Syracuse looks to correct turnover issues in Madison Square Garden matchup with Temple

first_img Facebook Twitter Google+ Published on December 21, 2012 at 9:19 pm Contact Jacob: [email protected] | @Jacob_Klinger_ In nearly spoiling what was circled on the calendar as Jim Boeheim’s 900th career win, Syracuse committed 18 turnovers against Detroit. That’s the fourth time this season the Orange has made that many.“We’re not going to be real good if we’re going to turn over that many times,” Boeheim said after Monday night’s 72-68 win. “Particularly in late-game situations.”While No. 3 SU (10-0) heads to Madison Square Garden to play Temple (8-2) relieved of the pressure from Boeheim’s milestone, it’s also fighting a lingering turnover problem. SU has proven it belongs among the nation’s best, but solving its turnover struggles is key to establishing the more assured dominance that trademarked last year’s team.Ten games into the 2011-12 season the Orange was also 10-0, a survivor of some scares and was ranked No. 3 in the country. It also buried opponents with back-breaking runs that recaptured momentum or put the result to bed entirely. This year’s team has punished its fair share of nonconference opponents, too, but the signature runs aren’t as prevalent with turnovers breaking the Orange’s momentum.Instead, turnovers gave Detroit the momentum it needed to make a 16-0 run and a game of what had the looks of a laugher.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text“The last five minutes we made as many mistakes (as) throughout the whole game in the last five minutes, just in that stretch,” senior guard Brandon Triche said.After falling victim to an alley-oop by Detroit’s Doug Anderson that cut SU’s lead to 67-52 with 4:20 remaining, freshman center DaJuan Coleman picked the ball up behind the baseline. He then stepped onto the court, and the violation returned the ball to the Titans without taking more than two seconds off the clock.“I think there’s a lot of things we can learn from,” Boeheim said. “We had a freshman take the ball out of bounds when he’s not supposed to – turnover.”Thirty-four seconds later freshman forward Jerami Grant was stripped in the low post on a move that should’ve finished with a dunk. They were just two of a handful of untimely mistakes Boeheim cited after the narrow win.Though the turnovers against Detroit are noteworthy for the history they jeopardized, they aren’t new.SU has had double-digit turnovers in every game this season with the exception of its 87-51 romp over Colgate on Nov. 25. The Orange averages 14.8 turnovers per game for a total of 148 – 29 more than the 2011-12 Orange had at this point last year after playing then-No. 9 Florida, Stanford and Virginia Tech.Heading toward the grandest of basketball stages against what Boeheim called “a tremendous team” and “a tremendous game,” the Orange need to change fast.The Detroit game, though, may have served as a much-needed wake-up call. SU is by no means ignorant of its problem.Said guard Michael Carter-Williams: “We turned the ball over … we can’t let up on teams anymore.” Commentslast_img read more

Mobile Web, Native App Use Increases at Night

first_imgWhy IoT Apps are Eating Device Interfaces Tags:#apps#mobile#Trends While this data may just serve to reconfirm suspicions you already had, it’s important information for mobile advertisers, as it indicates the most important, and therefore, the most lucrative, times of day to target ads.For what it’s worth, the data represented here comes from a fairly good-sized dataset: over 10,000 smartphone users, including 6.5 million distinct smartphone application usage sessions in 16 countries during 2009 and 2010. sarah perez Related Posts Role of Mobile App Analytics In-App Engagement It’s none-too-shocking news, but well worth noting: a new study of over 10,000 smartphone users has indicated that mobile Web and mobile application usage increases during the evening and nighttime hours. Meanwhile, more traditional types of communications attract increased attention during the day.The data comes from mobile analytics firm Zokem, which found that voice and messaging dominate in the day time, but apps, and to a lesser extent, mobile Web browsing really take off after the workday is over.The results of the study, seen here in the charts below, show the usage patterns among smartphone owners during a typical working day.Voice drops quicker than messaging, says Zokem, because it’s a more business-oriented service. (So true! No one actually calls each other anymore, do they?) What it Takes to Build a Highly Secure FinTech … The Rise and Rise of Mobile Payment Technologylast_img read more

Incoming Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball shares plans to visit PH next year

first_imgView comments PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games PLAY LIST 02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games00:50Trending Articles00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss UAAP Season 80 Preview: NU Bulldogs ready to pull off surprises Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC SEA Games in Calabarzon safe, secure – Solcom chief Although he has yet to play a second in an official NBA regular season game, Ball and his family—composed of rowdy father LaVar and baller brothers LiAngelo and LaMelo—have become the talk of the league this off-season.A Facebook fan page dedicated to basketball’s newest celebrity family, “Follow the Balls,” recently posted an excerpt from the second overall pick of the 2017 NBA Draft—addressing the basketball-crazy Filipino fans.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“It’s crazy how global basketball is. People have been telling me that the Philippines love the Lakers, so we made a Big Baller Brand fan club called Follow the Balls for the Filipino community,” Ball wrote, much to the delight of its 10,000 followers.“I am really excited to travel to the Philippines next summer and can’t wait to meet y’all as I travel through the States this season!” he said, adding an invitation for netizens to like the page. LOOK: Venues for 2019 SEA Games UPLB exempted from SEA Games class suspension Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Read Nextcenter_img E.T. returns to earth, reunites with grown-up Elliott in new ad  Catriona Gray spends Thanksgiving by preparing meals for people with illnesses MOST READ Ball, meanwhile, has justified the hype that surrounded him even before joining the NBA, averaging 16.3 points, 7.7 rebounds, 9.3 assists and 2.5 steals in the Las Vegas preseason tournament, en route to bagging the tourney’s MVP award.  /ra WATCH: Streetboys show off slick dance moves in Vhong Navarro’s wedding LATEST STORIES LOOK: Loisa Andalio, Ronnie Alonte unwind in Amanpulo for 3rd anniversary There’s definitely a lot of Los Angeles Lakers diehard fans in the country, and that adoration has already extended to the team’s incoming prized rookie Lonzo Ball.ADVERTISEMENTlast_img read more

Majority Of Georgia Fans Say They’d Rather Have Nick Chubb Than Todd Gurley At Running Back

first_imgNick Chubb and Sony Michel celebrating after a football game.ATHENS, GA – SEPTEMBER 26: Running back Nick Chubb #27 of the Georgia Bulldogs celebrates with running back Sony Michel #1 at the conclusion of the game against the Southern University Jaguars on September 26, 2015 at Sanford Stadium in Athens, Georgia. The Georgia Bulldogs won 48-6. (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images)Matt Chernoff, a sports talk radio host in Atlanta, posed the following hypothetical question on Twitter this afternoon. Which player would you (Georgia fans) rather have: Todd Gurley or Nick Chubb? Georgia fans If you could have Chubb or Gurley this season, who do you want?— Matt Chernoff (@RealMattlanta) August 26, 2015Gurley, who starred in Athens, Ga., for three seasons, is now a St. Louis Ram. Chubb, meanwhile, burst onto the scene in Gurley’s absence in 2014, rushing for 1,547 yards and 14 touchdowns. The majority answer for Georgia fans: Chubb. As of 3:40 p.m. E.T., 19 people had responded to the tweet. The responses: 10 for Chubb and four for Gurley (the other five said stuff like “Churley” or “both”).Some of the responses: @RealMattlanta Chubb. Gurley has a bum knee and Chubb was just as good, if not better last year.— Georgia Native (@Georgia_Native) August 26, [email protected] Chubb all the way. #ChubbSmash— Amen…Go Dawgs (@Amen_GoDawgs) August 26, [email protected] Chubb because QB/WRs are question marks. Will need a back who can not only handle workload, but be more effective bc of it— Matt Berry (@MattBerry05) August 26, [email protected] Gurley, I still think he has more take it to the house speed— Kevin Bearden (@KKevin4268) August 26, 2015Who would you take, Georgia fans?last_img read more

Ohio State field hockey wraps up home schedule with 2 weekend matches

OSU sophomore midfield Morgan Kile (8) carries the ball for the on Oct. 2 against Maryland at Buckeye Varsity Field. Credit: Whitney Wilson / Lantern photographerTime and change will surely show this weekend for the four seniors of the Ohio State field hockey team as they play their last two home games at Buckeye Varsity Field for senior weekend. As the season quickly approaches the long awaited tournament time, energy will be high as OSU (8-6, 4-2) faces off against No. 16 Northwestern (10-6, 3-3) on Friday and nonconference opponent California (9-5, 4-1) on Sunday. Coming off of their first win against Iowa on Sunday since 2010, the Buckeyes are moving forward toward with their eye on the Big Ten prize — especially the graduating players. Co-captains and seniors Peanut Johnson and Emma Royce said they look forward to wrapping up on a good note and expect everyone to truly give it their all. “I just want to leave with a good feeling,” Johnson said. “It’s the last two home games so everything’s sinking in, and I just definitely want to play the absolute best that I can”.Royce agrees, recalling her early years on the team when she gave her all for her older teammates.“I just remember when I was a freshman, sophomore, junior, having the feeling of wanting to give everything for those people who are about to leave,” Royce said. “So hopefully we see that extra push from them.”Northwestern’s strong season is being seen as welcome competition from the Buckeyes. OSU coach Anne Wilkinson said she looks for her team to stand up to the challenge. “I like our matchup with Northwestern because we usually have a really competitive game,” Wilkinson said. “We both have a lot at stake, it’s the Big Ten. If we can maintain possession and  finish our chances we’ll be all right.”The 19th-ranked Wildcats are coming off a shutout 3-0 victory against Michigan State on Sunday, leading with shots 25-1, and penalty corners 19-0. Their trek to Columbus on Friday will be their final Big Ten game of the season. Royce said she has no doubt that the Buckeyes are fully prepared both mentally and physically to successfully take on both the Wildcats and the Golden Bears this weekend. “Northwestern has a strong season every year, we’re by no means underestimating them,” Royce said. “But at the same time we have every faith that we’re going to come out with two wins this weekend.”The Buckeyes are set to face off against Northwestern on Friday at 3:30 p.m. and California at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday.Senior spotlightPeanut Johnson, forward, Dayton, OhioTwo-time All-Big Ten selection Two-time second-team all-National Field Hockey Coaches Association West RegionHas started 56 of 69 career games with 33 goals and 20 assists for 86 pointsRanks ninth in the Big Ten in goals (nine)Big Ten Offensive Player of the Week (Sept. 16)Three times this year has had five points in a gameGoals in six games this year (OSU is 5-1 in those contests)Team captain in 2015Emma Royce, Back, London, England2013 Big Ten all-tournament teamTwo-time Big Ten preseason watch list choiceTwo-time team captainHas started 67 of 68 career gamesTeam leader this year with five assists13 goals and 12 assists in her career for 38 pointsFour multi-point games this year (OSU is 4-0 in those contests)Team captain in 2015Sydney Stype, goalkeeper, Upper Arlington, OhioThree-time Academic all-Big Ten (2012, 2013, 2014)Four-time NFHCA National Academic selection (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)Four-time OSU scholar athlete (2011, 2012, 2013, 2014)Appeared in games during the 2012, 2013 and 2014 seasons.Annie VonderBrink, forward/midfield, Kettering, OhioAcademic all-Big Ten (2013)OSU scholar athlete (2012, 2013)NFHCA National Academic Squad (2012)Veteran of 40 career gamesTwo goals and two assists for six pointsScored this year in the season opener against Saint Louis. read more

An hour with OSU athletic director Gene Smith

Lantern sports editor Zack Meisel sat down for an exclusive interview with Ohio State athletic director Gene Smith last week to discuss a number of topics, including Big Ten expansion and compliance issues in college athletics. The following is an excerpt from the interview. Check back with The Lantern all quarter for more from Meisel’s interview with Smith. The Lantern: Are you sick of the word ‘expansion’ yet? Smith: No, not really. It’s funny, because I’m watching everybody else. We’re basically done for now. I don’t know if we’ll expand any more, I really don’t. It’s a possibility, but what’s interesting is watching the rest of the landscape with the WAC and the Mountain West, and there’s rumors about the SEC. TL: When you see the turmoil at programs like USC and North Carolina, what goes through your mind? GS: I feel for them. I’ve been there, as an athletic director, when I first came to Ohio State and actually had it at Arizona State. I was on the NCAA infractions committee, so I heard cases, Michigan’s case, Utah’s case, a whole bunch of them. So I feel for them, because at the end of the day, everyone’s trying to do what’s right. And there’s some things you can’t control. I don’t know their particular situations. But do we have some bad people in the business? No doubt. But 99 percent of our people are trying to do it the right way, and outside influences take them to where they are. TL: In the case of Georgia receiver A.J. Green the report was that he sold his own jersey. Can you at least see where he’s coming from, maybe feel for the kid? He knew he was wrong, but some of these kids — maybe it’s the situation they’re in? GS: See, I don’t. My thing is, if one of our kids really needs money and they’re in dire straits, they should have a relationship with their coach where they can share that. Then we find a way to help them. … I could give you countless stories where our kids have come to us and said, ‘I’ve got this problem.’ And so then we find a way to solve it. And there are ways to solve it. Philosophically, going to your point, should we be able to allow kids to sell jerseys or their likenesses and make money? I believe that, but I believe that money should be saved in an account for them for when they graduate. If you open that door and you allow every kid to monetize their persona, holy smokes. So I’m good with it if we said, ‘Whatever a kid’s jersey value is, you sell it, but you take a portion of that money because you have expenditures, you take the profit from it and put it in an account, if the kid graduates.’ I wouldn’t give it to them unless they graduate, they get the money. I’ve always said that that’s the way to go. TL: What was it like being named athletic director of the year by the Sports Business Journal? GS: It was funny, I was supposed to go on a vacation with my wife and we had three other couples we were going with. We were leaving on a Wednesday night, and I remember getting a call and they saw that I wasn’t coming. They invite six ADs to come and one of the six wins, it’s kind of like the Oscars. So I wasn’t going to go because I didn’t think I was going to win. I told the guy, ‘Look, I’m going on vacation with my wife.’ And he said, ‘Mr. Smith, I can’t tell you that you should be here, but I want to tell you that Sean McManus from CBS is going to provide the award and it’s probably to your advantage to be here.’ And I said, ‘OK, I think I get what you’re saying, but here’s my deal: If I tell my wife I’m going to be a day late to this vacation spot, you’ve got my back, right?’ And he said, ‘No problem, she’ll be happy that you did this.’ That’s exactly how it went. One, I was moved in that moment. I was there in front of those people and I felt great that I was able to represent the department and get that award because I’m just standing on the shoulders of a whole lot of people who do a whole lot of work. TL: And it made the vacation even better. GS: It made the vacation a whole lot better because I was able to take the trophy with me. And I had my buddies down there, helping me, protecting my back. TL: What, if any, major flaws does the Ohio State athletic department still have that you’re working on? GS: A lot of our stuff is in facilities. My predecessor, Andy (Geiger), did an unbelievable job with the ‘Shoe, the Schott, Bill Davis Stadium, Jesse Owens. Now, we have to take all of those other sports and get their facilities up to par. We just finished field hockey. I remember our first game here in ’05, I was standing on the practice field with Tressel one evening, it was getting dark, and we didn’t have lights out there. So, that’s always been on my to-do list, is to get what we just completed done. So it’s a lot of little projects that are highly important. We’ve got the boathouse that’ll be done in December, tennis we have one of the top three tennis programs in the country, which most people are surprised at, and they have cracks on their court with water coming up the cracks. I hope to have all this done in a short period of time. Of all of those sports with facilities where we want our kids safe and they’re representative of the quality of that team, field hockey just got done and field hockey was playing on a compacted, 10-year-old artificial turf that I know was killing their knees. Anyway, that’s our biggest challenge is getting those facilities done. And then the other piece is staying on the cutting edge, that allows us to continue to communicate with our fans and recruit. This past year, we had 422,000 Facebook views, largest in the country, 51 million hits on our website. We’re setting up a training session for our coaches and some of our staff on Twitter on how to properly use Twitter and maximize our opportunities. That type of stuff is not a flaw as much as it is staying — keeping that focus — staying on the cutting edge. Our core leadership is in our coaching staff, and we have great coaches, so I don’t see many flaws. read more

Man held in Puruliya for posting CMs distorted image

first_imgKolkata: A man was arrested in Puruliya on Wednesday for posting a distorted picture of Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on the social media.According to a source, Joymal Bhattacharya, who is a member of Para Panchayat Samiti, recently lodged a complaint against Jhantu Rajwar of Dhankidi village for allegedly distorting Chief Minister ‘s picture and posting it on his social media profile. Rajwar also allegedly wrote some lewd comments on the post. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBhattacharya lodged a complaint against Jhantu Rajwar at the Para police station. On the basis of the complaint, police officers nabbed Rajwar on Wednesday. Sources informed that Rajwar is associated with the BJP but the party has denied the claim. “One person has been arrested in this regard and a probe is on,” said a police official of Puruliya District Police. According to police sources, Rajwar has been booked under relevant sections of the Information Technology Act. Also Read – Lightning kills 8, injures 16 in stateEarlier this month, BJP Yuva Morcha leader Priyanka Sharma was arrested in Howrah for allegedly posting a distorted picture of Banerjee on social media profile. On May 9, a Trinamool leader in Howrah lodged a complaint against her at the Dasnagar police station. After the complaint was lodged, the Cyber Crime section of Howrah Police took charge of the investigation. On Friday morning, Sharma was called for interrogation. After a few hours of questioning by the police officers, she was arrested for allegedly distorting Banerjee’s picture and posting it on social media. After her arrest, Sharma claimed that she has been framed and targeted. Sharma was remanded to judicial custody for 14 days after her arrest. While she was in judicial custody, Sharma, through her lawyer, appealed to Supreme Court for bail. Sharma was granted bail by the Apex court on May 15.last_img read more

In This Issue   German IFO prints a strong num

first_imgIn This Issue. *  German IFO prints a strong number. *  Swedish confidence soars. *  Mexican GDP jumps! *  RBA doing an opposite Rubin. And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts! Who Says Austerity Doesn’t Work? Good Day!  And a Happy Friday to one and all! Well. Here we go, are you ready for the weekend?  The last weekend that won’t be filled with the pull to holiday shop. At least that’s how I see it, and means that Thanksgiving is next week! WOW! That means it’ll be a short week for me, so I’ve got that going for me! And then before you know it, I’ll be heading out the door for my annual Christmas vacation! Hey! It’s the little things that get me excited! You should know that by now! Well, as I look at the currency screens this morning, it’s another mixed bag of results, with the euro still pushing the appreciation envelope, now past the 1.35 level, and the Aussie dollar (A$) getting whacked once again. Gold is flat, but that doesn’t mean it will remain that way, it all depends on how the manipulation machine feels about it today. We had some Confidence surveys really light fires under some currencies this morning. In the Eurozone, German Business Confidence as measured by the think tank IFO, which is based on a survey of 7,000 business executives, increased  to 109.3 from 107.4, which is the highest reading in over a year. And in Sweden this morning, Swedish Confidence data rose more than estimated for this month, which puts the 2014 rate hike for Sweden back on track, which is just what the doctor ordered for the Swedish krona. I talked briefly about Sweden the other day, when I compared the way the Scandinavian countries dealt with their economic crisis over 10 years ago, and haven’t looked back since. I know that most people think that bailing out the failing businesses in the U.S. was the thing to do to keep the system from collapsing, but I will always maintain that if a business or entity was failing it should have been left to fail, pick up the pieces and move ahead to a better future. That’s what Sweden did. Now compare that to what the Japan did back in the mid-90’s and what the U.S did nearly 6 years ago. My wrestling coach used to say, “There’s no gain without pain”. That certainly applies to a lot more than a young man getting in shape to last 6 minutes on a mat! As the day went along yesterday, the euro strengthened, and the A$ sold off more, it was as if everyone was getting out of A$’s and going to euros.  Not exactly, what happened, but when you just look at things on the outside of the hood, you can come away with those kinds of ideas and thoughts! That’s exactly what the market participants / markets, do. They take things on the run, and trade them without finding out if the data was good, bad or indifferent.  It’s like what someone used to say to me all the time. Just act like you know what you’re doing and everyone will follow.  Me? I’ve always been interested in what’s under the hood. Most people can be told by the salesperson that there’s a V8-hemi under the hood, and never ask to have the hood opened to confirm that!  That’s how the markets traded the Retail Sales report this week. Remember? The October Retail Sales report showed a .4% increase when, in the middle of a Gov’t shutdown, and falling out of bed consumer confidences, should have shown otherwise.  Well, I scratched my balding head, and kept standing up and asking the boys and girls on the desk how this strong Retail Sales # could be.  And then an email came into my email box, and while I think the sender was being somewhat facetious about it, I thought to myself. “Finally! At last! An explanation that I can believe in!  His thought was, “Retail Sales were so strong in October, because of the 800,000 out of work government workers, taking their free time, and shopping, with money they didn’t have, but would get once they got back to work.”    Now, that to me, is a strong reason to support the data. logical, and makes sense!  But doesn’t support any thought that the U.S. consumer is ready to take off on a spending binge! And economic data guru, John Williams over at Shadowstats.com said the report was “insignificant”. Well, to the markets it wasn’t, for they jumped in with both feet and began to trade as if everything was right on the night for the U.S. and the dollar! So, when it rains it pours for the A$ it seems. Three consecutive days of Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA) chatter that wasn’t exactly complimentary of the A$… Last night it was RBA Gov. Stevens, yet again, with his discussion of intervention. I’ve seen this kind of verbal backing or dissing of a currency, that scares the bejeebers out the markets before. Let’s see, it was 1995, and the dollar had been in a weak trend for almost 10 years, thanks to the Plaza Accord in 1985. And then Treasury Sec. Robert Rubin, began to scare the bejeebers out of the markets with his repeating over and over again, about how “a strong dollar is in the best interest of the U.S.” Traders began shaking in their boots, and the short positions in the dollar were closed out, and for no other fundamental reason, at that time, the dollar began a 7-year strong trend. Well, RBA Gov. Stevens and his henchmen, are scarring the markets with their talk about intervention, and so the opposite effect is taking place here. The markets are scared to death, to go long A$’s because they fear the RBA will intervene and sell the A$ to make it weaker. This will be interesting to see how long this lasts. Does the RBA have the thunder to make this last for a long time? Or will the markets call their bluff, and prove once again that the markets have deeper pockets than any Central Bank! I think it will be the latter of the two, but, no one knows for sure. OK. I received an email from a dear reader asking me why I never talk about the Mexican peso any longer. Well, the reason is simple. There’s never really any news to share about Mexico, but when there is, I’m all over it like a cheap suit! And so it is with Mexican 3rd QTR GDP!  The Mexican economy grew 3.4% in the 3rd QTR, which is the first real strong quarter of growth in Mexico this year. You may recall that 1st QTR GDP was .8% and 2nd QTR GDP was -2.2%… I think the strong 3rd QTR shows that the Mexican President, Nieto’s reforms are already filtering through the economy. The forecasts for 2014 GDP were raised to return to 4% annual growth. Maybe this return to stronger growth can help interest rates in Mexico to get back to rising. They’ve moved the wrong direction for far too long now.As I’ve always said about Mexico. Because of its past indiscretions with foreign investment money in their country, Mexico needs to pay a “risk premium” in their interest rates. And that “risk premium” hasn’t been there for a few years now, and neither has foreign investment, and that weighs on the peso. There was some good news overnight from Italy. Boy, it’s been some time since I wrote those words! But it’s true, it’s true, I did see a putty tat!  HA!  Italy announced the cancellation of two scheduled bond auctions because.. Drum roll please. a lack of funding requirements! WOW! Good for them! And who says that austerity doesn’t work? Yesterday’s U.S. Data Cupboard was a non-event really, but there was an economic print that I wanted to talk about. The Producer Price Index (PPI) or wholesale inflation. And like the stupid CPI that showed October inflation as negative, so did PPI. Which makes sense if you believe the reports. But the thing I wanted to point out is that PPI was -.2% month on month, but the core, without food and energy, was up 1.4%…  Remember when we were always told that the Fed only looks at the “core”?  Apparently that’s all changed, and no one told me! The Chinese renminbi / yuan had a good week VS the dollar, which one would think would have been the case, given the announcement by the Chinese last Friday, where they listed the reforms to the economy and policy that they pledged to implement. China is opening up, folks, right here before us! I was talking to a good friend earlier this week and went through the list of things that China is doing to prepare to take over the title of reserve currency from the dollar. He asked if it would just be renminbi or a basket of currencies, and I said, “remember, that as U.S. citizens, with the dollar as our base currency, the key thing is that the dollar loses its reserve status, who takes over is important, but not as important as the devastation that we will suffer from the loss of the reserve currency status. OK. Before I go to the Big Finish, and because it’s a Friday, that hopefully turns into a Fantastico Friday, (I’m not feeling it right now, all I’m feeling is nausea and the pull to go back to sleep!, but the rest of the day could change!), I have a funny for you from Jimmy Kimmel.  “We are coming to you with only two commercial breaks tonight. The two commercial breaks is made possible by HP, which stands for Hewlett-Packard, one of the world’s biggest tech companies. HP started in a garage. Google started in a garage. Microsoft and Apple started in a garage. Maybe we should be spending less money on education and more money on garages. Let’s get every nerd in America a garage.” For What It’s Worth. I found this on Moneynews.com. “The U.S. government expects to sell the last of its stake in General Motors by the end of the year, bringing an end to a sad chapter in the 105-year-old auto giant’s history. The Treasury Department, in a statement issued Thursday, said it still owns 31.1 million shares of the auto giant, less than 2 percent. It plans to sell them by Dec. 31, as long as the price holds up. The government received 912 million shares in exchange for a $49.5 billion bailout during the financial crisis in 2008 and 2009. So far it has recovered $38.4 billion of the money, but selling the remaining shares at Wednesday’s $37.69 closing price gets the government $1.17 billion, leaving taxpayers short by roughly $10 billion.” Chuck. Hey! Another example of the Gov’t getting involved in stuff they shouldn’t, and using taxpayer funds to do so, then booking losses. OH Boy! Where do I sign up for more of that? To Recap. The mixed bag of currency results continued throughout yesterday and is back for a 2nd day of performances today to end the week. The euro has pushed through 1.35 on a strong IFO this morning, and news that Italy cancelled two bond auctions for lack of funding requirements. Swedish krona is also stronger this morning after a stronger than expected Confidence report, while the A$ continues to get whacked from verbal intervention by the RBA. Currencies today 11/22/13. American Style: A$ .9180, kiwi .8160, C$ .9480, euro 1.3535, sterling 1.6215, Swiss $1.10, . European Style: rand 10.1090, krone 6.0660, SEK 6.5695, forint 220.10, zloty 3.1010, koruna 20.1255, RUB 32.76, yen 101.20, sing 1.2510, HKD 7.7525, INR 62.86, China 6.1380, pesos 13.05, BRL 2.2960, Dollar Index 80.80, Oil $95.03, 10-year 2.78%, Silver $20.02, Platinum $1,396.50, Palladium $720.68, and Gold. $1,247.08. And it’s a Friday, so let’s take a peek at the U.S. Debt Clock by clicking here. That’s it For today. Geez Louise, did I ever drop the ball this week! My friend and colleague, Jack Stapleton, celebrated a birthday on Wednesday. Happy belated Birthday, Jack!  Tomorrow is the 50th anniversary of the assignation of JFK. I remember that day as if it happened just a few years ago. I was getting the TV for the class from the AV room, and turned it on to make sure it was working and Walter Cronkite was telling the nation that the President had been shot and killed. I ran into the class to tell the teacher and the class, and of course I was reprimanded for doing that.  A sad day in American history, and one that still has a ton of mystery around it. And tomorrow night, my beloved Missouri Tigers travel to Oxford Mississippi to play Ole Miss, the grove will be hopping tomorrow afternoon. wish I were there! The Zombie Jamboree is playing on the IPod right now. I bet Mike is sitting across the desk from me, wondering what the heck I’m listening to now! Come on! Back to back, belly to belly, it’s the Zombie Jamboree!  My spring training buddies always get a kick out of me talking about the Zombie Jamboree! We attended the Swim Team Banquet last night, Alex was named all-conference so that was unexpected and a nice surprise! Andrew, Alex’s older brother was all-state when he was a senior, so those were some big flippers to fill, and I think he did a good job!  And with that, I’ll get out of your hair for the day and week. Hopefully this will turn out to be a Fantastico Friday for everyone! Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837last_img read more