Los Angeles: Actors Keanu Reeves and Carrie-Anne Moss are returning for the fourth installment of the Matrix franchise, which will be helmed by Lana Wachowski. Wachowski is set to write and direct a fourth science fiction film set in the world of The Matrix, with Reeves and Moss reprising their roles as Neo and Trinity, respectively, reports variety.com. Production company Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures will produce and globally distribute the film. Warner Bros. Picture Group chairman Toby Emmerich made the announcement recently. According to sources, the film is expected to begin production in the beginning of 2020.
APTN National NewsOntario’s environment commissioner is taking the province to task over its handling of environmental issues in the area known as ‘The Ring of Fire’.Gord Miller says Ontario is not fulfilling it’s duty to assess the environmental impact of the proposed mining development in northern Ontario.APTN’s Delaney Windigo has more.
OTTAWA – Finance Minister Bill Morneau will provide an update Wednesday on the status of his talks with Kinder Morgan to expedite the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion — but he is not expected to announce a deal.Rather, Morneau is expected to articulate the broad strokes of how Ottawa sees a deal coming together — setting forth the federal Liberal government’s principles, values and goals that could form the basis of an eventual agreement.Morneau had been engaged in intensive talks with Kinder Morgan officials up until Tuesday, but the two sides have yet to declare any common ground on the amount of federal money involved.The finance minister’s very public display, which comes the day before the company’s annual meeting in Calgary, is likely to put additional pressure on the company.Amid mounting opposition from the B.C. government, environmental groups and protesters, not to mention skittish investors, Kinder Morgan halted all non-essential spending on its $7.4-billion plan to double an existing pipeline between Edmonton and Burnaby, B.C., and gave Ottawa until the end of May to broker some calm.Earlier Tuesday, before Morneau’s news conference — scheduled for 9 a.m. ET — was announced, Trudeau was in Calgary, trying to convince skeptical Albertans to believe his latest mantra: that the pipeline will be built.“Let’s be honest about these things. I don’t think there is anything that I can say that would reassure some of my critics who have such little faith in my government getting anything done for Alberta,” he said.“I don’t think there’s any magic phrase I can say that will have critics and skeptics put down their criticism and say, ‘You know what? The prime minister reassured me today.’”As Trudeau spoke, a small group of protesters were heard shouting, “Build KM” and “Build that pipe.”Morneau’s talks with Kinder Morgan had their genesis a month ago, when Trudeau promised to deploy both financial and legislative tools to ensure the disputed expansion is able to proceed.During a remarkable eight-hour stopover in the national capital, an unscheduled break from a busy overseas travel itinerary, Trudeau convened a summit in Ottawa with B.C.’s John Horgan, who has staked his government’s survival on opposing the pipeline, and Alberta Premier Rachel Notley, whose province’s economic health depends on it.Trudeau instructed Morneau to sit down with Kinder Morgan to find a financial solution that would soothe their investors. He also promised legislation that would reaffirm Ottawa’s authority to press ahead with a development deemed to be in Canada’s national interest.The Liberal government position is that it approved the project in 2016 after a rejigged environmental assessment and Indigenous consultation process, and in concert with the its climate change and oceans protection plan. Approval came in consultation with the previous B.C. Liberal government, which gave its consent to the project after its own conditions were met.Horgan’s election last year changed that. His minority government exists at the pleasure of the Green party, and on condition of his continued opposition to the project.Note to readers: This is a corrected story. The previous version suggested the Kinder Morgan annual meeting is tomorrow instead of today.
GRANDE PRAIRIE, A.B. – Grande Prairie RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in locating Christopher Orford (20).He was last seen in the Grande Prairie area on February 19, 2019.Orford is described as: AboriginalBlack HairBrown eyes6’0″‘165lbsWearing coverallsTattoo on left arm of roses and the word JoyThere is a concern for Orford’s well-being.The RCMP would like to locate and speak with him as soon as possible. If you have any information about his whereabouts, you are asked to call the Grande Prairie RCMP Detachment at 780-830-5700 or CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.
For more information and to order #NoHotPets decals; CLICK HERESigns of Heatstroke in dogs from the BC SPCA;Signs of heatstroke include exaggerated panting (or the sudden stopping of panting), rapid or erratic pulse, salivation, anxious or staring expression, weakness and muscle tremors, lack of coordination, convulsions or vomiting, and collapse.If the animal is showing signs of heatstroke and you’re able to safely and lawfully move the animal out of the vehicle, do the following: Move the animal to a cool, shady place.Wet the animal with cool water. Do not apply ice as this will constrict blood flow and discourage cooling.Fan the animal to promote evaporation. This cools the blood, helping to reduce the animal’s core temperature.Allow the animal to drink some cool water (or to lick ice cream if no water is available).Take the dog to a veterinarian as soon as possible for further treatment. VANCOUVER, B.C. – With the summer season here, the BC SPCA has launched a #NoHotPets campaign to urge dog owners to keep their pets safe at home and not leaving pets in hot cars.As summer temperatures can be deadly, especially for dogs left in parked vehicles, the non-profit animal welfare society is reminding pet owners of the dangers of animals left in hot vehicles. The BC SPCA has launched the #NoHotPets campaign to inform people of the dangers of dogs in hot cars, steps to take if you see an animal in distress and free car decals people can request to help spread the word and save lives.“Every year our constables receive hundreds of calls to rescue dogs in distress in hot vehicles,” says Lorie Chortyk, general manager of communications for the BC SPCA. “Sadly, some dogs have already died by the time we are called. It is so tragic because it is a completely preventable death.”Chortyk says many dog owners don’t realize how quickly their cars can become a death trap for their pet. “Even on a cloudy day, parked in the shade with the windows rolled down, a vehicle can reach temperatures that put animals in peril in just 10 minutes,” she says. “Dogs can’t release heat from their bodies in the same way that humans can – they can only dissipate heat by panting and through the pads of their paws – so their internal temperatures reach dangerous levels very quickly.”Chortyk says even leaving the air conditioning on in a car is no guarantee that your pet is safe. “These systems have been known to break down, with tragic results.”The following steps are recommended by the BC SPCA if people see an animal in a hot car;Note the license plate, vehicle colour, make and model and ask managers of nearby businesses to page the owner to return to their vehicle immediately.If the animal is in distress, call the police, RCMP, local animal control agency or the BC SPCA call centre at 1-855-622-7722 as soon as possible. The call centre is open seven days a week, Monday to Friday from 9:00 AM to 5:30 PM, and Saturdays and Sunday between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM. Emergencies outside of those hours should be reported to your local police department or RCMP.“We also encourage people to keep our call centre number in their phones so they can access it easily if they see an emergency situation,” says Chortyk. “Members of the public should not attempt to break a window to free a pet themselves. Not only can this be dangerous for the animals if they are struck by glass, but it is also illegal and puts the Good Samaritan on the wrong side of the law.”
The NRRM will MEANINGFULLY ENGAGE with its residents, understand and respond to the communities, FOSTERING CONNECTION between community and Council. The NRRM will ENGAGE and EMPOWER communities, ensuring ADEQUATE REPRESENTATION in decisions affecting the region. Environment The NRRM will DEMONSTRATE LEADERSHIP (through promotion, education, support and innovation) in meeting the targets established within the Municipality’s sustainability strategies. Infrastructure The NRRM will make INFORMED DECISIONS regarding the building, operation, maintenance, renewal, replacement and disposal of infrastructure assets “Council has a roadmap to help direct efforts toward the projects that will best achieve the needs of our municipality. We intend to ensure that we concentrate on building a resilient region that balances economic and social well-being of the people that live here,” said Mayor Gary Foster. “Reflecting community needs for the term of Council. These priorities will guide every aspect of municipal budgets, goals, objectives and actions. The culmination of extensive deliberations by Regional Council over the past several months.” The NRRM will confirm that initiatives are centred on the goals within the Strategic Plan, reporting to Council periodically to measure progress towards the Council’s objectives. Regional Council is now reviewing actions and measures to complete the plan.Regional Council has updated its vision from the previous iteration to state; “The NRRM will be resilient – using available resources to maintain balance across the economic, social and environmental wellbeing of the community. With diverse choices and ample opportunities for employment, education, recreation, housing and health and wellness services, the Northern Rockies will thrive. We will proudly embrace the character of our unique northern communities and create innovative solutions that enhance our quality of life.” The Plan is built within a framework of the following Core Values: FORT NELSON, B.C. – The Northern Rockies Regional Council has approved its 2019-2022 Strategic Plan. The Strategic Plan for the next four years reflects the Northern Rockies Regional Municipality (NRRM) Council’s vision, goals and priorities. According to the NRRM, using the Plan as a guide will ensure the alignment of efforts with Council priorities, to provide a framework for resource allocation and building consensus among members. Fostering partnerships Engaging and representing regional stakeholders Building positive relationships Communicating in an open, transparent & accessible manner Maintaining transparency & accountability Being fiscally responsible Leveraging the NRRM’s unique features Taking a solution-based approach The Strategic Plan is developed upon five foundational pillars; each pillar contains goals to direct actions and initiatives. Economy The NRRM will strive to STRENGTHEN and DIVERSIFY the economy Social The NRRM will remain Committed to a HIGH QUALITY of life for the residents of the NRRM The NRRM will be DRIVEN to achieve EQUITABLE ACCESS TO HEALTH CARE. Governance
A snapshot of last ten years and a subsequent analysis of available information will show that India’s healthcare sector has seen considerable progress. The strengthening economy and the government’s growing intent to fortify India’s position in global healthcare, over time, have been the catalysts for much of the progress.Accessibility continues to pose a challenge One of the appeals of India, from the point of view of economic development, is its population – currently 1.2 billion and growing at the rate of 1.6% per annum. But the same population poses substantial challenge for the healthcare ecosystem, even with all its progression, when it comes to accessing quality treatment and proper healthcare benefits, especially in the remote parts of rural India. Also Read – The Puja carnival66% of India’s population lives in the rural parts of the country. Income level is below standard for most part with average monthly surplus at a mere Rs 1413. For the people of villages in the backward regions hardly have access to hospitals or medical centres, and those that are there lack proper facilities and technologies required to treat serious medical conditions. Private participation is necessary India is a federal country. But the Constitution of India has put the responsibility of healthcare on the states instead of the federal administration. This has had an unfortunate effect on the investment level in the healthcare sector. While the Government has launched Ayushman Bharat, world’s largest public-funded healthcare scheme, the need for private participation will continue to grow in importance, especially in rural India. High-end diagnostic services require heavy capital investment which can be driven by the private sector if it has to cater to the greater proportion of the populace. Yet currently, the organised market’s contribution to Indian healthcare sector is a mere 6 percent. It is therefore clear that India will have to talk the large private players into increasing their play in the healthcare space. Also Read – Wave City brings special offers this NavratraVedanta’s contribution in creating accessibility, affordability and quality One such large corporation that has already created considerable footprint through its contribution in the healthcare is Vedanta. The company’s voluntary initiatives in the space are far from trivial. Especially the Balco Medical Centre that Vedanta has set up as a part of Vedanta Medical Research Foundation, established to contribute to prevent, control and eradicate cancer – one of the world’s most grievous diseases. The medical centre has effectively introduced modern, comprehensive and high quality medical care and brought it within the reach and means of rural India. Initially introduced to cater to the people of the region of Chhattisgarh, it has gained tremendous popularity among the people of India due to its affordability and quality. Treatment of cancer is an expensive proposition. Very few people of India can actually afford it; many stories abound of people and families bankrupted by it. The Balco Medical Centre has unprecedentedly opened up a viable avenue for the common people. With five fully-equipped operation theatres and attendant ICU facilities, the 170-bed oncology centre has treated over 4,000 cancer patients since its inauguration a year back. The centre is devoted to early detection, precise diagnosis, treatment and regular follow-up along with physical and emotional rehabilitation of cancer patients. Equipped with a world-class diagnostic centre and best-in-class clinical laboratories, the facility has rapidly built a reputation for itself as a leading cancer hospital in India that has made accessible superior treatment and care that was, even a year back, unthinkable for the ordinary folks. Setting precedent for a healthier India Such an endeavour makes India hopeful that more corporates will join hands in bringing global medical facilities to the country’s doorstep. It will assist the government and the people of the country to relieve the country of financial burdens that currently weighs down the economy and hurts its progress.
Practice makes perfect, and in an era defined by a glut of incredible point guards, Paul still stands out as one of the best of the best. His basketball portfolio is incredibly diversified; he’s an incredible passer, a creative genius, one of the game’s best midrange shooters, and he’s one of the most consistently great defenders at his position too. Still, any discussion of Paul in 2015 must address the elephant-sized trophy not in the room: As great as he and his numbers have been, he’s never played in the conference finals, and his last two playoff exits have been brutal. It weighs on him, and he doesn’t want to go down as some “statistically great” point guard who never won. “All that’s good and well, but it doesn’t matter unless it translates to wins,” Paul said.A few weeks into this new season, Paul and the Clippers remain a threat to win it all. With a reloaded roster and one of the most talented teams in the league, they have the potential for greatness. And Paul is hopeful that he and his teammates can turn their recent frustrations into motivation to finally get over the hump. “We got a lot guys with something to prove, a lot of guys that got a chip on their shoulder,” Paul said. “I think with that combination, we can make something special.”That obviously remains to be seen. But Thursday night, the Clippers host their bitter rivals from Oakland, who are led by their own superstar point guard and just happen to be the hottest basketball team on the planet right now. Paul and the new-look Clippers have an early chance to prove something. Last season, Paul assisted on 231 threes, and 98 of those went to Redick, making Paul-to-Redick the most prolific 3-point partnership in the entire league.1The top 3 partnerships: 1) Chris Paul to J.J. Redick for 98 3-pointers; 2) Stephen Curry to Klay Thompson for 88 3-pointers; 3) James Harden to Trevor Ariza for 80 3-pointers.As you can see below, Paul helped set Redick up all over the place, but those triples are clearly the pair’s signature collaboration. Paul has a bit of a reputation for getting mad at his teammates, but according to him, the only time he gets angry with Griffin is when Griffin is too passive with that improved jumper. “I’m probably harder on Blake than anybody about taking his shot,” Paul said. “I told him, the only time you’ll see me get mad if I pass it to someone is when they don’t shoot it.”Griffin’s jumper has come so far so fast that Paul seems more confident in it than Griffin does. “I think it’s going in every time,” Paul said. “And that’s a tribute to all the work he’s put in.”You don’t become the most efficient offense in the NBA without versatility, but the NBA is still a pick-and-roll league. Griffin’s emergence as one of the game’s most versatile bigs has enabled Paul to attack defenses in multiple ways. After all, it’s still Paul at the controls, and it’s his ability as a catalyst that has enabled the team to coalesce into something more than the sum of a bunch of NBA parts.While we all know that Paul is among the best distributors in the world, his ability to generate his own shots remains arguably the most unheralded section of his game. He’s one of the best unassisted scorers in the world. It’s that particular skill that lends the Clippers offense one of its most lethal — and most primitive — options. Not every possession will end with a tidy catch-and-shoot sequence, and when defenses disrupt the Clippers’ pre-orchestrated plans, they still have to deal with Paul, one of the most effective off-the-dribble scorers in the league.It’s no secret that point guards, as the chief ball-handlers of NBA offenses, dribble the ball more than any other position. In turn, they are much more likely to shoot in unassisted off-the-dribble situations, shots that we’re beginning to understand are statistically much more difficult on average. It’s not rocket science, but generally speaking, catch-and-shoot jumpers are much more likely to go in than their unassisted, off-the-dribble counterparts.League-wide, just about half of all field goal attempts qualify as unassisted. Many times, as possessions unravel over time, some offensive player will have to “create his own shot,” and any players who can do that reliably and efficiently present their teams with a huge offensive stopgap. When Paul needs to, he can create a decently efficient scoring chance at-will, meaning that when he is on the floor, the Clippers’ “last resort” is a pretty efficient option.Paul has been one of the league’s top point guards for years now. But he hasn’t been the same player the whole time. Back in his days in New Orleans, he relied more on his speed and less on his smarts. “Once upon a time, I was all downhill, you know, obsessed with getting to the basket — like Dame [Lillard] and stuff like that — but then I realized in New Orleans I need to get this midrange down,” Paul said.There’s that perfectionism again. The way he describes it, you might think he was terrible. As a rookie, Paul already had a reliable elbow jumper and hit that key shot at rates that would make players like Russell Westbrook or John Wall envious. That 3-pointer that helped beat Memphis earlier this month provides a great example. Despite the fact that Paul was careening through the paint at breakneck speed among a trio of elite defenders, he still managed to deliver Redick a perfect pass. But Paul self-identifies as a “perfectionist,” and according to Redick, it tears him up on the rare occasions when his dishes are dirty: “It’s just so precise what he does. He throws me perfect, on-time, on-target passes at all times. I joke about this with him all the time, but once every 150th pass or so, it’ll be off-target, and he’ll get so upset with himself. And I’m like, ‘Bubs, I could never get mad at you for that.’”I could never get mad at you for that? The two bitter ACC rivals have morphed into an old married couple … an old married couple that represents one of the most lethal catch-and shoot threats on planet Earth. Still, as marvelous as that is, a quick look at the league’s most dangerous duos from last season reveals that while Paul-to-Redick was the most prolific 3-point pairing in the entire league, it wasn’t even the most prolific point-scoring duo on the Clippers.Most Prolific Assister-Scorer Duos, 2014-15 Regular SeasonChris Paul to Blake Griffin: 527 pointsChris Paul to J.J. Redick: 524 pointsStephen Curry to Klay Thompson: 426 pointsIn a league with dozens of point guards, Paul was the distributor in the two highest-scoring pairings. That’s incredible. And while the Splash Brothers deserve limitless praise for what they accomplished last season, Paul’s abilities as a facilitator remain second to none, and nobody knows that better than Blake Griffin, the Clippers’ top scorer.Last season, Griffin ranked eighth in the league in scoring, averaging 22 points per contest. He was and is the Clippers’ most dangerous scorer. Still, even the league’s best scorers rely on assists on a regular basis, and last season, 67 percent of Griffin’s buckets were assisted, and 45 percent of his field goals came off assists by Paul. In other words, almost half of Griffin’s buckets are directly downstream from Paul’s passes.Griffin has come a long way since entering the NBA as a rookie in 2010; the player we’re seeing now can do a lot more than the phenom who jumped out of the gym five years ago. Griffin had all the athletic ability in the world coming out of college, but it takes more than raw athletic ability to be an NBA superstar these days, especially at the power forward position, which increasingly is becoming one of the most demanding jobs in the game. Players like Dirk Nowitzki, Kevin Garnett, Chris Bosh, Serge Ibaka and Kevin Love have changed the job description by using their reliable jump shots to open up the floor for their playmaking teammates. When Griffin landed in the NBA, he could jump over Kias, but he couldn’t shoot like those players.But Griffin is no fool, and he knew that to become great at his position, and prolong his career, he needed to develop his jumper. Griffin has worked endlessly with Bob Thate, the Clippers’ shooting guru, and all that work has paid off. As a rookie, only 15 percent of Griffin’s shots came from between 16-feet and the 3-point line; he made just 34 percent of them. So far this season, 37 percent of Griffin’s shots are coming in this zone, and he’s converted 48 percent of them. For context, the league as a whole makes 40 percent of its shots from this area. Griffin’s improvement has improved the entire Clippers offense — just ask Paul. “Blake having that shot now makes defenses worry about one more thing,” Paul told me. “You gotta worry about his roll to the basket, his passing, and now that shot. Now it’s like, ‘What can’t he do?’” Earlier this month at Staples Center, the Memphis Grizzlies were leading the Los Angeles Clippers by two points with a minute remaining in the game. The Clippers had the ball and needed a bucket. Chris Paul dribbled quickly past a DeAndre Jordan screen at the top of the arc before he turned the corner and attacked the right side of the paint. As Paul raced toward the rim, he was dogged by Tony Allen and Mike Conley, two terrific defenders creating a situation that would overwhelm most NBA point guards. But Paul isn’t most NBA point guards.As Paul reached the right block, he was met by Marc Gasol, the 2012-13 NBA defensive player of the year. Unfazed, Paul spun in the air and somehow hurled the ball 20 feet backward, all the way back to the top of the arc, which was solely occupied by an unattended J.J. Redick, one of the most reliable catch-and-shoot guys on the planet. The rest was merely a formality.You’re not supposed to get wide-open shots like that against the Grizzlies, especially in such a key late-game situation. Memphis has been one of the best defensive groups in the NBA for years. But sometimes great offense beats great defense, especially when Chris Paul is running an offense; his team almost always gets good looks. He’s led the league in assists two years in a row, and the Clippers were the most efficient offensive team in the league last season. But those simple numerical accolades fail to adequately reveal just how great Paul has been.As NBA analyses evolve, we have new means to understand how great point guards like Paul change the game. Assists are one thing. But they account only for the shots that teammates make, and that’s only part of the playmaking story. Thanks to the league’s player tracking system, we can now analyze the origin of every shot in every game. Upon closer inspection, when Paul is creating shots — either for his teammates or for himself — he blends volume and effectiveness as well as anyone in the NBA.Most NBA fans are aware that Paul is great at sharing the ball, but few know that all those assists led to 24 points per game last season. Anthony Davis tallied that exact number as a scorer — and that made him fourth in the league in scoring. In other words, not only did Paul manage to score 19 points per game himself, but as a distributor, he also created another Davis-sized contribution as well.The chart below shows the shooting efficiencies of Paul’s Clipper teammates last season immediately after they received a pass from him. As you can see, good things happen on the business end of a Chris Paul dime. The NBA is a league increasingly obsessed with creating more threes on offense, which also makes it a league increasingly obsessed with stopping them on defense. And if you’re guarding Redick these days, you know perfectly well that he is perpetually seeking out clean catch-and-shoot looks beyond the arc. You also know that it’s Paul who’s likely to deliver him the ball. But Redick is quick to point out that Paul can outwit almost any defensive approach thrown his way. “Chris is incredibly intelligent,” Redick told me. “So, a lot of times, if a defending point guard knows we’re running catch and shoot, they’ll try to shade one side (especially the left side, because I always come off the left side). But Chris is so good at keeping guys guessing, and if his man cheats, he’ll go to the basket on him. He always makes people pay if they try and cheat.” During Paul’s rookie year, just 9 percent of his shots came between 10 and 16 feet; he converted only 33 percent of them. Last year, 23 percent of his shots came from this area, and he sunk an incredible 53 percent of them.Paul is arguably the best midrange shooter on the planet right now. And, yes, that planet also includes Nowitzki and Curry. And while that may seem like hyperbole, the numbers back up the idea that nobody can blend volume and efficiency in the midrange as well as Paul can, especially when you consider that most of his attempts in that area are those unassisted, higher-level-of-difficulty shots.But Paul makes those shots look easy on a regular basis. Not only did he lead the league in unassisted midrange field goals last season, but out of 61 players who attempted at least 200 of those shots, he ranked first in field goal percentage, by a country mile. The following scatterplot leaves little doubt just how extraordinary Paul’s midrange prowess has become: A quick comparison of Paul’s rookie shot chart with last season’s reveals that the biggest upticks in his game have come from downtown. As a rookie, only 19 percent of his shots came from beyond the arc, and he converted a ghastly 28 percent of them. Last season, those numbers ballooned to 30 percent and 40 percent, respectively.
Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson (3) drives to the paint in the first half in the game against Michigan on Dec. 4. Ohio State won 71-62. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn its search for a signature win, Ohio State (10-4, 2-0 Big Ten) could not contain No. 5 North Carolina’s 3-point shooting, with the Buckeyes falling 86-72 Saturday. The Tar Heels (11-2) finished the game 13-for-25 from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Buckeyes 39-25. Ohio State shot just 44.1 percent (26-for-59) from the field and 31.2 percent from 3-point range (5-for-16). North Carolina’s bench, led by redshirt senior guard Cameron Johnson’s 14 points, outscored Ohio State’s bench 32-6.North Carolina’s 3-point success began early when forward Theo Pinson, guard Joel Berry II and Johnson hit three wide-open triples, the last of which put the Tar Heels ahead 11-8. Pinson and Berry each finished with 19 points. Ohio State junior guard C.J. Jackson tied the game up at 11 with a 3 of his own with 12:05 left. Jackson accounted for Ohio State’s first 11 points, and finished with 19 points. Redshirt junior forward Keita Bates-Diop and freshman center Kaleb Wesson were the only other Buckeyes to finish with double-digit points. Bates-Diop had 26 and Wesson had 12.The Buckeyes kept the game close early, but after the under-eight media timeout, North Carolina freshman guard Jalek Felton took over, knocking down three-straight 3-pointers and dropping in a lay-up. Junior guard Kenny Williams’ 3-pointer also contributed to the Tar Heels’ 14-3 run, which propelled them to a 31-23 lead.The half ended with Ohio State head coach Chris Holtmann picking up a technical foul for arguing with the referees after a blocking foul on Wesson. The Tar Heels made two of the four free throws, capping off a 10-0 run to end the half and go up 41-27. The 14-point halftime deficit was Ohio State’s largest this season.The two teams both exchanged momentum to start the second half, with Ohio State going on a 7-3 run before North Carolina responded with a 7-2 run to go up 51-36. That trend continued for the rest of the game, with North Carolina seemingly matching every Ohio State run with a run of its own. The Buckeyes never managed to trim the deficit within seven for the second half.
Real Madrid captain Sergio Ramos believes Luka Modric is the worthy winner of the FIFA Best Men’s Player award.Modric, 33, ended the Ronaldo- Messi dominance after beating Mo Salah and Ronaldo to the top prize.The Croatian midfielder was pivotal in helping Madrid reach the Champions League title and leading Croatia to the World Cup final.Real Madrid teammate Ramos said the 33-year-old midfielder, who has starred since arriving at Madrid in 2012, was a worthy winner of the award.“I am as happy as if I had won it,” the defender said.Zidane hails ‘quality’ James Rodriguez after Real Madrid’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Zinedine Zidane reserved special praise for James Rodriguez after his starring role in Real Madrid’s 3-2 win over Levante.“He deserves it, he is an excellent player and has marked an important era in the history of Real Madrid.”However, Ronaldo and Barcelona star Lionel Messi were criticised for skipping the awards ceremony on Monday.Ramos said the superstar duo should have been in attendance.“It would have been good for Cris and Leo to be here,” he said.
Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac reckons that the side haven’t been clinical enough in front of goal, despite their three-game winning runThe Bavarians have overcome a run of four games without a victory following recent wins over VfL Wolfsburg, AEK Athens and Mainz 05.While the pressure has reduced significantly for new coach Kovac, he refuses to take his eye off the ball ahead of Tuesday’s DFB-Pokal clash with fourth-tier side Rodinghausen.“We are back on track, but we also want to win the next games,” said Kovac on FourFourTwo.Match Preview: RB Leipzig vs Bayern Munich Boro Tanchev – September 14, 2019 RB Leipzig will have the chance to prove their title-winning capabilities when they host Bayern Munich today at 18:30 (CET).“I saw a lot of good things over the weekend. But, we have to score more goals.“In the games [at the start of the season], every shot was a goal, it’s not like that anymore. The last three games we have brought a concentrated performance.”The Croatian also insisted that 18-time DFB-Pokal winners Bayern will not take Rodinghausen lightly.James Rodriguez, Jerome Boateng, Arjen Robben and Sven Ulreich are all expected to be absent, while Leon Goretzka and Mats Hummels could feature.
[Representational Image]Johannes Simon/Getty ImagesA businessman was found dead at his residence at Rajajinagar near Bengaluru’s Yeshwantpura on Saturday, August 17. The 41-year-old Rajasthan-based apparel businessman, Jai Kumar, was stabbed and then burnt inside the bathroom on the second floor of his three-floor residence at Rajajinagar 5th block. The police initially suspected he died due to an accidental fire. The incident came into light after his neighbours noticed smoke coming out of the building and alerted the fire control room. The fire brigade rushed to the spot, doused the flames and found Kumar’s body severely burnt.The police found blood splattered inside Kumar’s bedroom and suspected foul play as his daughter, 15, and her male friend, a B.com student, also sustained burn injuries.The police said that Kumar’s daughter kept changing her statement. The girl and Kumar had dropped her mother and brother at the railway station on Saturday night as they were leaving for Tamil Nadu to attend a function.In one version, the girl claimed that on Sunday morning she went to a relative’s house and after returning she noticed smoke rising from the bathroom and called her friend to douse the fire. She later changed her story and said that she noticed the fire as she was returning home after morning walk.Reports said the police suspects that Kumar was first stabbed to death and then dragged into the bathroom, where he was set ablaze.Traces of a party held at Kumar’s house on Saturday were also found. The police have recovered a few bottles of chemicals from the house. The police found that the murderers also tried to destroy the evidence and made it look like an accident. But the forensic experts have confirmed murder.”We are questioning the youth about his proximity to the family, and another man,” N Shashikumar, deputy commissioner of police (north) told Times of India. “We are also questioning Kumar’s daughter to know more details about the incident. We will share the information on Monday,” he added.
By Christina Sturdivant Sani, Special to the AFRO“This is an important initiative that we should all support and get behind,” tweeted rapper Common on April 17, in support of the first-ever Black Maternal Health Week.From April 11-17, hundreds of people convened in venues across the country and took to social media to raise awareness about the disproportionate challenges that Black women face when bringing life into the world.Linda Blount (Black Women’s Health Imperative), Breana Lipscomb (Center for Reproductive Rights), Aza Nedhari (Mamatoto Village), and Jamila Taylor (Center for American Progress) at the April 18 screening of Death by Delivery and panel conversation. (Photo by Christina Sturdivant Sani)“It was about highlighting for people the role of racism, discrimination, and unequal treatment in the variety of systems that influence our lives and how that impacts maternal health outcomes,” Elizabeth Dawes Gay, chair of the steering committee for Black Mamas Matter Alliance, told the AFRO.The alliance organized the weeklong summit that featured a series of webinars which explored topics like the unique challenges facing African immigrant and undocumented women. Meanwhile, on-the-ground events took place in California, Florida, New Jersey, New York, Ohio, Texas, Georgia, and Maryland. In Baltimore, participants gathered for workshops on creating sacred spaces for birth and practicing yoga during pregnancy. Folks in Baltimore also screened the documentary film “Death by Delivery,” which was followed by a panel discussion with maternity care professionals.Black women live in a society where they aren’t valued, Gay said. “We’re constantly navigating a society and various systems that don’t have us in mind, that weren’t designed for us, and that sometimes seek to actively harm us.” These situations cause Black women to experience mental, physical and emotional trauma at higher rates in their everyday lives than their White counterparts.And when Black women become pregnant, some healthcare professionals don’t take their concerns seriously. Monifa Bandele, vice president of maternal justice programs at MomsRising—which supported the maternal health week—put it this way: “Black women are either hyper focused on, like followed in stores, or completely invisible in certain spaces—and the hospital is one of the places where Black women feel invisible.”Senator Kamala Harris, of California, tweeted a CDC statistic that Black women are 243 percent more likely than their White counterparts to die from pregnancy or childbirth-related causes. Harris introduced a resolution officially designating the week as Black Maternal Health Week. It was introduced to the House by California Congresswoman Alma Adams.And it’s not just Black women who are dying at alarming rates. Black infants are over two times more likely to die in their first year of life than White infants, according to a black paper, which was released by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance. The black paper sets a standard for the holistic care for Black women that’s culturally informed, patient-led, provides connections to social services, and fosters resilience, among other factors.While Gay said campaign organizers would love an overnight difference for Black women, “realistically that’s not going to happen—we’re going to see racial disparities in the data next year.” But they are prepared to “keep exploring possibilities for change and solutions until we see that drastic decline that we’re looking for.”That’s why Black Maternal Health Week needs to be an annual occasion, said Bandele. “It’s a way to come together and amplify the voices of Black women to policy makers who we want to make sure are listening and paying attention to this issue.”
Erik Kusma Faye-Lund, a graphics programmer, introduced Zink on Wednesday. Zinc is an OpenGL implementation on top of Vulkan. It is a Mesa Gallium driver that supports OpenGL implementation in Mesa to provide hardware-accelerated OpenGL when only a Vulkan driver is available. Currently, Zink is only available as a source code, distro-packages aren’t available yet. It has only been tested on Linux. To build Zink, one needs to have Git, Vulkan headers and libraries, Meson and Ninja. Also, one needs to build dependencies to compile Mesa. Erik says, “And most importantly, we are not a conformant OpenGL implementation. I’m not saying we will never be, but as it currently stands, we do not do conformance testing, and as such we neither submit conformance results to Khronos.” What Zink may include 1. Just one API OpenGL is a big API and is well-established as a requirement for applications and desktop compositors. But since the release of Vulkan, there are two APIs for essentially the same hardware functionality but both are important. As the software-world is working hard to implement Vulkan support everywhere, this is leading to complexity. One would only require things like desktop compositors to support one API in the future. There might be a future where OpenGL’s role could purely be one of legacy application compatibility. Maybe Zink can help in making the future better! 2. Lessen the workload of GPU drivers Everyone wants less amount of code to maintain for legacy hardware but the drivers to maintain are growing rapidly. Also, new drivers have been written for old hardware. If the hardware is capable of supporting Vulkan, it could be easier to only support Vulkan “natively”, and do OpenGL through Zink. There aren’t infinite programmers that can maintain every GPU driver forever. But maybe with Zink, driver-support might get better and easier. 3. Zink comes with benefits Since Zink is implemented as a Gallium driver in Mesa, there are some side-benefits that come “for free”. For instance, projects like Gallium Nine or Clover could, in theory, may work on top of the i965 Vulkan driver through Zink in the future. In the coming years, Zink might also act as a cooperation-layer between OpenGL and Vulkan code in the same application. 4. Zink could be used as a closed-source Vulkan driver Zink might also run smoothly on top of a closed-source Vulkan driver and still get proper window system integration. What does Zink require? Currently, Zink requires a Vulkan 1.0 implementation and the following extensions: VK_KHR_maintenance1: This extension is required for the viewport flipping. VK_KHR_external_memory_fd : This extension is required for getting the rendered result on screen. Additionally, Erick has also shared a list of features that Zink doesn’t support, which include: Currently, glPointSize() is not supported. Though writing to gl_PointSize from the vertex shader does work. The texture borders are currently black due to Vulkan’s lack of arbitrary border-color support. Currently, no control-flow is supported in the shaders. There is no GL_ALPHA_TEST and glShadeModel(GL_FLAT) support yet. It would be interesting to see how Zink turns out when the features go live! Read more about this news on Kusma’s official website. Read Next Valve’s Steam Play Beta uses Proton, a modified WINE, allowing Linux gamers to play Windows games UI elements and their implementation Game Engine Wars: Unity vs Unreal Engine
US cable giant Comcast has unveiled its own home-built DOCSIS 3.1 cable modem and said it will go into production this year ahead of deployment in 2016.Comcast, which has been a driving force behind development of a number of the cable industry’s next-generation technologies, including the Converged Cable Access Platform (CCAP) and the RDK software bundle for consumer premises equipment, has combined a WiFi router, IP video technology and integrated home automation and security capabilities in the device, according to CTO Tony Werner’s blog posting.Werner said that the Comcast Gigabit Home Gateway could deliver speeds in excess of 1Gbps, thanks to DOCSIS 3.1, and that it would be backward compatible with the DOCSIS 3.0 standard to enable deployment in the near term. The device integrates the PowerCloud home network control and monitoring technology acquired by Comcast in 2014, and also uses the RDK-B open-sourced software developed by Comcast with contributions from companies including Cisco.
Atlice has abandoned its attempt to acquire the leading Portuguese broadcaster and production group Media Capital in the face of lack of progress to secure regulatory approval of the deal.Altice said that, one year after signing the contract and with no outcome of the regulatory process in site, it was calling time on the merger.Altice has been trying to secure a green light from the Portuguese competition authority, the Autoridade da Concorrencia (AdC), for the acquisition of Prisa’s majority stake in Media Capital in the face of hositility from politicians, other operators and media groups in the country.The telecom giant, which owns the former PT Telecom/Meo telecom operator in Portugal, said that the decision to call a halt came after the contractual deadline for the agreement between it and Prisa was extended for two months in April to allow further time to secure approval from the antitrust watchdog.Altice laid the blame for the collapse of the merger squarely on the regulator. It said that it had proactively set out remedies in line with European Industry practice in the sectore but had encountered a “complete lack of openness” on the part of the AdC, despite both parties to the agreement being initially “confident of a positive assessment”.Atlice said that the AdC had not taken the necessary decisions to enable the impelemtnation of the agreement in a timely manner. It said that it had presented a comprehensive set of long-term commitments that could be monitored by an independent trustee, including the separation of various business areas, ensuring the TVI channel was avaialable to competing platforms at a far and non-discriminatory price and renunciation of exclusivity regarding conent.The telecom group said that “an opportunity has been lost” to create an integrated media and telecom company in Portugal that could compete with international digital giants, and pointed to the US court decision on the AT&T-Time Warner deal as evidience for the case that consolidation is vital if traditional media companies are going to survive competition with internet companies.The AdC initially opened its in-depth probe into the merger in February, after concluding that there was evidence that it could give rise to “significant impediments to competition” in several markets.
The private panel that began with three key speakers at the April 27-29 Casey Research Recovery Reality Check Summit continues with a second installment in today’s Energy Report. This exclusive features Casey Energy Opportunities Senior Editor Marin Katusa, Global Resource Investments Founder and Chairman Rick Rule and Casey Research Senior Editor Louis James, turning their attention to oil and natural gas prices and opportunities in equities. Source: Karen Roche and JT Long of The Energy Report (5/10/12) The Energy Report: Since we last talked in November, oil went from $90–110 per barrel (bbl). Has it established a floor that will stick? Or, as Porter Stansberry predicted during the summit, is it getting ready to crash? He said that using the same sorts of technology that brought on the glut of natural gas will lead to finding too much oil and driving its price down. Marin Katusa: Porter was basing his comments on the success of shale gas in North America, and with that you have natural gas liquids and some oil. In North America, gas became a victim of its own success, worsened by a warmer-than-expected winter. But understand that gas, in general, has very localized markets. When it comes to the oil sector, people think Exxon Mobil Corp. (XOM:NYSE); Royal Dutch Shell Plc (RDS.NYSE.A/B) and ConocoPhillips (COP:NYSE) are the biggest players. The big players are actually the national oil companies (NOCs)—Saudi Aramco, Petróleos Mexicanos (Pemex) and Petróleos de Venezuela, which are not reinvesting in operations and exploration. Their production is decreasing as a result. Cantarell, in Mexico, is one of the greatest oilfields in the world, but it’s decreasing by 3.5% every year. The NOCs are distributing profits to fund massive social programs. For instance, more than 55% of Venezuela profits from oil-funded social programs. By the way, America imports more than a million barrels of Venezuelan oil each day and pays a premium over what it pays for domestic oil. But that’s another story. I don’t necessarily agree that the same reasons why natural gas in North America went under $2 per thousand cubic feet (Mcf) would apply globally. India is signing $14–$15/Mcf and more; Japan is at $15/Mcf-plus. It’s twice that in Europe. So North America is a unique case; the rest of the world is nowhere near that when it comes to shale exploration. TER: Will that change when the U.S. starts exporting in 2015 or so? MK: I think 2015 is a very aggressive timeline. Eventually, the market will fix itself. But to say that oil will go to $40/bbl by Christmas? I wouldn’t take that bet. That said, for two years we’ve been using $60/bbl oil for our equations. We publish the best netbacks in the business every quarter. So if a company can make money at $65/bbl oil, it will make a lot of money at $105/bbl oil. But if you invest in companies that need $90/bbl oil to break even, you’re not going to do so well. TER: You said the market will fix itself. Will oil go down to, say, that $60/bbl you’ve been using? MK: Everyone isn’t paying $103–105/bbl. Because of the massive differential for selling less, the Canadian oil sands producers are selling as low as $63/bbl. In the Bakken, they’re selling for $72/bbl. So it finds its equilibrium. In the Canadian oil sands, existing production can be profitable at $60/bbl, which we’ve been saying for a couple of years. New production, if it’s open pit, it needs $90/bbl oil to be economic due to the massive inflation in equipment, trucks, tires and people. TER: Why do we quote oil at $105/bbl if it costs $63–72/bbl? MK: A lot of people think that Suncor Energy Inc. (SU:TSX/NYSE) or any given oil producer is making $105/bbl for oil, but companies are selling their product for $63/bbl. It depends on the differential and Suncor’s selling price versus the West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude oil price, which is the posted price. Gas producers in Edmonton are getting much lower prices than what’s quoted in the Henry Hub. The oil price in North America or the Brent price isn’t necessarily the same price a company is selling its oil for. Rick Rule: It’s pretty complex. What people think of as the posted crude oil price comes from either WTI or Brent. That used to be the way the world worked, but we have localized differentials now. One of the differentials that Marin was speaking about is the differential between light sweet crude and heavy crude. And the differentials widen and tighten depending on a variety of factors. For example, production efficiency in Venezuela, the traditional source of Gulf Coast sour crudes, is a factor. Transportation and infrastructure bottlenecks are factors. We’re now to the point where a critical pipeline from the Gulf Coast to the U.S. Midwest, which used to take imported crude into the Midwest, has been reversed because of production declines in Mexico and Venezuela, which encourage U.S. Gulf Coast refiners to take heavy crude out of Canada. All of this is what creates localized markets in oil. The international light sweet crude markets are very stout. Nigerian bonny crude and Brent crude’s international trade is marked by tightness as a consequence of declining supplies in traditional frontier market exporters, such as Nigeria as well as Venezuela and Mexico. The North American domestic market is ironically awash in oil as a consequence of three factors: The high price of gasoline has begun to destroy demand along with the weak economy. The incredible de-bottlenecking that’s gone on in the Athabasca tar sands has doubled tar sands production in four years. And the conjunction of technologies that Marin was talking about has produced a flood of shale oil, particularly in the Bakken. TER: But when the gas at the pump is up, the excuse they give is that WTI is at $105/bbl. That’s the logic presented to consumers. RR: I can’t speak to other parts of the country, but being an oil producer myself and a gasoline consumer, I’m certainly familiar with the California gasoline market. California municipalities constrain the construction of gas stations, so there are fewer and fewer outlets. Some communities that were really tough on how many gas stations they would permit have prices $0.25–0.30 per gallon higher than nearby communities that were more generous. On top of that, all the margins for producers, refiners and distributors that are built into the price of gasoline go to the government in the form of taxes. California is a high-cost refining environment, with high taxes and constrained competition. Gasoline demand in the U.S. has grown 1.2–1.3%, compounded for 29 years, and the United States hasn’t permitted a new refinery for 29 years. Maybe no new refineries would have been built anyway because refinery and marketing margins are so lousy. But that’s the picture. MK: Also, the older refineries need more downtime for maintenance. All these things factor into the equation, and that’s why you have high prices at the pump. In Canada, more than 50% of the price is taxes. Major global production is coming from these NOCs, which I call the New Seven Sisters.* *[Before the rise of the OPEC cartel and NOCs, the original Seven Sisters included Anglo-Persian Oil Company (now BP), Gulf Oil, Standard Oil of California (Socal), Texaco (now Chevron), Royal Dutch Shell, Standard Oil of New Jersey (Esso) and Standard Oil Company of New York (Socony) (now ExxonMobil). The Seven Sisters dominated the global petroleum industry from the mid-1940s to the 1970s, and up until the oil crisis of 1973, controlled about 85% of the world’s petroleum reserves – Editor.] Look at the coming nationalization of resources. Look at what’s happened in Argentina. The private companies, the Exxons of the world, risk their capital and their shareholders’ capital. When they have success, the country nationalizes these resources. So there’s another factor to take into account if you want to understand how tight the oil markets really are. TER: A number of people we’ve interviewed lately say the best bet now is to invest in the service companies—the drillers, pipeline builders and so forth. MK: Part of our portfolio in The Energy Letter is geared toward service companies, and certainly Kinder Morgan (KMP:NYSE), which is one of North America’s largest pipeline transportation and energy storage companies, has been very generous to our portfolio. In five months, there’s been over a 30% gain. But if you’re going to go into the service sector, you have to make sure about a company’s ability to cover its debt, because a lot of these services companies took on massive debt during the bull market and will blow up on it. TER: Looking for other potential investments, Louis, you said that the secret is to figure out what real stuff people need, because it will retain value. When prices on valuable stuff go down ridiculously, it’s a godsend, because you can buy when it’s cheap and sell when it’s expensive. Is the stuff people need cheap now? Louis James: Stuff is not really cheaper. There is deflation in some asset classes and some equities, but life for the average Joe is not cheaper and commodities in general are not cheaper. Oil is still above $100/bbl. When commodities have not lost ground but the equities have, that’s an alligator jaw pattern. I’m not speaking as a technical analyst—that’s just a metaphor. But it’s actually fantastic if you have high, driving prices in the commodities, and you find good, cheap companies with good management, money in the bank and the wherewithal to weather the storms. I also think we’ll see more volatility, and the chances of seeing much lower prices are pretty good. When a bear sentiment grabs the market, it takes everybody down, both the best and the worst players. If you have the courage to face it, that’s very good news. If you’re new to the game, you can get fantastic buys on things that others have identified as great plays, already worked on and de-risked. If you’re already long, it’s a matter of self-discipline, which few investors have. Most of them get burned again and again. They buy high when everybody else is buying. They feel confident. They jump in. Things turn against them. The tide goes the other way. They get scared. Everybody else gets scared at the same time and they get creamed. Investors need self-discipline, belief in what they’re doing and they need to know why they’re buying something to be able to happily take those shares off weaker hands. I think there’s a good chance we’ll see much more of that over this summer and I’m looking forward to it. After the sector bounced back from 2008, I wrote that we should be so lucky as to have another one. TER: Speaking of lower equity prices, Marin, last fall you told us that quantitative easing was deflating equity valuations. “He who has cash will be king,” you said, “because he can afford to buy discounted stocks. If you do your homework and be sharp you’ll make a fortune in the next three years.” Is that still the case? Or are we too late? MK: I still believe we’re in deflating equity prices. By mitigating risk, being strategic, always taking Casey free rides, the portfolios for 2011 for both the Casey Energy Report (CER) and Casey Energy Confidential (CEC) gained over 20%. And Q1/12 was over 20% for both newsletters, too. Throughout the year, a few of our buys had massive gains—like Poseidon Concepts Corp. (PSN: TSX), TAG Oil Ltd. (TAO:TSX; TAOIF:OTCQX;) and Africa Oil Inc. (AOI: TSX.V). Did we sell too early? Yes. But so what? We reduced our risk. We made money. We lived to see another day. And with one of them, we now have a dividend for free and the company’s growing. So if you do your homework and buy good companies, you can do well. I don’t think you’re too late at all. The 300+ investors who attended the 3-day Casey Research Recovery Reality Check Summit discovered a multitude of natural resource investing strategies during daily Gold and Resource Stock Roundup sessions. These sessions featured Rick, Marin, Louis and Jeff Clark, senior precious metals analyst at Casey Research, who together revealed their favorite natural resource stocks to invest in now. You can hear all of their recommendations, as well as every recorded summit presentation—over 20 hours in all—with the Casey Research Recovery Reality Check Summit Audio Collection. Founder and CEO of Global Resource Investments and President of Sprott Asset Management U.S.A, Rick Rule began his career in the securities business in 1974 and has been principally involved in natural resource security investments ever since. He is a leading American retail broker and asset manager specializing in mining, energy, water utilities, forest products and agriculture. Rule’s company has built a sterling reputation for its specialist expertise in taking advantage of global opportunities in the resources industries. In 2011, Rule closed a landmark deal with Eric Sprott, Founder of Sprott Inc., another famous powerhouse in the arena. Sprott Inc. offers resource-oriented investors opportunities in segregated managed accounts, mutual funds, hedge funds and private partnerships. The collective organization offers unparalleled expertise and access to investment opportunities in all resource sectors. Sprott Inc. manages a portfolio of small-cap resource investments worth more than $8 billion and boasts a workforce of more than 130 professionals in Canada and the U.S. Louis James is chief metals and mining investment strategist at Casey Research, where he is also the senior editor of Casey Investment Alert and Conversations with Casey. When not in meetings with mining company executives in Vancouver, B.C., James regularly travels the world evaluating highly prospective geological targets and visiting explorers and producers getting to know their management teams. For more than 25 years, Casey Research, headed by investor and best-selling author Doug Casey, has been helping self-directed investors to earn returns through innovative investment research designed to take advantage of market dislocations. Investment Analyst Marin Katusa is the senior editor of Casey’s Energy Opportunities and Casey’s Energy Confidential. He left a successful teaching career to pursue what has proven an equally successful—and far more lucrative—career analyzing and investing in junior resource companies. With a stock pick record of 19 winners in a row—a 100% success rate last year—Katusa’s insightful research has made his subscribers a great deal of money. Using his advanced mathematical skills, he created a diagnostic resource market tool that analyzes and compares hundreds of investment variables. Through his own investments and his work with the Casey team, Katusa has established a network of relationships with many of the key players in the junior resource sector in Vancouver. In addition, he is a member of the Vancouver Angel Forum, where he and his colleagues evaluate early seed investment opportunities. Katusa also manages a portfolio of international real estate projects. 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Louis James: Doug, a lot of our readers have asked about getting a second passport. I realize this is a large and complex issue – several issues, actually – but would you care to go over the basics of where to go and what to do? And for those not already thinking about this, why? Doug Casey: Sure. We’ve talked quite a bit about the increasing urgency of getting some of your assets out of your home country, especially if it’s the United States. We’ve talked about having stores of precious metals in safe places abroad, and setting up bank and brokerage accounts abroad as well. I’ve said that safest way to store wealth abroad is to buy property, which can’t be seized by your home country without an act of war. The purchase of real estate solves several issues all at once. But that’s all about protecting assets; to protect yourself, getting a second passport is unfortunately very important. LJ: Why unfortunately? DC: Because you shouldn’t have to need government papers to live as you please. It used to be that a passport was a document that a ruler of one country would give to a traveler to ask the rulers of other countries to assist him in his travels. Now, instead of a convenience, it’s become a required permit for travel. It’s degrading and actually runs counter to the whole idea of the thing. The original purpose of a passport has been turned upside down. LJ: Passports are becoming a world ID card – and they will be, once the governments all link up their databases. DC: That’s exactly what they are, and I’m sure it’s going to get worse. It’s funny the way people treat these things like some sort of holy relic, or magical object – they are nothing but another government ID. But since they are necessary in today’s world, you ought to have several of them, for your own convenience. If nothing else, it prevents any one government from basically placing you under house arrest by taking your passport away from you. LJ: Do you really think of it mostly in terms of convenience? Or do you sometimes think about the potential for physical danger, should you find yourself in an Achille Lauro-type situation in which violent people who hate Americans select US passport holders for abuse? DC: That’s definitely a good reason for Americans to have a second passport, and increasingly for others, now that the war with Islam is under way. If you ever get caught in harm’s way, it helps that nobody starts by shooting all the people from countries they’ve never heard of. LJ: Round up all the Uruguayans! DC: Right – that just doesn’t happen. Another reason – certainly if you’re an American – is that nobody anywhere in the world wants to open a bank account or a brokerage account for you. It ranges from impossible to hard and inconvenient. It’s a subtle and indirect form of exchange control that the US has already imposed. I have no doubt controls will become much more formal and serious in the near future. LJ: Are you saying that if I go to Switzerland, and I look and sound like an American, but have a Mexican passport, they’ll open a bank account for me? DC: It depends. Here in Uruguay, where I’m still hanging out on the beach, I went with a friend from South Africa to open a bank account, using her South African passport. I didn’t say a word, so I could have been a South African too, for all they knew. Still, the bank officer asked her: “Are you also a US citizen?” and “Are you resident in the US?” LJ: The long arm of Uncle Sam keeps getting longer. DC: It really is getting harder and harder. Banks really don’t want the aggravations that come with dealing with “US persons” and their bullying government. Of course, it’s all going to eventually backfire on the US, but in the meantime it’s going to get worse. LJ: Yes – I don’t like it when they ask for my passport at hotels, and I hate it when they say they have to keep it. DC: As well you should, for all kinds of reasons. You never know how good the security at the hotel is, and the inconvenience of a lost or stolen passport is substantial. I’d say a second one is a good thing to have, just on principle. An alternative would be to get documents from some of those people trying to set up new countries, like Sealand, the WWII gun platform off the coast of England taken over by Roy Bates. I spent an afternoon with him once, but foolishly never signed up as a citizen. Oh well… Other outfits sell reproduction passports of defunct or renamed countries like Rhodesia and British Honduras. LJ: I shudder to think of what “inconvenience” means to a man who finds it amusing to argue with immigration officials in back rooms in flyspeck countries… But at any rate, mentioning purveyors of passports from defunct countries underscores the importance of telling our readers that there are a lot of scams out there, and that it pays to be very skeptical of websites that claim to be able to set you up with documents, corporations, and bank accounts overseas. There are freelance thieves to worry about, and worse – governments trying to entrap so-called tax evaders and money launderers. There’s no need to take such risks when you can go to any of the many countries that encourage immigration and permanent residency, and acquire government-issued documents legally. DC: Yes, these are indeed shark-infested waters. You really have to do things in a totally correct and proper way. For instance, there always seem to be people running around who have passports stolen from the issuing agency, and some fools buy them, not realizing they’ll not only lose their money, but might wind up in jail besides. But, even among perfectly legitimate documents, not all passports are created equal. LJ: Why would that be? DC: The defining characteristic of a “good” passport is how much visa-free travel it allows. And by that I really mean visas that have to be applied for, and approved, before the trip begins, as opposed to those issued at the border. Avoiding those is the real key value. In spite of its reputation, a US passport is by no means the best one to have. First, if you have one, you’re a US taxpayer, which is very inconvenient, but it also means you need visas for a lot more countries than you would with some other passport. Argentina, Chile, and Brazil, for instance, all charge Americans about $150 to issue a visa. It’s a perverse form of reciprocity, as that’s what the US government charges their citizens. It’s the same kind of thinking that starts trade wars, and I expect more of it in the years to come – but that’s another subject. Speaking of South America, two passports that are relatively quick and easy to get are those from Uruguay and Paraguay. Both countries are members of the Mercosur group of South American countries, which offers some additional advantages to their nationals. One of the best, I’m given to understand – and this is constantly changing – is a Singapore passport. I also understand that Singapore has a number of ways to become a citizen in a relatively short period of time. LJ: What are some of the shortcuts to second citizenship? DC: One of the best is if you have parents or grandparents from a country that will give you citizenship on that basis. Ireland and Italy are known for this. It’s true, under some circumstances, for the UK as well. Saint Kitts is a relatively easy place to get a passport quite quickly, but it involves a significant investment that adds up to a couple hundred thousand dollars. Selling IDs is a significant source of income for the island. And of course, in a number of countries you can obtain citizenship, and hence documents, relatively easily by marrying a national. Brazil is one, and a Brazilian passport is not a bad one to have. There’s information on this out there, but there have been scam reports done on this subject and many other sources that are simply unreliable, so watch out. I don’t think there’s ever been a truly definitive study done on all the ways, in all the 200 or so countries in the world. I believe my book The International Man was the first to really explore the ground – but it’s long out of date. Even if there were a current book, it would have to be updated monthly to be of real value – governments are always changing their rules. And when it comes down to the particulars of a given situation, you’ll want to hire a tax attorney and maybe an immigration one as well, to make sure everything is done correctly. It’s generally better not to try for shortcuts, but to move to a place you like living in, at least part of the year. Operating through the established, legally recognized channels, you can get a passport in two to five years. LJ: Okay. And, to be clear, the US allows second citizenships? DC: Yes. Many countries don’t, and are strict about it. Others don’t, but look the other way. You may feel you want to keep your US documents for various practical reasons, but remember that keeping your US citizenship means remaining a US taxpayer, which is most undesirable. LJ: I read that if your income is less than $100,000 per year and you live abroad, it’s not taxed, so maybe the tax issue is less important to people who earn less than you? DC: That’s true, but that exemption only applies only on income earned outside the US You still pay capital gains taxes, and taxes on US-sourced income. I also understand that under current law, until 2013, there’s a $5 million exemption on appreciated expatriated assets. That means there’s a window closing soon on some of the benefits of getting rid of your US citizenship. LJ: Any reasons other than taxes you’d want to get rid of your US citizenship? If I were young enough, I’d worry about conscription, for example. DC: That’s a very good reason. More generally, as long as you’re a citizen of a country, that country’s government is going to treat you like its property. So, if you are going to be a citizen of any place, which is unfortunately necessary, it’s better to be a citizen of a small and backward country, or one that just doesn’t have the ability or interest to monitor all of its citizens like prison inmates, as the US does. LJ: I hear that. It’s such a pity that America the beautiful has turned into the United State and is rapidly marching down the road to serfdom… I really loved America. DC: Nothing lasts forever, Lobo. It’s suicidal to let sentimentality blind you to reality. But, eternal optimist that I am, it’s always good to look at one of the major bright sides of the ongoing financial and economic collapse. Namely that the governments of most advanced nation-states are bankrupt. There’s a chance that some of them will be forced to cut back on their most noisome activities. There’s even a chance that one or two will be completely hollowed out and will exist mostly in theory, like Rome in the late 5th century. It’s very hard to predict what will happen, so it’s best to have a Plan B. And a Plan C. Unfortunately, most people have a medieval serf mentality – although they don’t know it, and probably wouldn’t admit it even if they did – and have no plan at all, because they think everything is fine. LJ: I agree. And you know I’m diversifying out of the US as well. Any other essential points? DC: Yes, remember that getting a second passport is just part of a larger “permanent traveler” strategy. The ideal is to live in one place, have your citizenship in another, your banks and brokers in other jurisdictions, and your business dealings in yet others. That makes it very inconvenient for any one government to control you. You don’t want all your eggs in one basket – that just makes it easier for them to grab them all. I understand it may not be easy for most people to structure their affairs that way. That’s exactly why most serfs stayed serfs; it was hard and scary to think of anything other than what they were told they should do. LJ: Understood. Thanks for the guidance. The more of your wealth you have in your home country, the greater the risks to your capital. That’s why it’s critical to start protecting your assets by moving them abroad as soon as possible. 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— — In those days the border was a more fluid concept. In 1917, Pershing lead 5,000 US cavalrymen deep into Mexico, chasing Villa after a raid he made into the US. That was about the time of the famous Zimmerman telegram, where the Germans promised help getting Texas, New Mexico and Arizona back to Mexico, if the Mexicans declared war on the US. That was one reason the Americans entered WW1. No matter… the Mexicans will get that land back without a formal attack.Justin: Interesting indeed. But back to the current situation…Doug: Right. Pershing and horse soldiers are long gone. Let me start by saying that the national guardsmen Trump proposes are basically weekend soldiers. These guys would rather be at home. They’d rather be working their day jobs. They’d rather spend time with their families. They’re not going to be happy about this.Plus, they’re unlikely to serve any useful purpose. Think about it. If they’re confronted by a large group of migrants, how are they going to stop them? Is it going to turn into a game of Red Rover? Or maybe a pushing contest?The only way they could stop a big group of migrants crossing the border is with real violence. But they won’t do that. That won’t happen.In other words, a large group of say 10,000 to 20,000 people, in unison, could easily walk across the border. Plus, understand that the people behind this mass migration aren’t stupid. They understand the dynamics. They know that a hundred migrants would just be a nuisance, to be rounded up and put in jail. You need the military principle of mass.Next time, maybe they’ll show up to the border with 50,000 people. That would be the equivalent of the Goths at Adrianople. That was 378 AD. After that, the barbarians totally inundated the Roman Empire from every angle. And in a generation they controlled every aspect of the Empire.If I wanted to collapse the US, that’s how I’d do it. Who needs the risks and expense of a conventional war? It would be neither hard nor very expensive to get a couple hundred thousand Salvadoreans, Hondurans, and what-have-you—not to mention Mexicans—to just human wave across the border. That would show the US is incapable of stopping anybody—except harassing some polite European tourists in airports, or polite Canadians driving across by car.Of course, there’d be a counter reaction. But things could easily spin out of control.Justin: And who do you think is behind all of this?Doug: Non-governmental organizations (NGOs) are certainly behind these migrants crossing the border. Poor peasants from Central America, or wherever—poor people and miscreants will show up from all over the world once the cat’s out of the bag—can’t act en masse. Today these people couldn’t cross the American border on their own. Or at most in onesies and twosies.Migrants don’t have the resources to support themselves. So they’re obviously getting help and funding from outside sources. I suspect it’s coming from NGOs. These people are politically and psychologically committed to destroying Western Civilization. And the average American or European has become so guilt-ridden, self-effacing, and philosophically corrupt that they welcome them.So, again, what they’ll try is sending 10,000, 50,000, or 200,000 people across the border. You couldn’t stop that many people. I don’t care if Trump puts up the National Guard; that will just add to the embarrassment. They’d just walk across the border, unless they’re machine-gunned. But the Guard is obviously not going to do that.I’d also gather as many pregnant women into the migrants as possible, both to create sympathetic photo-ops for the invading mob, and so their children could act as anchor babies. It would create chaos, which is exactly the desired effect.Most people don’t realize that the invasion that followed the Battle of Adrianople brought the Roman Empire to its knees within 30 years… They think that Rome fell in 476 AD, but that’s actually a meaningless date. It collapsed 60 or 70 years earlier, when the migrants totally washed everything away. Rome was just a shadow of its old self by the late Third Century. The army was mostly foreigners. Being a citizen no longer meant much. The government was bankrupt. The old values were being replaced by a new religion. There’s much more to be said. I suggest you look at a long article I did on this in December 2013 here.That exact same thing could happen in the States. And I don’t doubt that someone’s planning that already. There’s never been a better time to become a marijuana millionaire. 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Will deploying thousands of troops to the border curb illegal immigration?Doug: Well, it looks like what could have been a crisis has been temporarily defused. What might have been thousands of migrants rushing the border has apparently dwindled to a few stragglers. A non-event.But troubles on the Mexican border have a long and colorful pedigree. Especially starting from around 1912–1918. For one thing, one of my favorite authors, Ambrose Bierce, went to join Pancho Villa’s forces in 1913. He was in his 70s, and it was his way of checking out.There were some great movies made about that time and place, as well. Vera Cruz, with Burt Lancaster. The Professionals, with Burt Lancaster and Lee Marvin. And possibly my personal all-time favorite, The Wild Bunch, with William Holden. There’s even a fun comedy about the era, Three Amigos, with Steve Martin. Recommended Link What does 24245678 mean to you? For most folks, it’s just a bunch of numbers. 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But this has been happening for years.But who’s behind all this? Where’s the money coming from? We need to ask ourselves these questions because NGOs are destroying Western civilization. They’re run by busybodies looking to create chaos. And it’s in the interests of “charity.” Giving them money makes you a “philanthropist.”Justin: Why would they want to do that?Doug: It’s mostly a question of psychological aberration. Combined with perverse and bent philosophies. Universities today are filled with Marxist professors who despise Western civilization. Despite the fact Western civilization has brought us almost all the good things in life.It’s responsible for basically 100% of the world’s great literature, and 100% of the world’s great music. Free markets. Individualism. Liberty. The concept of human rights. The rule of law. Philosophy. Science. Technology. Almost all the noble ideas in the world. There are, to be sure, a few worthwhile things from other cultures. It’s been said that East minus West equals zero, but that’s going too far. I’m a fan of yoga, Taoism, and Oriental cuisine.Why would anyone want to destroy it? It’s a complete mystery to me. I don’t know what’s going on in these people’s heads. But I’ve spoken to people who hate Western civilization, and they’re apparently sincere about what they’re doing.So, maybe they’re just stupid. Look, I don’t care what their IQ score may be. These people are stupid on a very basic level.Justin: What do you mean by that?Doug: Well, we first need to define the word “stupid.” As I’ve said before, the best definition is an unwitting tendency to self-destruction; that’s what these people suffer from. Why? Perhaps they’re really very unhappy with themselves, but don’t have the courage or enough honest introspection to just put a gun to their heads. Hmm… maybe that’s another reason they’re universally antigun.There’s also a difference between intelligence and wisdom that’s lost on most people. Wisdom is the ability to calculate not just the immediate and direct consequences of actions. It doesn’t take much wisdom to make that calculation. The average six-year-old can do this. It’s not very deep.But you also must be able to contemplate the indirect and delayed consequences of your actions. And the people who run these NGOs seem incapable of that. They have absolutely no wisdom.That makes them stupid in my book. You could also say that they’re evil. But that word has also been discredited. A lot of religious types like to bandy it about. Their idea of “evil” is whatever goes against their god.But I’ve read the Bible. I’ve read the Quran. And I don’t think what passes for evil in those religious texts washes, quite frankly. To me, evil is being purposely destructive. And that’s what a lot of people who join these NGOs are.Sure, they pretend to be nice. They act like they’re doing all these wonderful things but they’re destroying civilization. They just can’t see it because they lack wisdom.The people populating NGOs and governments aren’t necessarily evil—even Mao, Pol Pot, Hitler, and Stalin felt they were good guys, doing the right thing. They’re just thoughtless and stupid.Justin: What about a desire for power control? It seems like that’s why a lot of people get involved in government and organizations like NGOs. They believe they’re best suited to shape society.Doug: You’re absolutely right. And they take control of society in many ways. They’re much more interested in controlling other people than they are in controlling physical things, however.Many of these same people naturally find their way into government. They enjoy pushing their fellows around. But, surprisingly to me, anyway, the average person seems to want that. They want a strong leader. They like hierarchy. They don’t mind being under the control of other people.All these socialists, social democrats, liberals, Democrats—their names are legion—think they’re doing the right thing. They think they’re being moral. And you can’t convince them otherwise. Intellectual arguments are useless against these people. It’s a psychological problem, not an intellectual one.You can’t make an intellectual argument to a mob.Justin: Thank you for taking the time to speak with me today, Doug.Doug: You’re welcome.Justin’s note: Most know Doug as a legendary crisis investor. But he’s also a “marijuana millionaire.” And tomorrow at 8 p.m. ET, he’s joining me and Crisis Investing editor Nick Giambruno to discuss why investors will be handed a rare second chance at investing in the marijuana market.This second wave is expected to be 8 times bigger than the first, when pot stocks were gaining 3,986%, 17,300%, 69,000%… even 299,000% and 399,000%. To hear from Doug himself on this exclusive FREE event—and why the time to strike is now—click here.Reader MailbagToday, a couple readers write in disagreeing with Doug’s take on nation states…I think “leave states and people alone” is always the best if done by example. What you are advocating is a loss of borders which is the moral equivalent of vanquishing one’s “body” (or your rights end where my body begins and vice versa), in favor of being “bodyless”. You cannot do away with the individual “anything”. A forest is a bunch of individual trees, first, last, and altogether. I don’t think the state is dead, but being transformed into its natural place, sovereign but equal nations.People right now can home school. People right now can form associations. People right now are waking up to this. People right now are beginning to see and not participate in the bloated state. But you seem to be advocating world government, at least you did in “part l” of your article. And, Doug, that is dangerous. And if your ideas don’t come about naturally with time, then world government it will be. A state much more horrid than nation states. And that is why I don’t agree. Westphalian National, sovereign states must be the next step or your ideas (which in and of themselves I agree with) will never come to pass. So please stop going around declaring that the “bordered” state, like the “bordered body” is dead. – Kay While there is some interesting material in this article, this statement is just very stupid: “Sure, he’s (Trump) done some pretty stupid things; his foreign policy of late borders on the criminally insane.” What things were “stupid”? I am not an American, so please tell me: Are you used to making empty statements and getting away with it without a challenge? And what about “his foreign policy of late ‘bordering’ on the ‘criminally insane’”? Challenging North Korea’s Kim Jong-un until he came to his senses? Bombing Syria for using chemical weapons?If you wish to consider gutless pile of sh*t foreign policy, look no further than the totally gutless wonder and complete pathological liar, Barack Obama, who like George W. Bush and Bill Clinton lacked the courage to challenge North Korea. As to the southern U.S. border he is entirely right, you need a wall. When you began spouting this drivel you destroyed the credibility of what you said earlier about nation states. – Rob Recommended Link
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