Man 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 say
In late March, five-star center Diamond Stone (Milwaukee, Wisc.) committed to Maryland over home-state program Wisconsin. This, obviously, did not please Badgers’ fans. Stone took a beating from various UW faithful on Twitter, message boards, etc. Wisconsin lost to Duke, 68-63, in the national championship game Monday night. This seems to please the future Terrapins’ big man. — All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015I LOVE — All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015They Do A lot Of Talking…— All Eyes On Me (@Diamond_Stone33) April 7, 2015Stone will get his chance to quiet the Wisconsin fans next season. Maryland is expected to be a top-five team in 2015-16.
TOKYO — Mitsubishi Motors CEO Osamu Masuko says the Japanese automaker’s board has met and discussed new allegations of wrongdoing by its former chairman, Carlos Ghosn.The allegations Friday regard a 7 million euro ($8 million) payment made to Ghosn last year by a 50-50 venture between Nissan Motor Co. and Mitsubishi Motors Corp., established in 2017 in Amsterdam.Masuko said only Ghosn, who headed Nissan for nearly 20 years, and some aides knew about the transaction, which was discovered during an investigation by Nissan and Mitsubishi.There have been no formal charges for the new allegations. Ghosn has been charged with breach of trust and falsifying financial reports in underreporting his income from Nissan.Masuko and Nissan Chief Hiroto Saikawa were directors at the joint venture called NMBV, along with Ghosn.The Associated Press
Jammu: Yasir Javaid Bhat, a teenage suspect arrested for throwing a grenade at the Jammu bus stand that left two people dead, confessed to interrogators on Friday that an overground worker of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit paid him Rs 50,000. Besides the two killed, over 30 people were injured in the grenade attack on Thursday. The suspect, belonging to Kulgam district, was arrested from Toll Plaza at Nag rota outside Jammu city when he was trying to escape to the Kashmir Valley. Also Read – How a psychopath killer hid behind the mask of a devout laity! Eyewitness accounts and CCTV footage helped the police to set up checkposts. If the Aadhaar card and school records of the suspect are correct, then his birth date is March 12, 2003, making him a juvenile under law. He is the eldest son of his parents and a student of Class 9. His father is a painter by profession. Informed sources said he was given Rs 50,000 and a grenade by Muzammil, an overground worker of the Hizbul Mujahideen outfit, to carry out the grenade attack. Interrogation of the suspect revealed that Hizb district commander Fayaz Bhat alias Umer originally gave the task of carrying out the grenade attack to Muzammil who failed to execute the task. Fayaz Bhat then told Muzammil to pass on the task to Yasir Javaid Bhat or ‘Chotu’.
Washington: Managing Director of the International Monetary Fund (IMF), Christine Lagarde, has said that imposing import tariffs won’t eliminate trade deficits and will cause “potentially self-inflicted wounds”. It is true that not everyone has benefited from global trade, that there are distortions in the trade system, and that the system needs to be reformed but “trade barriers are not the answer”, Xinhua news agency quoted her as saying at the 13th Annual Capital Markets Summit here on Tuesday. Also Read – Thermal coal import may surpass 200 MT this fiscal Lagarde said that the IMF, after analyzing the experience from 180 countries over the past six decades, found that trade integration “clearly boosts investment” “Conversely, trade barriers clearly damage investment and employment,” she added. Lagarde said the finding “is of particular relevance now” as ongoing trade tensions around the world could further damage investment “at a time when investment is already weak”. Citing a new IMF research, Lagarde said if tariffs on all goods traded between the US and China went up by 25 percentage points, that alone would reduce annual gross domestic product by up to 0.6 per cent in the US and by up to 1.5 per cent in China. “These are potentially self-inflicted wounds that should be avoided,” she said. “Nobody wins a trade war… That is why we need to work together to reduce trade barriers and modernize the global trade system so that we all win,” she added. Lagarde also called for “collective action to modernize the key functions of the World Trade Organization (WTO)”.
The Seattle Seahawks are at a pivotal point of their season, in 2nd place in the NFC West with a record of 5-3 going into their Thursday night game against the Arizona Cardinals this week. Their big question mark: what’s happened to their running game? In the video above, Neil Paine outlines how a lack of a rushing attack may hamstring the team if it makes the playoffs.
Napoli boss Carlo Ancelotti concedes that Atalanta forced them to change their gameplay to a defensive approach in a keenly contested 2-1 win.Fabian Ruiz put them in front within 76 seconds, cancelled out after the restart by Duvan Zapata, but Arkadiusz Milik came off the bench to score the winner late on.“We knew Atalanta play very dynamic and aggressive football, so it was tough. We played a slightly different game than we had expected, as we took the lead so early and allowed Atalanta to come forward. They pushed hard and deserved the equaliser, but then a different match opened up.Gasperini reveals why he rejected Inter Manuel R. Medina – September 14, 2019 Atalanta manager, Gian Piero Gasperini, has revealed why he rejected Internazionale Milan’s job proposal over the summer transfer window.“Probably the energy they spent to get back into it left them fatigued and we had more left in the tank to win,” the Coach told Football Italia.“I love attacking football, but it’s not as if I dislike defending! We attack when we need to and defend when we need to. It wasn’t something we were accustomed to, defending so much here, but Atalanta pushed us into that attitude with their pressure.“Everyone wants champagne football, but there are the opponents to deal with too and this performance was a show of maturity. I also want to point out the atmosphere was wonderful, it was a festival of sport for everyone and the Atalanta fans sent a wonderful signal as to what games should be like, both on and off the field.”
The German Bundesliga giants defeated Nurnberg 3-0 today, just four days before their last UEFA Champions League group matchTwo goals by Robert Lewandoski and one by Franck Ribery let Bayern Munich win 3-0 against Nurnberg today in the German Bundesliga.And for Bavarian coach Niko Kovac, today’s performance is very satisfying.“We allowed them hardly anything over 90 minutes today. We created a lot of chances,” Kovac told the club’s official website.Crouch: Liverpool could beat Man United to Jadon Sancho Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Peter Crouch wouldn’t be surprised to see Jadon Sancho end up at Liverpool one day instead of his long-term pursuers Manchester United.“It was important to keep a clean sheet, not to squander the lead and hurt our confidence by conceding goals.”“Positive results are always important. We’ve won our last three matches, and I’m satisfied with the way we did,” the Croatian added.“I haven’t seen a season like this before. We were lagging a bit last season but the gap is bigger this term. Dortmund won again today,” youngster Joshua Kimmich added.“So the season is really exciting because we aren’t on an upward trend all the time. We’re in a different situation now, and we’ll see if we have the right character in the team.”
NASAA well-defined Hexagon structure spotted on Mars is now the hottest debating point among space experts and alien enthusiasts. The structure was initially spotted by a YouTube user named Jean Warde from one of the many images taken by the Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter. The video uploaded by Warde soon became viral, and it caught the attention of prominent alien hunter Scott C Waring who operates from Taiwan.After analysing the mysterious image, Waring claimed that this structure could be actually a building built by an advanced alien civilisation that lived in the past. The self-proclaimed alien researcher also suggested that the structure is half a kilometre across in size.”There is no way that such a large structure could be found in nature like this. It is huge, about half a km across. This is an amazing discovery and is proof that aliens did once live on Mars and the structures they left behind are still intact. A potential base for humanity in the future,” wrote Waring on his website ET Data Base.This is not the first time that Scott C Waring has made astonishing discoveries on the Red Planet. A few months back, the Taiwanese alien researcher had spotted a tomb-like structure on Mars from an image taken by NASA. After spotting the tomb, Waring claimed that the structure is approximately two meters long, and it also has some carvings on its surface.Before the tomb discovery, Waring also discovered fossil-like structure on Mars, and after the finding, he urged United States president Donald Trump to make him the head of NASA. Waring also added that he will disclose all the secrets about alien life once he gets an opportunity to work as the head of the United States space agency.However, sceptics have always dismissed the claims made by Waring. As per sceptics, it is the peculiar capability of the human brain called ‘pareidolia’ which creates this visual trickery. Pareidolia is the capability of the brain to form recognizable images on unknown patterns.As per space experts, structures like these used to form in Mars due to natural wind erosion, and there is no alien connection behind them.
00:00 /03:52 Share Much is being said about what’s wrong with the local lockup, so we decided to take a look ourselves and went on a tour of 1200 Baker Street, one of the four buildings in the Harris County Jail system.As expected, there are cold concrete floors and walls without windows and heavy doors. We get a look at the acute mental illness block and a few of the more notorious inmates, including Shannon Miles, who is accused of killing deputy Darren Goforth, and David Conley, who is awaiting trial for allegedly killing a family of eight.Houston Public Media’s Coverage of Election 2016But you also get some positive sides of the jail, like the “Freedom Project,” the sheriff’s office’s drug rehabilitation program. Inmates in this group meet on a daily basis and are provided resources to help them for their time after their release.The Harris County Jail houses nearly 10,000 inmates at any given time. And that’s one of the problems community activists want to see changed.Florian Martin/Houston Public MediaThe Harris County Jail houses nearly 10,000 inmates, the biggest lockup in Texas. “Whenever jails are overcrowded, there’s a safety issue,” said John Ogletree, a pastor and member of The Metropolitan Organization, a church-based community institution. “And we of course want safety to be a priority, but in that safety for inmates to be treated humanely.”Tackling overcrowding is high on Ed Gonzalez’s list. The former Houston police officer and city council member is challenging Sheriff Ron Hickman in the upcoming election.“Jail overcrowding, it’s going to be a multi-dimensional problem,” Gonzalez told News 88.7. “We have to look at bail reform, we have to look at alternatives to incarceration, we have to look at other things that may be able to provide relief, and so it’s something that requires strong leadership and the will to really get this done.”Florian MartinEd Gonzalez served 18 years in the Houston Police Department and three terms on City Council. He would be Harris County’s second Hispanic sheriff.Hickman agrees overcrowding is a problem. But the Republican said it’s not unique to Harris County and is part of a broader trend. And he said he’s already doing all the things his Democratic opponent is proposing.“Near-term solutions won’t be found in those approaches,” the sheriff told News 88.7 in an interview at his office. “Are we advocating? Yes. We’re one of the strongest proponents for bail reform. We know our bail system is upside down.”Critics say judges in Harris County set bail in more cases than in other jurisdictions. That fills the jail and often punishes those who can’t afford bail.Hickman also says his office is working to lower the recidivism rate, for example by working with community organizations and offering vocational training.Still, critics say things haven’t gotten better in the roughly 18 months Hickman has been sheriff.Florian MartinThe Harris County Commissioners Court appointed Ron Hickman as sheriff on May 12, 2015. He previously headed the Precinct 4 Constable’s Office.Gonzalez likes to talk about how jailers are being overworked, which puts stress on them, can lead to bad interactions with inmates, and costs the county lots of money for overtime.“One of the things that’s draining is we don’t have enough people,” he said. “And the people that have to fill those slots, we’re paying them time-and-a-half. So we have to get that corrected.”But Hickman said, besides the budget restrictions, it’s not easy to find enough people to replace the many jailers that are now starting to retire.“So just hiring fast enough to keep up with attrition is very challenging,” he said. “And you can imagine the stressors of looking for and recruiting people who want to work inside a correctional setting, and that’s getting harder all the time.”While it’s important to find enough people, it’s just as important to find the right ones. Other issues include inmate abuse – both by jailers and other inmates – and jail deaths.Hickman has tried to address that by raising the minimum age for detention officers from 18 to 21 and expanding training. And he has added or upgraded hundreds of cameras to improve surveillance inside the jail.It’ll be up to the voters to decide who is the better candidate to deal with these issues.According to a University of Houston poll, Hickman and Gonzalez are in a statistical tie.But the issues may be secondary in the final outcome, if Bob Stein is correct.The political scientist at Rice University expects Democrats in Harris County to benefit from the low popularity of presidential candidate Donald Trump. Florian MartinSheriff Ron Hickman, left, and his challenger, Ed Gonzalez, face off in a debate at UH Downtown. X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Listen
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With file from The Canadian Press MONTREAL — Air Canada says a 16% increase in operating costs due to higher fuel prices and other items has resulted in a $37 million loss for the first quarter.The loss was equal to 14 cents per share and contrasted with a $101 million profit in last year’s first quarter.The Montreal-based airline says revenue was up $299 million from last year to $3.64 billion, but its operating expenses were up by $507 million.The airline says fuel prices were about 48% higher than in the first quarter of 2016, when global oil prices were near 13-year lows.In addition, Air Canada recorded a $30 million special item related to a fine imposed in March by the European Commission on several cargo carriers.“As the first quarter is traditionally one of our weakest, I am pleased to see system traffic up 14% and revenues up 8.9% year-over-year,” said Air Canada President and CEO Calin Rovinescu.More news: AMResorts has a new Sr. Dir. of Cdn. Sales & Consortia Rel’ns“We have a positive outlook on the year as we see improvements in the domestic Canada, U.S. transborder and Atlantic markets, with the Pacific market stabilizing towards the second half of the year.”This year represents the third year of planned significant capacity growth as Air Canada executes its international expansion strategy with the introduction of its new wide-body fleet and the continued deployment of Rouge to compete effectively in leisure markets, he said. “In the first quarter, we made a significant investment with the inauguration of our Boeing 787 Dreamliner daily service from Montreal to Shanghai, our first direct flight from that city to Asia. This week we announced our first direct flights to South America from Montreal with the introduction of Rouge service to Lima, and the expansion of Pacific services between Vancouver and Melbourne, both starting next winter. Other new international and U.S. transborder services announced during the quarter include Montreal-Tel Aviv, Montreal and Toronto-Reykjavik, Iceland and Vancouver-Boston.”More news: War of words between Transat, Group Mach ramps upCapacity growth, driven by the wide-body fleet expansion, will begin to slow in 2018 as the airline shifts its focus to its mainline narrow-body fleet replacement program starting with the introduction of the Boeing 737 MAX aircraft later this year, followed by the Bombardier C-Series aircraft in late 2019, he added. Posted by Friday, May 5, 2017 Share Higher fuel costs contribute to $37m Q1 loss for Air Canada Travelweek Group Tags: Air Canada, Profit Report << Previous PostNext Post >>
16Mar Rep. Runestad champions House passage of open records bills Categories: Runestad News State Rep. Jim Runestad, of White Lake Township, today lauded the overwhelming House passage of bipartisan legislation making state government more accountable to its taxpayers.Runestad said the legislation makes the governor and lieutenant governor subject to the Freedom of Information Act and creates a similar disclosure requirement for state representatives and senators called the Legislative Open Records Act.“State government, like local governments, should be held to high standards of accountability,” Runestad said. “By strengthening the transparency laws, we are giving people in the communities we serve the information they deserve on how their hard-earned tax dollars are being used.”The legislation is similar to a package of bills introduced last session and passed overwhelmingly by the House. The bills did not make it to the governor for signature.Michigan is an outlier among states as Michigan’s legislative and executive branches are exempt from open records acts. This legislation will remedy this. The House recently put a salary database of all House employees on its website to provide more accountability to taxpayers.#####
Categories: Calley News 12Feb Rep. Calley plans local office hours on Feb. 25 State Rep. Julie Calley welcomes residents to office hours in two communities on Monday, Feb. 25.Rep. Calley, of Portland, will give a legislative update to attendees. If residents have individual concerns, she will take one-on-one meetings.Rep. Calley will meet with constituents at the following locations:The Village of Lake Odessa, Page Memorial Building, 839 4th in Lake Odessa, from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; andHastings City Hall, Council Chambers, 201 E. State St. in Hastings, from 1 to 2 p.m.“Accountable representation requires consistent feedback,” Rep. Calley said. “Office hours present an opportunity for productive dialogue with those whom I serve.”If the school district closest to the office hours location is closed for inclement weather, office hours in that area will also be cancelled.No appointment is necessary. Residents unable to attend scheduled office hours may send their questions and ideas to Rep. Calley via email at JulieCalley@house.mi.gov or by calling her at 517-373-0842.
The BBC has commissioned a series of eight new comedy pilots for its video-on-demand service the iPlayer.The comedies were ordered by youth-skewing network BBC3, which also ordered six short dramas for the VOD service earlier this year. Both are designed to showcase up-and-coming talent.The comedy pilots are: Bamboo, about “two posh idiots” who try and set up a nightclub; Kerry, a multicharacter sketch-show; puppet show Fuzzbox; C Bomb, about “the godfather of the South Yorkshire dubstep scene”; Another sketch show called The Cariad Show; studio based comedy show Nick Helm’s Heavy Entertainment; The Committee, about the committee meeting of a Welsh social club; and mocumentary Going Native.At the same time BBC3 also ordered a string of comedy series for its linear channel, including a third season of Pramface and Uncle, a new series from production company Baby Cow starring Nick Helm as the world’s most irresponsible uncle – based on a mockumentary piloted on BBC iPlayer last year called People Just Do Nothing (w/t).BBC3 ordered a string of online comedy pilots last year. Meanwhile, last month, the corporation also announced it will debut a new Peter Kay-starring comedy series on the iPlayer before it broadcasts on TV, as part of its original content commitment to its online service.The show will be the first full BBC series to air online before linear TV, and comes after the corporation announced in February that it will launch 40 hours of content on its catch-up service in the next year before it airs on TV.
This 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. Current projects include Golden Summit, Vinasale and Rob. Both Vinasale and Golden Summit host NI 43-101 Compliant Resource Calculations. The 2012 exploration program includes additional drilling on both Golden Summit and Vinasale. An updated NI 43-101 resource was calculated on Golden Summit in December 2011 and using a 0.35 g/t cutoff is 14,840,000 tonnes @0.66 g/t Au – hosts 316,000 ounces in the indicated category and 50,0460,000 tonnes @0.61 g/t Au – hosts 991,000 ounces in the inferred category. 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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.
Citing salmonella concerns, the Food and Drug Administration has issued a mandatory recall for kratom products made by a Las Vegas company — and the federal agency says it’s the first time it has ever taken such an action after a company ignored a federal request for a voluntary recall.An herbal supplement that is sometimes promoted as a safer substitute for opioids and is also used as a recreational drug, kratom is derived from plants that grow in several Asian countries. Its safety and legal standing have been the subject of both wide-ranging debate and threats of tighter federal regulation — but the FDA says this week’s recall is meant only to protect U.S. consumers from a pathogen.”Triangle Pharmanaturals refused to cooperate with FDA despite repeated attempts to encourage voluntary recall,” the agency said at the top of its mandatory recall notice for a range of the company’s kratom products.”This action is based on the imminent health risk posed by the contamination of this product with salmonella,” said FDA Commissioner Dr. Scott Gottlieb, “and the refusal of this company to voluntarily act to protect its customers and issue a recall, despite our repeated requests and actions.”The recalled products include supplements such as Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Emerald Green, Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Ivory White, and Raw Form Organics Maeng Da Kratom Ruby Red. Those and any other kratom products made or handled by Triangle Pharmanaturals should be discarded, the agency said.The mandatory recall comes days after the FDA formally sent a request for a voluntary recall to Triangle Pharmanaturals on March 30. That request was ignored, the agency says, adding that the company also did not respond to a follow-up order to cease distribution.In addition, the FDA says, its “investigators were denied access to the company’s records relating to potentially affected products and Triangle employees refused attempts to discuss the agency’s findings.”A website associated with Triangle Pharmanaturals is no longer online; neither is its Facebook page. According to Nevada public records, the company is a limited liability company that filed its articles of organization on April 4, 2017.The FDA says six samples of the company’s kratom products tested positive for salmonella, including two samples that were sold at a store called Torched Illusions in Tigard, Ore., and were collected by the Oregon Public Health Division.It’s only the third time the FDA has invoked its mandatory recall authority — but the agency says it’s the first time it has had to order a mandatory recall because a company chose not to follow its order of a voluntary recall.According to the FDA, the recall dispute played out as it tried to shut down a multistate outbreak of salmonella cases the FDA says have been linked to “numerous brands of kratom-containing products.” The strains of salmonella bacteria in Triangle’s kratom products are different from the ones in that outbreak, the agency says.Describing the risk posed by the contaminated products, the FDA states:”Most people infected with salmonella develop diarrhea, fever and abdominal cramps 12 to 72 hours after infection. The illness usually lasts 4 to 7 days, and most people recover without treatment. However, in the current salmonellosis outbreak associated with kratom products, unusually high rates of individuals have been hospitalized for their illness.” Copyright 2018 NPR. To see more, visit http://www.npr.org/.
Image credit: LILY January 12, 2017 The ‘world’s first throw-and-shoot camera’ will never get airborne. Reporter at PCMag Next Article RIP Lily: Makers of the “world’s first throw-and-shoot camera” are closing their business and refunding customers who pre-ordered one.Unable to secure financing to manufacture and ship its drone, the startup today announced plans to “wind down the company.””We have been delighted by the steady advancements in the quality of our product and have received great feedback from our beta program,” founders Antoine Balaresque and Henry Bradlow wrote in a blog post. “At the same time, we have been racing against a clock of ever-diminishing funds.”Bradlow and Balaresque built their first prototype in September 2013 in the basement of a U.C. Berkeley robotics lab, but Lily didn’t make her debut until May 2015.Users simply place a tracking device in a pocket or the waterproof wrist case, throw Lily in the air, and watch as she flies herself, using GPS and computer vision to follow you while shooting video and stills. A lithium-ion battery promised 20 minutes of flight time on a two-hour charge; the drone also has an IP67 waterproof rating.Early-bird buyers pre-ordered the Lily Camera for $899 — $100 off the expected U.S. retail price. As of January 2016, the firm had collected $34 million in pre-sales.”Our community was the drive that kept us going even as circumstances became more and more difficult,” the blog said. “Your encouraging words through our forums and in your emails gave us hope and the energy we needed to keep fighting.”Now, the company is focused on handling refunds, which will happen over the next 60 days.”After so much hard work, we are sad to see this adventure come to an end,” Balaresque and Bradlow wrote. “We are very sorry and disappointed that we will not be able to deliver your flying camera, and are incredibly grateful for your support as a pre-order customer.””Thank you for believing in our vision and giving us the opportunity to get this far,” they added. “We hope our contribution will help pave the way for the exciting future of our industry.” –shares This story originally appeared on PCMag Free Webinar | Sept 5: Tips and Tools for Making Progress Toward Important Goals Despite $34 Million in Preorders, Lily Camera Drone Canceled Stephanie Mlot Add to Queue Drones Attend this free webinar and learn how you can maximize efficiency while getting the most critical things done right. 2 min read Register Now »
Next Article Learn from renowned serial entrepreneur David Meltzer how to find your frequency in order to stand out from your competitors and build a brand that is authentic, lasting and impactful. This story originally appeared on PCMag Eric Griffith Image Search is the ability to search on a term and find images related to what you typed. Most search engines offer it, and it’s great. But what if you have an image and want to know its origin? Or find similar photos? That’s called a reverse image search.Google’s reverse image search is a breeze on a desktop computer. Go to images.google.com, click the camera icon () and either paste in the URL for an image you’ve seen online, upload an image from your hard drive or drag an image from another window.Reverse image search on mobileBut what about when you’re on a mobile device and want to do a reverse-image lookup? There are options.With GoogleGoogle built a reverse-image search function into phones and tablets, albeit on a very limited basis.First, you cannot do a traditional reverse-image search with the standard Google app or via images.google.com on mobile browsers like Safari or Chrome. The camera icon won’t show up in the search bar (pictured), so there is no way to upload an image for a reverse search on mobile.But the Chrome browser app for iOS and Android does support a reverse-image search workaround. When you have the image you want to search, hold your finger on it until a pop-up menu appears; pick “Search Google For This Image” at the bottom. Note: This will NOT work in the Google app or other browsers (not even in Safari).If for some reason this doesn’t work, you can also select Open Image. Then copy the URL, go back to images.google.com, and paste in the URL — but that’s adding extra steps.With either method, the results of a reverse-image search then appear, with lots of options to narrow your query, such as finding animated GIFs, clip-art equivalents or looking by the color scheme used in the original image.With BingThat other big search engine, Bing from Microsoft, also does reverse image searches. There is a camera icon next to the search box at the top of www.bing.com/images. When you click it on the desktop, it asks for an image URL, or for you to upload a picture, just like Google does on the desktop.When you click it on any mobile browser, it will tell you to “Snap or upload a pic to search for similar images,” alongside a warning that Microsoft may use your pics to improve its services.This is where things differ from Google — because Bing supports reverse image search of your personal images directly. When you tap that camera icon, you get the option to take a photo, upload from your camera roll or upload from a third-party service like Dropbox or Google Drive. Pick one and it uploads and shows results.Oddly, on Safari for iOS, this doesn’t work in landscape mode. Or, if you search in portrait and then turn it to landscape to look at your results, they disappear. Just a bug to be aware of as you reverse search.Sadly, the Bing app (iOS and Android), even on its Image tab, doesn’t facilitate any kind of reverse image search whatsoever.Reverse search your images on mobileIf you have images on your mobile device that you want to reverse search — say, you want to identify a plant or a breed of dog you took a snapshot of on your phone — what do you do?The obvious workaround is upload the image to the internet in some way, find the image while using Chrome on your smartphone, and perform the steps above to reverse search. But that’s a lot of hassle.Instead, go to CTRLQ.org. It will also come up on top of a Google search for “reverse image search,” thankfully, possibly because it uses Google for search results.Click Upload Image and you’ll get the choice to not only upload pics in your Photo Library, but also to take a new picture, or upload from iCloud Drive, Google Drive, Dropbox, OneDrive or any other service you have running that stores images on your smartphone.Once uploaded, you need to click Show Matches (or upload another image).Finally, you’ll have results from Google to match, as best it can, the image you uploaded from your iPhone or Android-based smartphone of choice.Apps for reverse image searchIf you prefer apps over the browser, go direct to a reverse image search tool that you can keep on your smartphone at all times.Veracity (Free for iOS)Grabbing images from the Photo Library or storage options is a breeze, or cut and paste from the clipboard. Veracity says it will find the source image on the web even if it’s been changed. Remove ads from the interface with a $2.99 in-app purchase.Search by image (Free for Android)You can manipulate an image all you want before uploading via this app to get results from Google, Tineye and Yandex (the latter two being more third-party search services, rated among the best for reverse image search with Google and Bing).Reversee(Free for iOS)This app sends your pics directly into the Google Images database to search for similar images, but upgrade to the pro version for $3.99 and get results from Bing and Yandex as well.Search by image extension($0.99 for iOS)This one isn’t an app you go into, but rather an app that adds an extension to other apps. It will put one of those extension buttons inside Photos and Facebook and other apps, so along with Copy or Send to iCloud, you’ll have an option to Search Image. Results appear in your mobile browser, and come from Google, Tineye and Yandex. Google’s reverse image search is a breeze on a desktop, but what about when you’re on a mobile device? Google, Bing, and others have options. Smartphones 5 min read Image credit: via PC Mag Add to Queue July 20, 2017 60shares Writer Fireside Chat | July 25: Three Surprising Ways to Build Your Brand How to Do a Reverse Image Search From Your Phone Enroll Now for $5