Performances will run through December 31. This year Radio City Music Hall will be decked out for the season and the Rockettes will shine in a new finale that transforms the theater into a glistening winter wonderland. The Rockettes modern SNOW choreography combined with crystalline costumes is inspired by the snowflakes swirling over the audience, in a whirling dance of their own. Christmas Spectacular Starring The Radio City Rockettes View Comments Related Shows That most wonderful time of year is officially here! The Rockettes begin performances in the 87th anniversary of Radio City Christmas Spectacular on November 7. Show Closed This production ended its run on Jan. 5, 2020
It will be manager Martin O’Neill’s last opportunity to run the rule over his players before the competitive games start with the Republic preparing for friendlies against Turkey, Italy, Costa Rica and Portugal later this month and into June. The Republic of Ireland will face Oman as part of their preparations for the Euro 2016 qualifying campaign. Press Association Ireland will entertain Paul Le Guen’s men at the Aviva Stadium in Dublin on Wednesday, September 3, four days before their opening qualifier in Georgia. The two sides last met in September 2012 when goals from Robbie Brady, Alex Pearce, Shane Long and Kevin Doyle secured a 4-1 win at Craven Cottage.
Nathan Eovaldi does not appear like he’ll be returning to the mound anytime soon.The 29-year-old Red Sox starter will undergo surgery Tuesday to remove “loose bodies” in his right elbow, according to a report from The Athletic, which cites an unidentified league source. Eovaldi had a similar procedure while with the Rays in 2018. #RedSox right-hander Nathan Eovaldi will undergo surgery tomorrow to remove the loose bodies in his elbow, a source tells The Athletic. Had similar procedure in 2018 and missed two months while with #Rays .— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) April 22, 2019WEEI later reported Eovaldi is expected to miss at least four to six weeks.MORE: Watch ‘ChangeUp,’ a new MLB live whiparound show on DAZNPer source: Eovaldi out 4-6 weeks with loose body removal in elbow. Similar to last season— Rob Bradford (@bradfo) April 22, 2019Eovaldi, who was originally placed on the injured list Saturday, is 0-0 with a 6.00 ERA in four appearances in 2019. He had his best start of the season last week when he allowed just one unearned run and three hits in six innings of work against the Yankees.“It’s just frustrating when you’re coming off a good outing and you’re taking the right steps forward, and you have to have this and you just can’t throw,” Eovaldi said last week, via ESPN. “For me to not be able to get full extension, I can’t throw like that.”The right-hander has pitched for five teams over his nine-year career. He joined the Red Sox last July in a trade with the Rays and helped them to their fourth World Series championship since 2004.Eovaldi was 2-1 with a 1.61 ERA in the postseason, his only loss coming in the Red Sox’s 18-inning loss to the Dodgers in Game 3. During the offseason, Eovaldi re-signed with the Red Sox for four years and a reported $67.5 million.The Red Sox began 2019 with a 2-8 record but improved to 9-13 after a sweep of the Rays over the weekend. They’ll begin a four-game series against the Tigers with a doubleheader Tuesday after the teams’ Monday matchup was postponed.
RICH FORM MoBay United are in a rich vein of form, winning four of their last five matches in the Red Stripe Premier League, with forward Owayne Gordon having the time of his life. Gordon, who has 13 goals this season, struck back-to-back braces recently in League play and will be hard-pressed to contain. “This is something they have done before, these kinds of competition. The players know what is required and as a club we look forward to moving beyond this round,” Davis added. The host may have to do without two key defenders in John Barrett and Cordel Simpson, both of whom are nursing injuries. Davis, however, is cautiously optimistic that they will be ready in time for either of the two assignments. “John and Cordel are two of our better defenders, and we will need them to be fit and ready, but if that’s not possible we will have to win without them. I am very confident in the abilities of my players,” he said. WESTERN BUREAU: As Montego Bay United prepare to host teams in Group Three of the 2016 Caribbean Club Championship at the Montego Bay Sports Complex, the club’s head coach, Paul ‘Tegat’ Davis, is warning his team not to take anything for granted as none of the teams will be at a disadvantage. Davis, who has been putting the players through a rigorous training regimen since last week, told The Gleaner that if his players perform anywhere as impressive as they currently do in the Red Stripe Premier League they should finish on top and advance to the next round. “Playing these games at home offers us no distinct advantage because all the teams participating are professionals and will be coming to play hard football,” said Davis. MoBay United will first tackle Cayman’s Scholars International on Wednesday, before taking on Trinidad and Tobago’s Central FC on Sunday, March 13. Before that, Scholars meet Central on Friday, March 11.
The first contemporary art museum in West Africa is putting the tiny country of Benin on the art map. The free museum, called the Zinsou Museum, is in the small town of Ouidah – often called the birthplace of voodoo. (Image © Jean Dominique Burton, The Eye of Photography)• Élisabeth VauprèsMedia LiaisonFoundation Zinsou+ 229 21 30 99 [email protected] Jane CookThe first contemporary art museum in West Africa is putting the tiny country of Benin on the art map. The free museum, called the Zinsou Museum, is in the small town of Ouidah – often called the birthplace of voodoo.The aim is to preserve African art for Africans, as well as showcase the continent’s most leading-edge artists. It is dedicated exclusively to ultra-modern African art. Opened in November 2013, the permanent art exhibition is the first of its kind in sub-Saharan Africa outside South Africa. An initiative of the Zinsou Foundation, it is making contemporary arts and culture accessible to the Beninese public.A smattering of tourists visit the town, usually headed for the Gateway of No Return, a mammoth monument dedicated to the area’s dark history as a slave trading hub. But things are changing since the art museum opened. The slave trade monument is a massive archway with two long lines of chained men in bas-relief along the top, suggesting they are being marched into the Atlantic Ocean. Hundreds of thousands of Africans were believed to have been condemned to slavery from the beach below the archway.Villa Ajavon, which houses the Zinsou Museum, in a sense defies that history: it was built by the descendants of slaves who returned from the Brazilian city of Bahia. Its style is influenced by Brazilian and African architecture. According to the museum, in the sparsely visited nation of Benin the museum has attracted an impressive 13 000 visitors since opening. “The museum is an attempt to engage the Beninese public by creating a shared space anchored in everyday life and writing artistic culture from the perspective of the development of our society in the world.”Contemporary African art has grown in popularity over the past few years, gaining much reputation and monetary value. Artistic hubs like Lagos, in Nigeria are frequently visited by curators and collectors from North America and Europe seeking new talent and new works by established names.Villa is a sublime homeMarie-Celine Zinsou spearheaded the creation of the museum. Explaining her motivation to Agence France-Presse (AFP), she said that while on a trip to Benin with a French children’s charity in 2005, she had wanted to take a group of youths to an art gallery. “I found that there wasn’t any structure to show the children work from their own continent.“When we found out this sublime building was available, we jumped at the chance. Its style is very symbolic, very specific to this region,” she said. The villa is on a quiet dirt road lined with run-down bungalows and is just a few hundred metres from the Temple of Pythons, a major centre of voodoo worship that retains a powerful influence in Benin.Villa Ajavon is an expansive cream-coloured home built in 1922 by a Togolese trader. It was in poor repair and took a year to renovate to host the gallery. But Zinsou said the priority was to preserve its original structure. Air conditioning in the main hall was forbidden so as to not disfigure the exterior.Zinsou FoundationFondation Zinsou was launched in 2005 by the Franco-Beninese financier Lionel Zinsou, 59. A graduate of the Ecole Normale Supérieure in Paris and the London School of Economics, he started his career as an adviser to Laurent Fabius, then prime minister of France; thereafter, he became a partner at the Rothschild bank. Since 2008, he has headed the investment fund PAI Partners.It is a family-run enterprise based in Cotonou, Benin. As an exhibition space for contemporary artists, the foundation has created a permanent collection over the past eight years. It has also established a strong network with artists and the media.“Over the next eight years, it welcomed four million visitors, starting with schoolchildren and followed by their parents. At the same time, the foundation built up a collection of African art, past but above all contemporary,” said Zinsou.According to its profile on the Global Art and the Museum website, the foundation has maintained an international standard despite the virtually non-existent art market in many African countries. It receives its funding mainly from the Zinsou family’s private income.Explore the museum here (French)Home support for Africa’s artistsThe museum’s inaugural exhibition, Masterpieces of the Collection, featured 13 African artists, such as Romuald Hazoumé and Cyprien Tokoudagba from Benin, George Lilanga from Tanzania, and Samuel Fosso from Cameroon. Many of the works were drawn from the Zinsou Foundation’s permanent collection. Artists commissioned for the exhibition included Aston and Kifouli Dossou.Today, the works of leading African artists are on display, including Ethiopia’s Mickael Bethe-Selassie, Frederic Bruly-Bouabre of Ivory Coast, and Cheri Samba of Democratic Republic of Congo.Hazoumé has exhibited his paintings, sculptures and photographs in London and New York, but became emotional recalling his first showing in Benin, the country of his birth. “It was the first time that I saw young people from Benin coming to admire my work,” he told AFP. “I cried that day. I was so moved.”Hazoumé’s paintings and photos reflect his Beninese culture and religion.By exhibiting the works of local and international artists, the museum acts as a marker of Africa’s significance to the art world. Its mission is to preserve African artistic heritage within the actual continent, and it will also display archival documents to contextualise the works and encourage research and familiarity with the history of art in Africa.“Keeping contemporary African art in Africa today is a genuine necessity, as African artists flee the continent, where the market for their work is almost non-existent,” said Elizabeth Vaupres of Foundation Zinsou. Internationally known galleries such as those in Cairo or Dakar showcase a rich artistic legacy but “mostly evoke history”, she said.Slavery in OuidahFor nearly 300 years, until slavery was abolished in the 19th century, millions of people were shipped from West Africa’s Slave Coast, of which Benin was a hub. Ouidah was in the Abomey kingdom and was one of the main ports of departure for the slave trade in the 16th and 17th centuries, which brought prosperity to its rulers. Several European powers, including France and Portugal, built forts here to protect their commercial interests.Seen as a religious centre, it has long been associated with Vodun – and subsequently voodoo – beliefs. Some see it as their global capital. Following the defeat of King Behanzin and colonisation by the French, the town became a seat of local government. France outlawed slavery in 1818.Ouidah was the site of the Tree of Forgetfulness; enslaved men, women, and children were forced to circle the tree seven times. It was thought this would make them forget their identities and erase their collective memory of origin and histories before being shipped off to the Americas. Although it may have been a process that was more metaphoric than real, the histories and cultures that were allegedly forgotten are now preserved in the art museum.The museum’s location indicates that the institution “embodies the idea that Africa is looking to the future, but in doing so does not deny its past”, Zinsou explained. Ouidah is hoping to become a cultural hotspot. The city already hosts an annual international film festival, which featured movies from 18 countries last year.
Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. A person familiar with the situation tells The Associated Press that Embiid and the Sixers have agreed on a $148 million, five-year extension and it could reach even more if the 7-foot center reaches certain incentives. The person spoke on condition of anonymity Monday because the contract has not been officially announced.Embiid’s career has been riddled with injuries dating to his college career at Kansas and all three seasons with the Sixers. Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 draft, played only 31 games last season and had minor surgery in March to repair a torn meniscus in his knee. He has yet to practice or play in the preseason and was not in Boston on Monday night for Philadelphia’s preseason game.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 shutoutHe had more pressing matters to tend to back home.“He’s a difference maker,” coach Brett Brown said Monday. “He has a chance to be great. There’s still lots of work to be done. When you look at his body of work … he’s really only been playing basketball for six years, he’s just scratching the surface.” Embiid had 32 points and seven rebounds in a Jan. 27 game against Houston and has not played or practiced since he was hurt.Embiid had adopted “The Process” as a nickname and was introduced as such as part of the pregame lineup festivities. Embiid waves his arms and exhorts fans to get louder as they chant “Trust the Process!”The Sixers are counting on Embiid and No. 1 overall picks Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz to carry the team from the bottom of the league into an Eastern Conference playoff team.The Sixers will surely be protected in the deal if Embiid continues to deal with injuries that have him more on track to become the next Greg Oden instead of the next Anthony Davis.But the flashes of brilliance have convinced team president Bryan Colangelo and ownership that Embiid wasworth the risk.“In the time that he has been on the floor, we have seen him change completely the gym,” Brown. “He does it with just his physical presence. He does it with a defensive mindset. And he does it with an offensive target that’s different than anything else we have.”He didn’t pick up a basketball until a few years ago, when a friend informed him that very few 7-footers succeed in soccer. A couple months later, Embiid was lured to a basketball camp in the capital of Yaounde run by NBA veteran Luc Mbah a Moute, one of just two players from Cameroon to have played in the NBA.Mbah a Moute persuaded Embiid’s parents to let him move 6,000 miles to Florida, and helped enroll him at Montverde Academy, one of the best high school programs in the country.He played just 28 games in his lone season at Kansas and 31 in three years with the Sixers — 59 games that matter in four years, worth $148 million and counting. 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PV Sindhu has been taking big strides in her fledgling career. On Saturday, the shuttler became the first Indian to win the girls’ singles title in the Asian Youth Under-19 Championships at Gimcheon, Korea.Inspired by the victory, the 25th ranked Sindhu says she will do whatever it takes to be the world No.1. This year she is targeting to crack the top-10.At 17 years, Sindhu is already the second Indian to appear in world rankings, after Saina Nehwal, who is ranked fifth.”I will train harder because I want to be the world No.1,” Sindhu told Mail Today on her return to Hyderabad on Monday. “I know this will not be easy, but I can achieve it. This year I would be aiming to be among the top 10 in the world.”It has been a tough four weeks for Sindhu as she played in four successive tournaments, starting with the Thailand Open, before tasting victory in Korea.Sindhu has been in remarkable form in the tournament and beat four players without conceding a game. She, however, went through some tense moments in the final against second seed Okhura Nozomi of Japan 18-21, 21-17, 22-20. Sindhu said her sweetest win was over Chinese Sun Yu who had beaten her before.”I wanted to beat her this time. I had lost to her at the Asian juniors last time,” she said.After a startling start to her international career last year, Sindhu made it to the quarter-finals of the India Open Super Series beating players like Tai Tzu Ying and Sung Ji Hyun. “I have put in lot of effort after the India Open and worked on my weaknesses.”advertisementAt the Super Series tournaments prior to the Asian Championship, Sindhu exited in the first or second round.”I need to play more competitive tournaments and get more experience at the top level.The more I play the top players, the more I will improve.”Coach Pullela Gopichand was elated at Sindhu’s victory. “She is very talented and we have lot of hopes from her. She is coming up fast and the day is not far when she will be making it to the quarters and semi-finals of big events regularly,” he said.”The girls she has beaten at the Asian Juniors are the next generation players. Sindhu has shown she is one of them.”
Klose, Goetze scored for Germany while Ayew and Gyan were on target for Ghana Ghana held Germany to a 2-2 draw on Saturday despite veteran striker Miroslav Klose coming on as a substitute to tie the World Cup scoring record with the equalizer in their Group G match.Klose now has 15 career World Cup goals, equaling the mark set by former Brazil star Ronaldo.Klose scored the equalizer in the 71st less than two minutes after coming on, when a corner by Toni Kroos was flicked to the far post by Benedikt Hoewedes and the striker slid in to knock the ball into the roof of the net.Mario Goetze had put Germany ahead in the 51st, but Ghana equalized three minutes later through Andre Ayew.Ghana captain Asamoah Gyan then put the Africans ahead in the 63rd, only to see Klose cancel out his goal.Team Lineups(from):Germany: Manuel Neuer; Jerome Boateng (Shkodran Mustafi, 46th), Per Mertesacker, Mats Hummels, Benedikt Howedes; Sami Khedira (Bastian Schweinsteiger, 70th), Philipp Lahm, Toni Kroos, Mesut Ozil; Thomas Muller, Mario Gotze (Miroslav Klose, 69th)Ghana: Fatau Dauda; Harrison Afful, John Boye, Jonathan Mensah; Kwadwo Asamoah, Sulley Muntari, Mohammed Rabiu (Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu, 78th), Christian Atsu (Mubarak Wakaso, 72nd), Andre Ayew; Kevin-Prince Boateng (Jordan Ayew, 52nd), Asamoah Gyan
Go back to the enewsletterFamed for its dramatic treetop arrival via a suspension bridge, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan is now offering guests a 180-degree change of perspective, with Bali’s first hotel arrival by river raft.Submerged in a river valley close to the artistic centre of Ubud, Four Seasons Resort Bali at Sayan has launched the innovative rafting check-in as an option for guests transferring from its sister Resort, the beach-front Four Seasons Jimbaran Bay on Bali’s south-west coast. Instead of the usual 90-minute road transfer, travellers combining a stay at both Resorts can instead be taken by private car (60 minutes’ drive) to the departure point for a two-hour rafting adventure down Bali’s longest river, the Ayung. While they enjoy a leisurely guided adventure through Class III rapids with views of lush jungle, rice terraces and majestic gorges, their luggage continues by car and precedes their arrival at Four Seasons Resort Sayan.After discovering secluded sites – including a natural holy spring and an historic dam belonging to Bali’s UNESCO World Heritage-listed subak irrigation system – rafters land directly at the Resort’s Riverside Restaurant. Waiting staff ensure a seamless check-in and within minutes guests are relaxing in their room, delivering a hotel arrival unlike any other.“This new arrival by river offers the opposite view with a slow reveal from under the canopy of trees, making it perfect for repeat guests who have experienced the bridge arrival before,” says Resort Manager Gianni Costa. “It does not feel like a check-in experience, but rather a transition to another world, welcomed by the friendliest people on Earth.”Located amid two acres (almost a hectare) of rice fields and groves of fruit trees, vegetable and herb gardens, 42 private pool villas and 18 suites enable guests to retreat from the world and embrace the valley’s healing energy.For guests who book the Bali: Twice the Magic combined stay package at Four Seasons Resorts Jimbaran Bay and Sayan, a private rafting transfer is available priced at IDR 3,400,000++ for two people.For all other bookings and packages, a Private Rafting Transfer from Jimbaran Bay to Sayan is IDR 4,450,000++ for two people.Four Seasons private rafting is also available for daily excursions for guests of both Resorts.Contact [email protected] for more information.Go back to the enewsletter
In This Issue.* On, off and on again currency rally. * FOMC minutes spur talk of QE ending. * Budget gets 6% more spending. * Kiwi is best performer overnight.And, Now, Today’s Pfennig For Your Thoughts!Same-o, Same-o.Good day. And a Tub Thumpin’ Thursday to you! I’ve got to get to Tub Thumpin’ today, because I’m so late! The alarm clock just didn’t do the trick this morning for me. but then, I finally got to sleep so late last night, that I don’t recall checking it! Oh well, think of this as your chance to get some things done this morning, before reading! HA! Our little Christine brought in breakfast sandwiches, and even went back to turn a light off in my car that I had left on! We were hit very hard by storms last night, and there’s damage and destruction all around, but for once my little river town wasn’t smack dab in the line of the storms.The currency rally that I said had finally found legs yesterday morning, kept those legs moving yesterday, and as I turn the currency screens on this morning, the euro has moved past 1.31. the single unit is up 2.5% since April 1, and that’s no joke! I have to say that I’ve been impressed with this move by the euro which seems to have really benefitted from the poor showing of the U.S. Jobs data last week. Another thing that is fueling this move higher by the euro is the narrowing of the bond yields in the peripheral markets of the Eurozone. In other words, for instance Italy’s bond yields have fallen and are moving in the right direction.But. is it the euro moving the rest of the currencies or the other way around? I read an article last night by an analyst that believed he was seeing the currencies pick the euro up and move it higher. Hmmm. While I don’t see it that way, I won’t argue with him. I prefer to think that the offset currency to the dollar, the euro, is the Big Dog, and all the little dogs (other currencies) only get to run off the porch to chase the dollar down the street, if the Big Dog, leads them.The Best performing currency overnight was the New Zealand dollar / kiwi. I said yesterday that I thought kiwi was pushing the currency gains envelope a little too far. Well, that didn’t stop kiwi, as it pushed through the 85-cents handle all the way to .8660! Last night, the New Zealand Finance Minister (Fin Min) confirmed to the markets that New Zealand is still on track to return to a Budget Surplus in 2015, and then he also backed up what the Deputy Gov. (Spencer) of the Reserve Bank of New Zealand (RBNZ) had to say earlier this week about interest rates going higher should the housing problem continue.That’s all good and fun for now, but, I always get a bit tight in the collar when these guys say stuff like this, that gets the markets all lathered up, and then fail to actually act on what they said previously. Take the Bank of Canada, and their former Gov. Mark Carney. Carney for over two years told the markets that it was time to remove stimulus from the economy and look to raise interest rates. And nothing was ever done. So, for the longest time, the markets bought up Canadian dollars / loonies thinking that Carney was going to hike rates, and when they finally realized that he wasn’t going to hike rates, they sold their loonies. And THAT is the reason the loonie fell from a level over parity to below parity.But for now. kiwi seems to be the belle of the ball for traders and investors. In addition, New Zealand also printed a stronger than expected manufacturing index in March, and house prices continue to advance, now to a record level. So, the reasons to hike rates are there. now let’s see the RBNZ deal with rate hikes.In Australia. the Aussie dollar (A$) saw some initial selling after their latest jobs report showed that the unemployment rate had risen to a 3-year high. But soon that selling was reversed and the A$ has moved higher by about 1/4-of a cent. It’s all about yield, folks. or better said. it’s all about relative yield. Because the yields in Australia and New Zealand aren’t like the yields we’ve seen in the past, but they do give you a pick up over U.S., Japanese, and Eurozone rates. And these days, that’s all that seems to matter to investors.Money is always going to go where it’s treated the best. It’s that simple. Well, that is as long as the country sporting the yield differential isn’t a banana republic or taking a ride on the inflation fueled slippery slope. The fundamentals of Australia and to a lesser extent New Zealand are not of that ilk, and so the smart money goes where it’s treated best..The U.S. dollar received a bit of fanfare yesterday morning, when the Fed’s FOMC meeting minutes from March were released. Funny thing, that is if you don’t care about this stuff it’s funny. But the Fed actually released the report to Congress and some trade groups the day before. Hmmm. My conspiracy blood is boiling, but I won’t go there. I think it’s more important to talk about what the minutes revealed. And that is that only a handful of Fed Heads still believe that Quantitative Easing is needed past June. The markets took that news hook, line and sinker and said, “the Fed Heads are ending QE”. And Gold got sent to the woodshed.Well. talking about putting the cart before the horse! Did the minutes say, that Big Ben Bernanke believed that QE should end in June? No they didn’t! And until Big Ben Bernanke says those words, it matters not if all the Fed Heads believe QE should end. Sure, you may think that the FOMC is a Democracy, but it’s not! It’s a benevolent dictatorship. And like I’ve always told the people here. “This is a benevolent dictatorship and I can take the benevolence out at any time!”So, the dollar was seeing some fanfare, and then as if to say. Take this and deal with it. The President’s 2013 Budget was presented. Never mind that our fiscal year began last October. The President’s 2013 Budget was much like his previous Budgets. A 6% increase in current spending levels (hey, I thought we were going to cut spending? Yeah, right, and I’ve got a bridge.) In fact, this budget cancels the across-the board spending cuts and pumps more money into those areas that were to see cuts. I’m not going to get into all this folks other than to say that it’s the same-o, same-o deficit spending. And when the markets saw this, they immediately began to sell those dollars they had just bought.Oh, and the U.S. Postal Service announced that they were going to cancel their plans to end Saturday mail. Hmmm, I wonder what changed their mind? Did some HUGE benefactor come along and fund the whole process?I could write a book just on all the “stuff” that went on yesterday! But don’t let all this get in the way of a stock market rally. The S&P 500 set another record level yesterday. Hmmm. seems to be quite overbought to me, but then I’m not even your last choice as a stock jockey.OK. a long time friend and two-time colleague of mine, Ed, sent me a link to a story in the NY Times about Gold losing its luster as an investment. And then another reader sent me a story of how John Embry of Sprott Asset Management told the Investors Digest of Canada, that “The powerful fundamentals which are driving actual gold demand will eventually defeat artificial price suppression.”So. there’s obviously a two-way thought process going on in Gold right now. I do have to say that I really truly believe that the demand for physical Gold will win this battle in the long run. or maybe that’s just wishful thinking on my part. I doubt it, I’m a realist, a logical thinker, and don’t get caught up in that kind of emotion. I’d rather have fundamentals drive my thought process on assets.Speaking of fundamentals. I’ve been looking into platinum for some time now. I was looking for the fundamentals, etc. of the metal. And like Silver, platinum has industrial uses. so, I think that expanding the holdings of metals is a wise thing.Not much in the form of data in the U.S. data cupboard today, so we’ll go to the Big Finish, and put a bow on this today. we will get Retail Sales for March tomorrow, so strap yourself in for that one. The Butler Household Index (BHI) indicates that Retail Sales will be soft. Then There Was This. Bitcoins. Oh brother has been a rage. For those of you that don’t know what this is, simply put, it’s a form of digital cash. And has it ever had a crazy beginning! There have been many forms of digital cash that have attempted to come to the markets over the years, starting with a firm called digi-cash in the mid 90’s. All of them folded for one reason or the other, but the prevailing thing that caused problems were the systems used. The developer of Bitcoins believes he has solved all of the previous problems, and Bitcoins have had a meteoric rise in use, and popularity. It’s simply a different way to get your money out of dollars, or whatever your base currency is. There’s even a bar in NYC that accepts Bitcoins as payment now, as long as you have the Bitcoin app on your phone! I saw a quote in the “5” yesterday that was interesting regarding Bitcoins. “All well and good in a print-mad world,” says another reader, of Bitcoins. “But AU/AG double as an all-weather insurance hedge.” (AU / AG are the symbols for Gold and Silver)Another “5” reader said, “What good would Bitcoins do in a world where an EMP attack/CME has occurred (however unlikely that may be… That’s what insurance is, after all! And yes, I know the first concern in that type of meltdown is beans and bullets)? Your reader may or may not want to buy tulips with his Bitcoins, but might I suggest some good, bubbly British South Sea breadfruit, circa 1711 or so? For me, I think I’ll cling to my gold, guns and God, thanks.”To recap. The currency rally yesterday got lets, then had them cut out from them, only to regain them again. Tons of things to talk about from yesterday, Chuck even thinks he could write a book about them all! The Aussie and kiwi dollars are pushing the currency gains envelope even further this morning, and the euro has gained 2.5% since April 1.Currencies today 4/11/13. American Style: A$ $1.0560, kiwi .8650, C$ .9895, euro 1.3105, sterling 1.5375, Swiss $1.0745, . European Style: rand 8.9150, krone 5.7180, SEK 6.3525, forint 227.35, zloty 3.1470, koruna 19.7940, RUB 30.86, yen 99.25, sing 1.2370, HKD 7.7620, INR 54.52, China 6.2578, pesos 12.08, BRL 1.9735, Dollar Index 82.22, Oil $94.43, 10-year 1.79%, Silver $ 27.69, and Gold. $1,561.28That’s it for today. This took me eons of time to put together today, so I’ll cut short the “nice section”. Cardinals take the series from the Reds, which is a good start, especially since they’ll play each other 16 more times this year! Tough Water Polo game last night for my boys. Son Andrew’s team got smoked, which he was not prepared for, as his team was undefeated in conference going into the game, and son Alex got ejected when he got punched in the head and complained to the ref. I guess it was OK that the other kid mugged Alex, but not OK that he complained about it. Oh well, lesson learned for him. Little Delaney Grace went to the game with us, and had tons of questions. OK. I’m late, and I have a ton of stuff to do today. I hope you have a Tub Thumpin Thursday!Chuck Butler President EverBank World Markets 1-800-926-4922 1-314-647-3837