Things to know: why Brent Burns might be losing his grip on the Norris Trophy

first_imgSAN JOSE — Like his team, Brent Burns is catching a glimpse of just how quickly the picture can change in the NHL.After the Sharks earned a sixth consecutive win against the Winnipeg Jets on March 12, they looked like the undisputed team to beat in the Western Conference and Burns appeared to be the clear frontrunner in the race for the Norris Trophy. Now, after six straight losses, the Sharks are standing on shaky ground heading toward the playoffs and Burns’ grip on the Norris is starting to …last_img

Take a Sho’t Left through Soweto

first_img25 March 2009Bungee-jumping between Soweto’s Orlando Towers, driving around the township in a double-decker-open-top bus, and visiting the Apartheid Museum made my Sho’t Left tour a humdinger of an escapade.My epic day began when I woke early on a Thursday morning in the middle of March, feeling a bit feeble. My mind whispered that if I persisted in my decision to take that “sho’t left,” it would lead to something extreme later on in the day. Nonetheless, I went ahead.With a stressful working environment, the tour was perfect because I was in dire need of something to invigorate my spirits and relieve the tensions of my deadline-driven days.So off I set for Mary Fitzgerald Square in Newtown, Johannesburg’s cultural precinct, to meet the rest of the crew invited along the tour. I arrived as the sun’s rays broke through the clouds. At that moment, I put on my shades to protect my somnolent eyes from the harsh ultraviolet rays. And we’re offThe first stop is Museum Africa; we are told that it is Joburg’s major history and cultural museum.As we walk in, a scrum of photographers and journalists unpack their backpacks and take out their cameras and notepads. Mzwakhe Mahlangu, a tour guide, tells us these are important tools for the tour.Museum AfricaMahlangu says the Museum Africa building, which used to be the city’s fruit and vegetable market, was erected in 1913; in recent times it has been transformed into a more modern edifice, with two pillars embellishing its façade.The museum comprises a vast collection of exhibitions, paintings and objects that have been collected since the 1930s; “They all retell South Africa’s history,” Mahlangu says.Most of the museum’s exhibitions are permanent and illustrate the transformation of lifestyles – from the archaic age to urbanisation – in the area of Johannesburg. “These exhibitions define Johannesburg’s position in South Africa’s complex history,” Mahlangu adds.There are seven permanent displays, themes of which have been chosen to echo the complex economic, social, political and geographical history of the country, with emphasis on urbanisation in Johannesburg since the embryonic phase to the discovery of gold in 1886.On the second floor there is an eye-catching display of the San rock art, housed in a reconstructed shelter.Museum Africa is at 121 Bree Street, Newtown. To book a tour, phone 011 833 5624 or e-mail museumafrica@joburg.org.za.Entrance is free, and the museum is open from Tuesdays to Sundays from 9am to 5pm. It is closed on Mondays, Good Friday, Christmas Day and the Day of Goodwill.Apartheid MuseumNext stop is another museum, the Apartheid Museum, which brings back memories of high school history lessons.To enter, you need to use your plastic ticket, which resemble the old pass books, on which were printed the words “white” and “non-white”. Pass books were part of the apartheid government’s racial segregation policy.Inside, the experience is mainly audiovisual. There are a number of television screens showing footage of the history of South Africa under the apartheid government – from life in the townships to black and white resistance and the establishment of Afrikaner nationalism. The footage has been collected from around the world.The Apartheid Museum is on the corner of Northern Parkway and Gold Reef Road, in Ormonde, in the south. It is open from Tuesdays to Sundays, from 10am to 5pm. For more information or to book a tour, phone 011 496 1822, e-mail info@apartheidmuseum.org, or visit www.apartheidmuseum.org.We leave the Apartheid Museum at noon, under a blazing sun. I open a cooldrink can and a packet of chips to while away the time on our way to Soweto, the great township in Joburg’s southwest.Soccer CityWe swiftly drive past the African calabash, the 90 000-seat Soccer City. It is to host the opening ceremony and first match and the final match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup. The stadium was built in 1987, and some of the biggest and most memorable matches in South Africa’s soccer history have been played on its field.Soccer City is undergoing a R1.5-billion facelift for the World Cup. Construction started in early 2007 and is expected to be finished by July. Next door is Safa House, the headquarters of the South African Football Association. World football body Fifa and the 2010 Local Organising Committee are based in the building.The design of the new stadium was inspired by the African calabash, we are told.Heading further south, the area around Soccer City is receiving a major upgrade; the Soweto Highway has been widened and will form part of Joburg’s Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, easing the commute between Soweto and the city.AS we enter the township via Diepkloof there is a sudden change in the atmosphere; a certain kasi-vibe and fervour can be felt. Youngsters loiter on street corners; mothers sweep their yards with babies strapped on their backs.When they see the bus, they shout, ululate and wave in delight, with huge smiles adorning their faces – to the chagrin of the taxi drivers who just want to overtake. We are travelling well within the speed limit of 60 kilometres an hour, getting a clearer view of Soweto and its residents.Bungee!The weather has cooled by the time we arrive at the Orlando Towers at the old Orlando Power Station, with a breeze blowing across Orlando Dam. Because of time, this is the final stop – and we are about to bungee jump between the towers.Before I sign my life away – well, that’s another way of looking at an indemnity form – I am handed a leaflet which reads “ONLY 1 in 100 will dare. ARE YOU THE ONE”? To think this would scare me from daring to do it – not a chance.Taking the lift to the top of the tower, a scary thought creeps into my mind; but I ignore it.As a first time bungee-jumper, the serenity I feel is not normal. So I ask around, “What is wrong with me? Why aren’t my nerves kicking in?” But whatever, I am still adamant I’ll jump.On the tower roof, I enjoy the panorama of Soweto and its gentle air that crawls into my lungs. I am left frantic by this experience; however, I remain potent and capable.“At the count of three, you jump,” an instructor whispers into my ear. Before I jump, I become garrulous to delay the activity, and heave a deep sigh when I see the actual distance from the top. But before the instructor reaches three, my body is aloft and I realise that I have conquered my worst fear. Then, as I am being lowered down, my eyes are filled with tears of joy. I realise that if I can do this, I can do anything.MuralThis is the end of the tour, and we head back to Jozi, where a Sho’t Left mural is being unveiled next to Sophiatown, a restaurant in Newtown.Phumi Dhlomo, the director of Africa and domestic tours at SA Tourism, says the tour fitted perfectly with the unveiling of the mural and the agency’s plan to “take Sho’t Left to the streets”.Explaining the idea behind the mural, Dhlomo says the agency used “street art to depict what tourism is all about and allowing our brand custodians – the South African public – to take ownership of it”.It was inspired by the agency’s new strategy and target market of young professionals, Dhlomo notes. “The mural will communicate with our target market in a manner most suitable to them – hence a Sho’t Left mural in graffiti.”Brightly painted on a yellow background, the mural contains the Sho’t Left trademark and its web address, a person bungee-jumping at the Orlando Towers, and three young travellers – one reading a book on Gauteng, the other taking pictures, the third shooting footage on a video camera. There is a catchy map of South Africa and a phrase. It was painted by acclaimed local graffiti artists Breeze, Hac 1 and Rasty.SA Tourism believes that graffiti plays a major role in promoting youth culture, while bringing dead walls to life.The Sho’t Left mural is painted “where people live and work”, Dhlomo notes, adding that his agency is optimistic it will have an affect on people’s daily lives “while bringing different forms of art into the public sphere”.Sho’t Left“The basic premise of our domestic marketing campaign is “go on a Sho’t Left – it is easy, affordable fun with friends.’”Sho’t Left is an initiative of SA Tourism designed to showcase world-class tourism destinations in South Africa, and attract people from all walks of life to visit at least one heritage site in their lifetime. The main target is young South Africans to become travellers.Tourism is a big money spinner. According to statistics compiled by the agency, domestic trips decreased by 23 percent in 2007. About 12.7-million South African adults took an average of 2.8 trips in 2007 compared to 12-million in 2006. This helped generate about R21.3-billion in 2007; an increase of 29 percent over the R16.5-billion in 2006.The major beneficiaries of domestic tourism in 2007 were KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng, with both provinces being the source and destination of the majority of domestic trips.To book a Sho’t Left tour of Joburg and Soweto, call the Johannesburg Tourism Authority on 011 214 0700, the Gauteng Tourism Authority on 011 639 1600, or go to www.visitgauteng.net.The R1 152 tour includes a drive down Vilakazi Street in Orlando West. It is the only street in the world that was home to two Nobel Peace Prize laureates – Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, the Earth Hour patron, and Nelson Mandela.The fee includes a half-day tour of Soweto, two nights’ accommodation at the four-star Protea Hotel in Rosebank, and a Thompsons draw-string backpack.Source: City of Johannesburglast_img read more

Brand South Africa’s Play Your Part shortlisted for international award

first_imgJohannesburg, Tuesday 22 September 2015 – Brand South Africa’s flagship domestic programme aimed at building pride and patriotism, Play Your Part, has been shortlisted for the internationally distinguished City Nation Place Awards within the Citizen Engagement category.Speaking about this nomination, Brand South Africa’s Chief Marketing Officer, Ms Sithembile Ntombela said, “Citizens are a critical driver of a country’s reputation and this is manifest in, amongst others, their pride and patriotism in promoting the nation brand. Brand South Africa therefore prioritises citizens as a pillar of our national engagement strategy and we therefore welcome this nomination.”The City Nation Place Awards were launched to celebrate and benchmark excellence in place branding with shortlisted entries have demonstrated a combination of creativity, intelligence and effective strategic planning to deliver results in each of the categories. Brand South Africa is competing against 5 other participants from the United Kingdom, Ireland and the United States of America in the Citizen Engagement category.The City Nation Place awards consist of 4 main categories namely, the Best Citizen Engagement Awards; the Best Communication Strategy; the Best Use of Social Media; as well as the Place Brand of the Year. The final judging for the Awards will take place at the City Nation Place Forum in November, which will bring together delegates from around the world to focus on the challenges they face as they work to build a competitive identity for their place.Why Play Your Part?Brand South Africa, is mandated to position South Africa as a globally competitive inward destination. This cannot be achieved without the collective efforts of all citizens in the country. Brand South Africa therefore needed to find efficient and impactful ways to drive meaningful engagement with South African communities in the quest towards nation-building and social cohesion.To achieve this, Brand South Africa launched the Play Your Part programme – a nationwide social movement created to inspire, empower and celebrate active citizenship in South Africa. The campaign is targeted at all South Africans – from corporates to individuals, non-profit organisations, to government, youth platforms and young to not so young.The Play Your Part initiative aims to encourage South Africans to use some of their time, money, skills or goods to contribute to a better future for all. Ultimately the end result is for every South African to do what is within their capacity to make a positive difference in the communities in which they live and operate. This kind of active citizenship, aligned to the country’s national priorities as outlined in the National Development Plan, will drive the implementation of the nation’s Vision 2030.Follow the conversation on @Brand_SA #CompetitiveSAlast_img read more

Butler’s late points lift Timberwolves past Pelicans

first_imgTyphoon Kammuri accelerates, gains strength en route to PH LATEST STORIES DeMarcus Cousins had 35 points and nine rebounds, and the Pelicans tied it at 96 when Cousins bounced a pass to Anthony Davis cutting down the lane for a two-handed dunk.Davis had 24 points and 10 rebounds, and Holiday added 14 points for New Orleans, which has lost two straight.“We’re still a team figuring each other out and figuring out what’s best for us and what’s the best spots to put guys in,” Cousins said. “But I’m extremely confident in this team.”New Orleans trailed 92-80 before Cousins and Tony Allen each scored six points during a 14-4 run to tie it with 2:22 to go.That comeback bid was “definitely a sign that shows me this is a team that doesn’t stop fighting. That’s a plus for any team,” Cousins said. “We just need to fix a lot of minor things.”ADVERTISEMENT John Lloyd Cruz a dashing guest at Vhong Navarro’s wedding MOST READ Astros win 1st World Series crown, top Dodgers 5-1 in Game 7 Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles01:48NBA: Kawhi, George seek more for Clippers than beating Lakers02:02Chief Justice Peralta vows to lead by example, bares 10-point program01:37Protesters burn down Iran consulate in Najaf01:47Panelo casts doubts on Robredo’s drug war ‘discoveries’01:29Police teams find crossbows, bows in HK university01:35Panelo suggests discounted SEA Games tickets for students02:49Robredo: True leaders perform well despite having ‘uninspiring’ boss02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games CPP denies ‘Ka Diego’ arrest caused ‘mass panic’ among S. Tagalog NPA Japan ex-PM Nakasone who boosted ties with US dies at 101 Taj Gibson had 11 points and 12 rebounds to help the Timberwolves outrebound the Pelicans 47-38. Gorgui Dieng and Nemanja Bjelica scored 12 points apiece as Minnesota shot 49.4 percent (41 of 83).TIP INSTimberwolves: Towns had to sit with three fouls with 8:49 left in the second quarter after he caught Cousins across the face with his left hand. He didn’t score his first points until his put-back dunk with less than five minutes left. The third-year pro out of Kentucky has never been shut out. … Jamal Crawford, who had 11 points, closed out the first quarter by banking in a 39-foot shot from the mid-court circle. … The Timberwolves led for most of the first half, shooting 60.5 percent (26 of 43) and going up by as many as 12 points when Butler’s dunk made it 60-48.Pelicans: Allen had a season-high 10 points in 19 minutes off the bench. … The Pelicans fell to 1-3 at home after the second loss of a three-game home stand. … Cousins, who entered the game with 36 turnovers, had six in the first half and finished with eight of New Orleans’ 19 total turnovers.OFF TARGETCousins tied a career high with five 3-pointers, but missed his last three. The rest of the Pelicans were 3 of 21 combined from deep.Of the Pelicans’ 31 3s, coach Alvin Gentry said, “28 of them were really good looks and shots that you have to knock down.”QUOTABLE“Thibs is never happy. Come on now. Don’t write that. That’s fake news,” Towns said when asked whether coach Tom Thibodeau would be happy after two straight close road wins improved his club to 5-3. But Thibodeau could be seen smiling as Towns chatted with him near the locker room exit shortly afterward. Brace for potentially devastating typhoon approaching PH – NDRRMC Butler can worry about that later. His go-ahead shot as he was fouled with 34 seconds left highlighted a 23-point performance and lifted the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 104-98 victory over New Orleans on Wednesday (Thursday Manila time).Andrew Wiggins scored 18 points and stole the ball from Jrue Holiday with 24 seconds left to help seal the victory for Minnesota, which lost a 12-point lead in the fourth quarter before winning its third straight. Perhaps the most hopeful sign for Minnesota, which is trying to make the playoffs for the first time since 2004, is that the Wolves won despite 22 turnovers and the fact that Karl-Anthony Towns, limited by foul trouble, scored only two points.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSWATCH: Drones light up sky in final leg of SEA Games torch runSPORTSSEA Games: Philippines picks up 1st win in men’s water poloSPORTSMalditas save PH from shutout“It’s a different feeling. We’ve got a different confidence level,” Towns said, his constant smile, up-beat tone and subtle dance steps while grabbing grub from a buffet table in the locker room indicating how pleased he is to be on a team that can win when he has a rough game.“I’ll tell you one thing. It’s damn good to leave with a W,” Towns said. “Statistics don’t matter. It’s about making sure the team’s successful.” Stronger peso trims PH debt value to P7.9 trillion Minnesota Timberwolves guard Jimmy Butler (23) is fouled by New Orleans Pelicans guard E’Twaun Moore (55). APNEW ORLEANS — Jimmy Butler insisted he wasn’t merely trying to earn foul shots when he faked Pelicans guard E’Twaun Moore into the air, 20 feet from the basket, with the score tied in the final minute.“I was trying to get a bucket,” Butler said, agreeing that it wasn’t an easy shot with the 6-foot-4 Moore coming down on him as he put up his jumper. “It’s crazy to me, though, because I make the hard ones, but I cannot make wide-open jump shots to save my life right now.”ADVERTISEMENT Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. QC cops nab robbery gang leader, cohort Kammuri turning to super typhoon less likely but possible — Pagasa Read Next View commentslast_img read more

Ezekiel Elliott Welcomes “Brother” Jaylon Smith To The Dallas Cowboys

first_imgEzekiel Elliott celebrating after an Ohio State touchdown.GLENDALE, AZ – JANUARY 01: Running back Ezekiel Elliott #15 of the Ohio State Buckeyes (left) celebrates his second quarter touchdown with running back Jalin Marshall #7 (right) during the BattleFrog Fiesta Bowl against the Notre Dame Fighting Irish at University of Phoenix Stadium on January 1, 2016 in Glendale, Arizona. (Photo by Jennifer Stewart/Getty Images)The Dallas Cowboys just made the most beloved pick of the NFL Draft, taking injured Notre Dame linebacker Jaylon Smith with the No. 34 overall selection. Smith injured his knee in the Fiesta Bowl and likely won’t play at all during the 2016 season. One of the players he faced in that Fiesta Bowl, Ohio State running back Ezekiel Elliott, is now his teammate. Elliott welcomed Smith to the team on Twitter. Welcome to the family brother @thejaylonsmith— EzekielElliott (@EzekielElliott) April 29, 2016The Cowboys have drafted two of college football’s most-likable players in Elliott and Smith. The NFL Draft is being televised on ESPN and the NFL Network.last_img read more

HHI Sets Aside USD 18 Billion to Develop Green Smart Ships

first_imgzoom South Korea’s Hyundai Heavy Industries (HHI) Group plans to invest USD 1.8 billion in research and development (R&D) programs by 2021 through its newly established independent shipbuilding company – Hyundai Heavy Industries.Under the plan, the new HHI will invest in developing eco-friendly and smart ships, enhancing offshore engineering capability, and establishing smart shipyards.For quality enhancement of its products and services, HHI will set up lessons-learned database by accumulating engineering failure cases.In the longer-term, HHI Group plans to spend 6-7% as a percentage of annual sales in R&D.HHI Group has split up its businesses into four different companies: HHI; Hyundai Electric & Energy Systems; Hyundai Construction Equipment; and Hyundai Robotics.The four companies will appoint chief technology officers in charge of driving product development, drafting technology strategy, and nurturing human resources, and expand numbers of researchers to 10,000 from current 4,000.At a tree planting ceremony at HHI’s Ulsan shipyard to commemorate HHI Group’s rebirth, vice chairman & CEO of HHI Kwon Oh-gap, said: “As today marks new chapter in our history, the three newly established companies will make utmost efforts to rank the global top 5 in their respective fields by making quality and technology top priorities.”last_img read more

Court pulls up Delhi Police after DCP fails to show up

first_imgNEW DELHI: A Delhi court Friday pulled up the Delhi Police over non-appearance of DCP who was asked to file report in the 2016 JNU sedition case.The Delhi Police had earlier told the court that authorities were yet to give requisite sanctions to prosecute former JNU students’ union president Kanhaiya Kumar and others in the case, and it would take two to three months to procure the sanctions.last_img

How The Loss Of Workers From El Salvador Could Affect Houstons Harvey

first_imgPhoto via Flickr More than 30,000 Salvadorans live in Texas under TPS, according to a report from the Center for Migration Studies and only California has a higher population with that protected status.A Trump Administration order could affect about 36,000 immigrants from El Salvador who live here in Texas. About 20,000 of those people are in the Houston area. Those immigrants are set to lose their protected status as of September 2019.Among that immigrant workforce, an estimated 20% are in construction. Laura Murillo is president of the Houston Hispanic Chamber of Commerce.“This is the only thing many of them know,” said Murillo. “This is what they’ve done and so you’re getting someone who has already a skill set.”According to a recent study, the deportation of Salvadoran immigrants could cost the U.S. economy about $1.8 billion. That includes lost productivity along with the taxes currently paid by those immigrants. Murillo also worries that if those immigrants have to leave there won’t be enough workers for Harvey recovery projects.“Contrary to popular belief, there’s aren’t people standing in line trying to do that work,” said Murillo. “And if you’ve been part of this rebuilding of your home or property, you’d be the first to agree.”And it’s not just the Harvey rebuilding that has Murillo concerned. She said the city also needs construction workers for other big projects, like freeway widening and new buildings in the Texas Medical Center. To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: X 00:00 /01:06 Share Listen last_img read more

Crossing Lines Amazonowned VOD service LoveFilm i

first_imgCrossing LinesAmazon-owned VOD service LoveFilm is looking to up its exclusive content and original show commissions, with chief marketing officer Simon Morris admitting it is still “early days” for the firm. Speaking to DTVE at the press launch of Crossing Lines, the latest in a string of original drama series that LoveFilm has secured for the UK, Morris said LoveFilm was still trying out different types of content for the online service.“We’re trying library content, we’re trying exclusive first-pay content, we’re trying exclusive first-pay movie exclusive, first exclusive TV content. It’s early days – this is a really pioneering time for this business, so it would be fair to say we are experimenting in different areas,” said Morris.Part of the firm’s strategy rests on Amazon’s commissioning of its own exclusive shows through its US content arm Amazon Studios. This has involved a process where the firm selects shows from a broader range of pilots using viewer data and feedback. The first two of these shows – Alpha House and Betas are in production now, with more comedy pilots to appear next year.“We have a lot of information about customer preferences that we can use to inform our decisions about what new content we bring to the market,” said Morris.“We’re not a Syfy Channel or a Horror Channel. What we do have in this great age of big data, as a data-driven business, is the ability to be able to think about not only how people view but also the types of content we might want to buy.”Commenting specifically on the appeal of NBC crime-drama Crossing Lines, which LoveFilm has the exclusive rights to in the UK and is due to launch this week, Morris said:  “We like the international aspect, we like the potential fit with our audience, it’s already out in the States, Italy, Spain, France, so it’s starting to find a water level with consumers there, and that’s obviously interesting for us to watch.”last_img read more

first_img— Recommended Link New Alzheimer’s Drug Works Miracles on Patients Using this revolutionary new drug, Alzheimer’s patient Margie Lynn regained her ability to paint, Tom Kline regained his ability to play sports, and Marsha Simon regained her ability to tell jokes. This Alzheimer’s treatment could be the “holy grail” of medical achievements and could save millions over the next decade. Click here to discover how you could score as much as 1,500% gains over time off the tiny biotech that has exclusive rights to this medical miracle. And yet, partly because the “respectable” banks and governments publicly agreed with the theft and partly because Cyprus is just a tiny, inconsequential island, the people of the larger world accepted the concept that, when a bank gets itself in trouble, it should have the authority to rob its depositors in order to create a bail-in. The precedent has been set. And, for this reason, we can, in future, expect banks and governments to further pillage those who are foolish enough to store their wealth in banks. As I’ve mentioned in previous essays, the EU now has a bail-in law that allows any bank within the EU to confiscate deposits if it unilaterally decides that it’s in an “emergency” situation. This law was passed in 2014. Canada had already passed its bail-in law in 2013, and the US pre-empted the trend by passing its bail-in law in 2010—three years prior to the Cyprus theft. Cyprus was therefore the trial balloon to see if the banks and governments could pull off such a theft without causing rebellion. They were imminently successful and therefore opened the door for further confiscation. But what form will that take? As I suggested at the time, we should expect that the most obvious next step would be the confiscation of the contents of safety deposit boxes located in banks, and, indeed, there have been EU countries that have made inroads into this area. And, in the US in April 2015, Chase Bank advised clients who rent safe deposit boxes that the storage of “cash or coins other than those found to have a collectible value” was no longer acceptable. But now, Greece has led the way with the next trial balloon—mass confiscation of safe deposit boxes, plus confiscation of securities and wealth held in private homes. The new confiscation legislation has been termed a means of addressing tax evasion, which suggests that the only persons who will lose their wealth will be those who have defrauded the tax system. However, it will be up to the Greek government to unilaterally decide whether assets contained in a safe deposit box have been adequately explained as to their origins and funding. Justin’s note: Today, I’m sharing an essay from International Man‘s Jeff Thomas that everyone with a safe deposit box needs to read closely. It’s an eye-opening look at why banks and governments could soon resort to desperate measures to save their skins. You don’t want to wait until it’s too late… By Jeff Thomas In 2013, the banks of Cyprus confiscated the deposits of many of their clients. There was no warning, and there was little in the way of explanation, except to say that it was “necessary,” as the banks had been mismanaged to the point that, unless the deposits were confiscated, the banks would fail. Governments and banks the world over nodded in agreement. This was clearly the right thing to do. But, hang on a moment. The depositors had entrusted the banks with the safeguarding of their wealth. This was a case of theft. The bankers had, in effect, robbed the banks. At that time, I wrote on the subject, stating that, by endorsing the theft as “necessary,” the banks and governments of the world had given the act their seal of approval. Well, of course they would. They’re all in the confiscation business, jointly and severally. Their approval is much the same as a sheep and two wolves voting on what will be had for dinner. With the depositor in the role of the sheep, the outcome of the vote is pre-ordained. Recommended Link Double your money during the Melt Up… For the first time in the history of Stansberry Research, we’re attaching a unique guarantee to the success of our latest model portfolio. Find out how… and WHY… right here. — So, what might they have planned? Will it be the occasional confiscation as situations arise in which a taxpayer is not forthcoming with requested information? Apparently not. The Greek parliament is set to pass regulations “permitting the mass confiscation of safe deposit box contents and financial assets such as securities,” Zero Hedge reports. The financial blog continues: Once the necessary regulations are in place for the operation of an automatic system to collect debts, the tax authorities will be able to issue online confiscation notices and immediately get their hands on the contents of safe deposit boxes, confiscating cash, precious stones, jewelry and so on. They will also be able to confiscate shares and other securities. The Independent Authority for Public Revenue expects to collect €690 million of “new debts” from “major debtors.” If this projected number sounds more to the reader like a government revenue target than an assessment of unknown levels of wealth currently in safe deposit boxes, he can be forgiven for being suspicious. In fact, the mere existence of such a large projected number is more suggestive of a looting expedition. But, of course, it would be easy to view this development as being of little importance, as it’s taking place in Greece, a country that’s known to be in economic difficulty, due to its unpayable debt. Not to worry, then. Except… Europe in general is over its head in debt and EU membership assures that all countries in the EU share that debt. Across the pond, in Canada and the US, the debt level is even greater. We can therefore anticipate that Greece will prove to be the trial balloon for each of the latter jurisdictions. And of one thing we can be sure: There will be no announcements that such confiscatory laws will be passed, since the other confiscatory laws were also unannounced. Since no notice is required that a confiscation is going to happen, you’re unlikely to know of your loss until you hear that the safe deposit boxes of other individuals have been emptied. At that point, yours may also have been emptied. In periods of economic crisis, banks and governments have a habit of resorting to desperate measures to save their skins. Such a period is presently unfolding. The warning flag is out—soon, a “safe” deposit box will be anything but safe. There are two ways to say goodbye to your safe deposit box. The first is to wait until it has been emptied by the bank. The second is to clear it out yourself. I would wholeheartedly recommend that you choose the latter. Regards, Jeff Thomas Justin’s note: The US government gets bigger, more invasive, and more aggressive by the day. Clearing out your safe deposit box is a good place to start…but there are other concrete steps to take to protect yourself from this hostile giant. That’s why Doug Casey and his team just released an urgent video that explains more about the crisis that’s about to hit America…and why it’s so important that you take action today. You can learn more right here.last_img read more