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Through 22 consecutive innings — spanning from the second inning of Sunday’s loss to the San Luis Obispo Blues to the end of the fifth inning of Thursday’s game against the Healdsburg Prune Packers — the Humboldt Crabs scored one lone run.During the final four innings of Thursday’s game the Crabs, which entered the contest averaging less than 2.5 runs-per-game, scored a dozen runs en route to a 12-7 comeback win over the Prune Packers at Recreation Park in Healdsburg.“We’ve been struggling …
Lille inform Chelsea, PSG they’re ready to sell Thiago Mendesby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLille have informed Chelsea they’re prepared to sell Thiago Mendes next month.Last summer, Chelsea asked Lille to keep them informed of the Brazilian’s situation with the view to bringing him to England.RMC says Lille have told suitors they’re prepared to sell Thiago Mendes in January.Chelsea are in contact, along with Wolfsburg and Schalke 04.PSG are also interested in the midfielder, who they see as a replacement for contract rebel Adrien Rabiot. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
(Nikita Jack, right, with Zane Kahpeaysewat, left. RCMP officers are trying to contact Jack. Facebook photo)APTN National News UPDATESurrey RCMP investigators have been in touch with someone who had recently interacted with Nikita Jack and she appeared to be fine and not in any immediate harm, her aunt Jo-Ann Isaac said.Isaac said RCMP had contacted family members to relay the news, but would divulge little more.Isaac said police would continue the investigation.It remains unclear where Jack is at the moment. Jack’s bank card was used in Calgary, police said Tuesday.Jack’s family reported her missing to police on Feb. 12. Her family said she went missing on Feb. 10 after dropping off her three-year-old daughter at a cousin’s house in Surrey, B.C.By Jorge BarreraAPTN National NewsSurrey RCMP investigators are trying to track down a 23-year-old First Nations woman who was last seen this past Thursday after leaving her three-year-old daughter at a relative’s home in Surrey, B.C.Nikita Jack disappeared after she stopped by her aunt’s home with her daughter Hazel in the evening to pick up two pieces of mail. She told her cousin who was home that she was stepping out to flag down a friend who was coming by to pick her to go out for coffee.The RCMP has not been able to contact Jack, but banking transactions indicate her bank card was used several times over the last few days. The last transaction occurred in Calgary and her bank card was used previously to buy a bus ticket in Langley, B.C., for a trip to Kamloops, B.C.Investigators have not been able to confirm who is using Jack’s bank card. Police do not yet have visual identification of Jack using her card.“We are treating it as a missing persons case,” said Cpl. Holly Turton. “Once we have determined she is okay, our investigation will be concluded. Until we do that we are going to continue and it will be treated as a missing persons investigation.”As of Tuesday afternoon, Jack, who kept in constant contact with friends and family by text messaging, Facebook and email, had not been in touch with anyone since Thursday.Jack’s family and friends are concerned for her safety and issued a press release and photograph Monday urging the public to contact police if they spotted her.Jack is described as being “Aboriginal” in appearance and about 5’5 in height. She has two tattoos on her hands. On her left hand are the initials NJ, which stands for her name, and ZK on her right hand, which stands for Zane Kahpeaysewat, a boyfriend who has had trouble with the law.The tattoo on her right hand is infected, her aunt Jo-Ann Isaac said.Jack’s mother Angie Isaac said Jack met Kahpeaysewat in Kamloops, they broke up and got back together. Kahpeaysewat spent a stint in a B.C. jail and was released in January, said Isaac.“I met him once in Kamloops he didn’t say much to us, we didn’t have much eye contact,” said Isaac.The family believes that Kahpeaysewat may hold the answer to Jack’s current situation.“We don’t know if she is with him or where she is,” said Jack’s father Gerald Jack, his voice quivering with emotion. “We haven’t got a clue. As a father, I have been spinning like crazy. I don’t know what to think. I am afraid for her safety.”Kahpeaysewat’s travelling options, however, are limited. He is wanted by Saskatoon police for assault causing bodily harm for a domestic related situation. A police spokeswoman said the warrant out for his arrest is limited to Saskatchewan.Nikita Jack’s friend Sylvia Charlie, who visited Jack’s empty apartment, said Jack was with Kahpeaysewat last Thursday afternoon. Charlie said she took care of Hazel while the two went out for about three hours, coming back around 4 p.m.“When she came back, she didn’t seem like herself. She looked really down,” said Charlie. “She went and grabbed her daughter and hugged her and told her that she loved her.”Charlie said she then saw Jack go to the refrigerator and begin gathering photos of her and her daughter. The photos were back on the refrigerator when she returned to the apartment Sunday night, she said.A few hours after Charlie left following the babysitting stint, Jack texted her cousin asking if there was any mail for her. Jack lived with her aunt before moving out on her own.“She said she was going to come over within the half our,” said Tim Leon, Jack’s cousin.While she was with Leon she checked two pieces of mail, chatted on a cell phone and then said she had to step out to meet a friend at the end of the road who didn’t remember the address.“It was 10 to 15 minutes…and then 20 minutes and still nothing,” said Leon. “Then, I kind of got worried and started calling her, sending text messages and no answer.”Leon said Jack left a bag of Hazel’s clothes, a car seat and a stroller outside.Her daughter was inside. It was about 8 p.m.Friends and family do not believe Jack would willingly abandon her daughter.“She has a daughter she loves,” said her friend Vanetta Billy on Monday during a march in Vancouver commemorating hundreds of murdered and missing Aboriginal women. “She would not do something like this.”[email protected]
Road repairs. Funding will rise to the highest levels in Michigan history as the state addresses one of its most urgent needs. Overall, the state will have pumped more than $2 billion in additional funds into roads and bridges over a three-year period by the upcoming budget year – with more money coming in the future. Savings for taxpayers. A prison would be closed, reflecting successful efforts to reduce Michigan’s inmate population. Budgets for several state departments decline as state government becomes more efficient and eliminates waste. Overall, the House plan spends less money next budget year – continuing a trend of spending less annually while prioritizing what’s most important. Categories: LaFave News,News State Rep. Beau LaFave joined his House colleagues today in approving a state budget that reduces overall spending while still making record-high investments in schools and roads.“This is the first step in a long process, but today we put our best foot forward,” LaFave said.“People in the Upper Peninsula have emphasized the need for better roads, more money going directly into classrooms, and protection of our treasured natural resources,” LaFave said. “This budget is a blueprint for investing in our future with record K-12 school funding, increased investment in skilled trades, and funding to preserve and protect our natural resources. This is all achieved without growing state government.“The budget approved today also includes $2.6 million for additional wildlife testing to monitor the spread of diseases like chronic wasting disease, which could decimate our deer population,” LaFave said. “Hunting is a $2.3 billion industry in Michigan, and preventing the spread of chronic wasting disease is vital to the Upper Peninsula’s economy.”The House plan for the budget year beginning Oct. 1 focuses on:More than a quarter of the House’s overall budget proposal goes to K-12 schools, with $14.8 billion establishing a new record for K-12 investment – including the largest annual per-student increase in 15 years, ranging from $120-240 per student. Early literacy and support for academically at-risk students are priorities. Most schools in the communities I serve will receive $240 per student. Community colleges also receive a 1 percent funding increase to prepare students for the future. 24Apr Rep. LaFave: Fiscally responsible budget focuses on schools, roads, and natural resources Health care. Access to mental health services will be improved so Michigan residents can live healthier, happier and more independent lives. Services to military veterans, problem-solving courts and other efforts reflecting the House CARES initiative would be enhanced. Incentives would be added to provide more doctors in underserved rural and urban areas. Community safety. The plan funds training of 130 new Michigan State Police troopers – putting our trooper strength at its highest level in 18 years. A $1.5 million investment to further reduce the backlog for testing rape kits and develop a statewide tracking system will help ensure a backlog never occurs again. School safety. More than $25 million would be added to improve school security. Campus safety: Provisions to raise standards for handling sexual assault complaints at universities are included. Veteran services. This budget increases funding county veteran service offices that provide vital information to the men and women who served our nation. Each county veterans service office is eligible for a grant of at least $25,000. Workforce development. More than $100 million is added to talent development and workforce preparation programs at the K-12 level, plus significant investments in other programs such as Going PRO. It’s part of the strategy to continue Michigan’s economic comeback, which has seen unemployment drop from 14.6 percent in June 2009 to 4.7 percent last month. Plan emphasizes what matters most to U.P. residents House Bills 5578-9 advance to the Senate as work to finalize the next state budget continues.###
In This Issue.* Gold & Commodities plunge even further. * Currencies join in with stocks and commodities. * RBA talks about low inflation. * U.S. data cupboard returns.And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!Will The Healing Last?Good day. And a Tom Terrific Tuesday to you! What a horrific scene in Boston at the Boston Marathon Finish Line yesterday. On Patriot’s Day in Boston, someone or some group planted bombs near the finish line and set them off yesterday as thousands of participants attempted to finish and spectators watched. Here’s what I know at this point: The White House says the explosion will be handled as an act of terror. Three people have lost their lives and over 100 are injured with at least 8 in a critical condition. So far, no group has come forward to take responsibility for the attack.So, it’s with sadness that I begin today’s letter. I have to think that we as a country have been pretty lucky that we don’t experience this type of stuff like they do in the U.K. So, let’s keep the people in Boston in our thoughts, and move on to the markets.Well. Yesterday, I told you about how Gold was down $80 in the morning. Then as the morning went along, it seemed some healing was happening and Gold began to bounce, but that bounce had little to the ounce and soon Gold was back on the slippery slope as I left the office for the day. The Gold to stocks trade, didn’t carry through as even U.S. stocks got taken to the woodshed yesterday, It was all about buying Treasuries, as the 10-year Treasury yield fell to 1.67% (remember for bonds yield and price move in opposite directions, so as the yield falls, the price goes up)There are more thoughts out on the street about why Gold is falling like a rock from the sky, but I think I’ll stick with my theory that the “boys” on Wall Street are behind all this, and probably with the blessings, wink and nod from the Gov’t. they saw an opening to drive the price down, and they did. And will continue to do so, until they feel that Elvis has left the building. (masses have panicked and sold). That’s my story and I’m sticking to it!Long time readers know that I have quoted my friend, Bill Bonner, many times over the years, and so in this time of crazy theories about what’s going on, I turn to Bill to see what he thinks. By the way, one of the theories out there, plays well with my conspiracy tendencies. It goes like this. The Big Boys in concert with the U.S. Gov’t are driving the price of Gold lower, so that the U.S. can buy it cheaper, and therefore have the Gold to deliver to Germany. Hey. I’ve heard of crazier things that turned out to be fact! OK.. any way. here’s a snippet of what Bill Bonner had to say about the Gold selling that the NY Times reported on yesterday.NY Times- “So Wall Street is growing increasingly bearish on gold, and investment that banks and others had deftly marketed to the masses only a few years ago.”Bill Bonner’s response – “Ha-ha. Do you remember Wall Street deftly marketing gold to the masses a few years ago? Show us the ads! Give us the broker’s phone logs! Prove it! The fact is, the masses never got anywhere near gold. Not even close. Most people have never seen a gold coin.. Which is why we’re nowhere near a top. Wall Street never marketed gold deftly.. or any other way. Not even in its usual greedy, heavy-handed fashion. And the masses never bought it. Just the opposite. Yes, dear reader, we hope Goldman and SocGen are right. We’d like to see gold crash down around $1,300… or lower. First, because this would mark a real correction in the bull market. It’s been going on for 12 years without a serious correction. Not a healthy situation. We’d like to get the correction out of the way… shaking out the Johnnies-come-lately and the two-bit speculators. Then, the final stage in the bull market could begin.”I usually get the ship righted after reading Bill’s thoughts. Any way.This selling has been a paper event. Yes, an ETF liquidation, and that’s what leads me to believe that when the paper selling is over, the physical demand which has remained strong all during the 20% drop in Gold’s price since reaching a high of $1,921 a couple of years ago, will take over, and a slow grinding recovery will take place. When will that happen? I don’t know. Better asked of the “boys” who are doing the paper selling.OK. So, yesterday, the Commodities and Commodity Currencies were the assets on the chopping blocks, the rest of the currencies held their own. Well, the selling of the Commodities and Commodity Currencies became too much to bear, and eventually the selling spilled over to the rest of the currencies. The thing I found to be surprising though was the selloff in U.S. stocks yesterday. That was not something I expected during this sell Gold and risk assets timetable.But that was yesterday. But it’s not the end of the world, just a slight change of plans. This morning, I’m seeing some healing once again, with Gold up $35, the euro back to 1.31, and the Aussie dollar (A$) up 1/2-cent. Yesterday, I said something about the A$ that I was shocked that thousands of readers didn’t throw right back in my face. I said that the A$ was down $1. YIKES! That should have been 1-cent! Thanks for not spanking me with that faux-pas!The A$ move higher is curious, given the Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) meeting minutes that printed last night, in which the RBA talked about how the lower inflation gives them room to cut rates, and then made a statement about how the A$ had remained “high”. The markets like to get all lathered up over these meeting minutes that Central Banks print a month after the meeting took place. I find that laughable, but then, it’s the markets, it’s not as if these guys are rocket scientists! But that’s the norm in the markets, Shoot Rudy, they do the same thing with backwards looking data!It’s been some time since I talked about the German Chancellor, Angela Merkel. And that’s probably a good thing! But this morning in Germany, the Chancellor told a crowd something that I think she should be commended for. Let’s listen in. “We know that there will have to be victims from this austerity in many countries. But, I believe that in the long term we’ll have to have a growth strategy without always having to pile on debt. The piling up of debt is often made into a type of obligation to serve the principle of growth. All of that is false. It’s not sustainable in the long term.”I think that Ms Merkel had U.S. Treasury Sec Lew in mind with those comments, as it was just last week that Mr. Lew, told the Eurozone Finance Chiefs that they needed to shift toward generating economic expansion like the U.S. has done through monetary measures. You know, we have no idea where all these monetary measures are going to take us, but I would pin my colors to the mast that calls for mass problems, and not the mast that says we’ll be just fine from all these stimulus measures.The Petrol Currencies that include: Norway, Brazil, Canada, Mexico and even the U.K. not only had to deal with the selling in the Commodity Currencies, but also the selling and the subsequent drop in price of Oil. The WTI Oil price which is the one I quote in the currency roundup each day is below $90 (at $88) and the Brent Oil price has fallen below $100. Still a long way from the $40 oil I was promised 2 years ago.Another thing weighing on the markets is the renewed war rhetoric from N. Korea. News of N. Korea’s warning to S. Korea that a “strike will start without any notice” is not doing the risk asset any favors this morning. But, a recovery in the risk assets, like I told you about above is going on, so maybe the markets are beginning to think of N. Korea’s warnings like the boy who cried wolf. probably not a good idea, but it is what it is.And for those of you keeping score at home, the Chinese have added another country to their roster of countries that they trade with and exchange each other’s currencies, leaving out U.S. dollars from the terms of trade. This time it’s France. OK, the agreement hasn’t actually been signed yet, but like the other countries that were added to China’s roster, once the verbal announcement has been made, the actually signing is just a formality. France is actually getting a leg up on the competition by doing this. You see, Paris would love to be the offshore renminbi / yuan trading hub in Europe, beating out London. So, getting into bed with the Chinese now, might serve them better when the time comes.As I told you yesterday, the U.S. Data Cupboard has some items to yield to us today. Two of my faves. Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization, Housing Starts, and Building Permits will all print their results for March today. We’ll also see the stupid CPI reports and you can bet your sweet bippie that some Gov’t official will make certain to point out that inflation in the U.S. is still not a problem. I do expect to see some more rot on the vine exposed, in the Industrial Production and Capacity Utilization reports. And once again, I’ll do my best Alfred E. Newman, and say, recovery? What recovery?Then There Was This. Caroline Baum, a columnist for Bloomberg News, has always been a fave read of mine. Yesterday, she submitted this article on Japan, and the U.S. Treasury. It’s a good read, so here’s a snippet.“With a new president and central bank governor in place, Japan has finally decided to get serious. Earlier this year, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe announced a “monetary regime change” including a 2 percent inflation target. On April 4, following its regular meeting, the Bank of Japan made its “quantitative and qualitative monetary easing” official.The BOJ will double the monetary base by purchasing about 7.5 trillion yen of Japanese government bonds per month. It plans to extend the average maturity of its portfolio from three to seven years. And it will continue such actions until it achieves its inflation target.In other words, the BOJ is doing exactly what the Federal Reserve is doing.And for this it gets a warning from the U.S. Treasury “to refrain from competitive devaluation and targeting its exchange rate for competitive purposes”?Chuck again. yes. this a case of the kettle calling the pot black. I just don’t see how the U.S. can do the “do as we say, not as we do” thing, and then beat on Japan for doing what they said to do.To recap. The selling continued all through the day yesterday in Gold and then the other currencies joined in. But that was yesterday, and today, we’re seeing some healing in the price of Gold and the currencies. The gold selloff has been an ETF, paper event, folks. not physical gold. I keep saying that.Currencies today 4/16/13. American Style: A$ $1.0374, kiwi .8490, C$ .9790, euro 1.3120, sterling 1.5310, Swiss $1.0790, . European Style: rand 9.1335, krone 5.7335, SEK 6.3875, forint 224.85, zloty 3.1365, koruna 19.7105, RUB 31.34, yen 97.85, sing 1.2355, HKD 7.7620, INR 54.14, China 6.2408, pesos 12.17, BRL 2.005, Dollar Index 82.15, Oil $88.22, 10-year 1.71%, Silver $23.52, and Gold $1,386.39That’s it for today. With all the news stations going 24/7 on the Bombing in Boston last night, I was taken back, in my mind, to 2001. The strange chills returned with each news update. At least I was able to watch my Cardinals and get my mind off that stuff for a couple of hours. I made my presentation on our business yesterday, I guess it went OK, nobody threw darts at me! I have one more day of “stuff” to do and write in my office today, and then back out to the trade desk! So, did you get your taxes filed? I actually came out about even this year, which is always a good thing for me, but somehow, I paid a higher tax rate than the President. I’ll stop there, before I say something that gets me in trouble! I hope you have a Tom Terrific Tuesday , and keep those folks in Boston in your thoughts.Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837
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