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Gushue's last-end steal gives Canada win over Italy

Gushue's last-end steal gives Canada win over ItalyCanada's Brad Gushue stole a point in the last end to beat Italy's Joel Retornaz 8-7 at the men's world curling championship Monday.

Italians miss double-takeout in 10th

Canada skip Brad Gushue, shown during his team's game on Sunday, defeated Italy 8-7 on Monday at the world curling championship in Las Vegas. (Richard Gray, World Curling Federation/Canadian Press)

After a win that felt like an escape, Brad Gushue was thinking about bubbles and how to get in one.

The Canadian skip felt lucky to steal a point in the 10th end for an 8-7 win over Italy's Joel Retornaz at the men's world curling championship Monday.

Canada was 3-1 and in contact with frontrunning Niklas Edin of Sweden and Steffen Walstad of Norway both at 4-0.

Gushue was pleased the Orleans Arena ice was quicker and livelier Monday, but the skip felt slow to adapt his reads to the change.

He also felt he, third Mark Nichols, second Brett Gallant and lead Geoff Walker haven't been able to establish the same routines they did winning the Canadian championship earlier this month, and the world championship in Edmonton last year.

The arena a short walk from The Orleans hotel means curlers, fans, officials and volunteers continually mix together at the rink, in the hotel and at the pool.

'Hard to get into a routine'

Gushue says his team prefers separation between the event and their down time.

"This whole Vegas thing is, I don't want to say a distraction, but it's hard to get into a routine," Gushue said.

"Here, it's hard to get away from the event because even when we're at the hotel, all the fans are there, we can't get away and we have to find a way to get into a better rhythm.

"I'm certainly going to bri ng it up amongst the team and see if there's anything we can do to get any more in our bubble. It just doesn't feel normal for our team right now at least from my perspective."

China's Dejia Zou, South Korea's ChangMin Kim and Scotland's Bruce Mouat were also 3-1 alongside Canada.

Zou downed Kim 9-4 and the Scots defeated Greg Persinger of the U.S. 7-6 in an extra end.

Russia's Alexey Timofeev was 1-2.

Italy, Japan's Go Aoki, Jaap Van Dorp of the Netherlands and Switzerland's Marc Pfister were tied at 1-3 ahead of the U.S. at 1-5. Germany's Alexander Baumann was winless in four games.

Choosing the hit

The top six teams in the preliminary round advance to playoffs with the top two getting byes to the Saturday's semifinals. Teams three to six square off in the quarterfinals earlier Saturday.

Canada faces South Korea and Japan on Tuesday.

Retornaz beat Gushue 7-6 in an extra end dur ing the preliminary round of the 2006 Olympic Games, although Gushue went on to win the gold medal in Turin, Italy.

Retornaz throws third stones and skips the Italian team in Vegas. Six-foot-six Amos Mosaner, 22, throws fourth rocks with accuracy on big-weight shots.

Instead of drawing the four-foot rings for the win, Mosaner opted to play a double takeout and stick.

He drove the top Canadian stone past another at the back of the four-foot to give up the single point.

Retornaz didn't fault his vice for choosing the hit.

"Most of the time when it comes down to that kind of shot it's better that the thrower has the last word on it," the Italian said. "I can't as a skip say the draw is better than the hit. It must be something you feel.

"He felt like a hit. He's made big hits this season. I wasn't against that shot. Just missed it by nothing."

Gushue wasn't surprised Mosaner opted to hit an d felt fortunate he missed.

'He's a world-class hitter'

"He's a world-class hitter," Gushue said. "This feels like house money right now, I guess, being in Vegas."

Gushue squandered a chance to score two in the ninth when his shooter rolled out on an open hit for the deuce.

"Very proud of how the team recovered after I missed the hit in nine," he said. "They made six perfect shots in front of me and fortunately I made two good ones as well and forced him into a tough shot."

Gushue says he and his teammates are throwing accurately, but he's putting the broom down in the wrong spot.

"The ice was a big improvement today. I think I owe it to the icemakers to at least acknowledge that," he said.

"Again, we had to adjust and we're still learning. It kind of felt like the first game of an event again where you're still trying to learn the ice.

"We 've got to get a little bit more comfortable. In particular, I do and a little bit more confident."

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Migrant drug test explodes into Italy-France diplomatic spat

March 31

ROME â€" Italy summoned the French ambassador for consultations Saturday after armed French border patrol agents used an Italian train station to force a Nigerian train passenger provide a urine sample for a drug test.

France said it had a right to use the facility at the Bardonecchia train station west of Turin, citing a 1990 agreement.

But Italy shot back, saying just this month it had told French customs authorities that the station room was now off-limits because a humanitarian aid group was there to provide care and counseling for migrants seeking to make the dangerous Alpine crossing into France.

The incident underscored the heightened tensions following Italy’s inconclusive March 4 election, which became a referendum on Italy’s management of the European migrant crisis. Populist, right-wing and anti-immigrant parties scored big, capitalizing on Italian anger with the migrant influx and refusal of other European governments to share the burden.

The humanitarian group Rainbow4Africa had raised the alarm at what it called a “raid” Friday night by five armed French border agents. It accused the agents of intimidating its doctor and other workers at Baronecchia and of violating the rights of the Nigerian passenger in their custody.

A volunteer who saw the incident told Sky TG24 that the Nigerian had Italian identity papers and a valid Paris-Naples train ticket.

The French budget ministry said its rail agents asked to use the facility to respect the rights of the man on the train, whom they suspected of having drugs on him. It cited a 1990 agreement allowing such use of the room, and added that the urine test turned out negative.

Italy, however, said French authorities were well aware the room was no longer available. It said French and Italian talks were even planned in Turin on April 16 to discuss furth er cooperation.

The foreign ministry said during its consultations with French Ambassador Christian Masset it lodged its “firm protest” over the “unacceptable” behavior of the French agents, and warned that border cooperation was now undermined.

Bardonecchia Mayor Francesco Avato said the French had no right to enter the facility, which he said the city operates with Rainbow4Africa as a “neutral” space to try to persuade migrants not to make the crossing.

Former Italian Premier Enrico Letta denounced the French move as the latest error by one of Italy’s partners in Europe.

“And Europe wonders about the outcome of Italy’s election!” he tweeted.

French and Austrian border patrol agents have stepped up their checks along Italy’s northern border to prevent migrants from entering their countries aboard trains, trucks or even on foot across the snow-covered mountains, an option that more and more desperate migrants are attempting d espite the cold and danger.


AP write Sylvie Corbet contributed from Paris.

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Migrants in Israel to resettle in Germany, Italy, Canada: Netanyahu

"This agreement will allow for the departure from Israel of 16,250 migrants to developed countries, such as Canada, Germany and Italy," Netanyahu said.

He made the announcement in televised remarks after Israel said it had scrapped a controversial plan to deport migrants to an unnamed African country and replace it with a new one that would see thousands sent to Western countries.

Thousands of others are to remain in Israel at least temporarily.

"The agreement stipulates that for each migrant who leaves the country, we commit to give temporary residence status to another," Netanyahu said.

Netanyahu in January announced the implementation of a programme to remove migrants who entered illegally, giving them a choice between leaving voluntarily or facing indefinite imprisonment with eventual forced expulsion.

Accor ding to interior ministry figures, there are currently some 42,000 African migrants in Israel, half of them children, women or men with families, who were not facing immediate deportation.

They are mainly Sudanese and Eritrean.

As the migrants could face danger or imprisonment if returned to their homelands, Israel offered to relocate them to an unnamed African country, which deportees and aid workers said was Rwanda or Uganda.

Netanyahu said in his remarks on Monday that he had to abandon the earlier plan because the option of sending them to a third country "no longer exists".

Rwanda and Uganda have said they would not accept those deported against their will.

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Can Five Stars Govern Italy?

The success of the Five Star Movement (Movimento Cinque Stelle, M5S) in Italy’s general election on March 4 was perhaps expected (even if there was some incredulity, especially outside the country), in view of the country’s prolonged political and economic crisis. The movement’s one-finger salute to politicians, journalists, and EU institutionsâ€"the Vaffanculo! (fuck off) represented by the red V in the word Movimento on its badgeâ€"appealed to the anger of millions of voters; Italians seemed to like its cathartic effect.1

A study by economists Guglielmo Barone and Sauro Mocetti in 2016 showed that the richest families in Florence today have the same surnames as (and may be descended from) families whose huge wealth was already shocking to Italians in the 15th century. And the way economic power has remained in the same hands may partly explain why 11 million Italians voted for M5S. The parties that have governed Italy for the last two decades and more are responsible for slack economic growth (not helped by the international financial crisis), high unemployment (especially among the young), and uncontrolled public debt. Combined with corruption scandals linked to the omnipresent Mafia and other criminal networks, this disastrous record has crushed Italians’ confidence in their leaders. Many see M5S as a way out, and a promise of revenge on politicians whom they see as constituting a “caste” concerned only for its own privileges.2

Giuseppe “Beppe” Grillo, founder of M5S, who has almost disappeared from the leadership in the past few months, had warned on his blog in 2014 that the Five Star Movement aimed to fight three categories of opponent: “Journalists who cover for each other to protect the caste (and their own incomes); industrialists who support the regime, and are always ready to do favors for it (or guarantee votes for it) in return for access to public co ntracts or concessions; and finally politicians, who are worth less than prostitutes.”3

Luigi Di Maio, 31, M5S’s candidate for prime minister, hailed the election results and announced the start of a “Third Republic,” to be built on the ruins of the current Second Republic, which in turn was built on the ruins left by the many corruption scandals that punctuated Italy’s political history until 1994; the moment of collapse for the major political parties which had emerged after the Second World War was the election of Silvio Berlusconi that year. When M5S took part in its first national election in 2013, it promised to open up Italy’s parliament “like a can of tuna” to reveal its secrets, schemes, and horse-trading.4

Today, Di Maio says that M5S is ready to govern, and other parties will have to negotiate with it; Grillo’s online movement, founded in 2005, has grown rapidly and is now Italy’s single biggest movement, even if the north voted for the r ight-wing Northern League (Lega Nord).5

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Italy elects first black senator in history, for anti-immigration Lega party

Italy has elected its first ever black senator, a Nigerian immigrant who is a member of the anti-immigration Lega (League) party.

Toni Iwobi announced “with great emotion” he had been elected in Brescia, Lombardy, to the upper house of the country’s parliament.

The far-right League became the second-largest party in parliament in Italy’s general election.

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In a Facebook post, Mr Iwobi said: “After more than 25 years of battles as part of the League’s great family, I am about to start another great adventure!”

The League’s economics chief cited Mr Iwobi’s election as evidence the party was not racist.

“I’d like to point out that the first black senator in the history of the Italian republic is one of ours,” Claudio Borghi told Reuters.

His comments came after hundreds of African immigrants and Italians protested in Florence for a second day, chanting “no more racism” and criticising the anti-immigrant party for stoking racial tensions after an Italian man shot dead a Senegalese street vendor.

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Italian politicians, especially those from the League, regularly portrayed migrants as criminals and called for mass deportations during the country's parliamentary election.

Last month, a man with neo-Nazi sympathies and ties to the League opened fire on African migrants in the city of Macerata, wounding six before he was captured.

On Tuesday, protesters targeted the League’s leader, Matteo Salvini, singing: “Salv ini vaffanculo (f*** off).”

Mr Iwobi, the party’s spokesman on immigration, has been a League member for 25 years.

He helped write the party’s anti-immigrant platform, which proposed measures to make it easier to deport migrants and to refuse to take in refugees rescued by NGOs in the Mediterranean.

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Mr Iwobi has insisted the party is not racist.

“Racism means feeling superior to others. While in the movement I find many strong p ositions, but also a lot of respect,” he told the newspaper Corriere della Sera.

More than 600,000 migrants have arrived on Italian shores over the past four years, making immigration a top concern for voters during the campaign.

The League and the Five Star Movement, which emerged as the largest party in the vote, have both promised to ramp up deportations of illegal migrants.

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Italy - Missing The Point

I have seen lots of articles on the Italian elections with virtually all of them missing the main point. The salient feature of the elections is that the Five Star Movement captured 32% of the vote while the Silvini/Berlusconi bloc received 37% of the vote. This equates to 69% of the votes that went to nationalist or populist parties. It means that when the EU wants something done that the Italian Parliament will have plenty of votes to stop it, should it choose to do so.

Right or left will have a say in local Italian politics, as always, but the center of this result rests upon the rejection of the European Union's policies in both groups. It may not be today, and it may not be tomorrow, but soon enough, in my opinion, the Italians are going to be faced with an issue where they will refuse to do the bidding of the European Union. It may be too soon to know if "I-Exit" is in the cards but it is not too soon to know that "I-Refuse" is coming.

This, in my opinion, is the real takeaway from the Italian elections and it represents a "clear and present danger" to the entire EU construct as the Brits wrangle about the terms of their departure. Brussels, of course, under the tutelage of Berlin, is assuring the Continent that nothing of the sort will happen. They claim that there will be a hung Parliament and they are hoping for one more technocrat government to rule the country. I do not buy this argument. I think that there is a real possibility of fireworks and then, possibly, a parting of the ways.

Good night, good night! parting is such sweet sorrow, That I shall say good night till it be morrow.

- William Shakespeare, "Romeo and Juliet"

This will take some time to play out but play out it will. I would be quite cautious about any ownership of Italian bonds or equities now and especially any securities co nnected with their banks. They have engaged three times now in the "mis-sold bonds to the locals" scam. I make the further point that if they can do this with bank bonds that they can do this with other bonds as the extreme rise in nationalism may lead to all kinds of shenanigans, in the days ahead.

If this concern was not enough then we have President Trump and his trade war. He says, "China" but then he points at the rest of the world. Retaliation is coming and soon, in my expectation, and the markets will not be happy with the oncoming threats. It is an "Art of the Deal" tactic which President Trump has used many times before and sometimes with success and sometimes not. It is anyone's guess why this is all happening now, but it is certainly a diversion from solely American issues, which may be the point of it, after all is said and done.

Mr. Cohn's departure from the Administration is also a market negative, in my view. He h as been a solid and guiding hand for our government and his loss is a decided loss, in my estimation. The moderate Mr. Cohn may well be replaced with some hardliner who will back the President's ambitions, much to the chagrin of Canada, Europe and China. There is no way to know, at this point, whom it might be, but uncertainty and the fear of the unknown are never market friendly ingredients.

As I watch the markets I am always cautious about what might up-end things. I had a fascinating discussion with one of the brighter guys on Wall Street at dinner last night. He is the CEO and Chairman of the Board of a successful hedge fund and we shared our observations with each other.

I stated that it might be possible, given the viewpoint of the Trump Administration, that the central bank, the Fed, would be reeled in. By this I mean that with the American governments desire for growth that the current policies of the Fed, to raise interest rates, might be curtailed either in Congress or behind some closed doors. Just the whiff of something of this sort, in my estimation, would cause a massive rally in the American bond markets that would stun just about everyone. It would be a huge "pain trade," for many institutions.

Raising rates, as we all know, also means rising costs for borrowing and this could slow, or stop, any kind of growth in the economy. In my mind the Fed and the government are headed off in two opposing directions and it will be quite interesting to see how this all plays out. Also, given the yields in Europe and in Asia, our current yields are so much higher than theirs that just the flow of foreign money might come into play as a card holder, in pushing yields back down.

I further point out that the $21.7 trillion in central banks "Pixie Dust" money is still in play and that approximately $24 trillion of it will be around by September. If Europe does start to come unglued the ECB may step back in an d not taper its program but actually increase it, to off-set the effects of the Italian election. Mr. Draghi may find himself under the gun in the next several months and the ECB is much more tied to Brussels than the Fed is to President Trump, at present.

In any event, I expect more volatility to come and not less of it. The calm days of 2017 are but a memory now. I suggest finding yield and monthly payments where you can and emphasizing that strategy, and not appreciation, as much as last year. Remember Grant's Rules 1-10, "Preservation of Capital." They should ring in your ears now as the pushing and shoving ensue.

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