Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires 0 Comments Share Levi Brown had a rough game against the St. Louis Rams last week.And that’s putting it nicely.Brown surrendered three sacks to Rams defensive end Robert Quinn, two of which resulted in Carson Palmer fumbles. “It seemed whenever there was a critical play in the game, it was Levi getting beat,” ESPN NFL analyst Ron Jaworski told Arizona Sports 620’s Burns and Gambo Thursday. “I think some of the onus to correct those things, obviously, Bruce Arians has to address it.” Top Stories The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Jaworski said the coaching staff needs to understand that Brown will need help, meaning the team will have to keep a tight end or running back in to help block. Doing that, though, forces Arians to adjust his game plan, limiting what the offense could attempt. The question is not if Brown was bad, but whether or not the 29-year-old, former first round pick will get better. Having missed all of last season due to an injury, it’s possible some rust needs to be shaken off. However, Jaworski doesn’t believe better days are on the way.“I don’t think it’s fixable right now, I really don’t,” he said. “I don’t know how you make a person’s feet get quicker at this point in their career.”Jaworski noticed other issues in Brown’s performance, and wonders how someone who is receiving as much coaching as the left tackle must be could have so many issues. Yet, unless something drastic happens, Jaworski believes having Brown at left tackle will lead to bad things for Arizona.“When you become a turnstyle and everyone is looking at that tape right now, saying, ‘Man, I can’t wait until we play the Arizona Cardinals,’” he said. “Guys are salivating to get to that side on the defensive end position or the linebacker position because they know they’re going to make All-Pro in these few games.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact
The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Comments Share Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Desmond Harrison mugshot (Greensboro Police Department) (Greensboro Police Department)Former Arizona Cardinals and Cleveland Browns offensive lineman Desmond Harrison turned himself in to police Friday after being charged with assault on Tuesday.Harrison, who turned himself in at 6:23 a.m. Friday, according to the Greensboro Police Department, was released by the Cardinals on Wednesday shortly after the charges were made public. The Greensboro Police Department website listed the charge as “assault inflicting serious injury — strangulation.” Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The undrafted offensive tackle is being held at the Guilford County Jail in North Carolina awaiting his first hearing appearance. The investigation is ongoing, according to police.Harrison started half of his rookie year for Cleveland in 2018 before being waived and picked up by Arizona on June 6.Related LinksOT Desmond Harrison charged with strangulation, released by CardinalsThe 6-foot-6, 305-pound tackle entered the NFL Draft Combine two summers ago after he put up the second-fastest 40-yard dash time for a lineman at 4.90 secondsHarrison went undrafted out of West Georgia in 2017 and began his career at Contra Costa Community College. He earned First Team All-American honors there before he joined Texas for his junior season. Harrison was ruled academically ineligible initially but was eventually cleared.He was suspended multiple times at Texas before leaving the program and spent two years away from football prior to joining West Georgia.Harrison reportedly was cut by the Browns after being late for team activities.
The Arizona Cardinals report to duty on July 24 and open 2019 training camp with their first practice the following day. To preview the storylines heading into head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s first year on the job, let’s take a look at the roster by position groups.Special teams has continuity with last season, a year in which little went wrong from a team standpoint. But the biggest question-mark on the unit is at kicker, where Zane Gonzalez must prove he’s consistent enough to solidify himself as an NFL leg. Projected startersK: Zane GonzalezP: Andy LeeLS: Aaron BrewerReturns: Christian Kirk (punt), T.J. Logan (kickoff)Related LinksCardinals pre-camp preview: Can interior D-linemen rise above average?Cardinals pre-camp preview: Jordan Hicks quarterbacking from ILBCardinals pre-camp preview: Health, depth concerns loom over O-lineCardinals pre-camp preview: OLBs Jones, Suggs expected to attackCardinals pre-camp preview: Can RBs Johnson, Edmonds become dynamic?Cardinals pre-camp preview: DBs have new and old facesDepthP: Ryan WinslowReturns: Damiere Byrd (punt/kickoff), Pharoh Cooper (punt), Patrick Peterson (punt), Brandon Williams (kickoff)Biggest storylineSpecial teams coordinator Jeff Rodgers is one of a few holdovers from former Cardinals head coach Steve Wilks’ staff, and it’s pretty easy to see why.Last year, amid many ugly football things, nobody noticed that the special teams units looked pretty darn good with the exception of turnover at kicker. Phil Dawson, then 43 years old, went 5-for-8 in 10 games before he ended the year on the injured reserve with a hip issue.His replacement, Arizona State-bred Zane Gonzalez, fared a bit better, going 7-of-9 in five games with Arizona.Coming off an injury that led to the Cleveland Browns cutting him midseason, he hit a 44-yarder with 1:41 left in the Green Bay snow to lead Arizona past the Packers in his first game with the Cardinals. Then, Gonzalez drilled three field goals, including 50- and a 55-yard attempts, in the season finale at Seattle.Gonzalez, 24, appears to have the confidence of the Arizona staff heading into 2019. He’s just 24-for-34 (71%) in his first two NFL seasons and has missed four of 37 extra points. His leg strength is proven, but consistency will be key if he’s going to build a long NFL career. Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact X-factor(Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)An added benefit of the Cardinals searching far and wide for receivers that fit a spread offense is the options it’s handing to Rodgers when it comes to the return game.It’s too early to know which players are favorites, but for the time being it’s safe to say receiver Christian Kirk and third-string running back T.J. Logan could be respective favorites at punt and kickoff return.But after that, there are intriguing options. Pharoh Cooper, a 2017 special teams Pro Bowler, must either blow the Cardinals away with his returns or improve as a receiver just to make the roster. He’s coming off a season stained by an ankle injury that led to the Los Angeles Rams releasing him last December.Backup corner Brandon Williams got some action as a kick return man for a brief period last year, and starting cornerback Patrick Peterson is an option once he returns from a six-game PED suspension.Maybe lost in all this is Damiere Byrd, who has experience at both return spots and just might fight his way onto the roster as a lightening-fast receiver anyway. Top Stories 8 Comments Share The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Under the radar— Give punter Andy Lee credit for quietly helping Arizona out last season. The Cardinals led the NFL by averaging 48.3 yards per punt and were fourth with a 44.1 net average. Thirty-two of the 94 punts (34%) were inside the opponent 20-yard line. This, despite Arizona leading the NFL with 94 punts required.— Long snapper Aaron Brewer, coming off a clean and healthy 2018! Seattle Seahawks’ Shaquill Griffin (26) watches the path of Arizona Cardinals’ Zane Gonzalez’s (5) field goal as Cardinals holder Andy Lee (2) looks on during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 30, 2018, in Seattle. (AP Photo/John Froschauer) Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires
Arizona Cardinals tight end Ricky Seals-Jones (86) is hit by Los Angeles Rams inside linebacker Mark Barron (26) during the first half of an NFL football game, Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, in Glendale, Ariz. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin) 4 Comments Share It’s true that Kingsbury does have tough roster decisions to make regarding tight end and, in relation, receiver.Clay has proven himself with the Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills, as has Maxx Williams, who with the Baltimore Ravens was primarily used as a run-blocker.Arizona also has Ricky Seals-Jones, a converted receiver, returning, as well as incoming rookie Caleb Wilson, who led all NCAA tight ends with 965 receiving yards at UCLA in 2018.X-factor(AP Photo/Nick Wass)For the first time in his eight-year NFL career, Clay didn’t record a touchdown in 2018. His streak of 500-plus receiving yards ended after five straight seasons as well.The 30-year-old enters training camp on the PUP list, adding more questions about how ready he is to contribute. His status as the de facto starting tight end could be up in the air. His resume goes unchallenged, however.“I’ve always been enamored with the different ways he can be used, whether it’s in the backfield blocking or you can hand him the football or he can be a matchup at wide receiver,” Kingsbury said of Clay at the NFL Combine. “He can just do a lot of different things.” The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Who is the top option after that?Seals-Jones could make a leap in an offense similar to the one he played in college at Texas A&M, but he will need to improve as a run-blocker.Williams has a shot to be the man as well. He recorded 268 yards on 32 catches (47 targets) as a rookie in 2015 but was utilized less often as a receiver the last two years after missing most of 2016 due to injury.He said it“Part of it was is we just couldn’t find ’em — a tight end, a true tight end,” said Mike Leach, the father of the Air Raid system who joined Doug & Wolf in January. “A lot of people are real stubborn about, they have to have a true tight end. The trouble is God only made a few true tight ends and most of them are playing defensive line.” The Arizona Cardinals report to duty on Wednesday and open 2019 training camp with their first practice the following day. To preview the storylines heading into head coach Kliff Kingsbury’s first year on the job, let’s take a look at the roster by position groups.The tight end position has traditionally been one lacking eye-popping production for the Cardinals. NFL-wide, the position has seen a boom in use for teams lucky enough to find pass-catching talent. It’s one of the great mysteries under Kingsbury: Will a reshuffled room be utilized by its innovative head coach, or is the talent not there to warrant much attention as the wide receivers get all the work? Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Top Stories Projected startersCharles Clay, Maxx WilliamsDepthRicky Seals-Jones, Caleb Wilson, Darrell Daniels, Drew BelcherRelated LinksCardinals pre-camp preview: Zane Gonzalez a special teams questionCardinals pre-camp preview: Can interior D-linemen rise above average?Cardinals pre-camp preview: Jordan Hicks quarterbacking from ILBCardinals TE Clay: Murray will be ‘special,’ opposes an 18-game seasonRookie tight end Caleb Wilson ‘locking in’ on improving craft with CardinalsBiggest storylinePoint blank: Will the Cardinals use their tight ends?Kingsbury has maintained that the stereotypes about his spread, Air Raid style offense are just that. He’s called some of those assumptions about the identity — about the hyper-speed pace and lack of a run game — misnomers.Regarding whether Kingsbury will often use the 10 personnel packages of four receivers, one running back and no tight ends remains to be seen.Veteran Charles Clay, a free agent addition who enters camp on the PUP list with a knee injury, believes Arizona values versatility and will utilize its tight ends as it does its backs and receivers: to create confusion and target matchups.“I think it’s exactly that, just being versatile and being able to do a lot of good things,” Clay told Bickley & Marotta on 98.7 FM Arizona’s Sports Station. “We got a good tight end group of guys who can all wear multiple hats. But you definitely have to be — you’ll see them lining up in all different kinds of places. That’ll pretty much be our role, to just move around and try to find those mismatches.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling
19 Comments Share Top Stories Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impact The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Brandon Williams returns a kick off against the Denver Broncos during the NFL game at State Farm Stadium (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) The Arizona Cardinals have placed six players on the Physically Unable to Perform list (PUP), the team announced in a press release Saturday.Injured players include LB Dante Booker (back), TE Charles Clay (knee), OL Max Garcia (knee), DL Robert Nkemdiche (knee), LB Brooks Reed (hip) and CB Brandon Williams (back).PUP players can rejoin the team at any point during training camp but can’t participate in any on-field activities until they’re officially off the list. Related LinksCardinals pre-camp preview: Zane Gonzalez a special teams questionCardinals pre-camp preview: Can interior D-linemen rise above average?Cardinals pre-camp preview: Jordan Hicks quarterbacking from ILBThe team also announced a series of roster moves.Offensive lineman Will Holden and defensive lineman Immanuel Turner have been released while defensive lineman Sterling Bailey has been signed by the club.Bailey was most recently with the Carolina Panthers but has also spent time with the Indianapolis Colts, the Seattle Seahawks and the Minnesota Vikings. However, he hasn’t seen any regular season action with either of the four teams.The Cardinals will be holding their first practice July 25 and still have two spots open on their 90-man roster.
Viaccess-Orca a subsidiary of the Orange Group, is partnering with b<>com to advance the development in piracy tracking watermarking, specifically in streaming.Piracy has had seen significant increases in the streaming age. According to a beIN Sports survey, 3.5 million people in France use illegal streaming sites to watch soccer matches, costing €400 million in revenue.In an effort to curb this, the teams at b<>com and Viaccess-Orca are working in tandem with the goal of developing a dynamic watermarking solution that addresses the various piracy threats that broadcasters face and make it possible to identify the source of the piracy. This collaboration is part of a long-term partnership. Bertrand Guilbaud, CEO of b<>com said: “b<>com is particularly proud and happy to count Viaccess-Orca among its members. Protecting content and people for a balanced, ethical use of digital technologies is of critical importance in our view.“Since our creation, we have been working in the field of cybersecurity, and are developing solutions to address the major 21st-century industrial challenge that it represents.“The arrival of Viaccess-Orca strengthens our strategy, and will enable us to define a broader ambition and provide cutting-edge technologies more quickly on a market that is changing at lightning speed.” Viaccess-Orca CEO Paul Molinier added: “Content protection is critical for Viaccess-Orca. The emergence of new forms of piracy such as live re-streaming of content on the Internet means that we need to provide suitable solutions to our clients. “This collaboration with b<>com is even more important for Viaccess-Orca in order to offer more innovative anti-piracy services that fit into our broader content security product offering and meet the expectations of content providers and rights-owners.” The first technology demos by Viaccess-Orca and b<>com will be available at ANGA COM in Cologne, from June 4 to 6, 2019 in Hall 8 – booth K31.
Sponsor Advertisement (Click on image to enlarge) The time has come to diversify your precious metal holdings outside your country of domicile…especially if you call the United States your home. The names that come to mind in no particular order are Goldmoney.com, The Perth Mint, Sprott Physical Bullion Trusts…and Bullion Management Group, as well as Central Fund of Canada. I chose these because the companies themselves, plus all their physical bullion holdings are outside of the United States…and some, such as GoldMoney, have depositories in multiple foreign jurisdictions. Why wait any longer? I’m sure that the good citizens of Cyprus wish they had acted on similar advice before last Friday. Now look where they are, as they can’t even get into their own banks until their government decides to reopen them. In Far East trading there sure wasn’t much price or volume activity during their Wednesday…and the same can be said for early London trading as well. Volumes in both metals are even lighter than they were this time yesterday…and the dollar index is still hanging in their around the 83.00 mark, but only by its fingernails. I haven’t the foggiest as to what might happen in New York trading today, but unless I miss my guess entirely, any budding rally will get capped…and it will be interesting to see what’s in store for both platinum and palladium after they got the living crap kicked out of them yesterday. See you tomorrow. Silver’s price pattern was somewhat similar, but it got sold off about two bits the moment that Comex trading began in New York…and it’s low [$28.57 spot] was also just minutes before 9:00 a.m. Eastern time. The subsequent rally got capped around 10:40 a.m. in New York…and from there got sold off going into the 1:30 p.m. Eastern time Comex close. From there it traded more or less flat into the 5:15 p.m. electronic close of trading…and back under the $29 spot price mark. Silver’s high tick was $29.23 spot, so it traded over a two percent price range again yesterday. Silver finished the Tuesday session at $28.91 spot…up a penny from Monday’s close. I’m underwhelmed. Like gold, silver would have closed materially higher in price if allowed to do so. Gross volume was around 38,000 contracts. Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in October 2012 and using 0.3 g/t cutoff the current resource is 73,580,000 tonnes grading 0.67 g/t Au for total of 1,576,000 contained ounces in the indicated category, and 223,300,000 tonnes grading 0.62 g/t Au for a total of 4,437,000 contained ounces in the inferred category. In addition to the Golden Summit Project the Vinasale also hosts a NI 43-101 resource calculation which was updated in March 2013. Indicated resources are 3.41 million tonnes averaging 1.48 g/t Au for 162,000 ounces, and Inferred resources are 53.25 million tonnes averaging 1.05 g/t Au for 1,799,000 ounces of gold utilizing a cutoff value of 0.5 grams/tonne (g/t) as a possible open pit cutoff. Please send us an email for more information, email@example.com The silver stocks were all over the place, but mostly finished in the red…as did Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index…which closed down a smallish 0.31%. I don’t think the IMF, the ECB or the U.S. Federal Reserve have a clue what to do After hammering gold and silver into submission on Monday, it was business as usual for JPMorgan et al during Far East and most of London trading on Tuesday. Gold faded a hair as the Tuesday trading day progressed, with the low tick [$1,599.30 spot] coming just minutes before 9:00 a.m. in New York. The subsequent rally got capped a bit shortly after the London p.m. gold fix…but then struggled higher to its high tick of the day [$1,617.00 spot] which came shortly after 1:00 p.m. Eastern. From that high, gold got sold down a few dollars going into the Comex close…and traded sideways from there. The gold price finished the day at $1,612.80 spot…up a measly $7.00…but it should be obvious to all and sundry that it would have traded much higher than that if allowed to do so…which it obviously wasn’t. Volume, net of all roll-overs out of the April delivery month, was on the light side at around 122,000 contracts. The gold stocks opened in slightly negative territory, but broke into the green as the gold price rallied. They stayed in positive territory until just shortly after gold’s high tick was in around 1:00 p.m. Eastern…and then fell back into negative territory rather quickly. However, there was obviously a buyer around…and they managed to close the gold stocks barely in the green…and the HUI finished up a miniscule 0.13%…which is better than the alternative, I suppose. (Click on image to enlarge) Just when I thought that this Cyprus saga couldn’t get any worse…it does. The government in that country just voted down the idea which, in reality, was no surprise. So now what? The stage is set for a massive run on the banks in that country. When the banks finally do open, every person with a bank account and two synapse to rub together will be standing there to withdraw their money…all of it…and if they don’t withdraw it, they’ll wire it out of the country and out of reach. Then there’s the not-so-little matter of where all the cash is going to come from when the depositors rush the wickets. They’ll soon discover the true meaning of the term “Fractional Reserve Banking.” What the %#&@ were the IMF, ECB and the U.S. Fed thinking about? This is what happens when you put a bunch of sociopaths in a room together. You couldn’t make this up if you tried. I have a fair number of stories for you again today…and the final edit is up to you. If you’re caught with an ounce of cocaine, the chances are good you’re going to go to jail. If it happens repeatedly you may go to jail for the rest of your life. But evidently, if you launder nearly a billion dollars for drug cartels and violate our international sanctions, your company pays a fine and you go home and sleep in your own bed at night. – Senator Elizabeth Warren There are time when I just don’t know what to write…and this is one of those times. I can only see one possible thing that can save us from the mess that the powers that be have put our beloved Planet Earth in. And as Sprott’s David Franklin said yesterday…Cyprus was a ‘Rubicon Moment’…and I have to agree. I knew ages ago that Cyprus was going to be a huge problem when its day of reckoning arrived, but not in my wildest imaginations did I consider a scenario like this one. We’re really day-to-day on this situation…and I don’t think the IMF, the ECB or the U.S. Federal Reserve have a clue what to do…and are caught between the proverbial rock and a very hard place. I’m always on the lookout for the world financial system’s last ace in the hole…and that’s a repricing of the world’s gold reserves to balance the books of the west’s central banks. But as Eric Sprott has alluded to in his latest “Markets at a Glance” commentary posted above…who the hell really knows who has got what in terms of physical gold…and if they do have it, who really owns it…at least on paper. But when push becomes shove at some point…as it surely will…possession will determine who owns what, as the paper that says it belongs to someone else won’t be worth framing. One thing that I am sure about…and that’s when the repricing comes, it will come on a weekend, just like this Cyprus deal. It will be a fait accompli…and as I said before, you’ll either be all the way in, or all the way out when that time comes. Here’s one more chart that Nick Laird sent me that didn’t make the cut for yesterday’s column…and that’s the “Total PMs Pool“. You can see that despite the ferocious price capping by JPMorgan et al…the total ounces continues its climb from lower left to upper right. And now for platinum and palladium. They weren’t doing a thing price-wise yesterday…but at, or just minutes before, the 4:00 p.m. GMT London close [11:00 a.m. in New York] a high-frequency trader masquerading as a not-for-profit seller hammered both metals for no reason that I could fathom. The beatings stopped right at the Comex close, and the subsequent rallies…such as they were…didn’t get far. Platinum got blasted below its 200-day moving average…and palladium closed below its 50-day moving average…and I’m sure that these engineered price declines were specifically designed to force the technical fund longs to puke up their positions, just as JPMorgan et al do in silver and gold. We’ll know how successful they were in this Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report. It’s a safe bet to say that the CFTC won’t ask any questions of the CME about this…and neither will the miners. (Click on image to enlarge) The CME’s Daily Delivery Report, like Monday’s report, was pretty eventful for this time of the delivery month. It showed that 181 gold and 200 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the Comex-approved depositories on Thursday. In gold, Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia was the biggest short/issuer with 179 contracts…and Barclays was the lone long/stopper on all 181 contracts. In silver, Credit Suisse was the short/issuer on all 200 contracts. Canada’s Bank of Nova Scotia and JPMorgan Chase were the only two big long/stoppers of note, with 103 and 89 contracts respectively. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. For only the second time in 2013, the GLD ETF actually added metal to its inventory, as an authorized participant deposited 87,079 troy ounces yesterday. But in SLV, there was finally a withdrawal of note, as 4,832,080 troy ounces of silver was shipped off to parts unknown. Based on the current price action, I suspect that this withdrawal was not normal investor liquidation. It would be my guess that the metal was needed more urgently elsewhere, so the owner redeemed their shares and took it. The U.S. Mint had another sales report yesterday. They reported selling 2,000 ounces of gold eagles…500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…along with another 54,000 silver eagles. Over at the Comex-approved depositories on Monday, they reported receiving 69,440 troy ounces of silver…and shipped 247,608 troy ounces of the stuff out the door. The link to that activity is here. Here’s a chart that Nick Laird sent me on Sunday, that I wasn’t about to post in what was already an overcrowded column on Tuesday…so here it is today. It’s titled “Intraday Average Gold Price Movements“…and it’s based on a 5-year rolling average…and also on German gold analyst Dimitri Speck’s orginal work on this subject. Note the high tick of the day at precisely 9:00 a.m. in London trading…the a.m. London gold fix…the 8:20 a.m. Comex open in New York…the 9:30 a.m. Eastern time high tick for gold in New York…and the London afternoon gold fix. No matter what the BIS and the bullion banks do, they can’t hide their tracks when using five years worth of data. It exposes the price management scheme to all…except for those who will never accept the truth [or admit to it] no matter what proof is presented to them. And as Nick Laird pointed out in his covering e-mail…”The LBMA effect is blatant.” That it is. So, if the CFTC is looking for evidence of price fixing at the ‘fixes’…this is pretty much the only chart they’ll need. But let’s face it, dear reader, they already know this stuff…and are only going through the motions…just like they’re doing with the four and half year ‘investigation’ into the silver price fixing case that involves not only the CFTC…but the CME Group and JPMorgan Chase as well…and dare I mention Canada’s own Bank of Nova Scotia…along with HSBC USA as well? The mining company executives and their respective boards of directors know it too…as do all the ‘persons of interest’ that work at the World Gold Council and the Silver Institute. None of them, especially the miners, have the slightest interest…or intention…of going to the rescue of their stockholders…even if it’s in their own personal…along with their company’s best interests to do so. How did it come to this? When trading was done in all four precious metals yesterday…gold finished up 0.44%…silver was up 0.03%…platinum was down ‘only’ 1.40%…but palladium got it in the neck to the tune of 3.55%. The dollar index opened at 82.66 in the Far East early on their Tuesday morning…and then chopped around that value until the London p.m. gold fix at 10:00 a.m. Eastern time. The index then rallied up to the 83.05 mark just before 1:00 p.m. in New York…and spent the rest of the afternoon attempting to stay above the 83.00 mark. It did…and closed at 82.04…up 38 basis points from Monday.
Melinda Gates, the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, has written a new book, The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes The World. Published this week, the book calls on readers to support women everywhere as a means to lift up society. She pulls from her lessons learned through the inspiring women she’s met on her travels with the Gates Foundation, which funds projects to reduce poverty and improve global health in the developing world (and is a funder of NPR and this blog).But Gates also addresses gender equality in the United States — using her own story as an example. Opening up about her marriage to Bill, she talks about some of the challenges they faced in sharing the burden of parenting. And she reveals her struggle to balance her role as a mom of three, her career as a tech pioneer and philanthropist, and the public life of being married to one of the world’s richest men.This interview has been edited for length and clarity.In the opening pages, you talk about how you learned to renegotiate the terms of your marriage — once you stopped working at Microsoft — to focus on raising the kids. Why did you think it was important to share this?In society there are so many issues that women face and we don’t even realize what we’re up against. So I chose to write my story so that hopefully people and women and men could relate to me and understand that yes, these issues exist in every single marriage.I wanted to have both a family and I knew I wanted to go back to work. And so [Bill and I] had some negotiation to do. We said, “OK who’s going to do what in our home? And how were we going to split up those roles?”There’s a cute story in your book that speaks to that. You talk about how you asked your husband to start sharing the responsibility of dropping the kids off at school. After a couple of weeks, you said you noticed that a lot more men were doing the drop-offs. And you asked one of your friends about and she said that when we saw Bill driving, we went home and said to our husbands: Bill Gates is driving his child to school. You can too. Why did you choose to highlight this story? The reason I wrote that specific story [is that it’s] an example of this unpaid labor that women do all over the world. In the U.S., women do 90 minutes more of unpaid labor at home than their husbands do. That’s things like doing the dishes, carpooling, doing the laundry.Unless we look at that and redistribute it, we’re not going to let women do some of the more productive things they want to do.The Gates Foundation is primarily focused on solving challenges in the developing world. But what are you doing to address a big topic you discuss in your book, women’s equality in the United States? When I would be flying home from various countries in Africa or Bangladesh, I’d be saying to myself: Why aren’t women more empowered in those countries? And it wasn’t until I turned the question back on myself and I said, “How far are we here in the United States?”That is why I set up a separate office from the foundation, Pivotal Ventures, to start tackling these inequities for women and the barriers in the United States.We are the only industrialized nation in the world that does not have paid family medical leave. So I would say to young women and men in this country who are in their 20s and 30s: Gender roles change when you start to have children. You need to question them, and you also need to say what should we do, public policy-wise, to support women.A lot of the book is focused on your story, but you also talk about women around the world who are facing extreme poverty and violence in their homes. The subtitle of your book is How Empowering Women Changes The World. What’s the short answer? I believe that in empowering women, you do empower everybody else because you lift up a woman. She lifts up the rest of her family and her community and her society and her economy. And so this is absolutely about lifting up women and lifting up people of color.You quote a friend several times in this book who was very skeptical of the ability of American billionaires to make a meaningful difference in the lives of those facing extreme poverty. Is this something you think as a society we should be talking about? Bill and I are on record saying we believe high-income people should pay more than a middle-income family [who would] then pay more than a low-income family. It’s time to revisit some of the tax policies in our society.But make no mistake: Living in a capitalistic structure is a fabulous place to live. I meet so many families around the world who want to live in the United States and have the system we have. Warren Buffett, our co-trustees, my husband Bill — they could not have started the companies they have in Malawi or in Senegal or in Niger. We benefit from the structure we have in the United States. But we don’t have it all right. And it’s time to revisit the pieces that create some of these inequities.How do you feel now that you’ve put your life all out there in the book?At the moment, I feel really great. I am really comfortable at age 54 with who I am. And so I’m kind of like, take it or leave it. Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.
Labour’s shadow chancellor has called for Iain Duncan Smith to face criminal charges over allegations that his failure to address a coroner’s concerns about the “fitness for work” test led to the deaths of disabled benefit claimants.John McDonnell (pictured) made the call during a speech to the TUC Disabled Workers Conference in London on Friday (19 May), and his backing was reportedly greeted with enthusiasm by the audience of disabled trade unionists.The Scottish-based grassroots group Black Triangle, backed by many other disabled activists, has led calls for the former work and pensions secretary to face a criminal investigation for misconduct in public office following his apparent refusal in 2010 to address a coroner’s concerns about the safety of the discredited work capability assessment (WCA).They want to hold Duncan Smith and his former employment minister Chris Grayling to account in court for their failure to improve the safety of the WCA, even though they were warned that it risked causing further deaths.Scottish police are currently assessing whether to launch a criminal investigation, after an approach from Black Triangle’s co-founder John McArdle.McDonnell backed the efforts of Black Triangle on Friday, and later confirmed his position to Disability News Service through a spokeswoman, who said: “Black Triangle are taking action against Iain Duncan Smith and what he said [at the conference] was that he would support that action.”Just hours after McDonnell made his speech, the conference voted to send a motion it had unanimously approved – calling for the WCA to be scrapped and replaced “by a fair and humane process” – to the TUC’s annual congress in September, selecting it out of 22 motions discussed by delegates during the two-day conference.The WCA motion, proposed by the Communication Workers Union (CWU), refers to government-funded research which concluded last November that the programme to reassess people claiming incapacity benefit through the WCA could have caused 590 suicides in just three years.It also highlights the letter written to the Department for Work and Pensions in 2014 by coroner Mary Hassell, following an inquest into the death of a north London man, which found that his decision to take his own life had been triggered by being found fit for work.The motion says: “Conference believes that enough is enough and that the time has come for action before more lives are lost.“The DWP and government have been brought into disrepute and must be held to account.”Jonathan Bellshaw, the CWU delegate who proposed the motion, told the conference that there was “damning evidence” of the links between suicides and the WCA.He said: “One death linked to the WCA is one too much. 590 deaths… shows a government not fit for purpose.“In some countries, that would be cause for a government to be removed by a vote of no confidence.“Here in the UK, the government continues to ignore all this and ignores clear evidence that their policies are killing people. That’s the truth.”Another delegate, Hilary Mellor, from Unison, added: “The fact that several hundred suicides have been linked to the WCA is totally unacceptable, unjustifiable and immoral. It is imperative that we stand together to fight this injustice.”McArdle said after the conference that securing McDonnell’s support for a prosecution was “absolutely amazing”.He said: “We warmly welcome the support of the shadow chancellor John McDonnell.“John has been an outstanding supporter of the disabled people’s movement, especially since the foundation of the Black Triangle campaign and Disabled People Against Cuts (DPAC) in 2010.“We believe the reason he is able to stand by us is because our complaint to Police Scotland is soundly founded in law.”Linda Burnip, co-founder of DPAC, said: “DPAC are delighted that John McDonnell fully supports Black Triangle’s attempts to bring Iain Duncan Smith and Chris Grayling to account for their failure to act when the deaths of thousands of disabled claimants could have been avoided.”Meanwhile, SNP MP Deidre Brock has told ministers during a House of Commons debate that they should listen to Black Triangle, and that its attempt to bring Duncan Smith and Grayling to court could “commend the ingredients of the government’s poisoned chalice to their own lips”, which she said would be “even-handed justice”.Disabled activists have also welcomed the decision of the Cannes film festival jury to award its Palme d’Or award for best film to Ken Loach’s I, Daniel Blake, which follows a man who is found fit for work through a WCA after a heart attack, but faces destitution because he is too ill to work.Black Triangle – including its medical adviser Dr Stephen Carty – advised scriptwriter Paul Laverty on the WCA and how DWP’s sanctions system works.McArdle said: “I can only say we feel absolutely elated that it has won to such enormous fanfare. “This is going to break hearts of stone and will – without any doubt – change minds and direct hearts towards our cause with empathy and compassion.“It is a magnificent win for all of us in our collective movement for justice and respect for our fundamental human rights.”
2 min read Tom Brant Add to Queue Music 2019 Entrepreneur 360 List –shares Next Article News reporter The only list that measures privately-held company performance across multiple dimensions—not just revenue. June 22, 2016 Taylor Swift and Paul McCartney Join Other Musicians in Call for Copyright Reform Taylor Swift Apply Now » Image credit: Press Line Photos | Shutterstock.com This story originally appeared on PCMag Taylor Swift, Paul McCartney, and other musicians are calling on Congress to reform the Digital Millennium Copyright Act.In a letter that ran as an advertisement in several publications, the artists claim that the law threatens “the continued viability of songwriters and recording artists to survive from the creation of music.” In addition to Swift and McCartney, 184 other musicians signed the letter, arguing that the DMCA has allowed major companies to profit from streaming services like Apple Music $9.99 at Apple Store and Spotify, while songwriters and artists see their earnings diminish.Swift has long been critical of Spotify. In 2014, she pulled her music off the streaming service, explaining “it’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is.”After a public tussle with Apple over artist royalty payments during Apple’s Music’s three-month trial period, she agreed to allow her songs on the service since it does not have a free, ad-supported version. She later signed a deal to make her 1989 World Tour Live concert film an Apple Music exclusive, and has appeared in several Apple Music ads.Besides criticizing streaming services, the artists claim that the DMCA’s takedown requests are cumbersome and require more resources than independent artists can muster. Under the DMCA, companies are in compliance with the law as long as they respond to takedown requests and remove links to the illegal content, even if third parties continue to host it. The Electronic Frontier Foundation claims that this Safe Harbor rule, while imperfect, has been “essential to the growth of the Internet as an engine for innovation and free expression.”The letter does not mention specific solutions, and is similar to complaints artists have made in the past. For now, it simply calls for “sensible reform that balances the interests of creators with the interests of the companies who exploit music for their financial enrichment.”As Recode notes, the effort is largely a shot at YouTube, which continues to be a popular destination for those who want to listen to music, and comes as music labels are negotiating renewed licensing deals with YouTube.
iVirtual Technologies, a Virtual Reality (VR), Augmented Reality (AR) and Extended Reality (XR) company focused on making virtual human creation accessible to all, announced the launch of its social avatar mobile app heymoji. With just two pictures, heymoji allows anyone with a smartphone or tablet to create a photorealistic, animated avatar of themselves for use in place of emojis and cartoon avatars in everyday texting and across social media applications and platforms.With heymoji, available now for iOS on the App Store and coming shortly for Android, users follow three easy steps to create 3D avatars based on their own true likeness, taking fun and entertaining social communication to the next level. Users simply download the app for free and have two pictures taken of themselves (front and back) to create their own animated 3D avatar.“Before this, the creation of true-to-life 3D avatars was accomplished with large rigs or camera booths — obviously highly prohibitive from a time and cost perspective,” said Sherif Khair, co-founder and CEO of iVirtual Technologies Inc. “heymoji democratizes this technology, bringing it right to the palm of your hand and, in a few simple steps, anyone can create their own photorealistic avatar. We are proud to be the first to accomplish this.”Marketing Technology News: Usabilla Named a Strong Performer in 2019“Having worked on computer vision technology for over 20 years, I can speak to the fact that the complexities of bringing instant virtualization to the masses and on a mobile device are significant, which explains why it has never been done before,” said Fernando Flores-Mangas, iVirtual’s chief scientist and CTO. “With heymoji, we’ve cracked the code in making digital human creation readily accessible — remarkably using only two photos — and while our technology is still in its infancy, we’re really excited about its potential.”Using state-of-the-art technology, heymoji eliminates the need for expensive, specialized and difficult-to-operate scanning equipment and removes the highly skilled and labor-intensive human intervention required towards creating virtual humans. Instead, the app combines proprietary computer vision and machine learning technologies to create a fully automated 3D-rendering engine capable of instant virtualization.Today heymoji launches with 15 tiles, which are animated, themed scenes inspired by pop culture, with more to be added in the near-term and then at very regular subsequent intervals. iVirtual is also developing a mobile phone tile maker, adding another dimension of entertainment, flexibility and customization to the app by enabling users to create and share their own custom tiles.Marketing Technology News: Index Exchange Introduces Adaptive Timeout, Incorporating Machine Learning into Header BiddingThe heymoji rollout is the first step in iVirtual’s mission to be first-to-market with widely accessible AR/VR/XR technology that empowers consumers to instantly create and also control a recognizable, socially relevant and fully secure version of themselves for use across social media, gaming, retail/e-commerce, health and wellness and more. The implications for such technology are huge, with analysts predicting the extended reality market to generate over $100 billion in sales by 2025.“The 3D avatar science behind heymoji is a natural fit with iVirtual’s core technology, enabling us to immediately start building revenues, brand awareness and a following before rolling out our industry-leading virtualization technology across other platforms,” said Meghan Nameth, co-founder of iVirtual. “While our vision of democratizing virtual human creation might seem futuristic, the reality is that this technology has been in development for years but, until now, the cost and time have made it inaccessible. iVirtual is changing this landscape. Boundless opportunities open up with access to true-to-life digital versions of ourselves, and we are proud to be a leader in this space as the virtual realm evolves and applications across gaming, e-commerce, education, security and more emerge.”Marketing Technology News: Does Gen Z Marketing Hold Key to Brand Loyalty? iVirtual Technologies Announces Launch of heymoji: A First-of-Its-Kind 3D Avatar Personalization App for Social Media MTS Staff WriterMay 30, 2019, 4:22 pmMay 30, 2019 animated 3D avatarAugmented RealityExtended RealityiVirtual TechnologiesMarketing TechnologyNewsvirtual reality Previous ArticleHoodoo Digital Becomes a Silver Partner in the Adobe Solution Partner ProgramNext ArticleOmniBazaar Marketplace Now Accessible in 16 New Languages