Junior left fielder Ronnie Dawson (4) takes a swing during a game against Bethune-Cookman.Credit: Giustino Bovenzi | Lantern reporterOhio State senior pitcher John Havird couldn’t have pitched much better than he did Friday in the second game of the day against Maryland, but a costly late error tied the game, and the Buckeyes would eventually fall 2-1 in the bottom of the 10th inning. Havird threw a career-high eight innings, allowing no hits and striking out seven, but after hitting his second batter during the first at-bat in the bottom of the ninth, the senior was pulled. Senior left-handed reliever Michael Horejsei retired his only batter on a pop fly, but the struggles immediately began after redshirt sophomore closer Yianni Pavlopoulos took to the mound.After a groundout to short, Pavlopoulos struck out Maryland junior designated hitter Nick Cieri, but Cieri reached first on the wild pitch. Sophomore first baseman Kevin Biondic then hit a hard groundball to third baseman Nick Sergakis. The senior could not come up with the ball cleanly and airmailed the throw to first into the stands, scoring the runner from third.With one out in the bottom of the 10th inning, sophomore center fielder Zach Jancarski singled up the middle for the first Maryland hit of the game. He would later steal second base and score off another single up the middle by junior right fielder Madison Nickens to give the Terrapins the 2-1 win.The game was scoreless until the bottom of the seventh inning when OSU freshman designated hitter Brady Cherry lifted a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Sergakis. With the way Havird was pitching, the 1-0 lead seemed like it might have been enough to come out victorious, but the rally erased the lefty’s third win of the year. Game 1The first game of the doubleheader on Friday saw Maryland take an early two-run lead and keep OSU off the board to win by a final score of 3-0.After the Buckeyes went down in order to lead off the first inning, Nickens led off the bottom of the first with a walk. Freshman second baseman Nick Dunn singled to follow the free pass, and both runners would advance a base after an error by OSU senior shortstop Craig Nennig. After a strikeout, Cieri singled to left, scoring Nickens. A passed ball by OSU junior catcher Jalen Washington would score the Terrapins’ second run of the inning.The following four innings saw the score remain at 2-0 until Maryland freshman left fielder Marty Costes hit a solo home run to center field. Both starters pitched complete games in the matinee. OSU junior starting pitcher Tanner Tully went eight innings, surrendering three runs (two earned) on three hits, two walks and eight strikeouts. His counterpart, Maryland sophomore Taylor Bloom, tossed nine innings of shutout baseball, allowing only three hits and one walk while striking out five. With rain and snow looming, the Buckeyes and Terrapins will take a day off Saturday, with plans to finish out the series Sunday. The finale is scheduled to take place at 1 p.m. with junior right-hander Mike Shawaryn set to take the bump for Maryland and redshirt sophomore Adam Niemeyer starting for OSU.
Darjeeling: Lilabati College in Alipurduar has been gripped by the fear of a leopard after the campus CCTV camera captured a similar animal wandering around the premises of the college.Locals also claimed of a similar sighting in the college vicinity. Lilabati College is located in Jateshwar at Falakata block around 50 km away from Alipurduar Sadar. On Thursday morning, Hriday Sarkar, an ex-serviceman had gone out for his regular morning walk when he saw the leopard like animal in the vicinity of the college. He immediately informed the college authorities. Also Read – Rain batters Kolkata, cripples normal life”While going through the footages of the CCTV camera, we saw a leopard like animal wandering at the premises. We immediately informed the Forest department,” stated Narayan Chandra Vasunia, principal of the college. A team from the Dalgaon range arrived and a through search for more than three hours failed to trace the leopard. In order to drive the animal out in the open, firecrackers were also burst. “We have seen the CCTV camera footage. The animal could be a wild cat or even a leopard. We have conducted a thorough search. There is no wild animal on the campus” declared Rajib Dey, Range Officer, Dalgaon Range. Also Read – Speeding Jaguar crashes into Mercedes car in Kolkata, 2 pedestrians killedIncidentally, the Alipurduar district with large stretches of forest is highly vulnerable to wild animals straying into human habitat. Leopards usually choose tea bushes in the tea gardens to give birth. On Wednesday, a 5-year-old was killed by a leopard in Dhumchipara Tea Estate in Alipurduar. The infant, Eden Oraon was playing with his elder sister in the front porch of his house located in the tea garden. A leopard suddenly sprang out and dragged Eden into the bushes by his neck. After half an hour of frantic search, Eden’s lifeless body was found from inside the tea bushes. The five-year-old was declared brought dead by the doctors of Madarihaat Primary health Centre. An ex-gratia of Rs 4 lakh has been announced by Forest minister Binay Krishna Barman. “Recently, incidents of leopards straying into human habitats are becoming very regular in these area,” stated Kumar Bimal, DFO, Jaldapara.
This story originally appeared on Reuters 6 min read May 20, 2015 Microsoft’s plan to make its new version of Windows a mobile hit by letting it accept tweaked Apple and Android apps has met an obstacle: some of the software developers the company needs to woo just aren’t interested.Windows phones accounted for just 3 percent of global smartphone sales last year, compared with about 81 percent for devices with Google’s Android system and 15 percent for Apple and its iOS system, according to research firm IDC. One reason is that Windows doesn’t run as many or as attractive apps as its rivals.To boost sales of its phones and new operating system, Microsoft said last month that it would provide tools to software developers to make it easier to design apps for Windows based on apps that run on Android or Apple. But because so few people use a Windows phone, most developers remain focused on the more popular systems and don’t see a need to develop apps for Windows. They also said they doubt how easy the new tools will be to use.”Windows phone will have to gain a significant share of the market before this becomes something that saves us time and/or money,” said Sean Orelli, a director at app development firm Fuzz Productions in New York, which makes apps related to Citibank, the New York Post, and Conde Nast, among others.For Microsoft, the world’s biggest software company, there’s a lot at stake this summer as it rolls out Windows 10, the first operating system designed to run on PCs, tablets and phones. If developers don’t embrace the new platform, it will seriously damage the prospects of the new operating system, which Microsoft hopes will power one billion devices in two or three years.Candy CrushInterviews with more than a dozen developers found just one planning to move an app from Apple or Android to Microsoft (MSFT.O). That’s King.com, which ported its popular Candy Crush Saga game from iOS to Windows 10 “with very few code modifications” and will be installed automatically with upgrades to Windows 10, according to Microsoft. King.com confirmed the move but declined to comment further.Eight developers said they aren’t planning to develop for Windows 10 at all. Four who already have Windows apps said they would continue to do so.Because Microsoft hasn’t actually unveiled its new set of tools to turn apps into a Windows format, developers did not rule out any move, and a Microsoft spokesman said that “it is still early” and many software companies want to explore the tools over the coming months.More and better apps might attract more people to buy a Windows phone or tablet, Microsoft reasons. Only six of the top 10 free apps on iPhone are available for Windows phone, and of those, two are made by Microsoft itself. In the past Microsoft has paid developers to create Windows apps.Failure to attract the apps would not be fatal for Microsoft, which is growing more reliant on its Office, server software and cloud computing services, but it would be a sign that Microsoft is losing its hold on personal computing, in a world where phones are expected to outsell PCs by more than six to one by 2017.Because of that trend, “it’s going to be hard for developers to prioritize building for Microsoft,” said John Milinovich, Chief Executive of URX, a mobile ad service that creates links between apps.Satic BusinessWindows, closely tied to the stagnant PC market, is a big but static business for Microsoft. It’s likely worth $20 billion in revenue this fiscal year, analysts say, compared with almost $30 billion for its Office business, out of total expected annual revenue of $93 billion. The company’s server software and cloud-computing businesses are growing much faster, with cloud-computing revenue forecast to triple to $20 billion by 2018.Even though only a handful of developers have been allowed a sneak preview of the new tools Microsoft says it’s preparing, most doubt it will be easy to take iOS and Android apps to Windows. Concerns include how the Windows app will use batches of pre-written software, called libraries, that an app needs to run, and the prospects that Apple’s new language, called Swift, may soon eclipse the current one.Erik Rucker, head of mobile at Smartsheet, which makes an online tool to manage projects, said he doesn’t plan a Windows app version. He doubts tweaking an iPad or iPhone app for Windows would be simple.”We’d end up writing a whole bunch more code,” to move over an Apple app that was tightly integrated with the device, he said.For Jason Thane, general manager at General UI, a mobile app developer based in Seattle, the cost of developing a Windows app from another system would need to fall to about 10 percent to 20 percent of the cost of building it.”It can cost 50 percent or more of the cost to develop an app on one platform to port it to a new platform,” said Thane, who hasn’t yet used the new tools. “So if Microsoft has a way for our customers to do it easily and cheaply, and if there’s no serious performance or functionality impact, I think they’d have a lot of people wanting to do it.”Even a little extra effort is too much for some smaller developers, including former Microsoft executive Adam Tratt, who now runs Haiku Deck, which makes presentation software primarily designed for iPads.”I’d like to at some point, but we’re not working on it yet,” he said. “It’s a function of resources.”Recent history hasn’t been on Microsoft’s side. Last year Pinterest pulled its Windows Phone test app, and this year Chase and Bank of America stopped supporting Windows phone apps, saying few customers were affected. None of those companies would comment on plans for Windows 10.Microsoft does have some loyal supporters. Walt Disney Co, Netflix Inc and USA Today all confirmed they are developing apps for Windows 10.USA Today, owned by media giant Gannett Co, is building a “universal” app for Windows, which will run across PCs, tablets and phones. But instead of reusing code from its existing Windows apps, or porting from Apple or Android, the development team opted to start fresh.The best experience was always going to be achieved with tools made for a given software system, said Christopher Kamsler, manager of mobile development at Gannett, and even with those his team had to tweak the app to work for different sized devices.It’s an uphill battle for Microsoft, said Frank Gillett, an analyst at tech research firm Forrester.”Android and iOS are in the zone, the Windows guys just aren’t there yet,” he said.(Editing by Peter Henderson and John Pickering) Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. Register Now »
Putin’s Plan Is Working Rosneft has grown dramatically in the last ten years – not by chance, but because Rosneft is Vladimir Putin’s vehicle to reassert state ownership over a fair chunk of Russia’s oil fields. The most famous example happened in 2003, when Putin charged privately held producer Yukos Oil with a $27-billion tax bill that bankrupted the company. The Russian president then handed Yukos’ oil fields over to Rosneft, immediately boosting Rosneft’s daily production from 400,000 barrels to 1.7 million barrels. It was blatant nationalization. Yukos’ chairman and founder, Russian billionaire Mikhail Khodorkovsky, was convicted of fraud and sent to prison. Overnight, Rosneft ballooned from a small producer to Russia’s biggest oil company. With a snap of his fingers, Putin had created a national oil giant, a vehicle through which he could pursue his plan to reassert Russian influence in the world by controlling other countries’ energy needs. The pending TNK-BP deal is simply the next step in this plan. If Rosneft does buy TNK-BP, the state oil giant will pump almost half of the barrels of oil produced in Russia. That is a massive amount of oil. Remember, only Saudi Arabia produces more oil than Russia; and no country in the world exports more oil than Russia. The country is an energy superpower – and by gradually nationalizing Russia’s energy resources, Putin is tightening his grip on Europe’s energy needs. However, Putin knows he can’t quite do it alone – his country doesn’t have enough oil and gas expertise. Without the right expertise, production will tank, and Putin’s whole plan will be derailed. History proves that point. When Saudi Arabia nationalized its oil industry in 1980, the country was producing more than 10 million barrels of oil per day. Within five years, production had fallen by more than 60%. For Putin, that’s not an option. That’s why he is encouraging BP to stick around – Rosneft needs BP’s technical expertise in order to tap into Russia’s huge reserves of unconventional tight oil and shale gas. Having BP as a significant shareholder also lets Putin continue the pretense that Rosneft is not simply an arm of the government. But an arm of Putin’s government it is, and as Rosneft gradually takes control of more and more of Russia’s oil wealth, Putin’s leverage on the international stage will increase. Saudi Arabia may have struggled in its early years as an oil-producing giant, but today the country hosts incredible clout on the world stage because of its ability to open or close oil spigots and thereby influence global oil prices. Europe is reliant on Russia for oil and gas. To be in control of other nations’ necessary energy resources is to be in a very powerful position – one that Putin has been working toward for more than a decade. He has built pipelines that bypass troublesome countries and feed into needy markets. He is cornering the uranium market by owning a large amount of primary production and controlling 40% of global uranium-enrichment capacity, while leaving the United States in need of a new nuclear-fuel supplier. He has increased Russia’s oil and gas production and encouraged unconventional exploration. Gazprom, the Russian state gas company, already has Europe wrapped around its little finger. Russia supplies 34% of Europe’s gas needs, and when the under-construction South Stream pipeline starts operating, that percentage will increase. As if those developments weren’t enough, yesterday Gazprom offered the highest bid to obtain a stake in the massive Leviathan gas field off Israel’s coast. Gazprom in control of Europe’s gas, Rosneft in control of its oil. A red hand stretching out from Russia to strangle the supremacy of the West and pave the way for a new world order– one with Russia at the helm. It is not as far-fetched as it might seem – or as you might want it to be. If Rosneft does buy both halves of TNK-BP, it will become a true goliath within the global oil sector. All the little Davids who rely on its oil will be at Putin’s mercy. Same goes for Gazprom as a Goliath in the continent’s gas scene. In this scenario, Russia could choke off supply to raise prices. Putin could play oil- and gas-needy nations off one another, forcing European nations to commit to long-term, high-priced contracts if they want secure supplies. Or imagine this: Russia could join OPEC. Suddenly the oil cartel would control more than half of global oil production and most of its spare capacity. With that kind of clout, the nations of OPEC could essentially name their price for oil – and the rest of the world would simply have to pay. Additional Links and Reads Rosneft to Replace Gazprom as Energy Driver on TNK Deal (Bloomberg) Rosneft’s deal to buy TNK-BP will accelerate the company’s eclipse of Gazprom as the dominant force in Russia’s energy industry. Over the past decade Russian President Vladimir Putin used Gazprom, the world’s biggest natural gas producer, to assert Russia’s power. Today, the lead role in Russia’s energy machine is shifting to Rosneft. Investors, Analysts Weigh Fallout from Canada’s Rejection of Petronas-Progress Deal (Platts) Late on Friday night the Canadian government issued its decision on the proposed takeover of Canadian natural gas firm Progress by Malaysian energy giant Petronas: the government said no. Investors and analysts were left scratching their heads – the deal seemed to fit the government’s requirement of being in Canada’s net interest. But with CNOOC’s proposed deal to buy Nexen also awaiting government approval, all the prime minister’s office would say is that its new framework clarifying the Investment Canada Act is pending. For now, that just means that no one is really sure whether Canada is open for business. Obama Faces Tough Call on Iran Oil Sanctions (Reuters) Mere weeks after the election, President Obama will be faced with a pivotal decision regarding the US’s sanctions against Iranian oil: whether China, India, South Korea, and other nations have done enough to wean themselves from Iranian oil. The decision requires a careful balance between the need to stay tough on Iran and the worry that too much pressure will punish the world with high oil prices. US Natural-Gas Boom Claims First Nuclear Plant (Reuters) Dominion Resources is shutting its Kewaunee nuclear plant in Wisconsin next year. It’s the first US nuclear plant to fall victim to growing competition from natural gas, but it likely won’t be the last. After claiming hundreds of coal-fired plants, the surge in US shale-gas output is now starting to grind down the nuclear industry, and smaller, older plants like Kewaunee are the first to feel the pressure. What’s In It For BP Russia has been a pretty profitable place for BP, and while BP is tired of dealing with the drama within TNK-BP, the British firm definitely wants to stay in Russia to participate in developing the country’s vast northern oil and gas potential. A cash and shares deal gives BP a nice ownership stake in Rosneft, which is the best way to profit from Russia’s immense untapped oil potential – because Putin will ensure Rosneft gets first dibs at prime opportunities. Depending on the size of BP’s slice, the company would likely also get a seat or two on Rosneft’s board. That is as important as anything else, because it would put BP personnel in regular, direct contact with Igor Sechin, the CEO of Rosneft, who has a significant say in Russian energy policy. In general, a role in Rosneft would also allow BP to pursue closer ties with a Kremlin that exerts a much tighter hold on the oil industry than it did in the 1990s, when BP first invested in Russia. And anyone who wants to operate in Mother Russia has to have an inside track to the Kremlin – or you are likely to find yourself unexpectedly kicked to the curb. Dear Reader, The presidential election is just weeks away, major deals are being made and denied in the markets, and gold prices are jumping around – there will be lots to discuss at the upcoming New Orleans Investment Conference. If you’re attending the conference, be sure to attend the Casey discussion with Doug Casey, Louis James, and Marin Katusa. The event will take place on the main stage (Grand Ballroom A&B) in the conference hall at 8:45 p.m. on Thursday. And now on to the topic of the day – the rise of a new global oil shah. Marin Katusa Chief Energy Investment Strategist Casey Research Vladimir Putin: The New Global Shah of Oil By Marin Katusa Exxon Mobil is no longer the world’s number-one oil producer. As of yesterday, that title belongs to Putin Oil Corp – oh, whoops. I mean the title belongs to Rosneft, Russia’s state-controlled oil company. Rosneft is buying TNK-BP, which is a vertically integrated oil company co-owned by British oil firm BP and a group of Russian billionaires known as AAR. One of the top-ten privately owned oil producers in the world, in 2010 TNK-BP churned out 1.74 million barrels of oil equivalent per day from its assets in Russia and Ukraine and processed almost half that amount through its refineries. With TNK-BP in its hands, Rosneft will be in charge of more than 4 million barrels of oil production a day. And who is in charge of Rosneft? None other than Vladimir Putin, Russia’s resource-full president. TNK-BP has been an economic dream, producing many billions in dividend payments for its owners – but it has been a relations nightmare. The partners have fought repeatedly. In 2008 Russian authorities arrested two British TNK-BP managers amid a dispute over strategy that forced then-CEO Bob Dudley (who now heads BP) to flee Russia – and that is just one of many partnership scandals. The writing has been on the wall for TNK-BP since this time last year, when one of the AAR billionaires quit his role as CEO of the venture and declared that the relationship with BP had run its course. Since then speculation has raged over who might buy into the highly profitable venture. Now we know: Rosneft is buying the whole thing, in a two-part deal. In the first part, Rosneft is acquiring BP’s 50% stake of the joint venture in exchange for cash and Rosneft stock worth $27 billion. The deal will give BP a 19.75% stake in Rosneft. In stage two, AAR would get $28 billion in cash for its half, though this deal is not yet finalized. Finalized it will be, however, because the billionaires of AAR are now eager to sell, rather than remain in a joint venture with the powerful Russian oil company. Rosneft gained much of its current heft at the expense of another Russian oligarch whom Putin threw under the bus, and the billionaires of AAR know they could easily meet the same fate if they try to partner with Rosneft as equals. If it all comes to pass, Rosneft’s daily production will jump to some 4.5 million barrels per day – enough to put the Russian firm neck and neck with Exxon in the race to be the world’s top oil producer. And the deal that seals it will be worth something like $56 billion – for comparison, Nike is worth $34 billion and Kraft only $27 billion. If the TNK-BP deal goes through, it will be the largest in the industry since Exxon bought Mobil in 1999. Numbers like that deserve a little contemplation. Russia is spending a heck of a lot to buy its own oil production – smells like nationalization to me. And with Vlad Putin – the most resource-driven leader in the world today – behind the controls, I dare say we’re witnessing the “Saudi Aramco-ing” of Russian oil. Putting Putin in a position of even greater resource power can only lead one place: to high oil prices and a new Cold War in energy.
These rallies are being met by stiff resistance from da boyz After chopping sideways in a tight range for almost all of the Far East trading session on their Monday, the gold price caught a bid about 3:30 p.m. Hong Kong time—and thirty minutes before the London open. Most of the impressive gains were in by 9 a.m. GMT—ninety minutes later—and from there it chopped quietly higher once again, but in a far wider range. I’m speculating here, but from the Kitco chart below, it appears that the powers-that-be were attempting to keep the gold price below the $1,300 spot price mark, but maybe I’m imagining things—black bears in dark rooms that aren’t there, sort of thing. The low and high ticks were reported by the CME Group as $1,272.10 and $1,297.20 in the February contract. Gold closed in New York yesterday at $1,294.20 spot, up $13.90 from Friday’s close. Net volume was monstrous once again at 221,000 contracts. After following a similar price path as gold, yesterday’s price action in silver was pretty clear cut, as the not-for profit-sellers were out in force shortly after 9 a.m. GMT in London yesterday morning—and by the noon silver fix had the price back to unchanged on the day, after it had broken through the $18 spot price mark for a microsecond. And it’s equally as obvious that every rally to equal that price after that, met a similar fate. The low and high ticks in the March contract were recorded as $17.63 and $18.045. Silver finished the trading day on Monday at $17.975 spot, up 19.5 cents from Friday’s close but, like gold, would have finished materially higher if allowed to trade freely, which it obviously wasn’t. Silver’s net volume was very heavy at 58,500 contracts. Uranium Energy Corp. (NYSE MKT: UEC) is pleased to announce that the final authorization has been granted for production at its Goliad ISR Project in South Texas. As announced in previous press releases, the Company received all of the required authorizations from the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality, including an Aquifer Exemption which has now been granted concurrence from EPA Region 6. Amir Adnani, President and CEO, stated, “We are very pleased to have received this final authorization for initiating production at Goliad. Our geological and engineering teams have worked diligently toward achieving this major milestone and are to be truly commended. We are grateful to the EPA for its thorough reviews and for issuing this final concurrence. The Company’s near-term plan is to complete construction at the first production area at Goliad and to greatly increase the throughput of uranium at our centralized Hobson processing plant.” Please contact Investor Relations with questions or to request additional information, [email protected] Palladium also showed signs of life before the Zurich open—and that white metal hit its high of the day shortly after the Zurich close as well. Palladium finished the Monday trading session at $774 spot, up an even 20 dollars. The silver equities hit their highs of the day about twenty-five minutes after the markets opened on Monday in New York—and from there they chopped sideways in a fairly tight range for the remainder of the day, although they also rallied a bit starting around 2:45 p.m. EST. Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up an impressive 4.62%. And as I write this paragraph, the London open is less than ten minutes away. All four precious metals are up from their Tuesday closes in New York—with gold above $1,300—and silver above $18 the ounce, at least for the moment. Gold’s net volume is around 30,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is just over 8,000 contracts—so it’s obvious that the rallies in these two metals are being met by ferocious resistance from the “Big 8” short holders. The best looking horse in the currency glue factory is down 22 basis points at the moment. Yesterday was the cut-off for Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report—and you don’t need me to tell you that it will be ugly across the board when it does put in an appearance, as the powers-that-be are throwing everything they have at the rallies in both gold and silver—and this has been going on every day since last Tuesday’s cut-off. And as I hit the send button on today’s column at 4:55 a.m. EST, I see that gold is hanging onto the $1,300 spot price mark by its proverbial fingernails, silver is still above the $18 spot price mark—and platinum and palladium are up a dollar or so each. Net gold volume is around 39,000 contracts—and silver’s net volume is a bit over 10,000 contracts. These are higher numbers than just before the London open, of course, but not by a material amount for two hours worth of trading. The U.S. dollar index is chopping around a bit—and down 23 basis points. Before heading out the door, I’d like to point out that Casey Research’s “Going Global—the 2015 Edition” is now available. As Doug Casey said in the past—“Remember, your government—considers you a milk cow. And history has shown, if they need to, they’ll use you as a beef cow, as well—“. Washington is desperately looking for ways to bail out troubled union pension funds… and one of those ways is to take over 401(k) plans and IRAs. Sounds preposterous, but it’s true. In fact, in October 2010, Congress held a hearing on a proposal to do exactly that. The talks went nowhere, but now they’re resurfacing again, raising the specter of every American losing control of their retirement funds. This $99 special report Going Global special report will show you how to protect yourself now. Going Global 2015 is an updated version of the original Going Global 2014 special report. It has many updates and is definitely still valuable to people who purchased the original report. Because, however, we realize there are some similar subjects, we’ve structured the pricing as follows: $99 for people who never purchased Going Global 2014 $29 for people who purchased Going Global 2014 in the past And you can find out all you need to know by clicking here. I’m off to bed—and I’ll be more than interested what the precious metal charts look like when I roll out of bed later this morning. See you here tomorrow.