APTN National NewsMONCTON, NB.-The push by Assembly of First Nations national Chief Shawn Atleo to radically alter Canada’s relationship with First Nations has left some chiefs wondering whether the national organization is overreaching on its mandate.Some chiefs in Saskatchewan and Quebec crafted a resolution aimed at curtailing the national organization a day after the AFN unveiled plans to not only get rid of the Indian Act, but also the Aboriginal Affairs department.“The chiefs-in-assembly have not mandated the Assembly of First Nations to formally engage in a process with the federal government on their behalf on legislation that impacts and or abrogates inherent and Treaty rights,” reads the resolution, which failed to make debate Wednesday despite efforts by some chiefs to have it reach the floor of the assembly. “First Nations are the only ones who can negotiate, repeal or amend the Indian Act or negotiate the development of federal legislation with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada.”The resolution was backed by Thunderchild First Nation Chief Delbert Wapass from Saskatchewan and Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg First Nation Chief Gilbert Whiteduck from Quebec.The resolution is expected to reach the floor for the debate Thursday, but many of the Saskatchewan chiefs who wanted to speak to it will already be on their way home, said Chief Raphael Paul, from English River First Nation in Saskatchewan.Policy analyst Russ Diabo, a Mohawk from Kahnawake, said the resolution was a bit of an “overreaction.”Diabo said Atleo has made it clear it is up to the chiefs to drive the process to change a system that is irreparably broken.Paul, however, said Saskatchewan chiefs feel that the focus of the AFN seems to be dominated by the interests of British Columbia chiefs, who form Atleo’s power base.“We are from Saskatchewan (and) B.C. has a different perspective on the treaties and they have to respect our perspective,”said Paul. “We have to protect our perspective on how we interpret our treaties.”No treaties were signed in B.C. and First Nations there have embarked on crafting modern day agreements.Paul said there needed to be more consultation before major initiatives get announced.“There was a lack of consultation, we need to be consulted before we make any move on our inherent and treaty rights,” said Paul. “I want this group to listen to us too. I was in Calgary when the all night session took place and we voted (Atleo) in and he said ‘we are going to respect your treaties’ and that is why we voted (for) him when he said that.”Atleo, in his opening speech, attempted to preempt these concerns by highlighting the uniqueness of the numbered treaties which cover Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba, parts of Ontario and the Northwest Territories.“Regardless of your specific First Nation-Crown relationship, (whether it is) pre-Confederation, numbered Treaty, modern Treaty or other agreements, we are all pursuing our own way forward based on rights and responsibilities,” Atleo said in his speech. “It is so clear to me that we all must work together and support one another.”Atleo appears to have caught the attention of Prime Minister Stephen Harper who remains open to a historic meeting with First Nations leaders which could happen as early as this fall.In a letter from Harper to Atleo, released by the AFN, the prime minister said he was also willing to hear more about Atleo’s proposals to get rid of the Indian Act and reform the treaty implementation process and the settling of comprehensive claims.“A number of factors need to be examined when considering broad-based reform proposals, such as your recommendations to eliminate the Indian Act and reform the federal approach to treaty implementation and comprehensive claims,” wrote Harper, in the June 21 letter. “I am interested in learning more about your proposals.”Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Peter Penashue, a former Innu leader, said Wednesday Ottawa would be willing to explore removing the Indian Act and replacing the department of Aboriginal Affairs if that was the will of Atleo and chiefs.
TORONTO – First Quantum Minerals Ltd. says a worker has died at its Cobre Panama construction site.The company says the worker fell while working on an electrical transmission line and that a second worker was injured in the same incident and transferred to hospital.The massive construction project in Panama had a workforce of 11,051 as of March as the company works to have the copper-focused mine start processing ore this year.First Quantum has seven operating mines in Europe, Africa and Australia as well as several development projects.The company reported three fatalities in total last year, one in 2016, and four in 2015 including one at Cobre Panama.A union disrupted work at the Cobre Panama site for more than a week in March as part of a labour dispute.Companies in this story: (TSX:FM)
Students will travel out to Doig River at 10:00 a.m. and return to school around 2:00 p.m. FORT ST. JOHN, B.C. – The grade fours of School District #60 will celebrate Doig Day tomorrow with the Doig River First Nations.Doig Day will see the students travel to Doig River to participate in cultural activities and displays. The children will learn valuable skills like bannock making, tracking, hunting, hyde preparation, and more, during the day.School District #60 has made the trip out to Doig River for over 20 years now and has no plans to stop in the near future.
Celebrated author Arundhati Roy’s new book ‘Ek Tha Doctor Ek Tha Sant’ was launched on April 5, at the Constitution Club, by a noted panel of writers, journalists and activists including Urmilesh Urmi, Dilip Mandal, Rajendra Pal Gautam, Anita Bharti, Manisha Bangar, Sunil Sardar and Anil Yadav. This book is a translation of The Doctor and the Saint: Caste, Race, and Annihilation of Caste – The Debate Between B R Ambedkar and M K Gandhi, written by Arundhati Roy. The Hindi book was translated by Ratan Lal and Anil Yadav ‘Jai Hind’. Also Read – An income drop can harm brainTalking about the book, Roy insists readers must examine both the political development and influence of M K Gandhi, and also why B R Ambedkar’s brilliant challenge to his near-divine status was suppressed by India’s elite. In Roy’s analysis, we see that Ambedkar’s fight for justice was systematically sidelined in favor of policies that reinforced caste, resulting in the current nation of India: independent of British rule, globally powerful, and marked to this day by the caste system. Also Read – Shallu Jindal honoured with Mahatma AwardBoth Ambedkar and Gandhi were their generation’s emissaries of a profound social, political and philosophical conflict that had begun long ago and has still by no means ended. The debate between Ambedkar and Gandhi is not new but the book gave a perspective to the difference. The panel discussed Ambedkar’s arguments in their vital historical context— namely, as an extended public political debate with Mohandas Gandhi. They also discussed some uncomfortable, controversial, and even surprising truths about the political thought and career of India’s most famous and most revered figure.
London: Key figures in Britain’s opposition Labour Party said Friday the government should oppose the extradition of Julian Assange to the United States. Party leader Jeremy Corbyn said in a tweet that the U.S. is trying to extradite Assange because he exposed “evidence of atrocities in Iraq and Afghanistan.” Diane Abbott, Labour’s spokeswoman for domestic affairs, told the BBC the government should block the extradition on human rights grounds, adding that much of the information that he brought into the public domain was in the public interest. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince ‘snubbed’ Pak PM, recalled jet from USAbbott said the US case against Assange is about the “embarrassment of the things he’s revealed about the American military and security services.” Police arrested the WikiLeaks founder Thursday at the Ecuadorian embassy in London after Ecuador withdrew his asylum. He is in custody awaiting sentencing for jumping bail in 2012, and is also facing what is expected to be a lengthy extradition proceeding initiated by the United States. US Justice Department officials seek to put Assange on trial for allegedly conspiring to break into a classified government computer at the Pentagon. The charge was announced after Assange was taken into custody. If found guilty, Assange faces a maximum five years in prison. It is also possible that Assange, 47, will face an extradition request from Sweden if prosecutors there decide to pursue allegations of rape and sexual misconduct against him. Also Read – Record number of 35 candidates in fray for SL Presidential pollsAssange took refuge in the Ecuadorian embassy in 2012 after he was released on bail in Britain while facing extradition to Sweden on the allegations. He had stayed inside the embassy building for seven years. Swedish prosecutors dropped the case against Assange in 2017, saying at the time there was no prospect of bringing him to Sweden because of his protected status inside the embassy. Assange received a verbal rebuke in his first court appearance Thursday afternoon when District Judge Michael Snow found him guilty of breaching his bail conditions. “Mr Assange’s behavior is that of a narcissist who cannot get beyond his own selfish interests,” Snow said. Assange’s next court appearance was set for May 2 via prison video-link in relation to the extradition case, a process that involves several layers of appeal that could take years.
Paul Pogba has reportedly informed agent Mino Raiola that he wishes to return to Juventus after his latest public dispute with Jose MourinhoThe pair have had a fractious relationship over the past year but resolved to put Pogba’s future aside until the end of the season.But, upon Mourinho’s latest choice of tactics in Manchester United’s 1-1 draw with Wolves on Saturday, TeamTalk claims Pogba is once more reconsidering his Old Trafford future.The French midfielder believes that United should not be playing defensively against a newly-promoted team like Wolves.“We’re at home, and we should play much better against Wolves,” said Pogba.“When we’re at home, we should attack, attack, attack. That’s Old Trafford. We’re here to attack. I think teams are scared when they see Manchester United attacking and attacking.Juventus confirm Mario Mandzukic could leave this month Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Sporting director Fabio Paratici confirmed reports that Mario Mandzukic could leave Juventus for a move to an unnamed Qatari team.“That was our mistake.“We should just attack and press, like we did against Tottenham, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal last season. When we play like this, it’s easier for us.”Italian news outlet Tuttosport have even created a headline stating: “Pogboom, he wants Juve”.Pogba managed 34 goals and 43 assists in 178 games across all competitions for Juventus.In his four years at Turin, Pogba won the Serie A title in each season along with two Italian Cup and Supercups.
Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApp#Jamaica, December 8, 2017 – Kingston – The Child Protection and Family Services Agency (CPFSA), formerly the Child Development Agency (CDA), is again appealing to Jamaicans to participate in its annual ‘Take a Child Home for Christmas’ programme. The programme, which started 10 years ago, allows persons to open their hearts and homes to wards of the State during the festive season.Speaking with JIS News, Manager, Public Relations and Communications, at the CPFSA, Rochelle Dixon, said the programme was originally created for families with children in State care and who are unable to accommodate them full-time, but are encouraged to take them home for Christmas. However, over time, it was extended to persons with good moral standing, for example, persons who have volunteered in childcare facilities and would be in the agency’s volunteer database.Persons who are interested in participating in the programme are being asked to fill out an application form. They are also required to provide two references from a Notary Public, such as a police officer, a justice of the peace or a school principal; provide two passport-size photographs, a valid identification and must be 25 years or older. According to Miss Dixon, a background check is done on the applicants as well as a home assessment to see the physical accommodation and amenities. If the requirements are met, the applicant is then paired with a child, who they may host for a day or the entire holiday period.“I am pleading to Jamaicans to open their homes this Christmas to a child who is really excited (about) joining a family and sharing in the experience of love, joy and peace during this time of the year,” she said.For further information about the programme, persons may visit any of the CPFSA offices across the island, telephone 948-2841-2, or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for submission of application is December 15.Release: JISphoto credit: shutter stock Related Items:
Governor Bill Walker signed the statewide smoke-free workplace bill into law today at the Lucky Wishbone, reportedly the first restaurant in Alaska to go completely smoke-free. Businesses affected by the ban are required to put up signs that reads “Smoking Prohibited by Law–Fine $50.” Businesses that fail to post these signs will be liable for a fine between $50 and $300. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享Starting on October 1, a new law goes into effect in the State of Alaska, the smoke-free workplace bill was signed into law today. If a community decides it wants to allow smoking in those environments, they can choose to “opt out” by putting the question on the ballot for the residents of the area to vote on. Smoking in pretty much any workplace whether it’s a public-facing business like restaurants, bars and music venues or more closed to the public like an office or hotel room is also banned. Senate Bill 63, commonly called the “Take it Outside Act,” was sponsored by Senator Peter Micciche (R-K-Pen), to protect Alaskans working indoors from secondhand smoke. The law includes marijuana and electronic cigarettes. The new law will also ban smoking outdoors at open-air venues like the seating area of outdoor concerts and sporting events, as well as near entrances to buildings affected by the ban and near playgrounds when children are present. Smoking on public transportation or in shared work vehicles would also be banned.
While Alaskans have brutally criticized Governor Bill Walker’s move to “steal” the PFD, this check is close to an average (or ‘median’) value to what Alaskans have received in previous years. The state will pay 523,012 dividends by direct deposit and 70,452 by check, according to figures finalized on September 22. The first dividend distribution of $1,000 in 1982 went to 469,741 Alaskans, a total of $469,741,000. Last year, 530,067 dividends were paid by direct deposit and 78,281 paid by check. As the state faces a budget deficit attempts to restructure the permanent fund dividend (PFD) program to fund the government continue. This is the third year in a row, the state isn’t following the traditional distribution formula. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享This year’s $1,600 dividend is being direct deposited and checks are being sent out on Thursday, October 4.
Pre-Order Album, Win A Trip To The 60th GRAMMYs 2018-grammy-nominees-album-pre-order-now ‘2018 GRAMMY Nominees’ Album: Pre-Order Now Email Facebook Twitter News 24th edition of the best-selling series to feature music by top nominees from the 60th GRAMMY Awards; pre-order the album to enter a chance to attend Music’s Biggest NightBrian HaackGRAMMYs Nov 20, 2017 – 6:30 am The 2018 GRAMMY Nominees Album commemorating the 60th GRAMMY Awards is officially set for release on Jan. 12, 2018.Featuring music from the nominees in consideration for the 60th GRAMMY Awards, the album will be compiled by the Recording Academy in partnership with RCA Records.The album will be available for pre-order starting on Black Friday, Nov. 24, during the Recording Academy’s “GRAMMYs Greatest Stories: A 60th Anniversary Special” on CBS, starting at 9 p.m. ET/PT.Music fans can log on to 2018grammyalbum.com to secure their pre-order, and also enter for a chance to win a trip for two to the 60th GRAMMY Awards on Sunday, Jan. 28, 2018, at Madison Square Garden in New York City.Proceed from the album sales with benefit the charitable efforts of the GRAMMY Museum and MusiCares.”We are pleased to partner with RCA Records to showcase a unique collection of GRAMMY-nominated tracks on one album,” said Recording Academy President/CEO Neil Portnow in a statement. “This is always a rewarding project for the Academy, as we not only offer one lucky winner a chance to attend the 60th GRAMMY Awards in New York City, but we also donate a portion of album sales to music education programs and music people in need through MusiCares and the GRAMMY Museum.”When Will The 60th GRAMMY Nominations Be Announced?
WILMINGTON, MA — The Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber of Commerce is holding a Music BINGO Bash on Friday, March 8, 2019 in the Fez Room at the Shriners Auditorium (99 Fordham Road). Doors open at 7pm. Bingo starts at 8pm.This Music BINGO Bash will include a celebration of St. Patrick’s Day. Attendees are encouraged to wear green. The event will feature prizes, a 50/50 raffle, and a cash bar. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own dinner/snacks.Tickets cost $20 per person. Tables of 10 are available. For tickets, contact Chamber Executive Director Nancy Vallee at 978-657-7211 or Info@WilmingtonTewksburyChamber.org.Like Wilmington Apple on Facebook. Follow Wilmington Apple on Twitter. Follow Wilmington Apple on Instagram. Subscribe to Wilmington Apple’s daily email newsletter HERE. Got a comment, question, photo, press release, or news tip? Email email@example.com.Share this:TwitterFacebookLike this:Like Loading… Related5 Things To Do In Wilmington This Weekend (March 8-10)In “Community”5 Things To Do In Wilmington On Friday, March 8, 2019In “5 Things To Do Today”Wilmington-Tewksbury Chamber Of Commerce Helps Raise Funds For NuPath By ‘Networking With A Purpose’In “Business”
The Audiophiliac Tags Speakers Home Entertainment The Klipsch Reference Premiere 5000F speakers Klipsch The Klipsch Reference Premiere 600M bookshelf speaker was my Speaker of the Year for 2018. I’m still coming to terms with how remarkable that speaker is, but the question was raised, why not try a Klipsch tower speaker? As I scanned the offerings I was drawn to its Reference Premiere 5000F. Priced at $750 a pair it’s not all that much more expensive than the $550-a-pair RP 600M, but by adding another woofer and a larger cabinet, those are differences you can literally feel with the RP-5000F. This bad boy can shake a room and your booty! The RP-5000F’s front baffle is decked out with a 1-inch titanium tweeter and a pair of 5.25-inch spun copper Cerametallic woofers. The tweeter is mounted in a Tractrix horn, which is a specialty of Klipsch. The horn focuses the acoustic power of the tweeter so it can be tapped much more efficiently, and the tweeter’s output is greatly increased.The speaker is remarkably sensitive, 96 dB @2.83 volts/meter), that’s a lot higher than average. The high sensitivity allows the RP-5000F to use less power to play at a given volume level than most speakers. So it will sound great with low power amplifiers and still sing with high power amps. Impedance is rated at 8 ohms (compatible).The RP-5000F is a ported design, but instead of the usual round port, there’s a rear baffle mounted Tractrix port shaped like the tweeter’s horn. Below that, I liked that the bi-wire speaker cable connectors felt sturdy. The bottom of the cabinet features outrigger feet to enhance stability and decrease the chances it will accidentally tip over. The RP-5000F’s stout medium-density fiberboard cabinet measures 36.1 x 8.2 x 14.4 inches, and it weighs a manageable 37 pounds. Finish options run to Ebony, Walnut (both are vinyl), and piano black. My review samples faux walnut finish which was attractive. Cloth grilles are provided, but I never took them out of the box, I think those copper drivers look cool. A closer look at the Klipsch Reference Premiere 5000F horn tweeter Klipsch I teamed the RP-5000F speakers with a NAD C 316BEE and Cambridge Audio AXA35 integrated amps with an Oppo BDP 205 Blu-ray player for almost all of my listening sessions.The liveliness is the first thing you notice about the sound, the RP-5000F lets music cut loose, and that sort of vividness is addicting. While it’s just a skinny, 36-inch tall speaker I’d still classify it as a small tower. Klipsch makes a bunch of larger models, but the RP-5000F might be the sweet spot for buyers who need some potency to the music and/or home theater. Tom Petty & the Heartbreakers The Live Anthology set was a joy to listen to. The RP-5000F is the sort of speaker that encourages loud volume sessions, mostly because it never sounded strained when Tom and the boys rocked their hearts out. The softer acoustic tunes fared just as well, in either case, the RP-5000F was always coasting. An RP 600M couldn’t match the RP-5000F’s bass power and dynamic slam, not by a long shot. Jazz alto saxophonist’s Lee Konitz’ Billie Holiday tribute album, Strings for Holiday, sounded lovely. Konitz’s breathy and soulful sax was accompanied by a small string chamber ensemble. Stereo imaging was big and spacious.Compared with the JBL Stage A170 tower speaker I reviewed in late June the RP-5000F’s sounded more immediate and clearer. The A170 countered with a richer tonal balance, the RP-5000F’s midrange was more neutral, more accurate, and the treble had more sparkle and brilliance. The A170 was more laid back, it sounded hazier than the RP-5000F.The spikey rhythms punctuating The National’s I Am Easy To Find album had more transient energy over the RP-5000F, but the A170s warmer sound might be preferred by some listeners. One thing’s for sure, Matt Berninger’s baritone vocals were easier to follow over the RP-5000Fs. Overall, I preferred the RP-5000Fs for their superior transparency, but there’s something to be said for the A170s sweeter presentation.The Klipsch Reference Premiere 5000F makes a strong case for speaker buyers trying to decide between bookshelf and tower speakers. Small speakers can be good, but great towers like the RP-5000F handily trump the smaller ones in terms of power, deep bass, and dynamics. Listen to a pair and you’ll see what I’m talking about. Share your voice Post a comment 0 Oppo
“Avengers: Endgame” is slated to hit theaters April 26. Early tracking shows the superhero movie is set to be another blockbuster for Disney and Marvel: Estimates put its box office take at between $200 million and $260 million during its first three days of release.The movie stars Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Paul Rudd, Brie Larson, Karen Gillan, Danai Gurira, Bradley Cooper, and Josh Brolin. It’s a direct sequel to “Avengers: Infinity War.” Both were directed by Anthony and Joe Russo.It’s unlikely the “Avengers: Endgame” content that has hit the internet — even assuming it’s authentic — will hurt the movie’s performance at the box office. Fandango said it sold five times as many tickets for “Endgame” as it did for “Avengers: Infinity War” in the first seven days of sales, while Atom Tickets said the movie sold twice as many tickets in its first week of presales than “Aquaman,” “Star Wars: The Last Jedi,” “Avengers: Infinity War,” and “Captain Marvel” combined. ‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Gets Re-Release With New Scene A massive trove of spoiler-heavy video clips, screen shots and other info from Marvel’s “Avengers: Endgame” is reportedly circulating online.According to a CNBC report, “Avengers: Endgame” screen shots, GIFs, short clips, and detailed posts have recently surfaced on Twitter and Reddit. It’s not clear what the source of the leaked footage was.Variety has not independently confirmed the leaks. Disney did not respond to a request for comment.The pirated “Avengers: Endgame” footage is subtitled in Arabic, and “appears to have been recorded during a screening of the film judging from the theatre seats visible in the frame,” Gizmodo reported. Footage from the film that leaked online runs about five minutes, according to the Verge.In a letter posted Tuesday on Twitter, the Russo Brothers — who directed the movie — urged fans to keep spoilers to themselves so they don’t ruin the enjoyment of others (although they didn’t specifically cite the leaks). “Remember, Thanos still demands your silence,” they wrote, including the hashtag #DontSpoilTheEndgame in the tweet. ×Actors Reveal Their Favorite Disney PrincessesSeveral actors, like Daisy Ridley, Awkwafina, Jeff Goldblum and Gina Rodriguez, reveal their favorite Disney princesses. Rapunzel, Mulan, Ariel,Tiana, Sleeping Beauty and Jasmine all got some love from the Disney stars.More VideosVolume 0%Press shift question mark to access a list of keyboard shortcutsKeyboard Shortcutsplay/pauseincrease volumedecrease volumeseek forwardsseek backwardstoggle captionstoggle fullscreenmute/unmuteseek to %SPACE↑↓→←cfm0-9Next UpJennifer Lopez Shares How She Became a Mogul04:350.5x1x1.25×1.5x2xLive00:0002:1502:15 Is Disney’s Domination Good for the Box Office? Popular on Variety Related
Kolkata: Coming down heavily on the opposition, Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Wednesday said that an unholy nexus has been formed that is misinforming people in connivance with a vernacular daily.Elaborating on the ongoing trouble and violence before the forthcoming Panchayat polls, she said problems have arisen in namely seven districts. In Mohammadbazar, the BJP had brought in people from Jharkhand. In Bankura, veteran CPI(M) leader Basudeb Acharya was injured. In Sandeshkhali, a Trinamool Congress worker was killed while in Sashan in North 24-Parganas, a party leader was murdered on Wednesday evening. In Murshidabad, there were incidents of violence and in Birbhum’s Nalhati, a vernacular daily had created a hype, trying to influence people. In South Dinajpur, veteran party leader Asim Ghosh’s house was ransacked by unidentified miscreants. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flights”I generally do not take the name of the newspaper but it is Anandabazar that is circulating false stories. If we recall, before 2016 Assembly polls, the newspaper had written against the TMC and projected an alliance. Now, it is writing stories in such a manner as if there is violence throughout the state and such stories are being circulated to mislead the masses.”The Chief Minister said no incidents of violence were reported from East and West Burdwan, North Dinajpur, Cooch Behar, Malda and Nadia. She alleged that the BJP was trying to mislead people and are “spending money to publish false news just to create hype. I do not know whether it is BJP’s paid news or not.” Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedShe further added: “If any incident takes place, one vernacular television channel circulates the news throughout the day just to influence the commoners.”She also wondered that if violence had erupted in the whole of Bengal, then how could the opposition file nearly 70,000 candidates and “if you take the number of Independent candidates, it amounts to somewhere around 90,000.”Banerjee stated: “How could we forget those days when our supporters were killed by the CPI(M) cadres in Netai, Singur and Nandigram. They chopped off the hands of our supporters in Howrah. Our candidates were prevented from filing nominations in the Panchayat elections. In 2003, we had filed 30,000 candidates followed by 35,000 candidates in 2008.” Banerjee maintained that the opposition does not have the strength to file candidates in all the seats. “They fail to get candidates. It is not our fault. I cannot go to their houses to cook food,” she said.She alleged that the BJP, CPI(M) and Congress are working hand-in-glove in the Panchayat elections. She also said many CPI(M) backed goons have become candidates for the BJP. “It’s a real shame. The party has failed to strengthen its organisation and now the goons are working for a communal party like the BJP.” She said in Delhi, the Congress is against the saffron party and here in Bengal, they are working with it. We don’t believe in such a principle. We are against the communal BJP in Bengal and in Delhi as well.”Banerjee added that there will not be any bandh called by the Left Front on April 13. “It’s another gimmick. It is a six-hour bandh from 6 am to 12 noon. Most of the shops are opened after 10 am. People come to the office around 11 am.” She said the buses and vehicles will ply as usual and the offices will remain open too.Speaking on the assault of a journalist, she said no police complaint was made. “It is a tragedy that before going to the administration to register a complaint, they have lodged one with a local vernacular daily and made a huge noise to attract the attention of the people.”
The Clínica Bíblica Hospital celebrated its 85th anniversary Thursday night with a spectacular presentation from the Costa Rican Philharmonic Orchestra at the Melico Salazar Theater in San José. The orchestra played songs from its recent show “Somos Latinos, ” and had the audience rising out of their seats to dance.“At its 85th anniversary, the hospital is looking more like a ‘quinceañera’ – vital and growing, but stable and smart,” said Jaime Cabezas, president of the hospital’s board of directors. Facebook Comments Related posts:A national festival, a grand old opera and other happenings around Costa Rica Costa Ricans psyched for this weekend’s Philharmonic Orchestra tribute to Pink Floyd
State Rep. Jim Lilly, of Park Township, will meet with area residents during scheduled office hours this month.“Regular input from residents is essential to quality representation,” Rep. Lilly said. “I encourage residents to attend and I hope to bring your thoughts from our discussions to Lansing.”Rep. Lilly will be available Monday, Feb. 25 at the following times and locations:9 to 10 a.m. at Pine Street Café, 401 Pine St. in Ferrysburg; and11 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Park Township Office, 52 152nd in Holland.Rep. Lilly will be joined by State Sen. Roger Victory at the Pine Street Café office hour. This presents an opportunity for residents to discuss matters with both state officials and hear perspectives from both chambers.No appointments are necessary. Those who are unable to attend at the scheduled times, but would like an opportunity to talk with Rep. Lilly may call his office at (517) 373-0838 or email JimLilly@house.mi.gov.### Categories: Lilly News 21Feb Rep. Lilly invites residents to upcoming office hours
Sky has invested US$6 million (€5.5 million) in US-based sports streaming service fuboTV, in its latest move to back “innovative start-up companies”.Launched in January 2015, fuboTV offers a premium, over-the-top bundle of sports TV channels and claims to be the second-largest aggregator of linear OTT sports content in the US.The company has US distribution deals with Univision Networks, beIN SPORTS, GolTV and Benfica TV, which hold sports rights including live football matches from a number of international leagues and tournaments such as Italy’s Serie A.FuboTV offers content in English, Spanish and Portuguese via online platforms, including Roku, Chromecast, Apple TV, iOS and Android devices and web browsers.“We’re excited to be investing in fuboTV, at a time when our customers are looking to consume more and more content, whenever and wherever they are,” said Sky’s director of corporate development and strategic investments, Emma Lloyd.“This investment will provide Sky with real insight, and we look forward to working with the fuboTV team as they continue to explore new opportunities for growth.”David Gandler, co-founder and CEO of fuboTV, said that Sky’s investment “strongly positions fuboTV to meet the demands of the ever evolving sports rights ecosystem” and demonstrates the service’s potential to “become leaders among linear OTT services”.The US$6 million backing is part of fuboTV’s Series B round and follows Sky’s recent investments in sports marketing company InCrowd Sports, programmatic advertising company DataXu and OTT video company TV4 Entertainment.Sky has previously invested in a number of other pioneering U.S. technology companies, including the leading online sports network Whistle Sports, IP streaming service provider Roku and cinematic virtual reality company Jaunt.In October 2014, Sky also invested US$7 million (€5.5 million) in Whistle Sports, a US-based startup that runs sports-themed YouTube networks.
In This Issue… * Risk assets healing is wiped out… * Euro and A$ lead currencies lower… * Gold can’t find a bid… * Chinese renminbi takes baby steps lower… And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! A Full-On Risk Aversion Day… Good day… And a Marvelous Monday to you! Well… ding dong me, I forgot that I said I was going to write from home on Mondays, that is until I was ½ -way to work… UGH! Oh well, I’m here in the sauna, so let’s get to what’s on my mind today, no wait, you probably don’t want to know what’s on MY mind, but rather what’s going on in the world… So, here we go! On Friday, I left you with the thought that the risk assets, were attempting to heal from Thursday’s bloodletting… There was no U.S. data to swing the traders one way or the other, so, it appeared that the week would end with some healing in the risk assets… But, that appearance didn’t last long, and soon the small gains that had been booked were wiped out… But still, no major sell off like on Thursday, so at least the risk assets had that going for them! This morning, we have more selling going on… The currencies led by the euro and Aussie dollar (A$), are both down significantly, and Gold just can’t seem to find a bid these days. The S&P futures are down early this morning too… So, at this point of the day, it appears that we’ll see a down day, a day of risk aversion, and weaker values. We went into Friday, with the thought that 4 of the largest economies in the Eurozone, were going to send their leaders to a meeting in Rome to work on a plan that would be presented at the European Summit this coming weekend… Well, I don’t know if the Eurozone leaders took my suggestion of coming up with a blueprint on how they will address this debt debacle as a whole, and stop the putting out fires one at a time… I guess we won’t find that out until this next weekend… I sure hope they did, otherwise, I feel that the Eurozone and euro will be in for a world of hurt… In Germany, they did announce that German Chancellor, Angela Merkel, had agreed to underwrite the debt of Germany’s 16 states, which is a form of burden-sharing, and will be called “Deutschland Bonds”, which will give Germany two tiers of bonds… straight Gov’t. bonds, and these new “Deutschland Bonds”… So, what does that have to do with the Eurozone as a whole? Well… what’s good for the goose is also good for the gander, right? So, if Merkel will agree to sharing debt burden within Germany, then why not for the Eurozone? Well… If I were Angela Merkel, I would be very concerned about joint debt sales in the 17-nation currency union, as long as budgets are set by the national governments… In fact, German Finance Minister, Wolfgang Schaeuble, said it all, when he told reporters that, “as long as the national states make the decisions, they have to be liable. If you can spend money on my tab, you won’t be thrifty.” And doesn’t that make sense? Now switch gears, and come across the pond to the U.S. The U.S. Gov’t makes the budgets, and they spend our money… not theirs… which means they don’t have to be thrifty, right? But, apparently this just doesn’t occur or appear in the thought box above a trader’s head that what’s going on in the U.S. is more absurd than what’s going on in the Eurozone. Well… there are two reasons we get away with it folks… the first and biggest reason is the fact that the U.S. dollar is still the reserve currency of the world, and the second reason is that most people in the U.S. don’t give a rat’s tail about how much debt the U.S. has, or worry about how that it will get paid down, or worry about the tax burdens their kids and grandkids are going to have to deal with… Of course, that’s not you, dear readers, but think of yourself as the “minority” when it comes to awareness of this situation here in the U.S. They know all about Greece… Because the media makes a big deal out of a country which has the economy about the size of the economy of the Dallas-Ft. Worth area, and that New York City’s economy is larger than Greece’s… When I go out on the road to talk to people, you would be amazed at the number of people that 1. Don’t know the consequences of these debt burdens here in the U.S., 2. Don’t know that the dollar, even though it’s in rally mode now, has lost a major chunk of its purchasing power, and 3. Don’t know that they can do something to protect themselves from the potential further declines of the dollar… But, as I’ve said… take the Pfennig Readers, and the people I talk to while out on the road, and it’s still a small group, when compared to the U.S. population as a whole… Speaking of a country with debt… Over in Japan, they are set to pass a consumption tax hike bill… This would be a brand spanking new tax on the Japanese people… So, this illustrates what I was just talking about regarding the tax burdens on our grandkids… So, here, in the land of Debt, they will pass a new tax to help pay for Gov’t debt… But… here’s something to think about regarding Japan’s economy… The new tax, if passed this week, will go into effect in 2014… So… don’t you think that the Japanese economy could get boost from consumers rushing out to buy before this tax gets implemented? So, short-term, it could be a good thing… long-term, it’s not such a good thing… I saw a story headline on the Bloomberg this morning that caught my eye… The title: Central Banks Commit to Ease as Threat of Lost Decades Rises… So, if you’re like me, that title intrigued you, and you’ll read on… according to the Bloomberg, “Central Bankers are finding it easier to support their economies than to spur expansion as the prospect of Japanese – like lost decades looms across the developed world.” OK.. Chuck again here… Now, I’ve said that the U.S. was turning Japanese for almost a decade now… and every time the U.S. implements another form of stimulus, and keeps their interest rates near zero, they play right into the Japanese lost decades scenario… Peter Dixon, the global equities economist at Commerzbank, said, “Japan’s experience shows central banks can mitigate the worst effects of the current environment, but it’s going to be very hard for them to stimulate demand.” I think the Fed Heads are finding that to be very true… So… why meddle in the first place? If a country’s economy needs to clean out the excesses then let it! Part of our financial meltdown problem is the fact that the Fed had to meddle in recessions that we the U.S. economy was supposed to experience going back to 2001… Eventually, these problems build up and then spill out… that’s exactly what has happened… the more you meddle, the bigger the problem down the road. Just ask Japan! So… the U.S. data cupboard gets restocked this week, but, for the most part, I believe that the focus will be on the European Summit that will begin on Thursday. But, for those of you keeping score at home… Today we’ll see New Home Sales for May, which should remain about the size of April’s 343,000. Another regional manufacturing report, this time from Dallas. Tomorrow, the S&P/ CaseShiller Home Price Index, and Consumer Confidence. As we go along this week, there will be more, but no sense in talking about them now… But, keep in mind the mantra that has been taken on by the traders once again, and that is… the dollar gets rewarded for awful / weak data in the U.S. strange as it might seem, that’s what’s happening! Well.. I said above that Gold just can’t seem to find a bid lately… and that about says it all! The past few months have really been a test of convictions for Gold owners… I don’t know this to be true, it’s just my opinion, but I would have to think that given the currency debasement going on all over the world, that investors will be seeking out Gold as a store of wealth… It’s just going to take some time, as it will take some time for the sheeple to realize what their Government has been doing to the purchasing power of their currency… And China continues to allow the renminbi to weaken VS the dollar… by small amounts, yes, but still.. this has to be the longest they’ve gone in this direction since 2008… In fact the BRICS are all performing very badly these days… Something I did not foresee a few years ago… These countries had everything going for them… Then There Was This… are you ready to scream at the walls? I just returned from a trip to the wall… Here’s a story that was in the Washington Post this past weekend… enjoy… “One-hundred-thirty members of Congress or their families have traded stocks collectively worth hundreds of millions of dollars in companies lobbying on bills that came before their committees, a practice that is permitted under current ethics rules, a Washington Post analysis has found. The lawmakers bought and sold a total of between $85 million and $218 million in 323 companies registered to lobby on legislation that appeared before them, according to an examination of all 45,000 individual congressional stock transactions contained in computerized financial disclosure data from 2007 to 2010. Almost one in every eight trades — 5,531 — intersected with legislation.” Chuck again… Did you walk away for a moment to visit a wall nearby? To recap… The healing of the risk assets faded on Friday, and an all-out risk aversion is going on this morning, led by the euro and A$… The Eurozone leaders of the 4 largest economies met to hopefully lay out a blueprint to present to the Eurozone Summit attendees this coming weekend… I say hopefully, because if they don’t, The Eurozone and euro are in for a world of hurt… Currencies today 6/25/12… American Style: A$ $1.00, kiwi .7860, C$ .9715, euro 1.2480, sterling 1.5548, Swiss $1.0390, … European Style: rand 8.4565, krone 6.00, SEK 7.0610, forint 230.25, zloty 3.4150, koruna 20.6415, RUB 33.19, yen 79.85, sing 1.2835, HKD 7.7590, INR 57.07, China 6.3630, pesos 13.92, BRL 2.0650, Dollar Index 82.57, Oil $79.18, 10-year 1.63%, Silver $26.73, and Gold… $1,568.10 That’s it for today… A great weekend for my beloved Cardinals… I watched the game on Saturday and couldn’t believe all the red in the stands at the K.C. stadium! WOW! Of course, about 5 years ago, we took Alex to K.C. for a Cardinals’ game, but to see it on TV, that was impressive, Cardinals fans! Penalty kicks? You decide the winner of a game that will decide the European Champion by Penalty Kicks? I like soccer, I played a lot of soccer as a young man, as I grew up in South St. Louis, the soccer capital of the U.S. But, the sport will always lack fans in the U.S. as long as an important game is decided by Penalty Kicks… And with that… I had better stop, and get this out the door… Thank you for reading the Pfennig, and I hope you have a Marvelous Monday! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837 www.everbank.com
In This Issue.* Eurozone GDP contracts in 4th QTR. * BOJ candidate says yen is at equilibrium. * NZ manufacturing soars! * Remember the chocolates!And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!Happy Valentine’s Day!Good day. And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! I’m back, again! Yes, things keep pushing me down, but I keep coming back! I don’t really feel like crowing though, so, I’ll move along. Another trip to MD Anderson in Houston is put to bed. And Happy Valentine’s Day to all you love birds out there! My Valentine is off on a trip with Alex to visit a college, so, I’ll spend the next 4 nights in a very quiet house, alone!Well, the Big news going through the markets this morning is the GDP reports from the Eurozone. Most importantly, the GDP report from Germany. German 4th QTR GDP contracted -.6% and then the rest of the Eurozone members’ reports were just as weak. Now, we all have been tracking the recent data for Germany, and it appears now that the 4th QTR was a trough. But that didn’t stop some mental giant from making a really dumb statement. European Central Bank (ECB) Vice President, Constancio, said that, “negative interest rates are a possibility. no decision has been made.” Well, I don’t have to tell you that those kind of statements will send a currency to the woodshed in a NY Minute, and that’s exactly what his words did to the euro. But, isn’t this just a bunch of baloney? First. the data is old and already water under the bridge, and second, where did this ECB VP get this idea? For this “negative interest rates” thought was like a grenade from left field. Totally unsuspected, and for my two cents, unlikely!I want to thank Chris for taking the conn on the Pfennig for me, once again! Chris admits that he loves writing the Pfennig for short intervals. And I think he does a fantastic job of writing the Pfennig, as does Mike when he’s asked on short notice to take the conn. Well, yesterday, Chris talked about the G-20 meeting, and how the members of G-20 are very squeamish about member countries manipulating their currencies lower. And yes, the G-20 members are all for avoiding policies that lead to competitive currency devaluations, but policing this will be one mousetrap that I doubt gets built.Russia’s Finance Minister doesn’t want this idea to fade. Anton Siluanov , Russia’s FM, wants G-20 members to put it in writing, and have more specific language regarding the policing of this matter. I applaud Mr. Siluanov. for I have always held to the thought that currency policy should be based on market conditions, and fundamentals. So, Let’s quit all this beggar thy neighbor currency manipulation, and get back to allowing the markets to direct where a currency should trade, based on fundamentals. I expect to hear lots of statements coming from the G-20 meeting that begins today.I see that the currencies, for the most part, haven’t really changed much this week while I was away, being stuck, and scanned. The euro has the biggest move, and it’s downward. But still in a pretty good place, I think. And. I think that we’ll continue to see the Eurozone, namely Germany’s, economic data improve this year. But then that’s just me. I’m sure “real economists” can point out to me all the reasons I’m wrong. But then these would be the same “real economists” that called for the collapse of the euro, and a break-up of the Eurozone and said it would happen in 2012. I’m just pointing that out, because I’m a smart-alec.Well. the Japanese yen, which is the focus of the G-7 and now G-20 meetings, continues to be the currency everyone wants to short. Last night though, yen gained some ground, when the Bank of Japan (BOJ) upgraded their assessment of the economy. Then possible BOJ Gov. candidate (the current BOJ Gov. only has one more meeting under his control), said that yen in the 90-100 range had reached its equilibrium. That’s better than the previous ranges that were far above/ weaker than that! So, yen gets some love on Valentine’s Day.Chris included some thoughts I had sent him on the cover story in last week’s Economist, regarding the Nordic countries of Norway, Sweden, Denmark and even Finland. These countries certainly should be looked to as examples of how you can go from a horrible banking crisis in the 90’s to sound fiscal positions today. A couple of years ago, when I was writing for the Sovereign Society’s “Currency Capitalist”, I highlighted the way the Nordic countries handled their banking crisis, which was completely different from the way we did it here. Therefore, I don’t expect us to come out of our banking crisis so secure, and fiscally sound.In China. it’s the same-o, same-o. The Economist had a great article in it regarding China’s willingness to widen the distribution of their currency. Banks in Hong Kong and now Taiwan now offer deposit accounts in renminbi/ yuan. I’ve told you about how the surge in Dim-Sum bonds being issued, just adds to the methods that China’s using to promote the use of its currency beyond its borders. So, none of this is new to you dear reader. but, for those that are new to class, these moves by the Chinese to gain a wider distribution of their currency, may be new to them.In New Zealand last night, their manufacturing Index (PMI) increased to 55.2 in January, VS 50.4 in December. That’s a HUGE increase folks, add to that impressive data print, an increase in Consumer Confidence this month, and you have the ingredients for a strong move in the New Zealand dollar / kiwi! At one point overnight kiwi was trading over 85-cents! It has seen some profit taking since then, but still has had a very impressive night! Kiwi is also gaining VS the Aussie dollar (A$), as the A$ feels the pinch of rate cut talks..Well. I’m glad that our President is thinking that bridge repairs are needed in this country. our infrastructure is getting old. And I also liked that he vowed to not add one dime to the deficit. I’m going to leave that right there. I’m afraid I might get on my soapbox and begin to preach. but then, I would probably be just preaching to the choir, eh?Then There Was This. from King World. and it’s a little long, but it plays well with the currency wars theme that we have going right now. This is a snippet of an article I found, written by Robert Fitzwilson, founder of The Portola Group. talking about how we need to follow the bouncing ball again, that is oil, precious metals and tangible assets.“Talk of currency wars continues to dominate the financial news. Ghosts of the ’30s and the “beggar thy neighbor” policies have been resurrected. This is not about beggaring a neighbor this time around. This is not about nationalistic policies to provide markets for goods and employment for citizens. In the Western bloc countries, this time around it is about allowing citizens to remain unemployed. It is about maintaining banking systems at all costs. It is really a policy of “beggaring thy citizens”, not thy neighbor. It is about power. It is about China wanting to regain what they consider their historic role as the economic powerhouse. Russia and China both know that gold is sovereignty and power.Gold, oil and the success or failure of the yuan as a reserve currency are the only bouncing balls that matter in this game of Titans. As investors, we can only step out of the fiat currency arena and acquire what the powerful desire, primarily oil and precious metals. Tangible assets should also be accumulated, not for their role in global supremacy, but their intrinsic value for whatever comes next.The devaluation of fiat currency is on a non-linear trajectory. The dollar deteriorated relatively slowly for 90 years. It deteriorated rapidly in the next 10 years. The final destruction will take only a few years. It could virtually happen overnight as we saw with Venezuela and North Korea.”Chuck again. remember. what I keep telling you, folks..The dollar leads the pack for the currencies in their downward moves. And will remain the leader.To recap. Eurozone 4th QTR GDP contracted, but from the looks of the latest German economic data, this might have been the trough. But it was enough to push the euro down overnight. Japanese yen saw some love on V.D. as a BOJ hopeful called yen’s current range its equilibrium. And Kiwi was the best performer overnight, after a very impressive PMI report.Currencies today 2/14/13. American Style: A$ $1.0340, kiwi .8480, C$ .9985, euro 1.3340, sterling 1.5515, Swiss $1.0840, . European Style: rand 8.9015, krone 5.5170, SEK 6.3345, forint 219, zloty 3.1325, koruna 19.0280, RUB 30.12, yen 93.35, sing 1.2375, HKD 7.7550, INR 53.92, China 6.2316, pesos 12.72, BRL 1.9665, Dollar Index 80.52, Oil $96.93, 10-year 2.03%, Silver $31.01, and Gold. $1,647.57That’s it for today. Well. What did you get your sweetheart? I read a very funny article the other day written by a woman regarding what women want for Valentine’s Day. Here’s a hint. They may tell you they are on a diet, but it doesn’t mean they’re on one today! And here I always thought it was flowers! This will be the first VD that I’ve been away from my sweetheart, since we first met in 1972. Whoa! That’s a long time ago! I wasn’t here to wish you all a Shrove Tuesday earlier this week. My Irish heritage, comes out big time this time of year! The Mardi Gras celebration here in St. Louis, looked like fun was had by all. But now it’s time to reflect. and with that, I hope you have a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837
The primary unit of time measurement for high-frequency traders might be the microsecond, but for normal retail traders, it’s vital to know the best months, days, and even half-hours of the day to make market transactions. Consider Black Friday, the most active shopping day of the year. Let’s say a 60”, 1080p plasma HDTV normally goes for around $900 but on Black Friday is discounted to $500. That’s a 44 percent savings. If you had a desire to own this TV and were somehow guaranteed a way to bypass the rabid mobs, you’d be careless to spend $900 on it the day before. Likewise, you’d be at a disadvantage to buy or sell a security without first conducting some level of research to determine the optimal time, statistically speaking, to make a transaction. At the very least, you should know when not to make a transaction. Fortunately, much of this research has already been conducted. My friend Jeffrey Hirsch, following in the footsteps of his late father Yale Hirsch, has for years edited the invaluable Stock Trader’s Almanac, which is updated annually. The book is notable for finding reliable patterns in market trends and behavior, on both the macro and micro scale. It also gave birth to such well-known investing adages as “Sell in May and Go Away” and the “January Barometer.” 07/09/2010 5.28% 10/03/2008 -4.84% What’s interesting here is that, even though September is historically the worst month in which to trade, it had three of the best weeks and only one of the worst weeks. Conversely, December, one of the best months in which to trade, had only two of the best weeks. No week in December fell in the “worst” category, however. Days: Which day is the best to buy? Which day is the best to sell? That depends on whether we’re talking about days of the week, days of the month, or days preceding or following holidays—there are innumerable contexts and implications to consider, all of which have already been carefully studied and scrutinized by Yale and Jeffrey Hirsch. According to Hirsch, the best day to trade was once the last trading day of the month, followed by the first four trading days of the next month. Front-runners who noticed and took advantage of this trend, however, changed that, and a shift occurred in 1982. Since then, the strongest days tend to fall on the ninth, tenth, and eleventh trading days of the month. In the chart below, you can see what Hirsch’s research says are the days of the week when the greatest likelihood that performance will rise in the Dow will occur. Between 2008 and 2014, Mondays have been the weakest, rising less than 50 percent of the time—the only trading day to fall more than it rises, in fact. 06/30/2011 4.02% 01/18/2008 -4.02% 06/08/2012 3.59% 01/04/2008 -3.50% 03/13/2009 9.01% 01/24/2014 -3.52% 09/03/2010 4.33% 08/19/2011 -4.01% 11/28/2008 9.73% 08/05/2011 -5.75% Source: Stock Traders Almanac 2014, U.S. Global Investors 08/26/2011 4.32% 06/27/2008 -4.19% Again, these charts are imperfect and show only probability. Trading activity can fluctuate widely, especially prior to and after earnings and economic announcements. And there will always be the unforeseen event—a workers’ strike, a CEO’s termination or resignation, civil unrest—that shakes up the market. Now compare the TSX Venture and Market Vectors Junior Gold Miners ETF, both of which have their own DNAs of volatility, to the NASDAQ 100 ETF, which tracks the 100 largest and most active non-financial and international companies listed on the greater NASDAQ—in other words, blue-chip stocks. 10/14/2011 4.88% 11/25/2011 -4.78% 11/30/2011 7.25% 9/23/2011 -6.41% 09/16/2011 4.70% 07/29/2011 -4.24% 10/31/2008 11.29% 10/10/2008 -18.15% 03/27/2009 6.84% 05/23/2008 -3.91% What this shows is that, in August, September, and October, it’s time to “nibble” on stocks, as prices are dropping. In March, April, and May, it’s time to “trim.” As I said, the Dow has been improving slightly in September over the last few years. Its 20-year return has risen to -0.51 percent from its 50-year return of -0.77 percent. Theoretically, investing from November 1 through April 30 and then switching to fixed-income products for the rest of the year seems to be a safe and effective strategy. If you back-test this to 1950 with an initial $10,000 investment, you would have gained an estimated 6,740 percent. Investing the same $10,000 from May through October would have cost you $1,024. What a difference six months makes. I must stress, however, that this chart, and those that follow, shows only probability. Like a basketball bouncing down a rocky mountainside, nothing is certain, and actual behavior varies. Macro events such as presidential elections, midterm elections and changes in fiscal and monetary policy have a dramatic effect on the outcome of the market. For further data, check out the Almanac’s best and worst S&P 500 entry and exit dates, separated into the five best months (November through April, excluding February) and seven worst months (May through October, including February). Weeks: Below you can see the best and worst weeks of the Dow, ranging from 2008 to 2012. 12/20/2013 2.96% 02/20/2009 -6.17% 09/13/2013 3.04% 10/24/2008 -5.35% As a special case study, let’s focus just on the three days before and after a holiday, specifically Labor Day, which Americans recently celebrated. Historically, how does the market react to this particular day? The following chart tracks the historical 33-year performance of four major indexes three trading days before and after Labor Day. As you can see, investors tend to be bullish on the Friday preceding the weekend (-1) and bearish starting Tuesday, the first trading day of the week (+1). The NASDAQ does slightly better than the other three both before and after the holiday, leading into the rest of September. 10/28/2011 3.58% 11/21/2008 -5.31% 07/17/2009 7.33% 05/07/2010 -5.71% 01/31/2008 3.63% 06/20/2008 -3.78% There’s plenty more research on the best days on which to trade—and which to avoid—in The Stock Trader’s Almanac. Hours and Half-Hours: Canada is the largest natural resource market in the world. The TSX Venture Exchange, with a market capitalization of over $37 billion, represents approximately 2,250 small-cap companies, many of them in the mining and metals space. 11/23/2012 3.35% 11/14/2008 -4.99% Best 20 Weeks Worst 20 Weeks 12/23/2011 3.60% 05/18/2012 -3.52% With the TSX Venture, it’s generally smarter to sell rather than buy in the morning. Over the last two and a half years, this is when prices tend to be high. There’s heavy volatility as the market is reacting to what might have happened since the previous trading day’s closing bell. Unless you really know what you’re doing in this particular market, if you buy in the morning, you can often expect to see your shares sink as the day unfolds. The “safest” time to buy would be in the late afternoon. The market has cooled somewhat and traders are gauging where things might be headed. The challenge during this time, however, is that volume has dipped and, as a result, spreads have widened. A similar pattern emerges, a little like the shape of a waterslide, if you chart the intraday performance of the Market Vector Junior Gold Miners ETF, which gives investors exposure to small and intermediate gold and silver companies. Prices are highest in the morning, decrease throughout the afternoon, and then get a final boost starting around 3:00. Making a trade at 9:30, then, will have a vastly different outcome than making one at 1:30. Thirty-five years ago when I was just getting started in the investment business, I asked Yale how he managed to arrive at his findings. He told me that his background in music composition enabled him to “hear” melodies, if you will, in four-year presidential cycles, seasonal cycles, weekly cycles, and more. This interdisciplinary approach of combining music and finance should inspire all investors to leverage their own unique skills, talents, and backgrounds to seek patterns in the market that others might overlook. If you don’t already own a copy of the Stock Trader’s Almanac, I urge you to make a special trip to the bookstore. You can also visit the book’s website and sign up for a free seven-day trial. The site provides a wealth of helpful and fascinating information for investors to peruse. The Best Times to Trade Previously I discussed market patterns in four-year presidential cycles and seasonal cycles. But now let’s look at months and work our way down to half-hours of the trading day. Months: “Sell in May and Go Away” is more than a clever expression. The Stock Trader’s Almanac has over six decades’ worth of data to support the reliability of this strategy. Based on the S&P 500 Index’s monthly closing prices, November, December, and January are the best months for trading volume. Conversely, the worst-performing months of the year fall between May and October. Even though the Dow Jones Industrial Average has been up four of the past five Septembers, the ninth month has still been the worst-performing since 1950 for all of the major indexes and exchanges, including the Dow, S&P 500, NASDAQ, and Russell 1000 Index. 04/18/2008 4.25% 02/08/2008 -4.40% Week Ending % Change Week Ending % Change Best and Worst Weeks for the Dow Jones Industrial Average 2008 through 2014 Over the same timeframe as the previous indexes, the pattern here has almost reversed. Relative lows in the morning. Modest improvement throughout the trading day. You could, in this market, reasonably buy in the morning and sell in the afternoon. You don’t have to be as obsessed and intuitive with statistics and patterns as Yale or his son Jeffrey Hirsch, but it pays to participate. If there’s one thing I want to leave you with, it’s that research must be conducted on the market you’re planning to trade in before you enter. Click here for more info on Frank Holmes and U.S. Global Funds.