first_imgWolves boss Nuno left frustrated after Southampton drawby Paul Vegas6 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveWolves boss Nuno was left frustrated after their 1-1 draw with Southampton.The visitors went ahead in sloppy circumstances from a Wolves perspective, as Danny Ings capitalised to slot home. Wolves showed the spirit to come back and equalise through Raul Jimenez’s penalty, and Nuno wants his team to learn from their performance and build on an improved second-half.He said, “I’m disappointed because one of the things we are, and must be, is solid and today we were not. Sometimes you have to stay in the game, Southampton broke us when we should be more solid in defence.“We created but not in the right areas we should. We played long, Southampton did very well, they pressed us very well, they were organised and are a very good team, they did a good job to make our task very hard in terms of possession of the ball.”He continued, “Sometimes it’s not what you want to do, it’s what the other team lets you do, but we should find better solutions. In the second-half we played better, we were more stable.“The goal we suffered was a mistake, we had to react, and we reacted OK, and then we pushed until the end.“It was not an easy game, it was a very tough game. It was very disrupted, not both teams controlling the game, we had an injury and didn’t play the way we should and could.“The game was very hard, we made mistakes, a lot of things happened in the game, so we have to improve for the next one.” About the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more


first_imgA vessel master suffering from chest pains aboard the 2011-built chemical tanker FPMC 28 was medevaced on February 20 near Southwest Pass, Louisiana, according to the United States Coast Guard (USCG).Coast Guard Sector New Orleans watchstanders received a call at 5:45 a.m. and launched a Coast Guard Air Station New Orleans MH-65 helicopter aircrew at 7:45 a.m for the medevac.The aircrew arrived on scene half an hour later and transferred the vessel master to West Jefferson Memorial Hospital.USCG informed that the master was reported in stable condition.At the time, the 50,496 dwt tanker was on its way from Veracruz, Mexico, to the port of Houston, where it was scheduled to arrive later today, according to AIS data provided by MarineTraffic.The vessel is operated by Taiwan-based transportation firm Formosa Plastics Marine Corp (FPMC), VesselsValue data shows.last_img read more


first_imgATLANTIC CITY, N.J. – Former Fox News Channel anchor and 1989 Miss America Gretchen Carlson was named chairwoman of the Miss America Organization’s board of directors Monday, and three other past pageant winners will join her on the board.The new leadership comes less than two weeks after leaked emails surfaced showing CEO Sam Haskell and others disparaging the appearance, intellect and sex lives of former Miss Americas. Haskell resigned Dec. 23, along with two other top leaders.The selection of Carlson marks the first time a former pageant winner has served as the leader of the nearly 100-year-old organization. The organization also announced the appointments of three other past Miss Americas: 2012 winner Laura Kaeppeler Fleiss, 2000 winner Heather French Henry and Kate Shindle, who won in 1998 and now serves as president of the Actors’ Equity Association. Their appointments take effect immediately, as does Carlson’s.“Everyone has been stunned by the events of the last several days, and this has not been easy for anyone who loves this program,” Carlson said in a statement issued by the Miss America Organization. “In the end, we all want a strong, relevant Miss America and we appreciate the existing board taking the steps necessary to quickly begin stabilizing the organization for the future.”Carlson said she and the new board would immediately work with all Miss America stakeholders, including the organization’s state executive directors and former state titleholders, “to continue an ongoing inclusive and transparent process to identify additional new board members and management.”The new board also looks forward to working with the organization’s many sponsors, “seeking input while creating a viable, forward-looking Miss America Organization for this and future generations of young women,” Carlson said.In the emails published last month by the Huffington Post, pageant officials ridiculed the appearance, intellect and sex lives of former Miss Americas. One email used a vulgar term for female genitalia to refer to past Miss America winners, another included a wish that a particular former Miss America had died and others speculated about the number of sex partners former Miss America Mallory Hagan has had.The ensuing uproar led to the resignations of Haskell; the group’s president, Josh Randle; board chairwoman Lynn Weidner, and another board member.The emails already cost the pageant its television production partner and raised questions about the future of the nationally televised broadcast from Atlantic City’s Boardwalk Hall the week after Labor Day each year.Dick Clark Productions cut ties with the Miss America Organization over the emails, calling them “appalling.”last_img read more


first_imgTaipei: Two US warships sailed through the Taiwan Strait over the weekend, Taiwan’s defense ministry said Monday, in a move that Beijing said threatened to hinder US-China relations. The ministry said the ships made the passage on Sunday, sailing from south to north through the waterway that divides the self-governing island from mainland China. Beijing frequently objects to the movement of foreign military vessels in the strait based on its claim to Taiwan as its own territory, to be annexed by force if necessary. Also Read – Saudi Crown Prince Salman ‘snubbed’ Pak PM Imran, recalled his private jet from US: ReportTaiwan’s defense ministry said US ships were free to sail through the Taiwan Strait as part of their “strategic Indo-Pacific tasks.” Despite the lack of formal diplomatic ties, the US is a key ally of Taiwan and provider of defensive weapons. China has been increasingly willing to protest actions by foreign militaries in areas it considers its home waters or sphere of influence. That especially applies to the Taiwan Strait and South China Sea, which China claims almost in its entirety. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Geng Shuang said Monday that China has expressed concern to the US about the warships. The US should handle Taiwan-related issues “prudently” in order to avoid negatively impacting its relationship with China, Geng said, adding that “the Taiwan issue is the most important and sensitive issue in Sino-US relations.”last_img read more


Ohio State senior tight end Marcus Baugh (85) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter that would put Ohio State over Penn State in the game on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorIn one of the most dramatic, come-from-behind wins in recent memory for Ohio State, there are a lot of statistics to unpack. The No. 6 Buckeyes won 39-38 against No. 2 Penn State, holding the Nittany Lion offense to just 283 total yards and racking up 529 yards against one of the best defenses in the nation. Here are some important statistics from the game.16 – consecutive completed passes by J.T. Barrett to finish the game. From the final minutes of the third quarter through the entire fourth quarter, Barrett completed 16 straight passes, setting an Ohio State record. Just when he needed to be, Barrett was at his finest and systematically picked apart the Penn State secondary, completing three touchdown passes during that span and completing Ohio State’s comeback.Ohio State redshirt senior quarterback J.T. Barrett (16) throws a pass in the fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorThe term “surgical precision” is often used to describe a quarterback fitting passes into tight windows. Such a term could be accurately linked to Barrett against Penn State, as the redshirt senior completed 33-of-39 total passes. His teammates said it could have been even more. “I don’t know his stats but we had four drops so those weren’t completely on him,” redshirt junior Terry McLaurin said. “We kind of left some plays on the field, but the way he played, that’s Heisman candidate right there.”41 – average starting field position by Penn State. Ohio State’s struggles with kickoffs has been well documented. It nearly cost them the game Saturday against Penn State. Right out of the gate, running back Saquon Barkley returned the opening kickoff for a touchdown. Later in the game, another Ohio State kickoff resulted in linebacker Koa Farmer taking the football to the Ohio State 23-yard line.Ohio State’s issues with flipping the field extended beyond the kickoff coverage, however. The Buckeyes had two turnovers, which put Penn State in Ohio State territory. The Nittany Lions also were the beneficiaries of a muffed punt that redshirt freshman punter Drue Chrisman dropped, then shanked before it rolled to the Penn State 38-yard line. Only two of those aforementioned issues did not see the Nittany Lions put up seven points. The special teams and overall sloppiness of Ohio State nearly cost the Buckeyes in the end. Given that a loss from this point forward ends the Buckeyes’ hopes of winning a championship, they cannot afford to have many more games littered with similar blunders.44 – rushing yards by Saquon Barkley. Ohio State has never fully stopped Barkley before. It allowed him to gain 99 yards on the ground last season. In 2015, he had 194 rushing yards. Saturday was a different story. Barkley had 21 carries and mustered only 44 yards in the midst of a season that has many clamoring for him to win the Heisman Trophy.Ohio State sophomore cornerback Kendall Sheffield (8) takes down Penn State’s Saquon Barkley in the third quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo EditorPerhaps even more remarkable than the 44-rushing-yards statistic would be the fact 36 of those came on one carry. Remove that one carry and his 2.1 average yards per carry dips to 0.4. His lack of success was not necessarily due to him being ineffective, but rather the result of an Ohio State defensive line that simply bullied Penn State’s offensive line all game long. Barkley was on the receiving end of nine of Ohio State’s 13 tackles for a loss. Heading into the game, the Buckeyes needed to slow down Barkley if it had any chance of winning. They not only slowed him down, but they effectively stopped him. And they won.13 – carries by J.K. Dobbins. Penn State handed the football off to a running back who proved largely ineffective. Ohio State seemingly refused to hand the football off to a running back who was one of its most productive weapons. In the second quarter, Dobbins did not touch the football. In the fourth quarter, Dobbins rushed it once. Yet he finished the game with 88 rushing yards (6.8 yards per carry), including four rushes for 10-plus yards.This has become somewhat of a trend for Ohio State this season. Despite head coach Urban Meyer often stating his willingness to run the freshman running back into the ground with how often he is used, the coach has appeared reluctant to turn to his budding star. Perhaps the Buckeyes wish to save their prized talent for games later this season. Maybe they’re resting him for the next two seasons when he is counted on as their top offensive weapon. But after his fifth game with an average of more than six yards per carry and fewer than 15 carries, Ohio State fans have to wonder if Dobbins is being maximized to his full potential.Ohio State redshirt junior reciever Johnnie Dixon (1) catches a touchdown pass in the fourth quarter in the game against Penn State on Oct. 28. Ohio State won 39-38. Credit: Jack Westerheide | Photo Editor9 – receptions by Ohio State players.This has been a statistic that has been featured plenty in this series of articles. However, it usually receives a qualifier that the primary reason for the high number of players to receive a catch was due to the blowout lead Ohio State had, and that many of the backups were in because the Buckeyes played against a weaker opponent.That wasn’t the case Saturday. Nine players made receptions in this game largely because that is just how Ohio State is going to play moving forward. The high number of players having an impact on the game might not be solely because Ohio State has played lesser opponents. Perhaps it is simply because it has a wide array of players capable of making plays.At the beginning of the year, many doubted the players and coaches who said all six wide receivers were good enough to start for Ohio State. Perhaps the players and coaches were right. Every week, someone new happens to step up and make plays for the Buckeyes. This week and last it was redshirt sophomore H-back K.J. Hill. Against Maryland, it was sophomore Binjimen Victor. Against Rutgers, it was redshirt junior Johnnie Dixon. Any game, against any opponent, any receiver might step up. Perhaps it’s time to stop doubting that and accept that the Buckeyes’ receiving corp might be championship-caliber. read more


first_img Barbados Prime Minister speaks to country ahead of Tropical Storm Dorian; said country is preparing for 6-12 feet storm surge Related Items:barbados, butch stewart, scandals resort international Multi-millionaire Barbados businessmen arrested in $3m drug bust, yacht suspected in drug trafficking Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsAppProvidenciales, 20 Jul 2015 – Butch Stewart, Chairman of Sandals Resorts International is leading a media fam-trip and tour of his ‘luxury included’ properties in the Eastern Caribbean. With a flight from Provo to Barbados; Barbados to Grenada and then Grenada to St. Lucia local media and hotel professionals are invited on the trip which will showcase recently purchased and renovated escapes under the Sandals brand and some of the destinations within which they are nestled. Magnetic Media is among those tagging along… look for our photos, listen for our radio reports or catch our TV news stories – online, right here on News Break or One Caribbean Television. We’re also on Facebook, tweeting at Twitter, posting on Instagram, linking you to the latest news stories on LinkedIn and at our YouTube channel: Magnetic MediaTV and even on iTunes. Visit MagneticMediaTV.com and chose your favorite way to stay informed! Recommended for you Stinky sargassum blamed for marine disaster; dolphins, flying fish and turtles trapped Facebook Twitter Google+LinkedInPinterestWhatsApplast_img read more


first_imgFormer Bayern Munich midfielder Dietmar Hamann believes Borussia Monchengladbach can win the Bundesliga this seasonAfter finishing ninth last term, Gladbach are second and just four points adrift of leaders Borussia Dortmund this time around.Dieter Hecking’s side have won five of their last six Bundesliga matches following Sunday’s 4-1 thrashing of Hannover 96.Now Hamann is backing Gladbach to become serious title challengers for the 2018/19 Bundesliga crown.Jadon SanchoMerson believes Arsenal should sign Sancho Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho might be the perfect player to play for the Gunners, according to former England international Paul Merson.“I think they really have a chance to win the championship this season. Dortmund march well in front of them, but I really like Gladbach,” Hamann told Sky.“They have a good starting eleven and don’t have the burden of a European competition. They have a good squad and can easily make changes.”Gladbach will next travel to RB Leipzig on Sunday for another Bundesliga game.last_img read more


first_imgLongmere/Forest Lane area in Soldotna. 300+ without power. Cause still unknown at this time. Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享7:45 Update from HEA: Original Post: Homer Electric Association is reporting an outage between Soldotna and Sterling.center_img According to the HEA outage map roughly 350 customers are currently without power out towards Sterling near St. Theresa Road. Crews have been notified of the outage- Updates will be posted as they are made available. The cause at this time is unknown.last_img read more


first_imgThe Reserve Bank of India (RBI) on Friday fixed the reference rate for the US dollar at 50.0150 rupees and the euro 66.1776 rupees.The corresponding rates of dollar and euro for the previous day (March 7, 2012) were 50.5733 rupees and 66.4959 rupees respectively.Based on the reference rate for the US dollar and middle rates of the cross-currency quotes, the exchange rates of British pound as against the rupee is 79.0087 as against 79.5670 on the previous day (March 7, 2012) and that of Japanese yen is 61.31 as against 62.63 the previous day.last_img read more


first_imgBangalore-based pharmaceutical company Biocon on Thursday reported its result for the first quarter of the financial year 2016-17. The firm’s net profit rose 35 percent to Rs. 166.6 crore as compared to Rs. 123.9 crore during the same quarter in the last financial year, the company said in its regulatory filing to the Bombay Stock Exchange. Biocon’s consolidated net revenues for the June quarter rose 21 percent to Rs. 982 crore as compared to Rs. 813.9 crore during the same time in the previous fiscal. “Our strong performance this quarter has been driven by an all-round growth of our business across small molecules, biologics, branded formulations and research services,” Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw, the Chairperson and Managing Director of Biocon, said. Biocon’s Biologics business delivered a growth of 53 percent, which was driven by the sales of Biosimilars in emerging markets. The company’s insulin business also got a boost with the launch of its Insulin Glargine in Japan.Biocon has received regulatory approvals from the ministry of health, Malaysia, for rh-Insulin and Glargine, which would enable commercialisation of these products.”We are on track for filing some of our Biosimilars and Generic Formulations in the developed market later this year,” Shaw added.The company’s net sales for the quarter that ended on June 30 was recorded at Rs. 972 crore as against Rs. 757 crore during the corresponding quarter in the previous fiscal.The Biocon Limited stock was trading at Rs. 745.10 at around 10:18 a.m. on Friday, up 6.22 percent from its previous close on the BSE.last_img read more


first_img To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X Sharecenter_img 00:00 /02:00 Listen X Amy BishopFareena Arefeen, a junior at Houston’s HSPVA, was named Houston’s second Youth Poet Laureate by the literary non-profit, Writers in the Schools.Hear News 88.7’s Amy Bishop chat with the 16-year-old Bengali-American, whose immigrant experience has played an instrumental role in her poetic inspiration – and how she plans to bring poetry to the least expected places. Click the audio play button above to listen. You can listen to one of her poems by clicking the play button below:  00:00 /03:35last_img read more


first_imgVideo Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/19115247/WhatsApp-Video-2017-10-19-at-11.34.53-AM.mp400:0000:0006:28Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Members of The Metropolitan Organization (TMO) are asking Harris County Judge Ed Emmett to do something to open an additional site for Harvey victims who need to apply for the Disaster Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program, commonly known as D-SNAP.The current location to sign up is Deussen Park, in northeast Harris County.Several TMO members met with Emmett at his office in downtown Houston on Thursday morning to ask him for an additional site.“We are really concerned about people standing in long lines,” noted Reverend Rhenel Johnson, of the St. Andrews United Methodist Church, after the meeting.Johnson added that “this is an unprecedented situation” and Father Albert Zanatta, of the catholic Assumption Parish, said the Greenspoint area is one of the suggested additional sites TMO has thought of.Judge Emmett said he has proposed several sites to the state of Texas, which manages D-SNAP —a program funded by the federal government— but the state has only approved the location set up at Deussen Park.The deadline to apply for D-SNAP in Harris County is tomorrow, Friday October 20th, at 7:00 p.m. and Emmett added state officials have told him they will not extend it.Video Playerhttps://cdn.hpm.io/wp-content/uploads/2017/10/19122401/WhatsApp-Video-2017-10-19-at-12.15.41-PM.mp400:0000:0006:28Use Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume. Sharelast_img read more


first_img 00:00 /15:00 Listen Lara Cottingham/City of HoustonAfter an intruder called authorities, Houston’s animal shelter rescued a tiger discovered in what was thought to be an abandoned home. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Sharecenter_img X If you live in Houston long enough, you’re bound to hear about some weird stuff — like in February when a tiger was discovered in an abandoned house.Or like last weekend, when a Friendswood man was cited for assaulting a co-worker who spoiled the new Avengers movie.So, in the audio above, we had some longtime Houston journalists share some of their favorite strange — but memorable — news stories from Houston’s past. And here are some highlights:1. A Burglar Feels the Heat — LiterallyC-Bunny/FlickrA classic Pizza Hut restaurant.Longtime television news reporter Doug Miller said one night he happened upon a guy in the police station covered in ashes.The man said he’d wanted a pizza, but the Pizza Hut was closed. And then, two people showed up with a ladder and forced him at gunpoint to crawl down the chimney where he got stuck all night.But Miller says the police were skeptical of the man’s story. The likely true story: the guy had himself tried to break into the restaurant by using a ladder to crawl down the chimney.Either way, the next day, when employees fired up the ovens, he wasn’t too pleased. Eventually they heard his screams, and he was freed.“I thought, ‘You know, next time he wants a pizza he really ought to have it delivered,’” Miller said.2. The Car That Crashed into a House — Where There Weren’t AnyJohn Welsh/FlickrLegendary KTRK-TV news anchor Dave Ward said he and his photographer were driving around one night at about 1 a.m. when a call came over the police radio that a car had crashed into a house.Well, that’s not necessarily all that unusual in Houston. But when they heard the location — Richmond and Kirby — they immediately thought something was off, mainly because there are no houses there.But, when they got to the scene, they saw that there was indeed a house there.“They were moving a house in the middle of the night,” Ward said. “And some drunk staggered out of a bar and crashed his car right into that house.”Ward said he recently ran into the police sergeant who worked the scene that night, who asked him if he remembered that story.“How could I ever forget it?” Ward said. “A lot of things happened in this city — that was one of the most unusual.”3. Looking for “Lurch” in a Fresh Murder SceneWikipedia CommonsThe character “Lurch” from the 1964 TV series The Addams Family.Dave Fehling, News 88.7’s news director and a former television news reporter, recalls responding to the scene of a murder late one night in the early 1990s. It was an old abandoned house near downtown.“If you had to come up with the classic haunted house look that’s what this house was,” Fehling said.Detectives were looking for a suspect whose nickname was “Lurch,” because he was tall and his square-jawed features resembled the butler character of the same name from The Addams Family.After doing some initial coverage at the scene, Fehling and his photographer left. A few hours later they returned, but, by then, detectives were through with the scene and the crime scene tape was taken down. So, he and his photographer went inside to get some additional footage, where they saw what you’d expect to see at a murder scene.But then something struck them.“I look at the photographer, and he looks at me, and it’s like we realized they haven’t caught this guy Lurch yet,” he said. “And we’re out here — no one knows we’re in here — and who knows maybe he’s hiding in the crawl space or something.”So, both Fehling and his photographer hightailed it out of there.“That’s one of the strangest stories I think I ever covered,” he said.4. The Astronaut on a Strange MissionRed Huber/APFormer astronaut Lisa Nowak appears in court in 2007.In 2007, astronaut Lisa Nowak was arrested after driving some 900 miles from Houston to Orlando to confront her romantic rival.Found in her car was a BB gun, a trench coat, some rope, trash bags, a knife, and a black wig. Court documents said she wore special astronaut diapers so she wouldn’t have to stop to use the bathroom on the drive. Nowak later denied that.Longtime News 88.7 reporter and producer Laurie Johnson said that story stands out to her especially because of the typical reputation of NASA astronauts.“A crime committed by an astronaut was unheard of,” Johnson said. “So, this was huge, and everybody was talking about it around the world.”A movie loosely based on Nowak’s story starring Natalie Portman is scheduled for release this year.5. The Case of the Cheerleader MomDavid Scarbrough/APIn 1991, Wanda Webb Holloway was convicted of trying to hire a hit-man to kill the mother of her daughter’s cheerleading rival.In 1991, Wanda Webb Holloway wanted her daughter to make the cheerleading squad in Channelview so badly that she plotted to have the mother of her daughter’s rival killed. The plot was foiled, Holloway went to jail, and a TV movie was made about the case.Former News 88.7 news director Paul Pendergraft said the story checked all the boxes of Texas stereotypes — big hair, cheerleading, and murder-for-hire.“It was just a bizarre, strange story that made national headlines and certainly gave us a bit of a black eye in this part of Texas,” Pendergraft said.last_img read more


first_imgIn a suspected inter-caste violence case in which two Dalit kids were burnt alive, the state administration arrested four accused out of 11 and suspended four police officials who were in charge of the situation in the Sunped village of Faridabad district.On Tuesday morning a few people of one community allegedly set fire to the home of a Dalit family killing Vaibhav (2) and Divya (nine-months-old) and causing serious burn injuries to their mother Rekha.According to the information received from a state government spokesperson — Balwant, Dharam Singh, Kartar and Guddu have been detained out of the 11 accused. All these four detained accused belong to the influential Balu Rajput camp in Sunped village in Faridabad district. The police also suspended four policemen who were amongst the seven police personnel who were deployed with the victims’ family for security. The four policemen included police officers of different ranks. Inspector Anil Kumar, OC of  Sadar Ballagbarh police station was suspended for dereliction of duties. Also Read – Man arrested for making hoax call at IGI airportConstables Bali Mohammed, Vikas and Sandeep have been placed under suspension for showing laxity as they failed to protect the victims as they were deployed for the security of the victims’ family. Till now, nineteen persons have been booked for the triple murder in 2014 of the three members of Jitender’s family. Sources also reveal that Balwant’s relatives could be the other accused responsible for the incident as Jitender (father of the two kids) and Balwant have been having clashes between them since October 2014. It also came to light that this bitter rivalry between the Rajput Balu family and the Dalit Lajli camp have been on since three decades.last_img read more


first_imgOfcom’s report highlighted satisfaction levelsSome 87% of UK broadband customers were satisfied with their service last year, with Virgin Media customers reporting the highest levels of overall satisfaction, according to Ofcom.The UK broadcast regulator’s ‘Comparing Service Quality’ report found that 91% of Virgin Media broadband customers were satisfied with their service. This compared to 88% for Sky, 84% for BT and 83% for TalkTalk.Thirteen percent of broadband customers had a reason to complain to their provider in 2016 – higher than the proportion of landline telephone customers (5%) and mobile customers (4%).Virgin Media and TalkTalk had the highest proportion of broadband customers with a reason to complain in 2016, both at 16%, according to Ofcom.“We’re determined to help bring about a service revolution in the telecoms sector, where consistency and excellence becomes the norm, and customers always come first,” said Ofcom CEO, Sharon White.“Today we want to shine a light on how different providers perform, and are challenging the industry to up its game on customer service. We’ll be monitoring closely to ensure industry service standards are raised.”last_img read more


first_imgHere’s how to write an award-winning movie: pick a random Middle Eastern country with oil… insert conflict that can threaten the oil supply… enter the United States with guns blazing and people dying. Sounds pretty unoriginal, but it’s the plot of the 2005 movie Syriana, which won an Oscar for Best Original Screenplay (go figure). But what’s even more frightening than the limited imagination of Hollywood’s Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is that the US government has followed this plot line to a T so many times. And it’s not any different this time around. The United States will invade Syria or even Iran, secure the oil supply, and occupy the country for decades to come. Politicians will become richer, innocent people will die, and thinking Americans will have yet another reason to doubt their government. America’s involvement this war around probably won’t be as controversial, because many Western countries have already stated their support for the Syrian rebels. Russia’s support for the Syrian government will definitely stir things up, but we don’t think that will be too big of an issue. In fact, the US has already been training non-Islamist rebels in Jordan and has approved providing lethal arms to this group. Next, watch for the pro-war rhetoric to flare up. It’s almost that time again, when the White House and Congress will say and do anything to get the public riled up enough to happily march to the frontlines or, at the very least, “support our troops kids who are being sent to the desert as cannon fodder.” US Secretary of State John Kerry has accused the Syrian government of destroying evidence in an area believed to be the site of a chemical weapon attack, and (gasp!) Syria has been refusing to allow the UN to investigate the alleged attack sites. All of this sounds just a little bit too familiar for our taste. We all know how much of a problem the Iraq debacle has been for the US government and its budget. In fact, we may just be weeks away from seeing Tomahawk cruise missiles raining on Damascus. As Doug Casey likes to put it, never let a good crisis go to waste. Though Syria is not a major producer of oil, the impact of its civil war can reach far beyond its borders to countries such as Iran, Iraq, and Saudi Arabia. We believe this saber-rattling by the US government is simply another step toward trying to secure the Persian Gulf… and its precious oil resources. Every time the US government does this, oil has the potential to skyrocket—which, while being bad news for most people, is fantastic news for those who are already invested in the sector because it lifts all oil plays, whether in the desert or elsewhere. Right now, we’re monitoring a promising investment that could massively profit from the next Middle Eastern oil crisis. This company’s plans are so secretive that the company’s lawyers would not even allow us a site tour to find out about its next—and quite possibly crucial—drill results. However, as soon as the company breaks its silence, Casey Energy Report subscribers will hear about it immediately, for a chance to jump into what may be the energy opportunity of a lifetime. The critical drill results are only weeks away. If you give the Casey Energy Report a risk-free try today, you’ll be among the select few who will not just survive these turbulent markets, but who could multiply your net assets with just one investment. Click here to find out more. Additional Links and Reads Gas-Rich Tanzania to Start Power Exports in 2015 (Gulf Times) Due to BG and Statoil’s success in offshore Tanzania, the once energy-starved African nation is set to become an exporter by 2015. Unfortunately for the United States, 2015 is also around the time other countries begin ramping up their liquefied natural-gas (LNG) exports, namely Australia, which is poised to become the Qatar of the Asian-Pacific and own about 20% of the market by 2020. With all these developments, can LNG really be the real savior of the US gas market? Sierra Leone Man Busted by Undercover US Agents for Attempted Uranium Sale to Iran (Jerusalem Post) At least someone was set to make money in the uranium markets. Just how much is 1,000 tons of uranium? Even at current, depressed market prices, the man was set to pocket a cool $70 million for his company. It appears he has brokered deals with other countries in the past. It will be interesting to see where this goes. China National Petroleum Corp. Executive Is Investigated (Wall Street Journal) We recently published a report on national oil companies (NOCs) vs. international oil companies (IOCs). In it, we highlighted many reasons why NOCs sometimes trade at a discount to IOCs. One reason why is highlighted in this article: officials abusing their powers and taking advantage of the lack of transparency in reporting. It really is no surprise; but there are still opportunities when it comes to NOCs. Click here for more information.last_img read more


first_img Gold Producers (GDX) 20.66 24.78 45.55 Oil 97.65 94.80 86.26 Silver Stocks (SIL) 10.82 12.59 22.11 TSX (Toronto Stock Exchange) 13.280.72 13,380.41 12,151.13 Gold Junior Stocks (GDXJ) 28.89 37.15 83.12 Louis James Senior Metals Investment Strategist Casey Research P.S. New phyles are launching in Sleman, Yogyakarta, Indonesia; Cuenca Canton, Ecuador; and Birmingham, England. The Antwerp, Belgium; Sydney, Australia; Princeton, NJ; Edmonton, ON; and London, ON, Canada phyles are looking for coordinators. Anyone interested in any of these areas or in checking for an existing phyle in his region should send an email to phyle@caseyresearch.com. Silver 19.54 21.77 33.04 Copper 3.21 3.24 3.63 One Month Agocenter_img Dear Reader, I have written repeatedly about the futility and foolishness of trying to time the market—tops or bottoms—but I know the desire for such a crystal ball is overpowering. So this week, we’ll indulge in a bit of crystal-ball gazing. But first, it is with great pride that I announce the publication of Doug Casey’s new book, Right on the Money. This is our second volume of “Conversations With Casey,” but this one includes several conversations between the two of us that weren’t distributed for free in our former column by that name. In the book, Doug and I delve into the specifics of how to apply his contrarian philosophy to making money. The Book When I mentioned the new book on my Facebook page a few days ago, I received a slew of congratulations. Thank you all. I enjoyed the conversations greatly, as well as the opportunity to draw out Doug’s knowledge and experience to share with all who are intellectually honest enough to consider what he says. But one fellow wrote in to say that Doug and I were quite brazen to publish a book called Right on the Money after being wrong about gold for the last two years. I understand completely that people who’ve invested recently in the gold sector are likely underwater and wondering how long they can hold their breath. I feel the pinch myself, with many of my own stocks in the red at the moment. However, we were not wrong about the current correction. Back in 2011 when gold hit its nominal peak over $1,900, we warned readers in print that a retreat was likely. Granted, given all the Wile E. Coyote economics governments around the world have been engaged in, we didn’t expect the temporary bear to stay so long or grow so large, but we did see it coming, and we did—and still do—see it as a fantastic opportunity for those who didn’t get in at the beginning of the bull cycle back in 2001. In point of fact, we have not been proven wrong about that yet; we’ve just seen a predictable level of panic among those who don’t see or have confidence in the bigger picture and long-term trends we’re betting on. Further, we found ways to make money on gold’s slide since 2011, including three highly successful “gold insurance” plays that more than doubled readers’ investments when gold went down. We’ve also included more dividend-paying companies in BIG GOLD, and even found one company for the International Speculator that profits from processing gold regardless of the gold price (one so far—I’m on my way to see another possible pick as you read this), as well as been able to upgrade our portfolio with high-grade exploration and development companies on sale while the market is down. This is what it means to be a contrarian—as Doug likes to say: “Make volatility your best friend.” And he should know: he’s been profiting from the metals and mining markets for almost 40 years. If one pulls back to view the big picture—in both global breadth and historical depth—as few people can do like Doug, it’s easy to see that the current slump in our market sector should not be cause for fear, but for excitement. It’s the best bargain-hunting opportunity for commodities investors in a decade. And it just may be the best wealth-creation opportunity in a generation. Exactly how one goes about this is what we explore in Right on the Money, and you can preorder a copy now to receive a 13% discount. Just in time for holiday reading—and giving. I hope you take advantage of this deal while it lasts. The Crystal Ball Doug likes to say that it’s a big mistake to make a prediction that includes both an event and a time. But then he often goes ahead and does exactly that—”for entertainment purposes only.” So I’m going to go out on a similar limb: I think it will be clear to most investors that the precious metals correction is over and the second half of this record-smashing gold bull market is under way well before the end of 2014. One of the reasons for this is a very different conversation I recently had, not with Doug, but with Krassimir Petrov. Krassimir is a true international man, like Doug: an Austrian School professor of economics from Bulgaria, currently living in Thailand. More important at the moment is that the previous time I interviewed him, he predicted the timing of the current gold bull cycle more accurately than Doug and I did—a fact that impressed me greatly. That interview is a relatively quick read, dense with important ideas and insights, but it’s too long for this dispatch, so I’m going to give you the bottom line and encourage you to read the whole interview here. Based on cyclical analysis, technical analysis, fundamental analysis, and portfolio analysis, Petrov says the bottom for gold could be in already, but most likely will be behind us within one to seven months. That’s early to mid-2014, now rapidly approaching. (Note that in the interview, he says three to nine months, but I recorded our conversation two months ago.) That said, I should also mention that Krassimir is convinced that the actual Mania Phase in gold – when the investing herd throws itself head-first into the gold market and you’ll get gold stock tips from your friendly cab driver – is still at least six to eight years away. While that may be somewhat disappointing to us gold investors waiting for our big rewards, it isn’t bad at all, because we’ll make plenty of money on the ramp up before the Mania Phase, just as we did in the first half of this epic bull market. I still believe it’s impossible to predict the exact bottom of a market correction, but given that cashed-up, high-grade exploration plays—and even profitable producers—are already on the deep-discount rack, it seems clear as day to me that the thing to do is to build a position while the market is down. You do not want to miss this boat. And best of all, tax-loss selling this month is likely to provide spectacular buying opportunities in the best of the best stock picks in the sector. I strongly encourage any and all with the contrarian courage to buy what others are selling (the hardest part of implementing the “buy low, sell high” formula) to act. Right on the Money shows you how, and the International Speculator offers you specific and detailed guidance. (If you try the International Speculator risk-free for 3 months today, BIG GOLD is included in your subscription, at no extra charge.) I know I’m tooting my own horn here and repeating some things readers have heard before, but I believe 100% in what I’ve said, and I’ve put more of my own money where my mouth is than ever before. Heart and mind, I wish you a happy and very prosperous 2014. Sincerely, Rock & Stock Stats Last Gold and Silver HEADLINES GFMS: India’s Silver Imports Likely to Touch New Record Highs in 2013 (Scrap Monster) According to Thomson Reuters GFMS, silver shipments into India reached 338 tonnes (10.8 million ounces, or Moz) in October, surging 40% over the 241 tonnes (7.7 Moz) imported in September. Through October, the country imported 4,652 tonnes (149.5 Moz), and analysts project that total silver imports could reach 5,200 to 5,400 tonnes (167-174 Moz) this year, exceeding the previous record of 5,048 tonnes (162.2 Moz) achieved in 2008. Silver demand in India has two key drivers. The first is low prices, which have plunged by nearly 37% year to date. The second reason is that increasing numbers of Indians have opted for silver jewelry and coins as gifts at festivals and weddings instead of gold, due to government restrictions that have led to a supply shortfall. Given the strength of the gold tradition in India, it will be interesting to see what happens when this dam finally bursts—as eventually it must. Silver Eagle Coin Sales Lag in November, But Still a Record 2013 (Mineweb) November American Silver Eagle bullion coin sales declined by 787,000 ounces from October levels, as the US Mint reports 2.3 million Silver Eagles were sold in November, down from 3,087,000 coins in October and 3,159,500 coins in November 2012. However, according to the Gold and Silver Blog, “the lower sales figures for November do not reflect a drop in demand for silver bullion coins, but rather the opposite due to the fact that the US Mint has run out of coins due to unprecedented demand.” Last year, the Mint unexpectedly sold out of 2012 Silver Eagles on December 17; the Mint is thus limiting coin orders for the remainder of this year to conserve blanks for the 2014 program. The Mint plans to issue its last weekly allocation of 2013 Silver Eagles on December 9. The 2014 silver Eagle bullion coins will not be available to order until January13, 2014. Meanwhile, year-to-date sales of American Eagle gold bullion coins at the end of November totaled 800,500 ounces, surpassing last year’s total sales of 753,000. This is already a new all-time record. Korea Exchange Targets Gold Trade as Park Hunts Taxes (Bloomberg) In an attempt to improve trading transparency and generate new tax revenue and financial opportunities, the Korean Exchange will begin physical gold trading on March 24, 2014. Asia’s fourth-largest economy, which already offers gold futures trading on the Korean Exchange, has been entertaining the possibility of a physical bullion market since 2010. Illegal trading to avoid taxes accounts for as much as 3.3 trillion won, depriving the government of an estimated $300 billion in tax revenue. The surge in gold-related services and institutions continues, especially in the East. We recommend investing with this trend in mind. This Week in International Speculator and BIG GOLD—Key Updates for Subscribers International Speculator One of our advanced, high-grade explorers just received a critical permit for underground work—a major step forward for this project, which has been significantly de-risked. Gold 1,230.70 1,317.80 1,701.80 One Year Ago TSX Venture 916.65 941.31 1,186.70 This Canadian explorer released outstanding met-test results, showing that its flagship project should have relatively low costs. The market ignored this value-adding news, making this company a Best Buy. BIG GOLD We updated all our stock recommendations in the latest issue of BIG GOLD, which are also posted on the portfolio page.last_img read more


first_img But in the oil patch, you either innovate or disintegrate. The need to bring down costs and increase the recovery of oil and natural gas is now a prerequisite to stay alive in the oil patch during a major price correction, such as we’re currently in. The need to modify drill and production programs to be efficient is greater than ever. Companies will focus on increasing the number of wells per pad and down spacing, which allows producers to increase extraction efficiency by reducing the length between wells on a per acre basis. But I believe the greatest efficiency and success of this downturn will be re-fracking. Re-Enter and Re-Frac In the next few years, you’ll very likely be hearing a lot about re-fracking… and it will likely also become as common as fracking is today over that time frame. What is re-fracking? Essentially, rather than drilling a new well, a company re-enters and re-fractures existing horizontal wells. This can be done currently at about 25% of the cost; that cost will only improve with more “re-fracks” and as better techniques develop with time. Now that oil has fallen to new lows and management teams are coming to the realization that prices aren’t going up anytime soon, oil producers need to find ways to reduce drilling costs and increase production (recovery) from existing wells. I believe that one of the absolute best ways to do this is to eliminate as much of the drilling costs of a new well as possible and focus on re-entering an existing well. By applying better modern technology and better equipment, the company can re-frack the older horizontal wells to unlock the trapped oil and natural gas left behind in the initial frack process. And there’s a lot of oil left behind in the existing fracked wells. Bam! Innovation out of necessity. Re-fracturing horizontal oil wells is new to the industry, but I think it will actually revitalize the declining wells in the shale sector. I’m not saying that the re-fracked wells will be better than the original fracked wells initially, but thus far, the future is very promising for re-fracks based on the results I’ve seen. Not only can re-fracking revitalize these declining wells, it can also increase the companies’ drilling inventories significantly, which is a huge positive. “Drilling inventory” is the number of potential wells per section. More wells means more reserves, which is good, especially if the cost  to re-enter those existing wells is one-quarter or less the cost of drilling a new well. Now I know there will be an old guard—the same guys who in 2007 and 2008 told me that fracking is science fiction—who won’t believe in re-fracking, but that’s their problem. I’m already planning how I am going to position myself and my subscribers to take advantage of this trend that no one is talking about. One of the first companies to test re-fractures is Marathon Oil Corp. (MRO) in its core Bakken acreage in Mountrail and Dunn Counties. So, we called the company up and starting asking questions. They really didn’t like the fact we came knocking and didn’t want to give out much information, as this is cutting-edge stuff, and the company has a leg up on its competition. But anyone who knows me knows I don’t give up easily, so I got the story… and it gets very good. The re-fractured wells significantly outperformed expected results. In the third quarter of 2014, Marathon Oil completed 13 re-fractured wells, all with very positive results. So I kept the search on for other management teams that have the know-how to deploy re-fracks. I called Pioneer Natural Resources (PXD), one of the true pioneers in the early days of the Eagle Ford shale in Texas. PXD is seeing major success using re-fracking the Eagle Ford. I didn’t stop there. I have the whole list of who’s re-fracking and who isn’t. But that information is for my paying subscribers. That said, I’d be remiss if I left out my fellow Canadians and failed to mention that the Canadian companies such as Crescent Point Energy (CPG.TO) are not too far behind this new re-fracking trend. CPG will begin re-fracturing its Alberta Bakken wells in 2015. Who will really benefit from the re-fracking boom? I think I nailed this one… and it will be the basis of my March Casey Energy Report newsletter. I spoke to one of the world’s leading minds in well re-fracking recently, to pick his mind on where the industry is currently and where it will be going in a few years. His insights and experience are incredible. This executive was one of the final candidates to be the president of one of the world’s largest service companies; and after not getting the nod, he left the company (into which he’d put over 30 years of service) and formed a multibillion-dollar fund which is now capitalizing on the new enhanced oil recoveries. I also plan on making money for my Casey Energy Report subscribers with it. The reason for the recent emphasis on efficiency is due to the adversity facing oil and gas producers, with lower oil prices and a business model built upon levered growth. Many companies have over-accumulated debt to fund growth projects, and as oil prices fall, they must look to efficiencies to keep growth alive or keep existing production stable. Shale wells face production decline rates ranging from 50%-85% in some wells of the three main formations. Therefore, US shale producers have to keep drilling just to maintain production and continuously pay out large interest payments to their debt holders. These interest payments are burdensome on the profitability of producers, but if they even slow production, their interest payments would be at risk at $50 oil. Looking at the large and small producers in the three main basins in the US, we can see how much these interest payments can cost a company as a percentage of operating profit. If highly levered US producers were to cut production, their interest costs could rise to greater than 50% of their operating profit and would put the company at risk of default. If that happens, debt is likely to dry up, and lenders would tighten lending restrictions on these companies. US companies are using down spacing, pad drilling, and re-fracturing as a way to stabilize and grow production while cutting costs in order to avoid accumulating additional debt or seeking additional credit facilities to fund their production. The United States is a place that fosters innovation. With companies like Google, Apple, and Tesla, it’s easy to overlook innovation in the oil and gas industry. As oil and gas producers face the adversity of low oil prices and high leverage, they rely on the main characteristic that birthed the shale revolution: innovation. The Saudis may be dictating the price of oil currently to fight for international market share, but oil production from shale formations will not be destroyed, as OPEC hopes it will. The US oil producers will continue to pump record amounts of crude, not because they want to, but because they have to—and having to do something spurs the type of innovation we’re seeing in the oil and gas industry today. The future of fracking is re-fracking, and we’re on the cusp of what will be the next phase of the US Shale Revolution. How Do You Make Money from the Re-fracking Revolution? The current energy markets are volatile, but a speculator must use volatility to his own advantage to build positions in companies that have suffered as a result of the current market correction. I follow a very disciplined approach and use very advanced mathematics and technical knowledge to position myself in the best energy companies. If you’re looking for in-depth research, experience, and exposure to my vast network in the resource sector, then you may want to pay attention to what I’m doing. If you believe that to be successful in the resource sector one must be a contrarian to be rich—as I do—now is the time to become engaged. Come see what I’m doing with my own money. You’ll get access to every Casey Energy Report newsletter I’ve written in the last decade, as well as my next two monthly reports, which will not only cover the potential of re-fracking, but will reveal which companies will be best situated to make their shareholders money in the current depressed energy market. It’s all available right here. I can’t make the trade for you, but I can help you help yourself. I’m making big bets—are you ready to step up and join me? This will be one of the most important missives I will ever write. The future of fracking is re-fracking. This cutting-edge technology is new, and I’ll walk you through everything you need to know about the next game-changing technology in the shale revolution. Some will call it Fracking 2.0., but I call it Re-Fracking. Adversity is understating the potential headwinds heavily indebted oil and gas companies face as 2015 begins, oil prices stay suppressed, and hedges on their production eventually wind down. Adversity always results in innovation in the top oil and gas producers, operators, and servicers in the industry in every downturn. Where We Were, Where We Are, and Where We’re Going In 1956 Marion King Hubbert, a geoscientist from Shell, predicted peak oil production would be reached between 1965 and 1970. He became famous when his prediction became reality in 1970. But everything changed when the innovations in horizontal drilling and fracturing allowed companies to recover oil and natural gas from new and deeper formations such as the Bakken, Eagle Ford, and Permian Basin at the dawn of the 21st century. Hydraulic fracturing has experienced many innovations, such as increased lengths both vertically and laterally as well as new completion designs which have increased fracture stages along the well and perforations (number of fractures) between each cluster stage, to name a few.center_img I prefer to spell the shorthand for hydraulic fracturing as “fracing,” because it’s an adaptation of the word “fracturing,” which is what happens to the formation of rock. But mainstream media, Microsoft Office Word 2013, and most important, my proofreaders disagree. The latter tell me it should actually follow some rule involving a part of speech called a “gerund” and get the “k” added. It’s a battle I don’t care to fight (I care about making money, not academic nonsense), so fracking will be the spelling in Casey publications moving forward. Whether you read the word fracking, fraccing, or fracing, they all refer to hydraulic fracturing.last_img read more


first_imgIn the past few years, consumer advocacy groups have pressed restaurant chains to offer healthier kids’ meals and more nutritious side options like milk and fruit, and the restaurants have responded.In 2013, McDonald’s pledged to remove all mentions and images of soda from Happy Meal menu boards, and shortly thereafter, other fast-food restaurants began to devise policies to introduce nutritious drink and side options beyond fries and dessert. McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and Subway — the four biggest fast-food chains — replaced soda on kids’ meal menus with low-fat milk, water and 100 percent juice, and McDonald’s and Subway promised to make fruit and vegetable sides available.So have the voluntary pledges to make fast food healthier meant parents are purchasing more of the healthier food for their kids at the restaurants?Not really, says a study released Thursday by the University of Connecticut’s Rudd Center for Food Policy and Obesity. And that may not be a good sign for children’s health.The study documented about 800 parents’ purchases for their children at McDonald’s, Burger King, Wendy’s and Subway through online surveys conducted in 2010, 2013 and 2016.Between 2010 and 2016, the percentage of parents who purchased kids’ meals and received healthier drinks remained about the same at 59-60 percent. And from 2013 to 2016, the percentage of parents who purchased kids’ meals with healthier sides actually declined from 67 percent in 2013 to 50 percent in 2016.Also, parents report buying fast food for their children more often. In fact, 91 percent of parents surveyed in 2016 said they had purchased a meal for their child at the four largest fast-food chains in the past week, compared with 79 percent in 2010.”It appears that restaurants’ voluntary policies as currently implemented are unlikely to substantially reduce children’s fast-food consumption overall, or increase their consumption of healthy items,” the study says.The report doesn’t really surprise researchers. Past studies conducted by Rudd have shown that fast-food restaurants are following their own voluntary pledges inconsistently.For example, at one McDonald’s location, the cashier may automatically include soda with a kids’ meal, at another location you might need to ask, and the same goes for french fries, the study found. While all chains removed the items listed in their pledges from their online menus, many still listed soda on kids’ meal menus in the brick-and-mortar restaurants.Still, the “health halo” of the healthy offering policies seems to resonate with parents. Nearly all parents surveyed in the latest Rudd study said they would purchase food for their children at that restaurant more frequently because of the healthy offerings. But Harris says while they may have health in mind when entering the restaurant, this doesn’t always lead to healthy choices.”The marketing of the healthy options available is getting people in the door, but it’s unlikely they’ll take the effort to ask if [the restaurant has] something healthier,” says the study’s lead author, Dr. Jennifer L. Harris, the director of marketing initiatives at the Rudd Center.Instead, Harris says, the best option for public health would be to automatically include the healthy options with the kids’ meals. “If fast-food restaurants start automatically giving patients healthy choices, that would be encouraging,” she says.Hillary Caron, a senior policy associate at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, says that the Rudd Center’s study is particularly interesting because it demonstrates the power of defaults in consumer decision-making. That is, if the meal comes with fries unless you ask for apple slices instead, you’re likely to get fries.Some government officials have already taken this message to heart. Just last week, California became to first state to pass a healthy-kids’-meal policy when Gov. Jerry Brown signed legislation that prohibits soda and other sugary drinks from being the designated beverages that come with kids’ meals. Similar bills have passed in cities like Louisville, Ky., and Baltimore and have been proposed in New York City and D.C.Harris says that the findings of the latest Rudd study indicate a need for such public policies. Voluntary and mandatory policies could work hand in hand, though, according to Caron.”Both approaches reinforce each other,” Caron writes in an email to NPR. Voluntary commitments from restaurants, she says, help make the case for state and local policies because they show that the changes are achievable. But state and local policies ensure that the principles apply to all restaurants, not just chains that propose voluntary health policies.Still, Harris wants people to remember that even if the fast food offered at restaurants is billed as healthy, most fast-food meals still consist of chicken nuggets, burgers and fries.”It’s important to communicate that fast-food meals are not healthy options,” Harris says. “Replacing soda with milk or water doesn’t make the meal healthy,” she adds. “It’s a small step, but in the right direction.”Rachel D. Cohen is an intern on NPR’s Science Desk. Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.last_img read more


first_img June 13, 2017 The Mystery of What Millennials Really Want Is Solved at Last Iconoclast Enroll Now for $5 Image credit: izusek | Getty Images Add to Queue A single conversation over a couple of beers reveals the prosaic truth: decent pay and benefits, a lot like their parents had. Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. Opinions expressed by Entrepreneur contributors are their own. 5 min read –shares Next Article Youth, it’s been said, is wasted on the young.And while every generation draws the wrath of those plagued by enlarged prostates and chronic lower back pain, the vitriol for millennials seems to me to be particularly mean-spirited and undeserved. Take for example my recent encounter with an eager young college grad who shed some light on what millennials really want.On March 31st, 2017, I travelled to Dublin, Ireland to speak at a conference for small and medium sized enterprises. My topic was hot of the pages of Entrepreneur — Why Won’t My Customer Call Me Back?After the conference I headed off to the pub and found myself seated next to a young man, Paul, who had just graduated college and had landed himself a plum position at a large aerospace firm. Perched on a barstool and sucking down Guiness (not a paid endorsement although I do like Guiness), we exchanged pleasantries and, as Americans travelling abroad are wont to do, we discussed what brought us to our current location.I told him about my speech and the irony of a session I attended where a woman, age 60-something, told a rapt audience all about what millennials want. He listened carefully before responding, “what a load of crap.”Paul does not speak for all millennials but I think he speaks for enough that others should take heed. It may have been the Guiness (still not a paid endorsement) but what he said made sense. So here are what I can remember of the words of wit and sage advice from a stranger I met in a bar in Dublin who may or may not have been named Paul.A decent job with benefits.Millennials want a decent job; not a part time job where they are forbidden to work more than 36 hours lest they be considered full time. A surprising number of industries — from daycare centers to autism centers — expect college degrees but are only willing to pay a hair more than minimum wage and will under no circumstance offer full-time employment.Related: How Millennials Are Unlocking the New World of WorkA decent job that affords them a life.Millennials want to make a living wage. There is a difference between making a living wage and making a subsistence wage that seems like a living wage. Here is a generation saddled with unprecedented debt from student loans, and sure the callous creeps out there can rightfully say that “nobody FORCED them to take out those loans” I would argue that yes, they were forced to take those loans.I get the argument that nobody paid older folks loans, but then again, there also wasn’t this convergence of predatory lending, sky-rocketing costs of higher education and credential inflation. For many and more, it was either take out a loan or not go to college and fight for the evermore-competitive unskilled positions.Related: 5 Ways Millennials Are Like No Generation Before ThemMillennials want “good” benefits, which their parents just thought of as “benefits.”“We want good healthcare, paid holidays, and vacation time. What we want,” says Paul, “is what our parents take for granted.”Paul isn’t wrong. A quick look at the overall compensation for newly hired millennials is pretty dismal. Does  $36,000 seem like a lot? Because when you subtract co-pays and all the benefits for which today’s workers have to pay that yesterday’s workers got as a part of a compensation package, that paycheck just can’t be stretched that far.Related: 5 Reasons Millennials Shouldn’t Depend on a 9-to-5 JobMillennials want their jobs to make sense.Millennials want their managers to clearly articulate what is expected and what the assignment is and then get out of the way. “We don’t want to work in an open-cube, Google workspace,” says Paul. “We just want to be able to collaborate with our fellow workers and do the best possible job we can.”Paul told me that he was currently on a two-month paid leave of absence (a benefit he negotiated when he was hired) and the conversation turned to how he should spend his remaining days in Dublin. I ran down the list of tourist things he could do and then half jokingly said, “it’s not exactly Amsterdam.”At this Paul lit up and said, “why in the (expletive) am I staying five days here when I could be in Amsterdam?” He got on his phone and with fingers flicking with the dexterity only found in one raised in the world of texting in moments he had changed his plans to leave the next morning for Amsterdam (so much for me working for the Dublin Office of Travel and Tourism). I gave him my card and asked him to contact me when he landed, just to stay in touch.Maybe I should have encouraged Paul to stay those four extra days in Dublin and enjoy its rich culture and rolling green landscape. Maybe suggesting four-day bacchanal wasn’t the brightest thing I could have done. I hope he passes his drug test when he finally reports to work. I’m sure things will work out and besides clean pee is still relatively cheap. Contributor Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand Millennials Phil La Dukelast_img read more