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a month agoChelsea boss Lampard bemoans VAR impact

first_imgAbout the authorFreddie TaylorShare the loveHave your say Chelsea boss Lampard bemoans VAR impactby Freddie Taylora month agoSend to a friendShare the loveChelsea manager Frank Lampard says VAR changes the atmosphere at football matches.The Blues had a goal disallowed in Sunday’s 2-1 loss to Liverpool at Stamford Bridge.”We have to get on with it. It is a sad thing for the celebration and the moment but if we are looking for correct decisions that is where we are at,” Lampard said after the match. “It changes the atmosphere in the crowd, on the pitch. We are slightly deflated and they get a boost. We deserved to be level at that point.” last_img read more

8 days agoMan Utd target Longstaff stalling on Newcastle contract talks

first_imgMan Utd target Longstaff stalling on Newcastle contract talksby Paul Vegas8 days agoSend to a friendShare the loveSean Longstaff is stalling on new contract talks with Newcastle United.The Daily Mail says Newcastle are eager to see their prized asset sign a new contract at the club but report talks are ‘at an impasse’ with Manchester United still monitoring his situation.Should the Tyneside club fail to agree new terms, Longstaff could yet move to Old Trafford. United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants to sign a new midfielder after allowing Ander Herrera to join Paris-Saint Germain on a free transfer over the summer without a replacement. TagsTransfersAbout the authorPaul VegasShare the loveHave your saylast_img read more

Predicting The Next 9 National Champions In College Football

first_imgA fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a sign about head coach Nick Saban during the game against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium.TUSCALOOSA, AL – OCTOBER 02: A fan of the Alabama Crimson Tide holds up a sign about head coach Nick Saban during the game against the Florida Gators at Bryant-Denny Stadium on October 2, 2010 in Tuscaloosa, Alabama. (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)We’re exactly one month away from the first college football Saturday.The 2016 season is set to get fully underway on Saturday, Sept. 3.Who will be bringing home this year’s national championship?Alabama, Clemson and Oklahoma appear to be the three main favorites.We’ve made a prediction for this season – and the eight seasons that will follow.Looking at teams’ depth charts, head coaches, recruiting classes (and some creative thinking) we’re predicting who will take home college football’s national championship through the 2024 season.Get started with 2016.College Football’s Next 9 National Championslast_img read more

World Maritime Day 2019 to Raise Gender Equality Awareness

first_imgThe International Maritime Organization (IMO) will provide an opportunity to raise awareness of the importance of gender equality at this year’s World Maritime Day with the “Empowering Women in the Maritime Community” theme.In line with the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals, the theme would also highlight the important, yet under-utilized, contribution of women within the maritime sector.It gives IMO the opportunity to work with various maritime stakeholders to foster an environment in which women are identified and selected for career development opportunities in maritime administrations, ports and maritime training institutes and to encourage more conversation for gender equality in the maritime space.“Empowering women fuels thriving economies across the world, spurs growth and development, and benefits everyone working in the global maritime community in the drive towards safe, secure, clean and sustainable shipping,” IMO’s Kitack Lim earlier said.​A series of activities and events will be held during 2019 related to the theme Empowering Women in the Maritime Community. Events will include the 3rd International conference on Empowering Women in the Maritime Community at the World Maritime University, Malmö, Sweden, to be held in April, World Maritime Day Parallel Event 2019 in Cartagena, Colombia, and Celebration of World Maritime Day at IMO Headquarters, both scheduled in September.last_img read more

Freeland Carr meet with future Mexican cabinet ministers in Ottawa

first_imgOTTAWA – Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland is hosting a pair of Mexican dignitaries who will hold key cabinet portfolios once their country’s incoming government take power.Freeland and International Trade Minister Jim Carr will sit down for bilateral meetings in Ottawa today with Mexico’s future foreign affairs minister Marcelo Ebrard and economy minister Graciela Marquez. The meetings come just a few weeks after Canada, Mexico and the United States agreed to an updated North American free trade pact.The agreement narrowly beat a deadline imposed by the U.S. Congress to get the deal fast-tracked and voted on by Dec. 1, ahead of Mexican president-elect Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador’s incoming government.The visiting Mexican officials, Ebrard and Marquez, will take on their ministerial roles once Lopez Obrador’s government takes office.Canada and Mexico are still dealing with stinging steel and aluminum tariffs imposed by the Trump administration _ and both countries have responded by slapping the U.S. with retaliatory duties of their own.last_img read more

After ASAT test concern over space debris

first_imgNew Delhi: After the successful anti-satellite missile test by India, concerns are being raised from some quarters, including the United States and the UN Institute for Disarmament Research (UNIDIR), over creation of space debris.The United States on Thursday said it will continue to pursue its shared interests with India in space and technical cooperation, but expressed concern over the issue of space debris. “The issue of space debris is an important concern for the US government. We took note of Indian government statements that the test was designed to address space debris issues,” a State Department spokesperson said. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM’After the missile test on Wednesday, the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) here had sought to assuage such concerns stating that the test was done in the lower atmosphere to ensure there is no space debris. Incidentally, the United States was the first country to test ASAT. In September 1959, a High Virgo missile was launched by the US from B-58 aircraft targeting an Explorer satellite. However, it was unsuccessful, according to a paper presented by Anatoly Zak at the UNIDIR. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KA month later, a Bold Orion missile launched from a B-47 aircraft at an 11-kilometer altitude passed within four kilometers from the Explorer-6 satellite at an altitude of 251 kilometres. Further as latest as 2008, during Operation Burnt Frost, the US destroyed its own satellite, USA-193, with an SM-3 interceptor creating 174 pieces of trackable debris, plus non-trackable shards. In 2007, China destroyed its FengYun 1C weather satellite with an SC-19 missile, leaving behind space debris consisting of 3,280 pieces of trackable debris, as well as up to 32,000 pieces that are non-trackable. The UNIDIR too raised concern over the space debris. “Testing anti-satellite weapons in space can create damaging debris. Guidelines on testing these systems can prevent collateral damage and the escalation of tensions in outer space,” the UNIDIR tweeted with a video on the subject. Matthias Maurer, a European Space Agency (ESA) astronaut, said shooting down a satellite and voluntarily creating space debris is not a sign of being a responsible space power. “Shooting down a satellite to prove you’re a space power only shows that you’re not. No responsible space power contributes to creating voluntarily space debris! Space belongs to all mankind. Let’s use it for peaceful purposes and for the benefit of the people. @esa @dlr,” Maurer tweeted. On Wednesday, Daniel Porras, Space Security Fellow, UNIDIR, said conducting the tests at an altitude of 300 km does not augur well for satellites in the Low Earth Orbit . “It was not a good sign for LEO (low earth orbit)… which has telecommunication and earth observation satellites and also the International Space Station,” which cruises at a height of 400 km, he said. “The test was done at 300 km, so pretty low, meaning most of the debris will slowly come down. However, lots of objects near that altitude…. Not a good sign for all those LEO constellations. Also, if any debris damages other objects, India will be liable under the Liability Convention (if attribution is established),” Porras had tweeted. The MEA, in Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) released on Wednesday, said “whatever debris that is generated will decay and fall back onto the earth within weeks”.last_img read more

Black Twitter Gives Swimmer Simone Manuel the Attention She

Simone Manuel swam into first place in semifinal 1 during the Olympic Games in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil last night. The Team USA athlete entered the Games with Lia Neal, another Black swimmer. The semifinal finish followed her first heat win earlier that day.NBC reported Manuel was No. 1 in the women’s 100-meter freestyle semifinal. She clocked in at 53.11 seconds. The Stanford University student qualified for the semifinal Wednesday afternoon in the women’s 100-meter heat. Manuel won her heat in 53.32 seconds. She came in second place behind Australia’s Cate Campbell, who clocked in at 52.78 seconds. The Sugar Land, Texas native missed Campbell’s world record by 0.54 seconds.Manuel’s first-place position was largely passed over on-air. The network tweeted out her finish after it happened, but Black Twitter was disappointed at the lack of acknowledgment by analysts..@simone_manuel takes 1st in Semifinal 1! #Rio2016 #Swimming #USA pic.twitter.com/qkCQ1l2sg1— NBC Olympics (@NBCOlympics) August 11, 2016@docjorich expressed disappointment in American commentators discussing Australia’s Bronte Campbell, who is Cate Campbell’s younger sister.Simone Manuel just wins 100M Freestyle yet American commentators jocking Australian swimmers smh— CrimeDocJoRich (@docjorich) August 11, 2016Katisha Williams pointed out the Campbells’ apparent importance over Manuel, who was not interviewed after the race.@NBCOlympics @simone_manuel .So the Australian sisters were more important obviously..no interview..no congrats..— Katisha Williams (@KatishaWilliams) August 11, 2016Mia shared similar disappointment.But yet @NBCOlympics too busy talking about the Australians… Congrats @simone_manuel ?? https://t.co/EIO1MAlqAr— Mia (@notwithoutcafe) August 11, 2016Then, users decided to celebrate Manuel’s accomplishment themselves.Annesha Sudu expressed the pride of the Black community.@simone_manuel THEY didn’t give u the highlight u deserved after ur win but WE r proud! ❤️ #SimoneManuel #Rio2016 pic.twitter.com/RNIIssnfQl— Annesha Sudu (@anneshasudu) August 11, 2016@TheRealRamonabd also shared her love. She encouraged the swimmer to rest up for her competition tonight. Manuel will compete in the women’s 100-meter freestyle final after 10 p.m. The women’s 50-meter freestyle will follow Friday afternoon.That’s alright, she gonna shock the world tomorrow! We ❤️ you @simone_manuel Get your rest.. It’s time to make GOLD https://t.co/xiqtMMl7Qn— LuvLaughLive (@TheRealRamonabd) August 11, 2016Liv. remarked at Manuel smashing the stereotype of Black people not knowing how to swim.Simone Manuel breaking stereotypes ✊?— Liv. (@_OhNono) August 11, 2016Nina Anderson shouted out the 20-year-old competitor.look at this sista swimming for USA Simone Manuel? go head girl! ??✨— Nina Anderson (@NaturallyNina_) August 11, 2016Jade Anouka caught Manuel’s swimming replay and hashtagged the win #raisethatbar.Watching #Olympics  replays and there’s a black woman #swimming  and she just won her semi-final race!! Yes @simone_manuel #raisethatbar— Jade Anouka (@JadeAnouka) August 11, 2016Aside from her win last night, Manuel also took the silver medal in the women’s 400-meter freestyle relay last weekend. Competing with American teammates – Abbey Weitzeil, Dana Vollmer and Katie Ledecky – Manuel gave the U.S. a head start with her 53.36-second lead-off leg. Ultimately, the Campbell sisters and the Australians won the match in 3:30.65. Team USA came second with 3:31.89. read more

Is Tom Brady Finally Getting Old

On paper, 2017 seems like a very typical Tom Brady season. He is leading the NFL in passing yards and sporting a 102.8 passer rating that’s his second-best since 2011. The Patriots are once again the No. 1 seed in the AFC, and Brady is the leading candidate to be named the NFL’s most valuable player.But over the past five weeks, there has been some trouble brewing in Foxboro — at least by New England’s own ridiculous standards. After the Patriots traded away Brady’s heir apparent, Jimmy Garoppolo, an ESPN report of an internal power struggle between Brady, coach Bill Belichick and owner Robert Kraft has clouded the future of the five-time champions. But perhaps more worrisome than this report is that Brady himself has been quietly marred in a slump.Brady’s last five games of the 2017 regular season were uncharacteristically mediocre, despite New England going 4-1 in that span. Beginning in Week 13, Brady has posted a passer rating of 81.6, 17th best in the NFL,1Minimum of 80 pass attempts. and his yards per attempt in that span were 6.95, 15th best in the league. He’s also been far worse in touchdowns to interceptions, going from 26-to-3 in his first 11 games to an unusual-for-him 6-to-5.In the context of his career, Brady’s extended sample of poor play is surprising but not unprecedented. Dating back to 2007, when he turned 30, this is Brady’s sixth worst five-game stretch measured by expected points added2EPA is a measure of offensive productivity that accounts for the value of yards gained, field position and down/distance. based on the quality of his play. Brady accumulated 22.16 EPA in his last five games, for an average of 4.43 per game. His average in Games 1 through 11 was more than 2 points higher (6.76 EPA). Brady’s worst five-game stretchesTom Brady’s lowest cumulative expected points added (EPA) in any five-game window, 2007-2017 20149/7/1410/5/1420219.543-2 201510/29/1511/29/1522622.194-1 201512/6/151/3/1620418.592-3 SeasonFromToAction PlaysTotal EPAPatriots Record 200911/22/0912/20/0918419.813-2 201712/3/1712/31/1720722.164-1 201010/4/1011/7/1019518.144-1 Does not include overlapping periods or playoff games; single-season stretches only. Action plays include pass attempts, QB runs and sacks.Source: ESPN Stats & Information Group Yes, Brady was without his best weapon, Rob Gronkowski, for the worst game in the stretch, a 27-20 loss to the Dolphins in Miami, when he managed only a 59.5 rating and 4.16 EPA. But he capped the regular season at home against the New York Jets with his lowest yards per attempt of the year (5.14), with an active Gronkowski being held catchless.This could all be random variance. Maybe Brady is still eluding Father Time better than any quarterback in history and will soon erase all doubts, as he has before. He’s certainly fired up about even faint whispers of his decline. And the Patriots last year reportedly were planning as if his commitment to diet and training would allow him to play at an elite level for at least another couple of seasons. Brady, of course, seems to think he can continue pushing defenses around even when he’s pushing 50.But if we were to look at the half-empty glass, we can draw comparisons to the career arc of Brady’s former longtime nemesis, Peyton Manning. No, not the Manning we last saw in 2015, who somehow won a Super Bowl with play so poor that his league-leading defense was forced to overcome it. Brady’s 2017 season is actually eerily similar to the 2014 Manning, who was his typical dominant self for the first 11 games of the year before falling off a cliff that can be seen now only in hindsight. At the time, the poor play was attributed to nagging injuries and not the inevitable end of one of the NFL’s greatest careers. 20139/29/1310/27/1321618.743-2 Neither quarterback gave any indication that anything was different if you look at the full-season statistics. But while we think a decline for a player happens neatly at the start of a season, Manning showed the circus can leave town at any time. For him, that time was his 12th game of the 2014 season. Previously, he was characteristically crushing the NFL with a third-best 109.5 passer rating and fourth-best 8.05 yards per attempt — that’s very similar to Brady’s first 11 games this year, with a 111.7 passer rating (first) and 8.27 yards per attempt (third).But then Manning instantly transformed into an old quarterback: a 78.7 rating (24th) in his final five games with a TD-to-interception rate of 5-to-6, compared with 34-to-9 in the first 11 games.Manning’s 2014 season ended with a home loss in the divisional round because of his poor play against an inexperienced playoff team with a third-year quarterback (Indianapolis’s Andrew Luck). Coincidently on Saturday, the Patriots will also take the field as a significant favorite at home against an inexperienced playoff team with a third-year quarterback (Tennessee’s Marcus Mariota).Premature obits have been written for Brady before. There’s little reason to doubt New England based on what they’ve accomplished this century. But if Belichick and Brady are to get that unprecedented sixth ring, they will need Brady to look more like what he’s been and less like what he is: a 40-year-old quarterback.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

The Patriots Defense Needs 30 Minutes To Figure Out How To Beat

Mariota was sacked eight times on 45 dropbacks over the course of the game. His QBR over the final three quarters was a miserable 19.7, while the Titans offense netted just 3.53 yards per play.In the AFC Championship Game, the Jacksonville Jaguars got off to an even stronger start. With a mix of power running and downfield throwing, they jumped out to a 14-3 second-quarter lead. Quarterback Blake Bortles was devastating on play-action passes in the first half, going 8-for-8 for 114 yards and a perfect 158.3 passer rating on throws with run fakes.After halftime, the Patriots took it away. New England did this, to some extent, by doing the opposite of what they did to Tennessee: sending extra defenders, stuffing the power run and forcing Bortles to make quick decisions.Here’s an example in the third quarter, where the Jaguars were facing 2nd-and-10. At that down and distance, either a run or a pass would make sense. So the play-action pass could be an effective option, as it had been throughout the first half: While the NFL universe has been breathlessly gushing over the New England Patriots offense for nearly two decades, the Pats defense is usually described with an old chestnut of coachspeak: “Bend but don’t break.” For years, Patriot defenses have allowed heaps of yards but denied points by tightening in the red zone,1The Patriots finished in the bottom third of the NFL in yardage defense five of the last eight seasons yet ranked in the top 10 in scoring defense seven times. and this season’s iteration is no different. But on a game-by-game level, this Patriots defense has taken on a new quality: They bend early, then straighten themselves out at halftime.There’s a huge difference between the Pats defense that takes the field at the beginning of the game and the one that walks off the field (usually) victorious. Including both playoff games, the Patriots’ first-half averages of 5.85 yards per play (30th) and 10.06 points allowed (11th) dropped to 5.43 yards per play (22nd) and 8.28 points allowed (2nd) in the second half. This suggests that even if Nick Foles and the Eagles move the ball early and put up points on Sunday, there’s reason to believe Bill Belichick and defensive coordinator Matt Patricia will draw up a way to stop them before Justin Timberlake is finished bringing sexy back. Just what kind of midgame adjustments are the Patriots making? Let’s examine the last two games.Against the Tennessee Titans in the divisional round, New England seemed to come in with a concrete game plan: Counter Tennessee’s running-back-and-tight-end heavy offense by stacking the box with defenders and playing tight man coverage. They also used a spy on quarterback Marcus Mariota to contain his running ability.Per ESPN’s Sports & Information Group, the Patriots had at least eight defenders in the box on five of 16 first-quarter Tennessee snaps. But the Titans pass-catchers were able to get open quick enough to give Mariota options. Backpedaling Pats linebackers failed to get enough depth to cover intermediate seam and out routes. Mariota posted a 99.3 first-quarter Raw Quarterback Rating, and the Titans averaged 6.75 yards per play.After the Titans found the end zone on their second drive, the Patriots stacked eight in the box on only two snaps out of the remaining 45. With more defenders dropping into coverage, the pass rush was significantly more effective. Watch on this key third-quarter 3rd-and-7, arguably the Titans’ last best chance to get into the game, as Mariota has no place to throw or run: The Patriots decide to risk the Jaguars pass-catchers getting open deep and here press both wideouts with their outside corners. Two linebackers drop into coverage, and behind them is a single-high safety.Everyone else blitzes, including slot corner Malcolm Butler. Bortles play-fakes to the fullback, then sets up to pass. But tight end Marcedes Lewis fails to recognize the blitz from Butler until it’s too late. Tailback Leonard Fournette, intending to pick up Butler, realizes too late that Lewis let defensive end Trey Flowers through. Soon Bortles is swamped and sacked.The Jaguars called six other play-action passes in the second half, per ESPN Sports & Info, and Bortles completed just three of them. His second-half passer rating was 69.1, and his QBR was 42.7. The Jags offense averaged 4.34 yards per play in the second half, down from 6.81 in the first. They added just two field goals to their first-half scoring, turning a 14-3 lead to a 24-20 loss.So what will the Patriots try to take away from the Philadelphia Eagles?The easy answer would be “whatever the Eagles manage to do well.” In their upset of the Minnesota Vikings in the NFC Championship Game, the Eagles did practically everything well — but above all, quarterback Nick Foles stayed calm in the face of pressure and attacked the Vikings secondary deep.If the Patriots try to attack Foles the way they attacked Bortles in the second half, it might go badly. Instead, Belichick and Patricia will likely drop into safe zones and wait for the Eagles to reveal their plan — perhaps using red-hot receiver Alshon Jeffery to attack a Patriots secondary that finished 26th against No. 1 wideouts in Football Outsiders’ Defense-adjusted Value Over Average.2Football Outsiders says the DVOA metric “measures a team’s efficiency by comparing success on every single play to a league average based on situation and opponent.” Whatever Eagles head coach Doug Pederson’s plan is, he’d better have a Plan B.Check out our latest NFL predictions. read more

Israel manager has called for a real fight against Scotland

first_imgAccording to Andreas Herzog, both teams need a win to get promoted to the UEFA Nations League B and a chance for a playoff spot for the 2020 EuroIsrael and Scotland are tied on first-place in the UEFA Nations League C Group 1 with six points.But thanks to the tiebreaker rule, Israel only needs a tie with the Scotts to get promoted to League B.On the other hand, only a win gives Scotland a chance for a playoff spot for the 2020 Euro Championship.“First we have to go out and give the Scottish team a real battle,” said Israel manager Andreas Herzog according to Sky Sports.ScotlandScotland needs a hero: Billy Dodds Manuel R. Medina – September 10, 2019 According to former striker, Billy Dodds his country needs a hero to inspire future generations as the team’s hope to qualify to the EURO 2020 is small.“That is what’s key at Hampden Park.”“If we are not aggressive and cannot match the energy then it will be a tough game for us. We all know it is a great chance for us,” he added.“We are in first place in the group and we want to keep that position. We have to be ready for a lot of different circumstances and we have had a good preparation so far.”“From the beginning, we expect Scotland to put a lot of pressure on us and that’s why we need to be confident, calm and smart in possession,” he explained.“If we are able to create chances it will be a different thinking from the Scottish team and then it is an open game.”last_img read more

Ozil says hes positive he can return soon

first_imgThe German footballer is currently injured and missed the Christmas and New Year’s matches due to a knee injury.German footballer Mesut Ozil has a knee injury and has missed a couple of Arsenal’s matches.And he went into Instagram to vent his frustration about missing the team’s recent games.“Positive start into 2019 for us!” he wrote as reported by The Standard.“Congrats Gunners! Nevertheless, it was hard for me to not being on the pitch due to my injury today.”Premier LeaguePremier League Betting: Match-day 5 Stuart Heath – September 14, 2019 Going into the Premier League’s match-day five with a gap already beginning to form at the top of the league. We will take a…“I definitely want to help the team as soon as possible again,” he added.“Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and satisfying 2019! #YaGunnersYa #M1Ö”.Positive start into 2019 for us!❤ Congrats Gunners!⚽👏🏼 Nevertheless it was hard for me to not being on the pitch due to my injury today. I definitely want to help the team as soon as possible again. Wishing all of you a happy, healthy and satisfying 2019! 💪🏼💥 #YaGunnersYa #M1Ö— Mesut Özil (@MesutOzil1088) January 1, 2019last_img read more

iPhone 11 might get twoway charging and bigger battery

first_img Aug 31 • Your phone screen is gross. Here’s how to clean it 17 Photos $999 $999 See All Now playing: Watch this: The iPhone 11 might be able to charge other phones and AirPods. Angela Lang/CNET Apple analyst Ming-Chi Kuo says the next-gen iPhone will support two-way charging. This means the next iPhone could share some battery juice with other iPhones or the new AirPods via its wireless charging case. If Kuo’s predictions are true, it shows Apple catching up to Samsung, whose newest Galaxy S10 phones can charge other devices like the Galaxy Buds earbuds and the Galaxy Watch Active.As reported by 9to5Mac, Kuo also predicts that the 2019 iPhones will have larger batteries and, in turn, even better battery life. Obviously these are just rumors, but Kuo has a decent track record of reporting features on future Apple products. Being able to charge your AirPods on the back of your phone could be a beautiful thing.For more rumors, check out our in-depth iPhone 11 rumor roundup.Apple did not immediately respond to a request for comment. Apple 3:55 CNET may get a commission from retail offers. Aug 31 • iPhone XR vs. iPhone 8 Plus: Which iPhone should you buy? • See it Originally published April 1 at 1:39 p.m. PT AirPods 2nd-generation: Not really 2.0, but definitely… Review • iPhone XS review, updated: A few luxury upgrades over the XR See It Boost Mobile Preview • iPhone XS is the new $1,000 iPhone X Share your voice Apple iPhone XS AirPods (second generation) from all angles $999 reading • iPhone 11 might get two-way charging and bigger battery 10 Apple $999 Aug 31 • iPhone 11, Apple Watch 5 and more: The final rumors Sprint See It Aug 31 • Best places to sell your used electronics in 2019 Phones See It Comments Tags Best Buy Mentioned Above Apple iPhone XS (64GB, space gray)last_img read more

Womens crosscountry ski team eyes first Olympic medal

first_imgAlaskan skiers Sadie Bjornsen and Kikkan Randall will represent the U.S. at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)The United States always has had a strong showing in the Winter Games, but not in cross-country skiing. The U.S. women’s team has never won a medal.Listen nowAlaskan skier Kikkan Randall came close in Sochi four years ago. Since then, U.S. women have been racking up big wins at international races. The team hopes to make history in 2018.On a bright, cold training day before heading to South Korea, several Olympic athletes are training in the snowy mountains near Anchorage.Kikkan Randall pushes one ski and glides on the other, like she’s skating on ice.Randall is 5’5″ and all muscle, but this this five-time Olympian doesn’t take herself too seriously. Randall has bright pink highlights in her hair.The Winter Games in PyeongChang, South Korea will be Kikkan Randall’s fifth Olympics. (Emily Russell/Alaska Public Media)“The pink hair is going on about twelve years now,” Randall explained.For decades, she said, it was downhill skiers like Picabo Street and Lindsey Vonn claiming the skiing spotlight.“I was kind of frustrated at the time,” Randall said. “Because cross country skiing was kind of pushed off as this, ’Oh you guys just wear spandex and you disappear off into the woods and it’s kind of a lame sport,’ and I was like, ‘No sprint racing is coming up. We’re really fast and dynamic,’ so I thought I want to show the fun side, so I put pink tips in my hair.”With pink tips in her hair and multiple podiums in international races under her belt, Randall’s time to shine came four years ago at the Winter Olympics in Sochi.Peggy Shinn was sitting in the stands by the finish line. Shinn is a sports journalist and author of “World Class: The Making of the Women’s Cross-Country Ski Team,” a book about the women’s cross country ski team.Sports journalist Peggy Shinn’s book, “World Class: The Making of the U.S. Women’s Cross-Country Ski Team.”“And I was all excited because this was going to be the race where the U.S. was going to win a medal,” Shinn said.Women’s cross country skiing made its Olympic debut in 1952, but the American women didn’t even field a team until 1972.Since many of these races take place in their backyard, the Scandinavians have dominated the sport. In 2014, though, the Americans were set to earn their first Olympic medal.In the quarterfinals of a sprint race, Kikkan Randall lunged across the line.“And there was this amazing hush that went over the crowd,” Shinn explained, “and nobody breathed for a few seconds when they realized what had happened– Kikkan Randall was not advancing to the semi-finals.”Randall still chokes up when she talks about Sochi.“That’s the beauty of the Olympics,” Randall said, “and also the agony– it’s one day and if it doesn’t quite go right, that’s your chance.”But another beauty of the Olympics? They come around every four years.This year, the American team is deeper. And spending months together racing in Europe every year means they’re closer than other teams. They’re also more confident than ever.“We definitely have a chance at a medal,” said American skier Jessie Diggins. Diggins has been racking up her own set of medals at international races.Diggins and Anchorage skier Sadie Bjornsen earned bronze in the classic team sprint at the 2017 World Championships in Lahti, Finland. “To the line they come– Jessie Diggins, of the United States, gets the Bronze for the U.S.” excalimed the race announcer.Once she crossed the finish line, Diggins collapsed on the snow with her skis still attached.“That’s probably the best feeling there is,” Diggins said.A feeling the American women could replicate for the first time ever at the 2018 Winter Olympics in PyeongChang, South Korea.“And that just gives me goosebumps,” Diggins said, “because I know that we are coming into this with a serious fighting chance and we’re going to be swinging hard.”The American women will come out swinging at their first of six cross-country ski races on Saturday, Feb. 10.last_img read more

MistryTata war Exchairman Cyrus Mistry likely to lose proxy powers

first_imgThe Tata Sons board will meet on Thursday and will consider taking away embattled chairman Cyrus Mistry’s powers of voting and attending shareholder meetings of the group companies. Additionally, the board will also discuss developments in the group companies over the last few weeks, especially since Mistry’s ouster on October 24.Sources aware of the company’s developments said that it is a routine board meeting, which has been called to discuss operational matters of the company and that Mistry cannot vote in any case since he is no longer the Tata Sons chairman, the Times of India reported.The company has issued notices of shareholder meetings of Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), Indian Hotels, Tata Chemicals, Tata Motors and Tata Steel to remove Mistry as chairman and director, but in the case of Tata Chemicals, Tata Steel and Tata Motors, the prior notice also calls for the removal of Nusli Wadia as an independent director.The Ratan Tata-Cyrus Mistry war has turned murkier with allegations flying both ways. The independent directors of Tata Motors, Indian Hotels and Tata Chemicals have backed Mistry, TOI added.However, TCS and Tata Global Beverages on Tuesday announced that the company has removed him as its chairman. “After extensive deliberations, and keeping in view the long-term interest and alignment of all stakeholders and stability of the Company, the Board of Directors resolved to replace Mr Cyrus P Mistry as Chairman of the Company, by majority vote, with 7 out of the 10 Directors present at the Board Meeting, voting in favour of the resolution,” Tata Global Beverages said in its regulatory filing on Tuesday.According to reports, following the announcement, Mistry sent out a letter to Tata Global Beverages, terming his ouster as “illegal.”last_img read more

AFRO Exclusive Kim R Ford Becomes First Black Woman to Lead Marthas

first_imgBy Micha Green, AFRO Washington, D.C. Editor, mgreen@afro.comAfter six years of service from Patty Stonesifer, who announced her retirement in November 2018, Martha’s Table announced its new President and CEO Kim R. Ford, who will be the first Black woman to lead the organization when she begins on April 1.  The native Washingtonian said she is honored, humbled and ready to take the helm in order to help improve the lives of District residents.“It’s just such an incredible honor.  I’ve known Martha’s Table pretty much my entire life. I used to volunteer with them when I was in middle school and upper school, and so this is like coming full circle,” Ford told the AFRO in an exclusive interview.Kim R. Ford was just announced as the new President and CEO of Martha’s Table- the first Black woman to lead the almost 40-year-old non-profit. (Courtesy Photo)A non-profit organization that has spent almost 40 years working to improve D.C. residents’ lives, Martha’s Table emphasizes its mission of supporting “strong children, strong families and strong communities,” through providing access to high quality education, food and family and community backing. As someone who has spent years finding ways to contribute to education, economic recovery and workforce development, working at Martha’s Table is, not only full circle but also right up Ford’s alley.  Ford said that all of her previous work experience was geared towards, “making sure that people have opportunities and making sure they are set up for success.”“My most recent experience has been on the lifelong learning spectrum, with adults engaging in community and workforce development and people often refer to it as a ‘second chance system,’ when so many people have never had a fair first chance,” Ford, who recently worked as, acting assistant secretary in the Office of Career, Technical, and Adult Education at the U.S. Department of Education, explained.  “So I’ve seen what we need to do and things that we can do on the lifelong learning spectrum.  What’s so exciting about going to Martha’s Table is being apart of a team that’s working in early childhood education.  And to make sure that our young residents of the District of Columbia have a true first shot.”Armed with an impressive resume, the new Martha’s Table president also worked at the University of the District of Columbia as dean of the Workforce Development and Lifelong Learning Division and served in President Barack Obama’s Administration, where she helped lead the execution of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which allocated more than $350 billion in recovery funds to encourage economic growth.  Her experience in education seemed to be a bonus for the Martha’s Table family.“I am personally thrilled to have Kim join us as the next leader of Martha’s Table,” said Dr. Cheryl Holcomb-McCoy, dean of the School of Education at American University and Martha’s Table board member. “Her impressive background in education and focus on lifelong learning will elevate our mission to ensure all children in D.C. have the opportunity for their brightest future.”Rep. Eleanor Holmes Norton (D-D.C.) also weighed in on Ford’s appointment.“I congratulate Martha’s Table on selecting Kim R. Ford as their new president and CEO,” Norton said in a statement.  “Martha’s Table plays an integral role in supporting strong children, strong families and strong communities in our city, and Kim’s background in workforce development and education will serve Martha’s Table well.”Norton’s support of Ford comes as a major boost, as the new CEO ran against and lost to the Congresswoman in the 2018 election.  Although she did not win the District’s congressional race, Ford emphasized to the AFRO that her major goal has always been to help D.C. residents improve their livelihoods.“What holds constant is that this is for the residents of the District of Columbia.  I want to serve the residents of the District of Columbia.  All residents.  And I am particularly sensitive to those who have not been able to participate in the prosperity that has happened, and unfortunately that tends to be Black and Brown people,” Ford said.Since Martha’s Table has steadily been working for District residents, the new president hopes to carry on the legacy.“We’re going to continue on an upward trajectory because that’s what the residents of the District of Columbia deserve. We’re not going to plateau.  We’re going to continue supporting strong children, strong families, strong communities.  We’re going to increase our enrollment in early childhood education by 40 percent. We’re going to continue to increase our number of joyful food markets, which in just the past few years has gone from four markets to 50 markets.  So we’re going to go deep into the community and we’re going to do more in the community.”Although she does not want people to think as the first Black woman to lead the organization that she is solely hoping to help people of color, Ford acknowledges that Black and Brown District residents are in dire need for community support.“We’re not going to do things to the community, we’re going to work with the community and the community that we’re in is predominantly Black and Brown and we want to make sure that everyone has an opportunity to achieve their dream. It makes no sense that D.C. continues to be prosperous and that so many people have not been able to experience that prosperity,” Ford said.last_img read more

It is a Plane It is a Car No It is a

first_img This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. Explore further Terrafugia, Inc is in the development stage of creating an air craft that can be driven on the open road. The Road n´ Air craft is called Transition. It is a light sport aircraft that will take to the skies and then return to airport, fold up its wings and drive home. Terrafugia, Inc located in Woburn, Massachusetts is the brain child of MIT graduates of the school of Aeronautic and Astronautics. Terrafugia translated from Latin means “escape from land.” The official specification provided by Terrafugia of the craft are as follows. It is a two seat, side- by -side light sports aircraft. It has a G-Tow of 1320 pounds with a useful load capacity of 550 pounds. It has a 20 gallon fuel capacity and a 100 hp Rotax 912 S (four stroke) engine. It has a wingspan of 27.5 feet, length of 18.75 feet and height of 6.75 feet. The on the road width is 6.5 feet. The Transition is designed for short hops with a range of 460 miles or less. It utilizes Super-unleaded gasoline as a source of fuel. It has a take off distance over 50 foot obstacles of 1700 feet. The craft Vs is 51 mph and Vr is 80mph. The Transition and its team of designers, mechanics and owners made a special appearance in July, 2007 at the prestigious AirVenture Show in Oshkosh, Wisconsin. During the exhibit, Transition wing was cycled through a complete fold and extend process over 500 times without a hitch. The demonstration is equivalent to almost five years of usage. The designers have left nothing overlooked in the design for strength and endurance. The wings have two blue bumper strips near the tip of the wings to prevent door dings when Transition is in its road mode. There are dual electromagnetic locks that when engaged for the road mode, provide a tight hold on the wing close to the fuselage. The Terrafugia team is leaving no detail unnoticed. The prototype is currently a work in progress, with an anticipated completion date of late 2008. Terrafugia, Inc plans to make its first delivery of the Transcend in 2009. The anticipated selling price of Transcend is $148,000. Currently, the company is taking pre-release orders requiring a five per cent deposit that will be held in trust and fully reimbursable until a purchase agreement is executed. Citation: It is a Plane, It is a Car: No, It is a Transition Road n’ Air Craft (2007, October 12) retrieved 18 August 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2007-10-plane-car-transition-road-air.html Terrafugia Transition Road n’ Air Craft Call it car, call it aircraft, but Transition is in the wings Terrafugia, Inc. has a prototype air and road craft called the Transition. It has made appearances at the Oshkosh, Wisconsin AirVenture Show in July, 2007. The Transition road n´air craft can take to the skies, land, fold up its wings and drive home. The anticipated completion date is late 2008. last_img read more

Bengal comes calling in photographs

first_imgAn exhibition of photographs kicked off in the Capital on 1 March which blends art aficionados into the religion, culture and traditions of West Bengal. Bengal has always been known for a land where festivals are more than the seasons. All through the year there is a festive aura, as each season brings surplus of festivals along with Faith as an important aspect in the life of Bengal and its people.This exhibition inaugurated by Bhaskar Khulbe, Principal Resident Commissioner, Government of West Bengal will clutch the attention of the art lovers till 17 March. Shutterbug Sanjay Das has put up 20 photographs out of his stupendous collection of 2000 photographs in his exhibition with an aim of personifying the charm of different religion, culture and heritage budding all together in the city of joy- Kolkata. Also Read – ‘Playing Jojo was emotionally exhausting’Photographs portraying the riverine, making of gods, Buddhist monastery, Churches in Pandel, Mosques in Murshidabad are also a part of this exhibition.Das said, ‘Faith in Bengal is a mix of religious folk beliefs and practices which are imperishable. It is knitted in the highly spiritual, mystical songs of the Baul singers and Fakirs, the itinerant religious folk musicians.’ He stressed more on the photograph which discloses about the very renowned festival of Tarpan in every house of Bengal which signifies the worship of their ancestors. Also Read – Leslie doing new comedy special with Netflix‘Faith exists as a way of life   Bengal, in its lanes and by-lanes, through its sublime culture, inherently religious people and rituals that are in harmony with nature,’ he added.Adherence and spiritualism revolves around the vibrant traditions of goddess worship in many forms such as Durga and Kali, with bountiful rituals and decorated statues. Behind the faces of goddesses and the spirit of festivals are the hands of numerous idol-makers in different regions of Bengal. Union with God is sometimes sought through Kirtan, a chant inspired singing or Sufi music whose ultimate goal is to discover the divine inner knowledge. The sound of prayer wheels and chanting of monks in the glory of the Buddhist monasteries, take life in Bengal to a realm of tranquility and solace.last_img read more

Air Canada to launch new routes out of Montreal to two Ontario

first_img Share Tags: Air Canada << Previous PostNext Post >> Travelweek Group Posted bycenter_img Air Canada to launch new routes out of Montreal to two Ontario cities MONTREAL — Air Canada is expanding its service out of Montreal with two new domestic regional routes scheduled to start July 2, 2018.Available year-round, Montreal-London and Montreal-Windsor are available now for purchase along with introductory promotional fares. Flights are timed to offer convenient connections to/from Atlantic Canada including Saint John, Fredericton, Moncton, Halifax and St. John’s; to Europe including Brussels, Rome, Geneva, Barcelona, Lisbon, Paris, Lyon, Frankfurt, as well as Casablanca, Morocco.Daily Montreal-Windsor, Ontario flights will be operated by Air Canada Express Jazz 50-seat Bombardier CRJ jets. Flights will depart daily from Montreal at 8:50 a.m., and from Windsor at 11:10 a.m.Daily Montreal-London, Ontario flights will be operated by Air Canada Express Jazz 78-seat Bombardier Q-400 aircraft. Flights will depart daily from Montreal at 1:50 p.m., and from London at 3:20 p.m.“We are pleased to expand Air Canada’s domestic network from Montreal into the growing Southern Ontario markets of Windsor and London by offering new non-stop daily flights to Montreal as we continue to strategically expand our already extensive domestic network,” said Benjamin Smith, President, Passenger Airlines at Air Canada. “With the continued growth in the Southern Ontario market, we see the opportunity to add new non-stop services and provide additional convenient travel options to cities across Atlantic Canada as well several European destinations.”All flights are timed to connect conveniently with Air Canada’s global schedule in Montreal, provide for Aeroplan accumulation and redemption, Star Alliance reciprocal benefits, and for eligible customers, priority check-in, Maple Leaf Lounge access at mainline Canadian airports including Edmonton and Calgary, priority boarding and other benefits. Wednesday, April 25, 2018 last_img read more

This is now a confrontation between We the peopl

first_imgThis is now a confrontation between “We, the people”…and “all the money and all the power in the world.”With the U.S. shut tight for Thanksgiving on Thursday, the price and volume activity in all four precious metals everywhere else on Planet Earth was subdued…and that’s being kind.However, the ‘Black Friday’-shorted trading day in New York was a different matter entirely.Gold traded pretty flat in early Far East trading on their Friday…but during the Hong Kong lunch hour, it began to developed a slightly positive bias…with the European high tick coming at the 10:30 a.m. gold fix in London.From there it more or less traded flat until about 10:15 a.m. in New York…and then it blasted off to the upside, which had all the hallmarks of a short covering rally of some kind.  That only lasted a few minutes, but from there the price continued to work its way slowly higher.The high tick of the day…$1,756.10 spot…came around 12:45 p.m. Eastern time…and then backed off a few dollars into the close, which came early at 1:45 p.m.Gold closed at $1,751.90 spot…up $22.20 from Thursday’s close.  The net volume over both Thursday and Friday was very light…around 117,000 contracts.  Switch/roll-over volume was heavy.The silver chart is almost a carbon copy of the gold chart, so I’ll spare you the usual play-by-play. The high tick of the day…$34.28 spot…came around 12:15 p.m. during the New York lunch hour.Like gold, silver got sold off a bit from there and traded more or less sideways into the 1:45 p.m. close…but the price sure looked like it want to move higher if it had been given half the chance, which it wasn’t.The silver price closed at $34.10 spot…up 75 cents.  Net volume for the two trading days was also very light…around 28,000 contracts.The dollar index decline continued for the third straight day on Friday.  After sliding 10 basis points on Thursday, the dollar began to head south with a vengeance starting at 12:30 GMT in London…7:30 a.m. in New York.  The decline ended shortly before 12:30 p.m in New York…almost exactly five hours after it had begun in London.  From there, the dollar index recovered a few basis points going into the 5:00 p.m. Eastern close of trading.  The index closed at 80.21…down a hair under 49 basis points from Thursday’s close.One would be hard pressed to match the rally in the precious metals to the dollar index chart below.  The only co-relation I could see was the fact that the rallies in gold and silver ended at approximately the same time as the index hit its nadir.  Here’s the 3-day dollar index…And Friday’s chart on its own…The gold stocks nearly duplicated the price path of the metal itself, but a thoughtful seller showed up at 10:30 a.m. Eastern time and sold the rally down hard.  From there the gold stocks moved slightly higher…and closed just off their highs of the day.  The HUI finished up 1.64%.As a group, the silver stocks put in a much better performance…especially most of the junior producers.  Nick Laird’s Silver Sentiment Index closed up 2.14%.(Click on image to enlarge)The CME’s Daily Delivery Report showed that only 1 lonely silver contract was posted for delivery on Tuesday.  There should be next to nothing left to deliver in the November contract between now and First Day Notice [for December delivery] next Thursday evening.There were no reported changes in GLD yesterday…but it was an entirely different story over at SLV, as an authorized participant[s] withdrew a whopping 1,984,432 troy ounces of silver and shipped it off for parts unknown.  That’s one full day of world silver production.  This withdrawal had nothing whatsoever to do with price activity and everything to do with the fact that the silver was more desperately needed elsewhere, so the corresponding number of SLV shares were redeemed…and the physical silver shipped out the door.There was a smallish sales report from the U.S. Mint.  They sold 75,000 silver eagles…and that was it.  Month-to-date the mint has sold 67,000 ounces of gold eagles…10,000 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes…and 2,659,500 silver eagles.  Based on this data, the mint’s silver/gold sales ratio is a bit over 34 to 1.The Comex-approved warehouses did not receive any silver on Wednesday…and shipped only 90,143 troy ounces of the stuff out the door.  The link to this activity is here.Because of the Thanksgiving holiday, there was no Commitment of Traders Report published yesterday.  It will be posted on the CFTC’s website on Monday.This photo, along with the 1-paragraph commentary below it, was posted on Frank Holmes’ website yesterday…and I thank West Virginia reader Elliot Simon for sending it along.“For the ultimate gold lover on your shopping list, one amazing purchase you can nab is a Christmas tree complete with Disney characters and gold leaf ribbons made of 88 pounds of pure gold from a jewelry store in Tokyo, according to Reuters. The ornamental tree will set you back $4.2 million, but there’s also a smaller version available for $243,000.”It was nice to have a day off from writing this column, but because of that, I have quite a number of stories for you today…and I hope you have the time in what’s left of your weekend to at least read the ones that interest you.The real-time knowledge that JPMorgan is the big concentrated silver short not only represents the pinnacle of the history of the silver manipulation, almost by definition that knowledge must also be at the core of the manipulation’s future. JPMorgan has been the prime price determinant since the Bear Stearns takeover in March 2008 and they will remain responsible for the price of silver as long as they maintain their concentrated short position. Seeing how there is little likelihood of a transfer of the concentrated short position, the question becomes – can JPMorgan maintain and increase its COMEX silver short position indefinitely? I say…not a chance. – Silver analyst Ted Butler…21 November 2012I’ve got a couple of ‘blasts from the past’ again this week.  The first is a pop classic from 1967.  It was a Burt Bacharach/Hal David composition that made Dionne Warwick a superstar.  Everyone knows the song in one form or another…but here’s the original…and the link is here.  And if my memory serves me correctly, it was Herb Alpert himself playing trumpet in this piece.  Those were the days.The second piece is another short classical composition by French composer Hector Berlioz…the third week in a row I’ve featured his work.  This is the fourth movement from his monstrous symphonic composition Symphone fantastique.  It requires an equally monstrous orchestra to do this work justice…and that’s precisely what this recording offers. I counted 13 cellists…and that’s a lot!  Gustavo Dudamel conducts…and the link is here.  It’s a stunning recording…and I would have loved to have been at this performance.Well, I must admit that I wasn’t quite expecting what happened yesterday in the precious metal markets…and I doubt that many people were.  Nothing would surprise me going forward…up or down.  And as I’ve said countless times, I’ve got a perfect explanation for either scenario.  But what happens from here is anyone’s guess.The stories about countries and their supposed reserves held safely in New York or London are coming thick and fast now.  One has to wonder what is going on behind the scenes at the Western world’s central banks and bullion banks.  On the other side of the coin, one has to wonder what’s going on at the top levels of the gold and banking world in places like Russia and China…or the Gulf States.  This is not a penny ante poker game anymore…it never was…but more and more people are starting to realize how high the stakes are in this game.  This is now a confrontation between “We, the people”…and “all the money and all the power in the world.”  GATA’s Chris Powell made that remark more than ten years ago when we finally came to the realization of what we had stumbled over.It wasn’t just JPMorgan Chase and Goldman Sachs out to make a buck by scamming the gold traders.  It was more than that…and far more sinister.  It was G. Edward Griffin’s “Creature From Jekyll Island” in the flesh… and the Dark Lord of Morder‘s “most terrible servants”…the Nazgûl…all rolled into one.I haven’t the foggiest idea of where we go from here.  The only thing I can say is that you should be prepared emotionally and psychologically for anything.  Events are now happening so quickly that it’s really impossible to know what will happen next…and as this economic, financial and monetary train wreck approaches the end game, it’s a near certainty that even “all the money and all the power in the world” will stand helpless before it as well.I’ll leave you on that cheery note…and I’ll see you here on Tuesday. Freegold Ventures Limited is a North American gold exploration company with three gold projects in Alaska. 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Vinasale currently hosts recently updated NI 43-101 resource calculation of 49,320,000 mt @1.09 g/t for a total of 1,735,000 contained gold ounces in the inferred category using a 0.5 g/t cutoff. Please visit our website for more information. Sponsor Advertisementlast_img read more

Fifteen minutes after thatwe were back in the val

first_img Fifteen minutes after that,we were back in the valley—and it looked like this. The CME Daily Delivery Report showed that one gold and 113 silver contracts were posted for delivery within the COMEX-approved depositories on Tuesday.  In silver, the only short/issuer was Jefferies—and the biggest long/stopper was, drum roll please, JPMorgan in its in-house [proprietary] trading account with 77 contracts.  Canada’s Scotiabank was a very distant second with 16 contracts received.  The link to yesterday’s Issuers and Stoppers Report is here. The CME Preliminary Report for the Friday trading session showed that gold open interest for March declined by 19 contracts—and the new total is down to 111 contracts.  In silver, March o.i. fell by 39 contracts, which was all delivery related—and open interest is now at 805 contracts, minus the 113 contracts mentioned in the previous paragraph. There was a tiny withdrawal from GLD yesterday, only 8,917 troy ounces worth.  I would guess that this represents a fee payment of some kind.  I must admit that I’m somewhat surprised that GLD hasn’t shed more gold than that considering the hammering the price has taken over the last week.  I would bet serious money that all the GLD shares that were falling off the table lately were being picked up by JPMorgan et al.  What else could explain the lack of withdrawals? As of 7:40 p.m. EDT yesterday evening, there were no reported changes in SLV—and what I said about GLD shares in the previous paragraph also applies to SLV shares as well. The folks over at Switzerland’s Zürcher Kantonalbank updated their website with the activity in both their gold and silver ETFs as of Friday, March 6—and there were declines in both once again.  Their gold ETF dropped by 34,354 troy ounces—and their silver ETF declined by 229,451 troy ounces. There was another tiny sales report from the U.S. Mint yesterday.  They sold 57,500 silver eagles—and that was all. Month-to-date the mint has sold 23,000 troy ounces of gold eagles—3,500 one-ounce 24K gold buffaloes—and 1,431,000 silver eagles.  Based on these sales, the silver/gold sales ratio works out to 54 to 1. There was decent movement in gold at the COMEX-approved depositories on Thursday.  Nothing was reported received, but 68,035 troy ounces were reported shipped out.  The link to that activity is here. It was monstrous day for silver, as 602,112 troy ounces were reported received—and 1,438,058 troy ounces were shipped out the door.  The link to that action is here. The Commitment of Traders Report for positions held at the close of COMEX trading on Tuesday was about what I was expecting to see. In silver, the Commercial net short position, decreased by a chunky 6,449 contracts, or 32.2 million troy ounces —and is now down to 33,263 contracts, or 166.3 million troy ounces.  It’s not lowest it’s ever been, but certainly getting there. Ted said that the Big 4 traders reduced their net short position by 2,000 contracts—and the ‘5 through 8’ traders only by 200 or so.  The smaller Commercial traders added another 4,300 contracts to their already huge long position.  Ted also said that JPMorgan’s short-side corner is somewhere in the 13-15,000 contract range. We’re both of the opinion that JPMorgan is no longer the biggest short in COMEX silver—and it’s been my opinion for years that it’s Canada’s Scotiabank, with a short position in the 15-20,000 contract range. Over in the Managed Money category in the Disaggregated COT Report, these technical fund-type traders added 6,575 contracts to their short position.  They’ve added more since the cut-off. The other surprise in the Managed Money category, was with what I call the “unblinking” longs.  These are non-technical fund traders.  Price doesn’t matter to them—and it showed again in this report, as they added 1,593 longs to their long position that now totals 42,054 contracts, or 210 million troy ounces.  Who are these guys, you ask?  Beats me, I say—but someday we’ll find out. In gold, the Commercial net short position declined by a healthy 34,045 contracts, or 3.40 million troy ounces.  The Commercial net short position now stands at 8.93 million troy ounces. The Big 4 traders covered 8,000 contracts—and the ‘5 through 8’ traders another 2,000 or so.  But it was the raptors, the smaller traders that were the most active, as Ted says they added 24,000 contracts to their already huge long position.  Ted says its about the same size now as it was back in November at the lows then. In the Disaggregated COT Report, the technical funds in the Managed Money category sold 8,247 long contracts—and added 16,039 short contracts on top of that.  Ted was expecting more than this, but as I pointed out, the “unblinking” non-technical fund longs in the Managed Money category were probably adding to their long positions in gold as well—and that made the overall numbers in that category not quite as good as he was expecting. While on the subject of the “unblinking” non-technical fund longs, despite the massive price declines during the reporting week, they increased their long positions in palladium, platinum and silver, as they all showed positive net numbers.  Only gold was negative—and as I said in the previous paragraph, their buying was masked by the huge selling by the technical funds in the same category. Here’s Nick Laird’s “Days of World Production to Cover COMEX Short Positions” for all physically traded commodities on the COMEX.  Silver, platinum and palladium are nailed to the far-right side of this chart, which is a position they’ve occupied for the last 15 years that I’ve been following it.  And because of the big declines in the short position in gold during the last month, cocoa has now moved into fourth place by default.  Note that the short positions of the Big 4 traders now dominate this chart in all four precious metals, as the short positions of the ‘5 through 8’ largest traders are becoming immaterial The agreement with Sumitomo on the Fourth of July project is a great compliment to our recent agreement with Newmont Mining on the Wood Hills South project. We also have the Arabia, Golden Shears and some generative efforts being funded through our joint venture business model. We have enough capital in the bank to last two more years and no debt. The share structure remains at 33.5 million fully diluted. We are very well positioned to have a major win with an incredible share structure. Renaissance Gold has proven through the joint venture business model what exploration success with a tight share structure can do. Renaissance is the spinout of AuEx Ventures that sold in 2010 and made just shy of 100x their first private placement. It takes technical strength and fiscal conservatism to generate meaningful share holder returns in the high risk exploration business. Please visit our website for more information. Once you head up this hill and turn the corner, you leave Jerome behind—and are headed for Prescott via the mountain pass, which is still quite a climb.  The second photo is less than a two minute drive from the first one—and Jerome has already vanished behind the rocks. The dollar index closed late on Thursday afternoon at 99.27—and rallied unevenly from there, with the 100.39 high tick coming shortly after 2:30 p.m. EDT.  From there it sold off a bit into the close, but still managed to close with a three-digit handle at 100.19 —up another 92 basis points. One thing I’m happy about is the fact that we’re at, or very close to the bottom, as there’s not much room left to the downside.  Since the technical funds in the Managed Money category of the Disaggregated COT Report have long since sold every long in the precious metals that they have—and are now piling in on the short side, the down-side price action will now be solely determined by how many more shorts positions they’re prepared to put on under the continuing pressure from the HFT boyz.  Nothing else matters. I’m also happy to see that the gold price has been holding up relatively well vis-à-vis the dollar index—and if it wasn’t for this last big engineered price decline that began in mid January, the gold price would certainly be much higher than it is now, regardless of what the U.S. dollar is doing, as it just happens to be the best looking horse in the glue factory right now, which is comment I’ve made several times in the past. Next week we get the FOMC meeting—and nothing will surprise me as far as price action is concerned when the smoke goes up the chimney early Wednesday afternoon in Washington.   That’s one of many items on the dance card for early next week. But in the interim I’ll be quite surprised if much happens from a price perspective between now and then—and it’s entirely possible that the precious metal charts on Monday and Tuesday will end up looking the same as the ones we had from mid-week onward this past week. Looking ahead of the FOMC meeting—and with the bottom in the precious metal markets pretty much in, what happens during the next rally is something that we should put our minds to.  Will it end up the same old way, like the rally from mid December until mid January, as JPMorgan et al capped the rally all the way up until they turned the market over.  Or will it be “different” this time? It beats me, but when the rally starts, we won’t be left doubting for long as to how it’s going to turn out. That’s all I have for today, which is more than enough once again. I’m off to bed. See you on Tuesday. Once again, I have the 1-year USD Index for you courtesy of stockcharts.com. The silver equities followed an almost identical pattern as the gold equities, except they started the trading session off in positive territory—and ended there as well.  Nick Laird’s Intraday Silver Sentiment Index closed up a decent 1.10 percent. We’re at, or very close to the bottom As has been the case for three days in a row, the smallish rally in gold in Far East trading met the usual not-for-profit sellers an hour or so before the London open.  The low tick came shortly after 11:00 a.m. EDT in New York.  The gold price rallied quietly from there, before tacking on another quick five bucks in the last hour of trading in the electronic market. The high and low ticks, such as they were, were recorded as $1,160.90 and $1,150.40 in the April contract. Gold closed in New York yesterday at $1,158.60 spot, up $5.90 from Thursday.  Net volume was very quiet at only 104,000 contracts. I have a lot of stories again today, including a goodly number that had to wait for Saturday’s column for length and/or content reasons.  I hope you can find the time to read the ones that interest you. I base my analysis on easily verifiable public data, principally the CFTC’s COT data. That data both suggests price trends, while at the same time provides the proof of the manipulation. Many manipulation deniers and critics love to erroneously point out that no one ever complains about manipulation when prices are climbing, only when prices fall. Regular readers know that is nonsense—and that’s because I am usually most vocal about manipulation at price tops, precisely because that is the point of maximum concentrated short selling by JPMorgan and other commercials. Either a market is manipulated or it isn’t; it is impossible for a market to be manipulated for as long as silver has been if the manipulation weren’t a continuing process. There’s no voodoo or deep secret to my COT analysis – when the commercials get as least net short as they can, the market looks good to go to the upside. When the commercials are overloaded on the short side, the market is not usually good to go to the upside. I may be wrong (and please let me hear from you if you feel I am), but if I refrained from suggesting that the COT structure was bearish when, in fact, it was bearish, that it would make any difference to prices falling. Any legitimate analyst strives to be objective and avoid sugar-coating or distorting the facts. For me to avoid pointing out when the commercials are packed like the criminal rats that they are on the short side would seem to validate the manipulation deniers’ criticism and expose me as non-objective. I don’t think I could do that in good conscience, particularly knowing it wouldn’t likely do any good. Again, if you disagree, please let me hear from you. – Silver analyst Ted Butler: 11 March 2015 Today’s pop ‘blast from the past’ dates from 1961.  I was barely a teenager then, but I remember the song well.  It’s by American singer/song writer Gene Pitney—and the link is here. Today’s classical ‘blast from the past’ was composed in 1904.  It was not a smash hit when it was first performed—and was almost relegated to the dustbin of classical music history until the latter part of the 20th century when it was revived and restored to the exalted position it holds today.  It took years for me to appreciate it for what it was.  It’s one of the most extraordinarily technically demanding violin concertos ever written—and when performed the way it should be, it’s awesome.  It’s the Jean Sibelius violin concerto in D minor, Op. 47.  Here’s the luscious and incredibly gifted Sarah Chang doing the honours accompanied by the Dutch Radio Filharmonisch Orkest.  Jaap van Zweden conducts. The link is here.  I’ve posted this before, but its been a while. For the third day in a row the precious metal stocks traded in the same pattern.  I feel like Bill Murray in Groundhog Day.  The only difference about Friday’s price action was that there was a slight pop in prices after the equities markets closed—and before the electronic markets closed at 5:15 p.m. EDT.  I doubt very much if the free markets were anywhere to be found in the precious metal trading arena this week. Here are the 6-month charts for all four precious metals once again. The platinum and palladium charts were, once again, mini versions of the gold and silver charts.  Platinum closed up two bucks at $1,115 spot—and palladium was up 4 dollars to $790 spot.  Here are the charts. Although the gold import numbers by China through Hong Kong have been out for about three weeks already, they just released the number through official channels yesterday—and this enabled Nick to update the appropriate charts.  And despite the dramatic fall-off in early-to-mid 2014, there’s still a pretty big chunk of gold being imported to China via Hong Kong.  In January it was 76.118 tonnes. For the third day in a row, the silver chart pattern was a virtual carbon copy of the gold price chart, although in silver the high of the day came at the close in New York—and not in late afternoon trading in the Far East like it did in gold. The low and high were recorded by the CME Group as $15.455 and $15.66 in the May contract. Silver finished the Friday session at $16.64 spot, up 8.5 cents from Thursday.  Net volume was also very quiet at only 18,500 contracts. Without a doubt, there’s been even more improvement in the COT numbers since the Tuesday cut-off, as “da boyz” slammed the metals to new lows on Wednesday.  I should also mention that I didn’t see any signs of jiggery-pokery in this COT Report, but there’s also a chance that not everything was reported in a timely manner, either.  If not much changes between now and next Tuesday’s cut-off, we should see Wednesday’s trading data clearly in next Friday’s report. Nick sent me a couple of charts in the wee hours of this morning that I thought worth sharing as well.  The first one is the withdrawals from the Shanghai Gold Exchange for the week ending March 6.  The magic number was 44.520 tonnes. The gold stocks opened down a hair—and then sank to their lows minutes after 11 a.m. EDT, which was gold’s low as well,  The subsequent rally made almost back to unchanged—and undoubtedly would have closed in the green if the last minute rally in the gold stocks had occurred before the markets closed.  The HUI finished down a smallish 0.39 percent. At the pass about fifteen minutes later, it looked like this.  The trees are ponderosa pine.last_img read more