETFs, dividend and tech stocks. However, within that small sub-niche, historical analysis shows this strategy would have a 95% accuracy rate and deliver average gains of 106%. Here’s the entire scoop on this unusual strategy, along with what specific sector of the market it profits from… Governments are constantly manipulating and distorting the monetary situation. Gold in particular, as the market’s alternative to government money, is always affected by that. So gold stocks are really a way to short government — or go long on government stupidity, as it were. The bad news is that governments act chaotically, spastically. The beast jerks to the tugs on its strings held by various puppeteers. But while it’s often hard to predict price movements in the short term, the long term is a near certainty. You can bet confidently on the end results of chronic government monetary stupidity. Mining stocks are extremely volatile for that very same reason. That’s good news, however, because volatility makes it possible, from time to time, to get not just doubles or triples but 10-baggers, 20-baggers, and even 100-to-1 shots. When gold starts moving higher, it’s going to direct a lot of attention towards gold stocks. When people get gold fever, they are not just driven by greed, they’re usually driven by fear as well, so you get both of the most powerful market motivators working for you at once. It’s a rare class of securities that can benefit from fear and greed at once. Remember that the Fed‘s pumping-up of the money supply ignited a huge bubble in tech stocks in the late ‘90s, and then an even more massive global bubble in real estate that burst in 2008. But they’re still creating tons of dollars. This will inevitably ignite other asset bubbles. Where? I can’t say for certain, but I say the odds are extremely high that as gold goes up, a lot of this funny money is going to pour into these gold stocks, which are not just a microcap area of the market but a nanocap area of the market. The combined market capitalization of the 10 biggest U.S.-listed gold stocks is less than 6% of the size of Facebook. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again: When the public gets the bit in its teeth and wants to buy gold stocks, it’s going to be like trying to siphon the contents of the Hoover Dam through a garden hose. Gold stocks, as a class, are going to be explosive. Now, you’ve got to remember that most of them are junk. Most will never, ever find an economical deposit. But it’s hopes and dreams that drive them, not reality, and even those without merit can still go up 10, 20, or 30 times your entry price. And companies that actually have the goods can go much higher than that. You buy gold, the metal, because you’re prudent. It’s for safety, liquidity, insurance. The gold stocks, even though they explore for or mine gold, are at the polar opposite of the investment spectrum; you buy them for their extreme volatility, and the chance they offer for spectacular gains. It’s rather paradoxical, actually. Why Gold Stocks Are an Ideal “Asymmetric Bet” Because these stocks have the potential to go 10, 50, or even 100 times your entry price, they offer something called “asymmetry.” You probably learned about symmetry in grade school. It’s when the parts of something have equal form and size. For example, cut a square in half and the two parts are symmetrical. Symmetry is attractive in some forms. The more symmetrical someone’s face is, the more physically attractive they are considered to be. Symmetry is often attractive in architecture. But when it comes to investing and speculating in the financial markets, the expert financial operator eschews symmetry. Symmetry is for suckers. The expert financial operator hunts for extreme asymmetry. An asymmetric bet is one where the potential upside of a position greatly exceeds its potential downside. If you risk $1 for the chance of making $20, you’re making an asymmetric bet. Amateur investors too often risk 100% of their money in the pursuit of a 10% return. These are horrible odds. But the financially and statistically illiterate take them. You might do better in a casino or most sports betting. It’s one of the key reasons most people struggle in the market. I’ve always been more attracted to asymmetric bets… where I stand a good chance of making 10, 50, even 100 times the amount I’m risking. I’m not interested in even bets. I’m only taking the field if my potential upside is much, much greater than my potential downside. Because of the extreme asymmetry gold stocks offer—because of their extreme upside potential when they’re cheap—you don’t have to take a big position in them to make a huge impact on your net worth. A modest investment of $25,000 right now could turn into $500,000 in five years. It has happened before and it will happen again. Right now gold stocks are near a historic low. I’m buying them aggressively. At this point, it’s possible that the shares of a quality exploration company or a quality development company (i.e., one that has found a deposit and is advancing it toward production) could still go down 10, 20, 30, or even 50 percent. But there’s an excellent chance that the same stock will go up by 10, 50, or even 100 times. I hate to use such hard-to-believe numbers, but that is the way this market works. When the coming resource bubble is ignited, the odds are excellent we’ll be laughing all the way to the bank in a few years. No one, including me, knows that the Mania Phase is just around the corner. But I’ve operated in this market for over 40 years. This is a very reasonable time to be buying these stocks. And it’s absolutely a good time to start educating yourself about them. There’s an excellent chance a truly massive bubble is going to be ignited in this area. If so, the returns are going to be historic. Regards, Doug Casey Founder, Casey Research Justin’s note: Casey Research’s resident gold stock specialist, Louis James, has just unveiled a proprietary strategy for selecting small gold stocks. Over a 30-year historical backtest, the strategy had a 95% success rate. Remarkably, the strategy even produced winning plays during gold’s $700 drop from 2011 to 2015. So, if the Mania Phase Doug predicts takes off, the asymmetrical gains you’ll see from these small gold stocks could hand you 10, 50, or even 100 times your money. Here, I explain the full story on Louis’ strategy so you can review it for yourself…center_img — Ledbetter Lee’s 1906 penny stock secret Ledbetter Lee worked with the legendary Rockefeller family in the early 20th century, though he’s all but forgotten by history. Despite that, Ledbetter’s creation helps predict which tiny penny stocks will go up. In fact, historical analysis shows this little-used tool would have helped produce gains of 291%… 327%… 674%… 345%… and 236%. Here’s how… — Recommended Linklast_img read more

Hoosier firefighters have greater risk of dying from cancer than nonfirefighters

first_img Source:https://news.iu.edu/stories/2018/12/iupui/releases/03-hoosier-firefighters-cancer-cardiovascular-mortality.html Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Dec 3 2018Hoosier firefighters face a significantly higher risk of dying from cancer than non-firefighters in Indiana, according to a study that shows death from malignant cancers was the leading cause of death for Indiana firefighters between 1985 and 2013.Of 2,818 Indiana firefighters who died between 1985 and 2013, 30.4 percent died from malignant cancers. The study found the firefighters experienced an estimated 20 percent increase in the odds of dying due to malignant cancers compared to non-firefighters.This study is unique in that it is one of the first to match an exposed firefighter population to an independent comparison group of non-firefighters from a general population.Related StoriesResearchers identify potential drug target for multiple cancer typesAdding immunotherapy after initial treatment improves survival in metastatic NSCLC patientsLiving with advanced breast cancerThe research findings are in the paper “Excess mortality among Indiana firefighters, 1985-2013,” which was published in the American Journal of Industrial Medicine.”The purpose of this study was to examine patterns of chronic disease deaths among Indiana firefighters from 1985 to 2013 compared to non-firefighters,” said Carolyn Muegge, a doctoral candidate in the Richard M. Fairbanks School of Public Health at IUPUI, who is also a research scientist at the National Institute for Public Safety Health in Indianapolis and first author on the paper.”Firefighters are exposed to toxic agents, increasing their risk for cancer and cardiovascular disease,” Muegge said. “We examined the odds of cancer and cardiovascular mortality of firefighters relative to a matched group of non-firefighters from the general population.”To compare firefighters and non-firefighters, each firefighter death record was matched to four non-firefighter death records by age at time of death, sex, race, ethnicity and year of death.Heart disease was the second leading cause of firefighters’ deaths, accounting for 824, or 29.2 percent, of the deaths. There was no difference in the odds of death due to cardiovascular diseases between firefighters and non-firefighters.When the causes of deaths of firefighters between 1983 and 2013 are looked at in five-year increments, research shows heart disease had been the leading cause of Indiana firefighters’ deaths until 1995, when “the burden of cancer significantly surpassed heart disease,” the paper stated.Heart disease was the leading cause of death in the non-firefighter comparison group, at 29.6 percent, followed by malignant cancers at 27.1 percent.According to the researchers, the leading cause of firefighter deaths — cancer and heart disease — underscore the need for implementing and expanding cancer and heart disease risk factor reduction programs and policies for firefighters.last_img read more