PH squash team unhurt after bus crash ahead of SEA Games event

first_imgThe bus was on its way from the players’ hotel in Putrajaya to the National Squash Centre. Photo from The Star Twitter @staronline.KUALA LUMPUR—The Philippines’ squash team is shaken but otherwise unhurt following a bus accident on Monday morning.The Filipinos, as well as the Thai and Myanmar squash teams, were on their way to the National Squash Centre from their hotel in Putrajaya when their buses collided.ADVERTISEMENT Read Next “We also had a police escort and everything seemed fine until the second bus hit us strongly from behind.“Some of the Myanmar players had some slight injuries but my players are all fine and we’re still ready to play.”Due to the accident, the morning matches of men and women’s doubles have been temporarily suspended. The mixed doubles competition was initially scheduled to start at 2pm.“We’re putting the competition on hold until the players get medical clearance to play,” said SEA Games squash technical officer K. Sivanesan.“We’re rescheduling and we expect things to be up and running after lunch.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games PLAY LIST 03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games00:50Trending Articles01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students03:04Filipino athletes share their expectations for 2019 SEA Games00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics02:25PH women’s volleyball team motivated to deliver in front of hometown crowd01:27Filipino athletes get grand send-off ahead of SEA Games SEA Games: Coach wants to see more from Perlas LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games View comments WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief LATEST STORIES UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension None of the Filipino players – seven of them in total – suffered any major injuries.The Thais also escaped unhurt but a couple of Myanmar players were sent to the National Sports Institute (NSI) for treatment.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“What happened was just unfortunate. It was an accident after all,” said Filipino team manager Abad Santos.“There were two buses. We were in the first bus together with the Thailand team while Myanmar was in the bus behind us. LIST: Class, gov’t work suspensions during 30th SEA Games MOST READ SEA Games: PH’s Alisson Perticheto tops ice skating short program Squash offers nine gold medals at the Games and is played at the National Squash Centre and the Raintree Club in KL.last_img read more

SOUTH AFRICA ARE BUILDING

first_imgSouth Africa Touch are here with four teams and they’re improving continually and dramatically. It was a privilege to be at the Opening Ceremony where the South Africans march and singing was not only emotional but the highlight of the ceremony for me. So I sat down yesterday and chatted with Richard Mullins (Under 20 Mens Coach) and Labeeb Levy (Under 18 Mens Coach) about the state of Touch in their Nation and where it’s heading. Back in 1995 Touch was virtually non-existent in South Africa, and what little interest there was focused on the one-touch game. (Similar to the traditional six touch game but with one Touch before a turnover rather than six.) Arriving at the 1995 World Cup in Hawaii was a shock introduction for the South African Touchies, confronted with a completely different set of rules and style of play. It is estimated that in 1996 South Africa had about 600-700 players and just three leagues, one each in Durban, Cape Town and Johannesburg. By 1999 South Africa had developed to a level where they brought together three National sides; Mens, Womens and Mixed for the 1999 World Cup and results began to pick up. In 2001 they sent a Womens 20’s side to the first Youth World Cup and in 2003 they sent, Mens, Womens, Mixed and Mens 35’s to the World Cup in Japan. Today there are about 60 teams in 12 leagues, with between 6000-7000 players. There are many social and economic factors that are helping and hindering the sport of Touch in South Africa. The growth of Touch in schools has been vital to the development of the young Touchies we’re seeing this week on the Sunshine Coast. In the last 2 years they have helped three school leagues develop, bringing many talented kids through their Touch programmes. Visits and tours from groups such as the Australian Masters sides is also helping to develop Touch, as they make South Africans more aware of the sport and it’s positive aspects. “One opportunity for us is that it’s a new sport that doesn’t require anything more than an open field and a football, we can play it on the street and it’s not as rough as Rugby,” said Richard. “But on the other side it does cost a lot of money to attend tournaments like this and we have a number of players that can afford it and a number that simply can’t.” “Many of our kids spent much time selling raffles and fundraising in order to make this trip,” said Labeeb. “Also if this trip had been just three days later than we would have saved $600 per person in travel and visa costs because of the change of travel season,” he added. As they grow in depth they are discovering an increasing number of incredibly talented players in some of the small towns scattered around their Nation. “Unfortunately no money goes into developing sport in our country,” said Labeeb. “We need so much development and money for our housing and other social areas, so unfortunately sport suffers a little, there is so much talent in these areas and we need to tap into that and develop it,” he said. Both Richard and Labeeb have no doubt that there kids have the talent and the potential to be world leaders in Touch Football. “We love it just as much as you guys,” said Richard. “We just have to continue to work with the social and economic problems confronting our nation and then keep developing our coaches, referees and administrators so we can develop our players and competitions,” he said. The experience of International competition such as this is no doubt invaluable for the South African sides. “We want to not only become more competitive every time we play, but to create our own brand and style of Touch Football,” said Labeeb. “You have the Australian style and the New Zealand style, we want to create the South African style.” And if anyone wants any more evidence pf the South African commitment to being here and playing Touch, then look no further than the South African Mens 18’s player who addressed his team mates at half time in a match against New Zealand: “We could be walking down the streets of Johannesburg and get shot and die, but here let us die for our country.” By Rachel Moyle, media@austouch.com.au LINKS: Stories will be on the homepage, www.austouch.com.au as well as archived under the link `Tournaments’ then `International Events’ on the left hand side of the homepage. Simply follow the links to the 2005 Youth World Cup stories. For other Youth World Cup stories check out the Federation of International Touch site using the following link: FEDERATION OF INTERNATIONAL TOUCH For all the latest results check out the SportingPulse site using the following link:SPORTINGPULSE RESULTS/DRAW HOMEPAGElast_img

9 months agoPogba dig at Mourinho after Man Utd win: When you play free and you have manager’s trust…

first_imgAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Pogba dig at Mourinho after Man Utd win: When you play free and you have manager’s trust…by Paul Vegas9 months agoSend to a friendShare the lovePaul Pogba was delighted with Manchester United’s victory at Tottenham.Pogba laid on Marcus Rashford’s first-half matchwinning goal.“I love playing big matches,” he told Sky Sports after the game. “I love playing against the best players, that is where we improve, progress and get more experience. “Obviously it was a good one for us and everyone played well, we were all determined because we wanted to win this game. I think the players helped me and we all enjoy playing football and playing together and that is what we did today.”Pogba added: “Everything comes when you play free and you have the trust of the manager and players who make it easy for me. I know [Nemanja] Matic will be there and we can press high and when we get the ball I am already there so I can shoot, I can pass and that is what I have been doing since the manager came. I know I have security behind me so I have the freedom to go so the manager has helped me.” last_img read more

Most actively traded companies on the TSX

first_imgSome of the most active companies traded Thursday on the Toronto Stock Exchange:Toronto Stock Exchange (16,082.09, down 23.26 points)Aurora Cannabis Inc. (TSX:ACB). Healthcare. Up 12 cents, or 3.06 per cent, to $4.04 on 12.2 million shares.Canopy Growth Corp. (TSX:WEED). Healthcare. Down 34 cents, or 1.73 per cent, to $19.35 on 9.8 million shares.NexGen Energy Ltd. (TSX:NXE). Miner. Up 59 cents, or 24.08 per cent, to $3.04 on 8.5 million shares.Wallbridge Mining Company Ltd. (TSX:WM). Miner. Up five cents, or 66.67 per cent, to 12.5 cents on 7.1 million shares.Manulife Financial Corp. (TSX:MFC). Financial Services. Up $1.09, or 4.13 per cent, to $27.47 on 6.6 million shares.Kinross Gold Corp. (TSX:K). Miner. Up 19 cents, 3.56 per cent, to $5.53 on 6.3 million shares.Companies reporting major news:Cameco Corp. (TSX:CCO). Miner. Up 34 cents, or 2.96 per cent, to $11.84 on 4.4 million shares. The Saskatchewan-based company said on Wednesday that it will temporarily suspend operations at its McArthur River mine and Key Lake milling operation by the end of January because of low uranium prices. About 845 workers are getting layoff notices.Eldorado Gold Corp. (TSX:ELD). Miner. up six cents, or 3.87 per cent, to $1.61 on 3.2 million shares. The Toronto-based miner is suspending work at its Skouries development project amid its ongoing dispute with the Greek government. The company says Greece’s Ministry of Energy and Environment has not issued the required permits for the project. Eldorado also says the company also initiated legal action.TransCanada Corp. (TSX:TRP). Oil and gas. Down 18 cents, or 0.29 per cent, to $61.75 on 1.4 million shares. The pipeline giant reported a third-quarter profit of $612 million (70 cents per share), compared with a loss of $135 million (17 cents per share) in the same quarter last year. Revenue fell to $3.24 billion compared with $3.63 billion in the same quarter last year. TransCanada said Thursday it received broad interest for space on its Keystone XL pipeline, with a final investment decision on the project possibly weeks away.last_img read more

Trudeau Macron mount transatlantic press on Trumps pending steel tariffs

first_imgWASHINGTON – Canada and its European allies mounted a transatlantic counter offensive Wednesday to stop the Trump administration from imposing potentially punishing and disruptive tariffs on steel and aluminum later this week.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron made their cases separately to dissuade President Donald Trump from using a national-security clause in U.S. trade law to impose potentially crippling tariffs on Canada, Mexico and Europe, which were provisionally exempted from the duties when they were first imposed in March.Those exemptions are due to expire Friday, and if they are not renewed, Trudeau said consumers in both Canada and the U.S. would be hurt. Macron echoed those concerns, and issued a broader warning against starting a trade war.Trump’s two key economic cabinet members — trade czar Robert Lighthizer and Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross — were in Paris on Wednesday to face nervous European Union counterparts and hear their concerns first hand.Ross stared down the concerns by questioning the efficiency of the World Trade Organization and other large institutions: “We would operate within frameworks if we were convinced that people would move quickly.”The steel standoff highlighted the rift over the rules-based international trade order that is likely to be on full display when Trudeau hosts the G7 leaders next week: a skeptical Trump on one side facing down the rest of the G7, including Trudeau.Macron and Trudeau are to meet in Ottawa next week ahead of the G7 summit in Quebec to talk strategy.Trudeau described Wednesday how he pushed U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence during a phone call a day earlier to exempt Canadian steel and aluminum imports to the U.S.The prime minister said the government is dealing with the U.S. on multiple economic fronts, including trying to forge a deal on a renegotiated North American Free Trade Agreement.Canada, the U.S. and Mexico are pushing hard to get a deal on a renegotiated NAFTA before Congressional elections in the fall and what’s expected to be a turning-point election in Mexico on July 1.Trudeau and his cabinet, as well as premiers and business leaders, have been mounting a full-court press on their American counterparts to prevent Trump from killing NAFTA.Trudeau also spoke by phone Wednesday to the premiers of Ontario, Quebec and Saskatchewan.“They all agreed to continue to defend the Canadian steel and aluminum industry from unwarranted tariffs and to stand up for the best interests of all Canadian workers and businesses,” said a readout from the Prime Minister’s Office.Trudeau himself has made multiple overtures to find common ground and forge a personal connection with Trump.Trudeau emphasized that when he spoke to Pence.“I had a good conversation with the vice president yesterday and obviously impressed upon him the fact that I’ve been having direct conversations with the president for close to a year now,” said Trudeau.“He seemed to understand very clearly that national-security issues don’t really apply when you talk about steel or aluminum from Canada.”Canadian aluminum is a component of American jets and Canadian steel is used to build U.S. armoured vehicles, Trudeau said.“We’re continuing to work, highlighting that it would be not great for Canadian workers and Canadian industry, obviously, but it also would be difficult for American workers, American jobs and American consumers, who will pay more for various products.”Macron told the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris that “threats over trade war will solve nothing of the serious imbalances.”In a dig at Trump, he said: “One can think about making voters happy by saying: ‘I have a victory, I’ll change the rules, you’ll see.’”The EU has promised retaliation if the U.S. tariffs are imposed saying a range of American products from peanut butter to bourbon will be affected.Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, who pushed the steel and NAFTA issues during her meeting Tuesday in Washington with Lighthizer, has also said in the past that Canada would retaliate.“I would like to absolutely assure Canadians, particularly those that work in the steel and aluminum industries, that the government is absolutely prepared to and will defend Canadian industries and Canadian jobs,” she said Wednesday in Ottawa, hours after leaving Washington empty-handed.“We will respond appropriately.”last_img read more

Congress announces LS candidates for UPs Amroha Mathura Aonla

first_imgLucknow: The Congress late on Saturday night announced its candidates for three Lok Sabha constituencies in Uttar Pradesh. The eighth list of candidates announced by the party names Rashid Alvi from Amroha, Mahesh Pathak from Mathura and Kunwar Sarvaraj Singh from Aonla in the state. A former spokesperson of the Congress, Alvi has been a member of the Lok Sabha from Amroha (1999-2004) and a two-term Rajya Sabha MP from Andhra Pradesh. Kunwar Sarvaraj Singh has been a three-time Lok Sabha MP from Aonla. He was elected to the Lok Sabha from the constituency in 1996 and 1999 on Samajwadi tickets, while in 2004, he got elected on a Janata Dal (United) ticket. Mahesh Pathak, who has been fielded from Mathura by the Congress, is a local businessman.last_img read more

RGV to make acting debut with Cobra

first_imgChennai: Filmmaker Ram Gopal Varma has announced that he will be making his acting debut in his next bilingual project “Cobra”, which he will co-direct with Agasthya Manju. The announcement comes just a week after the release of “Lakshmi NTR”, RGV’s film on the purpose of Lakshmi Parvathi in legendary actor and former Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister Nandamuri Taraka Rama Rao’s (NTR) life. On the occasion of his 57th birthday on Sunday, Varma took to Twitter to announce his next project. Also Read – I have personal ambitions now: Priyanka “Ahem! On the occasion of my birthday today, I am debuting as an actor for the first time in my career. I wouldn’t mind if you don’t bless me. Thanks,” Varma tweeted and also shared the first look poster of the film. According to the poster, the film is a biopic based on “the most dangerous criminal ever”. The poster also featured the line, referring to the titular character in the film. “If he’s arrested half the police department will be thrown into jail.” Also Read – Salman Khan remembers actor Vinod Khanna In “Cobra”, RGV plays an intelligence officer called R. In addition to acting, RGV is also co-producing the film in association with DPR. The film also stars KG and Ranga Rao. The rest of the cast and crew are yet to be revealed. Megastar Amitabh Bachchan, who has worked with Varma on multiple projects, welcomed him to the world of acting. “Finally! Ram Gopal Varma, the ‘Sarkar’ finds his true vocation… Acting! All the best Sircar. Damn, another competition,” he wrote. To this, Varma replied: “Sir your praise makes me feel dead because only dead people are praised this much but thank you for your belief in my new ‘yatra’.”last_img read more

Steph Curry Is Running Circles Around The Cavs Defense

OAKLAND, Calif. — LeBron James’s relative solo act has been discussed at length this postseason. But for how much his showings set him apart from his team, there’s an argument to be made that no Cavalier feels more alone than Kevin Love.And on Sunday night, Love was made to feel like he was on an island again and again and again — maybe a dozen times in all. In each instance, Stephen Curry — a two-time MVP and the greatest shooter on the planet — had Love right where he wanted him: By himself, with no help defender in sight, giving the Golden State star the time and space to dissect him off the dribble to the tune of 33 points and a finals-record nine 3-pointers. The lights-out shooting helped spur the Warriors to a 2-0 edge in the best-of-seven series, which now heads to Cleveland for Game 3 on Wednesday.Certain shots will understandably garner the majority of the attention — particularly this nearly 30-foot circus shot to beat the shot clock early in the fourth that provided Golden State enormous momentum as Cleveland was attempting to make one final push. But beneath the surface, Curry is giving the troubled Cavs defense fits, in part because of what he and Klay Thompson do better than anyone else: move without the ball to free themselves for open shots.In particular, Curry has played a mix of both Hot Potato and Tag, essentially setting up give-and-go plays with his teammates by passing them the ball with the hope and intention of getting it back after he has sprinted to an open spot behind the 3-point line. The style of play makes him an even more challenging cover for the 29th-ranked Cleveland defense, not only because of the occasional confusion it brings about, but also because Curry’s teammates will occasionally use his give-and-go sequences as an opportunity to screen for him in the corner.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/passback1.mp400:0000:0000:10Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Video Playerhttps://fivethirtyeight.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/06/passback2.mp400:0000:0000:11Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.“It’s tough — really tough — to guard Steph anywhere out there on the floor because he’s just so good at finding himself open,” Love said after the game, in which Curry shot a perfect 5-of-5 from 3-point range in the final period.Curry’s ability to shake free was far from the only thing that explained Golden State’s victory. The Warriors, who’ve struggled at times with focus, jumped out to a 15-6 run to start the game and appeared locked in from the outset in the wire-to-wire victory. They made a point of being more aggressive defensively with James after his stellar Game 1 and sought to force the ball out of his hands by occasionally sending a second man at him. And perhaps most noteworthy: Curry’s co-stars, Thompson and Kevin Durant, were even more efficient than Curry himself, with Durant scoring 26 points on just 14 shots and Thompson getting 20 on 13 shot attempts.Yet the performance — with the sprint-and-shoot element of Curry’s game coming alive — highlights something meaningful about the Warriors. After looking stagnant and vulnerable at times on offense in its seven-game bout with the Houston Rockets, Golden State finally appears to resemble itself again — even without injured forward Andre Iguodala, whose presence as a secondary ballhandler has been missed on that end.Since Game 6 of the Houston series, Curry has shot 5-of-9 on give-and-go 3-point tries. By contrast, he has shot just 3-of-18 on all other catch-and-shoot looks from deep, according to analyst Matt Williams with ESPN’s Stats & Information Group. (Worth noting: Curry is getting almost an extra half-foot on average between him and his nearest defender when his shot stems from a give-and-go.)Curry noted Sunday that the sprint-and-shoot strategy is one that he has used for a while now. “We’ve been doing that for a long time — it’s just that everything’s under a microscope now in the playoffs,” said Curry, who’s building a case to win his first NBA Finals MVP. “With how teams guard us with all their switching and things like that, you’ve got to find ways to create space.”That space often comes in the form of a big like Love or Clint Capela lacking the footspeed necessary to track Curry all the way back out to the 3-point line after cutting through the paint. This — and Curry’s hesitation moves into the paint, which defenders have to honor to avoid him getting off 3-point attempts — is how Golden State makes teams pay for perimeter switches.And on Sunday, it resulted in Curry making Love and Larry Nance Jr. look like bad stuntmen — they went lunging and flying after the Warriors guard when he broke free in the short corner.So, sure: The Cavaliers might be able to take some solace in the idea of going back home for Games 3 and 4. But unless they can find a way to bottle up Curry and the rediscovered Warriors offense, even home-court advantage may not be enough to make this a series again.Check out our latest NBA predictions. read more

Redshirt players making an impact for Ohio State

Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein (65) blocks during a game against Minnesota on Nov. 15 in Minneapolis. OSU won, 31-24.Credit: Mark Batke / Photo editorWhen Urban Meyer first came to Ohio State in late 2011, he made it clear that he was not a fan of redshirting players.Now, three years later, he might be changing his tone slightly.“Those days (of redshirting) are certainly here (but) if you are a good player, play ‘em,” Meyer said Tuesday during the Big Ten teleconference. “That is going to be our philosophy to continue moving forward.”The Buckeyes currently have 34 players on their roster that have been redshirted at least once.One of those players is OSU starting quarterback J.T. Barrett, along with three of the five starting offensive lineman.Redshirt-sophomore offensive lineman Pat Elflein said his redshirt year helped him get used to the college game.“It definitely benefitted me a lot,” he said Monday. “My freshman year, just being on scout team going against (Johnathan) Hankins and (John) Simon and transitioning to this level of play (helped a lot).”Specifically, Elflein said his time on the scout team and not being afraid to make mistakes were what made his redshirt year in 2012 so beneficial.“You can kind of just go out there and play (on scout team) and kind of get acclimated to this level of football and I got so much better doing that,” Elflein said. “It just transferred over to learning the offense after that and it all just came together.”For Elflein, it paid off as he made his first career start on a big stage in the 2013 Big Ten Championship game, when he said he thought he performed admirably.“We fell short last year, and that still hurts,” he said. “I played well that game, but we want to get back there and win the Big Ten.”Defensively, the Buckeyes currently have three redshirt players in the starting lineup, including redshirt-freshman cornerback Eli Apple, who was one of two players Meyer singled out when discussing the benefits of a year off.“(Redshirt-freshman linebacker) Darron Lee and Eli Apple are two guys off the top of my head … Will Eli Apple be here five years? No. My guess is if he continues to improve, that he may move on,” Meyer said.Lee is one of six players who has started each game on defense and is second on the team in tackles for loss for loss with 9.5.Apple, who has started all but one game this season, said watching from the sidelines last year was beneficial, adding that he learned a lot from veteran players at his position.“When I first got here, I definitely had my little struggles. I feel like that redshirt year really helped me a lot just watching guys like (Bradley) Roby, watching guys like (current senior) Doran (Grant), see how they handle their business and picking up stuff from them,” Apple said Monday. “When I came in this year, I really wanted to take an approach — take things serious, work on my technique, work on all aspects of my game and it has really helped out.”Already with two interceptions under his belt, Apple said that with each game comes more assurance in his abilities.“I feel like my confidence has grown after each game,” Apple said. “It’s just great being a starting corner, playing opposite of Doran Grant, somebody that just takes the game so serious. It’s one of those things where you have to raise your game up a notch every week because you got somebody like him who just goes so hard and has great preparation.”The Buckeyes are scheduled to take on the Indiana Hoosiers on Saturday at Ohio Stadium. Kickoff is set for noon. read more

Martial and McTominay start against Newcastle

first_imgJose Mourinho has made some significant changes to his Manchester United squad for the Premier League showdown against Newcastle.Mourinho who is under intense scrutiny desperately needs three points today at Old Trafford in their last Premier League clash before the International break.The Portuguese boss has had spats with a number of his star players in recent times, including Paul Pogba and Eric Bailly, but both start the game.And following the club’s abysmal start to the campaign, reports suggested the former Madrid man was set for the axe irrespective of the Newcastle result.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.Manchester United have quashed those rumours but Mourinho simply cannot afford another loss and has named a strong side on paper for the visit of Rafa Benitez’s struggling Magpies.MANCHESTER UNITED VS NEWCASTLE LINEUPSMan Utd XI: De Gea, Young, Bailly, Smalling, Shaw, McTominay, Matic, Pogba, Rashford, Lukaku, MartialNewcastle XI: Dubravka, Yedlin, Lascelles, Fernandez, Manquillo, Ritchie, Shelvey, Diame, Kenedy, Perez, Mutolast_img read more

Mourinho on new De Gea deal I am not confident it

first_imgManchester United boss Jose Mourinho has thrown David De Gea’s future into doubt after revealing he is not confident the Spaniard will sign a new contractThe 27-year-old has developed into one of the world’s greatest goalkeepers at United following his arrival from Atletico Madrid in 2011.But De Gea has just 18 months left on his current contract at Old Trafford and talks over an extension have been delayed by two months.De Gea had been close to sealing a switch to Real Madrid in 2015 – only for a technical problem in sending the paperwork during the final hours of the transfer window putting an end to it.But following Real’s capture of Thibaut Courtois from Chelsea in the summer, United were reportedly confident of sealing a new deal for De Gea.However, Mourinho appears to have suggested otherwise now ahead of the Red Devils’ Premier League clash with Everton.Daniel Fark, Norwich City, Premier LeagueDaniel Farke, From mid-table in the Championship to the Premier League Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Norwich City manager, Daniel Farke, has taken his team from the middle of the table in the English Championship to play with the big boys in the Premier League.“I am not confident, but I’m also not worried,” Mourinho told Sky Sports. “I cannot find the word in English, but let’s see what happens.“Only the club, David and his people can answer that. My comment is only that everyone knows how good he is, how important he is for Manchester United and if the club wants to be better than it is and not worse.He added: “Obviously it would be very important to keep David.”The Spain international has struggled this season for United and has conceded 16 goals in nine Premier League games.Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain have also been reportedly interested in De Gea.last_img read more

Guardiola Saints are difficult to beat

first_imgManchester City boss Pep Guardiola has described Southampton as ‘so hard to beat’ ahead of their Premier League showdownThe South coast club put up two good showings against City last season but were denied on both occasions by late goals.Despite the club’s inconsistent display, this season Guardiola is clearly adamant they pose a threat ahead of a meeting of the team’s at the Etihad Stadium on Sunday.He told the Daily Echo: “I’m impressed with the quality they have up front and especially in the middle.jose mourinhoMourinho knows why City and Liverpool are so far ahead George Patchias – September 13, 2019 Jose Mourinho knows why Manchester City and Liverpool are so far ahead of everyone else in the Premier League.In an interview with the Telegraph,…“They have talented players. They play so deep and so physical.“It was so hard to beat them and so complicated. We have to be sharp and move well in small spaces and concede few chances in set pieces as they are strong there too.“They had one week to prepare for this game so it will be tough. We have to be ready to get the three points.”last_img read more

Dortmunds coach says players shouldnt get complacent

first_imgAccording to manager Lucien Favre, the BVB footballers should take the match about second-from-bottom team Hannover very seriously.Borussia Dortmund is currently in first place of the German Bundesliga.And on Saturday they will be playing against second-from-bottom in the table, Hannover 96.Coach Lucien Favre has warned his players that this match has to be taken seriously.“I have to warn everyone that the three points are far from secure. We need the same level of concentration that we had in Leipzig!” he told the club’s official website.“While it’s true that Hannover lost their last match, I’ve seen a few games of theirs in which they’ve played really well.”“For example, they drew 1-1 in Freiburg and had far more goal-scoring opportunities than their opponents,” he explained.“This was against a Freiburg side that had just come off the back of 3-0 and 2-0 wins against Leipzig and Gladbach respectively. That tells you all you need to know.”Jadon Sancho, Borussia DortmundCrouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.But Manuel Akanji and Dan-Axel Zagadou are still out injured, with the possibility of Omer Toprak to play.“He’s been training,” said Favre.“We’ll have to wait until tomorrow.”“It’s hard to give a precise answer. He’s been running during the week – the ball hasn’t been involved just yet, but he’s done a few sprints,” the manager said about Zagadou.“It’s a good situation which we’re really happy with. He’ll get there step by step, but Saturday will come too soon.”And the coach took the opportunity to update about injured Marco Reus.“He’s trained all week. He’s doing well. That alone is really positive,” he concluded.last_img read more

Lennon calls for stricter penalty for racial abusers

first_imgBurnley winger Aaron Lennon says “something has to be done” to get rid of racism in football after the incident at Stamford Bridge last weekend.Sterling was the subject of an alleged racist abuse on Saturday at Stamford Bridge, and Lennon believes that only a severe punishment for such behavior will eradicate the issue.“There’s always going to be a small group, a minority of fans who act stupidly and come out with crazy things but in this day and age, I can’t believe it’s still going on,” Lennon told Sky Sports.“Something has to be done for it to be stopped and hopefully it will get sorted in the near future.norwich city, manchester city, premier leagueReport: City are stunned by Norwich George Patchias – September 14, 2019 Manchester City was stunned by Norwich City in todays Premier League clash.Much has been made in recent days of the potential impact of Aymeric…“It’s not for me to decide, I think they need to come down harder on things like this because there’s no need for it in the game, there’s no need for it anywhere, to be honest.“Football has come a long way, and it just needs to be stamped out.“It’s never nice in any walk of life to see this, especially in football because like I said it has come such a long way.“But it’s a small minority of people, you have to think football as a whole has improved a lot, but there’s still a lot to be done.”last_img read more

Jessi Combs the fastest woman on four wheels dies at 39

first_img 2019 Honda Ridgeline review: Light duty, heavy punch 7 Acura RDXThe third-generation Acura RDX squeaks into the top ten list with larger proportions, plenty of interior space and better handling than its predecessor. Forward collision warning with collision mitigation braking, adaptive cruise control that works even in low-speed traffic, lane-keeping steering assist and road departure mitigation are all standard across the board. Like its MDX counterpart, the RDX is available with the A-Spec styling package.The RDX sports a 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine. Output is stated at 273 horsepower and 280 pound-feet of torque, and it’s mated to a 10-speed automatic transmission. The new RDX is built in East Liberty, Ohio. Car Industry 71 Photos GMC CanyonIf you’re looking for a slightly fancier version of the Colorado that’s more focused on luxe than dirt, check out the GMC Canyon. The top Denali trim gets standard heated and ventilated front seats as well as a heated steering wheel. Maximum payload capability is 1,665 pounds while max towing is a fairly healthy 7,600 pounds.The Canyon is available with the same 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine, 3.6-liter V6 or 2.8-liter diesel as the Chevrolet Colorado. It’s also built in Wentzville, Missouri. More From Roadshow Honda PassportThe Honda Passport is a new (well, reborn) entry to both the Honda lineup and the American Made Index. This midsize crossover comes to the fray with great driving dynamics and plenty of tech like the standard Honda Sensing suite of active safety features. An available 8-inch touchscreen gets Apple CarPlay and Android Auto as well as a Wi-Fi hotspot.Under the hood is the stalwart 3.5-liter V6 producing 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. However unlike the Ridgeline, the Passport sends that power through a nine-speed automatic transmission. Having said that, just like the Ridgeline, this is the only powertrain available. The Honda Passport is built in Lincoln, Alabama. Tags Jeep CherokeeKeeping its top-of-the-list placement, the Jeep Cherokee is 2019’s most American-made car. Refreshed for 2019, the compact crossover now features more tech, better cargo space and a slightly tweaked look. It’s available in no fewer the nine trims, including the off-road specific Trailhawk and a fancy-pants Trailhawk Elite.For 2019, the Cherokee gets a new 2.0-liter, turbocharged, four-cylinder engine with 270 horsepower and 295 pound-feet of torque, though naturally aspirated I4 and V6 choices are also available. Regardless of engine, a nine-speed automatic transmission gets the power to the pavement — or dirt as the case may be. The Cherokee is made in Belvidere, Illinois. 2019 GMC Sierra Denali review: So close to greatness Comments 2019 Honda Odyssey offers plenty of room and features for families 2019 Chevrolet Corvette Grand Sport loves to hustle 2018 Dodge Challenger SRT Demon: Holy hell Honda OdysseyThe feature-rich Honda Odyssey minivan also retains its number-two slot from last year’s list. While the 2019 model doesn’t see any changes from last, it’s still a darn good choice for families on the go with reconfigurable seats, Wi-Fi and an excellent rear-seat entertainment system. The Cabin Watch video system lets parents keep an eye on their little darlings without turning around in their seats, while Cabin Talk amplifies their voice so no yelling is required.The Odyssey is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 rated for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Most trims get a nine-speed automatic but the top Touring and Elite trims now use a 10-speed automatic with stop-start technology. The Honda Odyssey is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 81 Photos 10 Photos Comments 2019 Chevrolet Colorado ZR2 Bison: A tougher off-roader Honda RidgelineAgain keeping the status quo, the Honda Ridgeline maintains third place on the American Made Index. This crossover-that-looks-like-a-truck provides a better ride than a traditional pickup and gets an awesome lockable trunk right in the floor of the bed. And it doesn’t do the truck stuff too badly, either, as it’s able to carry 1,860 pounds of payload and tow 3,500 pounds.The Ridgeline is powered by a 3.5-liter V6 good for 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. That is channeled through a six-speed automatic transmission with available all-wheel drive. It’s built in Lincoln, Alabama. 2020 Volvo XC60 T8 Polestar Engineered first drive: Almost Super Trouper 2019 GMC Canyon: A fancier Colorado 69 Photos Chevrolet CorvetteMoving up from the 10th-place slot last year is the 2019 Chevrolet Corvette. While we’ve all been ogling the new mid-engine Corvette, it’s easy to forget what a performance bargain the current-generation ‘Vette is. From the base trim to the Grand Sport to the bonkers ZR1, the Corvette is an American icon.My preference is for the Grand Sport, which strikes a perfect balance between everyday drivability and canyon-carving performance. The 6.2-liter V8 puts out 460 horsepower and 465 pound-feet of torque. You can get it with a seven-speed manual or eight-speed automatic transmission, but the kicker is the borrowed chassis and aero parts from the beefier Z06. Like I said, perfect balance. The Corvette is made in Bowling Green, Kentucky. 2019 Acura MDX adds new features and an A-Spec modelcenter_img 52 Photos Share your voice Car Culture Car Industry,Enlarge ImageIt’s all in a day’s work for the Jeep Cherokee, the most American-made car in 2019. Jeep With high trade tensions looming and increasing talk of tariffs, more and more consumers are looking to buy American. Cars.com has released its annual American Made Index, showcasing companies that use the most American-sourced parts and labor in their vehicles. The results may surprise you.Cars.com analyzed more than 100 US-built vehicles for five key data points: manufacturing location, parts sourcing, US employment, engine sourcing and transmission sourcing. You might think something like the Ford F-150 would top the list, but it drops from its No. 5 spot for 2018 and out of the top 10 completely. Even the first-place holder, the Jeep Cherokee, is a pretty global product. It’s a Jeep, sure, but that brand is part of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles, an Italian-owned business.Cars.com surveyed 1,000 people and found that half are concerned about automotive import tariffs, with 41% saying they are unsure if tariffs would make them more likely to buy American. Either way, we’re big fans of all the vehicles on this list. These days, buying American doesn’t necessarily mean sticking with a US-based automaker. 18 Photos 2019 Honda Pilot Elite: A smoother, tech-rich crossover SUV 2019 Honda Passport: A well-rounded midsize offering 68 Photos 26 Photos Chevrolet ColoradoMaking its debut in the top 10 is the Chevrolet Colorado. Shown here in the tough ZR2 Bison off-road spec, the Chevy Colorado is an excellent truck and one of the two midsize pickups you can get with a diesel engine. Adding to the ZR2’s two-inch lift and front and rear locking differentials, the Bison gets beefier skid plates (trust me, that’s a good thing), steel bumpers and integrated recovery points. Heck, you can even get a snorkel.Base models get a 2.5-liter four-cylinder engine with a six-speed manual transmission, but a more popular choice is the 3.6-liter V6 gas engine with 308 horsepower and 275 pound-feet of torque, mated to an eight-speed automatic transmission. Meanwhile, the 2.8-liter diesel pumps out 186 horsepower and a delicious 369 pound-feet of twist and is mated to a six-speed automatic. The Chevy Colorado is built in Wentzville, Missouri. 2019 Jeep Cherokee can handle the rough stuff Share your voice 12 Photos More From Roadshow 2019 Acura RDX A-Spec: Sharp handling, sharper looks 49 Photos 2019 Honda Ridgeline: The commuter’s pickup truck 2019 Chevy Colorado ZR2 Bison: An off-road animal 3 North American Eagle Racer, television personality and general badass Jessi Combs died Tuesday, after crashing her jet-powered land speed record car in the Alvord Desert in southeast Oregon, according to a local news report. She was 39 years old.Combs earned the title of “fastest woman on four wheels” after setting a land speed record of 398 miles per hour in 2013. In 2018, she drove her jet-powered North American Eagle Supersonic Speed Challenger to 483 mph during a shakedown run.Her death was confirmed on Instagram by a teammate on Wednesday morning.A skilled fabricator, Combs was well-known for her appearances on several TV shows, including Overhaulin’, All Girls Garage and Mythbusters. Combs was also a skilled off-road racer.”I knew Jessi from around the off-road scene, though we never actually raced against each other,” writes Roadshow’s own racer, reviews editor Emme Hall. “I always looked to her career path as a model for my own, and seeing how she was able to earn a living by just being the knowledgeable and quirky Jessi Combs has always been inspiring. She will be missed terribly by all who knew her.””Jessi was the most fearless person I’ve ever met,” writes Executive Editor Chris Paukert, who worked closely with Combs on Autoblog’s series The List: 1,001 car things to do before you die. “I can’t even say she was the bravest, because it’s almost like fear wasn’t an emotion that ever really registered with her. If it had any impact at all, it was fuel, a motivator. She wanted to see and do everything anyone could do related to metal, power and speed. Jessi had an unquenchable energy and drive, and she managed to be that intense while still being immensely fun to be around — a trick that most hyperfocused and accomplished people somehow never manage.””It may seem a little crazy to walk directly into the line of fire,” Combs said of herself on Twitter earlier this month. “Those who are willing are those who achieve great things. People say I’m crazy. I say thank you.”Correction, 5:47 p.m. PT: A previous version of this story said Combs was 36. She was 39.  Honda PilotDropping down to seventh place for 2019 is the Honda Pilot. Like its two-row Passport sibling, the three-row Pilot offers parent-focused technology like Cabin Talk as well as myriad standard driver-assistance features through the Honda Sensing tech suite. Honda’s largest crossover offers up nearly 84 cubic feet of cargo space. Honda’s 3.5-liter V6 engine shows up again, making a serviceable 280 horsepower and 262 pound-feet of torque. Touring and Elite trims get a nine-speed automatic transmission while lower trims have to make do with a six-speed auto. The Honda Pilot is made in Lincoln, Alabama. 2020 BMW M340i review: A dash of M makes everything better Tags Acura MDXMoving up one slot to sixth place on the American Made Index is the non-hybrid variant of the Acura MDX. With its SH-AWD system, the MDX is one of the better handling midsize luxury crossovers, and for 2019 the company gives us the A-Spec treatment with a new front fascia and side skirts, 20-inch wheels, wider exhaust tips, unique gauges, a new steering wheel, carbon fiber trim and various Alcantara interior touches.However, both the standard and A-Spec models get a 3.5-liter V6 engine, rated for 290 horsepower and 267 pound-feet of torque going through a nine-speed automatic transmission. The Acura MDX is made in East Liberty, Ohio.  General Motors Chevrolet Honda Jeep Acuralast_img read more

Verdict against 6 Gaibandha war crimes accused Wednesday

first_imgThe International Crimes Tribunal (ICT)-1 on Tuesday set Wednesday to pronounce judgment in crimes against humanity case against six alleged war criminals from Gaibandha, including Jamaat leader and former lawmaker Abdul Aziz alias Ghoramara Aziz.The other five accused are Md Ruhul Amin alias Monju, 61, Md Abdul Latif, 61, Abu Muslim Mohammad Ali, 59, Md Nazmul Huda, 60, and Md Abdur Rahim Miah, 62. Of these, only Latif is in jail.“Verdict tomorrow,” said justice Md Shahinur Islam, chairman of the three-member panel of the tribunal.The tribunal on 23 October kept the judgment on CAV (curia advisory vult, a Latin legal term meaning the court awaits verdict) after concluding hearing the arguments of the case for second time.The recently reconstituted ICT-1 on 12 October on Tuesday fixed 22 October for rehearing the arguments in the case.Earlier, the tribunal on 9 May had kept the verdict in the case on CAV for the first time.“But due to death of justice Anwarul Haque, former chairman of the tribunal, government had to reconstitute the tribunal and the new tribunal decided to rehear the arguments,” prosecutor Syed Sayedul Haque Suman told BSS.last_img read more

Mugabes wife Grace under probe

first_imgZimbabwe first lady Grace Mugabe. Photo: AFPZimbabwean police are investigating former ruler Robert Mugabe’s wife Grace, accused of smuggling ivory worth millions to underground foreign markets, a state-owned weekly reported Sunday.The Sunday Mail said investigators from the parks and wildlife authority handed documents to police showing that the former first lady “spirited large consignments of ivory to China, the United Arab Emirates and the United States among other destinations.”Police spokeswoman Charity Charamba confirmed receiving a report but declined to elaborate when questioned by AFP.The Sunday Mail said the report accused Grace Mugabe of ordering officials to grant her permits to export the ivory as gifts to the leaders of various countries.“Once outside Zimbabwe, the ‘gifts’ would be pooled together with other consignments of the product and routed to black markets,” The Sunday Mail reported.A senior official in the presidency, Christopher Mutsvangwa, told the paper the government was tipped off by an unnamed whistleblower.“Police and whistleblowers laid a trap for suppliers believed to be working for Grace Mugabe,” Mutsvangwa said.“The culprits were caught and that is how investigations started. When we were confronted with so much evidence, there is no way we could ignore.”The paper said police may question the former first lady soon.Grace Mugabe was tipped alongside the current President Emmerson Mnangagwa to succeed Mugabe, who ruled Zimbabwe since independence from British colonial rule in 1980 until he was forced to step down in November 2017 following a military takeover.She earned the sobriquet “Gucci Grace” for her lavish lifestyle.Zimbabwe has suffered rampant poaching of elephants, targeted for their ivory tusks which are used for ornaments and medicines.At least 400 elephants died from cyanide poisoning in Hwange, Zimbabwe’s biggest national park in the northwest of the country, between 2013 and 2015.But parks director-general Fulton Mangwanya said poaching had declined since Mugabe’s ouster.“Poaching levels have dropped sharply in Hwange because the market has been disturbed,” The Sunday Mail quoted him as saying.last_img read more

First trial run held for IndoBangla container train service

first_imgKolkata: The first trial run of the container train between India and Bangladesh was held in Kolkata on Tuesday morning.Manasi Banerjee, one of the senior-most employees of CONCOR, flagged off the train in presence of Harindra Rao, General Manager, Eastern Railway and Kalyan Rama, CMD, CONCOR (Container Corporation of India Limited). Suchitto Kumar Das, Additional General Manager, Eastern Railway and Basudev Panda, Divisional Railway Manager, Sealdah, were also present. Also Read – Heavy rain hits traffic, flightsSpeaking on the occasion, Rao said that the passenger and goods train services are being regularly run between the two countries. This is for the first time that a container train from India will run between India and Bangladesh. The need for container service between these two countries has been felt by the exporters, as it has certain benefits like substantial time saving, safe transit, cost effectiveness and single window solution. It will also make trade safer and significantly organised in comparison to capacity constraints of the sea and land routes. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Merc, 2 B’deshi bystanders killedHe further said that this container service will have a wider impact on bilateral trade and will lead to further boost in the peace and harmony between the two neighbouring countries.The first container train to Bangladesh, consisting of 30 wagons, carries 60 containers of soyabean extract and will run via Majerhat-Naihati-Ranaghat-Gede in India and Darsana-Ishurdi-Bangabandhu West in Bangladesh. Bangabandhu West in Bangladesh is 117 km from Dhaka but much closer to industrial hubs around Dhaka.last_img read more

TSX Venture 140505 149914 212568

first_imgTSX Venture1,405.051,499.142,125.68 Those who have already averaged down and find themselves, if not “all in,” then perhaps with less cash than they’d like, must hold and not lose their nerve. We’re in front of what may be the most spectacular buying opportunity in years. Sure, if a company suffers a major political setback, runs out of money, or shows in some other way that it’s unlikely to deliver, then sell – but do not sell just because the market is down. TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange)11,871.2312,178.6613,611.32 Gold Producers (GDX)44.0546.7058.34 Gold1,642.021,620.381,515.88 Gold and Silver HEADLINESTravelers to India Face Special Gold Scans at Major Indian Airports (Emirates24|7)Travelers to India are being scanned for gold and gold ornaments in the country’s major airports in an effort to collect duties on gold amounts exceeding a law-defined maximum.According to an Indian law enacted in 1967, people traveling to India are obliged to pay a duty for carrying any gold ornaments valued at more than Rs20,000 (roughly $375 at today’s exchange rate); for males the allowed amount is lower by half: Rs10,000 (roughly $185).At current gold prices, the amount of gold one can carry without paying additional custom duties is tiny. An Indian woman on average wears a gold chain weighing 16-25 grams at least, which at the current price would be worth at least US$845-1,320 and exceeds the tax-free allowance.People of Indian origin can carry up to 10 kilos of gold, provided they pay a duty. Recently the authorities have seen a spike in undeclared gold being smuggled into the country as gold prices, and the amount of applicable duties, rose.The market for gold in India is legendary, and since 2008, the metal has remained one of the preferred investments for Indians. The increasing amounts of gold smuggled into India are not accounted for in official statistics for gold imports, so we can only guess how much more gold Indians are buying than what is reported in government numbers, which must be seen as the lowest figures in a possible range.Indonesia Plans Export Tax on Copper, Gold, Silver Ores, up to 50% (CommodityOnline)Indonesia plans to impose a 20-50% export tax on a wide range of commodities sold in ore form. Fourteen minerals are subject to this legislation, including gold and silver. The justification?“We want miners to process and refine the ore in the country and therefore stimulate the construction of more smelters here,” stated Coordinating Economic Minister Hatta Rajasa who also added that the implementation of export tax was not aimed at increasing the country’s revenues but was targeted to deincentivize the mining companies from selling the commodities as ores.This initiative may look reasonable: the government attempts to maximize the use of the country’s natural resources and expand the value chain of the local mining industry, which would incentivize creation of new production facilities and consequently workplaces, as well as generate tax revenue.But changes in legislation – and Indonesia has already made some questionable decisions this year – do not encourage foreign investment and may strangle local industry. Such moves are certainly keeping our investment money out of the country. This Week in International Speculator and BIG GOLD – Key Updates for Subscribers International SpeculatorDespite rising costs, this company’s increasing production keeps cash flow up. We like the potential this play has for production growth and discovery – see our latest comment and recommendation update. Copper3.733.794.12 Rock & Stock StatsLastOne Month AgoOne Year Ago Oil102.54101.47109.24 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ)21.9722.8337.94 Silver Stocks (SIL)20.1421.2725.85 Those who are new to the sector should buy first tranches on great companies and prepare to average down with second tranches and stink bids, should they be so fortunate as to get opportunities to do so.What if I’m Wrong?At the close of our conference in Weston, David Galland polled our attendees, asking how many thought the US and global economies were actually recovering (implying that we should not be investing with further crisis in mind, but improving economic conditions). In the entire, packed room, only a handful of hands went up. Okay, we had just presented a lot of evidence for why the Casey consensus is for more crisis ahead, but there were different views among speakers, and the overwhelming majority of independent-minded thinkers present agreed that the fundamental trend we’re betting on remains solid.If they – and we here at Casey Research – are all wrong, and the bull market for metals is over, you may lose some money. This is why we always urge readers in the strongest terms not to speculate with money they cannot afford to lose. There is, however, no practical limit to how much money you can win, if we’re right – and that’s why we do urge readers in the strongest terms to embrace intelligent speculation.As Rick says, in these markets, you’re either a contrarian or a victim. Bear markets are for buying and bull markets are for selling. We believe we have entered an acute, but temporary, buyer’s market. Our path is therefore clear: we must buy the bear.Sincerely,Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research Silver30.3531.3539.31 This company is one of our favorite takeover candidates. It’s well cashed up, consistently delivers high-grade intercepts from its multiple projects, and the shares are trading near 52-week lows. Here’s our latest take. BIG GOLDA number of BIG GOLD companies filed their quarterly reports last week – check out the latest on your favorites on the portfolio page. Dear Readers,Your metals team has just returned from the Casey Research Recovery Reality Check conference in Weston, Florida. I think the quality of the speakers was perhaps the best ever. There were clever tales and insights aplenty, but I’ll cut to the chase for investors in the metals and mining sector: The correction we’ve been experiencing was discussed at length, and while no one is sure when it will bottom, legendary investors in our sector are buying now.Some say my calls to buy the best of the best mining stocks in the midst of a continuing share-price decline evoke a fear akin to what one feels trying to catch a falling safe. It may help to know that investors today are buying alongside Rick Rule of Sprott Global, John Hathaway of the Tocqueville Fund, and Doug Casey, of course – among other legendary resource investors.I interviewed Rick in Florida, as you may have seen in last week’s Conversations with Casey. We both have a sense that the meltdown in our sector may well get worse before things get better. The “sell in May” conventional wisdom could collide with an already bearish sentiment and truly rustle the whole resource-sector herd to the share-price slaughterhouse.We Should Be So LuckyI’ve said that before: we should be so lucky as to get another 2008-style buying opportunity – and that’s what we’d have if the market melts down from this low point.I’ve also said “buy low and sell high” so often, it’s starting to sound like I’m stuttering. It sounds easy, but it’s not – if it were, everyone would do it, and there’d be no profit in it. Contrarianism 101: You have to buy when others are panicking and there’s blood in the streets. That means you have to master the fear and do the opposite of what everyone else is doing.Email from some unhappy readers whose recent share purchases are down have made me wonder if they thought we were joking or merely being rhetorical about this. The whole idea behind the tranche buying system we advocate is to take advantage of downward volatility, and the objective of placing stink bids is to capture “stupid” prices. I meant exactly what I said: we offered guidance on lower prices because we believed a major correction was a distinct probability. Well, here it is.I see the buying opportunities shaping up with fear and excitement. My fear is not that our speculations won’t work out: rather, it’s that – as happened in 2008 – too few investors will have the courage to follow through on their contrarian ideals. The excitement, of course, is that we face truly spectacular contrarian opportunities.“When Will the Pain Stop?”A friend, reader, and fellow speculator who attended our conference asked me half-jokingly when the market would bottom. He knows I don’t have a crystal ball, but the way he phrased it was interesting: “When will the pain stop?” It was delivered with a smile that showed he understood the long-term trend we’re betting on remains solid; when you believe in a better future but suffer pain in the present, you don’t want your life to end – you want the pain to stop.I said I saw the slaughterhouse potential mentioned above, and that I was hoping for a chance at phenomenally stupid prices on great companies. However, any number of factors could reverse the market’s current fear-dominant sentiment back to being greed-dominant again. Scary news on the geopolitical front – just one potential black swan among many – could send gold shooting north in short order. With many gold companies severely undervalued, that could bring greed back to the forefront with a vengeance.I also interviewed John Hathaway (coming soon to an inbox near you), who said he thinks we’re close to the bottom now. Gold stocks are already undervalued and he’s buying.He may be right. I had dinner with a friend the other night who is a much more mainstream investor than I am. He told me he’d just bought Newmont for the reasons Jeff Clark outlined in BIG GOLD last month – but he’s not a subscriber. He reasoned that while gold is up over the last year, the retreat from last fall’s peak has producers so beaten down, many are deeply undervalued relative to the strength of the underlying commodity. He saw an opportunity, liked Newmont’s dividend structure, and took it.If mainstream investors are waking up to the opportunities in oversold gold stocks, Hathaway could be right: We have bottomed, and the time to buy is now.Rick, by the way, says my anecdote matches his observations; he thinks more mainstream investors are becoming aware of today’s specific opportunity in gold stocks, as the high-visibility gold indices such as the HUI have diverged substantially from the gold price. He says that’s bullish, but suspects that present market negativity will take a while yet to reverse – and that that’s a great thing. He likes to buy what others are afraid to touch; usually, that means grassroots plays, but now he’s very pleased to be able to buy advanced developers and even producers that are on sale. Rick shares my excitement at the prospect of 2008-style prices – he seemed almost gleeful when I spoke with him.I talked about this with Doug, of course, and he agrees – he said he looks forward to seeing my shopping list.What to DoIf John is right and we are at a cyclical bottom, now is the time to buy.I would not go “all in” even if I were positive John is right, because no one knows the future for certain. Still, I would move aggressively, deploying more cash into gold stocks. In fact, the divergence between gold and gold stocks has become so great, some of our conference speakers mentioned selling some of their gold to buy more gold stocks.[Some of the biggest institutional and mutual fund managers believe that gold miners are severely undervalued, and they’re urging their clients to load up.]If I were sure Rick is right about lower prices in the months just ahead, that would not make buying some undervalued stocks now a bad idea. Again, no one can be sure – a point Rick himself made. If the companies are solid, well financed, and have projects of genuine merit and the right people to push them forward, today’s buyers should come out well, regardless of the fluctuations along the way – as long as they don’t panic and sell at the real bottom, when they should be buying with gusto.Key point: no one can call the exact market bottom, except in hindsight.That means you have to buy when prices are low and not worry too much about how much lower they could go. That takes discipline and nerves of steel – the DNA of the contrarian mind. This is precisely the rare and difficult ability that makes fortunes for speculators – and the reason they deserve to make those fortunes.Profiting from 2008 was only “easy” in hindsight – many people chickened out at the moment of truth, when share prices went into freefall and I was putting “BEST BUY” on many stocks. Others were willing but lacked the liquidity to follow those recommendations. I know – I got the agonized emails.So, here we are in 2012, potentially on the verge of a similar sell-off within an underlying trend that remains as bullish as ever. What to do:Those who’ve taken our advice to take profits along the way and maintain a cash reserve should remember 2008, hold on to their courage, buy first and second tranches where appropriate, and prepare to buy low in a big way with stink bids.last_img read more