Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact TEMPE, Ariz. — They say familiarity breeds contempt. It may also breed success.The Arizona Cardinals’ schedule saw them take on the AFC South this season, and through three games, the team is a perfect 3-0 against foes from that division.Wins over the Houston Texans, Jacksonville Jaguars and Indianapolis Colts have helped keep the team in the playoff race, and a victory over the fourth and final team, the Tennessee Titans, is essentially a must if the team is to keep hope alive. “I think so,” quarterback Carson Palmer said when asked if it helps. “Having two opportunities to play against them last year is huge. “But at the same time, they had two opportunities to play against — obviously different players, but the same scheme. It definitely helps you in the personnel department and mismatch department, what you’re trying to accomplish on offense, so yeah, I think it’s definitely helped us.”For many Cardinals, the AFC South is unfamiliar territory. The last time Arizona played the division was 2009, with the team beating Houston and Jacksonville while losing to Indianapolis and Tennessee. Just six players on the current roster were on the team that year, and for perspective, the starting QBs in that game were Matt Leinart for the Cardinals and Vince Young for the Titans. Plenty has changed since then, but little has changed since Arians and his staff were roaming the division’s sidelines just last season.“Usually when you play someone like the AFC South and you’re from the NFC West it’s an unusual opponent for you, and for us it’s almost like a normal week when it comes to these guys,” Colledge said. “They’ve been game planning these guys for a long time and they know their tendencies and know what to expect, and that helps us with the process.” Granted, the coaches’ knowledge can only take a team so far. As Arians alluded to, at some point it comes down to players simply doing their jobs and making plays. While the coaches’ knowledge of the opponents may help in the game plan, it’s up to the men on the field to execute it. Which is why cornerback Jerraud Powers, who spent his first four NFL seasons in the AFC South as a member of the Colts, doesn’t see much of advantage at all.“I just think our mentality is to take it one game at a time and try to execute the game plan the best that we can,” he said, noting Arians himself was only in the division one year. “I wouldn’t just say we were familiar with the AFC South and that’s why we’ve had success. It’s just kind of how the chips fall, if they may.”Including this season, the Cardinals hold a 16-15 record against the four AFC South teams. Of all the divisions in the NFL, it’s the one the team has faced off against the least.But what the Cardinals franchise lacks in experience the coaching staff makes up for in knowledge, and up to this point, that has been most beneficial. Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires ErrorOK… ErrorOK Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share So it’s a good thing, then, that the Cardinals have an idea of what they’re going up against. “It does help, there’s no doubt about it,” head coach Bruce Arians said of being familiar with the conference. “When you play those teams as long as we’ve played them — it seems like I’ve played Tennessee once or twice a year for the last 10 years — but it helps knowing their guys.”However, knowing an opponent only helps a team so much. Arians acknowledged that it all comes down to how well his players play. But Arians and much of his staff spent last season in the division, so there was, and is, an advantage to be had.“In this league you’ll take anything you can get, any little help you can get,” guard Daryn Colledge said. “Having a staff like this that knows these opponents helps us out a lot.”On average, the Cardinals have beaten their AFC South opponents by a score of 31-16, though the numbers are a bit skewed due to a 40-11 romp over the Colts a few weeks ago. But the idea that the staff’s knowledge has played a role in the team’s success is not necessarily unfounded. Top Stories
24Mar Rep. Runestad introduces bills requiring refugee placement to become safer and more transparent State Rep. Jim Runestad, R-White Lake, today introduced legislation to make refugee placements in Michigan both safe and more transparent, while also giving local government a voice in the process as required by federal immigration law.House Bills 5528-5529 will protect both our communities and refugees entering our communities.Michigan receives more refugees per capita than any other state in the nation, but it lacks a framework for defining how many refugees and families our state is capable of serving.“There is currently no system involving state and local governments for oversight of refugees entering the state,” said Rep. Runestad. “This is not only a security risk to our state, but is wide open for human trafficking abuses.“As a parent, I have a duty to protect my children, and as a state lawmaker, I have a duty to protect the rights of our local governments and our rights under the U.S. Constitution and federal law.”Rep. Runestad said federal immigration law requires that local governments be notified prior to placement of refugees in their communities and that they be involved in the process of placement and defining their local capacity for refugee placements. “This is being totally ignored leaving counties, schools and the state in the dark until placements have been made,” said Rep. Runestad. “Moreover, placements are made without regard to the ability of the school district to provide services or employability opportunities for the individual refugee.“The bills I introduced today propose an outline for communication between state departments and local governments in order to maximize placement success and minimize security risks for the state and refugees as allowed under current immigration law.”HBs 5528-5529 are referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Ethics.###### Tags: #SB, HB 5528, HB 5529, Runestad Categories: Featured news,News,Runestad News
Alexandra ForslundSwedish free and pay TV broadcaster TV4 Group has named Alexandra Forslund as project manager for news. Forslund, who previously worked for news site Expressen.se, and has also worked for newspapers Aftonbladet and Norrköping, will join TV4 in the autumn.News programming director Viveka Hansson said Forslund had many years of experience in digital development and was “custom made” for the job.
Netflix shows, led by Orange is the New Black, completely dominated the list of most in-demand US digital originals in France at the end June, according to research by Parrot Analytics.Parrot Analytics analyses the demand for recent popular digital titles across international markets, based on the application of artificial intelligence to expressions of demand across social media, fan sites, peer-to-peer protocols and file-sharing platforms.In the week from June 26-July 2, Orange is the New Black saw an average of 5.965 million ‘demand expressions’ of this type, making the US prison drama by far the most sought-after show.Netflix accounted for all slots in the top 10 digital originals for this week, with sci-fi show Sense8 and Pablo Escobar drama Narcos taking the number two and three slots, totalling 4.4 million and 4.36 million in-demand expressions respectively.The other shows in the French top 10 were 13 Reasons Why, House of Cards, Stranger Things, Black Mirror, Marvel’s Iron Fist, Daredevil and The Last Kingdom.As part of a new collaboration with Parrot Analytics, Digital TV Europe will provide regular updates on the most in-demand shows across key European markets in the coming months, based on Parrot’s unique datasets.
Platinum was in rally mode almost from the moment that trading began at the 6 p.m. New York open on Monday evening, hitting its interim high minutes after Zurich opened. From there it got sold down until about 20 minutes before the Comex open—and then away it went to the upside once again, hitting its high tick about 10:45 a.m. EST. After that it chopped sideways into the close. Platinum finished the Tuesday session at $1,187 spot, up $12 from Monday’s close. Here’s the six-month U.S. dollar index to put this week’s movements into some sort of perspective. The silver equities put in a carbon-copy performance, except for the fact that at their high tick, they were up over 4%. The downside from there was the same, complete with the mystery not-for-profit seller between 2:20 and 3:00 p.m. EST. Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed down 0.99%. We’ve seen many instances in the last several months where big intraday gains have all but disappeared by the close or, like yesterday, down on the day. It doesn’t look like free-market trading to me—but you’re entitled to your own opinion on that. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that 246 gold and 2 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Friday. The big short/issuer was HSBC USA with 234 contracts—and the only long/stopper of note was JPMorgan out of its in-house (proprietary) trading account with 242 contracts. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Tuesday trading session showed that December gold open interest declined by 41 contracts—and is now down to 545 contracts minus, of course, the 246 contracts due to be delivery on Friday. Silver open interest for December dropped by 4 contracts—and is now down to 31 contracts, minus the two in the previous paragraph. After a 96,000 troy ounce deposit in GLD last Friday, an authorized participant removed a very chunky 374,652 troy ounces yesterday—almost 12 metric tonnes. That’s a lot. To go along with that big withdrawal in GLD, there was even more gargantuan withdrawal from SLV. This time an authorized participant removed 5,842,153 troy ounces. There has been no price activity during the last five trading days that would warrant withdrawals of this size in either GLD or SLV. Withdrawals maybe, but nothing that would justify these amounts. I would guess that that the metal withdrawn was more desperately needed elsewhere. The good folks over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank updated their Web site with the changes in their gold and silver ETFs as of the close of trading on Friday, December 19—and here is what they had to report: Their gold ETF sold 39,647 troy ounces, which is a pretty decent amount for this ETF. In silver, that ETF declined by 65,418 troy ounces. There was a small sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday. They sold 1,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—1,000 one-ounce 24k Gold Buffaloes—and another 55,000 Silver Eagles. Monday was a real yawner over at the Comex-approved depositories. In gold, only 21,379 troy ounces were reported received—all at Canada’s Scotiabank—and nothing was shipped out. In silver, nothing was reported received—and only 25,001 troy ounces were shipped out—all out of Brink’s, Inc. I have the usual number of stories for a midweek column—and I hope you have time over the next few days to read the ones that interest you. There is the matter of extraordinary sales of Silver Eagles from the U.S. Mint. Since April 2011, the U.S. Mint has produced and sold 140 million Silver Eagles, more than in any similar period of time, in a price environment that can only be termed putrid and in which sales of Gold Eagles were notably lower. I would estimate that JPMorgan purchased close to half of the 140 million Silver Eagles sold since April 2011. According to very reliable sources on the retail front, investment demand has been lower over this time, as retail buyers do not buy strongly into a declining price environment in any investment asset. Yet we know for a fact that there has been extraordinary buying of Silver Eagles, even while Gold Eagle sales cooled off notably, so someone had to be buying [them]. If there is one thing that JPMorgan is expert at, given that it commands an army of lobbyists and has more government officials in its back pocket than any other entity on the face of the earth, it is the exploitation of U.S. law and regulations. JPMorgan knew that [the] law dictated that the Mint must produce enough Silver (and Gold) Eagles to meet demand. That law was never intended to allow a single big buyer to demand the extraordinary amount of Silver Eagles that JPMorgan desired to buy, but that’s the purpose behind the exploitation of the law. The Mint sells Silver Eagles at the prevailing price of silver on the day of the sale. In essence, the Comex price of silver is the price of silver. By controlling the price of COMEX silver, JPMorgan sets the price at which it will buy Silver Eagles. It’s the perfect crime – JPMorgan sets the price of Comex silver and then demands as many coins as the Mint and its suppliers can produce, even if that means producing the coins on a 24/7 basis. Hey, that’s the law. And remember when JPMorgan increased its Comex short position in the summer, assuring that prices were about to drop and what occurred as a result? Sales of Silver Eagles nosedived temporarily and only resumed after prices were brought lower by this crooked bank. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 20 December 2014 Not much happened yesterday in the precious metal markets—even though I was ready for any possible scenario. And as I mentioned at the top of this column, all the excellent gains [and then some] in the silver and gold equities vanished before the trading day was done, which is a scenario we’ve seen on more occasions that I care to remember during the last few months. The only six-month chart I have is the one for natural gas, as it set a new intraday low for this move down. The dollar index finished the Monday trading session at 89.79—and when it opened on Monday evening, it began to slide a bit, with the 89.65 low coming a minute or two after 9 a.m. GMT on their Tuesday morning. The rally that commenced at the point, ended at its 90.14 high a minute or so before the London p.m. gold fix. After that it chopped sideways in a very tight range—and finished the Tuesday session at 90.07—up another 28 basis points. As I type this paragraph, the London open is five minutes away. Precious metal prices are doing precisely nothing. Gold volume isn’t quite 10,000 contracts as of yet—and silver’s volume is barely at 2,000 contracts. The dollar index is down 10 basis points. Absolutely nothing to see here. And as I send this out the door at 5:11 a.m. EST, I see that not much has changed since I reported a couple of hours ago. Volumes are a bit higher, but inconsequential—and the dollar index is now down 18 basis points and back below the 90.00 mark. I’m not expecting much to happen between now and the weekend, as most traders will be on holidays—and I expect New York to close early today. Before stepping out the door myself, I thought I’d leave you with this very traditional 16th century English Christmas carol. Here’s the Lithuanian male vocal group “Quorum” singing the ” Coventry Carol” a cappella style, which is the way it was originally performed. The link is here—and you’ll never hear a better recording of it than this. Enjoy! Season’s Greetings—and have a wonderful Christmas. I’ll see you on Saturday—and Friday maybe. Palladium didn’t do much, chopping higher in a five dollar range—and closed at $812—up $3 on the day. Except for a dime’s worth of up/down action in the early going in Far East trading on their Tuesday morning, the silver price didn’t do a lot until 1 p.m. in London. At that point there was a vicious 2% down/up move that got hammered flat almost immediately—and just minutes before the Comex open. After that, the price didn’t do a lot, but did rally into positive territory in the last 30 minutes of trading before the 5:15 p.m. EST close of electronic trading. The low and high ticks were reported as $15.895 and $15.56 in the March contract. Silver finished the Tuesday session at $15.79 spot, up 11 cents from Monday’s close. Season’s Greetings—and have a wonderful Christmas The gold price started out the Tuesday session the same as it did on Monday, with the high tick coming just before the London open—and then drifted lower. There was no surprise in New York trading yesterday—and the low tick came at 3:15 p.m. EST. from there it rallied about $5 into the close. The high and low ticks are barely worth the effort to look, but the CME recorded them as $1,184.90 and $1,172.40 in the February contract. Gold closed in New York yesterday at $1,176.90 spot, up a whole 20 cents from Monday. Volume, net of December and January was 111,000 contracts. The gold stocks opened unchanged—and then rallied strongly, hitting their highs around 12:20 p.m. EST—and up over 3%. 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Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 29 2019More than a third of young adults report using both cannabis and tobacco or nicotine products, providing a unique challenge to public health officials as cannabis is legalized in more jurisdictions, according to a new RAND Corporation study.Studying a group of young adults from California, researchers examined the many different ways that cannabis and tobacco or nicotine products are used together — a byproduct of the introduction of new vaping devices and other delivery methods.Among those surveyed, young adults who used cannabis and tobacco or nicotine together in some way (either using one right after the other or by mixing the products together) tended to consume more marijuana and tobacco or nicotine products, and report poorer functioning and more problematic behaviors compared to those who used did not use both products together. The study is published online by the journal Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.”There is growing concern that as more states legalize marijuana, there also will be an increase in tobacco use because the two substances may be used together,” said Joan Tucker, lead author of the study and a senior behavioral scientist at RAND, a nonprofit research organization. “Co-use of cannabis and tobacco could reverse some of the progress made on reducing rates of tobacco use.”Mixing cannabis and tobacco is more common in some other countries compared to the U.S. But in recent years, cannabis and tobacco or nicotine co-use in the U.S. has risen among adults, coinciding with greater availability and diversity of cannabis, tobacco and vaping products. In the U.S., national data show that young adults between the ages of 18 and 25 are more likely to use cannabis, tobacco or nicotine products than any other age group.Studies on the issue thus far have have been limited in scope. They typically have not accounted for the use of newer vaping products nor examined whether certain ways of co-using these substances is associated with greater problems.RAND researchers surveyed more than 2,400 young adults during 2017 and 2018. Participants have taken part in an ongoing study of substance use patterns from adolescence to young adulthood. While they originally were recruited in 2008 from 16 middle schools across Southern California, they now live in more than 400 neighborhoods throughout the state.Related StoriesResearchers study cannabis dosage to reduce seizures in children with severe epilepsyCreating a physical and genetic map of Cannabis sativaGene associated with increased risk of cannabis abuseAmong the young adults in the RAND survey, about half reported using cannabis during the past year, and 43% reported using some type of tobacco or nicotine product during the same period. About 37% reported co-use of the substances at some point during the past year. More than 80% of the young adults who reported past-year marijuana use also reported past-year tobacco use.Using both substances sequentially (one right after the other) on the same occasion was reported by 17% of the young adults, and 14% reported using the substances together by mixing them in the same device.The study found that co-use of cannabis and tobacco or nicotine is associated with worse functioning, including poorer mental and physical health, as well as greater problematic behaviors such as fighting, skipping school, being fired and getting in trouble with the police.Young adults who used both products in the past year, but did not use them on the same occasion, did not show greater risk compared to those who used only one of these products.”How these products are used together matters in terms of potential health consequences and functioning among people in their late teens and early 20s,” Tucker said. “Our findings suggest that we can no longer just think about the consequences of tobacco use or marijuana use alone — we have to think about them together.”For example, programs designed to educate people about the health risks of tobacco or cannabis probably need to address both substances at the same time, Tucker said.Support for the study was provided by the California Tobacco-Related Disease Research Grants Program Office of the University of California and the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. Other authors of the study are Eric Pedersen, Rachana Seelam, Michael Dunbar, Regina Shih and Elizabeth D’Amico.The RAND Social and Economic Well-Being division seeks to actively improve the health, social and economic well-being of populations and communities throughout the world. Source:https://www.rand.org/
Founded by former People’s Liberation Army (PLA) engineer Ren Zhengfei, Washington suspects Huawei has deep ties to China’s military and thus poses a security threat.US President Donald Trump placed Huawei last month on a blacklist prohibiting US firms from selling components to the company, raising tensions in the US-China trade war. A 90-day reprieve was granted.Several research papers published since 2009 show Huawei employees have worked with researchers at different arms of the People’s Liberation Army, according to an AFP review of academic papers. Bloomberg News first reported on the collaborations.Military and private sector collaboration is common in many countries but Huawei has gone to great lengths to deny any close relationship with the Chinese government or military.Microsoft researchers in China for instance raised eyebrows earlier this year for their work with scholars affiliated with a Chinese military-backed university—researchers from the same university worked with a Huawei employee on at least one project.Huawei employees and PLA members have worked together on at least 10 research projects including artificial intelligence and radio communications, according to Bloomberg News.Ren has denied Huawei maintains military connections. “We don’t have any R&D collaboration or partnerships with the PLA-affiliated institutions,” Ren told journalists in January, according to a Huawei transcript.”We are probably selling a small amount of civilian products to the PLA, but I don’t know the exact number, because it is not our major customer,” he said at the time. But the academic papers list the names of the researchers and the Huawei units they work for. Huawei has gone to great lengths to deny any close relationship with the Chinese government or military Another paper was authored by an employee at Huawei’s Beijing office who teamed up with a computer scientist from the National University of Defense Technology, and other researchers, to look into methods of analysing software quality, security and reliability. Huawei is not aware of its employees publishing research papers in their individual capacity, a company spokeswoman said in a statement, adding that Huawei does not have any R&D collaboration with PLA-affiliated institutions.The defence ministry said it does not comment on academic research.”As everybody knows Huawei is a privately-owned company that has developed independently,” added ministry spokesman Ren Guoqiang at a monthly briefing on Thursday.”There is no such thing as (Huawei) having a Chinese military background,” he said.Since coming under fire from Washington last year, Huawei has adopted an aggressive media push to deny the alleged close relations with Beijing and espionage accusations. But the denials, particularly from founder and CEO Ren, have occasionally led to messaging mishaps for the company.In an interview with the BBC in February, Ren denied that Huawei received government subsidies.But Huawei records show the company has taken in hundreds of millions of dollars in research grants from the Chinese government over the last decade—in addition to being awarded heavily subsidised land and massive credit lines from state policy banks to help sell its telecom gear abroad. A Huawei spokeswoman later told AFP that Ren meant Huawei did not receive any “special” subsidies from the government. The founder and CEO of Huawei Ren Zhengfei is a former People’s Liberation Army engineer Huawei employees have teamed up with Chinese military scientists to carry out research, a collaboration that challenges the telecom giant’s assertion that it has no ties to the country’s government or armed forces. This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further © 2019 AFP Citation: Huawei staff pair up with Chinese military on research (2019, June 27) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-06-huawei-staff-pair-chinese-military.html ‘No military background’An employee at Huawei’s Shanghai office is listed as the lead author of one research project alongside a member of PLA unit 78156 and another researcher at an investigative centre under the Central Military Commission.The project focused on better understanding and classifying the emotions of comments on online videos and appeared to be funded by a Chinese government information security programme. China’s Huawei to sell stake in undersea-cable unit