Share with your Friends:More SharePrint RelatedNew country souvenir, Vietnam, with Geocache of the Week: Ghost ParkOctober 16, 2019In “Geocache of the Week”Exploring Belize and Guatemala One Geocache at a TimeOctober 21, 2014With 2 commentsCroatia! Hrvatska! New Country Souvenirs! Ura!December 1, 2014In “News” View of Tehran from near the cache locationStone Park Jamshidieh (GC2QDY1) is one of only 32 active geocaches in all of Iran. The country boasts the combined size of the western U.S. states of California, Oregon , Washington, Idaho, Arizona, and Nevada . With just over 30 geocaches in the entire country, that’s only one geocache for about every 50,000 square kilometers (31,000 square miles).The geocache “Stone Park Jamshidieh” helps make up in quality what Iran lacks in geocache quantity. The geocache delivers adventurers to a location of deep importance. The stone park was once a private garden. It’s now a public park with restaurants, a zoo, and a small lake. But the payoff for many comes when they look down on the city below. The view shimmers at night with countless city lights.Karolos hid the cache just over a year ago. He writes, “The stone park Jamshidieh, situated in the north of Teheran is one of the most beautiful parks in Tehran. From a small lake inside the park you can easily walk up a stairway to the summit up to 2100 m.” The summit offers the view over the city.Geocachers near the cacheGeocachers logged the first find on the geocache four days after it was published. They used the treasure hunting experience to introduce others to geocaching, “Together with two Iranian cache newcomers — Leila and Said — we started our first caching tour in Iran. Fortunately, the traffic was not bad. The cache itself was well hidden but not too difficult. Thus, we managed our first FTF.”A sculpture at Stone ParkContinue to explore some of the most engaging geocaches around the globe. Check out all the Geocaches of the Week on the Latitude 47 blog or view the Bookmark List on Geocaching.com.If you’ d like to nominate a Geocache of the Week, send an email with your name, comments, the name of the geocache, and the GC code to [email protected]
About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say Liverpool striker Firmino: I play at Christmas for the fansby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveLiverpool striker Roberto Firmino is happy playing through the Christmas period.Firmino admits he wants to do it for the fans.He told the Mirror: “For me, Christmas in England is very different from the one I lived in Brazil, for lots of reasons – on the pitch and off it.“But I’ve been here since 2015 and I’ve already got used to playing on these dates.“When I played in Germany the league stopped, but here it is played so the fans can enjoy Christmas better.“I don’t mind that at all it because we play for them.”
TagsTransfersAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Barcelona make Tottenham striker Kane top choice to replace Suarezby Carlos Volcano10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveBarcelona have placed Tottenham striker Harry Kane top of their shortlist of names to succeed Luis Suarez.Mundo Deportivo says Barca have launched plans to find a replacement for the Uruguay international – and among the names under consideration, Spurs ace Kane is the top choice.While accepting the chances of prising Kane away from Tottenham appear remote, Barca intend to test the resolve of their chairman Daniel Levy later this year with an offer for the England captain.At 25, Barca see Kane as a future Ballon d’Or winner and a player capable of making a global impact on and off the pitch.But Levy is unlikely to consider any type of sale unless the player, himself, kicks up a fuss.
Arsenal boss Emery: Banega a very good playerby Paul Vegas10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal boss Unai Emery has admitted his admiration for Sevilla ace Ever Banega.Banega has been linked with a move to Arsenal this month.And Emery says, “I know this player and he’s a very good player.”I cannot tell you more.”I can say to you that the club is working, the club is telling me the different situations in each moment. At the moment, we haven’t had any news today about that.” TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
SNAPPED! Arsenal ace Aubameyang happy winding up Spurs fansby Paul Vegasa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveArsenal ace Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang enjoyed joining fans winding up Tottenham after their Carabao Cup shock at Colchester United.Following Spurs’ elimination, Arsenal fans took to social media to make fun of their rivals’ misfortune.One supporter messaged Aubameyang on Instagram and tried to see if the Gunners’ star striker would be interested in joining the bandwagon.The fan posted: “Like if you’re laughing at Spurs.”The Gabon international didn’t disappoint the Arsenal faithful as he liked the message and appeared to be enjoying Tottenham’s woeful loss.Aubameyang hates Spurs. My captain. pic.twitter.com/KZ5cA3eCj1— TheUnaiView (@TheUnaiView) September 25, 2019 About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your say
It’s also obvious from yesterday’s price action in silver in early Far East trading on their Monday morning, that JPMorgan et al were still able to coax more of the technical funds onto the short side, because if they weren’t able to do that, prices wouldn’t have declined the way they did.We’re certainly within spitting distance of the bottom—and I would guess that virtually all the damage will be done by the end of the week. A reader asked me on the weekend if it was a good idea to buy at the moment—and I told her that it might be wise. I’ll certainly be buying more physical silver this week—and probably today, although this U.S. dollar is making life difficult here in Canada, as it is in every country on Planet Earth right now.And as I type this paragraph, the London open is about thirty minutes away. Gold attempted a rally in mid-morning in Far East trading, but got sold down almost immediately—and the gold price is currently at a new low for this move down. Ditto for silver. Platinum and palladium also set new lows for this move down.Net gold volume is already huge at a bit over 25,000 contracts, with most of it in the current front month, so it’s certainly of the HFT variety. Silver’s net volume is around 4,400 contracts. The short squeeze in the dollar continues, as the dollar index is currently up another 45 basis points. If you didn’t read the story in the Critical Reads section headlined “The Global Dollar Funding Shortage is Back With a Vengeance and “This Time It’s Different”“—along with Jim Rickards’ comments on it—it might be a good idea to do so when you can find the time.Despite the huge rally in the dollar index, precious metal prices certainly want to rise, but are just as obviously not being allowed to. When will this all end, you ask? Beats me, but there is a limit to how low precious metal prices can go regardless of what the dollar does, so we just have to wait it out.And as I hit the send button on today’s epistle at 5:20 a.m. EDT, I see that all four precious metals are still under selling pressure by JPMorgan et al. The low ticks were printed just before 9 a.m. GMT in London this morning—and prices are a bit off these lows at the moment. Gold is currently down 9 bucks, silver is only down a dime—and platinum and palladium are down 15 and 12 dollars respectively. Net gold volume is north of 43,000 contracts, with virtually all of it in the current front month—and silver’s net volume is around 7,500 contracts. The dollar index has now blasted through the 98.00 mark—and is up 75 basis points at the moment. A panic short covering rally appears to be underway, although the dollar index is now back in hugely overbought territory once again.Here’s the 3-year U.S. Dollar Index chart courtesy of stockcharts.com, so you can see the insanity for yourself. Don’t forget to add about 75 basis points to what you see here.Eight investing and junior exploration experts talk about their experiences in previous bear markets—and what you need to do now to prepare your portfolio for maximum gains when the market turns bull. Including one MUST-OWN stock pick from Louis James.Guests include Pierre Lassonde, co-founder and chairman, Franco-Nevada, Bob Quartermain, president, CEO, and director, Pretium Resources, Doug Casey, Rick Rule, founder and chairman, Sprott Global Resource Investments, Ron Netolitzky, chairman and director, Aben Resources, Frank Holmes, CEO and CIO, U.S. Global Investors—plus Jeff Clark and Louis James.That’s all I have for today, which is more than enough. Today is the cut-off for Friday’s Commitment of Traders Report—and I’ll be more than interested in how the precious metals are being dealt with by the powers-that-be when I roll out of bed later this morning. And I don’t doubt that “King Dollar” will be up some more as well.See you tomorrow. We’re certainly within spitting distance of the bottomThe gold price had a positive price bias during the Far East trading session—and that lasted until the price got to the $1,175 spot price mark—and then it traded sideways until the 8:20 a.m. EST COMEX open—and that was that. There was a bit of a bump at the London p.m. gold fix—and the low tick came at 4:15 p.m. in electronic trading.The high and low ticks, such as they were, were reported by the CME Group as $1,174.40 and $1,164.80 in the April contract.Gold closed yesterday at $1,166.90 spot, down $1.80 from Friday’s close. Net volume was pretty light at only 99,000 contracts.I wasn’t at all surprised to see silver get hammered in Far East trading on their Monday morning, with the low coming shortly after 11 a.m. Hong Kong time. The subsequent rally made it back to unchanged shortly after London opened—and then traded pretty flat until around 11 a.m. GMT. Then the price got rolled over, with silver setting a double bottom for the day moments before the 5:15 p.m. close of electronic trading.The high and lows were recorded as $15.96 and $15.705 in the May contract.Silver finished the Monday session in New York at $15.73 spot, down 19.5 cents from Friday’s close. Net volume was also pretty light at just over 20,000 contracts.The platinum price got hit for seven bucks in early morning trading in Hong Kong on their Monday morning—and then it traded more or less flat until the COMEX opened. From there the price developed a negative bias that lasted for the remainder of the COMEX and electronic sessions. The metal was closed down another 12 bucks.The palladium price chopped quietly higher until about 10:20 a.m. EST—and then got sold down into the close. The metal finished up a dollar.The dollar index closed late on Friday afternoon at 97.72—and stayed around that mark until about 1:30 p.m. Hong Kong time. It rolled over from that point, hitting its 97.31 low tick shortly after 10 a.m. GMT, before rallying back to unchanged by noon in New York. It shed a few basis points going into the close, finishing the Monday session at 97.66—down 6 basis points on the day.The gold stocks opened in positive territory, but didn’t stay there for long—and were more or less done to the downside shortly before the 1:30 p.m. COMEX close. They chopped sideways from there—and the HUI got clocked for another 3.74 percent.It was more or less the same price pattern for the silver equities, except they hit their low tick at 3 p.m. EST—and managed to finish off that low by a bit. Not that it mattered, as Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index got hammered by another 4.45 percent.The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that zero gold and 41 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Wednesday. It was another case of JPMorgan screwing over its own clients once again, as 41 contracts were issued from JPMorgan’s client account—and 27 of those were stopped by JPMorgan out of its in-house [proprietary] trading account. The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here.The CME Preliminary Report for the Monday trading session showed that gold open interest for March fell by 31 contracts, leaving 117 contracts left. In silver, o.i. fell by 17 contracts, leaving 934 still open, minus the 41 mentioned above.There was another decent sized withdrawal from GLD yesterday, as an authorized participant took out 105,583 troy ounces—and as of 6:06 p.m. EST yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV.There was a decent sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday, as they sold 6,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—1,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and another 482,500 silver eagles.And still no 2014 annual report from the Royal Canadian Mint.There was a decent amount of gold movement at the COMEX-approved depositories on Friday. Brink’s, Inc. received 2,000 troy ounces—and Canada’s Scotiabank shipped out 125,067 troy ounces. The link to that activity is here.In silver, nothing was reported received, but 550,818 troy ounces were shipped out the door. The link to that action is here.Despite my best editing efforts, I still have a whole lot of stories today, so I’ll let you pick and choose.I’d call the explanation most widely given for Friday’s price smash, a reaction to the monthly employment report, comical—except there is nothing funny about price manipulation. I say that because there is no economic report that I can think of that should have less bearing on the price of gold and silver than this report. Yes, I know the employment report impacts many markets, including currencies, and that in turn can be said to effect gold and silver. But that’s absurd when you realize the main movers of the gold and silver prices, certainly on Friday, were the technical funds on the COMEX and they rely exclusively on mechanical price signals and not on published economic data for trading decisions. What the reaction to the employment report does do is provide a cover story and explanation for those who refuse to acknowledge that gold and silver prices are set by positioning on the COMEX. The good news is that the changes in positioning indicated in the new COT report and extrapolating for the prospective changes since the Tuesday cutoff are now flashing bullish signals. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 07 March 2015Whatever positive price action that developed in any of the precious metals on Monday, certainly wasn’t allowed to get past the New York trading session without them being closed down on the day after posting earlier and decent gains. Palladium was the only exception, as it closed up a buck, but well of its high tick. “Da boyz” are still there.Despite the dollar index and the engineered price declines, it’s obvious that precious metals are attempting to rise, but aren’t being allowed to.Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals as of the close of Monday’s trading session. Before continuing with the photos of my Arizona trip, I thought that it time that I feature these osprey pictures that reader Mark O’Brien sent my way back on February 24. I met Mark at the Casey Conference in San Antonio last September—and I’ve been more than happy to post some of his work in this column before—and these four shots of ospreys on their nest I thought well worth sharing. He was obviously working from an elevated blind when he took them.
Sneezing, runny nose, congestion, or irritated eyes? Yes, we hear you: The misery of seasonal allergies is real. A lot of people find temporary relief with over-the-counter medications, but these don’t treat the cause.As we head into grass pollen season over the next few months, here’s an option to consider: Many allergists now prescribe immunotherapy tablets, which work in the same way as allergy shots, to some of their patients with grass allergies.But unlike allergy shots, which require frequent trips to the doctor, you can take the tablets at home. “It’s a little wafer you put under your tongue, and it dissolves in about 10 seconds,” says allergist Mike Tankersley, who practices in Memphis, Tenn.The treatment, known as sublingual immunotherapy, or SLIT, is more convenient than shots and has been shown to be safe. But it won’t work for everyone. Each tablet targets just one allergy. There are four FDA-approved tablet products on the market to treat grass pollens, house dust mites and ragweed. “I’ve had several patients who have been very happy with having something to take at home,” Tankersley says.According to a recent survey by the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology, 73 percent of allergists now prescribe these immunotherapy tablets to some of their patients. Since these products were approved, starting five years ago, “there’s been a significant change in practice in the United States,” Tankersley says.Tankersley, who also serves as vice chair of the ACAAI’s Committee on Immunotherapy and Diagnostics, says he still recommends allergy shots to the majority of patients because most of them have multiples allergies. Shots can be formulated to target all of the allergies in one shot.Tankersley says he recommends this quiz from ACAAI for patients trying to decide whether shots or tablets are the best option.Like allergy shots, the tablets are a form of immunotherapy, which can alter your immune system. It’s a complex response, but one part of what’s going on when you take the shots or tablets is your body can produce regulatory cells “that suppress the immune response,” explains Harold Nelson, an allergist and immunologist at National Jewish Health in Denver. In other words, immunotherapy can put a cap on the immune reaction and tamp down symptoms.Over the very long term, Nelson says, when immunotherapy works well, “the whole balance in the immune system is restored to pretty much that which is seen in non-allergic people.”The tablets work best if you have just one or two main allergies that bother you. For instance, if grass pollen is your problem, there are two tablet products to fight grass allergies.”If you live in a place like the Willamette Valley of Oregon or Northern California where grass is the predominant allergen, and that’s what really bothers you, then the tablets are great,” Nelson says.The pollen from ragweed, which is found in many regions of the U.S., causes allergy symptoms in up to 23 million people. And the ragweed tablet has been shown to be a safe and effective treatment. Similarly, house dust mite allergies — which don’t have much of a seasonal ebb and flow — can be treated effectively with the dust mite tablet, according to research. The grass pollen tablets are approved for adults and children (age 5 and older). The ragweed and dust mite tablets are approved for people 18 and older.So far, there’s no sublingual immunotherapy approved in the U.S. for tree pollen, which drives early spring allergies. In Europe, there’s a tablet developed to treat birch allergies, which Nelson says could potentially be effective against some oak allergies. And in Japan there’s an approved tablet for Japanese cedar, which might be effective in treating some cedar and juniper allergies seen in the U.S. Tankersley says allergists are hopeful that over the next several years a tablet for some tree pollen allergies may be available in the U.S.What if you have two main allergies that bother you? Say, grass allergies in the late spring or summer and ragweed, which is often called hay fever and tends to spike in mid-September. Can you take both tablets? “Yes, you can,” says Nelson.There’s evidence for both safety and efficacy, Nelson explains, for taking two immunotherapy tablets simultaneously. But typically the tablets are started at different times, Nelson says. One drawback is that some insurance plans won’t cover two tablets at the same time. However, with tablets, you don’t have the copay that may come with office visits.Many people get allergy relief with over-the-counter nasal steroids such as Flonase and Nasacort and anti-histamines. And Tankersley says they can be effective at treating symptoms. But unlike allergy shots and immunotherapy tablets, these medicines don’t address the root cause of the problem.”That’s the big advantage of immunotherapy,” he says. “We’re really shooting for a cure.” Copyright 2019 NPR. To see more, visit https://www.npr.org.